30 May 2006

Did You Have Any Trouble Getting MPD-5D Response this Past Weekend?

If so - or if an officer mysteriously showed up on foot - WUSA9 just found out why (emphases mine):

If you called for police in parts of Northeast DC over the holiday weekend, they may have arrived late or on foot, according to officers assigned to the area.

Up to 20 squad cars are being held off the streets, but not because of mechanical problems or staff shortages. 9 News has learned the cars being are grounded because they can't find the gas keys.

From the street you can see the police cars lined up at Fifth District headquarters with no place to go, no officers assigned to them. This is one of the highest crime areas of the city.

Police sources say [. . .] Fifth District Commander [Jennifer Green] ordered sergeants to stop issuing the cars because some officers have been repeatedly leaving their shifts and taking home the keys to the gas caps.

9 News obtained a copy of the MPD memo that identified the scout cars that were being pulled from the streets. The mileage and amount of gas were noted for each car to make sure the vehicles were not moved, were not assigned to the streets.

The officers who would have been in these cars have been assigned to foot patrol or they are doubling and tripling up in the available cars.

Fifth District Commander Jennifer Green is on vacation and unavailable for comment but sources say she has refused to use available dollars to replace the missing gas keys. Fifth District cruisers use those keys to gas up at a DC government lot in Northeast, along with other city vehicles. There is no way officers could use the gas keys or these pumps for their personal use according to sources.

Late Tuesday afternoon we got a call back from DC police officials, who say Public Safety was not comprised over the past three days in the Fifth District. They admit that cars were pulled from service and that foot patrols were increased as a result. But they say those administrative measures were needed to reign in the use of the gas keys. Officials say some of the keys were being used to fill up multiple scout cars preventing any accountability.

?!? Sure, I understand you want the keys back, but it's not as if they're irreplaceable, or that the officers are children and that sort of hand-slapping does them, or more importantly us, any good.

only $33.13 + s&h! easily deducted from payroll if the original keys aren't returned within 1 day!!
I even found this online, available only to law enforcement. That $9.99 + s&h is worth my tax dollars if it means keeping the already low number of patrol cars, well, ON PATROL. I heard for myself at this past week's 5A meeting that we are currently covered by less than an ideal number of officers; bunching them up (in threes!) only dilutes their effectiveness more. And how long will this continue?

You can watch the video clip at the WUSA9 link above, and see WaPo's piece here.

26 May 2006

Not Even an Armored Car Can Protect You....

Mental note: Add PSA meeting info to sidebar...put reminders up here for each and every monthly meeting affecting the Ward 5 community (501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 405)...be sure to attend my own....

Yesterday morning at approximately 10:20am, "a guard with the Dunbar Armored Car Company had just left the Safeway Food Store located at 1601 Maryland Avenue, NE, and was near his vehicle when two men approached him. One of the subjects produced a handgun, grabbed a bag containing an undetermined amount of cash, and shot the guard before fleeing. The guard suffered a gunshot wound to the body and was taken to an area hospital and admitted in stable condition." WaPo link here (not even B01 material?).

in case you didn't notice me robbing the armored car....I know shit happens, and this was certainly no way to start the day, but must you shoot someone after they give you what you want?! Then again, I suppose if you have the cajones to wear an "orange and yellow visibility vest" whilst robbing an armored guard in broad daylight, what the hell do you care?

24 May 2006

Two Homicides in NE Early This Morning - What We Can Do About It

photo from www.stieglitz.org
(photo from www.stieglitz.org)

Police responded to the first shooting, at 1265 Simms Place, NE, just after midnight; 26-year-old Darrius Jerome Dyson was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to the head. At approximately 3:21am, police located 44-year-old Verone Ray Carter inside a vehicle in the 3600 block of Eastern Avenue, NE, suffering from fatal, multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

***UPDATE: 3 men were stabbed this afternoon at the Rhode Island Avenue Home Depot parking lot, an "unofficial day-laborer site." Word on the Brookland listserv is that 2 of the men have since died . . . .***

Please, if possible, attend your ANC, PSA, CAC, and civic association meetings (see sidebar for as-complete-as-possible info). Join the Coalition of Concerned Neighbors (I will add that info to the sidebar soon). Join listservs, start a blog; call and write letters to your Commissioner, Council member, and the Mayor. Walk with your neighborhood Orange Hats . . . . The louder we are, the quieter our community will become.

