Community Announcements


Vigil for Victims of Mass Shootings tomorrow Saturday, June 4th 6:00pm at St Mark’s Capitol Hill

Vigil for Victims of Mass Shootings tomorrow Saturday, June 4th 6:00pm at St Mark’s Capitol Hill 301 A St SE

The Gun Violence Prevention Committee at St. Mark’s Capitol Hill invites you to join us for a vigil for the victims of the mass shootings in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX.
The event will be held on Saturday, June 4, at 6:00 pm at St. Mark’s, located at 301 A Street, SE. All are welcome!
We will remember also all who have lost their lives to gun violence. If you wish to honor someone who has died, you will have an opportunity to say their name and hold up a picture during the vigil.
Please note that masks are mandatory inside the building.
For further information, please email
We hope that you can join us for this vigil of remembrance.

For further information, please email or call 202-849-2252

DPW Bulk Trash And Recycling Drop-Off Temporarily Relocating to Benning Road

The Department of Public Works will be renovating the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station and will not be available for bulk trash and recycling drop-off during that time. The renovations are expected to conclude in Fall 2022.

Beginning April 6, residents can use the Benning Road Trash Transfer Station at 3200 Benning Rd NE, Wednesday Through Friday, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM for bulk drop-off. Bulk pickup through 311 continues to be an option for residents to schedule bulk trash pickup of up to seven items.

Anacostia River Festival – April 10, 2022 – 1:00- 4:00PM

ANC 6B Proposed Bylaw Changes February 2022

In accordance with Article XI of ANC 6B’s bylaws, ANC 6B will be considering the following bylaw changes at it’s February Meeting.

Current Bylaws

Change #1: Article VII, Section 3 Resident Members, Paragraph C 




All Resident Members must be appointed annually at the Commission’s regular meeting in February.

All Resident Members should be appointed annually at the Commission’s regular meeting in February.  Any Resident Member appointed at a meeting other than in February shall serve until the next February.

This is to provide some flexibility in appointing resident members to a committee or task force. All RM terms will reset in February regardless of when appointed.

Change #2: Article VII, Section 2–Chairs, added to end of Paragraph B 

Each chair of a committee or task force shall serve for one year provided that each chair serves until his or her successor has been elected by the Commission. Committee chairs are elected at the regular February meeting. Special committee chairs and task force chairs are elected as needed. If a committee or task force chair position is vacant, committee or task force members shall elect a chair pro tempore to preside over committee or task force meetings until a chair is elected.

Two members of the Commission may Co-chair a task force. 

Technical change.

This change was approved as an addition to the Bylaws in March 2016 but the document was not updated to reflect it.


Change #3: Article VII, Section 1 Chairs, Paragraph B 

The Commission shall have the following standing committees: a) Alcohol Beverage Control Committee; b) Planning and Zoning Committee; and c) any such standing committee as established by the Commission.

The Commission shall have the following standing committees: a) Alcohol Beverage Control Committee; b) Planning and Zoning Committee; c) Transportation Committee and d) any such standing committee as established by the Commission. 

Technical change.

Resolution to add was approved in February 2011.

Bylaws document of January 2016 does not include the change.


DC Water – Lead Free DC

Protecting drinking water from lead sources is the shared responsibility of DC Water and the property owner. DC Water strongly encourages residents to identify and replace any lead pipes or plumbing materials serving their home, especially lead service lines. Lead service lines were predominately installed prior to the mid-1950s in the District of Columbia, but there are records of lead service lines being installed as late as 1977. You can use our service line map to see if your property has, or might have, a lead service line.

Click Our Map to Check for Lead Service Lines on Your Property

The District/DC Water has collected pipe material data for service lines based on permit records, water main tap records, meter records, and maintenance, repair and replacement work. However, much of the service line pipe material data is based on the historic records and not confirmed.

Inspect Your Service Line to Identify Lead

The water service line coming into many homes can help identify or confirm the pipe material. Click here to learn more about Identifying Lead or use this guide to assist with pipe material identification.

