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UPDATE: Dean & Deluca Closed for Health Violations

February 7, 2013

Dean & Deluca issued the following statement regarding their Wednesday closing:

"The Georgetown store was temporarily closed, primarily due to issues in our open-air cafe that arose from major construction next door. We have been working closely with the health department today to immediately address all areas of concern, and are pleased to report that the market has re-opened.  

The cafe outside remains closed for service, but only because there are birds that have flown into the open air space. While we are unable to serve food and beverages at the cafe, guests are still welcome to sit there and enjoy food bought inside the market.  Additionally, we are in the process of temporarily moving the espresso bar inside, until the outdoor cafe issues are resolved. We hope to re-open with full service as soon as possible. 

As always, DEAN & DELUCA is committed to offering our team and guests the cleanest and most hygienic environment, and we will continue to work tirelessly to achieve the highest standards."

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Jack's Boat House in Lease Dispute with National Park Service

December 26, 2012

The Christmas week lease eviction of Jack's Boathouse is on “hold” for now, reports Carol Ross Joynt in The Washingtonian.

Following stalled lease renewal negotiations, boathouse owner Paul Simkin received a letter from his landlord, the National Park Service(NPS) last week informing him of the eviction of the boat rental operation that opened in 1945.
"After the Wednesday afternoon meeting with NPS, Simkin described the nearly one hour discussion as “not productive.” He said, “I told them I was trying to find a win-win solution. They said they were meeting with me only at my request and they had nothing to add or to say.” Simkin said he would be contacting a lawyer as soon as possible and would proceed based on legal advice. “It will cost the Park Service a lot of money if I pursue legal action,” he said.
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All Systems Go for Santa

December 23, 2012

Well-placed sources confirm that Santa Claus is all set. Elves have been extra busy this year preparing for Santa's launch on December 24th.

Using four high-tech systems -- rader, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets, the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa from the moment he leaves the North Pole.

Satellites positioned in "geo-synchronous orbit at 22,300 miles from the Earth’s surface are equipped with infrared sensors, which enable them to detect heat." With his nose so bright, Rudolph gives off an infrared signature, which allows NORAD satellites to detect him and Santa.

The Santa Cam network, started in 1998 (when it was launched on the internet), consists of ultra-cool, high-tech, high-speed digital cameras pre-positioned all around the world. NORAD only uses these cameras once a year to capture images and videos of Santa and his reindeer as they make their global journey.

(Photo by: noradsanta.org)

Escorting Santa to North America are Canadian NORAD fighter pilots. Once here, American NORAD fighter pilots take over and fly with with Santa and his famous reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, of course, Rudolph.

For updated information on when Santa will be arriving in Georgetown, visit NORAD.

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