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by Borderstan.com July 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

"Contemporary Wing"

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

From now through next Saturday, August 4, “Off the Wall: Established Contemporary,” is on view at Contemporary Wing, 1412 14th Street NW.  The small, carefully curated showing at Contemporary Wing features work by some of the most well-known contemporary artists.

The show’s 10 works include pieces by Nan Golding, Kara Walker, Shinique Smith, Andy Warhol and Young British Artists Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Lauren Gentile sourced the wide range of works from private collections in Washington, DC and New York City.

"Contemporay Wing, Andy Warhol, "Endangered Species: Bald Eagle"

Andy Warhol, “Endangered Species: Bald Eagle”. (Photo by Eliza French)

A print from Andy Warhol’s “Endangered Species” series and a Damien Hirst woodcut, “Quinaldi Acid,” serve as larger scale anchors for the group of mostly smaller pieces. The vivid cibachrome prints by Nan Goldin (like “Toon, So, and Yogo on Stage,” the image used in the marketing materials for the show) also serve as a visual touchstone, drawing the viewer into the worlds occupied by her subjects.

The two most diminutive works in the gallery — Kara Walker’s “Untitled, Swimmer,” a delicately rendered gouache on paper, and Tracey Emin’s “Untitled, Nude,” graphite on paper — offer more subtle but equally compelling visual experiences.

The next installment, “Off the Wall: Street Art,” will run from August 16 to 25 and will feature works by Shepard Fairey, Faile, Blek Le Rat, James Marshall (Dalek),WK Interact and Gary Baseman. The opening reception is Thursday, August 16, from 6 to 8 pm.

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by Borderstan.com July 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

From Leslie Jones. She writes about urban motherhood every two weeks in her column TWB Poo (There Will Be Poo). You can email her at leslie[AT]borderstan.com.

"Borderstan Stay at Home Moms"

Baby dinning as moms and dads clean. (Leslie Jones)

I’m having trouble writing this week. I’m tired and Baby is teething. And the cat threw up three times last night and woke Baby up each time. I was supposed to take the cat to the vet today, but I was exhausted and getting Baby’s passport this morning messed up her morning nap — and pretty much just ruined the rest of the day.

I’ve had people tell me that being a stay-at home-mom “is the hardest job in the world.” I wouldn’t go that far. I imagine that digging ditches in sweltering heat all day is hard, being a pediatric oncologist has got to be pretty darn difficult and working overtime to meet unrealistic deadlines for a difficult boss is not fun, either.

I don’t feel the need to compete for the title. Maybe some moms (and dads) find being a stay-at-home parent easy and not like a “job” at all (though I have yet to actually meet one), but I feel like I work my butt off most days, and nights for that matter.

There have been several articles in the news in recent months that have gotten people talking, and taking sides, about motherhood and work. Is being a stay at home mom, or SAHM, a job?  And let’s not forget about those SAHDs out there.

How Do You Define a Job?

So define “job.” According to Dictionary.com a job is:

  1. a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price
  2. anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility.

Raising my daughter is a piece of work, it is a specific task that I do as part of my routine and occupation. It is something I am expected and obliged to do. It is my duty and responsibility. I don’t get a paycheck, but my family saves the cost of having to pay a babysitter or for daycare, which in the District of Columbia can run about $22,000 a year.

I’m glad to have the option to stay home with Baby (some days more than others), but it’s not just the financially well off who decide to have a parent stay at home with the kids. It can cost more for childcare than one parent would make going back to work, especially if you have more than one child. And again, it isn’t always the moms; there are such things as stay at home dads.

I resent the insinuation that I sit at home and relax all day. Do I sometimes what tv during the day? Sure. Do people sometimes make personal phone calls or watch youtube at the office? But most jobs allow employees to pee pretty much whenever they need to, and they don’t have to keep someone from dumpster diving in the bathroom trashcan while they do it.

It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but try doing it EVERY TIME YOU HAVE TO PEE for a year and get back to me. It takes its toll, and sometimes that toll is the Today Show.

According to my very scientific calculations, it takes approximately three times as long to do the dishes while caring for an infant, five times as long to do the laundry, and eight times as long to take a shower. But I don’t have eight times longer, so I often just skip the whole thing. Kidding! I mean, I totally shower every day. Absolutely.

