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Peggy Dee

Published on: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

By Peggy Dee

City Council elections

Clear the decks for action, as there are exciting times ahead. The City of Hyattsville 2013 Biennial Election will be held Tuesday, May 7. Residents can vote from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. During this biennial election, one four-year City Council seat from each of the five wards is open for election.

Due to vacancy, there will be an additional two-year Ward 5 seat up for election on May 7. 

The Board of Supervisors of Elections has determined that the winner of the popular vote in Ward 5 will be awarded with the four-year term and the runner up of the popular vote will receive the two-year term.

City residents who are registered to vote are eligible to vote in our city’s biennial election. Be sure you are registered at your current address.

I look forward to meeting the candidates at the various forums to discuss pertinent issues. Hopefully, one of our civic groups will sponsor a candidates’ night.

Spring has sprung

Mark your calendars for Saturday, when our city will sponsor its annual Egg Hunt at Magruder Park.

There will be a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. before the Egg Hunt at noon. There will also be a special performance at 10:30 a.m. by Uncle Pete. Please RSVP for the pancake breakfast by calling the city at 301-985-5000. The cost is $5 per diner.

This Egg Hunt brings back so many memories of the egg hunts at Magruder Park in years gone by. Each Easter, the Kiwanis Club sponsored the egg hunts at Magruder Park. Prize money was given to the children depending on the size of the egg that they found. Each child would bring his/her basket to the event, and the little girls would wear their new spring dresses. The Easter Monday Egg Hunts at Magruder Park were known throughout most of Maryland. It is nice to see the tradition kept alive.

DeMatha Irish Night

I had the pleasure of attending the Irish Night at DeMatha High School on Tuesday, March 12. Not only was the entertainment enjoyable, but seeing the renovations to the high school, which have been made over the past several years, was just superb. We were in the beautiful alumni lounge on the second floor of the building that contains the new gym. Turning into Madison Street from Route 1 leads you into the new area. The administration of the school is to be commended for doing such a beautiful job.

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