Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Free Trees For Pepco Customers – Reserve Now Before They Are Gone!

Pepco has 2,300 free trees for distribution to their customers to promote energy conservation. They are working with the Arbor Day Foundation on this project, which will provide two free trees per applicant on a first-come, first served basis through November 5th. To request your trees visit this website. Once you reserve your trees online, the Arbor Day Foundation will ship the trees to you.

To be eligible, you must be a residential customer of Pepco, you are expected to plant the trees in a strategic location, and you must care for the trees once planted. The Arbor Day website linked above has an online tool that will help you plan where to plant the trees. Once you map where you will plant the trees, the tool will calculate your estimated benefits including energy savings, cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management. Yay trees!

Critical Exposure – Empowering Our Youth Through Photography

Youth Photography Critical Exposure Brookland NE Washington DC
Self Portrait of Tavish, a 9th grader at Brookland’s Luke C. Moore High School

I recently learned about Critical Exposure, a non-profit organization that teaches youth about photography and how they can use it to advocate for school reform and social change. Brookland’s own Luke C. Moore High School is one of the four partner schools in Critical Exposure’s program. The photo above was taken at an  exhibition of works by Critical Exposure students currently on display at the Children’s National Medical Center (111 Michigan Avenue, NW). From their website:

The policy changes required to ensure adequacy and equity in our schools and communities won’t happen without widespread recognition of injustice and a collective sense of responsibility to address it. Critical Exposure seeks to empower youth to provide this necessary light. Our students have documented inadequate school facilities, poor school nutrition, teen pregnancy, youth homelessness and unemployment, and the causes and consequences of dropping out of school, among other issues. Our youth have contributed their images and stories to successful campaigns for more than $400 million in additional funding for public schools.

They, of course, could use donations, but there are also a myriad of ways you could volunteer to support this organization and its good work.

Catholic University Homecoming Next Weekend – Tons of Events, Something For Everyone

Catholic University Brookland NE Washington DC
CUA Homecoming 2012 Homecoming Logo Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

One of the cool things about Brookland is the CUA alumni who discovered our neighborhood while in college and decided to make it their home after graduation. Homecoming is always a special time to reconnect with your alma mater and reminisce with current students, friends, and fellow alums. This year CUA’s homecoming will be held on Friday October 26 – Sunday October 28th and there are a ton of activities in store. Check out the full schedule here.  

Here are some highlights:

2012 CUA Athletics Golf Classic – Friday October 26th at 12:30 p.m.
Located at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Md. 21035.
To register for this event click here.

“Halfway Home” Happy Hour – Start the weekend of right with fellow Cardinals. Friday October 26th from 8 – 10 p.m at Clyde’s of Gallery Place 707 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Campus Tours – I am sure that this will be of interest for many alumni. The university is going through rapid change, and this will be a good way to get up to speed. Tours will be given on Saturday October 27th at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Meet at front entrance steps, McMahon Hall.

Pre-Game Tent Party –  On Saturday October 27th enjoy a pre-game picnic with food, music, and fun for all ages, including a moonbounce and face-painting for the kiddies. A ticket to the Homecoming football game is included with each picnic ticket. The picnic is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Homecoming tent, Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center Field.

Homecoming Football Game – Of course, the highlight of any homecoming weekend is the football game. Cheer on the CUA Cardinals as they take on the Generals of Washington and Lee College. Saturday October 27th  at 1 p.m at Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Young Alumni Party – The young alumni party will be such good times, it needs two establishments to contain it. Starting at 8 p.m on Saturday October 27th at  My Brother’s Place (237 2nd St., Washington, D.C.) and  Kelly’s Irish Times (14 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.)

Real Estate Watch – Brookland’s Round House Names Its Price – $899,900

Historic Homes Brookland NE  Washington DC

Our readers need no introduction to Brookland’s Historic Round House. When we posted the website for this beauty earlier this week, readers kept asking me: “Great! So how much are they asking?” Well, now we know, check out the listing, with an asking price of a cool $899,900.  After touring the house during renovations, I think that is a fair asking price. So much work and careful thought and attention went into the renovation, not to mention its unique status, beautiful mature landscaping, and large lot (with a garage!). I expect we will see a lot of folks at the open house tomorrow.

For Pitbull Awareness Month – Brookland Pet Of The Week – Bo!

