This month’s Ward 5 Community Happy Hour should be a great one. If you haven’t attended one yet, it is a great way to meet your Ward 5 neighbors and support local venues. This time around the Happy Hour will be on Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m at Little Ricky’s Restaurant in Brookland. The address is 3522 12th Street NE. If you haven’t checked out this amazing restaurant yet, now is the perfect time! For questions or comments about the Happy Hour, contact the organizer, Jennifer at: Jennifer(dot)parker3(at)yahoo.com . You can follow the Ward 5 Happy Hour on Facebook here.
The Ward Five Happy Hour is always good times. This time around it will be held at Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale on Thursday December 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Come out and meet some neighbors and raise a glass. Boundary Stone is located at 116 Rhode Island Ave, NW.
There will be a Town Hall meeting to share affordable housing success stories and learn about how to advocate for more within Ward 5. The meeting is sponsored by Open Arms Housing, the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, and MANNA. The goals of these organizations are to encourage first-time homeownership, assist tenants in purchasing their current homes, and support residents with special needs. The Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5th, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Refreshments, Spanish translation and childcare will be provided upon request. For more information, contact Elizabeth Falcon at (202) 745-0902 ex 205.
Rhode Island Avenue NE and North Capitol Street were designated “Great Streets” a number of years ago. So what does that mean? The Great Streets Program is a long-term effort to “transform nine under-invested corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers”. The central idea is to use public actions and tools to spur private investment. For example, H St. NE is one of these Great Streets, as well as parts of Columbia Heights. So, great news then, right? Not really – there was never any funding set aside for RIA and North Capitol St. Enter our new Councilmember McDuffie and CM Brown. They have introduced the Retail Incentive Amendment Act of 2012. The purpose of the bill is to insure funding for Great Streets projects within Ward 5. We need this legislation to pass if we are ever to get our fair share of funding for things like infrastructure improvements. The hearing for this bill will take place on Thursday, Nov 8, starting at 11am. So, how about taking a stand and testifying on behalf of RIA and North Capitol Street? “But Shani”- you say – “I’ve never testified. I have no idea what to say!” No worries. Sign up to testify via the good folks at the Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA) and they will follow up with all the information you need on how to sign up to testify, what to expect at the hearing and what talking points to mention during your testimony. You can do this. “But Shani”- you say – “I have a job/kids/etc.! I can’t make it to the hearing!” Ok then, how about submitting written testimony? FoRIA will help you out with that too. When it comes to how government dollars are invested, things don’t happen by accident – the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
How about some post-frankenstorm good times? November’s Ward 5 Happy Hour will take place Thursday, November 1st at Brookland’s Wolhfarth Art Gallery. The gallery is donating its space and some very light apps, so please bring a bottle of wine and/or beer and a light snack item. The Happy Hour will be from 6 – 8 pm and the Wolhfarth Gallery is located at 3418 9th Street Northeast.
The Ward 5 HH is a great way to meet friends and neighbors, and Thursday’s should be a blast. For more info check out the Ward 5 HH Facebook Page. Please do pass this along to neighbors and help spread the word!
Last night over 40 Ward 5 residents showed up for the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour at Brookland’s own Menomale. As usual, it was a huge success. It was great to see old friends and meet new neighbors. The Ward 5 Community Happy Hour takes place on the first Thursday of every month at alternate locations. Check back here for announcements, visit the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour Facebook page or find announcements on one of the many Ward 5 listervs. Many thanks to Jennifer, the organizer and Menomale for hosting. A great time was had by all.
It’s official! Menomale will host Ward 5 Happy Hour – October 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm! And I am sure they would welcome you to stay and drink/eat afterwards too 🙂
Last night over 50 Ward 5 business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders met at San Antonio Bar and Grill in Brookland. The meeting was organized by Coucilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s office to offer a platform for networking, mingling and idea sharing. CM McDuffie gave a short speech in which he stated that small businesses are a top priority for him. He stressed the importance of striking a balance between helping sustain old businesses while attracting new ones as well, and helping small businesses benefit from new developments across the ward. Mc Duffie noted the need to diversify Ward 5 business offerings in order to stop dollars from flowing across DC borders to Maryland and Virginia. He also made a point to acknowledge major retail corridors such as Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol Street as targeted areas to focus resources on. Lastly, he stated that the DC government needs to change the dynamic of disproportionately supporting big developments over small businesses. There were several guest speakers, notably, a representative from the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (GWHCCF). Their Small Business Assistance Program offers small grants and funding for small business, one-on-one assistance and workshops. This meeting will likely be the first of a series of meetings for small business owners.