Friday, December 31, 2010
View the documentary State of MLK Street (NR) that examines the many avenues, boulevards and thoroughfares named after the slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Eight young filmmakers traveled to 13 cities across the country to document and discuss what they saw about
Dr. King’s legacy of social justice. Discussion follows with the producers. View the documentary trailer.
State of MLK Street
Thursday, January 13, 2011, 7:00 PM
Anacostia Neighborhood Library
1800 Good Hope Rd SE
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The message to Thai Orchid was loud and clear. We want you in our community. We pledged to work with MPD to increase patrols in that area to prevent this from happening again.
The following Ward 7 communities were represented: Fairfax Village/Hillcrest, Hillcrest proper, Benning Heights, Marshall Heights, Dupont Park, Twining, and Deanwood. We also had friends from Ward 6 and Ward 8 come by to show One City love.
Thanks to Maceo Thomas who started the ball rolling on this event. Thanks to all those who came out. Let's keep this momentum up!!! #Spreadlove
This evening Thai Orchid's Kitchen was robbed. Everyone is okay and they WILL be open tomorrow. For those of you that can, please join us tomorrow 12/29 at 1:00 PM for a neighborhood lunch at Thai Orchid's. If you are working from home, please feel free to bring your laptops and work from Thai Orchid. Let's show community support for our Ward 7 local business that is owned by a Ward 7 resident.
Some of the concerns/suggestions mentioned at the Leadership Council were:
- Contract with local professional services, such as architectural/engineering and environmental firms
- Create a pedestrian connection to the Capitol Heights Metro Station in Maryland
- Developing a long-range plan to continue to hire within Ward 7 and DC
- Work with re-entry programs to provide job opportunities to ex-offenders
- Ensure public transportation access to reduce motor vehicle trips
- Minimize the building and other impervious surface footprint to protect the tributary that runs along the rear of the property from run-off
- Provide living wages
- Create opportunity for employees to progress into management positions
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
BATTLING DC’S CHILDHOOD OBESITY EPIDEMIC ONE FAMILY AT A TIME
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington to teach families and children that it is fun, easy and free to lead a healthy lifestyle in Washington, DC
Washington, D.C., December 21, 2010 – As the nation scours for ways to reverse and hinder childhood obesity, it is increasingly evident that after-school exercise alone will not resolve this issue. With the recent signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, we are becoming aware that a more holistic approach to healthy living must be taken in order to truly have an impact. The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington and the MEND Foundation (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition… Do it!) are fighting this battle in Washington, DC by providing a structured program that offers fitness, nutrition education and support to the whole family.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington has been at the forefront of the battle against childhood obesity, especially with the nationally renowned PHD program. Starting in January 2011, they will be partnering with the MEND Foundation and Children’s Hospital to offer the MEND 7-13 program, a fun and interactive course for families and children aged 7-13 who are above their ideal weight. This ten week workshop will inspire everyone in the family to exercise more, enjoy preparing and eating healthy food, read food labels and shop for healthy foods on a budget. This program, available for the first time in the United States, has proven immediate and long-term success the world over.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 70 percent of DC’s children do not meet recommended levels of physical activity with one out of four being either overweight or obese. The physical effects, such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma are more apparent, but the psychological effects can be just as devastating. Not only will the region’s youth discover easy practices to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but they will experience higher self-esteem, less anxiety and stress, and deeper bonds within their family.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington is committed to combating these staggering statistics regardless of inability to pay. This program is being offered free of charge so that all of our region’s at-risk families and youth have an opportunity to get healthy and have fun. These two-hour sessions, being held twice a week at the Capital View YMCA (2118 Ridgecrest Ct., SE, Washington, DC), will include a one-hour interactive workshop for children and parents followed by one hour of exercise for the children while the parents meet for support.
For more information or to take part in this program, please contact Patricia Taylor at (240)464-1080 or at Patricia.Taylor@ymcadc.org. It is never too early for your child to take charge of their health. Come experience how fun and easy it can be to lead a healthy lifestyle!
