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Friday February 20, 2015 • John A Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 506 (202) 724-8028

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The Ward 5 Report

Dear Resident,

I hope you and your loved ones are warm as we face one of our coldest winters in over a century.

On the subject of weather, I want to bring to your attention that a Cold Emergency Alert has been activated for today, February 20, and tomorrow, February 21. When the temperature falls to 15˚F or below, the District of Columbia provides additional services and resources to protect our most vulnerable residents. If you know or see someone who is homeless, please consider contacting the Shelter Hotline at 202-399-7093, 211, 1-800-535-7252 (for toll-free calls from a pay phone) or uposh@upo.org.

Thank you, as always, for your continued readership.

In Service,



Legislative & Committee Updates


Performance oversight hearings

Last week, Councilmember McDuffie, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, began convening a series of performance oversight hearings. The public is encouraged to testify and agencies are then given the opportunity to respond and provide an overview of how they are meeting the demands of residents across the District of Columbia.

If you are interested in attending or testifying at a future hearing, please take a moment to review the following comprehensive calendar.


Kenyan in the News

Our Youth

I am Outraged. You should be, too.

Councilmember McDuffie authored a "Local Opinion" on youth violence in last week's Washington Post. On Wednesday, February 18, the Councilmember sat down with Fox 5's Allison Seymour to discuss what inspired him to pen the op-ed and how he intends to "change the culture of violence in our city."

You can watch the entire interview by clicking the above (left) image.

You can also read the op-ed here.



National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This month provides an excellent opportunity for the District of Columbia to demonstrate its commitment to ending teen dating violence and to support the numerous victims and survivors who are among us. One in three adolescent girls in the US are victims of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner. These violent relationships have serious consequences for victims – putting them at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide, and adult re-victimization. Now is the time to educate ourselves about the seriousness of teen dating violence and the prevalence of this epidemic in our communities.

For more information, please visit the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence's website.


Residential mechanical street sweeping to resume March 2, along with parking enforcement of street sweeping violations

Residential street sweeping season to continue through October 31.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today that residential mechanical street sweeping will resume Monday, March 2. Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. The fine for violating this restriction is $45.

To learn more about the program, please visit DPW's website.


OSSE offers help with completing your FAFSA

Join the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and its partners at Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) assistance events this weekend and next. Students and families can receive assistance from trained volunteers with filling out their FAFSA applications at the following locations:

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Noon to 5 pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015

The DC Re-Engagement Center, Noon to 5 pm on Saturday, February 21, 2015

The R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center at St. Elizabeth's East, Noon to 5 pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Latin American Youth Center, Noon to 5 pm on Saturday, February 28, 2015

For more information, please visit OSSE's website.


Right Tree, Right Place Planting Program

PEPCO is partnering with Casey Trees to offer 250 trees on a first-come, first-serve basis to District of Columbia homeowners.

There is a $50 co-pay per tree ($250 value per tree for consultation and planting), which is required prior to planting.

To learn more about the program, please visit PEPCO's website.


Stay Connected

For more information, please visit our website or contact our office at (202) 724-8028. Follow Councilmember McDuffie on Twitter and/or "Like" him on Facebook.