by Borderstan.com April 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm 1,073 0

Borderstan, DC Council, April 26 special election, Luis Gomez Photos

Nine candidates are on the April 26 ballot for an At-Large member of the D.C. Council. Polling places are open 7 am to 8 pm and D.C. has same-day voter registration. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The D.C. special election is finally at hand: Tuesday, April 26. Voters across D.C. will elect an At-Large member of the D.C. Council from one of nine candidates on the ballot (links to candidate websites provided). The seat opened up when Kwame Brown was elected Council chairman in November. Sekou Biddle was appointed the seat until Tuesday’s special election.

For more information on the candidates, check out the Washington City Paper’s Voter Guide: The April 26 At-Large Special Election as well as the site Four26 and DCist’s Voter Guide: The April 26 At-Large Special Election. Borderstan did non-political profiles on candidates Joshua Lopez, Patrick Mara and Bryan Weaver.

The polls in D.C. open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. Don’t know where you vote? Go to the DC Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) Polling Place Locator, put in your home address and get your polling place information. Precinct locations for the Dupont-Logan-U Street area also listed below.

Same-Day Voter Registration

If you are not registered to vote, you can register and vote on Tuesday — this is only the third time D.C. has allowed same-day registration. Here is what you need to bring to your polling place on Tuesday — if you are not already registered — according to BOEE:

“To register to vote during early voting or on Election Day, you must bring a driver’s license, bank statement, utility bill, government check or paycheck, or other government document showing your current name and address and cast a special ballot subject to verification by the Board.”

Voting Places: Local Precincts

DCBOEE has Ward maps with precinct boundaries; local precincts are in Wards 1 and 2. Here are 13 selected precincts in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm 2,016 0

Ross Elementary School, DC, Dupont Circle

Ross Elementary School is at 1730 R Street NW. (Courtesy Ross Elementary School)

From Jana Petersen. She lives in the Dupont area and covers a variety of topics for Borderstan.

You may remember the bumper sticker phrase, “Think Globally Act Locally.” A few weeks ago, a New York Times/CBS News poll released a jarring statistic: 81 percent of Americans say the nation is on the wrong track, a figure higher than ever since the poll began in the 1990s. Be it partisan politics, an unsustainable deficit, a troubled education system, global warming, or otherwise

Ross Elementary School Auction is this Saturday, April 30, 5 to 8 pm. Location is German Marshall Fund at 1744 R Street NW. Online auction bidding ends Thursday, April 28 at 6 pm.

Yet, it is statistics like these that emphasize the importance of local participation in issues that are often painted on a macro-scale, such as education. This Saturday, April 30, at 5 pm, Ross Elementary School will be hosting its third annual auction to raise money. The fund will be used to to further plans to modernize the current building, assist in professional development opportunities for its teachers and create enrichment programs for its students. Ross Elementary is located at 1730 R Street NW and serves grades pre-K through 5.

Among this year’s prizes: Two tickets to the Garden Party, the pre-party to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, on Saturday, April 30 (winners will be notified on Friday, April 29)… December 18 tickets to Redskins vs. Giants… lunch with DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson… two vacation getaways… a scooter… and much more including food and fitness items.

Over the last two years, the auction has raised more than $40,000 — money that has gone to furnish each classroom with smartboards among other necessary furniture. This year, amidst deep budget cuts, the success of the auction has even greater implications; the hope is to use the money to furnish the new preschool classroom, provide Responsive Class training to teachers, and create after-school language programs for the students.

The auction is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 pm and the auction runs to 8 pm. For those committed to the event and Ross Elementary, but unable to attend, there is a virtual auction; the virtual auction is currently open, but will be closing on April 28 at 6 pm, so be sure to browse the auction list and place your bids prior.

Below the fold: Check out some of the most interesting prizes being auctioned off.

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,267 0

Borderstan, Smashed Window, Theft from Auto

In March 31 cars were broken into by thieves in PSA 305. In this instance, a large leather bag was visible on the front seat, a big no-no. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The number of crimes in Police Service Area (PSA) 305 last month increased 36% from March 2010. There were 101 crimes compared to 74 the previous March. PSA 305 covers the U Street NW area as well as the Howard University area to the northeast.

