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NEWS: ANC2B Seeks Applications for Combined Executive Director and Webmaster Position

For several years, ANC 2B has employed a part time Executive Director and a contract Web/IT consultant. This month, the ANC voted to combine those positions and to seek applications from the public to fill the new requirements. The ED is a part-time, salaried employee of the Commission, who serves as the logistical champion of the Commission, ensuring that all necessary tasks for the efficient operation of the Commission are complete.

The new position description, along with a list of preferred qualifications, and anticipated level of effort can be viewed HERE.

We anticipate the position will require 25-30 hours of work per month, with a monthly gross salary of approximately $650, though that is negotiable. We would like to fill the position in the next month. The start date could be as soon as mid-October.

To apply: please review the position description carefully. If you are committed to bettering Dupont Circle and the District, please submit a cover letter describing how your experience makes you a strong candidate for the position and a resume to Commissioners@dupontcircleanc.net by September 27, 2015. You may contact ANC Chairman Noah Smith at noah.smith@anc.dc.gov if you have recommendations or questions. We anticipate phone or in-person interviews to take place the the last week of September.

Please also pass this announcement along to other lists and groups who may know of interested and qualified candidates.

NEWS: Special Election for 2B07 Commissioner to be Held on October 14, 2015

The Dupont Circle ANC announces the date, time, location and process for voting in a special election to fill a vacancy for the 2B07 Commissioner. You can check whether you live in 2B07 by reviewing our map, HERE.

The election will be held during the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of ANC 2B on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 7:15pm to 9:00pm.  The meeting will be held at the Brookings Institution at 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW.

Eligibility to Vote:  The election will be open to registered voters of SMD 2B07 only.  Potential voters must present themselves at the polling place and must have either a BOEE voter identification card showing that they are registered to vote in SMD 2B07 or be listed as a voter in SMD 2B07 on the voter registration list provided by the Board of Elections and Ethics (BOEE).

The two candidates will appear on the ballot in the following order:

  • Holly Biglow
  • John Kupcinski

Information on the process for voting and counting ballots, which is provided by the Board of Elections, is available below.

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NEWS: Vacancy Announced for ANC 2B07

Commissioner Underhill announced resignation earlier this month. Opportunity for 2B07 resident to fill seat through the end of 2016. 

Earlier this month Commissioner Justine Underhill announced her resignation from the Dupont Circle ANC to pursue a career opportunity outside of Washington. On July 17, the Board of Elections certified a vacancy for single member district 2B07 and today we are seeking a committed and enthusiastic resident of 2B07 to fill that position.

The 2B07 commissioner represents the areas immediately east and southeast of the circle; a map of each of the single member districts is available HERE.

Those interested in seeking election to the seat must pick up petitions from the Board of Elections starting on Monday and get 25 signatures of registered voters who live in 2B07 by August 10th. There will then be a petition challenge period from August 13-19 to ensure that the signatures are from valid residents.

If there is more than one candidate who successfully files petitions, there will be a special election announced for either September or October. If there is only one candidate, that person will be certified as the Commissioner for 2B07. (If there are no candidates, the petition process starts over again).

Commissioner Underhill has been invaluable in bringing the neighborhood together around issues big and small, including the ongoing development process of the St. Thomas Church property at 1772 Church St. The 2B07 commissioner also leads the ANC response to all applications for that district, including alcohol licensing, historic preservation and zoning cases. ANC commissioners are non-partisan and unpaid elected representatives who ensure that the voice of the neighborhood is heard in city decisions.

If you have any questions about running for election or what the position involves, please do not hesitate to contact ANC Chair Noah Smith at noah.smith@anc.dc.gov.

NEWS: Tragic Fire Leaves Two Dead, Several Injured on Riggs Place

*Cross Posted on Noah Smith’s Blog (anc2b09.weebly.com)*

Several news agencies have reported an overnight fire at 1610 Riggs Pl NW in our neighborhood. Tragically, two residents are confirmed to have died in the fire and more were injured, including up to three fire fighters. The Dupont ANC has been in touch with fire officials and a resident of the address who was out of town at the time. We’ve offered our assistance and condolences.

Our neighborhood is beautiful, historic, diverse and vibrant; what completes that mix are the fantastic people who live here. Today we must come together to support our neighbors in any way we can.

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, this is a great opportunity to confirm that your smoke detectors are working properly. The DC Fire and EMS Department installs smoke detectors free of charge to residents, simply call 311 or request one online by clicking HERE and selecting “FEMS – Smoke Alarm Application” from the drop down menu.

 

NEWS: After ANC Input ABC Board Continues Suspension of Heritage India

On January 3, 2015 a physical altercation and stabbing occurred inside Heritage India/Zanzibar located within the boundaries of the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 2B) at 1901 Pennsylvania Ave NW. ANC 2B believes this event indicates an emerging pattern of violence at this establishment and at its meeting on January 15th voted unanimously to send a letter to the ABC Board strongly encouraging them to consider revoking this license and finding its owner to be unfit to hold a license.

Violence cannot be tolerated. Not only are the impacts extremely serious for the victims, but there are also real and negative impacts to the character and reputation of the neighborhood.

You can read the full letter to the ABC Board here: ANC Letter to ABC Board on Heritage India Violence 1-15-15

Today, after an over ten hour hearing on the matter, the ABC Board continued its suspension of the liquor license for Heritage India until the establishment “provides an enhanced security plan that addresses the Board’s safety concerns”. The full media release from the Board is below:

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