Volunteers Needed!

Attention Tutors and Friends: We are using the following email as a

method of recruiting tutors for our programs. This letter is just a

way of spreading the word about the need for wonderful volunteers

like you. We would appreciate it if you could forward this letter to

friends and co-workers, and that they do the same. We understand

that some of you may not have the time to volunteer, but help us

spread the word so that someone who might not know about our program

can find out more. Thanks in advance for your cooperation:

For Love of Children (FLOC) is a non-profit organization committed to

helping families, and specifically children in the community. As a

part of FLOC’s overall mission, the Neighborhood Tutoring Program

(NTP) serves over 500 students in the Shaw community through one-on-

one tutoring in a highly structured and successful reading and math

tutoring program.

We’re looking for volunteers to tutor children and adolescents in the

Shaw neighborhood once or twice a week. The following program times

are available:

Saturday 10am-12pm (elementary age children)

Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm (teen-agers)

Tuesday / Thursday 9-11am (1st – 4th Grade)

Tuesday / Thursday 12:30-2:30 (8/9th grade)

Tuesday / Thursday 3:00- 5:00pm (1st – 6th grade)

Monday / Wednesday 3:00- 5:00pm (3rd – 6th grade)

If you’re interested in tutoring please contact us at 202-349-3509 or


Why we need your help!

A student at FLOC’s alternative high school recently took her SAT.

Her score was a 530-combined. This score put her in the 70th

percentile of students in D.C. This means that 70% of students in

D.C. score below 530 on the SAT. And these are the higher achieving

students who take the SAT. Students in low-income areas of D.C.

suffer the consequences of problems with public schools, and the

difficulties of growing up in an environment that does not

necessarily value education as a top priority. I’m writing to see if

anyone is interested in volunteering to tutor some of these students.

Shaw is a low-income area in NW where 51% of the households are

headed by single females, and 36% of children live in poverty. In

Shaw 40% of high school students drop out of school, and 41% of the

residents have less than a ninth grade education. Almost all of our

students test way below grade level, and many simply can’t read. As

you know, it’s hard to get a good job when you can’t read. And it’s

even harder to move out of poverty if you can’t find a job.

Our Program Works!

Our program started in 1995 with 6 students. Over the years, our

students have flourished. Thanks to the hard work of everyone

involved, students in the program increase their math and reading

levels on average by 1 year and 3 months for every 22 hours of

tutoring. Think about that, come one evening a week, meet for an two

hours, and one lucky child has the opportunity to improve their

reading and math skills a full grade level and more in only six

months. It also helps that these are just such great kids.

Several students give back to the program in many ways. One special

student began with us as one of the original six students. She

graduated from high school in 2002 and is scheduled to begin her

sophomore year at Marymount University in the fall. She has been

giving back to the program as a tutor to an adorable student in our

Saturday morning program for the past two years.

We’re now looking at reaching out to students across the city. But

in order to do this, we need more tutors. With your help, our

organization seeks to provide the children in our program with the

tools and motivation necessary to escape the cycle of drug abuse,

crime, unemployment, and poverty that has afflicted so many in their

parents’ generation. The ability to read well, to excel in school,

and the desire to learn are prerequisites to breaking this cycle. We

need volunteers to join us in this effort!

Farmers Market Open at 14th and U!

The Farmers Market has officially opened for business on U Street. Come visit local farmers market located on the Reeves Center premises at 14th and U (2000 14th Street) every Wednesday from 4-7 pm.

The 14th & U Main Street Initiative is sponsoring the market in partnership with Community Harvest. We hope that this will become the permanent home for the market which originated last year through Manna CDC’s efforts at Temperance Row and then moved to the 13th & U Metro last year. Three local farmers will be there offering fresh produce, cheese and yogurts. This farmer’s market will be here every Wednesday from 4-7 through the end of October. See you there!

Community Harvest, a local non-profit with a mission to create a locally rooted, sustainable food system that meets the needs of both

underserved communities and small farmers in the DC region, has established a series of farmers markets through out the area through the Local Food Alliance Project.

