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Congressional Cemetery Looking for ‘Dead Man’ Runners

Dead Man's Run (Photo via Congressional Cemetery)Ghouls, zombies and witches will have the chance once again to run through the Congressional Cemetery this fall.

The annual “Dead Man’s Run” 5K and 2K are set for Oct. 3 at the Hill East cemetery. Costumes are encouraged.

Until July 12, 5K runners can register online for $30 using the code “DOOMED.” Otherwise, the cost is $40 per person for the 5K. The fee covers admission to the 5K, as well as a T-shirt and post-race beer.

A noncompetitive 2K for children and families is $10 per person.

At the strike of a funeral bell, the 5K participants will run a loop that travels through the cemetery and along the Anacostia River.

Following the race, runners will get a beer as a “reward your own survival,” according to the Congressional Cemetery.

Photo via Congressional Cemetery


Volunteers Needed for H Street Festival

H Street Festival (Photo via Facebook/H Street Festival)Organizers of the H Street Festival are seeking volunteers to assist with their annual neighborhood fest.

The H Street Festival typically draws large crowds to sample local art and food along H Street NE. This year’s festival is Sept. 19.

Volunteer forms are available online. Festival directors also are seeking donors and sponsors for this year’s fest.

Image via Facebook.com/HStreetFestival


Hill Pet of the Week: Dior

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Dior is the Hill Pet of the Week. She’s a well-behaved 3-year-old terrier mix. Here’s the bio shared by the Washington Humane Society shelter on New York Avenue NE:

I’m Dior! If you’re looking for a super sweet, well-behaved pup to welcome into your family, that’s me! My foster parents say I’m the easiest foster pup they’ve ever had. I am crate trained (sometimes I whine for a few minutes but then I stop), have had no accidents in the house and stay off the furniture. Though I do like to put my paws on the window sill to see where you go when you leave the house! I’m a little shy in new places, but it won’t be long until I can’t stop wiggling from excitement every time you come to play with me. I love going on walks — there’s so much to explore!

To adopt Dior 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.

Photos via Washington Humane Society


‘Escape Rooms’ to Open on H Street NE This Week

Escape the Oval OfficeThe H Street corridor this week will get its first “escape rooms” from which people can try to get out, for a fee.

Escape the Room — H Street will open to customers for the first time Friday at 1322B H St. NE. The activity space also will be open Saturday and Sunday, before it begins its normal operations July 14.

The space has two rooms with clues, puzzles and locks that as many as 10 visitors must solve before they can leave.

One of the rooms, “Escape the Oval Office,” features “a group of spies disguised as White House fellows [who] are on a mission to amend the original copy of the United States Constitution and get out before the president returns to the Oval Office” in 60 minutes, according to a news release. The space is intended for adults and older children.

The other room, Escape the Classroom, has visitors “retrace the steps of the fictional teacher to find the misplaced key in time to catch the last school bus before the weekend,” the news release says. The space is designed for children who are 5 to 8 years old. They have 45 minutes to escape the room.

“It will be challenging” for all ages, said Ayanna Smith, a co-owner of the escape rooms.

For this weekend, admission is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Normally, admission will be $25 for adults and $15 for children.

The activity space accepts reservations for the escape rooms online.

Image via Escape the Room — H Street


Barracks Row Pizza Shop Had Rat Feces, Live Roaches, D.C. Health Agency Says

Pizza Boli'sThe Pizza Boli’s on 8th Street SE had rodent droppings, live cockroaches and large houseflies when a food safety and hygiene inspector stopped by the eatery last week, according to the D.C. Department of Health.

The pizza shop at 417 8th St. SE was closed temporarily last week after the inspector discovered a “gross insanitary occurrence or condition that may endanger public health including but not limited to heavy infestation of vermin,” DOH said at the time.

In the full inspection report released yesterday, the agency says the inspector found rat droppings beneath and behind equipment, large house flies inside Pizza Boli’s and live roaches behind the eatery’s refrigerator and near its walls during a June 22 inspection.

Pizza Boli’s was closed June 22 and resumed business Thursday, when it passed a follow-up inspection.

Maroula Giannaros, a Pizza Boli’s spokeswoman, said last week that the eatery wouldn’t reopen “until it meets our corporate standards of quality and safety.”

Banana Cafe at 500 8th St. SE and Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill at 419 8th St. SE, which neighbors Pizza Boli’s, also were closed temporarily this month after reported vermin infestations.

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Morning Rundown


Hill East Changes — The District Source shares this Hill Rag article that explains the increasing density caused by new developments. [District Source]

Fireworks on Capitol Hill — Where on the Hill can you enjoy 4th of July celebrations? We’ve got it right here. [Hill Now]

Hunger Games Meet the competitors vying for space in Union Market. [DCist]

Jacqueline Dupree Returns — More cranes spotted in Southwest, a pizza eatery finally gets its permit, and more Virginia Avenue Roads Closures. [JD Land]


PHOTOS: Mia’s Coffeehouse Opens for Business on 15th Street NE

Capitol Hill residents can grab a free cup of coffee at a pet-friendly cafe tonight before it begins normal operations tomorrow.

Mia’s Coffeehouse at 101 15th St. NE is offering the complimentary java until 7 p.m. in the lead up to its first full day in business tomorrow. The eatery also was open for a couple hours this morning with free coffee, drawing about 30 customers, said Jeff Lee, who is running the cafe with his wife, Jenohn.

“The reception has been great,” Lee said.

In addition to espressos, lattes and other coffee drinks, Mia’s will have tea, horchata and other hot and cold beverages starting tomorrow. All of the drinks cost $4 or less.

The cafe also will have pastries and sandwiches that are no more than $8.

The sandwiches, which are named after Lee’s family members, include The Damario with beef barbacoa and Manchego cheese, and The Christian, with Vermont cheddar cheese and roasted cherry tomatoes.

The menu eventually will include rice bowls, burrito-like sushi rolls and beer and wine, too, Lee said. Mia’s also may have other items for sale based on customer interest.

“We live and die by the guests,” he said.

The coffeehouse’s normal hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays. It’s closed Sundays.

Located in the former Bella Market space, the cafe has seating for about a dozen customers inside and is in the process of securing outdoor tables to accommodate about 25 people.


Where to See Fireworks Around Capitol Hill This Week

D.C. fireworks on July 4, 2010 (Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley)

Fireworks will illuminate the skies around Capitol Hill in at least three shows this week.

On Friday night, fireworks are scheduled to shoot up near Nationals Park at the end of the team’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Spectators at the game also will experience “military pageantry and patriotic-themed music” during the display, according to the Nationals.

The next day, on July 4, the Foo Fighters concert is slated to end with fireworks over RFK Stadium about 11:30 p.m.

The District’s main fireworks show on Independence Day is set to happen about 9 p.m., however. The fireworks, which will take to the sky near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, will be visible from Capitol Hill.

Photo via Flickr/Tim Kelley


Hill East Parents Petition Against Gun Bill

Marco Rubio (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)Some parents at an elementary school are signing a letter petitioning Congressional committees to vote down a bill they believe would make their neighborhood less safe.

Local dads from a parent organization at Maury Elementary penned the note in response to Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) proposed “Second Amendment Enforcement Act.”

The act (duplicate bills S.874 and H.R. 1710) would prevent District government from creating any laws restricting the sale of firearms to qualifying buyers and amends D.C. code to authorize local regulation concerning possession and transportation of firearms.

At noon, the petition had over 80 signatures.

“We perceive easy access to firearms in our neighborhoods as a direct threat to the security of our families and are prepared to use every tool of civic power at our disposal to prevent further guns in our neighborhoods,” the letter reads.

Max Bernstein, one of the drafters of the letter and a parent, said he is delivering the letter today to Sen. Ron Johnson and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairmen of the committees scheduled to review the act.

Bernstein said the group does not directly oppose any politicians or the 2nd amendment and that it can be addressed separate from party lines.

“As parents, we don’t want people to be able to carry guns into Maury Elementary school. It’s a safety concern,” Bernstein said. “But what it really comes down to is whether we get to decide what happens in our city, or if its left to someone who’s halfway across the country. We should get to decide what is appropriate for our community.”

Photo via Wikimedia Commons


Foo Fighters to Rock RFK, Despite Dave Grohl’s Injury

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl (Photo via Flickr/Monika Runstrom)Speculation over whether or not the Foo Fighters will play RFK Stadium is over.

A tweet sent out from the Foo Fighters says, “Can’t f***ing wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC.”

The show was called into question after the band canceled tour dates earlier this month when front-man Dave Grohl suffered a broken leg.

Not everyone is a fan of the concert coming to Hill East, though; earlier this month members of the community expressed concern about security in the neighborhood.

Photo via Flickr/Monika Runstrom


Woman Shoots Cabbie in Hill East

Unit block of 17th Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)Two women are wanted in the shooting of a taxi driver near Eastern High School yesterday morning.

The shooting happened on the unit block of 17th Street SE about 4:15 a.m. Sunday, police said.

One of the women shot the cabbie in the back, police said. Both of the women were the man’s passengers.

The taxi driver was hospitalized, police said.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

Rundown NoMa

Foo Fighters — Officials say that nothing has changed in planning the Foo Fighters’ July 4th concert at RFK Stadium, despite lead singer Dave Grohl’s recent injury. That said, the band has yet to release a statement updating their status. [WTOP]

Ben’s H Street — As Hill Now first reported on Thursday, Ben’s Chili Bowl’s H Street location will open this Wednesday, July 8. [Hill Now]

The Week Ahead — The ANC6B Executive Committee will meet at 7 p.m. at the Hill Center on Tuesday, and Larry Janezich has updates on the Boys & Girls Club and RFK Stadium. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Bridging the Anacostia — An analysis of the potential 11th Street bridge’s impact on neighboring communities.  [Greater Greater Washington]


UPDATED: Man Dies After Daytime Shooting Near Northeast Capitol Hill School

1600 block of E Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 4:05 p.m.) A man died after he was shot about three blocks from Miner Elementary School yesterday afternoon.

The shooting happened on the 1600 block of E Street NE about 5:15 p.m., police said.

Darrell Grays, 33, of Northeast D.C. is the man who died, police said.

Authorities found Grays suffering from a gunshot wound and rushed him to a hospital, where he died from his injury. The Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide division is investigating his death.

Police tweeted that they’re looking for a man and a gray Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle with a Maryland license plate in connection with the shooting.

MPD currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

Photo via Google Maps


Police Arrest Juveniles Suspected of Armed Robbery Near H Street Corridor

600 block of 15th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)Two boys suspected of robbing a man at gunpoint near H Street NE last night were apprehended.

Armed thieves struck about 11:45 p.m. on the 600 block of 15th Street NE, police said. The block includes Miner Elementary School.

Shortly after the robbery, officers detained two boys and arrested them in connection with the incident, according to authorities.

Photo via Google Maps

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