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Capitol Hill Agenda (Sept. 1-7)

The Beach (Photo via Flickr/NationalBuildingMuseum)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


National Building Museum Ward 6 Day

National Building Museum (401 F St. NW)

Time: 9-11 a.m.

Capitol Hill residents will get to use the museum’s “Beach” exhibit for free. Bring a driver’s license or other form of identification that shows a home address for entry.

First District Police Citizens Advisory Council Public Meeting

Metropolitan Police Department First District Station (101 M St. SW)

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Meet with law enforcement representatives for presentations and a question-and-answer session about crime in the community.


Canal Park Outdoor Movie: ‘The Sound of Music’

Canal Park (200 M St. SE)

Have a picnic and see “The Sound of Music” for free as part of the Canal Park Outdoor Movie Series.


U.S. Men’s National Team Soccer Friendly vs. Peru

RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol St. SE)

Time: 7 p.m.

See the U.S men’s national soccer team takes on Peru in an exhibition game. Tickets are available online.

Photo via Flickr/NationalBuildingMuseum


Woman Sought in Hill East CVS Theft Caught on Video

A woman sought in a theft earlier this month at a CVS near Watkins Elementary School has appeared on video.

The theft occurred on the 500 block of 12th Street SE about 9:45 p.m. on Aug. 21, police said. Police did not identify the store. But surveillance footage police released today shows the woman going into the CVS at 500 12th St. SE with two other people.

The person of interest, wearing a white sleeveless shirt, torn jeans and a black baseball hat, smiled and waved her finger in the air as she entered the store.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community. 

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.


PHOTOS: Navy Yard School Reopens After Almost 10 Years

(Updated at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday) Van Ness Elementary School in Navy Yard officially welcomed kindergarten and Pre-K students inside today after it shut down almost a decade ago.

This group of children will be the first students to go through the school at 1150 5th St. SE since nearby building demolition and construction led to its closure in 2006. The school currently offers Pre-K through kindergarten classes, and plans to add a grade every year until it reaches 5th grade.

Outside, most of the building, including the main entrance, is still fenced off as renovations continue. The playground behind the school also is still under construction, but is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 and ANC 6D commissioner Meredith Fascett joined the Van Ness Parent Group for a kickoff celebration in front of the school as students arrived for their first full day. Former ANC 6D commissioner David Garber, who is now running for an at-large spot on the D.C. Council, was also at the event.

Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, the new principal at Van Ness, said the school will have a creative focus, with a particular emphasis on experiential learning.

“We’re focused on building a compassionate, nurturing and welcoming environment for our students and our families,” she said.

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Chinese Restaurant on Capitol Hill Reopens After Rodent Infestation, D.C. Health Agency Says

Hunan DynastyA Chinese restaurant about two blocks from the U.S. Capitol is now open following a D.C. food safety and hygiene inspection that uncovered a “heavy” rodent infestation last week, according to the D.C. Department of Health.

Hunan Dynasty at 215 Pennsylvania Ave. SE passed a DOH follow-up inspection Friday after an agency inspector closed it Tuesday, allowing it to reopen.

The inspector on Tuesday discovered rodent droppings on a table by the eatery’s microwave, beneath its cook line equipment and on other kitchen equipment, according to a recently released DOH report.

The restaurant also had blocked hand-washing sinks without soap, “excessively unclean” shelving in its walk-in cooler and “encrusted debris and heavy buildup of grease” on cooking equipment exteriors, among other issues, the report says.

A Hunan Dynasty manager wasn’t immediately available to comment.


Morning Rundown

Eastern Market (Photo via Flickr/NCinDC)

Friday Night Fights at Eastern — Numerous fights broke out among attendees of Eastern High School’s first football game of the season at home Friday night. A teenage boy was arrested for possessing a BB gun. [Washington Post]

Mental-Competency Evaluation for Man Charged in Fatal Metro Stabbing — A man accused of stabbing a recent American University student to death on a train at the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station in July has been ordered to undergo a full mental-competency evaluation. [Washington City Paper]

Capital Dragon Boat Regatta Comes to Southwest — Dragon boats manned by teams of rowers raced by The Wharf in Southwest on Saturday. “Dragon boat racing is the fastest growing sport, believe it or not, in the world right now,” event organizer Jeffrey Kuhn told WTOP. [WTOP]

Frager’s Negotiating Deal to Rebuild on Fire-Damaged Property — Frager’s Hardware is close once again to returning to its property on Pennsylvania Avenue SE. [Hill Now]

Photo via Flickr/NCinDC


Weekend Crime: Girl, Man Shot in Southwest

900 block of 3rd Street SW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 9:25 a.m.) A girl and a man were shot last night in Southwest about two blocks from the site of another shooting last week.

