DPW To Hold Two E-Cycling Events This Spring

From Logan Circle’s listserv
DPW To Hold Two E-Cycling Events This Spring

Residents may bring computers and other items for environmentally safe
recycling on either April 23rd or May 14

As part of the District’s celebration of Earth Day, the DC Department
of Public Works and the Clean City Office are partnering with federal
agencies, George Washington University and the Dell Corporation to
sponsor a special electronics-recycling event on Saturday, April 23
from 9 am – 3 pm at Carter Barron Amphitheatre on 16th and Kennedy

A second e-cycling event will be held in conjunction with DPW’s
Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off on Saturday, May 14th from 9 am –
pm, also at Carter Barron.

Old computers and accessories, office equipment, TVs and other
electronics comprise a rapidly growing segment of America’s waste
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, more than 3.2
million tons of electronic waste is laid to rest in landfills each

Many types of electronics contain significant amounts of potentially
hazardous materials such as arsenic, lead and mercury. In the U.S. it
is estimated that approximately 70% of the toxic metals in landfills
from discarded electronics. Pollution and the potential for adverse
affects from improper disposal of electronics are becoming serious

Additionally, almost all of the materials in electronics -from
and glass to precious metals can be extracted and reused.

E-cycling your end-of-life electronics keeps their harmful components
out of landfills and supports the recovery and reuse of valuable

Residents may bring televisions and audio-video equipment, cell
home office equipment, computers, computer parts and computer
components for
end-of-life disposal or recycling. All computer monitors and TV
screens must be intact – not cracked, punctured or shattered.

Peace and Blessings
Shireen Mitchell

Truxton, Eckington, LeDroit meet up

From the TC Dispatcher:
Friday’s TC Happy Hour was fantastic. Over 30 people attended. It was great to
meet so many of you. If you couldn’t make it…don’t fret. Several locations
were discussed for another HH some time mid-May.


Donna B. suggested we re-attempt gathering pet owners in the park at First and
Florida, NW. With nice weather and daylight on our side…I say let’s do it!

Bring your dog, cat, ferret… whatever and let’s meet between 6 and 6:30ish.
Don’t have a pet? No worries. I got a couple to spare.

Truxton/Florida Park is centrally located to Bloomingdale, Eckington and Truxton
Circle…so PLEASE pass this on to your neighbors.

See you tonight.


BACA meeting: Preservation and Green things

oh you know I’m showing up to this one.
Anyway, from our great leader Jim:


In addition to the folks who are coming to talk about the benefits of
historic preservation, I have invited DPW Inspector Brooks and Raman
Bhatia, from an organization known as Community Greens, to make remarks
I’m sure you all know who Inspector Brooks is, but you may not have
heard of Community Greens. Specifically, Community Greens is a partnership
between Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and The National Trust for
Historic Preservation. Their work is supported by the Fannie Mae
Foundation, Graham Foundation, and the Kodak American Greenways Awards. They
received initial seed funding from HUD. The mission of Community Greens is to
catalyze the development of shared green spaces inside residential
blocks in cities across the United States. At this point, thery are trying to
focus on neighborhoods across the country that have limited access to
quality green spaces.
Hope to see you tomorrow!
Jim Berry




Guest Speakers Include:
Rebecca Miller
DC Preservation League


Patsy Fletcher
Outreach Coordinator
DC Office of Planning
Historic Preservation Office

Monday, April 4, 2005
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
3rd and Q Streets, N.W.
Rooms 1 and 2
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.



