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by Sean Meehan — September 3, 2015 at 12:30 pm 0

There may not be any troops at Garrison Elementary near Logan Circle, but this week there was a war.

The annual Garrison Elementary School Lemonade War pits fourth and fifth graders in the extended day before- and after-school program against each other to see who can sell the most lemonade.

The contest was inspired by the book “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies, which teaches business and economic concepts through a narrative about two siblings trying to out-sell each other in the competitive lemonade stand market.

The students in each grade were given $20 to buy supplies for their lemonade stands and were tasked with setting prices and selling the lemonade before and after school in front of Garrison Elementary at 1200 S St. NW.

The students also had to decide how much of their proceeds to re-invest in more lemonade and how much to keep. Whichever grade has the most money at the end of the week will be the winner, and both classes will get to decide how to spend the money they raised, according to Garrison principal Collin Hill.

Each grade took different strategies for their stands: The fourth graders went for variety, with small medium and large sized lemonade available, while the fifth graders adopted somewhat of a franchising strategy, stationing lemonade sellers in front of the school and at the playground behind the school.

A fourth grader who was pouring lemonade from a pitcher bigger than his head said on Wednesday that the class decided on the prices of the lemonade by taking a vote. Meanwhile, a fifth grader just feet away used a megaphone to assure passers-by that his grade’s lemonade was better.

Teachers were on hand to monitor the students but did not intervene with any business operations, leaving them to calculate change and serve customers themselves.

Who won and how much each grade has raised will be known on Friday, as the students had yet to count the cash filling their boxes. But it’s safe to assume the real victors of this crash course in capitalism were the paying customers.

by Jennifer Currier — September 3, 2015 at 9:00 am 100 0

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Church Plans Move Forward — St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church has moved forward with its plan for a new development near Dupont Circle (1772 Church St. NW). The proposed building includes the church, function rooms, classrooms and offices, all attached to a seven-story residential building. [Washington Business Journal]

Historic Synthetic Drug Bust — Police seized more than $2 million worth of synthetic marijuana from a storage facility in northwest Washington on Wednesday. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has no doubt the shipment was destined for gas stations and convenience stores throughout Northwest D.C. [NBC4 Washington]

Eastman Calls It Quits on Bliss — U Street Music Hall Owner Will Eastman has decided to end the Bliss dance party. But before he does, Eastman is throwing a six-hour, final Bliss dance party titled “Last Call” on Sept. 26. [Washington City Paper]

Doggie Day Swim — Furry friends will have a chance to cool off from the summer heat during the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Doggie Day Swim event pools across the area on Sept. 12. Admission is free, and all dogs must have a valid D.C. dog license to swim. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — September 3, 2015 at 7:15 am 0

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(Updated at 7:29 a.m.) A car fire closed both lanes on the 1500 block of 14th Street NW earlier today, say D.C. Police.

Police say the scene was cleared around 7:30 a.m.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm 140 0

A new escape-the-room business is set to open this fall in Adams Morgan.

Omescape Room Escape DC, a real-life puzzle experience similar to Escape Room Live DC, will open at 2406 18th St NW “in the next two or three months,” said co-owner Lana Jin today.

According to a description on its Facebook page, Omescape Room DC is an attraction where “a group of players are physically trapped in a room for an hour, and they need to escape by exploiting their surroundings.” The real-life puzzle will occupy the second and third floors of the space, Jin said.

This will be the first such business in Adams Morgan, Jin added.

“[The neighborhood] is full of young people,” she said. “There are so many restaurants around. There’s a nightlife there. It’s quite crowded.”

Photos via Facebook / OmescapeDC

by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

DogsSummerPool_BorderstanFrancis Pool (2435 N St. NW) will fill with furry companions during the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s annual Doggie Day Swim event on Sept. 12 at noon.

Area dogs normally barred from entering the pool will finally have their day to splash, swim and play in the water during the event.

Department of Health employees will be in attendance to monitor the health and safety of the pets and their owners, make sure owners have a dog license and provide outreach and education on animal related issues.

