Pop Cesspool is mighty impressed with a letter from the Nationals which explained the firing of Manny Acta and gave a blunt assessment of the team’s failings. After running down the season’s few highlights, the Nats letter states:

“Much of the season, however, has been defined by weak relief pitching, poor defense, and youthful inconsistency. We have tried to work through this period with patience and focus but now we are faced with mounting losses which are beginning to take a toll on our entire roster. Clearly, some changes are required as we prepare for the second half of the 2009 season and, more importantly, build for a competitive future.”

The Heights Life notes that the recent Mount Pleasant Farmers Market got a boost from a local chef serving up advice and Italian food.

Frozen Tropics reports that H Street Country Club is set to open its doors to families during the day this weekend.

Life in Mount Vernon Square offers a take on a recent meeting on the development re: the Bundy School:

“2 things bothered me:  the first is these words from OPM Director Robin Eve Jasper regarding the Bundy School: “In this budget environment, it’s highly unlikely that the landscaping plan will be fully implemented.” (Oh really? not to sound like a broken record but that $h!#@^!t would never fly in georgetown and should not fly in Shaw.  besides, this is a facility for abused children! leaving the yard bare & funky contibutes to it looking like a forbidding fortress.  this is supposed to be a welcoming place, plant some nice flowers and trees.  I’m sure many neighbors would be happy to help dig.)  The other thing was that ANC 2C03 Commissioner Doris Brooks went on about having a park for children being more important that dogs, a valid sentiment echoed by others (but as a certain neighbor said not mutually exclusive).  But she adamantly opposed the renovation of a park in her own backyard on the 600 block of N St NW and indeed officially voted in 2006 for DC to give it to UHOP for ‘housing or parking.'”

Anti-Real World DC notes that one cast member has an affinity for some kind of Panda hat.

Intangible Arts does a little architectural deathwatch on Bruce Monroe Elementary.

*photo by Darrow Montgomery.