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by Sean Meehan — November 30, 2015 at 4:05 pm 0

Watkins Elementary School

Students at 10 Capitol Hill-area Elementary and Middle schools scored above the District average in math and English according to test results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers released today.

Students across the District took the PARCC tests to determine how well schools are preparing students for college and careers. Earlier today, Mayor Muriel Bowser released the results of test scores for grades 3-8. On average, 25 percent of students between grades 3 and 8 scored at “On track for college and career readiness” in math and 24 percent were on track in English.

However, multiple elementary and middle schools in the Capitol Hill area scored above the District average. Brent Elementary led area schools in both math and English, with 57 percent of students considered on track in math and 68 percent in English.

The other local schools that exceeded the District average in both math and English are:

  • School Within School
  • Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
  • Maury Elementary School
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School

The following schools scored above average in math only:

  • Tyler Elementary School
  • J.O. Wilson Elementary School
  • Chamberlain Middle School (Friendship PCS)

Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan scored above average in English but not math.

Catharine Bellinger, the Director of the D.C. chapter of Democrats for Education Reform touted Ludlow-Taylor and Tyler elementary schools as schools that performed well despite having a high number of economically disadvantaged students in a statement about the scores.

Bellinger said that students at these schools are “beating the odds” and said DFER “commend the teachers and leaders working every day in these schools to prepare their students to succeed, not just on tests, but as life-long learners and critical thinkers.”

by Sean Meehan — November 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm 1 Comment

Coffee (Photo via Flickr/ Michael Allen Smith)Fans of local coffee and tea will soon be able to get 17 drinks for $20 with the D.C. Indie Coffee Passport.

The passport, which can be purchased online, allows people to receive a free drink at 17 area coffee shops, including two in the Capitol Hill area.

Passport holders can choose one free drink per location from a list of options at each place between Dec.. 1 and June 30.

Ebenezers Coffeehouse at 201 F St. NE will offer passport-holders their choice of a spiced or vanilla Chai, latte, tea, coffee or a honey lavender latte.

Peregrine Espresso at Eastern Market will offer espresso, americano, cappucino, coffee, tea or iced coffee.

Passport holders will have to venture outside of the Capitol Hill area to get the remaining stamps in their passports. A full list of participating coffee shops is available online.

Photo via Flickr/ Michael Allen Smith

by Sean Meehan — November 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm 0

Police are seeking help identifying two men they believe are connected to a robbery that occurred in Hill East on Nov. 13.

The robbery occurred about 2:35 p.m. on the 1500 block of K Street SE Nov. 13, according to police.

Surveillance video released today by police shows two men entering a restaurant and inside the restaurant from various different camera angles.

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.

by Sean Meehan — November 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm 0

Police car lightA man was shot in the arm on Wednesday night in Northeast Capitol Hill, according to police.

Police received a call at 12:30 a.m. Thursday from a local hospital where a patient was admitted with a gunshot wound. The patient told police that he was in a physical fight with another person on the 200 block of 17th Place NE. The other person’s gun discharged during the fight and struck the patient in the forearm, according to an email from Metropolitan Police Lieutenant Eddie Fowler.

There were also multiple robberies in the Capitol Hill area over the holiday weekend. The first occurred on Thursday night on the 400 block of L Street SE. A woman reported that a man asked her for a cigarette before beginning to pat her down in an attempt to rob her. A friend of the victim’s confronted the man and held him until police arrived and placed him under arrest.

Four robberies were reported in the area on Friday night. The first occurred in NoMa about 10:45 p.m. According to a police alert, four teenage boys robbed a person on the 1100 block of 1st Street NW.

Another robbery occurred 15 minutes later near the intersection of 1st Terrace and K Street NW. A man was bicycling in the area when four teenage boys demanded his headphones. One of the teens punched the victim in the face before the group fled with his headphones.

Later in the night, an armed robbery occurred near the Navy Yard Metro Station. According to a police notice, a man and his friend were confronted by a group of teens outside the Metro station near the intersection of Half and M streets SE. The suspects were described as six or seven teen boys and girls and one of the thieves displayed a handgun before the group stole the victims’ wallets and cell phones.

On Sunday evening, a man was robbed in Southwest about 6:30. A man reported that he was talking on his cell phone on the 200 block of M Street SW when multiple boys grabbed him from behind and stole his property.

There was also an assault reported about 8 p.m. Sunday night on the 700 block of Constitution Ave. NE. The victim was able to identify the suspect, who was placed under arrest.

