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The Crest April 2007

Fri, June 09, 2017 1:26 PM | Anonymous member
Newsletter of the Crestwood Citizens Association, established 1941 April, 2007

Special Election May 1

Meet the Ward 4 Candidates

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 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 Association’s May meeting. We are also inviting the winning candidate for the Ward 4 Council seat. Forward any questions you’d like answered to this email address:
    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 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 Association’s 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

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 we’ve 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 teams—including 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
Neighborhood Notes
    Directory: A new Crestwood Directory is nearly here. In addition to names, addresses and phone numbers, there’s 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 you’ve 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, here’s just some of what’s 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

Ward 4 Candidates

[in ballot order, displaying information from candidate surveys and websites]

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 45 NEIGHBORHOOD: Petworth
Native Washingtonian, civil litigation attorney, former commissioner of ANC 4A02

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 41 NEIGHBORHOOD: Petworth
Third generation Washingtonian, Managing Partner of Alcalde & Fay lobbying firm, board member of Comcast Communications, member of the Ward 4 Education Council, past board member of the Whitman Walker Clinic and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, past Vice Chairman of the DC Boxing & Wrestling Commission, Co-Chairman of AIDS Walk DC, past Finance Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, son of Clinton Administration Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 46 NEIGHBORHOOD: Petworth
Native Washingtonian, educator who has taught at the college, junior high and elementary school levels, after school and journalism coordinator at Francis Junior High School, founder and basketball coach of the Avenue Speedin’ Spiders Sports Association, more than 20 years experience as a criminal justice professional

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 41 NEIGHBORHOOD: Shepherd Park
Executive Director of Metropolitan/Delta Adult Literacy Council, chairman of the Voice of Upper Georgia Avenue, member of the Great Streets Advisory Board

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 40 NEIGHBORHOOD: Brightwood
Native Washingtonian and product of the DC public schools, government relations consultant, member of the DC Democratic State Committee since 1992, former Executive Director of the DC Democratic Party, former education specialist with the DC Board of Education

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 34 NEIGHBORHOOD: Riggs Park
Fourth-generation Washingtonian, commissioner for ANC 4B09, former treasurer of ANC 4B, elected First VP of Ward 4 Democrats, elected Second VP of the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association, Ward 4 Precinct Coordinator for the Fenty 2006 Mayoral Campaign

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 66 NEIGHBORHOOD: Manor Park
President of Manor Park Citizens Association, Past President of the Federation of Citizens Associations, Member of Committee of 100 of the Federal City, former member of the DC Board of Higher Education

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 51 NEIGHBORHOOD: Crestwood
Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church, former DC Board of Education President and at-large representative

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 66 NEIGHBORHOOD: Brightwood

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 49 NEIGHBORHOOD: South Manor
Native Washingtonian, Managing Director of e-MediaPro, former public affairs director for the DC Fire & EMS Department, former WHUR and CBS radio news reporter, current newsletter editor and former officer of the South Manor Neighborhood Association

PARTY: Independent AGE: 46 NEIGHBORHOOD: Lamond
Native Washingtonian, commissioner of ANC 4B07, founder of LamondLinks community newsletter, cofounder of the Lamond Sunshine Block Club, nearly 20 years experience as a teacher in DC and Maryland schools

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 54 NEIGHBORHOOD: Brightwood
Native Washingtonian, product of DC public schools, former chair of ANC 4C, past president of the Carter Barron East Neighborhood Association, owner of Cornrows & Co. Natural Hair Care Salon

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 52 NEIGHBORHOOD: Chillum
Senior Minister at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 40 NEIGHBORHOOD: Shepherd Park
Native Washingtonian, founder and Executive Director of Metropolitan Alliance Inc., field case specialist and therapeutic social worker with the DC Department of Mental Health

PARTY: Statehood Green AGE: 57 NEIGHBORHOOD: Petworth
Chair of ANC 4D, commissioner of ANC 4D02, former commissioner on the DC Commission on Human Rights, Assistant General Counsel for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 52 NEIGHBORHOOD: Colonial Village
Special education attorney with experience teaching law at Howard University and the University of Nairobi

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 40 NEIGHBORHOOD: Petworth
Native Washingtonian, Reunion Officer and fundraiser at Howard University

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 35 NEIGHBORHOOD: Riggs Park
Native Washingtonian, founder of Sloan Consulting, former outreach coordinator in Mayor Williams’ Office of Community Affairs, former Community Relations Director for Councilman Harold Brazil, former legislative analyst for the DC City Council Judiciary Committee, former commissioner of ANC 4A01, founder of Funding Advancements for Tomorrow political action committee (FATPAC), vice president of DC Young Democrats, former vice president of Ward Four Democrats

PARTY: Democrat AGE: 45 NEIGHBORHOOD: Petworth
Former member of the DC Board of Education

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