Thursday, January 23, 2020

come to this Saturday's North Capitol Deckover Forum to see the highly awaited architectural renderings of the North Capitol Promenade

See this 01-13-2020 press release regarding the North Capitol Street Deckover project:


                           

North Capitol Street Needs Assessment Study on the agenda of the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting -- Monday, 01-27-2020

See the agenda below for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting on Monday, 01-27-2020, at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

Here is the link to NoMaBID's North Capitol Street Needs Assessment Study.


Ms. Merritt's Parents Heart Circle at Big Bear Cafe -- Saturday, 01-25-2020

See this 01-20-2020 message:

From: Merritt Wuchina
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 8:55 PM
Subject: Parent's Heart Circle at Big Bear this Saturday - Ms. Merritt micro-schooling

This Saturday, come join us for a dish and discussion at Big Bear as a part of our monthly offering of a Parent's Heart Circle. 

This is like a support group, but more. We will offer a safe container of holding, heart, and mutuality. Our method is based on cutting-edge social technology that enables us to better learn how to survive, connect, and open ourselves to a new way of being in community.

We ask that you bring questions and concerns to voice during this time. Civilized rules of engagement and a safe container of confidentiality are maintained by the moderator.

Location: Big Bear 
Or call: +1(202) 671-0889 

Ms. Merritt
+1 (202) 671-0889
globally-minded, whole-child, home micro-schooling


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

WBJ post on DC Court of Appeals issuing an injunction from starting any work at McMillan

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Business Journal post:

Appeals court indefinitely bars demolition at McMillan site


Jan 22, 2020, 12:09pm EST
Don’t expect to see any earth moving at the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant anytime soon — a D.C. court has barred any demolition on the site for the foreseeable future in yet another, perhaps predictable, setback for the development.

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals issued an injunction last week to indefinitely prohibit the project’s backers — a team of Trammell Crow, EYA and Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners, plus the District — from starting any work on the massive site indefinitely.

The developers and D.C. officials sought to clear one of the many legal hurdles plaguing the project earlier this month, looking to a D.C. Superior Court judge to slap down a challenge to issued demolition permits and finally allow some work at McMillan to begin.
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Bloomingdale Civic Association traffic calming resolution to DDOT regarding Florida Avenue from Georgia Avenue NW to New York Avenue NE

See this Bloomingdale Civic Association resolution:

"resolution requesting a traffic safety assessment and traffic calming plan for Florida Avenue between Georgia Avenue NW and New York Avenue NE"



  

want to see the architectural renderings for the North Capitol Promenade project? come to Saturday's North Capitol Street Deckover forum

See this 01-13-2020 press release regarding the North Capitol Street Deckover project:


                           

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting agenda -- Monday, 01-27-2020

See the agenda below for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting on Monday, 01-27-2020, at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.


Bacio Pizzeria reports that Amax Cleaner was robbed

See this tweet:


Chris_TBM encourages you to support the local businesses impacted by the DC Water project

See these tweets:


ANC5E meeting -- tonight, Tuesday, 01-21-2020

See the agenda for the next ANC5E meeting on Tuesday, 01-21-2020:

Monday, January 20, 2020

Parent's Heart Circle -- Ms. Merritt micro-schooling at Big Bear Cafe -- Saturday, 01-25-2020

See this 01-20-2020 message:

From: Merritt Wuchina
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 8:55 PM
Subject: Parent's Heart Circle at Big Bear this Saturday - Ms. Merritt micro-schooling

This Saturday, come join us for a dish and discussion at Big Bear as a part of our monthly offering of a Parent's Heart Circle. 

This is like a support group, but more. We will offer a safe container of holding, heart, and mutuality. Our method is based on cutting-edge social technology that enables us to better learn how to survive, connect, and open ourselves to a new way of being in community.

We ask that you bring questions and concerns to voice during this time. Civilized rules of engagement and a safe container of confidentiality are maintained by the moderator.

Location: Big Bear 
Or call: +1(202) 671-0889 

Ms. Merritt
+1 (202) 671-0889
globally-minded, whole-child, home micro-schooling



Ward 5 CM McDuffie: See the Ward 5 delegation at today's MLK Day Parade

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie 
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 2:54 PM
Subject: See the Ward 5 delegation in today's MLK Day Parade


Neighbors,

Today we commemorate the life and legacy of an American hero and civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. People across the District and the country will step up to lend a hand or attend an event in remembrance. Earlier today, I joined with residents from across the District marching in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade.

I was proud to meet Martin Luther King, III, and lead a Ward 5 delegation that included students from Catholic University, Dunbar High School, and Brookland Middle School, as well as members of the Ward 5 Cure Violence team and Ward 5 residents.


Thank you to those who were able to join us today and those who marked the day in another way.

In service,

Kenyan
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MPD: Robbery of an Establishment on the 1800 block of 1st Street NW

See this tweet:


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Honoring Dr. King today.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

reminder: the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting is Monday, 01-27-2020 (and not Monday, 01-20-2020, Dr. MLK Jr. Day)

This is a reminder that the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting is on Monday, 01-27-2020 -- the fourth Monday in January.

The third Monday of January -- 02-20-2020 -- is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Note that in February, the BCA meeting will be held on Monday, 02-24-2020, and not Monday, 02-17-2020, Washington's Birthday.

The BCA will resume its usual third Monday of the month meeting date in March 2020.

Mark your calendars!




 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

availability of 2nd edition of the Bloomingdale Village Square history timeline booklet

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2020 2:45 PM
Subject:
Announcement re Availability of 2nd EDiTION == BVS timeline History Booklet. WBVS

Attached for posting on listserv and blog is announcement of history booklet's release and availability.  Thanks much.

Bertha
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Bertha G., Holliday, PhD & Associates, LLC
Independent Consultant (Diversity Assessment, Planning, Implementation & Evaluation)
49 T Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-491-3996

Co- Director
Bloomingdale Village Square Project
"Building Community Identity & Sense of Place"
www.bloomingdalecivicassociation.org

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC
www.berthaholliday.com
5E07@anc.dc.gov.

Fellow, American Psychological Association


Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for Sat 1-18 and Sun 1-19-2020

68 R St NW is offered at $1,049,900.
The featured open house is a Victorian rowhouse in Historic Bloomingdale. The agent representing the seller is Nathan Guggenheim with Washington Fine Properties. 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.

come get caught up on the North Capitol Promenade project -- Saturday, 01-25-2020

See this 01-13-2020 press release regarding the North Capitol Street deckover project:


                           

Friends of McMillan Park and Kirby Vining: "D.C. Court of Appeals Grants Injunction Halting McMillan Demolition"

See this 01-16-2020 message:
      
From: HistoricWashington@groups.io
On Behalf Of Kirby Vining
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:23 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashingtonDC]
D.C. Court of Appeals Grants Injunction Halting McMillan Demolition

A note from Friends of McMillan Park and Kirby Vining:

Today (Thursday, January 16, 2020), the D.C. Court of Appeals granted the injunction Friends of McMillan Park requested to halt demolition activity at McMillan until our appeals case is heard.  We are appealing the D.C. Superior Court January 10th decision that denied our injunction request but did find that the District has not complied with the Appeals Court’s 
May 2019 instructions to prove the financial ability to complete the entire project.
                
Today's court order, in case No. 20-AA-25, states, in part,                     

"...that to permit the court to consider these matters, an administrative injunction is hereby imposed on any demolitions permitted by the demolition permit issued for the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, including ((permits numbered)) D1600819 and F1800040, and no demolition shall occur until further order of this court." 

We filed an appeal with the Appeals Court immediately after the ruling by the Superior Court on January 10th denying our request for an injunction, and we included a request for an injunction from the Appeals Court pending ruling by that court.   

In earlier emails we identified the specific language in the May 2019 Appeals Court's decision prohibiting demolition or the issuance of a demolition permit until the specified financial conditions had been presented and independently verified by DCRA -- which, we contend (and the Superior Court agrees) has not been done.  

So we're back before the same court that issued the instructions (that have been ignored) requiring proof of the financial ability to complete the entire project.  Recall that we tried to appeal the August 16, 2019 issuance of the demolition permit to the Appeals Court, but Appeals sent us down to Superior Court.  So we’re back where we originated this case, and that looks like a very good thing.        

There is no hearing date for Appeals Court arguments set yet, still a lot of briefings being submitted by the parties to the case, but we'll advise of any further progress.

Kirby Vining




1904 photo of old Gage School at 2nd and V Street NW

See these tweets:


Bloomingdale's Natalie Hopkinson: "Join music lover, author, and activist Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and explore how go-go music can inspire a social movement"

See this tweet:


Friday, January 17, 2020

Artist Talk featuring Lory Ivey Alexander at Creative Grounds -- Saturday, 02-01-2020

See this Facebook post:


01-21-2020 ANC5E meeting agenda includes Bloomingdale Civic Association grant re-presentation

See the agenda for the next ANC5E meeting on Tuesday, 01-21-2020:

help take down the holiday lights at Crispus Attucks Park -- Saturday, 01-18-2020

See this 01-15-2020 message:

"Hi neighbors! It's time to take down the beautiful holiday lights in Crispus Attucks Park (thanks to all who came out to hang them in December). Please join us in the park Saturday afternoon from 2-3 pm and lend a hand--many hands make light work!"



want to learn what Ms. Merritt's micro-schooling is all about? virtual office hours on Saturday, 01-18-2020

Hello everyone,

We are excited and invigorated by the support and questions that we are receiving. 

