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by Tim Regan — May 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Sugar K Street

A sweets-themed bar on K Street has been ordered to pay thousands in fines and to surrender or transfer its liquor license by Aug. 1 over charges it illegally served minors several times since late last year, according to D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

The proprietors behind Sugar (2121 K St. NW) must pay $19,250 and serve a 15-day liquor license suspension for serving underage patrons multiple times since last December, according to a recent filing. The bar must also give up its liquor license and “either place the license in safekeeping with the ABC Board or transfer the license to a new owner” by Aug. 1.

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm 0

Capital Bikeshare dock at 14th and Girard streets NW (Photo via Twitter/Capital Bikeshare)

Capital Bikeshare users now have another place to begin or finish their rides in Columbia Heights.

The neighborhood’s newest location for bicycle sharing is at 14th and Girard streets NW, the D.C. Department of Transportation announced on Twitter today. The stand is about three blocks south of the Columbia Heights Metro station.

The station has space for 23 of the bicycle sharing program’s red two-wheelers.

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by Tim Regan — May 5, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Whitman-Walker Rendering

Logan Circle’s community leaders have given their blessing to a plan to redevelop Whitman-Walker Health’s former home, the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center at 14th and R streets NW.

Members of ANC 2F voted on a proposal last night to send a letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) commending Whitman-Walker’s design, which includes the preservation of the original Elizabeth Taylor Center as well as a new mixed-use development that would span 155,000 square feet and six stories.

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm 3 Comments

A group of local officials representing Adams Morgan has refused to get behind a property developer’s proposal to construct a mixed-use building that takes away part of a plaza in the heart of the neighborhood.

In a series of votes late last night, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C backed three resolutions opposing PN Hoffman’s plan to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW.

The non-binding resolutions, to which D.C. agencies are mandated to give “great weight,” say the proposed six-story building has “significant issues” with height and scale and “significantly undermines the long-established set-back and the plaza,” among other problems.

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by Tim Regan — May 5, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Photo via Dept of Parks and Rec(Updated at 2:49 p.m.) A recreation center and indoor pool in Adams Morgan are set to close for more than a year next week.

Marie Reed Recreation Center and Aquatic Center (2200 Champlain St. NW) is slated to close its doors for renovations next Friday, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The center will stay closed until August, 2017.

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by Tim Regan — May 5, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

BRIEF Statue downtown:near Convention Center

Johnny’s Half Shell Moving to Adams Morgan — The popular Capitol Hill fundraising venue will move into the Cashion’s Eat Place space next month, owner Ann Cashion said. But the lawmakers will likely not come with it. [Politico]

Shaw ANC Votes to Support Parcel 42 Proposal — Shaw’s ANC 6E voted in favor of Parcel 42 Partners’ proposal for the development of the District-owned parcel of land across the street from the Shaw Neighborhood Library. The proposal includes a seven-story mixed-use development with 8,000 square feet of retail and 90 apartment units. [UrbanTurf]

Shaw Memorial to Honor Fallen Firefighter — Firefighters will gather on the 700 block of O St. NW tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. to remember Lt. Kevin McRae, a rescuer who died in the line of duty one year ago. [Twitter /D.C. Firefighters L36]

Cops Shut Down West End Street — Authorities are looking into a report of a suspicious package in West End, shutting down a street in the neighborhood this morning, a police spokeswoman told us earlier this morning. [Borderstan]

Shouk’s Taste Test — The new vegan mediterranean spot in Mt. Vernon Triangle “should thrive in D.C.,” says an early review of the restaurant. [Brightest Young Things]

Now Open on 19th Street: Bonfire — Bonfire is 19th Street’s hottest restaurant. They’ve got everything. Smoky cocktails. Bartenders with blowtorches. Toasted marshmallows. [Washington City Paper]

by Andrew Ramonas — May 4, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0

Suns Cinema

Mount Pleasant is only days away from getting an indie movie theater with a bar.

Suns Cinema is slated to open at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW Sunday at 5 p.m., according to an email from co-owners David Cabrera and Ryan Mitchell. A screening of Apollo 11 documentary “Moonwalk One” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

With help from a Kickstarter campaign launched last year, Cabrera and Mitchell intend to create a “permanent space in DC, in which the love of cinema is fostered and cultivated through daily screenings,” according to Suns Cinema’s fundraising website.

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by Tim Regan — May 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

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As hot summer weather approaches, many locals wonder: when will the fountains be turned on?

Now we have an answer, at least for two of the more notable fountains in our neck of the woods. Dupont Circle park’s fountain could come to life as early as next week, while Meridian Hill Park’s waterworks may take a little while longer, according to officials with the National Park Service.

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by Tim Regan — May 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm 0

Public trash can on 15th Street NWA pop-up venue and food incubator in Park View plans to dole out meal discounts to locals who volunteer to clean up the neighborhood this weekend.

