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Down a Rathole Adams Morgan resident Betsy Robinson says she was cruising down the refrigerated cheese aisle at the Columbia Road NW Safeway last Friday when a member of genus Rattus darted in front of her cart. She immediately sought out various store higher-ups, who didn’t seem too interested in her animal sighting. So Robinson decided to phone the D.C. Department of Health to report the incident. An operator told Robinson to call 442-9118, which she was told was the number for the department’s Food Protection Unit. Robinson’s efforts ended in frustration: All last week, the voice mailbox for the unit remained full and unable to accept new messages. “We moved in September, and the numbers have changed,” explains Department of Health Chief of Communications and Community Relations Bonnie Rampersaud. Rampersaud says operators will be reminded of the new numbers, and calls to the old numbers will be rerouted.
Ask Not When Mayor Anthony A. Williams rounded into his wrap-up remarks at the Neighborhood Action citizen summit last Saturday, he tried to bring it all home by rattling off sore spots in various neighborhoods and pledging specific action plans to combat each one. He mentioned that neighbors in Shaw were concerned about safety at Kennedy Playground, “which, I believe, is named for Robert F. Kennedy, right?” No, his staff quickly corrected, it’s named for brother John F. Kennedy. Unfazed, Williams continued on about Kennedy, “over there between 9th and 10th on S….Everybody knows that, right?” the mayor repeated a few times, with confidence. Everybody, except perhaps, Hizzoner. For the record and the mayor’s future reference, the park is located between O and P Streets NW, off 7th Street.
Reporting by Dan Gilgoff and Elissa Silverman.
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