October ANC Meeting

The next 5D Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting will be held on October 13, 2015 at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at the 5th District Police Station located at 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE. While the meeting has been announced, the agenda has not been conveyed by the Chair. We will provide information on the agenda if that is  available from the ANC prior to the meeting.

Minutes from the September 8, 2015 meeting were distributed via neighborhood list serves with the meeting announcement.  The minutes can be accessed from the link below. Please note that the email referenced in the minutes (see link below) under the Treasurer’s Report section was from the Auditor’s office concerning a Commissioner, not named in the message, that was visiting bank branches to try and move funds from the ANC account. The Auditor’s Office noted that they froze the bank account and would keep the ANC checkbook until the matter is resolved. This potential theft, abuse, or misuse of ANC funds should be of concern to all 5D residents. Per the email read in the meeting, the banks would not allow the transfer of these public funds as the account cannot be accessed by one individual (two signatures required for transactions) nor can they be moved by one individual. The Chair noted in the meeting that this information came to light in an abuse of power by the Office of the ANC and she has filed charges with the Attorney General as a result but she was not concerned that someone tried to access and move funds as noted by the bank. Hopefully at the meeting on October 13th there will be discussion on resolution of this troubling incident or series of events.


ANC5D September meeting video can be accessed here. The section on the attempt to move funds from the account begins at around minute 21. This is in the 3rd video of the meeting. You can watch the entire meeting (five total videos) if interested. Part 4 of the meeting includes discussion of an ongoing issue with past due phone bills. ANC5D pays for phone bills on at least two unpublished phone numbers for certain Commissioners. Bills from January to present, for over $2,000, have not been shared with the Treasurer.

A previous version of this was published during editing. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Bikeshare Development Plan

The DC Department of Transportation issued a press release on October 6th with the Bikeshare Development Plan for public feedback (see below). The comment period is open until November 15, 2015. The scenario recommended would add 99 stations throughout the city and expand a dozen others in core areas downtown and in high-density neighborhoods over the next three years.

Trinidad and Carver Langston would be slated, under the proposed scenario, for new stations in 2018. This would complement the one station we have in Trinidad located outside the Joe Cole Recreation Center on Neal Street.

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The report is worth a glance if you are a Bikeshare user or are interested in transit options and equitable access to resources.

DDOT Press Release

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Media Contacts
Terry Owens — (202) 763-8635, (202) 671-5124; terry.owens@dc.gov
Michelle Phipps-Evans — (202) 497-0124, (202) 671-0624, michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov

DDOT’s Draft Bikeshare Development Plan Released for Public Feedback
Public comment period open through November 15

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today released a draft of its first ever Bikeshare Development Plan for public feedback. The draft plan establishes a set of goals, measures, expansion plans, and financial projections for the next six years for the District of Columbia’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare program.
Under the proposed plan, Capital Bikeshare in the District would expand by 99 stations over the next three years, doubling the number of stations east of the Anacostia River. By 2018, approximately 65 percent of residents, 90 percent of jobs, and 97 percent of all transit entry and exit points in the District would be within a quarter mile walk of a bikeshare station.
The Capital Bikeshare program is a partnership between the District of Columbia; Montgomery County, Maryland; Arlington County, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia.
DDOT is soliciting feedback on the draft Bikeshare Development Plan, and anyone can comment on this webpage, http://dcforms.dc.gov/webform/capital-bike-share-form, until November 15, 2015.

The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment. Follow us on Twitter for transportation-related updates and more; like us on Facebook and visit the website at http://www.ddot.dc.gov. Visit goDCgo.com for more information on transportation options in the District.

Michelle B. Phipps-Evans | Communications Specialist
District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
O 202-671-0624 | C 202-497-0124 | E michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov
http://www.ddot.dc.gov @ddotdc

How to Fringe

This past summer was the first Capital Fringe Festival based in Trinidad since Fringe moved to their  location on Florida Avenue. If you are ready to move from watching theater shows to producing or performing in one at next year’s festival, see the announcement below that was recently posted by Fringe on how to participate.

Message from Capital Fringe: 

Applications to the 11th Annual Capital Fringe Festival, July 7 to 24, 2016 now open
The Fringe Festival is a self-producing performing arts festival where established and emerging artists can present their work free of a selection process. The Fringe Festival takes place in July with over 140 productions, roughly 800 individual performances, showcasing 5,000 artists for over 30,000 patrons each year. The Fringe Festival is DC’s largest and most anticipated performing arts festival. It is just the place for you to showcase your most daring, raw and authentic live performance work.

