“Dear PoPville,

The contractor took the money and ran from a job to fix up the playground outside of our daycare. It is located just one block away from the Petworth metro on Rock Creek Church Rd. and takes care of infants and toddlers up to age 3 or 4. I have attached a photo of the playground in its current state. Below is more information about what happened.”

Sunshine! Running! Playing!

These are what kids love and sadly, an unethical contractor for a playground at Ideal Child Development Center (NAYEC certified) has taken these simple things away from the kids. This contractor started the work, got paid for most of the project, and stopped the work without notice and has not been able to be reached for the last four months.

The estimates from other contractors to take over the playground project is $6,000 over the remaining budget for the playground. We are hoping to raise this amount to finish the playground.

About Us: Ideal has been providing quality childcare for baby and kids for 40 years in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest in the homicide that occurred on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at approximately 3:43 pm, officers from the Fourth District along with members from DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the 3700 block of 9th Street Northwest for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, they located a five week-old infant unconscious and unresponsive. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the infant to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for Washington, DC determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt force injuries and the manner homicide.

On Monday, August 17, 2015, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 28-year-old Robert Smith Sr. of Northwest was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Murder connection with the death of five week-old Robert Smith Jr. of Northwest, Washington, DC.”

845 Upshur St, NW

Uphsur Street is officially the shit, as we you used to say back in the 90s. Do people still say that? Anyway, Upshur Street is the shit. On the far end Slash Run opened – joining the Hitching Post on the east end and the 800 block now features Domku, Petworth Citzen, Upshur Street Books, Willow, Crane & Turtle, my barber shop and the coming soon Slim’s Diner, Timber Pizza and Twisted Horn. Now we can add a new spot from @ChefAlexMcCoy who tweeted the big news yesterday:

“Friends, honored to officially announce that Upshur St NW in Petworth will be home to our newest concept!#petworth”

McCoy is coming to the former China American Inn space which closed back in Jan. 2014 and was rumored to be an Ethiopian/International cafe. Now plans are even more exciting. The Washington City Paper reports:

“McCoy is taking the idea of the expat bars he encountered while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and opening one up at home.

McCoy’s menu will feature “authentic regional dishes” from throughout Southeast Asia, but also things like an Australian burger with sweet chili sauce, grilled pineapple, and pickled beet root.”

If all goes well standby for an October opening.

Ed. Note: That would be a miracle but the sooner the better!

3701 New Hampshire Ave, NW

Back in March we were saddened to learn that Sweet Mango Cafe had closed “until further notice” across from the Petworth Metro. Now they’re back – sorta – 3701 Jerk Station had a soft opening yesterday. I stopped in yesterday and the owner was so happy – he was giving away jerk chicken for free to celebrate. He told me the official opening is Tuesday and they hope to lease space here when the new development comes. On that front UrbanTurf reports a 21 unit building is coming:

“The 65-foot, five-story residential development will have one and two-bedroom residential units on floors two through five and there will be retail on the ground floor.”

The owner of 3701 Jerk Station (who wishes he named it DC Jerk Station but oh well) says he hopes to lease the retail space in the new development too. Stay tuned all around and in the meantime – enjoy some jerk chicken!

sweet mango

And here’s a bit of awesomeness courtesy of Sweet Mango – here’s what the corner looked like in 1927:


14th and Quincy St, NW

One of the many many things that make Red Derby one of the best bars in DC year after year after year:

Sunday August 9th Red Derby in collaboration with #Tecate is throwing a Tiki Party to raise $$$ to outfit the kids at DASH (district alliance for safe housing) with SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the upcoming year.

3pm until the party stops. HULA HOOP, LIMBO and HAWAIIAN SHIRT CONTESTS w/ prizes!!! All proceeds from Tecate and Tiki Punch sales will go directly to the kids at dash!!! Stay tuned for contest schedule and judging criteria. Mark your calendars now!!!”

pain sculpture

From MPD:

“OFFENSE: Robbery [1:45pm]

The victim was involved in a car accident and another person came to help him. While there, they were approached by (3) suspects that displayed handguns and demanded their property. The suspects are described as black, males, in their 20’s, skinny builds, one had short dread hair style, and the other two had short hair. They were wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans.”

And another reader sends this report from WTOP:

“Ben Fishel, the grandson of the late CBS broadcaster Andy Rooney, says he was walking home recently near 11th and V streets in Northwest on July 19 when he was grabbed from behind and slashed across his face on his front steps.”

DC8689651 - Exterior (General)

This unit is located at 539 Randolph St, NW. The listing says:

“Visit for hosted video tour, pics and floorplans! This beautifully executed 2-story penthouse unit features spacious living areas, 2 master bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, private roofdeck and an outdoor shower on the rear balcony. 10’+ ceilings in the master suite. Pet-friendly building shares a large fenced-in backyard. Off-street parking included with unit.”

DC8689651 - Exterior (Rear)

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3 bath is going for $799,999 ($255 monthly fee.)