Dear Neighbor,
 
Navy Yard Neighborhood Picnic Tomorrow! 
Saturday, September 12th from 12PM - 5PM at Joy Evans Park (555 L St. SE) 
Come enjoy food, family, fun, and a flea market!
The  Navy Yard Neighborhood Association ("NYNA") and the Arthur Capper / Carrollsburg Village Timebanks are sponsoring a community pot luck picnic and flea market at Joy Evans Playground Park.  With the tagline "Neighbors No Longer Strangers" you know this event will be a great opportunity to meet new people and build community!  For more details, see the NYNA Facebook Page, email Josh Hart at joshhartdc@gmail.com, or call Ms. Debra Frasier at 202-306-0302.  

Early Morning Construction - What can we do about it? 
DCRA has agreed to stop issuing after hours construction permits for sites within 500 feet of residences (per DCRA regulations) in our neighborhood except under exceptional circumstances.  Problem solved?  Not yet.  If an after hours permit request includes a DDOT Public Space permit, then DCRA will approve it.  I've asked DDOT to specifically consider the impact on neighbors before issuing these permits.  And, I've asked DCRA to let me know whenever such a permit is approved so that I can let you know before the 4AM cement pour wakes you up. I'm not satisfied with this 'solution', but it's a start.  If you want to help me with this effort, let me know.  To learn more about how to distinguish between illegal construction and permitted after hours construction, see my FB post on the topic.

What's your vision for Virginia Avenue?
A linear greenspace, improved connectivity, separate pedestrian and bike passage, shaded seating for seniors, enhanced park space...DDOT and ANCs 6D and 6B want to hear from you!  Please save the date for a Community Meeting about the Virginia Avenue Streetscape on  Monday, September 28th at 6:30PM, location TBD.  Check out the first draft of the plans  under Project Documents .  Do you want to get more involved?  Contact me to join a stakeholder working group to meet weekly with DDOT and CSX to refine and enhance the plans.

Congratulations to the Van Ness Elementary School Community
Van Ness Elementary School has reopened with a gorgeous Phase 1 renovation, amazing faculty and staff, and smiling students!  DCPS and the Van Ness Parent Group hosted a neighborhood celebration last week to mark the reopening.  Thanks to all who have supported the school.

Get inspired by big public art! (And, bring it to the neighborhood)
Did you know that DC's public murals are on display from Aug. 24-Oct. 4 in the Great Hall at the MLK Memorial Library? Have you heard about the 11th St. Bridge Park Mural Project? Want to see more public art?  Check out Michael Antonucci's local outdoor art map. How many underpass walls (or should I say blank canvasses) do you see in our neighborhood?  

The Anacostia Watershed Needs You
Middle school students can apply now for the  Anacostia Watershed Society 's free Saturday Environmental Academy.  Over ten Saturdays, students will gain a deeper understanding of the Anacostia River, the watershed community, and the impact that people have on the natural world.  Adults should check out AWS' Watershed Stewards Academy. 

Interested in a job working on the Dulles Corridor Silver Line construction?
The Greater Washington Urban League is coordinating with the construction contractors to provide employment opportunities for local residents.  Interested individuals should contact Ms. Audrey Epperson, Director of Special Services at the Greater Washington Urban League at 202-265-8200 ext. 255.

I want to hear from you!
Meet me for coffee on  Saturday, September 19th at 9AM at Lot 38 Espresso.  I'll also be at the Arthur Capper Riverfront Tenant's Association Meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 6PM. 

Thank you for your commitment to our neighborhood!  

Sincerely,
Meredith  

Meredith Fascett
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 6D07