Thursday, April 28, 2016

veteran's compost

See these two tweets:

hannah draper@draperha                         
Hi Scott - could I send you an email with a community proposal for the neighborhood blog?

hannah draper@draperha                         
has offered a monthly discount if ten or twenty people sign up for weekly compost pickup. Thanks!
10:14 PM - 27 Apr 2016

Urban Turf: "DC’s Hidden Places: Flagler Place"

Click on the link to read the entire Urban Turf post:

DC’s Hidden Places: Flagler Place

Bloomingdale resident and author Tula Connell giving a book talk at BusBoys & Poets/Takoma Park and be interviewed on WPFW-FM

See this 04-28-2016 message from Bloomingdale resident and author Tula Connell:

I will be giving a book talk at Busboys & Poets in Takoma Park next week. Also will be on WPFW Friday a.m!

Here is the link to the event:

Tula will discuss the post-World War II origins of today's far right in a book talk at Busboys and Poets/Takoma on Thurs., May 5, 6-8 p.m. Tula's discussion is based on her book, "Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee."

She also will be on Bill Fletcher's WPFW radio program, "Arise!" Friday, April 29, between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

seeking feedback on tankless water heaters

See this 04-28-2016 message from a condo household at the Madison Condos:

We are looking into installing a tankless hot water heater in our condo -- the new space-saving alternative to the conventional water heaters. We were wondering if anyone in Bloomingdale has had any notable experiences with these things.

here is the DC Office of Planning's staff report recommending approval of historic landmark status for Glenwood Cemetery, 2219 Lincoln Road NE

Here is the DC OP staff report recommending approval of Glenwood Cemetery

Historic Landmark Nomination 2219 Lincoln Road NE Glenwood Cemetery Staff Report Case 15 24 2016 04 by Scott Roberts

next Eckington Historic District designation town hall -- Monday, 05-09-2016

From the Eckington Civic Association website:

Upcoming Events:
Historic Designation Town Hall: Monday, May 9, 2016

daytime package theft on the 100 block of U Street NW -- Tuesday, 04-19-2016

See this 04-28-2016, message:

We had a package stolen from our front porch on the 100 block of U Street NW, on April 19th at 4:47pm.  We have a few video stills from our surveillance camera of the thief. He didn't look squarely at the camera, but perhaps someone on the listserv might recognize him.  He was walking with another man who was wearing a black pants and a blue long-sleeved shirt (unbuttoned and untucked).  After snagging our package, they walked in the direction of 1st Street.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

the alley between T & RI Ave NW, unit block, participating in "Alley Palooza" program

See this tweet and image.

This alley is located on the unit block between T and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

FYI. Bertha's alley is getting palloosed.
12:07 PM - 27 Apr 2016

mosquito season has arrived in Bloomingdale

See this tweet:

Jacquelyn Bengfort@jacib         
season has come
4:09 PM - 26 Apr 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

package theft today on the 2000 block of 1st Street NW

This is just to alert people in the neighborhood. We had a package stolen today 4/26/2016 shortly after it was delivered on the 2000 block of 1st St NW in Bloomingdale. According to the time stamp of USPS tracking, it was delivered at 11:16AM and it was not there at 11:45AM when we checked. Unfortunately we don't have camera footage of the thief. USPS usually hides packages behind our front steps, but this thief must have followed the postman.

St. Martin Catholic Church's 2016 Pentecost Concert -- Sunday, 05-15-2016

Sent: Monday, April 25, 2016 9:40 PM
Subject: St. Martin's 2016 Pentecost Concert--5/15@5PM

Good Morning:

My name is Angele White; and I am a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church--DC.  

St. Martin's Church is hosting their annual 2016 Pentecost Concert on Sunday, May 15th at 5:00 PM!  

This activity is a memorable collaboration of Jewish tradition and Christian inspiration--bridging the gap between faith and religion in a spirit-based, unifying musical event.

