Park View Block Party on Otis Place Tomorrow

Posted September 22, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Sports leisure and entertainment

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The annual Park View Block Party is Saturday, September 23rd, and sponsored by the Park View United Neighborhood Coalition!

They’ll have food, music, a bounce house and games for kids, and great opportunities to meet your neighbors!

WHAT: Park View Block Party!
WHERE: 600 Block of Otis Pl., NW (between Warder St. and Park Pl.) – the entire block will be closed off for the event!
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 3pm-7pm
WE’LL HAVE: Food, music, a bounce house for kids, and more!

All are welcome to bring a dish to share with neighbors, a chair to sit and relax, games, or just yourself and your family!

Junk & Jam in Columbia Heights on Saturday

Posted September 22, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community, Public Safety

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This Saturday (September 23rd) is Junk and Jam in Columbia Heights, a day full of great community activities! It is a great chance to get out, meet people in the community, and help improve public safety by getting to know neighbors! The day begins with a multi-family yard sale that will stretch along Monroe Street from 16th Street to Sherman Avenue starting at 10 AM on Saturday, September 23rd. Afterwards, there is a Community Engagement Event starting at 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza (the fountain @ 14th & Park). It will feature FREE live music, a variety of District agencies, and neighbors!!

Music will be provided by our very own local talent: Cosmic Music Collective, Jim Fey, and Nebraska! While enjoying great music, come by and visit with District agencies and civic groups to learn more about the services our city has to offer. Meet with representatives from: Washington Metropolitan Police Dept. 3D, District of Columbia Office on Aging, Department of Energy & Environment, and MORE!!

The flyer is below:

Block Party on Saturday at Park & Morton

Posted September 21, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Celebrations, Community Involvement

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The Park & Morton block party this Saturday will be along the 700 block of Morton Street between Georgia Ave. and Sherman Ave. from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, check out the flyer below or the event Facebook page.

Midlands & Wonderland told Dogs Not Allowed! Who’s Next?

Posted September 20, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Department of Health, Small Businesses

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Andy sitting outside the entrance of Midlands, which has been informed that dogs are no longer permitted (Photo from Midlands Facebook page).

Following last week’s news that the Department of Health (DOH) visited Wonderland and informed them that dogs were no longer allowed anywhere on the premises, yesterday I was informed that the DOH visited the Midland’s and delivered the same message. This is Nuts! It appears to be a sustained DOH effort that will put all dog-friendly summer gardens and sidewalk cafes at risk if not addressed quickly — a prospect that I dread.

As a Ward 1 resident and someone who has patronized both Wonderland and Midlands, I find this recent engagement from the DOH unwelcomed. If it is based in District law, as they’ve stated, that law should be reviewed and amended to permit businesses the option of offering dog-friendly outdoor spaces or not. In my experience, these spaces have not been a problem. Neighboring Arlington, in fact, went so far as to ament their laws to allow dogs at restaurants in 2013. There is no reason that District law shouldn’t follow that example.

To highlight the lunacy of this, outdoor spaces are subject to the elements. That isn’t just dust, pollen, and rain. It is also mosquitoes, other insects, birds and occasionally rats of which we have plenty. So banning dogs from outdoor eating spaces really doesn’t make them healthier or safer — it just makes them less friendly and community serving.

I have already contacted the Mayor’s office and am seeking a solution.

Arrest Made in Newton Place Homicide

Posted September 19, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Crime, MPD, Public Safety, Shootings

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Late yesterday, the Metropolitan Police Department announced that they had made an arrest in connection with the homicide on Newton Place. The full announcement is below:

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, around 9:30 PM, MPD responded to the reported shooting in the 600 block of Newton Place, NW. Officers located 41 year-old Antwaun Smith inside of 615 Newton Place, NW, suffering from a gunshot wound. Mr. Smith did not survive his injuries. Homicide detectives investigated the case and were able to obtain an arrest warrant for 36 year-old Antonio Williams of Northwest, Washington, DC, charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed.

On Monday, September 18, 2017, Antonio Williams was placed under arrest pursuant to the arrest warrant.

Repairs Coming for Park View School Playground

Posted September 18, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Restoration repair and maintenance, Schools

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As some in the community may already know, on the evening of Friday, September 1, at 9:30 pm there was a fire on the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View playground on the south side of the building. Fortunately, one of the custodians was able to alert the fire department which responded quickly. It is suspected that the fire was intentionally set and a section of rubberized material along with one of the pieces of playground equipment were destroyed. That has all since been removed.

On Friday, September 15, I was able to connect with the Department of General Services (DGS) and found out that they are unable to exactly replace the playground equipment that was damaged — however they did find something very similar. The recommended replacement has been sent to DCPS for review and sign off, after which the orders will be placed and the playground repaired.

While at DGS, I also pointed out the leaning wall along Newton Place. I know this has been a concern for many over the years, though until recently it appeared to be largely stable. Over the past several months, however, the wall appears to be less stable and the winter weather could further compromise its integrity with water freezing and thawing. DGS has agreed to inspect the wall to determine if the time has finally arrived to repair it.

(Above and below: Damaged area of playground awaiting repairs at Bruce-Monroe @ Park View)

 

 

New Mural Coming to Senior Wellness Center

Posted September 14, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Art, Murals

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A new mural is in the planning stages for the Ward 1 Bernice Elizabeth Fontenau Senior Wellness Center on Georgia Avenue. It is in response to Ward 1 seniors who wanted a mural on their building, and made possible by a Public Art Building Communities Grant from the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities. I’m delighted that the chosen artist is Jay Coleman — a talented artist who is helping to make the District of Columbia a more beautiful and inclusive city through the arts. Among the other projects he is involved in is the Howard Theater Walk of Fame.

Below is a rough sketch of his proposal for the Senior Wellness Center. The design may yet change as he continues the process of working with the seniors.

(Preliminary design of mural for the Ward 1 senior wellness center by artist Jay Coleman.0


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