It's a long issue, so I'll forego my usual rant and simply refer you
to a sterling bit of reporting by John DeVault in the current issue of The
Common Denominator: http://www.thecommondenominator.com/050602_news1.html
This article tells you everything you need to know about the
relationships among a small group of favored developers and this town's
political establishment, how deals get done, and why elected officials
refuse to help the residents they're supposed to represent.
A subscriber who is getting spam wrote to ask if themail's privacy
policy means what it says. It does. Your addresses will never be sold,
traded, shared, or used for anything other than themail and DCWatch.
They are on a Jaz disk that's inserted only when I mail an issue (and on
the back-up copy that I've learned from hard experience to keep), and
they're not even kept on my hard drive or in any hidden folders on the
DCWatch web site. As I've written before, spammers harvest E-mail
addresses whenever they're published on the web, and they sell and share
those addresses. If you hate spam, install and use filters. More
importantly, if you hate viruses, install and use an anti-virus program
— I've received at least four and up to ten copies of the W32.Klez
virus every day for the past week. It's rampant. Protect yourselves
Fenty’s Petition to Remove Few
Amy L. Bauer, Abauer4600@aol.com
If anyone has a few moments to pound out an E-mail similar to the
following, the firemen would much appreciate it. “Dear Councilmembers,
As a Ward 3 resident and the wife of a 23+ year active member of the DC
Fire Department, I am asking that you please sign Mr. Fenty's petition
to have Chief Few fired. (thank you to those that have already done so).
What you see in the media barely scratches the surface of exactly how
low morale has sunk and how badly managed the department has become.
Chief Few's incompetence extends far beyond his resume writing abilities
and something needs to be done before his lack of leadership allows or
causes tragedy to strike.
“Mayor William's refusal to be forthright and expeditious in this
matter is a disgrace and should not continue. As a governing body,
Council has the responsibility to express the wishes of the citizens and
'help' the Mayor when he becomes indecisive.”
How Williams Rolled the Council
Dorothy Brizill, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Wednesday, at the City Council's hearing on Mayor Williams's
illegal fundraising schemes, the Mayor gave a tour de force political
performance. He gave the passive voice admission that “mistakes were
made,” but evaded answering any hard questions and turned the hearing
into what he called “a constructive dialogue about public-private
partnerships.” Why did most Councilmembers seem so ill prepared,
uninformed, and compliant? First, and most visibly, Mayor Williams stole
a page from Marion Barry's play book, and packed the audience with his
most loyal high-level DC government employees — Eric Price, E.
Veronica Pace, Paul Savage, Jackie Randolph, Bill Rice, Gregory
McCarthy, Darryl Anderson, Bob King, Leslie Pinkston, Larry Hemphill, J.
Gregory Chen, and many other staffers from the Executive Office of the
But behind the scenes the Mayor's machine applied much more pressure,
especially to Vincent Orange, the Chair of the Government Relations
Committee. Linda Perkins, the Ward 5 coordinator in the Office of
Community Outreach, called community leaders and Williams supporters in
the Ward to get them to contact Ward 5 Councilmember Orange and tell him
to lay off. Williams met privately with Orange the weekend before the
committee hearing at the home of Norm Neverson, chair of the Democratic
State Committee. Previously, Williams had met with Harry Thomas, Jr.,
the son of the former Ward 5 Councilmember, to encourage him to run
against Orange in the Democratic primary. Williams staffers worked
feverishly to dig up dirt on Orange before the hearing, and they
circulated rumors that they had found irregularities in Orange's
fundraising for the Emancipation Day Parade that they would use against
him. As a result of all these pressures, prior to the hearing Orange
told his colleagues that he was backing away from his plan to question
the Mayor aggressively.
Similar threats and power plays were made against other
Councilmembers. On the Friday before the hearing, Eric Gaull, a senior
staffer to City Administrator John Koskinen, abruptly resigned his
position and announced his intention to challenge Kathy Patterson for
the Ward 3 Democratic nomination. Gaull attended the May 1 Council
hearing, and was prominently introduced to community and party leaders
by Norm Neverson. Phil Mendelson, perhaps the most vulnerable incumbent
in this fall's elections, is already being challenged Beverly Wilbourn
and may also have to confront Eugene Kinlow, Jr. Both Wilbourn and
Kinlow enjoy considerable support within the Williams administration,
and there is a movement afoot for the Democratic State Committee to
endorse a candidate in this race before the primary election. Williams
could throw his support to one of Mendelson's opponents, either publicly
or behind the scenes, and Mendelson has been sent the message to
remember that his core constituency lies in Wards 2 and 3, where
Williams retains many uncritical supporters.
