Cheers & kudos to Petworth-area MPD officers serving at the inauguration protests

Cheers & kudos to Petworth-area MPD officers serving at the inauguration protests

MPD officers from Petworth police service areas 404 and 407 participated in the protection and crowd control efforts at the protests during Friday's inauguration. In my opinion, MPD did an outstanding job protecting residents and visitors, using restraint to ensure those acting lawfully were able to exercise their Constitutional rights... and those who were causing damage were dealt with appropriately. 

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Hundreds join the Petworth Family March to demonstrate solidarity (photo gallery)

Hundreds join the Petworth Family March to demonstrate solidarity (photo gallery)

Several neighbors decided that instead of taking their young kids and families down to the craziness of the National Mall for the Women's March, they thought they would try to gather a few local families together to create their own Petworth Family March. Well, it wasn't a few people who showed up, it was hundreds of people.

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"A moral dilemma": WAMU looks at how Momma the pit bull may help change DC animal welfare laws

"A moral dilemma": WAMU looks at how Momma the pit bull may help change DC animal welfare laws

WAMU's Ally Schweitzer took a look at the story for NPR's All Things Considered, and spoke to both Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and Lisa LaFontaine, the president of the Humane Rescue Alliance, as well as the two neighbors who have lobbied HRA to help Momma (they used the pseudonyms "Jane" and "Mary" to protect themselves). The radio piece is well done, with the longer web article providing more opportunity for longer quotes and details. 

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DC residents may be eligible for a refund for purchasing milk products

DC residents may be eligible for a refund for purchasing milk products

Dairy-consuming Washingtonians could find themselves with extra petty cash on hand. Thanks to a class action settlement, anyone in the District who bought milk or milk products (e.g., cheese, yogurt, cream, etc.) since 2003 may be entitled to a payment of up to $20. Residents of 15 other states are also eligible for the payout. 

Sounds good, right, but perhaps a bit odd? The background of this story isn’t so nice.

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Family March from Sherman Circle to Petworth Library on Saturday, 1/21

Family March from Sherman Circle to Petworth Library on Saturday, 1/21

Inauguration is happening on Friday, and the Women's March is set for Saturday, but it's not all happening down on the Mall. Petworth is having its own Family March on January 21st from 9:45am-11:00am for neighborhood children and families to show their support and solidarity with the Women's March on the National Mall. 

With the crowds and potential craziness that such a large, national march might entail but still wanting to participate, some Petworth parents are creating a local march that will be calmer and share with children the importance of community.

 "By marching together, we believe we are helping our children learn to use their voices and stand for what they believe in.”

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A preview evening with Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

A preview evening with Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana

We were lucky enough to get an invite to Mezcalero Cocina Mexicana on their preview night. Gallo, the giant metal, colorful chicken out front of Mezcalero gives you an immediate idea that this place is different than everyone else. Located at 3714 14th Street NW, at the intersection of Quincy and 14th Streets, the new restaurant is an ideal location for a great-tasting, reasonably priced dinner. 

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Observe Martin Luther King, Jr day with a special "Civil Rights Speeches" event at the Petworth Library

Observe Martin Luther King, Jr day with a special "Civil Rights Speeches" event at the Petworth Library

The Petworth Library is marking Martin Luther King, Jr Day with an event on Saturday, January 14th at 1:30pm with an afternoon of Civil Rights speeches. Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd will share his personal perspective on civil rights and MikeIann Scerbo will give an educational speech about the Civil Rights Movement. 

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Will new animal welfare legislation get passed to help animals like Momma?

Will new animal welfare legislation get passed to help animals like Momma?

It’s been a few days since the pit bull Momma was finally brought inside from freezing temperatures, and the outpouring of public attention has helped to start some important changes. However, city authorities and neighbors still don’t know what’s become of Momma, the dog’s owner or the home’s resident. Currently, the law doesn’t give the Humane Rescue Alliance much in the way of options. Here's an update on the story.

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A frozen heart: A dog left outside in freezing temperatures, frustrated neighbors and a city agency that can’t seem to help

A frozen heart: A dog left outside in freezing temperatures, frustrated neighbors and a city agency that can’t seem to help

There’s a dog that’s been stuck in a small fenced-in area in freezing temperatures, snow and wind, and even with the continual efforts of a group of neighbors, neither the homeowner, the dog’s owner nor the city has changed the dog’s situation. 

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Dine out for charity with Petworth restaurants

Dine out for charity with Petworth restaurants

Fourteen local restaurants are coming together on Tuesday, January 10th from 5-10pm to give back to the community and donate money to two good organizations. The restaurants will give 10% of their proceeds for the evening to Powell Elementary School and Celebrate Petworth. It's a great opportunity to try a new local restaurant or visit a favorite.

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MPD announces new patrol "sectors" in each of their seven districts

MPD announces new patrol "sectors" in each of their seven districts

The Metropolitan Police Department is organized into seven Districts that divide DC in different sections, each led by a Commander. Each District is subdivided into Police Service Areas (PSA), lead by a Captain and Lieutenants. As of January 3rd, MPD announced that they have created a new patrol structure to go along with the existing Districts and PSAs, called "Sectors."

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