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Hyattsville column for March 7

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Peggy Dee

Published on: Thursday, March 07, 2013

By Peggy Dee

May he rest in peace

My deepest sympathy goes to former Ward 4 City Councilwoman Lucille Brodgen on the loss of her dear husband, Chuck. Lucille served 16 very productive years on our City Council. She is also a member of the New Dimension singing group. The Brodgens were longtime residents of Hyattsville, where they raised their two sons. For years, they were active members of St. Matthew’s Church. Many of us will remember seeing them walk the Mall at Prince Georges.

Legislative update from Annapolis

State Sen. Paul Pinsky sent us his report from Annapolis. He advises us that the General Assembly is halfway through the 2013 legislative session. Upcoming consideration will center on abolishing the death penalty, restricting gun sales and limiting possession of semi-automatic weapons, and approving off-shore wind energy among others.

He will keep us abreast of these and other issues, or you may contact his office for updates. The senator advises that if you are a resident of the 22nd district and you plan to attend a Maryland college or university, you can contact his office for an application for a Senatorial Scholarship. Applications are due by April 4. The senator’s office can be reached at 301-858-3155.

Irish Afternoon

We all had a great time at the Irish Afternoon at St. Jerome’s Church on Sunday, Feb. 24. The singers and dancers that performed and the food that was available were just tops. The event was a fundraiser for St. Jerome’s Academy. I can’t wait to go again next year. We salute St. Jerome’s Principal Mary Pat Donoughe, who grew up in our dear city, on the success that the academy is having.

Hyattsville history: 1965 

Hyattsville police received complaints about their slow response time on calls. The delay, an investigation found, was caused by calls for the county police receiving priority over local calls. A special transmitter was installed just for the city’s police department, and residents were encouraged to call the Hyattsville police direct on that line.

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