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by Mary McHale 301-735-3451
Sgt. Dan Rae is MVFD’s Firefighter of the Year—and more awardees announced
During 2017, the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department continued to provide high quality of emergency and non-emergency life-safety services to the citizens of the Town of Morningside and Prince George’s County.
At their annual Awards Banquet the following were recognized: Top Responder, Sgt. Dan Rae; Top Responder (2nd place), Lt. Craig Olander; Rookie of the Year, Firefighter/EMT Lucas Oblaender; Firefighter of the Year, Sgt. Dan Rae; Line Officer of the Year, Capt. Daniel Webster; President’s Recognition for excellence, Jamie Hansen and Lisa McKlveen; Top Twenty, each member logged over 1,200 hours; Time in Service recognition (40 years and counting), President Thomas Groom.
They responded to more than 6,792 calls for service, recruited 31 new members, and suffered no major injuries during emergency operations.
This was not a good wind!
The recent windstorm played havoc in our area, causing extensive damage and the collapse of a brick wall at Andrews Ridge, an apartment complex in the 5600 block of Regency Park Court, just off Suitland Road.
A strong windgust lifted flat roofs of several buildings and pressurized the interior causing the walls to bow outward and eventually collapse out, according to County Fire spokesman Mark Brady. Officials evacuated five buildings and more than 100 residents were displaced. Firefighters from Morningside were the first to respond, to help with evacuation.
At Andrews Manor Shopping Center, Allentown Cafe suffered major roof and side damage.
And there are so many trees are down everywhere.
John Scroggins—after reading my obituary for Dick Hall—emailed one of his memories: “ For many years, Dick called members of Oxon Hill United Methodist Church on their birthdays and sang Happy Birthday to them (or to their answering machines). And each Christmas he called and sang to the church. I’ll miss him.”
Condolences to Kimberly White on the death of her newborn son Julius Bailey in January, and to Julius’s grandmother Stephanie White, of Upper Marlboro.
The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss’s favorite cat is coming to Prince George’s Publick Playhouse in a theatrical adaptation of The Cat in the Hat on Saturday, March 24 at 2 PM. The Playhouse is at 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly. Tickets are $8, and you can buy them by calling 301-277-1710. There is free, on-site parking.
Aren’t you glad you have Forevers?
Did you know that postage went up on January 21? Yep! First class 1-oz. is now 50 cents (or a Forever), up a penny from last year. A flat envelope (10 X 13 inches) is $1.00. The extra ounce for either is 21 cents. Postcards are 35 cents. One ounce International is $1.15.
Construction is underway at Allentown Andrews Gateway Center, intersection of Branch Avenue and Allentown Road. Mixed-use development plans a grocery, retail, and service, gas station and residential. This will be just down the road from Andrews’ Main Gate.
Buildings are gone and the site is cleared and fenced at the intersection of Old Branch and Kirby Road. An Eco Car Wash is coming there.
The commercial building adjacent to the historic Surratt House in Clinton has been demolished and the site donated to the House. Part of the property will be appropriately landscaped as part of the museum grounds. Another portion will probably be used to extend a right-hand turn lane at the intersection of Old Branch and Brandywine Road.
Happy 73rd birthday, Morningside Volunteer Fire Department
On March 7, 1945, Morningside founded its fire department. The first Board of Directors included Charles Benton, Lawrence Beardmore, Ward Caldwell, Norman Loveless and Albert Stahl.
The founding was in response to a Nov. 22, 1944 fire on Pine Grove Drive. Four-year-old Helen Louise Massey died in the blaze. Her half-sister, Josephine (Massey) Haney was injured trying to save her. She died the following day at Prince George’s Hospital. The cause was found to be a faulty oil heater.
May they rest in peace
• Eva Frances (Blakeney) Hay, 89, longtime Morningsider, died Feb. 9 with her children by her side. She was the wife of the late Jack Hay. Survivors include son Jack II and his wife Kim and daughter Ruth and her husband John Anthony; grandchildren, Amy Wade (Bradley), John Anthony III and Eva Marie Anthony; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Margie Blakeney and brother-in-law Gene Hay.
