Wednesday, December 31, 2014

keep safe and have a Happy New Year

Bloomingdale residents, friends, adherents, visitors and supporters:

St. George's Episcopal Church celebrating a New Year's Day Eucharist at 12:00 noon

Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:13:24 -0500
Subject: Fw: Greetings and New Year's Day service
From: Janis Evans

From: Kent Marcoux <>
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:05 PM
To: Kent Marcoux
Subject: Greetings and New Year's Day service       
Greetings, St George’s family –
We will be celebrating a New Year’s Day Eucharist at 12:00 pm tomorrow (1/1). On Friday we will have our weekly Healing Eucharist at 12:00 pm (the usual time).
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact me at or 443 then 315 then 8124 (cell).
Best wishes for a joyful, Spirit-filled New Year. May 2015 be the best year yet!
Rev. Kent Marcoux
St George's Episcopal Church
160 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

148 W Street NW to be converted into a two-family flat

See this Bloomingdale item from Washington Business Journal reporter Michael Neibauer's permit review for today:

  • 148 W St. NW: Conversion from single family to flat, with interior alterations to the basement to include a new kitchen and bathroom and new lighting.

Tania Jackson, now Chief of Staff for new Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau

I have copied in the Email, since it references Tania Jackson of the Vision McMillan team:

Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:59:17 +0000
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Meet Councilmember Brianne Nadeau's staff

In case you missed it, below is Ward One Councilmember-elect Brianne Nadeau's announcement about her new staff. To celebrate her swearing in, she'll be holding an open house on Friday, January 2 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in her new office, Suite 102, in the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW). All are welcome!


Dear Friend,

I’m so excited to announce the new Ward One team.
As the Councilmember-elect, I’ve assembled a team of experts on issues that matter to you — especially our priorities of affordable housing, education and ethics. As you’ll see, the team has deep roots in the District and brings a diverse array of experiences that will help achieve our ultimate mission: to engage with the people of Ward 1 to build a strong, safe and sustainable community.
We are also committed to being responsive to residents because we believe that every constituent’s opinion matters. We’ve been laying the groundwork for months, so that we can hit the ground running once I take office in early January.
If you’d like to meet the team in person, join us for the Ward One Council Open House on Friday, January 2 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in our new office, Suite 102, in the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW). We’ll be celebrating my swearing in as your new Councilmember.
We can’t wait to get started working with you to improve the Ward and the District of Columbia.

Meet Councilmember Brianne Nadeau’s Team

Tania Jackson, Chief of Staff
Tania Jackson was raised in Ward 1 and has more than 20 years of experience in neighborhood-level community outreach, communications and project-related activism. Working variously with local government, non-profits and socially responsible for-profit entities, she has been able to help bring projects to fruition all over the District of Columbia. 
In 2009 she started her own consulting organization, Create Communitas, specializing in public-private development, tenant purchase, and compliance with District and federal hiring standards. She currently serves on the Board of Humanities D.C., the Mary Church Terrell House, is the Vice Chair of the Ward One Democrats and a member of the Potomac Chapter of the Links, Inc. Tania’s first job after finishing college was working for then-Ward One Councilmember Frank Smith.
She is a seventh generation Washingtonian and speaks French.

