Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ANC5E meeting -- today, Tuesday, 10-17-2017

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ANC5E08 Commissioner Sierra's Single Member District (SMD) meeting -- Wednesday, 10-18-2017

From: Sierra, Horacio (SMD 5E08) [mailto:5E08@anc.dc.gov]
Sent: Monday, October 2, 2017 4:52 PM
ANC5E08 Meeting on October 18 at 7 pm

Hello, Neighbors!

Please join me on Wednesday, October 18, from 7 to 8 pm for an ANC 5E 08 Single Member District meeting in the basement of St. George's Episcopal Church.

I believe in short and effective meetings, so please email me if there are items you would like me to speak about or issues that you want to discuss with neighbors in an open forum.

Here are some of the items I'd like to discuss:                              

-Housekeeping  (311, graffiti, garbage cans, litter cans, parking, etc.)
-ANC grants
-Flagler Market
-Carver Hall
-McMillan Project
-Bloomingdale Historic Preservation Application
-other ANC issues (the ANC October meeting will have just been held the night before our meeting)
-other community concerns 

As always, please FWD this email to neighbors and ask them to send me their email address to be added to the listserv. Our Single Member District is encompassed by the north side of U Street to the south, 2nd Street to the west, Capitol Street to the east, and the south side of Adams Street to the north.                 


Horacio Sierra, Ph.D.
ANC 5E08 Commissioner 

Big Bear Cafe harvesting the last of its grapes

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ANC5E07 Commissioner Holliday speaking at last night's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

A pic from last night's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday morning! Hotcakes for hurricane relief at Boundary Stone

Carbs for a good cause:

neighborhood Bicentenary Celebration of the birth of the Bab and Baha'u'llah -- at the Park at LeDroit -- Saturday, 10-21-2017

See this 10-16-2017 message:

Hi Neighbors!

Please join us this Saturday at 12:00 noon at the Park at LeDroit for a picnic celebrating the  200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith. It’s a very historic occasion for Bahá’ís, and the Bahá’í community of D.C. will be joining our sister communities around the world in commemorating and celebrating it. Those of us who live in Truxton Circle, Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park, and Shaw will be getting together in the park on Saturday from noon onward (probably until about 4pm) for food, games, music, and festivities. All our neighbors are welcome to join us, so we hope you can make it.

Ward 5 Democrats Committee October 2017 meeting -- Monday, 10-23-2017

From: 'Robert Vinson Brannum' rbrannum@robertbrannum.com [WARD5] <WARD5@yahoogroups.com>
To: 'Robert Brannum' <rbrannum@robertbrannum.com>
Sent: Fri, Oct 13, 2017 10:58 pm
Subject: [WARD5] Notice for the Ward 5 Democrats Committee October 2017 Monthly Meeting

Notice for the Ward 5 Democrats Committee

October 2017 Monthly Meeting*

The Ward 5 Democrats Committee will hold its October 2017 monthly meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017 in the auditorium of the University of the District of Columbia, Bertie Backus Campus, 5171 South Dakota Avenue NE, Washington, DC, 6:30PM.

Special Guest Speakers:

The Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor
District of Columbia

The Honorable Phil Mendelson, Chairman
Council of the District of Columbia

The Honorable Kenyan McDuffie, Councilmember
Ward 5

The Honorable Anita Bonds, Councilmember

*Light refreshments served

Ms. Jeannette M obley, Chairwoman ● Ms. Bernita Carmichael, First Vice Chairwoman
Mr. Tim Thomas, Second Vice Chairman ● Ms. Pearline Danner, Third Vice Chairwoman
Ms. Chanell Autrey, Recording Secretary ● Ms. Debra Truhart, Correspondence Secretary
Mr. William “Bill” Lewis, Treasurer ● Ms. Grace Lewis, Financial Secretary
Mr. Robert Vinson Brannum, Assistant Recording Secretary ● Ms. Shirley Rivens Smith, Parliamentarian
Ms. Romaine Thomas, Historian< /b> ● Ms. Enid Doggett, Communications/Publicity Committee Chairwoman
Mr. Herman “Rip” Preston, Budget/Finance/By-Laws Committee Chairman

