Friday, September 30, 2011

Full Yum's liquor license application on the revised agenda for this Tuesday's special ANC 5C meeting

See this message from ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:

From: John T. Salatti
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2011 10:10 PM
Subject: Fwd: Updated Notice of Special Meeting & Emergency Request

Here`s the latest agenda for next Tuesday`s ANC meeting.

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

Government of the District of Columbia
PO Box 26183 . Washington, DC 20001 . www.ANC5C.COM

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7:00pm -9:00pm
Community Academy Public Charter School
1400 1st Street NW

October 4, 2011
Revised Notice & Agenda

On September 26, 2011 ANC provided notice that ANC 5C would hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 to discuss the following items will be discussed:

 Proposed 2012 Budget
o Including Initial Review of draft 2012 Budget; updated Grants Reports & 4th Quarter submission goals

 ABRA Application
o Full Yum Carryout Corporation, T/A Full Yum Carryout has applied for a Class ``A`` Liquor License to operate ``a full service Liquor Store`` as its current location, 1501 North Capitol Street NE.

In addition to the above, ANC 5C has been requested to consider on an emergency basis a Request for ANC 5C support for the Hanover Civic Association Application to become Friends of the New York Avenue Playground.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

seeking advice on addressing supercans in the alley on noncollection days

See this message:

I live on the unit block of R Street NW, north side.

I have a question about people leaving their trash cans out in the alley behind our houses.

Do you know what person or department we need to call to have this problem addressed? Looking at the alley running between the unit blocks of Randolph and R Street NW, several people regularly leave their cans strewn all about the alley. In fact, the house directly behind mine (which I think is a small apartment building) not only leaves their 4 or 5 cans out in the alley, but there is ALWAYS trash lying on the ground near their cans.

Is this something that I should speak to our ANC rep perhaps?

seeking referrals for carpenters, handymen

See this message from a resident of R Street NW:

I am seekig references of good/reliable carpenters and/or handymen who could replace a wooden fence behind my house. I have found contractor Guillermo Orantes the Bloomingdale emails and the work he has done for me has been fantastic and in my opinion priced quite reasonably, but because he's so incredibly busy it's going to be awhile before he's available again.

So I was hoping to find some other names to get this project finished sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pssst! Boundary Stone is opening this afternoon at 5 pm

Yes, indeed, Boundary Stone Public House at 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW, is opening this afternoon at 5 pm.

At long last.

Stop by.

Monday, September 26, 2011

found cat around 1st and U Street NW; Tuesday evening, 09-27-2011 cat update!

Has anyone lost a cat?

A very cute and very sweet grey and white tabby cat has been hanging around our house at 1st and U NW for the last couple of days. She (?) is very friendly- came right up to me for an ear scratch and belly rub- and not super-skinny, though she ate a ton of food when I gave it to her, so I think she is or was recently someone`s pet. She`s small, maybe 6 lbs and has beautiful green eyes. I can`t bring her inside (I have 2 cats and a dog already) but hope I can find her owner or find her a good home.

Please email me at scott dot molly at gmail if you know anything about her.

Here is an update on this found cat:
Can you please post that the cat found by a U Street neighbor has now been taken to the animal shelter on NY Avenue? We took her Tuesday evening. We were so afraid that she might get hit by a car. (She is such a sweetie) They are going to scan her for identification, check her out for any health concerns and then be put up for adoption. We had to name her, so her name for now is Precious, in case someone might want to follow-up. We also could not take her in, we have 2 cats as well. Thanks to all.

Full Yum's liquor license on agenda for next ANC 5C special meeting -- Tuesday, 10-04-2011

ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti has passed along the agenda for yet another special ANC 5C meeting.

Note that the liquor license application by Full Yum carryout on North Capitol Street NE is on the agenda.

Government of the District of Columbia
PO Box 26183 . Washington, DC 20001 .

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

7:00pm -9:00pm

Community Academy Public Charter School
1400 1st Street NW

Notice & Agenda

This is to provide notice that ANC 5C will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. The following items will be discussed:

Proposed 2012 Budget
o Initial Review
ABRA Application
o Full Yum Carryout

Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Ward 5 redistricting & you presentation + SMD maps

ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti held a meeting on Thursday evening, 09/22/2011, that included an update on the Ward 5 redistricting activities.

