The third district police took a drubbing Adams-Morgan not long ago from a church group called the Community of Hope - but it was non-violent, the police assured us, and besides, they beat the Community of Hope a couple of times before.
It all began when the church group challenged their local police to a game of softball. One game led to another, and, as policewoman/softball player Beverly Medlock put it, "We've gotten to know the community we work with that way and they've gotten to know us better."
The D.C. Women's Bar celebrated its 60th anniversary recently, and an elderly female attorney reflected on the early days of women in the practice of law. Like many other female attorneys at the time, she said, she began her career as a secretary after receiving her law degree.
When the D.C. Women's Bar was incorporated in 1917, women and blacks were not admitted to the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, although they could practice law. There were only a handful of women attorneys here at the time.
The first unofficial meeting of the D.C. Women's Bar was a dinner to honor four men who had carried banners in the March 3, 1913, women's suffrage parade in front of the White House. Attorney Ellen Mussey led a division of women lawyers in that parade, which drew about 10,000 women from all over the United States.
Today, the D.C. Women's Bar has about 300 members.
The Howard University Children's Theater recently brought home a first prize in the drama competition from the Dundalk International Maytime Festival in Dundalk, Ireland.
"Black Images/Black Reflections," a historical chronicle of black contributions to the United States, won the President's Award over nine other groups. The theater piece, which includes music and dance, was written and directed by Kelsey Collie, assistant dean of College of Fine Arts and director of the thrater.
"If an international drama festival is anything, t is for occasions like this, when you have the audience nearly standing in their seats and cheering," said Alan Nicol, adjudicator for the competition.
A $50,000 revolving loan fund for middle income students has been established at The American University by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. The fund will assist middle income students whose families earn too much for most financial aid, but not enough to fully support children in college. It is geared to students from families who incomes fall between $12,000 and $40,000. Students who have been attending the American University for at least one year can apply for the loan at the school's financial aid office.
D.C. Schools Supt. Vincent Reed attended Amidon Elementary School's performance of "If You Believe" recently, and like it so much he called for a special performance at Ellington School for the Arts. The play, which was an adaptation of the musical "The Wiz," was written, produced and directed for first through sixth grade students by a fifth grade Amidon student, Tee Jay Wood. He is the son of Mrs. Minnie L. Wood, of 203 N St. SW. "If You Believe" also toured Stevens School. Tee Jay began working on the play after he saw "The Wiz" on Broadway. This year he received a citation from the Research Council of the D.C. Public School System for outstanding contribution to the school program and for creative leadership.
Camp Timmie in southern Maryland will have six different sessions this summer for area members of the Boys' Clubs of Greater Washington. The enrollment fee is $50 per session, and some partial scholarships are available. Girls and boys interested in attending the camp, who do not belong to the Boys' Clubs can get membership information at area Boys' Club branches.