Walls of Books and Pablo Sierra capture hearts, minds and imaginations

Walls of Books and Pablo Sierra capture hearts, minds and imaginations

Pablo Sierra is finding his rhythm and getting a deeper understanding of how much there is to know about community engagement and bookselling at his store Walls of Books. The Park View store opened in January at 3325 Georgia Avenue and features more than 40,000 used books, and it's the first retail business Pablo has ever owned. From the very beginning, Pablo wanted his bookstore to be a community gathering place, and he’s made that happen through free weekly events, including kid’s story time, kid’s yoga, creative writing workshops and author readings.  

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Vote for Petworth places in the WaPo Express Best of 2016!

Vote for Petworth places in the WaPo Express Best of 2016!

The Washington Post Express is conducting a Best of 2016 survey, and a number of local bars and stores are on the list. The selections were determined by WaPo staff so there are some notable businesses absent from their list. I'm sure our local places would love to have your vote (I put my recommendations in parentheses). I know I'm voting for all the Petworth and Park View places because... Petworth News. 

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Here’s to Roosevelt High: an alum looks at the school’s opening

Here’s to Roosevelt High: an alum looks at the school’s opening

On Friday, August 19th, I drove north on 13th Street towards Roosevelt Senior High School for the official ribbon-cutting. There ceremony was set up to unveil, as Councilmember Brandon Todd described the newly renovated school, the city’s “$140 million investment.” As I got closer to my destination, the steeple of the school came into view; I was filled with mixed feelings. I knew it would be the beginning of a new era for my alma mater. 

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Photo gallery of Petworth Jazz Project for August 2016

Photo gallery of Petworth Jazz Project for August 2016

Another great evening courtesy of the Petworth Jazz Project. This show featured local theater Teatro de la Luna performing for kids, music by Richard Patterson (DJ Unknown) and a wonderful performance by Cecily Alexa Bumbray food by Crepe Amour and was sponsored by Slash Run (who also hosted an after party later that evening). 

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How the Petworth Library is helping to close the digital divide

How the Petworth Library is helping to close the digital divide

Technology has become a staple in our lives and homes, with computers, mobile phones, smart watches, wifi and internet access the new norm. Yet there are homes in Petworth with no computers or Internet access. Getting online isn't a convenience, it's a difficulty.

One local resource to help close some of that digital divide is our Petworth Library and its publicly accessible offering computer labs.

This is the first article by new contributing writer Lois Cooper.

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Resident angst about gun violence and parks once thought safe

Resident angst about gun violence and parks once thought safe

This summer has seen an increase in gun violence that is understandably making residents very agitated and looking for someone to both blame and provide solutions. Neither is easy to find. 

Residents met with MPD and DC gov leadership at the Hamilton Recreation Center on Wednesday evening, August 24th to discuss the recent shooting at Hamilton Park on August 18th and talk through the issue. The takeaway is that residents are upset, and DC agencies don't have concrete strategies.

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What's the deal with smoking pot in public?

What's the deal with smoking pot in public?

Though pot was legalized in the District as of February 26, 2015, navigating DC’s seemingly ever-changing legalized pot law sometimes requires the dexterity of Simone Biles. In fact, as recently as April of this year, over a year after pot was legalized in DC, the City Council acted to ban any kind of marijuana use outside of private residences. Through all the misinformation, misinterpretations, and misunderstandings one thing has remained clear: transferring money, goods, or services in exchange for any amount of pot is a great way to land yourself in the DC Jail.

This is the first article by new contributing writer Darrell Chambers.

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Join DC Reynolds for the 3rd Annual Park View UNC fundraiser

Join DC Reynolds for the 3rd Annual Park View UNC fundraiser

The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition is holding its third annual fundraiser on Thursday, August 25th at DC Reynolds (3628 Georgia Ave NW), and you're invited to the party. When you take advantage of DC Reynold's Buy One Get One offer (BOGO) and buy one drink, DC Reynolds will donate the value of the second drink to the UNC. Pretty sweet!

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Roosevelt ribbon-cutting, school's open for students

Roosevelt ribbon-cutting, school's open for students

After many years and a $140 million renovation budget, Roosevelt High School, home of the Rough Riders, opened for students on Monday, August 22nd. The new class will graduate in 2021. Read some of the statements made at the ribbon cutting and see some pictures.

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Ideas flow at "Petworth Placemaking" community meeting

Ideas flow at "Petworth Placemaking" community meeting

Last week more than a dozen Petworth residents convened at the Library to discuss how our community could successfully host one of DC’s first open streets initiatives next spring. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the DC Office of Planning secured a grant for a creative placemaking project and are planning an open streets event in Petworth in Spring 2017.

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DDOT issues abound at ANC 4C August meeting

DDOT issues abound at ANC 4C August meeting

The Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C met on August 10th and had what amounted to be a typically wonky meeting. MPD talked about 14th Street, DDOT presented and answers questions from the ANC (sans Director Dormsjo), and the topic of bike lanes and safety along New Hampshire Avenue got both the commissioners and the community in a tizzy. 

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