The Bethesdites

Over dinner the Bethesdites, friends of mine, were wondering how on earth they were going to buy a home with the real estate prices going up. Then they turned to me to ask about Shaw. Now I know their temperment and there is a reason why they live in Bethesda. I really don’t think they would like Shaw. I like Shaw and I tolerate Shaw. The good stuff, like restaurants and such, is more than 4 blocks away west of 9th Street. The stuff closest to the house is okay. Then there is the witnessing two guys in a knife fight a block from the house, doesn’t make me think I need to move out of the hood. I’ve been informed that someone was shot a block from the house, I’m still unfazed. The Bethesdites, I’m afraid, would have seen that as a good reason to sell.

I’m going to have the Bethesdites over for dinner next week. As they have never set foot in Shaw, I figure this is a good opportunity to see Shaw in is glory and ugly. Well they won’t see too much of the hood as they are driving and will see as much as one can from 30-45 mph. Or from the parked car to the house, which depending if there are any church services when they come can be from 20 feet to 1 block.

Shaw is not Bethesda, and that’s okay. Of course, I really would like a Barnes and Noble.

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