Wild Life in the City
Dear Animal Lovers and Party Animals:
The combination of postings in this issue (a wild life sighting by Margie
Siegel, a message of appreciation for the Dupont Circle message in the last issue, and a
nice range of entertainment options in the classifieds) made me wonder what themail
readers do for wild life in your neighborhoods of DC. The wildest of my wild life options
include watching a City Council hearing on Channel 8 and getting a hot dog at Costco, so I
obviously need some helpful tips. Where do you go and what do you do for fun, for
celebrations, to push the edge a bit?
New Revenue for School Construction
Mary Filardo, The 21st Century School Fund, email@example.com
The following is an excerpt from my February 4, 1999, testimony before the
Education, Libraries and Recreation Committee. I am interested in reactions to the idea of
using this new revenue source, Tobacco Settlement $$ for capital projects for public
schools, libraries, recreation centers and UDC essentially the local
education infrastructure in DC.
Finally on the Budget and Finance side, we need the Council to work with
the Mayor and the schools to identify a stable and sufficient source of funding to
implement a comprehensive school facility modernization initiative. We would like the
Mayor and the Council to explore the possibility of dedicating the revenue from the
Tobacco settlement to the rebuilding of the Education Infrastructure of the District
our public schools, libraries, recreation centers and UDC. According to an analysis
done by Morgan Stanley the District's share of the Tobacco settlement is $39 million per
year until 2025, at which time it increases to $50 million per year. If the District
securitizes this revenue stream, the District will be able to raise approximately $450
million for capital projects.
This revenue stream, combined with: the District's current capital
commitment to schools; a state-type funding formula for funds from Congress; and revenue
from public/private partnerships and improved asset management can provide the stable and
sufficient funding the District needs to implement a ten year program to bring our public
schools up to a standard that will enable them to produce students prepared for the 21st
DC Pays $1.8 Million for Others' Phone Bills
David F. Power, firstname.lastname@example.org
This item displeases me: please visit the link at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/daily/feb99/district17.htm
. The DC government has been routinely picking up the bills for many, many PRIVATE
customers of Bell Atlantic. To the tune of at least one point eight million dollars every
year. Who do we see to get our phone bills paid by DC? Our bills aren't big. Certainly all
of us on DCWatch could hide our bills inside an annual overcharge of $1.7 million (not to
mention another 900 thousand dollars last year in unlawful taxes and fees paid by the city
to Bell Atlantic).
This sounds like some kind of unlegislated set aside for the
Bell Atlantic phone company. Along the lines of a preferred businesses free
phones set-aside, without city council even bothering to make it legal. I loved
Council Member Jim Graham's quotes in the Post article. Which council committee
had oversight of Bell Atlantic during the last four years? During the Barry terms? Who
else besides liquor stores & military bases have been sucking up DC taxes this way?
Thanks for the Memories, Mark
Jean Lawrence, JKelLaw@aol.com
Bittersweet memories flooded in as I read Mark Richards' tribute to his
neighborhood at 17th and Q. I lived at 17th and Corcoran for 13 years and was a member of
Foundry Church. That was a decade before I moved to Arizona, where I have lived for almost
three years. Angie's was also one of my favorite stores. And when I see Clinton exiting
church on the news (which has been a LOT lately), I get a pang. Despite the affordable
housing, big skies, and sense of safety in Arizona, I still carry a teeny pilot light of a
torch for ye old Safeway, Calvert Liquors, and the key lime pie at Boss Shepherd's.
Remember the bike store (long gone) that was actually a numbers drop? A friend went to buy
a bike there once and the corner crew looked at him like he was crazy.
Dig We Must
Ed T. Barron, email@example.com
Been wondering why all the excavation of the D.C. streets lately? Curious
about the stacks of stashed and staged plastic pipes in the AU neighborhood? It's all part
of the plan, the plan for a communications technology evolution. Fiber optic cables will
be laid in the plastic pipes by communications companies that will allow for fast Internet
hook-ups, interactive cable television, and all kinds of whiz bang things you could
probably not imagine with your telephones. And AU Park will be on the cutting edge of this
technology when they are finished with this installation.
Of course if you want to be able to use this technology, say by calling
out coffee when you wake up in the AM and having your coffee maker turn on automatically,
you'll have to get ready by rewiring your entire house. You'll have to replace all those
copper communications lines with fiber optic lines and a bunch of sensors. So, if you are
going to be one of the first folks on the block to be part of this new technology you'd
better get your house in order.
