Monthly Archives: August 2015

Mayor Bowser’s Statement on Public Safety

Dear Washingtonians,

As Mayor, my top priority is your safety.  While crime as a whole remains flat, the District of Columbia has experienced a spike in violent crime in 2015, similar to what is happening in cities across the country – from Los Angeles to Milwaukee to New York.  I want you to know that my Administration is working around the clock to prevent crime, respond swiftly when it happens, and hold criminals accountable.

Over the past several weeks, I have been meeting with my public safety team on a frequent basis, talking to community leaders, and working with our federal public safety partners to address violent crime in the District.  Meanwhile, Police Chief Lanier continues to keep MPD officers on the forefront of effective policing.  Just last week, the Chief hosted a national summit with big city police chiefs to identify trends and share best practices.

We are using proven methods and trying new ones to tackle crime.  MPD has increased its street presence through a combination of foot, bike, and Segway patrols.  We are beefing up our patrols in neighborhoods that have experienced higher levels of crime.  And we are using every tool at our disposal to prevent the violence that occurs from synthetic drugs – including our new law that punishes bad acting businesses that sell these extremely harmful and dangerous substances.

We are also working hard to close cases: we will find and arrest individuals that commit violent crime.  We work closely with Acting U.S. Attorney Vincent Cohen and our federal partners to ensure that criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that their sentences reflect the harm they cause to our communities.

Most importantly, we are listening to the residents of DC.  Remember, during an emergency, you should call 911.  And if you have information about a crime, we urge you to send an anonymous message to MPD’s text tip line (50411).  If you see something, please say something.

As we fight crime, we continue to build stronger ties between the police force and District residents.  Our officers regularly attend ANC and community meetings, and they conduct frequent neighborhood walkthroughs.  Residents can sign up for MPD’s neighborhood listserv groups HERE.

Together, we are stronger.  We need your continued involvement and support to maintain the strength and vibrancy of our community.  To find ways to get involved, please reach out to your ward representative at my Office of Community Relations and Services by clicking HERE.

With innovative policing, a committed public safety team and your help, we will keep DC on the right path toward safety and security.

Sincerely,mayor bowser logo

Muriel Bowser



Volunteer Ops for Disasters and Presidential Inaugurations

If you’ve never heard of Serve DC and like to volunteer, here is your opportunity to learn more. The agency trains citizens to be prepared to assist their community in case of disaster and organizes volunteers for presidential inaugurations, visits from the Pope and other high-profile visitors. Here is the information on their latest volunteer orientation:

Serve DC  – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism is the District of Columbia Government agency dedicated to promoting community service as an innovative, sustainable solution to pressing social challenges. Serve DC also provides critical support to the District’s official emergency response effort as the lead agency for emergency volunteer and donations management. Serve DC provides free, ongoing emergency preparedness training to youth and adults who live, work or congregate in the District. These trainings engage residents with the necessary skills and resources to respond and assist during emergencies – ensuring residents play a major role in making their communities safer, stronger and better prepared to address threats of terrorism, crime and disasters.

Come to our Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 to learn about the numerous community service and emergency preparedness opportunities to Serve DC. You will be able to schedule training for the service opportunities of your choice at the Orientation.

Service Opportunities include:
Please RSVP at or call us to register at 202-727-7925.

Looking for something to do on Saturday?

Stop by the Atlas Performing Arts Center to make some art! We’ll be crafting pieces for a large scale mobile to be displayed at the Atlas during H St Festival. Artist Kevin Reese joined TNA last weekend at the Trinidad Rec Center, engaging kids in creativity. Here is another chance for kids of all ages to be part of the Mobilizing Our Community project. Read more about it at our original post.


MOCSaturday August 15th
1:00pm and 2:30pm sessions
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Register here via Atlas PAC. Drop Ins are also welcome.
During the workshop, participants are introduced to the project and to models of mobiles created by other community members. They each then envision their own pieces for the mobiles, working with the material brought by Kevin, and draw, cut out and sand the pieces. Kevin also brings completed pieces on wires and demonstrates, with the help of the participants, how a mobile is balanced and assembled. As people are working together to create their pieces, we facilitate conversation around the project’s theme. Workshop is best for ages 8 and up.

