The secret is now out. Magruders will be moving into the Cleveland Park Park and Shopin April, I believe. Itll be a much smaller Magruders than the one in Chevy Chase but will bring some much need competition to Cleveland Park. Meanwhile, the Van Ness Safeway is packing up and leaving. That was one small Safeway and its tough for a large company to operate small grocery stores.
The political front is extremely rich these days. Mayor Barry has got his campaign up in high gearpromising economic development for Anacostia after ignoring the areaas the Post editorial page notedfor the past three years and three terms in office. Of course, if you consider the limply filled $17 million Yon Yung office center an example of economic development, perhaps youll think the Posts assessment unduly harsh.
More of the 1998 budget, the various proposals for structural change, and the continuing financial and management problems in our next fun-filled issue.
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For best results, crinkle up your dollar bills real good to "soften" them up before using the Metro card machines.
I hate to tell you this, but I very frequently cant get the fare machine to accept a *new* bill. Crumpling and straightening it does work.
Mario Rups email@example.com
Every disabled person I have ever known would *cheerfully* trade their "privileged" motor vehicle tags for the chance to recover full mobility. Eliminating free parking for the disabled is churlish and insensitive in the extreme. That being said, I find it highly suspicious myself that not one of the dozen or so wheelchair-tag vehicles I looked at yesterday had either permanent wheelchair tags or modified controls. Obviously theres at least some chicanery going on.
The answer, however, is better enforcement of the disabled parking privilege, not elimination of it. A wheelchair-symbol hang tag is intended for use in transporting the disabled individual to which it is issued. Such tags are easily stolen, borrowed, or otherwise misappropriated, unlike the "real" wheelchair tags attached to a vehicle. All D.C. has to do is station a cop in areas where such vehicles congregate and do an ID check when the driver shows up. If the driver and passengers dont match the tag, thats a couple of hundred dollars for the District more by far than the lost meter revenue.
In fact, even a widely distributed *announcement* of such a program would cut down on misuse, if people knew they were likely to be challenged. And there is (an admittedly somewhat remote) possibility that all of those vehicles really do transport disabled workers, in which case they should be allowed to park.
Dont Feed the Meters
Recently, Donna Ancypa said in a posting "you have to acknowledge that it honestly is difficult for some people with limited mobility to feed the meter every two hours" .Parking meters arent designed for long-term parking theyre designed so that people can come downtown and conduct their business (go to a meeting, do their shopping, etc). Theyre not for people who work downtown or plan to be downtown for many hours. In fact isnt it illegal to feed meters (as someone previously posted isnt there a two hour parking limit in metered spaces independent of the meters)? If Ms. Ancypa is willing to pay in advance for the privilege of not feeding a meter as she states, perhaps she could rent a spot in a lot or garage?
DCs loss of population
It may be that all of the worry about the Districts population loss is misplaced. Consider that people leaving the city for the suburbs is a sign of their personal success. I could be that all weve done for the last 30 years to lift people up is working, resulting in the creation of a new middle class that can now afford to live in the suburbs, and that moving on is a lifestyle choice rather than the result of anything being wrong with the city. I know this is heresy to some who post to this zine, but it may be a better way to look at our situation.
Now, this means the rest of us have to either need to pay more for our services, find other sources of revenue or cut back on service levels to reflect the size of the remaining population. Possibly all three are the case. I would suggest the establishment of a permanent Commission or Task Force on the same lines as the Brookings study which would recommend to Congress and certain agencies on an annual basis what level of Federal assistance is necessary for various needs (Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT), state assistance, etc.).
Finally, a way should be found to take the controversy out of the Federal payments, such as inclusion of certain payments under other appropriations (hiding them) as the White House plans to do and/or turning the PILOT portion of our assistance into a no year appropriation with a built in increase for inflation. Im sure other jurisdictions would also like the same approach to their PILOT payments, which have failed to keep up with inflation. Another option would be to move our PILOT in with theirs and abolish the District Appropriations Subcommittees all together.
It seems unlikely, but I seem to remember reading on-line, in the newspaper or hearing on radio the charge (rumor?) that one of the big deal first run movie theaters on Conn. Ave. uses a cheap projection lamp to save on costs. One story is that at a premier the producer had to fly in a better bulb/lamp. I have seen sort of darkish movies at more than one theater, but only rarely, and put it down to the directors misguided "art." Maybe it was poor projection equipment. Could viewing angle (high in balcony) cause a screen to look murky? Anyone know about this? Did I read it on dc.story net? Just a rumor?
