Thursday, September 18, 2014

closest Park(ing) Day locations to Bloomingdale are in NoMa + a location at 1250 U Street NW

Click on the link to read the * entire * Greater Greater Washington blog post on tomorrow's Park(ing) Day.

You can see on the map that the closest locations to Bloomingdale are down in NoMa and over at 1250 U Street NW.

Here's where you can check out a parklet during tomorrow's Park(ing) Day

DDOT has released a list of locations where you can find a temporary parklet for tomorrow's Park(ing) Day.

through today's mail slot: campaign flier for DC mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser

The first campaign item for the November 2014 general election arrived in the snail mail today.

From DC mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser.

MPD: Arrest made in 1996 homicide -- unit block of Rhode Island Avenue NW

Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:08:20 -0400
Subject: [MPD-5D] FW: Arrest Made in 1996 Homicide: Unit Block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest
Contact: Police Officer Araz Alali 202-727-4383
September 18, 2014
Arrest Made in 1996 Homicide: Unit Block of Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest

(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in the 1996 homicide of 19 year-old Michael Davy, which occurred on Monday, February 19, 1996 at approximately 10:42 pm, in the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue, NW.  The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
On Monday, February 19, 1996, at approximately 10:42 pm, police officers of the Fifth District responded to a residence, in the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue, NW, where 19 year-old Michael Davy of Northwest, Washington, DC was located inside suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead.
On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at approximately 10:25 pm, police officers from the Fourth District arrested 44-year-old Curtis Farmer, of Northwest and charged him with First Degree Felony Murder While Armed in connection to the shooting death of Michael Davy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

seven Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) submissions to DCOZ on 09-15-2014: letter requesting the record be re-opened for these submissions; submission including a letter from VMP explaining the submissions; submission of architectural renderings & designs; letter from NCPC in response to VMP AFRH viewsheds thing

See the set of documents below from the DCOZ website ( - ZC# 13-14)

A lot to digest here.

Holland & Knight's Carolyn Brown

DC Water/SKJD to install signage directing drivers away from Bloomingdale to North Capitol Street or 4th Street NW + more

Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:49:07 -0400
Subject: Re: Public Safety Action Items/ First Street Tunnel Construction/ Bloomingdale

Thanks, Tom, for the update, the new measures, and the continued efforts to make this project work for everyone.
All the best,

John T. Salatti
(202) 986-2592
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM, Thomas Lindberg <> wrote:
To All:

Representatives of DC Water, DDOT, MPD and DCFD along with the First Street Tunnel Contractor (Skanska-Jay Dee) met on Monday, September 15th to discuss public safety, including traffic, signage and enforcement issues in Bloomingdale. After the meeting, we walked the neighborhood.   With the current street closures at four locations required for the First Street Tunnel Project ; First Street from Channing Street to Michigan Avenue NW, First Street at V Street NW, Adams Street at Flagler Place NW and Thomas Street at First Street NW, it was determined that additional traffic calming measures, improved signage and strict enforcement are essential components to ensure neighborhood safety.  Keep in mind that these construction staging areas area will be closed for 12-18 months, so that with continued communication with the appropriate District agencies along with input from elected officials, Tunnel Forum members, local citizens and others, we can make changes that result in improved safety for all.

Action Items:

1. DC Water/SKJD will furnish and install new signage in the next ten days.

New Hospital signs with directional arrows, properly directing drivers to the hospitals away from Bloomingdale to North Capital Street or 4th Street NW.
Speed limit signs will be placed in the alleyways on existing poles-please keep in mind that children play in the alley and the speed limit is 10 miles per hour.
The speed limit for local streets is now 25 miles an hour, we will be placing Speed Limit 15 MPH on all streets adjacent to and leading to the four construction staging areas.
Message Board Signs-- we will add the dates for these long term street closures to the existing boards and have two new message boards to be placed on major streets-Rhode Island and North Capital NW. The message boards are intended to direct commuters away from First Street, north of Rhode Island Ave. NW.  Additional signs such as DO NOT ENTER, STOP, LOCAL TRAFFIC ONLY, will be installed.

