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Campus Notebook: D.C. Statehood Push Goes Grass-Roots

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Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray's birthday wish was for the District to finally gain statehood.

Azik Schwechter is the owner of the 5-year-old Wrap2Go, which he says currently supplies 75 percent of kosher retail food in the D.C. area. He told Roll Call on Tuesday that he expects Restaurant Associates to begin placing food orders Monday and that he found out about the new business opportunity just last week.

Wrap2Go specializes in pre-packaged kosher sandwiches and salads. It doesn't operate out of a store, but it currently delivers food to the Holocaust Museum, Georgetown University and Law School, various government buildings and the National Institutes of Health.

"There was some interest on the ground from some people who work on the Hill and wanted kosher food," Schwechter explained. "There is no kosher food on the Hill at this point."

Emergency System Test Won't Affect Capitol Hill

At 2 p.m. today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will unroll its first nationwide Emergency Alert System test but Capitol Hill won't experience any disruption.

The test is intended to coincide with "the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season," according to FEMA.

For about 30 seconds beginning at 2 p.m., television and radio broadcasts will transmit messages indicating that "this is a test" or that "an Emergency Action Notification has been issued."

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer told Roll Call late last week that while his office was made aware of the alerts, they will be largely unseen and unfelt by lawmakers, staffers and visitors in the Capitol complex.

"One question has been, 'Will it be something like air raid sirens?'" said Gainer, who said that would not be the case.

He added that the alerts "would not come over the channels we broadcast from our Senate studios ... and will have no impact on hearings, the floor and operations in general."

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