Monday, July 31, 2006

Reminder - National Night Out`

As a reminder, PSA 307 will be hosting our National Night Out tomorrow evening begining at 5 p.m. with a neighborhood survey led by Lt. Smith and PSA 307 officers. We'll also have a cookout, complete with steak donated by Lt. Smith. So, come on out, meet your neighbors, fight back against crimie, and enjoy a free dinner. Questions - contact Lt. Smith.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Armed Robbery at 14th and Rhode Island

NBC4 is reporting three robberies that occurred on Thursday morning - one at 14th and Rhode Island, one near 18th and Q, and one near 19th and Dupont Circle. Police are looking for two armed suspects they beleive to be responsible, and are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to arrests and convictions in these cases. From the report,

Police said the men were seen in a red 1996 Toyota Paseo with Virginia license plates KAM1176 that was stolen from Herndon, Va., on July 22.

MPD's Press Release on the incidents, and more information can be found here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

LCCA July-August Newsletter

Dear Neighbors and Friends: LCCA's July/August Newsletter is now available by clicking here. This month, we have a few changes and events to tell you about.

1. If you have not renewed your membership for 2006, please visit or fill out the form attached to the newsletter. We will also be holding a membership drive during the MidCity Dog Days of Summer Sale, and plan to have a table out on 14th Street between Rhode Island and P. The raffle will be open to current and new members. Please stop by for your chance to enter a raffle to win fun prizes from local vendors. We will be holding the raffle at the September membership meeting.

2. With last month's rains, our annual picnic was canceled. We will be holding our vote on the bylaw amendments at our next membership meeting in September. Please stay tuned for details.

3. Please consider coming out for two important public safety events. August 1, 2006 is National Night Out. This year MPD will be holding NNO in the 1300 block of Naylor Court. The festivities, including a cook-out, begin at 6, but please consider coming at 5 p.m. to join Lt. Smith on a survey of the surrounding area. The ANC's Crime and Public Safety Committee will also be hosting a walk-through of SMDs 02, 04, and 05 on August 19. Information on both is available on our blog, Please send an email to if you are interested in participating.

4. If you are interested in getting on our list for our upcoming LCCA Website Redesign RFP, please contact Sam Robfogel.

5. Last but not least, the next House Tour Committee Meeting will be held on August 16, 2006, 7:00 PM at the home of Walter Ochinko and Tim Christensen. Please contact Heather Vargas at 571.215.2339 or for more information or to RSVP for this month's meeting.

Have a safe and happy summer!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Take a Bite Out of Crime

Fight back against crime in Logan Circle by joining us for two upcoming walk-throughs of our neighborhood. Officers from MPD will be joining us, and we will be following-up with appropriate District offices and officials to ensure our concerns are addressed.

Date: August 1, 2006
Location: 1300 Block of Naylor Court NW
Time: 5 p.m.

Join MPD, District offices, and community leaders for National Night Out on August 1,2006. This year, PSA 307 will host the event on the 1300 block of Naylor Court NW. In light of the District's Crime Emergency, and led by Lt. Smith, we'll meet at 5 p.m. for a walk-through of surrounding blocks to identify areas of concern, followed by a cook-out and celebration to demonstrate our community's stance against crime and commitment to public safety. For more information, contact Lt. Smith or LCCA.

Date: August 19, 2006
Time: 10 a.m. - noon
Location: TBD (SMDs 02, 04, and o6)

The ANC2F Committee on Crime and Public Safety (CCPS) is pleased to announce that it will conduct a survey of Single Member Districts 02, 04, and 05 (click here for a map of SMDs in ANC2F) to identify public-safety infrastructure-related concerns, including graffiti, downed/missing signage, missing street light plates, abandoned vehicles, broken windows, overflowing trash - basically anything that makes our neighborhood more attractive to criminals. We intend to pass along the results of our survey to city officials for appropriate follow-up. To see the results of our first survey visit our website.

