Thursday, November 30, 2017

new mailboxes for the five not-yet-constructed Miller Development new rowhouses behind Beale House and McGill Row condos on W St NW

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Ward 5 Holiday Party on Wednesday, 12-13-2017

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Tibetan Dinner Pop-Up at Big Bear - Dorjee Momo in the Washington Post (from July '17)

Washingtonians fall in love with Tibetan cuisine



Tibetan refugee Lobsang Dorjee Tsering has tested out his plump momos — Tibetan dumplings — on monks and friendly neighbors over the years. Now, D.C. diners can get a taste.

“I still get nervous every time someone eats my food,” Tsering says. “I always want to make sure they like what I am making because I know it might be their first time trying [Tibetan food].”
Some of Chef Tsering’s lamb dumplings                                  

Tsering is introducing his restaurant concept, Dorjee Momo, to D.C.-area diners through a series of pop-up dinners this summer and fall.

Those who were quick enough to secure a ticket to his first event at Sally’s Middle Name earlier this month enjoyed Tibetan dishes including yellow laphing (Nepalese rolled noodle crepes), juicy lamb momos and a troma (sweet yam) dessert.

Born into a nomad family, Tsering moved into a Tibetan Buddhist monastery at 6 and began studying to become a monk. Per tradition, he also learned how to cook, spending hours each day kneading dough to bake for the monks. After 16 years, Tsering sought new opportunities, so he trekked across the Himalayas and registered with the United Nations as a refugee in Dharamsala, India.

“When I left the monastery, I thought to myself, ‘What can I do? I don’t have many skills or an education,’ ” Tsering says. “But I remembered how happy I felt while singing and cooking with the other monks at the monastery and realized that I wanted to be a chef.”

Tsering began working at a cafe in Dharamsala, eventually meeting his now-wife Amberjade, an American who was working in the region. The couple moved to D.C. in 2014 when Amberjade began graduate school at George Washington University, and Tsering began working in kitchens at Bullfrog Bagels, Maketto and Sospeso.

Between shifts, he made momos for his neighbors.

“Some mornings, I’d wake up to the sound of Dorjee pounding dough, getting ready to make momos,” says Peter Aquino, a former neighbor of Tsering’s. “Good food doesn’t go unnoticed in D.C., and I think people will be able to taste that his food is made with love.”
Eventually, with money raised from Kiva, an online lending platform that helps traditionally underserved minorities receive microloans, Tsering was able to join the food incubator Union Kitchen, where he develops recipes and plans his business.

Tsering’s goal is to eventually open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in D.C. that will train and hire other refugees, but in the meantime he gets inspired by watching his diners from the comforting confines of the kitchen.

“When I see people eating my food and happily talking to each other, I feel like, ‘Wow, I did it. I’ve given them something special with my food,’ ” Tsering says. “It gives me confidence, and keeps me going.”

** Dorjee Momo will have a Dinner Pop-Up at Big Bear this Tuesday Evening, December 5th **

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Boundary Stone's Toy Drive -- Thursday, 12-14-2017

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come out for this Saturday's Crispus Attucks Park Fall 2017 Work Day & Winter Lights!

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a week from today: "The History of Bloomingdale - Why It Should Become a Historic District" presentation - Wednesday, 12-06-2017

See this event announcement for a special encore Bloomingdale History presentation.

Note that the first Bloomingdale History presentation was held on Thursday, 05-19-2016.  The second Bloomingdale History presentation was held on Thursday, 06-16-2016.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
7:00 pm  
St George’s Episcopal Church, 160 U St NW

Sponsored by the *Bloomingdale Historic Designation Coalition*


.    A detailed description of the highly distinctive architecture and attractive facades that give Bloomingdale its beautifully coherent streetscapes
  .   The well-known architects who designed the houses, as well as the renowned and well-regarded builders who constructed the brick homes
.     The early land owners and how their former farms and country estates were sold and sub-divided into individual home lots
.    The significance of the first electric streetcar line in Washington, which was instrumental to Bloomingdale’s rapid development
.    The background and history of Bloomingdale’s churches
.    The racially and ethnically restrictive housing covenants once prevalent throughout Bloomingdale that prevented any person of color or other minority groups from buying a home in Bloomingdale
.    The historic 1948 Supreme Court case regarding the contested sale of 116 Bryant Street NW to a non-white person that led the Court to declare such discriminatory covenants unconstitutional and thereby forever changed housing laws throughout the United States
 .    Numerous notable past residents of Bloomingdale, including artists, performers, civic and labor leaders, and politicians and presidential political appointees
.    The history of McMillan Reservoir, with landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and its early role as a park with recreational facilities, a band stand and walking paths
.     Information on what DC historic districts are
.     Examples of successful re-developments in DC historic districts


McMillan Park History Walking Tour with Paul Cerruti -- Saturday, 12-02-2017

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McMillan Park History Walking Tour – Sat, 2 Dec 2017, 9am (rain: 3 Dec) – Last Tour of 2017!

