Rain Doesn’t Dampen Spirits as Park View Earth Day Beautification Commences

Posted April 24, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Volunteerism

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While Saturday’s rain didn’t provide the ideal circumstances hoped for for the Earth Day activities planned by the Park View UNC and Georgia Avenue Thrive, it didn’t prevent volunteers from sticking to the task at hand. Two areas in Park View were the focus of cleaning up planting beds and planting flowers — the front of the Park View Recreation Center and the garden area around the gateway sign at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street. As you can see from the short video below, this wasn’t entirely an easy task.

Below are some additional photos highlighting the results.

Fundraiser for Climate Action at the Midlands on Friday, April 28th

Posted April 21, 2017 by Kent
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In honor of Earth Day, volunteers are invited to help out with HotHotHot Fundraiser for Climate Action and Earthjustice, Friday, April 28, from 6-10 pm, at The Midlands Beer Garden (3333 Georgia Ave NW at Morton).

Contact Rachel at HotHotHotDC(at)gmail(dot)com if you are able to lend a hand with any of the following:

  • Recruiting or donating raffle and silent auction items,
  • Event set-up,
  • Tabling,
  • Clean-up.

Flyer and event details from the organizers are below:

THE EVENT
Come hang out with fellow friends of the environment for drinks and activities in honor of Earthjustice the night before the People’s Climate March!

Local brews, live music, rally sign-making, and tons of great raffle items from local businesses and artisans will help you prep for Saturday’s activities!

WHAT IS EARTHJUSTICE?
Earthjustice is a nonprofit environmental law organization that uses the power of the law to fight for the earth and its inhabitants. They represent a diverse array of clients and coalition partners, from grassroots and community groups to large national organizations. Donations to Earthjustice allow them to represent their clients free of charge, so they can choose cases strategically rather than based on the client’s ability to pay. Earthjustice pursues three key goals: protecting our earth’s natural spaces and wildlife; fighting for healthy communities where children can breathe clean air, no matter where they live; and strengthening the rise of clean energy. If you can’t make the event, be sure to stop by their website to make a donation. http://earthjustice.org/

THE VENUE
The Midlands Beer Garden is Park View’s new beer garden with a large indoor and outdoor space. They serve a wide selection of draft beers, host regular live shows, and have an adorable bar dog, AndyPants. For this event, Midlands is graciously donating the proceeds from select drinks directly to Earthjustice. http://midlandsdc.com/

THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH
Be sure to join us all at the People’s Climate March in Downtown DC on April 29th. For more information about this historic event please visit: https://peoplesclimate.org/

FAQs
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
–Yes, this will be a 21+ event.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
–Midlands is a short walk from the Columbia Heights or Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro stations. There are also Bikeshare stations at Columbia Road & Georgia Ave and New Hampshire Ave & Georgia Ave. There is street parking outside of of the beer garden for those who choose to drive. Midlands is wheelchair accessible.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
—Please shoot us an email at hothothotdc(at)gmail(dot)com

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
—No, but you so need to register on the Eventbrite! If a line forms at the bar, your name on the list will allow you to come right on in.

DC Giving Away Flower Seeds at Metro Stations on Friday

Posted April 20, 2017 by Kent
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In honor of Earth Day, the District’s Department of Energy and Environment will be handing out free packets of native plant seeds. The seeds handed out this year will bloom into white and red flowers and support the habitats of pollinators, like bees and butterflies. In our area, seeds will be handed out at both the Georgia Avenue and Columbia Heights Metro stations.

Earth Day Park View Beautification Event Scheduled This Saturday

Posted April 18, 2017 by Kent
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The Park View Welcome sign at Irving and Georgia shortly after it was installed in 2012.

The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition (UNC) and Georgia Avenue Thrive are co-sponsoring an Earth Day cleanup in the neighborhood on Saturday April 22nd.

Everyone is welcome to participate, and volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at the Park View Recreation Center on the corner of Warder St. and Otis Pl. and fan out across the neighborhood to plant flowers and clean up neighborhood streets. Pizza will be served at noon at the rec center.

This is a great way to work with neighbors in this annual event and meet new people as we beautify Park View. For more details, contact Chris Waldmann at parkviewunc(at)gmail(dot)com.

Crosswalk Improvements Coming to Irving by Hospital Center

Posted April 17, 2017 by Kent
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After a lot of advocacy, it looks like a controlled crosswalk is finally being installed at Irving and Hobart streets to permit pedestrians to safely cross to the Washington Hospital Center. I know that a lot of people let DDOT know that this was a priority during the Crosstown Multimodal Study workshops. Below are a few photos showing progress so far.

Breaking: Fire at Fish in the Hood Today, No Injuries

Posted April 14, 2017 by Kent
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UPDATE: As reported by the Washington Post, the fire was rule accidental with two injuries, one a civilian with minor injuries treated on site and one by a fire fighter.

A short time ago it was reported that there was a fire at Fish in the Hood, aka Bill’s Seafood Kitchen, at Otis and Georgia Avenue. According to DC Fire and EMS there were no injuries.

I don’t know the extent of the fire at this time. I wish Bill all the best and hope that the damage is minor so that this great Park View business can reopen soon!

Progress on the Old Arcade Sunshine/Linens of the Week Housing Project

Posted April 14, 2017 by Kent
Categories: Architecture, Development, Housing, Preservation

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The project to convert the old industrial laundry plant is progressing well. As you can see from the photos below, the foundation is being poured and the forms are starting to go in for the first floor. To see photos from February showing the excavation work, go here.


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