Friday, October 21, 2016

video of the tires and wheels being stolen from the vehicle on the 100 block of V Street NW

Recall the 10-19-2016 blog post about the vehicle parked on V Street NW that had its tires and wheels stolen?

See this subsequent 10-21-2016 message from the vehicle's owner:

Thanks for posting the pictures. Can you post this video as well?

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 10/23/2016

19 Rhode Island Ave NE is listed for $999,900. & will be open Sunday 1-3pm
The featured property at 19 Rhode Island Ave NE will be open on Sunday from 1pm-3pm. It is listed for $999,900.  The listing is represented by Lee Murphy with Washington Fine Properties. 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. If you prefer a printed copy, you can pick up a copy at Big Bear Cafe after 10am on 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.

participate in the next Soundwalk activity -- Sunday, 10-23-2016

Sent: Friday, October 21, 2016 10:47 AM
Subject: sound walk - SUNDAY at 11am

Hi Scott, 

One last invite for a sound walk! It's this Sunday at 11am. 

This SUNDAY, 10/23 at 11am

Save the date for our final event - 11/12






Beth Ferraro
Project Coordinator / Washington, D.C.

30 West 22nd St.
New York, NY 10010


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Bloomingdale is part of the DC Office of Planning's Comprehensive Plan's Area Element called Mid-City

The DC Office of Planning’s current effort to amend the DC Comprehensive Plan includes a new map of DC neighborhoods that is NOT based upon ward boundaries. Each cluster of neighborhoods are referred to as “Area Elements.”
Bloomingdale and Eckington are part of the Area Element called Mid-City.
Here is the link to the Mid-City Area Element map below.

Mid-City Area Element Map From DC OP 2016 10 by Scott Roberts on Scribd

NBC4: Howard University Homecoming this weekend; parade canceled

Passed along by Bloomingdale resident Robert Brannum:

Howard University Homecoming This Weekend; Parade Canceled

more from ANC5E04 Commissioner Pinkney: another community update (with lots of info)

Posted at the Eckington list at Google Groups:

ANC 5E04 October 2016 Community Update

The next ANC 5E public monthly meeting is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 7:00 pm, Friendship-Armstrong Public Charter School, 1400 First Street, NW.

ANC 5E voted to:

Support ABRA-089186 – The Showtime Lounge – 113 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Support ABRA-097569 – Dew Drop Inn – 2801 8th Street, NE
Support ABRA-095398 – Mess Hall – 703 Edgewood Street, NE
Support BZA Application #19363 -- Zachary & Robert Bernstein – 35 Franklin Street, NE – special exception to add a roof deck.
Support BZA Application #19364 -- Shad Harris – 34 Seaton Place, NW

No Vote ZC Case #15-02 – Christine Roddy – Brookland Homes Inc. Developer will return for the ANC 5E November 15, 2016, monthly public meeting.

Delete DDOT tracking #183371 – 4th Street, NE curb cut.

Support DDOT ANXO sidewalk use – 300 Florida Avenue, NW – to install bike racks.

Delete ZC Case #15-16 – MRP/RIA – request for rehearing.

Support Resolution for the DC Paid Family & Medical Leave Bill.

No Vote Aaron and Stephany Johnson – 181 Uhland Terrace, NE, request support for an addition which requires Zoning Relief – Did not attend ANC 5E meeting -- Hearing: 10/18/16.

Support Residential Parking (RPP) for Todd Place, NE.

Support Resolution for ANC 5E security camera purchase & installation grant guidelines contingent upon DC Auditor approval and hiring of a Virtual Assistant.


On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the DC Council approved Mayor Bowser's proposed constitution with the following major changes:

* Remove the name New Columbia and replace it with State of Washington, DC as the name for the 51st state. The new name would represent Douglas Commonwealth, in celebration of DC resident and abolitionist, Frederick Douglas.

* Require a constitutional convention with elected delegates held two years after statehood becomes official. All changes would bypass lawmakers and go directly to voters for approval.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Washington Post, Metro Section, page B2.

Town Hall Safety Event

Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church requests your presence at a town hall event to share concerns and ideas to improve the safety of our community. "Be Part of the Solution" on Friday, October 28, 2016, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at 1712 North Capotol Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. It's a conversation on finding solutions. Please contact James Proctor for further information at 202-283-3262.

