Shepherd Park Citizens Association: Oct. 4, 2017

Shepherd Elementary School is located at 7800 14th St. NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2016)

October is a busy month for the Shepherd Park Citizens Association. The winter-wear collection for the children and teens of Hope and a Home runs through Oct. 31. The drop-off is again at Rex Cleaners, 7346 Georgia Ave. NW, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. This business is a staunch supporter of our association and should have our patronage.

In a Sept. 30 to the community listserv, association president Mark Pattison listed the sex, age and size for each of the 46 recipients of the new and/or gently used coats, jackets, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and even earmuffs. After purchase or drop-off, let him know at what you provided so he can post a running tally and further needs for the community.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, our fall community meeting will take place in the Shepherd Elementary multipurpose room. We will honor the late Marvin Caplan, for many years a resident on Geranium Street NW, and share news about the special plaque to be put up in the park at Alaska Avenue, Holly Street and 13th Street NW. Marvin was a civil and human rights activist who worked hard to make Shepherd Park an inclusive neighborhood. He and his wife Naomi often opened their home for community meetings. During a severe winter storm a large tree fell on their house and the whole neighborhood turned out to help and make sure the crane workers had coffee and doughnuts.

Halloween comes on a Tuesday this year. The community will gather for the annual Halloween Parade on the lower field and playground at Shepherd Elementary. This is always a grand event with adults and children attired for the occasion, ready to circle the track and receive candy and glow sticks from the association. This year our association’s new youth group will be lending a hand, as will members of our board. Step-off is at 6 p.m. Lists of participating homes with treats will be available. Those wanting to participate in the home and/or pumpkin decorating contests should contact Mark at

— June E. Confer