• John J. Casey, “the quintessential Irish gentleman,” died March 4. According to his Post obituary, he was a Marine, pilot and police officer, “kind and fun-loving. He believed in doing-it-yourself and taught his family to do the same.” Survivors include his daughters Susan and Regina and two grandchildren. The Requiem Mass was held at St. Mary’s in Upper Marlboro.
• José Cadisal, 93, U.S. Navy, retired, died Feb. 18. He was the husband of the late Felicitas Cadisal; father of Nora, Stephen and John Cadisal; grandfather of Jaden and Jared. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Columba’s in Oxon Hill. Burial was March 13 at Arlington.
Happy birthday to Constance Bennett and my great-grandson Riley McHale, March 16; Sharon Ryan, Helene Williams, Judy Bornman and Alysha Perez, March 18;
Kristopher Calhoun, Audrey Pridgen and Gladys Davidson, March 20; Russ Kyser, Matthew Curcio?Bobbitt and Dejuh Bedewi, March 21.
Happy anniversary to Morrine and Harold Wilson on March 22.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all you Irish!
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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153
DOWNHOME GOSPEL MUSIC PROGRAM
Join us for an evening of Downhome Gospel Music Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM. The program will feature New Hope Fellowship Choir, Mighty Wonders, Soloist, Liturgical Dancers and many more performances. Free will offering (proceeds will go toward the Family Life Center Building).
The program is being sponsored by Nottingham Myers United Methodist Church, Rev. Constance C. Smith, Pastor. The address is 15601 Brooks Church Road, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. If you need additional information, contact the church at (301) 888-2171 or e-mail email@example.com.
Happy Birthday to Elizabeth Davis, Brewer Clark, Shirley Brown, Dezmond Wood, Anthony Oghogho, Safiya Terry-Joseph, Brittany Baker, Denise Reid Bourne, Mildred Edwards, Vedall Grant, Lloyd Brown, Patricia Stephens, Tina Fields, Aja LayLonie Bell, Neil Noel, Maya Stammer, Bonnie Fauber, Shirley Jackson, Dr. Kenneth Newby, Judy Jones-Terry, Amiya Knight, Shonnel Noel, Daniel Jones and Daniel Glee who are Clinton United Methodist Church Members celebrating their birthdays during the month of March. I would like to wish everyone a wonderful year of happiness.
Happy Wedding Anniversary to Emmanuel and Claudette Oghogho who are Clinton United Methodist Church Members celebrating a Wedding
Anniversary during the month of March 2018.
HEART ATTACK OR STROKE
Become aware of your risk factors for a stroke or heart attack by taking your medicine as prescribed and also by changing your daily habits. To learn more call toll-free at 1-800-AHA-USA1(800-242-8721), contact your nearest office or visit www.americanheart.org. For Stroke information call American Stroke Association at 1-888-478-7653 or visit www.Strokeassociation.org.
DEMENTIA & ALZHEIME’S AWARENESS
Seminar brought to you by serving the world. A Dementia Friendly Prince George’s Seminar will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 11:30–2:00 PM at St. Paul Oxon Hill United Methodist Church. The address is 6634 St. Barnabas Road. Contact information is 301-567-4433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISTRICT 4 LISTENING SESSIONS
Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair Todd M. Turner (D) District 4 will hold a series of three “Listening Sessions” throughout District 4 communities to provide updates on District priorities and hear directly from residents on issues of community concern. The meeting will include an overview of District 4 achievements, Council updates and the County’s Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget. Residents are encouraged to attend the listening sessions.
The sessions will be Thursday, March 15, 2018 7:00 PM at Greenbelt Municipal Building (City Council Hearing Room). The address is 25 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, Maryland. Second session will be Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Glen Dale Volunteer Fire Department. The address is 11900 Glen Dale Boulevard, Glen Dale, Maryland. The final listening Session will take place 7:00 PM Thursday, March 29, in the Kenhill Center Multipurpose Room, 2614 Kenhill Drive in Bowie. Contact Tomeka Bumbry, District 4 Chief of Staff, at 301-952-3094, or email@example.com for additional information.
COSCA TENNIS BUBBLE
The Clubhouse includes four indoor courts and six adjacent outdoor lighted courts. The courts are on a first come, first served basis. Group instruction and private instruction are available for senior, adults, and juniors. The address is 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, Maryland. Telephone number is 301-868-6462.
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