by August 26, 2008 at 7:04 am 2 Comments

From MPD Third Disrict discussion group on Yahoo! Groups… there will be a personal safety training class TONIGHT at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, at 7 p.m. More details from the posting:

Earlier this summer a neighborhood watch was formed in PSA 303. Tomorrow night we are sponsoring a personal safety training led by Samantha Nolan, a native Washingtonian, Chair of 2D’s MPD Citizen Advisory Council, and a Neighborhood Watch Director. All are welcome to attend this free training.

  • What: Neighborhood Watch / Personal Safety Training.
  • When: Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave, NW – Map Room (Terrace Level)

by August 25, 2008 at 9:59 pm 0

Guess the blogger at Washington City Paper saw the post here last night… about her post on Borderstan. She followed up today with this short mention:

Borderstan, an in-between hood described here, is inching toward legitimacy here, with its own website.

Can any Borderstanian out there define “legitimacy” as an in-between hood? Are we a mini-hood… sub-hood… or just an autonomous region of the Logan Circle and Dupont Circle hoods trying to get good city services?

by August 25, 2008 at 1:10 pm 0

The Washington Post Magazine ran a feature story on D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier yesterday.

POLICE CHIEF CATHY LANIER CUTS A FORMIDABLE FIGURE as she strides, long-legged, in front of an outdoor lineup of 125 khaki-clad D.C. police recruits standing at attention on a closed-off street in the Langston Terrace neighborhood in Northeast Washington. Nearly 6 feet tall and a fit 160 pounds, Lanier is wearing a blue jacket with four gold stars on each shoulder and shiny black patent-leather boots. Her dyed blond hair spills out of her dark blue police cap. Along with the recruits and more than 150 blue-clad officers, she has mustered nearly 300 of her forces to this crime-ridden area for another All Hands on Deck, a controversial innovation that sends hundreds of cops walking around their beats to meet citizens informally. The goal is to talk about neighborhood problems and to show that the Metropolitan Police Department is out to serve people, not just make arrests — although the weekend exercises usually yield at least a few busts.

Read full article.

by August 25, 2008 at 10:19 am 0

The final in a series of two photographers every two weeks at the Randall Scott Gallery at 1326 14th Street NW… from August 23 to September 5, see the works of Alison Brady and Ryoko Suzuki. The gallery is on the second floor above Thai Tanic restaurant.

8 is a selection of eight photographers whom I have found in such a manner. I don’t pretend to have a grand “Next Big Thing” curatorial, or a “New Direction” claim, what I have put together is an exhibition of photographers who managed to make the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Their work made me stop and consider and motivated my finger to click on the contact button because I had to. This exhibition is, well, a personal aesthetic and I hope you will all enjoy.

Go to exhibit page.

by August 25, 2008 at 7:29 am 1 Comment

A new exhibit opens September 27 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Found this at a DC blogger’s site, “Authentic Art Visions,” which I’ve added to the DC Blogger list in the right-hand column.

On September 27, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History opens its new Sant Ocean Hall, the largest exhibition in the museum’s 100-year history. The 23,000-square-foot hall, located in the center of the museum, explores the vast, diverse and constantly changing ocean-from its sunlit surface to its darkest depths, from prehistory to today, and from the smallest microorganisms to the biggest animals ever known.

by August 24, 2008 at 7:30 pm 0

In case you missed it, this from Washington City Paper blogger Angela Valdez on July 2. The title of the post was “What the [email protected]#9 is Borderstan?” We forgive Ms. Valdez for her intended profanity toward our lovely land of Borderstan. She did, however, get it right when she described the reason for Borderstan becoming a semi-autonomous region of Dupont Circle and Logan Circle.

A bit of neighborhood trivia: Residents living near 15th Street between P and T streets have taken to calling their area “Borderstan.” The not-quite-Dupont not quite-U-street-Logan hood is divided between two police districts, with the eastern side falling under the Third District and the western side going to the Second District. (Not quite Laptopia, either.) The name arose when residents in Eastern and Western Borderstan convinced police in both districts to cooperate in solving crimes centered along 15th Street.

Read full post.

by August 24, 2008 at 10:36 am 0

The Huffington Post, the creation of Arianna Huffington, has become one of the biggest and most comprehensive blogs (an “Internet Newspaper”) in the blogosphere. Borderstan’s Diane Tucker is now blogging about the presidential election for Huffington Post as part of the “Huffpost’s Off the Bus: Ground Level Coverage of Campaign ’08.”

We’ve added Diane’s campaign blog to the Blogroll in the right-hand column. Be sure to check out Diane’s columns; her latest is “Gitmo on The Platte: Your Denver Guide to Convention Doublespeak.” You can find some biographical information about Diane when you go to her page. Alas, she mentions nothing about being a Borderstanian!

Diane Tucker is a writer/producer/director and owner of tücreate, an award-winning multi-media production company. Her work has appeared on Discovery Channel, History Channel,, WXYZ-TV, many International Auto Show screens, and a couple of sandwich boards. She lives in Washington, D.C., but calls “Motown” home.

by August 23, 2008 at 5:17 pm 1,316 2 Comments

The D.C. Cowboys are a volunteer, amateur Country and Western dance company from Washington who have recently gained national attention on “America’s Got Talent.” They made the first cut in New York and the second cut in Las Vegas (Las Vegas video link here) and are now in Hollywood. The D.C. Cowboys will perform live on “AGT” from Hollywood on Tuesday, August 26 at 8 p.m., Eastern Time.

So, if you want to support the local boys, tune in to NBC at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and give them your vote.

by August 22, 2008 at 8:29 pm 1,207 0

Borderstanians: Still cannot find out why there are “No Parking” signs and orange mesh fencing around the tree boxes on 15th Street NW between P and Corcoran Streets. But, if you’re parked there — both sides of 15th are marked — be sure to move your car before 7 a.m. between Monday, August 25 and Saturday, September 6. Looks like some extended work for almost two weeks. The parking ban is in effect until 4 p.m. for those dates. Saturday (tomorrow). There may be “No Parking” signs south of P Street NW as well — don’t know!

by August 22, 2008 at 6:17 am 0

From Dupont Forum on Yahoo! Groups… The Ross Elementary School annual cleanup precedes the Open House this Saturday… volunteers are needed any time earlier in the day before 2 p.m. About the Open House:

  • When: Saturday, August 23, 2008. 2:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Where: Ross Elementary School, 1730 R Street, NW

Dear all, the beginning of the school year is fast approaching and you are all invited to a very special event. Come and tour your neighborhood school, meet the new principal and our great teachers, and enjoy free barbeque! If you haven’t been inside a DC public school in awhile, are a parent, or just a concerned citizen, please come see this wonderful neighborhood asset. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Councilman Jack Evans, and School Board Member Mary Lord have been invited to this event. Come and share your thoughts about public schools with them! See you all soon. Thank you. – Ms. Amanda Alexander, Ross ES Principal


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