Kingsman Community Club cleanup (Photo courtesy of Vanessa Brancato)A new middle school club is doing whatever it can to help the community, whether it is picking up trash or cultivating a garden for the neighborhood.

History teacher Vanessa Brancato of the year-old Kingsman Academy Public Charter School (1375 E St. NE) started the Kingsman Community Club back in March.

The young members of the club have been hard at work over the past few months cultivating the community garden in preparation to sell vegetables in August, Brancato said in an email to Hill Now.

Anticipated fresh vegetables for sale likely will include peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, herbs and tomatoes.

The students picked up trash weekly from the Kingsman Dog Park as well, in response to a neighbor who worried about his dog eating the trash, Brancato noted.

“The purpose [of the club] is to connect the school with the community,” she said. “The school hasn’t had a lot of community outreach.”

But the club doesn’t intend to stop at vegetable sales and dog park cleanups.

It is looking to add a complimentary dog walking service for neighbors who live next to the school, Brancato said.

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Brancato


Morning Rundown

Outside of the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station

Police Arrest Youth For Making Threats Against Schools — Police announced last night that they arrested a boy for a series of seven threats made against District schools between Jan. 19 and Feb. 1. Three of the threats were made against Kingsman Academy Public Charter School at 1375 E St. NE. [Washington City Paper]

Officer Who Shot Man in Metro Tunnel Near Potomac Avenue Station Will Not Face Charges — Federal prosecutors announced that they will not charge a Metro Transit Police officer who fatally shot a violent 35-year-old man in a Metro tunnel near the Potomac Avenue Station. [WTOP]

Bayou Bakery Enters Hybrid Dessert Market With The Cruffin — Bayou Bakery (901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) pastry chef David Guas has created a croissant/muffin hybrid pastry called a cruffin available on a very limited basis every Friday at 10 a.m. [Eater]

ANXO Cider Takes Over Sally’s Middle Name Tuesday Nights — Next Tuesday will be the second of three evening takeovers by ANXO Cide at Sally’s Middle Name on the H Street corridor. The cider company will offer small plates and 12 different ciders between 5 and 10 p.m. at the eatery at 1320 H St. NE. [Frozen Tropics]


Kingsman Academy PCS (Photo via Google Maps)Kingsman Academy Public Charter School at 1375 E St. NE was briefly evacuated this afternoon due to a suspicious package in the area.

Police and Fire and EMS officials responded to the middle school about 12:15 this afternoon, according to a police spokesperson. The officers determined that the package was not hazardous and quickly cleared the scene.

A resident who lives on the 1300 block of E Street NE said that the school alarm sounded and students were evacuated while police checked the package.

Photo via Google Maps


Dajah BradleyPolice are seeking public assistance finding a teen who was last seen yesterday in Hill East near the Potomac Avenue Metro Station.

Dajah Bradley, 16, was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black Kingsman Academy shirt and a black hooded sweater, according to a missing person notice sent by police this morning.

Bradley is a black female, 5’9″ tall, 180 pounds with shoulder length black hair and brown eyes, according to the notice. She was last seen on the 700 block of 14th Street SE about 3:35 p.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Dajah Bradley is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099, the Youth and Family Services Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.


Police car lightThree men were apprehended in Near Northeast early yesterday morning as part of a police operation to combat prostitution, according to authorities.

The men were arrested for sexual solicitation on the 200 block of K Street NE, 1100 block of 2nd Street NE and the 1000 block of 7th Street NE, police said. All of the arrests happened between 4:15 and 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The arrests came about a month after police apprehended 13 men for solicitation of prostitution in NoMa.

Police also caught a juvenile who is suspected of stealing a chain from someone’s neck in northeast Capitol Hill yesterday.

The robbery happened about 10 a.m. on Thursday in or near the Kingsman Academy Public Charter School, which occupies the former Options Public Charter School building. The school is at 1375 E St. NE.

A school surveillance camera caught two people exchanging words before one of them snatched the chain. A fight then broke out.

Police made the arrest on the scene.


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