In and Around Morningside-Skyline
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451
100 firefighters battle suspicious blaze at popular
Tucker’s Restaurant and Lounge, on Old Marlboro Pike, was
destroyed by fire early June 17 after a 911 caller reported smoke coming from the
roof. Damage is estimated at $2 million and the cause is “suspicious.” Here
is the report from the Morningside VFD’s website:
“At approximately 3:30 AM on Wednesday, June 17th, a Box
Alarm was sounded for Tucker's Restaurant…
“Engine 27 arrived as the second due engine shortly after
the first arriving officer confirmed the working fire in a one-story strip
After securing the first due engine's water supply, the crew
of Engine 27 deployed a back up line to assist Engine 23 with a fire in the
attic/roof area of the structure. After approximately 30 minutes, the Incident
Commander sounded evacuation tones due to an imminent collapse hazard…
“A Second and Third alarm was sounded, bringing
approximately 100 Firefighters and support personnel from throughout Prince
George's County; as well as mutual aid from Calvert County, Fairfax County, VA,
Arlington, VA, and the District of Columbia. The bulk of the fire was knocked
down at approximately 5:30 AM. Despite the size of the fire and the collapse of
the roof, there were no injuries. The fire remains under investigation and has
been ruled incendiary by the Prince George's County Fire Marshal's Office.”
Tucker’s Restaurant first opened its doors back in 1969 and, as
County Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady said, “It
certainly will be missed by a lot of people in Prince George’s
Celebrate the 4th in Morningside
The annual Morningside Independence Day Parade will kick off
from the firehouse at 11:30 and march or cruise up Suitland Road to the VFW. I’ll be
under the big tree at the Suitland Road Baptist Church. Wave as you go by.
For a perfect ending to your July 4th celebration, come and
enjoy the always-excellent Morningside fireworks at dusk.
Off to Ocean City
Morningside officials spent this week in Ocean City at the
annual Maryland Municipal League Convention. They included: Mayor Kenneth Wade;
Vice Mayor Bennard Cann; Council Members Sharon Fowler, Todd Mullins and
Bradley Wade; Clerk-Treasurer Janice Diggs, Chief of Police Amos Damron and Lt.
National Harbor Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday and
Sunday for fresh produce, baked goods, flowers and seasonal displays from
Miller Farms of Clinton. For information go to www.nationalharbor.com.
My first Morningside/Skyline column ran in the July 8, 1976
issue of the Enquirer-Gazette, 39 years ago this week.
I wrote about the Summer Playground at Morningside School
where leaders were Sharon Hoffman, Ann Marie Morgan and Paul Curry. At Skyline
School, leaders were Jan Eggers, Walter Geissdorfer and my daughter Elaine.
Mayor Glaubitz was headed for the Maryland Municipal League
Convention with Councilmen Lester Ryan, Harry Musser, Charles Kiker and Bert
Etienne; Clerk Rebecca Capps; Town Engineer John D. Emler; Town Attorney, Harry
E. Taylor Jr.; and Morningside Chief of Police Matt Rosch.
Rita Tewell was the newly-elected president of the Skyline
Homemakers. Other officers were Ann Gardner, Betty Rayle and Barbara Graves.
One of the members, Dot Burgess, suggested putting out a Skyline cookbook.
The Morningside Seniors planned a picnic July 10 at Bernice
Burdette’s house. Morningside Baptist Church had Summer Bible
School coming up. The Bookmobile would be at Randolph Road Circle on Thursday.
And Frank Brizzi, of Skyline, had just returned from a hunting trip, with a
May they rest in peace
Keith William Neale, 57, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., formerly
of Morningside, died at home on June 17. He was born in Washington, son of
Robert and Edythe Neale, and grew up on Poplar Road. He attended Morningside
Elementary, Foulois and Crossland, and, his brother Wayne remembers that Keith
bagged groceries at G. I. Market. Later, he lived in Washington where he was
program analyst for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. He retired in
2000 and moved to Fort Lauderdale. He did volunteer work in Rehoboth Beach,
particularly for the Sundance fundraiser for Camp Rehoboth. Survivors include
his husband and partner of 32 years, Arthur Dochterman; and brothers Bruce
(Patricia), Wayne (Sherrill), and Lance (Sandra); four nephews and a niece.
