Category Archives: Meetings

Family Housing in DC and Ward 5

Some residents attended the initial meeting about the DC plan to close DC General Family Shelter and open shelters across the city to address the needs for homeless families in DC. The location of the Ward 5 shelter was met with questions and concerns. Two other Ward 5 neighborhoods associations have scheduled a ward wide meeting to discuss the issue. Details about the meeting are included below for those that may wish to participate.

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Dear Ward 5 neighbors,

Approximately a week ago Mayor Muriel Bowser first shared details about her plans to replace DC General Family Shelter with the homeless shelters in each of Washington, DC’s eight wards, including building a facility in a heavily industrial area at 2622 25th Place NE in Ward 5. Since then many residents noted the oversaturation of homeless shelters in this neighborhood already and expressed deep concern about housing families in a facility closer to a strip club than a grocery store.

On Monday, February 22 at 6:30pm, neighborhood association leaders will host a Ward 5-wide community meeting with Council Member Kenyan McDuffie about the homeless shelter location. Residents will have an opportunity to share their concerns with the proposed location and participate in a transparent process to identify dignified and residential sites for the District’s homeless families. With this community input, we look forward to collaborating with Mayor Bowser to select a more suitable site for Ward 5.
Meeting details are below. Please join us and encourage your neighbors to come as well!

WHAT
Ward 5 Community Meeting on Homeless Shelter Locations
WHEN
Monday, February 22, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)
WHERE
New Canaan Baptist Church – 2826 Bladensburg Rd NE Washington, DC 20018

PLEASE RSVP AT
http://bit.ly/1KrhdwW

ORGANIZERS
Langdon Park Community Association
Woodridge South Community Association

TNA Meeting February 23rd

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. 

 

 

Upcoming Events in February

Trinidad Craft Salon: This first of three crafting salons will be held this evening, February 8th, at 7 pm at Capital Fringe (1358 Florida Avenue). See our previous post for additional details and come nurture your creative side.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5D Meeting: The next ANC5D meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9th at 7 pm. Meetings are at the 5th District Police Station on Bladensburg Road. The agenda is posted on the ANC5D website. There are two very important items for development variances on the agenda that impact Trinidad. These are the properties at 1258 and 1264 Holbrook Terrance NE.

Trinidad Neighborhood Association Meeting: February 23rd is the next scheduled TNA meeting. Presenters include the Department of Employment Services (DOES) covering  jobs and job training programs, the Metropolitan Police Department, and representatives of the Mayor’s and Councilmember’s offices. The meeting will be held at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE).

Ward 5 Young Professionals Networking Mixer: This event is being held at Union Social (100 Florida Ave NE) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 25th. This event is being organized by Councilmember McDuffie’s office.

Update on Liquor License Requests

TNA held a community meeting on December 17th to hear from two businesses that are in process of requesting changes to liquor licenses. Approximately 25 people attended, including Sarah Fashbaugh, Community Relations Officer at ABRA, the owner of Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market, a representative of Rose’s Queen Liquor, and three of the ANC 5D Commissioners including Commission Yvonne Buggs, Keisha Shropshire, and Adam Roberts.

There was a lengthy discussion with questions from the community on the process to obtain a liquor license, community input/concerns/protests, community settlement agreements, and laws and regulations. Ms. Fashbaugh provided the number for the ABRA complaint hotline (202-329-6347). This number should be used for issues that ABRA can address by law or to enforce a specific settlement agreement such as sales of ice cups, single sales if prohibited by a specific business, sales to minors, opening or closing times different than approved hours, trash outside the business, etc. Other issues may fall under the purview of the DC Police Department or city services, such as trash and persons blocking the sidewalk, and should be reported to 911 or 311 accordingly. Additional information on ABRA can be found on their website.

Both businesses presented to the community what they request to change in their license. In the case of Mike’s Market or Trinidad Market, they are seeking a new Class A Liquor License. Rose’s Queen was requesting to add Sunday hours (9 am to 7 pm) and to open two hours earlier and close two hours later Monday through Saturday. Community members at the meeting expressed opposition and/or strong reservation about both changes for a number of reasons including but not limited to noise and security issues as well as trash from patrons of the establishments.

