Saturday, May 31, 2014

gangs are back in Bloomingdale

Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 22:21:02 -0400
Subject: Gangs are back in Bloomingdale

Tonight I just saw the most disturbing brawl. Over 50 young people were fighting at the gas station located at Florida and Rhode Island.  After police was called and the fight was over, half the kids went up to Ledroit Park and the other down Florida Ave., making Bloomingdale the battlefield of these two gangs.  
Neighbors, are any of you interested in creating an emergency task-force to deal with this issue ASAP before this becomes the most serious problem that our neighborhood encounters this summer?  

recent property thefts from vehicles in PSA's 501 and 502

From 5D Commander Porter at the MPD-5D list:
Date: Sat, 31 May 2014 14:00:12 -0700
Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] Re: Check your car doors at night!
Hello 5D Community,
I have been receiving several reports regarding property thefts from vehicles in which the owners are certain that they locked their vehicles.  Based upon the reports received, the thefts are occurring during the overnight hours.  
The reported thefts are occurring in PSAs 501 and 502.
I am alerting all 5D members and would ask the community to be on the look out for and call 911 for any suspicious persons.

Uncle Chip's new Spring 2014 sandwich menu

See this message from Uncle Chip's at 1514 North Capitol Street NW:

Uncle Chip's has a new Spring Sandwich lineup.  Two brand new sammies and a new fresh summer veggie option.  Come in today!

To see the full lineup, click here


served on ciabatta
Regular $7.15, Large $12.25

Buffalo Bill
“It puts the BBQ sauce on the bread.”
Pulled pork, BBQ Sauce, House made slaw
Saigon Sam
Pulled Pork, Carrot, Cilantro, Spicy Peanut Sauce
Mr. Havana
Pulled pork, Ham, Dijon, Provolone, Pickle
Embassy of Turkey
Sliced turkey, Avocado, Red onion, Tomato,
Mayo, Provolone, Fresh lemon squeeze
Bates Street Special
Here to stay! Sliced Turkey, Cracked Pepper, Mayo, Provolone,
Cilantro, Red Onion, Apple and Balsamic Reduction
RIP James Gandolfini
Sliced Ham, Genoa Salami, Pepperoni, Provolone, Tomato,
Red Onion, Oil & Vinegar, Mayo and Hot Cherry Pepper Spread
Alison, I Know This World is Killing You
Tongol Tuna, Capers, Red Onions & Mayo with Provolone
Meet Me in Malibu- Veggie
Our signature Herb Pesto, topped with Goat Cheese, Avocado,
Shredded Carrot, Onion and Clover Sprouts
Uncle Chip's Cookie & Dessert Suppliers
Web orders, in town delivery, catering and in store pick up available!
1514 North Capitol Street NW
Washington DC 20001

Bloomingdale defecator handcuffed

See these tweets and pics:

Serial FL Ave treebox pooper in handcuffs for loitering, other abandoned house congregants as well. Interesting Saturday.
2:17 PM - 31 May 2014 
Props to 4 handcuffing the "gentleman" who defecates under the front steps of gf's apt.
2:18 PM - 31 May 2014

some pics and tweets on the 11 S Street NW pop-up renovation ...

See these pics and tweets:

Front of 11 S Street NW

Rear of 11 S Street NW

Just heard from the developer of the controversial renovation 11 S st that the open house is this weekend in .
the other news is he told me he convinced another neighbor to sell their house to him for flipping.

I am physically ill from reading this tweet
when he told me my two reactions were "we're not getting rid of you?!" And "don't knock down another turret!"
Thanks for letting me know but this definitely is the worst news. Maybe this one won't sell and they will change their minds.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Pepco: power outage (around 1st and Thomas St NW, ostensibly) in Bloomingdale -- Tuesday, 06-10-2014

Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 17:28:38 -0400

Good Afternoon, 

We wanted to share information about an additional project to be conducted in the Bloomingdale community.  Crews will replace and increase the capacity of 2 transformers near the intersection of 1st. and Thomas St., NW.  To facilitate this work, a scheduled outage impacting approximately 30 customers will be required.  The service interruption is scheduled from 12:01 a.m. until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, with a rain date for the same times on he immediate following day.   

Customers impacted by the scheduled outage will be notified by a door hanger and outbound call.  Please note, these customers will not be impacted by the scheduled outage on Tuesday, June 3rd.   

If you have any questions about this work, please let us know and we will be glad to assist. 

