Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Truxton Circle Happy Hour tonight

copied from the Truxton Circle dispatch
Don't forget tonight is the Truxton Circle Happy Hour at Bar Pilar. (Details below)

If you haven't been before...this ain't your usual community meeting. No agenda, committee reports, or guest speakers...just hangin' out with your

Oh you know neighborhood issues will come up...just quite a bit more raucously...especially after a couple adult beverages.

Hope to see you tonight!

Scott Shappell

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Mondie and Group homes

From Jim

1. Mondie Proposal: As we strategized on last Wednesday, Mr. Mondie saw the wisdom of deferring his plans to proceed with the Board of Zoning Adjustment hearing on December 13, 2005; hence, we withdrew his request for support from ANC 5C at tonight's meeting. I believe that Mr. Mondie wants to develop a plan for the properties on Richardson Place, NW that is acceptable to his neighbors. As soon as possible, he wants to meet with community residents to present his revised plans for the properties and from the plans he showed me tonight, I could see several of the recommendations made to him at the BACA meeting reflected in this work.

Unfortunately, I will be on travel (for my real job, i.e., the one that enables me to pay my mortgage) from 11/16/2005 until 11/23/2005. So, I will be back in touch when I return to set up the follow-up meeting with Mr. Mondie and his representative.

2. Group Home Initiative: The next meeting of those who are interested in working on this initiative is tomorrow night, i.e., Wednesday, November 16, 2005, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at Ben's Chili Bowl, 13th and U Streets, NW, in the rear of the building. The agenda will include an update on the status of the new group homes that are rumored for our area, as well as a report on the feedback that was received from Council Member Fenty in response to a letter that was written to him about these rumored facilities.

As we begin to grapple with this problem, we are conducting an inventory of all group homes, boarding houses, nuisance properties, vacant properties, that presently exist within our area. Therefore, any one who is aware of or strongly suspects that there is a group home, a boarding house, a nuisance property or a vacant property on his/her block, please email that specific address to me as soon as possible. Once we get an accurate sense of what we actually have out there, then we can develop an effective strategy to deal with those that are currently presenting problems to us, as well as defend against new, unwanted facilities that might be contemplated for our neighborhood.

3. Citizen Summit IV: While a competing professional obligation will not allow me to be with you on Saturday, I strongly encourage every resident of the community who is able, to be present. This is the ideal opportunity to get our public safety, zoning, alcoholic beverage control, sanitation, recreation and other major concerns on the proverbial table of policy-makers from the DC Government. As you well know, our needs are many and if we are to get them attended to or adequately met in the near future, we must show up and participate in forums of this kind in large numbers. This will be the first summit that I have missed and I really feel bad about it. Nevertheless, I know that there are those among you who will take good notes and will fill me in on the details when I return.


Jim Berry

Friday, November 11, 2005

5D CAC Meeting

From Art

Dear 5D Community Members:

Because Thanksgiving this month falls on the fourth Thursday, which is the traditional day of the Fifth District Citizens' Advisory Council meeting, we will be holding our monthly meeting on the third Thursday, November 17, 2005 at MPD 5D Headquarters, 1805 Bladensburg Rd, NE at 7:00 pm.

At this meeting we will hear the Commander's Report, conduct some Old Business, hear any pressing community concerns and then bring in some good old pre-holiday cheer.

Refreshments will be provided but if you can't resist preparing a favorite dish or a dessert, please feel free.

We're also partnering with 5D for the annual Fall Food Basket Drive, so consider bringing a non-perishable food item to this gathering. We also invite you to volunteer to help us prepare and wrap food baskets on November 22, 2005 at 5D Headquarters to bring holiday cheer to 5D families. For more information, please
call (202) 698-0111.

And once again, I'd like to thank the honorees and all of you who supported and contributed to the success of the recent 2005 5D CAC Awards Dinner.


