Monday, April 30, 2007

Call before you dig event

You can find more information on CGA and its "Call Before you Dig" campaign here:

What: Launch of 811. The 811 “Call Before You Dig” event on the National Mall will formally “launch” the 811 number, mandated by Congress and established by the FCC.

When: Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Where: The National Mall, 3rd Street, NW (between Madison and Jefferson Drives)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

As you may be aware, before beginning any digging project, local DIYers or professional landscapers are required to call Miss Utility to have a crew come out and mark their underground lines. Now, diggers can use a single three-digit number to reach Miss Utility and all other One Call Centers across the country—that number is 811.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call—even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. Research shows that while 46% of Americans are active diggers who have done or plan to do a digging project at home, only 33% of DIY'ers plan on calling before they dig, which means they are taking a huge risk each time their shovel disturbs the dirt. And failure to call before digging results in more than one unintentional hit per minute, according to CGA research. Hitting an underground line can also lead to injury, penalties, repair costs and expensive and inconvenient service outages.

See PSAs:
60 second TV PSA:
30 second TV PSA:

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

BAA meeting

| Blagden Alley Association |
| Monthly Meeting |
| |
| THURSDAY, April 26, 2007 |
| 7:30-9:00 pm |
| Merle and Greg's |
| 1327 Tenth Street, NW |

The newsletter is at

1. Discussion of the new initiatives the WCC
is taking. Many oriented to local businesses.
2. Walnut Street development at 917 M Street.
3. Police.
4. More.

Friday, April 20, 2007

BACA Transport committee needs vols

From Jim:


BACA Transportation Committee Chairperson Ephrem Minasse is currently soliciting members to work with him on transportation issues in our neighborhood. For your specific information, work of the Transportation Committee is described as follows:

"The Transportation Committee shall be responsible for keeping an inventory of the transportation needs of the community and of making recommendations to the body as to how they might be appropriately addressed, including but not limited to streets, alleys, traffic patterns, traffic signals, traffic signs, residential parking, curb cuts, and the like."

Some of the preliminary goals that the committee has established for 2007 include (1) the recommendation of four way stop signs at the intersection of First and Bates Street, N.W.; (2) the recommendation of four way stop signs at the intersection of First and N Street, N.W.; the recommendation of a left hand turn signal for North Capitol Street, N.W. onto P Street, N.W., or non-rush hour left turning ability at this location; and the recommendation that participation in the Residential Permit Parking Program be expanded to include more blocks in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Transportation Committee, in making suggestions for Committee's consideration, and/or in spear-heading a project that is under their purview, please contact Chairman Minasse at eminasse at verizon dot net.


Jim Berry
Bates Area Civic Association, Inc.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Fenty at Shaw Cardozo meeting

The Cardozo Shaw Neighborhood Association is hosting the mayor this Thursday (4/12/07) 7 pm, 1200 U St. NW
UPDATE Move to MAY 10th

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Bates (BACA) Walking club to start


At the last meeting of the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc., the Program Committee introduced the idea of forming a Walking Club in the neighborhood. As stated by Program Committee Chairperson Geovani Bonilla, the club will provide an interesting opportunity for residents to get to know one another, to get some exercise, as well as to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of our community while on these walks.

At this point, we would like to have a critical mass of 10 persons to begin this program. So, if you're interested please contact Geovani at the telephone number and/or email address below to sign up. Whatever your personal decision, please know that I have contacted Geovani to express my desire to join the club and I pray that we can get a minimum of nine others to do likewise.


Jim Berry
Bates Area Civic Association, Inc.

Improve Your Health and Our Neighborhood

"Walking Club" Will Meet Every Tuesday and Thursday

from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Beginning May 8, 2007

Meeting Place: Corner of 3rd and Q, NW

In front of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church

Walk north 3rd ST to Florida Avenue , (stretch at the park) and go east to N. Capitol ST, South to O ST, West to First ST, North to P ST and West to NJ, North to Q ST and back to the starting point

You will receive a complimentary exercise bands and pedometer compliments of Kaiser Permanente.

