Friday, December 14, 2012

JBG starts work on Walmart-anchored Fort Totten Square

  The Washington Biusiness Journal reports that permits were issued this past Wednesday for excavation, grading and sheeting, and shoring for the Fort Totten Square Walmart project located at 300 Riggs Road NE.
  The Article redas as follows:

"Here comes D.C.'s third Walmart. The JBG Cos., as Fort Totten North LLC, was issued a permit Wednesday for excavation, grading and sheeting, and shoring for Fort Totten Square, 300 Riggs Road NE.
  Fort Totten Square will feature 350 apartments and more than 110,000 square feet of retail anchored by an urban format Walmart. According to the project's website, construction was expected to begin late this year, with delivery by late 2014."

The full article can be found here.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Two Arrested After Assualt on Green Line Train, at Ft. Totten

  A teenage gang from SE DC called the 44th St Crew assaukted 2 women on a green line train headed to Ft. Totten.  The gang comprised of both male and female teenagers, cornered two women on a green line train, stole iPhones and intimidated the women on their metro ride.  Once the train arrived at the Ft Totten Station one of women fought back and metro police were dispatched.  Two were arrested as a result of the attacks.  While not directly related to the neighborhood, it is a crime that will be reported as taking place in Ft. Totten. 
DC Breaking Local News Weather Sports FOX 5 WTTG
   Perhaps one of the most disturbing facts of this event is that the teenagers posted the video on facebook as a means to gain respect and cred among their peers (although it does provide police with hard evidence of the event).  This is yet another reminder to be careful when riding the metro these days.  And while the complete apathy of the other riders on the train is a little demoralizing, remember that phones can always be replaced.  This should serve as another reminder to the community that petty theft tends to rise around the hoilday season, so you should be hyper vigilant in the coming weeks.
Stay safe, and have a safe and relaxing holiday season.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

DC's First Costco Opens Today

  Today is a landmark day in the annals of DC consumer access...for Costco has officially opened their doors.  The 154,000-square-foot Costco, located the Shops at Dakota Crossing (Market Street NE at New York and South Dakota Ave) opens at 8 a.m. this morning!  The Post reports that Vice President Joe Biden was even in attendance for the opening ceremony.  The location will serve as the anchor store in the new retail center located in Ft. Lincoln, and be a major boom for the district from the jobs perspective.  The addition of Costco comes with strict contrast to the other big box retailer making waves in DC Walmart.  Consumer retail diversity is very much welcome in the District, but the purveyors often are scrutinized.  Costco, which in recent news is hailed as the "Anti-Walmart" will add several hundred permanent jobs to the Distrct with this single store.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Lane Closures on North Capitol and Riggs Rd. for December

Government of the District of Columbia

Department of Transportation

Monday November 26, 2012
Media Contact: Monica Hernandez at 202-671-2261,


  Temporary Lane Closures on the 5100-5300 blocks North Capitol Street NE/NW and the Unit block of Riggs Road NE to Start on or About December 3, 2012 (Washington, D.C.) Starting on or about December 3, 2012, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin work on a construction project on the 5200 block of North Capitol St NE/NW and the Unit block of Riggs Rd NE. The purpose of this project is to make the bus stops more accessible for members of the disabled community.

The scope of this project includes:
  • Installing wheel chair ramps at the intersection of North Capitol St and Hamilton Rd; and in front of the senior housing located at the corner of Riggs Rd and North Capitol St
  • Expanding the sidewalk to the curb near the bus stops to make it easier for wheel chairs to roll onto the bus
This is anticipated to be completed by late-December 2012, weather and construction conditions permitting.
  Construction work is scheduled to take place between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and may also take place from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. During the construction work hours there will be temporary lane closures on the 5100-5300 blocks of North Capitol Street NE/NW and the Unit block of Riggs Road NE. DDOT will maintain at least one travel lane in each direction during work hours. All lanes will be kept open during non-work hours.

  Traffic control signs will be in place to guide travelers in the corridor around the new traffic pattern. Motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling by the work zone.

**Any questions regarding this work should be directed to the Public Outreach Coordinator**
Veronica O. Davis, P.E.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ft. Totten Square/Walmart project set to break ground next month

 At last night's Lamond Riggs Civic Association Meeting, JGB Companies presented an update on the Ft. Totten Square / Walmart Project slated for the intersection of Riggs Rd and South Dakota Ave NE.  The much talked about addition to the neighborhood is set to break ground late next month, and will create quit the impact to the surrounding neighborhoods.  At the meeting, JGB provided fact sheets regarding the project and details about the construction process. Even though JGB seems to be courting the Lamond Riggs Neighborhood, it is important for everyone in surrounding neighborhoods to provide input and be aware of new developments.
Highlights of the fact sheet were as follows:

- Construction activity is anticipated to begin December 2012/January 2013 on FortTotten Square, which will include 345 apartments, an urban format Walmart, and additional neighborhood serving retail.

