I just wanted to share the incredible story of Leonard Hyater Jr. Anyone who passed by 19th & M street on weekday mornings knew him – if not by name, then by his warm smile, pleasant disposition, and dedication to selling Street Sense – he was there every morning, Monday through Friday.
A few years ago he was profiled in the paper, where readers learned that he used to work as a mortgage loan officer before falling on hard times and becoming homeless. Determined to get back on his feet, Leonard began selling Street Sense newspapers in 2012. (more…)
Christian Broder, via GoFundMe
Wendy sends a heartbreaking update about Millie’s General Manager Christian Broder. From the GoFundMe:
“We are heartbroken to share that last night Christian passed away. He was comfortable with Molly by his side and surrounded by loved ones. We are so grateful for your love and support over the last two weeks as Christian fought so hard.
Molly and the Broder family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical teams at Piedmont Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital for their tireless efforts and guidance.”
“Broder’s brother, Nicholas, told an ABC affiliate in Atlanta that a car pulled up that they thought was their Uber, but instead a man jumped out with a gun and robbed them. (more…)
Photo by @riotpedestrian
I’m organizing a Ride of Silence for Jeff Long, the cyclist who was killed by a motorist on M St Saturday. It’s Thursday at 5:15 – meet at 15th & M, then ride down the cycltrack to the site of the crash.”
From the Facebook event page:
“Jeffery Hammond Long was killed Saturday by a driver making a right turn across the bike lane on the 2100 block of M Street NW on Saturday. He was the second cyclist. after Malik Habib, in so many weeks to be killed by a driver in DC. Please join us for a ride in his memory.
Please wear white (like a ghost bike).
Meet: In front of Peet’s Coffee at 1156 15th St NW
Wheels up: 5:30
Route: Take M St West. Stop at the intersection of M & NH for a moment of silence.
via Twitter profile
What a roller coaster of emotions. So sad. CNN reports:
“Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.”
Ed. Note: From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – “No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.”
Throughout that past couple of years, Cowbell Kitchen was a food truck and has/had a presence in 9 farmers markets throughout DC.
Six weeks ago, KK checked herself into the hospital with flu-like symptoms. Without going too far into detail, she was placed into a medically induced coma and airlifted to Fairfax Hospital. She passed away on Thursday. She was only 23 years old. Needless to say, the community is absolutely devastated.
“Eugene, right, is pictured with Jeffrey, one of the Midtown Youth Academy’s boxing coaches and a graduate of Dr. Hughes’ program.” Photo by Danny Harris.
Midtown Youth Academy, the all purpose youth center located at 14th and W street NW lost its beloved curator and father this past weekend, Eugene THUNDER Hughes. Mr. Hughes was an incredible human, and his story is one that needs to be told throughout the district, especially as Midtown Youth Academy is attempting to raise funds to reopen this spring. Attached below, I have a video about the Academy, as I could go on for days about what an impact this man has had on our community for more then 40 years, let alone my personal life.”
2206 14th Street, NW
1815 M Street, NW
From Bub and Pop’s:
“The Hebrew Hammer Comes to Bub and Pop’s
Chef Jon had approached me about changing the name of our Jewish Hoagie for sometime. We’ve decided to do it!
We are changing the name of one of our most popular sandwiches, the Jewish Hoagie – to the Hebrew Hammer. This monster pastrami, brisket, roast turkey, kosher salami, spicy mustard, 1,000 Island and Swiss piled with our Cole Slaw was featured by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
We are changing the name to honor our son, brother, husband and father, Peter W. Taub, Special Agent, AFOSI, who lost his life on December 21, 2015 in Afghanistan along with his squad of 5 other service members.
Pete was given the name Hebrew Hammer after a sparring session between himself and Jonathan M. Oldhorse. They were training partners in both Karate and MBC (Martial Blade Concepts) when Pete was stationed at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota. I asked Jonathan to share the story. (more…)
2319 Wisconsin Ave, NW
“On February 4, 2018, Ravi Shankar died in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is survived by his mother, Maya Devi, two brothers, Tarun Shankar, and Arun Shankar, his wife Geeta Shankar and two children, Jatin, 19, and Raychal Shankar, 17. Ravi was 49 years old. Ravi was born and raised in Delhi, India. He was an enthusiastic badminton and squash player in his early teen years, before turning his attention to tennis.
At age 19, he opened up his own tennis academy, which was the third largest tennis academy in the region. He was proud of that. He moved to the United States in the mid-1990’s. He worked at the Drilling Tennis Shop in downtown Washington, DC for eight years. He then went out on his own and opened the Tennis Zone tennis shop, first in Chevy Chase. Later he moved the store to Glover Park where it has operated for the last five years.
A man of exceptional talent and a warm personality, Ravi had an unparalleled ability to string tennis and squash racquets, matched with a sophisticated knowledge of string types and racquet differences that benefitted beginners and professionals alike. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.
From a press release:
“Washington National Cathedral will join churches across the country as it rings the Bourdon (funeral) Bell on Tuesday, October 3, in memory of those killed last night in Las Vegas. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal bishop of Washington, will be joined by local and national religious leaders representing many faiths. Their message is to take a moment for prayer while also urging a national conversation to end gun violence. (more…)
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred in the 1100 block of Florida Avenue, Northeast, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
At approximately 11:17 pm, a Piaggio scooter was eastbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast in the far left lane of travel. The operator of a Volkswagen Touareg was also traveling eastbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast in the far right lane. The driver of the Touareg attempted to make a U-turn from the far right late to go westbound on Florida Avenue, Northeast. As the Touareg crossed the left lane of travel, the scooter struck the driver’s side rear of the Touareg. Directly following the crash, the driver of the Touareg stopped his vehicle and, along with other witnesses, attempted to assist the operator of the scooter. DC Fire and EMS arrived on the scene and transported the operator of the scooter to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The decedent has been identified as 39 year-old Cassidy Karakorn, of Northeast, DC.
The case is currently under investigation by the Major Crash Investigations Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case should call 202-727-9099.”
From the Human Rights Campaign:
“The HRC Family is mourning the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Cassidy Karakorn. Over her 17-year career at the Human Rights Campaign, Cassidy tirelessly championed civil rights for the LGBTQ community. As Director of Consumer Marketing, Cassidy’s eye for fashion and art made a transformative impact on HRC and helped us reach more people than ever before. Her work was often deeply and profoundly moving; this past June, she worked with renowned artist Meghan Geckler to bring to life an eight story public art installation remembering the 49 lives taken in the Pulse Nightclub shooting and other victims of hate violence. (more…)