March 9, 2016
Dear Neighbor:

I was born and raised right here in Washington, D.C. Here, in the city I call home, I learned how to ride a bike, I read my first book, I went to my first summer camp, and I got my first job at the Davis Center.I know I am not alone in my experiences. For many of us, our childhood here in the District was the most transformative time of our young lives. Our schools, summer programs, parents, teachers, and camp counselors made the idyllic memories of our youth a reality. That is why, today, I urge you to remember to sign your children up for the plethora of available District programs to ensure that they’ll look back on these years even fonder than we do today.

Have you signed up your child for the My School D.C. lottery for the 2016-2017 school year? The formal lottery has closed, but you still have a chance to sign up for the post-lottery at this link.  Did you remember to sign your child up for one of the District’s summer camps? Spots are filling up fast, but visit the website of the Department of Parks and Recreation here today to grab one of the final openings. Finally, today is your LAST chance to apply for the 2016 Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program. This program, which I voted in favor of, provides District youth with employment and enrichment opportunities all through the summer. It is an invaluable resource and will ensure your child is on the path to success. I urge you submit an application today, right here.

Friends, I look back on my childhood in the District as some of the best years of my life; I know many of you do as well. Our children deserve nothing less. If you haven’t, please sign up for the programs I mentioned above. In the meantime, I will continue to fight, here at the D.C. Council, to ensure that the children and students of Washington, D.C., remain a cut above the rest.

I am, and remain, Ward 4 Proud. 


Brandon T. Todd
Councilmember, Ward 4
Legislative Update
Council to Hold Hearing on the “Homeward DC Omnibus Approval of Facilities Plan for Short-term Housing for Persons Experiencing Homelessness Act of 2016”

On Thursday, March 17th, at 10:30 am in the Council Chamber, the Committee of the Whole will hold a public hearing on Bill 21-620, the “Homeward DC Omnibus Approval of Facilities Plan for Short-term Housing for Persons Experiencing Homelessness Act of 2016”.  This bill, which is key to closing DC General, would approve the acquisition and construction plans for eight new facilities that will serve as short-term housing for homeless families and residents.  Councilmember Todd, who fully supports Mayor Bowser’s plan to close DC General, has been working closely with the Mayor and other government officials on the placement of a facility in Ward 4.  Under the Mayor’s plan, the proposed Ward 4 site will be located at 5505 5th Street and will house 50 families for up to 60-90 days at a time.  Following the announcement of the Ward 4 short-term housing facility, Councilmember Todd met with members of the community and has been speaking with residents throughout the Ward about the importance of closing DC General.  As this legislation moves through the Council, Councilmember Todd will continue to work with stakeholders, community members, and government officials.  If you have any questions about the legislation or the hearing, please contact Councilmember Todd’s Legislative Director, Michele Blackwell at (202) 724-8052

The Week In Review
Councilmember Todd Visits the
Senior Residents of the Ingleside Retirement Community and Moore Towers


This past week, Councilmember Todd has been very active in the Ward 4 senior community. Last Friday evening, the Councilmember visited the Ingleside Retirement Community Center where he met with, and addressed the residents of the facility. Then, on Monday, Councilmember Todd visited Moore Towers, on Upshur Street, to meet with, and speak to, the residents of that senior living facility, as well.

Since taking office, the Councilmember has visited every senior center within Ward 4, and  remains a tireless advocate for the concerns, needs, and right to age-in-place of the seniors of Ward 4. To that end, he introduced the UDC Elder Law Project Establishment Amendment Act specifically to provide seniors with legal protection. Councilmember Todd meets regularly with groups like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the D.C. Office on Aging (DCOA), and the D.C. Commission on Aging in support of programming and policy to better assist the most treasured residents of our Ward and of our city. Also, this past month, Councilmember Todd created a Senior Advisory Committee (one of his twelve new committees: read about them HERE), made up of Ward 4 seniors, to help propose and suggest new ways the D.C. council can make a positive impact in the lives of our seniors.

