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Photo by PoPville flickr user ken_1001

“Dear PoPville,

Uno, who was one of the dogs featured on this week’s Afternoon Animal Fix, went to his favorite dog park yesterday to find a sign that said “No dogs allowed” and a giant chain on the gates. A fellow dog owner went by yesterday and saw a representative from DC Parks and Recreation putting up the signs and locks. The representative said that he has received e-mailed complaints from Community Garden users that people are taking their dogs into the fenced-in, so-called, “Rain Garden” which is basically a drainage area for the garden. Though this is the official use, this space has been an unofficial dog park for years and seems to have had the endorsement of the garden. In fact, on the Bruce Monroe Community Garden website, there is a photo that clearly shows that the space was intended for dogs. Additionally, many of the community garden folks also have dogs and use the dog run and many have voiced their support for allowing dogs into the space. It is unclear who has really made the complaints and whether they are actually part of the garden community.

If there are any other dog owners/dog lovers/community members who wish to join our effort to save this dog run, please join our Facebook group.

We are working on writing to our representatives. The dogs and humans who come to the Bruce Monroe Dog Run have formed an awesome community and a safe place for dogs to socialize. We don’t want to lose this park!”


“Dear PoPville,

I’m a member of the Bruce Monroe Community Garden, located between Sherman and Georgia and Irving and Columbia on the eastern side of Columbia Heights. We had a fantastic bench in the garden, built by a longtime neighborhood resident, that was truly representative of the community (blurb below). The bench was recently stolen and we’re hoping you can help us recover it. Any information or sightings can be sent to, and we’d just be happy to have it returned intact.

Blurb by the bench’s creator:
Just as the old Bruce School gave up its ghost to be reborn as this park, so too did it give of itself to provide this seat for your weary legs. Using floorboards removed from the original Bruce School gymnasium and a discarded rusty old park bench found in an alley near the school, this new bench was given new life (and a new paint job by neighborhood kids). So as we cultivate the rebirth of our community, we always remember where we came from.

3214 Georgia Ave, NW (just north of Kenyon)

A reader reports:

“Rumor has it that the Small Fry Shop [“nontraditional smokehouse and fry shop”] next to Petworth liquors on George Ave. is opening today, 12-9pm. The one that is in the same row as what will eventually become Union Drinkery.”

Update – thanks to a reader for sending photos of the menus:

“Our meals….very good”

Check out a peek inside and a look at the menus after the jump. (more…)

This house is located at 779 Harvard Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning & sophisticated this 2BR/3.5BA home in Columbia Heights is sure to impress. This space radiates w/luxe features such as gleaming HDWD floors, recessed lighting & a gorgeous exposed brick wall. Upstairs, each BR shines w/a stunning en-suite bath & the owner’s suite beckons w/soaring ceilings + ample closet space. Downstairs, a finished basement has limitless potential”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/3.5 bath is going for $614,900.


A reader writes (and others tweeted @PoPville):

“this is the scene returning from work today, can’t figure out what is up, walked up to the cops to ask, the said stay away looked like a box cutter on the ground open. This is all of 100 feet from the robbery with gun earlier today, and directly across the street from the homicide at the bus stop earlier this summer, I don’t know how many more times we have to tell them about this corner

MPD says:

“MPD members are investigating a reported assault at the location.”

3106 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Not sure if this news has made it to you, but the Soapy Joe’s location at 3106 Georgia Ave NW abruptly (and permanently) closed this week, leaving a multitude of customers (including myself) without access to our dry cleaning. Apparently, the proprietors just skipped town, essentially abandoning the location.

There is literally just a 9×11 sign at the location saying permanently closed, with a contact number.

However, after reaching out to the contact, I found out that all dry cleaning has been moved to an unaffiliated dry cleaner located at 4408 Arkansas AVE NW, which can be reached at (202) 723-0074. Hopefully this info can help others, like myself, who are currently running dangerously low on clean shirts, etc.”


Another reader writes:

“It’s a scam. The new company announced, did a buy xxx number of credits/get free ones and took the money and split – closed down.
Classic scam.

