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BNCA Meeting Tuesday – Tastemakers, Development, And More

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association will be meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 pm, and there is a lot on the agenda. From an email:


  1. Welcome
  2. Treasurer’s Report and Membership Report
  3. Dance Place Announcements – Amanda Blythe & Sarah Greenbaum
  4. Resolution on Low-Intensity LED Street Lighting – DC Street Light Task Force
  5. Tastemakers Food Incubator Opening at 10th and Franklin – Kirk Francis
  6. Development at RI Ave. & 4th St. NE (Edgewood) – John Begert (MRP Realty)
  7. Organizational Matters and Events
    1. Changing May and November Meetings to Tuesdays
    2. DC Fed. Civic Assocs Annual Luncheon – BNCA Attendees?
    3. Tentative: Nov. 11 Ft. Bunker Hill Cleanup
    4. Updates on Traffic Issues/Meetings w DDOT
  8. Other community concerns and announcements
  9. Adjourn

The meeting will be at Noyes Elementary School (2725 10th St. NE), Please use the Franklin St. NE entrance on the north side of the building. For more info check out the BNCA website, BNCA Facebook page, and follow @brooklandcivic on Twitter.

ANC 5B04 Meeting Thursday To Discuss New Indian Restaurant, Indigo

The exterior of Indigo Chapter 2 was painted in early June

There will be a meeting of Single Member District ANC 5B04 this Thursday, August 10th at 7pm at Indigo, Brookland’s newest restaurant, opening soon (3301 12th Street, NE). From the community announcement:

ANC5B04 Meeting at new Indego Indian Restaurant (old Serendipity Jazz)

Restaurant Discussion
Community Concerns

I would urge all the folks out there who support new neighborhood businesses to attend and let the owners know that you appreciate them investing in our community.

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Assn. Takes On Neighborhood Traffic Issues

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) is making a push to address on going traffic issues in the neighborhood. Check out the link to a letter sent to the mayor and DDOT below, as well as info about their upcoming June meeting.  If you’re looking for ways to get involved in the Brookland community, the BNCA is a great way to do it.  From an email:

…here is our agenda for our June meeting, next Tuesday, June 20, at 7 pm at Brooks Mansion (701 Newton St. NE). I have invited Mayor Muriel Bowser and DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo to our meeting to discuss the serious truck and other traffic concerns that many in Brookland are being affected by. So far I have not received word that they will be able to attend. If they do not, we will use that time to have a community discussion about these problems and next steps for BNCA to address them.

You can see the letter I sent to the Mayor and DDOT Director last week here, which provides an overview of several ways in which DDOT has not been meeting our community’s needs….

1. Welcome
2. Treasurer’s Report and Membership Report
3. Information about the Saturday Monroe Street Farmer’s Market – Nick Stavely (Community Foodworks)
4. Update on the Transition Town Network – Diane Roche (Stuart Center)
5. Truck/Traffic Issues In and Around Brookland –
– Mayor Muriel Bowser (invited)
– DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo (invited)
6. Community Concerns and Announcements
– MRP Development at 4th and Rhode Island
– BNCA  Comments on Comprehensive Plan
– BNCA – Solar Solution promo through the Summer!
– Others?
7. Adjourn

You can check out the BNCA website here, the BNCA Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter.

Don’t Miss The Great Brookland Yard Sale This Saturday

It’s that time of the year again. Time to rifle through our neighbors used items and see if you can find a treasure, or just something that you know you can give a new purpose. That’s right, the Great Brookland Yard Sale is this coming Saturday, May 6th, from 10am to 2pm. See more details on the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)’s GBYS webpage, and don’t forget to check out the map of the over 75 sale locations here. We also embedded it below. This event has always been a great opportunity to walk our beautiful neighborhood, meet up with friends and make new ones. Enjoy!

Go Solar And Support The BNCA With This Promotion

Solar Panels in Brookland

If you have ever thought about going solar, now is a great time.  We recently heard about a great deal from the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA). From an email:

If you contact Solar Solutions for a consult between now and May 22 and list BNCA as your referral, Solar Solutions will contribute $200 to BNCA, if you ultimately decide to buy any Solar Solution product or package. AND, they will give you $200 off your purchase too!

Solar Solutions will be tabling with us at Atlantic Electric Supply for our Great Brookland Yard Sale  on Saturday, May 6. You can talk with them there, or you can email:

Ben Breiterman – bbenjamin@solarsolutionllc.com

The BNCA does a lot for the community from neighborhood safety training, to neighborhood clean ups and providing a forum for community discussion on important topics like the comprehensive plan and proposed homeless shelter.

Also, check out the guest blog post we had a number of years ago about a neighbor who went solar.

BNCA Sponsors Ft. Bunker Hill Park Cleanup Saturday

One of our favorite neighborhood features is Fort Bunker Hill Park. A national park, it is the highest point in Brookland and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets, NE. Unfortunately, sometimes it is in need of some TLC. That’s why we were happy to hear that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will be sponsoring another cleanup event.

From an email:

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, in partnership with the National Park Service, is sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 8. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 10:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

If you have any questions, please contact me at ijmacfarlane@verizon.net or 571-334-6326.

10th Annual Great Brookland Yard Sale – Registration Now Open

Save the date for the Great Brookland Yard Sale – now in its 10th year,  it will take place on Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm (though individual sale hours may vary). The GBYS is a set date for Brookland residents to host concurrent yard sales and sign ups are underway. To register your sale use the GBYS online sign-up form, or call 202-733-5475. More details below the flyer.

