Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Pride is picking up" signage at the dog park at the Park at LeDroit

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new foundation at 79-81 U Street NW - where two new construction rowhouses will be built

Some pics for you:

a new standard for displaying permits in the neighborhood

Here you go -- at 107 Rhode Island Avenue NW:

Fancy way of displaying permits.

Google-Street-View-Mobile out and around in Bloomingdale

Some neighbors have commented at seeing the Google Street View tooling around the streets of Bloomingdale.

Laughing With AuGusto: high frequency humor at Big Bear -- tonight, Tuesday, 08-14-2018

Here is the link to this event at Big Bear Cafe:

one week from today: #BattleoftheBarrelAgedBeer at Boundary Stone

Which local brewery will win this year? 

Monday, August 13, 2018

agenda for the Thursday, 09-27-2018, HPRB hearing includes two Bloomingdale historic district cases: 150 S St NW raze brick church and 1634 North Capitol St NW concept/new construction

See this notice from the DC Historic Preservation Office (HPO) regarding the Thursday, 09-27-2018, potential Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) hearing agenda.

There are two Bloomingdale historic district cases on the agenda:

150 S Street NW raze brick church
1634 North Capitol Street NW concept/new construction ("The Denizen")

Here is a link to The Denizen project by Maedwell Companies.

Curbed DC: "DC's newest historic district: Bloomingdale"

Click on the link to read the entire Curbed DC post.

I have included the first two paragraphs and the last paragraph.

Northwest’s Bloomingdale neighborhood became the city’s newest historic district by a unanimous vote of preservation officials late last month.
On July 26, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) approved, 8-0, the designation of Bloomingdale as a historic district. The change will go into effect on Sept. 9 and means that any new construction, demolition, or exterior work that requires city permits must first clear historic preservation review.

In September, the HPRB will hear its first individual cases for the Bloomingdale Historic District, per a new meeting notice. One involves the planned demolition of a brick church at 150 S St. NW and the other involves prospective construction at 1634 North Capitol St. NW.

the October Sessions are back at Big Bear Cafe -- Sunday, 08-19-2018

See this Big Bear Cafe Facebook post:


The Unified Scene Theater September-October 2018 classes now registering!

The Unified Scene Theater September-October Classes Now Registering! 

Bloomingdale’s own The Unified Scene Theater (80 T Street NW) is currently registering for our latest round of Sept-Oct classes, to include a one-day fiction-writing workshop, a storytelling class, an Introduction To Improv class, and our popular Improv For Business Leaders class. Check 'em out! 

Jump-Start Your Short-Story/Novel — A One-Day Writing Workshop: September 16th (1 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Our Storytelling For Performance Class: Mondays, 7– 9pm, Monday, September 17th through Monday, October 22nd (four weeks of instruction, with a graduation show the evening of week five, on October 22nd; NO CLASS on October 8th)

Our September Weekly Introduction To Improv Class: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., September 18th through October 30th; six classes on Tuesdays evenings, with a graduation show in week seven on the evening of October 30th  

Our Improvisation For Business Leaders Class: Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, September 19th through Wednesday, October 24th (a five week class that meets weekly on Wednesdays, with a graduation show in week six, on October 24th)

In our one-day Jump Start Your Short-Story/Novel class, you'll learn to get unstuck in that fiction piece you've been working on. Come dust it off, reenergize it and learn new writing and motivational strategies from local DC writing guru Alicia Otulski. In the Storytelling For Performance class, we will teach you the art of storytelling for performance, including: identifying the stories in our lives that make for great content; the narrative structure of a story; shaping that story for an audience; and then performing on stage in a graduation showcase and having the opportunity to invite friends and family to see you perform. In the Introduction To Improv class above, we’ll focus on and take a deeper dive into some of the things that make improv both fun and rewarding: agreement, commitment, energy, and context through exercises and games that demonstrate the fundamental principles behind this fun and exciting art form. In the Improv For Business Leaders class, we’ll take an even deeper dive into some of the things you were exposed to in your most recent class, and learn to apply the principles of improvisation to your careers by enhancing and improving the skills that make you a better communicator, collaborator, and leader. 

Ready to register? Cool. Click on the links below! 

See you on The ’Scene! 
Shawn and Kathy 

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

Painted Palettes

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tonight at Boundary Stone: Best Damn Open Mic

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starting two weeks from today: "Free To Be Me" summer camp at St. George's Episcopal Church

From: Janis Evans  
Sent: Monday, August 6, 2018 12:43 PM
FTBM Summer Camp Info

Hello Parents, Volunteers, and Community Partners,

It’s time for our annual “Free To Be Me” camp at Saint George’s Church in Ward 5! [See attached files] It’s a little different this year, scheduled for the last week of August, during the second week of school. We are hoping to offer an after school camp with the intention of extending into the school year, a couple days a week. Please pass this along and let me know if you are interested in volunteering for the camp or helping plan an after school program during the school year.

Thank you in advance,

Janis Evans,
Program Coordinator

MPD alert: Robbery While Armed on the unit block of Thomas St NW at 23:00 hours

From: AlertDC
Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2018 11:16 PM
Subject: Crime Alert 5th District (PSA 501-508)

This is an important message from the District of Columbia AlertDC system.

Alert: Robbery While Armed at 2300 hrs in the 100 block of Thomas St NW. Lookout for B/M, black jacket, blue pants, riding a green scooter. L/S westbound toward 2nd/Thomas St NW.
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC
Sent by MPD Cad # 9314

Sunday, August 12, 2018

undated Atlas Obscura post on McMillan

A neighbor passes along this Atlas Obscura post on the McMillan Sand Filtration site.  I can't find a date associated with this post.

I have copied the first two paragraphs of this post.

Here is the link to read the entire entry and to see the images.

Shortly after the new city reservoir was completed at Howard University, Congress authorized funds for an adjacent filtration site to address the public health situation. The facility relied entirely on sand to clean the water; at the time, this method scaled better and was more cost effective than using chemicals.
“Raw water” came in from the reservoir next door and slowly percolated through the sand in 25 vaulted underground cells before making its way out into District taps. The 4-foot lining of sand actually did a remarkable job at removing bacteria and sediment from the water.

brunch at Crisp Kitchen and Bar

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at The Unified Scene Theater this past Friday

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

brunch at Boundary Stone

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the Bloomingdale historic district nomination to the National Register of Historic Places appeared in the Friday, 08/10/2018, DC Register

The Bloomingdale historic district nomination to the National Register of Historic Places appeared in yesterday's DC Register.


Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale scheduled for Saturday 8/11 & Sunday 8/12/2018

53 R St NE #1 is listed for $679,000.
The featured listing is a lower duplex condo in a Victorian house in Eckington. The agent representing the seller is Kathleen Eder, with Compass. See the links below for more details and open house times.

SATURDAY 8/11/2018 Open House list
Map of Saturday Open Houses

SUNDAY 8/12/18 Open House list
Map of Sunday Open Houses

*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 compass dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

neighborhood history: do you know about the "V Street Houses"?

See these tweets.

I had never heard of the V Street Houses. Some new neighborhood history!

Thanks to local historian Matthew Gilmore for sharing this info.

Here is the link to Matthew Gilmore's post on the V Street Houses.

local comedians Sara Armour, Ali Cherry, Shahryar Rizvi, Emily Roesing & Gabriel Ross with High Frequency Humor at Big Bear Cafe -- Tuesday, 08-14-2018

Here is the link to this event at Big Bear Cafe:

one week from today: LeDroit Park Block Party/Community Day

Sent: Thursday, August 9, 2018 10:44 PM
Subject: [LeDroitPark] LeDroit Park Block Party / Community Day * August 18, 2018 [1 Attachment]

[Attachment(s) from Ethan Arnheim included below]

Please join your neighbors next Saturday for LeDroit Park's annual Block Party / Community Day!

Saturday, August 18
1 pm - 5 pm on the 400 block of T St NW

We will have free food and beverages thanks to the LeDroit Park Civic Association, Shaw Tavern, and the LeDroit Park Market.

We will have exciting door prizes thanks to Fishscale, the Royal, and Electric Cat Scratch Tattoos

We will have great music and children's activities.

We will also be marking the launch of the newly named Ernest Everett Just Court, which runs from the 1800 block of 4th to the 1800 block of 5th.

You can help with setup and operations - especially if you have a grill we could use for the BBQ. Chairs and games are also welcome contributions.. 

Finally, make sure you are a member and help support our neighborhood. Membership is $15 per household, $5 for seniors or residents facing hardship. Join here:

one week from today: help inventory trees at the Park at LeDroit -- with Casey Trees

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Bloomingdale Farmers Market: What's the best chilled summer soup?

