Today, I want to tell you about someone who you may not have heard
of, but someone who had a tremendous positive impact on Ward 5 and
the District of Columbia. Oramenta Newsome (pictured above on the
left) was the Executive Director of LISC DC, a non-profit that
invests in communities by building bridges between the community,
the private sector, and the government.
Oramenta performed this important work with diligence and empathy.
Under her leadership, LISC DC contributed significantly to the revitalization of Edgewood Commons (ribbon
cutting pictured above) and the renovation of Dahlgreen Courts
apartments. She led LISC DC to work in Ivy City, promoting the
arts and creative placemaking, and she supported the work of the
Rhode Island Avenue Main Street organization, including helping
bring fresh food options to the community by supporting Good Food Market.
Oramenta was understated in her persona, but bold in her vision and
brilliant in her execution. She was always conscious of the people
who were not represented in a given room or conversation, and
speaking up on their behalf.
Even if you did not know her name, it is likely you were impacted
by her work here in D.C. I extend my deepest sympathies to those
who knew Oramenta, and invite you all to read more about her life
and legacy on the LISC DC website, or read her obituary in the Washington Post.
month, the Council began its annual series of Performance Oversight
Hearings to review the operations of each agency in the District
government for the previous year. Along with agency leadership, the
public is invited to give testimony and provide comments.
Ward 5 residents are strongly encouraged to testify and let your
priorities be heard. With Councilmembers and agency leadership
present in person, this is truly one of the best opportunities for
residents to speak directly to the performance of the District
Below is a schedule of selected Performance Oversight Hearings,
listed by agency. A full list of agency hearing dates, as well as
more detailed information on the hearings below, can be found on the D.C. Council website.
Kenyan in the
of Motor Vehicles Town Hall Meeting - Feb 24
Department of Motor Vehicles will host its Quarterly Town Hall
Meeting on Tuesday,
Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rhode Island Service Center.
Director Lucinda Babers will share the agency’s Strategic Plan and
Initiatives. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions,
share concerns and provide feedback to help us better serve our
customers. This forum is open to the public.
The Rhode Island Service Center is located at 2350 Washington
Place, NE in Rhode Island Row. It is easily accessible by public
transportation. There is also street and garage parking.
RSVPs are appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Youth Empolymen Program Deadline Approaching - Feb 24
are now being accepted for youth and employers who want to
participate in the 2018 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth
Employment Program (MBSYEP). District youth ages 14 to 24 and employers
interested in hosting youth should apply online for MBSYEP 2018 at www.summerjobs.dc.gov
by February 24, 2018. The program will provide six
weeks of meaningful employment and work-readiness training.
MBSYEP 2018 will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018, and will end on
Friday, August 3, 2018.
MBSYEP is a locally-funded initiative that provides young people in
DC with six weeks of enriching and constructive summer work experience
through subsidized placements in the private and public sectors.
The program partners with hundreds of DC employers who are uniquely
positioned to provide relevant training and guidance to DC’s youth
in order to help them develop the positive work habits and job
skills necessary to secure future employment.
Rhode Island Ave
and Brookland MetroRail Stations to Close July - September
this month, WMATA announced that the Rhode Island Ave and Brookland
MetroRail stations will close from Saturday, July 21 until the day
after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 4.
Rhode Island Avenue Station was closed during SafeTrack 2016 when
concrete fell from the aerial structure. We are told metro
engineers stabilized the structure and advanced as much remediation
work as possible at that time. This 45-day project will allow crews
to complete structural repairs at Rhode Island Avenue, Metro's oldest
outdoor station, including addressing deteriorating platform
conditions that affect the ADA-accessibility of the station. During
this time Rhode Island Ave and Brookland stations will be closed
and shuttle buses will provide service between Fort Totten, Brookland,
Rhode Island Ave, and NoMa-Gallaudet stations. Red Line trains will
operate in two segments: between Shady Grove & NoMa-Gallaudet
and between Fort Totten & Glenmont.
Councilmember McDuffie is working to engage Metro leadership to
ensure that Ward 5 residents who rely on Metro are not overly
inconvenienced and that Metro has a plan to not only mitigate the
impact of the station closures but also communicate the mitigation
plan to the impacted communities well in advance of the shutdown.