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by Tim Regan — July 1, 2015 at 11:45 am 0

Nationals_Park_Willis_Scroll_BorderstanWard 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau is seeking volunteers to join her in escorting senior citizens to and from Nationals Park for a baseball game next Tuesday, July 7.

All volunteers will receive a free ticket to the 7:05 p.m. game, during which the Nationals will face off against the Cincinnati Reds.

Volunteers will meet at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza at the corner of of 14th Street and Park Road NW  for a quick orientation at 5:00pm before heading to the Georgia Avenue, Columbia Heights, U Street or Shaw Metro stations to pick up a senior.

“We’re telling seniors that they can come to any of those Metro stops,” says Tom Fazzini, spokesperson for Nadeau’s office. “They will be able to meet a volunteer of ours there, and then the volunteer will escort them to the ballpark.”

After the game is over, volunteers will lead the seniors back home.

Nadeau’s office is urging those who want to volunteer or seniors who want to attend the game to sign up online.

by Tim Regan — July 1, 2015 at 10:10 am 158 1 Comment

Books-A-Million, Photo via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-A-Millon/

Books-A-Million near Dupont Circle will close on July 18, said assistant store manager Karen Sickles.

Sickles confirmed by phone this morning that the store lost its lease, but couldn’t say anything more about the situation.

“We’ve been here a long time,” Sickles says. “We’re sad to go.”

Sickles added the store, located at 11 Dupont Circle NW, is selling all of its remaining inventory at a 20 to 50 percent discount.

“This is our bye-to-D.C. sale,” she says.

Photo via Facebook/pages/Books-A-Millon

by Jared Holt — July 1, 2015 at 9:30 am 0

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Pope Alert! — In September, Pope Francis will visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral as part of his North America travel. Church officials say they’re preparing to host approximately 25,000 visitors. [Borderstan]

Holiday Metro Prep — On Independence Day, Metro will run near rush-hour service levels from 2 p.m. until after the fireworks. Parking will be free and off-peak fares will be offered. [ABC7]

Park View Robbery — Last Saturday, two men robbed and destroyed much of the interior of the 77 Market at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW. ANC1A commissioner Kent Boese to look into what he says is a “serious crime trend in the area.” [Park View DC]

Sinkhole Warning — The 4800 block of 7th Street NW in Petworth closed yesterday after a sinkhole opened in the middle of the street. [NBC]

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

Police CarANC 2F will will host a crime prevention meeting on July 9 at the Marriott Marquis, located at 901 Massachusetts Ave NW.

The meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is intended for D.C. residents in Logan Circle, Thomas Circle, Blagden Alley, Franklin Square and parts of Shaw.

Speakers will include D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, Third District D.C. Police Commander Jacob Kishter, Marc Silverman from security company Kastle Systems, and ANC 2F Public Safety Committee Chair Charlie Bengel.

During the meeting, attendees will learn tips on preventing robberies, bike thefts and auto thefts, as well as hear advice related to installing security cameras.

The meeting will conclude with a Q&A.

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm 276 1 Comment

16 and K Protestors

Six transgender rights protestors were arrested today after shutting down the intersection of of 16th and K Streets.

The demonstrators were chanting slogans and carrying signs in English and Spanish to protest the deportation of trans people in the U.S.

The protest was organized by United We Dream, an organization that advocates “for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.”

Police cleared the intersection of K and 16th Streets around 4:26 p.m.

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 11:20 am 166 0

Pope Francis will visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral in September, announced the Vatican today.

Pope Francis will arrive in D.C. on September 22. The next day, the pope will visit with President Obama at the White House at 9 a.m., then visit St. Matthew’s by 11:30 a.m.

At a press conference held earlier this morning, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the historic Dupont church, located at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW, would prepare to host roughly 25,000 people during the pope’s visit.

Wuerl added that tickets to the event would be distributed through D.C.’s Catholic parishes.

And there will be a surprise visit by the Popemobile, confirmed Wuerl.

This is the pope’s first U.S. visit since succeeding Pope Benedict XVI in 2013.

View Pope Francis’ full U.S. itinerary here.

by Bryan Doyle — June 30, 2015 at 9:00 am 127 0

Madam's Organ, photo via flickr/Adam FagenAdams Morgan Day Cancelled — The popular street festival won’t happen this year. Business owners and board members blame problems of leadership within the sponsoring organization. [WAMU]

Verizon Wireless Store Coming to Tivoli Building — The Verizon Wireless Zone, which is a reseller, will soon open its doors at the Tivoli Building in Columbia Heights. [New Columbia Heights]

New Restaurants in LeDroit — Two new eateries are coming to Ledroit Park — LeDroit Royal, a coffee shop during the day that will serve Colombian and Guatemalan fare at night, and Rito Loco, the brick-and-morter incarnation of the popular burrito truck. [Left for Ledroit]

Underground Update — Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave NW) will host Dupont Underground‘s board of directors for an informational community meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. While there are encouraging signs, Borderstan has learned that the operation will be delayed. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — June 30, 2015 at 8:30 am 0

Godiva on Connecticut Avenue NW

The Godiva Chocolatier at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW permanently closed yesterday.

