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Uptown News Food Briefs – May 5, 2017

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Uptown News Food Briefs The much-anticipated reopening of Olympic Café at its new North Park location will become a reality by mid-May, said Donna Kotselas, who founded the Greek restaurant with her husband, John, more than 30 years ago. The couple closed the business last year at its original location, at 2340 University Ave., due to landlord issues. In deciding to relocate, they acquired the lease to a structure one door […]

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North Park author makes debut

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt Behind the hazel eyes and engaging laugh of young-adult fiction author Danielle Mages Amato bubbles a bright and imaginative mind. And from that internal kettle, the debut author and North Park resident has percolated a fascinating mystery with a dash of the paranormal, “The Hidden Memory of Objects.” Set in and around contemporary Washington, D.C. — and in flashbacks to the past, including the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln — Amato’s […]

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For the love of carbs

By Dr. Ink Devine Pastabilities makes no apologies for the high levels of carbohydrates it slings in the form of “torpasta” sandwiches, which are hollowed-out submarine rolls filled with various pastas and sauces — and meat if you’re hankering for a dose of protein. “Tappy hour,” as they call it here, is no exception when taking into account the varying measures of carbs you ingest when drinking craft beer and noshing on the free “bread […]

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Missing this old ficus tree

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Communities, Featured, South Park | No Comments

By Jon Standefer One of the signature trees in South Park — a magnificent, massive, maybe-century-old ficus tree — has bit the dust. I’ve lived in South Park for 37 years, and I never got tired of looking at that monstrous tree that shaded much of the east side of 29th Street between Ivy and Juniper streets. It was at least 60 feet tall, and measured 15 feet, 6 inches in circumference at its base.

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Her story

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, PastMatters | No Comments

Mary Jane Hartley’s contributions to North Park By Katherine Hon | PastMatters Happy National Preservation Month! As we celebrate history, let’s remember that “her-story” is important, too. And no individual woman contributed more to North Park’s early development than Mary Jane Hartley. Mary Jane was the wife of James Monroe Hartley, who bought 40 acres within the Park Villas tract in 1893 and named it Hartley’s North Park. The empty land, bordered by University Avenue and […]

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Letters to the editor – May 5, 2017

Posted: May 5th, 2017 | Featured, Letters to the Editor, Opinion | No Comments

Hillcrest residents deserve some respect Lately, we Hillcrest residents have been getting a pretty raw deal from the city, and in general. Our rents climb ever higher as our neighborhood deteriorates into a filthy playground for ill-behaved street people. A simple walk to the store (which many will no longer do after dark) often involves dodging human feces and walking over the bodies of passed out homeless as we navigate through their fields of garbage. Often, we […]

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MAD expansion proposed for east Hillcrest

Posted: April 21st, 2017 | Featured | 3 Comments

By Ken Williams | Editor More homeless people, more trash and dirty sidewalks. Citing these reasons and more, the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) is proposing to expand the maintenance assessment district (MAD) that serves the eastern side of the neighborhood between the state Route 163 overpass and Park Boulevard.

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Town council hears about hate crime, senator’s bills

By Mary M. McKenzie Hate crime was the focus of this month’s meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), held April 11 at the Joyce Beers Community Center. A distinguished panel shared the legal definition of hate crimes, ways to protect against them, and the appropriate response to them. All of the speakers agreed that hate crimes go beyond any particular administration.

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