Ward 6 Brickie Award Nominations




2016-Brickies-Save-The-Date.jpgCouncilmember Charles Allen is accepting nominations through the end of the day on Wednesday, November 16, for the 10th Annual Ward 6 Brickie Awards. Carrying on the tradition of former Councilmember Tommy Wells' Livable Walkable Awards, the Brickies will honor local people and organizations whose leadership, commitment, and vision make Ward 6 a great place to live and work.

Award categories include:  

  • Neighbor Award
  • Community Organization Award
  • Business Award
  • Public Service Award
  • Civic Pride Award

Please use the form below to submit your nomination.  In addition to your contact information, all nominations need to include the nominee's name, contact information (email and/or phone number), and award category

Last year’s winners were ANC Commissioner Rachelle Nigro (Neighbor Award), Hill's Kitchen (Business Award), the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (Community Organization Award), Eastern High School Principal Rachel Skerritt (Public Service Award), and DC Public Library (Civic Pride Award).

The 10th Annual Brickie Awards will be given during a free public celebration on Thursday, December 1, 6pm – 8pm, at the Apollo (600 H Street, NE). RSVP for the Brickies here.

Please contact Jamaal Jordan (jjordan@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8072) with any questions.

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  • commented 2016-12-01 19:46:27 -0500
    Sorry that I was unable to attend. But, I have just retired and am willing help you out as a volunteer.
  • commented 2016-11-30 14:56:43 -0500
    I nominate the World Mission Society Church of God for the Community Organization Award, because this organization just received the U.K. Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year for their outstanding volunteer activities locally, nationally and internationally. Queen Elizabeth II presented the Church of God with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service after an extensive screening process. Through the award, the Church became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a designation for exemplary organizations, and is recognized by 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada and Singapore.
  • commented 2016-11-27 17:41:04 -0500
    I, Roscoe Holley nominate Mr. Paul Taylor for the 1.) Public Service Award, 2.) Business Award, 3.) Civic Pride Award and 4.) Community Organization Award for the reasons listed hereafter;

    1.) Mr. Taylor is a product and former resident of Ward 6 and has given of his time tirelessly in advocating for the youth and senior citizens of this SW DC neighborhood;

    2.) Mr. Taylor, in being the Exec. Dir. of the SouthWest Community Forum has provided an outlet and opportunity for many youth of the Ward 6 community, a chance to share in participating in normal recreational and cultural experiences; geared towards building their confidence, building new positive friendships and providing the youth with a more enlightening vision of their future;

    3.) Mr. Taylor in now being an employee of the DC government, has gone far beyond his call and scope of duty to engage the community as a whole in participating and volunteering in the programs developed at, and for the community Recreation Facility he is assigned to, where he knows his constituents and they know him because of his civic activities.

    4.) Each year, Mr. Taylor heads Food and Toy Drives for those parents in the Ward 6 community who struggle to feed and provide for their young ones, and where he is constantly engaging who can, to volunteer time to aid in various programs throughout the year.

    Mr. Taylor is an excellent candidate for each of the Awards aforementioned, due to his commitment to better the community as a whole and to put in place a model for all to use as a template to help others in any community in which we live.
  • commented 2016-11-17 14:38:34 -0500
    I submit Clean Decisions for the neighborhood business award. The two owners, Will and Charlie, are returning citizens who help other returning citizens find jobs, stabilize their lives, and be positive role models in the community.

    They serve other Ward 6 residents and businesses with their services, including many H street restaurants and a number of Hill East neighbors, and make a positive difference in the community, even starting a non-profit out of their business.
  • commented 2016-11-16 23:38:25 -0500
    I would like to nominate the World Mission Society Church of God for the

