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Victory Housing/Brinshore Development Selected to Redevelop Hebrew Home Property

August 23, 2017

(Rendering from Victory Housing proposal.)

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced that the developer selected to redevelop the historic Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring Road, NW, was Victory Housing with Brinshore Development. This was the same development team that both ANC1A and ANC4C recommended as their first choice at their July ANC meetings.

Through the community engagement process, follow up conversations with development teams, and collaboration between the two ANCs, the Victory Housing proposal was deemed the best overall proposal for the site. Following the selection, the development team will also need to come back before the ANCs as part of the Planned Unit Development/Zoning process through which design refinements can be made. Early conversations with the Victory Housing team showed a wiliness to work with the surrounding neighborhood to refine design elements.

A copy of the full press release is available here and after the jump. (more…)

Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Celebrates Five Years

March 2, 2016

Senior Wellness Center anniversary(The gymnasium of the Ward 1 center packed during the anniversary program.)

Yesterday the Ward 1 Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center celebrated their five year anniversary. It was a great event that began at 1:30 pm and ran for about two hours. There were remarks from Office on Aging Executive Director Laura Newland; Tania Jackson, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Nadeau; former Councilmember Jim Graham; and others interspersed by performances of singing and dancing by seniors from the center. Below is a short video of dancing from Twitter.

After the anniversary program, members enjoyed conversation and light refreshments.

It was a great celebration and I wish the Senior Wellness Center many, many more years of health and success.

Senior Wellness Centers Headed for Budget Reductions in FY16

September 3, 2015

I recently learned that the D.C. Office on Aging (DCOA) is reducing funding for the city’s senior wellness centers from their FY2015 levels — meaning that the funding levels will change on October 1st. In reaching out to the DCOA, it was conveyed to me that they are currently reviewing their expected grants for FY2016 and that the incoming grant proposals for the upcoming fiscal year are still being reviewed.

In FY2015, senior wellness centers were allocated an additional $1.5 million for extended hours as compared to FY2014 — meaning later hours and Saturdays. Due to uneven and low participation rates for extended hours, overall funding will be reduced by $1 million for this purpose in FY2016 (or +$500,000 over FY2014 levels).

I’m still digging into what, exactly, these reduced funding levels will mean for each center. I’ve heard that the Ward 1 center will revert back to their original hours and that there will be some reprogramming. I’ll share more as information becomes available.

Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center(Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center on Georgia Avenue.)

Honoring Tiny Tots Nursery’s Inez Dade

December 2, 2011

From the Washington Post -- Three sisters — Inez Dade, Margaret Harris and Vanilla Beane — gathered with friends and relatives to celebrate Dade’s 99th birthday.

Those who travel to the Georgia Avenue Metro station and get there via Rock Creek Church Road are sure to have noticed the Tiny Tots Nursery located at 801 Rock Creek Church Road, NW. But you probably don’t know the story behind the 99 year old senior who runs it, Inez Dade. I have to admit I didn’t know anything about her either until one of my neighbors pointed out the Washington Post article about her published on November 5th. I’m sure I’m not the only one that missed it.

I found it inspirational. Not only about Ms. Dade but also her two  sisters who are also in their 90s. If I read the article correctly, Dade has been operating Tiny Tots since 1972. They are definitely proof that life can continue to be good long after 65.

I highly recommend reading the article.

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Remembering One of Park View’s Former Veterans — Maj. Robert W. Wison (1845-1939)

May 30, 2011

Civil War veterans William H. Jackson (far left) and Maj. Robert W. Wilson (second from left) with veterans Sergt. Peter Pierre Smith and Col. H. C. Rizer: May 30, 1938

Not surprisingly with the neighborhood bordering the Soldiers’ Home, Park View has been the home of many veterans over the years. Among them was Civil War veteran Robert W. Wilson. Wilson died on February 27, 1939, just three weeks shy of his 94th birthday. For the final six years of his life Wilson lived with his son’s family at 3548 Warder Street. Though more research is needed, it appears that he lived at 635 Morton Street prior to his move to Warder.

Maj. Wilson was a veteran soldier of the Confederacy. He was 16 when the war broke out but did not enlist until the tide turned against the South at Gettysburg. In the spring of 1864 he ran away from his home at Bladensburg, Md., crossed the river and made his way behind the Confederate lines.

Wilson joined the First Maryland Cavalry and saw action almost daily through the year. He remained with the company and was present in 1865 during the nine-day retreat from Richmond to Appomattox.

The pictures seen here are from the May 30, 1938, Memorial Day exercises.  Seventy-three years ago today, Maj. Wilson and three other Civil War veterans began their morning with a flight over Arlington National Cemetery. During the flight they dropped a bouquet of rose petals and evergreen sprigs above the cemetery and were interviewed in the air for a Nation-wide radio broadcast in which the veterans spoke of their war experiences.

The soldiers included Maj. Wilson and Sergt. Peter Pierre Smith, both veterans for the Confederacy, and Union soldiers Col. H. C. Rizer and William H. Jackson. After the morning flight Smith and Rizer, both 94 years old, felt tire and were taken home. Wilson and Jackson, however, were good for another flight. Along with a battery of cameramen, Wilson and Jackson re-boarded the plane and took off with plans to circle Gettysburg but only made it as far as Frederick, Md.

Left to right: William H. Jackson; C. Bedell Monroe, president of Pennsylvania Central Airlines; Maj. Robert W. Wilson

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Bernice E. Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center Dedicated

May 26, 2011

Project Director Michelle Singleton kicking off the dedication ceremonies

Ward One’s Senior Wellness Center was officially dedicated yesterday (May 25, 2011) and named in honor of Bernice E. Fonteneau. It’s come a long way since its ribbon cutting in September 2010 and official opening at the end of February 2011.

The ceremony began with a greeting by Project Director Michelle Singleton, who was followed by the Rev. Shirley Cooper, Pastor, Park Road Community Church with the invocation, Sheila Poole, Ms. Senior DC 2010 singing a selection, and a welcome by Jacqueline C. Arguelles, Chairperson, D.C. Commission on Aging.

The dedication ceremony was well attended

Following Ms. Arguelles, John M. Thompson, Acting Executive Director, D.C. Office on Aging, Deputy Mayor Beatriz Otero, Health and Human Services, and Calvin Woodland (representing Councilmember Graham) made remarks. After closing remarks by Brenda Williams, D.C. Commission on Aging for Ward One, Fitness Director Deborah Parker led a group of area seniors in aerobics.

The late Bernice Elizabeth Fonteneau, for whom the center is named, was a longtime resident of the District of Columbia. According to the event program, she moved to D.C. with her family when she was four years old. Affectionately known as “Miss B,” she was an early supporter of the need for a Senior Wellness Center in Ward One, the Ward she represented when she served on the Commission on Aging.

Deborah Parker leading seniors in aerobics

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Registration Open at Senior Wellness Center

September 15, 2010


As the announcement states, the new Senior Wellness Center is now open for District residents, 60 years of age or older, to register. The Center’s full range of services are scheduled to be online by the beginning of October.

Senior Wellness Centers promote healthy lifestyles among the District’s elderly population by developing, expanding, and strengthening health promotion initiatives in nutrition, medications and physical fitness. The center is designed to add years to the lives of seniors as well as life to their years.

Some of the building features will include:

* Nutrition Counseling and teaching classrooms
* Intake Room
* Health Education Seminar Rooms
* Exercise and Fitness Area
* Massage Room
* Computer Training Center
* Multipurpose Rooms for health, wellness and social activities
* Roof top terrace with trail path trial

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