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

Attention, Camp Springs: Weather Building due for change

The property of the World Weather Building at 5200 Auth Road is proposed for redevelopment. Shirley M. Anglin has sent out a notice asking nearby homeowners and community associations to contact her as soon as possible.

I went online and found a report of this “redevelopment.” Mention is made of “5,760 additional employees” and the need to evaluate traffic operations “to increase roadway capacity.”

Shirley asks that information about this matter be disseminated because, “We would like to let the community be aware.” If you have questions, comments or concerns, call her at 301-952-3860.

Good thing it didn’t happen on the Beltway!

On May 24, about 4:30 in the afternoon, a young woman pulled into the parking lot of St. Philip’s Church on Henderson Way because her car was on fire. The fire department was called and the fire extinguished.

On May 26 I saw for myself the sad, burned-out car. It was due to be towed within 72 hours. By the way, the woman was not affiliated with the St. Philip’s community. No name was given.


A six-year-old girl who attends Benjamin Foulois, in Morningside, is in the late stages of brain cancer. She has made a wish to go to Disney World and the Town of Morningside is seeking pledges to help her dream come true. If you can help, call the Town Hall at 301-735-2300.

Kinosha Soden, Mrs. D.C. America and a military spouse, toured Joint Base Andrews on May 11 to familiarize herself with the operations and mission of the base. At one point during the tour, she sat in a 1st Helicopter Squadron flight simulator.


Nicholas M. Degraba, son of former Morningside Councilwoman Carol Kline, graduated May 26 from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, in Olney.

John Matthews III graduated with honors from Punxsutawney High School, and has been awarded a baseball scholarship by Kent State University. The son of Jackie and John Matthews, formerly of Poplar Road and Suitland Road, John grew up in Morningside and played basketball and baseball for the Camp Springs Boys’ Club.

Coming up

• The SE Hand Dance Club is hosting a dance at Marlboro Moose Lodge on June 11. They’ll be selling sandwiches and there’ll be a cash bar. Shelley Sansbury sent me this notice, and she’ll be bartending. She says admission is probably $10. You don’t have to pay in advance, and the time is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Shelley suggests you bring a bunch of friends. Let her know if you want to reserve a table, and she hopes to see you there.

• The Air Force Band will be performing at the National Harbor on Saturdays at 6 or 7 p.m. and at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. These are free, outdoor concerts.

• The Surratt House, in Clinton, invites you to take a bus tour on June 7 to one of the most famous towns in history—Gettysburg.Learn the effect the battle had on the citizens as you visit three museums (one a historic house). Enjoy lunch at the historic Dobbin House and spend money in a variety of shops. Call The Surratt House, 301-868-1121, for more information.

Then it was Meadows …

Back on August 26, 1942, a letter was sent regarding “Land Acquisition, Proposed Air Base, Camp Springs, Maryland.” Remember, Pearl Harbor was less than a year earlier and, “There is a military necessity for the acquisition of land … in Prince Georges County, approximately 11 miles southeast of Washington” for an air base.

Situated on the acreage were “10 full-time farms, 22 part-time farms, 85 cottages and urban homes, gas station, church, cemetery, experimental station of the Bureau of Standards... and several utilities such as electric distribution line and public highways which must necessarily be relocated.”

To be continued.

Linda Gurzell, federal government retiree

Linda Diane Gurzell, 72, formerly of Morningside, died May 5 at her home in Hollywood, MD. She was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mary (Windsor) McConkey who once lived on Woodland Road.

Linda married twice, to Paul Ratliff and to a Mr. Gurzell, from whom she was divorced. She retired from the Federal Government after 30 years’ service. She is predeceased by siblings Paul, Richard “Peewee” and Vicki McConkey and Shirley Downey. Survivors include her children Susan Gray and Paul Ratliff Jr., brothers Ronald and Elmer “Skippy” McConkey; and four grandchildren. Sue Stine McÇonkey Mason emailed that Linda was her late husband’s older sister.

James Wills, Mayor of District Heights

James Louis Walls, Jr., 39, mayor of District Heights, died suddenly on May 12. In 2006 he became the youngest person elected to the city’s top office. He was an associate minister of Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church.

He was the son of Brenda Dickerson and James Walls, Sr., brother of Lena Walls and the late Gabriel Dickerson. His body lay in state at the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit until funeral services on May 21. Burial was at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.

Paul Sikka, owner/proprietor of 7-Eleven

Paul Sikka, who owned the 7-Eleven franchise on Suitland Road in Skyline, died Feb. 9. Survivors include his wife Manju, sons Siddharth and Munish, and daughter-in law Neena Sikko (wife of Siddharth) who now runs the store. She told us at the recent Skyline meeting, “The community has been tremendously kind since dad died.”


Happy birthday to Darius Nalley-Stoddard, June 3; Fay Norton-Cummings and Malik Reed, June 6; Trisha Reamy, June 7; Ryan Fowler and John Nichols, June 8; Robin Murphy and Rev. Frank Ways, June 9; and Laura Smith Jenkins, June 10.

 Happy anniversary to Carol (Kline) and Tom DeGraba, on their 22nd, June 4; Bucky and Debbie Tretler, their 40th on June 5; and Donald and Carmina Young, their 56th on June 8.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Reading and Equations Learning Center offers nine weeks of academic reinforcement for the next coming year along with two weekly field trips, drama, dance, football, soccer, swimming, science, fun, camping, character building, etiquette training, arts and crafts, and many more activities.

The Camp is located off Brooke Lane near Barack Obama Elementary and Wise High School. For more information, contact Melani Bridges, Center Director. Call for an appointment 301-780-6249 Lic#156670.


Frederick Douglass High School TV Production Students participated in the America’s Promise Alliance’s Promise night Gala 2016. The evening was a celebration, featuring the Promise of America Awards presented by General Colin Powell and Mrs. Alma Powell at the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Frederick Douglass High Students were accompanied by TV Productions teacher, Mrs. Patrice Lawrence.

The High School TV Production students interviewed Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Patricia DeStacy Harrison, President and CEO for Publishing Broadcasting Corporation, Angela Diaz, Director, of Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and Brian Comell, Chairman and CEO of the Target Corporation.

America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership, which brings together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, communities and educators together to make the promise of America accessible to all young people.


CGR Academy Summer Camp 2016, June 20–August 19  offers a full day Immersion Language Summer Camp (French, Spanish or Chinese) for ages 5-12. Campers enjoy over 25 field trips. Beginner, intermediate and advanced learners are welcome. CGR also offers free before and after care from 7:00 AM–6:00 PM.

Avoid the summer slide with daily lessons, leveled English Reading program, Math assessment and practice, outdoor play, games and many more activities. CGR Academy is located at 10274 Lake Arbor Way, #205 Mitchellville, Maryland 20721 and 6911 Laurel-Bowie Road #307, Bowie, Maryland 20715. Call 301-842-405 or visit, or, go to, info@cgrkids.og for more information.


Starlite Performing Art 10th Annual Summer Production presents The Jungle Book for boys and girls featuring drama, modern, jazz, hip hop, field trips, arts and crafts, outdoor sports, computer lab and free pizza Wednesdays. Registration fee is $150.00 (Non-Refundable) which includes one T-shirt and one DVD of the show per child. Tuition is $125.00 per week for ages 5 and older. Hours ae Monday–Friday 7:00 AM–6:00 PM. Performing Arts Production begins Monday, June 2, 2016 and ends Friday August 12, 2016. Performance Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Dr. Wise High School, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Call 301-333-0051 or visit for more information. Email:

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