For today only


This is to remind you that the DC Department of Health’s Mobil Unit

will be located in the parking lot of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, 1st Street and

Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00

p.m., on Tuesday, March 9, 2004, to test DC residents for possible excessive

levels of lead in their blood. The populations that will be primarily

focussed upon during this effort are (1) expectant mothers and (2) children

under six years of age. However, I am told that no one who presents themselves

for testing will be turned away.

A second opportunity to get your blood tested for lead will take place

this coming Friday, March 12, 2004, also between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and

4:00 p.m., at the Harry Thomas Recreation Center, 1743 Lincoln Road, N.E.

Again, expectant mothers and small children are being targeted for this

effort; and, no one is suppose to be turned away who presents himself/herself

for testing.

If you have the slightest concern about your level of exposure to lead,

I hope you will find the time to get your blood tested during one of the

abovementioned time periods.


Jim Berry



I received a call from Ward Five Council Member VIncent Orange’s office

today, informing me that Council Member Jim Graham is going to hold a


hearing regarding the “Disposition of Square 553, Lot 844, also know as


Armstrong Adult Educaton Center, Approval Resolution of 2003.” As it


explained to me, the purpose of the hearing is to receive guidance as


whether Armstrong should be declared a surplus property in the


inventory. If it is declared a surplus property, then the District of

Columbia Government would be free to sell it, presumably, to the


bidder or to dispose of it in some other way.

I am told that the hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 9, 2004,


Room 123 of the John WIlson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,

commencing at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to sign up to testify at the

hearing or would like to submit a written statement concerning your

point of

view on the matter, the contact person for making those arrangements is

Steven Hernández, Legislative Counsel Sub-Committee on Human Rights,

Asian-PI and Latino Affairs, and Property Management; Office of Ward


Councilmember Jim Graham, 202-724-8107.

Although the specific issue before the Sub-Committee concerns the

determination as to whether the city should give Armstrong a surplus

designation, I am certain that Mr. Graham would also be interested in

hearing the many different opinions that neighborhood residents have


respect to its next use, i.e., from luxury condos to charter school to

community center.


Jim Berry


MONTHLY Meeting Notice


Invited Guests Include Representatives from the Following:

Third District, Metropolitan Police Department

Department of PublicWorks

North Capitol Healthy Families Collaborative

Monday, March 1, 2004

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

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

For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association,


J. Berry at (202) 387-8520

Important Follow-up Session to Citizen Summit III


Please be reminded that a follow-up session to Citizen Summit II will

be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 10, 2004, at Trinity College, 125

Michigan Avenue, N.E., O’Connor Auditorium. This sessions is for residents of

Ward Five. Mayor Anthony Williams is scheduled to be present to tell us

what he learned at Citizen Summit III, as well as to respond to any questions

that residents might have with respect to neighborhood priorities. The

doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the session is planned to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

State of the District

Today 7pm Lincoln Theatre, near Ben’s Chili Bowl

Mayor Anthony A. Williams will present the 2004 State of the District Address on Tuesday, February 3, 2004, at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street, NW. Admission is free, and no tickets or reservations

are required. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

The theater is across the street from the Green Line METRO’s U Street/Cardozo/African American Civil War Memorial station’s 13th and U Streets entrance.

For more information, contact the Office of Community Outreach at 202-442-8150.

If you experience a power outage in the morning.


Please find below a message from Pepco’s Ted Trabue re. possible power


Jim Berry


“As you know the District of Columbia is expecting inclement weather tomorrow morning. In the event that the weather causes power outages please call our outage line 1(877) 737-2662. This is an automated line that can accept up to 100,000 calls per hour. Customer Service Representatives

can also be reached by calling this number. ”

Best Regards,

Ted Trabue, Pepco

Ward Two Neighborhood Citizen Summit Thurs. Feb. 19th, 7:00pm

Mayor Anthony A. Williams

invites you to the

Ward Two Neighborhood Citizen Summit

* Discuss what we learned at Citizen Summit III

* Discuss the long-range vision for the District

* Discuss priorities and initiatives in the proposed fiscal year 2005


* Questions and answers with the Mayor

Thursday February 19th, 2004 7:00pm

Doors open at 6:00pm

Kennedy Recreation Center

7th and P Streets NW

Washington, DC 20001

Metro Green Line to Shaw Howard University or

Metro Green & Yellow Line to Mt. Vernon Sq. 7th Street-Convention Center

For more information call (202)727-2822 or visit

Convention Center Area Strategic Development Plan, 2nd Public

Meeting: 01/10/04

The second public meeting on the development of the Office of Planning’s

Convention Center Area Strategic Development Plan, focusing on housing,

retail, and public space issues in the area bounded by New York Avenue,

Massachusetts Avenue, 12th Street, Vermont Avenue, U Street, Florida Avenue,

and New Jersey Avenue, NW, will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2004, from

9:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon

Place, NW, in Meeting Room 102.

