February 29, 2020

Welcome Neighbors!


It is with our deepest, sincerest sympathy that we announce the passing of James Melchor Sutton on Saturday morning, February 1, 2020.

Preliminary plans for the Home Going Service will be on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at:
Guildfield Baptist Church
1023 Otis Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

10:00 am (Visitation)
11:00 am (Memorial Service)

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

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

Standing Committee Chairs
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 Membership Meeting Dates 2020

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

TIME:   6:30p Refreshments – 7:00p Meeting

April, 1, 2020
May 27, 2020
Annual Picnic (Location: TBD)

*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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