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Logan Circle News - Community Issues and Events

An electronic neighborhood watch, maintained by the Logan Circle Community Association and focused on community events and issues surrounding Logan Circle. Serving our residents, business owners, and community organizations. We welcome your feedback and

Updated: 2015-11-26T11:29:06.326-05:00


LCCA Annual Picnic Is Sunday, June 12!


Excitement Builds! LCCA Annual Picnic Is Sunday, June 12! LCCA’s annual picnic is confirmed for Sunday, June 12, from noon to 4 p.m., at The Residences at Thomas Circle, 1330 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. (rain or shine). We provide the grilled items and fixins’; you bring a dish to pass. This is a great opportunity to greet longtime friends and make new ones. You do not have to be an LCCA member to attend!

Details: We’ll have hamburgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs for grilling on The Residence’s charcoal griils. LCCA has ordered condiments for the grilled items and soft drinks for all. The Residences are offering their beautiful outdoor courtyard, grills, plus beverages and ice, for the event. We’ll have Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, lemonade, and iced tea on hand—plus juice boxes for the kids. You’re welcome to bring beer and wine as you wish.

We’d ask that you bring a dish to pass—that could be a veggie side, a casserole, appetizer, or dessert (don’t be afraid to go exotic!)—including your own serving utensils. Do join us for this great annual neighborhood funfest!

Volunteers needed! If you would like to volunteer for this event, please send an e-mail to Fay Arrington,, noting the time(s) you would be available between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. We need help with set-up, serving, and clean-up.

2011 Memorial Day Activities in Logan Circle


Please join us for the annual observance of Memorial Day in Logan Circle Park on Monday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to noon. If you’ve not heard the history, plan to attend and learn the moving story behind General John Logan’s creation of the legislation that resulted in the national Memorial Day holiday. The program lineup includes a Joint Armed Services Color Guard posting of colors, musical selections from noted Washington National Opera and National City Christian Church soprano Alia Waheed, a re-enactment of the reading of the General No. 11 legislation establishing Decoration Day (which eventually became Memorial Day), readings from General Logan biographer Gary Ecelbarger, and greetings from local community and government officials. Program sponsors include the Logan Circle Community Association, the National Park Service, and the Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C. The ceremony will be followed by a guided tour of the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, located one-half block south of Logan Circle on Vermont Avenue, and a garden reception with refreshments sponsored by the Illinois State Society and entertainment by Raddy and The Cats. If you were on hand for last year’s concert, you’ll remember Raddy’s fabulous renditions of such hits as Satin Doll, Summertime, Route 66, and My Funny Valentine. After the Observance in Logan Circle and Council House tour, plan to head up to Café Saint-Ex, 1847 14th Street, N.W., for the annual Mid-City Memorial Day Chili Cook-Off. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and extend to 5 p.m., closing off the 1300 block of T Street for a Chili Smack Down competition and community festival. The afternoon will offer chili tastings from the best local chefs, flowing brews, live music and a family-friendly interactive Kids’ Zone, all to raise money for the local Garrison Elementary School. Mark Your Calendar: LCCA Annual Picnic Is Sunday, June 12, 2011! LCCA’s annual picnic is confirmed for Sunday, June 12, from noon to 4 p.m., at The Residences at Thomas Circle, 1330 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. We provide the grilled items and fixins’; you bring a dish to pass. This is a great opportunity to greet longtime friends and make new ones. You do not have to be an LCCA member to attend! [...]

LCCA Needs Your Support for the 32nd Annual Holiday House Tour


The Holiday House Tour, scheduled this year for Sunday, December 5, is LCCA’s signature annual event and our only fundraiser. Please show your support today by becoming a patron or benefactor. Your generous donation will help us continue our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life in the Logan Circle neighborhood for residents, businesses, and visitors.

We’re often asked what we do with membership dues and donations. Here are a few examples: We support local non-profits (recent beneficiaries include the Constance Whitaker Maffin Memorial Fund and N Street Village); we make community development grants, such as our major treebox initiative that enhanced the beauty of our neighborhood immeasurably. We also have administrative fees to pay, such as accounting, Web services, and insurance. Membership meetings and special events bring convening costs. And while we’re largely electronic in our communications, we do have printing and duplicating expenses to meet.

We’re proud that LCCA is a 100 percent volunteer-run organization and are grateful for the thousands hours logged by our volunteers every year. We make every effort to keep costs to a minimum, and we are deeply grateful for your support.

Please print and complete the Patron and Benefactor Registration Form today. We need to hear from you by COB Monday, November 15, in order to recognize you in the House Tour Program.

Thank you!

Logan Circle Holiday House Tour Tickets Now on Sale at Retailers, OnlineThe


The 31st Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour launches at 1pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

The Logan Circle homes were chosen because they represent a mix of historical tradition and a modern style of living. More than a dozen unique properties ranging from ultra-modern penthouse condos to a fully restored 1887 Victorian home are on the tour this year. Several properties also feature mixed-use development spaces that incorporate retail, offices, arts spaces, and residences in a single building. The self-guided tour concludes with a Wassail reception at the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets, NW from 3:30 until 5:30pm the day of the event.

Fill out the contact information on your ticket stub to enter the raffle for great prizes, including cool merchandise and gift certificates from local retailers and restaurants. And check out our festive Logan Circle merchandise, including a commemorative house tour ornament, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and beverage mugŃall great for holiday giving!

Advance tickets may be ordered online for $20 at and purchased at the following retail locations:

Azi's Cafe, 1336 9th Street, NW
Barrel House Liquors, 1341 14th Street, NW
Home Rule, 1807 14th Street, NW
Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street, NW
Ace Hardware, 1055 5th Street, NW

Tickets purchased online will be held at the Studio Theatre for pickup beginning at 12:30pm on tour day. Same day tickets will also be available for $25 at Studio Theatre.

Logan Circle's 50 square blocks are rich in history, architecture, and a vibrant mixture of residents, galleries, and businesses. The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) has sponsored the self-guided house tour since 1978 and counts on the proceeds from it to continue the association's philanthropic and community development efforts throughout the neighborhood. Questions?

Call Tim Christensen at 202-641-6934 or e-mail To find out more about LCCA, go to

LCCA Mourns Loss of Desi Deschaine


The Logan Circle Community Association (“LCCA”) is mourning the passing of its Vice President and Board of Directors Member Desi Deschaine. Desi, 29, was also communications director for D.C. Council Member Jack Evans. He died in an apparent drowning in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor after a boating trip last weekend with his boyfriend, J’aime Huret, and other friends.

Prior to joining Council Member Evans’ staff in November 2008, Desi worked with the Washington National Opera and was community outreach coordinator for Mayor Anthony Williams. Desi was elected as Vice President of LCCA in 2006, the same year he was awarded LCCA’s annual President’s Award for his dedication to Logan Circle. He brought his boundless energy to LCCA and was involved in organizing many of the association’s membership meetings, outreach, and volunteer coordination. He was also a regular volunteer for the annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour, a national committee representative for the D.C. Young Democrats, a voting member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, and a member of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.

Desi spent the summer between his junior and senior years in high school studying at Georgetown University. He fell in love with Washington that summer, and decided he had to attend college here. He was admitted to Catholic University, from which he graduated in May 2001. He began to fulfill his political aspirations shortly thereafter.

Though Desi was known throughout the city as a political activist, tireless campaigner, and beloved public servant, he once said in an interview, “I do not like politics. It’s a pain in the ass, really, but to make a change for the better it’s a necessary activity to engage in.” Desi attributed his decision to commit to politics to the summer of his 15th year, which he spent helping poor and homeless children in Guatemala. Upon returning to the U.S., “I decided to do everything I could to make this world a better place. I realized that we were so blessed to live in a thriving democracy, and the only way we can keep it this way is by getting involved and making a difference.”

“Desi was not only a close personal friend, but he was my right-hand man on the LCCA Board,” said LCCA President Jennifer Trock. “He was full of creative energy and ideas of how to engage and serve our community” she said. “His endless enthusiasm and excitement for life were an inspiration for us all. He will be deeply missed. ”

It has been a tough year for the Logan Circle Community Association, which mourned the loss of long-time community leader Constance “Connie” Maffin after a short illness last February.

Plans are underway for a memorial service to be held in Washington, D.C., and details will be published when additional information is available.

Lost Dog: Molly


We are passing this information on from Art, a dogwalker in Logan, who reports that one of his client's dogs was taken from outside of Whole Foods. Info below, but please check the other links for updates on sightings.