23 May 2006

ANC-5A Monthly Meeting Wednesday, May 24th

What: Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5A Monthly Meeting (this link shows you the 2006 schedule - no meetings in August and December)

When: Wednesday, May 24th, 2006 at 7pm

Where: John Burroughs Elementary School, 1820 Monroe Street, NE

Agenda Includes: Crime Hotspots in the Community; 4th and 5th District Crime Reports; Community Concerns

22 May 2006

Open Mouth, Insert DCPL

Well, it didn't take long for the backlash to begin . . . . And while I mentioned just the other day that I thought naming Ginnie Cooper Executive Director of DC Public Library was a step in the right direction, I am now happily second-guessing myself (note to self: press releases are meant to paint a rosy picture; I should already know this from work). Take a look at DCist's post today (look past the snarky/patronizing title if you're a fan of libraries/librarians), inspired by Dorothy Brizill's comments in today's DC Watch:

As I reported in themail on May 17, the DC Library Board of Trustees did in fact hold a special meeting on Thursday at which it voted to appoint Ginnie Cooper as the new head of the DC Library system. Cooper is currently the executive director of the Brooklyn Public Library. At a press conference following the board meeting, neither John Hill, chairman of the Trustee Board, nor Ms. Cooper would discuss the terms of her appointment. However, the next day, Friday, Hill issued a press release indicating that Cooper is expected to assume her position this summer, probably in August, and that her pay rate will be $205,000 ($179,946 plus a “retention incentive” of $25,054). In Brooklyn, Cooper was paid $200,000 per year to oversee the fifth largest independent library system in the US, with sixty libraries serving three million residents. In DC, Cooper will be paid $205,000 to oversee a much smaller library system of twenty-five library facilities serving 570,000 residents. Her salary continues the Williams administration’s policy of massive pay inflation for top-level government officials. As the May 19 edition of The Common Denominator reports, the library’s current interim director, Francis Buckley, is paid $138,159; and the library’s previous director, Molly Raphael, earned $121,000 after thirty-three years of service to DCPL.

In a press release announcing Cooper’s appointment, the library board says that “Cooper brings a clear vision of excellence in library services, as well as success in library management and fundraising to the executive director position.” However, New York City newspapers have been replete with stories of Cooper’s management snafus. Last year she had to repay $27,000 after auditors found that she had taken more than six weeks of vacation that were not allowed in her contract. The New York Sun reported that “the Brooklyn Public Library system has struggled with budget cuts, and its branches are currently open fewer hours that those of either of the city’s other two library systems, New York and Queens.” The New York Daily News quoted NYC Councilman Charles Barrow on Cooper’s appointment to head the DC Library system: “I’m sure there won’t be a whole lot of tears . . . over her departure.”

The controversy is much in line with the way DCPL has handled branch closings/"renovations," public input into the future of the MLK, Jr. Memorial Library, etc. While there is no doubt DCPL was urgently in need of a permanent (rather than interim) director, it's obvious that we need a transparent vetting process for the position. Our library system is in need of an extensive, if not complete, overhaul - if the community at large continues to participate only by making what I'd call "comments for the record" rather than being given the the floor with the full attention of the final decision makers, we will find other ways to make our voices heard.

Certainly I'm looking at just two sides of a many faceted story here, but why would we not only hire, but also give a pay increase - in a city with a lower cost of living - to someone who was found to have taken $27,000 worth of unauthorized vacation time? The Common Denominator has more details, including - please be sure you're sitting - "[Cooper] recently came under fire for [. . .] closing a library when a librarian received a minor injury [. . .] . [and] is leaving her current job in the midst of a major renovation of Brooklyn's Central Library, which is expected to be completed in 2007. " DC's residents not afford another library closing or a vacany in DCPL's top position in the midst of our planned renovation(s), and our pockets aren't deep enough for less than the best candidate to lead DCPL in the coming years of transition for $205,000/yr.

Comments? What about from those of you in New York searching for "Ginnie Cooper" who have been directed here?

