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Guest:
1
Name:
Vivian Tantala
Location:
North Beach,Md.
Referred By:
Word of Mouth
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Hillside,Hillcrest Hgts,Clinton,Cal.Co.
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Mt.Calvary,Holy Family,Shugart,Crossland
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Crossland Class74' then moved to Cal.Co.
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Dancing/Jean Hartmans,Wendy Ward
Comment :

Would love to join/plan any events! Wish I knew about last event, would have loved to come/help. I am divorced, wondering if there are any events for singles? Moved from Clinton to southern Calvert Co. in 1991. Living in North Beach now. *Found this site on FB through the Hillside Drive In blurb! Please email me with any events/info...Thanks, Vivian Tantala ;))~

Guest:
2
Name:
Lance Burnell
Location:
Michigan
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Green Valley
When was the last time you were in the area?:
45 years
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
My friends
Comment :

Green Valley was right in my backyard all I had to do was hope my fence and I was on the school grounds. We used to play all of our football, baseball and basketball at the school.

Guest:
3
Name:
Kyle Luttes Vonfeldt
Location:
Wichita, KS (until Apr.2018) RVtraveler
Referred By:
Word of Mouth
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
District Heights, MD
What schools did you attend, and when?:
North Forestville Elementary (1956-1962)
When was the last time you were in the area?:
July 1996
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
My formative years age 5-12;many friends
Comment :

Thank you Chuck Fraley for informing me of this site. Although I left the area in 1963, it is nice to be able to reminisce.

Guest:
4
Name:
Rochelle Marble
Location:
Utah
Referred By:
A Link from Another Site
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Hillcrest Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Grenade Valley 64 to 69
When was the last time you were in the area?:
72
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Playing in the woods behind the school
Comment :

Miss my childhood there. So many great memories!!

Guest:
5
Name:
Lisa Madison Lanahan
Location:
La Plata Maryland
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Hillcrest Hgts
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Green Valley, Stoddert.
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Its been so many years
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Hanging out at Iverson Mall...
Comment :

So many good memories. Hanging out with friends.

Guest:
6
Name:
Michael stillwell
Location:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Overlook elem Stoddart middle Crossland
When was the last time you were in the area?:
11/8/17
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
None
Comment :


Guest:
7
Name:
Karen Brown Arnold
Location:
Massanutten VA
Referred By:
A Link from Another Site
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
yes, Birchwood City
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Oxon Hill HS, 1973; Potomac HS 1973 -75
When was the last time you were in the area?:
long time ago!
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
great friends, community, high school
Comment :

Does anyone remember going to Some Place Else in SE DC? We used to go there whenever we could, although not 18 yrs old. Loved that place and the owner (can't remember his name but would recognize him anywhere!). How many times we went there when were supposed to be at school sports events!

Guest:
8
Name:
Bobby Boyd
Location:
king George VA
Referred By:
Word of Mouth
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Marlow Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
CHS 1975 -1978
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Drive through everyday to work
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Old tunes,fast cars, Family neighborhood
Comment :

Miss the old days racing on RT 4 and 295 . capital raceway on Friday nights. Kids playing from sun up till sun down outside. Didn't need toys we had the great outdoors to keep us busy as kids. Later buying malt duck for the ladies and beer for the guys where we could get it . To many good times to list . Ready to retire and move away any time now ,sure do miss the simple life we had back then. Have to love the 60s,70s,80s was a time of happy and fun times. Still have an old 72 nova set up like in the day nose down a$$ up . Hit the road in it and brings back memories every time :)

Guest:
9
Name:
Pam "Stephens" McCuiston
Location:
Referred By:
A Link from Another Site
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Temple Hills (Gateway Square)
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Shugart Jr High
When was the last time you were in the area?:
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Comment :


Guest:
10
Name:
Susan Davenport Finehout
Location:
Creston, Iowa
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Temple Hills, MD
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Taney Jr. High '76, Potomac '77-'79
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1999
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Friends, my church, US history
Comment :


Guest:
11
Name:
marilyn vailatiol
Location:
laurel Maryland
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
yes. Brothers Bill and John Vailati
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Brothers went to Oxon Hill HS
When was the last time you were in the area?:
I go to Clinton. It's all changed.
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
My brothers had a lot of fun.
Comment :

My family lived on Beaumont St. The house was sold and the area is bad. The new owners didn't keep it up. Most of the familiar faces are gone and moved away. John Vailati went to Benjamin Stoddard before Oxon Hill HS. It's sad how it changed.

