Season's December 2018 Greetings THE BURLEITH BELL 2018-12-31¢  Transportation Ed Ohl 733-4169 Editor

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    EL LDecember 2018

    It’s a Date — Upcoming Events

    December 13: Hardy Middle School Winter Concert at 6:00 p.m.

    December 14-18: Light ‘em Up — Burleith Holiday Decoration Contest all day — and night!

    December 19: Hardy Middle School Prospective Family Open House at 6:30 p.m.

    February 3, 2019: Winter Gløgg Party (ahead of Super Bowl LIII)

    Santa Claus used the front door to visit 29 young Burleith citizens on December 2. Children hope he’ll return to the neighborhood on the 24th. (Photo by Kishan Putta)

    Season's Greetings



    Write to board members and the BCA at: PO Box 32262, Calvert Street Station, 2336 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007 | Email

    The Burleith Citizens Association makes no endorsement, recommendation, warranties, or representations whatsoever regarding the quality, content, completeness, suitability, adequacy, accuracy, or timeliness of its advertisers or their products and services. The views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the BCA.

    Board of Directors

    President Eric Langenbacher 337-8211 Vice President Nan Bell 338-2831 Co-Recording Secretaries Brian Garback 236-5839 Robert Russell 249-0162 Corresponding Secretary Linda Brooks 333-2826 Treasurer Francine Steininger Member at large Ann Carper 333-5559 Member at large Edith Cecil 359-7700 Member at large Stacy Bernard Davis 965-1510 Member at large Liane Jones 550-2341 Member at large Kay Twomey

    Membership Linda Brooks 333-2826


    Webmaster Ann Carper 333-5559 Administrator Ross Schipper 333-2826

    BCA Contacts

    Burleith Yahoo Listserv Ed Ohl 733-4169 Fall/Spring Clean-up Janice Sims 333-6435 Public Works Janice Sims 333-6435 Transportation Ed Ohl 733-4169


    Editor Alicia Amling Advertising Liane Jones 550-2341 Circulation Kay Langenbacher 337-8211 Designer Marjorie Kask 744-6066

    EDITORIAL Another busy year in our community is rapidly coming to an end as the holiday season approaches. Before the BCA concludes 2018, I would like to alert you to

    two final events. On Sunday, December 2nd in the afternoon, Santa Claus and his helpers will be visiting children around Burleith; and from December 14-19 we will once again sponsor a holiday decoration contest with judging on the 19th. Please check your email for more details as we get closer to the dates. Also, it is not too early to mark your calendars for our first event of 2019, the Winter Gløgg Party provisionally scheduled for Sunday, February 3rd, which will take place before the Superbowl starts. We are always looking for volunteers. Right now, we are in need of a new organizer for the summer picnic, which will likely be on June 15th next year. If you are interested, please email us at: Also, I know that the federal tax code has changed, but as the year closes and you are looking for a venue for tax deductible donations, please consider giving to the Burleith Community Fund (BCF): http://www.burleith. org/burleith-community-fund/ The 2018 BCA Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, November 8th at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Everything is in order with the association—our finances are sound and our newly elected board is 12 strong, with incoming members Alicia Amling, Andrew Dunnaville, Linda Hager Hall, and Michael McDuffie. We continued our tradition of providing certificates of

    appreciation to supporters of the community. This year, we honored Christopher Murphy, Georgetown University’s vice president of external engagement; Town Hall, which has donated a lot to the summer picnic; and the Washington International School, which has generously opened its space for our meetings and events over the years. A particular highlight of the meeting was Mayor Muriel Bowser’s lengthy remarks on the current state of DC, her first address to a community meeting after her re-election two days before. On that note, congratulations to all of the winning candidates for various offices, in particular, Kishan Putta who will be the new ANC 2E representative for Burleith and Hillandale. I would like to thank all of the individuals who made the annual meeting such a success with an especial shout-out to Hop, Cask & Barrel, which provided the beverages and Silver at Cathedral Commons, which generously donated the delicious food. The BCA will have a full agenda in the new year. We will continue to monitor the impacts of projects such as the green alley initiative, construction at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and other projects such as improvements near the tot lot, the soon-to- be opened Trader Joe’s on Wisconsin, and the renovation of Hyde-Addison School (where Burleith children will attend once it re-opens). The BCA will also continue to represent the community in front of the ANC and on the Georgetown Community Partnership. Moreover, there are some new initiatives that we would like to consider. There is some discussion about making T and S Streets one-ways (going west and east,

