Monday, February 28, 2011

HerStory 6 - Coming to Ward 7

(Purple Maiden by Suzanne Nejir Tutu)

The ThickArt Collaborative with Authentic Contemporary Art and The Center For Green Urbanism Presents “Making HerStory 6”, the Annual Celebration of Women in the Arts–a month full of various unifying events celebrating women artists in all genres.

The Making HerStory 6 series will kick off with a
Grand Opening Reception
Friday, March 4, 2011,
6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Center for Green Urbanism (3938 Benning Road, NE)

This event will feature music mixed by female online syndicated radio DJ, DJ Fusion of Fuse Box Radio and refreshments by the female foodies at Art.Food.Life. The exhibit will be on display from March 1-31, 2011.

Making HerStory celebrates the vast and diverse forms of creativity offered by women artists. With this being the sixth year of Making HerStory, the creators have found a renewed energy among many of the artists in the Making HerStory family. This year’s theme is The Era of Our Dreams, exemplifying a new energy arising from the ashes of the last decade’s struggles, into a new era. Making HerStory 6 is about collaboration, growth, and sustainability.

Artists Participating in HerStory 6 include:

Jade Andwele
Prudence Bonds
Karen Buster
Anne Cherubim
Zandra Chestnut
Sandra Davis
Carla Jupiter
Bonnie MacAllisterr
Elsa Geybresus
Suzanne Nejir Tutu
Anike Robinson
Ann Thompson
Sherry Ways
Shawn Yancy
Heather Schmaedeke

For more information about Making HerStory 6, Please visit the website at

Thursday, February 24, 2011

In case you missed it - Penn Branch

(ICG Properties)

In case you missed the February ANC 7B meeting (Ms V missed it too), Lydia DePillis has a recap regarding a Height Act resolution passed by the ANC. In summary, ANC 7B voted that the maximum height be measured from the low point and not the high point (over simplified of course). The final vote was 4-3. For the record, ANC 7B06 Commissioner Robert Jordan voted against the resolution.

Ms V's person opinion is I would love for the commercial portion of Penn Branch to be relocated closer to the sidewalk and move the parking to the back to make it more walkable. When I go to Penn-Branch I usually walk or take the bus. I can't tell you how many times I've almost died trying to walk through the parking lot.

Here's Ms. Lydia's recap:

Last week, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7B weighed in on an issue now before the Zoning Commission: Whether or not Akridge, in building up to the elevation allowed by the Height Act at its Burnham Place development behind Union Station, should be able to measure height from the top of the H Street "hopscotch" bridge rather than the ground. The ANC supported the National Capital Planning Commission's opinion that Akridge should have to measure from the lower point, which would reduce the height of the buildings significantly.

What interest does ANC 7B have in how high a building is next to Union Station? Not any more than the average D.C. citizen body, really. But the commissioners see the issue applying to a project in their own community: The Penn Branch Shopping Center, where renovations have been in the works for nearly five years now. ICG Properties bought the property back in 2006, and is planning to upgrade and expand the commercial area and eventually build housing on the back parking lot. The surrounding community, in particular the residents of O Street directly behind the mini-mall, want to make sure that it stays as short as possible.
For the full article, click here.

Hillcrest gets love from Urban Turf

(Photo from

Hillcrest got love from the folks at Urban Turf today. Ms V thinks this is one of the better articles written about Hillcrest. Why, you ask...

1. Naylor Gardens & Fairfax Village finally get some love. Most articles treat us like the red-headed stepchildren.
"... but inside the community’s boundaries, there is one quiet, rolling street after another, each lined with dignified homes that sit above well-tended lawns or low-rise apartment and condo complexes resembling college dorms."

"While most of the homes are detached single-family houses, the neighborhood’s east and west corners are anchored by large condo and co-op complexes. To the west is Naylor Gardens, a 42-acre co-op campus built during World War II to house defense workers; at the eastern end is Fairfax Village, a tight network of townhouses and condos. Both are attractive, and remarkably affordable; $100,000 is enough to purchase a one-bedroom unit in either one. "

2. Recognition that Hillcrest has always been and remains a diverse community.
"The suburban atmosphere extends to the area’s residents, a diverse mix that host annual block parties and holiday luncheons together, fostering a strong sense of neighborliness."

3. Crime in Hillcrest is less than Georgetown
"And indeed, the total number of crimes (both property and violent crimes) that occurred in the community over the past year was about one-fifth the number of those that took place in a residential section of Georgetown during the same period."

4. Bringing attention to the fact that my community needs better bus service!!!! [Before you beat me up with comments like "well you knew there was no metro when you moved there." When I bought my place, I worked at the old DOT building. The V5 picked me up a block away from my house and delivered me right to the front door of my building. Naylor Road Metro is a walkable distance from my house, however the danger lies in trying to cross the off-ramps from Suitland Parkway in Maryland.]
"There are various bus lines that serve Hillcrest, but the number that head back across the river towards central DC is limited. The closest Metro station is Naylor Road on the Green line, just over the border in Prince George’s County, but it’s not a walkable option for many Hillcrest residents."
Kudos to Urban Turf for a great article!!!!

Updated Speakers List for Walmart Community Meeting #2

Join ANC 7C and the Capitol View Civic Association February 24 at 6:30 pm. The Arts & Technology Academy at 53rd & Blaine Sts, NE will be our hosts for a community meeting to hear from A&R Development about the Capitol Gateway Marketplace and from the proposed anchor tenant Walmart. After these presentations you will be invited to ask questions and we will be collecting suggestions from the community for other tenants we would like to see in the Marketplace! This is your chance to chime in. The panelist (updated!) for the Q&A session will be:

Keith Morris (Walmart)

Kerry Smyser (DCHA)

Tony Rodgers (A&R Development)

Yvette Alexander (Ward 7 City Council)

Maxine Brown-Roberts, Joel Lawson, Gizachew Andargeh (Office of Planning)

Robbie Sabbakhan (DCRA)

Jamison Weinbaum (OZ)

Linda Grant & William Howland (DPW)

Jeff Jennings & Gabe Onyeador (DDOT)

Sandy S. Castor (DDOT-Streetcars)

Waiching Wong (DDOT-Circulator/Bus Coordination)

Douglas Stallworth (WMATA)

Eric Scott (DOES)

For information on previous meetings, please visit the Capitol View Civic Association website.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Community crime alert from MPD PSA 606


Recently we had a ROBBERY in the Fairfax Village neighborhood. This robbery occurred on Tuesday 2/22/2011 at 12:25PM in the 3800 block of V St . , SE .

The complainant was approached by a suspect from the front with his right hand in his pocket and stated “M’AM I DON’T WANT TO SHOOT YOU, SO GIVE ME YOUR PURSE”. The complainant complied and threw her purse at suspect, at which time the suspect ran eastbound on V St., SE towards the complainant’s vehicle. The suspect entered the complainant’s vehicle, looking for the keys; however he did not find the keys and fled the scene westbound on V St., SE

Suspect is described as: Black Male, 18-25 years old, 5’7”-5’8”, 130-150 lbs., dark complexion, average build wearing a black and gray scarf covering his head and face, gray pants and an army green jacket, suspect threatened to be armed with a handgun.

Should you see an individual matching this description immediately call 9-1-1 and advise that you see an individual matching the description of the above listed robbery suspect.

As part of our SEE SOMETHING-SAY SOMETHING campaign, The Sixth Police District Patrol Service Area (PSA) 606 urges our residents and visitors to increase your awareness of persons and vehicles around you.

Should you see any individuals acting in a suspicious manner, immediately call 9-1-1 and report your (1) LOCATION, (2) ACTIONS that made you suspicious, and (3) clothing DESCRIPTIONS of these individual(s).


The Sixth Police District and PSA 606 also request that while at home, turn on all outside lights in both the front and back of your home after 5 PM to illuminate your home and to cast additional light sources toward our sidewalks and roadways.

Should you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Patrol Service Area 606 Lieutenant Mark Hodge via E-Mail at or on 202-489-8338.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Film Screening: Walmart High Cost of Low Price

There are two Walmart Meetings this week. One is a Meet & Great and the other is a Ward 7 Community Meeting. In addition, there is an Anti-Walmart event at Busboys & Poets (14th & V Streets NW) on Sunday February 27th at 7:30 PM. Film Screening of "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price". Click here to learn about the movie. This is event is FREE.

Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club

(photo from Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Rink)

One of the great things in Ward 7 is we have the ONLY indoor ice rink in the City. People come from all over the region to enjoy public skating, take skate lessons, and play hockey. The youth ice hockey team, the Fort Dupont Cannons, are featured in NBCs Hockey Day. Please check out this 3 minute video as it is very inspiring. Coal Neal has a 95% graduation rate from high school among the students he coaches.

For more information about the Fort Dupont Hockey club, click here.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Attitude Reflects Leadership

Shout out to Commander "I keep it cool" Contee for winning the MPD Commander of the Year Award at 11th Annual MPD Awards Ceremony.

Other MPD 6D Awardees are below:

Outstanding Units & Districts
Best Performing District-Sixth District

District Officer of the Year
Officer William Dempster, 6D

Citizen’s Advisory Council
Linda Jo Smith, 6D Chairperson
Reverend Thomas Alston (At-Large Member)

CLARIFICATION - 2 Different Walmart Meetings

There was a little confusion on my blog about the Walmart Meetings. To clarify there are two separate meetings.

February 23rd - Meet and Greet at John A Wilson Building

February 24th - Ward 7 Walmart Community Meeting

Community Meeting #2: Walmart coming to Ward 7

February 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm
Arts & Technology Academy auditorium
Blaine and 53rd Sts, NE

Questions from the 1st meeting are posted on the Capitol View Web site. In addition to a presentation by Walmart, a panel has been set up to answer your questions and respond to your concerns. The following have been confirmed for the panel (other invitations are outstanding):

Keith Morris (Walmart)
Kerry Smyser (DCHA)
Tony Rodgers (A&R Development)
Maxine Brown-Roberts, Joel Lawson, Gizachew Andargeh (Office of Planning)
Robbie Sabbakhan (DCRA)
Jamison Weinbaum (OZ)
Linda Grant & William Howland (DPW)
Jeff Jennings & Gabe Onyeador (DDOT)
Douglas Stallworth (WMATA)
Eric Scott (DOES)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

And we have a winner

That was fast.... I just posted and tweeted about a contest.... and we have a WINNER via Twitter @redpalmtree23.

