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SHARE Food Network

Fresh produce donations and the SHARE Food Network at New Samaritan Baptist Church (NSBC) are two programs available to support a healthy community through nutrition. Both programs are under the Missionary Ministry at NSBC, which is located at 1100 Florida Avenue NE.

Each Thursday at 11:00 am NSBC has a free fresh produce giveaway. This program is open to the public and they request that people bring their own bags (and some patience). All will be served until all of the produce items are disbursed. On the third Saturday each month (10 am to noon) the AGAPE Closet is open for canned goods distribution and also used clothing.

Catholic Charities runs a SHARE Food Network for healthier families and stronger community. Through the SHARE program here in the DC metropolitan area affordable and nutritious groceries are sold at volunteer-run locations. The monthly value packages cost just $21 and include $40-$50 worth of basic and healthy groceries, typically made up of 4-5 pounds of frozen protein products, 1-3 grocery items, and 8-9 pounds of fresh produce. Savings of almost 50% off grocery store pricing is achieved through bulk ordering and volunteer support. Additional FAQs about the SHARE Food Network is on the website (http://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/SHAREfaq).

NSBC is a volunteer-run host site for the SHARE Food Network. The program is open to everyone and there are no income or other limits on participation. SHARE accepts cash, food stamps, money orders, and organizational checks. The contact person for the SHARE Program is Susan Harper. She may be reached at (202) 547-5839 to schedule orders and for any additional information on dates of share bag availability. They are normally ready for pick up on the last Saturday each month, depending on holiday schedules.

These are great programs that can help our neighbors. Please share the information with those that may be interested!

Arrests for Solicitation

One of the issues that residents often mention in crime and safety meetings is prostitution along West Virginia Ave NE. Recently the DC Police Department posted two press releases on July 24th and July 25th (see below) highlighting 13 arrests for soliciting prostitution in Trinidad. The operation is on-going and the DC Police Department will provide additional updates as it continues.

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Press, MPD (MPD)’ mpd.press@dc.gov
Jul 25

Public Information Office 202-727-4383
July 25, 2015

Additional Arrests Made in Solicitation of Prostitution Operation

(Washington, DC) – Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics and Special Investigation Division Human Trafficking Unit announced 6 additional arrests have been made in a prostitution enforcement operation.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit began conducting prostitution enforcement. The 6 arrests between the overnight hours of Friday, July 24 and Saturday July 25, 2015 bring the total arrested in this operation to 63 since Tuesday, July 14, 2015. These incidents occurred in and around the Trinidad neighborhood, in Northeast. All arrested were adult males charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.

The Metropolitan Police Department continues to respond to complaints about crime and encourages the public to contact Metropolitan Police Department with concerns about crime.

The operation is ongoing.

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‘Press, MPD (MPD)’ mpd.press@dc.gov
Jul 24

Public Information Office 202-727-4383
July 24, 2015

Additional Arrests Made in Solicitation of Prostitution Operation

(Washington, DC) – Members of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics and Special Investigation Division Human Trafficking Unit announced 7 additional arrests have been made in a prostitution enforcement operation.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Human Trafficking Unit began conducting prostitution enforcement. The 7 arrests between the overnight hours of Thursday, July 23 and Friday July 24, 2015 bring the total arrested in this operation to 57 since Tuesday, July 14, 2015. These incidents occurred in and around the Trinidad neighborhood, in Northeast. All arrested were adult males charged with Solicitation of Prostitution.

The Metropolitan Police Department continues to respond to complaints about crime and encourages the public to contact Metropolitan Police Department with concerns about crime.

The operation is ongoing.

Moths by Moonlight

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens will be partnering with the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum for an evening event on biology, collection, and identification of local moth species. The event is free and open to the public and will be held this Sunday, July 26th from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Flashlights are recommended.

See the flier below or contact Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens at 202-690-6080 for additional information.

 

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Stolen Bikes; One Spotted in Trinidad

TNA received a request to be on the look out for two bikes stolen from a nearby locked garage; one of the bikes has been spotted in Trinidad. If you see the bikes described in the following email, please contact 911 and/or the numbers or emails provided below.

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From: Brian Chamowitz <brian.chamowitz@gmail.com>
Date: July 23, 2015 at 9:23:07 PM EDT
To: Theresa Pangelinan <theresa.pangelinan@gmail.com>

Hi neighbors-

Two of my friend’s bikes were stolen from her locked garage on Florida Ave right across the street from Gallaudet U., sometime this afternoon (7/23).

My roommate coincidentally spotted one of her bikes in the possession of a young black male at the corner of Montello and Oates NE at approximately 8pm tonight.

Please do us a favor and keep an eye out for the following bikes (photos attached), and contact the owner, Liz, and/ or me, if you hear or see anything suspicious or the bikes themselves.