For more information contact Geovani Bonilla (202) 483-1446


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

52 O St Studios opening this weekend

As I wrote in the title, there is a studio opening Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Citizen debate on School Take Over

Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC)
For Immediate Release: April 3, 2007

Contact: Hazel Thomas, Chair, 202-491-9245

Dominique West, Forum Chair, 202-898-5063

Stephanie Rones, Ex. Director, 202-250-PCDC

Citizens to Debate Council Vote and School Takeover

Proposal at PCDC Pubic Forum on April 11th

The first vote by the City Council has been taken, and now it is time for reactions, political analysis, and commentary. Join Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC) on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, at North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 13th and Emerson Streets, N.E., Washington, D.C. for a forum on the school takeover and the aftermath of the Council vote. Where do we go from here? PCDC is sponsoring a forum with a panel of media, civic leaders, labor, and officials to discuss the pros and cons of the pending takeover of the D.C. public schools. The forum entitled: “Standing Up for Children, Families, and Communities: The Role of Government and Stakeholders in Improving Our Schools, Our Neighborhoods,” is free and open to the public.

The Forum will be a public discourse on school governance and will focus on critical topics such as: citizens' involvement in the decision making process, the impact of the environment on academic achievement in the District, and possible solutions to improving schools and neighborhoods. Invited guest panelist include: representatives from the Mayor’s office, School Board President, Robert Bobb and others. The panel will address questions from the moderator and the audience; for example:

▪ What is the cost of the proposed school takeover and the impact on bureaucracy?

▪ What does accountability entail? Will being in charge guarantee success and problems fixed?

▪ How can D.C. reduce the problems in communities and homes that affect teaching and learning?

▪ How can the D.C. school system improve school performance now?

▪ What are the roles and responsibilities of parents, teachers, civic leaders, business leaders, labor, faith community, and government leaders in improving education?

▪ How does the “No Child Left Behind” law impact schools?

▪ How can we make a difference in education and make D.C. a model for the world?

▪ Should traditional D.C. schools be funded like charter schools? Why are charter and traditional schools regulated differently overall?

▪ Should there be a referendum for any Home Rule charter changes? Can we wait for Wards 4 and 7 elections?

▪ The mayoral schools takeover--a panacea, cure-all, current fad, or public relations attention-grabber?▪

The forum is free and open to the public.- More – (flyer attached) -

Premier Community Development Corporation

Improving Ward 5 Housing, Economic Development and Quality of Life

1309 Rhode Island Ave. NE Suite B, Washington, D.C. 20018 ♦ Phone: 202.250.PCDC ♦ Fax: 202.250.PCD3 ♦

Development Corporation (PCDC)
Improving Housing, Economic Development, and Quality of Life
Where Do We Go from Here?
Sound Off Pro or Con

Share Your Views on the

School Takeover and the Council Vote

Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

North Michigan Park Recreation Center

13th and Emerson Streets, N. E. Washington , D.C.
Join Us for Political Analysis, Commentary, and Citizens’ Reaction

By Civic Leaders, Labor, Officials, and the Media

LaToya Foster, Moderator
In the Know TV Talk Show Host/WOL Radio Talk Show Host

Media Panel

Deborah Simmons HamilHarris

Washington Times Washington Post
James Wright
Washington Afro
Citizens Panel
Earl Neal
Cherita Whiting
Ward 4 Education Council
Marc Borbley
Fix Our Schools
Robert Brannum
DC Federation of Civic Associations
Dennis Moore
DC Independents for Citizen Control
Eric J. Jones
Democratic Political Activist
Jamal Tuner
Commissioner, ANC 7A-06
A PCDC forum – Standing Up For Children, Families, & Communities:

The Role of Government and Stakeholders in Improving Our Schools, Our Neighborhoods

1309 Rhode Island Ave. NE Suite B, Washington , D.C. 20018 ♦ Phone: 202.250.PCDC ♦ Fax: 202.250.PCD3

Monday, April 02, 2007

BACA meeting tonight w/ Mayor

The agenda for the evening will include remarks by:

Honorable Adrian Fenty

Mayor of the District of Columbia

as well as status reports from the following:

Membership Committee

Program Committee

Land Use, Planning and Economic Development Committee

Transportation Committee

Environmental Services Committee

Monday, April 2, 2007
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

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