June 1, 2020

Welcome Neighbors!


North Portal Estates (NPE) Resident Request for Assistance

As a community, we want to ensure that all NPE residents are able to obtain essential needs and services.  Therefore, for those who require additional support, the Civic League of North Portal Estates (CLNPE) has set up a “Request for Assistance” system to ensure that no one’s needs fall between the cracks.  

Any NPE resident who is age 85 and older or who is infirmed or disabled may utilize this system to get the needed assistance and/or support, by completing and submitting the form below.

District of Columbia State of Emergency Declared

Below is information that the Mayor’s Office has sent out regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and city closings. Please be safe and keep current on the status of the virus in our community.  

Thanks and stay healthy,
Michael Benjamin
Civic League of North Portal Estates

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency and a public health emergency for the District of Columbia due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Currently, 10 District residents have tested positive and measures have been put into place for containment and testing of those who may have been exposed. The State of Emergency will allow the Mayor to utilize federal resources similar to when a natural disaster occurs.

All residents are encouraged to frequently visit coronavirus.dc.gov to become updated on all latest developments.

DC Health recommends that non-essential mass gatherings, including conferences and conventions, be postponed or cancelled. Mass gatherings are defined as events where 1,000 or more people congregate in a specific location. They also recommend that any social, cultural, or entertainment events where large crowds are anticipated be reconsidered by the organizer. This recommendation is in effect through March 31.

DC Public Schools will close this coming Monday, March 16 to train teachers on distance instructional contingency plans in the event that schools are closed for an extended period of time and has closed or placed restrictions on all non-essential District-wide and individual school events.

The Council of the District of Columbia is preparing emergency legislation that will provide needed funds and relief provisions similar to the 35-day Federal government shutdown we experienced in January 2019. The emergency legislation will grant the Mayor various powers during the course of the public health emergency with regard to public health, safety as well as additional and consumer protection provisions to protect residents during this time including prohibitions on utility shutoffs and evictions.

The Office of Attorney General has shared information to protect yourself from scams and fraud. Beware of emails claiming to be from the CDC or experts saying that they have information about the virus.

Closures and Cancellations We are aware that many venues, events and activities are canceling, closing or postponing. These include religious services, sports arenas, parades and community meetings. NBC Washington has a listing of some cancellations and closures.


The symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 are fever and respiratory symptoms, such as a cough and shortness of breath. It is incumbent upon all of us to play a role in “flattening the curve” of this disease. There are several steps you can take to help prevent the spread of this respiratory disease: 

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Get the flu vaccine

Ward 4 Councilmember Candidate Forum  CANCELLED

We have been notified that Lowell School have cancelled all outside uses of the school until further notice.  As you may recall, the Civic League had scheduled a Ward 4 Councilmember Candidate Forum for the April 1st membership meeting.  We will be in contact with the school over the next few weeks to determine when we can either reschedule the meeting or wait until our May meeting, if then!  

Civic League of North Portal Estates Officers and Chairs, 2019-2021

President:  Michael L. Benjamin   Open Letter
Vice President:  Dana Ash-McGinty
Secretary:  TBA
Financial Secretary:  TBA
Treasurer:  Diane E. Baxter
Sergent-at-Arms:  Dr. Betty Catoe Strudwick
Parliamentarian:  TBA
Archivist:  Dr. Phylicia Fauntleroy Bowman

Standing Committees
Hospitality:  TBA
Infrastructure/ Environment/Land Development:  Michael Benjamin (Chairperson), Phil Gates, Pamela Lowe, Ralph Neal, Judi Ponds, and Sharon Pugh
Special Projects:  Judi Ponds

History Project Team
Dr. Phylicia Fauntleroy Bowman (Lead), Dana Ash-McGinty, Diane Baxter, Julia Kim, and Sharon Pugh

Representative DC Federation of Civic Associations:  Nathaniel Sims

CLNPE Calendar Dates 2020

6:30p Refreshments – 7:00p Meeting

April 1, 2020*   Ward 4 Councilmember Candidate Forum  CANCELLED
May 27, 2020**  General Membership Meeting

* Lowell School – Parkside Building 7775 17th Street NW, Lowell School Theater
(Enter from 17th street, first building on the right, park on the driveway.)

** Lowell School – Parkside Building 7775 17th Street NW, Room 207
(Enter from 17th street, first building on the right, park on the driveway.)

Ways to stay informed and to be connected with the CLNPE

➢  Add your name to our email list by sending a request to:
(your email will be kept confidential and only used for CLNPE notifications)

➢  Sign up for the “NextDoor” neighborhood website:  www.NextDoor.com
Select “sign-up/sign-in” located in the upper right corner on the Welcome page, and follow the instructions.

➢  Attend meetings, participate in events, support the League by paying your dues. Dues are $30 and payable in cash, check or credit card at the meetings.

Open Letter from the CLNPE President

August 25, 2019

Dear North Portal Estates Neighbor,

The Civic League of North Portal Estates (CLNPE) exists to make our community one of the most desirable places to live in Washington, DC! It represents approximately 220 families in our neighborhood. The Civic League holds five public meetings annually and two social events annually. Our Civic League Board of Directors also has several Committees that work to continually improve our neighborhood.

Your Civic League dues support the betterment of the neighborhood — our lifestyle, our image, and our property values — and is beneficial to you as the homeowner. At only $30/year, you can’t beat it! Thanks to your dues and many volunteers, here’s what we accomplished during 2018-19 program year ending this June:

  • Annual picnic hosted by Pamela Lowe and Jerry Hunter

  • The “Spring Clean” project provided for household goods picked up by Wider Circle; DC Department of Public Works for bulk pick-ups; and a shredder truck for deposable papers. Leadership provided by Special Projects Chair Judi Ponds

  • Sponsored a forum for the community to meet and hear the four candidates vying for the Ward 4 State Board of Education seat to fill the vacancy of the remainder of the 2017-2020 term.

  • Holiday party hosted By Emma King with leadership from Aleen Sutton, Chair, Hospitality Committee.

  • Facilitated the completion of the asphalt sidewalks on the creek side of North Portal Drive as well as installation of curb cuts at the intersections of North Portal Drive, East Beach and Kalmia Rd. making the cuts ADA compliant. Effort led by Jim Edmonds, Chair, Infrastructure Committee.

  • Continued work on the North Portal History Project under the leadership of Dr. Phylicia Fauntleroy Bowman, Archivist

  • Maintained ongoing liaison with the Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Office and Councilmember Brandon Todd’s Office as well as District agency offices.

  • Sponsored numerous speakers at our regular membership meetings including Peter Newsham-Chief of Metropolitan Police Department (MPD); Kevin Donahue-Deputy Mayor, Public Safety & Justice; Gregory Dean-Fire and EMS Department Chief; Randy Griffin-4th District Police Commander; Garrett King, DC Office on Aging; and Christopher Dyer, Private Security Camera Incentive Program.

In addition, North Portal Estates community has many social activities that offer something for everyone! We always welcome your input.

Yours in service,
Michael L. Benjamin, President
Civic League of North Portal Estates


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