07/05/15 8:59am

A reader reports around 1am:

“A shooting occurred by an alley on 15th between Swann and T streets NW at approximately 1:45am. The shooter was firing a handgun from about 10 feet away at a man trying to run away toward the alley. There was no audible argument between the two prior. There were 5 shots. Afterward, the shooter jogged up 15th toward U as the victim bled making his way through the alley toward 14th. The police found the victim in the alley bleeding about 10 minutes later.

Some good citizens that originally thought it was fireworks called it in as witnesses did not have charged phones. Thankfully, some people are willing to stand up, get involved and say something. How do we end the constant violence here in the District?”

@DCPoliceDept tweeted:

“MPD is on the scene of a confirmed shooting in the 1700 block of T STREET NW”

07/05/15 8:52am

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide that occurred in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast.

On Saturday, July 4, 2015, at approximately 12:50 pm, officers on patrol from the Fifth District were alerted by Metro Transit Officers of a stabbing that occurred aboard a metro train in the NOMA-Gallaudet Metro Station, located in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast. Upon arrival, they located an unconscious adult male suffering from apparent stab wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene and found no signs of life. The adult male was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 24-year-old Kevin Joseph Sutherland of Northeast, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411″

07/02/15 3:58pm

Roxie

“Dear PoPville,

Could you please help us find Roxie? She is a 4 year old Yorkshire terrier.She is a tiny grey and brown mix, about 4 years old, one droopy ear and is wearing a pink harness. Very sweet but shy. She got lost July 1 during the storm in Monroe Street in Columbia Heights. The contact information is email:helenmarstiller@gmail.com or phone 202-413-6114.”

07/02/15 3:45pm

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7th and Q St, NW

From an email:

“Leave the grilling to us this weekend. Dacha Beer Garden opens at noon Friday, July 3rd and will be open on the 4th of July for its normal hours of operation, 11am – midnight. We will be serving brunch till 3pm all weekend and are offering homemade ice cream sandwiches as a special treat for the holiday.

Additionally, a nod to one of the oldest American domestic beers this Independence weekend, Dacha will have Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap for the first time ever. For one day only, the 4th of July, Dacha will be offering $3 PBR’s to pair nicely with your brats and home fries!

Dacha’s Hours this Holiday Weekend:

Friday, July 3rd: Noon – Midnight
Saturday, July 4th: 11am – Midnight (Brunch served from 11am – 3pm)
Sunday, July 5th: 11am – 10:30pm (Brunch served from 11am – 3pm)”

and from El Chucho (11th and Lamont St, NW):

“Just a quick heads up that El Chucho WILL BE OPEN for brunch both Friday July 3rd, and Saturday July 4th. We will be closed at 4pm on the Fourth We’re also offering a delicious $5 cocktail featuring El Silencio mezcal and a house-made watermelon agua fresca all weekend. We also have a new soft shell crab taco featuring Maryland soft shell crab, avocado, a chipotle aioli, cilantro, and pickled cabbage.”

07/02/15 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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“Henri, Brightwood”

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“Rex of Capitol Hill keeping cool on the marble benches outside the Supreme Court.”

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“Here’s Leslie enjoying Sunday Funday in the U Street corridor.”

07/02/15 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Ken Yu

From WMATA:

“Metro will provide frequent rail service during the afternoon and evening hours of Saturday, July 4, to accommodate those attending the fireworks display on the National Mall and the Foo Fighters concert at RFK Stadium.

Several hundred thousand passengers are expected to take Metrorail on Independence Day, with crowds primarily traveling to and from the 9:10 p.m. fireworks display on the Mall, as well as other events around the region. Metrorail service will operate from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m., with near rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks. Off-peak fares will be in effect until midnight. At 12:01 a.m. through closing on Sunday at 3 a.m., peak fares will be in effect in accordance with Metro’s standard fare policies.

Friday, July 3 (Holiday observed)

Metrorail: Open 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. Trains will run on a Saturday schedule.
Parking: Free at all Metro-operated facilities.
Fares: Off-Peak fares will be in effect all day.
Metrobus: Saturday supplemental schedule.
MetroAccess: Regular service hours. Subscription trips are cancelled. Please ensure all July 4 reservations are booked before 4:30 p.m. on July 3.
Customer Service: Will be closed.