Debbie Hanrahan and I decided that every public school in America has
a flag and flagpole, except for schools here in our Nation’s Capital.
So we bought and installed a flagpole and flag at our neighborhood
school, Ross Elementary at 1730 R Street, NW.
Weather permitting, Ross kids, teachers and many parents assemble
outside every morning. Recently the chief custodian and I installed the
flagpole. Later during the assembly, Chief Custodian Butler ran the
Stars and Stripes up the flagpole for the first time. Principal Gloria
Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance. Then the pre-K and kindergarten kids
spontaneously sang their flag song. And then, all the kids spontaneously
sang “Oh beautiful for….” What a touching and inspiring flag
Look Sharp, Feel Sharp
Ed T. Barron, email@example.com
Those granite curbs being installed all around the city look sharp.
That's because they are sharp. The exposed edges of these new curbs is
ground to a knife edge. For those little kids and older folks who take a
fall and hit one of these sharp edges it will open their skulls like a
surgeon with a Sawzall. The curbs that are being replaced have a nice
1-inch chamfered exposed surface that would cause a real bump and bruise
if struck by one's head, but are not likely to render it open like an
When we installed new 6 by 6 railroad ties in the refurbishment of
Turtle Park, I borrowed a commercial router and routed some 1800 linear
feet of exposed edges, putting on a nice one inch rounded edge. This
made the park much safer for the little gang that play there and
occasionally fall onto these edges. It is too bad that the procurement
folks in the DC Government doesn't think sideways to figure out just how
any new product or surface will affect those who will be exposed to that
product. The new minibuses are another good example. These buses, though
less than half the size of the big old buses, make twice the noise in
Retrocession Presentation: The County Comes
Back to Virginia
Mark David Richards, District of Columbia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow, on Thursday, May 9, at 7:45 p.m., I'll be giving a
presentation to the Arlington Historical Society, http://www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org/,
about events leading to the retrocession of Alexandria Town and County
back to Virginia in 1846. The presentation will be at Arlington Central
Library auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street. Parking is available in the
garage (enter from N. Quincy Street) or in the lot behind the building
(enter from 10th Street). The library is a few blocks west of the
Virginia Square Metro station. A written paper will also be available at
Residents of the District, former and current, share a unique
historic relationship that could be strengthened. Why not create a
“Historic District of Columbia (HDC),” formed of the whole area
General George Washington included in his original federal diamond?
Perhaps on some issues an HDC could make cooperative agreements that
transcend the Potomac — starting with sharing and learning about our
histories. Just a thought.
More on Nonpartisan Elections and Federal
Lars Hydle, Larshhydle@aol.com
After writing on this last week I looked at the web site of the
federal Office of the Special Counsel (http://www.osc.gov/hatch),
and learned that the limits imposed on DC government employees are the
same as on federal employees — that is, not the somewhat looser
constraints applied to state and local employees. Probably tens of
thousands of DC and federal government employees living here cannot seek
partisan offices, but can seek nonpartisan offices.
This could be changed by persuading the Congress to further amend the
Hatch Act to exclude DC government employees from its provisions, but
the easier course would be to amend the Home Rule Charter to make our
elections nonpartisan. The Council and Mayor, and the voters, would have
to approve, but then the legislation would undergo Congressional review
like all DC legislation, with the Congress having to pass a law to
prevent our Charter Amendment from becoming law. The Council would have
to take the first step. How do Councilmembers and candidates for Council
stand on this issue?
Ed Barron wrote: “. . . there are some big paying jobs in the DC
School System administrative offices. Superintendent Vance announced the
elimination of 126 jobs in the school administration offices, which will
save $16M on next year's payroll. Unless my calculator has blown a
circuit that amounts to an average salary of over $129K per job.”
You might indeed check your calculator. Mine divides 126 into
$16,000,000 and yields $126,984.12 as average salary. But that's a
quibble compared to your omitting the overhead, burden — whatever you
want to call it — that's applied to salary to calculate an employee's
true cost. It includes benefits and other direct/indirect costs such as
retirement plan contributions. It often reaches 100 percent or more of
base salary. So the average salary is closer to $64,000 than $129,000,
or even $126,000.
