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Vida Senior Center Celebrating 41st Anniversary With Gala

Only two more days to purchase tickets for the Vida Senior Center’s 41st anniversary celebration.  The event will be held on Tuesday, October 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and tickets are available for purchase through Thursday, October 21 on the Vida Senior Center homepage.

After being established in 1969, Vida continues to serve the community, and its second senior center is currently being built in Brightwood.

The celebration will be held at the Embassy of Finland located at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue in NW.  The event will feature a cocktail reception with open bar, a salsa show and live music, as well as a silent auction.

Get your tickets now!  Don't miss out on this event, it should be fantastic.

Parking Meter Relief?

WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) - City Council Member Jack Evans wants to rollback the parking meter increase that was passed in Spring.

The Ward 2 representative is getting more complaints about the meters than any other issue. It costs $2 to park for one hour in premium parking zones. He wants to bring it back to when one dollar bought you an hour.

Evans said he also wants to allow for free parking after 6:30 pm. Currently, parking meter enforcement can dole out the expired meter tickets until 10pm in premium parking zones.

"I work around here and I see them giving out tickets all the time. It's outrageous and they're just preying on people like vultures," said JoAnn Slaight on a Friday night in Chinatown. "Last night at Massachusetts Avenue at 20 minutes before 10pm, I was going to my car and I saw a meter person giving out 10 tickets. "

Join the Brightwood Community Association

If you live in Brightwood, you might be interested in joining the Brightwood Community Association. 

Membership is open to anyone 18 or older who owns or rents property in the Brightwood community. Membership dues are $20 a year per household for non-seniors, $5 per person for seniors, and $25 for businesses. 

The BCA meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September through June.  Meetings are held at St. John United Baptist Church at 13th and Tuckerman Streets, NW, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, unless announced otherwise.

Having Guest From Out of Town? Check out Asante Sana Guest Quarters on Kenyon Street

If you have friends or family visiting from out of town, but you don't want them staying with you, check out the recently opened Asante Sana Guest Quarters. 

Asante Sana is located at 1207 Kenyon St NW, and offers rental accomodations from $150 per night.

Asante Sana's website descibes itself as follows:

Asante Sana Guest Quarters is your typical "Bed and Basket," where you're independent to pursue your own interests and maintenance on your own schedule. Relax, enjoy your stay and engage in home cooked meals as you wish. The Giant Supermarket is 2 blocks away. We provide a full utensil-equipped kitchen where you may boil frankfurters or prepare gourmet meals and enjoy them in our full dining room.

Fight Song Changes DC Election Procedures

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A plan to help DC voters who are in the military and stationed abroad, and other voters who are working abroad ,has just been de-railed by student hackers who have demonstrated security weaknesses in a computer program designed to allow those voters to cast their ballots online.

The DC Board of Elections and Ethics is testing a process that would allow absentee voters to download a ballot, fill it out, and file it, all online.

Northwest Man Died From Fall During Fire

From Pete Piringer of the DC Fire and Emergency Services Department: 

Around 3:45 a.m., on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 units from the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services (DC F&EMS) Department were dispatched for the report of smoke in the area of the 3100 block of 16th Street, NW, in the Mt Pleasant neighborhood.  In a minute’s time firefighters arrived the scene at the Sarbin Towers Apartments and encountered heavy smoke coming from the upper floors of the 8-story apartment building located at 3132 16th Street.  Immediately firefighters entered the building and encountered heavy fire conditions on the 5th floor, numerous and obvious rescue opportunities, including several injured persons, some critical. A Second Alarm was requested bringing additional personnel and equipment to the scene.

DC Delinquent Taxes Accepted Without Penalties Until September 30 at Midnight

Scofflaws who owe the District of Columbia delinquent taxes have until midnight tonight, Thursday, September 30, to clear the slate and take advantage of the tax amnesty which waives collection fees, penalties and fear of prosecution.

“If you have outstanding taxes with the District, this is your last chance to pay them without penalties and fees,” warned Stephen M. Cordi, deputy chief financial officer for the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).  “The last District amnesty was held in 1995, so it is likely to be some time before there is another opportunity.”

Employed individual tax debtors who do not take advantage of the amnesty should expect that additional money will be withheld from their paychecks beginning January 2011.