by January 28, 2010 at 11:36 am 2,249 0

The neighborhood and community police listservs have been abuzz with a report of a home invasion that occurred Monday evening the 25th on the 1200 block of W Street NW. Commander Jacob Kishter of MPD 3rd District confirmed the details of the crime.

According to police, three residents of the block were robbed inside their home at gun point by three intruders. One of the residents was taking garbage outside when he or she was approached by one of the assailants who asked, “Is this where the party is?”

The three assailants then were able to enter the residence. The suspects were armed with guns and forced the three residents onto the floor. They stole numerous items from the home, and took the victims’ cell phones before ripping out the home’s land lines. The suspects are two African American males and one African American female, all armed. The three victims were not seriously harmed.

MPD 3rd District is investigating the crime. If you have any information or leads about the Monday night incident on W Street, contact MPD by calling 202-727-9099 or 888-919-CRIME, or text 50411.

by January 26, 2010 at 7:47 am 4,357 21 Comments

This is one of the more depressing Crimes of Notes posts that I have done in some time, especially in terms of robberies and stolen autos. The only silver lining in the crimes noted below is that only two were gun crimes.

The recent number of robberies has been noted by Police Service Area (PSA) 208, and we got the following message last night, which was targeted to the Dupont-Logan area:

Of late there have been an increase of street robberies around the DC Metro area, PSA 208 nor the Second District is immune from these. There is not a specific suspect lookout but there is a very specific target, the iPhone. To help combat this problem we are asking the users of all phones and PDAs to use good street sense and be completely aware of their surroundings.

In other words, people, it is a bad idea to chatter away on your cell phone (especially an iPhone, it seems)… totally unaware of your surroundings… particularly at night… and especially when you are by yourself on a quiet street. However, a number of these crimes occurred in relatively busy areas, including 15th and P NW last evening at 7:06 p.m. (more details below the fold).

Following are crimes of note–robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos–that occurred between January 16 and January 25. There was also a hit and run of a pedestrian early on Sunday morning at 14th and U NW.


by January 25, 2010 at 8:00 am 5,171 3 Comments

Neal Becton, owner of Som Records, 1843 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

by Luis Gomez

First, there were records. Then there were the 8-Track and cassette tapes. Next came CDs. Now music is digital. So, who would open a record shop in 2006 and make a go out of it? And who buys vinyl now? It’s dead, right? Wrong.

The store is Som Records on 14th Street and the owner is Neal Becton. (Som is Portuguese for sound.) After a string of amazingly diverse jobs around the globe, he worked for The Washington Post for 10 years as an editorial aide in the newsroom. Becton then left the Post in 2003 to co-run Crooked Beat Records in Adams Morgan. He had collected records for years and most of his extra income went towards them, so it was a logical move for him.

Then Becton left Crooked Beat after three years to do his own thing. “I always dreamed of owning my own record store. I started telling friends I was going to open a shop and after telling enough of them, I had to go ahead and do it.” He opened Som Records in the downstairs space at 1843 14th Street NW in 2006–on a rapidly changing block just south of T Street near Café Saint-Ex.

Becton says the best part of owning your own business is being able to take a vacation whenever you want. “The worst part is paying for your own health insurance.”

Who Buys Vinyl?

Becton sells new and used vinyl LP’s and the store carries “super rare jazz records to dollar-bin 80s rock and everything in between.” He sells a few CDs, but more than 95% of the stock is vinyl.


by January 23, 2010 at 9:37 am 1,193 0

Mid City Artists have an open house today from 1 to 4 p.m. at Coldwell Banker Art 17 at 1606 17th Street NW. The exhibit is “Friend Request: 12 Members invite 12 Friends” and runs through January 29.

“Friend Request” includes work by Sondra N. Arkin, Chuck Baxter, James Cassell, Robert Dodge, Thomas Drymon, Bill Harris, Harriet Lesser, Charlie Jones, Doris Kennedy, Bridget Sue Lambert, Lucinda Murphy, Juan Palomo, Mark Parascandola, Zade Ramsey, Ron Riley, Fabian H. Rios Rubino, Deborah Saks, Nikolas Schiller, Nicolas Shi, George Smith-Shomari, Clara de Soto, Isabelle Spicer, Trish Tillman, Ellyn Weiss.

by January 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm 1,984 2 Comments

The Sacrifical Lamb, 1704 R Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Indulj, 1208 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Bistro La Bonne, 1340 U Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The Sacrificial Lamb Kabobs n Pizza is now open at 1704 R Street NW. It offers affordable Middle Eastern food just off the 17th Street corridor (we always need more affordable food). The Yelp reviews are pretty good so far, so check it out. (more…)

by January 21, 2010 at 10:30 am 2,408 1 Comment

Logan Circle 14th Street Luis Gomez Photos Borderstan

Tonight is Third Thursday on the 14th and U Street corridors with many businesses open until 9 p.m. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tonight is Third Thursday for the members of the MidCity Business Association in the 14th and U Street corridors. Every third Thursday of the month, several dozen shops and galleries are open until 9 p.m. with sales and special offerings. A full listing is below the fold. (more…)

by January 21, 2010 at 7:30 am 4,055 1 Comment

Courtesy of Greater Greater Washington, here is interesting news for the on-the-street car parkers in the the Dupont-Logan-U Street area:

“DC has a secret law that only select residents know about: It’s actually legal to park closer to many corners than the signs say. Or actually, it used to be, but the law expired, according to Councilmember Tommy Wells’ office. Unfortunately, the DC Secretary doesn’t keep laws up to date online, so it’s difficult to get all the details… Kicking off election season, Councilmember Tommy Wells has introduced a bill to make it officially legal to park up to 25 feet from such intersections, and to within 10 feet at night. According to Wells’ press release, concerns about public safety prompted this effort to make parking near homes easier late at night.”

Get the details about corner parking in the evenings in David Alpert’s GGW full post. However, in our section of town, we all know the corners at which the parking enforcement officers will give you a pass or will ticket you. Some people refer to them as “legal illegal parking spots.”

by January 21, 2010 at 6:00 am 2,814 11 Comments

Borderstan Cleveland Park

Why? The use of Middle English in this “Food Shoppe” sign at the CVS in Cleveland Park is designed to… do what exactly?

In our series of occasional Why postings, we bring you the “Food Shoppe” at the CVS on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park. We happened upon this commercial and language abuse on a recent Saturday.

The issue here, of course, is the CVS use of “shoppe” instead of “shop” to name its food section. (more…)

by January 20, 2010 at 11:30 am 1,639 3 Comments

For the first half of January, the number of robberies in the Borderstan area is about par while the number of stolen autos (nine) seems quite high. Two things stand out on the robberies: three on January 7 on 16th/17th/S Streets, all in the same general area; and two more robberies on T Street, one on 9th and one on 13th Street.

Following are crimes of note in the Borderstan area for the January 5-18 period in DupontU Street and Logan. Crimes of note are property crimes such as stolen autos and burglaries, and violent crimes such as robberies and assaults. (more…)

by January 20, 2010 at 8:30 am 2,403 0

Local 16 U Street Luis Gomez Photos

This Friday: Local 16 is hosting “Friday for Haiti” with Oxfam America to beneift victims of the Haiti earthquake. Donation is $25 and time is 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Luis Gomez Photos)

U Street’s Local 16 and a local charity group, Do Good, Feel Good DC (DGFG), will host “Friday for Haiti” to benefit Oxfam America’s Haitian Earthquake Response Fund. Time is 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. this Friday, January 22, at 1602 U Street NW.

All of your $25 donation and 10 percent of the evening’s bar proceeds will go to Oxfam America.

In addition to helping Haiti, your $25 donation will get you free beer until 8pm, or until the kegs run out… $5 and $7 specialty cocktails… free food buffet featuring appetizers from the chef.

You can still donate even if you cannot attend the Friday fundraiser at Local 16; go to the Oxfam fundraising page to make a donation. More information is available at the event’s Facebook page, the Oxfam donation page and the DGFG web page.

by January 19, 2010 at 11:12 pm 2,093 1 Comment

Eric Fosse of HomeMade Pizza at the company’s new Logan Circle location. (Luis Gomez Photos)

People waited in line for free pizzas tonight at 14th and Church Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Several hundred Loganites lined up tonight for free pizzas at the HomeMade Pizza store at 14th and Church NW. It was the first of two nights of a soft opening for the chain store. The official or “hard” opening is Thursday afternoon.

According to Eric Fosse, founder and CEO, HomeMade Pizza gave away about 250 medium-sized pizzas tonight.

“Word of mouth is the best advertisement,” Fosse said. The store will be giving out free pizzas again Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Located at the northwest corner of 14th and Church, the store is next to the soon-to-open Cork and Fork. HomeMade Pizza specializes in ready-to-bake pizzas for home.

by January 19, 2010 at 9:30 am 2,147 0

Borderstan Movie Fan movie reviews Mary Burgan

This week Mary Burgan reviews movies with operatic themes.

by Mary Burgan

Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan reviews movies with an operatic theme or twist.  Her column runs every two weeks and previous reviews are at the bottom of this column.

Two Saturdays ago, I went to a movie house to view the live HD broadcast of Richard Strauss’s bittersweet opera Der Rosenkavalier from the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, I went to Carmen last Saturday.

I had to book tickets for both performances at a theater way out of town. All the theaters within Metro distance were sold out–not only for the Saturday matinee, but for the later “encore” Wednesday evening!

Note: Tickets for the last three operas of this season will sell out quickly, so hurry to find a seat.



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