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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Northwestern choir sings for Nelson Mandela

The Northwestern High School choir continued its 10-day concert tour of South Africa. The students sang outside of the hospital where Nelson Mandela is resting. Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday on July 18. The teenage singers will have an exciting story to tell when they return.

Jam Session still rocks indoors

Our city’s July 12 Jam Session was moved inside due to the threat of rain. Uncle Jack Band performed and was so exciting. Mark your calendars for our next Jam Session on Aug. 9. The Roustabouts will perform.

Happy 99th birthday, Mary!

I attended a delightful 99th birthday party for Mary Fenwick at the First Baptist Church on July 13. She is the mother of Mary Ann LaQuay. Mary’s son-in-law, Bob LaQuay, played Santa Claus for us at so many of our holiday events. Mary just looks wonderful, and I wish her many more happy birthdays.

Annapolis update arrives

Kudos to Sen. Paul Pinsky and Delegates Tawanna Gaines, Anne Healey and Mary Washington for their very informative Annapolis Report that was recently mailed to Hyattsville residents. Business issues, the courts, education, the environment and health care were a few of the topics covered.

Hyattsville history: 1967

Supporters of municipal rights were dealt a setback on Nov. 16, when the Maryland Constitutional Convention turned down proposed amendments that would have given city and county governments equal authority. By now, Hyattsville no longer had a number of offices and positions it started with, including city planner, electrical inspector, assessor, building inspector, health officer, and the paid fire department.    

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