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Can You Dig This! Urban Gardening Flick at Angelika


Can You Dig This, a new documentary film centered on the transformative power of growing your own food in a concrete jungle is scheduled to screen at 7pm on December 1st at Angelika Pop-Up at Union Market — but only if enough tickets are reserved by Thursday.

Reserve your tickets in advance to ensure the show goes on (you aren’t charged if the ticket quota isn’t met). The film promises to be uplifting and may provide inspiration for growing Trinidad’s garden community.

Movie summary (from the ticking site):

South Los Angeles. What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people are planting to transform their neighborhoods and are changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these “gangster gardeners” are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America. CAN YOU DIG THIS follows the inspirational journeys of four unlikely gardeners, discovering what happens when they put their hands in the soil. This is not a story of science and economics. This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and “plant some shit.”

ANC SMD 5D02 Meeting with Neighborhood Watch Training


Advisory Neighborhood Commission
Single Member District 5D02
Community Meeting

 Saturday, November 21, 2015
2:00 pm– 4:00 pm
Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress Street, NE


  • Welcome/Introductions
  • PSA 506 Public Safety Update:
     Fifth District Metropolitan Police Department
  • Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Training
    Samantha Nolan, DC Citywide Neighborhood Watch Trainer

Interested in reducing crime and/or starting a neighborhood watch ? If so, you should attend this free training to learn ways to prevent crime and reduce your likelihood of becoming a crime victim. More than 80% of crime in DC is preventable. This training will share strategies for crime prevention and ways to safe guard your home and neighborhood, how to avoid becoming a victim, how to become a block captain, and how to to start a Neighborhood Watch on your block.

Space is limited.  If you are planning to attend the training, please let me know and email Samantha Nolan at to ensure that enough handouts are prepared based on number of participants.

I hope to see you there! If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.

Yours in Service,

Commissioner Shropshire


Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire
Phone: (404) 245-6772 or (202) 688-5443
Twitter: @shropanc5d02
Facebook: Commissioner Keisha L Shropshire

TheaterMania covers Capital Fringe


TheaterMania took a look at the latest happenings at Trinidad neighbor Capital Fringe. Have you been to a performance there? Gone to listen to live music? Or just stopped in at the bar? Read on to see what’s in store for the future.

After 10 Years of Audiences, New Beginnings for Capital Fringe

Catching up with executive director Julianne Brienza, who wants D.C. to know that Fringe is more than just a monthlong festival.


November TNA Community Meeting — 11/24

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Monthly Community Meeting
November 24th, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Trinidad Recreation Center 1310 Childress St. NE


  1. Welcome
  2. Public Safety Update from MPD
  3. Guest Presentations
    1. Office of the Student Advocate – Faith Gibson Hubbard, Chief Student Advocate
    2. DC Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education – Joyanna Smith, Ombudsman for Public Education
    3. Garage Construction Project – Alex Hastings, Trinidad Resident
  1. TNA Business
  2. Community Updates
    1. Mayor Bowser’s Office of Community Engagement
    2. Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie’s Office
    3. ANC 5D Commissioners
    4. Announcements

NO DECEMBER TNA MEETING – Next Meeting – January 26th

TNA’s monthly meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month

Special Meeting of ANC 5D


Since the regular monthly ANC 5D meeting devolved before the commissioners could conduct important business — like dealing with the unpaid phone bill — five of the seven commissioners have called a special meeting. The items on the agenda are the only ones to be discussed so they should be able to tidy up some ANC business.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Per DC Code § 1–309.11.3.c and ANC 5D Bylaws § V.4, Commissioners Blacknell, Buggs, Lee, Roberts and Shropshire have requested a Special Meeting of ANC 5D to address the below agenda items. Per ANC 5D Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order, only the below items may be discussed at this Special Meeting.


1. Roll Call

2. Approval of Minutes

a. September 10, 2015 monthly meeting
b. October 13, 2015 monthly meeting
c. November 10, 2015 monthly meeting

3. Approval of Q4 ANC 5D Financial Report

4. Administrative Matters

a. Resolution to add ANC 5D Treasurer as Authorized T-Mobile Account, Disconnect Existing ANC 5D T-Mobile Account
b. Resolution to Lease P.O. Box and Change ANC 5D Commission mailing address
c. Resolution to Establish ANC 5D Commission Web Site
d. Resolution to Establish Special Committee on ANC 5D FY16 Budget

5. Adjourn

What you missed at Tuesday’s ANC meeting

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The blog Frozen Tropics posted a review of the latest Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting. Read through the storfied live-tweets and commentary to learn if one of the two meeting agendas prevailed and why 4 commissioners ultimately walked out of the meeting. There is also a link to a video recording of the meeting, up until a quorum was lost. Who needs the Real Housewives of Potomac when we have the ANC of 5D?

Last Night’s ANC 5D Meeting: A Tale of Two Agendas

Councilmember McDuffie’s Ward 5 Report

Ever wonder what our Ward 5 Councilmember has been up to? Here is a copy of his monthly report of his activities.

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The Ward 5 Report

Dear Resident,

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Mr. Frank Braxton, a proud Ward 5 resident who dedicated his entire life to public service.  Frank died after living over 100 amazing years.