The Most Common Pipe Materials

Service pipes can consist of many different materials. Typical service pipe materials include lead, galvanized steel, plastic, brass and copper as shown below:

Identify your Pipe Material

You can identify your pipe material by checking your household water service connection inside the home, typically located in the basement. Our Guide to Identifying Service Line Material and the videos below can help you to determine your service line material and/or plumbing material.  You can also contact a licensed plumber to inspect your pipes, but they will likely do the same assessment as described in the guide and videos.

How To Locate Your DC Water Service Line Coming Into Your Home

Lead Pipe Scratch Test

If you have a lead service pipe, we encourage you to take advantage of our lead service pipe replacement program. Click here to learn more.

Help us update our records

If you are able to determine your type of service line material, please send a photograph and your identification of the material to so we can update our records. If you are unsure, note that in the email and we will conduct an evaluation and respond.

When the water main was originally installed, the pipe material connecting to the main was the same as the material entering your property. However, service line repairs or property renovations may have changed a portion of the original continuous service line. If you have already replaced your lead service line, please send us a copy of the records by mail or email so we can update our records for your property. In addition, send us a picture of the service line entering your home. This will help confirm the type of pipe material.

Mailing Address
District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority
Lead Pipe Replacement Program
301 Bryant St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Additional Household Sources of Lead in Drinking Water

While the most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, lead welding solder, household plumbing fixtures and pipe fittings made prior to 1986, and galvanized steel may also contain lead.

Lead Solder

Solder connects pipes in household plumbing. Until 1987, lead solder was used in household plumbing. If your house was built before 1987, your plumbing may have lead solder.

Brass Faucets, Valves or Fittings

Almost all faucets, valves and fittings have brass components, which may contain lead. Until 2014, brass faucets and fittings sold in the United States and labeled “lead-free” could contain up to eight percent lead. Brass service lines may also contain lead. Effective January 2014, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act specifies that these materials may not contain more than 0.25 percent lead.

Galvanized Iron Pipes

Household galvanized pipes are old, corroded pipes that were installed in many homes before the 1960s. These pipes can release lead in water if the property has, or previously had, a lead service pipe. Galvanized pipes are made with a protective layer of zinc. However, the zinc layer erodes over time and results in corrosion. When lead is released from a lead service pipe and passes through galvanized plumbing, lead can accumulate on the inside, corroded walls of this plumbing. Lead release from galvanized pipes can vary from home to home and can continue to occur even after a lead service pipe is replaced.

USAODC Hate Bias Task Force Meeting – Thursday, September 30, 2021

The United States Attorney’s Office
for the District of Columbia
Hate-Bias Task Force Meeting
The Role of Federal Law Enforcement in Bias-Related/Hate Crime Prosecution

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Event Number: 2761 433 3694; Event Password: 2Qp6SxAyW2x

To join this online event, go to

United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia
JP Cooney, Assistant U.S. Attorney
Chief, Public Corruption & Civil Rights Section, Criminal Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Tune in to learn more about current trends as well as federal and local law
enforcement collaboration regarding hate/bias crime investigations

For special accommodations contact
Donice Adams / / (202) 815-8732

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Ticket Amnesty Program Deadline Extended to December 31, 2021

September 27, 2021

Dear Customer,

On April 19, 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a four-month amnesty program to give District and non-District drivers the opportunity to pay outstanding tickets. During the amnesty period, penalties drivers incurred on tickets were waived.

Today, the Mayor announced an extension of the ticket amnesty program until December 31, 2021. At the end of the amnesty period all penalties will be added back to all tickets. Please view the following press release for additional information:

Scan the QR Code Below or Click Here & Download the DCDMV App Today!

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Let’s Talk: Living in Changing Neighborhoods Virtual Tenant Summit Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 1pm


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Virtual Tenant Summit
Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 1pm

 Register now at

The Office of the Tenant Advocate is here to address tenants’ pressing concerns. Hear from panelists from the Department of Behavioral Health, the Rent Administrator, and the Office of the Attorney General about how tenants can work together to ensure their communities are enjoyed by every tenant.

