The Greater Brookland LGBT community is having their annual Halloween party on Friday night October 26th. Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Guests are asked to please bring a food item or drink to share. For the location RSVP via our contact page. This party is sure to be a blast!
Check out this intriguing photo of the Franciscan Monastery (taken with Instagram). I just love it.
Photo credit: RANdom Walkway
St. Anthony of Padua Church is having its annual crab feast and fish fry fundraiser on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012, from 2 to 6 pm. Tickets are available at the church office, online here and can be delivered. The event will be located in St. Anthony’s School cafeteria at 3400 Monroe St NE.
On October 12th, Mayor Gray’s Office issued a press release announcing the largest playground improvement project in DC history. This is from the press release:
As part of his Playground Improvement Project, Mayor Gray tasked DPR with identifying the playgrounds across the city most in need of renovations. Initially this project was to be a multi-year endeavor as the District worked to improve all of the playgrounds in DPR’s inventory. However, Mayor Gray prioritized this initiative and worked with his budget team to identify additional end-of-year capital funds to both add additional playgrounds to the project and accelerate the pace of renovations. As a result, a total of 32 playgrounds will now be renovated in Fiscal Year 2013.
These are the parks that are slated for improvement in Ward 5:
• Harry Thomas Sr. Playground, 1743 Lincoln Road NE
• Turkey Thicket Playground, 1100 Michigan Avenue NW
• Brentwood Playground, 2311 14th Street NE
The press release also notes that the overhaul to Brookland’s Noyes Playground (2725 10th Street NE) is already past the design phase. Speaking of which, it would be great to know how that project is coming along. Last I heard, months ago, proposals had been submitted in response to the RFP, but there has been no activity. If my memory serves me, the over-haul should have been completed by now.
Yesterday was a perfect day for fellowship and family fun, and boy, does the First Church of Washington know how to throw a block party! I spoke with Reverend Yolanda who explained that this annual event is part of the Church’s Appreciation Day festivities. The congregation was welcoming to one all, and there was something for everyone, including free lunch! I was partial to the moon bounce, police horses and the fire truck, myself. There was also free blood pressure screening, flea market items, representatives from the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Church’s missionary ministry. I had an interesting conversation with them about the ministry’s works in Honduras. I also learned that the Church will be offering free Zumba classes on Saturdays, starting November 10th, and they will be open to the public. Contact the Church to sign up. The First Church of Washington is located at 1219 Hamlin Street NE in Brookland.
The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and Friends of Rhode Island Avenue NE (FoRIA) teamed up for a cleanup effort this Saturday. They focused on the area between 12th Street and the Red Line tracks on RIA. They cleaned up a lot of debris as well as did some gardening around the Brookland sign at the corner of 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NE. A BIG THANKS to these organizations for making a difference in our community!
This remodeled home at 2009 Lawrence St NE in nearby Woodridge sold yesterday for $639, 500. Wow, this house looks nice! Huge rooms and full of light. The kitchen is stunning.
October is Pitbull Awareness Month because there are a lot of misconceptions about this breed. Pitbulls were once considered “America’s dog” and were largely associated with children, for example Petey from Little Rascals and Helen Keller’s dog. The traits that make them wonderful pets: loyalty, intelligence, and desire to please their owner- are what some people have used to exploit them. They are actually gentle, loving dogs and make amazing family pets. In fact, in temperament testing this breed scores consistently high – even higher than Golden Retrievers. In recognition of Pitbull Awareness Month, we will be highlighting Brookland pit bulls. If you know of an adorable pit bull you would like featured here, let us know! Meet Bonnie and Clyde, rescued Pitbulls from the DC area.
Bonnie is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (7 years old) and Clyde is an American Staffordshire Terrier (10 years old). Although they were adopted years apart, they came with those names and seemed destined for each other! Both come from tragic beginnings, as is often the case with rescued pit bulls. Clyde was rescued at a fighting camp were he was kept outside, his chain had grown into his neck, and he had a bad abdominal infection. Bonnie’s mom was a fighting dog and Bonnie was born in a shelter. Lucky for Bonnie and Clyde, they actually had it much easier than many Pits that are tortured, starved, beaten and forced to fight for their owners. The amazing thing about dogs, Pits included, is that they never hold a grudge. Bonnie and Clyde are gentle, loving, sweet dogs who are amazing with kids and seem to know to be extra gentle with the very little ones.
Clyde’s favorite activity is sun-bathing. He could lay in the hot sun for hours and be perfectly happy. Bonnie is much more active and loves running, jumping and playing tug. She’s also great to snuggle up with on a cold day. But mostly they LOVE to be with each other. They are completely attached at the hip. Bonnie and Clyde also love to watch out the side window and smile at their Brookland neighbors and kids when they come and go.
Construction fencing has gone up around the perimeter of the 901 Monroe development site. The only demo work I saw so far was a house on Lawrence Street. As with most homes built before the 1970’s it appears that there is some asbestos removal that needs to be done. We will keep our eyes on the construction site and update soon.
This is the first installment of an ongoing series about 8 friends and their communal garden.
Last Sunday a group of friends met at a Brookland home over mimosas to plan a communal vegetable garden. Most of us don’t have the space for a large vegetable garden, some bring a wealth of gardening knowledge, other not so much. What we all have in common is raucous enduring friendships and a love for all things green. It all started when Tender, a Brookland homeowner, realized that he could make better use of his large back yard and figured why not make it a group effort? The result was a planning session a few days later where we fleshed out a tentative planting schedule and decided what to plant. The group agreed to a few ground rules 1) When the garden is planted, the care and maintenance work will be done as group 2) we will split the costs of materials 3) we will take turns providing food so it doesn’t fall on Tender every time and 4) have fun! The steps of our plan are outlined below. We will follow-up with updates here on the blog as we go, hopefully we will have some great results and tips to share!
Phase 1) Prepare the bed. We decided we need to get started now – and we are calling it operation “measure/kill/till”. The measurement came into play as a rough estimate of the space needed once we determined what veggies we would try to grow. We didn’t want to resort to killing the grass by using a chemical treatment, but we felt we had to. If it were earlier in the season, we would have laid down a tarp, and if the sod was thick enough we would have tried to cut and roll it off. So, chemicals it was. So we started. Once the grass is dead, we will start tilling and do other bed preparations.
Phase 2) The group plans to get together again in a few weeks. The agenda will be firming up planting schedule, final fall prep and planting anything that can go in the ground now. Potential plants to put in now are horseradish, rhubarb, and turnip greens. Sometime during the fall or winter we will build a shed.
Phase 3) In the spring we will lay down newspaper, mulch, and plant. Our tentative planning schedule is:
Pre frost – spinach, carrots, beets, radishes,
After frost – brussel sprouts, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, butternut squash, regular squash, tomatoes, watermelon, tomatillos
Phase 4) Maintain, weed, water
Phase 5) Eating, drinking and being merry!