February 27, 2019

Dear Neighbor,

As an active and outspoken supporter of our seniors, I am proud to feature an important update on a program I legislatively established to provide discounted dental services to District seniors. Everywhere I go across Ward 4, I always hear from seniors that basic dental services are one of the biggest missing gaps in their medical care regimen, because routine dental work is not covered by Medicare. Poor dental health not only increases risk for other medical problems, but it can also be painful and embarrassing, discouraging seniors from leaving the house and socializing with friends and loved ones.
That is why this past year I introduced, passed, and fully funded legislation establishing a Senior Dental Services program – the first of its kind in the District of Columbia. This program provides $375,000 dollars in grants to provide basic diagnostic, preventative, and restorative dental care to seniors. Anyone over age 65 with an annual household income under $100,000 is eligible to benefit. I am especially proud to have increased the income eligibility up from $60,000, because we know that for seniors living on a fixed income, home expenses, medical bills, and a rising cost of living can make you feel pinched.

I am pleased to share that the program is now accepting applicants and scheduling appointments! Call (202) 540-9862 today to schedule an appointment. Evening, weekend, and same-day appointments are available. Services are available at two locations: the Marie Reed Health Center (2155 Champlain Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009) and the Conway Health and Resource Center (4 Atlantic Street, SW, Washington, DC 20032). What Medicare willnot cover, the District of Columbia will.
I encourage all eligible Ward 4 seniors to take advantage of this program while funds are available. I will continue to look for new ways to support the health and well-being not only of Ward 4 seniors, but all residents. 


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4

Legislative Update

Upcoming Performance Oversight Hearings:
Thursday, February 28, 2019

  • Committee of the Whole, Room 500, 10:00AM-END
    • University of District of Columbia
    • Office of Planning
    • Office of Zoning
  • Facilities & Procurement Committee, Room 412, 10:00AM-END
    • Dept. of General Services
  • Transportation & Environment Committee, Room 123, 11:00AM-END
    • Dept. Of Motor Vehicles
  • Government Operations Committee, Room 120 10:00AM/2:00PM
    • Office of Administrative Hearings
    • Office of Human Rights
    • Office of Investigator General
    • Office of Chief Technology Officer

Friday, March 1, 2019

  • Labor & Workforce Development Committee, Room 500 10:00AM-END
    • Dept. of Employment Services (government witnesses)
    • WIC (government witnesses)
  • Human Services Committee, Room 412, 10:00AM-END
    • Dept. of Human Services
    • Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Finance and Revenue Committee, Room 123, 9:30-12:00PM
    • Events DC
    • Destination DC
  • Judiciary Committee, Room 123, 1:00PM-END
    • Dept. of Forensic Sciences
    • Dept. of Corrections
    • Correction Information Council
  • Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee, Room 120, 12:00PM-END
    • Dept. of Housing and Community Development (government witnesses)
    • Housing Production Trust Fund (government witnesses)

DC Council Budget Hearings begin March 22, 2019. See the full calendar of oversight and budget hearings at: dccouncil.us/full-performance-oversight-and-budget-schedules-now-available/

See the full Council calendar at: dccouncil.us/events

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

Ward 4 Black History Month Profile

Lost Local History: George Pointer & The Historic
 Black Community Along Broad Branch Road, NW

Did you know that Chevy Chase DC was home to a historic Black community along Broad Branch Road, NW? Historic Chevy Chase DC (HCCDC) has been exploring the neighborhood’s racial history through its growing library of oral histories of long-time residents.  One such interview was conducted with James Fisher and Tanya Hardy, concerning the history of James’ ancestor, Captain George Pointer (born enslaved in 1773), and the family’s home for 4 generations on Broad Branch Road N.W. until its dispossession by eminent domain in 1928 to make way for Lafayette school and park. The interview can be read here:historicchevychasedc.org/oral-histories/#/james-fisher-tanya-hardy/.  