St. Martin's of Tours-DC is located at 1908 North Capitol Street, NW  Washington, DC 20002
(Between Rhode Island Avenue and T Streets NW). 

The celebration will be led by St. Martin's Church Mass Choir (including the Traditional Choir, Gospel Choir, African Choir); and a Special Guest will perform liturgical dance sets to supplement the moving songs of praise.
The Pentecost Concert should last no longer than an hour & a half (1.5 hrs), with a light reception to follow!!! 

Tickets to attend this lovely spirit-filled event are $10.00 for Adults in Advance/$15 at the Door 
AND FREE for ALL Children (ages 16 and Under).

If you have any questions or are in need of additional information, please feel free to contact
Reverend Father Michael Kelley at 202-232-1144 or leave a message for me at 202- then 903 then 8661.

Thanks for your consideration!


Angele White
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church--DC   
202-232-1144 (church office phone) 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Raymond Wong, who holds kung fu classes at 2nd & Florida Avenue NW, is hosting World Tai Chi Day -- Saturday, 04-30-2016

See this 04-24-2016 message:

My uncle teaches free tai chi and kung fu classes in Bloomingdale, and I was wondering if you could be so kind to promote his classes on the Bloomingdale blog. His name is Raymond Wong and he has lived in the neighborhood for 50+ years and has been teaching classes here for the past 30 years. 

Classes are held every Saturday from 9am-10am outdoors at the corner of 2nd and Florida Ave NW. 

He is also hosting an event on April 30th for World Tai Chi day which will also take place at the corner of 2nd and Florida Ave NW. It starts at 9:15 am with ceremonies and refreshments and at 10am, a group tai chi routine will commence - everyone is welcome. You could also include my uncle's contact information - Raymond Wong (202) then 494-3700.

neighbor seeking a reliable handyman

See this 04-25-2016 request:

I'm looking for a reliable handyman in the neighborhood. Any thoughts?

41 S Street NW to be converted into a two-family flat

Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer spotted this Bloomingdale permit:

41 S St. NW: Still another conversion to flat.

fund the proposed G9 Metrobus route #G9BusNow

See these tweets from Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street:

RIA Main Street@RIAMainStreet Apr 22
Tired of rush hour buses passing you by on Rhode Island Ave? Ask & to fund the G9!   

RIA Main Street@RIAMainStreet 35 minutes ago
The would travel Rhode Island Ave from to Franklin Sq connecting
10:42 AM - 25 Apr 2016

RIA Main Street@RIAMainStreet 23 minutes ago
supports (& asked for) funds for - pls find the $$
10:55 AM - 25 Apr 2016
RIA Main Street@RIAMainStreet 20 minutes ago
Glad to see at this am's hearing - pls help bring to
10:59 AM - 25 Apr 2016

Sunday, April 24, 2016

have your marked your calendar for the Bloomingdale Village Square Town Hall Forum on Saturday, 05-21-2016 ?

See this reminder of the multi-media and interactive Bloomingdale Village Square Town Hall Forum:

Historic Preservation Education: "10 Benefits of Establishing a Local Historic District" from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation Education: Click on the link to read the entire article from the National Trust for Historic Preservation:
December 8, 2015

By: Julia Rocchi

So you’ve decided you want to establish a local historic district and have considered where its boundaries should be. Now comes perhaps the hardest part: getting your community to buy into the idea.

Shaping local sentiment and opinions is a complex task, and planning a local historic district is no exception. While the preservation community understands and appreciates its benefits, it's not guaranteed everybody will feel as enthusiastic about it. What’s more, all the local stakeholders―homeowners, government officials, merchants, and property owners―will endorse, change, or reject proposals depending on how well they understand the issues involved.

So it’s up to the district advocates to make a clear and compelling case for the advantages of a local historic district. Not only will it increase community awareness, but it can also help avoid controversy later by building consensus now.

Here are 10 points to share with your community stakeholders that outline the benefits of establishing a local historic district in your area.

1. Local districts protect the investments of owners and residents of historic properties. Insensitive or poorly planned development can make an area less attractive to investors and homebuyers, and thus undermine property value. In contrast, historic district designation encourages people to buy and rehabilitate properties because they know their investment is protected over time.

2. Properties within local historic districts appreciate at rates greater than the local market overall as well as faster than similar, non-designated neighborhoods. Findings on this point are consistent across the country. Moreover, recent analysis shows that historic districts are also less vulnerable to market volatility from interest rate fluctuations and economic downturns.

3. Local districts encourage better quality design. In this case, better design equals a greater sense of cohesiveness, more innovative use of materials, and greater public appeal―all of which are shown to occur more often within designated districts than non-designated ones.

Bloomingdale-based Nan Bon at Glen's Garden Market in Shaw

See this tweet and image:

Glen's Garden Market@GlensGardenMkt         
Aisha's little pies give you all the joys of home cooking! Taste right now at !
12:24 PM - 24 Apr 2016


report: a #hipster out for a run wearing a button-down shirt!

See this tweet:

Chuck Donalies, CFP®@frugalplanner                         
New fitness/fashion trend: just saw a out for a run wearing a button-down shirt!
5:43 PM - 24 Apr 2016

yoga in Crispus Attucks Park on a Sunday afternoon

See this tweet and image:

Penny Farthing@velocipede6                         
12:37 PM - 24 Apr 2016 

CM McDuffie: "The rain couldn't stop a great turnout at the @BloomingdaleCA & @ANC5E Beautification Day!"

See this tweet and image:

CM McDuffie's Office@CM_McDuffie    First & Florida Park
The rain couldn't stop a great turnout at the & Beautification Day!
10:59 AM - 23 Apr 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bloomingdale Farmers Market opens Sunday, May 8, 2016

See this 04-23-2016 message from Robin Shuster, manager of the Bloomingdale Farmers Market:

We open 2 weeks from Sunday, May 8th.

56 T Street NW is now for sale -- asking price of $1.2 million

See this 04-23-2016 message:


Please let your friends know that 56 T Street, NW is for sale. Asking price is $1.2 million.

It has a basement rental unit that commands $1,500 in rent.

Real estate agent is Linda Pellum

cell:  301-523-3759

Linda Pellum

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Sunday 4/24/2016

2301 1st St NW is priced t $1.6M & is open from 1-3pm on Sunday

The featured property at 2301 1st St NW will be open on Sunday from 1pm-3pm.  It is listed for $1,600,000.  The listing is represented by Stacy Logan with Envision Realty, LLC.  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.

Historic Preservation Education: "DC Office of Planning: What types of work need a building permit?"

This one page info sheet from the DC Office of Planning was also distributed at the Wednesday, 04-13-2016, Bloomingdale Civic Association Historic Preservation Committee Workshop #3.

This might answer some questions some neighbors have.

See this response tweet from DCRA:

DCRA@dcra 8 minutes ago
For permit information, cut and paste this address to your browser:

DC Office of Planning What Types of Work Need a Bldg Permit by Scott Roberts

Historic Preservation Education: Bloomingdale Civic Association Historic Preservation Committee responses to questions from public outreach meetings (undated)

Three sets of handouts were distributed at the Wednesday, 04-13-2016, Bloomingdale Civic Association Historic Preservation Committee Workshop held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW.

The first set of the three handouts was posted at the Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog here.

The second set of the three handouts was posted at the blog here.

Today is the 3rd of the three handouts from the 04-13-2016 BCA HP Committee workshop.

Today's blog post is titled "Bloomingdale Civic Association Historic Preservation Committee Responses to Questions from Public Outreach Meetings."  There are nine pages below.
And thanks again to the BCA Historic Preservation Committee for coordinating the three community meetings held so far.