Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cereal Killa asks: "any black owned businesses in #BloomingdaleDC ?"

See this tweet:

Cereal Killa@Supamantan                         
any black owned businesses in ?
3:15 PM - 23 Jul 2016

interior renovation at DCity Smokehouse continues ~

See these 07-23-2016 Instagram messages:

Big Bear Cafe closing at 2:00 pm this afternoon for a private event

See this 07-23-2016 Instagram message:

Rachel Cohen: "Just a reminder to upload videos or photos from Seth Rich’s vigil to this Google Drive Folder. We’d like to share them with his family."

See this 07-22-2016 request:

Hello Neighbors,

Just a reminder to upload videos or photos from Seth Rich’s vigil to this Google Drive Folder.  We’d like to share them with his family.

If you are having trouble accessing the folder, please reach out to me at

Thank you!

Rachel Cohen

neighborhood at-home daycare is holding a garage sale -- today, Saturday, 07-23-2016

See this message from an Adams Street NW household:

Our neighborhood at-home daycare is holding a garage sale on Sat, 7/23/2016 to raise funds for a kids playground. We're selling a variety of kids/adults clothes, toys, furniture, and accessories and will have food and drinks! Stop by and say hello! Address and details can be found at the below link:

DC Water plans to open 1st St NW between Channing and Thomas St NW in mid-August 2016

From: Hadiah Jordan <>
Date: July 22, 2016 at 5:05:38 PM EDT
To: Christopher Rodousakis
Cc: "CreativePages, LLC", Ronald Davis <>
RE: DC Water CEO and General Manager George Hawkins’ statement on recent crimes in Bloomingdale
Good afternoon, Chris.

I appreciate your patience with me in getting a response to your question. We have updated our schedule to open First Street NW from Channing Street to Thomas Street in mid-August, 2016. I hope this information is helpful to your planning. Please let me know how I can assist.

My heart too is broken by the crime, especially with the death of young Seth Rich. I wish you peace.


Hadiah S. Jordan, Public Outreach Coordinator | DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water |

5000 Overlook Avenue, SW | Washington, DC 20032 | t (202) 787-4717 | f (202) 787-4476

Water is Life! | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | LinkedIn

From: Christopher Rodousakis
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2016 6:08 PM
To: Hadiah Jordan <>
Cc: CreativePages, LLC
Subject: Re: DC Water CEO and General Manager George Hawkins’ statement on recent crimes in Bloomingdale

Hi Hadiah,

My name is Christopher Rodousakis and I'm the beautification chair in Bloomingdale. In the last meeting we had with DC water officials, I was told the construction along first street was going to come to an end in July. Is this still on target? If not, when? We have a tremendous amount of work to do and I want to be able to coordinate with the various government agencies and volunteers to help us start recovering. My heart was broken by all the crime we have endured and the broken window theory is very real in this case. Looking forward to working with you on this.



columnist Harry Jaffe: "Senseless murder highlights need for more, not less, policing"

Click on the link to read the entire Harry Jaffe column:

By Harry Jaffe

Harry Jaffe, a longtime chronicler of the people and politics of Washington, D.C., writes an occasional column for NBC Washington's First Read DMV blog.

Three days after police found Seth Rich suffering from gunshot wounds at a corner in D.C.'s Bloomingdale neighborhood, a wilted bouquet marked the spot. That and an police scout car parked across the street were the only indication that another innocent Washingtonian had been gunned down on his way home in the nation’s capital.

Rich, 27 and a rising star with the Democratic National Committee, was D.C.’s 68th homicide for 2016.
Monday night, a week after the murder, police told a community meeting they had no leads. Neighbors had more than a few.
“Five armed robberies in the same few blocks, all with a silver pistol,” one told me before the meeting.
“There’s a crew that hangs out down the street at First and U, selling drugs and threatening people,” says another. “Cops will not shut them down.”
One resident said: “One of the robbers has ordered victims to go into the cloud and discharge the tracking of the phone. Very savvy.”
And very brazen.

Friday, July 22, 2016

who is running for Bloomingdale's ANC5E commissioner positions in the November 2016 general election ?

The DC Board of Elections and Ethics has issued a report of the people who are running for ANC commissioner in the November 2016 general election.  Here is the link to the PDF as of today, Friday, 07/22/2016.

So who is running for ANC5E in Bloomingdale?

7/22/2016 11:06 AM

Bloomingdale is covered by four ANC commissioner positions -- ANC5E06, ANC5E07, ANC5E08 and ANC5E09.

No one for ANC5E06 or ANC5E07.

For ANC5E08, incumbent Horacio Sierra.

For ANC5E09, both incumbent Dianne Barnes and Stronghold resident Kirby Vining.

Subsequent reports are issued by DC BOEE will be posted here at the Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog.

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 07/24/2016

52 Quincy Pl NW #202 is priced at $330,000. & will be open from 1-3pm on Sunday

The featured property at 52 Quincy Pl NW Unit 202 will be open on Sunday from 1pm-3pm.  It is listed for $330,000.  The listing is represented by David Shotwell with Compass.  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.

