Friday, September 28, 2007

BACA Meeting This Monday

The featured speaker for the evening will be:

Commander Lamar Greene

Fifth District MPD

There will also be an MPD presentation re. the:

“Bias-Related Crimes Act of 1989”

And, there will be updates from the following committees:

Public Safety


Youth Services


Environmental Services

Land Use, Planning and Economic Development

Monday, OCTOBER 1, 2007
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,

please contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520 or at

Community Update

By J. Berry, President

Recent Transition in Leadership at the Fifth District MPD – Commander Lamar D. Greene:

On September 23, 2007, MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced a major restructuring of the police department. As this reorganization specifically pertains to us, a new commander has been assigned to lead the Fifth District. Commander Lamar D. Greene offers more than a decade of accomplishment and experience in the arena of law enforcement. He was a key contributor to the establishment of the MPD’s community policing efforts as they are known today. He supervised one of the first community policing beat pilot projects that helped lead to the development of Police Service Areas (PSA’s). Throughout Commander Greene’s career, he has served in the following areas: patrol services, investigative branches, executive protection, business services and the recruiting branch of the MPD. Commander Greene attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Saint Paul ’s College; he has completed the FBI LEEDA training program; and he has received various department awards, including the Lifesaving Medal and the Sustained Superior Performance Award.

What is a Hate Crime?:

A hate crime is a criminal offense committed against persons, property or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by an offender's bias against an individual's or a group's race, religion, ethnic/national origin, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. Hate crimes include not only violence against individuals or groups but also crimes against property, such as arson or vandalism, particularly those directed against community centers or houses of worship.

The “Bias-Related Crimes Act of 1989:”

The hate crime statute in the District of Columbia , the Bias-Related Crime Act of 1989, 22 D.C. Code 3701 – 3704, is one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive hate crime statutes in the nation. It broadly defines a bias-related crime as a “designated act that demonstrates an accused’s prejudice based on the actual of perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical handicap, matriculation or political affiliation of a victim of the subject designated act.” A “designated act” is defined as a criminal act, including arson, assault, burglary, injury to property, kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, rape, robbery, theft or unlawful entry or attempting, aiding, abetting, advising, inciting, conniving or conspiracy to commit any of these criminal acts.

Under the statute, a person found guilty of committing a designated act with a bias-related motive is subject to a prison term and/or a fine that is 1.5 times higher than the maximum that could be imposed upon conviction of the designated act. In addition to the enhanced penalties for crimes motivated by hate, the statute also provides hate crime victims with the opportunity to seek civil damages from their victimizers.

Fifth District Police Citizens’ Advisory Council Awards Banquet: 10/18/2007

The Fifth District Police Citizen's Advisory Council is hosting its annual awards banquet on the evening of Thursday, October 18, 2007, between the hours of 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, at the Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center , 6th and M Streets, SW. The purpose of the event is to honor the men and women of the Fifth District who have distinguished themselves from their colleagues over the past year. Mr. Chris Geldart, Director, Department of Homeland Security, Office of National Capital Region Coordination, is slated to be the featured speaker for the evening and Ms. Nikole Killion, former Anchor and Reporter for WJLA/News Channel 8, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Tickets for this event are $40 dollars per person. If enough residents respond, a table of ten seats can and will be reserved in the name of the BACA. Importantly, tickets will also be available for purchase at the upcoming meeting.

Thought for the Month: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy!” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

BAA meeting TODAY

Sorry for posting soooooo late.
| Blagden Alley Association |
| Monthly Meeting |
| |
| THURSDAY, September 27, 2007 |
| 7:30-9:00 pm |
| 1252 Tenth Street, NW |

The newsletter is at

Featured Speaker: None
Trying to get someone to discuss the new convention center hotel.

