ANC 5A Totten Mews Community Benefits

ANC 5A supported a community benefits package related to the planned Comstock development Totten Mews. The development will include approximately 44 new townhomes near the Capital Area Food Bank. Some of the highlights: The package includes $35,000 for the renovation of the gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and the auditorium at UDC-CC, Backus Campus. A to be established Friends of Totten Mews group will receive $12,500 to distribute block grants to the community and the North Michigan Park Civic Association will receive $5,000 for scholarships and back-to-school supply giveaways. The Capital Area Food Bank will receive $10,000 for disbursement to service providers in ANC 5A and Ward 5. View the complete details of the package: Totten Mews Community Benefits

Register for Walmart Job Application/Prescreening Events


DOES will be having  two pre-screening/application events for the new Wal- Mart at the DOES American Jobs Center-NE (Bertie Backus) on August 4 and August 12.

The new Wal-Mart facility is set to open at Riggs and South Dakota (close to Ft. Totten metro station) and will be hiring approximately 300 associates for a variety of jobs that include professional services, sales floor associates and supervisors, front end cashiers, customer service, cart pushers, greeters, stockers and others. The pre-screening/job application sessions will take place in Ward 5 at the American Job Center – Northeast.

August 4

1:30 p.m. (Participants are asked to arrive on time)

RSVP using this link:

5171 South Dakota Ave. NE, 2nd Floor

Washington, D.C. 20017

(202) 576-3092 (phone)

August 12

1:30 p.m. (Participants are asked to arrive on time)

RSVP using this link:

5171 South Dakota Ave. NE, 2nd Floor

Washington, D.C. 20017

(202) 576-3092 (phone)

Mile Markers on the MBT

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association reports mile markers will be placed on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. From the article:

Over the past few weeks, a series of troubling incidents on the Metropolitan Branch Trail have again raised questions of user safety on this popular urban trail. Though counter data show an average of 1200 trail users each day since April, recent incidents and the law enforcement response to them have justifiably shaken the confidence of regular trail users.

Two weeks ago, WABA sat down with leadership from District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Office of Uniform Communication (OUC), and DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) to address these concerns. As a result, DDOT will install mile markers throughout the trail backed by changes to the 911 computer dispatch system to ensure a timely and direct law enforcement response to 911 calls.

July 28: Vision Zero event at Rhode Island Avenue metro station

Tomorrow, DDOT will be at Rhode Island Avenue metro station from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm as part of its Vision Zero initiative. This will give residents a chance to chat with DDOT about necessary traffic safety improvements in the neighborhood.  

Can’t make it to tomorrow’s event? Highlight traffic safety issues on DDOT’s vision zero map. If there is already a location highlighted, click it again and add your own unique comment. Let’s use this opportunity to establish a record of the improvements we would like to see in the neighborhood.

Vision Zero events

July 31: Farewell event for Councilmember McDuffie’s Chief of Staff

Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s Chief of Staff Jeanette Mobley is retiring. Mrs. Mobley has worked tremendously to address concerns of our neighborhood. A farewell event will be held on July 31 at 6:30 pm at Busboys and Poets (Brookland).



July 25, 2015  •  John A Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 506 (202) 724-8028

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The Ward 5 Report

Dear Resident,

Over three years ago I had the distinct honor and pleasure of beginning my role as Councilmember in service to you.  At my side then was one of the most respected women in Ward 5, Jeannette Mobley.  Jeannette, who now serves as my Chief of Staff, promised me a year, or maybe two, just long enough for me to “get my feet wet.”  Now the time has come, and Jeannette has decided to retire.

Though Jeannette certainly can never be replaced, I am confident my staff will do its best to continue the work that Jeannette has started.  In the meantime, I would like to invite you to bid a fond farewell to Jeannette this Friday, July 31, 6:30 pm at Busboys and Poets 625 Monroe St., NE.

July 21: Ward 4 Vision Zero event at Takoma metro station

From Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Dates, times, and locations for Vision Zero events:

Date Ward Locations Time
7/15/2015 6 Eighth and H Streets, NE 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7/16/2015 3 Cleveland Park Metro Station, NW 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
7/18/2015 1 14th Street and Irving Street, NW 11:00 pm – 1:30 pm
7/21/2015 4 Takoma Metro Station, NW 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
7/23/2015 8 Anacostia Metro Station, SE 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7/25/2015 2 M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, NW 11:00 pm – 1:30 pm
7/27/2015 2 Seventh and H Streets, NW 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
7/29/2015 7 Minnesota Avenue Metro Station, NE 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
7/28/2015 5 Rhode Island Ave Metro Station, NE 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
8/1/2015 6 Eastern Market Metro Station, SE 11:00 am – 2:30 pm


Add your safety issues Vision Zero Map by visiting To find out more about Vision Zero visit

July 23: Ward 4 Public Safety Discussion

From the Office of Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd
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Join Me Thursday for a Discussion of Public Safety in Ward 4


This Thursday, July 23, I am hosting a Ward 4 Public Safety meeting with Fourth District Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz, cohosted by the Fourth District Citizens Advisory Council.

