by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm 130 0

ANC 1B Community Heroes Award presentation

Community leaders from ANC 1B honored two Ben’s Chili Bowl cooks last night for saving a man during a violent mugging that occurred in an alley near the restaurant in June.

Ben’s employees Juan Roman Carrosco and Pedro Contreras confronted two attackers as they beat and robbed a man behind the restaurant, reported FOX 5. Armed only with their belts, Carrosco and Contreras charged at the attackers and chased them away. The victim — who has previously gone by the name “Lance,” — later said that, had it not been for Carrosco and Contreras, he could have been seriously injured or even lost an eye.

With Ben’s owner Virginia Ali in the audience, Commissioner John Green, 1B-12, presented the commission’s community heroes award to Carrosco and Contreras during the ANC’s monthly meeting at the Reeves Center.

“There was a man … who was being mugged, violently beaten, by two individuals behind Ben’s Chili Bowl, and these gentlemen stepped in and prevented the crime from becoming much worse,” Green said from the podium.

Green then read a letter addressed from the victim to his saviors.

“Words cannot possibly express my gratitude to the two of you, despite being complete strangers to me,” Lance wrote in the letter.

“I remember grabbing my eye and then seeing blood, and then not being able to open my eye,” Lance continued. “As I looked up in the alley, hunched over, your silhouettes looked like the calvary coming to the rescue. My mother called you angels. At that moment, seeing the two of you running with your belts in the air, chasing the two cowardly thugs. I just remember thinking, thank God it’s over, and I’m okay.”

“These guys have my back,” Lance’s letter concluded. “It was one of the best moments of my life.”

Green read the letter in Spanish and presented copies to Carrosco and Contreras to a thundering round of applause.

Ali, who has previously called her employees “stars,” then spoke up. “Thank you very much,” she said. “I hope you don’t mind if we take them back to their duties,” she joked.

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

sandbags, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/telekon/DC Water is currently distributing sandbags to residents who live in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale ahead of possible flooding, the city agency announced today in a press release.

DC Water personnel are currently distributing the sandbags at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Only customers who live in the flood-prone neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and on the 900 block of P Street NW can receive a sandbag. Further, people who live in those neighborhoods may be asked to show proof of residency when picking up sandbags. Though proof of residency includes a driver’s license, anything with an address on it would suffice, said John Lisle, DC Water’s chief of external affairs.

The press release continues:

“As with any weather emergency, our crews will brave the elements to ensure that we continue to deliver our essential service,” said DC Water CEO and General Manager George S. Hawkins. “While we cannot control Mother Nature, we will do our best to keep our customers informed and respond to emergencies.”

The District’s drinking water treatment facilities — operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct — and the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant are built to withstand the impact of a severe storm. Loss of electricity at an individual home or multi-unit building does not have an impact on the delivery of drinking water. If any service disruptions should occur, customers will be notified immediately through DC Water’s Alert System, local news media and social media platforms, including Twitter (@dcwater), Facebook (facebook.com/mydcwater) and Instagram (@myDCWater).

DC Water Emergency Preparedness Tips:
–       Sign up for text or email alerts at dcwater.com/workzones
–       Report clogged storm drains by calling the 24/7 Command Center at (202) 612-3400.
–       Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear of debris.
–       Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes a 3-day supply of food and water.
–       For more information on preparing for a hurricane, please visit dcwater.com/education/preparedness.cfm.

Cropped photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/telekon/

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 8:55 am 269 0

rainy weather in Borderstan, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/vlsergey/

Gunshots at 14th and V — Several people reported hearing gunshots at 14th and V NW last night. [Twitter]

16th Street Bus Lane Possible — The 16th Street buses are bad. We know that, DDOT knows that. But relief may be on the way: A new study that will be completed in the spring includes installing a dedicated bus lane as an option. [Washington Post]

Farragut Connection — Though it’s been saying this for years, Metro still wants to install a tunnel that connects the Farragut West and North stations. [Greater Greater Washington]

Keep on the Punny Side — D.C.’s top 24 businesses with punny names, ranked. All your favorites are here: Beau Thai, The Grill from Ipanema, Dew Drop Inn. Puns are love. Puns are life. [Stuck in DC]

Bye, Y — Real estate developer Akridge purchased the Dupont Circle YMCA. The facility will close on Dec. 31. [Borderstan]

Photo via Flickr.com/photos/vlsergey/

by Tim Regan — October 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Watha_Library-w597-h556District residents can give their opinions on local libraries in a new survey.