Fifth District Halloween Safe Haven event -- Tuesday, 10-31-2017

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From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 1:32 PM
Cc: Hamilton, Arnita (MPD)
Subject: [MPD-5D] Halloween Flyer [1 Attachment]

5D Community,

You are invited to a Halloween Bash at the 5D Station;  October 31, 2017 6pm-9pm Featuring the Headless Horseman 

Officer A. Hamilton

only ONE space left in The Unified Scene Theater's five-week Improv For Business Leaders (Present and Future) class -- which starts this Wednesday, 10-18-2017

Only ONE space left in The Unified Scene Theater's five-week Improv For Business Leaders (Present and Future) class, which starts this Wednesday evening (Oct. 18th)

We hear many reasons why students sign up for an improv class. Everything from “I need better people skills” to “I need to do something fun outside of my job”. What if improv skills could actually enhance your career by taking the fun, joy and life-skills experienced with improv and using these to help enhance your own on-the-job skill-sets?

Our Improv for Business Leaders class, team taught at The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW, Bloomingdale) by Shawn Westfall (Artistic Director of The Unified Scene Theater, and former senior advertising creative with 20+ years experience) and Kathy Baird Westfall (co-founder of The Unified Scene Theater, and currently Managing Director of Digital Content and Social Media for all of North America at Ogilvy & Mather will teach you to do just that. We will address a variety of realities and fears business professionals face every day using the lens of improv, including public speaking, going “off script”, collaboration, listening, "Emotional Intelligence (EQ)", creativity, and body language.

This five-week course (7 pm - 9:30 pm, Wednesday, October 18th through Wednesday, November 15th) is designed for anyone who works in a business environment, anyone who wants to work in a business environment, or frankly for anyone who works and deals with others at all and is hoping to take the next steps in their careers. No improv experience necessary.

More info here. Register here. Any questions? Reach out to us at info@unifiedscenetheater.com.

DC DPW: We would like to remind residents that the 2016-2017 Street Sweeping program ends October 31, 2017

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Friends of McMillan Park: McMillan Park update; send testimony; tour on Saturday, 10-28-2017

From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:10 PM
To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
McMillan Park Update; Send Testimony; Tour October 28

From the Friends of McMillan Park.

Kirby Vining

   The Zoning Commission and the Mayor's Agent  for Historic Preservation have concluded their hearings on the remand of the McMillan case from the D.C. Court of Appeals.  

Zoning held its final meeting on September 14th and instructed that an order be written -- no date or even estimated date for issuance of that order that will formally conclude the proceedings.
The Mayor's Agent for Historic Preservation held a final hearing on September 18 and instructed parties to the case to write Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for submission by November 1, after which the Mayor's Agent will write an order concluding his side of the remand hearings. However, members of the public have the opportunity to submit written testimony for the Mayor' Agent remand hearings until October 18 when the record closes.  Contact us via the phone or email for more information on testimony, which must address the points relevant to the hearings.

We are waiting to see the orders from these two bodies and then will decide what it is appropriate to do. Likely that will involve a return to court -- depending, again, on what the orders say.   Opponents of the proposed development made an outstanding presentation, and now that part is done.
In other news, DMPED/DGS/Gilbane Construction Company announced at a recent ANC meeting that they would be starting "soon" with the rehabilitation and stabilization phase of 'the project,' working exclusively with the historic structures in the north and south service courts.  And D.C. Water is doing a first inspection of its 1st Street Tunnel, staging some equipment on the extreme southwest of the park to enter the
shaft access to the tunnel there -- work that will last a few weeks.  

