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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, January 09, 2013

By Peggy Dee

May she rest in peace

I extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Mildred Day, who recently passed away at the grand old age of 98. Mildred was a longtime resident of Hyattsville and was a member of the First United Church. She was a 1935 graduate of Sinai School of Nursing in Baltimore. Early in her career, she worked at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and was 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Following her military service at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she settled in the Washington, D.C. area. She was originally from Windsor, N.C. She was active in the community and worked in several area hospitals. We will miss her dearly.

Local vocals

During the recent holiday season, I had the opportunity to hear the New Dimension Singers. They are a very talented local singing group. Several of their members live in Hyattsville. The group has been in existence since the 1970s and originated from the First United Methodist Church on Belcrest Road.  If you belong to an organized group, I would suggest engaging this group to perform for you.

Departing council members

We were so sorry to hear that two of City Council members will not seek re-election in May. Ruth Ann Frazier has been a council member for at least 16 years and has done a remarkable job representing the members of Ward 3. Carlos Lizanne has been a member of the Council for at least 10 years and has well represented the residents of Ward 4. He was the first member of the Hispanic community to serve our city. It is comforting to know that both will continue to live in Hyattsville — which will be an asset to us. I wish them both a very happy retirement and sincerely thank them for what they have done for us.

Put on your dancing shoes, moms and dads!

The Parent and Child Dance Party is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the City Municipal Building. It should be a fun night out for parents and little ones, with dancing, light refreshments and more. Donning princess costumes or play clothes, all are welcome. This fun event is just what we need to cure those “winter blues.” The event begins at 5 p.m., and tickets cost $5 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, so you’re your reservations by calling 301-985-5021.

Hyattsville history: 1963 

Our City Council requested that the Prince George’s County delegation to Annapolis give high priority consideration to the extension of Rhode Island Avenue. Construction of an eight-story, $5.5 million structure known as “New Town Center Federal Building” had begun at Prince George’s Plaza. Development by Herschel and Marvin Blumberg and planned by Harry A. Boswell, Jr., the 105-acre project reportedly included the largest privately-owned building in the suburban Washington, D.C., area.

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