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A blog for the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Washington, DC.

Updated: 2018-02-22T18:18:46.463-05:00


The Unified Scene Theater’s monthly FREE Improv Workshop returns Sunday, 02-25-2018


The Unified Scene Theater’s Monthly FREE Improv Workshop Returns Sunday, February 25th, 1-3 pm

Ever thought “Hey, this improv stuff looks fun. But I’m not sure I could do it. Wouldn’t mind giving it a test run before I do.” Well, now’s your chance: we’re once again offering a free (that’s right: FREE) 2-hour improv workshop at The Unified Scene Theater on Sunday, February 25th from 1-3 p.m. Come on by. Kick the tires. You might surprise yourself — and have fun doing it! Space is limited, so let us know you’re coming by emailing us at and say, “yeah, what the heck, I’m coming.”

Instructor: Shawn Westfall

Prerequisites: A Pulse 

Shawn Westfall
Artistic Director
The Unified Scene Theater

Bertha Holliday invites you to review and comment on the DC Comprehensive Plan Framework, the 2020 DC Historic Preservation Plan and the DC Cultural Plan


From: Bertha HollidaySent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:56 PMSubject: 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 Framework is available at: 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: THE DC CULTURAL PLANThis 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 strate[...]

Jan-Feb 2018 DCRA newsletter


Since there is so much renovation and development activity in Bloomingdale, I thought that you might like to read this DCRA newsletter.From: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:38 AMTo: Barnes, Dianne (SMD 5E09)Subject: DCRA NEWS | A Regulatory Affair | January-February 2018 re's what's new at DCRA! Having trouble viewing this email? View as a webpage. January-February 2018 | Volume 2 | Issue 1 Greetings:As we enter into the third month of the New Year, DCRA continues its commitment to evolve and grow to simplify our processes to help our city’s residents and businesses thrive. As part of that evolution, we were excited to unveil a new logo in January.  As an agency, we understand that enforcing regulations can be a complex process, involving many steps, and often many different agencies. The new DCRA brand conveys clearly that we are the first stop in that process: Start Here! Your first stop in building a safe home and thriving business.We take our role of being viable partners in the District of Columbia’s building and construction industry very seriously.  Our agency has been an integral part of the growth in the city. Whether it’s opening a business, building a new stadium, starting a non-profit, or making a home more comfortable for an aging relative, DCRA is involved.Last Fiscal Year, we showed our commitment to the District by working to improve our processes, increasing communication and event outreach, providing training opportunities, and continuing to build partnerships with the community.We hosted 114 events, benefiting 3,947 District residents. We participated in 55 community events that reached 6,021 residents. We hosted 22 educational training sessions that resulted in 911 attendees. We launched 10 new online solutions in Fiscal Year 2017, increasing our online services to 22. We issued 53,896 permits, issued & renewed 26,041 business licenses, conducted 22,977 construction and 2,536 illegal construction inspections, conducted 11,533 housing inspections and 4,231 proactive inspections of apartment buildings, issued 10,801 professional licenses, and processed 13,062 corporations coming into DC. As part of our branding evolution and our continuation to better serve our customers, we continue to release and provide Safe & Simple initiatives that provide safe outcomes for our community and are simple for our customers. We are more than just a new logo and we will show that by striving for excellence and innovation.To learn more about our agency, who we are and what we do, view our new agency video below.  Sincerely,Melinda Bolling, DirectorDepartment of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs  DCRA Launches New Logo, Website, Services & Web ApplicationsIn January, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory (DCRA) celebrated our new brand changes and the launch of new services within the agency. As part of DCRA’s branding evolution, we unveiled new online services, web applications and our new DCRA website. The revamped website has a fresh look and feel and improved navigation to access agency services to better assist our customers when doing business with DCRA.  New Online Services - Now Available! Created with you in mind for improved navigation and efficiency [...]

DHCD newsletter: Vacant to Vibrant worforce housing program -- which includes 160 Adams St NW and 36 Channing St NW


DC DHCD produces a newsletter today.  I have included the text block regarding the DHCD Vacant to Vibrant program.

Note that Bloomingdale's two former Hofgard houses -- 160 Adams Street NW and 36 Channing Street NW -- were recently sold to developers in the Alex Cooper auction.  

And note that the DHCD Vacant to Vibrant houses are supposed to become workforce housing.

DPW: Residential mechanical street sweeping to resume -- Thursday, 03-01-2018


From: [] Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:35 PMTo: '' ; '' ; '' ; '' ; '' Subject: [LeDroitPark] Street Sweeping Resumes March 1  Residential Mechanical Street Sweeping to Resume March 1Motorists are urged to obey signs restricting parkingThe 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. Regards,KevinKevin B. TwineStaff AssistantOffice Of The DirectorDepartment Of Public Works (DPW)2000 14th St., NW, 6th FloorWashington, DC 20009Ph: 202-673-7084DPW: 202-673-6833Fax:[...]

Ward 5 Report: Remembering Oramenta Newsome


From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie [] On Behalf Of Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffieSent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:41 PMSubject: Ward 5 Report: Remembering Oramenta Newsome View this email in your browser Neighbors, Today, I want to tell you about someone who you may not have heard of, but someone who had a tremendous positive impact on Ward 5 and the District of Columbia. Oramenta Newsome (pictured above on the left) was the Executive Director of LISC DC, a non-profit that invests in communities by building bridges between the community, the private sector, and the government. Oramenta performed this important work with diligence and empathy. Under her leadership, LISC DC contributed significantly to the revitalization of Edgewood Commons (ribbon cutting pictured above) and the renovation of Dahlgreen Courts apartments. She led LISC DC to work in Ivy City, promoting the arts and creative placemaking, and she supported the work of the Rhode Island Avenue Main Street organization, including helping bring fresh food options to the community by supporting Good Food Market. Oramenta was understated in her persona, but bold in her vision and brilliant in her execution. She was always conscious of the people who were not represented in a given room or conversation, and speaking up on their behalf. Even if you did not know her name, it is likely you were impacted by her work here in D.C. I extend my deepest sympathies to those who knew Oramenta, and invite you all to read more about her life and legacy on the LISC DC website, or read her obituary in the Washington Post. In Service, Kenyan  In this issue of the Ward 5 Report: Legislative UpdateKenyan in the CommunityD.C. Department of Motor Vehicles Town Hall Meeting - Feb 24Marion Barry Summer Youth Empolymen Program Deadline Approaching - Feb 24Rhode Island Ave and Brookland MetroRail Stations to Close July - September As we all know, the former D.C.P.S. Schools Chancellor resigned earlier this week. You are invited to read Councilmember McDuffie's statement, issued prior to the Chancellor's resignation, on our website. Legislative Update This month, the Council began its annual series of Performance Oversight Hearings to review the operations of each agency in the District government for the previous year. Along with agency leadership, the public is invited to give testimony and provide comments. Ward 5 residents are strongly encouraged to testify and let your priorities be heard. With Councilmembers and agency leadership [...]

the October Sessions will be performing at Big Bear Cafe -- Saturday, 03-03-2018


See this Big Bear Cafe Facebook post:

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Brewer's Ball which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation --Anxo will be in attendance with food & libations, Tyber Creek and Pub & the People will have silent auction items -- Saturday, 03-03-2018


From: BrandonSent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:20 PMSubject: Newsletter Requested ArticleHi 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 purchase tickets here: can also find more overall event information here: wwww.dcbrewersball.orgTickets 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:          ThanksBrandon[...]

PSA 501 meeting -- Wednesday, 02-28-2017


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!"


three weeks from today: Boundary Stone's St. Baldrick's headshaving fundraiser event to help fight childhood cancers


See this tweet:

MPD: 15-year-old Niesha Henderson is missing -- last seen on the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue NW


From: []
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2018 6:56 PM
Subject: [MPD-5D] 2.17.18 MIssing Person Niesha Henderson [1 Attachment]

The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 15-year-old Niesha Henderson, who was last seen in the unit block of Rhode Island Avenue Northwest, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Niesha was reported missing on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Niesha Henderson is described as a black female with a medium brown complexion, 5’5” in height, 119 pounds, brown eyes, and black hair.