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Paws for Celebration this weekend

October 12, 2011

On October 15 and 16, Friendship Hospital for Animals, D.C.'s only 24-hour emergency veterinary facility, will mark its 75th anniversary with tours of their newly renovated facility, complimentary refreshments and activities, and a special pet adopt-a-thon. 

Adoption truck (Photo by: Washington Animal Rescue League ) Adoption truck

The Washington Animal Rescue League’s new mobile adoption vehicle will be there both days from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with plenty of dogs and cats who are looking for new homes.  For the occasion, there will be no adoptions fees charged for cats and kittens.  Adoption fees for dogs—regularly between $150 and $250—will be reduced to 75 percent of the norm. And Friendship’s veterinarians will be available to give the newly adopted pets a free medical examination before they leave for their new homes.

Potential adopters should bring photo identification and a mortgage statement or landlord approval letter.  Cat adopters should bring cat carriers; leashes and collars for dogs will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information, contact Rescue League: 202-726-3012 or Friendship Hospital: 202-363-7300

Friendship Hospital for Animals is at 4105 Brandywine Street NW.

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Evans support Fenty, again?

October 6, 2011

Politicians are not known for their sense of humor, much less for spontaneous comedy, but that’s what former Mayor Adrian Fenty and current Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans pulled off on Thursday evening at the fundraiser for Evans at Fenty’s Dupont Circle law offices.

Alaka (left) and Warren Williams with Councilmember Evans (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Alaka (left) and Warren Williams with Councilmember Evans

It started with Fenty’s telling the audience that Evans was his “solid partner and legislative leader” – for affordable housing, closing homeless shelters, on the budget and for education reform.  And Fenty said, very much tongue-in-check, that Evans was “one of my biggest supporters when I first ran for the City Council” and “I became mayor with Jack’s support.” (Note: Evans supported Fenty’s opponent in both races.) 

Former Councilmember Jim Nathanson (left) Irene Klores, Mayor Fenty, Nina Benton and Mary Ann Moore (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Former Councilmember Jim Nathanson (left) Irene Klores, Mayor Fenty, Nina Benton and Mary Ann Moore

But Evans was not be outdone. Interjecting that the two did have breakfast the morning Fenty won for mayor, he added, much to everyone’s amusement, that “the only election you lost was the one I supported you in.”

Edward Smith (left), Mark Plotkin, Gregory McCarthy and Brain Gray (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Edward Smith (left), Mark Plotkin, Gregory McCarthy and Brain Gray

The exchange set the tone for the evening – happy to be there to support Jack, serious about the city.  Joining host Bruce Klores were commentator Mark Plotkin of WTOP, former Councilmember Jim Nathanson, leading trail attorney Jack Olander, former chair of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board Charles Brodsky, businessman Phinis JonesEdward Smith, president of the Fire Fighters Association of D.C., Gary Cha, owner of Yes! Organic markets, Tina Ang of Manett law firm and Nationals Vice President Gregory McCarthy.

Gary Cha (left) and Tina Ang with Councilmember Evans (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Gary Cha (left) and Tina Ang with Councilmember Evans

In his remarks, Evans lauded Fenty for his “impatience, wanting to get things done, yesterday,” whether it was rebuilding parks, repaving streets, building buildings or reforming agencies. He singled out two Fenty appointees, Michelle Rhee at schools and Cathy Lanier as MPD chief, for special praise.  The latter, an “out of-the-blue” pick and kept by Mayor Gray, is leading the police department and the city to a 42-year low in homicides.

Councilmember Muriel Bowser (center) with hosts Stacie and Jason Turner (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Councilmember Muriel Bowser (center) with hosts Stacie and Jason Turner

It was a busy political night in northwest.  A few miles north of Dupont Circle, Councilmember Muriel Bowser held her reelection kickoff.   Picked by Fenty to succeed him in Ward 4, she spoke to a crowd of over 150 gathered in the back garden of a magnificent 16th Street mansion. “You sent me down there to get ahead of the line,” she said, “to make sure Ward 4 gets what it wants.”

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“From the Bay, For the Bay” dine out Oct 2-9

September 22, 2011

Grillfish is partnering with The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), along with many restaurants in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, for a week-long celebration of Maryland’s seafood by participating in the “From the Bay, For the Bay” Dine Out from October 2 through 9, 2011. 

During the week of October 2-9, 2011, Grillfish’s menu will include unique presentations of fresh Maryland seafood. One dollar from every Maryland seafood dinner sold during the week will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population.  The funds generated from this program will help support the shell recycling program in which Grillfish participates, as well as physically produce and plant baby oysters back into the bay.

Grillfish’s menu will feature By the Bay selections such as local rockfish and James River oysters.

Over the last decade, the Oyster Recovery Partnership has replanted hundreds of millions of oysters in the bay. Oysters are a critical species to the bay’s long term recovery. A healthy oyster reef not only filters the bay’s waters, but also provides habitat for other marine life such as blue crabs and striped bass.

Grillfish is located at 1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. Tel: 202.331.7310

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