Photos of the Community Coffee by Bill Brown.
BY BILL BROWN
FEB 23 — Was it the conversation or the caffeine that made the hour so stimulating?
Takoma Park residents had a free-flowing, lively chat with their mayor, a council member and the city manager over cups of Ethiopian coffee early last Friday morning, Feb. 19.
About a dozen people stopped by to greet their representatives, chat and check out the new Black Lion coffee-shop/restaurant at 7607 Maple Ave. near the corner of Sherman Avenue.
Discussion topics included public issues and city programs such as affordable housing, the Takoma Village seniors program, vacant and blighted buildings, recycling in large apartment buildings and the city library computer room. But, it also veered into personal subjects: returning to college at age 62, children, grandchildren, will preparation and the high cost of funerals.
Mayor Kate Stewart, councilmember Terry Seamens, his wife Joyce and city manager Suzanne Ludlow to residents including Caroline Robinson, Rita Roberts and Jo Egelhoff. Bruce Baker, director of Community Health and Empowerment Through Education and Research brought a couple of residents. Takoma Park Police officer Jessica Garrison dropped in at council member Seamens’ invitation, as well.
The meeting was at the Black Lion/Maple Restaurant and Carry Out, which was holding it’s grand opening. The cafe is an extension of Maple Market, owned for the last five years by Tadesse Wube. The Market sells staples and Ethiopian food, such as locally-made, fresh injura bread. The restaurant offers Ethiopian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as standard sandwiches, and is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
It was the first of what Mayor Kate Stewart hopes to make a regular coffee get-together with residents and city officials. The next one will be March 4 at 8 a.m. at Natra Tea, 720 Erie Ave., Takoma Park, MD. It will be on the city calendar as the Community Coffee hosted by Mayor Stewart and Councilmember Jarrett Smith.