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by Tim Regan — May 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Logan Circle Park in 2010Logan Circle park will come alive with flags, speeches and music from a brass band on Memorial Day.

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will hold a free celebration in the park that includes an appearance by newly appointed U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning, the singing of the national anthem from the Washington Capitals’ Bob McDonald and music from a brass quintet.

The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation of the colors from the junior officer training corps, followed by the singing of the national anthem, a religious invocation, and then a presentation from historian and author Gary Ecelbarger.

Later, Fanning will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of U.S. Civil War general John A. Logan. Fanning, who was only officially confirmed to the position last week, is the first openly gay head of a military branch in the U.S., as reported by the Washington Post.

Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lunches — and yes, even dogs — to the event.

More information from Logan Circle’s ANC 2F:

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

United House of Prayer for All People parade

(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) Trumpet players, cheerleaders and other people are set to march from Shaw to Logan Circle as part of an evangelical Christian church’s annual parade this weekend.

The United House of Prayer for All People‘s parade is slated to bring congregants from its church at 601 M St. NW to the Logan Circle traffic circle Saturday morning.

M Street NW from 6th to 7th streets NW is expected close from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Other road closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. are expected to include:

  • 6th Street NW from L to S streets NW.
  • S Street NW from 5th to 14th streets NW.
  • 13th Street NW from S to O streets NW.
  • Logan Circle NW.
  • P Street NW from 14th to 6th streets NW.
  • 7th Street NW from Q to L streets NW.

A United House of Prayer representative didn’t have an immediate comment on the parade or provide details on exactly when it will begin and end.

But Borderstan reported in 2013 that the marchers arrived about noon at the traffic circle’s park, where several locals gathered to watch. “Sweet Daddy” Grace, the church’s founder, lived at 11 Logan Circle NW before he died in 1960.

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm 0

Logan Circle Lululemon, photo via Google Street View(Updated at 11:46 a.m.) A man who claimed to have a knife robbed a Lululemon Athletica store in Logan Circle yesterday evening, according to D.C. Police.

The crime occurred at the store (1461 P St. NW) just before 6 p.m. yesterday evening, authorities said. An employee at that location said the store was closed but would not comment further when reached by phone last night.

According to a police report we obtained this morning, a man entered the store and asked about getting a job there. He then walked over to the sales counter and wrote something on a yellow post-it note, the report said.

“This is a robbery. Don’t say sh-t,” the note read, according to police.

The man then walked behind the counter and asked a woman who worked there to open the cash register. When the employee said she didn’t know how, the man replied that he had a knife and “will cut you.” He also told the employee that he would kill her if she called police.

The man stole a cash box from the register as well as an iPhone and a driver’s license before fleeing the store, police said.

According to a DC Alert notice, police were on the lookout for a person described as:

B/M, 5’10”, 175 lbs., wearing a white sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The suspect was last spotted buying a Gatorade at the VIDA Fitness on 17th St. NW, according to police.

Photo via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

John_Fanning_BorderstanA longstanding member of Logan Circle’s ANC has been chosen to help represent the District during the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

John Fanning, who serves as chair of ANC 2F, will likely head to the convention in July with a list of other delegates that includes D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans and Brianne Nadeau, according to the preliminary election results from the May 21 D.C. Democratic Pre-Primary Qualifying Caucus.

“It’s an honor to have been selected by the voters in Wards 1, 2 ,6 and 8… and to represent them at the Democratic National Convention,” Fanning told us via email.

Fanning, along with Evans, Nadeau and other local figures, have pledged as delegates to cast a vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But getting elected wasn’t easy. According to Metro Weekly, Fanning and 59 other delegate hopefuls faced an election where “the methods of selection are so oblique, the process so tangled, it’s no wonder the average voter is clueless.”

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by Tim Regan — May 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm 1 Comment

Dog in Logan Circle 2

Updated at 10:48 a.m. Friday: The National Park Service contacted us to clarify its rule regarding the park’s inner circle. As it turns out, some of the information originally given to us was “incorrect.” Humans and dogs alike are banned from entering the circle. The NPS initially told us that only dogs were banned from that part of the park.

We’ve updated this article to reflect the clarification.

Yesterday, we reported on a dog fight between some Logan Circle locals and the National Park Service.

The disagreement centers on whether dogs should be allowed in the small, fenced-off circle that surrounds the statue of Major General John A. Logan in Logan Circle park. (As an aside, it’s important to mention that leashed dogs are allowed to play in the surrounding park itself, just not the area around the statue.)

The NPS says dogs should not be allowed in the inner circle, citing possible damage to the statue and grass around it. But members of a group called Logan Circle Dogs are crying foul.

In the comments section of our article, one reader pointed out “there is also a dog park ‘ruffly’ 2 blocks away [from Logan Circle]. I understand using the circle for neighbors to take their dogs out for a quick potty break, but having dogs play around it when there is a good park nearby doesn’t make any sense.”

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by Tim Regan — May 10, 2016 at 3:55 pm 6 Comments

(Updated at 4:22 p.m.) Some local dog owners are butting heads with the National Park Service and other members of the community over where their dogs should be allowed to frolic in Logan Circle park.

