BACA meeting correction


In a previous email sent to you concerning the postponement of this

month’s meeting of the Bates Area Civic Association, the rescheduled date was

incorrectly listed as Monday, 1/8/2005. However, the meeting will be

held on Monday, January 10, 2005, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00

p.m., at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Please take due notice of this correction and govern yourselves



Jim Berry


No BACA meeting tonight

from a e-mail from Jim


Due to a last minute glitch in the availability of space at Mount Sinai

Baptist Church, the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc. is postponing

tonight’s meeting until Monday, January 8, 2005. Please note that this

departure from our first Monday of the month meeting schedule is for


2005 only. That is, we will return to this schedule on Monday,

February 7,


Please accept my apology for any disruption that this change may cause


your schedule this evening.


Jim Berry

Follow-up Public Notice of 12212004 Meeting of ANC 5C

From our great leader Jim.


Below please find a follow-up notice concerning the next meeting of ANC


Please share its contents with other neighbors and encourage them to



Jim Berry






TELEPHONE: (202) 832-1965/1966


Monthly Meeting Invited guests include representatives from the following


Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

re. Their desire to locates a two-story substation on Harry Thomas Way,


Office of the People’s Counsel

Metropolitan Police Department

Where: St. Martin’s Catholic Church

North Capitol & T Streets, NW

When: Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Holiday going ons

via Jim Berry



Monday, December 6, 2004

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

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

Please join us for an evening of fun and fellowship. This is an ideal

opportunity to meet and greet neighbors from all parts of our


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

contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520 or at


Job Opportunity at the US Postal Service:


We are told that the US Postal Service is recruiting for Casual

Carriers at $16.00/hr. for the holiday season. To qualify, one must have a five

year driving history, with a good driving record for the past two

consecutive years. Interested persons should contact Vonn J. Jones, Secretary for

Rhondalyn McDow, Human Resources Manager, at (202) 636-1281.

14th Annual BZB Black Gift and Art Show:


The 14th Annual BZB Black Gift and Art Show will take place on the

first three Saturdays in December (December 4th, 11th, and 18th) at Shiloh

Baptist Church’s Henry C. Gregory III Family Life Center, 1510 9th Street, NW.

Show hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Admission is free. Featured are

Afrocentric clothing, jewelry, art, and collectibles. For more information, call


Häändel’s “Messiah” at Shiloh Baptist Church:


On Sunday, December 12, 2004, at 5:00 PM, Shiloh Baptist Church’s

Senior Choir will present a concert of excerpts from “”Messiah”” by George

Friederic Häändel (1685-1759). The church is located at 1500 9th

Street, NW. A reception will follow in Heritage Hall at the Henry C. Gregory, III

Family Life Center, 1510 9th Street, NW. Admission is free, and all are

welcome to attend. The Shiloh Senior Choir is led by Thomas Dixon Tyler,

director, and Evelyn Simpson-Curenton, organist. Soloists will be Michele

Gutrick, soprano; Larry D. Hylton, tenor; Sylvia V.C. Twine, mezzo soprano; and

Steven E. Herring, baritone. They will be accompanied by a string

ensemble, brass, and timpani. For more information, call Shiloh Baptist Church

at 202-232-4200 or visit

Fifth District Police Citizen’s Advisory Council Annual Winter Holiday



5D CAC Chairperson and Truxton Circle resident Art Slater invites and

encourages you to attend the Annual Winter Holiday Party on Thursday,

December 16, 2004 from 7pm- 9pm, at the Washington Center For Aging

Services, 2601 18th St. NE . We are told that there was much fun and

fellowship at last year’s party and the same will be the case this


Happy Hannukah,

Merry Christmas,

Feliz Navidad,

Happy Kwanzaa

New Bike Trail at NY Ave Station

Metropolitan Branch Trail to Open at NY Ave Metro

Saturday, November 20th, 10am to 12pm

1st and M Street NW

Join WABA (Washington Area Bicyclist Association) this Saturday at the grand opening of the new NY Avenue Metro Station and the latest section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail(MBT). By constructing the trail along with the Metro rail station, Metro’s engineering and design were brought to bear on the problems of bringing the trail through the New York and Florida Avenue interchange, one of the most complicated and dangerous traffic areas in DC. The ribbon cutting will take place on Saturday, November 20th at the New York Avenue Metro station (red line). The ceremony will begin at 10am and feature remarks by local officals and the Coalition for the Met Branch Trail. We hope that you will come out and show your support for this exciting new project and join us in a group photo along the trail.


ANC 5C meetings


Below please find a public notice re. the next two meetings of ANC 5C.

Please share these data with your neighbors and make your best effort




Jim Berry







TELEPHONE: (202) 832-1965/1966


Monthly Meeting

Invited guests include representatives from the following





Where: Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School

1301 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Monthly Forum

Where: Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church

605 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

When: Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Hypothermia Watch/ Help the Homeless

Hypothermia Watch Program

In September the Mayor announced the District’s Hypothermia Plan for

2004-2005. Hypothermia is a life-threatening condition that could afflict

homeless people living on the streets when the temperature falls below 32

degrees Fahrenheit, or the wind chill factor creates the same effect. The

plan calls for every government agency, every community and all our citizens

to get involved and protect those at risk. The hypothermia season lasts from

November 1 to March 31. Please call (800) 535-7252 if you see someone on the

streets when the temperature is below 32 degrees. The links below provide

information about the Hypothermia Watch Program and other programs that help

the homeless.

