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French Deer

Last weekend, two deer tried to move in with the French ambassador. The animals wandered on to the ambassador’s property in Northwest, DC and refused to leave. Several Animal Control Officers were called to help relocate the two deer back to Rock Creek Park where they originally came from. The ambassador's home, while very nice, was not deer friendly.  The property was too small, there was not enough grass or leaves for the deer to eat, and if they tried to jump the tall fence they could get hurt.

It took the ACOs nearly five hours to safely sedate both deer and transport them back to Rock Creek Park. Once back home, the animals were woken up and released back into the woods.

The deer may not have understood what we were trying to do for them, but they are now safe. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at the French Ambassador’s home for assisting us in this rescue.

Al Sura Comes Together To Show Awareness Through Music

Here's a special announcement from Al Sura, Inc.:

On Saturday, December 4th Roadside Café will host local DC artists to help build awareness about HIV/AIDS and to celebrate World AIDS Day. Artist from Mr. Briggs Management will come together with a powerful calibration of classical, pop, adult contemporary and jazz genres that will inspire patrons to make a difference in hopes to motivate them to take a stand.   

One in 20 people in the District of Columbia are HIV positive, one in 50 have AIDS, putting it on par with some African countries. African-American men comprise approximately 30 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases in the District, while African-American women account for 94 percent of newly reported HIV/AIDS cases in the area and are infected with HIV/AIDS at a rate of 61 percent versus men at a rate of 25 percent. It's time for us to take a stand.

Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr. To Attend ANC 5A Meeting

On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, the ANC 5A will hold a meeting.  The meeting, which will take place at the Church of Our Saviour at 1616 Irving Street, NE, will run from 6:30PM – 9PM.  

Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. will be present at the meeting, and will discuss the MPD-5D police report as well as other community concerns.

The meeting will also feature a forum on "Helping Our Elderly and Incapacitated Neighbors in Hard Times".

Holiday Traffic Plans Throughout Downtown Today For Veterans Day

The Federal and District governments is closed today in observance of Veterans Day.  As such all holiday and weekend traffic patterns will be in effect.  This includes weekend and holiday traffic patterns on 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, Canal Road NW, and Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill.  Also, according to the National Park Service (NPS), Rock Creek Parkway and Beech Drive will also observe holiday/weekend traffic patterns.

In addition, NPS announced Henry Bacon Drive between 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue will be closed due to scheduled ceremonies at the US Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

Metro has also announced its special Metrobus service schedule will be in effect.  Information is available on their website at www.metroopensdoors.com.

NE Shooting Victim's Mother Speaks Out

WASHINGTON (WUSA) --The slaying of a Spingarn High senior and wounding of his classmate may have been the latest neighborhood attack by three suspects who are still on the streets.

Joseph Alonzo Sharps Jr., 17, a student at Spingarn High School, was shot and killed on Monday in the 1300 Block of Holbrook Street, NE. 

The wounded student was undergoing surgery today. 

The wounded student's mother, who asked that her identity be concealed, told 9newsnow he was shot after three men confronted him and Sharps as they were headed home.

The mother says the shooting was unprovoked. There was no confrontation.

Meanwhile some witnesses to the Trinidad neighborhood shooting say the same three men shot a young waiter at a nearby Diner last Saturday.

Gucci Celebrates Opening of New Store at Tysons Galleria with Private Party Hosted by John Legend


National Mall Plan Finalized

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis signed their names to the final National Mall Plan on Tuesday.

The National Mall's aging facilities, some of which were built in the the 1800s, needed extensive repair. The planning effort began in 2006 when "deferred maintenance for needed repairs" was more than $400 million, according to the National Park Service.

More than 30,000 Americans in all U.S. states gave input on the National Mall Plan, which has 30 objectives relating to cultural and natural resource protection, public access, education, visitor amenities, public safety and security as well as protection and preservation of monuments and memorials.