Monday, April 22, 2019

Safer Streets Advocate Murdered by Speeding Driver of Stolen Van on Florida Avenue NE

The ghost bike memorial for cyclist David Salovesh
Photo by Karen Ramsey of the memorial erected near 12th & Florida in memory of murdered cyclist David Salovesh

As most of you will already know, a cyclist was killed Friday morning about 10am near the intersection of 12th & Florida Avenue NE. 54 year old David Salovesh was at a stop light when he was struck. Robert Earl Little Jr. (25 years of age) was headed west on Florida Avenue at a high rate of speed. He was driving a stolen van, and he blew through the red light at 12th & Florida, hit another car, crossed the yellow line into the other lane, and hit Salovesh before striking a tree. Little suffered non-life threatening injuries, but Salovesh was not so lucky. Little has been arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The Washington Post story below quotes an affidavit saying “[p]reliminary calculations provide an estimated range of speed of 60 miles per hour." The speed limit on that stretch of Florida Avenue is 25 miles per hour, but many drivers disregard the posted limit and drive much faster.

David Salovesh, known to many by his Twitter handle @darsal, was a tireless advocate for safer streets and a more cyclist and pedestrian friendly District. More than 100 people gathered for a ghost bike memorial service in honor of Salovesh yesterday. He died on a stretch of Florida Avenue that residents and those who push for safer streets have long called a hazard. I have lived in the 1200  block of Florida Avenue NE since 2003 and I can 100% confirm that the street is dangerous with many drivers routinely far exceeding the speed limit. I still remember the day years ago that two young children (siblings) were killed in the crosswalk by another speeding driver who also chose to run a red light. The history of inaction and failure on Florida Avenue is a long and frustrating one. This 2017 Greater, Greater Washington post provides a little context. The bottom line is that the District has the power to redesign Florida Avenue NE to make it safer. It's imperative that we do so before more blood is unnecessarily spilled.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Toast Spring with Frühlingsfest at Wunder Garten April 26–28

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Frühlingsfest at night photo courtesy of Wunder Garten

NoMa's Wunder Garten (1101 First St. NE) is gearing up for its third annual Frühlingsfest, a traditional spring festival (sort of a little sister to Oktoberfest) that will run April 26–28. The festivities will include a Bavarian Olympics, a maker's market, and the inaugural "Spring Pup Crowning." Café Berlin (322 Mass Ave. NE) will provide traditional German fare. Chase that down with Spaten beers and Maibock spring brews on tap in addition to other local beers. This event is family and dog friendly. You can RSVP online, but there is no cover for this event.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Polish Beer, Music, Food & More at Dyngus Day DC April 22

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Dyngus Day is a Polish-American version of Śmigus-dyngus (pronounced SHMEE-goose-DING-goose), also known as lany poniedziałek, which means Wet Monday in Polish. The celebration marks the end of Lent, and falls on the day after Easter Sunday. Śmigus-dyngus, which has some rather obvious pagan roots, traditionally involves boys splashing or soaking girls with water, and striking them about the legs with pussy willows. The celebration that can be found in American cities like Buffalo, NY and Cleveland, OH, is quite different. In those places it's basically a big party with a parade, lots of polka dancing, and plenty of Polish food.

Since 2017 folks have also been marking the occasion right here on H Street NE at Biergarten Haus (1355 H St. NE). This year you'll find polka, Polish food - kielbasa, pierogies, pazcki (Polish doughnuts), Polish beer and dancing. Baltimore's The TKO Band will turn the party up with live music. The organizers will have pussy willows and squirt guns on-hand. There's no cover for the event. You can even snag very cool Dyngus Day DC shirts and buttons. Keep up with the latest on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Two Fun Local Options to Get You Moving

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Looking for a great way to get out and get some exercise in the spring weather? Check out these solid options.

Running
Sign up for the Bison 5K Fun Run. The Bison 5K will take place Saturday, May 4 on Gallaudet's campus (800 Florida Ave. NE). Registration is $25 and proceeds from the run/walk go to strengthen academic programs, enhance technology, maintain our learning environments, and provide financial aid to students. All students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members are welcome.

Biking
If you prefer your adventure on two wheels give the Washington Area Bicyclists Association's Sprouts Ride a spin on Sunday, April 28. This ride is for WABA members (most memberships are annual). Choose from two courses, 5 miles, or 15 miles, and experience the joy of springtime biking in the city. The 15 mile Sapling Route runs through the National Mall, past The Wharf, and up the Anacostia River Trail, providing some great views. The 5 mile Bean Sprout Route is a casual ride with a focus on maximizing comfortable riding conditions in the city. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Two Injured in Double Shooting at Queen & Holbrook

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Two men sustained injuries in a double shooting yesterday in Trinidad. It happened just before 2:30pm near the intersection of Holbrook and Queen Street NE. According to an email from 5D Lieutenant Peter Frenzel, the first victim suffered a gunshot wound to one leg, as well as a graze wound to his abdomen. The second victim was shot in the leg. The men were in stable condition when transported to local hospitals. If you have any information about this shooting please call MPD at 202-727-9099 or text the tip line at 50411 (you can remain anonymous). The text of the original alert appears below.

Monday, April 15, 2019

It's Been a Violent 36 Hours


Our area has seen multiple violent incidents in the past 36 hours. It started about 1am yesterday with stabbing in the 100 block of Capitol Avenue NE (Ivy City). I don't have any information on the status of the victim, but here's the original alert.

Alert: Stabbing at 0100 hours in the 1900 block of Capitol Ave, NE. LOF: B/F, 35-40 YOA, 5'9", 130 pounds, wearing all black clothing.
DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/ EVENT #I20190210762 
Sent to 5th District (PSA 501-508) Alert DC 
Sent by MPD Cad # 10989

A little over 30 minutes later (1:39am) someone was stabbed in the 1200 block of Simms Street NE (Trinidad). No status on the victim.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Camp Discovery at Gallaudet this Summer

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Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave. NE) will run a day camp on campus this summer for kids ages 4 to 11. Camp Discovery is focused on serving children who are deaf, hard of hearing, and kids of deaf adults (KODA), but all are welcome. ASL will be the preferred means of communication. Campers will enjoy a wide range of activities including those focused on: ASL instruction, storytelling, theater & dance, team building, sports, swimming, science, and creative arts.

The camp offers two sessions, July 8–19 and July 22–August 2. The program fee is $694 per session. Before care is available ($130 per session), as is after care ($160 per session). Limited scholarships may be available. If registering more than one child a 10% discount will be offered. Fill out the online form to register. If you have questions please contact CampDiscovery[at]gallaudet.edu. You can also call 202-651-5361 (voice) or 202-759-5686 (videophone).