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Fundraiser Underway to Help Officers Injured in Adams Morgan

July 7, 2017

On June 8th, Brandon Figures-Mormon got behind the steering wheel of his pickup truck in Adams Morgan, veered around a stopped Metro bus and sped onto a median, striking two uniformed D.C. police officers and a city transportation worker. The incident was widely reported (read Washington Post article).

What I think is lesser known if that the two officers struck by the truck were seriously injured. In checking with MPD and beat officers in Adams Morgan recently, I was able to get an update on their condition. One of the officers has been released from care and is undergoing  physical therapy. The other is still hospitalized and with significant injuries.

To help the two injured officers, the FOP Auxiliary, DC Police Union, and the entire greater DC law enforcement community have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to support the officers and their families as they face months and possibly years of tough recovery and rehabilitation.

The fundraising goal is $50,000 to be split between the two injured officers and families. Anyone is welcome to participate at https://www.gofundme.com/fund-for-2-dc-officers-injured-68

Park View Cleanup Scheduled for July 8th

June 30, 2017

The next Park View Cleanup organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive is Saturday, July 8th! See details below:

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

June 19, 2017

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

June 16, 2017

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.)

Help Add Some Color to Georgia Avenue with Flowers

June 13, 2017

Here’s a collaboration between Georgia Avenue Thrive and myself to begin adding some beauty to the tree boxes on Georgia Avenue. We’re going to kick it off this Thursday in front of DC Reynolds by planting begonias in the tree box in front of their business. This is a great opportunity to volunteer. Depending upon how well this goes, additional tree boxes will be considered for future plantings. See the flyer below for details.

Park Morton Development Plan for Bruce Monroe Site Draws Appeals

June 9, 2017

Four separate, but nearly identical, petitions to review the Zoning Commission’s Board Order to redevelop the Bruce Monroe site for the Park Morton project were filed with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on May 30, 2017. The petitions were filed by residents living close to the site, and ask the Court to “begin the briefing that will show how [the] final decision [of Zoning Case 16-11] is not in line with applicable DC Code, DC Zoning Regulations, the DC Comprehensive Plan, and the law to [the filer’s] concrete detriment.”

Based on some of the testimony given before the DC Council during the surplus and disposition process and before the Zoning Commission, these appeals were not unexpected. Presuming the Court of Appeals reaffirms the Park Morton effort when they review the petitions, and taking into account the current timeline for appeals before the Court, the appeals will result in either no delay in breaking ground or a delay of 1-3 months. The project and development team are continuing to work on plans with a Summer 2017 start date in mind.

(Design for the Park Morton apartment building at the Bruce Monroe site.)

Annie’s Ace Hardware Collecting Old Bikes and Sewing Machines on June 10th

June 1, 2017

Annie’s ACE Hardware is participating for a third year in a row in the collection of old bicycles and sewing machines on June 10th for Bikes for the World. Both Annie’s Petworth and Brookland locations are participating. Below are the details from Annie’s.

Annies ACE Hardware is hosting a bike collection for Bikes for the World (BFTW) and is offering a free $20 gift card for each adult bike donated.

BFTW is a DC-based organization that has collected and distributed 125,000 bikes to 20 countries in the past 10 years.  BFTW’s mission is to make quality used bicycles and parts affordable and available to lower income people and select institutions in developing countries, to enhance their lives and livelihoods through better transport.  It also works to generate skilled employment in bicycle repair and maintenance overseas, and to provide satisfying environmental and humanitarian community service opportunities for volunteers in the United States.

This year Annies ACE will host BFTW collections June 10 at both of their DC stores (see below)  What we will collect:

  • Any serviceable complete (or nearly-complete) bicycle, adult or children’s, accompanied by a suggested $10 per bike donation to help defray a share of the costs in getting bikes to quality programs overseas and get information back for donors and the public. Flat tires or a missing seat or pedal is ok. (No rust-buckets or big wheels please.
  • Usable bicycle SPARE PARTS and components, including tubes, tires, wheels, chains, pedals, saddles, cables, and mountain bike handlebars·
  • We also collect good-quality metal portable sewing machines in working order, or close to it.

Annie’s locations, dates, and times:

Annie’s ACE Hardware-Petworth
Address: 1240 Upshur St NW, Washington DC 20011
Date & Time: June 10, 10am – 2pm
Contact: Harvey: ollis2010(at)gmail(dot)com  or 240-418-8791

Annie’s ACE Hardware-Brookland
Address: 3405 8th St NE, Washington DC 20017
Date & Time: June 10, 9am – 12pm
Contact: Harvey: ollis2010(at)gmail(dot)com or 240-418-8791

Also check out BikesForTheWorld.org  http://bikesftworld.blogspot.com/


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