Alley going ons

The worst recently of alley going ons was the attempted armed robbery that happened last weekend. From what I’ve heard, a young guy with a gun tried to rob a Latino construction dude. I sort of heard something around about the time of the robbery, but when I looked out all I saw was one middle aged Latino guy yelling to some unseen guys. I didn’t think too much about it at the time because there are a few construction projects going on. But when I chatted with a couple of neighbors they told me about the attempt. Not sure what foiled the robbery, I guess the alley is a little bit more active (in a good way) than the robber figured on.

The alley now has a few more eyes and a few more people are using the back deck or patio now that the weather is getting nicer. I regularly hear the family across the way entertaining on their deck. The cat ladies several doors down hang out on their deck and I am hearing and seeing them on occasion. There is a house closer to the end that has a roof deck and noticeable it has an excellent view of the corner where the friendly neighborhood dealers have taken a liking to hanging. Decks and gates that give greater visiblity to the alley have placed more eyes in the back.

One neighbor (as we were recounting the robbery attempt to each other) told me how the changing dynamics of the surprised one old bum. It seems the old guy was looking for a place to hide or smoke crack and his old haunt was closed off to him. The neighbor said the guy had this look of annoyance and then surprise when the neighbor (on the other side of the alley with his garage gate up) gave him an “hello.”

During the day, when I was home sick with a cold, I noticed the traffic in my alley. Because of the construction, there are construction guys walking and driving up and down the alley. There is also an employee from the day care talking a smoke/cell phone break pacing up and down. And as usual, school boys, dog walkers, and cyclists cutting through.

reborn

Because Blogger is no longer supporting FTP I moved over to Moveable Type. We’ll see how this works.
I’ve been thinking of how I want to blog now. When I started out in 2003ish with Inshaw it was mainly for the entertainment of my friends, then I got more readers. Then I got a lot of readers and the dang thing got a life of it’s own. I really want to get back to making Inshaw a little bit more personal. Like chatting over the fence. The topics of history, gentrification (demographic changes in the hood), and civic engagement still interest me, but I really want the blog to stay manageable. Meaning, if I get an invitation to post something I may or may not, depending on my mood and not feel too guilty about it. In other words I don’t want to make this thing a community bulletin board, it becomes less enjoyable the more that “obligation” creeps in.

Food and Friends

Are you looking for a fun way to help the DC community that involves food AND friends? Then look no further! The non-profit organization Food & Friends is looking for volunteers to help make the 14th Annual Dining Out for Life as entertaining and rewarding as possible. On Thursday, March 11th, more than 150 restaurants around the DC Metro Area will donate 25 to 100 percent of their profits to support Food & Friends’ mission of providing nutritious meals to those facing serious illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer.

To make the day the resounding success it should be, Food & Friends is calling on volunteers to act as “ambassadors” to represent Food & Friends at each restaurant. Ambassadors will visit the diners’ tables, thank them for coming out to support such a great cause, sign the diners up for the free sweepstakes and receive any extra contribution the diner may wish to give. Without volunteers, Food & Friends would not be able to continue home-delivering life-sustaining meals to thousands of area residents. Becoming an ambassador is an excellent way to help the community while having a great time. For more information, contact Eliza Yoder, Special Events Assistant, at eyoderATfoodandfriends.org or 2/269.6826.

To become a Food & Friends ambassador, please visit: http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/c.knKNKPOsHqE/b.5720913/k.F979/VOLUNTEER.htm

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Eatonville Restaurant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3rd, 2010

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Eatonville Restaurant

WASHINGTON – If you can’t make it to New Orleans, come celebrate at Eatonville! Beginning Thursday February 11 through “Fat Tuesday,” February 16, we invite you to taste, see, and hear the extravagance and sensuality that embodies this unique and historic celebration.

Schedule of Events

· Thursday – Mardi Gras Happy Hour featuring special cajun appetizers and cocktails (5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m).