Admission is free, but all dogs must have a valid D.C. dog license to enter the pool. Owners may obtain dog licenses prior to Doggie Day Swim at the District’s dog licensing webpage.

by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm 175 0

WABA stand from 2013, photo via Facebook / WABADCThe Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the Metropolitan Police Department’s PSA 308 will help man a “lemonade stand” — minus the lemonade — to promote public safety tomorrow evening.

Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the 600 block of O Street NW for biking-related goodies and resources from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

WABA Vice President Martin Moulton said the volunteers at the stand will hand out comprehensive maps of places to ride in the city as well as bike safety tips and cards. Riders who arrive early enough can also pick up a free gift.

“Our goal is to engage cyclists in the local community and make sure drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all get along,” Moulton said.

He also said Lieutenant Debra Pearce has been eager to work with groups in the community to promote public safety and add to their existing outreach post.

“It’s a great community engagement tool,” Moulton added. “We’re excited for the chance to talk to people, and we just hope everyone has a good time out there on the road.”

Photo via Facebook/Washington Area Bicyclist Association

by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 12:35 pm 111 0

The Coffe Bar 2 Teaser

The Coffee Bar announced this week that it will open a second location on the corner of 17th and M Streets NW.

The new shop, which is part of the Pillsbury law office building and faces M Street, will open later this year.

“This location is going to be a bit different in terms of design,” said Coffee Bar assistant manager Jeremy Jensen. “We’re looking forward to expanding to Dupont and meeting a bunch of new people.”

Jensen said the current shop (1201 S St. NW) is designed for more casual visits, complete with a large seating room. He also said that the new location will mean increased foot traffic, and therefore focus on quick, in-and-out stops.

He added the business atmosphere around Dupont Circle helped the store achieve its goal of opening a busier, more prevalent shop in the area.

by Tim Regan — September 2, 2015 at 10:00 am 159 0

A woman was seriously injured after a car she was driving flipped over near the intersection of 16th Street and Park Road NW around 9:30 a.m., say D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

Witness Manuel Ramirez says the driver plowed into a lamp post before the car flipped and struck several vehicles, including his.

“I saw the car come flying down the road,” Ramirez said. “She hit a lamp post across the street, and I don’t know if the curb made the car flip, but she hit three cars, and stopped when she hit mine. I usually have my 10 month old son with me, but thank goodness I didn’t today.”

Police closed the 1600 block of Park Road NW to clear the scene.

by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

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Much-Needed Renovation — After being vacant since at least 2006, 430 Manor Place is undergoing a renovation to make the home habitable again. The scope of work for the house includes new walls, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, electric devices and an HVAC system. [Park View, D.C.]

Social Media to the Rescue — A family’s electric cargo bicycle was stolen from their home on Tuesday. The bike, called an Xtracycle, is hard to miss with its wiring, cargo bags and seat fit for three small children on the back. Citizens around the District reported sitings of the bike near the intersection of Rhode Island and Florida avenues NW on social media. By 4 p.m., the bike had been returned to its owners. [Overvolted]

Restaurant Boom — Colonial-themed pizza restaurant Declaration (8th and V Streets NW) will open in November. The menu has 13 pizzas for each of the colonies in existence when the Declaration of Independence was signed. [Washington Business Journal]

Wing Fling — Duffy’s will open soon, but you can preview the second coming of the pub’s beloved wings during an all-you-can-eat wing feast on Sept. 13. [Borderstan]

by Jennifer Currier — September 1, 2015 at 3:30 pm 132 0

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The District’s second Francesca’s location will open for business at 1143 Connecticut Avenue NW this Friday.

The women’s clothing and accessory store is planning a soft opening on Friday and a larger grand opening celebration on Saturday.

The storefront is the former home of the Godiva Chocolatier that closed its doors in June.

Store manager Erica Ragland-McCall said the grand opening will feature an outdoor tent, a raffle and a 20 percent discount on all purchases made on Saturday only. Employees will also be handing out additional coupons on Wednesday to promote the event.

