Saturday, April 30, 2011

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for 05/01/2011

To make up for last Sunday's sparse open house schedule, there's plenty to visit this week. Here is the list. Here is the same information in a map format with directions. To see details about each open house, scroll over the push pins on the map.

seeking referrals for rowhouses rooftop decks

See this request:

Looking for referrals for deck contractor who has experience in building row house roof top decks. We already have DC permit and spec, but we just had to fire our current contractor due to him not being able to show up for work, so we are looking for someone to finish the job.

Friday, April 29, 2011

seeking HVAC contractor referrals

See this request:

We are looking for recommendations for an HVAC contractor to assess and possibly do some work to our system.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bloomingdale's co-op for homeschoolers

B.E.S.T. (Bloomingdale Educating Scholars Together)
Bloomingdale`s co-op for homeschoolers

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are announcing a free home school co-op that has been formed in Bloomingdale. While the purpose of home education is to allow households to provide for the education of their own children, we want to supplement this by taking advantage of the professional specializations that each adult care-giver has to offer.

The purpose will be to provide collaborative support for adult participants who are seeking to explore various homeschooling options, curriculum, etc. Of course, social interaction for the children will be a positive benefit as well.

1) Adults from each participating household provide a minimum of 1 workshop or field trip relevant to their expertise per semester. Current areas of expertise and sample workshop themes include:

· Journalism (scholars could develop neighborhood newspaper)
· Biology (science labs, specimen collections)
· Political Science (field trips related to history and civics)
· Writing (sentence structure and penmanship)
· Cooking (cooking demonstrations and baking)
· Music (hand-chime choir, vocal chorus)
· French (language and culture)
· Physical education (bocce, croquet, track and field)

2) Participating EDUCATORS must be the parent/primary guardian and primary educator of one of the scholars and meet one of the following qualifications:

a) a bachelor`s degree plus three years` work experience in a professional field
b) an advanced post-baccalaureate degree

3) Participating SCHOLARS must meet the following qualifications:

a) 3 years old and up (younger siblings with adult supervision may accompany scholars)
b) only receiving education at home (i.e. - not enrolled in another school or daycare)
c) accompanied by at least 1 parent/primary guardian on field trips or at workshops
d) resident of D.C. – primary consideration given to residents of Bloomingdale (additional slots may be filled by young scholars from surrounding neighborhoods)


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

? what to do with old fans & heaters ?

See this message from a Randolph Place NW resident:

Fix-It? Give Away? I must have half a dozen electric fans and space heaters that have died in the last couple years. I hate to think of them just filling a landfill when maybe only a little something is wrong, but I really don`t need them either.

Does anyone know of a charity that might take them and presumably fix them and use them itself or sell them? I think Goodwill and Salvation Army only take working items, but I could be wrong. Or is there a fix-it-type person/handyman in the neighborhood who might take them to ``play`` with?

Thanks in advance for any guidance.

World Missions for Christ Extension Center Walk-A-Thon this Saturday, 4/30/2011

Reminding everyone about this Saturday's Walk-A-Thon for World Missions, 1st & Randolph Place NW.

See John Salatti's solicitation here for support, followed by the Walk-A-Thon message from Dr. JoAnn Perkins:

Hey everyone,

The World Missions Walk-a-thon to benefit neighborhood kids and build community is this Saturday. I'll be participating and I hope you will be too. But if you are not, I'd love to have you be one of my sponsors. I've pledged $100 and will add $10 for every person who makes a pledge to support me in walking the neighborhood. Just drop me an e-mail with your name, address (e-mail and street), and your pledge and I'll take it from there.

Thanks for supporting a good neighborhood cause.

John T. Salatti
Commissioner, ANC 5C04
Vice President, Bloomingdale Civic Association
(202) 986 - 2592
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

From: Joann Perkins
Date: Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 1:33 AM

Hello all, we need your help in raising funds for our walk-a-thon, please come and walk with me, the kids and friends.

Walk For The Extension Center
World Missions Extension Center’s
1st Community Walk-a-thon

For more Information
Call the Extension Center,
202 - 387 - 3082
Or Email
Also, visit us on the Internet at

What is it?

A walk-a-thon to raise funds for the resource rallies that we sponsor each year on behalf of children, youth and families living in inner-city neighborhoods.

How will the money be used?

All the money raised by individuals participating in the walk will be used:
- In June, Scholarships to 10 senior high School Students needing finances to go to college
- In August, Back Packs and School Supplies for KIDS returning back to school
- In November, Thanksgiving Baskets to families in Need
- In December, toys for Needy KIDS
- Summer Camp
- Mentors/Tutors for our Job Readiness Program

Help Raise Awareness and Funds for the Extension Center’s Programs and Rallies which are designed to provide Jobs & Resources for over 426 families and their kids

April 30, 2011
Registration begins at 8:00 am
The Walk starts at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm

World Missions Extension Center (the Extension Center)
1720 First St NW
Washington DC 20011
For more information call: 202 - 387 - 3081

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

? potential bikeshare station at 1st & R I Ave NW ? Cast your vote!

Please see below the message of DDOT on the possibility to have a Bikeshare station in Bloomingdale. As one of the proposed stations is first and rhode island, I hope that you can post the message on the Bloomingdale blog and ask the people who live in the Bloomingdale area to please advocate for one on the corner of Rhode Island and first, NW.

DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has a map of proposed Bikeshare stations accessible via their website ( Under the section marked Expansion). DCers can advocate for one of the proposed stations by emailing comments to

A public meeting on future Bikeshare expansion is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th from 6pm - 8 pm in room 1107 at 441 4th Street NW.

Drum Set Needs a Home

I received an email from a new bloomingdale neighbor asking me to pass this along

I recently moved to the District and have yet to find a home for my drumset (my landlord has banned it from my new place). I am looking for a new home for it, preferably with an organization such as a school, church, or community center. I am happy to let you use it as you please, as long as I can come by a couple times per week and practice. I could also possibly play part-time with your band/friends (although a regular time commitment isn't possible for me at the moment).

I live in Bloomingdale, and am hoping to find something in the neighborhood or within biking distance.
Responsibility is a key factor - it's an expensive set and it don't want to see it get damaged or disappear! Preference will be given to community or religious organizations. 

It was also posted on Craigslist here

Monday, April 25, 2011

O Street Studios (52 O St NW) - May 7 & 8

See this message from O Street Studios artist Michelle Klagsburn:

Want to see the nice formatted version of this message? Go here: /

52 O STREET NW 11 am - 5 pm


and, the week before......enjoy a sneak preview with a tasting of rare Spanish wines.....

More information:

Also, the Tuesday Night Group has just published our 'memoir'- 'Have Faith in Magic; 25 Years of an Arts Collective in DC', and our official book launch, discussion and celebration will take place Saturday May 7th, 2-3 pm, in Micheline's Studio, as part of Open Studios.

Hope to see you at all events!

Micheline Klagsbrun Studio
52 O Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20002

Bloomingdale safety walk this Friday, 04/29/2011

See this message from ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5C,
Single Member Districts 5C03, 5C04, & 5C07

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners James Fournier, Hugh Youngblood, & John Salatti

Invite you to take part in a Bloomingdale Public Safety Walk

Be part of the solution for a safer neighborhood!

Who: You! ...and your children, dogs, friends, etc.

All are encouraged to come, regardless of where you live. We will be a strong presence in the community that says residents will not tolerate crime in our community while being friendly and welcoming to all neighbors.

When: Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Northwest corner of 1st and Rhode Island NW
(Meet in front of Windows. Dress comfortably.)

And to keep the neighborliness going, we’ll be going to Rustik afterwards for some social time.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The National Building Museum and Bloomingdale

I received this email and wanted to pass it along to all of you that might be interested in participating. The National Building Museum is one of my favorite places in DC and I'm very excited for this project.


