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Archive for August, 2011

Ecuadorian Embassy Sustained Significant Earthquake Damage, August 23, 2011

Shown here is the damage done to the slate roof, chimneys, window dormers, and cornice of the embassy building at the corner of Euclid and 15th Streets, directly across from Meridian Hill Park. In addition, not shown in these photos provided to The

Columbia Heights Day Festival, Planned for Saturday, Canceled

Columbia Heights Day Initiative President Sergio Herrera issued the following statement: “It saddens us to say, due to circumstances beyond our control, the 5th annual Columbia Heights Day Festival is canceled. Many of the companies and services that we rely on to present the festival are unable to perform their contracted duties for us, due […]

From August 2011 Issue / Sep. issue to post on the 9th

“What the Angels Eat”: The Watermelon — Part I

“The natives select them by striking one melon after another with a hatchet, and applying the tongue to the gashes.” The bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, whom the missionary David Livingstone observed in the 1850s, were choosing tsammes, the wild ancestors of the watermelon. A source of survival for the African foragers, […]

Restaurant Review: Fiola

The return of Fabio Trabocchi to the metro area is a cause for celebration among local foodies. But if his name is unfamiliar, ask a friend about the Fabio who worked as the executive chef at the very, very upscale and prestigious restaurant, Maestro at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Tysons Corner. It was a very sad […]

A Major Late 19th Washington Architect Not Well-Known to Today’s Public

By Paul Kelsey Williams* Washington, DC had thousands of practicing architects throughout its history, most of whom had storied and successful careers that have since gone unnoticed by current residents and family members alike. One such individual was Robert Isaac Fleming, who specialized in designing homes for the area’s rich and famous.   Colonel Robert […]

Petworth Neighborhood Native’s New Play to Open on U Street

Fri., Aug. 19 (7:30pm) This will be opening night curtain time the new, one-act play, roughdraftofmylife, written and directed by Petworth neighborhood native Lauren Cooper, being performed at U Street’s Liv Lounge (2001 11th St., NW). Featuring a cast of local actors (Barbara Asare-Bediako, Carolyn, Barrett, Alison Carney, Teresa Michelle Lasley), the play chronicles the […]

Columbia Heights Day Festival Plans Annouced

Sat., Aug. 27 (10am-6pm): Neighbors and others from all over who want to experience the dynamism of Columbia Heights are invited to join in the fun during the fifth annual, free Columbia Heights Day to take place on the Harriet Tubman Elementary School playing field and along 11th Street between Irving (just three blocks from […]


While everyone has been pre-occupied over the past months by the poor national economy and its effect locally and with such issues as whether DC will have sufficient revenues coming in to fund city services and critical citizen needs in fiscal year 2012, which starts in just seven weeks from the day we inputted these […]

Long-Awaited PUD Application Filed for Controversial Luxury Hotel Tower on Champlain Street in Adams Morgan

By Anthony L. Harvey Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF With a flurry of late July and early August filings and broadcast announcements, Friedman Capital, its many partners, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist, filed their long-awaited application for a planned unit development (PUD) hotel project at the corner of […]