Housing Advocates Press Bowser Administration: Seize Opportunities, Develop Affordable Housing in Ward 3

Cleveland Park Editor

Wardman Hotel Strategy Team | NW Opportunity Partners Community Development Corporation


Housing Advocates Press the Bowser Administration to Seize Opportunities to  Develop Affordable Housing in Ward 3

A group of affordable housing and community-led development advocates from Ward 3 and across the District met Friday with a team of District leaders led by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) John Falcicchio to discuss ways in which the Bowser administration could achieve its goal of 1990 new units of affordable housing in Rock Creek West (mostly Ward 3) by 2025.

The advocates, from Ward 3 Housing Justice (W3HJ), the Wardman Hotel Strategy Team (WHST), and the newly formed NW Opportunity Partners Community Development Corporation (NWOP-CDC), expressed frustration that the Mayor’s administration had not taken action on the proposed Wardman Hotel conversion to a mixed-use community. “Large sites near Metro, schools, and other amenities are hard to find in Ward 3; you have to grab them or it could be years before you get another chance,” said Margaret Dwyer, W3HJ convenor and Friendship Heights resident. 

The advocates told the government representatives, including Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson and Office of Planning (OP) Director Andrew Trueblood, that it will be a difficult task to build community trust when ideas like the Wardman Hotel conversion -- a concept identified and developed by unhoused and impacted Black residents, and supported by developers and neighbors -- are left on the table.  Deputy Mayor Falcicchio confirmed to the group that the administration had not talked to the presumed new owner of the hotel property about producing significant amounts of affordable housing as part of redevelopment.

Director Donaldson pointed out that new federal and city funding offers more possibilities for Rock Creek West (mostly Ward 3) than had been previously available.  “The funding is only useful if it is used to create opportunities.  Supporting development as usual is not what we are looking for,” said Meg Maguire, Chair of the NWOP-CDC.

All participants in the meeting agreed that Friendship Heights offers an  opportunity for substantial family housing, but it is essential that all planning prioritizes affordable housing and includes not only current but also future residents who will be able to live there.  “We need the Office of Planning to bring everyone -- advocates, neighbors, potential residents, developers, city agencies -- to the table from the very beginning in an open and transparent process,” said Margaret Dwyer. “Ward 3 is at a turning point. We have momentum, a doubling of the ward’s Black population, and a growing base of organized supporters of affordable housing.  The time for concrete action is now.  The Bowser administration has to put rhetoric into action,” Dwyer added. 


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For sale: mid century modern dining room table.  Asking $250 cash or check.  Table is round, 50in diameter, 30 in tall.  Excellent condition, only one or two minor scratches on table top that are barely noticeable.  From a pet and smoke free home.  You will need to pick up from Tilden Gardens.  I can disassemble if the table does not fit into the elevator.

Erin Atkins
Tilden & Connecticut 

Metro customers and community asked to weigh in on proposed name change to White Flint Station

Metro Announcement

The area around Metro’s White Flint Station has changed, including the dismantling of its namesake White Flint Mall. In keeping with the area’s growing development and identity, Metro’s Board of Directors is considering whether to change the name to North Bethesda Station. 

With the White Flint name no longer relevant to the surrounding community, Montgomery County requested the name be changed to North Bethesda Station after consulting with business and community leaders.

Metro's Board of Directors is responsible for approving or declining requests for station name changes. To inform the Board’s decision, Metro is seeking public feedback on the proposed name change. The information will be provided to the Board for consideration prior to making a decision.

To share your opinion on the proposed name change, Metro has set up a public survey available here. Responses will be accepted through Tuesday, September 28 at 5 p.m.

Under Metro's station naming policy, adopted in 2012, the jurisdiction making the name change request must commit to funding the full cost of the change, such as reprinting maps, fabricating new permanent signs, and reprogramming systems that provide electronic information to customers — across the 91-station Metrorail system. Montgomery County has secured a combination of state, county and private funding to cover the costs.

In addition, Metro’s policy sets forth the following guidelines for any new station name:

  • Names should identify the station locations by geographic features such as landmarks or centers of activity.
  • Names should be distinctive and evoke imagery in the mind of the patron.
  • Names should be no longer than 19 characters, except for transfer station names, which should be no longer than 13 characters.
Feedback may also be provided at

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We have an amazing Spanish-speaking nanny (legal permanent resident, fully vaccinated) for our two year old son, who we have worked with for about six months now.  We are now considering turning our arrangement into a share. Hours and hosting flexible.  
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From Mark Bucher of Feed the Fridge: Dave’s Story

Leah Craft

Dear Friends,

I want to tell you the story of Dave, one of our meal recipients. Dave is a local artist who found himself completely out of work when the pandemic hit. As sales halted, his family’s financial situation went from bad to worse.

