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Hope Everyone Enjoyed the Fourth!

July 5, 2016
3648 Park Place, NW, in the Fourth of July spirit.

3648 Park Place, NW, in the Fourth of July spirit.

While the weather wasn’t a cooperative for the Fourth of July holiday this year, the rain did manage to break in time for fireworks. But leading up to the fireworks, I enjoyed walking around the neighborhood and seeing a few houses decorated in red, white, and blue.

In the neighborhhood, it really doesn’ t matter if you can see the fireworks down on the National Mall or not, there are plenty of neighbors shooting fireworks off throughout the area. For a change of pace, I walked down to Michigan Avenue to see what I could see from the McMillan Reservoir. Below are two short videos showing some fireworks over Bloomingdale and Howard University.

Remember to Enjoy Fireworks Safely This Fourth!

June 30, 2016
One of the many area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July celebrations in 2013.

One of the many area trashcans filled with the remains of Fourth of July celebrations in 2013.

With the Fourth of July upon us, remember that fireworks are not only fun, but need to be handled responsibly. Below are some safety tips from MPD (and you can download their flyer here).

Fireworks Safety

Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day or the New Year, a backyard barbecue or other family occasion, it is important to understand the laws regulating fireworks use in the District of Columbia. Use the chart below to become familiar with the fireworks that are permitted and prohibited in DC.


Article 27, DC Register, F-2700.1.1: The manufacture, storage, display, sale, setting off, or discharge of any firework listed below is prohibited in the District of Columbia.

  • Firecrackers of any kind or description
  • Any firework that explodes, such as cherry bombs, salutes, Roman candles, floral shells, artillery shells
  • Any firework intended to move after the piece is placed and fired; such as bottle rockets, parachutes, buzzbombs, pinwheels, helicopters, jumping jacks
  • Sparklers more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
  • Any firework that contains mercury, arsenic, tetryl, phosporous, sulphocyanide, magnesium, potassium picrate, gallic acid, chlorate of potash and sugar, or any highly oxidizing agent
  • Any firework having a side fuse, or a fuse inserted at any point along the length of the firework
  • Any firework found by the code official to be dangerous to the safety of persons or property


Article 27, District of Columbia Register, F-2700.1.2): The fireworks listed below are permitted to be stored, displayed, sold, delivered, used, and possessed in accordance with the provisions of this article.

  • Any firework specifically excepted in this article
  • Toy paper caps containing not more than twenty-five hundredths (0.25) of a grain of explosive composition per cap
  • Sparklers not more than 20 inches (50mm) in length
  • Torches, cones
  • Box fires, fountains
  • Dip-sticks, non-poisonous snakes
  • Paper novelty items, colored lights

Mark Your Calendars — Annual Soldiers’ Home July 4th Celebration Coming Up

June 27, 2016

The Friends of the Soldiers Home has organized their 5th Annual Fourth of July at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. See the flyer below for the schedule, or check out the Friends of the Soldiers Home’s Web site to learn more about the group.

Soldiers Home July 4th

Columbia Heights Day is Saturday, Come Visit Some of Your ANC 1A Reps

June 16, 2016

Columbia Heights Day is this Saturday from  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (see flyer below). In addition to the events listed below, ANC 1A will have a booth so feel free to stop by and chat with some of your local ANC reps! We’ll also have copies of both the Columbia Heights and Park View Walking Trail brochures (you can also get copies of the Park View version at Walls of Books).

Also, if you’ve ever want to see me in the dunk tank, swing by around 2 p.m. That’s when I’ll in the tank.

Columbia Heights Day 2016

Annual Truck Touch Scheduled for June 4th

May 25, 2016

DC’s  9th annual Truck Touch event is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016, at RFK Stadium – Lot 7! The Department of Public Works and Mayor Bowser have scheduled a day of food, fun, games, trucks and more! In asking around, I’ve learned that the annual Truck Touch has been a popular event in the past. I’ve included the flyer below for more details.


Annual Spring Fling at the Soldiers’ Home is Saturday, May 7th

May 4, 2016

The annual Spring Fling at the Armed Forces Retirement Home is this Saturday, May 7th. More information is on the flyer below, and you can check out the schedule of events at the Friends of the Soldiers Home Web site.

Fling Flier 2016

Wangari Gardens Spring Kickoff Well Attended

April 5, 2016

IMG_0343Wangari Gardens held their 2016 Spring Kickoff event on Sunday April 3rd and it was a success by any measure. The garden contains 108 individual garden plots. One thing I learned on my visit was that in addition dedicated garden plots (which are inside the fence) there is also a community garden area, a community orchard, and vines have been planted along the fence which produce berries. These community areas are available to anyone who visits the gardens — meaning that if you go to the gardens and there is fruit on the tree, you are welcome to pick it. The eastern end of the garden also includes an apiary which I really like. (Learn more about Wangari Gardens here).

The open house included food, kite flying, and a tour of the garden for new gardeners and anyone who wanted to learn more about how it is organized in general. It was a beautiful day to learn more about one of our area community gardens and chat with neighbors and friends.

Wangari gardens

(From left to right, Ms. Juanita, Commissioner Boese, Wangari Gardens outreach coordinator Lan Nguyen.)

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