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Rally for Recess on Saturday 5/7

Games, PlayShop & Healthy Food At Playworks Rally for Recess This Saturday

Saturday’s Rally for Recess in Northeast DC will feature DC Central Kitchen, local chefs, cross trainers and Playworks coaches, providing games, healthy food, demonstrations, A PlayShop training, fun toys and easy recipes. The Rally is supported by Playworks, DC Central Kitchen, the DC Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente and local food/drink donors.

Playworks is rallying for recess this spring so parents and educators can show support before school schedules are set for 2016-17. Too many area principals and superintendents are cutting down recess time to 15-20 minutes, once a day, in favor of more time in the classroom.

Research links recess not only to increasing physical activity (which fires up the brain) but also bolstering social-emotional skills and preparing students to learn back in the classroom. #SaveRecess

Playworks is collecting signatures from community members about restoring and improving recess in local District, Maryland and Virginia schools. Signatures will continue to be gathered at the Rally, and will be delivered to superintendents in mid-May.

Showing your support today will influence decision-making on recess for the 2016-17 school year!

When: Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine

Where: 660 K St. NE, Washington, D.C. (J.O. Wilson Elementary School)

Who: DC Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6)
Playworks staff, DC Central Kitchen staff and J.O. Wilson Junior Coaches

What: A day of fun games and healthy food to support recess

10 a.m Jump rope giveaway & demonstration
11 a.m. Playworks parent PlayShop (training)
12 p.m. Speakers & 10th Birthday Cake
1 p.m. Washington Capitals chef healthy food demonstration
Games led by Playworks Coaches
KaBOOM! Imagination Playground
DJ M Dot
DC Central Kitchen tasting stations

For more info: Playworks at 202-822-0097 or Susan Comfort at 202-246-5336
Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.

DC Central Kitchen is America’s leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, career training, healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

Department of Employment Services Hospitality Information Session

We are passing on information about an employment session at the Trinidad Recreation Center tomorrow from 1pm – 4 pm. 


“Today, I was informed about a Hospitality Information Session being hosted by the Department of Employment Services, Homewood Suites, and Hampton Inn. It is taking place tomorrow 1pm-4pm at Trinidad Recreation Center.

If you or someone else you know is interested in Hospitality Employment Opportunities, please have them contact me or forward their contact information to me so that I may pass along to Department of Employment Services. Interested candidates will be required to register in

DOES informed me that there will be other sessions like this coming our way in the future and they ensured me that they will provide more advance notice.



Keisha L. Shropshire
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner | Single Member District 5D02
Phone: (404) 245-6772 | Twitter: shropanc5d02

Are You Registered?

The District of Columbia will have a primary election on June 14, 2016. The deadline to register with the DC Board of Elections (DCBOEE) to vote in the primary election is May 15th. Are you one of the over 400,000 DC residents registered to vote?

To be eligible to register as a voter in DC you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a resident of the District of Columbia
  • Be at least 16 years old (District residents may preregister to vote at age 16, but will not receive a voter registration card or be eligible to vote until they are at least 17 with a date of birth indicating that they will be 18 on or before the next general election.)
  • Not be in jail on a felony conviction
  • Not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • Not claim voting residence outside of the District of Columbia

You can register via e-mail by completing online information on the DCBOEE website. You can also pick up a voter application to complete at the DCBOEE office (441 4th Street NW), any Department of Motor Vehicles branch office, any DC Public Library (call the branch you are going to to confirm they have them available), or police station (the 5th District at 1805 Bladensburg Road is the closest to Trinidad). You will need to complete the application and mail it to the DCBOEE or drop it off in their offices. There is also a Vote4DC app for phones and tablets for electronic voter registration and election information.

The current list of candidates for the June primary is in the linked file (nr_1786). While this will continue to be updated by DCBOEE, the current list will give an overview of what offices will be on the upcoming primary ballot.

In all of Ward 5 in the 2014 November election, only 37.5% of registered voters participated in the election. That’s a pretty low number. Trinidad is in 3 voting precincts (all of 77 and parts of 76 and 78). Those percentages were even lower at 21% participation in voting precinct 76, 33% participation in voting precinct 77, and 27% participation in voting precinct 78.

