Friday, October 24, 2014

DC Water weekend construction work alert -- mostly for Adams St NW

Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:26:48 +0000

Greetings DC Water Stakeholder,
DC Water’s Contractor- Ft. Myer Construction is replacing 320 feet of a critical water transmission line located in Adams Street NW in the District.  Construction work is ongoing and will continue through this Saturday, October 25th. Work will resume on Monday, October 27th from 7 AM to 7 PM, six days per week, and twelve hours a day with three crews for approximately four weeks or until the water line replacement work is complete.  It is important to note that local residents will not lose potable water service or water pressure since the 30 inch regional line was isolated from the distribution system in advance of the work. It should be noted that this large pipeline is critical to the DC Water’s water transmission system therefore the work must be completed as soon as possible.
Local residents have been experiencing increased construction noise and disruption along Adams Street with the emergency water line replacement work. We apologize for the disruption. No parking restrictions have been posted. However, since Adams Street residents are within the affected area of the ongoing construction of the First Street Tunnel Project, Adams Street residents from Second Street to First Street with motor vehicles registered in the District are eligible for off-street parking. DC Water’s Bryant Street lot is located across Second Street from Adams Street NW. Alternative Parking Areas ( APAs) application forms are available in the vestibule of DC Water’s First Street Tunnel Site office at 2036 First Street NWThe office is at the intersection of V Street NW. The APA application can also be downloaded from the web at  Completed applicationswith the required documentationcan be submitted to the Security Guard at the DC Water’s Bryant Street parking lot, Monday through Friday. 
Please contact the 24/7 First Street Tunnel Hotline (844)FST-INFO/ (844) 378-4636 with questions or concerns about the Adams Street water pipeline emergency work.
We appreciate your continued cooperation as we upgrade the water system in your area.
Thanks, Tom
Tom Lindberg, DCCR First Street Tunnel - Public Outreach DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20032 t (202) 787-4738 f (202) 787-4478 | Email: | FST web page:

special ANC 5E meeting to vote on Big Bear Cafe ABRA substantial liquor license change -- Saturday, 11-01-2014

Subject: Fwd: ANC 5E Special Community Meeting
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:04:11 -0400
Dear ANC 5E Community,

There will be a special community meeting of ANC 5E on Saturday November 1st at 11:00 am at The Summit Apartments.  Here is the agenda.

Michael J. Henderson


And for those who haven't been keeping up, here is the ABRA Notice that provide info on the "substantial change":

Vision McMillan Partners: "Last 2 Hearings = New McMillan"

Subject: Last 2 Hearings = New McMillan
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:59:21 +0000

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On Monday, October 6th, we presented our case to the Mayor’s Agent. Due to the complexity of the project, there was a continuation hearing scheduled for November 3rd
That hearing will begin with testimony from those like YOU, supporters of the project in the neighborhood. Please join us and show your support by providing testimony, at 1100 4th St SW (4th Floor) at 9:30am. Contact Mike Cherry at 202-379-2819 or if you would like to testify.  Whether you can attend or not, please click here to send a brief letter to the Mayor’s Agent in support of the VMP plan for McMillan.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, the final step in the approval process will be the Surplus and Disposition Hearing before the Council. This hearing will take place on Wednesday, November 12th at the Wilson Building (Pennsylvania Ave NW & 14th St NW) starting at 10am.  This is the last approval needed before work can begin on the site.  It is essential that we show the Council how strong the support is for a new McMillan Park.  We need you there with us standing by our side!

To RSVP to attend the Surplus and Disposition Hearing in support of the project click here or contact Mike Cherry at 202-379-2819. Public testimony is first and scheduled in the order that you register – so act now to minimize your wait.

Thank you again to our neighborhood co-hosts and everyone who attended our Happy Hour last week at the Washington Firehouse Restaurant! We had a great turnout, with many new faces eager to hear about the exciting plans that recently received zoning approval.

