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  • Tue, November 28, 2017 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    The 2017 Crestwood Turkey Trot was the most successful yet! It was amazing to see so many neighbors and friends begin Thanksgiving by exercising for a good cause! In all, we had 199 people register for the Trot.

    Thanks to everyone's efforts, we raised $2,710 for All Our Kids, Inc (AOK), a nonprofit organization that impacts the lives of District young people, and began in the home of Crestwood residents David Simpson and Kathy Fletcher. 

    Congratulations to Max Bank for running the fastest 1 mile recorded (8:08). And to Michael Earls for running the fastest 5K recorded (18:30). The finish times as self-recorded for the 1 mile and 5k can be found here or at https://goo.gl/ZmYVqs - apologies for any misspellings.



  • Wed, November 15, 2017 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Many people have spotted the albino squirrel living off of 17th St between Taylor and Varnum over the past 3 weeks.  It's not the best photo, but still pretty neat as this is rare.  


    As you can see from the pink eyes, he is a true albino, not a recessive white squirrel.  Note information from below from Wikipedia

    Albino and white squirrels

    Although these squirrels are commonly referred to as "albinos", most of them are likely non-albino squirrels that exhibit a rare white fur coloration known as leucism that is as a result of a recessive gene found within certain Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) populations, and so technically they ought to be referred to as white squirrels, instead of albino.


    A true albino squirrel. Note the pink eyes.

    A white squirrel. Note the non-pink eyes.


  • Wed, October 04, 2017 2:08 PM | Anonymous
    Dear Neighbors, 

    I wanted to send you a quick note regarding yesterday's ANC 4A regular public meeting. I was only able to make the end of the meeting, so really I am just reporting on the status of the Airbnb bill. 

    To recap (for those of you who don't study and memorize every email we send out!), Commissioner Black and the Association discussed the proposed Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Act of 2017 at the last Joint SMD 4A08/CCA meeting, and online in a discussion forum. We listened to and heard your comments.  A summary of the majority of the comments that we received are as follows: 
    1. We are concerned about "party houses." The proposed bill protects against that.
    2. The rental limitation to 15 nights is too low. 
    3. Residents should be able to rent out their homes if they go away for the summer or winter, or for example a 2-4 month or more range. 
    At yesterday's meeting, Commissioner Black proposed a Resolution supporting the proposed bill, but with a 30-day limit on "vacation rentals" (as defined in the proposed bill). I appeared before the ANC yesterday and conveyed that Crestwood residents support the proposed bill, but agreed that the 15-day limit on "vacation rentals" is too low and should be raised to 30 days.

    I also conveyed that my understanding of the bill is that it only prohibits "short term" rentals, defined as under 30 days. My reading of the proposed bill is thatit does not prohibit a homeowner from renting out their home, on Airbnb or VRBO, etc., for more than 30 days under a single rental (as opposed to, for example, multiple 4 week rentals). What this means is that if you go away for the summer and want to do a house swap, and enter into a 3 month rental agreement with someone, that would not be prohibited. And, under the "vacation rental" provision, you could do short term (say one-week) rentals of your home while you are away for up to 30 days. 

    And, if the homeowner is present at the property, they can rent out a room or basement apartment for as short or long as they want.

    I believe that the change to 30 days and this reading of the bill would satisfy the majority of the concerns raised by Crestwood residents. 

    The ANC passed the Resolution. However, I believe that there is a lot of confusion over what this bill means. I was told yesterday that the DC Council will be hearing additional testimony regarding the proposed bill in the coming months. We'll keep you posted. 

    WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN AN ANC PASSES A RESOLUTION? 

    ANCs can make recommendations that city agencies have to give “great weight” to when making decisions. Great weight requires a government agency to respond, in writing, to concerns raised by an ANC. While great weight demands that agencies explain their course of action, it doesn’t actually require an agency to change its course of action.

    WHAT'S AN ANC?

    An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners. They are a unique feature of the District's Home Rule Charter.The ANCs' main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods.

    ANC Single Member District (SMD) 4A08 covers all of Crestwood and is the equivalent of census tract 26.

    -Pavan Khoobchandani, Crestwood Citizens Association President


  • Wed, October 04, 2017 2:04 PM | Anonymous


    Sunday, October 22 from 2 pm - 5 pm

    Food Truck FiestA from 4 pm - 6 pm

    Fourth Sneak Peek!

    Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist



    Nestled right at the entrance of the Crestwood neighborhood is the stunning Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, built in 1958. The church consists of approximately 400 members, including some of the original founders who helped establish the parish in 1949. Everything about the church edifice speaks of a rich Russian ecclesiastical heritage. The building is executed in the 17th-century Muscovite-Yaroslav-style.