This week, Dave reached out to the Feed the Fridge team to let us know that the fridge location he relies on to provide meals for his family of six only had three meals left in it, despite the fridge having been fully stocked only a few hours before. This isn’t an isolated situation. The demand for Feed the Fridge meals increases every single day as food insecurity in our communities has doubled over the past year.

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When talking with Dave, he said something that really resonated with me, “This physical liberty is tough when nutrition falls away.” Before Feed the Fridge, many of our meal recipients found themselves facing malnutrition. Day-to-day activities became strenuous tasks due to extreme fatigue.  

We need your help to keep our fridges stocked so people like Dave and his family have access to healthy meals they can rely on. Every dollar you give means more meals for our fridges. Be the reason someone eats today.

Gratefully yours,

Mark Bucher
Founder of Feed the Fridge

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Hello Neighbors,
I am downsizing and am selling some furniture pieces. Please see attachments below. All items are in very good condition. Please let me know if interested.
Best Regards,
Connecticut Ave. NW
Round wooden dining table (41" diameter) - $75
White three-tier shelf - $75
Rattan lounge chair - $40
Wood desk - $125
TV Console/ Armoire - $400 

Re: BEWARE of ATM hacked at 7-Eleven 3433 Connecticut Ave

Sarah Swisher

While I more often hear of ATM machines that are not connected with and to a bank branch being hacked, there apparently was a skimmer attached to the ATM outside the Cleveland Park Capital One a few years ago.


Editor's note: The discussion of the skimmer at the Capital One Bank is available here: Message   on 12/2/2016) -- but in the same discussion someone else reported a skimmer at the Bank of America in Cleveland Park as well.

- previous message - 
While I cannot personally guarantee that this suggestion is foolproof, I routinely seek out ATM machines that are connected with and to a bank rather than machines that are fully exposed to the public or operated by non-bank third parties; and as well I believe having to access the location of the machine/s by first swiping your ATM card to get into a protected space provides greater confidence of security.   

THEY’RE HIRING at the U.S. Postal Service – Career Fair Information

District Office


Congresswoman Norton’s District Office would like to share the below information regarding the United States Postal Service’s Career Fair. There are TWO separate career fairs that are specifically recruiting mail carriers.  

All questions should be directed to Ms. Danielle L. Bethune, Workforce Operations Planning at Danielle.L.Bethune@....

Who:   Interested D.C. residents
What: USPS Letter Carrier Drive Thru Career Fair
Where: Washington D.C. Main Post Office, 900 Brentwood Road NE, Washington, D.C. 20066
When: Saturday, September 25, 2021  
Time:  1:00-4:00 pm

Who:   Interested D.C. residents
What: USPS Letter Carrier Walk Up Career Fair
Where: Washington D.C. Main Post Office, 400 Southern Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20032
When: Saturday, October 2, 2021  
Time:  1:00-4:00 pm

Flyers are attached.

Please feel welcome to share this information widely as you deem fit.


The District Office Team
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
District of Columbia Main District Office
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,  Washington, DC 20004
O: (202) 408-9041

FREE: 30 Lb. Bag of Dry Dog Food

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Cleveland Park Neighbors;

In our experimentation to see what was wrong with our dog, we tried this low fat dog food…only to discover that it is another issue that was making her ill.

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Email me if interested. Porch pick up. Venmo or cash acceptable. 
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Our wonderful nanny, Marilou, will be available to join a new family starting in October. Marilou has been with our family for the past three years (since my youngest was born), but we sadly no longer need full-time help now that our boys are in school.

Marilou has been so wonderful with our kids and they are excited to see her each day. She proactively comes up with fun activities to keep them busy and has no problem chasing around my very active boys. When she's not busy with the kids she is happy to help with light housework, including dishes, tidying up, and laundry. The house is always cleaner than when we left it! She is also a pleasure to be around and comes to work with a great attitude every day.

Marilou has a safe driving record and her own car. She would drive my children to local parks, libraries, school pick ups etc... either in my car or hers.

Marilou is looking for approximately 40 hours a week. She is a US citizen, fully vaccinated, and takes Covid precautions very seriously. You can text/call Marilou directly at 240-330-3023 or feel free to contact me at jessica.madgitz@... with any questions.


