18 Jan 2022


Hill Buzz

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’re doing okay and are feeling safe, well, and appreciated wherever you may be. What’s going on?

Wishing you a happy pop of color in your week. Vibrant colors via @life_indc. Thanks for tagging #thehillishome

A reminder that the vaccination mandate went into effect this weekend. Confused as to which places will require you to show proof of vaccination? Here is a primer from DC Health.

Speaking of vaccinations, next Monday, January 24, the District will be opening four COVID centers in Wards 1, 2, 7 and 8 where people can get vaccinated and boosted, no questions asked.

Let’s start off with news about a father who fought off a gunman trying to take his car just south of Lincoln park last week. The dad was chatting on the phone with his husband while unloading the car while his daughter was inside, and the guy who tried to carjack him did not see it coming– the dad knew Krav Maga. He beat the guy up, who then fled down the alley. Rooting hard for this dad. NBC-4

Incidentally, this spike of crime in our area is worrisome, but the increase in tweets calling for people to obtain guns and arm up or engage in vigilante violence is also worrisome. Should you defend yourself? Absolutely. Should you encourage others to introduce more violence into an already-violent world? Probably not.

Speaking of crime, last week’s ANC meeting had its share of spates. Near the end of the 3-hour meeting, a letter was introduced calling for more police funding, and four commissioners voted against it– two of them, because the letter was introduced so late, it didn’t allow for careful reading. The Hill Rag has details from the meeting. ANC 6B01 commissioner Jennifer Samolyk calling new chair Corey Holman a “fraud” strikes us as a rather nasty accusation. I’ve reached out to Ms. Samolyk for additional comment.

The District Department of Transportation recently released the Bus Priority Program. You can learn more about this program here and you can provide comments and suggestions in the links found here.

Our friend and historian Armand Lione has proposed adding the name of the Anacostans to Garfield Park. The Anacostans were the native Washingtonians before there was a Washington. There is a vote upcoming and he wants the community to weigh in. Send your support or suggestions to Brian Ready (6b03@anc.dc.gov) or Jennifer Samolyk (6b01@anc.dc.gov) . If you want to read more about Armand’s research and the Anacostans, visit his website.

The Big Board, usually known for their great burgers and no-frills service, made many a jaw drop last Thursday. Did this tweet mean that The Big Board is anti-vaccine? Pro-conspiracy? Not cool? So many questions:

The tweet caused a stir, with many vowing never to eat there again, and others focusing on the fact that the restaurant wasn’t that good to begin with. Today, Washingtonian reports that the restaurant was the first to receive a warning for violating the vaccine mandate.

Larry over at Capitol Hill Corner has several items around town in his latest post. He notes the new ANC officers in ANCs 6A-6D, as well as this item:

Are neighbors around 3rd and Pennsylvania SE looking at the sidewalk café “with suspicion if not alarm”? I reached out to Micheline Mendelsohn, co-owner of Santa Rosa Taqueria, and she said the following: “We have a resident … [who has] alerted us to the fact that they do not want music being allowed on the terrace, even though we are trying to enhance the neighborhood so it can be a vibrant community where people want to be. We are looking into the issue.” Expect Santa Rosa to re-open at the corner of 3rd and Pennsylvania SE sometime in February, if all goes well.

Capitol Hill Books’s Kyle Burk told The Washington Post all about his dream day which, no surprise, takes place mostly around our neighborhood. Any day that ends at the Tune Inn is a great day, for sure for sure. Also, have you listened to The Failed Poets’ new album “Death of a Novel”? TFP is basically the Capitol Hill Books’ band and you can listen and purchase here. We’re really digging track one.

The Washington Informer has a nice recap on yesterday’s Peace Walk for voting rights.

It snowed this weekend and while it was not as big as the snowfall of January 3, it was still a decent 2.8 inches in our area. But the snow is not done: There may be more coming later this week. Washington Post

Heads-up: This year’s March for Life is happening on Friday, January 21. There will be many street closures in place. Click here to see them.

Finally, don’t forget to order your free COVID tests from the government! Click here. It’s seriously easy.

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