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May 22, 2002

Building a Great City

Dear Builders:

There are many things to write about in this issue, but I'll skip all of them in deference to waiting for your responses. Instead, I'll write about a subject that was touched on in the last issue of themail, the perennial topic of whether we complain too much about good old DC.

Here's my rule: boosters never built a great city; great cities are built by their critics. Boosters have energy, enthusiasm, and the desire to promote, but they are too limited in imagination and vision to make their cities great. Boosters build mediocre cities; they are satisfied with them and take pride in them. They see nothing that needs improvement in Dallas, or Cleveland, or Indianapolis. I am reminded of the attitude that I saw typified in a television news report in Seattle. A Hollywood celebrity came to town and had taken a few steps off the plane into the airport, when he was met by a reporter whose first question was, “Tell me, what do you love most about Seattle?” That attitude is why, as an acquaintance of mine once said about Seattle, "They found one of the most beautiful locations in the world, and made it into another Kansas City."

Great cities, the world around, abound with critics, not boosters. New York and San Francisco, Paris and London, Rome and Hong Kong — and, yes, Washington — have multitudes of faultfinders. It is these critics, these perennially dissatisfied critics for whom good enough is just not good enough, who impel a city to greatness, who force it to face its faults and aspire to be better.

Gary Imhoff 


Parking Tickets
Robert Donahue, Robert.Donahue@FMR.COM 

I haven't seen any postings on the District's efforts to collect unpaid parking tickets. I recently received several letters from a collection agency, one for a FedEx truck (I was definitely not at the wheel), stating I owe hundreds of dollars in penalties. I have lived out of the District for years; they must have spent a lot of time tracking me down. Have others had experiences with this collection agency? Any advice on how to deal with this would be appreciated.


The DMV and Anthony Williams
Alverda Muhammad, 

I read Scott Vicary's story in themail, 5/19, about the difficulty she had obtaining current registration for her car, her subsequent $100 ticket and the lack of reasoning that would have automatically canceled the ticket because of the circumstances. His story made me consider how lucky I was regarding current tags for my car because the notice did not arrive in the mail until two weeks after my tags had expired. It just so happened that I had gone to Jiffy Lube for an oil change and was not in their computer. I gave my registration to the gentleman who was helping me and he made the notation, “Miss, do you know your registration is about to expire!” I had about one week to rush out and purchase tags. I went to the Northeast H Street office a day before they were to close — and saw no notice that they were going to close — but I was lucky.

Mr. Vicary also questions a conspiracy. One certainly wonders because his question is causing me to relate another story with the DMV. I received a $100 photocop ticket for traveling 44 in a 25 mph zone. I marked the back and requested a hearing, photocopied the form, and mailed it back Certified Mail: Return Receipt Requested. My neighbor, who went to the post office with me, said, “Oh, there is no need to send it certified. You can just drop it in the mail.” Well, I was lucky again! I received a series of notices of failure to respond which had doubled my fine to $200, but no notice of a hearing. When I telephoned to inquire, it was only after I told them that I had proof that I had mailed in the form requesting a hearing that they admitted, “Oh, oh, it was a mistake. We will send you a hearing notice, and remove the penalty and the hold we have placed on your registration.”

I don't want to take up so much space, but I just wanted to ask Dorothy Brizill, who reported on Mayor Williams' travels to Las Vegas and Rome if I am misinformed in the notion that Mayor Williams is not a property owner in the District of Columbia, has no children attending public schools here, etc., and therefore, has no real ties to this city? Is this his HOME?

[The City Council's Committee on Public Works and the Environment has scheduled a public roundtable on the DMV's Destiny Computer System on Tuesday, June 11, at 3:00 p.m., in room 412 of the John Wilson Building. If you want to register to testify, or want to send your experience with DMV to Carol Schwartz, the Committee's Chair, E-mail it to Adrienne Carter, the committee's clerk, at — Gary Imhoff]