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Please be careful when leaving your dog outside of stores, someone is snatching up pets. A client of mine informed me today that their female Vizsla, around 7yrs old has been stolen from outside of Whole Foods Monday June 29th at 6pm!!! She has short, red/rust hair, is about 60-70lbs, and has a distinct scar from a past surgery on the inside right hind leg near her knee. She also has a pink, nylon collar with cupcakes around it if it was not removed already. She is chipped and AKC is already notified of her missing. RESPONDS to her name Molly, does not have much interest in other dogs, LOVES people (she likes to bury her face between your legs) and loves to play fetch. Please, if anyone saw anyone suspicious or has any leads to her contact any of us immediately! Owners are offering reward for her safe return.

Tyler 415-505-3857
Laurel 202-885-9534
Art 202-437-7462

Lost Puppy


****************************LOST PUPPY - "MONA"About 12 lbs.Floppy ears1’ 6” inches tallAll black with a white patch on her chest She was last seen on S and 14th. Sightings have occurred in 11th and Florida area and Logan Circle. If you see her, DO NOT CHASE HER. She’ll run away, and has from many people. Approach her slowly and calmly, even sit down close to her and let her come over to you. Please call 202 271 7702

Durval Martins Candlelight Vigil


This event is scheduled to start Tuesday May 19th at 7 pm at the Reeves Center, ending at 8 p.m. at 11th and Q. Logan Circle residents may wish to know about the march, and are invited to participate in it either by joining the March at the Reeves center or gathering at 11th and Q. For those who active in Facebook, there is a link below to get to the page about the vigil.

Public Safety Walk-Around


From our neighbors in Borderstan:

THURSDAY: Borderstan Night-Safety Walk Around
March 16, 2009

What: Borderstan Night-Safety Walk Around. Join police and city government staff for a quick walk around Borderstan. The purpose is to point out dark areas that need lighting, burned out street lights, overgrown trees, etc. The goal is to improve night safety in Borderstan through better lighting and visibility.When: This Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m. The group will leave 15th and T NW at 6 p.m. and proceed south.

Who: You, your neighbors, representatives of D.C. government agencies. This includes members of the MPD, D.C. Department of Transportation and Andrew Huff, the Outreach and Services Specialist for Ward 2.Why: You can meet members of the police who patrol West Borderstan (PSA 208) and East Borderstan (PSA 307) as well as your neighbors… and contribute to public safety by working with officials to fix lighting- and visibility-related problems.

Where: 15th Street NW, starting at T Street and proceeding south to Rhode Island Avenue NW. Join us at 15th and T or watch for us as we make our way down 15th Street NW. Our goal is to cover/talk to residents on the 1400- and 1500-blocks of all streets between T Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.More Information: Contact Andrew Huff at or Borderstan at

Celebration of Connie Maffin's Life


Join us in celebrating the life of Connie Maffin Tuesday, April 7, 2009 10:30 – 11:30 am Coffee reception to follow Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW Many of you may wish to provide photos or a remembrance of your experiences with Connie. Please submit to by March 31, 2009. If you prefer to send original photos, which will be returned after the celebration, please send to: Rebecca Miller Executive Director DC Preservation League 401 F Street, NW, Room 324 Washington, DC 20001 202.783.5144 - Phone [...]

LCCA Mourns Loss of Long-Time Member Constance "Connie" Maffin


February 16, 2009
Contact: Tim Christensen

LCCA Mourns Loss of Long-Time Member Constance "Connie" Maffin

(Washington, D.C) – The Logan Circle Community Association (“LCCA”) is mourning the passing of long-time member, leader, mentor, and friend Constance W. “Connie” Maffin. Connie died on February 16 after a short illness. Connie and her husband Bob were married in 1974 and lived together since then in their grand Victorian row house on the majestic stretch of Vermont Avenue N.W. just below Logan Circle. The LCCA community extends it heartfelt condolences to Bob and the entire Maffin family on their loss.

Connie was one of LCCA’s pioneering members and served as both an officer and board member numerous times. In recent years she served on the annual Holiday House Tour Committee, for which she headed up home selection and ticket sales. She was also a member of the Committee of 100, the city’s oldest planning organization and citizens’ lobby; Lambda Alpha, an international land economics society; and served as a trustee to the D.C. Preservation League.

