by Borderstan.com June 27, 2011 at 8:30 am 1,520 0

Dupont Festival, Cinema in the Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

Cinema in the Circle showed the 1981 classic, “E.T.” on Friday evening in Dupont Circle. It was part of the Dupont Festival series of events. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

New York Same-Sex Marriage

Alright alright, it’s not about Borderstan, nor is it even about our humble District, but the big news this weekend came from a bit North and it seemed irresponsible to ignore it. After years of debate, New York is finally allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state in the country to do so. All but one Democrat and even four Republicans in the state Senate voted in favor of the bill, which passed by a slim 33 to 29 margin. New York becomes the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont — and of course, the District of Columbia. Check out the The New York Times for more information. Oh… if you live in Rhode Island or Maryland, those states will recognize your same-sex marriage from another state, but you cannot get married in either of them.

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by Borderstan.com June 27, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, Dupont Circle, Anokarina, Flickr

“Dupont Circle” is from anokarina in the Borderstan Flickr Pool.

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,” was taken byanokarina on June 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 June 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm 1,099 0

There were four armed robberies in Northwest DC over the weekend, with one occurring in Logan Circle. The one close to home happened at 5:58 am on the 1200 block of 13th Street NW (between M and N Streets).

The DC Police Alert for the 13th Street robbery: “ROBBERY GUN_0558 HRS_1200 B/O 13TH ST NW _LOF B/M 6′, LSW RED T-SHIRT, BLACK HAT, MED CPLX, ARMED W/A LARGE GUN L/S RUNNING UP 13TH ST NW  DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20110322576”

Further west, there was a robbery involving a gun at 23rd and M Streets NW. From the DC Police Alert: “ROBBERY FORCE & VIOLENCE_0606 HRS_23RD & M ST NW_LOF A DARK GREEN VEH W/ DC TAGS DS7217 – 2 B/M’S WEARING MASKS ARMED W/ GUNS ON WAS WEARING A RED SHIRT DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20110322581”

To the north in Columbia Heights at 14th and Oak Streets NW (four blocks north of Park Road) was another early Saturday robbery involving a gun. From the DC Police Alert: “TYPE_ROBBERY HOLD UP GUN_TIME_0627 HOURS_LOCATION_14TH ST & OAK ST NW_DESCRIPTION_LOF_GOLD SUBURBAN SUV_ DC TAG_DR5418_SUSPECTS_2B/M_WEARING RED BASEBALL CAP,WHITE SHIRT,BROWN COMPLEXION DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20110322597”

by Borderstan.com June 24, 2011 at 11:53 am 0

DC theaters, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

See what’s playing at the five theaters in the Borderstan area, Thursday through Sunday. (Luis Gomez Photos)

There are shows this weekend at three of the five theaters in the Borderstan area, plus a Friday-night performance at the Lincoln.

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Keegan Theatre on Church Street has been continued for another week, through July 9.

Tonight at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street, catch Banky W Featuring Wizkid & Skales.

The Source Festival runs for two more weekends, on 14th Street at the Source. See Source Festival Opens with 10-Minute Plays.

The History of Kisses and Venus in Fur are at the Studio Theatre on 14th Street.

Theatre J is taking a breather, but the 2011-2012 season begins with Imagining Madoff on August 31.

Find out what is going on at other theaters in the area below the fold:

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by Borderstan.com June 24, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,122 0

2011 Pride of Pets Dog Show, PETS-DC, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

Pembroke Corgis Swan and Chelsea won the Best Pairs category last Saturday in the annual Pride of Pets Dog Show. The event in Dupont Circle benefits PETS-DC. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.

The Washington Post on Twitter

Or not? Check out the Tweet from @PostLocal DCist captured today. Apparently, they think the retweets are not nearly as useful as actually buying the paper. Sorry, but if you’re giving us content for free, don’t blame use for not paying almost a $1 for the paper.

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by Borderstan.com June 24, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan, Flickr, Paul Frederiksen

“Jordan” was taken by Paul Frederiksen in the Borderstan Reader Photos pool.

