November 14, 2012
To help better foster jurisdictional cooperation with our neighbors in Montgomery County, MD, I will hold a joint community meeting on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm with Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin at Shepherd Elementary School located at 7800 14th Street NW. On the agenda will be discussions on parking along Eastern Avenue, the traffic circle at the District’s border with Maryland on 16th Street and proposed development on both sides of our border. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Brandon Todd at 202-724-8052 email@example.com.
On Tuesday, November 27 I will chair a public oversight roundtable to review the implications on the Department of General Services (“DGS”) of Chancellor Henderson’s proposed closure of some the District of Columbia Public Schools’ facilities; the announcement of which was made yesterday, November 13. Specifically, the roundtable will review the maintenance of the closed buildings, property management issues related to the planned closures, and the Executive’s plan for surplussing of closed facilities. The roundtable will begin at 5:00 pm in the Council Chamber of the John A. Wilson Building located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. For more information or to sign-up to testify, contact Randy Hull, Legislative Counsel to the Committee on Government Operations, at 202-724-8052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: School Closure and School Boundary Hearings, Tomorrow and Tuesday
In a special edition yesterday, Councilmember Bowser responded to questions about the School Boundary Review Act and its implications for Ward 4 neighborhoods. Councilmember Bowser said that she would not support any changes to boundaries that prevent areas currently in the Deal/Wilson feeder from attending those schools. The Councilmember urged residents to keep in mind that the Council has no role in boundary changes; those decisions are made by the Chancellor of Schools. She stressed to the Chancellor in no uncertain terms the importance of maintaining current cross-park boundary and feeder patterns. The Chancellor has indicated that she will be making no boundary change recommendations this year.
The Council will hold a public hearing on the Review of School Closures within DCPS and the School Boundary Review Act on Thursday, November 15th at 4:00 pm and Monday, November 19th at 2:00 pm. This hearing is to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposed school closings, school consolidation plans, and the closure process within the District of Columbia Public Schools. In addition, the Committee wishes to hear from the public on the proposed School Boundary Act and feeder patterns within DCPS. For additional information, please contact Shayne Wells at 202-724-8030 or email@example.com.
Reminder: Metro Bus Adjustment Public Hearing Rescheduled to November 26
As the District’s principal member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board of Directors, Councilmember Bowser will chair a Public Hearing on Monday, November 26 beginning at 6:30 pm on a set of proposals to adjust bus service. The hearing will take place at the Metro Transit Police Department District 1 Substation located at 5315 First Place, NE (across from the Ft. Totten Metrorail station). Every year, Metro makes these kinds of changes in an effort to make service more on-time, reliable, and cost-effective. Some of the affected routes are in Ward 4 as well as other parts of the District. Please review the proposals (which can be seen by visiting http://wmata.com/hearings) and attend the hearing which had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy. An open house will precede the hearing at 6:00 pm giving the public an opportunity to question Metro staff directly. To register your name on the witness list, send your name and affiliation, if any, firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 202-962-1133.
Community Meetings for ‘Play DC’ announced by Department of Parks and Recreation
The D.C. Department of parks and Recreation (DPR) announced the community meeting dates for the “Play DC,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Playground Improvement Project. It is a multi-year playground renovation initiative that will begin in the coming months on 32 DPR playgrounds. The community meetings are listed below:
Monday, November 19
Takoma Community Center (300 Van Buren St., NW)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Discussing: Takoma Community Center Playground
Tuesday, November 20
Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Ave., NW)
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm – Discussing: Emery, Fort Stevens and Hamilton Recreation Center Playgrounds
Ward 4 Holiday Party, December 15; Please note new date
Please join Councilmember Bowser for the annual Ward 4 Holiday Party on Saturday, December 15 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. It will take place this year at St. John’s College High School, located on 2607 Military Road, NW. Enter the parking lot off Oregon Avenue. For more information or to join the planning committee, contact Brandon Todd at email@example.com or call 202-724-8052.
Metro Weekend Track Work- November 16-18
- Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday, Red Line trains will single track between Takoma and Forest Glen to allow for platform reconstruction, fiber-optic cable installation and rail improvements.
- Throughout the weekend, trains will operate every 20 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont.
- On Saturday and Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day, additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and Fort Totten, resulting in service about every 10 minutes between those stations.
- Customers traveling through the work zone should allow about 15 minutes of additional travel time.