by August 31, 2008 at 10:13 pm 1,904 0

This dog is not at WARL -- but she is really cute.

This dog is not at WARL — but she is really cute.

The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) is a wonderful organization that rescues and boards cats and dogs. (Full disclosure: Our old dog, Rosie, came from WARL and we have donated money to them.) WARL just took in 100 puppies from a West Virginia puppy mill who need homes. Most are Dachsunds, but there are also Yorkshire Terriers, King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, Shih Tzus and Lhasa Apsos.

You can also donate to WARL to help them cover the cost of caring for these 100 new puppies. It is important to note that WARL is a no-kill shelter. All animals remain at WARL until they find homes. WARL is located in D.C. at 71 Ogelthorpe Street NW.

Excerpts from the WARL news release:

August 27, 2008) Washington, DC – The Washington Animal Rescue League is rescuing over 100 dogs who were removed from a Parkersburg, West Virginia puppy mill. A total of 1,000 dogs, nearly all of them dachshunds, were rescued — an operation that is the largest puppy mill raid in West Virginia history and one of the largest in the nation.

The dogs are mostly dachsunds, but also include Yorkshire terriers, King Charles Cavalier spaniels, shih tzus and Lhasa apsos. Authorities removing the dogs noted multiple signs of neglect — matted fur, dehydration, and eye and ear problems — and expressed doubts that anyone could provide adequate care for so many dogs.

The League estimates that these dogs may become available for adoption as early as Wednesday, September 3. (Emphasis mine.)

More information here.

by August 31, 2008 at 9:09 pm 1,171 0

From the Borderstan Calendar: two public safety meetings this week…

  • Tuesday: The biweekly Inter-PSA Informal Meetings are new. We had our first one two weeks ago and a total of eight neighbors and officers attended. We are trying this informal drop-ins as a way of increasing communication between Borderstanians and the officers in our two PSAs, 208 and 307. Details below.
  • Wednesday: The monthly meeting of PSA 307; details below.

Tuesday, September 2: Inter-PSA Informal Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, September 2, 6 to 7pm
  • Where: ACKC Cocoa Bar at 1529 14th Street NW (just south of Q
  • What: This is an informal drop-in meeting with MPD officers from PSA 208 (West Borderstan) and PSA 307 (East Borderstan). All community members are welcome whether or not you live within the borders of beautiful Borderstan.

Wednesday, September 3: PSA 307 Community Meeting

  • When: Wednesday, September 3, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Where: Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle NW
  • What: Regular monthly meeting of PSA 307 to share information and concerns with MPD.

Meetings are listed on the Borderstan Calendar located in the right column of

by August 31, 2008 at 10:04 am 1,468 0

Here are the Borderstan crime stats for the past week, August 22-28. The stats show auto theft and thefts from autos are a problem in Borderstan. Two cars were stolen during the past week and five car break-ins were reported. (Did you read this post, “Car Talk: Are Your Hookups Showing?”)It is important to report car break-ins to the police. These crimes too often go unreported.

Violent Crime

  • Homicide: 0 for both weeks.
  • Sex Abuse: 0 for both weeks.
  • Robbery Excluding Gun: 0 for both weeks.
  • Robbery With Gun: 0 for both weeks.
  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon: 0 for both weeks.

Property Crimes

  • Burglary: 0 for Aug. 22-28; 1 the previous week — down 100 percent.
  • Theft from Auto: 5 for Aug. 22-28; 1 the previous week — up 500 percent.
  • Stolen Auto: 2 for Aug. 22-28; 1 the previous week — up 100 percent.
  • Arson: 0 for both weeks.

Crime Summary, Aug. 22-28

  • Total Violent Crime: 0
  • Total Property Crime: 8, up 100 percent from previous week
  • Total Crimes: 8, up 100 percent from previous week

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by August 31, 2008 at 9:11 am 1,294 0

Always be watchful on the street, even early in the evening and even on well-traveled blocks such as the 1600-block of R Street NW. Muggings can occur. The following report is from Sgt. John McDonald, PSA 208. The arrest was made by officers of the crime suppression unit. Here is the MPD report:

Mugging: August 29 at 9:42 p.m. on 1600-block of R Street NW

The complainant reports that he was approached by five B/M suspects. The suspects then punched the complainant in the face, stole his wallet and $320 from his pocket, and fled eastbound on the 1600-block of R Street, NW.

Moments later two suspects were stopped and positively identified on the 1400 block of R Street, NW. Both were placed under arrest for Robbery (Force and Violence) and Aggravated Assault; one of the suspects was also charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute (Crack) Cocaine. One suspect is from the 2800-block of 14th Street NW and the second is from the 1400-block of R Street NW.

by August 30, 2008 at 11:25 am 1,613 0

Some suggestions for this 3-day weekend in D.C.

by August 30, 2008 at 11:08 am 1,432 0

The Going Out Gurus over at The Washington Post have reviewed openings and shows for the post-tourist fall season in D.C.:

After the artistic drought that inevitably occurs every August, I regard fall with a mixture of hope and dread. On the one hand, there are so many exhibitions that start up in September. On the other, how can I possibly get to all of the ones I want to see? I’ve already started paring down the extensive list of shows that seem really interesting, really strange or a mix of both. Here’s my sure-to-be-re-edited first take:

Read entire post.

by August 30, 2008 at 10:50 am 1,446 0

The Top 10 most popular Borderstan postings, as of August 29 (does not include hits on pages/sections):

  1. Cafe Salsa to Open in Borderstan
  2. Attention Foodies: Restaurant Week Extented
  3. Cafe Salsa: “Nuevo Latino Cuisine”
  4. 15th Street: Move Your Car Before 7 a.m.
  5. 10-Day Crime Stats for Borderstan: Down
  6. Hello Cupcake Bakery Opens Monday on Connecticut
  7. Car Talk: Are Your Hookups Showing?
  8. Borderstan on Facebook!
  9. Merkado Closing… Commissary Opening
  10. “Brokeback Meets Broadway;” D.C. Cowboys

Five of the Top 10 postings are related to restaurants or food. We hear you!

by August 30, 2008 at 9:12 am 1,612 0

Find out what is happening with the design of the new Shaw branch of the D.C. Public Library over at Greater Greater Washington.

In 2004, DC closed the the Watha T. Daniel library in Shaw and several other libraries, to replace the aging buildings with new, modern facilities. Though the interior drew some criticism, neighbors widely praised the open, airy glass design as a huge improvement over the prison-like, concrete, Brutalist original library.

Then, neighbors found out that the cost of the glass forced the library to cut back, replacing the glass facade with a concrete one that even replicated the vertical slit architecture of the original:

Read entire post.

by August 30, 2008 at 8:45 am 1,374 0

Saw this at Logan Circle News… The D.C. Schoolyard Greening Program (DCSGP) is sponsored by the D.C. Environmental Education Consortium. The Greening Program’s mission is to “Increase and improve schoolyard green spaces to promote ecological literacy and environmental stewardship among students, teachers, parents and the surrounding community.”

DCSGP’s School Garden Week is Oct. 6-11, and there is a garden-photo contest for students.From the D.C. Schoolyard Greening Web site:

The 2nd Annual D.C. School Garden Week is scheduled for Oct. 6-11, 2008.  This week we celebrate and build awareness about DC’s school gardens. There are many different types of gardening projects in approximately 80 DC schools. These gardens provide wildlife habitat, absorb stormwater runoff, beautify schoolyards, nourish students’ minds and bodies, and more. We encourage everyone to get out to explore and celebrate DC school gardens!

Get more information about the garden photo contest for students; the deadline for photo submissions is September 22.

by August 30, 2008 at 8:26 am 1,516 0

From the D.C. Department of Public Works:

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) announced today how services will be affected in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 1, 2008.

