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by Tim Regan November 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Columbia Heights Farmers MarketColumbia Heights residents have just two Saturdays left to peruse their local farmers market for fresh fruits and veggies.

The Columbia Heights Farmers Market, located at the intersection of Kenyon and 14th streets NW, will close for the season after next Saturday, Dec. 12.

Community Foodworks Outreach Manager Dalila Boclin said that the market’s vendors will sell Christmas trees, apple cider, wreaths and handmade art and gifts this and next week.

The market will reopen in April, Boclin said.

Photo courtesy of Columbia Heights Farmers Market

by Tim Regan November 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

Logan Circle Holiday House Tour (Photo courtesy of Logan Circle Community Association)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or at least that’s what the guy in the song says. As we step into the first true week of the holiday season, here are some suggestions to keep you occupied this week:

All Month

Miracle on 7th Street
Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St. NW)

Mockingbird Hill has transformed into a winter wonderland with free cookies, holiday movie screenings and ugly sweater parties scattered throughout the week.

Friday

First Friday
Across the Dupont Circle Neighborhood
6 p.m.

Galleries across Dupont Circle will stay open late as part of the monthly art event.

Saturday

Carter G. Woodson Park Dedication 
900 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Noon

Shaw Main Streets will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the birth of Carter G. Woodson, who lived and worked at 1538 9th St. NW for almost 30 years.

The Holiday Guild
Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW)
10 a.m.

Local vendors will sell Christmas trees, ornaments and clothing in this festive weekly holiday market.

Christkindlmarkt
Heurich House Museum (1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW)
Noon (Saturday and Sunday)

Buy goods from local jewelers, ceramicists, chocolatiers and tour the seasonally decorated historic house.

Sunday

Logan Circle House Tour
Across Logan Circle
1 p.m.

Embark on a tour inside the historic homes of Logan Circle. 

Monday

D.C. Young Democrats Annual Holiday Reception
Mango Tree (929 H St. Northwest)
6:30 p.m.

D.C. Councilmembers Brianne Nadeau and Brandton Todd will  join the city’s young Democrats to ring in the holiday season.

Photo courtesy of the Logan Circle House Tour

by Andrew Ramonas November 30, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1 Comment

Police CarPolice have apprehended a 19-year-old man suspected of robbing multiple cabbies near the U Street corridor and other places in D.C., according to authorities.

Anthony Jones of Southeast D.C. was arrested last week in connection with eight attempted or completed robberies between Oct. 1 and Nov. 24.

The five robberies in the Borderstan coverage area include:

A lawyer for Jones wasn’t immediately available to comment.

by Tim Regan November 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

Giving Tuesday(This post was updated at 9:33 a.m. on Tuesday with yet another way to give.)

Black Friday is gone. Cyber Monday is almost over. Time to put the pocketbook away? Almost! But not before Giving Tuesday tomorrow.

What’s Giving Tuesday? It’s sort of like the charitable equivalent of your average consumerist holiday spending spree. Held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the event is meant to kick off the charitable season for nonprofits across the globe.

Cool, but how do I donate? There are plenty of national charities you can donate to, many of which are mentioned on the Giving Tuesday website. Additionally, there are tons of local good causes worth supporting. Here are 13 ways to give back without leaving your neighborhood:

