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  • Sat, August 25, 2018 9:13 AM | Anonymous

    Happy Dog Days Of Summer Crestwood Neighbors!

    As we think about returns from August vacations, Back To School, and making the most out of good weather for the rest of the year, we are excited to let you know that the August 2018 edition of The Crestthe quarterly Crestwood newsletter, is on its way to your front doors!

    You can click here for an electronic copy. Be sure to check out information on the next Aging In Place Action Team Meeting, the DC Kids Ride Free Program, and, of course, an article on Crestwood history by our former neighbor and continued Crestwood Historian David Swerdloff. 

    Thank you to Estefania Marchan for taking over the Newsletter Action Team from Kathleen Eder. Kathleen coordinated the delivery of The Crest to over 700 Crestwood homes for the past year, as well as sponsored theprinting for most of the newsletters. Kathleen continues as the CCA Communications Director, coordinating sponsorship opportunities for the CCA (including the newsletter!). 

  • Thu, June 28, 2018 1:27 PM | Anonymous

    2018 Citi Open Tennis Tournament
    Sat. July 28 - Sun. August 5, 2018
    Rock Creek Tennis Center

    2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Citi Open (formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic). Here are a few interesting facts: 
    • The Citi Open's owner and beneficiary is the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation(WTEF), a local non-profit organization that has been improving the lives of underserved youth in the Washington D.C. area for more than 50 years. Proceeds of the Citi Open help the WTEF accomplish its mission of building life champions through tennis and academic excellence by using tennis as an entry point to share life lessons with young people. WTEF gives underserved kids a safe environment they trust and where they can excel. Learn more about the WTEF's work in DC at
    • In 1968, Donald Dell and John A. Harris, co-founders of the tournament, wanted to start a tennis tournament in Washington DC. Dell, who was Arthur Ashe's agent at the time, knew that he needed a big name like Ashe to play in the tournament to give it credibility and draw a crowd.  Ashe, a soon-to-be Wimbledon champion at the time, agreed to play in the tournament under one condition - that the tournament take place in a genuinely integrated environment. Dell and Harris wanted to find a public host site rather than a more typical country club, and the courts at 16th St. and Kennedy St. NW fit the bill. The tournament, which has gone through some name changes, has been played at the same location ever since. 
    • The Citi Open has been part of some of the most innovative changes in tennis, including blue courts, instant replay/video boards in the stadium, US Open Series, Sunday Main Draw start and, starting in 2009, an ATP "500" level tournament.

    How Will The Citi Open Affect Crestwood? 

    There will be increased traffic and parking restrictions in the neighborhood during the Citi Open. Councilmember Todd's office is working very hard to minimize the disruptions, but some neighbors will have to take some affirmative steps.

    Starting Friday, July 27 at 11:59 pm until Sunday, August 5 at 11:59 pm, there will be "No Parking - Special Permit Holders Exempted" signs placed on a number of streets in the northern part of Crestwood (mostly Colorado, upper Blagden, Ave, Blagden Terr., parts of 17th and 18th, Decatur, Crittenden). Commissioner Todd's office will be issuing the Special Permit parking passes to affected neighbors starting on July 14.

    In order to park on the street, affected residents will need to place these passes on their dashboards from July 27 to August 5 or their vehicles may be ticketed or towed. 

    We will provide more details in the coming weeks. Please let us know at if you have any questions. 

  • Thu, June 14, 2018 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Washington Post recently ran an article highlighting a rare but serious case of tick paralysis caused by an undetected tick bite on a 5-year old child. 

    With many of our children going to outdoor camps and all of us generally being outside more in the summer, this is an important reminder to protect yourself from ticks and check for ticks every day.

    One of the easiest way to get rid of certain ticks is to take a shower or bath every day - many times this can wash away ticks that haven't yet attached. BUT - a shower or bath won't wash away ticks that have attached. Prevention such as long sleeves and repellent is still very important. 

    Please read here for more tips regarding ticks and Lyme Disease from the Association's Public Safety Team. 

    And, much more information on stopping ticks can be found on the CDC's Stop Ticks page

  • Wed, May 23, 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    There is a sinkhole in the woods at the Point, near 18th & Randolph St.

    It was caused by a corroded corrugated metal storm sewer pipe that conveys storm water through the woods into Piney Branch Creek.

    The pipe collapsed, creating the sinkhole and other erosion in the area.

    Commissioner Black, your ANC SMD 4A08 commissioner, has been doing a lot of investigative work on this issue, and reports that the sinkhole is in the process of being repaired.

    DC Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE) is working with the National Park Service (NPS) to get an environmental assessment completed on numerous locations throughout the park.