On December 18th, the ANC 5D Commission met in a special session to review and vote on these licenses prior to the filing deadline for protests. They unanimously voted to protest both licenses. The representative from Mike’s Market/Trinidad Market was not at the meeting for discussion. The representative of Rose’s Queen Liquors noted that they were retracting their request and would resubmit a revised one to ABRA with a request for Sunday hours but not for extended hours during the week as in the previous request. It was noted during the meeting that the 5th District Police Commander may also be submitting a protest in the case of Rose’s Queen request for extended hours or additional days of liquor sales. This special meeting can be viewed on YouTube.

Any adjacent neighbor to a business or group of five citizens can also submit a protest letter per guidelines on the ABRA website. Residents can also contact Council Members to request that issues with loitering be addressed by the City Council. Currently there are no anti-loitering laws and that is cited by residents, police, and business owners as a factor in trash, police calls for service to address disturbances, and crime.

TNA hosts and sponsors discussions and activities aimed at:

· Building community;
· Promoting harmony among all cultural, racial, and economic groups;
· Maintaining cleaner streets, sidewalks, and alleys;
· Improving utilization of public and private properties within the neighborhood;
· Reducing neighborhood crime and increasing individuals’ sense of security; and
· Helping neighbors represent their interests in front of DC government agencies.

We appreciate the lively discussion at our meeting and the interest in issues related to these businesses in our community. We hope for more of the same in 2016!

Special Meeting to Discuss Liquor License Applications

Did you know that community members may protest a liquor license and/or seek a settlement agreement with a business before a license is granted? You can learn more about the process on the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) website or learn more in person at a special meeting organized by the Trinidad Neighborhood Association.

TNA will hold a special meeting on Thursday, December 17th at 7 pm at the Trinidad Recreation Center to discuss two new liquor license applications. Business owners are invited to present their plans before community members and TNA will seek community input on the requests.

The businesses are:

Trinidad Market/Mike’s Market at 1322 Florida Avenue NE (corner of Trinidad and Florida Avenues). They are requesting a new Class A Liquor Store license from ABRA.

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Proposed Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales:  7 am to 12 am Sunday through Saturday.

This would be a new license for the location. The deadline to submit a petition for protest is January 4, 2016 and the hearing date before ABRA is January 19, 2016.

 

Roses Queen Liquors at 830 Bladensburg Road NE. They are seeking a substantial change of hours to extend hours of operation and alcoholic beverage sales.

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Current Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales: Sunday-Closed; Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 10:00pm

Proposed Hours of Operation and Alcoholic Beverage Sales: Sunday 9:00am to 10pm; Monday through Saturday 7:00am to 12:00am

The petition deadline to protest or seek a settlement agreement between the community and the business is January 19, 2016. The hearing date at ABRA is February 1, 2016.

Roses just recently completed a Settlement Agreement on July 1, 2015 to renew their license. This represents a substantial change and provides opportunity for community re-engagement with the business. 

Join us on December 17th to learn more about the process and voice your opinion on the liquor license changes requested.

ANC Meeting Tonight at 7 pm

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission will meet this evening at 7 pm at the Police Substation at 1805 Bladensburg Road. There are two agendas: one published a week ago (see link) and one published today on the Ward 5 List Serve (copied below).

If you are able to attend the meeting, please do so.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT
ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISION (sic) 5D
Public Meeting

November 10, 2015
7-8:30 p.m.
Fifth District Police Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd NE

AGENDA

1. Greetings/Call to Order Chairperson Kathy Henderson
2. Roll Call Secretary Yvonne Buggs
3. Public Safety Report Sergeant Dustin Bellavance
4. Development Project: ANC 5D01 411 New York Ave. LLC
5. Hecht’s Warehouse Development Paul Milstein and Team
6. Proposed Pepco/Exelon Settlement People’s Counsel, Sandra Mattavous Frye
7. Administrative Matters:

a) Motion to Pay Phone Bill
b) Treasurer’s Report
c) Approval of Minutes

8. Citizen’s Concerns All
9. Announcements: All

10. Adjournment

Commissioners:

Petagay Lewis, 5D01
Keisha Shropshire, 5D02 Treasurer
Adam Roberts, 5D03
Bernice Blacknell, 5D04 Parliamentarian
Kathy Henderson, 5D05 Chairperson
Yvonne Buggs, 5D06 Secretary
Clarence Lee, 5D07 Vice Chairperson

ALL MEETINGS CONDUCTED ACCORDING TO ROBERT’S RULES of ORDER

ANC 5D November Meeting (11/10)

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting will be next Tuesday. Details, agenda, and minutes from the October meeting are posted below. This agenda looks very different from past meetings and outstanding business issues have been moved to the earlier part of the meeting.

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ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 5D
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT
OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
1805 BLADENSBURG ROAD, N.E.
WASHINGTON, DC 20002

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015
7:00 PM

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Neighborhood Watch Training: November 21 in Trinidad

Neighborhood Watch is a community-based crime prevention program where neighbors look out for each other’s safety, property and homes in a systematic and sustained way. It is based on the idea that when residents, businesses, clergy, police and other partners look out for the safety of the neighborhood, establish and maintain open lines of communication, and collaborate to resolve problems of crime and disorder, they create safer, friendlier and healthier neighborhoods.You can learn more about the overall program or download the training manual on the MPD website.

There will be a free neighborhood watch training session at the Trinidad Recreation Center on November 21st at 11 am. We encourage you to attend. This will be a good resource for the community and a way we can all help reduce crime of opportunity in our neighborhood. See the message from Neighborhood Watch Trainer below for additional information and where to register for the training.

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Message from Neighborhood Watch Trainer:

Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Training will be conducted at the following locations on the dates and times noted. They are free trainings open to anyone interested in reducing crime. Please let me know if you are coming though as hand-outs are prepared based on the number of participants, and space is limited.

If you want to learn ways to prevent crime and reduce your likelihood of becoming a crime victim, please attend the training. You will see pictures of actual crime scenes and learn how to avoid becoming a victim of the crimes. More than 80% of crime in DC is preventable (Crime of Opportunity). By reducing these crimes, the police can concentrate on preventing and solving more violent crimes. You will also learn how to become a block captain, and how to start Neighborhood Watch on your block.

If you would like to attend the training, please contact me by email at NolanTutor@yahoo.com.

I hope to see you at a training. Remember to email me if you would like to attend.

Samantha Nolan
Citywide Neighborhood Watch Trainer

November 9, 2015//7:00 pm
Parkview Recreation Center
693 Otis Place NE
Washington, DC 20018

November 10, 2015//7:00 pm
Friendship Public Charter School
1345 Potomac Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

November 14, 2015//11:00 am
Hillcrest Citizens Association
Location To Be Announced

November 16, 2015//6:30 pm
Cedar Heights Apts.
1510 Butler Street SE
Washington, DC 20020

November 19, 2015//6:30 pm
Meadowbrook Run Apt.
3635 6th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20032

November 21, 2015//11:00 am
Trinidad Recreation Center
1310 Childress Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

December 19, 2015//11:00 am
Hemingway Temple AME Church
501 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

TNA October Meeting TOMORROW

What does the Office of the Attorney General do for DC residents? What is going on with crime in the neighborhood?

Come to the next Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting to get answers to those questions.

The next TNA Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm in the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress St NE). Agenda items include:

  • MPD 5th District Public Safety Update
  • Robert White Jr. Esq, Office for the Attorney General
  • Community Clean Up

ASL/English Interpretation will be provided by Access Interpreting, Inc.

ANC 5D 10-13-15 Meeting Video

Did you miss the A5D Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting yesterday?

You can catch up on local politics and watch it on YouTube. There are four videos with sections of the meeting. The agenda is posted below so you can identify specific segments that may be of interest to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LM5xVzXa9Q Starts at the beginning of the agenda with call to order and roll call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-usCeAFQxNM Continues with presentation in process by Thornton Development.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDUlLHRxEHA Continues with presentation in process by Pepco on the merger with Exelon at the beginning of this section and concludes with brief discussion on minutes and treasurer’s report (which were not addressed or voted upon).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49FBhS5AExk This starts with discussion on the past due phone bills (over $2,000) and the meeting devolves into fighting and abrupt adjournment while the Council Member’s Office representative and Mayor’s Office representative try to convey information to the public. Citizen Concerns and Announcements were not addressed.

The outstanding issue of the Chair attempting to move funds from the bank account was not addressed at the meeting. That is unfortunate as the Office of the ANC representatives were present at the meeting to observe the process and procedures and could have addressed citizen questions on this topic.

Agenda for the October 10th meeting and minutes from the September 2015 meeting.

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