The history of George Pointer, his purchase of his own freedom at age 19, and his 40-year plus employment, including as a supervising engineer, by George Washington’s Patowmack Canal Company, and his descendants’ settlement in the 1840’s on Broad Branch Road, has been the subject of considerable recent scholarship.  See Barbara Boyle Torrey and Clara Myrick Green, “Free Black People of Washington County: George Pointer and His Descendants,” Washington History (Spring 2016).  Torrey and Green also tell the remarkable tale of the Pointer Descendants and their lives on Broad Branch Road, including their service to the Union Army during the Civil War, their education (including at the Reno School), and their struggles as African-Americans in the face of broad, daily-enforced racial strictures.  

The 80-year history of the Black community on Broad Brand Road is not widely known.  Torrey and Green’s comprehensive article provides the opportunity to change that.  After reading that article, the compelling need to tell the story more broadly was recently recognized by one long-time member of the Lafayette community, James Zogby, in a Black History Month Essay.  Mr. Zogby wrote “[a]s profoundly disturbing as this history is, even more troubling is that it is largely unknown:” aaiusa.org/black_history_month_recognizing_black_contributions_and_atoning_for_our_past

Councilmember Todd thanks HCCDC for helping shine a light on this important history!

Week In Review

Ward 4 Launches Newest Main Street In Riggs Park
With Funding Secured By Councilmember Todd

Last Friday, the Ward 4 Council staff joined the South Dakota Avenue & Riggs Road Main Street Board of Directors to kick off the newest Ward 4 Main Street. The Main Street Program will utilize public-private partnerships and community volunteers, build on neighborhood assets, and implement strategies to support and improve the business corridors in the Riggs Park and Manor Park neighborhoods:

  • South Dakota Avenue NE between Galloway Street and Riggs Road NE
  • Riggs Road NE between Chillum Place NE and the Metro tracks
  • 5600 Block 3rd Street NE and 5700 Block 2nd Street NE between Riggs Road and New Hampshire Avenue NE
  • 3rd Street NW between Rittenhouse Street and Sheridan Street NW

Councilmember Todd was proud to secure funding for this Main Street program in last year’s budget, and looks forward to working with the program to foster investment and revitalization along these Ward 4 commercial corridors. For questions, comments, or suggestions, please email to SouthDakotaRiggsMainStreet@gmail.com

Mark Your Calendar

Ward 4 Constituent Mix & Mingle Happy Hour:
Thursday, Feb 28th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Capitol Cider House

Join Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council staff for a Constituent Mix & Mingle Happy Hour event at Capitol Cider House on Thursday, February 28th from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Capitol Cider House is located at 3930 Georgia Avenue, NW. RSVP on facebook (facebook.com/events/619919661799573) or Nextdoor (nextdoor.com/events/2716999/). 21+ only, please drink responsibly. 

Councilmember Todd Hosts Riggs-LaSalle Office Hours

Councilmember Todd invites you to mark your calendar for an upcoming office hours event in Riggs-LaSalle:

Thursday, March 7th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE

This is an excellent opportunity for residents to sit down one-on-one with the Councilmember for up to 10 minutes to discuss important issues in Ward 4 and the District of Columbia. Residents will be seen on a first come, first served basis, and are welcome to discuss any issues important to them and their neighbors. If you have questions, please contact Jackson Carnes at jcarnes@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8052.

Councilmember Todd & WMATA Host Community Meeting On 14th Street Bus Barn: Monday, March 11th, 6:30 PM 

Councilmember Todd invites you to mark your calendar for an upcoming community meeting with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to discuss their reconstruction plans for the Northern Bus Garage, commonly known as the “14th Street Bus Barn.” Located on 14th Street, NW and bounded by Decatur St, Iowa Ave, Arkansas Ave, and Buchanan St, the facility serves as a parking and maintenance facility for WMATAs buses that service Ward 4 and the surrounding area. The facility dates back to the early 1900’s and is now in poor and deteriorating condition.

The meeting will take place on Monday, March 11th at 6:30 PM at the garage’s community room (4615 14th Street, NW). 

