“Dear PoPville,

Long story short, the residents of Westend, specifically area residents with pets have been harassed by park rangers and threatened by police with charges of trespassing around Francis Field Park located at 25th street NW. Words cannot express the level of frustration felt over this military style surveillance & enforcement of our local park area. The most upsetting part of this story, is being personally ticketed $250 for “loitering” while walking my dog next to Francis Charter School this past weekend.

We are not criminals, nor are we acting like ones.

In 2012, we were told the park is for everyone, sports enthusiasts & pet owners, it was even marketed by my apartment complex, as a dog friendly park located directly across the street.

Fast forward 2014, park rangers & DC metro police have been John Rambo hell bent on stalking residents & telling them pets are strictly prohibited inside the fenced area, but permissible anywhere outside that area.

Um ok… However, oddly enough, I was ticketed next to Francis Stevens Charter School which is around the corner?

When I questioned the office, I was told “I’m on private property and move to 26th & K park to walk my pet”

I’m thinking, what?

When I kindly refused, I was ticketed.

Totally absurd waste of police resources.”

Rendering courtesy of EastBanc

From a press release:

“Washington, DC- EastBanc Inc.’s Squash on Fire has not even broken ground in DC’s West End, but is already blazing hot. EastBanc, the DC-based commercial and residential real estate development company, announced today that Squash on Fire has joint-ventured with Sports Club/LA and will oversee the management and development of the club’s squash training programs in DC. Internationally renowned world-class squash coach Amir Wagih has been retained to oversee the new Squash on Fire program. Wagih came to DC after a successful streak as the head coach of Egypt’s National Squash Team. During his tenure, he helped acquire 23 World Titles all while mentoring several Egyptian and Arab world champions. The DC facility will regularly host visiting coaches and champions in its programming such as international squash champions Dipika Pallikal (#12 in the World) of India and Nour El Sherbini (#13 in the World) and Nour El Tayeb (#20 in the World) both of Egypt. Wagih is the squash platform’s Head Coach while US Level II coach Fabien Sarran will be the Club Pro overseeing Squash on Fire at Sports Club/LA’s daily programming.

Following this recent announcement, Squash on Fire will debut its new training programs and clinics at West End’s Sports Club/LA effective immediately. Anthony Lanier, president of EastBanc and founder of Squash on Fire, is dedicated to bringing greater awareness of the underserved sport to the Washington community. To further his vision, he recently unveiled a new junior and adult squash training curriculum that offers individual and group instruction also available to the general public in a pay-and-play format.

“We believe that sports are a great equalizer, but understand that participants have to have a place to practice and grow,” says Lanier. “Through the development of a publicly accessible, cutting-edge facility in the heart of Washington, DC, Squash on Fire wants to change the face of squash by creating a venue where seasoned professionals, dedicated players and new enthusiasts can take the sport to the next level.”

This fall EastBanc will break ground on Squash on Fire — a $12 million, state-of-the-art, 20,000-square-foot indoor squash facility as an integral piece of the $200 million West End Library and Fire Station mixed-use residential project. When completed, Squash on Fire will include eight courts and a full-service restaurant situated atop of the newly renovated fire station.

Squash is growing in popularity and has seen an average 38 percent increase annually over the past five years for all age brackets especially in girl’s junior squash. However, existing supply of courts cannot fulfill the ever-increasing demand. Washington, DC is the fastest growing metropolitan city coast to coast in squash interest and participation. Squash on Fire will grow their brand in this emerging market and throughout the East Coast.

Looking to create the finest players in the country, Squash on Fire has designed a program that focuses on developing successful competitive players from early childhood through college as well as adult instruction for competitive and noncompetitive players.

“It’s been one year since launching our pilot program with Squash on Fire, and we’re excited to formalize the partnership,” says Ken Corbett, Sports Club/LA – Washington DC General Manager. “Together, we’ll set a new standard in the urban squash community.”

In its new facility, Squash on Fire Training Programs include:

Private Squash Training
Semi-Private Squash Training
Squash Clinics
Squash Leagues
On-Court Cardio Squash Classes
School/College Squash Team Training

Several times a year, Squash on Fire will also sponsor unique clinics, workshops and camps with guest coaches and players to enhance the experience. For those who want to train while soaking up the sun on the coast of Italy or hiking the countryside in Germany, the program also offers international training and competition. Bi-annually, Squash on Fire has international training programs lasting from a few days to several weeks. Not only can participants train while abroad, but also they have the option to compete in international tournaments.”

23rd and L Street, NW today

Photo of 1990 M Street, NW tweeted by @barredindc

@barredindc tweets us this morning:

“Did @takeateasydc close on M St NW? From original Fast Gourmet guys-opened just 15 months ago.”

Certainly looks like it. Their phone number listed on their facebook page has been disconnected and the page itself hasn’t been updated since Feb.

TakEatEasy opened up in the former China Cafe space at 1990 M Street, NW back in Feb. 2013.

From MPD:

“On Monday, April 21, 2014, at approximately 8:30 pm, a lone male victim was walking in the park area of the 2400 block of N St., NW (Francis Jr. High School). At this moment the victim was approached by a subject who, without warning, proceeded to slash the victims upper arm with a pair of scissors. The suspect then demanded that the victim relinquish his wallet or he would continue to slash the victim. The victim complied and the suspect was last seen fleeing on foot east on N St. The victim sustained injury as a result of this attack and was treated by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services on the scene of the incident.

The suspect in this case is described as a black male, 5’10”, medium build wearing a camouflaged colored cap, gray top and dark pants, carrying a black back pack. The victim indicated that the suspect was in the area of the Trader Joe’s prior to the attack.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Second District Detectives on 202-730-1903, or the Command Information Center on 202-727-9099.”

1200 New Hampshire Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Grillfish, an EatWell DC company, announces a new chef, and new brunch & beverage menu, to launch this Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Created by the recently-appointed Head Chef, Kerry Tate, the new offerings feature Grillfish’s staple seafood in dishes like Oysters Benedict, Fish Tacos & Eggs, $1 oysters on the half shell, and Shrimp & Grits. The menu also provides a little something for those looking for a land-based option, such as an Apple Stuffed French Toast.

The new brunch menu was the first undertaking of Head Chef Kerry Tate, who is incorporating new local offerings into the menu, with an emphasis on produce sourced directly from EatWell DC’s EatWell Natural Farm in La Plata, MD. Chef Tate came to EatWell DC’s The Heights in 2013, and now will be directing the menus at both restaurants.

Grillfish has also completely revamped the brunch beverage menu, which now features a “Build Your Own” Bloody Mary option, and five oyster shooters. The shooters range from traditional (“The Classic” features Ketel One vodka and house bloody mary) to those with international flair (“Red Sun Rising” features Living Jewel Junmai Sake and a wasabi kombu chip). The new beverage menu, rounded out with six new cocktail offerings, was created by EatWell’s Mixologist Kyle McNeel and Grillfish’s Head Bartender Deepak Acharya.

Brunch is served at Grillfish on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.”