1500 1st St. SW, photo via Google Street ViewA man was injured by shrapnel after someone shot at him from a car two blocks from Nationals Park just after midnight this morning, according to police.

The crime happened on the 1500 block of First St. SW at about 12:16 a.m., police said.

The victim was sitting on his porch when someone inside of a silver or tan sedan shot at him, according to a police report. Though the man was not hit by bullets, he did sustain shrapnel injuries in the middle of his back, authorities said.

Police have posted a lookout for a “gray or silver sedan” connected to the shooting:

Photo via Google Street View


Budweiser Clydesdales (Photo courtesy of Maha Hakki)

The opportunity to have a beer with a Budweiser Clydesdale in Navy Yard and Southwest is coming next week.

One of Anheuser-Busch’s famed horses first is set to stop at Cantina Marina (600 Water St. SW) on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. Then on Thursday, the Budweiser Clydesdales are scheduled to gallop over to Nationals Park for Opening Day at 4 p.m.

“Baseball fans will spend Opening Day with the Budweiser Clydesdales while the horses parade around the Park, hit center field for the national anthem and pose for photos at the stadium’s Budweiser Brew House,” a news release says.

Photos are encouraged.

In addition to Opening Day, the horses are in town for National Beer Day, a Capitals game next week and other events. April also marks the 83rd anniversary of when Budweiser Clydesdales brought a case of beer to the White House to celebrate the end of Prohibition.

Here’s what’s in store:

Photo courtesy of Maha Hakki

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A Chinese dumpling purveyor and a gourmet hot dog maker are slated to sell their food at Nationals Park this year.

Maryland-based Pinch Dumplings and Virginia-based Haute Dogs and Fries are set to come to the ballpark for the 2016 season after winning a Nationals “Pitch Your Product” competition, the baseball team announced yesterday.

A news release from the Nationals adds:

Pinch Dumplings offers a variety of locally-sourced, hand-made Chinese dumplings, including pork, beef and vegetarian options. Pinch Dumplings first appeared in farmers’ markets around the Capital Region in 2013, and opened their first restaurant last year.

“We are very excited about reaching the millions of fans that come to Nationals Park each season,” said Patrick Exon, COO and co-founder of Pinch Dumplings. “Right now, our reach is limited to farmers’ markets and our one location in Maryland. We look forward to bringing our delicious food to Nationals Park, increasing our product’s exposure and educating the fan base about Chinese food.”

Based in Northern Virginia, Haute Dogs and Fries offers hot-off-the-grill, gourmet hot dogs and hand-cut French fries. Their franks are made with local products and are served on a New England-style bun with fresh condiments. Haute Dogs and Fries has offered specialty hot dogs to guests at their Virginia restaurants since May 2010.

“As a small, local, family-owned business, we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to showcase our brand at Nationals Park and give the fans locally-sourced great food,” said Pamela Swanson, owner of Haute Dogs and Fries.

“The Nationals are always looking to enhance the fan experience at Nationals Park,” said Valerie Camillo, the Nationals chief revenue and marketing officer. “Through our Pitch Your Product showcase, not only have we found delicious local fare to serve our fans, but as an organization we are thrilled to have a hand in helping local entrepreneurs expand their visibility.”

Photos via Twitter/Pinch Dumplings, Haute Dogs and Fries


The Fairgrounds

Although Bardo’s “BeerDisneyLand” near Nationals Park might not open in time for opening day, another area beer garden is set to serve baseball fans in early April.

The Bullpen at the Fairgrounds at Half and M streets SE is scheduled to open for the season April 1 for the Nationals’ exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins, spokeswoman Liz Bogie told Hill Now this week.

But St. Patrick’s Day revelers can visit the outdoor drinking venue a week from today for a free concert that begins at 5 p.m. The Pietasters and Warden are slated to perform.


Nationals SingerThe Washington Nationals are on the lookout for locals who can belt out or play a tune before a baseball game.

