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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Neighborhood Safety Walks

Today the Friends of Edgewood is having a neighborhood safety walk with MPD at 6:30 pm. This had already been planned before the incidents on the trail. We are gathering at the Pizza Mart on 4th and RI Ave NE . We are walking up to the Edgewood Rec and then up to Edgewood Terrace. Please come out and join us!

Then, on Monday at 6:30 pm the Friends of Edgewood is teaming up with the Eckington Civic Association, MPD, and the Guardian Angels for a safety walk/ride on the trail. More details to follow.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Community Forklift is “Halfing” a Birthday Party on June 15

Hey Everyone!

Nancy here, from Community Forklift, the DC area's Thrift Store for Home Improvement & Architectural Salvage.  I know that we have a lot of "Forklift Fans" on this listserve, so I want to share some exciting updates about our 7 1/2 Year Birthday Party here at Community Forklift.   Don't forget: it's going to be a big family fun event at our warehouse in Edmonston MD, just 15 minutes away from Edgewood.   Details below.



Nancy J. Meyer


4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD



Our June 15th party will start at 9:30amand keep going until 5:30pm.

Bring your friends, your family, your neighbors and your (leashed) pets!  The celebration will include:


DIY WORKSHOPS: Hour-long workshops are designed to help attendees complete that half-finished project at home. The schedule includes: 9:30 a.m.: Handtools 101 With Mr. Fix-it; 11 a.m.: Watermelon Carving;12:30 p.m.: Building a Backyard Chicken Coop; 2 p.m. Installing a Rain Barrel; 3:30 p.m.: Restoring an Antique Table 


LIVE MUSICJoin in our 1st annual local live music festival – show off your moves on the dance floor, or bring a lawn chair to relax and enjoy good tunes! The Forklift will transform one of its loading docks into a stage for local bands. Panmasters, a steel drum band, plays at 9:30 a.m. Wild Anacostias, featuring New Orleans jazz, playsat 11 a.m. Those two acts are followed by Doublethink, an acoustic rock band, at 12:30 p.m. and M.R. Jam Band, playing classic rock and rhythm and blues, at 3:30 p.m.


CAKE CONTEST: Bakers who create cakes that best represent the "half-birthday" theme will be eligible for Forklift gift certificates. Enter your cake in the contest by 11 a.m. so Forklift fans can begin judging. Winners will be announced at noon. 


CRAFTS FOR KIDS: SCRAP-DC is co-sponsoring a creative space for children to create their own musical instruments from recycled materials.


COMMUNITY ART PROJECT:Community Site Painter Mike McMullin will be here to inspire and guide our Forklift Fans in the creation of an upcycled piece of art work. The resulting painting will be permanently displayed in our Reuse Resource Room for the whole community to enjoy.


SALE SPECIALS: All Forklift appliances, power and hand tools, and granite and marble countertops are half price.


For more details and updates on the Half-Birthday Party, visit:

or find us on

Facebook: and Twitter: @CommForklift

Address: 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781

Phone: 301-985-5180



Community Forklift, the DC area's largest thrift store of surplus and salvaged building materials, opened in 2005. Our name reflects our nonprofit mission:  to lift up local communities by reducing construction waste, creating green jobs and making repairs affordable.In 2013, Community Forklift was voted "Best Hardware Store" by readers of the Washington City Paper; in 2012, the Forklift was voted "Best Home Store" by readers of The Washington Post Express.

Hours: noon to 6pm Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


A portion of Edgewood is included in this plan!  Please give your feedback!


The Mid City East Initiative is a joint effort of the Office of Planning (OP) and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to holistically plan for transportation, commercial revitalization, redevelopment, historic resources, sustainability and parks and open space. We are currently in the existing conditions phase and will be developing draft recommendations over the summer.  


We have created 4 major ways for the public to provide input in June:




We are excited to announce that the Mid City East MindMixer site is going to be updated with a new round of questions on Friday, June 7! That means that there are only a few days left to answer the questions currently on the site. If you haven't visited in a while, check out the new ideas and comments from other Mid City East residents. Make sure to share your vision for your community, your ideas for retail, and much more!


Remember to check back this weekend to share your ideas about how to preserve, enhance, and transform your community.


See you at!



Learn about neighborhood existing conditions and analysis. Help develop small area plan goals.