    Gilded onion domes, each crowned with a traditional Russian three-barred cross, a belfry, and icons of scenes from the life of St. John the Baptist above the three doors adorn the exterior. Murals and numerous centuries-old icons and an imposing four-tiered iconostasis make up the interior.

    This is a true neighborhood jewel that folks will not want to miss!

    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 (and a church!) of Crestwood. Read more about the amazing organization that you will be supporting by attending CasA Crestwood, Thrive DC.

    Learn more and register here!


  • Sat, September 30, 2017 1:58 PM | Anonymous


    Sunday, October 22 from 2 pm - 5 pm

    Food Truck FiestA from 4 pm - 6 pm

    Third Sneak Peek - 1920s Elegance!



    Walking into Darryl and William's home, time stops and the decades fade away. In this Tudor home the 1920s surround you with furnishings redolent of another era and lighting reminiscent of another tempo. The home chemistry straight out of a fairy tale stopped their search because they could not resist a Crestwood hearth with an original floor plan and architectural details. Sealing the captivation was the bucolic setting on the edge of Rock Creek Park. ​

    Yet they were not hypnotized completely by its come hither look and completed a 3 year renovation in 2016 which included a stunning slate roof, bubble bath worthy renovated attic bathroom with cast iron tub, a kitchen designed to shine with double-height inset white cabinets, refinished hardwood floors throughout and new moldings milled to match originals in the living room, attic bathroom and foyer. They see their role as stewards of this house; to restore it in honor of the ancestors and to treasure the home for it's future. The interior is an extension of this philosophy and they searched high and lower for everlasting, classic pieces that evoke anecdotes of another era. Coupled with a salvaged mantle from Baltimore installed in the living room they have created a warm and gracious home ensconced in around-the-clock beauty.

    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 (and a church!) of Crestwood. Read more about the amazing organization that you will be supporting by attending CasA Crestwood, Thrive DC.

    Learn more and register here!


  • Thu, September 21, 2017 12:14 PM | Anonymous
     

    Home Tour for Affordable Housing

    Sunday, October 22 from 2 pm - 5 pm

    Food Truck FiestA from 5 pm - 6 pm

    Second Sneak Peek!

    A Colonial Beauty

     
    For some love takes time and for others a mere glance is enough. Mark's passion for his home needed no patience and was sealed by the divine moldings, beautiful high ceilings, and striking rooms. Simply put the home exudes a sense of grandeur and grace seen in the entry foyer flanked by the splendid dining room. And while many dream of changing quirks of their loved ones and fail, Mark succeeded because he could envision the potential of this 1920s beauty although it had not seen any updates since the 1960s. ​  

    He did a number of renovations including designing a chef-inspired kitchen with white Shaker-style cabinetry and custom upper cabinets that reach the 10’ ceilings. Then he made old new with a travertine lead walk,  refinished hardwood floors, period sconce lighting, half bath on the main level, and designer bathrooms. And if that had not been enough to seal the entanglement, the siren call of the yard would have: Set on a 7,600 foot lot the captivating garden oasis is anchored by towering oak trees and a gorgeous enclosed porch. As a realtor, many homes have called Mark's name, but not till this  1921 Wardman Colonial Home beckoned was he ready to settle down.

    Explore seven neighborhood treasures and
    help roll back homelessness!


    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 (and a church!) of Crestwood. Read more about the amazing organization that you will be supporting by attending CasA Crestwood, Thrive.


    LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE


  • Wed, September 20, 2017 12:08 PM | Anonymous
    We had a great joint SMD 4A08/Crestwood Citizens Association meeting last night!  Many neighbors joined us to discuss and comment on a variety of issues, and we want to provide the entire neighborhood with a summary of the discussions.  

    Airbnb

    We discussed the proposed so-called Airbnb bill, which is actually called the Short-term Rental Regulation and Affordable Housing Protection Act of 2017. You can read the proposed legislation here.  Crestwood resident John Boardman presented a summary of the rationale behind the proposed bill, as well as a draft Resolution supporting the bill (with one change to the proposed bill). There are a number of considerations regarding the proposed legislation that were discussed, such as:
    1. We don't want "party houses in Crestwood." The proposed bill protects against that. 
    2. What if a homeowner wants to go away for the whole summer and rent out their house on Airbnb?  This would prohibit that? 
    3. What about if someone wants to do a house swap for an extended period - where only one person will be renting for the whole time?  Is that not allowed? 
    4. Homeowners need to be careful – under current laws, their Airbnb guest could wind up having TOPA rights, should they decide to sell their home.  So it’s important that these short term people are exempt from any tenant right to purchase laws
    The Crestwood Citizens Association has been asked by a Crestwood resident to issue a Resolution supporting the bill, except for the 15 day maximum - the proposed CCA Resolution would allow for a maximum of 30 days. We will  be having an online discussion of what position Crestwood would like to take. If you would like to join the discussion, please click here. You will have to register in order to join the discussion (this prevents anonymous users from posting potentially inflammatory posts). Or, you can send an email with your thoughts to info@crestwooddc.org.