On Tuesday afternoon, city employees could be seen digging up the sidewalk in front of the new store to work on the plumbing.

Ragland-McCall — who was tasked with managing the Dupont Circle location after working as a manager at the boutique chain’s Montgomery Mall location — wasn’t worried about the ongoing construction and was told it’ll be finished by Friday.

“Once it’s done, it’s going to be beautiful,” she said.

by Tim Regan — September 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm 135 0

Photo via Flickr.com / Elvert Barnes

Drybar fans might have to wait a little longer to get a blowout in Dupont Circle.

Though previous reports — along with a sign posted to the forthcoming location’s door — indicated that the California-based beauty chain would arrive at 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW this summer, a company representative said today the location is now on track to open sometime this fall.

Another Drybar location is also set to open at 1006 E St. NW in Penn Quarter this fall.

Exact opening dates for either location have not yet been decided, said the representative.

Photo via Flickr.com / Elvert Barnes

by Sean Meehan — September 1, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

Patterson Mansion Redevelopment Continues — The conversion of the Patterson Mansion in Dupont Circle into micro apartment units has secured additional funding and released early renderings of the new building. [Bisnow]

Case of the Vanishing Murals — Murals on U Street are disappearing. But why? [Washington City Paper]

Page Turner — The upcoming National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center is going to be big. More than 175 authors, illustrators and artists will be in attendance, and the event is free. [DCist]

Police Commander Calls for Unity — In response to a police union vote of no confidence against Chief Cathy Lanier, a D.C. Police Commander urges on his fellow officers to unite in support of the chief. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — August 31, 2015 at 3:20 pm 182 0

Lanier_Sept_2010_U_Street-w597-h556A D.C. Police Commander is calling for unity among his fellow officers following a police union survey that resulted in a vote of no confidence for Chief Cathy Lanier.

The survey results, released this morning, found that 97.5 percent of the 1,150 officers who responded to the survey answered no to the question: “Do you have confidence that Chief Cathy Lanier is able to properly manage the resources of the Metropolitan Police Department and keep the citizens safe?”

Less than a third of the police union’s members responded to the survey.

“We’ve been forced into a corner of lackluster, feckless, inefficient enforcement and been required to stand by and watch while the leaders of the department doubled-down on their stop-gap, gimmicky tactics,” the union wrote in a press release regarding the survey.

In an e-mail sent to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District listserv this afternoon, Commander Jacob Kishter said he was proud of his district’s progress over the year.

“Let me start by thanking all of the officers across the city for all the excellent police work that has occurred this year,” Kishter said. “Year to date we have a 2 percent reduction in crime. We will continue to build on our successes.”

“Chief Cathy L. Lanier promoted me to district commander over six years ago and has entrusted me to provide my officers and the community that we serve with the leadership, resources, and direction to effectively do our jobs,” continued Kishter. “Each district commander has the autonomy to deploy his or her own resources and strategies.

Kishter then praised the department’s anti-crime tactics.

“Foot, bike, and segway patrols and yes, even ‘lemonade stands’ at times have been very successful to drive crime down and to keep the community safe and also feel safe,” he added. “Different situations require different tactics.”

Kishter also addressed the union survey head-on.

“Many of you may be aware that the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) held a vote of ‘No Confidence’ over this past weekend for the Chief of Police, which in reality includes all of the management, the FOP itself, and the entire Metropolitan Police Department as a whole,” he said.

