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  • Sun, November 11, 2018 12:02 AM | Anonymous
    RiverSmart Program Comes to Grace Lutheran Church
    By Danielle M. Reyes

    Grace Lutheran Church, located at 16th and Varnum Streets, has been selected as one of six houses of worship throughout the District to participate in DOEE’s RiverSmart Communities 2018 grant program. 

    Launched in 2009, RiverSmart programs help to reduce stormwater runoff that harms the District’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. Many Crestwod residents have participated in RiverSmart programs, which provide financial incentives to help District property owners install green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs), such as rain barrels, green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavement, shade trees, and more. These practices allow rainwater to stay on site and soak into the ground, where natural processes help remove pollutants. ​ BMPs play an essential role in protecting, preserving and restoring our watershed and provide tremendous benefits for our communities, neighborhoods and individual property owners. Every municipality in the watershed is encouraging BMPs.

    While prior RiverSmart Communities grant programs focused primarily on effective stormwater treatment, this year’s program emphasizes community engagement and outreach activities that will accompany the installation of stormwater projects.

    “We are grateful to be a recipient of the RiverSmart Project Grant which helps us to expand our efforts to restore the environment. The environment is a precious and fragile gift. We look forward to sharing more about the project with our Crestwood neighbors” says pastor Wendy Moen, who is also a participant on Crestwood’s Green Team.

    To learn more about the RiverSmart program visit https://doee.dc.gov/riversmart or to learn about installing BMP’s on your property, contact the Anacostia Watershed Society at www.anacostia.org.




  • Sat, November 10, 2018 11:53 PM | Anonymous

    CCA Advocates for Redevelopment of the Peirce Mill Tennis Center

    Peter Richman, Issues Team Lead (issues@crestwooddc.org)

    As you head south on Beach Drive or east on Park Road, you may notice road signs pointing to a tennis facility.  But follow those directions and you won’t find a spot for your next match.  Instead, the signs lead to a set of neglected clay courts overgrown with weeds and strewn with debris.

    The site, known as the Peirce Mill Tennis Center, is owned by Rock Creek Park and sits off of Park Road by the southwestern corner of Crestwood.  The National Park Service, which administers Rock Creek Park, previously maintained the courts through the same contractor who manages the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center at 16th and Kennedy Streets NW.  However, the service was discontinued several years ago and the courts have since fallen into a state of disrepair.

    A number of Crestwood residents recently took an interest in the site due to its proximity to the neighborhood.  At the October meeting of the Crestwood Citizens Association (CCA), neighbors approved a general resolution to support redevelopment of the facility.  Julia Washburn, Superintendent of Rock Creek Park, also attended the meeting and shared her enthusiasm for the rehabilitation of the center.

    The CCA is currently working to develop a more specific redevelopment proposal to present to Superintendent Washburn and the National Park Service.  At the October meeting, neighbors expressed support for a picnic grove with a pavilion, picnic benches, grills, outdoor fitness equipment, and a grassy field.  Another proposal under consideration is the rehabilitation of the tennis courts – either as clay courts or by conversion to hard courts.  The CCA proposal will also include suggestions for safe access to the facility, such as a pedestrian crosswalk over Park Road, better linkage to the Meadowlink Trail, improved lighting, and removal of the site’s parking lot.  Superintendent Washburn shared a number of parameters that must be considered in development of the site, such as budget, ongoing maintenance requirements, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The CCA invites all neighbors to share their ideas for the Peirce Mill Tennis Center with Issues Team Lead Peter Richman by e-mail at issues@crestwooddc.org.

  • Thu, November 01, 2018 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    Kids came out in their scariest and funnest costumes for

    Crestwood's Annual Halloween Party at The Point this past Sunday.

    Check out the gallery here but don't be scared!

  • Thu, November 01, 2018 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    On Sunday, October 28, 2018, almost 200 neighbors and friends came out on a glorious afternoon and toured six Crestwood homes and an incredible Crestwood church, all to help combat homelessness. The event raised over $8500 for Thrive DC.
     
    A special thank you to Denise Woods who orchestrated the event, as well as to the event's Neighborhood Sponsors, John Mahshie & Jay Fazio (TTR Sotheby's International Realty). 

