Off the Tracks

Hit and Run on P Street

April 26, 2012

“I woke up feeling a huge thud on the house,” Amy Stroh said.  “It was surreal, I could hear a truck and scratching on the windows.  As the scraping sounds continued,  I kept trying to make some kind of sense of it,” she continued.  “Maybe they are doing early tree work of some kind?  That truck is meant to be there?”

No major damage to the house. (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) No major damage to the house.

Ms. Stroh’s thoughts as the sounds continued were to get away from the windows,  wake up her daughter, and figure out what was happening.  

“I wasn’t sure the bricks weren’t going to start coming down.”  

It was 6:10 am, Ms. Stroh’s house was besieged by leaves and branches and the sound had finally stopped.  She looked through the branches and could see a blue truck exiting the scene. 

As it turns out, a huge tree had been hit by a trash truck, apparently shifted into lower gears, and kept going, as reported by a road crew member who was doing early paperwork at the other end of the block.   The large tree hit her house and split, and Ms. Stroh was told by the firefighter who responded to the 911 call that, “the house was stronger than the tree.”

Will Pryce, on his way to school, points out a piece of trim, left over from the impact of the blue truck. (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Will Pryce, on his way to school, points out a piece of trim, left over from the impact of the blue truck.

“I couldn’t get out to take my daughter to school,” Ms. Stroh said, “as my front door was covered with branches and the alley was blocked by the trunk of the tree.  We were stranded.”  “The firemen cut the branches from the door so we could get out and my daughter was picked up by her grandmother, and she made it to school on time.”

Uprooted tree destroyed by trash truck (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Uprooted tree destroyed by trash truck

The tree was gone by noon.  

 “The foreman of the paving company got on with 911 and told them it needed to be attended to immediately, that the tree was putting the neighborhood at risk,” Ms. Stroh said.  “He was great.”

“It was an awakening experience,” Ms. Stroh said as we finished our conversation.

Indeed.

(Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor)

 


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Stick Up at the Bank

March 5, 2012

The goodies in the vault (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) The goodies in the vault

Georgetown residents gathered at TD Bank on Wisconsin Avenue Saturday night to support the CAG Summer Concerts in the Park and to help solve the mystery of the missing artwork …

It seemed like a typical Georgetown cocktail party – except it was in a bank.  And the vault was wide open, with a Katherine Sable etching and Dianna Broussard necklace on open display.  And the teller stations became a bar. The theme was The Thomas Crown Affair and suspects circulated through the party.  Did you see Jack and Michelle Evans looking suspicious?  Did Carol Joynt leave her pink backpack (!) in the vault? Does John Lever always attend a party pulling a roller bag?  And when does Nancy Taylor Bubes have time to play a guitar?

Two suspects (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Two suspects

In the end, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts president Ray Ficca, who played the ‘detective’ asked the question – was it Jennifer who stole the etching to curry favors from the mayor?  Or Nancy Taylor Bubes – hoping it would help stage that house on 31st Street that needed that special something …

Masterfully concocted and executed by Kelly Doolan, Amy Kuhnert and the board members of the Concerts in the Park, the party was hosted by Georgetown TD bank manager Christian Videla

I think it was Miss Scarlet with a candlestick in the vault (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) I think it was Miss Scarlet with a candlestick in the vault

A special champagne toast and caramels from Fleurir were served in celebration of CAG's and Elizabeth Miller’s 10th anniversary of the Concerts in the Parks. 

The evening concluded with late night gourmet meatballs served hot in the bank parking lot, from the new food truck, BALL or Nothing.

Elizabeth Miller, Amy Kuhnert, Marnie Kenney, Nancy Taylor Bubes (Photo by: CAG) Elizabeth Miller, Amy Kuhnert, Marnie Kenney, Nancy Taylor Bubes

Gregory Doolan, Mehdi Fateh, Kelly Doolan, Stephanie Fateh (Photo by: Elizabeth Miller) Gregory Doolan, Mehdi Fateh, Kelly Doolan, Stephanie Fateh


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P Street Business Owners Want Construction Project Done

February 21, 2012

Mr. Coe of New York Cleaners says he had 10-15 morning customers who would drive.  He now averages 3-4 per morning, all of whom walk. (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Mr. Coe of New York Cleaners says he had 10-15 morning customers who would drive. He now averages 3-4 per morning, all of whom walk.

On February 13th, a meeting at the The Georgetown Club was held to clarify the next phase of the O&P street rehabilitation, and at the same time to listen to concerns from the business owners on the east end of the 3200 block of P Street.

 “The mix of residential and business properties on this block presents concerns and potential impacts unique to the project thus far,” city officials stated.  The main concern was parking for the businesses that depend on customers moving in and out during the day.

Phase 1, on the north side of P Street, is well under way (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Phase 1, on the north side of P Street, is well under way

The construction plan was presented in two phases.  The north side (Phase 1), will take four to six weeks.  Phase 2, the south side, will take three to five weeks.  Several business owners were concerned that parking would be impossible for the entire length of time, and an alternative plan was discussed - to finish both sides of the residential portion of the block, then add phase 3 and 4 to finish the business section.  Other owners were concerned that adding the extra phases would lengthen the project by two months, taking over 4 months in total.

Salon L'Eau impacted by parking, noise (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Salon L'Eau impacted by parking, noise

“We have over 100 people (clients and employees) in and out of the salon on any given day,” Lo-Ann Lai, the owner of Salon L’eau commented.  “We want it done – over with as fast as possible.”

For residents, alleys will not be accessible for much of this time, and street parking not at all. 

Trash will be picked up on 33rd Street – supervisors on the job will help move trash if needed, and all cans should be properly marked so they can be returned.

Newspaper delivery and trash collection has become challenging for residents (Photo by: Constance Chatfield-Taylor) Newspaper delivery and trash collection has become challenging for residents

After further discussions, the original two-phase plan was kept in place, with the end of April as the targeted completion date.  

 

 

 

 


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