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Ed. Note: If you disagree with the OPs about the safety of skating on the canal please do so in a civil and respectful manner. Thank you.
A note of thanks to some good samaritans and a warning for those going skating on the C&O Canal:
On Sunday morning, two friends and I went skating on the canal, dropping in from the parking lot just next to Chain Bridge. We were heading down toward Georgetown and throwing a puck around, but by about 12:30 the ice in some places was beginning to look at bit wet so we turned around. Just as we went under the Chain Bridge in the middle of the channel heading north, the ice gave way and the three of us fell in.
Fortunately some very kind people passing by on the trail managed to fish us out. We are all fine — albeit a little scratched and bruised — now that we have dried off and warmed up. The only casualties seem to be two hockey sticks, three hockey gloves, a tube of Chapstick and three iPhones (though each of those is now snuggled in its own bag of rice — fingers crossed).
However, in the excitement and the cold, we never had a real opportunity to thank those people who helped us. So to the two men who pulled us out, and probably got very wet and cold in the process, a huge thank you. The same to everyone else who stopped and offered warm clothing — we really appreciate all the kindness that people showed to us today.
Even after all of this, we would all skate on the canal again. Don’t take this incident as a reason not to. It’s is a beautiful way to spend cold winter morning. But be careful of the ice underneath the bridge, which apparently gets soft easily because of the runoff from the roadway above. Stick to the river side of the canal where at least if the ice does break, it’s only knee deep.
And if anyone happens to pick up two hockey sticks and three hockey gloves from the canal, please let us know. We admittedly wouldn’t mind getting them back!
Jenny, Mai and Rachel
(The C&O canal swim team)
P.S. Our apologies to the Park Service for littering. It certainly wasn’t our intention.”
“Ice skating is permitted at your own risk park-wide, except where prohibited by signage.”
There are signs at Widewater, where the water is so deep it never freezes enough to be safe.
Our role is to advise visitors of unsafe conditions when we become aware of them. Do so nicely. Elsewhere, the canal is usually safe because it is so shallow. People may get wet feet and be cold, but this is rarely a life-threatening emergency. If you are not sure, telephone dispatch and talk to them about it.
If person goes through the ice at Widewater or other deep water area, call 911. No heroics; without the right gear, you will just be another casualty. If an animal goes through the ice, no humans should be put at risk to save it, but you could call dispatch and ask what they recommend.
“Forever 21 is set to open its newest location within Georgetown Park, Washington, DC. A grand opening event is scheduled for Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 10 a.m. On grand opening day, a DJ will be spinning from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and shoppers can have their photo taken in a complimentary photo booth. The first 300 people in line at 10 a.m. will receive a free gift card valued from $10 to $210.
The new space will offer customers of Georgetown Park a large selection of merchandise in more than 20,000 square feet of retail space. Complementing Forever 21® apparel and accessories, the store will also feature the retailer’s other brands, including F21 Contemporary, Forever 21+™, Forever 21 MEN™, Forever 21® cosmetics, and accessories including Forever 21’s lingerie and shoe line.”
This rental is located at 1300 35th Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Rarely available one bedroom top floor unit in Georgetown great location and ready to rent. Close to restaurants and shopping and so much to do. Easy access access to Virginia and downtown Arlington as well. Wood floors in living room with fireplace, large eat in kitchen for cooking . Must use application in listing documents. Free laundry! Metro accessible”
“The Washington, DC law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were allegedly secretly recorded by a prominent Georgetown Rabbi while using a ritual bath.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were allegedly visualized and/or recorded while they were naked using a spiritual bath in the Jewish religion called a mikvah. (Case #14-008073, Superior Court of the District of Columbia).
The case involves Rabbi Bernard Freundel, a widely-recognized religious figure and spiritual leader at the Orthodox Jewish synagogue Kesher Israel. In October, Freundel was taken into custody and charged with voyeurism after it was discovered that he allegedly placed hidden cameras in the synagogue’s mikvah, including one concealed in a clock radio.
According to the lawsuit, Freundel would use the hidden cameras to secretly record women as they used the ritual bath in the nude. The mikvah is a sacred fixture for followers of Orthodox Judaism, and is used as part of the cleansing process when a person converts to Judaism or by women after birth and after menstruation. Law enforcement officials have estimated that possibly hundreds of women had their rights violated by Freundel in this way.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.’s lawsuit provides any and all women who used any portion of Kesher Israel’s mikvah the opportunity to hold those responsible accountable for Freundel’s egregious invasion of privacy during a time in which they were most vulnerable and closest to their faith. The lawsuit has been filed against Kesher Israel Congregation, the National Capital Mikvah, and the Rabbinical Council of America.”
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop opens their Georgetown location on Monday. Capriotti’s opened their first DC location at 1800 M Street, NW in Nov. 2013. You can see their menu here.
“While the weather is colder and the nights are longer, ENO Wine Bar is serving Traditional Swiss Fondue. In a Fondue pot made for two, a blend of Emmental, Gruyère, and Kirschwasser are melted together for a warming winter pleasure. Served with diced bread, pickled pearl onions and cornichons, additional items for dipping include charcuterie, cherry tomatoes, and grapes for $2 each.
In keeping with Swiss Tradition and ENO’s friendly atmosphere, we remind our neighbors not to lose their bread in the pot. In Switzerland, if a man drops a piece of bread in the fondue pot, he must buy a round of drinks and a woman who drops bread must kiss all her neighbors; ENO is watching!
Fondue is available throughout the Fall and Winter starting at $19.”
Back in July we shared some scuttlebutt that popular vegetarian taco seller Chaia could be looking for a permanent brick and mortar space in Georgetown. Chaia now confirms the good news with an exact location on theirfacebook page:
“Chaia will open our first shop at 3207 Grace Street NW in Georgetown! We’re excited to serve a larger selection of our seasonal tacos with crafted sides and natural drinks. See you in 2015!