Wednesday, November 14, 2018

agenda for the Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 11-19-2018

See the agenda for this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, 7:00 pm.

how do Bloomingdale’s two voting precincts 19 and 135 rank with Ward 5’s other precincts in the November 2018 DC election? --> Bloomingdale falls within the top 1/3 of all Ward 5 precincts

The DC Board of Elections has updated its election results data with absentee and special ballots. 

The DC BOE November 2018 election results were updated today at 

See this analysis of how Bloomingdale compares with Ward 5's other precincts. 

Ward 5 precinct voting results - Tuesday, 11/06/2018
Here is the link to the Ward 5 voting precinct map:   
Ward 5 has 18 voting precincts.  

Bloomingdale is covered by two of the 18 Ward 5 precincts.
Bloomingdale is covered by Precinct 19 "south Bloomingdale" and Precinct 135 "north Bloomingdale".
Note that the ballots cast in Bloomingdale's two precincts are in the top 1/3 of the 18 Ward 5 precincts.
In precinct # order
Precinct Ballots cast
19 2251
44 1527
66 2949
67 1874
68 1323
69 1337
70 996
71 1447
72 2084
73 1336
74 2525
75 2506
76 754
77 1722
78 1394
79 918
135 1965
139 1532
In descending ballots cast order
Precinct Ballots cast
66 2949
74 2525
75 2506
19 2251
72 2084
135 1965
67 1874
77 1722
139 1532
44 1527
71 1447
78 1394
69 1337
73 1336
68 1323
70 996
79 918
76 754

creative design trash containers in the alley

See this Instagram message:

Humans Telling Jokes back at Crisp Kitchen and Bar -- Thursday, 11-15-2018

See this tweet:

10 days until Small Business Saturday (two days after Thanksgiving)

See this tweet from DSLBD:

The Unified Scene Theater's current weekly Email blast

See this tweet:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"A white nationalist with guns to his name was living in the historically black neighborhood of Bloomingdale D.C."

See this tweet:

Here is the Huffington Post article on this story:

Here is an NBC article on this story:

El Camino restaurant for sale

See these tweets:

Truxton Inn: book signing with author Philip Greene of his new book, A Drinkable Feat -- tonight, Tuesday, 11-13-2018

See this tweet:

ANC5E meeting agenda -- Tuesday, 11-20-2018

Here is the agenda for the next ANC5E meeting agenda, which will be held on Tuesday, 11-20-2018:

From: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09"">
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 7:26 AM
To: Garnett, Eddie (SMD 5E01) <5e01"">; Williams, Patricia (SMD 5E02) <5e02"">; Thomas, Bradley Ashton (SMD 5E05) <5e05"">; McClelland, Katherine (SMD 5E06) <5e06"">; Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07) <5e07"">; Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09) <5e09"">; Pinkney, Sylvia (SMD 5E04) <5e04"">; Sierra, Horacio (SMD 5E08) <5e08"">; Powell, Hannah (SMD 5E03) <5e03"">;;; Jones, Nancy Darlene (ANC 5E10) <5e10 .anc="""">
Cc: Charlena Brooks
Posting of ANC5E Agenda

Community Awareness:  Please review and share.

Respectfully Submitted By,

 C. Dianne Barnes, Commissioner
 Cell: 202-409-7155

tonight: Orchids Workshop with Rock Paper Plant -- from Common Good City Farm

See this Facebook post from yesterday.

Note that this workshop is being held at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mundo Verde Padres' Play Space Campaign family happy hour at Big Bear Cafe -- Friday, 11-16-2018

See this 11-12-2018 message from the Bloomingdale Kids list at Yahoogroups:

JOIN US! Nov 16th Family Happy Hour at Big Bear Cafe

Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:30 pm (PST) . 
Posted by: Ericka

Please join us for a patio happy hour on Friday, Nov 16th from 4:00-6:30 pm at Big Bear Cafe. Big Bear will have free cookies and apples for the kids and a drink special that will benefit the Mundo Verde Padres' Play Space Campaign. Bring cash or check for a raffle which includes Big Bear gift cards!

