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  • Tue, April 28, 2020 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Annual Meeting - Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 7pm

     The Crestwood Citizens Association Annual Meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 via Zoom. If you do not want to use Zoom, there will be a regular conference call number for you to dial in by telephone. 

    The current plan is not to open up the meeting for spoken questions or comments - rather, it will be a presentation-only meeting with the Board speaking and responding to written questions/comments. Neighbors will have an opportunity to make comments through the Zoom chat function or by sending an email. We will have Board members monitoring both avenues in real time and will be able to raise questions and comments with the group as appropriate. We know this is not ideal, and we appreciate everyone's understanding.

    We've already heard some things that neighbors want to talk about including: Crestwood Connectors (block captain program), homelessness in Rock Creek Park, the Triangle, Blagden Avenue sidewalk, 16th Street Corridor, 501(c)(3) status, and zoning issues. If there are particular issues that you would like us to address, please email info@crestwooddc.org or respond to this email. 

    We will not be voting on Board officers at the meeting. Rather, paid CCA members will receive information on how to vote by email prior to the meeting.

    The following current Board members will be running for re-election: Pavan Khoobchandani for President, Doug Barker and John Favazzo for Vice President, Pat Kennedy for Secretary, and Kathleen Eder for Communications Director. 

    We have one new candidate, Carey DeMatteis, who is running for Treasurer. Carey's candidate statement is as follows: 

    Along with my wife and two toddlers, I’ve called Crestwood home for four years now. I’ve been impressed with the great work accomplished by the CCA and I’d like to be part of the effort going forward. These are unprecedented times forcing neighbors to physically distance from one another. The Association is well positioned to facilitate new connection points among neighbors during this time and well beyond, and to continue its overall work in building a strong Crestwood community.     

    As Treasurer, my goals for the Association are to:

    • Nurture and build on the existing strengths of the neighborhood
    • Support membership enrollment as well as alternative funding sources such as grants, allowing the Association to do more for the community
    • Continue building the Association's relationships with government officials/agencies to ensure Crestwood’s voice is heard and issues are addressed in an effective and timely manner.

    Help Rock Creek Park Recover!

    Have you heard? The Association will donate $25 for the first 40 Crestwood neighbors that make a gift of ANY size to Rock Creek Conservancy before May 10 to help Rock Creek Park recover from our increased enjoyment of the park. Learn more and donate here!

    COVID-19 Resources

    As a reminder, CCA Board Members Kathleen Eder and John Favazzo are leading an effort to connect Crestwood neighbors that may need some assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and neighbors who would like to help. We've had an outpouring of support and offers of assistance for things such as shopping, chatting, checking in, tech support, etc. 

    But not too many neighbors have indicated they would like to avail themselves of these resources. 

    Please email neighborly@crestwooddc.org if you know of anyone that may need something or if you have any ideas on ways that we can help alleviate issues caused by social distancing and the closing of non-essential businesses in the District.  

    Virtual Ward 4 Democratic Candidates Forum - TONIGHT, 7 pm

    For the June 2, 2020 Primary for Ward 4 Councilmember

    Tuesday April 28, 2020 - 7:00 to 8:00 PM

    Co-hosted by Chevy Chase Citizens Association, ANC 3/4G, and Ward 4 Democrats

    Interested parties are invited to attend this virtual candidates forum employing the Zoom webinar platform.  Candidates Marlena Edwards, Janeese Lewis George and Brandon Todd will answer questions posed by two moderators (Candace Nelson, President of the Ward 4 Dems and Samantha Nolan, Past President of the CCCA).

    Please click the following link to join the webinar which will start at 7:00 pm April 28, 2020:  https://zoom.us/j/95452323745 or telephone: 

    Dial 301-715-8592, Webinar ID: 954 5232 3745

    Randy Speck, Chair of the Chevy Chase ANC will host.  The moderators have consolidated the questions submitted to date. There will be no Q & A during the forum from non-moderator viewers. All viewers will be muted. 

    The forum is limited to 100 participants.  Once this number is reached, anyone else interested may view the forum via a recording uploaded to the ANC ¾ G Website: http://www.anc3g.org or their YouTube channel: ANC3G.

    DC is encouraging voters to vote by mail this election season. Learn more here. Please note, you can complete the entire absentee ballot request process electronically on your mobile device (smart phone or tablet) by downloading and using our mobile application, Vote 4 DC, and signing your application on your device screen with your fingertip or a stylus.


  • Thu, March 26, 2020 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Crestwood Citizens Association Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. If necessary, we will convert the meeting to a conference call or video presentation. 

    The officers of the Association consist of a president, a first vice president, a second vice president, a secretary, a communications director, and a treasurer.

    If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, please send an email to info@crestwooddc.org by April 24, 2020 with a statement of your goals and plans for the Association. The names and candidate statements will be circulated three weeks before the May meeting. 

    Banners Across Crestwood


    Crestwood neighbor Frances Burg of the National Children's Museum spearheaded a lovely initiative on our listserv, whereby neighbors crested positive signs on the front of their homes to provide a scavenger hunt for neighborhood kids and inspirational messages for the community.

    The initiative was covered by Petworth News, which included photos of many of the signs. The winner of the scavenger hunt won a year-long, family membership to National Children’s Museum, which is a unique hybrid children’s museum and science center, filling a critical void for interactive science, technology, engineering, arts, and math focused learning in the District for children under the age of 12. 

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors

    CCA Board Members Kathleen Eder and John Favazzo are leading an effort to connect Crestwood neighbors that may need some assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and neighbors who would like to help. We've had an outpouring of support and offers of assistance for things such as shopping, chatting, checking in, tech support, etc. 

    Please email neighborly@crestwooddc.org if you know of anyone that may need something or if you have any ideas on ways that we can help alleviate issues caused by social distancing and the closing of non-essential businesses in the District. 

    Blagden Avenue Notice Of Intent To Install Sidewalk

    The District Department of Transportation has issued a long-awaited notice of intent to install a sidewalk on Blagden Avenue between Mathewson and Allison St. The last day to provide comments is Monday, April 27, 2020. Under the proposal, the sidewalk will be built in the roadway, and Blagden Avenue will be narrowed to allow for the installation. 

    Crestwood Connectors

    Thanks to neighbors Rachel Homer and Carol Fishback for a push to re-energize the block captain program, where neighbors act as a block lead for checking on neighbors, getting information distributed, etc. Another important role of the block caption will be to help put together an update of the neighborhood directory, which has not been published for a while. 

    Thanks to everyone that has already offered to serve as a Crestwood Connector. If you'd like to take on this role for your block (or your side of your block), please let us know at neighborly@crestwooddc.org

    Filing a Police Report During Coronavirus

    While MPD facilities remain open at this time, they request that citizens file non-emergency police reports online: https://mpdc.dc.gov/service/file-police-report-online

    In an emergency, call 911.

    For non-emergencies & request city services, call 311.

    For all operational adjustments, please visit: https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/mpd-and-coronavirus-covid-19


  • Fri, March 13, 2020 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Dear Neighbors - 

    I wanted to reach out to you regarding the COVID-19 global pandemic and resulting District of Columbia state of emergency.

    In light of the concerns about coronavirus transmission and the rapidly evolving guidance regarding public gatherings, we are cancelling the March 17, 2020 Crestwood meeting. We'll discuss the Triangle playground proposal the next time we meet which we hope will be the May Annual Meeting. 

     

    If you know of anyone in need during this time, or would like to offer assistance to those in need, we'd like to try to be a catalyst if possible.

    Please note: we are not trying to start a discussion about the merit or efficacy of any particular policy, recommendation, or measure.

