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“Parks, Recreation and Environment:” Watch Our Tuesday, February 9th Community Meeting

Click on the image above to watch a video of our Tuesday, Feb.9th, General Body Meeting. PBCA hosted panel discussion about our area parks and environment. Guest panelist included: Watani Hatcher, DC Parks and Recreation (DPR), Trey Sherard, Anacostia River Keepers, Josh Burch with DC Office of Energy and Environment (DOEE), Michael Chambers, II and Ann Hounious from National Park Service / National Capital Parks East (NPS/ NACE)

Topic: PBCA Monthly General Body Meeting
Time: Feb 9, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Mar 9, 2021 07:00 PM
Apr 13, 2021 07:00 PM
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Relieving Cabin Fever

Stan Benton, PBCA President
Stan Benton, PBCA President

As COVID-19 keeps trying all of our patience, we hope to relieve some of your cabin fever by having a panel of speakers at this week’s meeting that’ll talk about the parks and recreation in the area.

Hopefully, this will give you new ideas on things you can do safely outside the house.  The COVID vaccine rollout isn’t going as smooth as it could be. Those that meet the requirements (65 and older and/or working in a health care setting in DC) should regularly check out DC’s Coronavirus website at https://coronavirus.dc.gov to see where they can sign up to receive the vaccine. I highly recommend everyone to go to that website and sign up for their alerts via email or text. This will help keep you up to date on the latest COVID issues for DC residents. Let’s check in on our neighbors to see if they need assistance with those tasks.

As you know, the Block Captains are an essential part of our PBCA communications. If you don’t know who your Block Captain is or if you are not receiving email updates from us, please let us know by dropping us a note at: [email protected], or by giving me a call at 240-416-9221 . And lastly, we have many new neighbors. If you’re not a PBCA member yet, please either reach out to your Block Captain or get on our website at pennbranchdc.org to join.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!

Stan Benton,
PBCA President

Calling All Cooks and Bakers for the Penn Branch Recipe Project!


We need your recipes for the Penn Branch Community Cookbook

The PBCA Board is putting together a Penn Branch Community Cookbook and we want to include you!  Since we have fewer opportunities to plan in-person events and interact with families across the neighborhood during the pandemic, this is an opportunity for long-time residents and younger families to connect through cooking.

We will gather together the recipes into a document and post them on the PBCA website.


Change Is Happening

January 8, 2021

This is a new year in many different ways. Our Association has a new name, with a new board operating under newly updated by-laws. And despite the recent horrific actions that happened on the Capitol, we will even have a new President of the United States inaugurated into office later this month Change is happening.

Stan Benton, PBCA President
Stan Benton, PBCA President

As the new PBCA President, I thank the officers and others in the previous administration for their hard work and commitment over the past two years. 2020 will be a year to remember. Last year brought on a pandemic, the presidential election, and social protests that challenged all of us. However, we have proved resilient as a community, and many neighbors reached out to help others as we all quarantined in place. In the middle of all of the challenges, we still managed to make significant updates to our by-laws to strengthen our organization and community and align us with best practices. After years of videoing our meetings so that those unable to attend could watch them online, I volunteered to become Block Captain Chair. After some serious thought, I ran for President along with a slate of well-qualified individuals with a history of civic and community involvement.

After productive discussions between past and present PBCA Exec Officers and reviewing input from our members, the new board has decided on several goals we would like to achieve including, increasing our membership, decreasing the morning cut-through traffic from Pennsylvania Avenue and making sure our community’s voice is heard especially when it comes to economic development in the area.

To help achieve these goals we need you: We are looking for volunteers to head up a variety of our committees, including my old position of Block Captain Chairperson. Please see the list of committees listed in this newsletter and apply. We’ve proven to be resilient in the face of many challenges, and by working together, we can make this year a better one. We are looking forward to working with you.

Again, Happy New Year, and may 2021 and beyond be amazing.

Stan Benton,
PBCA President

In Memoriam (Week of January 8, 2021)


This week we are sad to report the loss of two long-time Penn Branch residents:

•On December 30th, Mr. Charles G. Dorse, Sr. of Highwood Drive passed away¬.
Mr. Dorsey and his wife Joe have been residents of Penn Branch for over 40 years. In addition to being actively involved in the community, Mr. Dorsey was known for knocking on neighbors’ doors every New Year’s morning with a hug and Happy New Year greeting. This year, his son, Charles Jr., knocked on doors and said he knows his father would want the tradition to continue.

Bobby Chandler, Jr and his sister Jeanarta McEachron
Bobby Chandler, Jr and his sister Jeanarta McEachron

Robert “Bobby Chandler” Jr. passed away on January 5th after a long illness. Bobby grew up in Penn Branch and returned to our neighborhood two years ago.