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by Tim Regan June 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm 0

Police CarANC 2F will will host a crime prevention meeting on July 9 at the Marriott Marquis, located at 901 Massachusetts Ave NW.

The meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m., is intended for D.C. residents in Logan Circle, Thomas Circle, Blagden Alley, Franklin Square and parts of Shaw.

Speakers will include D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, Third District D.C. Police Commander Jacob Kishter, Marc Silverman from security company Kastle Systems, and ANC 2F Public Safety Committee Chair Charlie Bengel.

During the meeting, attendees will learn tips on preventing robberies, bike thefts and auto thefts, as well as hear advice related to installing security cameras.

The meeting will conclude with a Q&A.

by Tim Regan June 30, 2015 at 3:55 pm 1 Comment

16 and K Protestors

Six transgender rights protestors were arrested today after shutting down the intersection of 16th and K Streets.

The demonstrators were chanting slogans and carrying signs in English and Spanish to protest the deportation of trans people in the U.S.

The protest was organized by United We Dream, an organization that advocates “for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.”

Police cleared the intersection of K and 16th Streets around 4:26 p.m.

by Tim Regan June 30, 2015 at 1:35 pm 1 Comment

(Updated at 5:16 p.m.) The FBI is seeking an armed man who allegedly robbed the SunTrust bank at 1250 U Street around 12:30 today.

Authorities say a man entered the bank, approached a teller and passed a note
that demanded money. He then exited the bank and fled on foot.

Authorities are on the lookout for a tall man–roughly 6’5” feet tall–wielding a gun and wearing a lime green construction vest with an “H” on the back, a dark-colored long-sleeved jacket, light-colored blue jeans, a khaki-colored fisherman’s hat with a black and gold band and white gloves.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification, arrest and conviction of the bank robber.

SunTrust bank employees confirmed the branch will be closed for at least the rest of today. The SunTrust ATM adjacent to the building remains open.

The FBI/MPD Violent Crimes Task Force is investigating this robbery and requests that anyone with information call the FBI at 202-278-2000 or MPD’s tip line at 202-727-9099.

Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the police department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. 

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact your local FBI Office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. You can also submit a tip at: tips.fbi.gov

by Jared Holt June 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm 0

Audiophiles who crave the warm sound of vinyl records with their coffee at Songbyrd Record Cafe have a new place to roost during the evening.

Songbyrd’s new bar and restaurant, Songbyrd Music House, located adjacent to the cafe at 2477 18th St. NW, opens tonight at 5 p.m.

The new bar will feature an exposed brick wall, wood paneling and a long bar that stretches through much of the space.

The Music House will be open until midnight on weekdays and 2 a.m. on weekends. Like the cafe, the bar will be closed on Monday.

by Tim Regan June 30, 2015 at 11:20 am 0

Pope Francis will visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral in September, announced the Vatican today.

Pope Francis will arrive in D.C. on September 22. The next day, the pope will visit with President Obama at the White House at 9 a.m., then visit St. Matthew’s by 11:30 a.m.

At a press conference held earlier this morning, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the historic Dupont church, located at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW, would prepare to host roughly 25,000 people during the pope’s visit.

Wuerl added that tickets to the event would be distributed through D.C.’s Catholic parishes.

And there will be a surprise visit by the Popemobile, confirmed Wuerl.

This is the pope’s first U.S. visit since succeeding Pope Benedict XVI in 2013.

View Pope Francis’ full U.S. itinerary here.

by Tim Regan June 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 Comment

D.C. Police are on the lookout for a man filmed in connection with a pair of burglaries that occurred in Columbia Heights roughly two weeks apart.

According to a police report, a man robbed a home on the 900 block of Monroe Street between 11 p.m. May 28 and 7 a.m May 29. Though the victims of the crime were present, they did not wake up during the burglary.

The same burglar was caught in the act on June 12 when the person he was burglarizing woke up and saw him standing in their home around 1:26 a.m., police say.

When spotted, police say the suspect exited the house and ran eastbound on Monroe Street NW.

Police believe the two robberies are related, and allege that the man in the video is connected to the crime.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Bryan Doyle June 30, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

Madam's Organ, photo via flickr/Adam FagenAdams Morgan Day Cancelled — The popular street festival won’t happen this year. Business owners and board members blame problems of leadership within the sponsoring organization. [WAMU]

Verizon Wireless Store Coming to Tivoli Building — The Verizon Wireless Zone, which is a reseller, will soon open its doors at the Tivoli Building in Columbia Heights. [New Columbia Heights]

New Restaurants in LeDroit — Two new eateries are coming to Ledroit Park — LeDroit Royal, a coffee shop during the day that will serve Colombian and Guatemalan fare at night, and Rito Loco, the brick-and-morter incarnation of the popular burrito truck. [Left for Ledroit]

Underground Update — Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave NW) will host Dupont Underground‘s board of directors for an informational community meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. While there are encouraging signs, Borderstan has learned that the operation will be delayed. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan June 30, 2015 at 8:30 am 0

Godiva on Connecticut Avenue NW

The Godiva Chocolatier at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW permanently closed yesterday.

