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He Put A Ring On It

EricaBest wishes to FGC member, Erika Mercer-Epps, who got her M-R-S last weekend and now has a new name. Since many contemporary women — whether married or single — reject the title Mrs. in preference to the neutral alternative Ms., I’ll move on from my corny reference to titles and simply say  … Congratulations to the newlywed couple. Erica has promised to share some wedding day photos with us. Perhaps in the next blog post. Rings And on a different subject — some words about Listservs. Subscribers to various Listservs know that electronic mailing lists are an excellent and diverse source of information, especially concerning activities in the neighborhood. However, the downside to being a Listserv subscriber (especially to more than one) is that emails fill up your inbox faster than hot kernels turn to popcorn. Neighborhood Listservs contain information and discussions about nearly everything. They somewhat resemble a scaled down and modified version of Craigslist. Here are some of the topics that subscribers discuss:  reports about crime; inefficient city services, like trash trucks not showing up on schedule; local politics and politicians; yard sales; search for babysitters, nannies, roommates, and housing to rent or being rented; raccoon sightings, pets lost or uncollared dogs running loose; deaths of neighbors, and other miscellaneous subjects.

Thanks to my not so bright idea to subscribe to several Listservs, my primary email box stays busier than Georgia Avenue during rush hour. Over the years, I’ve gone from accumulating an average of 60 emails a week to over 100 emails daily. Add to the Listserv — correspondence from friends and associates, businesses, and junk email like newspaper coupons, and anyone can accumulate enough data to start a virtual library. For all of you Listserv junkies and avid consumers of information who also suffer from inbox overflow, I am going to share this tip:  How to quickly clean out your Inbox without reading every single email.

  1. After opening your Inbox, press and hold the Ctrl (control) button
  2. Beginning at the top of the page, scan the addresses in the From column and in the corresponding Subject column.
  3. As you move your eyes down the rows, if you see an unfamiliar email address, or if the subject line does not peak your interest, select (click) that line and continue moving down the list while holding the Ctrl key. If you come across an email that you want to keep to read later just skip it, do not select it. Move on to the next email. The purpose in continuing to hold down the Ctrl key is that it will allow you to skip lines; unlike holding the Shift key while doing this procedure. You do not want to hold the Shift key while selecting, doing so selects every line.
  4. As you proceed down the list, don’t stop to open any emails that you have not selected. When you have reached the end of the list, while still holding the Ctrl key, select Delete. All of your undesired emails will then be deleted simultaneously and those that you did not select will be left in place for you to read. If you accidentally deleted some emails that you did not intend to Delete, locate them in your “Delete” file and restore them to the inbox.


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Redefining Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????It is a slow news week at FGC, so let’s talk about neighborhood Listservs. Those email services provide a good source of information about what is happening on your block or several blocks away. Local Listserv subscribers include members of the Brightwood, Shepherd Park, Petworth, and Takoma Park communities. Some apartment complexes and condos — like the Lofts at Brightwood –maintain a Listserv primarily for their own residents.

Listserv subscribers receive a variety of information including death notices about prominent neighborhood residents, and neighborhood crimes. Some Listservs even function somewhat like Craig’s List by advertising items for Continue reading Redefining Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood



Co-op members recently received letters from management advising them of increased efforts to reinforce parking rules in the fire lanes and the loading/unloading area. Fourth District officers are checking the premises for illegally parked vehicles and are ticketing violators. Owners will bear the expense for their towed vehicles. This parking reinforcement is an unfortunate, but necessary action for a problem that has gotten out of hand — trucks making deliveries and residents trying to unload groceries, furniture, or other heavy items are being hindered by illegally parked vehicles.

On a more pleasant subject, discussions are ongoing to finalize things with contractors who will be giving Florian Gardens a face lift; refurbishing the front of each building by replacing the facades, canopies and carpets.

And around the neighborhood …

Neighborhood Listservs contain useful information about happenings in our community. These valuable community forums discuss various topics of interest including items lost, found, for sale, or being given-away; missing or located pets; and crime in the neighborhood.  Yesterday morning a member of the Listserv reported spotting a pit bull running loose around 10:30 in the 700 block of Sheridan Street. It was also reported that last month, an 11 yr. old boy was attacked by three pit bulls while riding his bicycle on Sheridan Street. That incident occurred in the same vicinity where the pit bull was seen wandering this morning.

Also reported on the Listserv — On March 1 the Mayor will rename the 1400 block of Roxanna Road NW in honor of the late Hilda Mason. Longtime Washingtonians will recall that Ms. Mason was an outspoken politician and staunch statehood advocate. She served as an at-large member of the City Council from 1977 to 1999. Ms. Mason deceased in December 2007.

Speaking of the Fourth District — Congratulations to 4D Commander Kimberly Missouri for her selection as Commander of the Year.