Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Phil and staff pose with Gregory McCarthy of the Washington Nationals Government Affairs before Tuesday's game.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club)

Phil and staff pose with Gregory McCarthy, Vice President of Community Relations & Government Affairs for the Washington Nationals, before Tuesday’s game. (Photo by Patrick McDermott for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club)

Good afternoon, Mendelson Post readers!  We at the Mendelson Post all hope you are having a wonderful summer so far.  While this summer has been unseasonably cool, the District’s hometown baseball team the Washington Nationals have been red hot!  The Nats were in a pinch Tuesday night so they called up Phil to start at short and bat fourth, where he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer…One can dream, right?

Actually, the Washington Nationals hosted Phil and a number of his constituents at the game Tuesday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Phil was honored in a pregame ceremony where he was presented with the Nationals Spirit Award for his service to the District.

In the end, Phil’s bat wasn’t needed (this time!) as the Nats went on to win 8-1.

Were you at Tuesday’s game?  Grab any photos of the ceremony?  Share them below and they could end up on The Mendelson Post!

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Throwback Tuesday: Awards Galore

Phil poses with Chair Nancy MacWood and Beverley Wheeler as he accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from The Committee of 100 on the Federal City.

Phil poses with Chair Nancy MacWood and Beverley Wheeler as he accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from The Committee of 100 on the Federal City.

Happy Recess, Mendelson Post readers!  After a long and arduous first half to the year, the Council goes in to recess for the next two months.  To kick off recess, let’s have a  Tuesday Throwback to…last month!  June saw Phil receiving two awards for his years of public service; one from The Committee of 100 on the Federal City and one from the DC Bar.

Phil speaking at The Committee of 100 on the Federal City's awards ceremony.

Phil speaking at The Committee of 100 on the Federal City’s awards ceremony.

On June 4, Phil was honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Committee of 100 on the Federal City at the annual Vision Awards ceremony, recognizing his dedicated life as a public servant.  Starting from his days in the McLean Gardens Resident’s Association in 1975 to his near two decades of service as a commissioner of ANC 3C to his election as an at-large Councilmember in 1998 and his position as Chairman today, the Committee of 100 recognized Phil’s devotion to the District and his passion for public service.

Nearly two weeks later, Phil was again honored for his public service, this time by the DC Bar.  At their Awards Dinner & Annual Meeting, Phil, along with Council General Counsel (say that three times fast) V. David Zvenyach were awarded the Exceptional Service Award for their efforts to establish the Council’s Pro Bono Legal Volunteer Program, the first District government pro bono program.

Phil and V. David Zevnyach having their picture taken for the DC Bar, as we profiled back in May.

They’re ready for their closeup!  Phil and V. David Zevnyach having their picture taken for the DC Bar, as we profiled back in May.

The program has been a resounding success, with 17 District government attorneys from the Council and various District government agencies placed in pro bono work, volunteering their time and expertise to enhance access to justice.

In her oral remarks, former Bar President Andrea Ferster further emphasized Phil’s legislative support over the past ten years for DC Access to Justice, which helps low and moderate-income residents access the civil justice system.

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Quarterly ANC Meeting

The 4th of July has come and gone and we at the Mendelson Post hope you and your family had an enjoyable, wonderful, and safe celebration.  For this update, we’re going back in time to last Monday for another annual summer tradition: Phil’s Quarterly ANC Meeting!

MPD Chief Lanier discussing public safety with ANC commissioners.

MPD Chief Lanier discussing public safety with ANC commissioners.

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.  On Monday night, we were fortunate enough to be joined by both MPD‘s Chief Cathy Lanier and DMV‘s Director Lucinda Babers.

DMV Director Lucinda Babers discusses adjudication issues.

DMV Director Lucinda Babers discusses adjudication issues.

Chief Lanier started the meeting discussing recent crime trends and public safety issues in commissioners’ neighborhoods, along with tips regarding the July 4th holiday.  Director Babers spoke with the commissioners regarding traffic adjudication issues, an ever-popular topic among ANCs and their constituents.

As we close on another Quarterly ANC meeting, we turn our gazes forward to our next gathering of commissioners around Halloween.  Be sure to bring your costumes!

 

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Palisades Parade

Team Mendo at the end of the 2014 4th of July Palisades Parade.

Team Mendo at the end of the 2014 4th of July Palisades Parade.

Where were you this 4th of July, Mendelson Post readers?  Did you happen to catch Phil and company in their mesmerizing Mendo Blue marching in the Palisades Parade?  Thankfully Mother Nature cooperated to give Team Mendo and the rest of the Patriotic Palisades Parade Participants a respite from DC’s usual oppressive summer swelter.

Now it’s time for Team Mendo to rest their arms and recuperate from the 2014 parade circuit.

Until next year…!

Take any photos of Phil at the parade?  Make sure to share them and you may find them on the Mendelson Post!

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Mendo Minute

Happy Tuesday, Mendo Post!  Is Phil doing a photo shoot for the cover of GQ Magazine?

Nope!

Sadly, Phil will not be staring at you from the magazine racks of the checkout aisle at your grocery store.  This was actually a photo shoot for the DC Bar’s Pro Bono Program, which helps volunteer attorneys in DC take pro bono cases for low-income individuals.

All in a Mendo Minute!

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