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MAY
23
First NoMa Summer Screen!
MAY
30
NoMa Farmers Market Debut!
MAY
30
NoMa Summer Screen: Dr. Strangelove
MAY
31
First Rhythm in NoMa Thursday Lunch Concert
JUNE
1
First Rhythm in NoMa Friday Lunch Concert
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Flats 130 Gives Free Lunches

Thursday, May 24 is your last chance to eat lunch for FREE at Flats 130 Apartments on 130 M Street, NE and enter to win the new Apple iPad and many other prizes! On Thursday, Flats 130 is catering lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. from favorite restaurants around the neighborhood. Have lunch, meet the team, and recharge at Flats 130.  Studios from $1,834; Jr. 1BR from $1,920; 1BR from $2,053; 1BR/Den from $2,489; 2BRs from $2,781; 2BR/Den from $3,415.  View more information on Flats 130.
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NoMa Summer Screen Starts TONIGHT
NoMa Summer Screen is the neighborhood’s most anticipated summer event – and the fun starts tonight with The Day After Tomorrow! NoMa Summer Screen is a free, 12-week outdoor film series held Wednesdays through August 8 on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE. The event starts at 7 p.m. with music, giveaways, family fun, food vendors and picnicking. Films start at dark.
 
 This year’s theme ‘Is 2012 the End of the World?’ features films about world-ending scenarios as a spoof on the doomsday prophesies marking the end of the Mayan calendar. Food trucks tonight include Redhook Lobster Truck, Amorini Panini and ice cream from the Orange Cow.
 
English subtitles are provided for all films. View a full listing at www.nomasummerscreen.com. In the event of a weather-related cancellation, follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID and Facebook for updates.
Support NoMa Parks!
The NoMa neighborhood needs park space now! Active community support is needed to achieve that goal. For years the NoMa BID has used vacant, privately-owned property to create community crossroads and interactions through a farmers market, regular movie nights, concerts and other events, but that cannot continue for much longer because all of these places are slated for near-term development. Permanent spaces for recreation, events, playgrounds, dog parks and sports courts are essential to our vibrant and growing neighborhood.
 
Over the past year, the NoMa BID has worked with the neighborhood to develop a Parks & Public Realm Plan to help identify where and how parks can be added to our area. Available spaces are rapidly disappearing and becoming new buildings. Greater NoMa has thousands of residents, children and rowhouses in desperate need of recreation spaces. We need to secure spaces for parks NOW or it will be too late.
 
Recently Mayor Gray requested $18 million in the District's FY 2013 capital budget to begin work on NoMa parks.  Last week in the first vote on the FY 2013 budget (there is a second vote on June 5 before the budget becomes final) the DC Council redirected the $18 million (just a fraction of the parks money committed to other neighborhoods, such as the great parks in Capitol Riverfront) to increase the amount of money going into the affordable housing production trust fund.  Recognizing that parks in NoMa are desperately needed, the DC Council included a priority for NoMa parks funding if additional District monies become available.
 
Make your voice heard! Let the Mayor and Council know how important parks are to you as NoMa neighbors and District residents.  Send emails to appropriate councilmembers. In addition, the NoMa BID will have a petition available at every NoMa event this summer for community members to demonstrate their support for NoMa parks. Stop by the NoMa table at: NoMa Summer Screen, Rhythm in NoMa concerts, and the Wednesday Farmers Market to sign the petition. We need your help! 
Gallaudet Approves 10-Year Campus Plan
Gallaudet University announced this week that its Board of Trustees has approved the goals and direction of the university's 2022 campus plan. The goals of the initiative are to plan for a growth in enrollment, increase and enhance on-campus housing, revitalize the heart of the campus and increase density, integrate physical accessibility and sustainability, and to build new connections with the local community.

Led by a steering committee consisting of representatives from a cross-section of Gallaudet students, faculty and staff, the 2022 campus plan is the culmination of input from the campus community and beyond, including eight campus workshops, an advisory panel from the Urban Land Institute, local Advisory Neighborhood Commission members, and several community-based forums.
Highlights of the 2022 campus plan include:
  • Renovation of three historic campus buildings which are part of the Gallaudet College Historic District, a U.S. National Historic Landmark district.
  • Creation of a new pedestrian entrance to campus from the corner of Florida Avenue and Sixth Street, NE.
  • Construction of a new residence hall for the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, a residential high school program located on campus.
  • Establishment of a new student learning commons to replace the library on the current site of the university's visitor center and admissions office.
  • Refurbishment of the "Gallaudet Mall" to enhance the space as an outdoor gathering area.
Read more about the plan here.
 
NoMa Farmers Market Starts Next Week
Mark your calendars, and come out for the first market of the season! The market runs Wednesday afternoons, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from May 30 to October 31 at 1300 Second Street, NE – the intersection of Second and N Streets, NE, immediately adjacent to the Florida Avenue entrance of the NoMa Metro Station.
 
