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October 5, 2005

Ignoring Facts

Dear Safe Drivers:

It’s late to the story, but when the Washington Post covers a subject, it can put impressive resources into it, and the DC government can no longer ignore it. “DC Red-Light Cameras Fail to Reduce Accidents,” the paper concluded in its story’s headline on Monday: “The District’s red-light cameras have generated more than 500,000 violations and $32 million in fines over the past six years. City officials credit them with making busy roads safer. But a Washington Post analysis of crash statistics shows that the number of accidents has gone up at intersections with the cameras. The increase is the same or worse than at traffic signals without the devices” (

What’s priceless is Chief Charles Ramsey’s reaction: “Ramsey said the number of accidents would be even higher without the cameras, adding that he would like to install them at every traffic light in the city.” Does the Chief bring that same quality of intellectual astuteness and honesty to analyzing the facts in criminal cases and, if so, does the MPD keep him far away from investigations?

Fair warning: themail will take a three-week break for the last three weeks of October. There is one more issue before then, on Sunday, and we’ll resume publishing on Wednesday, November 2.

Gary Imhoff


Coming and Going
Dorothy Brizill,

Phyllis Jones is leaving her position as Secretary of the Council to manage Linda Cropp’s mayoral campaign. Ira Stohlman, the former Assistant Council Secretary under Council Chair Dave Clark, will replace Jones. Jeff Smith, District School Board Representative for District One, and Marshall Brown will join Cropp’s campaign as paid staffers. Brown, while heading field operations for the Cropp campaign, will also continue as the chief strategist for two other campaigns, those of David Bowers for an at-large council seat and of Keith Perry for the Ward 6 council seat.

At today’s weekly press conference, Mayor Williams acknowledged that after only five months as Chief Executive Officer of the Anacostia Waterfromt Initiative, Andrew Altman is resigning to take an undisclosed position in the private sector in New York. Altman had previously headed the Office of Planning. One candidate to replace him as the Anacostia CEO is Neil Albert, formerly the Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families, and Elders, who had been rumored to become the Chief Operating Officer of AWI. Two other Williams administration officials who are also rumored to find safe havens and high salaries in jobs at the AWI are Steve Green and Michael Jasso, development officials currently working in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.


The Mayor Should Add an Eleventh Priority
Richard Layman,

Last week, the mayor introduced a list of ten legislative priorities that were mentioned in themail []. I suggest adding an additional priority that isn’t legislative, but executive.

On Sunday, September 25, a ten-month-old child died in an apartment fire, which likely started from a candle used to light the baby’s room — the electricity had been turned off for nonpayment, but a request had been filed for emergency assistance. According to articles in the Post, the paperwork had been approved, but not forwarded to Pepco, because the person who was responsible for transmitting the request took the Friday off. The fire occurred early Sunday morning. This wouldn’t have been a problem if the process had been automated using a set of procedures and a workflow software application that could have immediately transmitted the order to PEPCO once it was approved by the DC Energy Office.

In the mid-1990s, “business process redesign” and the “re-engineering” of business processes was all the rage in the private sector and even “reinventing government” called for similar activity in the public sector. Workflow software applications are the way to implement this. Big companies use really complicated software programs, but workflow applications don’t have to be that complicated. Creating online forms, automated transmission to the parties that have to approve, and forwarding the response to the next link in the decision chain isn’t that hard. Here, the lack of such a process in the DC Energy Office likely contributed to the death of a ten-month-old child. My sense, from talking to various current and former DC Government employees, that many such procedures that could and should be automated in such a fashion aren’t. Even if such organizational sloth doesn’t usually contribute to killing someone, it does make getting things done a lot harder for citizens and for government employees. It is not enough to automate an office; business processes also need to be analyzed and contemplated to remove extraneous steps or optimize them. Many workflow systems enable a workflow map to be drawn and modified online.