19 May 2006

Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour Saturday, May 20th

The ultimate in multitasking fun! Come out to support community bloggers Sean Hennessey and Rania Hassan and local arts at the annual Mount Rainier Day Festival (10am-7pm) and the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour (12-5pm). Sean has posted detailed info and directions to his and Rania's studio at the Washington Glass School here. I hope to make it out between morning and afternoon work commitments (I'm not complaining - BEA is like heaven for me).

I can't help but see the opportunities for Woodridge's "gateway" by partnering with the budding arts district just steps away. This should not be overlooked by our ANC or the Council. I guess the pestering starts here.

Also of note on Saturday: A tour of the Florida Market area, hosted by Richard Layman and Elise of Frozen Tropics. Count me in for next month!

DC Public Library Names Ginnie Cooper Executive Director

After a long period of interim leadership, DCPL has announced that Ginnie Cooper, currently Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library, will begin her appointment in DC no later than August 2006. DCPL's site also has links to Ms. Cooper's background, a list of her experience and accomplishments, and glowing remarks from colleagues across the nation. The announcement alludes to the "fact" of a new central Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library built on the former convention center site, as well as renovation for the branch libraries:
Among Ms. Cooper's primary responsibilities as Executive Director will be to respond to citizen's request for improved library services and facilities. Neighborhood branches are slated for renovation or new construction and legislation for a new central Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library built on the former convention center site is pending before the City Council.

A librarian since 1970, Ms. Cooper brings a clear vision of excellence in library services, as well as success in library management and fundraising to the executive director position. Throughout her career as a librarian, Ms. Cooper has experienced nationally recognized success in rebuilding library systems throughout the country.

[. . . .]

As head of the D.C. Public Library, Ms. Cooper will oversee program management and services for the entire library system in addition to managing the Library Transformation Initiative. Her announcement is symbolic of the library transformation efforts proposed as a result of Mayor Williams' Blue Ribbon Task Force to address the neglect and disrepair the D.C. Public Library System has experienced over decades of insufficient funding. In a positive step, the City council recently approved the FY06 Budget Support Act, which includes the allocation of $170 million in capital funding for the needed restoration of 20 branch libraries.

All in all, this sounds like a positive move for DCPL, though one must wonder why, much like the MPD, the leaders of our public services aren't coming from within the ranks.

UPDATE: See one of many updates to come here.

12 May 2006

Posts I Hope to Make Sooner Rather than Later

Though gathering and posting the information on community meetings takes some time, it's not nearly as involved as crafting opinionated posts on issues I feel strongly about, or transcribing the detailed notes I take at the meetings I'm able to attend. With that in mind, I figured in the meantime I could offer up a short list that I hope to address soon, with relevant links:

Anything else you'd like to see here?

Brookland Farmers Market Sundays Through October, 10am - 2pm

photo from the Brookland CDC
NEW LOCATION: 12th and Newton Streets, NE

Featuring early spring produce, including
* strawberries
* tender salad greens
* squashes

* artisan breads
* breakfast pastries
* jams & preserves
* flavored vinegars

* bedding plants !!

Come mingle with the neighbors, shop for tasty treats and celebrate spring!!

The Farmers Market is a project of the Brookland Community Development Corporation (Brookland CDC). The best link I can find for them is here, though the info on the Farmers market doesn't appear to be up to date. I will update if I find out the market is being held on Tuesdays as well.

10 May 2006

Mayoral Candidate Forum Series at McKinley High School Wednesdays, May 10th - June 28th

What: The Coalition for Voter Empowerment (COVE), a collaboration of Civic Associations and residents of Bloomingdale, Bates, Eckington, Edgewood, and Hanover Place, is hosting "Wednesdays with the Candidates," a series of one-on-one Mayoral interviews.

When: Wednesdays, May 10th - June 28th, 2006, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: McKinley Tech High School Amphitheater, 151 T Street, NE

Interview Schedule:
May 10, 2006 - Vincent Orange
May 24, 2006 - Marie C. Johns
June 7, 2006 - Michael Brown
June 21, 2006 - Adrian Fenty
June 28, 2006 - Linda Cropp

08 May 2006

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Monthly Meeting Tuesday, May 9th

What: Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Monthly Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 9th, 2006, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE

Agenda: Announcements; Newton Theater Landmark Update; MPD-5D Update; Ward 5 Transportation Planner; Community Concerns; Ronald McDonald House New Building Plans

Next meeting scheduled for June 13th, 2006
For additional information contact Mary Baird Curry, 202.635.1970

Coalition of Concerned Neighbors' Council Chair Debate TONIGHT, May 8th

What: The Coalition of Concerned Neighbors (previously mentioned here incorrectly as the Woodridge Coalition of Concerned Neighbors - apologies) is hosting a Council Chair Debate, moderated by Sam Ford from ABC 7, WJLA.

When: TONIGHT, Monday, May 8th, 2006, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Thurgood Marshall Educational Center, 3100 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE (202.576.6900)

Please note the information below comes directly from the flyer for this event, provided by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens, and should not be interpreted as my personal opinion....

Council Chair Candidates: Kathy Patterson - Councilmember Patterson first ran for the Coucil as a parent concerned with education in the city. Last year, she worked to guarentee $200 million a year to modernize D.C. Public Schools. Patterson currently serves as chair of the Committee on Education, Libraries, and Recreation; Robert Vinson Brannum - A native Washingtonian and Ward 5 resident, Mr. Brannum is a retired non-commissioned officer from the U.S. Air Force. Brannum is presently serving as the ANC Commissioner for 5C-04; Vincent Gray - A native Washingtonian, Mr. Gray currently serves as Ward 7 Councilmember. Gray's career in social services for urban communities spans over 30 years, beginning with his service as Executive Director of the D.C. Association for Retarded Citizens. From 1990-1994, Councilmember Gray served as the Director of the Department of Human Services.

At Large Council Chair Candidates: Phil Mendelson - A former ANC Commissioner and community activist for over 30 years, Councilmember Mendelson serves as the Chairperson of the Judiciary Committee. He has put forth a record in the Council of reducing crime, creating affordable housing, making the tax system fair, creating more responsive government, and cleaning the environment; A. Scott Bolden - Mr. Bolden is currently an equity partner in the law firm of Reed Smith, specializing in government relations and complex civil and criminal defense work. Bolden considers himself to be a public servant and not a politician. He believes D.C. still has far to go with many under-addressed issues such as education, healthcare delivery, young people and crime, the city's social divide, and Statehood.

05 May 2006

DC ANC Citizen Conference POSTPONED

The first annual DC ANC Citizen Conference I mentioned last month has been postponed, likely until July in order to hammer out some scheduling conflicts. I spoke with Ms. Lloyd yesterday (she is absolutely delightful!), and I hope to have more details posted soon.

NE DC Historical Society Monthly Meeting Sunday, May 7th

What: NE DC Historical Society monthly meeting focusing on Fort Lincoln

When: Sunday, May 7th, 2006, 2:00-4:00pm

Where: Fifth District Metropolitan Police Station, 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE

Agenda: Presentations will include "Fort Lincoln's Post-Civil War History" by Roy J. Pearson, Jr., Esq. and "Silent Sentinals: The Forts of NE Washington, DC" by C.R. Gibbs. author, lecturer, historian

Etc.: Don't miss next month's meeting on Sunday, June 4th, 2006, same time and location. Presentations will include the historic preservation of Ward 5 by Kathy Henderson, DC Council Candidate for Ward 5 and ANC-5B Commissioner and "A History of the Northeast Gateway" by Patsy M. Fletcher, Community Liaison for the Historic Preservation Office of the DC Office of Planning. Our meetings take place the first Sunday of every month. Starting in July we will change our meetings to the second Sunday of every month. For further information contact: queenstowndc@yahoo.com.

5D CAC Children's Movie Night Saturday, May 6th

What: Fifth District Citizens' Advisory Council / 5D CAC hosts its first Children's Movie Night

When: Saturday, May 6th, 2006, 4:00-6:00pm

Where: Fifth District Metropolitan Police Station, 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE

The Movie: "Remember the Titans" is the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit. 5D CAC will be serving popcorn, hot dogs, and drinks. Bring the whole family and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment in the company of your neighbors!

04 May 2006

ANC-5A Seeks Compromise with IRS To Resolve Tax Mistakes

First publically reported in the March/April 2006 issue of the Brookland Heartbeat (you may need to join the Brookland listserv to view the PDF, but if you send an e-mail to the editor, Abigail Padou, she will send you an electronic copy), ANC-5A is seeking a compromise with the IRS to lift a $21,632 IRS lien imposed on its bank account Dec. 5, 2005. The total tax liability stands at approximately $26,000. Today WaPo reports on 5A's payment of more than $9,900 Dec. 14, 2005 to lift the lien and it's proposed payment of $10,000 to clear the record. According to today's article:

ANC 5A's [annual] allocation is $34,889.40, based on its population of 24,348, which makes it the city's second-largest commission, after ANC 5C.

ANC 5A covers the Brookland, Fort Lincoln, Michigan Park, North Michigan Park, University Heights and Woodridge neighborhoods.

As a result of the commission's tax problem -- first reported by the community newspaper Brookland Heartbeat -- officials have imposed austerity measures on its operations.

In her letter, [5A's Treasurer Sandi Washington] informed the IRS that ANC 5A has decided to seek a volunteer replacement for its paid staff, asked commissioners to take on some duties of the paid staff, and intends to relocate the ANC's office into donated space. The ANC offices are in a rented trailer at 1322 Irving St. NE.

[. . . .]

The District's Office of the Auditor has asked ANC 5A officials to explain how it got into problems with the IRS. Some ANC and city officials said that when the commission corrected its initial mistake of failing to pay payroll taxes, it made a second mistake: It began paying those taxes with the wrong IRS form and sent them to the wrong address.

"It seems to be more a matter of lack of familiarity with procedures than anything else," said [Gottlieb C. Simon, executive director of the District's Office of the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions]. "I believe they paid something to the IRS . . . but not with the right form . . . so penalties started to accumulate with interest payments on it."

Commissioner Timothy Thomas, who was ANC 5A treasurer in 2003 and 2004, said: "It's not a tax problem. . . . It's a penalty problem. . . . It's not like we owe Uncle Sam. They were paying taxes, but come to find out [they were] paying them to the wrong place."

Thomas added that all the commissioners "decided not to talk about" the problem until it was fixed.

03 May 2006

ANC-5B Monthly Meeting Thursday, May 4th

What: Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B Monthly Meeting

When: Thursday, May 4th, 2006 at 7:30pm

Where: Washington Center for Aging Services, 2601 18th Street, NE

Agenda: TBA

Update from In Shaw on Last Night's Meeting

Truxtonian has posted an update from last night's emergency crime meeting on the In Shaw blog. The comments provide some informative community commentary, including thoughts on Orange's role in the state of Ward 5 (but, fear not shell-shocked constituents, Orange is hard at work making sure MLB and Comcast treat us with respect).

Don't forget tonight's PSA 501 meeting in response to the recent surge in neighborhood violence.

02 May 2006

Not to Be Outdone, Orange Calls for Emergency Crime Meeting TONIGHT

My guess is that either Orange or someone from his office stumbled across this recent comment on WaPo's DC Wire blog:

Our little corner of Ward 5 (Eckington, Truxton Circle, Bloomingdale) is getting very organized this time around. We are tired of being virtually ignored by Vincent Orange because he had Michigan Park and Brookland in his pocket. This time, we're going to make sure that the winning Ward 5 candidate must have the SW corner of Ward 5 in his or her pocket to win. We're going to vote in droves in September. Heed the warning, council candidates. Don't forget about us.

At any rate, Orange is, according to Commissioner Jim Berry's post on the Eckington listserv, organizing an emergency meeting tonight:


In response to the significant escalation of gunfire in our community of late and, most recently, the shooting that occurred near the intersection of 1st and Q Streets, N.W. as well as the homicide that took place in the 1400 block of First Street, N.W. last night, Council Member Vincent Orange is convening an emergency meeting at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 3rd and Q Streets, N.W., this evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in their old sanctuary. Specifically, Mr. Orange has asked officials from the Fifth District Metropolitan Police Department to provide a briefing on the recent spate of shootings that have taken place in our section of PSA 501, and to respond to questions or recommendations from community residents regarding the strategy that the MPD is using to address the problem.

I have recommended to Mr. Orange's office that a representative also be present from the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) who is responsible for the supervision of offenders who live in PSA 501. That is, the CSOSA can play a pivotal role in helping to identify and discipline those who are under their supervision and are ultimately found to be a contributor to our current problems in any way.

