Friday, January 31, 2014

Washington Firehouse Restaurant comments on its long Wednesday, 01-29-2014, ABRA hearing

See this 01-29-2014 Facebook message from the Washington Firehouse Restaurant at North Capitol Street NW and Quincy Place NW:

Washington Firehouse Restaurant
Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, emailed their representatives, and came out to support The Washington Firehouse Restaurant. Our ABRA hearing lasted almost 7 hours yesterday and we should hear back from the board within 60 days as to their determination on our application and the hours of operation. 
As soon as we hear from the board we will post the news on our Facebook page. Thank you again and have a great week.

Vision McMillan Partners reports that ANC 5A voted unanimously to support Phase 1 of the McMillan Planned Unit Development (PUD)

Subject: Thank you!
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:43:36 +0000

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We are pleased to report that ANC5A voted unanimously Wednesday to support Phase 1 of the McMillan PUD.

Thank you to all of the residents who attended and voiced your support, thank you to Chairman Ronnie Edwards for giving us some time to share updates with the commission and thank you to Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, who conveyed at the meeting a clear vision for McMillan – one that generates jobs for residents, creates a walkable community and gives rise to a world-class, 8-acre park. Your collective support and work with us on this project is what will make it great.

Finally, congratulations to all ANC 5A officers on re-election to their positions for 2014: Frank Wilds, Grace Lewis, Adrian Jordan, Ronnie Edwards, Sandi Washington and Angel Alston.

For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to join members of the VMP team for project updates, or if you have thoughts about the redevelopment that you would like to share, there are more opportunities next week to catch up.

VMP Community Conversations: Next Week

Monday, February 3
Bates Area Civic Association – 7pm @ Mt. Sinai Church
Stronghold Civic Association – 7pm @ All Nations Baptist Church

Thursday, February 6
ANC 1B Meeting – 7pm @ Reeves Center Large Conference Room

Saturday, February 8
Pleasant Plains Civic Association – 12pm @ Banneker Recreation Center

We look forward to seeing you next week.

PS - You should be receiving our fact sheet and infographic in the mail any day now. Please be in touch with any thoughts or questions, and be sure to return the support card if you would like to get involved!


Tania Jackson
Vision McMillan Partners

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McMillan Sand Filtration site today
Envision McMillan
If you haven’t seen it, now is a good time to check out our Vision Video.
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You are receiving this email because you have expressed interest in getting updates related to Vision McMillan Partner's plan to transform the McMillan property into a model 21st century community.

Our mailing address is:
Vision McMillan Partners
1508 U St, NW
WashingtonDC 20009

remembering Sylvester Randolph Burrows Sr.. father of Bloomingdale resident and ANC 5E Commissioner Wanda Foster

Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:36:51 -0500
Subject: Fwd: Remembering Sylvester Randolph Burrows Sr.

Please share with neighbors the announcements below of the passing of Mr. Sylvester Burrows, father of Commissioner Wanda Foster and our Bloomingdale neighbor. Mr. Burrows was a life long Washingtonian and a well loved long time resident of the 100 block of Randolph Place, NW. He was also a member of the Bloomingdale Civic Association. Mr. Burrows and his wife could often be found "stoop sitting" on their block, in fact, they were stoop sitting the day they became the first Bloomingdale residents I met when I was deciding whether to buy my house. Mr. Burrows' presence and wisdom will be missed but his spirit will live on through his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
During this difficult time, if you have pressing neighborhood related concerns that would normally require a response from Commissioner Foster, please understand that she may require additional time to respond. You may also cc me or one of the other Bloomingdale Commissioners (Dianne Barnes and Mark Mueller) for assistance.
Teri Janine Quinn
President, Bloomingdale Civic Association
                                    HOMEGOING ANNOUNCEMENT
5/21/21 - 1/26/14
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delights in his way.
(Psalm 37:23)
At 92 years of age, our faithful brother-in-Christ, Sylvester Burrows, peacefully transitioned from his earthly tabernacle to his Heavenly Home into the Divine Presence of his Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Sylvester has lived a long and satisfying life as was promised in Psalm 91:16, "With long life did God satisfy him, and show him His salvation." At age 90, Sylvester was awarded in June 2012 with the Congressional Medal of Honor for the First African American U. S. Marine of Montfort Point.
Sylvester leaves to cherish their precious memories his loving wife Lynell Burrows and children. Psalm 127:3-5 reads, "Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;" Please keep the Burrows family lifted in prayer
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Viewing 10-11 AM Service 11:00
Rhema Christian Center
1835 Michigan Avenue
Washington, DC 20002
Sylvester will lie in State at Arlington Cemetery with full Honors and Salute at a later date
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: wanda foster <>
Date: Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 1:52 AM
Subject: Fwd: Remembering Sylvester Randolph Burrows Sr.

