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Hyattsville column for Nov. 15


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Published on: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

By Peggy Dee

Halloween

I don’t know how your neighborhood was, but we had a grand Halloween with a large amount of children going door to door. Most of our neighbors decorate their windows and front porches for the occasion. For several years, the number of children coming door to door has slacked off. I was so happy to see the numbers increasing.

Election Day

On Election Day, I voted at the Hyattsville Middle School at approximately 1:45 p.m. and the turnout was vigorous.  At 9:30 that morning there was a two hour wait. It gave me such a good feeling to see such an excellent turnout and to know that so many people truly care.

Sympathies

Our deepest sympathies go to Rose Neitzey and her family on the loss of her dear husband, John. The Neitzeys raised their seven children in Hyattsville and lived here for years. They were active members of St. Jerome’s Church, and Rose was a long-time employee of the Red Cross on Belcrest Road.

Beth Torah Congregation closes

Farewell to the Beth Torah Congregation, which has sold its building on Adelphi Road due to declining membership and the loss of so many of the original members. The building has been sold to Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. They were an excellent neighbor, and we will miss them.

Santa at the mall

Dear old Santa Claus arrives at the Mall at Prince Georges on Saturday, Nov. 17. Visit St. Nick from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the naturally-bearded Santa Claus arriving to ring in the holidays, the mall will have a high-energy holiday magic and illusion show at 11 a.m. Face painters and balloon twisters will be on hand creating festive art for the kids. Kris Kringle himself will be available for professional photos at his festive Center Court home, where he will be located throughout the holiday season. I hope to see you there.

Hyattsville history: 1962

The new Municipal Building on Jefferson Street acquired a major tenant when the C&P Telephone Company signed a 10-year contract for office space. Although not dedicated until November, the building was ready for occupancy on June 1. C&P employees who moved in a couple of weeks later, occupied the first three floors, except for the space reserved for the city’s administrative offices.

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