Chris Taylor
Public Affairs Manager, DC Region
Pepco Headquarters
701 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20068
Office- 202.872.3357

See this 05/31/2014 clarifying note from Chris Taylor:  The 06/03/2014 and 06/10/2014 outages will not impact the same customers. Customers in the area should only be impacted by one of the two outages.

seeking a notary in Bloomingdale

See this Friday, 05/30/2014, message:

I might be in need of a Notary for a few documents I need to send to my parents, either tomorrow or Monday!

Sunday evening, 06-01-2014, update:  An Eckington resident has advised that she is a notary public.  So if the person who made submitted this request could drop me an Email, I can provide you with the contact info. 

a comment from Zoning Commissioner Chair Anthony Hood on McMillan

Here you go:

Update: I spotted this message in a tweet within the past few days from Ward 5 resident Nolan Treadway.  Sorry that I did not acknowledge the source here.

? The President perhaps traveled north on North Capitol Street today ?

See this tweet and short video:

tires slashed on two cars on the unit block of T Street NW last night, Thursday, 05-29-2014

See this Friday, 05/30/2014, message from a resident on the unit block of T Street NW:

Two cars had their tires slashed last night on the unit block of T Street NW.  Ours and one other.  Could you please put a notice in the newsletter for people to be on the lookout for such activity? I know it is something that is almost impossible to see.

here is the Powerpoint presentation from last night's DC Water 1st Street Tunnel forum meeting

Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 13:16:05 -0400
Subject: Fwd: Last night's Powerpoint -- Tunnel Forum Presentation, May 29, 2014
Hi all --
Attached is the powerpoint from last night's DC Water meeting.  Last night's forum was very different than past ones.  The room was packed, and there were a lot of upset neighbors demanding answers about First Street.  CM McDuffie attended, along with DC Fire and DDOT.

B. Blunt who performed at the Bloomingdale Community Day event, is performing at eh Carlyle Club on Thursday, 07-10-2014

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Tynesia Hand-Smith of the Crispus Attuck Park team, regarding B. Blunt, who performed at the recent Bloomingdale Community Day and Yard Sale event:

B. Blunt is performing at The Carlyle Club on July 10th.  Tickets are on sale now and selling fast! I urge fans to get their tickets now!!!
Here is the link for tickets.

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale on 6/1/2014

1722 4th St NW
The featured properties shown above, located at 1722 4th St NW, is being listed by Peter Principe of Keller Williams Capital Properties.  It will be open for viewing this Sunday from 1-4pm.
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.  A map of the same properties can be seen 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 david at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Bloomingdale Farmers Market: Sunday is Strawberry Heaven !

Subject:  BFM Sunday is Strawberry Heaven!       
Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 23:48:18 -0400