We’ll discuss smoking marijuana in nonsmoking buildings, how to handle situations where a neighbor may be experiencing a mental health crisis, and how diversity affects a unit’s rent-controlled status.

Panel Moderator:
Joel Cohn
Policy Director,
DC Office of the Tenant Advocate

Panelists will include:
Dorothy Kerr
Social Worker, Community Response Team
Department of Behavioral Health

RG Weatherington
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General

Lauren Pair
Rent Administrator
DC Department of Housing and Community Development

Our panelists will help answer the questions:

  1. I live in a non-smoking building, but my neighbor smokes medical marijuana. Is this okay?
  2. What happens when a landlord moves a tenant with a subsidy into a rent controlled unit? Does it affect the future rent?
  3. My neighbor has shown signs of mental illness or inappropriate behavior in my building, and it scared me. What can I do to help?

The panelist will speak for 10-15 minutes, and then we’ll open the forum up to questions from tenants in the audience.

Registration is now open here: 

Ward Redistricting Process Begins

With the release of decennial population counts from the Census Bureau, redistricting DC’s 8 Wards has begun. Ward redistricting in the District of Columbia is the remit of the DC Council. The council has created a Subcommittee on Redistricting, chaired by At Large Council Member Elissa Silverman. ANC and SMD redistricting will follow Ward redistricting

Councilmember Silverman’s explainer on the process and the roles of community input is available at

The Office of Planning has compiled the population data and has made it available at

The Office of Planning, via the Census, reports that the 2020 population in the District was 689,545 for an average of 86,193. The ward populations before redistricting are as follows:


Geographic area 2020 Population
Ward 1 85,285
Ward 2 81,904
Ward 3 85,301
Ward 4 84,660
Ward 5 89,425
Ward 6 108,202
Ward 7 76,255
Ward 8 78,513

Join us for DC Flood Awareness Week! | June 21 – 25

June 21-25 is DC Flood Awareness Week!
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What is Flood Awareness Week? DC Flood Awareness Week seeks to improve public knowledge of flooding and the potential threats for homeowners and renters. The campaign aims to empower District residents and business owners to mitigate their exposure to potential flooding through improved readiness and education. Join us for five days of fun and informative programming.

Learn more!

June 21 | An Introduction to Flooding in the District | 6:30PM
Flooding can happen in many ways and often without warning! To kick off DC Flood Awareness Week, we’ll provide an overview of flooding in the District and how you can know if your home or business might be at risk. We’ll also explore different types of flooding, how flood forecasting works, and how the public can learn about potential flood events. Lastly, attendees will learn about ReadyDC, and the District’s Flood Risk Viewer.


June 22 | An Ounce of Prevention: Flood Barrier Technologies | 10:00AM
Flooding is a real threat, especially in low-lying areas of the District. By designing buildings and neighborhood defenses District residents can still live, play, and work along our city’s beautiful waterways. Fortunately, there are many different technologies that can be deployed. Join us as we learn more about different engineering solutions that are being deployed at public and private properties throughout the District to hold back flood waters!


June 23 | The History of Flooding in the District | 6:30PM
Dive into District of Columbia’s long history of flooding. We will explore how the District’s waterways have been transformed over the last 200 years by land use decisions, infill development, and urbanization. Specifically, the presentation will introduce “Uncovering The History of the District’s Buried Streams” – a new story map from the Department of Energy & Environment. The presentation will also examine past flooding events through historic photos and flood maps.


June 24 | Get Covered: Flood Insurance – Do You Need It? | 4:00PM
Flooding can happen when you least expect it! Learn how to protect your residence in the event of a flood! Join us for an informative flood insurance forum lead by the District’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB). This session will cover everything from homeowner and renter policies to agency resources and complaint processes available.