At this workshop, the public will be asked to review three conceptual

designs developed by the project consultants following the compilation of a

variety of types of information on current conditions in the neighborhood.

Each conceptual vision will be described by a physical plan, a financial

feasibility model, and analyses of development costs, traffic generation,

costs for needed infrastructure improvements, public versus nonpublic

financial contribution, regulatory relief, taxable revenue projections, and

other factors to assist in the selection of the final plan. These options

will be refined into one preferred option. This planning initiative does not

include the old convention center site.

More information, including the PowerPoint presentation from the first

public meeting to discuss the future of the area around the new convention

center on October 14, 2003, can be found at the following URL:


To RSVP or for more information, contact Ward 2 Neighborhood Planner Chris

Shaheen of the DC Office of Planning at 202-442-7631 or RSVPs are recommended but not required.

Have a safe holiday

For the 3 people who actually read this blog, happy holidays.

Everyone else…

Be safe. When taking off stop your mail and your newspaper. Stop mail by visiting the US Postal Office’s web site to hold your mail. If you are a subscriber to the Washington Post, go to their subscriber webpage (you may need to register) and get them to stop delivery. The last thing you need to do is alert criminals to the fact that you’re gone with a stack of newspapers and mail.

Shaw_EcoVillage’s_Chain_Reaction_Adult_Bike_Class/Other_In fo







This Basic Bike Repair course follows the Park Tool-School curriculum, with



Jan 6: Tubes and Tires: learn the pro’s tricks for fixing flats.

Jan 13: Drive-train Removal, Cleaning, and Installation.

Jan 20: All About Brakes.

Jan 27: Adjusting Shifters, Derailleurs, and Gears.

Feb 3: Adjusting and Overhauling Ball Bearing Systems.

Feb 10: The Science and Art of Wheel Truing.

Classes run from 7pm to 9pm. The class size is small so students get lots

of individual attention.

The full six week course costs $90 and includes a folding allen tool, patch

kit and tire levers — or you can take just one class for $20.

SPACE IS VERY LIMITED, so sign up now. Email:

Phone: (202) 265-2019.


The shop will be closed from Dec. 21 through Jan. 5, when we will resume our

regular winter hours: W/Th/F 1pm – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm.


Now we have bicycles available for sale every day! Come check out the

selection. Call David at 202.265.0179 for details.


Wednesday nights, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, you can find dedicated Chain

Reactions volunteers organizing the shop and refurbishing bikes. Sounds

like fun, right? If it’s your first time, join us at 6:30 for volunteer

orientation. As a bonus, volunteers earn time to work on their own bikes in

our repair stands or take repair classes for free. Call David for more

information 202.265.0179.


Chain Reaction needs a Spanish-speaking person to assist with our

Earn-A-Bike (EAB) program starting Monday, January 26 and ending Monday,

March 1. This person would assist 2 teenage ESL students through Chain

Reaction’s EAB Lessons. No bike skills needed.

The Shaw EcoVillage Project, a community based 501(c)(3), engages young

people in making their neighborhoods cleaner, greener and more livable.

Shaw EcoVillage has two main goals, to develop leadership skills and job

readiness in young people, and foster the growth of expertise in

environmental stewardship, smart growth and equitable development on the

local level. We accomplish this through two programs, the EcoDesign Corps

and Chain Reaction.

In EcoDesign Corps, high-school students, ages 14 – 19, design and implement

projects that make the Shaw and nearby neighborhoods of Washington, DC

cleaner, greener and more livable for all residents. Students participate

in internships and fellowships where they apply their critical thinking

skills to solve real-life community issues. Participants focus on issues of

: Clean Water, Air and Land · Community Pride and Identity · Health and

Wellness · Equitable Development · Public Space · Transportation

Chain Reaction educates young people about the role of the bicycle in

sustainable communities and provides the residents of Shaw with safe,

affordable, and pollution-free transportation. Chain Reaction trains youth,

ages 9-19, in bicycle mechanics and safe riding skills through educational

programs; and provides job training and promotes bikes as affordable,

healthy transportation in its community bike shop. Our programs provide

young people with invaluable professional skills including project research,

problem solving, consensus building, action planning, implementation,

evaluation and presentation.

For more information please contact us at: Shaw EcoVillage, 1701 6th St.,

NW, Washington, DC 20001, phone: 202.265.2019 or 202.265.8899, fax: 202.

265.2842, email:

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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