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Friday, August 26, 2016

Local News Brief: First Folio at Gallaudet, Sushi Burritos, & Local Crime

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The exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is traveling the country, and it's making a stop at Gallaudet University (800 Florida Avenue) October 7th through the 30th. The university will hold a number of events that are free and open to the public to celebrate (the opening ceremony is not among those, and some other events require registration).

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WAMU: Streetcar to Launch Sunday Service

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WAMU reports that the streetcar will begin Sunday service (8 a.m to 10 p.m.) September 18th. I would guess this to fall pretty high on the list of most requested service changes. In another bit of great news, the article also says we can likely look forward to shorter wait times for streetcars generally.

Pop Up Caribbean Food, Trinidad Crafting Salon, & Photography at Capital Fringe

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The Capital Fringe Festival may be over, but that doesn't mean things are anywhere close to quiet down at Capital Fringe (1358 Florida Avenue). Check their website to see the full line-up of events, but here are a few you might want to check out.

On August 28th (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Fringe hosts Chop Bar: a Global Food Experience. Chop Bar is "a local West African phrase for makeshift small restaurants where people gather over food, music and positive vibes." In this case the tasting menu features Caribbean inspired fare from Chef Jonathan Harris.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Get Ready for this Year's H Street Festival

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I'm sure you all marked you calendar for the H Street Festival back when the date was first announced, but now we have more details on some of this year's attractions.

Once again the festival will stretch over ten blocks. Within that span you'll find 14 staging areas, and dozen of interactive attractions. Over 250 businesses, community organizations, and vendors will participate. As always, the festival will feature a variety of live entertainment, food, drink, contests, and fun for folks of all ages.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Separating Fact from Fiction on the Maryland Avenue Road Diet

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A map from the Toole Design project website

There's been some rather heated discussion both online and offline recently about the Maryland Avenue Road Diet. The Road Diet is an attempt to mitigate traffic concerns and make the street safer for all who use it, drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Some opponents of the project have recently cried foul, claiming that this project has offered little in the way of outreach or opportunity for public input, and accusing others of trying to "ram through" the proposal. None of those things are true. This project has been in the works for many years and it's getting closer to implementation. I'm providing links to some information sources below so that anyone who wishes to learn more about the project can do so. I am also reposting (with his permission) an email from Bill Schulteiss, who is not only a long time resident of the area, but also a former two-term Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, and worked as a project manager for the planning study. Please read up and familiarize yourself with the facts.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Local News Brief: Cubano Groove at the Starburst, Coffee at Pow Pow, & a Kingman Park Historic District

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Cubano Groove will perform salsa and Latin jazz music at the Starburst Plaza tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 8 p.m. This is part of H Street Main Street's efforts to bring more programing to the plaza, which is located at the intersection of H Street, Florida Avenue, Bladensburg Road, Maryland Avenue, and Benning Road.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Whole Foods is Slightly Delayed, So What?

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The helpful folks at Ivy City Smokehouse want to sell you great seafood

Washingtonian revealed yesterday that the Whole Food on H Street won't open until sometime (no one is saying exactly when) in 2017. Previously, we had heard late 2016 (probably November). I know a lot of people are very eager to shop for fancy cheeses and organic produce, but the delay is likely not a large one. Plus, I'm pretty sure one can already get virtually everything locally that the Whole Foods will offer. We've got a ton of great sources for food in the larger neighborhood. I tweeted a bit about this last night on my way home, but I think it's worth noting here as well.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Local News Brief: Cleaning Up Local Schools & Hechinger Mall Safeway Breeds Discontent

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Wheatley Education Campus in Trinidad

Saturday is beautification day at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School (659 G Street) and Wheatley Education Campus (1299 Neal Street). Come out and help parents and neighbors get the places looking good for students heading back to school on the 22nd. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Ludlow-Taylor and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Wheatley (Old City CrossFit is pitching in on this one). Many other locals schools are holding similar events this weekend. Times vary, so check with your local school for details.


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One local resident who is frustrated with the Safeway at Hechinger Mall is collecting stories about the store on Twitter (#hechingerhellsafeway) with the aim of encouraging the chain to improve the location. One possible stumbling block is that this particular outlet has been long rumored to be closing at some point in the not too distant future. Which reminded me of an interesting post Trinidad resident (and blogger at BeyondDC and Greater Greater Washington) Dan Malouff wrote a while back about the potential of Hechinger Mall (or the land it sits upon). Malouff is a transportation planner in Arlington, and the piece is definitely worth a read when you have a spare moment.