by Borderstan.com September 25, 2008 at 6:25 am 0

Here are some crimes that occurred in PSA 208 over the weekend, all of them just outside West Borderstan (courtesey of MPD’s Sgt. John McDonald, PSA 208).

  • ABRA Incident: 1639 R Street NW, 12:05 a.m. Complainant reports that while at the Cobalt Nightclub he left his drink unattended and believes someone slipped a narcotic into his drink. He became incoherent after consuming his beverage. The complainant was later arrested at the Argentinean Embassy for trespassing. The complainant also claims that he was criminally assaulted at the Argentinean Embassy, which is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.
  • Robbery (Force and Violence): 1748 Willard Street NW, 2:26 a.m. Complainant reports that he was approached by the suspects who demanded that he give up the money. The complainant told the suspects that he did not have any money and they started punching him about the face causing a laceration to his bottom lip. The suspects went through his pockets and took his black wallet and $50. Lookout for suspect (1) is a B/M, 6’0″, wearing a red-and-white jersey with long dreads. Suspects 2 is B/M, 5’9″.
  • Robbery (with Gun): 1600 Swann Street NW, 12:58 a.m. Complainant reports he was approached by the suspect and asked for a cigarette light. The complainant said, “No,” and kept walking. The suspect followed the complainant, produced a black-colored handgun and took the complainant’s wallet form his pants containing $60. The suspect fled on foot, southbound onto Swann Road NW. Lookout is for a B/M, 18-26 years old, 5’8″, medium build, wearing a black skull cap, green jacket, white shirt, and black pants, armed with a dark-colored handgun.
  • Robbery Force & Violence: 1500 block of 17th Street NW, 1:40 a.m. Complainant reports he was standing in the block, when the suspect approached him from behind, pointed a sharp object into his back and stated, ” Gimmie all your money!” The complainant then gave the suspect his money, and the suspect fled eastbound onto Corcoran Street. Stolen was a cell phone and $30.00. Lookout for a B/M, 20-years-old, 5’8″, 150lbs, medium complexion.

by Borderstan.com September 23, 2008 at 5:45 am 0

A Monday posting over at dcist:

On your way home tonight, keep an eye out for changes to how passenger information is displayed on the electronic monitors in Metro stations. From WMATA:

The new format will provide customers with specific information they can use to make travel decisions. For example, the monitors will provide information about the time it takes trains to pass through a location where they are sharing a single track, the estimated start time of a shuttle bus service between stations and alternate bus route information if special shuttle bus service is needed.

Let us know if you notice these changes today. We’ll be sure to discuss them tomorrow.

Service disruption messages will also no longer run as a crawl, but instead will appear as an initial alert screen with the identification as a “Service Advisory” for three seconds, followed by another screen with the specifics of the service disruption that will appear for up to five seconds.

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2008 at 6:05 pm 1,735 8 Comments

 

Rosebud in the snow, 15th Street NW.

Rosebud in the snow, 15th Street NW.

Forgive me, Borderstanians, for this post about Rosebud, who died one year ago today. I adopted her from a shelter at age 7 and she lived another 8-1/2 years. When I met Luis, she took to him and quickly became “his dog” first… before me. And that was fine. In fact, my partner posted this collage and memorial to her over at his photo blog, One Photograph A Day.

Rosie was half Border Collie and half Welsh Corgi. She was smart, independent, opinionated, tolaterated no fools, loved and liked a select few. In short, she was the queen of her little block of 15th Street. The two rose bushes in the tree box at the northwest corner of 15th and Corcoran Streets NW are in memory of her.

Rest in Peace, Rosebud: July 14, 1992, to September 22, 2007. We miss you.

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2008 at 3:25 pm 0

Sgt. David Terestre, PSA 307 posted the following comment in response to Saturday’s blog post, “Borderstan Crime Stats: 41% Dip in August from July.”

While I am not big on statistics, there are a place and purpose for them. Because from where I stand, even one is too many, especially if you are that one victim. I invite community members to look at the overall picture.The underpinnings of communication, responsibility and accountability are solidly in place. The neighborhood and the police are cooperating to address the root causes of crime in the community in an unprecedented fashion.

