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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
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.
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.
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:
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!”
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.”
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.
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:
There were thefts on:
· the 600 block of H St. NE;
· the 1200 block of Wylie St. NE;
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.
The Look of Silence
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!
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.
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.
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.
Bringing Us Together: 11th Street Bridge Park