Community Acknowledgements - Page 3

2014 Holiday Celebration


Please join us in extending branches of holiday cheer with our neighbors as we share their culinary delights at our next community meeting.   We welcome contributions of your favorite dish, dessert or, click here to make a financial contribution to support our “Culinary Branches of Holiday Cheer”.

The celebration will begin immediately following our community meeting on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.    If you wish to contribute food, please send an e-mail to let us know what dish you will provide and the number of people it will serve. We are also looking for vegetarian and gluten free dishes for our neighbors with special diets.

Please contact Janet Strickland, Penn Branch hospitality chair to coordinate your contribution by no later than December 5, 2014 at: (202) 525-5972, by e-mail at:[email protected]

Event Admission:     Paid PBCCA membership

Nonresident guests: $8.00

Children under 12 years old free
(Credit Cards Accepted)

Meet Our New Resident: River Asata Smith


Former PBCCA VP, Ayanna Smith and her husband welcomed, Ms. River Asata Smith,  our newest resident to their home on May 30. 2014.  River SmithMs. River was born at George Washington Hospital in Washington, DC and weighed-in at 8.15lbs!  PBCCA and the Penn Branch community congratulates the Smith Family on this beautiful, new addition to their family (and our neighborhood)!

Bobby Chandler featured on PBS ‘History Dectectives’


HistorydectivesThe Silas Chandler Story

Penn Branch resident, Bobby Chandler was featured in a recent episode of the hit PBS series ‘History Detectives.’  The show investigates the famously controversial image of Silas Chandler, a slave from Mississippi (and ancestor of Mr. Bobby Chandler), seated next to his owner, Andrew Chandler. Both men are brandishing weapons and wearing Confederate Army uniforms. It remains one of the most iconic images of our Civil War and for many years has inspired a ‘divisive and often confused debate about race relations in the Confederacy and the existence of black Confederate soldiers.’



Watch this fascinating story online at:

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Penn Branch featured in U.S. Coast Guard commercial


A 60-second commercial for the US Coast Guard features a returning war veteran and his family riding through our neighborhood and ‘arriving home’ on Texas Avenue SE. The video ‘Individuals with Disabilities (60 second)‘ was filmed last summer in Penn Branch and also features the new USCG Headquarters at the Department of Homeland Security in Ward 8.  It was officially released last week on, the civilian recruitment web site for US Coast Guard.

Individuals with Disabilities (60 second)‘ was produced by Ascender Communications and written and directed by Penn Branch resident and current PBCCA parliamentarian, Paul Grant. ‘Penn Branch, with its’ tree-lined streets, coiffed lawns and beautiful brick colonials, offered our production an ideal setting to tell this all-American story,’ says Grant, ‘The Coast Guard was excited very about having that option.’

Honoring their commitment to an inclusive work environment, the US Coast Guard welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Disability employment applicants for Coast Guard jobs do not have to be current or former federal employees. The :60-second commercial highlights how the Coast Guard will provide job accommodations and other related services to ensure meeting the needs for successful performance of persons with disabilities.


Ward 7 Happy Video Shows Diversity and Pride of Ward 7, Washington DC


For Immediate Release

August 6, 2014

Ward 7 Happy Video Shows Diversity and Pride of Ward 7, Washington DC East of River Logo

Today, Mae H.  Best, Executive Director of East River Family Strengthening Collabirative, Inc. (ERFSC), an 18 year old community based  agency located in Ward 7, Washington DC,  released a video capturing the essence of Ward 7 using the “Happy” song made popular by Pharrell Williams.  The video was shot over three weeks at various locations in Ward 7 including Fort Dupont Ice Skating Rink, The Shimp Boat, the new Park 7 Apartments, The Nats Academy, Francis Gregory and Dorothy Height Libraries, and The Chateau to name a few. The video is very colorful and depicts fun, diverse and Happy Ward 7 residents showing their happiness in various ways.

Even though all locations in the ward were not captured, Ms. Best feels that “we captured a new and improved Ward 7 where people love to work and live.  That was my original intention, and this video received so much community support that we feel it necessary to do something similar again because it really brought us together (and it was fun).  This video is the beginning of new ways we will showcase the work, pride and promise of our Ward 7.”

ERFSC would like to thank everyone who participated in the Ward 7 Happy Video including Mayor Vincent Gray, Councilmember Yvette Alexander and her team, the ERFSC staff, and all the stars that are too many to name. The video is being launched on ERFSC’s website, their Youtube page (EastRiverFamily) and their social media networks.  The Ward 7 Happy Video was videographed by Brandon Best and Nicole Whitmire and edited by Brandon Best with creative direction and coordination by Mae H. Best, Rosie Parke and Rudy Davis.

Click HERE to watch the video and visit ERFSC at







Rosie Parke

Director of Communications & Community Services

East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc.

3917 Minnesota Avenue, NE

Washington, DC 20019

Office: 202-397-7300, Ext. 104

Cell: 301-395-1013

Fax: 202-397-7882

Click HERE to watch the ERFSC Happy Video


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