Wednesday, April 16, 2014

two McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) meetings to flesh out the McMillan Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) -- Thursday, 04-17-2014, and Thursday, 04-24-2014

See this 04-16-2014 message from Bloomingdale resident Mat Bader:

Please let people know that the MAG will be meeting on April 17th and April 24th at St. George's Episcopal Church at 7:00 PM to flesh out the community benefits agreement. The church is located at the corner of 2nd and U Street NW.
People can find the current draft of the CBA that we will be discussing on the MAG website here.
I have also posted the BCA resolution, SCA resolution, and BACA priorities on the page for reference.

DC Superior Court final order issued regarding ANC 5B Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe

I have been asked to post this 04-16-2014 message:

You might be interested in this: attached is the final order issued yesterday in a FOIA case where I represented the Plaintiff.
In November, the Court ordered ANC 5B to produce a copy of a recording of an SMD meeting.  The recording was made by Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe, Vice-Chairman of ANC 5B and a recent candidate for Ward 5 Councilmember.  
Rather than produce the recording, Commissioner Steptoe deleted it.  Commissioner Steptoe then lied under oath about deleting the recording.  The Court is referring the matter to both DOJ and OAG for criminal prosecution of Commissioner Steptoe for perjury and for destruction of a public record.
The Court also found ANC 5B to be in contempt.  As a sanction, the Court ordered ANC 5B to pay the cost of hiring a forensic computer firm to recover the deleted recording.  My client hired Vestigant, who was able to recover the recording on March 24, 2014. 

still some old supercans / recycling bins in your alley?

See this message from ANC 5E Commissioner Wanda Byrd Foster:
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:42:55 -0400
Subject: Old trash cans

Good Morning Scott

Please post to all residents that they must call 311 to schedule a pickup of their old trash cans with Take Me affixed to the trash can.

Wanda Foster

coming to Bloomingdale in June 2014: new RadixFarm CSA drop off at Big Bear Cafe !

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:53:47 -0400
Subject: New CSA drop in Bloomingdale

Hi Scott,

I found your Bloomingdale Blog online.  I was hoping you could post info about my farm's new CSA drop in Bloomingdale.  The drop will be outside of Big Bear Cafe on Thursday evenings from June to November.  big Bear will also be sourcing produce from the farm.  I'm very excited about this new drop site, but need 15 more members to make it viable.  Please help spread the word!

thanks so much.  Let me know if you need more info.  Below is a blurb about the CSA:


Cell: (202) 744 - 0373
Food Hero Video: Radix Farm


Radix Farm is now offering a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pick up in the neighborhood!  Members will pick up their CSA share each Thursday outside of Big Bear Café. 

Radix Farm grows over 50 types and hundreds of varieties of vegetables in Upper Marlboro, Maryland just outside the capital beltway, less than 10 miles from DC. Our farm is Certified Naturally Grown, which means we follow organic practices to grow high quality, diversified produce for our CSA, farmers markets, and restaurants (no synthetic chemicals, no pesticides, no herbicides, and no gmo's). Radix Farm grows on a small-scale and uses sustainable growing methods, which enables us to nurture the soil and provide individual attention to the plants and our customers.

CSA members receive a weekly share of a wide variety of fresh and seasonal produce. We aim to provide eight items per week, which should sufficiently feed two to four veggie-loving adults (keep in mind that this is completely dependent on your household’s eating habits).  Members pick-up the weekly share between 5:30pm and 7:00pm on their designated day at their designated pick up site. The produce is displayed market-style on tables and members select their share from within the weekly availability.  Farm staff will be at the pick-up site each evening to distribute the share, answer questions, and share recipes.  

2014 Radix Farm CSA 


Thursdays, outside of Big Bear Café
1700 1st St NW (at 1st and R NW)
5:30pm - 7:00pm
22 weekly deliveries,  June - November
$675 per share

Complete details on Radix Farm, about CSAs, and more, is available at

How to Sign Up 
Fill out the online 2014 Radix Farm CSA Membership Application

outdoor seating at Aroi Thai

See this tweet and pic:

Sidewalk tables for Aroi Thai! Did anyone try them out tonight in the snow?
11:11 PM - 15 Apr 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

new upstairs seating in Bacios - "Bloomingdale's Best Kept Secret"

See this message from a North Capitol Street NW resident:

New Upstairs Seating in Bacios - Bloomingdale's Best Kept Secret

This past weekend I failed to secure a table at Red Hen, so my wife and I walked over to Bacios to try their new upstairs seating area. Awesome pizza aside it has been decorated tastefully, was quiet (if you can believe it), and had great music. They also had some damn good cake--which I heard is being made by Grassroots Gourmet. I definitely think Bacios is Bloomingdale's best kept secret.

multi-neighbor sidewalk sale on the 2100 Block of 1st Street NW -- Saturday, 04-19-2014

So stop by 1st Street NW between V and W Street NW this Saturday, 04-19-2014!

