September 2017

Found 3 blog entries for September 2017.

Bipeds of Brookland: Carmen Torruella-Quander

 Carmen Torruella-Quander

Carmen painting a portrait of her great grandmother, who was an indigenous Taino Woman in the Dominican Republic.

Carmen Torruella-Quander  grew up in a Dominican family in Adams Morgan and remembers coming to the Franciscan Monastery with her mother for mass in Spanish before it was available in other churches. “Back then, to come from Adams Morgan to Brookland was a good hour and a half or two hours… by bus and a street car.” Brookland always seemed a small town… outside of the city…There were cows at Old Soldiers Home.”

Along with her brother and her now husband, she was one of the first students to integrate Sacred Heart School in 1950.  “We had kids from all over the world and we’re still

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1707 Irving St NE Washington DC
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1707 Irving St NE DC exterior front

Enjoy peaceful side-street living with this light-filled three-bedroom/two-bathroom Brookland home.

The first floor’s cozy living room leads into a dining room and an impressive kitchen with Frigidaire appliances, an island (with cabinet space), a floor-to-ceiling pantry, and a separate breakfast nook for lazy weekend brunches. Out back is a fenced-in private backyard where you’ll find a mix of sun and shade, a storage shed, lawn and garden space, and an asphalt drive that can comfortably fit two cars.

The second floor of your home is packed with windows galore. Daylight floods through the master bedroom, which comes complete with its own en-suite shower and

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Bipeds of Brookland: David J Nolan,

 

DJ Nolan
(DJ and Helen with Ray Bowlding Jr)

David J Nolan known to most as DJ, came to DC to work for Catholics for Choice in 1999 after emigrating to the US from Ireland through London, where he had met his wife, Helen Searls. He is now the Director of Communications for the American Academy of Actuaries.

 

DJ spends a lot of his free time each summer at PG Pool.  When their two kids were young, his wife took them for ‘Toddler Swim’ and “fell in love with PG Pool…. We’ve been members since 2003; it is an incredible resource.” He joined the board after being “volunteered” by Helen and became president a few years ago. DJ explains that while membership was very low when they first joined, it is now full and is

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