Eckington Development

50 Florida Avenue, NE – The Lexicon Condominium

Bush Development had some issues getting out of the ground, namely, sandy soils in some areas and boulders as large as a desk in others, that stymied construction progress. They believe the issues have been solved. Once they are assured of their timing, which is far easier to estimate once concrete is at first floor deck, they will issue a revised production schedule and estimated delivery.

Unit Pricing

One bedroom units
656 to 701 square feet
from $398,600 to $444,100

One bedroom den units
745 square feet
from $448,800 to $462,300

Two bedroom units
958 to 1,091 square feet
from $571,500 to $674,500

Two bedroom with den units
1,230 to 1,342 square feet
from $715,850 to $813,400

The pricing is based upon the Phase I floors released to date – floors 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8.

DPW Leaf Collection Program
November 3 – January10

Ward 5 - Area B
South side of Monroe Street, NE to
North side of New York Avenue, NE

Rake Leaves
Out By Sunday: For Collection From:
November 16 November 17 to November 29
December 21 December 22 to January 3

DPW will collect bagged leaves from the tree box
space. In neighborhoods with alley trash/recycling
collections, bagged leaves also may be placed where
trash and recycling are collected. These leaves will be
disposed with the trash as space allows in the truck.

Commissioner Pinkney

Langley Elementary School Principal Drumm will be at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market this Sunday, 10-23-2016

See this post from the Bloomingdale Kids list at Yahoogroups:

Principal Drumm

Principal Drumm from Langley Elementary at the Farmers' Market, this Sunday
Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:25 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Mona Lewandoski" monacaitlin
Hi everyone!  I'm happy to say that Principal Drumm will be at the Bloomingdale farmers' market again this Sunday, Oct. 23, 9:30-11 AM.  Please stop by and say hello! 
This month at Langley, the little turtle's habitat was prepared for cold weather, as were the beehives.  Big kids watched a Monarch butterfly emerge from her chrysalis, studied the role of tomato hornworms and parasitic wasps, and learned about rhizomes such as ginger.  Preschoolers petted the herbs, fed the compost, and learned how to be safe around bees.  Afterschool kids had gymnastics, cheerleading, and great weather for free play outside.  Langley also sent a team to the Special Olympics to play basketball and golf.  The PTA had a well-attended meeting and a new Board was elected.  We are looking forward to the upcoming Dress As A Book Character Day!

As always, please feel free to be in touch with any questions about Langley or schools generally.  You can also reach the PTA at
Hope to see you at the market,

Langley Elementary School

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church Town Hall on improving the safety of our community -- Friday, 10-28-2016

From: Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07) []
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:22 PM
Subject: Fwd: Town hall

Post on listserv and blog

Bertha Holliday, PhD
Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Treasurer ANC 5E
Washington, DC
"Serving Bloomingdale ...Building Community"

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Proctor, James E Jr"
Date: October 19, 2016 at 2:55:02 PM EDT
To: "" <>
Subject: Town hall

Bertha G. Holliday,

We invite you to join us at our neighborhood town hall, below you will find the details.

Metropolitan Wesley AME Zion Church request your presence at a Town Hall event to share concerns and ideas to improve the safety of our community. "BE PART OF THE SOLUTION" on Friday October 28, 2016 7 pm thru 830 pm at 1712 North Capitol St. NW Washington D.C. It's a conversation on finding solutions. Please contact James Proctor for further information at (202) 483-3262


Common Good City Farm: It's time to throw a party! (on Saturday, 10-29-2016)

From: Common Good City Farm [] On Behalf Of Common Good City Farm
Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:59 AM
Subject: It's time to throw another party!

Growing Food. Cultivating Community.

When you step outside into 80 degree weather, it's hard to believe that it's almost the end of October. But, when you walk on the farm, the shift in season is hard to miss.

The tomatoes are gone, cucumber trellises taken down, replaced by fall carrots and beets.  Cover crop has been sown. And while we've continued to welcome dozens of neighborhood kids, school groups, volunteers, workshop participants, and Farm Stand visitors onto the farm each week, we are preparing to wrap up the end of our traditional season & regular programming at the end of this month.  But not before hosting one last party!

Next Saturday, October 29th, we will be combining our annual Season Closing Party with the LeDroit Park Civic Association to host a fun community day in the park.  Activities begin at 10am in The Park at LeDroit and include music & performances, crafts, Halloween costumes (for all ages & dogs, too), and opportunities for community members to provide input into future improvements to the park.  From 11am-1pm, Common Good City Farm will join in on the fun and celebrate an amazing 2016 growing season with a free cookout, cooking demo, soap making demo, and pumpkin painting.

The good news is, although the farm is "closing" for the season, we will be holding pop up Farm Stands into November.  Please check our website and social media outlets for Farm Stand announcements.

We hope to see you on the farm October 29th!


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

car tires and wheels stolen from parked vehicle on V St NW (and not on Flagler Pl NW)

See this 10-19-2016 message -- can anyone perhaps help this vehicle owner ?

I wanted to report to you that my tires and wheels were stolen right outside Parker Flats last night, we think around 1:30am. I noticed there are cameras on that building and I have reached out to the condo board to see if they were on and working. I am hoping that you can message to see if there was anyone who saw anything last night around then.

ANC5E07 Commissioner Bertha Holliday: Ceremonial re-naming of the 100 block of RI Ave NW as William H. Jackson Way

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:44 PM
Subject: Ceremonial re-naming of the 100 block of Rhode Island, NW as the WILLIAM H. JACKSON WAY"

Hi Neighbors,

As the ANC Commissioner for the 100 block of Rhode Island,NW,   I have been working wiith William Jackson's daughter,, LATOSHA  JACKSON,  for more than a year on obtaining City Council approval for the ceremonial re-naming of  100 block of Rhode Island, NW   The Council will conduct a public hearing on this street re-naming on Tuesday, November 8, 12:30 pm, Room 412, John A. Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.. Testimony in support of the re-naming is encouraged.

If re-naming is  approved, it is my understanding that the Rhode Island street sign will NOT be changed,  and  a second ceremonial sign, "William  H. Jackson Way" will be added underneath the existing street sign.

Mr.  Jackson operated a highly successful hair salon (Jak & Co.) for  nearly 50 years, which in 1988 he moved to Bloomingdale in  space now occupied by the Boundary Stone expansion. He also was  active in the greater DC community where he assumed numerous professional leadership roles , while also serving as a community mentor and humanitarian to the young and old in Bloomingdale.  At  one time he was the only tenant in the now bustling Sylvan building... he stayed through the hard times.  

When he died in 2009, Latosha continued operating the business.  But when the pressure of rent increases became too much, her picture posting a sign on the salon's front door, made news in DC's  newspapers and blogs.  The sign read "“Due to ‘gentrification’ and mixed emotions,  Jak and Company Hairdressers will be closing". Her sign  said what many would not -- gentrification had come to Bloomingdale and for some, the results were not good.

The Bloomingdale Civic Association's  Bloomingdale Village Square Project , which I co-direct , seeks to honor our past while  intentionally building  a stable, diverse, inclusive, neighborhood for the future.  We support the honoring of Mr. William Jackson,--  a neighborhood hero whose hard work, business acumen, and exceptional commitment to community can serve as a guidepost as  we experience the circle of life..  

I hope those familiar with Jak & Co. will testify at the upcoming hearing on Tuesday, November 8,  If you cannot appear in person, you can, as I will,(due to election day)  submit written testimony.  Mr. Jackson's daughter, Latosha, requests that you provide her a copy of your testimony in advance (EMAIL: ).

Help honor this neighborhood hero!

Bertha Holliday

Independent Consultant (Diversity Assessment, Planning, Implementation & Evaluation)
49 T Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Co- Director
Bloomingdale Village Square Project
"Building Community Identity & Sense of Place"
Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

Member At Large,Executive Committee, Division 45 (Psychology of Culture, Ethnicity & Race)
American Psychological Association

Fellow, American Psychological Association

Howard University Homecoming this weekend

See this message from Sylvia Robinson.

Here is a link to HU Homecoming 2016 activities.

