Hello neighbors! It’s been a busy few weeks for me. Work projects have consumed much of my writing time, so I wasn’t able to provide coverage for three community meetings in a row. I was happy to break the streak by attending my first Brightwood Community Meeting last week. Here are my highlights and notes from that meeting.
The October Brightwood Community Association meeting took place on Tuesday, October 10th at the St. John United Baptist Church on 13th St NW. The meeting was lightly attended. However, as you will see, the community is really missing out because this is one of the most efficient and information packed meetings that I have seen.
Metropolitan Police Report
I just caught the tail-end of the MPD report. The officer highlighted a few robberies that have taken place in the neighborhood. The Fourth District has a drop in overall crime for the year and the team is working hard to ensure that that trend continues.
She distributed an information packet on Halloween Safety that included the following tips:
- Children should wear bright, reflective costumes that do not present tripping hazards
- Children should stay within familiar areas
- Many community group host Halloween parties. Parents should consider these as a safe alternative to door-to-door “tricker-or-treating”.
- Children should NEVER go into homes.
- Children should avoid homes that don’t have their outside lights turned on.
- Children should never talk to strangers or get into strangers’ cars.
The full pamphlet is attached here: HalloweenSafety2017
Mayor’s Office Report
The indefatigable Phillip McAuley was present to give the report from the Mayor’s Office. He described the recent “Brightwood Blitz” which occurred along 13th St NW from the 1300 and 1400 block of Rittenhouse St NW all the way up to Aspen St NW. A “blitz” is a rapid coordination of city services and attention from various agencies, including the Department of Public Works, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the Department of Health and so on. This focused action is intended to combat nuisance issues like housing and business code violations, eliminate rat burrows, ticket businesses for misusing trash bins, etc.
He also explained some recent repairs and ticket service items for the Fort Stevens Recreation Center, including fixing a fence, correcting the turf, cleaning up trash and replacing broken equipment.
Lastly, he highlighted the six or seven properties within Ward 4 which will benefit from the Mayor’s latest investment from the Housing Preservation Trust fund and MyChildCareDC.org, a new online portal to assist families with child care issues in the city.
Councilmember’s Office Report
Sheryl Newman from Councilmember Brandon Todd’s office presented highlights from his office for the month. Legislative actions included:
- Introduction of a bill to provide Universal Free Lunch
- A study to reduce the city’s fees for Farmer’s Markets
- An upcoming hearing on the Ward 4 Liquor License Moratorium
In other news, 14th and Kennedy Street won a Main Streets grant. The purpose of the Main Street program is to revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers.
Ms. Newman added the following calendar notes:
November 13th (tentative), all day: Upcoming Ward 4 Business summit November 13th
October 26th, 10 am to 2 pm: Senior Day – Annual State of Ward 4 Senior Address at LaSalle-Riggs Recreation center. Free. Contact the office to RSVP.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission Report
ANC Commissioner Patience Singleton gave a very thorough review of the October ANC 4a meeting. The ANC set an annual budget of $48,000 to fund office costs, increase the number of community grants and possibly buy a new printer. A new Design and Review committee has formed and the ANC itself will take on a committee structure this fiscal year which citizens will be able to join.
The Walter Reed Foreign Missions Center will hold a street festival on TUESDAY (!) October 24th from 10 am to 3 pm.
The next ANC 4A meeting will be on November 7th at 7 pm at the Fourth District headquarters.
Brightwood-Petworth Community Association
Bob Stanley, a neighbor from the Brightwood Park area, came to introduce the new Brightwood-Petworth Community Association. The new group will cover the area roughly bounded by Missouri Avenue to the north down to Spring Road. They will be hosting a “Share Fair and Launch Party” on October 21st from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at Roosevelt High School.
Dance Loft on 14th
Ms. Etta Hulcher, Studio Manager for the Dance Loft on 14th stopped by to describe some of her studio’s offerings. The Dance Loft on 14th is a state of the art dance studio which is located in the historic Park Theater at 4618 14th St NW, across from Metro’s Northern Division Bus Barn. The organization hosts a wide variety of classes including Tiny Dancers for preschoolers, an assortment of fitness classes and technical classes including Advanced Ballet.
The site also offers space for event rentals. This is a really a unique amenity that brings arts and culture right to our neighborhood. Discover more at their website or social media accounts.
The Next Brightwood Community Association Meeting Meeting will be November 14th
Until Next Month!