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Ward 5 Weekly Newsletter
April 21, 2023

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Dear Ward 5 neighbors, 

This week's newsletter is shorter than usual because of Council recess and many neighbors traveling for Spring Break. Don't worry. We will resume our regular newsletter next week.

This week, my Council colleagues and I compiled budget requests for the upcoming committee budget reports. Each committee will hold a mark-up hearing next week. Then, on May 16th and May 30th, the full Council will vote on the final budget. Keep an eye on the Council calendar for links to view the committee mark-up hearings and full Council votes. Please keep sharing your budget requests with my team at

Also, tomorrow is Earth Day! The city is working toward carbon neutrality by 2045. So, whether you join a community cleanup, plant some flowers (or food), or even join an environmental justice campaign, we hope you take time tomorrow to help the District advance towards its 2045 goals. 

Keep on reading for updates.

Ward 5 Updates
Next Week! OAG in the Community
with Councilmember Parker
Attorney General Brian Schwalb is engaging in a citywide Listening Tour, and will be in Ward 5 on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Neighborhood Library (5401 South Dakota Ave NE). I will be in conversation with him and neighbors about the work of the Office of the Attorney General, community concerns, and ways we can collaborate with the OAG. Because space is limited, community members who plan to attend are asked to RSVP. 
Next Week! NY Ave Vision Framework Community Meeting

Join the next New York Ave Vision Framework Community Meeting on April 26 at 7:00 p.m. The District Office of Planning is working with residents, businesses, and other stakeholders from the communities along the New York Avenue NE corridor to develop a Vision Framework. The Vision Framework is the first part of a larger planning initiative to guide implementation of land use changes along New York Ave NE. The project's goals are to:

  • Advance racial equity.​
  • Unlock the corridor's potential to add affordable housing and good jobs. 
  • Increase resilience to environmental shocks and stressors. 
  • Establish a forward-looking approach to production, distribution, and repair (PDR) land uses that is equitable and economically sound. 
Learn more here
Traffic Safety Walk on South Dakota Ave
Mark your calendars for May 11 at 10:00 a.m. to join DDOT Director Lott for a Traffic Safety Walk along South Dakota Ave. We will meet at the intersection of Rhode Island Ave and South Dakota Ave. Questions ahead of time? Feel free to reach out to my office: 202-724-8028,
ANC and Civic Association Meetings

This week, my team attended the ANC5E, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, Hanover Civic Association, ANC5C, and Fort Lincoln Civic Association meetings. Here's a brief recap: 

ANC 5E (Tuesday, April 18):
Residents heard from DDOT Director Lott who shared about the Mayor’s budget cuts, including Circulator Routes, but also highlighted expanded Electric Capitol Bikeshares and the opportunity to accelerate electrifying our city’s bus fleet. We also learned that 70-75% of automated traffic enforcement tickets are from out-of-state drivers. They are in final rule-making around more permanent regulations for streateries which will go into effect on January 1, 2024. Bloomingdale Community Day and Fundraiser at Crispus Attucks Park will be May 20th– they are still looking for volunteers, sponsors, partners, and dog contestants for the dog show. 
Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (Tuesday, April 18):
Our office shared updates about community events and the Council's work on the budget. Congresswoman Norton’s office gave a presentation on Statehood and current legislation her office is working on. She also spoke on the upcoming house vote disapproval resolution to nullify DC’s policing reform legislation. She also encouraged neighbors to reach out to her office for congressional assistance requests: Also, the Great Brookland Yard Sale is scheduled for May 13th 10am – 2pm.

Hanover Civic Association (Wednesday, April 19):
There is an Earth Day cleanup scheduled for this Saturday 4/22 from 10am-noon around Hanover Place.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C (Wednesday, April 19):
Our office shared upcoming community events, including our May 11th traffic safety walk with DDOT on South Dakota and Rhode Island Ave NE.
Fort Lincoln Civic Association Thursday, April 20): 
Our office shared about the upcoming May 11th traffic safety walk with DDOT on South Dakota and Rhode Island Ave NE. Also, we shared updates from DPR on the Haggans Cultural Center’s Operations status: the Center is slated to be closed until the opening of the Fort Lincoln Campus Improvement Project.

Read below for this week's upcoming ANC and Civic Association Meetings (review this ANC Locator Map to see which meetings apply to you and email us if you'd like more information on how to attend):

          Monday, April 24:
          7pm - Bloomingdale Civic Association (virtual)
          7pm - Edgewood Civic Association (635 Edgewood St NE + virtual)
          Tuesday, April 25:
          7pm - ANC 5F (Edgewood Rec + virtual)
          Wednesday, April 26:
          7pm - Joint 5B06/5C07 Meeting at Woodridge Library

Have a need, or want to share important information for ANC and Civic Association Meetings? Get in touch with one of our Constituent Services Coordinators:
  • 5A & 5C: Carlos McKnight,
  • 5B & 5D: Oliver Stoute,
  • 5E & 5F: Sam Bonar,
Legislation Since January

Here’s a highlight of some environmental bills Councilmember Parker has co-introduced and co-sponsored since taking office: 

Programs for the People
Haiku Contest at DC Public Library

Celebrate National Poetry Month with DC Public Library! Residents ages 6 and up are invited to submit a haiku to the 2023 Haiku Contest from April 1 - 30.

