Great Brookland Yard Sale 2012 Save the Date

The save the date for 2012 Great Brookland Yard Sale is Saturday May 12th. The yard sale will be from 10AM-2PM and the rain date is Sunday May 13th.

Last year the GBYS had over 80 participating yard sales, so lets aim for even greater participation this year.

So a quick run down of the GBYS Basics

WHAT IS GBYS? : The Great Brookland Yard Sale is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales. Once again this year, the GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA).

WHEN IS IT? : Saturday May 12th from 10:00 AM until 2:00PM (individual yard sale times can vary)

RAIN DATE: Sunday May 13th

WHERE IS IT? : All over the neighborhood, in individual seller’s yards!. Please see the map (coming soon) for individual addresses and information.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFO ? : Check out for general information and for more real time information and posts.


DC Middle School Chess Championship

This Saturday is the DC Middle School Chess Championship is tomorrow Saturday March 17, 2012, 9:30am-4:00pm Noyes Educational Campus 2775 10th Street NE (10th & Franklin NE) Washington, D.C. 20018

A FREE Scholastic Tournament for K-8th grade players! (Charter, private and home schooled students are all welcome.)

Sections – Primary: K-3, Elementary: K-5, Middle: K-8

Prizes – Individual and team trophies; medals.

5 – SS, G/30
(5 rounds (games), Swiss System (everyone plays 5 games),
30 minutes for each game per player.)

Please register early as our space is limited!

To pre-register, please send your name, grade, school and section* you wish to play in to:
(*You may play in sections with grades higher than yours, but not lower.)

We have a limited amount of equipment to provide so please bring your chess sets; and chess clocks, (if you have them), set for G/30.

Please feel free to contact Vaughn Bennett on 202-557-9516 or for more information.

Sponsored by: Noyes E.C.

When: Saturday March 17th, 2012
Where: Noyes Education Campus 2775 10th Street NE (10th & Franklin NE)
Time: 9:30AM-4:00PM

Noyes Education Campus

Reminder: Ward 5 Special Election Candidate Forum Tonight

Food, drinks, great neighbors and a ton of #ward5se candidates all under one roof tonight. Lace Lounge 2214 Rhode Island Ave NE 6:30-9pm.
Timothy Clark

A Friendly reminder ANC 5C05 Tim Clark is hosting a Ward 5 Council Candidate Forum at Lace Lounge located 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington DC, 20018.

As ward 5 looks to elect new leadership, it’s important that voters have an opportunity to vet each candidate and make an informed decision at the polls. Unfortunately, the short window of time and the long list of potential candidates will make it difficult for residents to get out to meetings or chase down individuals to hear where they stand on important issues. To assist voters in this process, myself along with Lace developed “Straight Up Politics”.

Straight Up Politics is a series of candid candidate forums designed to provide residents with a relaxed atmosphere to ask tough and pointed questions that will hopefully make deciding who the new ward 5 Councilmember is a little easier. The forums will be focused on economic development, education and crime.

The events will take place on Tuesday’s and run until the special election. The first forum will be next Tuesday, January 24. The forum before the special election will be a straw poll. After the session on the 24th, candidates will be put in groups and invited back to separate forums that will focus on specific issues. Below is a schedule for the first forum.

1/24/12 Schedule

6:30pm-7:00pm-Candidate check in
7:00pm-Candidate Introductions
7:00pm-8:30pm-Individual Questioning

When: Tuesday January 24th, 2012
Where: Lace Lounge located 2214 Rhode Island Avenue NE 20018
Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM

Lace Lounge

Countdown to the Great Brookland Yard Sale

The fourth annual Great Brookland Yard Sale is right around the corner, this Saturday May 7th from 10am-2pm.

The number of yard sales this year has surpassed previous years with over 80 individual yard sales. Its a new record.

Be sure to come join this neighborhood extravaganza Saturday come by to meet and reacquaint yourself with your friends and neighbors.

Here is the low down on the Great Brookland Yard Sale.