Hypothermia Shelters

Men Address

Housing Assistance Center 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE

Franklin School 13th and K Streets, NW

Emery Shelter 1725 Lincoln Road, NE

LaCasa Shelter 1436 Irving Street, NW

Federal City Shelter (CCNV) 425 Second Street, NW

801 East Building 801 Making Life Better Lane SE

Women Only Address

John Young Center 115 D Street, NW

DC General Hospital-Cafeteria 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE

Hypothermia Fact Sheet

* The hypothermia season begins November 1 and ends March 31.

* The Emergency Management Agency issues Hypothermia Alerts when the

temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below, or when the wind chill factor

creates the same effect. The hours of operation for the hypothermia alert

are 7pm to 7am, but will be extended until the temperature or wind chill

factor rises above 32 degrees.

* Those who do not come in from the cold when hypothermia alerts are

issued put themselves in life-threatening positions. The body enters into a

hypothermia state when its temperature is below 95 degrees.

* DHS has established partnerships with business and community

organizations to prevent hypothermia deaths. Participants wear “I’m a

Hypothermia Watch Partner” buttons, post flyers and encourage others to be

alert for those in need of assistance.

* The District of Columbia government has provided intensive outreach

and shelter services to the homeless since 1986. DC Law 7-24, the Frigid

Temperature Protection Amendment Act of 1988, was passed to assure that the

homeless are sheltered when the temperature falls below 32 degrees


* Shelter services are provided to approximately 13,480 men, women,

and families throughout the year. The current shelter system provides more

than 1,970 beds for single adults and families with children. Approximately

600 people who are at risk choose not to enter shelters.

* During the winter of 2001, the United Planning Organization (UPO)

Shelter Hotline recorded a total of 15,211 calls and provided 6,113 one-way

trips to shelters. UPO also distributed 11,226 blankets; 82 sleeping bags;

25 pairs of shoes and boots; and 1,533 hats, scarves, and gloves to the


* Twelve agencies provide the homeless who remain on the streets with

food, beverages, blankets, gloves, jackets, boots, hats, sleeping bags,

medical services, case management, and counseling.

Links to Organizations That Help the Homeless Located at

* The Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness

* So Others Might Eat

* Gospel Rescue Ministries

* National Alliance to End Homelessness

* National Coalition for the Homeless

* Answers, Please!

* US Department of Housing and Urban Development

* Home Base – A Public Policy Law Firm of Homelessness

* Help the Homeless

* Hypothermia Prevention, Recognition and Treatment

* Fannie Mae Foundation

* Community for Creative Non Violence

Desi Deschaine

Community Affairs Coordinator

Executive Office of the Mayor

1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 211

Washington, DC 20004

BACA Octoberfest

Via Jim Berry


It is with pleasure that I invite and encourage you to participate in

Oktoberfest 2004 — an event that is being sponsored by the Bates Area

Civic Association, Inc. and co-sponsored by Council Member Vincent B. Orange,

Northwest Cooperative Homes, the Metropolitan Police Department, Mount

Sinai Baptist Church, the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency,

Soul Day Spa, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Polly’s Cafe, Safeway, Inc., City Year

Americorps, John F. Cook School, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Perry School Community

Center as well as the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Octoberfest 2004 will take place this coming Saturday, October 30 2004,

between the hours of 11:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m. at the triangle park

located at First and Florida Avenue, NW. The day’s activities will include a

Chili Cook-Off, games, raffles and prizes. In addition, there will be a

modest flea market, information tables featuring various community services;

there will be a moon bounce for the children, along with face painting, arts

and crafts and a kick-boxing demonstration.

Oktoberfest 2004 is the first of a series of events that are being

scheduled to take place in the triangle park as we continue to make a serious

and a sustained effort to transform this location into the safe space for

children that it was intended to be. Won’t you please join us in this


We are in need of plenty of volunteers to make the activity a success.

If you have some time to volunteer on Saturday, please let me know as

soon as possible. That is, if each of us contributes a little, no one will

have to do a lot.

For more information regarding the event, you may visit our website at

Looking forward to hearing from you as well as to seeing you Saturday!


Jim Berry


DHCD announces the American Dream Down-Payment Initiative (ADDI)

(Washington, DC) Stanley Jackson, Director, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), announces the implementation of the American Dream Down-Payment Initiative (ADDI). ADDI aims to increase the homeownership rate, especially among lower income households, and tenants of public and assisted housing. ADDI also seeks to revitalize and stabilize communities.

ADDI will help first-time homebuyers with the biggest hurdle to homeownership: down payment and closing costs. The program was created to assist low-income, first-time homebuyers in purchasing single-family homes by providing funds for down payment, and closing costs. The maximum amount of assistance, under this initiative, per eligible household will be $10,000. Eligible households will receive assistance under this initiative in the form of a forgivable loan.

Eligibility Requirements:

Individuals must be residents of the District of Columbia and must have legally resided in the District of Columbia for at least one year at the time of application

Individuals must be first-time homebuyers. (A first-time homebuyer is defined as an individual and his or her spouse who have not owned a home during the three-year period prior to the purchase of a home in the District of Columbia.)

Individuals must be able to secure a first-trust mortgage from a reputable lender.

Applicants’ income must not exceed the following limits:

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person

$40,250 $46,000 $51,750 $57,500 $62,100 $66,700 $71,300 $75,900

Community-Based Organizations will begin accepting applications for the American Dream Downpayment Initiative on November 15, 2004.

Contact the organization nearest your residence to schedule a pre-qualification interview