2. Enforcement-Ongoing / Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been out in force issuing tickets for a number of violations.  DC Water has the services of a dedicated MPD officer, working with the Project Team and deployed where needed.  DPW/Parking Enforcement has also been active in the area.   DC Water/SKJD flaggers have been deployed to streets and alleys to assist with traffic control. DC Water/SKJD Security staff is on-site at each construction staging area (CSA) during off-hours as well as at each alternative parking area. We have added improved lighting at sidewalks adjacent to each CSA.

Please be aware that there is other utility construction work in the community.  PEPCO will be working on or near the intersection at First and V Streets NW though next week, but will have crews, including sub-contractors in the neighborhood for the next couple of weeks, PEPCO is on Adams Street at the west alley today. Corinthian Construction is working on Bryant and Second Street NW for DC Water. Ft. Meyers is working on Adams and First Street to replace valves for the Water Services Department/ DC Water.   Washington Gas contractor DCI has about three more weeks of work on W Street NW before Ft. Meyers begins restoration of street and sidewalk in that area.

We appreciate Tunnel Forum members and residents contacting us directly about your concerns, so please continue to call the Hotline 844-FST-INFO/844-378-4636. Feel free to pass along this information to others. We will have an update on traffic, safety and construction at our next Tunnel Forum meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 25th at 7:00 PM at St. George's Church, 160 U Street NW.

Sincere Regards,


Tom Lindberg, DCCR First Street Tunnel - Public Outreach | DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water | 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW | Washington, DC 20032 | t (202) 787-4738 | f (202) 787-4478 | Email: | FST web page:

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2014 11:46 AM
To: Austin Pearl; Thomas Lindberg; John Kennedy;; Teri Janine (TJ) Quinn (
Cc: Angela Prentice Neighbor; Mary Lou Bakker; Molly Scott;
Subject: Traffic diversion to 1st street alleys

Dear Austin, Terri, Tom and John, and Council Member McDuffie:

Its Sunday (Sept. 14th) and it might as well be Monday morning rush hour.  There is now steady two way traffic coursing the alley on the east side of First Street NW (west end of Crispus Attucks Park).

There is no DDOT signage from 1st and R Street to Rhode Island or Rhode Island to U to alert drivers to street closures. There is no signage into the 1st alleys at U, V, W, Adams and Bryant to limit/reduce speed to 15mph or restrict use to residents only.

Unfortunately, this problem of traffic diversion into the alley cannot afford to be tabled until our next Forum meeting.  This problem is urgent and DDOT, DC Water, MPD and Skanska-JD must it before someone is seriously injured.

Many thanks,

Boundary Stone now open every day at 11 am -- will have selected brunch items every day of the week!

See this 09-17-2014 message:

Morning Scott, I wanted to let you know that we are now open at 11am every day and will have selected brunch items every day of the week! If you could pass this along, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

meet-and-greet for ANC 5E04 candidate Adam Duffy at Rustik Tavern -- Thursday, 09-18-2014

You are invited to a Meet and Greet for our friend and neighbor
                                                                                                                               ADAM DUFFY
Candidate for ANC Commissioner for 5E04 - Eckington

Thursday, September 18, 2014
84 T St . NW
Washington, DC 20001
(Please note this invitation does NOT represent an endorsement by Rustik Tavern or its staff) 
Please join us in supporting our friend, Adam Duffy, candidate for ANC Commissioner for our neighborhood.  We know that he will bring dedication to the ANC and serve as a tireless advocate to continue to make Eckington a great place to live. 
Check out Adam's website for more information on Eckkington and the issues.
Twitter: @duffyforanc

We hope to see you at Rustik on the 18th!

