February 2017

Found 3 blog entries for February 2017.

Bipeds of Brookland: Constance Gates
Bipeds of Brookland: Mrs. Gates
Mrs. Gates has an ear for music. “If I can hear it, I can play it.” Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1931, her family moved down the coast to LA before crossing the country to Charlotte, NC, with her father who was a minister in the AME Zion church. “My mother was a nurse.  She could remember when John Wayne walked into Queen of Angels Hospital, and the nuns went crazy.  She had never seen sisters go crazy.”

Mrs. Gates  has lived in Brookland since 1982. “I’m a 1953 graduate of Howard University School of Music.  I was the first black teacher hired to teach music in Bethlehem, PA.” She lived in the steel town for years with her first husband who was a minister. She taught middle school music and remembers the challenge

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Bipeds of Brookland: Alex Mathews
Alex Mathews

 

Alex Mathews was living in Hyattsville in 1978 when he drove through Brookland with an architect friend from NY, who said, “are you looking in this neighborhood? This is a wonderful neighborhood.” He believes “it was that architectural eye that caught their fancy on Brookland.” The house he found needed a lot of work. He fixed it up with the help of his father who was a plumber and was very good with his hands.

He remembers that in Brookland, “you couldn’t walk down the street without someone saying hello to you. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case. The old timers wouldn’t only say hello, they’d cross the street and say hello. Everybody’s too busy for that now.”

Alex was one of the original subscribers

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2825 63rd Ave, Cheverly MD.
Open House Sunday 1-4 pm
$329,000 |3 Bedroom |2 Bathroom | Hardwood Floors | Massive wood deck | Screened in porch | Awesome yard

2825 63rd Ave Cheverly, MD Exterior Front 1Welcome home to this charming three bedrooms, two full bath brick Colonial in Cheverly, Maryland.  Wood floors greet you and tons of natural light warm the space.  Central Air will keep you cool.  The separate dining room and living room are connected with an arched entryway.  Chair rail molding in the dining room and crown molding throughout the first floor enhance the rooms.  The kitchen is handsomely updated with stainless steel appliances and granite counters that feed into the dining room.  The finished basement greets you with custom built-ins that cover an entire wall and new carpeting.  A full

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