Forestry Grant Writing Workshop:

The Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) in the District Department of
Transportation (DDOT) offers competitive matching grants from $1,000 to
$10,000 for community re-greening projects that increase and improve
the District’s urban forest while DC residents learn more about and take
ownership of the trees in their urban environment. These Green Grants
are offered to local government units and schools, 501(c) 3 non-profit
organizations or other local community tree volunteer groups. Projects
must be located within Washington, DC and require a 1-1 match from
non-federal funding sources.
To assist potential applicants, UFA is holding a proposal writing
workshop Saturday, April 9th at the Reeves Center 6th Floor Conference Room,
2000 14th Street NW from 9am to 2pm. Interested persons should RSVP by
calling Toni Jefferson, 202-671-5133.
Applicants must submit a complete application package to the Urban
Forestry Administration by May 31st, 2005.
UFA is the local government entity responsible for managing the
District’s street trees. UFA works in close cooperation with its federal partner,
the USDA Forest Service (USFS), to raise the level of understanding and
awareness regarding urban and community forestry within the District of
Columbia. Since the early 1990s, UFA has received both technical and
financial assistance from USFS to fund the DC Green Grants Program.
For further details on the Green Grants Program and application
requirements, visit UFA online at


E-cycling Collection Events:

On Saturday, April 23, 2005 and again on Saturday, May 14, 2005, from
9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Washington, DC residents may dispose of
electronic items at Carter Barron Amphitheater Parking Lot, 16th and Kennedy
Streets, W. Items that will be collected for recycling are (1) computers; (2)
consumer batteries (dry cell); (3) electronics; (4) cell phones; (5)
inkjet, laser, & copier cartridges; and (6) foam packaging. These evens are
being sponsored by the DC Office of the Clean City, Washington, DC Recycles,
the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive, The George Washington
University, DELL, US Department of Justice UNICOR Federal Prison
Industries, Inc., Rethink, Reduce, Reuse (and then Recycle); Whole Foods; and the
Association for Quality Education, Inc. For more information call
645-8245 or (202) 727-1000.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day:

On Saturday, May 14, 2005, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Washington,
DC residents may dispose of household hazardous waste items at Carter
Barron Amphitheater Parking Lot, 16th and Kennedy Streets, W. Items that will
be collected for recycling are: (1) acids; (2) aerosols; (3) antifreeze;
(4) asbestos tile; (5) batteries; (6) cleaning chemicals; (7) drain
openers; (8a) furniture stripper; (9) ink; (10) varnish; lawn and garden
chemicals; (12) fertilizer; (13) lighter fluid; (14) mercury themometers; (15)
moth balls; (16) motor oil; (17) paint; (18) pesticides and poisons; (19
roofing tar; (20) solvents/thinners; (21) transmission, windshield wiper and
brake fluids; (22) wood preservatives; and (23) your old green or maroon
recycling bin. This event is being sponsored by the DC Department of Public
For more information call (202) 727-1000.

Free Mulch

via James Berry

It has come to my attention that wood chips/mulch will me available at
the locations listed below on Monday, March 21, 2005 until they are all
gone. Please note that these materials are for the use of residents for their
yards, tree boxes and in our community parks.


Jim Berry

84 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Yolanda’s Cleaners
1743 lincoln Road, NE Harry Thomas Community Center
1st & Florida NW Park at R & Florida Avenue
N. Capitol & Fla. Ave. NW Park on NWcorner of Fla. Ave.
43 Adams Street, NW In the Rear of Adams

BACA meeting 3/7/05

The BACA (Bates Area Civic Association) meeting was held last night in the basement of Mt Sinai Baptist Church at about 7pm. The meeting was led by Mr. Jim Berry.

First speaker was Mr. Tashir Lee bringing up his project BZA Case No. 17298 regarding 1507 4th Street, NW. Mr. Lee and the architectural firm he has hired, Studio 27, would like to turn the 4 unit apartment Lee has purchased into a 6 unit condo. He needs 4 variances and is seeking approval from the community. Concern was expressed about the look of the design which is more modern and urban than the neighboring Victorian buildings. Also there were questions about parking as the building has 2 on street allowances and with the 3rd level Lee would like to add, would need to be excused from having to create a 3rd parking spot.

Second speakers were Mr. Tommy Wells, the District 3 Representative of the DC Board of education and Ms. Kathleen Patterson, Councilmember and Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation. They spoke about the conditions of the DC school buildings, maintenance vs capital improvements and the budget. Apparently there needs to be greater political will on the part of the community to improve the interiors of the school buildings.

Councilmember Orange popped by quickly to make a few announcements and left.

