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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

By Peggy Dee

Police officers shop with local kids

Hats off to the Hyattsville Police Department for its participation in the “Shop With a Cop” event Saturday, Dec. 8.  This is a program where underprivileged children are taken holiday shopping by the local police departments. At the intersection of Queens Chapel Road and Belcrest, 50-70 police vehicles from Bladensburg, Mount Rainier, Hyattsville and Riverdale were spotted. State highway patrol units and Prince George’s County police drove north closing the intersections.

Claus Applause

I had the privilege of judging our city’s house decorations on the evening of Dec. 12. The competition, “Claus Applause,” included all five wards of our city. The decorations were all so gorgeous and so original that it was difficult to select the actual winners. Each winner received a “Claus Applause” sign on their lawn and a gift from the city.


Congratulations to city resident Becki Gitter, who was recently named Namaste at the Corcoran Art Gallery.

Senior trips

I enjoyed two recent bus trips with the seniors. On Nov. 29, we went to the Riverside Dinner Theatre in Paradise, Pa., and saw a play entitled “Christmas in Paradise,” which was hilarious. The next day, we took an all-day trip to New York City, where we saw the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, took in some sights and had dinner at the Palm. The Rockettes are as fabulous as ever.

Holiday light display

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Prince George’s Plaza Community Center sponsored a trip to Watkins Park to see the lights. The display was outstanding, and the trip through the park is something that will please children and adults of all ages. We salute Prince George’s County for sponsoring this event each year.

Hyattsville history: 1962 

Hyattsville lost two of its “home grown” businessmen in August with the deaths of Leon Terish and Tony George.

Market owner Leon Terish had long been a supporter of many civic endeavors and had sponsored a baseball team in the mid 1930s. 

Tony George, who owned a sandwich shop on Baltimore Boulevard, was an active member of the Professional and Businessmen’s Association and had collected funds for the Christmas lights placed in the business district.

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