Contact: Jackie Dilworth
Director of Communications
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington
(202) 384-6818; Jackie.Dilworth@ymcadc.org
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
6:30 to 8:00 PM
Maya Angelou Charter School (Evans Campus)
East Capitol St NE
For those that can't attend you may submit questions, concerns, and ideas to the special e-mail address set up for this: email@example.com. www.capitolviewcivicassoc.org
I've added the videos from the Humanities Council here, but please take time to browse their Digitial Museum. Also take time to read on how you can support their efforts to ensure that programs like this continue.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Information on how to get your ticket to join Ms V at the inauguration of our new Mayor (yes it's all about me... okay not really):
Tickets Available: December 22, 28, 29, 30, 2010 - 10am – 2pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center - Room 145
Two (2) tickets per person (Must show ID)
Blank Space SE, a new permanent creative pop-up space in Anacostia, will be hosting its first ever Open House event since its inception in October. The Open House will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2011 from 11am-7pm with a performance portion from 5-7pm.
The event will include a special performance by Urban Artistry, a non-profit collective of dancers, artists, historians, musicians, folklorists and documentary filmmakers on a mission to preserve and continue the practice of urban dance, music and arts culture. As well as a one-day only, special photo exhibition by Critical Exposure, a non-profit organization founded in 2004 that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.
Blank Space SE welcomes all professional, experimental, visionary, original artists and organizations to use the space as their own temporary creative home, as it is meant to be the ideal rental venue for all forms of creative projects and outlets. Community members are invited as well as local organizations and schools. This event is free and open to the public.
Blank Space SE, located at 1922 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, is available for many different projects, including (but not limited to): the production of your own art exhibit, a dance or theatre event, a workshop or classroom, a short term studio, a think tank, a creative crucible, a pop up boutique, or business.
Blank Space SE is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation (www.archdevelopment.org), a twenty year old not for profit dedicated to the creative revitalization of the Historic Anacostia community in Washington, D.C.
For further inquiries, please contact Lisa Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to visit the Blank Space SE website for details: www.blankspacese.com
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I have received an updated utility and storm drainage schedule for the next two weeks. Fort Myer Construction Company (FMCC) is scheduled to continue the storm drainage and electrical utility work from Alabama Avenue to Fort Davis the remainder of this week and into the first week of January 2011. The storm drainage work and electrical work will start from Fort Davis to Southern Avenue the last week of December into late January.
Beginning the last week of December, Omni Construction, FMCC subcontractor, will begin water main installation at Alabama Avenue and will continue to Southern Avenue. This work will be on the Fairfax Village side (south side) of Pennsylvania Avenue and will restrict parking on your side of the roadway from Fort Davis to Southern Avenue starting the first week of January 2011. This work will continue for approximately two months.
Both sides of the roadway will be impacted with parking restrictions depending on which portion of the storm drainage system and the utilities FMCC will be installing. The roadway restrictions will start at 9:30a and end at 3:30p and will comply with the “no temporary lane closures during rush hours” rule. When the utilities and storm drainage work is complete in this area, reconstruction will begin including the sidewalk, curb/gutter and roadway reconstruction will begin. The roadway reconstruction on the Fairfax Village side of Pennsylvania Avenue work will begin sometime in the spring and permanent lane closures will be set up to protect the motorists and the workers.
All work is contingent upon weather.
Feel free to contact us with any questions/concerns as we proceed with construction.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I got the following email today:
Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander will begin a health fitness challenge in conjunction with Yes! Organic Market and Chapman Development LLC on Monday, December 20. The kick-off event will take place at 3 p.m. at the Yes! Organic store located at 2323 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. Councilmember Alexander will begin an exercise and healthy eating regimen that will showcase her working out in several athletic facilities throughout the ward. Her personal goal will be to lose weight while encouraging Ward 7 residents to join her in the crusade to promote a healthier lifestyle. As a part of this effort a trainer will host free group sessions for one month at a Ward 7 recreation center.Kudos to Alexander for taking on this challenge. Ms V began her health journey as a New Year's Resolution in 2006. I went from a size 6 to a size 2. Granted I've never been overweight, but I was still unhealthy and dangerously approaching the borderline for Type II diabetes. One of the challenges of living in Ward 7 is access to healthy food options. On a selfish note, I hope this doesn't mean Alexander will get rid of the fried salmon cakes from her monthly Leadership breakfast. They are half of the reason why I go.
