Thursday, March 31, 2011

ANC5C Development Committee Still Seeking Community Input


The Economic Development Committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C is seeking input from residents to help develop public policy which will encourage and monitor controlled economic development in the western neighborhoods of Ward 5.  If you live in Bloomingdale, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Metropolis View, Pleasant Hill, Stronghold or Truxton Circle, and you have experience or expertise in business retention and expansion, finance, marketing, neighborhood development, real estate development and reuse, small business and entrepreneurship, strategic planning, urban planning or workforce development, your community needs you.  Please consider contributing your time and talent to support the work of the ANC 5C Economic Development Committee.  For information on how you might contribute, contact Commissioner Bradley Thomas, at (202) 670-0151, or e-mail your questions or your resume to

Plant Trees on the MBT 4/21/11

Dear friend,
On Thursday, April 21, join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy as we volunteer with Casey Trees for a planting on Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). As spring begins to bloom and the summer sun approaches, help us bring more green to neighborhoods along the MBT!
Where: At the corner of 3rd and R streets, NE
Closest Metro: New York Avenue (Red Line) - Street parking available
When: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Bike commuters encouraged to attend! 
Metropolitan Branch Trail Logo  Casey Trees Logo
Questions? Contact Carol Herwig, Casey Trees Volunteer Coordinator ( or 202.349.1907)
Dress for the weather; wear durable, close-toed shoes and bring your own water bottle. Tools and instruction are provided. This event will occur rain or shine unless the weather is severe.
This tree planting is supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation.
Happy trails,
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Monday, March 28, 2011

"Do The Right Thing" Viewing 4/1/11

See this message from Commissioner, Silas Grant on the viewing of the film "Do the Right Thing" followed by a discussion on diversity in our city. I encourage all residents to participate in this event and share their thoughts and ideas on diversity in our neighborhoods. 

As a follow-up to the "March for Peace" that took place on 2/12/11, Tony Lewis, Jr. and I will be hosting a viewing of the film "Do the Right Thing".
Please join us on Friday April 1, 2011 at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center (1100 Michigan Ave, NE) at 7pm as we view the film followed by a provocative discussion about diversity in D.C.
Do the Right Thing” is a concept that is derived from the 1989 Spike Lee film which placed a spotlight on gentrification and diversity in a big city. The District of Columbia has achieved a high level of diversity. From diversity in the areas of age and generation to diversity in the areas of culture and ethnicity, this city has truly become a “melting pot”. While we have achieved this diversity, accepting and respecting diversity is more important.
Segments of the city’s population congregate and interact based on similarities. Religion, economic class level, education and race provide platforms for those who are alike to come together. However, those same elements cause barriers for those who are considered different in these areas. “Do the Right Thing” causes a provocative conversation around diversity to take place. The goal of this event is to have all District citizens understand that we are more alike than we are different. Also, we share resources and common space and the need for coexistence with harmony is higher than ever.
The film “Do the Right Thing” was shot over 20 years ago at a time when New York City was experiencing gentrification, diversity and the ups and downs of sensitivity around these issues as well. The District of Columbia is now facing these same issues in 2011. At some point, the “elephant in the room” has to be addressed. The viewing of “Do the Right Thing” amongst a diverse crowd along with a conversation following will begin the process of accepting and respecting diversity.
It is our hope that you will be able to attend and take part in this discussion.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

State of the District Address 3/28/11

Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2011 State of the District Address  
Date:                Monday, March 28, 2011  
Time:               Doors Open at 5:00 pm    
                        Program Begins at 6:45 pm   
                        *Guided tour of the facility 5:30pm – 6:30pm  
Location:         Eastern Senior High School Auditorium  
1700 East Capitol Street, NE          
 Washington, DC   
Metro:              Stadium Armory Metro Stop  - Just two blocks from Eastern Senior High School  

Parking:           Free parking is available at DC Armory, lot 3  
For more information visit

Linda Grant
Public Information Officer
DC Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Join us at the2011 State of the District Address

Presented by:
Mayor Vincent C. Gray

Monday, March 28, 2011
Eastern Senior High School • 1700 East Capitol Street, NE
Doors open – 5:00 pm • Program begins – 6:45 pm

To learn more, visit

MPD Makes Arrest in two 5c05 Robberies


The new 5D Commander Andy Solberg recently shared information on several armed robbery closures two of which occurred in the 5c05 area. Below is his email. Stay vigilant Residents.

I’d like to make the community aware of some good arrests the officers and detectives at 5D have made recently.

On Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, March 23 and 24, two men turned themselves in at the Fifth District after warrants had been issued for them charging them with an armed robbery at a convenience store at North Capitol and New York Avenues on March 10, 2011.  The detectives did a great job of pursuing leads in this case and developing suspect information.  Warrants were issued not long after the robbery, and we have been searching for both men until they surrendered to police.

In a second case, a pizza delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint by two men on Saturday, March 19, about 1 am, in the 200 block of S St., NE.  Fifth District detectives obtained information on both men, and after getting additional information linking both men to a different crime in Prince George ’s County, one man was arrested and charged with the robbery and another suspect has been identified and a warrant has been issued for him charging him with robbery.

In a third case, a man was robbed yesterday, Thursday, March 24, shortly before 10 pm,.  Four young men robbed him         at knifepoint in the 200 block of R St., NE.   Uniformed and plainclothes officers stopped four suspects very quickly, and police were able to confirm that one of the young men had taken part in the robbery.  Another was arrested on an outstanding warrant.  Two others were stopped and identified but not charged.

In the first two cases, detectives closed these cases through tough, diligent, thorough investigation. 

In the third case, patrol and tactical officers who had been deployed to the area to target violent crime made an arrest in a case almost immediately after it took place.

I am glad to be able to deliver good news to the 5D community.  We’re working hard to fight crime.

Andy Solberg
Commander, 5D

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Eckington Place Development Meeting

In response to your recent concerns with the Eckington Place development, I will be hosting a community meeting to allow residents the opportunity to discuss the project with the developer. Please make sure you forward this information to your neighbors.

Eckington Place Development Meeting

Saturday, March 19, 2011 
First New Hope Baptist Church 
1818 3rd Street NE
Washington, DC

Thursday, March 3, 2011

ANC5C Finance and Grant Committee Meeting This Saturday

I will be holding a ANC5C Finance and Grant Committee meeting this Saturday from 11am-1pm at the Summit at St. Martins 116 T Street NE. If you're interested in working on this committee or have general suggestions that would benefit this commmittee please join us.
Contact me if you plan on attending.
Tim Clark
Commissioner, 5C05, Chair Finance and Grant Committee

Eckington Service Request