Guess I Am Now in Ward 5
David Hunter,

So this week I received a city council mailer from Councilmember Vincent Orange, addressed to DC Voter telling me about all the great things going on in Ward 5. This is the first time since I have lived in my house in four years that I have ever gotten anything from him. Oh, I live in the old part of Ward 3, now Ward 4, off Utah and Nebraska. Guess I am now part of three Wards. Gee, Maybe it has to do with the fact that he is running for Mayor. I suppose since I am a taxpayer I am glad I got a piece of mail paid for by myself. Wonder when I will get the Linda Cropp newsletter. I already get Fenty’s since I am actually in his district.


Columbus Day Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule
Mary Myers,

In observance of Columbus Day, most Department of Public Works services will be suspended on Monday, October 10. There will be no city trash or recycling collection, no street or alley cleaning, graffiti removal or nuisance abatement. There will also be no parking enforcement, including meters, residential and rush hour lane restrictions, and no booting, towing or abandoned vehicle removal on Monday. The Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station will be closed. All services resume on Tuesday, October 11.

Once-weekly (Supercan) trash and recyclables collection will “slide” one day for the remainder of the week, beginning Tuesday, October 11. In the twice-a-week trash collection areas, Monday and Tuesday trash and recyclables collection service will slide one day. Thursday and Friday trash and recycling collections will be made on the regular day.


Cast Your Vote for Kids Today
Susie Cambria,

Have you cast your vote for kids? If not, please do so today. The survey takes only a moment and the impact is huge. If you have voted, we thank you. DC Action for Children will share the results of this budget priority identification project with elected and appointed officials so they can be informed by your priorities for children and youth in the city. They are developing the FY 2007 budget now and so your vote today is important.

Here is a link to the survey:


Post Is Number 1 in the Nation; Tom Curley of AP Seems to Be Getting It
Phil Shapiro,

Jay Rosen, a respected press critic, rates the Washington Post as the number one newspaper in the country — surpassing the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal for quality of journalism (see I can’t say I disagree with him. Some of the reporters at the Post are the best in the land. Would I rate the editors and managers of this newspaper in the same way? No. I would say many editors and managers at the Washington Post lack courage and vision, stuck in a previous-century mode of thinking. The sailors on this ship are brave and bold. The captain of this ship, timid.

Tom Curley, CEO of the Associated Press, has some interesting things to say in this 26-second QuickTime video clip from Wednesday, October 5, This clip ends mid-sentence with the adverb “sorely.” You fill in the rest of the sentence. What is mainstream traditional media sorely not doing now?

It’s helpful to note that QuickTime video clips are most easily viewed using the Firefox, Netscape, or Safari web browsers. The above video clip is 2.4 megabytes in file size. Dial-up users can access it after waiting for about twelve to fifteen minutes. Broadband Internet users can access it in just a few seconds.


Road Closures
Peter McGee, Mt. Pleasant,

The folks who are still wrangling over whether or not to restore Klingle Road seem to have lost sight of two key facts: 1) Klingle Road has never been closed; and 2) those fighting in front of the DC council to close Klingle Road lost.

The city government has a fundamental duty to keep all of our transportation inventory in good repair. Despite appearances to the contrary, Klingle Road is still “open”; it was never “closed.” Road closures by law require that certain legal acts take place. The mayor, the city council, and the public are all involved. The reasons for closing a road need to be compelling enough to convince the mayor and the council to take the necessary statutory steps.

So far, Sierra Club, et al. have not presented plausible and sufficient reasons for closing Klingle Road. Common concerns about runoff and pollution do not compel the closure of Klingle Road or any other road. If runoff and pollution become sufficient reasons to close roads, say goodbye to every valley parkway from Beach Drive and Broad Branch to Canal Road and the GW Parkway. Klingle Road remains part of DC’s transportation infrastructure. As such, there is no question that the road should be restored. Unless and until it is closed by acts of the mayor and the council, Klingle Road must be restored.


