DDOT Celebrates Completion of Local 11th Street Bridge on September 7, 2013@12noon-3pm


Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Transportation



DDOT Celebrates Completion of Local 11th Street Bridge on September 7  

Community Invited for Afternoon of Music, Food
and Fun for the Entire Family


(Washington D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) cordially invites to the 11thStreet Local Bridge Community Celebration and Bridge Dedication on September 7, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come join city officials, community leaders and businesses from Anacostia and Capitol Hill on the 11th Street Local Bridge for family- friendly activities, music and food. Additionally, officials will dedicate a plaque naming the new Local 11th Street Bridge as the “11th Street, Officer Kevin J. Welsh Memorial Bridge.”

 The 11th Street Local Bridge will be transformed into a family-friendly venue featuring a main stage for entertainment, a variety of local food trucks and speakers from various District agencies.  Attendees can visit table top booths to get more information about DDOT’s programs and initiatives as well as other District agencies at the “Information Lane.”    Photo opportunities will be available from the local bridge’s scenic overlooks, which offer tranquil views of the Anacostia River and Nationals Park.

Transportation and Parking Accommodations

Free transportation to and from the event will be provided by DC Circulator buses. ADA-compliant shuttle buses will be provided to transport people with disabilities from the entrance points to the bridge to various locations along the bridge.


Passenger pick-up locations:·        Anacostia Metro Station (Green Line)

·        Eastern Market Metro Station (Blue/Orange Line)

Free Parking:

·        (Capitol Hill) – 1301 M Street SE (DC Circulator will pick-up and drop off at the entrance of the bridge)

·        (Anacostia) – Curtis Brothers Parking Lot, 2241 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE (DC Circulator will pick-up and drop off at the entrance of the bridge)

For more information and to follow the bridge project and AWI Program’s progress, please visit anacostiawaterfront.org/11thStreetBridge. To join the project or AWI community contact list or ask questions, please email ddot.awi@dc.gov  or call 202-741-8528.

Kingman Park: DC Street Car Traffic/Parking Restrictions Take Effect April 1-19, 2013

DC Street Car Construction Team Ready To Install OCS Foundations

Traffic/Parking Restrictions Take Effect April 1

On Benning Road From 21st Street To 24th Street The DC Streetcar construction team will start work April 1 on the installation of OCS (Overhead Cantenary System) foundations at the streetcar route’s Eastern Turnaround on Benning Road. The OCS foundations are installed underground at designated points and provide the base for mounting the poles and wiring that deliver power to run the streetcars.To accommodate the construction activity, the following traffic and parking restrictions are necessary:

April 1 through April 19Eastbound Benning Road (south side), 21st Street to 24th Street

Ø  At 21st, eastbound Benning Road traffic will be channeled into a single lane to 24th.

Ø  The sidewalk on the south side of Benning from 21st to 24th will be closed. Signs will direct pedestrians to cross to sidewalks on the north side of Benning.

Ø  Motorists will have no access to 23rd Place from Benning Road. To reach 23rd Place, local traffic (residents and visitors) will be directed to use the alleyway that runs between 21st and 24th Streets.

Ø  Left turns and U-turns from Benning onto 21st, 23rd, and 24th will be prohibited.

Ø  Vehicular and pedestrian access to establishments with parking lots in this area – T-Nails, 2305 Benning; MillionMan Tires, 2101 Benning; and the Crown gas station, Benning at 21st – will be maintained through side streets and gaps between the traffic-control devices.Advance warning signs will be posted. The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equipment availability and other unforeseen conditions.

Please feel free to contact:  Margaret GentryCommunity Relations SpecialistDC Streetcar ProjectAMEC Environment & Infrastructure1005 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Mobile 202.320.8534 Email:margaret@dcstreetcar.commargaretgentry@hotmail.commargaret.gentry2@amec.com


Lisa White, ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 Kingman Park

DCFCA At-Large Candidates Forum: Tonight Wed. Mar. 27, 2013 6:30pm-9:00pm

DC Federation of Civic Associations
Barbara D. Morgan, President


Featuring Eastern High School Marching Band and
The Washington Youth Choir

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Eastern Senior High School 1700 East Capitol Street, N E (Stadium-Armory Metro Station)

Moderator: Sam Ford, WJLA TV News Reporter

A straw poll will be conducted after the forum; all present may vote.

For more information, contact Philip Pannell, 202-889-4900 or philippannell@ comcast.net

Friends of Kingman Park February 2013 Meeting Pictures




Street Closings for the 2013 Annual Rock N Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon

(Washington, DC) The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has provided the following information about scheduled street closures for the 2013 Rock N Roll USA Marathon and Half Marathon that will be held in the District of Columbia on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

In order to facilitate this event there will be no vehicular traffic allowed along the routes of the races. However, there will be bump routes that will allow vehicles to cross when runners are not present. The races are scheduled to begin at approximately 7:25 a.m.; however some street closures will begin as early as 12:00 a.m. around the start and finish line. All streets affected by this event are expected to be reopened as early as 9:30 a.m., and no later than 2:00 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays during the races. Citizens who have issues that need resolution or if there are any questions regarding traffic access points during the races are advised to please call 202-727-9099.

