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by Courtney Brown — July 15, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Summer Restaurant Week (Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington)

(Updated at 11:10 a.m.) Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Summer Restaurant Week is almost here again.

About 250 eateries in the D.C. area have signed up to participate in the week-long event from Monday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 21, according to a RAMW news release. All the participating restaurants are set to have prix fixe menus, with lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.

For example, diners can grab a sirloin steak meal at Charlie Palmer (101 Constitution Ave. NW) or head to Bistro Bis (15 E St. NW) and get its creamy arborio rice Risotto au Pistou.

Other Capitol Hill-area participants include:

Photo via Facebook/Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

by Courtney Brown — July 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm 0

Icebergs (Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum)

Capitol Hill-area residents are set to have the opportunity to chill out in a “fantastical glacial sea” with an undersea bridge and ice chute for free next week, according to the National Building Museum.

The Ward 6 day for the NBM’s “Icebergs” exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday from 9-11 a.m, according to the museum’s website. To get in without paying, Ward 6 residents must bring identification cards that show their zip codes.

The installation at 401 F St. NW will open to the general public at 10 a.m. But if they’re not members of the museum, they’ll have to pay between $13 and $16.

Firehook Bakery and Daikaya also will have snacks, including Japanese “kakigori” shaved ice.

The museum adds on it website:

ICEBERGS is built from re-usable construction materials, such as scaffolding and polycarbonate paneling, a material commonly used in building greenhouses. The 20′ high “water line” allows panoramic views from high above the ocean surface and down below among the towering bergs. The tallest “bergy bit,” at 56′, reaches to the third story balcony of the Museum. ICEBERGS occupies a total area of 12,540 square feet.

Photo via Facebook/National Building Museum

by Andrew Ramonas — June 20, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

Crime tape (Photo via Flickr/nullvalue)A woman was shot and killed in one of three shootings in the Capitol Hill area since Friday, police said.

The fatal shooting happened in Hill East on the 700 block of Kentucky Avenue SE about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The other shootings occurred on the 1100 block of 3rd Street SW about 10:15 p.m. Friday and on the 1500 block of F Street NE near Miner Elementary School about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

In the fatal shooting, authorities found 40-year-old Stephanie Goodloe of Southeast D.C. dead when they arrived, police said. Donald Hairston, a 49-year-old resident of District Heights, Md., was arrested Saturday and charged with first degree murder while armed in connection with the crime.

Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Police didn’t release suspect information in the other shootings. The conditions of the people injured in those attacks also weren’t immediately clear.

Photo via Flickr/nullvalue

by Courtney Brown — June 16, 2016 at 3:10 pm 1 Comment

(Updated at 3:15 p.m.) A man and a woman who took a package outside a Hill East home last week ended up with a back-support device for pregnant women, according to authorities.

A pregnancy belt theft happened on the 1300 block of C Street SE last Friday about 7:15 p.m.

In a video police released today in connection with the crime, the man was shown rolling a suitcase along beside him. The man leaves the suitcase on the sidewalk, and walks up to a residence to take the package.

He was last shown loading the package into his suitcase, and then walking away with the woman.

Authorities today also distributed surveillance footage in connection with a bicycle theft on Capitol Hill.

The crime occurred in a parking garage of an Internal Revenue Service office at 500 North Capitol St. NW around 12:50 p.m. May 23.

The video shows two men walking into the garage. One of them then rides out of the garage on the bicycle, as the other man walks out beside him.

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 indictment 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 to 50411.

Video via YouTube/MPD

by Andrew Ramonas — June 16, 2016 at 12:40 pm 0

A food truck on Capitol Hill caught fire about noon today, according to authorities.

The Angry Burger food truck was parked near the Capitol South Metro station at 1st and D streets SE when the blaze broke out in the vehicle’s vent system.

No injuries were reported, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo told Hill Now.

“It’s under control,” he said.

by Andrew Ramonas — June 15, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

800 block of 12th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)Two masked men robbed someone at gunpoint just north of H Street NE early this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 800 block of 12th Street NE about 3:45 a.m.

Police released this tweet with suspect descriptions:

Authorities also are investigating a violent robbery near I-395 last night, police said.

The crime occurred near 2nd and E streets NW about 11:15 p.m. The Community for Creative Nonviolence Homeless Shelter is at the intersection, which is about a block south of the Georgetown University Law Center campus on Capitol Hill.