Guest:
12
Name:
Suzanne
Location:
Alexandria, VA
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Hillcrest Heights, 29th Avenue
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Panorama, Detweiller, Taney, Crossland
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1970
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Playing with my best friend Mary J.
Comment :

I have fond memories of living in Marlow Heights (actually 29th Avenue, Hill Crest Heights) in the mid to late 1960's. My father had a real estate business in Upper Marlboro. My best friend Mary J. lived a couple houses down the street. I have not been able to locate her but have thought of her often over the years. I recall a huge snow one year and we all made snow forts and igloos. Everyone put up Christmas lights and, on Halloween, went trick-or-treating. It was sooo much fun. Everyone participated. We made our own costumes rather than buying them like they do these days. We had a cherry tree in our backyard with delicious cherries (if you could get to them before the birds). Iverson Mall was spectacular. I believe it was the first time in Maryland that an "overpass" was approved for a walkway. It was a very impressive structure for its time. I used to walk there with my sister. I haven't been to the old neighborhood since my family moved to Camp Springs in approximately 1970.

Guest:
13
Name:
Laurie Whitlow - Walker
Location:
Referred By:
A Link from Another Site
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Oxon Hill, Forest Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Rosecroft Park 73 74, John Hanson 75 76
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2 yrs ago
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
PohankaOlds StBarnabasShellDallasKitchen
Comment :

I loved growing up and working in Oxon Hill, Portabello.. hung out with many of kids Forest Heights Birchwood ..lived on Iverson St as well..

Guest:
14
Name:
mickey shegogue
Location:
McLean, Va
Referred By:
Word of Mouth
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
raised there 1953 to 1977
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Green Valley, Stoddard, Potomac
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Good Question
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Too many to recount
Comment :

Just wanted to pass on obit of my dad Ray Shegogue, Jr. that should appear in tomorrow's Washington Post - May 16, 2017 Raymond H. Shegogue, Jr. (Raybo) Public Administrator, Civic Leader, Volunteer May 26, 1920 – May 11, 2017 Raymond H. Shegogue, Jr. of Winchester, Va. left us to be with the Lord early Thursday morning a couple weeks shy of his 97th birthday. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years Wauneta Fankell Shegogue formerly of Clear Lake, Iowa and his younger siblings John E. Shegogue of Alexandria, Va., and Shirl M. Keehn of Port Charlotte, Fl, two sons and daughters-in-law Raymond L. Shegogue (Joyce Ann Cissel) of Cambridge, MD and Michael W. Shegogue (Virginia Kemp) of McLean, Va. Ray is also survived by five grandchildren Tamra Lynn (Richard) Graham, Jennifer Ann Murphy, Nicole Marie Shegogue White, Kelly Christine (Scott) Schartner and Michael Brett (Tara Nemith) Shegogue, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. A member of the “Greatest Generation,” Ray’s life reads like a Horatio Alger novel. Born into poverty, as he liked to say “in strawberry time,” the middle child of seven to the late Raymond H. Shegogue, Sr. and Ruby Kerr Shegogue on a farm in rural Oxon Hill, Md., Ray grew up on tenant farms during the agricultural recession of the Twenties, coming of age during the Great Depression of the Thirties and serving his country as a Marine in the Pacific Theatre of the Second World War during the Forties. As a youngster, Ray helped on the farm, boxed for the Oxon Hill Boys Club, and served as altar boy at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Broad Creek Maryland where founding father George Washington occasionally had worshipped across the Potomac River from his home in Mount Vernon, Va. Ray also played varsity basketball and baseball for the Clippers of Oxon Hill High School as a forward and shortstop, respectively. Ray left school after his junior year to help out at home, finding work as a roofer’s assistant and a counter man/short order cook at the People’s Drug Store formerly located at the corner of Pennsylvania and Minnesota Avenues, in Southeast DC, where it was his daily privilege to serve breakfasts to two renowned Washington Senators baseball players Bucky Harris and Cecil Travis. Though short of stature, Ray was a personable, handsome, barrel-chested man with wavy brown hair, twinkling brown eyes full of merriment and an engaging, rascally broad, white smile. In 1940, Ray was proud to obtain a position as a GS-1 messenger with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where spittoon-cleaning was one of his duties. Ray volunteered for the Marine Corps in March of 1943 and after completing Boot Camp at Paris Island, S.C. and advance training at Camp LeJeune, N.C., Ray served as a private first class sharpshooter, manning anti-aircraft guns on various islands in the South Pacific until his honorable discharge in December 1945. Upon his return to the U.S., though a decorated Marine war veteran, Ray had difficulty regaining a position with the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and, though Caucasian, Ray was offered and proudly accepted a position at minimal grade with an all African-American USDA unit during that era of segregation. After a couple weeks Ray was transferred from that unit. Soon thereafter he met his future wife Wauneta, who worked as a personnel officer near him in the USDA’s South Building and they married on June 25th, 1947. Through the G.I. Bill, Ray obtained a G.E.D diploma then attended night school at American University for eight years where he earned a B.S. degree in Public Administration, while advancing his career at the USDA and supporting Wauneta, who had retired from civil service to raise their two sons and taking into their home in Hillcrest Heights, Md. his paralyzed mother, a stroke victim. Ray’s big professional break came under the Eisenhower Administration in 1954 when Congress enacted Public Law 480 and Ray transferred into USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) getting in on the ground floor of administering the law’s Food for Peace Program. Ray learned the program, rising through the ranks to negotiate trade deals for America’s surplus farm produce under Titles I and II of the law with countries in the Middle East during the era of the Six Days war, Southeast Asia during the Viet Nam War and South America and to testify in behalf of the Food For Peace program before the Agricultural Sub-Committee of Congress, always working in behalf of and looking out for the best interests of the American farmer. Ever choosing to remain apolitical, Ray declined higher ranking jobs as a political appointee in FAS to retire from federal service on August 1, 1975 at the age of 55, a GS-15 Deputy Assistant Administrator. Ray always found time to pursue his passion for sports on the ball diamond playing shortstop on the Ellipse first in a local semi-pro league with his older brother Paul and later representing the USDA Aggies in a Government interdepartmental league. Later, Ray pitched for FAS in a USDA departmental fast-pitch league, once hurling a one-hitter that was marred only by a dubious umpiring call on a close play at first base. Ray was also one of the area’s top duckpin bowlers, annually winning sufficient prize money for high average and high spares as anchor man on his league-winning teams to cover his bowling expenses in the Monday Night Men’s league at the Marlow Heights Fairlanes. As he aged, Ray took up golf and was known for having a deft touch around the greens. He’s also been a lifelong fan of the Washington Senators, Nationals, Redskins and Maryland Terrapins. As a Redskins season ticket-holder for thirty-five years, Ray rarely, if ever, missed a regular season home game from his front row perch in the mezzanine and attended all home play-offs and Super Bowls VII, XVII and XXII. In retirement, Ray served briefly as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and dabbled in real estate. In 1983 Ray and Wauneta moved from their home of thirty years in Hillcrest Heights to the retirement home they built in Winchester, Va. There Ray continued the legacy of civic leadership he pursued in Hillcrest Heights as Presidents of the PTA Of Benjamin Stoddard, Junior High and Potomac (MD) Senior High, and the Dad’s Club, the auxiliary arm of the Silver Hill Boys Club, where for nine years he coached Boy’s Club and Hillcrest American Legion baseball. In Winchester, Ray became president of the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) organization where he was proud to have supported Joe Beaudoin to become world-wide NARFE president for many years. Ray also volunteered with the local Red Cross to chauffeur those less fortunate to and from medical appointments, enjoyed reading to pre-school children and with Wauneta entertained nursing home residents with their ballroom dancing. Indeed, Ray and Wauneta’s great passion was dancing to Big Band music in various venues on the Eastern seaboard. Ray served as president of many dance clubs. Their dancing skill landed them a role as dancing extras on the silver screen in the 1982 Patsy Cline bio-pic, “Sweet Dreams.” Noted for their fluid, graceful style, they were asked to dance back and forth before the camera in the film’s opening sequence. Ray took great pride in dancing annually with the Apple Blossom Queen at the Winchester Apple Blossom festival and was sorry his recent brief illness forced him to miss a ceremony planned in honor of him and Wauneta at this year’s celebration. Ray also managed to pen an auto-biography in 2012, shortly before experiencing a stroke the following February. By the blessings of God, Ray recovered amazingly well from the stroke through his inherent, characteristic force of will and self-discipline, regaining his mobility and his ability to speak and swallow, though his dancing in public had ended. A nurse who knew him marveled at the depth of his recovery, noting, “He’s a remarkable man.” In his life, Ray circled the globe a dozen times, traveling with Wauneta to six continents, dancing on most of them as well as on cruise ships along the way while winning many dance contests, and visited every U. S. state capitol. His philosophy could best be summed up by his black Cadillac license plate: “IOK UR2.” Reflecting on his blessed life after 41-plus years of retirement following a 34 and a half-year career in federal civil service, Ray mused, “I guess I beat the system.” Indeed. Ray passed in his sleep of congestive heart failure. We miss him already.

