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Fannie Mae sale plans open up Van Ness possibilities

Fannie Mae sale plans open up Van Ness possibilities

Fannie Mae’s decision to sell its iconic Wisconsin Avenue headquarters presents a problem for the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Washington Post and other news organizations that cover Fannie Mae. After all, what photo will they use to illustrate their stories about the mortgage agency?

All kidding aside, this decision …

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These little guys like to boogie in Rock Creek Park

These little guys like to boogie in Rock Creek Park

First, I noticed these black patches under trees.

Then a neighbor who was walking her dog on Soapstone trail pointed out the branches above these spots were covered in something white.

It was only happening on beech trees, and we both wondered what it could be. I called …

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Mystery of the chalk markings on 30th Street

Mystery of the chalk markings on 30th Street

by Marlene Berlin

Many stories begin with “Once upon a time…” Mine always seem to start with my morning walk. So, this should sound familiar to you by now.

Last Friday, as I was to begin my morning walk into Soapstone Creek, I saw it – a small pile of …

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30th Anniversary Celebration for Politics and Prose

30th Anniversary Celebration for Politics and Prose

by Marlene Berlin

Politics and Prose is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and you’re invited to an all-day party on Sunday, September 7th.

The festivities start at 10 a.m., with a special focus on P&P’s youngest customers. These include a story hour in the morning and two afternoon sessions with Dave Burbank, …

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How the rebuilt Linnean Playground stream handles a deluge

Quite well, as it turns out.

During the deluge on August 12th, we got four inches of rain over a few hours. The Linnean Playground stream, rebuilt to slow the flow of stormwater and cleanse the water of pollution, is doing its …

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History: The schools for boys at Connecticut and Upton, part 2

History: The schools for boys at Connecticut and Upton, part 2

by Ann Kessler

Four different schools have occupied at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and and Upton Street NW since 1906. The first was the Army and Navy Preparatory School. The second school was the Devitt …

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History: The schools for boys at Connecticut and Upton, part 1

History: The schools for boys at Connecticut and Upton, part 1

by Ann Kessler

The Edmund Burke School, which has occupied the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Upton Street for more than 40 years, wasn’t the first school at that spot. It wasn’t even the second, or third.

First there was the Army and Navy Preparatory School (later known …

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Murch awash in trailers as it awaits renovation

Murch awash in trailers as it awaits renovation

by Marlene Berlin

First there was the Kindergarten wing, built from trailers before my daughters attended Murch in the early 1990s. A new music trailer was added during their stay. Then the front of Murch was obscured by two trailers for the fifth grade classes about three years ago. …

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Hearst, Mann gear up for school amid construction

by Kat Lucero
Current Newspapers staff writer

Reprinted, with permission, from the August 20th edition of the Northwest Current. Download the newspaper here.

The loud drilling and pounding of heavy materials have reverberated around Mann and Hearst elementary schools throughout the summer. Upcoming additions for the two campuses are …

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Aug. 28 deadline for $10,000 social justice prize

Aug. 28 deadline for $10,000 social justice prize

by Carolyn J. Jacobson

Each year, the Forest Hills-based Berger-Marks Foundation honors a young woman (35 or younger) who has distinguished herself as a leader in the social justice movement. The Edna Award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is named after Edna Berger, the first woman …

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Police investigate fatal 4900 Conn. Ave. crash

Police investigate fatal 4900 Conn. Ave. crash

by Marlene Berlin

How did you learn of the fatal crash by the firehouse on Connecticut Avenue last Friday? I heard about it from my neighbor, Marjorie Rachlin. She called me that morning to tell me something was going on between Nebraska and Ellicott Street. Connecticut Avenue and side …

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Where are the butterflies?

Where are the butterflies?

Some our neighbors in Chevy Chase have taken to that neighborhood’s listserv this month to ask: “Where are the butterflies?” The Washington Post’s gardening columnist is getting the same question from readers. And according to the experts he spoke to, we’re not imagining things. Fewer butterflies – of …

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Ingleside at Rock Creek plans major expansion

Ingleside at Rock Creek plans major expansion

by Janean Mann
President, Northwest Neighbors Village

With the senior population in Wards 3 and 4 growing substantially, Ingleside at Rock Creek, a continuing care retirement community on Military Road, is undertaking a major expansion.

Current plans call for an increased number of independent living units, 32 …

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No summer vacation for Forest Hills projects

by Marlene Berlin

What do I do the first day back in Forest Hills after returning from 12 days of vacation? I take a walk to find out what is happening with many of the projects going on in our neighborhood.

It was curiosity about the smell of tar wafting …

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UDC Student Center taking shape

UDC Student Center taking shape

David Jonas Bardin provided these photos showing the progress at the UDC student center under construction at Connecticut and Van Ness
Architect’s rendering:

View from Calvert Woodley (4339 Connecticut):

Views from Firebirds Café terrace balcony:


Views …

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