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Ward 4 Dispatch: Mask Mandate, John Lewis Elementary, and Thanksgiving!

Dear Neighbors, I’m excited to update you on all that’s happening in our community. There’s no shortage of events, giveaways, legislative updates, resources, and celebrations leading up to Thanksgiving – including our Turkey giveaway at Riggs LaSalle Rec Center tomorrow for Ward 4 families in need. I had an early start to the Thanksgiving festivities this week since I got to host a Thanksgiving luncheon with our Ward 4 seniors at Hattie Holmes. Thank you to all of the seniors who came to be in community with us and enjoy a hearty meal and live music! I hope you all

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Vaccine Clinics, Black Restaurant Week, and Roosevelt Pool Opening!

Dear Neighbors, I’m writing to you at the end of the week to update you about what’s going on in our community and at the DC Council. I have some big news to share on the long-awaited opening of Roosevelt Pool to the public. I also report back on a traffic safety walkthrough we had in Sixteenth Street Heights and DC’s ongoing efforts to help children ages 5-11 be vaccinated. In addition, we have some important Council hearings coming up next week on automated camera enforcement and a bill that would establish ranked-choice voting in DC. And don’t forget to

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Ward 4 Dispatch: Traffic Safety, Council Updates, and Vaccines for Children 5-11

Dear Neighbors, I hope you’re well and enjoying the cool fall weather we’ve had this week. My update this week includes a breakdown of how you can request traffic safety improvements in your neighborhood. I also share all of the information we have about accessing the COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11 (which will become much easier next week), as well as key updates from the DC Council this week. Did you know that the Subcommittee on Redistricting released three proposed maps? Scroll down to learn more and to see what community resources and events we have coming up in

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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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