Wednesday, October 13, 2010
She has a plan allright...while Marc's piece is pretty balanced, I am sick of this martyrdom of Michelle Rhee crap...Andrea Mitchell's interview of her during NBC's Education Nation series a few weeks ago was sickening enough to watch. Michelle Rhee has balls, she's done some tough stuff here and kick-started much needed change but she burned a lot of bridges along the way and she seemed to get some perverse thrill out of it. I agree, all the talk about whether she would leave or stay was serving as a distraction but she's the one who gave those stories the most traction with her comments and body language. The lapdog media ran with it and so it gave her a very timely excuse to duck out. I am sure she will parley this into some lucrative self-aggrandizing deal (oops, I thought it was all about the kids Michelle). Reminds me of another public figure who blamed the media circus around her self-created drama to quit and then ralley her own band of followers and accrue the money and status that goes with these days: Sarah, oh Mrs. Palin, please do take a bow!
No wonder Rahm called this F***nutsville, although I might say that label could apply to our country more generally. Is there substance to anything anymore or it all just money and fluff?
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions of Washington, DC in my opinion, however, don't cut it.
Of course, this intransigence goes ways back and extends to ANCs all around the city but most recently, we have the case of Big Bear Cafe's recent ABRA license support request to ANC5C that quickly went nuclear...complete with three postponed votes and a massive oppo dump once they did decide to go on the record.
This is further buttressed by a report from Rosedale Citizens' Alliance, of an ANC7D Commissioner apparently trying to shut down the Kingman Park-Rosedale Community Garden located in an interior block near E and 20th Streets NE. The purported reason are mosquitoes as a result of the garden's rain barrels and a generic claim that contaminated soil is being used to grow the vegetables/fruits. The neighborhood coordinator of the garden is adament that the rain barrels are covered with a mesh material to prevent access to the water by female mosquitoes and how ludicrous does it sound that a bunch of community garden folks would want to be growing food that they are actually consuming in "contaminated soil"...whatever the heck that means?
Do the ANC Commissioners who make these spurious claims ever bother to make sure their arguments are at least logical? This contaminated soil claim along with many of the allegations made about Big Bear simply sound like what they are...utter hogwash.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Well, just into July now and I have been on sabbatical...not really, though I wish I was. Had some good job leads over the last month that took a lot of my attention and I have needed to focus on personal issues. Anyway, I am back...
Friday, May 14, 2010
I missed the last ANC meeting where Big Bear was hoping to gain ANC support, which took place at St. George's Episcopal Church this past Tuesday, but you can find all the interesting details in this WCP piece.
While the final chapter has yet to be written and I remain hopeful that the ANC will ultimately see the importance of supporting Big Bear's ABRA request, it seems some commissioners were content to drag their feet earlier this week. Some hemmed and hawed about the slippery slope to crime and public drunkeness that would occur should Big Bear be allowed to serve a dreaded drop. What is always so ironic about ANC posturing on alcohol (not just in our ANC mind you) is that there is never any mention of the numerous establishments already selling alcohol and what the ANC commissioners are doing about the public nuisance that these establishments already represent in our communities. This tunnel vision and regressive thinking on the part of some commissioners who then seek to foist their myopic views on those in attendance only perpetuates the "plantation politics" thesis that I advanced back in December. Despite having 40 some odd persons stand up in support of Big Bear at this meeting (to the 4 in opposition), the ANC found it necessary to delay a decision on this matter...maybe, they need to go round up some more opposing voices or are hoping that the Big Bear supporters don't have the stomach to give up another Tuesday evening?
Keep in mind, the Big Bear's request was for the ANC's support of a stipulated license, which is essentially a provisional one provided that the ANC or any other entity or person doesn't lodge a complaint within a 45 day period. This means that the ANC could offer conditional support in the interim and entertain further complaints/comments to reiterate its support or revoke it and lodge a formal protest subsequently. Really no excuse for foot-dragging on this one...
Finally, make your voice heard on this > The ANC will now vote on this matter next Tuesday the 18th and Chairwoman Bonds has invited public comment
You can write to Ms. Anita Bonds at these email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Please also write the commissioner for your neighborhood...if you don't know who represents your area, you can find that information below:
ANC DC Gov
ANC 5C website
Monday, April 19, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
I just hope folks take proper care of these trees and they live as long as their leafy brethren lining Rhode Island Avenue...
You can sign up to be a steward of these trees to ensure their longevity here.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
The following is a press release from Councilmember Harry Thomas' office:
Council of the District of Columbia Office of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr.
For Immediate Release March 23,2010
Contact: Victoria A. Leonard202.727.8204(desk) -- 202.403.7866(cell) vleonard@...
