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Educational Consultants Are Everywhere and Want to Help

Kids & Family - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 7:18pm
By Paul Rivas

In addition to an enviable array of school choice options, DC parents enjoy perhaps the largest selection of educational consultants available anywhere. Parents looking for help, ideas, or a professional opinion on educating and raising children – from preschool through college – can now consult with District-based companies providing school choice, school placement, therapeutic placement, learning skills, tutoring, college counseling, and academic coaching services.

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The Common Lottery Two Years Later

Kids & Family - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 6:00pm
By E.V. Downey

Back in the Dark Ages, aka Before Common Lottery, the school application process was confusing and probably unfair. It favored families with better resources and allowed children to gain simultaneous admittance to multiple schools. Then, in the fall of 2013, the Common Lottery was introduced. The new system brought nearly all public and charter school applications under a single roof.

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Educational Reform Recast

Kids & Family - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 5:06pm
By Jonetta Rose Barras

The DC Council Committee on Education and Libraries held a roundtable earlier this summer on the independent evaluation of the city’s eight-year-old school reform. During that session DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson looked around at other government witnesses, wondering who would respond to Chairman David Grosso’s question. “I guess I better answer that one,” Henderson finally said. “I’ve been here the longest.”

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Journalism's Certifiable Future

Commentary - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:00pm
By Anonymous

The doldrums of August are nearly upon us, Dear Readers. In the evenings, the thwack of bats sound across the Mall as millennial interns engage in gladiatorial contests. A humid haze obscures that patriotic testament to George's manhood. On Capitol Hill, our Congressional minders stagger through the twilight hours of a spring session. While at the other side of Pennsylvania Ave. NW, The Nose's favorite cast of characters, the DC Council, is poised to flee the Wilson Building for the August recess.

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Dear Garden Problem Lady

Homes & Gardens - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:00pm
By Wendy Blair

My neighbor uses mirrors in her garden. They reflect her charming rose arbor. But when I plan where to put a mirror, I realize that it is going to reflect our dogleg with garbage cans or the back of the house which needs painting. Any ideas?

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Categories: Homes & Gardens

Going Ductless

Homes & Gardens - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:00pm
By Catherine Plume

Staying cool is a top priority during these humid dog days of summer. If the heat is getting to you, and you’re contemplating replacing or retrofitting your home with a cooling and/or heating system or considering it as a part of your home renovation, there are advantages and disadvantages to the various options that are worthy of review. 

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Categories: Homes & Gardens

Growing Edibles 80 Feet Up

Homes & Gardens - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:00pm
By Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA

First-time gardener (and Hill Rag managing editor) Andrew Lightman spends about half an hour a day tending potted herbs and vegetables on his eighth-floor balcony. “I cook constantly and love the idea of making something,” he says. “Part of my relationship with food is buying from people I know. The garden is an extension of that.” Lightman grows over a dozen varieties of edibles and closely observes their progress. By jumping in feet first and being willing to learn along the way, he has gained tremendous experience.

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Categories: Homes & Gardens

Burglary on Independence Ave. SE

Neighborhood News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:55am
By Elias Garfinkel

There was a burglary at 5 p.m. on the 1400 block of Independence Ave. SE.

There was a burglary at 12 p.m. on the 1700 block of A St. SE.

There was a robbery at 11:50 a.m. on the 100 block of 19th St. NE.

In Other News

There was a car stolen on:

·         the 1300 block of Canal St. SW;

·         the 900 block of fourth St. SW.

There were thefts on:

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Categories: Neighborhood News

St. Mark’s Dance Studio Registration

Kids & Family - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 11:00am
By Stephanie Deutsch Photograph By Stephanie Deutsch

Ballet lessons aren’t just for little girls. Beyond the fact that boys can and do study ballet, there is also the fact that adults, male and female, can and do study ballet. And not just ballet but jazz dance as well. There are professional dancers, of course, but there are also people who do it just because, in the words of Rosetta Brooks, director of the dance studio at St. Mark’s Church, “Dancing makes you feel good!”

