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  • 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. 

  • Sat, January 20, 2018 7:48 AM | Anonymous
    It is with great sadness that  we inform the Crestwood community of the sudden passing of our neighbor and the co-owner of Wagtime, Lisa Schreiber. Lisa passed away on Wednesday from acute pneumonia. 

    Please click here for a statement from Wagtime and information on arrangements and a candlelight vigil celebrating her life and accomplishments on Monday January 22. 

    Our thoughts are with Ofer and Lisa's family.  
  • Wed, January 17, 2018 1:57 PM | Anonymous
    Thank you to the neighbors that came out yesterday for the January 2018 joint SMD 4A08/Crestwood Citizens Association meeting! Turnout was low, but we met a new Crestwood resident and also got to spend some time with our invited guests. The meetings are fun and informative and we hope that more neighbors take the time once a quarter to participate in Association meetings. 

    Crime In Crestwood

    We were so happy to have PSA 404 Lieutenant Frank Martello talk to us about crime in PSA 404 and in Crestwood, and to answer questions. As a reminder, you can always find Crestwood crime stats and information here. December's crime stats can be found here

    Lt. Martello provided his email address ( and telephone number ((202) 731-2493), and noted that while residents can contact him with any questions or to discuss any issues, if you see a crime or suspicious activity in process, it's always better to call 911.

    Calling 911 to report suspicious activity serves two purposes: 1) MPD can send a car out and possibly stop a crime or arrest a suspect; and 2) it lets would-be thieves know that the neighborhood is watching. Commissioner Black noted that at times in the past when there has been an uptick in crime, sending a signal (by calling 911 to report suspicious activity) has resulted in a decrease of crime. (Please note, when we talk about suspicious activity, we are talking about things like someone walking down a street peering into each car or trying door handles - simply walking down a street is not suspicious activity).  

    Some of the other highlights: 
    • Auto thefts: PSA 404 as a whole has seen an uptick in stolen automobiles. Lt. Martello noted that while this is concerning, it is important to note that a good portion of the "automobiles" that are stolen are actually mopeds or motorized scooters (not Vespas or the like) because those are classified as "automobiles." 
    • Another portion of stolen automobiles, especially in the winter, are cars that residents are warming up - when would-be thiefs see an unattended vehicle running, it's a crime of opportunity. 
    • Another crime of opportunity is car break ins - if a would-be thief sees even an empty box or bag in the car they will break a window and see if there's anything in it - they can do this in under 10 seconds. 
    • Often times (but not always) home burglaries result from an unlocked basement window - make sure to lock your doors and windows. 
    • Lt. Martello said that he was going to check in on the status of some of the burglaries that have happened in Crestwood recently. 
    Carter Barron Stormwater Retrofit Project

    Cecilia Lane, Watershed Protection Division, Department of Energy & Environment, presented the 60% design for a project designed to combat water runoff at the Carter Barron tennis stadium site. The idea is to get the water into the ground rather than have it go immediately into a storm drain. They want to capture 90% of the water from each rain even to redistribute water to ground. The don’t expect any road closures, and anticipate starting work in April, ending in September 2018. You can find more information about the project at and can contact Cecilia at or at 202-535-1961.

    Carbon Fee and Rebate

    Crestwood neighbor Andrew Zimdahl presented a proposed resolution of the CCA regarding DC legislation that would create a carbon fee-and-rebate policy for Washington D.C. The legislation would phase in a fee for CO2 emissions with a corresponding rebate to DC residents, especially lower-income residents, intended in part to offset the cost of utilities. It looks like a key vote on this bill may come from our council member, Councilmember Todd. Andrew said that the legislation would mean 23 percent drop in carbon emissions, which would mean less carbon harming our lungs and our atmosphere, more investment into energy efficiency solutions, and a faster transition to clean, renewable energy sources. 

    If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please email Andrew at You can also learn more at

    Neighborhood Plan

    Our last neighborhood plan was in 2007.  We will be updating it this year. Please let us know what policies and actions are important to you. Commissioner Black detailed some of the areas we may want to focus on such as a trail to connect Crestwood to Mt. Pleasant and the residential zoning of Crestwood. But we'd like to hear from you as to what's important to you!