The marathons will form at Constitution Avenue, NW, just east of 14th Street, NW. The route of the marathon is as follows:

· Start on Constitution Avenue, NW just east on 14th Street, NW

· Right on Virginia Avenue, NW

· Right on 18th Street, NW

· Left on E Street, NW

· Left on Virginia Avenue, NW

· Right on 19th Street, NW

· Right on Constitution Avenue, NW

· Left on 23rd Street, NW

· Enter Memorial Circle

· Exit Memorial Circle

· Arlington Memorial Bridge

· Left on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway

· Merge left on Shoreham Drive, NW

· Right on Harvard Street, NW

· Right on 5th Street, NW

· Merge onto 4th Street, NE

· Left of Bryant Street, NW

· Right on North Capitol Street, NW

· Left on K Street, NE

· Right on 4th Street, NE

· Left on H Street, NE

· Right on 13th Street, NE

· Left on Constitution Avenue, NE

Full Marathon/Half Marathon Split

Half Marathon Turns ONLY

· Left on North Capitol Avenue, NE

· Merge onto C Street, NE

· Merge right onto 22nd Street, NE

· Right on East Capitol Street, NE



· Right on `14th Street, NE

· Right on North Carolina NE

· Left on 13th Street, SE

· Right on East Capitol Street, SE

· Right on 11th Street, NE

· Left on East Capitol Street, NE

· Right on 2nd Street, NE

· Left on Constitution Avenue, NE

· Merge right on Constitution Avenue, NW

· Merge left on Constitution Avenue, NW

· Left on 9th Street, NW

· Right on L’Enfant Plaza

· U-Turn on L’Enfant Plaza (in front of USPS)

· Right on 9th Street, SW

· Left on Maine Avenue, SW

· Right on 6th Street, SW

· Left on Water Street, SW

· Merge onto the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

· Merge onto P Street, SW

· Right on 2nd Street, SW

· Left on V Street, SW

· Left on First Street, SW

· Right on Potomac Avenue, SW

· Left on South Capitol Street, SW

· U-Turn on South Capitol Street, SW

· Cross the Frederick Douglas Bridge

· Left onto South Capitol Street, SE

· Left on Douglas bridge access road

· Right on Anacostia Drive, SE

· Full loop around Anacostia Park skating Pavilion on Anacostia Drive, SE

· Left on Nicholson Street, SE

· Left on Fairlawn Avenue, SE

· Right on Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

· Left on L’Enfant Square, SE

· Left on Minnesota Avenue, SE

· Right on East Capitol Street, SE on ramp

· Right on East Capitol Street, SE

· Merge left onto C Street, SE

· Merge left onto 22nd Street, NE


Bump Routes are as follows:

· 4th and East Capitol Street, NE

· 6th and East Capitol Street, NE

· 8th and East Capitol Street, NE

· 10th and East Capitol Street, NE

· 8th and H Streets, NE

· 15th and North Carolina Streets, NE

· 17th and C Streets, NE

All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.

Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated.


Orange Hat Patrol- Wednesday, March 6, 2013 7pm-8pm


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 6 March and continuing on the first Wednesday 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 6 Mar, 3 Apr, 1 May, 5 Jun, 3 Jul, 7 Aug, 4 Sep & 2 Oct (1st Wednesday of each month). 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.
As always, please feel free to contact me at kevindstpehens70@yahoo.com if you have questions, comments or need additional information.
Kevin Stephens/KP OHP Coordinator (202) 341-9466
Lisa White/ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 (202) 706-4713

Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School Closing: The Green Wave recedes

Interesting article about the closing of Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School and how its impact can be a lasting one for the children that attend the school. Please check out this link below.

Tonight, Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School — alma mater of Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, and many other less household-named stars — plays its last boys basketball game. Eyed as the location of a vocational training center, Spingarn will close as a general admission high school after the school year ends. The Post’s Roman Stubbs looks at the end of its six-decade run that will live in hoops history: “Wearing the Green Wave uniform was more than a high school experience for generation after generation of players; it was a chance to connect with playground legends, college all-Americans, first-round NBA draft picks, Hall of Famers, and two stars named among the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players.”


Lisa White, ANC Commissioner SMD 7D01 Kingman Park

Mayor Vincent C. Gray to Deliver 2013 State of the District Address on February 5, 2013


Mayor Vincent C. Gray will deliver the 2013 State of the District Address, where he will report on the status of the city and his administration and outline his agenda and priorities for the coming year.


7 pm, Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Sanctuary, 600 I Street NW


The Sixth and I Historic Synagogue is a cultural institution and community center that connects the District’s past, present and future and symbolizes the city’s multicultural nature. Originally built in 1908 as the home of Adas Israel, one of DC’s oldest Jewish congregations, the building was purchased by Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1951. It served as Turner Memorial’s home for half a century before that congregation moved to a new facility. A group of civic leaders acquired and renovated the Sixth & I building, reopening it in 2004 as a non-denominational, non-membership-based synagogue that serves as a cultural and educational center for the entire DC community. Emblematic of the rebirth of the District’s downtown, the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue has become a center for the arts, entertainment and community engagement.

Panel & Fourm Discussion 7pm Thursday, Jan. 31 – ” Redevelopment = Gentrification?”

With all the plans for redevelopment slated to come East of the River, does this mean that Gentrification is inevitable? Join r.e.e.l. in having a healthy discussion regarding the future of our communities.

We have invited an esteemed panel of business owners, residents and policy makers in discuss first hand accounts about the lessons they have learned when neighborhoods are redeveloped. We are taking the conversation beyond just the black vs. white argument. We want to help prepare our community for the FUTURE!

Event Info
Date: Thursday January 31, 2013

Time: 7pm

Where: DHCD Building – 1800 MLK Ave., SE

Some of the Panelist:
Tome Sherwood-NBC 4
Harriet Tregoning- Office of Planning
Lou Jones-Jin Lounge
Parisa Norouzi- Empower DC
and other invited guest

Charles Wilson