And calling the work “simple administrative work that could be done
by most high school graduates” without knowing anything about jobs
being eliminated and retained seems perhaps gratuitously churlish, not
to mention misguided, considering how much complaining there is on this
list about DC employees unable to do their jobs. Paying high school
grad-wages seems to assure minimal performance. Surely even in DC
there's some trace of the “you get what you pay for” rule and paying
professional wages provides leverage — whether used or not — to
demand professional performance. Do you really want to guarantee getting
minimal performance with the wage structure used?
No Mansion, But. . .
Ed T. Barron, email@example.com
There's no mansion for the Mayor yet on the property that lies along
Foxhall Road, but there is about a half mile of a very high and
foreboding wrought iron fence. That fence reminds me of the one I used
to climb over at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn in a quest to get the
valued chestnuts that dropped from the big trees there, as a misspent
youth. That fence surrounding the property designated for the new
Mayoral mansion is an expensive piece of work. My guess is that it cost
upwards of $200K and will surely protect whatever mayor should reside
It's hard to imagine one of the best local music stores lumped in
there with annoying claims of free Viagra, instant debt relief, weight
loss promises, and no interest credit cards. I would have welcomed an
announcement from the “Filthy Spammers” at Middle C Music Store
instead of the usual junk I receive. Most patrons of this gem of a store
are thrilled it was able to stay open under new owners.
He's a spammer plain and simple. He stole E-mail addresses and sent
spam. I have no patience for spammers and other low life creeps. His
store should go belly up and place him in debt. If he wanted to post an
announcement in themail and Gary agreed to publish it, that's one thing,
but he spammed themail and he's a low life creep. I hope there is
something else I can find to do to harass this store because I have no
patience for spammers.
This is in reply to Gary's question asking if District residents are
masochists. I don't think they are. They're simply cowardly. They live
in denial of how bad the city really is because if they admitted the
truth to themselves, they'd have to leave the city. So they live in a
Here is some kind of answer to masochism in DC. We are caught in a
historical loop that has lasted for two hundred years or so. When you
come from Elsewhere, you are shocked and appalled, and think that your
shock and appall is enough to change things. No. For reasons, deliberate
or not, DC, was left out of the formation of disparate entities into the
United States of America. All of out disabilities can be traced to this
initial, scarcely noticeable at the time, fault.
After a while, we scarcely understand the processes by which citizens
of states govern themselves, however crudely. We are living in a
perpetual state of amnesia.
Gary -- has the thought crossed your brain that some of us just
disagree with you? I'm not being a masochist to think that some things
might be going right in this city.
Traffic Tickets and the Law
Daniel Wedderburn, DanielWedderburn@cs.com
After just reading Gary's latest as well as the Post's big
feature article Sunday about parking, speeding and red light tickets,
here are some thoughts. Nobody likes to get these tickets — including
me. I swear like crazy whenever I get a parking ticket, but by the next
day I do realize it was me, after all, who broke the law. Fortunately, I
have no speeding or red light tickets since moving to DC in 1967.
I do get especially irked at those who complain when they get
speeding or red light tickets. These people are seriously endangering
other people as well as breaking the law. The Post shows major
reductions in deaths in the city since the electronic devices have been
installed! Also, I have noticed a definite slowdown in speeds and
running of red lights in the last eight or so months. This is a major
quality of life advance for our city. Finally, I hear all this bitching
directed only at the District despite the fact the 'burbs have their own
electronic detection devices and do the same thing. Recently, I was in a
Montgomery County residential area and noticed signs stating no parking
at ANY time during the workday, unlike here where you are allowed two
hours. Also, the Post last week compared DC's proposed increases
in parking and traffic fines to those that currently exist in the 'burbs.
Even with the lesser increases that Carol Schwartz's Committee has just
approved, our new fines will be similar to those the 'burbs have and in
some cases will still be lower.
Yet just wait to hear the outcry when commuters start having to pay
the increased fines. They'll start once more berating our city and
yelling like hell. Well, I say to hell with them.
Residential Parking Permits
Leslie Miles, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Whiteside is absolutely right about resident permit parking, and
the example from the north that we should follow. I too used to live in
Boston and now live in Logan Circle. I have been trying to get the folks
at Traffic and Parking to realize how useless it is to have a Zone Two
sticker, which people from upper Georgetown can use to park free on my
street all day and walk a block to work. I got tickets in Boston -- the
parking situation there makes ours look wonderful — but at least
commuters weren't making it worse for residents. This situation came to
a head when we were planning for the new Convention Center. Residents
overwhelmingly approved of a Boston-type system, at least around the
building, and the Convention Center Authority is required to have a
resident permit parking plan in place before construction begins
(whoops, guess they missed that deadline) but the Traffic and Parking
Division just can't get their arms around the idea. So we have nothing.
