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Mary McHale

Published on: Thursday, December 06, 2012

By Mary McHale

Fire destroys Andrews Manor restaurant

“Nine minutes after midnight on Thanksgiving Day, Communications sounded a Box Alarm for the ‘building on fire’ at Andrews Manor Shopping Center,” according to the website of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department.

“The bulk of the fire was knocked (out) in just under an hour, and units remained on scene to quell the remaining hot spots. With the fire deemed under control, command held Companies 27, 37, and all three Truck Companies to assist the Investigations Unit. Company 27 did not clear the scene till (sic.) four hours later.”

The restaurant is the N.Y. Chicken, Fish & Grill, which opened earlier this year. I dropped by there for the first time just a couple of days before the fire and ordered catfish, collard greens and mac-&-cheese. It was delicious. So good that I decided I’d go back once a week and try whiting or trout or perch, or catfish again.

Next time I drove past the shopping center, N.Y. Chicken was boarded up.


Speaking of Company 27 of Morningside VFD, they buried one of their longtime members, Ronald Ellis, on Nov. 30. I’ll tell you more about Ron in next week’s column.

I’ll also write next week about the death of my former neighbor Pat Rosa. Her son Tony called me with the sad news.

Jean Glaubitz reports that her granddaughter Dawn and Jeff LaBar took their son, Justin, and his fiancée, Rachel Weaver, for a two-week vacation in Hawaii, in honor of Justin’s 25th birthday.

A car crashed into the front of a 7-Eleven in the 6300 block of Allentown Road a couple of Saturdays ago, doing significant damage to the store. The driver, a woman in her 60s, was not injured, and the police believe the cause to be driver error.

Dulles International Airport just celebrated its 50th anniversary. I remember that my daughter Kathleen was invited, along with her friend Valerie, to attend the November 1962 dedication, because Valerie’s father, Ralph Clark of Camp Springs, was with the firm that developed the airport. They spotted President John F. Kennedy, who did the dedicating.

Condolences to John Tierney on the death of his sister, Vivian Cook, on Thanksgiving Day.

New minister installed at Camp Springs church

Rev. Natalie Fenimore, the first African-American female minister at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, was installed with great fanfare on Nov. 4. Colleagues from all over the region, including Delaware and Northern Virginia, attended.

This is Rev. Fenimore’s first congregation serving as a pastoral minister. She previously worked as a Director of Religious Education and then Minister for Religious Exploration in various congregations throughout the area.

Southern Maryland Hospital meeting postponed

MedStar, the new owner of Southern Maryland Hospital, has postponed its community meeting — which I announced in last week’s column — from Dec. 18 to “sometime in January.” I’ll keep you informed, but if you need information now, you can call 301-952-8885. The hospital plays a big roll in Southern Maryland, and we all need to know what the new management will have to offer.

Harry Garner remembered at the golf course

Harry Wallace Garner Jr., 68, a Pepco retiree, died Nov. 21 at his home in Little River, S.C. He was the son of Ruth and Harry Garner Sr., founding residents of Morningside, who moved to 11 Larches Court in the 1940s.     

When Ruth and Harry moved to Morningside, they already had lots of family there — Ruth’s sister Mary and Howard Booth and their children Janet and Howie; Ruth’s sister Margaret and George Rogers and children Donald and George; and Ruth’s brother Norman “Buddy” and Elizabeth Loveless and children Edward and Barbara. As Janet Booth Kaye remembers, “I was a lucky girl to live in walking distance of all these wonderful relatives.” 

Harry Jr. married Nancy Justice in 1964. They lived in Waldorf until he retired from Pepco and then moved to South Carolina. It was there that Harry realized his lifelong dream of working at golf courses. On the Saturday following his death, he was remembered by staff and members, family and friends, at the River Hills Golf & Country Club where he had last worked.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Nancy; sons David, Brian and Timothy; daughter, Kelly; his sister Judith Goodman; and 11 grandchildren. Another son, Michael, died in 1986 and Harry’s mother, Ruth Garner, died last February.


Happy birthday to Sandra Mickey and Brian Doyle, Dec. 7; Carl Burch, Dec. 7; Charles Boxley, Dec. 8; Beth Shipman, Dec. 9; Sharon Fowler and Diane Zirkle, Dec. 10; Michelle Anderson, Dec. 11; Bernie Barbour Pace and Thomas Shipman Jr., Dec. 13.

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