From: "Markets & More" <>
Date: August 10, 2018 at 11:56:54 PM GMT+2
Subject: What's the  best chilled summer soup?

Dear BFM Fans

PSA: Rain or shine, sun or clouds, humidity or not, we are here every Sunday until Thanksgiving. 
The  best chilled summer soup is NOT the one you are thinking of.  


In case you missed this from last week because we have never had a recipe this popular. Do you have a glut of zucchini?  Or are you just looking for a new way to serve zucchini? Here is the delicious solution. I am serving this velvety chilled soup for the third time in two weeks: It is definitely the hit recipe of the summer here in Quinson:  Zucchini, avocado, onions, garlic, basil,  parsley, lemon zest, water. Topped with a dollup of yogurt and a basil leaf.

I riffed on this recipe but I use water not stock and here is the most important tip: Grate the zukes and salt them in the pot, cook them until they release their water. (about 10-15 minutes) Don't add the water (3 cups, not 2) until then --to concentrate the flavor.  If you add the water before the zucchini is cooked down, you will dilute their flavor,. Check the fb page for a picture.
What else am I cooking this week?  I am making a version of Lamb Barbacoa that does not use dried chiles or tomatillos because I cannot find them here.  But to up the smoky flavor, I used the traditional technique and charred my onions and garlic and pepper and tomatoes but added ground ancho chiles and some espelette pepper and some smoky pimenton.

The fields around us here are filled with sunflowers! Some of them have escaped into the harvested lavender fields and they look so happy, almost as though they are prancing around.

I have also been eating basil whipped ricotta with a tomato and zucchini saladl.  Here is a good recipe for it.  The Kitchn proclaimed it the best thing they had eaten in 2017.  Try it and let me know if you agree.  

  • Bike House will help you put your bike in great shape
  • Diaper Drop Off will take your old or new cloth or paper diapers
  • Music at the Market will entertain  you
REID's ORCHARD: Kathy says: 

Happy National Farmers' Market Week!
It's still raining. A lot. But that is OK, we are working through it and still have lots of yummy things for market this week.  Most of the usual suspects are still around, blueberries, blackberries, and plums if you like small fruit.  We will have lots of all varieties of peaches and some nectarines.  Heirloom tomatoes are in full force, this would be a great week to stock up before they are gone.  We also have several new apple varieties available this week: Summer Treat, Mollie's Delicious and Ginger Gold in addition to Zestar and Pristine. 

KESWICK CREAMERY: Tempted as I am ever single day to eat goat cheese here in Provence, I am so happy that you have the same opportunity at the Keswick stand.  Sarah milks her goats and makes goat cheese and mixed milk cheeses.  Some of them inspired by French cheeses.  Whip the cow milk ricotta until it is smooth and creamy.season with black pepper, drzzle with olive oil and serve on a baguette.  I will be doing that Saturday night.  There are twenty other cheeses and yogurt at the stand. 

TRUCK PATCH FARMS: Salad and Pork Central.  Tomatoes, beets, squash, cucumbers, greens.

Bernard comes with great sweet corn, many varieties of eggplant and summer squash (including my favorite pale green ones that are beloved by both the Lebanese and the Central Americans), peppers in many colors and shapes, both hot and sweet. Lots of heirlooms and cherry tomatoes in a rainbow of colors. Seedless and seeded watermelon -- yellow too. Cantaloupes, cukes, blackberries, green, yellow and flat Romano beans, red, white and yellow spuds, sweet potatoes, sweet candy onions, Kale, carrots, basil bunches. Okra. Lemon Balm bunches.

MOUNTAIN VIEW ORGANICS: Attila is a Hungarian descended pepper whisperer, both hot and sweet. He also displays a beautiful spiral of his many tomatoes, Dino loves them for the restaurant.  Squashes, eggplant, Asian greens, spinach maybe, chards, cucumbers. He grows unusual varieties of the summer favorites.  If there are leeks this week or fennel, grill them.  Don't pass up the Greek oregano -- and dry a bunch upside down for later.

NUMBER 1 SONS: Have you tried all NINE of their cucumber pickles -- most are NY Style fermented (be still, my beating pickled heart, says this New Yorker.) but a few are vinegared made with a locally produced cider vinegar. And maybe the dilly beans will be ready this week. And some krauts and some kimchi.  These are the condiments  I keep in my fridge and use at every meal.  And the fermented ones are pro-biotic.  The Salso So Verde is a secret sauce for everything grilled or tacos or rice.  The Kombachas are ery refreshing on a hot day and when is it not hot this summer?  One thing I miss when I am in France...

