It's Spring cleaning time again in Carver/Langston. The Langston Civic Association will be hosting its annual community service event on April 13, 2019. We'll meet in the Food 7 parking lot at 1830 Benning Rd. NE from 9 am - 12 pm
Free t-shirts to the first 40 people to register online!
Learn more about our community's new approach to addressing litter and how it helped reduce trash on our streets by approximately 40% in its first year.
Read More: http://langstoncivic.weebly.com/news/a-fresh-approach-to-clean-streets
Starting March 20th through May 15th, DC Water will collect water quality monitoring data in Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. The monitoring equipment will be attached to approximately 28 hydrants throughout Northwest, Northeast and Southeast DC. Please see the attached maps for the 1st High Pressure Boundary monitoring locations.
The devices and hydrant locations in Ward 5 are as follows:
The Langston Civic Association (LCA) and the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) have teamed up to bring the first of several murals to our area over the coming months.
The murals are designed to beautify the community, honor its rich heritage and remind residents that roadside debris ends up in our local waterways. These murals are part of a grant won by the groups to help teach neighbors about ways that we can work together to keep the Anacostia river clean. AWS also conducted a boat tour of the Anacostia river for neighbors this summer and will plan additional events and beautification projects throughout the community.
If you'd like to visit the first mural, you can find it in front of the Anacostia Community Outreach Center at 24th and G St NE (aka the horseshoe).
A special thanks to local artist Rachel Mulbry, Danielle Hedquist and our neighbor at Langston Terrace, Sylvia, who helped paint the mural.
Members of the Langston Civic Association met Tuesday night to discuss a variety of upcoming events in our community.
Capt. Duncan Bedlion of MPD updated the community on recent crimes in the area and requested the association's support for an upcoming collaboration between DPW, DCRA and MPD to tackle vacant properties that have become haven's for drugs and other crime. The civic association's president, Sydelle Moore recently sponsored a community walk-through to identify these properties and other ongoing issues with Mayor Bowser's Office of Community Relations and members expressed approval that MPD would be making an effort to address these concerns.
Community members also heard presentations from Community Mediation DC, received an update on RFK redevelopment and talked over the details of several upcoming projects and events in our community with the Anacostia Watershed Society.
Our association will be partnering with the Anacostia Watershed Society to do several projects this year including:
Please keep an eye on our blog for additional details about these upcoming events.
Take a Look at Preliminary Sketches for Two Murals:
Please remember these drawing are not completed. They are just sketches.
The new owner of the Food 7 Store also attended the meeting to share his plans for addressing some of the longstanding issues at the store and reaffirm his commitment to abiding by the terms set in our settlement agreement. Community members thanked him and then continued the conversation by discussing ways that Sylvia's Liquor could improve safety near the store. Everyone has until the end of the week to submit suggestions for a possible settlement agreement with the store. Learn more about what types of suggestions can be made and how to make them by reading our previous post on this topic.
Mayor Bowser and Cm. McDuffie also sent representatives to offer updates on the budget and what their offices are doing to address violent crime. You can read about Cm. McDuffie's work on his website.
Video From Mayor Bowser's Office:
First of all, thanks to everyone who made this project a success. The Langston Civic Association partnered with The Mission Continues, BAE Systems Inc., Mayor Bowser's office, Cm. McDuffie's office as well as community volunteers to renovate the courtyard at Browne Education Campus.
More than 20 volunteers showed up in the rain to help pull weeds, build new picnic tables and organize the courtyard to give the children a beautiful outdoor space for studying. The garden now boasts more than 50 new plants including a vegetable and herb garden.
We will be hosting Part 2 of this service project at some point this summer. Due to the weather, we were unable to paint and would like to ask neighbors to keep an eye out for details about that fun, upcoming project.
Also, neighbors with herbs and vegetables to donate to the children's garden should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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