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Two Bruce Monroe @ Park View Families Facing Deportation Proceedings — Assistance from Community Being Sought

March 9, 2017

I’ve been informed that two families with children enrolled at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View Elementary School are currently facing deportation proceedings and are approaching the community for help. A fundraiser has been started to raise money to provide legal representation to the families who are currently in deportation proceedings. As of last night, 45% of the $10,000 goal had been raised.

Local charities are not taking new cases, but attorneys willing to represent the families for a reduced fee have been found. The organizers are asking for help from the community. Any money not spent representing these or other families in deportation proceedings will be donated to the CAIR coalition and CARECEN in equal parts.

Next Park View Cleanup is This Saturday, January 14th

January 11, 2017

Taking advantage of the forecast temperate weather this Saturday, January 14th, Georgia Avenue Thrive has schedule their monthly community cleanup. This month, they will meet at Warder and Park Road under the beautiful new oak trees.


President Obama and First Family Serve Thanksgiving Meals at Soldiers’ Home

November 28, 2016

For those that may have missed it due to holiday traveling, on Wednesday November 23rd, President Obama was in the neighborhood giving back to retired veterans as part of his Thanksgiving this year. The president and first family served Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. According to the Washington Post, “The campus is home to 405 previously enlisted service members, who represent every campaign since World War I. Obama served the turkey and gravy and briefly chatted with veterans and workers as they went through the line.”

Next Park View Cleanup is This Saturday, November 5th

November 2, 2016

This Saturday morning is a very special edition of Georgia Avenue Thrive’s monthly cleanup. After meeting at Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place and focusing on the north end of the neighborhood, it will go inside the Soldiers Home to tackle the trash behind the fence at Kenyon & Park Place near the south end. To make the second half possible, Georgia Avenue Thrive has partnered with the Friends of the Soldiers Home.

See the flyer below:


Photos From the Georgia Avenue Fall Festival

October 28, 2016

Last weekend, DC Thrive organized their first Georgia Avenue Fall Festival at the site for the former Bruce Monroe School. It was an enjoyable event with music, vendors, and great community engagement. Below are a few photos from the event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Commissioner Kent Boese with DC Thrive’s Audra Grant.)

img_1710(The Dance Institute of Washington dancers were great.)

img_1714(Pumpkins were aplenty if you didn’t already have one.)

img_1716(Many local businesses, such as District Dogs, had tables at the event.)

Park View Community Tree Planting Nets 11 New Neighborhood Trees

October 25, 2016

tree planting(Casey Trees and volunteers planting two new oak trees on Park Road at Warder Place.)

After nearly a year of planning between Commissioner Boese, neighbors, and Casey Trees the community had a successful community tree planting on October 22nd that increased the area tree canopy with 11 new trees. The focus area on Saturday was between Warder and Park Place, from Lamont at the south to Newton Place on the north. All but two of the trees were planted in residents’ front yards, which in the focus area is where the original trees were located over a century ago.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Residents familiar with the community tree planting area will know that these streets have no street trees or room for tree boxes. Also, over the past few years some of the few remaining large trees have been cut down as a result of development. While not every property has a yard large enough for a tree, many do … and several residents have also planted new trees in the past few years which helps with restoring the tree canopy. Still, the central core of the neighborhood has a long way to go to tree it up to its original tree level.

Even with the 11 new trees just planted, there are still opportunities for new trees throughout the neighborhood, both east and west of Georgia Avenue. Moving forward, Casey Trees will continue to with Commissioner Boese and residents to identify additional opportunities for more trees.

Saturday’s Casey Trees Community Tree Planting was a great success even with the strong winds and low temperatures. It would not have been possible without the support of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office, which supported the planting of two oak trees on the southwest corner of Park Road and Warder Street. The support of Colony Club (who supplied coffee) and Heat Da Spot Cafe (who provided a delicious lunch) were also greatly appreciated and helped with the event’s success.

Below are a few photos from the event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Getting organized in the morning while enjoying coffee from Colony Club.)

img_1694(After a day of tree planting, enjoying a great lunch from Heat Da Spot.)




Volunteers Needed for Georgia Avenue Fall Festival

October 6, 2016

Georgia Avenue Thrive is planning their first annual Georgia Avenue Fall Festival and they need your help to make it a success. You can join your fellow neighbors and Georgia Ave business owners in being part of this all-volunteer community event, featuring local food and non-food vendors, service providers, and entertainers! Lots of opportunities to be involved with children activities, pumpkin selling, set-up/clean-up, performance support, fundraising, outreach & promotion.

There is something to do for everyone. If you are interested, you can reach out to mattmcfarland (at) gmail (dot) com


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