Thursday, August 03, 2017

Ward 5 Report dated 08-03-2017

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie [] On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Thursday, August 3, 2017 11:10 AM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: More Summer Office Hours and Events in Ward 5 Coming Up

In this Ward 5 Report: Ward 5 Summer Office Hours continue in locations all around Ward 5 and many great events coming up in August.


Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than when my staff and I are able to address real and everyday problems faced by the residents of Ward 5. We have countless examples of success stories where a resident, civic association president, or Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) contacts our office about an issue and we are able to advocate on behalf of the community to get a responsive result from our government agencies. Those are true examples of partnership and collaboration for a better Ward 5.

One example you may have recently
read about in the Washington Post is in Langdon Park. Our office became involved after a concerned resident noticed activity at an otherwise inactive property and contacted their single member district ANC commissioner, who in turn reached out to my office. I immediately drafted a disapproval resolution for one of the leases, and it was subsequently rescinded by the Mayor. I have directed the City Administrator to engage the community on the other two agreements, and those meetings are currently being organized.

With all of the recent rain, we are now witnessing another success story where the community and I partnered to solve a long-standing issue. Just a few months after being sworn into office in 2012, there were three major rain storms within 10 days causing flooding in the Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods. There was several feet of standing water on Rhode Island Avenue and damage to dozens of homes. The flooding was an issue the District had been trying to resolve for decades. Residents demanded a solution and I quickly went to work on their behalf.

Although we were told by city officials and the utility company representatives that they could not begin work on the problem for several years, the community and I did not stop. My staff and I sent dozens of emails, passed out sandbags during storms, introduced bills, established a task force, and demanded our leaders tour the area to see how the residents of these communities were suffering. I am proud to say that the agencies responded. We saw the results during last weekend's heavy rains. Instead of experiencing more flooding because the work was just starting, we instead saw the results of the completed massive underground tunnel equipped to handle large quantities of water.

Without question, Ward 5 is unstoppable and most effective when we partner and work together. I look forward to continuing to hear your concerns and to advocate on your behalf for an even greater Ward 5.

In Service,


Summer Office Hours in Ward 5

Senior Economic Development Advisor (and Brookland resident) Cyril Crocker at Community Office Hours talking to Woodridge resident Michael Triebwasser and Askale Shiferaw, owner of Askale Cafe.

The Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has been hosting summer Community Office Hours at various locations throughout Ward 5 during the D.C. Council Summer Recess period.  Please stop by to discuss issues of importance to you and your neighbors.

This schedule is subject to change based on late breaking events and will continue to be updated throughout the summer with more dates, times, and locations. Please visit the following website for the most up-to-date information:

Kenyan in the Community

Important Information If You Use Auto-Pay For DC Water

DC Water has launched a new web portal for customers to make payments and view water usage. The new web portal is a significant upgrade from DC Water’s first generation product that debuted in 2000.
Customers must register to take advantage of these more secure and easy-to-use services for paying a bill and understanding water usage. DC Water customers who previously signed up for an online account will need to re-register. For now, only property owners and property managers on behalf of owners, can register to use the new portal, though DC Water plans to offer tenants and other third parties access, with property owner approval, in the near future.
Those who were participating in recurring credit card or Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payments will need to re-enroll in those functions, as well as the e-bill option. Anyone, whether a property owner, tenant, family member or other third party, can now make one-time payments for a water bill. New functions coming this year include a mobile app for payments and text to pay as well as email to pay. Visit for more information.

Councilmember McDuffie discusses the NEAR Act

Talk Poverty, a news website that is a project of the Center for American Progress, recently covered the funding and upcoming implementation of Councilmember McDuffie's Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act of 2016.
Councilmember McDuffie discusses his personal experiences which tie into the origins of the bill, and how the NEAR Act is addressing root causes of violent crime:

"District of Columbia city council is quietly implementing one of the most progressive crime bills in recent history. The Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results (NEAR) Act of 2016, sponsored by Democratic Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, represents a dramatic and desperately needed shift in how the nation’s capital will approach violent crime."

Community Meeting Summer Recess Schedule

Community groups often go into recess during the summer. Below is the recess schedule for Ward 5 community meetings. There are often last minute changes or special meetings, so please check directly with the organization to confirm the information below.

Tuesday, August 8 - Ward 5 Day at the National Building Museum

On Tuesday, August 8, Ward 5 residents are invited to visit the National Building Museum's summer exhibit, Hive, with complimentary admission from 9-11am. Story time and mobile library book check-out will be provided by D.C. Public Library. Visit for more information.

Saturday, August 12 - Evening Splash Party at Langdon Pool

DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is hosting a series of late evening, community pool parties. For the first time, Langdon Pool will be hosting one of the parties on Saturday, August 12.

Date: Saturday, August 12
Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Langdon Park Pool, 2860 Mills Ave NE

Saturday, August 19 - Chuck Brown Day

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a full afternoon of FREE entertainment as we celebrate and remember Chuck Brown at the 3rd Annual Chuck Brown Day at Chuck Brown Memorial Park. Join the We Are One Tribute Band, EU feat. Sugar Bear and closing out the day is the Chuck Brown Band crankin' all of your Chuck favorites. Hosted by Chris Paul. Food trucks on site, kids activities area, and The Chuck Brown Foundation will be giving out free backpacks for the kids

Date: Saturday, August 19
Time: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Chuck Brown Memorial Park, 2901 20th Street NE

Thursday, August 24 - Othello, Presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company on Ward 5 Night

Each summer the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents a series of free Shakespeare performances that are open to the public, known as "Free For All." Again this year, Ward 5 residents are invited to the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Free For All production of Othello on Thursday, August 24.
Space is limited so email or call to reserve your tickets today. Generally, ticket quantities will be limited to 4 tickets per family, but please reach out if you require more tickets.

Date: Thursday, August 24
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Shakespeare Theatre Company 610 F Street NW
To RSVP: Email or call (202) 724-8028
Tickets quantities are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

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