The Laughing Stork blog recently posted a list of the ten things never to say to a stay at home mom. It makes me giggle; here are some highlights:

  • Oh, so you don’t work?
  • Since you have extra time on your hands, could you whip up a few dozen brownies for the bake sale tomorrow?
  • Weird. I assumed your house would be super clean.

I don’t want or need anyone to pat me on the back for staying at home with my daughter. I just don’t want to be held responsible for the current backlash against women and women’s rights, or to be called anti-feminist, as one recent article basically did. I know I’m fortunate to have the choice to stay at home with my daughter. I also respect parents who work outside the home, and I know they have a tough job too. The only thing I ask is that society not stereotype me.

Related Reading

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by Borderstan.com July 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

From Zak M. Salih Email him at zak[AT]borderstan.com.

End-of-summer reading suggestions for the indoor and outdoor crowd.

August is finally here, which means there is only one true month left in the summer. It’s a depressing time for those of us who live for beaches, barbecues and rooftop pools. And for those of us with hyperactive sweat glands, summer’s impending end arrives with all the pomp and circumstance of last week’s Olympic opening ceremony.

But whether you’re of the indoor or outdoor variety, summer is also that time of year where it seems more socially acceptable to be caught in public with a book; where it seems like reading new books, or catching up on books you haven’t finished, is much higher on everyone’s to-do list.

So if you’re looking to fit one last book into your summer reading schedule, or you’re curious about trying something different during the month of August, here are some brief suggestions for books to keep you occupied. The best part: they can be enjoyed just as well while cuddling next to an air-conditioning unit as they can be while lounging outside in DC’s post-apocalyptic summer heat.

Bring Up the Bodies
Hilary Mantel, 432 pages

Arguably one of the best books of the year thus far, Hilary Mantel’s sequel to her wildly acclaimed Wolf Hall takes us further into the story of Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell. The focus here is on the most infamous chapter in Tudor history: the downfall of Henry VIII’s second wife (of six): Anne Boleyn.

You don’t need to have read the first novel to enjoy Mantel’s stunning prose, which lifts this story up from the muck of dull and dusty historical fiction and transforms it into a fascinating — and fascinatingly poetic — study of court intrigue and political gamesmanship. (Cover Courtesy Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.)

"Home"Home
Toni Morrison, 160 pages

At fewer than 200 pages, calling Toni Morrison’s newest work a novel is quite a stretch. Nevertheless, what Home lacks in page numbers it more than makes up for in emotional heft. In brief, it’s the story of a battle-scarred Korean War veteran traveling (you guessed it) home to Georgia to rescue his sister from the clutches of an abusive, Mengele-like doctor. What makes Morrison’s novel resonate isn’t so much this simple plot as it is the constant flashbacks to the hero’s childhood; flashbacks which, even while beautiful, are tinged with anger and violence. (Cover Courtesy Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

"1q84" 1Q84
Haruki Murakami, 1184 pages

Published in the United States last year, Murakami’s epic novel was just released in a more reader friendly, three-book paperback set. It’s a mysterious, tangled story about a young man and woman trapped in a parallel world similar to the year 1984 (when the novel takes place).

Though at times the plot starts and stops because of underdeveloped writing (that’s also heavy on the similes — an average of one per page), it’s best to think of this beguiling work as the literary equivalent of a David Lynch film, one packed with everything from two moons and private investigators with misshapen heads to mysterious cults and little people that crawl out from the mouths of dead animals and young children. A long and clunky novel, to be sure — but one that’s undeniably addictive in its strangeness. (Cover Courtesy Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)

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by Borderstan.com July 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"State Fair"

It’s county and state fair time. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Ashley Lusk. Check out her blog, Metropoetrylis. Find her on Twitter @arlusk or email her at ashley[AT]borderstan.com.

I’m always surprised when people tell me they haven’t been to a county fair– after all, memories of candied apples and craft tables during fair season are a significant part of my childhood.

With state budgets being hit hard, state and county fairs are buckling down more than ever before. Luckily, if you’re up for a day trip, these fun ventures into fried food, pie contests and shaky rides can still be part of your childhood — or adulthood, for that matter.

