Hope you’ve been enjoying the fantastic almost-fall weather we’ve been having this week. My team and I have been taking advantage of every minute to get out into Ward 6 for PARKing Day, the H Street Festival, the annual Waterfront Village BBQ in SW (right), AARP's SW Chapter 10th Annual Community Health Fair, Capitol Hill Book Fest, kicking off Oktoberfest with Wundergarten, and unveiling beautiful new art at Union Station – oh, and the Council also kicked off its fall legislative session Monday to top it off! It’s been busy, to say the least, but it's been great to see so many of you across the Ward out at events this past week. Speaking of weather though, it looks like Saturday has heavy rain and winds headed our way, so stay safe and maybe check to make sure those drains are clear. Let's jump into a packed newsletter with all the news you can use.
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By now, the school year's underway, and the youngest Ward 6-ers are back in the classroom. My own children are thrilled to be back with their teachers and friends - and were more than a little exhausted at the end of their first week! We're also ready to be on the other side of this stifling heat. Hopefully by the end of this weekend, temperatures start to feel more like September. In the meantime, stay cool, and drink plenty of water! As usual, we've got lots of events and news happening all over the Ward, so let's jump in. If you missed the last newsletter - which had updates on Rumsey Pool, new information about DC school test scores, and more - be sure to click here to catch up.
I can't believe it's August already, and the first day of school's around the corner! I hope you and your family have been enjoying the summer and staying safe and dry during these intense storms we've been having. Below, you'll find the latest on public safety, back-to-school news, and more. Let's get to it!
As you've probably noticed, after lying dormant for years, there's suddenly a lot of energy around the future of the 190-acre RFK campus. Like many in DC, I'm excited about a new era of Commanders ownership and seeing some success on the field soon. But now that the sale of the team has been finalized (and the name has been changed), the focus has shifted to the questions of where they'll be playing and if the District should put forward a proposal to build a new NFL stadium at RFK.
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Ward 6 Week with me and my team last week! We had a blast at trivia, our Ward 6 Days at ARTECHOUSE and the National Building Museum, getting a tour of Engine 18 on Barracks Row, chatting with you at office hours, watching our Nats win against the Giants, and more! I particularly enjoyed our first ever Lemonade Stand Contest. It was great to bike around the neighborhood on a cool Saturday morning to hear about the charities our young lemonade vendors were supporting. I’m so grateful for another fun-filled Ward 6 Week!
Councilmember Allen Introduces Consumer Protection Bill Requiring Legal Transparency about Dangerous Business Products and Practices
Summer and vacations are in full swing, but down at the Council, we're advancing legislation on several key issues this week. I know many folks are hopefully taking some time off, but before you tune out for a bit, here's a quick update on what I've been working on and some insight into the different bills coming out of the Council. Also a big thank you to everyone who joined me for coffee at Hype Café last Friday - I enjoyed the chance to connect. I'll be at The Roost next Friday morning, one of many Ward 6 Week events coming up (more on that below).