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Newsletter - Summer Recess Edition 2012

Newsletter - Summer Recess Edition 2012

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Dear Ward 5 Resident,Our office has been busy the past two months!We were hit with two severe storms, witnessed repeatedheavy flooding in Bloomingdale after a number of rainstorms,and a fire broke out at Webb Elementary School. Our officeremains fully engaged with residents who continue toexperience difficulties as a result of these incidents.We have attended numerous civic associations meetings to
discuss the city’s response efforts, and we continue to
collaborate with District agencies to create a better actionplan. The goal is to ensure that residents and agencies arebetter equipped in the event that we are hit again with similarweather.
 
At the Wilson Building, our legislative team has been hard at
work. Leading up to the Council’s recess, we hosted an
organizational meeting for the Committee on Jobs andWorkforce Development, adopting the Rules of Organizationand Procedure that govern the committee. I also participated ina number of legislative meetings where we introduced andsupported bills (see page 4) that will have a positive impact onthe quality of life for the residents of the District of Columbia.Lastly, we appreciate all of the feedback our office has received.At times, we understand that life can be difficult, but as Ward 5
residents, we can all embrace the motto, “We keep movingforward.”
 Sincerely,Kenyan
 
 
Volume 1, Issue 1I
 
Recess Edition
 
 WE KEEP MOVING FORWARD
 
From the Councilmember’s Desk 
 
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
 
Councilmember McDuffie co-hosting the 2012 WTU Fund ScholarshipCeremony (see below).
 
Kenyan R. McDuffieCouncilmember, Ward 5 John A. Wilson Building1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.Suite 410Washington, DC 20004(202) 724-8028kmcduffie@dccouncil.us
Constituent Services Update2
 
Flooding in Bloomingdale3
 
Spingarn Car Barn
 
4WTU Scholarship Ceremony Cont.5Legislative News6National Guard Youth Graduation7Meet the Interns8Community Engagement Hours9Costco Job Fair10
COUNCILMEMBER MCDUFFIE AND STAFF RESPOND TOBLOOMINGDALE FLOODING
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) called for an"all hands on deck effort
in response to the recent series of 
flooding in Bloomingdale after yet another rainstorm on Friday, July 20."We felt the frustration of every resident in Bloomingdale andneighboring communities," stated McDuffie. "We thencoordinated a more robust plan with DC Water and theDepartment of Public Works (DPW) to address a number of ill-effects from the storms."The Councilmember and his staff joined representatives fromDC Water and DPW to coordinate and get the word outabout available resources for residents in need of assistancewith preventing and reducing flood damage to their homes. Inaddition, many members of Councilmember McDuffie's staff personally distributed sand bags to senior citizens and residentswho had difficultyArticle continues on Page 3
 
 
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DERECHO
More than 3.8 million customers werewithout power in the Midwest andMid-Atlantic regions, according to theU.S. Department of Energy. In the DCarea alone, PEPCO indicated that morethan 443,000 customers were withoutpower from the June 29 storm.Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie andhis staff worked tirelessly through theweekend and 4th of July holiday alongwith crews from PEPCO, the District
Department of Transportation’s (DDOT)
Urban Forestry Administration (UFA),Department of Public Works (DPW), DCWater, Fire and Emergency MedicalServices Department (FEMS) and theMetropolitan Police Department (MPD).The Ward 5 team focused on keepingresidents in the loop with updates thatthe office received from partneringagencies, as well as assisting withreporting more than 1,300 tree-relatedservice requests generated from thestorm.
“Derecho as well as the preceding storm
were eye-
openers for our office,”indicated McDuffie. “Ward 5 needs to be
better prepared on the ground for futurestorms and I cannot think of a better waythan partnering with not only otheragencies, but with our communityleaders and members of civic
associations.”
 The Councilmember and his staff aredrafting a plan that will lay the foundationfor storm responses in the future. Theplan will include resources and tipsalready available for residents. Thepurpose of the written plan is to create abetter way to disseminate informationand ensure that residents withoutInternet access, particularly seniorcitizens, are equally prepared.
FIRE AT WEBB ELEMENTARYSCHOOL
The Councilmember was saddened tolearn of the fire at Webb Elementary
School on Monday, July 9. “Although theschool has been closed since 2008,”indicated McDuffie, “I am still concerned
about the safety and health of ourresidents in Trinidad, particularly thosewho live on Holbrook Street, which isdirectly across from the damaged
building.”
 The Councilmember and his staff arecontinuing to work closely with theDepartment of General Services (DGS),
the agency responsible for Webb’s
building, along with the Office of the FireMarshall and District Department of Environment to ensure the residents wholive in the area are fully aware of thestatus of the building.To keep residents informed about thestatus of Webb, CouncilmemberMcDuffie joined DGS Director BrianHanlon on Tuesday, July 24 at theTrinidad Neighborhood Associationmeeting to answer any questions andprovide an update on the future of thebuilding.
CONSTITUENT SERVICES UPDATE
 
From the Councilmember’s Desk 
 
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
 
 WELLNESS CENTER EXTENDED HOURS 
D.C. seniors can enjoy extended hours this summer and year round at several of the District's senior wellnesscenters across the city. Extended hours allow more individuals the opportunity to use the state of the art facilitiesand participate in the various programming offered. Skip the gym membership and become a member of a seniorwellness center today!
Year Round
 Model Cities Senior Wellness Center (Ward 5)1901 Evarts Street, NEM & W, 5:30 -6:30 pm for fitness classHappy Hour every fourth Friday 5:30-8:30 pm
 
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finding transportation to RFK Stadium, the originalpick-up location for the sand bags. "Initially, the sand bagswere available at the stadium," noted Jeannette Mobley,Constituent Service Director. "Councilmember McDuffieadvocated for a more convenient way for residents to gainaccess to the sand bags and, as a result, DPW deliveredsand bags to four additional sites in Ward 5."A meeting took place on Saturday, August 4 at St. George'sEpiscopal Church, 160 U Street NW, to discuss theconcerns of Bloomingdale residents regarding the recurringflooding in the neighborhood. Councilmember McDuffieasked for more details and steps from DC Water's"Bloomingdale Action Agenda," which is a plan produced byDC Water to address the effects of runoff and flooding.Councilmember McDuffie also requested that MayorVincent C. Gray and DC Water explore the implementationof green solutions and other civil engineering options toprevent the flooding from happening in the future. Further,he is asking DC Water to expedite its plan to offer rebatesfor the installation of backflow preventers. You can view
DC Water’s presentation from the meeting
here. Councilmember McDuffie continues to work with the
Mayor’s office, DC Water and various stakeholders to find
an interim solution and mitigate the flooding inBloomingdale.
 
From the Councilmember’s Desk 
 
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
 
BLOOMINGDALE FLOODING RESPONSE EFFORTS CONT.
 Jeannette Mobley, Constituent Service Director, coordinating with DC Water on relief efforts in Bloomingdale

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What a wonderfully comprehensive constituent Newsletter . The transparency and accountability is greatly appreciated. It shows how much time is spent and the hands-on, nitty-gritty, press-the-flesh community interactions in which you're engaged. One caveat: This is the beginning which is always intense. Pace yourself carefully to avoid burnout. Take deep breaths. Much love, Kathleen Rand Reed

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