Written by Bill Starrels, Commissioner, Vice Chairman ANC2E, Georgetown
There were five reported sexual assaults since August 3rd in the West Village according to published reports. The latest was on early Saturday morning, September 17 at 1:02 am when a suspect was observed grouping a young lady on the 3300 block of Prospect Street, NW. The Metropolitan Police arrested the man shortly after the incident for third degree sexual assault.
Thursday after hearing the reports of the first four assaults, I walked the area where the assaults occurred with Terry Lynch, Executive Director of the Cluster of Congregations, to check out lighting in the neighborhood. We discovered streetlights were out on the blocks where the assaults occurred - in some cases multiple lights in close proximity were out. In surveying just the streets were the assaults occurred (Potomac, 35th Street, and near the corner of 37th and T), and nearby alleys and blocks, over 20 streetlights were found to be out or to be so dim as to effectively be out.
One could visualize a predator lurking in of these darkened areas waiting to prey on a victim who would not be able to see her attacker.
We are calling on the City Administrator to have a survey conducted of all of Georgetown, and for that matter, all neighborhoods across the city, to determine what lights are out and get them back on. Ideally there should be a month long sweep across the city to get the lights back on. All neighborhoods deserve to have lighting that promotes safety.
The city needs to find and use 21st century technology that keeps the lights on. When a streetlight goes out there should be an alert to the city that a repair is needed. We have reports of constituents calling in locations more than once and the light remained unrepaired. We need the lights to be functioning.
Georgetown residents and visitors alike should be able to go about their routines safely. They should know that the lights are working and the streets are well lit. I will continue to work with Terry Lynch and the Downtown Cluster of Congregations showing the commitment to making the neighborhood, and city, better and safer.
The Georgetown Galleries of Book Hill will host an evening stroll and viewing of their fine art exhibitions on September 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Come for an evening to add to your art collection and enjoy art and refreshments in one of the most beautiful parts of DC - Georgetown's charming Book Hill neighborhood.
Participating art galleries include:
• Addison/Ripley Fine Art (1670 Wisconsin Ave NW) - Curated Group Exhibition: Infrastructure, by Andrew Fish, Trevor Young, Steven Mallon, Frank Hallam Day, Valeri Larko, Magnolia Laurie, Cynthia Connolly, Stephen Magsig, William Christenberry, Richard Vosseller, Olivia Rodriguez. This exhibition explores a theme of global and local issues of sustainability and waste. Exhibition on view September 10 – October 15, 2016
• Artist's Proof (1533 Wisconsin Ave NW) - Animaux Espiègles en Quête D’Adoption by Hervé Maury, in conjunction with the Galleries on Book Hill Fall Art Walk, opens on Friday, September 16. Playful animal subjects are full of poetry and tenderness. Exhibition on view September 16 – October 2, 2016
• Cross MacKenzie Gallery (1675 Wisconsin Ave NW) - Wing to Wing by Cindy Kane. A maze of birds and butterflies. Exhibition on view September 9 – October 5, 2016
• Maurine Littleton Gallery (1667 Wisconsin Ave NW) - Echoes of Leaves and Shadows by Michael Janis in conjunction with the Galleries on Book Hill Fall Art Walk, opens on Friday, September 16. An exhibition of new glass works and sculptures. Exhibition on view September 16 – October 15 2016
• Susan Calloway Fine Arts (1643 Wisconsin Ave NW) - Gravity by Matthew Langley, in conjunction with the Galleries on Book Hill Fall Art Walk, opens on Friday, September 16. A diary of paintings transformed into a new visual and color experience. Exhibition on view September 16 – October 22, 2016
• Washington Printmaker's Gallery (1641 Wisconsin Ave NW) - Busted by Jane and David Mann. A photographic parable about climate change. Proceeds go to 350.org. Exhibition on view August 31 – September 24
This August, Tudor Place will offer Explorers Summer History Week, a summer camp program that engages hands, minds, and bodies of children aged 4 to 10, indoors and out. Exploration and authenticity are the hallmarks of camp at Tudor Place. Through costumes, movement, and archaeology, campers explore the past. Activities include games, dance, exploration of the Tudor Place estate, and working with artifacts from the museums' education collections.
The History Explorers Summer Camp will run from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, 2016, 9:00 am - noon.
The program is $175 for Members and $190 for Non-Members. Before- and after-care will be available.
For more information, contact Laura Brandt at 202.965.0400 x108.
Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street in Georgetown.