brewlights
BrewLights 2015 Credit: Friends of the National Zoo

From a press release:

WHAT:                  Tickets are on sale now for Friends of the National Zoo’s (FONZ) 2nd annual BrewLights on Dec. 1 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy beer tastings from over a dozen breweries while sampling savory foods from top District restaurants while enjoying the 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights of ZooLights, powered by Pepco.

WHEN:                  Dec. 1, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE:                Smithsonian’s National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010

BrewLights is back for its second year at ZooLights, powered by Pepco. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), BrewLights is a ticketed microbrew and craft beer event within ZooLights, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s holiday lights festival. (more…)

wardman-park
2660 Woodley Rd, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Since your publication has recently covered JBG’s development proposals for the Marriott Wardman Park hotel and the surrounding property, I thought you might be interested in the perspective of Woodley Park residents. This evening, I have sent this letter below to each of the officials addressed below, along with the attached position statement, supported by the signatures of 417 neighbors to-date.

Dear Mayor, Deputy Mayors, Members of the DC Council, Zoning Commission, Office of Zoning, Office of Planning, representatives of The JBG Companies, and others interested in the Woodley Park community:

We Woodley Park residents and neighbors of the property surrounding the Marriott Wardman Park hotel would like to register our opinions and concerns regarding the proposals for a change of zoning and development of that property submitted by its current owner, the JBG Companies, and by any successor owners if JBG should succeed in in its effort to sell the property.

In total, 417 neighbors (to-date) have signed a petition opposing the Planned Unit Development (PUD) to add a massive “North Lawn building” to a site that is already at its full density limit. (Any building on the site’s current open space, even if smaller in size than the currently proposed massive building, would require the DC Zoning Commission to approve a change to higher density zoning.) We neighbors also opposed the Stage 1 PUD for extensive re-development across the 16-acre site, which the developer recently withdrew. (more…)

wardman-park
2660 Woodley Rd, NW

Thanks to a reader passing on an update from JBG:

“Over the past several months, we’ve been meeting with local residents, businesses, and district planners to discuss and refine our plans for the Wardman Park site.

Thanks to valuable feedback from the community, we’ve made some meaningful changes to our applications. First, we have decided to withdraw our Stage 1 PUD application. Based on our conversations with District agencies and your feedback, we’ve determined that there is more work to do to develop a long-term plan for the site.

Secondly, we plan to submit an amendment to our Consolidated PUD application for the North Lawn Building that will revise the height and overall mass of the project to be more consistent with the surrounding architectural context and the Future Land Use map designation.

Finally, to better understand and weigh all available options for Wardman Park, we are going to be engaging in an active marketing process to sell the property, including the Marriott hotel. While the Marriott hotel has a long-term operating agreement with JBG, putting the property on the market will provide JBG and the community with a better understanding of all potential options for the future of Wardman Park.

With our single market focus in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for over 50 years, we are committed to furthering a plan for Woodley Park that will adhere to zoning regulations, uphold the character of the neighborhood and incorporate the input of our neighbors. We will continue to work diligently with the community and government agencies to ensure that our plans for Wardman Park establish an inclusive and aesthetically pleasing space for everyone.”

cafe paradiso
2649 Connecticut Ave, NW

A reader reports:

“The long time Woodley Park Italian restaurant was totally dark and had a closed sign on the door tonight. It appeared all fixtures and furniture were removed and the menu was removed from the display case.”

On August 7th Cafe Paradiso shared on their Facebook page:

“Today Sunday is the our last day at Cafe Paradiso after 27 and half years in business, we had wonderful time and met wonderful people, made lots of friends, got married and had kids, my brother Samer and I saw our business flourish, it is very hard to walk away and say good bye to our wonderful staff- family some been with us for over 20 years, I thank them all, also our customers and neighbors many thanks.

Cafe Paradiso was a great place to come to work every day for 27.5 years and it will be missed by Samer and I we tried our best every day to make a great environment to work and for our customers to enjoy.

For all of this we are blessed and grateful.

Thank you Cafe Paradiso.

Samer Zeitoun
Salim Zaytoun”

pain

Update from The Delano Apartments:

“We wanted to clear up confusion since the article “I don’t know what kind of person takes the belongings of a recently homeless elderly woman in front of her while she cries” which was posted on 9/2/16 at 12:45pm is almost entirely fabricated, and we wanted to explain what actually happened.

There was an eviction which occurred, however the evicted was someone who was deceased. This person did not have any family, next of kin, will, or anyone with power of attorney. This was a very sad and unfortunate situation, and after attempts to contact anyone who could possibly hold power of attorney failed, unfortunately eviction is the only option. During an eviction, federal marshals oversee the whole process and require everything in the home be placed on the sidewalk.

It is extremely disappointing that the writer fabricated the events in this blog post, adding confusion and controversy to what was already a very sad event.

Thank you,
The Delano Apartments
2745 29th Street, NW”

“Dear PoPville,

An elderly African-American woman was evicted from her apartment on 29th St NW between Woodley Park and Calvert St on Monday afternoon. Her belongings were placed on the street in front of her building after the eviction. (more…)

unspecified
2631 Connecticut Avenue, NW

From a press release:

“Nando’s PERi-PERi, the South African-Portuguese restaurant known worldwide for its spicy flame-grilled chicken, will celebrate its grand opening in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington on Sunday, September 11. Nando’s has transformed a vacant bank at 2631 Connecticut Avenue, NW, into a colorful and soaring dining space that embodies the Nando’s spirit.

nando
all photos courtesy Nando’s Peri-Peri

During its grand opening day, Nando’s will donate 100% of proceeds to the nearby Oyster-Adams Bilingual School. The school’s parent-teacher organization, the Oyster-Adams Community Council, will use the funds to provide critical resources for students, including music and art education programs, and professional development for teachers.

More photos and info after the jump. (more…)