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									                                                                 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
                                                                 committed citizens can change the world. . .”
                                                                                  Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

 Published by the City of Takoma Park                                                                                                      March 2005

City Cries Out: We Need More Gym Space
                    By Virginia Myers Kelly             There are gymnasiums very close to
                                                     the new Community Center, but that
   Behind the chain link fence and                   doesn’t mean it’s easy for City resi-
across a muddy pit of a construction                 dents to use them. Takoma Park and
site, Takoma Park’s long-planned Com-                Piney Branch Elementary Schools each
munity Center is finally beginning to                have a gym, and Takoma Park Middle
take shape. City Council recently ap-                School has two. But the county school
proved a $2.6 million bond that will                 system gives first priority for use of
help pay for the completion of the first             those gyms to the schools themselves,
phase — the addition to the Municipal                then the PTA, then the city recreation
Center and renovations of existing                   department.
space — and although the price tag has                  According to Ginny Gong, director of
escalated since the project began, brick             the Interagency Coordinating Board for
has been stacked upon brick and plans                Community Use of Public Facilities
are already under way for a ribbon                   (ICB) that schedules the space, they’re
cutting ceremony next fall.                          booked. “The requests for gym space
   It won’t be held in the gym – because             continues to increase from year to year,”
there will be no gym. Not yet.                       says Gong. “More and more users are
   After a public hearing where some                 realizing that it’s a really great oppor-
advocated for the gym and others ques-               tunity [to use school gyms] and they
tioned the need (there are four school               take advantage of it.” Many potential
gymnasiums within walking distance),                 users have been turned away, says
City Council decided to delay borrow-                Gong, though she is not sure that has                                                                                   Photo by Clyde Lassell, 1994
ing an additional $2.5 million or more               happened at the Takoma Park gyms.                Generations of Takoma Park kids played and socialized in the gym under the Takoma
to build the gym that was part of the                And it’s not free – last year, according         Park Firehouse at Philadelphia and Carroll avenues. Structural problems made it unfit
original Community Center plan.                      to Debra Haiduven, director of the City’s        for general community use after 1996, though firefighters still work out there. This
   The question is no longer whether                 Rec Department, the city spent $23,000           photo was taken in 1994.
Takoma Park needs a gym, but how
many gyms.                                                                 Continued on page 10

                                                                                                      Carroll Ave., Paving the
                         C-SAFE Gets High Praise                                                      Way for Public Art
                                                                                                                 By Kate Konschnik                     sidewalk between Columbia and
                                                                                                                                                       Philadelphia avenues.
                                                                                                         It will meander down Carroll Ave.                The artwork will cost $10,000, paid
                                                                                                      every day, but it won’t get in your way          for by a part of the state grant for the
                                                                                                      if you’re in a hurry. It will stretch            refurbishing of the Carroll Ave.
                                                                                                      through several blocks of downtown               streetscape. No City funds are being
                                                                                                      Takoma Park, but it won’t obstruct your          spent on the project.
                                                                                                      view of the Farmers’ Market. It will                Beyond a few construction and bud-
                                                                                                      delight children, and yet be tough               get parameters, the commission in-
                                                                                                      enough to withstand Maryland’s                   vited local artists to run wild with
                                                                                                      weather extremes.                                their creativity. Local artists re-
                                                                                                         The answer to this riddle is . . . it’s the   sponded to this exciting challenge.
                                                                                                      Carroll Ave. sidewalk art project! Yes,          Inspiration didn’t come all at once –
                                                                                                      the City Arts & Humanities                       for instance, artist John Hume of Sligo
                                                                                                      Commission’s first commissioned piece            Creek Tile Co., one of the finalists,
                                                                                                      of public art is coming to town. Last            admitted that “at first, I was stuck in
                                                                                                      fall, the commission issued a request            my 4 inch x 4 inch square tile box.” But
                                                                                                      for proposals, inviting local artists to         then, he and other artists worked up
                                                                             Photo by Clyde Lassell   devise a piece of pedestrian-friendly,           their unique, outside-of-the-box pro-
   Lt.Gov. Michael Steele (holding plaque) presents award to Takoma Park Mayor                        weather resistant, whimsical art to cre-         posals, which included scale models
   Kathy Porter for City’s leading role in anti-crime program. See story, page 4                      ate and install along the Carroll Ave.           of the artwork.
                                                                                                                                                          After a marathon meeting in Decem-
                                                                                                                                                       ber, the Carroll Avenue Sidewalk Art
                            Takoma Park, MD
                            7500 Maple Ave.
                            Mayor & Council

                                                                                                                                                       Committee selected two finalists. The
                                                Inside this Issue                                                                                      finalists are local tile artists who se-

                                                Power to the People                                             Page 5                                 lected similar media for their pieces.
                                                Maryland mayors hope to make electricity cheaper.                                                      The pieces also share a meandering
                                                                                                                                                       quality. From there, however, the de-

                                                Paying Duplicate Taxes                                          Page 5                                 signs diverge.
                                                Task force explores City, county services and costs.                                                      Silver Spring artist Adriana Baler
                            PRE-SORT STANDARD

                                                                                                                                                       envisioned “a continuous curvilinear
                             TAKOMA PARK, MD
                              PERMIT NO. 4422

                                                Crime Decreases in Takoma Park                                  Page 10
                                                                                                                                                       trail of circular colored porcelain pav-
                                U.S. POSTAGE

                                                Major crime down 11 percent between 2003 and 2004.
                                                                                                                                                       ers of different diameters.” The effect

                                                Forum on Hazardous Rail Cargo                                   Page 12                                is not unlike following a path of brightly
                                                Can the City stop dangerous chemicals on CSX trains?
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 CITY COUNCIL                                                                                                                 Juanita Kus Lorentz and Anne Polansky to the Citizens
                                                                                                                              Liaison Committee to the Community Center (VOT-
 CALENDAR                                                                                                                     ING FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich, Seamens,
                                                                                                                              Williams; ABSENT: Mizeur).
     TUESDAY, MARCH 1 - Commission on
   Landlord Tenant Affairs Hearing, 7 p.m.                                                                                    Monday, Jan. 10 - Regular Meeting
   (Municipal Building Council Chambers)                                                                                      – Resolution 2005-01 was adopted, naming the athletic
                                                                                                                              field at Jequie Park in honor of Walt Penney (VOTING
     WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2 - Residents’
                                                                                                                              FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich, Mizeur,
   Committee on Tax and Service Duplication
                                                                                                                              Seamens, Williams).
   Issues, 7 p.m. (Columbia Room, 2nd Floor of
   Wilkinson Hall (7600 Flower Ave.) at Columbia                                                                              Tuesday, Jan. 18 - Special Session
   Union College)                                               To receive a copy of the legislation or to learn more about   – Ordinance 2005-01 was accepted at first reading, autho-
                                                              a particular resolution, contact Cathy Waters, the City         rizing the expansion of permit parking on Boston Ave.
                                                              Clerk, at 301-891-7206 or
   INTERVIEWS & WORKSESSION                                                                                                   (VOTINGFOR:Porter,Austin-Lane,Barry,Elrich,Mizeur,
                                                              Monday, Dec. 13, 2004 - Regular Meeting                         Seamens, Williams).
     TUESDAY, MARCH 8 - Tree Commission, 6:30                 – Ordinance 2004-36 was adopted at second reading,              – Ordinance 2005-2 was accepted at first reading, autho-
   p.m. (Municipal Building Council Chambers)                 amending Chapter 6 Housing to address air conditioning          rizing a Local Government Infrastructure Program Bond
    THURSDAY, MARCH 10 - Safe Roadways                        in rental housing (VOTING FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane,             for the Community Center (VOTING FOR: Porter, Barry,
   Committee, 6:30 p.m. (Municipal Building                   Barry, Elrich, Seamens, Williams; ABSENT: Mizeur).              Elrich,Mizeur,Williams;AGAINST:Seamens;ABSTAIN:
   Council Chambers)                                          – Ordinance 2004-31 was adopted at second reading,              Austin-Lane).
                                                              establishingtheEmergencyPreparednessCommitteeasa                – Ordinance 2005-3 was accepted at first reading, autho-
    MONDAY, MARCH 14 - PRESENTATION,                          statutorycommittee(VOTINGFOR:Porter,Austin-Lane,                rizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with
   REGULAR MEETING & WORKSESSION                              Barry, Elrich, Seamens, Williams; ABSENT: Mizeur).              Linda McKenzie for financial and accounting consulting
     WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 - Residents’                         – Ordinance 2004-34 was adopted at second reading,              services (VOTING FOR: Porter, Barry, Elrich, Williams;
   Committee on Tax and Service Duplication                   authorizing execution of contract for rents analyst with        AGAINST: Austin-Lane, Seamens; ABSTAIN: Mizeur).
   Issues, 7 p.m. (Columbia Room, 2nd Floor of                Comilang and Varghese (VOTING FOR: Porter, Austin-
                                                                                                                              Monday, Jan. 24 - Regular Meeting
   Wilkinson Hall (7600 Flower Ave.) at Columbia              Lane,Barry,Elrich,Seamens,Williams;ABSENT:Mizeur).
                                                                                                                              – Ordinance 2005-2 as amended was adopted at sec-
   Union College)                                             – Ordinance 2004-37 was adopted at second reading,
                                                                                                                              ond reading, authorizing a Local Government Infra-
                                                              adopting a recodification of the Takoma Park Code (VOT-
     THURSDAY, MARCH 17 - Noise Control                                                                                       structure Program Bond for the Community Center
                                                              ING FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich, Seamens,
   Board, 7 p.m. (Municipal Building)                                                                                         (VOTING FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich,
                                                              Williams; ABSENT: Mizeur).
                                                                                                                              Williams; AGAINST: Seamens; ABSENT: Mizeur).
    MONDAY, MARCH 21 - PRESENTATION &                         – Ordinance 2004-38 was adopted at second reading,
   WORKSESSION                                                                                                                – Resolution 2005-3 was adopted, authorizing reim-
                                                              amending the Takoma Park Code to increase parking
                                                                                                                              bursement from the Local Government Infrastructure
     THURSDAY, MARCH 24 - Public Safety                       violationfines(VOTINGFOR:Porter,Austin-Lane,Barry,
                                                                                                                              Bond proceeds for Community Center expenses (VOT-
   Citizens Advisory Committee, 7:30 p.m.                     Elrich, Seamens, Williams; ABSENT: Mizeur).
                                                                                                                              ING FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich, Williams;
   (Municipal Building Administration Office)                 – Ordinance #2004-33 was adopted at second reading,
                                                                                                                              AGAINST: Seamens; ABSENT: Mizeur).
                                                              authorizing FY05 Budget Amendment No. 1 (VOTING
    MONDAY, MARCH 28 - PRESENTATION,                                                                                          – Ordinance 2005-01 was adopted at second reading,
                                                              FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich, Seamens, Wil-
   REGULAR MEETING & WORKSESSION                                                                                              authorizing the expansion of permit parking on Bos-
                                                              liams; ABSENT: Mizeur).
                                                                                                                              ton Ave. (VOTING FOR: Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry,
     WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 - Residents’                         – The Consent Agenda was adopted (VOTING FOR:
                                                                                                                              Elrich, Seamens, Williams;; ABSENT: Mizeur).
   Committee on Tax and Service Duplication                   Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich, Mizeur, Seamens,
                                                                                                                              – Ordinance 2005-3 was adopted at second reading,
   Issues, 7 p.m., (Columbia Room, 2nd Floor of               Williams).
                                                                                                                              authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agree-
   Wilkinson Hall (7600 Flower Ave.) at Columbia              A. Resolution 2004-64, appointing David Pittman to
                                                                                                                              ment with Linda McKenzie for financial and account-
   Union College)                                             the Ethics Commission.
                                                                                                                              ing consulting services (VOTING FOR: Porter, Barry,
                                                              B. Resolution 2004-65, appointing Steve Moody to the
                                                                                                                              Elrich, Williams; AGAINST: Seamens; ABSTAIN: Aus-
                                                              Safe Roadways Committee.
                                                                                                                              tin-Lane; ABSENT: Mizeur).
   Citizens Liaison Committee                                 C. Resolution 2004-66, appointing Cynthia Szymanski
                                                                                                                              – The Consent Agenda was adopted (VOTING FOR:
                                                              to the Tree Commission.
   For the Community Center                                   D. Resolution 2004-67, setting forth the Council’s 2004
                                                                                                                              Porter, Austin-Lane, Barry, Elrich, Seamens, Williams;
   City residents are invited to participate in the                                                                           ABSENT: Mizeur).
                                                              holiday recess.
   Citizens Liaison Committee for the Commu-                                                                                  A. Resolution #2005-4, appointing Kristan Markey to
   nity Center. The committee serves to foster                Monday, Jan. 3 - Special Session                                the Takoma Park Nuclear Free Committee.
   communication among interested parties and                 – Resolution 2005-01 was adopted, appointing Sheryl             B. Resolution #2005-5, appointing H. James O’Brien
   the Council in the ongoing process for the                 Brugh, Mary Carter-Williams, Paul Chrostowski,                  to the Facade Advisory Board.
   development of a Community Center. Infor-
   mation about the committee is available on
   the City Web page. If you are interested in
   serving on this committee, contact your City
                                                             Vacancies on Council-Appointed Committees
   Councilmember (or the City Clerk’s Office) to             Emergency Preparedness Committee. The commit-                    Personnel Appeal Board. The 5-member board is
   request appointment.                                      tee was established to provide community input to and            charged with hearing employee appeals pursuant to
                                                             assist in the City’s planning and preparations for               Chapter 4.04 “Personnel” of the Takoma Park Code.
                                                             emergency operations and to involve residents in                 (One vacancy.)
 Volunteers Needed to Serve                                  providing appropriate assistance during emergency
                                                                                                                              Public Safety Citizens Advisory Committee. The 12-
                                                             operations. Applicants should have some profes-
 On the Noise Control Board                                  sional background in emergency preparedness or                   member committee is charged with providing input
 If you are interested in serving on the Noise               operations and be available to perform committee                 and advice to the Council and the City’s public safety
 Control Board, please see the notice under                  duties during the day when required. (Six vacancies.)            agencies about how the City can better meet the
 “Committee Vacancies.”                                                                                                       ongoing needs and concerns of residents in the area
                                                             Noise Control Board. The 7-member board is charged               of police services and public safety. (Four vacancies.)

