October 31, 2018

Dear Neighbor,

Every year, children and parents across Ward 4 look forward to trick-or-treating, showing off their costumes, and enjoying the festivities of All Hallows’ Eve. For those of us who no longer trick-or-treat, perhaps you are looking forward to a scary movie, haunted house, or Halloween party. Halloween has something for everyone!

As you get your costumes finalized and stock up on candy to give out, I wanted to provide some tips to ensure that everyone enjoys the evening safely. For parents with children trick-or-treating, please have them take the following precautions. Never go into homes or cars — stay on the porch when asking for treats. Do not talk to strangers, avoid homes that do not have their outside lights turned on, and always travel in groups accompanied by an adult. Be sure that your child’s costume is easily seen by drivers. Children should only cross the street at corners or crosswalks, and should stay on sidewalks and carry flashlights. They should not approach pets they are not familiar with. If you are not personally accompanying your child, they should have your phone number on-hand.

Parents, please be sure to inspect all candy before allowing your children to eat it. Discard anything that is unwrapped or loosely wrapped. If you have any reason to doubt the safety of a piece of candy or fruit, throw it away. Also be aware of any food allergies your child may have and check labels to ensure the allergen is not present.

You are also invited to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second and Fourth District events. the Fourth District will hold an event from 5:00 to 10:00 PM at the 4D headquarters (6001 Georgia Ave, NW), and the Second District will host a Halloween community event from 3:30 to 6:00 PM at the Heart Recreation Center (3950 37th St, NW). For more safety tips, visit the MPD website HERE. Have a happy and safe Halloween, Ward 4!


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Special Message: 
Unifying With Love, Against Hate

Dear Neighbor,

This past Saturday, our nation and the Jewish community in Pittsburgh and throughout the world were horrifically attacked at the Tree of Life Synagogue. This cowardly and hateful attack is not only a reprehensible act of anti-Semitism and a blow to all Americans’ right to pray freely and safely — it is an assault on our fundamental values of tolerance, diversity, and freedom of religion. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who perished in this devastating incident, as well as the entire Jewish community in Pittsburgh, the District of Columbia, and around the nation and the globe. I mourn with you and stand united with you as we strive to drive away the insidious hatred that motivated the massacre of 11 innocent worshipers.

On Sunday, I joined Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, Mayor Bowser, and the congregation at Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue, for a special afternoon Mincha service to stand together in this time of sadness and reaffirm our community’s commitment to pushing back against the spread of hatred in all forms.

We live in trying times. According to the Anti-Defamation League, our nation saw a 60% surge in reported anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, on top of a 35% increase in 2016. Just recently, a swastika was found in the bathroom of a DC high school. As people who harbor these hateful ideologies and biases are emboldened by those in positions of power, I fully commit to helping push back against the spread of hate, anti-Semitism, and discrimination of all types. Together, we will unite with love.


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

On Tuesday, October 23rd, the Council met with the Executive Office of the Mayor and Office of the Attorney General for their monthly meeting.

Committee of the Whole & Legislative Meeting: On Tuesday, November 13th, the Council will meet in room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building for their monthly Committee of the Whole and additional Legislative Meeting.

Upcoming Hearings: 

Friday, November 2
Committee on Housing &Neighborhood Revitalization, 10:00AM RM500

  • “Senior Strategic Plan Amendment Act of 2018” B22-686
    • As introduced, this bill requires the Office on Aging to develop a comprehensive ten year strategic plan that shall serve as a long-term blueprint for the District. The plan includes an assessment of the data currently available on the District’s senior population, the senior populations’ needs, and the growth and decline in diversity of the senior population, among other things.
  • “District of Columbia Department on Aging and Community Living Amendment Act of 2018” B22-964
    • As introduced, this bill designates the District of Columbia Office on Aging as the Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL). The mission of DACL is expanded to include the prevention of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults 60 years or older.

For more information regarding hearings or legislation, please contact my Legislative Director, Keiko Yoshino, at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052.

