In and Around Morningside-Skyline 
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451

This is what it was like when I moved here 58 years ago

The McHales moved to 5904 (now 4304) Skyline Drive in June 1958.  Our realtor was attorney John McAllister, who we later learned lived just around the corner on Pine Lane.  Among my first acquaintances were next-door neighbors Ted and Lee Burke and Gladys and Tom Cave, and down the street, Dot and Joe Curcio.

We soon learned our house and water were oil heated, served by Clinton Oil Company in the little Skyline shopping center which also boasted Johnson’s Barber shop, Morningside Variety Shop, Skyline Hair Stylists and Skyline Restaurant.  We serviced our Chevy stationwagon at the Esso, corner of Suitland Road and Skyline Drive.

I bought my groceries at G.I. Market (A. B. White, proprietor) or in Suitland at Safeway.  We patronized People’s Drugs, Ernest Hardware, Scheer’s Men’s Wear, the Bo Peep Shop for children’s clothes, Joseph’s for shoes, and the Lane Shops, for me.  Or I drove into Washington, parked in Hecht’s parking lot, shopped in the store and lunched in the tearoom.

We bought our glasses at Charles H.  McGinnis & Sons, opticians, on Marlboro Pike, and some years later Charlie McGinnis himself moved to Skyline Drive.  We eventually found the little Suitland Library near the Suitland Bowling Center, and on special occasions, we dined at Al Beck’s Lamp Post Inn or China Sea.  With five (later six, then seven) young children, about the only movies we saw were at the Hillside Drive-in in Coral Hills.

We attended Sunday Mass in the multi-purpose room at Morningside School.

 As fall set in, I registered my oldest, Kathleen, in Morningside School and son Mike in Mrs. Irene Smith’s Morningside Co-operative Kindergarten.

We never did figure out what the I-C-E Club was. 


Baby Hay

Bob and Suzanne Hay, of Auth Village, have a new grandson, Colum Rory, born June 9 to Bobby and Meg Hay.  Little Colum, who weighed in at 9 pounds five ounces, has a big sister, Anabella, and a big brother, James.



Virginia Stine, my neighbor for many years on Skyline Drive, called me last week to say she that she’d had a stroke at her home in Wingate, Md., and is now in Lakeside Assistant Living in Salisbury.  She turned 95 in May and is sad that she can no longer quilt.  She mourns her sister, her last sibling, Rachel Hunniford of Decatur, Ill., who died January 10 just five days before she would have turned 106.

Carol Swenton, of Morningside, was among Louse’s Dancing Starlighters who performed at Louise Pyles Dance Studio’s 7th Annual Special World of Dance on May 14 at the Camp Springs Elks Lodge.

Each spring the Archdiocese of Washington recognizes priests celebrating special anniversaries: Three priests celebrating the 50th anniversary of their ordinations formerly served in our local parishes:  Father Leonard James Down at both St. John’s in Clinton and Mount Calvary in Forestville; Monsignor Francis G. Kazista, Mount Calvary; and Father Roderick D. McKee, St. Bernardine of Siena, in Suitland.

Marjorie Hay, who died May 1, has many ties to Morningside.  I’ll tell you more about her next week.


Changing landscape

A new Air Force One fleet is planned at Joint Base Andrews, in use possibly by 2024.  They will be Boeing 747-8 planes, heavily modified to suit the future President’s needs.

Ashley Furniture Homestore is holding a Grand Opening Celebration at Ritchie Station Marketplace, off Ritchie Marlboro Road.

Not only has the Forever stamp reverted from 49¢ to 47¢, postcards are down a cent to 34¢, foreign 1st class from $1.20 to $1.15, flats (large envelopes) from 98¢ to 94¢ and that extra ounce from 22¢ to 21¢.  So, now you can go back to writing letters.

May they rest in peace

Helen Kay Emanuel, 64, who grew up in Morningside, the daughter of Florian and Emma Witczak, died May 30 in South Carolina.  She was a retired teller with First Citizens Bank.  Survivors include two children, Sean and Jennifer Emanuel; grandson, Mitchell Wideman; and siblings, George Witczak, Mary Lou Entwistle and Martha Ann Mencer.  She was also the sister of the late Mae Glagola who lived on Suitland Road across from her husband George’s service station.