    respectively), mainly to accommodate the D2 bus that often snarls traffic on T Street. Such changes might also allow for the installation of bicycle lanes as well. We will reach out to DDOT and the community via a survey. We will also try to avoid the loss of any parking places if changes are implemented. We are also contemplating ways that the BCA can support our local schools, such as Hardy Middle School. Finally, Burleith will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023, so it is not too early to start brainstorming. Please also be on the lookout for a survey where we solicit ideas for the centennial. To conclude, we are bidding farewell to several board members who have volunteered countless hours over many years for the betterment of the BCA and our community more generally. Stacy Davis has been an amazing editor of the Burleith Bell over the last few years, as well as helping out the BCA in countless other ways. Liane Jones has masterfully cultivated our relationships with advertisers and has assisted with innumerable BCA events such as the summer picnic. Kay Twomey has been a constant and ever-thoughtful presence on the Board for a decade and has done yeoman’s work with events, especially organizing our marquee summer picnic. I wish her all the best with her new position on the board of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Finally, Ed Solomon, our ANC commissioner for the last 14 years will be concluding his tenure at the end of the month. I would like to thank Ed from the bottom of my heart for his years of dedicated service to Burleith. His list of accomplishments is long but highlights

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    COMMUNITY include: helping to guide the community through the renovations of Hardy Middle School and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, advocating for the neighborhood in the context of the Georgetown University campus plan, and leading a city-wide coalition to combat the increase in airplane noise from National Airport. He has also

    helped individual neighbors in a myriad of ways. For example, years ago, there was an intrusive noise emanating from the AC/ compressor units at the recently renovated Hardy Middle School. Ed set up a meeting with stakeholders at midnight one evening to assess the situation and then pressured the contractors until the problem was

    solved. This anecdote epitomizes Ed’s tireless commitment to neighbors. The residents of Burleith are truly grateful. Happy Holidays!

    Eric Langenbacher BCA President

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    A Welcome Note from Incoming ANC Commissioner Kishan Putta

    Divya and I want to thank our neighbors for all their time, encouragement, and support this year. We also want to thank Commissioner Solomon for his years of service to our community. We wish you all a happy holiday season. I hope to see many of you at your homes with the BCA’s own Santa Claus Dwane Starlin. Divya and I will also be hosting a holiday gathering at our home from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday December 16. Please email to receive the invitation and to RSVP.

    I will begin my term on January 2 and look forward to working with you to improve our neighborhood. This past summer and fall, when Divya and I (and our baby boy Om, too!) knocked on doors in our neighborhood, we were greeted very warmly. Many of you invited us into your homes and we enjoyed meeting every one of you.

    Sometimes Om would get fussy and we’d have to dance a little or raise our voices, but we got it done and thank everyone for their kindness. My shirts would always be soaked with baby-drool by the time we got home, but overall he was a great sport about campaigning…

    The Bell asked us if we’d like to share our experiences and observations and hopes for the next year. We definitely have some unforgettable memories. After a year of campaigning, it was very nice to see so many of you on election day. Many of you told us that you appreciated all of our visits, notes, emails, and calls. We are most proud that the turnout in our district was more than double the turnout in recent midterm elections.

    We hope to keep that level of community engagement going. Please sign up for our monthly email updates at I will also be posting interesting local event