Friday, November 23, 2007

What I Am Most Thankful For

Yesterday, just before the annual Thanksgiving meal, I was asked about what I was most thankful for. "My neighbors" I responded.

I am thankful for that core group of neighbors, the one percent of residents who attend most of the meetings and neighborhood cleanups time and time again. People like Charlene McCullers, Stacie Birenbach, Joyce Robinson Paul, Joel Dubenitz, and Ted McGinn.

Ted McGinn is in his own class, an incredible leader, volunteer, and knowledge database.

Scott Roberts continues to tirelessly provide important news about the neighborhood from professional journals to neighborhood eyewitness accounts.

Darren Snell has run a tight ship with Eckington Civic Association.

People probably don't know that Beth Toland did petitioning to get speed humps on Quincy Place N.E. Please thank neighbor Hoyt King, if you ever meet him, for his leadership in the fight against crime.

Steven Rynecki has an eye for planning for the long-term future of Eckington. Agree with him on historical preservation designation or not, his emphasis on forward-thinking is important.

Pat Mitchell and North Capitol Main Street have worked diligently to bring us a commercially-viable business district.

Tom Usselman rarely has been recognized for his work with the police over the past year to advance the safety of citizens.

I'm thankful for my fellow ANC 5C commissioners, who have worked hard behind the scenes.

Chair Anita Bonds took on a thankless job, and it is quite an effort to assemble the agenda every month.

Commissioner Stu Davenport and his wife Lana have given the community a shot of adrenaline with Big Bear Cafe and the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market.

Commissioner John Salatti has done more things on behalf of the neighborhood this year than I can count.

The residents of the unit block of Hanover Place N.W. have really stepped up this year.

Althought not neighbors, I would also like to recognize the hard work of Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. (together with Bloomingdale resident Vicky Leonard-Chambers), Alice Thompson, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

There are many more neighbors in 5C-02 and nearby who should be recognized... these are the people I have had the most contact with over the past year. Help me out by posting comments.


Richard Layman said...

nice post. Too often people forget that change and improvement comes from the concerted effort of many people, over many years, acting in various and different capacities.

Anonymous said...

I lived in this neighborhood as a teenager in the unit block of Rhode Island Ave. NE. Moving to Quincy Place 17 years ago was a very positive step in my life. In a way it was like a step back in time - neighbors getting to know one another and looking out for each other. The sense of community is infectious. Like you, I'm thankful for all the people you mentioned and several more that you may never get to meet but who contribute to our community in their own personal way.

Anonymous said...

Also to the residents of the 100 block of R street for allowing the Farmer's Market to grace thier front yards. This market is truly a miracle for the neighborhood and in a perfect location. Thank you all.

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