Guest:
15
Name:
Rick lawrenson
Location:
Woodbridge va
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
5836 26th ave Hillcrest Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Hillcrest 1-6,Stoddard 7-9,Crossland HS
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1981 with wash gas
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Fri night Jack in the Box Drag Racing
Comment :

The Heights!!!! 1962 till 1977...Pushed my ice cream cart down 28th ave..Big Bucks! Worked at the PIZZA PAN..Great pizzas and subs..CY Beddard owned the place..The guy in the booth with a cigar in hi mouth.All blocks and colegents welcome! Moved on to Fred's Homoco gas station and high pro transmissions on St Barnabas rd. WOW how about a little DRAG RACING out of the Jack in the box Parking lot to Shutdown 395 for the run.That was NUTS....Cops looking for open headers and slicks...Pour out that beer son,Sorry Officer. P.S...Thank you metro for building us a new parking lot to hangout and wager our drag racing bets from. Them was the days

Guest:
16
Name:
Nancy Patterson
Location:
Virginia
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Bradbury Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Bradbury Heights Elementary, Suitland Jr
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1990
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Cheerleading for Boys Club football
Comment :

We lived on W Street. I remember a neighborhood where kids played outside all day. We walked to school every day, sometimes stopping for penny candy at the T street store on the way home. We went to Coral Hills shopping center to catch a movie or shop at the Ben Franklin store for cheap perfume and make-up. I remember the excitement when "A Hard Days Night" opened at the theatre. Although we left in 1964, I still remember the old neighborhood.

Guest:
17
Name:
Michael Bell
Location:
Celeste,TX
Referred By:
A Link from Another Site
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes, Oxon Hill , Rosecroft Park
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Rosecroft Park, JHJH, OHHS, FHS
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1992
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Tucker Rd pool and ice rink
Comment :


Guest:
18
Name:
Larry Williams
Location:
Loganville GA
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Surrattsville Jr & Are High
When was the last time you were in the area?:
August 1971
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
"Benariamba" - my first rock n roll band
Comment :

Clinton MD was block heavy when I moved there in 66. I was the worst ball player in gym so the Blocks didn't like me at all. Until they figured out I wasn't a "cleege" (collegiate) and that I was a prankster. By the time I graduated (71) a lot of Blocks grew their hair long and took up the hippie look. One memory I have is Benariamba playing outside in a yard in Oxon Hill MD. The high schoolers in the neighborhood were all Blocks and they all came to the yard to hear us play. Blocks loved soul music so we played songs like "My Girl" and "In The Midnight Hour" and a few other Stax and Motown hits for them. Our bass player Joe said "Let's blow their minds!" So we played "InAGaddaDaVida", "Incense & Peppermints" and "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night", not knowing how they'd react. They gave us a jolly rousing round of applause, God bless 'em! Thanks for bringing good old memories back, my friend!

Guest:
19
Name:
Marc Mendez
Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Referred By:
A Link from Another Site
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes, Marlow Hts & Oxon Hill areas
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Ben Stoddard & Potomac HS
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Visit annually in Brandywine
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Too many to recount...
Comment :

Lived, worked and attended school as Marc Mendez. Changed last name to Dickson later in life. Graduated Potomac in 1969. Lived in Maryland until my induction into the US Air Force in 1971, after which I ended up in Columbus Ohio where I met my wife of 41 years where we raised our 3 children into successful adulthood. Now a grandfather and retired, I look back to my younger days and lmao at what I did or didn't do with my life. No regrets whatsoever. Retired police lieutenant and private security professional. Wife is retired US Government. Still keep in contact with my old buddy Ron Hicks who lives in the Baltimore area. Best job I had was as an usher at the Marlow Theater. Now a much larger venue, I recall changing the movie marquee every Wed night, which meant walking along a 10" ledge in front of the marquee while hooking and unhooking the 12" letters one by one. Oh my... no LED marquees back then folks. We had some movies up to 10 weeks or more ("Oliver", "2001 A Space Odyssey", etc). Can still hear those tunes in my head to this day. Working wage was $1.40 per hour, and I was glad to get that after having worked at Jr. Hot Shoppes for $1.25 per hour. Life is good as I enjoy my retirement. Everyday is Saturday!

Guest:
20
Name:
Jesse
Location:
Norfolk va
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Oxon hill
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Oxon hill jr high
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1989
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Driving our parents cars when they were
Comment :

Does anyone remember patting the upper level stair rails at iverson mall and it made a cool echoing sound? Got caught shoplifting a peace sign at sumis and owners forced me to buy a lot of love beads to not call the cops! This wa 1969. Age of Aquarius and tie dyeing parties!