Born and raised in the District, Frank lived through some of the most challenging years in the city.  Frank’s unwavering devotion to his community left an indelible impression in my, and everyone’s mind who had the privilege of knowing him.  Frank’s life was full of experiences that touched so many of our lives.  It was because of his loving spirit and because he had invariably been in our shoes at one point in time that Frank could talk with anyone, making us feel as if he had known us for years.  From starting as a shoe shiner, to working as a mail carrier, to serving our country in the United States Army, to serving as a civic leader, Frank had been there and done that.

Over his span of many years in public service, we will remember Frank for his dynamic civic leadership as a founding member of the Ward 5 Democrats. We thank him for his vision to empower Ward 5 residents by creating and sustaining a platform for our voices to be heard on issues that impact us. He also served the Edgewood community in various roles since 1958.

Frank proudly served our country in the United States Army.  Frank’s federal government service also includes his work as an employee for the Government Printing Office and the United States Postal Service.  Additionally, Frank served as the Vice President and Financial Secretary of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees Union.

Most recently, what many residents recall about Frank is his contribution to public safety in the District.  Frank served as a Charter member of the Metropolitan Department Chief’s Advisory Council, served as the Chair of the Fifth District Citizens Advisory Council, and served as an appointee to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.  Frank was a fixture in the public safety community, and was sought after for advice on a myriad of policing issues.

Frank’s proven track record of public service and commitment to Ward 5 led to one of his many recognitions, a ceremonial resolution on his 100th Birthday by the Council of the District of Columbia, which I was proud to introduce.

Today, in memory of Frank, and with the support of Ms. Frances Penn – Chairwoman of the Fifth District Citizens Advisory Council, I have written to Chief Cathy Lanier to ask that the community room in the Fifth District Police Station be named after him.  Naming a community room after a man who dedicated himself to his community pales in comparison to his lifelong body of service, but is nonetheless a gesture that will serve to remind us all of his selfless nature.

Frank was an inspiration to me as I am sure he was to many others across the District.  Let us all keep the Braxton family in our thoughts and prayers.

In Service,


Legislative & Committee Updates

On October 21, the Committee on the Judiciary convened a public hearing to consider legislation to implement the District’s Body-Worn Camera program. Mayor Bowser has proposed the purchase and use of 2,800 body-worn cameras for the Metropolitan Police Department, however the Council must pass legislation creating regulations for the program before it can be implemented. Expert testimony at the hearing underscored the importance of putting forward thoughtful regulations that balance public access to the footage and the privacy of recorded individuals.

On October 21, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie and Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D – Ward 7), Chairperson of the Committee on Health and Human Services, also held a joint public hearing on Councilmember McDuffie’s Bill 21-0360, the “Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results Act of 2015” or “NEAR Act”; Mayor Bowser’s Bill 21-0357, the “Public Safety and Criminal Code Revisions Amendment Act of 2015”, Bill 21-0382, the “Bail Reform Amendment Act of 2015”, and Bill 21-0384, the “District of Columbia Good Time Credits Amendment Act of 2015”; and Councilmember Cheh’s Bill 21-0189, the “Police and Criminal Discovery Reform Amendment Act of 2015”.

Residents and advocates packed Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building for a seven-hour hearing with forty-five public witnesses. Councilmember McDuffie started the hearing by noting that the Committee on the Judiciary’s Violent Crime Hearing on September 15th gave him the opportunity to hear from many individuals in the community who testified about the importance of community engagement and building partnerships. As a result, he worked on developing policies and programming that would engage the community, which culminated in the introduction of Bill 21-0360, or the “NEAR Act”.

Councilmember McDuffie also noted that each of the bills represented an opportunity to implement meaningful criminal justice programming that combines legislative, executive, and judicial reform. Many witnesses testified in support of viewing violent crime as a public health crisis and investing in evidence-based, front-end programs that address underlying factors such as trauma, mental health, and lack of opportunity. Witnesses also expressed their concern about responding to violent crime with over-policing, prosecution and incarceration, noting that if community members do not see criminal justice agencies as legitimate and fair, community-police relations would be negatively impacted.

Councilmember McDuffie recently appeared on News Channel 8 News Talk with Bruce DePuyt to discuss the surge in crime, and his upcoming violent crime roundtable on Wednesday, September 16, the first day that the D.C. Council reconvenes after summer recess. See the full video here:

McDuffie Kicks off 2015 DMV Week of Non-Violence

Week of Non-Violence

Photo Credit: Paul Holston/Tru1Photography

On Friday, October 9, Councilmember McDuffie joined the Black Women for Positive Change; Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity; Benjamin Crump, National Honorary Co-Chair; Mayor William Euille (Alexandria, V.A.), Honorary Co-Chair of the DMV Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee; and Mel Franklin, Chair, of the Prince Georges County Council to kick off the 2015 DMV Week of Non-Violence held October 17-25 to promote and raise awareness of violence prevention.