I hope that I was able to answer everyone’s questions, but as always, please visit our website or email us at for more information.  
I would also like to offer a special thanks to our District officials who attended the event:
Councilmember Anita Bonds, At-Large
Jeff Miller, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Commissioner Sylvia Pinkney, ANC 5E Chair, 5E04
Commissioner Dianne Barnes, ANC 5E09 and MAG Chair
Commissioner Ronnie Edwards, ANC 5A Chair, 5A05
Thank you again for your ongoing support.  Have a great weekend!


Anne L. Corbett, Project Director
Vision McMillan Partners

p.s. If you’re not already, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates
McMillan Sand Filtration site today
Envision McMillan
If you haven’t seen it, now is a good time to check out the Vision Video.

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ANC5E07 candidate Betsy For ANC: McMillan Land Surplus Disposition Roundtable -- Wednesday, 11-12-2014

See this tweet and roundtable announcement PDF:


ANC 5E07 candidate Betsy For ANC: MidCityEast Small Area Plan roundtable -- Thursday, 10-30-2014

See this tweet and the roundtable announcement PDF:


Bloomingdale Farmers Market this Sunday, 10-26-2014

From: Robin Shuster
Subject: BFM Sunday
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:28:54 -0400
Hi BFM Fans,
While you are planning your Halloween parties, you might want to consider this upside down French apple specialty: A Tarte Tatin.  It is the best and prettiest rustic dessert you can make in prime apple season with lots of buttery apple chunks, caramel and a choice of crusts-- a single crust draped on top SO IT CANNOT GET SOGGY.  Another rustic treat is this one pot bean/pea-kale-sausage bit of comfort food that is Southern or Portuguese (Caldo Verde comes close)  Another favorite recipe for this time of year are spinach/bacon or pepper tartines. Open faced toasts have taken over San Francisco but the French have been doing that as Tartines for decades  (centuries?).  David Tanis has 2 lovely versions of these  open faced grilled cheese slices topped with vegetables.  Bake 2 trays of them in the oven for another party idea...  We have plenty of spinach, bacon and red peppers at market.


Marcella is back sharing her love of food and art.  She was checking out the stands last week to decide what she would make for us on Sunday.  And she alway illustrates the recipe original.  (Her complete collection of food-related prints, and a few final copies of her independently published book, Comida Latina: an Illustrated Cookbook, will be available.)

and the Bike Clinic at 11.
Take Halloween Back for Apples! 

Every year I buy a box of kid-sized apples to give out at Halloween and only1 kid has turned me down in years, especially after I tell them that these apples are sweetier and juicier than any candy they get. (The Moms are always thrilled).  Why give out bags of lousy candy when you can give out baby apples.  You can always dip them in caramel if you feel they have to  be candied, right?
Ask Connor for a half bushel price.

How to Carve any photograph into a Halloween Pumpkin
I loved the idea of this --
  • Get Your Pumpkins for Halloween
  • Red Cabbage and Kale kraut with a touch of bay -- spooky good at Number 1 Sons.
  • Kohlrabi -- the alien vegetable is so good! 
  • Freshly dried Cranberry Beans and Black eyed Peas at Garner
  • Pumpkin Chocolate Pie to get you into the Halloween mood at Whisked
  • Eggplant, pepper, summer squash sale at Garner-- Fill a bag/$10
  • Baby Ginger, Fresh Turmeric and duck eggs at Keswick
  • Sale on Thanksgiving Turkey - $4.29/pound for pre Nov 1 orders at Truck Patch
  • Brownies on Sale at Panorama -- this week's weekly sale.
  • 20 different apple varieties at the Orchards this week..sample them all.
  • Kohlrabi this week

Kohlrabi in German is related to the words for cabbage and turnip and for good reason.  They are chameleons:  grated raw they make the best slaw; chopped and sauteed in butter, they taste like young turnips.  Add sauteed onions and then water and puree and you have cabbage potato soup without either cabbage or potatoes.  Good roasted in chunks too.  Ivy Brand made them the secret ingredient in lettuce tacos 2 weeks ago.

 Apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Macoun, Gold Supreme, Fuji, Yataka, Pinova, Jonathan, Haralson, Jonagold, Empire, Smokehouse, Red Delicious, Snow Sweet, Ambrosia, Calville blanc, Orleans, Stayman, Nittany ), Asian Pears, Barlett Pears, Seckel Pears, Concord grapes, Cider (Apple, Apple Cherry, Apple Grape, Honeycrisp)

IVY BRAND: Certified organic.  No freeze yet at their farm by the Bay, and they are looking good through the 10 day forecast.  This weekend  carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, spinach, arugula, baby lettuce, spicy spring mix, head lettuce, boc choy, cabbage, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, collards, parsley, cilantro, dill, scallions, onions, garlic, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, sweet peppers, hot peppers, and eggplant.

TIP: Check our fb page for Keith and Megan's gorgeous cabbage rolls.  I grew up on cabbage rolls -- we ate them all winter and I love varying them.  Carnivorous, vegetarian, Eastern European, Middle Eastern, tomato based, lemon and olive oil syrupy -- slowly braised cabbage rolls will take any stuffing and any seasoning and make them delicious.  The cabbage soften in a low, slow braise on the stove or in the often and sweeten. I like to add some heat to offset the sweet cabbage.

KESWICK: Not just great cheese but also real baby ginger (no brown peel, no stick in your teeth fiber, aromatic and perfect for : stir fries, ginger tea, ginger chicken, ginger syrup, ginger beer.  The young turmeric is a revelation if you think of turmeric as that dry yellow powder in Indian curries.  Duck eggs are few but so rich in flavor.  And the cheeses: pure Jersey cow and mixed milk goat and Jersey.  15-20 choices every week.  Grilled Kimcheese with Pano bread, Vermeer (or Dragonsbreath) and a slather of Number 1 Sons kimchi has become my go-to grilled cheese sandwich.  The tomatoes at Garner and Ivy Brand still crave feta cheese.  A craft beer with a Tomme that has been rind washed weekly in Troeg is a great match.  Apples, pears and cheese are classic snacks.  Need a cheese plate for a dinner:  Frosty Morning, a Valancay, a classic Lesher and a new wave Morbier are all interesting choices.

Gorgeous fronds of Dino(Tuscan) Kale. Broccoli, Cauliflower.   Arugula, Mesclun, Spinach,  Swiss Chard, Beets, Green Peppers, and Eggplant. Green . Acorn, Buttercup, Butternut and Red Kabocha Squash, Herbs.

Bacon, Bacon, and more bacon thin and thick cut! Sage sausage, maple sausage, Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, smoked country, kielbasa , bratwurst, ground pork, bone in pork chops, boneless and bone in butt. Hammocks, fat back, pork liver, ham steaks, and pig feet. Whole free range chickens, boneless chicken breast, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, and chicken wings. Reserve your Thanksgiving Turkey.

GARNER: Broccoli. Tomatoes: “ordinary reds’, romas, beefsteak, “early girls and heirlooms-- and cherry toms. Newly dried Cranberry beans or Black eyed peas cook up quickly and make a good salad with roasted anything.  Good with Kale and sausage too.  Japanese, white, Italian and Thai eggplant; Squash: . Yellow. Zucchini, Ishtar, that pale green Lebanese variety, , golden zucchini. Last 2 weeks of  Sweet Corn.  (I find the flavor very corn-y this time of year.) okra, potatoes, rainbow of peppers sweet and hot, green and yellow and Roma beans.  Swiss chard and arugula.  Mint, dill and parsley. Red, White Yellow Yukon Potatoes.  Lots of Greens.

PANORAMA: They have a great sale every week  This week it will be their Brownies.  And have you tried the Parisian Macarons? Gorgeous jewel colors -- box them and bring them to a dinner.  Lots of rolls and buns. French bread baked by French bakers – baguettes, croissants, palmiers, Danish, scones, Breton specialties.  The Kouign Amann wowed people 2 weeks ago.  (Ask for a sample from Adriana).Whole wheat, rye, pumpernickel, rustiques, country, sour dough – boules and sandwich breads too.

