By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster.
Anderson Cooper at Logan Circle Vida
How did I not know about this? Washington Examiner tells me, long after the spotting, that Anderson Cooper was working out with a male friend at the Logan Circle Vida Metropole. Loganites, is he still at Vida this week? TAKE SOME PICTURES!
WMATA Wants You to “Fall Back in Love with Metro”
I don’t throw around that word lightly, and I am sure I never fell out of love with Metro since we were never in that kind of relationship. But if you were, or are monogamous to public transit by choice or fortunes, Dan Stessel is now tweeting on WMATA’s behalf. I do not envy him that position, but he seems to be forging ahead with the kind of bright attitude than can only come from grittier days marketing the club Tracks. Washington City Paper has a good preview of WMATA’s social media personality and the PR campaign that goes along with it. (Update: article got so much traffic one of the angry WMATA accounts outed himself!)
Does Proof Owner Fear Youth Engagement Program?
Greater Greater Washington digs deep into the announcement of a youth engagement program in Gallery Place/Chinatown and the reaction of area business owners. GGW takes issue with the headlines and quotes in a Washington Examiner story on the announcement of the program. While it does seem that more notice to business owners would have been wise, I’m disappointed to see the owner of a great wine bar and restaurant compare the congregation of local youth to London riots. Poetry, music and engagement of youth already in the area — doesn’t sound that scary to me.
Lock Up RFK, Too, There’s a Skate Park Coming!
The expanse of parking for RFK seems to be used exclusively for tailgating before soccer, parking for soccer and boozy music festivals. So it’s nice to see the building of a skate park to host the Maloof Money Cup, a skateboarding competition with world class skaters and prize money. More importantly, it will remain after the event, all 15,000 square feet of skate space, as noted by Washington City Paper.
Pedro & Vinny’s Burrito Cart Owner Burned
Food trucks have their downsides, and I’m not even talking about dealing with the D.C. PD. Small spaces, hot surfaces and time pressure can combine to create some mishaps, like the severe burn suffered by owner of the Pedro & Vinny’s cart (at 15th Street and K Street during the week) earlier this week. DCist checked in with John Rider on his status and the status of (in my opinion) the best burritos in town available from a cart. Rider’s doing well and the cart is still going strong!
Preparing for 10-Year Anniversary of 9/11
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It’s a day for reflection, to be sure, but several organizations are hoping it becomes a day of service as well. Learn how you can participate in the 9/11 Day of Service through the Serve D.C. page or check out the full list and sign up here. (Ed. note: I participated in their kickoff event in July and provided pro bono PR support. It is a fantastic and inspirational event and everyone should participate!)