Mr. Wendell Butler representing the Community Academy Public Charter School, which is going into the Armstrong building at 1st and P, threw out many national statistics about schools before speaking about the Armstrong school building they bought in 2004. It has taken them 4 months to clean out the debris and junk left by the homeless and criminal element and now the building is secure. If they are lucky the building might open for school September 2006 or 2007. There is a waiting list (if I heard right).
Meeting continued past 9:15 when I left to get a late dinner.

BZA Application No. 17298 — re. 1507 4th Street, NW

via Jim Berry

Dear Residents of SMD 5C01,

I recently received notice of an application that has been filed before the Board of Zoning Adjustment concerning the above address. Specifically, the applicant wants the following:

“a variance from the lot occupancy requirements under section 403, a variance from the side yard requirements under section 405, a variance from the minimum lot area requirements under section 40l.1, a variance from the off-street parking requirements under sub-section 2101.1, to allow the conversion of an exiting apartment house from four (4) to six (6) units in the R-4 District at premises 1507 4th Street, NW (Square 521, Lot 835).”

In short, the applicant wants to convert this building into six condominium units, but requires a fair amount of consideration from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in order to do this. Like ANC 5C, residents who live within 200 feet of the site are required to receive notice in the mail about this application and are invited to make comments about the proposal, i.e., in support of or in opposition to. I plan to invite the applicant to the next meeting of the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc. (3/7/2005) to present his plans for this proposed development and the information that I receive their will likely best inform the recommendation I make to my colleagues on ANC 5C when the applicant is invited to appear before that body (most likely, on March 15, 2005). The actual BZA hearing of this application will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2005, in Suite 220, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, between 1:00 p.m. and 6 :00 p.m.

In the meantime, I invite you to share any preliminary thoughts that you might have concerning the proposal for this location — whether it be comments, criticisms, questions or praise. Please know that I am particularly interested in hearing from those of you who live in closest proximity to the site.


Jim Berry

North Capitol Collaborative

via Jim Berry


I am advised that the Board of Directors of the North Capitol Collaborative will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, February 17, 2005, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at McKinley High School, 151 T Street, NE.

As you may know the Collaborative is principally responsible for working with abused and neglected children in our community, as well as their families.

The purpose of the town hall meeting is to give a progress report to the community on the work of the collaborative and the public is invited to come out in order to let their voices be heard about the group’s work. For more information concerning this meeting, you may contact Ms. LaShawn Gantt @ 202-299-9802.


Jim Berry


Tree Pruning Workshop

Pruning Workshop for All Feb 26th!

Tree Pruning Workshop

Saturday, February 26th, 10 A.M.

Seaton Elementary School

(10th and P Streets, NW)

D.C. Greenworks will be leading a FREE training workshop for all of our

TreeKeepers in the Shaw community as well as other residents interested

in becoming TreeKeepers this spring.

Come learn how to prune young trees and identify the most common

species in the neighborhood. Then you can take your new skills back to your block

and prune your own trees.

Please contact us with any questions. We hope to see you there!

RSVP by phone at 518-6195 or email at trees@dcgreenworks.org.

(Rain date: Sunday, Feb. 27th, 1 P.M.)

Bethie Miller

Community Outreach Organizer

D.C. Greenworks

2451 18th Street, NW 2nd floor

Washington, D.C. 20009


202-518-5507 fax



Featured Topics for the Evening Include:

The DC Comprehensive Plan

Public Safety in the Community

John F. Cook School Library Initiative

Mini-Grant Application for Garden Resources of Washington

Monday, February 7, 2005

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association,

contact Jim Berry at (202) 387-8520

Closings and other annoying Inaugural things

Thursday, January 20th, DC government will be closed, as will the federal government.

Schools- Closed

Libraries- Closed

Sunday traffic regulations will be in effect and there will be street closings around the Convention Center. Also roads south of Shaw and some roads in Virginia will experience restrictions.

Trash collections will be picked up except on blocks that are closed off. BUT regular trash collection is off one day because of the Monday holiday.