Friday, November 27, 2015

celebrate the opening of six new North Capitol corridor businesses -- on #SmallBusinessSaturday

See this message from North Capitol Main Street, Inc. -- and see the local business participants! -- on #SmallBusinessSaturday on Saturday, 11/28/2015: 

take the trolley!

See this message from North Capitol Main Street, Inc.: - regarding #SmallBusinessSaturday -- two days after Thanksgiving.

See the six trolley stops in the North Capitol corridor -- Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle, Bates Area, Hanover, NoMa BID and Florida Avenue.


lost dog around 1st & W St NW

This pup was found wandering at 1st and W NW at 12:45pm Friday.  The small white poodle seems somewhat elderly and had no collar, no tags.  The dog has been placed in the care of the Humane Society where we hope the dog will be reunited with the owner. 

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 11/29/2015

Condos at newly renovated Beale House will be open on Sunday from 12-2pm

The featured property will be open on Sunday from 12-2pm at Beale House at 143 W St NW.  The listing is represented by Urban Pace.  Prices for two bedroom two bath units in this building are in the high $400,000s.  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.

Chuck Donalies CFP & Bloomingdale resident: "The Frugal Planner's Weekly Dispatch, Issue 10 -- Black Friday Edition"

From: Chuck Donalies, CFP®  
Sent: Friday, November 27, 2015 10:18 AM
Subject: The Frugal Planner's Weekly Dispatch, Issue 10

The Frugal Planner's Weekly Dispatch

Personal Finance, News, Ideas, & Things I Find Interesting

Issue 10, Black Friday Edition

November 27, 2015

Like what you see? If so, please share with your friends & family!

How Amazon's Strategies Affect Black Friday

Now that Thanksgiving is over, and Black Friday is here, we can stop being thankful and get out there and buy stuff! But seriously, you should still be thankful.

I know many people enjoy fighting crowds and hunting for bargains after Turkey Day. Personally, I'd rather watch a marathon of sappy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. Note: Heidi, this statement in no way means I want to watch movies on Hallmark all day!

I prefer to do almost all of my shopping online at Jeff Bezos and his employees have made it incredibly easy (too easy!) to buy nearly anything and have it delivered to your home or office - sometimes the same day. has an interesting article about how Amazon's strategies affect not only Black Friday sales, but online shopping in general.

These boxes arrive at our house way too often.

Gratitude (and the Pumpkin Pie Paradox)

We just celebrated Thanksgiving, which means it's a good time to write about the link between being grateful and being happy. I believe most of us know focusing on good things makes us feel better than focusing on bad things. Unfortunately, its easy to forget to be grateful as we go through our daily routine.

New York Times columnist Arthur C. Brooks recently wrote a column about gratitude and happiness. It's a good reminder to be grateful for the little things in life.

Bonus: Brooks coins the phrase "Pumpkin Pie Paradox", when people begin to crave sweets after expressing gratitude. There's a scientific basis for why we eat pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving!

I'm grateful for Ilsa falling asleep on me after Thanksgiving dinner.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DDOT: "Have a Guest? Get a Visitor Parking Pass"

From: DC Government [] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 4:46 PM
Have a Guest? Get a Visitor Parking Pass

Guests of District Residents Need Temporary Permits to Park Vehicles 
The District's Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) Program allows guests of eligible District residents to park for more than two hours on residential parking permit zone blocks.

Passes for 2015 expire December 31, 2015. Registration for 2016 Passes begins Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Passes are free, and one per household is available for residents on eligible
Residential Permit Parking (RPP) zone blocks in Wards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, as well as ANC 2F.

Residents may register for the 2016 VPP at or by calling (202) 671-2700. Temporary Visitor Parking Permits (15-day) can also be obtained at a Metropolitan Police Department station in the ward in which the resident resides.  
A VPP does not waive the requirement to register a vehicle in the District after 30 days of establishing residency or seeking Resident Out-of-State Auto exemption. Each pass is tracked and
assigned a unique address identifier with a Quick Reference (QR) code to help minimize fraud and misuse. Residents who live on a commercial zone block are not eligible and neither are those
with non-residential address types.  

