The Night Note: 1/12/11

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    The following stories are brought to you by the fine folks on the News4 assignment desk.

    PRINCE GEORGE'S WANTS LONG-PROMISED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
    Washington Post: "For more than six years, Prince George's County real estate agents often have told young families looking to settle in the planned community of Fairwood that an elementary school would be built soon on a 15-acre plot set aside by the developer.

    The new residents of Fairwood, many of whom paid more than a half-million dollars to live there, formed an education task force to solidify their collective vision for the ultimate 21st century school."

    HEAVY COSTS DESPITE LIGHT SNOW
    WTOP: "The D.C. region has yet to get hit with a real winter wallop, but all the pre-treating and minor storms are still gobbling up snow budgets.

    Every time local crews pre-treat roadways, the costs are in the tens of thousands of dollars.

    "If we were to pre-treat all Montgomery and Prince George's County Interstates -- Route 50, the Beltway, I-270 -- we are talking in the neighborhood of $30,000 to $40,000," Maryland State Highway Administration spokesperson Dave Buck tells WTOP."

    DC PRESERVATION LEAGUE OPENS NOMINATIONS FOR ENDANGERED LIST
    DCist: "Do you know of a "historically, culturally and architecturally significant places that may be threatened with ill-advised alteration or demolition through neglect or abandonment"? If so, then the D.C. Preservation League wants to hear from you! The League is currently accepting nominations for additions to their 2011 Most Endangered Places list.

    Last year's list included Anne Archbold Hall at 19th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church at 1518 M Street NW, several buildings within the Anacostia Historic District along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and the city's historic firehouses. Once a building is placed on the League's list of endangered places, the League helps to organize teams who determine potential preservation solutions. Without the attention lent by the Preservation League, historic buildings often times end up suffering demolition at the hands of natural causes. For example: after being placed on the list last year, the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church has undertaken restorations on both its steeple and beautiful stained-glass windows."

    METRO CONSIDERS KEEPING BARE-BONE PAY PHONES

    Washington Examiner: "The pay phone may not be extinct quite yet on the Metro system.

    The transit agency is considering a short-term plan to keep at least one public line live in each station for emergencies.

    But what once was a moneymaker for the agency now would come with a cost: $110,000 per year."