Happy Trails to Barry Trotz — Arlington resident and Stanley Cup winning coach Barry Trotz is stepping down as head coach of the Washington Capitals. (A number of Caps coaches and players call Arlington home, given that the team’s home base is the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Ballston.) [Washington Post, WJLA]
Crash Closes Departures Roadway at DCA — A vehicle crash and the subsequent cleanup effort closed the departure level roadway for an extended period of time yesterday. “A car with three occupants accidentally ended up on a jersey wall and rode along it for approximately 100 yards before coming back down,” an Arlington County Fire Department spokesman told ARLnow.com. “One occupant had minor injuries, but none were transported.” [Twitter, Twitter]
Neighborhood Battles to Save Tree — “Another development-preservation battle is gearing up in Arlington, this one focused on the fate of a dawn redwood on Ohio Street… A petition was recently initiated by Todd Murdock who lives several houses away from the tree. In a day the petition had 500 signatures and by June 10 the number of signatures had grown to more than 700.” [Arlington Connection]
Kaine on Housing Affordability, Amazon — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) swung by Clarendon on Monday to speak at a forum on housing affordability. He believes localities like Arlington that are dealing with skyrocketing rents need help from the federal government, but he lamented that the Trump administration’s policies could be actively making the problem worse. Afterwards, he told a reporter that rush hour traffic may be a significant detriment to Northern Virginia’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2. [Twitter, Washington Business Journal]
Nearby: Wawa Coming to Georgetown — Rosslyn residents and workers may be able to walk — or take a gondola? — to the next D.C. Wawa. The convenience store chain plans to open in the former Restoration Hardware space on Wisconsin Avenue NW. [Washington Business Journal]
Photo courtesy @NineTiger
Traffic on N. Lynn Street in Rosslyn is backed up to the Marine Corps War Memorial as of 10 a.m. this morning.
The unusually-heavy, post-rush-hour traffic may be due in part to road closures across the Key Bridge in Georgetown, where Wonder Woman 2 is currently filming. (See tweets, below.)
Police are posted at the busy intersection of N. Lynn Street and Wilson Blvd to help control traffic.
Adding to the driving woes, a crash between a bus and another vehicle was reported on Lynn Street around 9:30 a.m.
They’re getting started on the Commander Salamander shoot. They’ve got a whole bunch of vintage cars with old plates on P St. and an old phone booth. pic.twitter.com/6GunmdHXsx
— Topher Mathews (@GeorgetownMet) June 14, 2018
How neat is this! Wonder Woman the sequel filming underway RIGHT NOW in Georgetown! I’m totally stalking the set for celeb sightings 👀👀😳💁🏻♀️ #WonderWoman2 @GalGadot @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/8tE3W2CwI5
— Annie Yu (@AnnieYuFox5) June 14, 2018
Update at 10:30 a.m. — The backups have largely cleared up.
Update at 2:10 p.m. — The incident ” has transitioned from a rescue to a recovery operation,” according to D.C. Fire, indicating that officials believe the missing worker did not survive. The barge that overturned has been secured, the fire department said.
Earlier: Rescuers are searching for a worker who remains unaccounted for after a small barge overturned in the Potomac River near the Key Bridge Monday morning.
At least people were rescued after what was described as a “workboat” reportedly flipped over amid a strong current in the rain-swelled Potomac. A total of six people were in the water and five made it out uninjured, according to Twitter posts from D.C. Fire and EMS.
An “extensive search” remains underway, D.C. Fire said.
The Key Bridge is in the midst of a $14.5 million rehabilitation project.