That's all that is going on, at least until the orders come out from the two city bodies. And don't forget our October 28 historic walking tour through Bloomingdale and around the site! 

traffic calming on the agenda of tonight's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

Below is the agenda of Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting to be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Common Good City Farm: bring your toddler to the farm tomorrow for our Little Farmers program

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the former New Reservoir Market has an ABRA license posted

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MPD critical missing person: Ahriana Merryweather, last seen on the 100 block of Seaton Place NW

From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto:MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com]
Sent: Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:20 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] 10.15.17 Critical Missing Person: Ahriana Merryweather [1 Attachment]

October 15, 2017                                                      

Critical Missing Person: Ahriana Merryweather

(Washington, DC) - The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Ahriana Merryweather, who was last seen in the 100 block Seaton Place, Northwest, on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Ahriana Merryweather is described as a black female, dark complexion, 5’0” in height, 120 pounds, brown eyes, and black hair. She was last seen wearing black stretch pants, a black sports bra, and a black head bonnet.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Ahriana Merryweather is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, the Youth and Family Services Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.
Here is a 10-16-2017 update:

From: Rachele B
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 1:30 PM
Subject: RE: Ahriana Merriweather

She's been found. Thank you for posting!

**REVISED** Open Houses scheduled in and around Bloomingdale for 10/15/2017

38 Adams St NW is listed at $925,000. and will be open Sunday 1-3pm
The featured listing at 38 Adams St NW is a newly listed house in Bloomingdale. It will be open Sunday from 1:00pm-3:00pm. The listing is represented by Kristin Usaitis with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc. 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 compass dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

The InTowner October 2017 front page features TWO Bloomingdale articles -- one of which is on the 10-28-2017 Bloomingdale House Tour

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:29 PM
Subject: House Tour in the Intowner


The front page of the current issue of the Intowner features two major articles on Bloomingdale -- one of which is a MAJOR FEATURE on the House Tour, including links to historical information/materials. 

Here is the link-- 

​Thanks much -- Bertha

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

Co- Director
Bloomingdale Village Square Project
"Building Community Identity & Sense of Place"

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

Fellow, American Psychological Association

a week from today: return of The Unified Scene Theater's FREE Improv Workshop

The Unified Scene Theater’s Monthly FREE Improv Workshop Returns Sunday, October 22nd, 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, October 22nd, 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 info@unifiedscenetheater.com and say, “yeah, what the heck, I’m coming.”

Prerequisites: A Pulse

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

NFL Sunday at Boundary Stone

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Buongiorno from Red Hen

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Kriston Capps' vision for the Joe Mamo lot at North Capitol Street NW and Florida Avenue NW

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¡PA'LANTE! A FUNDRAISER FOR PUERTO RICO at El Camino -- Friday, 10-27-2017

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two weeks from today: the Bloomingdale 2017 House Tour and Reception

Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3051980  to purchase your Bloomingdale House Tour tickets today!   

Click here for more information on the Saturday, 10-28-2017, Bloomingdale House Tour and Reception.

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 10-16-2017

Below is the agenda of Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting to be held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW:

World Missions Extension Center Thanksgiving Basket Give-Away at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church -- Saturday, 11-18-2017

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) [mailto:5E09@anc.dc.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:29 PM
To: Garnett, Eddie (SMD 5E01) <5e01 anc.dc.gov="">; Williams, Patricia (SMD 5E02) <5e02 anc.dc.gov="">; Thomas, Bradley Ashton (SMD 5E05) <5e05 anc.dc.gov="">; McClelland, Katherine (SMD 5E06) <5e06 anc.dc.gov="">; Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07) <5e07 anc.dc.gov="">; Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09 anc.dc.gov="">; Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04) <5e04 anc.dc.gov="">; Sierra, Horacio (SMD 5E08) <5e08 anc.dc.gov="">; Powell, Hannah (SMD 5E03) <5e03 anc.dc.gov="">; nancy200jones@gmail.com; plwilliams100@yahoo.com; Jones, Nancy Darlene (ANC 5E10) <5e10 .anc="" dc.gov="">
Subject: World Mission & McLean Bible Church Holiday Rallies

Community Awareness:  Please review and share the attachments.

