Backyard Smokespot brings BBQ to Georgia Ave and an old deli back to life

Backyard Smokespot brings BBQ to Georgia Ave and an old deli back to life

The Midnight Deli has a long history in Petworth, and a new barbecue takeout restaurant, Backyard Smokespot, gives this old spot new life. Opened in January by Bernard Belk, Briyon Ford and Chef Jason Ford, Backyard Smokespot is a great example of local residents focused on serving local customers.

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About those metal posts you see around Petworth and DC [videos]

About those metal posts you see around Petworth and DC [videos]

You’ve seen these odd-shaped metal posts on the streets in Petworth and around DC, even if you didn’t know what they were. Almost all are painted and some, like the ones in Mt. Pleasant, have been converted to miniature art installations. (There’s one on 16th Street that has tennis balls stuffed inside.)

So what are they?

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The Wammies music awards return invigorated and reinvested in the local DC music scene

The Wammies music awards return invigorated and reinvested in the local DC music scene

The MusicianShip, a charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities, announces The Wammie Awards’ new two-day experience. Wammie Weekend will start with a Day Conference on Saturday, March 30th and culminate with The Wammie Awards show on March 31st. The DC-focused award show has celebrated DC-area artists and musicians for their artistic works over three decades.

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Slash Run starts serving brunch this weekend!

Slash Run starts serving brunch this weekend!

Get your burger fix earlier in the day! Slash Run is starting a new brunch service on Saturdays and Sundays, and like the rest of their menu, it looks delish.

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DC should invest in middle-class housing affordability [WaPo]

DC should invest in middle-class housing affordability [WaPo]

No one is arguing that this legislation is a panacea for affordable housing or rising tax costs. Yes, renters are feeling the same financial pressure as homeowners. We can and should do more for renters. And we can and should look at increasing benefits through programs such as Schedule H. However, we ignore the plight of homeowners who cannot qualify for these programs at our own peril.

The District must decide if we are to have a government that responds to the needs of all our residents or one that shuns the concerns of our middle class.

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Follow-up: CM Todd receives fine for alleged violations during State Board of Ed campaign

Follow-up: CM Todd receives fine for alleged violations during State Board of Ed campaign

The DC Office of Campaign Finance recently issued an order and fine regarding a complaint against Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd for allegedly using Council office resources on behalf of a political campaign.

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Eric Yoo is ready to show Petworth what a ramen restaurant is all about

Eric Yoo is ready to show Petworth what a ramen restaurant is all about

Eric Yoo has been doing his homework on what makes the perfect ramen for a long time, and he thinks he knows. He’s planning on showing Petworth when he opens Ramen Ya Hosaki at 845 Upshur Street sometime early next year.

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Notes from the March ANC 4C meeting

Notes from the March ANC 4C meeting

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C had its regular monthly meeting on March 13th. Here are the notes, covering a report by MPD Captain Sean Conboy on the detaining of youth at the Petworth Metro, some updates from the mayor’s office and more. It was a shorter than normal meeting.

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Do you want the Roosevelt HS pool to also be open for residents? [survey]

Do you want the Roosevelt HS pool to also be open for residents? [survey]

Ever since Roosevelt High School (13th and Upshur Streets NW) reopened, there’s been calls from residents to make their new pool available for use during off-school hours. The main push is that it’s the only local indoor pool, and it’s set up for using swim lanes.

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Photos and thanks from the #WomenOfUpshur event

Photos and thanks from the #WomenOfUpshur event

An amazing evening with a phenomenal bunch of entrepreneurs and a crowd of great people — that’s a long but accurate description of the event on March 8th celebrating the woman business owners along the Upshur Street corridor. See a large photo gallery!

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Update on city services for Kennedy & 5th Street

Update on city services for Kennedy & 5th Street

Jasmin Benab, the ever-present, hard-working member of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety team, sent an email out this afternoon on behalf of Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor, regarding recent updates on city services and next steps for 5th and Kennedy Street.

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Willow celebrates Women's History Month with 2nd Annual Tampon Drive

Willow celebrates Women's History Month with 2nd Annual Tampon Drive

Willow Fashion at 843 Upshur Street NW is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Tampon Drive to collect the menstrual products for those who can’t easily afford to purchase them. The event is in celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day and benefits the District Alliance for Safe Housing. It’s the store’s way of honoring women and ensuring they have access to basic necessities.

You can drop off tampon and pad donations at both of Willow’s shops all month. If you donate 100+ products on or after International Women’s Day (March 8th), you’ll get a free sticker patch of an inspiring woman.

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