Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:10 PM
Published on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013
By Mary McHale
Possible plan for Pyles Lumber corner
The development is allowed under the C-M Zone, and it would demolish a long-standing eyesore. But the design does not contribute to what many of us envision at that important corner. We had hoped for an arts center in that area and had a major planning meeting several years ago.
If you also have concerns about this plan, you can contact the staff reviewer, Meika Fields, at 301-780-2458. Unfortunately, you have missed the July 11 hearing, but you can still give your input.
Camp Springs deserves better.
‘Consummate public servant’ JoAnn Bell dies
She grew up in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Notre Dame Academy at North Capitol and K Street, where she played several sports. She married Leroy “Joe” Bell and devoted herself to her family, education and Prince George’s County.
In paying tribute, Councilman Derrick Davis said JoAnn Bell “launched my career of public service to the citizens of the Sixth District in 1992, when she hired me as her constituent services aide. I will forever be indebted to her for teaching me to navigate county government. … She was the consummate public servant.”
She was a tireless supporter of education and a member of many PTAs, served on the board of directors of The Foundation Schools, McNamara High School and on the Maryland State Board of Education.
In the 1970s, Vesta Phiel served on a committee with JoAnn at Morningside School. Vesta said it was evident even then that JoAnn had “strong leadership qualities.”
JoAnn was the widow of Joe Bell. She is survived by her seven children, Joe, Chris, Tim, Phil, Jimmy and Tom Bell, and Vicki Shepardson; brothers Frank and Charles Minni; fourteen grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
The Rev. Everett Pearson celebrated Mass of Christian Burial at Mount Calvary Church. JoAnn’s son Jimmy gave a wonderful eulogy, recounting, among other things, how she loved to cook, “making it up as she went along.” County Executive Rushern Baker and former County Executive Wayne Curry also attended. JoAnn will be missed.
As for Jody, her family moved to Morningside in 1966 and she attended Morningside Elementary, Foulois, and Crossland until she was bussed to Central. She graduated in 1974 and went to work for the Department of Agriculture, retiring in 2010. She married Larry Nyers, a Suitland High grad, in 1980 and they have two grown daughters. Larry is retired from the fire department and they now live near Myrtle Beach.
Jody told me there was a Benjamin D. Foulois Junior High School reunion over the weekend. She attended and promises to send an update and photos.
Tyler Stiles, a senior at Bishop McNamara, has been named The Gazette’s Player of the Year in baseball.
And I’m proud of my granddaughter, Claire Mudd, a freshman softball player at Eleanor Roosevelt, who was named to The Gazette’s Second Team outfield.
Oops: Father Damian (not Father Daniel, as I named him) Shadwell is the new Pastor at Holy Family Church.
Happy anniversary to Dave and Carolyn Williams, their 38th on July 11, and to Morningside Councilman James and Selaine Ealey, their 54th on July 15.