Early this morning, another attempted assault was reported on the 500 block of G Street SW. Two men were arguing over shared food when the argument escalated into a physical fight. The suspect then grabbed a knife and swung at the victim. No injuries were reported. The man who filed the complaint knew the suspect, but the suspect fled before police arrived.

by Sean Meehan — November 30, 2015 at 10:30 am 0

Traffic near Union Station

Employees at H Street NW Walmart Fast on Black Friday to Protest Low Wages — Employees of the Walmart at 99 H St. NW and supporters fasted on Black Friday to protest low wages at the chain. [Washington City Paper]

Hill East Buchanan School Demolition to Begin by January — Demolition of two buildings at the former Buchanan School in Hill East at 1325 D St. SE could begin in mid-December and will definitely begin by early 2016 to make way for 32 townhomes and 41 condo flats. [District Source]

Navy Yard’s Park Chelsea Unveils Floor Plans, Pricing — Developers behind Park Chelsea, a 436-unit apartment building at 880 New Jersey Ave. SE in Navy Yard have released floor plans and prices. Studios start at $1,700 and two-bedroom units at $2,900. [JDLand]

Two Tenants Sign on for Upcoming Office Building Near Union Station — Developers of a future office building at 660 North Capitol St. NW in NoMa have announced that the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities both plan to relocate to the building when it opens in February. [Washington Business Journal]

by Sean Meehan — November 25, 2015 at 3:45 pm 0

Historic rowhouses

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! Though plenty of people have left the D.C. area for Thanksgiving, there are plenty more spending the holiday right here. Those of us still in the Capitol Hill area will get a longer and quieter weekend than normal. IN what is perhaps a gift to those who stick around for the holiday weekend, Metro has no track work planned this weekend.

Temperatures on Thanksgiving Day are expected to be in the high 50s with partly cloudy skies. The weather will be a little warmer on Friday, but a cold front on Saturday will bring cloudy skies, rain showers and highs in the 50s for the weekend.

We’ll be off until Monday or when the leftovers run out, whichever comes first. In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know to make the most of the next four days on Capitol Hill:

Thanksgiving Thursday

  • Trash usually collected on Thursday will be collected Friday and Friday collection will be pushed to Saturday
  • Recreation Centers and other Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday
  • Parking meters will not be enforced
  • Parking restrictions along the H Street NE streetcar will still be enforced
  • Metro trains will operate on Sunday schedules Thursday and resume normal service Friday

Black Friday

Small Business Saturday

  • Locally owned stores from H Street NE to Barracks Row will open for customers looking to support small businesses on Small Business Saturday

by Sean Meehan — November 25, 2015 at 1:55 pm 2 Comments

Justice for Jason demonstrationMetropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier announced today that the investigation into an Oct. 12 detainment that sparked protests on Capitol Hill concluded that the officers “acted appropriately.”

The investigation begun after a video showing the forceful handcuffing of 18-year-old Jason Goolsby, who is black, by two white officers. Goolsby was handcuffed after police received a report that three individuals might be trying to rob people at an ATM on 600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Today, Lanier announced that the officers were not found guilty of any wrongdoing in the encounter.

“We feel that the officers’ actions, given the entirety of the circumstances, were appropriate and within department policy,” Lanier said.

Neither Goolsby nor his friends who were with him at the time were arrested or charged with a crime, though Goolsby was handcuffed for a period of time after fleeing the police when they first arrived.

There was no formal complaint filed with the police department, but Lanier called for an investigation into an incident after Goolsby’s lawyer told media that Goolsby had been detained for two hours or more.

A video of Goolsby being handcuffed sparked protests, including a march on Capitol Hill in which attendees chanted “justice for Jason.” Lanier repeatedly emphasized the fact that the video that sparked protests only showed a small part of the encounter.

Though Lanier emphasized that the officers acted appropriately, she did note some details that “changed the dynamic” of the incident, including the fact that a 911 dispatcher incorrectly told officers that a robbery had been occurred.

“There was a mistake from the dispatcher in repeating the call to the responding officer that these individuals had robbed someone, were involved in a robbery,” she said. “So even though another officer came over the air at a later time and said it’s suspicion, it does change the dynamic.”

Lanier also said that the police department hopes to start using body cameras on officers in 2016, which would make investigations into incidents easier.

by HillNow.com Sponsor — November 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm 0

Daisy is the Hill Pet of the Week. She’s a 6-year-old Terrier/Pit Bull mix who loves lounging around and can be adopted. Here’s her bio shared by the Washington Humane Society shelter on New York Avenue:

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Belly rubs and lounging with my human are some of my favorite pastimes. I’d like to share my home with humans and lots of treats please. I like to think I am the perfect age, over my pup years and not yet into my senior years.

I like hiking and long walks with my human friends followed by napping on the couch and watching movies all night. Come meet me at the New York Ave shelter today!

To adopt Daisy 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.

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Photos via Washington Humane Society

by Sean Meehan — November 25, 2015 at 11:20 am 5 Comments

Police car lightA woman was robbed by a man who also tried to sexually assault her in Hill East last night.

The attack happened on the 200 block of 8th Street SE about 10:35 p.m., according to an email from Metropolitan Police First District Commander Jeff Brown.

