Aug 14, 2009

Live-Aboard Boater Day 2009

Thank you to everyone who attended the Live-Aboard Boater Day Barbecue yesterday. We had a great turnout, and a wonderful time! We welcomed visitors Senator Paul Strauss, Councilmember Well's Senior Policy Advisor Linda O'Brien, ANC 6D Chairman Andy Litsky, Commissioners Jane Jorgenson and David Sobelsohn, and former GPSA president Diane Pennessi. Various members from the Gangplank Slipholders Association (GPSA) and the Port of Washington Yacht Club (POWYC) and friends from the community were also present. Roger Thiel commenced the event with a few wonderful words about the uniqueness of our community. GPSA President Jason Kopp then read the proposed 2009 Ceremonial Resolution Linda O'Brien had drafted declaring August 13, 2009 Live-Aboard Boater Day in the District of Columbia. Senator Strauss spoke about the need to advocate for the rights of live-aboard boaters. Currently, he stated, live-aboard boaters are treated as second class citizens. While DC law mandates specific rights be conferred upon renters, these laws do not apply to live-aboard boaters, making their existence in our Nation's Capital much more tenuous. Next, ANC 6D Commissioner David Sobelsohn spoke about the the live-aboard community's value to ANC 6D, and the Commission's commitment to maintaining the live-aboard community's presence here. Afterwards, the 70 people in attendance enjoyed wonderful weather, excellent food, and the warm company of their neighbors and friends throughout the rest of the evening.


Please read Meg Brinckman's info below about supporting local schools:



The Fourth Street Neighbors will once again participate in the collection of school supplies needed by students in our SW community. Our efforts will be used to buy the backpacks and school supplies recommended by Amidon-Bowen (Elementary) and Jefferson (Middle) High Technology Campuses, the two public schools located here.

ANC6D has made a generous contribution of $2,700 to support this school supply effort for our ANC6D school children to assure they are ready from day one to learn.

Boxes will be placed in the public areas of each of the residences along 4th Street (M to P) for contributions. They will be collected weekly until August 19th for the main distribution but items can still be dropped off until the end of the month. Distribution will again be handled by the Resident Council Group composed of the elected Resident Councils for each of our DC Housing Authority facilities. They are distributing an application to families living in ANC6D with students in public, charter, or private schools for a back pack stocked with most needed supplies on a first come-first serve basis. The supplies will be distributed before school starts August 24th.


#2 pencils

Crayons (16 count or 24 count)

Yellow highlighter

Set of washable colored markers

Set of colored pencils (12 count)

Large pink erasers

Glue sticks

Blunt tip scissors


Marble cover composition books

Pocket folders

Pack of wide loose-leaf paper-wide ruled

Pack of 3”x5” index cards

Pack of post-it notes

12-inch ruler

Pencil box

Box of tissues

Middle School

#2 pencils

3” Loose–leaf binder

Pack of lined loose-leaf paper-wide ruled

Pink erasers

Pocket folders

Set of colored pencils (12 or 16 count)

Set of washable colored markers

Set of colored pencils (12 or 16 count)

Marble cover composition books

Headphones (for use with computers)


If you wish to make a donation by check, make it out to “SWNA 2009 School Supply Fund” and mail it directly to SWNA, P.O. Box 70131, Washington DC, 20024 or take it in the Harbour Square Gatehouse addressed to Meg Brinckman, N601. Our civic group, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, SWNA, is recognized by the IRS as a 501©3 organization. You will receive a letter acknowledging your contribution. If you wish to take a tax deduction for the items you donate, please contact Meg at 202-554-2259 or to arrange for a tax letter.

Thank you for supporting our SW students!

Meg Brinckman, Coordinator, 2009 School Supply Drive

Forth Street Neighborhood Group

Aug 10, 2009

Live-Aboard Boater Day

Remember that this Thursday, August 13, 2009 we will be celebrating Live-Aboard Boater Day at the Gangplank Marina Event Barge with a community potluck barbecue. The festivities will begin at 7:00pm. Hopefully we will see you there. Please see the flier below for additional information.