Friday, January 31, 2020

come out to the SuperBowl watch party at Boundary Stone

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open at noon today: Boundary Stone for lunch

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Bloomingdale estate sale at 83 W Street NW -- 02-07-2020 through 02-09-2020

See this estate sale message regarding the estate sale of the late Sara Kaufman:

From: "R. Bernard Estate Liquidators" 

Date: 1/30/20 1:48 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Bloomingdale Estate Sale 

February 7th, 8th & 9th 10 AM - 3 PM each day 83 W ST NW, Washington, D.C., 20001 | Wonderful selection of wall clocks • Unique sel

Creative Grounds invites you to an evening with members of the Abstract Sisterhood -- Friday, 02-02-2020

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Bloomingdale's Natalie Hopkinson: Go-Go music advocacy with Dr. Natalie Hopkinson - Apple -- Friday, 02-01-2020

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walk-up window at Creative Grounds

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

DCist post on MPD using NextDoor

Click on the link to read the entire DCist post:

D.C. Police Is Joining Hyperlocal Social Network Nextdoor

A quick scan of Nextdoor, the hyperlocal social network, shows posts about a broken toilet, a forthcoming neighborhood cleanup, and, at the very top, one titled “Hello from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Signed by Chief of Police Peter Newsham, the post outlines how D.C. police is partnering with Nextdoor to “build community, improve quality of life, and work together to make your neighborhood safer and stronger.”
Nextdoor, which launched in the U.S. in 2011, has a feature that allows users to forward their crime and safety-related posts to participating law enforcement agencies, which now includes D.C. Newsham’s post clarifies that “MPD will not see your posts unless you use the ‘forward to police’ option. If you choose that option, it will provide you an opportunity to raise nonemergency public safety concerns with police managers assigned to your neighborhood.”

Urban Turf post > "More Details Emerge About the North Capitol Street Promenade"

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More Details Emerge About the North Capitol Street Promenade

Earlier this month, UrbanTurf previewed the potential design of a proposed park spanning the North Capitol Street underpass. 
Now, more details are emerging.
Diagram of features proposed along promenade. Click to enlarge.
The promenade would be atop a deck covering portions of North Capitol Street between V Street and Seaton Place. A "streetcar café" would sit at the northernmost portion approaching the intersection with Rhode Island Avenue. Streetcar tracks would be incorporated into the park on the opposite side of Rhode Island Avenue, and a lawn would have seating areas and a green buffer from the street.

Monday, January 27, 2020

DCist post: "McMillan, DC most cursed development project, explained"

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McMillan, D.C.’s Most Cursed Development Project, Explained

by Rachel Kurzius

A series of legal hurdles this month have stymied the long-planned, long-plagued redevelopment of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site. But for anyone who has been following this situation, the idea that the courts have dealt a blow to the project is not new. The city’s ongoing attempts to build on top of the 25 acres of land are a never-ending saga of fits and starts that go back more than a decade, and bring out some of the most heated local commentary around. But if there’s one thing that the project’s vocal fans and even more vocal opponents can agree on, it’s that this is among the most protracted, cursed projects in recent D.C. history. So what, exactly, is going on at McMillan, and why is it so controversial?
Okay, I’ll bite. What’s McMillan?
The 25-acre site right by Washington Hospital Center sits at the edge of D.C.’s Northwest quadrant, and is bordered by First Street NW, Michigan Avenue NW, North Capitol Street, and Channing Street. It was once part of the much larger McMillan Reservoir and Filtration Plant, a 92-acre plot of land built in the early 20th century as part of the City Beautiful reform movement and the McMillan Plan. The site became the first large-scale system in D.C. designed to purify the city’s water amid typhoid outbreaks. It used sand to filter the water, a process that happened in huge underground catacombs. Above ground, the sand bins resemble large silos situated alongside brick structures and concrete walls.
The entire 92-acre property was referred to as McMillan Park, according to a 2010 historic preservation report, and American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. created a design plan, much of which was implemented between 1907 and 1919. The specific 25-acre parcel was industrial in nature, but residents could amble around a landscaped perimeter walk. However, that changed during World War II, when the U.S. Army built a fence around the property and restricted public access over concerns that the water supply could be poisoned. To this day, the area remains fenced off.

the Save McMillan Action Coalition is holding a planning session -- Sunday, 02-02-2020

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starting this Wednesday at Truxton Inn: Tarantino Movie Night > Inglorious Basterds

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at Red Hen: herb aioli with cacio e pepe arancini

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SuperBowl watch party at Boundary Stone

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Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting tonight, 01-27-2020

See the agenda below for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting on Monday, 01-27-2020, at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

Here is the link to NoMaBID's North Capitol Street Needs Assessment Study.

And note that Zachary Parker, Ward 5 representative on the DC School Board of Education, has been invited to this evening's BCA meeting.  

DC State Board of Education's Zachary Parker: draft resolution for the Bloomingdale Civic Association to consider "Birth-to-Three For All DC Act of 2018"

This draft resolution may be discussed at tonight's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:

Sunday, January 26, 2020

at the Monday, 01-27-2020, Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting: traffic calming plan resolution for Fla Ave between Ga Av NW and NY Av NE

See this Bloomingdale Civic Association resolution:

"resolution requesting a traffic safety assessment and traffic calming plan for Florida Avenue between Georgia Avenue NW and New York Avenue NE"


DC State Board of Education Ward 5's Zachary Parker: "why the first 1000 days of a child's life are so important" > to potentially be shared at the Monday, 0-27-2020, Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

See this document being distributed by Zachary Parker:

"Here is a document detailing why the first 1000 days of a child's life are so important."