Guest:
21
Name:
Clayton Unger
Location:
Crownsville, MD
Referred By:
Word of Mouth
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Born in DC, grew up in Hillcrest Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
HHE 60-64, Stoddert 64-67 POTOMAC 67-70
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2001
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Catching frogs where Iverson Mall is now
Comment :

Colebrooke Drive 1960-68, played till dark every day. Best times, best memories. 23rd Pkwy 1968-71, last years of High School, so many adventures, so many stories, could write a book! (Can't though,I'd get locked up!) Best friends were Terry Bradfield, Glen, Keith, Leon, Jack, John, the Hattons, the Van Landinghams, the Hukes, the Ross's. The Captain Cook in HHE woods at the creek and the walking sticks and drinking clean stream water. HH shopping center in the early 60's with handouts of Silver Dollars and the 10 cent bag of popcorn at G.C. Murphey's. Yes! Candy bars were a nickel, soda's at the fountain were 5 and 10 cents! 3 phone booths at the front of the Rexall Drug store, calls were a dime. Jr. Hot Shoppes had hamburgers for 15 cents,fries 15, and a coke was 10. All 3 for 40 cents! Remember the ORANGE FREEZES? And the FR- FR- FRIED CHICKEN! With Pappy Parkers. Hanging out in their parking lot till way past closing time, hoping to score or to score (wink). In late 72, I met Jodie (Potomac '74), we married in 73, still married after 44 years. Life is good. ;-) I may update in the future.....

Guest:
22
Name:
Alan Chaillet
Location:
Dallas, TX
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Clinton
What schools did you attend, and when?:
McNamara
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2012
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Marlow Height Movie Theater
Comment :

I am really a child of the 60s and 70s and what an era - the whole culture was so vastly different from today. So my memories were of the simpler times, shopping with my mom at Hecht's and the other stores at Marlow Heights, hanging out at Iverson Mall, to going to the old Gem store and bowling alley on Branch Avenue near the DC line. One of my 1st jobs was working at the old PG Motor Hotel across from the shopping center. My sister worked at the Fleischman's Village cleaners. You could drive around many areas of the southern half of PG County in the late 60s and into the 70s and of course see the cars of that era and the food establishments. People knew their neighbors as well as the store keepers for years on end. Summers were nice and remember going to the drive in movie theaters including the one in Oxon Hill. My grandmother lived in SE DC and we would visit her on many Sundays. It felt like crime was almost non existent.

Guest:
23
Name:
Yvonne Hughson
Location:
Cleveland, Ohio
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Hillcrest Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Hillcrest Heights Elementary
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1966
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Old farmers Rd. Playing in the crick, vi
Comment :

Lived on Kirby Drive in Hillcrest Heights. Most of my memories are around playing in the woods, building forts and exploring along "Old Farmers Rd.". I remember the climbing ropes back in the quarry and the waterfalls on the crick. My closest friends were Patti and Bobbi Coleman who lived across the street. So many kids to play hide and go seek, kick the can. Wonderful summers, the Prince George County Fair. I lived in Hillcrest Heights 1963 - 1966. Such a very different world from today, I feel so fortunate to have been a child back then and enjoyed the freedom of those times.

Guest:
24
Name:
Craig Donnelly
Location:
Norwich, Vermont
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Sandymount 62-69
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Recently, parents live in Fairfax
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Steak in a sack, silver hill boys club,
Comment :

Hi Chuck, I think I know you. I had Mrs Weiner in 4th, Mr Rich and Mr Yates 5th and 6th. Do you remember Bonnie Obright, Chuck Pounds, Graham Bartholomew, Brenda Lippert, Susan Dipalma, Maria Cruz, Nancy Deeb, Cheryl Kidwell, Richard Johnson, Laura Gubisch, Wendy van Blarcum, Mr Zeeman..any of those names ring a bell? I played for silver hill boys club and got the award for the 65 lb team Mr Matthews the coach (pictures you have listed). Wow, such a great web site. Are you in the area still? I am head of child psychiatry up at Dartmouth in NH, live in Norwich Vermont, parents in Fairfax so I get down from time to time. All the best, Craig

Guest:
25
Name:
Laura Bush
Location:
Thurmont
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Birchwood City
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Barnaby Manor , Valley View, John Hanson
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1974
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Walking to Oxon Hill Shopping Center
Comment :

I often think of my growing up years as I grow older. I sometimes wonder what my life would have been like if we had not moved out of PG County in 1974. I fondly remember playing with my friends in our neighborhood.

Guest:
26
Name:
Charles Sidwell
Location:
Waldorf
Referred By:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Brandywine
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Potomac High class of 88
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Tonight
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Iverson in the 70s/80s,hechts
Comment :

Growing up in Brandywine, I remember going to Iverson mall as a kid in the 70s and 80s.. i remember the tiled fountains in tne mall, and always like throwing pennies into the fountains for good luck. I remember the arcade in the mall in the early 80s. I remember going to the movies there.. I saw Star Wars at that theater for the first time in like 1977. I remember the old Ihop, which is still there. I remember the old Ponderosa in Camp Springs in the 70s, and the old Andrews movie theater there as well.. My first job was working at Zayres as young teenager.. so many fond memories.. i miss those days