Here’s the emails I got from 24 August.”


First we would like to thank everyone who voted for our name. The votes are in and we are now Fetch Cleaner’s. You can visit our new site Your account information is not live yet (you will not be able to login until Monday of next week).

We are celebrating by offering two of our most popular promotions. Double and Triple credits. You can receive double credits by purchasing up to $250 in credits. If you purchase more than $250 receive triple credits. (i.e. If you buy $250 receive $250 in double credits for a total of $500 or if you buy $100 you receive $100 in double credits for a total of $200. If you buy $300 or more you receive triple credits.)

Credit purchase are available in denominations of $100, $200, $250, $300, $400, $500, and $1000.

This offer will only be available until Tonight at Midnight so please get your orders in today. To redeem this offer please click on the link below and fill out the form.

We will charge your card on file and automatically update your account with the credits you purchase to start using immediately. Don’t wait as this offer will expire.

Thanks for being a valued customer and we hope you take advantage of our summer promotions.


The Fetch Cleaner’s Team

And then from this week:

Good Afternoon Residents,
To all the residents that associate with Soapy Joes, I’m sorry to say that they went out of business on Monday. Another company has picked up where they left off, Imperial Valet Sterling Cleaners. If you have any questions or comments here’s the contact information (202)785-1444 and speak with Mary-Ann, the assistant manager.

Soapy Joes was ALL OVER the city servicing residential buildings. Many of us bought credits and now have nothing. Not even the clothes we had sitting at the cleaners.

I called Imperial and was told that zero money transferred over to them.


via google maps

A reader reports:

“Man hit in the face with a gun then robbed at gunpoint around noon today on Georgia Ave near Lamont. my wife walked by shortly after it happened then talked to detectives on scene. Police say they are looking for four teenagers. This happened just a couple days ago up the block. Saw the perps steal the bike, called cops.

Saw bike stolen yesterday; met owner, just back from 11 years deployed with Navy; rode it once. Welcome home!

3214 Georgia Ave, NW (just north of Kenyon)

The rumored fried chicken spot is going to be Small Fry. The Post’s Express with some details:

“The restaurant, Small Fry, will be a “nontraditional smokehouse and fry shop,” Bagheri told Express in an email.”

Ed. Note: Back in December ’14 we learned a new spot called Union Drinkery would be coming to this space too. Not sure if it’s affiliated with Small Fry but we’ll update in a couple weeks when they get closer to opening.

3322 Georgia Ave, NW
3322 Georgia Ave, NW

The former Rita’s Carryout space officially opened as Esencias Panameñas (authentic Panamanian Cuisine) on Wednesday, July 22. Their website says:

“Esencias Panameñas Restaurant & Catering, unlike a typical Latin cuisine with a Caribbean flair restaurant, will provide a unique combination of authentic Panamanian food at value pricing with a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Chef Yadira is a native from Panama and she pays tribute to her place of birth through traditional dishes made with staple food products, such as corn, coconut, culantro (not cilantro) and rice.

Each quarter we will feature a historic event, a holiday observed, or a tradition upheld in Panama. In addition, we will also feature a fruit, dish, or bake good in season during that quarter”

Anyone already take a taste?

via google maps

More on that other shooting in Park View that fell under the radar Thursday night. It is equally as disturbing if not more so than the others – from MPD:

“The victim was in the 600 block of Newton when he was approached by three suspects, two of which brandished handguns and demanded his money. The victim fled from the suspects and was shot. The second victim was in the same block and observed the shooting the first victim, he too was shot. Both victims were treated at local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. The suspects are described as:

Suspect (1): B/M, 6’1”, 180 lbs, 23 years of age, medium complexion, long dreadlocks, wearing a black shirt with black jeans, armed with a gun

Suspect (2): B/M, 23 years of age, medium complexion, long dreadlocks, wearing a burgundy hooded shirt armed with a handgun

Suspect (3): B/M, 6’0”, slim build, dark complexion, long dreadlocks, armed with a handgun”