Leroy “Shotgun” Sandifer, 79, who as a young man pitched for the Washington Black Sox baseball Team, died April 18 in Clinton.  He was a resident of Forestville and had worked 32 years for the D.C. Department of Public Works, retiring as supervisor.

Margaret Jean McCabe Patterson, 83, formerly of Suitland and District Heights, died May 7 in Herndon, Va.  She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, graduated from Holy Cross Academy, and worked for the Edinburgh Public Health Department until she married Vernon Patterson.  She managed the Jiffy Shoppes restaurant in District Heights from which she retired in 1994.  Survivors include three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



Happy birthday to Gloria R. Johnson, June 24; Michael Taylor and Larry Frostbutter, June 25; Angela Booth and Mable Hemmes, June 26; Rose Hoffman, Charles “Chuckie” Henry, Veda Curcio, Shawn Kumra and Cathryn (Cordero) Pracht, June 27; Mike Dudding, Juanita Eppard, Erica R. Webb, EvaMarie Anthony and my granddaughter Leah Katherine Mudd, June 28; Faith “Dycki” Brown and Alexis Schuler, June 29; my great-grandson Wesley McHale, June 29; and Karen (Beardmore) Ellis, June 30.

Happy anniversary to Jack and Kimberly Hay on their 30th, June 28; and to Carl and Sue (Stine) Mason, their 31st on June 29.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Prince George’s County Board Member Sonya Williams, District 9, will host monthly coffee chat on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 8–9:30 AM at Starbucks in the Brandywine Safeway.  We will have coffee or tea.  Please note that the June chat is scheduled for the fourth Saturday of the month, not the usual third Saturday.  All are invited to attend.  The Brandywine Safeway address is 15916 Crain Highway, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.


Saturday, June 25, 2016 St. Philip’s Church, Baden Parish will have carry out dinners from 12:00 Noon until all dinners are sold.  The address is 13801 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613-8426.  Day of event telephone number is (301) 888-1536.  Prior to event, telephone number is (301) 888-2510 or (301) 292-6037.

Pre-orders accepted and appreciated.  Chicken dinner costs $11.00, barbeque spare ribs, fish, and pig feet dinners each cost $13.00.  Combination dinner (any two (2) meats) costs $18.00.  Drinks and desserts will be on sale.  All dinners include potato salad, sweet potatoes, macaroni & cheese, green beans, and bread.  Benefit: Peter A. Gross Sr. Scholarship/Memorial Fund Inc.


Celebrate Men’s Day with the Men of New Hope Fellowship Cooperative Parish (Christ and Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church) at Nottingham Myers U.M Church Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM.   Address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. Rev. Constance Smith, Pastor.  Guest Preacher is Rev. Oscar L. Broadie, Jr., Pastor Carmody Hills Baptist Church, Capital Heights, Maryland.


McDougall International, Inc. and James Madison Middle School are delighted to offer a Summer Program featuring STEM Exploration with mathematics embedded and a Writing Academy.

Option #1 offers a half-day session from 9:00 AM–12:00 Noon, writing Academy, Stem Exploration and lunch.  Option #2 offers a full session from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM, writing Academy, Stem Exploration, lunch, fitness fun and Middle School Transition.

Both sessions will operate Monday–Thursday; will sponsor field trips on Fridays that will begin Tuesday, July 5, 2016 and end Thursday, July 28, 2016.  They feature a student/teacher ratio of 12:1 and offer before care starting at 8:00 AM (free).

If you are interested in your child participating in the program, please complete the online registration.  Students will be selected on a first come, first served basis.  Once students are selected, parents will be notified and asked to attend a mandatory parent orientation. Please contact Ms. Djuana M. Wilson at for more information/questions.  Register online at www1.pgcps. org/jamesmadison/. Click on the Gateway Logo or the Registration Link.

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