Do you recognize these people? This attractive mother and son are two of FGC’s smart and classy members. Bettye and Robert (Robbie) Straughter were stepping out in style last Friday when they attended the Omega Ball at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Well, all right now — Represent!!!
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the community . . .
Stepping up to the plate at last week’s straw poll, sponsored by the Ward 4 Democrats, council member and Mayoral Candidate Muriel Bowser advanced to second base by capturing 49% of the total vote. In January, she beat incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray by 41% in the Ward 8 straw poll. Will she round third base in the primary election on April 1 and score a home run in November? Voters will decide.
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The Department of Health closed the Safeway at Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road on Thursday, February 6, due to code violations. Reportedly a customer’s sighting of a mouse raised the red flag. Ick! Although the store reopened on Friday afternoon, The E&E (Eyes and Ears) Squad is saying that the blitz of constant criticism levied against that store on some Listservs is fueling the fire toward a permanent shutdown. E&E is also wondering if it is coincidental that the latest Safeway closure occurred just two months after the opening of Walmart. Can Stevie Wonder see a game plan?
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Courtesy of Walmart, DDOT delivered a late Christmas gift and a not so happy New Year surprise to FGC members when it began installing No Parking signs on Peabody Street, between Georgia Avenue and Ninth, in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve. During one of the meetings held with DDOT a couple of months ago, neighborhood residents were told that letters containing information about RPPs (Residential Parking Permits) would be mailed to us prior to the installation of the signs. To my knowledge the only notice FGC residents received from DDOT was the wake-up call when the truck rolled up and starting erecting the signs on Tuesday.
After word circulated on the FGC grapevine, some co-op members made a hasty trip to the 4th District to get temporary parking stickers. Residents with vehicles registered in the District may obtain temporary RPPs from the precinct. Permanent stickers must be obtained from DMV. An RPP allows a DC registered vehicle to be parked without restriction in the permit area of the residential address. Visitor’s Parking Permits for guests of permanent residents may also be obtained from the precinct. Applicants for visitor parking permits must provide the name and address of the visitor using the permit, as well as the tag number where the visitor’s vehicle is registered.
Some other Tidbits:
*** Replacement of the porch carpeting during the summer, and canopies in November, significantly improved the look of FGC.
*** The neighborhood Listservs have been reporting numerous and increasing crimes in our area, especially car break-ins and robberies. In one incident, a young lady walking to her car in Shepherd Park was robbed of her backpack and cell phone. Many of the crimes committed locally do not make TV newscast. Predators are every where. Be vigilant where ever you are — day and night.
*** A recent incident prompts this reminder to FGC Members. Article 17 of the Occupancy Agreement requires that management have a key to all locks on your unit door. This issue is extremely important. If there is an emergency inside the unit — which could occur whether the member is at home or not — management requires access to the unit. Noncompliance is in violation of the Occupancy Agreement.
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We hope that FGC members had a wonderful holiday season.
2013 will bring significant changes to our neighborhood, especially after Walmart opens its Georgia Avenue store at the end of this year. Speaking of Walmart, during the holidays the multinational retail company presented gifts — a poinsettia for each FGC unit. Most members seemed appreciative of the good will, but that does not negate the fact that many still resent the intrusion of the company and some consider the gesture as Walmart’s attempt to placate us. Nevertheless, the FGC board on behalf of the co-op thanks Walmart for the flowers.
It is expected that construction as normal will resume after today, and the rumbling trucks and noise returns. Occasionally, when the heavy machines are drilling and pounding, I can feel the floor vibrating underfoot and I wonder how much damage is being done to the structure of our old buildings. So far, we have had two windows in two different units implode as a result of the construction. Nevertheless, plans are still underway to give the FGC buildings a facelift. Sometime within the next few months members will see new facades installed on each building, new carpeting on the front stoops and a new intercom system; all the more reason why it is important that you pay your monthly carrying charges on time. Continue reading Wishing FGC members a Happy New Year!