According to the National Park Service, leashed dogs are allowed to roam the park but are not allowed in the inner circle that surrounds the statue of Major General John A. Logan. Dog owners who disobey that rule could be cited, said to NPS spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose.

Humans, however, are allowed in the inner circle. Logan Circle’s ANC 2F discussed the issue during its monthly general meeting last week.

“There’s dogs running around the statue, kids climbing on it. All the grass is gone,” said 2F chair John Fanning during that meeting.

Fanning later added in an email to Borderstan that locals “should all be mindful and respectful that we all have a role in protecting the park’s beautification and historical significance.”

To deter dog owners from walking their dogs in the inner circle, the NPS erected signs throughout the park. But someone stole those signs on two different occasions, Rose said.

“The original signs were posted on a pole in two different entrance areas of the park,” recalled Fanning. “The replacement signs, which were posted over a year ago on the smaller fencing area… went missing one by one.”

An anonymous letter that circulated through the Logan Circle community in March lamented that dogs had filled the park’s inner circle with bare patches, holes and poop. That letter, addressed to the NPS, asked for better enforcement of the no-dogs rule.

But some members of a recently created group called “Logan Circle Dogs” are crying foul over the rule. Members say banning dogs from the circle is “a slippery slope,” as the group wrote in response to that letter.

“It should be a reminder to respect our park, if your pup digs holes, stop it; if your pup pees on the statue, stop it,” the post reads. “Let’s all respect and enjoy our park.”

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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 Borderstan Sponsor — April 28, 2016 at 7:00 am 0

Now that hard-hat tours to the spectacular roof terrace have commenced, we can confirm that the new residences at Logan13 will have several spectacular features setting them apart.

One, of course, is location. Situated in the heart of Logan Circle–walking distance from countless eateries, cultural attractions and Metro–the building affords dramatic views of the surrounding neighborhoods.

The other feature that is drawing attention is the widely-available outdoor space residents will enjoy, either privately or in the spacious rooftop terrace for all residents to enjoy.

“Being a half-block off Logan Circle helps us stand apart from everything else that’s going on in the city,” said Craig Souza, Sales Manager for McWilliams|Ballard. “One two-bedroom floor plan has a great bump-out feature where, from the inside of the home on all floors, you can look north and see Logan Circle directly and look south and see down 13th Street. It’s really going to be a terrific view.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm 0

Alley behind P Street Whole Foods (Photo via Google Maps)A thief with a gun punched and robbed a man near a Logan Circle grocery store over the weekend, police said.

The armed robbery occurred in the alley behind the Whole Foods at 1440 P St. NW about 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was walking in the area when he heard footsteps, according to authorities. He then turned around, and a man hit him in the face.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm 0

1800 block of Lamont Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two good Samaritans caught a 17-year-old boy suspected of robbing a woman at knifepoint in Mount Pleasant last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened on 1800 block of Lamont Street NW about 7 p.m. The area is about a block west of Lamont Park at Lamont and Mount Pleasant streets NW.

The victim was in the area when a boy came up to her from behind, according to authorities. The young man then placed his arm around her neck and put a knife to her abdomen.

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by Tim Regan — April 19, 2016 at 10:30 am 4 Comments

Photo via Little Free LibraryTwo Logan Circle/Shaw residents have launched a crowdfunding campaign to put a new Little Free Library on 14th Street.

Stephanie Dahle-Adams and Haley Herbst yesterday launched a GoFundMe page to install a new free book hub at the Luther Place Memorial Church at 14th and N streets NW. They’re seeking $600 for the project, according to the page.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 Comments

Three men wanted for a Logan Circle armed robbery that netted $30,000 have appeared in surveillance footage.

The robbery occurred inside the Holiday Inn at 1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW Tuesday night. The victim told police that he planned to buy a car from some men before they robbed him at gunpoint.

Video police distributed today in connection with the crime shows a backpack-wearing man dressed all in blue walking around the hotel with two other men. At one point, they were joined by someone who appeared to let them into a room.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm 2 Comments

Holiday Inn at 1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW (Photo via Google Maps)Men with guns stole $30,000 from a man who told police he planned to use the money to buy a car at a hotel in Logan Circle last night, according to authorities.

The armed robbery happened inside the Holiday Inn at 1501 Rhode Island Ave. NW about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim was meeting with three men in his hotel room about purchasing the vehicle when they forced him into his bathroom at gunpoint, police said.

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by Tim Regan — April 13, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

Bus stopping at 1336 14th St NW

Some frequent Metro bus riders and at least one Logan Circle community leader have differing opinions on whether to remove a shelter that covers a bus stop on 14th St. NW.

Members of Logan Circle’s ANC 2F voted last week to ask DDOT and WMATA to consider removing the shelter above the stop at 1336 14th St. NW. Among their concerns was that the stop was infrequently used, and sometimes attracted litter and the occasional loiterer.

Prior to last week’s meeting, a group of residents and a representative from the forthcoming Jinya Ramen bar came before the commission’s Community Development Committee and asked that the bus stop be removed altogether.

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