The question: Something exciting to me starts on Sunday and lasts for a week. Do you know what it is?

The answer: National Engineers Week.

Ms V is a proud civil engineer!!!! In the words of my dad, former Executive Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers once said "Civil engineers have done more to save lives than Doctors."


Something exciting to me starts on Sunday and lasts for a week. Do you know what it is?

The first person who guesses correctly via commenting on my blog or via twitter or via email (, will get a free day pass to the HIVE located at 2027 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE.

Walmart Meet and Greet

Information sharing for those interested in attending. As a side note, the press release incorrectly calls the Ward 7 neighborhood Capitol Heights, which is actually across the street in Maryland. The correct neighborhood is Capitol View. Click here to read about Ward 7 Walmart.

Assembly Meeting & Meet-N-Greet
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
7:00PM . Room 412*
John A. Wilson Building
{*in the event room 412 is in use, room 123 will be used}

Special Presentation

Mr. Keith Morris, Director of Community Affairs, East Region, Walmart

Washington, D.C. -- Walmart announced a two-year plan to open four stores across the District, all scheduled to open in 2012. The new stores will be located at 801 New Jersey Avenue NW; Georgia and Missouri Avenue NW; Capitol Heights (East Capitol Street and 58th); and New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road. The size of each store will be between 80,000 and 120,000 square feet.

The stores will offer a full grocery selection, including fresh produce, a bakery, delicatessen and organic food items as well as a full service pharmacy and a wide variety of general merchandise. Walmart plans to open local hiring centers and will announce details soon. The retailer also plans to broaden its commitment to supporting local organizations, particularly in the areas of workforce development and education.

Last year, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $2.2 million in cash and in-kind gifts to D.C.-based non-profit organizations including the D.C. Central Kitchen, Rachael's Women's Center, Latino Economic Development Corporation, Capital Area Food Bank and the Center for Inspired Teaching.

ANC 7B Meeting Agenda - 2/17

FEBRUARY 17, 2011

7:00 Call to Order, Roll Call

7:02 Treasurer's Report/Quarterly Financial Report

7:05 Police Reports (PSAs 605, 606, 607) and Neighborhood Watch Reports

7:15 DC Fire Department

7:20 Speaker: DC Water, Mr. Briggs

7:50 Community Concerns

8:00 Old Business/New Business

8:05 Height Act Resolution

8:10 Motion for Executive Meetings

8:15 Approval of Minutes–October 21, 2010, November 18, 2010
and January 20, 2011 Meetings

8:20 Commissioners' Roundtable

8:40 Committee Reports/Standing Reports

-- Skyland Update
-- Pennsylvania Avenue Construction Update

8:55 Announcements

9:00 Adjourn

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Kudos to Ward 8's Newest Addition

Uniontown Bar & Grill is a welcomed addition to the East of the River family and specifically the Historic Anacostia neighborhood. Congress Heights on the Rise has a great review sums up my feelings in one word.

Finally a Washington Post article that gets it right. Chris Jenkins, author, can be seen at events all over East of the River. His mission is to really get to know the people and the neighborhoods in order to write about what's happening in the neighborhood. Here is Mr. Jenkins' article on Uniontown Bar & Grill.

Inside Uniontown Bar and Grill, three women sip on turquoise-colored cocktails at the bar and talk about life and love. Later, a pair of elderly sisters come in for a late lunch, plunk down pictures and talk about their grandchildren.

It could be a midday scene from any of U Street's chic hipster joints or an Adams Morgan eatery. But what makes the scene unusual is where it's happening: in Anacostia, a long-neglected area of the city where, until recently, residents' entertainment and retail options were few.

To read the full article, Click Here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hearing Video

Struck in DC from Jay Mallin on Vimeo.

Great video montage of Enforcement of Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Hearing created by Jay Mallin. There are two excerpts from Ms. V's testimony on behalf of the Hillcrest Community Civic Association. To see the full testimony, CLICK HERE.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Testimony - Enforcement of Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety

To view the Hillcrest Community Civic Association testimony on "Enforcement of Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety" before the Council Committee of Public Safety and Judiciary, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Community Dinner at Thai Orchid

At the Thai Orchid luncheon last month, it was suggested that after the news cameras are gone we should have monthly community dinners. In order to avoid standing community meetings it was suggested that we do 2nd Tuesdays at 7pm. That being said, you're invited to:

Community Dinner
Tuesday February 8, 2011, 7-8:30PM
Thai Orchid's Kitchen
2314 Pennsylvania Ave SE