Whether you are traveling, going to the mall, or spending the day at the Soldiers’ Home, have a safe and enjoyable Fourth everyone.
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The lower grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be open to the community as part of the Fourth of July celebration again this year. In addition to the information provided by the flier below, the Friends of the Soldiers Home blog includes a full list of events and its schedule.
On Monday evening, June 30th, the 12th Annual Ty Hop Basketball Tournament got underway with The Bank tipping off against Team Ducci. The 2014 tournament is scheduled to run from June 30th until August 23rd on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. At an earlier meeting, DPR staff and tournament organizers stated that the lights will stay on later this year to facilitate post-game clean up. I was also informed that games will be moved to nearby Raymond Recreation Center in the event of rain or when the heat index is too high.
The tournament began in 2002 to honor the memory of Torron Hopkins. Hopkins’ life was cut short when he, along with Antone Ruffin, was shot while sitting in a parked vehicle on the 3600 block of Warder Street on the evening of May 5, 2002. Both young men were residents of Park View.
The weather was ideal for the tournament last night. It was also nice to see that in addition to the tournament there was some pick up soccer on the adjacent field and a number of smaller children in the tot lot.
Below are two photos from last night.
While it was first announced in April 2013 that $200,000 of improvements would be made at the Bruce-Monroe Park at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street, NW, … when the promised delivery date of December 2013 came and went there concern arose in the neighborhood that this project would not be completed. Residents in partnership with ANC1B, the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force, and eventually ANC1A began working together to get the shade structure, two drinking fountains, and additional seating installed that the money was programmed to provide.
Finally, it looks like the project is moving forward again. A week ago a general contractor was selected for the project and the shade structure, benches and water fountains have been ordered. Currently, the projected completion date is scheduled for the end of July/beginning of August.
Over the weekend, while in the garden, I noticed a visitor to the garden a couple of times — a hummingbirdmoth. This is not the first year I’ve seen one, either. Last year hummingbirdmoths also frequently visited the garden. The seem to like the creeping phlox in particular.
According to Wikipedia, its official name is Hemaris and it “is a genus of sphinx moths, consisting of about 17 species native to the Holarctic.Four species occur in North and South America and three are found in Europe. Their main host plants are herbs and shrubs of the teasel and honeysuckle families. Moths in genus Hemaris are known collectively as Clearwing Moths or Hummingbird Moths in the United States and Bee Hawk-Moths in Britain.”
… and here’s another one.