Wednesday, February 28, 2018

open mic with local talent at Boundary Stone

See these tweets:

the Marion Barry statue unveiling is this Saturday; did you know that his first DC apartment was in Bloomingdale at 107 Rhode Island Ave NW?

See this tweet:

Common Good City Farm: Greetings from the Greenhouse

From: Common Good City Farm [] On Behalf Of Common Good City Farm
Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:04 PM
Subject: Greetings from the Greenhouse

Greetings from the Greenhouse

It's February and things are cold here on the farm.  The cold keeps us indoors at this time of the year, and has a lot of folks wondering what farmers actually DO all winter.  So, let us catch you up on what happens at the farm during the winter months....  

Join our Herbalism 101 Series

Dive deeper into a holistic plant study for medicine: learn how to form a relationship to learning about plants, learn how plants can be used in a holistic approach to gaining health, and learn how to choose plants for healing with this 8 week course taught by April Rameé of Antler Alchemy at Common Good City Farm.
**Each week, a new plant will be provided for each student to enjoy and add this plant to their personal materia medica.**
This course will run every Wednesday from April 4 to May 23 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
Click here to see the class syllabus and register.
Two scholarship positions are available for income qualifying participants. To apply, please see here.

Volunteer with us

Join the City Farmers program! City Farmers volunteer once a week on the farm during a chosen session and assist with our community programs and hands on farm work.  Volunteer sessions start throughout the season and registration for March and April is now available.  Read all the details and register here.

Bring your class to the farm for a field trip!

Throughout our 2018 season we will be offering field trips for all grade levels on Thursday mornings (and other times by special request).  This is a unique opportunity to build your students connection to the food system and show them how food can be grown in an urban environment. Check out our registration page for more information or contact  (And help us spread the word to teachers you know!)

Traditional CSA

Join our CSA! We have 2 spots left.
For more information and to register click here.

Market CSA

Are you interested in:
  • joining a traditional CSA
  • eating fresh, seasonal, local produce
  • supporting your neighborhood urban farm
  • worried about how to use the amount and variety of produce in a weekly CSA?
  • traveling a lot this summer and need a more flexible option?
Then join our Market CSA! Our Market CSA allows you to pay upfront and then choose how often, how much, and what types of produce you would like to take home from our Wednesday Farm Market.
For more information and to register, click here.

See you at Rooting DC!

Take a break from the workshops and visit us at our table in the atrium.
When: Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9 am - 4 pm
Where: Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW, Washington, DC 20016
Check out the workshop schedule and register here:

Save the date for our Season Opener, April 28th!

Did you know?

You can make a monthly recurring donation to Common Good City Farm through Network for Good.  Monthly donations help us sustain and grow our educational programs, and provide a steady source of income for the farm.  Become a recurring donor today!

Copyright © 2018 Common Good City Farm, All rights reserved.
Our address is:
PO Box 26030 Washington DC 20001
Farm: V St NW between 2nd and 4th St


WBJ: AFRH to brief developers on campus plan; DC OP & DDOT raise concerns about traffic, etc.

This Washington Business Journal post is behind a paid firewall.  So I have only included a few paragraphs.

The AFRH site is located due north of Bloomingdale and the hospital center.

Why should Bloomingdale care about the AFRH site?

Both DC OP and DDOT have raised concerns that the project will impact traffic. 

Armed Forces Retirement Home to brief developers on campus plan

Feb 27, 2018, 5:14pm EST
Daniel J. Sernovitz, Staff Reporter
Washington Business Journal

The Armed Forces Retirement Home plans to issue a solicitation to developers this spring to remake an 80-acre portion of its Northwest D.C. campus after revitalizing the long-planned effort late last year.

The self-funded and cash-strapped federal agency has scheduled an industry forum for March 19 on the grounds of its campus north of Children's National Medical Center to outline its goals for the project ahead of issuing a request for proposals soon after.
The scope of the nearly 4.4 million-square-foot project on Rock Creek Church Road NW is substantially the same as when the project's master plan was approved in 2008. But there have been several twists and turns since then, including AFRH's pre-recession award of development rights to a team that was not able to follow through with its plans. The basic outline would leave intact the bulk of the retirement home campus, about 192 acres, while setting aside the balance for a range of uses including residential, office, research and development, institutional, medical, retail and hotel.

