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Christmas Tree Removal

This week DPW resumed most normal operations. As a result of last week’s snow events, some DPW services were delayed or suspended.  DPW worked through the weekend to catch up on trash and recycling collection and public litter can servicing. Residents can call 311 to place service requests if trash and recycling are missed or if public litter cans are overflowing. Please be reminded that public litter can receptacles collect waste while in transit, not household trash. For your awareness, please see our daily operational status for the remainder of the week below.
Monday, January 10, 2022
  • Regularly scheduled Trash & Recycling Collection.
  • Public Litter Can Collection.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
  • Regularly scheduled Trash & Recycling Collection.
  • Holiday Tree Collections Resumes.
  • Holiday Tree Drop-off Sites Available (Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm).
  • City-wide Leaf Collection Resumes.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
  • Regularly scheduled Trash & Recycling Collection.
  • Holiday Tree Collections.
  • Holiday Tree Drop-off Sites Available (Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm).
  • City-wide Leaf Collection.
 
Thursday January 13, 2022
  • Regularly scheduled Trash & Recycling Collection.
  • Holiday Tree Collections.
  • Holiday Tree Drop-off Sites Available (Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm).
  • City-wide Leaf Collection.
Friday January 14, 2022
  • Regularly scheduled Trash & Recycling Collection.
  • Holiday Tree Collections.
  • Holiday Tree Drop-off Sites Available (Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm).
  • City-wide Leaf Collection.
Saturday January 15, 2022
  • Holiday Tree Collections.
  • Holiday Tree Drop-off Sites Available (Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm).
  • City-wide Leaf Collection.
Celeste Duffie
Department of Public Works
Community Relations Specialist
O: 202-671-2531
M: 202-438-8277
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Explore the DC Government’s website

Explore the DC Government’s website (https://www.frontdoor.dc.gov) which provide over 50 resources for current and future homeowners to help them thrive (topics include these items and more:  help paying your mortgage, save on utilities, help to buy a home, save on your taxes).
 
*** Please Consider Signing Up to Testify at Public Hearing re Flooding in the District ***
On Monday Jan 10, 2022 at 10am DC Council will reconvene a joint public hearing (to include public witnesses) on Climate Resilience Planning in the District and B24-410, the Flood Resilience Amendment Act of 2021.
Public witnesses who wish to testify and share their experience of flooding in the District must sign up to testify by the deadline of this coming Friday morning January 7 2022 and must email Aukima Benjamin at ABenjamin@dccouncil.us and cc Sandra Karpinsky at SKarpinsky@dccouncil.us
Testimony can be provided virtually as well as via voicemail and written testimony (record officially closes at 5pm on Jan 24 2022).
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An Overview of DC Zoning Regulations

An Overview of the District of Columbia Zoning Regulations
Recently, the DCRA Office of the Zoning Administrator (OZA) invited stakeholders to join us for a virtual event to learn more about zoning resources available to help customers better understand how the OZA interprets regulations set forth by the Office of Zoning (DCOZ), a District government agency independent from DCRA. As one of the entities involved in the zoning process, the OZA administers, interprets, and enforces the DC Zoning Regulations, DCMR Title 11.
With more than 100 virtual attendees tuning in, the OZA introduced and provided an overview of the origin, purpose, and benefits of Zoning Interpretations – to raise awareness of particular issues to the development community and other customers. In response to reoccurring questions from applicants and citizens, DCRA has published 30 zoning interpretations to date. These interpretations provide clarification of regulations, inform residents and businesses of several long-standing practices, and provide a common and uniform basis for consistency in applying the zoning provisions here in the District of Columbia.
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New Leaf Blower Regulations

New Leaf Blower Regulations Take Effect January 1, 2022

DCRA wants to notify you of a law that was passed earlier by the Council of the District of Columbia that may soon impact local residents and businesses.
On January 1, 2022, the Leaf Blower Regulation Amendment Act of 2018 took effect. The Act prohibits the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers in the District. Individuals and companies who continue to use gasoline-powered leaf blowers after this date will be subject to fines of up to $500 for each offense.
After January 1, 2022, violations of the law can be reported by any person who observes a gas-powered leaf blower being used in the District, which can then result in an enforcement proceeding against the violator. For your awareness, DCRA will be accepting photographic and recorded (video and audio) evidence in support of these citations.
Please plan ahead and prepare for equipment changes that comply with the new law.
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Trash and Recyling Collection

Trash and Recycling Collections

Mr. McDuffie’s office contacted Ralph Bucksell to inquire about the status of the streets in our neighborhood.  Ralph reported that the streets were all cleared but that the intersections all needed to be cleaned so that cars could safely turn into the intersections.  The city trucks returned to our neighborhood and cleared most of the intersections.  DPW said they hoped to have the streets cleared by midnight tonight (01/05/2022).  
 
Ralph asked Mr. McDuffie’s office to check to see if trash and recycling would be collected this week.  DPW said they hoped to make some collections this week but some areas will have to be delayed.  So, if you have full trash and/or recycling bins, put them out and hope you might be one of those who is lucky enough to be covered.  However, given the projected snow on Friday, we all might have to wait until next week.  
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Wreaths Across America at Old Soliders Home Cemetery Saturday

Wreaths Across America – Ceremony and Wreaths Laying – Just up Taylor Street from Michigan Park 
 
WHEN: Saturday, 18 December, 12 noon.
WHERE: U.S. Soldiers & Sailors Home National Cemetery (DCSAHN)
ADDRESS: 21 Harewood Road NW, Washington, DC 20011
ACTIVITIES: Ceremony and Wreath Laying.  The ceremony is 15 minutes followed by the wreath laying which the kids love.  The wreaths are taken from the back of trucks and placed at the grave stones.  It is a great, outdoor family event. 

https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

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Opioid Epidemic Community Forum

Subject: Notice to All ANC and Civic Leaders: Join USAO and Psychiatric Institute of Washington – Virtual Community Forum on Opiod Epidemic Tues Dec 14th 5:30pm

The Third District, Community Prosecution Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (USAODC) and The Psychiatric Institute of Washington,  would like to invite you to join them for a public forum addressing the opioids epidemic.  The forum’s panelists will include representatives from The United States Attorney’s Office, Psychiatric Intuition of Washington, Court Services Offenders Supervision Agency (CSOSA) , Drug Free World, D.C. Pretrial Services Agency and the Ward 1 and 2 D.C. Prevention Center.  Meeting is virtual and zoom details are below (go to zoom.us and input the meeting id and password when prompted).
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Mayor’s Senior Holiday Celebration

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Department of Aging and Community Living for the Mayor’s 23rd Annual Senior Holiday Celebration! 
This event is open to DC residents, age 60 and older.
Advanced registration is required – register today or call (202) 727-8955.
* Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination and masks REQUIRED.*
RSVP HERE
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
10:00 AM
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Government of the District of Columbia. Muriel Bowser, Mayor
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Pandemic Umemployment Benefits – What Rights Do I Have?

End of the Pandemic Unemployment Benefits – What Rights Do I Have?

Which benefits are ending?

DC has had three special unemployment programs that expire September 4, 2021:

  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, or PEUC, extending the time you could receive regular unemployment (“UI”) benefits.
  • Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, or FPUC, giving an extra $300 per week.
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA, giving benefits to people who can’t get regular UI.
    Are my unemployment benefits going to stop after September 4, 2021?
    Maybe.
  • If you get regular UI, your payments might continue – Please keep filing claims cards!
  • If you get PEUC, your PEUC will stop, but you might start getting regular UI again or you might be eligible for another benefit program – see below!
  • If you get PUA, your payments will stop.
  • The extra $300 per week will stop.
  • Are there any other unemployment benefits I can apply for?
    If you are in the PEUC or regular UI program and you do not get paid after the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, you may be eligible for the week ending Sept. 11, 2021 through another program called Extended Benefits (EB). If this applies to you or you aren’t sure, please apply for EB as soon as your other payments stop at dcnetworks.org or 202-724-7000.
  • If you think you may be eligible for PUA for weeks ending between December 1, 2020 andSeptember 4, 2021, but haven’t applied yet, you can apply until October 6, 2021.

I think DOES owes me money for past weeks. Can they still pay me?
Yes! DOES has to keep processing all timely- filed claims. If you are still waiting on DOES to make a decision on your claim or to pay you for missing weeks, please keep following up with them at 202-724-7000 or uiescalations@dc.gov.
DOES told me they aren’t going to pay me – what can I do?
You can request a hearing with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
Get the appeal form at
https://oah.dc.gov/publication/ui-request- hearing-appeal-determination-claims-examiner- involving-unemployment-benefits or by calling OAH at (202) 442-9094. You can email it to oah.filing@dc.gov or bring it in person to the Office of Administrative Hearings, 441 Fourth Street NW, Suite 450N, Washington, DC 20001.
Are there any non-UI programs I can apply for to help pay my bills?
Yes! DC residents can apply for SNAP (food stamps), TANF, & Alliance/Immigrant Children’s Program at https://dcbenefits.dhs.dc.gov/, via smart phone through District Access App, or in person at a DHS Service Center. You can apply for Medicaid at dchealthlink.com or by phone at 1-855-532-5465.
You can apply for rental and utility assistance at stay.dc.gov or 833-478-2932.
*If you receive benefits through these programs, please meet all your reporting requirements, including if your unemployment benefits stop.
**This flyer is based on information available to Legal Aid as of August 20, 2021, and is subject to change.

Need help? Call Legal Aid at (202) 628-1161 or go to https://www.legalaiddc.org/online-intake/.

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