Capitol Hill Residents Pick Up Winter Trash

Posted April 11, 2007 at 4:00pm

Capitol Hill residents can help clean their neighborhood on Saturday at a community trash cleanup at 1522 Potomac Ave. SE. A sporadically recurring event, the pickup enables residents to meet new people and cut down on the litter from local fast food joints and passing cars, said Jennifer Howard, who is organizing the cleanup.

“It’s been great to get to know a group of people from our part of the Hill,” she said.

Bottles of water, doughnuts and trash bags will be provided, along with some latex gloves. Those interested should meet at 9 a.m. and expect to clean for a couple of hours. For more information, contact Howard by calling 202-546-3656 or e-mailing jenniferhoward@verizon.net.

Anacostia Business Resource Center Opens

The Business Resource Center, which will provide information on Anacostia Waterfront development projects, opened its doors Wednesday at 2311 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

A joint partnership of the Anacostia Waterfront Corp., the District Department of Transportation and the D.C. Department of Employment Services, the center will be a one-stop shop for residents who want to learn about Anacostia restoration efforts, employment opportunities and major development and transportation improvement projects in the area. Staff from each of the partnering agencies will answer questions one-on-one.

All agencies will be available Monday through Friday but will keep different hours. DDOT staff will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., AWC staff will be available from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m., and DOES staff will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Youth Activists Will ‘Step It Up’ Saturday

A Capitol Hill event planned for Saturday aims to give youths a chance to voice their concern about global warming.

From 1 to 3 p.m., thousands of young adults and community leaders will gather on the National Mall as part of the Washington, D.C., Step It Up Day of Action, a global warming awareness event. Speakers for the day will include various student activists, as well as Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh and Gene Karpinksi, president of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Events planned for the day include the unveiling of a national photo petition signed by more than 4,000 youths pledging their support for 80 percent reductions of carbon emissions by 2050 and asking Congress to do the same. A “human postcard” also will be created by participants, spelling out “80 percent by 2050.”

Saturday’s Step It Up campaign events mark the largest day of citizen action focusing on global warming in national history and include events at more than 1,300 venues in all 50 states. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Student Coalition and Greenpeace are among the supporters of the event. More information about the D.C. Step It Up Day of Action can be found at www.stepitup2007.org.

— Emily Yehle and Andrea Kemp