Happy Fourth of July Everyone

Posted July 4, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Holidays


Whether you are traveling, going to the mall, or spending the day at the Soldiers’ Home, have a safe and enjoyable Fourth everyone.

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Boese Will Run for Reelection to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A08 Seat

Posted July 3, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Elections

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BoeseforDCOver the past few months, I’ve been asked on a number of occasions if I would be running for reelection to the ANC this fall. The short answer is yes, I will run for reelection and hope to be fortunate enough to continue serving the community if elected (campaign website here). Nominating petitions for candidates interested in running for ANC seats will be available on July 7th, and I’m sure I’ll be picking up my petitions on Monday.

In making this decision, I reflected upon what has been accomplished in the past 3 1/2 years and thought ahead to the many challenges that are ahead of the commuity in the coming 2 years. These issues include the affordability of housing, redevelopment of the former Hebrew Home, balancing new development with the historic character of the neighborhood, and finding permanent solutions that will move the redevelopment of Park Morton and the Bruce-Monroe site forward. I’m also interested in finding ways to bring more trees to the community and supporting the arts and humanities.

There are also projects in process that I would like to see through — namely the renovation of the Park View Recreation Center’s field house and the continued modernization of the Park View School building. I’ve been extremely involved in both and expect to see progress on each of them before the year is out.

With this declaration, I officially join Rashida Brown as a candidate for ANC1A. Brown openly declared her intention to run for the ANC1A10 seat in May of this year.

I’ll keep the community informed about others running for ANC1A as candidates declare their candidacy or pick up nominating petitions.



3rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Soldiers’ Home is Friday

Posted July 2, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Armed Forces Retirement Home, Holidays, Sports leisure and entertainment

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The lower grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be open to the community as part of the Fourth of July celebration again this year. In addition to the information provided by the flier below, the Friends of the Soldiers Home blog includes a full list of events and its schedule.


12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament Gets Underway

Posted July 1, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Sports leisure and entertainment

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On Monday evening, June 30th, the 12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament got underway with The Bank tipping off against Team Ducci. The 2014 tournament is scheduled to run from June 30th until August 23rd on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At an earlier meeting, DPR staff and tournament organizers stated that the lights will stay on later this year to facilitate post-game clean up. I was also informed that games will be moved to nearby Raymond Recreation Center in the event of rain or when the heat index is too high.

The tournament began in 2002 to honor the memory of Torron Hopkins. Hopkins’ life was cut short when he, along with Antone Ruffin, was shot while sitting in a parked vehicle on the 3600 block of Warder Street on the evening of May 5, 2002. Both young men were residents of Park View.

The weather was ideal for the tournament last night. It was also nice to see that in addition to the tournament there was some pick up soccer on the adjacent field and a number of smaller children in the tot lot.

Below are two photos from last night.

2014 Ty Hop Tournament


A Visit to HacDC’s 2014 Field Day

Posted June 30, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Communications, Social clubs

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Over the weekend, Washington D.C.’s ham radio club, HacDC, in coordination with ham radio clubs across the country, hosted a Field Day.  A Field Day is a communications event where the club’s members demonstrate emergency communications, emailing without an Internet, and bouncing radio signals off of the moon. It ran for just over 24 hours, beginning at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 28th and ending at 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 29th.

HacDC is located on the third floor of the St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, at the intersection of 16th and Newton Streets, NW. It is the only open ham radio club in the District of Columbia.

HacDC practices with the D.C. Department of Health in their emergency preparations. They also provide willing volunteers to teach staff about radio communications and to man hospital emergency communication teams. Among the things they demonstrated or discussed at the Field Day were:

  • Bouncing radio signals off of the ionosphere to talk long distance;
  • Practicing emergency communications in the event of a total infrastructure break down, like email and text communications;
  • Setting up their own internet, totally independent of the big one;
  • Learning about ham radio; and,
  • Practicing contacting satellites via handheld radios

During my visit, I got to see an attempt to pick up signals from the International Space Station and look at the antennae farm on the roof of St. Stephen’s. I also learned that there used to be an active ham radio club at the Soldiers’ Home, but that that was a few years ago. I also learned that Maryland has some very active ham radio clubs, particularly in Baltimore and Frederick County.

You can learn more about HacDC from their Website.

IMAG0610(HacDC members on the roof of St. Stephen’s listening for transmissions from the International Space Station)

Renovated 610 Newton Place Definitely Improves the Block

Posted June 27, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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The landscaping at 610 Newton Place includes a tree -- much needed on that block.

The landscaping at 610 Newton Place includes a tree — much needed on that block.

In reviewing and walking through the spaces of 610 Newton Place recently, I can definitely say that it has made a significant improvement to the block. Readers may recall that the property as recently as 2011 was a blighted shell that added nothing to the community. Now (with a large addition at the rear), its a 12-unit condo building.

You can read more about the development, and see photos, from an article in the Washington Post (don’t let the Post’s ignorance of where this development is located throw you).

One thing I’m particularly pleased with is that the developer planted a tree in the front of the property.  Early in my conversations with them I expressed the need for additional trees in the neighborhood, and especially on the 600 block of Newton Place. In looking at the tree it appeared that it might be a Redbud, which if that is the case would grows to be 20′ to 30′ tall with a  30′ spread.

610 Newton(610 Newton Place today)

Another Historic Image of the Soldiers’ Home’s Dairy

Posted June 26, 2014 by Kent
Categories: Armed Forces Retirement Home, History

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Here’s a print of the dairy at the old Soldiers’ Home. It was published around 1922 as part of a Bureau of Animal Industry U.S. Department of Agriculture photo series. This image was No. 6 in the Livestock-Improvement Series of Better Sires-Better Stock Campaign.

Soldiers Home dairy


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