Sunday, September 27, 2009
But despite the nice looking space - the rest of the neighborhood remains torn up by road construction. Kenyon Road is open again and the progress is visible daily.
Check out our slide show - Plaza v. Construction.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
I was deeply upset and deeply saddened to learn that Ted Loza was arrested yesterday by the FBI on charges of taking a bribe.
As my constituents, I want you to know --
I have not personally engaged in any illegal behavior or activity.
What Teddy allegedly did in no way influenced any action I took on legislation. Indeed, Teddy generally is not involved, nor is he consulted on legislative matters which are instead handled by myself and our committee staff.
As I said to FBI agents yesterday, I will fully cooperate with their investigation bringing forth all of the information relevant and needed.
I have placed Teddy on administrative leave effective yesterday, with pay, until there are further developments. Teddy--like all of us-is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.
If you have concerns or questions, please let me know--as always--by using this direct email address for me.
Sincerely, Councilmember Jim Graham
Rough few months for Councilmember Graham's office.
Here's the story from the Washington Post: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dc/2009/09/graham_chief_of_staff_arrested.html
Thursday, September 24, 2009
This has not been officially confirmed, but we look forward to seeing it on the Mayor's schedule.
If you can make it, please e-mail any photos from the event to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
My top three Washington Sports Club Columbia Heights classes would be...
3. Sarah's Cardio-Kickboxing on Tuesday at 7:30PM
2. Erika's Spin class at 6:30AM on Thursday
1. Claudette's Spin class at 8:15PM Tuesday or 10:00AM Sunday
I don't do yoga or pilates or step or total body conditioning or boot camp or zumba or... you get the point.
So, any more recommendations from the peanut gallery?
These things always seem to get delayed because of permits, mostly, so it's not unexpected that they're still working on it. PoP says this weekend, maybe.
BUT - let me just reiterate my excitement... we're getting Thaitanic II! Thaitanic the original is one of my favorite places on 14th Street, and THL predicts this will be a seriously popular addition to the neighborhood.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
We got an email asking if Rumberos had closed, so we walked by and sure enough - the windows are papered over and the outdoor tables were stacked up.
As we took this photo, two men came by and started pulling down the banner sign that hangs over half the restaurant.
We've heard rumors of Rumberos demise for a while now. One local restaurant industry leader noted it had some management issues. I thought it had some price issues.
We aren't sure what's going on there, but for now - you'll have to hit Social, Ruby Tuesday or The Heights.
Speaking of The Heights, the Kenyon Street construction is practically on their patio.
UPDATE: Despite what we heard and saw last night, PoP says they might reopen... In which case? What's up with the papered windows. Sketchy....
Monday, September 21, 2009
This includes their special panini, antipasta, pasta and al forno. If you are super skinny and can get away with eating anything - the al forno is ALWAYS to die for. It's also always half cheese or cream or both.
I'm a big fan of their antipasta - and at just $4.95 for a small serving, it's one of the best bargains on the menu. The small serving is a meal on its own and the different four small portions keep it interesting. Check out this week's specials here: http://petesapizza.com/specials.html.
But one thing is missing, Michael. What happened to the farmer's market salad you've been doing?
Friday, September 18, 2009
Check it out online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/3930649846/
According to this info, the average sale price in Columbia Heights was $378,729 and 51 homes were sold, which seems like a lot of sales to me... but hey, I rent.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Link here: http://dcist.com/2009/09/metro_train_jumper_at_columbia_heig.php
Monday, September 14, 2009
Thought 1: Why am I such a sucker for bonus card savings? Bags of shredded cheese are on sale 2 for $5... do I really need 2? No. But they are on sale... One still costs just $2.50... but they are 2 for $5. Of course... I get 2. Anyone want to come over for cheese and crackers? Nachos maybe?
Thought 2: Today I checked out in lane number 10 which is designated as "family-friendly." I guess this means it's not covered in candy as the sign said something about "good choices." It was, however, still full of gum, the same magazines, and had cookies locate precisely at the child eye level. I call BS.
Thought 3: Remember how Giant represented at Columbia Heights Day, sending over members of their team all day long and dishing out their delicious soft cookies? That was awesome.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Lots of activity this week on the neighborhood's civic plaza fountain construction with the installation of the towers seen above. There are still several large pieces of construction equipment on site, so the work continues.
Last time we wrote about how the space was already getting used as a community gathering site. Now the construction has taken up enough of the area that it's pretty much useless for another little while.
The street construction has also shift around some, notably working its way down Irving Street.