Join us at the Fourth District Police Station, located at 6001 Georgia Ave NW, this Thursday, July 23, at 7:00pm for a discussion of public safety in the Ward, and questions and answers with Commander Manlapaz.

Ward 4 Public Safety Meeting
Thursday, July 23
Fourth District Police Station
6001 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
To RSVP, email Jackson Carnes at
I am looking forward to a robust conversation about how we can work together to keep all twenty neighborhoods of Ward 4 safe. See you Thursday!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Office: (202) 724-8052
Fax: (202) 741-0908

Recent shootings

MPD provided the following information about the shootings earlier this week:

There was a call for gunshots at 8th and Hamilton St, we responded and found damage to some vehicles and recovered shell casings.  A witness reported seeing vehicles, the occupants shooting at each other. One vehicle is described as a dark Blue Nissan Altima, a black Toyota, and a Gray Chrysler. No one reported to the police of being a victim in this incident.

On July 15th around 10pm there was a call for gunshots at 3rd and Peabody Streets, NE.  A witness reported that a silver Nissan and dark BMW were shooting at each other.  We found damage to a vehicle from the shooting.  No one reported to the police of being a victim in this incident.

We are investigating any connections between the two incidents.

If anyone has information regarding either of theses incidents please call the MPD CIC at 202-727-9099 or text at 50411.

July 11: Metro Movie Night

Metro Movie Night at Fort Totten Station

Metro Movie night posterMetro invites you and your family to a night under the stars! The first-ever Metro Movie Night will be held on Saturday, July 11 at the Fort Totten Metrorail Station parking lot. This family-friendly event is free for all guests.

Bring your lawn chairs, snacks and beverages to this special screening of the DreamWorks animated film “Bee Movie”. Gates open at 5 pm and guests can enjoy interactive sports games and music, or just sit back and relax with friends and neighbors, until the movie starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm).

Metro staff will be on hand to answer service questions, offer trip planning advice, and discuss parking options for Metro riders. Local community organizations will share information and offer giveaways.

Parking for this event will be limited, so we strongly recommend that guests take Metrorail (Green, Yellow or Red Line) or walk to the event. Food and beverage are welcome, but please note that alcohol and glass containers are not permitted.

We hope you can join us for this special community event!


If you take a walk down the broken path on First Place NE by Fort Totten metro station, you might miss the historic site located at 5321 First Place NE. Currently home to the Lighthouse Center for Healing, the building once housed WOOK-TV, the first Black-oriented television station in the nation, according to Cultural Tourism DC. The station was known for the Teenarama Dance Party, DC’s first Black teen dance show.

WOOK-TV, 5321 First Place NE

WOOK-TV, 5321 First Place NE


Small Area Plan Implementation

If you click on the “Neighborhood Document Library” tab in the menu at the top of the page, you will see a document entitled Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue NE Small Area Plan. This small area plan was approved by the DC council in 2009 and it serves as a blueprint for development in the neighborhood.

For reference, below is a snapshot summary of the plan:

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A number of DC agencies are responsible for implementing the plan. Take a look at the most recent implementation report created for fiscal year 2015. Notice not much has changed from the Riggs Road/South Dakota Avenue SAP Fiscal Year 2012 Implementation Report.

DC agencies rely on residents to bring to their attention items that residents would like to be addressed. Are there “No Action” or “Future” items listed that you would like to see action taken on? Are there items “in process” that you have questions about or that you would like to comment on?

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Fort Totten Square Walmart Now Hiring

From Walmart:

Walmart will hire approximately 300 associates to work at the new store located at Riggs Road NE and South Dakota Avenue NE, slated to open this Fall 2015.  On Monday, July 6th, Walmart will open a hiring center at 7818 Eastern Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. to recruit and hire new associates.
Interested applicants must apply online at  The hiring center hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for candidates who need access to computers for the online application.
The range of jobs available includes professional services, sales floor associates and supervisors, front-end cashiers, customer service, cart pushers, greeters, stockers and others.
Walmart will offer a job to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty since the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment launched on Memorial Day 2013. Interested veterans may find out more at
According to store manager Paul Hill, the store will be hiring both full- and part-time associates. “We are excited to bring this new store to Fort Totten, and look forward to meeting potential applicants as we build our team of associates,” said Hill.