Thursday, April 29, 2010

Cheh Proposes Soda Tax

DCist reports on a $.01/ounce soda tax proposed by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Macomb Playground Needs Your Help

From R.O.M.P:

If you appreciate Macomb Park, and/or just want to do some community volunteering, please drop by the park next Saturday (May 1) any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. We're thrilled with the restoration of the gazebo and hope to spruce up the rest of the park as well: raking, pruning, cleaning, and some painting and planting as well!

Bring your work gloves and your green thumbs. Folks from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation will be on hand, and it would be great to reciprocate with an equal or greater turnout from the community.

All are welcome!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ward 3 Crime Forum

Given recent concerns about crime in Ward 3, Mary Cheh is convening a town hall meeting Monday, April 26th, 7:30pm, at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Tenleytown(4201 Albemarle Street NW). At the town hall, we will receive updates from MPD, National Park Police, and WMATA Transit Police. Several ANC Commissioners will be also be in attendance. I hope to see you there.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Drinking Water Emergency

From WASA, the water in NW Washington currently has elevated levels of chlorine and should not be consumed.


The UPDATED boundaries of the area in question are indicated below.
* West Boundary: Western Avenue, NW
* North Boundary: River Road, NW
* East Boundary: Connecticut Avenue, NW
* South Boundary Nebraska Avenue, NW
Updated Map:

Updated Press Release:

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority is advising
customers in a specific area of Northwest not to use water until further notice
because of a higher-than-normal chlorine concentration.

The boundaries of the area in question are indicated below.

West Boundary: MacArthur Boulevard, NW
North Boundary: Western Avenue and Eastern Avenue, NW
East Boundary: Amtrak railroad
South Boundary (east side of Rock Creek): Upshur Street, NW
South Boundary (west side of Rock Creek): Calvert Street to Observatory Circle to W Street

The spike happened early this morning at DC WASA's unmanned Fort Reno facility when it was offline for routine maintenance disinfection. At 7:30 this morning, operators at the DC WASA Bryant Street Pump Station identified a drop in the reservoir at Fort Reno, which indicated the possibility of a chlorine spike. DC WASA immediately dispatched staff to confirm a higher-than-normal chlorine concentration in the water, which they determined had happened at approximately 5 a.m.

Customers who used water with excess chlorine may have noticed taste and odor problems. While unlikely, the chlorine may also cause a reaction in individuals with sensitive skin. Anyone who observes such a reaction should contact a physician.

DC WASA notified the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region III immediately upon learning of the chlorine spike. Water-quality crews are monitoring the system across the entire affected area and will advise the public when the water supply has returned to normal. Our staff is also assessing the causes of the problem.

Wilson Teacher Abducted, Released by Student

In an amazing twist of chance and circumstance, a Wilson teacher was allegedly abducted by a Wilson student late on Saturday, according to an account in the Washington Post.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Overlay in Play?

The City Paper covers a community meeting held on April 14th in Woodley Park. The topic on hand is the restrictive overlay which exists in 4 communities in the District (three of which are in Ward 3). At issue are the number of restaurants in a commercial strip.

Opponents of the overlay suggest that it is time for its repeal in order to revitalize neighborhood centers.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Boston U expands Woodley Presence

DC Metro Urban Diary is reporting that Boston University will lease the residences currently under construction atop the Debonair Cleaners establishment in the heart of Woodley Park.

Originally slated as condominiums, this is a smart move by BU to provide much needed housing for its students who are studying and interning in the District.