Company Appeals Ruling

Over Telecom Tower

Attorneys for American Towers Corp., the owner of the partially completed Tenleytown telecommunications tower, decided last week to pursue their legal fight to complete the structure.

The Boston-based company asked the full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for permission to continue building the 756-foot, $11 million tower on 41st Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW, near the Tenleytown Metro station. The corporation is also seeking $150 million in delay-related damages and $100 million in punitive damages from the District after the city halted construction several months after it began.

In June 2001, the lawsuit against the District was tossed out of federal court when a judge ruled that the city had not violated any federal statutes by halting work.

American Towers appealed, and earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the decision, refusing to reinstate the lawsuit. The company has asked all nine judges of the court to hear it.

Food Program Offers

After-School Snacks

The Child and Adult Care Food Program is providing free after-school snacks at 10 District locations, five of which are new. The 10 locations are: Chancy Spruell Community Center, 3517 Jay St. NE; Upshur Recreation Center, 14th St. and Arkansas Ave. NW; Garfield Terrace, 2371 11th St. NW; Carver Terrace, 900 21st St. NE; East Capitol Center for Change, 5918 East Capitol St. NE; Brookland Manor, 2525 14th St. NE; Thurgood Marshall Academy, 421 Alabama Ave. SE; Frederick Douglass, 1438 Cedar St. SE; Community Life Services Inc., 305 E St. NW; and Evening Star Learning Project, 4430 H St. SE.

The program, sponsored by the Capital Area Food Bank, is open weekdays to all students. Hours vary at each site. For more information, call John Kim at 202-526-5344, Ext. 226.

Applications Sought

For Teaching Grants

The D.C. State Education Office is accepting applications for grants totaling $325,000. Applicants are asked to develop a program to help teachers enhance existing methods of science and mathematics instruction.

The grants have been made available by the U.S. Department of Education under its Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund.

Interested parties may attend a pre-application information session 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at 941 North Capitol St. NE, Fourth Floor, Training Room B.

Applications may be obtained at the Office of Research and Analysis, 441 Fourth St. NW, Suite 400 South, or online at www.cfo.dc.gov. For more information, call 202-727-7775.

-- Compiled by Bruce C.T. Wright