We are hosting another history walking tour through the Bloomingdale neighborhood and around the perimeter of McMillan Park, led by our neighbor and friend, Paul Cerruti, who has compiled a tremendous amount of detail about the park and its role through the years since it first opened to the public. The event will cover a lot of the information presented in a history walk that we hosted last month in October, which was very well attended and enjoyed! 
The tour will showcase McMillan Park, its vistas, unique history, and connection to historic landmarks in the Bloomingdale neighborhood.  The first part of the walk will include information and bonus highlights about Bloomingdale.

The tour will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will start at Big Bear Café (located at the corner of 1st and R Streets NW) on Saturday, December 2nd at 9am (rain date Sunday, December 3rd at 9am). At the conclusion of the tour, we will serve light refreshments and offer a selection of our favorite mounted art photos of McMillan Park for sale.

Please register for the Park History Tour by sending an email to or by calling Kirby at 202-213-2690.  We are accepting up to 30 people for this tour to ensure that all who join can hear and fully participate, so we will accept the first 30 registrations.
Kindly note, we suggest and greatly appreciate a donation of $20 in advance ($25 on the day of the event) to benefit Friends of McMillan Park’s efforts to save this registered national historic landmark.  Even if you are unable to join the tour, please consider making a donation online to help support our efforts.  You may provide payment via our PayPal or Crowdrise links available on the web page,, or in person via cash or credit card on the day of the event.
Thank you for your continued interest and support!          

*****Other Recent News*****

  • The Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation and Zoning Commission hearings on the remand of the D.C. Court of Appeals McMillan Park decision have concluded, and no orders formally announcing the position of those two bodies have been issued.  When the agency orders are released, we will decide what action to take based on the content of the orders. We expect that the case will almost certainly be headed back to court. We still need your financial support because our legal work is ongoing, and our legal bills continue to accumulate accordingly.
  • DC Water will be present on the site near the corner of 1st & Channing Streets NW for a couple of weeks, conducting the first inspection of the 1st Street stormwater tunnel by lowering equipment down the access shaft located just inside the McMillan Park site.
  • DMPED, DGS, and Gilbane Construction Company announced at a recent ANC meeting that they plan to commence rehabilitation and stabilization work on the silos and regulator houses located in McMillan Park’s two service courts “soon. Some Gilbane equipment is already onsite in the south service court, apparently indicating that this rehabilitation and stabilization work will soon begin.
If you have any questions, please contact or call 202.213.2690.

get a free t-shirt or tote bag with purchase of a $50 gift certificate at Meats and Foods

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enjoy specials during the game, dine in only at DCity Smokehouse

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Crisp Kitchen and Bar: our Wednesday $5 (Everything Behind the Bar) Happy Hour is now ALL NIGHT

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View larger photoThis is cool! On Wednesday's our $5 (Everything Behind the Bar) Happy Hour is now ALL NIGHT! 5pm - Close! See you tonight at Crisp Kitchen + Bar!

we have the salads at Tyber Creek

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

please consider supporting North Capitol Main Street on #GivingTuesday

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From: Marnee  
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:21 PM
Subject: Sidney Cooper's submission for NCMS

This #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting your local nonprofit - North Capitol Main Street. We are a volunteer-driven organization established to revitalize the North Capitol Main Street corridor through planning and working together with the businesses and the residents in the area. This year, with our continued commitment to create a strong and vibrant community, we celebrated the businesses through our signature events such as The Taste of North Capitol, The Chili Challenge, and Art All Night. 
Give the gift of community with a donation to North Capitol Main Street today!

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Thomas Foundation message on #GivingTuesday

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Syga Thomas owns 1644 North Capitol Street NW, where his Maedwell Residential office is located.

From: Thomas Foundation [] On Behalf Of Thomas Foundation
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 2:28 PM
Subject: This Giving Tuesday, Give a Voice to the Deaf

This Giving Tuesday, Give a Voice to the Deaf

Your donation to the Thomas Foundation today will be matched 100% and will go towards supporting Media'Pi! - an organization of deaf journalists based in Paris, France, striving to provide a voice to the deaf community everywhere. 

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