“I think the effort to have a more balanced and healthier diet plus frequent exercise leads to better health overall. This is why I have teamed up with Yes! Organic to start and stay with a healthy eating and exercise regimen for myself and to promote a healthy diet to all,” said Alexander. “Not only am I challenging myself but I am also putting the call out to residents of Ward 7 and the District of Columbia to join me on this journey.”
Councilmember Alexander, who will be training with personal trainers, will post her exercise schedule at the various locations in Ward 7 so residents can join the challenge.
Anywho... Best of luck CM!!! Hit me up when you want to go on a bike ride or walk/run.
ANC 7B COMMUNITY MEETING
DECEMBER 16, 2010
7:00 Call to Order, Roll Call
7:03 Treasurer's Report
7:06 Police Reports (PSAs 605, 606, 607) and Neighborhood Watch Reports
7:12 DC Fire Department
7:15 Community Concerns
7:25 Old Business/New Business
7:30 Approval of Minutes–October 21, 2010 and November 18, 2010 Meetings
7:35 Commissioners' Roundtable
7:55 Committee Reports/Standing Reports
-- Skyland Update
-- Pennsylvania Avenue Construction Update
8:05 Plaques Presentation
8:30 Adjourn/Holiday Celebration
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Come celebrate the holidays and help a neighbor family in need!
On December 19th join your neighbors in celebration of the holidays at Langston Bar & Grille. Proceeds will go to support a family designated by East River Family Strengthening Collaborative (ERFSC) for the holidays. Feel free to extend the invitation to YOUR neighbors. The more people we invite, the merrier our holiday and the better the holiday for a family in need. All drinks and hors d'œuvres are half price for guests.
Deann Ayer ~ Sylvia Brown ~ Kia Chatmon ~ Sa'id Chestnut ~ Donna Coley-Trice ~ Amani Dakar ~ Veronica Davis ~ Eliza Hugee ~ Russell Klein ~ Sherrie Lawson ~ Ajia Meux ~ Kimberly Morton ~ Kevin McIntosh and Takeyah Young ~ Cindy Mutombo ~Aminata Ndir~ Nakeisha Neal ~ Rebecca Renard ~ Irwin Royster ~ Rasul Sha'ir ~ Joann Smith ~ Autumn Saxton-Ross ~ Nzinga Tull ~ Carl and Seshat Walker ~ Martine Shorter ~ Maceo Thomas ~ Yao Tyus
We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The DC Public Library invites you to join your friends and neighbors as we break the ground to build the new Francis A. Gregory Library.
Where: Francis A. Gregory Library
3660 Alabama Avenue, SE
When: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 10:45am – 11:30am
Please feel free to contact Archie Williams, email@example.com, or telephone (202) 727-1437, if you have any questions regarding this event.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Alexander says she declined Johnson's request to because she wants no part of the show, which she called "cheesy." Well, maybe she'll agree to one small role: “If he wants me to be part of the show, he can film me firing him," she says. Ouch.HAHAHAHAHAHA..... Ms V is dying laughing.... Then regarding appearances by CMs Harry Thomas (Ward 5), Michael Brown (at-Large) and Kwame Brown (at-large and Chair-elect), Alexander says:
"Please stick to the council. Hollywood is not in the stars for you."Ms V is wiping the tears... Side note: in the scene with the Browns (K and M), K. Brown looks super short talking to M. Brown. Then the article ends with:
“I just found it very distasteful," she says. "I think reality TV ... seems to be for people who hit rock bottom."Ms V can't handle it.... Needless to say, I got a good old fashion belly laugh today. Click here if you want to read the whole article.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The District Department of Transportation's plans for several major streets in Southeast could improve livability and mobility in several East of the River neighborhoods.
