The Corner Forum
Sunday, March 9, 2003
Issue #22

Updates

NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP: Sharon Cochran, 1300 block of Emerald Street, has received an application from the D.C. Department of Public Works for the Helping Hand Neighborhood Clean-up program (645-7190), through which the city will loan us rakes, brooms, shovels and trash bags for a clean-up. All that remains to be done is to schedule a date for the clean-up and send the application back in.

MISSING GIRL: The police reported on Monday that at approximately 11:30 am on that day, 13-year-old Shawneka Mosee, missing since Feb. 24, returned home unharmed. From a press release, http://www.mpdc.org/blue/news.asp?sid=1945. ( — Sharon Cochran, 1300 block of Emerald Street NE).

SPINGARN BASKETBALL: Spingarn's boys basketball team lost to H.D. Woodson's team in Saturday's match to determine third place in the DCIAA tournament. Dunbar High beat Cardozo in the championship game. ( — Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE)

HOUSE MOVES: If you have met one of the area's new residents or know someone about to move out, please ask them if they'd like to introduce themselves or say goodbye. According to the Long & Foster Web site, http://www.longandfoster.com, viewed yesterday, the real estate listings for the Corner Forum area are all the same as from last week: 1364 Emerald St. NE ($365,000); 1302 E St. NE ($485,000); and 1342 E St. NE ($320,000). ( — Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE)

CORNER FORUM ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The following people helped produce or distribute last week's (March 1) Corner Forum: Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE (editing, folding, distributing); Tammi Cioffi, 536 13th St. NE (editing); and Sharon Cochran, 1300 block of Emerald St. NE (distributing). The following people attended last week's (March 1) Corner Forum planning meeting (held every Saturday at the Northeast Branch Library at 10 a.m.): Ms. Cochran, Mr. Borbely and Richard Sundberg (1200 block of Duncan Place NE). There are 57 households in the area that have subscribed to the Corner Forum (21 on Emerald Street, 19 on E Street, 12 on 13th Street, and five on Duncan Place).

KINGSMAN: Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1)'s Subcommittee on Human Rights, Latino Affairs and Property Management held a hearing on Tuesday on legislation to declare Kingsman Elementary School surplus property that can be sold to the Charter Schools Development Corporation, to be used by charter schools beginning in September. Mr. Graham has instructed Xavier Beltran, the subcommittee clerk, to prepare a report so the legislation can be passed to the Council's Committee of the Whole. Mr. Beltran said he expects that if everything moves according to plan, the full Council will be able to consider the legislation when it meets on March 18. Beforehand that can happen, however, the legislation will still need to be approved by Council member Harold Brazil's (D-At Large) Committee on Economic Development. However, Barry Kreiswirth, that committee's clerk, said on Thursday that Mr. Brazil still has not scheduled a hearing. He said Mr. Brazil expects that an emergency resolution will be introduced so that the regular process can be sidestepped. He said that under the regular process, the full council would not be able to consider the legislation in time to meet the Charter School Development Corporation's tight construction schedule. Michelle Gelsino, vice president of the corporation, said in an interview on Feb. 28 that if the legislation is not approved by mid-March, Sasha Bruce Charter School's plans to occupy the building in September could be imperiled, as construction would have to begin soon. In an interview on the same day, Mr. Graham expressed reservations about supporting an emergency resolution, saying that the city's record showed that property disposition had to be carefully considered. Council member Sharon Ambrose (D-Ward 6) did not return phone messages left for her on three separate days this week, seeking her comments on Kingsman and on whether she would support an emergency resolution. ( — Marc Borbely, 536 13th St. NE)§