What is the GBYS?: The Great Brookland Yard Sale is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales for their friends and neighbors . This year, the GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA).

When is it?: Saturday May 7th from 10:00 AM until 2:00PM (individual yard sale times can vary)

Rain Date: Sunday May 8th

Where is it?: All over Brookland, in individual seller’s yards! Also, there will be almost 40 sales tables set up in front of St. Anthony’s School on 12th St. NE between Lawrence and Monroe. Please see the map below for individual addresses and information. St. Anthony’s is now sold out of tables.

Wondering what else will be there?:

The Greater Brookland Garden Club will holding its yearly plant sale at the Long and Foster Parking lot at 12th and Newton Streets.

The GBGC will be selling garden plants such as perennials, some shrubs and small trees, mostly from Brookland gardens. They will also have herbs, vegetables, flowering annuals, and some house plants for sale.

Art Enables a working studio for artists with developmental disabilities is will be open with buyer-friendly prices – Artists receive 60% of the revenue from sales of their work (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE).

Jewelry by Wart Piggy Designs (1348 Newton Street NE)

The Langdon Dog Park Association will have a table with updated information about the Langdon Dog Park and Association membership (3527 12th St NE).

The Woodridge Warriors Youth Organization (2010 Rhode Island Ave. N.E. 2nd Floor).

Wondering what you might eat while shopping till you drop?:

The Guildfield Baptist Church will be selling fish, chicken, hot dogs, funnel cakes and homemade pies and cakes (1023 Otis Street NE).

One of the tables at St. Anthony’s School will be serving homemade St. Louis Style BBQ! Items will include ribs, grilled BBQ chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, mac and cheese, homemade coleslaw, corn muffins and lots more! Check out the entry on the map for more info. Time: 9 a.m. until dusk. (corner of 12th and Monroe/Lawrence)

The DC Chocolatier is having special giveaways just for the Great Brookland Yard Sale. Stop by for free samples of premium Dove Chocolate (3115 12th St. NE)

Who do I contact if I have questions?: Send an email to

Where is a map of the yard sales?:

View Great Brookland Yard Sale 2011 in a larger map

Whats the best way to view the GYBS yard sales?:

Capital Bike Share is great way to view the 80+ yard sales. Either hop off the Brookland-CUA Metro Station and use one of the three Brookland Capital Bikeshare Stations or come directly to Brookland via the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

Of course walking is always a great option too.

Also post your photos to the Great Brookland Yard Sale Flickr Group

Check the and Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Facebook Page for more information and updates.

Much thanks to the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association for planning and facilitating this year’s GBYS and thanks to the Menkiti Group for sponsoring the GBYS once again this year.

Brookland CDC Testifies for Comprehensive Plan Changes for 12th Street

Earlier this week the DC Council was holding the Committee of the Whole Council Hearing on amendments to the Comprehensive Plan as part of the Office of Planning’s Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2010.

Attending this hearing to testify for amendments that would affect the 12th Street corridor and Brookland were Lavinia Wohlfarth from the Brookland CDC and Joe Bender from Stanmore Associates / Kilmurry Properties.

Ms. Wohlfarth and Mr. Bender recommended number a changes to the Comprehensive Plan including a request to change the zoning of and around 12th Street to allow for “matter of right” development in lieu of going through the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for 12th Street and adjacent streets. The rational behind the change seems to be to allow smaller development projects to get around the PUD process on 12th Street.

We posted about the Brookland CDC / Kilmurry Properties / Stanmore Associates recommendations to the Office of Planning back in January , as well as the letter to Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas Jr submitted by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association documenting the the concerns about the “recommended” amendments including the following:

  1. First and, perhaps, foremost, the failure of the CDC and the amendments’ authors to engage the community on a proposal that, if adopted, would have profound effects on residents and businesses, alike.

  2. The adverse effects of the proposed up-zoning (to moderate-density development) on areas currently zoned residential. Individuals from the block of Newton Street between 12th and 10th Streets, in particular, expressed profound concerns about the effects on their homes.

