Friday, June 30, 2017

baked gnocchi at Red Hen

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outdoor seating now available at DCity Smokehouse

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Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for 07/02/2017

2126 Flagler Pl NW is listed at $849,900. & will be open 1-4pm on Sunday

The featured listing is a Victorian house with a roof deck, inlaw suite, and parking. It will be open Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm. 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

*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.

summer menu at Tyber Creek

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burritos at El Camino at Friday lunch and all day

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Friends of McMillan Park: "FOMP zoning McMillan remand: Zoning Commission orders one more hearing on Thursday, 09-14-2017, at 5 pm"

Regarding last night's Zoning Commission meeting on the McMillan remand:

FOMP Zoning McMillan Remand: Zoning Commission Orders One More Hearing on September 14th at 5pm.

Dear Friend of McMillan Park,

               We suspected that the Zoning Commission would announce tonight, following a second closed-door meeting with its legal counsel, that it would issue an order following the McMillan remand and that tonight's meeting would be brief. 

              We're wrong on both counts.  The commissioners spoke at length about each of the five questions the D.C. Court of Appeals decision asked Zoning to consider, and then worked with parties to the case to schedule another hearing on September 14th at 5pm.

             The evening started out (following the commission's meeting with Mr. Bergstein, the Zoning Commission's legal counsel) with all commissioners saying that they wanted to see the applicant provide more details about how cutting down the height of the medical building wasn't possible, what detriment doing so would have on the project, why reducing the scale of that building was not possible, not viable.  The commissioners also agreed that they were not satisfied that the applicant had fully and exhaustively explained exactly why some reduction in the height of the health center wasn't possible, thus the new hearing.  This was a breath of fresh air, after our side argued this very point in so many ways.  

But the rest of the evening was filled with commissioners talking about what an important project this was, how many years had gone by with the property left vacant, how the Zoning Commission shared the concerns of the community (!!!), and even that Friends of McMillan Park had been helpful in articulating evolving community concerns.  BUT the commissioners largely agreed that the applicant had satisfactorily addressed and mitigated various problems, discussed how important this was to revitalize a long-dormant park, how important this project was to our elected officials...etc.

            After some dialog, the parties all agreed to a September 14th, 5pm hearing where the applicant will address the problems with the medical building height. As usual, dates were agreed upon for the applicant to file more documents and for the opposition (us) to respond.

            This was a complicated session, and you can see the entire session here if you wish.
Tonight's session is the only one listed on that page for June 29th.

            Oddly, during the debate about when the next hearing would take place, one Kimberly Johnson, saying that she represented the District government, spoke of the 'urgency and importance' of this case to the D.C. Government, urging the Zoning Commission to try to hold the next hearing as soon as possible, sometime during July.  I find that one Kimberly M. Johnson is listed online as a Section Chief with the Office of the Attorney General.  I've never heard such urgency coming from the District and have no idea what this is about, and I'm puzzled why the government is trying so hard to get this case out of the way as soon as possible.  What explains the sudden urgency?

       This was a very odd night and we're still trying to figure out what provoked all this, rather than simply ordering that a decision be written.  This may affect the scheduled July 14th Mayor's Agent hearing, but we don't know that yet.  


    If you haven't yet, please consider signing our Change dot org petition to reopen McMillan Park to the public, here. - And don't forget that our legal fund is always eager for donations, here!

       See the court decision here.
       See our Op-Ed here. 

       We cannot do this without your help!

Thank you for your continued interest and support,

John Salatti, Kirby Vining, and Hugh Youngblood
Board of Directors, Friends of McMillan Park, Inc.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 202.213.2690.

where are the designated sharrow lanes in Bloomingdale ?

Here you go:

Here is a link to a brief PDF about sharrows in DC.

four weeks from today: Ferris Bueller's Day off movie at Crispus Attucks Park -- 1st #BloomieNights movie of the Summer 2017 season

The first #BloomieNights movie at Crispus Attucks Park is four weeks from today on Friday, 07-28-2017.