The increase was in both property and violent crimes. There were 26 violent crimes last month, up from 20 in March 2010. The number of property crimes increased from 54 in March 2010 to 75 last month. All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.

The Trendline

What does the trendline show? In March 2008, there were 86 crimes in PSA 307 (19 of them violent crimes) and in January 2009 there were 116 crimes (17 of them violent crimes). Over the past three years, the number of property crimes in March has risen 11% while the number of violent crimes is up 37%. On a year-over-year basis, the total number of crimes in PSA 305 was 17% higher in March 2011 than in March 2008.

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by Borderstan.com April 25, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Dupont Circle, Connecticut Avenue NW, Flickr, pnzr242, Borderstan

Today’s Flickr pool photo is from pnzr242. Location is Connecticut Avenue NW just south of Dupont Circle.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Mid-Afternoon Face Palm,” was taken by pnzr242 on April 21. The photo was taken just south of Dupont Circle on the east side of Connecticut Avenue behind the bus stop.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm 1,068 2 Comments

Good Friday Procession, Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church, Mount Pleasant, Luis Gomez Photos

Today’s photo is from luisgomezphotos in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Matty Rhoades

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr, and we rarely run photos in this feature that do not feature the Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods. Today we make an exception for an annual event held by the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Mount Pleasant at 16th Street and Park Road NW: the Good Friday procession. Congregants from the church re-enact the events of Jesus’ crucifixion with the procession led by a man portraying Jesus carrying his own cross. Other congregants dress as Roman soldiers and other characters from the day of the crucifixion.

Such processions are not uncommon, of course, and are particularly prevalent in Spanish speaking countries where the Catholic Church predominates. The Church of the Sacred Heart’s congregation is mostly Latino with many members either immigrants or children of immigrants from Central America. Central American immigrants began settling in Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights in large numbers beginning in the 1980s when civil wars raged in El Salvador and Guatemala.

Last night’s procession began at 8:30 pm at the church on what turned out to be a rainy and very chilly night. It went west on Park Road to 17th Street NW… south on 17th to Irving Street… east on Irving to 14th Street… north up 14th in Columbia Heights… and then west on Park Road back to the church. Hundreds of people (probably more) were part of the procession, followed it on the sidewalks and watched along 17th Street in Mount Pleasant.

Borderstan’s co-editor, Luis Gomez, covered the procession last evening. Growing up in Venezuela, he saw many such processions in Valencia and Caracas. In a rapidly changing — yes, gentrifying — city, we both wonder if this festival will still be held in another one or two decades.

Today’s photo, “Good Friday Procession: Jesus with the Cross,” was taken by luisgomezphotos on April 22.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 23, 2011 at 11:30 am 0

Borderstan, fashion:district Spring/Summer, readysetcreative, Long View Gallery

April 14 at Long View Gallery: fashion:district held its Spring/Summer show. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB. He lives in the U Street area and writes about style for Borderstan.

Happy Good Friday, Borderstanis! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week.

Ginger Root, fashion:district Spring/Summer 2011, Luis Gomez Photos, Borderstan

Shirt and tie combo from Ginger Root on U Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Just a little housekeeping before we get underway. For the next month or so, I’ll be moving to a biweekly schedule. As much as I’d love to be able to do this on a weekly basis, other obligations have got in the way. I hope to be back on a regular weekly schedule when summer begins.

Anyways, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

So last week, I made it over to the fashion:district Spring/Summer show over at Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW, right by the convention center. (As an aside, it was my first time over at the gallery, and I just loved the space; if you haven’t been yet, I highly recommend checking it out ASAP).

Some of you may remember my piece on DC Fashion Week a couple of months ago; in so many ways, the menswear show was an unmitigated disaster with a few highlights. Well, I’m happy to say that fashion:distirct’s show, while not without its flaws, was a significant improvement.

