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Technology Access and Change in Tuesday’s TNA Meeting

TNA will be joining with Connect.DC next Tuesday, September 27th for a conversation on technology needs and programs for Ward 5 residents. We will still be meeting at the Trinidad Recreation Center but the meeting will start at 6:30 pm (instead of the usual 7:00 pm start time).

We look forward to seeing you there and learning more about the Connected Communities Initiative and how we can increase internet access for residents, businesses and community institutions in our neighborhood.

There is an Event Brite link where you can register (Yes, we know that assumes internet access when we are going to a meeting on increasing access where it is limited. If you cannot access the link, please show up anyway!).



Ward 5 Community Happy Hour

The Ward 5 Community Happy Hour helped support our fundraiser for youth last year. They meet every month and the next one is close to Trinidad. Details are below for anyone that may wish to attend.
Come out to one of Ward 5’s newest gathering spots for our May Happy Hour when Union Social will host us and extend their regular happy until 8 p.m. for our group:


Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Address: Union Social, 100 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Right off the red line at NOMA, it’s easy to get to Union Social via metro, Capital Bike Share, bus or even on foot. Driving? They’ve got 2 hours of validated parking in the garage attached to the adjoining apartment building.

Meet and Greet with Chairman Mendelson

The District has 13 Councilmembers, one per Ward and five at large, elected to serve as the legislative body of the District government. The Council of the District of Columbia also provides oversight of the agencies, commissions, and other government bodies. Want to learn more? See the meeting notice below from Chairman Phil Mendelson’s office for an opportunity to meet the Chairman of the Council, speak up for Trinidad and Ward 5, and ask questions.


Chairman Mendelson is inviting you to Ward 5 this Saturday, March 12th from 10:00-11:00 AM at Peregrine Espresso (1309 5th St. NE-Union Market) to answer your questions about all things District! Have any concerns about District government services? An idea to improve your neighborhood? Or just want to say hi to the Chairman of the Council? Then come on by Saturday (3/12) to Peregrine Espresso to Meet up with Mendo!

Brittany Hughes

Chairman Phil Mendelson
Constituent Service Specialist
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 504
Washington, DC 20004

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”


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.


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!

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


Langdon Park Community Association
Woodridge South Community Association

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.

Where’s the Closest Beach? Downtown DC!

You might have been hearing about DC’s new and temporary beach. The National Building Museum and a firm called Snarkitecture have teamed up to install a 10,000 sq ft artificial ocean with 750,000 translucent balls. The beach comes with chairs, paddleball, a snack bar, and a vast ball pit but sunscreen is not required.

While there is a fee for entry, the NBM is holding Ward Days at the Beach with free entry for residents. The Ward 5 Day at the Beach is on August 11th from 9 am to 11 am. Wards are determined by zip code so you need to take a valid form of identification to benefit from the free entry on August 11th. Check in at the admissions desk for a wristband to permit free entry.

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