‘Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid’ au­thor vis­its old stomp­ing grounds

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Jeff Kin­ney, a Bishop McNa­mara High School grad­u­ate and au­thor of the pop­u­lar “Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid” se­ries, was back at his old school, Po­tomac Land­ing El­e­men­tary in Fort Wash­ing­ton, last week for a read­ing and the sign­ing of his new book, “Dou­ble Down,” the 11th in the se­ries.

The books are a global pub­lish­ing phe­nom­e­non that, ac­cord­ing to The Wash­ing­ton Post, has sold 180 mil­lion copies in 52 lan­guages. Kin­ney is now the sec­ond high­est-paid au­thor in the world, in be­tween James Pat­ter­son and J.K. Rowl­ing.

Kin­ney now lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, a small Mas­sachusetts town near Rhode Is­land, where he re­cently opened a book­store.

1982 mur­der case of for­mer Camp Springs man re­opened

Thomas Car­bine, a grad­u­ate of Cross­land who grew up on Darel Street in Auth Vil­lage, spent a few years of his life trav­el­ing up and down the West Coast work­ing fish­ing boats. By the 1980s he was a fish­er­man by trade in Alaska.

On July 15, 1982, he had just got­ten off the boat, flew into Ko­diak, dropped off his lug­gage and headed to the Beach­comber where he talked with peo­ple at the bar and bought rounds of drinks. The bar­tender said Car­bine had lots of cash on him. He left the bar at 3:30 in the morn­ing and, 10 min­utes later, was found dead be­tween two parked cars in the park­ing lot with no money and no wal­let.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion went nowhere and even­tu­ally turned cold. How­ever, in re­cent years In­ves­ti­ga­tor Jim Stogs­dill of the Alaska State Troop­ers’ Cold Case Unit re­opened the case. He be­lieves there is a chance this more than 30-year-old cold case could thaw.

Peo­ple

Samir Pa­tel, deputy chief of the Prince Ge­orge’s Po­lice Depart­ment, dropped by the Sky­line Ci­ti­zens’ Board Meet­ing Nov. 2 to in­tro­duce the new com­mand staff at Po­lice Dis­trict IV: Ma­jor Brian Reilly, com­man­der, and Capt. Kevin Hughes, deputy com­man­der, ef­fec­tive Nov. 1.

Michael Boze­man, Clay­ton Sam Red­den and Veron­ica Har­ris are among the 2016 in­ductees in the Bishop McNa­mara High School Hall of Fame. The 1986 and 1988 men’s cham­pi­onship golf teams were also hon­ored at the Sept. 30 cer­e­mony.

Com­ing up

Tues., Nov. 15: Morn­ing­side Town Meet­ing, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall

Wed., Nov. 16: Sky­line Ci­ti­zens Meet­ing, 7 p.m. at the Morn­ing­side Fire House

Sat., Dec., 3: E-cy­cling (elec­tron­ics re­cy­cling) at Sur­rattsville High School, 6101 Gar­den Drive in Clin­ton, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

Chang­ing land­scape, etc.

The county Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works & Trans­porta­tion con­ducted its An­nual Snow & Ice Dry Run ex­er­cise on Oct. 28. DPW&T Di­rec­tor Dar­rell Mob­ley an­nounced, “This win­ter weather sea­son, we will con­tinue to work to en­sure that our road­ways are cleared and safe for the mo­torists in Prince Ge­orge’s County.”

The new trend-set­ting Lau­rel Li­brary is open­ing this month, twice the size of the last. And now, I un­der­stand, a new Sur­ratts Li­brary will be open­ing in a cou­ple of years. The cur­rent li­brary will close next spring to al­low for the con­struc­tion. That’s my fa­vorite li­brary th­ese days and I’ll miss it, but I look for­ward to a trend-set­ting li­brary of our own.

The African Amer­i­can Mu­seum has an­nounced that later this month they’ll start al­low­ing walk-up visi­tors on week­days.

Morn­ing­side mem­o­ries: Novem­ber 1956

The Women’s Civic Group met at the Town Hall (corner of For­est & Wood­land roads) on Nov. 5 to in­duct two new mem­bers, Mrs. Mae Jur­ney and Mrs. Mil­dred Travis.

And on Nov. 19, the Ladies Aux­il­iary of VFW Post 9619 met to in­duct Mrs. He­len Shaw.

May they rest in peace

Daniel Joseph Quagliarello, 83, a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer with Naval Air Sys­tems Com­mand (NASC), died at his long­time home in Oxon Hill on Sept. 26. A na­tive of Philadel­phia, he grad­u­ated from Drexel Uni­ver­sity, was a Navy of­fi­cer and chem­i­cal en­gi­neer, re­tir­ing from NASC with 32 years’ ser­vice in 1988. He then was an in­sur­ance agent with the Knights of Colum­bus. He was ac­tive with the Sons of Italy and K of C Coun­cil 3877. He’s sur­vived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Anne; chil­dren, Danelle Chapman, Daniel, An­thony, Maria Clark, David, Michelle Clew­ley and Mark; sis­ter Loretta Brac­cili; and nine grand­chil­dren. Ser­vices were at St. Ig­natius Church with burial at Res­ur­rec­tion Ceme­tery.

Louise Ta­pager-Kirk, 93, who re­tired in 1987 as tech­ni­cal writer at the Cen­sus Bureau, died Sept. 12 at Char­lotte Hall Vet­er­ans Home. A na­tive of At­lanta, she served as a WAVE in 1943, grad­u­ated from Mex­ico City Col­lege and earned a mas­ter’s at the Latin Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in New York City. She moved to Prince Ge­orge’s in 1952 and was a char­ter mem­ber of Bethany Lutheran Church in Suit­land. She vol­un­teered with the Girl Scouts, Food Pantry, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and Meals on wheels. She was mar­ried to James R. D. Ta­pager who died in 1976, and to Russell D. Kirk, who died in 2010. Sur­vivors in­clude three chil­dren, two stepchil­dren, 14 grand­chil­dren, 10 great-grand­chil­dren, and a brother. Burial will be at Ar­ling­ton.

Mile­stones

Happy birth­day to Cindy Lewis, Nov. 12; Robin Brown, Nov. 13; Tyrell Box­ley, Nov. 14; Ty Poe, Bob Davis and Carolyn Holland Ben­nett, Nov. 15; Ken­dra MacLean and Katie Frost­but­ter, Nov. 18.

A spe­cial greet­ing to VFW Post 9619 Aux­il­iary, which was char­tered Nov. 13, 1938.

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