Sunday, April 30, 2017

save the date: Bloomingdale Civic Association special meeting on special zoning -- Wednesday, 05-03-2017

See this brief announcement from the Bloomingdale Civic Association regarding a special meeting on special neighborhood-specific zoning:

The special meeting will be held Wednesday, May 3rd @ 7pm.

Look forward to additional information -- such as meeting location -- about this special meeting tomorrow, Monday, 05-01-2017.

mark your calendar for the 14th Annual Bloomingdale Community Day and Yard Sale -- Saturday, 05-20-2017

From Tynesia Hand-Smith:

here is the vendor registration form for the 2017 Crispus Attucks Park Community Day

From Molly Scott:

Hi all,
I know you're all excited for the Crispus Attucks Park Yard Sale and Community Day coming up May 20th! We're featuring the Taste of Bloomingdale again as well and hope you can all come to support the park!

Attached is the form for folks who have great stuff they want to sell at the event. You can also sign up online at:

Can't wait to see everyone!




mini cakes and mini cupcakes at Sylvan Cafe and Bakery

See this tweet:


Crispus Attucks Park Community Day flier distribution event -- Sunday, 05-07-2017

See this request to help distribute fliers for the Saturday, 05-20-2017, Crispus Attucks Park Community Day event:

one week from today: the opening of the 2017 season of the Bloomingdale Farmers Market !

Mark your calendars for the season opening date for the Bloomingdale Farmers Market -- Sunday, 05-07-2017, 100 block of R Street NW, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Sunday brunch coming to Tyber Creek

See this Tyber Creek Wine Bar and Kitchen Instagram message:

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Sunday Funday Brunch at El Camino

See this Sunday morning tweet from El Camino:


Industry Brunch this Monday at Pub and the People

See this Pub and the People Instagram message:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Sunday 4/30/2017

1840 North Capitol St NW is priced at $699,900. (whole house) & is open 12:30-3pm Sunday
The featured listing is a Victorian rowhome with lots of historic details, central air and heat, and an unfinished basement (gutted and ready to finish for instant equity and potential rental income) in Bloomingdale, located at 1840 North Capitol NW. It will be open Sunday from 12:30-3:00pm. It is listed for $699,900. The listing is represented by Suzanne DesMarais with the Bediz Group at Keller Williams Capital Properties. 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. The same info can be seen in a map format here. Sorry, no printed lists this week.

*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 suzanne at bediz dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

turkey salad club sandwich at DCity Smokehouse

See this Instagram message:

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three weeks from today: Crispus Attucks Park Community Day in Bloomingdale!

From: Crispus Attucks Park [] On Behalf Of Crispus Attucks Park
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2017 7:38 AM
Subject: Save the Date: Crispus Attucks Park Community Day -- Saturday, May 20

Save the date: Saturday, May 20, 2017!
The Crispus Attucks Park Community Day

The Crispus Attucks Park Community Day featuring 'The Taste of Bloomingdale' and 'The Community Yard Sale' is now in its 14th year. This is Bloomingdale's biggest annual community event as well as the largest fundraiser for Crispus Attucks Park. 

  • When: Saturday, May 20, 2017   9 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Crispus Attucks Park
  • The Taste of Bloomingdale: Food and drink from local restaurants!
  • The Community Yard Sale: Bloomingdale’s biggest yard sale with over 30 sellers last year!
  • Local Information: Area nonprofits and businesses all in one place and sharing their information!
  • Music & Activities: A band and kid-friendly activities!
To Donate:
Click here if your business or nonprofit would like to be a sponsor for the event or donate to Crispus Attucks Park Community Day.  Your business (or organization) will be featured as a generous sponsor on our event marketing collateral and communications plus receive recognition and thanks from a very grateful community.
To Volunteer:
Click here to volunteer or donate items to CADC to sell at the Community Day. It is a lot of fun plus you feel great!
To Participate in Yard Sale:
Click here to reserve a plot to sell stuff at the yard sale. Great way to weed out and streamline your stuff!

All it takes is a village and great weather, great food, and of course - our great community!

three weeks from today: Washington Walks walking tour of Bloomingdale

From: []
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 11:17 AM
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
May Walking Tours
Washington Walks is offering the following walking tours during May.  Each is part of the company’s Saturday morning “DC Spotlight” series showcasing the city’s neighborhoods.                                         

May 6  Georgetown Waterfront
Meet at the little park located at the intersection of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

May 13  Brookland
Meet outside Brookland/CUA Metro station’s 10th Street exit.