? hipster foods in Bloomingdale ?

See this tweet:

The 22 Most Hipster Foods On The Planet

How many of these 22 hipster foods can you find in Bloomingdale ?

Eater: "8,200 Rigatoni Dishes and Counting: Red Hen's First Year"

Click on the link to read the entire Eater post.  I have only included a few paragraphs below.

8,200 Rigatoni Dishes and Counting: Red Hen's First Year

Welcome back to One Year In, a feature in which Eater sits down for a chat with the chefs and owners of restaurants celebrating their one year anniversary.

There's no doubting The Red Hen has made the most of the last year. The neighborhood eatery in Bloomingdale is constantly on one list or another that highlights its pasta dishes (it was Eater's 2013 Restaurant of the Year). Just recently, The Washington City Paper recognizedmezze rigatoni with fennel sausage ragu as the city's best pasta dish. Chef Michael Friedman and his team have served 8,200 plates of the uber-popular dish since opening.
But the popularity of sweetbreads, tripe and tongue on the menu have also left the restaurant's other owners, general manager Michael O'Malley and sommelier Sebastian Zutant, pleasantly surprised. While these guys enjoy "busting each other's chops", they are more like brothers inside and outside the restaurant. The trio took some time to sit down and talk about Bloomingdale, how the concept came together, and how the menu may become a bit more Sicilian.
What was the process like to develop the concept of Red Hen?
MF: Sebastian and I had talked about the concept when we first started talking about opening up a restaurant. We talked about what we wanted to do, but we also talked about what we didn't want to do. We didn't want to conform to the other restaurants opening up in the city. We really wanted a neighborhood joint. ...
Red Hen's a neighborhood joint. Who lives in the neighborhood?
MO: I live right around the corner.
MF: I live about 15 minutes away in Takoma Park. And Sebastian lives a few doors down.
Is that why you guys chose Bloomingdale?
MF: We were looking at areas that were up and coming.
MO: We looked at 14th. We looked at 9th. We looked on U.
MF: We almost signed on a place on upper 14th. But Sebastian would keep bringing up this spot. And at the end of the day, it was just too awesome to pass up. We got a look inside, and it had been vacant for more than 30 years. It used to be a laundromat.
Were you on the fence about coming to Bloomingdale?
MF: Not at all. I've been hanging out with Sebastian for years, but your natural inclination is to move outside and see what else is out there. I love Bloomingdale. There's a fear when you open up of not being busy. That was our major fear. And to take the plunge and go into a true, true neighborhood. But we did a lot of research. Sebastian knows a lot of people here and it really made sense to move here at the end of the day.
Can Bloomingdale support another Red Hen-like restaurant?
MO: We're seeing some neighborhood joints opening up. There's some stuff coming along North Capitol, and people are revitalizing that part of the neighborhood. The nice thing about Bloomingdale, especially around here, the only commercial strip you have is this little part of First Street, so it can't really expand beyond what it is.
To read the remainder of this Eater article, go here

DPW to observe Emancipation Day -- Wednesday, 04-16-2014

Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:19:23 -0400
Subject: DPW to Observe Emancipation Day, Wed., April 16

DPW to Observe Emancipation Day, Wed., April 16
Sanitation services will be suspended for the day.
DPW will NOT enforce morning and afternoon rush hour and other parking restrictions.

The DC Department of Public Works will observe Emancipation Day, Wednesday, April 16; therefore, sanitation services and parking enforcement will be suspended until Thursday, April 17. 
Sanitation services will be suspended for the holiday and will resume Thursday, April 17.
·         In once-a-week trash and recycling collection neighborhoods, Wednesday’s collections will “slide” to Thursday, Thursday’s collections will be made Friday and Friday’s collections will be made Saturday. 
·         In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday’s and Tuesday’s collections will follow the regular schedule while Thursday’s collections will “slide” to Friday and Friday’s collections will be made Saturday.
·         Street sweeping will be suspended Wednesday and resume Thursday, April 17.
The Ft. Totten Transfer Station* will be closed Wednesday, April 16 and reopen Thursday, April 17 to residents between 1 pm and 5 pm. 
The next Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling drop-off will be Saturday, April 12, 8 am to 3 pm.  DPW announced last week that the HHW/E-cycling drop-off will be weekly while personal document shredding will remain the first Saturday of the month (except holidays) only.  The next shredding drop-off is Saturday, May 3. Additionally, DPW will conduct a monthly weekday HHW/e-cycling drop-off the first Thursday of each month (except holidays).  The next Thursday HHW/e-cycling drop-off is Thursday, May 1, 1 pm to 5 pm.
DPW will not enforce parking restrictions Wednesday, April 16.  Normal enforcement resumes April 17.
*Directions to Ft. Totten, 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE:  Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street.  Directions from additional locations can be found at
Kevin B. Twine
Staff Assistant
Office Of The Director
Department of Public Works
2000 14th Street, NW
6th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-671-2593
DPW Main: 202-673-6833
Fax: 202-671-0642

1924 1st Street NW being converted into a two-family flat

See this Bloomingdale DCRA building permit spotted by Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer:

1924 First St. NW: Convert single-family home to two-family flat. Work will include a third floor addition and new roof deck.

