A reader reports:

“We didn’t see it happen but we heard tire squeals and screams and saw them load the victim’s body in the ambulance. Not 100% on the happenings but from what we were told by police a bicyclist was killed by a hit and run driver last night at the intersection of 8 and s st nw at 2:20am.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a hit and run that resulted in a traffic fatality which occurred at the intersection of 8th and S Streets, NW.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at approximately 2:33 am, a bicyclist was on 8th Street, NW when she was struck by a light colored SUV that was traveling southbound on 8th Street, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The striking vehicle was last seen fleeing southbound on 8th Street towards Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The SUV may have damage to the right front bumper.

The decedent has been identified as 53 year-old Tonya Reaves of Northeast, Washington, DC.

This crash is currently under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown’s Pictures

From Duffy’s [2106 Vermont Ave, NW]:

“The Nats have the Chance to Clinch The NL East tonight at Atlanta.

We will have the game with sound on all 16 TVs

Free Hot Dogs During Game for anyone wearing Nats gear!

$5 16oz Nats Punch

Free Shots of Jameson to anyone wearing Nats gear at end of game When Title is Clinched!

Go Nats!”

And don’t forget, you can buy your playoff tickets Monday.

Photo courtesy Dacha

From an email:

Dacha Beer Garden will be kicking off Oktoberfest 2014 this coming Saturday, September 20th. Doors will open early at 11am with “Angezapft ist” — “It’s tapped!” — the cry that goes up every year when the Lord Mayor of Munich hammers a spigot into the very first keg of Oktoberfest beer.

It’s going to be a gorgeous day. We encourage folks to get there before 2pm when the crowds generally come rolling in.

Starting Saturday through the end of Oktoberfest, Dacha will be serving Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier and staff will be wearing full lederhosen and dirndls. We’ll be raffling off prizes, hosting some amusing contests, and serving up special beer cocktails.

Oktoberfest beer will be included on our happy hour menu (Mon-Thurs 4pm till 7pm, $5 singles and $10 for boots) until the end of October.

As always – we’ll have traditional brats, ‘kraut and pretzels – for those looking for an authentic German experience. However, we’ve also introduced new kabobs on the menu that are pretty damn delicious. Marinated beef, lamb and pork skewers served with grilled pita and a cucumber salad.”

7th and Q St, NW


From a press release:

“The fifth annual DC State Fair will be held on September 20, 2014 from 12PM to 7PM at the Old City Farm and Guild located at 925 Rhode Island Ave NW.

The DC State Fair is partnering this year with the Homegrown DC Fair to put on an event showcasing the District’s food and artistic talent. Various contests will be held during the Fair, including: pie baking, funkiest-looking vegetable, honey, and pickled foods. Last year’s bike accessory contest winner was a child’s seat add-on for the Capital Bikeshare bicycles. New for this year is an ice cream contest where the District’s residents can show off their home-made ice cream and gelato. The popular homebrew contest will be held later this Fall. (more…)

“Dear PoPville,

Just wanted to let you know about a hit and run that happened around 3pm on Sunday outside of Satellite Room at the corner of Vermont and 9th.

An old gold/beige car with New Mexico plates blew through a stop sign and nailed a biker. Both the bike and the biker flipped over the hood of the car. The biker got up- shook himself off and moved to the curb. The driver rolled down her window– looked at him and then drove away. By the time I tried to get the license plate she was too far up 9th street.

I went over to the biker and he seemed to be ok- didn’t want me to call 911 but clearly visibly shaken. He wheeled his bike away shortly thereafter.

Im appalled by the way the driver handled this. For such a biking friendly city— I cannot tell you the number of times I have almost been hit by drivers not paying attention– and to then run……just despicable.”

639 Florida Avenue, NW

More good news for Shaw – the folks from IChing tell me the Grand Opening is set for Friday, Sept. 26th. This is the spot where:

“Our cuisine is Vietnamese, Korean, Thai, Japanese. My executive chef is a born Japanese.His name his Munehiro Mori. Experince for 30 years.(Cashion’s, Raku, Asia Nora, Wolfgang Puck. His cooking introduces cross-cultural ingredients with the same spirit of innovation with a European flair. We are very exited!”



1707 7th Street NW – 7th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

A reader succinctly asks:

“do you know what ever happened with parcel 42?”

After naming a developer in April 2013, it looks like there was a Public Surplus Meeting in March 2014:

“The surplus meeting is held in order to receive feedback from the community on the District’s finding that the property is not required for public purposes. Comments collected at the public meeting will be submitted to the D.C. Council for their review. The surplus meeting is conducted pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 10-801.”

I’ve emailed the project manager and will update when/if he responds. Anyone else hear what’s going on?


“Dear PoPville,

Here we go again!!! – 6th and Florida Ave, NW

just had to send this picture. i don’t think i am exaggerating when i say this is probably the 30th time someone with a jack hammer has been on this corner this year. this time at 8:00 am on Saturday. there must be something absolutely amazing under that storm drain. and this is just the begging of this corner. I would love to see the city records for the last year and how many times they have had to do work on this corner (and what exactly they are doing) People living around here already have to deal with late night motor cycles and loud street noise. but a fan can’t cover up a jack hammer…”

From the Shaw Listserv:

“This past Friday, while circling the block to find parking, noticed a package in our door. After parking while walking the 50ft from our parked car on the 500 block of R St. to our house, my wife and I passed a young African American male walking a bike with a brown mail package in one hand walking westward on R St. I didn’t think much of it – its important to me not to unfairly profile people. I got to our door and saw our package was gone – removed in the last 60 seconds since we’d seen it from out car.

I turned around and ran down R St. to 6th to look for the kid who I’d just saw and spotted him on the the other side of Rhode Island walking north on 6th St. I saw the package in his hand, but the brown wrapping was removed and it was a white shirt-like box. I was in front of the Chinese food place on 6th, looked to my left to the garbage bin, looked in it – and saw the brown wrapping addressed to me. Enraged, I ran across traffic on Rhode Island, coming up behind the man/kid picked him up and threw him on the ground, screaming at him like a maniac. He said he was sorry several times at which point I released him, grabbed my mother-in-law’s birthday gift for my wife and stormed back across Rhode Island. At my wife’s urging, I did report it to the police – who said I should’ve probably called before I confronted him. I should’ve stayed and called the police and taken a picture, but I wasn’t in that state of mind at the time. We couldn’t find him. He took down my information. The police said these kids usually come from a different area of town – so they aren’t recognized. This kid/man seemed about 18, red t-shirt, black do-rag on head, athletic shorts, walking a black bike.

I was surprised at how angry I was – but it enraged me to feel violated in front of my face, in my home. And its important to me not to negatively profile every young African American kid in the neighborhood who looks like they might live in public housing because – like all of us – most are not behaving this way. But it pissed me of to have this happen.”