Sunday, October 04, 2015

WaPo Going Out Guide: "Bloomingdale’s Red Hen has a new chef de cuisine"

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Bloomingdale’s Red Hen has a new chef de cuisine


Saturday, October 03, 2015

no lights in the alley bounded by S, Seaton, 1st & 2nd St NW

See this 10-03-2015 message:

We have noticed the burned out city lights in the alley between S, Seaton, First and Second Sts NW.
It is pitch black in the alley at night and I'm worried it could become an invitation to crime, someone getting hurt, etc. 
One of the city light poles is rusted and tilting over, besides not providing any light. 

DC Water concludes today's sandbag distribution for Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park

Subject: DC Water Sand Bag Distribution in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park
Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2015 15:52:41 +0000
Bloomingdale/Le Droit Park residents,
Due to today's weather forecast shifting to light rain, no reported flooding in the Bloomingdale area last night and few local clogged catch basins reported to our Command Center, DC Water will conclude today's sand bag distribution at noon.
Please be advised that the forecast now predicts intermittent heavy winds, which could result in power outages. Please take all necessary precautions for this possible event.
Thanks much, and please let us know of any questions, comments or concerns.
Emanuel D. Briggs
Manager, Community Outreach
DC Water, Office of External Affairs

Bloomingdale Oyster Party - Saturday, October 17th!

Come for an all-you-can-eat Oyster Shucking party in Bloomingdale.

We'll have guest chefs and servings from some of the best new restaurants in our neighborhood.

ANXO Cider House will be coming (the first Cider House in Washington DC!) to showcase some of their new hard ciders, and we'll have grilled sausages from Meats and Foods and fixins from Honeycomb Grocer (Union Market), Number One Sons (Bloomingdale Farmers Market), Gordy's Pickles, and Woodberry Kitchen.

Also, fresh-pressed hot mulled cider from our very own Reid's Orchard!
(with a little Bulleit bourbon)

Tickets are $40/person.
Oysters are served every way - grilled, fried, raw on the half shell. ALL YOU CAN EAT!!

See our website to purchase tickets at:

Hope you can make it!

Bloomingdale Farmers Market open this Sunday !

Subject: Bfm is open Sunday
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 21:25:53 -0400

Hi Everyone,

We may be soggy but we will definitely be open Sunday and everyone will be there !

Our producers must be waterproof because they slogged through mud and rain to harvest for us.

Hurrah, Number 1 Sons is (finally ) introducing their Kombuchas, Drink Dang. It is delicious. I particularly like the ginger flavor.

We have a great cooking demo scheduled with Griffin Greenberg at 11 am. Griffin is an experienced home cook who has competed in city-wide cook-offs, built cooking appliances by hand, and put on cooking demos at markets around DC. He also has a passion for food science. And this weekend, he’ll be cooking up something delicious at the chef’s table. Stop by for a taste and get all of your food science questions answered!

We have another bit of tropicalia: Keswick's baby ginger is joined by baby turmeric--both are great cooking rhizomes, especially for Indian recipes-- and considered healing as well. You can also find baby ginger at Mountain View and maybe we will get lucky and find another paw paw patch there.

Jenna has embraced Autumn. She says: The pumpkin spice latte may have been out since August, but we at Whisked! only put pumpkin on the menu when it's actually fall. This is the first week you'll find our pumpkin and pumpkin chocolate pies at the stand - each with a silky pumpkin custard and fall spices.

And I say that a nice pork or chicken stew with slices of Fall Squash from Truck Patch -- or an eggplant casserole -- would warm us up.

And if you want us to cook for you, grab a soup and a lasagne from Cucina Al Volo.

Although Produce Plus is over, we now have a bonus program for EBT/Snap, WiC and Senior to make those programs go much further.


Robin Shuster
14&U Farmers' Market
Bloomingdale Farmers Market

Robin Shuster
14&U Farmers' Market
Bloomingdale Farmers Market

Bloomingdale House Tour & Art Show 2015: two weeks from today !

Have you purchased your tickets yet?

The Bloomingdale House Tour and Art Show is being held on Saturday, 10-17-2015.

open house at 122 Seaton Place NW, which is For Sale By Owner -- $800,000

122 Seaton Place NW is For Sale By Owner -- $800,000

Friday, October 02, 2015

Cafe Los Suenos closed this Sunday

See this 10-02-2015 message from Carlos Payes of the Cafe Los Suenos Roasting Co. pop-up at Bloomingdale's Showtime Lounge.