“Connie Maffin was a household name in the D.C. civic movement, especially in Logan Circle,” said LCCA President Jennifer Trock. “She was a pillar of the community and a friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Connie will be sorely missed.” LCCA Board Member and House Tour Co-Chair Tim Christensen agreed. “It was a joy to work with Connie on both a personal and professional level year after year and, frankly, we don’t know what we’re going to do without her,” he said.

Connie was an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential and was licensed in D.C. and Maryland since 1978. She served as chairperson of the Real Estate Board of the District of Columbia, which oversees the regulation of over 12,000 licensees in the city. She was past president of the Washington D.C. Association of Realtors and was name WDCAR’s REALTOR of the Year in 2007. She chaired the Public Policy, Residential Sales, Awards, and REALTOR Political Action Committees. In 1993 she was awarded Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year in recognition of her professionalism and commitment to the industry. She also served as a director of the National Association of REALTORS for three years.

Connie was a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and held the GRI national designation. She also completed the National Trust for Historic Preservation's historic real estate program. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, she received her M.A. in urban policy from George Washington University and her B.A. from Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois.

A portion of the proceeds from LCCA’s 2008 Holiday House Tour will be donated to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation in Connie’s memory. In lieu of flowers, friends are also invited to make a donation at or by mail to P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

A public viewing will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m.. All are invited to attend.

Update on Shooting


The police have identified the victim in yesterday's shooting as Durval Martins. The police are looking for information on the murder, and have released this flier seeking the public's help. If you have any information, please contact the Detective Paul Regan at (202) 425-5563 (mobile) or (202) 645-0472 (desk); or Detective Doug Carlson at (202) 486-0233 (mobile) or (202) 645-6360 (desk); or the anonymous tip line at (888) 919-2746, or by texting to 50411.


Shooting at Q and Rhode Island


Inspector Delgado posted the following to the MPD-3d listserv at 4:56 this morning:
On December 16th 2008, an Officer of the Third District while on patrol heard a series of gunshots. The officer responded to 11th and Rhode Island Ave, N.W. and observed a male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries. If anyone has information regarding this shooting please call our tip line on 1 888 919 CRIME. You can also text on 50411# or call our Command Center at 202 727 9099.
That location is a mere half block from the new dog park. I'll update this post as more information comes in. This recent spate of violence in the northwest Logan/northeast Shaw/U Street area is a definite cause for concern for all area residents.




Historic Blagden Alley-Naylor Court is Featured

The Logan Circle Holiday House Tour will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 1-5pm. This year’s tour will feature East Logan, with special emphasis on the rich history of residential and commercial alley life in Logan's own Blagden Alley and Naylor Court. The tour will also feature the Blagden Alley studio of world-renowned master printmaker David Adamson. Tickets will be sold for $15 in advance at the Logan Circle Community Association Web site (, or $20 the day of the event at 1324 Vermont Avenue, NW, and Azi’s Café at 1336 9th Street, NW. The tour includes a Wassail reception hosted at the Long View Gallery, 1302 9th Street, NW from 3pm-5:30pm the day of the tour, and raffle prizes from local merchants.


Parker Stanzione 202-489-4553
Bill Smith 703-298-2888

Dog Park Opens


Mayor, DPR and Ward 2 Community Celebrate Opening of District’s First Public Dog Park
Media Contact Only: John A. Stokes, (202) 673-2195

This afternoon, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, DC Department of Parks and Recreation Director Clark E. Ray, and District leaders joined Ward 2 residents and dog owners for a “leash cutting” ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Shaw Dog Park at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The Shaw Dog Park is the District’s first public dog park.

“Today is a day of celebration for dog owners throughout the District,” said Mayor Fenty. “After years of waiting, dogs and their owners can now enjoy the District's first public dog park.”
Each one of the District’s public dog parks will be maintained by partnerships between DPR and a sponsoring community organization. The Dog Owners of Greater Shaw (DOGS) is the sponsoring organization for the new Shaw Dog Park.

According to DPR Director Clark E. Ray, “This afternoon dogs are finally enjoying a park in the District leash-free. The opening of the Shaw Dog Park demonstrates how DPR is actively working to meet the many recreational needs of all of our residents."

The approximately 15,000 square foot Shaw Dog Park features fencing around the park, a dog park surface of pea gravel and stone dust, two enclosures - one for large dogs (25 pounds and larger) and one for small dogs, three waste disposal stations, and a community bulletin board. Access to the dog park is from 11th Street, NW. The Shaw Dog Park is a temporary dog park and is scheduled to close in June 2010 to accommodate the construction of the new Shaw School.

