Town hall meeting about Zika virus set for June 17
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.