The first movie that the community selected is Ferris Bueller's Day Off with Matthew Broderick.

Details forthcoming.

Here is the original 06-26-2017 announcement post.

a week from today at Boundary Stone: 3 Stars Brewing Company tap takeover

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

chicken liver mousse with fig conserva at Red Hen

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Save McMillan: "McMillan project expected to be approved by the DC Zoning Commission tonight"

From: []
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 4:55 PM
To: Yahoogroups ;; Edgewood Civic Association ; Ward 5 Yahoo Group ; Woodridge 5B Yahoo Group
Subject: [WARD5] Fwd: ALERT: McMillan Park Project @ Zoning TONIGHT

:: :: ::
Forwarding from the Save McMillan Action Coalition
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: SaveMcMillan ActionCoalition <>
Date: Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 4:43 PM
Subject: ALERT: McMillan Park Project @ Zoning TONIGHT

Press Alert: Save McMillan Action Coalition

Thursday, June 29, 2017

McMillan Project Expected to be Approved by the DC Zoning Commission TONIGHT
The Commission’s Expected Action

The DC Zoning Commission is expected to approve the massive McMillan development on Thursday evening, as it approves virtually all development projects that it considers.  It is chaired Anthony Hood, serving since 1998.   Peter Shapiro and Robert Miller are mayoral appointees, plus 2 federal members (Turnbull and May). 

At Mr. Miller’s confirmation hearing, the Committee of 100 pointed out that he (and the Commission) “rarely find [project opponents’] arguments sufficiently persuasive to lead him to vote against a project [feeding] the perception that the hearing process is an empty exercise.”  

VMP: City Subsidy & Conflict of Interest

A 2015 The New York Times article said “the city is paying Vision McMillan Partners $78 million…including fees to lawyers.” The DC Government is in VMP, a conflict of interest when the project is before other DC agencies.   

Undermining the Opposition

VMP contracted with a Baltimore company whose express mission was the “neutralizing/diminishing the impact of [the] opposition.”  Fontaine & Company.
It Is NOT Smart Growth

More than 20,000 additional vehicles vehicles are projected to jam already congested N. Cap. & Michigan Ave DAILY in an area without mass transportation. Although is supported by the Coalition for Smarther Growth and Greater Greater Washington.  

City Allows Work Despite Court Order

In the guise of “stabilizing and restoration work," DCRA has permitted work to proceed at McMillan Park despite the DC Court of Appeals ruling that vacated the zoning and historic preservation approvals.


#TikiThursday at Big Bear Cafe

From Big Bear Cafe:

Bloomingdale.Fun.Fit at 2nd and Florida Avenue NW - Tai Chi class with Raymond Wong

See this Instagram message from Bloomingdale.Fun.Fit:

Pride flag theft early Monday morning, 06-26-2017, from a front porch on 1st Street NW -- see the images and watch the brief video

See this 06-29-2017 message from a resident on 1st Street NW.

is the link to download and watch the brief Nest front porch video.

At about 12:30am early Monday morning, someone stole my pride flag and pole from my front porch.

I have a video camera next to the door and we have a clear shot of the young, white man. He appears to be with a bunch of friends and is headed north from my place on 1st Street NW.

Can you post and see if anyone recognizes the guy or has seen a new pride flag hanging in the neighborhood? 

See this tweet from a neighbor:

are there any undeveloped lots in Bloomingdale?

Are there any undeveloped lots in Bloomingdale?

(Excluding the McMillan Sand Filtration site -- and the Joe Mamo lot at North Capitol & Florida Avenue NW)

Yes, there are.

There are two adjacent narrow lots near the northeast corner of 1st and U Street NW.  The two lots are currently fenced in.

