“Picture by Roger Eastman”

Thanks to Rebecca for passing on from the Anacostia Watershed Society:

“Smokey the Bear in University Park? This black bear was seen roaming the neighborhood near the elementary school. Young male bears can stray far from where they are born to claim their territory.”

“The young black bear is now in Hyattsville”

If you spot a hawk, any interesting wildlife or celebrity skateboarder Tony Hawk, and get a good photo please send in an email where you spotted them to [email protected]. Thanks! Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

Check out the video from the Anacostia Watershed Society: Read More


Photo by Harrison Jones

Harrison writes: “Two people are reportedly trapped inside this small aircraft that has crashed into power lines near Goshen Road and Rothbury Drive in Montgomery Village near Gaithersburg. Rescue is still in progress over two hours after the plane crashed.”

Update from Pepco:

“Pepco is pleased to have successfully assisted Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and other local emergency personnel with the effort to rescue the individuals who were stranded in the airplane in Montgomery County. As of 11:58 p.m., Pepco also has restored electric service for all customers impacted by incident. Read More


photo by Scott Suchman courtesy Le Fantome Food Hall

From a press release:

“Le Fantome, an all-day, international food hall in Prince George’s County will open on Monday, August 22. Located in The Station at Riverdale Park, the 8,500 square foot project is a collaboration between Cafritz Enterprises and leading hospitality consulting group Hospitality HQ (HHQ). Le Fantome will open with a full-service bar, seasonal patio, and a diverse array of offerings from three dine-in stalls. The food hall’s seven locally-owned and operated ghost kitchen concepts will open separately on Monday, August 29th for dine-in ordering via QR code, delivery via select third party apps, and pre-ordered pick up.

The all-day dining destination’s three dine-in food stalls include Chef Esther Choi’s casual Korean eatery Mökbar, Top Chef D.C. winner Kevin Sbraga’s hot chicken joint Sonny & Sons, and modern sushi counter Horu Sushi. The food hall will also house seven ghost kitchen concepts: Alta Calidad Taqueria, Bombay Kitchen, Dayo’s Kitchen, Fishscale, Greek Aroma Mediterranean Grill, Laoban Dumplings, and Mr. Bake Sweets. One of the ghost kitchen stalls will serve as a community kitchen, designed to be a springboard for up & coming chefs and small business owners. Le Fantome plans to rotate community kitchen occupants frequently.

“We are thrilled to officially be a part of Prince George’s County’s diverse dining scene,” said Akhtar Nawab, Chef & Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner at Hospitality HQ. “Le Fantome’s unique lineup of vendors includes options for Korean and Indian street foods, traditional Nigerian dishes, creative sushi, comforting Southern fare and more from the shared kitchens of local culinary talent. Our team looks forward to welcoming in our neighbors in Riverdale Park and College Park, students and staff from just up the road at the University of Maryland and visitors stopping by our block from the wider D.C. area.”

Le Fantome inaugural vendor lineup includes the following (*denotes ghost kitchen): Read More


photo by dullshick

Joanna writes:

“Can we do something about Community Forklift? Can we petition to Washington Gas? Not sure if anyone knows about how to fight these battles but we cannot let them close down.. so sad!”

Community Forklift writes:

“Did you see yesterday’s DCist article about Community Forklift’s search for a new location? Learn more about Community Forklift’s history, our team, the people we serve, and more about why we need to find a new home. In short, the landlord of our current location, Washington Gas, plans to discontinue commercial use of the site and so we’ll need to relocate at some point. We aim to stay open in our current building until a new site is located, though, so please continue to visit us at 4671 Tanglewood Dr. in the Edmonston/Hyattsville, MD, area! Read More


“Dear PoPville,

Just received a first notice by mail on 5/17/22 for a parking violation issued on 9/1/14 from Montgomery County. The notice is dated 5/5/22. The first sentence of the notice reads, “Please be advised that there was a delay in mailing this notice” – A DELAY OF ALMOST 8 YEARS??? They had the gall to then add a $50 penalty for late payment bringing the ticket to $110. AND in order to contest the ticket I need to post the amount due as collateral. Read More


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