Here is John's message from his meeting:

"Regarding the Ward 5 redistricting update, I will be presenting what came out of the Ward 5 redistricting meetings that have been going on since July. Proposed changes to ANC districts will change how Bloomingdale and surrounding Ward 5 neighborhoods are represented. To help you see how the changes will affect you, I will have PowerPoint slides showing currents districts and proposed districts. I will also have several large paper maps of Ward 5 that have current political boundaries and 2010 census numbers. "

Here is his slideshow presentation:
2011 Ward 5 redistricting & you presentation

John took nine photos of the maps drawn by the assorted groups of volunteers working on creating the Ward 5 single member districts. The nine photos, while not very clear, at least provide you an idea of what the redistricting volunteers worked on.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for 09/25/2011

This week there are homes with open houses that are priced from $99,000 all the way up to $799,000. Here is the list. The same information can be seen in a map format with directions. To see details about the homes on the map, scroll over the push pins.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lydia writes about McMillan (no one reads this blog, right? zzzz)

Lydia DePillis over at the Washington City Paper Housing Complex column has penned two posts in recent days on the development plans for Bloomingdale's landmarked McMillan Sand Filtration site.

I am providng the links to her two posts here for you.

McMillan Plan Almost Ready to Go
Posted by Lydia DePillis on Sep. 18, 2011 at 10:50

Preservation Group Glorifies McMillan Resistance
Posted by Lydia DePillis on Sep. 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Want to look at the draft Planned Unit Development (PUD) document for McMillan?

Yes, you do.

Mount Sinai Baptist Church Community Health Fair -- Saturday, 09-24-2011

See this message from Lori Corley.

You are Invited To:

Mount Sinai Baptist Church Community Health Fair
Third & Q Streets, NW, WDC 20001 • 202 – 667 - 1833
Saturday, September 24, 2011
10:00 am–2:00 pm

Free flu and tetanus shots
Door prizes

This event is FREE to all!

For more information contact: Jacqueline Nelson @ 202 then 635 4962 or Audrey Moten @ 301 then 499 4956.

Mount Sinai Baptist Church • Reverend Tyrone Queen, Senior Pastor

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Eric Fidler's post on the McMillan Sand Filtration site

LeDroit Park resident Eric Fidler posted an entry earlier this week at his Left For LeDroit blog on Bloomingdale's landmarked Bloomingdale Sand Filtration site.

Get a rare glimpse of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site
September 20, 2011
By Eric Fidler

His entry was cross-posted at the popular Greater Greater Washington blog today:

Get to know the McMillan water filtration plant
by Eric Fidler • September 22, 2011 10:24 am

His post includes images of McMillan -- both old and current.

You are invited to read his post and get educated on some history of the site.

Thanks for your post, Eric !

Robert Brannum: "I am proud to have walked with other Americans tonight outside the US Supreme Court."

See this brief message from Bloomingdale resident and President, DC Federation of Civic Associations, Robert Brannum:

I am proud to have walked with other Americans tonight outside the United States Supreme Court. May The Almighty have mercy on all of us.

Robert Vinson Brannum
President, D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, Inc.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

a forum for candidates running to be chair of the Ward 5 Democrats + redistricting update - Thursday, 9/22/2011

See this event announcement from ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners
James Fournier, Hugh Youngblood, & John Salatti
Invite You to

A Forum for Candidates Running to be
Chair of the Ward 5 Democrats


A Local Redistricting Update

FORUM: Next Monday the 26th, the Ward 5 Dems will be electing a new slate of officers. In this Forum, you can ask candidates your questions about how they will lead the ward party in the year ahead. All three candidates—Angel Alston, William Boston, and Robert Brannum—have been invited; Mr. Boston accepted almost two weeks ago; we await commitments from the others.