The woman was approached from behind and pushed to the ground. The attacker then stole a tote bag from the woman and tried to pull her pants down before she was able to flee.

Police are investigating the incident as an assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse, according to Brown. Police do not have a description of the assailant.

A similar crime occurred on Saturday night near the H Street corridor.

 

by Sean Meehan — November 25, 2015 at 9:35 am 0

Rowhouses on E Street NE

District Government Moves Closer to Closing D.C. General — The District took another step toward closing the homeless shelter at the former D.C. General hospital when Mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans for between six and eight new shelters across the city. [WAMU]

Owner of Taxi Involved in Crash With Police Questions Police Speed — Rock Creek Cab Company owner Mo Rahim is questioning how fast a police car was traveling when it collided with a cab on H Street NE Friday. [WUSA 9]

Building Intended as Site of H Street NE Bar Back On the Market — The building at 1336 H St. NE is back on the market after plans for a sports bar, Sin Bin Sports Bar and Restaurant, fell through. [District Cuisine]

Developers Submit Revised Designs for Apartments Near Potomac Avenue Metro Station — Developers have submitted new designs for an apartment building at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE after city planners suggested that they make the building appear shorter. [Washington Business Journal]

Eastern High School Wins Second Straight Gravy Bowl — The Eastern High School football team won the Gravy Bowl championship last night with a 45-8 win over Bell High School. [Eastern HS Football]

by Sean Meehan — November 24, 2015 at 2:35 pm 5 Comments

We, The Pizza Capitol Hill (Photo via Facebook/ We, The Pizza)We, The Pizza on Capitol Hill reopened this afternoon after being closed by the District Department of Health on Monday.

The eatery at 305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE was closed by the Health Department for failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises, according to an online notice from the Health Department. Officials from the Health Department did not respond to requests for more specific information about the cause of the closure.

We, The Pizza reopened at 2 p.m. today after taking care of the pest problem. A representative from We, The Pizza could not be reached to give further details about the closure.

Photo via Facebook/ We, The Pizza

by Sean Meehan — November 24, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

1200 block of Wylie St NE (Photo via Google Maps)Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man they say tried to sexually assault a woman near the H Street corridor Saturday night.

The woman was walking on the 1200 block of Wylie Street NE, just north of H Street NE, about 9:30 p.m. Saturday night when the man grabbed her and attempted to sexually assault her, according to a statement by police.

The woman was able to escape her attacker without sustaining any injuries. Police described the man as a 29-30-year-old black man with short hair and a mustache wearing a knee-length brown hooded jacket, gold watch, black jeans and brown boots.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.  DC Crime Solvers 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 an assault committed in the District of Columbia

Photo via Google Maps

by Sean Meehan — November 24, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

H Street NE

Batter Bowl Bakery on H Street NE Rebrands as Uni Bistro — Batter Bowl Bakery at 403 H Street has a new name and new ownership: the couple who ran the restaurant have taken over as owners and renamed the restaurant Uni Bistro as part of an attempt to attract more afternoon and evening customers. [District Cuisine]

Maketto Named One of America’s Top 100 Men’s Stores — Just a week after being named Eater’s Restaurant of the Year, Maketto on H Street was also recognized by GQ Magazine as one of the top 100 men’s stores in America. [DCInno]

One Man Dead, One Man in Police Custody After Weekend Stabbing in Navy Yard — A man who was stabbed while panhandling over the weekend in Navy Yard has died from his injuries and police have charged another panhandler with his murder. [Hill Now]

by Sean Meehan — November 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Police car lightA man who was stabbed over the weekend in Navy Yard died from his injuries and police have charged a suspect with first degree murder.

The stabbing occurred about 7:50 p.m. Saturday night near the intersection of M Street SE and South Capitol Street. The two men got into an argument while both were panhandling and one man stabbed the other in the face.

This afternoon, police announced that the man who was stabbed, 54-year-old James Neal of Southwest, died at the hospital on Sunday.

About an hour after the stabbing, police arrested 35-year-old Daniel Scott of Southeast in connection with the assault. After Neal died in the hospital, Scott was charged with first degree murder while armed, according to a statement released by police today.

by Sean Meehan — November 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm 0

Thanksgiving table (Photo via Flickr/inafrenzy)The Metropolitan Police Department’s First District, which covers most of Ward 6, is collecting food for Thanksgiving today and tomorrow.

Donors can drop off non-perishable food items at the police station at 101 M St. SW or the substation at 500 E St. SE. The food is collected at the stations and distributed to families in need on Thanksgiving, according to an email from First District Community Outreach Coordinator Carolyn L. Smith.

The police are specifically seeking the following non-perishable items, according to Smith:

  • Canned vegetables (yams, carrots, green beans, corn)
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Apple sauce
  • Canned fruits
  • Soups (box and can)
  • Dry goods (stuffing, rice, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes)

Photo via Flickr/inafrenzy

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