I wanted to share a picture of the rain barrel that DC's RiverSmart Homes program just installed for me on Wednesday. Apparently my house is one of the first 5 or so in NW to get the rain barrel (rumor is only the second, woo-hoo!).
Rain barrels normally cost $200-400, not including installation; DC provided the barrel and installed it for only $30. DC Greenworks, who did the actual installation, is working through the waiting list now, but they expect to order more barrels and continue on. The next thing I'm waiting for is the RiverSmart program's landscaping and drainage advisor to come do a site visit. With that advice in hand, I’ll be able to take advantage of the further assistance (up to $1200) they provide, such as help installing a shade tree, native plants, a rain garden, and/or pervious pavers. More info can be found here.
If you want to see the rain barrel before signing up, just email me.
[from Susan M.]
Our neighbor Dolores Smith, who lives on Allison St does a lot to take care of neighborhood stray cats, including trapping feral cats & getting them spayed or neutered and released. She just emailed me that she has FIFTEEN kittens right now - I guess it's that time of year. If you might be interested in fostering (keeping kittens until they can get adopted and helping to tame them) or maybe know someone interested in adopting, email me and I can get you in touch.
[from Wayan V.]
Woohoo! DDOT has started the process of putting in raised median islands on New Hampshire Avenue just south of Grant Circle.
From past ANC meetings, I remember there was a controversy about this work. Some folks were against DDOT planting trees in the median. Thankfully, that objection was over-ruled and this time next year we'll have a median well on its way to being a green island in a sea of pavement, bringing shade and slowing down those New Hampshire Avenue speeders.
[from Wayan V.]
Vehicular Tree Slaughter in Grant Circle
Recently I came across a crime scene in Grant Circle - a vehicular tree slaughter. One of the young trees was cut down in its prime by yet another speeding driver who drove through, instead of around, Grant Circle.
Where are reflectors, rumble strips, speed humps, or at least working park lights - to slow drivers down and alert them that Grant Circle is ahead? Do we really need to graduate from vehicular tree slaughter to vehicular manslaughter before we get slowing on New Hampshire Avenue?
[from Lara H.]
A dog in foster care on behalf of the Washington Animal Rescue League is missing. Berdina is a brindle/gray/white pit bull mix who is VERY friendly and was last seen in the area of Longfellow and Blair Streets, NW on April 21. The league's staff and volunteers have been looking for her and posting fliers, but with no luck so far. She weighs about 50 pounds and was last seen wearing a red, white, and blue "Obama" collar with a red rabies tag. We're really worried about her. I have attached a picture of Berdina. She's a sweet girl! Anyone with information can call Mary at WARL (202-375-7755).
[from Mark K.]
Our cat got out of our house on Varnum Street (near Grant Circle) and we didn't notice until a while later. She's pure white short hair, missing one of her front legs. Got out the evening of May 2nd. If you find her, please call Dan at 202-352-0408 or Mark at 202-412-4687.
[from the Office of the Mayor]
Fenty to Start Demolition of Vacant Property on Georgia Avenue, Begin $35M Project
Continuing the momentum of the Administration’s efforts to provide greater housing options and improve the overall quality of life for District residents along Georgia Avenue and in the Petworth neighborhood, Mayor Adrian Fenty will begin demolition of the property at 3910-3912 Georgia Avenue, NW and announce the District and its development partners will transform the site into Georgia Commons - a facility to feature new housing units and a new health clinic.
Monday May 4, 11:15am
3910-3912 Georgia Ave, NW
LaKritz Adler is pleased to report that they have signed a lease with CVS to bring a pharmacy and convenience store to the Petworth neighborhood, at Georgia and New Hampshire and directly across from the entrance to the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station. Construction will begin late this fall, with the store expected to open in late spring of 2010.
[from Marni L.]
Meeting for Friends of the Petworth Playground/Spray Park/Rec Center
We are finishing up the Parks Partnership application, to make the Friends of the Petworth Playgrounds/Spray Park official (to be able to raise cash and do improvements,etc.) We are continuing the process started last year by several active neighborhood residents. We would like to meet with interested neighbors to finalize the board that is needed for the application, as well as gauge interest, participation, areas of expertise etc. We need a group of people to make this Parks Partnership work, and to realize the changes, maintenance, programs and upgrades that we want.