Good afternoon-

My name is Jamee Telford and I am the Outreach Programs Manager at the National Building Museum.  I came across your Bloomingdale blog as I was doing some research on the neighborhood.  Every summer we have a program for DC area youth called Investigating Where We Live. It focuses on photography, creative writing, and exhibition design.  Students explore three different neighborhoods in DC by taking photographs of places and people that they find interesting. They meet with people who live and work in the neighborhood to gain a community perspective.  Students are then challenged to create an exhibition that expresses their view on these DC neighborhoods using all of the information they gathered during the program (photographs, writings, interviews, etc.) 

This summer we will explore Bloomingdale, H Street Corridor, and Mount Pleasant.  Would anyone from your blog be interested in meeting with our students this summer?  Do you know of other people in the Bloomingdale area who may be interested in working with us?  We’d love to have students from Bloomingdale apply to participate in the program also.  We have distributed information to the local schools. Are there other community organizations that could help spread the word? Participants must be between 12-16 years old. 

The link to the program website is:  The application can be found here as well.  We will meet Tues-Thurs from June 28-July 21.  The student exhibit will open on July 29. 

Thanks in advance for any advice or help you can provide.

Take care,

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

seeking a landscaper for a Bloomingdale front yard

See this message from a Rhode Island Avenue NW resident:

I`m desperately seeking a landscaper who is able to give my little area in the front of the property some much needed attention.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Big Bear Cafe is looking to hire a PM Kitchen Manager


We at the Big Bear Cafe in Bloomingdale are looking for a creative and passionate person to begin managing our fledgling dinner program.

The description is below, but we are particularly interested in finding someone who is actively or at least conscientiously involved in growing food and working to diminish the barriers that exist between properly grown food and urban inhabitants, as well as talented and experienced in a kitchen environment. This position is an opportunity to flex culinary creativity as well as utilize a beautiful community space with strong existing infrastructure as a vehicle for food/nutrition/agricultural advocacy and education.

we very much look forward to hearing from you.

Big Bear Cafe is looking to hire a PM Kitchen Manager

Responsibilities include managing our current evening menu, including purchasing, pricing, prepping and staff management. We are looking for someone with previous culinary/kitchen experience. We are currently trying to take our kitchen in a creative and fresh direction that focuses on the values of simplicity and seasonality. Interest/experience in agriculture or gardening are preferred.

Email resume and references to Stu Davenport:

Monday, April 18, 2011


My neighbor is fostering some kittens that need homes. Here is the info:

We have been having lots of fun fostering 5 female kittens for the last 2 weeks- thru DC Metro Ferals . Its all total cutiness at our house.

The girls are almost 8 weeks old and are available for adoption.

Everyone is eating wet food and 3 are also eating dry food.

If you know anyone interested in adopting kittens please feel free to have them contact Annette 202-797-1149.

Thanks for helping find loving homes for these cute little ladies :)

most excellent review of Big Bear Cafe from CityStream/WashingtonDC

Check out this review of Big Bear Café from CityStream/WashingtonDC:


Morning Joe: Big Bear Cafe Serves Up More Than Coffee in Bloomingdale

Note the plug for Eckington resident and five-star chef Ted McGinn!

And note the wines and beers that are available with the new dinner menu.

Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting tonight

See this agenda supplied by Bloomingdale Civic Association President Teri Janine Quinn:

Bloomingdale Civic Association Meeting Agenda

Monday April 18, 2011 at 7p.m.

