Just a few hours after the Nationals turn on the holiday lights at the ballpark
this Wednesday, the Anacostia Community Boathouse
(nestled between the spans of the 11th Street Bridges) will have its own ceremonial lighting, as part of the annual Boathouse Lighting and Community Awards Ceremony. The awards are for individuals and groups "who have shown an outstanding committment to advancing ACBA's mission of sponsoring rowing and paddling programs that foster physical fitness and camaradarie, connect neighborhoods along the Anacostia to the waterfront, and build a spirit of environmental stewardship through increased recreational usage." Receiving the ACBA Champion Award will be former mayor Tony Williams, in recognition of his work as the architect of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative.
Not only does former Mayor Bowtie A. Baseball get the award, he also gets to flip the switch to illuminate the boathouse. And the other marinas along the Anacostia Waterfront will also be lighting their clubhouses for the holiday season. The awards ceremony and lighting start at 6:30 pm, followed by a public reception.
If on Saturday evening you saw the skies over South Capitol Street look a bit brighter than usual, it was the lights along the first-base line at Nationals Park
being tested. If you want to see what it looked like inside the stadium, check the ballpark web cam
for Dec. 1 at around 6:40 pm.
And speaking of lighting up the ballpark, there's going to be a "holiday lighting ceremony" at the stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Following remarks about PNC Bank being named a "founding partner" of the team for 2008, a Christmas tree, Menorah, and Kwanzaa candles will be lit. And Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will "distribute holiday cheer and gifts to the workers."
A few notes to add to recent items:
* I don't get on the Southeast Freeway on a regular basis, so only yesterday did I see the huge Capitol Yards
sign hanging on the side of 70 I
, facing the freeway. Oops; would have helped me write Saturday's entry
on the new project web site
a day or two sooner! UPDATE:
And, with good timing, here's a new press release
touting the "topping out" of 70 and 100 I Street. They are scheduled to open in summer 2008.
* Both the PSA 105
and MPD 1D
mailing lists (registration required) have been discussing the November spate of car thefts
, which included not only Near Southeast but Capitol Hill and other neighborhoods. Apparently the three thefts recently listed
for the unit block of L Street (which I didn't blog about because I was a little suspicious that there might be a mistake in the data flow) were three cabs stolen from the same lot. Also, 1D commander David Kemperin says that
the Auto Theft Unit was deployed to the area, and that "an arrest was recently made for auto theft and other information obtained from an arrest for unregistered auto that may link some of these thefts." If you're interested in ongoing discussions about crime in the area, a subscription to these lists is probably a good idea.
* On Friday I wondered aloud
what Phil Mendelson's response would be to Mayor Fenty's press conference
on 225 Virginia
and the Consolidated Forensics Lab, and, like magic, his complete statement appeared in my inbox. "Learning about today's announcement, I am unsure about what can be considered 'new' news regarding the progress of the Consolidated Forensics Lab and the relocation of various public safety facilities. We learned of the probability of Bowen Elementary School being used to house the First District Police Headquarters at an oversight hearing I held on this issue on September 20th of this year. We also knew then that the administration was looking for suitors for the property at 225 Virginia Avenue, SE; nothing new was announced about this today." Read the rest here