Friday, December 31, 2010

I want to take a moment to wish all of my constituents a HAPPY NEW YEAR and a wonderful 2011. The past decade has seen many changes in our neighborhood. I hope we continue to fulfill our potential while improving our quality of life. Thank you for your support and best wishes to all!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tips for Protecting Yourself and Your Property During the Holidays

The Metropolitan Police Department cautions everyone to take the time to learn more about protecting yourself and your property during the Holidays. There has been an increase in crimes of opportunity in our neighborhood and we advise you to read the TIPS provided here below:

· Never open your front door automatically. Install and use a peephole.
· Keep your doors and windows locked.
· Vary your daily routine (Routine Activities).
· Use "Neighborhood Watch" to keep an eye on your neighborhood and neighbors.
· Leave lights on when going out at night; use a timer to turn lights on/ off when you are away for an extended period of time.
· Notify neighbors and the police when going away on a trip.
· When you are away remember to cancel deliveries such as newspapers and magazines. Arrange for your mail to be held by the Post Office, or ask a neighbor to collect it for you.
· Report crime or suspicious activities by calling 911.
· Install deadbolt locks on all your doors.
· Keep your home well lit at night, inside and out; keep curtains closed.
· Ask for proper identification from delivery persons and/ or contractors.
· When having contract work performed in the home, try to have someone that is trustworthy supervise workers.
· If a stranger asks to use your telephone, offer to place the call for him or her yourself, never let a stranger into your home.
· Do not leave notes on your door when you are gone.
· Do not hide your keys under the mat or outside in other conspicuous places.
· Never give out information over the phone indicating you are alone or that you won't be home at a certain time.
· If you arrive at home and suspect a stranger may be inside, DO NOT GO IN. Leave quickly and call 911 immediately.

I hope that these TIPS are helpful to you and your family and that you have a Happy and SAFE Holiday Season!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Activities Bring Neighbors Together

Several holiday activities have taken place recently that have brought together neighbors, including the U Street Neighborhood Association Holiday Party held on December 9 at Marvin. Shown above is a collage of photos taken by staff.

Below is a photo taken by the Current Newspapers at the First Annual Tree Lighting held on Friday, Dec. 17. I am pictured with Councilmember Jim Graham and ANC 1B04 Commissioner Deborah Thomas.

We hope all of you are enjoying the holidays!

Friday, December 17, 2010

First Annual Tree Lighting at 14th and U

Please join us for the first annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Arts District at the REEVES Center located at the corner of 14th and U Streets at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 17. Bring your family and friends to celebrate good tidings throughout the holiday season. Hosted by DC Arts District Marketing Team and City Officials; Emma Mae Gallery Event Coordinator. See you there!