This is a kid-friendly event so bring the whole family!

For questions, contact If you wish to support the outdoor play space campaign, you can donate HERE.
Thank you for your support.

tomorrow night at The Unified Scene Theater: The Inner Loop, A Literary Reading Series (FREE!)

Tomorrow Night at The Unified Scene Theater: The Inner Loop, A Literary Reading Series (FREE!) 

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, November 13th) at 7:30 we at The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW, Bloomingdale) are proud to host the season finale of The Inner Loop, a monthly reading series for creative writers in the Washington, D.C. metro area. And: it's free! 

Join us for some refreshments and sweets as we help close out the fifth season of TIL. Peter Streckfus-Green will be the featured reader, along with nine DC-area writers in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Get your local lit on before the holidays and mingle with the writers living and working in your neighborhood!

Readers include:                             

Fiction: Julia Tagliere-Just Scribbling, Caroline Bock, Karen Keating
Nonfiction: Garrett Schlichte, Tyrese Coleman, Linda Voss
Poetry: Terrence Sykes, Bennie Herron, J Indigo Eriksen

More info about event here. More info about The Inner Loop here

Again, that's 7:30 pm at The Unified Scene Theater. And again (again): it's free! See you then! 

Shawn and Kathy
The Unified Scene Theater
80 T Street NW, Bloomingdale 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Saturday 11/10 and Sunday 11/11/2018

117 U St NW is listed for $729,000.
The featured listing is a Victorian house in Bloomingdale. The agent representing the seller is Evelyn Branic with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. See the links below for more details and open house times.

SATURDAY 11/10/2018 Open House list and map

SUNDAY 11/11/2018 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.

a crowd assembled for today's McMillan history walking tour through Bloomingdale

See this tweet:

in two weeks, be sure to shop local in the North Capitol corridor on Small Business Saturday!

See this tweet:

four weeks from today: St. George's Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar and Cafe

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

Friday, November 09, 2018

current status of the McMillan court cases: we are waiting for the court decision regarding historic preservation to come down -- and we are waiting for the zoning court case to be scheduled in 2019

See this NextDoor post and comments:

1634 North Capitol Street NW on the Thursday, 11-29-2018, HPRB hearing

Sent: Friday, November 9, 2018 4:42 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashington] HPRB Agenda and Consent Calendar - November 15 & 29, 2018

The Agenda and Consent Calendar for the November 15 and November 29 meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Board is posted on the website at: 
and copied at the end of this message.  Staff reports are posted on the website.

Please Note:  Staff reports for the following November 29 cases will post on November 13.
3219 Wisconsin Avenue NW, HPA 19-041, concept/move house on lot and construct six-story addition
Scottish Rite Temple, 1733 16th Street NW, HPA 18-668, concept/new construction, apartment building
1634 North Capitol Street NW, HPA 18-556, revised concept/new construction 

Historic Preservation Review Board Meetings
November 15 and 29, 2018 
The Historic Preservation Review Board will meet to consider the following items.  The meeting will be held at 441 4th Street NW in Room 220-South.  Applicants and those interested in testifying should arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the assigned time for the case.

A.            423 4th Street SE, HPA 18-671, concept/three-story rear addition 
B.            1737 11th Street NW; HPA 19-042, concept/demolish garage; alter rear windows


         2507 I Street NW, HPA 19-040, concept/three-story rear addition  [deferred at request of ANC]
1.            9:30-10:15           Wardman Park Annex (amendment), 2600/2660 Woodley Road NW, Case 17-10
2.  10:15-11:00         2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, HPA 19-036, expand a parking lot              
3.            11:00–12:00        710 E Street SE, HPA 18-612, concept/three-story rear addition

