The next KCA Meeting will be on Thursday, May 18th at Good Will Baptist
Church 1862 Kalorama Road, NW 7:00 PM
DC FRANCHISE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS AT KCA MAY MEETING
The DC Coalition for Representation in Congress will explain the current
status in the fight of DC residents to elect representatives to Congress
at the May 18th meeting of the KCA at the Good Will Baptist Church
(Columbia and Kalorama Roads NW) at 7:00 PM. I also plan to ask three
very special people to tell you about their programs for youth: Dorothy
Marschak, Director of the CHIME Program for music; Lula Donovan, the
Science Teacher at Marie Reed on the GLOBE science and environmental
education program at Marie Reed (for which the KCA raised $10,500); and
Earl Johnson, Director of the Kalorama Recreation Center.
FIRST TUESDAY TO HOLD FIRST WINE TASTING
The First Tuesday Dinner Club is branching out from its usual Tuesday
Dinner to hold its first wine tasting on Tuesday, May 2 from 6:30-10:00
PM. The Blue Room at 2321 18th Street will serve a variety of red and
white wines with plenty of professional commentary and discussion if you
so desire. There will also be light snacks. Come have a good time, meet
your neighbors and help the KCA raise some funds. This will be the last
First Tuesday of the year because the awards banquet will be held in June.
KCA MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Less than half the people who are receiving newsletters have paid dues.
It would be good if those who have not yet paid could send $15 to: KCA,
PO Box 21311, Kalorama Station, DC 20009.
KCA will hold its elections for officers and for an enlarged and more
active Executive Committee at the May meeting. Christine Brooks will
chair the election committee. If you are interested in serving or know
someone who is call her at 265.3664.
A NEW EFFORT TO SAVE THE HOLT HOUSE!
Starting May 17, the Holt House Task Force will offer a one-hour guided
walk around the Holt House site every third Wednesday of the month,
meeting at 6:00 PM on the west side of Walter Pierce Park by the picnic
tables. As part of the task forces community outreach efforts, these
monthly walks will introduce the public to the history of Holt House and
the landscape surrounding it. Participants will hear about, among other
things, Holt Houses link to the former Adams Mills on Rock Creek, the
nearby historical cemeteries, as well as the current condition of the house.
Built in the early 1800s, Holt House is a rare example of the Classical
Revival style in Washington and, since 1973, has been listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Owned by the National Zoo since
1890, and used as administrative offices until the 1980s, the house has
been vacant and boarded up for the past dozen years. Its severely
deteriorated condition has caused the DC Preservation League to place
Holt House, for the third year in a row, on its List of Ten Most
Endangered Places of Washington.
The task force is also building an alliance with other community groups
and Washington organizations that share concern for Holt Houses
condition, and a commitment to seeing it preserved. If your group or
organization wants to join the alliance, contact: Wanda Bubriski,
or Barbara Bates 244.2090,
. Also visit the following web sites:
www.si.edu/oahp/holthous/start.htm and www.innercity.org/Holt.Wanda Bubriski
INSPIRATION AND PERSPIRATION IN KALORAMA PARK
Clean up day in Kalorama Park was a quintessential community event!
Undaunted by drizzling rain, some 200 people labored in good cheer,
weeding the playground tot lot, play ground and gardens and moving the
huge piles of sand, wood chips and mulch to refurbish these areas.
Volunteers from AmeriCorps and Howard University inspired us all with
singing, laughter and hard work throughout the day. Neighbors came out
in numbers to lend their hands and backs in really tough labor. The hard
work was matched with good cheer and everyone who participated had a
really memorable experience. At the end of the day, the play ground and
sandbox were full of good clean sand, many garden areas were mulched and
only a small pile of wood chips remained to complete the coverage of the playground.
Special thanks to Earl Johnson, Director of the Recreation Center, and
Joe Himali for organizing the event.
The Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation and many of their
top officials visited the Park. We used the occasion to exact promises
on the installation of the new lights, repair of the 19th Street
sidewalk and the construction of new slab on the backside of the
recreation center and the addition of roller dumpster to replace the
huge dumpster which now sits in the middle of the play area creating
aesthetic and safety issues.
The Fund for Kalorama Park will launch soon their Park Improvement
financing campaign to raise $100,000 to replace some existing playground
equipment, plant and maintain trees and shrubs, improve trash collection
and support the youth programs of the Kalorama Recreation Center. Count
on hearing more on this subject!Mike Gould
PIERCE PARK TO CLEAN UP
We reported last month on the heroic efforts of the Friends of Pierce
Park to raise funds for the new play ground. They are having a park
clean up on Saturday, May 20all are invited to participate.