Art Slater
Chair, Fifth District Citizens' Advisory Council (5D CAC)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Abrv BACA meeting

For the meeting of Nov 7 2005.
Sgt. Mitchell of 5D spoke. Don't buy a Chrysler. Or if you have a Chrysler buy a Club or something because these cars are easy to break into and steal. I say get a stick shift, those things are a b!cth to drive. Something about the Partnerships for Problem Solving, they are looking at the methadone clinic, which is run by a private group. Also they will try talking to SOME. Something about residential parking and tracking parking violations.
Art Slater of the Land Use, Planning and Economic Development Committee spoke.
John has his notes on the BZA Case No. 17404 for 410-416 Richardson Pl on the Truxton Circle's Daily Dispatch.
There was much chatter about unregistered group homes on the unit block of Bates. Of course the conversation seemed to confuse group homes with halfway houses it seemed. Anita Bonds, injected a little voice of reason for the cause of keeping the neighborhood diverse. The voices against group homes also got on a perceivable anti-renter vibe.
Other quick notes, Mary Ann is looking into wreaths for Bates Street and possibly surrounding areas.
We need to get house numbers on our back doors or back fences because we will be fined. Methinks people won't bother until their neighbors start getting fines.

DC Department of Parks and Recreation and Our Needs as a Community

From Jim


Below please find a list of dates that the DC Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting a series of open houses to receive comments on their Master Plan. It seems to me that the meeting at the Kennedy Playground provides a good opportunity for those of us who live below Florida Avenue, NW to talk about the recreation and leisure time needs of residents from our are (of all ages). In fact, we should be thinking about a location for a state of the art recreation facility. If anyone is interested in working on this issue with me, please send a return email at your very earliest convenience.


Jim Berry

The DC Department of Parks & Recreation is holding three Open Houses, for the public to meet the new Executive Staff and participate in a discussion regarding the 5-yr Agency Master Plan.

* Nov 15, Emery Rec Ctr, Georgia & Madison NW, 6:30-8:30 pm
* Nov 16, SE Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave SE, 6:30-8:30 pm
* Nov 17, Kennedy Recreation Center, 7th & P Sts NW, 6:30-8:30 pm
Please RSVP to Justice and Sustainability Associates at 202-610-0005
For more information on the DPR Master Plan, see www.dpr.dc.gov and or contact Leslie Schill, DPR Office of Planning, 202-673-2033

Public Notice of the November 15, 2005 Monthly Meeting of ANC 5C

From Jim

Below please find a copy of the Public Notice that is being circulated in the community re. the next meeting of ANC 5C. Please share its contents with your neighbors and encourage them to attend.

Hope to see you there!


Jim Berry





TELEPHONE: (202) 832-1965/1966



Monthly Meeting

Invited guests include representatives from the following:

D.C. Department of Transportation

re. the criteria for curb cuts in ANC 5C

D.C. Office of Planning

re. planning efforts for the North of Massachusetts Avenue (NOMA) area

The Catholic University of America

re. a status report on campus and student life at the university

A&R Development Corp

re. the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station Retail and Residential Development Project

Where: The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
(Room C of the Great Room
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

BACA Meeting this Monday



Agenda Includes Reports from the Following Committees:

Public Safety Committee

Land Use, Planning, and Economic Development Committee

Youth Committee

Environmental Services Committee

Monday, November 7, 2005

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association,

contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520 or at jamojam ATmsn.com.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Leaf Pickup

Via Jim

Leaves from our trees will be picked up by the city this year from November 7 to 19, 2005 and from December 5 to 17, 2005. During the first collection period, your leaves must be raked out by November 6, 2005 and by December 4, 2005 for the second opportunity.

The three options for collection are as follows:

1) Rake loose leaves into piles in your curbside treebox space. They will be collected with a vacuum truck;
2) Place bagged leaves in your curbside treebox space and they will be collected by a packer truck; or
3) If you have alley trash collection, you may place bagged leaves where you put your trash. Those leaves will be collected with the trash.

Please not that the above options are only available to us during the time-frames specified above.


Jim Berry

2nd chance for hazardous waste pick up

via Jim.

In the event that you missed the opportunity to recycle your hazardous waste materials and/or your electronic equipment on 10/22/2005, please note that you will have a second and final opportunity to do so this fall on Saturday, November 12, 2005 at the Benning Road Trash Transfer Station, 3200 Benning Road, NE, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Please take note of this important date and opportunity to get rid of all of those old items that have been hanging around your homes for years. I know I sure plan to!


Jim Berry

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