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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced three new members to the DC Main Streets program: Destination Congress Heights, Tenleytown Main Streets, and Van Ness Main Streets.

“Main Streets helps local business corridors reach their full potential, by fostering smart growth and attracting new customers.” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “These three communities are prime for future success. My Administration will continue to invest in our neighborhood businesses because they, in turn, invest in our people.”

The mission of DC Main Streets is to lead sustainable, community-driven revitalization programs that promote economic development, strengthen their neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents. A program of the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), DC Main Streets serves as the citywide coordinating program that provides services and funding for the 10 Main Streets programs in the District of Columbia. These programs revitalize communities by retaining and recruiting businesses, improving commercial properties and streetscapes, and attracting consumers. (more…)

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From the Washington Humane Society:

“On December 9, 2015, the Washington Humane Society discovered an adolescent male domestic short-haired grey tabby cat dangling from a phone line across the alley of the 400 block of Newcomb St. SE and the 400 block of Mellon St. SE. It is believed this act was committed between the evening of December 8th and the morning of December 9th.

The Washington Humane Society desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $5,000.00 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

If you have any information about this case, please contact
Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department: Officer Russell
[email protected]
Information will be kept confidential upon request.”

Warning – graphic photo after the jump. (more…)

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide that occurred in the 1300 block of Congress Street, Southeast, on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at approximately 3:48 pm.

Members of the Seventh District responded for the report of a shooting in the 1300 block of Congress Street, SE. Upon arrival, they located an adult female and two juvenile males suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. All victims were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The two juvenile males were admitted in stable condition. The adult female succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 31-year-old Tenika Fontanelle of Southeast, D.C.

After further investigation, one of the juvenile males admitted to the hospital has been arrested and charged with Murder One while Armed in the shooting death of Tenika Fontanelle.”

2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE via Gateway DC

“Grab your family and friends and celebrate the kickoff of Gateway DC, a new green multi-purpose space in Ward 8 that will offer the DC community a fun and innovative place to gather, eat and socialize. The festival, taking place from 12-4pm on November 16, will feature a live concert with R&B artist and eight-time Grammy nominee Tank; live music by the Red Carpet Affair Band; Ginuwine’s and TGT’s DJ, DJ Young Music; games for all ages, prizes, and a variety of food and drink from local vendors

Gateway DC, located just minutes away from the Congress Heights METRO station, is a versatile pavilion that will offer dynamic programing and events, delicious food options and a flexible meeting space. Gateway DC will serve as a central events and entertainment destination for both Ward 8 residents and the DC community at large. It fills a vital need for a dynamic, affordable and accessible space where people can gather, eat, connect and create.

The Kickoff Festival will welcome community members and all DC residents to the park to introduce the space and give them a taste of what’s to come. The Festival will also feature a canned food drive benefiting Ward 8’s Bread for the City SE Center. Guests will receive a welcome bag upon entering the festival, which includes a drink ticket. In return for donating two cans of food from the approved list on, attendees will receive a free food ticket that can be used at any of the food vendors during the festival.” (more…)