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“Dear PoPville,

It comes with great sadness that our outdoor cat and everyone’s best friend in mt.p has been killed by a hit and run speeding vehicle at 1656 irving st. No tags were able to be witnessed. It happened around 745 am 8am…my wife jennifer and I recieved a call from our next door nieghbor…I went outside to the scene and asked my wife not to come out.

He was a foot into the bike lane on irving when he was deliberately struck. It has been very hard for ourselves as well as the nieghbors. Hobart st. Threw him a huge block party 1year ago and the children had a banner competition for the hobart st. Block party. “We love guillermo!!!” Was the banner..

We loved him…..and his sister marmalade is still waiting for him to come home.”

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Thanks to a reader for sending from the argyle convenient store at 17th and Mount Pleasant St, NW.

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Another reader sends from Ogilvy Washington at 1111 19th Street, NW.

“The installation, constructed solely of post-it notes, reads “Pride Love Unity Orlando” in a vibrant array of colors and features a heart and rainbow, symbolizing both love and support for the LGBT community.”

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Neighborhood Memorials
Team: Amy Young, Milton Young

From the National Capital Planning Commission:

“The top finalists for the Memorials for the Future ideas competition will be named on June 8 at the National Archives’ McGowan Theater. Immediately following, an expert panel will examine what might influence and shape the next century’s commemorative landscape, considering issues of identity, memory, and place-making. Panelists include Artist Janet Echelman, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Brent Leggs, and noted commemoration scholar Edward Linenthal. Jason Schubach, Director of Design Programs at NEA, will moderate.

Proposals from 30 semi-finalists were unveiled on May 26 by NCPC, the National Park Service, and Van Alen Institute, the competition partners. Over half of the finalists based their proposal at specific sites in Washington. Others proposed flexible or mobile formats for commemoration, uprooting the idea of a memorial as a singular object tied to one place. Many proposals used technology and public engagement to shape content and design.

June 8 Program Details and RSVP

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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…)

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Well before the Holodomor Memorial was Taras Shevchenko:

“a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folklorist and ethnographer. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Shevchenko is also known for many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator.”

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Dedication description and quote after the jump. (more…)