If you are, or know of, a senior who requires our assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to our Deputy Chief of Staff, Dolly Turner, at (202) 654-6406 or by e-mail at

Councilmember Todd Presents a Ceremonial Resolution at the 125th Anniversary of the People’s Congregational United Church of Christ

On Sunday, Councilmember Todd was glad to present a Ceremonial Resolution to the People’s Congregational United Church of Christ, in Petworth, for their 125th anniversary. The Church, which was moved to its current location in 1954, has been a pillar of the Ward 4 community for decades. The congregation has long remained a fixture in the Petworth neighborhood, and is notable,  in particular, for it’s nine different committees that assist with outreach in the community.

Councilmember Todd was pleased to present the congregation of the church with the “125th Anniversary of People’s Congregational United Church of Christ Ceremonial Resolution of 2016.”  The text of his resolution can be viewed HERE. Please join the Councilmember in extending our warmest congratulations to this historical church!

Councilmember Todd Swears in
Jonah Goodman, ANC Comissioner for 4C10

On Tuesday, Councilmember Todd swore in Jonah Goodman, the new ANC Comissioner for 4C10 (Petworth). Commissioner Goodman is very focused on increasing public safety within the Ward; a top priority for Councilmember Todd! The Councilmember is eager to get to work with Commissioner Goodman in support of their shared goal — serving the residents of Ward 4.

Please join Councilmember Todd in extending warm congratulations to the new Commissioner Goodman!

Events & Announcements
7th Annual Ward 4 D.C. Water Town Hall Meeting On Wednesday, April 6
Councilmember Todd will co-host the 7th annual Ward 4 D.C. Water Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 6. The meeting will take place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Since 2010, DC Water has co-hosted one meeting per Ward with District Councilmembers annually to discuss water and sewer related issues.The primary purpose for these meetings is to generate feedback. The meeting will discuss water quality and conservation, wastewater treatment, new projects, community outreach, the D.C. Clean Rivers Project, and customer service, among other areas of interest. See you there!

For DC Water related inquiries, please visit their website, HERE!

RSVP now for the DCBuys: Reverse Trade Fair on Thursday, March 24th
The DCBuys: Reverse Trade Fair will be held at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University (800 Florida Avenue NE) on Thursday, March 24th, 2016. The Fair is an opportunity for local and regional vendors to advertise their goods and services directly to program managers and procurement personnel. The DC Buys: Reverse Trade Fair is a fantastic opportunity to market your product. For companies interested in doing business with the District, this is a fantastic opportunity to find out about upcoming contracting opportunities.

To register for DC Buys: Reverse Vendor Trade Fair, click HERE. For more information about DC Buys, please contact Elizabeth Anderson Cadogan, Business Engagement Manager, directly at (202) 299-3963, or

T. Roosevelt Alumni Association Hosts Personal Hygiene Product Drive for Two Women’s Shelters and Female Students
The T. Roosevelt Alumni Association is collecting new & gently used purses and personal hygiene items to donate to two women’s shelters as well as the female students at Roosevelt H.S. The items being collected include but are not limited to soap, deodorant, dental floss, compact mirrors, combs/brushes, feminine hygiene products, and lip gloss.

The items will be collected until April 9th. For more information please contact Francise Dyson at (202) 870-1683, or Patricia Stozer at (202) 492-3685.

You are Cordially Invited to an Arts Mixer and Discussion Hosted by Councilmember Todd on Wednesday, March 16th, at 5:00pm

The mixer will take place in Councilmember Todd’s office at the Wilson Building in Room 105 before the “Washington Performing Arts Politics and Art 2016: A Jam Session,” at the Wilson Building (see details below).  This is an opportunity to show your support for local arts, meet fellow artists, performers, musicians, and arts professionals, and discuss the Vision for the Arts in Ward 4. Space is limited so please RSVP to Dolly Turner at or (202) 724-8052  by March 11th.

The Washington Performing Arts’ MARS Urban Arts Initiative, in partnership with the D.C. Council, will host “POLITICS & ART: A Jam Session” at the Wilson Building, for the second straight year, on March 16th. The evening celebration and jam session will showcase local artists from the music, dance, poetry and visual arts communities and celebrate Washington’s rich artistic legacy and current culture. As part of the evening’s events, Ward 4’s “The Davis Center” will be one of the featured performers.

Come celebrate D.C.’s arts scene and its intersections with political life! To RSVP for Politics & Art, click here.