Write a haiku about one of the following themes:
✎ a DC moment / observed in DC, ✎ something you're grateful for,
✎ seasons, or
✎ something small and wild.

Each participating library will select a winner in the following age categories, Children (6-12), Teen (13-19) and Adult (20+). Prize-winners will take home library swag and have their poem posted in the library and on the DC Public Library's website in May! There is a limit of two entries per person. Learn more about National Poetry Month at DC Public Libraries here.

Bloomingdale Civic Association Scholarship

The Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) is currently accepting applications for its 2023 Scholarship Award! Each spring, the BCA awards two scholarships in the amount of $1,500. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors currently living in the Bloomingdale neighborhood, or who attend either Dunbar or McKinley Technology High Schools. Learn more and apply here. Applications are due by April 28.

Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association Scholarship
Are you a graduating High School Senior?
Will you be attending college this coming Fall, 2023?
Are you a resident of the Lamond-Riggs community?
Do you attend a DC public school (traditional or charter)? 

If you meet the requirements listed above, then consider applying for this great scholarship opportunity! LRCA will award at least three (3) Academic Excellence Scholarships to eligible high school graduating seniors residing within the LRCA boundaries, who will attend an accredited* college or university. Scholarship awards will range from $500 to $1,000. Applications are due by May 5. Learn more and apply here.

*For a list of accredited colleges and universities, please visit

Youth Climate Summit with
the Office of the People's Counsel

This event is the Office of the People's Counsel's (OPC’s) second in a series of Community Conversations on Climate Change. The event will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Catholic University’s Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The target audience for “Our Planet, Our Future: An OPC Summit to Empower Youth & DC Communities,” will be Gen Z and millennials. However, DC residents of all ages are urged to attend. Learn more and register for the Youth Climate Summit here.

DC History Center
Family History Day 

What’s the origin of your last name? Where did your great, great-grandparents come from? Can your kids or grandkids answer these questions? We want to help!

Bring your families to the DC History Center, 801 K Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001, on Saturday, April 29 for a day of genealogy fun! Creative activities take place 12 - 2 pm. During quick, scheduled pop-up talks, hear from our program partner Gigi Nelson and high school students from the Real World History class. Their family history stories will inspire your own curiosity and fuel your excitement to get started. Reserve free tickets here.

DC Tax Revision Commission
Town Halls 

Taxes are crucial to our city’s ability to thrive. Our DC taxes pay for schools, roads, parks, health care, libraries, public safety and so much more. The District deserves a tax system that is resilient, equitable, economically competitive and reasonably easy to deal with. Does our current system live up to those standards? The DC Tax Revision Commission needs to hear from you!

The DC Tax Revision Commission, chaired by former Mayor Anthony Williams, is inviting members of the public to two town halls—one in person and another virtual—to hear what they think about the District’s tax system:
The IN-PERSON town hall will be on Monday, May 1st at 7 pm at THEARC West's Black Box Theater (1801 Mississippi Ave, SE 20020). Participants can register HERE
The VIRTUAL town hall will be Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm. Participants can register HERE

DC Jobs with Justice
Workers' Rights Training

DC Jobs with Justice will hold two training sessions to help District workers better understand and protect their rights and wages. Come to learn about the District's upcoming minimum wage increase and laws governing paid sick leave and overtime pay. Training sessions are open to all; individuals working in the restaurant service, hospitality, retail, construction, and domestic industries are strongly encouraged to attend. Translation can be provided.
Dates: Wednesday, May 3, 2023, at 6:30 pm, Room 401-G and Thursday, May 4, 2023, at 6:30 pm, Room 401-F
Location: MLK Library, 901 G Street, NW

News You Can Use
Most-clicked links from last week's newsletter (not just news!)—
For months, my team has received complaints about missing trash cans, litter on streets and in parks, and the lack of enforcement on cars with thousands of dollars in tickets. Today, I led a community walk in the Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods with DPW Director Spriggs to address resident concerns. If you notice a missing trash can, have missed trash service, or have placed repeated requests to 311 to boot or tow a vehicle, please share your concerns with us anytime -, 202-724-8028. We're here to support. 

As always, we invite you to use this form to provide feedback on how we're doing. We'd love to hear from you anytime. 

Yours in service and community, 


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