REDISTRICTING: Ward 5 is in the middle of setting new boundaries for the areas that each ANC Commissioner represents and new boundaries for the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions themselves. Proposed boundaries will profoundly change the way Bloomingdale is represented for the next 10 years. Come out and learn what changes may be in store and voice your opinions.

Date: Thursday, September 22nd
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. George’s Episcopal Church, U and 2nd Streets, NW

Boundary Stone seeking the services of a stencil artist

See this message from Boundary Stone's Matt Croke:

Could you do us a favor and ask your list if there are any stencil artists among us that would like to help us out?

We are looking to stencil our logo on our roll down security door, and would love the help of a professional. Anybody can contact me directly. My email address is Matt @ THANKS!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sunset Yoga in Crispus Attucks Park -- Saturday, 10-01-2011

See this message from Zibu Sibanda

WHEN: Saturday October 1, 2011
TIME: 4:00-5.00pm
(Accessible through the alley on U or V Sts NW, btwn 1st & N. Capitol Sts NW.)
Instructors: Steve & Michelle-YogaDistrict
Minimum Donation: $15 (Free for kids under 12)

This fundraiser will benefit the Crispus Attucks Park. To learn more about the park, visit .
For more info about Yoga District, please visit . Please call 202-413-6998 with any questions.

This Week in Bloomingdale

1. Rustik
Rustik turns one year old on Saturday.
Will there be drink specials and prizes? I don't know
But there will be pizza and beer and whiskey for you to buy.

2. Boundary Stone
Close to opening!
Next Week!
Maybe this week!
They have some press:
Prince of Petworth previewed the pub last night.
Urban Daddy was there too.

3. But Is It Art?
Just down the street from Bloomingdale is this art show at the Wonderbox
79 Hanover Avenue NW
It's also part of a big art weekend here in DC.

4. Big Bear Dinner Menu

anything else going on?

dinner menus for Big Bear Cafe 09/19 -09/22/2011

See this message from Clementina Russo of Big Bear Café:

9/19 Market Fresh Monday - Eggs and Greens, 2 Ways.

I. Stewed white Russian kale with onions, egg over easy. Pan-fried red sweet potatoes. $10
II. Butternut squash and ricotta frittata. Belgian endive, fennel, apple, and celeriac salad with whole grain mustard vinaigrette. $12

Early apple tart.

9/20 Tuesday

I. Eggplant, sweet pepper, and tomato stew under a poached egg. Pan-fried carnival squash. $11
II. Pork chops with brown butter and sage. Sauteed rainbow chard. $12

Baked apples with maple syrup, walnuts, and raisins.

9/21 Wednesday

I. Soup and salad - summer into fall sweet vegetables soup with bitter greens salad. $12
II. Tacchino (turkey) Marsala. Braised escarole with whole garlic, rosemary potatoes. $16

Dessert to be determined

9/22 Eve of the Equinox Thursday

I. End of Summer: Zucchini and cuccuzze (yellow squash) in salmoriglio (a condiment sauce of olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and parsley). Spinach, mozzarella and cherry tomato salad. $9
II. Into Fall: Sguazeto - Friulian lamb stew, served with polenta and sauteed broccoli with currants and pine nuts. $16

Dessert to be determined

Monday, September 19, 2011

"Where can we register our bicycles?"

See this message from a North Capitol Street household:

Neighbors: do any of you know where we can register our bikes? My husband just had his third bike stolen from him this past weekend - that makes 4 bikes stolen from our family in total. I`ve taken pictures of my bike but still don`t know where to register it. Can anyone help?

On a side note: we think we know who is stealing the bikes... Wish us luck on proving our hunch.

McMillan Planned Unit Development (PUD) documents available for pubic review

See this message from ANC 5C03 Commissioner Hugh Youngblood:

Please publish the following note to the relevant listservs and blogs to help spread the word about the McMillan PUD documents available for public review.


We need your help with McMillan.

On behalf of the for-profit McMillan development team, the DC Government intends to apply for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) in the coming months.

