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  • Shepherd Park News A newsletter for the residents of Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, North Portal Estates, and Walter Reed

    2019 Vol., Issue 4 OCT/NOV 2019

    In This Issue: • SPCA & BCA Yard Sale 2 • May Meeting 3 • SPCA Special Meeting in August 3 • New Lowell School Head 4 • June Garden Tour 4 • Shepherd Elementary School Interim Principal 5 • Spring Plant-In 5 • SPCA Community Picnic 6 • SPCA Community Service Awardees 8 • Community Center Status 8 • Wise Road 8 • Children’s National on WR 9 • Coolidge SHS & Ida B. Wells MS Reopening 9 • Business Beat ......................................................................pg10 • SCOPE Property Management 10 • Community Calendar 11 • SPCA Upcoming Events 12

    The ‘Park Is Movement, Not A Moment by Naima Jefferson

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    Halloween Comes Alive! by Mark Pattison

    In Shepherd Park, we celebrate Halloween three ways!

    One way is a house and pumpkin decorating contest. You can nominate your house, your pumpkins, or both. The only prize is neighborhood bragging rights. We’ll also need judges to prowl the neighborhood to judge the best – and the funkiest – entries.

    Another way is with the trick-or-treat address list. Are you giving out treats on Halloween? Then give yourself a fighting chance to empty that bowl by putting your house on the address list. To get your address on the list, email Mark Pattison at Use the same address if you want to be an entrant, or judge, for the decorating contest.

    The biggest and best part of Halloween is the Halloween Parade at Shepherd Field (if community center construction renders the field unavailable, consult the listserv for the alternate site). It’ll be held on Halloween – Thursday, October 31 – with two parades back-to-back. The first, for children in first grade and younger, starts at 6 pm sharp. After that’s over, kids in second grade and up have their turn to walk a lap on the

    Shepherd Field track – with treats and glow sticks to get each child’s evening started. Grown-up help is needed for the most intensely fun half-hour in the neighborhood. Get in touch with Mark if you can pitch in.

    Did you know that Walter Reed is in the SPCA membership area? Thus, today, our active and diverse community includes Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, North Portal, and Walter Reed. By the end of the year, we may have dozens of new neighbors as the first residents move into Abrams Hall at Walter Reed, with more to come in 2020. We all have the access (and challenges) of city living with all the accoutrements of living in the suburbs -- open green space, peace, and, depending on where you live in the community, quiet and tranquil nights.

    As a member of this well-established community, you can be part of our community’s welcome wagon. Why? Because

    they figuratively will be the new “kids” on the block, and we have a vested interest in making sure that they understand our history, values, and culture, and know why we do what we do. Invite them to our SPCA activities and events, social media sites, and yes, tell them about the listserv! As SPCA president, I invite you to be open to learning something new from them! Allow their stories and experiences to be additive and not replace the rich fabric of our community. Most of all, share your stories with them and make sure that they know why our hearts and minds will forever love living, working, and playing in the ‘Park!

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    SPCA 2019-2020 Board of Directors

    Naima Jefferson, President (202) 285-7523 Carl Bergman, Vice President

    (202) 726-6415

    Paula Edwards, Treasurer (202) 882-6005 Mark Pattison, Acting Recording


    John Folger Membership Secretary At-Large Delegates

    June Confer

    Ed Atkins

    Citizens Associations Delegate Tony Dixon Civic Associations Delegate

    Ryan Waddy (202) 412-2210 Contact the Editors!

    Whether it’s a letter to the editor, info on a community event, or an ad, we’d love to hear

    from you! Editor: Cynthia Prather

    (202) 882-7419

    Advertising: Beth Allaben (202) 882-2609 Editing & Layout: André R. Carley

    (202) 813-3152

    Join the SPCA’s Facebook page, “Shepherd Park Citizens Association (SPCA)” or follow us on Twitter (@SPCADC). Last but not least, don’t

    forget to join the SPCA!!!

    In the May/June 2019 issue, p. 8, “Shepherd Park Kids Gear Up for Summer Camp Fun,” Camp Sunshine should have been Camp Sonshine

    (a Christian camp).

    The Shepherd Park News, a newsletter of the Shepherd Park Citizens Association, is published four times per year: October/November;

    December/January; March/April; and May/June. As a matter of policy, all errors of substance are corrected in the next issue.

    Report errors to The Shepherd Park Citizens Association is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt

    organization. Dues and donations are deductible as charitable contributions.

    SPCA and Brightwood Link for Community Sale

    by Cynthia Prather

    Neighbors display their wares at the first joint Shepherd Park Citizens Association/Brightwood Community Association Yard


    Previously a springtime event, this year’s annual yard sale was held September 7-8. SPCA collaborated with the Brightwood Community Association for this fall sale, thus including neighbors from Brightwood, Shepherd Park, Colonial Village, and North Portal Estates. With 60+ families participating, this could very well have been the largest community yard sale in Washington, DC!


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  • The agenda for the May 14 community meeting included reports about community activities as well as SPCA business.

    Gabrielle Priest, from the Office of the Mayor, reported on the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Conference, the DC Micro Transit, a free circulator bus route (visit www.dccirculator. com for details), and the Ward 4 Great Streets awards. Steve Periconi, Manager of the new Target, welcomed us as invited guests to the store, fielded questions, and distributed coupons!

    President Naima Jefferson provided updates on SPCA’s proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, the summer outdoor movie night, a scholarship workshop, and the upcoming DC Main Streets grant program. She also reported that SPCA has updated the website and obtained a storage unit for the various SPCA materials. It was noted that the SPCA picnic date of June 23 conflicted with Brandon Todd’s annual Ward 4 Fun Day (unfortunate, but could not be changed). The budget was reviewed.

    Finally, the association held elections for the 2019-2020 program year. (See p. 2 for the list). Thanks to outgoing board members, Bonnie Randolph, Yvette Pearson, Stacey Lincoln, John Goodloe, Derek Musgrove, and Stacie Dennis and welcome back to Ed Atkins. Note that there are still a few vacancies. If you are interested in serving on the board, contact Naima Jefferson.

    As always, thanks to Tim and Kelly Shuy of Ledo Pizza for pizza!


    5034 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, DC 20016


    Bonnie N. Randolph Your Neighbor and Neighborhood Real Estate Professional • • 202-215-7710 / 202-288-1386

    Neighbors from the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Floral, together with neighbors from Fern and Geranium, pause for a photo for their block picnic, which was held on September 8.

    May Meeting Paves Way for New Program Year

    by Cynthia Prather

    Block Party Brings Neighbors Together

    SPCA August Special Meeting Focuses on

    Time-sensitive Issues by Cynthia Prather

    SPCA’s special membership meeting on Tuesday, August 27 was one of two special called meetings to ad