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Bringing Food From Farm to Table

Dining - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 9:38am
By Pattie Cinelli

Saturday morning is a busy work day for Kip Kelley. While most of us are leisurely awakening and sipping coffee, Kelley has been up before dawn to pack his truck for the hour or so drive down to the H Street farmers’ market where he sells his freshly picked vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and eggs to Capitol Hill residents. Kelley is one of the new generation who have chosen to make their living as full-time farmers, “growing tasty food for our local community in a way that leaves the farm healthy and productive for future generations.”

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The Literary Hill

The Arts - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:00am
By Karen Lyon

The Joy of Shakespeare

If you’ve been to the Bard’s birthday party at the Folger Shakespeare Library, you may have seen a guy dressed in full motley, juggling and making Renaissance patter, the bells on his hat jingling. That would be Nicolo Whimsey, the creation and alter ego of Nick Newlin. And he’s nobody’s fool.

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Categories: The Arts

Bootleg Shakespeare at the Folger

The Arts - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:00am
On Monday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m.,  Taffety Punk presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Shakespeare’s spirited comedy about how sucky men are. Proteus loves Julia. His best friend friend, Valentine, moves to Milan and falls in love with Sylvia. Proteus then moves to Milan and promptly falls in love with Sylvia. Julia follows Proteus and sees firsthand what a rat her boyfriend is. Will the boys get their $#!% together before the girls justifiably kill them? Will the dog be sent to the stocks?

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Burglary on 15th St. NE

Neighborhood News - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:00am
By Elias Garfinkel

There was a burglary at 7 a.m. on the 100 block of 15th St. NE.

In Other News

There was a car stolen on:

·         the

There were thefts on:

·         the 600 block of H St. NE;

·         the 1200 block of Wylie St. NE;

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Art and the City

The Arts - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:25pm
By Jim Magner

Artist Profile: Hiu Lai Chong 

Hiu Lai Chong paints the best that man and nature dangle before us. It’s always a beautiful image of what life can propose, but the scene is not what it seems to be. It’s more. It’s a manifestation of an idea. It’s that essential first meaning that Hiu Lai gathers from all the interacting facets – that first sense of the place.

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Categories: The Arts

Two Breakout Films: One Breaking the Silence of the Past; One Breaking Free of a Thwarted Life

The Arts - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:00pm
By Mike Canning

The Look of Silence

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Categories: The Arts

The New Gins: Classic Cocktails for Warmer Weather

Dining - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:19pm
By Lila Coffin

With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, everybody is looking for relief. .Fresh, crisp, light, and slightly sweet gin cocktails simply are perfect this time of year. They’re mouthwatering, bright, and so incredibly variable with herbs, fruits, and liqueurs of all styles meshing seamlessly with the piney note of a good gin. Gin itself has so many fabulous variations, from the high proof brut London Dry to the blackthorn plum-infused Sloe gins, that experimenting is a joy!

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Categories: Dining

Dining Notes

Dining - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:40pm
By Celeste McCall Photograph By Celeste McCall

At long last the latest Ben’s Chili Bowl arrived on July 8 at 1001 H St. NE. And what a debut! Among hundreds jamming the new restaurant were DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (who cut the ribbon), DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, former DC Mayor Tony Williams, and restaurateur Andy Shallal. Also on hand was 82-year-old Virginia Ali, widow of Ben’s founder, Ben Ali.

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Sparkling Summer Sippers with DCanter

Dining - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 6:07pm
By Annette Nielsen

We all like to kick back during the summertime, and who doesn’t appreciate a relaxed approach to entertaining? With a focus on keeping the heat out of the kitchen – whether meal preparation takes place outdoors on the grill or serving up a room-temperature dinner made ahead of time – we aim for ease in our entertaining.

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Categories: Dining

The Stealth Makes Itself Known on Florida Avenue

Commentary - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:30pm
By Shaun Courtney

The Stealth condo officially hit the market in late July, bringing four new two-level, three-bedroom condos just north of H Street. Sales are by the Bissey Team at John C. Formant Real Estate.

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11th Street Bridge Project Update

Neighborhood News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:30pm
By Bill Matuszeski

Bringing Us Together: 11th Street Bridge Park

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Categories: Neighborhood News
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