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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MPD-5D House watch

Please see the message below from Commander Any Solberg about notifying the MPD of your holiday travel plans so they can help keep an eye on your house.

For any resident who may be leaving for travel during the upcoming winter holiday season, you are welcome to contact us (NOT through this public listserv) and we will try to have our patrol officers keep an eye on your home while you are away.

If you will be away, Contact either me or your PSA supervisor directly by email or phone,Give us your address and the dates you will be gone,Provide a local contact number in case there is any problem we see while you are away, DO NOT provide any of this information on this or any other community listserv. We will keep a confidential list and try to ride past your home front and rear as often as possible on all shifts. All 5D supervisors are included in this message.

Thank you.
Andy Solberg
Commander, 5D

Friends of Woodridge Library's Fall Book Sale

Friends of Woodridge Library's Fall Book Sale

Saturday, December 3, 2011
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Come to our book sale for great books at great prices.

We have everything from novels to children’s books, romance to classics, history, cookbooks, for and about Blacks, and more. Check it out!

The Woodridge Library is located at
1801 Hamlin St. NE
(Rhode Island Ave. and 18th St. NE)
Washington D.C

For more information, call the Library at (202) 541-6226
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Woodridge Library.

Ward 5 Rhode Island Avenue Task Force Meeting November 30th 6:30 p.m.

Please see the message below which updates the agenda for the upcoming meeting on development of Rhode Island Avenue NE.  There is now a component where Montel Williams will be there to talk about medical marijuana and I am not sure how that fits into the development.  I guess we will find out.

Think Rhode Island Avenue!

Ward 5 Rhode Island Avenue Task Force meeting

With special guest presentation by Montel Williams

November 30, 2011
6:30 to 7:30 Task force meets
7:30 to 9:00 Special guest Montel Williams to discuss medical marijuana

Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, N.E.
Washington, D.C.

6:30 pm

What is the Rhode Island Avenue NE/ Task force?

Rhode Island Avenue, NE is a District of Columbia Government designated “Great Streets” corridor. The Great Streets Initiative is a multiple agency effort to transform under-invested corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers using public actions and tools, as needed, to leverage new private investment.

This is an important and long-overlooked corridor that is well-positioned to gain in its importance and prominence to the District. Along with community leadership, property and business owners, residents, and other stakeholders, I invite you to take a significant step with us to implement plans for the commercial districts along the corridor.
Why is your involvement needed?

Rhode Island Avenue, NE has potential to provide new housing, jobs, and retail goods and services, which many in Woodridge, Langdon, Brookland, Edgewood and Brentwood may now buy in the surrounding counties. The Task force will provide strategic recommendations about how we use the great street study to capture a portion of the $1 billion in retail sales revenues (and jobs) lost each year to other jurisdictions. The Task force will help determine where the strategic opportunities are, and what is needed to lay the groundwork for new and sustainable investment using the four sub areas below as a blue print.

Four Sub-areas:

4th St to 10th
13th St to 16th
17th St to Kearny
Monroe to Eastern (low commercial - high residence)

Task Force plans to embrace organized groups and support their complimentary independent initiatives that will move a joint plan: Premier Community Development Corporation (PCDC), Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FORIA), Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC), Rhode Island Avenue Business Council, and Ward 5 Business Council, community and business groups

Think Rhode Island Avenue.

7:30 pm

Special presentation and discussion from Montel Williams on medical marijuana as it relates to ward five

Sponsored by Councilmember Harry L. Thomas, Jr., Ward 5

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ward 5 Community Calendar

Please see this message from fellow Ward 5 resident about a calendar he created to help all of us keep track of the many meetings and events around our ward.

Dear friends and fellow Ward 5ers:

I was having a hard time keeping track of all the community meetings and events in Ward 5, so I thought I would try to help the situation by creating a community calendar:

I've got it loaded with all the events I've seen come across the listservs I belong to, but there's a good chance I've missed some things. To submit events to the calendar, just email (or cc on your announcement) to I update it manually, so please forgive any delay in posting.

