Sunday, December 09, 2018

Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden -- can you make a donation?

See this 12-05-2018 message:


From: Joshua Mathews
Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:37 PM
Subject: Request - Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden



Scott,


A group of us in the neighborhood are working a fundraising effort for the Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden in LeDroit Park on the outskirts of Common Good City Farm.  


Attached are some reference materials to further illustrate what we are attempting to finalize.  Can I trouble you to share in your next distribution?  


Thank you for your time and attention to this. 


Respectfully,

Josh Mathews 




Granny and the Boys at Showtime Lounge tonight

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High Frequency Humor comedy show returns to Big Bear -- Tuesday, 12-11-2018

From: Ali Cherry 
Sent: Sunday, December 9, 2018 12:15 AM
Subject:
Big Bear comedy show

Hi Scott, 

Wanted to share the link to the FB event for this month's comedy show. Would love if you'd be willing to share on the Bloomingdale blog: https://www.facebook.com/events/1976209079122050/





Chef Peter presents a Rum and Dinner Pairing at Spark at 12 -- Tuesday, 12-11-2018

See this event announcement:

From: Myesha
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:46 AM
Subject: Rum Pairing Event at Spark at Engine Company 12


Hi, 

Thank you so much! I've attached a flier about the event. Tickets can be purchased on our website using this link  https://www.sparkat12.com/specials/ or through Eventbrite using this link sparkrumpairing.eventbrite.com.







McMillan Advisory Group (MAG) meeting -- Tuesday, 12-11-2018

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Mom's Happy Hour at Tyber Creek -- Wednesday, 12-12-2018

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Bloomingdale history: Barnett Aden Gallery 75th anniversary: A Conversation with David Driskell -- Thursday, 12-13-2018

See this announcement for an event regarding Bloomingdale's Barnett Aden Gallery, which was located at 127 Randolph Place NW.


127 Randolph Place NW today

Atlas Brew Works annual toy drive at Boundary Stone -- Thursday, 12-13-2018

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a week from today: St. Baldrick's with Santa! "join us for brunch and photo ops"

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the Big Bear Holiday Bazaar returns next weekend on Saturday, 12-15-2018, and Sunday, 12-16-2018

See this Big Bear Cafe Facebook post:





Saturday, December 08, 2018

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Saturday 12/8 and Sunday 12/9/2018

41 Randolph Pl NW is listed for $1,365,000.
The featured listing is a renovated Victorian house in the Bloomingdale Historic District. The agents representing the seller are Daren Phillips and Randi LaVorsi with Compass. See the links below for more details and open house times.

SATURDAY 12/8/2018 Open House list and map

SUNDAY 12/9/2018 Open House list and map

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in Bright MLS 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.

High Frequency Humor at Big Bear Cafe -- Tuesday, 12-11-2018

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Friday, December 07, 2018

MPD seeks assistance in identifying a vehicle in the 200 block of V Street NW shooting on 12-06-2018

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Ward 1 CM Nadeau provides an update on the 200 block of V Street NW shooting

From: LeDroitPark@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, December 7, 2018 10:48 AM
To: Nadeau, Brianne K. (Council)
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Update: Shooting in 200 block of V St NW

Good morning –

A brief update: MPD will continue to have increased deployments in the area. Their investigation is ongoing.

As part of the NEAR Act legislation I supported, the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement and partners are doing intervention work on site as well. Director McFadden tells me:

The ONSE office is working with our prevention and intervention contractors to support the safety of the LeDroit Park community. On 12/4/18, our contractors met with individuals in LeDroit Park and the surrounding area in an attempt to identify parties involved in the recent rash of incidents.  Furthermore, Collaborative Solutions for Communities ( Wards 1-5 contractor) responded to the shooting incident yesterday and will continue to work on this matter to reduce possible retaliation efforts. Additionally, ONSE will coordinate weekly engagement in this community and will keep you updated on progress and any challenges.

If you have any information that may be helpful or have video of the area, please reach out to MPD at 202-727-9099.

Sincerely,

Brianne
---

Brianne K. Nadeau
Councilmember, Ward 1

Fry Day at Boundary Stone today

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five-course tasting dinner at Big Bear -- Little Donna's pop-up restaurant -- tonight, Friday, 12-07-2018

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the St. George's Episcopal Church's annual Christmas Bazaar and Cafe is always fun -- Saturday, 12-08-2018

See this event announcement from St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW:





Thursday, December 06, 2018

WaPo article about DC Fire Department ruling that fatal fire on the 1800 block of North Capitol Street NW was accidental in the kitchen

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Post article.



