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Become a TNA member and consider joining the Board of Directors!

Cartoon by Bob Pomfret, copyright Oxford Brookes University. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 UK

Cartoon by Bob Pomfret, copyright Oxford Brookes University. Creative Commons License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 UK

That’s right—we can’t do this without you and the support of the community! At our January meeting, on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, TNA will hold an election for a new Board of Directors. To vote, and/or to be eligible for the Board, you simply need to be a current TNA member, and that’s just $5 per year.

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected among the membership. Any member in good standing may be nominated and, if elected, serve as a member of the Board of Directors for a term of one year. You can read a copy of our current bylaws, revised and adopted on February 20, 2013.

Members of the Board of Directors are responsible for the general governance of TNA. Additionally, Board members serve an advisory function toward the aim of developing a long-range strategic plan as well as annual goals and targets for TNA. Some board members may serve as Officers. Officers of TNA are elected among the members Board of Directors.

So be sure to become a member and attend our upcoming meeting—we’ve got some great ideas in store for 2014! And don’t forget to share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Flower Power Spring 2013 Fundraiser for TNA

TNA Spring 2013 Flower Power Fundraiser

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Spring Fund Drive – Through 4/26!

Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to the Trinidad Neighborhood Association – Support TNA and beautify Trinidad and beyond by buying any of the gorgeous bulbs and flowers below (many more to choose from on the Flower Power site):

2 Wide Brim Hostas: $16.00

2 Wide Brim Hostas: $16.00

2 Double Tiger Lilies: $16.00

2 Double Tiger Lilies: $16.00

15 St. Brigid Anemones: $12.00

15 St. Brigid Anemones: $12.00

1 Sarah Bernhardt Peony: $16.00

1 Sarah Bernhardt Peony: $16.00

FREE Bonus!

FREE Bonus!

FREE Bonus Gift: 10 Black Surprise Gladiolus

Place an individual order of $40 or more to receive 10 Black Surprise Gladiolus, a $10 value, absolutely free!

Limit one per order.

ALERT: WMATA proposal to eliminate D3 bus – your testimony needed!

Recent news coverage has failed to point out that WMATA is proposing elimination of the D3 bus line as a part of its latest restructuring, and little time remains to voice your concerns about this proposal. The D3 currently provides a direct connection from Ivy City, through Trinidad, to downtown, Dupont Circle, and Georgetown. It provides a convenient way to access Metrorail’s Green and Yellow lines, by disembarking at 7th and E Streets NW.

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Metro’s rationale for eliminating the D3 is “duplication with other routes” and “low productivity.” We haven’t found anything quantifying “productivity” on WMATA’s website, so we don’t quite know how it is defined. Perhaps one thing causing “low productivity” would be a low farebox recovery rate on the line. A number of riders in the neighborhood have noted that the fareboxes on the buses are not frequently working – it means a free ride, but that clearly hurts the system financially in the long run. Additionally, we’d guess those free rides aren’t counted in the overall ridership totals for the line.

Other bus routes certainly run through Trinidad, but nothing provides a direct connection from our neighborhood to the other side of the central business district in the morning. WMATA does not clearly state whether they will increase bus frequency on the other lines that run on Montello and Trinidad Avenues (D4 and D8) to make up for the lost capacity.

Speaking of the D4, it will be changing as well.

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The D4 route, which currently runs between Ivy City and Franklin Square, will more than double in length when it’s extended north from Ivy City to the Fort Totten Metro Station. It will be taking over the easternmost part of the E2, E3, and E4 lines, which currently run from from Friendship Heights through Fort Totten to Ivy City.

Longer routes can lead to more opportunities for buses to fall off schedule, as well as “bunching,” which is when many buses on one route arrive at a stop at once. This can lead to very long waits between buses instead of the expected even spacing.

Metro originally announced a hearing for the changes happening in Northeast DC for October 30, but the impact of Hurricane Sandy meant that it was rescheduled to November 26, the Monday that just passed.

A heading says “Routes seeing improvements in this bus service change proposal” on the page with the public hearing schedule, but the list does not mention the elimination of the D3. Certainly, one could argue that the elimination of a route is not an improvement, so WMATA was under no obligation to list the removal of the route on that list. We would argue the total elimination of a route is something that should be prominently noted, regardless of whether this is an “improvement” or not.

An additional problem is that we have seen no signs at the bus stops along the route alerting people to these changes. Certainly people who ride the D3 would be interested to know their bus is going away, and wouldn’t the best place to reach those people be on the bus itself?

There’s still time to let WMATA know what you think (though not much time). Written testimony can be emailed or faxed to WMATA, but you must do so by 9:00 am on Monday, December 3. From WMATA’s website:

Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to writtentestimony@wmata.com. Statements also may be faxed to 202-962-1133. Please reference the hearing number. [The hearing in NE DC was number 579, and the Docket number for all the proposed changes is B12-03.]

[From what we understand, the date for submissions was changed due to the hurricane as well, though the original press release does not indicate that.]. Please note that any personal information such as name, e-mail address, address, or telephone number you provide in the statement may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy, available at http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/public_rr.cfm.

Let WMATA know what you think about the changes to the D3, D4, or any other route that they plan to change in the new year.

Flower Power Fall Fundraiser for TNA

TNA Spring 2012 Flower Power Fundraiser

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Fall Fund Drive – Through 10/26!

Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to the Trinidad Neighborhood Association – Support TNA and beautify Trinidad by buying any of the gorgeous bulbs and flowers below (more to choose from on the Flower Power site):

Grape Hyacinths Mixture: $14.00

Grape Hyacinths Mixture: $14.00

8 Deluxe Tulips Mixture: $14.00

8 Deluxe Tulips Mixture: $14.00

8 Deluxe Daffodils Mixture: $16.00

8 Deluxe Daffodils Mixture: $16.00

15 Jumbo Crocuses Mixture: $14.00

Jumbo Crocuses Mixture: $14.00

FREE Bonus!

FREE Bonus!

FREE Bonus Gift: 8 Tête-à-Tête Daffodils

Place an individual order of $40 or more to receive 8 Tête-à-Tête Daffodils, a $10 value, absolutely free!

Limit one per order.

New group for Trinidad-area parents

Photo by Robert Mann-Thompson

A Trinidad parents’ group is now up and running on Google groups: Tots of Trinidad DC (“ToT” DC) – it’s meant to be a resource for parents and children in Trinidad and beyond, and all are invited and welcome to participate.

Here’s the group link: http://groups.google.com/group/tots-of-trinidad-dc

Here’s the email address: tots-of-trinidad-dc@googlegroups.com

You can join the group through the link above, or by sending an email to vrunoroberts@gmail.com

TNA receives 2012 DC Community Heritage Project grant!

We are happy to announce that TNA’s short documentary project “Preserving Trinidad: Looking Through the Window of the Past; Opening the Door to the Future” is one of the recipients of the 2012 grants from the DC Community Heritage Project!  The DC Community Heritage Project is a program of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.

Be on the look out for the documentary’s premiere in November 2012! Right now, we are looking for residents of Trinidad, both past and present, who would like to be interviewed.

If you are interested in volunteering and/or contributing your time, talent, and stories, please contact the project director (and TNA board member) Bernadine Okoro at eve_films@yahoo.com as soon as possible, and be sure to provide your contact information (email, phone, address) in your message so she can get in touch with you – the timeline for the project is short, and we want to be sure to include as many voices as possible.

The project scope is as follows:

“Preserving Trinidad:  Looking Through the Window of the Past; Opening the Door to the Future.”

The Trinidad neighborhood is located in the northeast quadrant of Washington, DC.  Primarily residential, it is bounded by Mt. Olivet Road, West Virginia Avenue, Florida Avenue, and Bladensburg Road. Though not officially designated a historic neighborhood, Trinidad was once home to a number of historically significant attractions, including the Washington Brick Machine Company, the American League Park, and the Florida Theatre. “Preserving Trinidad: Looking Through the Window of the Past; Opening the Door to the Future,” will explore Trinidad’s past, including its landscape and architecture. The documentary component will focus on stories of significant historical events told through the eyes of the residents of Trinidad.

Ivy City petition supports job training over intercity bus parking at Crummell

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association board voted this week to support the Ivy City Civic Association/Empower DC petition on Change.org calling for workforce development and recreation at historic Crummell School over the DMPED’s proposed Bolt and intercity bus rest area and lot. The text of the petition letter is below, and we encourage you to add your signature to the growing list of supporters, and to also share this with your neighbors and friends.

The Ivy City Civic Association and Empower DC call for an immediate halt to the location of 65+ Bolt Buses on the lot of historic Crummell School, which would further pollute and harm the Ivy City community in the midst of its efforts to revitalize the community and develop a workforce development and recreation center on the Crummell site for the uplift of area residents.

DC’s Mayor Vince Gray & Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins appear to moving forward with plans – despite community opposition – to allow 65+ Bolt Buses per day to park on the lot of the historic Alexander Crummell School lot for the next 5-10 years. The proposal goes against decades of civic activism during which the community has a laid out vision for Recreation and Workforce development at Crummell and has recently identified a nonprofit partner to provide necessary services. Even the City’s own Comprehensive Plan calls for the school to be restored as a workforce and youth development center. The Bolt Buses will also contribute to pollution and traffic in this already heavily impacted neighborhood. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Dept of Transportation officials have repeatedly refused Ivy City’s request for a meeting about this issue, and moved forward with their plans while the community had no City Council representation due to the resignation of former Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. There is no rationale for the buses to be parked at Crummell School when, like the proposed Bus Barn at Spingarn High School, they could be located at RFK, The PEPCO site or other available sites in close proximity to Union Station.

Sincerely,

The Ivy City Civic Association
Empower DC

Flower Power Spring Fundraiser for TNA

TNA Spring 2012 Flower Power Fundraiser

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Spring Fund Drive – Through 4/27!

Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to the Trinidad Neighborhood Association – Support TNA and beautify Trinidad by buying any of the gorgeous bulbs and flowers below (more to choose from on the Flower Power site):

2 Double Tiger Lilies: $15.00

2 Double Tiger Lilies: $15.00

50 Grecian Windflowers Mixture: $14.00

50 Grecian Windflowers Mixture: $14.00

3 Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts: $18.00

3 Old Fashioned Bleeding Hearts: $18.00

FREE Bonus Gift: 10 Twilight Gladiolus

FREE Bonus Gift: 10 Twilight Gladiolus

Spend $40 or more and Flower Power will include 1 FREE bag of these beautiful gladiolus with your order. Limit one per order.

Hello Trinidad, DC! Hello 2012!

Welcome! As you can see, we’re gearing up to re-launch our social media and 2012 meeting schedule and would love for you to join us!

Our new website is currently a little dusty and under construction – please let us know in the comments what would you like to see on it (i.e. types of information, resources, links, etc.).

Please “like” us over on our new Facebook page.

And, you can now find us on Twitter.

Thank you, and have a happy and healthy 2012!

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