by Andrew Ramonas December 2, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

Brickie awards (Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6)A neighborhood business group dedicated to Shaw’s revitalization has won a special brick from Councilmember Charles Allen as part of his annual Ward 6 awards ceremony.

Shaw Main Streets won the building implement yesterday during “The Brickies,” which is now in its 10th year. The bricks honor neighbors, community organizations, businesses, public service and civic pride in NoMa, Shaw, the H Street corridor and other parts of Ward 6.

The Shaw group picked up the Community Organization Award for its work to boost economic development in the neighborhood, while preserving the area’s historic character, according to Allen. The Brickie came after Shaw Main Streets received national recognition as a “Great American Main Street” this year.

“As a nationally recognized Great American Main Street, their work to bring economic revitalization to the Shaw neighborhood after decades of disinvestment while honoring Shaw’s rich cultural heritage is an exceptional accomplishment,” Allen said in a statement. “Shaw Main Streets has been instrumental in making the Shaw neighborhood a vibrant, diverse, thriving place to dine, shop, live, and play.”

Alexander M. Padro, executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said the councilmember’s award is a “great recognition” of his organization’s work to protect longtime neighborhood residents and businesses, while expanding affordable housing and attracting new restaurants and shops.

“It’s that commitment to preserving our neighborhood’s heritage and diversity, while managing the changes that have made Shaw a cleaner, safer, more attractive place for longtime residents and businesses, new ones, and visitors that have earned Shaw Main Streets national awards, like the Great American Main Street Award, and local recognition, like the Brickie, in the same year,” Padro said in an email.

In addition to Shaw Main Streets, Brickie winners included:

  • Nicky Cymrot, president of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and president emeritus of the Hill Center Board of Directors (Neighbor Award).
  • The Pretzel Bakery (Business Award).
  • Paul “South” Taylor, Department of Parks and Recreation King Greenleaf Recreation Center manager (Public Service Award).
  • The Hill Rag (Civic Pride Award).

Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6

by Andrew Ramonas November 15, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

Brickie awards (Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6)Councilmember Charles Allen needs help deciding who this year should get special bricks that honor residents and businesses in his Ward 6, as well as others with a connection to the area.

The 10th annual “Brickies,” which is set for next month, will have neighbor, community organization, business, public service and civic pride awards recognizing work done in NoMa, Shaw, the H Street corridor and other parts of Ward 6.

Locals can make nominations online.

Last year, the winners included ANC 6E commissioner Rachelle Nigro (with the Neighbor Award), Eastern High School principal Rachel Skerritt (with the Public Service Award), Hill’s Kitchen on Capitol Hill (with the Business Award), the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (with the Community Organization Award) and D.C. Public Library (with the Civic Pride Award).

“Nine years ago, we began this annual celebration of the people, places, and organizations that make our community great,” Allen said in an email to locals. “It’s a tradition I’m excited to continue.”

Allen is slated to dole out the awards at the The Apollo (600 H St. NE) on Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Locals can RSVP for the free event online.

Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6

by Tim Regan March 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm 0

Charles Allen (Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen)Shaw locals will have yet another chance grab a cup of coffee with Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen later this week.

Allen is scheduled to hold his next office hours for the community at Compass Coffee (1535 7th St. NW) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

“Whether it’s policy or potholes, schools or public safety, small business or the Metro, Community Office Hours are a great chance to talk with Councilmember Allen about what’s on your mind,” reads an email sent to the Shaw listserv yesterday.


by Sean Meehan February 4, 2016 at 2:45 pm 0

Country music legend Dolly Parton recorded a video today to lend support to the D.C. Public Library’s Books From Birth program, which officially launched today.

The program, proposed last year by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, who represents Shaw, provides a free book every month to enrolled kids from birth until age five. To provide the books, the D.C. Public Library is partnering with Parton’s Imagination Library, an organization the singer started in 1995 in Tennessee.

The District’s Books From Birth program was inspired by Imagination Library, which provides free books to over 900,000 children from birth to age five in the U.S. and Canada.


by Andrew Ramonas November 5, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Charles Allen (Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen)Shaw residents are slated to have the chance to talk directly with their councilmember tomorrow about crime, affordable housing and any other concerns they may have about their neighborhood.

Councilmember Charles Allen of Ward 6 is scheduled to hold office hours for the community at Compass Coffee (1535 7th St. NW) from 8 to 9:30 a.m.

The monthly gatherings move around Ward 6 between locations in Southwest and Hill East, as well as Shaw. Allen’s office also hosts quarterly evening office hours.

Locals can RSVP online, but reservations are not required to attend.

Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen


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