This Black History Month across social media we have been
sharing stories of African American people with ties to Ward 5 who
have made significant contributions to our society and culture.
Many people already know about Charles Drew or Senator Edward Brooke, but do you
know the story of Dwight Mosley, for whom the sports
fields at South Dakota Avenue and Perry Street NE is named?
Follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts as we continue
to celebrate Ward 5 Black History through the end of the
month. If you have an idea of someone to highlight, share them here, and you may just see it
featured on #Ward5BlackHistory.
to all the residents who filled out Councilmember McDuffie's survey
of budget engagement. We received hundreds of responses detailing
your priorities for the District of Columbia government
budget. The input from residents will be used to help inform
the letter Councilmember McDuffie will release next week to the
mayor outlining his budget priorities.
At the Council, Performance Oversight Hearings continue until
March 6 in advance of receiving the Mayor's budget proposal on
March 19. Then, Budget Oversight Hearings will be held between
March 23, and April 9 and the first of two votes before the full
Council on the budget will take place on May 13, 2020.
Spotlight: Ward 5's Great Streets Grantees
month, Councilmember McDuffie joined Mayor Bowser and District
officials at Dudley Beauty College on Rhode Island Ave NE to
announce the latest round of small businesses to receive Great
Streets grants. The Great Streets program supports existing
businesses, helps to attract new businesses, and creates jobs for
residents while revitalizing retail corridors. Before Councilmember
McDuffie took office in 2012, Ward 5 small businesses had not been
a part of this program. Since that time over $5,000,000 in grants
have been provided to over 80 Ward 5 small businesses.
The great streets grantees for this fiscal year are Fresh Dry
Cleaners DC, Blue Print Barber Shop LLC, Bourn to Cut Inc., New
Town Cleaners, The Family Laundromat, Mount Olivet Inc, Sequoia
School, A Childcare Development Center, Patrick's Pet Care.
DC Department of
Parks and Recreation Summer Camp Registration Opens Next Week
last year, at least two people have lost their lives in Ward 5 in
fires where the home did not have working smoke detectors. The good
news is that the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) is
here to help. They will install smoke detectors in qualified DC
homes and are also available to answer your general questions on
fire safety. For additional information or to request the installation of smoke
detectors, visit the FEMS website or call (202)
DC School Lottery
Deadline - March 2
deadline to enter the DC School Lottery for PK3 - grade 8 is March
2 for PK3 – grade 8. If you have questions or to review your
options, visit myschooldc.org or call
Month Program at the Woodridge Library - February 22
recognition of Black History Month, on Saturday, February 22 from
10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, the Woodridge Library will host a series of
programs honoring Black Veterans. Full details about the programs
are available on the Woodridge Library website.