So... If you are interested and motivated, if you have concerns you would like addressed, please meet at the Petworth Rec Center, corner of 8th and Taylor Street NW, Thursday April 30th, 7:00pm. If you are interested but can not make it, please email me directly and I will add you to the mailing list and send you a summary of the meeting.
Thanks in advance!
Thanks to all those that pitched in for the cleanup along New Hampshire Avenue on Saturday. And kudos to Prince of Petworth for pulling it together! Here's the post with more pics on PoP:
This school year, DC VOICE completed our 5th annual Ready Schools Project, the district's largest ever volunteer-led community audit of public school quality, where teams of ordinary citizens volunteered to visit over 100 schools and interview principals about school needs and city support. In conjunction with local partners, we then hosted 4 town hall meetings where over 200 parents, educators, students, and community members came together to analyze and discuss data from the various aspects of the 2008 Ready Schools Project. In November, data on staffing, instruction, technology, and security was presented. Subsequently, in February, participants reviewed data on parental involvement, school-community partnerships, and wraparound services and provided instant feedback with the use of hand-held polling devices.
Because these meetings have been so successful and contributed to a meaningful dialogue about school reform on a community level, we want to provide another opportunity to learn the results and share your impressions and reactions to this important data. DC VOICE is pleased to join PTAs of Roosevelt and Coolidge in inviting you to a special town hall meeting designed specifically for the families and students who live, work or are involved with schools in Ward 4 for an encore presentation of this year’s findings from the Ready Schools Project.
In May, attendees of the numerous town halls will reconvene not only to present the results from the various discussions but discuss additional data and possible next steps.
Thank you and we hope you can attend!
[from Carol H.]
The Petworth Library is hosting a children’s party on Saturday, April 25, with performances at 10:30am and 3pm. Refreshments and a piñata will be served. It’s a great chance to meet librarian Robin Imperial and her staff.
Also, Friends of the Petworth Library is being revived, and the next meeting is Monday, April 27, at 6:30pm at the library, Kansas Avenue at Upshur Street. The Friends have begun to collect books for a fund-raising book sale. There is a collection box at the library.
And a rant/plea:
Let’s declare Grant Circle, Clark Elementary and every tiny park in the Petworth area “carry in, carry out” parks. The state of Delaware does this – they don’t even provide trash receptacles. This should apply to soccer players, the teens who play pickup basketball and those who neatly bag their dogs’ pooh, then leave the bags on the playing fields. I would advocate more action: Every time you use Clark or Grant Circle for recreation or a dog walk or whatever, leave it cleaner than it was when you got there. See a bottle on the ground – put it in the trash. Cursing the “them” who left their trash behind, then walking over it, is wasted energy.
[press release from dc.gov]
April 10, 2009
Metropolitan Police to Begin Anti-Littering Enforcement Efforts
The Anti-Littering Amendment Act of 2008, which was passed by the Council of the District of Columbia in December 2008, went into effect at the end of March. The new law prohibits individuals from disposing, causing, or allowing the disposal of litter from a vehicle upon any public or private property. Litter includes all rubbish, waste matter, refuse, garbage, trash, debris, dead animals, or other discarded materials of every kind and description.
Starting April 10, 2009 (today), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will begin a 30-day warning period to alert motorists of the littering violation and associated fines. Following the warning period, police will begin issuing actual Notices of Infraction (NOIs) to motorists caught littering from their vehicles. The fine for a traffic littering violation is $100 per violation.
Litter poses health risks, harms water quality and wildlife habitat, and is an offense against communities. Neighborhoods with a lot of litter are at risk of more serious crime and disorder.
“Keeping streets and sidewalks clean also helps to keep our neighborhoods safe,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “Police officers, with our round–the–clock presence on the streets of the District, can support the important mission of the Department of Public Works and the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City to keep our city clean.”