Facts and Conclusions on Klingle Road
Gabe Fineman,

People choose facts to support their conclusions, but some are better at it than others. We see it again in the discourse about Klingle Road in themail where Laurie Collins of and David Culp of Sierra/ both buttress their arguments using facts of their own choosing. Laurie used the fact that when Klingle Road was open to traffic, Klingle Creek (that abuts the Road) was the most pristine of the creeks running into Rock Creek, and now that the road has been closed, it has become one of the worst. Her conclusion is that road use lead to maintenance and vitality and the closing to traffic lead to neglect and decay. Plausible, but not conclusive. David uses the fact that Rock Creek as a whole has been impacted by the increasingly impervious nature of the development of the drainage basin. He draws the conclusion that there should be no roads (impervious surfaces) near Rock Creek and thus no Klingle Road. It is much more difficult to see the logic in his case. Under that reasoning we should first close Rock Creek Parkway that abuts Rock Creek, have no surfaced bike paths and should undo the construction east of Wisconsin Avenue, including the major work at the National Cathedral that changed the drainage in Klingle Creek and the doubling in size of the Kennedy-Warren apartment complex overlooking the creek that dwarfs the square footage of the narrow Klingle Road.

The facts as I see them are that there is no money to fix the drainage of Klingle Creek except as a byproduct of the federal financing of fixing Klingle Road. Abandoning the road would prevent WASA from getting equipment in to repair the sewer line beneath the road that carries one half million gallons of raw sewage a day. If the Sierra Club wants to improve the environment in this one tiny spot, it should concentrate on fixing the drainage (even if it means fixing the Road) and then work on the zoning rules that allow major development in the drainage basin (about 180 acres).


Churches and Parking
Tolu Tolu,

As a native Washingtonian, I have been very upset for years that DC city councils and mayors have been pandering to DC ministers on all kinds of important issues for DC taxpayers, without any proof on any level of how many of these ministers’ flocks live in DC.

When I grew up here, 95 percent of church members walked to church because they lived in the same neighborhood. Now no church will provide us with statistics on the number of their members who live in DC. I wonder why not.


Clyde Howard,

You should be in my neck of the woods on Sundays to see the problems caused by parking by church members — not only illegal parking, but parking in such numbers that we are unable to leave our parking space because there is always someone waiting for us to leave it for them. In addition, there is rampant illegal parking for the soccer games played on Cardozo’s football field. These games draw attendees from Maryland and Virginia in such large numbers that it makes me wonder whatever happened to the available fields in those states where they used to hold these games. Cardozo’s football field just last year was completely redone by the Washington Redskins just last year, and now is being chewed up by outsiders using the field for their soccer games. The police are not of much help to stem the illegal parking, and neither is our representative on the council.


Parking Disposition
Malcolm Wiseman,

[Re, “Nonresident Churchgoers Who Park Illegally,” Paul Michael Brown, themail, October 2]: I know Lea Adams well enough to bet that her sics are usually not sick. If she wrote “disposed,” then that’s what she meant; i.e., they were gotten rid of. I happen to agree that churches and such shouldn’t be granted any special parking rights except perhaps for funerals.


Life Is What Happens
Gregory Mize,

John Lennon sings “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” in the cut “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” on the Double Fantasy album, released in 1980. The jacket says he wrote the lyrics. When you listen to it, you hear at the end that he is singing it to his son Sean. I have sung it to my son and daughters many times.


Neatly Weighs up Mawkish Philosophy about Unforseen Reality
Charlie Wellander, Charlie.Wellander.1228 (at)

Imagine! My headline turns out to be an exact anagram of, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” (I know, “unforeseen” is misspelled — I was short one “e,” and couldn’t change the lyric to “e-Life is what happens. . . .” Anyway, over a million pages on Yahoo!Search misspell it “unforseen.”) The “life” line is from John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy” (1980), but he probably came across it earlier, as it appeared in print several times before 1980.

My favorite citation is from William Gaddis’s novel JR (National Book Award winner in 1975): “Whole goddammed point is, Bast, is that life is what happens to us while we’re busy making other plans, read that in a dentist’s waiting room once. . .” Other writers besides Gaddis who have been credited with originating this aphorism include Thomas La Mance, “outspoken Senate ex-wife” Betty Talmadge, comic-strip writer Allen Saunders (Mary Worth, Steve Roper), and Lily Tomlin. For the complete Lennon lyrics, more about La Mance (even his phone number), and Betty Talmadge’s “. . . remaining 77 $100 bills from the stash,” see my page at Personally, I incline to the “dentist’s waiting room” or “wise bumper sticker” theories, and would just call it an “old folk saying.”