Love Don’t Cost a Thing Pet Adoption Event This Saturday

The Washington Humane Society offers no-fee adoptions on Saturday for dogs, cats and other small animals. With an adoption center conveniently located at 1201 New York Ave NE in Ivy City, this is a great opportunity to add a new family member. The shelter opens at noon.

whs empty the shelter All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and microchipped when you adopt them. To learn more about the adoption process and see the animals currently available visit

More Condos on Oates St NE

The Washington Business Journal lists permits for another new condo building to be built at 1157 Oates Street NE. This is a matter of right construction (no variance required from Bureau of Zoning Adjustment) by Redwood Ventures and should follow the new regulations regarding pop-ups as the permit is being issued after the changes went into effect June 2015. They will build a two-unit condominium building in the empty lot adjacent to their other project at 1159 Oates.


Video of the August ANC 5D Meeting

Miss the recent ANC meeting on August 11th?

A resident of Carver-Langston takes video of our ANC meetings, as they are public forums. The videos are available to watch on YouTube if you want to keep up with events in ANC 5D. The links below are to the Twitter notices of the videos and a link to the videos on YouTube. The videos are in sections to facilitate taping and uploading/downloading files.

Video Part 1 notice:

Part 1 YouTube:

Video Part 2 notice:

Part 2 YouTube:  

Video Part 3 notice:

Part 3 YouTube:

Video Part 4 notice:

Part 4 YouTube:

DaVita Dialysis Construction on Bladensburg Rd NE

DaVita Dialysis held meetings in the neighborhood last fall to request community support to move their site from 8th Street NE in Capitol Hill area to 920 Bladensburg Rd NE and again this spring to request support for parking variances in line with requirements for the new medical facility. While work has not yet started at the new location the building owner, 1933 Montana Ave LLC, recently submitted a request to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) to raze the vacant auto repair building on the site. The building as it stands now cannot be brought to code to meet requirements for the new use so the raze permit is the first step in developing this vacant location.IMG_5343

You can find raze permits on the DC Office of Planning website. This application is listed in the August 4th report. The ANC will be notified on September 9th, per the August 4 report and there will be public notice of any hearings required for the raze permit.

Save the Date: JVLHC Fundraiser for Youth Programs

What: The 2015 Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club Fundraiser for Youth Programs

When: The evening of October 1, 2015

Where: 1103 Bladensburg Rd NE

Why: Our youth are important! in the past seven years funds raised have supported youth sports programs, educational programs, class materials, and after school programs here in Trinidad. The Trinidad Neighborhood Association (TNA), a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, is the event’s official sponsor and all donations are tax-deductible.

How to Help: Attend the event!! Donations that fund the youth programs are through ticket sales and attendance at the fundraiser. If you would like to join in efforts to plan or publicize the event, please contact us at

Look for more details in the coming weeks and mark your calendars so you don’t miss out.

UPDATE on ANC 5D August Meeting

The agenda for tonight’s meeting has been disseminated by email and is copied below (with minor spelling correction). The meeting starts at 7 pm at 1805 Bladensburg Road NE.



Public Meeting
August 11, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE


1. Greetings      Chairperson Kathy Henderson
2. Roll Call         Secretary Yvonne Buggs
3. Public Safety Report         Commander William Fitzgerald/Team
4. Pepco: Recent Power Outage        Marc Battle, Region VP, Chris Taylor
5. Garage Addition: BZA #19061        Alex Hastings, Homeowner
6. Bodega Market LLC:        ABRA-094621 Yared Demissie, Owner
7. Administrative Matters
a) Treasurer’s Report
b) Approval of Minutes
c) Motion to Pay Phone Bill
8. Citizen’s Concerns
9. Announcements
10. Adjournment

Petagay Lewis, 5D01
Keisha Shropshire, 5D02 Treasurer
Adam Roberts, 5D03
Bernice Blacknell, 5D04 Parliamentarian
Kathy Henderson, 5D05 Chairperson
Yvonne Buggs, 5D06 Secretary
Clarence Lee, 5D07 Vice Chairperson


Trinidad DC Photographs

There is a local photographer with a nice set of photos from Trinidad. You can find the photos on the Anthony Herfort Photography website.

Are there other local photographers living and working in Trinidad? If so let us know so we can publish a post with links to their site. Also be on the look out for opportunities to display photographs and works of art at events like Art in the Alley.

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