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Monday, January 11, 2016

2321 4th Street NE Construction Update

The following flyer and website were shared with me by H Street CDC the developers of the site.  Please share the information for those looking to rent apartments or lease retail space.  Expected completion is now June 2016.

Safety, Traffic, Parking and Schools -January 20th at 7 p.m.

Dear Edgewood Community,

As you may know, there have been many traffic-related issues that have disturbed our community since the beginning of this school year. We recently met to discuss how we can all work as a community to solve these problems.
Inspired Teaching School is deeply troubled by these issues, and has directly intervened in a number of ways. The following is a list of tactics, each attempted many times since August 2015:
      Announcements and discussions on the school listserve
·         Weekly reminders in the Head of School Newsletter and Principal Newsletters
·         A lengthy lecture regarding traffic DOs and DONTs at Back to School Night
·         Calls to police station to request a presence in the mornings
·         Requests/petitions for a crossing guard
·         More staff and parent volunteers working to support the morning drop-off process
·         Placement of orange traffic cones to direct traffic flow
·         A parent-led initiative for a Traffic Calming Application to the city for our street
·         Increased coordination with Lee Montessori regarding their families
·         The school issued “tickets” to offenders

Collectively, we believe that all stakeholders must have an opportunity to be heard, and the various District agencies that may be able to help must be able to see a unified request for resources and support. That is why we have agreed to a joint meeting to further discuss potential resolutions, to take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (7pm) – hosted at Inspired Teaching School. We are working to ensure the participation of many District agencies, including: MPD, WMATA, PCSB, DDOT, the Mayor’s office, Councilman McDuffie’s office, and more.

We are inviting all neighbors, school families, and community members to attend this meeting and help us work toward a solution. The school and the community have very similar interests as far as traffic flow and safe neighborhood conditions are concerned, and we look forward to collaboratively problem-solving this issue with the public and the government agencies who may find ways to support us.

Thank you so much for your patience and your support as we attempt to make our neighborhood safer and less congested for the benefit of everyone. Please know that we have been aware of the traffic issues, and have been working tirelessly to address them. We care about our community, and we are committed to making it better. Hope to see you on January 20th at 7pm!

Sally Hobaugh, ANC 5E10
Inspired Teaching School Staff

P.S. The school has opened an avenue for public feedback regarding neighborhood concerns. All correspondence can be directed to, or (202)248-6825

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

DC Council Unanimously Passes Councilmember Charles Allen’s Bill to Jumpstart Home and Business Security Camera Rebate Program

January 5, 2016
Contact: Laura Marks
WASHINGTON, DC – At today’s legislative meeting of the DC Council, Councilmembers voted unanimously to pass Councilmember Charles Allen’s bill, the Private Security Camera System Incentive Program Emergency Act of 2016, to create an incentive program for residents and neighborhood establishments to purchase and install security camera systems.
Councilmember Allen said, “It is clear that security cameras deter crime and help MPD hold individuals accountable for criminal acts by adding extra eyes on the street. This program will put cameras where they’re needed most by targeting the highest crime areas in each Ward and nearly doubling the number of maximum rebates available.”
Councilmember Allen added, “I’m grateful for the support of the entire Council and Mayor Bowser for this program. This $500,000 investment is an important step toward safer streets in neighborhoods across the city.”
The Council passed Councilmember Allen’s bill as introduced. The Private Security Camera System Incentive Program Emergency Act nearly doubles the number of maximum rebates possible, while maintaining a generous incentive: Up to $200 per camera installed and registered, with a maximum rebate of $500 per residential property and $750 per business, nonprofit, or religious institution, which often have a larger property footprint. Councilmember Allen’s effort also ensures that the highest crime area in each Ward receives priority for rebates, extends the length of time funds are available, and extends eligibility for the rebates to nonprofit organizations.
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Laura Marks, Chief of Staff
Office of Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6
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