As always, crossing the road anywhere near Park Triangle continues to be the bane of my existence.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Funding for the project came from a small projects grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Has anyone else received a small projects grant for local works?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
And here is a description of the program from on of the founders:
Through tutoring, mentoring, parent outreach, grant writing, community outreach, fundraising and others activities, we hope to transform this school into a true community school and improve the overall quality of education. Instead of simply going in and focusing our resources on the school to achieve short-term results, we endeavor to cultivate leaders within the surrounding community that can sustain our progress. If we're successful in our efforts, we'll replicate this model across the city.
Some people say the WSC sucks - overcrowding, not that clean, crappy customer service. I will agree that the customer service is generally pretty bad. I've complained about a class before, worried that the instructor was SO BAD that people were actually going to get injured, and the gentleman in charge of their classes couldn't care less.
But you know what? I don't hate WSC. The treadmills work and I like spin class even if most of the bikes need a tune-up. And, that extra three bucks still leaves it a bazillion times cheaper than Results.
I guess we may as well learn to love it... then again, if CH got another gym, I'd probably quit and switch.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
*Now as we made this list, we had a debate about whether an owner can also be a bartender. For the purposes of this list a bartender is one who tends the bar regularly, even if he or she is also an owner or manager.
*Also, you know Sheena from Looking Glass/Wonderland? We do, and we love her, but we counted her as Looking Glass which is of course in Petworth. Sorry Sheena!
Countdown Columbia Heights: Favorite Five Bartenders
5. Bill, Commonwealth (Bill made me feel better after I dyed my hair a dramatic color. That's a good bartender.)
4. Suzanne, Ruby Tuesday (Sure, she has to make the drinks by the Ruby Tuesday book, but it's a good book and she does a fantastic job.)
3. Dalton, The Heights (Saturday brunch isn't the same without a Dalton Special Bloody Mary, which isn't on the menu - but should be.)
2. Dan, Room 11 (We were lucky to steal him away from Petworth and happy to have him picking our wines.)
1. Soren, Wonderland (Sundress Party? He's there, in a dress. Columbia Heights Day? He's there, pouring beer as fast as he can. Damaged hand? Oh you thought this would stop him - but no! Soren is always there for your alcoholic indulgences, making him our favorite bartender in Columbia Heights.)
Disagree? Make your own list in the comments section.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
"Sprinterbuses leave from the Wesleyan Commons Shopping Center on Wesleyan Drive in Virginia Beach.
New York tickets are $35 one-way and $60 round-trip. The bus stops at 34th Street between 6th and 7th avenues, near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden.
Washington tickets will be $20 one-way and $35 round-trip. The bus will stop at 14th and Irving streets near the Columbia Heights metro station."
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Despite the construction all around - from the torn up streets to the guy who had been toiling all weekend under a tarp doing work on the fountain tiles - the civic plaza is already working as a great community meeting place. I'm pretty excited for the final result.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Here's the line-up:
The Neurobiology of Zombies
by Jeremy Kay
Description: Zombie mind control is real! Some types of parasites have the ability to turn their hosts into zombies that serve the needs and whims of the parasitic invader. I'll give some more examples of real-life zombies and delve into the neurobiology of how a parasite can control the behavior of its host.
Bio: Jeremy is a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at Harvard. His professional work concerns vision, but he thinks parasite mind-control is far more interesting. His interest in zombies is purely academic. Really. Like, your brain will totally not get eaten if you show up. We promise.
by Seth Cain
I’m not telling you, but it involves the elimination of human waste in space. Yep, I said it.
Vaccines Are Helpful, But Making Them Is Gross
by Rebecca Blank
Description: Vaccines. We’ve all had them (well, ideally all of us). They keep us healthy even though they may make our arms and/or buttocks sore. But since they’re in the news, there are also a lot of misrepresentations of them. Rebecca will dive into the history of vaccines because you probably want to know that some methods involved taking pus from cow's lesions and injecting it into humans. Or that there once was an actual Cooties vaccine which we should all have been immunized against in childhood if our friends were nice enough to provide us with. Oh, and she’ll talk about the real science behind them, besides just recounting the icky details.
Bio: Coming soon (Rebecca currently has the swine flu – seriously – so she’s currently focused on fever reduction instead of bio writing)
Music and mental hygiene and Cold War film footage by indie rock supergroup Overlord (http://www.myspace.com/overlordisnotmetal) which features former Nerd Nite presenter George Pasles on vocals and lead guitar, current Palomar (http://www.myspace.com/palomar) bassist and former Nerd Nite presenter Sarah ‘Brockett’ Brockett, part-time Palo keyboardist Tris McCall, and past drummer Matt Houser. And Kerry too.
More information is on the Nerd Nite website or its Facebook page.
Anyhow, I'm sorry Columbia Heights, but you must choose. Vote here. You have until noon tomorrow. May the pizza be with you.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Has anyone heard any more about the Park Street shooting? Someone asked in the comment section. All we know is what 3D put out on the listserv.