Town hall meet­ing about Zika virus set for June 17

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The Prince Ge­orge’s County Health Depart­ment in­vites you to a com­mu­nity talk and panel dis­cus­sion re­gard­ing the Zika virus from 10 a.m. to noon Fri­day, June 17, at the South­ern Re­gional Tech­nol­ogy & Recre­ation Com­plex, 7007 Bock Road in Fort Washington. All are in­vited.

There’ll be in­for­ma­tion on pre­ven­tion mea­sures and breed­ing sites. Medical and pub­lic health ex­perts will share tips for travel and preg­nancy.

Dr. Howard Haft, deputy sec­re­tary of pub­lic health with the Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene, will be the key­note speaker.

Cof­fee with Obie

Coun­cil­man Obie Pat­ter­son in­vites you a Com­mu­nity Cof­fee from 9 to 11 a.m. Fri­day, June 10, at the District VII Po­lice Sta­tion, 11108 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington.

More school clos­ings

Here in Sky­line we are mourn­ing the clos­ing of Sky­line School. But we’re not the only ones.

Af­ter 66 years, Mount Calvary School in Forestville is clos­ing its doors at the end of the school year. There will be a spe­cial Mass on Sun­day, June 12, 10:30 a.m., cel­e­brat­ing the school’s years of Catholic ed­u­ca­tion and bless­ings.

Forestville High School is also shut­ting down this month due to the age of the school and fall­ing en­roll­ment. It opened in 1965 and is noted for its Mil­i­tary Acad­emy mag­net pro­gram, the only such pro­gram in the county.

Last week 200 Forestville se­niors grad­u­ated. Prin­ci­pal Nathaniel Laney said, “This is not a fu­neral.” He said he could not be sad at a grad­u­a­tion where a class had earned more than $3 mil­lion in schol­ar­ships and “showed heart dur­ing ad­ver­sity.” Stu­dents who would have at­tended Forestville in the fall will be go­ing to Suit­land High School.

Peo­ple

Mayor Ben­nard “Benn” Cann and coun­cilmem­bers Katie Frost but­ter Blade and Sharon Fowler were sworn in on May 16 by Rita Robin­son, deputy clerk for Prince Ge­orge’s County. They join Vice Mayor Bradley Wade (newly-ap­pointed by the mayor) and Coun­cil­man Todd Mullins in the town ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Six Morn­ing­side of­fi­cials will soon be headed for the an­nual Mary­land Mu­nic­i­pal League con­ven­tion in Ocean City June 26-28.

For­mer Morn­ing siders Diane Zirkle and her brother Martin Miller, with their spouses, re­cently en­joyed a cruise to Cozumel, Mex­ico.

Bishop Martin D. Hol­ley con­firmed 18 teens at St. Philip’s Church on April 23. A re­cep­tion fol­lowed in the Parish Hall.

A woman who claimed to have a bomb se­cured to her chest en­tered An­drews Vis­i­tor Cen­ter shortly af­ter 5 p.m. on May 12, and the area around the main gate was im­me­di­ately put on lock­down. Emer­gency re­spon­ders ar­rived and deter­mined there was no ex­plo­sive de­vice. The lock­down was lifted af­ter about 90 min­utes.

Graduations

Rita Beall of Morn­ing­side has two grand­chil­dren grad­u­at­ing this spring, both off­spring of her son David: Stephanie Beall is grad­u­at­ing from McNa­mara High School; Michael Beall is grad­u­at­ing from Im­mac­u­lata Univer­sity in Philadelphia with a de­gree in psy­chol­ogy and will be go­ing on to Vil­lanova for his master’s.

Alex Whis­nant of Morn­ing­side grad­u­ated last year from Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity with a de­gree in psy­chol­ogy. He cur­rently works with Lin­damood-Bell In­ter­na­tional, help­ing young stu­dents de­velop the skills nec­es­sary for read­ing and com­pre­hen­sion. Next year he’ll be with the Peace Corps. Alex is the son of Morn­ing­side’s new mayor, Benn Cann.

Changing land­scape

Last week the Se­nate En­vi­ron­ment and Pub­lic Works Com­mit­tee passed a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing $759 mil­lion to con­struct an FBI head­quar­ters. If ei­ther Lan­dover or Green­belt is fi­nally cho­sen, it’s es­ti­mated 11,000 new jobs will come to Mary­land.

The Re­de­vel­op­ment and Rev­enue Au­thor­i­ties are tak­ing the lead on the de­vel­op­ment of Suit­land Manor and are in­vest­ing $50 mil­lion in in­fras­truc­ture and prop­erty ac­qui­si­tion to build the new Suit­land Town Cen­ter. This will be a 22-acre site within half a mile of the Suit­land Metro Sta­tion and the Cen­sus Bureau. They an­tic­i­pate com­plet­ing the land en­ti­tle­ment plan­ning by Novem­ber 2016.

An air­field is be­ing de­vel­oped ...

A news­pa­per clip­ping from late 1942 tells how Joint Base An­drews started out: “From the ground that was woods and farm­land six months ago, the Army is carv­ing a huge air­field de­signed to pro­tect the Washington-Bal­ti­more area against en­emy at­tack.

“The field, which sprawls over 4,360 acres of land in the Camp Springs-Mead­ows area in Prince Ge­orges County... will be the largest mil­i­tary air­port in the East and pos­si­bly in the coun­try. It is the first such project ever un­der­taken in winter ... On one day work­ers had to cut through four inches of ice to lay drainage pipes.”

To be con­tin­ued.

Milestones

Happy birth­day to Fan­nie Dimes, Meghan Trexler Decker and Jen­nifer Jenk­ins McClel­land, June 11; Keenus Clark and Shirley Profhit, June 12; Aimee Craw­ford, Joel McCune and Cameron Ni­chols, June 13; Rep. Steny Hoyer, June 14; Kara Dameron, Dot Pfeil and June Zaccagnino, June 15; He­len Pad­gett and Lu­cia Scott, June 16.

Happy 45th an­niver­sary to Kathy and Bob El­borne on June 12; to Jill and Ken Kim­mel, their 18th on June 15; and to Ange and Mar­lyn Me­oli, who’ll cel­e­brate their 54th on June 16.

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