Friday, November 17, 2017

MPD: Attempted Robbery Force & Violence at 1st & Seaton Place NW

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Sent: Friday, November 17, 2017 5:13 PM
Subject: Crime Alert 5th District (PSA 501-508)

This is an important message from the District of Columbia AlertDC system.

Alert: Attempt Robbery Force and Violence at intersection of Seaton Place, NW & 1st street, NW. Lookout for Suspect (1) is B/M, dull yellow jacket, possible black or gray hooded sweater. Suspect (2) 6'0, 25 yoa, dark jacket.

Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC
Sent by MPD CAD # 9387

local TV news reports on today's Tricia McCauley murder sentencing

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sentence: 30 years

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Post article on the sentencing of the man who murdered Bloomingdale resident Tricia McCauley.

Breaking news: Man sentenced to 30 years in prison for Christmas Day rape, murder of D.C. actress. This story will be updated.

can you volunteer to deliver Thanksgiving meals with St. Martin's Catholic Church ?

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Looking to volunteer and give something back to the community this Thanksgiving?

Join us at St. Martin’s Church this Thanksgiving!!  Volunteers are needed to deliver Thanksgiving meals, serve Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless and give out winter clothing to the needy.  Last year we delivered almost 100 meals and served (and ate) dinner with at least 250 homeless persons.  If you have any warm men’s clothing to donate we would greatly appreciate it as well.  If you are interested please come to St. Martins Church on the NW corner of North Capitol Street and T Street.  Please show up before 9AM to help with delivering meals and before 10AM to help serve meals and give out clothing.  The meal will be served between 11AM and 1PM.

For those interested, we will have Thanksgiving mass at 9AM in the church.

We hope everyone has a blessed holiday season.

Please check us out on the web at: and


Fr. Mike Kelley.

tomorrow at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church: World Missions Extension Center Thanksgiving Basket Give-Away Rally

Note that the World Missions Extension Center used to be located in Bloomingdale at 1720 1st Street NW on the northwest corner of 1st and Randolph Place NW.

From: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) []
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:29 PM
To: Garnett, Eddie (SMD 5E01) <5e01"">; Williams, Patricia (SMD 5E02) <5e02"">; Thomas, Bradley Ashton (SMD 5E05) <5e05"">; McClelland, Katherine (SMD 5E06) <5e06"">; Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07) <5e07"">; Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09"">; Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04) <5e04"">; Sierra, Horacio (SMD 5E08) <5e08"">; Powell, Hannah (SMD 5E03) <5e03"">;;; Jones, Nancy Darlene (ANC 5E10) <5e10 .anc="""">
Subject: World Mission and McLean Bible Church Holiday Rallies

Community Awareness:  Please review and share the attachments.

 Respectfully Submitted By,
 C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner
 Cell: 202-409-7155

monthly FREE Improv Workshop at The Unified Scene Theater -- Sunday, 11-19-2017

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The Unified Scene Theater’s Monthly FREE Improv Workshop Returns This Sunday, November 19th, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance: we’re offering a free (that’s right: FREE) 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW, Bloomingdale) on Sunday, November 19th, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come on by. Kick the tires. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it!

Space is limited, so let us know you’re coming by emailing us at and say, “yeah, what the heck, I’m coming.”

Prerequisites: A Pulse

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

performing at Boundary Stone Saturday night: Zen Warship Band

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house-made potato chips with truffle salt and Parmesan at Boundary Stone

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history moment: For many years, the National Headquarters of Omega Psi Phi was located in a #BloomingdaleDC rowhouse

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meet the artist: Bloomingdale resident and photographer Steve Cummings - today, 11-17-2017

Click on this link to read this event announcement.

DCity Smokehouse: Lunch starts at 11am don’t let the rush get here before you do

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WaPo: "Man to be sentenced Friday in Christmas Day rape, murder of D.C.actress"

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Tricia McCauley was a Bloomingdale resident.