St. George`s Episcopal Church, 160 U Street, NW

I. BCA Committee Reports (Beautification, Membership Committee)

II. Update on Sunday Parking Issues

III. Presentation on North Capital Main Street Cookbook Project

IV. Presentation on Howard’s Campus Master Plan – Maybelle Taylor Bennett, Director HU Community Association

V. Updates from Bloomingdale Representatives

a. Executive Office of the Mayor

b. Office of Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr.

c. ANC Bloomingdale Commissioners

VI. Community Announcements

a. April 22, 2011 – St. Martin`s Catholic Church`s Annual Good Friday Fish Fry (10am -3pm @ North Capitol Street and T, NW)

b. April 26, 2011 – Budget Meeting coordinated by the Mayor`s Office (Luke C. Moore Academy, 10 Monroe Street NW)

c. May 21, 2011 – Bloomingdale Yard Sale & Family Fun Event in Crispus Attucks Park

d. May 21, 2011 – Mt. Bethel Baptist Church’s Annual Health and Fitness Fair (in the parking lot behind Windows Café)

The next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting will be Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

seeking referrals on refinishing wood floors, screened security doors

See these two requests:

I am looking for a recommendation:

for someone to refinish our wood floors, and

for a company that does security doors that are screened.

Then and Now. Beau Thai

The Corner of New Jersey and R Streets NW in 2006 or 2007 -ish

The Corner of New Jersey and R Streets NW, now the Beau Thai Restaurant in 2011

Please add any photos you have of Bloomingdale, Truxton, Ledroit Park or Eckington the the Flickr Pool 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for 04/17/2011

There are quite a few neighborhood homes having open houses on Sunday. Here is the list. Here is the same info in a map format with directions. To see details about each property, scroll over the push pins on the map.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thanks to the Bloomingdale Civic Association Beautification Committee Chair Dennis Anderson and the Committee Members – and Others

See this message from Teri Janine Quinn, President, Bloomingdale Civic Association:

Neighbors, This past weekend the Bloomingdale Civic Association hosted its annual Clean Up Day. The BCA Beautification Committee Chair, Dennis Anderson, and the rest of the committee did an incredible job organizing this year`s event. On behalf of the BCA, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the neighbors who participated. I would also like to express our appreciation to the following businesses and organizations for their support: Big Bear Cafe, City Cleaners, DPW, North Capitol Main Street; The Clean Team, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Rustik Tavern and Dennis Anderson`s construction company (unfortunately, I do not have the proper name of Dennis` business).

Thank you all for pitching in to make this event a success.

Please join us this Monday for the Bloomingdale Civic Association`s monthly meeting.

Teri Janine Quinn President, Bloomingdale Civic Association

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Doug Murphy of DSM Fitness is looking to hire a personal trainer

See this message from Truxton Circle resident Doug Murphy:
I hired 3 personal trainers last year but I now need to hire a 4th, specifically female with a good deal of experience. All of the trainers who work with me train in people`s homes. I know there are a lot of trainers in our area, and I was wondering if it would be possible to mention this on the Bloomingdale Blog. This is a position for someone who has their own business as an independent trainer (self-employed), and is looking to supplement and expand their business.


Doug Murphy DSM Fitness LLC

202 – 297 - 3092

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

meet three candidates for DC Council At-Large - Thursday, 4/14/2011

See this 04/11/2011 update from ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:
Meet the Candidates for Councilmember-at-Large

To provide you with information about the people running for Councilmember-at-Large in the April 26th special election, ANC Commissionerrs John Salatti, Hugh Youngblood, and James Fournier invite you to meet several candidates.

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2011

WHERE: St. George`s Episcopal Church (Corner of U and 2nd Streets, NW)


Vincent Orange at 6:00

Tom Brown at 7:30

Bryan Weaver at 8:00

These candidate ``meet and greet`` events are a service to the community and are not an endorsement of any candidate.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Robert Brannum: "I'm free"

See this 04/12/2011 message from Bloomingdale resident Robert Brannum:

Colleagues, friends, and neighbors, I was one of the “41 for 51” that was arrested with Mayor Gray, Chairman Brown, CMs Alexander, Bowser, Biddle, Brown, and Wells, during the protest outside the Senate Hart Office Building. It was a long night. I did not get home until 5AM. I am proud we stood up for DC and I would probably do it again.