#DCsBravest have secured a barge involved in this incident to the shoreline opposite the Watergate complex. The PIO remains on the scene at that location for any media needs. Also thanks to @uscoastguard and @usparkpolicepio eagle helicopter for their assistance. pic.twitter.com/gqTKDhwB4s
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 4, 2018
Update Key Bridge water rescue: 1 worker remains unaccounted for in river. Extensive search in progress utilizing 2 #DCsBravest fireboats + 2 inflatables. 5 others who were in water evaluated and Uninjured. Will not be transported. pic.twitter.com/MdDM3NPinT
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 4, 2018
Water Rescue Potomac River beneath Key Bridge. 3 people in water. 2 removed and 1 unaccounted for. This was reported as a workboat overturned.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) June 4, 2018
Arlington Named Fittest ‘City’ in U.S. — “Arlington has been named the fittest city in America, according to the 2018 American Fitness Index ranking from the American College of Sports Medicine. The Northern Virginia jurisdiction eeked out a win over last year’s champ, Minneapolis, by just a half point, with an overall score of 77.7. Minneapolis came in second with a score of 77.2.” [Washingtonian, USA Today]
Person Rescued from High Water — Firefighters rescued someone trapped under a bridge by high water following last night’s storms. Around 9:30 p.m., firefighters responded to the 2800 block of S. Glebe Road for a possible water rescue along Four Mile Run. The victim was removed from the high water and evaluated by paramedics. [Twitter, Twitter]
Airport Noise Battle Rages On — “Residents in several Northwest Washington neighborhoods aren’t giving up their fight against airplane noise from flights at Reagan National Airport. They are asking for a rehearing of their case against the Federal Aviation Administration from a full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.” [Washington Post]
Want something fun to do in May? How about going on your best bike ride ever?
DC Bike Ride is the regions only closed-road, car-free bike ride! This is your only chance to ever bike DC completely car-free. It’s not a race. It’s not competitive. It’s a recreational bike ride that you can do at your own pace. You can jump on a bike and enjoy the ride even if you haven’t been on two-wheels in years.
Join us on Saturday, May 19 to celebrate life on two wheels. Register now and use the promo code ARLBIKE18 for $10 off standard registration. Kids ages 3 to 7 are always free and youth ages 8 to 17 are always half-price.
DC Bike Ride also has a Finish Festival after the ride along the National Mall with beats, eats and fun for all ages. DC’s famous go-go band Trouble Funk will headline the festival, and attendees can enjoy free yoga by KIND Healthy Snacks, get a bike tune-up by Conte’s, try out a virtual reality bike ride with Events DC or test an electric bike with JUMP Bikes.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is the event’s non-profit beneficiary with funds from DC Bike Ride supporting WABA’s work to make streets safer for all.
Don’t have your own bike? No problem! We partner with Bike and Roll DC to bring you easy bike rentals.
Make DC Bike Ride your favorite spring tradition and join the ride today. Don’t forget to use the promo code ARLBIKE18 for $10 off standard registration. Online registration will be open through Wednesday, May 16.
DC Bike Ride is the region’s only car-free, closed-road, recreational bike ride. Register now before the price increases on May 1.
Save even more when you use the promo code ARLBIKE18 for $10 off standard registration. Kids ages 3 to 7 are always free and youth ages 8 to 17 are always half-price
Join us on Saturday, May 19 for a fun, recreational, family-friendly bicycle adventure. DC Bike Ride celebrates bicycling as a form of healthy living, fitness, transportation and fun.
Your registration includes access to the closed-road DC Bike Ride course that starts in West Potomac Park — this is the only time Washington, DC closes roads for bicycles!
The 20-mile ride will feature on-course entertainment, music and rest stops, as well as a short-cut to the finish that offers a 6-mile course (in case you get tired, are riding with little ones or get hungry for some snacks).
The ride ends with a Finish Festival party with beats, eats and activities for all-ages at the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol. DC’s legendary go-go band Trouble Funk and DJ Little Bacon Bear will be performing at the festival. Participants also get a limited edition DC Bike Ride water bottle.
The ride raises support for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s work to make streets safer for all roadway users. The event has committed more than $100,000 in support over three years to WABA for street safety neighborhood programs.
No bike? No problem! We partner with Bike and Roll DC to bring you easy bike rentals.
Make DC Bike Ride your favorite spring tradition and join the ride today. Don’t forget to use the promo code ARLBIKE18 for $10 off standard registration now through April 30.
DC Bike Ride is the region’s only car-free, closed-road bike event and celebration of life on two wheels. We invite you to join the ride on Saturday, May 19 for a fun, recreational, family-friendly bicycle adventure.
Save $10 off standard registration when you use promo code ARLBIKE18 by April 1 at www.dcbikeride.com/arl.
Registration prices increase on Sunday, April 1. Kids ages 3 to 7 are always free and youth ages 8 to 17 are always half-price.
Watch our 2018 video to learn more about the event.
DC Bike Ride celebrates bicycling as a form of healthy living, fitness, transportation and fun. The event raises support for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s work on Vision Zero, a campaign to make streets safer for all roadway users. The event has committed more than $100,000 in support over three years to WABA for street safety neighborhood programs.
Participants will receive access to the closed-road course that starts in West Potomac Park overlooking the Potomac River and the Washington Monument. The 20-mile ride will feature on-course entertainment, music and rest stops, as well as a short-cut to the finish that offers a 7-mile course (in case you get tired).
The ride ends with a Finish Festival party with beats, eats and activities for all-ages at the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol. DC’s legendary go-go band Trouble Funk and DJ Little Bacon Bear will be performing at the festival. Participants also get a DCBR 2018 water bottle.
Make DC Bike Ride your favorite springtime activity and join the ride today.
Before we get into the news of the day, we have an announcement: this is the final Meanwhile in D.C.
Special thanks to ARLnow for allowing Rachel Sadon and myself to share D.C. news for a little longer to our loyal DCist readers. And hopefully folks in Arlington have enjoyed learning about what’s happening across the river as well.
Though this column is ending, our writing still lives and it’s better than ever. Be sure to keep up with my latest articles by following me on Twitter @SeeSturdi. And don’t forget to follow Rachel Sadon @Rachel_Sadon and Rachel Kurzius @Curious_Kurz to see what they’re up to. We’re always looking for tips!
Now, here is what’s happening over in the District:
- Fun food events this weekend. [Washingtonian]
- And other things to keep you busy. [Post]
- Organizers plan for 500,000 attendees at ‘March For Our Lives’ gun-control protest. [Post]
- Craving Korean barbecue? Here are your best bets. [Eater]
- Rev. Billy Graham’s body will lie in honor next week in the Capitol rotunda. [NBC]
- United Medical Center board plans to go to court to avoid releasing meeting records. [Post]
- Under Armour Inc. CEO Kevin Plank is selling his Georgetown home for $29.5 million. [WBJ]
- How to train for the ten-mile Cherry Blossom run in April. [Washingtonian]
- There could soon be another panda at the National Zoo. [NBC]
- Cleveland Park mainstay Ardeo+Bardeo will serve its final dinner on Sunday after 20 years in business. [Washingtonian]
- How H Street NE became D.C.’s vegan dining destination. [WCP]
- City reached a $3.5 million settlement with family of unarmed motorcyclist shot dead by police officer. [Post]
- Local food startups are eager to get on Nestle’s radar. [WBJ]
- Photos from D.C. Fashion Week 2018. [WTOP]
- Illustrator Marcella Kriebel’s dream day in D.C. [Post]
- A look inside of a D.C. chocolate factory. [NBC]
- Local schools that already have armed police officers. [NBC]
D.C. restauranteur named humanitarian of the year, grand openings with free food next week, and other news of the day over in the District.