Maybe the dire situation that will cause in this neighborhood will
finally push the District to look at this problem citywide and issue
meaningful resident stickers.
John Whiteside, john at logancircle dot net
Our biggest transportation problem in DC is the sheer number of cars
and people moving through our city each day, and I appreciate the
challenges the city's transportation department faces. That said, the
number of traffic problems around the city caused by sheer incompetence
is frustrating. There's Logan Circle, designed so that if more that two
cars enter it at once, lanes get blocked and traffic backs up. There's
Dupont Circle, where traffic entered the circle from Connecticut Avenue
southbound never actually has the right of way (there's either a red
light with a “no turn on red sign” — and no traffic approaching in
the circle — or a blinking yellow, while traffic in the circle
prevents you from entering). There's 34th and M NW in Georgetown, where
westbound traffic on M Street only has a green light when the light at
the Key Bridge is red — so the intersection immediately backs up, and
one or two cars can get through during each very long light cycle.
These things could be fixed easily. It's impossible to know why they
aren't, since Dan Taghlerini, the city's head of transportation, has
carried on a proud DC tradition by creating a department completely
impervious to citizens. Just TRY to get Mr. Taghlerini to respond to any
question or complaint. I am convinced that he doesn't really exist, but
was simply created to put a name on the department.
Parking, parking, parking, parking. This issue has been bantered
about sooooo much in the three years I’ve been reading themail. Yowsa.
Residents can’t find spaces, get ticketed, get towed, get peeved with
commuters that park on their streets — on and on. Of course the most
complaints come from within the District, where parking is at a premium.
What I don’t understand is this: within the District is also where
access to public transportation is the best. Please don’t think I’m
being snotty or facetious here, but can someone explain why a resident
of the District would need a car? With the Metro “Ride Guide” at http://www.wmata.com,
you can go from point A to point B anywhere in a huge area quite easily.
Stuff to carry? Get a city cart. Over the weekend I walked with mine to
the Metro, rode from Dupont to Tenleytown, walked four blocks, picked up
a big bag of potting soil and numerous plants, Metroed back to Dupont,
walked down 17th, picked up dry cleaning, went to the hardware store and
walked home. Sure, your destination may involve going from the subway to
a bus or vice versa, but so what? I’m convinced you’ll still save
time considering what a hassle it is to park. I realize that giving up a
car is a scary step psychologically; as a Midwesterner I’ve had a car
since I was old enough to drive. But that’s the Midwest, where there
are as many open parking spaces as ears of corn! Not here! On Sunday the
National Symphony concert at the Dupont fountain started twenty minutes
late because the trombone player “was looking for a place to park.”
Sigh. The answer to parking problems is, fewer cars. Period. Give it a
try without a car, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I read with interest the Washington Post article concerning
fines for red light violators and speed radar violators. What was
sticking was the number of unpaid tickets. What was left out of the
article is the fact that unpaid parking and moving violations issued by
MPD end up on one's credit record. As a banker, I have seen several
customers with otherwise perfect credit, with unpaid items related to
unpaid tickets in DC. Our friends from Maryland and Virginia should
think twice next time they ignore their tickets.
Here's one to add to the Funny Coincidence Department: my trusty
mailperson appeared on the scene last week with three packages from
widely-separated shippers, each mailed independently and as much as a
week apart, one (arriving late) sent as “priority mail.” Is our Post
Office now delivering parcels only on certain days? Are packages
destined for a given delivery area stacked in a corner until they add up
to some predetermined cubic dimension?
And where's package number four, mailed within the same time frame?
CLASSIFIEDS — EVENTS
Columbia Heights Community Marketplace
Elizabeth McIntire, email@example.com
Get your greens on the green line. This is to invite our neighbors to
come out to 14th and Irving Streets, NW, Saturday mornings for the
Columbia Heights Community Marketplace. The grand opening for the second
season is May 18. The marketplace will operate rain or shine, every
Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., until October 26. Located on the
lot on the SW corner next to the Columbia Heights Metro Station, beside
the wonderful mural designed and painted by the Latin American Youth
Center, youth, and residents last summer on the wall of La Casa shelter.
