Bus Moderate Snow Plan Cancelled

WMATA sent a notice this morning that they cancelled the modified snow plan. Buses are running on schedule. All that expected snow seems to just be rain!

Alert: Bus Service Changes on 2/9

An expected 1 to 3 inches of snow may arrive in the DC area starting tonight and into Tuesday. Last Friday there were notices distributed by the Mayor’s office to announce snow removal team deployments to treat or plow streets. Additional information can be found on the DC government website.

WMATA has just announced a “Moderate Snow Plan” in effect at the start of Tuesday. No D3, D4, or D8 buses operate during a moderate snow plan. The moderate snow plan will be in effect early in the day but may change as weather and road conditions do. Please be aware and plan accordingly for a possible alternative commute if you rely on these buses in the morning. Changes will be announced on the WMATA website.

Upcoming Events in February

Trinidad Craft Salon: This first of three crafting salons will be held this evening, February 8th, at 7 pm at Capital Fringe (1358 Florida Avenue). See our previous post for additional details and come nurture your creative side.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D Meeting: The next ANC5D meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9th at 7 pm. Meetings are at the 5th District Police Station on Bladensburg Road. The agenda is posted on the ANC5D website. There are two very important items for development variances on the agenda that impact Trinidad. These are the properties at 1258 and 1264 Holbrook Terrance NE.

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Meeting: February 23rd is the next scheduled TNA meeting. Presenters include the Department of Employment Services (DOES) covering  jobs and job training programs, the Metropolitan Police Department, and representatives of the Mayor’s and Councilmember’s offices. The meeting will be held at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE).

Ward 5 Young Professionals Networking Mixer: This event is being held at Union Social (100 Florida Ave NE) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 25th. This event is being organized by Councilmember McDuffie’s office.

Spotted on Neal: Four Walls Center

Four Walls Career and Technical Education Center opened at 1125 Neal Street NE in the Holy Name Parish Center and has new signage out on the school. Their website lists their mission statement as:

“… to provide unemployed and underemployed District of Columbia residents with basic literacy skills, employ-ability skills, and career and technical education as a means of increasing self-sufficiency and improving quality of life. Educational services provide students with opportunities to :

  • Meet college matriculation requirement
  • Prepare for the GED
  • Integrate academic skills with career vocational skills
  • Use technology to enhance learning
  • Receive extra support from mentors
  • Benefit from strong links between the School and post-secondary institutions
  • Participate in apprenticeship programs
  • Develop life skills for long-term success
  • Create experiences to participate in employment and entrepreneurship

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Does anyone have experience with the school or other information to share on this newer community resource?

 

 

 

 

 

Trinidad Crafting Salon

Do you do crafts of any kind? Are you looking for inspiration to start working on a craft project? Do you have a resolution to build craft-related skills this year? Are you interested in sharing your skills with others? Are you seeking new ideas or design inspiration?

A Trinidad Crafting Salon at the Logan Fringe Arts Space (1358 Florida Avenue NE) may be the place to start whether you are interested in paper crafts including card making, stamping or scrapbooking; fiber arts like knitting, crocheting, or sewing; painting; drawing; making collages; photography or film-making; woodworking; writing; or any other craft. Join a group of like-minded creative neighbors at series of Craft Salons to nurture your creative side this year.

There are three dates scheduled and all are welcome!

  • Monday, February 8
  • Monday, April 18th
  • Monday, June 13th

These events are free and open to the public. Please share and invite your neighbors and anyone else interested in a creative space for an informal gathering to exchange ideas.

Bring portable craft projects to work on at the Craft Salon and to spark discussions.

⏱ Running time: 120 minutes

👥 Recommended for all ages

Rooting DC

Do the blizzard snows have you longing for spring weather and planting a garden? Do you already grow vegetables in your yard or want to get started next season? Sign up for Rooting DC, a free gardening forum that will be held on Saturday, February 27th at Wilson High School to learn new gardening skills and network with other urban gardeners.

The forum “aims to provide education about urban food production and consumption, to cultivate health and preserve the environment. The program includes dozens of interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. The event also hosts 60+ green businesses and nonprofit from throughout the region at an information fair.”

Read more about the forum on their website and follow links to register for the sessions.

A number of Trinidad residents attended last year and were able to put ideas into practice over the summer. Hopefully we will see more of us there and we can follow up on a neighborhood garden tour this summer!

DPR Food Distribution in Trinidad This Friday

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Capital Area Food Bank will be distributing food to families this Friday, January 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This will take place at the Trinidad Recreation Center at 1310 Childress Ave NE.

Please share this information with anyone you know that may be in need of fresh produce or shelf food items. The press release is included below for additional information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 27, 2016
DPR and Capital Area Food Bank Partner to Provide Food Distribution

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts:
Gwendolyn Crump, (202) 288-6027, gwendolyn.crump@dc.gov
John Stokes, (202) 288-7275, john.stokes@dc.gov
(WASHINGTON DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the region’s largest hunger relief organization is implementing an emergency plan to meet the food needs of families across Washington, DC who may have run of food this week.

While DPR and CAFB partner to provide afterschool meals at certain sites, this is the first collaboration where they will provide food distribution at sites.

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to continue to help our residents in new, innovative ways,” said DPR Director, Keith Anderson. “Residents having access to healthy, nutritious food is important to us and this week our expanded partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank will assist those in need.”