· Friday – Live New Orleans Jazz music starting at 7 p.m. and Hurricane drink specials

· Saturday – Live New Orleans Jazz music by New Orleans natives, Yamomanem

(7 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

· Sunday – VALENTINES DAY! Jazz brunch (11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) with live music by Yamomanem (12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
· Sunday Evening – A Valentine’s Day Mardi Gras Affair featuring New Orleans-inspired pre-fixe menu. Starting at 7 p.m.

· Monday – Lundi Gras Celebration starting at 7 p.m.

· Tuesday – “Fat Tuesday Food & Folklore” featuring John Franklin Jr. starting at 6:30 p.m. $45 PER/PERSON, reservations required.

FULL PRESS RELEASE ATTACHED

Affordable rental housing

What: (Housing Search Clinic) ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING?

When: Every Thursday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm No appointment needed

Where: HCS Training Center 2410 17th street, N.W. Adams Alley, Suite 100 Washington, D.C. 20009

Additional Info: please bring documents that pertain to your personal situation and might help in your housing search. These include all documents related to your income (such as recent pay stubs, TANF, unemployment, disability, child support, pension benefits, alimony, or social security statements) and expenses (such as recent phone, credit card , or utility bills, student and car loan statements) . Please bring information about your current housing (such as a copy or your current lease.)

Learn about recourses to assist you in your housing search
Learn how to best present yourself to a landlord
Learn about other housing options to consider
Learn about affordable housing waiting lists
Get help determining how much you can afford in rent
Meet with a counselor for a housing assessment

HSC is located in Adams Alley. Walk down the alley on 17th street between Euclid and Kalorama Streets. Using the intercom, press # and 100 to be admitted

Gay Dancing in Columbia Heights

Columbia Heights Goes Gay!

The Wonderland Ballroom Returns to its Roots with Launch of new monthly eccentric/alternative gay Dance party!

The Wonderland Ballroom, the dancing/drinking oasis for Columbia Height’s hipster sub-culture, launches new monthly gay dance party, Pink Sock, the third Wednesday of every month. Starting Wednesday, November 18th, Pink Sock marks a return to the bar’s roots as it once served as an African-American gay bar in the early 70s.

This time around, Boston-native DJ RAD (Twitter: @ForeverRAD) will be MC’ing an orgy for the eyes and ears, as he pumps out the hottest ass-shaking jams from the most innovative and avante garde performance artists from the 70s-disco era, 80s-new wave, 90-house & hip-hop, to the freshest electro music of today. We’re talking everything from Grace Jones to Prince, Madonna to Lady Gaga, Miss Kittin to MSTRKRFT. To further stimulate and entrance you, there will be accompanying visualizations and home-made music videos that are sure to delight and disturb.

EVENT DETAILS:

Pink Sock @ The Wonderland Ballroom

The Third Wednesday of Every month

Launches Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

1101 Kenyon St, NW (11th & Kenyon)

Doors open @9:00pm

Free (As Always!)

$5 Pink Sock Shot & PBR Special

FOR MORE INFO:
www.pinksockdc.com
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=163209779565
Twitter: @PinkSockDC

Retail Job Opps in Ward 5

FORMAN MILLS IS COMING
TO WASHINGTON, DC!
Job Opportunity Fair

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
10 am—12 noon
Franklin Street Career Center
1500 Franklin Street, NE

New Store Location:
RI Ave Shopping Center,
4th Street & Rhode Island Ave, NE

Recruiting for:
Cashiers
Floor Sales Associates
Maintenance/Cleaning
Receiving Clerks

Sponsored by:
Ward 5 Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr.,ANCs 5A, 5B, and 5C, and DOES
For more information, call Nicola Lane at 2/698.6270

Ward 5 H1N1 for children and pregnant women

Greetings the following scheduled has been set by the DC Department of
Health for selected persons to receive the H1Ni Vaccine in Ward 5.

Robert Vinson Brannum

Chairman, 5th District Citizens’ Advisory Council, Inc. – www.5dcac.org

H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Schedule for Youth and Pregnant Women

McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Saturday October 24

8:00am- 4:00pm

McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Saturday October 31

8:00am- 4:00pm

McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Thursday November 5

5:00-9:00pm

McKinley Tech Senior High School (W5)

Tuesday November 10

5:00-9:00pm