I never met Loretta Hooe. But I often received emails from Loretta Hooe, of District Heights. She sent announcements of Suitland’s Class of 1952 reunions, family deaths and other news. But on July 7 she died, at the age of 79. I’ll miss those emails.
Hurry to the polls, early voting ends at 8 p.m. tonight!
Early voting began on June 12, the 2nd Thursday before the election, and continues through June 19. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.each day. If you’re reading this on or before June 19, hurry to the polls. Anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
You can cast your early vote at any of the following in South County: Suitland Community Park School, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville; Upper Marlboro Community Center, 5400 Racetrack Road; Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road; Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Center, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover; Southern Regional Technology & Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington.
If you don’t vote early or absentee, you can still do so on Primary Day, June 24, at your local polls, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The candidates who win in the Primary will be running in the General Election, November 4. An American magazine editor once said, “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.”
Morningside’s annual 4th of July Parade is coming up. If you know someone who’d like to be in the parade, have them contact Mrs. Mullins at 301-412-0135 for a registration form or more information. By the way, I’ll be there watching and cheering, under the big tree at Suitland Road Baptist Church.
Tamya Matthews, Mount Calvary School 7th grader, was among 11 spellers from Maryland in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held at National Harbor. In fact, she was the Prince George’s County winner. At the Bee, she correctly spelled “shrieval” and “osteopath” in rounds two and three but didn’t make the semi-finals.
Clotilda Crawley, longtime Suitland resident, is planning to move back to her native Sri Lanka. So, on June 8, her dear friend Marilyn Thorne hosted a Friends of Clotilda party at the Thorne home in Auth Village. About 40 showed up to enjoy delicious international food and a visit with Clotilda. Among the attendees were many from St. Philip’s Sodality, of which she was a member. It was a delightful gathering.
Images of Marlyn Meoli, formerly of Auth Village, her daughter and granddaughter can be seen floating in flowers and paintings in a recent Animoto video.
Former Morningsider Rose Hoffman enjoyed the 15th annual Special World of Dance presented by Louise Pyles Dance Studio at the Camp Springs Elks Lodge. Featured were The DC Hand Dance Club, Tom Koerner & Debra Sternberg & Dance Team. This year’s theme was “Putting on the Ritz.”
Eight-year-old Käal Mocanu was presented a Hero Award on April 24 at Joint Base Andrews’ Military & Family Support Center for his swift actions when his father, retired Master Sgt. Brandon Mocanu, collapsed in their home and called Käal to run for help. The boy grabbed his brother and a friend and hurried with them to a neighbor’s house. The neighbors responded, found the father lying on the floor and called 911. All turned out well.
Movies and more on the Potomac
Throughout the summer there will be free fitness, concerts and movies for the whole family at National Harbor. The schedule is at:www.nationalharbor.com/calendar. Movies are shown Sundays at 6 p.m., and include The Parent Trap on June 22, and The Princess Diaries on June 29. Military concerts are Saturdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and include the U.S. Navy Band “Commodores” on June 21, and U.S. Army Band “Downrange” on June 28. And there’s lots more.
Open House for veterans
The Veterans and Veteran Service Organizations will host an Open House on Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Department of Family Services, 6420 Allentown Road in Camp Springs. This will be an opportunity for veterans and their families to gather federal, state and local resources for veterans. The event is free, however registration is required. Call Carol-Lynn Snowden at 301-265-8401 to RSVP. Light refreshments will be served.
Prince George’s County is home to more than 62,000 veterans and their families, the largest concentration of veterans in the State of Maryland.
Bells UMC invites you for “A Wonderful Weekend”
The theme is “Go…Go…Going Radical for Christ” on June 28 and 29 at Bells United Methodist Church in Camp Springs. Saturdayevents include the Moonbounce, flea market, healthy living resources, barbeque and more. Sunday features worship services at Bells and at Mt. Zion in Washington, gospel go-go, local choirs and fish-fry. For information, call Bells at 301-899-7521.
May they rest in peace
Condolences to Yvonne Garvin, of Skyline, on the death of her amazing father, Robert Gerald, at the age of 98. He and his wife Virginia were married April 12, 1933, and last year they were honored for having the longest marriage in North Carolina, second longest in the U.S. During those 81 years, they had 11 children, 40 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren and 47 great-great-grandchildren,
Eleanor Creveling, 91, formerly of Oxon Hill, principal of Harmony Hall Elementary in Oxon Hill and Heather Hills Elementary in Bowie before retiring in the 1981, died May 9 in Annapolis. A native of West Virginia, she was an officer in the Navy Waves during World War II. Her husband of 59 years, Cyrus Jay Creveling, Sr., died in 2003. Survivors include four sons and eight grandchildren.
Happy birthday to Gwynn Mudd, Christian Nichols and Michael Taylor, June 20; my grandson Conor McHale, Aletheia Fadness, Mark Witherow Sr. and Antonio Jackson, June 21; Gary Fadness, June 22; Edson Cook, June 23; Gloria R. Johnson, June 24; Michael Taylor and Larry Frostbutter, June 25; Angela Booth and Mable Hemmes, June 26.
Happy anniversary to Calvin and Debbie Brown, their 21st on June 20; Ben and Betty Nagro, their 57th on June 22; Tim and Becki Cordero, their 13th on June 23; Mary and Mike Dawes, their 41st on June 23.
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.
During our brutal winter—despite parts of the Chesapeake Bay being frozen—the steel framework for the new Ferris wheel traveled the bay from Baltimore. On May 23 the Capital Wheel opened, standing proudly 180 feet above the Potomac shore, lit by 1.6 million LED lights.
All over Prince George’s County farmers markets are opening for the season. Those closest to me are: Branch Avenue in Bloom Farmers Market at the Iverson Mall Parking Lot, 3737 Branch Avenue. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays until November 23. For information, call Fleming Thomas, 301-702-2250.