Small Diameter Water main Replacement Project Headed for Park Rd & Morton Street in July

Posted June 23, 2017 by Kent
Categories: DC Water, Restoration repair and maintenance

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Yesterday, DC Water announced that as part of its Capital Improvement Program, they will be replacing existing 12-inch and smaller cast iron water mains in various locations throughout the city, including the Park View neighborhood. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2017 and last through April 2019. These efforts will help improve water quality and system reliability, increase water pressure in some areas, and maintain adequate flows throughout the system. The streets impacted in Park View can be found on the map below.

Read the full announcement here for details on days and times of construction and how they plan to notify residents when parking will be impacted.

Mayor Bowser Launches DC Tree Watering Application to Identify Trees Needing Community Watering Assistance

Posted June 22, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Streets and Trees

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With the hot temperatures and lack of rain we’ve had recently, I wanted to highlight the new DC Tree Watering Application which Mayor Bowser announced last week. Many residents in the neighborhood have worked hard to add new trees where we can, and are still actively doing what we can to increase the tree canopy in the area. It is particularly important in our current weather to keep new trees watered, and this app helps identify where those trees are. The text of the Mayor’s announcement follows the screen shot below.

(Screen shot of Web app, click to enter.)

News Release:

(WASHINGTON, DC) – [June 12, 2017], Mayor Muriel Bowser launched of the new DC Tree Watering Application during her Ward 6 community walk. The event, which featured a demonstration of the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) innovative new app, highlighted the value of and need for community assistance in keeping newly planted trees hydrated. The Mayor was joined at the launch by DDOT Deputy Director Jeff Marootian, DDOT’s Urban Forestry Division (UFD) team, and members of the community.

“We are committed to embracing smart technology across city government, and with the launch of the new DC Tree Watering App we are encouraging all District residents to help support our urban forestry,” said Mayor Bowser. “This past planting season, as part of DC’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the environment, we planted 8,200 new trees throughout the city. Now, we want to see them flourish and we invite everyone to help. Watering is the easiest and most affordable way for residents to help, and this app will allow us to coordinate our efforts.”

Through the DC Tree Watering App, users can locate trees in all eight wards that need watering, tag trees they water, and upload photos of the trees being watered. In addition, users can report trees in need of care (e.g. a tree has a beehive), and the UFD will review all reports to determine the best means of care for each tree. The app also includes a story map with information about tree species found throughout Washington, DC.

The District maintains more than 215,000 trees throughout the city. During the last tree planting season (October 2016 through April 2017), the city planted 8,200 trees, increasing urban tree canopy coverage of the District to 38.7 percent.
The launch of the app is part of Back to Basics DC, a multi-week celebration of the day-to-day work that keeps Washington, DC moving forward. Follow Back to Basics DC on social media using #backtobasicsDC.
Residents can find the app at treewatering.ddot.dc.gov/treewatering, and visit ddot.dc.gov to learn more about the District’s urban forestry.

Saying Farwell to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham

Posted June 21, 2017 by Kent
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(Councilmember Jim Graham participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new field renovations at the Park View Recreation Center on March 23, 2013).

Last week, we learned the very sad news of the passing of former Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham. The DC Council has announced the following schedule for those wanting to say their final farewells — and I know there are many in the community:

Former Councilmember Jim Graham Farewell

Friday, June 23, 2017

Councilmember Graham’s body will lay in state at the Wilson Building from noon to 5PM.

Program Begins at Noon with the arrival of remains. Elected Officials, Dignitaries and Special Guests will deliver remarks.

* Bow Ties Encouraged

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Viewing and Religious Services for Councilmember Graham will be held at All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard Street, NW). The Viewing will be at 10AM, and the Religious Services will begin at noon. Immediately following the services, there will be a repast in the Church’s Multi-Purpose Room. Food and soft drinks will be available. Bow Ties are encouraged.

Flowers and cards may be sent to: Bacon Funeral Home, 3447 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20010

Many in the District knew Jim from his days as Executive Director of Whitman-Walker, and later as Councilmember for Ward 1. He was known as a fierce advocate for residents, particularly for those who needed an advocate the most. His years of service meant that there were few whose lives he hadn’t touched.

