3509 Connecticut Ave, NW

Secolari is coming to the little strip mall (Sam’s Park & Shop) at Connecticut and Ordway St, NW.

From a press release:

“Secolari, an artisan olive oil and vinegar store, opens its fourth location in the historic Sam’s Park & Shop shopping center today. The name Secolari is Italian for “age old,” and was adopted in honor of the ancient olive tree, which can live for thousands of years.

The concept of Secolari aims to enrich life with the overall benefits of the “Age Old” Mediterranean Lifestyle through the introduction of exceptional foods and works of art. Located steps from the Cleveland Park Metro Station, the space reflects an old world Tuscan farmhouse, with Secolari products displayed amidst antique décor. The store centers on an open tasting room, where guests can sample the full portfolio of Secolari’s extra virgin and flavored olive oils, balsamic, and vinegars, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff serves as a valuable resource in educating its visitors. The shop also offers an array of other products including a variety of seasonings and spreads, flavored pastas, and honeys, and will exhibit and feature for sale original artwork by local artists. A Grand Opening Celebration at Secolari Cleveland Park will be held at a later date. (more…)

cleveland Park library

The Cleveland Park library is located at 3310 Connecticut Ave, NW. Thumbs up or down on the renderings? There’s already some pretty serious debate on the Cleveland Park listserve. Here’s the current view via google:


From the Cleveland Park Historical Society:

“The concept design presentation for the new Cleveland Park Library as presented at the Oct. 6th community meeting is now available to view below. CPHS’s Architectural Review Committee will review the plans at its November 9th meeting, which neighbors are welcome to attend. We will send out a notice of the agenda in early November.”

via google maps

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a suspect in connection with a sexual assault that occurred in the 3500 block of Macomb Street, Northwest.

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, between 3:30 am and 4:00 am, an adult female entered a four door silver sedan, which she mistook as an Uber car. Upon entering the vehicle, the driver produced a knife and sexually assaulted the complainant. The complainant was able to escape without further injury.

The suspect is described as Middle Eastern male, early thirties, with black curly hair.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.”


Things I’ve walked by a thousand times and never actually checked out vol. 11 – Tregaron Conservancy:

“In a city of world famous and popular monuments, an under-the-radar 20-acre Country Place era estate on the edge of Rock Creek Park called Tregaron, was hands down the most popular destination in TCLF’s first ever What’s Out There Weekend, September 25-26.” (The Cultural Landscape Foundation October 2010 E-Newsletter) (more…)

map via DOEE

Thanks to a reader for passing on the warning.

From DOEE:

“September 4, 2015—This morning, a team of inspectors from the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), National Park Service (NPS) and Pepco discovered a spill of insulating oil to Rock Creek along Beach Drive, immediately south of Klingle Road NW.

The source of the insulating oil spill is believed to be a leak in a Pepco transmission line. Pepco has isolated and contained the immediate spill area and is currently working to pinpoint the exact location of the leak and make repairs to the transmission line.

The insulating oil is classified as non-toxic. However, to ensure the health and safety of all park visitors, including pets, contact with this area of Rock Creek should be avoided until further notice.

DOEE, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to monitor the situation and are coordinating with Pepco to ensure the spill is properly contained and remediated.”

The Washington Post reports:

“On Sunday, Sean Kelly, a Pepco spokesman, said that the source of the leak had been “clamped” but that repair work and environmental clean-up would continue for weeks.”

via google maps

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with a Second Degree Sexual Assault that occurred in the area of the 3200 block of Highland Place, Northwest.

On Sunday, August 30, 2015, between the hours of 1:15 am and approximately 2:00 am, an adult female was sexually assaulted while inside of a taxi cab. The male suspect whose nationality is unknown was operating a red and black in color taxi cab.

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