May Updates & Community News


DDOT street closures:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will perform a Slurry Seal application on Central Ave NE, from Vista Street to Rhode Island Ave NE; and on Monroe Street, from Rhode Island Ave NE to Chestnut Street NE on or around June 1st to June 3rd, 2015. Slurry Seal application involves a thin layer of liquid asphalt being applied on roads.

DDOT’s contractor will work between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on those days. The Department will inform residents of road closures 72 hours before they occur. Neighbors with concerns about the project can email Wolde Makonnen at

Commissioner Deleon announces the “3am Crew” Neighborhood Watch Program:

At May’s Town Hall, Commissioner Deleon announced the new 3am Crew program designed to mitigate chronic problems regarding noise, trash, and parking issues in the Queens Chapel Road area.

On the nights of major events in 5C02, the crew will assemble and walk around the Queen’s Chapel Road & Bladensburg Road area, usually in shifts, from the hours of 9 – 10pm, and 12am to 3am. The crew will be tasked with reporting public urination, helping ensure clubs abide by their voluntary agreements, and report trash violations. On nights that the crew assembles, they will be accompanied by a police officer who is not a part of contracted reimbursable details.

To learn more about the program and sign up, click this link.

Commissioner Deleon’s letter to CSX, DDOT, & DPW concerning public safety:

Earlier this month I sent this letter to CSX and the District Department of Transportation regarding the unsafe and filthy conditions near tracks in Woodridge South. In light of the recent and tragic derailment of Amtrak 188, rail safety must continue to be a top priority.

Commissioner Deleon on what makes DC so great:

I was very honored to have been asked to share my views of what makes DC such a great place to live, work, and raise a family; why DC statehood is important; and what I do as an ANC for an upcoming Stephen Kolb Documentary. A preview of my interview can be found here.

Commissioner Deleon kicks off the 50 For 51st Project:

At the spring DC Students Leadership Summit, I announced the 50 For 51st Project. The 50 day long project aims to make DC Statehood part of a national conversation through organizing at least 50 people to contact their Congress members in support for Statehood.

To learn more about the project and sign up, visit

Rabbit Count Being Conducted in the District:

Anyone who sees a brown rabbit with a cotton ball tail is asked to report the sighting to the District Department of the Environment’s Fisheries and Wildlife Division. The Eastern cottontail rabbits are a “species of greatest conservation need” in the District’s Wildlife Action Plan.

Interested volunteer “citizen scientists” should email for information about monitoring the rabbits.

All the best,

Walter Deleon
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 5C-02
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