Over the past ten years in my service to the community, likewise, I found Jim extremely supportive of community priorities and someone that was eager to work with community members to achieve a better quality of life for all.

From my personal experience along Georgia Avenue, the Councilmember I knew and worked with was actively engaged with the community and MPD on issues of public safety, he was instrumental in getting the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center on Georgia Avenue, and his support was critical in securing the land for the first phase of the Park Morton New Communities effort at Georgia and Newton. These are a few examples of the progress he brought to Ward 1, with each neighborhood having examples equally impressive to add to the list.

Projects that I was proud to work particularly close with Jim on included the Park View Recreation Center and Park View School. He lent his support to ensure that the Park View recreation center would have a new soccer field, basketball court, exercise area, and playground equipment instead of just a baseball field that no one asked for or wanted. He also supported the renovation of the small historic field house at the rec center. At the school, Jim toiled to achieve a larger phase one modernization of the Park View School building than the city originally planned or wanted to provide.

His passion for Ward 1 and a love of its people, cultures, and history was something we shared and frequently discussed.

I know I speak for many when I say that Ward 1 has not just lost someone who gave his all to ensure that every resident had a brighter future, but also a close and dear friend.

Soldiers’ Home 4th of July Celebration Details Released

Posted June 20, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Holidays, Sports leisure and entertainment

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The annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Soldiers’ Home is one of the highlights of the community, and its just around the corner. See the flier below for information on the 2017 celebration.

Midlands Hosting Youth Employment Event This Wednesday, Clothing Drive on Tuesday!

Posted June 19, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Jobs, Work, & Occupations, Volunteerism

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I received the following from Georgia Avenue Thrive, and think its a great opportunity to help out young people seeking jobs. Please see the announcement and flyer below:

Here are 4 ways you can help to support young people (15 to 24 year olds) in and around our neighborhoods who are seeking employment!

  1.  SPREAD THE WORD – Please share the attached flier and Facebook announcement about the Youth Employment Support & Job Readiness Event at The Midlands this Wednesday, June 21, 11am-3pm. Employment service providers, mini-workshops, free workplace clothing, one-on-one resume coaching and free hot dogs and lemonade will all be provided!
  2. VOLUNTEER – Come help be a part of The Midlands Youth Employment Event anytime 10am-4pm. We are looking for people to help with resume editing, passing out movie passes, set-up, clean-up. Respond to this email if you’ve got an hour or more to spend with us on Wednesday (June 21).
  3. DONATE CLOTHING – Drop off new and clean gently-used workplace attire to donate at the Youth Employment Event and get $1 off a draft beer! Midlands is accepting all donations (open M-F after 4pm and Sat/Sun after 11am).
  4. SORT CLOTHING – Come for Tuesday night Happy Hour (June 20) at Midlands to prepare clothing for distribution at the Youth Employment Event with an added $1 off on draft beers.

Thank you all for doing all that you do to encourage and support young people in our community!

First Tree Box on Georgia Avenue Gets Flowers

Posted June 16, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Volunteerism

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Digging into the hard, backed soil in front of Walters.

On Thursday night, June 15th, Commissioner Boese with volunteers from Georgia Avenue Thrive planted begonias in the tree box in front of Walters Sports Bar (3632 Georgia Avenue). Prior to the event, Annie’s Ace Hardware set aside the flowers which Boese provided. EatsPlace also provided lemonade for the volunteers.

I can tell you it was a lot of work. The soil was clay and compacted making digging with a shovel impossible, so a garden mattock was used.  Once enough of the hard, clay soil had been loosened up, mulch was used to help amend he soil. After that the begonias went in.

While the project is largely done, additional much will be required. Fortunately, there is already mulch available.

There were a number of lessons learned from the effort, the primary one being that the tree boxes on Georgia are composed primarily of  compacted clay with is very difficult t dig into.

(Finishing up the evening’s work.)

14th and Irving Barnes Dance to Operate Soon

Posted June 14, 2017 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, Public Safety, traffic, Transportation

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The Barnes Dance at 14th and Irving streets, NW, are scheduled to be in operation this month (perhaps has early as Thursday). Below is the flyer from DDOT explaining how it works. More information is available here.


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