There is a farmers market, with produce, plants, and flowers direct from
VA and MD farmers, a flea market, crafts tables, and space for community
This is an all-volunteer initiative of Columbia Heights residents,
and a collaborative effort with the support of city agencies, the NCRC,
Councilmember Graham, Community Harvest, Multicultural Community
Service, CHANGE Inc., LAYC, Coalition for the Homeless/La Casa Shelter,
Unity Health Care/Upper Cardozo Clinic, the Salvadorean Emergency
Committee, and Washington Parks and People. It is supported by grants
from CHAMPS, Columbia Heights Weed and Seed, ANC's 1A and 1B, Beckner-All
Souls Fund, WIC State Agency, LISC, Johnson's. Volunteers, local vendors
and entrepreneurs, and entertainers welcome. See the web site at http://www.innercity.org/chcm/.
Contact us by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by phone or fax at 1-866-307-4534 (toll-free).
Mendelson for Council 2002 BBQ and Petition
Phil Mendelson, email@example.com
Campaign season is upon us! Please join Phil and his supporters as
the 2002 Campaign for Reelection takes its first step toward victory. If
you are interested in gathering signatures to place Phil on the
Democratic ballot or if you just want to drop in and mingle, please
accept this invitation to the BBQ and Petition Kick-Off Celebration this
Sunday, May 12th from 2:00-5:00 p.m., at the home of Bill Lightfoot, our
Campaign Chairman: 1609 Kalmia Road, NW. For more details, call 966-1485
or E-mail ReElectPhil@aol.com.
A sensual collage of experimental and experiential dance and music
presented by Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group; All Souls Choir,
John Strang Music Director; Jubilee Singers, Lenard Starks, Director;
The Drummers of All Souls; DC Children's Choir, Angela Powell Walker,
Director. At All Souls Unitarian Church, 1500 Harvard Street, NW.
Performances Friday, May 10, 8:15 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Pre-performance workshops listed at http://all-souls.org/sacredspaceart.html.
$10 suggested donation.
I encourage you all to visit the web site and attend this event. In
addition to all that is offered in terms of music and dance and
workshop; I am installing works from David Bethuel Jamieson's last
completed series, The Chalk Drawings. A series of more than 40 Derwent
watercolor pencil drawings on Canson Mi-Teintes, this showings marks the
beginning of a memorial tour celebrating the life of Dave and his
contributions in this tenth year since his death from AIDS related
complications on July 30, 1992. The Chalk Drawings will travel to
Provincetown's Unitarian Church this summer, and in the fall will be in
Burlington, Vermont. The works come home to Walbridge for a complete
installation in the winter of 2002/2003. I have digital pics of selected
works available by request, and am always happy to show selected works
Seattle did it. Chicago did it. And now it is Washington, DC's, turn
to have a citywide book club, DC WE READ! Join your neighbors and
friends at a book discussion or film screening of Having Our Say: The
Delany Sister's First Hundred Years. This program which was organized by
the DC Public Library aims to promote reading and community dialogue.
for up-to-date schedule of event changes and additions.
May 11, 2:00 p.m., Read and Lead: A How-to Workshop for Book
Discussion Groups, sponsored by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC
(a Branches Program). Refreshments provided by Starbucks Coffee and
Walkers Shortbread. Library locations: Woodridge and Washington
May 23, 6:30 p.m., It’s Your Job to Help Somebody! The Delany
Family Motto. The Delany family was committed to giving back to the
community. Join us for a discussion about volunteering and philanthropy
in the African-American community and other communities. Sponsored by
the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. Library location: Martin
Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, Room A5
May 29, 6:30 p.m., From the Beginning: An Introduction to Having Our
Say. An introduction to the book led by Dr. Janette Dates, Dean of
Communications, Howard University. Footage of the Delany sisters will be
shown during the program. Library location: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial Library, Room A5. [Listings of June events in this series will
be published in Sunday's issue of themail.]
CHIME Presents Middle Eastern Music
Dorothy Marschak, firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, the 17th in CHIME’s "Music Around the World"
series this year journeys again to the Middle East, via Petworth
Library. On Saturday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m., Leo Sarkisian will give a
free performance-demonstration of Middle Eastern music. He will play
examples of Arabic, Turkish and Armenian music on the Kanoon, a
74-string zither harp that is one of the oldest musical instruments,
still played in the Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa.
Ethnomusicologist Sarkisian is an expert on African, Middle Eastern,
and South Asian Music. He is the host of “Music Time in Africa,” the
longest-running Voice of America program, based on his travels
throughout Africa recording and broadcasting its many kinds of music.