“This is a time of real need,” said Nancy E. Roman, the organization’s CEO. “And the food bank is working flat out to meet that need. Our job is to meet food needs any way we can, that means being nimble, creative, and collaborative.”

Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 28 through Saturday, January 30, the food bank will make emergency food deliveries of fresh produce, shelf stable items and water to eight DC Recreation Centers across the city: Barry Farm, Bald Eagle, Malcolm X, Deanwood, Benning Park, King Greenleaf, Trinidad, and Fort Stanton.

The deliveries will be located at the parking lots of those recreation centers. It is first come, first served. Residents are encouraged to bring reusable bags.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, January 28th:

Fort Stanton Recreation Center(1812 Erie Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Malcolm X Opportunity Center (3200 13th Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Friday, January 29th:

Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Benning Park Community Center (Southern Avenue and Fable Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street, NE), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, January 30th:

Barry Farm Recreation Center (1142 Sumner Road, SE), 10:00AM-12:00PM
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW), 10:00AM-12:00PM
Residents unable to receive food at these specified sites are encouraged to check the Food Bank Network to locate food assistance nearest to them.

The CAFB is also reaching out to their nearly 800 partners with direct distribution sites to identify and supply many of them with food.

For the latest information on the District’s response to the storm, residents should visit Snow.DC.Gov.
About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.

January TNA meeting cancelled

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for January 26th has been cancelled. The roads and sidewalks are being cleared but we don’t want guest speakers or residents out until they are passable.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on February 23rd!

 

Fire at 1007 16th St NE

From Tommie Jones, our Ward 5 Liaison in the Mayor’s Office:

 

Neighbors,

As the Ward 5 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations & Services, I am currently on the scene of a fire on the 1000th block of 16th Street, SE. Along with FEMS and other District government agencies, we are helping displaced residents locate housing and services.

Please see the alert below and avoid the area. If you are in the area, please listen to first responders as they clear the scene. I will update the community once the scene has been cleared.

S: Fire w/ Displacements
FEMS reports that 11 people are displaced from a 4 unit apt building at 1007 16th St NE. Fire is out. No injuries reported yet. Red Cross notified and is sending a team. 16th St NE btwn Levis St & Oakes St is closed. Levis St. NE blocked at Bladensburg Rd NE.

Thanks,

Tommie Jones

Tommie L. Jones, Jr.
Ward 5 Liaison
Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS)
Email: Tommie.Jones@dc.gov
Office: 202-535-1937
Cell: 201-664-7512

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Update on Liquor License Requests

TNA held a community meeting on December 17th to hear from two businesses that are in process of requesting changes to liquor licenses. Approximately 25 people attended, including Sarah Fashbaugh, Community Relations Officer at ABRA, the owner of Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market, a representative of Rose’s Queen Liquor, and three of the ANC 5D Commissioners including Commission Yvonne Buggs, Keisha Shropshire, and Adam Roberts.

There was a lengthy discussion with questions from the community on the process to obtain a liquor license, community input/concerns/protests, community settlement agreements, and laws and regulations. Ms. Fashbaugh provided the number for the ABRA complaint hotline (202-329-6347). This number should be used for issues that ABRA can address by law or to enforce a specific settlement agreement such as sales of ice cups, single sales if prohibited by a specific business, sales to minors, opening or closing times different than approved hours, trash outside the business, etc. Other issues may fall under the purview of the DC Police Department or city services, such as trash and persons blocking the sidewalk, and should be reported to 911 or 311 accordingly. Additional information on ABRA can be found on their website.

Both businesses presented to the community what they request to change in their license. In the case of Mike’s Market or Trinidad Market, they are seeking a new Class A Liquor License. Rose’s Queen was requesting to add Sunday hours (9 am to 7 pm) and to open two hours earlier and close two hours later Monday through Saturday. Community members at the meeting expressed opposition and/or strong reservation about both changes for a number of reasons including but not limited to noise and security issues as well as trash from patrons of the establishments.

On December 18th, the ANC 5D Commission met in a special session to review and vote on these licenses prior to the filing deadline for protests. They unanimously voted to protest both licenses. The representative from Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market was not at the meeting for discussion. The representative of Rose’s Queen Liquors noted that they were retracting their request and would resubmit a revised one to ABRA with a request for Sunday hours but not for extended hours during the week as in the previous request. It was noted during the meeting that the 5th District Police Commander may also be submitting a protest in the case of Rose’s Queen request for extended hours or additional days of liquor sales. This special meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

Any adjacent neighbor to a business or group of five citizens can also submit a protest letter per guidelines on the ABRA website. Residents can also contact Council Members to request that issues with loitering be addressed by the City Council. Currently there are no anti-loitering laws and that is cited by residents, police, and business owners as a factor in trash, police calls for service to address disturbances, and crime.

TNA hosts and sponsors discussions and activities aimed at:

· Building community;
· Promoting harmony among all cultural, racial, and economic groups;
· Maintaining cleaner streets, sidewalks, and alleys;
· Improving utilization of public and private properties within the neighborhood;
· Reducing neighborhood crime and increasing individuals’ sense of security; and
· Helping neighbors represent their interests in front of DC government agencies.

We appreciate the lively discussion at our meeting and the interest in issues related to these businesses in our community. We hope for more of the same in 2016!

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