From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, following a weekend fire at 708 Kennedy Street NW in which two residents died, including a nine-year-old boy, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the District would be referring the matter to the DC Office of the Attorney General and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. These criminal investigations are in addition to the investigations already underway by the District’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS), along with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
“Our hearts are broken knowing that this fire claimed the lives of two of our neighbors – one of them just nine years old. The District will not tolerate landlords who prey on vulnerable populations, operating unlicensed rental properties and showing no concern for people’s safety,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “My Administration is conducting a comprehensive investigation of the property owner to identify any other rental properties and whether they are housing people in dangerous conditions. Because of the circumstances that may have contributed to these deaths, I am referring the case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DC Office of the Attorney General for criminal investigation.”
Before a residential property owner can legally rent out residential properties in the District, they must first obtain a business license from DCRA, which requires an inspection. In this instance, the property owner did not have the required business license or Certificate of Occupancy and there was no DCRA inspection of the property.
“On this sad occasion, I want to take the opportunity to remind District renters that they have rights,” said DCRA Director Ernest Chrappah. “Please reach out to us if you’re renting a property that does not have the necessary fire safety requirements. And when you reach out, please know that you can do so anonymously–we don’t want anyone to fear retribution from a landlord or worry about their immigration status. What matters is your safety.”
In the District, rental properties are required to provide all of the following fire safety measures:
Interconnected smoke alarms on every level and inside each sleeping room
At least one, working fire extinguisher
Carbon monoxide detector
Exits, including doors and windows, that can be opened from the inside without the need for keys or any special knowledge or effort
Electrical outlets, switches, and fixtures that work properly
For high rise buildings, a fire safety evacuation plan, along with fire drills at least once per year
At least one exterior emergency escape for every sleeping room below the 4th floor
If any of these items are not in place, tenants shoould call DCRA at (202) 442-9557 or dial 311.”
Thanks to M. for sending: “Just saw this morning, New Rule at the DC USA.”
Thanks to Ken for sending: “This was seen near the Ranger Station in Rock Creek Park this morning” J. also writes: “The USGS guys doing water sampling in Rock Creek”
978 I Street, NW Thanks to TE for sending:
1212 4th Street, SE Thanks to Forrest for sending: Banfield in Navy Yard Closing” Saturday January 27th.
You are cordially invited to the Washington Opera Society’s exclusive Christmas/Hannukah Party!
We are pleased to welcome our great opera stars to the company!
Juliette Di Bello, Manuela Tomasz Korossy, Kristin Sampson from the NY City Opera Company, and Kevin Short of the Metropolitan Opera.
Don’t miss this unique holiday concert of seasonal favorites and hit arias from the operatic repertoire sung by our cast of stellar singers. Maestro Benichou will bring his infectious energy as he leads the WOS Festival Ensemble in an evening sure to remember. Glad tidings!
You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
Get your tickets now!
Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
Join the Terrells and many other local artists for a holiday party at The Fillmore School in Georgetown from 6-8pm on Saturday, December 16th. There will be open studios, live music, chair massages, and local businesses with holiday specials. This