How to join:
1) Click here to join the WebEx session June 24 at 4:00PM
2) Join by phone: 1-650-479-3208 | Access code: 172 179 7613

June 25 | Day of Action: Be Aware and Be Prepared! | All Day
For the final day of DC Flood Awareness Week, we’re calling District residents to action to ensure they stay aware of any potential flooding and stay prepared for when that times comes! Throughout the day DOEE and HSEMA will be sharing the best ways residents can stay aware and prepared with the hashtag #DCFloodWeek on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Stay Aware! Sign up for Alert DC |

Stay Prepared! Make a plan with ReadyDC |

Download the HSEMA App! | Apple App Store | Google Play Store

DC DMV Extends Deadline for Renewing Expired Driver License/ID Cards

Last week, the DC Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) extended the time residents have to renew expired driver licenses and identification (ID) cards to September 9, 2021. The previously announced deadline was July 1, 2021. This action, as well as other changes DC DMV is making, will give residents more time to renew driver licenses and other ID cards that require an in-person appointment at a DMV Service Center.

This announcement does NOT impact the enforcement of valid inspections and vehicle registrations that took effect on June 1, 2021.

In-person service at all DC DMV service centers, adjudication services, and the Deanwood CDL Office is still by appointment only. DC DMV will continue to offer more appointments and other options to ensure all residents have a chance to be in compliance with their credentials before the September 9, 2021 deadline. Changes at DC DMV include:

  • Beginning this month, the number of new appointments released each week will increase from 6,000 to 10,000 as DMV employees return to work and the agency increases its operating capacity.
  • The DC DMV Rhode Island Service Center will reopen at full capacity beginning Friday, June 25, 2021.
  • Employees will continue to work overtime so appointments may be scheduled on select Monday and Wednesday evenings.
  • DMV will continue to monitor appointments so that more appointments can be added to specific categories based on demand.

New appointments are added to the online appointment scheduler Tuesday through Friday (new appointments may appear throughout the week due to cancellations). Residents without Internet access can call 311 and a call taker will access the online appointment scheduler on their behalf.

When scheduling an appointment through the online appointment scheduler, residents should:

  • Check appointment availability at all locations as one may have appointments available while another may not.
  • Avoid refreshing the appointment page while waiting. Because of heavy website volume, the scheduler will move slower as it navigates from page to page.
  • Use the Online Document Verification Guide to ensure they have the necessary documents to complete their transaction and will not have to make another appointment.

DC DMV will continue to share information with residents about how to resolve issues, either online or by making an appointment, including:

  • DC residents with REAL ID compliant credentials (black star in upper right corner) renew online at, by mail, or through DC DMV’s mobile app. There is no appointment option for these DC residents.
  • The “Non-REAL ID Credential Renewal” appointment service is ONLY for DC residents with an expired DC driver license or ID card that is not REAL ID compliant.
  • The “Senior Appointment” service is ONLY for DC residents aged 65 or older. Senior appointments made by residents who do not meet the age restriction will not be honored by DC DMV. Note: Residents 70 and older must make an in-person appointment regardless of whether their license is REAL ID compliant to provide medical certification on a driver license application. Additionally, seniors are not required to book this appointment category; they can book any category that has appointment availability.
  • The “New Resident” appointment service is ONLY for new DC residents who are converting an out-of-state driver license  or ID card and if also applicable, registering and titling a vehicle with an out-of-state title/ registration.
  • The “Private Sale Title/Tags” appointment service is only for DC residents who have recently purchased a vehicle from a private seller and need to title and register the vehicle. For vehicles purchased from a car dealership, the dealership is responsible for submitting the resident’s paperwork and payment to DC DMV for titling and registering. The turnaround time for DC DMV “dealer work” is 7 to 10 business days.
  • The “DL/ID and Vehicle Related Services” appointment service is for residents who need to obtain a new DC credential and/or new DC vehicle title and registration. Except for the driver knowledge testing, residents may select this category for all services requiring an in-person appointment (including renewal of non-REAL ID credential, seniors, new resident, and private sale title/tags).
    • New residents who need to complete driver license conversions and/or vehicle registrations may also schedule appointments under the “DL/ID and Vehicle Related Services” category.
  • The “Driver Knowledge Testing” appointment service is for beginning DC drivers who must demonstrate they are prepared to operate a vehicle based on DC law. Additionally, some residents have license issues that require the knowledge test to be retaken. Knowledge testing may also be scheduled at a third-party Test Proctoring Center.
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DC Board of Elections Summer High School Voter Registration Event

On Saturday, June 26 from 12pm – 3pm, the DC Board of Elections is hosting a voter registration event for 2021 high school graduates and rising seniors. Attached is an e-flyer with more information on this event. Also, please note that 16-17 year olds’ that live in the District can preregister to vote. Please help us spread the word about the event!