The more we get to talk, write, and speak out about it, the more our ideas grow and develop. We invite you to ask questions at our Virtual Monthly Group Office Hour or set up an individual 20-minute Free Consultation.

Our network has been asking...
  • What exactly is micro-schooling about? 
  • How would this work in Bloomingdale? 
  • Isn't this just another program like Montessori? 
  • How much does your program cost? 
  • What if I can't afford the costs listed on your website? 
  • What time of day will it take place? 
  • Is this a program for play-dates, field trips, or online learning? 
  • Do I have to pull my kids out of school to join this program? 
  • How can my kids learn a foreign language through this program?
  • Can you meet me and some parents from my neighborhood in-person to see if this will work for us? 
  • I don't have any children myself, but I am in support of what you're doing. I'd like to learn more, and see how I can be of support. 
Come join us this Saturday to find out more! 

Monthly Group Office Hour - Saturday @11:00am - 12:00pm EST 
The drop-in hour for questions 
An open place to ask questions in an online group setting for those currently working with us, or anyone who is curious about what we do. Offered every 3rd Friday of the month.  Group size limited to 8 people at a time. 

Sign-up requested in advance, but drop-ins welcomed as well. 

To RSVP: https://msmerritt.as.me/groupofficehours
Or call:+1 (202) 671-0889
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/294014497?pwd=eGZmTEd6NzZSWUJaT2RZYTJOUnc5UT09

Free Consultation - @by request 
20-minute chat on your lunch break
RSVP required https://msmerritt.as.me/freeconsultation
Or call: +1 (202) 671-0889

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely, 

Merritt 
Ms. Merritt
whoismsmerritt.com 
+1 (202) 671-0889
globally-minded, whole-child, home micro-schooling

meet Bishop Mariann Budde at St. George's Episcopal Church -- Sunday, 01-19-2020

See this 01-13-2020 announcement from St. George's Episcopal Church:





Thursday, January 16, 2020

Save McMillan Action Coalition / DC for Reasonable Development: McMillan Park demolition stopped by court

From: WARD5@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 5:06 PM
To: Ward 5 Yahoo Group ; Dcgpcsteering ; Yahoogroups ; historicwashington@groups.io
Subject: [WARD5] Fwd: Press Alert:
MCMILLAN PARK DEMOLITION STOPPED BY COURT

>> PRESS ALERT << Save McMillan Action Coalition / DC for Reasonable Development
Contact Linwood Norman, 202-656-3012


McMillan Park Supporters Stop Demolition; Hearing to Revoke Permits Tomorrow at OAH; DCRA Intransigence Providing Information

Today, January 16, 2020, the DC Court of Appeals granted an injunction to Friends of McMillan Park stopping Mayor Bowser from demolishing McMillan Park.  The injunction is granted, "to permit the Court to consider these matters . . . and no demolition shall occur until further order of this court."
Tomorrow, the DC Office of Administrative Hearings will hear a request by members of the Save McMillan Action Coalition / DC for Reasonable Development asking the OAH to summarily revoke the demolition permits as prematurely & illegally issued by DCRA, starting at 10:15AM in Suite 450 South, 441 4th Street NW.










McMillan Park supporters are just now getting documents they have requested for months that are supposed to be public from DCRA showing how neighbors and the water reservoir near McMillan Park will be protected during the proposed 2-year removal and demolition of the 20-acre historically protected water cistern structure underneath the park. 
“They are inadequate, late, and non responsive to the adverse impact on the health and well-being of McMillan Park neighbors, children, and the elderly,” said Mel Peffers, a McMillan Park neighbor, plaintiff, and air quality expert, of DCRA’s documents relied on for permit issuance.

Opponents of the demolition cite dust blowing off the site now and the possibility that the 1.3 million cubic feet of concrete used in the construction of the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant may likely have asbestos embedded in it.

Mayor Bowser has been trying to push a massive 2+million square foot luxury residential and commercial development project on top of McMillan Park since she arrived into office, ignoring the effects of an extra 20,000 vehicle trips the project will generate daily and promoting 500+ luxury condos with very little affordability, 3000 parking spaces, a recreation center, and a small green area located near DC Water’s 1st Street Tunnel project on the site.

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