Register now to rock the DC votes in June and November of this year but actually turn out for the election day to make your votes matter!

Mayor’s Walk Through Follow Up and Spring Cleaning

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!


How Green Does Your Garden Grow?

There are some exciting happenings around gardening this spring with resources, events, and news that you can use as you start to plant in your vegetable and flower growing spaces.

First, if you had a chance to attend Rooting DC in February there was a wealth of urban gardening knowledge being shared. If you could not attend the events, you can still access presentations on their forum website. The presentations cover everything from starting growing nutritious microgreens to small space garden design to use of compost in your garden and pickling vegetables to preserve them.

Second, the Trinidad annual garden tour is coming up! As spring weather continues flowers will be blooming earlier and edible plants will soon start producing. This is the perfect time to think about what you want to plant in your yard or window boxes or what you want to show your neighbors during the garden tour, which will focus on edible plants this year. If you haven’t been on one of the garden tours, it is a wonderful way to get gardening ideas, meet neighbors, and show off what you are producing. The contact for the garden tour is Laura Casperson. You can reach her at if you have questions or are willing to show off your garden during the neighborhood tour. Watch this space for details on the Garden Tour date, time, and route

IMG_2091 IMG_2092 IMG_2121 (Photos of the 2015 Garden Tour)

Finally, Cultivate the City has teamed up with W. S. Jenks Hardware on Bladensburg Road and will be opening a nursery on site. They are constructing a green house on the roof for their H Street Garden project (yes, we know it is not on H Street but it is very conveniently located in Trinidad). They already have a few plants for sale in the store and W. S. Jenks has seasonal gardening items in stock. There will be a seedling Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and a vegetable CSA program coming to the site. Cultivate the City is also holding a photography contest with prizes for selected photos leading up to the opening of the garden center and completion of the rooftop farm. IMG_6792  IMG_7422 IMG_7423

Neighborhood Clean Ups: Save the Date!

Do you want to meet your neighbors, have fun, and have a cleaner neighborhood?

Trinidad Neighborhood Association will be organizing two spring neighborhood clean ups. Volunteers are needed for both clean ups and many hands will make light work. The first community wide clean up will be held on April 9th and second will be held on May 14th. Both are the second Saturday of the month. We will have supplies available and will arrange for the city to pick up filled garbage bags.

Mark your calendars and watch this space for event details as the dates approach!



Street Sweeping Resumes March 1st, Parking Fines Resume March 8th

Check which side of the road you are parked on on Wednesday and Thursday mornings through October and avoid parking fines. Street sweeping will resume throughout the city on March 1st. Scheduled street sweeping in Trinidad is on Wednesdays and Thursdays, alternating sides of the street. Below is the announcement from the Department of Public Works on the resumption of street sweeping and parking enforcement (March 8th).

Residential street sweeping season to continue through October 31.

(WASHINGTON, DC) The Department of Public Works announced today that residential mechanical street sweeping will resume Tuesday, March 1. Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. The fine for violating this restriction is $45.

“This program is critical to keeping the District clean,” said Acting DPW Director Christopher J. Shorter. “During the 2015 sweeping program, we achieved a 28% increase in the tonnage of litter and debris collected by touching nearly every District street at least once per month between March and October. Many of these streets had never received a sweeper cleaning. Additionally, we created a pilot deployment for the first shift to clean major inbound/outbound arteries before the start of the morning residential routes.

To help accustom motorists to the restrictions, DPW will issue warnings between Tuesday, March 1 and Friday, March 4, 2016 to vehicles parked during the sweeping periods. “We want to thank motorists in advance for keeping the curb lanes clear so the sweepers can clean the streets. Their cooperation is what makes the program successful,” said Director Shorter.

He added that a supervisor follows behind the sweeper and may require the block to be swept again, so motorists shouldn’t park until the end of the posted two-hour sweeping period. He also noted that parked cars may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours (9:30 am to 11:30 am or 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm) while sweeping is underway, but where parking is allowed on only one side of the street, vehicles will be allowed to park on one side and the following day they may park on the other side.

