food pantry
Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

“Dear PoPville,

I am a parent at Lee Montessori Public Charter school located in Brookland/Edgewood. Our school has been open for 3 years, and in that timeframe the parents have started a clothing and food bank for those students who have financial need. We also did a toy drive over the holiday last year, and every child at our school had something to open over the holiday season. Our families believe in community and taking care of each other.

The food bank is accessible to our school social worker (who discreetly distributes the food), and any family who has a need can seek access to it. We supply families with food on long weekends, holidays, and when there are potential snow day disruptions.

The reason I am writing is because we are a small school (only 150+ kids), and we are struggling to keep up the food bank donations. We are working to keep the pantry full but the demand lately outpaces our ability to keep it stocked. I write to see if the readers have any suggestions on local non-profits who might be able to help us or any other suggestions on what we can do to have a full pantry before Spring Break hits in a few weeks.

12th and Jackson Street, NE

Lucky bastards.

From a press release:

“Beginning Monday, April 3, Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen will rollout breakfast service during the week, and continue with their popular weekend brunch service. The menu features a variety of sweet and savory breakfast entrees, including the Brookland Burrito with house made chorizo, scrambled eggs, potato, southwest green chili sauce, Tillamook cheddar and cheesy grits; Seasonal waffle with bourbon maple syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit; and a Lox Platter with house cured salmon spread, cream cheese, caper-tomato relish, boiled egg, pickled onions and a Bullfrog Bagel. All breakfast entrees are available for $15 or less. In addition, Brookland’s Finest will offer a selection of grab-n-go options including cheddar biscuits, blueberry muffins, and freshly baked banana bread. The restaurant will offer Zeke’s coffee, a local small batch coffee roaster, and will serve regular drip coffee. Brookland’s Finest also offers free Wi-Fi for guests who may choose to have a working meal or coffee. Breakfast is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.”

Check out the full breakfast menu: Breakfast.Menu (PDF)

1443 Lawrence St NE

This house is located at 1443 Lawrence Street, NE. The MRIS listing says:

“1st Opens Sat 3/18 & Sun 3/19 1-3pm! Sun-filled, charming Three Bedroom + Den farmhouse with front porch in the heart of Brookland! Updated granite kitchen & updated baths. Formal living room, dining room, family room, rear deck. Hardwood floors, replacement windows, central air and move-in ready! Large lot with landscaping, fenced rear yard & detached garage. Walk to Metro, shops and restaurants!”


You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2 bath is going for $600,000.


Frederick Nunley writes:

“This hawk was dining on a small bird in our front yard a while back when my partner and I returned home from shopping. Not 15 feet from our front door it watched us unload and go inside then I returned and stood as close as possible to get some good shots with my camera. People were passing by not seeing it until we pointed it out. So they are all around if you take the time to look up and observe local wildlife birds especially. Directly across from Turkey Thicket Playground.”

If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.



A reader reports:

ANOTHER shooting in Brookland today– 18th and Otis this time. Broad daylight. 1:27pm. DIRECTLY NEXT to the school. Attached photo shows the police activity by the playground. A neighbor told me four people were shot, but that is heresay at this point.”

MPD reported around 1:45pm:

“Shooting at 1800 block of Otis Street NE. Lookout for a B/M, 5’7”, blue jeans with a ski mask around his neck.”

12th and Jackson Street, NE

From an email:

“For the month of March, Brookland’s Finest will partner with local rum distillery Cotton & Reed for the restaurant’s monthly distiller dinner series. Every Tuesday of the month, Brookland’s Finest will feature a three course prix fixe menu, complete with cocktail pairings featuring Cotton & Reed spirits. The first dinner of the month will take place Tuesday, March 7 and each week’s dinner features a variety of dishes such as Caribbean coconut stew, seafood paella, and fried chicken paired with drinks like peppercorn punch and a ginger daiquiri. The second week’s dinner will pay homage to St. Patrick’s Day with items like Irish spring rolls and bangers and mash, and an Irish Daiquiri. All distiller dinners are priced at $35 per guest and full menus can be seen here: (more…)

3630 13th St NE

This house is located at 3630 13th Street, NE. OP writes: “This might be a very rare opportunity to own one of the true Victorians left in Brookland!” The MRIS listing says:

“Gorgeous 6 bed/4.5 bath Victorian greets you with a wrap around porch, FP, Wd Flrs, 10′ ceilings, pocket doors and oversized windows. Gourmet renovated kitchen, stainless steel appliances, six burner stove with double oven. A sun room and fully finished basement add to the grandeur. Off-street pkg, short walk to Metro, shops and restaurants. Video: OPEN SUN 1-4″


You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,095,000.

via google maps

From MPD:

“Arrest Made in Multiple Child Sexual Abuse Offenses:
1800 Block of Perry Street, Northeast

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division announced an arrest has been made in a Child Sexual Abuse offense that occurred between the dates of August 17, 2016 and February 6, 2017

The investigation revealed that the suspect, who was employed as a public charter school teacher, engaged in sexual contact on multiple occasions with two female victims and one male victim.

On Friday, February 24, 2017, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 35-year-old Manuel Garcia Fernandez, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with three counts of Second Degree Child Sexual Abuse.

Anyone who has information regarding this subject committing similar crimes should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”


From an email:

“Join A Free Hand Co. in the newly redesigned A Creative DC: Brookland space for WOMEN + DENIM: a fundraising shopping party and jeans drive! Local artists and retailers will be selling products ranging from all-natural skincare (Be Clean), to clothing and accessories (Kaleidos and Mallory Shelter Jewelry) to home goods and paper products (Elizabeth Graeber and Painted Palettes). We’ll have sparkling wine on hand and plenty of ~GOOD VIBES~ as we support DC women. (more…)

via google maps

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 1500 block of Irving Street, Northeast on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

At approximately 1:47 am, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located a male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire and EMS found no signs consistent with life, and the victim remained on the scene. (more…)