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by Borderstan.com September 30, 2008 at 6:54 am 0

Washington Business Journal has the story:

With a $40 million loan default looming, Creative Loafing Inc., the owner of Washington City Paper and a handful of other weeklies across the U.S., sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday.

According to a filing with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Middle District of Florida, Tampa, Fla.-based Creative Loafing reported estimated assets of between $10 million and $50 million and liabilities of the same amount.

Read entire story.

by Borderstan.com September 30, 2008 at 6:48 am 0

From Friends of Jack… the next monthly meeting of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is Monday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Universalist National Memorial Church, 16th and S Streets NW (northwest corner).

Don’t miss the upcoming DCCA Monthly Membership Meeting: “Notorious Scandals of Dupont Circle.”

  • Body parts blown onto rooftops in 1919!
  • Hope diamond purchase negotiations in a bedroom closet
  • Titanic survivor who lived on New Hampshire Avenue
  • The Holocaust hero who once lived on Corcoran Street
  • Bizarre Last Will & Testament of Robert Dyrenforth
  • And much more…

Where: Universalist National Memorial Church, 16th and S Streets NW (northwest corner)

When: Monday, October 6, 7:30pm

Wine, Cheese and Hors d’Oeuvres to Follow Meeting

Historian, Paul Williams has been researching Dupont Circle houses and their occupants for more than fifteen years. During that period he has uncovered everything from the mundane to the outright bizarre, with murders, sex scandals, exploitive divorces, and society curses! You may think that youths throwing eggs on Halloween night, public drunkenness and live music are more recent events, but Williams will present evidence of these scandalous and shocking events that have been happening in Dupont Circle for well more than 120 years!

Williams is a graduate in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams and Cornell University, and is currently serving as the Executive Director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.

by Borderstan.com September 29, 2008 at 9:18 am 0

"Metropole... Finally Ready!" (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

“Metropole… Finally Ready.” (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Saturday’s Washington Post ran an article, “Condo Sellers Banking on Extravagance; Open Houses in D.C. Lay on the Luxuries.” The newly opened Metropole — right here in Borderstan — at the northeast corner of 15th and P NW is featured in the story, including Thursday’s opening party. The gist of the article is what developers/sellers are doing to move high-end condos during the current financial unpleasantries.

The businesses on the first floor, and the VIDA Fitness gym in the lower levels, are opening, too. Borderstan.com will bring you some reviews and photos later this week.

From the opening of the WaPo story on Metropole:

Outside Washington’s hot new address, four swirling floodlights illuminated the heavens. Bow-tied waiters in top hats served pink champagne to guests, who entered the lobby between two oversize reproductions of golden Oscar statuettes.

Read entire story in WaPo.

by Borderstan.com September 28, 2008 at 9:08 pm 1,017 1 Comment

Early details on a shooting that occured late this afternoon. The incident occured in the rear of 1433 T Street NW. which is a large apartment building on the north side of the street. According to MPD Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes, “2 males shot in rear of 1433 T St… one drove themself to hospital… the one taken off scene by ambulance has died… no motive yet… still interviewing witnesses.”

Thanks to Groomes and Mark Cater, Acting Commaner for MPD’s 2nd District, for their rapid response to my request for information.

by Borderstan.com September 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm 1 Comment

"Nightfall on Corcoran Street" by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.

“Nightfall.” Looking west on 1500-block of Corcoran Street NW (photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day).

In case you have ever asked yourself, “Am I the only one who reads this stuff on Borderstan.com?” the answer is, “No.” The average number of views or hits per day is around 100. For a small, new blog that focuses on a limited geographic area with a very specific focus, I would say this is “not bad.”

Remember that the primary purpose of Borderstan.com is disseminate public safety information to Borderstanians. Our secondary purpose is to provide neighbors with information about their community. Finally, we also aim to amuse and entertain from time to time (it’s also a good way to get you to read the public safety info).

Borderstan.com Traffic

Each week ends on Sunday at 8 p.m. Average views per week over past 7 weeks: 740. Average views per day: 106.

  • Sept. 28: 1,006 views
  • Sept. 21: 744 views
  • Sept. 14: 502 views
  • Sept. 7: 827 views
  • Aug. 31: 614 views
  • Aug. 24: 804 views
  • Aug. 17: 686 views

by Borderstan.com September 28, 2008 at 6:48 pm 0

DC AIDS Walk 2007 kick-off (photo from DC AID Walk Web site).

DC AIDS Walk 2007 kick-off (photo from DC AID Walk Web site).