D.C. Public Library is urging residents to complete a survey intended to help it plan for the future.

The questionnaire asks respondents to say what they “wish the library offered more of” and how they use the library, among other queries.

“Input from all D.C. residents, students, employers and employees is needed to map out the vision for the library in the next five years and help us move from good to great.” the survey reads. “By taking our 5-minute survey, you’re helping us define our future.”

by Tim Regan — October 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm 240 0

rainy weather in Borderstan, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/vlsergey/Regardless of whether Hurricane Joaquin visits D.C., the city is bracing for heavy rain and flooding this weekend.

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said today in a press release that the mayor has been briefed by the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) and city leaders on the forecast for Hurricane Joaquin and the District’s readiness. According to the the release, HSEMA will hold “twice daily briefings” with National Weather Service and agency officials on storm preparation.

The National Weather Service said yesterday that D.C. and the surrounding area could see anywhere from two to five inches of rain between tomorrow and Monday morning.

How can you prepare for the wet weather? Bowser tweeted earlier today that D.C. residents should “take a few mins to clear debris from any storm drains” to avoid basement flooding like the kind seen in Shaw in June.

Likewise, DC Water has urged its customers to prepare for flooding by reporting clogged catch basins near their homes.

While most experts say there’s no need to panic just yet — I’m looking at you, Virginia — the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for D.C. and the surrounding region until Saturday evening.

In other words, if you live in a flood-prone part of town, prepare for leaky basements. But maybe wait a while before going nuts on the toilet paper, bread and milk.

Photo via Flickr/ vlsergey

by Sean Meehan — October 1, 2015 at 11:20 am 167 0

900 block of N Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man who reportedly died of natural causes yesterday was found early this morning in Shaw, said D.C. Police.

Police received a call around 8 a.m. that a man had died of natural causes in a home near the 900 block of N Street NW.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez confirmed said emergency personnel were called to remove the man from the home this morning.

Some readers reported seeing a large group of emergency personnel in the area earlier today.

Photo via Google Maps

by Sean Meehan — October 1, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

Two persons of interest in connection with a theft near U Street NW have been caught on video.

Surveillance video released today by D.C. Police shows two men entering a hallway on the 2200 block of 11th Street NW. One of the men appears to see the security camera when he enters the hallway and attempts to cover his face with his t-shirt. The other man is wearing a backpack and has the bottom half of his face covered.

It’s unclear from the video where the men are, but the block is mostly residential, with a Children’s Health Center about halfway between W Street NW and Florida Avenue NW.

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 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 MPD

by Tim Regan — October 1, 2015 at 8:00 am 0


Hark, a Hurricane  — The prospect of Hurricane Joaquin hitting D.C. has locals wringing their hands. Will it or won’t it? [Washington City Paper, DCist, Washington Post]

Small Fry, Soft Opening — Smokehouse and fry shop Small Fry opened in Park View yesterday. [Park View, D.C.]

Having a Ball — Tig Notaro, Tim Heidecker, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo and plenty more comedians are en route to U Street for this year’s Bentzen Ball. [Express]

Break Out the Big Scissors — Fourteen businesses in Shaw and near U Street were honored yesterday as part of a “ribbon cutting roundup.” [Borderstan]

Uhhhhhh — What do you do when you spot a bag of yellow liquid tied to a tree on U Street? … You blog about it, of course. Of course! [PoPville]

by Tim Regan — September 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm 118 0

Parking meters(Updated at 4:41 p.m.) People who park in Adams Morgan and on U Street will have to feed parking meters for two more hours, but not for a while, it seems.

Though the D.C. budget approved earlier this year called for parking meter enforcement in some areas of the city to occur from 7 a.m. to midnight, a new story by WTOP says the change in hours likely won’t take effect until next year.

When the changes do take effect, Adams Morgan and U Street will be among eight “premium demand zones,” that will have longer hours of parking enforcement and more costly meters than most other parts of the District.

The zones, which also include the National Mall, Georgetown and Penn Quarter, have meters that charge $2 per hour. Outside of the areas, meters charge 75 cents per hour and operate from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

by Tim Regan — September 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm 0

PorchfestThough it’s still days away, Adams Morgan PorchFest has been rescheduled due to to the prospect of inclement weather.

The festival, which promised to fill Adams Morgan porches with street performers this weekend, will now take place on Oct. 24 between 2 and 6 p.m.

Adams Morgan Partnership BID executive director Kristen Barden informed future attendees of the schedule change earlier this afternoon on Facebook.

“Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating for PorchFest this Saturday,” Barden wrote.

Though it may be easy to assume the cancellation is related to the possibly forthcoming Hurricane Joaquin, Barden said that’s not entirely the case.

“The prediction is that it’s going to be a very wet weekend,” Barden said. “That forecast in itself was too much. Electricity and water just don’t mix.”

So far, the change hasn’t led to widespread performance cancellations. “There’s just one porch that won’t be able to do it on the 24th,” Barden said. “We should still have 16-17 porches.”

Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Porch Fest

by Jennifer Currier — September 30, 2015 at 9:10 am 0


Lights Out — About 1,800 homes and businesses lost power last night near Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle. Power was restored by 11 p.m. [WUSA 9]

Synthetic Weed Into Wine — A Latin American wine bar will move into the spot where a market known for allegedly selling synthetic drugs previously closed. [Washington City Paper]

Jazzed — An alleyway between U Street and Wallach Place NW was last week named after a blues and jazz singer who died in 2004. [Washington Post]

Shake-ing With Anticipation — Shake Shack will release a new burger honoring celebri-chef Rachel Ray. The spicy sandwich, bedecked in jalapeno peppers, fried shallots and sriracha, will be sold exclusively at the company’s Dupont Circle location for a limited time next month. [Grubstreet; EaterWashingtonian]

Outdoor Oktoberfest — Columbia Heights bar Meridian Pint will host an outdoor Oktoberfest party whether Joaquin hits D.C. or not. [Borderstan]

by Tim Regan — September 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

Little Goblins paradeThe organizers behind this year’s Little Goblins Parade in Logan Circle are on the hunt for volunteer “goblin wranglers.”

During the parade, which begins on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m., little ones dressed in colorful costumes will walk from Logan Circle to the 1400 block of P Street NW in search of treats. With candy in hand, the tiny revelers will move on to Stead Park in search of music, dancing and games.

Volunteers will ensure parade participants traverse the route safely and happily. Those who want to help out can contact event organizer Evelyn Boyd Simmons via e-mail.

Photo via Facebook.com/LCCA.D

by Jennifer Currier — September 29, 2015 at 9:00 am 0


Public Housing, Top Dollar — The D.C. Housing Authority has been renovating and selling single-family homes in the public housing program. Many of the homes are remodeled to luxurious standards and sell for big bucks in neighborhoods like Columbia Heights. Though the Housing Authority says that selling the homes provides a steady — and rare — source of income, critics say the sales only further localized gentrification. [WAMU 88.5]

Man Stabbed in 2009 Dies of Complications This Year — A man stabbed in Shaw in 2009 died of complications related to the stabbing in June. Now, police have ruled his death a homicide. [Washington Post]

Andy At-Large? — Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal may enter next year’s D.C. Council member at-large race. Entering the race would pit Shallal against challenger David Garber and incumbent Vincent Orange. [Washington City Paper]

Coffeeshop Incoming — A building permit on the door of 3100 Georgia Ave. NW suggests a new coffee shop that is coming to Park View. [New Columbia Heights]

Chili for Charity — More than 20 local bands are swapping chili recipes for charity. [Borderstan]

by Kishan Putta — September 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm 205 0

Kishan Putta is a former ANC Commissioner and current Vice President of Friends of Stead Park. He can be reached at [email protected] and @kishanputta on Twitter.

This past March, after years of public outcry about slow and off-schedule buses, the District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) started a lengthy study and community outreach process.

The second-to-last public meeting will take place at The Chastleton (1701 16th Street NW) this Wednesday 6:30-8:00p.m. DDOT will also hold pop-up feedback sessions along 16th Street NW over the next few weeks and will host another feedback meeting before the end of the year followed by a presentation of the preferred alternative in January.

If you ever use the 16th Street buses, drive 16th or just care about improving this vital corridor of the city, please join us on Wednesday.

My wife and I live in the Chastleton, which overlooks 16th Street, and can see the problems daily. When I was an ANC 2B Commissioner, I helped get us more and longer buses, as well as a new rush-hour route. As a member of DDOT’s Citizens Advisory Group, I’ve participated in three public meetings this year and have heard from scores of riders and drivers.

Morning rush hour tends to be the biggest concern for riders I’ve talked to. Riders feel that rush hour has gotten longer and longer. Though it used to end shortly after 9 a.m., they tell me, rush how now extends till 10 a.m. and beyond. They feel that buses, which carry over 50 people each, should be able to travel quicker during rush hour than they currently do and spend less time stopping.

DDOT has spent the spring and summer collecting data and are seeking input into what their final contending alternatives should be. Each alternative will be a combination of infrastructure, traffic, and bus route changes.

Other cities in the U.S. and abroad have implemented time-saving ideas like ride prepayment and backdoor boarding to reduce stoppage times, as well as bus-sensitive traffic lights that stay green longer if they sense a bus approaching. They also have bus-only lanes, an idea that many riders would like to see tried on 16th Street, if only just a pilot test.

From our apartment overlooking 16th Street, I’ve taken hundreds of photos and videos of the traffic problems. I’m no expert and I haven’t collected official data. But these photos and videos, taken recently, show a few things.

Here’s what I’ve found:

  1. Rush hour doesn’t end at 9:30am, which is when the parking restrictions end and drivers can park in the same right lane that buses use most often for pickups and for motion.

  2. Many cars drive in that right lane even though they know they may have to stop for buses.

16th Street is 50 feet wide. Sometimes, that 50 feet gets divided into four or five lanes. Many have suggested that we should have more five-lane sections (especially south of W Street) so cars would have more options, and so buses could be left to have the right lane. Perhaps we could solve the problem by way of an official dedicated bus lane with enforcement done via cameras mounted on the backs of buses. This would ideally allow buses full of passengers to get downtown faster and then be reused.

There are many more proposals DDOT is considering, such as moving or removing certain bus stops, and changing some routes. Please let us know if you have other ideas, and please send questions and comments to [email protected] or tweet @kishanputta, @DDOTDC and use the hashtag #16thStreetBus.

We have talked and advocated for years about improving this corridor. We finally have the opportunity to do so and we appreciate DDOT’s outreach and thoughtful efforts.

We hope you will give us your input and will attend the meeting Wednesday.

by Jennifer Currier — September 28, 2015 at 9:05 am 287 0


Landmark Festival Falls Flat — The inaugural Landmark Music Festival at West Potomac Park achieved its goal of raising money for restoration of the National Mall, but reviewers say it was anything but historic. [Washington Post]

Petworth Progress — Petworth Cafe on Georgia Avenue NW looks close to opening. [Park View, D.C.]

PoPville Music — Here’s how local band Jack on Fire lambasted the Prince of Petworth. [Washington City Paper]

Eggs! On Burgers!— Want a burger topped with a fried egg? Look no further than Duke’s grocery (1513 17th St. NW), Pop’s Seabar (1817 Columbia Rd. NW) and Kangaroo Boxing Club (3410 11th St. NW). [DCist]

Over a Barrel — ANC 2F’s community development committee weighed concerns on giving Logan Circle’s Barrel House Liquor’s facade a historic status. [Borderstan]


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