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New “MyRides” Program Offers Residents Free Rides

June 15, 2021

Rasheena Latham (DFHV) – (202) 740-2030;

New “MyRides” Program Offers Residents Free Rides To/From Opioid-Use Treatment

DFHV partners with DBH and Via to target transportation barriers for individuals needing access to opioid use disorder treatment

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV), in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and Via, has launched the MyRides program to provide free on-demand rides to and from treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Nationwide, a major challenge for individuals seeking treatment for OUD is transportation to-and-from clinic visits. DFHV, DBH and Via teamed up to deliver an innovative solution to that problem in the D.C. metro area through the MyRides program.

“We are excited about this partnership that will break down transportation barriers in getting people critical access to treatment for opioid use disorder said DFHV Director David Do. “My Rides will make it easier for people to get the help they need.”

Authorized behavioral health workers can also use the MyRides program to provide clients with door-to-door service to treatment appointments. In addition, peer support workers can use the program to meet patients in the field.

This initiative is supported by Federal State Opioid Response grant funding. Rides are provided by Via’s existing service in the area. Via’s flexible technology platform enables convenient scheduling, booking, and real-time tracking information and updates to healthcare providers and passengers.

To learn more or register for the program, visit For more information on MyRides, visit Via’s website.

Flood and Water Damage Forum, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021

The DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) is hosting its virtual Flood and Water Damage Forum. The forum will take place on Thursday, June 24,  2021 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. DISB is partnering with DC Water, Federal Emergency Management Agency, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, DC Department of Energy and the Environment and the District of Columbia Insurance Federation on the forum. The event is designed to provide District residents, businesses and community stakeholders with access to resources and a transparent complaint process to address water damage issues.


Reservation 13 Community Meeting June 7; Phase 2 Comments Deadline June 11

ANC 6B will be hosting a virtual community meeting with the development teams to review proposals and ask questions on Monday, June 7 at 7:00. For more information and agenda, see

Official comments on the disposition proposals can be sent to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development’s Project Manager Ketan Gada at For more information from DMPED please see their explainer.

17th & C Triangle Park Survey – Deadline Friday, June 11, 2021

17th & C Triangle Park Survey Link:

Additional information about the project can be found here:

If you have questions, please contact me at

Garfield Park Community Survey – Deadline Friday, June 11, 2021

Garfield Park Survey Link:

Additional information about the project can be found here:

If you have questions, please contact me at

OSSE Seeking nominations for outstanding Ward 6 teachers for DC Teacher of the Year!

Please help OSSE spread the word about this opportunity to recognize, honor and elevate the voices of outstanding teachers who are inspiring, dedicated, and who go above and beyond for their students. Nominate outstanding Ward 6 teachers for the 2022 DC Teacher of the Year Award.

WHO CAN MAKE A NOMINATION: Anyone can nominate a teacher! Students, families, community members, school leaders and staff members, etc.

HOW TO MAKE A NOMINATION: Visit to fill out a simple nomination form by the nomination deadline of Friday, April 30, 2021.

Any teacher who currently teaches in a DCPS school or a DC public charter school can be nominated. Once nominated, OSSE will reach out to all nominated teachers to invite them to fill out an application. OSSE will then work with a diverse selection committee consisting of community members and education stakeholders to identify a winner. The winner is announced by the DC Mayor each October.

Friends of Lincoln Park and National Park Service Cleanup of Park – Saturday April 24th – Volunteers needed

Friends of Lincoln Park has partnered with the National Park Service for an Earth Day event on Saturday from 9-11am. We are looking for some volunteers to help do some clean-up of the park, in particular trash and debris that has collected along the curbs and edges of the park. NPS has lent gloves/bags/shovels/rakes/brooms etc. to do this and will pick up the trash bags. Here is the link to sign up

For questions please email

Spielberg Park (17th & C) Virtual Community Meeting – Monday, April 19, 2021 6:30 PM

Please join the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) for a virtual community meeting on April 19th to discuss upcoming improvements to Spielberg Park!  Come share your thoughts, help influence the project design, and learn how to get involved in the project.  Your attendance and feedback are critical to the process and greatly appreciated. All ages are welcome!

