October 5, 2022

Welcome Neighbors!


Dear North Portal Estates Community, 

Over the years, our Civic League of North Portal Estates Infrastructure Committee has carried the community’s torch by identifying and reporting a multitude of infrastructure “problems/issues” requiring the District of Columbia’s remedial action.  However, neither the City itself nor our volunteers comprising our Infrastructure Committee can possibly be all-seeing and all-knowing.  In order to preserve and, in some cases, restore our neighborhood’s infrastructure, this effort needs to be viewed by each and every North Portal Estates resident as a community-wide civic duty. Attached is a bulletin that was compiled by the Civic League ‘s Infrastructure Committee with a subtitle of DID YOU KNOW? to remind us of our homeowners responsibilities.  

In our experience, the more households that report a particular matter, the better.  So please, don’t assume somebody else will report whatever problem you see.  Instead, please report any and all issues requiring one-time resolution by the City or responsible utility company.


— Examples of issues reportable via D.C.’s 311 process (https://311.dc.gov/citizen/home or dial 311 via phone) include:

  • Sidewalk repair
  •  Potholes and other roadway repairs  
  • Roadway sign replacement/repairs
  • Dead animal collection
  • Rodent inspection and treatment
  • Construction-related erosion and run-off
  • Abandoned property (e.g., bicycles, vehicles, shopping carts…)
  • Illegal dumping (e.g., landscaping/gardening companies depositing grass and shrubbery clippings along East Beach Drive and North Portal Drive)
  • Snow and ice removal (City’s estimated resolution = 1 day!)
  • Street sweeping
  • Streetlight repair investigation

 — Examples of issues that are reportable to utility companies:

When individual North Portal Estates owners independently identify and report such matters, the community’s infrastructure issues logically will receive more prompt attention.  This sharing of responsibilities, in turn, enables CLNPE’s Infrastructure Committee to focus its attention on overarching issues requiring protracted engagement with the City. 

Let’s all do our part in maintaining the quality neighborhood we have! 

Thank you, 
Michael L. Benjamin
Civic League of North Portal Estates

Managing COVID-19

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

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

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 2021

January 27, 2021 (Zoom Meeting)


#1 Anyone can join a meeting using the Zoom mobile apps or desktop applications for Windows and Mac.

#2 If this is your first zoom meeting then follow these instructions:
Go to join.zoom.us. Enter your meeting ID (87112071271) on January 27th at 7pm. Click Join. If this is your first time joining from Google Chrome, you will be asked to open the Zoom client to join the meeting.

#3 If you don’t want to Zoom then you can join the meeting (like a conference call) by dialing from your phone the following number: 301 715 8592. Enter meeting ID: 87112071271#

#4 Below is the Zoom meeting information for regular Zoom users:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87112071271

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


01/2019 Open Letter
03/2019 Open Letter