Thursday, September 29, 2011

Lincoln Theatre Facing Funding Shortfall May Close

Yesterday evening it was reported in the news that the Lincoln Theatre may have to close because the Council cannot find funds to support it as it has in the past. Last night an emergency board meeting was held to discuss options going forward. The board is appealing to Mayor Vincent Gray to provide funding from the city's surplus tax revenue. They are also asking donors to help the theater stay open. Please contact your Council member (Jack Evans for SMD 2B09) and ask that funds be set aside to continue supporting the Lincoln Theatre, one of the anchors of our ARTS Overlay District.

The theatre opened in 1922 to serve Washington's black residents during segregation. It was restored and reopened in 1994 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theater has a storied past on the strip once known as America's "Black Broadway."

Saturday, September 24, 2011

17th Street Festival Brings Community Together

Once again the 17th Street Festival brought our community together to celebrate the diversity in our neighborhood. It was great to see everyone out today enjoying the cool and comfortable weather. The art booths were fun to see and the music was wonderful. The sidewalk cafes were bustling with customers and visitors to our neighborhood...and a good time was had by all! It was my pleasure as ANC Commissioner to support this community event again this year!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Taylor Gourmet to open on 14th

You may have noticed the dumpster on 14th Street...our neighborhood will soon have a Taylor Gourmet sandwich shop in the location formerly occupied by Rough and Ready Furniture. The space is being readied for the new occupant. Taylor is also located on H Street and K Street so click here to see what's coming to our 'hood.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Remembering A Friend and Neighbor on 9/11

As we get ready to remember the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I want to take a moment to acknowledge our own neighbor and friend who died that day when the terrorists attacked the Pentagon. David M. Charlebois was a first officer with American Airlines and was aboard Flight 77 that fateful day. He was a neighbor who lived on the 1400 block of T Street with his partner of 14 years, Tom Hay. We remember him as a very gentle soul who walked his dog and smiled and spoke to everyone he passed. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved living in our neighborhood and enjoyed his home on T Street. We miss you David and we are thinking of you!

Local 16 adds sidewalk cafe

Recently Local 16 added an outdoor cafe to its New Hampshire Avenue facade. Now you can dine outside facing the small triangular park at the point where 16th Street and New Hampshire Avenue come together at U Street. Owner Aman Ayoubi told the ANC that he wanted to beautify the corner where Starbucks is located and we approved his request. Please enjoy the results!