“I wanted to send thanks out to the amazing people who chased down a robber at Lincoln Park this afternoon.
A woman with a very young baby in a carrier had her wallet and phone snatched. The thief took off across the park, pursued by at least 2 people on foot. Confronted by another pedestrian outside P&C Market where the first pursuers caught up to him, he handed over the things he had stolen. He then tried to get away with the young woman he had originally been walking with. At that point a jogger with a dog accosted him and kept him company until the police arrived and took him into custody.
With all the recent assaults and fear in the air, and as someone who wasn’t quite sure what to do when a crime was playing out just across the street, it was inspiring to witness the fearless tenacity of some of our neighbors. Thank you!”
“Jesse Robinson is a metalsmith who uses the traditional blacksmithing way to produce unique art pieces made out of metal. Jesse’s work has been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, The James Renwick Alliance, a support group for the Renwick Gallery in DC and he has worked with several leading interior designers in the DC area. You can see more of his work at Robinson Forged Metals.
At the open house, Jesse we will be demoing on a forge how he crafts his work as well as displaying some of his latest work.
The 2014 Washington, DC Area Music Award winner for Best Folk/Traditional Group (ragtime) band theBumper Jacksons will also be at the open house playing some of their new songs!
Tthe Council of the District of Columbia unanimously approved Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Fiscal Year 2016 spending plan, the District’s 20th consecutive balanced budget, with only minor changes. The Mayor issued the following statement:
“Residents elected me Mayor of my hometown last year to deliver a fresh start and with my first budget that is exactly what we have done. With a focus on ensuring all of our residents share in our prosperity, our budget will create pathways for the middle class in all eight wards. Put simply: the budget the Council voted on today fulfills our key priorities, thus is a win for District residents.
“While no budget is perfect, this one makes historic investments in important areas that create opportunities, including a down payment on ending homelessness, a $100 million investment in the Housing Production Trust Fund, and continuing strong investments in our schools, job training, public safety, transportation and infrastructure. These investments will expand opportunities for District residents and help ensure we are leaving the next generation of Washingtonians with an even greater city.
“Just yesterday, I signed legislation expanding the Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to include youth ages 22-24 for the first time ever. Today, the Council failed to fund this vital program in the next fiscal year. I will work with this year’s class of SYEP participants to ensure it is a success and then we will redouble our efforts to expand the program for other young Washingtonians in need of a hand up, not a hand out.
“While expanded parking hours, increased parking penalties, and other business taxes were not my choice, these revenue raises were unanimously supported by the Council.
“I look forward to signing the budget into law and working with members of the Council to implement the FY 2016 budget in a thoughtful, responsible way.”