25 05 2010

I was VERY excited to hear about this!  I’ll have to start doing my grocery shopping on Wednesdays now!  What I think is great is that they are accepting food stamps.  My only question is – How do you let the people with food stamps know this is an option?

Join Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 2:30 p.m.

for the Opening Ceremony of the


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and FedStrive are sponsoring a farmers’ market each Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. outside on the Humphrey Building Plaza .

In support of President Obama’s Federal Employee Worksite Wellness Initiative, and following in our First Lady’s lead to emphasize the importance of good nutrition, HHS has brought FRESHFARM Market to our front door!

FRESHFARM Market will offer locally grown:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Fish
  • Flowers
  • Plants

Over 20 farmers from FRESHFARM Markets will sell produce each Wednesday afternoon beginning June 2nd through October 27th on the Independence Avenue Plaza of the Humphrey Building .

FRESHFARM Markets is a nonprofit organization that supports our region’s farmers, protects threatened farmlands and connects city dwellers with local farmers.  This farmers’ market guarantees that producers grow, raise, catch, produce and hand-craft what they bring to market.

Invite community members! All are welcome each Wednesday! Food stamps and WIC/Senior coupons will be accepted.  For more information, please visit FRESHFARM Markets at


Hey! You can finally get rid of that Zack Morris cell phone you’ve been hanging on to!

12 04 2010

Dig out that old cell phone at home tonight and

The infamous Zack Morris Cell Phone

tell your co-workers, friends, and tenants to do the same: When you bring it in to work tomorrow to recycle during the Golden Triangle’s Flowers for Phones cell phone recycling event you’ll be rewarded for your effort!

Join the Golden Triangle BID at noon tomorrow, Tuesday, Ap

ril 13 in Farragut Square Park, to meet DC Councilmember Jack Evans and we’ll give away $50 BLT Steak gift cards in a drawing to four people who are at the event at 12:00 p.m. sharp (whether they recycle a phone or not)!
Can’t make it at noon tomorrow? The recycling event runs both Tuesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 14 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. rain or shine at both Farragut Square Park (Connecticut Ave & K Street) and the Triangle Park at the intersection of 21st & M Streets. All old cell phones

, PDAs, pagers, and cords/chargers will be accepted and recycled by Earthworks, a partner organization in the BID.

Regardless of when you come, everyone who drops off a cell phone gets a free potted flower to take home and the chance to win a great prize from one of the following Golden Triangle merchants:
• $100 from Taberna del Alabardero
• Three-course dinner for two from M Street Bar & Grill
• Free massage from Eye Street Massage Therapy
• $50 from Public Bar
• $50 from Green and Blue boutique
• $50 from Bread & Brew
• $50 from Spezie
• $50 from Foundry Gallery
• $50 from Sam & Harry’s

Tell Congress to Let DC Vote!

22 03 2007

Today could be a historic day in the history of our nation’s capital as the US House of Representatives prepares to vote on H.R. 1433, a bill to give the citizens of the District of Columbia the right to be fully represented in the House of Representatives.  For the over 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia, “taxation without representation” isn’t just in the history books, it’s alive and well. District citizens are denied voting representation in the United States Congress, but are still under the same obligations to pay Federal taxes as any citizen of the other 50 states. 

The House of Representatives is currently considering a bill that would give the residents of the District of Columbia voting representation in the House, something they’ve never had.  The legislation has bi-partisan support, but members of Congress need to hear from real people who support this bill. That’s where you come in. Please take a minute and help end the disenfranchisement of over a half-million of your fellow American citizens by visiting and signing the petition, or by calling your Representative and/or Senator’s DC Office.  (To find out who your Representative is, and their contact information, please visit and enter your zip code in the upper left hand corner.)

The citizens of the District of Columbia have been denied a vote in Congress for over 200 years.  This is the best chance that DC residents have ever had of gaining the right that every other American enjoys.  Please send a message to Congress that 600,000 American citizens should have a vote on issues like the war in Iraq, healthcare, social security, education and any other issue that faces Congress.  Please tell your Representative that you support DC voting rights today.

Your support is particularly needed today, one day after President Bush  threatened to veto the DC Voting rights bill.  Bush has questioned the constitutionality of allowing 600,000 Americans to have a vote in Congress.  If I remember my Civics 101 class correctly, it is the responsibility of the Supreme Court to determine if a law is constitutional, not the President.  But the Court can not rule on a law that has not been passed.  Let’s give the Supreme Court a chance to fulfill its constitutional obligation to interpret the laws by passing this bill on Friday. 

Thank you for your help and support.

Fireworks mark the Start of DC Coffee Talk

21 02 2007

Well, I might need to use the term “fireworks” a little loosely.  There was definitely fire, and excitement, that’s for sure.  I’m not sure if I would say “works,” per se… 

 Last night around 10 as Roja and I are sitting in the living room and deliberating on the urgency of bedtime, there was a substantial explosion from just outside of the front door to the condo.  The first “pop” was followed by a second and third and as I turned towards the (glass) door, there were sparks and fire shooting out of the electrical meter closet that services our’s and our neighbor’s condo units.  Smoke and the smell of burning plastic filled the foyer and we immediately started shutting off lights and appliances thinking that something was draining too much power from the closet. 

After a few more “explosions” and the hiss and sizzle of an electrical fire, I called the DC Fire Department who came amazingly quickly.  They came down, took a look at the closet and proceeded to tell me that “yup, it looks like an electrical fire.  Something got burned up in there,” and that it was all up to Pepco at that point.  Pepco’s emergency team arrived within 20 minutes and started poking around in the closet to confirm that “yup, it looks like an electrical fire.  Something got burned up in there.  Looks like your breakers are on fire.”  “You mean, like, right now?”  “Yup! Hey, if you wouldn’t mind, can I take a look at your fuse panel, you know, if its not too inconvenient.”  Now, luckily I had just vacuumed and cleaned the other day and felt totally comfortable with some stranger walking into the house to prevent it from burning down.  There’s nothing more embarrassing than someone coming to service your flaming breakers and to see tumbleweeds of cat hair rolling across the living room floor like it is a barren waste land. 

The Pep(co) Boys determined that it wasn’t OUR breakers that were on fire, but our neighbors’ and that they would need to cut the power to service it.   I’m guessing that they went up to tell our neighbors that before they cut their power and that the next explosion that followed (while I was staring at the box moving some of the more flammable items out of the vicinity, mind you) was the result of an angry consumer jumping out of bed and flipping on a light switch to yell at whatever creep was at his door at 12 at night. 

Hi-jinks ensue as the Pep(co) Boys attempt to cut the power:

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