“It’s time to stop creating a divide and start uniting to make this city safer.  Without a doubt, we have the best police department in the country and the best leadership operating it,” Kishter concluded.

by Tim Regan — August 31, 2015 at 9:25 am 173 0

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Shaw Struggles with Change  — A recent spike in gun violence contrasts the boom in new business and restaurants in Shaw. “Before it was battles over turf and drugs,” said a long-time Shaw resident and business owner. “Now it could be a dispute over any number of things. Before you could settle a dispute with fists. Now it’s four gunshots to the torso.” [Washington Post]

No Confidence — More than 1,000 D.C. Police officers voted that they have “no confidence” in Police Chief Cathy Lanier. [NBC Washington, WTOP]

New Security Cameras Installed at Kennedy Recreation Center — New security cameras were installed on the side of the Kennedy Recreation Center in response to calls from residents to increase anti-crime efforts in the area. [Washington City Paper]

Bigger, Better Columbia Heights Day — Columbia Heights Day will celebrate its 10th anniversary with its biggest bash yet, says the street festival’s organizers. [Borderstan]

 

by Tim Regan — August 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm 319 0

Cairo_Liquor_Store(Updated at 10:50 a.m. on Aug. 31) D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board announced on Monday it had voted 6-0 to adopt proposed rules that would lift the liquor license moratorium in West Dupont for all businesses except nightclubs.

The rules heavily modify the current moratorium and extend it for a period of three years.

Though the original moratorium was due to expire on May 17, the board voted on May 13 to extend it for a period of 120 days, during which it would take testimony from members of the community.

West Dupont residents gathered to discuss lifting the moratorium during a public hearing on July 22.

ANC 2B Commissioner Daniel Warwick, 2B-02, called on the board during the hearing to lift the moratorium on new restaurant, bar and tavern licenses, but extend it for nightclubs. He argued on behalf of his commission that lifting the moratorium on nightclub licenses could be disruptive to the peace, order and quiet of the neighborhood.

Warwick also noted that the only way for new businesses to enter the neighborhood is to purchase existing licenses, which are not always available. Warwick added that his ANC was concerned that the moratorium created a secondary market for liquor licenses that would discourage art galleries, distilleries, breweries, wineries and multi-purpose facilities from opening.

Former ANC 2B Commissioner Karyn Siobhan Robinson testified that the moratorium, including the ban on nightclubs, should be lifted entirely. Though Robinson acknowledged that nightclubs could sometimes disturb the peace, she argued that market forces prevented such businesses from flourishing in the area. Furthermore, Robinson said that maintaining the moratorium artificially inflates rent and prices for retailers.

But some residents who testified at the July 22 hearing said they did not support lifting the moratorium wholesale.

One resident said that several local businesses pose problems relating to noise and litter, and that lifting the ban on new nightclubs and taverns would only make the problem worse.

Another resident, whose balcony overlooks an alleyway, testified that he has witnessed patrons of a West Dupont business using drugs, urinating and “fornicating.” That resident agreed that lifting the ban on new tavern licenses would only increase that kind of behavior.

Though the ABC Board wrote it was “sympathetic to [residents’] concerns about the social ills that accompany a vibrant nightlife,” the board added that neighbors should discuss any problems with taverns with their ANC and utilize the ABRA hotline and online complaint submission form.

“The Board makes clear that it will not tolerate tavern licensees who operate in such a manner that their operations create a nightclub atmosphere,” wrote regulators. “It
cautions all licensees to understand that West Dupont is a unique neighborhood. As such, the Board will give great scrutiny to any licensing request that profoundly changes the nature and character of the neighborhood.”

The board added in its decision:

The Board appreciates the balance that must be struck between the interests of the residents in the neighborhood, and the interests that promote a nightlife economy. The Board recognizes that a diverse, dynamic and safe dining and entertainment environment is part of the fabric of the District, and yet, nightlife activity needs to be carefully managed in order to reduce antisocial behavior, noise, public disturbance and other problems.

The Board applauds the ANC’s efforts to solicit the community members’ perspectives on positive steps to transform the West Dupont’s neighborhood and improve urban vibrancy. Like the ANC, the Board believes that if managed properly, a thriving and safe nightlife can act as an economic engine by attracting new businesses and restaurants, diversifying the range of cultural offerings, creating employment opportunities, and increasing tourism. To this end, the Board is in agreement with the ANC that a new direction for the West Dupont moratorium that allows for responsible growth is warranted.

Though the rules are effective immediately, they are still subject to a 30-day public comment window and must also receive final approval by the D.C. Council.

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