Jan 26, 2010

Message from PYRCA RegardingTransient Slips in Alexandria

Documents referred to in the message below can be downloaded here.

PRYCA Clubs:

The Alexandria City Marina is in jeopardy of reducing it’s transient slippage to 4-6 slips to alleviate budget requirements that are needed for transient slip support.

It is important for members of the boating community to be heard about losing this valuable destination from our "Float Plans".
Please come voice your concerns at the hearing on January 28, 2010 7:00 PM at the Alexandria City Hall, 301 King St, Alexandria, VA.
If you are unable to attend (or even if you plan to attend) please send your comments to Councilman Paul C. Smedberg at paulcsmedberg@aol.com. An email can also be sent to Councilman Smedberg through the City of Alexandria website.
PRYCA is sending representatives to this meeting. But we can’t do it alone. All yacht clubs, maritime organizations and boaters who want to visit Old Town by boat need to be heard.
Please ensure widest and swift dissemination of this information to all boaters so they are aware and can be heard on this issue.
Attached is the letter from PRYCA Vice Commodore, Ruth Lovelace, that was sent to Councilman Smedberg who sits on the Waterfront Committee.
There is a waterfront committee website with resource materials (attached) supporting the economic development of the Alexandria waterfront.

Very Respectfully,
Debbie Ruttenberg
Secretary, PRYCA

SW Safeway Announcement

Current store manager, John Ignacio will be replaced when the new store opens in April (replacement unknown). Also, Safeway expects a “gap” between the date the current Safeway closes & the date the new Safeway will open ... possible estimate of 10 days.

Jan 20, 2010

An interdisciplinary look at drug policy using heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) as a case study

If you are free tonight, please consider supporting this event that one of our fellow community members has played an important role in organizing.

WHEN: Wed. Jan. 20th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm

WHERE: GWU's Jack Morton Auditorium in the Media & Public Affairs Building at 805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052 (H & 21st NW)

WHAT: Panel & town-hall style forum on drug policy and treatment programs using heroin-assisted treatment (HAT) as a case study, followed by light refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers. Speakers include a researcher, a policy-maker, a HAT trial participant and a criminologist. Co-sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, GWU's School of Public Health & Health Services, and the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation.

Details on speakers below. This will be a challenging and fascinating evening. We hope to see you there.

The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to forward this information to interested friends, colleagues, clients.


What responsibility do we have to craft drug policies and implement treatment programs that address medical, public health, economic, and foreign affairs considerations?

HAT is a treatment option that has been implemented in the Netherlands and Switzerland and has inspired research trials in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

Special Remarks: DC Council Member Tommy Wells
Ward 6 representative for the DC City Council and Chair of the Committee on Human Services

Moderator: Dr. Irene Kuo
Associate Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, the George Washington University

Donald MacPherson
Former Drug Policy Coordinator for the City of Vancouver and author of Vancouver’s Four Pillars Drug Strategy

Dr. David C. Marsh, MD
One of the lead researchers in the North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) trial of prescription heroin; Medical Director for Addiction, HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal Health Services for the Vancouver Community

Ethan Nadelmann, JD, PhD
Founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the drug war

Gary Occhipinti
Former heroin user, participant in the North American Opiate Medication Initiative (NAOMI) trials, and advocate for heroin-assisted treatment programs

Dr. Peter Reuter
Professor in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Criminology at the University of Maryland and author of “Can Heroin Maintenance Help Baltimore? What Baltimore can learn from the experience of other countries.”

After the forum, participants will be able to answer the following questions:

What is heroin-assisted treatment (HAT)?
Why should we discuss HAT now?
What are the benefits of this project to U.S. residents and the addicted population?
Is this just an attempt to legalize heroin?

Jan 14, 2010

Start thinking about spring/summer/fall vegetables

Hungry? At least for some warmer weather? One nice thing you can do to as you fantasize about the summer months is to sign up for a share of vegetables through a Community-Supported Agriculture (often called a CSA share) arrangement.

Last summer, 4 coolers of locally-grown, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables went to Gangplankers each week. To get our vegetables, we paid in advance for a subscription to Orchard Country Produce, and each week, picked up the vegetables from the farmer's market at the DOT building on M Street. Joining a CSA is a chance to experience the joys of: 1) eating in-season produce without having to research what's in season before you go shopping 2) knowing the people who grew your food 3) cooking more beets and squash and corn than you might be accustomed to working with; 4) having a fantastic variety of apples and pears and plums in your diets; 5) no longer needing to buy produce at Safeway, Whole Foods, etc. Even more reasons to join a CSA can be found here, if you aren't convinced yet.

GOOD NEWS: This year, if we can get 5 or more subscriptions to Orchard Country Produce, Farmer Gregg is willing to drop off our coolers directly to the Marina every Tuesday during the season. Conversations with Gangplank security indicate that a drop-off from the farmer will be handled in the same fashion as a regular package.

PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY if you are interested ...this link has the pricing and subscription info. We encourage you to share your CSA shares with neighbors. That way, vegetable bartering is possible, plus if you go out of town for a week you won't lose all your vegetables and investment. Eve, Mikhael, Travis & Jess, Tim, Jason, Justin & Liz, and Petra & Greg can all attest to how well they ate last summer - as well as to how much of a support the CSA can be to family farms in our region. Orchard Country Produce also offers eggs, meat, butter, and cheese, in addition to the regular CSA shares. Questions? reply to this post or seek out any of the above-mentioned neighbors, or contact Farmers Gregg and Louise Keckler directly.

Jan 7, 2010

Mandated Parking Meter Changes to Take Effect

If you haven't seen the announcement on DDOT's website, check it out here.

Apart from the change to parking enforcement on Saturdays, please also note the following information from the announcement. One more reason not to drive ... ouch!

In addition to the Saturday enforcement, DDOT is also simplifying the District’s parking meter rates. To comply with the new legislation, there will now be only two types of parking meter pricing zones: premium demand zones and normal demand zones.

It will cost $2.00/hour to park in premium demand zones, which include the busiest commercial districts.
It will cost $0.75/hour to park in normal demand zones.
The District’s premium demand zone rate is comparable or lower than the premium rates in other major cities across the nation including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and Philadelphia where rates are $3 an hour or more.

DDOT will also change the hours of enforcement for parking meters in the city’s busiest commercial districts where on-street parking is often scarce. Nighttime parking enforcement hours will be extended to 10 pm in the following “premium demand zones":

Adams Morgan
Georgetown Historic District*
Penn Quarter/Chinatown*
U Street, NW Corridor
Downtown Central Business District
Maine Avenue and Water Streets, SW
The National Mall
Wisconsin Avenue, NW (from Van Ness Street to Western Avenue)