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National Night Out is Tonight

August 4, 2015

National Night Out is an annual event held on the first Tuesday in August that involves a collaboration of police departments around the nation and local community members. Various law enforcement, government agencies, non-profit organization, and community stakeholders will be present to share strategies for problem solving while social service providers share information; all while having good family fun. It is a night to celebrate community pride, unity, and most importantly public safety partnerships. In the Park View area, the nearest event will be held at Bruce Monroe Park.

This is one of several good opportunities to get to know our police officers better, especially with the growing need to focus on issues occurring on Georgia Avenue and throughout the neighborhood.

National Night Out

Wrap Up from Saturday’s MPD Meet and Greet

April 27, 2015
4D Commander

4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz and Councilmember Anita Bonds

Saturday’s MPD Meet and Greet, organized by Councilmember Anita Bonds, was well attended. In addition to a room full of residents, many ANC Commissioners from 1A and 4C were there, and Councilmember Elissa Silverman showed up during the latter half of the meeting.

Representing the police were 4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz and Captain Vendette Parker. The event was originally organized as a meet and greet so that residents could better know the officers patrolling their communities. However, with only two representatives from MPD there, the format changed into a question and answer session.

Drew Schneider posted a fairly detailed overview of the meeting at this Petworth News page which is worth a read as well.

Commander Manlapaz(A packed room engaged with Commander Manlapaz.)

Reminder: Humanities Council Program — Does Preserving History Help Build Community?

June 25, 2013

dcchplogowhiteHere’s a program I’m participating in tonight that might be of interest (and which I’ve previously posted about) — a panel discussion about the role of preserving history in maintaining community ties. All in all, it promises to be a good discussion.

Details from an email sent out by the Humanities Council:

Who: Local real estate professionals, community historians, and government officials will discuss the importance of historical preservation and knowledge in relation to a modern sense of community.

Joining us will be:

  • Michael Marshall, Principal, Marshall Moya Designs
  • Rosalynn Hughey, Deputy Director, Citywide and Neighborhood Planning for the DC Office of Planning
  • Kent Boese, Commissioner and Project Director of ANC, Park View Walking Tour
  • Bernadine Okoro, Film Producer,  Preserving Trinidad Documentary
  • Graylin Presbury, President and Project Director of Fairlawn Civic Association, Fairlawn Community History Brochure.

This panel will be moderated by Jane Freundel Levey, Director of Heritage and Community Programs, Cultural Tourism DC.

What: Because of the high cost of living and residential displacement, there is a growing rift between long-time residents and more recent arrivals. The annual summer DC Community Heritage Project symposium will address how residents’ knowledge of D.C.’s history can establish a sense of community.

When: Tuesday June 25, 2013 from 6:30-8:30

Where: 1840 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.  20009 (Three blocks from the U Street Metro Station)

RSVP today for this FREE opportunity at For more information, please call (202) 387-8391, or emailing info (at) wdchumanities (dot) org.

HPO DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Can the Work of Preserving the Past Bring Communities Together in the Present?

June 13, 2013

dcchplogowhiteHere’s a FREE program that I think many in the community might enjoy. I know I will as I’ve been invited to participate on the panel.

On Thursday Tuesday, June 25, from 6:30-8:30pm, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, has organized  a program that will examine the question: “Can the Work of Preserving the Past Bring Communities Together in the Present?” with a panel of experts at the 2013 DC Community Heritage Project Symposium. This year’s program will be held at Room and Board DC, 1840 14th Street.

 The Symposium is FREE (register here), open to the public, and includes light refreshments. The full description is below:

Washington, DC is a changing city with a rapidly growing population. The high cost of living, residential displacement, and the impersonal nature of day-to-day life this change and growth has caused all add to a growing rift between longtime residents, and recent arrivals. This year’s DC Community Heritage Project symposium will ask community historians, local government officials and real estate development professionals how history and historic preservation can build a sense of community between these and other groups in the city.

Joining us will be Michael Marshall, Principal, Marshall Moya Designs; Rosalynn Hughey, Deputy Director, Citywide and Neighborhood Planning for the DC Office of Planning; Kent Boese, ANC Commissioner and Project Director, Park View Walking Tour; Bernadine Okoro, Film Producer, Preserving Trinidad Documentary; Graylin Presbury, Fairlawn Civic Association President and Project Director, Fairlawn Community History Brochure. This panel will be moderated by Jane Freundel Levey, Director of Heritage and Community Programs, Cultural Tourism DC.

Soldiers’ Home to Host Community Spring Fling on Saturday, May 4th

April 30, 2013
Food trucks at last year's July 4th event.

Food trucks at last year’s July 4th event.

If you enjoyed last year’s public events at the Old Soldiers’ Home, you have another opportunity this Saturday, May 4th. According to the Friends of the Soldiers Home Website, they have organized an afternoon of games, food, and music. It is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., on the lower grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, Rock Creek Church Rd & Randolph St., NW, Washington, D.C.

The event is FREE, rain or shine. There is a $5 charge per car for those who drive in.

