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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…)

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From MPD:

“1) On today’s date [Saturday], at approx. 17:08 hours, and adult male was observed by members of 3-D VICE staling an unattended bicycle from the 1000 block of U Street, NW. VICE stopped, arrested and charged the Defendant with “Theft-1.”

2) On today’s date [Saturday], at approximately 21:00 hours, 3-D VICE Sgt. Arthur Gregory intervened on a “Theft-1 Stolen Bike” in progress. Another adult male defendant was attempted to break a bicycle from a bike lock when Sgt. Gregory interrupted him. The Defendant attempted to flee on foot while armed with a crow-bar pipe, but after a brief foot pursuit, Sgt. Gregory apprehended the defendant without incident. The defendant was arrested and charged with “Theft-1 Bike”. Recovered was the crow-bar/pipe, the stolen bike and a damaged Kryptonite bike lock.

Prevention Tip of the Day: Never leave you Bicycle unattended, even for a second. This is all it take for an assailant to made away with your property. Always lock your bicycle when leaving it unattended. The best locking mechanism to prevent a bike theft is a heavy gauge U lock, although any lock is better than none.”

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3321 Connecticut Ave, NW

Lots of folks have been emailing about the new paint job at the former Lavandou space in Cleveland Park next to Nanny O’Briens. Word on the street is that it’s going to be the new home of Coppi’s. Their website currently says “Updated contact information coming soon!”

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But perhaps of greater interest is news of who’s going to take over Coppi’s (and Utopia’s) old space on U Street. Washington Business Journal reports:

“District Distillery recently sought approval to open a combination distillery and restaurant at one of the city’s hottest intersections, 14th and U streets NW, according to plans submitted to the D.C. Zoning Administrator. The concept would encompass more than 7,000 square feet at 1414 and 1418 U Street, formerly home to Coppi’s Organic and Utopia restaurants, respectively.”

Updates when progress is made:

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1414 U Street, NW

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U Street looking towards 14th

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I’m hearing the long vacant (and sometimes troubled) properties on the 1300 block of U Street, NW have finally sold. The State of the Union building was listed for sale for $2.2 million back in December. And you guessed it – word is plans are to combine the lots for condos and retail on the first floor. Definitely looking forward to learning more about the plans and seeing some renderings. Updates when/if more info becomes available.

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1612 U Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Was just heaving the u st vida [Sunday] and several women were standing at front desk with a police officer – the locks had been cut off their lockers while they were using the gym and all their stuff stolen.

The lights are all in the locker rooms because of an electrical issue – not sure if related or not.

Any one else hear of other gyms bring hit?”

Ed. Note: We used to get regular reports of similar occurrences from the Washington Sports Club in Columbia Heights but it’s been a while since I’ve received a report.