Morningside residents elect new mayor, council
Vice Mayor Bennard “Benn” Cann was elected Morningside’s new mayor in the May 2 elections. Sheila Scott was runner-up and current mayor, Kenneth Wade, finished third.
Incumbent Sharon Fowler was re-elected to the town council. A write-in, Katie F. Blade, won the other council seat, edging out Stacie Wade. There were four other write-ins: Karla Russell, Dakota Tyree, Elizabeth Long and Oscar the Big Guy.
Ronald “Dave” Chambers served as chief election judge. Other judges were Lori Williams and newly-elected council member, Katie Blade.
A circuit court official will swear in the new officers on Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. The following day, Tuesday, May 17, Morningside holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Should be interesting.
And who is this new Mayor?
Benn Cann moved to Morningside in 2007, elected in 2014 to the Morningside Town Council, and soon after was appointed vice mayor. He represents Morningside with the State of Maryland Municipal League and is currently vice chair on the planning committee for the annual summer conference of state elected municipal officials.
He’s currently working on a town website and has established Morningside’s first Seniors Program.
Benn was born and grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C., and is a graduate of Fayetteville State University. He has more than 20 years’ experience in business and management and for the past 11 years has been an advertising manager for George Washington University. He serves as board of directors/treasurer for a nonprofit organization, The Global Language Network.
Jan Stocklinski, daughter of Morningside’s first mayor back in the late 1940s, emailed thanks for my “beautiful tribute” to Pat Speier. Jan and Pat taught together years ago at Suitland Junior High School. Some of them, from back then, still meet for small reunions.
Lt. Col. Jun Oh is the new commander of the men and women of the 1st Helicopter Squadron, 811th Operations Group, 11th Wing at Joint Base Andrews. He takes over from Lt. Col. Brian Roberts
Condolences to Rita Beall of Morningside on the death of her brother-in-law, Paul Beall, who died at his home in Port Orange, Fla., on April 30. He died just two months after his brother Mike, Rita’s husband.
New farmer’s market opens in Camp Springs
Wednesday Farmer’s Market opened May 4 at the Mona Center, 5859 Allentown Way in Camp Springs, with easy access from Branch Avenue or Allentown Road. The market offers local fruits and vegetables and is sponsored by Miller Farms and Catholic Charities. They accept SNAP/BT. Hours are Wednesdays from 2 to 7 p.m.
Last meeting at Skyline School
The Skyline Citizens Association holds its quarterly meeting Wednesday, May 18, at Skyline School. It will be the last time we meet at Skyline — as a school. The school is definitely closing for good in June. We don’t know if the building will be available for meetings in the future. Or if the building will even still be there.
I welcome those of you who attended (or whose kids attended) Skyline School to send me your memories of Skyline School. Send to email@example.com or mail to 4304 Skyline Drive, Suitland, MD 20746.
Yard sale coming up in Morningside
In conjunction with Morningside’s annual cleanup, a community yard sale will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To rent a table or space, the charge is $5 for Morningsiders, $10 for non-residents. Space is limited. Call 301-736-7400 for more information.
As for spring clean-up 2016 on June 4 and 5, the Morningside Sun newsletter says, “Let’s get it done inside and out; from that overflowing closet and basement to the shed, garage and yard.” There’ll be roll-off Dumpsters, free bags of mulch (while supplies last), a charity drop-off and refreshments.
2016-2017 Senatorial Scholarships available now
If you are planning to attend a Maryland college or university, you are eligible to apply for a Senatorial Scholarship. Completed applications must be submitted to the office of Sen. Ulysses Currie no later than May 31. Call the senator’s office, 301-8583127, for an application or send an email to ulysses. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chivalry is alive and well
Recently I found myself in the checkout at Safeway in Clinton when, lo, I did not have my wallet. No cash and no credit cards. This has never happened to me before and I was really embarrassed. I knew exactly where my wallet was — at home, in another jacket. The clerk said there was no solution but for me to drive home and get payment. As I walked away, a young man among those waiting in line said, “Just a minute,” came forward and paid my bill with his credit card.
Amazed and delighted, I thanked him profusely and got his name and address. Back home, I sent him a check and a note telling him, “This is one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.”
Happy birthday to Henrietta Bookhart, Ted Harris and Micheal White, May 13; John Smith, May 14; my granddaughter Naomi Albaugh and Helen Fadness, May 15; Fr. Charles McCann, Kenneth Darcey and Kitty Marshall, May 16; Patti Parco Grey, May 18; Kaylin Barbour, Otis Jones and Ellen Ashby, May 19.
Happy anniversary to Donna and Wayne Anderson, May 14; and to Aidan and Mary Kilbride, on their 53rd, May 18.