This is Cafe Los SueƱos.  Can you please do us a favor and post that we will be closed this coming Sunday?

We will be back the following Sunday.

Howard University Homecoming parade cancelled

Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 18:21:19 -0400
Subject: [WARD5] Howard University Cancels Homecoming Parade

Washington DC News @washdcnews  
Howard U. Cancels Homecoming Parade

DC Water Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Community Update -- Friday, 10-02-2015

Subject: Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Community Update-October 2, 2015
Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2015 17:07:45 +0000

DC Water Contact: Emanuel D. Briggs, Manager, Community Outreach (202) 787-2003
October 2, 2015

DC Water prepares for storms and distributes sandbags for Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park residents

Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park residents,

In preparation for severe weekend weather and potential impacts from Hurricane Joaquin, DC Water is ramping up staffing and taking other actions to protect its customers, facilities and personnel. DC Water is closely monitoring flood-prone areas of the District of Columbia and crews are working around the clock to clear storm drains and prepare pump stations for increased flows. Emergency equipment and staff are standing by to respond to problems that may occur as a result of the storms.

DC Water is prepared to distribute sandbags to customers that live in the flood-prone neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and the 900 block of P Street NW. DC Water personnel will staff a sandbag distribution location for residents of the targeted neighborhoods at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW beginning today at 10:00 am. We will continue to distribute them until 7:00pm tonight, and plan to return to this location tomorrow and resume sand bag distribution from 10:00am until 6:00pm. Please note once again that sandbags will only be distributed to residents in these targeted neighborhoods and they may be asked to show proof of residency at the distribution site.

"As with any weather emergency, our crews will brave the elements to ensure that we continue to deliver our essential service," said DC Water CEO and General Manager George S. Hawkins. "While we cannot control Mother Nature, we will do our best to keep our customers informed and respond to emergencies."

The District’s drinking water treatment facilities – operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct – and the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant are built to withstand the impact of a severe storm. Loss of electricity at an individual home or multi-unit building does not have an impact on the delivery of drinking water. If any service disruptions should occur, customers will be notified immediately through DC Water’s Alert System, local news media and social media platforms, including Twitter (@dcwater), Facebook ( and Instagram (@myDCWater).

More updates may be forthcoming in a future email message, so please stay tuned.

DC Water Emergency Preparedness Tips:

- Sign up for text or email alerts at
- Report clogged storm drains by calling the 24/7 Command Center at (202) 612-3400.
- Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear of debris.
Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes a 3-day supply of food and water.
- For more information on preparing for a hurricane, please visit

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 10/4/2015

                                        1554 3rd St NW offered at $949,000. Open 2-4pm

The featured property will be open on Sunday from 2-4 pm at 1554 3rd St NW and is offered at $949,000.  The listing is represented by Justin Kitsch with Sotheby's International Realty.  You can find more information in the link 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 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

St George's Episcopal Church Homecoming -- Sunday, 10-04-2015

Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 18:30:57 -0400
Subject: St George's Homecoming Sunday

Hi Scott –

We are having our Homecoming Celebration on Sunday – rain or shine! Here’s our flyer (attached and screenshot below). Can you broadcast this through your usual channels?

Be well and stay dry!


Ward 5 CM McDuffie: Emergency Preparedness for a storm event

Subject: Emergency Preparedness for a storm event
Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 13:04:03 -0500

