09/01/15 11:45am

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2106 Vermont Ave, NW

From an email:

“Nothing Goes together Better than Duffy’s Wings and Nats Baseball!

We still have a bit of time before the paperwork is done on our liquor license. In the meantime please join us for a Preopening Wing Feast and Nats Viewing Party.

**please note no alcohol will be served and you cannot bring your own. We cannot have any alcohol on the premises until we get our liquor license which will be very soon

Sunday September 13th 1pm to 4pm
$15 per person

Unlimited Wings (no carryout boxes)
Non Alcoholic Beverages included
Nats vs Marlins and Redskins vs Dolphins on all the TVs
Sound on the Nats up Front and on the Redskins in back.
Open 1pm til the end of Nats and Redskins games.
Kids with parents are welcome. Under 12 price – $10

We Hope to See you then!

Grand opening will be soon after. We’ll let you know as soon as we do!
In the meantime please continue to support our IndieGogo campaign:”

09/01/15 11:05am

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Via the Brookland listserv regarding shots fired around 2:30/3pm Monday afternoon:

Resident:

“Can I get some more information about the gunfire my husband witnessed on Evarts near 12th and the subsequent getaway via scooter? There were buses and lots of people present for pick up. Thankfully, it appears no one got hurt.

The dispatcher was not interested in my husband’s call, (“It’s already been reported, thanks.”) And the cop cruised by without lights on. NO URGENCY FOR GUN FIRE NEXT TO A SCHOOL??? The school security guard had to jump out and yell at the cops to get their attention and ask if they showed up for the the shooting.

Can I please get some type of explanation or clarification?”

MPD reply:

“At about 230 pm, units from the Fifth District responded to the sounds of gunshots in the area of 12th and Evarts. Units conducted a canvass for shell casings with negative results; however, a witness reported seeing one suspect b/m 20’s white tank top riding a red scooter in the area and possibly involved. A subject matching that description was observed a short time later in the area of 7th and Franklin, but made good his escape from the area without being identified. Noyes Elementary School delayed release for approximately 10 minutes while this matter was being investigated.

At about the same time, School Resources Officers requested assistance for unruly persons at the Brookland Metro. Units responded and 2 arrests were made, 1 juvenile and 1 adult. A red scooter was observed leaving that area as well, but the persons on the scooter were not the persons arrested..

There were no injuries or damage to property reported as a result of this incident.”

Resident:

“The reports of no damage to property are not accurate. The shots were fired closer to 3:00. The timing is important because buses and parents were already lining the street for dismissal. Also inaccurate, a bullet was found lodged in the rear side of the brand new car of our neighbor (the car was facing rear to the east) and it had a smashed window. Whereas the guy who jumped on the scooter was shooting in the opposite direction (shooting to the west and running east). It seems as though shots were fired from the group of 8 kids who who ran up Franklin, resulting in the bullet(s) in the neighbors car. My husband witnessed the scooter kid (wearing a white t-shirt, not a white tank top) run down the street with the gun out, jump on the red and white scooter driven by another kid, and duck while he drove away across 10th and on the next block of Evarts.

It took the police about 5-10 minutes to show up. No lights. No urgency. The school security guard had to jump out in the street in front of the police car to get it to stop. So perhaps none of the contributing details of the story matter to the “investigation”.

There was a shoot out right in front on my house and at dismissal of an elementary school between two or more individuals. The safety of my family, my neighbors, the Noyes students, their families and the bus staff that was on the street demands that something be done to address this situation. Please advise us on our next steps.

We have multiple shooters outside of a school and it barely commands a casual stop by an officer.”

MPD reply:

“No one called to report damage so I can only report the information as reported by victims. Please advise your neighbor that they should make a report.

It seems that you have very valuable eyewitness information. It is always critical for ‘first person’ eyewitnesses to call immediately so that we can operate and make strategic decisions using the most reliable and thorough information available. We had a sighting on the scooter during that time. Had this information been more punctual I could have used it to weigh in my decision as to whether the officers could chase the vehicle.”

Resident:

“Then why were there so many police out there last night looking at her car?”

Resident:

“From my husband regarding the shootings at 12th and Evarts:

I DID call as soon as I saw that the shooter had left. I stated that there was shots fired. I stated that i saw a young man running down the street WITH a gun. I was informed by the dispatch that a call had already been placed. I was asked what did the shooter look like. That was all. Can’t be more “punctual” than immediate. I am surprised that someone didn’t ask me again “how long have you lived here”?
There is a bullet lodged in my neighbors car. There were several police cruisers working that last night. They took pictures of it. Did they not report it? Did you not look to see if there was a report? Speaking of living here, I spoke with my neighbor last night, she stated that in her 53 years of living here, she has not had this level of deadly violence on Evarts.
Do you not believe that shots were fired? Obviously they were, as my neighbors car has a bullet lodged in it. The time to interview was yesterday as the police cruiser slowly approaching the school and was waived down by a bus driver.
I see that your union has placed a vote of “no confidence” in our police chief. I am happy that this is something that needs to take the time of all the MPD. Your internal strife, either real or manufactured, has apparently hindered your ability to discern a true emergency. THERE WAS A SHOOTOUT IN FRONT OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MINUTES BEFORE DISMISSAL. You guys decide to have a work slowdown to voice your opinions while the citizens who pay your salaries suffer as a consequence? OHOD make you angry enough to ignore a shootout at an elementary school?
If that doesn’t warrant 10 police cruisers with lights and sirens, what does?
Stop blaming the citizens for the violence being perpetrated in their communities when they call upon the MPD to do their sworn duty. Multiple calls were made, they were immediate, some descriptions were made, cruisers were flagged down. What more is possible without the MPD help?
Your replies seem to blame the very people who are calling for your help. This incident is NOT OUR fault. Its not the fault of the 5 year olds that go to school at Noyes. It’s not the fault of their teachers or parents or bus drivers or the people who reside on Evarts.
Whats the next statement, “buy a gun”? Only heard that several times by law enforcement..