Parking Enforcement
Clyde E. Howard, Jr., 

I am still raising the devil with parking enforcement. It is pure hell in the area with all the illegal parking that is going on because of the subway and the charter schools. What I don't understand is that why hasn't an energetic attorney filed a class action suit against DPW for not enforcing the parking restrictions on a daily basis and still taking money from the residents for zone parking stickers. The parkers park even through the days designated for street sweeping without getting a ticket. Gwen Mitchell should be fired because she cannot manage the resources of the parking aids that are on the rolls, including the ones that are coming onboard with the new budget allocation. On U Street cars are parked all day without a ticket, and they are on the meter. Even with the Republic Gardens shut down, there are times that it is very difficult to get a parking space, especially when there is a show at the Lincoln Theater. The agency is nothing more then an inadequate tool of the government because of the myopic concentration on the downtown core and Georgetown in lieu of spreading out over the city to provide comprehensive enforcement. So as long as they can continue to milk the residents for the $10 for zone stickers the government is happy that they do not have to enforce the parking regulations in other parts of the city.


LaTanya Wright, 

The real estate agent who replied about buyer brokers prompted me to ask: what is going on in Anacostia that houses are now selling for 100,000?


A History of the Retrocession of the Southwest Portion of DC to Virginia in 1846
Mark David Richards, Dupont East, 

You can find a history of the retrocession of the southwest portion of DC to Virginia in 1846 at I presented it to the Alexandria Historical Society on May 9, 2002. As you will see, the effort involved the following: a referendum of the citizens of Alexandria City initiated by the Council and not including the County, appeals by Alexandria City to Congress, Governors, and state legislatures, approval of the Virginia legislature, approval of Congress and the President, contingent on another referendum of the citizens of both Alexandria City and County. Citizens of Alexandria County (now called Arlington County) opposed retrocession, but their population was low and they were outvoted by Alexandria City. Free blacks were not included in the vote. The story is rather interesting.


Finding Your PSA
Randy Wells, Shaw, 

When I used, the PSA for my address appeared in the address or location line. For example, “1628 5th Street NW” returns the following: " The address, <b>1628 5th Street NW</b>, is in <a href= class=red>Police Service Area (PSA) 312</a> which is located in the Third District.” Which is actually correct, but many users would never know to look there. How many others have used this to no avail? I today sent an E-mail explaining the problem to the webmaster and will report on any reply. It should be a rather simple programming fix.


Naomi Monk, 

The following is an easy way to find out PSA's, current crime statistics and other pertinent data about your PSA. Go to the web site Look at the index at the left had side of the first page. Under MPDC, Information, click your mouse on Police Districts & Service Areas. All seven police districts are shown. Click on your district. All PSA's in your district are shown on a map. In addition to this, a list of other pertinent data about your PSA is shown which you can click on. Click on: The Community, PSAs, Commander's Letter, District Calendar, District Commander, District Roster, Success Stories, Crime Statistics, and Direction. You might want to add a church under Community or change a point of contact under your civic association or the like. If you find that you have difficulty in finding your PSA, etc., please E-mail me at

If the PSA does not have a web site for a specific PSA crime statistics, call the specific District Commander's office and ask for the monthly Crime Statistics. These statistics show the types of and locations of the crimes for each month. It includes the time of day of arrests, burglaries, assaults, burglaries and car thefts, etc. District 1 has this report available for pickup at their Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) meeting monthly. Please note that the US Attorney's office at each District has a separate monthly crime report on drug arrests. This report can also be easily obtained by calling the District Commander's office for the specific telephone contact. I for one compliment our Mayor Anthony Williams and Chief Charles Ramsey and other officials for this easy to find and comprehensive data on PSA's, current crime statistics, and other pertinent data.


I Have No Problems Eating My Own Words Either
Harold Foster, 

Mr. Padro's response to my post about development around the new Convention Center is correct in some respects, intentionally misleading in one, and either irrelevant or insulting in yet another. First, I am happy to stand corrected about the fate of the tenants in the apartment buildings immediately adjoining the new Convention Center. My own post was erroneous on this point. Second, several investor (and two business news) web sites cited "their successful bid on the new hotel adjoining Washington DC's new convention center" as grounds for upgrading Marriott stock. As of this reply to Mr. Padro, three of those sites still post this reference. So, while I may have “mis-posted” by stating or implying that Marriott had actually bought property near the new CC, Marriott clearly has a significant presence at the new CC, as Mr. Padro's own reply, which intentionally misunderstood my principal point, states.

