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Peggy Dee

Published on: Friday, October 12, 2012

By Peggy Dee

Cops on a Roof for charity

Saturday, Sept. 29, was a beautiful, warm day, and there was an excellent gathering at the Cops on a Roof charitable event held at the Dunkin Donuts Shop in the Queenstown Shopping Center. The Hyattsville police were the volunteers and they remained on the roof until mid-day Sunday. The money raised was for the Special Olympics. 

This is such a worthy cause and I was delighted to see such support.

Fall Festival at First Baptist

After lunch, I dropped by the Fall Festival at the First Baptist Church of Hyattsville, on 42nd Avenue. I was very happy to see so many people that I knew. I purchased a bag full of freshly picked green delicious apples.

The children enjoyed the many games and munching on potato chips and hot dogs. Rev. Todd Thomason is the pastor of the church and had a warm welcome for everyone.

St. Jerome’s Feast Day Celebration and Hyattsville Preservation Association Picnic

On Sunday, St. Jerome’s Church celebrated its feast day with a Mass featuring three choirs and a picnic downstairs in the Gold Room.  That afternoon, the Hyattsville Preservation Association hosted its annual picnic at the home of Ann and Tom Barrett. A good time was had by all. The Hyattsville Preservation Association or HPA contributes so much to the preservation of our dear city. Among other things, they sponsor the Historic House Tour each spring.  Anyone that is interested in joining such a fine organization is encouraged to do so.

Changes to Route 1

The EYA continues to expand. There are new town houses springing up behind the parking lot. What a drastic change to Route 1 in just a few short years! The many car dealerships that used to line both sides of the avenue are gone. You and your family can take a nice walk down there on a Sunday afternoon and stop to have yogurt before heading home.

Hyattsville history: 1961

Oct. 6 was selected as the date for a special, one-day celebration of the city’s 75th anniversary. This included a parade, fireworks, sporting events, and a dinner dance. Tickets for the dance, held at DeMatha High School, were $5 per person at the Hyattsville Theatre box office or through the event chairman, Charles Bouffier. Some residents responded to the request by the two local newspapers, providing old photos and papers to be used in the anniversary book.

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