    Carter Barron Stormwater Retrofit Project

    Cecilia Lane, Watershed Protection Division, Department of Energy & Environment, presented a 30% design for a project designed to combat water runoff at the Carter Barron tennis stadium site. The idea is to get the water into the ground rather than have it go immediately into a storm drain. They want to capture 90% of the water from each rain even to redistribute water to ground. The don’t expect any road closures.  

    Emergency Preparedness

    We did not hear from the community liaison for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. However, Commissioner Black noted that we should all think about where people in the neighborhood would go in the event of an emergency (earthquake, flood, etc.), how we would protect our older adults, whether we all have individual emergency plans if we lose electricity. Commissioner Black also noted that we will look into safety issues especially given the recent home invasion, as well as attempted break ins. If there are any potholes on your block, let Commissioner Black know

    Resident Concerns & Comments

    The following concerns were raised: 
    1. Is there any way to encourage the repair of Broad Branch Road, at least from Beach to Brandywine, at the same time that Beach Drive is closed, so that we won't have another disruption later? 
    2. A resident requested a neighborhood watch sign in the 1800 block of Allison. 
    3. Is there any way to prohibit solicitors anywhere in the neighborhood? 
    4. There are pharmacies that deliver prescriptions to Crestwood, including Metro Care Pharmacy and Safeway. 
    Upcoming Events
    1. October 22 - CasA Crestwood!!! Register here.
    2. The Green Team may try to do a Fall Clean Up - ivy cutting. 
    3. November 22 - Crestwood Turkey Trot - If you want to walk or run with a group to train before the 5K run/walk, you’re invited to join a group that meets at 8AM on Saturdays between now and Thanksgiving. ALL are welcome. Bring a friend! The group meets Saturdays at 8am on Varnum Street near Grace Church.Please email Pastor Wendy Moen for more details if you need them:gracepastorwendym@gmail.com. 
    Notes
    1. We are re-forming the Aging-In-Place action team - but still need team leads for the Social Committee, Public Safety Team, and the DC Issues committee.  If you would like to help out, please email info@crestwooddc.org.


  • Thu, September 14, 2017 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    We had a gorgeous day and great turnout for this year's picnic.  We also had a very brief appearance from our friends at the Fire Department before they were called away on a call.  

    Mayor Bowser and Councilmember Todd and their staffs were able to meet and mingle with Crestwood neighbors, while kids biked and scooted and ate and drank!  It's true that the smell of a grill can spark up nostalgia!

    Thanks to Alice Sessions for hosting us with her usual generosity.  

    You can view photos of the picnic here


  • Sun, September 03, 2017 8:35 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for an annual Crestwood tradition: the Sunday After Labor Day Picnic!

    September 10, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm In front of 3920 Argyle Terrace



    Please bring a favorite dish to share - appetizer, entree, salad, vegetable or dessert - whatever you like! We'll have a grill going and will provide water, cutlery and paper products.

    We'll also provide condiments for burgers and hot dogs and ice for drinks, but please feel free to bring meat to grill and buns, and your own coolers and beverages. 
     A COUPLE OF OTHER NOTES:
    • WE'LL BLOCK THE STREET OFF SO KIDS CAN RIDE BIKES AND SCOOTERS 
    • THERE WILL NOT BE BATHROOMS AVAILABLE 
    • LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE WILLING TO HELP SET UP.  IN FACT, LET US KNOW IF YOU'D LIKE TO PLAN NEXT YEAR'S PICNIC!  WE'RE LOOKING FOR A NEW HEAD OF THE SOCIAL TEAM 
    • Former residents love to come, too so be sure and remind them of the date and time!



  • Sat, September 02, 2017 2:50 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Crestwood Neighbors, 

    By now you should have received in your mailbox (the real one) or this weekend will be receiving the August 2017 edition of The Crest, the newsletter of the Crestwood Citizens Association.  

    We hope you get a chance to read it, including the coupon for a free dessert at Red Rocks Bistro! Plus, there is a fascinating article by CCA Vice President and Historian David Swerdloff entitled August 1907: The Boondoggle That Made Crestwood Possible.

    You can also view The Crest on our website.

    Also, please see save the date - September 10 at 4pm - for one of the best-attended CCA events of the year - the Sunday After Labor Day Picnic! More information is on page 1 of the newsletter. 

    And of course we can't forget - have you paid your dues? You can do it online! Become a member or renew at crestwooddc.org/join.

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