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Published on: Wednesday, June 05, 2013

By Mary McHale

Annual Dante Ross Golf Tourney coming up

Dante Ross was my neighbor in Skyline. He was an engineer for the Navy and drew up the plans to build the house I can see from my back deck. Dante’s and Pauline’s two children, Mary Ann and Danny, attended St. Philip’s School, and their dad was elected the first president of St. Philip’s Home & School Association. He was also one of the first permanent lay deacons in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Fifteen years ago, parish golfers decided to resurrect the defunct Joe Vosh Golf Tournament and host a new fundraising tournament to offer scholarships.

The 15th Annual Dante Ross Golf Tournament will be on June 21 at the Marlton Golf Club in Upper Marlboro. You are invited to come for a great day of golf and fellowship. If you don’t golf, you can come for lunch ($20) or sponsor ($25) a tee or green, a memorial sign for a loved one, or in honor of someone.

To register or for more information, call Pam Howard at 301-706-7066 or Sylvia Davis at 301-855-8610. In coordination with the tournament, a spaghetti dinner will be held at 6 p.m. July 13 in the Parish Hall.

This year’s Ross Scholarships went to Micaela Ada, Thomas Do and Irvin Mejicanos.


Dennis and Sharon Loufik, of Skyline, are proud of their new graduates. Daughter Emily graduated from Babson College in Boston, with a bachelor’s degree in business management. She is currently home while looking for a job in human resources. Son Jonathan graduated with high honors from Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton and is considering Liberty University in Lynchburg or the Honors Academy at Prince George’s Community College. He would like to be involved in Christian ministry.

Mary Jones, who has been volunteering with the Forestville Boys & Girls Club since 1984, received the 2013 Prince George’s County Executive’s Senior Citizen Service Award. Under her leadership, after-school activities and tutoring, summer youth programs and the Back to Basketball Night have been established. She is currently serving as president of the club.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee was held at National Harbor last week. More than a million students nationwide participated, but only 281 made it to the National Bee, among them nine from the Washington, D.C., area. Arvind Mahankali, 13, an eighth-grader from Bayside Hills, N.Y., won by spelling “knaidel,” which is a small mass of leavened dough. He collected $30,000 for the win.

Call 301-735-3451 or email me at with information about your graduate or award.

Grand opening for Veterans Museum

The Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum held its grand opening on May 4 in the former Glasva Elementary School building at 11000 Crain Highway in Newburg. The goal of the museum is to commemorate all veterans of all national wars with special emphasis given to Maryland veterans. The museum’s facade now resembles a military base headquarters. Donations of artifacts and period clothing are welcome. For information, call 301-932-7653.

Changing landscape

Posted on a storefront in Andrews Manor Shopping Center, Shop Smart may be announcing the arrival of Shop Smart Food Warehouse. According to the website, Shop Smart Food Warehouse strives “to offer great values everyday in a warehouse format.”

G Mart International has officially opened in Giant’s former location in Clinton.

Strayer University has received approval for a 38,000-square-foot classroom building at Auth Place and Brittania Way in Camp Springs.

May they rest in peace

Margaret Sewell Brown, 56, a nurse for more than 36 years and a Camp Springs resident, died May 23. She was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Walter and Lula Sewell, attended D.C. schools and graduated from Martha Washington Vocational High. On Nov. 2, 1984, she married her junior high sweetheart, Wayne Brown. She was a critical care and emergency room nurse at Providence, District of Columbia General, Greater Southeast and Sibley hospitals. Survivors include her husband Wayne, sons Antoine and Derrick, daughter Tiandra, five grandchildren, four brothers and a sister. She was a devout member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and was buried from the church’s Kingdom Hall in Temple Hills. Tucked into the casket with her was her stethoscope.

Condolences to Father Bernard Ihrie, former pastor of St. Philip’s Church, on the death of his brother Ed Ihrie.


Happy birthday to 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, Jennifer Jenkins McClelland, and Meghan Trexler Decker, June 11; Shirley Profhit, June 12; Aimee Crawford, Joel McCune and Cameron Nichols, June 13.

Happy 42nd anniversary to Kathy and Bob Elborne, of Morningside, on June 12.

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