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Stepping Out and Stepping Up

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!!!

Bettye and Robbie Blended
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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Contemplating Taxation and Representation

Income-Tax-Form-With-Calculato-1239386Some months ago, FGC hired a new CPA firm. In a few days, co-op members will receive the annual letter containing your proportionate member share of mortgage interest. If you itemize your deductions you will want to bring the letter with you and present it to your tax preparer. A word of caution — the CPA firm’s address and phone number are not included in the letter. Your tax preparer will likely ask you for that information, so bring it with you.

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On Wednesday, February 5, 2014, the Ward 4 Democrats are hosting a straw poll vote from 6:30–8:30 PM at Paul Public Charter School. Simultaneously, from 7:00-8:00 PM the Democratic Mayoral Candidates Forum will take place there also. WUSA Channel 9’s Bruce Johnson will be the forum moderator.

A straw poll is an unofficial process to determine the relative strength of candidates and their opponents. In the straw poll that occurred two weeks ago in Ward 8, Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated current Mayor Vince Gray. Some people feel that straw polls are meaningless and offer no indication of how many people will actually vote for a particular candidate during the actual election, while others think it is a good barometer for determining who will win.

Brandon Todd contacted me on Monday and invited FGC members to attend Wednesday’s event and support our council member.

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