DC State Fair

DC “State” Fair, September 22
Barracks Row

Just because we don’t have states’ rights doesn’t mean we don’t know how to throw a good party. This year the DC State Fair will be joining Barracks Row Day on Capitol Hill, where you’ll find the best of gardeners, cooks, bakers, photographers and artists. We’re already looking forward to the contest for best homebrew.

Virginia

Arlington County Fair, August 8-12
Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second Street, Arlington, Virginia

You’ll have fun at the Arlington County Fair if you go for the pig races alone, but you can also catch performances by local artists and check out the competitive competitions (pie, anyone?).

Prince William County Fair, August 10-18
10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, Virginia

Believe it or not, there is another reason to visit Prince William County besides Ikea, namely the largest county fair in Virginia. Check out the Demolition Derby, 4-H Livestock Shows and carnival rides. Deal: On Tuesday, August 14, purchase admission to the Fair for only $2.00!

Virginia State Fair, September 28-October 7
13111 Dawn Boulevard  Doswell, Virginia

Getting to Virginia’s State Fair will require a bit more of a drive to it’s Doswell location, but still well-within day-trip territory. Head here for the Midway – wonderfully colorful rides and games.  You can also check out livestock animals including cows, rabbits, chickens, goats, ducks and newborn calves.

Maryland

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, August 10-18
Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, Maryland

If you were ever a 4-H’er, you’ll remember county fair just like this. MoCo Ag Fair has a demolition derby, monster trucks, and tractor pull. If you’re a parent, head to the KidZone for remote control car racing and carnival rides, including bumper cars. Be sure to check out the animal demonstrations and if you’re hungry, pick up something called a Fudge Puppie Waffle.

Prince George’s County Fair, September 6-9
PG County Showplace Arena, Water Street, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Check out local performers, a NASCAR simulator and carnival rides at the Prince George’s County Fair.

Maryland State Fair, August 23- September 3
Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland

If you happen to live with a 13-year-old girl, you should definitely make plans to visit the Maryland State Fair where The Band Perry and Victoria Justice will be performing.  If you’re 15 or older, you’ll want to go to the Maryland State Fair for the bull riding competitions, the attempt to beat the world’s largest crab cake record and the chainsaw sculptors. Kids will enjoy learning how to milk a cow at during the Agricultural Farm tours, and mom and dad can check out hyper-local Maryland food at the farmers market, to you know, balance out that fried Oreo.

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by Borderstan.com July 31, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,156 1 Comment

"ANC 2B Dupont"

ANC 2B encompasses the Dupont Circle neighborhood. District 09 is in the northeast corner of the ANC, running to the southwest corner of 14th and U NW. (ANC 2B website, boundaries that are in effect for 2012 election)

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

The deadline for filing to run in the race for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat is rapidly approaching, and this past weekend, one local resident announced his candidacy for the 2B-09 seat in Dupont Circle.

Noah Smith, who currently serves as a public safety liaison for ANC 2B, is running in the local election for the first time. Ramon Estrada, the five-term ANC incumbent for seat 2B-09, has not confirmed his plans to run in the November 6 election; he had not picked up nominating petitions as of Monday.

Smith, who describes himself as having “a passion for public service,” believes that one of the most important roles of an ANC Commissioner is to be an advocate for residents when dealing with the DC government.

“I hope to serve as a liaison between the alphabet soup of government agencies and my neighbors to bring critical information to our community faster and to help address concerns sooner,” said Smith, who has lived in DC for seven years and in the Dupont neighborhood for a year-and-a-half.

Smith is a volunteer EMT and a Federal highway safety official, and hopes to bring his experience in public safety to neighborhood government.

Noah Smith

Noah Smith is running for ANC 2B-09 in this year’s election. (Photo courtesy of Noah Smith)

“I am running for ANC to build on my past work to improve the safety of our neighborhood’s roads, including for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to foster a collaborative approach to problem solving,” said Smith.

Smith is also campaigning on neighborhood development, promising to balance the (often times) delicate relationships between neighbors and businesses and work to find collaborative solutions that meet the needs of the community.

The area for ANC 2B-09 encompasses S Street, 17th Street, New Hampshire Avenue, U Street and 14th Street.

The deadline for filing to run for an ANC seat is Wednesday, August 8. Elections for ANC positions are on the November 6 ballot and are non-partisan. 300 seats throughout the city are up for reelection this year. Commissioners elected into the ANC will serve for two years.

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by Borderstan.com July 31, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

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

"Cocaine Borderstan Crime"

Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Espey Brown, Jr. was sentenced last Thursday to 14 years and two months in federal prison and five years of supervised release, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. The sentence comes after Brown pled guilty in February to possessing and intending to distribute at least 28 grams of cocaine base and using a firearm while committing a drug trafficking offense.

Brown was involved in a large drug distribution ring that operated in both the District and Maryland. In DC drugs were distributed primarily at the edge of Borderstan near the intersection of 7th and O Streets NW.

As part of the guilty plea, Brown admitted to supplying powder cocaine and crack cocaine to dealers between June 2008 and August 2011, who then sold the drugs at apartment complexes in Shaw including at 1330 7th Street NW and at the Kennedy Recreation Center at 1401 7th Street NW.

Seventeen people were arrested last August as a result of a three year investigation into the drug trafficking ring by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department. Brown has been in custody since his arrest on August 9, 2011. So far, 12 of the 17 arrestees have pled guilty to charges.

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by Borderstan.com July 31, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Sonya" thisisbossi

“Sonya” is by thisisbossi from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Sonya” was taken by thisisbossi.

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by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm 1 Comment

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

Back to food trucks (did we ever really leave?). Amidst a national controversy over Chick-fil-A’s public opposition to same-sex marriage, last week neighborhood-based Human Rights Campaign (HRC) staged a protest at the fast food restaurant’s food truck downtown.

"Chicken"

How do you feel about eating at Chick-fil-A? (Courtesy of Carly & Art’s Photostream on Flickr)

Protesters held signs that informed diners their lunch money would be going to the Wingate Foundtion, the charitable wing of Chick-fil-A. (See Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)

You can’t say they weren’t warned. A few months back, there was something of a kerfuffle surrounding the debut of a Chick-fil-A food truck in the District because of their connections to ultra-conservative charities. And DC, particularly Borderstan, is a pretty liberal place. (See Playing Chicken with Politics and Food.)

Outrage to the chain’s stance on gay marriage goes far beyond DC, with mayors in Boston and Chicago publicly saying they don’t welcome Chick-fil-A in their cities (even though they cannot legally stop them from expanding there). Late Friday afternoon, even Mayor Gray got in on the action, tweeting that he “would not support #hatechicken.”

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by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

"Local 16 Pork Roast"

Local 16’s “Pig Roast V” on July 26. Click above to see the pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Last Thursday Local 16 held “Pig Roast V” to benefit MidCity Dog Days (August 4-5) and Think Local First DC last Thursday, July 26.

It was a great event… a hot, traditional summer event in the neighborhood. True summer is about block parties and fun, and what could be better than an all-you-can eat pig roast? This year, complimentary Peronis were given out while blues artist Jonny Grave played to the crowd.

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by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2,019 6 Comments

"Meridian Hill Park"

Meridian Hill Park undergoing repairs. Click above for pictures. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Meridian Hill Park, or Malcolm X Park, is getting some love from the National Park Service. The park has been undergoing some work to repair its light system and drainage, fix the pathways and make repairs to the architectural features of the park.

The grass in the middle section of the park was treated last winter. The sculpture of Joan of Arc was treated and its blade was recovered. The new restrooms in the upper part of the park were completed two years ago.

The park has increasingly become a fundamental asset to the neighborhoods it serves. During weekdays, joggers, mother and babies, artists, dog walkers and the community in general enjoy the features of the park. Sundays are always festive, full of music and color as the drum circle takes place.

As stated on the National Park Service website, “The actual planting scheme was designed by New York landscape architects Vital, Brinckerhoff and Geffert. Generally, gardens of this magnitude were reserved for aristocrats. Meridian Hill, however, was to be a product of democracy, open to all people.”