1. Discussion and Questions with the Mayor
2. Police
3. NIMA Voluntary Agreement progress.
4. Getting Organized. Bylaws. Elections. Incorporation.
5. More.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Walk around Shaw

The full schedule can be found at

Shaw: Where DC Comes Together, Part I ( 10 am – 12:30 pm, meet at the northwest corner of Seventh and R Streets, NW)

Shaw has always been a crossroads. Today, the Washington Convention Center dominates Shaw’s southern half, once woods and a few farms. Notable historic figures lived and worked in lower central Shaw, including explorer John Wesley Powell, African American US Senator Blanche K. Bruce, and historian Carter G. Woodson. Led by volunteer Alexander M. Padro and presented by Shaw Main Streets.

Shaw: Where DC Comes Together, Part II ( 1 – 3:30 pm, meet at the northwest corner of Seventh and R Streets, NW)

Entertainment has long been the focus of central Shaw’s northern half – from the Howard Theater, where every star in the black entertainment pantheon performed, and the pool hall where Duke Ellington decided to become a musician, to two sites that hosted baseball teams. Highlights include a renovated movie theater building and the city’s first African American YWCA. Led by volunteer Alexander M. Padro and presented by Shaw Main Streets.

Also, some other tours close by:

Artist G. Byron Peck’s Shaw/U Street Mural Tour (1 – 2:30 pm, meet outside the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station (13th Street exit)
Tour Shaw and Dupont Circle in the company of beloved DC artist G. Byron Peck, and get an eyeful of some of his best-known murals. Begin by looking back on U Street’s history when you consider the Duke Ellington mural. Then consider some of the cultures that contribute to this neighborhood’s character, evident in the Black Family Reunion and Mayan murals. Finally, turn your attention to the area’s architectural legacy at the Dupont Circle mural.

Before Harlem, There Was U Street (check out the preview at dcist!) ( 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, meet and end outside U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro station (13th Street exit)
Take a walk along Washington’s “Black Broadway,” where Duke Ellington grew up and was inspired, and where musical greats such as Cab Calloway and Dizzy Gillespie played into the wee hours of the morning. Here in the shadow of Howard University, African Americans created a strong community that produced leaders for the city and the nation. Led by professional guide Amy Kunz and presented by Washington Walks and Cultural Tourism DC.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Book drive

Too many books taking up too much room at home?

This week you can do something about it—and help benefit local kids in need!

First Book, a nonprofit organization, has teamed up with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, SunTrust Bank and SunTrust Mortgage to host a book drive in Washington , DC up through this Sunday, September 23rd. The drive will enable First Book to achieve its mission of providing children in low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Social venture company Better World Books will sell the books online and First Book will use the proceeds to bring thousands of new books to children in need in the DC community.

Between now and this Sunday, September 23rd, you can drop off your used books at DC SunTrust locations, or, if you don’t live in the area, donate them by following the instructions on our webpage: This site also provides guidelines on which kinds of books are most helpful.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,


Erin Tyler
Campus Advisory Board Manager
First Book
1319 F Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington DC, 20004
Phone: 866-393-1222, ext. 109
Fax: 202-628-1258
etyler AT
IM: ErinatFB

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


(Washington, DC) The DC Department of Public Works announced
September 7 its Graffiti Removal Voucher Program for District
residents and business owners whose property has been defaced by
graffiti. Beginning Monday, September 10, they may call the Citywide
Call Center at 202.727.1000 to obtain a voucher to be redeemed at
McCormick Paints located at 15th and P Streets, NW and Duron Paints
located at 14th and Clifton Streets, NW.

The paint store will match the color of the paint of the property and
will provide property owners with paint, primer, a brush, roller,
pan, drop cloth and graffiti scrubs free of charge.

The voucher program is part of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's aggressive
graffiti abatement plan, announced in June 2007, which will allow the
city to remove graffiti on private property more quickly and help
property owners remove graffiti themselves.

"Offering property owners the voucher for paint and other materials
is a fast way to remove graffiti, which is a rising problem in our
city," said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. "The voucher
program also will relieve some of the financial burden that causes
residential and business property owners to delay removing the
graffiti themselves. Not only will this program help to keep our
city cleaner, it will help us keep it safer."

For more information, or to receive a graffiti removal voucher, call
the Citywide Call Center at 202.727.1000. Property owners should
expect to receive the voucher within five days of making the request,
and they will need to sign the voucher when they redeem it at the
paint store.

