Health Fair FlierThe District of Columbia Office on Aging will hold a community health and wellness fair at Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert St.) on Tuesday, September 23. Glover Park Village, a group that seeks to foster intergenerational connections and make neighborhood life safer and more comfortable for older residents, will co-host the event.

Visitors to the fair, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., can benefit from free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, and vision; talk with social workers from DCOA; and learn about senior transportation, elder abuse, healthy eating, and other topics. A light lunch will be served.

For more information about the event, contact Ralph Wright at 202-727-7736.

Shining Stars Montessori Academy has reversed a decision to move to Glover Park this year, the Northwest Current reports. The public charter school, which earlier this month announced an imminent move from Columbia Heights to 2461 Wisconsin Ave., will instead sublease part of a school building in Northeast. Shining Stars’s hoped-for Glover Park location is a vacant corner building owned by the International Union of Operating Engineers.

According to Current reporter Brady Holt, “Shining Stars representatives said that [the move to Glover Park] fell through due to the union’s liability concerns,” but that the school still aims to lease the corner building later on. “The school is currently working with a prospective buyer of 2461 Wisconsin, who would in turn grant it a 10-year lease of the space,” Holt writes.

Rocklands expansion opens

Rocklands Barbeque (2418 Wisconsin Ave.) has completed its expansion into 2416 Wisconsin Ave., the former home of Max’s Best Homemade Ice Cream. The new space features communal tables, a soda fountain and, for the first time, bathrooms for patrons.

Shining Stars Montessori Academy, a public charter school, has signed a 10-year lease on 2461 Wisconsin Ave., according to an emailed announcement from Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B. The vacant building is the former home of the International Union of Operating Engineers, which is trying to sell the building.

The school, which is relocating from 1328 Florida Ave., currently serves children ages 3–7, the ANC’s email states. According to the school’s website, though, Shining Stars plans to eventually offer a full elementary program. ANC3B, the Glover Park Citizens’ Association, and the ANC from Massachusetts Avenue Heights will meet with school officials on Wednesday to learn about the school’s plans for drop-off and pick-up, teacher parking, use of the Guy Mason playground, and other relevant issues.

According to the ANC’s email, there will be a hearing about this relocation at the August 18 regularly scheduled meeting of the Public Charter School Board at 7:30 p.m. at the PCSB offices, 3333 14th St NW, Suite 210. Public comments can be submitted via public.comment@dcpcsb.org. The ANC also invites public comments to its email address, info@anc3b.org. “To the best of our knowledge, there is no approval needed by anyone for a charter school to relocate wherever it wishes,” the ANC’s email states, “but we would like to know your thoughts so we can try to resolve any issues before they arise.”

Around 2 a.m. on Sunday August 3, two twentysomething male patrons at Town Hall (2340 Wisconsin Ave.) got into an argument after one drank a shot of liquor meant for the other, according to sources. When the accused shot swiper then started to down another shot, his accuser threw a punch mid-sip and hit the shot glass, busting his antagonist’s lip in three places. The puncher has been charged with mayhem, a police spokesman said. The punch-ee received medical attention and was not charged with theft, due to lack of evidence, the spokesman added.

Reposted verbatim from Craigslist as a public service:

To the beauty in blue in glover park CVS – m4w (nw dc)

Date: 2014-08-03

I would not normally do something like this, but I feel compelled to find you. I was walking with my dad and I was wearing a blue Michigan shirt. We passed each other in the stairs leading up to the roof parking. I wanted nothing more to say hello, and I’ve been thinking about it all day. If you see this, I’d love to meet you, have a chance to say hello and ask you your name.

If this sounds like you, here’s a link to the ad: Craigslist

JP's eviction, shot by a citizen journalistWe hear that a U.S. Marshall is currently [on the morning of July 17] overseeing the eviction of JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.). The strip club’s belongings span the sidewalk space from Z-Burger (2414 Wisconsin Ave.) down to Heads & Nails (2352 Wisconsin Ave.), an eyewitness reports.

The club had filed for bankruptcy protection on June 20, but Judge S. Martin Teel dismissed the case on July 2. JP’s corporate holding company, BJ Enterprises, had sought to represent itself in the suit, but that is not allowed in bankruptcy court. “It is well-established that corporate entities such as the debtor are not permitted to appear pro-se and must be represented and appear through counsel,” Teel’s order states.

JP’s shut down temporarily in early June, after the Office of Tax and Revenue placed a $654,077.87 lien on the business for back sales tax. Although that lien was almost certainly at least partly in error—since it included tax owed for several years when the club generated no sales—an OTR representative declined to confirm that the club’s tax debts had been paid in full.

Meanwhile, it seems the club’s landlord, a group of members of the Alafoginis family, had filed suit against the corporate owner of BJ Enterprises, The Vice Group, on January 27 of last year, according to landlord-tenant court records. A writ of restitution—basically, permission to evict the tenant—was approved by the court on May 13.

We have called representatives of the Vice Group and the Alafoginis family for details and will update when we hear back.


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