In Person Take advantage of one of your final opportunities to get a close-up look at the candidates for the Ward 4 seat on the City Council in advance of the May 1 special election.
The Crestwood Citizens Association is proud to join with Neighbors, Inc, the Civic League of North Portal Estates and the Shepherd Park Citizens Association in sponsoring a candidates forum.
Join us Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 9 pm at Takoma Park Baptist Church - less than a mile from Crestwood at the corner of Aspen Street and Piney Branch Road NW.
Ward 4 Candidates Forum
Tuesday, April 24, 6-9 pm
Takoma Park Baptist Church
Aspen Street at Piney Branch Road
On the Web and on Paper The Crestwood Citizens Association is preparing to post on our website the answers to a survey we sent to each of the Ward 4 Council candidates. Each question deals with an issue of special relevance to Crestwood - from water quality and power outages to non-residential properties and a safe path to Rock Creek Park.
The target date for posting their responses is April 20. Read their answers on the Crestwood web site.
In addition, the member of the Association who hosts the Crestwood site, Jeff Steele, has put together an independent website that collects a tremendous amount of information about each of the candidates - including endorsements, news stories and replies to a variety of surveys. Find those web pages at ward4specialelection.org. And thank you, Jeff, for all your hard work.
There is a quick look at the end of this email at each of the candidates - in the order they will appear on the May 1 ballot.
Association Meeting May 15
Meet the Mayor
Mayor (and neighbor) Adrian Fenty will speak at the Crestwood Citizens Associationâs May meeting. We are also inviting the winning candidate for the Ward 4 Council seat. Forward any questions youâd like answered to this email address: email@example.com
At the May meeting, the Association also elects officers and Board members for the coming year. We always need new leaders for elected positions and as members of our various Teams. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer your energies or to nominate others in advance of the May meeting.
Crestwood Citizens Association meeting:
Mayor Fenty & Association elections
Tuesday, May 15, 7 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 16th Street
at Varnum Street (side entrance)
Splish, Splash, Green Team at work
The Associationâs Green Team was proud to participate in the Potomac Watershed Clean-Up Saturday morning, March 31. 22 volunteers picked up 45 bags of trash and 12 bags of recyclables along Piney Branch and by the creek along Blagden Avenue.
The next big Green Team event is the Rock Creek Park BioBlitz May 18-19, a 24-hour inventory of the species in Rock Creek Park. Learn more at www.nationalgeographic.com/bioblitz.
|Letter from the President
Dear Crestwood Neighbors,
This has been an eventful year. We have a new mayor and are about to elect his replacement on the City Council. We had an ANC election that was too close to call.
The Association has planted trees at the point, cleaned up the park, held a Halloween party, Easter Egg hunt and wreath making workshop, and visited Hillwood Museum. Our meetings in 2007 have dealt with some of the biggest issues facing the neighborhood: unreliable electric service, crime and property taxes. We testified on the comprehensive plan and are working closely with the Federation of Citizens Associations on issues of importance to DC. We are partners with North Portal Estates and Shepherd Park on a candidates forum; and weâve drafted a survey for the 19 contenders for the Ward 4 Council seat.
For those who may not know, the Crestwood Citizens Association was established to serve the Crestwood community - which the District government recognizes as its own neighborhood, distinct from Carter Barron and Crestwood North (formerly Rock Creek). Our Crestwood neighborhood is located between Rock Creek Park and 16th Street within a single ANC (4A08). We concentrate on this 32-block area so we can get to know our neighbors and focus together on our common concerns. But we are always happy to work closely with neighbors from nearby streets.
We hold six business meetings a year (every other month) and numerous social events, like the Sunday after Labor Day Picnic and the 4th of July kids parade. The Crestwood Association works in teamsâincluding the Green Team, Kids Team, Social Team and Public Safety team. The Board and officers serve as our issues team for the Crestwood community. We also depend on our block contacts and have members on every street in Crestwood and Crestwood North. If you are not a member, you may not be getting all of the e-mails and notices. Crestwood residents maintain the neighborhood website and a Crestwood list serve.
For the past several years, the Association's membership has been growing. Don't miss out. Join the Crestwood Citizens Association.
Thanks for caring about our community,
Gale Barron Black, President, Crestwood Citizens Association
Directory: A new Crestwood Directory is nearly here. In addition to names, addresses and phone numbers, thereâs space to list hobbies and pets - all designed to help you network with neighbors with similar interests. Please respond to the request to update your listing. The new directory is free for dues-paying households. If youâve never joined the Association, please send a check for $25 for a household of two or more people, or $20 for a single person household - payable to the Crestwood Citizens Association - to our CCA Treasurer at 1950 Upshur Street.
Crime: After the number of crimes in Crestwood hit an 18-month low in February, incidents were up a bit in March. Five crimes were reported - all during the evening or late night hours. The log includes one burglary, one robbery, a stolen auto and two thefts from auto. In PSA 404 as a whole, 77 crimes were reported - an increase from February in all categories except homicide.
Calendar: In addition to the April 24th candidates forum and the May 15 annual meeting, hereâs just some of whatâs coming up:
5/18-19 - Rock Creek Park BioBlitz
7/4 - Independence Day Kids Parade
9/9 - Crestwood Citizens Association Picnic
September - Autumn Garden Tour
October - Green Team Invasive Vines Project
October - Halloween Kids Team event
Your current officers & Board members:
- Gale Black, President - Crestwood Drive
- Tom Chused, Director of Communications & Website coordinator - Randolph Street
- Doug Barker, Vice President & Green Team - Quincy Street
- David Swerdloff, Vice President & Newsletter - Trumbull Terrace
- George & Deborah Chaconas, Vice Presidents & Social Team - Quincy Street
- Thomas Calhoun, Vice President & Emergency Preparedness Team - Argyle Terrace
- David Cichanowicz, Vice President - Randolph Street
- Ellen Wormser, Treasurer - Upshur Street
- Pat Hildebrand, Secretary - Taylor Street
- Kids Team Captains: Nicole Ruman Skinner - Shepherd Street, Sarah Moghdam Pietra - Upshur Street, Kara Morgan - Upshur Street
- Public Safety & Police Team Captains: Melvin Baker - Shepherd Street, Gale Black - Crestwood Drive