Leaf Collection Underway

Autumn leaf collection began this week and will continue until Dec. 24, with each street having two collections during that period, according to the Department of Public Works.

Under a new procedure, leaves raked into curbside tree boxes can be vacuumed up and will not need to be bagged. Leaves should not be raked into the gutter.

Department of Public Works officials say that they prefer that leaves be raked into tree boxes but that bagged leaves also will be collected, if placed with regular trash. Up to seven bags will be collected at a time.

Residents who get trash collection from the city should have received a brochure with the leaf collection schedule. For further information, call 202-727-1000.

Small Business Program Offered

A free, two-hour program--"Keys to Planning, Financing and Managing a Highly Profitable Small Business"--will be held tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. and again Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the Mount Pleasant Branch Library.

The program is sponsored by the D.C. Public Library, in collaboration with the D.C. Latino Chamber of Commerce, the Mount Pleasant Business Association and the Latino Economic Development Corp. The library is at 16th and Lamont streets NW. For further information, call 202-727-1361.

Banneker Field Being Renovated

One of the city's most heavily used multipurpose playing fields--Banneker Field, across from Howard University--is closed to residents for six months while it undergoes major improvements.

The work will include demolition of existing structures, grading of the field and installation of dugouts, a backstop and an irrigation system. A playground will be installed, the parking lot will be paved and fencing will be put up.

The work is being done by the city's Department of Recreation and Parks.

Blood Drive in Memory of Firefighter

The D.C. Fire Department and emergency medical services division are conducting a blood drive through Oct. 30 in memory of fallen firefighter John M. Carter. The blood drive will take place at the Washington Hospital Center's blood donor center, 110 Irving St. NW.

Members of the public also are invited to donate blood from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and on Thursday, Oct. 28, until 8 p.m.

Carter was killed Oct. 24, 1997, while fighting a fire on Kennedy Street NW.

For more information on the memorial blood drive, call the Washington Hospital Center at 202-877-5250.

One-Day Job Fair Scheduled

A job fair will be held Wednesday at Phelps Career Senior High School, sponsored by D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr. (D-Ward 5).

More than two dozen government, nonprofit and business employers have signed up for the fair, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The school is at 26th Street and Benning Road NE, next to Langston Golf Course. It is on the westbound route of the X2 bus, and the eastbound route of the X1 bus.

For more information, call 202-724-8028.