Third, as to what I “know” that others don't: the are very few “others” in this town — African-American or anything else — who don't know what I know. The demographic trends that I, and just about everyone else who has lived in this City more than ten New York minutes, know, represent the so-called Plan, not some X-Files-class cabal being hatched in the basement of the EOB, the Washington Post building or the DC Chamber of Commerce. As for how I know it, if Mr. Padro can't or won't read the latest Census figures or Brookings Institution demographic reports for the District — never mind the market analyses being done for this City by something like one-third of the Fortune 500 service and retail industry — then my arguing with him about it here, or anywhere, else wouldn't change his mind. However, neither would it alter the essence of the point I was trying to make.

The issue whenever this comes up has to do with power, more specifically, with empowerment, not numbers. And Mr. Padro had to know that, to be able to misstate the so-called Plan the way he did. No one I know attributes wiping out the African-American population of the City to the so-called Plan, any more than apartheid in South Africa, or Jim Crow in the US south, for that matter, was about wiping out (as opposed to controlling) the majority African population there. Besides, as with the matter of just what Marriott now owns and is doing at the new CC, we also can both afford and are happy to be proven wrong about where those sloping demographic trend lines leave us in this City. I doubt that the same is true of Mr. Padro. In any case, as Malcolm X always said: “Time will tell.” I plan on still being here to eat these words as well, if it comes to that.


Not for Our Own Good
Dennis Jaffe, 

Len Sullivan lampooned Gary Imhoff in themail's May 19 edition: “Gary's assertion that his Hated DC Government cares more about sports promoters than the citizens of River Terrace, Kingman Park, and Capitol East makes about as much sense to me as claiming that DC cares more about hiring good doctors than curing the ill.” In contrast with Mr. Sullivan, I believe Gary Imhoff's assertion is beyond question. The DC government does not genuinely seek meaningful input from citizen in advance of decisions on such matters as a baseball stadium, the Olympics, or the recently-reported, heinous race car event. Instead, commissioners sit at meetings which are not announced to the pubic with an open invitation, and they award mega contracts to lawyers and architects and public relations firms for these big projects, and wouldn't you know it, often these firms have contributed to incumbent officeholders! No, I don't agree with Mr. Sullivan at all. The DC government's priorities too often are meshed with the interests of those who fill up the campaign treasure chests of incumbent elected officials — or formidable candidates running for seats.

Gary Imhoff has written many a provocative comment (thank God!). His assertion that the DC government “cares more about sports promoters than the citizens,” however, isn't one of them! Frankly, his comment was a no-brainer. I don't mean that in a pejorative way, which I realize it might sound like that. I just mean that to not see the truth inherent in Mr. Imhoff's comment is to deny the reality around us! Further, I am taken aback by Mr. Sullivan's seeing a parallel between the “sports promoters — citizens” relationship and the “good doctors — ill” relationship. People who are ill go to a doctor to improve their health. The citizens did NOT go to the sports promoters and ask for something that would increase noise in their backyards.

If the comparison he was making was intended to suggest that those who are poor are asking for economic relief, then it would behoove the care-providing agencies bringing us these events to uh, you know, really consult with those for whom they're providing the care. My understanding of taking care of the “ill” is that the doctor is supposed to consult with the patient. Indeed, by Mr. Sullivan's analogy, those of us who feel that mega sports events are not in this city's best interests, should sue the DC government for malpractice. “We're doing this for your own good” just doesn't cut it for me.


Agreement in themail
Timothy Cooper, 

With regard to Gary Imhoff's question: “But wouldn't the case for self-government and voting rights be strengthened if its advocates also led the fight for good government?” I couldn't agree more.

My question is: does the DC Council, as it is currently structured, constitute a legislative body that is both representative of the people and capable of effectively and efficiently governing the affairs of a quasi-state?


The Disjunction
Anne Anderson, 

Thanks for bringing up the disjunction of working for good government and self-government. I am for both. I am very frustrated by the ongoing cronyism, lack of oversight, waste, fraud, impunity, etc., of our government, including the bad judgment and poor management being practiced by our current mayor. I am, however, putting my limited time and energy towards the issue of gaining full and equal citizenship status in both theory and practice because my analysis of the situation is that our elected officials are placed in impossible positions by our current system. In Washington, DC, under this current home rule system, elected officials are handed all sorts of responsibility for fixing problems, but not provided with the appropriate authority to carry out the responsibility. Please note that I am not talking about the kind of autocratic farce like control boards — this is not appropriate authority if you want to motivate people to cooperatively come together to solve problems.

