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Hyattsville column for Feb. 7

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Peggy Dee

Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Chief Holland and daughter take plunge for worthy cause

Congratulations to Hyattsville Police Chief Doug Holland and his daughter, Desiree, for participating in the “plunge” at Sandy Point State Park on Friday, Jan. 25. The event raised funds for the Special Olympics, which is a series of athletic games for persons with special needs. For more than 25 years, Chief Holland has volunteered in support of athletes and raised money for Special Olympics Maryland, which conducts 25 statewide and other local competitions. His daughter, Desiree, competes in cycling and aquatic competitions to raise funds. Susan Holland, Chief Holland’s wife, is the organization’s family coordinator.

Hyattsville Cyclocross helps Special Olympics

The organizers of the fourth annual Hyattsville Cyclocross event raised $3,000 for Prince George’s Special Olympics. This contest took place in October in Magruder Park and featured 500 cyclists of varying ages and skill levels, who rode and carried their bikes through mixed terrains. Money for the county’s Special Olympics came from registration and concession fees. I have been down at the park to watch this competition and enjoyed every moment of it.

Run (or walk) for Special Olympics

The fifth Inspiration Walk/Run & Fun Fair for Special Olympics will take place on Saturday, April 13, at the University of Maryland Ritchie Coliseum. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. You may choose between a three-mile walk, a three-mile run or a mile fun walk. For more information, just log on to This should be lots of fun and the weather should be good.

Radio and TV

Last month, I went with my Red Hatters group to the Radio and TV Museum in Bowie. It was very entertaining and brought back so many memories. When we were children growing up in N.E. Washington, we would sit around the radio each evening to hear our favorite programs. When I was approximately 10 years old, a few families on our block had just begun to purchase televisions. We would go to these homes to watch TV.

Hyattsville history: 1964 

Councilman Sylvan Deitz met with County Library Director Elizabeth Hage who reported that the Hyattsville and College Park libraries were slated to be closed in the near future. She said that not only was the location — next to the firehouse on Farragut Street — undesirable, but the facilities were outdated and inadequate. The committee urged citizen and municipal government support for maintaining the Magruder Library. After much discussion and pressure from residents, the County Commissioners voted to appropriate the necessary funds to keep the local branch operating full-time.

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