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Safeway representatives speak to FBA

The Safeway Corporation sent three representatives to a Foggy Bottom Association meeting Monday to answer residents’ questions about the future of Safeway’s Watergate location and about customer service in the company’s stores.

“We have every intention of staying at the Watergate,” Store Manager Sherry Conrad said. “We are trying to get in some updated (freezer) cases and another check stand.”

Safeway has hired security guards to work at night, patrolling the area around the store and assisting customers to their cars.

Safeway representatives said the store is trying to identify sites in the area to construct a new store but only are considering spots that would allow them to build a 40,000 to 50,000 square foot store.

-Alan Boal

Mount Vernon honors Katherine Graham

Katherine Graham, chairman of The Washington Post Company, received the Joy Dirksen Baker Award for Woman of the Year at Women in Politics and Journalism, a luncheon and symposium held at the Mount Vernon campus Tuesday.

Graham spoke about overcoming personal challenges and the struggle today’s women face effectively balancing careers and families.

Other symposium participants included Cissy Baker, ABC White House Correspondent Ann Compton, D.C. Council member Linda W. Cropp and Sally Quinn.

During the symposium, Cropp said widespread political coverage has helped to make democracy more accessible.

“Now, politics are truly local,” she said. “Absolutely everyone can get in touch with their elected officials.”

-Michelle McKenna

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