In addition to the fun and games, Brookland landscape architect Mary Pat Rowan will lead a 60-minute nature walk starting at 2 p.m. The walk will begin and end at the gazebo next to the pond at the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

It certainly looks like a great way to enjoy the weekend. It’s also great to see everything that the Friends of the Soldiers Home, partnering with the Armed Forces Retirement Home, has been able to accomplish in the past year.


Community Ice Cream Social @ Park View Recreation Tomorrow!

November 9, 2012

For those that may have missed this in the monthly community newsletter or one of the area listservs, there is a Park View community ice cream social at the Park View Recreation Center tomorrow from 1-3 p.m. The event is FREE … and the weather forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of 62 degrees. After the cold spell this week that might just feel balmy.


Community Cookout & Back to School Health Fair Tomorrow at Park View Recreation Center

August 17, 2012

Here’s a great way to unofficially bring the summer to a close, especially if you have children and need to start getting ready for school.

From the area listservs:

Back To School Community Health Fair
Park View Recreation Center

(Warder and Princeton, a few blocks SE from the Petworth/GA Ave Metro)
11am – 5pm, Saturday, August 18th

Join the Park View community for a Back-to-School Health Fair at the Park View Rec Center. Play carnival games, enjoy a cookout with neighbors, and get ready to go back to school with free school supplies, a school uniform swap, free flu shots, a healthy snack cooking class, and lots of other fun activities to help get ready for a safe and healthy school year!

Free School Supplies. Home Depot has donated over 100 backpacks full of school supplies to Park View families. Coupons for these free backpacks will be available for families at the Back to School Health Fair. First come, first served!

School Uniform Swap! Bring your cleaned and pressed gently used school uniforms to give, and browse the collection for a uniform to take home for your little student(s). Uniforms from any school in DC are welcome!
Health Screenings and Flu Shots will be provided to kids and adults free of charge by CVS.

Safety demonstrations by the DC Fire department (including the firehouse dog!) and DC Police.
11:30am – 12pm: Healthy snack class for kids and adults, with recipes to take home!

12:30pm – 3pm: Community Cookout!

12:30pm: Capoeira Performance Troup. Watch local Capoeria students demonstrate this dynamic Brazilian martial art combining music, dance, and martial arts techniques!

Event sponsored by the Ward 1 Drug Free Community Coalition, New Commandment Baptist Church, Latin American Youth Center’s Prevention Center, and Friends of Park View Recreation Center.

Special Thanks to Councilmember Jim Graham and New Commandment Baptist Church for generous contributions towards the purchase of food. Thanks also to local businesses K & Son Auto Repairs, International Hair Salon, Bill’s Fish in The Neighborhood, Yes Market, CVS Pharmacy, and Safeway.


Would Kiosks Aid in Keeping the Community Informed?

August 1, 2012

Mock up of information Kiosk at the Georgia Ave. Metro

Something I’ve struggled with over the past few years is how to effectively communicate with the community. While there are a good number of neighborhood listservs and blogs available, not everyone reads them. Moreover, there is still a significant digital divide in the community.

One solution I’ve adopted is a monthly newsletter that gets delivered to each household in single member district ANC1A08. The biggest drawbacks to this approach are the time required to deliver it and its inability to get the word out when something important comes up that needs immediate distribution.

The reworked streetscape on the east side of Georgia at Otis Place has a large sidewalk are that could support kiosk

While talking to a neighbor about this problem as it related to posting events at the Park View Recreation Center, it dawned on me that many universities addressed this question long ago by strategically placing kiosks around their campuses for flyers and announcements.

I got to wondering if such a solution could work here. I freely admit that there would need to be a plan to remove dated material from time to time. However, by providing a series of kiosks along a major corridor (such as Georgia) two benefits come to mind.

  • Community members would have centralized places to go if they wanted to check on area happenings; and,
  • Fewer posters or announcements would be pasted to street lights and utility boxes.

Kiosks certainly wouldn’t ensure that items posted on them are read. Nor is any approach to bridging the digital divide perfect. But judging by the number of posters, flyers, and announcements that are frequently pasted on anything and everything along Georgia Avenue, it seems to me that there must be a better and more attractive solution.

I’d love to hear what you think, especially if you have alternative ideas.


Planting Community, New Video Documents the Creation of Wangari Gardens

July 18, 2012

The following short film — narrated by Wangari Gargens co-founder  Josh Singer —  documents the efforts of those who wanted to create community space at Kenyon Street and Park Place. It focuses on the story to transform the land and the determination of area residents to make it happen.

Planting Community from Still Life Projects on Vimeo.


If You Want a Sense of Community, then Park View is Your Place to Be

July 13, 2012

Public art was cited in the Express as one of many indicators of Park View’s vibrant community

Or so says today’s Express Night Out. It was a delight to see Park View featured as one of several neighborhoods that apartment hunters will want to check out.

According the resident Josef Palermo, who was interviewed for the Express article, “he was drawn to his Park View home because the … neighborhood … has a burgeoning arts scene [and] nearby 11th Street is experiencing a restaurant mini boom. … This vibrant community is sort of under the radar,” he says. “It’s really exciting to be here.”

As I posted at the beginning of the week, Park View is starting to get noticed, especially by those seeking a great residential neighborhood with a strong sense of community — something that those of us who live here have known for a long time.


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