TIP: Challah makes the best French toast.

NUMBER 1 SONS: The newest cucumbers  have been especially crisp and tasty. The half sours are great.  YiWah has createed a slightly sweetened take on bread and butter pickles: Sweet Slices are made with with Potomac Vegetable Farm’s crisp and sweet red pepper slices for hearty fall sandwhiches. If you’re interested in a purple cabbage holiday kraut stop by and tell then..

WHISKED:   Jenna says: Our featured pie this week is a pumpkin chocolate pie. I was never really sold on the combo of pumpkin and chocolate until I tried it, but the bittersweet flavor of the chocolate, squashy pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves), really hit it out of the park. Also Classic Pumpkin Pie, Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Bacony Onion Quiche and Mushroom, Rosemary and Roasted Garlic Quiche

Robin and the Teds and Ellie


Robin Shuster
14&U Farmers' Market 
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

Washington Post Going Out Guide: "Six things to know about El Camino, opening soon in Bloomingdale"

Click on the link to read the * entire * Washington Post Going Out Guide article on soon-to-open El Camino:

Six things to know about El Camino, opening soon in Bloomingdale

By Fritz Hahn Updated: October 23 at 3:26 pm

El Camino, the much-anticipated new Mexican joint from 1905 owners Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez, will soon be serving tacos, tortas and tequila in Bloomingdale, on the same block as Boundary Stone and Showtime and around the corner from the Red Hen. It's a labor of love for the two men, who both live in the neighborhood. (Rodriguez has been there for a dozen years, Lucca says, while he's a more recent arrival from Logan Circle.) "Phil and I, we enjoy being part of the community," Lucca says. "One of the reasons we've survived at 1905 is because we've gotten involved in the neighborhood."
Here's what you can expect from their new venture.
First things first: There's no opening date yet.
The owners are shooting for the first week of November, but they don't want to commit to a date yet. They're still waiting on inspections and permits, and once those are in hand, they plan to spend a week or so training staff and perfecting recipes, since they haven't been able to use the equipment in the restaurant's kitchen yet. "It's been a two-and-a-half, three-year process [to open], so I'd rather not rush just to open four days earlier," says partner Tony Lucca. "We're close." The decor needs some finishing touches, too.
El Camino: 108 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Follow them on Twitter at @ElCaminoDC.

Grassroots Gourmet presents Halloween Show with The Signing Lizard -- Friday, 10-21-2014, at 10:30 am

See this fun event announcement from Grassroots Gourmet:

World Missions Extension Center Thanksgiving Basket Give-Away Rally on 11-22-2014 and CHRISTmas Angel Tree Toy & Bike Give-Away on 12-20-2014

Subject: FW: Thanksgiving Flyer and Christmas rally october 15 2014 Latest flier
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:34:52 -0400
Greetings Scott,
Hope all is going well.
As we prepare for the holidays, we look forward to the November 22nd Thanksgiving  Rally.  And we are also excited about our Toy Drive which just started. 
JoAnn Perkins  

new bicycle do-not-enter wrong-way signage at North Capitol and T St NW

See this tweet and pic:

Do you know anything about these signs on T at our border? I just noticed them.