D.C.’s major league baseball team has put out the call for soloists, groups and instrumentalists who can perform the national anthem.

Fans interested in singing or performing are asked to send a YouTube video, an MP3 or a CDs of their best performance to the team via email or snail mail.

More information from the Washington Nationals:

All material becomes the property of the Washington Nationals upon arrival. Due to the number of demos received you will only be contacted if you are selected.

The deadline for Anthem submissions is May 16.

Photo via Washington Nationals


By Natalie Gross

Lena King stared into a handheld mirror, watching carefully as cosmetologist Crystal Corbie used a soft brush to blend the colors along her cheek.

It was King’s first time wearing makeup, and she wasn’t sure whether she would like it. She just knew she wanted to look beautiful because she was going to her first high school prom.

King is a 17-year-old senior at Eastern Senior High School. She has braces, likes to read books and frequently weaves movie references into casual conversation. She has a remarkable knack for reading facial expressions and remembering people’s names.

If you ask her about school, she gushes about her teachers and says, “I’m learning to be a responsible adult.”

King was one of about 80 students and young adults with special needs who attended a prom hosted by Waterfront Church DC at Nationals Park on Friday, Feb. 12. The Navy Yard congregation received a grant from the Tim Tebow Foundation to throw the Night to Shine bash, one of more than 200 proms for people with special needs happening simultaneously around the world.

Volunteers came from as far as Texas for the event, which included limousine rides and a red carpet entrance with paparazzi for guests and their caregivers. Later in the evening, all guests – many from D.C. Public Schools and the local chapter of Young Life, a non-denominational Christian group for teens and adolescents – were crowned kings and queens of the prom.

As students danced the “Macarena,” formed conga lines and got “low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low,” to Flo-Rida’s popular hit, many parents, teachers and volunteers joined in. Others stood by taking in the scene – the meaning of songs like “Firework” and “What Makes You Beautiful” not lost on them.

Ricki Perry stood near the dance floor, beaming as she watched King and four of her other students move with the music. Perry leads a class of nine students with autism at Eastern, teaching them life skills in addition to academics.

“I’m always really emotional when I see this,” Perry said. Students with autism thrive on routines, she said, but these students had embraced a situation with no predictability. Some had even navigated an unfamiliar Metro route to get there.

Zillah Wesley, a social worker at Dunbar High School, was thankful for Night to Shine’s focus on people with special needs. Though hesitant at first, two seniors she works with, Angel Blake and Brandon Johnson, decided to attend.

“I think that it’s extremely important for all children to feel like they’re important and that they come to events like this. They get to dress up, get to get in the limousine, they get wonderful food,” she said. “I feel it’s really helped their self esteem a lot.”

King, too, got a boost of self-confidence Friday. With all eyes on her back in the hair and makeup room, she flashed a big smile. “I look nice!”

With that, she declared herself a “makeup person” and changed into her navy blue dress, eager to show off her new look on the red carpet – and to her crush.

To her, it was all like something out of a Julia Roberts film.


Morning Rundown

Magnolia tree buds near Smithsonian Castle

Pineapple and Pearls Coffee Bar Set to Open on Friday — Rose’s Luxury owner Aaron Silverman said he plans to open the coffee bar and cafe portion of his new eatery Pineapple and Pearls on Friday. [Washington Post]

Police Say Driver Who Caused Sunday Crash Near Nationals Park Was Fleeing Officer — Police investigating the crash near Nationals Park on Sunday that left one person in critical condition and injured two others said that the man who caused the crash was speeding away from a police officer who tried to pull him over. However, police do not believe that the officer was chasing the suspect at the time of the crash. [Washington Post]

How Navy Yard and Southwest Became Two of D.C.’s Fastest-Growing Areas — Greater Greater Washington takes a look at the history of the Capitol Riverfront area around National Park and how several forces combined to create the current development boom in the area. [Greater Greater Washington]


Up to 100 special needs students and young adults from around the District are set to attend a special prom celebration at Nationals Park this weekend.

