Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Non-Fatal Stabbing Last Night in the Unit Block of Florida Avenue NE

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There was a stabbing in the unit block of Florida Avenue NE a little before 7:30pm last night. According to an message sent by Lieutenant Peter J. Frenzel to the MPD–5D email group, the victim was an adult male who had been involved in an altercation with the suspect. The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the leg. His injuries were not life threatening, and he was treated at a local hospital. If you have information about this incident you can contact MPD at 202-727-9099, or text them at 50411. The text of the original crime alert appears below.

Alert: Stabbing at 19:27 hrs at Florida Av NE/N Capitol St NE. No lookout information at this time.
DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/ EVENT #I20190083591 
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC 
Sent by MPD Cad # 11667

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Toast 12 Years of The Pug & Support a School History Project Feb. 13

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The Pug (1234 H St. NE) is marking its 12th anniversary with a fundraiser in support of Payne Elementary's The Story of our Schools exhibit. Students at Payne Elementary (1445 C St. SE) are embarking on a remarkable journey through history with the help of teacher Juanita Stokes.

Ms. Stokes will guide the students as they participate in primary research, visit local archives and museums, interview long-time area residents, hear from guest speakers, and much more! Acting as ambassadors, our students will share their knowledge with the entire school community by visiting classrooms and leading activities for students.

Monday, February 11, 2019

PCP Smoking Driver Who Killed Oren Dorrell on H Street Sentenced

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On Friday a judge sentenced the driver who struck and killed 53 year old reporter Oren Dorrell on H Street NE on June 8, 2018. In accordance with a plea deal to voluntary manslaughter, 47 year old Daryl Grant Alexander was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Alexander, who admitted that he had consumed alcohol and smoked PCP prior to hitting Mr. Dorrell, was apparently heavily intoxicated and not coherent when police removed him from his car. He originally struck Dorrell in the 1100 block of H Street NE, and Dorrell was still under the car when witnesses stopped Alexander at 13th and H Street NE. Bystanders assisted police (reportedly about twenty people total) in lifting the car off the injured Dorrell, who later died from his injuries. Dorrell, who was wearing a helmet as he rode his motorcycle, had been stopped at a light when Alexander hit him from behind. Because Alexander told investigators that he had no memory of hitting a motorcyclist, or driving that stretch of road, he was allowed to enter an Alford plea. The Washington Post points out Alexander was on probation for a DUI at the time of collision, and USA Today notes that Alexander actually had five prior DUI arrests.

I gleaned the above information from The Washington Post and USA Today, which both have stories on the sentencing. Dorrell was a foreign affair reporter for USA Today. He lived with his family in the Trinidad neighborhood.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Free National Symphony Orchestra at Union Station Today

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Union Station (50 Mass Ave. NE) will play host to a free National Symphony Orchestra concert today at 1pm. Come out to hear selections from Gustav Holst's The Planets in the Main Hall. The performance, conducted by NSO's Music Director Gianandrea Noseda, will feature soloist and Concertmaster Nurit Bar-Josef and Principal Trombone Craig Mulcahy. Thanks to Kingman Park Kaleidoscope (@kpkindc) for the heads up.

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Après-Ski Starts Today at Wunder Garten

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Après-Ski kicks off today at Wunder Garten (1101 First St. NE). It's an multi-day event (Feb. 7–10 and Feb. 14–17) based around popular slope-side, post-ski social activities. Wunder Garten’s Après-Ski parties will feature a variety of activities that highlight the winter social sports such as skiing and snow boarding.  Wunder Garten will transform its indoor, heated beer pavilion and snow globe into an ‘urban ski lodge’ including fire pits, winter-themed cabanas, hot alcoholic drinks, virtual reality ski experiences, costume competitions, and DJ dance parties.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

A Chinese Washing Machine Company Liked Local Firm Design Army's Work So Much They Stole It


Adweek has an interesting story on a local business that can sometimes fly under the radar because it's not a restaurant, bar, store, or performance space. Design firm Design Army (510 H St. NE, Suite 200) has called H Street home for years, and you have definitely seen their work even if you didn't recognize it (check out their Instagram @DesignArmy). The firm came up with an amazing campaign for Hong Kong Ballet, and then a Chinese washing machine company known as Little Swan pretty blatantly ripped it off. If you aren't a subscriber to Adweek you can sign up for a free account. You can also read more about the situation and see the images over at Campaign Brief Asia, which posted a story before Adweek, and also covered the Design Army campaign back in May of 2018 when it was first released.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Star & Shamrock to Close After a Nearly Decade on H Street NE

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The Star & Shamrock (1341 H St. NE) announced yesterday that they will close their doors in mid-February, after nearly a decade on H Street NE, to "focus to new opportunities and projects." Bullfrog Bagels will take over the space. The venerable Jewish deli/Irish bar opened in April of 2010.  Bullfrog Bagels opened up a counter inside Star & Shamrock on Sept. 19, 2014. The tavern's final weekend will be Feb. 15–17. Stop by to bid them farewell before it's too late.

The following announcement was posted to their Facebook page:

It is bittersweet for us to announce that after 10 years on H St, the Star & Shamrock will be closing. We are excited to shift our focus to new opportunities and projects. It has been our pleasure to play a part in the continued reimagining of this storied neighborhood. None of this would have been possible without the love and support of our friends & family, the hard work & dedication of our staff members over the years and the loyalty of our customers. We look forward to passing the torch ( & space) to our long time collaborators and roommates at Bullfrog Bagels. Please stop by before our farewell weekend February 15-17
Slainté and L’chaim!