MPCA Minutes September 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
September 3, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

President Ralph Bucksell opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. The minutes of the last meeting in June, 2018 were read and approved. Treasurer Beulah Sutherland submitted the treasurer’s report.

Upcoming Dates.

  1. Fall Shepard Park Cleanup scheduled November 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
  2. Annual Holiday/Christmas Party, exact date and location pending.
  3. January Meeting scheduling for a Saturday Morning to accommodate members who cannot attend weekday meetings.  Date to be announced after a location is confirmed for the meeting.

Review of Assignments

  1. MPCA Sponsors. Joan Theil requests help with putting ads on MPCA webpage for received business donations.
  2. On-Line Payments. Asked for someone to take responsibility to oversee the payment of dues online.
  3. MPCA Web Page.  Looking for someone to lead the webpage redesign (non-members speaking & emails).
  4. Bunker Hill Elementary School. Reconfirm continuation of Christmas program.  Dropped Civic Awards program.
  5. Water Feature Shepherd Park. Paul Wood contacted Councilmember McDuffie’s office for an update.
  6. Howard University Development near Shepherd and 14th Per contact with ANC 5B05 John Feeley, Howard has not finalized any proposals.
  7. Meeting Attendance on-line.  Attendees voted against having MPCA meeting online using Facebook at $350/year.
  8. Family events. No determination

Traffic issues

Concerns that members would like to raise this year to DDOT/the police/the mayor/Ward 5 & At-large council members.  Plan a combined meeting with Mayor, Police, DDOT, McDuffie & other local civic associations.

  1. Use of side streets & alleys by cars and trucks as major though-fares;
  2. Blocking of intersections during rush hours;
  3. Brookland Middle School blocking school driveway forcing parents to use Shepherd Street mornings & afternoons.
  4. Trucks in excess of 11/4 tons driving on streets where they are prohibited;
  5. Various Metro Bus Issues.

Providence Hospital Proposed Health Village

Providence Hospital has been asking neighbors to provide suggestions to help them develop a “health care village”.  Some of the suggestions that have been provided are noted below.  Members are asked to send any additional suggestions to Ralph Bucksell at:

1)  Invite Planet Fitness to install a gym on the PH campus.  They charge $10/month.  Good addition for a wellness center.
2)  Keep open and advertise the hospital cafeteria to provide quality, healthy meals for neighborhood residents.
3)  Have yoga, and other exercise classes (dancing, spinning, fitness, weight watchers) for neighborhood residents.
4)  Provide classes on planning healthy meals.
5)  Have in-wellness center and in-home hospice care.
6)  Provide AA and Addicts Anonymous programs.
7)  Urgent care and non emergency care programs for walk-ins.
8)  Ask Yes or some other grocery chain to establish a presence on the hospital campus.
9)  Have classes on medical issue (advance care directive, trusts, meditation, mental health counseling, sleep classes, shots, etc…)
10) Provide shots for shingle, measles, hepatitis A & B, overseas travel, etc…
11) Provide tutoring programs for elementary, middle, and high school students using students from local high schools, colleges, and retirees.
12) Establish day care programs for children, seniors, and Alzheimer patients.
13) Establish clinics where patients can come in for minor in-and-out surgery (e.g. cataract).
13) Massage & physical therapy programs.
14) Pharmacy services.
15) Training for clergy and families on caring for the sick, death and dying.
16) Set up a volunteer program to provide help for single outpatients who need help with groceries, meds, etc…

Lionell Gaines, the former Mayor Ward 5 representative, announced that he is working for another DC office.  He then introduced the two people who will serve as his replacements (Dominique Chestnut, and Malik Miller).  Both were welcomed to the meeting.

Ogo Aqwai, CM McDuffie’s representative for MPCA, announced that the MPCA request for funding for the Shepherd and 12th Street park water faucet was put in the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget.  The funds would probably be available sometime after November 2018.

President Bucksell brought the meeting to a close.



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Medical Professional Openings with Police and Fire Clinic

The Police & Fire Clinic located at 920 Varnum Street NE has a number of positions to be filled ASAP. DC residents are preferred although  applicants from all parts of the metro area are welcome. If interested please respond to – if you know others who might be interested, please spreaad the word.

Medical Assistant Wanted

Radiology Tech Wanted

Practical Nurse Wanted

Physician Wanted

Physician Assistant Wanted

Medical Assistant Wanted


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MPCA Minutes May 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
May 1, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

Ms. Elizabeth McGowan opened the meeting at 6:50 PM. Paul Wood led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

PARK CLEANUP.   The triangle park cleanup at Michgan/12th/Shepherd is scheduled for Saturday, 5 May.  DPW will drop off compost early in the morning and pick up clippings around 5p.m.  Efforts will be focused on wedding of the two flower beds, raking out of the leaves around the evergreens and spreading of the compost.

Ms. Ogo Aqoai of Councilmember McDuffie’s Office noted that a budget meeting was planned for Thursday during which a one-time payment may be obtained for the installation of the water spigot and backflow preventer.  Secretary Paul Wood will forward to Ms. Aqoia information about the request.

TREASURER’S REPORT. Ms. Beulah Sutherland read the treasurer’s report into the minutes.

ELECTIONS.  The following members were nominated as candidates.

President. Ralph Bucksell
First Vice President. Roxanne Carter
Second Vice President. Joan Theil
Secretary. Paul Wood
Treasurer. Beulah Sutherland
Sergeant-at-arms. Katherine Sutherland
Member-at-Large. Lavina Wohlfarth
Member-at-Large. Anne Gribbin
Member-at-Large. Don Looney
Member-at-Large. Karen Bernola

Roxanne Carter made a motion to accept. It was seconded and passed.

Ms. Ogo Aqoai and Mr. Lionell Gaines made various announcements.


The meeting ended just at 8:30p.m.

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National Conservatory of Arts Summer Music Programs

National Conservatory of Arts Summer Music Programs
Offering an award-winning and innovative music curriculum, NCA’s Summer Camps, and Summer Evening Music Programs propel children towards musical literacy and excellence.  We offer piano, guitar, voice, musical theater, and strings summer camps and programs to children from 6 – 14.  We specialize in fun, yet informative music camp experiences.
All 2018 camps will take place at our NW Location (1810 16th Street NW, 3rd Floor, Washington DC, 20009).
This Suzuki workshop, which students may register for 1 week or all 4 weeks, encourages beginners to learn a chosen instrument, as well as encourage more experienced music students to fine-tune their playing in a supportive and fun atmosphere. The dedicated faculty helps each student and family reach new musical heights. The workshop is open to pianists, violinists, violists, cellists, string bassists, and flute from the complete beginner/Pre–Twinklers through Suzuki Book 5.
A typical day includes: 
– Semi-private Lesson
– Music and Movement
– Theory
– Group Class
– Chorus
– Master Class
Experienced and Advanced students who already reading music may qualify for our “Symphony” program. This program may require enrollment in both the Suzuki and Orchestra Programs. After morning Suzuki activities, bridge students end their day playing in the orchestra and perform in the camp-wide concert at the end of each weekly session.
Juniors: grades K (age 6) – 3
The general performing and fine arts summer program, for which students may register for 1 week or all 4 weeks, provides you with a rich and diverse experience in the arts.
Students also choose one elective in the following areas:
Dance: ballet class, or hip-hop dance class,
Music:  piano, guitar, or voice
Creative Writing: (pre-reading students) picture book making/draw what you hear, or (reading students) write your own nursery rhymes/poetry & haiku.
Intermediates: grades 4 – 7
If your child would like to explore different art forms as well as music and dance, the intermediate general arts program is a wonderful summer experience. During their time here,  students will learn with children from all over the world who share your love of learning and creativity.
Students can choose from the following electives:
Dance: ballet class, or hip-hop dance class,
Music: piano, guitar, or voice
Art: drawing & painting, or mixed-media art
For more information please visit our summer camps webpage,, email, or call (202)581-1043 ext. 0.
The Summer Evening Program offers music classes for children ages 4-18. The program includes the following classes: Musical Theater for Grades 1-3, Musical Theater for Grades 4-7, Beginner Piano, Intermediate Piano, Beginner Voice, Adolescent Voice, Guitar, Beginner Violin, and Flute. Most classes meet twice a week. The curriculum follows that of our Fall/Spring school program.
NCA’s musical theater weekly classes for children between 6 and 8 years old, are designed for ALL SKILL LEVELS.
NCA’s musical Theater weekly Classes give students the unique opportunity to work on the three essential disciplines that make up musical theater: singing, acting, and dancing.
National Conservatory of Arts Summer Evening Musical Theater Programs
Instructors include prominent Broadway and opera professional artists, who will provide your child with a superior education in a fun and supportive environment!
The first class will be dedicated to getting acquainted with one another through fun warm-ups and exercises. Roles will be assigned in the second class.
 Ages: 6-8 meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7 pm for 5 weeks from June 25th – July 25th.
Ages: 9-12 meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 7 pm for 5 weeks from June 26th – July 26th.
When: (Grades 1-3) Mondays and Wednesdays June 25th, 27th, July 2nd, 6th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, and 25th **Final Performance
When: (Grades 4-7) Tuesdays and Thursdays June 26th, 28th, July 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, and 26th **Final Performance
Time: 5:30 pm – 7 pm
For more information please visit our summer camps webpage,, email, or call (202)581-1043 ext. 0.
 Payment Plans Available – please call our office at 202.581.1043 ext. 0 or to set up a payment schedule.


Jacqueline Banks, M. Mus.

Founder and Executive Director
(202)581-1043 Ext. 709
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Park Cleanup 5 May 2018

L to R: Bill and Anne Gribbon, Ralph Bucksell, Elizabeth McGowen, Lionell Gaines, Don Looney, Paul Wood.
And seated are Joan Theil and Sean Williams.

Saturday morning brought a group of neighbors together for the annual Spring cleanup of our neighborhood triangle park, 12th Street/Michigan Avenue/Shepherd Street.  DPW sent small dump truck promptly at 8a.m. to deliver compost, and DPW was equally diligent picking up the bagged debris and tree cuttings at day’s end.

DPW Compost Delivery

DPW Compost Delivery

Efforts focused on the area along the 12th Street bus-stop and the flower bed near Michigan and Shepherd. However, all of the trees received compost. With all of the progress of past years near the formerly overgrown bus-stop, neighbors were able to focus on the evergreen trees and bushes, also toward the corner of Michigan and Shepherd.  Much of the undergrowth was raked out and bagged.

Spreading Compost after DPW Delivery

Park Cleanup 2018


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MPCA Minutes 3 April 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
April 4, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

President David Conrad opened the meeting at 6:37 PM. Paul Wood led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ms. Beulah Sutherland read the treasurer’s report.

D.C. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. David reviewed ongoing MPCA responses to the draft D.C. Comprehensive Plan (CP). These actions included 1) a letter emphasizing the improvement of public open spaces, 2) endorsement of ANC 5B05 John Feeley’s comments and 3) co-signatory of a letter authorized by the Brookland Civic Association.  The D.C. Council is aware of the public’s scrutiny. Ms. Elizabeth McGowan attends meeting of the D.C. Federation of Citizens Association on behalf of Michigan Park Citizens Association. The CP is a constant topic at the Federation’s meetings.

 D.C. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS. Ms. Darlett Salley, Solid Waste Inspector, discussed solid waste disposal and made the following points.

1. The city is receiving many calls about trash and recycle receptacles left curbside for lengthy periods. Beginning in November, 2018, DC Public Works will enforce curbside and alley restrictions on receptacles. The hours allowed for display of trash and recyclables are 6:30 pm the day before scheduled pick-up and 8:00 pm the day of pick-up. Residents will receive a one time notification of violations and a $75.00 ticket for second violation.

2. Leaves are only picked up in season.  Outside of the Fall scheduled pick-ups, residents may call 311. In both cases, leaves should be left in the tree boxes or stored in approved leaf bags curbside. Leaves are not collected from the alleys.

3. Bulk Pickups. Residents may call 311 to schedule a bulk pick-up for no more than seven items.

4. Complaints. Should trash or recyclables not be picked up during their scheduled time, residents should call 311 and report it to 202-576-9004. Ask for Mr. Earl Simpson or Administrator David Harrison.

5. Hardship Collection. Elderly residents may apply for their trash and recycling containers to be picked up from their property, to alleviate them bringing the containers to the curb or alley.

6. Electronic Disposal. Beginning January 1, 2018, all electronics will be banned from the trash. They may be dropped off at the Fort Totten Transfer Station the first Monday of every month.

WARD 5 COUNCILMEMBER MCDUFFIE.  Mr. Kenyan McDuffie visited the association. The D.C. budget process has begun. The budget is 14.5 billion dollars, of which 7.8 billion is raised locally. The reminder is received from the Federal Government. The budget is one of the council members top three priorities, the other two being affordability and development. I response to members’ questions.

1. The D.C. Zoning Board is separate from the Comprehensive Plan, and the council may not pass legislation guiding the board, which is included in the Congressional Charter. The CP does inform the Zoning Commission.

2. The council member is pursuing legislation called the District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA). This would allow the city first rights to purchase land for the city’s benefit, i.e. open spaces.

3. The council member will look into the loss of the $3,000 Senior Citizen deduction.

4. The council member committed himself to assist the association procure water access at the neighborhood triangle park, 12th/Michigan/Shepherd.

The Nomination Committee was formed with members Paul Wood, Ralph  Bucksell, and Karen Bernola.

ANNUAL PARK CLEANUP. The annual park cleanup at 12th/Michigan/Shepherd is Saturday, 28 April 2018, at 9:00 am.

The meeting closed at 8:05 pm.

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Federation Resolution on Comp Plan

Michigan Park Citizens Association
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center
March 27, 2018

RESOLUTION on the proposed Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan DC Council Bill B22-663:

After an Assembly Meeting of the Federation of Citizens Associations of the District of Columbia on Feb. 27, 2018 the following Resolution was adopted by the Board of Directors based upon the discussion with the members:

Whereas in January 2018 the Office of Planning sent the District Council amendments to the Framework Element of the Comprehensive Plan, which were introduced as Bill B22-663; Whereas the Council has scheduled a March 20 hearing on these amendments;

Whereas The Plan, which has the force of law, should be clear, rather than filled with vague definitions and descriptions that are meaningless and can be interpreted as anything a developer wants the zoning commission to do;

Whereas The maps, including the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) remove the predictability that residents and purchasers need for their decision-making by calling zones “broad guidelines” “not intended to be strictly followed”; People making huge financial decisions should not be subject to such uncertainty;

Whereas the plan ignores affordable housing criteria that work, like using the DC AMI rather than the SMSA number which is twice as high, meaning that DC’s low income residents are effectively blocked out from affordable housing programs;

  • Relying on current affordable housing requirements for new development does not work; Inclusionary Zoning does not provide family units which are defined as    3 BRs by the industry; for example, there are 6000 units planned for Union Market, although 10% are supposedly affordable (using an artificially high AMI), only 10 (ten) units are 3 BRs – this does not provide family housing  IZ allows developers to decide what type of housing units they will build rather than requiring them to provide what we need.  When they build studios that means that singles with incomes up to $46,350 are eligible for the affordable housing (60%of AMI);
  • The large majority of the City is built to less density than the current zoning would allow, yet the new plan says the description for any block’s density is only general, and any block can be suitable for any other density; you could have a 10 story building next door to your row house;
  • The Plan expands the size of the “downtown” zoning area by 3 times, but exempts it from even our inadequate Inclusionary Zoning; this means more development is exempt from proving affordable housing  Zoning Commission expanded downtown during ZRR.  The new plan does not address affordable housing at all, let alone whether downtown should be exempt from IZ;
  • The plan allows the Zoning Commission to ignore it when it wants to; this violates the Home Rule Act which provides that Zoning Commission decisions be “not inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan”. Allowing the Zoning Commission to ignore the Comp Plan would also overrule two recent Court of Appeals decisions which citizens won; developers are desperate to have these decisions overruled;

Whereas the proposed changes to the Comp Plan would encourage and facilitate displacement of current residents from their neighborhoods by allowing the current housing stock to be replaced with bigger and denser buildings and this could further decrease the amount of affordable housing as rent controlled buildings and other moderately priced housing residential buildings are torn down and redeveloped.

Therefore be it resolved that the Citizens Federation hereby requests that the DC Council postpone further consideration of the amendments to the Comprehensive Plan until the District residents have been given the opportunity to propose ones that will better protect them.

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MPCA Minutes March 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
March 6, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

President David Conrad opened the meeting at 6:33 PM. Paul Wood led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

D.C. BOARD OF ETHICS AND ACCOUNTABILITY.  Attorney Advisor Ashley Cooks of the D.C. Board of Ethics and Accountability (BEGA) spoke at length about the responsibilities of the organization. She was later joined by Attorney Brian Flowers, who also answered questions, and Traci L. Hughes, Director of Office of Open Government. Ms. Hughes spoke and answered questions separately.

BEGA comprises five members selected by the Mayor and approved by the Council who serve for a six year term.  BEGA includes the Office of Open Government and the Office of Government Ethics. They are comprised of two main efforts – the Office of Open Government and Office of Government Ethics.

The Office of Government Ethics has jurisdiction over all 33,000 District Government employees but is restricted to a five year statue of limitations. It may impose up to $5,000 per violation.  Violations are adjudicated in an open adversarial meeting, Many violations result in a negotiated result. The only D.C. ethics law which applies to Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs) relates to conflicts of interest. BEGA is also responsible for Financial Disclosure Filings and Lobbyist Registration and Activity Reports. BEGA published an Ethics Manual and an Annual Best Practices Report.

Ms. Hughes described a recent example of the work of the Office of Open Government. It forced the release of audio recordings of a December 13, 2017 closed-door meeting of the United Medical Center’s board to shut down its obstetrics unit.  The D.C. Office for Open Government ruled that the closed-door meeting was a violation of the Open Meetings Act and forced the board to make its recording public.

TREASURER’S REPORT. Ms. Beulah Sutherland read the treasurer’s report.

D.C. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. The Comprehensive Plan is published by the Office of Zoning and the Zoning Commission. It guides decisions on zoning proposals. Ms. Elizabeth McGowan, MPCA Delegate to the D.C. Federation of Citizens Association, described recent efforts of the Federation to address the proposed changes in the comprehensive plan.  Ms. McGowan provided both a link to the draft plan and documents relating Federation concerns to the MPCA Secretary for posting on the MPCA website, She also noted an opportunity for residents to testify in person or in writing at an at-large forum on April 11, 2018.

Neighbors raised various concerns related to development. The proposed comprehensive plan eliminates the current requirement for the city to place “great emphasis” on input from ANCs.  The city relies on traffic studies commissioned by developers for development decisions.

The hearing for people to testify on the comp plan is Tuesday, March 20 at 2pm at the John Wilson Building/Room 500  (per the PDF I sent you regarding how to testify…via email, in person and who to call to get on the list); testifiers can call (202) 724-7130 to get on the list or email

The Federation has organized a forum for at-large council candidates for April 14th, details following:

The Citizens Federation is holding an At-Large Candidates and Chairman’s Forum on Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Masonic Temple Ballroom, 1000 U Street NW. Doors will open at 10:00 am with the forum starting at 11:00 am. The building is located next to a metro. This is a totally member driven event.  Panelist will be chosen from member organizations and we want them to ask the questions that are important to you and your communities. Please send your questions to and spread the word in your associations and communities that your questions are welcomed.

The meeting ended just after 8 PM.

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Comprehensive Plan – Draft

Please see the following link to the Comprehensive Plan Framework Element (Draft), which you may cut and past into your browser.

Two additional documents are attached outlines various concerns.

Comp Plan Fact Sheet Short 01-30-2018

Comp Plan C100 Fact Sheet 02-05-18

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MPCA Minutes February 2018

Michigan Park Citizens Association
February 6, 2018
Turkey Thicket Recreational Center

President David Conrad opened the meeting at 6:38 PM. Paul Wood led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.

PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL  Ms. Ruth Pollard, Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Providence Hospital, spoke about recent and planned changes at Providence Hospital, the longest operating hospital in D.C. Over the last two years Providence Hospital had major financial losses of more than 30 million dollars.  Recently, Providence closed its maternity ward and its extended stay residential mental health services.  Both of these services were major sources of loss as they required 24/7 services of specialists and staff for a relatively small number of patients.  For example, the hospital had a small 5 bed neonatal unit that required the same staffing requirements as Children’s Hospital.  Therefore, it made no sense for Providence to maintain its small unit when one of the country’s best children’s hospital was just a mile away.

Providence Hospital will refocus its services to being a wellness center with doctors and offices located at Providence who will send their patients for tests using the hospital’s equipment.  The hospital also hope to provide outpatient clinics that will help their doctor’s patients make the changes that will improve their health. 

The hospital will have in/out surgeries and will have beds available for those patients needing overnight monitoring.  However, the hospital will no longer have an emergency room but will become an acute care center seeing patients with non life-threatening emergencies. As with the patients having in/out surgeries, the hospital will have beds for these patients who may need additional monitoring after coming in as acute care patients. Patients coming to the hospital needing emergency room services will be stabilized and sent to another hospital for appropriate care.

TREASURER’S REPORT. Treasurer Beulah Sutherland read the treasurer’s report.  Membership fees of $10 is for the calendar year.

TRAFFIC. Much discussion focused on the newly renovated intersection at 10th and Michigan Avenue. The mixture of buses, commuter vans, illegal turns and pedestrians is dangerous. Mr. Ralph Bucksell noted that some photos of the situation may elicit attention from DDOT to this problem intersection. Kelley Cislo, Constituent Services for Council Member McDuffie can assist.

President Conrad envisions more collaboration with the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations (Michigan Park Citizens Association is a member of the D.C. Federation of Citizens Association).

Ms. Marita Riddick, representative to Council Member Kenyan R. McDuffie, discussed neighborhood issues and answer questions. Much discussion was focused on the need to attend public meetings despite demands on one’s time during the work day.

Mr. Lionel Gaines, representative to Mayor Muriel Bowser passed out literature and answered neighbor’s questions about the Mayor’s efforts to reduce homelessness. Residents noted that they would like to see more of the Mayor’s accomplishments to reduce homelessness reflected in the distributed literature.

Reducing homelessness is a major priority of the current city’s administration, and more details would be welcome.

The meeting ended at 08:10 PM.

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