Use of the dog park is free, but each dog must have a valid DC dog license and have a DC dog park registration tag. Applications for the DC dog park registration tag are available in the "Dog Parks" section on DPR's website, DPR.DC.GOV.

Other local leaders at the event included Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, ANC 2C01 Commissioner Alexander M. Padro, and Coordinator of Dog Owners of Greater Shaw, George Kassouf.

Also joining the celebration was the Washington Animal Rescue League. “In keeping with its support of the city’s dog park initiatives, the Washington Animal Rescue League wholeheartedly applauds the establishment of the city’s first ever dog park and is proud to be on hand with a few canine ambassadors from the shelter to help mark the occasion,” stated Executive Director Gary Weitzman.

DDOT Public Meeting


The Reconstruction of 11th St., NW from L St. to O St. NW

Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 6:00 pm

On Thursday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will provide the public with an update on a roadway construction project along 11th Street from L Street NW to O Street NW. The meeting will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church, located at 926 Eleventh Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001.

The improvements in this area include roadway reconstruction, sidewalks, street lighting, intersection and signal improvements, enhancements to traffic operations, pedestrian amenities, and safety improvements.

Thursday’s briefing with residents and businesses in the area will provide an update on construction timing, phasing, and traffic management, as well as DDOT’s plans for coordinating with utilities and private developments in the area.

Information will continue to be distributed throughout the construction of this project.
For more information please contact the construction manager, Mr. Osman Mohamed; or DDOT’s project
engineer Mr. Michael Conley at (202) 671-4550.
The project’s public outreach coordinator, Martha Kemp can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (202) 237-6269.
Dawit Muluneh, Project Manager
DDOT Team 1, Wards 1 and 2

Illegal Parking and Unpaid Tickets


It's not what you think.

The Post has an article this morning about 1,147 unpaid parking tickets - totaling some $176,000! - racked up in the District and New York by various federal agencies. And which agencies lead the pack in our fair city?

Leading the way in the District were the Army, Navy and Air Force, whose employees ignored 158 tickets for $28,000 in 2007. Most were racked up by recruiters working at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center near 13th and L streets NW.
Let's hope there's no protest in Logan Circle Park over this one...

Strategies to Combat Prostitution - Oversight Hearing




Strategies to Combat Prostitution


Friday, November 7, 2008
12:00 p.m., 5th Floor Chambers, John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

Councilmember Phil Mendelson, Chairperson of the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, announces a public oversight hearing on the District’s strategies to address prostitution. The public oversight hearing will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, 2008 in the 5th Floor Council Chambers of the John A. Wilson Building.

The purpose of the oversight hearing is to identify problems and solutions to improve efforts to combat prostitution in District neighborhoods. The Committee anticipates hearing and receiving testimony from the Metropolitan Police Department, Office of the Attorney General, United States Attorney’s Office, and the public.

Those who wish to testify should contact Ms. Heidi Tseu, Committee Clerk, at (202) 724-8038, by fax at (202) 724-6664, or via e-mail at, and provide their name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Wednesday, November 5, 2008. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted either to Ms. Tseu, or to Ms. Cynthia Brock-Smith, Secretary to the Council, Room 5 of the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2008.

Upcoming LCCA Events: Candidate Forums, Parties, Awards, House Tours, and More!