Tom Fazzini, Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director
A U Street resident, Tom brings a decade of experience serving in political and non-profit communications roles in the government, campaigns, and as an advisor to non-profit and progressive organizations. Previously, he was a Senior Director at West End Strategy Team, and Senior Associate at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications. Tom served as a communications official in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as press secretary for U.S. Senator Ben Nelson and deputy press secretary for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. During the 2008 campaign season, Tom served as the deputy communications director for the Obama campaign in Indiana. He also served as a senior communications official at a start-up nonprofit focused on ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. Tom is a graduate of Oberlin College.
Danielle Burs, Legislative Director
Prior to joining Councilmember Nadeau’s office, Danielle served as Director of Policy at the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Community Development and was a fellow at Manna, Inc., an organization that works to help low and moderate income persons in the District become homeowners. Danielle holds a J.D. from The American University Washington College of Law where she was a student attorney at the school’s Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, and she holds a B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, MA where she majored in government and English. Some of Danielle’s favorite things in Ward One are Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, the fantastic murals and the great coffee shops.  
Claudia Barahona, Constituent Services Director
Claudia Barahona was born and raised in Washington. Her parents emigrated from El Salvador to Washington D.C. in 1978 and they have lived in Ward One since 1985. Claudia graduated from Wilson Senior High School and she attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In 2008, her love and passion for community empowerment brought her back to Washington D.C., where she has been committed to working with youth in Ward 1 as an Inner City Outing Leader at the Parkview Recreation Center and a Project Director at the Latin American Youth Center. Having grown up Columbia Heights, Claudia looks forward to continuing her work with community members. Claudia is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Cherryl Bradley, Scheduler and Constituent Services Representative
A resident of Columbia Heights, Cherryl Bradley was born and raised in Washington where she grew up in the Stronghold neighborhood. Prior to joining Brianne’s team, Cherryl held previous positions with the District of Columbia Fire Department and District of Columbia Public Schools. Cherryl has more than 20 years of experience serving communities across the greater Washington metro area as a community activist, youth advocate, motivational speaker, and community program developer. Cherryl is a graduate of the District of Columbia Public Schools. She earned an M.S. in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Paralegal/Management from University of Maryland University College and also possesses certification as a computer specialist.

Maricela Nava, Administrative Assistant
Maricela Nava has a strong interest and passion in helping the Ward 1 community where she was born and raised. As a child she attended Harriet Tubman Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Bell Multicultural High School where she graduated in 2008. Maricela also attended Trinity Washington University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree she decided to pursue her life-long dream to become a Cosmetologist, and she attended Flair Beauty Institute and obtained her Washington, D.C. Cosmetology license. Maricela is a fluent Spanish speaker.

UrbanSitter will be at Big Bear Cafe with $75 gift cards for new sign-ups -- Thursday, 01-01-2015

See this message: 

Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:05 pm (PST) . Posted by:


Big Bear Café & UrbanSitter - $75 gift card on Jan 1! 

Head to Big Bear Café on New Years Day and get coffee, hot chocolate & great food! UrbanSitter will be there from 10-11 am with $75 gift cards to UrbanSitter (It's free to use!) for new sign-ups. 

About UrbanSitter: Looking for a new and better way to book babysitters? Try UrbanSitter! Founded by four busy parents, UrbanSitter is an online resource to find sitters recommended by people you know—so you feel secure in hiring someone you trust. Simply search for available sitters by date & time, select based on reviews and credentials, then book online at the click of a button! For harder to fill jobs, such as regular part-time help or a last-minute sitter, post a job and get an organized list of interested sitters. 

Happy New Years! 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MPD: robbery gun at 7:30 pm on the unit block of R Street NW

See this tweet from earlier this evening:

Robbery Gun at 1930 hrs in the unit block of R Street NW. Lookout unknown.DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/ EVENT # I20140696979
8:30 PM - 30 Dec 2014

ANC 5E07 Commissioner-Elect Bertha Holliday: Two-story pop-up and roof-top deck at 1833 1st Street NW

See this 12-30-2014 message from ANC 5E07 Commissioner-Elect Bertha Holliday:

Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:41:57 -0500
Subject: Two-Story pop-up and roof-top deck at 1833 First St., NW

Dear Neighbors:
 In my role as ANC Commissioner -Elect for  5E07, several persons have indicated to me  concern regarding construction at 1833 First St., NW.  This construction will convert that 2-story  rowhouse  for use as a 4 unit apartment building (with 1 unit per floor) .  I visited the site today, took photos,  spoke with a worker, but the construction manager reportedly was out of town for about a week.  I also   spoke with a BZA official and he noted DCRA had not made any referral for  a zoning exception or  variance..  Thus, although DCRA's database indicates that its staff had  flagged several potential  zoning problems (e.g., lot coverage, on-site parking spaces, blockage of open court), these were apparently resolved as no BZA referral was made.  I will be calling those DCRA staff  responsible for zoning reviews of  building applications and zoning compliance so that I might share with neighbors if and how identified zoning concerns were resolved, and DCR A's response to any other concerns  identified by neighbors.


