J. Thomas Manger is sworn in as Chief of US Capitol Police. (From left) The Capitol Police Board: J. Brett Blanton, Architect of the Capitol; William J. Walker, House Sergeant at Arms; Karen H. Gibson, Senate Sergeant at Arms; and J. Thomas Manger. Photo: USCP
On July 23, J. Thomas Manger was sworn in as Chief of US Capitol Police. Manger is a 42 year veteran of law enforcement and former Chief of Police for both Montgomery County in Maryland and Fairfax County in Virginia. The regional experience will allow him to strengthen partnerships with these law enforcement partners. Steven Sund, former Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, resigned under pressure a day after the Capitol Building was stormed by insurrectionists. Chad Thomas, number two in the department, was pressured to resign on June 7 from his position as Assistant Chief of Police for Uniformed Operations, which included the Civil Disturbance Unit which turned out to be unprepared for the insurrection on January 6.
All this talk about sharrows: Friday afternoon, sharrows and a bike lane were installed on Third Street, NE, from East Capitol to Constitution Avenue, which is one-way, travelling north. “Sharrows are white pavement markings showing a bicycle symbol with two chevrons on top (MUTCD). Some mistake these lanes for dedicated bicycle lanes, but a bicycle lane is marked with a bicycle symbol and sometimes an additional diamond symbol. The diamond symbol indicates that it is a reserved lane. When a street is too narrow to fit both a lane for bicyclists only, and too narrow for cars and bicycles to ride side-by-side, sharrows remind bicyclists and motorists that the lane must be shared. Oliver Gajda, the former Manager of a Bicycle Program in San Francisco, is credited with inventing the term sharrow. It is supposed to be a combination of the two words share and arrow, even if the arrows look more like chevrons.” For more, see here: https://driversprep.com/what-are-shar
Every Saturday Rural Dog Rescue set up its adoption service in front of Howl to the Chief, hoping to find a forever home for the dogs it rescues from southern states and bring to DC hoping to find a forever home for them. The group works with kill shelters to rescue dogs, many of which are hounds and hunting dogs, senior dogs, and dogs with special needs which are often overlooked. For more information, go here: https://www.ruraldogrescue.com/ As they say, “If you can’t adopt – foster; if you can’t foster – sponsor; if you can’t sponsor – volunteer; if you can’t volunteer – donate; if you can’t donate – educate.”
Here’s the scene at the National Gallery of Art’s Cascade Café on Friday afternoon. You no longer need timed tickets or a mask to visit either the East or West buildings – or the other Smithsonian museums.
DGS is wrapping up the renovation of Eastern Market Metro Plaza. There are a few outstanding issues – such as the installation of the public art features scheduled for the fall. DGS’s final briefing of the Eastern Market Metro Park Advisory Team is scheduled for Wednesday.
Here’s a shot of some stone fruit on the Farmer’s Line on Sunday morning circa 8:00am.
The Week Ahead…and Some Photos from the Past Week
by Larry Janezich
Posted on July 25, 2021
Tuesday, July 27
ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Control Committee. CANCELLED.
Wednesday, July 28
Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee holds a virtual meeting at 7:00pm.
Information on how to join the meeting.
Meeting ID: 851 8315 6550
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Among items on the agenda:
Report on the Budget legislation.
Report of the Market Manager
Status of Fresh Tuesdays
Budget and Spending Report
North Hall use
Tenant’s Council Report
Capital Improvements Report: Monte Edwards
Noise task force: Chuck Burger.
Eastern Market Main Street Mural project update: Charles McCaffrey