It is with great sadness that I bring to you th news of my dad's passing.
We will truly miss him and his dedicated service to Jesus Christ, his famiy and loved ones. We are comforted by knowing that even in our mourning we can offer God the praise described in 1 Peter 1:3: "Praise

See these two related articles passed along by Teri Janine Quinn:

Congress honors aging African-American Marines with medal

McClatchy NewspapersJune 27, 2012 

Friday, Mar 02, 2012      Publication: Pentagram

Veteran Marines Share Their Historical Legacy

by Sophia E. Piellusch, H&S Bn. HQMC, JBM-HH, Public Affairs

Read more here:

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale on 2/2/2014

34 Channing St NW

The featured property shown above is located at 34 Channing St NW, is being listed by Kent Fowler of Keller Williams Capital Properties. It will be open for viewing on Sunday from 2-4pm. You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  A map of the same properties can be seen here.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday.  If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments.  Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail david at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Mat Bader: 2006 McMillan solicitation/RFP attachments‏

See this 01-30-2014 message from Bloomingdale resident Mat Bader:

Given all of the chatter recently about the solicitation and bid process surrounding McMillan, I went ahead and uploaded attachments to the solicitation. These are 24 documents from a companion CD-ROM which contain supplemental information on the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. These documents were to assist developers in responding to the solicitation and the District in selecting a Land Development partner for the project.
I have not yet read through all of the documents but, for those interested in community input, please see attachment 24: Summary of Recommendations for Site Revitalization February 1, 2001.   See pages 36, 39 and 40 for a list of conclusions and recommendations from the Office of Planning which follow multiple discussions between the community, councilmembers, technical advisors, District departments, consultants, and others.
Anyone can find the attachments on the MAG website.

Brookland resident Daniel Wolkoff: video and graphic of urban agriculture at McMillan

See this 01-30-2014 message from Brookland Daniel Wolkoff:

Can you include the attached. It's good illustration of urban agriculture in the McMillan Caverns. thanks.
McMillan indoor vertical agriculture 

Daniel Goldon  Wolkoff  comments on Kojo Namdi show today on Development in DC and saving open space:

Kojo managed again to avoid any real discussion of the social justice, as well as city planning issues at McMillan,thanks a lot Kojo, consistently distoriting the public debate on McMillan.
We have a case here at McMillan of successive DC administrations who placed no value on our history, NO VALUE on the residents of an entire section of their city. Since 1986 the DC government fenced this land off, blocking peoples access to their needed outdoor recreation, with absolutely no concern for community health. Kojo, would this park be fenced off had it been located in Friendship Heights or Georgetown?

To understand the historic importance please read our  Office of Historic Preservation, Kim Williams',  excellent nomination for McMillan to the National Register of Historic Places
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You will quickly understand that McMillan is an amazing resource of NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE, and that it is in surprisingly good condition. Ironically its preservation, is in the DC govternment's incompetent, ignorant hands, who is by law, charged with McMillans preservation not paving over. McMillan is a Registered DC and National Park Service Registered Historic Place,,, not an office park, or condo row.

Mayor Gray/VMP development plan at McMillan will demolish the 20 acres of underground water filtration galleries, and over-urbanize the site with 50 buildings , including 13 story condos. The community struggle to Save McMillan Park, preserving the Olmsted designed surface park and existing 20 acres underground, creates the exciting potential for Sustainable large scale "indoor agriculture" and Family Fish Network, and creative  food and other services. With proven vertical indoor growing technology we could convert the McMillan/Olmsted Park caverns to a fully functional, local food production facility , making it a truly sustainable site. Imagine superior organic fresh fruit, vegetables and Family Farmed Fish freshly produced right here in DC , no longer trucked from California, Florida and Mexico. Our food will be fresher, riper, pesticide free, and produced sustainably and we'll save energy, as thirty five percent of trucks on the road are transporting food!
                          Please see this fascinating video: 

Daniel Goldon Wolkoff
Adams Morgan Stained Glass
1231 Randolph Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-232-8391

Thursday, January 30, 2014

letter from Vision McMillan Partners in today's snail mail, requesting support

The envelope from Vision McMillan Partners contains:
  • a postage paid return envelope
  • a one-sided "express support" card, intended to be mailed back to VMP in the supplied postage paid return envelope
  • a two-sided 8 1/2" x 11" tri-fold flier that was distributed at this past Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association.  One side, titled "Creating a World Class Park for McMillan," has a rendering of the project from the southeast corner.  The flip side is titled "Redeveloping the McMillan Sand Filtration Site - By the Numbers."