Police haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

by Alyse Mier — June 13, 2016 at 1:45 pm 0

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

by Andrew Ramonas — June 10, 2016 at 10:30 am 2 Comments

Police car lightPolice are investigating three armed robberies that happened in the Capitol Hill area last night, according to authorities.

The holdups occurred on the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue NE about 10:30 p.m., the unit block of 7th Street NE about 11:15 p.m. and the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE just before midnight.

A young man flashed a gun before robbing people in each of the crimes, police said.

In the Massachusetts Avenue robbery, authorities said they’re looking for:

A black male, 16-18yo, wearing blue jeans, white t-shirt, and with a partially shaved head.

In the 7th Street robbery, authorities said they’re looking for:

A black male, 17-18yo, slim build, wearing dark shorts, white t-shirt.

In the Pennsylvania Avenue robbery, authorities said they’re looking for:

B/M, 17-25 years of age, wearing a light colored shirt and dark jeans armed with a handgun.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the crimes were connected.

by Sean Meehan — May 31, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

postal museum park service (Photo via National Postal Museum)A new exhibit opening at the National Postal Museum in June will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring how mail has moved to and from the national parks and historic sites throughout history.

The exhibit, “Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks,” is set to open on June 9 will feature artifacts from the museum’s collections as well as postage art inspired by national parks and items loaned by the National Park Service. The exhibit will run through March 2018 at the Postal Museum at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

“This exhibition marks the centennial of the National Park Service by exploring how the parks and the mail are intertwined, sometimes in surprising and unusual ways,” Daniel Piazza, the museum’s chief curator of philately said in a press release. “We’ve also managed to bring a little bit of the national park experience indoors through artifacts and photographs loaned by Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Petrified Forest and other national parks.”

The museum will celebrate the exhibit’s opening with a family day on June 11. Families will be able to achieve “Junior Ranger” status by exploring the exhibit with an activity booklet that will guide them through kid-friendly activities.

Photo via National Postal Museum 

 

by Andrew Ramonas — May 23, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

1100 block of 3rd Street SW (Photo via Google Maps)Someone shot a man in Southwest yesterday afternoon, police said.

The shooting happened on the 1100 block of 3rd Street SW about 5 p.m. Sunday.

The victim was conscious after the assault.

Police haven’t released any suspect information.

According to authorities, other crime reported in the Capitol Hill area over the weekend included:

  • A robbery with a knife on the 600 block of Lexington Place NE about 11 p.m. Saturday. Police haven’t released detailed suspect information. But authorities said they’re looking for two men, at least one of whom wore a mask. At least one of them also fled on a bicycle.
  • A robbery with a gun on 700 block of 11th Street NE about 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Police haven’t released a detailed description of the suspect. But they said he fled in a gray Chevrolet Impala.

Photo via Google Maps

by Sean Meehan — May 20, 2016 at 9:15 am 0

Bike to Work Day (Photo via Twitter/ Charles Allen)

Capitol Hill Intersection Named Among Most Dangerous for Cyclists — The intersection of 8th and F streets NE was listed among those with the most reported accidents involving bicycles. [Washingtonian]

Car Catches Fire Near Capitol Hill Hyatt — Yesterday morning a car fire broke out near the intersection of 1st and E streets NW behind the Capitol Hill Hyatt. Nobody was in the car at the time and authorities successfully put out the fire. [WJLA]

Alcoholic Control Board Approves Bulldog Bagel Application in Eastern Market — The District Alcoholic Control Board approved Bullfrog Bagel’s application to serve bagels, brunch and booze at their new location at 317 Seventh St. SE near Eastern Market. [Hill Rag]

Survey Showing Native Americans’ Indifference to ‘Redskins’ Name Could Affect Decision on New Stadium — A Washington Post poll that found that most Native Americans are not offended by the Redskins name, which could affect how officials view the push to move the team’s stadium back into the District. [Washington Post]

by Tim Regan — May 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Charles Allen (Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen)Capitol Hill residents can once again enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with Ward 6 D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen later this week.

The councilmember will make an appearance at Radici Market (303 7th St. SE) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. this Friday to talk with neighbors about local issues.

“Join Councilmember Allen and his Constituent Services staff for Ward 6 Community Office Hours on Capitol Hill at Radici Market on Friday,” a calendar listing for the event reads. 