The event, hosted by Waterfront Church, is part of the national Night to Shine, an annual event started by the Tim Tebow Foundation that holds proms for special needs students across the country.

The prom will take place this Friday from 6-9 p.m. at Nationals Park. It will be the first Night to Shine event in the District and the fifth annual event for the Tebow Foundation, a Christian foundation started by football player Tim Tebow in 2010.

The attendees will arrive at Nationals Park in limos and enter through a red carpet lined with “friendly paparazzi” and supporters. Inside, the students will have a chance to dance and celebrate. At the end of the night, every attendee will be crowned a prom king or queen.

The prom will also feature a room for caretakers – parents, guardians and teachers that care for children with special needs every day.

“It’s not just a chance to take care of and celebrate those kids, but also a chance to celebrate their caretakers,” Waterfront Church’s Lead Pastor Zack Randles said. “A few local businesses donated gift bags for the caretakers to celebrate the hard work they put in for these children.”

Randles said that support for the event from within and outside of his congregation has been overwhelming. He said the church is expecting between 75 and 100 students to attend the prom and over 150 people have volunteered to help out, including about 75% of the members of Waterfront Church.

The church, located at 140 L St. SE, partnered with D.C. Public Schools to let special needs students learn about the prom and also connected with a local chapter of Young Life, a non-denominational Christian group for teens and adolescents. Randles said that he hopes the partnerships are the beginning of a long-term effort to reach out to and help special needs students.

“As far as our church goes, I think this is going to be a yearly thing for us,” Randles said. “There is so much excitement swirling around this.”

The Tebow Foundation partners with churches to hold Night to Shine prom events in part because it hopes to build lasting relationships between churches, special needs students and their caretakers. Randles said he hopes not only to throw a prom every year, but also to work with special needs organizations in the area throughout the year.

“It’s a neat thing that the Tebow Foundation chose churches specifically, because they wanted to connect people with special needs to organizations where they could get help regularly,” he said. “Our church aims to be one that is consistently involved.”


Morning Rundown

Helicopter over Navy Yard

Vendetta Bocce Bar to Become Brewpub Later This Year — The owners of Vendetta Bocce Bar and Italian restaurant at 12 12 H St. NE have partnered with the owner of Granville Moore’s and the founder of the Maison Dixon Hot Chicken pop-up to turn the eatery into a brewpub later this year. [Washington City Paper]

Another Residential Project Planned for Buzzard Point — Developers have submitted plans for the Stadium District Lofts at 1542 1st St. SW in Buzzard Point, an 8-unit infill development near the site of the future D.C. United Stadium. [Urban Turf]

Designers Behind Maketto Install Pop-Up Installation on Florida Avenue — Design firm septcarrés, who designed  Maketto on H Street NE and plan to open a furniture showroom and store on Capitol Hill this year, built a pop-up art installation at 1231 Florida Ave. NE. [Washingtonian]

Concessions Provider to Hold Job Fairs at Nationals Park — Levy Restaurants, a concession provider at Nationals Park, is holding multiple job fairs at Nationals Park this month to prepare for the coming season. [JDLand]


Morning Rundown

Nationals Park and Half Street

Designs Unveiled for Residential Project Near Nationals Park — Developer JBG recently released designs for a residential building with about 420 units at the intersection of Half and N streets SE. [JDLand]

A Guide to D.C.-Themed Holiday Gifts in the Capitol Hill Area — The Hill is Home put together a list of local retailers that sell D.C.-themed gifts for the Capitol Hill area Washington lover. [The Hill is Home]

H Street NE Restaurant Now Accepting Reservations — Popular H Street NE eatery Sally’s Middle Name, which has applied to add 60 seats by expanding to the second floor, is now accepting reservations for the first time. [Eater]


Morning Rundown

Union Station

Police Conduct Five-Hour Search for Relisha Rudd at Construction Site, Find No Evidence — Police searched a construction site in Northeast for five hours yesterday looking for evidence related to the disappearance of Relisha Rudd, who was kidnapped from D.C. General homeless shelter in 2014. [Washington Post]