The Write Stuff?                                             with assisting and advising the City on noise control
                                                             issues, including administration and enforcement of
                                                                                                                              Safe Roadways Committee. The Safe Roadways Com-
                                                                                                                              mittee advises the City on transportation-related issues
   The City Newsletter is looking for a few good writers.    the Noise Control Ordinance, and adjudicating noise              including, but not limited to, pedestrian and bicycle
If you’re interested in Takoma Park, its issues and          disturbance complaints. (Three vacancies.)                       safety, traffic, and transit services. (Two vacancies.)
people, this is an opportunity for you to dig into those
fascinating recesses and get published as well. We can       Nuclear-Free Committee. The 7-member committee is                Tree Commission. The Tree Commission is charged
even pay writers a small amount. While we welcome            responsible for overseeing the implementation of and             with preserving, protecting and promoting the urban
people with news-writing experience, we’re also              adherence to the Nuclear-Free Zone Act. (One vacancy.)           forest of Takoma Park. (One vacancy.)
willing to talk to new journalists who are willing to do
the work.                                                    Interested applicants are encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume or statement of qualifications
   Contact the Newsletter editor at                          to City Clerk Cathy Waters at 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912 or via e-mail to or at Takoma Park        Further information is available by contacting the City Clerk at 301-891-7206.
Newsletter, 7500 Maple Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912.
                                                          T a k o m a          P a r k      N e w s l e t t e r                               March 2 0 0 5                  Page 3

                                                                                          Learn Emergency Preparedness March 19
 Proposed Regulation Regarding
                                                                                            All residents are invited to attend a       Takoma Park Emergency Preparedness
 Noise Control Bylaws                                                                     public meeting, "How to Manage the            Committee will be available.
                                                                                          First 72 Hours in Emergencies", spon-           All Neighborhood Safety Contacts
 A Regulation is being proposed to provide written bylaws for the Noise Control
                                                                                          sored by the Public Safety Citizens Ad-       and citizen/community patrol members
 Board (established pursuant to Ordinance 2002-35, adopted by the City
                                                                                          visory Committee. Speakers from the           are encouraged to attend. Andy Keleman
 Council Dec. 2, 2002).
                                                                                          American Red Cross and the Mont-              and Buddy Daniels, organizers of the
 Pursuant to the requirements of the “Administrative Regulations Ordinance”
                                                                                          gomery County Fire-Rescue Service will        session, urge every City organization to
 (Authority: Chapter 2.12 “Administration Regulations”, of the Takoma Park
                                                                                          make presentations Saturday, March 19         provide at least one representative to the
 Code), notice of the City’s intention to adopt an Administrative Regulation
                                                                                          in the City Council Chambers, 1 - 4 p.m.      meeting. Schools, churches, and busi-
 must first be published in the Takoma Park Newsletter to allow citizens the
                                                                                            The session will address how Takoma         ness organizations, as well as civic asso-
 opportunity to comment on the proposal. An exact copy of the proposed
                                                                                          Park can best utilize its various organi-     ciations, should be represented.
 regulation is posted on the bulletin board outside the City Council Chamber
                                                                                          zations to help City residents in an emer-      For more information, contact
 and is available for inspection during regular office hours in the City’s Adminis-
                                                                                          gency, whether natural or manmade. In-        Keleman at 301-270-0314 or Daniels at
 tration Office in the Municipal Building, 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park.
                                                                                          formation about the recently formed           301-270-5789.
 The regulation may also be accessed via the City’s Web page.
 Please direct any comments or concerns to City Clerk Catherine Waters in
 writing by mail to the above address, by e-mail to or by
 voice message at 301-891-7206 before the close of business on Monday,
 March 21, 2005.                                                                          Safe Roadways Committee
                                                                                          Focuses on Philadelphia Ave.
                                                                                             The City’s Safe Roadways Committee, one of its newest citizens advisory
 Emergency Preparedness Committee                                                         committees, does not like the pedestrian safety situation on Philadelphia Ave.,
                                                                                          and it aims to do something about it.
 Volunteers Needed                                                                           The committee has been especially worried ever since an incident a few months
 The City Council has established an Emergency Preparedness Committee to                  ago in which a girl who had just gotten off a schoolbus was struck by a car that
 provide community input to and assist in the City’s planning and preparations            had pulled out to pass the schoolbus. The committee is concerned about the
 for emergency operations and to involve residents in providing appropriate               stretch of Philadelphia between Carroll Ave. and Takoma Ave. The road, also
 assistance during emergency operations. The committee is composed of                     known as East-West Highway or Route 410, is a state highway, but it’s also a
 appropriate senior City staff selected by the City manager, one member of the            residential street with heavy foot traffic and children crossing to go to three
 Public Safety Citizens Advisory Committee (PSCAC), one member of the City’s              public schools nearby.
 Fire Department and six residents (preferably one from each ward) appointed                 The greatest concern is the inter-
 by the Council. Appointees should have some professional background in                   section where 410 meets Cedar Ave.,
 emergency preparedness or operations and be available to perform committee               Old Philadelphia, and the driveway                                                 Editor
 duties during the day when required. The full ordinance is available on the City’s       leading to the Takoma Park                                                   Bob Guldin
 Web page:                        Maryland Library and the                                                    Copy Editor
 To apply for appointment, submit a letter of interest and résumé (or statement           Municipal Building.                  Deadline for                       Carol E. Smalls
 of qualifications) to: City Clerk, City of Takoma Park, 7500 Maple Ave.,                 Larry Rubin, a member of            Submissions:
                                                                                          the committee, told the                 March 14                                  Writers
 Takoma Park, MD 20912 or via e-mail to Submit                                                                                         Lea Susan Chartock
 applications by March 15.                                                                Newsletter that the inter-           Next Issue:
                                                                                                                                                                    Diana Hoover
                                                                                          section will probably be               March 25                   Virginia Myers Kelly
                                                                                          busier after the Community                                             Kate Konschnik
                                                                                          Center opens.
Karen Hampton Honored                                                                        The Safe Roadways Committee has                                         Photography

With Study in Taiwan
                                                                                                                                                                    Clyde Lassell
                                                                                          come up with several high-priority
                                                                                          recommendations for the intersec-                                Layout & Production
                                               Karen E. Hampton, human resources          tion, including: putting a pedestrian                Sligo Computer Services, Inc.
                                            manager for the City of Takoma Park and       island in the middle of Philadelphia;          
                                            councilmember from College Park, Md.,         closing off Old Philadelphia; high-                                       Vol. 44, no. 6
                                            joined eight other rising political figures   lighting the curb with special light-         The Takoma Park Newsletter is pub-
                                            from across the nation as delegates to the    ing; and hiring a school crossing          lished 11 times a year as the official
                                            Republic of China (Taiwan) for a seven-       guard for the intersection. At its Feb.    publication of the City of Takoma Park,
                                            day political study program. Sponsored        17 meeting, the Old Town Residents
                                            by the American Council of Young Po-          Association, a nearby neighborhood            The Newsletter does not accept commer-
                                            litical Leaders (ACYPL), a bipartisan non-    association, endorsed the committee’s      cial, classified or political advertisements.
                                                                                          recommendations.                              Unsolicited materials by Takoma Park
                                            profit organization located in Washing-                                                  residents, including reports by community
                                            ton, D.C., the Taiwan program took place         Councilmember Joy Austin-Lane           groups and articles that may contain opin-
                                            from Nov. 12 to 19, 2004.                     (Ward 1) represents the area around        ion, will be considered for publication.
                                               The delegates were briefed by U.S. De-     that intersection, and has requested       Name, address and telephone number must
                                            partment of State officials in Washing-       that the City Council consider the         accompany all submitted material.
                                            ton, and were hosted by officials from the    recommendations of the Safe Road-             Pursuant to City Council Resolution No.
                                            Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan.        ways Committee. Because that sec-          1992-36 of June 8, 1992 that sets forth
                                                                                          tion of Philadelphia is a state high-      the editorial guidelines of the Newsletter,
                                            There, they interacted with local, mu-                                                   the Editor reserves the right to edit all
           Karen E. Hampton                 nicipal and national leaders, business        way, the Maryland State Highway            submitted copy for length, clarity, style,
                                            communities, and civic groups.                Authority would have to approve            spelling and grammar.
  ACYPL delegates are chosen from a competitive, bipartisan field of candidates           changes in the road.                          Published material containing opinions
who are between the ages of 25 and 40 years old and have exhibited strong leadership                                                    does not necessarily reflect the views of
                                                                                                                                        the Newsletter or the City of Takoma Park.
during their careers in public or private service.
                                                                                                                                           The City of Takoma Park is an equal
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                                                                                              Think Globally,                           criminate on the basis of race, color,
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                                                                                                                                        religion, ancestry or national origin, sex,
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 City staff made a presentation at the Feb. 22 Council meeting on this                                                                  disabilities that are unrelated in nature and
                                                                                                                                        extent to job performance. The Newsletter
 important topic, which is currently being reviewed by a citizens advisory
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Who’ll Stop The Rain?
Stormwater Can Be a Blessing or a Curse
                                           stormwater management program. With         expand its scope to include construction         3.   Don’t buy more of a household
         By Ali Khalilian, P.E.            residents’ awareness, we can achieve        and maintenance of stormwater man-                    cleaner or other chemical than you
            City Engineer                  our goal of safe conveyance of runoff,      agement facilities, flood plain manage-               need for the job.
   Stormwater replenishes our natural      free of pollution, into the surrounding     ment and erosion control enforcement             4.   Read and follow directions on the
water resources. Clean water rejuvenates   watershed.                                  currently enacted by the county.                      use of household chemicals and
our streams and inhabitants. At the same      The City of Takoma Park has estab-          Finally, EPA is tightening its regula-             disposal of containers.
time, pollution and floods erode the       lished a stormwater utility as a perma-     tions regarding non-point source pollu-          5.   Sweep driveways and patios clean
shores, poison the streams and damage      nent program addressing the problems        tion in a continuing effort to achieve the            instead hosing them down.
aquatic life, depleting irreplaceable re-  associated with runoff. Like many other     goal of the Clean Water Act – zero pollut-       6.   Check for leaky faucets and turn
sources. The ques-                                                                     ant discharge. So far, to meet the require-           off the water when brushing teeth
tion is, how do we                                                                     ments we have recognized the connection               to conserve water.
maximize the ben-                                                                      between clean streets and drain pipes’           7.   Pre-cycle. Buy products with less
efits and mini-                                                                        functionality, and implemented an as-                 packaging.
mize the damage                                                                        needed street sweeping program. This will        8.   Pick up pet waste and put it in the
of the water that                                                                      help keep the pipes clean as well as reduce           garbage can or flush it down the
drops into our                                                                         runoff pollution. A community-wide sys-               toilet.
lives?                                                                                 tem model that analyzes sediment trans-
   Both types of                                                                       portation and pollutant loading could also     In Your Yard
negative storm                                                                         be a part of a master plan to reduce erosion     9.   Preserve established trees in your
events — namely                                                                        and pollutants from our streets, and could            yard and neighborhood.
flooding and pol-                                                                      prove useful in addressing the new EPA           10. Don’t overuse fertilizers and pes-
lution transport –                                                                     regulations.                                          ticides.
are inherently in-                                                                        One important factor in managing              11. Plant trees, shrubs and ground
termittent and as                                                                      stormwater properly is implementing a                 covers that filter pollutants and
such escape atten-                                                                     computerized geographic information                   reduce stormwater runoff.
tion when they are                                                                     system or GIS.                                   12. Don’t cut your grass too short.
not visible. For                                                                                                                             Adjust your lawnmower to the
this       reason,                                                                     What You Can Do                                       proper height to reduce runoff
stormwater man- City worker manually unclogging a storm sewer inlet                      There are also many things residents                from lawns.
agement mainte-                                                                        can do to help to keep surface runoff in         13. Plant native vegetation and
nance and upgrade along with environ- municipalities, the stormwater utility has       the proper conveyance system and ulti-                choose plants that require little or
mental awareness in the community are the following responsibilities: review-          mately keep pollution in the Anacostia                no fertilizer.
essential ingredients in solving the prob- ing new development to ensure consis-       Watershed to a minimum. Among them:              14. When you water your plants and
lems that come with rainstorms.            tent standards are met, performing rou-       Never dump used motor oil, paint or                 lawn, make sure water doesn’t
   However, at the risk of sounding self- tine maintenance and small additions to      household chemicals on the ground or                  wash over streets and sidewalks.
congratulatory, I do believe that there is the existing system, investing in capital   in a storm drain.                                When an effective City- and
a great deal of sophistication and envi- projects to repair the backbone of the          1. Don’t pour household chemicals            countywide program is combined with
ronmental consciousness in our com- conveyance system and preparing to                        down the sink or flush them down        day-to-day vigilance on the part of resi-
munity here in Takoma Park, as well as address the Environmental Protection                   the toilet.                             dents, we have a real chance of improv-
a realistic grasp of the far-reaching im- Agency’s future, higher requirements for       2. Use non-toxic alternatives to home        ing the quality of water and the quality
plications of a comprehensive stormwater. In the future, the utility may                      cleaning chemicals.                     of life in our watershed.