- The development team for Fort Totten Square is a joint venture between affiliates of The JBG Companies andLowe Enterprises. The architect for theproject is Hickok Cole.

- According to District of Columbia law, construction hours are limited to 7am – 7pm, Monday thru Saturday.

- During the initial phases of construction, vehicles will enter the site from 3rd St, near Riggs Rd, and exit the site onto Chillum Pl, near Riggs Rd. We will make every effort to direct vehicles to travel from Riggs Rd to and from the site.

- Vehicles entering and exiting the site will be cleaned as necessary so that dirt and debris are minimized and do not impact the surrounding neighborhood.
The Full Fact sheet is below.
Ft. Totten Square Fact Sheet
  Also, Wlamart has made the below video 3D walkthrough available on their website of what  the new Walmart Supercenter will look like.

More information on the porjct can be found at these websites:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Little Ricky's Open's In Brookland

 Finally...the time has come.  "Little Ricky's: An American Paladar" has announced it's official opening date as Nov 9th. The new addition to 12th St in Brookland, will feature traditional Cuban fare and a rotating selection of artwork by prominent Cuban Artists.  The initial opening will only have limited service, with reservation available only Fri-Sun for the entire month of November. 

Per Little Ricky's ownership and management:
"We will not be offering a full menu but rather for the month of November we will offer on Fri, Sat, and Sun evenings a Pre-fix 4 course meal. The menus will be posted in the next couple of days. The pre-fix dinner price will be south of $25 a person.With the bar area also available for walk in seating starting at 5pm Fri-Sun, there should be room for everyone." 

  There will also be a "Social Club" element to the paladar, in which members only access to the restaurant will be given every Thursday night (details to come on benifits and sign up).  One thing is for sure, and that is this unique new establshment will definitly help fill the void in the area for eating establishments and add a new cultural twist as well.

Little Rickey's: An American Paladar
3522 12th St. NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 269-1708

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Message From ANC 5A03 on Hurricane Sandy

  Angel Alston, ANC 5A03, sent out the following message to neighbors concerning the pending arrival of Hurricane Sandy.  Please be careful in the coming days, and make your preparations sooner rather then later.

"Dear Neighbors,
   With the pending hurricane we are expecting high winds and a great deal of rain. Please consider the following reminders:

-Make sure any areaway drains and overflow drains are free of debris.
-Make sure there is nothing impeding or blocking water flow from the exterior down spouts and drains.
-Make sure the sump pump outlet and sump pump are working properly.  Check often.
-Secure any loose patio furniture, umbrellas or trash cans that can be blown around.
-If the power does go out, contact the utility company immediately. With no power, the well, sump pump, or ejector pits will not operate. In this case, do not use the basement bath.
-Fill some containers or a bath tub with water for regular water use. Each toilet will have enough water in the tank for one flush.
-You can remove the tank lid and manually fill with water to the fill line for additional flushes.
-Monitor the rain water in the area way.
-Unplug any exterior yard lighting fixtures plugged into outlets.
-Keep garage doors closed during the storm.
-Have emergency kit available with flashlights and batteries.

Please take the extra time to be proactive in preparing your home for this event.
Commissioner Angel Alston"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

NMP Civic Assn Meeting, Wednesday

Just a reminder to everyone that the next North Michigan Park Civic Association is being held tomorrow.

                                                               NMPCA Meeting
                                                     Wednesday October 3, 2012
                                                              7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
                                                         NMP Recreation Center 
                                                        1333 Emerson Street, NE

You can be sure the Faith United Church of Christ development , the proposed DDOT modicifation to the sidewalks around the Ft. Totten Metro NPS Land, as well as other community concerns will be addressed.  Please make every effort to attend.

Rescheduled: CM McDuffie & Congresswoman Norton Hold Ft. Totten Park Walk Through

Received the following email regarding today's Ft. Totten park wlak through with CM McDuffie and Congresswomen Norton.
  Today's Fort Totten trail walkthrough has been postponed until Thursday due to inclement weather.

                            Ft. Totten Trail Walkthrough With Councilmember McDuffie
                                                       and Congresswomen Norton
                                                  Thursday, October 4, 2012 2:30pm
                                      Walk will start at the Ft. Totten Metro entrance

Tim Clark
Constituent Services Coordinator
Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilmember
(202) 724-8028 (Office)
(202) 724-8076 (Fax)
The John Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20004"

  Even though the weather has changed the date and time, please make the effort to get out and participate!

