by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,650 0

"Connecticut Avenue"

Artists are wanted to help illuminate Connecticut Avenue. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Imagine walking down Connecticut Avenue, just south of Dupont Circle, and enjoying four blocks of luscious green space filled with flowers, tress, bushes and… art installations.

That image is just what the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (GTBID) hope to achieve through their “Lighting Connecticut Avenue” contest.

Interested artists should have experience in public art and/or exterior lighting design; the total budget for the commissioned project is $190,000. The deadline for the application is Friday, June 22 at 5 pm; the winning artist will be announced on Friday, June 27.

The two organizations are currently in the process of installing four blocks of a new, wide median along the downtown section of Connecticut Avenue from K Street to Jefferson Place NW. To accessorize this median, the groups are seeking a local artist or art team to design and install a permanent light installation that will sit amongst the greenery and gardens.

Artists: Draw on your Capital-inspiration. Submissions should engage the public and create a unique and dynamic interpretation of the Connecticut Avenue/Golden Triangle space.

The light installation (which will have access to electrical power at each block in the median) must be secure, durable and weather resistant. Furthermore, artists must provide an effective strategy for programming the lighting for various seasonal events.

Details and applications are available online.

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by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,980 0

"Micheal Crossett" "Artist"

Michael Crossett at his studio. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

A child in a military family, Michael D. Crossett lived in Hawaii, Japan, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Virginia by the time he was in high school. These drastically different cultural influences shaped his point of view and his artistic eye. In particular, he has incorporated characteristics of the Japanese aesthetic — the highly designed nature of everyday objects, the bright colors, and bold but patterns. The graphic appeal and immediacy of these elements still drives his approach today.

Crossett currently has a solo exhibition at gallery plan b on 14th Street NW through June 17 and a group show in Provincetown. Potential future projects include public installations, sculpture, oil painting and encaustic.

As a teenager, Crossett took up photography and carefully developed his photographs to control the final image.  He continues to take photographs but lost interest as digital methods began to eclipse traditional photography. Above all, he values the instant connections viewers develop with photographs and has successfully translated that connection into other mediums.

Crossett majored in marketing and advertising at George Mason and currently works as a Director of Design. About five years ago, he earned a Certificate of Graphic Design from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. He began experimenting with silk screening and mixed media collage. He often manipulates photographed images by transferring them to silkscreen and adding them into collages.

Crossett’s greatest ambition for his work is “connecting with people” rather than alienating them with inscrutable subject matter. He seeks to engage viewers, draw them in with a sense of familiarity, and then push them to learn through his art. This goal was evident in the pieces he displayed during last Saturday’s Mid City Artists open studios, many of which included details and images easily associated with specific locations in their composition.

As a local artist, Crossett appreciates the”small town” feel of  D.C.’s neighborhoods that contrast with the city’s reputation as a  major tour destination. Two of his favorite areas in DC.are the 14th Street Corridor and Mount Pleasant. Around Borderstan, he frequently visits Estadio, Teasim, U Street Music Hall, Coppi’s, and 9:30 Club.

"Michael Crossett" "Artist"

Michael Crossett and his work. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,494 0

"Buffalo Soldiers"

Members of Buffalo Soldiers units at Sunday's ceremony at the African American Civil War Memorial on U street NW. Click above to see pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

View photos of Sunday’s Buffalo Thunder event on flickr.

Thousands of members of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers from chapters across the country from gathered Sunday at the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street. They were there for “Buffalo Thunder,” which honors African Americans who served in the U.S. military.

Some were also in town to participate in Rolling Thunder, the annual motorcycle event held each Memorial Day weekend; Rolling Thunder is dedicated to prisoners of war and those Missing in Action in the Vietnam War.

Who were the Buffalo Soldiers? As they explain on their Facebook Page, “The name, patch, purpose, and charter specifically pay homage to the original 9th and 10th cavalry black Army units authorized by congress in 1866 and who were subsequently named Buffalo Soldiers by native-American Indians. We are bonded by a camaraderie of military service or uniformed civilian service and an affection for large motorcycles that we enjoy riding.”

The African American Civil War Memorial is at 1200 U Street NW; the Museum is now at a new location, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,100 4 Comments

"Facebook"

Facebook. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Scott Thompson writes a biweekly column for Borderstan.com.

From Scott Thompson. Follow Scott on Twitter @foureyedblond or email him at thompson[AT]@borderstan.com.

I knew Facebook had entered a new era the moment Dancing With the Stars appeared on my newsfeed.

Said event took place Tuesday, May 22, at approximately 11:00 pm EST.

Up until that hour, I had been casually aware of a cultural shift taking place on Facebook. It began when wedding albums started to replace sorority formal pictures, and became quite apparent the first time a terrifying 3D ultrasound image parachuted from outer space on to my newsfeed.

However, on Tuesday evening, after discovering the following conversation between my mother and her Bunco friends, I realized that Facebook had undergone not only a cultural shift – but a permanent generational one.

BUNCO FRIEND 1: Watching Dancing finale. Derrick and Maria were robbed. They should have been in the finals. My vote is for Kathryn.  (Tuesday near Louisville, KY via mobile)

BUNCO FRIEND 2 : Didn’t see that one coming – of the 3 I think Kathryn was the best.

MY MOTHER: They all were great but I agree that Kathryn was the best. But boy am I ever going to miss watching William shake his bum!!!!

BUNCO FRIEND 1:  Those football players always have a huge fan base. He was good but she was awesome. Oh well… next year.

BUNCO FRIEND 2:  Oh I’m right there with you. He was nice to watch ;p

BUNCO FRIEND 1: Amen. I think Bruno is going to miss him too! ;0)

BUNCO FRIEND 3:  Haha! I love this! I loved Maria and Kathryn! Great season!

Like most mid-to-late twentysomethings,  I do not watch Dancing with the Stars.  I have no idea who Derrick and Maria are, and I will likely have permanent emotional scars from reading one… two… three… four exclamation marks after my married mother’s public use of the word “bum.” However, Tuesday night’s conversation did provide me with valuable insight into the future of Facebook — or, as many in my generation would say, its end.

Not more than seven years ago, The Facebook (as it was called) was an innocuous website designed solely for use on college campuses.   Right from the start, it introduced new words and phrases into my generation’s social lexicon — “friend request,” “profile picture,” “poke.” Our parents had nary an idea what those phrases meant when they came up during the 2004 Thanksgiving dinner conversation — and we relished that exclusivity.

Today, Facebook is a $100 billion dollar, publicly traded company with more than 600 million registered users around the world. News outlets use it to pump out stories. Companies use it to sell clothing.   Above all, “others” use it – other generations, both younger and older.

According to recent statistics, 46.4% of Facebook users are under the age of 25 and 27.5% are over the age of 35.  As a result, the words “Prom” and “orthodontist” now have prime real estate in newsfeeds. Boozy 60th birthday photos will soon eclipse boozy 30th birthday photos. Most shocking, Stein Mart — the mythical land our mothers used to frequent “because you wouldn’t be-LIEVE the brands you can find in there” — has, at last count, 269,257 Facebook followers.

It’s the end of an era.

As a frequent Facebook user, I can in no way criticize the uncharted joys and addictions others generations discover when they register for Facebook — nor do I encourage a Facebook purge of anyone too young or too old to quote Saved By the Bell. But I do lament for the good old days when Facebook was the unique property of my generation — of our time — of our zeitgeist.

I feel the same way I imagine my parents would feel if I ran on stage at a Doobie Brothers concert within minutes of their arrival, grabbed the mic, and announced to the world, “LIKE!  It looks like you and Mom are having fun! Call me tomorrow. Love, Scott.”

Yes, the Doobie Brothers are open for all to enjoy. But please remember — and respect — who discovered them first.

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by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

Last week the DC Council passed Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2013 budget proposal with an unusual absence of tax increases. Final approval is scheduled for June 5.

DC bars will be able to serve alcohol one hour later on selected holidays. (One Photograph A Day)

The Council chose spending cuts rather than tax hikes to close its projected $172 million budget gap. Still, council members made sure to assemble a quarter-billion dollar “wish list” of additional spending should tax revenue exceed projections for the coming fiscal year.

As the Washington Blade‘s Mark Lee points out, in true DC tradition, it did not occur to councilmembers to plan to reduce business or personal income taxes in the District, where they are the second and fourth highest in the country, respectively.

Of note, the DC budget partially implements Mayor Gray’s now-famous proposal for a one-hour extension of alcohol service period at city restaurants, bars and hotels, as a way of generating tax revenue and balancing the District budget.

Although the Mayor’s original proposal failed to pass the Council, Chairman Brown’s compromise was approved — providing for later service hours on the night before all federal and DC holidays, Friday through Sunday preceding Memorial Day and Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve and July 4 when they fall on a Monday.

Amidst their relatively rare instance of tax moderation, DC officials relished the comparison between itself and neighboring Maryland, which this week approved a series of tax hikes. “Thank God Maryland keeps raising their taxes, one of these days they’re going to catch up to us,” Brown quipped.

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by Borderstan.com May 29, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"14th Street NW"

"Transformation" is by tedeytan from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Transformation” was taken by tedeytan on May 24 on U Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

"The Cairo Building" "Q Street NW"

T.F. Schneider's lucky legacy was not only The Cairo on the 1600 block of Q Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From The Location, by Kim Bender. Contact her at thelocationblog[AT]gmail.com.

No discussion (or debate) about DC’s Height Act is complete without mention of T.F. Schneider’s Cairo Apartment Building on Q Street NW. The 1894 construction of the gorgeous building was the catalyst for the building height restrictions we know and love today. It is fortuitous for Schneider that the building caused such an impression.

He’s lucky that we remember him for this lovely building and for the fantastic tree-lined block of Q Street row-houses between 17th and 18th Streets that he built as a speculative venture for well-to-do families when the area began to thrive. Because we could remember T.F. for the chilly murders committed by his crazy brother Howard in 1892 on that same Q Street block or for Howard’s subsequent sensational trial and execution:

“It was at 8 o’clock on the evening of Sunday, January 31, 1892, that [Howard J.] Schneider shot his wife, Amanda Hamlink Schneider, and his brother-in-law, Frank Hamlink, almost in front of their father’s door, on [1733] Q Street between Seventeenth and Eighteenth. Schneider was a young electrician when he met Amanda Hamlink, in the summer of 1891. He was of good family, not a bad-looking young fellow, who dressed well and drove fast horses. He made love to the young lady, became engaged to her, and one day in June when they were out driving he produced a marriage license and threatened to shoot himself unless she married him at once. Miss Hamlink yielded, and a minister in Hyattsville performed the ceremony.

“The marriage was kept a secret until fall, when the young woman’s father discovered it. Then there was a scene, the father suspecting at first that the marriage had been a fraud, and requiring Schneider to produce the certificate. After that Schneider went to the Hamlink house to live. His cruelties made the life of his wife an unhappy one. More than once he threatened to shoot her. Finally he began staying out late at night, and after due warning was locked out from the Hamlink house.”

To read the rest of the story and find out more on T.F. Schneider’s legacy go to The Location.

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by Borderstan.com May 28, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

Garrison Elementary School

Garrison Elementary School on S Street serves children pre-K through 5th Grade. (Luis Gomez Photos).

Do you frequently use the outdoor spaces and athletic fields at Garrison Elementary?

If so, don’t miss your opportunity to meet with the school’s new architect and landscape design team to share thoughts and opinions on future layout options for the outdoor space.

This Wednesday, May 30, Garrison’s PTA invites all community members to a meeting with the architects from 6 to 8pm to share ideas for the soon-to-be improved grounds.

Refreshments will be served and the committee is working to set-up childcare services for the evening meeting.

Garrison Elementary is at 1200 S Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 28, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,192 0

"United House of Prayer" "Logan Circle"

Sweet Daddy Grace, founder of the United House of Prayer Parade lived at 11 Logan Circle NW. Click on the image for more photos of Saturday's parade. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

See more photos from Saturday’s UHOP Parade as it made its way around Logan Circle.

The annual United House of Prayer for All People Parade was Saturday — it is always the Saturday before Memorial Day. Starting from UHOP’s main location at 6th and M Streets NW, the parade of marchers and marching bands wound its way through the Shaw and Logan Circle neighborhoods.

The parade reached Logan Circle around noon, what has now become a gathering spot for many residents in the neighborhood to watch the parade. At  the Circle many neighbors gathered with lawn chairs while kids played and dogs sat beneath the shade trees. The parade took almost two hours to go around Logan Circle, while the bands and congregants marched their way back to UHOP.

“Sweet Daddy” Grace (photo above), the founder of the denomination lived at 11 Logan Circle NW and the church still owns the house; Cultural Tourism DC has a good write up about Grace and the history of the house.

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by Borderstan.com May 28, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"16th Street NW""Borderstan"

"Memorial Day" was taken by Greg Nelson and sent to Borderstan.com.

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

Today’s photo, “Memorial Day” was taken by Greg Nelson on May 26 on 16th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com May 26, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,041 0

Borderstan

Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com.

The Bike Rack: The Bike Rack is a full service independent bicycle dealer at 1412 Q Street NW. “Our passion is cycling and our goal is to offer outstanding service to a wide variety of cyclists and athletes by creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in our shop.”