- 2-alarm fire burns house near Logan Circle. [Fox 5]
- James Beard Foundation names Jose Andres Humanitarian of the year. [Eater]
- The chef is also releasing a book about feeding the homeless in Puerto Rico. [Eater]
- It’s National Margarita Day. [Bloomingdale]
- Calls for more transparency in the wake of D.C. schools chancellor resignation. [WTOP]
- Meanwhile, interim chancellor says she plans to finish the school year smoothly. [Post]
- Harm reduction advocates want to make Echostage safer. [WCP]
- Foggy Bottom residents are complaining about Metro trains possibly shaking their homes. [WTOP]
- D.C. school lottery deadline is fast approaching. [Afro]
- Gregory Coffee’s biggest D.C. location is opening next week with free donuts and $1 coffee. [Eater]
- Buredo is also opening on H Street NE next week with free food. [Popville]
- Fido and Kitty’s is closing in Petworth. [Popville]
- Where you can live for $1,600/month in the city. [Curbed]
- Experiential open houses hope to bring in new buyers. [Post]
- MakeOffices opens ninth location in the region. [Curbed]
- D.C. is a top place for women in tech, except when it comes to equal pay. [DC Inno]
D.C. chancellor resigns, boutique gym to open near Capitol Hill, and other news of the day over in the District.
- U.S. Park Police officer shot in Northwest. [WTOP]
- Free coffee for bike commuters in Logan Circle until 9:30 a.m. [Popville]
- Have a drink at these outdoor patios today. [Washingtonian]
- DCPS chancellor resigns after skirting rules. [Post]
- Best free fitness classes this week. [Washingtonian]
- Why doesn’t the mayor have a major challenger? [WCP]
- Hot first date ideas. [Eater]
- Vandals who broke 11 speed cameras in various parts of the city. [Post]
- The fruitiest, funkiest, alcohol-free drinks around. [Eater]
- A moving service modeled after Uber rolls into the city. [WTOP]
- Buzzy boutique gym Orangetheory Fitness to open near Eastern Market. [Washingtonian]
- Startup offers ride-hailing drivers with convenience-store basics for customers. [WBJ]
- New restaurant trend: tree trunk plates. [Eater]
- All of the women-focused co-working spaces coming to the area. [Post]
- Here’s where you can live for $3,100/month. [Curbed]
- One of D.C.’s most intriguing condos is on the market. [Curbed]
School chancellor under fire, teens stage die-in outside of the White House, grande dame of Washington arts and education scene dies, and other news of the day over in the District.
- Local teens lie on ground outside of White House to protest gun violence. [Post]
- Survivors of Florida school shooting announce march on Washington. [NBC]
- D.C. schools chancellor rejects calls for resignation after he sought special treatment for his daughter. [Post]
- Upcoming transit events. [GGW]
- One of D.C.’s oldest bars will soon shutter. [WTOP]
- Cherry Blossom pop-up bar is bigger and better this year. [WCP]
- Milk Bar is opening at The Wharf tomorrow. [Eater]
- D.C. leaders talk tech, diversity, and inclusion. [Post]
- 10 notable projects designed by black architects. [Curbed]
- A chat with the leader of American University’s new anti-racist research and policy center. [WCP]
- Homes once owned by presidents. [Curbed]
- People from across the country pay tribute to Frederick Douglass in Anacostia. [NBC]
- Peggy Cooper Cafritz, who co-founded the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, dies at 70. [Post]
- Back when U Street was known as the “Black Broadway.” [NBC]
- Pepperoni rolls come to Petworth. [Barred in DC]
- One of Metro’s top officials in the track department is leaving the agency. [GGW]
- As of November 2017, the federal government directly employed 364,000 people in the D.C. area. [WTOP]
- People keep parking in a NoMa bikeway, forcing cyclists into traffic. [GGW]
A body-conscious bootcamp, Swings Coffee is back, James Beard award finalists, and other news of the day over in the District.
- Navy Yard’s Blue Jacket Brewery will start selling its beers in cans. [Washingtonian]
- A pervert reemerges in NoMa. [Popville]
- Things to do this weekend. [Washingtonian/Metro Weekly]
- A much-hated project. [WBJ]
- Tickets for Hamilton at the Kennedy Center go on sale later this month. [WTOP]
- Rasika, Timber Pizza, Maydan, and other D.C. James Beard award finalists. [Washingtonian]
- Former chief medical officer says he was fired for exposing problems at United Medical Center. [Post]
- Body Positive Bootcamp offers fitness services in a “radically inclusive space.” [Washingtonian]
- The city sues landlord Sanford Capital… again. [Post]
- Dupont Circle tapas spot Madrid has closed. [Eater]
- Should the city pick up the tab for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant program that the Trump administration axed? [Urban Turf]
- Leaders discuss how to improve D.C. public schools. [AFRO]
- Swings Coffee is back downtown after a two-year hiatus. [WBJ]
- “How are you going to get a grown-ass man to do a claw machine?” [Washingtonian]
- D.C. hasn’t seen so much cold air and so little snow up to this point since the winter of 1985-86. [CWG]
Metro delays, free stuff, best restaurants, and other news of the day over in the District.
