Neighborhood news: We want $150k from the council

There is a lot happening in the neighborhood, ward, and city. We are asking the Council for $150k from the council. Be sure to sign the petition below.  Please reach out to me to share your thoughts on any of the topics below, as well as information you’d like to share with your neighbors in a future update.

The Primary election for mayor, attorney general, council chairman, council at large, and four ward-level council seats is on June 19th. There is also early voting beginning June 8. While I am staying from endorsing anyone at this point, I encourage everyone to read up on all the candidates. Also, please check your voter registration status online and to make sure you know your polling location. If you're not yet registered to vote, click here to register online.

Around the SMD

  • TAKE ACTION NOW: Councilmember McDuffie office has asked for the $150,000 funding for the rehabilitation of the Brookland-Rhode Island Triangle Park (located at 14th Street NE & Rhode Island Ave NE). This is the same park where we organized the clean-up in March. The funding is something that many neighbors have been working on. We need to let the rest of the council that our neighborhood fully behind the funding for the park rehabilitation. Please sign this petition asking the council members to support funding for the park rehabilitation before their first vote on the budget tomorrow.

  • The advisory team for the short-term family housing has been meeting to discuss a good neighbor agreement. As soon as an initial draft is ready, the advisory team members will be conducting outreach throughout the neighborhood to present the draft. The process to iterate the good neighbor agreement will start this summer and will be on-going throughout the construction process.

  • Speaking of which, the whole Council votes on the budget this week and they have a lot of work to do to make this budget one that meets the basic survival needs of DC residents. That won't happen without your active engagement in our local budget process to ensure that people have safe, affordable, permanent housing. Please take a few seconds to send this email to the Council.

Around Brookland

  • SAVE THE DATE: Our next ANC Meeting will be on held on May 23rd. The host commissioner is Gayle Hall Carley. The agenda is currently being drafted but you can let us know you're planning to come. RSVP here.

  • If you're interested in updates about the development at the Howard University School of Divinity, Please join Commissioner Higgins' Single Member District Meeting on Wednesday, May 16th at John Burroughs Elementary School at 6 PM.

  • DDOT will begin repair work on S. Dakota Ave NE from Rhode Island to 13th Pl. on or about May 21, 2018. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 3, 2018, if weather permits. The work includes repair to the sidewalks, curbs, gutter, and roadway. Most of the repair work will be done during non-rush hours only. During construction, at least one lane of the road will be open to the traffic, in each direction. However, curbside parking will not be allowed in some areas during the construction working days. Parking restriction signs will be posted at least 72 hours in advance at locations where parking will not be allowed. Should you have any problems, concerns or suggestions; please contact the Project Engineer Mr. Jaswant Matharu at (202) 671-4686.

Around the Ward

  • Join Solar United Neighbors for an information session going solar to lower your electricity bill on May 24th at 6:30 PM at Harry Thomas Rec Center. Click here for more information about Solar United Neighbors. You can RSVP for the information session here. On a personal note, I've put solar panels on my house and they've greatly reduced my electricity bill so I encourage everyone to attend the information.

  • D.C. Department of Health and Humane Rescue Alliance will present a series of Animal Health Fairs across D.C. The Ward 5 Animal Health Fair will take place at Two Rivers PCS at Young School on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. The fairs offer free onsite vaccinations for dogs and cats of District residents, opportunities to obtain dog licenses, and the chance to learn more about D.C. animal laws and to speak with veterinarians about your pet’s health. If you can't attend that one, click here for alternate location and dates.

  • On May 23rd, 2018 Seabury Resources for Aging will be hosting Ward 5 Seniors Day out in celebration of Older Americans Month. The celebration will be held from 10:00 AM till 2 PM at the North Michigan Park Recreation Center located at 1333 Emerson St NE. Let them know you're planning to attend by RSVP'ing. If you don't know, the Seabury Resources for Aging mission is to provide personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in the greater Washington, DC area live with independence and dignity.

Around the City

  • On Wednesday, May 16th, dial into Senior Telephone Town Hall at 11:00 AM to learn about new resources for emergency preparedness, volunteer opportunities throughout the District and more open to District residents, ages 60+. The call-in number is Call-in number 855-756-7520 x 30984 #. To RSVP or to request reasonable accommodations, please call 202-442-8150 or email

  • We all know it’s not always easy remembering which items are recyclable, which items require scheduling a bulk pick-up, and which items are considered household hazardous waste. To take the guesswork out of waste disposal and recycling, DPW created a new web app that allows residents to type in almost any item they can think of, after which they will be provided with information on how that item should be properly disposed of, recycled, reused or composted in the District. Check out the new app at There is also a game for the little ones.

  • The DC State Board of Education will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street, NW. State Board members will vote on the final report of the SBOE High School Graduation Requirements Task Force. To learn more about the DC Graduation requirement task force, click here

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