Moderator comment: The property is zoned C-2-A and not R-4.

neighbor seeks recommendations for Au Pair placement services

See this 12-30-2014 request:

Would you kindly post a request for recommendations for Au Pair placement services from folks in the neighborhood?

Happy New Year from NestDC, coming to 87 Florida Avenue NW

See the text of this holiday greeting from NestDC:

From our Nest to yours, we wish you all the very best in the New Year! Once again, we think every Nest should be feathered. We raised over $6,500 for Bread for the City to feed hundreds of families this holiday season. We also rallied folks to donate $5,000 to City Dogs Rescue. We hope that puts a smile on your face. In lieu of sending swag, we made an additional donation to these great causes. We feel so lucky we can be a part of such a giving community and thank you for joining us! Cheers! 
Grace, Lisa, Tyler, Patrick, Rhianna, Lidya, Erica, Mark, Dane, Mike, Caleb, Hanna, Veronica, Chelsey, Kevin, Ashley, Melissa + Mr. Shaggs & Jackson

DCity Smokehouse gets a shout-out by the Washington Post Going Out Guide

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Post article.

I have included the section about DCity Smokehouse, 8 Florida Avenue NW.

 Going Out Guide

2014 Year in Review: Washington’s best, worst and most memorable moments

December 24


Best meal for less than $10

At $9.25, the Brisket Champ at DCity Smokehouse is a sandwich that even Lone Star State barbecue fanatics could love. Pitmaster and co-owner Robert Sonderman layers his smoky, lip-smacking brisket between slices of Texas toast and tops the meat with crispy fried onions and house-made pickles. This unwieldy beast is Sonderman’s chef-driven tribute to the classic brisket sandwich found at any reputable Texas smokehouse. You might even call it an improvement on it. 8 Florida Ave. NW (Metro: NoMa). 202-733-1919.
— Tim Carman

introducing NestDC -- coming soon to 87 Florida Avenue NW !

See this exciting message:

Nest DC is thrilled to announce that we will soon be calling Bloomingdale home. We purchased and are renovating 87 Florida Avenue NW.  The entire Nest DC team will enjoy working in the space.  We will also enjoy coffee at Big Bear!

Nest is a DC focused property management company.  We believe exceptional living experiences and rental units attract happier tenants and happier tenants create stronger, more robust and fruitful neighborhoods and communities.  Our formula is a simple one.  We offer outstanding rental spaces and ensure they remain in excellent condition.  This is best for the tenant, the city and the owner. Our secret ingredient is our staff.  We can’t wait to join the Bloomingdale community. Please let us know if you have questions and look forward to an open house this spring.

Lisa Wise
Chief Nester

are you wanting to start the New Year with more love and joy ?

Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:34:24 -0500
Subject: The Relationship Circle at Samsara House 2023, Tuesday, January 6th, 7:00 - 9:30PM

The Relationship Circle at Samsara House 2023, Tuesday, January 6th, 7:00 - 9:30PM

Are you wanting to start the new year with more love and joy in your professional and intimate relationships--the ones that matter most in determining your experience of this life?   Please join Samsara House 2023 in welcoming The Relationship Circle community every first Tuesday of each month, starting Tuesday January 6th, 2015.
New Year, New You!
"Existence is Relationship, and you are smack in the middle of it." 

~ Alan Watts  

About this Event: 
The Relationship Circle is about creating a community of mindful practice in the area of interpersonal relationships.  We endeavor to use our relationships themselves meditatively, as an avenue for personal transformation as well as creating more love, happiness, success and well-being in our lives.  We use self-inquiry to discover how we are the root of our experience and through an empathetic and powerful process, identify patterns and create new pathways for communication, action and relating to ourselves.  This can be a tremendously healing and empowering process.  For over three years, The Relationship Circle has supported people through finding new romantic relationships, creating success in their work and discovering a sense of wholeness that they experience in their everyday lives.
The group is led by Gregg DeMammos, an ontological life coach in private practice since 2006.  You can learn more at or find Gregg or the Relationship Circle on Facebook.
This month, we'll look at the head and the heart. What does it mean to come from head or heart in our relationships? What are we trying to accomplish? What are the challenges? By the end of the evening, we'll create insight, make declarations to take action from a new perspective and expand our lives.
Minimum suggested contribution: $10 or more
(Please help us keep our sanity by everyone registering
and offering a contribution using our Eventbrite page)