    Thank you also to Curb Appeal Sponsors Mark Meyerdick (Urban Brokers Real Estate), Equinox Restaurant, and Living Legacy, as well as Thrive DCMGM volunteers, and  the homeowners: Christian Salinas and Brandon GreenPastor Wendy MoenClaude Burcky and David SummersRita Nobles and Vernon Kelley,  Adam Kushner and Maria SimonJanice Sterling, and Mark O'Neill and Ian Herbert

    Thanks also to the CASA Crestwood Planning Committee: Deb SaxonJohn FavazzoKathleen EderLauren AmosBernice Brunson, and Jude Landis.

    Are you interested in doing your part to fight against homelessness by opening your home for next year's home tour? If so or if you just want to learn more about the process, please contact Denise Woods at woodsassoc@gmail.com.

  • Thu, October 18, 2018 6:44 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Neighbors,

    Thank you to everyone that came out this past Tuesday for the Joint ANC SMD 4A08/Crestwood Citizens Association Meeting! We talked about a wide range of issues, from clean air regulation to tennis courts, Rock Creek Park and Rock Creek Conservancy, and, of course, our furry friends. 

    A special thank you to Julia Washburn, Rock Creek Park Superintendent, who was our guest and spoke about a variety of issues relating to our neighbor Rock Creek Park. If you are interested in being on Rock Creek Park's email distribution list (which includes a schedule of events), click here

    Below is a summary of some of the topics we discussed. 

    Pavan Khoobchandani
    President, Crestwood Citizens Association
     

    Dog Waste Stations


    Thanks to the generosity of a network of neighbors and sponsors, we now have eight neighborhood dog waste stations!

    Two of them dispense bags for neighbors and dog walkers to use in picking up dog waste, and six of them have both doggie bags and trash cans to dispense with used bags. Please use them!

    Please remember that cleaning up after your pet is the law. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria and parasites that make people and pets sick. When it is left outside, pet waste can be tracked into homes and cars or washed into our streams and rivers. Learn more here

    Below is a list of the stations and the generous people that have agreed to maintain them - meaning empty out the waste bin every week - a stinky job!




    A special thank you goes to Commissioner Gale Black for supporting funding for these stations and the bags to fill them from the ANC.

    Thanks also to Doug Barker for his Green Team leadership, George Chaconas for keeping the doggie bags filled for 10 YEARS and for monitoring all of the stations, and Carla Ferris from Waggamuffin Pet Care who purchased AND has agreed to maintain the new station at Blagden/Decatur/17th St. 


    Locations of Dog Stations - stations with doggie bags and trash cans are shown in blue and stations that only dispense bags are in green.

    Carter Barron Reconstruction

     


    Rock Creek Conservancy Board Member Ethan Landis and Rock Creek Park Superintendent Julia Washburn discussed the plans for a restoration of the Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Julia noted that the project is in the planning stages and that there are a lot of options that are being evaluated including Ethan's suggestion of a cover/roof over the seating area, the development of space below the stage, and other betterments to the venue.

    Current estimates put project completion in 2021. Learn more about the Carter Barron Project. 

    The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018


    We discussed a proposed ANC Resolution In Support Of The Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, which calls for, among other things, a switch from an "opt-in" to purchasing electricity from renewable sources for Pepco customers to an "opt-out" model, as well as for 100% of DC's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2032. 

    There was general agreement that it was a very complex issue, perhaps deserving its own meeting with experts before we can take action as a neighborhood. One neighbor noted that there are people that can come and speak with us for more clarity, including what the financial implications of the proposal are. Please contact Issues Team Peter Richman at issues@crestwooddc.org if you have any comments or questions. 

    Peirce Mill Tennis Center


    Issue Team Lead Peter Richman proposed a resolution, which passed and has been issued, calling for Crestwood to support the redevelopment of the Peirce Mill Tennis Center site, which is currently closed

    Julia Washburn, Rock Creek Park Superintendent, discussed some of the parameters and issues surrounding any development of the site. Peter has been collecting ideas for potential uses for the site (such as keeping tennis courts, making it into a pavillion, etc.). We'll send a separate update with more details soon. 

    If you would like to have any input please contact Peter at issues@crestwooddc.org

    ANC SMD 4A08 Commissioner Black

     


    Commissioner Black presented her October 2018 ANC SMD 4A08 report as well as discussed recent legislation including those relating to required homeowner replacement of lead water pipes coming into their homes, the proposal to close Providence Hospital, the "Airbnb Bill," and roll out of small cell technology in the District.  