FWIW, we’ve had numerous situations with violence and other dangerous activity in our neighborhood over the years. We try to report, but at some point it just gets sickening to hear some of the responses. For example:
– The number of times we have been asked by officers “How long have you lived here? (13 years, but I’m not sure why that matters) Do you know the neighborhood?”: 5 times (maybe 6 but I stopped listening)
– The number of times we have been asked by officers “What did you do to bring this on?” 3 times
– The number of times we have been told by officers to have a gun in the house to protect ourselves: 2 plus one additional time where the officer told use we needed to do “whatever it takes” to protect our family.

In other words the police have given us advice to break the law, eluded to us being outsiders who deserve problems, and tried to incite victim shaming as a reason from criminal behavior in our neighborhood.

I really and truly want to know what we are supposed to do.”

09/01/15 10:40am

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4530 Wisconsin Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“Called the store and they confirmed–“we are closing our stores, probably by the first week in December.”

From Hudson Trail Outfitters CEO:

It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that after nearly fifty (50) years in business, HTO will be closing its remaining four stores and shutting down the business.

HTO has been an institution in the DC Metro Area since 1971. From day one the mission was simple: open a store that sells the greatest outdoor gear and apparel on the planet, hire only those who love the outdoors and who are passionate about health and happiness, and provide Positively Outrageous Customer Service to everyone. The retail landscape has changed so much within the last 36 months and the Company has decided that the time has come to begin to ‘wind down’ all company affairs, knowing that it never had to compromise any excellence standards on behalf of the community.

The community and the Company have always supported each other with such dignity and respect, and the Company will always be proud of the role that it played in helping to improve the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of people, employees and customers, within the DC Metro Area. During this transition, all customers and all employees can count on continued excellence and pride from all associations with the Company. HTO firmly believes that an orderly wind-down of affairs provides the best opportunity for professional closure and maximum success and efficiency in what are otherwise sad and nostalgic circumstances.

The Company wishes to thank all of its customers and team members (past and present) for nearly five (5) decades of committed loyalty, high standards, professionalism, association, trust, support, partnership…and most importantly…. friendship. And what a ride it has been – who would have ever imagined that Ground Zero for what is now internationally known as Specialty Active Outdoor Retail was going to be Kensington, Maryland, or, that a passionate and creative outdoorsman from Washington, DC would one day grow up to both pioneer an entire industry, and, to become the example and trend setter for how that industry would grow and evolve for nearly half of a century?

In advance, thank you for your continued support during this transition.

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09/01/15 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user slatifolia

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

09/01/15 9:30am

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Pablo Raw

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit is investigating two first degree sexual assault cases that may be related. The first case occurred on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at approximately 10:45 pm in the Unit Block of Riggs Road Northeast. The second case occurred on Friday, August 28, 2015 at approximately 12:08 am in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue Northeast.

The suspect’s description is similar in both cases. The suspect is described as a black male, in his 20s to 30s, with a medium to dark complexion, 6’ to 6’2” in height, with facial hair. In both cases, the suspect was armed with a knife and he fled the scene on a dark colored bicycle following the sexual assault. In one of the cases, the suspect robbed the victim of her property. Prior to the assaults, both complainants’ exited nearby Metro Stations (Fort Totten and Brookland/CUA). MPD is urging the public to use caution when walking alone in the area coming from the Metro Stations and using the nearby foot paths and bike trails.

Anyone who has information regarding these crimes should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

08/31/15 10:22pm

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1220 Connecticut Ave, NW

Update: An incredibly good source tells me that the bourbon place will be located on the second floor and on the first floor we can expect a Cava Grill and a Citibank.

Finally word of a replacement for the prime Bertucci’s location vacant since Sept. of last year. The liquor license placard for DVL says:

“Light fare to mix with rare bourbons. No hood for food service. DJ and bands on occasion depending on the event. No nude performances. No dancing provided. Seating for 30 and Total Occupancy Load of 250.”

Updates when more details are known.

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08/31/15 10:05pm

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Thanks to Petworthian for passing on. No doubt these are desperately needed

From their website:

“What IS Guerrilla Goodness you ask?

Guerrilla Goodness is intentional, anonymous acts of kindness performed in playful, creative ways for strangers, friends, and family.

It is the power of kindness and joy coming alive for all involved, both the giver and recipient. It’s discovering something about yourself and the world that changes everything, it is about believing and standing in kindness.

Guerrilla goodness is dropping flowers on strangers’ doorsteps, chalking up sidewalks outside of schools with good wishes on the first day of school, leaving quarters in all the gumball machines in town, slipping starbucks gift cards into books at the library for the next reader to find.

I like to think it is where strangers and kindness meet to play!”