Does anyone have recommendations of a school that could use Giant receipts
besides the school Bob Levey is promoting? As an empty nester, my collection of receipts
is waiting to be turned over to a good home, otherwise known as a school in a low income
neighborhood where a few or several hundred dollars worth of receipts would help the
students get computer equipment.
Any news on cabinet appointments from our new mayor? It has been awfully
On the wild life front, a few weeks ago, we were sitting on our Cleveland
Park breakfast room, high above the hill, when we heard strange noises on the deck
we turned on lights and found a large raccoon staring back at us it nonchalantly
turned and walked down the flight of stairs off the deck, and other flight of stairs into
the back yard. Thought your search for wildlife sightings would find this slightly more
unusual than the deer we saw on Oregon Avenue Saturday nite
As a graduate of UDC, like almost any school, there will be the good and
the bad students. UDC may have more than its fair share. I personally know of one
millionaire from UDC ranks. How many of us, graduated college and earned a medical school
awards? I know of at least two women, both practicing doctors AND graduates of UDC! One
young lady, I dated, graduated UDC in three years, she practices in Richmond, Va. At what
price do we access greatness? UDC has its faults, adm and board, one tends to think one or
two bad choices for President, but three! Something's wrong with that picture!
Democracy and the Communities of Faith
Mark Schaefer, Mark_Schaefer@csgi.com
It has long been apparent to me that the problem of voting representation
for the District of Columbia was due to two main obstacles: lack of a universally
appealing political argument (simple politics would dictate that Republicans and suburban
politicians would be opposed to it); and, prior to the current litigation, lack of a
universally persuasive legal argument. But what occurred to me was that there was a
universally compelling moral argument in favor of full voting representation.
With that in mind, in the fall of 1997 I founded the Foundry Democracy Project, a mission
group of Foundry United Methodist Church. Our mission has been solely to advocate for
voting representation as a moral issue, not a political or Constitutional one. Therefore,
we do not advocate any particular solution to how voting representation should be obtained
(statehood, retrocession, legislation, amendment), but rather argue for the simple moral
proposition that the continuing deprivation of political rights to the citizens of the
District of Columbia is an egregious moral wrong which must be addressed by all the
communities of faith; that it is simply immoral to deny the franchise to citizens who give
to the federal government their taxes, their service, their loyalty, and in times of war,
So what have we done? Since our inception in October 1997 we have educated
the our local church community, our district, and our Conference. In June 1998, we were
successful in getting a very strongly worded resolution through the Baltimore-Washington
Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. That Conference is the governing body
for all the United Methodist Churches of the District, Maryland (save the eastern shore),
and the West Virginia panhandle. We also conducted a letter writing campaign to all the
United Methodist members of Congress (you can read the resolution and the letter online at
). In 2000, when the national General Conference meets, we expect to have a resolution
before that body. We have also joined with the Coalition for DC Representation with an eye
toward replicating our efforts in other communities of faith.
In response to Nancy Davidson's request for buyers of old phonograph
records, I checked the Net and found that Rick's Records of Providence, R.I., telephone
401-421-3437 buys and sells old 33s. E-mail information about your collection, including
your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org . Also
check the Alta Vista search engine, using the terms phonograph records and
you'll find dozens of other sources.
Rats in the District
Marguerite Arnold, email@example.com
Speaking of rats in the District we will be showing a documentary
of the same name about the rat population in the city at Studio 650 Washington's
only monthly screening series for regionally produced indie film. Studio 650 is an
initiative to provide focus to the regional independent film making community (both for
distribution and funding). We are very pleased to be the first screening venue of Rats,
which we believe is not only indicative of the talent of local filmmakers (and it is a
truly amazing film), but also takes a positive, results oriented approach to tackling this
Rats will be screening at Studio 650 on March 18. Doors open at 6:45 pm.
Screening starts at 7:30. The address is 650 Massachusetts Avenue NW. We are a
professional production forum, but, as part of our mission to increase access to
independent film to a broad audience, we welcome members of the general public. Admission
is free, however, given our track record so far (we have been around for only three months
and our last two events were SRO in a studio seating 350), I would encourage those
interested in attending to come early. For more information about the film (or Studio
650), please contact Marguerite Arnold at (202) 547-6951 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Our next screening is February 25.
Artists Reception, Georgetown, Friday
Michael K. Wilkinson, email@example.com
You are cordially invited to an artists' reception at Veerhoff Galleries
in Georgetown to celebrate the first time photographer Michael K. Wilkinson has
participated in a show in a well known, formal art gallery in Georgetown. The show is
entitled Life in the City and features the photography of Michael Wilkinson,
plus oil paintings by J.K. Hannula and Alan Cummings. Together, the three artists
represent a wide range of interpretation on the theme.