[The quotation was also very quickly identified by Erica Bersin, Dan Nathan, and Ed Delaney. Faith Williams,, wrote that she has also seen it attributed to Pearl Buck. — Gary Imhoff]



Brookland Festival, October 8
Richard Layman,

[Forwarded from Mary Farrell,] The Ninth Annual Brookland Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, October 8, from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. This Festival captures and highlights the special "small-town-in-town" flavor of Brookland, one of the City of Washington’s earliest trolley car suburbs, and home to well-known institutions such as the Catholic University of America, the Franciscan Monastery; and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Festival will kick off with the ever-popular community parade along 12th Street, NE. The parade features the John Carroll High School Marching Band and the Festival’s traditional spoof brigades, such as the canine and lawnmower brigades. The parade starts at Franklin Street, NE, and ends at Michigan Avenue, NE.

The festival is hosted and organized by the Brookland Community Development Corporation and its Historic Brookland Main Street program, a partnership of residents, business owners and other community stakeholders that is working to strengthen and extend Greater Brookland’s vibrant character through such efforts as promoting arts and cultural development activities and diversifying the business base. Festival sponsors include the DC Lottery, Verizon, and The Washington Post. Between 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m., performances, and exhibits including nonprofit organizations, businesses, and artists and crafts makers will be featured in pavilions along Brookland’s Main Street commercial district, on 12th Street, NE, between Monroe and Otis Streets, NE.

The Festival will include a Performing Arts Pavilion featuring the jazz and blues of notable local groups such as the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and the Barrelhouse Brawl. Children and adult students of Dance Place and Northeast Tae Kwon Do, two well-known Brookland institutions, will also perform. A History Pavilion will include an exhibition that tells the story of Brookland’s beginnings and growth, and the many notable African-Americans who have lived and worked in the community, people such as Ralph Bunche and Pearl Bailey. New this year will be an Arts Pavilion featuring a Clothesline Sale of Art Works On Paper, including prints, drawings, and photographs by local artists. Children’s activities, including storytelling, games, and creative activities, will be centered near the corner of 12th and Newton Streets, NE. Neighborhood stores, service providers, restaurants, carry-outs, and pubs will offer eating and shopping specials. Booths are still available to nonprofit organizations, business, and arts and crafts exhibitors, as are corporate sponsorship opportunities on several levels. Opportunities to volunteer are also available. Individuals, corporations, organizations, and government agencies wishing to participate should contact Festival Coordinator, Brookland CDC, at 529-8400 or by E-mail at


Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Cleveland Park, October 10
Bill Adler,

Cleveland Park Community disaster preparedness workshop, Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m., at the 2nd District Police Station, 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Cookies and chips provided, vending machines available for drinks. This workshop will provide information on topics including the following: the types of disasters most likely to happen, Cleveland Park and DC metro area warning signals, what they sound like, what you should do when you hear them, animal care after a disaster (animals are not allowed in emergency shelters because of health regulations, how to help elderly or disabled persons, disaster plans at the workplace and your children’s school, creating a disaster plan, choosing places to meet family during or after emergency, establishing a "family contact," identifying items in the home that can cause injury during an emergency, securing your home during an emergency, critical emergency numbers, what to teach your children about emergencies, insurance coverage options, what emergency supplies to assemble in advance, escape routes, how to practice your family disaster plan, how to store water and food for an emergency, and how neighbors can help each other during an emergency.

If you have relevant expertise or knowledge, please contact Donna Lewis,, to volunteer your services for this workshop and/or community follow-up activities.


Busted!, October 11
Brad Hills,

Every month, Washington Storytellers Theater presents a Speakeasy. Part open mic, part curated performance, the Speakeasy usually features a wealth of local talent, from actors to storytellers to writers to none-of-the-above. On October 11, in a program called “Busted: Stories about Being in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time,” WST presents Antonio Sacre, a special guest from beyond the Beltway. Sacre is a solo theater artist and storyteller who has performed at festivals, schools, and theaters nationwide and abroad. His numerous honors and awards include an Excellence in Acting award at the New York International Fringe Theater Festival and a National Endowment for the Arts artist-in-residence sponsorship. Backstage calls him “observant, unafraid of his audience” and says: “He is not a character actor nor a comedian but someone with a perpetual story and an extraordinary talent for engaging an audience. Therefore, he is frankly funny, uncompromisingly believable and, above all, kind.”

