07/28/15 4:30pm

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From an email:

“It’s a lecture about Harry Potter! Wednesday, July 29, 7pm at the Shaw Library [1630 7th St. NW]. (It also coincides with his birthday, which is the 31st!)

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Birthdays have a special significance in the world J.K. Rowling has created. Hagrid doesn’t reveal that Harry is a wizard on just any day of the year, and every witch and wizard looks forward coming of age on their 17th birthday if for no other reason than that they are finally allowed to do magic outside school. Join us for a conversation about the significance of birthdays, especially Harry’s, in the wizarding world. Birthday cake and butterbeer will be served!

ASL interpreters will be present.

Tolonda Henderson is a librarian at George Washington University. She has presented her work on the library at Hogwarts at several academic conferences and is currently researching Harry Potter and disability studies.”

07/28/15 4:10pm

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A reader reports:

“They sent out menus to the neighborhood over a month ago, but the phone number on the menus redirects to the H St. location. Also, the space looks completely done (see attached). I don’t know what the holdup is and I’m sorta annoyed about it, because I could really go for a jumbo slice right now. Maybe they’re having trouble finding staff?”

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2117 Rhode Island Ave, NE

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From a press release:

“LCOR, a fully-integrated real estate company specializing in property development, investment and management, has closed on a $30M construction loan from M&T Bank for the development of The Edison at Union Market, in Washington D.C. LCOR plans to develop the land at 4th Street and Florida Avenue, NE into a mixed-use property bringing forth the vision of incorporating forward thinking retail and smart living into the thriving historic district.

Upon completion, The Edison at Union Market will include 187 apartments, approximately 28,000 square feet of ground-level retail space and a below-grade parking garage. The six-story building will serve as the first residential development delivered to Union Market, signaling a major step in the revitalization of the evolving district. (more…)

07/28/15 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 6-8 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.

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“Carmela, Petworth. She loves to eat flowers.”

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“Tigger of Columbia Heights, just chillin'”

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“Marley running with a giant stick at Upshur dog park”

07/28/15 3:10pm

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Back in June a reader wrote:

“Has anyone noticed the young and older men around the Potbellys in COLUMBIA HEIGHTS? They seem “fazed”, “gone”, and on something other than weed. What are they on? What are police or community agencies doing to help these men?”

Sadly it appears to be the synthetic marijuana we’ve been hearing so much about. A reader sends this story from NBC Washington earlier today:

“Synthetic Drug Use Suspected Near Columbia Heights Metro Station

More than a dozen people suspected of using dangerous synthetic drugs were treated in D.C. on Friday — including four people believed to have overdosed near the Columbia Heights Metro station, according to sources within the D.C. Fire and EMS Department.”

07/28/15 2:50pm

1954 Columbia Road Northwest

This rental is located at 1954 Columbia Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“A large studio with a smart floor plan is now available in Kalorama. Separate dining, kitchen and sleeping area. Full of historic character and charm blended with the most convenient location and price. Enjoy large walk-in closes, hardwood floors and natural light. Most of your utilities are included. Tenant is responsible for electricity and cable.”

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You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $1,500/Mo.

07/28/15 2:15pm

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National Chicken Wing Day

“Does anybody know of good bars (and good deals) for National Chicken Wing Day on July 29?”

Ed. Note: Aren’t chicken wings always on special? Anyway I’d look at Bon Chon in Navy Yard. Not sure if Kochix are participating and they’re more of a take out anyway. Where are your favorite bars that sell wings?

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07/28/15 2:08pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nikoo Yahyazadeh

Thanks to Pablo for sending this depressing news from Science Daily – Washington, DC sinking fast, adding to threat of sea-level rise:

“This falling land will exacerbate the flooding that the nation’s capital faces from rising ocean waters due to a warming climate and melting ice sheets–accelerating the threat to the region’s monuments, roads, wildlife refuges, and military installations.”