Monthly Archives: January 2016

Rooting DC

Do the blizzard snows have you longing for spring weather and planting a garden? Do you already grow vegetables in your yard or want to get started next season? Sign up for Rooting DC, a free gardening forum that will be held on Saturday, February 27th at Wilson High School to learn new gardening skills and network with other urban gardeners.

The forum “aims to provide education about urban food production and consumption, to cultivate health and preserve the environment. The program includes dozens of interactive workshops, cooking and food preservation demonstrations, and panel discussions focusing on youth gardening, nutrition, sustainable growing techniques, and healthy food access. The event also hosts 60+ green businesses and nonprofit from throughout the region at an information fair.”

Read more about the forum on their website and follow links to register for the sessions.

A number of Trinidad residents attended last year and were able to put ideas into practice over the summer. Hopefully we will see more of us there and we can follow up on a neighborhood garden tour this summer!


DPR Food Distribution in Trinidad This Friday

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Capital Area Food Bank will be distributing food to families this Friday, January 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This will take place at the Trinidad Recreation Center at 1310 Childress Ave NE.

Please share this information with anyone you know that may be in need of fresh produce or shelf food items. The press release is included below for additional information.

DPR and Capital Area Food Bank Partner to Provide Food Distribution

DPR Customer Service: (202) 673-7647
DPR Media Contacts:
Gwendolyn Crump, (202) 288-6027,
John Stokes, (202) 288-7275,
(WASHINGTON DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) in collaboration with the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB), the region’s largest hunger relief organization is implementing an emergency plan to meet the food needs of families across Washington, DC who may have run of food this week.

While DPR and CAFB partner to provide afterschool meals at certain sites, this is the first collaboration where they will provide food distribution at sites.

“The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to continue to help our residents in new, innovative ways,” said DPR Director, Keith Anderson. “Residents having access to healthy, nutritious food is important to us and this week our expanded partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank will assist those in need.”

“This is a time of real need,” said Nancy E. Roman, the organization’s CEO. “And the food bank is working flat out to meet that need. Our job is to meet food needs any way we can, that means being nimble, creative, and collaborative.”

Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 28 through Saturday, January 30, the food bank will make emergency food deliveries of fresh produce, shelf stable items and water to eight DC Recreation Centers across the city: Barry Farm, Bald Eagle, Malcolm X, Deanwood, Benning Park, King Greenleaf, Trinidad, and Fort Stanton.

The deliveries will be located at the parking lots of those recreation centers. It is first come, first served. Residents are encouraged to bring reusable bags.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, January 28th:

Fort Stanton Recreation Center(1812 Erie Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Malcolm X Opportunity Center (3200 13th Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street, SW), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Friday, January 29th:

Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street, NE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Benning Park Community Center (Southern Avenue and Fable Street, SE), 2:00PM-4:00PM
Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street, NE), 3:00PM-5:00PM
Saturday, January 30th:

Barry Farm Recreation Center (1142 Sumner Road, SE), 10:00AM-12:00PM
King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street, SW), 10:00AM-12:00PM
Residents unable to receive food at these specified sites are encouraged to check the Food Bank Network to locate food assistance nearest to them.

The CAFB is also reaching out to their nearly 800 partners with direct distribution sites to identify and supply many of them with food.

For the latest information on the District’s response to the storm, residents should visit Snow.DC.Gov.
About DPR

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.

January TNA meeting cancelled

The Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for January 26th has been cancelled. The roads and sidewalks are being cleared but we don’t want guest speakers or residents out until they are passable.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on February 23rd!


Fire at 1007 16th St NE

From Tommie Jones, our Ward 5 Liaison in the Mayor’s Office:



As the Ward 5 Liaison from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations & Services, I am currently on the scene of a fire on the 1000th block of 16th Street, SE. Along with FEMS and other District government agencies, we are helping displaced residents locate housing and services.

Please see the alert below and avoid the area. If you are in the area, please listen to first responders as they clear the scene. I will update the community once the scene has been cleared.

S: Fire w/ Displacements
FEMS reports that 11 people are displaced from a 4 unit apt building at 1007 16th St NE. Fire is out. No injuries reported yet. Red Cross notified and is sending a team. 16th St NE btwn Levis St & Oakes St is closed. Levis St. NE blocked at Bladensburg Rd NE.


Tommie Jones

Tommie L. Jones, Jr.
Ward 5 Liaison
Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS)
Office: 202-535-1937
Cell: 201-664-7512

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