Skyline School shutters doors after 50 years
The Skyline Citizens Association held its quarterly meeting Wednesday, May 18, at Skyline School. It was the last time they’ll meet at Skyline — as a school. After half a century, it is definitely closing for good in June. We don’t know if the building will be available for meetings in the future. Or even if the building will still be there.
I welcome those of you who attended — or whose kids attended — Skyline School to send your special memories of the school. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 4304 Skyline Drive, Suitland, MD 20746. I’ll run your memories in my column.
To get you starting to think about Skyline reminiscences, here’s my first one:
Forty years ago, in 1976, Mohammed Ali, heavyweight champion of the world, dropped by Skyline School to talk to the children, and plenty of adults who just happened to be around.
Fish and chips at Skyline Flea Market
A flea market, fish and chips, hamburgers, hotdogs, snacks and refreshments — just some of what’s happening at the Skyline Flea Market on May 21, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department parking lot. Tables are $15, and the rain date is May 29. For information, call Kenia, 301-335-2896, or Suzanne, 301-568-4465.
I have been using the heading “Neighbors” on this item. But it doesn’t always work, since many are really not my neighbors. So, “People” covers everyone.
Morningside volunteer firefighter Kevin Swain is home and recovering. He was one of three shot while attempting to enter a Temple Hills home where they believed a man was nonresponsive and needed emergency treatment. John Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran of the county fire department died; the third man, brother of the shooter, was wounded. This happened in mid-April and a week or two later, a big gathering was held at the Morningside Fire Department, in Kevin’s honor.
Yvonne Garvin, of Skyline, is proud of her mom, Virginia Gerald, who’ll turn 99 on July 25. Among her other activities, she still goes to church every Sunday at Guiding Star Pentecostal Church.
Amanda Espina, a teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside, has been named the 2016 Prince George’s Coun- ty Teacher of the Year. She has taught in the county for 10 years and has been at Foulois since 2009.
The Mount Calvary Varsity (14 years old and under) boys’ basketball team won the CYO Mid-Atlantic Division 2 Championship. The team moved on to the Citywide Championship beating St. Ambrose in the first round but lost in the second round.
Among South County winners in Comcast’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program are: Johannah Azuri, Oxon Hill High; David Cole, Crossland; Andre Cook, From the Heart Christian; Terik Ellis, Friendly; Frank Godfrey, Bishop McNamara; and Anthony Thornton, Suitland High School. Each was awarded $1,000.
The annual St. Philip’s Parish Pastoral Council election was held and they have two winners: Elizabeth “Beth” Phillips and incumbent Suzy Giroux (Suzy grew up in Morningside, the daughter of Kathleen and the late Dave Giroux).
Andrews Federal Credit Union Community Shred Day, 5711 Allentown Rd. on May 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 301-702-5500.
Camp Springs Civic Association/Central Baptist Church Community Shred Day, May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 5600 Old Branch Avenue. Call 240-427-5414.
Looking for a job?
Check out the National Harbor Job Fair, May 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on nationalharbor.com/jobs or mgmnationalharbor.com.
It’s hard to imagine that just 10 years ago, as the Washington Post says, “what is now National Harbor was 350 acres of undeveloped waterfront land. Today, it’s a mini-city with nearly 2,000 residents, and 7,000 workers at 30 restaurants, six hotels and 150 retail stores.”
Now comes MGM National Harbor Casino and a lot of new jobs.
The building that started out years ago as a Woolworth’s in Andrew’s Manor Shopping Center, and which has changed businesses several times, has just become La Colonial International Market. It will open soon.
Subway and the Morningside Barber Shop, next to GI Liquors in Morningside, are open again. They have been closed and yellow-taped since a car plowed into their front windows several weeks ago.
As promised, first class postage the forever stamp is now 47¢, down 2 cents.
Next month, as the soil warms to 64 degrees, billions of cicadas are expected to rise from the ground to mate. Fortunately they can’t chew so they don’t damage our plants and trees (maybe a little pruning). This particular group has as 17-year-life cycle, which began in 1999. As I recall, they are noisy.
Memorial Day Mass
The annual Memorial Day Mass at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton will be celebrated Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m., to honor loved ones buried there. Teh Rev. Barry Knestout will be the celebrant. The mass is usually celebrated under a large tent, so rain will not cancel the event.
Happy birthday to Aidan Kilbride, May 20; Crystal Foster, Juanita Hood, David Sanford and Linda Holsonbake, May 22; Ricci Lee Jr., Betty Call, L. Dorothy Jones, Nancy Sawyer, Dory Babecki and Chester Lanehart IV, May 23; Edna Lucas and Harry Messer, May 24; Dennis Cook, Norma Edwards and my son John McHale, May 25; and Christopher Nichols, May 26.
Happy anniversary to Dennis and Leigh D’Avanzo, their 27th on May 20; Ronnie and Karen Ellis, their Golden Anniversary, May 20; and John and Nichole Barbour. May 25.