Happy Passover

To those who celebrate Passover ~

tonight: ANC 5E meeting -- agenda includes Pub and the People, El Camino and MAG CBA laundry list

See this message from ANC 5E Chair and Eckington resident Sylvia Pinkney:

See this added note sent today from ANC 5E08 Commissioner Mark Mueller:

Due to the fact that Bloomingdale Civic Association meets AFTER the ANC meeting this month, Miller Development will come to ANC in May, so they can come to the ANC with input from the Civic Association.  Please attend this months Civic Association Meeting to give your input on 143 W St plan/application.
Please notify your neighbors.
Thank you,

Mark Mueller

DanaChip Brainstorming/Launch Party at Samsara House 2023 -- this Friday, 04-18-2014

Subject: FRI 18 APR: DanaChip Brainstorming/Launch Party at Samsara House 2023
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:36:37 -0400

DanaChip Brainstorming/Launch Party 

at Samsara House 2023

Friday, April 18th - 7:30 - 10:30 PM

Are you interested in alternative and complementary means of exchange other than our current money system?  Are you interested in the idea of gift-based system which enables a buyer and seller to decide mindfully how to practice generosity by contributing their "fair share" in the exchange of goods and services?                                                                                                  
The "DanaChip" made a first trial run in Washington D.C. at the March 29th workshop on Money, Gift & Culture: Creating a New Story of Value and Purpose featuring Charles Eisenstein.  
The eastern word dana (pronounced daah-na) -- means generosity. The DanaChip is based on bringing together four key factors: the gifter's annual income and sense of quality of the product or service, as well as the product or service's actual cost and average local incomes. The seller creates three suggested gifting levels, expressed in DanaChips, and buyers do a simple calculation to determine the personal value of a DanaChip based on their income. They then give the gift that best matches their sense of the product or service offering's value based on the suggested DanaChip giving levels. 
Instead of guesswork, buyers can gift their "fair share" based on their personal means, the value of the product or service for them, as well as knowing their giving is aligned to the actual costs. Sellers are assured that if everyone gives at the lowest suggested level, the product or service offering will break-even, and are empowered to take in more funds from those with the most means or who are most enthusiastic about it.
If the concept can be proven on a small scale, in the future, then DanaChip could potentially expand into a mobile/web-based progressive gifting service and online currency.  
Want to come help develop this concent?  Come participate in a facilitated brainstorming session which will help discover what wants to emerge.  Come help co-create this concept and "iterate" it to the next version.
Be the change!
(RSVP Required)
Cost:  At least a buck, $1 per person to Samsara House 2023

Stay connected!
Twitter: @DanaChip
Shift Happens at Samsara House 2023

McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) Community Benefits Agreement working draft

This post is scraped from the Bates blog:

McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) Community Benefits Agreement working draft

According to planned unit development (PUD) standards, section 2403.6, “public benefits are superior features of a proposed PUD that benefit the surrounding neighborhood or the public in general to a significantly greater extent than would likely result from development of the site under the matter-of-right provisions of this title. All public benefits shall meet the following criteria: (a) benefits shall be tangible and quantifiable items; and (b) benefits shall be measurable and able to be completed or arranged prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.” According to standards, “a project amenity is one type of public benefit, specifically a functional or aesthetic feature of the proposed development that address to the attractiveness, convenience, or comfort of the project for occupants and immediate neighbors.
Moreover, in a letter of commitment between the McMillan Advisory Group (MAG), Vision McMillan Partners, LLC (the developer), and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the MAG committed to the development of a detailed community amenities package.
To this end, the MAG has been working in conjunction with its respective constituents and civic associations to craft a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) which reflects the public benefits and amenities expected of the site in compensation for the impact of the project on the surrounding communities. While a full, complete version of the CBA does not yet exist, the MAG would like to post the current, draft copy for public feedback. All feedback and suggestions should be as specific as possible and directed to the MAG executive board members, Chris Leptak,, Devi Keller, and Dianne Barnes,
Additional MAG meetings are scheduled for April 17, 24, and 28th to flesh out the CBA. Locations for these meetings are still to be determined but this site will be updated to reflect meeting locations as they are made available. The MAG has committed to providing a CBA to the zoning commission case file (case 13-14) by April 29, 2014.

helicopter over Bloomingdale last night, 04-14-2014

See this non-comprehensive assortment of tweets:

Wtf? There is a heli hovering over my house!!!!
8:29 PM - 14 Apr 2014 

we can see it. Seriously just sitting there! For 10 minutes now?!
8:31 PM - 14 Apr 2014

Yah, we had to close windows to hear the TV. It's bad enough being in flight path for hospital & Prez stuff, ugh!
10:00 PM - 14 Apr 2014

nice new patio at Rustik !

