Monday, November 23, 2009

Logan Circle Holiday House Tour Tickets Now on Sale at Retailers, OnlineThe

The 31st Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour launches at 1pm on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

The Logan Circle homes were chosen because they represent a mix of historical tradition and a modern style of living. More than a dozen unique properties ranging from ultra-modern penthouse condos to a fully restored 1887 Victorian home are on the tour this year. Several properties also feature mixed-use development spaces that incorporate retail, offices, arts spaces, and residences in a single building. The self-guided tour concludes with a Wassail reception at the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets, NW from 3:30 until 5:30pm the day of the event.

Fill out the contact information on your ticket stub to enter the raffle for great prizes, including cool merchandise and gift certificates from local retailers and restaurants. And check out our festive Logan Circle merchandise, including a commemorative house tour ornament, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and beverage mugŃall great for holiday giving!

Advance tickets may be ordered online for $20 at and purchased at the following retail locations:

Azi's Cafe, 1336 9th Street, NW
Barrel House Liquors, 1341 14th Street, NW
Home Rule, 1807 14th Street, NW
Lambda Rising, 1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street, NW
Ace Hardware, 1055 5th Street, NW

Tickets purchased online will be held at the Studio Theatre for pickup beginning at 12:30pm on tour day. Same day tickets will also be available for $25 at Studio Theatre.

Logan Circle's 50 square blocks are rich in history, architecture, and a vibrant mixture of residents, galleries, and businesses. The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) has sponsored the self-guided house tour since 1978 and counts on the proceeds from it to continue the association's philanthropic and community development efforts throughout the neighborhood. Questions?

Call Tim Christensen at 202-641-6934 or e-mail To find out more about LCCA, go to

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

LCCA Mourns Loss of Desi Deschaine

The Logan Circle Community Association (“LCCA”) is mourning the passing of its Vice President and Board of Directors Member Desi Deschaine. Desi, 29, was also communications director for D.C. Council Member Jack Evans. He died in an apparent drowning in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor after a boating trip last weekend with his boyfriend, J’aime Huret, and other friends.

Prior to joining Council Member Evans’ staff in November 2008, Desi worked with the Washington National Opera and was community outreach coordinator for Mayor Anthony Williams. Desi was elected as Vice President of LCCA in 2006, the same year he was awarded LCCA’s annual President’s Award for his dedication to Logan Circle. He brought his boundless energy to LCCA and was involved in organizing many of the association’s membership meetings, outreach, and volunteer coordination. He was also a regular volunteer for the annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour, a national committee representative for the D.C. Young Democrats, a voting member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, and a member of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.

Desi spent the summer between his junior and senior years in high school studying at Georgetown University. He fell in love with Washington that summer, and decided he had to attend college here. He was admitted to Catholic University, from which he graduated in May 2001. He began to fulfill his political aspirations shortly thereafter.

Though Desi was known throughout the city as a political activist, tireless campaigner, and beloved public servant, he once said in an interview, “I do not like politics. It’s a pain in the ass, really, but to make a change for the better it’s a necessary activity to engage in.” Desi attributed his decision to commit to politics to the summer of his 15th year, which he spent helping poor and homeless children in Guatemala. Upon returning to the U.S., “I decided to do everything I could to make this world a better place. I realized that we were so blessed to live in a thriving democracy, and the only way we can keep it this way is by getting involved and making a difference.”

“Desi was not only a close personal friend, but he was my right-hand man on the LCCA Board,” said LCCA President Jennifer Trock. “He was full of creative energy and ideas of how to engage and serve our community” she said. “His endless enthusiasm and excitement for life were an inspiration for us all. He will be deeply missed. ”

It has been a tough year for the Logan Circle Community Association, which mourned the loss of long-time community leader Constance “Connie” Maffin after a short illness last February.

Plans are underway for a memorial service to be held in Washington, D.C., and details will be published when additional information is available.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Lost Dog: Molly

We are passing this information on from Art, a dogwalker in Logan, who reports that one of his client's dogs was taken from outside of Whole Foods. Info below, but please check the other links for updates on sightings.

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Please be careful when leaving your dog outside of stores, someone is snatching up pets. A client of mine informed me today that their female Vizsla, around 7yrs old has been stolen from outside of Whole Foods Monday June 29th at 6pm!!! She has short, red/rust hair, is about 60-70lbs, and has a distinct scar from a past surgery on the inside right hind leg near her knee. She also has a pink, nylon collar with cupcakes around it if it was not removed already. She is chipped and AKC is already notified of her missing. RESPONDS to her name Molly, does not have much interest in other dogs, LOVES people (she likes to bury her face between your legs) and loves to play fetch. Please, if anyone saw anyone suspicious or has any leads to her contact any of us immediately! Owners are offering reward for her safe return.