Friday, September 28, 2012

CM McDuffie & Congresswoman Norton Hold Ft. Totten Park Walk Through

  Tim Clark, CM McDuffie's Constituent Services Coordinator, sent out the following message to those in attendance at last week's emergency safety meeting regarding the NPS land surrounding the Ft. Totten metro Station.
  As a follow-up to Councilmember McDuffie’s recent Fort Totten safety meeting, our office will be walking the Park Service social trails adjacent to the metro station. The Councilmember will be joined by Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton. Residents and community leaders are encouraged to attend and point out specific areas of concern.  If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Ft. Totten Trail Walkthrough With Councilmember McDuffie and Congresswomen Norton
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 3:00pm
Walk will start at the Ft. Totten Metro entrance  

Tim Clark
Constituent Services CoordinatorKenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilmember
(202) 724-8028 (Office)
(202) 724-8076 (Fax)
The John Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20004 "
  It is definietly nice to not only see the Council Member take personal interest in the issue, but also that he was able to get Congresswomen Norton involved also.  For those of you that haven't noticed, since the community meeting with Mr. McDuffie, NPS, and the various police entities the path has been significantly trimmed back and police partols in the park and neighborhood have increased.  Please attend this walk through if you are able to.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bears at the Ft. Totten Metro???

  As if there isn't enough going on at the Ft. Totten metro Station?  Fox DC is reporting that a photo has surfaced of what some believe to be Black Bears in the park behind the metro platform yesterday. A metro rider said he saw the dark figures from the platform and took some pictures. Wether you believe it or not, it is definitly another interesting twist in the Ft. Totten neighborhood lore... 
DC Breaking Local News Weather Sports FOX 5 WTTG

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Union Market Upcoming Events

  Want to know what the new Union Market has to offer, and when all of their great events will be taking place?  Thanks to Ryan, Edens Communications Director, we were able to get a copy of the Union Market Flyer and schedule of events.  There are a ton of great events to partake in; Trucktober Fest (this weekend), Primetime Libations (weekly friday HH's), Righteous Cheese classes, Food Styling, Meat Up Haloween (Oct 29), and the official complete market opening and Crafts Fair (Nov 10th).  So many things to do, and eat, and drinik, and watch, and smell, and...Enjoy.

Monday, September 17, 2012

CM McDuffie Announces Ft. TottenPublic Safety Meeting

  DC Council Member Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5, annoucned that he will be holding an Emergency Meeting to address the recent spike in crime that has taken place around the Ft. Totten Metro Station.  Representatives from MPD, USPP, NPS and MTPD will be in attendance.  As a community we have gotten the aattention of our representatives, so please make every effort to attend this meeting.
CM McDuffie's announcement:

  "In response to recent concerns from Fort Totten residents regarding a spike in crime near the metro station and National Park Service trail, the Councilmember will be holding an emergency meeting this Wednesday, September 19 from 7-9pm at the Transit Police First district office.

  We have asked representatives from Metropolitan Police Department, National Park Police and Metro Transit Police to attend this meeting and provide updates on their efforts to address recent crimes. National Park Service will also be in attendance to give updates on their plans to enhance the Rock Creek trail between Gallatin and Galloway streets.
  We look forward to your participation in this meeting. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
 Fort Totten Community Emergency Safety Meeting
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Transit Police First District Office
5315 1st Street Place NE"

Wildlife Habitat Workshop at Capital Area Food Bank

  We received the below message from Susan T, a neighborhood resident and employee of the Capital Area Food Bank, regarding a workshop taking place this weekend.  Hopefully neighborhood residents can attend.  It seems like a great chance to not only learn about their new Urban Destionation Garden but also what CAFB does.  Hope people can attend!
  "Please join the Capital Area Food Bank for a Wildlife Habitat Workshop where we will be breaking ground at our new Urban Demonstration Garden. This garden fills almost an acre at the north end of the new facility and will serve as an ideal space for the food growing education that we plan to conduct with our partners and with the surrounding community.
  In partnership with the District Department of the Environment and Audubon Maryland/DC, this workshop will teach participants how to create space for wildlife habitats in their yards and communities. As a DC resident, you will receive a habitat kit that includes a book, native plant guide, birdhouse kit and live plants to begin creating wildlife habitat at your home.
  As a neighbor of the food bank, we are excited to welcome you into our garden. We greatly look forward to beautifying the space together with you and are hopeful that this will be just the first of many opportunities for us to grow together in this outdoor educational space. The workshop will consist of a slideshow presentation and a wildlife planting that will complement the food bank’s food growing space.

Workshop Details:

 Location: 4900 Puerto Rico Ave NE on the North side of the food bank

Date & Time: Saturday, September 22nd from 1 pm to 4 pm

Dress: Come ready to plant and get your hands dirty

Please RSVP by completing this form or by reaching out to Abbie Steiner by phone at 202-644-9854 or by email at
To learn more about the work of the food bank, please visit"

Friday, September 14, 2012

CM McDuffie's Initial Response to Yesterday's Shooting

  In response to the increase of crime in the area, and in light of yesterdays shooting, we were able to get an initial response from CM McDuffie (Ward 5) via twitter.  The Council Member's tweets were certainly a good sign that this issue is on his radar.  For those of you who don't follow the twitter feed @TheTottenLife (you probably should), or don't have a twitter account, we are providing the conversation below.

  Neighborhood resident Nathan W, who has been helping to lead the charge on this issue, has informed us that the Mr. McDuffie's office is meeting with NPS, USPP, DDOT, MPD and other entities regarding the issue of safety around the Ft. Totten Metro and in the NPS park land at some point today.  Hopefully we receive some good feedback regarding the path forward to returning this neighborhood to the safe place it had become, and avoid backsliding.  We applaude Council Member McDuffie's response to the matter, and hope he will press the NPS hard for a real solution.
  Also, the Washington Post has received some additional details on the shooting.  Neither the motive or circumstances that led to the shooting have yet to be released by the MPD, but the name and age of the victim have been.  One R’artagnon Jose White, 34, was found shot in the head inside a house on the 5100 block of 7th Street NE (which is behind the CCDC Campus).  Certainly our thoughts go out to his family members, and hopefully the MPD will solve this case and be able to prevent this crime spike from expanding.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fatal Shooting on 7th St NE

NBC News Reports:
"A person was fatally shot in the head around 1:40 p.m. Tuesday Thursday in the 5100 block of 7th Street NE.
Homicide detectives arrived on the scene to find the victim unconscious and not breathing. The victim's age and sex are unknown at this time.
The shooting happened about a half-mile from the Fort Totten Metro station"
 This coming in a time of increased violence in the Ft. Totten Metro Area, continues to put residents on high alert.  A meeting between community leaders and residents is surely well overdue! 

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

History of Parks in DC

  Stumbled upon this video at the National Building Museum while on an extended recess during Jury Duty last week.  It is a very interesting piece that lays out the vision of DC Parks in 1932, as part of their "Washington: Symbol and City" exhibit which looks at the history of DC from a resident standpoint.  There is a particularly interesting part on the once proposed Fort Circle Drive that was to link all the Civil War Defense Parks, and includes a few archived shots of our very own Ft. Totten (around 10:50 in the video). 

An interesting piece of history, at least to us anyway!  I also must say, if you find yourself on Jury Duty and have an extended recess, the Building Museum is just up the street from the Moultrie Courthouse.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Faith United Church of Christ Proposed Retirement Home

  At last night's North Michigan Park Civic Association Meeting, the major topic of conversation was a proposed Retirement Home to be built on the grounds of the Faith United Church of Christ's property.
View Larger Map   The church is looking to sell that land to a developer (the Retirement Housing Foundation) in order to develop a 94 unit senior living community to be operated in conjunction with Faith UCC. While this is still very, very early on in the development plan, the two groups are providing initial details on their proposed project with the NMPCA and the neighborhoods residents.  Below you will find the Fact Sheet handed out las night on the project.  There are also two schedule meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the proposed plan, which all are encouraged to attend and participate in:
 September 15th
 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
 North Michigan Park Recreation Center

 September 22nd
 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
 North Michigan Park Recreation Center

CUA Community and Youth Night

  Looking for a something to do tomorrow night with the kids, or not?  Well CUA might have just the thing for you.  Tomorrow night CUA will be hosting their first annual Community and Youth Night.  Youth and Community Night is open to all of the surrounding neighbood residents.  Any youth athlete wearing their jersey or league t-shirt will receive a snack, drink, and be able to participate in a half-time activity weather permitting.  Best of all it is free to residents of Brookland, Edgewood, Michigan park, North Michigan Park, and Ft. Totten (with ID)!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September DC Zoning Hearings of Interest and Pertainng to ANC 5A

  Here are a list of the upcoming DC Zoning Comission and Board of Zoning Adjustment hearings this month that may be of interest to our neighbors.  All hearings are held at:                               
                                                  One Judiciary Square
                                                  441 4th Street, NW
                                                  Washington, DC 2001

The full calender of the ZC and BZA can be found here.

Sept. 11 2012
9:30 AM

Case Number :18392
Case Name: Application of Betty J. Williams
Case Summary :(Special Exceptions) Pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3104.1, for a special exception under section 205 to allow a child development center (12 Children and 2 Teachers) in the R-2 District at premises 5350 Chillum Place, N.E. (Square 3751, Lots 138).

