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The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial is located at 150 Washington Ave., SW. Their website says:

“Throughout our nation’s history, service men and women have gone bravely into battle, risking their lives and livelihoods, sacrificing their safety to defend America. When their duty is done, many return home to life as it was. Sadly, for over 4 million veterans seriously injured in the line of duty, leaving the battlefield does not mark the end of conflict. These permanently disabled heroes often carry home life-altering disabilities – stern reminders of the price of freedom.

America’s disabled veterans have honored us with their service and selfless duty. It is now our turn to honor them.

For the first time, America will pay tribute to some of our most courageous heroes – our disabled veterans. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will celebrate those men and women who may be broken in body – but never in spirit.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user James0806

Photo by PoPville flickr user James0806

531 10th Street Southeast

This house is located at 531 10th Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Fab location, Fab home! Contemporary masterpiece filled with light! Superb reno features Carrera marble in Kit, BA & Pow. rm. Elegant principal rooms w/ superb entertaining, both indoor & out. New hardscape & landscape incl. flagstone patio, privacy fence, gate & PARKING. Steps to Barracks Row, Eastern Market Metro & Hill Center.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1.5 bath is going for $879,000.

Photo courtesy Barracks Row Main Street

From a press release:

“Saturday, September 27, 2014 marks the return of Barracks Row Main Street’s longest running event, the Barracks Row Fall Festival where over 120 booths plus six full hours of stage acts blend urban diversity with the curiosities of small town fairs. There’s no fair like this fair anywhere and its just one week away!

Our event partners and participants include the United States Marine Corps, The Trapeze School DC and the Military Hospitality Alliance – sponsors of the Military Chef’s Cook Off. This year we will feature a “river row” comprised of a dozen booths representing Anacostia River activities available year round: kayaking, ice skating, sailing, new parks for river watching and even volunteering for river maintenance, clean up and counting osprey nests.

Last year’s big hit, the BRMS Fall Festival Beer Garden is back. Located directly across the street from matchbox, 521 8th St, SE, it is produced by Belga, Cava, DC3, matchbox and others. There you can find many St. Pauli Girls, guys in lederhosen along with live music and loads of delicious seasonal dishes to accompany seasonal beers.

Also, for kids, our ever-popular farm animal petting zoo is returning! Plus there is a Kids Zone with balloon animals, face painting, crafts and stories. As the afternoon progresses watch back-to-back performances from 2:00 PM to 4:15PM by Batala, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, and The Georgetown Chimes. For a timeline of stage acts www.barracksrow.org. Spend a few hours or the entire day. Our many sidewalk cafes make the perfect front row seat for this show.

Barracks Row is located on 8th Street, SE, running from Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, to M Street, SE.”

11th and Pennsylvania Ave, SE June 5th 2013

From a press release:

“Frager’s Hardware of Capitol Hill is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Roadside Development, LLC a Washington, DC-based real estate company, to rebuild its original store and reopen its home of nearly 100 years. The neighborhood institution was located at 1101-1117 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE until it was gutted by fire in June 2013. Frager’s Hardware (Frager’s) opened at this spot in 1920 but has operated over the past year out of three temporary locations throughout Capitol Hill. (more…)

514 8th Street, SE

From a press release:

“This October, Chef Bart Vandaele toasts to the 10-year anniversary of his first restaurant, Belga Café, in Washington D.C. To celebrate this milestone, Chef Vandaele has planned a series of special events throughout the month of October, designed to pay homage to a decade in the District and highlight the unique aspects of the small, but gastronomically diverse country of Belgium.

“This is a celebration not only for me and Belga Café, but for the neighborhood as well,” says Chef Vandaele. “Over the last ten years, I have watched Belga Café grow along with Barracks Row. It is amazing to be able to say I was there in the beginning, as many people wouldn’t even think of opening a restaurant here ten years ago. Now it’s a beautiful, family friendly neighborhood, and I am proud of the role the restaurant has played in the transformation of the area.”

When Bart Vandaele opened Belga Café in 2004, it was not only the first Belgian restaurant in the District, but also one of the pioneering restaurants on 8th Street in Barracks Row. Over the past 10 years, Chef Vandaele has played a major role in the revitalization of the neighborhood, and, as a member of the Barracks Row Business Alliance, has helped to make the area a vibrant restaurant and shopping destination once again.

“I like to say Belga Café is a Belgian bistro with attitude and I love being able to infuse this attitude into the neighborhood,” says Chef Vandaele. “It is the embodiment of everything that I love about my home country and it has been a joy to bring Belgian cuisine, beer, art, and culture, with my special twists, to D.C. for people to enjoy.”

Chef Vandaele welcomes guests to join in the following celebrations at Belga Café from Friday, October 3 through Friday, October 31, 2014: (more…)


A reader writes:

“It was hanging out on the steps to our English basement near Lincoln Park. Apparently it’s copperhead birthing season.

Update: My roommate works at the Museum of Natural History, so she’s talking to some herpetologists there. Right now, we’re just leaving through the garage….

Update: Official verdict is that it’s not a copperhead! Juvenile ratsnake (pantherophis alleghaniensis)”

Ed. Note: Heads up. Literally. Last May/June we talked about rat snakes falling out of trees in Cleveland Park and Adams Morgan.