Dear Neighbors and Friends: We wanted to update you on some upcoming events and announcements. We hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us – in person and online. October 15, 2008 – Candidates Forum - Washington Plaza Hotel In one of the most exciting election years in recent history – both nationally and locally – LCCA is hosting a candidate forum for At-Large Council, Ward 2 Council, and ANC2F candidates. We are pleased to report that nearly all candidates have confirmed, so we are expecting a great turnout. The event will include an opportunity to hear from each candidate, as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions that are important to you and to our community. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please email me. Because of the large number of candidates, and to give the political junkies among us time to watch the presidential debates, we will be starting promptly at 7:00 p.m., so please come early. More information can be found on our website. November 8, 2008 – Lt. Smith’s Retirement Party Please join greater Logan Circle community as we celebrate Lt. Michael A. Smith's retirement and honor his many years of service. We'll have light appetizers, a cash bar, music, dancing, and a festive celebration (read: roast!) and retrospective in honor of Lt. Smith. Details are available on our website or by clicking here. We have tried to keep the cost to a minimum ($35) so as many people as possible can join us. All money raised for this event will go towards the actual costs for the event and towards the gift/honorarium for Lt. Smith. If you cannot attend but would like to show your support with a donation, please let us know when you donate so we can give the caterer an accurate headcount. Finally, if you would be interested in helping us put on a fabulous and very special celebration, please let us know. We need people to help with decorations, music, etc. * Note that this is not an official LCCA event. It is being hosted by and is open to the community, and we are encouraging participation by our businesses, residents, community organizations,and more so please help us spread the word. November 20, 2008 - Annual Awards Dinner December 7, 2008 - 30th Annual House Tour LCCA invites you to attend its 30th annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour on Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 1 pm - 5 pm. The self-guided tour concludes with a Wassail reception from 3 until 5:30 pm. This year we're featuring East Logan, with special emphasis on the history of residential and commercial alley life in Logan's own Naylor Court and Blagden Alley. For a brief history, click here. For more general information on the alleys and stables of Washington, D.C., click here. For more information, or to volunteer, please email the house tour committee. Social Networking has arrived LCCA is now on facebook! For those already addicted to or considering experimenting with social networking, we encourage you to check out our groups on Facebook, including our main group page (Logan Circle, DC) and our Logan Circle House Tour page. While the same information will also be posted on our blog, we encourage you to take advantage of this new medium to stay current with what’s going on in Logan Circle and connect in new and exciting ways with your neighborhood friends. Finally, don't forget to renew your membership for 2009 today! Visit[...]

October Membership Meeting - Candidates Forum


Please join the Logan Circle Community Association for its October meeting and candidates forum on October 15, 2008 from 7-10 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. We will host candidates for At-Large and Ward council positions, as well as ANC2F candidates. Candidates who have already confirmed include Ward 2 Candidates Jack Evans and Christina Culver, At-Large Candidates Carol Schwartz, Patrick Mara, Kwame Brown, and David Schwartzman, and nearly all of the ANC2F candidates. We are very excited for this event and hopeful for a great turnout. The format will allow each candidate to provide an opening statement followed by a question and answer period. To ensure we are as efficient as possible, we are encouraging you to email us questions in advance.

Also, LCCA's annual board elections will be held in November, and we have several seats up for reelection, including Vice President, Recording Secretary, and several at-large positions. If you are interested in running, please send us an email. Nominations will be held at the October meeting. Our annual November awards dinner will be November 20, 2008, also at the Washington Plaza.

Finally, and most importantly, please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8 for Lt. Smith's retirement party to be held at the Ronald Reagan Center at 13th and Penn from 8 p.m. until midnight. We will be sending formal details in the next few days, but we hope that you will all consider coming out to honor and celebrate Lt. Smith and the amazing contributions he's made to Logan Circle and the District over the past three decades.

2008 LCCA Membership Drive & October Meeting


Dear Neighbor:

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) cordially invites you to join us for another year. We appreciate your past support. Your financial support is vital – it enables us to address community issues while providing opportunities to meet your neighbors through social activities and community events.

Renewing your membership has never been easier! Just visit, and click on "Join LCCA." In the last year, LCCA has made significant improvements to its data management, communications software, and website, which will allow us to automate membership renewals and better serve you by tailoring our mailings to your interests and identifying events that may be of interest to you. When joining or renewing online, please be sure to check the boxes to indicate your particular areas of interest.

You may also receive a written membership reminder in the next few days. As part of the transition to our new database management system, unless you specify otherwise, this is the last year that you will receive a hard-copy membership renewal letter. Future reminders will be timed to coincide with expiration of your membership and sent via email.

We have had some exciting and informative programs this year; including a community information meeting to for new and long-time residents to let you know what community and government resources are available in our community and a festive mid-summer picnic.

This year, we would also like to offer our business members the opportunity to be listed on our website as a “LCCA Member Businesses.”

If you have any questions about membership or would like more information about LCCA, please contact us by email at We also encourage you to visit our blog at and to visit our website, which is in the process of being redesigned to better serve you.

Thank you for your continuing support, and please mark your calendars for our October meeting and candidates forum. We will host candidates for ANC2F, Ward 2, and At-Large council positions, and we hope to have a lively and interactive discussion. We will also hold our annual board elections in November, and we have several seats up for reelection, including Vice President, Recording Secretary, and several at-large positions. If you are interested in running, please send me an email. Nominations will be held at the October meeting.