We’re excited to be continuing to hold performances here in Trinidad, at the Logan Fringe Arts Space on Florida Ave NE. For 2016, we’ll continue to use venues at Gallaudet, the Atlas and W.S. Jenks. We’ll be adding venues in the neighborhood and in Downtown DC.

Participation in the Festival is an opportunity for you to develop your work in a competitive, but encouraging, environment with an in-built audience. Fringe staff will guide you through the producing process, allowing you to develop your own skills. It is a chance for you to build up your press portfolio (all Fringe shows are reviewed by at least 2 publications), get feedback from audiences and other artists, and earn a majority share of ticket revenue (in 2015, participants earned an average of $1,275 in ticket revenue).

Full information on participating, including links to our online applications, can be found here https://www.capitalfringe.org/for-artists/fringe-festival Additionally, we will be hosting a How to Fringe session on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30pm at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20002. Email alex@capitalfringe.org to RSVP.

Applications for Fringe Run Venue shows close at 5pm EST on Friday, January 8, 2016 and for Find Your Own Venue shows close at noon EST on Friday, March 4, 2016.

If you have any questions about taking part in the Capital Fringe Festival, please get in touch! You can call us at 202.737.7230, Monday to Friday, 11am – 7pm or email alex@capitalfringe.org.

Thank you. Thank you very much!

We had quite a nice turn out for the youth fundraiser on Thursday evening, despite the rain. So far we have raised $3,268.53 for kids here in Trinidad!!

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Thank you to everyone that contributed. We could not have been successful without your contributions, no matter the amount, your invitations to friends and neighbors, and your social media postings.

TNA would also like to thank Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club, Mother Rucker’s Subs, and Crunk Cakes for providing food and drinks at the event and DJ Tony T for spinning tunes.

If you could not attend yesterday and would still like to contribute, there is a PayPal link set up for online donations. You can help push us over the $3,500 mark!

All funds will be used directly for purchase of materials for youth here in Trinidad. We will update you throughout the year as funds are expended.

Thank you again!

West Virginia Ave Public Works Campus Master Plan Public Open House

The Department of Public Works has been having meetings to solicit input on the redevelopment of land they own and use in Ivy City. They will be holding an open house on October 15th and sent the invitation below. To find more information on the project there is a one-page handout or you can look on-line at the Office of Planning website for additional postings. We hope that you can attend to give your voice to this development that will be on the north edge of Trinidad.

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Dear Community Stakeholders,

You are invited to a public open house on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 6:30pm at the Department of Public Works offices at 1831 Fenwick Street NE to discuss the proposed improvements for the Public Works Campus at West Virginia Avenue NE.
The District initiated the Public Works Campus Master Plan to explore the transformation of the Public Works Campus at West Virginia Avenue NE into a model of sustainable public works operations and a catalyst for community development. Over the past six months, the DC Office of Planning (OP) and the Department of General Services (DGS) have engaged Ward 5 residents and key stakeholders in Ivy City and Trinidad to create a blueprint for a new Public Works Campus with connections to the surrounding community. A variety of meetings were held during this time including a public open house, drop-in office hours, and a focus group, to collect community ideas and comments.

Come learn more about the plan’s recommendations and find out how the proposed project responded to public feedback received at previous meetings. Please share this invitation (and the attached flyer) with your neighbors and other people or groups who you think would be interested in attending.

West Virginia Avenue Public Works Campus Master Plan Public Open House
Thursday, October 15, 2015 @ 6:30pm – 8:00pm
DPW Offices (1831 Fenwick Street NE, Washington, DC 20002)

§ 6:30 – Registration

§ 6:45 – District Government Presentation

§ 7:00 – Gallery Walk / Community Input on Master Plan Concepts

If you would like any additional information on the project or have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Andrea Limauro in the Office of Planning at 202.442.7600 or email andrea.limauro@dc.gov.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be posted on the Office of Planning website within 48 hours of the meeting: http://planning.dc.gov/public-works-campus.

It’s Here! Fundraiser for Youth TONIGHT

The day we’ve all been waiting for has arrived!

Doors open at 6.