As a part of the Far Southeast Livability Study, DDOT has identified 6 corridors for further study. They held the second of 3 public meetings on Monday.
DDOT chose the six corridors to increase connectivity, accessibility, mode choice and build upon existing plans. These are the corridors:
- Good Hope Road and Naylor Road between Minnesota and Southern Avenues
- Branch Avenue between Southern and Pennsylvania Avenues
- Naylor Road between Southern and Fairlawn Avenues
- Alabama Avenue between Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues
- Minnesota Avenue between Good Hope Road and Massachusetts Avenue
- Southern Avenue between Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues. Additionally, the study looks at extending the street to Naylor Road.
The proposed improvements ranged from new streetscape and sidewalks to creation of new bike lanes.
DDOT presented typical sections along Good Hope Road and Naylor Road for both commercial areas and residential areas. The agency also recommended implementing Safe Routes to School improvements west of Minnesota Avenue where there are a cluster of public and charter schools.
During the feedback session, members of the community brought up a number of concerns:
- Extend the Alabama Ave study to Naylor Road: The section between Branch Ave SE and Naylor Road SE was the site of two pedestrian crashes this summer. Part of the problem is that Alabama Ave widens to two lanes in each direction. The stretch of roadway between Branch Ave SE and 29th Street SE is unsignalized, which leads to speeding in this section. There are crosswalks, but it is a difficult road to cross.
- Include bus routes in the analysis: The community wants to make sure that residents have sidewalks to be able to access the bus routes. For example, there are bus stops along Branch Ave SE where there are no sidewalks. People step off the bus into the grass.
- Find streets where bike lanes makes sense: Residents who do not have a preference for bike lanes expressed concern that DDOT wants to add bike lanes when most residents use public transportation and/or walk. They were very clear that they did not want to sacrifice on-street parking for bike lanes.
Bike lane supporters stated there are people in the Ward 7 community that rely on bicycle as the primary mode of transportation, so bike infrastructure such as lanes and racks are needed. Both sides were able to agree that major roadways, such as Good Hope Road SE, may not appropriate for bike lanes, however. They recommended DDOT find alternative routes and solutions.
- Add access through the parks: One solution proposed by a resident was creating more access through the parks owned by the National Park Service. There is currently an underutilized hiker-bike trail running through these parks. Residents suggested considering a paved path and lighting to provide a higher level of comfort and security which can encourage travel through the park.
- Enforcement is part of livability: Several residents spoke of pedestrians along Good Hope Road SE who do not obey traffic signals. This summer there were incidents where pedestrians were hit. While there are some unsignalized intersections, many pedestrians cross against the light at signalized intersections.
- Find new routes for commuter buses from Maryland: Good Hope Road SE is a main corridor for commuter motor coaches from Maryland. DDOT is exploring alternative routes like Suitland Parkway.
Much of the discussion at the meeting covered topics from the numerous previous studies already conducted in some of the neighborhoods. For example, Branch Ave between Pennsylvania Avenue and the District line was studied in 2003. The community is still waiting for DDOT to implement some of the recommendations from that report.
At the next meeting in late January, DDOT will present the draft report to the community.
Cross-posted at GGW and HCCA Transportation Committee
Monday, December 6, 2010
ALL vehicles will need to be removed from the lot by 7:00 AM on December 13th.
We recognize this is going to be a pain, however, this is only a 3-day inconvenience and we won't have to do this again for several years. We have been coordinating with DC Department of Transportation to ensure that the street parking on Pennsylvania Ave will be available while the lot is closed.
We are working to get flyers out to all homeowners in Villages I-VII, however, please help us spread the word.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Please save the following date and time:
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church,
3000 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. (In the Chapel)
For additional information about the plan, please go to http://www.farsoutheastlivability.com/ .