Reminder - LCCA Meeting Tonight


The September meeting of the Logan Circle Community Association will be held this evening at the Studio Theatre. Special guest Phil Mendelson will be joining us. Come on by, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some wine and cheese and a tour of the Studio!

LCCA September Meeting
7:00 PM Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Studio Theater, 14th & P St. NW

See you there!

ANC 2F Wrap-Up


Tonight's meeting of ANC 2F was attended by Chairman Reed, Commissioner Cole, Commissioner Trock, Commissioner Schneider, and Executive Director Cynthia Cota.Also, since I am running for ANC 2F03, and since I am running unopposed, I expect I will not be doing these wrap-ups for much longer. I'm looking for a volunteer to take over. Anyone?Commissioner Announcements Jennifer Trock was announced vice-chair pro-temp, so that Chairman Reed could make an announcement as a citizen to invite the community to Greg McCarthy's home to meet Jack Evans. The event is 1334 Riggs St. NW. at 6:30 PM on Sunday. Lt. Mike Smith is retiring near the end of this year.Crime ReportLt. Smith, fresh from a drive back in from vacation, gave the report. Lt. Houser is actually the current PSA 307 lieutenant. Violent crime is down 9%. Armed robbery at 12th and O. Victims hit with a brick. Suspects are both juviniles from around the area of 200 Block of Bates. Armed robbery at 13th and M. Suspects caught by Power Shift unit. A suspect in the murder of Derrik Green was caught. Not one of the usual suspects. Derrik Green was involved in numerous robberies around the neighborhood, possibly earlier in the day on the day of his death. Commissioner Cole question Lt. Smith about a hate crime against hist boyfriend at 14th and P, where the police took 24 minutes to respond. Commisioner Cole asked about improving patrol of 14th Street, especially focused on late-night carryout establishments, serving mostly drunk people. Lt. Smith stated that response times are a difficult issue, due to lack of manpower. Lt. Smith also noted that hate crimes are difficult to judge, for many reasons.Exuctive Office of the MayorAbbey Peterson 1124 15th St. - Illegal construction had stop work orders placed. 1107 11th St. - Nuisance property, having grafitti removed and grass and weeds cut. 1426 12th St. - Brothel operating. Fines have been placed; doesn't know exact amount. "Were severe." Also, the property has a large building that is not on record, and not being taxed.DDOTChris Zeeman was not present. Brian Vargas gave a short, impromptu report on the DDOT meeting he attended last week. There was displeasure expressed by both the community and the commission on Chris' absence.Crime & Public Safety CommitteeHelen Kramer reported there were no meetings over the summer. The solution of the Derrick Green has settled nerves in the Rhode Island/Vermont Ave. communities. Chairman Reed noted that Lt. Smith reported violent crime is down 9% since his death.Street ClosuresAll presenters stated they read the ANC's policy on street closings, and stated their events comply with that policy. Chairman Reed assures the commission that Mr. Brodsky from DC Bike, who was absent, also understands them. The motion to write a letter recommending issuance of the permits passed unanimously.Capital Criterion Bike RaceCapital Pride and AIDS WalkABRA MattersChairman Reed reported on:Vegas Lounge - President of Cooper Lewis condo is present. Chairman Reed thought this would be easily done, but Vegas Lounge has hired counsel to fight a voluntary agreement. Vegas Lounge is creating a noise problem. The protest hearing was postponed until next month, at the request of Vegas Lounge's counsel. Chairman Reed hopes that progress can be made in the upcoming month.As a late edition, The Park was present asking to extend the hours of their back sidewalk cafe. There [...]

What *IS* Up With All The Stolen Cars?


A good post over at 14th & You draws attention to an unexpected uptick in the number of stolen cars in the neighborhood. Though homicides and muggings tend to get the lion's share of attention in our neighborhood forums, property crimes like theft of and theft from autos are the vast majority of our local crime.

Do any of our local PSA officers reading (I know there's a few of you!) have any information to share?

Blagden Alley / Naylor Court Picnic Tomorrow


The annual Blagden Alley / Naylor Court picnic is tomorrow!

Saturday, August 23, 2007
Historical, Brick-Paved
Naylor Court

Details, including a map, can be found here, on the BaancBlog!