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The Annual Cyclocross Race at the Soldiers’ Home is October 24-25th

October 22, 2015

CROSS LOGO WITH CURVE TEXTAccording to what I was able to find on the DC Cyclocross page, the annual DCCX is scheduled for this weekend at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (entrance at the Upshur Street gate). The races are always fun to watch and a great way to spend a fall afternoon. If you are planning to go you can see the schedule of events here.

If you aren’t familiar with cyclocross, the following introduction is from their Website:

DCCX is the only cyclocross race in the nation’s capital, and over its eight-year run has grown into one of the largest races on the East Coast. Last year the race added two huge changes: it went from one day to a full weekend of racing, and it added CrossHairs as a sponsor. CrossHairs, which runs the popular Svenness website, joined DCMTB as one of the two clubs putting on the race. The race was run one direction on Saturday, and the opposite way on Sunday.

The year, the races are scheduled for Oct. 24th and 25th.

To give you an idea of what the races are like, below are some photos from previous years.

2011 DC Cyclocross

2011 DC Cyclocross

2011 DC Cyclocross

Fall Fun Fest/Oktoberfest is This Sunday at the Soldiers’ Home

September 29, 2015

If you’re around this Sunday, October 4th, the Friends of the Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home are hosting their annual antique car show, fall fun fest, and Oktoberfest on the grounds of the home. Its a great way to embrace October and enjoy fall. See the flyer below for details or visit the Friends of the Soldiers Home Web site.

Oktoberfest flyer final

Armed Forces Retirement Home Repairing Its Fence

July 9, 2015

The old Soldiers’ Home is in the process of repairing its fence along Rock Creek Church Road again. There are currently two areas with damage. I recall that down trees caused this round of repairs, although it has been more common for damage to the fence to occur from car accidents that trees.




July 4th at the Armed Forces Retirement Home

June 30, 2015

According to the Friends of the Soldiers Home Web Site, the weather for the Fourth of July celebration on the Armed Forces Retirement Home’s ground promises to be beautiful. Below is the flyer with details.

July 4th AFRH 2015

Soldiers’ Home 3rd Annual Spring Fling is this Saturday, May 2nd

April 30, 2015

The third annual Spring Fling on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home is this Saturday. The annual event has become a popular local way of enjoying the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, meeting neighbors, and welcoming in spring. Last years event was attended by over 800 residents. You can read more about last year’s event on the Friends of the Soldiers Home Website.

Spring Fling Flier-2015-1

Creative Minds International Public Charter School Planning Move to Old Soldiers’ Home

February 10, 2015

Yesterday, February 9th, Congresswoman Norton’s Office announced that she was a featured speaking at the lease signing ceremony at the Armed Forces Retirement Home with Creative Minds International Public Charter School (CMI). CMI is currently located at 3224 16th Street, NW. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, CMI will move to the AFRH’s Sherman Building.

Norton to Commemorate Opening of Creative Minds International Public Charter School at Armed Forces Retirement Home, Today

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today will speak at the lease signing ceremony marking a partnership between the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH), a federal institution, and Creative Minds International Public Charter School (CMI) at the Armed Forces Retirement Home Sherman Building South (140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW) at 2:00 p.m.  Norton will be joined by CMI Founder/Head of School Dr. Golnar Abedin, D.C. Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson, AFRH Chief Operating Officer Steven McManus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense-Military Community and Family Policy Rosemary Williams, and a host of parents and friends.

Sherman Building.

Sherman Building.

In December, Norton met with AFHR and requested that AFRH submit its notification of the lease to Congress, as required by law, by the start of January so that CMI could sign the lease this month and open in time for the start of the school year.  Norton helped secure $15 million for D.C. Public Charter Schools in the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill.

“The partnership between CMI and AFRH is not only innovative but increasingly necessary in a city where land is scarce and the unoccupied space is often on federal land,” Norton said.  “We appreciate how hard CMI and AFRH have worked together so that hundreds of students will have the opportunity to learn and grow in an excellent charter school surrounded by green space.”

“The Creative Minds International Public Charter School community is enthusiastic about our upcoming move this August to the historic Sherman Building, on the beautiful grounds of the AFRH campus,” Abedin said.  “We look forward to growing a long-term partnership with AFRH, and are grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”

“This new space will be a big improvement to the learning environment of the 250 students that will attend Creative Minds this fall,” Pearson said.  “It is particularly exciting that they will be in a facility close to where so many of our nation’s retired veterans live.”

“We are very pleased that Creative Minds International Public Charter School will be opening in the fall of 2015,” McManus said.  “This will be a wonderful partnership for many years to come, and this partnership will assist AFRH in continuing to grow ties with the Washington, D.C. community.”

The school will lease 32,000 sq. ft. of space for 16 classrooms at AFRH in its North Sherman and Annex buildings.  Beginning this fall, 250 CMI students will attend classes at the AFRH campus.

Development of Old Soldiers’ Home’s Zone A Moving Forward

February 4, 2015
AFRH plan including Zone A, from Armed Forces Retirement Home Town Hall Presentation, August 19, 2008

AFRH plan including Zone A, from Armed Forces Retirement Home Town Hall Presentation related to the original development plan, August 19, 2008

Yesterday, both the Washington Post and the Washington City Paper published articles announcing that the Old Soldiers’ Home will begin seeking a private partner capable of developing up to 80 acres of its campus — often referred to as Zone A — as early as next month. The Zone A property is in the southeast corner of the campus bordered by Irving Street and North Capitol Street.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has been planning to develop this portion of their campus for nearly a decade. After the original development plan fell apart, the first attempt to restart the development of the parcel began in 2010, but didn’t get any traction. There was another false start in 2012, followed by news in October 2014 that the development process could begin in early 2015, which seems to be panning out based on yesterday’s articles.

The AFRH’s intent to redevelop Zone A should not come as a surprise to many. The Home has long desired to develop Zone A as part of their plan for long-term financial stability. After weathering the recession that originally derailed development at the AFRH, the conditions finally appear to be favorable for them to achieve their goal.


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