    Please email neighborly@crestwooddc.org if you know of anyone that may need something or if you have any ideas on ways that you could help alleviate issues caused by social distancing (which the CDC is recommending for older adults) or closures of certain establishments such as schools. CCA Board Members Kathleen Eder and John Favazzo are going to be taking the lead on this effort. You can see what Petworth is doing in this regard here to get ideas - but we're not going to publish names or emails broadly. 

    Already, DCPS and most private schools have or will close for March and many companies are instituting telecommuting arrangements, which means we are going to have a lot of people at home when they usually aren't. A couple of ideas raised by Commissioner Black to help with this and other issues: 
    1. If/when local universities close, it's possible that students may need to vacate their current housing situation. If you can offer a room, maybe we can help connect people. 
       
    2. As the weather is getting nicer, there is nothing to say that we can't take advantage of our lovely neighborhood as long as we stay 6 feet away from others. Hello Yoga At The Triangle, aka "Moms and Dads need to get away from their kids for an hour so honey I'm leaving." If you're interested in leading a yoga class, nature walk, or something else, let us know and we'l see if we can put something together and send out information. 
       
    3. If you can do it safety, checking in on older neighbors that may need supplies but do not wish to go to the store can be very helpful. You may even be able to order delivery to their address and/or pick something up for them that they may need. 
       
    4. Social distancing can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness in older adults. Think about ways you can engage your neighbors - maybe take a walk outside together, visit in a safe manner if the neighbor is open to it, or even ramping up phone calls could help. 
       
    5. If you're handy and bored, maybe you can offer to help people with projects around the house at a discounted rate? Or maybe you can be on call for emergency plumbing help? 
    If you have any thoughts or ideas, please share them with us at neighborly@crestwooddc.org - let's all work together. 

    If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know. 

    Yours in safety and community - 

    Pavan Khoobchandani
    President, Crestwood Citizens Association


  • Tue, January 07, 2020 4:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ANC 4A meeting scheduled for January 7, 2019 is postponed due to the weather and the closing of the federal government, which DC follows.  We will notify you of the rescheduled date. 

  • Sat, December 14, 2019 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please click here for a copy of the December 2019 edition of The Crest, the Crestwood newsletter!


  • Sat, November 23, 2019 8:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL CRESTWOOD HOLIDAY PARTY

    AT THE HOME OF CHRISTIAN SALINAS AND BRANDON GREEN 
              

    Only one RSVP is required per family - we're just trying to get an idea of the number of people coming, we don't need an exact count.  

    We will provide appetizers and drinks, but contributions of tasty morsels are welcome!

    RSVP at https://www.crestwood-dc.org/event-3634443

    A Tradition For Over 50 Years: 
    Crestwood Caroling on Christmas Eve!

     

    For over 40 of the past 50 years, Ann and Ed Sheridan hosted caroling on their front porch at 3904 18th Street.  When the Sheridans moved out, other lovely Crestwood neighbors continued the tradition. This year, the new owners - Mike, Jen, Jackson, Sadie and Curtis Dabbs - are delighted to host caroling at 3904 18th Street once again!

    The caroling starts promptly at 6pm on Christmas Eve, December 24. The whole neighborhood is invited and there are often - depending on the weather - 40 to 50 people caroling. Hot apple cider and cookies are served and promptly at 6:30 Santa comes out of the woods across the street, passes out candy canes to the kiddies and then departs for the North Pole.

    The gathering is usually over by 6:45 so people can get home for Christmas Eve duties and joys. 


  • Wed, November 06, 2019 8:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    This Thanksgiving Day, before the feast and football, lace up your running or walking shoes and meet Crestwood neighbors for some exercise and friendly competition for a good cause!

    Whether you are a seasoned jogger competing for neighborhood bragging rights, or just looking for an excuse to reach for a  second slice of pie later in the day, the Crestwood Turkey Trot is the perfect way to get your 10,000 steps in, take advantage of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), and help benefit our neighbor, Rock Creek Park. 