Thomas Announces Department of Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camps for District Youth
Washington, DC - Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas, Jr., Chair of the Council's Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation, announced today that the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will offer Spring Break Camps for District youth ages five through 13, from March 29 through April 2, 2010, from 9 am to 5 pm. The DPR Spring Break Camps will occur during the District of Columbia Public Schools' spring break, providing youth with a variety of structured games, activities, sports, arts and crafts, and field trips while school is not in session. There is a $25 camp fee for the entire week. Registration can completed online at dpr.dc.gov or at the facility at which parents would like to enroll their children. Early registration is recommended because space is limited.
For additional information, please call the DPR Camp Office at (202) 671-0372.
Facilities open for DPR Spring Break Camp are:
Banneker Recreation Center 2500 Georgia Avenue NW (202) 673-6861
Kennedy Recreation Center 1401 7th Street NW (202) 671-4794
Chevy Chase Community Center 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW (202) 282-2204
Palisades Recreation Center 5200 Sherrier Place NW (202) 282-2186
Emery Recreation Center 5801 Georgia Avenue NW (202) 576-3211
Takoma Recreation Center 300 Van Buren Street NW (202) 576-7068
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE (202) 576-9238
Harry Thomas, Sr. Recreation Center 1743 Lincoln Road NE (202) 576-5642
Sherwood Recreation Center 640 10th Street NE (202) 698-3075
Fort Davis Recreation Center 1400 41st Street SE (202) 645-9212
Hillcrest Recreation Center 3100 Denver Street SE (202) 645-9200
Ridge Road Recreation Center 800 Ridge Road SE (202) 645-3959
Bald Eagle Recreation Center 100 Joliet Street SW (202) 645-3960
For More Information on Spring Break Camps for DC Youth...http://dpr.dc. gov/dpr/cwp/ view,a,1241, q,638907. asp
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
It appears Rhode Island Station has cleared it's final hurdles after nearly a decade of being on the drawing board. Always a a fan of density around transit hubs...
More info here. Artistic renderings here.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
D.C. neighborhood fund open for development bids - Washington Business Journal:
Friday, March 5, 2010
Now if only my new community bank, Bank of Georgetown, would open a branch over this way.
Anyway, Constitution Square looks like it will be a pretty impressive development helping to solidify the ongoing cluster of development occuring around the NY Avenue Metro stop.
For more information on the development see here and here.
The Harris Teeter is projected to open in November 2010. If I am still in the vicinity come November, I will definitely drop in.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Now that our snow banks have largely melted, it's perilous walking out there. No, I am not talking about ice as our temperatures have been relatively balmy this past week, instead I am talking about massive puddles, mud pots, and trash...one also has to pay careful attention to piles of dog crap that litter our sidewalks on nearly every block. Thankfully, I have yet to step in anything but have had to pay just as much attention walking these days as when we really only had ice to worry about.
Really, it's amazing how few people pick up after their pets but when you look at how casually many people discard their trash in this city, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Seattle was pristine when compared to DC and when I was in NYC visiting, I don't recall the same level of dog feces and trash that seem to carpet DC residential and some commercial sidewalks.
If I have any complaints about DC so far, it's the level of uncleanliness in this city.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Just read that Pound (1300 B 2nd Street, NE, right across from NY Avenue Metro stop), the closest thing we have to a local coffee shop in Eckington is having special promotions all this coming week...please try to get out and support them. Apparently, they got hit hard with the snowstorm in terms of lost business (ATF HQ was closed and Metro station across from them was above ground). These are the kinds of businesses we need in our neighborhoods so please check them out this coming week...they have both drink and eats specials so whatever you have a hankering for, they should be able to fix you right up. More on Pound from their owners below and their specials calendar for the week follows...you can check out their website here.
Pound is a very unique premium coffee shop and cafe that specializes in what we like to call "comfort food from around the world." Pound is in the rapidly growing area of NoMa, right across from the NY Ave Metro on
Half Price Latté Week! All espresso based drinks are 50% off regular prices from Monday (2/22) through Friday (2/26). Featured Daily Drinks Monday: Nutella Latte Tuesday: Chocolate Raspberry Mocha Wednesday: Gingerbread Latte Thursday: Peppermint Patty Mocha Friday: Crème Caramel Latte Daily
Lunch Rice & Spice Special ($6.95 everyday) Monday: Feisty Fajitas w/ Shrimp and Chicken Tuesday: Spanish Paella con Pollo y Chorizo Wednesday: Curry Wednesday! Chicken and Sweet Potato Yellow Curry Thursday: Tuna Casserole Friday: Falafel Slider Friday! Homemade Falafel, as good as it get
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Well, I think I am still on planet Earth...crazy drifts, buried cars outside but all seems Earthly enough. Sunday afternoon, I got out to evaluate the situation post-Snowmageddon. I had been calling that storm Snowpocalypse but apparently that was the name of our Dec. 19th storm...I didn't even know it had gotten a name. Anyway, our latest edition striking Tuesday night and yesterday was Sn'overkill...doubt I will get any pictures of that today but maybe by tomorrow, I will have a few.