I'll continue to pull events from listservs as I see them, and I hope to get it set up so people can submit their own events without me having to do it, but for now this is the system I've got. (and I don't expect that people will immediately stop hitting all the ward listservs with event reminders, but hopefully over time that may become less necessary)

Please forward this on to other folks/listservs you know who might be interested. And if you've got suggestions or other thoughts, I'd love to hear them either here on my gmail or at


Nolan Treadway
22nd NE and Lawrence NE

Community Happy Hour Thursday, December 1st

Community Happy Hour
Celebrating the Season!

Thursday, December 1, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wohlfarth Galleries
3418 9th Street, NE

Bring your favorite beverage and/or appetizer to share and a toy for our 2011 Christmas Toy Drive.

This happy hour is a bit different as we have to supply the liquor and food. However, in the spirit of supporting local,what a magnificent gallery to welcome the holiday season!

Age range: Infants to 12th Grade

Items Needed: Baby Clothes, Toys, Books and Sports Equipment

All toys must be NEW and UNWRAPPED

Please RSVP to:

Ward 5 Scholarshi​p

Attention DC public high school seniors:

If you currently reside in Ward 5, you may be eligible to receive an annual $2,000 scholarship for four years (up to $8,000)!


To qualify, students must:

Be a DC Public High School Senior

Reside in Ward 5

Be accepted to either a 2-year or 4-year college or university

Have a GPA which ranks in the top 30% of their class

To Apply:

Complete the scholarship application available at and send via fax or email to Bomani Johnson at by June 3, 2012.


For questions about the application process, please contact: Bomani Johnson (202) 263-4770 (phone)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Final Ward 5 redistricting Meeting Tonight

Good Morning Task Force,

Our final Redistricting meeting has arrived!

Date: November 14, 2011
Location: 5th District Police Station
1805 Bladensburg Rd NE
Time: 6:30- 8:00 PM

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Ward 5 Council Office at 202-724-8028

Thank you!

DC Council Redistricting Meeting

SUBCOMMITTEE ON REDISTRICTING ANNOUNCE A PUBLIC HEARING ON  B19-528, the “Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Boundaries Act of 2011”. 

Councilmember Michael Brown and Councilmember Jack Evans, Co-Chairpersons of the Subcommittee on Redistricting, announce a public hearing on B19-528, the “Advisory Neighborhood Commissions Boundaries Act of 2011”. The public hearing will be held on November 29, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., in the Council Chamber, Room 500 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20004.  Please note that the submitted recommendations of each ward task force are available on the Council website under the Subcommittee on Redistricting tab.  This notice has been abbreviated in order to give timely notice to the public. Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 10:00 a.m.Council Chamber, Room 500, John A. Wilson Building1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NWWashington, D.C. 20004

Ward 5 Democrats November Meeting Notice

November 2011 Monthly Meeting Notice

Monday, 28 November 2011
Israel Baptist Church
1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Special Guest Speaker -invited
The Honorable Vincent C. Gray
District of Columbia

Special door prize(s) - Two (2) tickets to Washington Redskins v New York Jets, Sunday, December 4, 2011*
(*open to Ward 5 registered Democrats present only)

MPD-5DCAC November Meeting Notice

5th District Citizens’ Advisory Council, Inc.

November 2011 Meeting Notice 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1805 Bladensburg Road, NEWashington, D.C.

Homicide in Edgewood

This morning, Monday, November 14, 2011, at about 2:20, a 21 year old man was shot and killed in the 500 block of Edgewood St., NE. Homicide detectives are working on this case.  If anyone has any information about this shooting, or if anyone saw or heard anything around this time, we would like to hear from you.

Please call 202 – 727 - 9099 with any information.

Andy Solberg
Commander, 5D

Friday, November 11, 2011

Edgewood Development Update

On Tuesday they broke ground on the CUA South Campus Development now named the Monroe Street Market.  Again all over the media and neighborhoods people have been calling it Brookland's new development.  I feel like a broken record trying to get these developments to acknowledge that they are in Edgewood!  So below are the updates of the developments ongoing in the Edgewood neighborhood for your reading pleasure.

Chancellor's Row (3015 4th Street NE) - 10-acre residential development on St. Paul's campus which began construction Fall 2010 as promised and already has residents living there. They have sold 91 houses as of September 23, 2011. Phase 2 is currently open for sales.  Their prices have risen seven percent since opening in 2010.  They are building a total of 237 new townhouses in this development and the speed at which they build will depend on sales. At the current rate of sale I imagine they will be building pretty fast and with all the other developments in the area may sell out sooner than they expected.

Monroe Street Market (formerly CUA South Campus Development) (7th Street and Michigan Ave NE) - mixed use development will include approximately 720 housing units, 45 townhouses, and a public square with a college main street with 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artists' studio space and 850 below-grade parking spaces. They started demolition on the CUA buildings last year and broke ground on November 9, 2011.  The first phase of 562 residential units is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2013.  There will also be improvements made to the sidewalks, crosswalks and Met Branch Trail connection in that area.

Brookland Artspace Lofts (3225 Eighth Street NE) - 41 live/work rental units directly adjacent to Dance Place's HQ and studio space for qualified DC artists making 60% or less of the area median income construction began Spring 2010 and is completed and at 100% occupancy now.  They are accepting applications for their wait list.

Developments Surrounding Edgewood

Rhode Island Row (919 Rhode Island Ave NE) - This project is well underway and should have residents moving in in waves as the apartments are completed.  They have posted the rents and they range from $1630 for a 1 bed/bath to $3500 for a 3 bed/bath.  The retail is supposed to be announced the end of this year and open Spring 2012.  I have only heard that CVS is going to open over there. 

Mint Condos (329 Rhode Island Ave NE) - This project is currently underway and is across the street from Edgewood in Eckington. The burnt out shell of a building is being converted into 20 luxury condos priced between $200,000 and $300,000. The building is also supposed to include five retail units and was scheduled for completion in Spring 2011.  They have been painting the building and it looks to be well underway with renovations.  I am not sure when they plan to have it move in ready or announce retail.  They have updated their website.

901 Monroe Street NE - This project is just entering the planning stages across the street in Brookland, but looks promising. The plans are to demolish the current buildings and build 212 Apartments, 16 units at below market rents, and 13,000 sq. ft. of neighborhood-serving retail including a restaurant. Groundbreaking is scheduled for Spring 2012.  The zoning commission public hearing is scheduled for January 19, 2012.

Washington Gateway (Intersection of New York Ave and Florida Ave NE) - This project which has been recently revived and perhaps modified to include more residential instead of a hotel will connect NoMa with the Eckington neighborhood. A huge empty 3 acre lot will be transformed into office space and residential with a small retail component. There will be improvements made to the Met Branch Trail which will connect to this development. The groundbreaking is supposed to happen before the end of the year for Phase One which is a building with 400 residential units and 5,200 sq. ft. of retail.. 

NoMa West (Eckington Place and Q Street NE) - This development broke ground in March 2011 and they have been hard at work with construction every since.  There will be a total of three buildings when they are completed and a small amount of retail.  There will be an extension of Q street, a pedestrian walkway and connection with the Met Branch Trail included in the project. 

McMillan Sand Filtration (North Capitol Street, Michigan Ave, 1 Street NW) - This huge 25 acre site has been the focus of many meetings and plans over the years and I'll put its timeline as I'll believe it when I see it. The current plans call for mixed-use development and park space which I think would be amazing! There are many sites and posts about this development as everyone seems to have an opinion as to what should happen with this piece of land.   They have recently filed a draft PUD and there have been more meetings so I am sticking to my last update that I will believe it when I see it.

Friday, November 4, 2011

REMINDER: Edgewood Neighborhood Cleanup TOMORROW!

Just wanted to send out a reminder that tomorrow is the Edgewood Neighborhood monthly cleanup. The group meets in front of the Edgewood Rec Center at the corner of 3rd and Evarts NE at 10:30 a.m. The cleanup is sponsored by the Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center and occurs the first Saturday of every month same time and location. The group picks up trash around the neighborhood including the rec center and has a cookout afterwards.

This is a great way to meet your neighbors and show pride in our neighborhood!

If you cannot come try and cleanup around your block today or tomorrow morning so we can cover more areas!!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chocolate City Beer Update

This post is long overdue!  Chocolate City Beer has been up and brewing for months now and they keep expanding the list of locations where you can buy yourself a pint.  The closest one to Edgewood is the Colonel Brooks Tavern in Brookland.  I had a few pints of the ESB that is on tap there last week and really enjoyed it.  I have also been told that they are planning to sell growlers hopefully starting this month!! 

Here is the list of places that have Chocolate City Beer on tap:

The Wonderland Ballroom
The Looking Glass Lounge
The Pug
Bier Baron
Bar Pilar
Dodge City
Colonel Brooks Tavern

Ward 5 Redistricting and Edgewood

In case you have missed it there has been a series of posts on Greater Greater Washington the past three days on the Ward 5 redistricting maps and process.  I encourage everyone to read them and comment.

Yesterday they posted a map which the authors of the posts thought would be best for the new ANCs and SMDs in Ward 5.  They have grouped Edgewood with Eckington, Truxton Circle, Bates-Hanover and Bloomingdale.  I think that Edgewood would be better served to be in the same ANC as Brookland.  There are so many projects and developments on the Edgewood/Brookland border and Edgewood is constantly left out of the process.  Many residents in Edgewood think they live in Brookland.  I think that if we were in the same ANC it would allow the Edgewood neighborhood to have better representation and stop the overuse of the Brookland name for the projects/developments that are partially or even wholly in the Edgewood neighborhood.

The thing that I do really like is that Edgewood now has 3 SMDs that are pretty much all in its neighborhood boundaries. This is really a great thing for the neighborhood as before my SMD was half Eckington and half Edgewood in a weird "Z" shape across Rhode Island Avenue NE.  I think that it would also help the Ward 5 ANCs be more even in size and give all of them an odd number of SMDs if Edgewood was with ANC 5C.

Geoffrey Hatchard was kind enough to provide me with a map for this post.  The three Edgewood SMDs are a darker green/blue between the blue ANC 5B and the green ANC 5C.  My thoughts are that we would be better off with the green ANC 5C, but I would really like to hear from fellow Edgewood neighbors on what they think.

What do you think?  Please state in the comments your feelings on where Edgewood should end up in this redistricting process.  Also please email our council member your thoughts and attend the meeting when it is announced.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

DDOT Announces Solicitation of Bids for Construction of Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Please see the press release below about the pedestrian bridge from the Met Branch Trail to the Rhode Island Ave metro station!!!  It looks like we could have it built and maybe even finished next year!!!!

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Transportation For Immediate Release
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Media Contact: John Lisle at 202-671-2004,

DDOT Announces Solicitation of Bids for Construction of Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Construction of Key Connection to Metropolitan Branch Trail to Begin Next Year(Washington, D.C.)

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced a solicitation of bids for the construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the CSX railroad tracks at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station. The bridge links to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and will be a safe passageway for community members who currently use the Rhode Island Avenue underpass, which is narrow and dark, or who cross the active railroad tracks illegally. Combined with last year’s completion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, from New York Avenue to Franklin Street, the bridge will also increase access to transit and recreation for thousands of residents.

The truss bridge is designed in the style of an old railroad bridge. The design is the result of unprecedented cooperation among numerous stakeholders including DDOT, WMATA, CSX, utility companies and the community. Following award of a construction contract, work could start sometime next year. Bids are due December 5, 2011. Bid documents are available at the OCP Bid Room on the 3rd floor of the Reeves Center at 2000 14th Street, NW.

For procurement information contact Bernetha Armwood at (202) 671-1563. For technical information contact Mr. Mohamed Dahir at (202) 671-4617.

The Metropolitan Branch Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from Union to Silver Spring, linking people to jobs, schools, stores and mass transit. Three miles of the planned trail have been completed to date.

Heather Deutsch
Bicycle Program Specialist/Trail Planner
Policy, Planning & Sustainability Administration
District Department of Transportation
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Tonight at the Edgewood Rec Center

There are two events at the Edgewood Rec Center tonight.  The world drumming class which is offered every week followed by the Friends of Edgewood Rec meeting.  Please come join both!!!

Here are the details:

Title: Music Class: World Drumming

Date: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every week.
Street: Class is taught by Michael Henderson
Notes: No experience necessary. For all ages.

Title: Friends of Edgewood Recreation Center

Date: Wednesday November 2, 2011
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Repeats: This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday.
Location: Edgewood Recreation Center 3rd and Evarts Street NE