Tuesday, October 11, 8:00 p.m., at HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz and Blues, 1610 14th Street, NW (between Corcoran and O Streets, NW). Ticket Price: $5. Metro Red Line (Dupont) or Green Line (U Street/Cardozo). On the first of each month, WST will begin taking sign-ups for that month’s Open Mic. Call the office to reserve a space — 545-6840.


DC Vote’s Champions of Democracy Reception, October 20
Kevin Kiger,

Please join us on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Madison Hotel as DC Vote honors our 2005 Champions of Democracy for Building American Democracy in DC.’

Visit DC Vote’s 2005 Champions of Democracy Awards Reception web site, On the Web site, you can purchase tickets to the event, become an event sponsor, donate to our silent auction, and get more information about our honorees and the event. Feel free to direct your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to our Web site so they, too, can join us. Let’s bring the entire community together as we celebrate our achievements in 2005 and look forward to even greater ones in 2006!


National Building Museum Events, October 11-22
Brie Hensold,

All events except Construction Watch Tour at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street, NW, Judiciary Square stop, Metro Red Line.

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. From the mid-1860s until 1890, the German-born architect Adolf Cluss significantly helped shape the city of Washington. As engineer, city planner and architect, Cluss was a dominant presence in what was then a city largely of red brick. Notable extant buildings by Cluss include the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building and the Franklin and Sumner schools. Dr. Cynthia R. Field, chair of the Smithsonian’s Office of Architectural History, will discuss his work and impact on Washington. After the lecture, she will sign copies of the book Adolf Cluss, Architect: From Germany to America (Berghahn Books) to which she contributed an essay. $10 Museum members and students; $15 nonmembers. Registration required.

Sunday, October 16, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For kids and families, Sharing Memories: Photo Frame Workshop. After exploring Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community, families create building shaped photo frames inspired by common architecture features to take home. $5 for Museum members; $7 for nonmembers. All ages. Drop-in program.

Monday, October 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m. DC Builds Ballparks, Eminent Domain, and the Need for a DC Planning Commission. This symposium, cosponsored with the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, will examine other cities’ experiences with a planning commission and suggest how such a government agency could help coordinate DC to align the expenditure of public funds with planning visions and economic development objectives. Symposium moderator Gary Hack, dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the utility of planning commissions, with a focus on Philadelphia where he chaired such a group. Christopher Ronayne, chief of staff to the Mayor of Cleveland and former planning director in that city, will analyze the Cleveland experience. Leading DC government officials have been invited to join the discussion. $10 members of the Museum and Committee of 100, and students; $15 nonmembers. Registration required.

Saturday, October 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Construction Watch Tour: Swiss Ambassador’s Residence. A new Swiss Ambassador’s residence is currently under construction in Washington, DC Designed by New York architect Steven Holl and Swiss architect Justin Ruessli, the building’s cruciform shape is reminiscent of the cross in the Swiss flag and will provide spectacular views of the Washington Monument. Olaf Schmidt with Steven Holl Architects and Peter Ege and Mark Muchmore, both with James G. Davis Construction, will lead a tour of this nearly 14,000-square-foot project, scheduled for completion in March 2006. Open only to Museum members, $18. Space is limited. Prepaid registration required. To register, call the Museum or visit beginning September 19. Note the choice of two times for this tour.

Saturday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Halloween Haunted House Workshop. Create a spooky haunted house to place in your window at home for Halloween! Families use wood and cardboard to construct a house or barn and then adorn it with miniature ghosts, monsters, and jack-o’-lanterns. $11 per house for Museum members; $16 nonmembers. All ages. Prepaid registration required. To register call 272-2448 or E-mail


DC Public Library Events, October 11-19
Debra Truhart,

Tuesday, October 11 and 25, 12:00 p.m., West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th Street, NW. Bring your lunch and enjoy a film. Public contact: 724-8707.