May 20  Bloomingdale
Meet in the little park across the street from Big Bear Café (1700 First Street, NW.)

May 27  Foggy Bottom
Meet outside Foggy Bottom Metro station by the bust of George Washington.

Walks begin at 11:00 AM.
Walk last two hours and take place rain or shine.
No reservations required.
$20 per person ($5 discount with federal or military ID) or 202-484-1565 for additional information
Posted by Carolyn Crouch, Washington Walks

And see these tweets:

registration closed for today's DC Preservation League's Emancipation Month tour of historic Bloomingdale

See this Bloomingdale item from the DC Preservation League e-Advocate April 2017 e-newsletter:

Emancipation Month Tour of Historic Bloomingdale

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Tour is Free; Space is Limited
Advance Registration is Required

Join the DC Preservation League for a walking tour of the Bloomingdale neighborhood as part of the city’s many Emancipation Day celebrations throughout April. Bloomingdale is located in northwest DC, about two miles from the U.S. Capitol and was heavily developed by Harry Wardman. This tour, led by Sarah Shoenfeld, will explore the history of race relations in Bloomingdale through architecture and development, specifically the influence of racially restrictive deed covenants which kept much of the neighborhood off-limits to African Americans until the 1940s.

Sarah Shoenfeld is a historian and works with the Mapping Segregation project of Prologue DC. Mapping Segregation documents the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, playgrounds and other public spaces. We encourage attendees to explore
this story map before the tour. The story map is smartphone friendly and we encourage you to continue using it during the tour, too!

                 Click Here to Register!

? care to serve as Recording Secretary or perhaps Corresponding Secretary for the Bloomingdale Civic Association ?

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:17 PM
Subject: post the following - Thanks!


Two BCA officers recently resigned.  Consequently, the BCA is seeking nominations/candidates for their replacement.  Self-nominations are welcomed.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn and participate in the numerous challenges confronting our neighborhood.  If you are interested please email the BCA President at


Corresponding Secretary:  Gives proper notice of all meetings of the organization; responsible for preparing correspondence of the organization as assigned by President; posts and maintains the BCA website and other BCA social media outlets e.g., Facebook. Twitter.  Coordinates efforts with the Assistant Corresponding Secretary.

Recording SecretaryRecords (in a timely manner), all BCA proceedings and circulates these drafts to the Board for final comment ; ensures final minutes of BCA monthly meetings are submitted for posting on BCA website; maintains a permanent record of all proceedings; prepares and distributes copies of minutes to community listserve/blog and at BCA meetings.  Coordinates efforts with the Assistant Recording Secretary. 

​​Bertha Holliiday
2nd Vice President - Bloomingdale Civic Assoc

come have breakfast at Sylvan Cafe and Bakery

See this tweet:

MPD: Person of Interest sought in an Assault with Intent to Rob while Armed (Gun) offense on the unit block of Florida Avenue NE

From: []
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 10:54 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] 4.28.17 Person of Interest Sought in an Assault with Intent to Rob while Armed (Gun) Offense: Unit Block of Florida Avenue, Northeast [1 Attachment]

April 28, 2017

Person of Interest Sought in an Assault with Intent to Rob while Armed (Gun) Offense: Unit Block of Florida Avenue, Northeast

(Washington, DC)  - The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public's assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in reference to an Assault with Intent to Rob while Armed offense that occurred in the Unit block of Florida Avenue, Northeast, on Thursday, April 20, 2017. 

At approximately 2:15 pm, the suspect approached two victims in a parking lot.  The suspect brandished a handgun and implied that one of the victims had property that the suspect wanted.  The suspect fled without obtaining any property.

The person of interest can be seen in this video:

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.


Friday, April 28, 2017

tonight at 8 pm at The Unified Scene Theater: "Drunk With Hope - a One-Woman Comedy About Recovery and Recovering"

From: Shawn Westfall []
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 2:57 PM
Subject: Tonight at 8 pm at The Unified Scene Theater: "Drunk With Hope: A One-Woman Comedy About Recovery and Recovering"

Tonight at 8 pm at The Unified Scene Theater: "Drunk With Hope: A One-Woman Comedy About Recovery and Recovering" 

This evening The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW, Bloomingdale) is dispensing with its normal improvised show and instead bringing you a scripted one-woman show, "Drunk With Hope: Drunk With Hope: A One-Woman Comedy About Recovery and Recovering," tonight at 8 pm at The Unified Scene Theater."