Your fellow Eckingtonians:
Cortland Bradford, Veronika Buonaugurio, Sosena Desta, Sean Garcia, Lindsay Rhodes, and Patrick Phillips

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Howard University Homecoming parade route on Saturday, 10-18-2014, will be up 4th St NW (and not 2nd St NW)

Good afternoon, Bloomingdale Officers:

Deputy Chief Michelle Milam has forwarded the Howard University Homecoming parade route below for the purpose of eliminating any confusion I may have caused in passing along information that was not the most current last evening.  She will have a representative present at the ANC 5E meeting tonight, and is hoping to have a map ready that illustrates the route more graphically at that time.

I appreciate both your advocacy for Bloomingdale neighbors and your patience with the University in addressing the impact this event will have on the community.

Best regards,


Maybelle Taylor Bennett
Howard University Community Association
2731 Georgia Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Ph: (202) 806-4771
Fx: (202) 667-5964

From: , Michelle <>
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 1:07 PM
To: Maybelle Bennett <>
Subject: 2014 Homecoming Parade Route

Good Afternoon,
Thanks for bringing the confusion about the parade route to my attention during last night’s Bloomindale Civic Association meeting.  The parade route will be as follows:
Start at the Administration Building 2400 block 6th Street NW
Continue North on 6th Street NW
Make a left onto Fairmont Street NW
Make a left onto Georgia Avenue NW
Continue Southbound on Georgia Avenue NW
Make a left onto Florida Avenue NW
Continue Eastbound on Florida Avenue NW
Make a left onto 5th Street NW
Continue Northbound on 5th Street NW
Make a right onto T Street NW
Continue eastbound on T Street NW
Make a left onto 4th Street NW
Continue Northbound on 4th Street NW
Make a left on Howard Street NW (End of the parade)

A map of this route is being corrected and will be forwarded to each affected community group in a package.  The maps of homecoming events will also be posted on the Department of Public Safety’s website. 
Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. 
Michelle E. Milam, MS
Deputy Chief of Police
Howard University Department of Public Safety
Suite 270
2244 10th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
202-806-1165 office

Visiting Honorable Tibetan Buddhist Lama (Rinpoche) offers 4 public Dharma Talks & Empowerment in Bloomingdale at Samsara House 2023 - Thursday, 10-02-2014 thru Sunday, 10-05-2014

Subject: Visiting Honorable Tibetan Buddhist Lama (Rinpoche) Offers 4 Public Dharma Talks and Empowerment in Bloomingdale, Washington, DC at Samsara House 2023
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:49:33 +0000

Visiting Honorable Tibetan Buddhist Lama (Rinpoche) Offers 4 Public Dharma Talks, Teachings and Empowerment in Bloomingdale, Washington, DC at Samsara House 2023, Thursday to Sunday, October 2-4
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Visiting Honorable Tibetan Buddhist Lama (Rinpoche) Offers 4 Public Dharma Talks, Teachings and Empowerment in Bloomingdale, Washington, DC at Samsara House 2023, Thursday to Sunday October 2-4


Thursday, October 2, 2014 6:00 PM until Sunday, October 5, 2014 5:00 PM
Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoche US Tour
Four Public Dharma Talks and
and Empowerment Ceremony

at Samsara House 2023
in Bloomingdale, Washington, D.C.

Thursday & Friday  10/2/14 & 10/3/14 - 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 10/4/14 -10/5/14 - 11:00 - 5:00pm
About Rinpoche - 
Tulku Sangngag Tenzin Rinpoche is the holder of the Natural Great Perfection Dzogchen Lineage. Recognized as the reincarnation of ShangNa-Nam-Yeshi-De (a great translator and one of the 25 disciples of Guru Rinpoche), he was sent to receive Dharma training at Dzogchen Monastery in Tibet. There he perfected all the rituals of the Nyagyur Nyingmapa's Tradition. He has received numerous teachings from Khatok Moktsa Rinpoche, Domo Yangtang Rinpoche, H. H. Drubwang Penor Rinpoche and H. H. the Dalai Lama. Rinpoche has been traveling in Asia and Europe to give Dharma teachings and is now for the first time in the US.

