Free Afro-Caribbean Food Tasting at Cafe Mawonaj, 07/28/05

From Alex Padro

Shaw Main Streets will present a free Afro-Caribbean food tasting at the next Shaw Main Streets Night on Thursday, July 28, 2005, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Cafe Mawonaj, 624 T Street, NW (Metro: Green Line/Shaw-Howard University Station).

Cafe Mawonaj Manager Concei Civela invites you to come try African, vegetarian, and vegan dishes not available anywhere else in DC.

Located in the building that housed the pool hall where “Duke” Ellington was first influenced to become a musician, Cafe Mawonaj (Haitian Kreyole for “resisting oppression”) opened in 2003. While the restaurant’s menu of Pan-African, Caribbean, and Soul Food has been dramatically expanded and refined, the cafe’s focus on Afrocentric entertainment and events and its brightly colored walls remain unchanged.

Menu items include Angolan flavored beans, served with rice or fufu; smoked beef, chicken, or fish served with egussi (a ground melonseed sauce) and joloff rice; African vegetables such as azuka (eru), cassava leaves, and ndolee, served with plantains or rice; Haitian and Jamaican chicken, with rice and beans; grilled fish, chicken, beef, and shrimp, all served with a groundnut sauce; breakfast items served all day; fresh fruit smoothies; and a variety of salads and pita and wrap sandwiches. Cafe Mawonaj recently added a bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails and a second floor meeting space that is available for community events. Catering is also available.

Cafe Mawonaj is open 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Tuesday through Sunday (closed
Mondays). Free delivery is available with a minimum order of $10.00.
For more information on Cafe Mawonaj, call 202-332-4480 or visit

Tonight meeting for Bike Station near Union Station

Wednesday July 20, 2005
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capitol Street NE
First floor Training Room
Washington, DC
The District Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on
Wednesday evening, July 20, to discuss the proposed Union Station Bike
Station. The Bike Station is a public/private venture that will provide
bicycle parking, rentals, repairs and accessories in a small, new pavilion
at the west end of Union Station (near the current bicycle parking). At the
meeting, DDOT staff and consultants will describe the project and take
questions and comments.

Sponsor: District Department of Transportation


Contact: Jim Sebastian
(202) 671-2331

ANC Meeting 7/19/05

Monthly Meeting
Invited guests include the following:
Mr. Rick Rybeck
DC Department of Transportation
re. The New York Avenue Corridor Study

Mr. Joe Mama
re. The Development of the Vacant Lot on the Northwest Corner of Florida
Avenue and North Capitol Streets, NW

Jemal’s Nanny LLC and Cayre Jemal’s Peoples LLC
re. The Elimination of the Parking Covenant for the
Use of Occupants of 60 Florida Avenue, NE

Where: St. George’s Episcopal Church
2nd and U Streets, NW
When: Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

BACA meeting Monday

From Jim

Below please find a facsimile of the notice that is being circulated around
the community in connection with the upcoming meeting of the BACA. In addition, I am including in this transmission a copy of the agenda that I am proposing to the group on Monday night.

Please pass the contents of these data along to your friends and neighbors,
and also make your best effort to attend.

Hope to see you there!


Jim Berry

Guest Speakers Include:

Susan Cheng
Office of the Deputy Mayor For Planning and Economic Development re. Proposals to Develop the Old Fire House near North Capitol & R Streets,N.W. and Rick Rybeck DC Department of Transportation re. New York Avenue Corridor Study

Agenda Includes:

Public Safety Committee Report
Land Use, Planning, and Economic Development Committee Report
Environmental Services Committee Report
“Flower Power 2005” Program Report

Monday, July 11, 2005
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,
Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520 or at


July 11, 2005

Monthly Meeting Agenda

1. Meeting Called to Order 7:00 p.m.

2. Opening Comments J. Berry

3. Public Safety Committee Report: Alice Harper, Chairperson

(a) Fifth District Police

(b) AUSA Rhonda Redwood
Community Prosecutor, Fifth District

4. Land Use, Planning, and Economic Art Slater,
Development Committee Report Chairperson

(a) Remarks: Susan Cheng, Office of Deputy Mayor
for Planning and Economic Development, re. Old
Firehouse near N. Capitol & R Streets, N.W.

(b) Remarks: Rick Rybeck, DC Department of
Transportation, re. New York Avenue Corridor Study

5. “Flower Power 2005” Mary Ann Wilmer, Chairperson

6. Environmental Services Scott Shappell,
Committee Report Chairperson

7. Office of C/M Orange Linda Perkins, Director Constituent Services

8. BACA Housekeeping J. Berry

9. Announcements:

(a) Next BACA Meeting – Monday, August 1, 2005

10. Adjournment 9:00 p.m.


Town Hall Meeting on Public Safety – 6/9/2005

From Jim Berry


At Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson is hosting a Town Hall meeting on
tomorrow evening in order to receive feedback from the Ward Five community
on the oerall perfomance of the Metropolitan Police Department as well
as on the quality of services that we routinely receive from them (i.e., positive
or otherwise).

This meeting will take place at the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church, 605
Rhode Island Avenue, NE, in the Bishop Alfred A. Owens Family Life Center,
commencing at 7:00 p.m. For more information regarding tomorrow’s program
or the work of the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on the
Judiciary, please contact Councilmember Mendelson’s office at (202) 724-8064
or you may email him at


Jim Berry

Public Notice of June 21, 2005 Meeting of ANC 5C


Monthly Meeting

Invited guests include representatives from the following:

Metropolitan Police Department

DC Is Electric

Eric T. May
Vice President, Urban Realty Advisors, LLC & Thomas Gnecco
Sr. Project Manager, James G. Davis Construction Co. re. An update on development and construction issues pertaining to the Old Gage School, 2nd and Elm Sts., NW

Where: Edgewood Terrace Senior Building
635 Edgewood Street, NE, 9th Floor
(Crawford Hall)
When: Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Art’s Survey

Check the Truxton Circle website for the links in regards to the things and docs passed out at the BACA meeting last night.
One of the links is Art Slater’s Straw Suryvey of Small Area Plan Businesses, Amenities ( which you can give to Art, email him but I think it should be . Just fill up to 15 businesses and rate them.

5C meeting

From Jim


Below please find a public notice concerning the next meeting of ANC
Hope to see you there!


Jim Berry

TELEPHONE: (202) 832-1965/1966


Monthly Meeting

Invited guests include representatives from the following:

Metropolitan Police Department
DC Department of Parks and Recreation
A&R Development Corp
re. The Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station Retail and Residential

Where: First New Hope Baptist Church
1822 3rd Street, NW
When: Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.


From Jim

At the BACA meeting on Monday, PSA 501 Sgt. Mitchell asked those in
attendance what they felt were the top five public safety priorites in
our part of PSA 501. Hence, I pose this question to you for your input.

At your earliest convenience, please give me some feedback on this

I plan to get back with Sgt. Mitchell on or about May 10, 2005, so
please have your input into me before this date.


Jim Berry