Keep in mind, this undertaking has been, is and will always be a work in progress. The real perfection is not in the overall percentage reduction of crime, but rather in in the process itself.

Respectfully,
Sergeant David J. Terestre
PSA 307-Third District
Metropolitan Police Department

by Borderstan.com September 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm 1,325 0

Looking south on 17th Street from R at Steam Cafe (photo courtesy of Luis Gomez Photos).

Please see the following message, and PDF doc, from Jack Jacobson, regarding WEDNESDAY’S public meeting on the streetscape redesign of 17th Street NW. The meeting September 24, 6 to 8 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church on the northwest corner of 16th and P Streets NW.

Neighbors: Attached, please find a flyer inviting you to tomorrow Wednesday night’s meeting from 6-8 pm at Foundry Methodist to discuss the “final” plans of the 17th Streetscape redesign project. This is the last available opportunity for community input before the plans are finalized by the District Department of Transportation.  I urge you all to attend and make your voices heard.  I will be at the event from 6 to 8 pm.
Best regards, Jack
Jack Jacobson
Commissioner, ANC 2B04
www.friendsofjack.com
1615 Q St., NW #911
Washington, DC  20009
202-251-7644 (mobile/primary)
[email protected]

by Borderstan.com September 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm 0

From the DCFoodies blog, a review of upcoming Oktoberfest events in the D.C. area:

In my last couple posts, I have advised you people as to how best enjoy Oktoberfest in the comfort of your own home: this week, against my better judgment, I suggest you leave the house, and actually socialize with your fellow man. After all, Oktoberfest, in its original incarnation, was about celebrating life with one’s neighbors! Over these next few weeks, the DC area will be hosting a plethora of German-esque festivals hearkening the changing of the seasons. To my mind, these events fall into two distinct categories: kid friendly, carnival-style affairs (read: “Family Fun”), and beer-centric gorge-fests best left to the adults (read: “No, daddy is not sick! Now stop crying and keep your eyes on the road!”). Below is the full gamut of Teutonic tumults at your disposal: Choose wisely!

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by Borderstan.com September 21, 2008 at 7:07 pm 2,176 1 Comment

We haven’t been to the new Harris Teeter yet at 1631 Kalorama Road NW. I used to sometimes shop at the one in Ballston (Arlington). Loved that store, and I have always said that if could only have one neighborhood grocery store, I would pick HT. Here’s a short review from New Columbia Heights… check out the comments:

I went to the Harris Teeter in Adams Morgan for the first time today, and I was pretty impressed. It’s not technically in Columbia Heights, but it probably is the closest grocery store for some CHers (though not me, Giant is still closer).

Basically it’s between Whole Foods and Giant on the grocery spectrum – very nice inside, friendly employees, some high end produce and stuff, but still has your normal grocery stuff. For example, they had crazy fruits I’d never heard of before (sapote,cherimoyapepino melon) but didn’t have pasta made with funky grains like quinoa.

They also have locally grown produce, which is cool, and the beer prices and selection were comparable to Giant. The lines were non-existent too, and while Giant is also slower on Saturday afternoons, there’s still always a wait there.

In short, I was a fan, and I’m going to go back more often. Anybody else have an opinion on the store?

by Borderstan.com September 20, 2008 at 11:17 pm 1,277 0

From The Triangle:

Through participation on the Mount Vernon Triangle Development tour this morning (part of WalkingtownDC) we were informed that Busboys & Poets is looking at another delay in opening their 1025 5th St NW location. Instead of the previously reported Sunday September 21st date it is now suggested that the doors will open on Wednesday September 24th. We’ll see.

More info at Busboys & Poets Web site. Current locations are at 2021 14th Street NW and at Shirlington in Arlington.

by Borderstan.com September 20, 2008 at 10:40 pm 0

From Greater Greater Washington… sorry for not posting this sooner. You can still catch the second day, Sunday, of the special walking tours of Washington, D.C. This link opens a PDF map of the walking tours: walkingtownfall08

This weekend is WalkingTown DC, full of free walking (and biking) tours all across the city.