Guest:
27
Name:
Vicki Parnell
Location:
Woodbridge, VA
Referred By:
Word of Mouth
Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Benjamin Stoddert 67, Potomac Sr High 70
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Still in nearby neighborhood
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Graduation, Church
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Name:
Kevin Laurie
Location:
Boise, Idaho
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes PG county Lanham- Seabrook
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Thomas Johnson JR. 70 - 73 / Duval Sr.
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2006
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Capitol Centre, Parting, Ocean City3=
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I am looking for photos of the way we dressed, 3, 5, 7 plus pairs of the colorful sweatsocks, banlon shirts, works or bags pants, chucks (chuck Taylor shoes, Peters jaccess, slicked back hair! 2nd the other side- long hair, bellbottom jeans, silk (nylon ) shirts ect...

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Name:
Cindy D Beck
Location:
Thurmont
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I remember Roy Roger's in the Mall and it was cafeteria style. My son now works at Roy Roger's here in Thurmont, Maryland. My grandparents lived down from Iverson Mall. Across from a shopping center, can't remember the name. But it had Woolworth on the end. When I was little me and granddad would walk over to bakery and get me 6 glazed donuts and then in afternoon would walk back over to get me Lemon Custard ice cream cone from Highs. My granddad would say scan the parking lot for coins. To this day I do that. I also remember a little restaurant right next to Hecht Company store on bottom level next to garden center of Hecht Company. All I can say is those were the Good Days. Many many GREAT memories I was always told that my cousins the Latimers owned all that land where the Mall and Shopping Center are before they sold it to them. Also remember my Dad went to bank on Friday night, Citizens Bank. Still remember their catchy radio tune. Sheehy Ford is where we bought our cars. Remember the big Cougar at dealership too.

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Name:
Larry Medley
Location:
Bowie, Md.
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Suitland High Grad 1965
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Still Here!
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
All of the changes, Glenn Echo, Marshall
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The era that we grew up in was the BEST. We had the best music, the best trends, the best parents, the best neighborhoods, the best amusement parks, the best everything.

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Name:
Jerry Policicchio
Location:
Williamsburg Va
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Owens rd Elm, Sugart Jr high, Oxon hill
When was the last time you were in the area?:
years
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Freinds
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I would Like to have a Marlow Heights reunion

Guest:
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Name:
Mark williams
Location:
Burtonsville, Md
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Potomac sr high school
When was the last time you were in the area?:
7 years ago
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
There are so many
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I lived in Birchwood city and went to Potomac Sr High school graduated in 1976. Best time ever alot of good memories looking forward to seeing everyone at are reunion

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Name:
Helen Mull
Location:
Deltona, Florida
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Suitland Senior High School
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2001
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Everything
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Love your site

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Name:
Michael W Stillwell
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
I grew up in marlow heights on Bexley pl
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Benjamin stoddert 82,83 crossland 84,85
When was the last time you were in the area?:
I pass thru almost daily
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Picnics on the hills of suitland parkway
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Guest:
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Name:
Jan Hensley Bentley
Location:
West Melbourne, Florida
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
I went to Potomac 70-72
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1990
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Friends
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Hi Chuck, I just joined your Marlow Heights group and in one of your post you asked, "Whatever happened to the Blocks?" In my opinion it was drugs, the summer of Woodstock and Vietnam. I went to Potomac in 70 and 71 (in 72, my parents sent me to live in Florida for my senior year). I lived at Marlow Madison apartments and went to Hillcrest Heights (4th & 5th) and Silver Hill elementary (6th), Benjamin Stoddert Jr. High (7th) and then John Hanson Jr. High (8th & 9th), when we moved to the Alpine apartments. In my opinion, things started changing when we saw the older guys, who we had looked up to and emulated, go from recreational drugs (pot) to Quaaludes, Reds and shooting heroin. Driving a friend to the Methadone clinic was an everyday occurrence back then. Things got really bad drug-wise in Hillcrest around 70-72 and I believe the younger ones, like myself, saw it as a dead-end street and we wanted out. I also believe that our parents, most of whom were blue collar workers, wanted us to go to college and create a better life for ourselves. Both of my parents worked outside the home and we lived in a rented apartment! After the summer of Woodstock (August 1969), when the infamous Life magazine issue came out and going forward to the Kent State shootings (May 1970) things really started changing. Literally overnight the Blocks and Collegians merged. We started listening to rock in addition to our beloved Motown. The school dress codes were dropped and we (girls and boys) were allowed to wear jeans (before girls had to wear dresses). With Viet Nam raging, going to anti-war protest in DC took center stage over rumbles/fights in front of Murphy's with baseball bats. We weren't really becoming hippies, but we'd found a new way of expressing ourselves and we started channeling our teenage angst in a different direction. The world changed and Hillcrest Heights and Marlow Heights changed with it (we were no longer an insulated little neighborhood). Personally, I believe we remember those times as the best years of our lives because it's the only time in our lives when our friends knew us for who we truly were and still accepted us. You can take the girl out of Hillcrest Heights, but you can't take the Hillcrest Heights out of the girl! Jan Hensley Bentley