  • This year there will be a staging location at Atlantic Electric, 3726 10th Street NE  (near Turkey Thicket) with vendors, booths and neighbors.
  • There is limited space for vendors and neighbors without a yard.
  • The published map of sales closes on May 1st, 2017. Registrations will be accepted afterward, but may not be included on the map.
  • Yard Sale registration is free, but donations are appreciated.
  • Want to donate unsold items? There will be a donation truck across from Turkey Ticket at Atlantic Electric; 3726 10TH ST NE. Bring unsold items before 3PM.
  • The rain date is May 13th.

The GBYS is organized by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) and is a positive event for the neighborhood. It brings people from across the city into Brookland to see what a great community we have, it gets us out and about to meet our neighbors, and those who have yard sales get rid of stuff and make a little bit of money.  Check out the GBYS website for more information.

BNCA Hosts Discussion – Comprehensive Plan’s Effects On Brookland

In November we wrote about the DC Office of Planning’s update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which is a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development. The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will host a meeting to discuss the update and potential effects it will have on Brookland. This is an important opportunity for Brookland residents to raise concerns about the current state of planning in our community, and to influence the city’s planning decisions going forward.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday January 17, at 7PM at Brooks Mansion (DCTV), 901 Newton St NE. See more at the BNCA Facebook page.

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Events Saturday- Fall Cleanup, Beer And Membership

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007When I first moved to Brookland I started attending Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meetings. Soon, I found myself taking an active role as treasurer and helping out with the website. Though I am no longer an officer, I still try to keep up with the BNCA’s activities and attend meetings when I can. I have found my membership to be rewarding for multiple reasons – I have met a lot of  great neighbors, gotten involved in community events and stayed abreast of neighborhood developments, not bad for $10 a year! It’s membership drive time for the BNCA so we thought we would pass along this message from BNCA President, Dan Schramm about events coming up this Saturday:

Brookland Friends and Neighbors –

BNCA invites you to join us on Saturday, November 12. When I say “Join Us,” I actually mean that in three (3) ways:

1st: Come join our cleanup event at Ft. Bunker Hill Park with the National Park Service, from 11:30 to 1:30 on Saturday, November 12 (details below)

2nd: Afterwards, come join our tour of Right Proper Brewery, one of Brookland’s newest and most innovative businesses. The tour starts at 2 pm, right after the clean up (more details below).

3rd: Come join – or renew – as a member of BNCA for 2017. This is the start of our First Annual Fall Membership Drive. Here’s the deal: If you become a member any time on or before our meeting at Right Proper on Saturday the 12th, BNCA will cover your first beer! Joining or renewing your membership just got a lot easier: Use our online form on the new website http://brooklandcivic.org/join-bnca/, or do it in person at Right Proper. Annual membership is just $10 ($11 online), so you can see this is a great deal for you.

Remember: BNCA is here for YOU on any and all issues facing Brookland. Your membership gives us strength!


11:30 AM: Clean Up at Ft. Bunker Hill. The BNCA, in partnership with the National Park Service, will be sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 12. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 9:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

If you have any questions, please contact our Member At-Large, Ian MacFarlane, at ijmacfarlane@verizon.net mailto:ijmacfarlane@verizon.net or 571-334-6326.

2:00 PM: Right Proper Brewery Tour. Right Proper is an awesome little DC brewery that recently opened its production house (and tasting room!) right here in Brookland. We thought it would be a fun idea to use our November Saturday meeting to take a tour of this new establishment, and socialize a bit while enjoying their fine products 🙂 Here is their website http://www.rightproperbrewing.com/, and their address is:
920 Girard Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 526-5904

Hope to see you at the cleanup next Saturday, and that you’ll stay around for the tour afterwards. Don’t forget to join or renew membership http://brooklandcivic.org/join-bnca/to get that free beer! It should be a lovely day.
Dan Schramm

President, BNCA

BNCA To Hold Special Election At July Meeting

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will be holding a special election to elect a new president at its July meeting.  If you’re looking for ways to get involved in the Brookland community, this is a great opportunity. Speaking from personal experience, I was the treasurer of the BNCA for about a year and a half and it was a very rewarding experience.  From a recent email from Daniel Schramm, Vice President and Acting President of the BNCA:

Dear Brookland Community,

As you may have heard, Anita Hairston stepped down from being president of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) last week as a result of several big changes in her life. She served the organization very well as president for a full term plus the first months of this year, and we are sad to see her go.

As vice-president of the BNCA, I am now acting as the organization’s president. After discussing with the other officers, we decided it would make sense to hold a special election at our July meeting to permanently fill the position for the remainder of the 1-year term (we hold annual elections each February). 

We want to make sure anyone in the community who is interested in serving as the president of the organization has an opportunity to run, and so I am sending this notice out now. Our bylaws require that you be a dues-paying member for at least 30 days in order to be an officer.  Thus, if you become a member anytime between now and our June 21 regular meeting, you will be eligible to run. (An annual membership is only $10.)

The position is unpaid, but provides a highly rewarding opportunity to advocate and be a problem-solver for the community. If you would like more information on the role, please contact me at this address or my personal email address, Daniel.p.schramm(at)gmail(dot)com.

We also have an open officer position for corresponding secretary. So there are two vacant positions on the board that need to be filled. If you are interested in becoming a BNCA officer but just not the president, I would love to hear from you. Please get in touch!

On behalf of the BNCA Board,

Daniel Schramm

VP, Acting Pres., BNCA

Many thanks to Anita for her service.