Monthly Archives: August 2015

Support for Trinidad School Kids

If you did not notice the youth in uniform today, public school students returned to the class room for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. As students begin their studies, our community looks to how we can help them succeed through after school programs, provide needed class room materials, and fund youth sports uniforms and programs. TNA has again joined forces with Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club (JVLHC) for a fundraiser to contribute to our school community. For the past several years TNA and JVLHC have collaborated to raise funds that have gone 100% back to the community. In past years we have raised as much as $4,000.00. This year we can set the bar higher and strive for $5,000.00 in contributions for our youth.

The fundraising event will be held on October 1st from 7 pm to 10 pm at 1103 Bladensburg Road NE. JVLHC and other businesses contribute food, drinks, and music. The $20 entry donation is used to fund programs that the schools and recreation centers request to support youth programming.

You can purchase a ticket to the event or make a donation on the website. All contributions are tax deductible as TNA is a 501(c)3 organization. The link to EventBrite is here. If you have any questions about the fundraiser, please contact us at

We look forward to seeing you at the JVLHC Youth Programs fundraiser and thank you in advance for your support to our youth programs!


Hit and Run and/or Stolen Car?

This morning a driver in a white Stratus with Virginia tags exited the alley behind West Virginia Avenue NE turned right onto Owen Place NE and rammed into a black BMW parked on the street. The black SUV was pushed on the sidewalk and into a tree. The driver fled the scene.

Neighbors who were outside and witnessed the crash called 911. It is likely that the white car may have been stolen and then abandoned after the crash. No one was injured in the accident.

MPD will be at the TNA regular August meeting tomorrow for a security update. Please join us and bring questions you may have for them regarding crime and crime prevention in the neighborhood. Also on the agenda are the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and 405 Yoga (opening at FL Ave and W Va Ave). The meeting will start at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center on Childress Avenue NE.

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School Beautification Day Starts at 10 am TODAY at Wheatley

Join the team of volunteers led by the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) from 10 am to 1 pm today at the Wheatley Education Campus.

Original post about the clean up is here.

{Update} URGENT ALERT: Child Found in 1500 Block Benning Road

UPDATE: MPD reports that the child has been identified.

ORIGINAL POST: Metropolitan Police Department found a child in the 1500 block of Benning Road at 4:30 am and are seeking assistance in locating parents or guardians. If you know the child, parents, or guardians please call (202) 727-9099 or text 50411 if you wish to leave an anonymous tip.

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WUSA 9 also covered this story. See the link for details.

2015 Step Xplosion – Free Performance Friday at 8 pm

Step Afrika! kicks off their 2015-2106 season with a free performance starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 21 at Starburst Plaza. Artists from Step Afrika! will be joined by DJ Beauty and the Beatz for a high-energy demonstration of the art of stepping. Expect to join in with footsteps, claps, and spoken word as audience participation is encouraged.

Starting from an exchange tour to Soweto, South Africa, Step Afrika! is now one of the top 10 African American dance companies and the largest African American arts organization in DC. Don’t miss the show, especially if you have not had the opportunity to see them perform.

It is great that Starburst Plaza is seeing more positive events with organizations like this that use art to reach out to youth and families. We hope you can join Step Afrika! there as they celebrate 20 years of stepping.

No More D3? MetroBus Service Changes Proposed

Eliminate the D3? Extend the D4 route to Kennedy Center, replacing part of the 80 bus route? More X1 and X3 buses on the route during the day?

Those are some of the proposed metro bus route changes that WMATA is considering. They will be holding public hearing number 606 on September 17, 2015 on the proposed changes. The public information session will begin at 6 pm and public hearing will be at 6:30 pm. The hearing will be held at Metro Headquarters Building 600 5th Street, NW.

The hearing is a public forum and all are invited to present their views. If you wish to speak at the hearing, please submit your name and organizational affiliation, if applicable, by email to or by phone to (202) 962-2511. You can also submit written statements by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 to

Not ready to submit written testimony or attend the hearing? You can participate in a survey at The survey opened on August 15th and will close on September 23. It includes feedback questions on the proposal and related service changes as well as demographic questions.

You can view all proposed route and tariff changes here.

New Yoga Studio to Open in Trinidad

1439476659828Coming this fall, 405 Yoga will occupy the long-vacant space at the corner of Florida Ave NE and West Virginia Ave NE. The website is still under development but it offers this insight in what type of yoga to expect:

“405 YOGA is Washington DC’s power yoga studio, offering Vinyasa, Power, and Rocket yoga to rock the sweat and elevate the spirit. 405 yogis build strength of body and mind during classes together, maximizing physical and spiritual endurance. Strengthen and detoxify, release endorphins, and gain clarity of mind. Come join our community.”

The new studio’s owners will be at our August TNA meeting to tell us more about 405 Yoga’s ASL yoga partnership with Gallaudet and work with Veteran’s Organization ‘Red, White, and Blue’.

August TNA Community Meeting

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Tuesday August 25th
Trinidad Recreation Center

On Agenda:

  • MPD 5th District Public Safety Update
  • Courtney Snowden
    Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunity
  • 405 Yoga New Yoga Studio opening Fall 2015 at the corner of Florida & West Virginia Aves.

School Beautification Day – August 22nd


Before kids head back to school, the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) and your ward 5 team are hosting a volunteer day to help get our schools ready for the students. if you are free on Saturday, August 22 please consider coming out to clean up the school.

When: Saturday, August 22nd, 10am – 1pm

Where:  Wheatley Education Campus, 1299 Neal St NE

Sign up HERE to let Tommie & Malik, our Ward 5 MOCRS liaisons, know if you are able to participate.

You can also donate unused school supplies or K-8 children books.

Impact of the ANC Recall on the Trinidad Neighborhood

On August 6, 2015 we posted about the ANC Recall Process. As petitions are being circulated it is important that Trinidad residents understand the impact the recall will have on the Trinidad neighborhood.

Currently Trinidad has 3 Single Member District Commissioners. The petitions being circulated will cause vacancies. The recall will disproportionally impact our neighborhood.

3,470 registered voters may lose representation. Trinidad currently has 3 votes on the 7 member Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D, but the recall will leave us with only 1 vote.

As many of you know there are multiple development efforts, liquor license protests, zoning matters, and community engagement projects underway.

TNA does not have a position on the merits of the petitions, but we want all in the Trinidad neighborhood to think long and hard about the impact of the recall on our neighborhood.

Lastly, we would like to remind our neighbors that all ANC Single Member District Commissioners are up for reelection in 2016. As always we encourage competitive races at the ANC level, and challenging the incumbents at this time does not risk a loss in representation.

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