From: Sylvia Robinson []
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:34 PM
Subject: HU Homecoming


Please be aware that this is Homecoming Week at Howard University.  There be a Yardfest on Friday, October 21st, from 12:00 to 6:00 pm. The Homecoming football game against North Carolina A&T and tailgate party are on Saturday, October 22nd. There will not be a Homecoming Day parade or gospel concert this year.  A listing of all Homecoming activities can be found at Community Members are encouraged to participate in the activities.  Residents can call 202-806-1100 if they experience any problems during homecoming week.

at Common Good City Farm's farm stand tomorrow: beets, mesclun mix, arugular, purple carrots + more !

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 1:51 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Farm Stand tmw, 4pm - Dark
Hi Everyone,

Come out to the Farm Stand tomorrow from 4pm to Dark:

Mesclun Mix
Purple Carrots 
Sweet Peppers  
Hot peppers 
Herbs: Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Lavender 

Many thanks!

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)


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low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our programs
provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and
environmental sustainability.

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Greater Greater Washington does not endorse any Bloomingdale ANC5E commissioner candidates

Click on the link to read the entire Greater Greater Washington blog post. 

Our endorsements for ANC in Ward 5

Bloomingdale, Trinidad, Brookland, Fort Totten—these are a few of the neighborhoods included in Ward 5, which covers much of northeast DC. There are a lot of contested races for the ward's Advisory Neighborhood Commissions this year, with well over 50 candidates total. We found eight who deserve your vote.

It is worth mentioning that there were many candidates in 5E that we chose not to endorse, primarily because of their answers about the McMillan site.
In 5E06, Katherine McLelland did not commit to much in her answers, and in particular on McMillan she refused to take a stance either way: "Whichever the direction that our ANC is in favor of, I am personally in favor of." In 5E07, Aravind Muthukrishnan wants a museum on the site, and Bertha Holliday had a host of concerns about the current proposal and seemed to threaten "delays, modifications, and increased costs." Finally in 5E09, Kirby Vining has been an outspoken "Save McMillan Park" activist for some time, and in our survey was against adding housing or bike infrastructure in his neighborhood.
The McMillan site is one of the few remaining large parcels of land in the District where we can significantly add to our housing stock and bring mixed-use amenities to the area. Having reasonable, compromising, and courageous commissioners nearby will make a real difference for the neighborhood and the city as a whole. We hope readers help vote some in.

regarding the closure of 1st St NW between Channing & Michigan Avenue NW: permit has been extended until March 2017 for the water main replacement project

Thanks to DC Water's John Lisle's clarifying how much longer that 1st Street NW between Channing and Michigan would be closed:

I believe the permit has been extended until March for the water main replacement project.
9:41 AM - 19 Oct 2016

St. George's Episcopal Church's Jesus and Jambalaya tonight

See this tweet and image from St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd & U Street NW:

St Georges DC@StGeorgesDC                         
Tomorrow night (Wed 10/19 @ 6:30 PM) - Join us for "Jesus & Jambalaya" All welcome! Plenty of good food and the Good Book!
11:43 PM - 18 Oct 2016

 St. George's Episcopal Church

tires stolen from a vehicle on Flagler Place NW

Supplied by a Flagler Place NW resident this morning.

Linds@houseintherear 10 minutes ago
it's actually parked on V between Flagler and 2nd, saw it this morning and wished I had my phone to report!

McMillan update from ANC5E04 Commissioner Sylvia Pinkney

From ANC5E04 Commissioner Sylvia Pinkney's Community Update, posted at the Eckington list at Google Groups:

McMillan Development

·         Commission on Fine Arts concept approval on 9/15/16. (The same design as previously presented at the ANC meeting in April).

·         Due date for RFP solicitation: 10/3/16.

·         Expected GC mobilization for stabilization of historic structures: Mid-December 2016

·         DGS/DPR/DMPED will host a construction kickoff meeting prior to construction to introduce General Contractor and answer questions specific to construction mitigation, work hours, egress, etc.

·         (DGS and DPR) will be developing a website to keep everyone updated throughout the project and using the neighborhood list-servs

·         Timeline for construction: Stabilization activities begin: December 2016

·         Demolition and land development activities: 2017

·         Community Center/Park Construction: Spring 2018 through Spring 2019