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by Andrea Swalec — March 31, 2015 at 5:15 pm 1 Comment

William Rumsey Aquatic CenterThe District is seeking input on the offerings of public recreation centers and pools.

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation launched a survey yesterday to gauge interest in their programs. The poll open through April 13 asks how often respondents use the recreation facilities and what they would like to see.

“The goal is to make programming decisions at DPR data driven, responding directly to resident needs/wants,” a statement from the department said.

Programs respondents can vote to see more or less of include spinning, Zuma and folk dancing.

by HillNow.com Sponsor — March 31, 2015 at 4:05 pm 0

Muffin is the Hill Pet of the Week. She’s a 5-year-old domestic shorthair who likes “showing off how cute she is.” Here’s the bio shared by the Washington Humane Society’s New York Avenue NE shelter:

This sweet little girl may be a bit shy, but she definitely has a great personality. Muffin has a calm disposition and would make a great pet to anyone willing to give her the time and love that she so deserves! She would like to be the only pet in your home. She enjoys showing off how cute she is by rolling onto her back and cocking her head to the side in a playful manner, and will sometimes even look at you to make sure you’re watching. There’s a lot more to this cute cat than meets the eye, so come meet her today!

To adopt Muffin or other pets from the Humane Society, see the Petango adoption site or call 202-576-6664.

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care from two store locations on Capitol Hill, on Barracks Row and on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

by Andrea Swalec — March 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm 0

Eastern High School students and mentor (Photo courtesy of Companies for Causes)A local business association is looking for companies ready to invest in Eastern Senior High School students.

The group Companies for Causes is preparing to coordinate its fourth summer of “Easternships,” the name it gave its program of mini-internships for students of the 1700 E. Capitol St. SE school.

The sessions aim to give teens a leg up on entering the professional world.

“We provide trainings around job skills such as interviewing, resume writing and creating professional social media profiles,” Joe Weedon, CFC’s executive director, said by email. (Weedon is also the Ward 6 member of the D.C. State Board of Education.)

Geppetto Catering and the accounting firm Raffa have hosted students every year, and Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen will mentor a student this summer, Weedon said.

Eastern principal Rachel Skerritt, who helped tailor the program to the needs of her students, said she saw real results.

“The students came away with so many tangible skills and also seedlings for us to water throughout the school year as we continue to work with them to be their best possible selves,” she said in a video about Easternships.

Companies will host students three days a week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7 through August 7. The youth will spend a fourth day at Eastern doing workshops on career skills like interviewing. Anyone who wants to host an Easternship, participate in the school’s annual career day, or volunteer as a mentor or tutor can visit CAC’s website.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Companies for Causes

by Andrea Swalec — March 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm 0

Ultimate Nerf Battle (Image via Facebook/Waterfront DC)(Updated at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday) The bad news is it’s just for kids.

Waterfront Church is set to host the Ultimate Nerf Battle tomorrow night, for kids in fifth to 12th grades.

The free event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the second floor of the Courtyard Marriott Capitol Hill/Navy Yard, at 140 L St. SE, as Hill Rag spotted.

The event is the first Nerf battle by the church that’s just seven months old. About 50 youth are expected, Pastor CJ Monroe said by email. All equipment will be provided.

Waterfront Church holds its services at the hotel, according to their website.

Image via Facebook/Waterfront DC

by Andrea Swalec — March 31, 2015 at 12:30 pm 1,232 3 Comments

(Updated at 12:40 p.m.) Plans are advancing for the Eastern Market Metro station to get an overhaul with new landscaping, a playground and an underground entrance to an expanded Southeast Neighborhood Library.

Barracks Row Main Street published conceptual designs this week of how the space at the intersection of 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE would look with a $44 million makeover. The designs show new plantings, a rain garden and a Navy Yard-inspired playground.

BRMS board chairman David Perry said the next steps for the plan are securing a sponsor agency within D.C. government and determining whether a months-long environmental assessment will be needed.

“This entire effort to date has been carried out by a group of citizens,” he said. “We’ve taken it as far as it can be taken by private parties. At this point, it needs to become a government project, and a particular city agency should take the lead.”

In the next few weeks, BRMS will meet with relevant city agencies and Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen, Perry said. There have been “encouraging developments,” he said, including $22.4 million approved for the District’s fiscal year 2019 budget for the library expansion.

The overall goals of the Eastern Market Metro Park overhaul are to make the space more useful and beautiful for everyone, Perry said.

“This two-block area is the connective tissue between the retail on 7th Street … and Barracks Row. We want it to be a great urban space,” he said. “It would be nice if it was a really beautiful and welcoming space that encouraged people to stay and linger.”