Video Shows Danger of Crossing North Capitol Street in NoMa — Steven Glazerman, a writer for Greater Greater Washington, filmed his daily commute across North Capitol Street at the intersection with Pierce Street NE, showing that most cars don’t stop even as he makes his way across the crosswalk. [Greater Greater Washington]

Developers Plan to Break Ground on Condos at The Yards in Early 2016 — PN Hoffman, the developer behind condo projects at The Yards development in Navy Yard, is set to begin construction on a 10-story, 138-unit building in the first quarter of 2016. [Washington Business Journal]

Plans Revealed for Two Apartment Buildings North of Nationals Park — Developer JBG released plans for the intersection of Half and N streets SE that would add 225 condos, 200 apartments and retail space. [Washington Business Journal]

Capitol Hill Bar Makes List of Best New Bars in the District  — Capitol Hill bar Stanton & Greene, which opened in February at 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, made DCist’s list of the best bars that opened this year in D.C. [DCist]


Morning Rundown


Yards Park in Navy Yard

Buffalo Wild Wings Opens Near Nationals Park — The Buffalo Wild Wings location in Navy Yard near Nationals Park opened on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen. [JDLand]

Area 16- and 17-Year-Olds Are Ready for the Right to Vote — The Washington Post looks at how area teenagers feel about Councilman Charles Allen’s proposal to lower the voting age in the District to 16. [Washington Post]

H Street NE Eatery Wins Restaurant of the Year — Maketto Taiwanese restaurant on the H Street corridor won Eater’s award for Restaurant of the Year in Washington, D.C. [Eater]

The Wharf Secures First Vertical Permit for American Psychiatric Association Building — Developers of The Wharf in Southwest have received a permit for an 11-story office building at 800 Maine Ave. SW, the first building at The Wharf to receive a vertical building permit. [Washington Business Journal]


Buffalo Wild Wings (Photo via Facebook/ Buffalo Wild Wings)The new Buffalo Wild Wings location near Nationals Park is set to open on Nov. 16, JDLand reported.

According to a mailing posted by JDLand, the restaurant will offer 52 coupons for free wings – one for every week of the year – to the first 100 customers at the bar at 1220 Half St. SE.

The bar that sits just south of the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station, plans to have searing for 233 people inside with 28 sidewalk seats.

Photo via Facebook/ Buffalo Wild Wings


Morning Rundown

South Carolina Avenue SE

Man Shot Near Nationals Park in October Has Died — Daniel Brown, a 19-year-old man who was shot near Nationals Park on Oct. 23, died from his injuries at a hospital on Thursday. [Washington Post]

Man Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto U.S. Capitol Lawn Plans to Plead Guilty — A man who landed a gyrocopter outside the U.S. Capitol in April plans to plead guilty to operating the gyrocopter without a license, according to his lawyer. [WUSA 9]

Taste of H Set to Raise Funds for Wilson Elementary School on Sunday — Residents will get a chance to sample food and drinks from 15 H Street NE restaurants while raising money for a Capitol Hill school at Taste of H on Sunday. [Hill Now]

H Street Gallery to Host Live Music and Gallery Opening Reception Tonight — Gallery O on H at 1354 H St. NE will hold a reception from 7-10 p.m. tonight for the opening of new exhibit Trouble Makers: The Struggle featuring visual artist Lusi Peralta Del Valle and musician W. Ellington Felton. [Frozen Tropics]


Police are asking the public for help identifying two men they believe are connected to a shooting near Nationals Park on Oct. 23.

The shooting on the 1400 block of 1st Street SW at about 9 a.m. last Friday left one man in critical condition. Police are investigating the shooting as an assault with intent to kill.

Police released a surveillance camera video today showing two people they believe were involved in the shooting. In the video, the two men, one in a black hoodie and the other in a gray one, can be seen crossing the street from a distance.

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.


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