[from Cecilia Jones, NWCHCA President]
Mayor Adrian Fenty and Councilmember Jim Graham will speak at the next Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association Meeting
Washington, DC, April 2009 - The Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association welcomes Mayor Adrian Fenty and Councilmember Jim Graham to respond to questions regarding public safety and quality of life in Columbia Heights. All are welcome. Simultaneous Spanish-language interpretation will be provided.
“Spotlight” Panel: Human trafficking, brothel operation and prostitution:
- Deputy Attorney General Robert Hildum, Office of Attorney General
- Detective Mark Gilkey, MPD Narcotics and Special Investigations Unit
- Carolina De Los Rios, PhD, Polaris Project
Monday, April 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: St Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St NW, WDC 20010 (near the corner of 16th and Newton, downstairs cafeteria, red doors, 16th St side)
Since 2008, NWCHCA is a 501C3 community group whose geographic range is from 13th to 16th Streets, from Meridian Place to Spring Road. NWCHCA works to improve quality-of-life, increase public safety and promote community involvement. We expect at least 100 community members to attend this meeting.
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for a summary of key topics to be addressed during the Q&A session with Mayor Fenty.
Petworth news over on DC Kaleidoscope:
WASA reports a 8" water main is off for repair at Allison Street between 3rd & 4th St. NW. Approx: 28 homes affected. Approx: 6-8 hours before repairs are complete.
In Park View news, DC Kaleidoscope reports:
[from Joseph M.]
On Tuesday morning [3/31] at 4100 Georgia Avenue NW - the new building at Georgia and Taylor (where Yes Organic Market will be located this summer) - there will be a ribbon-cutting at 9:30am with Mayor Fenty, Councilmember Bowser, our neighbors and others.
For more info: The Residences at Georgia Avenue
This from the AFRH listserv, according to a recent WBJ article:
The Armed Forces Retirement Home, where major development plans by Crescent Resources LLC recently fell through, is now its own historic district.
Click here for the latest update of DC's Great Streets plan for Georgia Avenue. This was presented at the ANC 4C meeting a few weeks ago, thanks to Joe Martin for sending.
[from Joseph M.]
Neighbors recently complained about the increase in dog waste inside Grant Circle. I asked Donald Kirk of the National Park Service (NPS) for help. As usual, he quickly responded, and the NPS put up new signage this week in Grant Circle reading "Clean Up After Your Pet."
Don emailed me today to say that a couple more signs will be added to the four installed on different sides of the Circle.
Grant Circle is federal land. It's nice to have a good working relationship with Mr. Kirk. He's been helpful many times in the past and continues to be so.
Mayor's Office of Community Relations & Services
& ANC 4C09 Commissioner / 4C Chair
[from Meghan M.]
Greater DC Cares has begun a new initiative to engage volunteers in Petworth, Columbia Heights, and Mount Pleasant, in an attempt to build more integrated, sustainable neighborhoods. We currently work with over 500 non-profits, and have a volunteer base of over 5,000 people in the area. While this is great, this year we seek to condense our efforts in specific local areas, in order to create more of a community around volunteer work.
For example, instead of having people from VA come to Petworth's Oromo Center - a local non-profit that specializes in helping immigrants from Ethiopia learn English, become accustomed to American culture, and gain a support network - we encourage people from the area to get involved. That way residents can be more aware of the goings-on in the community and meet neighbors with the same interests.
We are looking for volunteers to help at local non-profits such as the Oromo Center, as well as a few people to help us post flyers in the area, go door to door to talk to neighbors, connect with churches and schools in the area, and otherwise spread the word! If you are interested in helping with community outreach, or would like to join Greater DC Cares, please email Meghan McNamara.
[from Julie P.]
On Sunday morning (3/15/09) an older, medium-sized long-haired black male dog was found wandering around near Kansas and Randolph with no collar. He was clearly lost and had been outside for awhile. He was taken to the shelter at the NY Avenue Washington DC Humane Society. He seemed like a really nice dog. For inquiries or adoption, please call the shelter at 202-576-6664.
As posted on DC Kaleidoscope, the west escalators at the Georgia Ave-Petworth metro have finally been reopened.