                                                                                       Housing Mailbox
Lt. Governor Steele Praises
                                                                                        An Air Conditioner Problem
C-SAFE Anti-Crime Effort                                                                         By Moses A. Wilds, Jr.               $35 per month from May through Sep-
  Lt. Governor Michael Steele and          Takoma Old Town, where D.C.,                       Landlord-Tenant Coordinator             tember (the air conditioning season).
other state officials came to the Long     Takoma Park, Montgomery County                                                             Charges for increased use of electricity
                                                                                           A tenant wants to know if a landlord
Branch Community Center Feb. 14 to         and Metro all are active.                                                                  during the air conditioning season only
                                                                                        is still required to provide air condi-
praise an innovative and effective           The Maryland International Cor-                                                          are permitted if the landlord is respon-
                                                                                        tioning even though the landlord was
anti-crime effort in the Takoma/Lan-       ridor C-SAFE program is one of 50 in                                                       sible for electricity and only if he/she
                                                                                        cited by Montgomery County last year
gley area, in which the Takoma Park        the state. It covers both the Langley                                                      previously charged for this increased
                                                                                        for not having the proper electrical
Police Department is the lead agency.      Park and the Long Branch/Takoma                                                            electrical usage.
                                                                                        wiring to accommodate the window
The C-SAFE program (that stands for        Park areas. The local program is con-                                                         Under Ordinance 2004-36, all leases
                                                                                        air conditioner. Upon receiving the
Collaborative Supervision and Fo-          sidered among the top-performing C-          violation notice, the landlord had re-        must now contain a provision which
cused Enforcement) has been reduc-         SAFE initiatives in the state.               moved the air conditioner instead of          indicates whether the landlord or ten-
ing crime by bringing people and             The program was initiated as a             upgrading the electrical system.              ant will provide and maintain air con-
agencies together from Takoma Park,        HotSpot program in the Governor’s               In accordance with City Ordinance          ditioner units and whether a fee is be-
Montgomery County and Prince               Office of Crime Control and Preven-          2004-36 which became effective Dec.           ing charged for the amenity. Land-
George’s County.                           tion in 2000. It began with a year-          14, 2004, tenants have the right to have      lords who have never provided air con-
  Steele presented a Governor’s Ci-        long comprehensive study of the              air conditioning (central or window           ditioning options are not required to
tation to the C-SAFE team. The pro-        area’s resources and needs that in-          unit) if air conditioning has been pre-       do so now. However, the non-provi-
gram in the Takoma/Langley Inter-          volved the entire community, under           viously provided in their building. All       sion of air conditioning must be clearly
national Corridor works by bringing        the direction of City resident Dr.           air conditioner units, whether owned          indicated in their leases. If the lease is
together not only traditional law en-      Patricia Delaney.                            and maintained by the landlord or ten-        silent on the provision of air condition-
forcement, but also neighbors, busi-         The program addresses crime pre-           ant, must be continued. Landlords             ing the ordinance indicates that a ten-
nesses, social service agencies, and       vention and the fear of crime through        who included air conditioning as an           ant may choose to exercise the option
parole and probation officers.             a holistic approach, including youth         amenity with no extra fee ( AC has been       of having an air conditioner installed.
  The success of the International         programs and services.                       included in the rent), may not charge a       In this instance the Landlord will be
Corridor C-SAFE has heightened in-           John Brill was named program di-           separate fee for this amenity now.            responsible for upgrading electrical
terest in putting together a similar       rector in May 2002; the program also            If the previous lease indicated that       outlets to comply with City/county code
cross-jurisdictional program in            employs two community organizers.            an extra fee was applied for rental of an     requirements. Tenants should call 301-
                                                                                        air conditioner, City regulations now         891-7215 if they have any questions
                                                                                        require that this fee be not more than        about this ordinance.
                                                              T a k o m a              P a r k      N e w s l e t t e r                                 March 2 0 0 5                  Page 5

 Power to the People                                                                              Tool Library Retooled and Relocated
 (Or at Least to the Cities)                                                                                   By Richard Levine
                                                                                                    The Takoma Park Tool Library, in its
                                                                                                  new location on Ritchie Ave. just around
                                                                                                  the corner from Maple Ave. in front of
                                                                                                  Public Works, is changing its hours and
                                                                                                  increasing its tool inventory. The Tool
                                                                                                  Library trailer has been refurbished and
                                                                                                  the Tool Library site landscaped. Short-
                                                                                                  term street parking is available for users.
                                                                                                  New signs will be erected along Maple
                                                                                                  Ave. and at the Municipal Center to help
                                                                                                  residents find the Tool Library.
                                                                                                    The Tool Library, by lending a wide
                                                                                                  variety of tools, can save residents the
                                                                                                  expense of purchasing and storing tools
                                                                                                  that are only occasionally used, some of
                                                                                                  which such as ladders are quite expen-
                                                                                                  sive and large. Also, the tool librarian is
                                                                                                  available to offer borrowers advice on
                                                                                                  the use of tools and their applicability for
                                                                                                  different types of repair.                                                  Drawing by Walt Rave

                                                                      Photo by Elizabeth Mosely     Within the past year, a survey was             programs. Outreach programs might
   Officials from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties gathered for a press                    taken of area residents at the Takoma            include conducting training programs
 conference Feb. 15 to make the case for having Maryland cities serve, essen-                     Park Farmers’ Market regarding the best          regarding the use of tools and basic home
 tially, as electric utilities. The proposal, called Municipal Electrical Aggregation,            hours of operation for the Tool Library          repairs, forming work coops within the
 would permit Maryland cities and counties to use their joint purchasing power to                 and the most desired tools. Based on this        community where residents would ex-
 get cheaper electricity for customers within their borders. At the press confer-                 survey and also on the observations of           change their time and knowledge to en-
 ence, the mayors signed a “Municipal Aggregation Letter of Interest.” They then                  tool librarian Walt Rave, the hours of           gage in home repair projects, and con-
 went to Annapolis to testify in favor of a Maryland Senate bill that would allow                 operation will be changed to Saturdays           ducting programs to teach environmen-
 such arrangements. The municipalities were spurred by the deregulation of                        9-3 and Sundays 10-4. Along with the             tally friendly ways to engage in home
 electricity in Maryland in 2004, which permitted PEPCO to raise its rates 16
                                                                                                  current inventory of tools available, the        repairs and yard work.
 percent last summer.
   At the press conference in the Takoma Park Council Chamber were, from left to
                                                                                                  Tool Library is seeking to add to its in-          People interested in signing up as
 right: Assistant City Manager David Moran, Greenbelt; Councilmember Karen                        ventory those tools which according to           members of Friends of the Tool Library
 Hampton, College Park (and Vice President of the Prince George's County Munici-                  the survey were the most wanted. Local           should e-mail Richard Margoluis at
 pal Association); Councilmember Terry Seamens, Takoma Park; Mayor Carolyn                        businesses have expressed an interest in or write to
 Shawaker, Garrett Park; Councilmember Henry Marraffa, Gaithersburg; Mayor Kitty                  donating tools to the Tool Library, as           Friends of the Takoma Park Tool Library,
 Lynn Raufaste, Kensington; Mayor Kathy Porter, Takoma Park; Assistant Manager                    have citizens.                                   7420 Cedar Avenue, Takoma Park, MD
 Geoffrey Biddle, Chevy Chase Village; Mayor Larry Giammo, Rockville;                               An organization, Friends of the Tool           20912. Please include your name, ad-
 Councilmember Jeffrey Slavin, Somerset.                                                          Library, is being formed to promote use          dress, phone and e-mail and indicate if
   Also, other municipalities that have now signed onto the letter are: Town of Cottage           of the Tool Library, improve the tool in-        you would be willing to serve on the
 City and the Town of University Park, both in Prince George's County.                            ventory, and design community outreach           board of Friends of the Tool Library.