# # #

Linda Grant
Public Information Officer
DC Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
202/671-2375/ desk
202/497-1080/ cell
202/671-0642/ fax

Monday, September 10, 2007

Shaw Clean up

Please post info to your blog about this week's upcoming Shaw Monthly Clean Up!

We are very excited to continue our Shaw Monthly Clean Up into its second month. The August turn-out was great with around 15 people and we hope to have even more this time around.

We will be focusing on the upper 9th street corridor. Activities will include working with Shaw Main Streets to plant flowers into newly installed treeboxes, picking up litter, and general street clean ups.

The specifics of the event:
When: 9 AM, Saturday, September 15th
Where: Meetup at 9th & Q streets NW (Park Area)
Why: To clean up the community, meet people, do good!
Bring: Gloves are good. Water is good.
What will be provided: Clean up tongs, trash bags, volunteer vests, a few extra gloves will be on hand.
Current weather forecast: Partly cloudy, high of 76f.

Please forward this to any other interested bloggers!

See you there

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Neighborhood Corps Graduation Invitation

Neighborhood Corps Graduation Invitation

~Congratulations GRADUATE~

Serve DC Requests Your Presence

at the Inaugural Neighborhood Corps Academy Graduation

Please join us in honoring dc residents who have chosen to make emergency preparedness a priority in their lives and in their communities

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 pm

Location: Washington Convention Center Room 102 A & B

801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

Metro Stop: Mount Vernon Square , Yellow & Green Line

Please feel free to bring family members, neighbors, or co-workers to join in this celebration and learn more about Emergency Preparedness training in the District of Columbia

Please RSVP to Amy Ward at amy.ward AT

Light refreshments will be served

Attire: business casual

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Lotta stuff going on at the Big-bear

Call for Drummers!!
Haitian Drumming Sessions after the Streetside Symphony
Sunday, September 9th

Haitian Tombou drummers are incredible.
If you play bongos or congas, or anything that can hold a beat, come bring an instrument and play after the streetside Haitian Symphony this Sunday, September 9th at the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market.

Drummers will be playing before and after the classical music performance. The symphony should be over by around 1:30pm, so bring a drum and see what happens.

Just a Few More Days Until .... Haitian Choral & Orchestral Symphony and Free Neighborhood Pig Roast

See this message from Big Bear Cafe's Stu Davenport:

Haitian Choral and Orchestral Symphony, and Free Neighborhood Pork Roast!

Sunday, September 9th, Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

We have raised over $500, and we are almost ready for the BBQ. Special thanks to Councilmen Harry Thomas Jr., and Kwame Brown for their support.... and commissioner John Salatti for helping get the money together. This should be a lot of fun.
On September 9th, Les Petits Chanteurs will be performing at the 10am service at St. George's Episcopal Church, and then around 12 noon the group along with the congregation of St. George's will be coming to the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market for the street side Caribbean symphony...

Bloomingdale Farmers' Market
First and R Streets, NW

message from Martha Cherlot from the Embassy of Haiti:


A Haitian Choral and Orchestral Symphony, and Free Neighborhood

Pork Roast!

Sunday, September 9th at the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

Come to the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market Sunday September 9th for a free neighborhood Bar-B-Que!

There will be free-range pork and lamb on the grille, vegetables and fruits in the stands, and a full suckling pig roasting in a fire pit!

There will also be music from a group of 50+ choral and classical musicians from Port Au Prince, Haiti, playing with six violins, two violas, two cellos, a double bass, a flute, and a Haitian tambour drum.

Come and celebrate the Bloomingdale

Farmers' Market!

Come and help us thank everyone who has helped make it a reality..

Sunday, September 9th
First and R Streets, NW



Robin Shuster
Markets & More, LLC
Director, Mount Pleasant Farmers' Market
14 & U Farmers Market
1318 Wallach Place NW
Washington, DC 20009
The Bloomingdale Farmers' Market:
June 17- November 18th, 2007
Rain or Shine
Sundays, 10-2
First and R Streets NW
right next to the new Big Bear Cafe

We welcome WIC and CSFP Senior Farmers Market Coupons.

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