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Cardozo-Shaw Neighborhood Association Newsletter
December 2000

CSNA meets the second Thursday of every month.

Holiday Party

Thursday, Dec. 14
7:00 p.m.

The Saloon
1207 U Street, NW


Have you checked out the construction in progress on the Westminster Street Playground? A large group of volunteers gathered on Saturday 18 November to help assemble two large pieces of playground equipment. Hard-working volunteers were fed well with hotdogs, sandwiches, chips, drinks, etc. Construction by contractors is currently underway on the brick entry wall, on top of which will be an iron fence.

Other improvements still to come includes rooftops for the larger playground piece, a swing set, benches, checker tables, and trash receptacles. Also to be installed are light poles that are reproductions of poles designed in 1910 for the Nation's Capitol. A cherry tree for shade is to be planted at the entrance.

When the True Reformer Building opens in January, the African American Civil War Memorial Museum will also reopen with its exhibits on display on the building's first floor. In addition to making space available for the museum's exhibits and administrative offices on a temporary basis, Public Welfare Foundation is making a $50,000 grant to support the museum's education and outreach efforts. The exhibits are currently in storage but staff is still conducting tours of the memorial. Additional information is available at

Fresh Fields Grand Opening at 1440 P Street is Thursday, 14 December! There will be a neighborhood reception starting at 5:00 p.m. The bakery and cafe will be open daily at 7:00 am while the rest of the store will open from 8:00 am to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. The store has 150 parking spaces and is accessible by foot and on two bus lines. If you should have any questions, comments, ideas or concerns about the store you may contact David Schwartz, Store Team Leader, at (301) 984-3737 ext. 2105 or

CSNA sadly bids farewell to Circe Stumbo, Courtney Schuchter, and their respective families (all of the 900 block of T Street). Circe has been a staunch supporter of both WNA and CSNA. She had been one of the driving forces in the renovation of the Westminster Playground, and annual WNA block parties and yard sales. Courtney founded the Shaw Baby Group. Without her efforts, some of us may have never known about what treasures the Watha T. Daniels Branch Library holds. Good luck to both families; we're sure their new neighbors (in Iowa and Pennsylvania) will benefit from their energy and generosity!

Minutes From Meeting of Thursday, 12 October 2000

CSNA Officers

Co-presidents Scott Pomeroy 667-6524
Paul Williams 462-6251
Vice President Kamal Jahanbein 462-2640
Treasurer Chuck Baxter 232-7921
Rcdg Secretary Jay Murphy 232-4564

The meeting began with a brief discussion by a representative of the U. S. Attorney's office regarding a recent robbery and shooting in the parking lot of the Bohemian Caverns Restaurant/ Club. Since the two suspects in custody were out on parole, their trial will occur within the next one hundred days. Apparently the gun used in the nonfatal shooting has not yet been found. Residents are asked to keep a look out, especially in the vicinity of the alley that runs north from the parking lot, between 10th and 11th Streets.

Scott Pomeroy announced that off-duty police have recently been curtailed by MPD from working off-duty security positions at the 9:30 Club. Scott moved that CSNA vote to send a letter of complaint to MPD. The move was seconded and passed unanimously.

Fresh Fields representative Wendy Wasserman announced that the new store on P Street NW will be opening on December 14th. Fresh Fields is hosting a job fair to attract new prospective employees from November 8-12. Upcoming events include Fresh Field's 5% days in which 5% of a specified day's pre-tax sales are donated to a local charity. The first recipient is slated to be For Love of Children (FLOC). Additionally, local musicians are being sought who might wish to participate in live performances to be hosted by Fresh Fields. Questions/comments can be sent to Wendy at her e-mail address

Buck Clarke reminded all in attendance that the December CSNA meeting will be our holiday get together, silent auction, and election of officers. All interested in contributing items/services for auction and/or running for the board are encouraged to contact Buck at 387-5937.

Chuck Baxter announced that as a result of a $178,000 grant provided by the Department of Housing and Community Development a new playground will soon start taking shape along Westminster Street. All community members were invited to come and help assemble playground equipment on Saturday November 18.

The Ledroit Park & Bloomingdale communities will be forming Little League baseball teams next spring. All interested in participating are encouraged to call the Howard University Hospital Child Care Center 518-0987 and/or Gage Ekington Elementary School 234-7483 for
further information.

Larry Clark of Donatelli & Klein announced that the first phase of the Harrison Square Condominium Development is expected to reach completion in February of 2001. He also mentioned that over 50% of the contractors used on the project are based in the District.

Scott Pomeroy encouraged all members to visit the CSNA website at and invited members to submit announcements/articles on topics they feel will be of interest to the community. He also mentioned that the Garnett Patterson School is looking for volunteers to help the school set up computers for student use.

CSNA Treasurer Chuck Baxter reported that as of November I CSNA had a balance of $2,590.59. Outstanding commitments include $250 earmarked for the Graffiti Abatement Fund, $250 for the Welcome Package Fund, and $85 for the Koenreich Fund. After subtracting for the commitments the total available balance is $2,005.50.

Following the announcement that CSNA Secretary, Jay Murphy had been appointed to the Board of the Lincoln Theater, Buck Clarke moved that CSNA write a letter to the Lincoln Theater encouraging them to embark on a greater degree of Community Outreach and facility utilization than is currently the case. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved.

You Are Cordially Invited

to the

Cardozo-Shaw Neighborhood Association


Thursday, 14 December 2000
The Saloon, 1205 "U" Street, NW
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Election of Officers
Food, Refreshments, Music, Cash Bar

Silent Auction:
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Social for 40 People
Club Seats at Washington Wizards Game
Hank Aaron Autographed Baseball
Lincoln Theater Tickets
Silver Wine Cooler
Gift Certificates for Local Restaurants
Fresh Fields Gift Basket
9:30 Club Tickets
Works by Local Artists and Authors
and much, much more!

Save the Date!

When Where Event Contact
Dec. 13, 7:00 p.m. Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets ANC1B Meeting Glenn Melcher, 307-1099
Dec. 14, 7:00 p.m. The Saloon, 1207 U Street Membership Meeting / HOLIDAY PARTY Scott Pomeroy, 667-6524; Paul Williams, 462-6251
Dec. 26, 7:00 p.m. 922 Westminster St. WMA Meeting Chuck Baxter, 232-7921

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