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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, April 03, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Meet the candidates

There is so much excitement in our city leading up to our May 7 election. There will be a candidates’ night from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in our municipal building. Come on out and meet the candidates who are running for office and bring your pertinent questions with you, as we solicit their views.

Science Bowl champs

Congratulations to our Hyattsville Middle School for defeating Samuel Ogle Middle School in a recent countywide Science Bowl. This win marks the seventh victory for our middle school in the competition, which pits teams of three students from county schools against one another as they answer science and history questions. 

Firefighter memorial

The Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department hosted a memorial and remembrance service at St. Jerome’s Church to honor three fallen members who died in the line of duty on Saturday, March 16. The service was part of their 125th anniversary events.

Alan J. Sondej died on March 16, 1988, from burns sustained in a January 1988 house fire. This is also the 60th anniversary of the loss of volunteer firefighters, John T. Streets and William R. Stainback, who died in October 1953, when they were involved in a collision between their ladder truck and a civilian vehicle. 

I congratulate our fire department on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, and I recognize the dangers that they encounter each and every day that they report for work.

Hyattsville history: 1965

The perpetual issue of the closing of Melrose Crossing raged on. The B&O Railroad and State Roads Commission had failed to respond to the mayor’s letters, and the safety features the city had requested were not in place. A traffic light had been installed on the east side of the tracks, but the State Roads Commission had refused to connect it to the traffic light at Rhode Island Avenue. Mayor Lilly reminded them of an agreement which stated that the State Roads Commission would hook up the light if it were installed by the city. The problems were finally resolved and the light was connected.

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