Bike 1:
*Description: orange road bike w/ black components and 3 stickers
*Make/Model: Surly Cross-Check

Bike 1

Bike 2:
*Description: blue and orange full-suspension mountain bike
*Make/Model: Specialized Stump Jumper

Bike 2

Thanks much,

Theresa
theresa.pangelinan@gmail.com
(410) 829-7370

Lizzie Camstra
Elizabeth.camstra@gmail.com
(530) 520-8591

Power Outage In Trinidad

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Many neighbors from Montello to Orren are reporting no power. Pepco’s Outage Map indicates power will be restored by 11pm tonight for most of the 2,000+ customers currently affected. Restoration time for a smaller number of customers in the northern section of Trinidad may not have power restored until 4am. Pepco states these times are conservative, so your power may be back on before then.

Church Without Walls Hosts a Community Cookout July 25th Behind Circle 7

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More Free Family Events from Pillar Church

Pillar Church wants you to know about some free family events they are hosting. Here’s the flyer:

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No Plans this Weekend? Join your Neighbors at One Eight Distillery!

Join your Trinidad neighbors at One Eight Distillery in Ivy City on Saturday afternoon for some cocktails and good cheer. Check out our event announcement and RSVP here. There will be tours of the distillery, tastings of the locally-crafted spirits and cocktails and food for sale. It’s a great opportunity to relax with neighbors new and old while supporting a local business.

You can make it an Ivy City Weekend by taking in an outdoor screening of Beverly Hills Cop on Friday night in the park on the corner of Mt. Olivet Road and West Virginia Avenue.

Farmer’s Markets Just Steps Away from Trinidad

The season for Farmer’s Markets is in full swing with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables available for sale. There are four markets just steps from Trinidad.

Arcadia’s Mobile Markets holds a weekly market at the Family Health and Birth Center (801 17th Street; between Aldi’s and the FHBC) each Thursday from 4 – 6 pm. The market started in May and they carry fresh local fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy, and breads. Arcadia accepts cash, debit, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women Infants and Children (WIC), Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) and Produce Plus. Produce Plus is a locally-funded farmers’ market incentive program designed to increase access to healthy and nutritious food options for income-eligible District residents, as well as, to promote the presence and benefits of Farmers’ Markets.

Arcadia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington, DC area.

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The FreshFarm Markets, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build and strengthen the local, sustainable food movement in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, manages the other two close by farmer’s markets. Many are familiar with the market held each Saturday morning starting at 9 am and operating until noon at 13th and H Streets NE. This market was started in 2004 and moved east on H Street to its current location. A list of vendors can be found on their website. On Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm FreshFarm runs a farmer’s market in front of Union Market. This market started in 2013 and now works with Chicano Sol, an organic market in Blain, PA and several other vendors in their network. FreshFarm also accepts EBT, SNAP, WIC and other assistance programs in the market.

A fourth farmer’s market opened on July 2nd at the Startburst Plaza. This market will also be on Thursdays and runs from 3 pm – 7 pm. They are in the second week and did not have fliers available with additional information but said they also work with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT), SNAP, WIC, and other assistance programs like Produce Plus. Vendors today included Green Hope Smoothies (they are also found at 11th and H St NE other times of the week), Truck Patch Farms, and Metropolitan Baking Company. The market representative said they expect a fruit vendor to participate in the future as well. This market is affiliated with H Street Main Street and is part of the effort to revitalize the Starburst Plaza and Bladensburg Road.

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BREAKING NEWS: 19 Year Old Arrested for Murder of Heineken McNeil (UPDATE with MPD press release)

Mayor Bowser and Police Chief Lanier held a press conference this afternoon regarding violent crime and homicide in DC and the uptick in incidents this summer. They also announced an arrest in a recent murder.

Today Zacchaeus Blanding was arrested in the brutal murder of Heineken McNeil. Mr. NcNeil was found murdered on Holbrook Terrace NE on June 23rd. Initially this murder was thought to be the result of a neighborhood feud and that belief sparked other violence in Trinidad, according to Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier. It was not a rivalry or a feud but in fact the suspect and victim were friends and knew each other. The suspect and victim were noted to be associates in the same neighborhood.

Zacchaeus Blanding, aged 19, has been charged with second degree murder. Chief Lanier would not comment on possible motives for the murder.

Our thoughts are with Heineken McNeil’s family as they mourn and seek closure.

The MPD Press Release is below:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Arrest made in Homicide 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace Northeast
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide that occurred on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at approximately 5:42 am.

Members of the Fifth District and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the report of a fire in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace, Northeast. Upon extinguishing the fire, human remains were discovered.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, members of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death is homicide.

On Wednesday, July 8, 2015 pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) arrested 19 year-old Zacchaeus Blanding of Northeast, DC. He was charged with Murder Two While Armed for the shooting death of 19 year-old Heineken McNeil.

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