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75 Affordable Housing Units Proposed at 1164 Bladensburg Road NE

Bladensburg Road NE is ripe for development as property values in neighboring areas rise and developers/businesses seek new locations. In May TNA held a meeting to discuss some of the plans along the Bladensburg Road corridor with H Street Main Street and consultant Derrick Woody (see link above for access to the presentation). There is also a significant amount of vacant property that the city has been working to address by fining owners and/or placing blighted property in higher tax brackets to spur putting land and buildings back into productive use. As well there is a lack of affordable housing as prices and rents rise across the city.

The property at 1164 Bladensburg Road NE was formerly a Southern Fried Chicken and Pizza and then Nationals Pizza and retail grocery/car sales before being abandoned. In January 2015 the owners of the lot were cited for issues related to compliance/housing/vacant property.

1164 Bladensburg Rd photo dated 2004 from Property Information Verification System.

1164 Bladensburg Rd photo dated 2004 from Property Information Verification System.

ANC 5D02 Commissioner Keisha Shropshire posted the following notice about a meeting to be held on October 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at W.S. Jenks Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road NE). Hopefully you can attend and provide community input on the future of this long-vacant site.

“We need your input regarding a future development project! Neighborhood Development Company and its affiliates are planning to develop approximately 75 affordable housing units at 1164 Bladensburg Road, NE on the corner of Meigs Place and Bladensburg Road NE. The building is currently boarded up and serves little purpose to the surrounding community. This newly proposed development will help spur further development along Bladensburg Road NE which will help bring more retail and more general business to this part of Trinidad DC.

Please join us for a community discussion on October 7, 2015 at W.S. Jenks, 910 Bladensburg Road NE from 7-8 pm.

Please RSVP to:
5D02 ANC Commissioner Keisha Shropshire at (404) 245-6772 or 5D02@anc.dc.gov.

5D07 ANC Commissioner Clarence Lee at (202) 550-2066 or 5D07@anc.dc.gov.”

Photo of 1164 Bladensburg Rd NE dated August 2014 from Google Maps Street View.

Photo of 1164 Bladensburg Rd NE dated August 2014 from Google Maps Street View.

JVLHC Youth Fundraiser Tomorrow – Rain or Shine

The skies are a bit gloomy but TNA will hold the Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club Youth Programs Fundraiser tomorrow. We will be indoors so don’t let potential rain keep you away!

Doors open at 6 pm at 1103 Bladensburg Road NE. Join us for uplifting conversation and music for a good cause. Donations can be made in advance or at the door (credit card, cash, or check).

Questions about the fundraiser or the youth programs? Write to us at trinidadneighborhood@gmail.com.

See you tomorrow!

Coffee Day Pledge

Happy National Coffee Day!

For less than the price of one cup of coffee per month over the course of a school year, you can support kids in Trinidad with access to materials for after school programs, camps, sports equipment, and learning tools. Help keep our kids occupied after school in safe environments to learn and to play by contributing to the youth program fund.


Trinidad Neighborhood Association is holding its 8th annual fundraiser for youth programs this Thursday at Jimmy Valentine’s, 1103 Bladensburg Rd NE. For a suggested $20 donation at the door, you will receive 3 drink tickets complements of Jimmy Valentine’s, subs provided by Mother Rucker’s, Crunk Cakes, and music provided by DJ Tony T. Doors open at 6 pm and the event continues until 10 pm.

Want to skip the line at the door? Donations can be made in advance at Event Brite. You may also contribute (cash or credit card) at the door. Want to support the youth but are unable to attend on Thursday evening? You can use the Event Brite link to make a donation.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

It’s Almost Here!

There are just a few days until the 8th Annual Jimmy Valentine’s Fundraiser for Youth Programs!

Where: 1103 Bladensburg Rd NE

When: Thursday, October 1st

Time: Doors open at 6 pm; event continues until 10 pm

Donation:  $20 minimum but greater contributions are always welcome! This is the one fundraiser a year to help our youth. Funds are paid directly to the 501(c)3 account for use on youth programs in Trinidad at Wheatley Education Campus and the Trinidad Recreation Center.

What: 3 drink tickets from Jimmy Valentine’s, food from Mother Rucker’s Subs and Crunk Cakes, music with DJ Tony T, and conversation with Trinidad, Ward 5 and DC residents.

Additional information about the event can be found at these links.

Donations can be made at the door or in advance with EventBrite.


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