    The Crestwood Turkey Trot will feature a 1 mile family run/walk (strollers and wagons welcome) and a 5k run. The starting line is at The Triangle, near 18th & Argyle. Pre-registration is $20 per person, starting line registration will be $25. 

    Register here today!

    Proceeds from this event will benefit Rock Creek Conservancy  

    Rock Creek Conservancy exists to restore Rock Creek and its parklands as a natural oasis for all people to appreciate and protect.
     

    Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek and its parks. The creek meanders 33 miles through the Washington metropolitan area, crossing federal lands as well as district, city, county, and state boundaries.  Although parkland borders much of the creek, the surrounding development threatens the health and beauty of these natural areas.  Rock Creek Conservancy is uniquely positioned to foster outreach, education, and efforts to overcome threats to Rock Creek.
     

    We work through a combination of education and advocacy.  Our strategy is to build partnerships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and residents to work together to preserve Rock Creek for present and future generations.


    As of 2017, Carter Barron Amphitheatre is closed for repairs. The National Park Service wants to take this opportunity to rehabilitate the beloved amphitheatre and as their official partner, Rock Creek Conservancy wants to make sure your voices are heard during the process. 

    As the National Park Service begins its restoration, the Conservancy is collecting your stories about the Carter Barron Amphitheatre on its website so that we can celebrate its rich local history and give it an even brighter future. 

    Learn more about the redevelopment here. Let's help bring our neighborhood venue back to its full glory!

    You can register for the Turkey Trot here or at https://www.crestwood-dc.org/event-3620469.


  • Sun, November 03, 2019 8:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Crestwood's Aging In Place Committee will be hosting an estate planning seminar on Saturday November 9, 2019 from 1 PM to 4 PM  at Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th Street NW.  Attorneys Chris Darby and Scott Wells will discuss various topics in estate planning. This seminar will be useful to ANYONE that is interested in estate planning, not just older adults. 
     

    Chris Darby is a founding member of Counselors Title, LLC and a principal in the law firm of Pardo & Drazin, LLC (formerly Darby, Nalls, Smyth & Muldoon, LLC). He is also the Co-managing Attorney of the Counselors Title Dupont Circle Office. A native of the Washington area, Chris entered into the title business in 1998 after receiving his law degree from the University of South Carolina.  
     

    Scott M. Wells, Esq., LL.M. has practiced law since 1985. He specializes in tax and estate planning. He worked for a large firm, of which he was part owner, until he semi-retired five years ago. He now operates as a solo-practitioner.

    Sandwiches will be provided!

    Thank you to John Mahshie and Jay Fazio of TTR Sotheby's International Realty for organizing this seminar and providing the refreshments!

    Please RSVP by clicking "Register" on this page so that we can get a count for catering. 

  • Sun, November 03, 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On a gorgeous Fall Sunday one week ago, neighbors, friends, and supporters came, toured, viewed and generated a whopping $11,425 for Thrive DC at the 2019 CASA Crestwood Tour of Homes. $3,425 more than last year! 

    How? Short Answer: 230 of YOU! 

    Longer answer: More than 50 people stretched their wallets and contributed $50 per ticket for the chance to experience the first Mi CASA Es Tu CASA pre-party inside the stunning tree top home of Myron Murdock and Judith Herzog. Attendees were incredulous that the event was not catered out of a professional kitchen due to the magic that Bonnie Benwick created on a plate. Equinox restaurant even got in the picture, providing a gorgeous salad. The Crestwood Punch created by Made to Measure Cocktails was a hit. While this was our first Mi CASA es tu CASA, it clearly will not be our last!

    Mother Nature smiled down on all of us as the day went from raging wet to shiny beautiful and the homes shone. The neighborhood was awash with people sharing stories, seeing homes, connecting and creating community.