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by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"Cork"

Wondering what to do with your wine corks? (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her at @FrenchTwistDC and on her own blog, French twist DC.

If you’re like me and you enjoy the odd (or not so odd) bottle of wine at the end of a long workday, you probably end up with a lot of corks. And I hope you’re like me and you drop your empty bottles of Bordeaux and Malbec in the recycling bin. But did you know you can also recycle the corks?

Cork comes from trees and while it cannot actually be reused as a wine cork (something about bacterial concerns…), it can be recycled into lots of useful products from floors to shoes. It can also be used in lots of DIY projects. Here are a few fun ones I found on Pinterest:

Wine Cork Herb Markers
Whip out some fun herb markers for your garden using Shine your light crafty guide. – Pinned by Bridget Olsen

Cork Tile Placement
Creme de la Craft made a really cute placement using her extra corks. Seems pretty simple too! – pinned by Samantha Kate

Cabinet Door Knobs
Do you really love wine? Let your house show that! Use champagne or wine cork stoppers as cabinet knobs. Photo: Tria Giovan, Article: Jennifer Kopf. From Southern Living, pinned by Erika Lena

Cork Backsplash
If you are more ambitious and have a lot of corks to use, try a cork backsplash! – Pinned by Becca Horn

Wine Cork Journaling
I think personally I will settle for something a little less ambitious…like keeping corks as mementos. Write down when you had that bottle of wine or have the person you enjoyed it with sign it for prosperity. These would actually make a cute alternative to a guest book for a wedding too. – From Belle Maison, pinned by Joanna Linn Staley

Recycling

If you’re not feeling crafty, however, there’s another option for you: let ReCORK recycle your bottle stoppers for you! The natural wine cork recycling program has a drop off location at Topaz Hotel at 1733 N Street NW.

by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

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

"Lincoln Theatre"

Lincoln Theatre. (Luis Gomez Photos)

On Friday afternoon, Mayor Gray announced that the city is seeking a new operator for the Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW.

The current operator of the Lincoln is the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which took over in January after the city ended its contract with the U Street Theatre Foundation. Currently, the theatre remains dark most nights of the week.

According to an article in the Washington City Paper, a request for proposals (RFP) for a new operator is expected to go out in the next 30 days.

Over the years, the historic U Street theatre has struggled to maintain management and generate revenue, which has fueled rumors of the landmark being for sale.

Lionell Thomas, director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, hopes to bring-in someone with a “creative concept” to revitalize the theatre and run it as a mixed-use space, reports City Paper.

Stay tuned to Borderstan.com for more information on the Lincoln Theatre and its search for a new operator.

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by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,046 1 Comment

Featured image: The new ANC 1B map with 12 districts. (DC Board of Elections)

The deadline for filing to run for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) seat is next week — Wednesday, August 8. That’s the date for potential candidates to turn in a minimum of 25 valid voter signatures from their district to the DC Board of Elections get on the November 6 election ballot for one of DC’s 38 ANCs, and file a declaration of candidacy. (See Community Service: Got What it Takes to Run for an ANC Seat?)

"ANC 2F"

One of the neighborhood ANCs is 2F, which covers the Logan Circle area. It is gaining two seats due to population growth in the area. Click to see on Google Maps. (Map by Geoff Hatchard)

The DC Board of Elections keeps a list of who has picked up petitions and it’s easy to find out who has picked up petitions by ANC and ANC district (the list is updated as of Friday).

But with only 25 valid signatures required, it is quite possible for a potential candidate to pick up the nominating petitions this week and turn in enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Moreover, just because an individual has picked up petitions does not mean he or she will ultimately decide to run — and in rare occassions candidates are denied ballot access because they lacked enough valid signatures.

Each ANC has Single Member Districts (SMDs) with approximately 2,000 residents. Commissioners will be elected in November for two-year terms, with new boundaries that were drawn following the 2010 Census.

ANC Retirements and New Candidates

In the three local ANCs — 1B, 2B and 2F — there are some notable retirements and one ANC commissioner whose plans are not yet known.

ANC 2B/Dupont

ANC 2B has nine SMDs, the same as before the 2010 Census. While the districts were redrawn to meet population requirements, the changes were minor compared to 2F and 1 B.