Hi BFM Fans,
This weekend is Strawberry Heaven.  Sample the  strawberries from Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania so that you can taste how varieties and different soils change the flavor of these luscious berries,
           SMOKE AND PICKLES SEASON has arrived.  As Top Chef alum Edward Lee says in his wonderful book of Southern Cooking with Asian flavors:
"Where there is smoke, there is always a pickle nearby...because nothing cuts the intensity of smokiness like a sharp pickle.  Together they are harmonious, the perfect yin and yang.  If I had my way, every dish would start with smoke and  pickles--everything else is just a garnish."
  What to do with  Number 1 Son's Kimchi?  Joe Yonan has an addictive Grilled Kimcheese sandwich and I make his Kimchi Deviled eggs all the time...  Edward Lee has a kimchi flavored mayo based sauce/dip  (remoulade)  to go with a bowl of rice and pork or veg.  (Vegetarians: drop the pork).  The remoulade recipe is on our fb page.
  • *Lots more Sugar Snap Peas this week..
  • *First of our high tunnel tomatoes.  Eat them with the Keswick version of Mozzarella.
  • Make Lettuce wraps from the head lettuces.
  • Need a host/ess gift?  Whisked Cookies are more original than wine or chocolate.
WHISKED: Strawberry rhubarb pie is a market favorite so Jenna is baking it again this week. Sea Salt Chocolate Chess Pie is a cross between a brownie and a flourless cake, Strawberry lemon Chess Pie is swirled with Jenna's own  strawberry compote. The savories:  Bacon, Cheddar, Onion Quiche. Kale, roasted Garlic, Cheese Quiche.
KESWICK:  Of course you need yogurt with all the strawberries.  I buy two quarts a week and it is the best in the region.  (Sample it yourself in those cute little cups at the far right of the stand. Saute some greens and stir some yogurt in at the end.  It makes the perfect sauce.   This is like your Mother's yogurt if she's from India, the Middle East or Eastern Europe.  Really.    The three new mixed milk cheeses are Keswick's version of mozzarella, camembert and Valancay cheeses.  Melt some Vermeer, cheddar or Dragon's Breath on your grilled goodies.  Feta is the perfect salty bite for a lemon dill Orzo Pasta salad with cucumbers, feta and olives.
TIP: Saute some greens and stir a few dollops of yogurt in at the end  -perfect sauce for greens.
PANORAMA: croissants, three sorts of baguettes, scones, breakfast pastries, sour doughs, whole wheats, French style rye and pumpernickel raisin.  Rustiques.  Olive oil rolls, brioche buns.. ciabatta rolls. sandwich breads and boules.  Challlah makes good French toast.
TRUCK PATCH FARMS:  LOTS of beautiful Earliglow and Chandler Maryland Strawberries at the tables this week. Which do you prefer? Lettuce, spring mix, baby arugula, kale, Swiss chard, red beets, asparagus
       TRUCK PATCH MEATS: lots of sausages for the grill and to go with those interesting krauts and pickles: Andouille, smoke, Applewurst, Country, Ground, Italian, Maple, Sage. Bacons. All cuts of pork -- shoulder roast, shoulder chops, ribs, loins, steaks. Chicken. Turkey and Turkey burgers (white or dark meat).
GARNER: Asparagus. Strawberries. Sugar Snap Peas. Zucchini. Chard. Lettuce. White turnips. Kale. October beans (also known as Borlotti beans if you venture over to Italy-- I am cooking a pot of them right now).  Arugula. Bok Choi, Beets, Spinach, Radishes, Sweet Persian style cukes. Mint. Basil. Dill.
        IVY BRAND: Certified Organic. Snap Peas to toss with Chives, white and purple spring onions. Young collards, frilly mustard greens, Kales. Bok Choi. Radishes, Cilantro.   Spectacular head lettuce and mixed salad greens.  Make lettuce wraps or composed salads with those head lettuces.  Cute little baby zukes and yellow squash  (they love cilantro and mint!)
             REID: Fill your gardens with their herbs.  This is a good week to plant after all the rain and cool temperature.  Apples, too and fingers crossed for their PA strawberries. 
BIKE CLINC is free as always and run by our dear friends from The Bike House.  Sunday will be a perfect day to ride so get your stead into shape.  Kids, adults, we help everyone.
See you Sunday!
Teds, Stephanie and Robin
Robin Shuster
14&U Farmers' Market 
Bloomingdale Farmers' Market

Kirby Vining: "McMillan Park proposed development zoning hearings conclude"

See this message below from Stronghold resident Kirby Vining -- from the Historic Washington list at Yahoogroups:

Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 20:16:33 -0700
Subject: [HistoricWashington] McMillan Park Proposed Development Zoning Hearings Conclude
        The Zoning Commission met five times recently to hear the District’s application to zone the 25-acre McMillan Sand Filtration Site (the part of McMillan Park east of 1st Street, NW, purchased from the Army Corps of Engineers in 1987), on May 1st, 5th, 8th, 13th, and the final public hearing on the 27th
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) jointly with its chosen development partner, Vision McMillan Partners (VMP – principal partners are EYA, Trammell Crow, and Jair Lynch companies) have applied for CR/C-3-C zoning for the site under a Planned Unit Development (PUD) plan which would allow the construction of 130-foot tall buildings.  Each hearing began at 6:30PM and ran for over four hours.  This case, referred to as ZC 13-14, was the only case considered at each evening hearing.  The Zoning Commission will hold two additional meetings on this case, with the DMPED/VMP applicant and the Friends of McMillan Park (which has been granted party status in this case) before a meeting on July 28th when the Zoning Commission will make a decision on the case.
       Some documents submitted during the hearings may be of interest to Historic Washington readers, especially those with bearing on the history and uses of the site.  Those who want to see the whole presentation, please see the bottom of this message for information on how to access all the documents and the video recordings of the hearings online. The main document laying out the application and request to zone the site CR/C-3-C is in exhibit #6, “Statement in Support.”
Here is a very subjective list of testimony presented that Historic Washington readers may find of interest. Much of the public testimony concerned the horrific traffic this proposed development would cause (without any reasonable attempt to mitigate the traffic problems) and destruction of much of the site and the majestic views across the site.  Hundreds of drawings and diagrams of the proposed plan are also included in the total document file for ZC 13-14.  I attended all the hearings and participated as a member of the Friends of McMillan Park party in opposition, and would be happy to provide any other information about the contents of the hearings and documents related to it at I will not hazard a guess about how the Zoning Commission will rule on this case, though several commissioners indicated anger at the traffic problems caused with no plausible mitigation and some rather serious deviation from the Comprehensive Plan. 
-       Testimony of Anne Sellin, Friends of McMillan Park, exhibit #5.  Ms. Sellin is the author of the DC Historic Landmark application for the McMillan site, approved in 1991.  Testimony authoritatively traces the history of the park and waterworks and its historically important elements, and argues that the DMPED/VMP plan is in gross violation of specific elements of the Comprehensive Plan.
-       The neighboring Bloomingdale and Stronghold Civic Associations submitted constructive criticism of the proposed development, see exhibits #31, #33, and #146.  Bloomingdale Civic Association also submitted a letter requesting that the ANC’s support for the development should be rescinded because it did not have the support of the community, exhibit #69. The Friends of McMillan Park requested and was granted party status in this case, arguing that the requested zoning would permit destruction of this historic landmark, precluding more creative community-based uses of the site, and causing horrific traffic problems, see exhibit #34.
-       The deed conveying the McMillan Site to the District contains a historic preservation covenant that DMPED/VMP seeks to nullify.  The deed is exhibit #74 and that historic preservation covenant is at page 9 of the deed. 
-       In 2002 the Office of Planning conducted a series of community meetings concerning the future of the site, concluding that significant parks and open space and re-use of the historic features of the site were of key importance, and that the site is not appropriate for high-rise buildings of any kind.  That report is exhibit #72. 
-       There was a Request for Proposals (RFP) concerning development of the site, a “Solicitation for Land Development Partner” issued in 2006, which requested a series of feasibility studies, on the basis of which a Phase II RFP would have solicited design proposals for the site.  But that process was skipped when DMPED “selected” VMP as its partner.  See exhibit #73 for that RFP. DMPED then signed an Exclusive Rights Agreement with VMP, whereby VMP would have no competition for the design or land purchase, see exhibits #75-#78.  Trammell Crow was brought in to the VMP team in 2009 based on a determination that the project wasn’t financially viable for VMP without the high-rise building.  See an e-mail obtained through a FOIA request concerning that at exhibit #87.
-       A 1990 NCPC report detailed the historic viewshed sightlines from the Soldiers’ Home, exhibit #541.  On May 27th, the NCPC requested that the Zoning Commission allow the record to remain open for an additional 45 days so that the NCPC could consider the impact of the proposed development on the historic viewshed from the Soldiers’ Home, see exhibit #814. 
-       George Oberlander, former Associate Director of the NCPC, provided expert testimony that the proposed zoning is inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan, see exhibit  #691. 
-       Elizabeth Merritt, Deputy General Counsel with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, testified that the proposed PUD application is inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan in several specific areas and cited the binding nature of the historic preservation covenant in the McMillan deed.  See exhibit #715. 
-       Testimony from the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) objecting both to this plan which ignores the 2002 Summary of Recommendations for Site Revitalization of McMillan Park and several specific immediate negative environmental  impacts the project would cause, exhibit #635.
-       Alma Gates testified that the PUD is inconsistent with both the Comprehensive Plan and the Future Land Use Map, arguing that C-2-A, not C-3-C zoning is more appropriate for the site. See exhibit #770
-       Nancy McWood, Chair of the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, testified concerning the damage this proposed plan would cause to the historic fabric of Washington, but that testimony is available only on video, no text of that testimony is available on the Zoning web page.
 How to view video recordings of the hearings:
       Video of all these hearings is available at this address, see recordings for the specific nights of the McMillan hearings at:
How to read all documents filed in this case:
       Transcripts of the hearings will be available in a few weeks.
       Many documents were filed in this case, including documents related to the application itself, and the written testimony of hundreds of persons supporting and in opposition to the zoning DMPED/VMP requested.  Those documents are available here:
       Then enter “13-14” in the search box and press “go.”  Case Number 13-14 will be visible.  Press “view details” on the far right.  On the next screen, under “Case Documents” on the right, press “view full log.” This will bring you to 21 pages of files of documents, each with a unique exhibit number, for case number ZC 13-14. 
Kirby Vining

at Big Bear Cafe - Stronghold: In Two Acts -- Saturday, 05-31-2014

At Big Bear Cafe on Saturday, 05-31-2014:

Stronghold: In Two Acts
at 7:00pm

Big Bear Cafe
R and 1st NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Save the date for the opening night of our audio / photography installation and performance of this audio documentary! Proceeds from the evening will help send a local high school student to college.