‘TASDI’ Committee Explores Duplication
Of City, County Taxes and Services
                By Hank Cox                     representingapproximately15percentofthe           underlying tax and service duplication in        to Takoma Park for police services begin-
                                                City’s general fund revenues.                     Takoma Park is that the City does not            ning with the FY07 budget. The county’s
   A residents’ committee convened by the          City Council Resolution 2004-50,               recover its full share of its costs from the     argument, Ludlow said, is that police and
City Council to examine the costs and           adopted by the Takoma Park City Council           county. “A big part of the problem,” Moyer       safety coverage for Takoma Park, on a
delivery of services provided by Takoma         in mid-October, directed the Residents’           noted, “is that, despite the county’s reim-      basis comparable to that elsewhere in the
Park that duplicate those provided else-        Committee:                                        bursement for duplicative services, that         county, would require a smaller staff than
where by Montgomery County, financed            • To become knowledgeable of the legal            rebate does not cover all of the City’s costs,   Takoma Park currently uses. The county
through City and county property taxes, is         requirements and constraints of mu-            primarily because the county contends, if        claims it would provide only 23 police, not
scheduled to finalize its report by the end        nicipal tax duplication in the State of        there were no City government, it would          the 41 employed by Takoma Park. Also, the
of March and present it to the Council on          Maryland and in Montgomery County              provides lesser or lower levels of service       county’s level of response and response
April 11 in time for use in preparing the          and recommend how the City can com-            than the City currently provides.”               time would likely be slower, Ludlow said.
fiscal 2006 budget.                                municate this information to the public.          “Another problem,” Robinson added,               The committee also will take a closer
   The 21-member Residents’ Committee           • To identify areas where further research        “lies in the underlying reimbursement            look at Takoma Park’s library, the only
on Tax and Services Duplication Issues (or         is needed concerning tax relief and ser-       process that gives greater control to the        municipal library in Maryland. The county
TASDI) includes three representatives of           vice duplication.                              county than to the City in determining           says it would not operate a library in
each ward appointed by their                    • To recommend actions the City could             what represents a ‘fair’ tax duplication         Takoma Park, given the proximity of the
councilmember, plus three more at large            take to obtain a fairer tax duplication        payment from the county.”                        Long Branch location. The Takoma Park
appointed by Mayor Kathy Porter. It has            payment from Montgomery County and                The magnitude of the tax duplication          library is ineligible for most state and fed-
been conducting regular meetings since             to decrease the level of tax duplication       problem was underscored by Sunil                 eral funding due to state laws that discour-
late November.                                     paid by City property owners.                  Pandya, the county’s budget manager,             age the creation and maintenance of city
   The Council’s creation of the double         • To provide assistance and guidance in           who told the committee during its second         libraries in the state.
taxation group came amid growing public            the development of a resident survey,          meeting in November that county pay-                The taxes and services committee is re-
concern over the City’s finances. The pri-                                                                                                         viewing a wide range of similar City and
                                                   specifically in regard to those questions      ments to the City are higher than they
mary focus of the committee is to examine                                                                                                          county services, looking for ways to in-
                                                   concerning City service delivery.              should be.
the fairness of Montgomery County’s re-                                                                                                            crease revenues and reduce spending.
                                                   The committee has established a series            In fact, the county may be moving to
payment to the City for City-provided ser-                                                                                                         Most of its meetings are being held at
                                                of working groups focused on the county           reduce its payments to Takoma Park, espe-
vices the county would provide to resi-                                                                                                            Columbia Union College. Citizens are in-
                                                reimbursement process, including the              cially for police services, which represent      vited to attend, as well as stay up-to-date
dents if there were no City government, as      costs and quality of specific City services       80 percent of the City’s total current county
well as the cost and value of other City                                                                                                           on the committee’s deliberations by ac-
                                                such as sanitation, recreation, police and        rebate, approximately $1.75 million.             cessing the City Web site at
services not provided by the county.            housing. Each group is interviewing City          Suzanne Ludlow, the City staff commu-
Takoma Park currently receives about $2                                                                                                  
                                                and county officials.                             nity and government liaison, reported to            Hank Cox is a member of the Resi-
million annually from the county for dupli-        Committee co-chairs Bruce Moyer and            the committee at its Dec. 1 meeting that the     dents’ Committee on Tax and Services
cated services, like police and public works,   Dan Robinson agree that the core issue            county is considering reducing its rebate        Duplication Issues.
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       Recreation                                                                                                         Spring Break Camp
                                                                                                                             Passport to
“Getting Paid To Talk”
An Introduction to Professional Voice Acting
                                                                      White Water Rafting on
                                                                      The Shenandoah River
Adults                                                                (Class II-III Rapids)                                                      Grades K-5
Don’t miss out on the Creative Voice Development                      Ages 8 - 60*                                         We are adding a twist to our Spring Break Camp this year.
Groups only appearance in Takoma Park.                                Join the Takoma Park Recreation Depart-              Along with our normal camp activities:
This two hour class is designed for those with little or              ment as it once again is ready to tame the           Explore the world of diverse cultures and landscapes of
no previous acting or voice over experience. Partici-                 mighty Shenandoah River on the final                 faraway places. Use your imagination and explore Mali
pants will be introduced to the realistic basics of pro-              section of the river before it merges with the       using your five senses. Elizabeth Wallace will take you on
fessional Voice Acting for commercials, animation,                    Potomac. The expert guides will take us              the journey. Some activities for the week include: a trip
books on tape, documentaries, and more. Instructor                    through White Horse Rapids, down the                 down embassy row with a special stop at the Embassy of
Kerem Karpinski.                                                      famed Shenandoah Staircase, and over                 Mali, a special performance from a griot (a storyteller and
When:               Wed., April 6, 2005                               Bull Falls. We’ll float right by historic            musician from Mali). Other activities include swimming,
Time:               7:00 - 9:00 p.m.                                  Harpers Ferry, scene of John Brown’s fa-             arts and crafts, making a mud cloth, jewelry making,
Location:           T. P. Municipal Building                          mous raid and many Civil War battles. No             tasting the food of Mali, free time, and art with local
                    (Council Chambers)                                experience is needed. All necessary equip-           resident and artist, Ame Perlman. (Please note activities
Fee:                T.P. Res.        $10                              ment will be supplied by the outfitters.             and trips are subject to change.)
                    Non Res.         $15                              Limited space.
                                                                      Trip length 6 miles: 3 - 4 hours depending           When:            Mon. - Fri., Mar. 28 - April 1, 2005
Puppy Kindergarten                                                    upon river level.                                    Before Care:     7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Teach your pup or teenaged dog the foundation skills
                                                                      When:         Sun., April 17, 2005                   Camp Hours:      9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
to being a well-mannered dog: attention, sit, come
                                                                      Departure:    The van will depart from               After Care:      4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
when called, leave it, and beginning leash walking.
                                                                                    the Municipal Building,                Location:        T. P. Recreation Center,
Positive reinforcement training using NO PUNISH-
MENTS and lots of fun. Pups from 3 months to 18                                     7500 Maple Avenue                                       7315 New Hampshire Avenue
months who do not bark and lunge aggressively to-                                   at 12:00 p.m.                          Fee:             T.P. Res.         $85
wards other dogs are welcome in the class. Must have                  Return:       7:30 p.m. (Approximately)                               Non-Res.          $100
current vaccination records. Kids 10 and up with adult                Fee:          T.P. Res. $50                                           Before Care       $20
are welcome! Six weeks. Instructor: Elizabeth Marsden                               Non Res. $55                                            After Care        $20
of The Logical Dog.                                                   Registration Deadline: Friday April 1, 2005
                                                                      *All participants under the age of 18 must
When:               Sat., April 9 - May 14
                                                                      be accompanied by an adult
Time:               10:00 - 11:00 a.m.                                                                                              Writing Your Own Script
Location            Heffner Park Community Center                     Lo Impact Aerobics &                                          Level 1
                    42 Oswego Avenue                                  Body Sculpting Class                                          Grades 5-8
Fee                 T.P. Res. $75                                     Get out and play while you tone up for the summer.            Students will look at scripts from other musicals/plays
                    Non Res. $80                                      This class is designed to reshape your body with a            and explore the basic aspects of what makes a script
Basic Dog Manners                                                     tremendous workout as you cross-train with the best           and will view excerpts of various musicals to see how
Teach your adult dog the basics for good manners:                     part of both fitness programs. Bring your own weights,        the script is transformed in performance. Students will
attention, sit, come when called, leave it,                                    a mat and some water. Don’t neglect those abs        also create a comprehensive story line and well devel-
and beginning leash walking. Posi-                                                      and glutes anymore. Get that lean
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321                                oped character descriptions for their musical. Partici-
                                                                                             sculpted look you’ve always
tive reinforcement training using
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321                                pants will present their work to their peers at the end
NO PUNISHMENTS and lots                                                                        wanted. Six Weeks
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321                                of the workshop. Instructor: Francesca Jandesek, illus-
                                             Annual Egg Hunt 2005
of fun. Dogs over 18 months
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321 When: Tues. & Thurs.,          trator, dance instructor, composer, musician.
who do not bark and lunge
                                          Ages 2 and under; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321  March 1 - April 7, 2005       When:            Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23
aggressively towards other          2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321
                                                                                                      Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
                                            Saturday, March 19, 2005
                                                                                                                                    Time:            4-6 p.m.
dogs are welcome in the
                                                                                                      Location: Takoma Park
                                                 11:00 a.m. sharp
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321                                Location:        T. P. Municipal Building,
class. Must have current            2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321
                                                                                                      Middle School,
                                                Ed Wilhelm Field
vaccination records. Kids
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321                                                 7500 Maple Avenue
                                                                                                     7611 Piney Branch Road
                                      (behind Piney Branch Elementary),                                                             Fee:             Res.            $40
10 and up with adult are wel-
                                       7510 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321(Auxiliary Gym)                                  Non-Res.        $50
come! Six weeks. Instructor:        2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321
                                                                                                            T.P. Res.         $60
Elizabeth Marsden of The Logi-
                                    2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321        Non Res.          $65
cal Dog.                            2109876543210987654321098765432121098765432109876543210987654321

When:               Sat., April 9 - May 14
                                                                                      Kindermusik Village
Time:               11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.                           Ages: newborn-1 ½
Location            Heffner Park Community Center                     This class is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers
                    42 Oswego Avenue                                  accompanied by a parent or care giver. You will be
Fee                 T.P. Res.         $75                             introduced to multiple levels of activities appropriate
                    Non Res.          $80                             for the different stages of development in this age range.
                                                                      A required $27.95 materials fee to be paid to instructor
                                                                      on the first day of class. Materials include a baby’s
 Sign up for Kids’ Baseball,                                          literature book, baby’s home journal, home CD, art
 Softball, Basketball Camps                                           banners, and storage/carry bag. Eight Weeks. Limited
 Registration is now open for Takoma SportsCamps’ ninth               to twelve children, minimum of four.
 summer season of camps for boys and girls at Takoma Park             When:        Tuesdays 9:45 - 10:30
 Middle School. Operated in cooperation with the City of
                                                                                   April 5 - May 24
 Takoma Park Recreation Department, Takoma SportsCamps
 provides a full-day sports camp immersing campers in one                          Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:15
 sport per week. There’s lots of practice, lots of playing time                    April 6 - May 25
 and lots of fun.                                                                  Fridays 1:00 - 1:45
 The camps – a series of five one-week sessions – run from                         April 8 - May 27
 June 20 to July 22. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The           Fee:          T.P. Res.       $80
 camps provide after-care between 3:30 and 4:00; then                              Non Res.         $85
 campers are walked by a staff member to Takoma Park                  No program March 25.
 Recreation Department’s site at Piney Branch Elementary
 School. Scholarships are available.
 Follow the links from to see
 pictures from last year’s camps, get details about sessions and
 fees, and download a registration form to print and mail in.
 For more, or call
 Sue Immerman at 301-270-0534.
                                                               T a k o m a          P a r k       N e w s l e t t e r                                March 2 0 0 5                Page 7

Music, Revelry, Board Elections...
At the Friends Annual Meeting!
  Folk artists Rick and Audrey Engdahl           piano, guitar and bouzouki.
will perform at the Annual Meeting of              Following the evening’s entertain-
the Friends of the Takoma Park Mary-
land Library on Tues. March 22 at 7:30
                                                 ment and refreshments, elections will be
                                                 held for open positions on the Friends of        Call for Poetry:
p.m. in the Library.
  Rick and Audrey have performed as
                                                 the Library Board, including Treasurer
                                                 and two Member at Large positions. The           Seventh Favorite Poem
a duo for the past three years, entertain-
ing audiences in the D.C. area with
                                                 Friends are also seeking a Publicity
                                                 Chair, an appointed position, to com-            Evening
their sweet harmonies and distinctive            pose quarterly newsletters to the mem-
blend of guitar and bouzouki. They               bership. Members of the Friends whose                                         It is difficult
perform for adults and children at cof-          dues are current are eligible to serve on                                     to get the news from poems
feehouses, house concerts, schools and           the Board and vote in the election. New                                       yet men die miserably every day
festivals. Audrey has performed at the           and renewed memberships will be ac-                                           for lack
Library’s Tuesday morning Circle Time            cepted at the March 22 meeting.                                               of what is found there . . .
for preschoolers. In 2003 they received            If you are interested in finding out
nominations for WAMMIE awards in                 more about the Friends or in being part of                                                        — William Carlos Williams
three different categories — Contem-             the Library’s future by serving on its
porary Folk, Children’s Music and Best           Board of Directors, contact Nominating              The Seventh “Favorite Poem”                a collection of 88 poems from well-
Record Design.                                   Committee member Karen Petersen at               evening in April, sponsored jointly by        loved poets, each accompanied by a
  Their band, Sense of Wonder, features          301-891-2588 or by e-mail at                     the English Department of Columbia            brief story by a teacher who has
Rob Nicholson on drums, Clark Rinard    .                         Union College and the Takoma Park             derived courage and meaning from
on piano, Mark Sylvestor on bass, and              All are invited to join us for the             Maryland Library, will be celebrated          the poem for his or her life’s work.
Dayana Yochim on cello, in addition to           evening’s entertainment and refresh-             on Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.              If you are interested in participating
Rick and Audrey who sing and play                ments. Bring family and friends!                 Though traditionally held in the              in this year’s event, choose a poem
                                                                                                  Council Chambers, this year’s reading         you have read and admired by a
                                                                                                  will be held in an as yet undisclosed         published poet (other than poems
                                                                                                  location.                                     written by you and your friends.)
“Magic of the Sea”with Arianna Ross                                                                  Members of the community are
                                                                                                  heartily invited to share with their
                                                                                                                                                Please include an English translation
                                                                                                                                                for any poems written in a language
  Stories and Mini-workshop                      tions of Indonesia. This is a unique story       neighbors and friends a poem that has         other than English. Send a copy of the
  Tuesday, March 1, 7- 8:45 p.m.                 based on Ross’s experiences living with          been meaningful to them in their lives.       poem you have chosen, and your
  Arianna Ross is a storyteller/ per-            Indonesian fishermen and is a particu-           We hope for a widely diverse group to         name, address, phone number, and
former who grounds her storytelling in           larly poignant choice in the wake of the         be reading, including poems read in a         occupation (in generic terms) to
traditional tales intertwined with her           recent tsunami devastation in that region.       language other than English. Even             Takoma Park Maryland Library, Attn:
international experience living and story-          Arianna Ross has trained in theater,          people normally too shy to read before        Ellen Arnold-Robbins or to the
gathering in countries as diverse as             dance, voice, and photograph in the United       a group have found both courage and           English Department, Attn: Wendy
Egypt, Ireland, Indonesia, and Spain.            States. She has spent three years studying       pleasure in sharing a poem during the         Ripley, Columbia Union College, 7600
She will be returning to the Library on          acrobatics, music, martial arts, and per-        community’s last six annual events,           Flower Ave., Takoma Park, MD 20912.
Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. for a                 forming with Bansi Kaul’s troupe Rang            and this year the as-yet-undisclosed          You may also email your submissions
storytelling session followed by a mini-         Vidushak all over India. She is deeply           setting will be inviting, we hope, for        to Please submit
workshop in storytelling for those who           concerned with nurturing the bonds that          even the most reticent.                       your poems by April 8.
wish to hone some of their own                   connect us all in her storytelling.                 Inspiration may be found in the               Questions may be directed to
storytelling skills. The evening had pre-           Her programs allow for active participa-      hundreds of poetry books in the               Wendy Ripley at 301-891-4068 or to
viously been scheduled for January 24,           tion from the audience and are suitable for      Takoma Park Library collection. One           Ellen Arnold-Robbins at 301-891-
but a combination of snow and no water           the whole family. Please join us. Call 301-      particularly inspiring volume is co-          7259. As before, the Friends of the
in the Library suggested a later date            891-7259 to pre-register. Let us know if you     edited by Takoma Park’s own Megan             Takoma Park Maryland Library will
would be more felicitous.                        are interested in staying for the mini-work-     Scribner. Teaching with Fire: Poetry          sponsor a reception following the
  “The Magic of the Sea” is a poetic captur-     shop. And thanks, as always, to the Friends      That Sustains the Courage to Teach is         readings.
ing of the heart with bright oranges, reds,      of the Takoma Park Maryland Library for
and greens of the coral, fish, and folk tradi-   supporting these family programs.

                                                                                                IMT Presents Folk Concerts in March
      Library Programs in March                                                                    The Institute of Musical Traditions, a         On March 21, autoharp master Bryan
  “Magic of the Sea” with Arianna Ross                                                          presenting organization affiliated with the     Bowers will play, with D.C.’s own
  Storytelling and Mini-workshop                                                                Takoma Park store the House of Musical          Fleastompers as an opening act. Bowers is
  Tuesday, March 1, 7- 8:45 p.m.                                                                Traditions, has four concerts in the folk/      probably the best known autoharp player
  postponed from Jan. 24 (See story)                                                            acoustic tradition planned for the month        in the country – one of only four (!) in the
                                                                                                of March.                                       Autoharp Hall of Fame. His towering six
  ‘Rick & Audrey’                                                                                  For more information on the concerts,        foot four inch frame can be wild and zany
  FTPML Annual Meeting                                                                          call 301-754-3611 or visit     on stage while playing a song like “Dixie,”
  Tuesday, March 22, 7:30 p.m. (See story)                                                      All four concerts will be at the Saint Mark     and five minutes later he can have the same
  Winter Session of the Twosies                                                                 Presbyterian Church, 10701Old                   audience singing “Will The Circle Be Un-
  Wednesdays at 10 a.m.                                                                         Georgetown Road, in Rockville.                  broken” in quiet reverence and delight.
  March 2, 9                                                                                       On Monday, March 7, the group Hot            Tickets will be $14 in advance, $17 at the
  For two-year-olds and parent/caregivers                                                       Soup! will be playing. The trio brings a rare   door.
  Pre-registration required: group size limited                                                 blend of spontaneity and intimacy to their        On Monday, March 28 IMT presents a
  Spring Session April 6, 13, 20, 27                                                            performances, often developing hilarious        veritable hootenanny: Acoustic Showcase,
                                                                                                exchanges among themselves and with             with featured performer Dennis Jay. Tick-
  Neighborhood Circle Time                                                                      the audience. The show will be at 7:30 p.m.;    ets are all $8. IMT’s celebrated Acoustic
  Open to all preschoolers & their adults                                                       tickets are $14 in advance, $17 at the door.    Showcase Night overflows with the area’s
  each Tuesday at 10 a.m.                                                                          The Celtic group Iona will play Mon-         best homegrown talent, playing to a warm
  Informal sing-alongs, poetry, finger games, and                                               day, March 14, 7:30 p.m. Iona’s music is a      and receptive crowd. Come just to listen or
  nursery tales, with participant-leadership welcomed.                                          unique, acoustic weave of the traditional       take the stage and perform your newest
  All ages; no preregistration required!                                                        music of Scotland, Ireland, Wales,              song. To sign up for a 10-minute perfor-
  Call 301-891-7259 to preregister for programs or                                              Cornwall, Brittany (France), the Isle of Man    mance slot call 301-754-3611 or e-mail
  for more information.                                                                         and Galicia (Spain). Tickets are $14 in         imtfolk@erols .com. Food and libation are
                                                                                                advance, $17 at the door.                       available. Original material preferred.
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                                              THE CRIME REPORT
The following report is excerpted from the blotter of the Takoma Park Police Department,                Ethan Allen Ave., 300 block: On Feb. 10,
prepared by Lt. Richard Cipperly. It is not intended to include all reported crimes and arrests.      between 8 a.m. and 6:55 p.m., a residential                  ARRESTS
                                                                                                      burglary occurred. A basement window               New Hampshire Ave., 7000 block: On Jan.
Robberies                                           Burglaries                                        and door were broken in order to gain
   New Hampshire Ave., 7400 block:                     Carroll Ave., 7800 block: On Jan. 8, be-                                                          7 at 1:16 a.m., an adult male was charged
                                                                                                      entry. Property was taken.                         with possession of CDS (drugs) with intent
On Jan. 11 at 5 a.m., an armed robbery              tween midnight and 4:42 a.m., a residen-
                                                                                                                                                         to distribute, possession of CDS parapher-
occurred. The victim, an adult male, was            tial burglary occurred. Unknown subject(s)
                                                    entered the apartment by pushing out a
                                                                                                      Auto and Related Theft                             nalia and numerous traffic-related offenses.
at a gathering with several acquaintan-                                                                                                                  Garland Ave., 7200 block: On Jan. 8 at
                                                    piece of cardboard that had been taped               Kennewick Ave., 7900 block: Between
ces when one subject displayed a hand-                                                                                                                   9:09 p.m., an adult female was charged
                                                    over a broken window and reaching in to           Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. and Jan. 12 at 6:50 a.m., a
gun and hit the victim with it while a                                                                                                                   with 2nd degree assault after officers
                                                    unlock the window. Property was taken.            1994 Honda Accord was stolen.
second subject took the victim’s cash.                                                                                                                   responded to a call for an assault.
                                                       East-West Highway, 900 block: On Jan.             Maple Ave., 7500 block: Between Jan. 15
Both fled on foot. The victim was treated                                                                                                                Merrimack Drive, 900 block: On Jan. 9 at
                                                    14 at 1:49 a.m., a commercial burglary            at 6 p.m. and Jan. 16 at 5:08 p.m., a 1998 Ford
at a hospital and released.                                                                                                                              11:09 p.m., an adult male was arrested on
                                                    occurred. The front glass door of the busi-       Explorer was stolen.                               a open Montgomery County warrant for
   New Hampshire Ave., 6400 block:
                                                    ness was broken in order to gain entry. It is        Woodland Ave., 6900 block: Between              contempt of court for failure to pay a
On Jan. 29, at 11:10 p.m., an armed rob-
                                                    unknown what, if any, property was taken.         Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 18 at 7:30 a.m., a      deferred payment.
bery occurred. Two subjects forced their
                                                       New Hampshire Ave., 6800 block: On             1999 Dodge Caravan was stolen.                     Maple Ave., 7500 block: On Jan. 11 at
way into the locked enclosure of a busi-                                                                                                                 7:45 a.m., an adult male was arrested on
                                                    Jan. 16 at 12:41 a.m., a commercial burglary         Lee Ave., 100 block: On Jan. 23, between
ness during the shift change and forced                                                                                                                  an open Montgomery County warrant for
                                                    occurred. The front glass door of the busi-       6:25 a.m. and 11:18 a.m., a 1997 Mercury
the two employees, one male and one                                                                                                                      driving while suspended.
                                                    ness was broken in order to gain entry.           Grand Marquis was stolen.
female, to lie on the ground. One subject                                                                                                                New Hampshire Ave., 6800 block: On Jan.
                                                    Property was taken.                                  Lincoln Ave., 500 block: On Jan. 23,
displayed a handgun. The subjects took                                                                                                                   15 at 3:05 a.m., traffic citations were
                                                       New Hampshire Ave., 7500 block: On             between 6:55 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., a 1997
cash and property before fleeing on foot.                                                                                                                issued to an adult male for driving while
                                                    Jan. 22 at 12:19 a.m., a commercial burglary      Plymouth Voyager was stolen.                       impaired by alcohol and six other traffic-
The victims were not injured.
                                                    occurred. The front glass door of the busi-          Lee Ave., 100 block: On Jan. 27 at 6:15         related offenses.
   Park Ave., 200 block: On Feb. 4 at 10:02
                                                    ness was broken in order to gain entry. It is     a.m., a 1997 Dodge truck was stolen. It had        Lee Ave., 100 block: On Jan. 15 at 9:43
p.m., an armed robbery occurred. An
                                                    unknown if any property was taken.                been left unattended and running.                  p.m., an adult female was charged with
adult female exiting her vehicle was ap-                                                                                                                 2nd degree assault after officers responded
                                                       Lee Ave., 100 block: On Jan. 31, between          New Hampshire Ave., 7400 block: Be-
proached by a subject who displayed a                                                                                                                    to a call for an assault in progress.
                                                    10 a.m. and 3 p.m., a residential burglary        tween Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 4 at 11:30
large knife and demanded her purse. The                                                                                                                  Lee Ave., 100 block: On Jan. 25 at 2 a.m.,
                                                    occurred. It is unknown how entry to the          a.m., a 2002 Dodge Intrepid was stolen.
subject ran off with the victim’s purse                                                                                                                  citations for driving while impaired by alco-
                                                    home was gained. Property was taken.                 New Hampshire Ave., 7300 block: On
after she threw it at him. The victim was                                                                                                                hol, failure to drive on the right and failure
                                                       13th Ave., 7200 block: On Feb. 1, be-          Feb. 5, between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., a 1996
not injured.                                                                                                                                             to control speed to avoid collision were
                                                    tween 12:03 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., a residen-        Dodge Caravan was stolen.                          issued to an adult male.
                                                    tial burglary occurred. Entry to the home            Sligo Creek Parkway, 700 block: Be-             New Hampshire Ave., 650 block: On Jan.
                                                    was gained through an unlocked win-               tween Feb. 2 at 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 9:10       27 at 2:05 a.m., an adult male was
                                                    dow. Property was taken.                          a.m., a 1995 Ford Windstar was stolen.             charged with theft under $500, two counts
                                                                                                                                                         of possession of CDS and possession of
                                                                                                                                                         CDS paraphernalia.
                                                                                                                                                         Flower Ave., 8600 block: On Jan. 29 at
                                                                                                                                                         9:45 p.m., an adult male was charged with
                                                                                                                                                         2nd degree assault, resisting arrest and
                                        As of Jan. 31, the Takoma Park                 Takoma Park VFD Fire Fighter                                      disorderly conduct.
                                        Volunteer Fire Department and the
                                                                                            Receives Award                                               Flower Ave., 8500 block: On Jan. 30 at
                                        personnel of the Montgomery
                                                                                                                                                         5:45 p.m., an adult male was charged with
                                        County Fire and Rescue Service        At the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association
                                        assigned to the Takoma Park sta-                                                                                 2nd degree assault and reckless endanger-
                                                                              meeting held on Jan. 20, Firefighter 2 Jerry Sanford received the
                                        tion have responded to 100 fire-                                                                                 ment after officers responded to a call for
                                                                              “Fire Fighter of the Month Award” for the outstanding job he did at
                                        related incidents. The department                                                                                an assault in progress.
                                                                              a fire. Sanford was working at an apartment building in the City,
                                        handled or assisted with 218 res-                                                                                Piney Branch Road and Philadelphia Ave.:
                                                                              when he became aware of the fire in the building. He immediately
                                        cue or ambulance-related incidents    took charge. He noticed that several people were in an apartment           On Feb. 4 at 1:55 a.m., an adult male was
 for a total of 318 incidents this year. Totals for 2004 were 84 and 196      unit full of smoke trying to put out the fire. He told them to get out     charged with possession of CDS parapher-
 respectively, for a total of 280, representing a increase of 38 incidents.   and call the fire department. Sanford located a fire extinguisher and      nalia and traffic-related offenses.
                                                                              put the fire out. By the time the fire department had arrived, FF          Piney Branch Road, 8400 block: On Feb.
 Serious Fire on Hilton Ave.                                                  Sanford had everything under control. No one was injured. Again, a         6 at 2:38 a.m., three adult males were
 On Feb. 5 at 1:12 a.m., a serious fire occurred at 7301 Hilton Ave.,         job well done!                                                             charged with trespassing.
 resulting in approximately $175,000 damage to the house. There were
 no injuries. The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area. This
 cause is under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office. We must
                                                                                                                                                        Takoma Park Lions Club
 again remind readers that some of the leading causes of home fires are
 unattended cooking, unattended lit candles, smoking materials, elec-                                                                                   45 Years of Dedicated
                                                                                                                                                        Service in Lionism
 trical appliances and wiring. We also strongly recommend a working
 smoke alarm on each level of the home, also it’s important to have an
 escape plan for the entire family in the event of a fire.                                                                                              At the Jan. 18 Takoma Park Lions Club meet-
                                                                                                                                                        ing, District Governor Gary Burdette presented
 FREE! Fire and Injury Programs                                                                                                                         a Certificate of Appreciation to club member
                                                                                                                                                        Paul McGarvey, who also received an Interna-
 The Takoma Park VFD would like to make you aware of the following                                                                                      tional President’s Share Pin.
 public education programs that are available through our department.
 Baby Sitters Course - This course covers fire safety, infant and child
 care, personal safety, CPR and first aid. Please contact the City Rec
 Department about the next class.
 Home Safety Inspection - A representative will visit your home and
 walk through with you, pointing out any potential fire and injury hazards
 and tell you how to eliminate them.                                          From left to right: President Elmer Hamm, TPVFD, Awards
  Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - This program teaches the             Chairperson Sue Malloy making presentation to FF2 Jerry Sanford,
 participants how to perform this lifesaving technique. This is a “Family     and Fire Chief Jim Jarboe, TPVFD
 and Friends” course, which means it’s not a certification course.
 Speakers - We will be glad to provide your group or organization with        Can You Open Your Windows?
 a speaker to talk on any subject relating to fire department or fire and     Windows usually offer the best alternate escape route in the event of
 injury prevention.                                                           a fire. Make sure all windows and screens work easily to permit
 Child Safety Seat Check - The department has qualified personnel that        escape through them. There may be a porch or shed roofs under the
 will be glad to check your child safety seat(s) in your vehicle. This is     windows that can provide a pathway to safety. Special attention
 done by appointment only.                                                    should be given to windows with air conditioner and security bars.
  If you are interested in having one or more of the above programs, please   Check your windows today – especially the sleeping areas. Be
 contact the fire station at 301-270-8209 for further information.            prepared, have a plan!                                                    District Governor Gary Burdette making
                                                                                                                                                        the presentation to Paul McGarvey.
                                                              T a k o m a           P a r k       N e w s l e t t e r                                                   March 2 0 0 5                           Page 9

Crime Dropped in Takoma Park in 2004                                                                                                Police news
   For the second year, the overall crime       cent. Of the 133 reported burglaries, 39
figures for Takoma Park dropped, from           were in commercial or public buildings,
the near-record high numbers of 2002.           with the remainder in residences. No
The 2004 Uniform Crime Report (UCR)             significant pattern of break-ins emerged,                                                  UCR Part I Crime Comparison
crime figures for the City were released        with property being taken from houses,
showing not only an overall decrease,           apartments, and sheds or garages.                                                  2003              2004       %Change              Expected Range*
but also drops in every category of prop-         Larceny, or theft of all kinds, reached
erty and violent crimes. Four of the seven      a 10-year low with 410 reports. More
index crimes showed year 2004 rates             than half of these stemmed from thefts
                                                                                                   Homicide                        2            0                     -100                      .27 - 1.93

lower than the 10-year averages.                from auto or theft of auto parts. The 2002         Rape                            9            2                     -77.7                     4.71 - 8.89
   Overall index crimes decreased 11 per-       larceny figure had been a record high,
cent compared to last year, reaching the        now showing reductions in two con-
                                                                                                   Robbery                         67           58                    -13.4                    65.93 - 98.07

lowest level in the past 10 years.              secutive years.                                    Aggr. Assault                   30           28                    -6.6                     21.21 - 62.79
   The year saw 58 robberies, the second          Although police are encouraged by
lowest number in 10 years. This repre-          the overall decreases, the department
                                                                                                   Personal Crime                  108          88                    -18.5                   105.42 - 158.38

sents a 29 percent decline from the near        does not pinpoint any single factor or             Burglary                        156          133                   -14.7                   130.74 - 184.66
record number of 92 robberies in 2002.          particular programs as responsible.
The smallest drop in “violent crime,” or        “Last year the department reported that
                                                                                                   Larceny                         447          410                   -8.2                    488.28 - 606.92

those against persons, occurred in ag-          two crimes – burglary and robbery – that           Auto Theft                      176          156                   -11.3                   131.71 - 200.49
gravated assault. In addition to the 28         touch most residents randomly and per-
aggravated cases, police reported 83            sonally were decreasing,” Creamer said.
                                                                                                   Property Crime                  779          699                   -10.3                   797.46 - 945.34

simple assaults compared to 96 in 2003.         “While that trend continued, we believe            Totals                          887          787                   -11.3                  916.13 - 1090.47
   No homicides and two rapes were re-          continued vigilance by police and resi-           * Based on 10-year figures from 1994 - 2003

ported in 2004, compared to two and             dents is required to keep that trend going.”
nine, respectively, in 2003. Violent crime        Statewide figures are not available
overall decreased 18 percent, with prop-        currently. From January to June 2004,                                                           City of Takoma Park
erty crimes falling 10 percent.                 state figures showed a one percent de-                                                   10-Year UCR Part I Crime Statistics
   Motor vehicle theft dropped for the          crease in total index crimes. The Wash-                      Crime            95          96    97      98       99       00     01      02       03     04
second year since the 10-year record            ington metropolitan region showed in-
high in 2002. With 156 reports of theft         creases of about seven percent in aggra-
                                                                                                             Homicide          1          3      1          1    1           1   1       0        2      0

or attempts, the number remains within          vated assault and motor vehicle theft,                       Rape              7          6     11          5    9           5   4       6        9      2

the statistically-expected range. “Al-          with declines in the other five categories,                  Robbery          99         103    89      73       50       97     70      92       67     58
though we are encouraged by this de-            comparing the first half of 2004 to 2003.
cline, the police urge vehicle owners to          Last year Takoma Park Police arrested
                                                                                                             Aggravated       77          26    35      50       37       27     28      25       30     28
continuing practicing property protec-          at least 10 persons for vehicle theft or
tion habits that help deter this crime,”        unauthorized use; 42 for driving while
                                                                                                             Violent          184        138    136     129      97      130     103     123      108    88
                                                                                                             Crime Total
said Chief Cynthia Creamer.                     impaired or under the influence; 44 for
   Burglary also remains in the expected        drug possession or related charges; and
                                                                                                             Burglary         215        151    167     151     158      137     150     107      156    133

range despite a decline of almost 15 per-       16 for robbery.                                              Larceny          606        573    550     609     477      494     562     639      447    410

                                                                                                             Auto Theft       163        200    132     140     147      166     198     230      176    156

“Routine” Traffic Stop Leads to                                                                 One Crime, Multiple Agencies
Arrest In Three-Year-Old Murder Case                                                               In addition to the alert assistance of the                    Crime Index Explained
                                                                                                Hyattsville Police, several other agencies
   Officer Jenna Aubert may have thought        Poole assumed custody and transported           assisted Takoma Park Police in bringing                          The Crime Index is a nationwide,
she was simply checking a car for its reg-      Brown to the Montgomery County Deten-           the suspects to justice.                                         cooperative program to assess the
                                                                                                   The August 2001 murder occurred on                            nature and type of crime in the
istration in the early morning hours of Feb.    tion Center.                                                                                                     nation.
4. In fact, she was helping Takoma Park            “In rare instances, police observe crimi-    an upper floor in a New Hampshire Av-
Police put the finishing touches on a homi-     nal acts directly,” said Capt. Edward           enue high-rise apartment building. Evi-                          Personal or “Violent” Index Crimes
cide investigation that began 43 months         Coursey, commander of TPPD’s patrol             dence was found not only in the apart-                           involve force or threat of force,
earlier. The story is an example of how law     division. “But traffic enforcement gives        ment, but in stairways over several floors.                      generally considered crimes against
enforcement agencies throughout the met-        police an opportunity to get up close and       Given the extensive crime scene, the five-                       persons.
                                                                                                member Takoma Park detective unit re-                            Murder and non-negligent manslaugh-
ropolitan area assist each other, as well as    personal with people. In doing that, you                                                                         ter: willful, non-negligent killing of
the importance of traffic enforcement in        can find indicators of other criminal activ-    quested the assistance of technicians and
                                                                                                                                                                 one human being by another.
crime control.                                  ity, which happened in this case.               canine from Montgomery County Police.
                                                                                                                                                                 Rape: carnal knowledge of a woman,
                                                   “What Ofc. Aubert did was just good             As the investigation progressed and                           forcible and against her will, includ-
The Traffic Stop                                solid police work and we appreciate it.”        leads developed, Takoma Park detectives                          ing assault and attempt to commit
   At 4 a.m., the temperature hovered at 20                                                     focused on a suspect in suburban Virginia.                       rape by force or threat of force;
degrees with threats of precipitation. Ofc.     The Homicide                                    The Fairfax County Police assisted in fil-                       statutory rape not included
Aubert, a three-year veteran of the City of        Brown, of no fixed address, faces a charge   ing and executing a search warrant on                            Robbery: taking or attempting to take
Hyattsville Police, noticed a handwritten       of accessory after the fact in the murder of    Aug. 24 at the Springfield residence of                          anything of value from a person by
placard “Tag Stolen” in the back window         Kennes C. Falconer, 26, who was found           Coleman. She was arrested six days after                         force or threat of force
of a car. She chose to check the tag’s valid-   stabbed in her New Hampshire Ave. apart-        the crime and pled guilty to first-degree                        Aggravated assault: unlawful attack
                                                                                                homicide in January 2002.                                        by one person on another for the
ity and discovered the car actually had an      ment Aug. 18, 2001, by her fiancee when he                                                                       purpose of inflicting bodily injury,
assigned temporary tag, which had ex-           returned from work. Falconer, a medical            In February 2002, Prince George’s County
                                                                                                                                                                 usually involving a weapon.
pired two weeks before. Potential charge:       worker in Maryland and D.C., was preg-          Police assisted as Takoma Park detectives
operating an unregistered vehicle.              nant at the time.                               conducted another search warrant on prop-                        Property Index Crimes are offenses
   Rather than stopping there, she ran a           The warrant alleges Brown assisted two       ertyinthatjurisdiction.MembersofthePGPD                          dealing with property, committed
wanted check on the driver. That showed         women in attempting to remove evidence          fugitive search and arrest team also aided                       without force or threat of force.
                                                                                                TPPD in the Feb. 13 arrest of Ramieka Fowler                     Burglary: is the unlawful entry of a
he was wanted in South Carolina on a            from the crime scene and driving them to                                                                         structure to commit a felony or theft.
warrant for fraud, for which that state         seek medical care. He is being held at the      at the home of a relative in Upper Marlboro.
                                                                                                                                                                 Larceny-theft: the unlawful taking of
would not extradite. It isn’t required, but     Montgomery County Detention Center                 A warrant for Brown, issued Feb. 27,
                                                                                                                                                                 property from the possession of
she went the extra step. “I thought I should    without bond.                                   2002, was executed during a routine traffic                      another (including shoplifting, pocket-
cover all the bases,” Ofc. Aubert explained,       Bianca Coleman and Ramieka Fowler,           stop in Hyattsville on Feb. 4, 2005. In this                     picking, purse-snatching, bicycles
“so I ran the passenger too.”                   both 22 at the time of the murder, were         Washington metropolitan area, where                              thefts) in which no force, violence or
   That check showed the passenger, Perry       sentenced to 25 and 20 years imprison-          criminals are not contained by borders,                          fraud is used.
Brown, was wanted on a three-year-old           ment, respectively. Investigation showed        law enforcement agencies can and do work                         Motor Vehicle Theft: includes
Takoma Park warrant for “accessory af-          Coleman had been involved with                  cooperatively, as this case demonstrates.                        stealing of automobiles, buses,
ter” in a murder. She arrested the fugitive.    Falconer’s fiancee and the murder was           A police officer can never approach any                          motorcycles, etc, or attempted theft.
Later that morning, TPPD Det. Richard           intended to continue that relationship.         traffic stop as routine.
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City Cries Out: We Need More Gym Space
Continued from page 1                           Tae Bo, boxing, self defense, tai-chi,          college sports; and St. Camillus, already        because of structural defects, but many
in gym fees, including during summer            cheerleading, double dutch, step team and       used by parish schools and Catholic Youth        remember it fondly as a place where kids
camps.                                          flag football.                                  Organization. The Presbyterian Church            could not only play basketball, but, on the
  That’s nowhere near the millions it will         If demand is undeniable, what other          on Maple and Tulip Avenues has a gym             balcony, get into some ping pong, air hockey
                                                resources are out there? The school gyms        with new floors and available time slots; it     or pool and, on Saturdays, go roller skat-
take to build a new one. But Haiduven says
                                                are most obvious, but there’s also the small    is used most heavily in winter, for basket-      ing. The city held its Halloween and Christ-
the need for another gym is clear. “The
                                                community center on New Hampshire               ball, softball and soccer. Montgomery Col-       mas parties there, and ran an after-school
need was established a while back,” she
                                                Ave. It’s a “very, very small gym,” says        lege is another possibility, where priority      program for children as well as adult ac-
says, referring to initial surveys of what
                                                Haiduven, not big enough for basketball         goes to classes and college teams – but          tivities in the evenings. Also heavily used
Takoma Park citizens wanted in a Com-
                                                tournaments or anyone but small children        according to a scheduler there, most week-       was the gym at Philadelphia and Chicago
munity Center. If anything, that need has
                                                for indoor soccer. A look at one recent         ends are empty. Haiduven, however, points        avenues, torn down 20 or more years ago.
grown. While Haiduven’s department
                                                schedule showed every hour booked ex-           to the convenience of having a gym at the        A community center behind Piney Branch
uses three nearby gyms “heavily,” and has
                                                cept Sundays, when Haiduven says insuf-         municipal center, implying that driving or       Elementary school burned in the 1970s; it
daily use of Piney Branch for an after-                                                                                                          never had a gym.
school care program, she notes there is         ficient staffing keeps the space closed. Sat-   even walking kids to other gyms creates a
                                                urdays the center is rented to a local dance    logistical challenge. She points out that           “There are so many things that you can
very little flexibility in the schedule.                                                                                                         do with a gym other than basketball,” says
                                                company, an arrangement that is a trade-        flexibility would certainly be greater with
                                                off, she says – needed revenue for space.       a City gym.                                      Belle Ziegler, remembering the many ac-
Driving to Laurel                                                                                                                                tivities she helped organize over her years
   When the department scheduled                   Long Branch Community Center near
                                                Piney Branch Road, a county-run facility,       That Old Firehouse Gang                          running the recreation department more
daycare for elementary school kids and                                                                                                           than a decade ago. “My hope [for the new
sports for middle schoolers, they couldn’t      is also nearby – and busy. Center director         Howard Kohn, chair of the Citizens Li-
                                                Morris Buster says teams from two basket-       aison Committee to the Community Cen-            Community Center] was that the gym
hold the programs simultaneously because                                                                                                         would be the first thing they would do.
of a county restriction on mixing age groups.   ball leagues practice at once, and the place    ter, acknowledges the practical need for a
                                                buzzes most afternoons with an after-           gym in the Community Center — “You               That would be a blessing for the kids.”
The gyms must be reserved six months in                                                                                                             In passing the $2.6 million bond, the
advance. Indoor soccer and softball are         school care program and open gym. “Cer-         could fill up a gym just with soccer and
                                                tainly there’s a need” for more gym space,      basketball practices” — but his personal         council opted to postpone building the
prohibited because of equipment hazard                                                                                                           gym until costs could be quantified more
— once a softball practice damaged a sprin-     says Buster, who has worked with Matt           reason for advocating for the space is po-
                                                                                                litical. “When you set up a common gath-         clearly. Kohn and his committee are cur-
kler system.                                    Corley, the City recreation department as-
                                                                                                                                                 rently assessing costs for the gym. A feasi-
   “There are people who have to drive to       sistant director, sharing space in the past.    ering place for everyone, some of us will be
                                                                                                                                                 bility study is under way. Parking, which
Laurel to take their kids to indoor soccer,”       Other possible gyms include John             attracted by the pottery room, some by the
                                                                                                                                                 was originally planned to be under the
says Haiduven. If Takoma Park had its           Nevins Andrews school on Elm Ave., but          stage and performing arts, some by martial
                                                                                                                                                 gym, will be re-examined. Kohn said other
own gym, “All of our programs would             it’s booked solid, with priority given to       arts, and some by sports and a gym. To
                                                                                                                                                 sites will even be reconsidered, though he
benefit.” Other current gym activities in-      Seventh Day Adventist church groups;            leave out that critical part is really not
                                                                                                                                                 expects to return to the current site as most
clude fencing, dance, kung fu, aerobics,        Columbia Union College, booked with             completing the circle of the people who live     viable. Then the committee will come up
                                                                                                here in Takoma Park. There’s a question of       with a price.
                                                                                                social justice and fairness.”                       Expected cost will be around $2.5 mil-
                                                                                                   Furthermore, Kohn reasons that kids
Thunderbolts, Now in Cal Ripken League,                                                         who come for the gym will be exposed to
                                                                                                                                                 lion, if one goes by the bond the city would
                                                                                                                                                 have floated had it included the gym in its
Are Takoma’s Own Baseball Team                                                                  dance and pottery and art; they’ll find
                                                                                                tutoring and mentors. “You finally get to
                                                                                                                                                 immediate plan. Kohn thinks the costs
                                                                                                                                                 could be covered by property taxes, as
                                                wooden bat league. The Express will begin       the cliché about it takes the village to raise   assessments recently went up. Other ways
           By Dick O’Connor                                                                     kids,” says Kohn. “That’s how you do it. You
                                                its first year of operation in 2005.                                                             to raise the revenue include another bond;
   The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts           By moving into the new league together,      need to get to know the kids and how you get     reducing other City services; diminishing
baseball team has joined the new Cal            the friendly Montgomery County rivalry          to know them is sometimes in the gym.”           the City reserve funds; or raising the prop-
Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League and      between the Thunderbolts and Big Train             It certainly happened in the old gym,         erty tax rate.
is warming up for the 2005 season. This         will continue. For the last five years the      once located under the firehouse at Phila-          “I can establish a need for a gym,” says
Maryland-based wooden bat league will           Gazette Newspapers have sponsored the           delphia and Carroll avenues. Unfortu-            Haiduven. “It’s up to the community to
play its first season in June and July, with    Montgomery Cup, awarded to the Mont-            nately, that gym was condemned in 1996           decide whether to pay.”
six teams: the Thunderbolts, Bethesda Big       gomery County team with the best record
Train, College Park Maryland Bombers,           in head-to-head games. That competition
Maryland Redbirds, Rockville Express,           is expected to continue, with the new            Register for Youth Baseball and Softball
and Youse’s Maryland Orioles. The teams         Rockville team added to the mix.                 Hey kids! Here’s your chance to register for the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken baseball and softball
will play a 40-game regular season, an all-        This will be the Thunderbolts’ sixth sea-     programs, including youth baseball (ages 7-18), girls’ softball (ages 7-14) and teen co-
star game and a league championship             son. The team’s home field will continue to      ed softball (ages 13-18).
tournament.                                     be the Blair Baseball Stadium next to Blair      There are three ways to register.
   “We’re very pleased and proud to be          High School at the intersection of Univer-         1) In person at the Takoma Park Municipal Center (7500 Maple Ave, entrance in the back)
part of a new league named in honor of the      sity Boulevard and Colesville Road in Sil-            Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. - 12 noon
late Cal Ripken, Sr., one of the great base-    ver Spring . The team has raised funds over           For girls’ softball only: April 16, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
ball figures in the state of Maryland,” said    the last several years to build a 336-seat         2) Online at
Thunderbolts President Dick O’Connor            grandstand, a concession stand and                 3) By mail: a completed registration form with the appropriate registration fee.
“We’re working to build a strong commu-         announcer’s booth on the site. It is cur-             For baseball and teen co-ed softball: 7914 Long Branch Parkway,
nity-based league that will bring great         rently in the middle of a fund-raising effort         Takoma Park, MD 20912
college baseball to fans in Maryland. Look      to pay off its remaining loans. The field is          For girls’ softball: 7107 Poplar Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
for a number of future big leaguers to be       also used by the Blair Blazers varsity and       Volunteers are needed. Takoma Park Babe Ruth baseball/softball needs you to pitch in,
playing here in the years to come.”             JV teams along with a number of other            as a coach, team parent, umpire or board member. Contact communications coordinator
   The League has signed a license agree-       leagues. The coaching staff, with Bobby St.      Ray Scannell to find out more:
ment with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation,       Pierre as head coach and Matt Werts as
Inc. for the use of the name Cal Ripken, Sr.    assistant coach, will continue to run the
The League is not affiliated with, or spon-     team on the field.                               Takoma Park Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Races
sored by, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation,          In addition to sponsoring a college team,     The Cub Scouts of Pack 33 in Takoma Park will hold its annual Pinewood Derby Race at
Inc. or Ripken Baseball, Inc. The League        the Thunderbolts offer a summer baseball         the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 5, starting at 1 p.m.
will be open to college-eligible players        camp for boys and girls from the ages of 8       Building and racing Pinewood Derby cars is a Takoma Park Cub Scout tradition dating back
under the age of 23. The teams will recruit     to 16. It is run by Fred Rodriguez, a former     more than 50 years. Boys are given a small block of wood, four wheels and four nails to
nationally and house players coming from        Thunderbolts head coach and a well-              be used as axles. With the help of the parents, guardians or den leaders, the boys carve,
out of the area with host families for the      known youth baseball instructor. Further         sand, paint, polish and decorate their cars. On race day they race their cars down a 30-
two-month season.                               information on the camp is available on the      foot track against all the others to determine who is the fastest in their den level or the
   The Thunderbolts and Big Train both          Thunderbolts Website:            fastest in the City. Awards are given not only for speed but also for most creative/best-
played in the Clark Griffith Collegiate Base-      You’ll also find information on season        looking car.
ball League (consisting of teams in Vir-        tickets, sponsor packages, booster club,         Starting the week of March 7, the Takoma Park Maryland Library will feature a Pinewood
ginia and Maryland) last season. The                                                             Derby car exhibit. This display will include a step-by-step look at how the cars are made,
                                                schedule, and team rosters on the Web site.
Bombers, Redbirds and Orioles were in the                                                        along with many of the finished cars built and raced by Takoma Park Cub Scouts in earlier
                                                And be sure to catch all the excitement of
                                                                                                 times, and more.
Eddie Brooks League, a Baltimore area           Thunderbolts baseball this June and July.
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Unusual Carroll Ave. Street Sculpture                                                                       Takoma Park City TV
Paves the Way for Public Art                                                                                Events in March 2005
Continued from page 1

colored bubbles along
Carroll Avenue. Mean-                                                                        Tune in to City TV this month to catch some lively performances from the
while, John & Lynne                                                                        Takoma Park Street Festival, Jazz Band Brawl and Takoma Park Folk Festival.
Hume offered an in-
tertwining, flowering                                                                        The Folk Festival performances highlight traditional music from various
vine pattern, complete                                                                     regions. Songs in the Tradition is a collaboration of Mary Sue Twohy, Zoe
with hummingbirds                                                                          Mulford, Rachel Cross and Brooke Parkhurst. This energetic group shares their
and other critters.                                                                        favorite songs influenced by Celtic, Middle Eastern and Appalachian traditions.
   On Jan. 18, the Side-                                                                   Lea Coryell and Ralph Lee Smith perform traditional folk music with vocals,
walk Art Committee                                                                         banjo, Appalachian dulcimer and harmonica. March’s final Folk Festival perfor-
unveiled the finalists                                                                     mance showcases local artists in Johnny Cash and Carter Family Tribute.
to the full commission.                                                                      The Street Festival performance of Michelle AVA and Spirit Dance will get your
At this meeting, com-                                                                      body moving through creative expression. Also, Nick Annis, Chris Chandler
mission members dis-                                                                       and David Roe provide musical satire as the Three Wise Guys.
cussed the process for
choosing the winner Art you can walk on: Details on sidewalk art proposals                   Takoma Snapshots in March includes the following segments:
from among these two (above and below left)                                                  • Community Oriented Policing: Larceny: It could happen to you
finalists. This discus-                                                                      • C-SAFE Recognized by Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.
sion was part of a larger commission Takoma Park’s pavement, and to liter-
objective, which seeks to create a stan- ally pave the way for future public art             Visit our Web site at to access show listings
dardized process for selecting public art projects in our city.                            and times and other specific programming information.
in Takoma Park. The Sidewalk Art project                                                     Community and neighborhood groups may submit non-commercial notices
                                             After hearty debate, members of the
is serving two goals, then — to brighten commission decided to hear from the               regarding meetings or special events to City TV for inclusion on the bulletin
                                          public. So, the finalists’ models were
                                                                                             All Council meetings and Snapshots episodes are available for patron check-
                                          displayed in the Municipal Building
                                                                                           out at the Takoma Park Maryland Library. VHS tapes of these shows, as well as
                                          for two weeks, and on the City’s Web
                                                                                           other Takoma Park City TV events, may be purchased for $15 (pickup) or $18
                                          site, and at the local Farmers’ Mar-
                                                                                           (mail). Some programs are now available in DVD. Call 301-891-7118 or send an
                                          ket. A community meeting took place
                                                                                           e-mail to: for more information.
                                          at the Municipal Building on Thurs-
                                          day, Feb. 3, and neighborhood input
                                          has poured in on the City’s Web site.
                                          City employee Ivy Thompson, who has
                                          been coordinating the Sidewalk Art
                                          project, remarked that “the idea and                             Takoma Park City TV
                                          the work of both artists were very well
                                          received by the community.”                        March 2005 Programming Schedule
                                             The Commission approved the
                                          Adriana Baler proposal, and on Feb. 22,
                                          the City Council gave final approval. So,
                                                                                                         Monday            Tuesday        Wednesday         Thursday           Friday         Saturday          Sunday