Week In Review

Councilmember Todd Hosts Senior Event & Halloween Parade


This week, Councilmember Todd enjoyed hosting hundreds of Ward 4 residents of all ages and backgrounds for events that strengthen our community and bring neighbors together. Last Thursday, he hosted over 450 seniors and 60 vendors at the Fourth Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address. Here, seniors were able to access critical information and resources on how they can age in place and enhance their quality of life. In his address, Councilmember Todd delivered an inspirational message, encouraging seniors to stay active and engaged. Councilmember Todd over-viewed how he is committed to empowering Ward 4 seniors with policy and community initiatives. See the full photo album from the event on Councilmember Todd’s facebook page. Before his address, the seniors enjoyed a video about Councilmember Todd’s efforts on behalf of Ward 4 seniors, viewable by clicking on the image below.

This past Sunday, Councilmember Todd hosted over 400 families for the Sherman Circle Halloween Parade. The Councilmember was delighted to welcome ghouls, goblins, fairies, ladybugs, firefighters,witches, lizards, pirates, and more to parade and show off their costumes while enjoying orange cotton candy and other seasonal snacks!

Councilmember Todd Attends
32nd Annual 17th Street High Heel Race


Yesterday evening, Councilmember Todd supported the LGBTQ community by attending the 32nd Annual 17th Street High Heel Race, hosted by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The Councilmember was delighted to participate in this annual Dupont Circle event that serves as a symbol of our inclusive and welcoming spirit in the District of Columbia. Congratulations to all the participants!

Learn more on the website of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs: lgbtq.dc.gov.

Mark Your Calendar

Ward 4 Young Professionals Happy Hour:
Thursday, November 15th, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Join Councilmember Todd for another Ward 4 young professional happy hour event on Thursday, November 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Stay tuned for the final location and facebook event. Come enjoy an evening with neighbors and friends, and take advantage of an opportunity to talk directly with your Councilmember in a casual, unstructured setting.

18th Annual Ward 4 Holiday Party & New Coat Drive:
Saturday, December 8th, 6 – 8 PM, Lafayette Elementary


Councilmember Todd invites you to join him in celebrating the holiday season at the 18th Annual Ward 4 Holiday Party on Saturday, December 8th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Lafayette Elementary School (5701 Broad Branch Road, NW). As in years past, the party will also serve as a New Coat Drive to help keep Ward 4 youth warm this winter. If you are interested in donating a coat to a young person in-need, and would like to know what size donations are needed, please email Keiko Yoshino at kyoshino@dccouncil.us or call my office at (202) 724-8052. If you are interested in serving on the  event’s planning committee or volunteering, please contact Dolly Turner at dturner@dccouncil.us or call my office. Per tradition, the event will feature dinner, a dessert bar with the delicious creations of Ward 4 residents, valet parking, and seasonal activities. Councilmember Todd hopes you will join him for fun and festive cheer on December 8th!

Important Announcements

Exercise Your Right & Civic Duty – You Can Vote Early!

Early voting for the Nov. 6 election begins next week. Here are some tips:
Early voting runs from 10/22 – 11/2 at Judiciary Square for all DC residents. Voting from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM every day (Including weekends). This is the only early voting site with paper ballots: dcboe.org/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=a727bb41-a15e-4f43-83c3-411925d2f4b5

Early voting 10/26 – 11/2 at satellite centers. Touchscreen voting only. Locations and hours of operation at: earlyvoting.dcboe.org

Same day registration is available at early and election day voting sites with proper proof of address. Requirements: dcboe.org/Voters/How-to-Vote/Special-Ballot-Voting-(1)

The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot passed on October 30th: vote4dc.com/ApplyInstructions/Absentee

17 year olds who will be 18 by November 6, 2018 are eligible to register and to vote.

Ward 4 Special Election for School Board – December 4, 2018
17 year olds who will be 18 by December 4, 2018 can vote in this election. The registration deadline is November 13 for the Special Election.

Questions about voting? Visit the DC Board of Elections website at dcboe.org or call (202) 727-2525 or toll free at 1-866-DC-VOTES. Text at 800-643-3768.

