Category Archives: Administrative
Last May 11th the Mayor and many city administrators and staff completed a walk through in the northern area of Trinidad with community members. During the walk many issues with street lights and signage, property in disrepair or abandoned, rodents, trash, and our streets and sidewalks were identified. The city worked to close out those issues to improve our neighborhood. The report is available on the Mayor’s website or on the following link: Ward 5 RESULTS Walk – TrinidadV2.
As we begin neighborhood clean ups this spring, we will all need to identify what areas residents can address. We can also initiate 311 requests for city support where city services are needed to fix street lights, repair sidewalks, address illegal dumping, and other areas.
Clean ups are scheduled for April 9 and May 14. We encourage everyone to come out and participate. We also encourage everyone to use the 311 phone number, online system, or phone app to report issues with street lights, rodent infestation, graffiti, unsafe sidewalks, and other issues. The system is easy to use and allows for follow-up and monitoring. Any issues that are not being resolved in a timely manner can and should be raised with your Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner. The Ward 5 staff in the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) can also be enlisted in collaboration with the appropriate ANC Commissioners to resolve issues.
Let’s work together to get our neighborhood spruced up for spring and summer so that we can all enjoy cleaner, safer streets!
The next Trinidad Neighborhood Association (TNA) meeting will be at 7 pm on Tuesday, February 23rd. As usual, the meeting will be at the Trinidad Recreation Center at 1310 Childress Street NE.
Agenda items include:
- Community Relations Specialist with the DC Fire Department (DCFEMS) to talk about their new Third Party Provider Ambulance Service
- Office of Workforce Development, Department of Employment Services on workforce training and apprenticeships opportunities
- Regular updates from the Mayor’s office, Ward 5 Council Member’s office, and the DC Police Department
We look forward to seeing you at this meeting and to engage with you in 2016!
If you have not updated membership for 2016, we will be available before or after the meeting to update memberships for the calendar year. Dues remain at $5.00 per year and are tax deductible.
That’s right—we can’t do this without you and the support of the community! At our January meeting, on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, TNA will hold an election for a new Board of Directors. To vote, and/or to be eligible for the Board, you simply need to be a current TNA member, and that’s just $5 per year.
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected among the membership. Any member in good standing may be nominated and, if elected, serve as a member of the Board of Directors for a term of one year.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors are responsible for the general governance of TNA and to work towards the aim of developing, revising and executing a long-range strategic plan as well as annual goals and targets for TNA. Some board members may choose to serve as Officers. Officers of TNA and are elected among the members Board of Directors. Whether or not a Board member seeks an Officer position, all Board members are encouraged to take on projects towards improving the Trinidad Neighborhood. Each Board of Directors can determine the frequency of Board meetings. They’ve historically ranged from monthly to quarterly. It is expected that all Board members plan to attend, and fully participate in Board meetings. There can be up to 10 Members of the Board of Directors.
The Chairman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Association and is responsible to put into effect the decisions of the Board of Directors. The Chairman presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The Chairman has general supervision over the business and affairs of the Association, and executes all instruments requiring the signature of the Chairman; and performs all other such duties as are related to his or her office.
The Vice-Chairman advises and assists the Chairman and, in absence or disability of the Chairman, performs the duties and exercise the powers of that office.
The Secretary to the Association records all the proceedings of the meetings of the members or meetings of the Directors. He or she has custody of the seal of the Association, should one be created, and affixes the same to all instruments requiring it, when authorized by the Board of Directors, and attests the same.
The Treasurer has custody of all the funds and securities of the Association, and he or she keeps full and accurate account of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the Association. He or she deposits all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Association in such depository or depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer disburses the funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements. The Treasurer reports the financial status of the Association to the Board, including the status of all balances and of any budget that may have been adopted by the Board.
So be sure to become a member and attend our upcoming meeting—we’ve got some great ideas in store for 2015! And don’t forget to share this information with your friends and neighbors.
