Friends and neighbors,
October has been a busy month! While the leaves are falling, temperature has been dropping, and school kicking into high gear, here are some of the things I’ve been working on:
(Still) Pushing my progressive Commissioner Agenda through the DC Council:
Over the past few months I’ve been meeting with members of the DC council to talk about our issues in SMD 5C02. I’m making sure your concerns on public safety, transportation, youth issues, and environment are being heard and addressed. Together we’re fostering an even more livable, walkable, and environmentally sound community. This month I met with Councilmember McDuffie about 5C02‘s nightclub issues, environmental issues, and how to improve our public transit system.
Fall leaf collection program:
The District Dept. of Public Works will be collecting leaves in 5C02 from November 23 to 28 during its first cycle of leaf collection and December 28 to January 2 (2016) during its second cycle of leaf collection. The Department asks that residents have their leaves ready by the Sunday of each collection week.
Free compost is also available at Fort Totten on Saturdays from 8am to 3pm. For more information, call 311.
I was delighted to have been featured in the DC Public Charter School Board‘s Oct. newsletter. Did you know that 44% of DC students attend a charter school and that there are two great charter schools in 5C02?
Free Weatherization Workshops:
Each year, October 30th is recognized as Weatherization Day. This day marks an annual opportunity to bring attention to the low-income households that spend a disproportionate percentage of their annual incomes on home energy bills. Each year, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) provides cost-effective, permanent solutions for reducing the heavy energy burden families can endure. These weatherization programs not only save energy through advanced technologies to improve energy affordability, but also save lives and improve the health and safety of families by identifying carbon monoxide hazards, poor indoor air quality, mold, and other health threats. Join DOEE to celebrate Weatherization Day with these special events:
Details: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Free Weatherization Sessions with DOEE, UPO, and DC SEU at 1200 First Street NE | Washington, DC 20002.
DC Public Library needs your help:
DCPL has embarked upon a strategic planning process in order to better align their resources with the needs of the residents they serve. In the coming weeks, they will be collecting input from the community and partners to help develop a strategic plan to prioritize and enhance their core programs and services.
As always, thank you for reading and for your support. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you or your part of the neighborhood. All the best,