ANC 6B backed the plan late last year, as Hill Now reported.

Anyone who wants to weigh in on the plan can contact BRMS via their website.

Images via Barracks Row Main Street

by Andrea Swalec — March 31, 2015 at 10:35 am 0

Granville Moore's mussels (Photo via Granville Moore's)Restaurants on H Street NE, Barracks Row and Pennsylvania Avenue SE were chosen as some of the best in the city.

Announced last night, a handful of Ward 6 restaurants are among the finalists for the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s annual RAMMY Awards.

Beuchert’s Saloon is among the finalists in the Everyday Casual Brunch category, and Granville Moore’s is in the running for the Beer Program of the Year award. Three local restaurants are competing for Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year: Granville Moore’s, the Capitol Hill location of Hank’s Oyster Bar and the Capitol Hill location of Ted’s Bulletin.

The finalists were selected by the voting public and a committee of volunteer judges who are food service professionals, teachers and food writers.

The public will pick the winners in four categories: Favorite Gathering Place of the Year, Upscale Brunch, Everyday Casual Brunch and Favorite Fast Bites. Voting will open soon on the Washington City Paper website.

In recent food award news, the H Street NE restaurant Toki Underground is up for a national award, from the James Beard Foundation.

The RAMMY Award winners will be announced at a black tie gala June 7.

Photo via Granville Moore’s

by Andrea Swalec — March 31, 2015 at 9:10 am 1 Comment

K Street NE

Height Limit on Pop-ups Approved — The D.C. Zoning Commission voted last night to drop the height limit for new pop-ups from 40 to 35 feet. The limit applies to areas with R-4 residential zoning, which applies to large sections of Capitol Hill and Hill East. The commission also voted to allow developers to convert single-family homes in R-4 zones into four-unit condo buildings, with some restrictions. [Washington Post]

‘Please Refrain From Molesting the Garbage Cans’ — A note with that message was spotted on Capitol Hill. [PoPville]

Free Chick-fil-A at Nationals Park — The chicken chain Chick-fil-A will give Nats fans free sandwiches every time the team makes a save during a home game. [Washington Post]

Playground Construction in Southwest — The blog Southwest, The Little Quadrant That Could checked in on the construction of two playgrounds in the neighborhood. [SWTLQTC]

by Andrea Swalec — March 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm 0

NoMa Summer Screen (Photo via Flickr/NoMaBID)Do you want to see “Hairspray,” “Magic Mike” or “Singing in the Rain”?

The NoMa Business Improvement District opened voting today for its free annual outdoor film series — with the theme “Dance, Dance, Dance.”

Voters are asked to choose 10 out of 24 movies, including “Stomp the Yard,” “Fantasia” and “Billy Elliot.” The films picked for NoMa Summer Screen will be shown every Wednesday at 7 p.m. from May 27 to August 19. Coolers, dogs on leashes and kids are welcome.

A free outdoor movie series will also come to Navy Yard this summer, every Thursday night.

Photo via Flickr/NoMaBID

by Andrea Swalec — March 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm 0

A new restaurant and store from the owners of Toki Underground now has an opening date.

Maketto will officially open next Friday, April 10, the company announced today.

The “communal marketplace and lifestyle brand” will serve locally roasted Vigilante Coffee and food by James Beard Award-nominated chef Erik Bruner-Yang, who mans the kitchen of Toki Underground. The “streetwear” clothing company DURKL will sell menswear at the 1351 H St. NE space, too.

Anyone who wants to see the shop early can attend the Maketto Housewarming Party this Saturday, April 4. The event co-sponsored by Rock and Roll Hotel will have live music, food and coffee. Tickets cost $25 each and can be bought online.

Photos via Instagram/Maketto

by Andrea Swalec — March 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm 2 Comments

The District is kicking off the redevelopment of properties near the Waterfront Metro station and the Walmart store on H Street NW.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced six new community development projects this morning, including Waterfront Station II at 1000 4th St. SW and Capitol Vista, on a triangle of land bound by 2nd Street, H Street and New Jersey Avenue NW.

The city wants to turn the vacant, 1.36-acre lot on 4th Street SW into a 400,000-square-foot building with residences and ground-floor retails. Twenty percent of the homes would be designated as affordable, city documents show.

The Capitol Vista site is just 0.22 acres. The current zoning would allow residential and commercial use. No project specifications have been announced yet.

Bowser announced two initiatives, Our RFP and CompeteDC. The first plan seeks to engage residents before requests for proposals are issued to developers. The second program aims to help small business apply for local business opportunities.

Images via Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

by Andrea Swalec — March 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

11th and I streets SE (Photo via Google Maps)A would-be robber struck on I Street SE Saturday afternoon, near the baseball field south of Tyler Elementary School.

