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News about our work at the DC Council and in our Ward 4 community on your behalf. Learn about the legislation we introduced, important updates, and my messages to Ward 4.

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Ward 4 Dispatch: DC Programs We Should All Know (Part 1)

Dear Neighbors, I hope you have been keeping cool this week and looking forward to the cooler days we have ahead! In addition to community events, local news, and updates on city services, I want to try something new this week and shine a light on some great but under-appreciated DC programs: DC Programs We Should All Know Throughout the year, we work on improving DC government through Council oversight, legislation, and budget investment so we can better meet the needs of our communities. Today I also want to highlight great DC programs and services that are already in place

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Labor Day, Raymond Elementary, and First Week of School!

Dear Neighbors, Happy September and happy First Week of School! I’m writing ahead of Labor Day Weekend to update you on what’s happening in our community: Raymond Elementary’s modernized building, changes to city services due to the holiday, a simpler and better new sign-up process for Council hearings, updates on public safety in Ward 4, multiple Green Line Stations reopening for Metro service, your last chance to vote on a Ward 4 Commemorative Project, our final weekend of Upshur Pool being open for the season, plenty of neighborhood events, and local news you may have missed. Celebrating Raymond’s New Home

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Ward 4 Dispatch: New School Year, Movie Night, and Events Across Ward 4!

Dear Neighbors, The last weekend of August is always one of the busiest of the year with back-to-school giveaways, community events, and block parties across Ward 4! Check out everything happening in our community and updates on school immunizations, the KIDS Ride Free program, public safety, and your final chance to vote on a Ward 4 Commemorative Project. To all our parents and students out there: whether you’re a few days into the new school year or preparing to start school next week, we are rooting for you to have a great start to the year! I have been visiting

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Apply to Join Our Ward 4 Council Team

I’m excited to share that we have three open positions to add to our Ward 4 Council team! Click on each position for the full job posting, a description of the position, and instructions on how to apply. You can also find the postings under the DC Council’s list of job openings. If you have any questions about the openings, please email our Chief of Staff, Kelly Hunt, at We are excited to welcome individuals to the team who are committed to serving Ward 4 residents, supporting our communities, and advancing justice and equity in the District. If you

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Ward 4 Dispatch: School Readiness, Traffic Safety Improvements, and New Restaurants

Dear Neighbors, We made it to the weekend! This time of the year my focus is on ensuring our schools are ready to welcome back students for the new school year – both in Ward 4 as your Councilmember and across the city as Chair of the Council Committee that oversees facilities. This week I visited MacFarland Middle School to assess progress on needed repairs, and I will continue checking in on more of our schools next week. I am grateful for the significant progress being made in school repairs, while also recognizing that there is much more to do.

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Back-to-School, Addressing Unsafe Housing, and Emery Heights Community Day!

Dear Neighbors, We have an action-packed weekend coming up with back-to-school giveaways, Emery Heights Community Day, an outdoor jazz concert at The Parks, a kickball game in honor of Linda Harllee Harper, and Councilmember office hours at Petworth Community Market. I also report back on how DC government is responding to the unsafe living conditions in some apartment buildings and what more needs to be done. We also have a new ANC Commissioner in Riggs Park and DPR Fall Program registration starting next week! Back-to-School Giveaway at Emery Heights Community Day This Saturday, August 12 all roads lead to Emery Heights Community

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Ward 4 Dispatch: 14th Street Bus Project, Petworth Jazz, Takoma Gym, and Citi Open Finale

Dear Neighbors, It’s an important week for Ward 4. This weekend Citi Open draws to a close and we can begin to vote on the subject of the Ward 4 Commemorative Project. We also have a concept design for the 14th Street Bus Priority Project that neighbors can weigh in on, important reminders on pediatric immunizations, and a status update on Takoma Gym. There are more than a dozen Ward 4 events coming up, including Petworth Jazz Project this Saturday, Emery Heights Community Day next Saturday, and community cleanups in Brightwood and Takoma this weekend. Please check it all out

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Citi Open Week, Tenant Resource Fair, and Public Safety Updates

Dear Neighbors, I hope you are finding ways to beat the heat! This week’s newsletter covers the logistics around the Citi Open, important public safety updates, and a major Tenant Resource Fair taking place in Ward 4. We also have resources for electronics recycling, preventing car thefts, senior dental care, bus lane enforcement, the hot weather emergency, and many neighborhood events. And I will be at Uptown Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am-10:30am and the Tenant Resource Fair after 11am if you would like to say “hello” and chat! Ward 4 Hosts Citi Open Tournament Starting this Saturday, July 29

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Conflict Resolution, Marketplace Plaza, Riggs Park Senior Homes, and Lots of Jazz!

Dear Neighbors, This was a landmark week for Ward 4. We broke ground on an all-affordable senior housing project in the heart of Riggs Park, and we also celebrated the opening of Marketplace Plaza at The Parks at Walter Reed and all of the housing, retail, and open space it is bringing for our community. I also announced new legislation to teach conflict resolution skills in all DC schools, and the Council has a slate of new bills that seek to address dangerous driving and fake tags. We also have updates on logistics for the CitiOpen tournament, no Green Line

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Introducing Legislation to Teach Conflict Resolution in Every Public School in the District

Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George introduced a bill with majority Council support to develop a model curriculum for conflict resolution education and to require conflict resolution to be taught at every public school in DC. “As our city faces escalating violence impacting youth and as our country struggles with the proliferation of guns, we need to give our children the tools they need to resolve their problems peacefully,” said Councilmember Lewis George. “If we start in our schools, we can instill lifelong skills that help students overcome conflicts, build positive and lasting relationships, and make our communities safer.” The

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