``A PUD is a planning tool which allows a developer greater flexibility in site planning and building design. This flexibility permits the developer to incorporate amenities in the project that exceed those that could have been achieved under the general provisions of the Zoning Regulations. When a project is designated as a PUD, the Zoning Commission usually mandates the development of standards specifically tailored to the project.`` (

There`s still time to make a difference. We invite you to review the draft McMillan PUD documents and collect your questions, comments, and concerns for submission to the Zoning Commission and the McMillan Advisory Group (MAG).

Please send me your email address if you`d like me to provide you access to the McMillan PUD documents via an online file repository.

Thank you,

Hugh Youngblood
anc5c03 @

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for 09/18/2011

There are open houses this Sunday in a wide range of price points. Here is the list and here is the map with directions. Scroll over the push pins on the map to see details on each property.

recruiting local area artists for the 10-15-2011 Bloomingdale House Tour and Art Show

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Zach Sherif:

The Bloomingdale House Tour And Art Show Is Recruiting Local Area Artists To Participate In This Year`s Event

The Bloomingdale Civic Association is hosting its Fresh. Fierce and Fabulous House Tour on October 15th, 2011 and is looking for a few more local area artists to be included in the art show and reception being hosted the same day at 410 GoodBuddy Gallery between 2 - 6pm. Open to artists in all mediums - photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, video, mixed media, etc. (sorry no Jewelry at this event).

Please send a link to your work, or attach a few sample images and email your response to Zach at zpnyc09 @ for consideration. The deadline for submissions is Monday September 26th. For more information on the tour itself please visit .

Friday, September 16, 2011

agenda for this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association

See this Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting information supplied by BCA President Teri Janine Quinn:

Bloomingdale Civic Association Agenda -- Monday, September 19, 2011


Teri Janine Quinn, BCA President


§ Bloomingdale House Tour report
§ Elections and Nominating Committee selection
§ ANC grant status update


§ WeatherizeDC: Making homes more energy-efficient through weatherization
§ Howard University: Campus plan proposal
§ Statehood for DC: Political advocacy for statehood
§ Volunteers of America: New facility proposed for Florida Avenue
§ R Street shared lane: Street markings to indicate usage by cyclists and cars
§ Medical marijuana dispensary: Application by VentureForth LLC for location on North Capitol Street


§ Executive Office of the Mayor
§ Office of the Ward 5 Councilmember
§ ANC 5C Commissioners


§ September 20 – ANC 5C monthly meeting (6:45 PM at Franklin United Methodist Church, 2001 Lincoln Road NE)
§ September 21 – PSA-501 monthly meeting (7 PM at the Harry Thomas, Sr. Rec Center, 1743 Lincoln Road NE)
§ September 25 – Northwest Learning Center open house (1-3 PM, 1837 First Street NW)
§ September 26 – Ward 5 Democrats monthly meeting (6:30 PM at Michigan Park Christian Church, 1600 Taylor Street NE)
§ October 15 – Bloomingdale House Tour: Fierce, Fresh, and Fabulous, $10 (1-5 PM at First and T Streets NW)


The next BCA meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, 2011.

Bloomingdale Civic Asssociation, Inc., P.O. Box 1438, Washington, DC 20013

Thursday, September 15, 2011

McMillan Sand Filtration Site tour -- Saturday, 09-17-2011

From ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti. Note that the lengthy waiver text is * not * supplied here.

Good morning!

In our neighborhood, we have one of Washington's most unique places, the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. This 25-acre site bounded by the unit blocks of Michigan Avenue and Channing Street and the 2500 through 2900 blocks of First Street and North Capitol Street is a mystery to many people. But it need not stay a mystery. To that end, I am pleased to announce that, by popular request, the Site will be open for tours this Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Tours will start at 11:00 a.m. and anyone is welcome (although I must admit that the site if not accessible for someone with a physical impairment). I have included below the waiver form that anyone attending the tour must fill out. So if you can fill out it, sign it, and e-mail it back to me, that would be great. You can also fill out it and bring it with you Saturday morning. That will save a lot of time.

I really encourage people to come and see McMillan, whether you have just moved here and have wondered what that lonely place is up First Street, or whether you have lived here all your life and know exactly what the Site is and was. It is both amazing and beautiful.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

John T. Salatti
Commissioner, ANC 5C04
Vice President, Bloomingdale Civic Association
(202) then 986 then two 5 9 two
John.Salatti at sign gmail dot com
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

"we are really suffering from the mosquitos/insects. What can be done?"

