VILLAGE OF FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS
The Friendship Heights Village Council, which frequently speaks out on national and international issues, last week passed a resolution supporting actions by the United Nations and President Bush in the Persian Gulf and urging the United States to adopt a national energy policy.
The resolution, which will be sent to the president and the secretary-general of the United Nations, asserts that the United States should reduce its dependency on oil from the Middle East and work to develop more domestic sources of petroleum and petroleum alternatives.
CITY OF ROCKVILLE
A new police substation opened in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Rockville last week as part of a continuing effort by Montgomery County and the city to rid the area of drug-related crime.
The new substation, which cost the city $98,000, will be operated by eight county and two city police officers. Its location, next to the Lincoln Park Community Center and along a well-traveled main street, is expected to help bring police officers into more frequent contact with residents.
The substation replaces another substation set up in the city's public housing office on Moore Drive, several blocks away.
The old substation was established in 1988 after residents of Lincoln Park and other communities in east Rockville appealed to city leaders for help in ridding their neighborhoods of drug dealers.
That additional police presence has been supplemented by anti-crime overnight vigils by residents. The city also has erected a wrought-iron fence near the community center to help thwart drug dealers' attempts at quick escapes into a nearby park.
Last year, police made a record 700 arrests in the Lincoln Park area. So far this year, police said, arrests in the neighborhood have dropped significantly. Last fall, the Metropolitan Council of Governments recognized substation officers as the Washington area's patrol unit of the year.