Hosted by Samsara House 2023
36 R Street NW
Washington DC 20001
Contact: 202-505-0735
Parking: 2hr Street parking on R Street NW, Best to park on Quincy or S Street NW.  Taking Metro is advised.
Metro: NoMa New York Ave Red line stop or Shaw green line for a short walk, or get off at Chinatown and take the P6 to Randolph Rd Stop or the 80 to Lincoln and R Street NE Stop (both stops 1 block from R Street NW).
Twitter: @samsarahouse
Add Google Event Calendar/E-mail:
Shift Happens at Samsara House 2023

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Holidays from Friends of McMillan Park‏

Here you go:

Happy Holidays from Friends of McMillan Park‏

Give a gift to the Save McMillan Park Legal Fund
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Save McMillan Park in 2015:
Support our Legal Fund!

Dear McMillan Park Supporters,

We are grateful for your efforts in 2014 in helping prevent the destruction and privatization of the endangered 25 acres of McMillan Park in Washington, DC. Created in 1906, McMillan Park was designed by the Olmsted firm and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Please make a year-end gift to the Save McMillan Park Legal Fund to enable critical legal actions coming up in 2015:
  • Zoning Appeal- The DC Zoning Commission recently approved the proposed re-zoning of McMillan Park for high-rise development. Friends of McMillan Park has party status in the matter. Once the Commission issues a Zoning Order, we will appeal the case in court. 
  • Opposition to Proposed Demolition- The DC Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation recently held hearings on the proposed demolition of McMillan Park’s historic underground structures. Friends of McMillan Park and the National Trust for Historic Preservation both have party status in the case. If the Mayor’s Agent issues an unfavorable ruling, we will appeal in court.
  • Government Waste Case against DC Council and Mayor- The DC Council and the Gray Administration used the holidays to rush through surplus and disposition resolutions for McMillan Park. This executive and legislative collusion to defraud the taxpayer deserves judicial review. 
Now more than ever, we need your support to help cover the costs of mounting these time-sensitive legal challenges. We would also greatly appreciate introductions to law firms that might be willing to help.

Please contribute however you can. Start by sharing this information with your friends and loved ones who might also take action.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Hugh Youngblood
Friends of McMillan Park

For more information, please email, call 202.213.2690, or visit
Copyright © 2014 Friends of McMillan Park, All rights reserved.

Big Bear Cafe: "The next wave of Big Bear shirts has arrived."

See this tweet and pic:

The next wave of Big Bear Shirts have arrived. Hope to see you rocking one soon

Sunday, December 28, 2014

consider a tax-deductible donation to Crispus Attucks Park as part of your year-end giving!

See this 12-09-2014 message from Crispus Attucks Park President Will Gomaa:

Consider Crispus Attucks Park as Part of Your Year-End Giving!
Dear Bloomingdale neighbors,
As we approach the end of 2014, I ask that you consider Crispus Attucks Park as part of your year-end giving!
Crispus Attucks Park is one of the very few green spaces in Bloomingdale, and a tranquil spot to walk your dog, play with your kids, read a book, lay out in the sun, and spend time with friends.  The park gets no financial support from the DC Government.  The park is run by a neighborhood nonprofit, supported by entirely by the generosity and volunteer work of the Bloomingdale community.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation!
Thanks, and happy holidays!
Will Gomaa
President, Crispus Attucks Development Corporation
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MPD: rob gun unit block of Bryant St NW

See this MPD tweet:


Rob Gun, 0311 hrs, Unit B/O Bryant Street NW, LOF a Black 2-door vehicle, (2) B/M's wearing black mask, coats.//2237
3:32 AM - 28 Dec 2014