Vendors that have been accepted for the 2012 season thus far include:
  • The Farm at Walker Jones (greens and other produce)
  • Sweetest Revenge Cupcakes (cupcakes)
  • Pleitez Produce (veggies and other produce)
  • Kuhn Orchards (fruits, apples, berries, peaches when in season)
  • Groff’s Content Farm (meats, sausages, eggs)
  • Great Harvest Bread Company (breads, rolls, brownies, cookies)
Stay tuned for upcoming info on the cheese vendor! For more info on the market, visit www.nomabid.org/farmersmarket.
 
Monday: DDOT Holds Public Meeting on First Street Construction
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, May 29th at 6 p.m. for the First Street, NE reconstruction project. At the meeting, DDOT staff will provide details about the upcoming construction. 
 
When: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 130 M Street, NE, Flats 130 Apartments, Second Floor Community Room
Contact: Abdullahi Mohamed, DDOT, 202-671-4614
 
Construction is scheduled to start in fall 2012. This project will include the reconstruction of the roadway from K Street to New York Avenue NE, which will include a two-way cycle track on the east side, along with improved ADA-compatible pedestrian facilities. From K Street to G Street, the project will include milling, overlay and restriping of the roadway to provide the two-way cycle track to Columbus Circle. Signals and street lights will be upgraded and sidewalks will be provided along blocks that have not recently been developed or are under construction. Utility work such as storm drainage systems will also be performed as part of this project, and the crosswalks at major intersections will treated with special materials for safety and aesthetic purposes.
 
NoMa BID has been working with DDOT and adjacent property owners to help coordinate this project and assure that we have vibrant streets with the least disruption to businesses and residents. 
Evening Concerts a Smashing Success; Lunch Concerts Start Next Week
Last week, NoMa residents were jammin’ on the Zuppa Fresca plaza with local R&B favorite Johnny Artis, in our first-ever evening concert. The NoMa BID is planning four more evening concerts this year on the Third Thursday of June, July, August and September. View the full schedule for dates and bands. Watch a video of the night’s festivities.
 
Rhythm in NoMa has expanded to three locations this year – with monthly evening concerts and weekly lunch-time concerts on Thursdays and Fridays. The popular lunch-time concerts start next week:
  • Thursday Lunch at Au Bon Pain Plaza: May 31, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Johnny Artis plays at the NoMa Metro Plaza, Florida Avenue/Marriott, 1325 Second Street, NE
  • Friday Lunch at Union Center Plaza: June 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Raddy & the Cats plays at 810-840 First Street, NE
View a full listing at www.nomabid.org/rhythm.  Rhythm in NoMa is organized by the NoMa BID; sponsored by the UPS Store at 455 Massachusetts Avenue; and managed by Last Call Entertainment. Special thanks to the property owners who host the concerts: Courtyard by Marriott, Au Bon Pain, Lincoln Property Company, Akridge, Union Center Plaza Management Corp., the Loree Grand, Zuppa Fresca, and G&R Management Company. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Bike to Work Day Attracts 12,700 Cyclists
Last Friday’s Bike to Work Day was the largest yet, with more than 12,700 people cycling to 58 pit stops around the region, and trying bicycling as a healthy, low-cost commute alternative. More than 260 people registered for the NoMa BID pit stop, where Councilmember Tommy Wells arrived on two wheels and touted the urban, connected lifestyle. Other speakers included ANC Commissioner Tony Goodman, Nicholas Ramfos of Commuter Connections, Dan Guilbealt of District Department of the Environment (DDOE) and Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa BID.
 
BicycleSPACE provided a fantastic pop-up bike shop, and we had materials and giveaways from People for Bikes, Flats 130, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, DDOE, District Department of Transportation, GoDCGo and Commuter Connections. Many thanks to our sponsors Harris Teeter and Tynan Coffee & Tea for the food, coffee and tea.
 
Next, send your bike to a day at the spa! On June 12 and July 24, join us for BikeSPA. Commuters can drop off their bikes at a NoMa spot in the morning, and the expert technicians at BicycleSPACE perform repairs in their shop in time for the commute home.
The Washington Center Welcomes Summer Students, Hosts InternsROCK
The Washington Center welcomes more than 500 students to the region this summer, and 340 of those students will be living in NoMa for the season in their student residence facility at Third and L Streets, NE. As a way to recognize the 20,000 students that flock to the nation's capital each summer, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is hosting the third annual InternsROCK! June 8 - 17, 2012. In the last two years, the appreciation week attracted 3,400 students from all over DC to take advantage of special discounts at 118 participating restaurants, museums, sporting venues, concert halls and retail outlets. Participating NoMa establishments will be included in InternsROCKdc.com and will receive marketing materials to promote their connection to the event. Learn more and sign up at www.internsrockdc.com. Offer any discount you find appropriate, and make it official that you think InternsROCK!
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