In Ward 5, we know how to celebrate. At the same time, we also take
care of each other. I hope you had the chance to attend the Ward 5 Holiday Party last week; it
was a good time for all. I was delighted to coordinate
transportation through the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation
for over 250 seniors and, equally important, I was glad to have the
opportunity to showcase some of the District’s best restaurants,
caterers, bars, and distilleries – all located in Ward 5!
Admittedly, the highlight of the event was seeing the generosity of
Ward 5 residents. We collected more toys this year than ever
before. Those toys, as well as our partnership with Toys for Tots,
resulted in over 2,000 youth in Ward 5 receiving gifts for the
Saturday, my office partnered with the Marines Toys for Tots
Foundation to distribute hundreds of toys to Ward 5 children and
families. We are especially grateful to our host site, Brookland
Middle School, as well as Career Path D.C. and all of our volunteer
we supported Women's Wing at their annual Christmas
party for children of incarcerated parents. I was joined by
D.C. Department of Corrections Director Quincy Booth, U.S. Parole
Commission Chair Patricia Smoot, and Women’s Wing President
provided toys to 100 Fathers, Inc., a group led by Ward 5 leader
Franklyn Malone. The toys will allow young fathers in their program
to give gifts to their own children.
we were happy to provide toys to another worthy organization
located in Ward 5: Generation Hope, a non-profit that provides
tuition assistance, one-on-one mentoring, and crisis support to
teen parents who are attending college in the Washington, D.C.
This outpouring by Ward 5 residents is heartwarming and reminds me
once again why we have the best Ward and the best community in D.C.
D.C. Public Schools honors the dedication and excellence of
teachers, administrators, staff, and schools with the Standing Ovation awards. These
awardees will be honored at the annual Standing Ovation for D.C.
Public Schools event in February, hosted by the D.C. Public
Education Fund. Congratulations to these winners:
for Excellence in Leadership, Assistant Principals: Kermit Burks, Noyes
for Excellence in Teaching: Lashunda Reynolds, 12th grade teacher,
McKinley Technology High School
for Excellence Among School Staff: Shayla Stafford,
Instructional Coach, Phelps ACE High School
to Sign Up for Health Care through DC Health Link
deadline for enrollment is January 31, but the sooner you sign up,
the sooner you can access health insurance. There are enrollment
centers all over D.C. to help you sign up, including a new
Enrollment Center at the Woodridge Library. To get started, visit www.DCHealthLink.com or call (855)
Orchestra in Ward 5
The NSO In Your Neighborhood
is an initiative that provides free performances and
educational activities by the National Symphony Orchestra in
neighborhoods throughout the Washington D.C. area. Refer to the full schedule or and attend one of
these performances in Ward 5:
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3
Franciscan Monastery,1400 Quincy St., NE
NSO members Marissa Regni, violin; Rachel Young, cello; Paul Cigan,
clarinet; and Lisa Emenheiser, piano perform an evening chamber
music. Free and open to the public.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 4
Woodridge Neighborhood Library, 1801 Hamlin St., NE
This 60-minute chamber performance takes place in the library’s
Rotunda. Local musicians Brittney Allen (flute) and Herman Burney
(cello and bass) are joined by NSO musicians Deanna Lee Bien and
Claudia Chudacoff (violins); Eric deWaardt (viola); and Eugena
Chang (cello). Free and open to the public.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 5
Israel Manor, Inc., 1251 Saratoga Ave., NE
This 60-minute performance will take place in the church’s Capitol
City Hall of Distinction and features NSO musicians Lisa-Beth
Lambert, violin; Jennifer Mondie, viola; Eugena Chang, cello; and
Nicholas Stovall, oboe. Free and open to the public.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 5
Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St NE
This 60-minute performance will be shared by NSO violinist Glenn
Donnellan and a local hip-hop artist. Free and open to the public.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6
a.m.: Woodridge Neighborhood Library, 1801 Hamlin St., NE
NSO musicians Heather LeDoux Green (violin) and Paul DeNola (bass)
give a performance for families.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
McKinley Technology Education Campus, 151 T St., NW
An hour long concert of chamber music by the NSO bassoon section —
Sue Heineman, Steven Wilson, Edward Rumzis, and Lewis Lipnick —
will be performed in the school’s auditorium. Free and open to the
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe St., NE
NSO musicians and friends Ricardo Cyncynates and Jae-Yeon Kim,
violins; Tsuna Sakamoto, viola; Eugena Chang, cello; and Claire
Eichhorn, clarinet — will collaborate with local poets for this
2-hour performance. Free and open to the public.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,
400 Michigan Ave., NE
An hour long concert of chamber music by members of the NSO horn
section— Abel Pereira, Robert Rearden, James Nickel, and Markus
Osterlund, horn, and pianist Lisa Emenheiser — will be performed in
the Crypt Church. Free and open to the public.
MONDAY, JANUARY 8
Dance Place, 3225 8th St., NE
This hour-long chamber music concert by an NSO string quartet —
Jane Bowyer Stewart, violin; Susan Midkiff, violin; Denise
Wilkinson, viola; and Kerry van Laanen, cello — will be performed
in Dance Place’s Black Box Theatre. This event is free and open to
the public, but registration is required at danceplace.org.