Paper now covers its storefront windows, and a sign on the door reads:

“This Godiva location is now closed for business. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please visit our Georgetown location (3242 M Street NW) for all of your future chocolate needs. Godiva and the team at the Connecticut Avenue location would like to thank you for your patronage!”

In May, the Washington Business Journal reported that women’s apparel store Francesca was moving into the space.

by Tim Regan June 29, 2015 at 4:45 pm 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of The ChickeryDupont Circle residents salivating over anticipated new eatery The Chickery might have to wait a little longer for their chicken fix.

Canadian chicken franchise The Chickery told Borderstan today it aimed to open its location at 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW in October.

The Chickery is a fast casual roasted chicken restaurant headquartered in Toronto. The company has no U.S. locations open for business, but it says its Dupont Circle location will serve as a starting point for additional U.S. expansion.

As noted in the Washington Post, the space’s previous tenant was Black & Orange, a burger restaurant that closed after a neighboring law firm sued it for wafting and irritating cooking odors.

by Tim Regan June 29, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

brixtonPatrons who visit The Brixton this Saturday had better be hungry for hot dogs.

The U Street bar will host its annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest this Saturday at 4 p.m.

The prize for choking down way too many hot dogs: One ticket to this year’s Landmark Music Festival in September.

The bar will also sling $4 Bud Lights and $5 shots of Fireball from noon to 9 p.m.

by Jared Holt June 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm 0

Dupont Underground (Facebook.com/DupontUnderground)

Dupont residents will soon have the chance to learn more about what’s going on with Dupont Underground.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (1517 Connecticut Ave NW) will host Dupont Underground‘s board of directors for an informational community meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

During the meeting, the underground art exhibit’s board of directors will share progress updates, general information and history related to the subterranean space.

The event will coincide with a talk from Nora Pouillon, who founded Dupont eatery Restaurant Nora and wrote the memoir, “My Organic Life.”

“It pairs together two Dupont-related discussions into one community event,” says Braulio Agnese, managing director at Dupont Underground.

Photo by David Wissman

by Tim Regan June 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm 0

Photo via Google Street ViewColumbia Heights residents will have the chance tonight to weigh in on a proposal to build hundreds of new condos.

ANB 1B will hold a community meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Thurgood Marshall Center, (1816 12th Street, NW) to discuss a proposal by Aria Development to build 160 to 170 condo units on four parcels of land between 1309 and 1315 Clifton Street NW.

“It’s imperative that residents directly impacted by the proposed development have the opportunity to meet and discuss general points in the proposal, their concerns, and what they want from the developer to benefit the community as a whole,” wrote ANC 1B Commissioner Mark Ranslem in an e-mail to Columbia Heights residents.

Commissioner Sedrick Muhammad from ANC 1B-03 and Commissioner Dyana Forrester from ANC 1B-06 will attend and participate in the meeting.

Photo of 1312 Clifton Street NW via Google Street View

by Tim Regan June 29, 2015 at 11:00 am 0

Congratulations to Chef Seng of @thipkhaodc, winner of the annual #AIWF crabcake contest.

A photo posted by Fritz Hahn (@fritzhahn) on

A Columbia Heights restaurant took home a big honor yesterday.

Thip Kao, a Laotian restaurant located at 3462 14th Street NW, won highest honors at yesterday’s American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) 10th Annual Crab Cake Competition.

Along with the bragging rights, Thip Kao will receive funds to support a culinary intern in its kitchen.

Thip Kao’s Chef Seng Luangrath’s crab cake was chosen over entries from the likes of Chef Spike Mendelsohn from Bernaise, Chef Joe Palma of Bourbon Steak and other award-winning chefs.

The crab cake competition is a yearly contest aimed at raising money for culinary internships, scholarships and educational programs in D.C. Each year, the contest pits eight local chefs against one another in a showdown to create the perfect crab cake with Maryland blue crab.

by Tim Regan June 29, 2015 at 9:45 am 0

Segway police, photo via Elvert Barnes Photography

D.C. police arrested a man they say robbed two people at knifepoint shortly after midnight near the 3000 block of 14th Street NW.

According to the police report, 42 year-old Anthony Amara Fuller allegedly cornered, threatened and robbed two men at knifepoint. Police say Fuller then escaped on a bicycle, but was stopped a short distance away by several officers on Segways and on foot.

The victims’ stolen property was recovered shortly after the arrest, say police.

Photo via Flickr/Elvert Barnes

 

by Bryan Doyle June 29, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

STOCK-12

Victory — Officials from across the D.C. metro area applaud Friday’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country. [Washington Blade]

Dupont Underground — Though new signage is encouraging, an interview with Borderstan confirms that the underground development will be delayed. [Borderstan]

Cannabis College
— “There’s law, medicine and culinary arts being taught just blocks away from the White House. But this isn’t your typical college seminar. It’s a crash course on all things cannabis.” [WTOP]

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? — Saturday’s rainfall pushed total precipation in June to near record levels [Capital Weather Gang]

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