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Phil swears in Kathy Patterson as the DC Auditor with Councilmember Jack Evans.

Phil swears in Kathy Patterson as the DC Auditor with Councilmember Jack Evans.

Happy Friday from the Mendelson Post!  This time last week we were recovering from our feasts giving thanks for food, friends, and family.  This week’s Friday isn’t as festive, but it is still an occasion to be thankful: thankful for government accountability and stewardship!  Yesterday afternoon, Phil swore in former Councilmember Kathy Patterson as DC Auditor.

The watchdog charged with providing objective, independent reviews of District government agencies and programs to the Council, the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor is an important part of the District’s government system of checks and balances.  Vacant since May after former auditor Yolanda Branche departed the office, Phil nominated Kathy Patterson for the position in October and she was successfully confirmed last month.

Phil, Kathy Patterson, and Councilmember Evans pose after she was sworn in as DC Auditor.

Phil, Kathy Patterson, and Councilmember Evans pose after being sworn in as DC Auditor.

Kathy Patterson, a former Councilmember and colleague of Phil’s, represented Ward 3 on the Council from 1995-2007.  She will begin her term as Auditor later this month.

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Mayor for Life

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Phil, Mayor Gray, Councilmembers and staff are mourning the passing of former Mayor and Councilmember Marion Barry.  The public is invited to pay their respects to the life and legacy of Marion Barry as he lies in repose at the John A. Wilson Building through midnight tonight and from 6:00-9:00 AM tomorrow morning.

If you are unable to attend ceremonies at the Wilson Building, additional viewing opportunities are:

- Public Viewing on Friday, December 5 from 1:00-6:00 PM at the Temple of Praise at 700 Southern Avenue, SE

- Service for the Community on Friday, December 5 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Temple of Praise

- Public Viewing on Saturday, December 6 from 7:00-10:00 AM at the Washington Convention Center – Halls D & E

- Celebration Service on Saturday, December 6 from 11:00-3:00 PM at the Washington Convention Center – Halls D & E

 

 

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Mendo Alert: Meet Up With Mendo!

Want to Meet Up With Mendo?Good afternoon, Mendelson Post readers!  I have been asked to share this Mendo Alert: Phil will be hosting office hours outside the Wilson Building this Saturday, November 15 from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Broad Branch Market in Chevy Chase.

Got any concerns about District government services? Have an idea to improve your neighborhood? Just want to say hi to the Chairman of the Council of the District of Columbia? Then come on out this Saturday to the Broad Branch Market (5608 Broad Branch Road, NW) to Meet Up With Mendo!

We hope to see you there!

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DC Health Link 2nd Information Day and Enrollment Fair

Happy Wednesday, Mendelson Post readers!  Please see below for a message from DC Health Link regarding their second information day and enrollment fair next Saturday at MLK Library.

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Affordable health insurance is now available for you and your family!

Shop, Compare and Enroll through DC Health Link

The 2nd Open Enrolment Period begins

November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015

Learn More at the

DC Health Link 2nd City-wide Information Day and Open Enrollment Day

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am

 

Learn more about it on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 901 G Street, NW during the kick-off of the DC Health Link 2nd City-wide Information Day and Open Enrollment Day.  Trained experts will be available to help you select and enroll in plans that best fit your needs and budget, and to discuss available financial support to help with plan payments. While learning about and enrolling in health insurance, enjoy a variety of other activities for the entire family, including health exhibits, information tables, FREE health screenings, entertainment, live broadcasts, giveaways, Zumba classes and Yoga demonstrations, and children activities –  moon bounce, arts and craft, storytelling and  more.

 

Local sports personalities have been invited along with community leaders and government officials who will offer encouraging words throughout the day about the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles and obtaining quality health insurance. For more information about DC Health Link and to get a copy of the enrollment checklist, please visit www.DCHealthLink.com or call 1.855.532.LINK (5465). Download our mobile app for iPhone and Android.

 

For coverage to begin January 1, 2015, you must enroll by December 15, 2014.

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Mendo Minute: Quarterly ANC Meeting

Phil greets costumed ANC commissioners at the John A. Wilson Building.

Phil greets ANC commissioners at the Quarterly ANC Meeting.

Happy Halloween from the Mendelson Post!  Before you go reaching for your stash of Halloween candy, take a brief moment to read the recap of last night’s spooky Quarterly ANC meeting.  Don’t worry, there are no tricks, just treats in this update!

This is not the first time we’ve written about Phil’s meetings before, but just to refresh your memory, these meetings are held every three to four months and are an opportunity for ANC commissioners to meet with their colleagues and ask questions regarding District government.  Phil usually invites a District agency to speak about their department and what they do for the city.  Last night, Department of Public Works Director Bill Howland was on hand to explain the many functions of DPW, such as providing residents with effective trash pickup, parking enforcement, and management of the government’s vast fleet of vehicles.

DPW Director Howland delivers his "Trick or Treat; Rake Your Leaves" message to ANC commissioners Thursday night.

DPW Director Howland delivers his “Trick or Treat; Rake Your Leaves” message to ANC commissioners Thursday night.

Director Howland was also there to let ANC commissioners know to remind residents that today is the last day for street sweeping as the department transitions into fall leaf collection mode.  DPW will be out in certain areas of the city starting Monday, November 3, collecting leaves from treeboxes.  Head over to DPW’s website for more information on the leaf collection program and find out when DPW will be in your neighborhood.

From the Mendelson Post, we wish you all a very happy, enjoyable, and safe Halloween! 

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