What’s it like to be in recovery? And, more importantly, what are the unique experiences of being a woman in recovery? Hope is here to tell you. And she brought a few friends. 

Tara Handron, the playwright and sole actor of her one-woman show, “Drunk with Hope,” discards clichéd depictions of recovery and relies on stories with depth, poignancy, and humor to expose the raw emotions and experiences so many alcoholic women face. Tara portrays a woman named Hope, as well as many other female alcoholics (some sober, some not-so-sober) of various ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. At times poignant, at times dark, but at all times (darkly and lightly) comic, Tara’s exploration of the numerous personalities and experiences faced by women in recovery will leave you both gut-punched and laughing, and, of course, filled with hope.
The show evolved out of Tara’s master’s thesis research of female recovering alcoholics, comparing their experiences in traditional face-to-face 12 Step recovery meetings to online meetings, the play is a fictional compilation of many women’s stories along with her observations, experiences, and imagination. After premiering at Georgetown University in April 2008, she later produced "Drunk With Hope" at H St Playhouse in Washington, DC in February 2009 and in 2014 in Bethesda, MD at the Round House Theatre for a special one-night engagement. Since then, Tara has performed her play has been performed in a variety of cities and venues including festivals, recovery-related events, conferences, treatment centers, and jails (yep: jails!). We at The Unified Scene Theater are proud to bring her amazing show to our space.


Tonight: Friday, April 28th, 8 p.m. More info here and here. Get tickets here.

Next Weekend: 

Friday, May 5th, 8 p.m. More info here and here. Get tickets here.

Saturday, May 6th, 8 p.m.  More info here and here. Get tickets here.

Sunday, May 7th 7 p.m. More info here and here. Get tickets here.

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

see this WBJ article about Big Bear Cafe's expansion plans

See this tweet:

Click on the link to read the entire Washington Business Journal article:

Apr 28, 2017, 1:46pm EDT

Rebecca Cooper
Senior Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

Big Bear Cafe is about to get a lot, er, bigger.


Common Good City Farm's Cinco de Mayo fundraiser party has been cancelled

From: Common Good City Farm [] On Behalf Of Common Good City Farm
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2017 11:49 AM
Subject: Common Good Cinco de Mayo Party Cancelled

We are sorry for the inconvenience, but due to scheduling challenges, we are canceling next Friday's Cinco de Mayo party at Common Good City Farm. We are so grateful for your support of our farm and its programs. We look forward to hosting you on the farm in the future at an upcoming event or workshop, like our Rosemary Bathsalts Workshop on May 7 or any of our free community events.

Zoning Order 14-11B disproportionate rear extension (past 10 feet) amendment now published in the DC Register

See these tweets:


And here is some info from the 14-11B regulation document:
Click on the link below to read the entire 14-11B:
Here is a snip from the summary statement:
The amendments address concerns about excessively disproportionate rear extensions adjoining attached and semi-detached buildings in the R-2, R-3, R-13, R-17, R-20, and RF zones by adding language limiting a matter-of-right rear extension to such buildings, whether as an addition to an existing building or as new construction, from extending further than ten feet (10 ft.) beyond the farthest rear wall of an adjoining principal residential building on an adjoining property (10-foot limitation). The amendments allow a rear extension to extend further than ten feet (10 ft.) if approved as a special exception.
Here is the detail:
Chapter 3, RESIDENTIAL HOUSE ZONES – R-1-A, R-1-B, R-2, AND R-3, is amended as follows:
New §§ 306.3 and 306.4 are added to § 306, REAR YARD, to read as follows:
306.3 Notwithstanding Subtitle D §§ 306.1 and 306.2, a rear wall of an attached or semi-detached building shall not be constructed to extend farther than ten feet (10 ft.) beyond the farthest rear wall of any adjoining principal residential building on an adjoining property.
306.4 A rear wall of an attached or semi-detached building may be constructed to extend farther than ten feet (10 ft.) beyond the farthest rear wall of any adjoining principal residential building on an adjoining property if approved as a special exception pursuant to Subtitle X, Chapter 9 and as evaluated against the criteria of Subtitle D §§ 5201.3(a) through 5201.3(d) and §§ 5201.4 through 5201.6.