See this tweet and pic:

5:59 PM - 14 Apr 2014

whoa! Red Hen chef MIke Friedman on WRC NBC4 Washington

See this tweet and pic: 

(congrats on the 1-year anniversary for Red Hen!)

3:38 PM - 14 Apr 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

MPD: Person of Interest sought in First Degree Sexual Assault While Armed and Robbery: 1600 block of 3rd Street NW

Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:43:21 -0400
Subject: [MPD-5D] FW: Person of Interest Sought in First Degree Sexual Assault While Armed and Robbery: 1600 Block of 3rd Street, NW

April 14, 2014

Person of Interest Sought in First Degree Sexual Assault While Armed and Robbery: 1600 Block of 3rd Street, NW

(Washington, DC) - The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection to a first degree sexual assault while armed and robbery, which occurred in the 1600 block of 3rd Street, Northwest.

On Sunday, April 13, 2014, at approximately 4:00 am, an adult male was walking in the area when he approached an unknown male and asked him for directions. The suspect guided the victim to a nearby alley where he produced a handgun, sexually assaulted the victim, and took his property before fleeing.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt, armed with a dark-colored handgun. 

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.  DC Crime Solvers currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an assault committed in the District of Columbia.


Bloomingdale resident seeking referrals for a landscaper to perform some light yard work

See this request:
We are looking for recommendations for a landscaper to do some light yard work (clean up leaves, trim trees, mulch etc…). Thank you!

Bloomingdale Civic Association presents the Annual Bloomingdale Spring 2014 Beautification, Clean-Up and Planting Day -- Saturday, 04-19-2014

See this 04-14-2014 message from Bloomingdale resident Zach Sherif:

The Bloomingdale Civic Association Presents The Annual Bloomingdale Spring 2014 Beautification. Clean Up & Planting Day
Saturday April 19th
10am - 1pm

Come One And All!
Join Us To Beautify Bloomingdale And Celebrate Earth Day 2014!  

Pitch In To Clean Up Our Streets And Alleys, Adopt A Tree Box Or Two, Or Help Plant One Of Our Neighborhood Gardens!
Volunteer Meeting Point Is At The Park Across From Big Bear Cafe 

Can't Make It But Would Like To Help?  Then Consider Making A Tax Deductible Donation To The BCA And Help Us Buy More Flowers And Plants!  For further information on donating please email the BCA treasurer Sherry Howard at

Free plants will be available to use in your tree boxes courtesy of ANC 5E on a first come/first serve basis.

To A Blooming Bloomingdale This Spring/Summer 2014!  Come Meet Your Neighbors, Socialize, Have Fun, Bring Your Tools If You Have Any And Lend A Hand To A Great Neighborhood Cause!!!

For Further Information To Volunteer As A Block Captain Or Individual Please Email Zach at Or Call 9173341488
All Ages Welcome - Let's Rally Bloomingdale!  Hope To See You All On Saturday!!!

Ward 5 DC Water town hall meeting -- Thursday, 04-17-2014

See this updated message from DC Water's Emanuel Briggs:

This email serves as your reminder of our Ward 5 Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 17 beginning at 6:30pm.
The Ward 5 Town Hall Meeting will be held at McKinley Technology High School, 151 T Street, NE.
There has been a slight change in the meeting location at the school. Originally, we were scheduled to be in Room 150, but have moved to the Middle School Multipurpose Room as there is more seating available and better temperature control there.
And, back by popular demand, we will have popcornJ
Thanks all, and we hope to see you at the meeting Thursday night!

From: LDougherty@DCCOUNCIL.US
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:17:06 -0400
Subject: FW: DC Water Town Hall - Ward 5
DC Water will hold a town hall meeting to discuss water projects and issues impacting the Ward 5 community. Topics will include:
·         Water rates
·         Drinking water
·         Infrastructure
·         Clean Rivers
·         Billing Issues
·         Job Opportunities
The town hall will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at McKinley Tech High School, 151 T St. NW Room 150. I have attached the flyer for distribution.
Laisha T. Dougherty
Constituent Services Coordinator
Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
Chairman Pro Tempore
Chair, Committee on Government Operations
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004
202.727.8274 Direct
202.355.4257 Cell
202.724.8028 Main