Our elected officials are also hampered by having to respond to constituencies that are often systemically in conflict — they have to try to get reelected, which means that they have to respond to their voters, but in order to be effective in their jobs, they have to pay attention to the Congress, which does not have the same agenda, and has no stake in working with our officials since they can overrule at any time. So I will continue to work for Statehood in order to resolve this systemic problem. In the meantime, I would hope that our elected officials will have the moral gumption to maintain high standards for their own behavior, and that we as voters, will help them do that by demanding high-quality management, transparency, and responsiveness to our needs, or vote them out of office.


Two Tracks for the DC Train — Self-government and Good Government
Mark David Richards, Dupont East, 

Rude drivers. Miami TV reports that a national survey found DC scores third nationally for the rudest drivers. Boston scored second and Miami first. Schools. Jeb Bush is running TV ads touting his record on public schools. The Miami news is now reporting that a popular Coconut Creek Elementary School physical ed teacher in Broward County, who had been on the TV show Temptation Island II, was moved from his job to another one earlier this year when it was discovered he was also a gay Internet porn star. He will probably lose his job, but his attorney argues that he violated no laws. Compare that to DC, where high school teacher Tom Briggs lost his job because he ran for public office and violated the Hatch Act; now he is an unpaid volunteer at his school. DC and Miami, two very different places. Self-government is no guarantee for good government. Self-government is a birthright for most Americans, but not for DC residents. Good government is up to DC citizens, and we all need to be involved to make it happen.

Too bad DC has to spend so much energy fighting for the same rights other people take for granted. Gary Imhoff expressed concern that two main threads in themail — self-government and good government — do not seem to overlap. He asked if the argument for self-government wouldn't be strengthened if its advocates also led the fight for good government. The case for DC self-government would likely be strengthened if DC had an excellent record of honest, efficient, and effective government. Bad performance (and even the perception of bad performance) hurts DC's efforts to secure self-government. I don't think perfection is possible — everywhere I go, there are problems. But DC residents would no doubt be happier if our government functioned properly and if we could feel safer on our streets. The few people who are civically involved focus on a few issues they care about; most have to work to pay our way and have limited time. Most single-issue organizations advocating on behalf of self-government and equal rights don't (often) publicly enter the local debates about good government because they have limited human and economic resources and must stay focused on their missions. However, many of the organizations members participate with good government groups on their own (and share information in meetings). I believe the Statehood Party advocates for both. DCWatch/themail plays an important role in spotlighting poor performance in government and is a forum that unites both self-government and good government groups. I am not concerned that different people highlight different issues. We all play different roles and can support one another. But, for every complaint about DC's government, I expect there is an example of how it, or individuals working within it, perform well. Good performance is rarely “news,” and that’s a shame. In the end our “DC train” needs both tracks.


Good Government in themail
Michael Bindner, mbindner at aol dot com

Our esteemed moderator calls voting rights advocates to task for not insisting that good government is necessary for statehood and full-self determination. I cannot help but agree. As a democracy advocate, I have also consistently called for changes in the structure of DC government, as have every member of the DC Statehood Green Party who posts on this list, as well as several of its associates in the StandUp! for Democracy in DC coalition. Most of us also believe that the best way to achieve good government is statehood. Under the 1982 Constitution for New Columbia, government will be improved. There will be a 40-member legislature (which is harder to buy with campaign contributions because smaller districts are cheaper to run in). The District budget will be better managed because it can be enacted way in advance of the fiscal year. A nonresident income tax will improve the financial stability of the District Government, as the Virginia and Maryland governments will no longer be able to ride free on funds that in any other jurisdiction would already be in the District's coffers. The legislature will no longer have to waste time passing the same bill three times to deal with the congressional approval process. Finally, all constitutional changes would be presented to the voters rather than Congress, which will lead to a much more responsive state government (currently the Council passes resolutions which a friendly congressman uses to draft an amendment to the Home Fool Act, bypassing a vote by District residents).


Self Government and Good Government
Lyla Winer, 

Answer to your “duh” question — it's yes!


