Monday, September 1, 2014

Anacostia Arts Gallery & Boutique is closing

Art of War Concept: A leader leads by example not by force.

Got word Ward 8 is losing one of its landmark properties. The colorful house on top of the hill also known as the Anacostia Arts Gallery & Boutique is closing its doors. On Sunday, I made a visit to the boutique and ran into the owner Ms. Juanita “Busy Bee” Britton. Busy Bee told me it was time to sell because the boutique was no longer supporting itself.

Of course, she did not want to sell it just to any investor. She wanted to sell the property to someone who cared about helping the community. The lucky new owner is Rocketship Education Charter School. Rocketship is a charter school that has a history locating in communities where there is an achievement gap.

If you are interested in African art you have until October 2014 to buy items on sale. I have included some pics below to provide a sample of what is available.

I love the Spirit of "Busy Bee!" She told me though she is selling the house,
she isn't going anywhere! She lives in Ward 8!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anacostia River Treasure Hunt

Join the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's Trail Rangers for an Anacostia River Treasure Hunt on Saturday, August 30 at 10 AM.

Scattered across the shores of the Anacostia River are treasures, great vistas, and worthy ports just waiting for discovery. Armed with a treasure map, some riddles and an eye for exploration, teams will enjoy friendly competition collecting points for treasures discovered and riddles solved. Along the way, you’ll get to see all there is to enjoy on the Anacostia River. Assemble your crew, weigh your bike anchor, and join us on an adventure that will take you up the Anacostia and back again!

Silliness encouraged. Costumes rewarded.  Bike savvy kids welcome.

Hunt Details

Date:     Saturday August 30
Time:     10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Check in: 10:00 - 10:30 am
Location:  Diamond Teague Park (First & Potomac Ave. SE DC by the ballpark)
Cost:       Free

In the days of olde, treasure hunters crossed the seas and beat back jungles in search of precious metals and plunder.  Today, we compete for points, earned by following clues, discovering lesser known attractions, and clearing some jungles too!  With a treasure map, some riddles and an eye for explorations, teams will compete for points, prizes, and glory.  You might be surprised by what the Anacostia River has to offer!

What to Bring

-a bike
-a helmet (required for participation)
-at least one teammate (up to 4 per team)
-a smartphone and Twitter or Instagram account (1 per team)
-a costume fitting of a treasure hunter (optional, but encouraged)

Kids Welcome!

Bike savvy kids are encouraged to join too.  While adult teams will be searching for treasures spread all along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, kids can enjoy a shorter, more directed hunt just for them.  Kids should be capable of riding their own bicycle and MUST have an accompanying parent to participate.

DHCD Community Update

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development invites you to a community  meeting to hear about the incredible development that’s happening in Historic Anacostia.  The meeting will be held  on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm., at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road, SE.

Please review the attached flyer and contact Sandy Allen on (202) 442-7145 if you have questions or need additional information.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pics from the Mr. James Bunn Memorial Celebration!

Wanted to share some pics from the Mr. James Bunn Memorial Celebration. Mr. Bunn was a great man who cared very deeply for his family and the Ward 8 Community. We need more leaders like him in the Ward!

Honoring a great man and leader of his family and community

Sheila Bunn (daughter) help lead the way during the march

This shirt says it all about Mr. Bunn

Great seeing the young people honoring a great man

There is no celebration in Ward 8 without Marion Barry

Nice Crowd!

Candle light vigil

Mayor Gray joined the celebration

Woodcrest Villas?

Art of War Concept: Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt

It looks like some things have quietly changed in Congress Heights. I am sure many of us have read about and failed housing development on 4th Street SE that went belly-up about 2 years ago and set vacant for a while. Last year the property was auctioned off and looks like some new money has been pumped into the project.  

This past weekend while at the Whole Foods Market at the St E’s Campus Pavilion I came across a flyer advertising the development entitled “Woodcrest Villas.” I stopped by on Saturday and saw brand-spankin new development where the houses are selling for $350+ and the condos are $250+. Each unit comes well equipped with all the bells and whistles a homeowner would desire. The listing agent says many of the interested buyers are employees from the Coast Guard on the West Campus of St. E's....Interesting. Check out the pics below.

The condos are selling for $250+

The houses are selling for $350+

Brand new everything!

The are selling more...get yours today!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ward 8 State Board of Education - TOMORROW

Art of War ConceptRegard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.

Did you know there is a Ward 8 Election tomorrow? Yup, all Ward 8 residents can go an vote for our next Ward 8 State Board of Education representative. It’s a special election, so turnout is expected to be low. This past weekend, I attended the only candidate forum for this position. Normally one would not expect much for this type of election, but this one was very informative. Both candidates have great ideas and are very insightful regarding education in Ward 8. 

There are two candidates running – Tierra Jolly and Philip Pannell. If you would like to learn more about each candidate please see there websites. Good Luck to Both Candidates

Philip Pannell:

Tierra Jolly: