05/04/15 4:30pm

“This Friday, May 9th, Irish charity Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light comes to Washington DC for the first time this year. Darkness Into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am when thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The walk/run will begin at Catholic University of America, in partnership with the CUA Gaels, crossing the finish line just as dawn is breaking at the breathtaking Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland and provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who need it.Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, London, Sydney and America. With the number of locations doubling this year, organizers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part. 80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA.

Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, spoke about the launch in Washington, “Darkness Into Light is a people’s event organized by local committees all over Ireland and abroad. Although the number of people walking has never been greater, neither has the need. The addition of Washington as a location this year shows how Darkness Into Light is uniting people across the globe in solidarity with those who suffer.” She added “While suicide is a devastating tragedy, we mustn’t forget that there is hope, there is help, and Pieta House will be there to provide both.”

While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known. No one should walk alone.

Online registration and further details are available now at  www.darknessintolight.ie

05/04/15 3:50pm

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From ABRA:

“Several new types of alcohol licenses are available to District businesses beginning today. The licenses are part of a new law that is now in effect in the District.

One provision of the law provides a new permit to District distilleries and wineries. The on-site sales and consumption permit would allow a distillery to sell their spirits on-site in the form of cocktails for the first time. A winery with the permit could sell and serve glasses of their wine to customers. Until now, on-site sales and consumption permits were only available to breweries in the District. The application for the permit is available on the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration’s (ABRA) website.”

The legislation also creates a new license for alcohol-infused products such as cupcakes. The class C manufacturer’s license allows a bakery to manufacture and sell baked goods—with a maximum of five-percent of alcohol per volume—to persons 21 years of age or older. Products could also be sold to other businesses that have alcoholic beverage licenses. A bakery licensed under a class C manufacturer’s license is limited to selling and serving alcohol-infused baked goods and would not be permitted to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.”

Speaking of which – District Winery has applied for a liquor license at 385 Water Street, SE near Yards Park:

“Multi-Purpose Facility with 450 seats and a Total Occupancy Load of 750. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include dancing, wine pub and summer garden with 100 seats.”

CityPaper notes that these are the same folks behind Brooklyn Winery:

“Locally crafted wine, eats, and private events

Our boutique urban winery is set in the heart of Williamsburg, one of the borough’s most vibrant and creative neighborhoods. Winemaker Conor McCormack produces our premium small batch wines, combining the quality of tradition with the freedom of innovation. Tour the winery to learn about how our wines are produced, then settle into the wine bar and savor our artisanal wines while indulging in our seasonal menu. For those looking to commemorate a special occasion, we also function as a private event venue, featuring full-service weddings with wine crafted on-site, exquisite cuisine, and the beautiful winery as a backdrop.

Origin Story

Co-founders Brian Leventhal and John Stires previously worked together at an internet startup. While there, they made their own wine with a group of co-workers at a winemaking facility in New Jersey for three years running. After realizing what an incredible amount of fun winemaking is, then observing a nearly complete lack of wineries in Brooklyn, and recognizing that New Yorkers are obsessed with all things local, Brian and John quit their jobs (in a terrible economy, no less) to open the business. In the end, it was Brian and John’s unrelenting passion and dedication to their innovative idea that led them to officially open the winery less than a year after the company’s inception. It’s that passion and dedication that permeates every aspect of Brooklyn Winery, from the wines they craft to the exceptional service they and their team provide.”

05/04/15 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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“This is Bug in Columbia Heights. He’s a big fan of springtime.”

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“Tucker from Columbia Heights enjoys chasing tennis balls in Rock Creek Park!”

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“Mr. Pants and Dr. McDougal, hard at work in Van Ness.”

05/04/15 2:55pm

2141 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 2141 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Perfect location w/ Grocer, Restaurants, Gym & Transportation steps away! This condo offers a tree-top view from the living room, an updated kitchen w/ granite counters & stainless steel appliances and stacked washer/dryer. The bedroom has a walk-in closet and tree-top view from the balcony. Convenient to Georgetown, Cleveland Park & just a “hop-skip & a jump” from Virginia!”

2141 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest inside

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,800/Mo.

05/04/15 2:25pm

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11th and M St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

This building is at the northeast corner of 11th and M St NW (street address is 1017 M St NW). A new 9-story (or so) residential building is being constructed on the lot that wraps around this building (most recently a surface parking lot). Over the past two months they have done excavation, pile-driving, and pouring concrete for the basement levels.

As you can see in the second and third pictures, a crack has developed separating the side wall from the remainder of the building at 11th & M. At 11:30 DCFD had blocked off both 11th and M St to secure the site. By 12:15 they had left, but there is now security tape roping off sidewalks on both 11th and M, and M St is still blocked. Meanwhile, a crew from the residential construction project has shown up, apparently studying how to stabilize this building and prevent it from collapsing into their open basement construction site.”

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05/04/15 2:10pm

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Twentythirtysomething Book Club May Selection

“Are you a local reader at least 21 years old? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a DC Public Library book group for younger adults.

In our May selection, the 2014 nonfiction title “Nothing is True and Everything is
Possible,” journalist and television producer Peter Pomerantsev describes the stranger than fiction scenarios and individuals he encountered when work brought him to Russia at the start of the 21st century.

We will be meeting on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park. Questions? E-mail erika.rydberg@dc.gov and julia.strusienski@dc.gov”

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05/04/15 1:50pm

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05/04/15 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Due to a recent injury, availability of handicap parking has, unfortunately, become a special concern in my household. (Thankfully, it’s an injury that will heal in a few months.) We’ve witnessed several frustrating examples of people misusing handicap parking, but this one takes the cake: Cop car taking up the only handicap parking spot for the building. And no, this wasn’t a quick in and out – the car has been there for an extended time. There are countless other spots that this cop could park in instead, since cops don’t have to worry about parking legally – I see cops parked all the time along the wall behind our building (which is labeled “no parking”) or at the end of a block behind the legal street parking. There is just absolutely no excuse for taking up the one spot reserved for disabled parkers!! Shameful! The annoying part is that there is no one to report it to – I’m sure that a complaint to the police would fall on deaf ears.”