Saturday, March 25, 2017

try the pistachio cupcake at Sylvan Cafe & Bakery

See this tweet from Sylvan Cafe and Bakery:




the patio is now open at Boundary Stone Public House

See this Instagram message from Boundary Stone:




big beef is back at DCity Smokehouse

See this tweet from DCity Smokehouse:




"unparalled luxury" at 74 R Street NW condos -- open house tomorrow

See this tweet from a realtor who uses the #BloomingdaleDC Twitter hashtag:


Bacio Pizzeria proud to serve Illy espresso and coffee

See this tweet from Bacio Pizzeria:




Friday, March 24, 2017

CUA School of Architecture Spring Lecture Series lecture, including Professor Mirian Gusevich, who will briefly speak about McMillan -- Monday, 03-27-2017



From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com [mailto:HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2017 5:31 PM
To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington] CU Lecture: `Imagining Tomorrow`s Washington, D.C.` - Monday

                                                                                                    

Catholic University School of Architecture Spring Lecture Series lecture


"Imagining Tomorrow's Washington, D.C." 

presented by Pechakucha Night 
Monday, March 27, 5-6pm, 
Koubek Auditorium in the Crough Building (the School of Architecture building)
Room 140

One of the speakers will be Professor Miriam Gusevich who has long worked to find a much brighter future for McMillan Park, and has crafted an alternative design proposal for revitalizing McMillan that is *consistent* with the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan (not "not inconsistent," but literally consistent with them), suggestions and expressed wishes of the community, and general high aesthetic appreciation for the history and beauty of the site as well as the needs and wants of the community.  Professor Gusevich will speak about McMillan briefly as one of five persons on the program. 


Please see further information and registration information for that lecture here.  Professor Gusevich has presented her alternative plan at several formal hearings on McMillan and broadly to groups around the city.


Posted by Andrea Rosen
Friends of McMillan Park



DC For Reasonable Development: report on the Thursday, 03-23-2017, Zoning Commission hearing on the DC Court of Appeals zoning order remand

From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2017 5:13 PM
To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington] Thursday Night`s Zoning Commission Hearing on McMillan

Good McMillan Peeps,

Happy Friday!

                
About Thursday Night:
  • Per the typical ratios of community output, McMillan supporters outpaced those in favor 5:1
  • The Office of Planning gave their opinion as to why they approve building downtown sized buildings next to rowhouses vulnerable to gentrification
  • The Dept of the Environment could not answer questions about their own studies
  • DDOT says the developer will pay for the stop signs, cameras, traffic lights, and other "mitigation"
  • The Secretary of the Commission would not accept printed testimony by those who were not actually present at the hearing leaving numerous people wanting to participate out the "the process"
  • Cheryl Cort of Smart Growth DC admitted that Vision McMillan developers fund her organizing
Movie Night

Get some popcorn, and check out this attempted imperial takeover of our Park from Thursday night.  Film from the March 23 Zoning Commission's "limited-scope" hearing >>
http://view.earthchannel.com/ PlayerController.aspx?&PGD= dczoning&eID=708

Epilogue

Friday night we are gathering at UDC Law School for a circle discussion on McMillan Park.
McMillan Park – What Happened and Why?
  • What of last night's zoning hearing?
  • How does the Zoning Commission and Office of Attorney General coexist?
  • Administrative Law and Activism, really?
  • Our Park: Ideas for the future!
Friday, March 24, 2017, 6:30 – 8:45 PM
Moot Court – Room 518
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW WDC 20008
(one ½ blocks north of Van Ness Metro)


Facebook.com/savemcmillan
savemcmillan.org


Chris Otten
DC for Reasonable Development
202-810-2768

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 03/26/2017

31 R St NW now has an improved price of $1,299,000.
The featured listing is a Victorian fee simple house with three full levels and a garage, located at 31 R St NW. It will be open Sunday from 1:30-3:30pm. It is listed for $1,299,000. (after a $66,000. price reduction). The listing is represented by Marin Hagen with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here. The same info can be seen in a map format here. Printed copies of the list and the map will be available at Big Bear Cafe at the corner of 1st and R St NW, on the bulletin board by 10am Saturday.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday. If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments. Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at bediz dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Crisp Kitchen and Bar launches its Spring Cocktail menu tonight at 5:00 pm

See this Instagram message:



ANC5E Neighborhood Beautification Day + 52 O Street Artist Open Studios -- Saturday, 04-22-2017

From: Lisa Marie Thalhammer [mailto:lm@lisamariestudio.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:26 PM
Subject: Neighborhood Beautification Day & Artist Open Studios

Hi Scott,  Hope you are well!! Can you please help us spread the word about our annual ANC 5E Neighborhood Beautification Day & Artist Open Studios Event on Saturday, April 22nd. Please see attached. 

