Petitions Ready for D.C. Primary

Nominating petitions for the District's May 2 presidential primary election are available.

The ballot will include: Democratic and Republican presidential candidates; Democratic, Republican, D.C. Statehood, Green and Umoja Party nominees for D.C. delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives; Democratic and Republican National Committee members; D.C. Democratic State Committee members; D.C. Republican Committee members; and Local Committee members of the Umoja Party.

The deadline for submitting petitions for Democratic and Republican presidential candidates and their committed delegates and alternates to their respective national conventions is March 3. The deadline for other offices on the May ballot is Feb. 23.

For more information on each party's primary process, call the D.C. Democratic State Committee at 202-434-8732; the D.C. Republican Committee at 202-608-1407; or the Umoja Party at 202-217-9288.

Information is also available at the D.C. Board of Elections' Voter Services Office at 202-727-2525 or on the board's Web site,

Community Meetings to Discuss Parks

Two community meetings will be held this month to discuss the future of parks in the District.

The first meeting, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, will feature a discussion about the application process for using playing fields, play courts, picnic areas, open space areas and recreation facilities under the jurisdiction of the department. It will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. next Thursday at Gonzaga College High School, 19 I St. NW.

Permit applications are available at any city recreation center or from the agency's headquarters, 3149 16th St. NW. Applications may also be obtained by mail by calling the Customer Service Center at 202-673-7647.

The following Saturday, Jan. 22, the National Park Service will hold a second public scoping meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to discuss the future of Kenilworth Park.

The meeting, at Kenilworth Elementary School, 1300 44th St. NE, is the follow-up to a forum held in November to inform the community about cleanup and stabilization activities at the park and to hear ideas from the public for future uses of the park. This meeting will outline the Park Service's assessment plan and ask for public review.

Funds from AIDS Walk Distributed

Thirty-two local organizations have been awarded a total of $118,400 that was raised during the 1999 AIDS Walk. The funds from the AIDS Walk Foundation were distributed by the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Top recipients were Brother Help Thyself, which received $50,000, and Damien Ministries, which received $10,000. Amounts from $1,000 to $4,000 went to 30 other organizations that provide AIDS education or serve D.C. residents who are HIV-positive or have AIDS.