Monthly Archives: November 2015

Trinidad Market Request

Trinidad Market / Mike’s Market, at the corner of Florida and Trinidad Avenues NE, has submitted a request to the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to obtain a Class A Liquor License. This would allow them to begin selling liquor in addition to beer and wine. The request comes with a change in hours that would allow them to remain open for business from 7 am to midnight each day. The notification from ABRA is below.


The community can be engaged in discussion on an ABRA application request during the review process. A business seeking a change in an existing license or a new license should present as a Single Member District (SMD) meeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), at the larger ANC meeting, and at community meeting, if one is called, to discuss the license request. There can be a protest to stop a license change or to seek a settlement agreement with the community or group with standing to protest the license. You can learn more about ABRA laws and regulations and protest procedures on their website.

As with all development taking place in the neighborhood, we hope that Trinidad residents become involved and active in voicing their views on pending changes.



Celebrate 50 Years of the first ASL Linguistics Text


Redevelopment Views

This morning the Washington Post covered a poll they took about views on redevelopment. There were just over 1,000 people polled by phone from November 12 – 15. While there was agreement among those polled that the D.C. government is not doing well on affordable housing and ending homelessness, there were differences across race and class about how redevelopment is viewed. Decreasing crime is positive for a community but as housing prices and taxes increase there is increased economic pressure that forces many residents to consider moving.

The article is worth reading and discussing with neighbors as Trinidad faces a similar situation with dramatic increases in housing prices and redevelopment pressures.

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.


African Drumming Classes/Events

Interested in learning African drumming or purchasing artworks from Ghana? For now you can do that just a short walk, bike ride, or drive away from Trinidad.

Cultural DC, an organization that makes space for and supports visual and performing arts, is becoming more involved in art related events in and around Ivy City. They are joining forces with D. B. Lee Development and Construction and Brook Rose Development on an arts-focused hotel at 411 New York Avenue NE. While that project has not broken ground yet, they are already supporting some arts space in the area.

Hands on Drums is one of the groups being supported by Cultural DC. Hands on Drums represents artisan drums and craftworks from Ghana. They have started a pop-up store, community space, and arts empowerment initiative at 1518 Okie Street NE in Ivy City. Through the end of January they will be holding weekly drum classes on Sundays, drum and dance classes on Tuesday, and family drum circles on Saturdays. There are additional events planned, including an African bazaar and artisan market on December 19th. Check their website for more information on Hands on Drums, a full roster of events, and class fees.


Housing-First Units Open on Owen Place

A few of Trinidad’s newest residents moved to the neighborhood in October as Open Arms Housing, Inc. completed and opened their housing-first units on Owen Place. The units, their second project in Washington, DC, provide permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless women and are a model for ending chronic homelessness in the city. The project begins with providing permanent housing and then addressing other services based on individual need. Funding for the projects are from a mix a public and private entities. Construction was recognized back in April as Open Arms Housing and their construction partners moved forward with building plans.

A recent Washington Post covered the project on Owen Place and provides an introduction to some of our newest neighbors. Stop by and say hello to welcome them to our community!

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

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