Beltway signs honor slain State Trooper


Maryland State Trooper First Class Wesley Brown, shot and killed while working off-duty, is now being remembered with two highway memorial signs on the Capital Beltway near Pennsylvania Avenue.  An unveiling ceremony was held May 28.

Trooper Brown, 24, who was assigned to the Forestville Barrack, was working as a part-time security guard at Applebee’s in Forestville on June 11, 2010, when he removed from the restaurant a customer who had become disruptive.  The man returned with a friend’s gun and fatally shot the trooper.

Cyril Cornelius Williams was sentenced May 10 in Prince George’s County Circuit Court to life in prison without parole plus 25 years.

The sign honors Brown not only for his work as a State Trooper but also has a role model for young men.  In 2007 he founded an organization, Young Men Enlightening Younger Men.


Former Morningsider Rose Hoffman has framed a 1940 menu from a restaurant we all loved, Oakland Inn on Marlboro Pike.  Back in ’40 five dollars would have paid  for a steak dinner.

Harry Fleming, my neighbor on Skyline Drive, turned 95 last week and a lot of family showed up to celebrate with him.  At 95, he’s still driving a cab.

Harry’s daughter, Eva, is heading to Boston for the graduation of her granddaughter Camylle Fleming at Boston Law School.   Camylle graduated locally from Sidwell Friends School and then from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 

Janice Diggs, clerk/treasurer for the Town of Morningside, has been honored by the Morningside Chief of Police and his officers who took her to lunch and presented her with a plaque in appreciation of her “dedication and service” to the department and to the town.

Lori Williams, of Morningside, is taking over as editor of the Morningside Sun, the town newsletter.

Jackie Whipple, of Camp Springs, just graduated from the University of Maryland wit a degree in archaeology and anthropology.

St. Philip’s School Principal Linda Cullinan was honored with a reception in the Social Hall on June 1. She is retiring after 17 years at the school and forty years as an educator.

Lindsey Green, Jr. and Dave Desmarais were elected to the St. Philip’s Parish Pastoral Council in May. 

Precious is missing

A sign posted on the corner pole announces a Jack Russell Terrier is missing.  She is wearing a purple dog collar and her name is Precious.  Call Kendra, 301-257-4958, or Dennis, 301-379-1719.

Changing landscape

The wrecked cars left behind after the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department’s Tactical Extrication Class still adorn the firehouse parking lot.  But I understand steps have been taken to get them removed and the parking lot all cleaned up.

I trust it will be in time for the Skyline Yard Sale at the firehouse on Saturday, June 7.   By the way, tables are $15.  Fish & chips, hotdogs and sodas will be for sale (no outside food vendors permitted).   Call 240-838-6412 or 301-967-1320.

I notice that the speed cameras on Suitland Road have been removed.  But don’t start speeding.  Morningside will be hiring another supplier and new cameras will soon be installed.

State and local officials gathered May 16 to break ground on a $37 million construction project to improve access at the Branch Avenue Metro Station.

Tour Suitland Bog

 Join a Park Ranger for a tour of the Suitland Bog!  Discover the uniqueness of this rare hillside magnolia bog, right here in my neighborhood.  It’s in the 6000 block of Suitland Road adjacent to Suitland Parkway, and there’s parking in front of the entrance gate.

 The bog is noted for its rare, threatened and carnivorous plants.  Tours are conducted on a boardwalk, to avoid damaging this unusual plant life.

The next tour will be Saturday, June 7.  Other scheduled tours will be July 5 and August 2, all between 10 a.m. and 12 noon.  Tours are free and appropriate for ages 2 and up.  For information, call the Park Ranger Office, 301-627-7755 or just show up

May he rest in peace

Maj. Gen. Warren L. Freeman, who served from 2003 to 2012 as Commandant of the Forestville Military Academy, the first public military academy in Maryland, died at home on May 17.  He was retired from the District of Columbia National Guard, served on the board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America and the Black United Fund, the Tuskegee Airmen Association and Buffalo Soldiers Association, among many other organizations.  Survivors include his 92-year-old mother Sarah, his wife Barbara, two sons, and two grandsons.


Happy birthday to Fay Norton-Cummings and Malik Reed, June 6; Trisha Reamy, June 7; Ryan Fowler and John Nichols, June 8; Robin Murphy, Vera Pope and Rev. Frank Ways, June 9; Laura Smith Jenkins, June 10; Fannie Dimes, Meghan Trexler Decker, and Jennifer Jenkins McClelland, June 11; Keenus Clark and Shirley Profhit, June 12.

Happy 43rd anniversary to Kathy and Bob Elborne on June 12.


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