Prisoner’s Legal Services Responds
Marie Sennett, 

I wanted to provide the background needed on DC Prisoners' Legal Services Project (the Project). I also wanted to inform you as to why we contracted with the Justice Policy Institute to conduct research on what happens to crime rates and property values when a community based program that works with ex-offenders operates in a neighborhood. The Project, a private nonprofit organization, also found that the city government and these programs often are non-responsive to the questions and concerns of the community. Programs and government staff also failed to educate the community on the operations of the programs. Nor do they teach the community why our returning men and women need these programs to become productive members of society. One of the questions that continued to be raised is whether or not these programs affect the quality of life in the community. Anecdotes had been relied upon to claim crime goes up and property values go down. This research proved what we suspected was true. Neighbors can expect that their property values will continue to rise and that more crime will not be foisted upon them because a community based program for ex-offenders has moved into the neighborhood.

The Project does not seek to promote halfway houses in residential neighborhoods. In fact, as a legal services organization, we would sue halfway houses when they violate the rights of the men and women in the program. We do know that there is a shortage of halfway house space to help our men and women have the support they need to relearn how to live in the community and to become productive members of the community. There is also a shortage of drug treatment and mental health slots. The Project received a grant from the Open Society Institute's After Prison Initiative and the Meyer Foundation to work educate the community and to provide a voice to the neighborhood where new community based reentry programs are opening. The community is provided a voice by developing a partnership between the community and the new program. The goal of these partnerships is to benefit the community and the participants of these programs. In Ward 5, where a new halfway house is sited, we facilitated an agreement between the halfway house company and the ANC chairs to develop a Memorandum of Understanding. This memorandum will give preferences in hiring and business contracts for the neighborhood and Ward, as well as look at volunteers from the community coming into the facility and residents of the facility participating in community functions. We will also be conducting study circles with the community members to provide them a larger voice. Anyone wishing to become involved, contact our Community Organizer, James Crawford, at 775-0323. James is also available to discuss this and other reentry issues at community and other public meetings. The reports will be online soon. Anyone wishing a copy please E-mail The Project's web site is


Prisoner’s Legal Services Responds II
Jason Ziedenberg, Justice Policy Institute, 

I appreciate where Gary Imhoff was coming from in his introductory comments to the last issue of themail, when he addressed the research we did on crime rates and property values around the city's halfway houses and community based treatment facilities. There are many real problems with Washington, DC's, criminal justice system, and some government agencies, and I'll be the first to admit that some service providers do not address these problems, even when community leaders clearly articulate these problems. There are a lot of reasons why that is, and it is a real problem.

However, I don't believe there is anything in our research briefs “that denies that these facilities cause any problems.” The research we did was geared to help to flesh out what the real problems are. With respect to the research brief that we put together that Gary Imhoff refers to, it only addresses two problems: that people think that halfway houses and treatment facilities incubate crime, when they don't, and that property values are depressed solely because of their proximity to a facility, when that isn't the case. Our research does not address many of the other issues any of us could identify with these places, the philosophy behind them, and the way they are run. I think the biggest problem with the way the city manages its community corrections facilities is that we are too stuck on the “halfway house” model. Why put 150 people in a halfway house at all, when you could spread returning ex-offenders throughout the city, in smaller apartments and houses, close to jobs and treatment options? That, in my mind, is the big halfway house problem — and it is one we will never get to address because we keep focusing on only on halfway house escapes, the perceived threat of crime, and other problems that are more rooted in fear, than truth.

There are other problems, too, and we never get to talk about them. How about the problem that the city is short 300 spaces for returning ex-offenders, who have completed their prison sentences, and in need of treatment? How about the problem that, without more treatment and halfway house beds, it is more likely that returning ex-offenders will re-offend? How about the problem that DC has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, but community opposition does not allow us to build the kind of treatment centers that could successful rehabilitate people? How about the problem that these centers are only depicted as bad thing in a community, when they have real economic, social and community value? Let's not deny anything: let's focus on addressing all the communities concerns, and all the problems, including the massive problem of how to end the District's sad reputation of being the nation incarceration capital. Please E-mail me if you have questions about this, or the research briefs published by DC Prisoner's Legal Service Project.



Celebrate The Common Denominator’s Fifth Year
Kathy Sinzinger, 

Join us this Friday evening as The Common Denominator celebrates the beginning of its fifth year of publication as Washington's independent hometown newspaper. This month's “Conversations With Newsmakers,” our free monthly after-work networking opportunity, focuses on The Common Denominator itself.

