CM Bonds: Community Action Budget Workshop | December 7, 2013 @ 9AM

As the holiday season begins, we have to be mindful of the upcoming budget season for the District. In an effort to make sure our leaders in the community voices are heard during the budget process, Councilmember Anita Bonds would like to invite you to participate in a Community Action Budget Workshop. During this workshop, you will be able to engage in dialogue with District Agency Department Directors on what your funding priorities are for your community and the city in Fiscal Year 2015.

Councilmember Bonds will be hosting the first Budget Workshop on Saturday, December 7, 2014 at the Department of Employment Services (DOES), 4058 Minnesota Ave NE at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. At this workshop some of the topics that will be discussed include Affordable Housing, Rental Assistance and Workforce Development (Job Training). We will be joined by Director Michael Kelly, Department of Housing and Community Development; Director Lisa Mallory, Department of Employment Services; and Director Adrianne Todman, Executive Director DC Housing Authority.

We hope you can join us next week to make sure your voice is heard about your community needs. Make sure you invite you constituents and neighbors. I have attached a flier for you to share. Community Action Summit Flyer

DPW: Next HHW/E-cycling/Document Shredding Event | December 7th, 2013 @ 8AM

The DC Department of Public Works will hold its next monthly Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding drop-off Saturday, December 7, 8 am to 3 pm, at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station*.  The monthly drop-off is held every first Saturday, except holidays, at Ft. Totten, between 8 am and 3 pm. 

During the monthly HHW/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding event, District residents may bring toxic items such as pesticides, batteries and cleaning fluids to Ft. Totten, along with computers, televisions and other unwanted electronic equipment.  Personal document shredding also is available that day and residents may bring up to five boxes of materials to be shredded.  No business or commercial material will be accepted. 

To accommodate residents whose religious beliefs prohibit them from using the Saturday drop-off, DPW will accept household hazardous waste and e-cyclables on Thursday, December 5 from 1 pm to 5 pm.  While DPW normally offers personal document shredding during the Saturday event, items to be shredded cannot be accepted on Thursday, December 5 because these documents cannot be protected until the shredding contractor arrives on Saturday.  (DPW usually provides this alternate drop-off day the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month.)  For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at

For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at

DPW reminds residents that certain batteries (lithium-based and batteries greater than 9 volts) should be taped before being brought to Ft. Totten.  Lithium-based batteries are most commonly found in cell phones, digital cameras and laptops.  Also, hearing aids, watches and keyless remotes typically use button cells, containing lithium.  To safely dispose of batteries with lithium or batteries of greater than 9 volts, put clear, masking or electrical tape on the batteries’ terminals.  Flat button batteries can be sandwiched between two layers of tape.  Examples are pictured on the next page.  Place these batteries in a separate container from other batteries that don’t require being taped, e.g., A, AAA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries.

*Directions to Ft. Totten, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE:  Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street.  Directions from additional locations can be found at

DDOW: Public Training Seminars – Green Area Ratio

The Green Area Ratio (GAR) is a new environmental zoning regulation in the District of Columbia that became effective on October 1, 2013.

The Office of Planning and the District Department of the Environment are offering free training seminars on the GAR. Each seminar will provide an overview of the GAR, the plan submittal process, the GAR Guidebook, and the role of the Certified Landscape Expert. Information about the GAR is also available at

All GAR training seminars will be conducted at the District Department of the Environment, located at 1200 1st St NE, Washington, DC.

Three training sessions are scheduled as follows:

-December 5, 2013 (2:00-4:30 pm), Room 718/719

-December 12, 2013 (9:00-11:30 am), Room 718/719

Please contact me at or 202-715-7644 to sign up for a GAR training date.


Pepco: Benning Power Plant Demolition Open House | November 16, 2013 @ 10AM

On Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., Pepco Energy Services (PES) will host an Open House where nearby businesses and residents can get information about the demolition of the Benning Power Plant. The Open House will feature exhibits about the demolition procedures and schedule. Representatives from PES, Pepco and its contractors will be available to describe the measures to ensure public safety throughout the demolition process and answer your questions concerning air monitoring, site water management, traffic, and demolition methods. This Open House will be held at the District Department of Employment Services, 4058 Minnesota Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20019. Interested residents and businesses can drop in anytime between the hours of 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. for information.

The Benning demolition Fact Sheet and FAQsare available for the public via the Benning Service Center website,, and at the following public libraries – Anacostia, Deanwood, Dorothy Height/Benning, Francis A. Gregory and Rosedale

DPR: Community Meetings to Discuss Fees and Regulations

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will convene a series of open community meetings to offer the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes to DPR’s permit fees and regulations.

At the meetings, DPR will solicit opinions on a proposal to revise its permit fees from a flat rate to an hourly rate, and to discuss a plan on a new “fee-based use” permit for applicants who charge their participants for activities and for priority of use. DPR plans to examine the use of its facilities for fund-raising activities, the sale of foods and beverages, and to establish procedures that comply with District of Columbia law, and allow clear guidelines for these commercial activities. DPR manages permits for the facilities used for games, practices, community meetings, and other special events.

“DPR has a long-standing tradition of issuing permits for the District’s fields, gymnasiums, parks and facilities. As the agency continues to provide excellent services, there is a recognized need to update DPR’s permit fees and regulations,” said Interim Director Sharia Shanklin, Ed.D. “It is very important that we engage the community to collect feedback and comments regarding these changes. I encourage all District residents and stakeholders to attend these informative meetings.”

The three meetings will be held the following days and locations:
• Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 6:30-8:00 pm, at Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Ave., NW)
• Monday, November 25, 2013, at 6:30-8:00 pm, at Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th St., NE)
• Thursday, December 5, 2013, at 6:30-8:00 pm, at Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th St., NW)

If a resident is unable to attend any of the meetings, written comments may be submitted to the Constituent Services and Permits Manager Jacqueline Alvarado at All written comments must be submitted no later than Thursday, December 5, 2013.

ANC: Monthly meeting | November 14, 2013 @7PM


The ANC meeting tonight meeting will be held tonight.  The Commission meets at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE (Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church).



7:00 PM  Roll Call of ANC Commissioners

7:05 PM Community Concerns and Comments

1.     ANC Commissioners with updates

2.     Community Comments

7:25 PM Updates from Councilmember Alexander Office

7:30 PM Updates from the Mayor’s Office

7:35 PM Washington East Development Alliance/BID Council

8:15 PM ANC Administrative Business

* Approval of Past Minutes – October 2013

* Approval of 2014 Budget

* Approval of Quarterly Report

* Letter of Support for Community Improvement Corridor (WEDA)

* Vote for Resolution for Zoning Rules Rewrite to submit to Zoning Commission

* Vote for resolution to submit to Council Education Committee on DCPS School

Boundary changes

8:30 PM Announcements from the Community

9:00 PM Adjournment