WNA November 2015 Newsletter

PLANNING OUR HOLIDAY PARTY

It’s time to start putting together our 14th annual Holiday Tree Decorating Event and 17th annual neighborhood Holiday Party. We are planning to hold it Friday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 pm, so mark your calendars.

We need to choose a house for the party. If you want to showcase anything you’ve done in your house, or even if you just don’t mind having 50 neighbors in your house, you might consider offering your place. We always hold our party within the WNA area, and we like to do a different house every year as most folks like to showcase their work. Don’t worry about the food and the clean-up. WNA members are good at that and will make sure that all pre-planning matters are covered. We have so much to celebrate as a community this year. Let us know if your house is available. Lynn@Johnsonandpavuk.com (202.210.2276).

We, of course, need many volunteers to make this successful. Most important among them are the chefs and bakers who know how to make home-cooked items. Marjorie Perko is coordinating this (reach her at (largemargery@aol.com) or tele. 202 332-7595. However, make whatever you’re best at. If you want to find out what we might be short on (salads, main events, desserts, wines) contact her for this information.

Other volunteers that need to come forward and let Pres. Lynn know if you can do such tasks are:

  • Purchase of Holiday Tree (WNA pays for it);
  • Erecting the tree in the Playground and/or assisting in hanging the lights;
  • Purchase of some foods/drinks at Costco;
  • Managing children while they hang the ornaments;
  • Transferring chairs/condiments to our yet-to-be designated holiday house;
  • Playing maître-de &/or help preparing/serving food during the event;
  • Assisting in clean-up after event.

We need most of our WNA members to assist with this and need to hear from you now for planning purposes.


 

Playground Halloween Party

We had a great Halloween Party in our Playground again this year, thanks to WNA member Megan Olsen. There was a live band, costumed chaperones who danced and encouraged with the little ones (who took the bait so readily) and, yes, pizza ($285 of pizza!). Thanks to all the parents, their donations more than covered the cost.

If this is what our neighborhood is about, then there’s little reason to think of leaving. It is only by our group participation that these events are such a success. Thanks to all who made this possible.


TRASH ISSUES

        There have been a number of complaints that some of you are not taking your trash cans in within 24 hours of putting them in the alley. Specifically, there have been a number of residents on the south and west side of T Street that seem to leave their cans in the alley (some of them permanently!). You should all know that you are subject to (doubling) fines for leaving your cans out. As importantly, they can become a hazard to cars traversing the alley as well as preventing the alley sweepers from doing their job.

There have also been complaints that residents are putting some of their overflow trash in their neighbors’ trash cans. Now, you know that is a no-no.

Please be considerate. Properly fill your cans and promptly take them in when you come home in the evening. For detailed trash disposal instructions, see our website (WNADC.org) where we have put together two pages of detail. WNA is doing all it can to keep this community clean. Please do your part.


 Membership – As you know, your dues are $15/calendar year per household ($5 if senior status) plus 1 hour/month doing volunteer work. A WNA lifetime membership is $100 (that’s right, you only pay once—good for as long as you own or live in the area.) [It does not waive your 1 hour/month requirement to do volunteer work.]

Regardless of which option you choose, you can either mail or just drop your check off to 914 Westminster (payable to “WNA”). Your dues are tax deductible as a charitable contribution so it’s a win-win for all of us.

Remember, your dues become due at the beginning of the calendar year and should be paid at that time (no problem paying them early, so do it now, while you’re thinking of it).

Next Monthly Meeting – There is no monthly WNA meeting in December (we do the party!), so next meeting will be Jan. 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm sharp. It will be held at 922 Westminster Street, NW (basement).

WNA June 2015 Newsletter

Hospitality Charter School Site – Some WNA members, as well as other stakeholders in our community (ANC, etc.) have been working with Hollow Creek Investment Group, the entity who is attempting to convert this building to condos. We’re pleased to report some progress to date. They have agreed reduced the number of condos, agreed to include both two and three unit condos, to arrange for trash removal from the rear of the building, and to rent (more than the required number of parking spaces) for a two year period from a lot located on 7th Street. The owners will also not change the existing exterior. There will be a Zoning Commission hearing on July 28. The owners hope to start construction this Fall. Our WNA members are still negotiating with them. Stay tuned.

Movie in the Playground –We will be doing another movie in the Playground this Sat. evening (06/27) if the weather holds out. We will be showing Night at the Museum (no drinks or popcorn this time). Let Lynn Johnson (see WNA Contacts in footer) if you can assist by picking up the projector, speakers, etc. or, better yet, running the equipment).

Block Party Planning – We hope to have a block party in this Fall. Member Adrien-Alice Hansel has agreed to spearhead the planning. “Spearhead” means ‘manage, coordinate, & take responsibility.” He needs other volunteers to assist with all the preparation work. Please contact him directly at ahansel@studiotheatre.org to help make this a success.

Alley Bricks (finally) Repaired – They said it couldn’t be done—but we knew better as we had been able to get them repaired a few years ago (admittedly a shoddy job as it only lasted a year). However, the missing bricks in the alleys on Westminster St. have been repaired again. It took (only) 9 months of waiting and begging. Thanks to our Councilmember, Brianna Nadeau’s Office, or it would have been much longer than that. Note: word has it that Westminster Street may be on the City’s schedule for a facelift soon.

Community Maint./Improvement – We need a few of you to come forward to keep our neighborhood looking great. Members are needed for the balance of the year for:

  • Picking up trash from sidewalks, streets & alleys on the west half of T St.
  • Spraying sidewalks & alleys for weeds on the south side of T St.

Remember, if we all don’t contribute, these items simply won’t get done.

Playground Children’s Parties – Yes, we do have a lot of them don’t we. Every week-end, sometimes two at a time. Well, it finally dawned on us that we’re the cheapest place in town to hold such parties. WNA members need not pay to hold a party (but we gladly accept contributions). However, for any nonmember (which usually means they do not live in our area), WNA will be asking for a charitable donation to schedule a party: $50 for up to 25 children, $75 if more than 25 children, and $20 additional if they want to set up an inflatable bouncing unit. It takes us all a lot of time to keep and maintain the Playground in its great condition and these funds will help us keep it that way.

Membership – As you know, your dues are $15/calendar year per household ($5 if senior status) plus 1 hour/month doing volunteer work. A WNA lifetime membership is $100 (that’s right, you only pay once—good for as long as you own or live in the area. [It does not waive your 1 hour/month requirement to do volunteer work.])  Regardless of which option you choose, you can either mail or just drop your check off to 914 Westminster (payable to “WNA”). Your dues are tax deductible as a charitable contribution so it’s a win-win for all of us.

Next Monthly Meeting – You know the drill. It’ll be the 4th Tues. of the month, July 28, at 7:00 pm sharp. It will be held in the Westminster Playground if the weather is good; otherwise, at 922 Westminster Street, NW (basement).