The January meeting of the U Street Neighborhood Association is Thursday, January 12, at 7 pm. Location is the Source Theater, 1835 14th Street NW. On the agenda: presentations by the owners of Matchbox and Black & Orange, two new eateries coming to 14th Street NW.
Matchbox will open another location at the northeast corner of 14th and T Streets NW. Black & Orange will open at 1931 14th Street NW.
Peter Fox, well known by many in the gay community for his vocal talents in the Gay Men’s Chorus of DC, passed away after an abbreviated battle with lymphoma. In recent years, his singing career blossomed through performances at the Kennedy Center, Signature Theater and the release of an album.
Washington Blade has a lovely article on Fox, featuring recollections from friends and family. The funeral services are Friday at 10 am at Foundry United Methodist Church. The article also includes info on how and where to make donations in his name.
From the Blade article: “Many in Washington’s gay community are reeling from the death of Peter Fox, a well-liked local singer who died Monday after a short battle with central nervous system lymphoma. A funeral is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church for the 45-year-old musician.”
The DC Department of Public Works begins picking up holiday trees and wreaths curbside on Tuesday, January 3. DPW will pick up holiday greenery through Saturday, January 14.
DPW says, “Remove all decorations and place the greenery in the treebox space in front of your home between Monday, January 2, and Monday, January 9. Please do not put the trees in plastic or cloth bags.
“Trees collected between January 3 and 14 will be recycled. Any trees not collected by January 14 should be set out with your trash to be picked up as space in the trash trucks allows over the following weeks.”
The DC Department of Public Works is observing the New Year’s holiday on Monday, January 2. As a result, there will be no trash and recycling collections. Parking regulations will not be enforced either.
In once-a-week collection neighborhoods, collections will “slide” to the next day. In twice-a-week collection neighborhoods, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday. Trash and recycling containers should be put out for collection no earlier than 6:30 pm the night before collection and removed from public space by 8 pm on the collection day.
As for parking enforcement, there is no enforcement of parking meters, residential parking, and rush hour lane violations. DPW also will not tow abandoned vehicles. Parking enforcement will resume Tuesday, January 3.
DC Police reported a robbery involving a gun Wednesday at 8:30 pm on the 1100 block of V Street NW:
“Police Alert – Robbery Gun_2030 hours_1100 V St NW_No Lookout DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20110667951. Sent on: 12/28 20:39”
You can sign up for Police Alerts at Alert DC, and get email or text updates.
DC Police reported a shooting shortly after 6 pm this evening on 11th Street NW between L and M Streets. The Police Alert came through at 6:13 pm. No more details at this time.
Police Alert-SHOOTING. 1100 BLOCK OF 11TH STREET NW ONE ADULT MALE SHOT DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #120110653822
Starting today and running through January 2, Borderstan is getting some holiday decoration. Thanks go to Neil MacLean, a former Borderstani, who designed the green Borderstan logo you normally see every day on the site (as well as the smaller B logo).
Hanukkah‘s eight days begin December 20 this year, so from today through Thursday the Borderstan logo is blue with a nine-branched Hanukkah Menorah. Starting Friday we will have one of Neil’s special Christmas holidays logos… and then on December 27 we will have a special New Year 2012 logo.
Trader Joe’s has a near fanatical following for a number of reasons — cheap but good frozen prepared foods and of course, the vaunted cheap wine that isn’t completely terrible. Given the cult of TJ, it’s not surprising that rumors of a new store in the ‘hood have flown for a year or more.
But Washington City Paper‘s Lydia DePillis has a source that says it could be coming, and soon, to the new apartment-retail project at 14th and U Streets NW. Note: this is a best guess scenario — there are no leases, no approvals and not much else. I’m crossing my fingers and toes and hoping someone else can confirm or deny the rumor.
If you don’t know, “Two-Buck Chuck” is the nickname given to the Charles Shaw Wines sold at Trader Joe’s at low prices.
The Prince of Petworth put the news out late last evening that Pixie Windsor has signed a new five-year lease for her store at 1626 14th Street NW, Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot. We say oops here because Windsor had included the news in an email on store specials events for today.
The information was at the bottom of the December 13 email in huge type (which we also missed by not reading until the end). But the good news was forwarded to PoP by a more attentive reader.
Whether Windsor would stay on 14th Street NW or move out of the neighborhood had been in question.
- AYT Auto Service, Institute Leaving 14th Street at Year’s End
- Business: Condos, Apartments, Pedicures, Pixie’s, The Pig
- Miss Pixie: It Has to Be “My Own Show”
Drag out your ugliest sweater and head over to Cafe Saint-Ex at 14th and T NW Wednesday evening for an ‘Ugly Sweater Party.’ Time is 8 pm to 1:30 am and your “special” sweater gets you $5 drink specials.
If you have the tackiest, frumpiest sweater at the event, you can win a $50 gift card. Even if you don’t win, NBC Washington reports you can still get eggnog and Christmas cookies while listening to some tunes.
This Wednesday, December 14 (that’s tomorrow!), your everyday grocery shopping can benefit local farmers’ markets! The Logan Circle (1440 P Street NW) and Glover Park locations of Whole Foods will donate 5% of all sales that day to double food stamp and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs at the Bloomingdale, Mount Pleasant, NoMA and 14 & U Farmers Markets for the 2012 season.
These programs give low-income DC residents access to healthy and local fruits and vegetables. To find out more, head over to the DC Greens website. Grab your reusable bags and head out to Whole Foods tomorrow to help make a difference!
The Urban Neighborhood Alliance is collecting toiletries for Charlie’s Place. Charlies’ Place is a support group for the homeless that operates out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW.
You can drop off toiletry items at Ross School, 1730 R Street NW, on Saturday, December 10 during the final day of the Ross PTA Holiday Tree sale (on the Ross School Playground).
Charlie’s Place offers hot meals and counseling, and has placed dozens of homeless people in housing and jobs, getting them off of the streets.
Burger joint Black & Orange says they hope to open their second location near 14th & U just before Christmas. The Washington City Paper blog Young & Hungry talked to owner Raynold Mendizabal about the challenges he faced at his first location on Connecticut Avenue, in Dupont Circle.
The new location at 1931 14th Street NW, which took over the space occupied by a dollar store, will be open until 5 am. We will have to wait and see what the new signature burger of the 14th Street location will be. Nice to see another local operator invest along 14th Street.
Principal Rembert Seaward, the Early Childhood Teaching Team and others will host an Open House for prospective Pre-Schoolers (age 3 by September 30, 2012) and Pre-Kindergarteners (age 4 by September 30, 2012) parents and the entire community on December 7, 8:30 to 10:00 am. There will be a discussion of the “Tools of the Mind” curriculum in use at Garrison, which is designed to develop executive functioning and self-regulation skills. You’ll even have an opportunity to see it in action!
Please be reminded that all DC parents must enter the PS/PK/Out of Boundary lottery to secure a PS or PK seat – there are no guarantees of obtaining admission to any DCPS for PS or PK. However, there is an admission preference for your in-boundary school. Lottery applications may be submitted between January 30 and February 27, 2011; results are available a few business days after the applications close. You can get more information online about the lottery process.
While you are buying your holiday tree at the annual Ross tree sale, stop by Ross Elementary School at 1730 R Street NW to meet the faculty and staff, and take a tour. The school is holding an open house this Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to noon.
Also this Saturday, from 9 am to 1 pm, the Ross PTA is holding its holiday bake sale. So buy a tree, a wreath and some baked goods.