Man to be sentenced Friday in Christmas Day rape, murder of D.C.actress

November 17 at 6:00 AM

The man who pleaded guilty to the Christmas Day rape and fatal beating of a Washington actress and yoga instructor is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in D.C. Superior Court.

Duane Johnson, 30, admitted to killing 46-year-old Tricia Lynn McCauley after she left her North Capitol Street home to attend a Christmas party last year.

The two were strangers. Authorities say Johnson confronted McCauley as she was headed to meet fellow members of the District’s theater scene at a holiday party. McCauley never arrived, and friends began to worry and reported her missing.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

HillRag post on DCRA oversight hearing: unhappy Bloomingdale residents testify

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Bloomingdale residents testified at this DC Council oversight hearing on DCRA.

? bus overnight parking on Adams St NW ? see the DPW response

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From: []
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:04 PM
Cc:;;; 'Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09)' <5e09"">; 'Scott Roberts' ; 'tj quinn'
Subject: CORRECTION: Bus overnight parking on Adams Street, NW
Importance: High

Greetings Directors Marootian, Babers and Commander Fitzgerald, is it permissible for a commercial school bus to receive a Ward 5 Residential Zone Vehicle Registration to park on the Unit Block of Adams Street NW in Bloomingdale?


From: Babers, Lucinda (DMV) []
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2017 11:23 AM
To:; Marootian, Jeffrey M. (DDOT) ; Fitzgerald, William (MPD)
Cc: Rogers, Hakeem (EOM) ; Gaines, Lionell (EOM) ;; Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09"">; 'Scott Roberts' ; 'tj quinn' ; Doke, Teri (DPW) ; Saleh, Joan (DMV) ; Fountain, Darnell (DMV)
Subject: RE: CORRECTION: Bus overnight parking on Adams Street, NW


Thanks for bringing this matter to my attention.

Bus tags are not eligible for RPP.  However, the vehicle was first issued a 45 day temp tag to allow it to go through inspection.  Since the temp tag cannot be distinguished as to whether it’s for a bus or passenger vehicle, the employee was allowed to check RPP.  The expired registration sticker on your vehicle picture represents the temp tag.  After inspection, the vehicle was permanently registered as a bus and received bus tags.  In your picture, this is the registration sticker on the dashboard which doesn’t have RPP.

I have copied DPW so they are aware the bus, as pictured, is in violation of RPP and should be ticketed.  Additionally, we will follow up with our employees to not issue buses temp tags.  This will prevent the issuance of RPP.  Instead, buses should be issued a 45 day hard bus tag to allow it to go through inspection.

Thanks!  Lucinda

Lucinda Babers
DC Department of Motor Vehicles
95 M Street, SW
Washington, DC  20024
202-727-2200 (office)
202-727-1010 (fax)

DCRA: An opportunity to provide feedback on defining a Dwelling Unit

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Office of the Zoning Administrator Guidance on Defining a Dwelling Unit

An Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Defining a Dwelling Unit

Thank you for all that have provided feedback thus far. Just a reminder that the Office of the Zoning Administrator (OZA) at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is seeking public feedback on the documents below. We invite comments by close of business, Friday, November 17, 2017.  Feedback must be provided electronically via this online survey

In order to provide as to what constitutes a dwelling unit, especially in situations where a ‘wet bar’ is provided in a portion of a building [such as a basement] that has a separate means of access and a full bathroom, that could then be utilized as a separate dwelling unit, this proposed guidance is the Office of Zoning Administrator’s interpretation of the Zoning Regulations [Title 11 of the DCMR] as it applies to the presence and configurations of rooms within a residential building. This guidance applies to the review of building permit applications for zoning compliance only.  All other applicable District regulations, including Construction Code requirements (Title 12A of the DCMR), are not governed by this guidance.

vacuuming sand at the McMillan site perhaps ...?

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enjoy $4 pints and $1 wings during the game, dine in only at DCity Smokehouse

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all you can eat tacos at El Camino

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Ward 5 Report dated 11/16/2017: Recognizing Ward 5's religious institutions, DC school info, and Ward 5 Holiday Party on 12/13/2017

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie [] On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:02 PM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Recognizing Ward 5's Religious Institutions, DC School Info, and Ward 5 Holiday Party on 12/13/2017
For decades, or even centuries in some cases, our religious institutions have played a critical role in defining and supporting our communities in Ward 5. Our churches and mosques are always ready to partner to do the work of our community, often times without fanfare or recognition. Today, I want to take a moment to share D.C. Council recognitions I have been able to present to a few of them.

Ceremonial Resolutions:
  • Last week, I was honored to introduce a D.C. Council Ceremonial Resolution recognizing St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish’s 125th Anniversary. Since before the first houses were being built in Brookland, the Parish has continued to be a cornerstone of the community.
  • Masjid Muhammad Mosque on 4th Street NW received a ceremonial resolution to honor their 80th anniversary earlier this year. The leaders and members of the Mosque have opened their house of worship and worked to engage residents to engender a greater understanding of the Muslim faith.
Street Designations:
  • Last week, I introduced legislation to rename the block of Saratoga Avenue, NE in front of Israel Baptist Church to honor the church’s contributions to the community under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Morris L. Shearin, Sr.
  • In 2013, we renamed the block on Rhode Island Avenue, NE that is home to Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church. The ceremonial designation was given to honor the church and all they have done to serve the community.
Additionally, we recently celebrated and recognized Father Michael Kelley’s 40 years of pastoral leadership at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, my home Parish, located in Bloomingdale.

It is a privilege to work with these institutions and recognize their contributions to Ward 5 and our city. As we enter the time of giving thanks, I hope you will join me in thanking and recognizing these longstanding institutions who continue to serve and lead in our community  

In Service,

Kenyan in the Community

Ward 5 Holiday Party - Wednesday, December 13

D.C. Public Charter School Board Releases 2017 Quality Rankings

The School Quality Report (also known as the Performance Management Framework or PMF) reviews schools on several factors, including college and workforce preparation, English and math achievement and year-to-year growth, as well as school culture as measured by attendance and re-enrollment rates. Individual school reports are available at

Some of the highlights of Public Charter Schools in Ward 5:
  • More than half of returning 3rd graders at Edgewood's Inspired Teaching Demonstration  Public Charter School (PCS) scored a 4 or 5 on this year's PARCC English Language Arts assessment, while more than two-thirds of the returning 8th graders at DC Prep's Edgewood Middle PCS scored a 4 or 5 on the PARCC Math assessment.
  • Two schools, Washington Yu Ying PCS, located on Taylor St NE, and Brookland's Elise Whitlow Stokes PCS, have the highest re-enrollment rate in the public charter school sector, at 98.6 and 98.3.
  • KIPP DC – Connect Academy PCS in Trinidad was the 4th highest performing Tier 1 DC PCS.
  • DC Prep Edgewood Middle PCS and KIPP DC - College Preparatory Academy PCS in Trinidad were recognized for having consistently earned a Tier 1 status every year since 2012.
  • Two Ward 5 High Schools were recognized for the Highest Rate of 9th Graders on Track to Graduate: Washington Mathematics Science Technology PCHS in Arboretum and Edgewood's Washington Leadership Academy PCS.
  • This year, Perry Street Prep PCS in Woodridge saw more than a 14 point gain in growth, on the English language arts and Math PARCC assessments. This is the largest year to year gain in the public charter school sector for growth on the PARCC assessment.
(The PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It is the District of Columbia's annual assessment of mathematics and English language arts)

Explore D.C.'s Educational Options at EdFEST 2017

Come to EdFEST and explore the city’s public school options (PK3-12) for your child. Representatives from DCPS and public charter schools will showcase their programs. With the launch of the My School DC lottery application on December 11, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed school selections. Admission and parking are FREE.

DATE: Saturday, December 9, 2017
TIME: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
LOCATION: D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE

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