  • Attend a Collective Action For Safe Spaces happy hour at Right Proper Brewing (624 T St NW). The happy hour will help support the organization’s safe bars program.
  • Contribute to the Sitar Arts Center. Each donation will be matched one-for-one up to $1,000 by the Wise Owl Club.
  • Buy shoes and dance classes for kids at the Dance Institute of Washington.
  • Give to the D.C. Center for the LGBTQ Community.
  • Help beautify the Dupont Circle neighborhood by contributing to Dupont Circle Main Streets.
  • Kids need to read and write real good. Help ’em do that at 826DC.
  • Donate to Green Door, a program that “prepares women and men with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses to work, live and thrive in the District of Columbia.”
  • Help The Starfish Foundation educate 150 at-risk youth in Guayaquil, Ecuador by buying drinks at Johnny Pistolas (2333 18th St. NW) in Adams Morgan.
  • Give to Martha’s Table or Bread for the City to help feed the hungry.
  • 86 cents of every donation to Thrive D.C. goes toward helping the homeless.
  • Seasonal food hub Common Good City Farm accepts donations year-round.
  • Columbia Heights performance and art nonprofit BloomBars is entirely community-funded.
  • Ride a bike near Dupont Circle in honor of World AIDS Day tomorrow and help donate to Whitman-Walker.
  • Help families with SNAP access fresh fruits and veggies by donating to the Columbia Heights Farmers Market Bonus Bucks campaign.
  • Through the Heart, a nonprofit dedicated to pregnancy loss support and education, is also accepting donations.

Photo courtesy of Giving Tuesday

by Andrew Ramonas November 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

Crown gas station (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 12:35 p.m.) A woman was hit with a gun and robbed of her car at a gas station near the 9:30 Club over the weekend, police said.

The armed carjacking happened at the Crown at 908 Florida Ave. NW about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

The woman was in her Nissan Altima at the gas station when two men approached her, according to authorities. Both of the men flashed guns, and one of them pulled the woman out of her car.

One of the men then pistol-whipped the woman in the head before he or the other man drove away with her car.

The victim declined medical treatment.

Police didn’t have detailed descriptions of the suspects.

The carjacking is one of at least 10 attempted or completed robberies reported in the Borderstan coverage area since Wednesday afternoon, police said. Many of the crimes involved scuffles or guns.

The attempted or completed robberies include:

  • An assault with the intent to rob someone on the 1200 block of Clifton Street NW about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • A robbery with guns on the 2500 block of Cliffbourne Place NW about 1:45 a.m. Thursday.
  • A robbery with an assault on the 1300 block of V Street NW about 3 a.m. Thursday.
  • A robbery with an assault on the 1700 block of 16th Street NW about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
  • An assault with the intent to rob someone on the 1700 block of 5th Street NW about 6:30 a.m. Friday.
  • A robbery with an assault on the 1100 block of 16th Street NW about 1 a.m. Saturday.
  • A robbery on the 2400 block of 18th Street NW about 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
  • A robbery on the 900 block of L Street NW about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • A robbery with a gun on the 1700 block of 10th Street NW about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Robberies weren’t the only crimes that happened in the Borderstan coverage area since Wednesday afternoon. A woman was stabbed on Sherman Avenue yesterday morning, too.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan November 30, 2015 at 10:45 am 0

Frozen Yogurt and Wine, photo courtesy of Garrison ElementaryLocals will be able to buy booze and eat frozen yogurt to help Garrison Elementary students today.

Gallagher and Graham Fine Spirits and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (both near U Street at 1939 12th St. NW) will donate 10 percent of all sales to Garrison Elementary.

In addition to selling craft beer, wine and local liquor, Gallagher and Graham will also host a wine tasting at 5:30 p.m. with cheese samples from D.C. producer Righteous Cheese.

Both stores will stay open for business until 10 p.m. tonight.

by Andrew Ramonas November 30, 2015 at 9:35 am 0

Obamas at Pleasant Pops (Photo via Facebook/The White House)

Obamas at Pleasant Pops — President Obama and his daughters, Sasha and Malia, visited Pleasant Pops in Adams Morgan over the weekend as part of Small Business Saturday, a day in which shoppers are encouraged to visit local stores and restaurants. The president had a strawberry ginger lemonade pop, while Sasha ate a cookies and cream pop and Malia sampled a cranberry apple pop. [CBS News]