Volunteers are needed to help us support and run the market, from helping to coordinate set-up and take down, running an information table, and passing out flyers and leaflets to raise awareness. If you are available please come by on Wednesday and sign up to participate.

Check out Community Harvest’s website: www.communityharvestdc.org

If you have questions regarding this farmer’s market contact:

Rebecca Bond

Program Director

Local Food Alliance Project of Community Harvest

Scott Pomeroy

Executive Director

14th & U Main Street Initiative

View Stolen Property

The public is advised the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District will hold a viewing of recovered stolen property on Saturday, August 16, 2003, from 9 am to 5 pm. The viewing will be held in the 3D Community Room, located at 1624 V Street, NW.

On July 10, 2003, Third District investigators arrested a suspect in connection with several burglaries committed in the city. As a result of the arrest, more than 200 items were recovered, including televisions, jewelry, wristwatches, musical instruments, electronic equipment, cameras, etc. These items will be put on view for the victims of burglaries or home thefts that occurred before July 10, 2003.

Those wishing to attend the viewing must have a copy of the police report or report numbers. Additionally, they must have an itemized list of the property they reported stolen before they will be allowed to enter the viewing. The list should contain serial or model numbers (if available) and a thorough description the stolen item(s). It is requested that attendees have a photograph, drawing or detailed description of any jewelry items.

For more information, contact Detective David Swinson at (202)673-6914 or via email at dswinson@mpdc.org.

Shaw EcoVillage Students Teach Local Officials, Community Members and other


Local Organizations’ EcoDesign Corps Final Presentation will focus

sustainability in the Shaw Community

What: EcoDesign Corps Internship, Final Presentation

When: Wednesday, August 13, 2003, 6pm to 7:30pm. This event will be

followed by a reception.

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F. St., NW, between 4th and 5th


Cost: This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is

limited so please let us know if you plan to attend.

RSVP 202.265.2019

Details: Students involved in Shaw EcoVillage’s EcoDesign Corps will

present proposals, projects, and designs for sustainable community

improvement. Projects include a bike tour of the Shaw neighborhood, a

community garden to benefit elderly residents of Shaw, an advocacy plan for

a dilapidated building with historical significance, a project to measure

and encourage youth in DC’s participation in decision-making and a rain

garden and shed with a green roof. Youth involved in the EcoDesign Corps,

ages 15-19, develop leadership skills to create innovative solutions to

real-life community issues.


The Shaw EcoVillage Project was founded in 1998 to train youth to be

creative leaders for meaningful and sustainable change in our urban


Shaw EcoVillage

Building youth leaders and sustainable communities.

1701 6th Street, NW * Washington, DC 20001 * 202.265.8899 *


Contributions are accepted and are tax-deductible.

Contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign, Designate #7606

Noel F. Petrie

Outreach and Development Coordinator

Shaw EcoVillage




Apparently Ella’s Cafe located at 1506 North Capitol Street, N.W. is now open. Hours of operation unknown.

Community meetings suck!
Just got out of a baaaad meeting. Heck at lest the ANC 2? meetings in Logan were entertaining with the catty gay men. What made the meeting bad:
1. Snide comments from the peanut gallery
2. A fill in speaker (the one scheduled was on vacation) couldn’t speak on the topic of interest and spent time talking on another topic. Meeting attendees beat the topic speaker couldn’t talk about to death.
3. Peanut gallery did not show up on time missing information that they bitched about later.
4. Every speaker received hostility. Basically making sure that any future returning of said speakers is nil.

Basically tons of negativity.

What is a good meeting.
Well it started as a good meeting.
A speaker, speaking as an individual trying to get tree boxes on Q St from 1st to 3rd St talked about how she was attempting to get grant money from Garden Resources of Washington (GROW). She spoke of iron fencing and pledges she had gotten from neighbors. Then a board member of the Co-Op on Q St said that her group was already in the process for putting iron tree boxes up on her side of Q St.
Good. Informative. Civil.

Then we got on the North Capital Farmers Market (see speaker who didn’t know topic). And downhill we go.

