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Archive for July, 2012

Terrified Householders Were Bolting Their Doors in the Winter of 1893-‘94

Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF By Paul Kelsey Williams* The winter months from 1893 to 1894 were full of terror for all Washington residents. Why, you ask? Because the Washington area had its own version of London’s famous “Jack the Ripper.” The tormentor was nicknamed Jack, and the mere mention […]

From July 2012 Issue / August issue to post on the 10th

Prepared for InTowner.com by Jo Ricks Reporting Period: May 2012

SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (49) [condo & co-op listings follow] 2010 1st St. $800,000 1956 2nd St. $772,000 1602 4th St. $450,000 1725 5th St. $599,000 1844 8th St. $605,000 2229 California St. $1,100,000 34 Channing St. $425,000 1437 Clifton St. $859,900 917 Columbia Rd. $359,500 3513 Holmead Pl. $749,000 741 Irving St. $449,500 1801 Irving […]

13th Annual Mid-City Dog Days Sidewalk Sale Event Set for Weekend of August 4th and 5th

Accompanying images can be viewed on page 4 in the current issue PDF Mark your calendars and get ready for what its business and community volunteer organizers describe as “a weekend of local shopping, eating, sipping, listening, and people watching, filled with special offers and promotions at every corner” along U Street to 9th and south […]

The “Nail Incense”: Uncovering the Clove — Part II

Part I explored the history of the clove, the aromatic unopened flower bud of a tree native to the Spice Islands. It also recounted the drive by the Portuguese to control the alluring spice. The trade in cloves and other spices was also changing Europe’s culinary habits. The leisure classes were consumed by what historian […]

Mid-Afternoon Gunshots Rang Out at 17th & Corcoran Sts., NW – Sat., July 14

One of two painters (both brothers) who had been working in the apartment above the Cairo Wine & Liquor shot in the leg just outside the entrance to the apartment by one of two juveniles who, having observed the painters going in and out, had entered and confronted them on the second floor, robbed them […]

Bill to Amend ABC Laws Seen As Guaranteeing Due Process For Liquor License Holders

Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF By P.L. Wolff The sentiment expressed last month by Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington President Lynne Breaux that “allowing only a handful of residents to protest a liquor license application results in lengthy delays in review by the ABC Board causing great hardship for local […]

Long-Simmering Hank’s Oyster Bar Dispute Awaits ABC Board Ruling Following Recent Rehearing Mandated by DC Appeals Court

Accompanying images can be viewed in the July 2912 issue PDF By Anthony L. Harvey Reported sightings of Mayor Vincent Gray having dinner at Hank’s Oyster Bar on July 5th and giving encouragement to owner and chef Jamie Leeds reignited community interest in the continuing battle of nearby neighbors opposed to Hank’s outdoor expansion and […]

Restaurant Review: Smoke & Barrel = Smoke and Mirrors?

When the mercury hits 100 degrees — as it has for part of July — cooking holds little appeal. But summer’s heat does suggest outdoorsy kinds of food, like, say, barbecue. Obviously, barbecued foods, grilled foods, have an eternal appeal even with a winter chill and piled-up snow. Yet nothing says “summertime” quite like a […]

THERE ARE DC COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON CITIZEN NEEDS

It’s been a very unhappy time for DC’s reputation and we do not intend to re-visit the matter of already (and possibly future) disgraced city council members other than to observe that what’s been unfolding these past months seems to have led to the belief that nothing positive can be said about the council or […]