A fire that killed a 96-year-old woman in her Northwest Washington rowhouse on Tuesday was started accidentally in the kitchen, according to the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
No other details were provided. D.C. police identified the victim as Annie Maiden, who lived in the rowhouse in the 1800 block of North Capitol Street NW, in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.




CM McDuffie's letter to DC Fire and EMS regarding the 1800 block of North Capitol Street NW fatal fire

From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:33 AM
To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [MPD-5D] Re: Structure Fire
 

Councilmember McDuffie asked me to share with the community a letter he sent yesterday to Fire & EMS Chief Dean asking for more details on the fire response and availability of equipment. You can view the letter at the link or the text of the letter are copied below.



December 5, 2018

Gregory M. Dean, Chief
Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department
2000 14th Street, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Dear Chief Gregory Dean:

On December 4, 2018, a deadly fire took place on the 1800 block of North Capitol Street, NW. I want to first thank you and your members for courageously responding to the fire. I understand that your members responded within the timeline set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

I was saddened to hear that a 96-year old Ward 5 resident passed away as a result of the fire. To that end, I want to inquire further into the details of the incident. As you may know, there are allegations that this response was deficient. I am told that the ladder truck that was critical to addressing the fire was, unfortunately, not located at the fire house that responded to the incident. Reportedly, it was reassigned because the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department’s (Department) fleet requires new ladder trucks and, specifically, the responding fire house’s truck was sent to backfill another fire house’s ladder truck that was out for repair. I also understand that the responding ladder truck arrived two minutes later than the fire house that responded — albeit within NFPA standards.

Can you provide information on whether the Department’s lack of ladder trucks had any direct impact on the Department’s response time and performance during this incident? Please also indicate whether the Department needs additional ladder trucks and how you intend to implement the apparatus replacement schedule.

Again, I sincerely thank you and the members of the Department for your tireless service to our city. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or have your staff contact my Deputy Chief of Staff, Barbara Mitchell, at bmitchell@dccouncil.us or 202-724-8028.

In service,

Kenyan R. McDuffie
Councilmember, Ward 5

Cc: Mayor Muriel Bowser
Councilmember Charles Allen, Ward 6
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Bertha G. Holliday, 5E07

today's rumor: plans for the shuttered B&J Carryout at 3rd & Rhode Island Avenue NW

See this comment to a NextDoor post about the B&J Carryout space at 3rd & Rhode Island Avenue NW:





shooting on the 200 block of V Street NW at around 11:30 am -- Thursday, 12-06-2018

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And see this subsequent EMail from Ward 1 CM Nadeau:


From: LeDroitPark@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:55 PM
To: Nadeau, Brianne K. (Council)
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Shooting in 200 block of V St NW  

Good afternoon -- 
  

MPD is currently investigating a shooting that occurred this morning on the 200 block of V Street, NW. An adult victim was shot in the leg and is receiving medical attention. A second victim was located at an area hospital. Both are in stable condition.
             

I have spoken with Commander Emerman about this being one of several violent incidents recently in this area. The Commander shares my particular concern about how there have been an increase in early morning/daytime shootings. MPD has increased their visibility in the area after recent events. The Commander reports that an MPD officer was in the park today talking to neighbors when the shooting took place. The officer immediately advised an MPD dispatcher and proceeded to broadcast lookout information to responding units. He had a marked police vehicle parked on Elm Street and was in full uniform. They will continue increased deployments in the area. 
                    

Any gun violence is not acceptable, which is why the Chief of Police has made it a priority for the department to get as many illegal firearms off the street as we can. When firearms enter the mix, a simple dispute between individuals can become deadly. Council is also working to reduce gun violence. Just this week, Council passed gun violence prevention legislation including a “red flag” gun law I wrote that gives residents and police new tools to temporarily remove guns when someone is a risk to themselves or others. Similar laws in other states are already saving lives. 
                          

When shootings do occur MPD detectives examine evidence and work with the community to make arrests as quickly as possible. Video is especially helpful for their efforts. Commander Emerman shared that existing security cameras at places such as Kelly Miller/LeDroit apartments and Howard University cameras are helpful, in addition to cameras on private residences. If you live near the park and/or the 200 block of V St NW and have a private security camera that faces the street, please contact MPD at 202-727-9099. The Commander and I both encourage residents to participate in DC’s Private Security Camera Incentive Program: follow this link to find out more​
        

This incident occurred in Police Service Area 306​. Police Service Areas (PSAs) are how MPD divides up its Police Districts (Ward 1 is part of Districts 3 and 4). PSAs regularly meet to engage with the community on issues of public safety. You can stay updated on developments in the 3rd Police District and learn about upcoming PSA meetings by subscribing to the official MPD listserv for the area.​


Sincerely,
                    

Brianne K. Nadeau

Councilmember, Ward 1

Rum and Dinner Pairing at Spark at 12 -- Tuesday, 12-11-2018

See this event announcement:

From: Myesha
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:46 AM
Subject: Rum Pairing Event at Spark at Engine Company 12


Hi, 

Thank you so much! I've attached a flier about the event. Tickets can be purchased on our website using this link  https://www.sparkat12.com/specials/ or through Eventbrite using this link sparkrumpairing.eventbrite.com.