Re: ISO info on DC jury duty - age 70

Suzanne White

Please see the office of Mary Cheh response to our discussion about exemption from jury duty [discussion thread accessible from Message ]


Good afternoon,

Attached, please find a letter we received from DC Superior Court when we initially inquired about this matter back in 2019. The letter outlines the court’s policies regarding jury service and exemptions to service. Regarding jury service for the US District Court, you can find their policies and procedures in their FAQs, posted here:


Anthony J. Catalino
Senior Legislative Counsel
Office of Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3)

- previous message - 
From the DC Superior Court web site (searching the FAQ):

I'm over 70 years old and I really don't care to serve. Can I be excused on the basis of age?

There is no age limit for Superior Court jurors. Dismissing jurors solely on the basis of age could be considered a form of discrimination. Jurors can be excused on the basis of medical or mental infirmity, but not age.

Re: BEWARE of ATM hacked at 7-Eleven 3433 Connecticut Ave


While I cannot personally guarantee that this suggestion is foolproof, I routinely seek out ATM machines that are connected with and to a bank rather than machines that are fully exposed to the public or operated by non-bank third parties; and as well I believe having to access the location of the machine/s by first swiping your ATM card to get into a protected space provides greater confidence of security.   

Neal Gross
CP neighbor

CM Cheh Education Update

Abigail McLean

Hi everyone,

Please see Councilmember Cheh’s update on education from last night here:

Dear Neighbors,

Today, Mayor Bowser announced that DC Public Schools (DCPS) will now require that all teachers, school building staff, childcare facilities, and workers in regular contact with children must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1st. This eliminates the "test-out" option where staff had the option to be tested on a weekly basis in lieu of getting vaccinated. It was also announced that all student athletes aged 12 and older will also be required to be vaccinated by November 1st in order to participate in school-based sports. These are very welcome changes, but today's announcement only partly addressed the many DCPS COVID-19 policy concerns raised by families, school advocates, and members of the Council.

One clear example of an outstanding policy shortcoming is excluding siblings from excused absences/remote learning opportunities when a student tests positive for COVID-19. In this scenario, a sibling within the same household as a child who tests positive is not considered an exposure risk. The protocol of requiring that that exposed student attend school—without so much as a negative test result—defies logic and all that we know about how this virus spreads. We have spent weeks trying to work through these types of problems with DCPS' Central Office, only to have announcements like today's fall short. All students aged 12 and up for whom it is medically safe, not just student athletes, should be vaccinated. Moreover, schools need to be properly supported in order to move lunch and classrooms outside. Students must be adequately distanced. Vaccine clinics should be located at all of our schools where students can be vaccinated. A virtual option must be provided.

Tomorrow at 1:00 pm, the Council is holding a virtual public roundtable to hear from students, parents, and members of our school community on the experience of the first few weeks of in-person learning. The Council is evaluating an emergency legislative response to outstanding DCPS coronavirus protocol and policy concerns. The Committee of the Whole limited the number of witnesses for the roundtable, but please do not hesitate to share your experiences and suggestions by submitting testimony to the committee (here) or by reaching out to my office's Legislative Director. To watch the hearing live, please tune in to Channel 13 or watch online: here.


Abigail McLean
Special Assistant and Scheduler
Office of Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, Ward 3
(202) 724-8062 (office)

ISO gastroenterologists with availability

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Looking for GI doctors with decent availability. I have been seeing a GI doctor at GW Medical Faculty Associates but his availability is sparse - his next available is in January!
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ISO Full Time Housekeeper Recommendations

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Would anybody be able to recommend a truly wonderful housekeeper for a full-time position?

Thank you.

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Washington Yoga Center

Join us this Thursday, Sept. 23rd from 6:00-7:30pm for a Special Weekday Workshop - Mindfulness in Eating with Allison Tepper. Improve your overall well being and health by learning how to use all your senses to enjoy your meals and appreciate your body’s signals and individual needs. 

Click HERE for more details. Cost is $25. 

Also happening this weekend, our Yoga Nidra Workshop with Kristen Bihary is back on Sunday, Sept. 26th from 5:30-6:30pm. Yoga Nidra is a systematic method for achieving total muscular, mental, and emotional relaxation via guided meditation.

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FREE for pickup: Panasonic Tube TV #free

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21” Panasonic Tube TV free for pick-up on our porch at 4403 Garrison Street NW.
Great condition. 20Lx18Dx18H. Must go today before taken to Trash.


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