Hyde-Addison School Construction Project Begins

On July 20, representatives of all the major stakeholders met to go over neighbors' concerns.

A Loss in the Family: Jim Vance

The longest serving broadcaster in the D.C. area succumbed to cancer last Saturday.

$25,000 Reward for Tips on Water St. Shootings

The perpetrators of the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old from Severn, Maryland, and the shooting of another unidentified man around 3 a.m. Saturday morning,...

First Whacks at Wawa — and More ANC Highlights

Meeting Thursday, June 29, before its summer break, the Georgetown-Burleith Advisory Neighborhood Commission tackled some hot-button town topics: DC Streetcar, the District Department of...
Malmaison restaurant owner Zubair Popal on K Street.

Waterfront Repair Projects Put Family Business at Risk

According to Malmaison owner Zubair Popal, work by Pepco, DDOT and NPS over the next three months, the restaurant's busiest season, is a disaster for his business.
Associate Rector Sarah Duggan with Tim Towell and Big Beast in 2015.

Weekend Round Up September 29, 2016

It's a weekend of but-once-a-year events: the Taste of Georgetown, the DC Design House preview, the Smithsonian's Autumn Conservation Festival, Rosh Hashanah and the Blessing of the Animals at St. John's.
Katie Ledecky meets Georgetown University students outside McDonough Arena before Team USA Awards ceremony.

Olympians Gather at Georgetown University for Team USA Awards Show

The day before their Sept. 29 White House visit, Olympic and Paralympic athletes dropped by Georgetown University's McDonough Arena for an awards show — to the delight of students.

Georgetown’s Frida Burling Dies at 100

Frida Frazer Winslow Burling, one of Georgetown's oldest and noted citizens, died May 26 at her Washington, D.C., home. Her daughter Belinda Winslow told The Georgetowner: "Mother passed away peacefully this morning about 10. She was surrounded by family and love. We did a circle of love and recited 'The Lord's Prayer.' " Last weekend, Burling began receiving hospice care and died in her own bed in her own house on 29th Street. That same weekend, she received an award — which her daughter Belinda accepted on her behalf — from the Episcopal Bishop of Washington Mariann Budde at St. John's Church on O Street in Georgetown.  Burling was also visited at home by Rev. Gini Gerbasi of St. John's and by Rev. Johnsie Cogman of Mount Zion United Methodist Church across the street from her house. A memorial service is planned for September at St. John's in Georgetown. Yes, Georgetown's Frida Burling — born in Sept. 16, 1915, in Newport, Rhode Island — led a life that merited many an award and was worth celebrating, especially in her town.  When people talk about legacies and life stories, usually the tale is about how you lived your life, and what your markers there are along the way that tell your story and note what you bear your participation in your life and in your community.    Here at The Georgetowner, we’ve always felt, ever since we encountered Frida Burling in her first forays into making something iconic, lasting and permanent out of the annual Georgetown House Tours, that in many ways, she represented an ideal of community and citizen here. Not just because of the tour itself — although she always gave the yearly celebration of Georgetown history and essence her full energy — but because she embraced the idea of community service and identity with place with all the joy she could muster, which was considerable. Ask those involved with the Junior League of Washington, another one of her favorite efforts. Burling was and has always been, even now — with that beautiful energy now extinguished — a Georgetowner who represented her town and herself more than well.  She had a deep, abiding love for the place where she lived and was never afraid to show it —and to be persuasive in her efforts to get others to join her in her various efforts that included the Georgetown Ministry Center as well as other programs at St. John’s Episcopal Church. When she came looking for volunteers and help for the tour, whether to host patron’s parties or have homes on the tour, she was pretty hard to resist, because Frida always had an immense reservoir of charm, humor and knowledge and a sense of life’s duty and rewards.   When we sat down with her in early September 2015 just before her 100th birthday at her 29th Street home — which is one of those sunny, stylish, book-filled residences that perfectly reflected the life she and her late husband Edward Burling shared there — she still had that empathy in her eyes and certain certitudes also. She led a life which allowed her to dive into causes with fervor that was fueled by compassion, as well as self-assurance — she was at the 1963 Civil Rights rally and historic Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech. In her book, you will find a picture of her gleefully holding up a sign (“Money for Jobs Not War") at a rally protesting U.S. policy. Burling's lifetime spanned 17 presidencies: Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, FDR, Truman, Ike, Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, and Barack Obama. She remained firm about her loyalties and preference. Asked who her favorite president during the course of her life was, she emphatically said, “Barack Obama.” Her long life produced a sense of continuity, a feel for its history, detailed and otherwise, and that burgeoning consistent warmth provided by family. In Burling’s case, one that produced a fair-sized clan and tribe from two marriages, both by any measure fruitful and well-shared. But knowing Frida and knowing about her also gave you a sense of her values and the values and history of the community — she was exercising in the gym in her nineties — which she championed with that sustained energy of hers.

World War II Veterans Mark 71st Anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day (photos)

The Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service paid tribute to the Greatest Generation during a special Mother’s Day event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 8, commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Allied Forces Victory in the Atlantic and the end of World War II in Europe. As part of the ceremony, nearly a dozen World War II veterans laid wreaths at the “Freedom Wall” of the Memorial in memory of the more than 400,000 Americans and 60 million people killed worldwide during the deadliest military conflict in human history. Approximately 60 WWII veterans were in attendance, all in their 90s, including veterans visiting the memorial with the Puget Sound Honor Flight. The Civil Air Patrol, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, took part during the ceremony as well. Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly presented a special memorial wreath on behalf of his country. Leon Harris of ABC7 News Channel 8 served as master of ceremonies. Another V-E observance followed, this one by the Russian community of the U.S. on behalf of the men and women who defended Russia against Nazi aggression. After marching past the White House, dozens descended on the World War II Memorial holding signs carrying placards with photos of ancestors who died in WW II. Organizers hope to make this an annual event. View our photos from V-E Day at the World War II Memorial by clicking on the photo icons below. (All photos by Jeff Malet) [gallery ids="130195,130257,130219,130210,130249,130186,130178,130169,130161,130153,130145,130137,130229,130265,130296,130303,130335,130324,130330,130342,130317,130289,130310,130281,130273,130129,130121,130113,129993,129985,129976,129967,129957,129949,129940,130039,130243,129920,129929,130003,130012,130105,130097,130089,130081,130073,130064,130056,130047,130030,130203,130021,102230" nav="thumbs"]