ANC 4B March 2021 Meeting Highlights

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B held its March  2021 public meeting on Monday evening. The commission serves the neighborhoods of Takoma, Manor Park, and Lamond-Riggs.  This blog post will highlight some of the top stories from this most recent meeting. I have also tagged the story with links to the meeting’s YouTube video.

You can view a recording of the live stream here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy_AGhSKoHk

Presentations

Proposed AARP FitLot

(video) Mr. Louis Davis, Jr., State Director of the AARP District of Columbia, joined the meeting to present his organization’s proposal to donate an exercise equipment set to the city.  The equipment, branded as “FitLot”, would be placed at the Lamond Recreation Center.

His presentation described the FitLot as a “purposeful combination of equipment elements that provides a fully functional community fitness space”.  This outdoor equipment will be suitable for individuals of differing abilities but specially tuned for people of advanced age.  The FitLot is approximately 1,400 square feet and includes amenities such as a safety rubber surface, movable elements for strength and cardio, adjustable resistance, and options to attach resistance bands.  Each piece of equipment will have informational signs with QR codes to instructional videos.

In addition to the equipment, AARP will provide a grant for 54 instructor-led courses for a year, with the possibility of two renewals.  The total value of the gift will be roughly $170,000.

If approved, construction will be completed by a local installer.  The Department of Parks and Recreation would manage the project.

AARP intends to donate one FitLot in each state.

Mr. Davis will return to ANC 4B next month seeking a resolution in support of the project.

goDCgo, Go Far with No Car Campaign

(video) Casey Auch, a client services manager, came to share information about goDCgo, an initiative of the city’s Department of Transportation. Next month they will launch a campaign in the Brightwood neighborhood called “Go Far with No Car” which seeks to encourage sustainable transportation, promote the options that are available, and reduce barriers to getting around the city.

Brightwood was chosen for this project because it is over a mile from any Metro station.  The website is already live; you can check it out at goDCgo.com/gofarwithnocar

This neighborhood guide not only includes transportation options but also provides links to local conveniences such as pharmacies and recreation.

Capital Bikeshare for All Program

(video) Lester Wallace, Community Outreach Coordinator for Capital Bikeshare came to tell the community about their new Capital Bikeshare for All Program. The goal of this program is to offer affordable, accessible, and fun transportation options for everyone, regardless of income.  To achieve this, residents who qualify for certain state or federal assistance programs will be able to sign up for Capital Bikeshare at a reduced rate.

Benefits of the program include:

  • $5 Annual Membership
  • Bikes available 24/7/365 throughout the DMV
  • Unlimted 60 minute trips
  • No usage fees ( including ebikes!)

Residents of all of Capital Bikeshare’s participating jurisdictions can join. Individuals must be 18 and older and qualify for one of the following programs: SNAP, WIC, TANF, SSI/SSDI, Low Income Home Energy, or Medicaid.

For more information about Capital Bikeshare for All, go to https://www.capitalbikeshare.com/pricing/for-all

Coolidge Senior High School Academies

(video) Masaley Kargbo, Director of Community Outreach at Coolidge Senior High School, presented information about the three Academies at the school: Mass Media, Health Sciences, and the Early College Academy, a partnership with Washington Trinity College.

The Academy of Health Sciences is a four-year career education program that features career exposure such as forensics, anesthesiology, dentistry, and nursing.  The program has access to a modern clinical and research laboratory space and health care simulators. Paid internships are available for interested students.

To learn more, you can reach Ms. Kargbo at Masaley.Kargbo@k12.dc.gov.

Friendship Public Charter School IDEAL Academy Expansion

(video)
A team of consultants for Friendship Public Charter Schools presented a brief update on the school’s proposal to enlarge their IDEAL Academy campus located at 6130 North Capitol Street NW.

The existing school has space for 425 students.  With the expansion, which includes a dedicated middle school space and a new gymnasium, they hope to reach an enrollment of 575 students in grades PK3-8.

The design is 100% by-right. No zoning changes are requested, they just wanted to get everyone aware of what they are planning.

Construction is planned to begin in July and complete in April of 2022.

Reports

Report from Metropolitan Police Department

(Video) Captain Franklin Porter delivered the monthly report from the Fourth Division Headquarters.

Sadly, there was a homicide in the community this month. On Saturday, a 21 year-old DC resident was shot and killed at a gender reveal party on Madison Street NE.  The suspect has not been apprehended yet but Captain Porter feels confident that an arrest will be made in that case.

Aside from that, there was a robbery in the Walmart and a non-fatal shooting on Sheridan Street NW (a suspect has been arrested).

For this month’s property crime statistics in the ANC area, Captain Porter noted that there was 1 reported burglary, 32 thefts from auto, and 1 stolen vehicle.

Report from Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George

(Video) Ms. Tamira Benitez, Councilmember George’s Constituent Services director, shared an update from her office.

On Monday, there was a Congressional hearing on DC Statehood. Ms. Benitez said that there was a very spirited demonstration at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Missouri Avenues NW.

Following the lead of the IRS, the DC government has also extended the tax filing deadline to May 17th for income and franchise taxes. It is also exempting up to $10,000 in unemployment insurance from taxes.

Report from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services

(Video) Mr. Anthony Mitchell from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services presented this month’s report for the administration.

In the last week or so, the District switched to a pre-registration format for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. So far, this system appears to be working more efficiently than the previous one.

If you are a member of an eligible group, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc to pre-register today. If you are not eligible now, please hold off from registering for now, as an early registration will not speed up your vaccination appointment.

Report from the State Board of Education Representative – Frazier O’Leary

(Video) Mr. Frazier shared a few notes on the education front.

The Military Road School will open in the fall as a city-wide Pre-Kindergarten school.

In another tidbit, he mentioned that mention that Commissioner Huff called him last week to notify him about a dumpster in her neighborhood that was filled with books.  He did a little dumpster diving and was able to save about 500 books on African American literature and African American history.  The books will be delivered to Roosevelt and Coolidge high schools on Friday. If you have any books that would like to donate, please give him a call.

About Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4B represents the Ward 4 neighborhoods of Takoma, Manor Park, and Lamond-Riggs. An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected to two-year terms and serve without pay.

The ANCs’ main job is to be their neighborhood’s official voice in advising the District government. Although they do not have to follow the ANCs’ advice, District agencies are required to give the ANCs’ recommendations “great weight.”

These are the members of ANC 4B:

Single Member District Name Email
4B01 Evan Yeats 4B01@anc.dc.gov
4B02 Erin Palmer 4B02@anc.dc.gov
4B03 Jocelynn Johnson 4B03@anc.dc.gov
4B04 Brenda Parks 4B04@anc.dc.gov
4B05 Vacant 4B05@anc.dc.gov
4B06 Tiffani Nichole Johnson 4B06@anc.dc.gov
4B07 Geoff Bromaghim 4B07@anc.dc.gov
4B08 Alison Brooks 4B08@anc.dc.gov
4B09 LaRoya A. Huff 4B09@anc.dc.gov

Find your ANC here.

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