    A copy of Commissioner Black's SMD 4A08 Update, FY18 Budget Priorities, and neighborhood recommendations can be found here

    Residents Concerns 

    The following concerns were raised: 
    1. FedEx and UPS drivers tend not to ring the bell when dropping off packages. Lt. Martello suggested contacting FedEx or UPS and telling them that you would like your bell rung. We may look into whether we can contact them as an Association. 
    2. There's an area on Upshur where the parking signage is unclear - there is a No Parking sign with arrows both ways - Lt. Martello believed that meant there is no parking to the end of the block, but noted that parking in generally within the scope of DPW not MPD. 
    Additional Notes
    1. We still need team leads for the Social Committee, Public Safety Team, and the DC Issues committee.  If you would like to help out, please email
    2. Have you followed the Crestwood Citizens Association on social media?  Click the links at the bottom of this email to stay up to date in your news feed!
    3. We thank Pastor Wendy of Grace Lutheran Church for allowing us to use the church's meeting space. Pastor Wendy noted that the Holiday Diaper Drive collected around $400 in diapers for the Greater DC Diaper Bank!
    4. This past Monday, the Crestwood Green Team held an invasive ivy clean up event where about 30 neighbors cut ivy from about 70 trees.  Kudos!
    5. Every Fall there is a Crestwood Homes Tour to benefit Thrive DC. It is a fundraiser that depends on neighbors to open up their homes to help those without homes. An overview of CasA Crestwood 2017 can be found here. If you are interested in learning more please email Denise Woods at
  • Thu, January 04, 2018 9:16 AM | Anonymous

    The Association's Aging-In-Place Action Team, as one of its initiatives to assist older adults remain in their homes safely, connects neighbors that have volunteered to help shovel snow with older adults in the neighborhood that have requested such help.

    If you would like to volunteer to be contacted when there is a snow event to see if you are available to shovel snow for a neighbor, please send an email to the Aging-In-Place Action Team at

    Please note that this initiative is distinct from and supplements the District's Resident Snow Team. Additional safety tips for older adults can be found here.

  • Fri, December 29, 2017 11:54 AM | Anonymous

    New DC Recycling Requirements Begin January 1st

    Expanded List of Recyclables Supports District’s Goal of Diverting 80% of its Waste 

    Earlier this year an expanded list of recyclable items was announced in the District. While residents serviced by the Department of Public Works (DPW) have been able to recycle the new items for several months, starting on January 1, 2018, all residential and commercial properties—including multi-family dwellings, office buildings, and restaurants—will be required to recycle this full suite of materials. And to make things simple, the items that should be recycled are now uniform throughout DC—whether you’re at home, work, or school.

    The District strives to achieve a goal of diverting 80 percent of citywide waste from landfills and waste to energy facilities. The increased number of recyclable items and focus on resident education aims to assist in achieving this goal.

    New items added to the list of recyclable items in the District include: pizza boxes; paper and plastic plates, cups, lids, and to-go containers; plastic produce, deli/bakery containers, and trays. Through the addition of these items, the District joins a select group of cities that accept foodservice packaging for recycling, thereby supporting the development of local and national solutions to recycling new materials.

    As a reminder, plastic bags, wraps, and film are not accepted in the District’s recycling. These items clog facility equipment, imposing downtime and safety hazards to recycling facility employees. Many supermarkets and large retailers have plastic shopping bag return/recycling bins in their stores. Residents are asked to place recyclables into their blue bins loose, or in paper bags.

    For more information and resources related to recycling in the district, please visit


    The Mayor’s List of Recyclables was developed following a survey of eight material processing facilities (MRFs) within a 45-mile radius of the District. Materials added to the list were accepted by a majority of MRFs in the region. The Mayor’s List is a requirement of the Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment of 2014. The purpose of which is to provide a single comprehensive list of recyclable and compostable materials for DC residents, schools, and businesses.