Has anyone other than me noticed that DC water tastes and smells a little different lately? A slightly musty, aromatic, organic, but not unpleasant smell? It could be that they have reduced chlorination for the winter, and what I am smelling is the absence of the Chlorox smell that is normal in the summer. Or am I the only on who still drinks the tap water?
A Plea for the Millennium Falcon
A plea to all movie mavens coming to the Uptown to see Star Wars. We Cleveland Park residents would really appreciate it if you didnt drop beer cans on our lawns, if you didnt block driveways, and if you didnt feel the need to carry on extremely loud and animated conversations after the last show each night.
Rumors are rampant that the General is getting ready to create middle schools by moving around 6th and 9th graders as early as this coming fall. Below is a copy a letter from the Janney PTA to the DCPS administration (Musgrove, Becton, et al) expressing parents concerns.
Another example of management by leaks no guts no glory, yeah, right.
Does anyone know whats happening with the Baskin Robins store at Van Ness in the 4250 Connecticut building? Its been closed for a long time, maybe a couple of years. Also, I recently read something about UDC owning that building. Does anyone know if thats correct information?
Evelyn Wrin Evelyn_M._Wrin@hud.gov
Mardi Gras. Masquerade Ball. Saturday, February 8. 8:00 PM - 1:00 am. The Quebec House - South. 2800 Quebec Street, NW. Costume or Black Tie (avec Masque). B.Y.O.B., s.v.p. Laissez le Bon Temps Roulet!!! Brought to you by the creators of the smashingly successful New Years Eve party "Edging Toward the Millennium":
Aaron M. Knight firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Feb. 17th, 7:30 PM, Rabbi Laibl Wolf from Australia will be speaking at the new District of Columbia Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St., NW) on Kabbala and Jewish Meditation. Hes incredibly articulate and brilliant (lawyer, educational psychologist, rabbi, teacher of Jewish mysticism, and spiritual mentor). $15/ $12 for DC JCC members.
P.M. Gorelick email@example.com
Dinner and Discussion at Magen David, February 19, 1997, doors open at 7:30. Mr. Edwin Shuker, will describe the demise of the Jewish Community of Iraq, Saddam Husseins "Reign of Terror", and the escape from Iraq, through the Kurdish mountains, of his family. To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Portugal, there will be a presentation of a film on the "Marranos of Belmonte" .The dinner will be of Iraqi foods. The cost for the Dinner and Discussion is $9.00. For further information or directions call 301-770-6818, between the hours of 9am-12pm, Monday through Friday. Please RSVP by phone, no later than Monday, February 17.
Magen David is located three blocks from the White Flint Metro, at 11418 Old Georgetown Road, on the corner with Tilden Lane.
Valentines Day Special Give your Sweetheart the best gift ever - a wonderful massage for BOTH of you at 15% off. The soothing atmosphere of BodyWise BodyWorks is conveniently located at 3701 Connecticut Avenue. February 14th, 15th Reservations Please. Call Jenn 202-966-6113.
Jenn Weed firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Maintenance Services
Delbe Home Services is a one-stop resource for all of your home needs. We have been taking care of maintenance problems for over 25 years right here in your neighborhood. Call us for any problems at (301) 652-7201 or visit our web page at <http://www.delbe.comhttp://www.delbe.com for more information.
David Burka email@example.com
Room for rent
$500/month + partial utilities. Separate entrance, separate phone line, washer/dryer, walk-in closet, wood-floors in bedroom, walk eight blocks to Takoma Park metro, walk five blocks to Safeway for groceries. Total access to 1st level of the house (i.e.- share with owner) which features a living room w/ cable, dining room, modern eat-in kitchen, and porch.
Please call her if youre interested at 202-637-2186(w) or 202-882-0396(h) <or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Reeves email@example.com
A community organization I volunteer in has a need for creating occasional signs in 11 by 17 inch format. Is there anyone out there with an 11 by 17 inch ink jet or laser printer that could lend a hand in occasional sign making? Happy to trade you extra colored paper in 11 by 17 inch format.
Phil Shapiro firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.his.com/~pshapiro/fri endschch/
Want to Alert readers to Spanish classes at Guy Mason and Chevy Chase recreation centers. Have been taking them with an excellent teacher. More students needed/welcome in both locations for Beginning Spanish II (for those of us with some beginning Spanish in the recent or dim past.) For more info e-mail Maria Gomez at Mg9257a@american.edu.
Edna Small Erklein@aol.com
Home PC Computer Assistance
Ill help you choose and buy the best model for the lowest price, get your computer up and running, teach you the ins and outs of Windows 95 and applications, show you how to maintain your system, build special applications for you, and get you up and running on the Internet. $60/hour. 202.244.4163.
Jeffrey Itell Story@intr.net
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