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DC Scoop, photo via MoKi MediaA spoon might come in handy for an ice cream social slated to return to Union Market this weekend.

Ice cream lovers can purchase ice cream, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and other frozen treats from local businesses in celebration of National Ice Cream Day during DC Scoop at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE) this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Businesses slated to attend the event include Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Carmen’s Italian Ice Dolci Gelati and Timber Pizza Co.

A panel of judges composed of ice cream aficionados from Dolcezza and Puddin’ will help crown the winner of the coveted “Best Ice Cream” title during the ice cream social. The event will also feature ice cream eating contests, raffles, samples and giveaways.

Photo courtesy of MoKi Media

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Tony Goodman (Photo via Twitter/Tony Goodman)

At Large Councilmember David Grosso has turned to a NoMa-area community leader to take the helm of his office.

Tony Goodman, who has represented NoMa and Near Northeast on ANC 6C for the past four years, became Grosso’s chief of staff Tuesday.

He succeeded Keenan Austin, who stepped down this summer to serve as the Florida political director for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Aside from Goodman’s duties as commissioner, he also serves as a member of the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He most recently was a D.C. Department of General Services construction manager, working on projects that included a new pedestrian and bike trail that will run from NoMa to the National Arboretum.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Goodman has lived in D.C. since 2002.

“The Councilmember is very excited to have Tony on board,” Grosso spokesman Matthew Nocella said in a statement. “Tony’s experience with various aspects of District government deepen the knowledge base of an already incredible staff and he looks forward to working with him on behalf of the people of the District of Columbia.”

Photo via Twitter/Tony Goodman

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2nd and P streets SW (Photo via Google Maps)Four men robbed someone at knifepoint near Fort Lesley J. McNair in Southwest this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened near 2nd and P streets SW about 8 a.m.

Authorities said they are looking for four suspects:

  • a black male, 6’0, high top fade wearing a white tank, blue jean shorts, armed with a knife.
  • a black male, 5’10, 16 years of age, 130 pounds wearing a black shirt.
  • a black male, 5’6, 16 years of age, 110-120 pounds, wearing a white tank and red shorts, armed with a knife.
  • a black male, wearing black and white Adidas pants.

Photo via Google Maps

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Rendering of the marina near Yards Park (Photo via Forest City Washington)A new marina is on track to officially open to the public at The Yards this weekend.

The Yards Marina (301 Water St. SE) is is scheduled to open this Sunday with 50 boat slips, docks for smaller personal boats, residential units, retail and dining spaces, according to a press release.

A grand opening event hosted by Forest City in collaboration with Living Classrooms invites nearby residents to a “free afternoon of family-friendly activities along the Anacostia River.”

The event will include boat and kayaking excursions, tours of the marina, activities for kids, live music and food.

More in a press release from The Yards:

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Man Shot in Hill East

1200 block of Potomac Avenue SE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was shot in Hill East this afternoon, according to authorities.

The shooting happened on the 1200 block of Potomac Avenue SE about 3:45 p.m. The area is just south of the Potomac Gardens public housing complex.

The victim was brought to a local hospital in serious condition.

Police released this tweet after the shooting, but didn’t provide a suspect description:

Photo via Google Maps

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Greg Dohmann, photo via Twitter : DCPSA new principal will take the helm at Jefferson Middle School Academy for the 2016-2017  academic year.

Former Jefferson assistant principal Greg Dohmann will serve as the school’s head principal this fall, according to  D.C. Public Schools press release.

Dohmann, who also previously served as the school’s lead math teacher, was named Teacher of the Year and was honored with a Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching in 2013.

Dohmann will replace former principal Natalie Gordon, who led the school for five years.

More information from that press release:

Greg Dohmann is the new principal at Jefferson Middle School Academy for School Year 2016-2017. He served as Jefferson Academy’s assistant principal for two years, and prior to that role, was a lead math teacher for two years. As a school leader at Jefferson Academy, Dohmann helped reduce school suspensions by 44 percent in School Year 2014-2015. He is committed to ensuring that students always feel safe, are supported and motivated to work hard, and love their school. In 2013, he was the Teacher of the Year at Jefferson Academy and was honored with a Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in education from American University.