Formerly he was Music Director for Tempo International in Hollywood,
preparing background music for movies and television. His work there
included recording expeditions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India,
Bangladesh, and other South Asian countries. He has given local
performance-demonstrations at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian,
the University of Maryland, and the State Department. Petworth library
is at Georgia Avenue and Kansas Avenue, NW. For directions, call the
library at 541-6300. For information about the program or CHIME
(Community Help In Music Education) visit our web site at http://www.chime-dc.org
or E-mail us at email@example.com.
Do you want to learn how to deal with power struggles in the
workplace? Open Space Forum No. 10: "When Persuasion Fails --
Dealing with Power Struggles in the Workplace," will be held
Saturday, May 18, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m., at DCJCC, 1529 16th Street, NW
(enter through Q Street entrance). Fee: $5. Bring a snack for the group
and peanut butter and jelly for the Morris Cafritz Center Hunger Action
Program. Hosted by: Ivor Heyman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the
Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service.
Power imbalances are inherent in all hierarchical organizations. This
month's Open Space Forum will discuss how you can deal with the power
imbalances and resulting power struggles that exist in your
organization. The Open Space Forum meets on a monthly basis, bringing
together a group of people from diverse backgrounds to discuss issues in
an open and inclusive way. Please visit http://www.mediate-facilitate.com
for more information on the Open Space Forum.
16-18-Year DC Babe Ruth Baseball Tryouts
John Vocino, email@example.com
Here's the latest on the Capitol Hill Dawgs, the DC Babe Ruth entrant
to the PGBR's 16-18-year-old baseball summer league. Tryouts/workouts
are the next two Sunday evenings, 5/19 and 5/26, at Taft JHS/Dwight
Mosley Recreation Center in NE (on S Dakota Avenue, north of Rhode
Island Avenue -- http://mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&address=18th+%26+Perry+Sts.%C+NE&city=
Tryouts/practice start at 6 p.m.
Games are on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays and Saturdays, starting at
5/29 through 7/7. Taft/Dwight Mosley will be our home field for two
games per week. (Note: those players who are unable to play this
schedule are invited to play with dcbaseball.org's Anacostia Mariners
and DC Dukes; all players invited to play on with the Dukes and Mariners
after the end of the PGBR season). Pass the word to players and
interested volunteers/assistant coaches.
For more info, please contact Jack Polidori (320-2918 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org);
Al Scott (313-2748 cell, email@example.com);
John Vocino (997-0554 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org);
or Luis Cardona (487-0159 cell, email@example.com).
CLASSIFIEDS — WANTED TO BUY
Searching for a bike to buy. Price range up to $70. Please call Simin
CLASSIFIEDS — HOUSING
Nonsmokers looking for responsible house mate to share home,
groceries, meals, cleaning, etc., at $800 per month. This largest room
in house is beautifully furnished with Asian antiques; the hall bathroom
is only shared with guests. Five blocks to Tenley Metro on Red Line or
easy car parking; cooking skills, neat/cleanly and cat lover a plus;
part-time renter ideal, short-term renters welcome. Available May 27 for
summer or longer; E-mail or phone Don or Lynne at home, 362-9494 before
Vegetarian Environmental Household
Mary Vogel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Living lightly lifestyle. Ten minutes to Capitol Hill; pleasant .8
mile to Cheverly Metro. Spacious bedroom with balcony looks out on
forested backyard, large screened porch. Energy-saving amenities, native
plants, garden space as well as 2.5 BA, CAC, W/D, FP, etc. $475/mo. +
1/3 utils. 301-883-5983 (w), 301-772-9276 (h).
CLASSIFIEDS — RECOMMENDATIONS
Videographer Needed Inexpensively!
Joan Eisenstodt, email@example.com
I need to find someone to do a two-minute video of me accepting an
award. You know, like the Oscars when the winner can't be there. Time is
of the essence. Please E-mail me if you do this, or know someone who
does, in DC (not the 'burbs.)
My husband and I have lived in DC since 1959. Altogether, we have
purchased six houses and sold one or two. We used a Realtor only in the
first instance and purchased and sold independently after that. I
personally feel that you do not need a buyer's agent. You probably don't
need a real estate agent either, but since you would be new to the
District, I would advise it. A good, honest real estate agent will do
the job. I repeat, don't get mixed up with a buyer's agent. I am not in
real estate, by the way.
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All postings should also be submitted to email@example.com,
and should be about life, government, or politics in the District of
Columbia in one way or another. All postings must be signed in order to
be printed, and messages should be reasonably short — one or two brief
paragraphs would be ideal — so that as many messages as possible can
be put into each mailing.