A woman was charged with second degree murder in connection with the car crash in Rock Creek next to Rose Park in March. Infuriatingly, she had been previously charged with drunk driving three times (in one case while she was still on probation from another time), and yet was still driving.
For the first time since early 2020, ANC2E will meet in person next week. We will be meeting at St. John’s church on O St. This will, of course, be the first time that the current ANC has held a public meeting in person, so please come see our smiling faces in the flesh.
The meeting will be also broadcast virtually to those that cannot attend. I am personally excited to see how that works in practice. I see strong advantages both to being in-person and being virtual. In-person certainly allows for a more normal discussion. And, importantly, you can hear people actually laugh when you make a joke.
After a long delay, the Georgetown Apple Store is finally going to reopen this Saturday. At least according to new signage on the windows.
This store, which originally opened in 2010 shut down for renovations last year. Although the renovations were only supposed to take a month or so, they certainly dragged on. So much so that people began to speculate that the store was leaving the neighborhood. (I certainly took note of the fact that Apple stopped renting 1250 Wisconsin Ave. to use as auxiliary space.)
Come on out on June 3rd for the Friends of Volta Park’s annual spring cocktail party fundraiser! The party will be held at the George Town club from 4:30 – 6:30. This is one of my favorite annual get-togethers and a great way to catch up with neighbors.
We’re pleased to announce that this year’s Volta Park Cocktail Party & Fundraiser returns to the George Town Club on June 3!
Historically, each spring, members of our community who care about Volta Park come together for its most important fundraiser of the year. Guests enjoy cocktails and appetizers while they bid on luxury items, gift certificates for dining and hotel experiences, vacations, and more, all donated by generous businesses and friends in our community.
Last year’s party – our first at the George Town Club – was such a success we’ve decided to gather there again this year, Saturday, June 3, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. As is always the case, this event will have limited tickets and will sell out so please buy your tickets – $225 each on our “Donate” page or Venmo @FriendsofVoltaPark to secure your spot.
On May 25th, the City Tavern Club will be host to an event to kick off an effort to construct a memorial in DC to the middle passage. The evening will feature Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton and the director of the Georgetown African American Historical Landmark Project, Adrena Crockett. It will start at 6:30 pm; sign up by emailing the club at Info@CityTaverndc.org.
Additionally, the City Tavern will host another event the night before at 6:30 pm. This will be a book talk and signing for Dr. Judith Reifsteck. Her book, Memoried and Storied, discusses the four lynchings in the South and how modern discussions of these events can help advance reconciliation and healing.
Monday night a lively group packed the community meeting room at the library to hear about the Georgetown Community Access and Circulation Study. The meeting was lead by the community engagement consultants, LINK, but DDOT representatives also spoke.
The main thrust of the first half of the meeting was to communicate what the study is, and isn’t. On the “is” side includes a list of possible changes to the way people travel to and from the neighborhood in the short and medium term. Short term items are things that can be installed in 1-3 years (or faster) that don’t need any specific budget authorization. This includes things like curb bulb outs or flex post installation. The medium term includes things that would take more like 2-4 years, and require more extensive design work, but not a full blown environmental review, for instance. That might include things like making certain streets one-way.
What the study is not going to address are projects on either end of short or medium term. In other words, extremely short term projects that already have a review process in place will not be included, simply because they can already be pursued. For instance, if you think an intersection without a stop sign could use one, you can already ask for one from DDOT (whether you’ll get it depends on the facts and circumstances). And on the flip side, long term items are also not included in the study simply because they are so big that they will need their own studies to be advanced. The obvious example for this is a Georgetown Metro station. We might all want it, but this study would have no power to bring it any closer to fruition so DDOT doesn’t want to waste time and money on the idea through the study.
I’m happy to report that the Volta pool fence is repaired, but the pool is still empty. I am pushing to get DPR to clean it up and fill it with water in time for Memorial Day weekend. (Separately, city crews cut through the iron fence on the north side of the park to get a truck out. Yet another thing at Volta Park the city needs to fix now!)
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