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, “Jordan,” was taken by Paul Frederiksen on June 14. 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 June 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm 0

Dupont Circle Fountain, Dupont Festival, dita6500, Flickr

“Cinema in the Circle features the movie “E.T.” Friday night, June 24 in Dupont Circle. (Photo from dita6500 in Borderstan Flickr pool)

Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and head to Dupont Circle on Friday evening. Dupont Festival is back with a summer event: “Cinema in the Circle.” Tonight, June 24, you can watch the 1981 classic, E.T., in the Circle at 9:15 pm.

Dupont Festival is organized by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B and Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets. Previous events have included FotoWeek NightVisions, Police Night Out, Soccer in the Circle and Green in the Circle. The film is being sponsored by The Dupont Circle Hotel and Swank Audio Visuals.

by Borderstan.com June 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm 0

BorderstanFrom Matty Rhoades

Following are crimes of note from the past week — robberies, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, stolen autos and burglaries in the Dupont CircleLogan Circle and U Street neighborhoods. Crimes are from police reports for Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 (Dupont-Kalorama), 305 (includes U Street area) and 307 (Logan Circle).

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by Borderstan.com June 23, 2011 at 10:32 am 1,234 2 Comments

The editors at the website, Who Murdered Robert Wone, put up a post late Wednesday afternoon with the headline,”The Civil Trial That May Never Be.” We won’t steal their news, but here’s the opening:

“We’ve heard from a source that a settlement has been reached in the civil trial between Kathy Wone & family, and defendants Joe Price, Victor Zaborsky and Dylan Ward. We’re trying to confirm this with the case principals.”

The case was scheduled to begin in October in D.C.

Robert Wone was murdered on August 2, 2006, in a row house at 1509 Swann Street NW. No one has ever been charged in Wone’s murder. However, Price, Zaborsky and Ward were tried for obstruction of justice and evidence tampering in the case. They opted for a bench trial and the judge came back with a not guilty verdict last June.

by Borderstan.com June 23, 2011 at 10:16 am 1,234 0

Hamiltonian Fellows, Hamiltonian Gallery, Borderstan

At the Hamiltonian Gallery: Magnolia Laurie’s “regarding the disregarded, to confuse the subject,” oil on panel 15″ x 16″, 2011. (Image courtesy Hamiltonian Gallery)

Starting tonight it’s a busy weekend at the galleries in the Borderstan area. Three new exhibitions are opening and three more are closing. All three new exhibitions open with receptions with the artists and another exhibition closes with a party.

Mix It Up

Thursday. Two new exhibitions open Thursday evening with receptions — at Long View Gallery on 9th Street NW from 6:30 to 8:30 pm… and at 14th Street’s gallery plan b from 6 to 8 pm.

“Creative Process: Four Artists’ Expressions Through Uniquely Different Mediums” is coming to Long View tonight… while over at gallery plan b, “PODS” opens for a month run.

Friday. There is a closing reception for “ChickenVille” at the Lamont Bishop Gallery on 9th Street on Friday, June 24, from 6:30 to 10 pm.

Saturday. Then on Saturday head to Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street NW for a reception with 10 Hamiltonian Fellows as they open “Fellows Converge: Broadly Thinking,” the annual show of the Fellows. The party is from 7 to 9 pm on June 25.

Exhibitions Closing

Exhibitions are closing this weekend at Curator’s Office (Saturday), Lamont Bishop Gallery (closing reception Friday) and Transformer (Saturday).

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 June 23, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,311 0

Lupe, Borderstan

If your dog spends a lot of time running in the grass and woods, you should know your options for flea and tick control. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tori Tyree

It’s no surprise to my readers that I am not a big fan of chemicals anywhere near my animals. I constantly urge people to avoid pet foods with chemicals and I am not a fan of toys that are made of plastic. Moreover, I waver about the use of some vaccinations, and I pretty much never use monthly flea and tick repellents.

In 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was “intensifying its evaluation and closely monitoring the use of topical flea and tick products on pets.” The flea and tick killers under the most intense scrutiny are commonly known as “spot-on” treatments, but all flea and tick products are of interest.

