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

She called the numbers at the Morningside Fire Department Bingo

Selaine Ealey, 75, who, along with her husband James Ealey, designed the Glaubitz Circle memorial, died Dec. 19. She was retired as a supervisor and a receptionist at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now, Health and Human Services).

She was born in Key West and attended Washington Union Academy and graduated from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Ala. She met her husband, an Army man, and they were married in San Antonio on July 15, 1959. Among their assignments was Fort Dix in New Jersey.

They settled in Morningside in October 1976 and immediately became involved in the activities of the town. Jim ran for a seat on the Town Council, won, and served several terms, most as vice-mayor. Selaine was a Boy Scout den mother, called the Bingo numbers for the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, and served as treasurer for the Morningside Seniors. Selaine and Jim designed the memorial to Morningsides long-serving mayor, Gerald Glaubitz. It was dedicated on Sept. 12, 2004.

Selaine is survived by her husband of 56 years, James Ealey; daughter Linda Ealey and son and daughter-in-law James and Mylinda Ealey; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial service was at the Dupont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church in Washington.

Commerce Dept. agency moving to Suitland Federal Center

Nearly 600 federal workers will be relocating from Washington to Prince Georges in June when the Bureau of Economic Analysis—an agency of the Commerce Department—moves to the Suitland Federal Center.

The BEA will join five other federal agencies, among them: the Census Bureau, Naval Maritime Intelligence, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations satellite operations.


Jessica Bell, of Skyline, graduated from Bowie State University on Dec. 20 with a degree in Criminal Justice. She is the daughter of Deborah Bell.

Dr. Constance Iloh, a 2005 graduate of Oxon Hill High School, has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of 30 Under 30 in the education category. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, has a masters from Wake Forest and a PhD from the University of Southern California. She will be an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Education, in the fall.

There were several Powerball winners in Maryland, for the $1 million prizes. One ticket was sold in Capitol Heights. I never heard who it was, but its nice to know we have another millionaire in Prince Georges.

Changing landscape

Nice & Tight BBQ has opened at 8919 Branch Avenue in Clinton. A reviewer declared the ribs Top Notch, the pulled pork tender and juicy, and the brisket takes me back to growing up in Memphis. For hours, call (202) 420-1556.

Piscataway Drive in Fort Washington opened to traffic and pedestrians on Dec. 22, for the first time since it was damaged in a landslide, which led to the evacuation of 28 homes in the Piscataway Hills community. Officials said the slope failure was the countys most expensive natural disaster to date—it cost about $15 million to repair.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

This year Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, comes on Feb. 10. The day before is traditionally known as Shrove Tuesday. You are invited to St. Philips annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, Feb. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Social Hall. The fees are: Adults, $6; ages 5 to 12, $3; family, $20; 4 & younger, free. For information or tickets, call Theresa Roberson, 301-868-2652, or Karin Yeatman, 301-899-7784.

Morningside memories: 1986

The Morningside Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Banquet & Installation of Officers Jan. 20 at the Suitland Moose Lodge. Tommy Groom was installed as Chief. Other officers were: Mark Hendley, Rickey Riley, Tommy Warren and Ronnie Oliver. Jerry Glaubitz was elected President. Ronnie Oliver responded to the most calls with 928 runs.

On another note: Christmas 1985 Decorating Awards were announced. Winners in various categories were: C.P. Torres, Woodland Rd.; Mike & Cathy Miller, Woodland Rd.; Ronald & Nellie Downs, Suitland Rd.; and Vera & Larry Bauer, Morgan Rd. Phil King and Walt Sienkiewich were judges.

She could speak six languages

Elisabeth Beatrez, 84, who was active in the American Scandinavian Association, the Sons of Norway and the Drott Lodge Vasa Order of America where she organized the annual Sankta Lucia Festival, died Jan. 9. She was born in Denmark and was nine years old when the Nazis invaded and occupied Denmark in 1940.

After the war, her family moved to California and she attended UC/Berkeley where she met her future husband, Robert Beatrez. His work as a Navy engineer eventually brought them to Washington. They settled in Temple Hills and were active and sang in the choir at three parishes, Holy Family, St. Ignatius and, most recently, at St. Philips. Elisabeth was active with the American Lung Association and Right to Life, and was proficient in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, French and Spanish. She utilized her language skills as a volunteer interpreter at the area airports, by phone.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert Beatrez; seven children, Teresa, Hilary, Michael, Veronica, Juanita Maria, Luisa and Vincent; and 12 grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Sister Zion and Lisa Call, Jan. 29; David Call and Joanne (Clark) Bunch, Jan. 30; Donna Young and Robin Sawyer, Feb. 1; Skyline Citizens President Stanley Holmes, Feb. 2; and Ashley Lee, Feb. 3.

Happy 66th anniversary to William and Betty Fitzpatrick on Feb. 4.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


The New Hope Fellowship cordially invites everyone to attend a visitation, grieving and healing workshop Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM at our Family Life Center/Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church. The address is 15601 Brooks Church road, Upper Marlboro 20772.

Rev. Constance C. Smith is their Senior Pastor. Church email: NMUMC@MSN.COM. Church phone number is 301-888-2171. For additional information please contact Cary F. Montgomery at


Congratulations to nine Prince Georges County Public School Seniors who have been named 2015 Posse Scholars and will receive four year, full-tuition college scholarships from colleges and universities who partner with The Posse Foundation.

Prince Georges County students joined 52 other students in the region for the Posse Foundation annual awards ceremony on January 6 at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.


Services available at the Community Health Center in Brandywine, Maryland are dental services, mental health, family health, pregnancy, diagnostic services, primary health care and immunizations.

The Center operates year-round and primarily serves the rural population in Brandywine and surrounding cities. The address is 7450 Albert road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613-3035. Phone number is (301) 599-0460. Website is


The free Diabetics Support Group meets in the Hospital Library (ground floor) at Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center the fourth Thursday of every month. The hours are from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.


Financial Peace University (FPU) is coming to Clinton UMC starting February 13, 2016, from 1:00 PM–2:30 PM on Saturdays. The church will be hosting the classes to help individuals to learn to manage money Gods way, getting out of debt, saving money, investing for the future and outrageous generosity in a way that is scripturally-based, practical, and proven. The classes are 90 minutes each, once a week for 9 consecutive weeks. If you are interested in enrolling in these finance classes please register on line at


Join us at the Show Place Arena dancing and singing the night away with Urban Vibe Entertainments Valentines Love Jam Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM. Invite that very special someone to be serenaded by the smooth sounds of Bobby Brown, Mint Condition, Ginuwine, and 112. Cost of tickets are $59-$95, plus service charges. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, and Phonecharge. The address is 14900 Pennsylvania avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Contact number is 301-952-7900: TTY 301-699-2544.

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