Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project Update

December 27, 2011

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that all major roadwork on the Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project, Pennsylvania Avenue, SE between 27th Street, SE and Alabama Avenue, SE is on schedule to be completed by the end of December 2011. Pennsylvania Avenue, SE in this area will be open to two lanes of traffic in each direction and the traffic signalization will be in full operation by December 31, 2011; weather permitting.

The last portion of roadway, between Alabama Avenue, SE and Southern Avenue, SE, the final surface asphalt, landscaping and “punch list” items will wrap up in Spring 2012. The project encountered delays due to additional replacement of aging utilities and unanticipated soil conditions that pushed back the completion to Spring 2012. While this stretch remains under construction one traffic lane per each direction will be kept open. Upon completion of the final segment of roadway, the new lanes will be opened to allow traffic to flow two lanes in each direction the entire length of the project and the Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project will be complete.

Please note that work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please consider alternate routes and proceed with caution as you travel through the construction work area.

Suggested alternate routes include:

· Suitland Road to Alabama Avenue, SE to Good Hope Road, SE

· Massachusetts Avenue, SE to Minnesota Avenue, SE

Keep in mind:

· Variable Message Boards are set up throughout the impact area to alert motorists of any upcoming traffic changes.

· Sidewalks are open and temporary crosswalks will be set up at intersections.

· Drivers and pedestrians are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling by the work zone.

· Plan ahead to minimize delays and use alternate routes to avoid the area.

Questions regarding this project may be directed to: DDOT Project Manager - Robert Chrusciel at 202-497-8107.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Ward 7 ANC Redistricting Task Force submits ANC SMD boundary recommendations to City Council

The Ward 7 Advisory Neighborhood Commission Redistricting Task Force, in a letter to DC Councilperson and the Council's Redistricting Subcommittee Co-Chairperson, Michael Brown dated October 11, 2011, submitted it's recommendations for the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC)[1] and Single Member District (SMD) boundaries as required by law. Click here for the Task Force's cover letter, ANC and SMD definitions. These proposed districts, once enacted, will remain in place for 10 years, or until after the next census.

As a follow-up to the submitted recommendations, the DC Council’s Subcommittee on Redistricting will be holding a hearing on B19-528, the “Advisory Neighborhood Commission Boundaries Act of 2011” on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 10:00 am in the Council Chambers. If you are interested in testifying at the hearing, please contact Carol Sadler at (202) 724-8198 or csadler@dccouncil.us and provide your name and organizational affiliation, by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2011. Witnesses should bring 20 copies of their written testimony to the hearing.

Please see Commissioner Robert Richards' testimony regarding B19-528 - Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Boundaries Act of 2011 before the Subcommittee on Redistricting of the District of Columbia City Council, chaired by Councilman Michael A. Brown to the right.

[1] The 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in the District of Columbia are subdivisions of the City Council Wards. Representatives from ANCs are elected to advise the District government on issues relating to zoning, social service programs, health, police protection, sanitation, and recreation.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

ALERT!!! Carjacking on the corner of Nash Street and Pope St

At approximately 8:00 am on Thursday morning, November 10, our neighbor, Robin Morrison was carjacked by two young men, one with a hood and the other driving a red car, possibly a Honda. Mrs. Morrison was not severely hurt, however, they were able to take her car, a black Lexus 350 GS. The police were called and they responded within minutes.

Our community has apparently been targeted and perpetrators have become brazen with their total lack concern about being apprehended. We need to be doubly vigilant in the future regarding folks entering and perusing our neighborhood. Clearly, we have a beautiful neighborhood and it is rapidly becoming a favored location because of our history of low crime. However, let's start to write down some of the license plates of cars driving slowly in our neighborhood and pay closer attention to the description of the drivers. This incident follows up on the recent robbery on the 3300 block of Highwood, SE, in October of this year.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Traffic Alert!!! Pennsylvania Ave., SE and Branch Ave. Intersection to Close over November 4th thru November 7th Weekend

Traffic Alert!!!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Luan Tran 202.671.4649

November 1, 2011


Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project

Pennsylvania Avenue SE and Branch Avenue SE Intersection to Close for Safe Construction of New Roadway

DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) in association with the Great Streets Pennsylvania Avenue Project will close the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue SE at Branch Avenue SE to rebuild the roadway starting on Friday, November 4, 2011 at 9:30am; weather permitting.

