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<ro>Cleaning Up the Potomac

<bt>This weekend will mark the 14th annual Potomac Watershed Cleanup, at more than 100 sites along the river’s course in Virginia, Maryland, the District, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Since the annual cleanup began in 1989, 600 tons of trash have been cleaned from the Potomac.

The theme of this year’s cleanup is "From Our Streets to Our River," focusing on how garbage and runoff move from neighborhoods into nature through storm drains and local streams.

Cleanup sites in and around Arlington include Windy Run, Roosevelt Island and Chain Bridge/Pimmit Run. Volunteers are still needed at supervised by the Potomac Conservancy. Cleanup work will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 6.

Both sites are located along the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The parking lot for Roosevelt Island is just north of the Roosevelt Bridge, and the I-66 overpass over the parkway. Parking is limited, however, so the Conservancy is recommending that volunteers park in Rosslyn and cross the pedestrian bridge to the island, located at north Lynn Street north of 19th Street North. There will be work for up to 200 volunteers at Roosevelt island. More information for the site is available by calling 202-314-1482 during the day and 703-876-9261 in the evening.

At Chain Bridge/Pimmit Run, the Potomac Conservancy will be looking for up to 20 volunteers. Parking for the site is also off the George Washington Parkway, exiting from North Glebe Road. More information for the site is available by calling 703-228-6427.

Information about the Potomac Watershed Cleanup and other sites is available online at www.potomaccleanup.org.

<ro>Route 1 Ramp to Close

<bt>The ramp from Route 1 onto 15th Street South is scheduled to be closed for seven hours Sunday morning, for renovation work on the nearby Embassy Suites Hotel.

The ramp is scheduled to close at 5 a.m. Sunday, April 7, as crews erect a crane to allow removal and replacement of a ventilation unit on the roof of the Embassy Suites at 1300 S. Eads St. Work on the crane should be completed at noon, when the ramp is supposed to reopen.

Detours will begin at 20 th Street South, but traffic on Eads Street should not be affected.

<ro>County Employees Endorse Dorsey

<bt>Christian Dorsey, a Democrat running for the party’s nomination for this year’s county board election, last week won the endorsement of the Arlington General Employees Network Association.

Brenda Kriegel, president of the association, said she knew the group could not speak for all county employees. But AGENA decided to give its seal of approval to Dorsey, she said, after the county’s proposed 2003 budget did not include improvements to the retirement benefits for county employees.

Dorsey’s opponent for the Democratic nomination, incumbent Board Chair Chris Zimmerman, won the endorsement of the county’s paramedics and firefighters union, as did Republican Board candidate Mike Clancy.

<ro>Correction

<bt>The caption on the cover of the March 27 should have said a Head Start program is run by the Arlington Community Action Program. In addition, ACAP’s Head Start does not receive county funding.