Donate TODAY To The Kennedy,
Ward 4’s New Short Term Family Housing Facility 

Ward 4 has led the District in opening the first Short Term Family Housing facility in the District at 5505 5th Street, NW. Dubbed “The Kennedy,” Zion Baptist Church is seeking donations to help provide for the new residents as they receive housing and wrap-around social services.Donations are due today, October 31st at Zion Baptist Church’s Education Wing Auditorium,4850 Blagden Ave, NW. Specifically, Zion is asking for brand new flat and fitted sheets for twin-sized beds, standard size pillow cases, throw blankets, towels, and wash cloths. Questions? Contact Barbara Flowers, Chair of the Human Needs Ministry, at (202) 723-4152.

Teacher Information Session:
Thursday, November 1, 4 – 5:30 PM, MacFarland MS


TEACH-NOW, a graduate school on education, invites you and your teachers to a Teacher Information Session to learn about their :

– 9 Month Teacher Preparation Certificate leading to a DC license
– 12 Month Masters In Education Degree With Teacher Preparation
Specializations in: Globalization, Education Research, Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Teaching Multilingual Learners

Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4:00 -5:30 pm.
MacFarland Middle School Library-Media Center
4400 Iowa Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Light refreshments will be provided. Have questions or want to RSVP? Contact Jean-Louis Ikambana or Rose Douglas at 844-283-2246, jean-louis@teach-now.edu,  or Rosed@teach-now.edu.

DSLBD Accepting Applications For South Dakota Ave/Riggs Rd/3rd St Main Street,
Due November 2nd 

The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to operate a DC Main Streets program for South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Rd/3rd Street NW. The purpose of  DC Main Streets program is to assist business districts with the retention, expansion and attraction of neighborhood-serving retail stores and unify and strengthen the commercial corridor. $175,000 will be awarded for each service area. The submission deadline is Friday, November 2, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. The Notice of Funding Availability and Request for Applications can be found at: https://dslbd.dc.gov/page/fy19-ward-5-dc-main-streets.

Veteran Business Appreciation Mixer:
Tuesday, November 13, 5 – 7 PM, Capitol Cider House  


On behalf of Director Ely S. Ross, Executive Office of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development, and M&T Bank, DC Veteran Owned, and Capitol Cider House We welcome your support of our Veteran Owned Businesses of the District of Columbia as we recognize them for their service and the continued contribution to our business community in commemoration of
Veteran’s Week 2018.

We would like you to join us as we network with and briefly share initiatives and resources to strengthen and sustain Veteran Owned Businesses in the District. Other invited guest include: Ward 4 Council Member Brandon Todd, DSLBD Director Kristi C. Whitfield and more.

When: Tuesday, November 13th
Where: Veteran Owned Capitol Cider House
3930 Georgia Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Register at: eventbrite.com/e/veterans-business-appreciation-mixer-tickets-51773679469

Need Help Getting Christmas Gifts For Your Family?
Register With The Salvation Army By Friday, Nov 2nd


Each year, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assists thousands of parents in Washington, DC Metro Area with providing their families a wonderful Christmas through our Angel Tree program. In order to qualify for assistance, applicants must be in need due to an emergency financial hardship, underemployment, or unemployment.  At this time only children 12 years old and under are able to receive gifts. You must register by Friday, November 2nd, 2018. Learn more at: salvationarmynca.org/angeltree/help-dc.

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

Sherryl H. Newman
Chief of Staff 
(o) (202) 724-8052
(c) (202) 215-5455

Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(o)(202) 741-5293
(c)(202) 316-9078

Keiko Yoshino
Legislative Director
(o) (202) 724-7774
(c) (202) 717-2782

Faye Caldwell
Special Assistant/Scheduler
(o) (202) 654-6421
(c) (202) 330-3033

Dolly Turner
Deputy Chief of Staff
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 412-2024

Gary Johnson
Constituent Service Coordinator
(o)(202) 724-8029
(c) (202) 304-8123

Joshua Fleitman
Director of Communications
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) 202-294-2506

Manny Geraldo
Senior Legislative Counsel
(o) (202) 724-8035

LaRoya Huff
Deputy Director of Constituent Services
(o) (202) 724-8106
(c) (202) 368-2518


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