Visit for his full events calendar and biography  [Read More...]

Rinpoche's US Tour is also his first visit to the United States, and includes stops in Maine, New York, Boston and DC.  

(RSVP Required for Each Event Day)
DAY 1:
Public Talk: The Bodhisattva Attitude. What is the Altruistic Mind?

Thursday, October 2nd - 6:00 - 8:00pm 
What makes us a better person? How can we cultivate a more compassionate, understanding mind and the will to help others?
We will hear the answers to these and other questions in this public talk.  
All are welcome.
We will offer private interviews with Rinpoche on Friday, October 3rd. Interested persons please contact Kirsten Penaloza:

Cost: Please help support Rinpoche's US Tour by giving what you can.  Any gift donation amount is acceptable to attend and listen to his precious dharma talks and teachings.

Suggested gift donation is $25 per event day or $40 for two days, $80 for all four days.


When we understand what the altruistic mind is and how we cultivate it, we are able to apply the Bodhisattva state of mind to create better relationships with others and help to us and them to find peace and happiness.

We will offer private interviews with Rinpoche on Friday, October 3rd. Interested persons please contact Kirsten Penaloza:
Cost: Please help support Rinpoche's US Tour by giving what you can.  Any gift donation amount is acceptable to attend and listen to his precious dharma talks and teachings.

Suggested gift donation is $25 per event day or $40 for two days, $80 for all four days.

 DAY 3:
Teachings: Medicine Buddha Practice and Empowerment
Saturday October 4th, 11:00 - 5:00pm

Teachings on the Medicine Buddha Practice and how to use it to develop the altruistic mind.
11am - 1pm

Medicine Buddha empowerment.
3pm - 5pm

Private Interviews possible after the teachings.
Cost: Please help support Rinpoche's US Tour by giving what you can.  Any gift donation amount is acceptable to attend and listen to his precious dharma talks and teachings.

Suggested gift donation is $25 per event day or $40 for two days, $80 for all four days.

 DAY 4:
Teachings: Seven Branch Practice from the Dzogchen point of view
Sunday October 5th, 11:00 - 5:00pm
Practicing the seven branches helps to reduce the five disturbing emotions and to accumulate good merit without any hardship. All obstacles for developing the altruistic mind are removed.

The seven branches are:

1. prostration, the antidote to pride
2. offering, the antidote to avarice
3. confession, the antidote to aggression[1]
4. rejoicing, the antidote to jealousy
5. requesting to turn the wheel of Dharma, the antidote to ignorance
6. requesting not to pass into parinirvana, the antidote to wrong views[2]
7. dedication of merit, the antidote to doubts

At the end of the teachings we will offer the khata (Tibetan white skarf) to Rinpoche as a sign of our gratitude for receiving those precious teachings.
Cost: Please help support Rinpoche's US Tour by giving what you can.  Any gift donation amount is acceptable to attend and listen to his precious dharma talks and teachings.

Suggested gift donation is $25 per event day or $40 for two days, $80 for all four days.

Hosted by Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Contact: 202-505-0735
Parking: 2hr Street parking on R Street NW, Best to park on Quincy or S Street NW.  Taking Metro is advised.
Metro: NoMa New York Ave Red line stop or Shaw green line for a short walk, or get off at Chinatown and take the P6 to Randolph Rd Stop or the 80 to Lincoln and R Street NE Stop (both stops 1 block from R Street NW).

Twitter: @samsarahouse
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About Samsara House 2023, (est. 2013)

 "Samsara House 2023" at 36 R Street NW is an Awareness-based shared space where world-shifting communities are meshworked to experience and spread what's emerging.  Samsara House 2023 rapidly prototypes models for the new world to ignite a revolution in consciousness within ten years.

Samsara House 2023’s strategy is to exemplify a gift-economy over the market economy, one that values giving over having. While all events cost at least one dollar to cover utilities, any additional contribution will go towards periodically giving half back to a socially responsible organization or cause in need that you also help identify. Going together as a river, we build a thriving community of communities and pave the way for a new world. Samsara House 2023 is a Holacracy powered organization founded by Cullen Kowalski at a row house in Bloomingdale, New Washington, D.C.

