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Hyattsville column for Sept. 12

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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

May he rest in peace

My deepest sympathies to the family of Jack O’Hare, who recently died. Jack worked for our city for more than 30 years. A funeral Mass at St. Jerome’s was well attended, as Jack was loved.

Breaking ground on new fire station

On Oct. 12, ground will be broken for a new fire station in Hyattsville. Prince George’s County is building at $12 million fire station to house our volunteer fire department, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and the American Red Cross. The facility is expected to be completed in 2016. The new facility will replace the existing station on Belcrest Road. The Belcrest Road station will be demolished in 2014, and the Red Cross building will serve as a temporary fire station.

New development around town

I hope everyone has visited our new complex on Baltimore Avenue at Jefferson Street. There are several new restaurants, and one can have their hair done and shop at an organic market. Take a stroll down there one fall afternoon and enjoy a frozen yogurt sundae. Development has brought a great excitement to our city.

Movie nights at the park

Bring a lawn chair and blanket to the Sunset Movie Series at Heurich Park, located at Nicholson Street and Ager Road. The films start at 7 p.m. and will be shown Sept. 20 and Oct. 4. For more information, please call the city at 301-985-5000.

This brings back memories for me. As a kid, we attended outdoor films on summer evenings at Edgewood Playground in Northeast Washington, D.C.

Hyattsville history: 1968

The mayor and City Council met with area planners, one of whom suggested the city request a master plan from the Park and Planning Commission. Despite the efforts of Fifth District Rep. Hervey Machen and the city, the much-needed and often-requested postal facility was slated to be built in Riverdale instead of Hyattsville.

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