That’s right—we can’t do this without you and the support of the community! At our January meeting, on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, TNA will hold an election for a new Board of Directors. To vote, and/or to be eligible for the Board, you simply need to be a current TNA member, and that’s just $5 per year.
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected among the membership. Any member in good standing may be nominated and, if elected, serve as a member of the Board of Directors for a term of one year. You can read a copy of our current bylaws, revised and adopted on February 20, 2013.
Members of the Board of Directors are responsible for the general governance of TNA. Additionally, Board members serve an advisory function toward the aim of developing a long-range strategic plan as well as annual goals and targets for TNA. Some board members may serve as Officers. Officers of TNA are elected among the members Board of Directors.
So be sure to become a member and attend our upcoming meeting—we’ve got some great ideas in store for 2014! And don’t forget to share this information with your friends and neighbors.
A Trinidad parents’ group is now up and running on Google groups: Tots of Trinidad DC (“ToT” DC) – it’s meant to be a resource for parents and children in Trinidad and beyond, and all are invited and welcome to participate.
Here’s the group link: http://groups.google.com/group/tots-of-trinidad-dc
Here’s the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can join the group through the link above, or by sending an email to email@example.com
We are happy to announce that TNA’s short documentary project “Preserving Trinidad: Looking Through the Window of the Past; Opening the Door to the Future” is one of the recipients of the 2012 grants from the DC Community Heritage Project! The DC Community Heritage Project is a program of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.
Be on the look out for the documentary’s premiere in November 2012! Right now, we are looking for residents of Trinidad, both past and present, who would like to be interviewed.
If you are interested in volunteering and/or contributing your time, talent, and stories, please contact the project director (and TNA board member) Bernadine Okoro at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and be sure to provide your contact information (email, phone, address) in your message so she can get in touch with you – the timeline for the project is short, and we want to be sure to include as many voices as possible.
The project scope is as follows:
“Preserving Trinidad: Looking Through the Window of the Past; Opening the Door to the Future.”
The Trinidad neighborhood is located in the northeast quadrant of Washington, DC. Primarily residential, it is bounded by Mt. Olivet Road, West Virginia Avenue, Florida Avenue, and Bladensburg Road. Though not officially designated a historic neighborhood, Trinidad was once home to a number of historically significant attractions, including the Washington Brick Machine Company, the American League Park, and the Florida Theatre. “Preserving Trinidad: Looking Through the Window of the Past; Opening the Door to the Future,” will explore Trinidad’s past, including its landscape and architecture. The documentary component will focus on stories of significant historical events told through the eyes of the residents of Trinidad.
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association board voted this week to support the Ivy City Civic Association/Empower DC petition on Change.org calling for workforce development and recreation at historic Crummell School over the DMPED’s proposed Bolt and intercity bus rest area and lot. The text of the petition letter is below, and we encourage you to add your signature to the growing list of supporters, and to also share this with your neighbors and friends.
The Ivy City Civic Association and Empower DC call for an immediate halt to the location of 65+ Bolt Buses on the lot of historic Crummell School, which would further pollute and harm the Ivy City community in the midst of its efforts to revitalize the community and develop a workforce development and recreation center on the Crummell site for the uplift of area residents.
DC’s Mayor Vince Gray & Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins appear to moving forward with plans – despite community opposition – to allow 65+ Bolt Buses per day to park on the lot of the historic Alexander Crummell School lot for the next 5-10 years. The proposal goes against decades of civic activism during which the community has a laid out vision for Recreation and Workforce development at Crummell and has recently identified a nonprofit partner to provide necessary services. Even the City’s own Comprehensive Plan calls for the school to be restored as a workforce and youth development center. The Bolt Buses will also contribute to pollution and traffic in this already heavily impacted neighborhood. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Dept of Transportation officials have repeatedly refused Ivy City’s request for a meeting about this issue, and moved forward with their plans while the community had no City Council representation due to the resignation of former Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. There is no rationale for the buses to be parked at Crummell School when, like the proposed Bus Barn at Spingarn High School, they could be located at RFK, The PEPCO site or other available sites in close proximity to Union Station.
The Ivy City Civic Association