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by Borderstan.com April 23, 2011 at 10:28 am 0

Mary Burgan, Borderstan Movie FanFrom Mary Burgan

Our 9-year-old grandson, Harry, has been visiting us, and since he is a movie lover like his grandma, we went to see two animated movies — Rio one day and Hop the next. We decided that Rio is a really great movie, but that Hop is a disappointment.

Thumbs Down on Hop

I asked Harry why he was so hard on Hop, and he answered that “It wasn’t realistic.” By that he meant a series of things. First, it featured the hero bunny, E.B., playing drums and talking to human beings without any of the humans noticing that he was a bunny!

The human guy in the movie was really a loafer who didn’t want to do anything! They had E.B. speaking with a British accent with no explanation! And where was E.B.’s mother? And why was he delivering baskets from an egg-shaped sleigh-like vehicle drawn by fluttering little peeps? None of this made sense to either of us.

And Grandma added that the whole thing was very boring!

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by Borderstan.com April 22, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

From Jana Petersen

See what’s playing at five area theaters. (Luis Gomez Photos)

F.I.S.T. is over, yes — but that does not mean that the competitive spirit has waned on U Street. Mark your calendars, Borderstanis. Next Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, 53 semifinalists from across the country descend upon the Lincoln Theater to compete in the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition.

Guest judges for the final competition — to take place on Friday night the 29th at 7 pm — include poets Valerie Martinez, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and Brian Turner, actress and author Amber Tamblyn, playwright/actress/director Aditi Brennan Kapil, and Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Michael Kahn.

Admission to “Poetry Out Loud” is free and open to the public.

This Friday and Saturday at the Source. This Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, at 8 pm, The Source, in conjunction with the Alliance Francaise de Washington and Trap Door Theater, will be putting on Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve. Be you French or lover of French things and/or drama, Me Too, I am Catherine Deneuve is a “witty,  imaginative and grotesque family drama that reveals the liberating and destructive elements that occur as each member suffers the varying effects of an identity crisis.”

Sunday is last day for Photograph 51. The last day for Photograph 51 is this Sunday. The show is at Theater J, which is located at the DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q Streets NW.

Full details on live theater in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area are below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 22, 2011 at 6:00 am 1,132 0

Borderstan, District Condos, 14th and Swann NW

14th and Swann Streets NW: Work continues at the District Condos project. The development will have residential and retail and spans the west side of 14th Street NW from S to Swann. The facade of the former Whitman-Walker building at S Street will be incorporated. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @TomOnSwann.

Two Endorsements for Weaver in April 26 Special Election

With just days to go before the April 26 special election for the At-Large DC City Council seat, the Washington City Paper and Greater Greater Washington have endorsed candidate Bryan Weaver. Earlier this month The Washington Post endorsed candidate Patrick Mara; the lone Republican in the field of nine candidates. Borderstan profiled candidates Bryan Weaver, Patrick Mara and Josh Lopez. All polling locations will be open from 7 am to 8 pm next Tuesday.

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by Borderstan.com April 22, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Borderstan, Paul Frederiksen, Dupont Circle

“James Taylor” was taken by Paul Frederiksen.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “James Taylor,” was taken by Paul Frederiksen on April  17, 2011. Frederiksen says: “From an ongoing series of portraits of the interesting people I run into in Dupont Circle. The plan is to try to get one up at least three times a week, so keep looking for updates!”

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm 1,340 1 Comment

Borderstan, 14th & V, Crime

One of the shooting victims was reportedly on this bicycle when he was shot Thursday afternoon. The bike was left at the scene at 14th and V Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

U Street NW, 14th Street NW, Borderstan, dc shooting, Luis Gomez Photos

Looking north on 14th Street NW at the U Street intersection. The street was blocked off to the north and south. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann. Luis Gomez also contributed to this story; you can follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

More photos from the crime scene are available on the Borderstan Facebook page.

An otherwise perfect spring afternoon was marred by a shooting in broad daylight at the intersection of 14th and V Streets NW on Thursday afternoon around 3 pm.

According to police reports, two victims were transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses say one person was shot in the foot, the other in the leg. The suspect escaped by car described as a blue Honda or Toyota.

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by Borderstan.com April 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm 0

Project 4 Gallery, GREEN WORKS, Heidi Fowler

Heidi Fowler is one of the artists in GREEN WORKS. Pictured piece (48″ x 48″) made of recycled plastic bottle caps, junk mail, magazine pages, glue on panel. (Image courtesy of Project 4 Gallery)

From Jana Petersen

Don’t let the ominous forecast keep you from celebrating Earth Day this Friday — consider ringing it in indoors. You read correctly – indoors. Project 4  Gallery will commemorate Earth Day and, fittingly, the end to its run of “GREEN WORKS,” an exhibit highlighting the convergence of man-made objects and nature, with a panel discussion of green experts and entrepreneurs this Friday at 6:30 pm.

“GREEN WORKS” features artists Heidi Fowler, Sayaka Ganz, Julia Anne Goodman and Duncan Johnson who, according to Project 4, “remove paint from their palette and look to the recycling bin for their medium and inspiration.” Fowler, Ganz, Goodman and Johnson use man-made and found objects like bottle caps, plastic utensils, wood carved from construction sites, junk mail (to name a few) to “create extraordinary pieces that capture the grace and beauty of the natural world.”

Avid recyclers, environmentalists, and creative minds alike — head down to Project 4 between 6:30 and 9:30 pm this Friday, April 22, for a final glimpse of the exhibit and conversation around the green movement.

Find out what’s showing at 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com April 21, 2011 at 5:35 am 1,352 0

Are You My Rep, DC voting rights

(Image courtesy of Revolution Messaging)

From Matty Rhoades

A local social media firm called has launched a Facebook group called “Are You My Rep?” to encourage Washingtonians to call members of Congress and ask them to support full voting and representation rights for D.C. citizens.

Read Martin Moulton, #39. Moulton was one of 41 D.C. residents arrested during a sit-down demonstration for D.C. voting rights on April 11.

The Facebook group page, the brainchild of Revolution Messaging, allows you to enter your phone number into a form field, generating a call-back. The call connects participants to a random Congressional office, so they may ask if the Representative is willing to support D.C autonomy or voting rights. Only numbers with a 202 area code will get a call back and then be connected to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It’s really ridiculous that Washington, D.C. residents have their own elected government, and yet Congress has the ability to overturn the laws agreed upon by D.C. citizens,” said Courtney Sieloff, senior strategist for Revolution Messaging.

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by Borderstan.com April 21, 2011 at 4:45 am 0

Borderstan, specimenlife, Dupont Circle

Today’s photo from the Borderstan Flickr pool was shot by specimenlife.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Dupont Circle Roof,” was taken by specimenlife on January 23.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com April 20, 2011 at 10:30 am 1,250 4 Comments

Borderstan, Tori Tyree, Pets,

Editor’s note: Borderstan welcomes Tori Tyree back with her weekly column on you and your pets. She is the owner of Walk of the Town, a dog walking and pet sitting company. Tyree has been working with animals most of her life — caring for them in animal hospitals, training dogs, volunteering at zoos and the Washington Humane Society, and counseling customers about pet nutrition. You can leave a comment or send Tyree an email: tori(at)borderstan.com.

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From Tori Tyree

Do you know what’s going into the food you feed your pets? I have asked this question to just about every animal person I’ve met and have been surprised by the answer. Some people tell me, “It’s whatever the vet told me to give her” or “Yeah… it’s the purple bag with all the vegetables on it.”

If you can’t recall the ingredients in your pet’s food, you are not paying enough attention.

Did you know that dogs and cats have the biological potential to live into their 20’s? I usually tell people that feeding an inferior food to your pets is like eating every meal at McDonald’s Sure, you can live on it — but for how long, and how healthy will you be for doing it?

I want you to go take a look at the ingredients on your pet’s food right now. If you see these ingredients, just know that the pet food manufacturer tried to cut corners. A named animal protein (i.e., chicken, beef, lamb) should always be the first listed ingredient.

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