Published on: Wednesday, November 07, 2012
By Peggy Dee
I hope that everyone survived Superstorm Sandy. We were so fortunate not to have lost power. I, like many others, went grocery shopping and prepared my kitchen for being powerless for a few days. I only had one fallen tree limb, which was quickly disposed of. There was actually more damage to my property from the Derecho storm of June 29, when we were without power for 48 hours.
My neighbor attributes our power situation to the recent upgrades that Pepco has performed. This includes installing new, higher poles, trimming back vulnerable trees and new wiring. Many thanks to our city’s Department of Public Works for the extra trash pickups that they provided.
Local global celebration
On Saturday, the city sponsored a most successful international celebration of craft, music and food. The weather cooperated, and it was a perfect day for strolling and meeting your friends and neighbors. A grand finale of fireworks ended the celebration that evening. I hope that we have it again next year.
Come to Magruder Park at 3 p.m. Saturday for the annual Heroes Bowl, which pits the local police against the firefighters in a charity football match. This competition is part of the annual Sonny Frazier toy drive. The late Sonny Frazier, a resident of Ward 5, started this annual toy drive to provide holiday toys for the under privileged children of our city. His widow, Ruth Ann Frazier, who is one of the council persons for Ward 5, has continued the drive. Our local police department, many business owners and churches have contributed so much to keep it going. Please bring an unwrapped toy to the game.
I was discussing old Hyattsville with my neighbor recently, and we discussed the old streetcar right of way. Does anybody remember it? If so, please give me a call. It might be a fun subject to discuss.
Hyattsville history: 1962
In the spirit of new commercial construction in the city, ground was broken for a new office building on Jefferson Street in West Hyattsville.