On The Look Out

HazMat team responds to reports of gas leak at Cosmos Club

November 7, 2011

By 11:00 am all streets were reopened, but earlier this morning, D.C. emergency personnel including a HazMat team responded to what witnesses described as a "big gas leak" near the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Avenue. 

HazMat at corner of 21st and Massachusetts Avenue (Photo by: Judith Beermann) HazMat at corner of 21st and Massachusetts Avenue

According to dcist.com, "The gas line to the club and the surrounding buildings along Massachusetts Avenue, Florida Avenue and 21st Street was turned shut off, and authorities were conducting air monitoring in various locations around the scene, including several evacuated buildings."

Portions of Massachusetts Avenue, Florida Avenue, 21st, Q, and R streets were all closed for the response.  Air monitoring systems were deployed, and elevated readings were detected, according to the Firefighter's Association.

The investigation continues.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


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Halloween shooting in Georgetown

November 1, 2011

A 17- year old boy was shot in the head Monday night around 11:00 pm on M Street between 28th and 29th Streets. The Georgetown shooting was one of several in a violent night in the nation's capital.

The youth is in extremely grave condition according to myfoxdc.com.

(Photo by: Page Evans)

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Georgetown business leader joins D.C. Council staff

October 19, 2011

Beth Webster, well-known in business circles in Georgetown, has been named the new Business and Community Outreach Director for the D.C. Council Committee on Small and Local Business Development chaired by Councilmember Vincent Orange. In addition to staffing a recent hearing on small business job creation, including witnesses from Georgetown, Webster is focused on attracting television and movie production to the District.

Kathy Griffith, Vincent DePaul, Beth Webster (Photo by: Courtesy Beth Webster) Kathy Griffith, Vincent DePaul, Beth Webster
"We are elated to have Beth on staff," said Orange. "She has the skills, energy and motivation to assist in achieving the mission of the Committee on Small and Local Business Development."

To attract more film and television production, Webster said, the District needs "an attractive incentive package, providing an environment for production crews, additional and sizable sound stages and decreasing obstacles to permitting on the Federal and local levels." A public hearing on the issue is scheduled  November 9th at 10:00 am in the John A. Wilson Building.

"We hope these presentations by experts will assist us in making the case to both our executive and legislative branches of government," Webster said. Experts from Beverly Hills, New York, and other filmmaking hubs are scheduled to appear.

In addition to her work for the Georgetown Business Association, Webster is connected in Hollywood, having attended the recent Emmy Awards.
"Our goal is to make D.C. more movie friendly, to increase film and television production, create jobs, and make D.C. a destination of choice for production. Ideally, we would like to have two permanent television series produced here," she added. 

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