The monthly gatherings move around Ward 6 between locations in Southwest and Hill East, as well as Shaw. Allen’s office also hosts quarterly evening office hours, where locals can sip brews while talking about their communities.

Locals can RSVP online, but reservations are not required to attend.

Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen

by Sean Meehan — May 16, 2016 at 10:40 am 0

police car3A man was shot in Northeast Capitol Hill on Saturday after an argument with another man.

The shooting happened near the intersection of 17th and D streets NE just before 6:40 p.m. Saturday, according to a police alert.

Police said the two men were arguing over the sale of untaxed cigarettes and began to fight. One of the men tried to escape and heard four or five gunshots as he walked toward 16th St. NE. The man who fled was struck once in the shooting and hospitalized.

On Sunday there was an armed robbery near the H Street corridor. The robbery happened about 10:15 p.m. on the 1000 block of 8th Street NE according to a police alert.

Police are looking for three suspects in the robbery and described them as:

  • Black male with a dark complexion, slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a black sweatshirt and black ski mask

  • Black male with a dark complexion , slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a dark sweatshirt

  • Black male with a light complexion, slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a gray sweatshirt

Early this morning, a person armed with a gun robbed a 7-Eleven near the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station. The robbery happened about 4:25 a.m. Monday at the convenience store at 1315 2nd St. NE.

The same 7-Eleven location was robbed by a man with a gun early on Friday morning as well.

by Tim Regan — May 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

Photo courtesy of SaporeA Capitol Hill shop specializing in olive oil, vinegar and other condiments is going into the political barbecue sauce business.

Sapore (660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) recently announced the launch of its newest product, “bipartisan barbecue sauce.” The concoction, made with tomato, molasses, ancho chilies and chipotle, is “hotter than a congressional debate,” according to its tagline.

The sauce was born out of “years of enduring bickering and disagreements,” reads a press release. Bickering and disagreements apparently lead to a “great tasting barbecue sauce made with fresh ingredients,” the release continues.

Fun fact: political condiments aren’t exactly rare. A simple google search reveals a bevy of hot sauces aimed at politicians and political parties. Who knew!

More information from Sapore:

Sapore Oil and Vinegar, LLC. Co‐Founders Renee and John Farr launch Bipartisan Barbecue Sauce into the Washington, DC Political arena.

After years of enduring bickering and disagreements, the Washington, DC market needed something that both parties ‐ Republicans and Democrats ‐ could agree upon: A great tasting barbecue sauce made with fresh ingredients, with a little spice and a lot of humor. So says Renee Farr, co‐founder of Sapore Oil and Vinegar on Capitol Hill and creator of their new product: Bipartisan Barbecue Sauce. The former catering sales manager first used her ingenuity to spice up Capitol Hill with a line of spices and gourmet foods sold exclusively at her retail store. Renee is now launching their “Hotter than a Congressional Debate” Bipartisan Barbecue Sauce.

Renee said of their launch, “We wanted a sauce that was a little different, but that still met our high standards of flavor. So we went big – big on flavor and big on political satire.” The bottle label suggests you use the sauce “liberally or conservatively” but diplomatically adds, “Independents will like it too!”

“Not only does it take a light hearted poke at Capitol Hill, but it’s addictively delicious. Bipartisan BBQ Sauce is a tomato/molasses based sauce with a kick of ancho chilies and chipotle. It’s especially good on pork and beef, and takes grilled chicken and shrimp to whole new level”.

Renee states, “My husband, (co‐founder) John Farr and I sourced an amazing product and designed the branding. We’re initiating a homegrown campaign to market this product in the Washington D.C. area. Thanks to that effort, you will find Bipartisan Barbecue Sauce in other local stores beside Sapore this summer.

The sauce is available in one variety: Original Bipartisan Barbecue Sauce, 16 oz., retailing for $10.95

by Andrew Ramonas — May 11, 2016 at 10:35 am 0

A man suspected of breaking into a Capitol Hill gas station and stealing cigarettes has appeared in surveillance footage, according to authorities.

The burglary happened at the Exxon at 339 Pennsylvania Ave. SE about 6 a.m. April 23.

Video police distributed yesterday in connection with the crime shows a man in a baseball cap riding up to the Exxon on a bicycle before forcing open the gas station’s front door. He then pulled what appeared to be cigarette packs from a shelf inside and put them in a bag.

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 indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/MPD

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