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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By Peggy Dee

Summer jams

A great time was had by all when Cousin John Band entertained us at our second Jam Session of the season on June 14. The event was well attended, and I heard from a very reliable source that the ribs were the best in our state. Mark your calendars for Friday, July 12, for our next Jam Session.

Nursing home cookout

Former City Councilman Doug Dudrow told me that a spirited cookout was held at Independence Court last Thursday afternoon. The residents enjoyed inviting their family members and friends. Independence Court is located on Queens Chapel Road and is an assisted living/nursing home. 

May he rest in peace

I was sorry to hear of the recent death of Robert W. Banning. He was a car dealer, civic leader and politician. I will remember him for his automobile dealership, Bob Banning Motors, on Route 1. He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission.  He served on the boards of Prince George’s Hospital Center and Doctors Community Hospital and was a member of the Kiwanis Club.

Safeway coming to University Town Center

A local newspaper reported that Safeway plans to build a new grocery store at University Town Center within the next two years. It will be great to have Safeway back in our city again.

Budget crunch

Hats off again to our City Council, which has been meeting several times per week to hammer out a new budget before the July 1 deadline. I enjoy watching these sessions on our cable TV station, and I have been able to learn so much.

Hyattsville history: 1967

Various historical happenings marked this year. When the new City Charter was presented in February, a sign of the times was evident in the language of the document which substituted the word “city” in place of “town.” For the first time in its 31-year history, the annual Easter Egg Hunt had a queen, Beth Gaylor of University Park School, from a school other than Hyattsville Elementary School.        

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