Church of the Ascension and Saint Agnes, which was where one of my favoritest priests in the whole world was, has some serious earthquake damage. The following is from the H-Net/ H-DC Discussion:
Earthquake damage to church
A structural engineer and our roofing contractor have identified
earthquake damage to the church. Temporary measures are being taken to
Fencing has been erected around part of the front yard of the church. The
church is accessible from Massachusetts Avenue as usual, but only one set
of the double doors will be in use. The temporary fencing encloses the
space from the middle of the front doors, down the front walk to the
sidewalk, west for 30 feet and then up to the corner of the rectory is to
ensure that no one will be injured should any additional stone fall from
the minaret [sic?]. The roofing company, stonemasons, and structural
engineer all recommended this precaution. A crane will be brought in soon
to lower the large pieces of stone that have fallen into the crevice
between the church roof and the minaret. At the same time the structural
engineer and stonemasons will evaluate the integrity of the minaret and
make recommendations of how to proceed.
For the time being everyone is advised to stay out of the choir loft and
to avoid using the exterior door near the St. Francis Chapel. Until the
minaret has been evaluated there can be no inspection of the organ.
There was no damage to the church or the parish complex from Hurricane
Irene. Wagner Roofing is to be commended for the excellent job they did on
sealing the roof damage caused by the earthquake.
If you notice something amiss or have concerns about the building please
contact the wardens or the parish administrator.
And there will be a special talk for senior citizens at the Shaw Library:
A special talk will be delivered later this month at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library.
Susan Wranik, a board certified speech-language pathologist, will deliver a talk on Tuesday, September 20th on Improving Thought and Memory. The talk will occur at 2 PM.
Many older Washingtonians are concerned about increasing forgetfulness. Some no doubt are concerned about medical reasons for the deterioration but many can benefit from the simple and practical advice Susan offers to improve their memory and mental sharpness. Surprisingly, many younger people have found Susan's talk to be beneficial because it is all too easy to forget in this age ofover-scheduling and multitasking. Susan has delivered similar talks at several neighborhood libraries in Washington, D.C., drawing strong crowds and overwhelmingly positive responses.
Please consider coming and please feel free to let other Shaw residents know that they will be welcome!
The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library is located right off of Rhode Island Avenue at 1630 7th Street, NW. Directly adjacent to the library is the Howard University/Shaw Metro stop (Green Line). The phone number for the library is (202) 727-1288.