5K4Refugees (Photo via Facebook/ 5K4Refugees International Virtual 5K)Members of H Street Runners will participate in a global effort to raise awareness and money for refugees of the civil war in Syria with a 5K tomorrow evening on the National Mall.

The informal run is part of 5K4Refugees international virtual 5K, which is raising money for CARE International’s efforts to help refugees in Turkey and elsewhere. The concept of a virtual 5K is that people around the world will organize small fundraising runs in their communities to raise money for the same cause.

H Street Runners, along with members of several other local running groups, including the Capitol Hill Running Club and the citywide Capital Striders, will start their run at 6:30 p.m. Thursday near the Capitol Building reflecting pool. The runners will run through the Mall in small groups, finishing at the reflecting pool.

Afterwards, runners will meet at Hamilton’s Bar and Grill at 233 2nd St. NW for a post-run happy hour.

The race was organized by H Street Runners member Adam Siple, who heard about the international event from a friend and fellow runner.

“I can’t take credit for the larger initiative, I just thought I could organize a local run since I happen to be coordinating events for H Street Runners anyway,” he said. “There was some significance here because we are the nation’s capital, and other people in the club seemed to agree and really helped put it together and get the word out.”

Siple said he expects 50-60 people to participate in the run, but emphasized that it is an informal gathering and participants will run in small groups to prevent any disruptions around the Mall. Any interested in running are welcome to arrive and can RSVP and find more information on the Facebook event page.

Runners or supporters can donate to CARE’s refugee relief fund online.

While temperatures are expected to warm into the 60s tomorrow, Siple said the runners are prepared to face the cold if the heat doesn’t stick around past sundown.

“This is a very significant showing for a run in December,” he said. “It might be cold and dark tomorrow but it’s pretty cold and dark right now if you’re a refugee I imagine, so the least we can do is run.”

Photo via Facebook/ 5K4Refugees International Virtual 5K


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7-11 to Replace S&J Liquor and 15th Street Dry Cleaners on Massachusetts and Independence Avenues SE — Two longtime businesses on the 1500 block of Massachusetts Avenue SE will close Nov. 30 to make room for a new 7-11. [Hill Rag]

Seven-Story Residential Building Planned for Benning Road on Northeast Capitol Hill — Developers presented plans for a seven-story residential building with 250-300 units, a dog park and a gym on the 1600 block of Benning Road NE near Starburst Plaza. [Urban Turf]

New Events Coming to Revamped Riverby Books — Riverby Books, which recently reopened on Capitol Hill, is planning author readings and zine fests at the store. [Hill Rag]

Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives on National Mall — The National Christmas Tree has arrived at the U.S. Capitol and will be set in place today. [Fox 5]


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Residential street with homes and parked cars

Eastern Market Mental Health Services Provider Seeks to Add Primary Health Care Office — Community Connections, a mental health services provider at 801 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, is seeking to add a part-time primary health care office to its operations despite concerns from some about clients lingering near Eastern Market Metro Plaza. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Capitol Hill Eighth Grader Vying for Spot on U.S. Under-15 Boys National Team — Kalani Takamura, an eighth grader from Capitol Hill is one of 48 soccer players across the country competing for a spot on the under-15 national soccer team. [Hill Rag]

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Supports Protected Bike Lane Between Union Station, National Mall — Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton joined Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen and local activists in calling for a protected bike lane to connect Union Station with the U.S. Capitol and National Mall. [Roll Call]

ANC Weighs Three Proposals for NoMa Development — Three development teams presented their proposals for a city-owned site at the intersection of 2nd and H streets and New Jersey Avenue NW to the local ANC. The proposals include student housing and a mixed-use building that would produce all of the energy it uses. [Urban Turf]


Congressional Football Practice (Photo via CongressionalFootballGame.org)The U.S. Capitol Police will square off against a team of Congressmen and former NFL players for the biennial Congressional Football Game on Wednesday.

