Friday, December 13, 2019

come out for this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting and holiday party at St. George's

See the agenda for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:





Tuesday's ANC5E meeting: emergency funding for businesses impacted by DC Water's NEBT project

See the agenda for the next ANC5E meeting, passed along by ANC5E01 Commissioner Nick Cheolas:





Phoenix Bikes and Big Bear Cafe: Refurbished bicycle sale -- Saturday, 12-14-2019

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hosted by Heavenly Santa: Brunch with Santa Claus at Boundary Stone -- Saturday, 12-14-2019

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presentation of the planning facts around the McMillan project -- Sunday, 12-15-2019

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fun at Creative Grounds: Gingerbreadmaking party for children -- Sunday, 12-15-2019

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toy drive at Tyber Creek running through Sunday, 12-15-2019

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the Bloomingdale Civic Association actively invites you to support neighborhood businesses during the DC Water NEBT project

See this message from the Bloomingdale Civic Association:

Supporting Bloomingdale Businesses during the DC Water NEBT project

During the Season of Giving and Shop Small add #shopbloomingdale to your list by supporting a Bloomingdale Business.

The Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) project has had a negative impact on local businesses.  The construction along Rhode Island Avenue and Florida Ave impedes pedestrian access, reduces parking,  reduces ride share drop-offs, and restricts the view of  storefronts from the street.

Small businesses in Bloomingdale need our support. Bloomingdale offers a variety of retail within walking distance of our community. Types of Local Businesses in and around Bloomingdale include:

·       Convenience stores
·       Restaurants (dine-in/carryout)
·       Bars
·       Coffee shops
·       Dry cleaners
·       Wines and spirits
·       Bakeries
·       Shops and Retail

How can you help?

·       Patronize a business you don’t normally support.
·       Encourage friends, family and neighbors to support Bloomingdale businesses
·       Promote your support on social media
·       Don’t assume the “We’re Open” sign means the business is thriving

  


Thursday, December 12, 2019

whoo! 7th Annual DC Wassail in Bloomingdale, Eckington & Truxton Circle -- Saturday, 12-14-2019

After seven years in Columbia Heights and Park View, this year's DC Wassail will be in the Bloomingdale, Eckington, and Truxton Circle area! A wassail is an English holiday tradition where singers go from door to door, offering songs and good cheer in exchange for treats. We run ours a bit differently; we pre-select a few houses to go to, prepare hot drinks at those places, and show up to each with a crowd of 60-70 revelers. 

This year's wassail will be on Saturday, December 14, from about 2-5pm. We will have a short practice session at 1:30pm at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1400 7th St NW, before heading to the neighborhood. Songbooks will be provided; all you need is yourself and a travel mug! 

Our rough schedule of stops is: 2:15pm alley between Bates and Q NW, 100 block, 2:45pm unit block of R St NW, 3:15pm 1st St. between U and V NW, 3:45pm unit block of V St NW, 4:15pm 100 block of U NW, and at 4:45pm we will sing to the apple trees at Anxo Cidery & Pintxos Bar, 300 Florida Ave. NW. Our Facebook event for this year's wassail is here, and you can read a bit about us in this article in last year's Post.

a week from today: Boundary Stone's toy drive

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don't forget Tyber Creek's toy drive this week -- through Sunday, 12-15-2019

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

summary of the 11-23-2019 DC Office of Planning Ward 5 DC Comprehensive Plan forum

See this snip from ANC5E01 Commissioner Nick Cheolas regarding the DC Comprehensive Plan and Ward 5:


The Office of Planning recently hosted a forum for Ward 5 residents on the Comprehensive Plan. I've attached a summary of the 11/23 forum. More details below:

  • What is the Comp Plan?
    • The Comprehensive Plan ("Comp Plan") is a high-level guiding document that sets a positive, long-term vision for the District, through the lens of its physical growth and change.
  • How can I learn more?
  • How can I provide input? 



ANC5E meeting agenda (and holiday party) -- Tuesday, 12-17-2019

See the agenda for the next ANC5E meeting, passed along by ANC5E01 Commissioner Nick Cheolas:




Save McMillan Action Coalition + DC for Reasonable Development: Presentation on the planning facts around McMillan Park -- Sunday, 12-15-2019

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pic of package thieves -- on 2nd Street NW

See this 12-10-2019 message:

These two were spotted stealing packages in the Ledroit park and bloomingdale neighborhood.  Keep your eyes out for them. 