  3. The adverse effects of the proposed up-zoning (from low- to moderate-density development on 12th Street in the area north of Otis Street) on businesses in the current core Brookland business district between Monroe and Otis Streets. New up-zoned development on 12th Street north of Otis Street could exacerbate the problems currently facing the Brookland core area.

  4. The effects of the proposed up-zoning on the current Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning approval process. The proposed up-zoning would grant developers “matter-of-right” approval to build their projects with little or no input from nearby residents or ANC representatives. The proposed up-zoning would eliminate current PUD regulatory requirements for public and ANC participation in such things as building design, heights and density, and would eliminate requirements for provision of public benefits.

  5. A lack of faith in the effectiveness of the proposed “Transferable Development Rights” regime for preserving historic homes and businesses.

  6. Skepticism about the need to develop large areas for parking when existing possibilities go unused and untapped and when the city is trying to promote Transit-Oriented Development.

The Office of Planning has not recommended these changes , however the Brookland CDC, et al still decided to testify that their suite of amendments should be considered for addition to Compreheensive Plan amendments even though their recommendations were not approved twice, first as part of the Brookland Small Area Plan, and second as recommendations to as an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan.

Kilmurry Properties owns a number of properties along 12th street and Perry Street that would likely benefit from the proposed “matter of right” zoning changes.

The video of the testimony is available on and the testimony about 12th Street and Brookland starts at 21:00 minutes. The Final Comprehensive Plan Amendment Report* is also available online.

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Meeting Tuesday September 21st

Next Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association meeting is Tuesday 09/21/2010

Are you ready to get back into the swing of Washington and, more specifically, Brookland? Then, you’re invited to attend the next meeting of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association on Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the Brooks Room of the Brooks Mansion at 901 Newton Street, N.E.

The BNCA will discuss a variety of issues. Among them:

  • Recent Crime in Brookland — I’ve invited the 5th District of the Metropolitan Police Department to come and tell us about the recent uptick in crime throughout the neighborhood (e.g., car thefts, burglaries, Metro muggings and beatings, rock throwing on the Met Branch Trail, graffiti, etc.) Find out what’s going on and what you can do to assist in preventing or discouraging criminal activity.

  • Home Energy Conservation Challenge — The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is piloting an energy conservation challenge called WE CAN–Wi$e Energy by Capital Area Neighbors. They’ve selected three neighborhoods from the Greater Washington area and Brookland is one of them. Come hear about the program and how you can sign up for free energy savings and rewards.

  • Upcoming Activities on the Met Branch Trail — The DC Building Industry Association will brief us on their plans for tree-planting and landscaping along the Trail. In addition, we’ll hear from the organizers of a 5K race along the trail. Come hear how you can be involved!

  • The Brookland Kiosk — Thanks to the efforts of ANC Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe and other ANC5A Commissioners, BNCA received a generous grant of $500 to build and erect a kiosk bulletin board at the corner of 12th and Newton Streets, N.E. $500 goes a long way, but we need approximately $1000 more to bring this project to fruition. Help us strategize on ways to raise the rest of the money.

  • “Celebration of Trees” Picnic — It’s time for BNCA’s second annual fall picnic. This year we will mark the occasion by showing our appreciation for the Brookland Green and its stately trees.

  • Other Matters? — Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to add to the agenda.

When: Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Where: Brooks Mansion 901 Newton Street, N.E.
Time: 7:00 PM


Brooks Mansion

Fall Issue of Brookland Heartbeat is out

Abigail Padou the editor the Brookland Heartbeat announced today on the Brookland Listserv that the “the latest issue of Brookland Heartbeat is hot off the press”

Articles and features in latest issue include:

  • Funding Drought Continues for Ward 5 Libraries, Parks and Recreation Centers
  • Brookland Streetscape Project Still Unfinished
  • “Chez Hareg” Bakery Welcomes the Neighborhood
  • Locally Grown Honey at the Franciscan Monastery
  • Real Estate Agency Launches Local Website
  • and more!

