Community Briefing on Homelessness In Ward 2 to be held Thursday, July 30th, at 7:00 PM

Sponsored by the DC Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services (MOCRS) and the Foggy Bottom Association (FBA) the event will be held Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St NW.

Homelessness is a significant problem in every community in the District, but Ward 2 faces unique challenges. Join leaders of District agencies and neighborhood groups to learn what programs are currently in place to help folks experiencing homelessness find homes, and how Mayor Bowser’s focus on making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring promises to lead to lasting change. Learn more about what nonprofit and community organizations are doing, and what you can do to help.

The briefing will feature representatives from the DC Interagency Council on Homelessness; the DC Department of Human Services; the Metropolitan Police Department; the DC Department of Behavioral Health; and the DC Department of Public Works, among others.

This event is free and open to the public. However, as space is limited, registration is required. CLICK HERE ❯ to Register for this event.

If you care about ending homelessness, please attend.

For more information, please contact Keylin Rivera at (202) 805-7122 or keylin.rivera@dc.gov, or Eva Lewis at (202) 297-6566 or eva.lewis@dc.gov.

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Stay Safe this July 4th!

Celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States of America but be sure you’re still around on July 5th!

Leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Any fireworks that explode or move, or which contain any of a number of toxic substances (e.g. mercury, phosphorous, gunpowder, sulfer) are illegal in Washington DC. Sparklers under 20 inches in length are permitted but make sure you have a working fire extinguisher handy to smother any sparks.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
If you are going to drink alchol, alternate one alcoholic drink with one of water, Alchol can dehydrate you, which places you at risk for serious problems in the summer heat.

Stay off the roof!
The roofs of most Foggy Bottom townhouses are not designed to support the weight of people. They are easy to damage and expensive to repair and that repair cost will come out of your security deposit. Falling off a roof is a real danger, especially if one’s reflexes are slowed by adult beverages.

Keep the weed inside!
While the District has relaxed its laws regarding the possession of marijuana, it is still illegal to smoke weed outside. And remember that much of our city’s property and possessing or using marijuna on federal property is still prohibited.

Be considerate about the noise!
We live on top of one another here in Foggy Bottom and the West End, and noise carries. Please keep that in mind during your celebrations even during the day. Loud noises can disturb children, startle most dogs, and represent a violation of GW’s Code of Conduct. Remember too that DC’s Noise at Night Law — which prohibits any noise that might reasonably be expected to disturb another person in his or her residence between the hours of 10 pm and 7 am — still applies even on July 4th.

Keep it clean!
Your property, that is — rats eat and drink just about anything — they love beer and they are always looking for piles of trash and debris to use as shelter. We’ve already had one puppy die because of a bacterial infection borne by rats — an infection that can harm humans as well. Take a few minutes before you head to bed to pick up bottles, cans, cups, and other trash and place them in a proper containers with tight fitting lids. Trash and recycling will be collected Friday morning, July 3rd, and trash will be collected again on Tuesday morning, July 7th.

Pro Tip
You can fit lots more cans and cups into your recycling containers if you stomp them flat first.

Thank You! And Happy Birthday, USA!

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FBA Members Tour GW’s Science & Engineering Hall

 The Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics Laboratory in GW’s new Science & Engineering Hall. (photo: Marina Streznewski)

Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulics Laboratory

Braving torrential rains, a small band of Foggy Bottom Association members toured the new Science & Engineering Hall on the campus of the George Washington University on Tuesday evening, June 23.

Rising sophomore Bhujit Saini and rising senior Sabrina Freese led the group on an exploration of the building, focusing on the features that foster collaboration, creativity, and sustainability.

A green wall brings a touch of nature – and more oxygen – to a gathering area outside the SEH Auditorium. (photo: Marina Streznewski)

A green wall brings a touch of nature.

Among the highlights of the tour were the interior green walls, where philodendron plants grow on the walls in several locations. They are watered by a gray water system, which diverts rainwater from the building’s roof to a 40,000 gallon cistern in the sub-basement.

The building was designed to be modular so it can be adapted for changing uses. Repurposing a laboratory is as simple as unplugging and replugging modular components in a new location and configuration.

Throughout the building are areas for informal gathering, designed to facilitate collaboration and creativity.


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