Here are some of the tours that catch my eye. Except for the Florida Market one, I haven’t been on them, so I can’t vouch for them. Still, it’s hard to go wrong with a WalkingTown tour.

Explore Florida Market: I went on this tour last winter, hosted by Richard Layman and Frozen Tropics. It’s a glimpse of a side of DC most people never see. You tour DC’s largest functioning wholesale food market and see the stores that also sell retail, where you can buy food items just like the restaurants do. It’s also facing substantial development pressure. Will new mixed-use development be able to coexist with a working wholesale market? 9-11 am at New York Ave Metro (outside Florida Ave exit).

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by Borderstan.com September 20, 2008 at 7:12 pm 0

DC MPD's 3rd District with PSAs shown.

DC MPD 3rd District (click to enlarge)

Saw this information on domestic violence on the MPD’s 3rd District listserv. It is from the MPD’s Web site. Remember that East Borderstan is in the 3rd District with headquarters at 1620 V Street NW and is part of PSA 307.

 

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Domestic violence crosses all barriers of age and gender and results in serious illness and even death.  Help us save lives by making yourself aware of the risks and warning signs!

What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used by someone to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.  It happens between people who are, or have been, in an intimate relationship, are family members or have lived together.

Signs of Abuse
Does Your Partner…

  • Break furniture, belongings, and/or personal effects?
  • Throw objects at you?
  • Hit, slap, punch, push, shove, strangle or kick you?
  • Prevent you from leaving the house, working or seeing close friends and family?
  • Criticize, threaten to hurt you or call you names?
  • Blame you for their abuse of you, family, marital and financial problems?
  • Forces you to have sex with them or perform sexual acts that are undesirable to you?
  • Withhold finances, keep you from spending money or constantly question your spending?
  • Subject you to reckless driving and other dangerous activities as a means of control?
  • Use threats to you and your children as leverage to keep you quiet about the abuse?

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by Borderstan.com September 20, 2008 at 4:07 pm 0

From Logan Circle News, here is a roundup of events this coming week at the Historical Society of Washington, DC.

  • The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is located at 801 K St. NW at Mt. Vernon Square.
  • All events are free and open to the public.
  • Go to www.historydc.org for detailed calendar information or call (202) 383-1850.

Wednesday, September 24 at Noon
Film: “Under the Same Moon.”

  • Nine-year-old Carlos aka Carlitos is one of the countless children left behind by parents who come to the U.S. seeking a way to provide for their families.

Wednesday, September 24, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
“The Business of Go-Go”

  • “The Business of Go-Go” panel discussion will foster critical analysis of the problem and be an open forum to discuss new ideas and approaches to promote Go-Go music beyond Washington, D.C.

Thursday, September 25, Noon.
Film: “Calle 54.”

  • Named after New York’s 54th street where most of the studio filming was done, Calle 54 is a gift from director Fernando Trueba (“Belle Epoque”) to lovers of Latin Jazz everywhere, featuring 90 minutes of music by some of the idiom’s finest artists.

Saturday, September 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
“Growing an Organic Lawn.”

  • Yes, you can have an organic lawn. Paul Tukey, founder of SafeLawns.org, is on a mission to reduce pesticide usage across the country, one lawn and garden at a time.

Saturday, September 27, 2 to 4 p.m.
“Create A Negro Baseball League Card.”

  • To begin, participants will take a guided tour of the Negro Baseball League Exhibitions. Following the tour, visual artist Camilla Younger will show participants how to create a personal baseball card.

Sunday, September 28, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
“An Anecdotal Look at Washington, D.C. History.”