Photo via DCPS Twitter

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Tip's Way

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen honored Capitol Hill lobbyist E. Linwood “Tip” Tipton by renaming an alleyway after him.

On June 8, the alleyway behind 7th St., 8th St., A St. and E. Capitol St. NE was officially named Tip’s Way. Tipton’s wife, Connie, his sons and his friends were in attendance for the special honor.

According to his Washington Post obituary,  Tipton died in 2013 at the age of 78. He was a dairy lobbyist and long-time civic activist who played a major role in the Hill area.

Tipton was also pivotal in securing federal funding from Congress for the improvement of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, according to Hill Rag.

In 2008, Tipton became chairman of Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS), a partnership charted by the National Trust that has played a critical part in revitalization of Barracks Row.

According to Laura Marks, chief of staff for Allen’s office, Tipton also worked with the city to improve the quality of life in different neighborhoods. He was a pioneer in the re-bricking of the alley behind his and his neighbors’ homes, now known as Tip’s Way.

He left behind a lasting legacy that will now be remembered daily as commuters travel along Tip’s Way.

“Tip was a great neighbor and advocate for his community. There was no issue too small for his attention,” Allen said in a statement to Hill Now. “After he passed away, his family requested and began the process to have that alley renamed in honor of Tip. I was very proud to work with them to introduce and pass the legislation, and celebrate with his friends and family to officially unveil the new signs marking Tip’s Way.”

Photo via Twitter / Charles Allen

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Maketto's sign

One of H Street’s buzziest restaurants won top honors at last night’s 34th Annual RAMMY Awards.

Maketto (1351 H St. NE) was named Best New Restaurant of the Year during the award show, which was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center last night.

The restaurant beat other trendy restaurants such as Centrolina, Convivial and Masseria by Nicholas Stefanelli in winning the award.

Maketto opened its doors a year ago and has since won the approval of food critics and local diners alike.

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When We Were Kings: The Untold Story of the Rumble In the JungleLocals can pay tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali during a free film screening at the D.C Armory (2001 E. Capitol St. SE.) tomorrow night.

Events D.C. will host a free showing of the film “When We Were Kings: The Untold Story of the Rumble in the Jungle.” The viewing will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is a free and open to the public.

“When We Were Kings” is a documentary about the 1974 heavyweight championship bout between then-champion George Foreman and Muhammad Ali.

Events D.C. will provide water and popcorn during the screening. All those attending are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and other snacks.

Locals are encouraged to RSVP for the screening ahead of time.

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Watkins Elementary School (Photo via Facebook/Watkins Elementary School) A Hill East recreation center and pool are expected to close next week due to school construction and modernization projects, according to a D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation news release.

Work on the Watkins Recreation Center and Children’s Pool (420 12th St. SE) is expected to begin on Thursday, June 16, and continue through August 2017.

Watkins Recreation Center, which shares space with Watkins Elementary School, offers a variety of outdoor activities for children. The center has a kids’ pool, turf field, skate rink, playground and basketball courts.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the recreation center and pool will reopen.

Photo via Facebook/Watkins Elementary School

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Watkins Farmers Market (Photo via New Morning Farm) (Updated at 4:55 p.m.) Locals in search of organic, healthy food will once again have the chance to buy freshly grown produce in Hill East.

The Watkins Farmers Market is set to return for its fourth season tomorrow at 13 and E streets SE. The market is scheduled to run from 4 to 7:30 p.m., according to the website for New Morning Farm, which organizes it.

New Morning Farm works with 40 other farms in the south-central Pennsylvania area to put the market together. The farms are slated to bring eggs and a variety of fresh early summer fruits, vegetables and herbs, including tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, strawberries and kale, New Morning Farm owner Jim Crawford said.

“The market is meant to teach the kids,” Crawford said. “They already have a great gardening program at [Watkins Elementary] school, so this is meant to show them what it’s like to be a farmer and what food grown on a farm tastes like.”

The market is scheduled to operate every Wednesday until October. But once school is in session, the market is slated to operate from 3:30 to 7 p.m.

Photo via New Morning Farm

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