WHISKED: Jenna's pies win awards every year and her cookies  (now with 3 Vegan choices). The 3 ch oices of quiche make lunch, brunch and picnic very easy.  The personal sized pies feed a very hungry person or two people with an average appetite.  The big ones solve the problem of what to bring to a pot luck.  Seasonal pies and their insanely popular Key Lime.

CUCINA AL VOLO:  Home made Tuscan pasta by an Italian uncle and nephew make for incredibly good fast food as it should be.  Boil the water, salt it, drop in the pasta and they are done 2-4 minutes later.  Grab a sauce and you can have dinner on the table in less than 10 minutes.  And this is resto quality pasta, made in the same kitchens as their well reviewed restaurants.  Picnics call for pasta salad and they have the pasta shapes for that as well.  Add a salad, a Whisked pie or cookie and you are ready for spontaneous invites whenever you want.  I always keep some pasta in the freezer for quick, excellent meals.

PANORAMA ARTISANAL BAKERY:   Two French bakers make our baguettes, croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin and many other breads and breakfast pastries. Both sandwich loaves and boules.  White, whoe wheat, multigrain, sourdough, etc .


More than 200 people come to market for produce plus every single week.  We could not do it with our city wide farmers market brigade of volunteers but we need more people.  It is a great gig for 4 hours a few Sundays during August and September  nd both the clients and the other volunteers ware wonderful.  Sign up here with DC Greens for a 2 hour training.  The next one is August 14th at the Dupont Circle offices.

Enjoy the market this weekend!

Robin, Teds and the Produce Plus volunteers

Ward 5 Report: Ward 5 movie night

From: Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
Sent: Friday, August 10, 2018 6:06 PM
Subject: Ward 5 Movie Night


It’s not every day that I experience a moment where everything seems perfect.  I am extremely privileged and humbled to have felt one of those moments this past Monday at Union Market, during the Ward 5 Movie Night.  The beautiful summer sunset, the sounds of children imitating Black Panther characters, and families in lawn chairs, created the perfect night in Ward 5.  The presence of our local business community, youth organizations, and Ward 5 community leaders all in one place made the night extremely special.

Many of our seasoned Ward 5 residents were able to recreate the date night experience of a drive-in movie.  Billy and Martha Montgomery shared memories of their drive in theater dates from the 70's.
The opportunity to laugh with the community, share family stories, and see so many residents of Ward 5 in one place was amazing.  Our community need more moments like this and as the leader of Ward 5 I commit to providing those opportunities.  Thank you to everyone who was able to make it on Monday and I look forward to our next Ward 5 event.

In Service,



Kenyan in the Community

Councilmember McDuffie hosted Ward 5 Movie Night at Union Market on Monday, August 6th.  A link to Monday's photo album can be found here. (Be sure and tag yourself)

CM McDuffie took a tour of recently opened  Caremore Health (@CareMoreHealth). CareMore Health provides care for patients age 21 & up who are Medicaid eligible members. CareMore Health is conveniently located at 1527 Maryland Ave NE (Hechinger Mall). #OurWard5

Event: Brentwood Back To School Day
Date: August 11, 2018
Time: 12PM - 4PM
Location: Brentwood Recreation Center 2311 14th Street NE
For more information contact Ricardo Duren at (202) 977-4756

Resources & Events

Event: Ward 4 & 5 Day at the National Building Museum
Date: August 14, 2018
Time: 9am - 11am
Location: 401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001

Event: Chuck Brown Day
Date: August 18, 2018
Time: 3PM - 7PM
Location: Chuck Brown Memorial - 2901 20th St NE, Washington, DC

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities.

To be eligible, students must be:
  • a resident of the District of Columbia
  • between the ages 5 and 21
  • enrolled in an elementary or secondary public, private, charter or parochial school located within the District; or a "Ward of DC" through the Foster Care System.

CM McDuffie took a tour of recently opened @CareMoreHealth this morning. CareMore provides care for patients age 21 & up who are Medicaid eligible members. CareMore is conveniently located at 1527 Maryland Ave NE (Hechinger Mall). #OurWard5

In this issue of the Ward 5 Report: