Monthly Archives: September 2015

JVLHC Youth Fundraiser Tomorrow – Rain or Shine

The skies are a bit gloomy but TNA will hold the Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club Youth Programs Fundraiser tomorrow. We will be indoors so don’t let potential rain keep you away!

Doors open at 6 pm at 1103 Bladensburg Road NE. Join us for uplifting conversation and music for a good cause. Donations can be made in advance or at the door (credit card, cash, or check).

Questions about the fundraiser or the youth programs? Write to us at trinidadneighborhood@gmail.com.

See you tomorrow!

Coffee Day Pledge

Happy National Coffee Day!

For less than the price of one cup of coffee per month over the course of a school year, you can support kids in Trinidad with access to materials for after school programs, camps, sports equipment, and learning tools. Help keep our kids occupied after school in safe environments to learn and to play by contributing to the youth program fund.

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Trinidad Neighborhood Association is holding its 8th annual fundraiser for youth programs this Thursday at Jimmy Valentine’s, 1103 Bladensburg Rd NE. For a suggested $20 donation at the door, you will receive 3 drink tickets complements of Jimmy Valentine’s, subs provided by Mother Rucker’s, Crunk Cakes, and music provided by DJ Tony T. Doors open at 6 pm and the event continues until 10 pm.

Want to skip the line at the door? Donations can be made in advance at Event Brite. You may also contribute (cash or credit card) at the door. Want to support the youth but are unable to attend on Thursday evening? You can use the Event Brite link to make a donation.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

It’s Almost Here!

There are just a few days until the 8th Annual Jimmy Valentine’s Fundraiser for Youth Programs!

Where: 1103 Bladensburg Rd NE

When: Thursday, October 1st

Time: Doors open at 6 pm; event continues until 10 pm

Donation:  $20 minimum but greater contributions are always welcome! This is the one fundraiser a year to help our youth. Funds are paid directly to the 501(c)3 account for use on youth programs in Trinidad at Wheatley Education Campus and the Trinidad Recreation Center.

What: 3 drink tickets from Jimmy Valentine’s, food from Mother Rucker’s Subs and Crunk Cakes, music with DJ Tony T, and conversation with Trinidad, Ward 5 and DC residents.

Additional information about the event can be found at these links.

Donations can be made at the door or in advance with EventBrite.

Raze Permit Applications in Trinidad

To completely tear down a building in DC, the owner must have a raze permit from the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) and/or the Historic Preservation Office (HPO). Permits are posted each week on the DCRA website. There are two recent raze permits issued by DCRA for property in Trinidad.

The first is for the single family dwelling at 1108 Holbrook Street NE, right behind the BP Station. No permits have yet been issued for rebuilding on the site.

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The second is for the property at 920 Bladensburg Road NE. This property, located adjacent to W.S. Jenks Hardware, will become a DaVita Dialysis clinic. Previous posts on the property can be found here, here, and here.

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1326 – 1330 Montello Ave NE

Most residents that have lived in Trinidad for longer than two years remember the old doctor’s office that stood on the corner of Montello Avenue NE and Oates Street NE. In 2013 the developer, IS Enterprises, began to work on the site and sought variance to build a larger structure with more residential units that are allowed on a lot of that size. They received stop work orders from the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) for illegal construction and exceeding the scope of their issued permits. They did not have a permit to raze the structure but removed all but a few below grade walls.

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There are three lots that comprise the now vacant site: 1326, 1328, and 1330 Montello Ave NE. They are fenced in but neighbors at a recent ANC5D06 meeting complained of illegal dumping, access to the site by youth, full portable toilets on site, and trash piled up along the sidewalks and in the alleyway. During the past two years neighbors have worked to clean along the fence line or reported it to the city for trash and weed removal when the sidewalks became impassable.

The Washington Business Journal reported today that permits were issued to begin construction of three two-family units on the lots. No additional information is available at this time but the units should fall within the new zoning regulations (limit of 35 feet; no more than 2 units per lot or 6 total). TNA will provide updates as construction begins if there are requests for variance through the Bureau of Zoning Adjustment.

To learn more about construction issues and housing in DC, there is a consumer protection forum on housing sponsored by the Office of the Attorney General this coming Monday evening at 6:30 pm. The location is the Benning Neighborhood Library at 3935 Benning Road NE.

National Prescription Takeback Day

Do you have expired or unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs to be disposed of safely? Help keep these out of the water supply or being accessed by children. On Saturday, September 26th from 10 am to 2 pm there are over 50 sites in DC that will accept these for proper disposal as part of the National Prescription Takeback Day. A location close to Trinidad is the 5th District Police Station at 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE. There are other locations that you can search for on the DEA Office of Diversion Control website.

Help keep our community and rivers safe through proper disposal of these unwanted or not needed medications!

5D Citizen’s Advisory Council Meeting TONIGHT

The Metropolitan Police Department works with an advisory panel in each police district. These councils are called the  Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) and each provide the district commander with information and recommendations from the community on the public’s safety problems and police service needs. Regular monthly CAC meetings in each district allow residents to meet and discuss police-related issues with the commander. The meetings also provide an opportunity for police officials to assess the impact of their crime-fighting efforts on the community.

The 5th District CAC meeting will be held tonight (September 24th) starting at 7 pm. The meetings are at the 5th District Police Station at 1805 Bladensburg Road NE.

The guest speaker this month is Attorney General Karl A. Racine. He will cover topics ranging from prisoner early release programs, crime reduction initiatives, and synthetic drugs.

The CAC meetings are open to all DC residents and are a place where you can take security concerns to discuss with the Police Commander.

Zoning Update: 1609 Levis Street

The hearing for the property at 1609 Levis Street was held on September 22nd. The Board of Zoning Adjustment unanimously approved the variance (lot width) sought. Background on the variance requested is in our previous posting.

REMINDER: TNA Meeting Tonight (9/22)

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting will begin at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you there!

Crime Mapper

Do you ever wonder which way crime trends shift in the neighborhood or if what you are seeing matches statistics?

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has a crime mapper that is used to search by address, Police Service Area, or District, and other geographic or site locators such as a recreation center, school, or ward. Timeframes can be 30 or 60 days, a year or calendar year to date. Statistics are measured against the same time frame in the prior year.

Not all crime are covered but it does track property crimes (theft, burglary, theft from auto, etc.) and violet crimes (homicides, sex assault, robbery, assaults, etc.).

You can access the tool on the Crime Map website.

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