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

DCFoodBuzz: “DCFoodBuzz is a suite of services designed by ASAA Multimedia and Pleasures of the Table specifically for the restaurant and hospitality industry in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Our experience has shown that just having an online presence isn’t enough in today’s competitive market.”

DC Noodles: “Our noodles come from authentic Thai recipes that we love back home. Thailand may not be known as “noodle country” but when we think of food, we think noodles. Pad Thai anyone?” At 1410 U Street NW.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW.

gallery plan b: “Gallery plan b, located in the exciting 14th Street arts corridor, provides a casual, hip space for a dynamic group of both established and emerging local artists to show and sell their art.” At 1530 14th Street NW.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: And “Join us for lunch on Fridays, 11:30 am to 3 pm… and for late-night snacks! And, Hank’s Oyster Bar and Lounge now has two happy hour events a day.” At 1624 Q Street NW, just off 17th Street.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW.

Pizza No. 17 “Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW.

Rice: “I have collaborated with our two chefs, Phannarai Promprasert and Big Sriyuthana to create a menu that offers both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.” At 1608 14th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979.This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Takoma Overlook Condominiums: “Takoma Overlook is conveniently located inside the beltway and in the heart of Takoma Park. The units are well designed, and beautifully laid out. Most of the upper floor units boast heart-stopping views of the surrounding countryside. Shopping and public transport are available at the door.”

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

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by Borderstan.com May 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,528 4 Comments

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

The Italian joint on Connecticut Avenue always seemed to have a bit of a problem fitting in with the neighborhood, and after its last day (Wednesday) it’s still sort of hard to put a finger on “why?”

Borderstan

Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

After all, La Tomate has been making ends meet in the neighborhood for years, offering many similar dishes with a less modern spin. Perhaps that was the problem, Connecticut Avenue already had Italian family style, if you are willing to count Buca Di Beppo and a red sauce joint.

I was a fan of the gelato cart and chef Amy Brandwein’s creations, and the Eater article indicates the owners agreed with at least one of those assessments.

Is this the end of NYC concepts coming to DC? The immediate comparison has to be Carmine’s, another Yankee transplant featuring giant portions of red sauce favorites.

Any reports on how business is in Chinatown? On my last visit there, I recall an over-sized menu, over-sized portions and underwhelming meals. But perhaps that plays better with tourists than the fancy salad lunch crowd around Dupont?

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by Borderstan.com May 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm 0

Mary Burgan, Borderstan Movie FanFrom Mary Burgan. Email her at mary[AT]borderstan.com.

You can lose your hearing, not to mention your sanity, by just sitting through the previews in one of the big movie theaters in the District these days. The noise of trains, planes, and automobiles  crashing into each other is designed to cause you to shed those modest ear buds and get back to pure, spine-shattering SOUND.

And then there are the characters:  There may be a human or two among them, but most are inhuman monsters who have huge, gaping mouths with dripping, rotten teeth–the better to devour you with. And their skin is always some unflattering shade of green that identifies them as members of the lizard species — expanding their necks, eyes, tongues, etc., in terrifyingly ingenious ways. Don’t worry. You’re so used to them that you won’t have nightmares.

But in small theaters like the one at E Street or the one at the West End, you can still see some quiet movies–movies like The Kid with a Bike or Monsieur Lazhar. They don’t scare you silly. They leave you feeling glad that you are a human being in a world where imperfect people try to be kind to one another.

The Kid with a Bike, (a Belgian movie in French) is now in its second showing at the West End, and its quiet tonality matches the easy familiarity of the small screening rooms of that theater. Its sound is limited to the small puffings and clanks of Cyril’s bike or his quiet exchanges with Samantha, the woman who tries to help him. There is some conflict among members of a teen-age gang, but otherwise only the punctuation of small, tender scenes with Alfred Brendel playing the sublime adagio from Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto.

The story is a simple one about a boy determined to connect with a father who is equally determined to cut him off. (The mother is nowhere in sight). By chance the kid links up with a young woman, whom he has clung to when he is chased by the authorities into a doctor’s office waiting room. The woman, played without pretense by Cècile De France, takes him in without question, though not without testing.

And that’s it for plot. Nevertheless though the film’s simple story of a stranger taking care of a boy is deeply moving.

The same is true for Monsieur Lazhar (French Canadian, in French). In its simple narrative, a courtly immigrant from Tunisia takes over a class of students in a Montréal primary school after its teacher has committed suicide in their own classroom. Teaching them in traditional ways, he also works patiently with the students, and with the other teachers in the school.

They have buried the anxiety about the suicide so deep that its guilt threatens to overcome them and especially the one child who discovered the body. But finally Monsieur Lazhar’s own situation as a refugee in French Canada forces him to leave, though his students now seem able to struggle back to life.

That’s it. But once again the simple tale carries an emotional weight that might not survive the noise and frenetic action in any one of the current cinema blockbusters.

Give yourself permission to see one of these quiet movies this holiday weekend. Neither The Kid with a Bike  nor Monsieur Lazhar  will scare you, but each will make you feel both sad and hopeful. They assure you that it is good to be a human being, that others of your kind are not lying in wait to gobble you up. These are the right feelings to have now, at the end of the spring and the beginning of a long, hot summer.

But go!  The rest of this summer promises even more vampires and monsters from outer space and the sounds of ignorant armies, clashing by night.

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by Borderstan.com May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,222 0

"National City Christian Church" "Scott Circle"

The Congressional Chorus will be at the National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at [email protected]

Chances are, you’ve heard them before.

After all, the Congressional Chorus has preformed all over town, from the White House to the Hill and even on NBC’s televised special, “Christmas In Washington.”

And on June 2, the Congressional Chorus will sing again when it celebrates 25 years of making music in the District at the historic National City Christian Church (5 Thomas Circle NW).

The Chorus’ Silver Anniversary Concert will celebrate the spirit, diversity and power of American choral music through its performance, “Singing America’s Songs.”

The concert, which is organized in collaboration with the American Youth Chorus, will feature an eclectic offering of American music including folksongs, spirituals, jazz standards, Broadway gems, choral classics and adventurous contemporary works.

Tickets are $25 and are available online. More information on the concert is on the Congressional Chorus’ website.

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by Borderstan.com May 25, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,195 0

"PSA301 Meeting"

Wednesday's PSA 301 meeting dealt in part with a May 10 assault in the alley behind the 1400 block of W Street NW. (Cody Telep)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

Representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) updated residents on the investigation into the May 10 assault in the 1400 block of W Street NW (see Police Seek Information in W Street NW Assault Case) at a meeting held Wednesday night at the Third District Headquarters. Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) also attended the meeting and reported on efforts to increase public safety along the 14th Street NW corridor.

Lt. Detective Vendette Parker reported that detectives have interviewed several witnesses and individuals familiar with the case and that there is a person of interest being examined closely by MPD. There is not enough information yet to make this person a suspect, but detectives continue to vigorously investigate the case. Commander George Kucik told residents that the case is not at a dead end and that detectives are following up on leads.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Michael Pepperman at 202-673-6918 or Detective Antoine Weston at 202-673-6918. There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Councilmember Graham asked if this reward could be increased, and while Crime Solvers provides a maximum reward of $1,000 in assault cases, Graham plans to contact Police Chief Cathy Lanier about potentially increasing the reward money in this particular instance.

Parker said detectives had canvassed the area and distributed over 100 flyers about the case to residents and business owners. The flyer includes two images of the suspect taken from surveillance cameras in the alley where the assault occurred; although, the images are blurry and Parker noted that the surveillance video has not been the primary tool used to identify a person of interest. The suspect’s description was originally incorrectly reported on flyers (and was subsequently also incorrectly reported in a post on the assault last week). The suspect is described as a 30- to 40- year-old black male, about 5’9″ tall with gray hair in twists and light facial hair. He has a gold rim around one of his teeth.

The assault reportedly occurred when the victim confronted the suspect after observing him throw a beer can on the ground. When a meeting attendee asked Parker why detectives did not collect this beer can as evidence, she responded that the victim was disoriented at first and had to be re-interviewed about six to eight hours after the incident, so detectives were not initially aware of the beer can. She did note that detectives know what happened to the beer can, although she was not able to share that information.

At Graham’s request, Parker and Kucik agreed to provide an update as soon as any additional information on the assault case became available.

Graham reported that the joint roll call on 14th Street NW had been reinstated and would begin Friday (May 25) at 3:30pm at Fast Gourmet at the intersection of 14th Street and W Street NW, adjacent to where the assault occurred. The goal of the joint roll call is to better connect police and private security officers along the 14th Street corridor. Radios will be assigned to participants to improve communication flow among these groups and help enhance guardianship on the street. Graham also reported that three arrests had been made for serious offenses on the 1400 block of W Street NW since May 21.

W Street residents at the meeting expressed concerns about criminal activity occurring on the block, particularly late at night. Captain Andre Wright noted that crime on the block is down in the last 90 days compared to the 90 days before, but that foot patrols and segway patrols have increased after the assault. He also encouraged residents to call 911 whenever they observe suspicious activity so police can respond quickly.

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