‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ author visits old stomping grounds
Jeff Kinney, a Bishop McNamara High School graduate and author of the popular “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, was back at his old school, Potomac Landing Elementary in Fort Washington, last week for a reading and the signing of his new book, “Double Down,” the 11th in the series.
The books are a global publishing phenomenon that, according to The Washington Post, has sold 180 million copies in 52 languages. Kinney is now the second highest-paid author in the world, in between James Patterson and J.K. Rowling.
Kinney now lives with his wife and two sons in Plainville, a small Massachusetts town near Rhode Island, where he recently opened a bookstore.
1982 murder case of former Camp Springs man reopened
Thomas Carbine, a graduate of Crossland who grew up on Darel Street in Auth Village, spent a few years of his life traveling up and down the West Coast working fishing boats. By the 1980s he was a fisherman by trade in Alaska.
On July 15, 1982, he had just gotten off the boat, flew into Kodiak, dropped off his luggage and headed to the Beachcomber where he talked with people at the bar and bought rounds of drinks. The bartender said Carbine had lots of cash on him. He left the bar at 3:30 in the morning and, 10 minutes later, was found dead between two parked cars in the parking lot with no money and no wallet.
The investigation went nowhere and eventually turned cold. However, in recent years Investigator Jim Stogsdill of the Alaska State Troopers’ Cold Case Unit reopened the case. He believes there is a chance this more than 30-year-old cold case could thaw.
Samir Patel, deputy chief of the Prince George’s Police Department, dropped by the Skyline Citizens’ Board Meeting Nov. 2 to introduce the new command staff at Police District IV: Major Brian Reilly, commander, and Capt. Kevin Hughes, deputy commander, effective Nov. 1.
Michael Bozeman, Clayton Sam Redden and Veronica Harris are among the 2016 inductees in the Bishop McNamara High School Hall of Fame. The 1986 and 1988 men’s championship golf teams were also honored at the Sept. 30 ceremony.
Tues., Nov. 15: Morningside Town Meeting, 7 p.m. at the Town Hall
Wed., Nov. 16: Skyline Citizens Meeting, 7 p.m. at the Morningside Fire House
Sat., Dec., 3: E-cycling (electronics recycling) at Surrattsville High School, 6101 Garden Drive in Clinton, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.
Changing landscape, etc.
The county Department of Public Works & Transportation conducted its Annual Snow & Ice Dry Run exercise on Oct. 28. DPW&T Director Darrell Mobley announced, “This winter weather season, we will continue to work to ensure that our roadways are cleared and safe for the motorists in Prince George’s County.”
The new trend-setting Laurel Library is opening this month, twice the size of the last. And now, I understand, a new Surratts Library will be opening in a couple of years. The current library will close next spring to allow for the construction. That’s my favorite library these days and I’ll miss it, but I look forward to a trend-setting library of our own.
The African American Museum has announced that later this month they’ll start allowing walk-up visitors on weekdays.
Morningside memories: November 1956
The Women’s Civic Group met at the Town Hall (corner of Forest & Woodland roads) on Nov. 5 to induct two new members, Mrs. Mae Jurney and Mrs. Mildred Travis.
And on Nov. 19, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9619 met to induct Mrs. Helen Shaw.
May they rest in peace
Daniel Joseph Quagliarello, 83, a chemical engineer with Naval Air Systems Command (NASC), died at his longtime home in Oxon Hill on Sept. 26. A native of Philadelphia, he graduated from Drexel University, was a Navy officer and chemical engineer, retiring from NASC with 32 years’ service in 1988. He then was an insurance agent with the Knights of Columbus. He was active with the Sons of Italy and K of C Council 3877. He’s survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Anne; children, Danelle Chapman, Daniel, Anthony, Maria Clark, David, Michelle Clewley and Mark; sister Loretta Braccili; and nine grandchildren. Services were at St. Ignatius Church with burial at Resurrection Cemetery.
Louise Tapager-Kirk, 93, who retired in 1987 as technical writer at the Census Bureau, died Sept. 12 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. A native of Atlanta, she served as a WAVE in 1943, graduated from Mexico City College and earned a master’s at the Latin American Institute in New York City. She moved to Prince George’s in 1952 and was a charter member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Suitland. She volunteered with the Girl Scouts, Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity and Meals on wheels. She was married to James R. D. Tapager who died in 1976, and to Russell D. Kirk, who died in 2010. Survivors include three children, two stepchildren, 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a brother. Burial will be at Arlington.
Happy birthday to Cindy Lewis, Nov. 12; Robin Brown, Nov. 13; Tyrell Boxley, Nov. 14; Ty Poe, Bob Davis and Carolyn Holland Bennett, Nov. 15; Kendra MacLean and Katie Frostbutter, Nov. 18.
A special greeting to VFW Post 9619 Auxiliary, which was chartered Nov. 13, 1938.