    You can check to see whether you have lead pipes coming into your home here: https://www.dcwater.com/servicemap

    Crestwood's Partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy


    Crestwood has long worked closely with Rock Creek Conservancy for the benefit of Rock Creek Park, and we continue that partnership with our encouragement to attend the annual Rock Creek Gala on December 8, 2018. 

    Also, the proceeds from this year's Crestwood Turkey Trot will go to benefit the Conservancy, and we're planning some really cool things for 2019. Stay tuned!

    CASA Crestwood Is Just Over A Week Away!


    In just over a week, on Sunday, October 28 at 2pm, see inside six Crestwood homes and a church, all the while supporting Thrive DC

    Click here to see some sneak peeks at the homes being featured and click here to register today!

    Upcoming Events

    The Crest - Be On The Lookout!

     

    The November edition of The Crest, Crestwood's quarterly newsletter, will be coming to your doorsteps in November.

    Thank you to Max NachemanGeorge ChaconasPatricia Vaughn-CookeNicole Skinner, and Gale Harman who are serving as a network of block contacts to help hand-deliver the newsletter.

    We need more help! If you can spare some time each quarter to help deliver to your block or more please email newsletter@crestwooddc.org. It's a great way to get some exercise and meet neighbors!


  • Fri, October 12, 2018 2:31 PM | Anonymous
    This upcoming Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm we will be having a joint SMD 4A08/Crestwood Citizens Association Meeting. The location is TBD.

    We will be discussing:  We hope you can make it to the meeting to learn and comment on these important issues!

    If you can't make it but would like to voice your opinion in advance, please contact Issues Team Lead Peter Richman at issues@crestwooddc.org


  • Fri, October 05, 2018 11:28 AM | Anonymous

    Tour of Homes to End Homelessness

    Sunday, October 28th
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     

     All proceeds go directly to THRIVE DC

    CASA Crestwood is an annual neighborhood tour of homes raising funds for the prevention of homelessness in DC, giving you the opportunity to scratch the itch and get inside some of the dreamy homes of Crestwood.

    Read more about the amazing organization that you will be supporting by attending CASA Crestwood, Thrive DC.
    Joie de vivre!
    This home joyfully screams family! It’s the perfect spot to raise kids and make lasting memories. The 1925 Wardman-style detached house has a living space organized around the center stairwell which permits dinner guests to flow between rooms and children to race in circles. The owners decorated to emphasize joie de vivre, vibrant colors, a bit of whimsy, and functional comfort.The home’s stately historic fixtures dance in unison with noisy modern flourishes such as street art from the French Quarter and a giant Sputnik-style Deco chandelier. Who else has a wedding photo of themselves marching down the street surrounded by trumpets and tubas in a second line parade ala New Orleans!

    The home overflows with allusions to the owners’ hometowns New Orleans and Detroit. There is a stunning Max Stern’s photo of Mardi Gras Indians. And a not - to - be - missed and easy - to - be - seen from the street custom-designed pink neon sculpture that honors Robert Graham’s Motor City monument to Joe Louis, the boxer-cum-civil-rights-activist. And if that were not enough, the back yard is a lovely oasis designed by a landscape architect who last owned the house. There are two levels of green to their yard which have been sculpted to please the eye and embrace the children's toys. 

    This home also shouts Fiesta! The post-CASA Crestwood party will be held here from 4:30pm to 6pm.  Come share a glass, have a treat, meet your neighbors and hear the executive director for Thrive, Alicia Horton, speak about Thrive. Arriba Arriba!

    Click Here For Prior Sneak Peeks


    CASA Crestwood will build suspense by releasing a new home description every week until Sunday, October 28th!

    Register Now!

     $20 in advance - who doesn't love to save?
    $25 the day of - more goes to Thrive


    Register and Pay Here

    For donations above $25 your name will be entered into a raffle for a brunch for four at Equinox Restaurant and included as a Mi CASA es tu CASA-level sponsor in the CASA Crestwood brochure. Winner to be chosen on October 28. You don’t have to be present to win.

    Donate Here

    If you are a philanthropic business owner who wants to help end homelessness and see your name in lights, this is your chance! Sponsorship levels are offered on a first come, first served basis, and will include the following benefits:


    Curb Appeal Sponsor: $500 monetary or in-kind support (eight sponsorships available) to include six event tickets, logo on CCA website page promoting the event, logo on event day program, listing on sponsor signage, listing in emails from CCA promoting the event, logo on Thrive DC website page promoting event, and mention at event post-party.

