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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, October 03, 2012

By Peggy Dee

Arts festival

We had a lovely day on Saturday, Sept. 22, for our fifth annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. There were about 50 booths manned by artists selling paintings, jewelry, wood cutting boards, leather bracelets, quilts, glassworks, T-shirts and other items that were crammed into space between Jefferson Street, Route One and 45th Avenues. I saw so many people there who I know, and that made the day so enjoyable.

Local chef honored

The national award for Personal Chef of the Year went to a Hyattsville resident last month: Monica Thomas. Monica received this honor at the U.S. Personal Chef Association’s annual conference held in Washington.

Yard sales

If you enjoy outdoor events like I do, mark your calendars for this coming weekend, when our communitywide yard sale will take place. Please call the city at 302-985-5000 to register for participation. By registering, your address will be included in the map that will be distributed by the city.

May he rest in peace

Our deepest sympathy to Helen McCarthy on the sudden death of her son, Kris McCarthy. For many years, Helen and her late husband, Tom, lived in Hyattsville, where they raised their seven children. They were very active in St. Jerome’s Church and School. Helen worked in the daycare center for several years. In addition to his sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews, Kris leaves his wife and three children, to mourn his passing.

Hyattsville history: 1961 

Plans were moving ahead for the city’s 75th anniversary celebration. Jacob Walker was named general chairman. The special committees and their chairmen were Waldo Burnside, athletic events; William Cooper, dance and reception; Charles Bouffier,  concessions; John Grimes and Julius Katz, program; Francis X, Geary, special anniversary booklet;  Dave Ginsburg for Miss Hyattsville and Charles DiVincenzo for the parade. Sylvan Deitz was in charge of decorating the DeMatha gym for the community dance.

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