Case Number :18460
Case Name:Request for Expedited Public Hearing for Appeal No. 18460 of Ginia L. Avery, et al.
Case Summary :(Appeals) Pursuant to 11 DCMR §§ 3100 and 3101, from a decision by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, to issue a building permit (#B1202925) allowing the construction of a Walmart store in the C-3-A District at premises 5929 Georgia Avenue, N.W. (Square 2986, Lot 38).

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

North Michigan Park Civic Assn Meeting, Wed Night

  With the recent increase in awareness and support in the community for various issues (development, crime, real estate, etc..) it is recommended that as many people attend this meeting as possible to garner a better community consensus on some of these issues.  It is only a very short walk for many in the neighborhood, and usually serves as a place to not only meet neighbors but also gain insight on the community as a whole.

North Michigan Park Civic Association Meeting

Wednesday September 5, 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
North Michigan Park Recreation Center
1333 Emerson Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017

These meetings are held to promote civic pride, disseminate information, and address community concerns within our neighborhood. During this meeting NMPCA officer elections and a proposal to build low-income, senior housing by the Faith United Church of Christ will be the main focus of the discussion.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Picture This: Ft. Totten Photo Stream

  Ahhh the end of summer...a time to ease back into your normal life and reflect on your travels, outdoor fun, vacation, staycation or the fact you didn't do a thing!  And what better way to reflect on your summer than helping us update our Flickr Stream and share photos of our community?  What we are looking for you ask? Well it's pretty simple, any picture pertaining to the neighborhood that you would like everyone/anyone to see.  This can be from a walk you took, an event held nearby, your home, your pets, development, anything that has a direct connection to our community. We will use these photos to update our photo stream, and give everyone access to them as an archive. Hopefully we have people out there who have some talent, a good eye, and would like to share it with the neighborhood.  Also of note, we may use some of these photos in blog posts as applicable, especially if it is from an event where we were unable to get coverage, or even feature particularly relevant or interesting photos.  So, if you are interested shoot us a message at TheTottenLife at and we will be sure to add your pictures.  So with that please help spread the word, and show the rest of The District what a great neighborhood we live in!

**Note: You retain all rights to pictures provided to the photo stream, and pictures can be removed at any time per your request. We also do not profit from this blog, nor will we utilize you photographs for profit**

Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest

And now for something completely different...
  It has been announced that Friends of RIA NE (a local organization focused on the development of RIA NE) will be hosting the First Annual (hopefully) Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest on Saturday September 22, 2012, Noon – 4pm at the intersection of Rhode Island and South Dakota Ave's NE.  This festival will provide local neighborhoods a chance to celebrate the coming fall with some Rita's, art demonstrations with Art Enables, lunch with DC BRau at Lace on The Avenue, games, and more!  Admission is free, and the whole family is encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CM McDuffie's Response

  After several days of community outcry, CM McDuffie has provided an initial response on his facebook page on the issue of the Ft. Totten Trail.  Hopefully we get updates on the status, and get the publicity that other neighborhoods get with their problems.  I'd like to extend a thank you to CM McDuffie for hearing our concerns.  We look forward to a more detailed response in the near future.  This initial response is not the end, I urge all of us to continue pressuring our elected representatives until an acceptable solution is resolved.  

  Our office is aware of the recent spike in crime near the Ft. Totten trail. We have been proactive in addressing this issue and have been in contact with both Park Police and Congresswomen Norton’s office to ensure its addressed appropriately. We have specifically asked for more police presence, increased lighting and a more aggressive vegetation management plan. As we receive inform
ation from Park Police and the Congresswomen’s office we will update the community. This issue is a top priority for our office and we will work vigorously to ensure residents can continue to feel safe when using the trail.

If you have further questions, please contact Tim Clark.

Tim Clark
Constituent Services Coordinator
Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilmember
(202) 724-8028 (Office)
(202) 724-8076 (Fax)
The John Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20004 "

US Park Police Alerts

In light of the new issues taking place around the Ft. Totten Metro, I'd encourage everyone to sign up for the US Park Poilce Alerts.  Keeping informed is one way to help make everyone safer!
Thanks to Tony for getting a copy of this.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Ward 5 School Supply Give Away

This Saturday from 1-5 PM the OCASE Foundation, in conjunction with CM Kenyan McDuffie and other organizations, will be hosting a Back To School Supplies Giveaway.  If you or someone you know in Ward 5 needs help getting their children properly supplied for the coming school year, please spread the word!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Neihborhood MPD Partol Service Area Meeting Thursday

   With the recent wave of muggings and crime taking place at and around the Ft. Totten Metro Station, the need to meet with our local police officials is deifintly on the minds of most neighbors.  After speaking with both the head of the MPD PSA for our area , and the Rock Creek Division of the US Park Police it is recommended that as many people as possible attend the upcoming meeting with representatives from both organizations this Thursday at 7:00 PM at the North Michigan Park Rec Center.  This is an opportunity for the community to discuss the issues that concer them, as well as hear what is being done to help combat crime in our neighborhood.  These meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month by the MPD.

