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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.

Press Contact: Alex Taliadoros, Communications Director
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Ward 4 Dispatch: Leaf Collection, Vaccines for 5-11 Year Olds, and Halloween!

Dear Neighbors, I hope you’re feeling as excited as I am for Halloween! Although the weather is sour today, Saturday and Sunday are looking a lot better for all of the festivities and community events happening in our community. Below I shared a breakdown of Ward 4 Halloween events to keep on your radar as you plan out your weekend. I also have important updates about DC’s plans to provide access to the vaccine to children ages 5-11 once the CDC gives its final approval next week, as well as DC’s schedule for leaf collection this year and sustainable ways

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Councilmember’s Corner: Where to Celebrate Halloween in Ward 4!

This article originally appeared as a column in Petworth News. No one goes all in on Halloween quite like Ward 4! I’m excited to see our community joyfully and safely celebrating this weekend, and for our youngest Ward 4 residents to stock up on delicious treats. Look out for me around Ward 4 in a very topical Halloween costume! There are so many events to keep track of this weekend so I thought it’d be helpful to compile them for you here, roughly broken down by neighborhood. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and that it doesn’t

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Councilmembers Call for Additional Rental Relief to Keep DC Residents Housed

Immediately after STAY DC stopped accepting applications for rent and utility assistance due to a lack of funds, Councilmembers Janeese Lewis George, Brianne Nadeau, Charles Allen, Trayon White, Robert White, Mary Cheh, Christina Henderson, Brooke Pinto, Kenyan McDuffie, and Anita Bonds introduced a Sense of the Council resolution calling on the U.S. Treasury to provide the District with additional rental and utility assistance – and calling on Mayor Bowser to act now by drawing from DC’s vast resources to dedicate local funds to preventing widespread evictions in our communities.  Nearly 60% of all D.C. residents are renters, including approximately 65% of Black households and 70% of Latino families. Even

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Key Hearings, Baby Bonds, and Carter Barron Concert!

Dear Neighbors, There’s a lot to get into this week so I’ll try to get right into it. Here is my update on key legislative hearings coming up next week, a new baby bonds program established by the DC Council, a reflection and video for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and many Ward 4 events – including a rare concert at Carter Barron Amphitheatre, a Fall Festival at First United Church of Jesus Christ, and some of the many Halloween events happening next week! Legislative Updates Next Week Is Packed with Important DC Council Hearings We have an action-packed week coming

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Community Safety Update, Preventing Evictions, and Fall Fun at Lorenzo Allen Park!

Dear Neighbors, This week I am sharing an important update on arrests made in connection to the deadly shooting on Longfellow Street last month. This month we also have important changes to the hours and services offered at Fort Totten Transfer Station. Sadly, we are starting to see evictions return to our community, so I included a detailed update on tenant protections. Meanwhile, the next two weeks include key Council hearings on education governance, my legislation to address abandoned vehicles, police accountability bills, a student vaccine mandate, and more. Be sure to sign up or submit written comments to make

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Foreclosure Prevention, School Updates, and Down in the Reeds!

Dear Neighbors, It’s been a very active week with Council back from recess. We held our first legislative hearing where we passed emergency legislation to make DC school operations safer, extended DC’s moratorium on foreclosures, ensured green energy expertise on the Public Service Commission, and passed ceremonial resolutions to honor the 21st anniversary of Paul Public Charter School operating in our community, 50 years of outstanding principals at School Without Walls, and the 165th anniversary of St Paul AME Church in Ward 4. This weekend coming up is no different than any other in our community: there’s so much to do! From a community planting day

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Ward 4 Dispatch: School Legislation, WMATA Buses, and Open Streets Georgia Ave!

Dear Neighbors, I hope you are enjoying the early shades of Fall weather! It’s a new fiscal year and the Council is back from Recess! I am gearing up our first legislative session this Tuesday, which includes emergency legislation on health and safety protocols in our schools. This week I also engaged in hearings on the (inadequate) state of school facilities during reopening and a roundtable on the need for faster electrification of WMATA’s bus fleet. And I wrote to WMATA calling attention to bus routes in Ward 4 that need improved service or restoration. We have yet another action-packed

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Update on Karon Hylton, Northern Bus Garage, and Vaccine Boosters

Dear Neighbors, This week I’m focusing our newsletter on updating you about the charges filed against officers involved in Karon Hylton-Brown’s death, as well as WMATA’s announcement on plans to make Northern Bus Garage the first all-electric bus facility in the DC region. Ward 4 also has some big events this weekend! Tonight into tomorrow we are celebrating DC Art All Night with Uptown Main Street, Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street, and then the Parks Main Street in Manor Park. Tomorrow will also bring the return of the Celebrate Petworth festival. And then Sunday we’ll have the Fall Fun Fest at the Soldiers Home! Check out

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Peace Walk, Redistricting, Schools, and New Dog Park

Dear Neighbors, This newsletter is focused on updating you all about community safety, the DC redistricting process, upcoming hearings on the reopening of schools, and our new dog park in Ward 4! There’s always plenty happening in our community, so make sure you check out what events and resources we have listed. Just this weekend we have a community health and wellness fair, a Riggs Park forum on opioids, the commemoration of Lincoln-Thomas Day at Fort Stevens, the Chevy Chase Day festival, the Tour de Roosevelt bike ride, Ward 4 Day at Nationals Park, as well as the final Petworth

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Responding to Gun Violence in Our Community

Dear Neighbors, It has been a heavy week for our community. I’m dedicating this newsletter to updating you on all of the work that is happening to address gun violence in Ward 4. And as always, I’m sharing a wide range of events and resources in our community. This weekend alone we have a National Symphony Orchestra performance and outdoor film screening at the Parks at Walter Reed, an interactive garden planning event at Upshur Community Garden, a community yard sale in Takoma, another Petworth Summer Saturdays concert, an opening for a new exhibit at Art of Noize gallery, and

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