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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)

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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Penn Branch Shines at Annual Dinner Dance


June 21, 2014

[Pictured l-r long-time residents: BJ Hurd, Barbara Hurd, and Gloria Hurd-Evans]
Penn Branch Dinner Dance 2014

Friday the 13th turned out to be a very good day for those who attended the Penn Branch Community Association’s annual dinner dance and swearing-in of new officers.  The event was held at the Washington Navy Yard and hosted by long-term resident, Mr. Gilbert Bussey.

Attendees enjoyed a great program, wonderful food, and ended the night with great conversation and dancing.  The night was fun and provided an opportunity for long-time and new neighbors to meet and interact with residents from neighboring communities, ANC commissioners, and others.  Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander and mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser were also in attendance and welcomed attendees.

PBCCA dinner dance co-chairs, Toni Reeves and Eloise Price said “we were pleased with the stronger than expected turnout, and we were especially pleased with support from neighboring community associations.”

Pamela Toure, wife of past president, Kweku Toure, gave out prizes to winners of the community quiz.  The dinner dance would not have been a success without the hard work of many of those in the community who sold tickets and advertisements.

A special thanks to CH2M Hill, HDR, Inc., Marriot Hotels (George Washington), Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, Crystal Florist, R3 Graphics and Beddgroup for supporting the program, and to Reverend Kendrick Curry Ph.D., and wife Reverend Karen Curry for their many contributions and support of the community.

Also, thanks to Councilmembers, Muriel Bowser, Phil Mendelson, Tommy Wells, David Grosso , Ward 7 school board member and Hillcrest Community Civic Association President Karen Williams, and Ward 7 Democrats President Ed Portillo! Also, special thanks to Eloise Prince, Toni Reeves, Angela Hammond, Alberta Paul, Pamela Toure, Kweku Toure, Jimmie Williams and to all those who worked on the dinner dance committee to ensure another year of success!

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