Throughout the Washington Archdiocese, outdoor Mass (under a tent) is celebrated at Catholic cemeteries on Memorial Day, May 27, at 10 a.m., to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, the new Archbishop of Washington, will be celebrant and homilist at Resurrection Cemetery, 8000 Woodyard Road in Clinton.

Other cemeteries and the celebrants include:

• Mount Olivet Cemetery, 1300 Bladensburg Road in Washington: Auxiliary Bishop Michael W. Fisher.

• Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring: Auxiliary Bishop Roy E. Campbell.

• All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Road in Germantown: Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville.

• St. Mary’s Queen of Peace Cemetery, 38888 Dr. Johnson Road in Mechanicsville: Father David Beaubien, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in Leonardtown.

All are welcome.

Neighbors and other good people

Happy birthday to Gladys Locks who turned 90 on May 10. Gladys lived in Skyline for years and is the mother of Skyline second vice-president, Kenia Spivey.

Wendi Winters, one of the five journalists murdered in the June 28 mass shooting at The Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, has received the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s first Courage in Journalism Award at its annual conference May 10.

She ran at the shooter, probably saving lives but costing Wendi her life.

Carolyn Blake won the only council position up for election in District Heights Ward 2.

She will serve alongside Mayor Eddie Martin and Commissioners Harryette Irving, Johnathan Medlock and Cynthia Miller.

Skyline Citizens Association held its spring meeting on May 15 at the Firehouse.

Dr. Alvin Thornton, chairman of the County School Board, gave an interesting presentation on the county’s 208 schools.

Carla Cash, District 8 constituent services representative, gave us all ideas about how we can complain to her — and she’ll be diligent in helping to solve the problems. Morningside Mayor Benn Cann filled us in on what’s happening in Morningside. It was a good meeting.

Condolences to Motoko Howard, longtime organist at St. Philip’s Church, on the death of her father, Shotaro Ueta, on May 2. Motoko, her husband, Frank and son, Max, flew to Takamatsu, Japan, to attend the funeral and be with his family.

Good news for Morningside VFD, McNamara and White Rose

The Maryland General Assembly evaluated 262 legislative bond initiative requests and totaled approximately $70 million for:

The Morningside Volunteer Fire Department: $325,000 for an expansion “that will allow responding vehicles to be safely housed and more easily dispatched” when needed. This was in partnership with Dels. Dereck Davis, Darryl Barnes and Nick Charles, all Democrats in District 25.

Bishop McNamara High School: $250,000 for renovation and to establish a science and innovation center “where important and much-needed training will be provided in the central part of District 25.”

Suitland’s White Rose Foundation facility: $250,000 “to improve their ability to provide health and social services to children, families and seniors” in the community’s underserved areas.

Coming up

Town of Morningside’s Community Yard Sale is Saturday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date June 15). Setup begins at 7:30 at the Morningside Firehouse. Tables/space are $10 for Morningside & Skyline and $15 for non-residents. To reserve, call Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 301-736-2301.

The Forestville Pregnancy Center’s annual golf tournament at Oak Creek Golf Course. Fee is $125, which covers breakfast, snacks and refreshments during the day, lunch, door prizes and more. And there’s a chance of winning $10,000 at one of the designated holes. Register your foursome online at

Do you remember Shannon?

Do you recall a man who used to knock on doors in Morningside and Skyline years ago, selling sewing needles? His name was Shannon Noe, and he was from Houston. He came for years, once a year, always walking. The last time, as I remember, he seemed shriveled from being out in the sun. Shannon Noe. Do you remember him?

I think the needles started out being 50 cents a packet and inflated to $1. (I still have several.)

Morningside Memories: 30 years ago

The Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Middle Branch Park across the Patapsco River from downtown Baltimore was dedicated May 28, 1989. Inscribed on it are 1,046 names of Maryland men who died in the War. Thomas F. Brown Jr. is the only Morningsider. He died Oct. 10, 1969, and was the son of Thomas and Helen Brown who lived at 307 Larkspur Road.

Suitland residents who died: Charles H. Blankenship, Woodrow C. Cronkrite, Harry R. Italiano, Charles D. Smith, James R. Taylor and David L. Wright. District Heights: Thomas W. Jones. Hillcrest Heights: William W. Abshear. Marlow Heights: James S. Allport. Silver Hill: William L. Campbell. Forestville: Francis B. Concannon and Ronald E. Stoker.

Frank Rinaldo, MPD detective

Frank Rinaldo, 94, of District Heights died May 13. He was born in Camillus, N.Y., son of Italian immigrants Raymond and Maria Rinaldo.

He served in the Navy during WWII and was a Metropolitan Police detective sergeant and security counselor for Bowie High School. His wife, Margaret, preceded him in death. He was the father of Mary, Teresa, Steve, Ray, Mike, Patricia and the late Jeannette; grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of seven. Mass of Christian Burial was at Holy Spirit Church in Forestville, with burial at Resurrection.


Happy birthday to Edna Lucas and Harry Messer, May 24; Dennis Cook, Norma Edwards and my son John McHale, May 25; Christopher Nichols, Gary Lewis Sr. and Steven Busky, May 27; Teddy Burke and Kevin Nichols, May 30; Ruth Garner, Aiyana Poe, my granddaughter Sarah McHale and John Tierney, May 31.

Happy anniversary to John and Nichole Barbour on May 25.