For more information, go to or call (202) 671-2700.

renovation of the 10 Florida Ave NW strip; 19 Seaton Pl NW gets a 3rd-floor pop-up & two-family flat conversion

Here are some Bloomingdale, Eckington & Truxton Circle DCRA permits issued (thanks to Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer for his periodic permits review):

Note that 8,10, 12 & 1542 North Capitol St NW is being branded as 'The Truxton.'

Mixed-use in Truxton Circle, 182 units in Eckington lead permits

Nov 25, 2015, 11:55am EST
Senior Staff Reporter- Washington Business Journal
  • 10 Florida Ave. NW: Brick Lane Real Estate will renovate this Truxton Circle strip inside and out to accommodate 5,000 square feet of ground-floor retail topped with nine luxury apartments. Work will include facade repairs, a new storefront, new windows and doors, a new roof deck and a green roof. Residential construction will involve new partitions, plumbing, light fixtures, appliances and finishes. Brick Lane acquired the property — which includes 8, 10 and 12 Florida Ave. NW and 1542 North Capitol St. NW — in September 2014 for $1.4 million. Work is expected to begin in early January and take less than a year. The building will be branded The Truxton, said Erik Kudla, a Brick Lane co-founder.
  • 50 Florida Ave. NE: Construction of a nine-story mixed-use building consisting of 182 residential units, retail and three levels of underground parking. Bush Construction is the developer.
  • 19 Seaton Place NW: This single-family home will get a third-floor addition and renovations throughout as it is converted to a two-family flat.
  • 143 Quincy Place NE: Another conversion to a flat, with the addition of a new third floor, a rooftop deck, spiral staircase, patio and parking pads.

Thanksgiving activities at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church

Be sure to see the three fliers at the bottom of this post.

From:  Angele White
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 3:30 PM
Subject: Fwd: St. Martin's is Ready for the Season!
Not sure if you got this email earlier...please share with your networks...Thanks!

Angele White
-----Original Message-----       
Sent: Fri, Nov 20, 2015 2:33 pm
Subject: Fwd: St. Martin's is Ready for the Season!
Good Morning~  
Please share the  Winter 2015 flyers with your community members:  

1) St. Martin's Thanksgiving Day Meal--Thursday, November 26th (11 AM - 1 PM)
Get Ready to Dine or Just Share Time in Ward 5 at St. Martin's Thanksgiving Day! 
Do you know someone who might need a place to get a free hot cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day surrounded by sincere fellowship?
~Someone homeless...
~Students unable to go home for the holidays...
~A family trying to make ends meet...
Do you know someone who might want to give thanks for an hour or two on Thanksgiving Day by sharing time with others in need by...
~Serving lunches to those who come to St. Martin's Church on Thanksgiving Day
~Sorting clothing for Free Clothing Give-Away
~Sitting down and talking with folks receiving meals
~Bringing meals to those in the neighborhood who are elderly/sick/"shut ins"
Please join St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church on
Thursday, November 26, 2015--
for a Free Hot Turkey Meal (with all the trimming--even dessert!)
and Free Donated Clothing (for men, women, and children)
This activity will take place in the Pioneer Room of St. Martin's Church {7 T Street NW}
(Between North Capitol Street, 1st Street, and Rhode Island Avenue, Northwest)
Date:  Thursday, November 26th
Time: 11:00 AM till 1:00 PM
Location: Pioneer Room of St. Martin's Church (7 T Street, NW)
All Are Welcome~Only 1 Take Out Plate Allowed  Guest/Request~Volunteers Appreciated!!!

2) St. Martin's Christmas Concert--Sunday, December 6th (5 PM)
        *Featuring all 4 of St. Martin's Church Choirs--Traditional, Gospel, FAVOUR!, and African 
          Join in the Christmas spirit with song! Fellowship & light refreshments to follow! Donation Requested: $10. 

More Details (and Activities) to Come!!!
If you have any questions regarding the following events, please feel free to leave a message with Fr. Kelley at 
202-232-1144.  You may also retrieve information about St. Martin's Catholic Church from our web page:
the St. Martin's Facebook Page:

Thanks for taking the time to care and share!  Please confirm receipt of this email.


Angele White
202-232-1144 (church office for messages only)

join the Crispus Attucks Development Corporation for Holiday Light Stringing in the Park -- Saturday, 12-05-2015

See this 11-25-2015 event announcement from the Crispus Attucks Park folks:

Could you please post the attached announcement in the next listserv? Holiday Lights in the Park!