This year’s game, the seventh charity game held between the Capitol Police and the people they usually protect, will be held at Watkins Recreation Field at 420 12th St. SE at 7 p.m.

The charity match was first held in 2005 as a way to raise money for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, which benefits the families of Capitol Police officers who have died in the line of duty. This year, in addition to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, proceeds from the game will also go to Our Military Kids, which provides grants to children of military personnel and A Advantage 4 Kids, a charity that serves families in need in the District.

The U.S. Capitol Police team, the Guards, have won four of the past six matches while the Mean Machine, a team comprised of congressmen and former NFL players, have won one, with one game ending in a tie. The Mean Machine is coached by former NFL players John Booty and Ken Harvey.

Though the game is a friendly two-hand touch match, Booty said that doesn’t mean it isn’t competitive.

“We know the Capitol Police want to keep that trophy,” he said. “And we want to help Congress get the trophy back.” Booty said he has been leading the congressmen in practices on the National Mall at 7 a.m.

Other former NFL players who will play alongside Republican and Democrat congressmen include Shawn Springs, Gary Clark and Herschel Walker. Donna Wilkinson, who plays for the DC Divas in the Women’s Football Alliance will also play for the Mean Machine.

Before the game, the former NFL players will help lead a clinic held by USA Football, a national youth football organization. At the clinic, which is slated to run from 5:45-6:45 p.m., area children will get the chance to practice football drills and conditioning with the former players. Attendees are asked to register for the clinic by emailing [email protected].

DeSean Jackson, wide receiver for the Washington NFL team, will conduct the coin toss before the game, and Hall of Fame running back John Riggins will serve as an honorary captain for the Mean Machine.

Tickets for the game can be purchased for $10 online or at the game.

Photo via CongressionalFootballGame.org


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Union Station

The Week Ahead — ANC6B09  Commissioner Brian Flahaven will hold a neighborhood meeting at Congressional Cemetery Chapel to update the community on Reservation 13. Meetings elsewhere in the neighborhood are set for ANC6B’s Executive Committee at the Hill Center and the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee at Eastern Market’s North Hall. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Special Olympics Kickoff
— Crowds are gathering on the National Mall to kick off the torch run for the Special Olympics. After the lighting, the Special Olympics torch will begin a long journey west. [NBC Washington]

Method Behind the Metro Madness — A nice breakdown of why trains skip certain stops during unexpected single tracking. [Greater Greater Washington]

Waiting at the Wall —  A feature on one man’s need to write a song about the Vietnam War, and another D.C. resident’s need to perform it. [Washington Post]

The Tax Plan — A recent poll shows that 70 percent of Washingtonians are in favor of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal to increase the sales tax from 5.75 percent of 6 percent. The poll of 674 registered D.C. voters was conducted on May 18-18 and has a 4 percent margin of error. [DCist]

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Calling the Geese Police — Don’t be surprised if you spot border collies dressed in bright yellow vests adorned with “Working Dog” and “Geese Police of D.C.” on the National Mall. The dogs are part of an effort led by National Park Service to scatter geese that are leaving excessive droppings near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and elsewhere. [NBC Washington]

Honoring the Capitol Police ‘Gentle Giant’ — Thousands of people gathered at the National Law Enforcement Memorial this week to honor 273 police officers who died in the line of duty last year. Among them was U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Clinton Holtz, who died after he collapsed on the job in January 2014. [Washington Post]

Four Decades of Art on Capitol Hill — WTOP has a profile of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, which has run community art sessions for kids and adults for 43 years. [WTOP]

Bike to Work Day — Did you participate in Bike to Work Day on Capitol Hill, NoMa, Navy Yard or elsewhere in Ward 6? You can share your photos with us via Facebook and Twitter.