Spielberg (17th & C) Park Virtual Community Meeting

Meeting date: Monday, April 19, 2021
Meeting time: 6:30- 7:30 PM

Meeting link:

To Join by Phone:
+1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
1-650-479-3208 Call-in number (US/Canada)
Attendee access code 360 353 07

Project Website:
17th and C Street SE Park Community Meeting (

Greater Greater Washington – Like Slow Streets, Streateries, or car-free Beach Drive? DC Council wants to hear about it.

Like Slow Streets, Streateries, or car-free Beach Drive? DC Council wants to hear about it. – Greater Greater Washington (

Transportation & the Environment Public Roundtable

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 12:00PM

Location: Virtual Meeting

The Committee on Transportation & the Environment will hold a Public Roundtable on the following Matter:

  • Transportation in the District After the Pandemic

The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify should contact Ms. Aukima Benjamin, Staff Assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or via e-mail at; witnesses will receive information on how to join the roundtable at that time. Witnesses who anticipate needing language interpretation, or requiring sign language interpretation, are requested to inform the Committee of the need as soon as possible but no later than five business days before the roundtable, which is March 15, 2021. We will make every effort to fulfill timely requests, however requests received in less than five business days may not be fulfilled and alternatives may be offered.

Watch Live:

– On the Council site, at
– On the OCTFME site, at
– On TV, usually Channel 13

Full information can be found at this link.

ABRA Reopen Washington DC Alcohol Act Information Session

On Monday, March 22nd, ABRA hosted a virtual information session on draft policies that will be sent to DC Council for approval at a date tbd. Below is the slide deck from the presentation. The draft legislation can be found at this link: B24-0044 – Reopen Washington DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act of 2021 (

Thank you for participating in our virtual Reopen Washington DC Alcohol Act Information SessionClick here to download the slide deck from the presentation. We encourage you to share this resource widely.

Your feedback is important to us. Please complete our brief survey which can be completed in less than five minutes. Responses can be made anonymously.

Take the Survey

If your questions were not answered during the presentation, please contact ABRA’s Community Resource Officer Sarah Fashbaugh directly at or (202) 397-3971.

03/18/2021 – Office of the Tenant Advocate: Renter’s Rights 101 during the Public Health Emergency Webinar

The Office of the Tenant Advocate is hosting a monthly Renter’s Rights 101 during the Public Health Emergency webinar/online class (held in both English and Spanish) for tenants in DC who would like to be better informed about their rights. The class covers what tenants should know about their leases, their responsibilities as tenants, the landlords’ responsibilities, security deposits, COVID-19 changes to the law, and more.

Thursday March 18th
10am – 12pm in English
5:30pm – 7:30pm in Spanish

To RSVP for this online class, please contact Nicole McEntee at RSVPs will be accepted until the class is full; if the class fills up quickly, the next monthly online class will be on Thursday April 15th.

*This is being posted on behalf of OTA. For any questions or further information, please contact OTA

National Cherry Blossom Festival – Porch Parade & Procession

We’re excited to announce that the 2021 Festival will bloom this spring (March 20-April 11), with an innovative format that honors the tradition of the Festival, while prioritizing the health and safety of participants amidst the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s Festival is designed to incorporate both virtual and personal experiences for everyone to enjoy this spring!

On March 20, watch the ceremonial start to the Festival as performers from Japan and DC bring to your living room a celebration of the season with artistry and spectacle. Co-presented with The Japan Foundation.

