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Winners of the Seaton Elementary Science Fair: Benjamin Hale, Lucas Dondarski, Emma Stacks, Francis Fileri Flagg, Cora Albert, Leo Malinowski, Emerson Adams, Camila Mendez Valencia, Eliza McQuillen. Photo courtesy of Seaton Elementary PTO

Shaw Hosts NATO Summit in July

Shaw and the Washington Convention Center will host an upcoming meeting of the heads of state and heads of government of the 32 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), their partner countries, and the European Union, July 9-11, 2024. The summit will commemorate the landmark 75th anniversary of NATO, which was founded on April 4, 1949 with the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington, DC. The summit is the fourth NATO summit to be held in the United States over the organization’s history and marks the first summit since Sweden joined NATO.

Ashton Rogers, winner of the Pre-Kindergarten level award at the Seaton Elementary Science Fair. Photo courtesy of Seaton Elementary PTO

The summit has been declared a National Special Security Event (NSSE), meaning that the US Secret Service will be responsible for security precautions for the area around the Convention Center. Security arrangements will be similar to those imposed during quadrennial presidential inaugurations and past events like the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and 2022 US-Africa Leaders Summit. The issue of physical security for national leaders and diplomats was highlighted recently with the violent attack on the Prime Minster of Slovakia, a NATO member country.

The need for security at the summit will impose some restrictions on movement in Shaw. While the security plan for the summit has not been finalized, expect that the streets surrounding the Convention Center will be totally closed to traffic, as well as some of the side streets around the center. There will be fencing to limit movement, but pedestrians should be able to use the sidewalks. The Mount Vernon Square Metro Station will be closed to passengers during the summit and WMATA buses will take alternate routes.

The Secret Service and Events DC plan on meeting with Shaw residents and businesses soon to go over their security plans for the NATO summit and to address any issues they may present.

Shaw Main Streets Holds Open House June 22

Shaw Main Streets will hold its next Shaw Open House, a free event to highlight neighborhood businesses, on Saturday, June 22, from 1-5 p.m. Shaw Open House will showcase the restaurants, bars, health and fitness facilities and other exceptional retail in central Shaw. Attendees should expect to see a lot of free food and beverage samples, and special offers, along with drawings for prizes from dozens of participating businesses.

The Shaw Open House ends at 5:00 p.m. with a close-out party and prize drawing. For more information, visit www.shawmainstreets.org.

Shaw’s Seaton Elementary Holds Science Fair

Seaton Elementary held a Science Fair on Friday morning, May 24. The science fair consisted of a competition, by each grade level, of science projects developed by students. The students participating ranged from Pre-Kindergarten all the way up to Fifth Grade. The science projects were judged by a mixture of Seaton parents, teachers, and community members, along with volunteers from the Benjamin Banneker High School across the street. The judges also included scientists from NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The science fair was the first held at Seaton since the pandemic. It was organized by teachers Meg Talewsky and Julia Rodman, parents Harbin Sacks and Shilpi Malinowski, along with the support of Seaton PTO president Zandra Haines.

Shaw Businesses Win Retail Grants

Five businesses in central Shaw have won $10,000 Robust Retail Citywide Grants from the Department of Small and Local Business Development. Selected from entries in a lottery, 64 eligible brick-and-mortar retail businesses successfully competed for $640,000 that could be used to pay business expenses incurred during the period October 1, 2023-April 15, 2024. The Shaw recipients were Beau Thai Shaw, C. Alan’s Men’s Grooming Salon, Calico, Modern Liquors and Pizzoli’s Pizzeria.

Eat.Drink.Shaw. Scheduled for June 19

Shaw Main Streets will hold its annual food and beverage showcase fundraiser, Eat.Drink.Shaw, on Wednesday evening, June 19 at the Howard Theater. Eat.Drink.Shaw showcases the neighborhood’s world-renowned restaurants and bars to show off what they do best. This year, there will be at least 20 Shaw restaurants offering unlimited food and drink for two-and-one-half hours. Hundreds of foodies and cocktail lovers will attend the ticketed event. Proceeds support Shaw Main Streets’ commercial revitalization and historic preservation activities. For more information, visit eatdrinkshaw.com.

Alex Abebe, owner of Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant, at Eat.Drink.Shaw. 2023. Photo by Pleasant Mann

Shaw Businesses make Best of Washington List

Washingtonian Magazine has released its Best of Washington list, which includes a number of Shaw businesses. Plant store Rewild was named Best Shop for Budding Green Thumbs. The Washingtonian Readers Poll had Andy’s Pizza getting top honors in the Best Pizza category, while the 9:30 Club was voted the Best Music Venue. Recently opened sandwich and cocktail destination Your Only Friend got notice, not only for its craft martinis, but also for its restrooms, with the magazine declaring it the owner of the Best Selfie Bathroom, lauding the food-themed wallpapers in both restrooms.