Kenyan in the Community

McDuffie #YouthSpeakDC Non-Violence Summit


Teens packed the house at the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center on Saturday, October 17, for McDuffie’s youth-led summit against violence, #YouthSpeakDC. The summit, facilitated by WPGC 95.5 radio personality SunniAndTheCity was also a kick-off to the Black Women for Positive Change 2015 Week of Non-Violence, October 17-25, of which Councilmember McDuffie is a Co-Chair.

#YouthSpeakDC, brought forth an open and candid discussion with the panel consisting of 11 youth addressing topics on the spike in violent crime in the District, the power of social media, bullying, and the dangerous impact of synthetic drug usage. The youth ended the conversation providing recommendations of resources that they need to be productive such as mentorship opportunities in every recreation center with robust programming.

 As a result of the summit, Team McDuffie created a #YouthSpeakDC page on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so that our youth will have this platform to engage on issues that impact them.

This ongoing effort will be in conjunction with the many partners that were active in planning, promoting and identifying youth.

Studio202DC provided live streaming for the discussion, now on demand. Click here:

Please join the conversation:

Twitter – @YouthSpeakDC
Facebook –
Instragram – youthspeakdc

Celebrating the Continuing Rebirth of Bertie Backus

On Monday, October 26th, Councilmember McDuffie joined Mayor Bowser, President Mason of the University of the District of Columbia, and the rest of the UDC community to celebrate the opening of a newly renovated wing at the Bertie Backus campus in Ward 5.

The East Academic Wing at Bertie Backus includes thirteen newly renovated classrooms, including labs for Information Technology, Nursing, and Architecture. As part of the continuing revival of Bertie Backus, the renovated space will help connect thousands of District residents to the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workplace. The renovation also included necessary upgrades to campuses utilities, ensuring that the space can be used efficiently and sustainably well into the future. Additional renovations are planned for the campus that would open even more space for the use of the UDC Community College.

Councilmember McDuffie took the opportunity to describe his own experience as a UDC student and to express his continued support for the growth and development of UDC. The Councilmember also voiced his support for the leadership and vision of the newly appointed President of UDC, Robert Mason, and Dr. Phillips, the Chief Executive Officer of the Community College.

McDuffie Visits John Burrough’s Elementary School

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On Friday October 23, Councilmember McDuffie had the opportunity to read to one of John Burrough’s Elementary School’s classes.  The occasion was made even more special because Ward 5 superstar, Ms. Samendy Lloyd, was surprised with a $10,000 donation from Carmax in her honor to kickstart the renovation of the library facilities.  In addition to Principal James, TV One was on hand to record the event.

Meet with Kenyan, Team McDuffie, and your Neighbors

Kenyan in the Community

On Thursday, October 22, 2015, Councilmember McDuffie hosted the first series of a new initiative called Kenyan In the Community. The concept behind Kenyan in the Community is for the Councilmember to informally meet with residents, allow neighbors to get to know each other, and for residents to engage with staff. With the major increase in homicides and criminal activity in Ward 5, McDuffie hosted this first series on the 1800 block of Otis St NE at the Dwight T. Mosley Field.

The week before selecting this location, the Councilmember did an impromptu neighborhood walk through with MPD’s Assistant Chief Diane Grooms, MPD’s 5th District Commander William Fitzgerald in addition to a host of staff and neighbors who joined in to express concerns or to just to say hello. During this time, the Councilmember, MPD, and staff brainstormed ways to better engage the community and to help curb some of the criminal activities in this particular area.

The first series of Kenyan in the Community brought out over 30 residents and community groups from all over Ward 5, not just those in the North Woodridge neighborhood to discuss topics ranging from crime/public safety, legislative concerns, and individual constituent questions. As a result of this event, Councilmember McDuffie will host the next Kenyan in the Community today in the Truxton Circle/Eckington neighborhood.


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More Union Market Area Development

Kettler, Inc. is proposing plans to redevelop a large parcel in the Union Market area with 975 dwelling units, office towers and retail. Washington Business Journal has a write up on the initial proposal.

405 YOGA Opens next Friday

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Our new neighbor, 405 YOGA, tells us they will open next week, Friday the 13th. The studio, which has two large practice spaces, is located at 1000 Florida Ave NE, on the corner of Florida and West Virginia Ave.  You can sign-up for classes now at to take advantage of Grand Opening specials. Grand Opening specials activate when you take your first class. There are a variety of classes offered each day, including classes led with ASL.

Construction Starting 1124-1126 Florida Ave NE

Only a small section of what was once Avilla's automotive repair shop stands today.

Only a small section of what was once Avilla’s automotive repair shop stands today.

Raze permits have been issued and construction will soon begin on the project at 1124 – 1126 Florida Avenue NE, the former site of a car repair shop. The project sought support from the community and revised plans were approved last summer. Links to previous posts are hereherehere, here, and here.

The raze permit was covered by the Washington Business Journal, which noted:

1124, 1126 Florida Ave. NE: Two raze permits were issued for a pair of single-story commercial buildings, which will be demolished to clear the way for a 52-unit condominium building coming to the Trinidad community. Pierce Investments LLC, the developer, earned the backing for its project from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in July. To pick up community support, Pierce reduced the height of the building by 3 feet, 6 inches, among other minor changes.


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