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DCRA News

DCRA NEWS
July 2022 Edition

A Message From The Director

Director Ernest Chrappah Head Shot
Dear DCRA Customers,
I hope you and your families are enjoying the summer here in the District and finding a way to stay cool.
As we move through this last quarter of our fiscal year, it is an unusual time for our agency. On October 1, 2022, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) will be transitioning into the District’s newest agencies, the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP). Even in the midst of our ongoing work to solidify a smooth transition, we remain resolute in our desire to develop and employ new initiatives to better serve the residents and businesses of the District.
Earlier this month, Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced legislation that, when enacted, will require property owners, contractors, or persons applying for a permit for construction or demolition work to obtain liability insurance to insure adjacent and adjoining property owners for any loss or damage arising out of that work.
Current District law requires contractors to provide proof of liability insurance before they may be issued a license. Furthermore, the DC Building Code requires contractors and building owners to take appropriate precautions to prevent damage to adjoining buildings during construction or demolition. However, no requirements exist to obtain liability insurance coverage for adjacent or adjoining properties. Once enacted, the proposed legislation, the “Protecting Adjacent and Adjoining Property Owners from Construction Damage Amendment Act of 2022,” will close the gaps in insurance requirements and provide coverage for adjoining and adjacent District homeowners.
Please read more below, but in conjunction with the proposed legislation, I am also pleased to introduce the DCRA Insurance Education Center (IEC). This new initiative builds on DCRA’s multiple platforms designed to help protect residents.
In looking toward the future, we have also taken some time to reflect with our team on the progression of our agency. Our focus has always been to take bold action in addressing inefficiencies, refining internal processes, and fostering innovation to better serve the public. Our program enhancements and developments have been focused on improving service delivery. Our efforts have helped cultivate a safer District marketplace for both businesses and consumers. You have entrusted us with a most valuable mission – to protect the health, safety, economic interests, and quality of life of the residents, businesses, and visitors in the District of Columbia, and we are excited to continue moving the District forward.
Stay safe,
DCRA Director Ernest Chrappah Signature
Ernest Chrappah
Director

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District is Hiring

July 29, 2022
Letter from the Mayor
Dear Washingtonians,
Help us spread the word: on Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12, we are hosting a virtual DC Government Summer Hiring Fair. We have more than 1,000 positions open across DC Government and we want people who care about DC and who want to make a difference to join our team.
Every day, I have the privilege of witnessing the work of the 37,000 men and women who serve our city. In government buildings across DC and out in the community, our diverse team of public servants works tirelessly and passionately to support and uplift our community. Working in government is rewarding, it is challenging, and it provides a unique opportunity to serve and support the greatest city in the world.
If you are a DC resident, you can claim preference when applying for a job at DC Government, so I especially encourage residents to register for the job fair. Registration is now open and will remain open until August 7. DCHR is also hosting a seminar on Friday, August 5 to help participants prepare for the job fair. You can register for the job fair and learn more about the prep session at dc.gov/JoinOurTeam.

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ANNUAL MPD NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENT IN WARD 5: TUESDAY AUGUST 2

ANNUAL MPD NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENT IN WARD 5: TUESDAY AUGUST 2

MPD sponsors its annual National Night Out. Ward 5 Residents are invited to attend the event at the Joe Cole Recreation Center in the Trinidad neighborhood at 1229 Neal Street NE on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. The event runs from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Normally, the events provides free foods for residents attending the event.

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Lamond-Riggs Library Invite

The Lamont-Riggs Library is inviting neighborhood residents to help with “creating” their Heritage Wall. Neighbors are invited to provide items listed below under the “What Materials Can I Contribute?”.

Please note that the items and photos or artwork provided are not limited to long-time residents. Current residents are invited to share their photos, artwork, and fabrics.

The Community Day Celebration at the Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library on July 23, 2022 was a success. The purpose of this event was to ensure full community participation since the June 27, 2022 Ribbon Cutting event was held on a weekday.
Various community organizations were represented including your own Lamond-Riggs Library Friends (LRLF). Apple Tree Charter School, DC Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL), DC Works, Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center, The Committee to Rename the Library, University of District of Columbia (Birtie Backus Campus) and others participated.
In addition, Michelle L. Herman, the artist commissioned by DCPL to develop the Heritage Wall, had a successful day. Several patrons brought material, including The Fort Totten Storytellers, our Fort Totten neighbors. Please note that this opportunity is open to the Michigan Park, North Michigan Park, Pleasant Hills, Queens Chapel, and South Manor Park communities.
Please take note of the following to participate:
What Materials Can I Contribute?
· Fabric “Swatches”
o Heirloom fabric patterns, textiles or quilts that were made by you/family members, clothing handed down that has special significance and meaning, or other fabrics and patterns that remind you of something meaningful.
· Photographs
o Photos that have connections to the neighborhood, historical family photos of Lamond-Riggs (or neighboring community) residents, family gatherings in the Lamond-Riggs area, celebrations, picnics, or loved ones that have a connection to the neighborhood are welcome. To be respectful of privacy, please make sure anyone pictured in the photograph is also comfortable having their likeness be part of the final, permanent artwork.
How Can I Participate?
· Bring Your Materials to an In-Person Scanning Session at the Lamond-Riggs Lillian J. Huff Library on:
o Saturday, July 30. 11 am–2 pm,
o Wednesday, August 3, 6–7:45 pm,

OR Submit Materials Online
o Visit bit.ly/heritagewall to upload your images.
So, please share this information with your friends and colleagues. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partake in artwork depicting our shared communities and history.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Thank you,

Robert T. Oliver, President
Lamond-Riggs Library Friends

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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks FAQs for Safe Fourth of July Weekend

We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing but most importantly a safe Fourth of July weekend. To that end, below are some helpful links from MPD and FEMS.  Please share to help get the word out and hopefully reduce the chance of any serious injuries or property damage. 

If you experience illegal fireworks in your community please call 911 for any urgent safety matters and DC Fire Marshall at 202-727-1600 for immediate action. 

And if you know of a specific location that has had illegal fireworks in previous years you can alert your PSA (Police Service Area) Captain w cc to Vito Maggiolo of FEMS (vito.maggiolo@dc.gov) to the location for situational awareness. Just use the PSA locator link below to input your home address to identify the PSA for your area and then go to the MPD link below to look up the PSA to find the Commander, Captain and Lieutenants who head up the enforcement for your area. 

As a reminder, as MPD describes it…any fireworks in the hands of non professionals (and not permitted) that go whiz boom or bang are illegal in the District of Columbia. Better to be safe and enjoy the professional fireworks show from a comfortable safe location.

https://fems.dc.gov/page/frequently-asked-questions-about-fireworks

https://fems.dc.gov/publication/approved-fireworks-listing-2022-season

https://fems.dc.gov/page/july-4th-fireworks-safety-tips

https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/fireworks-safety

PSA Lookup:
https://dcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/InformationLookup/index.html?appid=9b33920cad0a4c0796e4567100c72fef

MPD 3D Roster:
https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/third-district-roster

MPD 4D Roster:
https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/fourth-district-roster

MPD 5D Roster:
https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/fifth-district-roster

Also, as a reminder the District has a camera rebate program (rebate up to $500 for residential properties and $750 for commercial). Consider installing cameras on front, side and rear of your property to help prevent and fight crime. The cameras can be helpful in identifying perpetrators of illegal fireworks as well.
https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program

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COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for Children 6 months and Older and Moderna Vaccine Available for Children and Adolescents 6-17 Years Old. Click on the link below to see the full announcement.

https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?AC

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The Lamond-Riggs Library Opens Monday, June 27, 2022

Join your neighbors on Monday, June 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for opening festivities for all ages which will include a ribbon-cutting, guided building tours, family story time, crafts for all ages, opportunities to connect with local organizations, video game demonstrations and more!

The new Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library will open Monday, June 27. District residents and library customers are invited to join the opening festivities starting at 11 a.m.
The new 23,500-square-foot library continues the DC Public Library’s Facilities Master Plan priority of building neighborhood libraries that are at least 20,000 sq. ft., are flexible enough to accommodate changing uses and new technologies, and are environmentally friendly.
It features:
Expanded space for adults, teens, and children;
A variety of collaboration spaces, including a living room-style seating area;
A large meeting room with a capacity for 100 people, dividable into separate smaller rooms
7 additional reservable meeting spaces, one for up to 12 people, two for up to six people each, and four study spaces designed for 2 people; and
Outdoor spaces on each floor with comfortable seating.
The Lamond-Riggs Interim Library, located at 395 Ingraham St. NE, will close on Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
In preparation for the transition to the Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library, all due dates for books and other materials borrowed from the interim library have been extended to mid-July. During the move, Library customers can return books and other materials to any DC Public Library. Holds can also be picked up from any location customers select. The location closest to the Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library is the Woodridge Library located at 1801 Hamlin St. NE.

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DC Employer – Partners IT Training Program

Please find information on an IT training and job program with training from VETS Group and OJT and possible jobs from four dC-based IT companies focusing on DC Residents. For veterans and non-veterans.

Please find information on an IT training and job program with training from VETS Group and OJT and possible jobs from four dC-based IT companies focusing on DC Residents. For veterans and non-veterans.

This program is in process now, so applicants need to respond immediately. There is a similar program with different course offering starting July 11 and running until September 23.

DC Employer – Partners IT Training Program
The VET Group has partnered with 4 Employers to offer IT Certification Training, Paid Internships & Jobs For DC Residents

Positions Titled:
– IT Support Specialist
– Cyber Security Analysts
– Website Developers
– Project Managers
– MS Office Business Data
– Financial Analysts

Selected Participants must be:
— DC Residents 18 and older, High school/ GED, Low Income or Unemployed
— Able to pass a drug test and a criminal background check
— Demonstrate ability to pass a basic IT assessment, reading and math test

— Training Format: Instructor-led online classes
— Practice Labs: In-person at Vets Groups DC Center

Certifications: Comptia A+ – Net+ – Sec+ – MS5365* PMP* Web Development

To Apply — Send Your Resume Today! FaithDeVeaux@vetsGroup.org (202) 882-0011

DC Employer Partners are:
Codile CodiceTech.com
TAC Intergrated Solutions
TAVIntergrated.com
ZSofTech Solutions Zsoftechsolutions.com
*Vetcars Autoflexfleet.com

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Playground Opening

EYA Built Playground

EYA, in coordination with the local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and the Executive Office of the Mayor, opened the newly established playground on the 12th Street side of the Saint Joseph’s Seminary. The Sunday morning event attracted many new residents and children with the benefit of pleasant summer weather. The playground is a greatly welcomed amenity to the neighborhood which in recent years has experienced a significant growth of young families as residents. Hosting the event was EYA Evan Goldman. Other speakers were Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio, ANC503 Emily Lucio, and ANC 5B05 Colleen Costello.

Ribbon Cutting

The playground is part of the EYA development of the land to the rear of the Saint Joseph Seminary to accommodate new residents and includes residences for families with below average incomes for the District of Columbia.

Evan Goldman, EYA Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions, spoke about the efforts to make available affordable housing within the EYA development and led the ribbon cutting ceremony. Evan first approached the community seven years ago about the proposed development.

EYA Evan Gooldman

In recent years, the Saint Joseph Seminary also partnered with Casey Trees to plant trees in the front of the property along Varnum Street. The land in the front and on the two sides of the Seminary building will remain undeveloped.

Emily Lucio, ANC503 representative, noted the long effort involved to bring the playground plans to fruition.

ANC Emily Lucio

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