01/18/17 1:55pm

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From a dozen to fifty and now up to 124, nicely done DC!!

From a press release:

“While the nation’s capital hosts inauguration weekend, 124 local hospitality businesses are making a statement of love, compassion and community by donating proceeds from the weekend to local charities. Washington, DC’s thriving service industry organized together to give generously from their profits to local service organizations. The diversity of participating venues is as dynamic as the DMV itself, from restaurants like Bad Saint, District Distilling Co. and Oyamel to shops and retailers like Scissor & Comb Salon, Logan Hardware and Glen’s Garden Market. Visitors and residents are encouraged to dine, drink and shop at the participating businesses this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and beyond.

All Is Service DC is an initiative of 124 venues city wide that are donating to causes as diverse as women’s health, the arts, LGBTQ issues, homelessness, food access, support for the local migrant community and the environment. The message has been positively overwhelming: DC’s service industry welcomes all for an opportunity to give back.

All In Service DC is the brainchild of two local service industry professionals inspired to give more to the community.

“We put out the call and DC’s hospitality community responded,” says Alaina Dyne, co-creator of All In Service DC. “Giving back is not just about being generous with your dollars, it is also about being generous with your attention to others. We look forward to opening our doors and attending to all for the inauguration weekend.”

“All In Service DC celebrates DC’s diversity by giving back to local organizations that keep our community thriving,” says, Amanda Carpenter co-creator of All In Service DC. “This project is about pulling together as a community. We are proud of the statement All In Service DC makes: Washington, DC is an amazing place to live, work, dine and drink because we care about our community.”

The project is led by an all-woman team of organizers: Amanda Carpenter, Alaina Dyne, Sarah Massey and Farrah Skeiky with support from Cherry Blossom Creative and Elsie Dwire Photo & Design.

The participating venues are: (more…)

01/18/17 1:40pm

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01/18/17 1:13pm


Thanks to Monique Z. for sending just after 1pm.

“Trump supporter crashes into D.C. Public School bus in front of police station. 6th and NY Ave. Right next to the police station. I went & got him some officers to help, he was in a rush to get his vehicle out. School bus was parked thankfully without any kids on it.”

At this time it’s not clear what music was playing. But, seriously, updates when more specifics are known.

01/18/17 12:45pm

8th and L
via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to submit the following from our local list-serv…

“There have been two incidents of assaults in the last 24 hours at the corner of 8th St and L St NE. The police are actively looking for the individual who is described as: a black male, 190+, 5’8″, cropped hair, no facial hair, 20s, wearing blue jeans, a cream sweatshirt and red vest. Please keep an eye out and call the police if you see anyone matching this description!”

And I wanted to add a Props to the Cops (I was one of the victims): After I called to report the assault, the initial police team responded quickly and stayed with me until the special-unit detective arrived. The detective was kind and effective during the interview, and then stayed for an hour going around the block seeking camera footage and providing the description to neighbors. Then I received a call from the Victims’ Services unit, where I had been assigned an advocate. She called me to check in and offer access to free counseling. She also made sure I had all the contact info if I wanted to follow up. Every single person I have interacted with from the police has been very helpful and kind, and they made it clear they take these things seriously, which made me feel much safer in our neighborhood. Thanks to the police!!”

01/18/17 12:05pm

1671 34th St NW

This house is located at 1671 34th Street, NW. The MRIS listing says:

“Elegant & Classically inspired residence of noted Washington interior designer – photographed for numerous home & style periodicals,featuring a gracious Entrance Hall,warm Family Room w/rear wall of floor to ceiling plate glass & doors to formal Garden/Patio. Dramatic wide staircase to upper floors; superb Drawing room w/13′ ceilings,large Dining room,Study, 3 generous bedrooms,driveway & Garage.”

inside gdon

You can see a virtual tour here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $3,500,000.

01/18/17 11:40am

Joy Asico (www.asicophoto.com)
1701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. (Photo by Joy Asico)

From a press release:

“eatsa, the unprecedented, fully-automated faster food experience, will open the doors to its second Washington, D.C. location at 1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW on Wednesday, January 18. The new eatsa, just steps away from the White House, will be the first multi-level eatsa in the country and will include a mezzanine where customers can enjoy the brand’s customizable, healthy and flavorful quinoa-based bowls, delivered at an unbeatable price point.

Joy Asico (www.asicophoto.com) “The Pennsylvania Avenue eatsa in Washington, D.C. is the brand’s first multi-level storefront. (Photo by Joy Asico)”

Lunch bowls start at $6.95 and include the Bento Bowl, which features edamame, stir-fry quinoa and apple-cabbage slaw and the Burrito Bowl, with guacamole, asada portobello mushrooms and tortilla chips. Breakfast is on the menu, too, as eatsa will open at 7am with breakfast bowls starting at $3.95, in addition to fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits. (more…)

01/18/17 11:20am

shots ledroit
via google maps

Around 10:45am @PoPville started getting a number of messages about a large police response in LeDroit Park/Shaw:

“Helicopter circling over 5th/T st area. Tons of sirens. Anyone have info?”

“something is definitely going on. Streets are blocked at 4th & 5th st!!”

“Anymore news on what’s happening in Shaw? Just saw secret service rushing past my house”

“buddy of mine lives right there. Said the cops were chasing someone in a car. Shots were fired. not sure of the exact location of the shots fired. Sounds like there was a foot chase at some point too.”

“streets are blocked at 6th at T and @DCPoliceDept says investigation is at 6th/ T.”

Updates when official word comes from MPD.

Update: “MPD responded to a shots fired call. Chief and PIO briefing the media at 6th & T.”

Full report from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the Unit block of W Street, Northwest, on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

At approximately 9:46 am, an off-duty MPD officer contacted police saying he had been shot at multiple times at 3rd and U Streets, Northeast. He gave a description of the suspect vehicle, and after a search, officers were able to locate the vehicle operating in the area of the Unit block of W Street, Northwest. As MPD officers approached the vehicle on foot, one of the officers discharged his service weapon. No one was hit, and no injuries were sustained. The suspect fled in the vehicle and was later apprehended in the 1900 block of 5th Street, Northwest. A handgun was recovered from the flight path of the vehicle.

Arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Possession with Intent to Distribute, Fleeing and Eluding and Leaving after Colliding was 29-year-old Edward Darnell Bolling, Jr. of Sacramento, California.

No pedestrians or officers were injured during this incident. This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.”

01/18/17 11:10am


Dana sends from: “Mount Vernon Trail across from the southern tip of Teddy Roosevelt Island.”

If you spot a hawk or other bird of prey around town, lunching or otherwise, please send a photo and an email where you spotted it to [email protected] Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

01/18/17 10:10am

interactive map popville

From a press release:

“On Friday, January 20, the Washington, DC Government will be closed in observance of Inauguration Day. To prepare for the upcoming inauguration, DC Government launched an interactive geographic information system (GIS) map that provides transportation-related information on the National Mall. The map features data such as street closures, parking restrictions, walking routes, ADA shuttle stops, DC Streetcar stops, reunification centers, warming stations, bike amenities and more.”

Due to street closures and parking restrictions for the Presidential Inauguration, specific city services will operate on an alternative schedule: (more…)