  • Author Anthony Pitch Pitch shows maps and tells tales about the great plans for this country’s capital city, some realized, others not.

by Borderstan.com September 20, 2008 at 12:59 pm 1,348 2 Comments

Good news, Borderstanians. It seems the stepped up police patrols are helping knock down crime, particularly in West Borderstan. Borderstan crime stats for August 2008 (with map) are below, with July numbers for comparison. First, a few observations:

  1. Look at the July crime map (bottom of this posting) and you will see that a few crimes technically fall outside the Borderstan borders (14th to 16th and P to S Streets NW).
  2. The most noticeable point on the map is that more crimes are occuring in East Borderstan (part of PSA 307) rather than West Borderstan (PSA 208).
  3. Crime stats are broken out below.

Violent Crime

  • Homicide: 0 for both July and August.
  • Sex Abuse: 0 for both July and August.
  • Robbery Excluding Gun: 1 in July and 2 in August; up 100 percent.
  • Robbery With Gun: 1 in July and 0 in August.
  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon (no gun): 0 for both July and August.
  • Assault With a Dangerous Weapon (with gun): 0 for both July and August.

Property Crimes

  • Burglary: 4 in July and 2 in August; down 50 percent.
  • Theft from Auto: 18 in July and 7 in August; down 61 percent.
  • Stolen Auto: 6 in July and 3 in August; down 50 percent.
  • Arson: 0 for both July and August.

Crime Summary, August vs. July 2008

  • Total Violent Crime: 2 in August and 2 in July; no change.
  • Total Property Crime: 20 in August and 35 in July; down 43 percent.
  • Total Crimes: 22 in August and 37 in July; down 41percent.

Related Links

July 2008 Crimes in Bordersan (click on map to enlarge)
August 2008 Crimes in Borderstan; 1,000-foot radius from 15th and Corcoran Streets NW.

August 2008 Crimes in Borderstan; 1,000-foot radius from 15th and Corcoran Streets NW.

by Borderstan.com September 18, 2008 at 9:16 am 0

From the Dupont Forum:

The Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) will partner with embassies from various Latin American countries to offer engaging entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. At 1:00 p.m., the film, “Under the Same Moon,” will be shown in the theater. This film follows the parallel stories of a nine-year-old boy named Carlitos and his mother Rosario. Rosario wants nothing more than to provide the best life possible for her son. To that end, she is working illegally in the United States while her mother cares for Carlitos in Mexico.

Some unexpected circumstances arise that cause both Rosario and Carlitos to try to reunite with one another. Naturally, they both face plenty of challenges along the way, but never losing sight of the end goal–being together again. For more information contact the Office on Latino Affairs at (202) 617-2825.

A program collaboration of the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA) and The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

by Borderstan.com September 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm 1,265 0

Firefighters at 1512 Corcoran St. on Monday night

Firefighters at 1512 Corcoran Street NW on Monday night.

Many of you may have heard a great deal of commotion during the evening yesterday (September 15)  around 11:30 to midnight. Of course, by commotion I mean sirens and loud truck engines. The ruckus was caused by a fire in one of the apartments at 1512 Corcoran Street NW. Fire crews responded in a very timely fashion and the fire was extinguished promptly.

Of course, with a dozen vehicles, including fire engines, DCFD SUVs and ambulances, there was plenty to see. Most of the residents of the block came out to watch what one resident referred to as “street theatre.” I’m sure it was less entertaining for the residents of the building, all of whom were evacuated during the fire and many of whom had to deal with water and smoke damage to their apartments.

Photograph: One Photograph A Day

by Borderstan.com September 16, 2008 at 10:18 pm 1,063 0

From Greater Greater Washington about possible improvements the Washinton Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is considering for the 16th Street bus lines: “Improving the 16th Street Bus.”

WMATA recently announced that they’re looking to improve bus service on 16th Street. There’s another public meeting on September 23; be sure to visit the Metrobus 16th Street Line page for details. (Emphasis mine.)

They’ve already had one public meeting (PDF) on July 15, and the attendees broke into small groups to discuss the current problems with the route (mostly bus crowding, bunching, schedule adherence and travel speed issues). According to a recent Washington Post article, Metrobus operates about 75% “on-time” for all routes, defined as between two minutes early and seven minutes late. There’s probably a high amount of variability between lines.

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