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Morningside-Skyline column for Sept. 16

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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

By Mary McHale

Water mains from 1950s, 1960s undergoing replacement

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is moving ahead on replacing water mains in our area and expects to complete the work by summer 2012, weather permitting.

“The project is necessary because the mains are nearing the end of their useful life,” wrote Noelle Cranford, of WSSC’s Systems Infrastructure Group, in letters sent to affected residents, “The water mains in your neighborhood were originally installed between the 1950s and 1960s. These mains will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe, which will greatly reduce the frequency of water main breaks, while providing you with the same high-quality water that WSSC has always provided its customers.”

Streets in Skyline include Donna, Elmendorf, Frank, Goodfellow, John, Karen, Ladd, Lori, Lucente, Maria, Offut, Ridgecrest and Skyline Drive. And in Morningside, mains involved are on Beauford, Larches Court, Larkspur, Maple, Marianne Court and Drive, Morgan, Pickett Drive, Pine Grove, Poplar, Randolph and Woodland Road.

As the work continues in Skyline, some residents have been concerned about how their street will look when the project is completed. According to the booklet sent to the residents, “Areas of grass, curb, sidewalk and pavement that are disturbed…will be restored as closely as possible to their original appearance.”

Parish celebrates school’s 60th anniversary

Mount Calvary School, in Forestville, opened its doors 60 years ago, in September 1950. It was the answer to the late pastor Monsignor Peter Rakowski’s “dream of educating the leaders of tomorrow in a Catholic environment.”

The current pastor, Father Everett Pearson, and the principal, Mrs. Darcy A. Tomko, announced three days of celebratory events: Sept. 10, Anniversary Mass and reception, Sept. 11, Pastor’s Reception, and Sept. 12, Parish Feast Day, with Mass and a picnic.


Antonio Lee Faunteroy, who lives in Skyline, ran for Delegate District 25. He was born in Clinton, attended Berkshire Elementary, Andrew Jackson Middle, and graduated from Central in 2000. He’s working on his master’s at Bowie State University, where he already earned a Bachelor of Arts in public relations. He works for Prince George’s County Transit. To learn about his platform, go to

Chris Flaherty, formerly of Skyline and now of Rockville, directed a film featured at film festivals around the world, including the 2009 African Diaspora Film Festival in New York, and has won a number of awards. The movie, “Migration of Beauty,” captures the Ethiopian-American experience of political participation in America as compared to Ethiopia.

Dwight and Ruby Holloway, of Maria Avenue in Skyline, were delighted to have son Dwight Jr. fly in from London in August. During his visit, he drove them to the family home in Victoria, Va., for their annual family reunion.

Carol Lee, daughter of Jean and the late Jerry Glaubitz, is in recovery after heart surgery. Her son Jimmy, also taken ill, was hospitalized about the same time and had a room right across the hall from his mother.

Welcome to the Omole Family who has moved to Ridgecrest Drive in Skyline.

A fireman at the Morningside Fire House found a kitten that had been dropped off at the station. An animal-control officer picked up the kitten, a two-month-old brown female tabby. Since she wasn’t claimed, she was transferred to a rescue group.

An old favorite meets the wrecking ball

When we moved here in 1958, our two favorite restaurants were Hogate’s Seafood Restaurant and Watergate Inn. I know you old timers dined at those eateries. Watergate Inn is, of course, long gone, making way for the Watergate complex and the Kennedy Center.

As for Hogate’s, it moved a short distance to 800 Water Street in1972 and closed a few years ago. On Aug. 16, Hogate’s was finally demolished.

“This is the beginning of the re-creation of the Southwest waterfront,” Mayor Fenty announced. He was referring to the 14 acres of parks, offices, cultural and retail space and 1,000 housing units being planned. But I’d like to have the original Hogate’s back.

May they rest in peace

Yolanda “Chips” Banyas, 85, longtime resident of the Woodlane community of Temple Hills, died July 11. She was a native of Bolivia where she met her Air Force husband at an embassy function. Over the years she was a volunteer at St. Philip’s, La Reine High School and at Andrews. Her husband of 62 years, Clifford Banyas, and daughter Kathy survive her. At the memorial service, Kathy reminisced about her mother’s “perfect kitchen” and her desserts, coffeecakes and Christmas cookies. Father Scott Hahn conducted the service, with burial at Arlington.

John P. Mamone, a graduate of Surrattsville High and Georgetown University, died Aug. 31. He was born in The Bronx, N.Y., but grew up in Southern Maryland. His wife, three children and three brothers survive him. Visitation was at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, Va.

Catherine E. Iascone, 93, a teacher, principal and administrator for Washington, D.C. public schools for 30 years and principal of St. Columba School in Oxon Hill in the 1970s, died Aug. 2 at her home in Laurel. She was born in Providence, R.I. In 1959, she received a master’s degree in education from George Washington University. In 1997, she was recognized by Prince George’s County’s senior volunteer program for her community work.


Happy birthday to Nan Brown and twins Robert and John Woods on Sept. 10; Carol Lee, Sept. 11; Anthony Thomas and Hank Busky, Sept. 12; Patricia Epperly, Sept. 13; Kenny Clark, Sept. 14; Elnora McCall, Sept. 15; Dolores McDonald, Steven Warren and Yolanda Dooley, Sept. 16.

Happy 41st anniversary to Les and Kathy Hedrick on Sept. 13, and happy 7th anniversary to Sal and Kathy (Blankenship) Biberaj on Sept. 14.

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