NCPC's staff recommendation supports the amendment's approval, but with an asterisk. The D.C. Office of Planning and Department of Transportation have both raised concerns, including the project will impact traffic. The planning office, as part of its comments, said it does not believe the plan is "responsive to new opportunities and challenges for the AFRH site, given the changing urban context and the impacts on public facilities and infrastructure," according to NCPC. 

Reuben Castain, Bloomingdale resident and calisthenics personal trainer

See this NextDoor post:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

come out to the PSA 501 meeting -- Wednesday, 02-28-2018

From: []
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:07 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D]
PSA 501 Meeting

The monthly PSA 501 meeting will be held next Wednesday February 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm at St George's located at 160 U St NW.

Event: PSA 501 Community Meeting
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: St. George's 160 U St NW
Agenda: Monthly Crime Stats presented by Lt. Frenzel

Question and Answer session

I look forward to seeing you there!

Lieutenant Peter J. Frenzel
Metropolitan Police Department
PSN Fifth District PSA 501
1805 Bladensburg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone# 202-698-0150
"We are here to help!"


Brewer's Ball this Saturday, 03-03-2018; ANXO will be in the house with both food & libations; Tyer Creek and Pub & The People will have silent auction items

From: Brandon
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:20 PM
Subject: Newsletter Requested Article

Hi Scott -  I am a Bloomingdale resident and I volunteer with an event called Brewer's Ball which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We are a little over a week until the event (March 3rd) and I wanted to see if you had any issue running this in the newsletter. In a nutshell, this year is the 14th annual version of the event which boasts unlimited tastings from 40 breweries and nearly 30 restaurants. The event takes place at the National Building Museum here in Washington DC. To make it even better for Bloomingdale residents, Anxo will be in attendance with both food and libations, and not to be outdone, we'll also have silent auction items from Tyber Creek and Pub & the People.

You can also find more overall event information here:

Tickets will sell out before the event, so please don't wait. No tickets will be sold on the day of the event and they'll likely stop selling sometime mid-next week.

I'm happy to answer any questions anyone may have. I can be reached via e-mail at:          



don't forget: DPW's mechanical street sweeping resumes on 03-01-2018

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Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:35 PM
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Subject: [LeDroitPark] Street Sweeping Resumes March 1

Residential Mechanical Street Sweeping to Resume March 1

Motorists are urged to obey signs restricting parking

The Department of Public Works (DPW) will resume residential mechanical street sweeping on Thursday, March 1. To ensure streets are swept thoroughly, motorists are asked to obey the signs posted with the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced. The fine for violating this restriction is $45. Signs posted along street sweeping routes indicate that the program runs from March 1 through October 31.

“Our street sweepers, many of whom call the District home, take great pride in keeping our city clean and beautiful,” said DPW Director Chris Shorter. “In the last fiscal year, DPW’s crews removed upwards of 4,300 tons of litter from our streets.”
To remind motorists of the restrictions, DPW will issue warnings between Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 9, 2017 to vehicles parked during the sweeping periods.

Parked vehicles may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curb lane. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours (9:30 am to 11:30 am or 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm) while sweeping is underway.
As a reminder, District drivers can now receive immediate notification if their vehicle has been towed, relocated or booted. To find out how to enroll in DPW’s Tow and Boot Alert Program, please click here.

DPW provides essential city services in two distinct program areas: environmental services/solid waste management and parking enforcement. Both contribute to making District streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible for all residents, businesses, commuters and visitors.



Kevin B. Twine
Staff Assistant
Office Of The Director
Department Of Public Works (DPW)
2000 14th St., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Ph: 202-673-7084
DPW: 202-673-6833
Fax: 202-202-671-0642

have you commented yet on the DC Comprehensive Plan Framework, the 2020 DC Historic Preservation Plan and/or the DC Cultural Plan ?

