Our network

Columbia Heights Day Festival Displays Community Pride

The fourth annual Columbia Heights Day Festival took place on Saturday, August 28 at the Harriet Tubman elementary school on 13th Street in Columbia Heights.

The festival had food, music, activities, and incredible weather.

Check out the video above to see what locals had to say about the event.

Busboys and Poets Hosts Arts, Neighborhood Panel Discussion

Tonight, Tuesday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m., the Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Streets will host a panel discussion about branding throughout the Mid City Arts District. 

Panelists will include:

  • Andy Shallal
  • Rev. Sandra Butler Truesdale
  • Mark Chalfant
  • Susan Morris
  • Rick Lee
  • And Dr. Derek Hyra

Admission to the event is free of charge.  There will be a question and answer session after the panelists present.

The Busboys and Poets is located at 14th & V Street near the U Street metro station stop.

Man Found Dead on Georgia Avenue in Petworth

Eric Right, 22, a Salt Lake City, Utah native, was found dead early Saturday morning on the 3700 block of Georgia Avenue in Petworth.

Just before 2:00 a.m., Fourth District MPD officers responded to the call, and pronounced Right dead on the scene.

According to sources, Right fell from the top of the Park Place DC apartment building, though it is not known if the act was intentional or not.

Investigation is now underway, and MPD asks that anyone with information about the incident call 202-727-9099.

Lead Contamination Closes Columbia Heights Playground

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A community playground is shut down because of lead contamination. Kids and people living near the park are getting blood tests.

According to DC's Department of the Environment, the contamination came from a nearby construction site. The park is located at the corner of 11th and Monroe Streets in Columbia Heights.

"It was like a snowstorm of dust," says Michael Northern. "The individual I was sitting down playing dominos with, he started turning white right before my eyes, that's how much dust there was."

Michael Northern says he knew the dust was a problem. But he didn't know it contained lead. His 7-year-old son Michael missed school Friday to get tested.

"It's best that he miss school than to miss life," Northern says.

Check out the Petworth Community Market on Friday, September 24

The Petworth Community Market will be held tomorrow, Friday, September 24, and it operates every Friday.

From 3 p.m.-7 p.m. in the middle of Georgia Avenue, 9th Street, Taylor and Upshur, the Petworth market has a variety of stands, including:

Burglary Reported on Euclid Street

A burglary was reported on the 1100 block on Euclid Street in NW on Wednesday, August 25.

There were also burglaries reported on August 25 in the following locations near the U Street Corridor and Columbia Heights:

  • The 1900 block of Q Street NW
  • The 2300 block of 15th Street NW
  • The 2300 block of Champlain Street NW
  • The 2400 block of Ontario Road NW

All of the burglaries were reported in unoccupied buildings.

9:30 Club Expanding to the Record Industry

The 9:30 Club is branching out.  Located at 815 V Street in NW, the 9:30 Club is starting its own record label.  Now, the venue won't just host musician performances, but it will now also represent musicians. 

The label already has their first artist, Justin Jones, under contract, and will have a celebration on September 16th to celebrate his first release The Little Fox EP

The party will be held at the 9:30 Club and will have a special performance by Jones.

Tickets aren't being sold, but there will be various opportunities for the public to win admittance.