You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. ~ Buckminster Fuller 

Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Gandhi
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36 R Street NW
WashingtonDC 20001
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ALERT Neigbors: Woman knocking on doors on 100 block of Bryant St NW and presenting herself as a Washington Gas rep

Subject: PLEASE ALERT Neigbors: Woman knocking on doors on 100 block of Bryant and presenting herself as a Washington Gas rep
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:35:40 -0400          

This woman just knocked on my door - Tuesday morning [09-16-2014].  She is Black, around 5' 10" Slender Build wearing blue t shirt and dark pants. Flashed an ID, said she was from Washington Gas and had questions about my electric bill. I declined to speak with her as her sudden appearance and explanation for her visit seemed fishy. I then called Washington Gas who said they have not sent any reps into the field in our neighborhood and in any case their reps do not ask for account numbers and/or about electric bills. Called 911 to report and, being as this is DC, was told to wait on the line which I did for several minutes without getting a response. 
Please pass on to our neighbors.

See this subsequent comment from another neighbor:

I saw the post about the woman going door today asking for copies of energy bills. She came to my door today too and went down my entire street (Adams). I turned her away because I fell like this is just weird and I don't like it. She told me she needed to see my bill, as if it was not a request, to make sure I was getting the lowest rate. When I asked her if Washington Gas couldn't just do that automatically THEN she told me she is not an employee of WG and that she doesn't have access to that information. She has a badge on her shirt that says she is not an employee of Washington Gas. It's a very strange way to do sales, but I think we were told it would be going on. Your blog from August may be about exactly this.

And see subsequent comment #2 from yet another neighbor:

If Washington Gas Energy Services has to state explicitly that their employees are not affiliated with the regulated utility (Washington Gas), they why would they (WGES) use what appears to be the exact same blue flame logo as the regulated utility (WG)?

No wonder neighbors are confused.
"She has a badge on her shirt that says she is not an employee of Washington Gas. It's a very strange way to do sales, but I think we were told it would be going on. Your blog from August may be about exactly this."

neighbor seeks referrals for stone retaining wall repair

Has someone have some referrals for this neighbor?

Do you know of anyone who has had their stone retaining wall repaired?

ANC 5E meeting -- tonight, Tuesday, 09-16-2014

Government of the District of Columbia
Washington DC 20001 – twitter @anc5e   

September 16, 2014 Trinity College
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Michigan & Franklin NE

Part I: Opening
Call to Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .Commissioner Pinkney
Roll Call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commissioner Quinn
Approval of Agenda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commissioners
Public Safety Reports/Q&A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PSA 501 & 502 Officers
Financial Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comm. Underwood
Approval of Third Quarter Financial Report
Approval to Pay Bills/Reimbursements
Part II: Business Administration 
Approval of May Minutes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commissioners
Approval of ANC 5E Grant Guidelines, application and agreement . . . . Commissioners
Approval of ANC 5E Bylaws Amendment to add Grant Guidelines . . . . Commissioners
Approval of one time reimbursement ($200) for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Commissioners
The Summit Health Fair (Commissioner Pinkney)
Approval of Eckington Block Party Grant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Commissioners
Part III: Voting Support Requested
100 S Street, NW -- replace existing addition and carport-- Deidra Barksdale . . Comm. Foster
Mid-City East Small Area plan
Part IV: Information Updates
North Capitol Main Street/ “Art All Night”. . . . . . Bradley Thomas/Demetris Cheatham
Edgewood Terrace Apartment Complex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacie Birenback 
Evergreen Urban LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Commissioner Quinn
Maedwell LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Commissioner Quinn
410 – 412 Richardson Place, NW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Commissioner Quinn
Part V: On-going Community Concerns/Information
--McMillan Development – Update. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commissioner Barnes
Move to Adjourn