Tuesday, October 06, 2015

ANC Joint SMD Meeting Re: 1164 Bladensburg Road Development

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 Text from the meeting notice:

We need your input regarding a future development project! Neighborhood Development Co. and its affiliates are planning to develop approximately 75 affordable housing units at 1164 Bladensburg Road, NE on the corner of Meigs Place and Bladensburg Road NE. The building is currently boarded up and serves little purpose to the surrounding community. This newly proposed development will help spur further development along Bladensburg which will help bring more retail and more general business to this part of Trinidad DC.

Reader Question: Can You Recommend an Architect & General Contractor?


A reader writes in that he and his wife are considering purchasing an older home in our area and asks for recommendations for any particular architects or contractors who might be a good fit.

My wife and I have lived in NE for 5 years now (love your blog) and are getting close to buying a home. A home we have an eye on definitely needs renovation but is not a total gut job. I was wondering if you or your readers have come across good (or bad) renovation companies to handle this sort of work? We're looking to expand a bathroom, do minor kitchen updates, and renovate another bathroom. We'd also do some painting/small electrical work, etc and would love to have one point of contact to handle this sort of work.

Non-Fatal Stabbing in the 900 Block of 8th Street

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A man was stabbed last night around 8pm in the 900 block of 8th Street (between I and K). The man's injuries are not life threatening, and he refused to cooperate with MPD. MPD has said the victim "was stabbed by several suspects that he knows." The victim was taken to the hospital.

Monday, October 05, 2015

WaPo: More on Saturday's Early Morning Triple Shooting

The 700 block of H Street

MPD has identified the decedent as 32 year old Jerome Leroy Wright. Mr. Wright was apparently attempting to rob the other four men when one of them fought back and attempted to gain control of Mr. Wright's gun. That plan did not work out so well, and the resisting victim was shot in the chest. He did eventually get control of the gun and shot Mr. Wright multiple times in the chest. One of the other intended robbery victims was shot by mistake during the struggle. Some of that comes directly from a this Washington Post story, which contains additional details. The Washington Post piece also says the shooting is likely to be ruled a justifiable homicide, meaning no charges would be filed in Mr. Wright's death.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Two Critically Injured, One Dead, in Attempted Robbery on H Street Overnight [UPDATED]

MPD sent out the tweet above early this morning about a shooting in the 700 block of H Street. Hill News Now has more of the story, and it sounds like an attempted robbery that did not go as planned. An armed individual approached a group of four with the intent to rob them. There was a struggle, and at least two of the intended victims were shot and incritically injured. The robber was also critically injured. One of those three injured people has now died. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

A Diner, Coffee, & Cask Fermented English Beers Headed to H Street

Recent months have seen a few businesses in the area close (Chinito's Burritos, The Spot Deli, and H Street Coffee & Cafe), but this past weekend brought news of three new places looking to open.

One of these new places is a 24 diner called Blue Diner. The address for this one appears to be 1250 H Street.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Art in the Alley Postponed Until Friday Oct 16th


Trinidad's Art in the Alley has been postponed until 6pm Friday October 16th due to the stormy forecast (100% chance of rain, with high winds likely). I hope everyone can still make it. The location remains the same (the alley between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave and Morse Street).

Stay Awake, Theatre for the Very Young at the Atlas

Tameika Chavis and Kashayna Johnson in Stay Awake. Photo by Kevin Reese

I am the playwright/director of Stay Awake, a theatre performance designed for audiences ages 2 - 4 and their grown up friends, which runs at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC from Oct 2 - 12.   Combining live cello music, movement, puppets, and a colorful high-flying piece of kinetic art (a mobile), Stay Awake was developed to be just the right experience for young children — with a gentle story and fun participation.  The story follows the  fantastical journey that awaits a child and her dog when their familiar bedtime ritual is thrown delightfully off-balance. Our school performances are almost sold out, but we are eager for your readers to know about our public performances.  Tickets are $9 for children and adults, $5 for a group of 20 or more. 

Tickets can be purchased online, or through the Box Office (202.399.7993 ext. 2).

Director Mary Hall Surface is a Helen Hayes Award winning director and playwright with international experience creating theatre for children. She recently authored an article for DC Theatre Scene about the art form of Theatre for the Very Young. Please note that Stay Awake features one of the fabulous mobiles created through the collaboration of community members and Kevin Reese as part of the Mobilizing Our Community project.

October Events at the Rosedale Library


The Rosedale Library (1701 Gales Street) has a ton of fun events coming up in October. You'll find a complete list below:

Ongoing Programs

Story Time - Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am — Children ages birth to 5 (and their caretakers) can enjoy songs, stories, and action rhymes. (NO Story Time Oct. 12th)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jimmy Valentine's 8th Annual Fundraiser for Trinidad Youth Programs 10/1

Here's more about why you should support Thursday's Trinidad youth program fundraiser at Jimmy Valentine's Lonely Hearts Club.

Once a year we ask for your help supporting positive and productive programs for children in our neighborhood

See those basketball uniforms in the photo above? Your donations paid for them. We've also put iPads in our local elementary school classrooms, funded field trips, bought yearbook supplies, & paid for a host of teaching & learning tools to provide opportunities that keep kids off the street in Trinidad.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Can You Rule the Queen Vic's Right Royal Pub Quiz?

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The Queen Vic's (1206 H Street) Right Royal Pub Quiz is back, and once again the prize is awesome. The winner of the 12 week competition walks away with a trip for two to Dublin, Ireland. The contest starts October 6th, and runs every Tuesday (7pm) through December 22nd. Can't play the full stretch? It's cool. They'll give each week's winning team a $50 gift card and a the runners up can drown their sorrows in a complementary round of Jameson. Jameson is sponsoring the pub quiz, so look for some specials on it more generally.