And see this reply tweet:

at Boundary Stone this Saturday: John Heinze Trio with special guest Sara Ghebermichael

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Crooked Fence Farm, Owl's Nest Farm & Big Bear Bakery at Big Bear Cafe this afternoon

See this Big Bear Cafe Facebook message:

our thursday sunset market is a goooo! 4pm-7pm our Big Bear Bakery has fresh loaves! pick up some fresh bread for dinner tonight or for tomorrow's lunch :) Our friends from Crooked Fence Farm and Owl's Nest Farm will have their CSA pickups and market stand with fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers !

two weeks from today: DC Capital Strider running group membership drive at El Camino

See this Facebook post from DC Capital Striders:

Are you looking to find a local running group, races, and related events? Join DC Capital Striders at El Camino to learn more about the club and meet its members while noshing on All You Can Eat Tacos and discounted drinks - El Camino's Thursday night happy hour will be extended for those attending the event! DCCS will provide info on its numerous weekly runs and events, membership benefits, and raffle prizes! #willrunfortacos #letstacoaboutDCCS #DCCS #ElCaminoDC DC Capital Striders Running Group El Camino DC

WUSA9 report on the racist fliers that appeared in Bloomingdale; some neighbors interviewed

Here you go:

Racist fliers in DC community sparks outrage
Stephanie Gailhard, WUSA 6:59 PM. EDT June 28, 2017

Friends of the Soldier's Home Annual Independence Day celebration

A neighbor has asked to have this Friends of the Soldier Home Independence Day event message posted here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"drive like your kids live here"

Here you go:

Tyber Creek: all domestic and sparkling bottles will be 1/2 off next Monday and Tuesday

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neighbor files claim for damage regarding the DC Water 1st Street Tunnel project -- claim has been denied -- anyone else ??

See this 06-28-2017 message:

We recently completed the process of filing a claim for damage attributed to the First Street Tunnel project with DC Water and ESIS - their designated insurer. Our claim has been denied with an original justification that we were not in the pre-defined "zone of influence" defined by DC Water, but DC Water and ESIS have refused to provide a map of this pre-defined area. DC Water and ESIS have since changed the justification and will provide no further details - suggesting we seek legal counsel.

Has anyone else filed a claim under this process? Were you denied because you were outside the "zone of influence"? If you would like to compare notes and documentation, please contact Whitney Picard at

family night tonight at El Camino

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grilled octopus, potato gnocchi, asparagus, sweet yellow corn, cherry tomatoes - at Boundary Stone

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Lt. Verna: PSA 501 monthly meeting tonight at the House of Lebanon

From: []
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 2:51 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: PSA 501 Monthly Meeting Wednesday, June 28

PSA501 will be holding a Monthly PSA Meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, @ 7-8 p.m.                               
EVENT:           PSA 501 Monthly Meeting
DATE:             Wednesday, June 28, 2017
TIME:              78 P.M.
LOCATION:   House of Lebanon – 27 O Street, Northwest 

·        Welcome remarks
·        Speakers – PSA Lieutenant William Verna, Sergeants Farid Fawzi and Nicole Brown
·        PSA 501 Monthly Crime Stats
·        Address any immediate concerns
·        Discuss problem solving techniques 
We will be gathering every 4th Wednesday of the month in order to discuss the PSA’s Crime Stats, and work on problem solving techniques to address any area’s that are in need of police attention. 
Lieutenant William Verna
PSA 501

WCP post on the Bloomingdale white supremacy fliers

Click on this link to read the Washington City Paper post.

join DC Capital Striders for a group run tonight -- meet at Boundary Stone -- then stay after for a Oh He Dead performance

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

DDOT to begin construction of the LeDroit Park Green Infrastructure project (see the supplied map)

From: []
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 6:13 PM
To: Unknown
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Fwd: DDOT - LeDroit Park Green Infrastructure Project [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Norman, Anita (SMD 1B01) included below]

Anita Norman,
ANC Commissioner 1B01
(240) 257-5723

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lee Wilson <>
Date: Jun 26, 2017 5:43 PM
Subject: DDOT - LeDroit Park Green Infrastructure Project

The attached notice concerns an upcoming DDOT Green Infrastructure Project in Ward 1 (ANC 1B) .   This notice is being distributed to residents, ANC, local businesses, community stakeholders, and property managers in the area where work will take place.   Please circulate this notice to residents and community organizations you deem necessary.  Thank you.

