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Time on your hands, Tommy? Visit the Wharf Concerts

July 16, 2011

As the newly irritated councilmember heading up the D.C. Parks and Recreation Committee, Tommy Wells might want to bike over to the wharf pavilion off Maine Avenue to take in the late afternoon jazz, blues and rhythm concerts. On Thursday, the concerts are from 5-8 and on Fridays 6 pm to 8 pm.  It’s a civil way to relax among Ward 6 constituents and boat owners, and even build up some now-diluted political muscle for a possible run for mayor in a few years.

There’s lots of shade at the umbrella-topped tables and lawn chairs under the trees to discuss the slings and arrows of politics in DC.  Local produce is sold at an outdoor market, and plenty of hot dogs, BBQ, ice cream, wine, beer and lemonade.  The SW waterfront, represented in the council by Wells, is destined to be overhauled with developments of modern hotels, restaurants, high-rise living and a refurbished dock, among other structures.

In the meantime, it’s a nifty place to chill out.  Or, jaw-bone a bit.  It’s not an official D.C. park -- but close enough.

  

    As the newly irritated Councilmember heading up the D.C. Parks and Recreation Committee, Tommy Wells might want to bike over to the wharf pavilion off Maine Avenue to take in the late afternoon jazz, blues and rhythm concerts. On Thursday, the concerts are from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and on Fridays 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  It’s a civil way to relax among Ward 6 constituents and boat owners, and, who knows, even build the fan base for...a run for mayor in a few years?

There’s lots of shade at the umbrella-topped tables and lawn chairs under the trees to discuss the dramatic turns of politics.  Local produce is sold at an outdoor market, and plenty of hot dogs, BBQ, ice cream, wine, beer and lemonade.  The Southwest waterfront, represented in the council by Wells, is destined to be overhauled with developments of modern hotels, restaurants, high-rise living and a refurbished dock, among other structures.

In the meantime, it’s a nifty place to chill out.  Or, jawbone a bit.  It’s not an official D.C. park -- but close enough.

 

 

  


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EastBanc submits plans for West End, again

June 21, 2011

Anthony Lanier's EastBanc has submitted its application to D.C. officials once again to build 10,303 square feet of retail, 172 market rate residential units, and 192 underground parking spaces around the West End Library and fire station at 23rd between L and M Streets NW. The project also includes construction of a new fire station beneath 52 affordable apartments, if they receive District public funds in support, reports the Washington Business Journal.

EastBanc founder and president Anthony Lanier (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) EastBanc founder and president Anthony Lanier
The $149 million project has been a saga of stops and starts, including a sole-source contract with the administration of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, a reversal following community outcry, hearings before the D.C. Council, and on and on. Financing of an $18 million part of the project -- once thought to come from public incentives -- is in question. 

EastBanc founder and Georgetowner Lanier also envisions an eight-court, international regulation-size squash club with a special emphasis on young players. Lanier's daughter Camille is a top-ranked competitive player.

The developer and exercise devoté can often be seen riding his bicycle around Georgetown and downtown before his long work days begin. "When I'm feeling down, I ride to the monuments on the Mall," he says. "They give me inspiration." But in the winter, Lanier admits, he would rather play squash inside.

 


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When not in Rome...Obama and Gray luminaries go Italian in Bethesda

June 19, 2011

Georgetown wasn't the only destination for government bigwigs over Fathers Day weekend. Bethesda Row, which is almost neck ‘n’ neck with Georgetown for sporting the most Italian restaurants, got its fair share of luminaries, too.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his wife dined at Assaggi Mozzarella Bar on Saturday night.  They shared a buffalo mozzarella platter. Both had risotto with lobster.

Outside on the patio, the soon-to-be chair of the D.C. Arts and Humanities Commission, Judith Terra, dined on lasagne.

On Father’s Day, Italian ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, his wife and two children had a light lunch at Assaggi.  They all shared the mozzarella platter and a platter of the dried cured meats.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar is at 4838 Bethesda Ave. in Bethesda. Tel. (301) 951-1988. Read more at www.assaggirestaurant.com.


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