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

Morningside is Beautiful Project underway; State of the Town Address coming up

Morningside Mayor Benn Cann initiated the Morningside is Beautiful Project in January. Each month one property is designated to receive recognition and the homeowner will receive a card announcing the selection. In June the six properties so honored will go into a drawing for a $150 gift card. Then the Project will start again, with a drawing in December.

The Mayor will be giving a State of the Town Address at the next Town meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 21. The Address begins at 6:15pm: the meeting itself will start about 7pm.

One of the items under discussion will be Morningside Election Day, May 1, when residents cast votes for two Town Council seats. Morningsiders who wish to vote must be registered to do so. A special registration will take place on April 3 at the Town Hall, from 1 to 8pm.

In addition to the Mayor, current members of the Town Council are Vice Mayor Bradley Wade, Todd Mullins, Katie Frostbutter Blade and Sharon Fowler.


Justin McClain, a theology teacher at Bishop McNamara High School, has a new book out, Called to Teach: Daily Inspiration for Catholic Educators. The book has 365 reflections—one for each day of the year—and each begins with a quote from Scripture. I checked it on Amazon, and all reviewers gave it five stars.

Kerrington Banks, a senior at Friendly High School, has been named Sentinel Student of the Month. He is captain of the swim team, has taken rigorous courses in Advanced Placement, is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Math Honor Society. He plans to attend North Carolina A&T.

Yvonne Garvin, of Skyline, told me her son Samuel Garvin Jr. worked 19 hours on Inauguration Day, on duty at the Trump Hotel. He is a volunteer with the Metropolitan Police Department.

Linda Lee Kelley, who graduated from Suitland High School in 1960, and went on to serve as County Commissioner in Calvert County, died Jan. 24. Several of her schoolmates emailed me the sad news. I’ll pay tribute to her in my next column.

Bingo in Morningside

Family Fun Bingo will be held at the Morningside Town Hall on Friday, Feb. 10. There’ll be ten regular bingo games, three stand-up bingo games and non-cash door prizes (prizes will be selected from a prize table). Concessions will be sold. Doors open at 6pm, games start at 6:30. Admission, $3.

Skyline Citizens meet in newly-refurbished MVFD room

The Skyline Citizens Association will hold its quarterly meeting Feb. 15, at 7pm in the Michael P. McCarthy Room at the Morningside Fire House. The room has been cleaned, painted, carpeted and will be furnished with tables, chairs, and new technology as a place where the volunteers can study. Volunteer Michael McCarthy, for whom the room is named, died in the line of duty on Sept. 12, 1983.

The Fire Chief lets the Skyline Citizens meet there. Aaron Long, head of the Dept. of Permitting, Inspections & Enforcement will be one of the speakers at the Feb. 15 Skyline meeting.

Changing landscape

A house on Donna Street in Skyline was gutted by fire the night of Sept. 15/26. The ugly—and I believe dangerous—hulk is still standing. Well, sort of standing; recently one whole wall collapsed. Skyline President Stan Holmes has gotten word that it is scheduled for demolition. Can’t happen too soon!

An overpass, now under construction, is being built at Brandywine Road and Branch Avenue. Once completed, traffic lights at two locations will be removed.

There is a new sign at Suitland and Randolph Roads, announcing Skyline Park. It used to also list Skyline School, now being refitted as an office building.

A new program has been announced: Adopt a Hydrant. The purpose is to have residents living near a hydrant clear snow away it so it can be accessed in case of fire.

Honored at Nats Stadium as a vet and centenarian

Frederick Francis Moffett, longtime resident of Oxon Hill and a Railway Express Agency retiree, died Jan. 22 at the age of 101. He grew up in Leesburg, Va., and Congress Heights where his family ran a chicken and egg business.

He graduated from Eastern High, served with the Army in WWII, saw combat in North Africa and returned home with a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and shrapnel in his lower back. He married Ella Mills James in 1944 and they settled in Oxon Hill with sons Daniel and Lanny, in a house that Freddie built himself, with family help.

He was an avid deer hunter and a lifetime member of the Tri-State Sports Club. When baseball returned to Washington in 2005, he became a dedicated Washington Nationals fan, and was honored in an on-field pre-game celebration of his military service and centenarian status, arranged by the Foundation 4 Heroes of California, Md.

Survivors include three grandchildren and six great-grands. Services were at Kalas with interment at Union Cemetery, Leesburg.


Happy birthday to Alma Richardson, Feb. 10; Ginny Call, Dawn Witherow and David Chambers, Feb. 11; Angie Miller, Katelyn Dudding and Pat Miller, Feb. 13; Joan Rose, Scott Jenkins and Mary Reilly, Feb. 14; Father Ted Hegnauer, Mary Young and Ruby Holloway, Feb. 15; Sarah Anderson and Dean Woods, Feb. 16.

Happy anniversary to Frank and Soo Wilson on Feb. 15; and to Wilda and Joe Cheseldine on their 59th, Feb. 16.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers!

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


World View Clubhouse after school sports and academics has been providing quality child care services for twenty years with their Before & After School program. The locations are Brandywine, Clinton, Temple Hills and Waldorf. Time vary per location. Transportation is provided, homework assistance and care when school is closed.

When school is out Worl View is in. Drop-in service is welcome. Non World View students are welcome. For more information, please contact World View at or call 301-372-0053.


M-NCPPC has partnered with Bowie State University to offer community arts classes and performances at Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center. Be’la Dona is one of the hottest female groups in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia area with their unique style of Funk, Jazz, R&B and rock will perform at the Center February 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM. The cost is $ 27. Event contact is Jolene Ivey at 301-437-8394 or


Count on us Math Help is available on Comcast channel 96 and Verizon channel 38 Mondays and Wednesdays. The two-hour call in show provides mathematical instruction to elementary and middle school students seeking homework help. Students can submit their math questions by emailing cou@pgpcs.o


All ages are welcome to participate in a variety of healthy activities that will improve the quality of your life Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 2:00–4:00 PM at Tucker Road Athletic Complex. The address is 1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744. Telephone number is 301-203-6000: TTY 301-699-2544. This is a free event.


Huntington offers private tutoring for SAT/PSAT/PREP (exam prep for students seeking dramatic score improvements). Huntington is a tutoring solution to help students reach their full potential. Academic evaluation identifies problem area. Highly trained tutors work individually with students. Huntington helps improve grades, skills and confidence. Visit or call 301-705-7100.


Make summer memorable for students in grades 2–8 by enrolling them in a summer program that offers activities for grades 2–8. For more information, contact or call 301-546-0158.


Come and join us Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 8:00 AM for the Maryland Madness Open Championship, All Star Prep and All Star Cheer and Dance competition. Watch your favorite teams as they compete for championships ring. All ages are welcome. Cost is $15 for spectators (ages 12 & up); $10 spectators (ages 5–11). Cost is free for ages 4 and under.

The event will be at The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Contact number is 301-952-7900; TTY 301-699-2544.



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