This closure will begin Friday, November 4th at 9:30am and will continue through

Monday, November 7th at 5:00am at which time the roadway will be re-opened.

Project Closure Limits:

The eastbound and westbound lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue SE will remain open at the intersection to through-traffic; however, vehicles will be prohibited from turning left onto Branch Avenue SE from Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Vehicles traveling northbound and southbound on Branch Avenue SE toward Pennsylvania Avenue SE will be prohibited from turning left onto Pennsylvania Avenue SE. There will be no through-traffic onto the opposite side of Branch Avenue SE at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue SE; vehicles must turn right onto Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

This action will allow DDOT to completely rebuild this small portion of roadway while maintaining traffic. Variable Message Board (VMS) will be set up throughout the impact area to alert motorists of the upcoming closures. Sidewalks will remain open and temporary crosswalks will be set up at intersections.

Suggested alternate routes include:

· Suitland Road to Alabama Avenue SE to Good Hope Road SE

· Massachusetts Avenue SE to Minnesota Avenue SE

DDOT thanks you for their patience as we move forward bringing an enhanced Great Streets network that will serve the greater community. All motorists are asked to stay alert as they travel through or near this work zone area. Please plan ahead to minimize delays and use alternate routes to avoid the area. For more information please contact DDOT Project Engineer Luan Tran 202.904.3911.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bulb Plantings for Spring Blooms

Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about what, if you haven’t already, will bloom in spring. This is a great time to prepare your garden beds, select your crocus, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, camassia, snowdrops, iris, paperwhite narcissus and amaryllis for beautiful blooms in the spring. While we're on the topic of planting bulbs, don't forget that you can add a splash of lively color to your home by planting bulbs indoors. The most popular candidates for this are paperwhite narcissus, perhaps because all they need is water and sunlight - no dirt is required.

When you're choosing the bulbs, think too about color and size of the blooms; there should be photos of the flowers next to the bin of bulbs For the most part, smaller bulbs produce flowers that bloom earlier in the spring, and the flowers are small, like snow-on-the-mountain or crocus. The larger bulbs, such as tulips, bloom later and produce larger blooms. Make sure the bulbs are firm, clean, and free of mold.

For more information, go to http://www.doityourself.com/stry/fallbulbplanting, for more information regarding bulbs and indoor plantings.

Friday, October 21, 2011

DC Office of the People's Counsel sponsors D.C. Utility Quality of Services and Reliability Town Hall Meetings

D.C. Utility Quality of Servics and Reliability Town Hall Meetings - Verizon, Washington Gas and PEPCO

OPC wants you to share your experiences about Customer Service billing Disputes Outrages, Equipment Problems, Repairs and more...

Anyone wishing to speak at the meetings should contact: Chris Sellers at 202-727-3071 or at csellers@opc-dc.gov.


Saturday, October 22, 2011
Anacostia Branch Library
1800 Good Hope Road, SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
10.00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 pm

Increase in Burglaries Reported in Hillcrest, Penn Branch and Naylor Gardens (PSA 606)

From: "Hodge, Mark (MPD)" <mark.hodge@dc.gov>
Date: October 18, 2011 5:29:07 PM EDT
To: "'MPD-6D@yahoogroups.com'" <MPD-6D@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [MPD-6D] Burglaries
Reply-To: MPD-6D@yahoogroups.com
Hello community,

PSA 606, has experienced an increase in Burglaries primarily in the Hill crest and Naylor Gardens communities.

Suspects have targeted homes that have window air condition units and have gained entry into them by pushing the air conditions units in.

Suspects have also gained entry into homes through unsecured bottom level windows.

The Sixth District Detectives office and patrol officers are investigating these Burglaries
and are aggressively pursuing all leads.

The suspects are Juveniles working in tantrum and are casing the community during school hours.

Sixth Districts truancy and patrol units are in the area, and are monitoring and aggressively patrolling the affected communities.

I ask for assistance in abating these crimes, by ensuring that all windows and doors to your homes are secure, placing bars or a screen around your air condition units that is located on the first level of your home, and by notifying officers deployed in your community of any suspicious activity and persons and of information relative to these offenses.

Thank you and remain safe.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

DDOT to Permanently Close the 13th Street Bridge during March 2012

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will permanently close the 13th Street SE ramp to the inbound 11th Street Bridge on or about March 1, 2012. Closing the ramp will accelerate construction of new ramps from southbound DC 295 to the new inbound 11th Street Bridge and from the new outbound 11th Street Bridge to southbound DC 295.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hospitality Meeting Oct 7, 2011 - Volunteers needed

Hospitality Meeting - The Channel Inn

Oct. 7, 2011

11:30 am to 12:45 pm.

Chairperson: Toni Reeves

Chairperson Reeves, Sylvia Preston and Carolyn Ray devoted a couple of hours doing the business of the Association at the annual committee planning session on October 7, 2011. They were able to enjoy the beautiful weather, consume a sumptuous meal at the Channel Inn, and set plans for the activities of the Association. Their commitment embodies the essence of the Association, and the Association should be very proud of these three dynamic women.

By the way, they need your help. With 9 meetings between now and the end of the fiscal year, they need volunteers to step up to assist with Hospitality related activities. They surmised that if one were to volunteer 2 ½ hours for the year, the Hospitality committee would need 8 volunteers. Just think about it, 2 ½ hours could insure the vitality of the Association. So, call Toni Reeves and volunteer your 2 ½ hours.

Finally, look forward to some exciting ideas coming from the committee. Thank you, Toni, Sylvia and Carolyn!

The Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association (PCBBA) Election Announcement for Parliamentarian and Corresponding Secretary

The PBCCA will hold elections during the November 8, 2011 general membership meeting to be held at the Pennsylvania Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Avenue. SE. Washington, DC. Laura Richards, the ad hoc Nominating Committee Chairperson, will make the official announcement at the October 11, 2011 general meeting. The elections will fill the last two remaining statutory slots on the Executive Board. Anyone interested in running for either slot should contact Ms. Richards at lmmrichards@gmail.com or call her at 202-418-5126. This is an exciting time for the Association and we look forward to your participation.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

PBCCA President's Message

Sept 2011

Years ago, when my wife, Marcia, and I started looking to move from our Rosedale neighborhood home, I stumbled on the Penn Branch neighborhood. We were enamored by the shear beauty of the wide, tree-lined, streets; the expansiveness and utility of the parks; the natural security of the cul-de-sac like character of the community; and its location in proximity to the city, Capitol Hill and National Airport. I was born and raised in Oakland, California and for me the similarity between our present home and the home I was raised in California was comforting. So, we bit, and it was a great decision to buy.

So, by extension, the logical next step is to protect the decisions of all of the folks who made similar decisions either 60 years ago or 60 minutes ago regarding investments in this idyllic community. So, what do I mean when I say, protect our investment? For Marcia and I it’s expressed in the context of our home and its upkeep; the maintenance of the roads and other infrastructure that surround our home, including the bucolic parks that dominated our enclave; our response to the potential imposition of policies that due to scarcity, weigh extraordinarily heavy on this community versus other neighborhoods; and the lack of both public and commercial services that require our neighbors to venture to other neighborhoods, wards, cities, and/or states to spend our hard earned dollars. It means that there is a premium charged, a quiet tax that is required each time we want to go to the store to get some eggs.

So, over the next 9 or 10 months at least, and potentially over the next three years, in this column, I will lift up numerous issues of importance to this community through my eyes. Hopefully, my treatment of issues in this space will spur debate that will ultimately form the basis for a range of solutions to many of the problems that this community faces.

By the way, are you aware of who represents Penn Branch on the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions[1] (ANC), our natural duly elected working partners at the neighborhood level? The answer is Robert Richards. The other answer is Phil Hammond. Now, in all due respect to Mr. Hammond, Mr. Richards lives in Penn Branch and that’s important. Mr. Hammond doesn’t. So, the question I pose is, why can’t or why doesn’t the Penn Branch neighborhood have one representative. Many of you know that we’re in the middle of redrawing the boundaries of the ANC’s in the aftermath of the census and decennial realignment (that occurs every ten years). And, as many of you know, the process is full of politics. But, we have an opportunity to address the issue of single representation for our contiguous neighborhood. Again, it only occurs every ten years! So, in an attempt to respond to the aforementioned question, I drafted a proposed ANC district with a Penn Branch focus. I dutifully submitted it to be addressed in advance of the next Ward 7 task force committee meeting that was scheduled for September 22, 2011. The Committee didn’t address it. So, the questions I pose is, why shouldn’t Penn Branch have one representative and what are the interests of those who oppose such a notion? Please let me know your thoughts.

