The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) held a couple of meetings regarding the renovation of the Taft/Mosley Field and Playground. The plans are taking shape, but as it turns out, the budget for this project does not allow the implementation of all the amenities the community has added to their wishlist. In order to get an understanding what features are most important to the residents who will use the field and playground and those who live in close proximity, Jackie Stanley, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Department of General Services, asks for the following information to be circulated:
Dear Taft/Dwight Mosley Field Community, 
As you may know, The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Department of General Services (DGS) has Capital funding to renovate the existing Taft/Dwight Mosley field. To date we’ve held two (2) planning meetings with the community to ensure that the field is designed and renovated based on the needs of the community.  The community includes not only the teams that play on the field but also residents that live in the community and may use the field. 
Our project budget does not support all the amenities the community has requested, therefore, we have developed a survey that will help us better understand what are the top amenities the community would like as part of the project. The survey link is below. 
Additionally,  as we mentioned at the first Taft/Dwight Mosley field community meeting The DC Building Industry Association (DCBIA) annually donates time and material to a DPR project (site). DCBIA has chosen to renovate the playground and park area at Taft/Dwight Mosley as their annual donation/volunteer project. DPR/DGS has dedicated some funds towards playground equipment for this donation. 
The equipment that’s chosen for the new playground at Taft is amazing and offer many super fun play elements for the kids and the playground will be functional and safe. DCBIA is also doing a lot of other site work that the community will appreciate and use for many years to come. The survey is not related to the Playground/DCBIA project. 
We do hope that you will attend and participate on the actual build day (September 27th), as well as encourage your neighbors to come out and support this great donation.  To ensure community input and involvement in both projects I will forward updates, as appropriate.  However, if you have questions or concerns feel free to contact me.  
Sincerely,
Jackie 
Jackie Stanley
Department of General Services 
Community Outreach Coordinator
202-431-1195 (cell) 

DC Public Schools’ Beautification Day is on Saturday, August 23! Roll up your sleeves and help beautify our schools. Sign up to volunteer.

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The good folks at Monroe Street Market are offering free yoga classes this summer from 10:00 – 11: 00 am on Saturday mornings at the Edgewood Arts Building (3415 8th St NE). Bring your own mat and enjoy the farmers market afterward – sweet!

Check out the Tweet about it from Monroe Street Market:

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Current Emergency Entrance

Providence Hospital

We recently learned from a Fox 5 News story that a former morgue contractor at Providence Hospital has successfully sued the Hospital to for $230,000. The former contractor, Doris Kennard, claimed emotional distress because she was attacked by rats on the job, which had infested the hospital’s morgue. Here is where the story gets very disturbing and <<warning>> graphic. Kennard said that the rats were also eating bodies stored at the morgue, in coolers that were constantly breaking down therefore causing the bodies to warm. The rat problem was also exacerbated by the fact that the morgue is located next to the trash compactor. For more details, see the Fox 5 interview of Ms. Kennard below. 

Providence Hospital is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC, was chartered by President Lincoln in 1861, and has been in its current location for 57 years. In recent years it has had its share of criticism from local residents who claimed that their emergency room facilities and services were inadequate. In deed, we learned from research for previous posts on Providence that their Emergency Department was built to accommodate 27,000 visits a year, but they actually get double that amount. This prompted them to undertake a complete overhaul and expansion of their Emergency Department. 

Providence Hospital is the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE.
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We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in January, 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in the Northeast and Southeast quadrants of the city. Congrats to East City Art for winning City Paper’s Best Arts Blog of 2014!

Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Art of Sound, Handwriting and Conversation Edition

Saturday, July 26

Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

Harmony Hall Regional Center – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist Tom Kenyon will be at Harmony Hall Regional Center for the final day of the exhibit, Dreams of Speed. His artist talk delves into his inspiration for the imaginary racing exploits of the real Kenyon Motor Company. For details on this event, click here.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.

Pleasant Plains Workshop- 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop to celebrate the art of handwriting with artist Danielle Scruggs. Make sure you bring along your favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter to transcribe. For more information about this wokrshop, click here.

2608 Georgia Avenue NW

Bursting in Air! – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artists will turn the Route 1 Overpass into a focal point for the Gateway Arts District. Spend the afternoon celebrating this unique event with live music, performances, and refreshments. To read more about this event, click here.

Bursting in Air is located at Franklin’s parking lot at the railroad overpass on Route 1 in Hyattsville, MD.

Project4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Everyware explores the work of three artists collaborating through social media to create pieces that are in constant change and dialogue. The works of Aaron Cahill, William Deegan, and Lynette Jackson reflect on contemporary issues and reevaluate the mundane or overlooked in our cities. For more information, click here.

