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Hyattsville column for Feb. 28

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Peggy Dee

Published on: Friday, March 01, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Welcome new director of Public Works

Congratulations to Leslie Riddle who was recently hired to be Hyattsville’s new director of Public Works.  Leslie works for the City of Greenbelt but will assume her new position March 18. Between snow, trash and leaf removal, city residents depend on the Public Works Department all year.

May he rest in peace

I was so sad to hear of the death of Charlie Falvey, a former Ward 5 councilman. Charlie served on our City Council for more than 10 years and was very responsive to the needs of his residents. His wife, Dixie, who survives him, was a longtime election judge.

Art studio moving into old Marche Florists building

I find it very interesting that Arts Works Studio School of Mt. Rainier will be moving into the building on Route 1 that for years housed Marche Florists.

William Marche started the family business in 1908 in Washington, D.C. After he died in 1919, his widow, Augusta, moved the business to their Hyattsville home.

The current retail space, built in 1951, replaced a smaller shop on the site. It remained in the family for 50 years until another florist bought it in 2001. It changed hands at least once since then, but the building hasn’t been used since the Marches left. 

Art Works founder, Barbara Johnson, hopes to change that.

Memories of George Washington’s birthday

As I prepare this article, it is Feb. 22, George Washington’s birthday. This brings back memories of how this holiday used to be celebrated. Does anyone have a memory or two that they would like to share with me? Please give me a call, as I would love to hear from you.

Hyattsville history: 1965 

This year began on a sad note, with the passing of Sen. H. Winship Wheatley. A longtime resident, he had come to Hyattsville when just a small boy and had grown up in the house called “Ravenswood.” He was a former mayor of Hyattsville, had been state’s attorney, and was later elected to the state Senate, where he chaired the Finance Committee and served as Majority Leader.

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