Alberto Joseph “Al” DiPompo, 67, of West River and
formerly of Temple Hills, died at home on June 8. His parents emigrated from
Italy in 1950 to Argentina and later to Washington. Al graduated from St.
Francis Xavier School in SE Washington, John Carroll High School and the U. of
Maryland. He served 34 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, retiring
in 2004 as an Assistant Director, and then became a substitute teacher for the
Anne Arundel Schools. Al had a second career as a barber, his home base being
the Esquire Barber Shop in Marlow Heights. He was preceded in death by his
brother, Luke. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Deborah; son and
daughter-in-law, Joseph and Jeannine DiPompo.
A special greeting for St. Mary’s
Church in Piscataway on their 375th anniversary.
Happy birthday to Gloria Grapevine, Pat Richardson Conlon,
Sarah Booth and Jack Hay II, July 3; Grace Carruth, Matthew Ryan White and Nya
Nichols, July 4; Jean Ihrig and Timothy Hollowsky, July 5; Chrissy Bennett and
Marie Golihew, July 6; Father Kevin Cusick, Charles “Tony” Haley,
Rev. Dr. Kelvin McCune and Jimmy Gromen, July 8; Anthony Curcio?Bobbitt, July 8; Karlyn
Davis, John Anthony III, July 9 (1983); my grandson Zak Seidman, on July 9, and
his mom, Elaine (McHale) Seidman, July 10.
Happy 4th of July to my readers, and
God bless America!
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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153
GOLFING FOR EDUCATION TOURNAMENT
Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS, Inc. 5th
Annual Golfing for Education Tournament was held Thursday, June 18, 2015 at the
Country Club at Woodmore, Mitchellville, Maryland. More than 94 business
leaders and community partners participated in the Annual Golfing for Education
Tournament hosted by the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS Inc.
The Foundation was established in September 2012. The
primary purpose of the Foundation is to promote and enhance the quality of
Prince George’s County Public Schools. The Foundation seeks the
financial support, business experience and expertise of the private sector to
improve student learning and to ensure that PGCP students are equipped with the
requisite knowledge, skills and resources to become college and career ready.
Proceeds from the tournament support scholarship and other
education-related programs for Prince George’s County public school students. The
Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $151,000 to 40 deserving PGCPS
graduates. The Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling $345,000 to 132
graduating seniors since 2012.
FREE SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM
A free summer meals program will be offered for all children
aged 18 and under at various Prince George’s County Memorial Libraries while
school is out for summer break. Locations, hours, addresses and phone numbers
are listed for these branches on the website www.pgcmls.info.
SKC EARLY EDUCATION CENTERS
SKC Early Education Centers offers a summer program for
Pre-K Program, toddlers, infants, before & after care summer program.
Watkins Park Center located at 70 Watkins Park Drive Upper Marlboro, Maryland,
20774 is now open. Center hours are Monday thru Friday 6:30 AM-6:30 PM.
Register now because spaces are filling fast. For more information call
301-249-5431 or visit www.SKCCENTERS.com.
SKC creates an environment that fosters opportunities for
the development of the child in the areas of spirituality, self-confidence,
curiosity, sensory-motor skills, inner security, initiative and persistence,
social skills and skill development.
PGCPS SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
Prince George’s County Public Schools is operating
on a four day work week schedule from Monday, June 22, through Friday, August
21. Schools and offices will be open Monday through Thursday with extended
hours to provide students, parents, and employees more flexibility during the
summer months. Core business hours are from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Contact the
school or office before visiting to verify hours.
“Your Thoughts, Our Menu”. First class caterer for all occasions. CEO is
Yvette Williams. Visit our website at email@example.com or call
240-691-9125 or 240-508-7459 for more information.
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