    Community Organization Award &

    Public Service award. 86 of its members recently participated of CERT training to help our community in case of an emergency. This is a selfless act that reflects their humanitarian spirit and dedication to our community. The members of the Church of God are always volunteering in street clean up, blood donation and many more activities that benefit us directly. They are located on 700 A St NE and can be reached at 469-600-7599.
  • commented 2016-11-16 22:31:16 -0500
    Wilma Goldstein/1100’6th Street S.W. #211/washington, DC,20024/goldsteinwilmadc@gmail/202-827-3394.
  • commented 2016-11-16 22:08:05 -0500
    Maketto – Business Award. In addition to fantastic food, they give back to the Hill via free community yoga and a running group, and support many local causes, including a recent fundraising breakfast for Changing Perceptions.
  • commented 2016-11-16 16:24:19 -0500
    I nominate the Washington Seminar Center (WSC) for the Community Organization Award. WSC is a low-cost housing and meeting facility for groups visiting the nation’s capital with educational, social, political, and spiritual objectives in mind. WSC was established in 1978 as a service ministry of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church and comprises the lower level of the church’s historic 1869 building. Under the leadership of Chantal Dalton, an average of 1600 people use the facility annually. Visiting groups are often partnered for local mission activities with the following organizations: Bread for the City, CapiTAL Hill Community Food Bank, Capitol Hill United Methodist Church Cafe, Capitol Hill Group Ministry, Central Union Mission, Church of the Brethren, Coalition for the Homeless, DC Central Kitchen, Food and Friends, Historical Congressional Cemetery, Martha’s Table, and Sasha Bruce Youth. To learn more about WSC, go to www.WashingtonSeminarCenter.org.
  • commented 2016-11-16 16:09:34 -0500
    Central Union Mission for Community Organization Award
  • commented 2016-11-16 16:04:48 -0500
    Thank you Marty and Steve! No one knows as well as I do how many dinners at home and weekend hours are sacrificed for others. Since 2006, Bruce has spent every spare moment working to benefit the community and those in need, all in an effort to better ALL, not just a select few. The schools, the seniors, the river, community leaders and officials all across DC, and so many of our neighbors look to him for leadership and results, especially when they have no place to turn. NO ONE comes anywhere close to the level of activity and effectiveness as he has achieved as a volunteer. Charles, I do hope you will honor him with a Brickie.
  • commented 2016-11-16 14:27:41 -0500
    We are writing to nominate Bruce DarConte for the 2016 Brickie Award for the category of Good Neighbor Award.

    Bruce DarConte will tell you that his motivation for being a Good Neighbor stems from his own childhood where he grew up in public housing, in a single parent household in Brooklyn, NY. At an early age, he realized his path to success was through education and hard work. He received a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, while working full-time in order to pay for his education. In 2016, he also received a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy.

    As part of his vision to bring the new Southeast Navy Yard neighborhood together, in 2013, Bruce formed a 501©(3) non-profit charitable organization called Near Southeast Community Partners (NSCP) whose mission is creating a vibrant riverfront community (neighborhood). He assembled a Board of Directors and receives pro bono legal services from a top DC attorney.

    Bruce is committed to ensuring a quality public education for all children. Many hours, including evenings and weekends, are spent attending meetings for Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, where he serves as the Community Representative on the LSAT and the PTA. When Van Ness Elementary School was nothing more than a shuttered elementary school, he met with then Chancellor Michelle Rhee, and subsequently with then-Chancellor Kaya Henderson for the purpose of launching the effort that led to the re-opening of Van Ness. Additionally, he has served on the Principal Selection Committees for both Amidon-Bowen Elementary and Jefferson Middle Schools.

    NSCP has been recognized by DCPS as a top-performing Adopt-A-School partner to Amidon-Bowen and Jefferson Academy. But more importantly, Bruce is establishing partnerships and leveraging his ability to bring people together. For example, in a first of its kind event, NSCP, JMA Solutions and the Association of American Railroads are combining resources to hold a “Feed the Feeder” Teacher Appreciation Event that brings together teachers from Jefferson Middle School and its four feeder schools – Amidon-Bowen, Brent, Tyler and Van Ness – for an evening of celebration. The goal is to create synergies that will ultimately improve all of the schools and their students.

    In 2014, CSX granted $650,000 to fund community projects in Ward 6 (ANCs 6B and 6D) and held a competition to determine the most responsive and responsible fiscal administrator. Even though NSCP was competing against more established organizations, CSX named NSCP the third party administrator for the fund. Since then, NSCP has created a committee of civic-minded individuals to review grant applications and make funding recommendations. As of this writing, more than $300,000 has been awarded to a variety of community non-profits for sports, recreational, cultural and educational programs. Nearly $100,000 has been awarded to elementary and middle schools in ANC 6D and 6B.

    In another example of engaging local businesses, Bruce has partnered with Nando’s Peri-Peri, Lavagna, and Aqua 301, each of which has been supportive of the NSCP mission. Fundraisers have been hosted benefitting organizations such as Serve Your City, Jefferson Middle School, Amidon-Bowen, and VanNess. NSCP even hosted a fundraiser at Nando’s for one of Nando’s own employees who was injured in a car accident.

    An active proponent of cleaning up the river, Bruce is frequently found picking up trash along the Anacostia River during Living Classrooms’ or Anacostia Riverkeeper’s public service days. On some occasions, he will even be found floating in a kayak removing river trash. He is a regular exhibitor at local festivals, sharing his message of community service with residents of all ages and backgrounds.

    Bruce serves on the Ward 6 Democrat Executive Committee as Parliamentarian and on the DMV Citizens Advisory Committee. He was awarded the Cornerstone Community Award by Councilmember Anita Bonds in 2015, recognizing his continuous commitment in giving back to the community.

    Bruce DarConte is a tireless community servant, leading and volunteering on numerous community and District events in and around Ward 6 to help make our neighborhoods more welcoming for residents and workers alike.

    For these reasons, Bruce DarConte should be awarded the 2016 Brickie for the Neighbor Award..


    Steve Mutschler

    Board of Directors, Living Classrooms

    Martin Welles

    Board of Directors, Amidon PTA
  • commented 2016-11-16 14:09:07 -0500
    I’d like to submit Green Seed Community Garden under Community Organization award, led by Joanna Kendig. When we moved into this neighborhood 2 years ago, little did we know we were stepping into a vibrant, flourishing and healthy neighborhood whose centerpiece is the Green Seed Community Garden. This garden, and the many residents who garden, celebrate, gather and connect there is part of the fabric of our Hill East neighborhood. The Green Seed Community Garden is more than a community garden, it is a gathering place for the neighborhood and a common connecting point that fosters the kind of neighbor-connectedness that is the backbone of strong and healthy communities. I am grateful for Green Seed and the neighbors who display the kind of community care that reflects the best parts of our city.
  • commented 2016-11-16 12:06:32 -0500
    Larry Janezich, he’s a dependable source of news on our neighborhood:-)
  • commented 2016-11-16 11:32:05 -0500
    I nominate The World Mission Society Church Of God for the Community Organization Award.

    The members really have an earnest heart and mind to serve the community with a smile and loving heart. This year, they gathered together with other branch churches on the easy coast wben the flooding in WVA occurred. They were first in response to gather many supplies which were needed and helped the families in need.

    They also created a fun festival for military families to join.

    They help appreciation dinners for the 2nd and 6th district police departments to show gratitude for their service in the DC area.

    They helped clean up various parks in the DC area.

    Truly, this award should be given to The World Mission Society Church Of God for their compassion to serve their neighbors and the city in every which way possible. Taking time out their lives to help and serve everyone in need with a Mother’s heart, sharing Mother’s love.

    Thank you.
  • commented 2016-11-16 11:19:28 -0500
    Central Union Mission for the Community Organization Award. They are a sanctuary for homeless and hungry neighbors giving shelter to hundreds of homeless people a night, groceries to thousands of hungry families a month, job training to hundreds a year, and school supplies and gifts to hundreds of needy children. They are a godsend for men, women and children in our neighborhood that have no other place to turn.
  • commented 2016-11-16 10:14:08 -0500
    Kris Swanson of the Corner Store would fit into a few different categories…Neighbor Award, Civic Pride Award. The Corner Store has been bringing neighbors together for concerts, art shows, dinners, movies etc over a decade. Kris has given many local artists opportunities to share their talents with friends and neighbors. The Corner Store has really enriched the quality of life in our neighborhood.
  • commented 2016-11-16 09:23:08 -0500
    Hills Kitchen, business award. I know they won last year, but the people who work there are so knowledgeable, friendly, and stand by their products. Shopping there is an absolute pleasure. We are lucky to have them in the neighborhood.
  • commented 2016-11-16 07:47:45 -0500
    I’d like to nominate ANC Denise Krepp for the Neighbor Award. She frequently updates the neighborhood on goings-on and has been an excellent representative for her interested and concerned neighbors.
  • commented 2016-11-16 00:25:34 -0500

    Musicians with more than 50 years of performance experience. DCLM is dedicated to the history of DC’S great musicians and it’s music.
  • commented 2016-11-15 19:03:45 -0500
    I nominate CHAW for the Community Organization Award. It is a truly remarkable institution that is benefit to our community, our children, and our sense of place. CHAW is a unique Capitol Hill institution, part of what makes the Hill the Hill.

    For Business Award I nominate House Calls on the Hill. An unbelievable service that makes our community richer, soothes the frayed nerves of parents, and helps our children heal. Heidi Johnson has tended my daughters for years, preventing I don’t even know how many emergency room visits. Entrepreneurial, gracious, and able. I cannot tell you how much I am moved by her skill, kindness, and basic decency.
  • commented 2016-11-15 15:58:38 -0500
    I concur with the nomination of Larry Janezich, who created and maintains the Capitol Hill Corner blog, by Marian Connolly. Larry is a Hill treasure and all of us appreciate his tireless efforts on behalf of a safe, livable community
  • commented 2016-11-15 15:10:54 -0500
    Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

    Community Organization

    I would like to nominate CHAW because of the incredible art, dance, service, short workshops and of course theater options CHAW offers that adds to the Hill community. This past fall, CHAW offered to fill a gap on the Hill by offering $5 art classes on Tuesdays for young children who may have gone to Little Lofts (which closed this summer) or any child that was interested. It is amazing to have a true community partner respond to the needs of the area residents. CHAW has also done amazing work with with DC General and with the Playtime Project to bring arts education to the children at the shelter.
  • commented 2016-11-15 15:08:37 -0500
    The Southwest Waterfront AARP Chapter-Nominated for The Public Service Award