- Prepare for Green Line delays tomorrow. [NBC]
- President’s Day freebies. [WTOP]
- 128 affordable apartments proposed for former Sanford Capital complex. [Urban Turf]
- Greater Greater Washington’s 10th anniversary party. [GGW]
- 40+ vinyl vendors will sell records at Penn Social. [Popville]
- Council member proposed bill that would have benefited firm that offered his son a job. [Post]
- Following citywide investigation, DCPS teachers will not be assessed on how many students they pass this year. [Post]
- You can now lease an apartment overlooking Nats stadium. [Curbed]
- Home Depot is hiring 2,000 people in D.C. [NBC]
- Black-owned streaming service gives indie films a home. [DC Inno]
- American University to honor someone who embodies the inspiring spirt of Frederick Douglass. [NBC]
- Coffee roaster Chris Vigilante’s dream day in the city. [Post]
- Reporting illegal construction just got easier. [Curbed]
- Community development leader Oramenta Newsome dies at 62. [Post]
- NoMa market tests out delivery. [Frozen Tropics]
- Thee list. [Washingtonian]
- How D.C.’s former chief technology officer helped turn the city into a tech hub. [DC Inno]
D.C.’s largest construction project ever breaks ground, a Black Panther-themed pop-up bar opens this weekend, a look at stylish lavatories, and other news of the day over in the District.
- Where to snag a super last-minute Valentine’s Day gift. [Urban Scrawl]
- Mayor breaks ground on Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. [Curbed]
- Get a sneak peak of Hirshhorn’s new lobby tonight. [Popville]
- A car crash rescue. [NBC]
- Summer camps geared toward academics. [Post]
- And others for skills like biking budgeting, sewing. [Post]
- Sign up to volunteer for the Cherry Blossom festival. [Popville]
- The inaugural opening of the Creative Entrepreneur’s Gallery at The Hive 2.0. [East City Art]
- Instagrammable restaurant bathrooms. [Eater]
- You can audition to sing the National Anthem for the Washington Nationals. [WTOP]
- Visit a Black Panther-themed pop-up bar this weekend at a U Street bar. [Eater]
- D.C. has third largest Jewish population in the country. [Post]
- Accidental fines sent to some District residents. [WTOP]
- “Their faces just fall… it happens every single day.” [Post]
- Celebrity murals–mapped. [Curbed]
- Amen to the Line. [Post]
Quirky hotel amenities, things to do, and other news of the day over in the District.
- Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits. [Huffington Post]
- A flowery D.C. dream job. [BYT]
- Lots of things to do this week. [Post/Popville/Washingtonian]
- Trump cuts longtime grant funding that helps D.C. students attend more than 300 U.S. colleges. [Post]
- Tattoo artists protest mandate for multiple bathrooms at parlors. [Post]
- Killer condiments at hot new restaurant. [Eater]
- A push for self-driving technology. [Urban Turf]
- From aspiring actor to cake decorator. [Post]
- Quirky hotel amenities. [Curbed]
- Five women who are dominating Washington’s restaurant scene. [Washingtonian]
- Love ‘n Faith cafe in Columbia Heights needs a buyer. [Popville]
- Proposed bill would give restitution to homeowners affected by shoddy renovations next door. [Urban Turf]
- The “coolest possible thing” you could do on Valentine’s Day. [BYT]
- The history behind the names of some D.C. businesses. [Washingtonian]