[from Joseph Martin, Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS), Outreach and Services Specialist - Ward 4]
Late last week the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations & Services (MOCRS) with assistance from DDOT, the DPW and the Neighborhood Development Company removed temporary traffic signage no longer in use. This was one of our many recent, weekly projects - “fix its” - in Ward 4.
Areas where discarded signage was removed include sidewalks near the Petworth Recreation Center on Taylor Street, the Petworth Library and Kansas Avenue between Upshur and Taylor. Our office in conjunction with the DPW is continuing with graffiti abatement, weather permitting, up and down Georgia Avenue all as part of “Operation Fix It.”
Please click here to view photos of last week’s Petworth Fix-it.
Other recent “fix its” in Ward 4 have included:
- DPW alley cleanings near the 500 block of Taylor St NW, the 300 block of Delafield St NW and 7th Place NW between Farragut and Gallatin
- Extensive graffiti abatement near Madison St and Georgia Ave
- The removal of illegally-dumped trash in several alleys from the Georgia Ave “Gateway” area
- Graffiti abatement in alleys to the south of the 400 and 500 blocks of Crittenden St NW
- Extensive graffiti abatement at the Kansas Avenue NW railroad underpass near Chillum Place NE
- Traffic and parking signage replacement, to replace damaged or faded signage, on Kansas at 13th St NW, 13th St NW near Rittenhouse, Madison Street NE and North Capitol.
“Operation Fix-It” is Mayor Fenty’s multi-agency initiative aimed at abating crime, blight, and compliance issues in communities throughout DC. The Fix-Its are held weekly and the locations are generated directly from concerned citizens.
This week’s target area includes alleys parallel to Kennedy Street NW between 7th Street NW and Illinois Avenue NW. We will meet on Kennedy Street east of 8th Street NW on Thursday morning at 9:15am. A notice about that will be posted in the next day to the Brightwood and MPD-4D Yahoo Groups.
[from Joe M.]
The Metro’s 64 bus now travels from the Ft. Totten metro downtown to the Federal Triangle area.
Here’s a link to the bus’ schedule and route.
After leaving the Ft. Totten station, the bus travels south down New Hampshire Avenue through Grant Circle, stopping at the Georgia/Petworth metro. Further south, the bus turns right on Park Road and then left - southbound - on 11th Street to Pennsylvania Avenue and to Constitution Avenue.
Neighbors at a recent UNTS meeting mentioned that they did not know of the change in route. I thought this would be helpful news to my Petworth neighbors.
[from Lisa Jackson, President, West's Parent, Staff & Community Org]
Because of the impending snowstorm, we have made the decision to postpone Monday's Family Reading Night and Pajama Party activities to Thursday, March 5th. We hope you can still come out to join us.
I would like to invite you to join us at West School's Family Reading Night on Monday, March 2nd, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday! Even if you don't already have a student at West, this is a good opportunity to come see what the school is all about. We will be having story-times, giveaways, a book raffle, a silent auction to raise money for our annual Spring Fling, and more! Oh, and did I mention it's a Pajama Party?
So bring the kids and come on by for a fun evening. The event runs from 5:30-7pm in the West cafeteria. More details can be found on our website here.
Hope to see you there, and if you have questions, don't hesitate to drop me a note! West is at 1338 Farragut Street NW.
[from Elizabeth G.]
This year Yoga House Studio has been nominated in the Washington City Paper's BEST OF DC yoga studio category!
Please take just a second and cast your vote here.
Thank you for making YOGA HOUSE part of the fabric of PETWORTH and COLUMBIA HEIGHTS on Georgia Avenue, and indeed Washington DC. Together we have created this wonderful community and I am honored to be a part of it.
Appreciation to City Paper for this contest and thanks to that certain someone for nominating us. I appreciate the many ways that each of you looks out for Yoga House.
Many of you have said that what you love about Yoga House is that all feel welcome. You are!
Sat Nam, Namaste, Elizabeth
[from Reyn A.]
School options, Pre-K and beyond
Tuesday, March 3, 7:15pm
All Souls Church (16th & Harvard) - Tupper room
Informal presentation by parents, followed by Q&A. Discussion will address the following: what school our kids are going to this year; why we chose it, what we like about it, what we don't like about it, and what are plans are for the future (or, at least next year).
