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

You are invited to Walk for Life 2015

The Forestville Pregnancy Center at Marlow Heights is hosting a Walk for Life on April 18 in the parking lot of the Center, 3611 Branch Avenue.  Register at or by calling 301-423-0042.

The Forestville Pregnancy Center was founded 32 years ago, in Forestville.  But several years ago a gas explosion destroyed the shop and several others nearby, necessitating a move to Marlow Heights.

Over the years the Pregnancy Center has had 22,623 clients, with 395 volunteers (who’ve served 153,772 hours).  Of the babies they’ve saved, 3270 have reached 18 years of age.

From the Morningside VFD Facebook, March 19

“Shortly after 2045 hours a Rescue Local was sounded for a Motor Vehicle Accident with people trapped on Branch Avenue in the area of the Naylor Road Metro Station.  Company 27 [that’s Morningside] responded with the balance of the assignment, consisting of the Rescue Squad, Engine Company and Ambulance and were updated while responding.  The incident also involved a Police Officer.

“Crews arrived to find a critically injured patient trapped in a vehicle and went to work freeing them.  The victim was quickly freed but not before the roof had to be removed from the vehicle.  This incident was a result of a hit and run.  Fortunately the police later apprehended a suspect after a foot chase and with the assistance of a police helicopter.

However, when the dust settled a police officer was injured, another victim succumbed to their injuries and numerous vehicles were involved.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy.”


My grandson Conor McHale, his wife Heather, and their children Mary and Wesley, of Clinton, participated in the (Re)Generation Who convention last weekend at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Md. The Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker (via Skype), and Second Doctor Companion Deborah Watling were among those expected to appear.

“I love Steak in a Sack,” emails Jan Stocklinski, daughter of Morningside’s first mayor, “I have been going there for many years.  My husband Don loved it too.  Our favorite waitress Shirley is still working there.  Although I live in NC now, I try to stop in to eat there and see Shirley at least once a year.  Best breakfast anywhere!!!  Tell Shirley that Jan says hello, from NC.”

Morningside holds its monthly Town Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.

SPCA/Humane Society needs volunteers

Photographers, social media outreach, adoption-show assistance, and pet foster families are needed by the SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County, an all-volunteer organization.  If you love animals and are interested in helping, call 301-780-7200 or visit

Changing landscape

Upper Marlboro has been granted $35,000 from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to improve building facades, including painting, new awnings or signs, masonry repair, new doors and windows, and landscaping.  Property owners must submit applications for some of the grant money by April 15.

A building permit application has been submitted for a warehouse at 4333 Forestville Rd.  (Just what Prince George’s needs—another warehouse.)

Kirkland Memorial Church’s preliminary plan has been approved for a 12,000-square-foot church on 1.2 acres at 5225 Manchester Drive in Camp Springs.

Morningside Memories

Thirty years ago this month Morningside’s favorite vaga-bond, Edna Lucas, was back in town after a South American voyage of more than two months aboard the freighter Salvador of the Ivaran Lines.  She was one of only 12 passengers.  That’s all the passengers freighters could take.

Longtime Morningsider Jack McHahan dies

Harold Lloyd “Jack” Mahan Jr., 92, a longtime resident of Morningside, died March 25.  He had lived on Larkspur Road since at least 1952 and might have been here in 1949 when Morningside became a municipality.

He arrived in the Washington area during WWII to work for the Defense Department at the Torpedo Factory.  After the war he worked as an auto mechanic, servicing some faithful clients for decades.  He had a lifelong hobby of building and displaying “hit and miss” engines, which he exhibited at the regional Farm and Steam Engine shows.

His first wife Ann Crossley Mahan and daughter Carol Verdi preceded him in death.  Survivors include his wife Marge, daughter Patricia Leone, three brothers, a sister, grandchildren and great-grands.


Happy birthday to Melissa Lytton, Sophia Cordero and Bernie Saylor, April 3; Motoko Howard, April 4; Earlene Erhardt Righter, Jimmy Shipman and Kaitlin Woods, April 5; Jonathan Charters, April 6; and Debbie Callison, April 8.

A Blessed Easter to all my Readers!


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


The Winter Athletic Awards Banquet was held at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland March 9, 2015. There were 146 students recognized for their Academic Excellence and Athletic Dominance. Presentations were made to students in Bocee, Swimming, Cheerleading, Girl's Basketball, Indoor Track & Field and Boys Basketball. Thirty five Athletes were awarded Minds In Motion Certificates for attaining a 3.2 Grade point average or above.


Camp Spring Fling for girls in Grades K-5 April 7-10, 2015 at Brandywine Elementary School from 9 AM- 4:00 PM. The cost is $40 which includes T-Shirt, transportation and snack. Financial Assistance is available. Camp fees are non-refundable. Campers should bring a healthy lunch and water bottle to camp each day. Snack is provided daily.

Camp Spring Fling is a community outreach camp designed as an introductory program for girls who are not currently Girl Scouts. Visit: to register for Camp Spring Fling .


Please join us at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Brandywine, Maryland to raise money for the cause. Party yourself into shape with Team Pretty in Pink at a Zumba Fitness Party Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 1:00 PM -3:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $8.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door. Instructors are Nay Crawley and Honey.

Fellowship with Team Pretty in Pink at a BBQ Fundraiser Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. There will be a 50/50 Raffle Drawing at 3:00 PM. Rib Dinner $15.00, BBQ Chicken Dinner $12.00 (Dinners include corn on the cob, green beans, baked beans, potato salad, slice of cake and a soda or water). Rib Sandwich Combo $12.00, BBQ Chicken Sandwich Combo $10.00, Hot Dog Combo $5.00 (Combos include: one side, cookie and soda or water.) Rib Sandwich only $10.00, Chicken Sandwich only $8.00, Hot Dog only $3.00, side order $2.00, Can Soda (Pepsi or Sierra Mist) $0.75, bottle of water $1.00. *Delivery available to local businesses for $25.00 minimum order. Orders for delivery must be placed in advance by calling 240-438-2121*.

Team Pretty in Pink has committed to participating in the Avon 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer. Money raised will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to provide access to care for those who need help the most. The money will also be used to fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures.


Wednesday with Mrs. Bowles Grade K-6th April 29 and May 20, 2015 for Roller Skating, music, fun and snack from 3:40 PM - 6:00 PM. Permission slip is required to stay after school. Please pick up by 6:00 PM. The cost is $5.00 per child /per date (includes skates and snacks).

Baden Community Center is located at 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613. Telephone nummber is 301-888-1500 and TTY 301-203-6030.


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