Phoenix Bikes used bicycle sale at Big Bear -- Saturday, 12-08-2018

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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

DC Fire EMS: the cause of the fatal fire on the 1800 block of North Capitol St NW was accidental in nature and originated in the kitchen area

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HPRB actions: 1634 North Capitol Street NW



From: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 9:27 AM
To: HistoricWashington@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [HistoricWashington] HPRB ACTIONS - November 15 and November 29, 2018

This document and others related to the November 15, November 29 HPRB meeting are posted on the HPO website at:  https://planning.dc.gov/node/1365236 .

Archived video of both meeting dates  are accessible on the web at:  https://planning.dc.gov/node/905322.

________    

HPRB ACTIONS
November 15 and 29, 2018 

NOVEMBER 15 AGENDA 
Present: Marnique Heath, Chair; Andrew Aurbach, Thomas Brokaw, Brian Crane, Linda Greene, Sandra Jowers-Barber, Gretchen Pfaehler.  Absent:  Outerbridge Horsey, Chris Landis. 

FOGGY BOTTOM HISTORIC DISTRICT
2507 I Street NW, HPA 19-040, concept/three-story rear addition.             [deferred at request of the ANC]
LANDMARK DESIGNATION HEARING
Wardman Park Annex (amendment), 2600/2660 Woodley Road NW, Case 17-10.
The Board approved an amendment to the 1979 landmark nomination to include the lobby interior and entrance piers.  The Board also adopted design guidelines for the lobby.  Vote: 6-0.


SAINT ELIZABETHS HOSPITAL HISTORIC DISTRICT
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, HPA 19-036, expand a parking lot.
The Board recommended in favor of reconstructing the parking as completed, with the understanding that it would be temporary and with the encouragement of additional planting.  Vote: 5-1.        

CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT
710 E Street SE, HPA 18-612, concept/three-story rear addition.
The Board found the general concept to be compatible with the historic district, with the exception of the fourth-floor penthouse, and asked that the applicant respond to the HPO report and Board comments and return to the Board to present revisions. Vote: 7-0  

CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT
712 5th Street SE, HPA 19-038, permit/third floor and rear addition. 
The Board found the concept to be compatible with the historic district and delegated further review to HPO with the following modifications: (A) that the rooftop addition be set-back as to be invisible from 5th Street; (B) that the applicant work with HPO to regularize the massing and fenestration pattern at the additions.  Vote: 7-0

U STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT                                
1717 11th Street NW, HPA 18-673, concept/request for property to be determined non-contributing. 
The Board reaffirmed the listing of the building in the National Register nomination for the U Street Historic District as a contributing building, as the structure adds to the district’s sense of time and place and historical development and shares the historic architectural qualities for which the district is significant. Vote: 7-0

 NOVEMBER 29 AGENDA  
Present: Marnique Heath, Chair; Andrew Aurbach, Thomas Brokaw, Brian Crane, Outerbridge Horsey, Chris Landis and Gretchen Pfaehler.  Absent:  Linda Greene, Sandra Jowers-Barber. 

CLEVELAND PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT
3300 Newark Street NW, HPA 18-534, revised concept/rear addition [continuation of October 4th hearing]. 
The Board considered and gave great weight to the resolution of the ANC asking that the proposed addition be pulled back an additional four feet but found that the revisions presented by the applicant were sufficient to respect the ravine and to be compatible with the character of the Cleveland Park Historic District, and delegate final approval to staff. Vote:  7-0.    

3219 Wisconsin Avenue NW, HPA 19-041, concept/relocate house on lot and construct six-story
addition. The Board found that moving the house to face Macomb Street would improve its setting and would be compatible with the character of the historic district but that the concept needs further development before resubmission to the Board.  Further study of the following was recommended: (1) retaining the full width of the front porch; (2) developing a preservation plan for the house with demolition limited to a level consistent with the preservation regulations; (3) increasing the separation between the house and new construction, with elimination of the connector element; (4) considering somewhat different design treatments on Macomb and Wisconsin, with reductions in the height and width and distribution of projecting bays could help reduce the height and scale of the building on Macomb and strengthen the building’s presence on Wisconsin; (5) eliminating areaways, (6) reducing the extent of glass for a higher proportion of masonry, and (7) considering how the design of the building could made more specific to its site and the historic district through the use of materials, color or other characteristics.  Vote:  7-0. 