BILTMORE TRIANGLE GARDEN GETS BEAUTY TREATMENT
The Biltmore Triangle Garden at the intersection of 20th and Biltmore
Streets is one of Kaloramas special treasures. Designed and planted by
former neighborhood resident and landscape architect, Gordon Riggle, the
garden consists of 10 plots with winding paths and a bench overseeing
all its beauty. Especially magnificent are the irises and lilies, which
will bloom soon and provide a special island of tranquility.
On April 1, a group of community gardeners gathered for the Spring
Garden Day to give the garden its annual treatment of raking, cleaning
and fertilizing. One or two local residents tend each of the plots. Much
work needs to be done to keep the soil and the original flowers healthy
and strong while adding new varieties of perennials and annuals to
enhance the beauty and extend the blooming season into early fall.
Mowing the grass and watering (especially in July and August) are other
tasks that need to be carried out regularly. If you are interested in
volunteering, please call Marianne Josem at 202.265.7594 or E-Mail her
Funds are also needed to keep the garden in excellent condition. Goals
for this year include fertilizing and mulching all gardens and
purchasing new annuals and perennials so that there are colorful blooms
all summer and fall. We would like to raise $400. Even a small donation
of $2-$5 would help to offset some of the expenses that gardeners incur.
Please send all donations to KCA at PO Box 21311, Kalorama Station, DC
20009 and designate the payment to the Biltmore Triangle
KCA VOTES TO EXTEND PRIVATE SECURITY GUARD
While crime is down in ANC-1C on a month to month comparison between
1998 and 1999 from 8%-19%, many people in Adams Morgan are still
concerned about their personal security. More than two years ago, a
number of streets in the Kalorama area voted to hire a private security
guard to patrol their area and to provide a personal escort service upon
request. The cost of this service for about an 18-month period was $360
for a single house, $90 for an apartment dweller or very approximately
$45 per unit if an entire building decided to participate. A letter
asking whether you would like to participate in the program will be sent
to all KCA members in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please
call Debbie Gustowski at 667.1606. She will be assisted by our new
Public Safety Chair elect, Elizabeth Collins, who will take up her
position in August.
Our most sincere thanks to Debbie who is doing an outstanding job.
ADAMS MORGAN CARES (AS IF YOU DIDNT KNOW)
Adams Morgan Cares Day is a neighborhood-wide, one-day show of unity,
charity and love. By con- ducting hundreds of independent fundraisers
for different charities all on a single day, we will demonstrate the
impact a community can have when everyone works together towards a
The first annual Adams Morgan Cares Day will be an all-day, all-night
event that takes place on Saturday, May 20, 2000. On this day, all
participants will be invited to hold a fundraiser of their choosing.
Each will be encouraged to choose a kind of fund raiser that they have
time and energy to organize, as well as a charity that is of particular
importance to them. Every Group in Adams Morgan is urged to participate.
If your group wishes to participate or you want to volunteer, please
contact Adams Morgan Cares c/o LEDC, 2316 18th Street, NW, 588.5102 x
. KCAs effort will be led by Sharon Dondero,
332.8974. KCA Members please call her with your ideas and interest so
that KCA can contribute to making this new event a success.
ADAMS MORGAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION HELPS TO CLEAN STREETS
We have recently been dismayed to learn that Ready, Willing and Able,
which was helping to clean our streets with the help of the Business
Association and Marie Reed School Grounds with the help of the Friends
of Marie Reed, has faced financial difficulty and will cease operations
in Adams Morgan. Mr. Constantine Stavropoulos, Chair of the Adams Morgan
Business and Professional Association, reports that the Association has
been in close touch with the Department of Public Works to get them to
pick up the slack created by the Departure of Ready, Willing and Able.
If you wish to get in touch with the Business Association, call their
hotline number 262.6336 or e-mail AMBPA@...
MINUTES OF THE KCA MEETING OF APRIL 18
The following decisions were made at the meeting:
1. We would send out a letter asking people to participate in the
financing of the private security guard;
2. Confirmed the selection of the Election Committee that will report at
the May meeting;
3. Selected a Committee for the Awards Banquet, which will consist of
Sharon Dondero, Teresa Kaplan, Maureen Klovers and Ann Hargrove;
4. Agreed to write a letter to the appropriate authorities on the
California Street Halfway House;
5. Agreed to try to make a contribution to Adams Morgan CaresSharon
Dondero and Josh Gibson will discuss;
6. Confirmed our earlier decision to write letters as appropriate on the
Holt House; and
7. Confirmed the arrangements for First Tuesday.