Displacing Shaw Public Housing Tenants — The District is forcing elderly public housing tenants to leave single-family homes in Shaw and other parts of D.C. in an effort to sell the properties for profit. “The money that I paid there for the 42 years I was there, I could have had the house paid for,” said 84-year-old Levant Graham, who lived in a Shaw single-family home for public housing tenants. “I thought I had a good chance of getting the house, but I guess I didn’t.” [Associated Press]

Sietsema on ConvivialWashington Post food critic Tom Sietsema wrote that Convivial in Shaw is “putting customers first” and has a menu that’s “unlike any other restaurant’s in the city.” It serves “enticing entry points” like “crisp potato pancakes dressed with julienned celery root and crimson folds of dry-cured lamb; and leeks dijonnaise, basic on paper and beautiful in reality,” he wrote. [Washington Post]

Roofers Union, Shaw Bijou Chefs on ‘Top Chef’The Washington Post chats with chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Roofers Union in Adams Morgan and Kwame Onwuachi of the forthcoming Shaw Bijou in Shaw about their upcoming appearances on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” which begins its 13th season Wednesday. [Washington Post]

Photo via Facebook/The White House

by Andrew Ramonas November 29, 2015 at 10:50 am 0

2900 block of Sherman Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 4:30 p.m.) A woman was stabbed on Sherman Avenue this morning, police said.

The stabbing happened on the 2900 block of Sherman Avenue NW about 8:30 a.m. The area is about a block west of Howard University’s main campus.

Police arrested a man in connection with the stabbing. The victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment, according to authorities.

Further information on the stabbing wasn’t immediately available.

Photo via Google Maps

by Borderstan.com November 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Thanksgiving dinner (Photo via Flickr/icoNYCa)

Everyone deserves to spend some time with friends and family, which is why we’ll be taking tomorrow and Friday off to observe the Thanksgiving holiday.

So, what is there to be thankful for this year? We asked the question on Twitter earlier this week. Here are some of our favorite responses:

To those leaving the city and those staying within the District, we wish you a happy and safe holiday weekend. To tide you over until our triumphant return on Monday, here’s a rundown of some of the things you should keep in mind until next week.

Events:

  • There’s a fundraiser for Garrison Elementary this weekend at Gallagher and Graham and Menchie’s on U Street next Monday
  • Cyclists in plaid will zoom through Adams Morgan on Saturday
  • And speaking of Adams Morgan, be sure to check out Small Business Saturday there and in Shaw for some big deals and special events

Stuff you should know:

  • Here’s a list of everything you need to know about Thanksgiving in the District this year
  • Thursday’s Department of Public Works (DPW) trash and recycling collections will move to Friday. Friday’s collections will be made Saturday
  • Parking meters will not operate tomorrow and will resume service on Friday
  • Metro rail and bus service will operate holiday service on Thanksgiving. Trains will begin running at at 7 a.m. and close at midnight. But no track work!

 Photo via Flickr/icoNYCa

by Andrew Ramonas November 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm 0

Florida Avenue GrillDiners at the Florida Avenue Grill soon might have the option to order something harder than soda with their fried chicken, pork chops and other soul food.

For the first time in its 71-year history, the restaurant at 1100 Florida Ave. NW has applied for a liquor license, according to a notice published by the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.

Imar Hutchins, who has owned the eatery since 2005, said many of his customers have asked for booze. And without liquor, the grill’s dinner business has become almost “nonexistent,” he said.

“If we want to survive, we have to do it,” he said.

Hutchins said he didn’t know yet what alcoholic drinks he would serve. But the adult beverages wouldn’t become the focus of the restaurant, which has had a dedication to soul food since it opened in 1944.

“We’re not trying to turn it into a bar or anything like that,” he said.

by Tim Regan November 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm 0

A local pharmacy will close its doors on Connecticut Avenue after more than 30 years in business.

Tshiffely Pharmacy, located at 1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, is slated to close on Dec. 18, but not because of financial troubles, said pharmacist and co-owner David Toth. The building the pharmacy is housed in will be renovated soon and the drug store’s owners decided to let their lease expire, he explained.