64 W Street BZA hearing ended yesterday; Board votes unanimously to approve the application for a three-unit condo and a pop-up

News for you:

The BZA hearing on 64 W Street NW ended yesterday, after being continued from October 27, 2015. 
The Board voted unanimously to approve the application. 

So 64 W Street NW now has approval to be developed into three units with a pop-up.

From August 2015 -- here is the BZA notice for the 64 W Street NW; three units and a pop-up by zoning special exception. 

From October 2012: Ghosts of DC "Why Is It Named Bloomingdale?"

Have you seen this Ghosts of DC post titled "Why Is It Named Bloomingdale?"

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DC Office of Tax & Revenue (OTR) launches new online Clean Hands application

Good news for businesses:

OTR Launches New Online Clean Hands Application. I'ts QUICK, EASY & SECURE
12:26 PM - 24 Nov 2015

? firewood for sale in the neighborhood ?

See this 11-24-2015 message:

In the past, I've seen flyers in the neighborhood from individuals selling firewood.  I've also seen a few posts but nothing recently.  Do you know of anyone who buys wood and might be able to offer a suggestion?  I just renovated my fireplace finally and am looking to buy some wood this winter.  I have a garage where I can store it so buying a 1/2 cord or cord isn't a problem.

come out and celebrate #SmallBusinessSaturday -- take the trolley around the North Capitol corrridor!

See this message from North Capitol Main Street, Inc.: - regarding Small Business Saturday -- two days after Thanksgiving.

See the six trolley stops in the North Capitol corridor.

"Has anyone else needed to repair cracked walls and ceilings during the DC Water construction?"

See this 11-24-2015 message from a 1st Street NW resident:

Has anyone else needed to repair cracked walls and ceilings during the DC Water construction? If so, are they aware of the issue and taking any responsibility for it? Just wondering. Thanks.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rally in the Alley -- celebrate the renovation of the alley at 22 R St NW -- Tuesday, 11-24-2015

From: Teri Janine [mailto:]
Sent: Monday, November 23, 2015 7:53 PM
Subject: REMINDER: Rally in the alley Tomorrow @ 6pm

Please share the attached flyer with the community. DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo will join us. It may be cold, so the event will be short.  It will be followed by a happy hour at the Firehouse. They'll be serving a special "Rally in the Alley" cocktail:)  Only in Bloomingdale!


Teri Janine Quinn
President, Bloomingdale Civic Association

Leif Dormsjo

car dented parked near Red Hen -- might someone have witnessed something ?

See this 11-23-3015 message:

I know it is a long shot, but I was wondering if you could note the following in your next newsletter(s):

We parked our car on the second block of Seaton NW by 1st St NW (second parking spot - across from Red Hen).  When we went to pick it up on Monday, there was the dent (see image) in the front of the car - someone clearly backed into it.  And, of course, did not leave a note.  I know this is a long shot, but if anyone saw anything or has any information at all, we would really appreciate it!  
It most likely happened sometime between 10pm on Sunday and 10am on Monday morning.  If you do have information, please contact Alexandra at alexfrest @ gmail.  

? want to see a presentation of the Bloomingdale Village Square Project ?

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 11:39 PM
Subject: Invite to Showcase of the Bloomingdale Village Square Project.
Dear Friends  and Neighbors,  
I would like to invite you to a SHOWCASE sponsored by the DC Humanities Council of the Bloomingdale Village Square (BVS) Project and 15 other community heritage projects that have been funded by the DC Humanities Council.  The Showcase is free of charge and includes a catered dinner and an address by John Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Showcase will occur on Thursday, December 10, 6 pm - 9 pm at the Richard Wright Charter School for Journalism and Media located at 770 M Street, SE.  The BVS  Project is an effort of the Bloomingdale Civic Association, and I am honored to serve as Project Director of the Project.

Attached you will will find a brief description of the BVS Project and registration (REQUIRED) information.  Go to the following link to register:

I believe the Showcase will be informative and exciting, and I hope you are able to attend.

Bertha Holliday

Bertha G., Holliday, PhD & Associates, LLC
Independent Consultant (Diversity Assessment, Planning, Impleentation & Evaluation)
49 T Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

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

Fellow, American Psychological Association