All About Tax Matters

District taxpayers are being offered a chance to resolve tax-related issues at an event sponsored by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue.

"Tax Resolution Day" will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Office of Tax and Revenue headquarters, 941 North Capitol St. NE. Among the services that will be provided are individual income tax preparation, information about tax payments, real property assessments, and homestead exemption verifications and adjustments.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 202-727-4TAX (4829).

In advance of the tax office event, members of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs will be available to provide as much as an hour of free advice. The society is offering this service to the public through Tuesday. For more information, contact the group by phone at 202-204-8014 or via e-mail at info@gwscpa.org, or visit its Web site, www.gwscpa.org.

Land Cleanup Scheduled

Several local sites have been selected for cleanup and restoration as part of Saturday's annual National Public Lands Day, a project of the nonprofit National Environmental Education and Training Foundation.

Volunteers will work in Anacostia Park and in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. In Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens along the Anacostia River, volunteers will clear trails and get rid of intrusive plants and other unwanted growth.

Canal projects include rehabilitating a popular access trail, removing nonnative plants and picking up trash near Lockhouse 8. In addition, the lockhouse, a shelter built in 1830 that helped the canal operate as a transportation route along the Potomac River, will be cleaned and restored.

To volunteer for the Anacostia Park cleanup, call Alan Spears of the National Park Service at 202-454-3384 or send an e-mail to aspears@npca.org. The C&O Canal event is sponsored by the Potomac Conservancy; those interested in volunteering should go to the group's Web site at www.potomac.org or call Bryan Seipp at 301-608-1188, Ext. 207.

Photo Radar Zone Added

Radar vehicles have been deployed along a stretch of Alabama Avenue in Southeast Washington to curb speeding, according to D.C. police.

After studying citywide traffic and vehicular accident data, as well as considering ideas from the community, the police department assigned radar vehicles in the 1000 to 2000 blocks of Alabama Avenue. The photo radar enforcement zone includes residential streets, major intersections and highways in the 7th Police District.

With this latest addition, Washington now has a total of 74 radar enforcement zones, along with one fixed photo radar camera in the 600 block of Florida Avenue NW. There can be as many as six radar vehicles on duty at once, operating 24 hours a day, Monday through Saturday, police said.

According to the department, the three-year-old photo radar enforcement program helped reduce the number of speeding vehicles by 30 percent from July 2001 to this past July.

A Donation Plan for Cans

The seventh annual Canstruction, a program under which District architecture and construction firms build structures from canned goods to collect food for the region's homeless, is on display in downtown Washington. At the end of the competition, all canned goods used for each Canstruction project will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.

The building process began last weekend, and the finished creations are on display from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at the shops at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The exhibit is free.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, the projects will be given awards in four categories: best use of labels, best meal, structural integrity and jurors' favorite. A people's choice award automatically goes to the structure that uses the most cans.

-- Compiled by

BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT