Monday, September 30, 2013

woman assaulted at the 300 block of T St NW early this morning, Monday, 09-30-2013

See this Monday, 09-30-2013 message from a Bloomingdale resident:
Bloomingdale Community, I'd like to share that I was assaulted while I was walking to the Howard University Metro stop early this morning on T Street, NW, between 3rd and 4th Streets NW.  At approximately 5:50 a.m., a jogger passed me, surprising and startling me.  I slightly jumped but felt calm when I realized he was only a jogger.  He jogged passed me, stopped at the corner, and began stretching.  As I passed him, I slightly glanced at him in acknowledgement as I passed him.  Shortly after I passed him, he approached me from behind and reached under my dress into my underwear. I was so startled and screamed very loudly so the man ran away.  I was immediately heard and assisted by another passerby and neighbor (who came out of his home), both of whom attempted to find the assailant.  They were unable to find him.  The passerby was about 1/2 block behind me and had witnessed the assailant walking behind me. The passerby seems convinced that the assailant had followed me for two blocks (and the passerby actually quickened his own pace to catch up with me in case I needed help because he felt something wasn't right).
I believe the assailant to be a Hispanic male in his late 30's.  He was approximately 5'8"/5'9", medium/athletic build (160 lbs or so), fair-skinned, very short (but not cropped) black hair, and square face.  He was wearing a white tee shirt and light gray jogging pants.  This description was also confirmed by the passerby.
I have reported it to DC Police and the two police officers and two detectives who arrived on the scene have been extremely responsive and helpful.  They have opened an active investigation and are regarding this violation as a 'sexual assault'.  I am very thankful to them, as well as the passerby and neighbor who immediately helped me.
I share this with all of you so that are aware.  While it wasn't dawn yet, I was walking on well-lit T Street and the assault happened on a well-lit corner with a traffic signal.  I wasn't wearing headphones and generally feel relatively aware of my surroundings.  However, I am a petite and small-framed woman in my 30s and I know that I am lucky that I did not experience serious bodily harm. I have own my condo in Bloomingdale and have peacefully and safely lived here for the past two years but this incident has made me feel very nervous. Please be careful out there no matter what time of day and please always be aware of those around you.

Popville: new Red Hen/DC Brau collaboration beer coming Tuesday, 10-01-2013

From our pals at Popville:

New Red Hen/DC Brau Collaboration Beer Coming Tomorrow

1st and Seaton Pl, NW
From an email:
“I wanted to send over the details of Sebastian Zutant’s second collaboration beer with DC Brau that’s launching Tuesday, October 1st. Sebastian is the co-owner/beverage director at The Red Hen.
This one is called the Dorcia and they’re brewing it by aging the Penn Quarter Porter on the lees of RdV’s Rendezvous blend in a Bordeaux barrel from Linden. It’s then removed and filtered. The result is a red wine driven, robust porter with a strong chocolate finish. It’s smoky, complex and great for fall.
They’ve made eight kegs and will be serving it for $9 a pint.”

neighbor seeking comments on Urban Sitter's babysitting services

See this request from Bloomingdale resident Bridget:

"I recently won a gift certificate for babysitting services from Urban Sitter has anyone in the neighborhood used them before? Comments on your experience would be much appreciated. Thanks! - Bridget"

some National Pancake Day pics (outside of Bloomingdale's Showtime Lounge)

See these pics supplied by @fisselthud from the National Pancake Day local event held outside of Bloomingdale's Showtime Lounge:


St. George's Episcopal Church Homecoming Fair -- Saturday, 10-05-2013

See this updated flyer regarding this Saturday's Saint George's Episcopal Church Homecoming Fair:

Rhode Island Avenue (NE) Fall Fest -- Saturday, 10-05-2013

From: "" <>
Sent: Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:40 PM
Subject:  Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest

Hey neighbors! 
Don't miss the 2nd annual Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest! Music & entertainment, food, and great local artists and businesses, plus face painting for the kids, the PCDC Farmers Market, and more! 
Enjoy an afternoon with your neighbors celebrating all the good things that our great community has to offer - including previews of our new businesses like Zeke's Coffee, Capoeira DC, and Larry's World of Fitness! 
Check out for a list of vendors and entertainment. 
Saturday, October 5, from 12-4 p.m. 
Rhode Island Avenue between 20th & 24th
Sponsored by: 

See you there!


Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Halloween on Thomas" planning update #4

Eva Hambach provides an update on the 2013 Halloween on Thomas Street event:
We reached $2,442.00 as of 9/29/2013!!!
Thank you all for allowing us to reach the target in time.
And thank you to all the neighbors who do not live on Thomas St.---we really appreciate your participation! Thanks for the kind words & kiddo drawings that came along with your contributions.
Your money will cover all expenses, the music, the street performers, the face painters, the balloons, apples, pop corn, candy and more. You'll see posters advertising the event as soon as next week.
Event Recap:
- Festivities are scheduled for Thursday, October 31st from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
- The theme is a "New Orleans Masquerade."
- We'll get started with 2 stilt walkers and 2 face painters.
- At the same time (new item),  to warm up the crowds, we'll  get a free hour-long musical contribution from our own and proper hip-hop talent Solstik.
- Black Masala, the band everybody liked so much, will perform from 7:00- 9:00 pm along with the silks dancer and the 2 hand balancers.
-  And the return of The Great Mitchini…
For those who haven't seen it yet on YouTube:
"2012 Halloween Circus on Thomas" at
More next week.
Thanks again!
Enjoy your Sunday!
Eva Hambach

Capital Honey Company (owned by Bloomingdale residents!) will be offering its local DC honey at Big Bear Cafe -- Sunday, 10-06-2013

On Sunday, October 6th, Capital Honey Company will be offering local DC honey at the Big Bear Cafe.

Capital Honey Company is a sustainability-focused, family run urban beekeeping operation that started in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC.  Our honey is handcrafted from our bees, is bottled here in Bloomingdale (at the Grassroots Gourmet!), and is 100% pure and all natural. 
Our mission is to promote the art of urban beekeeping, and make the finest all natural honey available in Washington, DC.  We practice sustainable urban beekeeping methods that help to protect and nurture our environment.


We hope to see you at the Big Bear Cafe next Sunday, October 6th!  We will be making our wonderfully sweet locally produced honey available for sale and we will be sharing information on our practices.

See you soon.

Raymond Von Culin

Capital Honey Company, LLC
(717) 385-9396

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bloomingdale's Grassroots Gourmet asks you to vote for them in "Best of Gay DC"

See this sign posted inside of Bloomingdale's Grassroots Gourmet:

Yoga District: new fall teacher trainings, weekend yoga retreat, yoga for runners

From: Jasmine at Yoga District <>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 10:46 AM
Subject: new fall teacher trainings, weekend yoga retreat, yoga for runners

Weekend Yoga
Summer's gone, but the holidays are still far away. You're probably ready for a chance to recharge and let go. Join leading Yoga District teachers Hannah Allerdice, Mike Graglia, and Ashley Evans for a retreat in Winchester, VA on October 18-20. You won't have to think about anything but yoga and relaxation-- delicious meals, accommodations, hammocks and plenty of beautiful scenery will be provided. You can join as few, or as many, asana classes as you like, reconnect with Mother Nature, chant, meditate, and enjoy group Thai massage classes.

Yoga for 
If you like to run or just want to start running more, learn how to focus your yoga practice to get the most out of your running practice. Whatever motivates you to lace up your running shoes, please join us for an extended vinyasa/slow-flow practice geared specifically towards runners. This workshop focuses primarily on stretching the lower body (hips, hamstrings, IT band, quads, hamstrings, calves, and feet), and strengthening the core for a complete balanced workout. Some yoga experience is helpful but not required. Saturday, Oct. 5th or Sunday, Oct. 20 at Bloomingdale.

Float, Jump, 
Invert, Breathe

As the seasons change, we can all use a little lesson in breath, movement and transition. Join Marie Belle on Sunday, Oct. 6th, for the Transitioning with Ease workshop where you will learn techniques that will engage the core principles of floating and flying that are practiced in Ashtanga Yoga and Rocket Yoga. This class is designed to uplift your vitality to help you transition between poses with ease for a life-enhancing practice that will help you carry your newfound grace into all of life's transitions.

Grow Your Teaching Practice With Us

In 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, some people find all the new material they learn overwhelming. Our affordable 500-hour training helps teachers continue to integrate this material so they can express and embody the deeper teachings of yoga more effectively. The 500-hour training is designed for teachers who have attended a 200 hour training and is led by some of your favorite Yoga District teachers -- Marie Belle, Kat, Bernie, Jasmine, Aqeel, Hannah, Kelly, Julia and Mike Graglia. Offered from November 2 -December 15, this training shares new ways to apply your teaching skills for a more advanced yoga teaching career. You'll finish the program as a more multifaceted teacher, more prepared to serve a wide variety of students.

Learn Levity:
Laughter Yoga
Laugh-A-Yoga is coming to Yoga District on 14th St. on Oct. 5. Sound silly? That's because it is. This DC Laughter Yoga Workshop is a benefit for our friends at Yoga Activist, and it's seriously fun. Laughter Yoga is powerful, healing and revolutionary. Promoting vitality, an uplifted mood and breathing, this workshop contributes to your health and well-being, as well as your creativity and confidence.

Equal Access 
to Yoga
What drives you to go to yoga? Is it for health, empowerment or balance? While many of us can get on the mat at a studio, there are some in our community who are in true need of the healing power of yoga, but are not as lucky to have access to yoga teachers. That's where Yoga Activist comes in. They support yoga outreach to underserved communities. And they could use your help.

Fresh from the 

Pick up healthy, affordable food weekly, and support organic, local farmers by signing up for the fall Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fruit and Vegetable Share. The shares will run from the week of November 4th through the week of December 16th. Full Shares are $210, half shares are $133. There is also a vegan bread share of $39. Get ready for some fresh, amazing produce. Pick up will be at the 14th street studio.


P.S. We can't thank you all enough for nominating Yoga District, once again, for the The Express Best Of. If you enjoy attending our classes, love our teachers and students and support YD's mission to provide yoga (and happiness) for all, and you feel like giving us a shout-out, we appreciate your vote. Thanks for your love.

"To perform every action artfully is yoga" - Swami Kripalu
"You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection." - Buddha  
"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have." - Eckhart Tolle


Friday, September 27, 2013

Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force Open House – Monday, 09-30-2013

From: "Mandel, Jon (Council)" <>
To: "ward5 @" <>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 3:16 PM
Subject: Reminder: Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force Open House

[Attachment(s) from Mandel, Jon (Council) included below]

Dear Residents,

As a friendly reminder, Councilmember McDuffie would like to invite all Ward 5 residents to join him on September 30 for the Industrial Land Transformation Task Force Open House. The purpose of the event is to give residents a preview at the information gathered by the Task Force thus far. The event will be co-hosted by the Office of Planning and held at the Trinity Washington University’s O'Connor Auditorium from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information about the event, please visit our website at



Jon Mandel
Community & Business Affairs Coordinator
Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Ward 5
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004
202.478.2457 Direct

Hugh Youngblood: Grid 2.0 Working Group seeking public testimony on DC electric grid reliability -- Mon & Wed 09-30-2013, 10-02-2013)

Please publish the note below to the next edition of the listserv.
Thank you.
The Grid 2.0 Working Group is seeking public testimony on the (un)reliability of Pepco's aging electricity distribution grid in the District of Columbia during two upcoming critical hearings next week hosted by the Public Service Commission. 
Please find attached the information flyer for the hearings next week, which includes talking points, logistics details, etc. 
Here are the details for the hearings next week:

Monday, September 30, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
D.C. Public Service Commission
Hearing Room
1333 H Street, NW, 7th Floor East Tower
Washington, D.C. 20005
Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Deanwood Recreation Center
1350 49th Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20019
Please contact Rob Robinson if you're available to testify or if you'd like more information. You can reach Rob at or (202) 387-5956.
Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested.
Thank you,

Ward 5 Report (dated 09-27-2013)

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <>
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2013 5:00 PM
Subject: The Ward 5 Report: Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie

The Ward 5 Report: Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
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The Ward 5 Report:
Office of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
September 27, 2013
Dear Citizen,
As many of you know, we may face yet again another federal government shutdown here in the District of Columbia. I fully support, and will participate in, keeping the District of Columbia government open on October 1. I stand with the Mayor, the Chairman, and my colleagues on the Council, and hope this demonstration of autonomy will send a clear message that the 633,000 residents of the District of Columbia will no longer suffer the consequences of political standoffs in Congress.
In Service,
Legislative Updates:
Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs marks up several bills introduced by Councilmember McDuffie
On Monday, September 23, the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs approved three of Councilmember McDuffie’s bills. These bills will likely come before the full Council in October or November.
  • District of Columbia Distillery Pub Licensure Act of 2013 (B20-029) - The bill creates a distillery pub permit that provides similar privileges to distilleries as those afforded to “brew pubs” and “wine pubs.” Licensees would be able to offer on-site consumption of spirits, resale to other licensees, or sale to patrons for off-site consumption.
  • Manufacturers’ Sunday Sale Amendment Act of 2013 (B20-197) – The bill allows breweries and wineries to sell and deliver alcoholic beverages between 7am and midnight, seven days per week. The current laws do not allow manufacturers to sell their products on Sundays, which significantly hampers this growing industry.
  • Manufacturer Tasting Permit Amendment of 2013 (B20-234) – The bill authorizes licensed manufacturers to offer tastings of spirits and beers between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm, seven days per week. Currently, tastings are only permitted Thursday through Saturday.
Committee Updates:
On October 3, 2013, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chairperson of the Committee on Government Operations, will convene a public hearing on B20-0169, the “Employee Suggestion Act of 2013.” This public hearing will be held in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW at 11:00 AM.
 The Committee invites the public to testify or to submit written testimony, which will be made a part of the official record. Anyone wishing to testify at the hearing should contact Mr. Ronan Gulstone, Committee Director at (202) 724-8028, or via e-mail at, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Monday October, 1 2013. Representatives of organizations will be allowed a maximum of five (5) minutes for oral presentation and individuals will be allowed a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentation. Witnesses should bring 10 copies of their written testimony and if possible submit a copy of their testimony electronically to 
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted either to the Committee, or to Ms. Nyasha Smith, Secretary to the Council, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 5, Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at the end of the business day on October 18, 2013.
Letter to Mayor Vincent C. Gray and City Administrator Allen Y. Lew regarding the effects of the D.C. United stadium deal on Ward 5
On September 25, Councilmember McDuffie submitted a letter to Mayor Gray and City Administrator Allen Lew regarding the effects of the D.C. United stadium deal on Ward 5. You can read the letter in its entirety on our website at
Visitor Parking Pass Program Update

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the following updates regarding the Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) Program:

• The current 2012/2013 VPP will remain valid through December 2013; and

• Residents who do not have a VPP may obtain a temporary parking pass at a police station or substation in the ward in which they reside.

The 2013/2014 VPP will be made available free of charge and only one pass will be provided per household.
Reminder: Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force Open House
Councilmember McDuffie would like to invite all Ward 5 residents to join him on September 30 for the Industrial Land Transformation Task Force Open House. The purpose of the event is to give residents a preview at the information gathered by the Task Force thus far. The event will be co-hosted by the Office of Planning and held at the Trinity Washington University’s O'Connor Auditorium from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. For more information about the task force, please visit our website at
Reminder: Family & Community Day at Taft/Dwight Mosley Athletic Complex
On September 28, the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Single Member District 5B02 will be celebrating its Family and Community Day at Taft/Dwight Mosley Athletic Complex, located on 18th & Otis Streets, N.E., from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All Ward 5 residents are encouraged to attend. For donation and volunteer information, please contact Marian Thomas and Commissioner Ursula Higgins at (202) 832-2376 or
Reminder: Friends of Rhode Island Avenue Annual Fall Fest
Please join Friends of Rhode Island Avenue for their 2013 Fall Fest on October 5 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Rhode Island Avenue, NE between South Dakota and 20th Street, NE. The event will feature music, arts, food and fun for kids of all ages. For more information, please visit
Reminder: Healthy Food Retail Program Grant Opportunity
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting applications from qualified organizations to manage its Healthy Food Retail Program. Through this grant, DSLBD will fund the expanded access of healthy foods within small food retailers in eligible areas of the District. A grant of $250,000 will be awarded to one organization to establish and operate a commercial distribution system which provides fresh produce and healthy foods to small food retail stores.
Applications are due on October 10, 2013, at 4 p.m. The grant recipient will be selected through a competitive application process and announced in November 2013. Download the Program Guidelines to view all the requirements. For more information, visit DSLB’s website at 
Metro advises riders of upcoming major work on Red Line Service changes for weekend of October 4-6, 2013
Red Line riders will get a well-deserved break from rebuilding work this weekend, September 27 through 29, but major track work is coming over the weekend of October 4 through 6 that will affect several downtown stations.
Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, October 4, through system closing Sunday, October 6, free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between DuPont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet stations to allow for major rebuilding work through the downtown area. The work includes replacement and renewal of third-rail components, installation of new rail fasteners, elimination of joints between sections of rail, and structural work.
As a result, Farragut North, Judiciary Square and Union Station will be closed. Gallery Place will remain open for Yellow and Green line service only; Metro Center will remain open for Blue and Orange line service only.
During the weekend of October 4-6, Red Line trains will operate as follows:
  • Between Shady Grove and DuPont Circle - Every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and at regular weekend intervals (every 15-20 minutes) at other times.
  • Between Glenmont and NoMa-Gallaudet - Every 10 minutes between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and at regular weekend intervals (every 15-20 minutes) at other times.
Within the work zone, shuttle buses will operate on two routes:
  • Limited stop buses will travel between DuPont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet stations with intermediate stops at Metro Center and Gallery Place only.
  • Local buses will travel between DuPont Circle and NoMa-Gallaudet making all intermediate stops (Farragut North, Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square and Union Station).  
Riders can minimize their travel time by considering these travel tips:
  • From the eastern side of the Red Line, use the Green Line between Fort Totten and downtown destinations.
  • Metrobus may be a good alternative for some riders, including those along Wisconsin Ave NW and Connecticut Ave NW. To check, use Metro's trip planner and select the "bus only" option.
  • Riders transferring between the Blue/Orange and Green/Yellow lines should use L'Enfant Plaza.
This Red Line project was first announced on June 18, 2013. Additional details regarding shuttle bus service and last train times will be posted on on Monday, September 30.
Reminder: The D.C. Office of the People’s Counsel presents: A Hands-on Citywide Workshop: Making Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Real  
When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center 
1133 15th Street, NW, Suite 500  
Washington, DC 20005 
Energy efficiency and renewable energy experts will share the fundamentals of: 
  • Applying for a home energy audit 
  • Making your home more energy efficient 
  • Installing solar PV or solar thermal systems 
  • Get information on DC government energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, including grants and rebate
For additional information or to request disability accommodations or language/sign interpretation services, please contact the Office of the People’s Counsel at 202.727.3071 by September 30, 2013.  
DC School Sustainability Fair and Announcement of DC Green Schools Challenge
WHEN: Saturday September 28, 2013 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Dunbar High School (101 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001)
INVITEES: Free and open to the public! Ideal for DC school students, parents, teachers, school leaders, healthy school advocates, and community members
Celebrate Green Apple Day of Service with the U.S. Green Building Council and DC's Department of General Services at this "Sustainability Fair," highlighting DC's landmark efforts around sustainable schools – and announcing the "DC Green Schools Challenge."
Take part in student-led tours of Dunbar High School's widely-acclaimed modernization, visit interactive information booths about what makes a school "green," and register for door prizes and competitions. Don’t miss the announcement of the DC Green Schools Challenge - helping schools eliminate energy waste, and awarding prizes and incentives to schools that excel. Challenge categories include: "Improvement" (savings year-over-year); "Overall Performance" (low energy usage); and "Innovation" (student-led efficiency projects + competitions for posters about energy conservation). The Sustainability Fair will provide tools and resources to set your school up for success in the Challenge, which launches later this fall.
If you're interested in green schools, you won't want to miss this event. Sign up for information and learn about the DC Green Schools Challenge here; see below for the Sustainability Fair schedule.
9:00am: Breakfast and coffee served
9:30am: Introductory remarks and welcome from Principal Jackson
9:40am: Mayor Vincent Gray (invited)
9:50am: Other Speaker(s) TBD
10:00am - 12pm: Campus tours and at least eight interactive information booths (including solar, school gardens, USGBC's " Energy Efficiency Toolkits," and more)
Campus Tours: Architects from design\architect firm Perkins Eastman and Dunbar HS students will lead tours of the new school, highlighting the many innovative green design components of the state-of-the-art facility.
**Ward 5 Events:
Councilmember McDuffie, or a member of his staff, will attend the following events:
Tuesday, October 1st – The Brentwood Civic Association's monthly meeting will take place at the Washington Center for Aging, located at 2601 18th Street NE, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 1st – The Woodridge Civic Association's monthly meeting will take place at the Washington Center for Aging, located at 2601 18th Street NE, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 1st – The Michigan Park Citizens Association’s monthly meeting will take place at Bunker Hill Elementary School, located at 1401 Michigan Ave NE, beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2nd – The North Michigan Park Civic Association’s monthly meeting will take place at the North Michigan Park Recreation Center, located at 1333 Emerson St NE, beginning at 7:00 p.m.