Learn more about the project at:brandontoddward4.com/blog/wmata-northern-bus-garage-reconstruction 

Important Announcements

Councilmember Todd & The Calpro Group Host
Employment Open House: Thursday, March 7th

Looking for a job? Councilmember Todd invites you to a Calpro Group, Inc. employment open house where you can learn about 700 openings in the hospitality and events industry. Join us on Thursday, March 7th at the Brightwood Park United Methodist Church (744 Jefferson Street, NW) from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Come get information about eligibility and how to apply for part-time, on-call, and temporary staffing positions in the following fields:

Conferences & Special Events:Registration, Event Directional, Ticket Taker, Room Monitor, Information Specialist, Administrative Aid

Food & Beverage Events: Banquet Server, Banquet Bartender, Porter, Steward, Expeditor/ Runner, Prep Cook/ Grill Cook, Carver/ Chef, Event Captain, Barista, Cashier

Security Services:Security Officer, Special Event Security

Please email us at services@thecalprogroup.com to inquire about available positions. RSVP with Natasha Harrison at NHarrison@dccouncil.us

Report Illegal Firearms To MPD,
Earn a Reward & Make Our Streets Safer

Small Business Sessions With Uptown Main Street 

The Uptown Main Street is hosting two upcoming small business sessions:  

Creating an Engaging Customer Experience
February 28, 6:30-8 PM
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/367289090772450/ 
Description: With shopping and dining options both on Main Streets and online, customers have an ever-growing set of choices. Learn how to create an engaging customer experience that offers customers more than just an opportunity to buy, but to truly connect with your business, employees, and offerings. During the workshop, we’ll talk about the importance of customer service, how to leverage events and additional resources, and how to capitalize on both major holidays and local interests.
How to Manage Yelp
March 26, 6-7:30 PM
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2535397766532364/ 
Description: Nearly 75 percent of consumers searching for a local business first turn to online review sites. As a small business, it’s important to not only be aware of your online presence, but to take steps towards improving it. In this session, we’ll focus on managing your business’ Yelp page. We’ll take a look at everything from the importance of good photos, tracking activity and insights, responding to reviews and updating your page for accuracy. According to Forbes, every one star increase in a Yelp rating means a 5 to 9% increase in revenue. There’s better time than now to take control of your online presence!

College Scholarships Available From Delta Sigma Theta
DC Alumnae Chapter, Apply By March 1st 

Enhancing the lives of residents of the District of Columbia, acknowledging educational achievement, and encouraging continued academic pursuits are primary objectives of the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  The Washington DC Alumnae Chapter’s (WDCAC) annual scholarship program recognizes graduating high school students who are residents of Washington, D.C. and prior WDCAC scholarship recipients who display academic excellence, community service, leadership skills, and who choose to attend an institution of higher learning.

Apply online by March 1, 2019. Learn more at wdcacdst.org/wordpress/wdcac-scholarship-program/

Join Councilmember Todd For A Chat With Acting DCPS Chancellor Dr. Lewis Ferebee: Friday, March 1st, 8 – 9:30 AM, Qualia Coffee 

Join Councilmember Todd and Acting Chancellor Ferebee for “Ferebee Fridays,” a series of events in all 8 wards at local businesses and community spots where you can share the story of your school and your community.

On Friday, March 1, from 8:00-9:30 a.m., we’ll be at Qualia Coffee in Ward 4, which is located at3917 Georgia Avenue, NW. Start your day by joining Dr. Ferebee to discuss what makes your neighborhood great and how we can ensure that there is a high-quality school at every grade level in every community.

RSVP HERE. To find out where he will be stopping by next, and follow him on Twitter at @DCPSChancellor.

Support Residents of “The Kennedy” Short Term Housing,
Donation Collection On March 2nd

The next collection of Human Needs is scheduled on Sunday, March 2, 2019, from 10 am – 12 noon, to accommodate residents temporarily placed at the The Kennedy facility, 5505 5th Street, NW. Bring your donation(s) of brand new flat and fitted single twin sheets, standard size pillows and pillow cases, towels, and wash cloths to the Zion Baptist Church Education Auditorium (4850 Blagden Ave,NW). 

Questions? Contact Barbara Flowers, Chair of the Zion Baptist Church Human Needs Ministry, at noonadelta@aol.com

Ward 4 Council Staff

Brandon T. Todd
(202) 724-8052

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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