Signs posted along street sweeping routes indicate the program runs from March 1 through October 31, but this will be the first year the long-range forecast will allow a March 1 start date. The sweeper emits a fine spray of water to help control dust so DPW does not operate the sweepers when the temperature is below freezing or snow or ice already are on the ground.

In FY 2015, DPW street sweepers covered about 26,000 miles of streets, removing litter and pollutants by brushing them onto a conveyor system, which transports the material into a debris hopper. In addition to sweeping residential streets during spring, summer and fall, DPW also sweeps commercial streets overnight year-round (weather permitting), and parking restrictions also apply.

For more information about street sweeping, go to

The Department of Public Works (DPW) provides essential city services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making our District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible for all residents, businesses, commuters and visitors.
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DC Department of Public Works
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Washington, DC 20009
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Petco Grand Opening on Saturday

We previously reported on some new retail near Hecht’s Warehouse in Ivy City. If you have pets that you are caring for in your home, the grand opening of the new Petco on New York Avenue NE in Ivy City may be of interest. They are planning events on Saturday and Sunday with some discounts or give aways for early customers.

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Breast Cancer in Ward 5

Did you know that Ward 5 has the highest rate of late stage breast cancer? Learn more about education, earlier detection, and access to mammogram services at a free event with Medstar Washington Hospital at Old Engine 12 Restaurant this Saturday.

I Love Me Invitation

To Ward 5 Residents and Organizations

You are invited to:

Medstar Washington Hospital Center
First Annual I Love Event- Get2Breast Cancer Project ( SEE ATTACHED FLYER)
Saturday February 27, 2016
12 pm – 5 pm
Old Engine 12 Restaurant
1626 North Capitol Street NW (near Florida Avenue and North Capitol St)
WDC 20001

This project targets women who live in Ward 5. Ward 5 women have the highest rate of late stage breast cancer in the city. Come out if you can and support this event.

Free Admission
Breast Cancer Education and Navigation Services
Food and Prizes will be offered

RSVP to 202-525-9381

“Early Detection is the key to survival”


2016 Summer Youth Employment Program Applications Open

Today the Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) applications open for District of Columbia residents between the ages 14 and 24.  SYEP is subsidized by the DC government to provide youth summer employment in the private and government sectors. The on-line application process opens at 4:00 pm and additional information can be accessed on the website. Additional information is included below.

If you know youth that reside in DC and would be interested in summer employment, please share the link and information with them. It is a great opportunity to learn skills and workforce readiness while earning money over the summer. If computer access is an issue, there are public computers available at the recreation centers and at the DC public libraries that can be accessed to complete the applications.

Additional information from the website: 

Through MBSYEP, we strive to provide young people with the opportunity to:

  • Earn money and gain meaningful work experience;
  • Learn and develop the skills, attitudes, and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s world of work;
  • Gain exposure to various exciting career industries; and,
  • Interact with dynamic working professionals in a positive work environment.

Though MBSYEP is a short-term employment and training program, our goal is to introduce our youth to employers who will positively impact their futures.

Employers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area make this annual program possible by volunteering to serve as Host Employers and providing structured job opportunities for youth during the summer.

Program Dates

2016 MBSYEP applications will go live on Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00 p.m.

This year, MBSYEP will start on Monday, June 27, 2016 and will end on Friday, August 5, 2016.

The six-week program will consist of 29 days of work (Monday, July 4, 2016 is observed as a holiday and youth will not be paid for this day).

Program Capacity

This year, MBSYEP will provide jobs for District youth between the ages of 14-24 years old who apply prior to the deadline and complete necessary registration requirements.

In addition, Mayor Bowser has expanded the program to provide jobs for District youth between the ages of 22-24 years old. These youth must also apply prior to the deadline and complete necessary registration requirements to secure a job this summer.
Service Contact:
Office of Youth Services
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (202) 698-3492
Contact Fax: (202) 698-5693
Contact TTY: TTY
Contact Suite #: 2nd Floor
Office Hours: 9 am to 5 pm

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