Capitol City Associates, Inc. is responsible for the public outreach and compliance for this roadway improvement project.  You may contact me with questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project.

Lee Wilson
Outreach and Compliance Officer
Capitol City Associates, Inc.
2307 Skyland Place, SE
Washington, DC  20020
202-678-6600 phone
202-678-6602 fax
888-678-6601 toll free

two more days for Meats and Foods 4th of Jully pre-orders

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Tuesday Trivia Night tonight at Old Engine 12

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Popville: "Bloomingdale blanketed with white surpremacist hate fliers; Showtime's Pride flag ripped down"

Click on the link to read the Popville post:

come to the Common Good City Farm stand on Wednesday, 06-28-2017, from 3 pm to 7 pm

From: []
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:15 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] Come to our Farm Stand this Wednesday from 3-7 pm [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Josephine Chu included below]

Hi Everyone,

Come to our Farm Stand this Wednesday from 3-7 pm!

Summer Squash 
Cherry Tomatoes: in limited quantities 
Okra: in limited quantities 
Peppers: in limited quantities 

Seedlings: Lavender, Tomato, Cabbage, Nasturtiums 

Common Good Pickled Radishes 

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:

mark your calendars: Saturday, 10-28-2017, is the date for the 2017 Bloomingdale House Tour!

Announced at last night's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

Dr. Holliday advised that this year's Bloomingdale Civic Association House Tour date is set for Saturday, October 28, 2017.

The theme is “Victorian secrets and modern truths”. 

The majority of the house tour monies go towards supporting the BCA Scholarship Awards.

special meeting to discuss the Big Bear Cafe expansion plan

Another tidbit from last night's long Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

ANC5E06 Commissioner Katherine McClelland will arrange a meeting to discuss the expansion plans for Big Bear Cafe.

So stay tuned.


Bloomingdale Civic Association voted last night to support the pursued zoning relief for both 55 V St NW and 74 R St NW

After much discussion, the Bloomingdale Civic Association voted to support the zoning variances for a 2nd floor added to a garage at 55 V Street NW -- and for exceeding lot occupancy for the 74 R Street NW two-condo rowhouse.

And now you know.

Oh He Dead Live at Boundary Stone Wednesday night, 06-28-2017

From Boundary Stone:

grown men jumping rope in the middle of a Bloomingdale street

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a shout-out about the shortform graduation show last night at The Unified Scene Theater

Fun at last night's Unified Scene Theater:

Monday, June 26, 2017

CM McDuffie issued the following statement in response to the flyers left on cars and posted overnight in Ward 5

See this tweet from our Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie.

I do not know anything the flier that he is referencing.

See this tweet that has an image of one of the two fliers that appeared around 1st & V St NW:

Bloomingdale's two PUD's: 1) McMillan Sand Filtration site; 2) the Joe Mamo lot

Bloomingdale has two Planned Unit Development (PUD) projects:

1. McMillan Sand Filtration site. bounded by 1st Street NW, Channing Street NW, North Capitol Street NW and Michigan Avenue NW - 2501 1st Street NW.

This image is from Wikipedia.

This image from Vision McMillan Partners

2. Joe Mamo lot at the northwest corner of Florida Avenue NW and North Capitol Street NW, location of a former Exxon gas station -- 1600 North Capitol Street NW.

This project appears to be going nowhere.

Joe Mamo lot from Florida Avenue NW

Joe Mamo lot from North Capitol Street NW

One of the renderings of the 1600 North Capitol Street NW PUD project.

Here is Joe Mamo's attorney at the June 2016 Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting, discussing the extension of the project's PUD 

Are there any other lots or sets of lots that might be considered candidates for Planned Unit Development categorization? 

I don't think so.  

Here is a link to a DC Office of Planning document that describes PUDs.

And now you know this!