by Prince Of Petworth August 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

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Thanks to Justin for passing on from the Capitol Hill listserv:

“Mugging (attempted carjacking?) last night [Tuesday] on 600 block of E St, NE

A woman was tackled getting out of her car around 10:30 last night [Tuesday] on the 600 block of E St NE. Three perpetrators got her keys and seemed to be trying to take her car. She started screaming when they tackled her and a lot of people went outside. The perpetrators ran off and three neighbors chased after them. They cornered the perpetrators and were able to hand them over to the police. None of the guys who chased were injured. The cops were here for a while, but I didn’t hear how the woman was. The impression was that she was ok.

An unpleasant reminder to check your surroundings before getting into or out of your car, and be careful about carrying too many things when leaving your car. (I know I’m bad about grabbing all of my bags and gear and then fumbling for my key fob as I walk away).”

by Prince Of Petworth April 17, 2017 at 11:00 am 5 Comments


Rebecca Menes, a 13 year Logan Circle resident, writes:

“What did you do on Easter Sunday? Maybe you went to church, had an Easter egg hunt with your children, or enjoyed brunch with friends. Not for the DC Fire and EMS Department, who gave up their holiday to help people in a pickle, and that included me. Stuck on an elevator between floors in the Rainbow Lofts residential building on Church St. NW with no consolation but my bags of defrosting groceries, this rescue squad was there in no time flat. My neighbors had rushed to the scene, as well as my best friend (a former journalist) who understood the importance of the moment and snapped some pics. But it was six of our city’s finest who pried open the elevator door and brought me and my groceries to safety.

I considered for a moment to pretend to be in tears — or at least ready to swoon from the heat into those trustworthy arms — but I thought better about it when these able professionals extricated me with little fuss. I was only able to shake one of their hands before they rushed off to help another innocent victim somewhere in the city.

Thank you, DC Fire and EMS Department, for being there when I needed you most.”

by Prince Of Petworth February 21, 2017 at 11:00 am 1 Comment


Thanks to a reader for sending Saturday night:

“I don’t know who this guy is, or why he was doing what he was doing…All I know is that as he bounded down the hill from the Washington Monument belting along with Bon Jovi carrying extra on his shoulders with the American flag waving triumphantly in the twilight as he wound his way around the reflecting pool towards Lincoln, there wasn’t a single person he passed who wasn’t taken out of their own mind for a few moments to look up and smile. We were all one–and I’m totally down with that cool.”

Should you spot a quiet act of heroism along these lines please do send an email with a brief description and the neighborhood where it was witnessed to [email protected]

by Prince Of Petworth June 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm 6 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

My wife and I attended a Unified Scene Theater (Improv theater in Bloomingdale) show last Friday June 5 and proceeded to head to Washington Hospital Center after a quick stop at home, and had our (first) baby early on the morning on the 6th. I met the theater owner, Shawn, before the show and followed-up with him after the birth because we left half-way through the show and I wanted to let him know why!

Shawn and Kathy from the theater then sent us a very generous Amazon gift card and said we can come back for a free show. I was very touched by this. Having a baby is pretty overwhelming, and experiencing random acts of kindness from strangers goes a long way in helping us think “This is going to be OK!”.

This is a great example of the capacity of local businesses and neighbors to create community and connections through small acts, and I’d love for this story and Shawn and Kathy’s generosity to reach a broader audience. They are Unsung Heroes in my book!

NOTE that Shawn/Kathy sent on the Amazon gift card:

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by Prince Of Petworth June 13, 2016 at 10:00 am 5 Comments


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Remember this tree near the Petworth playground on 8th? It was chopped down and left for dead… but not this tree. Growing strong… and this picture is from a while ago. Everytime I see it, it reminds me what resilience is all about….”

Ed. Note: I don’t literally think these folks are heroes along the lines of firefighters and emergency responders, apologies if that was not clear. You can see previous nominees here. Should you spot a quiet act of heroism along these lines please do send an email with a brief description and the neighborhood where it was witnessed to [email protected]


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