- The Washington Times - Friday, October 16, 2009

Need an extra ticket to the game? Ask your mayor.

Howard Frampton, owner of Taste of Jamaica in Northeast Washington, recently met with D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to discuss the impact road construction was having on his takeout business. According to Mr. Frampton, Mr. Fenty shrugged and said there was little that could be done to assist by way of property tax relief or improved signage in the construction zone.

However, two weeks later, Mr. Frampton received a surprise call from the mayor’s office offering him baseball tickets. Mr. Frampton turned them down, responding that he didn’t see how that would help with his business concerns. He thought that was the last of it, but a couple weeks later, the mayor’s office called back with an invitation to attend a Capitals’ game. An incredulous Mr. Frampton couldn’t help but laugh as he told G2: “This is unbelievable. They just don’t get it.”

According to Erica Stanley, Mr. Fenty’s deputy communications director, Mr. Fenty’s Office of Community Relations and Services is, in fact, working on Mr. Frampton’s case in conjunction with the Department of Transportation. She added that it is common for Mr. Fenty to offer tickets to sporting events to people “he meets in the community.”

Dear Mr. Mayor, two honest taxpaying lady spies are in need of some tickets to a Redskins game. Think you can help?

Purple Bull?

Now through Oct. 19, you can have your fill of the popular energy drink Red Bull. That’s because Red Bull’s “Art of Can” exhibit, featuring 56 quirky works of art made entirely out of Red Bull cans, is on display near Union Station’s main entrance.

Artists from around the country competed to be part of the showcase and, fittingly, the top prize went to a piece depicting political iconography.

“Common Ground” shows a donkey and elephant drinking from the same can. Kathryn Beale, an artist and mother of two from Austin, Texas, designed the utopian figures and told G2 her source of inspiration was not a political figure or movement, but her husband, who was diagnosed with cancer while she was working on the piece.

“Finishing it was not a priority for me, and I had thought about not going on with the completion, but my husband told me he had a good feeling about it and wanted me to do it,” she recalls.

Mrs. Beale says her husband is in remission, so the couple can enjoy the trip to Switzerland that was the grand prize for the contest.

Congratulations from G2.

Hallowed forecasts

With Halloween just around the corner, we wonder what Washington’s politicians and power players will be wearing to celebrate at their monster mashes. G2 ventured to the Newseum on Wednesday night to ask a couple of guests of the ThanksUSA gala, a fundraiser for returning troops’ educations.

The bubbly Rep. Jerry Lewis, California Republican, replied with a wink, “My wife dresses me up every year, but it’s a secret that I never give away.”

His wife, Arlene, who also is his office’s chief of staff, looked a little embarrassed and added, “Our staff is discussing it.”

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who’s been busy planning the next step in Afghanistan, gave us a straight-faced reply. “I haven’t even thought about it,” he said.

On reflection, we must admit, that’s probably a good thing.

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