The crime occurred about 2:25 p.m. Saturday at 11th and I streets SE, police said. Officers were looking for a suspect described as a black male about 20 years old, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs about 180 pounds.

In other crime reported this weekend, a cab driver was robbed by a passenger on Saturday afternoon. A driver took a passenger to an alley on the 800 block of 12th Street SE about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, police said. The passenger flashed a gun, robbed the driver and then fled the cab.

And police responded to a call Sunday afternoon about someone making threats with a hammer. Police responded to the 1300-1349 block of C Street SE about 3:50 p.m. Sunday. The person wielding the hammer was arrested. No injuries were reported.

Photo via Google Maps

by Andrea Swalec — March 30, 2015 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

Metro bus(Updated at 10:25 a.m.) Two people on board an X2 bus are being treated for injuries after someone reportedly threw a brick through the windshield.

Officials were notified of the incident at 19th Street and Benning Road NE at 9:45 a.m., a Metro spokeswoman said.

Two people on the westbound bus were hurt. It’s not immediately known whether the driver was injured, Metro said.

No information on a suspect was provided.

X2 riders told officials earlier this month that they’re frustrated with delayed service, disruptive passengers and impolite drivers, as Hill Now reported.

“Any time you get on the X2, you get a show,” a WMATA street operations supervisor admitted.

Ridership on the line has climbed an estimated 14 percent in four months.

by Andrea Swalec — March 30, 2015 at 9:10 am 0

Rowhouses on E Street NE

Barracks Row Lesbian Bar Back Open — The 8th Street SE bar Phase 1 reopened after closing for renovations in January. “Everything has been redone. It is crazy amazing,” a bartender there said. [DCist]

Development Plans on E Street SE — Nearly 50 residential units are in the works for 1309-1323 E St. SE, near the Safeway store. The firm Opal LLC said at a community meeting they’re planning three and four-bedroom townhouses. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Capitol Hill Coffee Shop Back Open — Pound the Hill reopened after being shut down by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. There was “confusion with D.C. over taxes,” a representative of the Pennsylvania Ave. SE shop said. [Capitol Hill Corner]

D.C. Cases Dismissed After Computer Glitch — The D.C. Office of the Attorney General has dismissed some cases after officials detected a problem in a computer system used by lawyers and police. About 14,000 criminal and juvenile cases are being reviewed. [Washington Times]

by Andrea Swalec — March 28, 2015 at 10:55 am 2,474 2 Comments

(Updated at 9:55 a.m. Monday) The owners of Bardo Brewpub on Bladensburg Road want to turn unused land in Navy Yard into a “deluxe” waterfront beer garden with food trucks, a dog park and outdoor movies.

In a three-minute video narrated by their mascot Bardawg, Bardo announced last night that they’re aiming to raise $200,00 in the next month to create a “BeerDisneyLand” at 25 Potomac Ave. SE, just south of Nationals Park.

“Same old Bardo fun, now on two acres of Anacostia riverfront property — 100,000 square feet of fun,” a voice says in video of the owners’ Australian cattle dog roaming the development site. “New, shiny stainless steel brewery tanks. Biggest dog park in the city … Outdoor movies, as always, this time projected on a floating screen in the river.”Bardo development map (Image courtesy of Bardo)

Donors to Bardo’s Indiegogo campaign will receive Groupon-style discounts on beer once the business opens. For $20, a donor will receive four pints of beer. For $1,000, donors get “a hunnert pitchers of beer” for a party at the beer garden.

Representatives from Bardo presented the initial concept to ANC 6D earlier this month, as JDLand reported. The business was pitched as an interim use on an MRP Realty development site.

Bardo could operate on the lot for a minimum of five years, owner Andrew Stewart said in an update.

Video via Vimeo/Bill Stewart; map image courtesy of Bardo

by Andrea Swalec — March 28, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

Unit block of P Street SW (Image via Google Maps)A 14-year-old girl was injured and windows were struck by gunshots Friday evening when a shooter fired at people in Southwest, one block west of Nationals Park.

A shooter fired “numerous” shots on the unit block of P Street SW, near Half Street SW, about 5:40 p.m., police said. The teenager was shot once and was in good condition. The windows of nearby apartments were also hit.

The shooter fled south on South Capitol Street in a white sedan, according to police.

Additional information was not immediately available.

Violent crime is down in Police Service Area 105, police data shows. Seven violent crimes were reported in the area in the past 60 days, down from 14 in the previous 60-day period. In the past year, 64 violent crimes were reported, down from 103 the previous year.

Image via Google Maps

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