City Auto Lots Merged

The District combined its two vehicle impoundment lots this week and has begun conducting operations at one central location, according to the D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW). The lease on a vehicle impoundment facility in Prince George's County expired this week.

The Blue Plains Impoundment and Storage Facility, at 5001 Shepherd Pkwy. SW, will now accommodate abandoned vehicles as well as vehicles that have been booted as a result of illegal parking or unpaid parking tickets.

The DPW says booted vehicles, which normally are impounded for less than three days, will take up 500 parking spaces at the lot. Abandoned vehicles will occupy the remaining area, or about two-thirds of the lot, officials said. DPW officials also expressed confidence that the Blue Plains facility will not become cluttered, citing new laws that allow them to get rid of abandoned vehicles not claimed after 28 days.

All fines and fees must be paid in full at the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, 65 K St. NE, before a vehicle can be recovered. Vehicles can be retrieved Monday through Friday; booted vehicles can be reclaimed from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and abandoned vehicles from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Station Seeks Helpers

Volunteers are needed to help local public radio station WPFW conduct its fall membership drive.

From Sunday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 16, volunteers will help the station by taking incoming pledge calls, doing data entry, and preparing and sending out daily mailings.

Volunteers can work weekdays, evenings or weekends. To volunteer, or for more information, call the WPFW volunteer phone line at 202-588-0999, Ext. 345.

Mentors for Students

Two local nonprofit education organizations are seeking volunteers to become academic and personal mentors to District middle and high school students. The Higher Achievement Program needs instructors to work with middle school students, while Mentors Inc. instructors will work with D.C. public high school students.

Volunteers for the Higher Achievement Program will be expected to work from 6 to 8 p.m. one night per week, meeting with as many as four students in subjects such as literature, math and technology.

Mentors Inc. is looking for volunteers willing to help high school students develop academically, professionally and personally for at least five hours each month. Eligible mentors must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma and have no criminal background. Training will be provided.

Those interested in mentoring at the Higher Achievement Program should call 202-842-5116, or e-mail volunteer@higherachievement.org, or go online to www.higherachievement.org.

Potential volunteers for Mentors Inc. should call 202-783-2310, e-mail mentors@mentorsinc.org, or go to www.mentorsinc.org.

-- Compiled by

BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT