We periodically share updates from your ANC commissioners, edited for brevity and clarity. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to your distribution list, please! –María Helena Carey
From Amber Gove, ANC 6A04
I’m grateful that fall is finally here (though it felt a bit more like winter this morning). Here are updates for this week and next, including an event tonight. Read on:
As many of you know, there was a homicide at 1:15 p.m. last Tuesday, October 16 in the 1300 block of D St NE. Ezequiel Fernando Jimenez Pinto, a resident of that block, was shot multiple times in front of his house. MPD has stated that this seems to be an isolated incident and is asking for residents to come forward with any information or video footage they might have from that time. Details here.
Yesterday morning, Monday October 23, at around 4 a.m. shots were fired near 12th Place and Constitution and several more shots were heard east of the area. If you have video footage or find evidence please contact 911 immediately and let me know so that I can follow up with MPD.
To respond to these and other concerns about the spike in gun violence in our community, Commander Kane will be joining us at our next ANC meeting on November 8th (Miner Elementary at 7 p.m.).
If you don’t already have one, please consider installing a security camera–footage can be very helpful to MPD in solving these crimes. DC will reimburse individuals up to $500 and businesses/churches up to $750. Details here.
Want to get engaged on this issue? Consider joining one of the Moms Demand Action upcoming events. Click here.
LA Ave Bike Lanes and a ride with Councilmember Allen
There is a meeting tonight with an open house starting at 6 p.m. at the Rayburn Building (Room 2253) with Congresswoman Norton and DDOT to review plans for protected bike lanes on Louisiana Ave, filling the gap between the Union Station/1st St NW and Pennsylvania Ave lanes. Details here.
On Sunday (related in that is also involves bikes) neighbors will host a community ride/fundraiser with Councilmember Charles Allen (weather permitting). The group will depart from Lincoln Park at 3 PM. RSVP and details here.
Hilloween, Rosedale and Halloween Celebrations
Eastern Market’s annual Hilloween celebration is this Friday, October 26th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.. Organizer Heather Schoell is once again putting on an amazing event with face painting, moon bounces and more. Details here.
Rosedale Recreation Center is hosting its annual Halloween event with crafts, a moon bounce and food this Saturday, October 27th from 12-4 p.m. Commissioner Sondra Philips-Gilbert is seeking volunteers, particularly students who need community service hours. Register here.
Also please be especially patient on Halloween as parents and caregivers try to safely navigate our streets, in the dark, with kids full of sugar. If you are interested in making portions of East Capitol Street car-free on Halloween night, please contact me–I’m trying to gauge interest to inform DDOT/MPD (if not for this year then perhaps for next).
Early voting has begun–please make your voice heard. In our hyper-local races literally every vote counts. ANC candidate statements are posted here.
You can vote now at Judiciary Square and starting Friday at Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St NE). You also should have received a notice of the location of your regular polling place for Tuesday November 6th. If you previously voted at Eliot-Hine MS that location has moved to Mt. Moriah Church at 1636 East Capitol Street. More information here.
Thanks and stay safe out there.
From Mark Eckenwiler, ANC 6C04
Robert White, Jr.–who represents the entire District as an at-large member of the Council of DC–will be holding an open meeting on Thursday, October 25 at Tunnicliff’s Tavern, 222 7th St. SE from 6-8 p.m.
This is an opportunity for Ward 6 residents to hear from him and to ask questions about his work on the Council and District government in general. (It is not a campaign event or fundraiser. CM White is not up for election in 2018; his term runs for another two years.) Please pass this invitation along to your friends & neighbors.
From Phil Toomajian, ANC 6A02
There have been too many troubling crimes reported in our community over the past month. From shootings, to robberies, to a car stolen with a child in it, it’s been a troubling stretch for public safety in our community.
As a result, ANC6A has arranged for MPD leadership to attend our next meeting to discuss these issues with us. That meeting is Thursday, November 8, 7 p.m. at Miner Elementary and all neighbors are welcome to join us. I expect we will have the Commanders for the First District and the Fifth District both present that evening.
Regarding the two recent homicides on D Street NE, the first homicide was closed with an arrest, but the second has not been. MPD has suggested that they believe it was a targeted incidence and not related to the first or a sign of an ongoing issue.
What can you do? If you and your neighbors do not have exterior security cameras, the police, the other ANC6A commissioner and I all highly recommend getting them. Thanks to Councilmember Charles Allen, DC has a program that essentially reimburses you for the expense and private home security footage is often the key evidence that determines whether the police are able to solve crimes like these. More info on the program is available by clicking here.
God willing, there won’t be more violent crime in our neighborhood, but if there is, hopefully our neighborhood can be well-positioned to help solve those crimes and hold those responsible for them accountable, thanks in part to a good network of exterior security cameras.