Brookland Heartbeat is a non-profit, all-volunteer community newspaper. Brookland Heartbeat is mailed to approximately 10,000 homes in the greater Brookland area.

Check at their latest issue at

Ward 5 Blogger Breakfast with Councilmember Thomas

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Last Friday Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas Jr, hosted a Blogger Breakfast at the Capital City Diner with a number of Ward 5 bloggers including Frozen Tropics, In Bloom, The Totten Life, The Rhode Island Avenue Insider, and yours truly.

This is the first of many meetings with Ward 5 bloggers that the Councilmember wants to facilitate on an ongoing basis. In this meeting Councilmember Thomas shared his ideas about the future of Ward 5 and discussed what he saw as the future of the Ward.

The format was pretty open with Councilmember Thomas sharing his thoughts and answering questions from the Ward 5 bloggers in a round robin fashion. The councilmember also made it clear to the bloggers in attendance that he didn’t want to interfere with what we would write about and he thought we served an important function in Ward 5 as objective forums for local issues. As important as bloggers are to the Ward 5 ecosystem the Councilmember mentioned that this are only a part of his outreach work as many Ward 5 folks are not online and he is pounding pavement to meet with those folks as well.

A lot was covered in the discussion with the Councilmember ranged for neighborhood issues like crime, youth violence, public safety, and economic development including small business initiatives.

Some of the highlights of the breakfast were:

  • Discussion with Councilmember Thomas about crime around Brookland Metro in particular the discussion about Metro Transit police using pepper spray to subdue a youth last week, Councilmember Thomas said that this was excessive, but understood that folks was sensitive because of the recent crime around Brookland Metro including the recent tackling incident.

  • Councilmember Thomas wants metro Transit police to take a more active role in patrolling stations in Ward 5 and their bus areas as well. Councilmember Thomas discussed improving communication and cooperation between MPD and Metro Transit to counter crime at and around Metro stations. He stated that he working on legislation to increase penalties for crimes around transit.

  • Youth crime was one the other conversations that we had and the councilmember discussed various ways to help prevent youth crime by creating more programs to help mentor and engage teenagers like the summer jobs program.

  • Councilmember Thomas discussing development in Ward including answering questions about making the Rhode Island Avenue area an overlay district. The Councilmember also mentioned utilizing Old Town Trolley as an transportation system between the various the developments along Rhode Island Avenue.

  • Councilmember Thomas mentioned that he really thinks McMillan can developed in a fashion that would make it appealing for all parties in the ward including those currently against the proposed developed. This is exciting and could be a way to bring true community involvement in a Ward 5 development project.

  • Councilmember Thomas talked about the economic opportunities in all of the upcoming development in Ward 5 including the proposed Costco and Walmart and the potential Target developments and the jobs that would bring to the area including setting aside jobs for Ward 5 residents. The bigbox stores are then seen as a way to bring more businesses and jobs to Ward 5.

  • The councilmember discussed ways to help small business thrive in the ward including ways to help existing business such as Brookland Hardware on 12th Street stay in business and to create incentives for new small businesses. There is a lot to do on the small business side front to help grow “homegrown” Ward 5 business as well as attracting outside business to come to the ward.

  • Since we were eating at successful new small business on Bladensburg Road Councilmember Thomas brought up one the other pioneering businesses right across the street, Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Jimmy Valentine’s was one the first new businesses to come to Bladensburg Road and shows how a small business that sells alcohol can be successful and not tick off the neighborhood.

  • Other conversations points included improving the workings and communications of ANC, the Metropolitan Branch Trail, and undergrounding of the 12th Street power lines, among others.

I think continuing to encourage Ward 5 the bigbox “hub” of DC is problematic as limits the type of urban development that the Ward needs. Additionally with the industrial parts of the ward it makes sense to look towards brining development much like is happening in Navy Yard, with large companies like Booz Allen Hamilton leasing a large amount of office space among other notable tenants. This type of development could bring real change and could have the ward move beyond retail with a breadth of different types of jobs. Another thought is what about other federal agencies could some of them be relocated to Ward 5?

On a side note one thing that Councilmember mentioned that was interesting is that he mentioned Route 1 is the oldest ( or one of the oldest ) streets in the country. Though Route 1 is old, Bunker Hill Rd (Michigan Avenue) has it beat. Parts of Bunker Hill Road predate Washington DC itself. Look for info about Bunker Hill Road in a later post. :) .

I felt the Blogger Breakfast was definitively a success and I hope it continues in the future. I would like to thank Councilmember Thomas once again of this great opportunity discuss Ward 5 issues with him and met fellow Ward 5 bloggers. Check out the coverage of the Blogger Breakfast from the The Totten Life and The Rhode Island Avenue Insider for other perspectives.

ANC 5A 2010 Candidates

The September 3rd deadline for the filing as an ANC commissioner for 2010 has passed and the list of ANC 5A candidates is listed on the DC Board of Elections and Ethics site

The list hasn’t changed all that much as some SMD are such as 5A04, 5A05, 5A06, 5A08, and 5A09 are still uncontested and 5A11 does not have any candidates registered for the seat. However there are four races that will be interesting to watch.

ANC SMD 5A03 and 5A12 both have incumbents facing challengers to existing ANC commissioners Angel Alston and Bob King.

The races for ANC SMD 5A07 and 5A10 are heating up as two three way races.

First 5A10 has three new potential candidates as current 5A10 commissioner Phillip Blair is not running again this year. Instead folks in 5A10 get to chose between Jehan Ashley Carter, Corey Arnez Griffin, and Allen L. Tillman, Jr.

ANC SMD 5A07 will once again be race to watch as the candidates include current ANC 5A07 Carolyn Steptoe who was previously making a run at one of the At-Large council seats, John Daggett current Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Vice President, and neighborhood activist Mary Melchior.

I am biased in watching the 5A07 race since it is not only my own ANC SMD but also will certainly being an interesting race will all the personalities involved.

Which ANC SMD election is everyone interested in? Which do you think will make a good race?

Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Registered Candidates

SMD Commissioner
5A01 Sandi Washington
5A02 Patricia Roberts
5A03 Angel Alston
5A03 Antonio Baxter
5A04 Herman “Rip” Preston, Jr
5A05 Stephen O. Mccoy
5A06 John J. Feeley, Jr.
5A07 Carolyn Steptoe
5A07 John Daggett
5A07 Mary M. Melchior
5A08 Timothy Thomas
5A09 Shirley Rivens Smith
5A10 Jehan Ashley 5A10 Carter
5A10 Corey Arnez Griffin
5A10 Allen L. Tillman, Jr
5A12 Robert “Bob” King
5A12 Edward “Governor” Wolterbeek

Ward 5 Democrats Straw Poll Results

The Ward 5 Democrats posted the unofficial results from the Straw Poll / Endorsement vote that was held last Tuesday at the Michigan Park Christian Church.

There wasn’t many surprises in the poll the biggest one being Michael Brown ( not the current At-Large member) beat out Phil Mendelson and Clark Way. Who says name recognition doesn’t matter?

August 23, 2010 Ward 5 Democrats Straw Poll Results

Delegate to the U.S. House of Rep
Douglass Sloan 207
Eleanor Holmes Norton 726
Mayor of the District of Columbia
Vincent C. Gray 818
Ernest E. Johnson 2
Leo Alexander 26
Sulaimon Brown 1
Adrian M. Fenty 108
Chairman of the Council
Vincent Orange 471
Kwame R. Brown 433
Dorothy Douglas 24
At-Large Member of the Council
Michael Brown 370
Phil Mendelson 350
Clark Ray

Ward 5 Member of the Council
Kenyan McDuffie 68
Delano Hunter 239
Harry Tommy Thomas Jr. 613
Tracey D Turner 32
U.S. Representative
Nate Bennett-Fleming 502
Mike Panetta 243