Guest:
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Name:
John Hutton
Location:
New Mexico
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
yes, Camp Springs
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Taney Jr High and Crossland Sr. High
When was the last time you were in the area?:
30yrs ago
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Hitchhiking to Marlow Heights
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Guest:
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Name:
Bill McCown
Location:
Monroe, Louisiana
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
SE DC, though many friends lived there
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Ann Beers, Randle Highland
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2014
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
True love! And the Mall
Comment :

Thanks for the memories. Those were amazing times of music, love, laughs, and courage.

Guest:
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Name:
Jim Neiman
Location:
Catonsville, MD
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
The Heights
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Sandymount, Stoddert, Potomac 1975
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2013
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Friendships thru my happy school years
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Guest:
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Name:
Sharon "Bates" Dvorak
Location:
Maryland
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Holy Family, LaReine
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1996
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Late summer evenings visiting on porches
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Marlow Heights was such a great place to grow up. We stayed outside as much as possible and neighbors were really neighbors. Summer evenings we visited from porch to porch...no one had A/C and it was cooler and more fun that way. We rode bikes and roller skated out on the street our doors were not locked with fear of crime ever. More memories....Woolworth spending allowance with a friend to share a strawberry sundae, Hot Shops on Sunday, Hobby Shop...The park making summer crafts with friends, walking home from school in the spring from Hillcrest Heights...it was the kind of childhood everyone should have!

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Name:
Gary Grissett
Location:
Waldorf, Md.
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Marlow hgts./Hillcrest hgts.
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Sandymount Elem., Benjamin Stoddard
When was the last time you were in the area?:
A few years ago
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Before Iverson mall, the circus
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Before Iverson mall was there I remember the circus elephants were kept in the field tied to tree stumps. At Easter, the baby ducks and chicks at G.C.Murphys. Sandymount Elementary. We made a time capsule and buried it under a tree in the yard.

Guest:
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Name:
Charles Lee
Location:
Mascotte, FL
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
PG County
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Surrattsville Elementary, Sandymount Elementary, District Heights Elementary, FSK Jr. High, Suitland SH
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Last year 2014
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Being able to walk the streets at night. So much less violence back then.
Comment :

I would love to reconnect with the friends I had back at Sandymount Elementary (1964-65) Sandymount gave me so great memories.

Guest:
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Name:
Clive Lugmayer
Location:
south carolina
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
clinton
What schools did you attend, and when?:
S.Decatur; Crossland Vo Tech grad 76
When was the last time you were in the area?:
1996
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
see below
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Lived in the area from 1971 to 1996. I worked at the K Mart at Marlow Heights center 1975 to 76 and if you walked in there you most likely saw me as I was the assistant manager of the midway and often stood at the security podium at the front door... pumped gas at the Amaco across from the pizza hut and the kenneys shoe store just down from the fire dept on Woodyard road in clinton and its sister station down 301 where rt a and 401 joined up, just on the right across from the Sunoco station. K Mart was its' own little Payton Place.... we dated, loved and hated each other over the 1 1/2 years I was there and I am sure it didn't change! We went streaking down at Tantalon Estates near Ft Washington... did a lot of necking there,too. I remember in 72 when we marched from Decatur Jr High to Crossland HS to demonstrate against bussing... we burned a small bus in protest. I was on the bullhorn a few times to rouse up the crowd. Got a 3 day suspension from Decatur too! If you remember the Donkey Basketball Game in 76 at CHS then you saw me score the winning basket against the faculty! I was looking for a few good names on here, but this is cool to wander back in time.

Guest:
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Name:
Joy Jenkins
Location:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
No
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Potomac High
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Early 70's
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
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Wow this site was a special find. I lived in Hillcrest Heights and Marlow Heights in the late sixties early seventies. My brother Mackie Jenkins met many friends that he kept even when he moved away. My first job was at Steak Ina Sack owned by Zack and his son and Ray and Eric were the cooks there. Ray was also of Arabian descent as the owner was and they found him a wife who became a waitress there so he could legally become a citizen. Wonder if they are still together. Oh lord or even alive since that was over 40 years ago. Kind if went back in time there for a minute. I use to hang out at Iverson Mall a lot and loved those pickles in a barrel at International Food store there I dated a few times Steve Youmans and one if those leather jacket cool guys name Murphy and forgot the other one. Lol. I went to Potomac High but have no memory of that school at all. I hung out at the bowling alley a few times and almost got in trouble there big time. Won't even go into that one. Lol. When I lived in Marlow Heights ran away from home to Michigan and when I came home to help my mother they were living in Hillctest Heights at that time. I use to miss my mountain home and would actually jump on St Barnabas Rd(i think that is the name)and hitch hike several times to go there which was a hundred miles away. Crazy now that I think of it. Don't think I liked the city much but I made a lot of good memories there with a few bad ones. Such is life. Thanks for the flashback