 Respectfully Submitted By,
 C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner
 Cell: 202-409-7155
 Email:  5E09@anc.dc.gov

Friday, October 13, 2017

join the Friends of the Park at LeDroit, Common Good City Farm, ANC1B, Howard University Hospital & the LeDroit Park Civic Association for the annual fall celebration -- Saturday, 10-28-2017

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an image of pulled pork at DCity Smokehouse

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Truxton Inn throwing out some love towards One Eight D distillery and its Rock Creek Rye Whiskey

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Showtime's Granny and the Boys were live on 89.3's "Live at 5 on the air"

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stop by the Langley STEM table at this Sunday's Bloomingdale Farmers Market

From: Katie Fullenkamp
Sent: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 11:17 AM
Langley Table at Bloomingdale Farmers' Market October 15th

Langley Elementary will be hosting an info table at the Bloomindale Farmers' Market on Sunday, October 15th. We will have information to take home, and the principal and current parents will be available to answer questions about your neighborhood school. Please stop by and chat with us. Go Tigers!

a week from today: winemaker dinner cohosted by @LatinoWineCo at Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen

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DCRA: Reduced price and new application process for historic-only review permits

I have asked to post this DCRA message here at the blog:

Historic Permit Review Application

Reduced price and new application process for historic-only review permits

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As of October 1, 2017, the District government has reduced the price for certain types of permits for properties located in a historic district. Projects that require a permit only because they are located in a historic district, pursuant to 12A DCMR §105.2.5, will now be subject to a reduced fee ($36.30) and will use a revised application process.

Prior to this change, projects that required a building permit only because they were located in a historic district were charged the standard permitting rate, which could rise to hundreds of dollars depending upon the scope of the project. The cost for this specified permit type is now set at a reduced flat rate of $36.30. The below construction work will be subject to the new reduced fee and revised application process for work in a historic district:
  • Brick pointing
  • Repair or replacement of fences, except as deemed an ordinary repair
  • Painting of unpainted exterior masonry at a landmark property
  • Replacement in kind, of: Roofing and coping, Siding - Gutters and downspouts and fascia, Private sidewalks and driveways, Patios
  • Garden storage shed
  • Prefabricated pools
  • Retaining walls
If the project will contain other construction activity that requires a permit, the above construction activities can be included in a regular building permit application. Standard permitting rates will apply.
For more information on the historic preservation review, please visit the Office of Planning website for more information.                

@Jon_Sun_B on the decks tonight at El Camino

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Urban Turf post: "LeDroit Park: Behind the gate, trustees of history"

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

After spending several years in Asia, Cindy Paladines longed to plant roots in a neighborhood. New to DC, she pounded the streets of Northwest searching for a possible home.
“I was driving along and pulled up to LeDroit Park at the Sixth and T Street entrance, and immediately a sense of calm came over me,” Paladines recalled.
Two years later, Paladines is in the midst of cosmetic changes to a house constructed more than a century ago in LeDroit Park. But she’s holding off on major work out of respect for the home’s – and the neighborhood’s – pervasive sense of history.
Eric Fidler, who purchased a two-bedroom, end-unit rowhome in 2009 and is in the process of moving to a new house in the neighborhood, has a similar attraction to LeDroit Park’s history. Not only did he develop the neighborhood blog, Left of LeDroit, he also made it his mission to share and promote the neighborhood’s iconic history and architecture with others.
“I joined the civic association and started researching the neighborhood’s history, which turned out to be richer and more fascinating than I had expected,” Fidler said. “I volunteered with Cultural Tourism DC on creating heritage trail markers throughout the neighborhood. I also devised a historical walking tour, which I lead every year for free as part of the annual city-wide ‘Walking Town DC’ event.”
A designated historic district since the 1970s, most of LeDroit Park has not experienced the development booms (and controversies) in places like Logan Circle, Shaw, and the U Street Corridor. In a way, history acts as an armor that gives LeDroit Park residents the benefit of access to development in the surrounding area without having it encroach on their historic homes.

hotcakes for hurricane relief at Boundary Stone -- Tuesday, 10-17-2017

Carbs for a good cause:

5th Annual Boundary Stone Bike Ride tomorrow

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