07/22/14 1:20pm

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@MrsARodriguez tweets us the photo above:

“Parked a few spots down, didn’t see vendor sign. Happened 2 another guy 2. Lesson learned I guess! $30 ticket on top of having to pay $120 to get his car from the towing company.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I did not realize until Sunday morning that drivers wanting to park along streets that have Sunday-only back-in parking near churches in Shaw were required to park that way during those times. I just figured it was permissible but not required. I was wrong. In other words, residents must move or adjust how their cars are parked by 7am on Sundays along many streets in Shaw. When I walked by 7th St NW Sunday morning two MPD officers were ticketing cars that were not properly parked (backed in, protruding into one lane of traffic).

What’s more, I understand that MPD will not ticket vehicles that remain backed in and blocking one lane of roadway after 3pm unless a complaint is called in.

By the way, the churches have petitioned the city to extend back-in parking on 6th St NW until 9pm Sundays. The city extended the hours while doing a study earlier this year. The study found that extended hours parking was unsafe but the Universal House of Prayer has hired an attorney to petition the city to allow the extended parking to remain. This extended parking makes it more challenging to find a place to park for residents as, even if they find a spot along that road, they need to move their car/adjust how its parked at 9pm…”

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07/22/14 12:55pm

1310 Sheridan Street Northwest

This house is located at 1310 Sheridan Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Charming end unit (of 5), semi-detached Tudor-style home with 3 bedrooms, 2 full/2 half bathrooms. A 5-7 minute walk to three major bus lines (including 16th & Georgia Ave. express stops), All flat sections of the roof were replaced in 2010, and has a lifetime warranty that can convey to the new owners. Open house Saturday 7/26 from 1-4pm & Sunday 7/27 from 1-4pm.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 full bath/2 half bath is going for $544,000.

07/22/14 12:46pm

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Photo by Abby Wood, Smithsonian’s National Zoo

From the National Zoo:

“Mei Xiang is celebrating her sweet 16 today in style: with daughter Bao Bao by her side and a fruitsicle in her paws! Mei was born in 1998 at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan Province. She arrived at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in 200. Both mother and daughter celebrated Mei’s day by playing, relaxing, and eating (lots) of bamboo. The Zoo’s Nutrition team even made a panda-friendly cake for the occasion!”

07/22/14 12:20pm

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301 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Thanks to @bryan_in_dc for tweeting us these updated photos of the Pret a Manger coming to the former Cosi space at the corner of 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave, SE.

“Pret A Manger at 3rd and Penn SE looks like it may open any day now. Interior looks done – even cash registers are installed. about half a dozen workers inside, too, so obviously actively trying to finish it up.”

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07/22/14 11:15am

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1701 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“Dupont Circle’s La Tomate has launched a new concept in its existing space on Connecticut Avenue. Family owned and operated since 1987, La Tomate inaugurates La Tomate Caffe’ adjacent to its current bistro – the first of many changes the restaurant will implement between 2014-2015. A Grand Opening of The Caffe’ will happen on Friday, July 25th all day. [Full menu here.]

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Photo credit: Rey Lopez

Designed by Milan-based architect, Fillipo Taidelli, The Caffe’ offers Belle Epoque inspired atmosphere with Italian-flared menu items. Open from breakfast to late-night, The Caffe’ will serve brioche and sweets, espresso, coffee and fresh-squeezed juices for breakfast, artisanal-cut domestic and Italian charcuterie, assortments of cheeses, mozzarella varieties and light-fare. A vast array of packaged homemade gastro products, including fresh, signature sauces and soups as well as Italian delicatessen treats, cocktails, wine and beer will be available all day.

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The Bistro will remain a place for leisurely indoor and al fresco dining, while The Caffe’ offers a fast option for a quick breakfast, lunch break, or dinner. “Whether dining in or on the go, La Tomate Caffe’ will offer fresh, affordable and delicious food in a cozy, traditional Italian caffe’ setting,” says La Tomate owner Natalina Koropoulos.

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To celebrate the opening, La Tomate Caffe’ will be serving up complimentary and reduced price specials all day on Friday, July 25th.”

07/22/14 10:45am

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual in this video. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the homicide of 76-year-old James Oh and an Armed Robbery of an Establishment which occurred in the 5500 block of Colorado Avenue, NW, on Friday, July 4, 2014, at approximately 5:20 PM.

The individual was captured by the store’s surveillance camera approximately two hours prior to the incident.

Anyone who can identify this person or knows the whereabouts of this person 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.”

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07/22/14 10:20am

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1939 12th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits are pleased to announce that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the owner of 1939 12th Street to open an upscale liquor store to serve the needs of the growing U Street Neighborhood. The group filed paperwork with ABRA in late June to open a Class A store and hopes to open its doors in early October.

Gallagher & Graham plans to specialize in craft beers, organic wines and selectively distilled spirits in addition to the staples. “We will carry a few of the name brands but really want to allow Washingtonians to sample some of the great products coming out of this region.” Said Tucker Gallagher, longtime U Street resident.

Gallagher, formerly in corporate marketing, has teamed up with his cousin, John Graham, a newly minted MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship. They are excited for the challenge of serving a changing neighborhood.

Mr. Gallagher came up with the idea while shopping for a dinner party: “The area east of 14th lacks a store where you can buy a fine wine for dinner, a decent craft beer to watch the game or a top shelf liquor to make cocktails. We want to be the first and only stop when U street resident are stocking their bars and wine cellars.”

In addition to serving the needs of the average customer, the duo hope to benefit from the recent trend in artisan products: “We want to help educate our customers about what they are drinking as well as introduce them to new brands. The craft spirit industry has really taken off in recent years and small batch products are in many cases better than the name brands people are familiar with.” added Graham.

“U Street has changed dramatically in the past 10 years and our neighbors are demanding more refined products for a cultivated palate.” Gallagher said “We look forward to providing a variety of quality products for the inquisitive gourmet.”

The store, to be located at 1939 12th Street, hopes to open in October upon approval of ABRA and input from local groups.”

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07/22/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user J Sonder

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.

07/22/14 9:15am

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This battle is starting to get bloody.

From a press release:

“NoMa just got even more bike-friendly, with new air pumps and a free public repair station installed in the neighborhood. To serve cycling traffic from the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the beautiful new cycle track on First Street, NE, the NoMa BID has installed a bright orange FIXIT station, an outdoor, tamper-resistant repair station that includes all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. The tools and air pump are securely attached to the stand with stainless steel cables and tamper-proof fasteners. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making adjustments. The FIXIT station is located right off the Metropolitan Branch Trail ramp on M Street, NE, under the underpass and across from the M Street entrance to the NoMa/Gallaudet U Metro station.

In addition, the NoMa BID has installed five new, tamper-resistant, bright orange bike air pumps throughout the neighborhood at the following locations:

· First and M Streets, NE, northwest corner of the intersection
· M Street, NE, right off the Met Branch Trail ramp next to the new Fixit Station
· Third and L Streets, NE, southeast corner of the intersection
· On First Street, NE, just south of K Street, NE, adjacent to the Burnham Wall
· On North Capitol at H Street, NE, adjacent to the University of the District of Columbia (more…)