Saturday, March 23, 2019

the Bloomingdale Community Day, Yard Sale & Taste of Bloomingdale needs volunteers!

From: Tynesia Hand-Smith
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:00 AM
Subject: Calling All Volunteers! The Bloomingdale Community Day, Yard Sale and Taste of Bloomingdale Needs Volunteers!

The Community Day Planning for 2019 is underway!
The next step is to get our committees organized and moving!

The Main Event is scheduled for
Saturday May 18, 2019
9am-3pm (set up starts at 7am)


 Volunteers Needed to Collect Signatures-we are gathering signatures
in order to secure our special event permit for the community day
-needs to start NOW!
This team needs to mobilize soon!  TO HELP, please email  
subject: volunteer-signature team
Please be sure to list the areas where you can help.  

Yard Sale Committee and Day Of Tasks--collection of  furniture donations
for CADC table, staffing of the CADC table, band, tables, chairs,
potty rental, vendor registrations, ticket booth, grill set up  and staff,
pick up food donations, pick up ice, goodwill truck for end of day pick up,
volunteers for day of, etc....

Taste of Bloomingdale Committee--restaurant round-up and set up tables on the day of

Sponsors Committee--donations from businesses, individuals or organizations,
set up sponsor tables on the day of

Advertising--social media, print, poster hanging in neighborhood

Snack Shack Committee--Costco shopping, food donations, snack shack set up,
staffing and clean up

CADC YARD SALE TABLE---collection +
storing of donated goods prior to event day

New/Updated ideas from last year that we may see again----
we need volunteers to help organize

face painting
kids yoga
dog show

Thanks Bloomingdale!

starting five weeks from today: Home Apothecary Program coordinated by Common Good City Farm

Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:03 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Learn how to use herbs medicinally in our upcoming Home Apothecary Program [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Josephine Chu included below]

Hi Everyone,

Learn how to use herbs medicinally in our upcoming Home Apothecary Program.

This 8-month herbal medicine program from April to November is a hands-on introduction to herbalism. Meeting once per month, participants will tend a garden together, explore the basic concepts of herbalism, and make lots of herbal preparations to bring home and to share with the Common Good community. The home apothecary program offers a unique opportunity to learn about using herbs while working directly with the plants and developing connection to the land and ecosystem we call home. This program will be taught by Holly Poole-Kavana of Little Red Bird Botanicals. 
Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Many thanks,
Josephine Chu
Program & Outreach Manager
Common Good City Farm
V Street between 2nd & 4th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-7513 (office)
631-355-2348 (cell)
mailing address: PO Box 26030 Washington, DC 20001
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Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Saturday 3/23 & Sunday 3/24/2019

5 U St NW is offered at $850,000.
The featured open house is for a Victorian House in Bloomingdale. The agents representing the seller are Jeff Taylor and Matt Koerber with TTR Sotheby's International Realty. See the links below for more details and open house times.

SATURDAY 03/23/2019 Open House list and map

SUNDAY 03/24/2019 Open House list and map
Please note that the link shows the next scheduled open house, so if you are viewing the Sunday link on Saturday and that listing happens to be open also on Saturday, it will show the Saturday scheduled open. It should update to Sunday once the Saturday one is over, so check later to verify Sunday times. Although Bright MLS recently added an Open House report, this format remains more visual and shows the map, so I will continue to use it until they improve the Open House report format. ~Suzanne DesMarais

*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.

Friday, March 22, 2019

HPRB hearing date for 150 S Street NW is Thursday, 04-04-2019

Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 4:05 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
HPRB Agenda and Consent Calendar - March 28 and April 4, 2019

The Agenda and Consent Calendar for the  March 28 and April 4 meeting of the Historic Preservation Review Board is posted on the website at:  and copied at the end of this message.  Staff reports are also  posted on the website.

Project Drawings for HPRB applications are now posted on the Office of Planning website at: . Please select the "HPRB CFA Project Drawings" button and open the appropriate historic district folder. Drawings are filed by address and are in order of the date added to the website. Please send us an email if you are unable to locate specific project drawings.

Please Note:  The public meeting will begin at 9:30 am on March 28.

The following staff reports will post the week of March 25.

CLEVELAND PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT                                     

3432 Connecticut Avenue NW, HPA 19-209, concept/two-story roof addition and site  alteration


150 S Street NW, HPA 19-233, concept/new construction on four lots


Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting

March 28 and April 4, 2019

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.            Rose Lees Hardy School, 1550 Foxhall Road NW, Case 18-10


B.            124 11th St SE, HPA 19-137, concept/rear and rooftop additions

C.            522 6th Street SE, HPA 19-189, concept/rear two-story addition


D.            1732 P Street NW, HPA 19-168, concept/second-story garage addition


E.            2801-2805 M Street NW, HPA 19-170, permit/subdivision to combine two lots into one


F.            1853 Irving Street NW, HPA 19-181, concept/raze garage, construct patio, fence and gate


G.           512 10th Street NW, HPA 19-100, revised concept/alterations and roof addition


                9:00-9:30   EXECUTIVE SESSION


1.            9:30-10:15      Holy Redeemer College, 3112 7th Street NE, Case 19-04


2.            10:15-11:15    1656-1658 Park Road NW, HPA 19-208, permit/construct second story on garage; subdivision to combine two buildings and their lots; alterations