Greetings, Borderstanians. The DC AIDS Walk 2008 is next Saturday, October 4, with a kick-off time of 9:15 a.m. at Freedom Plaza at 14th and Pennsylvania NW.  The 5K (3.1 miles) walk/run benefits Whitman-Walker Clinic and people living with HIV/AIDS. Olympic Diving Gold Medalist Greg Louganis is this year’s grand marshall of the walk

If you are walking and raising money, we will be glad to create a link here on Borderstan.com to your donations page. Please send me your information and page link by 5 p.m., Tuesday, September 30. Send an email to [email protected]I would like to do a posting on Tuesday evening with links to Borderstanians’ AIDS Walk donation pages.

From the WWC DC AIDS Walk Web site:

AIDS Walk Washington is a 5K fund-raising walk/run benefiting and produced by Whitman-Walker Clinic. Whitman-Walker Clinic is a non-profit community-based health organization composed of volunteers and staff who provide dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Each step brings hope. Every dollar promises care. You can make the difference.

Links

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 1:12 pm 1 Comment

This is TOMORROW. The Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan on the 18th Street side, north of Florida Avenue. From the Crafty Bastards blog at Washington City Paper:

The 5th Annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is this Sunday, September 28th from 10am-5pm at the Marie Reed Learning Center in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Learn about awesome handmade goods and the people that make them on the Crafty Bastards blog or in the vendor gallery and use the festival map, which includes the complete vendor booth listing, to plan your shopping.

The best stuff goes fast, so arrive early. Plus, the first 5,000 shoppers get a FREE limited edition Crafty Bastards tote bag to help carry all their crafty purchases!

Handmade Shopping Frenzy

Learn about awesome handmade goods and the people that make them on the Crafty Bastards blog or in thevendor gallery and use the festival map, which includes the complete vendor booth listing, to plan your shopping.

The best stuff goes fast, so arrive early. Plus, the first 5,000 shoppers get a FREE limited edition Crafty Bastards tote bag to help carry all their crafty purchases!

Links

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 12:21 pm 1 Comment

Store on Mount Pleasant Street NW. (Photo from Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

“Guadalupe, Barack and The Sacred Heart”; store window in Mount Pleasant. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The Latino Festival of Washington is tomorrow (Sunday, September 28) in Mount Pleasant from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Location is Mount Pleasant Street between Columbia and Park Roads NW. It is sponsored by Fiesta DC. The free event is part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Here’s a map showing tomorrow’s events in Mount Pleasant. In addtion to food, there will be dancing and music.

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 10:56 am 1 Comment

I grew up in the Midwest, in downstate Illinois (it’s the equivalent, more or less, of upstate New York). Later, I lived in Chicago for 10 years. Home to millions of people of German or part German descent, sausages are important food group in the Midwest. This is especially true in Chicago with its huge populations of Germans, Poles and Czechs. Lots of varieties of sausages, including the German bratwurt or “brat” and different sausages of Polish persuasion. Some German delis are still operating on the north side of the city.

Until the last few years, the choice of brats in local D.C. supermarkets was disappointing, maddening. It’s gotten better with the influx of more sophisticated food stores. The DCFoodies blog has had some posts about upcoming Oktoberfest… so, courtesty of the DC Foodies, here is a recipie for brats and grilled German Potato Salad:

Bratwurst and grilled German potato salad
(Makes 5 hearty servings)
For the bratwurst

1 five-foot bratwurst (or 10 traditional six-inch brats)
German mustard
10 buns (optional)
1 lb. sauerkraut (never optional when grilling brats)

For the grilled German potato salad
2 ½ lbs. of fingerling potatoes
2 dozen red pearl onions, pealed and skewered
6 slices of black pepper bacon, cut into lardons (1 inch pieces)
1 clove of garlic, minced finely
2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbs. stone ground mustard
6 tbs. canola oil
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. celery seeds
1 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. sugar
Salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Read entire post, with cooking instructions and a recommendation on where to buy your brats. Scroll down the page as this was posted September 22. Also, I have to tell you, Borderstanians, that I find grilled German Potato Salad a bit… unnerving. In the Midwest, we boil the potatoes until they surrender.

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 10:30 am 0

Relaxing on a bench in Dupont Circle. (Photograph by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

“Socks.” Relaxing on a bench in Dupont Circle. (Photograph by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Live in Dupont Circle and looking for information about the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA)?

If you are a Borderstanian living west of 15th Street, you are “officially” (according to the city) a resident of the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Found this info on DCCA on the Yahoo! Groups Dupont Forum:

Support your neighborhood, get to know your neighbors, make a difference. Dupont Circle Citizens Association: keeping it neighborly, historic, safe, and fun! Join and/or renew your membership on-line!