  • Sun, December 17, 2017 9:56 PM | Anonymous

    Kathy and Arthur Frank hosted a joyous Santa Meet and Greet, where kids and parents mingled and took photos with Santa. There was a stroller parking lot in their driveway, and it was great to spend time with so many Crestwood neighbors! 

  • Tue, November 28, 2017 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    The 2017 Crestwood Turkey Trot was the most successful yet! It was amazing to see so many neighbors and friends begin Thanksgiving by exercising for a good cause! In all, we had 199 people register for the Trot.

    Thanks to everyone's efforts, we raised $2,710 for All Our Kids, Inc (AOK), a nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of District young people, and began in the home of Crestwood residents David Simpson and Kathy Fletcher. 

    Congratulations to Max Bank for running the fastest 1 mile recorded (8:08). And to Michael Earls for running the fastest 5K recorded (18:30). The finish times as self-recorded for the 1 mile and 5k can be found here or at - apologies for any misspellings.

  • Wed, November 15, 2017 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Many people have spotted the albino squirrel living off of 17th St between Taylor and Varnum over the past 3 weeks.  It's not the best photo, but still pretty neat as this is rare.  

    As you can see from the pink eyes, he is a true albino, not a recessive white squirrel.  Note information from below from Wikipedia

    Albino and white squirrels

    Although these squirrels are commonly referred to as "albinos", most of them are likely non-albino squirrels that exhibit a rare white fur coloration known as leucism that is as a result of a recessive gene found within certain Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) populations, and so technically they ought to be referred to as white squirrels, instead of albino.

    A true albino squirrel. Note the pink eyes.

    A white squirrel. Note the non-pink eyes.

  • Wed, October 04, 2017 2:08 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Neighbors, 

    I wanted to send you a quick note regarding yesterday's ANC 4A regular public meeting. I was only able to make the end of the meeting, so really I am just reporting on the status of the Airbnb bill. 

    To recap (for those of you who don't study and memorize every email we send out!), Commissioner Black and the Association discussed the proposed Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Act of 2017 at the last Joint SMD 4A08/CCA meeting, and online in a discussion forum. We listened to and heard your comments.  A summary of the majority of the comments that we received are as follows: 
    1. We are concerned about "party houses." The proposed bill protects against that.
    2. The rental limitation to 15 nights is too low. 
    3. Residents should be able to rent out their homes if they go away for the summer or winter, or for example a 2-4 month or more range. 
    At yesterday's meeting, Commissioner Black proposed a Resolution supporting the proposed bill, but with a 30-day limit on "vacation rentals" (as defined in the proposed bill). I appeared before the ANC yesterday and conveyed that Crestwood residents support the proposed bill, but agreed that the 15-day limit on "vacation rentals" is too low and should be raised to 30 days.

    I also conveyed that my understanding of the bill is that it only prohibits "short term" rentals, defined as under 30 days. My reading of the proposed bill is thatit does not prohibit a homeowner from renting out their home, on Airbnb or VRBO, etc., for more than 30 days under a single rental (as opposed to, for example, multiple 4 week rentals). What this means is that if you go away for the summer and want to do a house swap, and enter into a 3 month rental agreement with someone, that would not be prohibited. And, under the "vacation rental" provision, you could do short term (say one-week) rentals of your home while you are away for up to 30 days. 

    And, if the homeowner is present at the property, they can rent out a room or basement apartment for as short or long as they want.

    I believe that the change to 30 days and this reading of the bill would satisfy the majority of the concerns raised by Crestwood residents. 

    The ANC passed the Resolution. However, I believe that there is a lot of confusion over what this bill means. I was told yesterday that the DC Council will be hearing additional testimony regarding the proposed bill in the coming months. We'll keep you posted. 


    ANCs can make recommendations that city agencies have to give “great weight” to when making decisions. Great weight requires a government agency to respond, in writing, to concerns raised by an ANC. While great weight demands that agencies explain their course of action, it doesn’t actually require an agency to change its course of action.


    An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. They are a unique feature of the District's Home Rule Charter.The ANCs' main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods.

    ANC Single Member District (SMD) 4A08 covers all of Crestwood and is the equivalent of census tract 26.

    -Pavan Khoobchandani, Crestwood Citizens Association President

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