  • Bob Meehan, elected in 2002 to the ANC 2B-03 seat is not seeking re-election. To date, only one person has picked up nomination petitions, Stephanie Maltz.
  • Jack Jacobson is giving up his seat and is a candidate for the Ward 2 DC Board of Education seat. Two candidates have officially announced they are running (Martin Espnizoa and Kishan Putta) and a third is getting ready. Stephanie Sheridan has picked up nominating petitions and confirmed with Borderstan that she is making this a three-way race.
  • Notably, incumbent Ramon Estrada in 2B-09 has not yet picked up nominating petitions; he was first elected in 2002 and heads the ANC’s ABRA committee. But, with only 25 valid signatures required, it would be easy for Estrada to still get on the November 6 ballot. (Estrada did not respond to Borderstan over the weekend regarding his plans.)
  • However, one candidate, Noah Smith, is definitely running in Estrada’s 09 district, a fact that he confirmed with Borderstan. Smith and Putta are the volunteer public safety liaisons for ANC 2B.

ANC 2F / Logan 

ANC 2F gained two seats, due to strong population growth in the area between 2000 and 2010. Come January, ANC 2F will have eight seats, up two from its current six seats.

  • Charles Reed, a long time ANC commissioner representing ANC 2F-01 (and who served as chair until recently) is not seeking another term. He made the announcement at the July meeting.
  • Mike Benardo, first elected in 2006, announced last week that he would not seek a fourth term as commissioner. Under current boundaries he represents ANC 2F-6 and is chair of 2F.
  • Nick Barron, ANC 2F-02, announced in May that he would not seek a full term. He was appointed to the seat after the commissioner who won the 2010 election resigned.

ANC 1B

ANC 1B includes several DC neighborhoods, including the bulk of the U Street corridor. With population gains in the corrdor, it gains seat and will have 12 commissioners in 2013. Four of the 12 SMDs are in the Borderstan area — 01, 02, 04 and 12.

Come late next week, we will find out who turned in their petitions for run for an ANC seat, and learn how many contested races there are in 1B, 2B and 2F.

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by Borderstan.com July 30, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Golden Sunset"

“Golden Sunset” is by ep_jhu from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Golden Sunset” was taken by ep_jhu on July 24.

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by Borderstan.com July 28, 2012 at 8:59 am 1,091 1 Comment

"Gun Robbery on U Street corridor"

Crime news from the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

A U Street shooting left two women with non-life threatening injuries early this morning, Saturday, July 28. Two women were shot on the 1200 block of U Street around 1 am. According to DC Police Third District Captain Aubrey Mongal, “Two adult females were shot by an unknown shooter or shooters, both with non-life threatening injuries.”

If you have information about the shooting, please call 911 with Event #I20120376392.

Details from the Police Alert: “SHOOTING 0103 HOURS 1200 BLK U STREET NW NO LOOKOUT GIVEN AT THIS TIME DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20120376392. Sent on: 07/28 01:23″

A tweet from the DC Police on Twitter (@DCPoliceDept) around the same time said, “3D Shooting //1200 blk U Street NW // (2) A/F shot //1 in the face 1 in the neck //both conscious & breathing //6559”

The incident follows a shooting on the 1100 block of U Street NW last Saturday morning , July 21,around 2:45 a.m. The DC Police details from that shooting noted that “there were apparently two groups of males arguing. Moments later, gunshots were heard and two adult females were found suffering from single gunshot wounds to the leg. Officers were able to respond and recover one handgun from the area and place three males under arrest in connection to the weapon.” On July 23, The Washington Post published more details on the shooting with information on the arrests.

In addition, there was a a gun robbery three weekends ago at 11th and U Streets NW at 1:44 am on Sunday, July 8.

Number of Gun Crimes in Area

According to the MPD crime database, there have been four gun crimes within a 500-foot radius of 12th and U Streets since the beginning of  the year (two robberies and two assaults with a gun through July 26). Over the past 12 months, there have been six gun crimes (robberies and assaults involving a gun) in the same defined area. The overall number of violent crimes for the past 12 months (27) in the area  is the same as the previous 12-month period.

You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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