RFK Redevelopment Team Chosen

Events DC, the semi-governmental entity that controls a lease over the federal Park Service land that includes RFK and its parking lots and green spaces to the North, selected a team to create a plan to redevelop the site. DC Events has assured residents that their concerns will be considered when the plan is developed. It is not clear when the plan will actually be created. The return of the Redskins seems foremost on Events DC’s mind, as well as members of the DC City Council.

Some important dates to consider:

  • 2024 — DC is an American finalist for the 2024 Summer Olympic location, along with San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles.
  • 2026 — The Redskins’ lease on FedEx Field in Landover, MD expires in 2026, and there are likely serious financial consequences for breaking that lease early.

Both the Olympics and the Redskins’ return seem like long-shots, with Maryland (where the current stadium is located) and Virginia (the team’s practice facilities were just moved to Richmond) in competition with DC, which has less land for a stadium, a smaller tax base, and a strong distaste for publicly funded stadiums. DC is competing for the Olympics with three other American cities, as well as the entire World. Even if we were to get one, the other, or both, neither would come for another decade.

So the question that needs to be answered for our neighborhood is: over the next ten years, what does the District plan to do with these acres of decaying parking lots and a crumbling stadium that is soon to be all but abandoned?

Extreme Heat Kills Pets

Washington Humane Society Urges Public Not to Leave Dogs in Cars 

Washington, DC (June 16, 2014) – With temperatures in the high 80s and 90s right now, a heat wave can be lethal to companion animals, particularly dogs left in cars.

Each year dogs will die because they have been left in hot cars while their owners go off to do errands. The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is urging the public to be responsible and not travel with pets, unless absolutely necessary. A dog’s core body temperature is naturally higher than a human’s; they will suffer the effects of the heat much faster. Even if you don’t think it’s too hot outside – it is!

“Owners think it is OK to leave their dog in the car even if they are only running into a store for five minutes, but it’s never OK,” Scott Giacoppo, WHS VP of External Affairs states. “The public needs to be aware that dogs – or any pets – can die of heat exhaustion, and it doesn’t take long for them to become overheated.”

WHS Humane Law Enforcement Officers starting receiving calls regarding dogs left in March, and the call volume is expected to increase throughout the summer. While WHS Officers will respond to each call, this crisis can be easily avoided if pet owners took more responsible action and left pets at home, allowing Officers to dedicate their resources to the myriad of calls received each day.

WHS offers these critical travel tips to keep pets safe in the heat wave:

1.       There must be air flow in your vehicle at all times. Keeping windows cracked or leaving water out will not help if the car is not moving, and there is no air flow. Lack of air will kill animals.

2.       Dogs with pushed in faces (like Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, and Pugs) are particularly at risk. These types of dogs generally have more difficulty breathing, but all pet guardians should be on alert. Young and old dogs alike are affected differently by being in a hot car.

3.       Keep your dog at home. It doesn’t take long for your car to become an oven. Owners might think they are doing the right thing by bringing their pet with them in the car due to separation anxiety, or other factors, but this puts dogs at risk of dying.

4.       If you must travel with a pet – prepare. Before you get in, roll down the windows and put the air conditioner on to get the air circulating.

 

If you see a dog alone in car, immediately notify the Washington Humane Society Humane at (202) 576-6664 or (202) 723-5730. You can also call 911.

 

With summer season upon us, don’t let sightseeing trips or errands turn deadly. If you see a pet owner leaving their dog in the car unattended, express your concern.

 

Signs of over-heating in animals include loud, rapid panting, rapid pulse, glazed eyes, excessive salivation, elevated body temperature, excessive whining or agitation, staring, vomiting and white or bluish gums. Pets can be cooled immediately by placing them in the shade and sponging them with cool water, especially on the head, feet and groin area. If you believe your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, contact your veterinarian immediately—it could save your pet’s life.

 

Library Bike Tour

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May is National Bike Month and DC Public Libraries are gearing up with bike tours, events, bike-themed storytimes, and reading suggestions.  

 

A brief roundup of events is below – for more information, links to bike organizations in DC, and good book ideas for bikers and book lovers, check out the DC Public Library website at http://dclibrary.org/bike or check at your local branch.   All events and tours are FREE.

 
TWO Bike Tours to DC Libraries

**Saturday, May 17th – 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – DC Public Library’s 5th annual Tour de DCPL
 
This year DCPL is proud to announce its official partnership with Black Women Bike, as well as DDOT’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative for the 5th Annual Tour de DCPL.  The ride is a bit more challenging then in past years…about 14 miiles…children 9 and under are encouraged to attend the “Library Lovers Like to Bike” family ride on May 31st (See below).
 
Check in starts at 9 a.m. at Southeast Library (403 7th Street SE) and the ride starts at 9:30 a.m.  The first leg is a quick ride up 7th Street to Northeast Library (330 7th Street NE).  Then a nice ride to Roosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE), then on to Deanwood (1350 49th Street NE), followed by Dorothy Height/Benning Library (3935 Benning Road SE), Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Road SE) and over the 11th Street bridge and  back to Southeast Library.   
 
REGISTER for the Tour de DCPL at:  https://tourdedcplv.eventbrite.com
 
 
**Saturday, May 31st from 9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – “Library Lovers Like to Bike Kids Tour”
 
Families with children ages 9 and younger can celebrate National Bike Month with your neighbors and librarians from all Ward 6 DCPL branches -Northeast, Rosedale, Southeast, Southwest and Northwest One.  The event will be held rain or shine, so bring your raingear!
 