    This storm pipe is located is one of the locations that DOEE would like to rehabilitate utilizing a natural regenerative conveyance system, which will eliminate the need to use a pipe.

    DOEE’s project will remove the pipe from the park and convert the manhole at the street to an outfall.

    It is estimated is that this work will occur at least is 2 – 3 years in the future.

  • Fri, May 11, 2018 6:10 PM | Anonymous

    Please click here for a copy of the latest edition of the Crestwood Newsletter, The Crest. Highlights include an article about Lyme Disease by the Safety Team, a Green Team Update including mosquito prevention tips, and information about the Annual Meeting next week!

    Also, don't forget about free food at the Spring Picnic on Sunday, May 20 from 1-4pm! The rain date will be Sunday, June 3. 

    We hope to see you next Tuesday, May 15 at 7pm at Grace Lutheran Church (4300 16th Street, NW) for our Annual Meeting. Councilmember Todd will be attending and making remarks

  • Fri, April 27, 2018 7:32 PM | Anonymous
    Spring is here, flowers are blooming, and we are excited to announce three great opportunities this May to meet and mingle with your Crestwood neighbors! 

    1. The CCA Green Team is in the process of putting together a Garden Tour on May 12. It is simple to host, just allowing a group of neighbors to walk around your garden for a half-hour or so – and maybe answering some questions about your plantings. We need 4-6 gardens to have a successful tour, and we are still looking for neighbors to offer up their gardens to be on the tour. Ideally, all of the gardens will be walkable from Buchanan St. (which is where the current gardens on the tour are).

      In the past, the tour has been a delightful way to not only see some amazing gardens and enjoy spring in Crestwood, but also to catch up with old neighbors and meet new ones! If you are interested in offering your garden or learning more, please contact Susan Plaeger at
    2. The CCA Annual Meeting will be on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church. We have invited the new MPD Fourth District Commander to meet with us, and we will be discussing an update to the 2007 Crestwood Neighborhood Plan. And, as always, this is a venue for residents to raise any issues or concerns they may have. We'll also be electing a new CCA Board - there will be a vacancy for the position of Communications Director, so if you have been waiting to get involved, now is the time! If you're interested in running, please contact
    3. On Sunday, May 20, lunch is on us! The Mahshie Fazio Partnership is sponsoring a Crestwood Citizens Association Spring Picnic from 1-4pm at The Triangle (18th & Argyle), featuring delicious food from two popular DC food trucks, as well as a free raffle for Annie's Ace Hardware gift cards, and much more! 

      PLUS, We are reaching out to young neighborhood performers to see if they would be interested in performing at The Triangle during the event. Whether your child is in a band, a soloist, singer, performer, poet, or something else - if they would be interested in performing please send a note to If there is enough interest, we will look into putting together an opportunity to showcase their talent! We have a couple of acts so far - but need a few more to make it work!

  • Mon, March 26, 2018 11:26 AM | Anonymous

    On Sunday, March 25 Crestwood kids came out for a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt! Thank you to Harriet Winslow and everyone that helped set up and contributed tasty treats! You can view some photos of the the event here

  • Thu, March 22, 2018 10:29 AM | Anonymous

    If you'd like to see some of the many ways US Presidents have interacted with our beloved Rock Creek Park, a video of Crestwood Citizens Association Historian David Swerdloff's February 2018 multi-media presentation for Rock Creek Conservancy is now posted on YouTube

    The talk touches on dozens of Presidents...and why we might not have had a park at all if the White House hadn't been such an awful place to live. The presentation - which sprang from research for David's book Rock Creek Park A to Z - can be found at:

    Within the talk, there is a video that didn't load. The film shows Teddy Roosevelt and his party being carried across a stream in contrast to the legendary tales of him skinny-dipping in Rock Creek

    I guess he didn't have to worry about crocodiles in our park! In any case, click here to see that video:

  • Sat, March 03, 2018 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    The February 2018 edition of The Crest is being delivered to Crestwood homes now! View it online here for an article about Crestwood's 300 years by David Swerdloff, a discount code for Super Soccer Stars classes in Crestwood, a call for youth entertainers for a May Food Truck event, and much more!

  • Thu, January 25, 2018 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    Please note that there is a sinkhole in the woods between 18th and Quincy and Crestwood Drive, NW at The Point (see video below) caused by a collapsing corrugated drainage pipe from Quincy Street/Crestwood Drive going down to Piney Branch.  The area has been taped off and fencing should be installed shortly. National Park Service is aware of the situation and is developing a plan on a long-term solution.  Please use caution when walking in these woods. 

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