The Brookland Bridge is featuring pitbulls for our “Pet Of The Week” this October because it is Pitbull Awareness Month. If you know of an adorable pit bull you would like featured here, let us know! 

Pitbull awareness month Brookland NE Washington DC

Bo was adopted from the Washington Humane Society about 6 months ago.  While his owners were initially skeptical about adopting a pitbull, Bo has been such a joy to have in their house.  He’s still very much a puppy and brings that fun-loving, young puppy spirit to their lives.  In addition to hanging out with his older “brother” Tucker, Bo loves hiking, being outdoors, going for runs around Brookland and chasing the occasional squirrel. We think Bo is such a sweet, handsome embassador for all those pitbulls in shelters just waiting for a loving home.

Real Estate Watch – Final Phase Launched at Chancellor’s Row

Development Brookland NE Washington DC
Rendering Courtesy of EYA Chancellor’s Row

It seems like they just broke ground yesterday, but today it was announced that the final phase at EYA’s Chancellor’s Row is set to begin. This phase consists of 64 townhouse units, located near 5th and 6th Streets just off Franklin Street NE. With this addition,  the 10-acre development of 237 homes will be complete. These units will be three or four bedroom homes, some with traditional brick and others with stone facades, and will include the final 12 Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) homes. According to the EYA blog, 65% of the homes at Chancellor’s Row have been sold and over 120 households have moved in. If you are interested in the construction of this development be sure to check out our series of posts following a new homeowner at Chancellor’s Row as his home is being built.

The DC VA Hospital Center – Restoring Lives In Our Community

Yesterday Shani and I had the chance to visit the Washington DC VA Hospital Center. I know, it is not located in Brookland, but our experience was so powerful and the hospital is so close to our neighborhood, that I thought it is important to share it with our community.

photo courtesy of the VA website

Just up Irving Street and across North Capitol St., the VA hospital is easily accessible by car, as well as a shuttle that picks up and drops off at the Brookland CUA Metro station. Upon arrival we found the driveway and the main entrance busy with outpatients and visitor traffic.  We were greeted in the glass covered atrium lobby by our wonderful Brookland neighbor Diane, who is the Director of Patient-Centered Care .

Diane knows almost everybody at the hospital, staff as well as patients, and we had to stop many times for her to talk to many of them on our walk through the hallways. It quickly became clear to us that Diane cares deeply about the veterans, who have given the biggest sacrifice anyone can to our country – their health.

Continuing our tour through the facility, we learned about the many facets of rehabilitation and training, so many veterans have to go through, in order to make their way back into an independent lifestyle. It can take months, sometimes years, to re-learn how to walk and complete the most simple daily tasks, and the VA workers we met are dedicated to helping all through the process. Just hearing about what many of these men and women have to endure in order to regain the most basic skills, because of lost limbs, vision and mental capabilities, makes you feel very humble about your own health and well-being. It also instills a great deal of respect for the entire VA staff. With skill and patience, they conduct physical therapy, train amputees on how to drive a specially equipped car, teach injured veterans how to operate daily activities with one or more missing limbs, and offer temporary employment programs to offer a sense of a regular schedule and duties, in order to increase the chances for a successful reintegration into the workforce.

While we were there, it was also exciting to see that the VA has organized a team to assist the veterans with registering to vote and to casting their early ballot for the upcoming Presidential Election.

The VA Hospital offers a number of volunteer opportunities, but Diane told us that we could come anytime, without appointment, to visit veterans. Yesterday we saw first hand, that just a little time spend and a friendly conversation can make a big difference in a veteran’s life.

We didn’t have the pleasure to meet the most prominent resident at the VA Hospital, Mrs. Alyce Dixon. Mrs. Dixon enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in 1943, and was assigned after the war to the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion when it was established in January 1945. The 6888th was the only unit of African-American women in the Women’s Army Corps to serve overseas during World War II. The 6888th was tasked with eliminating floor-to-ceiling stacks of undelivered mail and packages addressed to US service members, but stored in British warehouses. This September Mrs. Dixon celebrated her 105th birthday.

photo courtesy of the Washington Post

We certainly hope to be able to make the acquaintance of Mrs. Dixon at an upcoming special event on November 16 …  Ladies Night. A wonderful volunteer opportunity that offers the female veterans an evening of fun activities and a welcome distraction of their daily routine. Hope to see you there …….