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Office of Planning Meets to Discuss D.C.'s Comprehensive Plan, Talks Brookland Area

The Brookland neighborhood was discussed by the D.C. Office of Planning when they met to consider amendments to the city's "Comprehensive Plan".

The "Comprehensive Plan" documents the future of D.C., and focuses on all parts of city life---from housing to transportation.

One amendment up for consideration centers around the Brookland Metro stop:

"Improve pedestrian safety and access to the Brookland/CUA Metro Station by linking west and east Brookland along Monroe and Michigan Avenue and particularly by encouraging access between the 12th Street Main Street Retail Core and the surrounding neighborhoods by promoting active and well designed streetscapes along the named cross streets east of the Metro Station Area."

Rabid Cat Bites Resident, Then Picked Up By DC Dept. of Health in Northeast

This story comes to us from Dena Iverson District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH):

The District of Columbia Department of Health has picked up a feral cat that has tested positive for rabies.  The cat, gray patches with white markings, was picked up from the 1700 block of Lyman Pl. NE on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 after it attacked and bit a resident.  The resident that was attacked is undergoing the required rabies prophylaxis.  Rabies surveillance is being conducted for more animal and human contact. 

DOH staff is distributing and posting flyers in the neighborhood where the cat was picked up to inform the residents that anyone who has had contact with the cat should contact the Department of Health’s staff at (202)-535-1952.  DOH is particularly interested in anyone who may have fed the cat.

Walk This Way

Join Becky's Fund this Tuesday evening, September 28, 2010, as fashion takes a stand against domestic violence.

That's right. Eric Finn Custom Clothiers and Becky's Fund will host the Second Annual **Walk This Way** Charity Fashion Show. There, Matt Landsberg, founder and owner of the luxury men’s clothier, will showcase his collection, which will be modeled by local professional athletes and celebrity models.

D.C.'s social and philanthropic elites are expected to congregate for this fabulous event, which will benefit Becky’s Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization that uses education and empowerment to prevent and raise awareness regarding domestic violence.

Rhee Hasn't Ruled Out Staying In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee hasn't ruled out staying on in a Gray administration. That word from her future husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

The former NBA star turned politician was speaking at his own press conference today. He compared his fiance to a basketball super star in great demand. "Everybody wants her in her or his organization." said Johnson.

Rhee, a star among education reformers, had no comment following her one and a half hour meeting in DC Councilman Vincent Gray's office today.

Gray said no decisions were talked about and no decisions were made. They discussed the schools, his education paper, that was introduced during the Democratic primary in which he defeated Rhee's boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty.

In California, Mayor Johnson says Gray and Rhee have agreed to meet again in a couple of weeks to talk about whether they could work together, if there is a fit.

Skip Lunch And Feed A Bunch

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Instead of buying yourself lunch Wednesday, you can take the same amount of money and buy dozens of people lunch. Rather than give the money to a cashier at a local deli or fast food restaurant, the Capital Area Food Bank hopes you'll donate the money instead.

Wednesday is the annual "Skip Lunch, Feed a Bunch" event. The Food Bank wants you to donate the $5 you would spend on lunch. It says it can take that $5 and feed 15 people in need. A donation of $10 helps 30 people, and a donation of $25 provides 75 meals.

Chancellor Rhee On Oprah

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee took her education reform efforts to Oprah on Monday.

Rhee's appearance was on the Oprah Show was in conjunction with her star role in the film "Waiting for Superman", a documentary about the poor state of education in the country's public schools.

The taping occured before the September 14 Primary in which her boss Mayor Adrian Fenty lost to DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

Rhee has said she couldn't work for Gray. He says he wants a Chancellor who gets along with people.

The two could meet as early as this week.

Written by Bruce Johnson
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

5A Advisory Neighborhood Commission Meeting This Wednesday, September 22nd

On Wednesday, September 22nd, the 5A Advisory Neighborhood Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m.. The meeting, which takes place on the fourth Wednesday of every month, will be held in the Providence Hospital’s St. Catherine Hall in the Rossi Auditorium.

The meeting will be focused on community concern as well as police reports.  Guest speakers will include: 

  • Ian Leahy –DDOT & UFA Community Outreach Specialist
  • Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr.

The ANC 5A includes the communities of Brookland, Fort Lincoln, Fort Totten, Lamond-Riggs, Michigan Park,  North Michigan Park, Queens Chapel, and Woodridge.