See this message from a resident on V Street NW:

We are really suffering from the mosquitos/insects. It was around the same time last year as well. I was wondering if DC provides any kind of extermination or any kind of control. Alleys are the worst but even waiting on the bus stop is enough for someone to be bitten badly. I don`t see this issue being as serious on the western side of the town. What can be done ?

seeking referrals for a painter to paint rusted tin/metal on house exterior

See this request:

I am looking for a licensed, bonded, insured company to paint rusted tin/metal on the exterior of my house.

neighborhood dog needs a new home

See this message:

We are looking for a new home for our pet dog Mica.

Mica is a sweet, loyal, even tempered dog. Because of her large triangular ears, narrow snout, thin body, and bushy tail, she looks somewhat like a black and white fox. She enjoys walks, and snuggling on the couch. Mica is 7 years old, and weighs about 50 pounds. She is spayed, and current on all of her shots and vaccinations. She`s lived in the District her entire life.

Because of changes in our family, and our child care, we aren`t able to give her the love and attention that she deserves. So we are looking for another person who can. I`ve attached a photo.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Big Bear Cafe dinner menu - week of Sept. 12

See this message from Stu Davenport:

Big Bear Cafe Dinner Menu
week of sept. 12th

I. Braised chicken with sweet peppers. Sauteed beet greens and fregola sarda. $16
II. Fennel and ricotta frittata. Escarole and romaine salad with lemon dressing. $10

I. Leg of goat braised with spices, chickpeas, apricots and prunes. Eggplant stew and couscous. $16
II. Mushroom & feta cutlets. Beet, celeriac and fennel slaw with yogurt dressing. $10

I. Seared wild salmon fillet with wine-braised beluga lentils. Sauteed white Russian kale. $18
II. Peasant`s Purse: Sauteed rainbow chard and potatoes under an over-easy egg and crumbled feta. $9

I. Yellowfin tuna ``a la plancha``, cherry tomatoes and whole coriander. Griddled eggplants. $18
II. Soup! Roman beans, buttercup squash and Dino kale, whole poached egg. $10

Monday, September 12, 2011

Northwest Learning Center at 1837 1st Street NW -- grand opening -- Sunday, 09-25-2011

See this announcement of potential interest.

Which building on 1st Street is 1837 1st St NW, you ask? It is the bright yellow building adjacent to Rustik Tavern on 1st Street NW.

Northwest Learning Center
Grand Opening

JOIN US at our new location
1837 1st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Our mission is for your child to achieve Excellence
Math and Reading
Mastery and Commitment

The Northwest Learning Center is a year-round afterschool supplemental education program for students from 3 to 17 years of age. Our center aligns with your child at their just-right academic level and partners with the child to COMMIT, MASTER and EXCEL in Math and Reading.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Monday night BACA meeting agenda revised: no medical marijuana dispensary presentation -- to be rescheduled

Geovani Bonilla, president of the Bates Area Civic Association (BACA), just released a revised agenda for tomorrow night's BACA meeting.

"The Medical Marijuana cultivation center application deadline has been pushed back, and as a result, so has the dispensary application process. Mr. David Guard has asked to reschedule his presentation regarding the Medical Marijuana Dispensary to be located at 1300 N. Capitol St. NW . This is an issue we will be staying on top of though."

See the revised agenda at the BACA blog:

seeking referrals for a reliable, affordable landscaper

From a 2nd Street NW resident:

Can anyone recommend a reliable, affordable landscaper who would be able to take on a small but varied job, to include grinding a stump, rebuilding part of a wooden fence, and planting a small area?

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for 09/11/2011

The complete list of open houses for Sunday can be seen here. The same info can be seen here in a map format. Scroll over the push pins on the map to see details about each property.

The home pictured above is located at 2200 1st St NW. It will be open on Sunday from 1-4pm. Check out the history of this home and the neighborhood, as well as the virtual tour.

Friday, September 09, 2011

a resident's concern about the proposed medical marijuana dispensary

See this 09/09/2011 message passed along by ANC 5C03 Commissioner Hugh Youngblood:

A resident of the Unit Block of Florida Avenue NW shared the following concerns to facilitate dialogue about medical marijuana in the community.

``Wow!! Soon our neighborhood will be the epicenter of feel-good pharmaceuticals in the District of Columbia. New businesses are sprouting up everywhere around us. One night, Volunteers of America slipped into the Madison at 52 Florida Ave. NW and is distributing psychotropic drugs from that location. About a block away, we will have a ``legal`` marijuana distribution operation on North Capitol Street (just south of the Halfway House on Quincy Place NW, just east of the Mental Health Clinic on Florida Avenue NW, around the corner from the S.O.M.E. Soup Kitchen and n nestled in between the Ex-Offender Project and the Homeless Transgender Clinic on North Capitol Street NW).

Throw in the crack operation which comes and goes along First Street and a liquor store on every corner, and we service about every drug culture out there. In retrospect, it is regrettable that the methadone clinic has closed. The opiate crowd is not represented. Think how diverse our neighborhood will become with the influx of the new consumers. A heavy burden will be lifted from MPD. Why chase the drug trade when it will be impossible to determine the legal from the illegal? Now that we have attracted them here, it is only right that we provide accommodations. After all, smoking is prohibited in most enclosed areas such as restaurants, taverns, fast food outlets, etc. It would be unsightly to allow people to sit on our steps and nod off, plus that marijuana smell can be pretty obnoxious. My suggestion is that we face reality and create space for our new neighbors. The new Florida Ave. Park is now just beginning a million-dollar facelift. As we all know, the old Park was a haven for alcoholics, druggers, prostitutes and the like. It was seldom that you walked by and did not detect the odor of burning marijuana. The original idea for the new Park was to create a space where children could play and the neighborhood could come together. This is unrealistic. The City is just wasting its money. The new consumers will be attracted to the new Park just as bees are to honey. Forget the children`s play area, the horseshoe pits and the basketball courts. The Park needs outside toilet facilities, space and safe furniture for those who are physically impaired while under the influence of the pharmaceuticals we are providing. Sunset liquor store can expand to a head shop to conveniently provide pipes, bongs, cigarette paper and perhaps even water pipes for use in the Park. Those who opposed gentrification (whatever that means) will now have the last laugh. Just as our fragile neighborhood was getting over the violence, drug trafficking, high crime and unsafe streets of yesteryear, it looks like it`s headed back. This is progress.``

Hugh Youngblood
240 then 925 then 1079

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Bloomingdale House Tour -- Fresh, Fierce and Fabulous -- Saturday, 10-15-2011

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Myra Dandridge:

The Bloomingdale House Tour
Fresh, Fierce and Fabulous!

The Bloomingdale Civic Association’s Historic Preservation Committee

will host its

3rd Bi-Annual House Tour

On Saturday, October 15, 2011
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Reception: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 day of tour

Ticket purchase locations:
Big Bear Café, 1700 1st Street NW
Windows Café, 101 Rhode Island Avenue NW

For additional information on the tour, visit:

To have your house included on the tour, contact Felicia Davis at or Cleopatra Jones at

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

seeking referrals for a contractor who knows how to properly install a ceiling fan

See this request from a Quincy Place NW resident:

Can anyone recommend a contractor who specializes in -- or at least understands well -- how to properly install a ceiling fan? I had my contractor install two fans, but I think the fan boxes are loose because they rattle. He came back to fix them, but they are still rattling. I think the fans need to removed completely and remounted after carefully anchoring down the box. I'd really appreciate a good lead on someone who has experience with ceiling fans.

red Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2009 for sale

From a Bloomingdale household:

Great car for one or two kids family for sale

Red Mazda 5 Grand Touring 2009, good condition, leather seats, GPS, satellite radio and sun roof.
Less than 33 000 miles on the counter.
Wonderful car, selling it because of relocation overseas.
Bluebook value is $18000, selling it for $16 000 or best offer.
For pictures and more information, please contact Jenny at 202 then 714 then 1009 or jg at comesalive dot com