Join editor and publisher Kathy Sinzinger, reporter John DeVault, and columnist Diana Winthrop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. this Friday, May 24, at Kelly's Ellis Island Restaurant and Pub, 3908 12th Street, NE, in Brookland, to share your thoughts about how The Common Denominator can better serve DC residents' needs citywide for local news and information. No reservations are necessary. Ellis Island is within walking distance of the Brookland/CUA station on Metro's Red Line (exit on the side with buses). Free parking also is available on and off the street. For more information, call 635-6397.


DC We Read 2002 Event
Patricia Pasqual, 

The Community Foundation for the National Capital and The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, in conjunction with the District of Columbia Public Library’s DC WE READ 2002 first city book reading of HAVING OUR SAY present Your Job Is to Help Somebody, a panel discussion on community service and philanthropy, 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Library. The panel features Terri Lee Freeman, president of The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, and Rodney M. Jackson, president and CEO of the National Center for Black Philanthropy, Inc. The panel will be facilitated by Joy F. Austin, executive director of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC. For more information, contact Michon Boston, Director of Programs, The Humanities Council of Washington, DC, at 387-8391, ext. 13; or E-mail


Health Care Now Rally
Sam Jordan, 

Organizers with Health Care Now!, a DC health care consumer advocacy group, will host a press conference and rally on Tuesday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m., at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW, immediately preceding the first public hearing conducted by DC Insurance Commissioner Larry Mirel, on the proposed privatization and sale of CareFirst, DC's nonprofit Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance plan, to the California-based Wellpoint Health Networks, Inc.

"Health Care Now! opposes the proposed conversion of CareFirst because it threatens increased premiums, loss of coverage for thousands, closure of open enrollment, and increased ranks of the uninsured," states Sam Jordan, Project Director for Health Care Now! “There is no public benefit, only windfall profits for management and shareholders.” Following the press conference and rally, Health Care Now! and a coalition of supporters will testify at the DC Insurance Commissioner's public hearing.

Organizations on the record opposing CareFirst conversion and sale: AFL-CIO (DC), DC Medical Society, Fair Care Foundation, Gray Panthers, DC Hospital Association, Health Care Now!, Non Profit Clinic Consortium.



Apartment Wanted
LaTanya Wright, 

LLM Student at Georgetown. Seeking English basement or one bedroom near Union Station and Georgetown Law School. Particularly interested in Capitol Hill and southwest waterfront areas, close to Metro. Up to $1000/month. Contact: LaTanya at



Stocked Aquarium
Christopher Anderson, 

20 gallon fish tank (including fish) free to a good home. Anyone interested in a 20-gallon glass fish tank including filter, rocks, light, fish and several other fashionable accessories is welcome to it, free. Our condo is too small and I need the space. The tank is currently home to about six fish who seem friendly enough. I don't want them to end up in the DC sewer, so please only take the tank if you promise to give the fish a nice home, too. I'll be honest, there is some algae on the tank right now (it gets too much sunlight from a nearby window), but I will scrub it clean for no extra charge. Interested? Contact



Need Help with Your Computer Needs at Home or in the Office?
Nick Chang,  

PC hardware/software installation and upgrades; maintenance, troubleshooting and network support; Back-up and archive your files and E-mail on CD-ROM; setup computer network for the small office; build customized database in Access or other programs; web training and web page development; Reasonable rates. Excellent references. 237-0130.



Volunteer for David Catania’s Reelection Campaign
Shaun Snyder, 

If you're interested in helping reelect Councilmember David Catania to his At-Large seat on the Council, please send me an E-mail ( or go to for more information. Right now we're working on collecting signatures to put David on the ballot and would love to have the help of themail subscribers!



Lawn Care
Alan Henney, Takoma, 

We recommend Page Blake, he does a great job with lawns in DC and suburban Maryland, including our lawn! He does each one personally and reasonably. He can be reached at 301-434-0406.


Looking for Information on the Presidents Church
Beth Cornell, 

I am looking for historical and religious information on the President's Church, St. John's Episcopal Church. Can anyone help?


Trash Hauler Recommendations?
Phil Shapiro, 

Can anyone recommend a service for hauling away bulk trash? I prefer dealing with sole proprietors rather than larger companies, but I'd love to hear any recommendations.


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