Dear Residents,
As most of you are aware, we may see significant rainfall this weekend. For this reason, I urge you to take the necessary steps to prepare for a storm event. Heavy rain is projected ahead of the storm and areas of flooding are possible Friday leading into Saturday. The forecast today, tonight and tomorrow is increasing showers, cloudy, gusty winds, with the temperature in the lows at 50-56 and in the highs at 59-63.
The District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is working with DC Water, PEPCO, Department of Public Works (DPW), Department of Human Services (DHS), Department of Transportation (DDOT), WMATA, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and the Department of Health (DOH) to prepare for severe weather.  Currently, District agencies are working on the following:
DDOT’s Traffic Management Center is monitoring road conditions and preparing message boards.  DDOT is also contacting contractors for construction site hazard mitigation.
DC Water has begun to strategically place generators at pumping stations and is putting contingency plans in place for areas of concern (i.e., Bloomingdale and 1st and V St. NW). DC Water is also planning for the potential need for sandbag operations.
DHS and DPR have begun initial planning for strategic shelter locations and support in the event of severe weather.
Pepco is preparing emergency response teams in case of widespread power outages.
HSEMA is holding daily briefings with the National Weather Service and agency directors on storm preparation. 
In addition this morning, Mayor Bowser hosted a call with HSEMA and senior leadership to discuss the District’s efforts.
Starting Friday at 4:00 PM, the District will ramp up response operations at the Emergency Operations Center at HSEMA.
HSEMA recommends that residents do the following in preparation of a hurricane:
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for news updates and evacuation routes.
  • Take your Emergency Go Kit, which should have enough food and water for 3 days.
  • Board up windows with plywood.
  • Fill up your car with fuel.
  • Bring pets inside. If instructed to evacuate, take them with you.
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Leave early so you are not trapped.
  • Stay inside if you do not evacuate.
  • Move to a small room, closet or hallway.
  • Go to the first or second floor if you're in a multi-story building.
  • Avoid using elevators.
  • DO NOT walk or drive through moving water and find shelter immediately.
  • DO NOT return home (if evacuated) until local authorities give the okay.
  • Report any downed power lines immediately.
  • Wait for the okay before drinking tap water.
You may find more information on emergency preparedness and evacuation plans at HSEMA’s website here.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (202) 724-8028 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
During the weekend, please contact my Chief of Staff, Ronan Gulstone at (202) 257-4129 or my Deputy Chief of Staff, Dionne Calhoun at (202) 297-0152.
In case of an emergency, always dial 911.
In Service,


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P#pVille: "Costa Brava Closes in Bloomingdale – Burgers & Cocktails Coming?"

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Costa Brava Closes in Bloomingdale – Burgers and Cocktails Coming?

10/01/2015 am

DC Zoning Commission hearing on McMillan -- Thursday, 12-17-2015

See this tweet:

See calendar-public notice for December 17 Zoning Commission hearing on

MPD: TRAFFIC ADVISORY -- Howard Homecoming Parade 2015

Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2015 12:38:20 +0000
Subject: [MPD-5D] TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Howard Homecoming Parade 2015

Public Information Office: (202) 727-4383

October 1, 2015

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:  Howard Homecoming Parade 2015

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the Howard Homecoming 2015 will take place in the District of Columbia.  In conjunction with this event, there will be several street closures that motorists should take into consideration.

Parade set-up closure will start at 6:00 am:

  • 6th Street, between W Street and Fairmont Street, Northwest


The following parade route will closed to traffic at 9:30am. The Parade will take place from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

The parade will start in the 2400 block of 6th Street, NW and proceed over the following route:
  • North on 6th Street to Fairmont Street, Northwest
  • West on Fairmont Street to Georgia Avenue, Northwest
  • South on Georgia Avenue to Howard Place, Northwest
  • East on Howard Place to 6th Street, Northwest, where they will disband

Motorists traveling in the area of this event may experience delays and should consider alternative routes, if possible. The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists to pay full attention whenever operating any motor vehicle and to be mindful of heavy pedestrian traffic that may be associated with special events. These street closings are subject to change without notice based upon unanticipated events and prevailing conditions.

resident Mari Maxwell examines the 1880 census data for Truxton Circle

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Fall 2015, Vol. 47, No. 3

Discovering Your Neighborhood

How to Use National Archives Records to Find Out More about Where You Live

By M. Marie Maxwell
Many people use the United States census to discover their family roots, but these same tools can be used to discover a neighborhood’s background.
Just as you may be intrigued to discover that your great-grandfather was a miner, you may get that same thrill of discovery to find out that your house, your street, and maybe your block was home to immigrant factory workers. You share blood with your ancestors; you share a place with your neighbors from the past.
There is nothing out of the ordinary about the Truxton Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C. As far as I know, no famous people lived there. It houses no embassies, nor has it been the location of any notable historical event. It is special only because I live there and wondered what kind of neighborhood this was and who lived here.
To answer these questions, I went to the census.

M. Marie Maxwell is an archives specialist in NARA’s Research Services Division, Textual Processing, in Washington, D.C. She has shared her knowledge of neighborhood history to community groups, at conferences, and on the Web. She received her M.A. in history from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her M.L.S. with a specialty in archives from the University of Maryland–College Park.

hurricane approaching - any free sandbags for Bloomingdale residents, etc.?