Wednesday, October 12, 1:00 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue, NW. Shepherd Park Wednesday Afternoon Book Club. The book club will discuss Echoes by Danielle Steel. Public contact: 541-6100.

Wednesday, October 12, 4:00 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton/ Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue, NW. The Air Force Band at your library, a special concert that exposes young people to music and allows them to meet some of the nation’s most talented musicians. School ages. Public contact: 541-6100.

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Author Janine Di Giovanni, author of Madness Visible: A Memoir of War, will discuss her book about the breakup of Yugoslavia that she covered as a foreign correspondent for The Times of London. Public contact: 282-0021.

Friday, October 14, 11:00 a.m., Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Author Anne Snowden Crosman will discuss her book, Young at Heart: 61 Extraordinary Americans Tell How to Defy Age with Zest, Work and Healthy Lifestyles. Crosman interviewed hundreds of elderly people who continue to live vibrant lives, including Steve Allen, Gordon Parks, Benjamin Spock, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and others. This book of inspirational stories won a Benjamin Franklin Award in 2004. Public contact: 282-0021.

Saturday, October 15, 10:00 a.m., Capitol View Neighborhood Library, 5001 Central Avenue, SE. October Book Fest and Yard Sale. The SE/NE Friends of the Capitol View Library invites you to a day of fun, food, games and books. Public contact: 645-0755.

Monday-Friday, October 17-21, 10:00 a.m., Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room A-5. Teens from District schools have been invited to listen to, question, and meet young adult authors during Teen Read Week, October 16 – 22. They will explore one of five genres: science fiction, historical fiction, biography, poetry and nonfiction. The Young Adult Services Division of the DC Public Library and the District of Columbia Public Library Foundation present the programs. Teens will receive a copy of the featured book from the session they attend. The following authors will be featured during Teen Read Week: October 17, Ned Vizzini will discuss Be More Chill, his national best selling science fiction novel about being cool; October 18, C.R. Gibbs will give a lecture on African Americans in the Civil War (copies of With Every Drop of Blood by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier will be given to participants); October 19, NeAnni Ife will discuss her book, Blue Popsicles, based on her experiences of living in an orphan home; October 20, Debra Harris-Johnson will discuss her book, The African American Teenagers Guide to Personal Growth, Health, Safety, Sex and Survival; October 21, DC WritersCorps student performers will present a poetry performance that includes free copies of the book, Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps. Public contact: 727-5535.

Monday, October 17, 7:00 p.m., West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th Street, NW. Dr. Barbara Barski-Carrow will conduct a monthly seminar on dealing with and helping others to cope with traumatic issues in the workplace. She was a Senior Consultant and an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist in the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Now retired, she has held management, administrative and technical positions in the public and private sectors and has created and conducted training programs, workshops and seminars for organizations, associations and government agencies on various personnel and management issues. Public contact: 724-8707.

Tuesday, October 18, 12:00 p.m., West End Neighborhood Library, 1101 24th Street, NW. West End Book Club discussion group. Public contact: 724-8707.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Avenue, SE, Tuesday, DC Public Library Board of Library Trustees monthly meeting. The public is invited to attend. Public contact: 645-4297.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m., Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th Street, SE. Capitol Hill Book Club monthly book discussion. Public contact: 698-3377.

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30 p.m. Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 7th Street, SE. Author Judith Woodson will read from her book, Poetic Soul: African-American Poems to Take to the Heart. Public contact: 698-3377.

Wednesday, October 19, 4:00 p.m., Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th Street, NW. The Air Force Band at your library, a special concert that exposes young people to music and allows them to meet some of the nation’s most talented musicians. School ages. Public contact: 671-0200.



eBay Training Offered
Phil Shapiro,

Would you like to learn the ropes of selling things on eBay? I offer a 1.5 hour training in people’s homes to help people get up to speed quickly. The fee for this training is $20. As you might have heard eBay lowers the barrier to entry for people to engage in small scale or large scale commerce. At any given time there are more than fifty million items for sale on eBay. There are more than one hundred fifty million registered eBay users in the world.


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