John Salatti: tonight`s safety walk cancelled

From: John T. Salatti

Sent: Wed, September 7, 2011 10:13:59 AM

Subject: Tonight`s Safety Walk cancelled

Because of the high probability of strong storms including lightening this evening, my colleagues and I have decided that the prudent move is to cancel tonight`s walk. Although we have conducted walks in inclement weather, tonight`s forecast is such that choosing safety is the right choice. We will continue to schedule walks through out the fall and will keep you posted about the timing. If people have any questions about the change, they should feel free to contact me directly.

Have a great day,


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

Stu: Les Petits Chanteurs returning to Bloomingdale this week

See this message from Stuart Davenport:

I want to let people know that Les Petits Chanteurs are returning to Bloomingdale this week, and they will be performing at the Art Museum of the Americas at the OAS building this Friday at 1pm.

See the flier attached.

Les Petits Chanteurs are the Haitian choral singers and classical musicians who performed in Bloomingdale two years ago at St. George`s Church, the Bloomingdale Farmers Market, and the Big Bear Cafe during the annual neighborhood pig roast (bi-annual??).

They are now touring the eastern United States as they perform and raise funds to rebuild their school and music hall in Port Au Prince.

They come into DC on Thursday, Sept. 8th and will be having a BBQ at the Big Bear Cafe from 3:30pm-8pm. They then head to the National Cathedral to prepare for their tour (and practice for their performance at OAS on Friday).

For all neighbors who offered housing, helped with the BBQ, and came to hear them sing years ago - come say hello at the BBC! Or the OAS building on friday.


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

seeking handyman referrals

See this messsage from a resident of R Street NW:

Referrals needed for a handyman. I have a few small home improvement jobs that I cannot complete myself. Please help!

(This neighbor has been advised about the Home Services tab at the Bates Area Civic Association blog: .)

seeking Feng Shui experience

From a Florida Avenue NW resident:

I`m looking for someone in the neighborhood who might have experience with Feng Shui or know someone who does Feng Shui work?

I`m looking to re-vamp my home to conform with Feng Shui philosophy.

John Kelly's 2004 column on Bloomingdale's McMillan Sand Filtration site

Today’s Washington Post Answer Man column by John Kelly is a retread from 2004 on the landmarked McMillan Sand Filtration site. Enjoy!

John Kelly`s Answer Man: Update on water silos
By — Thomas R. DeYulia Jr., Alexandria and John Kelly, Published: September 5

found kitten near 1st & Florida Ave NE

See this 09/05/2011 message from a Florida Avenue NW resident:

I found a kitten near 1st and Florida NE. Almost got hit by a car. Seems very domesticated. Friendly and clean like someone is taking care of it. Maybe someone lost it. Attaching a photo. Orange, white and cute.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Any residents of Bloomingdale who sell other people's stuff on eBay ?

Here is a message from a neighborhood resident:

Might there be someone in Bloomingdale who sells other people's stuff on eBay for them?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Seeking Stories about the Giant in Shaw

A Neighbor passed along this request for stories of the Giant in Shaw. 

If you have any fond (or less-than-fond) memories of the O Street Giant in Shaw, please let me know. I’m collecting them for a story on the store, which seems to be universally acknowledged as one of the worst grocery stores in D.C. Call (703.842.1734) or email (

Jenny Rogers

* one * neighbor's comment on 126 Bryant St NW

Let me post this comment from a Bloomingdale resident -- with reservation:

The residents of 126 Bryant St NW have been a major problem for the other residents of that block.

There was recently a drug bust there, which resulted in arrests.

ARREST# : 101111617
DT-TM: 22-MAR-11 - 1825

I suggest that the person who suffered an attack by the two pit bulls that live at 126 Bryant, pursue having the police bring down the hammer on these people. Call the council members office for help and ask your ANC for help.

If you decide to file a suit to recover expenses, these charges will help bolster your case in court.

Go after the homeowner also. They have assets, the house being one of them.

Good Luck.