Invited guests include: Ward 1 rep Dotti Love-Wade, someone from Michelle Rhee's office, the director of communications from the DC public charter schools school board, and a representative from FOCUS - Friends of Choice in Urban School.
Feel free to bring refreshments (including beer & wine) for informal reception afterwards. Please RSVP by email so we can have an idea about numbers.
Nothing against a church, but it sure would be great to see such a large and unique building re-imagined. With a little work it could be great for an Eastern Market-style space, for example.
In case some people weren't aware, the DC government offers free wi-fi hotspots all over the city. In Petworth the locations are:
Petworth Rec Center, 801 Taylor Street
Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue
Raymond Rec Center, 915 Spring Road
Parkview Community Center, 693 Otis Place
Rudolph Rec Center, 5200 2nd Street
Emery Rec Center, 5801 Georgia Avenue
The full map is here. Domku and Sweet Mango Cafe also offer free wi-fi. Any other local hotspots out there?
[from Wayan V.]
A call for a pooch poop-free Grant Circle:
This morning I was talking with Tegest, who with her husband Malessa owns the corner store at 5th and Shepherd. Their business has been hurting during this downturn and she asked what she could do to encourage more customers. I was telling her that if they carried organic milk, for example, I'd buy it there all the time if the price was reasonable.
I went back and found a previous post about this. There were many good comments and suggestions for improvements. The city program mentioned in the post (reStoreDC) didn't pan out in terms of funds for the store, but I just printed out the comments and will drop them off there (better late than never), to make sure they saw them.
It seems like the property owner doesn't want to spend money on the building itself. But it's clear there are plenty of upgrades that can be done by the business owners themselves. I'll discuss the comments with them and see what they want to do.
One idea - maybe if residents were willing to join a one-off volunteer crew, we could help them do a quick makeover. Any takers?
Tegest also said people could email her directly with requests to carry specific items.
[from Emilie S.]
I'm very excited to let you know that Barnard Elementary will be hosting an open house for families interested in the school on Feb 19th at 5pm. Principals Dr. Hopkinson and Mr. Precious will share information on the school and be there to answer questions.
Barnard is a preschool-5th grade DCPS school located at 4th and Decatur in Petworth.
[from Joseph Martin, ANC 4C Chair]
ANC 4C's agenda tonight will include the following [Petworth-related] items:
- Response to BZA pertaining to proposed circular stairwell in rear of 4114 New Hampshire Avenue NW
- Letter to DDOT about parking issue at Allison Street NW and 3rd Street NW
- Letter pertaining to traffic-calming on New Hampshire Avenue NW at Grant Circle
ANC 4C meets the second Tuesdays of most months at 801 Shepherd Street NW, Community Room, from 6:30pm to 8:45pm.
For more information, call Deborah Parker at the ANC 4C office at 202-723-6670.
[from Cassandra M., via the Petworth listserv]
Petworth is close to having an official dog park! Check out the article on page 3 of the Northwest Current. Many, many thanks to Jean Badalamenti, President of the Friends of the 16th Street Heights Parks, for making this possible.
Be sure to check out the Petworth Library event schedule, now posted (and updated weekly) in the left sidebar. Who knew they have so much going on: films, workshops, kids' storytimes, English classes...
[from Carol H.]
Petworth Library is celebrating its 70th anniversary this Saturday (1/31) at 11:30am with cake and punch. The party will follow the children’s story hour. Please come, show your support, meet the new librarian (Robin Imperial) and sign up for the relaunched Friends of the Library support group.
[from Denaise S.]
I had the privilege of joining Councilmember Muriel Bowser, community organizers, friends, family and neighbors at Petworth’s Raymond Recreation Center in recognition of the Martin Luther King Holiday and President Obama’s call for service on Monday, January 19, 2009.
There was the neighbor who spotted work crews from his window and carried over brooms, dust pans and shovels. The sweet visitor from North Carolina joined by her host - who came upon the crew while walking his dog - that carefully removed poison ivy while leaving the honeysuckle untouched for springtime delights. And my sister and niece, in from Towson Md., happy to do their part.
It was a cold, wonderful day!
photos by Slingshot
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