I am providing pics of the exterior envelope, the postage paid interior envelope and the "express support" card below.  

I have not provided the two-sided info sheet here.  I did not try to photo it.  I assume that it is available somewhere on the EnvisonMcMillan website.

Here is the exterior envelope:

Here is the postage paid return envelope:

Here is the "express support" card to be returned in the postage paid return envelope.

 F Y I .

Bloomingdale resident and Long & Foster realtor Angela Jones sold 139 V St NW

See this large postcard received in the mail from Bloomingdale resident and Long & Foster realtor Angela Jones, who sold Bloomingdale property 139 V Street NW, located on the northeast corner of Flagler and V Street NW.

hunting for a CSA? consider Earth Spring Farm --- with pickup at Grassroots Gourmet !

Here is an old regurgitated tweet for you:

#BloomingdaleDC's @GrssRtsGourmet: Earth Spring Farm from Carlisle, PA now accepting members for its 2014 veggie CSA

CM McDuffie: trash pick-up in Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale

From: kmcduffie@DCCOUNCIL.US
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:53:56 -0500
Subject: Fwd: Trash Pick-Up in Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale Neighborhoods

FYI. I have informed Dir. Howland that this situation is unacceptable and requires an immediate resolution. I will provide updates as I receive them. Thank you. 


Kenyan R. McDuffie
Councilmember, Ward 5
Chair Pro Tempore
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004

Begin forwarded message:
From: "McDuffie, Kenyan (Council)" <kmcduffie@DCCOUNCIL.US>
Date: January 30, 2014 at 2:34:21 PM EST
To: "" <>
Cc: "Twine, Kevin (DPW)" <>, "Mobley, Levonnia (Council)" <>, "Jackson, Janene (EOM)" <>
Subject: Trash Pick-Up in Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale Neighborhoods
Director Howland,

As I explained during our earlier conversation, I and my staff have received a number of complaints from Truxton Circle and Bloomingdale residents about trash pick-up. Specifically, DPW has not serviced those neighborhoods in two weeks. You are certainly aware of the potentially negative health and quality of life issues associated with overflowing trash cans. We need this matter resolved as quickly as possible.

I am in receipt of Mr. Twines email sent at 2:05 pm today. However, I would like you to advise me in writing, within the hour, of the specific plan you will implement to address this problem.

Thank you and I look forward to your speedy response to this matter.


Kenyan R. McDuffie
Councilmember, Ward 5
Chair Pro Tempore
1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 506
Washington, DC 20004

Postmates delivers to Bloomingdale

Did you see this 12-22-2013 Washington Post article on Postmates?

I didn't see it, either.

I have copied in a few paragraphs from this article.  You can click on the link to read the entire story.

Note that the article mentions that it delivers to "parts of Bloomingdale."  I called Postmates in San Francisco for clarification.

I was advised that Postmates delivers west of North Capitol Street and north of Florida Avenue NW.

I am curious if anyone in Bloomingdale has used Postmates.

 This is the Postmates logo.

Postmates arrives in the District with a promise to deliver anything in under an hour

By Published: December 22

The only thing faster than the pace of innovation in the shipping industry is how quickly companies want to actually deliver items to your door.
        began with free two-day shipping, then same-day service in certain markets and now dreams of delivery by flying drones. Other Internet companies, including Google and eBay, are also testing same-day delivery.

Postmates has carved out a niche by delivering orders from local restaurants and retailers to your home or office within an hour. It’s a business driven by consumers’ desire for instant gratification and efficiency, executives say.
“There is a radical reduction of time between saying you want something and receiving it, and it’s not just delivery, it’s a whole bunch of services,” founder Bastian Lehmann said.
Postmates debuted earlier this month in D.C., a city executives said is brimming with busy professionals who have ample money, but little time to spend it. The upstart began in San Francisco two years ago before expanding to Seattle and New York.


Postmates primarily serves Washington’s Northwest quadrant, with the exceptions of Capitol Hill, Southwest Waterfront, the National Mall and parts of Bloomingdale. The delivery fee ranges from $5.50 to $15.50 depending on the distance between sites.


World Missions Extension Center exterior signage removed from 1720 1st Street NW

World Missions Extension Center recently announced that it was relocating to Brookland.

It appears that the church's exterior signage has been removed.