MPD PSA 405 Community Meeting
Thursday August 23rd at 7:30 PM
1333 Emerson Street, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Friday, August 10, 2012

Union Market Preview...Finally!

  There may be no upcoming addition to the greater Ward 5 landscape that is as highly anticipated as the September opening of the new/revitalized Union Market.  The once dilapidated and scarcely populated market, is in the final phase of it's major overhaul by real estate developer Edens Corporation.
View of Union Market sign from NoMA Metro Station Platform
   In anticipation of this opening (and to get the word out) Edens teamed up with Brightest Young Things Entertainment to hold their first annual Union Market Picnic on Saturday, July 21st.  While the weather was not the best, it accomplished exactly what the developer intended.  It got the word out!  With several of the vendors in attendance plan on making the Market their home, several local  food trucks and craft vendors helped make the experience memorable.  The Market, while not fully completed, was far enough into the construction project  for all in attendance to get a sense of what an amazing space this will be.  With vendors lined up like Rappahannock River Oysters, Peregrine Espresso (literally the best coffee shop in DC, go to their Eastern market location NOW if you don't believe us), Tickling Springs Creamery (products available at Yes! Organic Markets), Takorean, DC Empanadas, Lyon Bakery (see their bread in action at The Rolling Ficelle food truck), and many more! 

Vendor map of Union Market DC
The market's official opening date will be September 8th, and will operate Tuesday-Friday 11am - 8pm & Sat - Sun 8am - 8pm.  Enjoy some of the pics we managed to grab between scarfing down oysters and bbq and beers and cookies and churros and sliders and ice cream and tacos and oh boy, we may have overdone it...

Market entrance for the UM Picnic
Wall display of original market layout

Some of the festivities outside...too bad the rain didn't let up
Rappahannock Oyster Booth...with a little
Flying Dog! Rappahannock will utilize this
booth as a permanent resident of the Market

Picnic attendants enjoying some sliders from Lyon Bakery
and a little Oyamel.  Lyon will have a booth at the
mMarket, while sadly...Oyamel was just helping with food.
The unique entrance chandeliers made of recycled water
bottles...that's right those are all plastic water bottles
Hill Country BBQ was also on hand to provide some
food, and it went great with some 21sr Amendment
Hell or High Watermelon IPA.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Another Mugging in Ft. Totten Metro Station Park Path

  The MPD 4th District sent out an alert early this morning around 7 or 8 AM that a robbery at gun point took place in the park separating Galloway and Gallatin St's NE.  The Alert read

"4D- Robbery Gun- 550 Galloway St NE, LOF, B/M,
 Bushy Hair, Dark skin, sweat shirt and Bl. Jeans." 

View 550 Galloway St NE in a larger map  
  This seems to be another in an escalating trend of violent crimes emanating from, and centered around, the Ft. Totten Metro and the National Park land that separates the North Michigan Park Community from the Ft. Totten Metro.   Several i the community feel that this trend is reminiscent of 8+ year ago when the National Park Land was a site of many violent crimes, ranging in severity.   Over the past 4 ears or so, it has seen a dramatic decline in crime. However, it seems that local criminals have found fertile hunting ground at the area surrounding the Metro Station. Many in the neighborhood are not too happy with the current response of the MPD regarding these act of violence.  For this reason it has been suggested that the MPD 4th District PSA for 405 (section of the 4th District covering this neighborhood ) should be made aware of these issues.  The following message was sent this afternoon to Lt. Rogers asking for clarification and a possible community meeting to discuss these issues.  Please read/share/provide input and participate in the poll regarding a community meeting addressing these issues. 

"Lt. Rogers,
   My name is Joe Finley and I am a community blogger for the Ft. Totten area, and a homeowner over on the 700 block of Farragut PL, NE.  It has come to my attention that there was a robbery at gun point in the park that separates Gallatin and Galloway St's NE early in the morning very recently (I am hearing this morning).  This is very disturbing news as it seems that violence in the park has once again began to rise.  Not only has the frequency of the attacks seem to be increasing, but the seriousness also seems to be increasing (just a month or so ago a friend of mine was assaulted with a pipe and had his phone stolen, and now a crime involving a firearm).  I have been sent numerous requests from people who follow my blog asking for information on what the MPD and Park Police plan to do regarding this increase in crime in the area and particularly around the Metro Station.  It seems as if most of the neighbors feel the MPD's response is simply "don't go through the park," or that "it is just a number game."  I for one don't believe that either of those are appropriate answers, nor are they the a reflection of the official position of the MPD.  Is there anything you can tell me regarding the MPD's plans to address these problems, or the things the neighborhood can do to help make the area safer?  l'd also like to suggest the possibility of a community Q and A session to talk about their concerns and what they see as the issues and possible solutions.  I appreciate you taking your time to read this and look forward to hearing back from you and possibly working with you to disseminate information in the future.
Joe Finley
The Totten Life Blog"

