Bike to Work Day

From left to right, Doug Franklin, from COG's Commuter Connections program, Phil, Adrienne Moretz with Frederick County, Maryland, and Greg Billing from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association pose with  a Capital Bikeshare bike.  Unfortunately, there was only room one the bike for one rider.

From left to right, Doug Franklin from COG’s Commuter Connections program, Phil, Adrienne Moretz with Transit Services of Frederick County, Maryland, and Greg Billing from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association pose with a Capital Bikeshare bicycle. Unfortunately, there was only room on the bicycle for one rider.

Happy Wednesday, Mendelson Post readers!  With all this stunning weather we’re having (minus a few showers!), it’s as fitting a time as ever to remind you about DC’s upcoming Bike to Work Day!

Bike to Work Day is an annual celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun, healthy, and safe way to commute to work.  At last week’s Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board meeting, Phil, as Chair of the TPB, signed the measure proclaiming May 15, 2015 as “Bike to Work Day” throughout the region.

Phil, with Greg Billing and Adrienne Moretz, signing on the dotted line proclaiming May 15 as Bike to Work Day.

Phil, with Greg Billing and Adrienne Moretz, signing on the dotted line proclaiming May 15 as Bike to Work Day.

Tired of getting stuck in gridlock?  Feeling crammed on overcrowded trains?  Try adding bicycling to your commute!    Register for Bike to Work Day next month and stop off at one of over 80 pit stops located throughout the District, Maryland, and Virginia for snacks, giveaways, and bicycling love!

It's official!  See you next month.

It’s official! See you next month.

We hope to see you at the pit stop on Freedom Plaza outside the Wilson Building next month!

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Phinding Phil: Lincoln Heights

Did you get a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend and head down to the National Mall to take in the Cherry Blossom Festival?   Phil made the most of his Saturday out and about in another part of the District for a different sort of festival: civic engagement.

That’s right!  While others were navigating throngs of tourists and checking out the yearly cherry blossom bloom, Phil was on a tour with members of the Lincoln Heights community as they showed him various issues in the neighborhood in need of the city’s attention such as trash pickup, abandoned houses, and flooding problems.  With Phil on the case, Mendo will Mend it!

 

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Mendo Minute: Anacostia Library

Phil speaking at the Anacostia Library last night.

Phil speaking at the Anacostia Library last night.

We are on the cusp of April Fool’s Day (or is that April Phool’s?) and while the weather may be fooling us all with it’s hints of Spring before plunging back to Winter temperatures, Phil’s dedication to the District is no joke.  Since the loss of Councilmember Barry, Phil has hosted several community meetings throughout Ward 8 to keep the community informed of what’s going on at the Council and ensuring they are represented.

 

Last night was one of Phil’s meetings with residents, this time at the Anacostia Library.  Phil spoke about homelessness, jobs, and economic development, before taking questions from the audience.

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Phinding Phil: Ward 7 Leadership Council

KElly Miller Middle School principal Abdullah Zaki, Councilmember Alexander of Ward 7, and Chancellor Henderson pose with Phil at the Ward 7 Leadership Council.

Kelly Miller Middle School principal Abdullah Zaki, Councilmember Alexander of Ward 7, and Chancellor Henderson pose with Phil at the Ward 7 Leadership Council.

It’s been a long time coming, but Spring is finally here!  It may be a little chilly today, but think back to the beautiful weather from this weekend with a shot of Phil at the Ward 7 Leadership Council this past Saturday, after one of his Tax Town Halls.

REMEBER: Phil’s last Tax Town Hall of the season is TOMORROW, Tuesday March 24 at the Lamond-Riggs Library at 5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE at 6:00.  We hope to see you there!

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Phil’s Tax Town Halls

Chairman Mendelson will hold four Tax Town Hall Meetings that will focus on the District’s recently announced real property tax assessments. Chairman Mendelson will be joined at each of the workshops by representatives from the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue. “We are focusing our attention in the neighborhoods that have seen significant changes in their assessments over the previous year” said Chairman Mendelson. This year’s workshops will mark the eleventh consecutive year that Mendelson has held such meetings for the benefit of residents.

Upcoming Tax Workshops

Tuesday, March 17th Saturday, March 21st Tuesday, March 24th
Temporary West End Library Capitol View Library Lamond-Riggs Library
2522 Virginia Avenue, NW 5001 Central Avenue, SE 5401 South Dakota Avenue, NE
7:00 PM 10:00 AM 6:00 PM

We already had our first tax town hall this Saturday at the Bellevue Library.  We hope you can make it to one of our other meetings!

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