Toth said he will continue doling out prescriptions at the pharmacy’s other two locations on 19th Street and K Street.

“We decided to combine everything into the other two stores,” he said. “One of which is a block and a half away.”

Though Toth didn’t know what would move in once the pharmacy closed, he speculated it would “probably be a bagel place.”

by Andrew Ramonas November 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm 0

Police released footage today of a man wanted for stealing a purse and a cell phone from a woman who was eating on the U Street corridor.

The robbery happened in the Duccinis Pizza at 1778 U St. NW on Friday about 11:15 p.m.

The video from police first shows the man entering the pizza shop and walking around. He also appeared to talk to an employee of the pizza shop before leaving.

The man then returned to the eatery and fiddled with some newspapers near the door. He eventually left the newspapers alone and grabbed the woman’s purse and cell phone, which she put on a counter in front of her as she ate a slice of pizza.

The man fled, and the woman tried to chase after him.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., 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 these individuals 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 the Metropolitan Police Department

by Tim Regan November 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm 0

More than a thousand hungry people gathered at the Washington Convention Center this morning to eat and share memories during the 16th annual Safeway Feast of Sharing.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans, LaRuby May, Vincent Orange and Brandon Todd were in attendance to celebrate the event.

“I’m always happy to be here for the Feast of Sharing to celebrate and give thanks for all the many blessings we have in our great city,” Bowser said, addressing the crowd. “I want to thank you for all the trust in the faith that you’ve put in me to focus on the things that are important to Washington D.C.”

Those in attendance dined on a traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls and other Thanksgiving trimmings and were served by hundreds of volunteers.

by Andrew Ramonas November 25, 2015 at 11:40 am 0

Police car lightTwo thieves with a gun robbed a man of two toner cartridges he was carrying in Columbia Heights yesterday morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 3000 block of 13th Street NW about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The area is about two blocks southeast of the DC USA retail development, which includes a Best Buy, Target and Staples.

The victim was walking in the vicinity when two men came up to him. One of the men then flashed a handgun, saying, “Give me your shit,” according to authorities. The other man grabbed a bag containing the printer ink from the victim soon after.

The thieves then fled.

Police released this information on the suspects:

Lookout for S-1 B/M, 5′-10″, heavy build, Blk Jkt, dark jeans armed w/a gun. S-2 B/M, slim build,dreads, turquoise hat, blk shirt, blk pants, L/S 1300 blk of columbia road NW

A car driver also was robbed at gunpoint near the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus last night, police said.

The armed robbery occurred in front of the Garfield Terrace public housing complex at 2301 11th St. NW.

The victim was dropping off a man on 11th Street after a trip from Virginia when the man pulled out a handgun. The man with the gun then said, “Give me all the cash or I will shoot you,” according to authorities.

The car driver handed the man $100, and he asked for more money. The victim said he didn’t have anything else, besides a credit card.

The armed man then took the credit card and fled from the car.

Police released this information on the suspect:

Lookout for B/M, 6’4, 160lbs., wearing a black jacket and black jeans; armed with a black handgun.

Authorities today also released a video of a white van they say is connected to an armed kidnapping in Shaw last weekend. Police are searching for a man who kidnapped, sexually assaulted and robbed a woman at knifepoint Saturday morning.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., 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 these individuals 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 to 50411.

Video via Metropolitan Police Department

by Tim Regan November 25, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Golden Triangle selfie contest

The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) will soon pay lucky locals to take selfies.

Starting Dec. 1, people walking in the area between the White House and Dupont Circle can snap selfies in front of their favorite retailers for the chance to win a $100 gift card to that business.

To win, contestants must tag the BID on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #GoldenTriSelfie.

Retailers in the area include Nordstrom Rack (1800 L St. NW) and Proper Topper (1350 Connecticut Ave. NW).

The contest ends Dec. 22.

Photo courtesy of Golden Triangle BID

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