Guest:
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Name:
Allen
Location:
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Oxon Hill
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Apple Grove elem., LBJ (1 yr) and Queen Anne in Up. Marlboro
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Last week
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Oxon Hill rec club on Tucker Rd
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Great site! Lots of memories. Anyway, I now work a part-time retirement job delivering and picking up equipment for major construction sites. The job has me going everywhere. I went by, what used to be, Landover Mall. Gone! Evidently it got torn down around 2008 or so. Even the sears is gone. It was built in 1972! That brought back a lot of memories. The Farrells (sp?) Ice Cream shop, the 6 movie theaters, Spencers, etc. We would have birthday parties up there. Parents would dump us off and we'd run amuck then catch a movie. It got us out of the house for at least half the day. So, within my lifetime of 56 years, I've seen the Cap. Center go up and go down, along with Landover Mall. But, Iverson Mall and Marlow Heights are still there. Don't know what's inside, but it still stands. Has anyone been in Iverson Mall? Thanks (again) for the memories. Allen

Guest:
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Name:
Paul Thompson
Location:
San Diego, CA
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Camp Springs
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Taney, Crossland, 1972
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2010
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
walking thru woods to Iverson Mall
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I remember racing cars down Pennsylvania Avenue and going to the Hobby Shop in Marlow Heights. I knew some friends that lived in the apartments at Dennis Grove. I also remember driving to Raymond's Liquor in DC to buy beer because you only needed to be 18. When I turned 21 they lowered the age to 18 in Maryland. I couldn't win. On the way there we passed the Quonset Hut, some sort of nightclub.

Guest:
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Name:
Ken kulluson
Location:
Roseburg Oregon
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Bishop Mcmanamra Potomac Sr. High
When was the last time you were in the area?:
30 years
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Ok
Comment :

So funny to have found this site,I have not thought about this place and those good times for quite awhile .Just a few thoughts anyone remember The old Eastover shopping center how about the old McDonalds on Livingston Rd ,Indian Head Hwy. Used to live right off Livingston Rd how about Jiffy sub shops you could roll up a 11pm and grab a steak and cheese.Someone mentoned SAMs car wash I worked there for a couple of months one of my first jobs lots of crazy times and people they used to pay you once a week in a little brown envolpe cash with the withholding taxes hand written on the envlope. The mall I think was the only indoor one around.We used to hang at the public library on Oxon Hill Rd great place to meet chicks.Man I wore out lots of shoes walking and hitchhiking around PG county, thanks again for this site it's funny how it's hard to remember everything. ,

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Name:
Florence (Flo) Canter Brandstetter
Location:
Aquasco, MD
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
PG County
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Gwynn Park, Brandywine, 1963-1969
When was the last time you were in the area?:
25 Years ago
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
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Live in the Marlow Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Temple Hills area from 1970-1982.

Guest:
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Name:
Max Stubbs
Location:
Fripp island SC
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
25th ave hill rest hgts
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Hills rest hits elem, Benj Stoddert, Suitland high
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Dec 2015
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
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I grew up in. Marlow Heights in the mid 50s. We played baseball at the location of overdo mall. Wa Jed to school, played golf at Oxonian run golf course, got ice cream at Highs. Great friends that I have list contact with.

Guest:
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Name:
Michele watson
Location:
Marlow heights
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Were you originally from Marlow Heights or one of the surrounding communities?:
Yes
What schools did you attend, and when?:
Stood dart , Potomac 76
When was the last time you were in the area?:
Live in area
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
Having a friendly and safe neighborhood that was conveniently located. Nice people
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Name:
Denise Hurd
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What schools did you attend, and when?:
When was the last time you were in the area?:
2008
What are some of your best memories of growing up in the area?:
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I was googling for a phone number for Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company that had a district office in Marlow Heights and saw that someone mentioned they used to work there (but couldn't find then entry after getting on the page). Does anyone know if it's still in business or how to get hold of the company. I'm cleaning out my Dad's house and found that he had a life insurance policy from Home Beneficial but I don't have a way to get in touch with them to see if it's still valid. If anyone has any info, it will be appreciated (my e-mail is denisejhurd@gmail.com). My great aunt, Helen Garden, lived in Temple Hills from the mid-60's until her passing in 2008.