From: Bertha Holliday
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:56 PM
Subject: DC PLANS available for public comment and/or review 

Dear Bloomingdale Neighbors and Others--

As a Bloomingdale ANC Commissioner, I would like to call to your attention the availability of to three  DC plans available for review and/or comment by residents.  Each of these plans has significant implications for Bloomingdale.  So I encourage you to review at least one of the plans and submit your comments now or at forthcoming Council hearings.  If comments are submitted, I would greatly appreciate receiving a copy, so I might better understand your  priorities and concerns.

The Plans are:

The Comprehensive Plan Framework - The current plan  (adopted in 2006) provides a 20-year framework for DC's growth and development .  Specifically, he Plan guides DC's public services, infrastructure and capital investment.  It also  guides land use and zoning  (density and design) of DC buildings.  All Zoning Commission decisions should be consistent with the Comp Plan.  This Plan was amended in 2011 and is now being amended again.    Comments for use in amending this Plan were solicited in 2017. To date, only the "Framework" element of the Plan has been released for review.  The 'Framework";  a) describes factors driving change in DC, b) provides data on current and future changes, c)  provides a vision for DC's growth and development along with related "principles" , and d) describes the function and use 

of the Plan's Generalized Policy Map and Future Land Use Map, and DC's Capital Investment Budget.  Your comments on the Framework can be presented at future Council hearings on the Plan.  

The 2020 DC Historic Preservation Plan -- [READ THIS PLAN IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW HP WORKS!].
The first DC historic district was established in 1950 (Georgetown). Subsequently preservation  advocates protested against such things as the replacement of obsolete structures with parking lots, the destruction of neighborhoods by freeways, and urban renewal strategies that resulted in razing 95% of the structures in DC's SW quadrant and massive dislocation.  HP advocates believe the social fabric of neighborhoods were irreplaceable assets that should be preserved and renewed.  Finally, the DC HP office was established in by 1978 Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act.  The 2020 Plan represents an update of the 2016 HP Plan.  

The 2020 HP Plan focuses on:   a) Describing a vision for preservation and reviewing the history and achievements of preservation in DC; b) assessing strengths and challenges of HP; c) establishing an agenda for preservation action in DC and stating associated updated goals and objectives; and d) providing a list of resources and information.  

Currently in DC, there are 700 historic landmarks and 64 historic districts ( half of which are local neighborhoods) with 27,000 'contributing' properties. 

The 2020 HP Plan is available at:  

Public comments are welcome until March 1, 2018 and can be submitted by email to: 


This Plan was authorized by the Cultural  Plan for the District Act of 2015, and serves to flesh out the notion of 'cultural sustainability'.  The Plan seeks to "strengthen arts, humanities, and  culture and heritage in neighborhoods, by increasing cultural participation, supporting artists and talent development, stimulating cultural production, and informing decision-making".  The  Plan encourages public and private investment (and other innovative funding strategies) in the people, places, communities and ideas that define culture in DC.  The Plan's proposed strategies include: a) community/neighborhood engagement; b) youth engagement and education; c) increased cultural public space ( e.g., affordable artists lofts) and facilities; d) use of public space to promote  community identity and heritage;  e) maximize public facilities for cultural presentations; f) create a portfolio of  cultural incubators and collective production spaces; g) promotion of cultural entrepreneurship; h) marketing of cultural events to regional residents and national visitors; i) establishing a permanent oral history program; j) supporting an art in transit program; and k) promote systemic convergence among cultural creators, space for cultural production and presentation, and cultural presenters so that DC that will be  more inclusive, diverse, innovative and  engaging.  

Many of the Plan's goals and strategies are highly compatible with those of BCA's Bloomingdale Village Square Project, (funded largely by Humanities DC), which emphasize increased community identity and sense of place through use of neighborhood history &, heritage, design and civic engagement.

The Cultural Plan is available at: 

Comments should be emailed to by February 28, 2018. 

Bertha Holliday, ANC 5E07  

Bertha G., Holliday, PhD & Associates, LLC
Independent Consultant (Diversity Assessment, Planning, Implementation & Evaluation)
49 T Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Co- Director
Bloomingdale Village Square Project
"Building Community Identity & Sense of Place"

Commissioner, ANC 5E07
Washington, DC

Fellow, American Psychological Association