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Brookland Garden Of The Month, September 2012 Edition

September brings blissful reprieve from August’s harshness, and pulls us back into our gardens. Most flowers have bloomed and are done, and it gets increasingly challenging to maintain fall colors unless you go with plants like mums. But the skilled gardener can do so much more.

This stunner of a garden is at 3012 16th Street NE. Devoted almost entirely to roses, the gardener takes advantage of the fact that these shrub roses love the cooler weather and recent rains to burst back into bloom after going dormant in the heat of high summer. They are meticulously kept, with hardly a spent rose in sight.  The scene from the front is absolutely beautiful, especially in combination with the short yellow flowers in front (I don’t know what they are), a touch of red geraniums, and a birdbath that together surely make this space a joy to behold from the front porch. The home itself is a gorgeous American Foursquare popular at the turn of the 20th century.

Congratulations to 3012 16th Street NE for being the Brookland Garden of the Month for September!



Brookland Pet Of The Week – Scrapple



The adorable Scrapple the dog came from the fields of West Virginia and now, through a rescue society, resides on Perry Place here in Brookland. He is part Border Collie and part Chow-Chow. His favorite activity is chasing squirrels through the streets of Brookland. When taking a break from chasing critters, he likes to unwind at Langdon and Logan dog parks. Barring the appearance of any squirrels, he intends to start a grassroots campaign shortly to bring a dog park to our neighborhood. Due to his home environment, he is a strong supporter of the Phillies and Eagles–and he frequently wears collars to support these teams. If you see Scrapple out for a walk or a jog, be sure to say hello!

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Union Market Opens, Provides New Shopping Venue For Brooklanders

The Union Market at 1309 5th Street NE is finally open. It is a short drive away for our neighborhood, and offers a much needed new venue for finding artisinal foods of all types.

I paid a visit on Sunday, and a few photos follow. As the Market gears up, a few businesses were only open on Saturday and others were still in the process of setting up shop. Nevertheless we got a good taste of what’s available. From a local creamery to an eco friendly meat farm, you could find a variety of foods, fruits and vegetables, breads, olive oil, cheeses, honey, coffee, spices, and more. An oyster bar–Rappahannock–featured prominently, and was very busy indeed. A juice bar offered a variety of deliciously unique juice mixes.

Next to the Market itself was a parking lot with a good number of food trucks. Alas most of them had left by the time I got there, but I helped myself to an amazing mix of custard and lemon ice.

It will be great to see how the Market develops over the course of the next few months, but clearly it will become a hub of neighborhood weekend activity. Check out their web page for upcoming events, including the Trucktoberfest food truck festival on September 22nd!

Large Tree Knocks Out Power To South Brookland

A good number of residences in south Brookland had their power and internet knocked out almost immediately in the strong storms that blew by the DC area on Saturday September 8th (including mine). The reasons for this particular outage became clear as I explored the neighborhood after the rain stopped.

A huge tree at the corner of 13th and Hamlin fell onto 13th street, taking out the power lines as it fell. The owners of the house on the corner are fortunate the tree did not fall in its direction. The police were on the scene and had the streets blocked off as the power lines were smoking while lying on the street and clearly were an extreme hazard.

I called Pepco a short time later to report the situation as a life-threatening emergency, and was stunned when the Pepco rep told me that nobody had called the situation in before I had. Which goes to show, don’t assume someone else has called the police or has taken care of the emergency–you have to do it yourself!

Anyway, Pepco came out a few hours later and began the work to restore everything, which took over a day. Comcast had internet service back shortly thereafter. Thanks to all the hardworking repair technicians for working through the night and getting everything back in service again!

Catholic University Student Beaten And Robbed

NBC 4 reports that a Catholic University student was beaten and robbed last Monday August 27th at around 11 AM on the 700 block of Lawrence Street, NE. The student was leaving her car when someone grabbed her by the neck and smashed her head against the car. He continued assaulting her as she lay injured on the ground and he took several of her personal belongings (car keys, cell phone, cash, etc.) He then fled in the direction of the CUA Metro stop.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5’7, average build, mid 20’s. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Metropolitan Police Department, just dial 911.

FoRIA Fall Fest Celebration Coming To Rhode Island Avenue

The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development are hosting their first Fall Fest celebration on Saturday, September 22nd, noon-4pm, on Rhode Island Avenue NE between South Dakota Avenue NE and 20th St NE.

The celebration will be an annual event to bring together residents and local businesses and showcase the great potential of Rhode Island Avenue NE as a great small business destination.  Several local businesses are already signed up to sponsor the party including Art Enables, Rita’s, DC Brau, and Lace.

This celebration is a short walk for Brooklanders and has a lot of significance for the neighborhood, as business development along Rhode Island Avenue NE will directly improve the retail and amenity establishments available.

(Hat tip to Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider for the story.)


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Colonel Brooks’ Tavern To Be Demolished Within 30 Days

The DCmud blog reports that the stage is set for demolishing the Colonel Brooks’ Tavern within the next month, during which time the raze permit is expected to be approved by the city. The joint Horner Brothers/Menkiti Group/Esocoff and Associates project will begin construction immediately on their 901 Monroe project after demolition, and the building should be delivered in two years. It will contain over 200 residential units and the ground floor will be devoted to retail, including what the developers hope is a strong restaurant to replace the Tavern.

However you feel about Colonel Brooks’ Tavern and the new development, now would be a good time to get a last meal at the Tavern before the curtain drops.

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Brookland Gardens, August 2012 Edition

August is a hard time of year for us DC gardeners. It’s usually blazingly hot, making any activity in the yard a total chore. There is often a drought at this time of year, causing many plants to go dormant or wilt entirely without watering. It’s also a time of pestilence, with every gardener’s bane from spider mites to aphids wreaking havoc on our beloved plants.

So when you find a lush garden in bloom at this unpleasant time of year, you really have to sit up and take notice. And so I did, as I took a wrong turn and accidentally passed by this gorgeous August garden at 1003 Newton earlier today:

Yes, that’s a big bee happily doing its thing  in the last pic–I love seeing gardens that provide a habitat for birds, butterflies, and other critters…..

I don’t recognize most of the flowers except for the roses and zinnias. Can anyone help identify them? You’ll help make my own August garden look better in the future!

Congrats, 1003 Newton, for having such a gorgeous garden at the height of the dog days of summer!