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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, May 01, 2013

By Mary McHale

Morningside electing mayor, council members

Morningsiders go to the polls May 6 to elect a mayor and two council members. The following are on the slate:

Kenneth “Chrys” Wade is the only candidate for mayor. Mayor Karen Rooker decided not to run again after serving for six years, since 2007. Chrys moved to Morningside in the late 1980s with his parents, moved away and then back to Woodland Road in 2008, with his wife and son. He is not making promises, but rather will “make my way around town to meet with as many residents who will allow me ... to hear your voices and concerns.”

Vice Mayor James “Jim” Ealey has served well as councilman or vice mayor in the last three administrations. “In each,” he says, “I have exercised a voice of reason and integrity. … I am again asking for your support on May 6.”

Councilman Todd Eugene Mullins was selected to fill the council seat held by Kevin Kline, who resigned earlier this year. Todd lived in Forestville before moving his family to Morningside in 2008. Since then, he attended every town meeting and has been involved in all the town’s activities, including snow removal. He seeks reelection to the council with one thing on his mind — “doing what is right for the Town of Morningside.”

Elizabeth Long, who has lived on Randolph Road since 1986, is running for council member. She has worked as an administrative assistant, bookkeeper and office manager of a law firm for more than 34 years and says she will be “a strong advocate and carry a strong voice for our senior citizens.”  

“I will work towards keeping a reasonable and low tax rate, keeping an honest and open government and a commitment to making Morningside a great place to live, work and play,” she added. 

The Town Meeting Room will be going through a renovation, so the swearing-in ceremony will be at 7 p.m. May 20 at the Morningside Fire Department. The next town meeting, at 8 p.m. May 21, will also be at the fire department.


Naval Academy Midshipman 2nd Class Clifton E. Luber, III, grandson of Angelo and Marlyn Meoli, longtime residents of Auth Village, and son of Vicki and Clifton Luber of Camdenton, Mo., has been selected a 2013 Truman Scholar by The Truman Foundation, an organization dedicated to President Harry S. Truman, which recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential and intellectual ability, committed to careers in public service.

Dr. Richard J. Ghattas, obstetrician and gynecologist in Clinton and other area locations for more than 41 years, is retiring. He will be much missed.

I enjoyed having my niece, Linda (Mudd) O’Brien of Fort Collins, Colo., spend a few days with me on her return from pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Ladies Night fashions and more

Discover new fashion trends at Ladies Night from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Road. You’ll enjoy a unique shopping experience with emerging clothing designers, one-of-a-kind jewelry, cocktails and a swag bag. Bring mom for an early Mother’s Day treat! This event is for ages 21 and up. Admission costs $10. For more information, call 301-839-7782.

Church Women United

May Friendship Day for Church Women United, Prince George’s County Unit, is at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, at Gethsemane UMC, 910 Addison Road in Capitol Heights. CWU will also be hosting Human Rights Day, Aug. 3.; World Community Day, Nov. 1; and a Christmas luncheon. For information or to join Church Women United, call Carrie Smallwood at 301-655-6374 or Joan Oxendine at 301-577-6849.

May they rest in peace

Two weeks ago I ran a brief obit for Dr. Paul Dorn, an ophthalmologist who had offices in Temple Hills. Sue Stine Mason emailed, “I started going to Dr. Dorn when I worked for Dr. Mostann whose office was next door on St. Barnabas Road. I liked him so much that, when I later moved to Fredericksburg, Va., I continued to drive the long commute to annual eye exams at Dr. Dorn’s. He was a no-nonsense doctor that knew his stuff.” He died Feb. 14.

William Talton Randall, 97, an outfielder who played in the 1940s for Washington’s Homestead Grays, one of the premier teams in the Negro baseball leagues, died Feb. 13 in Columbia. He worked for the Navy and NASA, retiring in 1973. He was a longtime resident of Temple Hills.


Happy birthday to Devaughn Branham who turned 11 on April 20; to my daughter Sheila (McHale) Mudd and Lori Williams, May 3; India Goodall and Ruby Haines, May 4; Donald Young, Jim Henderson and Marlyn Meoli, May 5; Elsie Dent and Gretchen Ennis, May 6; Dwight Holloway Jr., May 7; Brandi Jeter and Buddy Ramsey, May 9.

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