HISTORIC LANDMARK/16TH STREET AND 14TH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICTS
Scottish Rite Temple, 1733 16th Street NW, HPA 18-668, concept/new construction, apartment building. 
The Board concurred with the resolution of the ANC and found the general concept for new construction and subdivision compatible with the landmark, the 16th Street and the 14th Street historic districts, but that the following work was needed to improve the proposal’s compatibility: (1) the floor-to-floor heights should be reduced on all levels, including the height of the penthouse; (2) the proportion of glazing was too high and the windows should be more residential in character; (3) the corner elements should be redesigned, with study of reducing the extent of glazing, improving the proportions of the projections, and pulling back the S Street corner element and its penthouse to open up views to and to provide a more deferential relationship to the temple; (4) there should be more variety overall in the building mass and height, and pulling the building forward to the building line and increasing the depth of the projections should be considered; (5) the intent of relating the color of cladding materials to the neighborhood is appropriate but the specific materials shown appear too dark; (6) the stair to the basement areaway should be relocated to the courtyard so that it is not visible from public street view; (7) portions of the building should come directly to the ground and for those portions with areaways, the landscape plan should be developed to screen the areaway and guardrails, and to provide the impression from the sidewalk that the building sits on a base surrounded by foundation plantings; (8) the new square windows in the alley building should be eliminated; and (9) a north-south through-block connection or park area and improved views of the back of the temple should be considered.  The project should return to the ANC and Board for further review when ready.  Vote:  7-0

BLOOMINGDALE HISTORIC DISTRICT
1634 North Capitol Street NW, HPA 18-556, revised concept/new construction. 
The Board found the revised concept to be improved in its compatibility with the Bloomingdale Historic District, and that the option that called for a setback for the southern portion of the fourth floor was found to be appropriate in deferring to the landmark firehouse.  The plans should continue to be developed to reduce the proportions of the top floor, reduce the height of the penthouse to 10 feet, and to refine the detailing, and the project should be resubmitted for the Board’s final review when ready.  The Board gave great weight to the resolution of the ANC that expressed concerns about the design but acknowledged that some of the changes made since the project was presented to the ANC appeared to address those concerns, and that the project could be reviewed again by the ANC prior to returning for final Board approval.  Vote:  5-0.  

CONSENT CALENDAR 
The Board approved the following on the Consent Calendar on November 15 by a vote of 5-0. 

CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT
423 4th Street SE, HPA 18-671, concept/three-story rear addition.

U STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT
1737 11th Street NW; HPA 19-042, concept/demolish garage; alter rear windows.

The Board approved the following on the Consent Calendar on November 29 by a vote of 7-0. 
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS HISTORIC DISTRICT
2009 18th Street NW, HPA 18-621, concept/one-story addition with central courtyard. 
___________ 
Transcripts of this Historic Preservation Review Board Meetings may be purchased from the court reporting agency that covered this hearing – Olender Reporting, Inc. (202) 898-1108, www.olenderreporting.com ,or info@OlenderReporting.com . Copies of individual staff reports that are prepared in advance of the hearing are posted on our website at https://planning.dc.gov  



Bruce Yarnall • Historic Preservation Operations Manager
DC Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650 • Washington, DC 20024
202.442.8835
planning.dc.gov

pop-up restaurant at Big Bear -- Little Donna's -- Friday, 12-07-2018

See this 12-03-2018 message:

Big Bear is bringing in a new chef who's doing a restaurant pop-up.

Here is an article from Eater about him and what he is up to: https://bloomingdaleneighborhood.blogspot.com/2018/12/learn-more-about-little-donnas-new.html



seeking donations for the Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden

See this 12-05-2018 message:

From: Joshua Mathews
Sent: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 2:37 PM
Subject: Request - Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden


Scott,

A group of us in the neighborhood are working a fundraising effort for the Tricia McCauley Memorial Herb Garden in LeDroit Park on the outskirts of Common Good City Farm.  

Attached are some reference materials to further illustrate what we are attempting to finalize.  Can I trouble you to share in your next distribution?  

Thank you for your time and attention to this. 

Respectfully,

Josh Mathews 




fine art, jewelry, poinsettias and more -- at St. George's Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar and Cafe -- Saturday, 12-08-2018

See this event announcement from St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW: