Morn­ing­side to host fo­rums to dis­cuss com­mu­nity needs

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Morn­ing­side Mayor Benn Cann will be hold­ing a se­ries of town fo­rums to air the var­i­ous needs of the com­mu­nity. On Aug. 4, all cit­i­zens can come and ex­press their is­sues. Youth ac­tiv­i­ties and con­cerns will be the topic on Aug. 5. Lo­cal busi­nesses will be the fo­cus on Aug. 11. Light re­fresh­ments will be served. Each meet­ing will be held at the Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.

As he says in the Morn­ing­side Sun news­let­ter, “As I set­tle into the role as Mayor, I would like to get your feed­back on what you would like to see in our town.”

Then, on Aug. 13, there’ll be an Out­door Fam­ily Movie Night at the Town Hall. Ad­mis­sion is free. Dis­ney’s “Zootopia” is the film; pop­corn and sno kones will be sold. For in­for­ma­tion, call 301-736-2300.

Baby Ni­chols

Many of you will re­mem­ber the large Ni­chols fam­ily of Morn­ing­side. The late Mary and Lawrence Ni­chols raised 14 chil­dren in that lit­tle Al­lies Road home. And now they have a new great-grand­son, Jim Bran­don Ni­chols, born to Joe and Keisha Ni­chols of Lau­rel. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

Baby Jim is the 41st great-grand­child for Mary and Lawrence, and the 11th grand­child of Jean and Jimmy Ni­chols. He is the lit­tle brother of Kyra, 14; Nya, 11, and Jay­den, 6. He’s named for his un­cle, Jim Brown Ni­chols, who died sud­denly last Jan. 10.

By the way, al­most all the Ni­chols’ sons, grand­sons and great-grand­son have the ini­tials JBN.

Peo­ple

Lor­raine Wright of Camp Springs was guest of honor at a sur­prise party cel­e­brat­ing her 70th birth­day on July 23 at Galazio Restau­rant in La Plata.

Fam­ily mem­bers of Lt. Gen. Frank M. An­drews trav­eled from New York to Joint Base An­drews on the 75th anniversary of the day Camp Springs Air Field was re­named An­drews Air Field in his honor, shortly af­ter he died in a plane crash in Ice­land dur­ing World War II.

It all be­gan at Suit­land High

Robert Frances Dorr, 76, an au­thor and for­mer For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cer died June 12 at a hospi­tal in Falls Church. He was born in Wash­ing­ton, grew up near Bolling AFB and de­vel­oped a life­long in­ter­est in air­planes. With money earned from a pa­per route, he bought an Un­der­wood type­writer.

When he was a stu­dent at Suit­land High School, he wrote an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Air Force Mag­a­zine. From that time he went on to write hun­dreds of books and news­pa­per and mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles on mil­i­tary air­craft, bat­tles and his­tory. His 1991 book, “Desert Shield: The Build-up: The Com­plete Story,” sold more than 100,000 copies. He also wrote for pulp fic­tion mag­a­zines.

He served with the Air Force four years, mostly in Korea where he mas­tered the lan­guage. From 1964 to 1989 he was with the For­eign Ser­vice in South Korea, Mada­gas­car, Ja­pan, Swe­den, London and Liberia.

His wife, Young Soon Cho, sons Robert and Lawrence, a brother and three grand­chil­dren sur­vive him.

Belles of Civil War Rich­mond at the Sur­ratt House

The Sur­ratt So­ci­ety is pre­sent­ing “From Belles to Bat­tleaxes: Women of Civil War Rich­mond” on Aug. 13, 4 p.m. in their re­search cen­ter. Kelly Han­cock, Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram Coordinator at the Mu­seum of the Con­fed­er­acy, will share sto­ries of the dar­ing spies, de­voted nurses, star-crossed lovers and cap­ti­vat­ing so­cialites of the Civil War in Rich­mond. The Sur­ratt House Mu­seum is at 9118 Brandy­wine Road in Clin­ton. At­ten­dance is free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-868-1121.

Fam­ily and Friends Day at Clin­ton U.M. Church

Clin­ton United Methodist Church and Pas­tor Dorothea Belt Stro­man are host­ing a Fam­ily and Friends Day on Sun­day, Aug. 21. Ser­vices will be at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Dr. El­liece Smith Bryant, As­sis­tant. St. Paul Baptist Church, of Capi­tol Heights, will fea­ture its Men’s Choir at 8 a.m. and the Gospel Choir at 10:30.

Re­fresh­ments and fel­low­ship fol­low the 10:30 ser­vice in the Mul­ti­pur­pose Room. The church is at 10700 Brandy­wine Road in Clin­ton. All are wel­come.

Chang­ing land­scape

Tep­pa­nyaki Grill & Buf­fet is host­ing its grand open­ing at 5700 Sil­ver Hill Road in Dis­trict Heights: “The largest and most el­e­gant Chi­nese, Ja­panese & Amer­i­can cui­sine restau­rant.” Let me know if you try it.

Sa­van­nah’s Candy Kitchen is now open at 140-B Amer­i­can Way at Na­tional Har­bor. I no­tice they have pra­lines, one of my fa­vorite can­dies. I’ll have to check it out.

Hand­writ­ing is back: Cur­sive was sup­posed to be dead, and in re­cent years has not been taught in many (maybe, most) of our schools. Com­mon Core stan­dards didn’t even re­quire it. Our youth are grow­ing up print­ing — can’t read the cur­sive of their grand­par­ents, and maybe even of their par­ents. Now, there’s a move­ment to teach it again. About time.

May they rest in peace

Diane Ruby, long­time sec­re­tary at St. Philip’s Church and my good friend, died July 26. I’ll pay trib­ute to her in next week’s col­umn.

Bertha Mae Thacker, 93, a for­mer cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tive at Sears on Alabama Av­enue, died June 21 at her home in Capi­tol Heights. She was born in Rocky Mount, Va., and set­tled in the metro area in 1954.

Milestones

Happy birth­day to Miss Bai­ley Sparks, GeGe Feeney and my grand­daugh­ter Rose Sei­d­man, Aug. 5; Mark­eyce Her­ring and Con­nie Kim­bles, Aug. 6; Mary Dean, Aug. 7; Max­mil­ian “Max” Howard, Ruth San­ford and Wil­liam Billy Ste­wart, Aug. 8; and Sa­van­nah Foster, Aug. 11.

Happy anniversary to De­nis and Donna Wood, Aug. 7; and Morn­ing­side Coun­cil­woman Sharon and Mike Fowler, their 37th on Aug. 11.

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