Paper now covers its storefront windows, and a sign on the door reads:

“This Godiva location is now closed for business. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please visit our Georgetown location (3242 M Street NW) for all of your future chocolate needs. Godiva and the team at the Connecticut Avenue location would like to thank you for your patronage!”

In May, the Washington Business Journal reported that women’s apparel store Francesca was moving into the space.

by Tim Regan — June 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of The ChickeryDupont Circle residents salivating over anticipated new eatery The Chickery might have to wait a little longer for their chicken fix.

Canadian chicken franchise The Chickery told Borderstan today it aimed to open its location at 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW in October.

The Chickery is a fast casual roasted chicken restaurant headquartered in Toronto. The company has no U.S. locations open for business, but it says its Dupont Circle location will serve as a starting point for additional U.S. expansion.

As noted in the Washington Post, the space’s previous tenant was Black & Orange, a burger restaurant that closed after a neighboring law firm sued it for wafting and irritating cooking odors.

by Tim Regan — June 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

brixtonPatrons who visit The Brixton this Saturday had better be hungry for hot dogs.

The U Street bar will host its annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest this Saturday at 4 p.m.

The prize for choking down way too many hot dogs: One ticket to this year’s Landmark Music Festival in September.

The bar will also sling $4 Bud Lights and $5 shots of Fireball from noon to 9 p.m.

by Jared Holt — June 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm 111 0

Dupont Underground (Facebook.com/DupontUnderground)

Dupont residents will soon have the chance to learn more about what’s going on with Dupont Underground.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave NW) will host Dupont Underground‘s board of directors for an informational community meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

During the meeting, the underground art exhibit’s board of directors will share progress updates, general information and history related to the subterranean space.

The event will coincide with a talk from Nora Pouillon, who founded Dupont eatery Restaurant Nora and wrote the memoir, “My Organic Life.”

“It pairs together two Dupont-related discussions into one community event,” says Braulio Agnese, managing director at Dupont Underground.

Photo by David Wissman

by Tim Regan — June 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm 0

Photo via Google Street ViewColumbia Heights residents will have the chance tonight to weigh in on a proposal to build hundreds of new condos.

ANB 1B will hold a community meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center, (1816 12th Street, NW) to discuss a proposal by Aria Development to build 160 to 170 condo units on four parcels of land between 1309 and 1315 Clifton Street NW.

“It’s imperative that residents directly impacted by the proposed development have the opportunity to meet and discuss general points in the proposal, their concerns, and what they want from the developer to benefit the community as a whole,” wrote ANC 1B Commissioner Mark Ranslem in an e-mail to Columbia Heights residents.

Commissioner Sedrick Muhammad from ANC 1B-03 and Commissioner Dyana Forrester from ANC 1B-06 will attend and participate in the meeting.

Photo of 1312 Clifton Street NW via Google Street View

by Bryan Doyle — June 29, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

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Victory — Officials from across the D.C. metro area applaud Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. [Washington Blade]

Dupont Underground — Though new signage is encouraging, an interview with Borderstan confirms that the underground development will be delayed. [Borderstan]

Cannabis College
— “There’s law, medicine and culinary arts being taught just blocks away from the White House. But this isn’t your typical college seminar. It’s a crash course on all things cannabis.” [WTOP]

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? — Saturday’s rainfall pushed total precipation in June to near record levels [Capital Weather Gang]

by Tim Regan — June 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm 212 0

A Metro bus on the 54 line filled with smoke and was evacuated earlier this morning, say D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

Firefighters were first notified of a report of smoke coming from a bus at the intersection of 14th and Girard streets NW before 10:37 a.m. this morning.

When firefighters arrived, officials say the bus was already parked and evacuated.

New Columbia Heights blogger Andrew Wiseman wrote earlier today that he was on the 54 bus when it filled with “noxious fumes.”

“It was a bit hard to breathe and everyone around me started coughing,” wrote Wiseman. “We couldn’t see any smoke, and only some of us smelled it, but everyone was coughing. It smelled kind of like gasoline, but much more unpleasant and irritating.”

One person was taken from the scene to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries “due to another incident not related to first report,” said D.C. Fire and EMS Public Affairs Specialist Oscar Méndez.

by Tim Regan — June 26, 2015 at 10:15 am 0

Heavy downpours and possible thunderstorms are expected to bring 1 to 3 inches of rain to the D.C. area late tonight and tomorrow, and that might mean more flooding for some in Shaw.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding areas starting around 2 a.m. tomorrow morning and lasting through 2 a.m. Sunday morning.

Last week, several P Street NW residents spoke their concerns regarding recent flooding in Shaw.

Tom Lisle, a spokesperson for D.C. Water, said heavy downpours are more likely to tax the city’s “undersized” sewer system.

“The sewers, for really intense rainstorms, don’t have enough capacity,” Lisle said last week.

A fix is on the way, said Lisle, but not until 2022 when the planned Northeast Boundary Tunnel is completed.

ANC 2F is expected to address flooding concerns at its monthly meeting in Thomas Circle next Wednesday.

Residents who experience flooding or see standing water and clogged storm drains are asked to call D.C. Water’s 24-hour command center at 202-612-3400.

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