Friday, December 30, 2005

Parking Permits for Bates St?


A couple of residents have approached me lately about the possibility of acquiring Residential Permit Parking (RPP) for the 200 block of Bates Street, NW. The feeling is that parking opportunities on these blocks are becoming increasingly limited as more properties are developed and more residents move in. The RPP is already in place in the Unit block of Bates Street, NW and in the 100 block of P Street, NW. Because of this situation, residents of the 100 and 200 blocks of Bates Street, NW are subject to ticketing, if they park in the Unit block of Bates Street and/or in the 100 block o P Street, essentially, because they have no parking sticker (and are ineligible for one) that allows them to park in those locations for more than 2 hours (up until, I believe, 8:00 p.m. daily).

The last time this issue came up, a number of residents of the 100 and 200 blocks of Bates Street, NW, did not want to pursue RPP for a variety of reasons, including not wanting to pay the $10.00 per year for the sticker; folks didn't want visitors to be ticketed when coming to their homes, etc. Because that was a number of years ago, I wanted to revisit the possibility and find out from you guys how many neighbors on those blocks who would be interested in signing a petition to get this done in the near future.

If you have an opinion on this subject, for or against the pursuit of RPP on the above blocks, please return it to me as soon as possible. If there is sufficient interest, I plan to pusue this goal with Ward Five Transportation Planner Sharlene Reed.


Jim Berry

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Mondie Meeting Tomorrow

In case anyone might be interested -- we encourage them to attend this important meeting:

Jim Berry, ANC 5C has received approval to host a meeting concerning Mr. Wilbur Mondie's proposed development project with the parties to his DC Zoning case from the Richardson Place area on Wednesday, December 28, 2005, at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 3rd and Q Streets, NW, Washington, DC, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Mr. Mondie will be present with his attorney and building contractor to discuss his plans.

Karl La Cour

Blagden Alley Christmas Party

| Annual Christmas Party |
| at |
| Ed and Richard's |
| THURSDAY, December 29, 2005 |
| 929 M Street, NW |
| 7:00-10:00 pm |

Reminder of the annual (potluck) Christmas Party.

The newsletter is at

Nothing new since the last time.
Same date.
Same Time.
Same juvenile comments.

Do hope to see you there.

And, as they say in Colorado, Pray for Snow.
(Other Colorado snow sayings skipped.)

Monday, December 12, 2005

NoMa Vision Development Strategy and Action Agenda

via Jim

On this coming Tuesday, December 13, 2005, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., the DC Office of Planning is sponsoring a public meeting concerning the "NoMa Vision Development Strategy and Action Agenda." This meeting will be held at McKinley Technology High School, 151 T Street, NE, Room 150.

This planning work proposes a walkable, transit-accessible, dynamic and diverse neighborhood with a mix of uses. The plan will coordinate public and private investment and strengthen connections between new development, the new Metro Station and nearby existing residential neighborhoods.

For those of you who don't know, NoMa stands for North of Massachusetts Avenue. Hence, this meeting represents an ideal opportunity to learn what is being contemplated and what is now being worked on -- in terms of economic development activity for this area.


Jim Berry

Monday, December 05, 2005

Holiday Socials

From Jim:
Holiday Social
Monday, December 5, 2005
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
3rd and Q Streets, N.W.
Rooms 1 and 2
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Please join us for an evening of fun and fellowship. If possible, bring a dessert to share. This is an ideal opportunity to meet and greet neighbors from all parts of our community!

For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association, contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520 or at

Community Update

John F. Cook School:
(a) School Supplies Initiative - Residents are asked to bring donations of omposition books, three hole ruled paper, and boxes of pencils to each monthly civic association meeting for ongoing use by the children at John F. Cook Elementary School for the remainder of the school year. As indicated previously, it is our hope that this admittedly small, yet significant, gesture of support for our neighborhood kids will eventually translate into a closer relationship between community residents and the school as well as an enhanced belief on the part of the students that we are seriously interested and invested in their productive educational growth and development.
(b) Hat, Scarf and Glove Initiative - As with the school supplies initiative, residents are asked to bring a hat, scarf and/or a pair of gloves for use by the elementary-aged children at Cook School during this winter. Often, children lose, misplace or simply don’t have these items and, as a result, their physical well-being is compromised. Through this initiative we will make a supply of these items available to the children of Cook School this winter. Indeed, they will be distributed to the students by members of the faculty as needed. Perhaps needless to say, a healthy child is a productive child. So, let’s help out in this small way in an effort to help neighborhood kids remain productive!

Fifth District Police Citizen’s Advisory Council Annual Winter Holiday Party:
5D CAC Chairperson Art Slater invites and encourages you to attend the Annual Winter Holiday Party on Thursday, December 15, 2005 from 7pm- 9pm, at the Washington Center For Aging Services, 2601 18th St. NE . We are told that there was much fun and fellowship at last year’s party and the Fifth District Police

Holiday Tree Collection - January 3rd -14th, 2006

Residents who receive DC trash collection service are encouraged to put holiday trees - without ornaments or tinsel - in curbside tree boxes by January 2, 2006. Trees will be picked up during a special two-week collection from January 3 - 14. Residents who wish to keep their trees longer should put them out at their normal point of trash collection (curbside or alley) after January 14. DPW will then collect the trees along with the regular trash, as truck space permits over the following weeks.

Winter Mechanical Street-Sweeping Hiatus - January 9th - March 17th, 2006

Routine residential street cleaning will be suspended from January 9 to March 17, 2006. During this time, "No Parking/Street Cleaning" restrictions will be lifted. Residents and visitors who park along posted, alternate-side, daytime street sweeping routes will not be required to move their cars on street-sweeping days during the sweeper hiatus. Residential street cleaning resumes Monday, March 20, 2006.

Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Kwanza

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