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Joe Schinosi via GoFundMe

Very sad news readers have passed on from the Queen Vic:

“Some of you may have heard that our friend Joe Schinosi passed away earlier this week. Joe helped us open The Vic back in 2011 and was our friend long before then. His death has hit us hard and we are still struggling to process it so we don’t have the words right now. Joe’s funeral will be held on Friday August 12th at 10.30am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Please consider donating to help his family with the costs.”


3125 M Street, NW photo by dccitygirl (alley between Levain Bakery/Irish Pub) “Georgetown is particularly special given Emad and his family are long-time DC residents.”

From a press release:

“On July 20th, the Bring Our Families Home Campaign, a campaign led by family members of Americans wrongfully detained or held hostage abroad, will be unveiling a public mural in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The mural, designed and installed by Iowan artist Isaac Campbell, will use the wheat paste technique to capture the faces of 18 Americans held hostage or wrongfully detained abroad. Read More

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Eliezer “Chef Ziggy” Albino Segui

“Dear PoPville,

I believe you posted the original GoFundMe campaign and story on PoPville. All very sad. No cause of death provided.”

The sad update:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I deliver news of Eliezer “Chef Ziggy” Albino Segui’s passing last week. He will be sorely missed by his community. Read More

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Ed. Note: yesterday we posted about another memorial event to be held on Saturday.

From a press release:

“One hundred years ago, on January 28, 1922, the worst peacetime single-day loss of life in the history of the District of Columbia occurred when the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapsed under the weight of a record 28 inches of snow, killing 98 people.

A century later, on January 28, 2022, we will commemorate the disaster and remember the victims.

The Commemoration

When: Friday January 28, 2022 at 6PM

Where: The public plaza at 1801 Adams Mill Road, NW (near the bulletin board kiosk so we can look to the opposite corner where the Knickerbocker once stood)

What: The history of the theater and the snowstorm will be outlined. In a powerful gesture, for the first time in perhaps a century, the names of the tragedy’s 98 victims will be read aloud, and their stories will be discussed. Hand-held candles will be available to light and remember the victims.

On the night of the 28th, the feature film was a comedy, “Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford.” Among the 300 individuals in attendance was the Washington Post’s drama columnist, John Jay Daly. Transformed into a breaking-news reporter, his breathless 5,000-word description of the day’s events captured every bit of the disaster’s tragedy and emotion.

With a roar, mighty as the crack of doom, the massive roof of the Knickerbocker broke loose from its steel moorings and crashed down upon the heads of those in the balcony. Under the weight of the fallen roof, the balcony gave way. Most of the audience was entombed. It was as sudden as the turning off of an electric light.”

“If possible, it was worse than hell. […] Prayers ascended from the lips of sordid sinners. Brave hearts railed at their own helplessness of the power stripped from them to do even one act of mercy. Weak men suddenly turned into giants, hoping to lift the rafters of a fallen temple of mirth and free the stricken beneath.

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Thanks to Nancy for sending “photographs taken after the disaster at 18th & Columbia by neighborhood news photographer at the time Hugh Miller”

From a press release:

“Neighbors for the Knickerbocker Memorial in Adams Morgan Commemorate Lives Lost and Changed Forever 100 Years Ago by Collapse of the Knickerbocker Theatre Under 28′ of Snow

98 Lives Lost, 130 Injured, in the Most Deadly Single Incident in DC History.

Neighbors for the Knickerbocker Memorial in Adams Morgan will commemorate lives lost and changed forever 100 years ago by collapse of the Knickerbocker Theatre roof under 28 feet of snow. At the public gathering a sculpture will be dedicated by local artist Cesar Maxit to the 98 people who died, 133 injured and to first responders to what remains the deadliest single incident in DC’s history. Read More

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Scott J Bennett via Facebook

Grand Central shared the sad news last night:

Adams Morgan lost one of our best today. @amsterdamfalafelshop Scott Bennett was one of the most generous, kind, and loving people we have met and was the Heartbeat of our neighborhood. You will always be felt on 18th and we love and miss you already. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Arianne, Dax, friends & family.”

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From a press release:

“Safe streets advocates are gathering to celebrate the life of Allison “Allie” Hart, the 5-year-old girl who was tragically struck and killed while riding her bike in a crosswalk on September 13. A “chalk-in” will take place this Sunday, December 12 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the intersection of 14th St. NE and Irving Street, NE. Participants will fill the intersection with color, joy, and crystal clear messages about the dire need for safer streets for ALL here in DC. The event will be a family-friendly day of action/celebration. Read More

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