EatsPlace (3607 Georgia Ave. NW) will give a 15 percent discount to all who participate in the cleanup slated to begin on the corner of Georgia Ave. and Otis Pl. NW Saturday at 10 a.m. according to local blog Park View, D.C.

Cleaning supplies will be provided by the event’s organizers. The monthly cleanup, which started in March, has become “a new tradition” in the neighborhood, according to a flyer.

by Andrew Ramonas — May 4, 2016 at 1:05 pm 0

Embassy of Peru (Photo via 1700 Massachusetts Ave. NW)Twitter/Cultural Tourism DC)

The first of two opportunities to go inside several embassies in and around Dupont Circle is set to come this weekend.

The “Around the World Embassy Tour” is slated to give glimpses behind the doors of dozens of embassies in Dupont Circle, Kalorama and other parts of the Borderstan coverage area Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of the embassies also will have free food and other giveaways.

Cultural Tourism DC, the nonprofit organization behind the event, adds on its website:

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by Tim Regan — May 4, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Photo via FlywheelLocals will be able to cycle with their favorite D.C. United players this weekend as during a charity event.

D.C. United players and head coach Ben Olsen are slated to mount the bikes at Flywheel (1927 Florida Ave. NW) Saturday at 5 p.m. to cycle their hearts out and benefit nonprofit organization DC Scores.

People who want to attend the event can buy a ticket for $30-$50, depending on how close to the local soccer celebrities they want to sit. Attendees will also have the chance to “compete for tickets to an upcoming D.C. United home match along with signed memorabilia,” according to an event listing.

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by Tim Regan — May 4, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Dupont Sign BRIEF

Mom Reunited With Firefighters Who Helped Deliver Her Baby — A Columbia Heights woman was reunited yesterday with the two rescuers who helped her deliver her baby last month. [WTOP]

51-Foot Joint Coming to Funk Parade — You know it. You love it. The 51-foot spliff that possibly helped marijuana advocates land a meeting with the White House will make an appearance at the Funk Parade on Saturday. [Washington City Paper]

D.C. Not the Focus of 9:30 Club’s New PBS Show — Local landmarks make only a few appearances in 9:30 Club’s new PBS show. Instead, bands like Garbage, Ibeya and MisterWives — and oddly enough, the audience itself — take the starring role. [Washingtonian]

Columbia Heights Target Adds Self Checkout Lanes — Eight new self checkout lanes allow residents to fully eschew human interaction at the DCUSA Target. [New Columbia Heights]

Verizon Strikes Planned Across D.C. — Picketers will march and chant in front of at least 10 Verizon stores in the District today. [Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO]

by Andrew Ramonas — May 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

Streetcar on H Street NED.C. and federal officials still are looking at connecting Union Station to Georgetown, via a streetcar line through downtown, despite the trouble the District had adding trolleys to a 2.4-mile stretch of Northeast.

The District Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration are scheduled to host a public meeting later this month to talk about the project that could bring 3.3 miles of streetcar track from 3rd Street NE to 33rd Street NW, mostly centered on or near K Street.

The May 17 discussion at the Carnegie Library (801 K St. NW), the first public gathering on the expansion since 2014, will focus on the environmental and cultural effects of a new streetcar line in Northwest. Community meetings on the project also are slated for fall 2016 and early 2017.

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by Tim Regan — May 3, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

BRIEF art on U Street

Millie & Al’s Worth $1.8 Million — The building that once housed Adams Morgan dive bar Millie & Al’s has reportedly sold for nearly $2 million. The business was sold to an LLC managed by former Taylor Gourmet exec David Mazza and is being shopped to “multiple strong local and national tenants” looking to open in the neighborhood. [Washington Business Journal]

Shaw Library Guinea Pig Dies — Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library’s guinea pig, Flash Pumpernickel, passed away yesterday “after a long illness.” RIP, Flash Pumpenickel. [Twitter / JannaLibrarian]

New Eatery Shouk Opens Today — A fast-casual restaurant with Middle Eastern- and Mediterranean- inspired “comfort food” is set to arrive in Mount Vernon Triangle at 11 a.m. today. [Twitter / Shouk]

Three Indicted in Shooting Death of Matt Shlonsky — A grand jury has indicted three men involved in the shooting that killed 23-year-old AU graduate Matt Shlonsky. [Cleveland.com]

Patrick’s Pet Care Hosts Opening Party — A former community leader in Columbia Heights has a new hub for his pet care business. Patrick Flynn opened a brick-and-mortar location for Patrick’s Pet Care with a party over the weekend. [Park View, D.C.]

by Tim Regan — May 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Photo via Community FoodworksShaw locals will soon have a new destination for fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally sourced products.

A new farmers market from Community Foodworks will open at Old City Farm and Guild (925 Rhode Island Ave. NW) Sunday, according to Old City owner Frank Asher.

The market will carry produce from Three Springs Fruit Farm and Pleitez Produce alongside coffee from Qualia Coffee, baked goods from Bonaparte Bread, meat from Liberty Delight Farm and products from other vendors Sundays between 10 a.m and 2 p.m.

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