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Temporary MBT Path Starts August 12

We've been telling you how the new Alethia Tanner Park the NoMa Parks Foundation is building will improve the Metropolitan Branch Trail: widening the trail, softening the Z-turn, adding a connection from Q Street, and installing new trail signage, infrastructure, and light fixtures. Now it's time for that work to begin — and, as a result, temporarily reroute MBT users around the construction zone. The temporary MBT trail, highlighted in green in the image above, will open on or about Monday, August 12, and run along Randolph Place, down 3rd Street and Harry Thomas Way, and across a temporary path at Q Street back to the MBT behind the FedEx building. There will be no MBT access from R Street, but you will be able to access the temporary trail there. In accordance with DDOT requirements, the temporary trail will provide accommodations for both cyclists and pedestrians: the bike path will be separated from vehicular traffic by flexible bollards, spaced 4 feet apart, while the pedestrian path will be separated by Jersey barriers. The improved MBT trail is anticipated to reopen by early November. Click here to download a PDF of the temporary MBT trail illustration and information. For any comments or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Forrester Construction: nomapark@forresterconstruction.com.


Feel Good Friday on August 9

We'll be back on the streets of NoMa this Friday morning from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. serving up free coffee, breakfast treats, and lots of cheer. You'll find us in front of the CNN plaza on First Street NE and next to the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station's 2nd Street NE entrance. And don't forget: If you have a Feel Good Friday button, be sure to wear it to snag some free swag! 


NoMa Dining Gets Noticed

Since they've opened, Laos in Town and CR NoMa have generated great buzz in the local dining media, and this month they are highlighted in two notable publications: Laos in Town (represented by the Herbal Pork Sausage dish, above left) was chosen by Washingtonian for its August issue feature on 75 places to "Eat Great Cheap" (article not online yet), while Eater DC put CR NoMa (which offers a Slow-Roasted Ribeye Flatbread, above right) in its "15 Hottest Restaurants for August" list. We concur: these are both wonderful places to satisfy your hunger and great additions to the NoMa community. 


Summer Screen Lineup, 8/7 and 8/15

Tonight's NoMa Summer Screen feature is Cool Runnings, while next week's is She's the Man. Check the event website page for complete information, including participating food trucks and estimated sunset times, when the movies will begin. Also: We are disappointed with how wet it's been this season — three movies rained out! — so we'll be adding a second rain date, on September 4. Watch for a poll in the coming weeks to let us know which two films you really want to see!


Are You a Good Sleuth?

The National Law Enforcement Museum (444 E St. NW) invites NoMa residents to visit and test their detective skills. Starting Saturday, August 10, for a period of 10 weeks, museum visitors will be given a "case file" introducing them to the Queen of Diamonds, a notorious criminal whose anonymous crew can only be identified by solving a series of puzzles embedded throughout the exhibits. If you're able to identify all five gang members, you'll be entered into a drawing for the chance to win $25,000. Use the code NoMa to get $5 off your museum ticket when you purchase a pass online or in person.


D.C. Statehood Hearing on 9/19!

Late last month, Mayor Muriel Bowser paid a visit to Red Bear Brewing to generate excitement about the upcoming U.S. House of Representatives hearing about D.C. statehood, which will take place on September 19 and be held by the House Oversight and Reform CommitteeThis is the first time in more than 25 years that the House has agreed to hold such a hearing. How can you support this historic event? Head to ShowUp4DC.com to learn more.

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