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Driver Crashes Into Metrobus on 11th Street Bridge — A man threatened to jump off the 11th Street Bridge last night after hitting a Metrobus with a stolen car, according to D.C. Fire and EMS Department officials. [WJLA]

Eastern High School Booster Club Looks to Build Support for Ramblers — Two Capitol Hill residents created the Eastern High School Booster Club to raise funds for athletics at the Capitol Hill school. [Hill Rag]

Four-Story Mixed-Use Building Planned for Barracks Row — A development company has submitted plans to build 22 condos and retail space at the corner of 8th Street SE and Virginia Avenue SE with the aim of connecting Barracks Row and Navy Yard. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Public Marina in Navy Yard Slated to Open in Spring — Construction is slated to start soon on a public marina that will run along the Anacostia River from Yards Park to the border of the Washington Navy Yard, according to developer Forest City Washington. [Hill Now]


Kalani Takamura (Photo courtesy of W. Scotte MacQueen and Capital FC)A teenager who lives on Capitol Hill might have the opportunity to travel the world as a member of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s national team for boys who are 15 years old or younger.

Kalani Takamura, a 13-year-old member of the District’s Capital Futbol Club, was one of 48 kids selected to train with U.S. Soccer’s U-15 Boys’ National Team last week in California. The soccer federation uses the training camp to help pick boys to play for the United States abroad.

Mike Barrette, Capital FC’s coach, said Takamura played well over the summer.

“He has always been the smallest kid on the team, but his skill, heart and dedication to the game sets him apart,” Barrette said in a statement released today.

Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 said he is proud of Takamura and is working to ensure that kids like him have more athletic fields to use in the Capitol Hill area, including the RFK Stadium campus.

“Ensuring every child in the District can take advantage of the excellent opportunities available through our local youth sports programs means we have to provide access to the fields and playing space they need,” Allen said in a statement.

Photo courtesy of W. Scotte MacQueen and Capital FC


Howard University football team (Photo via AT&T Nation's Football Classic)

Free tickets to this Friday night’s football game between Howard University and Hampton University at RFK Stadium are now just an email away for Capitol Hill residents.

Locals who live near the stadium can get complimentary tickets to the AT&T Nation’s Football Classic, billed as the “battle for the Real HU,” by emailing Events DC official Pete Kirschner. In their emails, RFK neighbors must include their names, addresses, phone numbers and how many tickets they’re requesting. Residents can receive up to four tickets per person.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.. But several events are set to happen on Friday before kickoff.

The Pepsi Fan Festival in Parking Lot 8 will give fans a chance to see a “stroll off” between Hampton and Howard Greek organizations, the Washington Informer Drumline Showcase and musical performances by 2 Chainz and Tink.

Events DC and Pepsi also have donated 1,000 tickets to area organizations, including D.C. Public Schools and DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp.

Photo via AT&T Nation’s Football Classic


Eastern High School football players (Photo via Facebook/ Eastern High School)The Friday night lights are set to return on Capitol Hill as Eastern High School kicks off its football season against Ballou High School tonight.

The reigning Class A D.C. state champion Ramblers are scheduled to begin their season with a home game at 6 p.m. on their 1700 East Capitol St. NE campus. MaxPreps, a website that ranks high school football teams nationally, placed the Ramblers ninth in the District in its preseason rankings.

The Ramblers also have released their schedule for the rest of season:

  • Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Falls Church High School.
  • Sept. 11, 6 p.m. vs. Richard Wright Public Charter School at home.
  • Sept. 18, 6 p.m. vs. Woodrow Wilson High School at home.
  • Sept. 25, 6 p.m. at McKinley Technology High School.
  • Oct. 2, 6 p.m. at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
  • Oct. 10, 2 p.m. vs. Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School at home.
  • Oct. 16, 6 p.m. vs. Bell Multicultural High School, which will be played at the Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus.
  • Oct. 23, 6 p.m. vs. McKinley Tech at home.
  • Oct. 30, 6 p.m. vs. Roosevelt at home.
  • Nov. 6, 6 p .m. at Cardozo.

Photo via Facebook/Eastern High School


Serve Your City tennis class (Photo via Instagram/Serve Your City)A D.C.-based nonprofit organization that works with at-risk students is looking to recruit up to five tennis coaches for a six-week program starting in July in the Capitol Hill area.

Serve Your City is seeking volunteer coaches to teach and mentor 9-to-15-year old children from July 10 to Aug. 21.

Classes will run every Friday during that period from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m at Eastern High School at 1700 East Capitol St. NE.

Adults with intermediate tennis skills are preferred. But anyone is welcome to get involved.

Serve Your City also runs a range of other sporting activities, including aquatics and rowing. They accept volunteers and participants of all abilities and experiences.

To apply, email Serve Your City executive director Maurice Cook with your name, age and coaching experience. Alternatively, call 202-341-1732 or visit the organization’s website for more details.

Photo via Instagram/Serve Your City


Nationals All-Star Game campaign (Photo via Nationals)

Washington Nationals fans have another reason to celebrate on Opening Day — the All-Star Game is coming to Nationals Park.

D.C. will host the Midsummer Classic in 2018, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced this afternoon.

Left fielder Jayson Werth told MASN Sports that MLB’s decision is a vote of confidence for Nationals Park.

“That’s a sign to the world and to baseball that this place is for real,” he said. “I think that’s a big deal for the organization and especially for the Lerner family … It’s quite an accomplishment for what they’ve [the owners] tried to do here.”

The District last held an All-Star Game in 1969, although the Nationals have made bids to host it previously.

The Nationals launched a campaign last month asking fans to “show MLB that there is no better place in America to host the national pastime’s All-Star Game than in the nation’s capital,” as Hill Now reported.

Photo via Nationals


D.C. United fans (Photo via Facebook/D.C. United)

Major League Soccer will return to the area this weekend, as D.C. United opens its 2015 season at RFK Stadium.

The opening match against Montreal Impact is set to kick off at 3 p.m. tomorrow. Food trucks D.C. Slices, Holy Crepes and Bad Bing D.C. will be on hand for tailgaters in Lot 8 before the game. Bud Light, Heineken, Strongbow and Tecate will be for sale in the parking lot.

The temperature should reach a high of 45 degrees, as sunny skies prevail Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tickets run from $30 to $65. They can be purchased online or at the stadium.

Under head coach Ben Olsen, D.C. United picked up 17 wins, nine losses and eight draws in MLS play last season, advancing to the playoffs. There, the team fell to the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Montreal Impact, a D.C. United Eastern Conference rival, had six wins, 18 losses and 10 draws last season.

Photo via Facebook/D.C. United


D.C. United (Photo via Facebook/D.C. United )Diehard D.C. United fans can shop this weekend for gear worn and used by the team.

The annual D.C. United equipment sale is set to be held at RFK Stadium on Saturday. Items for sale from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the Capitol View Club (2400 E. Capitol St. SE) include game-worn player jerseys and shorts, team jackets, balls used in matches and more.

All proceeds benefit the team’s charity, United for D.C., the team’s website says. The group backs recreational and educational programs for needy youth in greater Washington.

At the sale, the club will collect new, unwrapped toys for local children.

For more information, see the team’s website.

Photo via Facebook/D.C. United

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