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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: Legislative Recap, Weekend Pool Access, and Down in the Reeds!

Dear Neighbors, I’m back after a busy week with our community and Council updates. You’re the first to hear about my newest bill to expand weekend access to DC indoor pools, and I’ll have several more bills to share with you next week. I also report back on our Council’s legislative session on Tuesday and everything we passed. And this Saturday is our Down in the Reeds Festival at the Parks at Walter Reed! Check out more on that and other events and resources below: Ward 4 and Council News Down in The Reeds Festival on Saturday The third annual Down in the

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What You Need to Vote in the November 8, 2022 DC General Election

The 2022 DC General Election has already begun with the first wave of mail-in ballots being mailed out on October 3. The information below can help you exercise your right to vote and answer many of the questions you may have. Key Points for Voters to Know There’s still time to register to vote. Register before October 18 to receive a mail-in ballot, or register in person at any Vote Center during Early Voting (October 31-November 6) or on Election Day (November 8). Voter registration and proof of address requirements are here. Voter registration forms in languages other than English are here. Check your

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Open Streets Georgia Ave, Coffee Shops, and Paid Family Leave Expansion

Dear Neighbors, I’m excited to share updates from our work on the Council, a major expansion in paid family leave benefits, the streets closures and festivities for Open Streets Georgia Avenue tomorrow (rain or shine), a spotlight on Ward 4 coffee shops, updates on DC’s general election, community resources, and many upcoming community events. Ward 4 and Legislative News Big Expansion in DC Paid Family Leave Benefits On Saturday, October 1, 2022, the District’s paid family leave program is expanding to provide up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave (up from 8 weeks), 12 weeks of paid family leave to care

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Tech Equity in DCPS, Fall Fun Fest, and “Art All Night” Tonight!

Dear Neighbors, Happy Fall! I’m excited to update you on what’s happening in our city and our community, especially the Ward-wide festivities this evening with Art All Night. It’s “Art All Night” Tonight Across Ward 4! Art All Night is one of my favorite events of the year because our commercial corridors across Ward 4 come alive with visual and performing arts, including music, dance, theater, poetry, film, comedy, painting, sculpting, woodworking, and fire dancers for our community to enjoy together! I encourage Ward 4 residents to make their way to Petworth, Uptown, Upper Georgia Avenue, Manor Park, or Riggs Park tonight for an evening of arts, entertainment,

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Council is Back in Session and Neighborhood Safety Updates

Dear Neighbors, The Council is officially back from recess and we’ve got lots of legislative updates to share with you. We also resumed our CARE Day activities yesterday and had great conversations with Riggs Park and South Manor Park neighbors and the Maple Heights community. And though it is wonderful to be back in the full swing of things with in-person community meetings and activities resuming, unacceptable violence continues to weigh heavy in our community. I’ve got updates to share with you on how my office is working to promote safety in the Ward. Read on with my latest dispatch:

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Senior Jubilee, Trash Transparency, and Early Educator Pay Equity Application Reminder

Dear Neighbors, I hope everyone enjoyed celebrating labor justice this past weekend! I have exciting news to share: my Green New Deal for Housing Act has received a hearing date for this fall – mark your calendars for November 17th to testify in support of innovative solutions to our affordable housing crisis. To RSVP to testify please email housing@dccouncil.gov and stay in touch with community activists preparing for the hearing at bit.ly/gndtestimony. I am also excited to announce my first Ward 4 Senior Jubilee and legislation I intend to introduce as the Council returns to legislative session. Read on with my latest dispatch: Ward 4 News Ward 4

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Ward 4 Dispatch: New Boosters, Spray Parks, Traffic, and CARE Days Are Back!

Dear Neighbors, I hope everyone has had a joyful and safe back-to-school week and thank you to our amazing school leaders and educators who made this week so special. It was a joy to be with you all last weekend and on Monday as we returned to classrooms! Aside from being in community with you all, my team has been working hard on constituent services requests, event planning for the fall, and preparing for the Council’s legislative session to restart. Here’s my latest dispatch for what you need to know heading into this weekend: Ward 4 News Ward 4 CARE

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Back-to-School Events, ANC Openings, and Ward 4 Summer Saturday!

Dear Neighbors, This week has been all about getting ready for the start of the new school year! Check out all of our back-to-school events tomorrow, our Ward 4 Summer Saturday community events, my update on ANC candidates, and plenty of other community resources and local news: Ward 4 and Legislative News Four Back-to-School Events in Ward 4 on Saturday Does your family or a family you know still need school supplies before school restarts? Or do you just want to partake in celebrating the start of the new school year? We have no less than four back-to-school giveaway events this

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Takoma Pool Opening, Ice N’ Slice, and Payments for Early Childhood Educators

Dear Neighbors, I’m excited to bring a series of updates to you, including the reopening date and soft launch for Takoma Aquatic Center, a new Ward 4 small business in Petworth, and the application portal for early childhood educators to receive their well-deserved $10,000-$14,000 raises. Find all of that, as well as community resources, neighborhood events, and local links in my newsletter: Ward 4 News Takoma Aquatic Center Reopens on September 6 The wait is almost over: this week DGS and DPR announced that Takoma Aquatic Center will reopen for our community on Tuesday, September 6! And better yet, the pool will

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Ward 4 Dispatch: School Tours, Takoma Pool, Emery Community Day, and Senior Day at Nats Stadium

Dear Neighbors, My update this week reports on our school readiness tours at Ward 4 DCPS schools, offers free Nationals tickets for Ward 4 seniors and their loved ones, details a progress update on Takoma pool, shares the draft design for the Georgia Avenue Bus Project, and shares useful resources and neighborhood events — including Emery Heights Community Day. Take a look! Readiness Tours to Support Our Ward 4 Schools Our students, teachers, and school staff deserve safe, comfortable learning environments. Like last year, I’m dedicating a full week in August to school readiness tours at all of our Ward 4 DCPS

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