Here are some pics by Bossi:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Green Paws DC

I received this email from the owner of Green Paws DC and wanted to pass it along:

Greetings, Bloomingdale!
We just wanted to let you know that Green Paws DC -- Bloomingdale's first all natural doggy supply store -- is coming soon! We are independently-owned and so excited to become a part of this vibrant neighborhood. You're ideas are valuable so please send us any suggestions or questions you might have! Also follow us on Twitter at @GreenPawsDC for updates, coupons and new product alerts.
Hope to see you soon!
The Green Paws family
81 Seaton Place NW (second floor)

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for 04/10/2011

Looking to check out open houses in the neighborhood on Sunday? Here is the list. Here is the same info in a map format with directions. To see details about each property, scroll over the push pins on the map.

established pet store looking to open in Bloomingdale

See this message from Lonna Hooks, Truxton Circle resident and Executive Director, North Capitol Main Street:

Pet store is considering moving to Bloomingdale but wants to gauge interest from community residents.

What services are Bloomingdale residents looking for? We need to demonstrate that we would support such an idea. Will residents shop?




Dog Walking Services

Please Reply To:

stale news: Timor Bodega is now FieldtoCity

Catching up on some neighborhood news here on the blog.

See this 4/2/2011 message from Kim Wee, proprietor of the business formerly known as Timor Bodega:

Timor Bodega is now known as FieldtoCity.

And it is going to be more than a neighborhood store from now on! We have a website, that features an online shopping cart.

Starting Monday, 4-4-2011, we are able to take orders and deliver the same day to anyone in DC. We expect to have a wider customer base shortly, which will allow us to offer even more locally sourced products in turn.

So please tell your friends across the city about us!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Bloomingdale Clean-Up tomorrow needs a grill ASAP !

See this 4/8/2011 message from Teri Janine Quinn, President, Bloomingdale Civic Association:

We're planning to have a cookout following the Bloomingdale Clean Up day event but we cannot find a grill. Can you post something on the blog asking if anyone has a grill we can use tomorrow afternoon? If so, neighbors can post their contact information in the comments or respond directly to the Beautfication Committee Chair, Dennis Anderson andersod33 @

Saturday morning, 04/09/2011 update: Dennis Anderson reports that a grill has been located. So no need to respond at this point. Thanks everyone.

a pic of the Gage-Eckington Park !

A U Street NW neighbor passed along a few pics of the Gage-Eckington Park.

I have included one here on the blog.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for 04/03/2011

Cherry blossoms, daffodils, and yes, open houses! Here is the list. Here is the same info in a map format with directions. To see details, scroll over the push pins on the map.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Post from Karla Lewis

Dear Neighbors,

At the March 14, 2011 Community Meeting, CM Thomas and Dr. Johnson expressed that they wanted to empower members of the community to take charge and address some of the concerns and issues within their own communities. Parking was noted as one of the prevalent issues and a Parking Focus Group was formed. This Parking Focus Group will address the parking issues that have been raised by the residents residing in the Unit and 100 blocks of R St NW, 1600-1800 blocks of First St NW and the Unit block of Randolph Place NW. Since I have activity been pursuing these issues with the Office of the Council and DDOT, I was nominated and agreed to be the Lead for the Parking Focus Group.

Mr. Bjorge of DPW was present and answered a number of questions that residents raised regarding resident only parking. He recommended that residents meet with Mr. Damon Harvey of DDOT. Mr. Harvey agreed to meet with us on April 7th and walk through a number of options for residents to consider. Please plan to attend this meeting and voice your opinion on the parking options that you feel will best serve the residents, churches, and businesses within our community. Please share this information with your neighbors. The meeting will take place as follows:

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Harry Thomas Recreation Center
1743 Lincoln Rd., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 576-5642
Karla Lewis