As the lone photographer, you would expect my work to be the most
representational of all three artists. In fact, the photographs I selected for this show
are actually mostly abstract. They feature, as always, bright and bold color statements,
with subject matter ranging from macro flower shots to a dramatic, large-format photograph
of the Manhattan Bridge taken from the Brooklyn side. Most or all of the photographs were
taken in the middle of cities with populations of a quarter million or more, yet you would
have NO IDEA just from looking at them. It's the way I see cities: through the tiny,
colorful, thoughtful, thought provoking details. Veerhoff is located in a small group of
galleries called Galleries 1054; 1054 31st Street, NW, Georgetown, between M Street and
the Canal. It's on the right side of the street as you're heading toward the River.
I am very proud of this show, and I will be grateful for all of the
support I get from my friends and themail colleagues. I would also gladly meet
anyone at the gallery at any time during the duration of the show, which will be hanging
until March 13. Otherwise, I can be reached at 202-483-2271.
Turning the Page Pool Tournament and Open Pool
Fundraiser Back by Popular Demand!
Jeff Gale, JGale@sysnet.net
Turning the Page will be hosting the Second Annual Pooling Community
Resources fundraiser at Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle on February 22, 1999,
from 7:30-10:30. Open pool, free food, shuffleboard, darts, and happy hour drink specials
in addition to a 16-team pool tournament. Prizes, too! Tickets are only $20 each. If
interested in the two-person team pool tournament, call ahead to sign up as it is first
come first serve. For more information contact Turning the Page via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org , by phone at (202)
343-9997 or via the Turning the Page web site at http://www.turningthepage.org
. For info on last year's event, go to: http://www.turningthepage.org/pr042498.htm
Turning the Page is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation dedicated to
enriching the educational development of District of Columbia public school students by
channeling business and community resources towards programs that improve educational
effectiveness. It is an organization working to help the District of Columbia community
understand, value, and support its public schools by encouraging volunteerism, donations
of money, goods, and services, as well as general community support. The primary goal of
Turning the Page is to provide resources to enhance and support the role of public schools
in improving the reading skills and general educational well-being of D.C. schoolchildren.
CLASSIFIEDS SERVICES WANTED
I am thinking of using a cleaning service for help in keeping up my
townhouse in Reed-Cooke/Adams Morgan. I would need a service that is bonded, insured and
would like references. Ideally it would be a service that would provide the same
personnel, to the extent possible, on every visit. I have finally managed to get this
place into a state where I am not embarrassed to let someone inside, and would like to
keep it that way. Does The Mail's readership have any recommendations, either positive or
CLASSIFIEDS CITY PAPER PREVIEW
Dave Nuttycombe, email@example.com
From washingtoncitypaper.com's LOOSE LIPS column, appearing this Friday:
No More Teachers' Dirty Looks: In December, D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Arlene
Ackerman assembled a 35-member committee to hammer out a new funding formula for the
system's 146 schools. The current approach, Ackerman had decided, stiffed schools with
special needs while it over funded others. The solution, she said, was a budgetary tool
used by the superintendent during her tenure with the Seattle public schools the
weighted student formula, which allots money to schools on the basis of their
enrollment tallies, with extra outlays for students with special needs, and higher funding
levels for the younger grades.
To get the plan through, Ackerman outfitted her committee with a strange mandate for a
public panel: Don't leak word of the funding proposals to anyone outside the committee.
The gag order, however, didn't stifle Bell Multicultural High School Principal Maria
Tukeva, who committed the shocking indiscretion of discussing Ackerman's proposal with
principals of other District high schools.
Read the entire Loose Lips column this Friday at: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/lips/lips.html
From washingtoncitypaper.com's CITY LIGHTS page, here are a few early
warnings for upcoming events:
Saturday & Thursday: Tellabration & Black Georgetown Remembered.
Tellebration takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at Howard
University's Fine Arts Building, 6th & Fairmont Sts. NW. Free; Black Georgetown
Remembered begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire
Ave. NW. $7.
January 20-28: Salute to Duke Ellington, at the National Gallery of Art East Building
auditorium, 4th & Constitution NW. Free.
Saturday, Feb. 20: Ruthie and the Wranglers, 9 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW.
More details and more critics' picks are available online at http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/pix/pix.html
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