DC Public Schools Beautification Day

  Got this message the other day and thought it would be a good opportunity to spread the word, and get both new AND old residents to come togther and help kick off the school year right!
  "DCPS is preparing for our annual Beautification Day. This year, Beautification Day is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We're looking for over 3,500 volunteers from every neighborhood in the city to help ensure that our schools are ready and welcoming for the first day of school.
  There's something for everyone! You can help us by:
• Volunteering at a school (Register)
• Serving as a site manager (Register)
• Downloading a flier and spreading the word.
If you have questions, please e-mail our planning team at
We look forward to seeing you on August 25th!
-The Beautification Day Planning Team"

After speaking with Stephanie at the Office of Family and Public Engagement, we were able to get specific information for ANC 5A/5B. There are still numerous volunteer spots open for the Mamie D Lee School, Brookland EC, and LaSalle- Backus EC.  Please utlize this opportunuty to help out neighborhood children, and ensure they have the best school year experience possible!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Break in on 800 Blk of Crittenden St. NE

  Earlier this week a house on the 800 Block of Crittenden Street NE was broken into at 11 AM in the afternoon.  The intruder(s) scaled the home's 8' fence and entered through the rear of the house.  Although the home's alarm did go off, the intruder(s) still managed to make off with a laptop.  This comes at a perceived time of increased vandalisim and theft in the North Michigan Park and Ft. Totten neighborhoods.  Increased vigilance is recommended.  Some people are calling for a meeting with the PSA police representative, which might not be a bad thing. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

July 4th Violence Erupts in NW Ft. Totten

NBC 4 Reports the following:
"One person died and and three others were injured in a shooting Wednesday night in the Fort Totten neighborhood in northwest Washington, according to D.C. Police.  Police said the incident started in the courtyard of a building on the 5000 block of First Street NW and ended with the four people being shot. Two of the wounded ran to (the 100 Block of) Gallatin Street (NW).
Officials said those shot were among a group of people gathered near a shopping center watching a small fireworks show. Police said it was not clear if all or some of the victims were deliberately targeted.  One person died in the shooting. Another one of the wounded was said to be in critical condition.  Police said two of the victims were juveniles.  Police continue to investigate the incident. They are trying to determine if it is related to a violent incident Tuesday night in the Sherman Circle area."
(Article Here)
WJLA reports that 3 were killed in the early morning outburst between 2 seperate shooting incidents that took place in the NW section of the Ft. Totten Neighborhood.  This is yet another example of the needless juvenille violence that plagues DC, and Ward 5.  It appears that this entire incident stayed on the NW side of Ft. Totten and did not cross North Capital.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

DDOT Traffic Advisory For S.D Ave Final Configuration

From DDOT:
                                                          ***TRAFFIC ADVISORY***
             Temporary Closures and Final Traffic Pattern Shift Set for South Dakota Avenue, NE

  Traffic Pattern Shifts for South Dakota Ave and Riggs Rd NE (Washington, D.C.) are scheduled to finalize on June 25th. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be installing the final asphalt pavement on South Dakota Avenue, NE between Riggs Road and Kennedy Street.  This activity marks the final major milestone in the completion of the Riggs Road and South Dakota Ave intersection reconstruction project in northeast Washington. While this paving activity takes place there will be intermittent lane closures and temporary traffic pattern shifts on South Dakota Avenue, NE.   At a minimum one traffic lane will be kept open in each direction at all times.  Once the pavement process is complete, traffic will be shifted into the final configuration. Variable message signs will be in place to guide motorists through the area.  Drivers and pedestrians are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling by the work zone.

  While the shift to the final traffic pattern means the end moving the street acesse around, it does not mean the end of construction.  However it is a good sign that the end is nearing!

ANC 5A Monthy Community Meeting

There is a an ANC 5A meeting this Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30PM. The meeting will be held at the  Hospital for Sick Children located at  1731 Bunker Hill Road, NE. Guest Speakers will include Councilmember at large Michael Brown and Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.  Costco will also be there to present their case for approval of an ABC Liquor License.
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Friday, June 1, 2012

New Automated Speed Enforcement Camera Locations

MPD has sent out a list of the newest automated speed enforcement camera locations across the city.  Per the MPD release, "the 30 day educational phase will commence on May 7, 2012, when violators will begin receiving warning citations. On June 6, 212, MPD will begin issuing live moving citations to violators."
See the below image for exact locations, and good luck!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Temporary Closure Planned for Chillum Pl NE, May 24-26

  Starting tomorrow (May 24, 2012) Chillum Place, NE will be temporarily closed south of Riggs Road, NE. Weather and construction conditions permitting, DDOT will close Chillum Place, NE south of Riggs Road, NE between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to connect a new water pipe to the existing system.   The same stretch of Chillum Place will close again starting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday May 25, 2012 and will reopen by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday May 26, 2012 to complete roadway excavation and concrete base installation activities. During this closure, access to the businesses on the corner of Riggs Road and Chillum Place NE will be kept open from both streets.    Signs will be in place to guide travelers in the corridor around the temporary traffic pattern.  Drivers and pedestrians are urged to stay alert and use caution when traveling by the work zone.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Learn to Garden at Ft. Totten Community Garden This Summer

  The Neighborhood Farm Initiative (NFI) has opened enrollment to their summer Adult Gardening Education Program.  This program is designed to help teach adults the basics of organic gardening, focusing on the ins and outs of growing your own vegetables.  More importantly it is taking place right in our own back yard at the NFI Garden behind the Ft. Totten Metro.  The class runs from May through early September, and is broken up into 11 weekly instructional "hands on" classes with experts.  You will also get
your own 12' x 12' community garden plot, seeds and transplants, access to the necessary garden infrastructure (i.e. drip irrigation system, trellises, stakes, tomato cages), and more. 
  The class cost $450, but when you consider all you need to do is show up and everything else is provided for you it seems like a great deal!  Details can be found here:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Michigan Park Citizens Assn Meeting Tonight

Map of DC with Michigan Park
Highlighted in Red
  This is a reminder that the Michigan Park Citizens Association will be meeting tonight (tuesday, May 1st) at 7:15pm, at Bunker Hill Elementary (1401 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, DC 20017). Parking and entrance to rear of building.

- Treasurer's Report
- Elections of MPCA Officers
- Motion to create the position of the Financial Secretary
- Traffic Management
- DC Statehood -- Speaker, Josh Burch
- Spring Potluck and Park Maintenance

Neighborhood Boundaries:
The Michigan Park Citizens Association stretches, East to West, from Eastern Avenue to the Railroad and, North to South, from Buchanan Street to Otis Street.

North Michigan Park Civic Assn Meeting

This is just a reminder that the North Michigan Park Civic Association will be holding a meeting on Wednesday May 2, 2012 from 7 - 9 pm at the North Michigan Park Recreation Center.  Come out to discuss community concerns with local businesses, city agencies and our elected representatives

(This event repeats every month on the first Wednesday until Sunday July 1, 2012.)

Event: North Michigan Park Civic Assotiation Meeting
Location: North Michigan Park Recreation Center 1333 Emerson Street, NE, 20017

Street: 1333 Emerson Street, NE

City State Zip: Washingon, DC, 20017

Friday, April 27, 2012

5th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale

The fifth annual Great Brookland Yard Sale will take place on Saturday May 12th from 10:00 AM until 2:00PM. Over 50 households have signed up to have yard sales. For more information, visit the Brookland Civic Associations Website.  This years rain date is May 13th.
Thi annual event is always a great way to get out, meet neighbors and find some great deals and steals!  In past years participation has been mostly by Brookland  residents, but this years map shows a few houses in Michigan and North Michigan Park as well.  If you would like to participate in the GBYS, follow this link, and provide your name and address of your yard sale.  Also send  a list of specific items for sale, and photos to draw people to your sale. This will get you on the official Map and hopefully increase your foot traffic!

View Great Brookland Yard Sale 2012 in a larger map

Thursday, April 26, 2012

CUA Fireworks Show This Friday

From CUA Campus Ministry "On behalf of the Office of Campus Ministry at The Catholic University of America, I would like to invite you for a firework show that is being held on our campus on Friday, April 27, 2012. This is the finale to our end of the year celebration that has been organized by our students at CUA. The firework show will begin at 9:45pm and can be viewed best from the west side of campus, nearest the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception. This event has been coordinated with the Office of General Counsel, Department of Public Safety, Metropolitan Fire Department and Zambelli Firework Company. We hope that you will be able to join us in this celebration." This surely seems like a can't miss for tomorrow night, especially considering the the First Family of Fireworks are producing it! Hopefully those of us neighboring the CUA Campus will take full advantage of the event being in our own back yards! Hopefully some of you readers will take some great pictures to share with us here at the Blog as well!