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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, February 20, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Councilwoman Morford resigns

Best wishes to Councilwoman Nicole Hinds Morford, Ward 5, who has recently resigned. Nicole has served her ward very well and she will be missed. She has been on City Council for eight years and recently became a new mother. It is good news to hear that she will continue to reside in Hyattsville.

Speed cameras coming

Drivers traveling through our city may want to watch their speedometers, as it has been reported that Hyattsville will soon be installing speed cameras. Police Chief Holland has said that a camera may soon be installed in the 3700 block of East West Highway, near University Town Center. Cameras in the 7000 block of Adelphi Road and the 5500 block of Ager Road are soon to follow. The cameras, which are in other jurisdictions in Maryland, take photos of drivers going 12 miles per hour over the speed limit. Offenders are fined $40.

Irish Afternoon

Have you got those winter blues?  How about coming to an Irish Afternoon at the Goldroom of St. Jerome’s Church from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be an array of Irish entertainment, including step dancers and bag piper players. Those of us who went last year had a blast. I hope to see you there.

Visual improvement

I had a cataract operation in my right eye on Feb. 7. Wow, what an improvement in my vision! The surgeon removed the lens of the eye with the cataract on it and implanted a new lens. This implant is what gives me this beautiful new vision. I was in and out in just two hours. It just demonstrates how successful modern medicine has become.

Hyattsville history: 1964

Because of a very serious accident at Melrose Crossing, City Council requested that permanent barriers be erected at the crossing. Many felt such action was impulsive because no alternative plan had been proposed. Traffic on the bridge increased and congestion resulted.  One suggestion put forth was that a viaduct be constructed south of the crossing, which would connect with Rhode Island Avenue, which was then planned as a dual lane highway. After further possible solutions had been reviewed by the mayor and Council, lights were installed and an island was built.

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