Marchers, floats, music groups wanted for July 4th Parade
The Town of Morningside is gearing up for their 36th annual Independence Day Parade on Monday July 4. They invite you to participate.
If you have a float, marching group, band, vintage car/truck/ fire engine, clown, pom-poms, whatever, consider entering them/it in the parade lineup. They march from the Morningside Firehouse to VFW Post 9619.
They start lining up at 10:30 a.m. and step off at 11:30 sharp.
To request an entry form or for other information, call the Town Hall office at 301-736-2300. All applications must be in by June 24.
If I’m in town, I’ll be under the big tree at the Suitland Road Baptist Church. Wave to me!
Morningside Spring Cleanup & Yard Sale
The Town of Morningside is holding its Spring Clean-up 2016 on June 4 and 5. As the Morningside Sun newsletter states, “Let’s get it done inside and out; from that overflowing closet and basement to the shed, garage and yard.” There’ll be roll-off dumpsters, free bags of mulch (while supplies last), a charity drop-off and refreshments.
A community yard sale, in conjunction with the clean-up, will be on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The charge for table or space is $5 for Morningsiders and $10 for non-residents. Call 301-736-7400 for more information.
The Joint Base Andrews Exchange is undergoing big changes, from expanding by 56,000 sq. ft. and consolidating functions from the home and garden store. Arby’s and Boston Market will be added, joining Taco Bell, Charley’s and Starbucks, which are already there.
Pho Viet, a Vietnamese restaurant will open soon in Andrews Manor Shopping Center. Next door to Pho Viet is a ShopSmart Outlet, downsized from when it was next door (on the other side). That space will soon open as La Colonia International Market. Lots of changes going on in Andrews Manor Shopping Center.
Signs posted around Morningside announce that a small black & tan miniature pincher is missing. If you have information, call 202-203-0714. There’s a reward.
Is Once-a-Week working?
Once-a-Week trash and recycling collection seems to have already made the streets look better — fewer cans along the roadside. According to the county, this system will “reduce air pollution and heavy truck traffic in neighborhoods, provide less wear & tear on our roads.” Also, we have joined our adjoining counties, as well as Washington and Baltimore, in once-a-week collection. I hope before long to see an official report on its success.
Here in Skyline, we have yard-matter collection on Mondays, and trash and recycling on Tuesdays. The rest of the week I don’t even have to think about it.
Starting in the fall, heavy-duty, wheeled trash toters will be delivered. And they will be free.
Lawyer for the Washington Archdiocese dies at 97
Paul F. Interdonato, 97, who had a private law practice in Oxon Hill but was also the attorney for the Archdiocese of Washington, died April 16. He was an attorney for the Little Sisters of the Poor and even for Mother Teresa when she opened her convent in Washington. His service to the church led to his being honored as a papal Knight of St. Gregory and a Knight of Malta.
He was born and grew up in Washington.
His wife, Amelia Theresa Interdonato née Mirabile, predeceased him. He is survived by four children, Theresa A. O’Connell (Edmond B.), Andrew G. Interdonato (Beverly A.), Anthony P. Interdonato (Kathleen G.), and Rita M. Interdonato, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church, North Capitol and Eye Streets. “He’s left us with much good example and many happy memories,” writes his daughter Teri O’Connell, “but a sadness in our hearts because we miss him so much already.”
May they rest in peace
My dear friend, Virginia Clark, 98, formerly of Camp Springs, died May 8. She was a 3rd generation Washingtonian, attended St. Gabriel’s and was May Queen in the 8th grade. She was a 1935 graduate of Notre Dame Girls Academy, where she also completed a business secretarial course. She met her future husband, Ralph J. Clark, at the Navy Department and they wed at St. Gabriel’s Church in 1941. They settled in Camp Springs where Virginia was a founding member of St. Philip’s Church, an original member of the Parish Council and the first prefect of the Sodality. She was preceded in death by Ralph, her husband of 55 years. She was the mother of Christine (Bill) Keenan, Joe (Barbara) Clark and Valerie (Lon) Kramer; grandmother of eight; great-grandma of nine and great-great grandmother of one. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Church of the Nativity, Burke, Va.
Mildred (Domash) Dahl, 96, longtime resident of Hillcrest Heights and member of Holy Family Church, died March 30 at an assisted-living center in Rockville. A native of Springfield, Mass., she moved to the Washington area in 1949 and worked as a ticket agent with Eastern Airlines and as a cosmetics clerk at Woodward & Lothrop. She also volunteered with the Girl Scouts. Her daughter Nancy Lucy announced her death.
Joseph L. “Larry” Spitzer, of Crofton, a 1963 graduate of Surrattsville High School and 1972 graduate of the U. of Maryland, died April 13. He had retired from teaching in 1997.
Happy birthday to Morningside Mayor Benn Cann, May 18; Gary Lewis, Sr. and Steven Busky, May 27; Teddy Burke and Kevin Nichols, May 30; Ruth Garner, Aiyana Poe, my granddaughter Sarah McHale and John Tierney, May 31; Kathleen Stahl, June 1; Paul Elborne and Jacob Cook, June 2.
Happy day to Tyonda Simms-Taylor and Michael Taylor on their 21st anniversary, June 1.