Project4 is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by following them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

 

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Image courtesy of CUA's School of Music

Image courtesy of CUA’s School of Music

The 6th Annual Washington International Piano Festival (WIPF), will be held on the campus of Catholic University (and at two performances at the Kennedy Center downtown). The festival will take place from July 27 to August 3rd and will feature performances, master classes, and lectures by guest artists and young musicians from around the world.  All events will be open to the public. From the Catholic U/WIPF press release:

This year’s festival will include:
GUEST ARTIST RECITALS
John O’Conor, Sunday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Chongxiao Liu and Wei Gong Piano Duo, Monday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Ralitza Patcheva, Wednesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Yoshio Hamano, Thursday, July 31, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Santiago Rodriguez, Sunday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., Ward Recital Hall

PIANO MASTER CLASSES
John O’Conor, Monday, July 28, 10 a.m. to noon, Ward Recital Hall
Round table discussion, “Getting a Piano Degree in the United States,” Wednesday, July 30, 11 a.m. to noon, John Paul Hall
Douglas Humpherys, Friday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to noon, Ward Recital Hall
Santiago Rodriguez, Saturday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. to noon, Ward Recital Hall

PIANO RECITALS
Young pianist showcase concerts, featuring prizewinners of international, national, regional, and local competitions, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, July 27 to 30, 6:45 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Auditions for The Catholic University of America First Annual Piano Competition, Tuesday, July 29, 7 to 10 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Adult pianist showcase concert, featuring adult pianists participating in the festival, Thursday, July 31, 6:45 p.m.
Concerts of selected 2014 WIPF participants, including both solo and piano ensemble music from WIPF participants, Friday, Aug. 1, and Saturday, Aug. 2, 6 p.m., John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Millennium Stage. Admission is free and concerts will be webcast online at www.kennedy-center.org.
Award ceremony and concert, featuring The Catholic University of America Piano Competition winners, Sunday, Aug. 3, 3:15 p.m., Ward Recital Hall
Closing concert of the 2014 WIPF participants, Sunday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m., Ward Recital Hall.

Ticket prices for each day (except free admission as noted) are $20 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and free admission for CUA students with valid student ID. Tickets to all events can be purchased at the door or reserved by emailing washingtonpianofest@gmail.com.

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ANC 5B04 Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe needs no introduction to our regular readers. Here is one of the latest of multiple stories we covered about Ms. Steptoe and our ongoing neighborhood saga regarding Freedom of Information Act compliance and ANC 5B. We learned tonight that Steptoe is moving on and vacating her seat as ANC Commissioner.

Carolyn Steptoe (left) with some of her fellow ANC 5B Commissioners in 2013.

Commissioner Steptoe just shared the following  message via email.
Dear 5B04 Community –
In keeping with my commitment to the 5B04 community, I wish to pass along this information.
After 16 blessed years in my Lawrence Street (Brookland) home – a lovely environment I purchased as a single, young professional – I have decided to sell my home.  I will remain in my D.C. hometown, but will live in upper, upper N.W. (16th Street  – the inimitable “Gold Coast.” )  Like many Washingtonians, yes, I do sing The Jefferson’s theme song in association w/the prospect of living on The Gold Coast… lol!
Anyway, my new home will be 2 blocks from Walter Reed.  It is also but a few blocks from Rock Creek Park and Silver Spring.  As most know, the Gold Coast is a very quiet, tree-lined and long-standing residential neighborhood.
I anticipate finalizing (prayerfully) all my relocation matters soon; several weeks anyway.  Once everything is finalized, I shall then relinquish my 5B04 SMD commissioner seat since, at that point, I shall neither be a 5B04 resident nor a resident of Ward 5.
I wanted to share this with you so you may know, until my formal transition out of our 5B04 community, you may contact me anytime should you need assistance.   Until such time, I shall continue to be in the 5B04 community and work as the elected 5B04 commissioner.  Although ANC 5B is on summer break, I can be reached on 202-321-3860.  You may also send me an email at 5b04@anc.dc.gov.
Please know it remains my honor to serve my community and enjoy my neighbors.  Blessings and happy summer to all!
Very kind regards,
Commissioner Carolyn C. Steptoe
Single Member District 5B04
Vice Chairperson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B
GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
5B04@anc.dc.gov

(202) 321-3860/ANC cell
(202) 636-8191/home
(pardon typos, etc.)

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Public Service Commission of D.C. And Pepco Hold Community Hearing On Thursday About Plans To Underground Power Lines

July 22, 2014

In March of this year the Washington Post reported that the ambitious plan to underground main power lines in the District would go underway this year. Based on information from Pepco President and Chief Executive Joseph M. Rigby quoted in the article, some of Brookland’s “feeder” power lines are scheduled to be buried among the first […]

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Potomac Pastry Launches In Brookland – Off To A Strong Start

July 21, 2014

We were delighted to learn that a new homegrown business, Potomac Pastry, launched here in Brookland just one month ago.  One of the frequent complaints I hear about our neighborhood is that it is difficult to find high quality local baked goods such as birthday cakes. Well, the wait is over! We caught up with […]

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Barnes And Noble At Catholic U To Open With A Series Of Community Events!

July 20, 2014

Many thanks to Morgan from the Barnes & Noble College location at Catholic U for letting us know about the grand opening of the long awaited Barnes and Noble store at the Monroe Street Market development. When we broke the story about the Barnes and Noble/Starbucks in August 2012, many neighbors rightfully acknowledged it as a […]

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Interact and Create Edition

July 18, 2014

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in January, 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in the Northeast and Southeast quadrants of the city. Congrats to East City Art for winning City Paper’s Best Arts Blog of 2014! […]

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