They are aggressive if approached.  


This photo is of them opening a package they stole on 2nd street nw.



"We had 2 men hang out in alley and shoot guns last night PM"

Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2019 4:27 PM
Subject: We had 2 men hang out in alley and shoot guns last night PM

Yesterday at 6pm 2 men hung out behind houses Seaton place NW, in the alley with T St NW, after loitering a few minutes, they took aim and fired multiple shots  toward T St.

Each had a gun.

And then they set off running toward T St.

Police came to the scene in numbers within 2 minutes, and got camera footage but the men aren’t visible in the footage.

I would urge all neighbors to be vigilant about people hanging out at your alleys, and importantly. pressure the police  at ward 3 to patrol the streets AND  alleys 

 - around Seaton Pl. NW,

 - the alleys between Seaton Pl & T St. NW, 

 - the church on T St. at the corner of North Capital - to hamper shootouts of this sort, bolder than usual considering the early evening hour, that they loitered and took aim patiently.


DCist: Bloomingdale resident and photographer Steven Cumings has "captured the last of Chocolate City"

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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for Sat 12/7 & Sun 12/8/2019

1812 North Capitol St NW #102 is offered at $685,000.
The featured open house is a condo in a converted Victorian rowhome in Bloomingdale. The agent representing the seller is Viveca Stahl-Kazarian with Keller Williams Realty. See the link below for more details and open house times.

Weekend Open Houses

*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.

ANC5E06 December 2019 newsletter

ANC5E06 Commissioner Karla Lewis has produced a December 2019 newsletter.

Here is a link to the newsletter PDF.


come out for the 7th Annual Wassail -- this year in Bloomingdale, Eckington and Truxton Circle -- Saturday, 12-14-2019

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make your reservations to have brunch with Santa at Boundary Stone -- Saturday, 12-14-2019

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looking for a refurbished bicycle? visit the Phoenix Bikes refurbished bike sale at Big Bear Cafe -- Saturday, 12-14-2019

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Friday, December 06, 2019

Barred in DC weighs in on the ABRA order for Pub and the People

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the DC Water Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) project is impact our Bloomingdale businesses -- please help by patronizing our businesses!

See this message from the Bloomingdale Civic Association:

Supporting Bloomingdale Businesses during the DC Water NEBT project

During the Season of Giving and Shop Small add #shopbloomingdale to your list by supporting a Bloomingdale Business.

The Northeast Boundary Tunnel (NEBT) project has had a negative impact on local businesses.  The construction along Rhode Island Avenue and Florida Ave impedes pedestrian access, reduces parking,  reduces ride share drop-offs, and restricts the view of  storefronts from the street.

Small businesses in Bloomingdale need our support. Bloomingdale offers a variety of retail within walking distance of our community. Types of Local Businesses in and around Bloomingdale include:

·       Convenience stores
·       Restaurants (dine-in/carryout)
·       Bars
·       Coffee shops
·       Dry cleaners
·       Wines and spirits
·       Bakeries
·       Shops and Retail

How can you help?

·       Patronize a business you don’t normally support.
·       Encourage friends, family and neighbors to support Bloomingdale businesses
·       Promote your support on social media
·       Don’t assume the “We’re Open” sign means the business is thriving

  


CM McDuffie's Ward 5 Report: "Walking With Residents Across Ward 5"

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Friday, December 6, 2019 10:07 AM
Subject:
Ward 5 Report: Walking With Residents Across Ward 5















Neighbors,

While there is always work to be done at the Wilson Building, it is equally important to be in the neighborhoods talking to residents and business owners, hearing their concerns, answering questions, and discussing solutions.

That’s exactly what I was doing last week when I joined the Mayor, ANCs, and community members on a
walk-through of the Edgewood community. We observed an alley with numerous issues including abandoned cars and illegal dumping, which District agencies were able to document and schedule for clean up on the spot. I also talked to small business owners suffering from the construction at 4th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE and was able to get a commitment from the Mayor to build on my previous work to support these small businesses so they will continue to be around after the construction is over.

Later that evening, I
walked with residents of the Fort Lincoln community where we discussed increased vehicular traffic and the residents' desire for more traffic claming measures to support people walking or biking around Fort Lincoln Park and the recreation center. We also had the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) on hand with us to address recent increases in break-ins the community is experiencing and how MPD can help.

