07/22/14 3:10pm

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1400 block of Shepherd St, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about the Washington Post article It’s pop-ups vs. solar panels on Shepherd Street NW in Columbia Heights:

“But Shepherd Street’s residents now face an unexpected obstacle to their environmentalism: pop-up rowhouses potentially blocking their solar panels’ access to sunlight. Two Shepherd Street homeowners with solar panels are especially upset because one rowhouse is slated to grow to three stories right in between them.”

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TV crews getting in on the action

07/21/14 12:25pm

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5111 Georgia Ave, NW

From 3 Little Pigs kickstarter page:

“We have been in business for three years now, doing business out of two thirds of our building. We have been waiting to invest in the third floor until we knew that we had the right idea. Our team spent late nights talking about ideas for the space – selling coffee and doughnuts, renting the space out as offices, a full service restaurant, all the way to using the space to offer mail order services. But, nothing felt quite right, so we stayed committed to searching for the right decision – one that sparked enthusiasm in everyone.

From the day we came up with the idea for Three Little Pigs, we knew we wanted to work to become a destination. After reading about “third places”, written about in The Good Great Place by Ray Oldenburg, we realized that to become the destination we wanted to become, we needed to create a place where the community comes together.

That is what we are building. We are building a place where we can host themed dinners, private luncheons, wedding showers, large scale butchery classes, food and wine tastings, classes on all types of food, even football Sundays. This is a place for all of the great people in our community to meet and have a great time!

Your help will go towards the much needed tables, chairs, doors, and the equipment and tools we need to teach and host our guests. We are investing our money to pay for the renovations, but that money will only get us a blank canvas – we need your help so we can get the paint, too. 15k is our goal, but the more we can raise the more we can invest into special equipment and other needs to make this event space awesome!”

Contribute here.

07/20/14 7:52am

From MPD:

“At approximately 9:45 PM today [Saturday], MPD units located an adult male at the intersection of 8th & Emerson Streets, NW, suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local area hospital to receive treatment for his injury. The lookout for the suspect is an adult black male wearing blue jeans and black boots. MPD units canvassed the area for a crime scene but could not locate one. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call (202) 727-9099 or text 50411.”

From MPD:

“Approximately 7:00 p.m. – 100 Blk. K St., N.W. – The complainant reports while walking in the block, he accidentally bumped into a juvenile on a bicycle. At this time, the juvenile punched the complainant in the back of the head with a pair of brass knuckles. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.”

07/16/14 11:45am

From Petworth Citizen [829 Upshur Street, NW]:

“7:30-8:30pm: Author Event “Freakshow Without a Tent” by Nevin Martell
July 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Fishing for piranhas in the Amazon, getting stoned at Fijian kava ceremonies, and witnessing the ancient ritual of land diving on Pentecost Island is the stuff of National Geographic cover stories – and Nevin Martell’s childhood vacations. His family’s globetrotting took them from the South Pacific to South America and many points nowhere in-between. Though their lifestyle choices were eccentric, the locations they visited exotic, and the people they met extraordinary, these escapades are firmly grounded in the trials, tribulations, and tribal rivalries that plague all families. Freak Show Without a Tent is a grandly hilarious memoir-misadventure that is equal parts National Lampoon’s Vacation, Romancing the Stone and Crocodile Dundee. The event will include readings from the book, a Q&A and signing. Books will be available for purchase.”

07/15/14 4:45pm

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From DPR:

Wednesday – Raymond Recreation [3725 10th St, NW]- 6:30-8:30pm

Garden Pests and Diseases

Through powerpoint and discussion, we will look at “pests” a little differently than most gardeners do: they are telling us that we are doing something wrong! Let’s dig deeper into truly organic and sustainable agriculture and learn to listen to what the “pests” and ecosystem are telling us. Sprays, whether organic or homemade, are not long-term solutions and can have undesirable side effects. We will start learning to identify all sorts of insects in the garden and learn how they work in order to better design our gardens to achieve balance amongst the wildlife, and still put food on our table! Finally, we will conclude with a visual review of common diseases too and what one can be done to prevent and manage them.

Please register before class here.”

07/14/14 4:45pm

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1125 Spring Road, NW

From DGS:

“Dear 1125 Spring Road Community,

Thank you for attending our, The Department of General Services (DGS) and DC Housing Authority (DCHA), community meeting concerning the redevelop of the 1125 Spring Road site. The Surplus Hearing was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and was the first step in the disposition process which allowed us engage residents and to receive public comments.

We understand there are a number of concerns referencing this project to include the appropriate mix of income levels to include in this project. It is important to note that once the surplus of the Hebrew Nursing Home and the Paul Robeson School is completed, the site will be made available for DCHA to develop.

At this time, a Housing Development comprised of mixed income levels that include Workforce Development, Permanent Supportive, and likely Market Rate Housing as well as senior housing is being considered. The exact mix of housing has yet to be determined. As the project continues to develop there will be future opportunities for community members to provide additional input.

In the interim, DGS has developed a survey to gather residents feedback on the percentage of mix income housing units residents would prefer be developed at the site. We ask that you take the survey by the cob Friday, July 18, 2014 and please feel free to share this link with your family and neighbors.

We have also posted on our DGS website the Surplus Hearing presentation from June 17, Meeting Minutes and a copy of the Sign-In Sheet.

We continue to encourage constituents in both Wards 4 + 1 to forward any concerns they may have regarding this project to our attention.”

07/09/14 10:30am

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221 Upshur Street, NW

Thanks to all who’ve sent emails about House of Falafel which opened back in February. One reader writes:

“Any word on if House of Falafel is still open? I walked by yesterday and most of the table/chairs have been removed and nothing looks open. No responses to phone calls and nothing on their twitter feed.

I was hoping this would be a great addition to Petworth.”

and yesterday another wrote:

“Just drove by House of Falafel on Upshur St and saw what appeared to be Police supervising a crew moving all tables, chairs, etc out of the space–any idea what’s going on?”

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And just up the block at 201 Upshur St, NW another reader writes:

“La Joya Steakhouse on Upshur applies for entertainment endorsement:

Request is for an Entertainment Endorsement. Entertainment will include music played by a DJ and occasionally have local groups play live music with dancing.

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