“Dear PoPville,

Saturday night (10/11) around 11:30pm, I was walking down 14 St around Florida Ave with a group of friends when we saw a young man get attacked. As you may know, Miss Adams Morgan was last night at the Hilton near Dupont. The young man was in drag, wearing white spandex shorts and carrying a fabulous pair of heels, clearly on his walk home from the event. An approximately 30-year-old man wearing a blue Knicks hoodie approached him as he quietly waited for the light to change at Florida. The man in the hoodie got in his face, asked why he was dressed that way and if he was gay. When the brave young man said yes, he was in fact gay, and then turned to cross the street, the man in the hoodie grabbed his shoulder, spun him around, and sucker-punched him in the middle of the intersection. After he hit the pavement, a crowd of strangers rushed in to help and protect him, and the man in the hoodie calmly left down 14 St.

A few strangers then escorted the young man who had been assaulted the rest of the way to his home. A friend of mine called the police, but we couldn’t tell them much about where to find the assaulter. I can’t imagine the emotional damage that needless encounter has had on the young man who bravely expressed and stood up for himself. I don’t expect to solve this crime in any way, but I hope DC can be better and more tolerant in the future through learning about these events.”

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From an email:

Sunday, October 26: Martha’s Table One Pot Supper Evening fundraiser dinner parties hosted in scores of private homes across the region.  Martha’s Table asks its supporters and others committed to fighting hunger in the District to host a One Pot Supper Evening on Oct. 26. Hosts will invite five or 25 or more people to their home for a cookout, a potluck or a sit-down dinner, use information flash cards provided by Martha’s Table to stimulate conversations about hunger issues in the D.C. metro-area, and collect donations for Martha’s Table. Martha’s Table will give each host a gift of a 2.5 quart red-apple cook pot to pass around the table for contributions to support the organization’s work. Get involved here!

If you cannot host a dinner, you can still participate. Visit ChurchKey, Birch & Barley, Iron Gate,  Ardeo+Bardeo, or 701 restaurants on October 26 evening and they will donate a percentage of your dinner check to Martha’s Table.”

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1923 Vermont Avenue, NW (just south of U Street)

From an ANC email:

“This email is to serve as official public notice that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B (ANC 1B) will be holding the first of two community-wide meetings to hear the three duly qualified applicant teams who have submitted proposals to redevelop the Grimke site, on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, 2nd Floor – 2000 14th St, NW.

Following the presentations, there will be a community Q & A session. (more…)