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Save the Date: Friends of Soldiers Home Hosting Fall Fest on October 5th

September 5, 2014

I’ve just learned that the Friends of the Soldiers Home has scheduled a Fall Fun Fest for October 5th. See the flyer below, and stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Fall Fest

Improvements in Progress at Bruce Monroe Park

July 25, 2014
One of the two new water fountains at the Bruce Monroe Park.

One of the two new water fountains at the Bruce Monroe Park.

The long awaited improvements to the Bruce Monroe Park originally announcement in April 2013 are finally underway. $200,000 was programmed to improve the park in 2013 by including two new water fountains and a shade structure — including seating, large enough to accommodate gatherings and programming.

It has taken a lot of effort and advocacy, but the improvements are finally underway with the goal of being completed by July 30th. To date, the two (2) water fountains have been installed, the shade structure is almost complete and eight (8) of the benches will be installed on July 25th (today) if all goes well.

The photo below shows the shade structure nearing completion.

Bruce Monroe shade structure(New shade structure at Bruce Monroe Park)

The plan below shows the location of the shade structure, the two water fountains, and the proposed location of the benches.

Bruce Monroe Improvement map

Happy Fourth of July Everyone

July 4, 2014

Whether you are traveling, going to the mall, or spending the day at the Soldiers’ Home, have a safe and enjoyable Fourth everyone.

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3rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Soldiers’ Home is Friday

July 2, 2014

The lower grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be open to the community as part of the Fourth of July celebration again this year. In addition to the information provided by the flier below, the Friends of the Soldiers Home blog includes a full list of events and its schedule.

July4flier

12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Gets Underway

July 1, 2014

On Monday evening, June 30th, the 12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament got underway with The Bank tipping off against Team Ducci. The 2014 tournament is scheduled to run from June 30th until August 23rd on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At an earlier meeting, DPR staff and tournament organizers stated that the lights will stay on later this year to facilitate post-game clean up. I was also informed that games will be moved to nearby Raymond Recreation Center in the event of rain or when the heat index is too high.

The tournament began in 2002 to honor the memory of Torron Hopkins. Hopkins’ life was cut short when he, along with Antone Ruffin, was shot while sitting in a parked vehicle on the 3600 block of Warder Street on the evening of May 5, 2002. Both young men were residents of Park View.

The weather was ideal for the tournament last night. It was also nice to see that in addition to the tournament there was some pick up soccer on the adjacent field and a number of smaller children in the tot lot.

Below are two photos from last night.

2014 Ty Hop Tournament

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A Visit to HacDC’s 2014 Field Day

June 30, 2014

Over the weekend, Washington D.C.’s ham radio club, HacDC, in coordination with ham radio clubs across the country, hosted a Field Day.  A Field Day is a communications event where the club’s members demonstrate emergency communications, emailing without an Internet, and bouncing radio signals off of the moon. It ran for just over 24 hours, beginning at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 28th and ending at 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 29th.

HacDC is located on the third floor of the St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, at the intersection of 16th and Newton Streets, NW. It is the only open ham radio club in the District of Columbia.

HacDC practices with the D.C. Department of Health in their emergency preparations. They also provide willing volunteers to teach staff about radio communications and to man hospital emergency communication teams. Among the things they demonstrated or discussed at the Field Day were:

  • Bouncing radio signals off of the ionosphere to talk long distance;
  • Practicing emergency communications in the event of a total infrastructure break down, like email and text communications;
  • Setting up their own internet, totally independent of the big one;
  • Learning about ham radio; and,
  • Practicing contacting satellites via handheld radios

During my visit, I got to see an attempt to pick up signals from the International Space Station and look at the antennae farm on the roof of St. Stephen’s. I also learned that there used to be an active ham radio club at the Soldiers’ Home, but that that was a few years ago. I also learned that Maryland has some very active ham radio clubs, particularly in Baltimore and Frederick County.

You can learn more about HacDC from their Website.

IMAG0610(HacDC members on the roof of St. Stephen’s listening for transmissions from the International Space Station)

Small Improvements Headed for the Bruce-Monroe “Park” Site

June 13, 2014
Detail from general concept drawing showing approximate design for shade structure.

Detail from general concept drawing showing approximate design for shade structure.

While it was first announced in April 2013 that $200,000 of improvements would be made at the Bruce-Monroe Park at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street, NW, … when the promised delivery date of December 2013 came and went there concern arose in the neighborhood that this project would not be completed. Residents in partnership with ANC1B, the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force, and eventually ANC1A began working together to get the shade structure, two drinking fountains, and additional seating installed that the money was programmed to provide.

Finally, it looks like the project is moving forward again. A week ago a general contractor was selected for the project and the shade structure, benches and water fountains have been ordered. Currently, the projected completion date is scheduled for the end of July/beginning of August.

 


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