Neighborhood News

07/01/2016 - 12:58pm
Frager’s Garden Center (1230 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) will close down for the 2017 season while the lot’s new lessee SGA Companies Inc. develops a mixed-use apartment and retail complex, Frager’s owner John Weintraub said June 30 at a community presentation by SGA. Weintraub doesn’t have plans to relocate the garden center to a temporary location before the new Frager’s Hardware development by Perseus Reality on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE is complete in... >>more
07/01/2016 - 10:40am
Police identified the man fatally shot on June 29 near Starburst Plaza on the 800 block of Bladensburg Road NE around 10 p.m. Matheno El, 25, was found shot and died at the scene. Police have no suspects. In Other News At 6:31 p.m., police arrested a man on the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE on charges of Shoplifting. There were thefts on: the 800 block of H St. NE; the 800 block of Fourth St. NE; the 600 block of H St. NE; the 400 block of Eighth St. SE. There were thefts from cars on... >>more
06/30/2016 - 6:06pm
At a June 29 meeting, frustrated Hilleast community members demanded answers as to why violent crime persists in the 1700 block of Independence Avenue SE area. A recent crime surge sparked a meeting at St. Coletta of Greater Washington — the murder of Stephanie Goodloe on June 18 by the 700 block of Kentucky Avenue SE, the shooting that injured one and shattered several car windows on June 26 by the 1700 block of Independence Avenue SE, and more gunshots reported near Potomac Gardens on... >>more
06/30/2016 - 12:53pm
A Southwest DC citizen found Tommy Wells' stolen Brompton bicycle with the help of social media and news, and reported it to police around June 30. Wells, the director of the Department of Energy and the Environment (DOEE), reported his signature green foldable bicycle stolen on June 23 on the corner of North Capitol Street and H Street NE, despite having locked it.  The person who found it told police the suspect tried to sell him the bicycle and he recognized it from media reports,... >>more
06/30/2016 - 9:35am
A man was fatally shot near Starburst Plaza on the 800 block of Bladensburg Road NE around 9:56 p.m. Police responded to reports of gunfire and found the man on the ground, not breathing. He was later declared dead at the hospital. No description of a suspect is available yet.  In Other News At 11:06 a.m., police charged Christian Romero, 23, of Murder Two. At 11:30 p.m., police arrested a man on the intersection of 20th Street NE and Rosedale Street NE on charges of Assault Resulting in... >>more
06/30/2016 - 12:00am
The National Park Service has completed its planning process to help restore Anacostia Park’s wetlands, some of the last remaining tidal wetlands in the city. Once implemented, this approach will result in thriving wetlands, a manageable Canada goose population and a healthier, cleaner Anacostia River ecosystem. Tidal wetland regeneration is critical to the overall rehabilitation of the Anacostia River ecosystem. The National Park Service hopes to rehabilitate healthy wetland systems that... >>more
06/29/2016 - 3:19pm
DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson will step down from her position on Sept. 30, 2016. She and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced June 29. DCPS Chief of Schools John Davis will take over as interim chancellor. Henderson started at DCPS in 2007 and took over as Chancellor in 2011. She saw the public school enrollment grow by nearly 4,000 from 2010 to 2016. “After decades of decline, DCPS has also seen consistent, annual enrollment growth since Kaya became Chancellor,” Bowser... >>more
06/29/2016 - 10:22am
A woman was stabbed near Nationals Park on the 1300 block of Half Street SW on Tuesday around 1 p.m. Police reported that a black woman about 5-foot-3, around 130 pounds and wearing gym shorts and a white t-shirt fled the scene toward 14th and Canal streets SW. The victim was conscious when police arrived. In Other News At 3:50 p.m., police arrested a man on the 400 block of L'Enfant Plaza SW on charges of Theft Second Degree. At 1 p.m., police arrested a man ont he 200 block of M Street SW... >>more
06/28/2016 - 4:12pm
REI kicked off 100 days of activities in June at its new NoMa site (First and L Streets NE), inviting the local community outside ahead of the October launch of their flagship store in DC. Some activities are free, others require a fee. The District store’s co-op owners also launched their United Outside effort to encourage people to get out and relax during a tumultuous presidential election period for city, said Matt Liddle, REI outdoor programs and outreach mid-Atlantic market manager... >>more