SYMHM: Don’t-Come-On-Irene Edition

by August 26, 2011 at 9:00 am 2,020 0

Shaw Dog Park, Luis Gomez Photos

Renovations to the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW got underway this week. Treeboxes and benches went in along with new paved entryways. The park received an $85,000 Neighborhood Improvement Fund grant last fall. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and  tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected].

Come On, Irene…

In case you missed it, we are slated to get one heck of a storm this weekend. Hurricane Irene is flirting with an upgrade to a Category 4 storm sometime Saturday morning. Try to prepare and be safe — we’re talking bottled water, non-perishable food and flashlights. Hopefully you don’t need those, though. Washington Business Journal reports that local power companies are preparing for the onslaught to keep your lights on for the weekend.

One Little Piggy Goes to Market

If you ignore my advice and develop a bad case of cabin fever, go check out another pig roast at Local 16 on the 28th. We went to the first and man, that was some tasty pork! Need to feel better about your gluttony? We’ve got you covered. Check out Deals for Deeds to get your $10 tickets and do some good by stuffing your piehole.

Boozy Thursday Hits You Missed

While we were being paranoid survivalists (or working late and hitting the bar, that’s survival too), we and you probably missed two great booze events. Gina Chersevani of PS7 and Elli Benchimol of Chef Geoff’s held a course last night on using garden herbs and produce to make cocktails as part of a learn, sip and taste seminar (details at The Washington Post’s Going Out Guide). Also last night was a Dog Days of Summer event at the Kennedy Center featuring grilled sausages, local beers and music on the roof. Given the weather, it may have been a bit dicey, but the roof deck overlooking the river is one of our favorite things. See what you missed at Brightest Young Things.

New Developments in the Neighborhood

Urban Turf has the dirt on a new development on 14th Street. The project, called The Irwin, would be six stories and 55 units of mostly studios or one-bedrooms. The ANC directed the developers to rework their glass design and talk to more neighbors, so no clue when this will actually break ground. A project in another vacant lot has less support, however. Greater Greater Washington reports on the neighborhood opposition to the development of a condo building at 17th Street and O Street. Several other steps, such as ANC approval, approval by the Historic Preservation Review Board and a zoning variance, will need to be taken before the project can move forward, so stay tuned.

Zoning, ANC’s and Ice Water at Shaw’s Tavern

It’s hard to not be a little sad while reading the Washington City Paper’s story on Shaw’s Tavern and the trials they are enduring in an attempt to get their liquor license. It appears mistakes were made initially and they are paying the (in this writer’s opinion) excessive price for those missteps. Please, alcohol gods at the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, give them a break. This area could actually use some decent food places and really, we all deserve a cold one.

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now

Not talking about evacuations, but an interesting story in the Washington Times discussing the equation that directs you to buy a condo or continue renting. It’s not groundbreaking stuff, but it’s a good reminder that the changes in the market post-bubble bursting are lasting. If you are having to explain to your mother why it’s okay to rent for a long time like me, it’s a good rationalization read.


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