Penn Branch News - Page 24

O Street Wall (Clean Up)


Last spring, the PBCCA Public Works Committee sent a letters to residents whose houses boarder the O Street Wall to make sure that all weeds, grass, and trees are at least 3 ft away from the wall. Most residents have done a stellar job of managing their yards and avoiding any impacts to the structural integrity of the wall. However, several homes still have weeds growing out of their yards and hanging over the wall itself.

The city will be coming out in January 2015 to clear these areas at a cost to each home.

Pepco/ Execelon Merger Update

DC Public Services Commission is hosting a series of hearings on an important issue that involves your electrical services and possibly your wallet.

  • Are you aware that the Chicago based company Exelon, is seeking to merge with PE­PCO?
  • Are you aware that there may be changes to your services and rates over the next few years?
  • Are you aware that your representatives on the District Council and the DC Public Services Commission need to approve this merger?
  • Are you aware that your Council representatives, PEPCO and Exelon need to hear your opinions before they proceed?
  • Are you aware that once this merger is done, it’s done?

This is not simply a takeover and name change, but something everyone in DC, especially east of the river residents, should know about and express their opinions on.  This merger can have a significant effect on not only the service you receive but also possibly the rates you will pay.  Please reach out to PBCCA Legislative Chair, Laura Richards if you have additional questions or comments at: [email protected].

Remaining Public Hearing Dates

January 12, 2015, 6:00 PM
Southwest Library Community Meeting Room
900 Wesley Place, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024

January 20, 2015, 6:00 PM
University of the District of Columbia
Community College Conference Room
801 North Capitol Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Come out to one of the following hearings to learn more and share your thoughts.  You need to be heard!


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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