The shooting Sunday happened on the 900 block of 3rd Street SW about 6:45 p.m., police said.

The victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to authorities. Police said they’re looking for a blue sedan in connection with the shooting, but haven’t released a description of a shooter.

The girl was identified as 13-year-old Taije Chambliss by WUSA 9. The teenager was on her way back home from the library when she was unintentionally struck by a bullet, according to the CBS affiliate.

“Around this neighborhood there’s been a lot of shootouts and killing and stuff and my mom is trying to get some help for us to move from around here but nobody was trying to help her, but she was trying to prevent something like this from happening, like one of her kids getting shot,” 18-year-old Keandra Chambliss, Taije’s sister, told WUSA 9.

On Thursday, a man was shot on the 200 block of L Street SW. The victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

A man also stabbed a woman last night near NoMa, police said.

The attack happened about 11:45 p.m. on the 1100 block of Sursum Corda Court NW, which is surrounded by the Sursum Corda low-income housing cooperative between North Capitol and 1st streets NW.

The victim was standing in the backyard of a residence in the area when the assailant struck, according to authorities. She was brought to a hospital for treatment.

Photo via Google Maps


High School Football Season to Begin on Capitol Hill

Eastern High School football players (Photo via Facebook/ Eastern High School)The Friday night lights are set to return on Capitol Hill as Eastern High School kicks off its football season against Ballou High School tonight.

The reigning Class A D.C. state champion Ramblers are scheduled to begin their season with a home game at 6 p.m. on their 1700 East Capitol St. NE campus. MaxPreps, a website that ranks high school football teams nationally, placed the Ramblers ninth in the District in its preseason rankings.

The Ramblers also have released their schedule for the rest of season:

  • Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Falls Church High School.
  • Sept. 11, 6 p.m. vs. Richard Wright Public Charter School at home.
  • Sept. 18, 6 p.m. vs. Woodrow Wilson High School at home.
  • Sept. 25, 6 p.m. at McKinley Technology High School.
  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
  • Oct. 10, 2 p.m. vs. Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School at home.
  • Oct. 16, 6 p.m. vs. Bell Multicultural High School, which will be played at the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus.
  • Oct. 23, 6 p.m. vs. McKinley Tech at home.
  • Oct. 30, 6 p.m. vs. Roosevelt at home.
  • Nov. 6, 6 p .m. at Cardozo.

Photo via Facebook/Eastern High School


Person of Interest in Robbery Filmed During Melee in NoMa Hotel

A surveillance camera has caught a person of interest in a robbery as a crowd of people tussled in the lobby of a NoMa hotel earlier this month.

The robbery happened at a hotel on the 1200 block of 1st Street NE about 10:45 p.m. on Aug. 15, police said. Authorities didn’t identify the hotel. But the Hilton Garden Inn at 1225 1st St. NE is the only hotel on the block.

Video police released today in connection with the robbery shows the person of interest entering the hotel with more than a dozen people. Some of the individuals then scuffled in the building’s lobby as other members of the group watched.

During the melee, the person of interest walked away from most of the crowd and went up a few steps of a stairway.

Someone then climbed the stairs and stopped near the person of interest. As the new arrival stood on the staircase, the person of interest took something from that individual and ran out of the hotel.

Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

Photo via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department


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Frager’s Negotiating Deal to Rebuild on Fire-Damaged Property

Frager's Hardware, March 19, 2105Frager’s Hardware is close once again to returning to its property on Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

The beloved Capitol Hill store is in talks with D.C.-based Perseus Realty on an agreement that would allow the shop to return to 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, which was devastated by fire in June 2013.

Kristin Sampson, Frager’s garden manager, stressed in an interview with Hill Now that the deal wasn’t final, after the Washington Business Journal reported today on the shop’s talks with Perseus. Earlier this year, a deal with Roadside Development to rebuild the store collapsed.

Like Roadside, Perseus is looking to construct a mixed-used development that would include residential space, in addition to Frager’s.

“Hopefully, it won’t fall through,” Sampson said.

Since the fire, Frager’s has spread its business across four Capitol Hill locations, including 1323 E St., 1115 Pennsylvania Ave., 1129 Pennsylvania Ave. and 1230 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.