Stronghold is a tiny DC neighborhood with a big name. Black residents claimed the place more than 50 years ago and created a community. As DC changes again, long-time Stronghold residents tell us why they’re fighting to preserve what they built, while new residents share with us what they're hoping to build.

The work was produced by the From Block2Block audio group--Tatyana Safronova, Désirée Bayonet, Peter Timko, Jonathan Kim, and Savanna Nilsen--with installation design assistance from Anya Fredrickson. Original music will be performed by Ramtin Arablouei.
Donations will be collected throughout the evening and will go towards the Stronghold College Fund, which was established to help a local high school student pay for college.

See Stu's tweet below:

We extremely excited for this STRONGHOLD: In Two Acts Saturday at 7 pm
12:01 PM - 29 May 2014

congrats to LeDroit Park resident Rebecca Westcott for her 2014 DC Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the renovation of her LeDroit Park rowhouse

From the LeDroit Park list:

Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 22:28:48 -0400
Subject: [LeDroitPark] CONGRATS Rebecca Westcott
Hi Neighbors,
Lets give a special CCONGRATS to one our LeDroit Park neighbor!! On May 15 Rebecca Westcott accepted a 2014 District of Columbia Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the renovation to her LeDroit Park row house. Take a look at her story on youtube!!
Brian Footer
Communications Chair
LeDroit Park Civic Association 

do you know about the Bloomingdale Civic Association 2014 Scholarship Award ?

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Lauren Linville:

Thanks for agreeing to post about the Bloomingdale Civic Association scholarship application. 
I've attached the Bloomingdale Civic Association scholarship application here.  Applications are being accepted now through July 1. 
Award recipients will be announced at the July 21 BCA meeting. 
Any questions about the scholarship or application should be directed to

Horman Violin Studio invites the neighborhood to attend a Food and Friends fundraiser at UCC in DC -- Saturday, 05-31-2014

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Amy Beth Horman of Horman Violin Studio:

      Can you post about this event on 5/31/2014? I would love to see some of the community there to support this cause and enjoying these talented young kids from the studio.  
Food & Friends supports families dealing with terminal illness by delivering them meals and offering nutritional counseling and even cooking classes. They are a wonderful organization for our city and we are really thrilled to put on an event for them.
I am attaching a flyer.  Admission is free with a free will offering going to the organization. 
Thanks in advance for any word spreading you can do!
Amy Beth

Thursday, May 29, 2014

El Camino, Uncle Chip's, Sky Real Estate, NestDC receive Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement program grants

Click on the link to read the * entire * Washington City Paper post.

One of the listed North Capitol Street NW/NE businesses I have not heard -- Health IT 2 Business Solutions.  A quick Google search shows an address of 1711 North Capitol Street  NE.  

Note that the business owner of Mess Hall DC, whose business is located on Edgewood Road NE, received a vote of support for a liquor license from ANC 5E at the most recent ANC 5E meeting.

Congrats to all of the grant recipients.

And here is the official press release from DSLBD.

Latest Recipients of City Largesse Include H Street CrossFit, U Street Spinning Studio

A pharmacy in Bellevue, an artist studio in Anacostia, and a construction company in Congress Heights just got a big boost from the city, in the form of grants aimed at assisting businesses in the District's emerging corridors.
The Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Program purports to "stimulate small business creation, expansion, and retention while also creating new job opportunities for District residents, growing the tax base, and improving commercial vibrancy along the District’s emerging corridors and in surrounding neighborhoods." It started in 2006, focused on H Street NE, and has since expanded to cover 11 corridors throughout the city.

North Capitol Street, NW/NE:
-Health IT 2 Business Solutions: $25,000 for foundation work, framing, drywall, flooring, building exterior, electrical and plumbing work, HVAC, and security system.
-Nest DC: $25,000 for flooring, interior upgrades to make property ADA compliant, countertop installation, painting, window replacements, fencing, and signage.
-El Camino: $25,000 for HVAC and gas lines, fryer, ovens, range, and grill.
-Uncle Chip’s Cookies: $25,000 for interior expansion, insulation, carpentry, security doors, and locks.
-Sky Real Estate: $25,000 for security door & system, flooring, ceiling, lighting, equipment upgrades, bathroom improvements, painting, shelving storage, and signage.

Rhode Island Avenue, NE:
-Mess Hall: $25,000 for HVAC and hood exhaust system.