Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Friends of McMillan Park: "Local Leaders Blast D.C. Request for Demolition Proposals for McMillan Park as Irresponsible"

From: Erin Fairbanks []
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:40 PM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: Local Leaders Blast D.C. Request for Demolition Proposals for McMillan Park as Irresponsible


For Immediate Release: August 31, 2016

Contact: Linwood Norman: 804-837-0737
                Kirby Vining: 202-213-2690

Local Leaders Blast D.C. Request for Demolition Proposals for McMillan Park as Irresponsible

Amidst a Court Case and Protests from D.C. Residents, Community Asks,
“Why is the Mayor’s Office rushing it through now?”

Washington, D.C. – This week, the D.C. Department of General Services issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for general contractors to submit bids for the demolition and infrastructure development of the historic McMillan Park. However, this casting call for contractors comes in the midst of a continuing legal battle to halt the shady “sole source” bid that even D.C. Auditor Kathleen Patterson said should be competitively re-bid.

“It is illogical and fiscally irresponsible to spend an exorbitant amount of taxpayer money on a project without proper legal clearance,” said Kirby Vining, a Director of the Friends of McMillan Park. “The selection and bidding processes included in an RFP should not be considered while the court has yet to hand a decision down. If the court rules that the Mayor’s Office has violated its own laws and regulations in permitting demolition of a significant portion of the site and subdividing this historic site, then the time and money wasted on the issuance of this RFP will be considerable. “

A number of issues concerning the project, and whether it will come to fruition, remain before the court, after the Friends of McMillan Park filed a lawsuit against the City challenging its disregard for the recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan and the historic designation of the site. The McMillan Sand Filtration Site is part of the larger McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites.

“The city is investing $84 million of public funds into what is essentially a private development project, the majority of which is medical office buildings and market-rate housing,” said Mr. Vining. “Legally, the developer is required to provide a significant public benefit in order to justify destroying a historic landmark.  Essentially, this is the biggest developer give-away in the history of the city.”

The project would permit the demolition of 80-90% of the 25-acre, D.C.-owned portion of McMillan Park in order to carve up the land for massive commercial use. The historic landmark, at Michigan Ave. and North Capitol St., NW, includes irreplaceable features such as underground vaults and the surface landscaping designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.

Aside from unique historic preservation concerns, the issuance of the RFP is inappropriate at a time when the project remains tied up in a continuing court case. The Mayor’s Office refuses to state why it is taking this premature action.

“From the very beginning, Vision McMillan and the District government have tried to create the impression that this project is a done deal, that resistance is futile, and that the train has left the station. But that self-serving story is wrong,” says Philip Blair Jr., a resident of Ward 5 and a long-time opponent of the project. “A court is currently reviewing a serious challenge to the fundamentals of the project. The court could nullify the current project on a number of grounds. The RFP for demolition proposals is an especially irresponsible part of this ‘done-deal’ argument. It is, moreover, an abuse of the taxpayers, the residents, and even of the possible bidders themselves.”



MPD: Narcotics Enforcement Unit arrests on the 200 blk of V St NW and at 3rd & Q St NW

Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:55 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] Narcotics and Special Investigations Division Activity Report

Public Information Office: 202-727-4383
August 31, 2016 

Narcotics and Special Investigations Division Activity Report

(Washington, DC)  – The Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotic Enforcement Unit, Gun Recovery Unit, and Criminal Interdiction Unit have announced recent arrests that have been made in cases in the District of Columbia. 

Narcotic Enforcement Unit Arrests:
·         On Wednesday, August 24, 2016, members conducted an operation in the 200 block of V Street, Northwest. CCN: 16-142-374. The following persons were arrested:
o   21-year-old Bryan Wilson, of Northwest, DC, for Distribution of Crack Cocaine and Possession With Intent to Distribute Heroin.
o   43-year-old Kyrronita Cooper, of Southeast, DC, for Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

·         On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, members conducted an operation at 3rd and Q Streets, Northwest. CCN: 16-146-367. The following persons were arrested:

o   60-year-old Peter McElhaney, of Northwest, DC, for Distribution of Heroin and Possession With Intent to Distribute Heroin.

o   66-year-old Jimmy Ford, of No Fixed Address, for Distribution of Heroin.

MPD at the BP gas station at Florida, Rhode Island and 3rd St NW this afternoon

More from the MPD-5D listserv:

Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:51 PM
Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] Armed Robberies in Bloomingdale/Shaw over the weekend

Good evening,

PSA 501 Officers will continue to deploy in the PSA on foot, mountain bike, and patrol vehicles.  The Officers proactively patrol all areas of the PSA in addition to handling 911 calls for service.  Additionally, PSA Officers are placed on special beats determined by crime trends in the area.  There is a lot of planning and coordination that goes into deploying officers in the PSA between 3 different shifts, as each shift has different crime trends. 

In the future, if you witness a crime, please call 911 and provide the information to include a lookout of the individual(s), so Officers can be dispatched to the area.  You can remain anonymous when calling. 

Lieutenant Verna

Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:12 PM
Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] Armed Robberies in Bloomingdale/Shaw over the weekend

I understand that the MPD is over at the BP now - thank you for starting to deal with this! Greatly appreciated!


Brian G. Smith

On Aug 30, 2016, at 10:34 PM, Brian Smith wrote:
What about the BP that seems to be nobody's problem due to being on the border of two districts? I think I have mentioned this as a problem in recent crime spikes and have been given assurances that it is being dealt with but this afternoon I watched as one of my local dealers held his normal perch without a care in the world in the back of the BP...has anyone called the owner and asked for the ability to move folks off of the property? And when the crowd moves - putting a car next to the "BBQ joint" (that never seems to have food for sale) on the corner... 

Thank you for responding and glad you are paying attention but this seems to be out of control - were the kids you busted in possession of anything that ties them to the robberies? If not what is the plan moving forward? 

Not trying to be a jerk but would very much love to hear where all of these resources were Friday/Saturday and how you intend to deal with the 501 PSA moving forward because it seems like the gun robberies have moved from Flagler down to Bloomingdale.

Granny and the Boys covered by German press

See this message from Bloomingdale resident Mark Mueller:

1st if 2 pieces on Bloomingdale's/Showtime's Granny & the Boys on one of Germany's major news stations. My cool German summer intern Jorn made this happen. I will post 2nd one asap.

USA: Die Granny hat den Funk im Blut
Weltbilder -
Die 82-jährige Alice Donohue spielt mit ihrer Band "Granny and the Boys" Funk und Blues in Bars. Die alte Dame ist als Weiße eine echte Exotin unter ihren schwarzen Bandkollegen.

DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Community Update -- August 2016; plus info on the Family Water Festival !

From: Hadiah Jordan []
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:05 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: RE: First Street Tunnel Community Update-- August 2016

*with attachment
Greetings First Street Tunnel Stakeholders,

DC Water is diligently working towards making the First Street Tunnel operational by late September 2016.  Construction is behind schedule due to the excavation of the frozen ground taking longer than anticipated and delays in the delivery of some key custom fabricated equipment. Major remaining work includes the testing of the system, demolition of temporary works and street restoration. We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience as we move to project completion.

Updates at Construction Staging Areas (CSAs)

 Channing Street CSA:  Finalizing construction of the shaft cover and ventilation control vault, backfilling and landscaping.

Adams Street CSA: Installing surface access on the shaft cover, demolition of temporary works, backfilling and site restoration is ongoing. Adams Street NW and Flagler Place NW are expected to reopen at the end of October 2016. The CSA on Flagler Place has been reduced, the street partially repaved and most of the sidewalk restored.

V Street CSA: Finalizing construction of the shaft cover, demolition of temporary works, utility relocations, backfilling and site restoration is ongoing. First Street NW is anticipated to open in mid-October 2016 and V Street NW by the end of October 2016.

Pumping Station CSA: Testing of the Pumping Station is underway, construction of permanent power, utility connections and site restoration ongoing. Thomas Street NW is anticipated to reopen at the end of September 2016.

Water Fun for Everyone!

DC Water extends a special invitation to residents in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods to its first Family Water Festival!

Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Bryant Street Pumping Station, 301 Bryant Street, NW

Enjoy lots of family-friendly activities, including face painters, balloon artists and a photo opportunity with Wendy the Water Drop.

Please contact to confirm your attendance. Please share this link ( and the attached invitation with your friends and neighbors.

Updates on FEMS Door Mural Giveaways

All 30 of the decorative doors have been claimed by residents, community organizations and DC Water. All murals are currently temporarily stored at the Bryant Street APA. If you claimed a mural, please make arrangements to pick it up.

Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project

Construction of the Small Diameter Water Main Project is expected to begin in September 2016. Some portions of the First Street Tunnel CSAs will be restored as part of this Project to mitigate rework. First Street from McMillan Drive NW to Channing Street NW will remain closed through February 2017 to assist with the construction of DC Water’s Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project.  Contact Tanya Hedgepeth,, (202-787-2202) for any questions concerning the upcoming Small Diameter Water Main Replacement Project.

If you have any questions or concerns about the FST Project, please call the 24/7 Hotline at 1-844-FST-INFO (1-844-378-4636). Please continue to check our web site for updated project information ( 


Hadiah S. Jordan, Public Outreach Coordinator | DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water |
5000 Overlook Avenue, SW | Washington, DC 20032 | t (202) 787-4717 | f (202) 787-4476
Water is Life! | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr | LinkedIn

WAMU post: "D.C. Takes Homes From Developer, Plans To Turn Them Into Affordable Housing"

In case you missed this from Monday.

Click on the link to read the entire WAMU story.

D.C. Takes Homes From Developer, Plans To Turn Them Into Affordable Housing
City’s punishment of house flipper Insun Hofgard continues
By: Martin Austermuhle
August 29, 2016

A Virginia developer planned to turn the six properties into luxury housing and sell them for top dollar. Instead, the D.C. government has taken the six homes in some of the city's hottest neighborhoods — and plans to use them for affordable housing.
Late last month, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine claimed eminent domain and took six rowhomes owned by Virginia developer Insun Hofgard, who earlier this summer agreed to pay $1.3 million in restitution to buyers of close to two-dozen of her renovated properties — many of which were marked by shoddy work and violations of the city's construction code.
The homes — in Bloomingdale, Petworth, Columbia Heights, and Edgewood — will be handed over to the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, which says it plans to convert them to affordable housing for low-income residents.

Bloomingdale residents are invited to join Children's National 4th Annual Race For Every Child -- Saturday, 10-01-2016

From: Husich, Ashley []
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 1:03 PM

We invite all Bloomingdale residents to join us in support of Children’s National on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC for the fourth annual Race for Every Child. This year we expect more than 7,000 families, community leaders, partners, and sponsors to support a common vision – to help children grow up stronger.  Proceeds from the race directly support therapies, research, advocacy, wellness and education programs, and family support at Children’s National Health System, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. All Bloomingdale residents will receive $10 off their 5K registration by using the promotional code BLOOMINGDALE10 on the checkout page.
The Race for Every Child  features a wide range of family-friendly activities at Freedom Plaza including:

·         A USATF-certified 5K course down Pennsylvania Avenue for runners and walkers

·         Kids’ Dash for children ages 3 to 10 and medals for all participants (Just $15!)

·         Awards ceremony for top finishers, fundraisers, and teams

·         On-course entertainment

·         Champions tent for top fundraisers with special incentives

·         A family fun village including fitness activities, live entertainment, face painting, balloon art, food trucks, and more

How you can help:

·         Register to run or walk with us on October 1 at

·         Make a general donation by visiting

·         Sign up as a volunteer at

For questions please feel free to reach me at the email or number below, or contact the Race team at We hope to see you on October 1 as we join together to help children in our community who need our support. Thank you!

Ashley Husich
Associate Director, Special Events
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Direct: (301) 565-8577 | Main: (301) 565-8500

You're invited to the Open "Fireside" Chat Meditation Circle -- Saturday, 09-03-2016

From: Cullen Kowalski []
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 10:36 AM
To: Wake Up
Subject: You're invited to the Open "Fireside" Chat Meditation Circle, Sat. Sept 3rd 7:30-9:30PM

Hey Everybody!

The monthly Fireside chat is on again! These gatherings are live, juicy, sometimes hot but always moving.. Last month's Fireside chat was tantalizing!

This monthly community gathering for real connection happens again Saturday September 3rd. We will sit outside around the fire pit if there's nice weather, otherwise, we will sit in a circle of backjack style floor chairs.

There is no community without connection. Samsara House 2023 seeks to create and hold space in which profound connections happen. The result is a real community of humans who live and die (continuously), committed to each other like never before. A community that lives, acts and talks from the Heart and no longer from only the head of ideas and concepts.

