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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By Mary McHale

Memorial Day at American Legion, Resurrection Cemetery, & Rolling Thunder

The Memorial Day service at American Legion Post 259 in Clinton will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Twin doctors who grew up in the area, both of them Army lieutenant colonels, will be guest speakers along with state Sen. Mike Miller and other Maryland dignitaries.

Memorial Day Mass at Resurrection Cemetery, also in Clinton, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, honoring the loved ones buried there. Msgr. Barry Knestout will celebrate the Mass. Everyone is invited.

Meanwhile at the VFW in Morningside, Rolling Thunder will thunder in on Friday. The motorcycles will be arriving from all over the U.S. to participate in Memorial Day services at Arlington Cemetery and throughout the Metro area. The VFW will give them a good send-off with a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.     

Applause

Congratulations to Albert Lewis, eigth-grade language arts teacher at Walker Mill Middle School in Capitol Heights, who has been chosen Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year.

Angela Andress and Yvette Coley, teachers at Imagine Foundations at Morningside (formerly Morningside Elementary), were among the nominees for County Teacher of the Year.

Congratulations to the Eleanor Roosevelt High School softball team, the Raiders, on clinching the County 4A League title. They’ll face Glen Burnie in the state semifinals this week. I’m proud of granddaughter Claire Mudd, freshman left-fielder for the Raiders.

Xscape Theatres open in Brandywine

Xscape 14 Theatres have opened on Matapeake Business Drive near the Brandywine Crossing shopping center. You can see “42” at 10 a.m. or “The Great Gatsby” at 10:15 a.m. for about $5 — morning showings are much cheaper.

Changing landscape

The National Aquarium in Washington, D.C., is closing Sept. 30. Last week I took grandson Richard and daughter Kathleen to the aquarium and we realized what a treasure Washington will be losing. The aquarium has been around since the 1930s in the basement of the Commerce Department at 14th & Pennsylvania Avenue. The building will undergo renovation and the 1,500 fish will be moved, many to the aquarium in Baltimore.

Posted on the building — which was Andrews Manor Theatre back in the 1960s — there is a sign announcing ShopSmart. Do you know what kind of business this is?

There was a hearing May 16 regarding the conversion of a warehouse into a school in Andrews Manor Shopping Center. The warehouse, I believe, is adjacent to the Have a Heart Ministry.

Strayer University has received approval for a preliminary plan of subdivision for a building on 5.4 acres at Auth Place and Brittania Way in Camp Springs.

A site plan has been approved for 208 multifamily residential units at 4500 Telfair Blvd., off Auth Way in the Chelsea East project.

Jacob and Sophia — again

For the last two years, Jacob has been the most popular name for boys and Sophia has been the top name for girls. Jacob has been number one for 14 straight years, followed by Mason, Ethan, Noah and William. This is the second year in a row for Sophia, followed by Emma, Isabella, Olivia and Ava.

The Social Security Administration’s website lists the top 1,000 baby names each year dating back to 1880 when John and Mary were each No. 1. Now, John is 28th on the list and Mary is 123rd.

May they rest in peace

Carl C. Burger, 69, longtime resident of Woodland Road in Morningside and a member of the Morningside Sportsmen’s Club, died May 4. He and his late wife Denise held several offices in the Sportsmen. Survivors include his children, Anna Fox, Diane M. Pierpont, Cherie Marquart, Michael A. Burger and Carl C. Burger Jr.; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a special friend, Edna Seeney. Services were at Cedar Hill Funeral Home.

Arthur Fridley, D.D.S., 60, a dentist with offices in Temple Hills, died in Annapolis on May 7. He had been a 10-year resident of Shady Side and previously of New Carrollton. He was past president of the Maryland State Dental Association, a member of the International College of Dentists and other dental organizations. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in West River. His wife Valerie; daughter, Stacey Rainbold; and a sister, Donna Lilly, survive him.

Milestones

Happy birthday to Dennis Cook, Norma Edwards and my son John McHale, May 25; Christopher Nichols, May 26; Gary Lewis, Sr. and Steven Busky, May 27; my longtime next-door neighbor Teddy Burke and Kevin Nichols, May 30.

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