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(Published June 3, 2002)


TOWN HALL MEETING: Mayor Anthony A. Williams has scheduled a Ward 1 Town Hall Meeting for June 17 with the theme, "Building and Sustaining Partnerships for the Future." The meeting’s agenda asks residents to share their concerns regarding "clean and safe neighborhoods," housing/economic development, and "children, youth and families."

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Harriet Tubman Elementary School at 3101 13th St. NW. More information is available by calling the mayor’s Office of Community Outreach at (202) 442-8150.


LOST LEASE: After 26 years at the same Georgetown location, Olsson’s will close its doors on Wisconsin Avenue NW at the end of June. "We have unfortunately lost our lease and were unable to find another suitable location in Georgetown," the company recently announced online. The popular book and record retailer will continue to operate its other eight locations in the metropolitan area.


COUNCIL COMPETITION: After enjoying an unchallenged ride to re-election four years ago, Ward 3 Council-woman Kathleen Patterson appears to be facing challengers this fall in the Democratic primary on Sept. 10 and in the Nov. 5 general election.

Her first hurdle comes against fellow Democrat Erik S. Gaull, who reportedly was encouraged to challenge the incumbent by Mayor Anthony A. Williams’ camp, which is disgruntled over Patterson’s often-stinging criticism of the mayor. Patterson strongly supported the mayor’s election in 1998.

Local Republicans say they have found a Ward 3 candidate this year in Eric Rojo, an American University Park resident who serves on the D.C. Republican State Committee. Rojo, an international business consultant who was born in Mexico, has lived in the District since 1988 and has been active in both political and civic activities.


FAMILY FUN NIGHT: Two free performances of William Shakespeare’s "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" will cap Councilman Adrian Fenty’s second annual Ward 4 Family Fun Night June 16 at Carter Barron, 16th Street and Colorado Avenue NW.

Free food, beverages and music will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the Shakespeare Theatre performances scheduled for 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Residents who plan to attend should RSVP by June 14 by calling (202) 547-1122 or visiting www.shakespearedc .org/ffaward4.html.


SMALL BUSINESS AID: Councilman Vincent Orange will host a town hall meeting June 6 to help local, small and disadvantaged D.C. businesses learn about many public and private opportunities available to them. The free event will be held from 6-9 p.m. in O’Connor Auditorium at Trinity College, 125 Michigan Ave. NE.

Among panelists expected to attend the meeting are Jacqueline Flowers, director of the D.C. Office of Local Business Development; Jacques Abadie, director of the D.C. Office of Contracting and Procurement; Stanley Jackson, director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development; and a representative of the Small Business Administration.

For more information, call (202) 724-8028.


DOING BUSINESS ONLINE: Four city agencies have teamed up to create what they have billed as the "D.C. Business Tools Roadshow," and they will make one of their stops on June 25 at Hine Junior High School, 335 Eighth St. SE, on Capitol Hill. The one-hour presentation, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is intended to familiarize businesses and nonprofit organizations with three online services provided by the D.C. government: the Business Resource Center, the Electronic Tax Service Center and the Master Business License. More information is available by calling (202) 338-0775 or e-mailing


GARDEN TOUR: Westover Drive SE, with its commanding views of downtown Washington, will be featured on this year’s Hillcrest Garden Tour on June 22. The unique architecture of West-over Drive’s stone, colonial and Tudor homes will be on display during the two-hour event, beginning at noon.

Bus transportation will be available at 11:45 a.m. at Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter, 3319 Alabama Ave. SE, due to limited parking in the neighborhood. Organizers suggest a $5 donation. For more information, call (202) 575-6101.


HEALTH FESTIVAL: The Ward 8 Health Festival on June 15 will feature clowns, a parade and free family-oriented activities as well as the expected health screenings, according to Councilwoman Sandra Allen, who sponsors the annual event.

This year’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ketcham Elementary School, 1919 15th St. SE. For more information, call (202) 724-8045.

BREAKING GROUND: School officials and community leaders will gather at 10:30 a.m. June 4 to break ground for construction of a new W.B. Patterson Elementary School at 4399 South Capitol St. SW.

The old Patterson Elemen-tary was demolished six months ago to make way for a new three-story building that will accommodate 520 students when it is completed.

FARMERS RELOCATE: The Anacostia Farmers Market has relocated to 2101 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE – the site of the neighborhood’s landmark "big chair." The market, now in its fourth year, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through October. SFMP and WIC coupons are accepted by vendors. The market is jointly sponsored by the Capital Area Food Bank, From the Ground Up and Union Temple Baptist Church.

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