    The list of people who made this event soar is almost as long as the cast list for a biopic:

    • This years’ CASA was built from the walls of support from our homeowners! It is an understatement that offering your home is a singular gift. We could not have opened up a thing without: Kevin O. Ward & Tommy L. Callahan, Kathy Stein & George Jansen, Merry & Massie Ritsch, Emily & Keith Murphy, Saint John the Baptist, Jane & Vello Kuuskraa, and Mary-Morgan & David Culver
       
    • Every event has the unseen and overworked volunteers who get it done without trumpets or glory. The CASA planning circle starts working in May and makes sure CASA pulls it off: John Favazzo, Pavan Khoobchandani, Beverly Wyatt, Daryl Muller & Deb Lathen. (Interested? We have infrequent meetings, wine, treats and fun - contact Denise at woodsassoc@gmail.com). 
       
    • Volunteers are $10,000 a dozen and CASA only functioned because of the contributions of: Deb Saxon, Lidia Campos, Steve Cain, Matt Gianferente, Eugenie Anderson, Grace Park, Sonia Moore-Williams, Janice Sterling, Dawn Prosser, and all the MGM volunteers who ensured the home ❤ love happened. 
       
    • Thrive DC threw it down for CASA with the help from: Alicia Horton, Daniel Meloy, Mariah Cowsert, Catherine Moore and KC Price

    CASA Crestwood 2019’s exclusive sponsors Jay Fazio and John Mahshie of TTR Sotheby's International Realty yet again had our back and we are forever grateful!  

    If you just can’t wait to offer your home for CASA 2020 scheduled for October 18, 2020 - please email me at woodsassoc@gmail.com.

    Peace and gratitude, 
    Denise Woods
    CASA coordinator


  • Sat, October 12, 2019 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Tour of Homes to End Homelessness

    Sunday, October 27th
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


    Register NOW!
     

     All proceeds go directly to THRIVE DC


    CASA Crestwood is an annual neighborhood tour of homes raising funds for the prevention of homelessness in DC. Read more about the amazing organization you will be supporting by attending CASA Crestwood, Thrive DC.


    A Treasure in Crestwood


    Peer inside this home and treasures are revealed. In fact - illegal cache. Open an antique globe and four bottle-size holes appear - a prohibition-period hiding place for liquor. Don’t miss the unique collection of spirits on the owners' wet bar.

    The design of their home was revealed through the excavation of their dreams: five walls moved, the original wood floors revealed and 52 windows replaced -  but who is counting :). 

    Unexpected fabric choices and art work spanning the world, Madagascar, Alaska, Paris, Mexico, Montreal and China create a tantalizing motif. Traipse up four floors to reach the charm-filled attic which holds the highest gem - an iron bed from Mary’s great aunt. Ok I lied, there is an even higher up valuable, a new solar panel system on their slate roof which almost completely powers their home. 
     

    And if you are really lucky you will meet Harper, their Westie who is the sweetest treasure - but don’t be fooled - she rules the house! 



     $20 in advance - who doesn't love to save?
    $25 the day of - more goes to Thrive

    $50 Mi Casa es tu Casa (bonus home - see below!)


    Mi CASA es tu CASA!
    $50 per ticket

    CASA Crestwood is excited to announce Mi CASA es tu CASA! Instead of buying a regular ticket, buy a Mi CASA es tu CASA ticket and support Thrive's mission even more! In exchange you'll get an extra hour to be wined and dined in a bonus home one hour before the tour starts. 

    This philanthropic experience takes place in one of the most talked about homes in Crestwood. Join us one hour prior to the start of CASA Crestwood to sip bubbly, devour delectables, take a private tour and listen to Thrive DC Executive Director and Crestwood native Alicia Horton speak about the important work of Thrive DC. Your ticket includes all homes on the tour plus this magnificent bonus home! 




     

    Special thanks to this year’s CASA Crestwood exclusive sponsor:


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