We are looking for at least 10 volunteers to join us on Saturday, August 19th at 10:00 at a place to be determined. We expect the survey to last approximately 2 hours (just in time for a late brunch/lunch). We hope to have enough volunteers to divide up into teams to survey the neighborhood. Digital cameras are welcome. If you are interested please contact the Crime Committee.

Stay safe!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Summertime Crime

We are officially into the second week of the District's Crime Emergency, and so it is once again time to remind everyone to be on high alert and take action to make Logan a less attractive place for criminals.

Last night, Lt. Smith and Sgt. Emerman hosted meeting to discuss the crime emergency, alert us to things we can be doing, and ask for our assistance in identifying areas of concern. Several key areas were identified:

One of the most important things we can do is make our neighborhood less attractive to criminals. This means that hedges should be trimmed, street lights should be working, and graffiti should be eliminated. Sgt. Emerman emphasized the importance of neighborhood walk-throughs to identify issues, as well as follow-up with District departmentsand property owners. Or call 727-1000 or go to to report infrastructure issues. More information about how to follow-up and report infrastructure issues is available on ANC2F's CCPS website.

As some of you know, the Crime and Public Safety Committee organized a walk-through of SMD 2F06 in May, and has another planned on August 19. We encourage all of you to participate, but as was noted last night, the crime emergency is NOW, so please consider organizing a group of your friends and neighbors on your block and identify key issues. Sgt. Emerman also indicated that he or one of his officers would be available to go on walk-throughs with us. If you're interested in organizing a more formal walk-through, please contact me or Mike Sheaffer.

Lt. Smith and Sgt. Emerman also identified some problem areas in our PSA, that require us to be extra vigilant, and to report overgrown bushes, trash, etc. at or near these sites.

These include:
1316 12th Street NW
1432 9th Street NW
10th/L NW (Quincy Park)
1538 9th Street
1400 Block of Mass Ave NW (near the hotels)
14th Street Corridor

As always, report any suspicious behavior by calling 3-1-1 or 9-1-1. Be persistent, and do not hesitate to call again if the issue recurs or is not resolved satisfactorily the first time. MPD allocates resources and officers based, in part, on the number of calls received, so call and call again (if needed) when you see something that isn't right.

Stay tuned to our blog for updates as we receive them, and please let us know what crime and public safety concerns you have.

Stay Safe!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Logan Circle House Tour: Next Meeting


There's still time to get involved with this year's House Tour Committee. Get involved, meet your neighbors and have fun!

We still need volunteers, committee members, and homes for the tour.

The next planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00 pm at the home of:

Linda Sheaffer
1229 12th Street, NW #206

We will be discussing the selection of the homes and committee assignments for the tour this year!!

Come be a part of Logan Circle history and tradition.

Please contact Heather Vargas at 571.215.2339 or for more information or to RSVP for this month's meeting.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Fraud Awareness Week

From the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking:

This week the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) joins a nation-wide effort to fight fraud by launching the Fraud Awareness Week campaign. Some of the highlights of this week's activities include:

Commissioner Hampton's appearances on News 8's "NewsTalk" program last Friday at 4:00 pm and on Spanish TV Telemundo 64 tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm.

The Office of Communication will be sending out consumer tips in the form of daily newsletters from Monday through Friday, in the following order:

  • Monday--Mayor's proclamation and DISB's Enforcement and Investigation Bureau's (EIB) brochure on how to recognize fraud
  • Tuesday-Newsletter on identity theft
  • Wednesday-Newsletter on banking fraud
  • Thursday-Newsletter on insurance fraud
  • Friday-Newsletter on securities fraud

On Friday, July 14, DISB will have a table at the Sidewalk Information Fair by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to distribute information and answer questions about fraud awareness.

EIB staff is standing by to answer any questions on the subject. The general information line is 202-727-8000 and EIB's line is 202-727-1563.