Summary of Bates Area Civic Association Meeting

7PM 8/4/2003

Moderator: Jim Berry

Tree boxes for 100-300 blocks of Q Street. A community citizen is collecting pledges of treasure and talent to get a GROW grant to get treeboxes along Q St. The Co-Op between R & Q Sts will also be improving their tree boxes.

Mr. Berry announced the 5th Annual National Night Out and PSA 312’s involvement. Please see ( http://mpdc.dc.gov/news/news.asp?sid=2235 ) for more information. There will be a gathering around about the park on Florida and 1st (green space not the concrete park).

Fill in speaker for Mr. Matthew Payne, Coordinator for the North Capitol Neighborhood Farmer’s Market spoke of the other projects his group is working on for the youth of the community. Meeting attendees gave comments about the Farmer’s Market and suggestions to make it better. This continued for a while.

Mr. Todd Douglas, the Ward 5 Neighborhood Services Coordinator, spoke of the several projects and concerns of the community.

Meeting continued after 8:59 PM

Drama Mamma
Drama Mamma and I are sort of back on speaking terms. Whatever.

Apparently she’s doing a last harrah with hanging over at the neighbors before they ship out after selling. At the most 30-60 days and she’ll have no excuse to come down the block. The taxes on the yellow house are too high to make it Section 8 (which is probably why the landlord kicked the renters out), the white guy doesn’t talk to anyone, nor does the guy below him; Sandra doesn’t like that crowd; the Hispanic family they are friendly but I don’t see them hanging with DM; the Howard students are a heavy Jesus-loving crowd and … nah, I don’t see them hanging with her either.

MONTHLY Meeting Notice

Invited Guests Include Representatives from the Following:

Third District, Metropolitan Police Department

D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation

D.C. Office of Neighborhood Action

North Capitol Neighborhood Farmer’s Market

Monday, August 4, 2003

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.





National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event sponsored by the National

Association of Town Watch. NNO is designed to (1) heighten crime and


prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in,


anti-crime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and


partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals, letting them know


our neighborhoods are becoming organized and are taking steps to fight


In Police Service Area 312, the following activities are taking place



3D Mini -Station:

PSA 312 Lt. Alveta Dennis is locating an “open-air mini station” in the


block of First Street, N.W. at which residents may come to meet and


one another as well as MPD officials; public safety information will

also be

distributed and community concerns can be registered with Lt. Dennis.


6:00 p.m. until ?)

Cook Out:

Bishop Imagene Stewart is sponsoring a “community cook out” in the 200

block of P Street, N.W. and she has asked that I let residents know


everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. (Event begins at 6:00


Candle Light Vigil:

For the second consecutive year, the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc.


sponsoring a “candle light vigil” at First and Florida Avenue, N.W. –


Florida Avenue Park. The purpose of this vigil is to emphasize the

need for

residents to reclaim and protect safe places for our children to play


spend their leisure time. As many of you did last year, please come

out and

show our children how much we care about them. The vigil will take


from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

“NNO 2002”

Trading Up
I told my neighbor I wouldn’t tell anyone how much she’s selling her house for, so I won’t. But it is a sh*tload of $$. She deserves every single cent of it. She lived in the house for a little under 9 years. She’s going to trade in a townhouse with leaky basement and no parking for a house with a yard and a garage in BFE Maryland. All the cool stuff in the city that is attracting people means nothing to her. She has a car and kids. Metro and clubs don’t mean squat. Good schools and no shooting and no (as my Daddy would put it) dumbas$ n*ggas hanging out, that is what she wants and needs.
At the price the house is going for apparently only whites can afford it, so the demographics of the block will head in a particular direction. Called ET and told her to score one point for her people. Last month a white couple moved in on one end of the block, changing the trend of houses on the north end changing demographically from black renters to white homeowners and renters, so now the Euro-Americans are coming from both ends.
I am so thankful she did not decide to rent the house out to get Section 8 money. I pray to G-d above that Mr. Mesfin will sell his house too. Last I spoke to him he STILL had not decided if he was going to rent or sell. I hope he sells because I can tell he’s cheap and will be a slumlord.