Tyler 415-505-3857
Laurel 202-885-9534
Art 202-437-7462

Friday, May 22, 2009

Lost Puppy

****************************LOST PUPPY - "MONA"About 12 lbs.Floppy ears1’ 6” inches tallAll black with a white patch on her chest She was last seen on S and 14th. Sightings have occurred in 11th and Florida area and Logan Circle. If you see her, DO NOT CHASE HER. She’ll run away, and has from many people. Approach her slowly and calmly, even sit down close to her and let her come over to you. Please call 202 271 7702

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Durval Martins Candlelight Vigil

This event is scheduled to start Tuesday May 19th at 7 pm at the Reeves Center, ending at 8 p.m. at 11th and Q. Logan Circle residents may wish to know about the march, and are invited to participate in it either by joining the March at the Reeves center or gathering at 11th and Q. For those who active in Facebook, there is a link below to get to the page about the vigil.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Public Safety Walk-Around

From our neighbors in Borderstan:

THURSDAY: Borderstan Night-Safety Walk Around
March 16, 2009

What: Borderstan Night-Safety Walk Around. Join police and city government staff for a quick walk around Borderstan. The purpose is to point out dark areas that need lighting, burned out street lights, overgrown trees, etc. The goal is to improve night safety in Borderstan through better lighting and visibility.When: This Thursday, March 19, 6 p.m. The group will leave 15th and T NW at 6 p.m. and proceed south.

Who: You, your neighbors, representatives of D.C. government agencies. This includes members of the MPD, D.C. Department of Transportation and Andrew Huff, the Outreach and Services Specialist for Ward 2.Why: You can meet members of the police who patrol West Borderstan (PSA 208) and East Borderstan (PSA 307) as well as your neighbors… and contribute to public safety by working with officials to fix lighting- and visibility-related problems.

Where: 15th Street NW, starting at T Street and proceeding south to Rhode Island Avenue NW. Join us at 15th and T or watch for us as we make our way down 15th Street NW. Our goal is to cover/talk to residents on the 1400- and 1500-blocks of all streets between T Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.More Information: Contact Andrew Huff at or Borderstan at

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Celebration of Connie Maffin's Life

Join us in celebrating
the life of

Connie Maffin

Tuesday, April 7, 2009
10:30 – 11:30 am

Coffee reception to follow

Studio Theatre
1501 14th Street, NW

Many of you may wish to provide photos or a remembrance of your experiences with Connie. Please submit to by March 31, 2009.

If you prefer to send original photos, which will be returned after the celebration, please send to:

Rebecca Miller

Executive Director

DC Preservation League

401 F Street, NW, Room 324

Washington, DC 20001

202.783.5144 - Phone

Monday, February 16, 2009

LCCA Mourns Loss of Long-Time Member Constance "Connie" Maffin

February 16, 2009
Contact: Tim Christensen

LCCA Mourns Loss of Long-Time Member Constance "Connie" Maffin

(Washington, D.C) – The Logan Circle Community Association (“LCCA”) is mourning the passing of long-time member, leader, mentor, and friend Constance W. “Connie” Maffin. Connie died on February 16 after a short illness. Connie and her husband Bob were married in 1974 and lived together since then in their grand Victorian row house on the majestic stretch of Vermont Avenue N.W. just below Logan Circle. The LCCA community extends it heartfelt condolences to Bob and the entire Maffin family on their loss.

Connie was one of LCCA’s pioneering members and served as both an officer and board member numerous times. In recent years she served on the annual Holiday House Tour Committee, for which she headed up home selection and ticket sales. She was also a member of the Committee of 100, the city’s oldest planning organization and citizens’ lobby; Lambda Alpha, an international land economics society; and served as a trustee to the D.C. Preservation League.

“Connie Maffin was a household name in the D.C. civic movement, especially in Logan Circle,” said LCCA President Jennifer Trock. “She was a pillar of the community and a friend to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. Connie will be sorely missed.” LCCA Board Member and House Tour Co-Chair Tim Christensen agreed. “It was a joy to work with Connie on both a personal and professional level year after year and, frankly, we don’t know what we’re going to do without her,” he said.

Connie was an associate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential and was licensed in D.C. and Maryland since 1978. She served as chairperson of the Real Estate Board of the District of Columbia, which oversees the regulation of over 12,000 licensees in the city. She was past president of the Washington D.C. Association of Realtors and was name WDCAR’s REALTOR of the Year in 2007. She chaired the Public Policy, Residential Sales, Awards, and REALTOR Political Action Committees. In 1993 she was awarded Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year in recognition of her professionalism and commitment to the industry. She also served as a director of the National Association of REALTORS for three years.

Connie was a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and held the GRI national designation. She also completed the National Trust for Historic Preservation's historic real estate program. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, she received her M.A. in urban policy from George Washington University and her B.A. from Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois.

A portion of the proceeds from LCCA’s 2008 Holiday House Tour will be donated to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation in Connie’s memory. In lieu of flowers, friends are also invited to make a donation at or by mail to P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

A public viewing will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m.. All are invited to attend.