                                          be on the lookout for construction to
                                                                                                        Community         Community       Takoma Park       Community         Takoma          Community        Community
                                                                                             7:00 AM                     Bulletin Board                    Bulletin Board    Snapshots       Bulletin Board   Bulletin Board
                                                                                                       Bulletin Board                     City TV Local

                                          begin. As Commission member Welmoed
                                                                                             8:00 AM   Takoma Park        PreSchool                        Takoma Park       Community       Takoma Park      Takoma Park

                                          Laanstra noted in the Jan. 18 meeting, no
                                                                                                        Snapshots          Power!                           Snapshots       Bulletin Board   Folk Festival     Snapshots

                                          matter which project is selected, “once
                                                                                             9:00 AM   Takoma Park       Takoma Park        National       Coffeehouse         NASA                           Haiti a Suivre
                                                                                                       Folk Festival      Snapshots       Gallery of Art                    Programming
                                          it’s all installed, it should be beautiful, it
                                          should be Takoma Park.”                           10:00 AM                     Coffeehouse      Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                          City Council
                                                                                                                                                             Music da
                                                                                                                                                                                             Takoma Park

                                                                                            11:00 AM   Takoma Park        CaribNation       (Replay)       Takoma Park        National       Takoma Park      Media Watch
                                                                                                       City TV Local                                       Folk Festival    Gallery of Art   City TV Local     on Hunger
                                                                                                          Events                                                                                Events

   Emily Pomroy Monitor, Community Leader
                                                                                             NOON                        Bulletin Board                                     Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                                            City Council
                                                                                             1:00 PM    Earth Café       Takoma Park                       Takoma Park        Meeting                         Takoma Park
                                                                                                                         City TV Local                     City TV Local      (Replay)                        Folk Festival

     Emily Pomroy Monitor, a longtime resident and community leader of Takoma
                                                                                             2:00 PM   Media Watch          Events        Takoma Park         Events                         Media Watch
                                                                                                        on Hunger                         Folk Festival                                       on Hunger

  Park, died Jan. 29 in Phoenixville, Pa. She was 91 years old.                              3:00 PM   Takoma Park                                           Music da                                         Takoma Park

     Monitor was born Dec. 15, 1913 in St. Paul, Minn. She was the wife of the late
                                                                                                        Snapshots           NASA                             camera                                           City TV Local
                                                                                                                         Programming                                                                             Events
  Anthony Fred Monitor. Since 2001, she lived in The Villas and in Woodbridge                4:00 PM    PreSchool
                                                                                                                                          Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                           Coffeehouse      Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                                            Folk Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                             Haiti a Suivre

  Place in the Phoenixville area.                                                            5:00 PM     Music da        Takoma Park      Government       Haiti a Suivre                      Takoma
     On Feb. 26, 1960, the women of Takoma Park honored Monitor for her                                  camera           Snapshots         Focus                                             Snapshots

  unselfish and sincere efforts on behalf of the City. She gave many days and
                                                                                             5:30 PM   Chinese News

  nights of thought and study concerning the welfare of the City’s citizens. Among           6:00 PM
                                                                                                                          Community       Chinese News      Community       Takoma Park       Community        Community

  her accomplishments were the Veteran’s Memorial, the yearly Christmas tree
                                                                                                                         Bulletin Board                    Bulletin Board    Snapshots       Bulletin Board   Bulletin Board

  lighting, Halloween programs and the Heffner Park Recreation Building. She                                               National

  attended many conferences for exchanging municipal plans, and was honored
                                                                                             7:00 PM                     Gallery of Art                    Takoma Park      Takoma Park      Coffeehouse      Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                            Snapshots       City TV Local                      Snapshots

  by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
                                                                                             7:30 PM   Takoma Park                                                             Events
                                                                                                       City Council

     Monitor was a member at First Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Md. and
                                                                                             8:00 PM     Meeting         Coffeehouse      Takoma Park      Takoma Park                       Takoma Park      Takoma Park
                                                                                                          (LIVE)                          City Council     Folk Festival                     City TV Local    Folk Festival

  Grace Methodist Church of Takoma Park.
                                                                                                                                            Meeting                                             Events

     Monitor was a homemaker, an avid seamstress, gardener, baker and shuffle-
                                                                                                                                                                            Takoma Park
                                                                                             9:00 PM                     Takoma Park                                        Folk Festival
                                                                                                                         City TV Local
  board player. Both Emily and her husband Tony were enthusiastic dancers who               10:00 PM                        Events                         Haiti a Suivre                    Haiti a Suivre   Coffeehouse

  appreciated big band music. Emily was also known as a “cheerful earful.”                  11:00 PM                      CaribNation                      Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                                                             Takoma Park      Takoma Park
     Monitor is survived by two sons, Gary Dean Monitor of Mount Airy, Md., and                                             NASA                             City TV        Haiti a Suivre   Folk Festival    City TV Local

  Charles Phillip Monitor, who lives in Nemour, W. Va., and a daughter, Nancy
                                                                                             12:00     Takoma Park       Programming      Takoma Park        Special                                             Events
                                                                                            Midnight    Snapshots                          Snapshots         Events

  Louise Zinn, of Kimberton, Pa. Other survivors are an aunt, Louise Sausen, who
  resides in Minnesota and a younger sister, Gladus Woodside, who resides with                                         Programming subject to change without notice.
  her daughter in The Dalles, Ore. Five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren
  and several nieces and nephews live throughout the states.
     Graveside services were held at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, Md., on             Takoma Park City TV
  Feb. 3. Contributions may be given in her name to the Terry Johnson Cancer                 7500 Maple Avenue                                                 Email:
                                                                                             Takoma Park, MD 20912                                             Web:
  Fund, Center for Basic Cancer Research, 1 Chalmers Hall, Manhattan KS 66506.
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Forum on Hazardous Rail Cargoes March 9
                   By Joy Austin-Lane                                    Communities such as Takoma Park that are near high- the Nuclear Information and Resource Service. Takoma
                 Councilmember, Ward 1                                profile federal facilities could be substantially affected by Park Councilmember Joy Austin-Lane will moderate.
                                                                      a railroad incident in which these substances were used Each panelist will speak, followed by a question and
  In February, the D.C. Council passed emergency                      to poison surrounding populations. Banning these ultra- answer period.
legislation banning the transportation of extremely                   hazardous cargoes removes
hazardous materials through the District of Columbia.                 one of our vulnerabilities and
The CSX rail line comes within four blocks of the U.S.                is a reasonable preventive mea-
Capitol and carries approximately 1,000 tank cars a                   sure. The City of Takoma Park
year of toxic inhalants such as chlorine, ammonia,                    will host a public forum to learn
hydrochloric and sulfuric acids.                                      more about this threat, the D.C.
  After considering a permanent bill for over a year, the             Council’s action, the CSX re-
D.C. Council passed a temporary measure introduced by                 sponse, and what the Takoma
Councilmember Kathy Patterson that will remain in effect              Park City Council can do to
for just 90 days. A bill extending the temporary ban may              protect residents. A panel of
be considered by the Council before the ban expires.                  speakers will present informa-
  Over the last year, several railroad incidents have                 tion for consideration and a
underscored the vulnerability of our rail lines and the               question and answer period
danger posed by toxic inhalants. For instance, a chlo-                will follow. The forum will be
rine tank car was breached recently in South Carolina                 held on March 9, beginning at
because of a train wreck, resulting in nine deaths and                7:30 p.m. in the Council Cham-
many more people becoming ill from the fumes. An-                     bers at 7500 Maple Ave.
other train crash in Los Angeles was caused by an SUV                    The speakers will be D.C.
driver parked on the rail lines. Neither of these inci-               Councilmember Kathy
dents were carried out by terrorists.                                 Patterson, waste transport
  Terrorists did target a commuter train in Madrid last               expert Fred Millar, Jay Boris
March, resulting in several hundred deaths and inju-                  of the Naval Research Labo-
ries. Since then, CSX reportedly redirected rail ship-                ratory, Ed Stern of the Ameri-
ments of hazardous materials, which suggests the                      can Federation of Government
company acknowledged the potential risk that certain                  Employees, Occupational                                                               Photo by Jim Dougherty, Sierra Club
chemicals posed to the nation's capital if targeted by                Safety and Health Adminis- A tanker car with hazardous chlorine gas passes four blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
terrorists.                                                           tration and Kevin Kamps of Inset shows hazard warning enlarged.

Not Just a Tree City – But a City of Large Trees
                     By Brett Linkletter                              we are in danger of losing a considerable amount of upper            A study done by Greg McPherson of the Center for
                       City Arborist                                  tree canopy for future generations.                               Urban Forest Research, USDA Forest Service, states
                                                                         I have heard and read of many reasons why people do            that “on average, mature large trees deliver an annual
  A recent study from the Center for Urban Forest Re-
                                                                      not want large trees in their yard. The most common one           net benefit two to six times greater than mature small
search, USDA Forest Service, found that across the United
                                                                      I have heard here in Takoma Park the last three years has         trees.” For example, whereas a small tree might provide
States large landscape trees, such as oaks, beeches, sy-
                                                                      been that citizens are afraid the trees will fall. People have    a community with benefits totaling $270 dollars during
camores and elms are being replaced with smaller, more
                                                                      remarked that because of storms, the large size of the trees,     its lifetime (estimated at 60 years), a large tree is likely
decorative species of trees such as crape myrtles, dog-
                                                                      and seeing neighbors’ trees fall, they are afraid that trees      to provide a community with benefits totaling $4,440
                                                                      on their property will break or up-root and fall on their         over the course of its life span (estimated at 120 years).
                                                                      houses. Other reasons given for wanting to plant smaller          This table illustrates his findings.
                                                                      flowering and ornamental
                                                                      trees are: they are perceived
                                                                      to be more beautiful, citi-                                      Large Tree       Medium Tree            Small Tree
                                                                      zens can get more immedi-          Total Benefits/year           $55              $33                    $23
                                                                      ate gratification, they are        Total Costs/year              $18              $17                    $14
                                                                      easier to see because they         Net Benefits/year             $37              $16                    $9
                                                                      are shorter, and they are          Life Expectancy               120 years        60 years               30 years
                                                                      cheaper to maintain. Also,         Lifetime Benefits             $6,600           $1,980                 $690
                                                                      large trees are perceived to       Lifetime Costs                $2,160           $1,020                 $420
                                                                      cause more infrastructure          Value to Community            $4,440           $960                   $270
                                                                      damage in the City. Na-
                                                                      tionally, there is a trend to
                                                                      construct larger buildings on smaller plots of land,                Granted, there are a few instances where a large
                                                                      which makes it difficult or impossible to plant large             tree is not an appropriate choice, such as beneath
                                                                      landscape trees further exacerbating the problem.                 utility lines, in very small lots, and next to building
                                                                         Many of these reasons for planting smaller species, as         foundations and other infrastructure. But it is impor-
                                                                      opposed to planting large species, have validity. How-            tant to take the long view and look at the benefits over
                                                                      ever, the benefits of planting large trees are easy to over-      time of large tree species and what the large trees can
                                                                      look, and often require looking at practical concerns, and        do monetarily, aesthetically and psychologically.
                                                                      looking at the long view. Large trees:                              When citizens in Takoma Park are planting trees
                                                                        1. Lower energy costs associated with heating and               because of a permit requirement, they are required to
                                                                            cooling one’s home                                          replace the tree with another species of equal or
                                                                        2. Improve air quality                                          greater shade potential. This helps, but more large
                                                                        3. Absorb harmful carbon dioxide                                species need to be planted outside of permit require-
                                                                        4. Minimize storm water runoff by intercepting water            ments to successfully maintain overall canopy cover.
                                                                        5. Reduce erosion
                                             Photo by Clyde Lassell                                                                     For its part, the City of Takoma Park is committed to
                                                                        6. Extend the life of streets by shading them from the
Large shade trees, with a tree removal notice, lower right                                                                              finding new public property areas to plant trees and
                                                                            heat of the sun
                                                                                                                                        planting large species whenever the space can ac-
                                                                        7. Provide wildlife habitat
woods, red buds and Japanese maples. This phenom-                                                                                       commodate them.
                                                                        8. Increase property values
enon seems to be happening in Takoma Park as well.                                                                                        What we in Takoma Park are in danger of is losing
                                                                         Recent studies have also shown some non-quantifiable
When you look around the City you can see plenty of large,                                                                              a noticeable amount of canopy cover in the City over
                                                                      benefits to large trees in communities, such as minimizing
tall species of trees, but what you don’t see is many of these        stress in humans (and probably animals too), reducing             the long term if we don’t start planting and nurturing
same species in earlier stages of life. If this trend continues,      crime, and enhancing commerce.                                    larger tree species.

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