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Peggy Dee

Published on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

By Peggy Dee

Heroes Bowl

The afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 10, I attended the Heroes Bowl at Magruder Park. This annual event is a football game between the police and the firefighters — the finest versus the bravest. It is a fundraiser for the Sonny Frazier Toy Drive, which our city promotes each year at Christmas. Even though the founder of the drive, Sonny Frazier, has passed on, we keep it going each year. The game was so much fun, and I can’t wait to attend again.

‘Movember’ mustaches

City Councilman Tim Hunt, Ward 3, advises that he has joined Team Hyattsville City Police and has begun to grow a mustache for “Movember” in order to raise awareness and funds for men’s health initiatives. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and 242,000 new cases of prostate cancer and 8,290 cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed this year. If you would like to find out more about this benefit, which occurs during the month of November, or to give a donation, please call the city at 301-985-5000.

Franklin’s celebrates 20 years

Franklin’s General Store, on Baltimore Avenue, is celebrating 20 years in Hyattsville. Come help them celebrate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday by attending their first-ever Sooper Dooper Sale and Celebration. There will be tastings throughout the day, treats and giveaways for the kids, and 20 percent off of everything in the store. I hope to see you there.

Craft fair coming up

It is not too early to mark your calendars for the first annual St. Jerome Academy Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec.  1. This holiday event will take place in the Gold Room, which is underneath St. Jerome’s Church, and the school cafeteria.

Reading recommendations

I had a call from a delightful lady who grew up in Riverdale. She brought to my attention two very interesting books. The first one is “A True Crime: A Novel,” by Michael Mewshaw, who grew up in Hyattsville. Most of the fictionalized story of this book takes place in our city and includes the police station, old Hyattsville High School, shops on Baltimore Avenue and many more. The second publication, “Yesterday’s Asylum,” by J. D. Fink centers around Eastpines in Riverdale. If you are interested in finding out more about these books, you can find them on or check with your local library.

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