June 8, 10:30am©\12:30pm

Meeting Focus: Sursum Corda Area (and surroundings)
Northwest One Neighborhood Library, 155 L Street NW


June 12, 6:30©\8:30pm

Meeting Focus: Eckington, (portions of) Edgewood
The Summit at St. Martin¡¯s, 116 T Street NE


June 20, 6:30©\8:30pm

Meeting Focus: Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park, (portions of) Stronghold
Saint Georges Episcopal Church, 160 U Street NW


June 24, 6:30©\8:30pm

Meeting Focus: Bates/Truxton Circle, Hanover
Community Academy Public Charter School,1400 1st Street NW




Concurrent with OP's small area planning effort, DDOT is developing strategies for the neighborhood streets of Mid City East to provide safe pedestrian and bicycle  access to transit and community amenities; reduce cut-through traffic and speeding on local neighborhood streets; and enhance landscaping to minimize stormwater runoff.

Design on the fly!

Due to the residual impacts of Hurricane Andrea, the DDOT mobile design van scheduled for Friday, June 7 will now occur on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12with the identical schedule of stops.  Design sessions scheduled for Saturday, June 8 WILL CONTINUE AS PLANNED.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

1.       Morning (8-10am) ¨CR Street & Florida Ave. NW

2.       Late morning (10am-noon) ¨C First & Rhode Island NW

3.       Noontime  (noon-2pm)¨C 2nd &  V Street  NW Park

4.       Early afternoon (2-4pm) ¨CMet Branch Trail @ R St. NE

5.       Late afternoon (4-6pm) ¨C Post Office at Rhode Island and 6th Street NW


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

6.       Morning (8-10am) ¨C North Capitol and N Street NE

7.       Noontime (11am-1pm) ¨C N Street NW bn New Jersey and First St  NW

8.       Early Afternoon  (2-4pm)¨CT Street & Summit NE

9.       Rush Hour  (5-7pm)¨CRhode Island & 5th NE



Have an informal one-on-one with OP in your neighborhood and share information about the plan.


June 13, 4:30pm ©\7:30pm: Northwest One Neighborhood Library155 L Street NW

June 17, 4:30pm ©\7:30pm: Harry Thomas Sr. Recreation Center1743 Lincoln Road NE

June 26, 4:30pm ©\7:30pm: Uncle Chips,1514 North Capitol St NW

June 27, 4:30pm ©\7:30pm: Park at LeDroit

June 28, 4:30pm ©\7:30pm: Windows Caf¨¦, 101 Rhode Island Ave NW


For more information visit the planning website at or contact:

Joyce Tsepas
Office of Planning
Small Area Plan Project Manager 

Gabriela Vega
District Department of Transportation
Livability Study Project Manager 



Single Member District 5E01 Meeting

Single Member District 5E01 will host an informative 2 hour session on       
           'News you can use'
   Several private and government representatives will be in attendance

Where: Trinity College, 125 Michigan Avenue NE; O'Connor Hall

Light lunch will be provided. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Edgewood Crime Report

Hi Neighbors!  Please be on the lookout and remember to lock all doors and windows- set alarms if you have them.  A horrible break-in and sexual assault with weapons happened in our neighborhood early this morning.  Please call 911 if you hear or see anything!

Lookout is for Suspect (1): B/M, 6’0”, 185-190 lbs., thin build, wearing a black hooded shirt with a white mask, armed with a gun; Suspect (2): B/M, 5’7”-5’8”, 150 lbs., medium complexion, armed with a knife.

Edgewood Garden Workshop this Saturday at 10:30

Please see the message below- I have some pretty good sized tomato and bean plant seedlings I am donating for take home to those that come out!

Greetings Edgewood Neighbors,

Our second Garden Workshop of the summer will be this Saturday, June 8th at 10:30am at the garden (3rd and Evarts St. NE). Come learn how to start your own backyard garden. It's easier than you think! 

Have space in your yard and like the idea of fresh veggies from the garden but just not sure how to get started? 

Garden volunteer and neighbor Monique Sullivan will walk through how she turned her backyard parking pad on 2nd St. NE into a vegetable garden. 

Bring a notepad and we'll plan out your fall or next summer garden on the spot!

Please RSVP to

The Edgewood Garden Crew