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Columbia Heights Neighborhood Fires Prompt Investigation, Authorities Seek Tips

This community notice comes to us from  Pete Piringer of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services (DC F&EMS):

Fire Investigators assigned to the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services Department are seeking the assistance of the community in regards to several vehicle fires in the Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant areas. 

Between the dates of August 24, 2010 through this past weekend, September 26, 2010, there have been multiple vehicle fires across the city.  While some of the fires occurred in various quadrants of the City, a few car fires were reported in the vicinity of the Woodner Apartments in Northwest.

ANC 4B Meeting To Take Place Tonight on Georgia Avenue

 Tonight, Monday, September 27th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B will hold their monthly meeting. 

The Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) 4B discusses a range of policies and programs affecting parts of Brightwood as well as other neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation, trash collection, and the District's annual budget.

The meeting, which is held on the fourth Monday of each month, will take place at the 4th District Metropolitan Police Department located at 6001 Georgia Avenue in NW.


For more information, contact the ANC 4B at dcgovtanc4b@verizon.net or call (202) 291-6185.

Rhee Hasn't Ruled Out Staying In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee hasn't ruled out staying on in a Gray administration. That word from her future husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

The former NBA star turned politician was speaking at his own press conference today. He compared his fiance to a basketball super star in great demand. "Everybody wants her in her or his organization." said Johnson.

Rhee, a star among education reformers, had no comment following her one and a half hour meeting in DC Councilman Vincent Gray's office today.

Gray said no decisions were talked about and no decisions were made. They discussed the schools, his education paper, that was introduced during the Democratic primary in which he defeated Rhee's boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty.

In California, Mayor Johnson says Gray and Rhee have agreed to meet again in a couple of weeks to talk about whether they could work together, if there is a fit.

This Weekend WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC Offering Tours All Over the City

This story about this weekend's WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC events comes to us from Pat Wheeler of the Cultural Tourism DC Board:

Cultural Tourism DC celebrates the history and heritage of Washington, DC with the Fall Edition of WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26. This two-day event of DC features guided tours in all eight wards of the city. Healthy for both body and mind, this weekend of more than 100 free walking and biking tours allows visitors and residents to explore both new and familiar places throughout the city. From the well-known to the unfamiliar, tour topics explore all things DC, including neighborhood history, art, community heritage, environmental initiatives, and much more. 


Urban Investment Partners Purchases Brightwood Property in Multi-Million Dollar Dear

This story comes to us from Leslie Braunstein:

Urban Investment Partners (UIP), a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment firm, has acquired the 55-unit apartment building at 812 Jefferson Street in Brightwood for $3.6 million. The property was sold by Novo Development Corporation of Washington, D.C. The building will be managed by UIP Property Management and will remain a rent controlled rental property.

“Brightwood is a beautiful, tree-filled up-and-coming upper Northwest neighborhood that encompasses Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Stevens, and much of Rock Creek Park including its horse center, tennis center, and golf course,” said Steve Schwat, Principal, Urban Investment Partners.

DC Fire Truck Collides With Bus, 23 Taken To Hospital

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A DC Fire truck and Metro bus collided sending 23 people to the hospital. It happened just after 10 a.m. at the intersection 14th and Madison in Northwest.

DC Fire and EMS Spokesman Pete Piringer says most people have neck and back injuries. He says everyone is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday.





Piringer says 19 people and four firefighters are being treated. He says the fire truck was responding to an emergency call of a woman that was struck by a vehicle. Piringer says the fire truck had its lights and sirens on at the time.

Witnesses say the sirens were activated too late.

Moroni & Brother's on Georgia Avenue Serves Up Incredible Pizza at Reasonable Prices

When I first heard of Moroni & Brother's restaurant on Georgia Avenue, I was a tad bit skeptical. 

Word on the street was that this small nook of a food joint served not only incredible wood-fire pizza, but also delicious Mexican and El Salvadorian fare.  In general, pizza and Latin American cuisine do not go together, but the claims were that at Moroni & Brother's, they made it work.

After eating there, I can testify that they do make it work.  And that's an understatement. 

I tasted the basic cheese pizza and it was magnificent.  I would honestly go so far as to say it might be the best pizza I've had in the city.  The pizza was thin-crust style, and was smothered with really high quality cheese.

But the party in my mouth didn't end there.