In addition to these walk-throughs, I have also attended
ANC 5C’s November meetingSingle Member District ANC 5C07 meeting, and North Michigan Park’s December gathering. As we move into 2020, I will be attending more of these events to hear directly to Ward 5 residents, so stay tuned. 

In service,

Kenyan












Ward 5 Holiday Party








Please join us for an array of options from Ward 5 restaurants and small businesses, children's activities, entertainment, and a special visit from Santa.

If you are able, we ask that you bring a new, unwrapped children's toy, which will be donated to Women’s Wing, an organization that will provide them for children of incarcerated parents.









Councilmember McDuffie Statement on Recent Incidents of Gun Violence in Ward 5





"The night of Tuesday, December 3rd there was another shooting in Ward 5; it was the fifth act of gun violence in Ward 5 over the past two weeks. As a neighbor, a father, and your representative, I am both outraged and heartbroken that these acts continue to happen in our community. When these incidents happen, they can make us feel vulnerable and scared. We all deserve to live in a community where we feel safe. 
 
I have been in constant communication with MPD and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) since last night’s shooting on the 2300 block of Rhode Island Avenue. From what I have gathered, the recent violence stems from an ongoing conflict between multiple rival groups within Ward 5 and was not connected in any way to the businesses located along Rhode Island Avenue. 
 
I share your concerns and want to share some of the work I have been doing to address the recent violence. I have called for an immediate increase in police presence within the targeted neighborhoods and an expeditious deployment of violence prevention resources.

I have worked with the mayor to ensure ONSE has additional funding to hire violence intervention specialists and outreach workers within the impacted neighborhoods where violence has been most prevalent. Last week, I did two community walk throughs with MPD, ONSE, and other agencies to talk with residents, identify trouble spots and talk through collective actions we can take. Today, I have spent my time listening to resident concerns and going door to door speaking with business owners along Rhode Island Avenue. 
 
Additionally, I will be hosting a series of community conversations in the coming weeks to answer questions and discuss matters in more detail. Once determined, details regarding these meetings will be shared broadly and provided to ANCs, civic associations, and posted to neighborhood listservs. Please share this information with your neighbors and contact my office at 202-724-8028 with any questions."







Kenyan in the News





Councilmember McDuffie recently spoke with DCist about legislation to help three local small businesses purchase the building they occupy in Anacostia. He said, “If we’re serious about providing economic opportunity to people who help to build the District to what it is today, we have to take these steps to help prevent important businesses and institutions from being forced out of the city.”







Kenyan in the Community
























Dunbar High School Wins 50th Turkey Bowl















Edgewood Recreation Center Now OPEN!








After years of advocating and through many budget cycles, we now have a new state-of-the-art recreation center in Edgewood, on the site of the old field house. The recreation center started operating this week and is open from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday through Friday and 10:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday. While a formal ribbon cutting will follow later this month, everything but the football field is currently open to DC residents. (Anticipated completion of the field in March/April 2020)







Florida Ave-New York Ave NE Intersection &
Florida Ave NE Streetscape Projects
Open House - December 10





The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, to discuss priority projects on Florida Avenue NE. DDOT will provide updates on:
  • The Preliminary (30%) Design of the Florida Avenue-New York Avenue NE Intersection Project (“Dave Thomas Circle”);
  • The post-construction data collection for the Florida Avenue NE Interim Safety Improvement Project, which was completed in September 2019; and
  • The Updated (65%) Design of Florida Avenue NE Streetscape Project from 2nd Street NE to H Street NE.
This Open House is an opportunity for residents to engage directly with DDOT staff to facilitate one-on-one conversations and receive answers for specific questions. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the latest key design elements, ask questions, and provide feedback to inform the designs.

DATE: December 10, 2019
TIME: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (brief presentations at 6:20 pm and 7:20 pm)
LOCATION: New Samaritan Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 1100 Florida Avenue NE

For more information about the project, please visit the project website
www.floridaaveproject.com.







EdFest - December 14











Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street Holiday Market - December 14








Join the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street for their 5th Annual Procrastinator's Holiday Market. Featuring 30+ local arts and crafts, vendors, entertainment, holiday card-making station, photos with Santa, and more!
DATE: December 14, 2019
TIME: 12pm-8pm
LOCATION: Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE
Additional details here








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