Cheers, 

Lisa Marie 
          
Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Visual Artist, Muralist
FY 2017 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellow
& Public Art Building Communities Grant Recipient 
lisamariestudio.com
202-425-2414
O Street Artist Studios
52 O Street NW #100
Washington, D.C. 20001




want to join the Bloomingdale Civic Association Health and Recreation Committee meeting this Monday at Crisp?

See this 03-22-2017 message:


Could you include in the newsletter that there is a Bloomingdale Health and Recreation Committee meeting this upcoming Monday the 27th at 6:30pm on 1st Street?  The meeting will be held at Crisp Kitchen and Bar upstairs.

All are welcome to come!


Thanks so much, 


Jackie

Save McMillan Legal Forum at UDC Law School -- today, Friday, 03-24-2017

From: WARD5@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 8:08 PM
To: WARD5@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [WARD5] Save McMillan Legal Forum at UDC Law School


please attend: What is happening to McMillan Park?

Daniel Goldon Wolkoff
McMillan Coalition for Sustainable Agriculture
1231 Randolph Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-232-8391
Please note the event described in this announcement ...


It will be held at UDC Law School on the 24th ... ​

Jerome Peloquin

President
The Family Fish Farms Network, Inc.
717 Lawrence Street, NE

Washington, DC, 20017

cell: (410) 227-0498

(Skype) fishfarms1
Motto: benefacientes benefactis



Here is a tweet from the Forum event:

FREE Storytelling-For-Performance Graduation Show at The Unified Scene Theater -- Sunday, 03-26-2017

Sunday, March 26th at The Unified Scene Theater: Our FREE Storytelling-For-Performance Graduation Show

The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW) is excited to put our first Storytelling for Performance class graduates on stage for their debut. Come see a brave bunch of students bare their hearts and souls in true-to-life stories that will make you cry, laugh, but, most of all, feel inspired.
                                             
Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m. And, yeah, it's free. More info here. 

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater
shawn@unifiedscenetheater.com


                 

our neighborhood sculptor, children's book author & landscaper Tom Noll at 2017 ARTOMATIC Show in Crystal City, VA - 03-24-2017 through 05-06-2017

From: JAUC TPPP
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:12 PM
Subject: Our Neighborhood Sculptor, Children's Book Author & Landscaper Tom Noll at 2017 ARTOMATIC Show in Crystal City, VA - March 24 through May 6
Importance: High


Our Neighbor, Landscape Artist with the Awesome White Bicycle Fence Art Installation (that he decorates during certain Holidays for us & visitors to enjoy), Children Book Writer and Sculptor Tom Noll  is participating with other awesome & talented Artists & Performers at the 2017 Artomatic in Crystal City. His room with display is on the 4th Floor.
       
March 24 through May 6                                                                                

NO admission fees and there are bars and food stands - ample free parking at all garages on weekend!

Stop by and visit - All 7 floors are indeed a delight for the eyes and senses.  Your, your family and friends can make it a delightful half day or evening out! 


Tom Noll - The Sculptor

Is a self-taught sculptor, who enjoys working with rebar, sandstone and wood to create unique and decorative pieces that can be enjoyed outside in a garden setting, inside the home or office building.       

His sculptures offer rich possibilities, as they can be enjoyed in their natural state when they rust, or painted in rainbow colors. You can also reposition, restack, move or swing the pieces of these sculptures around into the shapes or looks that inspire and move you.        

Tom is also known both for his famous Recycled Bicycle Fence when he lived in Manassas, VA and the one in the Bloomingdale neighborhood (Rhode Island Ave & First Street NW) in WDC, which he decorates for major holidays. These bicycle fences were the inspiration for his recently published children’s book series: “Trash to Treasure”- Recycling Creatively with L.T. * “The Bicycle Fence”. This first book won the Gold Mom’s Choice Award for Children’s Picture Book.        