For more information:

GET INVOLVED: Petal Porch Parade + Procession

One of the new programs this year is Petal Porch Parade + Procession. This program invites DC residents to celebrate their cherry blossom/springtime spirit by decorating their porches, yards, and/or windows. We are also encouraging the community to get outside and explore their neighborhood. The goal is to have participants register online and NCBF will create a map for people to walk around to tour theirs and other neighborhoods. The program will culminate with a mini-procession of 10 cars that have been painted by local DC artists driving down their street. We will be driving through all 8 wards but the route will be determined by density clustering of decorated homes. Individuals will be able to begin signing up around March 1st.

Neighborhood Champions – Petal Porch Parade and Procession

Mayor Bowser Issues Mayor’s Order Extending Today’s Public Emergency for 15 Days

Mayor Bowser Issues Mayor’s Order Extending Today’s Public Emergency for 15 Days

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

(Washington, DC) – Today, First Amendment protests turned violent. Many persons came to the District armed and for the purpose of engaging in violence and destruction and have engaged in violence and destruction. They have fired chemical irritants, bricks, bottles, and guns. They have breached the security of the Capitol and their destructive and riotous behavior has the potential to spread beyond the Capitol. Their motivation is ongoing. Today, they sought to disrupt the Congressional proceedings relating to the acceptance of electoral college votes. President Trump continues to fan rage and violence by contending that the Presidential election was invalid. Persons are dissatisfied with judicial rulings and the findings of State Boards of Elections, and some persons can be expected to continue their violent protests through the inauguration.

Accordingly, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2021-003, extending the public emergency declared earlier today for a total of 15 days, until and unless provided for by further Mayoral Order.

Mayor’s Order 2021-003

January 6, 2021

SUBJECT: Extension of Public Emergency
ORIGINATING AGENCY: Office of the Mayor

By virtue of the authority vested in the Mayor of the District of Columbia pursuant to section 422(11) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973, 87 Stat. 790, Pub. L. No. 93-198, D.C. Official Code § 1-204.22(11) (2016 Repl.); section 5 of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, effective March 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3- 149, D.C. Official Code § 7-2304 (2018 Repl.); D.C. Official Code § 5-129.03, and Mayor’s Order 2009-4, it is hereby ORDERED that:


First Amendment protests have turned violent. Many persons came to the District armed and for the purpose of engaging in violence and destruction and have engaged in violence and destruction. They have fired chemical irritants, bricks, bottles, and guns. They have breached the security of the Capitol and their destructive and riotous behavior has the potential to spread beyond the Capitol.

Their motivation is ongoing. Today, they sought to disrupt the Congressional proceedings relating to the acceptance of electoral college votes. President Trump continues to fan rage and violence by contending that the Presidential election was invalid. Persons are dissatisfied with judicial rulings and the findings of State Boards of Elections, and some persons can be expected to continue their violent protests through the inauguration.

Today’s events and the reasonable apprehension of an ongoing public emergency represent an immediate threat to the health, safety, and welfare of District residents that requires emergency protective actions. Accordingly, by this Order, the public emergency declared by Mayor’s Order 2021-002 earlier this afternoon is hereby extended for a total of fifteen (15) days, until and unless provided for by further Mayoral Order.


A. The City Administrator, in consultation with the Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, is authorized to implement such measures as may be necessary or appropriate to protect persons and property in the District of Columbia from the conditions caused by this public emergency. Such measures may include, as necessary or appropriate, actions authorized under D.C. Official Code§ 7-2304(b), including requesting federal disaster assistance, or taking measures under the District Response Plan to the extent necessary or appropriate to effectuate the relief contemplated by this Order.

B. This Order shall apply to all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the District government as necessary or appropriate to implement this Order.

C. The Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia is authorized to approve disbursement of all appropriations necessary to carry out this Order.

D. The City Administrator, in coordination with the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice, the Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and the Chief Financial Officer, is authorized to apply for financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, any other federal, private, or nonprofit disaster relief and recovery organizations, and any other appropriate agencies of the United States government to recoup expenditures incurred, or obtain funding needed, under this order.

E. The District Response Plan is hereby implemented beginning immediately, including the execution of mutual aid agreements for public safety purposes, and the appointment and swearing in of special police.

