Amidon-Bowen Bids Farewell to Coach Frank Briscoe – a True Advocate for the Youth

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen addresses the crowd at a ceremony for retiring Amidon-Bowen Elementary School Coach Frank Briscoe. Courtesy of Hugh Ho By Matt Koehler  Smokey Robinson’s falsetto flooded the gymnasium of Amidon-Bowen Elementary School on a balmy early June afternoon. The school year was coming to a close – […]

Council’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Includes Investments in Southwest Schools and Recreation

By Southwester Staff  In late May, the DC Council took two votes on the district’s budget for Fiscal Year 2024, which begins October 1. The Council made revisions to the proposed budget submitted by Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen highlighted key investments for Southwest and surrounding […]

14th Annual Toys for Tots Drive Distributes over 4,000 Holiday Toys to Ward 6 Families

By Paul Taylor For the 14th consecutive year, the Southwest Comm-Unity Annual Christmas Toys for Tots drive and distribution was another huge success. Held on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, this year’s event distributed over 4,000 toys to families throughout Ward 6.   The generous supply of toys […]

New ANC 6D Commissioners Sworn in to Represent Southwest

By Melissa Silverman  At a January 9 meeting, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission members representing the Southwest Waterfront officially began their new term with a monthly meeting and election of officers. Following redistricting, the single-member districts of Ward 6 saw shifting lines that changed the boundaries of areas represented by incumbent […]

Council Advances Allen’s Transportation Bill Expanding Access to Free Bus Rides

By Southwester Staff In December, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen earned unanimous support from City Council colleagues for his “Metro for DC” bill, which sets the stage for free access to Metrobuses departing from any location in the District beginning this summer. “Today’s vote on this transformational bill shows the […]

Friends of Southwest DC and King-Greenleaf Recreation Center’s Coach Skip Honored at Brickie Awards

By Guy Aldridge  Ward 6’s annual Brickies award ceremony returned to an in-person format at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on December 7 after two years of virtual ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the internet age, some workplaces and organizations are wondering if a “return to […]

Ambitious DC Central Kitchen Space on Buzzard Point Nears Opening

By Southwester Staff DC Central Kitchen marked near completion of construction on its new headquarters, scheduled to open this fall on Buzzard Point, with a “first look” event joined by elected officials, including DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, as well as philanthropists, community advocates and […]