Open to the participants of our workshops and others who are committing to changing the world by how they show up in the world. We automatically transmit our new way of being to others around us; we create ripples. Sitting in mutuality with others helps accelerate our individual awakening. Mysteriously, we gradually relax into the ground of Being and all Knowing while we continuously let go from the ground of fear, and polish the mirror of our consciousness along the way. The leading edge of meditation is interpersonal and the practice of mutuality. The future spirituality is experiential. Like everything, we only get good at it when we practice. Come on out and practice in togetherness. You won't regret it.

Continue Reading:

Open “Fireside” Chat Awakening Circle with Bennett Crawford & Cullen Kowalski
Saturday Evening September 3, 2016,
7:30 - 9:30pm
Cost: $5 - Tea and Conscious Snacks Served
36 R Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 | RSVP:

Download 2016 Fireside Chat Calendar:


Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie responds to Eckington resident Tim Bennett's concerns about North Capitol Street traffic

Here is an update on this 08-19-2016 Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog post.

Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:55 AM

Mr. Bennett -

Thank you again for the drive through on North Capitol Street a few weeks ago.  As a follow up to our discussion and meeting, please see next steps below:

We  have reached out to DDOT to see if we can get some short term solutions that will help eliminate some of the confusion that comes from the North Capitol/Florida Ave intersection.

a.   Placement of a neon “no left turn sign” for vehicles traveling south on North Capitol Street so that it is clear that you cannot access Florida Ave NE from that intersection. 

b.   Proper early signage to let drivers know that to access Florida Avenue NE when driving south on North Capitol, they should make the left turn at the next intersection at P Street NE.   

2)    The Councilmember has asked that DDOT take a look at the timing of the lights at North Capitol and New York Avenue.  The ramp leading from off of North Capitol onto New York Avenue is almost always congested, especially during rush hour.  It is usually backed up due to the vehicle backup from the cars along New York Avenue waiting to turn onto 395.  Then the problem is even greater exacerbated by the pedestrians crossing that intersection.

3)    Additionally, DDOT, other agencies and even third party consultants have conducted studies about the traffic conditions and improvements necessary for the North Capitol Street, New York Avenue, Florida Avenue areas.  This includes studies that were a part of the Mid City East plan as well as studies conducted through NOMA Bid.  Councilmember McDuffie will continue looking into these recommendations to advocate for funding and implementation.

We I will update you as soon as we hear back from DDOT and let you know the steps and timing they decide to take.

Thank you again!

Perfect Pickles: Hands on Pickle Making With Sweet Farm Owner Rachel Armistead -- today at Common Good City Farm

See this announcement for a workshop today at Common Good City Farm, located near 4th & V Street NW:

Hi Everyone,
Join us for
Perfect Pickles: Hands on Pickle Making
With Sweet Farm Owner Rachel Armistead

Wednesday, August 31
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Common Good City Farm



Arcadia Mobile Market at 3rd & Elm St NW this afternoon

Stop by the Arcadia Food Mobile Market this afternoon between 4pm and 7pm for local produce, dairy and bread.  The market operates in LeDroit Park at 3rd & Elm Street NW.

The Arcadia Mobile Market participates in the Produce Plus program.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

armed robberies in Bloomingdale/Shaw over the weekend

Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 8:20 PM
Subject: RE: [MPD-5D] Armed Robberies in Bloomingdale/Shaw over the weekend

Good evening,

As you are aware there have been several robberies over the last couple of days in PSA 501.  Prior to the two robberies in the early hours of Saturday morning, additional Fifth District resources were deployed to other areas of the Fifth District due to the crime patterns.  After the robberies occurred, units were deployed in the PSA 501 area to include the Crime Suppression Team, mountain bike units, and special beat patrols.  The Fifth District will continue to deploy units in the area as needed. 

In reference to little being done to stop drug usage, loitering, and drinking, that is not the case.  PSA 501 Officers continue to actively patrol the PSA and take necessary enforcement action.  For instance, an operation was conducted tonight in the area of 3rd and Q Street, Northwest, which resulted in two arrests for distribution of heroin. 

Recent PSA 501 Robbery Arrests: 

  • On Thursday, August 25, 2016, 28-year-old Vincent Cherry, of District Heights, MD, and 37-year-old Demetrius Hunter, of Northeast, DC, were arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense which occurred in the unit block of Bates Street, Northwest.  CCN: 16-139-659
  • On Saturday, August 20, 2016, a juvenile male of Northeast, DC, a juvenile male of Northwest, DC, and a juvenile male of Temple Hills, Maryland, were arrest for an Attempt Robbery offense, which occurred in the 100 block of U Street, Northwest.  CCN: 16-139-601 
Please feel free to contact me if you would like to further discuss any issues in the PSA.

Lieutenant Verna

Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 12:31 PM
To: McDuffie, Kenyan (Council); Quinn, Teri Janine (SMD 5E06); Holliday, Bertha G. (SMD 5E07); Bertha Holliday; Fitzgerald, William (MPD); Kishter, Jacob (MPD);
Subject: [MPD-5D] Armed Robberies in Bloomingdale/Shaw over the weekend 

Councilman McDuffie and other leaders,

As I am sure each of you are aware, Friday and Saturday were quite eventful in Bloomingdale and I see two additional "incidents" that were not part of the initial flurry of emails about the robberies at 1st and S and the robbery near Kochix (3rd and Florida) on Friday evening. Information about both of these incidents were shared on the 5d listserve and also on NextDoor. 

I must admit I am growing more and more weary of going outside anytime after dark...we have witnessed numerous armed robberies in Bloomingdale, LeDroit and Shaw without any visible increase in the amount of patrols in and around PSA 501 (and the bordering PSAs) - focusing specifically on the three gas stations at RI and Fla Avenues, NW. Any person who walks around this area at any time of the day or night can plainly see increased loitering, drug use and drinking happening with little being done...

What is the plan? What are the proactive measures that you propose to deal with this uptick in crime? Would very much like to hear what steps will be taken to deal with this nonsense.

Many thanks,

Brian Smith

[  3  ] Attempted armed mugging on the unit block of Randolph Place NW last night 

This message from last night at 11:00 pm is also posted at the Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog:

My niece just endured an attempted armed mugging in front of our house while she was looking for her keys.  There were two assailants.  One of them pulled out something that looked like a gun.  He was skinny, about  5'8" with short dreads, wearing black Bermuda shorts and a black shirt.  Her screaming fortunately scared them off. 

Police arrived within a few minutes.  We reported the incident, but want to just raise awareness

[  4  ] Assault W/i To Commit Robbery at Quincy and Florida Avenue NW last night

This message is also posted at the Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog:

See this tweet:

OKA The Chent ‏@TheChent                         
Robbery on Quincy & Fla NW. Two masked youth. Be careful out there. Sounds like fun involved. #BloomingdaleDC
11:27 PM - 29 Aug 2016

Common Good City Farm: Survive the Winter with Fire Cider with Herbalist Tricia McCauley -- Wednesday, 09-14-2016

Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:37 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Fire Cider making workshop with Tricia McCauley at Common Good [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Josephine Chu included below]

Hi Everyone,

Check out our upcoming Fire Cider workshop with Resident Herbalist Tricia McCauley.

Yes, it's still hot outside, but fall will be coming soon!
Join Common Good Resident Herbalist Tricia McCauley on a Fall evening to learn how make fire cider and get ready for winter. 
Survive the Winter with Fire Cider
Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tricia McCauley
Fire Cider is a traditional herbal remedy that can be used to support your immune and digestive system. Participants will learn a new understanding of the immune system, and how to work with it to prevent (or at least shorten) colds and flus. And you'll create your own version of fire cider to take home with you, to support you through the winter months.

Many thanks!
Josephine Chu
Program and Outreach Coordinator
Common Good City Farm
V Street between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-559-7513 (office)

Common Good City Farm's mission is to grow food, educate, and help
low-income DC community members meet their food needs. Our programs
provide hands-on training in food production, healthy eating, and
environmental sustainability.

Federal employee? Our CFC# is 74984.

Signup for our e-newsletter:

ArtAllNight flashback (from Shaw Main Streets 2015)

Art All Night is slated for Saturday, 09-24-2016.  North Capitol Main Street will be one of the participants from DC Main Streets in this year's Art All Night event.

See this tweet:


neighbor: robbery at Quincy Pl NW & Florida Avenue NW last night

See this tweet:

OKA The Chent@TheChent                         
Robbery on Quincy & Fla NW. Two masked youth. Be careful out there. Sounds like fun involved.
11:27 PM - 29 Aug 2016

See this associated Crime Report entry from MPD: 

Aug 30, 2016 12:35:36 AM
Assault W/i To Commit Robbery (simple Assault)
Highway/ Road/ Alley/ Street/ Sidewalk
Aug 29, 2016 11:27:05 PM
Aug 29, 2016 11:29:22 PM