13 Sep 2017


Updates From Your ANC Commissioners

We periodically share updates from your ANC commissioners, only lightly edited for clarity and time considerations. Although these are most pertinent to particular single member districts (SMDs), we feel the information shared can be of interest to the whole Capitol Hill community. Are you an ANC commissioner who shares regular updates? Add thehillishome@gmail.com to your distribution list, please! –María Helena Carey

The DC flag. Photo by María Helena Carey, via Instagram.

Update from Phil Toomajian, ANC 6A02

Thanks to the efforts of ANC6A Commissioners present and past, including former Commission Chair David Holmes, Councilmember Charles Allen, and DDOT’s current leadership, the hazardous intersection at 10th and Massachusetts Avenue NE is scheduled to be adjusted to allow for safer passage for vehicles and pedestrians alike.  Some changes have already been made here and in the coming month or so we will also see the intersection converted to an All-Way Stop intersection.  The minor inconvenience that stopping Massachusetts Avenue traffic at 10th St NE may post for east and westbound traffic should go a long way to ensuring safer passage for 10th Street traffic and for pedestrians here.

Updates from Dr. Aimee Grace, ANC 6B07

1) Southeast Boulevard Environmental Assessment Public Meeting, Saturday, Sept. 16, 10am-12pm (formal presentation at 10:30am) at Chamberlain Elementary School (1345 Potomac Ave SE).

2) Anacostia Riverkeeper-Clean Waterways Volunteer event next Saturday, Sept. 16, 9a-12pm: Help clean up trash along the Anacostia River as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day.  See attached flyer for more info.

3) Meet up with DC Council Chairman Mendelson in Ward 6 at Firehook Bakery & Coffeehouse (215 Penn Ave SE): Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10-11:30am.  More info on my Facebook page as noted below.

4) Little Lights (non-profit Christian organization working in Potomac Gardens and Hopkins) has some exciting opportunities coming up:

Volunteer to mentor or tutor youth this fall in Potomac Gardens or Hopkins: more info here

Racial Literacy 101 series starts Oct. 11: an 11-session study and discussion group on race and racism (see flyer attached)

Little Lights Benefit on Saturday, Sept 30, 6-10pm at Howard Theater (more info here)

5) MPD Community Engagement Academy: Many thanks to MPD 1D Commander Kane and the DC Housing Police team for their hard work this summer in keeping our community as safe as possible.  If you’d like to learn more about MPD, you can consider applying for its Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 Community Engagement Academy, which provides interested community members the ability to learn about a lot of police operations up close.  More info here.

6) International Peace Day event: volunteers/donations needed: Our neighbor Ms. Abena Disroe in leadership at Hopkins is planning an International Peace Day event on Sept 21 (6-9pm).  She is looking for help in the areas of a) Flyer development; b) Donations of refreshments; c) Someone to film the event; and d) Recommendations for nominees to win community awards honoring those that promote peace.  If you can help or make recommendations for any of the above, please email Ms. Abena directly ASAP at tellgod.all@gmail.com.

7) Free Flu Shots at Safeway, 415 14th Street SE, on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 4-6:30pm.  More info on my FB page.

8) Homeownership Workshop: Saturday, Sept. 16, 9am-65pm, UPO Ralph Waldo Greene Community Service Center (2907 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave SE) – see attached flyer for more details.

9) Opportunity Job Fair: Sept. 20, 2017 from 9am-3pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC.  Please pass along this info if you know opportunity youth (16-24 year olds that are not working or in school).  More information in the attached flyer.

10) Info from DC Hunger Solutions: Produce Plus Makes Farmers Markets Affordable for All: DC residents who receive SNAP, Medicaid, WIC, TANF, SSI Disability, Medicare QMB, or Senior Grocery Plus are eligible for the Produce Plus program. Qualified customers can get $10 per farmers’ market visit up to two times per week to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs. Customers must pick up Produce Plus checks at one of the distributing farmers’ markets and can visit more than 50 farmers’ markets across the District to use the checks. This program is a great way for District residents to stretch their budget and be able to buy fresh produce. For a list of participating markets, check out this page. For more information about the Produce Plus program, email D.C. Greens at produceplus@dcgreens.org, or call the Produce Plus hotline at 202-888-4834.

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