11th Street, NW between Irving and Kenyon
Ed. Note: This is not the first time the police have become involved.
I am writing to inform and update you about an issue that occurred in Columbia Heights this past week – and ask for your support.
As many of you know, Latino and black residents of the community play soccer everyday after school or work at the field of Harriet Tubman Elementary School on 11th between Irving and Kenyon. Many of the residents have been playing there for 20+ years. Their kids come out of school and play on the playground at the field while their parents or siblings play soccer. My husband is one of the people who plays there.
This past Wednesday a pay-to-play sports league (Zog Sports) showed up and kicked them off because they paid $4000 for a permit to reserve the field Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for the next two months (the entire summer break). On Tuesdays there is already a Bocce league.
The community members bought the soccer goal nets and when they learned they would not be able to use their field until September went to remove the nets. DC Parks and Rec and the police we’re called and one guy was given a fine and 5 year ban from all DC Parks and Rec spaces – even though he had the receipt for the nets. The community was then told that if they play more than a 3-on-3 pick up game, they have to buy a permit to play on the field they have been playing on for over a decade. Mind you, this private league charges $90 a player in order to afford the permit and DC Parks and Rec is now asking community members who already pay for the field through our taxes to pay to play there even though they are not an organized league. (more…)
Silver lining: By Monday we oughta cool down to 92 degrees. Oof. Thanks to Andrew for sending:
“Pepco turning off electricity for customers around the Sherman and Irving area. Shutting off my whole building at 3101 Sherman. Heard other neighbors shut off as well.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan
A bit of an odd topic but I figured the hive mind that is PoPville might be able to provide answers! I live near 15th and Euclid and about 4-6 weeks ago, I first noticed a bizarre noise in the neighborhood that’s now present 24/7. It initially sounded like a high-pitched car squealing but my next best guess is some sort of malfunctioning commercial air conditioner? I walk my dog around the neighborhood often and it seems loudest near 14th and Fairmont but I’m still not sure where the noise is coming from. It’s pretty ear-piercing (akin to nails on a chalkboard). I’ve seen others here talk about a noise ordinance to see if the issue can be addressed by the city but I am still at a loss to what exactly it is or where the noise is coming from. Anyone else hearing this or know what it is?”
Our meter box came loose from the wall and PEPCO issued our 3-unit building a 15-day notice to fix the box or they would shut off the electricity. Of course, PEPCO claims that the box and meters are the owner’s responsibility, not theirs. Yet they are charging us $2,251 to turn off the power so that our electrician can reaffix the box to the wall. Not to mention the $200 city inspector permit (also required by PEPCO), the several thousand dollars owed to the electrician for time and materials for waiting in line at the permit office, calling PEPCO dozens of times to arrange and schedule the outage and repairs, and doing the actual rescrewing of the box to the wall.
Has this happened to anyone else? Do we have any recourse with PEPCO? These fees are obscene! The repair was originally quoted for $200 and, due to PEPCO, this project is going to cost us nearly $5,000!”
11th and Park Road, NW
From an email:
“RedRocks Columbia Heights will be turning 10 years old this coming weekend – we can hardly believe how quickly time has passed!
In order to celebrate our 10th anniversary, we’ll be selling our all of our specialty pizzas and calzones, or any two-topping pizza, for only $10 (dine-in only) all day on the 14th and 15th!
On the beverage side, we will be offering our a special drinks menu, featuring Brooklyn Lager and Peroni beers for only $4, cocktail specials, as well as $2 off all of our wines by the glass!
Folks are encouraged to make reservations through our website.”
14th and Monroe Street, NW
Thanks to all who messaged about Jenkins BBQ soft opening in the former Ruby Tuesday space in Columbia Heights. So far the very early word is excellent!
“So far at Jenkins Capital BBQ: Smoky, meaty wings, crispy tater tots. Waiting on my pulled pork sammi w/slaw of course.
Pork showed up. Nice bark!”
“Walked past Jenkins BBQ in CoHi this evening and was surprised to see it finally opened! Since we were already looking for a place to have dinner we decided to try it out. I enjoyed my pull pork platter with Mac and cheese and tots. Also didn’t hurt that everyone gets 15% off their meal tonight and tomorrow, 10% off Sunday, and 5% off Monday. According to the restaurant, they are hosting their grand opening Tuesday, July 4.”
This rental is located at 13th and Irving St, NW. The craigslist ad says:
“$1650 / 1br – 900ft2 – Newly Renovated, Spacious 1-BR Apartment, Block From Metro
Spacious one-bedroom apartment available now in Columbia Heights on a residential street. The apartment is an English basement of a recently renovated townhouse. Just a block from the Columbia Heights yellow/green line metro and buses (Circulator, 52, 53, 54). Also one block from CVS, Giant grocery store, Target, WSC Gym, farmer’s market, and restaurants. Two blocks from the strip of hip small businesses/bars/restaurants on 11th St NW. The specs: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood
Do you know if I’d be able to take a baby tent to Meridian Hill Park? Are tents allowed?”
via google maps
“Shooting at 2318 hrs in the 1300 block of Columbia Road, NW.”
Update from MPD:
“Good morning. We are currently investigating an incident last night in the area of the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW. An adult male sustained an injury that might be a possible gunshot wound, however we have been unable to confirm it and have not located any witnesses as of yet. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”