11/24/15 3:45pm

1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW

More about Via Umbria here:

“Our authentic Italian market is dedicated to the bounty of Umbria, the rustic region known as il cuore verde d’Italia, the green heart of Italy. We’ve been immersed in its rich culture for decades and our deep relationships with local artisans and purveyors give us rare access to products of exceptional quality and authenticity. Discover the finest Italian olive oils, Italian pasta, delicious chocolates, succulent sauces, handpainted ceramics, beautiful linens and much more. We invite you to explore the best of Italy’s unique cuisine and crafts today!”

Hours are currently “7 AM (coffee and pastries!) to 7 PM (pick up a pasta, sauce, and some kale after work for dinner). We are closed on Thanksgiving, but open ever other day.”

Photo courtesy Via Umbria

Stand by for a Grand Opening around December 5th.

loading the Piccolo Piaggio courtesy Via Umbria

11/24/15 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 2 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.


“Meet Bella, our pleasantly plump Himalayan Maine Coon”


“Mila the lion head bunny perched upon her Logan Circle castle.” (above)

“Percy is Mila the lion head bunny’s companion.” (below)


11/24/15 3:10pm


From the Mayor’s Office:

“On the one-year anniversary of the death of former DC Mayor Marion S. Barry, Jr., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced recommendations from the D.C. Commission to Commemorate and Recognize the Honorable Marion S. Barry, Jr.  The Commission was tasked with identifying ways to honor the late Mayor of the District – often referred to as ‘Mayor for Life.”

The recommendations include: commissioning a bust or statue in front of the John A. Wilson Building, renaming Good Hope Road, renaming Frank W. Ballou Senior High School in Ward 8 where Barry served as the Councilmember until his passing, and naming the new student center at the University of the District of Columbia.  The final recommendations, culled from a list of 30, were developed based on public input solicited during this summer’s public engagement forums. (more…)

11/24/15 2:50pm

2029 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

Today’s rental is just for fun. It’s located at 2029 Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“One-of-a-kind half-floor residence in one of Washington’s preeminent buildings. 3 exposures offer magnificent light & views in this warm yet distinguished home. Exquisite custom molding & hardwood floors adorn grand entertaining spaces, gourmet kitchen carries Viking appl., & 5 bedrooms incl. a palatial master suite. 2 secure parking spaces, 24hr concierge, & steps to the finest DC has to offer.”


You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $16,000/Mo.

11/24/15 2:25pm

parking tickets
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mike Maguire

One reader reports:

“Today 3 of my friends and I received tickets in Eckington at 2 am. All parking. I got a registration ticket and my friend got caught too close to the alleyway. They seem to be cracking down on the area.”

Another reader writes:

“I was parked around 4:50 on the 4000 block of Marlboro Pl, NW. As I am sure you know this is a one way, one block street with residents parking out front of their homes daily. 75% of the block has no parking signs from 7am-7pm for gas line work. According to multiple neighbors on the block there has been no workmen out to the property in almost a week. That being said an MPD officer from 4D showed up at 5pm to ticket all of those parked on the block. When I questioned why he was ticketing people this late in the day when there were no Washington Gas trucks to be found he responded, “Well the sign is there, right?” This is just profiteering and absolutely unneccesary. There were only about four cars parked on the block and I am guessing neighbors just getting home from work.

This is as bad as ticketing at 11:25am when street cleaning ends at 11:30am and the street cleaner came through an hour earlier which happens weekly near Dupont Circle.

The tickets he was giving out were for EMERGENCY NO PARKING at $50/each. I know because I got one. I plan on fighting the ticket to just have someone hear me out.”

11/24/15 1:10pm


From Crumbs & Whiskers:

“Crumbs & Whiskers Kitten Delivery

Where: Georgetown
When: December 20th, 2015

What: A basket of kittens and macarons will be delivered to your doorstep for the best THIRTY minutes of your life. This is not a drill.

Price: $99


11/24/15 12:40pm


This unit is located at 747 Morton Street, NW. The listing says:

“Daring design meets elegant finishes in these breathtaking new residences. The 2 new units are something different and unique in Columbia heights – they make a statement. High & vaulted ceilings, rich cherry Hardwood Floors, swanky European Kitchen, floating steel stairs to the suspended loft, glass walls & railings, large master suites. Roof deck w/wet bar. Parking included.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $769,900 ($312 monthly fee.)