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From a press release:

“Nationals Host 2016 Racing Presidents Auditions on January 17

WHAT: Washington Nationals fans will have a chance to run for office when they try out to become one of the Racing Presidents on Sunday, January 17 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Candidates looking to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill have been invited to the Youth Baseball Academy to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and participate in two races from center field to first base. In addition, each applicant will be required to answer questions from a panel of Nationals entertainment staff members.

Racing hopefuls were pre-selected from a pool of applicants who submitted their cover letter and resume. Participation in the tryout is by invitation only and not open to the public. Tryouts will take place regardless of weather conditions. (more…)


A reader reports:

“Out with the old, in with the new…dismantling the old trapeze school and putting the finishing touches on their new location at New Jersey and N St. SE…directly across from the US Dept of Transportation. (former NGA site).”


“Also, a new pier being built directly off the boardwalk at Yards Park.”


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From MPD:

“On Friday December 18, 2015, at 9:00PM members of the First District responded to the 300 block of L Street, SE for the report of a carjacking (unarmed).

The complainant in this case states that she had just parked her vehicle and was removing items from within the trunk when two suspects approached her from the rear. One of the suspects’ punched the complainant in the head causing her to fall to the ground. The suspects then entered the complainant’s vehicle and fled the scene.

Both suspects were described as black males wearing dark gray hoodies. The complainant’s vehicle is described as a 2004 Honda Civic, silver in color, bearing DC registration.

Anyone with information about the above case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text message 50411.”

Alan Henney tweeted:

“CAPITOL HILL CARJACKING, 300 blk L St SE-DC. 52YR-OLD woman struck by fist/blunt object in head/jaw, was unconscious, bleeding from jaw.”

From a neighborhood listserv:

“I was carjacked and assaulted by 2-3 guys around 9:30pm at L street between 3rd and 4th street, SE Washington, DC on Friday December 18, 2015.

I was taken to the GW hospital ER Room by the police around 10:00pm.

I suffered one broken nose bone, few broken jaw bones, broken left lips and 2 broken teeth. I also suffered a big blow to my back head. I had an oral surgery and 12 stitches on my lips and still have severe headache. I was released from hospital Sunday afternoon, December 20, 2015. It will take a few months and additional 2-3 surgeries in order for me to recover.

I lost my iPhone, car, wallet and some other personal items inside of the car.

My car is a silver Honda Civic EX sedan with 4 doors and a moon roof with DC plate number EG2475.

Please contact me or call the police if you happened to see the car.”

2nd and M St, SE – Canal Park courtesy PARCEL Market

From a press release:

“This holiday season, the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) announces the return of PARCEL Market at Canal Park, located at 200 M Street, SE, on Saturday, December 5th and Sunday, December 6th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Named the “Christmas future of holiday markets” by Washington Post Express in 2014, PARCEL Market will light up Canal Park’s three blocks with holiday cheer among the 10,000 square-foot ice rink, cozy fire pits, interactive art installations, and a festive showcase of DC’s emerging talent in retail, food, art, and musical entertainment. This year, the Capitol Riverfront will also feature a holiday tree in the southern block of Canal Park. The tree will be illuminated on Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 pm to celebrate the season.

PARCEL Market at Canal Park is curated and co-managed by husband and wife team Kelly Towles, a DC-based street artist, and Virginia Arrisueño, founder and lead designer of local knit accessories brand DeNada. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh Bassett

Always a fun time – Canal Park:

“2nd & M Street, SE

Hours of Operation:

Monday & Tuesday: 12pm-7pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 12pm-9pm
Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm


Adults: $9.00
Children/Seniors/Military: $8.00
Skate Rental: $4.00

Weekly Specials & Events

Tuesday: 2-for-1 Tuesdays (2 admissions for the price of 1!)
Thursday: College Night 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday: Rock & Skate 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: Cartoon Skate 11:00 am – 1:00 pm”

National Gallery of Art (Sculpture Garden): (more…)

1220 Half Street, SE

A reader reports:

Buffalo Wild Wings‘ Navy Yard is opening November 16, but the construction is now gone and they are just training staff. Beyond Leo’s pizza and wings, it’s the only food option between the half street navy yard metro exit and our home, so we’re super excited. Big Stick is practically across the street, but it’ll be nice not to backtrack to get home. Doesn’t look like they will have space for outdoor seating though, which is a bummer.”


A reader writes:

“Writing to report a found dog near Nationals Park in SE DC. He is a small terrier mix, collar and flea collar but no tags and no microchip. Lucky for this little guy, Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) ( was running an adoptions event in the area and the nice people who found him brought him to the adoptions event. He is currently at the WARL shelter-202-726-2556.”

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From MPD:

“Last night at approximately 9:20pm, a citizen was approached by a lone assailant and robbed of his property at gunpoint in the 900 block of NJ Ave SE.

An off duty MPD officer observed the offense and immediately summoned assistance. Within 30 seconds a plainclothes detective was on the scene and observed the suspect retrieving from the area. The victim of the robbery then suddenly re-appeared and tackled the suspect.

The detective along with other MPD members intervened and placed the suspect under arrest. All property belonging to the victim along with an imitation pistol were recovered.

As with all arrests, we are reviewing this case to ascertain any correlation to other similar offenses.”