    Block Sponsor: $1000 monetary or in-kind support (five sponsorships available) to include all of the above AND 15 event tickets, logo on sponsor signage, logo in emails from CCA promoting the event, and listing in Thrive DC Year-End Impact Report.

    Neighborhood Sponsor: $2,500 monetary or in-kind support (one more sponsorship available) to include all of the above AND 40 event tickets, opportunity to speak at event post-party, prominent logo placement in all communications and signage, logo in email from Thrive DC promoting the event.
     

    Email our sponsorship coordinator, Kathleen Eder at communications@crestwooddc.org for further information.

    Volunteer!
    We need volunteers! See the homes for free as a volunteer!
    Contact Denise Woods for more information.
    THRIVE DC - Since 1979 Thrive DC has been ground zero for vulnerable people in need of housing and basic emergency services. Thrive DC acts as a critical connector, linking people to services and agencies that can help provide housing for over 2,000 people a year. Thrive DC is honored to be the featured DC non-profit of the year at Google and you can view their feature in the Google Economic Impact Report here and visit their website by clicking on the photo above!

    Neighborhood Sponsor:
     

    THE MAHSHIE FAZIO PARTNERSHIP



    Curb Appeal Sponsors:

    MARK MEYERDIRK, PRINCIPAL BROKER





  • Fri, September 28, 2018 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    Sneak Peek #3!

    A Cathedral in our Midst

    “Mom, it’s a castle church!” said the young boy as they drove up to Grace Lutheran Church for the first time. Many of us say the same in Crestwood as we gaze at the gorgeous facade of Grace church.  Even on faith row - otherwise known as 16th Street  - Grace church stands out as a splendid example of neo-Gothic design. Grace Lutheran was placed on the vaunted National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The windows fascinate the eye - there are even two giraffes! Can you find them?

    The building was designed by Rochester, NY native John William Corbusier who incorporated skillful massing and organic use of ornament, hallmarks of his style. The congregation was established in 1876 by those who wanted to worship in English rather than the founding language of German. Grace Church was built to be the “Lutheran Cathedral” in Washington, DC. They now welcome members from around the world with even a congregation of Ethiopians who worship in Oromo.

    The 2018 CASA Crestwood Tour of Homes starts here with a not-to-be-missed organ serenade at 2 pm, Oct 28th!


       

    Click Here For Prior Sneak Peeks


    CASA Crestwood will build suspense by releasing a new home description every week until Sunday, October 28th!


  • Tue, September 25, 2018 7:14 AM | Anonymous

    The Smithsonian's See Me Program
    For Adults with Dementia and their Caregivers

    The Smithsonian Institution's SeeMe Program is specially designed for people with dementia and their caregivers. This FREE program strives to provide engaging and uplifting in-gallery conversations for people with early stage dementia together with their care partners.

    Research has shown that both the person with dementia and the person caring for them benefit greatly from the cognitive and social stimulation from programs like See Me.

    Please click here for the See Me Fall Schedule at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (1st Wednesday of each month), the National Portrait Gallery (2nd Tuesday of the month), the Freer | Sackler (3rd Wednesday of the month), and the National Museum of African Art (4th Tuesday of the month). 

    Space is limited and registration is required at access@si.edu or at 202.633.2921. Please feel free to email olderadults@crestwooddc.org if you have any questions. 


  • Tue, September 25, 2018 7:05 AM | Anonymous

    Sneak Peek #2!

    Art Work Front and Center


    Most homes have art work, while some homes have ART WORK! Our second home is a jaw-dropping, delight-inducing art exploration. The pieces are integrated into the living space as though they were family. Even the paint choices and lighting are supporting family members: Interior row houses tend to be lighting deprived and the owners have played to this with deep, rich mysterious colored walls.

    This house is a classic Washington, DC rowhouse built in 1922.  While some homes become strangers to their former selves after new owners take over, your Crestwood neighbors knew a good thing when they saw it. When the kitchen was remodeled in 2016, the original hardwood floors were exposed, making a striking contrast to the kitchen’s modern racy red range. And for those of you who can’t get enough mid-century modern, the original crystal chandeliers have been replaced with mid-century George Nelson bubble pendants.




    Click Here For Prior Sneak Peeks

    CASA Crestwood will build suspense by releasing a new home description every week until Sunday, October 28th!


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