For those meeting at Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE) or Southeast (403 7th Street SE) we’ll have bike safety tips from biking police officers and library staff starting at 9:45 a.m. Then we’ll ride on over to Northeast Branch (330 7th Street NE) for story-time, bike decorating, repair demos, snacks and more.  
 
Adult chaperones and helmets are required for all child bikers. All adults will be required to sign liability waivers at for themselves and their children before starting the ride.  
 
For more information visit:  http://dclibrary.org/node/41195 or or email Ms. Tammeric at Rosedale LIbrary at tammeric.scurry@dc.gov.  
 
 
“Reading ‘n Riding” Events at Your Neighborhood Library
 
Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street NE):  Morning Glory Stories (Especially for Babies and Toddlers) held every Monday at 10 a.m. will feature bike-themed stories this month.
 
Anacostia Library will host free bike clinics this month starting May 10th from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m., courtesy of the Bike House store.
 
Dorothy Height/Benning Library “Can You Ride a Bike?” Preschool Storytime on Wednesday, May 14th at 10:15 a.m.

 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library – The Digital Commons will feature 3-D Printing for Bikes onThursday, May 15th at 7 p.m.
 
Petworth Neighborhood Library will host a Panel Discussion on “Biking and Community Change in the District” on Thursday, May 22nd at 7 p.m.

Global Rally Cross Car Race Behind DC General June 21-22 2014

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Events DC plans to hold a Global Rally Cross Car Race in the lot behind DC General. A poll is posted below to determine the neighborhood’s interest in such a race. An email from Events DC’s Executive Vice President and Managing Director about the proposed race is pasted below. DC Events also provide this presentation: DC GRC Event Overview FOR E-MAIL 4-1-14. Be sure to attend the meeting at 7pm on 4/14 in the Media Room at RFK if you want your voice heard by Events DC on this issue.

Good morning RFK Community Stakeholders,

 This email includes an overview presentation (in PDF format) for the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross (“GRC”) event planned for the RFK Campus in late June 2014.  This is a new event that we believe will be a great addition to our annual list of events and will be attractive to residents and visitors alike.  It is my sincere hope that after you have had an opportunity to review the presentation carefully and visit the GRC website, you will agree. (http://www.global-rallycross.com/)

 Our regularly scheduled community meeting will occur on Monday, April 14 at 7 pm in the Media Room at RFK.  I encourage you all to attend and to encourage any of your constituents that have questions or concerns regarding this event to attend as well.  A representative of GRC will be on hand to provide more information about the event as well as to answer any questions you may have.   If there are specific questions that you want addressed at the meeting, please send them to me and Theresa Dubois by close of business on Friday, April 11th, so that we can share them with the GRC rep so as to ensure their ability to answer your questions at the meeting.

 Thanks in advance,

 Erik

Found Dog

A small white dog was found this morning along Benning Rd NE at 25th St in the parking lot of 7-11. If you know the owner or this is your dog, please call 240-464-8341.

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Orange Hat Patrol: Thursday, Mar. 27, 2014@7pm

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Hi Neighbors, it’s time to dust off your orange hats and come join in some fun! We will kicking off our Orange Hat Patrol (OHP) neighborhood walks beginning on March and continuing on the last Thursday of each month through October.
Our meeting time/point will be 7 pm at the triangle park just across from the Saint Benedict the Moor Catholic Church and School on 21st St NE and Oklahoma Ave NE.

For your planning purposes, OHP walks will be on the last Thursday of each month (Mar – October). 27 Mar, 24 Apr, 29 May, 26 Jun, 31 Jul, 28 Aug, 25 Sep & 30 Oct. Bring yourself, bring your family and/or bring your dogs…great weather, great fun and great exercise!
Being a part of OHP is a great opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors/local patrol officers and also sends a big signal that “We Care” about our neighborhood.

FOKP Orange Hat Patrol Mission: Educate the community on neighborhood safety and security, reduce criminal activity, and help provide a safer place to live…”We Care!”

- Discourages Criminals
In some cases, the presence of a Neighborhood Watch in a community is enough to deter potential burglars from stealing from nearby homes. Most burglars take advantage of opportunities where they are able to act undetected. By having a watch program, a burglar will have less of a chance of being able to steal from a home without getting caught.
– Protects Your Home
Besides helping to monitor your neighborhood for burglars, you are also helping to increase the security level of your own home. It’s a proven fact that a Neighborhood Watch program helps to lower crime rates in a community, which subsequently decreases the chance that your own home will be the target for a criminal.

- Get to Know Your Community
Being a part of a Neighborhood Watch program is a great way to become better acquainted with the members of your community. By knowing the people in your neighborhood, there is a better chance that they will go out of their way to help monitor your home’s security.

- Aids Your Local Police Force
Having a Neighborhood Watch program in a residential area helps to take some of the surveillance burden off of the local police force. Because of this, it also helps to increase the ability of the police to quickly respond to crimes. In most cases, a police officer will volunteer to attend local Neighborhood Watch meetings, in order to provide helpful information about how to protect your community from criminals.

As always, please contact me at kevindstephens70@yahoo.com if you have questions or would like additional information.
Kevin Stephens(202) 341-9466