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

2-alarm fire at Tucker Road closes rink; try the Sculpture Garden for ice-skating

As I was going to press encouraging you to go ice-skating at the Tucker Road Ice Rink, I got word of a 2-alarm fire there.  I don't know how long the rink will be closed—or even if it is.   You can call 301-265-1525 for information.

Or if you might plan to ice-skate at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden in Washington. It's magic!  Fees are $7.50–$8.50, with $3 skate rental; locker rental, 50¢ ($5 deposit required).  Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri., 10 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.  Info: 202-216-9397.  And it's open through March 12. 

Dr. Mudd House founder honored

The last weekend of the regular 2016 season, the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum in Waldorf received an important addition: an oil portrait of Louise Mudd Arehart, the driving force behind the transformation of the House from a private resident into a Maryland Historic Trust site on the National Register of Historic Places.

Her daughter Shirley Mudd-Cox Cook, of Wallingford, Pa., commissioned the portrait and was there to present it.   Docents in period costume, members of the Dr. Mudd Society and the Mudd family were present, along with a Maryland Independent reporter.  By the way, Louise Mudd Arehart was my first cousin, once removed.


I dropped by the brand new Laurel Library last week and it is amazing, beautiful and the latest of everything.  I was delighted to chat with one of the librarians, Martin Seeboth, formerly of Temple Hills and past librarian of the Hillcrest Heights Branch.

Judy Hansel Waby, formerly of Skyline, has been forced out of her motel residence in Reno and is now en route to Colorado by Amtrak. “Managed to get a roomette on the train so I actually was able to sleep last night.  Saw wild horses for the first time yesterday. Today two black steer standing along the track watched  the train as we zoomed by. The car attendant will fetch your free meals for you if you ask so I had dinner and breakfast delivered to my roomette. So that’s the latest chapter in how not to grow old gracefully”.

Toni Sparkes Delano Orling, a 1964 graduate of Suitland High School, died of cancer on Dec. 19. Jimmy Rainwater posted the sad news on Facebook. She was living in Marietta, Ga. at the time of her death, and is survived by her husband, two sons, and her father. Her mother passed away last year.

Coming up

The Morningside Town Meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.  Morningsiders should attend—that’s where you learn what’s happening.


The Shops at Iverson (formerly, Iverson Mall) collected and donated more than 300 winter coats for homeless students during a school system Stuff-A-Bus/Winter Coat Donation drive on Dec. 19.

Changing landscape

The Baltimore-Washington Rapid Rail is hoping to operate a SCMaglev (superconducting magnetic levitation) train service between Washington and Baltimore that would take riders between the two cities in only 15 minutes.

Hope Connections for Cancer Support held a ribbon-cutting in December at their new facility, 8401 Corporate Drive, Site 100 in Metroplex 1, near the New Carrollton metro station. Hope Connections provides free help for people with cancer and their caregivers.

Morningside Memories

From the Morningside 50th Anniversary book by Charles Kiker:  “Morningside in the beginning was nothing more than an area of woods and farmlands with a few scattered houses mixed in.  As early as 1938, developers Morgan Wayson and Randolph Hopkins began developing Morningside. … the area had already been named Morningside by an unknown person who was said to have rationalized its name by the location on the East Side of the Capitol and the morningside of Washington, D.C. … no one to date has been able to suggest a more plausible explanation of the Town’s name.”

Longtime member of Unity Presbyterian dies at 93

 Dorothy E. Norell, of District Heights, a “Rosie the Riveter” during WWII, died Dec. 14.  She was 93.

She was born in North Dakota, daughter of Nels and Helga Mahlum, and attended school in Fingal, N.D., where she met her husband Kenneth.  They moved to Seattle during WWII, and Dorothy worked for Boeing. They later settled in District Heights where they raised their family.  She was an active member of District Heights (now, Unity) Presbyterian Church.

Her husband Kenneth preceded her in death.  She is survived by her children, Terry, Nancy, Janet, Dean, Randy and Patti; siblings, Dale Mahlum and Donna Gulland; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She enjoyed travel, bridge, gardening, cooking, reading, spending time with her family and, in later years, according to her obituary, “she faithfully got spiritual nourishment watching The Hour of Power.”


Happy birthday to Martin Miller, Frank Binsted and Roc Wheeler, Jan. 13; Curtis DeMarco Knowles, my son Mike McHale, Kathleen Giroux and Joanie Mangum, Jan. 14; Dolly Wood Jan. 16; Nikial M. Boston, Jan. 17; Dennis Seaman and Linda Cullinan, Jan. 19.

Happy anniversary to Gary and Melody Barnes, Jan. 14; and Frank and  Sharleen Kelly Cappella, their 62nd on Jan. 15.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Financial Peace University (FPU) is returning to Clinton United Methodist Church starting Saturday, February 18, 2016 at 1:00 PM. They will host classes to help people learn how to manage money God’s way.  You will learn how to get out of debt, save money, invest 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. You must attend at least eight of the classes to graduate. Register online at There first session had five households.    There will be a free preview on February 5 after the 10:30 AM service (at approximately 12:00 PM).


Every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM a class is offered at MedStar Health Brandywine Community Room. The address is 13950 Brandywine Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613.  Registration is required. Please call 301-374-9098.


Services 24/7 is an online resource for residents of Prince George’s County looking for help and support. Organizations are listed by the type of services they provide. You can use services 24/7 by first going to Second step is to select the service category you are looking for by clicking on the drop-down menu under “Browse by Services”. Third step is to read organization descriptions to find the service you need. Fourth step is to call the organization or go to its website to learn more about receiving help.  You have easy access any time anywhere. Contact information is, 301-314-2273 or


Happy birthday to Steven Carter, Dr. Sandra Jones, Davion Dorsett, Khadija Hakim-Hinton, Nurbert Hughes, Walter Joiner, Ian Williams, Janice Patterson, Bernestine (Bunny) Bryan, Mavis Turnbull, Nicole Falby, Beatrice Chapman, Abu Davies, Brandon Holmes, Lawrence Omoregbe, Jordan Joseph, Roseline Omoregbe, Yannick Bourne, William Terry, Donovan Cain and Florella Wallace who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating their birthdays during the month of January 2017.


Happy anniversary to George and Paula Carter, Nurbert and Carol Hughes, Buddy and Betty King, Walter and Teresa Lindsey Joiner who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating their wedding anniversaries during the month of January 2017.


New Hope Fellowship Christ United Methodist Church Aquasco, Maryland is sponsoring A Raisin in The Sun at Arena Stage April 29, 2017.  Showtime is 2:00 PM. The address is 1101 6th Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20024. Contact Phyllis Slater (301) 653-7345 or Crystal Washington (240) 299-1439 for more information.



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