                12:00-1:00      LUNCH BREAK

4.            1:00-1:45          712 5th Street SE, HPA 19-038, permit/third floor and rear addition

U STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT                                       
5.            1:45-2:30          1717 11th Street NW, HPA 18-673, concept/request for property to be determined  non-contributing

6.            9:00-9:45        3300 Newark Street NW, HPA 18-534, revised concept/rear addition   [continuation of October 4th hearing] 
7.            9:45-10:30      3219 Wisconsin Avenue NW, HPA 19-041, concept/move house on lot and construct six-story addition
8.            10:30-12:00     Scottish Rite Temple, 1733 16th Street NW, HPA 18-668, concept/new construction,  apartment building

                12:00-1:30      LUNCH BREAK and BOARD TRAINING

9.       1:30-2:15    1634 North Capitol Street NW, HPA 18-556, revised concept/new construction
10.          2:15-3:00        2009 18th Street NW, HPA 18-621, concept/one-story addition with central courtyard

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

Paul Cerruti will lead the history walking tour around the perimeter of McMillan -- Saturday, 11-10-2018

From: Kirby Vining
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:28 PM
FOMP: Join us for a history walking tour around McMillan Park through the Bloomingdale neighborhood on Saturday, November 10, 2018

A notice about our planned walking tour on November 10th. 

Thank you! -Kirby


Join us for a history walking tour around McMillan Park on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00am (rain date: Sat. Nov. 17th)!

Dear Friend of McMillan Park,
          About a month from now on Saturday, November 10th, we are hosting another history walking tour through Bloomingdale and around the perimeter of McMillan Park. Once again, we are fortunate to have our neighbor and friend Paul Cerruti leading the tour.  Paul has compiled a tremendous amount of detail about the park and its role in our neighborhood through the years since it was first opened to the public. This will cover a lot of the information presented in history walks we did in 2017, and in our March, May, and September 2018 tours, that were very well attended and enjoyed!  The weather likely will be ideal for such a walking tour.  This will be our final tour for the year.  We hope to have about four tours per year and will start up when the weather gets a bit warmer in March or so, 2019. 
          The tour will showcase McMillan Park, its vistas, unique history, and connection to historic landmarks in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.  The first part of the walk will include information and bonus highlights about the history and development of Bloomingdale, much of it in anticipation of the opening of McMillan Park.
          The tour will last about two hours and will start at the triangular park opposite the Big Bear CafĂ© (located at the corner of 1st St. and R St. NW) on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00am (rain date Sat., Nov. 17th at 9:00am). Light liquid refreshments will be served and a selection of some of our favorite mounted art photos of McMillan Park offered for sale at the end of the tour, as well as some lovely greeting cards of the same photos!
          Please register by sending an email to or calling Kirby at 202 213-2690.  We are limiting the tour to 30 people to ensure all who join it can hear easily and participate fully. So please register early to guarantee that you'll be able to be part of this special day.  

          Kindly note, a suggested donation of $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the event to benefit the Friends of McMillan Park's efforts to save this registered national historic landmark is greatly appreciated.  Even if you are unable to join our tour, please consider a donation to help support these efforts.  You can donate via PayPal or Crowdrise links on the web page,, or in person with cash or credit card with FOMP's Square account on the day of the event. 

- Friends of McMillan Park returns to the D.C. Court of Appeals on October 17th at 9:30am to present oral arguments challenging the District's proposed demolition of the site this fall or winter.  The case has been expedited at our request to assure that the court has a chance to hear our arguments against demolition and, we hope, overrule the proposed demolition.  For more information on our return to court, see this link:   Please join us at court!

Friends of McMillan Park is now a part of the Amazon Smile program, allowing you to directly and automatically donate to the Friends of McMillan Park when you shop on  See this link for more information:
Thank you for your continued interest and support,

John Salatti, Kirby Vining, and Hugh Youngblood
Board of Directors, Friends of McMillan Park, Inc.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 202.213.2690.

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