DCCA Annual House Tour

DCCA’s annual Dupont Circle House Tour is Sunday, October 19. Everything you need to know about purchasing tickets is right here.

 

DCCA Contact Information

  • Web site: https://www.dupont-circle.org/join.html
  • Contact Information: https://www.dupont-circle.org/contact.html

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 10:30 am 0

 

A happy cat in the Logan Circle neighborhood. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

“Cat in the Window.” House in Logan Circle neighborhood. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) is holding its annual membership drive. If you live east of 15th Street NW in Borderstan, you are “officially” (according to the city) part of the Logan Circle neighborhood. However, Borderstanians west of 15th are welcome to join, too. From the LCCA news blog:

 

Dear Neighbor: The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) cordially invites you to join us for another year. We appreciate your past support. Your financial support is vital – it enables us to address community issues while providing opportunities to meet your neighbors through social activities and community events.

Read entire post.

LCCA Contact Information

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 10:29 am 0

The 14th & You blog (a local favorite of mine) has an excellent posting on the importance of personal vigilance in public. It’s just a fact of life when you live in the big city. If you observe irrational or threatening behavior, TAKE ACTION. If possible, get away from this person and call the police! Do not ignore what might be an extremely dangerous situtation. The folks at 14th & You describe a recent incident that occured around 14th and Corcoran NW:

Yesterday evening, the missus and I were walking home north along 14th St. around 9:45 PM. We had just crossed Corcoran St., when a man walking briskly down the street caught our attention and said “If I were you guys, I’d cross over the street to the other side…there’s a guy behind me who just chased me down the block.”

Read entire post.

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 10:10 am 0

Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04 commissioner (courtesy Friends of Jack blog).

Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04 commissioner (courtesy Friends of Jack blog).

Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04 commissioner, has a brief review of Wednesday night’s final review meeting of plans for the 17th Street NW streetscape. From Jack’s blog, Friends of Jack:

 

Last night, DDOT held a 5th community meeting on the redesign and redevelopment of 17th Street. Although the plans are not perfect, I think they represent a very good step in the right direction, and with the community input DDOT recieved last night, I think the final plans will be even better. For sidewalk treatment, the planners listened to the community and to the ANC and have proposed a sort of concrete sidewalk – in line with DDOT’s own rules and the historic nature of the district – along with brick “edging” to give the sidewalk better visual appeal.

Read entire post.

 

Jack Jacobson Contact Info

You live in Jack’s district, 04, if you live inside these boundaries: west side of 15th Street to east side of 17th Street and north side of Q Street to south side of S Street NW. If you have a question about ANC 2B issues or need help with constituent services, contact Jack at [email protected].

 

ANC 2B/Dupont Circle Info

  • Web site
  • Map (with district boundaries)

by Borderstan.com September 27, 2008 at 9:22 am 2 Comments

1300-block of Q Street NW. (Photo from Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

“Colorful Houses on Q Street.” On the 1300-block of Q Street NW. (Photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

From Jennifer Trock at the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA):

 

  • Meeting and Candidates Forum on October 15: Please join the Logan Circle Community Association for its October meeting and candidates forum on October 15, 2008 from 7-10 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel. We will host candidates for At-Large and Ward council positions, as well as ANC2F candidates. Candidates who have already confirmed include Ward 2 Candidate Jack Evans, At-Large Candidates Carol Schwartz, Patrick Mara, and David Schwartzman, and nearly all of the ANC2F candidates. We are very excited for this event and hopeful for a great turnout. The format will allow each candidate to provide an opening statement followed by a question and answer period. To ensure we are as efficient as possible, we are encouraging you to email us questions in advance.
  • LCCA Board Elections in November: Also, LCCA’s annual board elections will be held in November, and we have several seats up for reelection, including Vice President, Recording Secretary, and several at-large positions. If you are interested in running, please send us an email. Nominations will be held at the October 15 meeting.
  • Lt. Michael Smith’s Retirement Party, November 8: Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8 for Lt. Michael Smith’s retirement party to be held at the Ronald Regain Center at 13th and Pennsylvania NW from 8 p.m. to midnight. We will be sending formal details in the next few days, but we hope that you will all consider coming out to honor and celebrate Lt. Smith and the amazing contributions he’s made to Logan Circle and the District over the past three decades.
  • Annual Awards Dinner on November 20: Our annual November awards dinner will be November 20 at the Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle.

LCCA Contact Information

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