He has been invited to the Monday, 01-27-2020, Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting where he will likely speak on the topic below.

Huevos Rancheros at Boundary Stone

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale for Sat 1/25 and Sun 1/26/2020

24 Florida Ave NE #301 is offered at $479,900.
The featured open house is a new construction condo in Eckington/Truxton Circle, close to Historic Bloomingdale. There are several units still available to choose from. The agent representing the seller is Yianni Konstantopoulos with Compass. See the link below for more details and open house times.

Weekend Open Houses

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in Bright MLS 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.

come out to today's Bloomingdale Civic Association community forum on the North Capitol Promenade: "Bridging North Capitol Street's Communities"

See this 01-13-2020 press release regarding the North Capitol Street Deckover project:


DC Zoning Commission Order issuing a 2-year PUD extension for the 1600 North Capitol Street NW project shows up in the current DC Register (better late than never)

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Urban Space and Places blog post on today's community forum on the proposed North Capitol Deckover park

Click on the link to read the entire post at the Urban Spaces and Places blog by Richard Layman:

Friday, January 24, 2020

Bloomingdale Village Square Initiative will be holding its third Community Forum on the proposed North Capitol Deck-over Park

The Saturday January 25th forum will take place from 2 - 4 pm at St. Martin's Catholic
 Church (Pioneer Room), located at 7 T Street, NW (corner of North Capitol and 
T Streets, NW)

I've written about "street/freeway decking" initiatives over the years, and more recently about 
the initiative by the Bloomingdale Civic Association (the neighborhood on the west side of 
North Capitol Street from Florida to Rhode Island Avenues) to deck over part of North 
Capitol Street.

public safety update from MPD at this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

See the agenda below for the next Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting on Monday, 01-27-2020, at St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Street NW, at 7:00 pm.

Here is the link to NoMaBID's North Capitol Street Needs Assessment Study.

health fair at St. Martin's Catholic Church -- Sunday, 01-26-2020

Please join us for St. Martin’s Health Fair on Sunday January 26 2020 from 10AM to 2PM in the Pioneer Room.  Cost is Free.  There will be representatives from different health care agencies around the community as well as free blood pressure screening and free mini Zumba class at 1:30pm.

The Health Fair will take place in The Pioneer Room of the church; to enter, you must go around the corner from the Main Church entrance on North Capitol Street and enter from 7 T Street, NW.

For more information contact us at: 202-232-1144.

Please check us out on the web at: and

Fr. Mike Kelley

at Creative Grounds: Artist Talk with Lory Ivey Alexander & Kristin Hayes -- Saturday, 02-01-2020

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Friday, January 24, 2020

CM McDuffie's Ward 5 Report: Ward 5 Report: Budget Priorities in Action

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2020 1:04 PM
Subject: Ward 5 Report: Budget Priorities in Action


Readers of this newsletter know that it is budget season at the Council and in the DC government. I have been asking Ward 5 residents to share their budget priorities with me and if you have not already done so, I encourage you to take a minute and fill out the survey.

Today I want to share with you one of the outcomes of those budget decisions. Last year, I learned that only two of the three Career and Technical Education academies at McKinley Technology High School were recognized by NAF (formerly the National Academy Foundation). While the information technology and engineering academies were fully accredited, the biotechnology academy lacked this important certification due to a lack of funding.

I was able to secure the funds in last year's budget and the biotechnology academy at McKinley Tech is now NAF-certified. In fact, I learned earlier this month that one of McKinley's biotechnology students received a Posse scholarship to attend college.

I have no doubt that Christa would have earned that scholarship regardless of her field of study, but it is because of work in last year's budget that she was able to pursue a certified program in biotechnology.

In service,


Share Your Budget Priorities

Budget season at the Council is ramping up, and Councilmember McDuffie wants to hear your budget priorities for Ward 5 and the District of Columbia. Click the link and you will have the opportunity to give your feedback and priorities for the upcoming budget.

Legislative Update

2019 Year in Review

McDuffie in the News

Kenyan in the Community

Multilingual Education Fair of DC - January 25

You are invited to the 4th annual Multilingual Education Fair of DC. This event features over 150 exhibitors and a multilingual program for language learners of all ages.

More info here:

DATE: Saturday, January 25
TIME: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Theodore Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St NW
RSVP and additional details

Eleanor Holmes Norton in Your Neighborhood - January 27

DC Department of Transportation Ward 5 Open House - February 8

The DC School Lottery is now open

The DC School Lottery is now open. Deadlines to submit are February. 3 for grades 9-12 and March 2 for PK3 – grade 8. If you have questions or to review your options, visit or call 202-888-6336.

DC Chinese New Year Parade - January 26

You are invited to DC’s Chinese New Year Parade. With dozens of entries, this year’s parade promises to be the largest and most diverse yet. Expect Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, firecrackers, kung fu demonstrations, floats (including lions and dragons) and plenty of pageantry as the procession winds through Chinatown.

DATE: Sunday, January 26
TIME: 2:00 PM
LOCATION: H Street & 7th Street NW
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