This announcement was in response to more than 44,000 potential adverse reactions to spot-on flea and tick products reported in 2008. You can read the full EPA report, which was last updated February 2011.

I realize that D.C. summers are bad for fleas and ticks, and protection is important! The important thing to know is that there are alternatives.

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by Borderstan.com June 23, 2011 at 7:00 am 1,220 0

Borderstan, P Street, Rock Creek Park

“The Way Of Nature” is from specimenlife in the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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, “The Way Of Nature,” was taken by specimenlife on June 5. The image was taken at Rock Creek Park near 23rd and P Streets NW. The area is also know as “P Street Beach” and is located on the south end of Rock Creek Park. It is part of the National Park Service. The main part of the park encompasses 2.75 square miles (1,754 acres).

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 June 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,804 1 Comment

Capital Teas, Connecticut Avenue NW, Ashley Lusk

North of Dupont Circle: Capital Teas at 1627 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Ashley Lusk)

Today we have a guest post from Ashley Lusk. Ashley is an active member of DC’s food community and writes for her own blog Metropoetrylis. You can find her on Twitter at @arlusk. – Alejandra Owens

In D.C. you’ll often meet people with a passion for politics or coffee — or both. They seem to go together: long hours spent working on the Hill or for an advocacy group fueled by coffee.

But have you met one with a passion for tea? Peter Martino, who, along with his wife Manelle, owns the mini-chain of Capital Teas shops, is such a person.

At their new location in Dupont Circle, Martino is in the business of making tea converts. After all, it’s another caffeine alternative for the city’s workaholics.

“We want to make tea brewing fun, easy — an experience for folks,” he says. The company’s website says they are “fifth generation fine tea merchants.”

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by Borderstan.com June 22, 2011 at 10:30 am 2,733 12 Comments

MPD, DC Police, Proposed 3D PSAs

Click to enlarge. Proposed Police Service Areas for the Third District. The red lines show the current boundaries of police districts with the map being centered on the Third District. (MPD)

From Matty Rhoades

Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s June 9 presentation at the MPD’s Third District headquarters gave area residents a first chance to comment on the city’s plans for revised police districts.

The proposed new Second and Third District maps show changes for the Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods. There will be some shifting of territory between the districts, but the bigger changes are in Police Service Areas (PSAs) within the districts.

“The district boundaries are set. We are working on the PSA boundaries,” Lanier told the attendees at the Third District meeting on V Street NW. She said they hoped the changes would be in place by the end of the year.

The Second District meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night, June 22.

What’s Changing?

Close to home, there are changes in the boundaries of the Second and Third Districts. A bit of history is in order. In 2007 MPD took what used to be known as PSA 306 and put it in the Second District as PSA 208. The Second District is headquartered in upper Northwest at 3320 Idaho Avenue NW while the Third District is at 1620 V Street NW. With the changes, much of this area will go back to the Third District.

Here is how the proposed PSAs look as of now:

  • MPD is creating several news PSAs in the area so that there are no more “Super PSAs,” such as the current 208.
  • The most noticeable change is the creation of PSA 301, which runs from Q Street north to Florida Avenue and from 14th Street west to 18th Street NW. This PSA incorporates a big chunk of PSA 208 plus pieces of PSAs 303, 305 and 307.

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by Borderstan.com June 22, 2011 at 10:24 am 1,035 0

The LGBT DC Center is holding an informational session this evening, June 22, at 6 pm on how to help lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender youth who are in the foster care system in the D.C. metro area.

Tonight’s session focuses on how you can become a CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocate — for LGBT youth in the foster care system. CASAs are appointed by a DC Family Court Judge to represent the best interest of a foster care child.

Some of the duties of a CASA include:

  • Appearing at court hearings to make recommendations to the Court
  • Continuing contacts with child, family, social workers and others to monitor court orders
  • The overall being a great mentor to the child.

Please RSVP by emailing [email protected]. The Center is at 1318 U Street NW.

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