Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has announced three town hall meetings that will focus on the District’s recent real property tax assessments. The workshops are designed both to educate local residents on the tax assessment process, as well as to help taxpayers understand and take advantage of the appeals process. The average residential increase of the 2015 assessments is 8.33%. Representatives from the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue will join Chairman Mendelson at each of the workshops to answer questions and offer assistance.
Three new alcoholic beverage laws are in effect that could impact the businesses of on-premise establishments and alcohol manufacturers in the District. An ABC licensed restaurant, tavern, nightclub, hotel or multipurpose facility that has a class C license can now apply with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for a Distillery Pub Permit. The permit allows an on-premise establishment to manufacture, distill and store craft liquors—like gin and vodka—on licensed premises or in an area immediately adjacent to the premises.
The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) will be holding a series of open houses to provide an opportunity for residents to discuss the draft proposed changes to the existing Zoning Ordinance (11 DCMR) – the Zoning Regulations Review (ZRR) –; with OP staff. Residents are encouraged to drop in at any time during the Open House meetings and Planning staff will be available to discuss the proposed changes on a one-on-one basis.
Visitors to Washington, DC have usually heard about Ben’s Chili Bowl long before their arrival. Many remember the news of President Obama stopping by to enjoy a Chili Half Smoke. Ben’s has been seen on Man vs. Food, CNN, Oprah, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Good Morning America, Larry the Cable Guy, Pauly Shore, The Daily Show, and countless other national and international shows. People often think of Bill Cosby when they think of Ben’s because he has been a longtime friend and Half Smoke aficionado.
At 3 p.m. yesterday, a man was waiting at the Eastern Market Metro Station for a train when two men came up and attempted to steal his phone by assaulting him. The victim was punched in the face several times. The thieves were unsuccessful and fled on foot.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Anonymous information can be texted to 50411.
In Other News
There was a burglary on the 800 block of 21st St. NE at 8 a.m. at a residence.
Attention all 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Applicants:
The last day to certify eligibility documents for the 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program is approaching! All applicants must submit documentation to the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) no later than Saturday, March 8th. Please plan to attend one of the following events to get certified before it is too late!
District of Columbia Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman was joined by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council member Tommy Wells, and other officials to break ground on the latest addition to the Southeast community, the Lofts at Capitol Quarter. The $42 million L Street building will contain 156 market-rate and 39 affordable rental units. New residents will enjoy amenities such as a roof top deck and pool, internal courtyards, an exercise room, and a computer room. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2015.
Dr. Michelle Chabbott, a clinical psychologist, relocated Integrated Psychological Services to Barracks Row in January. Dr. Chabbott brings over twenty years of experience to her new location and was formerly Clinical Director at the National Children’s Center in Washington DC and Director of the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at Washington Hospital Center. She specializes in treating individuals and families experiencing stress, trauma or relationship difficulties who wish to learn more effective coping skills. Dr.
Bully for Bayard!
This much is known: In 1914, Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit mounted a scientific expedition down the Amazon. By all accounts, it was a disaster.
Out of this incident, Louis Bayard has fashioned “Roosevelt’s Beast,” a magnificent tale that reimagines what might have happened in the unforgiving jungle—“the trees arching like the groins of a mausoleum” and “trunks and leaves and vines, writhing and coiling…sprouting in midair…weaving around.”
Find the room. Put someone in it—strangely. Or not. And then what? Things…pictures, lamps, dolls, knives…things that may be innocent…begin to assemble themselves like refugees from Inconsequential. They may be malevolent. A truth begins to break out. The paint finds the darker places, leaving the white canvas beneath to beam in the brighter places. More paint flows over the surface. Outside the rules of predictability. Outside the rules of drawing, perspective, color. Outside the rules.
“Mountainous terrain, volcanic soils, innumerable microclimates, and an ancient culture of winemaking influenced by Greeks, Phoenicians, and Romans make Italy the most diverse country in the world of wine.”
This synopsis of Ian D'Agata’s, soon to be released book, Native Wine Grapes of Italy, explains why I find Italy one of the most fascinating regions.
With winter nearly at an end, it’s time for spring shopping. While you may be getting excited about sun dresses and sandals, the closet I’m changing over is the pantry, not my wardrobe. As spring’s first warm days arrive it’s time to move on from winter’s rich staples and celebrate the emergence of daffodils and crocus with a lighter diet. This spring in the kitchen I’m going French, larding the fridge with exceptional cheese, fine wine and fresh-baked bread.
Shopping the case at Sona Creamery
What if you could have comfort food that wasn’t overly familiar? What if you could have a sophisticated meal that wasn’t intimidating and didn’t require a menu translator? Relax, it’s done and it’s nearby.
To walk into Beuchert’s for any meal is to be dazzlingly confused with the cognitive dissonance of the place. Is it a sleek urban haunt with down home farm food, or an upscale farmhouse with 21st century creative cuisine? You will not be surprised to learn that the answer is all of the above, and more.
When a casual filmgoer considers a new Indian movie, he might shoehorn it into the well-known Bollywood category. However, the latest Indian film to hit our shores, “The Lunchbox,” stands leagues away from the exaggerated melodrama and flurry that characterizes typical Bollywood fare. This is an understated, measured creation whose emotional depth emanates from simple, natural human gestures. Tonally sophisticated, it beautifully tells the simplest of stories. (The film, which opens March 7, is rated PG and runs 104 mins.).
Noting all the salt as I shoveled snow from street, sidewalk and front walk – does rock salt harm plants?
Yes. We humans make a trade-off between rendering roads passable quickly and cheaply (for emergency vehicles and human commerce) and real environmental damage. Salt run-off desiccates leaves and grass, raises soil pH, and harms root growth and soil microorganisms. Later, salty runoff hurts life in rivers and streams.
I forgot to prune my roses last fall. Can I still do it? If yes, any tips?
You may not have been aware of it, but on January 1, 2014, the US said goodbye to an old and trusted friend— the 60 Watt incandescent light bulb. The 60 Watt bulb had been around since the late 1800’s, but in 2007, with an eye to improving energy efficiency, Congress passed a bill that phased out these bulbs in favor of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Why? ENERGY STAR®-qualified CFLs use about 75% less energy, and ENERGY STAR qualified LEDs use about 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs.
With the current talk of allowing chicken breeding once again in the District, residents might be interested in the history of such ventures to see where we have been in earlier times.
The spring homes and gardens issue could not come at a better time. We are experiencing a collective exhale after two months of winter storms that brought 20-year low temperatures, sustained wind gusts, freezing rain and snow to the region. As temperatures start to warm and spring bulbs push up from their winter rest, we will be left with plants that have been damaged by wind, ice, salt, temperature fluctuations and the unforgivingly frigid polar vortex.
The damage and recovery
It has been a long, cold, windy, snowy winter on the Hill and unfortunately Old Man Winter will not officially be leaving until late March. While there is plenty to complain about during the winter, there are also an abundance of wonderful flowering perennials scattered throughout the Hill in random sunny patches or sheltered by south facing brick walls. One could argue that these late winter flowering perennials are all the more resplendent and precious as they are flowering at a time of year when so few plants of any kind are flowering. All of these floral gems can help
The budding outdoors will soon beckon and you may wonder if this year you’ll finally do something with the yard. Here are some tips to help you understand your needs and identify the most appropriate professional services for you. Once you know more about your criteria, it will be easier to navigate the maze of available landscape design and installation options.