3.            11:15-12:00    1835 Irving Street NW, HPA 19-224, concept/attic addition and roof deck

                12:00-1:00      LUNCH BREAK


4.            1:00-1:45        209 C Street SE, HPA 19-218, concept/site and building alterations


5.            1:45-2:30         620 C Street SE, HPA 19-222, concept/façade alterations and third story addition

14TH STREET HISTORIC DISTRICT                                              

6.            2:30-3:15         1340 Corcoran Street NW, HPA 19-069, permit/trellis structure in front yard


7.            3:15-4:00           1225 11th Street NW, HPA 19-210, concept/fourth floor addition



CLEVELAND PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT                                     

8.            9:00-9:45      3432 Connecticut Avenue NW, HPA 19-209, concept/two-story roof addition and site alteration

TAKOMA PARK HISTORIC DISTRICT                                          

9.            9:45-10:30      220 Aspen Street NW, HPA 19-166, concept/rear addition


10.          10:30-11:15    150 S Street NW, HPA 19-233, concept/new construction on four lots


11.          11:15-12:30    1313 11th Street NW, HPA 19-145, concept/rear and partial fourth floor addition              

                12:30-1:30      LUNCH BREAK


12.          1:30-2:15       4866 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Spring Valley Shopping Center, HPA 19-207, concept/erect seasonal temporary enclosures

KALORAMA TRIANGLE HISTORIC DISTRICT                                            

13.          2:15-3:00       2322 19th Street NW, HPA 19-167, concept/new garage with accessory dwelling unit

DUPONT CIRCLE HISTORIC DISTRICT                                        

14.          3:00-3:45       1746 Q Street NW, HPA 19-172, concept/two-story addition and roof addition

15.          3:45-4:30       1613 S Street NW, HPA 19-216, concept/rear and roof additions

16.          4:30-5:00       1739 Q Street NW, HPA 19-219, permit/one-story rooftop addition plus deck

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

what's up at Showtime Lounge tonight? tropical sleaze that's sure to please

See this tweet:

the first 2019 history walking tour around the perimeter of McMillan Park including a walk through Bloomingdale starting near Big Bear -- Saturday, 03-23-2019

See this message:

Preserve, restore, and reopen McMillan Park for the people.

Join us for a history walking tour around McMillan Park on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00am (rain date: Sun. Mar. 24th) - our first tour of 2019!

Dear Friend of McMillan Park,
          About ten days from now on Saturday, March 23rd, we will be 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 hosted in 2017 and 2018 that were very well attended and enjoyed!  The weather we hope will be ideal for such a walking tour.  This is our first tour of 2019.  We hope to have about four tours per year though no dates for subsequent tours. Space still available!
          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 to three hours or so and will start at the triangular park opposite the Big Bear Café (located at the corner of 1st St. and R St. NW) on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:00am (rain date Sun. Mar. 24th 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 those same photos!
          Please register by sending an email to or calling Kirby at 202 213-2690.  We are limiting the tour to 30 people or so 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 from demolition 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 returned to the D.C. Court of Appeals on January 22nd
  to present oral arguments challenging the District's proposed demolition of the site.
  Now we anxiously await the court's decision, both for that most recent hearing and
  another hearing on October 17th, which of course we hope will be in our favor, or rather
  in McMillan Park's favor. We have no idea when the court's decision will come out, or if
  the court will decide to combine both the zoning appeal and the historic preservation
  appeal into one decision.  

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.
Contribute to the Save McMillan Park Legal Fund


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Our mailing address is:
Friends of McMillan Park
16 Franklin Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Ward 5 Report: Uplifting our community through action

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:55 PM
Ward 5 Report: Uplifting our community through action


When we come together to uplift our community, we, through action, demonstrate love for our city. More importantly, we communicate our enduring commitment to the health and safety of District residents. During a time in the District when our youngest residents are confronted with the realities of a rapidly changing city and traumatized by the presence of violence, unified civic engagement is critical.

On March 9th I assisted the Carver Terrace community with a pre-spring cleanup on M Street NE. This effort was successful because of the government agencies and, most importantly, the residents who readily participated. Over the years, I have also joined with different neighbors to walk through the community and identify how we can improve it. Yesterday, neighbors demonstrated a commitment to the community as dozens of residents joined me for a walkthrough. This type of civic engagement sets a high expectation of residents, District agencies, and elected officials. Although a community clean up or walkthrough may appear to be an insignificant undertaking, the impact of these activities has a tremendously positive influence on young people. Our actions and investment in necessary resources demonstrate that we are dedicated to the health and safety of our young people and our community at large. Together we can change our communities and make our voices heard. I am calling on us all to continue to unify and work together to bring about the change we want to see.

In service,


Tune in to Hear CM McDuffie on The Politics Hour Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, March 22, Councilmember McDuffie will be a guest on The Politics Hour with Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood. Tune in to 88.5 FM WAMU or stream online Friday at 12:30 PM.

Kenyan in the Community

March with McDuffie in the DC Emancipation Day Parade - April 13

Glow Up Party at Brentwood Rec - March 28

Design your own custom T-shirts and jewelry to sparkle, shimmer, glitter and shine while performing a dance to the latest tunes in the dark. Ages: 9 - 14 yrs. Lite refreshments will be served.

DATE: March 28, 2019
TIME: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Brentwood Recreation Center, 2311 14th Street NE

DCPS Spring Break Camp