Want to help? Morn­ing­side VFD in­vites you to EMS Day

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Serve your com­mu­nity and make an im­pact on the lives of oth­ers and con­sider be­com­ing a vol­un­teer with the Morn­ing­side Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

Drop by the fire­house at 6200 Suit­land Road on Sun­day, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to learn about their emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices. Here is the in­vi­ta­tion:

“Join us for a day full of EMS ac­tiv­i­ties — in­clud­ing train­ing ses­sions — to learn about the unique ben­e­fits of be­com­ing a vol­un­teer at the Morn­ing­side Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment. At­ten­dees will be able to have an ac­cel­er­ated ap­pli­ca­tion process to be­gin help­ing oth­ers as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Prior ex­pe­ri­ence is wel­come, but not manda­tory, and full-day at­ten­dance isn’t re­quired. If you are in­ter­ested, email re­cruit­ment@morn­ingside­vfd27.com.”


Jeff Kin­ney, au­thor of the “Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid” book se­ries, got his start car­toon­ing at Bishop Mc­Na­mara High School when his first car­toon ran in the school news­pa­per. He grad­u­ated from Mc­Na­mara in 1989 and now has been named one of Time mag­a­zine’s 100 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in the World.

He­len Cordero of Sky­line has been pre­sented the Pur­ple Light Nights Award. In next week’s col­umn I’ll tell you about it.

The Mount Cal­vary Catholic Church Youth Choir sang the na­tional an­them at the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs in­de­pen­dent league base­ball game Sept. 16 and had their pic­ture taken with the Blue Crabs mas­cot.

My lo­cal fam­ily had a great cam­pout in Elk Neck State Park in Ce­cil County last week­end. They put up tents, cooked on a camp­fire, hiked and just en­joyed be­ing to­gether. They were John and Michelle McHale, Elaine and Luke Sei­d­man, Sheila and John Mudd, Mike and Ann Mudd, Conor and Heather McHale and their kids, Mary and Wes­ley. Such a good time was had that an­other fam­ily cam­pout is al­ready be­ing planned for spring.

50th re­union

Po­tomac High Class of 1968 has a 50th re­union Satur­day, Oct. 27. Email Joe Fitzger­ald at nick­el­man2005@yahoo.com.

Real Ital­ian spaghetti din­ner

The an­nual Dea­con Dante Ross Spaghetti Din­ner is com­ing up Satur­day, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. in the So­cial Hall at St. Philip’s. Adults, $10; chil­dren (5-10), $5; younger than 5 eat for free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-423-4244.

The late Dante Ross, by the way, was my neigh­bor and good friend. This an­nual event honors him.

Spir­its of the dead

Pro­fes­sional il­lu­sion­ist Michael Can­tori pre­sents a fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney through the realm of spir­i­tu­al­ism and its af­fil­i­a­tion with the­atri­cal magic in Vic­to­rian Amer­ica on Satur­day, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. at the Sur­ratt House Mu­seum. This free pro­gram of­fers both a lec­ture and a per­for­mance. Lim­ited seat­ing; ar­rive early. Info: 301-868-1121.

Chang­ing land­scape

Dis­trict Heights has sub­mit­ted a re­quest for pro­pos­als for ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vices for Dis­trict Heights Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Park. Bids must be re­ceived by Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.

I think 2018 is the big­gest acorn year ever. There are thou­sands in my front yard.

Morn­ing­side Mem­o­ries: the polls 40 years ago

Back in 1978 we voted at Sky­line School on Elec­tion Day only (no early vot­ing). Chief Demo­cratic Judge at Sky­line was He­len Dit­mars and Chief Repub­li­can Judge was Dot­tie Cur­cio. Other judges were: Alv­ina Beard­more, Carolann Musser, Jean Davis, Robert Davis, Cathy Celia, Ann Marie Mor­gan, Ge­orge Don­ley and Ker­mit Pope.

Now, in 2018, the polls are open­ing for early vot­ing. But not at Sky­line School.

May they rest in peace

Gilbert Zim­mer­man, 72, for­merly of Morn­ing­side, died Oct. 8 at his home in Sharps­burg, Md. He was the son of Paul and Pauline Zim­mer­man who lived on El­gin Court and were among Morn­ing­side’s founders back in 1949. Gilbert at­tended Char­lotte Hall be­fore trans­fer­ring to Suit­land High where he grad­u­ated in 1964. He served in the U.S. Army and then worked as a cus­tomer ser­vice man­ager for Delta Air­lines un­til he re­tired. He was a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Le­gion in Boons­boro. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife Liz, three chil­dren and four grand­chil­dren.

Charles Michael Grif­fin Jr., 20, of Suit­land, a 2007 grad­u­ate of Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, died in his sleep early on the morn­ing of Oct. 5.

He had at­tended Prince­ton El­e­men­tary (where his mother is sec­re­tary), Thur­good Mar­shall Mid­dle and Forestville High Mil­i­tary Academy be­fore grad­u­at­ing at Wise. He was a mem­ber of the Forestville Black Knights Drill Team, Army JROTC, Boy Scout Troop 404 at An­drews, and was a camp coun­selor at Goshen. He started his own busi­ness, Grif­fin Yard Ser­vice GYS.

Char­lie leaves his griev­ing par­ents, Eliz­a­beth “Beth” and Charles Grif­fin; sib­lings Justin, Natalie, Gun­ther, Ash­ley and Christina; grand­par­ents and more fam­ily. Ser­vices were at Bells UMC where he had been well-in­volved, and par­tic­u­larly happy to help with Bells Warm Nights pro­gram. As his obit says, “Char­lie lived a full life with his 20 years, and saw the in­nate good­ness in the world.”


Happy birth­day to Linda Fer­gu­son San­doval, Juanita Starke, Orva Heis­senbut­tel and Christo­pher Fla­herty, Oct. 27; Di­ane Cvitko, Oct. 28; my grand­son Isaac Gal­le­gos, Oct. 29; Denise Wil­liams, for­mer Morn­ing­side Coun­cil­man Kim Miller and my daugh­ter Kath­leen Shearer, Oct. 30; Don Eisen­berg, Oct. 31; Carolyn Follin and Morn­ing­side Coun­cil­man Jim Ea­ley, Nov. 1; and Carl McKlveen, Nov. 2.

Happy 16th an­niver­sary to Michael and Maria (Blanken­ship) Jinks on Nov. 1.

Happy 60th birth­day, Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

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