Please help to spread the word among your neighbors. Hope to see you this evening!


Jim Berry

Shootings Last Night in Truxton Circle - Community Meeting Tomorrow, May 3rd

Short blurb from WaPo (scroll to the bottom).

E-mail verbatim from Commissioner Cleopatra Jones to neighborhood listservs, including Truxton Circle's Daily Dispatch:
Good-morning Constituents;

Approximately about 9:45 PM last night 1st street, between Q & O MPD taped off the streets and the area was flooded with police to include an evidence team and flood lights. MPD remained on site throughout the night until wee hours of the morning and at this writing the area remains taped off, while the MPD continues its investigation. I have made follow up calls throughout the night and until this writing I have spoken with several officials and have learned that there was a shooting and a homicide. I will be continuing to monitor this situation and keep you informed.

In addition I am concerned with the frequency of shootings in this area for which we must not accept as a way of life. It is time for action and not continuous discussions. We must not accept these ongoing shootings as a way of life. We as residents need to take a proactive approach to improve our community and rid the criminal activities that are operating freely. We must unite to show solidarity to bring about changes that affects all of us now!

We must demand that the DC Government, Elected officials and MPD be responsible for providing resources and manpower to combat the criminal elements that are eating away at the fiber of this community. The time for action is now not ongoing discussions. Our quality of life continues to be jeopardize and the public safety remains at high risk.

I am continuously monitoring this situation and will update you accordingly.

Just me,
Cleopatra Jones,
Commissioner ANC5C02
(202) 635-2850
(202) 234-4225 fax

In response, PSA 501 has postponed their planned Wednesday walkthrough in order to have a meeting on the recent events in the area:
Due to recent events located in PSA 501 our planned Wednesday walkthrough initially scheduled to began at First and O streets NW @ 6:30 PM will be deferred to offer Capt. M. Scott and Lt. Welch an opportunity to share vital information concerning emerging activities in the community. The Captain will address these issues and neighborhood concerns at the Margaret Murray Washington, Career Senior High School, 27 O Street NW, Room 100, May 3rd @ 6:30 pm. Please plan to attend.

Other Crime Prevention Information: You may meet and talk with your assigned Lt. at your monthly scheduled neighborhood PSA Community Meetings. For meeting information visit the [MPD] on-line at http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/ or the Fifth District here.

You may also contact the Fifth District's Community Outreach Coordinator Fayette Vaughn-Lee for meeting schedules on (202) 698-0188 or e-mail her at fayette.vaughn-lee@dc.gov.

Patrol Service Area 501
Lt. Ronald- Wright-ronald.wright@dc.gov
Lt. Dean Welch- dean.welch@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 502
Lt. Gregory Stroud- gregory.stroud@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 503
Lt. Corinne Hughes- corinne.Hughes@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 504
Lt. Judith Anderson- judith.Anderson@dc.gov

Patrol Service Area 505
Lt. Anthony Medoro- anthony.medoro@dc.gov

5D Community Outreach Coordinator
Fayette Vaughn-Lee- fayette.vaughn-lee@dc.gov

Update: The shooting in the 1400 block of First Street resulted in homicide (see reference in Commissioner Berry's e-mail in the post above).

01 May 2006

Woodridge Civic Association Monthly Meeting Tuesday, May 2nd

What: Woodridge Civic Association Monthly Meeting

When: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006, 7:00-8:30pm

Where: Washington Center for Aging Services, 2601 18th Street, NE

Etc.: Meets 7:00-8:30pm the first Tuesday of the month, except July and August, at the Washington Center for the Aging

Trash Collection Day Changes for Some Residents Starting May 1st

In an effort to normalize a dozen overburdened trash routes, approximately 7,300 households will have their trash and recyclables collection day switched to Wednesdays. All other elements of the service will remain the same (i.e. residents should continue to put out containerized trash at the point of collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the day before collection and no later than 6 am on the day of collection). The change goes into effect today, and affects only those homes with once-weekly collection service in small areas of Wards 1, 5, 6, and 7. The households should have been notified of the change via printed door hangers that were distributed last Wednesday. View a PDF map detailing which blocks will have trash and recyclables collection switched to Wednesdays here.