Want to help? Morningside VFD invites you to EMS Day
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 email@example.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.
Potomac High Class of 1968 has a 50th reunion Saturday, Oct. 27. Email Joe Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.