Saturday, July 4

Metrorail: Open 7 a.m. until 3 a.m. Trains will run on a Saturday schedule until about 2 p.m., and then gradually ramp up to near rush-hour service levels before and after the fireworks. Due to large crowds, bicycles and large coolers are not permitted. Silver Line trains will operate between Wiehle-Reston East and Stadium-Armory for the entire service day. Passengers traveling to/from stations east of Stadium-Armory will need to use a Blue Line train to complete their trip.
Parking: Free at all Metro-operated facilities.
Fares: Off-Peak fares will be in effect EXCEPT 12:01 a.m. through closing Sunday at 3 a.m.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RIDERS TRAVELING TO FOO FIGHTERS CONCERT AT RFK STADIUM: This event is scheduled to end around midnight. At midnight, PEAK fares go into effect as scheduled (standard Metrorail fare policy). Please be sure you load enough value on your SmarTrip or farecard in advance to complete your entire trip. Expect long lines at fare machines at Stadium-Armory.
Metrobus: Saturday schedule. Expect detours around the National Mall.
MetroAccess: Regular service hours. Subscription trips are cancelled. Please ensure all July 4 reservations are booked before 4:30 p.m. on July 3.
Customer Service: Open 7 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. by calling 202 637-7000; Lost & Found will be closed.

TRAVELING TO THE NATIONAL MALL

The closest station to the Mall is Smithsonian . However this is not your best choice.

While many passengers choose to use Smithsonian, this station can become overcrowded during larger Mall events. Metro recommends selecting a destination station on the same line as your origin to avoid the need to transfer. There is a station near the Mall on every line. Here is a list of suggested stations:

Foggy Bottom
Metro Center
Federal Triangle
Archives
Gallery Place
Judiciary Square
Union Station
L’Enfant Plaza
Capitol South
Federal Center SW
Arlington Cemetery

This year, Smithsonian station will be open all day, however, the mall entrance will become ENTRANCE ONLY after 9:30 p.m. The Independence Avenue entrance will be available for both entry and exit throughout the entire day.”

Also from Metro Transit Police:

“Metro Transit Police today arrested a 14-year-old male District resident on charges stemming from six robberies along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines.

The six robberies took place aboard trains and in stations between May 27 and June 15, and caused MTPD to issue a public alert to customers encouraging vigilance.

Below are the dates, times and locations of the six robberies for which charges were filed today:

May 27, 2015 11:15 p.m. at Minnesota Avenue
May 31, 2015 9:42 p.m. at Eastern Market
June 1, 2015 10:10 p.m. at Deanwood
June 9, 2015 1:30 p.m. at Eastern Market
June 12, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. at Benning Road
June 15, 2015 at 3:10 p.m. at Deanwood

All of the robberies involved iPhone 6 devices. MTPD detectives used video evidence to identify and charge the suspect.

The juvenile will face the charges in the District of Columbia. The investigation is ongoing to determine whether the suspect can be positively linked to any other cases.”

716 South Carolina Avenue Southeast

This rental is located at 716 South Carolina Avenue, Southeast. The listing says:

“Stunning Victorian on an enviable block, steps to Eastern Mkt, menus, The Hill! Exceptional renovation. Unbeatable location, Eastern Mkt right outside your door. Metro 3 blocks away. Light filled, dramatic winding staircase, 2 FPs. Master suite w plentiful storage, closets, beautiful master bath. Relaxing rear patio off gourmet kitchen. Bsmt rented separately. Pets case by case basis.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $4,800/Mo.

07/02/15 2:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I have friends coming to visit from San Francisco in a couple of weeks and I (not so secretly) want to convince them to move here. Since SF has most places beat when it comes to hip and trendy, I don’t want or need to show them how “cool” we have become here in the District. Rather, I just want to showcase the best, uniquely-DC things that we have to offer! What things should we do to show them a good time?

Ed. Note: Here’s some recs from 2012 but could definitely use a refresh!