Masked Men Attack, Rob Woman at Gunpoint in Hill East

1700 D Street SE (Photo via Google Maps)Two masked men with a gun attacked and robbed a woman last night.

The robbery happened on the 1700 block of D Street SE about 11:30 p.m., police said.

The woman was walking in the area when the two thieves approached her, according to authorities. The robbers then snatched the victim’s purse from her shoulder and hit her, causing her to fall.

At one point, one of the men flashed a gun before they took the woman’s purse and fled down an alley.

The victim received minor scratches during the incident, police said.

Authorities also received a report of another armed robbery in Hill East this morning.

Police are investigating a robbery at gunpoint on the 1500 block of East Capitol Street SE about 8 a.m.

Authorities haven’t released any additional information about the incident at this time.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

U.S. Capitol flowers (Photo via Twitter/SenateSergeantAtArms)

Pilot Who Landed Gyrocopter at U.S. Capitol Raises Thousands of Dollars for Defense — Douglas Hughes, the man who landed a gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol grounds in April, has raised almost $10,000 online to fund his defense. [WTOP]

Hill East ANC Commissioner Criticizes Metro After Safety Drill — ANC 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp said the safety drill that Metro held in the Stadium-Armory Metro station last weekend left her with “little confidence” in the agency’s preparedness for a smoke or fire incident. [PoPville]

Protected Bicycle Lanes Planned for C Street NE — The District Department of Transportation plans to install bicycle lanes along C Street NE between 16th Street and Oklahoma Avenue NE with a landscaped barrier separating cyclists from car traffic. [Greater Greater Washington]

Grant Memorial Near U.S. Capitol to be Restored  — The restoration of a bronze memorial to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant outside the U.S. Capitol sheds light on the original sculptor’s agonizing efforts. [Washington Post]

Photo via Twitter/SenateSergeantAtArms


Man Shot Near Police Station in Southwest

200 block of L Street SW (Photo via Google Maps)A man was shot about a block from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District station in Southwest last night.

The shooting happened on the 200 block of L Street SW about 10:15 p.m., according to authorities.

Officers found a man with numerous gunshot wounds to the upper part of his torso, police said. But authorities haven’t released a description of the shooter.

The victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

MPD continues to investigate the shooting.

The victim was the third man shot in Southwest this summer.

A man was killed in a shooting on the 1300 block of 1st Street SW on July 27. Four days later, a man was injured in a shooting on the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue SW.

Photo via Google Maps


Capitol Hill Library Fundraiser to Have Hundreds of Books for Sale

Northeast Neighborhodd Library (Photo via Facebook/ Friends of the Northeast Library)About a thousand used books are set to go on sale at the Northeast Neighborhood Library this weekend.

The fundraiser at the 330 7th St. NE library is scheduled to start Saturday at 10:30 a.m. On Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., any remaining books are slated be sold at a discounted price.

Riverby Books, a used bookstore that closed on Capitol Hill in March, donated the books to the Friends of the Northeast Library, which typically holds two book sales every year to raise money for the library.

Vince Morris, president of the Friends of the Northeast Library, said the gift from Riverby will make this sale much larger than previous times. He also said the quality of the books will be higher because Riverby Books was more selective with the items they accepted.

“They donated a huge part of their inventory,” Morris said. “It’s probably going to be double the size of our typical sales.”

The library on Sunday also will host a block party from 2 to 5 p.m. The party, which will take place in front of the library, will include face painting, crafts, a balloon artist and a professional storyteller.

Photo via Facebook/Friends of the Northeast Library


Capitol Hill-Area Residents to Meet With Police Next Week

Police carCapitol Hill-area residents are slated to meet with representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department next week to discuss crime in the community.

The First District Police Citizens Advisory Council is scheduled to hold a public meeting with law enforcement officials at MPD’s First District station (101 M St. SW) Tuesday. The First District includes much of the Capitol Hill area.

The discussion, which is set to run from 7 to 8 p.m., will include presentations from police and time for questions from locals.

The resident-run council has asked for a “detailed analysis” on the effect crime is having on First District neighborhoods, Bobby Pittman, the organization’s chairman, said in an email. The group also has requested that the U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Park Police and Metro Transit Police give their thoughts on crime trends.

“We are concerned with every crime report and every victim, and we work with all law enforcement agencies to eradicate the opportunity for anyone to become a victim,” he said.

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