    The Southwest Waterfront AARP Chapter has been an actively contributing presence in the Southwest community for 24 years since its founding in 1992. The chapter is a community of service promoting the education, advocacy, legislative, and health and wellness programs of AARP in the SW community. Our programs are created to educate and advocate for Senior Southwest residents, their families and the entire Washington, D.C. Senior community. Some of our programs have included our 5th Annual Community Health, Wellness and Information Fair, Community Food Drives to support the Capital Area Food Bank, grocery distributions to local families, Chapter Education Awards to Amidon Bowen School, Jefferson Academy Middle School, the Southwest Library, the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Scholarship Fund, etc. We have participated in Nursing Home support visitations, student mentoring programs, clothing distribution programs, AARP food packaging on the Mall, Senior advocacy legislative efforts and other social impact programs to improve the lives of the Senior residents and their families of Southwest Washington, D.C.

    Nominated by Donald Wallace Jones,

  • commented 2016-11-15 14:56:37 -0500
    I am nominating Larry Janezich, who created and maintains the Capitol Hill Corner blog, for his daily reporting on actions and events of interest to Capitol Hill residents and businesses. I think he would qualify for either the Public Service or Neighbor Award. My neighbors and I rely on this blog to alert us to important meetings we might want to attend and to keep us informed on business, governmental, and other events and actions that have occurred and their potential on our property and quality of life. He has become a reliable and succinct source of information for us. His reports also have become especially helpful as developers have acquired every available parcel for mixed use developments on the Hill (Buchanan Place, Fragers, Safeway, etc.) His site is particularly helpful in making plans and schematics available for us to see. I suspect Larry must get by on little sleep as he seems to be at every meeting on the Hill and Capitol Hill Corner seems to be a one-man operation. This effort reflects a tremendous sense of community and the belief that when citizens are informed, they can help shape their neighborhoods.
  • commented 2016-11-15 14:47:37 -0500
  • commented 2016-11-15 14:46:58 -0500
    I’m nominating the Pretzel Bakery for the Business Award. The Pretzel Bakery is the quintessential small business you can’t help but root for. It’s a meeting place, it’s a treat for kids and parents alike and it’s full of kind, wonderful people who are our neighbors and friends. The pretzels and now famous breakfast sliders and pretzel bombs speak for themselves. The line out of the door every weekend morning is a testament to how good the food is and how beloved the bakery is by the community. If the Pretzel Bakery isn’t deserving of a Brickie, what place is?
  • commented 2016-11-15 13:03:36 -0500
    Public Service Award

    Jack Chapman, Ward 6 Arborist


    My conversation with Jack Chapman was initiated by my inability to find any information on the DDOT/Urban Forestry website regarding what can and cannot be planted in a tree box, and also the status of a longstanding tree request. I found him by calling 311 and asking them to put me in touch with the arborist for my neighborhood. Mr. Chapman was friendly, informative, helpful, and very enthusiastic about improving and maintaining our tree canopy. He is also uncommonly responsive: Urban Forestry service requests for our area that are made through 311 or 311 online reach him within an hour and he deals with each request right away. He also emphasized that residents can contact him directly by email with questions.
  • commented 2016-11-15 12:59:24 -0500
    I nominate Nicky Cymrot for the Neighbor award for her decades of leadership of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, the Hill Center, CHAW, the Eastern Market fundraising for market employees after the fire, and many, many other contributions to our neighborhood.
  • commented 2016-11-15 12:52:05 -0500
    Gail Stern, Clothes Encounters of a Second Kind, Small Business Category. I am nominating Gail Stern because she has made Clothes Encounters a warm and friendly place to shop since she took it over. She and her staff are full of good advice about fashion choices for the buyer, as well as possessing a great eye for quality consignments. Although small, the store is attractively decorated and items are well-marked for browsing.
  • commented 2016-11-15 12:27:16 -0500
    Public Service Award: The Hill is Home, which is operated by a volunteer corps of Capitol Hill residents who care about the community they live in. They donate their time to bring online news that helps foster inclusivity and builds community, connects people and organizations, and features the great events and legacies on Capitol Hill. I appreciate their “weekend to-do list” as I’m always eager to learn about what events I can support in my neighborhood while having fun!

    Business Award: Summit to Soul – a woman-owned business that only sells eco-friendly and sustainably sourced products that contributes to a more global good (ie, conscious consumerism). On a local level, they give back to their community and maintain strong ties to the neighborhood by offering a range of free community workout classes and partnering with other businesses in the community.