Join the Ward 4 Education Alliance for a “Know Your Rights” Panel Discussion on March 10th,
6:00-8:00pm, at West Education Campus
On Thursday, March 10th from 6:00-8:00pm the Ward 4 Education Alliance, in tandem with the Office of the Student Advocate, will host a “Know Your Rights” special education panel discussion at West Education Campus (1338 Farragut Street NW).  The panel discussion will be moderated by Faith Gibson Hubbard, the Chief Student Advocate for the Office of the Student Advocate.

The featured panelists include: Jani Tillery, Esq., Senior Attorney, Healthy Together, Children’s Law Center, Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas, Esq., Director of Legal Services & Advocacy, Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc., Doreen D. Hodges, Executive Director, Family Voices of the District of Columbia Inc., Joyanna Smith, Esq., Ombudsman for Public Education, Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, Molly Whalen, Special Education Parent Advocate, and Elizabeth Liburd, Special Education Parent Advocate, Family, Voices of the District of Columbia, Inc.

RSVP’s are not required to attend, but are appreciated. To RSVP, please email

Save the Date: Councilmember Todd to
Host Office Hours in the Ward on March 18th
Have a question for Councilmember Todd? Or an issue in dire need of attention? Maybe you just want to drop by and say ‘hello’ to your favorite Ward 4 Councilmember?

If so, please stop by the next Ward 4 Office Hours, at Riggs La Salle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Rd, NE), on Friday, March 18th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm to meet with Councilmember Brandon Todd! Remember, appointments are made on a first-come first-serve basis, so arrive as early as you can!

Please direct any questions to our Constituent Services Coordinator, Jordan Bailey, at (202) 654-6421, or by e-mail at

AARP Tax Aide Program Locations
Need assistance with your taxes? The AARP Tax Aide Program is in effect. This annual program has sites throughout the city where trained volunteers prepare tax returns to residents at no cost.

There are three locations in Ward 4. They are:

The Petworth Library, located at 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW
The Emery Recreation Center, located at 5801 Georgia Ave, NW
The Lamond Riggs Library, located at 5401 S Dakota Ave, NW

A fourth, the Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Ave, NW), is in Ward 3 but may be an additional nearby option for many Ward 4 residents.

For more information, please give the AARP a call at 888-687-2277 or visit their websiteHERE.

March Crime Prevention and
Neighborhood Watch Training Events
These one hour crime prevention/neighborhood watch training events are offered so residents can to learn how they can lower their likelihood of becoming a victim of crime.  The training sessions are free and open to anyone.

The following training events are scheduled for March 2016:
March 14, at 7:00pm, 1731 Bunker Hill Road NE
March 30, at 6:30pm, 4200 Kansas Ave NW

If you are interested in attending one of these training sessions, please e-mail Samantha Nolan at with your full name, and the date and location of the training you wish to attend.

Online Application for National Youth Science Camp Fellowship is Available Now!
The National Youth Science Camp Fellowship is a program wherein top students from around the globe are brought to a beautiful campus in the woods near Bartow, West Virginia, for over 3 weeks of hands-on science activities, outdoor adventures, and field trips to D.C. Two graduating high school seniors will be chosen to represent the District of Columbia at this prestigious residential summer science program, with all their travel and camp fees covered.

This year’s camp runs from June 15 through July 10, 2016. (Delegates must commit to attending the full session.)  To register and begin application process, visit Required documents include an academic transcript, CV with leadership activities, awards, etc., a letter of support from a teacher or mentor, and a letter from the student describing his or her academic and professional dreams and how attending the camp will help fulfill them.

Applications must be completed online by MARCH 16, 2016 at 6 pm. Good luck!

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/Scheduler
(o) (202) 654-6406
(c) (202) 304-8123

Michele Blackwell
Legislative Director
(o) (202) 724-7774

Jackson Carnes
Director of Constituent Services
(o) (202) 724-8793
(c) (202) 316-9078

Jordan Bailey
Constituent Services Coordinator
(o)(202) 654-6421
(c)(202) 412-7310

Jordan Rummel
Communications Specialist
(o) (202) 724-8191
(c) (202) 294-2506