  • Trash and Recycling Collections: There will be no trash and recycling collections. All Monday trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the day(s) of collection.
  • Parking Enforcement: DPW will suspend enforcement of parking meters, residential parking, and rush hour lane restrictions. It also will suspend towing of abandoned vehicles.
  • Ft. Totten: Ft. Totten Trash Transfer Station will be closed Monday. It will reopen Tuesday for residents to bring bulk trash.
  • Other Services: Other services that will be suspended for Labor Day include scheduled street and alley cleaning, graffiti removal, and nuisance abatement.
  • Household Hazardous Waste/E-Cycling/ Shredding: The Benning Road Trash Transfer Station, at 3200 Benning Road, NE , and the Ft. Totten Trash Transfer Station at 4900 Bates Road, NE, are open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to receive residents’ unwanted toxic items, such as pesticides, batteries and motor oil. Electronics, including televisions, computers and cell phones, will be accepted. Residents also may bring up to five boxes of personal paper documents and credit cards to be shredded for free.

by August 28, 2008 at 6:42 am 1,694 0

Borderstan crime stats for July 2008 and July 2007 are shown on two maps. There are separate maps that show July crimes by category for the entire PSA 208 area (west of 15th Street in Bordersan), including all crimes.

Click on each link for the map.

Borderstan Crime Statistics:

PSA 208 Crime Statistics for July:

“Thanks” to Lt. Erich Miller, PSA 208, for sending the maps.

by August 27, 2008 at 8:13 am 1,391 1 Comment

From Sgt. John McDonald of PSA 208… the following violent crimes occurred August 23-26 in in the Logan Circle and Dupont Circle neighborhoods (PSAs 208 and 307), but outside the actual Borderstan borders.

August 23 at 6:50 p.m.
Assault w/Intent to Rob: 1213 O Street NW
Case closed with the arrest of two suspects.

Victim, reports the suspects approached him from the rear and knocked him to the ground. The suspects started kicking and punching him in the face then demanded his wallet. The victim refused. One suspect then grabbed a brick and threw it at the victim without striking him. The suspects fled the scene and were last seen heading eastbound, on O Street NW. The victim sustained a laceration to the face and refused medical assistance. The suspects were stopped and positively identified in the 1400 block of 11th Street NW.

August 23 at 3:10 a.m.
Assault with Intent to Rob: 1622 18th Street NW
Case closed with the arrest of two suspects.
Two victims report that two suspects (1&2) approached them from the rear and and began to shove them to the ground. Suspect (1) grabbed victim (1) by her legs and began pulling her in the street while suspect (2) attempted to grab her purse. The attempt was unsuccessful. Victim (1) sustained lacerations to her right knee and forearm but refused medical assistance. Suspects (1&2) fled on foot eastbound in the 1700 block of R Street NW.

August 24 at 4:03 a.m.
First Degree Sexual Assault: 1300 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Case open.

Victim reports that she got into the vehicle of an unknown male at which time he drove her to an alley and forced her to have intercourse with him against her will. No lookout. The victim was transported to Howard University Hospital. No lookout was given.

August 24 at 7:20 a.m.
Robbery with Gun: 1628 Riggs Place NW
Case closed with the arrest of two suspects.

Victims report that while walking suspects (1&2) approached the victims. Suspect (1) produced a gun and pointed it at victim (1); suspect (2) searched him and took $15 from his back pocket. Suspect (1) then pointed the gun at victim (2); suspect (2) searched victim (2), but did not take anything off her person. The suspects fled northbound to S Street NW.

August 26 at 2:05 a.m.
Robbery (Snatch): F/O 1519 17th Street NW
Case closed with an arrest.

Victim reports while standing at an intersection waiting to walk across the street an unidentified. Suspect ran by and snatched his wallet at which time suspect takes $60 out of the wallet, leaves the wallet and flees in unknown direction. The victim then chased the suspect until MPD units arrived and were able to apprehend the suspect. Stolen, but recovered, were a wallet plus contents and $60.

by August 26, 2008 at 7:02 pm 1,737 0

Good Lord. The possibility of someone plopping their baby or toddler into a pool — let alone a public pool — in a diaper just never occurred to me. Wouldn’t common sense prevent the average parent from doing such a thing? Apparently not. This is from a City Desk post at Washington City Paper about Francis Park Pool (a place I used to frequent in my younger days).

Pooping in the Francis Pool

Warning: Grossness ahead!

A few years back, the District renovated the Francis pool, at 25th and N Streets NW, to include a wade-in kiddie area. The change ushered in a major demographic shift at a pool that was once the province of mostly gay guys in thongs. Today, the pool is a regular hangout for the Bugaboo stroller set. The change has also turned the pool into a major public health hazard, as those gaggles of babies in swim diapers are a major source of effluence at the popular public pool. Read full post.

I am rather… speechless.


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