Here is a pic taken today:

200 block of Florida Av NW: electronic store employee shot yesterday, Wednesday, 01-29-2014

Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:55:17 -0500
Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] Daily Crime Report - 5D

There was an incident in an electronic store during which an employee was shot.  The case is currently being investigated by the Violent Crime Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department.  If anyone reading this has any additional information please call our Command Information Center on 202-727-9099.
Gary Durand
1805 Bladensburg Road NE
Washington DC 20002


From: [] On Behalf Of Kay Steiger
Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] Daily Crime Report - 5D

Could I get some more information about the following incident?
PSA: 501
CCN: 14013736
RPT DATE: 01/29/2014 +11:19
OFFENSE: Assault W/Dangerous Weapon
METHOD: Assault W/Intent To Kill Or To Poison 
LOCATION: Convenience Store
START DT: 01/29/2014 +11:19
END DT: 01/29/2014 +11:19

Thank you.

Rev. Melvin Brooks of Brooks Upholstery, 80 RI Ave NW: passed on 12-31-2013

Brooks Upholstery was located in the small space behind City Cleaners at 80 Rhode Island Avenue NW for 50 years.  Its owner, Rev. Melvin Brooks, closed his business a few years ago, and the City Cleaners folks took over the space.

Here is a current pic of the exterior:

Now read this message from a neighbor down the street:

I just learned the Melvin Brooks, the owner of Brooks Upholstery which used to be in the Unit block of Rhode Island Ave NW died this month. He and his wife were simply wonderful people. They would always invite my dog and I into their shop and give her treats. If he didn't have any treats for her, he would dig into his own lunch and find something to share. I was sorry to see them close up shop and have really missed them. They were a special part of the neighborhood.


Of Hyattsville, MD on December 31, 2013. Owner of Brooks Upholstery at 80 Rhode Island Ave. NW for 50 years. He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife of 50 years Mamie; two daughters Stacey and Odesriann Brooks; three grandchildren Adriel, Corron and Dinah; two sisters Alice and Katherine Brown; other family and friends. Memorial Service on Friday, January 10, 2014 at Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC at 10 a.m. Service to follow at 11 a.m.
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Emanuel Briggs of DC Water: newly expanded Backwater Valve Rebate Program -- "up to $6,000"

See this DC Water message from last night:

Subject: Re: Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Community Update
Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:41:50 +0000

Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park Residents:

DC Water is happy to announce our newly expanded Backwater Valve Rebate Program wherein eligible property owners who have not previously installed a backwater valve inside their home may now do so for a reimbursement amount of up to $6,000. Other property owners who have previously installed this device inside their home as part of our existing program and already received a rebate could be eligible for additional reimbursement which would automatically be mailed.

Similar to our existing program initiated in 2012, eligible property owners have already been identified and letters explaining the program are currently being mailed to them. For those property owners who have already received reimbursement under the existing program, additional rebate checks are also being mailed, so there is no need for any additional application procedures. Property owners who do not receive a program letter and want to know if their property is eligible may contact me directly at (202) 787-2003 or You may also contact me with any other questions pertaining to the Backwater Valve Rebate Program.

For more information on the expanded program, please see today’s Press Release at This and other new information will soon be available on our Bloomingdale/LeDroit Park community web page, so please stay tuned.

Thank you.

Emanuel D. Briggs | Manager, Community Outreach, External Affairs | District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority |
5000 Overlook Avenue, SW | Washington, DC 20032 | (202) 787-2003 | (202) 787-4122 (fax)
Water is Life! | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr

Washington Times story on uncollected trash by DPW -- Bloomingdale referenced

See this Washington Times article -- Bloomingdale resident comment on uncollected trash by DPW.

Click on the link to read the entire article.

By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A combination of a recent snowstorm and an outbreak of the flu has left trash piling up on D.C.
The District's Department of Public Works on Wednesday was battling to clear overflowing trash cans and debris from alleyways, with trash collectors expected to work into the evening most nights this week to catch up, a spokeswoman said.
"Yesterday, crews worked until 7 at night to try to get up as much as we could," DPW spokeswoman Linda Grant said. "We are making every effort to make rounds everywhere this week."
Ms. Grant couldn't say Wednesday whether certain parts of the city were suffering more than others from the delayed trash collections. Several residents took DPW to task on Twitter over the lack of collections, specifically in the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Bloomingdale and portions of Petworth.

Wrote another, "Any chance of a recycling pick up on 4th St in Bloomingdale? It's been a couple weeks ."
Officials responded dutifully to each Twitter request, assuring residents that workers were doing their best.

Ms. Grant said the department hopes to make all the regularly scheduled rounds by the end of the week.


DC Water's presentation from the 1st & Thomas St NW meeting

See this morning tweet from @FirstStTunnel:

7:13 AM - 30 Jan 2014