This past January, Petworth captured the attention of the District and animal lovers around the nation when a pit bull named Momma was left outdoors in extreme cold. The inhumanity with which Momma was treated, and the insufficiency of existing laws to address her abuse, sparked a grassroots movement to strengthen the District’s animal welfare laws to ensure that no animal suffered the way Momma did. Since then, I have been hard at work with advocates and the Humane Rescue Alliance crafting comprehensive animal welfare legislation. I am proud to report progress on this endeavor.Read More
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Welcome to the first column of “Councilmember’s Corner,” a deeper dive into the matters important to Petworth residents. As you may know, on Tuesday, June 13th, the DC Council approved the finalized Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget. After considerable community outreach and substantial advocacy on behalf of Ward 4, I am pleased to report that Petworth will see a number of high-priority items funded in this year’s budget...
(Editor's note: We're pleased to have Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd as a new contributor to the Petworth News blog. The Councilmember will have a regular column on the site, sharing pertinent news and information about things happening at the DC Council that impact a Ward 4 audience)Read More
I was like an alarm clock for my condo neighbors, violently sneezing every morning. Everyone knew when I was in the office because they could hear me sneezing, coughing and blowing my nose. My daughters claimed it was extremely embarrassing out in public. The last straw came with all the mouth breathing, people calling me “sir” at work on the phone, and sneezing through the prayer and sermon at church.Read More
Last month, newly minted Taqueria del Barrio on Upshur Street joined Taqueria Habanero and Mezcalero Cocina Mexicano on 14th Street to form a sort of Petworth "taqueria trifecta" of taquerias. Three trendy taco joints, all opened recently or in the last few years, at all around the same price point, within half a mile of each other. When you want a taco, what's a hungry resident to do?
Contributing writer Yuliya Panfil decided this called for a taco taste test. Here's her report...Read More
Lunch is always an adventure for me as I rarely have concrete plans. On a particular rainy and wet Tuesday, things turned out a little different for me. I got up from my desk and set off on my journey to find a nearby eatery that someone told me about. At the end of this lunch-time journey, I was humbled and grateful for all the small things in life.Read More
(Ed note: Local resident Tom Burnett writes the following op-ed, with the hope to share thoughts about an old tree that he loved — and what it means to be a good neighbor.
Every day on my way to work I pass a beautiful, enormous black walnut tree in a back alley of Petworth. It stands watch over our rowhouses like a gentle giant, residing here since before our neighborhood was built over a century ago. Its trunk is so stout that it would take two people to wrap their arms around it.
To my horror, on my way home this week, I observed a work crew hauling away its decapitated branches, leaving nothing but a twelve foot tall stump in the ground.Read More
Petworth News is pleased to publish an article from Nicole Porter, a local resident who was named a "New Civil Rights Leader" by Essence Magazine in 2014 and is an active member of the Petworth community.
"I want to offer an approach to public safety beyond arrests that includes targeted employment strategies, supporting community relationships and acknowledging the potential for current social capital."Read More