*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.

Washington City Paper: "Cidery House Rules What you need to know about cider now that Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar is open"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington City Paper post on Anxo:

Cidery House Rules
What you need to know about cider now that Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar is open
July 22, 2016 10:10 a.m.
More Washingtonians will find themselves in front of cider now that Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar is open in Truxton Circle. The alcoholic drink, too often regarded as just “beer for the gluten-free crowd,” is often misunderstood. Anxo Beverage Director Tim Prendergast, who both curates the bar’s cider list and makes cider himself, demystifies the drink.
It’s not beer.

shout out for Driving Moms and Dads

Here is a referral for a transportation service that drives people to and from medical appointments and surgeries -- Driving Moms and Dads.

Here is their website: The phone number is 240 - 223 - 2418.

Why not just use Uber?

Will your Uber driver come up to the 3rd floor of a surgery center to retrieve you -- drugged-up post-surgery -- and walk you down to the vehicle?  Will your Uber driver call you the day after your surgery and ask you how you are doing? Likely not.

So consider Driving Moms and Dads.

DCity Smokehouse interior renovations continue

See this Instagram message from DCity Smokehouse at its new space at 2nd and Florida Avenue NW:

Rose of Sharon blooming in a Bloomingdale backyard

See this tweet and image:

Bee magnets: Roses of Sharon blooming all over my backyard
9:45 PM - 21 Jul 2016

"Alteration and repair interior only" DCRA permit -- with a bit more than interior alteration and repair

See this tweet and image from the rear of two adjacent rowhouses on the east side of 1st Street NW:

Sunset view brought to you by "Alteration and repair interior only"
8:28 PM - 21 Jul 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

due to the extreme heat, DC Water/Skanska will start work at 7am Saturday at the satellite sites of the First Street Tunnel

From: Sharon Robinson
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:51 PM
FST Notification


Please let the community know that due to the extreme heat, we will start work at 7am Saturday at the satellite sites of the First Street Tunnel.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Sharon R. Goods, APR
Public Relations Lead, SKJD
DC Water Clean Rivers
First Street Tunnel
5000 Overlook Ave, SW
Washington, DC

46 Channing Street NW pop-up/pop-back (under construction): DCRA staff from DC Office of Zoning to meet with nearby neighbors this evening at 6:00 pm

Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 2:57 PM

Message for Channing Street NW and Bryant St NW Unit Block residents: DCRA Staff from the Office of Zoning will be at 46 Channing Street NW at 6pm tonight to answer questions and address residents' concerns about the large pop up and pop back (picture attached).

Common Good City Farm: Farm Stand today from 4-7 pm! More peaches and tomatoes!

Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 8:32 AM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Farm Stand today from 4-7 pm! More peaches and tomatoes!

Hi Everyone,

Come to our Farm Stand today from 4-7 pm!

New this week: Slicer tomatoes & pole beans!

We will have:
  • Kale 
  • Collards
  • Chard
  • Carrots
  • Summer Squash 
  • Okra
  • Yukon Potatoes
  • Tomatoes (Cherry & Slicer)
  • Eggplants
  • Basil
  • Yellow Peaches 
  • Cucumbers 
  • Pole Beans (Yellow & Purple)
  • Bell Peppers 

Josephine Chu
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Common Good City Farm
V Street between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-7513 (office)


Common Good City Farm's mission is to grow food, educate, and help
low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our programs
provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and
environmental sustainability.

Federal employee? Our CFC# is 74984.

Signup for our e-newsletter:

Posted by: Josephine Chu <>

Bloomingdale summer nights

See this tweet and image:

Jenna Osteen@jennao13                         
Summer Nights
8:50 PM - 20 Jul 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Elaine Wilson's oil: "McMillan with Howard Chapel"

See this oil painting of Bloomingdale's McMillan Sand Filtration site:

One of the new additions to my priceless local art collection.
Elaine Wilson's oil- "McMillan with Howard Chapel"
4:57 PM - 20 Jul 2016

visit the Arcadia Mobile Market in LeDroit Park this afternoon from 4 pm to 7 pm

The green Arcadia Mobile Market bus will be at 3rd & Elm St NW today from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm today.

Stop by.

I spy a set of Bloomingdale rowhouses near 1st & W St NW in this Washington Post article today

Click on the link to read the Washington Post article.

I have copied the photo included with this article.

Does it make more sense to rent or buy in D.C.? This study takes a look.

The image above from the Washington Post is near 1st & W Street NW. 

McMillan Photo Project by the DC Commission on Arts & Humanities -- soliciting your photos

Is this McMillan photo contest still on .... ?

The images below are from this link.

