Weather Build­ing ex­pected to see changes in near fu­ture

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The prop­erty of the World Weather Build­ing at 5200 Auth Road is pro­posed for re­de­vel­op­ment. Shirley M. Anglin has sent out a no­tice ask­ing nearby home­own­ers and com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions to con­tact her as soon as pos­si­ble.

I went on­line and found a re­port of this “re­de­vel­op­ment.” Men­tion is made of “5,760 ad­di­tional em­ploy­ees” and the need to eval­u­ate traf­fic op­er­a­tions “to in­crease road­way ca­pac­ity.”

Shirley asks that in­for­ma­tion about this mat­ter be dis­sem­i­nated be­cause “We would like to let the com­mu­nity be aware.” If you have ques­tions, com­ments or con­cerns, call her at 301-952-3860.

Good thing it didn’t hap­pen on the Belt­way

On May 24, about 4:30 in the af­ter­noon, a young woman pulled into the park­ing lot of St. Philip’s Church on Hen­der­son Way be­cause her car was on fire. The fire depart­ment was called and the fire was ex­tin­guished.

On May 26 I saw for my­self the sad, burned-out car. It was due to be towed within 72 hours. By the way, the woman was not af­fil­i­ated with the St. Philip’s com­mu­nity. No name was given.


A 6-year-old girl who at­tends Ben­jamin Foulois Cre­ative and Per­form­ing Arts School in Morn­ing­side is in the late stages of brain cancer. She has made a wish to go to Dis­ney World and the Town of Morn­ing­side is seek­ing pledges to help her dream come true. If you can help, call the town hall at 301-735-2300.

Ki­nosha So­den, Mrs. D.C. Amer­ica and a mil­i­tary spouse, toured Joint Base An­drews on May 11 to fa­mil­iar­ize her­self with the op­er­a­tions and mis­sion of the base. At one point dur­ing the tour, she sat in a 1st He­li­copter Squadron flight sim­u­la­tor.


Ni­cholas M. De­graba, son of for­mer Morn­ing­side Coun­cil­woman Carol Kline, grad­u­ated May 26 from Our Lady of Good Coun­sel High School in Ol­ney.

John Matthews III grad­u­ated with hon­ors from Punx­sutawney High School, and has been awarded a baseball schol­ar­ship by Kent State Univer­sity. The son of Jackie and John Matthews, for­merly of Po­plar Road and Suit­land Road, John grew up in Morn­ing­side and played bas­ket­ball and baseball for the Camp Springs Boys’ Club.

Com­ing up

• The SE Hand Dance Club is host­ing a dance at Marl­boro Moose Lodge on June 11. They’ll be sell­ing sand­wiches and there’ll be a cash bar. Shel­ley Sans­bury sent me this no­tice, and she’ll be bar­tend­ing. She says ad­mis­sion is prob­a­bly $10. You don’t have to pay in ad­vance, and the time is 6:30 to 11 p.m. Shel­ley sug­gests you bring a bunch of friends. Let her know if you want to re­serve a ta­ble, and she hopes to see you there.

• The Air Force Band will be per­form­ing at the Na­tional Har­bor on Satur­days at 6 or 7 p.m. and at the U.S. Capi­tol on Tues­days at 8 p.m. These are free, out­door con­certs.

• The Sur­ratt House in Clin­ton in­vites you to take a bus tour on June 7 to one of the most fa­mous towns in his­tory — Get­tys­burg. Learn the ef­fect the bat­tle had on the ci­ti­zens as you visit three mu­se­ums (one a his­toric house). En­joy lunch at the his­toric Dob­bin House and spend money in a va­ri­ety of shops. Call The Sur­ratt House at 301-868-1121 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Then it was Mead­ows ...

Back on Aug. 26, 1942, a let­ter was sent re­gard­ing “Land Ac­qui­si­tion, Pro­posed Air Base, Camp Springs, Mary­land.” Re­mem­ber, Pearl Har­bor was less than a year ear­lier and, “There is a mil­i­tary ne­ces­sity for the ac­qui­si­tion of land ... in Prince Ge­orge’s County, ap­prox­i­mately 11 miles south­east of Washington” for an air base.

Sit­u­ated on the acreage were “10 full-time farms, 22 part-time farms, 85 cot­tages and ur­ban homes, gas sta­tion, church, ceme­tery, ex­per­i­men­tal sta­tion of the Bureau of Stan­dards ... and sev­eral util­i­ties such as elec­tric dis­tri­bu­tion line and pub­lic high­ways which must nec­es­sar­ily be re­lo­cated.”

To be con­tin­ued.

Linda Gurzell, fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­tiree, dies

Linda Diane Gurzell, 72, for­merly of Morn­ing­side, died May 5 at her home in Hol­ly­wood, Md. She was the daugh­ter of the late Elmer and Mary (Wind­sor) McCon­key who once lived on Wood­land Road.

Linda mar­ried twice, to Paul Ratliff and to a Mr. Gurzell, from whom she was di­vorced. She re­tired from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment af­ter 30 years of ser­vice. She is pre­ceded in death by sib­lings Paul, Richard “Pee­wee” and Vicki McCon­key and Shirley Downey. Sur­vivors in­clude her chil­dren Su­san Gray and Paul Ratliff Jr., broth­ers Ron­ald and Elmer “Skippy” McCon­key; and four grand­chil­dren. Sue Stine McÇon­key Ma­son emailed that Linda was her late hus­band’s older sis­ter.

Wills, mayor of District Heights, dies

James Louis Walls Jr., 39, mayor of District Heights, died sud­denly on May 12. In 2006 he be­came the youngest per­son elected to the city’s top of­fice. He was an as­so­ci­ate min­is­ter of Forestville New Redeemer Bap­tist Church.

He was the son of Brenda Dick­er­son and James Walls Sr., brother of Lena Walls and the late Gabriel Dick­er­son. His body lay in state at the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit un­til fu­neral ser­vices on May 21. Burial was at Fort Lin­coln Ceme­tery.

Sikka, owner/pro­pri­etor of 7-Eleven store, dies

Paul Sikka, who owned the 7-Eleven fran­chise on Suit­land Road in Sky­line, died Feb. 9. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife Manju, sons Sid­dharth and Mu­n­ish, and daugh­ter-in law Neena Sikko (wife of Sid­dharth) who now runs the store. She told us at the re­cent Sky­line meet­ing, “The com­mu­nity has been tremen­dously kind since dad died.”


Happy birth­day to Dar­ius Nal­ley-Stod­dard, June 3; Fay Nor­ton-Cum­mings and Ma­lik Reed, June 6; Tr­isha Reamy, June 7; Ryan Fowler and John Ni­chols, June 8; Robin Mur­phy and Rev. Frank Ways, June 9; and Laura Smith Jenk­ins, June 10.

Happy an­niver­sary to Carol (Kline) and Tom De­Graba, on their 22nd, June 4; Bucky and Deb­bie Tretler, their 40th on June 5; and Don­ald and Carmina Young, their 56th on June 8.

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