And finally, I have a few thoughts regarding the recently past Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association elections and the need to regroup and move forward. We are all neighbors seeking in our own ways to lift up our beautiful community. We may not agree on how to address the issues that confront us, but we are in agreement that ultimately the people of the community are the last arbiters. They are the ones whose interest we serve. And, yes we volunteer for this punishment! However, those of us in leadership have a fiduciary responsibility to each neighbor, and by extension, each mill, cent, or dollar that we as neighbors invest in the Association activities.

So, the rough and tumble nature of the election is past. I am urging that we come together as a neighborhood, to pool our meager resources for the betterment of our constituents. I am counting on our leadership team, inclusive of the past members and present members, to come together to make the decisions that will promote the Penn Branch neighborhood.

James J. Ferguson

[1] The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions consider a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District's annual budget.

In each of these areas, the intent of the ANC legislation is to ensure input from an advisory board that is made up of the residents of the neighborhoods that are directly affected by government action. The ANCs are the body of government with the closest official ties to the people in a neighborhood.

The ANCs present their positions and recommendations on issues to various District government agencies, the Executive Branch, and the Council. They also present testimony to independent agencies, boards, and commissions, usually under the rules of procedure specific to those entities. By law, the ANCs may also present their positions to Federal agencies.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Traffic Alert - Pennsylvania Ave. Great Street Project

Beginning September 26, 2011, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces a change in traffic patterns on Pennsylvania Avenue SE between Branch Avenue SE and Southern Avenue SE in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Avenue Great Streets Project. Traffic pattern changes are required to complete the major roadwork involved by the end of 2011.
DDOT has reviewed the current scope and phasing of work and determined the portion of the project, currently under construction between Branch Avenue SE and Southern Avenue SE, can be consolidated with a completion date of December 2011 for all major roadwork. All final surface asphalt, landscaping and “punch list” items will wrap up early spring 2012.
On Monday, September 26, 2011, traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue SE between Branch Avenue SE and 38th Street SE will flow with one lane in each direction until October 2011. The portion of the project from 38th Street to Southern Avenue SE shall be reduced to one lane in each direction from October 2011 to December 2011. Once the segments are rebuilt, the new lanes will be opened to allow traffic to flow two lanes in each direction.
Please note that work hours will be 7:00am to 7:00pm, 6 days a week although the limits of construction work zones will be expanded. We ask that you use alternate routes and proceed with caution as you travel through the construction work area.
Suggested alternate routes include:
· Suitland Road to Alabama Avenue SE to Good Hope Road SE
· Massachusetts Avenue SE to Minnesota Ave SE
Keep in mind:
· Variable Message Boards (VMS) will be set up throughout the impact area to alert motorists of any upcoming traffic changes.
· Sidewalks will be kept open and temporary crosswalks will be set up at intersections.
· Drivers and pedestrians are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling by the work zone.
· Plan ahead to minimize delays and use alternate routes to avoid the area.
As always, we truly appreciate the community’s patience and support on this streetscape project. If you have any questions please contact DDOT Project Engineer Luan Tran at 202.671.4649.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

PBCCA Biennial Executive Board Elections held on September 13, 2011

The Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association held its biennial elections during its monthly meeting on September 13, 2011.

Nomination Chairwoman, Laura Richards presided:
• All current dues paying members were eligible to vote.
• Previously nominated candidates were as follows:

o President:
  • Gilbert Bussey (Incumbent)
  • James Ferguson

o Vice President:
  • Robin Murphy
o Secretary
  • Marcia Jones Ferguson
o Treasurer:
  • Alberta Paul (Incumbent)
New nominations were requested from the floor.

For Vice President:
  • James Ferguson - he declined the nomination
Mrs. Richard announced the election results. The Executive Board for the 2011 - 2012 term of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association are as follows:

o President:
  • Mr. James Ferguson
o Vice President:
  • Ms. Robin Murphy (unopposed)
o Secretary
  • Ms. Marcia Jones Ferguson (unopposed)
o Treasurer:
  • Dr. Rosemary Crockett

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association Monthly Meeting - April 12, 2011 - 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The monthly meeting of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association (PBCCA) will convene at 7:00 p.m. on April 12, 2011 at the Pennsylvania Baptist Church, located at 3000 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC. The meeting will last for two hours, until 9:00 p.m. and it will be held in the basement gathering hall in the back of the church.