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Randy Griffin Named New 4th District Police Commander, Meet Him Tonight at the Park View UNC Meeting

April 4, 2018

On Friday, March 30th, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fourth District announced a change in leadership that I’m very excited about. Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau and Third District Randy Griffin was promoted as the new Commander of the Fourth District. This is an excellent choice for the Fourth district and should serve Park View well. Personally, I have had a very productive working relationship with Commander Griffin over the past few years and he is well aware of the issues in Park View — in both the 3D and 4D areas. Furthermore, as he is coming from 3D, he already has an excellent working relationship with 3D Commander Emerman which is a huge advantage.

There is a good opportunity to meet Commander Griffin tonight at the Park View Recreation Center as he will be a guest at the Park View UNC meeting which begins at 7 pm. If you aren’t able to attend, I’m sure there will be additional opportunities soon.

According to Chief Newsham’s announcement:

Commander Griffin is no stranger to the Fourth District. He patrolled the streets there as a patrol officer from 2001-2007. In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Fifth District, and the Corporate Support Bureau’s Firearm Examination Section. In 2012, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as a Patrol Lieutenant. In 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to the Third District where he honed his managerial skills. I have all the faith and confidence in his abilities to lead the Fourth District and mentor our future leaders. He truly embodies our motto, “We are here to help.”

Below is photo of Commander Griffin and 3D CAC Chair Camille McKenzie posted in 2017.

Below if the official MPD announcement:

CulturalDC SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery Coming to Bruce Monroe Park

February 21, 2018

District Bridge‘s Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street program has partnered with CulturalDC to host CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Mobile Art Gallery at the Bruce Monroe Park from March 3rd to April 13th. It will feature Noa Heyne’s Posthumus Adaptations! The Mobile Art Gallery is a retrofitted 40 ft. shipping container that moves to different locations across the District, with a new exhibit and free public programming in each neighborhood it visits.

There is only one installation in each Ward so this is a unique opportunity with the Georgia Avenue community! You can check out a short video of the earlier installations at The Yards, Smithsonian National Zoo, and Union Market below.

CulturalDC is also looking for volunteers who are interested in contemporary art and can assist with engaging with visitors of the gallery, relaying gallery rules, and answering any questions visitors may have. Shifts in the Mobile Art Gallery will range from 4-6 hours Wednesdays-Sundays. If you are interested in volunteering with CulturalDC, please email Lizzy Barringer at Space4(at)culturaldc(dot)org.

Next Park View Cleanup’s on March 3rd

February 20, 2018

Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup at 10 a.m., Saturday March 3rd at the corner of Georgia and Kenyon.

Immediately following, volunteers will meet at Colony Club for a complimentary drink. This is Georgia Avenue Thrive’s latest neighborhood get-together, a great opportunity to connect with neighbors.

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of Thrive’s cleanups, they’ll debut their new, fancy trash-pickers, and professional-grade gloves.

Shooting on 500 Block of Irving Early This Morning

January 24, 2018

Early this morning, MPD responded to a shooting near Irving and Warder streets. Below are the details from their listserv:

The Third District is currently investigating a shooting in the 500 block of Irving Street NW. An adult male has been transported to an area hospital with injuries to the lower extremities. Detectives are on scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. Motorists and pedestrians can expect street closures in the area and should avoid the area if possible.”

And on Twitter, the following was shared:

Checking Out Kraken Axes

January 16, 2018

Kraken Axes has opened in the former Murray’s at 3400 Georgia Avenue.

Over the weekend I had an opportunity to visit Kraken Axes, one of Park View’s newest business. Kraken Axes opened in mid-December 2017 and is centered on the the sport of axe throwing in which the competitor throws an axe at a target, attempting to hit the bulls eye as near as possible. Its kind of like darts, but with axes.

In stopping by, I was able to Kraken Axes’ Anna Valero, who gave me a great welcome and overview. Valero informed me that the sport of axe throwing comes from Canada, and they hope to be in the neighborhood for years to come.

The short video sums it up nicely.

Two more photos from the visit:

(Speaking with Anna Valero.)

Jewish-Inspired Deli Coming to Park View

January 5, 2018

According to the Washington Post earlier this week, the team behind Timber Pizza plans to open a Jewish-inspired deli next year in the former Mothership/Alfie’s space at Georgia Avenue and Lamont called Call Your Mother. The Washington Post article states: “The deli will specialize in bagels. Not Montreal bagels. Not New York bagels. But something of a hybrid.”

We should have a good sense of how quickly they’ll be opening just by watching construction progress, as the owners will need to renovate the building which currently has a commercial kitchen occupying much of the space.

This is very good news indeed for the start of 2018!

 

Gun Violence Continues in Park View

December 27, 2017

UPDATE: See Commander Emerman’s response below

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, last night (December 26), at approximately 8:45, PM two juvenile males were near the corner of Otis Place and Warder Street when two suspects approached them and began shooting at them. Both victims sustained injuries to their lower extremities, but they do not appear to be life threatening.  The following was also shared on Twitter:

 

MPD also shared through their listserv that “Fourth District members are working a confirmed Robbery Hold Up Gun located in the 600 b/o Princeton Place N.W. The lookout is for two black males. The first subject is wearing a dark coat and black beanie, armed with a handgun. The second make is wearing a dark coat and has dreadlock hair style.”

It is currently unknown if there is any relationship between the Otis Place and Princeton Place events last night.

Last night’s shooting marks the fourth shooting event in the Park View community during the past week.

The recent shootings in the neighborhood since December 20th are:

While these events are in one neighborhood, they are in two police districts. I’ve reached out to both police districts to learn more about the events and what actions are being taken to ensure the public safety of the community.

Anyone with information on any of these events can contact 202-727-9099 to assist.

UPDATE 10:22 am: Response from 3D Commander Emerman:

Good morning Commissioner Boese and thank you for your email.  While the city has been experiencing great reductions in violent crime this year, the incidents last night and those over the past week have been concerning to us as well.  I have been in communication with Commander Manlapaz and his team in the 4th District as we address these recent incidents.  At this time, we do not have any indication that these are related crimes.  Some of the instances are being reported to us as robbery attempts, while others have been unknown motives.  Our detectives continue to investigate all of these incidents.  I would also like to note that no shooting took place at the 3210 Warder location that you listed below.  During the calls that came in last night regarding the shooting at Otis and Warder, that location was given by someone who heard the gunshots.  That area was canvassed and no victims or evidence were found.

In the meantime, we have increased our presence with patrol officers, along with members of our Crime Suppression Teams (CST).  Just this past weekend our 3D CST made an arrest and recovered a handgun from a subject in the 3400 block of Georgia Avenue NW.  Our intelligence unit is continuing to work to determine if there is any explanation for the recent instances, and we are working with our partners in CSOSA and other agencies to see if any offenders with violent felony histories have been recently released into the community.  We will continue to work to investigate these incidents and target the illegal guns on the streets.

You can help us to spread the word as we continue to encourage the community to take part in the Mayor’s camera rebate program.  Information can be found at https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program.  In addition, it is imperative that anyone that observes criminal or suspicious behavior in the community call 911 so that we can send a unit out to investigate as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your continued support of public safety in the community.  Please let me or Commander Manlapaz know if you have any additional questions or concerns.  Thanks again and be safe.


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