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

Bishop McNamara High School inducts 2016 Hall of Famers

Since 1997 Bishop McNamara High School, in Forestville, has formally recognized alumni scholar-athletes, of both McNamara and La Reine High School, who excelled both in the classroom and on the field of athletic competition.

At the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Dr. Marco J. Clark, President/CEO, and Dr. Robert Van der Wagg, Principal, presented plaques to the following: Stephen Smith, ‘72; Michael Casey, ‘76; Lynda Hewins Wyatt, La Reine High School ‘84; Waine Bacon, ‘98; the 1984 Wrestling WMAC Metro Conference, and the 1995 Women’s Softball Division II.

Coming up

July 31: County Councilman Mel Franklin, in partnership with Fame, invites you to the 6th annual Prince George’s County Family & Friends Day at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, 3 to 6 p.m. There’ll be food, entertainment, games, live music, DJ, and clowns. “Good time for the whole family!”

August 2: Both Morningside and Skyline hold annual Night Out Against Crime picnics and more. It’s always a good time. Mark your calendar.

August 4: Dr. Amjad Anaizi will present “Getting Your Back on Track” as part of the Ask-the-Doctor Seminar Series at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is free but you must register by phone, 855-546-1788, or online at


Justin Coffren graduated from Northpoint High School in Waldorf and will be attending Ohio Technical College in Cleveland. He is the grandson of Mary Dean, of Morningside, and the son of Crystal and Craig Coffren.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III retired after more than 40 years of distinguished service during ceremonies in his honor at Joint Base Andrews on June 24. He was retired by his son, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Matthew Welsh.

Ebony Bates made the rounds in Skyline on July 4, handing out American flags (thanks, Ebony!) and her business card. She is a licensed realtor in Maryland, Virginia and Washington.

My daughter Sheila Mudd, her daughters Leah and Claire, and several friends headed for New York City last week, hoping to catch a glimpse of Lin-Manuel Miranda and maybe win in the drawing for $10 (because Hamilton is on the $10 bill) tickets to the hit show Hamilton. The crowd was huge! They did see Lin-Manuel; they did not win tickets. They finally attended Les Mis at the theater next door.

Changing landscape

Gov. Hogan announced on June 15 plans for the construction of a new interchange at MD Route 210, Kerby Hill and Livingston roads. It is figured to relieve bottlenecks near National Harbor and MGM.

McNamara High School has two new facilities planned: The Andy Mona ‘82 Student Center is due for completion in August 2017. The La Reine Science Center is anticipated by 2020.

Picnic, jousting, and the Pope’s Fiat

St. Mary’s Church in Barnesville invites you to their 141st Annual Picnic on Saturday July 30, noon to 7 p.m. Enjoy their delicious BBQ chicken while watching the Jousting Tournament (1 to 4 p.m.).

Also featured: candy stand, famous baked goods snack bar, cake wheel, crafts, white elephant, County Store, children’s games and live entertainment. And they are hosting the Pope’s Fiat! Come and see it.

Meal dine-in, $18; 12 & under, free. Carryout, $18. St. Mary’s is at 18230 Barnesville Road in Barnesville. For information, call 301-972-8660 or go to

Chivalry really isn’t dead!

Several weeks ago I reported that a Good Samaritan named David stepped out of the checkout line at Safeway in Clinton, and without saying a thing, paid my bill when I--very embarrassed--found I’d left my billfold at home. I sent him a check and a big thank-you.

Recently, while waiting to pay at Panda Express in Clinton, the man ahead of me in line simply told the clerk, “I’m also paying hers,” and nodded at me. I was astonished and asked “Why?” He said something like wanting to do good for others. I told him I’d light a candle for him and I did, at church, for “John from Landover.”

May they rest in peace

Marjorie Read “Margie” Hay, with ties to Morningside, died May 1. Her nephew, Pastor Richard Horner of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, came from Kennebunk, Maine, to conduct Aunt Margie’s service at Kalas Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Bill “Gene” Hay; sons Bill (Holly) and Bob (Suzanne) Hay; daughter Carol (Donnie) Mitchell; sister, Sandi Chohany; grandchildren Bobby, Mary, Kristin, Billy, Melanie, Brett and Angela; and great-grandchildren Anabella, James and Rory (born June 9). And how was she related to Morningside? Her brother-in-law, Jack Hay, is the father of Ruth Anthony, longtime Morningsider.

Condolences to Fr. Lawrence Young on the death of his mother, Julia Claire Young, in Ellicott City on July 4, just a few days shy of her 86th birthday.


Happy birthday Ryan Simms and David Cook, July 22; Virginia Price, July 23; Angela Surratt, July 24; Bill Curcio and Thomas DeGraba, July 25; Florence Cray and Jennifer Booth, July 26; Floyd Shields and Connie Robbins, July 27; Matthew Gryskewicz, Kenny Hunt and Jason Nichols, July 28.

Happy anniversary to Percy and Barbara Crawford on their 44th, July 22; and Steve and Tessie Johnson, their 16th on July 22.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Join us Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 10:00 AM–1:00 PM. at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The community-wide event provides parents and students with access to resources. The fair will include free on site immunizations, student performances and school uniform purchasing. Representatives will be available from various PGCPS schools, offices, and county agencies throughout the day.

Please call 301-952-7900 for additional information. For sponsor/vendor information please call 301-952-6095 or e-mail (


There is year round fun for teens, youth, in arts, clubs, special event performances, trips and excursions, sports programs, nature programs, enrichment programs, mentoring, day camps, therapeutic recreation programs, summer playgrounds and many more programs. Call 301-699-2255, TTY 301-699-2544 or visit for more information.


Happy Birthday to Beverly Douglas, Charles Douglas, Cynthia Duckett, Dominick Duckett, James Forbes, Gregory Hawkins, Tamika Johnson, Marion Lucille Lee, William Taylor, Dwayne Tolson and Annette Worthy who are Christ United Methodist Church members celebrating their birthdays in July.


Come out for Sunday Dinner at New Hope Fellowship Parish Christ United Methodist Church Sunday July 24, 2016 from 11:00 AM–Until. There will be chicken orfish dinners that cost $10.00 and combination dinners that cost $12.00. All dinners include green beans, potatoes salad or french fries, and roll. There will be homemade baked goodies on sale.

To pre-order your dinner contact the church at 301-888-1316 or Dee Proctor at 301-275-2544. Outreach benefits for school supplies, sick and shut-in and our Seniors. Rev. Constance Smith, Pastor. Christ United Methodist Church is located at 22919 Christ Church Road, Aquasco, Maryland 20608.


Join us Thursday, July 28, 2016, 9:00 AM–3:00 PM at Show Place Arena. The YMCA’s Thingamajig Invention Convention is an example of how the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington embraces STEM education. The YMCA sparks the inventive and creative minds of children through hands-on exhibits and challenges thru this program.

For more information, contact 301-952-7900: TTY 301-699-2544 for cost and more information. Show Place Arena address is 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM please join us for the beginning of our Revival at New Hope Fellowship Parish/ Nottingham Myers Church. Rev. Dr. Evan D. Young, District Supertindent Annapolis District, BWC will be our guest speaker. Our address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772.

Saturday, August 13 you are invited to our New Hope Fellowship Carnival to enjoy an afternoon of games, pony rides, food and fun at Nottingham Myers Church.

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