F. In accordance with 49 C.F.R. § 390.23 (Relief from Regulations), any motor carriers or drivers operating commercial motor vehicles directly engaged in the resolution of this emergency shall not be subject to any provision that restricts the length of their work hours. Accordingly, this order permits utility workers and District agencies to retain crews to complete emergency repairs and restore services beyond normal work hours.

G. Expend appropriated funds as needed to address the public emergency.

H. Prepare for, order, and supervise the evacuation or sheltering of persons.

I. Disconnect, suspend, or shut-off public utilities.

J. Destroy, remove, or prohibit access to real or personal property found to be contaminated by any matter which renders it deleterious to life or health.

K. Issue orders to regulate the use, sale, production, and distribution of food, fuel, clothing and other commodities as required by the District’s response plan.

L. Reduce or alter the hours of business, and direct persons to remain off public streets if a curfew is established.

M. Establish such emergency services units as required.

N. Expand existing departmental and agency units related to public emergency services.

O. Exercise operational direction over all District government departments.

P. Procure supplies, provide inform the public, and take any other preparatory steps.

Q. Request pre-disaster assistance from the federal government.

R. Take action to prevent or reduce harmful consequences of disaster.

S. Waive application of any law administered by the Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking if doing so is reasonably calculated to protect the health, safety, or welfare of District residents; and

T. Notwithstanding any provision of Chapter 6 of Title 1, or the rules issued pursuant to Chapter 6 of Title 1, the subchapter I-A of Chapter 5 of Title 1, or any other personnel law or rules, the Mayor may take the following personnel actions regarding executive branch subordinate agencies that the Mayor determines necessary and appropriate to address the emergency:

1. Redeploying employees within or between agencies;

2. Modifying employees’ tours of duty;

3. Modifying employees’ places of duty;

4. Mandating telework;

5. Extending shifts and assigning additional shifts;

6. Providing appropriate meals to employees required to work overtime or work without meal breaks;

7. Assigning additional duties to employees;

8. Extending existing terms of employees;

9. Hiring new employees into the Career, Education, and Management Supervisory Services without competition;

10. Eliminating any annuity offsets established by any law; or

11. Denying leave or rescinding approval of previously approved leave.


This Order shall remain in effect until fifteen (15) days after its effective date, until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021, unless earlier rescinded or superseded.


This Order shall become effective immediately.

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From the Office of the People’s Counsel

The Office of the People’s Counsel is an independent agency of the District of Columbia government. By law, it is the advocate for consumers of natural gas, electric and telephone services in the District. District of Columbia law designates the Office as a party to all utility-related proceedings before the Public Service Commission. The Office also represents the interests of District ratepayers before federal regulatory agencies. The Office is authorized to investigate the operation and valuation of utility companies independent of any pending proceeding.


Stay Informed: What Is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The COVID-19 is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

Since December 2019, cases have been identified in a growing number of countries.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Public health authorities are learning more every day. We will continue to update as we learn more.

Stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in the District by visiting the official website for this event: http ://

Or visit the CDC website for information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at: 



About The U.S. Census 

Every 10 years, the U.S. government counts every person living in our country in the Constitutionally-mandated Census. Once Census collection is over, the U.S. Census Bureau analyzes and release critical census data.

Data from the U.S. Census directly determines the pathway of Federal funding, impacting schools, businesses, transportation, infrastructure, healthcare, and overall social equity in the District.

The more accurate the data, the easier it is to ensure that we are meeting our community’s needs. When data is inaccurate, we miss out on billions of Federal dollars.

We Need Your Help

In 2010, DC was the second most undercounted city* in the nation, with the highest concentrations of undercounted folks living in Wards 1, 5, 7, and 8. The following groups have been historically undercounted in the District:

  • Low-income residents
  • Foreign-born residents
  • Renters in multi-unit buildings
  • Children ages 0-5
  • African American Households

*City defined by a population of more than half a million residents

In 2010, DC was one of the most undercounted cities in the nation.  What did that mean for us?

Well, the District potentially loses out out on billions of Federal dollars through large scale federal entitlement programs.

Make sure that we #GetCountedDC:

Follow the link above to find out more information and to fill out the census online!