Margery Goldberg of Zenith Gallery discovered Tom’s Garden Sculptures at the 2012 WDC Artomatic Show and now represents him. 

Born in Sommerset, Ohio, Tom is also a landscape designer, who believes in using sculptures among the garden settings that he creates. 

http://www.zenithgallery.com/artists/Noll,%20Tom/Noll,%20Tom.htm
Zenith Gallery 1429 Iris Street, NW Washington, DC 20012 202-783-2963 art@zenithgallery.com Member Art Dealers Association of Greater Washington

TOM NOLL- The Author:  

Washington, DC  award winning children’s book author Tom Noll’s "Trash to Treasure" Series * Recycling Creatively with L.T. with its books "The Bicycle Fence" & "Selling Eggs" that were written to empower, educate and inspire young readers to recycle and go green in ways that are creative, practical and fun. The books help kids understand that everyday tasks like rethinking what to do with discarded things, reducing waste, reusing and repurposing things around their homes can have a positive impact on our environment and lives.

Both books in his Series are Gold Mom’s Choice Award® Winners for Children’s Picture Books. His"Selling Eggs" book won the 2016- Benjamin Franklin Silver Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

Tom is a native of Somerset, Ohio and is an artist, sculptor, landscape designer, recycler and advocate for going green. 

* He is well known in the WDC metro area for his popular and imaginative White Bicycle Fence Art Installation at the Heart of Bloomingdale Park (Corners of Rhode Island Avenue/1st Street NW) which he decorated for major holidays and becomes a tourist photo site. Currently there are 4 "Bicycle Fences"; Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA; Upper Marlboro, MD and Somerset, OH. Author has a 1950’s Recycled Rainbow Truck and White Bicycle.

Tom has been featured at Book Expo America (BEA), American Librarian Association (ALA) Conventions, and Green Festival and has been a popular featured reader at multiple events all over Mid Atlantic area. He is a requested author for visits to primary schools, local libraries, local book festivals and special events for his storytelling abilities when doing readings and signings of his books and for his interactive puppet show with a Q&A afterwards.

ABOUT THE SERIES: 

*Both books are Gold Mom’s Choice Award® Winners for Children’s Picture Books!       

L.T. has become THE NEW RECYCLING HERO! The series about his adventures in recycling creatively; with its colorful, whimsical illustrations, nostalgic look and inspiring messages will remind us all that We Still Need to Recycle, Go Green, Be Environmentally Friendly and Help Save Our Planet for our future generations. L.T. will inspire and empower young ones; by helping them to understand that everyday tasks like reducing waste, reusing, repurposing things and recycling, has a real positive effect in our lives and in the world.                                      

This educational series is non-fiction; as it is based on events from the author’s own childhood. It will inspire young readers to rethink, reinvent, recreate, reuse and recycle in ways that are both practical and fun!                                                    

STORYLINES:

“The Bicycle Fence”                                                                                                          

 Little Tommy is not so little any more. He has outgrown his shoes, clothes and bicycle all in one summer! L.T. (as he is now called) longs for a brand new bike, but when his father builds him one from recycled junkyard parts, L.T. is embarrassed to ride it to school. Can he come up with a creative idea that not only gives him a good-as-new bike, but also provides a new fence for his yard… and helps save the planet in the process?

 “Selling Eggs” 

 L.T. is excited about the chickens his family has ordered. He can’t wait to start selling eggs for pocket money! But when twelve fuzzy colorful and extremely noisy chicks arrive, it’s clear that any pocket money will have to wait. Can L.T. use his creative recycling ideas to house and care for the chicks, and when the time comes, transport their eggs to town?

 Book are great looking and have a great feel to them in hardcover 11 x 8 1/2 books on 100% Recycled Paper, Soy Ink and Super Matte Non-Scuff Cover. Printed educational end sheets.  Ages 4-10. Price: $17.99
            
Preview Books: www.ltsrecyclingworld.com

 Distribution: MidPoint Trade Books, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, FollettLibraryServices, Amazon.comBarnesandnoble.comIndieBound.org. 





Thursday, March 23, 2017

MPD: Person of Interest sought in a Burglary Two -- 1600 block of North Capitol Street NW

From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:55 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] Person of Interest Sought in a Burglary Two: 1600 block of North Capitol Street, Northwest [1 Attachment]

March 23, 2017                                       

Person of Interest Sought in a Burglary Two:

1600 block of North Capitol Street, Northwest

(Washington, DC)  – The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public's assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to a Burglary Two offense which occurred in the 1600 block of North Capitol Street, Northwest, on Monday, January 16, 2017.                                                                                                       

At approximately 10:40 pm, the suspect entered an establishment in the area. Once inside, the suspect took US currency from the register then fled the scene.

The person of interest can be seen in this video:  https://youtu.be/_HIq6Z1-PSk

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

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MPD: Arrest made in an Assault with Intent to Kill While Armed offense -- unit block of T NE

From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] Sent: Friday, March 24, 2017 8:30 AM To: mpd-1d@yahoogroups.com; mpd-2d@yahoogroups.com; 'mpd-3d@yahoogroups.com' ; mpd-4d@yahoogroups.com; 'MPD-5d@yahoogroups.com' ; mpd-6d@yahoogroups.com; mpd-7d@yahoogroups.com; 'MPD-SLU (mpd-SLU@yahoogroups.com)'
Subject: [MPD-5D] **Correction** Arrest Made in an Assault with Intent to Kill while Armed Offense: Unit Block of T Street, Northeast [1 Attachment]


March 24, 2017                            

**Correction**

Arrest Made in an Assault with Intent to Kill while Armed Offense: Unit Block of T Street, Northeast

(Washington, DC) –Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District announced an arrest has been made in an Assault with Intent to Kill while Armed offense that occurred in the Unit block of T Street, Northeast on Monday, December 12, 2016.  

At approximately 8:34 am, members responded to the listed location for a shooting. The victim was found suffering from a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. 

On Thursday, March 23, 2017, pursuant to DC Superior Court arrest warrant, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested 44-year-old Ronnell Holmes, of Upper Marlboro, MD, He was charged with Assault with Intent to Kill while Armed. 

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announcing the Bloomingdale Civic Association 2017 Scholarship Award -- application deadline is Friday, 06-02-2017

See this 03-23-2017 message:

May you please share the attached BCA Scholarship info on your listserv and blog? Thank you.

Peace,

Horacio Sierra, Ph.D.
ANC 5E08 Commissioner 
5E08@anc.dc.gov

Bloomingdale Civic Association Scholarship Flyer 2017 by Scott Roberts on Scribd
    

WBJ: "Howard to offer dorms and parking lots to the development community" including Slowe and Carver Halls

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Business Journal article.






Howard to offer old dorms and parking lots to the development community
       
Karen Goff
       
Howard University is seeking to offload more than a half-dozen university properties that officials deem would be better served by mixed-use redevelopment.
...

Carver Hall, 211 Elm Street NW, and Slowe Hall, 1919 Third St. NW. Both are dorms built in 1942. Carver is empty and Slowe is slated to close this spring. The buildings are zoned RF-1, which would allow for rowhouses. Howard reps say both buildings are in poor physical condition and far from the campus core, and the university's housing needs are being addressed by two new dorms. Both buildings are most likely to be retained and converted to apartments.
...

DC for Reasonable Development invites the community to sign this letter to Karl Racine regarding McMillan

From Chris Otten of DC for Reasonable Development:

Feel free to share with the community the letter to Karl Racine.

See >>
http://www.dcfeedback.com/fit2print/citywide/174


tonight: Zoning Commission hearing on McMillan zoning order that was remanded/vacated by the DC Court of Appeals

See this tweet:


     

The Unified Scene Theater: Our FREE Storytelling-For-Performance Graduation Show -- Sunday, 03-26-2017

Sunday, March 26th at The Unified Scene Theater: Our FREE Storytelling-For-Performance Graduation Show

The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW) is excited to put our first Storytelling for Performance class graduates on stage for their debut. Come see a brave bunch of students bare their hearts and souls in true-to-life stories that will make you cry, laugh, but, most of all, feel inspired.
                                            
Doors open at 6:30. Show starts at 7 p.m. And, yeah, it's free. More info here. 


Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater
shawn@unifiedscenetheater.com



only two days left to contribute to the Creative Grounds campaign

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DC Office of Planning: "Open Call" period to give all stakeholders an opportunity to formally propose Comprehensive Plan amendments


From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com [mailto:HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:33 AM
To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
D.C. Accepting Formal Comp Plan Amendment Proposals

Over the past year, the DC Office of Planning has led an array of activities to engage residents in [PLAN]DC, a citywide initiative to amend the District’s Comprehensive Plan.  Unprecedented public outreach has ranged from expert panels and industry roundtables in the community to social events, temporary design projects, and town hall meetings.

Now this week, on March 24, Mayor Muriel Bowser, the DC Office of Planning (OP), and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will launch an “Open Call” period, through May 26, 2017, and give all stakeholders an opportunity to formally propose Comprehensive Plan amendments.

The Comprehensive Plan is the 20-year plan the District government uses to guide future development within Washington, D.C.  It contains the maps and policies that influence the neighborhoods where people live, work, shop, and play, as well as the investments the city makes in its services and infrastructure.  Most importantly it is the primary tool that helps the District to manage change in a way that embraces progress while protecting the qualities that make DC a special place.
“As Washington, DC, continues to develop as a model for inclusive prosperity, my Administration is committed to ensuring that residents have the opportunity to shape our city’s future,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Together, we will answer our growth challenges and turn them into positive opportunities for residents and businesses across all eight wards.”
The Comprehensive Plan was initially adopted in 2006 and was last amended in 2011.  Much has changed since that time, including a population increase of over 75,000.  Having an up-to-date Comprehensive Plan is critical to achieving the long-term success of the District and realizing our collective vision for an inclusive city.
The result of the current [PLAN]DC effort is not a new Plan, but a set of amendments to the existing Comprehensive Plan that will be submitted as legislation for DC Council approval in early 2018.
“The DC Office of Planning has focused its efforts over the past year hearing from residents and stakeholders in advance of the Open Call,” said OP Director Eric D. Shaw.  “We are managing the Open Call in a transparent manner, and providing the public with the resources and in person assistance to author substantive amendments.  Amending the plan ensures that the District has current and clear policies that guide development in a responsible, inclusive and resilient manner.”
Stakeholders interested in making an amendment proposal can find a host of useful materials on the [PLAN]DC website, including:
  • an Amendment Submission Form;
  • a “Roadmap” of planning references;
  • a set of Frequently Asked Questions;
  • an Engagement Calendar; and
  • an Evaluation Framework, which OP will use to screen amendment proposals
During the Open Call period, OP will hold a series of 15 technical assistance workshops (called Office Hours) in locations across the city, where participants will be able to ask questions and receive support in preparing proposed amendments.  As spring unfolds, OP will also post additional support materials on the website and host additional events continuing and deepening the dialogue around the District’s development.
Please visit planDC.dc.gov to learn more about the Comprehensive Plan amendment process and to sign up for project alerts.
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Social Media: #PlanDC  #DCCompPlan
Mayor Bowser Twitter: @MayorBowser
Mayor Bowser Facebook: facebook.com/MayorMurielBowser
Mayor Bowser Website: mayor.dc.gov
DC Office of Planning Twitter: @OPinDC
DC Office of Planning Website: planning.dc.gov
[PLAN]DC Project Website: PlanDC.dc.gov

Crisp Kitchen and Bar now has healthy options on the menu

See this tweet:



Bloomingdale Civic Association Health & Recreation Committee meeting at Crisp upstairs -- Monday, 03-27-2017

See this 03-22-2017 message:


Could you include in the newsletter that there is a Bloomingdale Health and Recreation Committee meeting this upcoming Monday the 27th at 6:30pm on 1st Street?  The meeting will be held at Crisp Kitchen and Bar upstairs.

All are welcome to come!


Thanks so much, 


Jackie

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Urban Turf: "Howard University to convert two dorms into apartment buildings"

Click on the link to read the entire Urban Turf post:

Howard University To Convert Two Dorms Into Apartment Buildings

  • by UrbanTurf Staff

  • Howard University is looking to convert two existing dormitories into apartment buildings, per documents filed recently with the Zoning Commission.
                     
    The two dorms that would be converted are Carver Hall at 211 Elm Street NW (map) and Slowe Hall at 1919 Third Street NW (map), which the university describes as “functionally obsolete dorms” that were scheduled for closure in the campus plan.
                                
    “The University has received interest from a number of qualified developers who are seeking to renovate both buildings for non-university residential use,” the documents state. “Both buildings are most likely to be retained and converted to apartment use subject to community input and approval by the Board of Zoning Adjustment.”
    ...