Thanks to Raul for sending:
“We were watching a couple of blue jays in our backyard this morning and caught sight of a hawk in the back alley. Over the next five minutes, he was on the hunt for a black squirrel. Unclear if he ended up making his prey. After the two attempts caught on video, he was perched high up on a telephone pole above our neighbors’ yards… we lost him soon after.
We’re in Brightwood Park, near 5th & Kennedy.”
If you spot a hawk or any other bird of prey or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.
2423 18 Street, NW
The workers on site had no idea what was coming but looks like it could be cool – stay tuned!
Thanks to Jeff for sending from Petworth.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer
In Washington, D.C. and the inner suburbs, opportunities for USBC-sanctioned bowling leagues *without* disco lighting and *with* properly oiled lanes are few and far between.
But we suspect that the city has more than a few bowlers, like us, who used to be pretty serious about it but, since moving to the area, have sadly watched their bowling balls gather dust. Or folks who used to be on a company team back in the days when company bowling teams were as common as company softball teams. Or people who have tried the “social league” thing and even bought a ball and are now interested in joining a proper league.
“We” is a small group of friends who bowled together more than a decade ago in the wintry bowling splendor that is Western New York and are now gauging interest for a 2018-2019 United State Bowling Congress-sanctioned league here in the DC area. Location, day of the week, fees, rules, etc. are TBD based on a preliminary survey of those who are seriously interested, negotiations with bowling alleys in the area, and ultimately by league members or board.
Send a quick email to [email protected] to get looped in as this takes shape.”
Ed. Note: We’ve been reporting on what feels like an uptick on shots fired/shootings in certain parts of town. These reports do not diminish the gains of MPD and the Department of Forensic Sciences just as these statistics below do not diminish the frustration some residents feel who live near the recent shots fired/shootings.
From a press release:
“Mayor Bowser today highlighted the Administration’s multiagency approach to achieving a safer, stronger DC. Throughout 2017, crime continued to decrease in Washington, DC, with a 22 percent reduction in violent crime, a 9 percent reduction in property crime, and an 11 percent decrease in total crime. Since 2014, violent crime has decreased by 28 percent, property crime has decreased by 11 percent, and total crime has decreased by 14 percent.
“With our community-based approach to crime and violence prevention, we are making progress toward a safer, stronger DC, but we have more work to do,” said Mayor Bowser. “Identifying crime patterns, focusing on repeat violent offenders, removing illegal guns from our streets, and quickly testing key evidence are essential parts of combatting crime across the District.. I am proud of what our public safety agencies have accomplished, and in 2018, we will continue to build on that progress.”
In 2017, the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) implemented an ongoing series of improvements across the agency, with an emphasis on fingerprint and firearms forensics. Achievements and advances at DFS in 2017 include: (more…)
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood.
“Maggie, of Adams Morgan, recently moved to the city and met her doppelganger, Gracie at Meridian Hill Park.”
“This is Blanche, enjoying that porch life in Petworth.”
Thanks to Erin for sending:
“Pro tip: remove the ornaments and lights before putting your tree on the curb… (From the 2000 block of 12th St NW)”
Ed. Note: More info on how to recycle your tree here. Remember: “trees should be placed where your recyclables are regularly collected between Jan. 13 and Feb. 2. Curbside ONLY if that’s where your recyclables are normally collected.” Also don’t wait until October. And speaking of recycling, the expanded list of what can be, and MUST now be recycled is here.
This rental is located at 2511 Q Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:
“$1525 / 450ft2 – WALK OUT PATIO STUDIO in Residential Georgetown Rock Creek Gardens
Only two available, won’t last long!
Rock Creek Gardens boasts a great location, nicely situated between two of DC’s most sought after enclaves; Georgetown & DuPont Circle. Residents enjoy the vintage appeal of the historic community & nearby access to the numerous trails of Rock Creek Park. There is a coin operated laundry room & bicycle storage area on site. Heat & water are inclusive with rent, residents pay for electricity. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user KJoshi91
I’m wondering if readers out there have any suggestions for a good neighborhood or even building to live in that has easy access to Virginia. We currently live in a row house in Petworth, and really really do not want to leave, but I have a new job out in Tysons Corner. I would love to have a commute under 30-45 min, preferably by metro. We do not want to live in Virginia, and we are also really worried about losing the Petworth neighborhood vibe we’ve come to love (i.e., people saying hello to each other, knowing your neighbors, etc) So… Any suggestions? Thanks!”
By: Mimi Montgomery
Photo by ep_jhu
TUESDAY, JAN. 2
CELLO AND CHILL: Check out musician Wes Swing’s performance of cello-folk tonight at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The Virginia-based singer and cellist draws on the classical, folk, and alternative rock genres and pairs them with electronic influences to create a one-of-a-kind sound. (Millennium Stage, 6 p.m., FREE)
KEEP RUNNING: For those with fitness goals to tackle come 2018, this one’s for you: The Georgetown lululemon will be hosting its M Street Miles event throughout the month. Using the Strava app, participants will complete the #4080challenge by running either 40 km or 80 km in two weeks. An ambassador will lead the group on either a 3 or 5-mile run along the C&O Canal, and by the end of the two weeks, you’ll have hit your mark. (Georgetown lululemon, 6:30 – 8 p.m., FREE, registration required)
DISTILLER DINNER: Every Tuesday in January, the restaurant Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen will be hosting a January Distiller Dinner. The space will host the St. Michael’s, MD-based Gray Wolf Craft Distilling for a three-course dinner paired with their gin and vodka cocktails. Come for one or all four – either way, it’s sure to be tasty. (Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen, 5 p.m., FREE)
STORY TIME: Grab the kiddos and bring them to the Museum of the American Indian for story time. For many Native American communities, winter is the time for passing down oral histories: Participate yourself with a reading of the traditional creation story “Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began.” Children (and you!) will learn about Pueblo communities and create a constellation project post-reading. (Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, 11:15 a.m., FREE)
MORE: The Illusionists (Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 8 – 11 p.m., $69 – $175) , The Penthouse Basement’s Free Monthly Improv Showcase (The Pinch, 7 – 8:45 p.m., FREE), Salsa and Bachata Tuesdays (Grand Central, 8 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., FREE)
Photo by Mark Andre
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3
JAPANESE CINEMA: Join the Freer and Sackler Galleries for a screening of the Japanese film “Ugetsu” as part of its Japanese Classics series. The 1953 piece by famed director Kenji Mizoguchi is a blend of the otherworldly and reality, and is based on tales by Akinari Ueda and Guy de Maupassant. It’s a reflection on love and loss in a beautiful format. (Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, 2 – 4 p.m., FREE) (more…)