Friends of McMillan Park objects to bill exempting Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from DC’s Freedom of Information Act

From: Linwood Norman  
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 8:11 AM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Friends of McMillan Park Objects to Bill Exempting Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from DC’s Freedom of Information Act

16 Franklin Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Press Release
Date: July 20, 2016

For Immediate Release Contact: Linwood Norman   804 837-0737
                                                            Kirby Vining         
202 213-2690

Friends of McMillan Park Objects to Bill Exempting Advisory Neighborhood Commissions from DC’s Freedom of Information Act

WASHINGTON, DC -- A bill currently being considered by the D.C. Council would reduce transparency and diminish community participation in legislative decisions by changing the law to exclude Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) from DC’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

If the bill passes, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions would be exempted from the FOIA law and would no longer be required to provide information to civic groups and other organizations that seek additional information regarding “closed-door” matters that could adversely impact citizens’ neighborhoods and their quality of life.

The bill, B21-0697, the ANC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016, was introduced to the Committee on Housing and Community Development by Councilmembers David Grosso and Anita Bonds.  It would exempt ANCs from the FOIA requirements, by making a  change to the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act stating “that an Advisory Neighborhood Commission shall not be considered to be an agency, an independent agency, or a subordinate agency.’ Currently, such agencies are required to comply with the DC’s FOIA law.

The Friends of McMillan Park has depended on FOIA requests of correspondence from the ANCs and other District government officials in order to learn about otherwise secret details regarding how and why the City’s planned development of McMillan Park has proceeded without following  established rules, regulations, and law. The park, a 25-acre tract at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue in northwest DC, is a DC Historic Landmark and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Our elected officials should be trying to make it easier for the citizens of the District to be able to gain access to government records that they have a right to see, but this proposed bill would make it more difficult if not impossible,” said Kirby Vining, one of the directors of the Friends of McMillan Park.

“Thus, we join with civic groups and other organizations to call upon Councilmembers Bonds and Grosso to explain the rationale for making this proposal and to eliminate this offensive and dangerous assault on government transparency and openness from the bill being considered by the Council.”


The Friends of McMillan Park, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

banana chocolate muffins at Grassroots Gourmet today

See this tweet and image:

Grassroots Gourmet@GrssRtsGourmet                         
for one & for all! Stop by & grab one while it's hot!
8:37 AM - 20 Jul 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bloomingdale neighbor sharing homemade chicken broth

See this tweet and image:

Penny Farthing@velocipede6                         
neighbor gave us yummy, homemade , so I made a random pho-inspired soup w
8:50 PM - 19 Jul 2016

WaPo: "Bloomingdale residents question police after killing, robberies in neighborhood"

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Post article, following last night's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

July 19 at 11:48 AM

The robberies piled up in Northwest Washington’s Bloomingdale neighborhood, and police and residents grew concerned. They held an urgent meeting in June, and a police commander beefed up patrols.

A crime suppression team hunted for a group of robbers who used a silver handgun and demanded victims provide the codes to unlock their cellphones. Overnight, police on motorcycles and scooters darted along the dark streets. Detectives hid in an unmarked surveillance van, hoping to catch the robbers before they struck again.

In the early morning hours of July 10, a 27-year-old staffer with the Democratic National Committee, Seth Rich, was attacked and fatally shot two blocks from a rowhouse he shared with roommates. Police said they have not yet confirmed a motive but said they believe an attempted robbery may have turned fatal.

“My biggest concern with armed robberies is that they could evolve into a shooting,” D.C. Police Cmdr. William Fitzgerald told more than 50 Bloomingdale residents during another urgent meeting Monday.

Chief Lanier says MPD is still looking at videos in the murder of Bloomingdale resident Seth Rich

See these tweets:

Granny and the Boys photoshoot out front of Showtime Lounge

See this tweet and image:

from yesterday's photoshoot for the cover of Granny & the Boys' "SHOWTIME THEME SONG"!!
1:28 PM - 19 Jul 2016

vote for your top two choices for Crispus Attucks Park Movie Night -- returning on Friday, 08-05-2016

Have you voted yet?

See this tweet:

Sonja Bradfield@GingerSesame                         
Crispus Attucks Park Movie Night starting back up Aug 5! Vote for your top two choices.
6:42 PM - 15 Jul 2016

Deconstructing Bitters: Medicine & Mixology at Common Good & El Camino -- Wednesday, 07-20-2016

Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 8:15 AM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Deconstructing Bitters: Medicine & Mixology at Common Good & El Camino tmw! [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Josephine Chu included below]

Hi Everyone,

Come check out our Deconstructing Bitters: Medicine & Mixology workshop tomorrow evening!

Join us as we learn from Tricia McCauley, Common Good Resident Herbalist and JB Knapp, Mixologist at El Camino, about how to use bitters in both medicine and mixology. We will spend the first hour at Common Good City Farm learning from Tricia McCauley about how to make and use bitters medicinally. Then, we will walk over to El Camino and learn from JB Knapp about how to use bitters in cocktails and sample a few bitters-based cocktails.

Wednesday, July 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

"A small easy thing neighbors can do for safety is turn on their porch lights"

A tweet from last night's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

A small easy thing neighbors can do for safety is turn on their porch lights.
8:19 PM - 18 Jul 2016

generic porch light image

1914: McMillan Park improved

See this tweet and newspaper clipping image:

Paul Cerruti@pauljcerruti 1 hour ago
. still confused if existed?Really? WHc1914
7:28 AM - 19 Jul 2016