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Public art in NoMa

Man Charged With Murder After H Street Shooting — The man accused of fatally shooting a Census Bureau guard and then firing at police on H Street NE has been charged with murder. Ronald Anderson, 48, was critically wounded and has not yet appeared in court. [NBC Washington]

Beach Volleyball Players Protest New Policies on the Mall — People who play pickup games of beach volleyball on the sand courts near the Lincoln Memorial are fighting new reservation policies by the National Park Service. Previously available for free with no notice, use of the courts now requires a $30 fee and a reservation. [DCist]

What’s Wrong With One-Way Streets — Urban planners say one-way streets facilitate crime and speeding. [Washington Post]


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Public art at 1st and M streets NE

Teens Arrested for Metropolitan Branch Trail Robberies — Two teenagers have been charged with robbing five people at knifepoint on and near the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Victims on the trail that runs from NoMa to Silver Spring all had their cellphones stolen. [ABC 7]

Park Service Wants Dogs to Chase Geese Off National Mall — The National Park Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to use border collies to shoo Canada geese away from the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool and other destinations on the National Mall. [AP]

Ambulance Dispatch System Plagued by Technical Glitches — After the death of a choking toddler, D.C. officials said yesterday that a computer problem is delaying ambulance response times. Tablets used by first responders are having connectivity issues, and paramedics haven’t been properly trained to use them, the deputy mayor for public safety said. The D.C. Fire Department is adding 10 ambulances during day shifts, as the number of emergency calls has risen. [WAMUWashington Times]

Wife of Hill Resident Stabbed to Death Will Speak Today — The wife of David Messerschmitt will speak publicly today for the first time. The lawyer and Hill resident was found stabbed to death last month in a hotel near Thomas Circle. [ABC 7]

Bill Would Force Compensation When a Building Blocks Your Sun — Councilman David Grosso has introduced a bill to D.C. Council that would require property owners to be compensated when new development, like pop-ups, casts a shadow on their solar panels. [Washington Business Journal]


Arsenal of Democracy Flyover (Photo via Arsenal of Democracy Flyover)

Dozens of vintage airplanes are slated to soar above National Mall and Southwest this spring in what the display’s organizer is calling “one of the most diverse arrays of World War II aircraft ever assembled.”

Curtiss P-40 Warhawks, Douglas C-47 Skytrains and Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses are expected to join other planes on Friday, May 8 in 15 formations commemorating the attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day and other major World War II battles.

“The Arsenal of Democracy: WWII Victory Capitol Flyover” will pass the Lincoln Memorial about 12:10 p.m. May 8, continue down the National Mall and then travel toward the Southwest waterfront.

The planes have received special approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly over normally restricted airspace.

“We are extremely grateful to the FAA for working with us so diligently to clear the airspace along the National Mall and allow the flyover to occur on the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day,” the flyover’s executive committee said in a statement.

“The FAA has been a tremendous partner in allowing us to safely stage this historic event that recognizes the thousands of heroes fighting in the War and those on the home front who manufactured the tanks, ships and aircraft that enabled the United States and its Allies to achieve victory.”

Photo via Arsenal of Democracy Flyover


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The view from 3rd and L streets NE, Feb. 10, 2015

More Fashion and Food on H Street NE Soon — The “market place environment” Maketto is expected to open at 1351 H St. NE by the end of March. The “Asian street market” will have food from Toki Underground, clothing by designer Will Sharp and drinks from Vigilante Coffee Company. [Urban Turf]

Results of Neighborhood Group Poll — We got an earful on Facebook about news we shared about the new group Childfree Living on the Hill (CLOTH). So, we took a poll on Wednesday, asking, “Which neighborhood group does the Hill need (or not)?” As of this morning, the majority of voters said “Any and all. The more, the merrier.”

L’Enfant Plaza Metro Accident Investigation — Senior emergency responders say Metro knew for years that a radio alarm system didn’t work in tunnels, but never informed fire officials. [Washington Post]

See the National Mall in Real Time — The National Mall can be watched around the clock through streaming EarthCam video available online. [WTOP]

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