Suit­land school kids re­ceive gifts from county ex­ec­u­tive

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Prince Ge­orge’s County Ex­ec­u­tive Rush­ern Baker (D) and Prince Ge­orge’s State’s At­tor­ney An­gela Al­so­brooks (D) came to Suit­land El­e­men­tary School on back-to-school day to wel­come the stu­dents and present them with book bags filled with school sup­plies.

This Pen­cil Box Project has been con­ducted by the Prince Ge­orge’s County Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions for more than 20 years. This year the Suit­land Civic As­so­ci­a­tion joined in the giv­ing.


Orva Heis­senbut­tel, author­ity on an­tiques and for­mer En­quirer-Gazette colum­nist, was hon­ored Septem­ber 2015 at the an­nual fall ban­quet of the Sur­ratt House Mu­seum in Clin­ton. Back in 1975 she was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing to found the Sur­ratt So­ci­ety. Oth­ers hon­ored at that 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion were Peggy Clifton, Mary Jo Shaver, Joan Cha­conas and Lau­rie Verge.

Jose Mon­tano Jr., who was born at An­drews Air Force Base on Aug. 24, 1968, has been work­ing as a close aide to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), now Demo­cratic can­di­date for vice pres­i­dent. Jose had been an ac­tivist in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., area’s Filipino Amer­i­can com­mu­nity. Sad to say, he died of an ap­par­ent heart at­tack on July 25.

What I did on my vacation

I took a Grey­hound to Cincin­nati, stayed a few days with daugh­ter Kathleen Shearer in West Ch­ester. Then, Kathleen drove me to my home­town, Sag­i­naw, Mich., where I en­joyed a week with my three sur­viv­ing sib­lings, Rosie, Stella and Tom. One sad note — Kathleen had to hur­riedly re­turn to Ohio be­cause her 14-year-old dog Maxie died; the dog-sit­ter was fran­tic.

Any­way, I bussed home in time for Bri­anFest, a cel­e­bra­tion of my son Brian who died last April 11. Brian loved a good beer. So my son-in-law, Luke Sei­d­man of Crownsville, brewed about 10 dif­fer­ent beers, each bear­ing a dif­fer­ent Brian mem­ory. It was a poignant, but fun, time for us all. Brian would have turned 59 on Aug. 25.

And now I’m home, wait­ing for you to email news.

Com­ing up

• Loy­ola on the Po­tomac in Faulkner has a week­end re­treat com­ing up Sept. 9-11. This is a silent re­treat, open to men and women, with time for prayer, per­sonal re­flec­tion and cul­ti­va­tion of a deep re­la­tion­ship with God. For ticket in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Bill Malkowski at 301-4230584. By the way, I plan to be there for the re­treat.

• The Sky­line Ci­ti­zens As­so­ci­a­tion’s An­nual Flea Mar­ket will be held in the park­ing lot of the Morn­ing­side Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment on Satur­day, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There’ll be fish and chips, hot­dogs, bev­er­ages and dessert for sale. Ta­bles are $15. Con­tact Suzanne, 240-838-6412, or Spivey, 301-967-1320.

• Coun­cil­man Obie Pat­ter­son (D) is host­ing a Com­mu­nity Health Fair on Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the South­ern Re­gional Tech­nol­ogy & Recre­ation Com­plex, 7007 Bock Road in Fort Wash­ing­ton. Free flu shots; med­i­cal, HIV/STD, den­tal and vi­sion screen­ing; phys­i­cal fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties for se­niors, fam­i­lies and chil­dren; hos­pi­tal reps, ven­dors and more. Free.

• The Air Force’s salute to mil­i­tary re­tirees and their fam­i­lies is sched­uled for Satur­day, Oct. 29, at the Joint Base An­drews Club. The par­ent 11th Wing hosts the an­nual event.

Fa­vorite restau­rants mourned

Pearl McNa­mara emailed: “In re­sponse to the ‘Steak in a Sack,’ they are now open in Char­lotte Hall. I haven’t been there, but my niece has. She said you need to stop in to see them.”

Jean Fer­rante writes: “Steak in a Sack has re­opened at the end of Golden Beach Road in [Char­lotte Hall] right near me and my grand­daugh­ter has a job there. Brings back mem­o­ries of when Joe and I were dat­ing, it was a fa­vorite of his.”

Jean also writes that the Royal Tea Room in La Plata will not be re­open­ing. It has been sold to the church next door.

Morn­ing­side mem­o­ries

From the Septem­ber 1960 Morn­ing-Side-Lines news­let­ter: John “Mac” McAl­lis­ter was elected pres­i­dent of the Morn­ing­side School PTA. Other of­fi­cers: Jack Schoen, vice-res­i­dent; Re­becca Howard, trea­surer; Ruth Sapp, sec­re­tary; Pa­tri­cia Leary, cor­re­spond­ing sec­re­tary.

Com­mit­tee chair­men were: Rose Bookhultz, Mrs. Larsen, Anna Pat­ter­son, Shirley Sal­is­bury, Dot Cur­cio, Florence Jones and Ruth Spaid.

She en­joyed gar­den­ing

Berta Robin­son, 93, of Ashburn, Va., and for­merly of Tem­ple Hills, died Aug. 1. She was born in Roth, Ger­many, where she worked as a book­keeper in post-World War II and where she met Robert Robin­son. They were mar­ried in 1951. They were long­time mem­bers of St. Philip’s Par­ish in Camp Springs, and Berta was ac­tive with the Wood­berry Gar­den Club of Mary­land. She’s sur­vived by her hus­band of 65 years, Robert, her grand­chil­dren and a sis­ter, Lidi Ren­ner. Her fu­neral Mass was at St. Theresa’s in Ashburn, with a grave­side ser­vice at Ar­ling­ton Ceme­tery con­ducted by her nephew, the Rev. John Richard Robin­son.


Be­lated greet­ings to Edith Hull, Aug. 26; Shirley Holmes, Chris Busky, Wil­liam Fowler and twins An­thony and Avery Sim­mons, Aug. 27; Lavine Cal­li­cott and her hus­band Bill, both on Aug. 29; and my daugh­terin-law Michelle McHale, Aug. 29; Wanda Payne Simms, Bria Bar­bour-Ray, De­nis Wood, Jai McCune, Caitlin Rose Woods and Tom An­der­son, Aug. 30; Mary Berkley and Travis Mullins, Aug. 31.

Happy birth­day to Chris­tine Hoehl, Judy Busky, Earl Simms, Re­becca Capps and my great-grand­daugh­ter Mary Adela McHale, Sept. 1; Suzanne Ken­ney, Sept. 2; An­drelic Howard and Fr. Arnold DePorter, Sept. 3; Mary Mitchell and Loretta Carter, Sept. 4; Frank Howard, Jus­tine Poe, Paul M. Locke, my grand­daugh­ter-in-law Nina McHale and Dan Need­ham, Sept. 6; and Melissa How­ell, Sept. 7.

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