See this message from a Bloomingdale resident:

Have you heard of any pre-prep to Hurricane Joquinn?  Is the city offering any sand bags (the usual 5 free bags) for residents, especially Bloomingdale?  

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bisnow reports on Art All Night at North Capitol Main Street !

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Washington DC
The Scene 
Sep 29, 2015 
Alfredo Flores, Bisnow

Saturday we went to Art All Night: Nuit Blanche at North Capitol Main Street, an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art that covered five vibrant DC neighborhoods. We snapped Senate staffer Benya Kraus with Carly Calbreath and Kristen Velloza.

Friends of McMillan Park: "ANC Commissioner Sought $8 Million More for McMillan Project without Consent of Full ANC"

See this 09-30-2015 message from the Friends of McMillan Park:

ANC Commissioner Sought $8m More for McMillan Dev Project without Consent of Full

ANC Commissioner Sought $8 Million More for McMillan Project without Consent of Full ANC

Records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request reveal that Commissioner Dianne Barnes, then Chair of DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5E, asked the District Government to give $8 million more to Vision McMillan Partners (VMP), a consortium seeking to commercially develop historic landmark McMillan Park, for construction of an apartment building intended for senior citizens. Commissioner Barnes made the request on behalf of ANC 5E although there is no record that the full ANC voted to make or approve such a request. ANC Chairs have no power to pretend to speak on behalf of a full ANC without specific authority to do so approved by a majority vote of a given Commission.
The District Government, at least as far as is known to the public, has yet to provide the additional funds requested.  VMP has set aside some of the housing included in its development proposal specifically for senior citizens.
On September 26, 2013, Commissioner Barnes sent an email to Marchim Williams, Ward 5 Liaison in the DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, requesting that the District Government give an additional $8 million to VMP to cover overlooked costs of including a seniors-only apartment building in VMP’s plan for mixed-use development at McMillan Park. Barnes told Williams, “Regarding the request for the Senior Building, Ms. Corbett, the Project Director, informed me that they made the Senior Building fit physically, but it does not yet fit financially. VMP will need additional subsidy of about $8M to make the 80-90 unit senior building affordable to households at 50-60% of Area Median Income.”
Commissioner Barnes did not indicate why VMP did not request the additional money directly.
Commissioner Barnes also sent the email to the offices of DC Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie, Anita Bonds, Muriel Bowser, David Grosso, and Vincent Orange.
The only apparent response that Commissioner Barnes received to her request for additional funds was from Councilmember Anita Bonds who expressed her support for VMP’s project centered around a one-million square-foot medical office tower.  Councilmember Bonds asked Commissioner Barnes what she could do to help make the project a reality. On the same day, Councilmember Bonds emailed Commissioner Barnes and said, “Can we talk about how I can help make this development a reality. Many months ago I understood that the community had settle on many of the items you mentioned herein as components of the McMillan project. Has there been a change? Let me know when you are available to talk about the project.”  Although Councilmember Bonds and Commissioner Barnes agreed to meet to discuss senior housing, the content of their subsequent discussion was not revealed in this correspondence.
It remains unclear who authored the email request for an additional $8 million sent by Commissioner Barnes.  The font, grammar, tone, and vocabulary included in the email differ substantially from that of other Barnes letters reviewed as part of this FOIA request.  Records obtained through the FOIA process reveal that Commissioner Barnes maintains extraordinarily close relationships with VMP employees and with key District Government officials pushing to develop McMillan Park.  For example, the records reveal that the ANC 5E resolution of support for the McMillan project was written for Commissioner Barnes by VMP’s public relations contractor, Tania Jackson.  It is possible that the Barnes request for the additional $8 million was also ghost-written by VMP or by an associated organization.
The District Government fought the disclosure of Commissioner Barnes’ emails and other public records related to the McMillan Park project for over one-and-a-half years.  Judge Nash of DC Superior Court ordered the District Government to turn over the last records in July 2015.  Kirby Vining was represented by Don Padou in the FOIA suit to obtain the hidden records.
The article above is based on documents 005761, 009506, and 009510 available in the “Barnes FOIA Documents” folder at the following location:

Bloomingdale could use a JBG development project.

Bloomingdale could use a JBG development project.


It has been said.