Howard University Hospital Ebola preparedness bulletin

Subject: FW: Chief Medical Officer: Ebola Preparedness
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:56:39 +0000
Dear Neighbors:
Please share this bulletin with your neighbors, constituents and friends on your listservs.  
Thank you.
Maybelle Taylor Bennett
Howard University Community Association
2731 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Ph: (202) 806-4771
Fx: (202) 667-5964

From: HU Communications <>
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:28 PM
To: AllEmployees-HU-Only <>, AllEmployees-HUH-Only <>, AllStudents <>
Subject: Chief Medical Officer: Ebola Preparedness

meet-and-greet in Bloomingdale for DC mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser -- Sunday, 10-26-2014

Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:23:11 -0400
Subject: You are invited! "Meet and Greet" Muriel Bowser for Mayor on Sunday, October 26th from 5 pm to 6 :30pm at the home of Juniors and Alice Thompson in Ward 5!
From: Alice Thompson
Hello my friends!
Please join Juniors and Alice on Sunday,  October 26th from 5 pm to 6:30pm to welcome,  greet and meet our next mayor, Muriel Bowser!
Please bring your neighbors,  family and friends to rally and support our Democratic Nominee Muriel Bowser; and propel her to win on Tuesday,  November 4th,  2014!
You will also have the opportunity to meet our very special guest, Anita Bonds!
See you on Sunday, October 26th from 5 pm to 6:30pm!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kimberly Bassett
Date: Oct 7, 2014 10:35 AM
Subject: You are invited! Muriel Bowser for Mayor Meet and Greet
To:  Alice Thompson

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MPD: Arrest Made for Theft of a USPS Package in PSA 501 - unit block of Rhode Island Avenue NW

Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:32:26 -0400
Subject: [MPD-5D] Arrest Made for Theft of a USPS Package in PSA 501
On October 23, 2014, members of the Fifth District Vice Unit conducted an operation to identify and apprehend persons involved in the theft of mail packages in PSA 501.  During the operation, members observed an individual in possession of a stolen package and effected an arrest.  The theft occurred in the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest.  The stolen package and its contents were documented and returned to the rightful owner.
With the help of the Fifth District Detectives Unit and the US Postal Inspection Service, the person arrested has been linked to numerous package thefts throughout the Fifth District dating back to January 2014.    
The individual was also in possession of Halloween Costume which may have been taken from a package in an unreported theft.  If anyone has knowledge of a missing mail package containing a Halloween Costume, please contact me at the email address or phone numbers listed below.  
Thank you,
Lieutenant Ramey Kyle
Fifth District
VICE, Street Crimes, Warrant Squad 
1805 Bladensburg Road, Northeast
Washington, D.C. 20002
202-698-0150 station
202-384-7577 cell

thanks to Bloomingdale resident Tom Noll for the Halloween display at the City Cleaners park at 1st & Rhode Island Avenue NW

See this tweet and pic:

Mat Bader: Mayor's Agent transcript and McMillan Land Disposition and Surplus Bills

Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:55:20 -0400
Subject: Mayor's Agent Transcript and McMillan Land Disposition and Surplus Bills
From: Mat Bader


I don't know if you can post this or not but attached is a copy of the transcript from the first Mayor's Agent hearing.
In addition, as mentioned by Kenyan McDuffie's deputy chief of staff Ronan Gulstone, the land surplus and disposition bills for McMillan have been sent to the Council for review.  The bills before the Council are PR20-1081, PR20-1082, PR20-1083, and PR20-1084.  All of the materials submitted to the Council appear to be available on the Legislative Information Management System (LIMS) as alluded to by Mr. Gulstone.
The link is:
People should click on 'Introduction.'



Here the accompanying Email from HPO's Tim Denee:

From: "Dennee, Timothy (OP)" <>
Date: Oct 22, 2014 3:15 PM
Subject: FW: Mayor's Agent Hearing Oct 6, 2014
Please find attached the transcript of the first part of the Mayor's Agent hearing on the proposed raze permit for McMillan Park Reservoir.  The final part of the hearing shall be held Monday, November 3 beginning at 9:30 a.m.   The hearing will be in the same room, Room 4302 at 1100 4th Street SW, fourth floor.
This email is addressed to all who have contacted us regarding this hearing and for whom I have an email address.  Please feel free to share the transcript as you wish.  A second transcript will be produced following the November 3 testimony.
Tim Dennee
District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office
1100 4th Street, SW
Suite E650
Washington, D.C.  20024
fax 202-442-7638