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August 19th, 2017

Up on the Roof – DC’s Newest Agricultural Frontier

DC rooftops are busy places. A flyover of the District shows a growing mosaic of rooftop terraces, solar panels, green roofs – and increasingly, retail space. Niraj Ray, CEO of Cultivate the City(CtC) (, is just one DC entrepreneur who’s taking advantage of rooftops to run a green business, create jobs, and grow food.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler:; Twitter @DC_Recycler. She is also a board member for the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club and Green America, but her perspectives are her own and do not necessarily represent the positions of either organization.

Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health Lows and Drug Highs

Which comes first, the mental health condition or the drug addiction?

In order to get to the heart of America’s substance abuse problem it’s important to know that drug addiction and mental health struggles are not always mutually exclusive. As we search for more holistic ways to address drug addiction, we must include assessment of a person’s mental health to determine what can be done. Peeling back the layers to find the root causes of addiction can be an arduous task because it could mean unearthing mental health challenges as well.

Dear Problem Lady - August 2017

All my flowers are tightly planted together to crowd out weeds and weeding. That works except for always the same darned little thing that looks a bit like clover, or shamrocks, with a tiny yellow flower. I’ve been failing to get rid of it all my life! What can I do?

August 18th

Nearing Death Awareness

Nearing death awareness is the mind and

        heart going home, revisiting people and

Places and things: the experiences that have

        imprinted in and on each person’s mind:

A collage of life and living that accumulated

        as each person lived and grew:

Memories, then, that randomly became me…  

        but that just as well could be you.

A Hill resident, the author believes that the appreciation of art should not be influenced by the vagaries or prejudices of biography.

Free For All “Othello”

Through Aug. 27 at The Shakespeare Theatre Company

It is stark. It is cathartic. It is Shakespeare, as alive today as his work was when written, over four centuries ago. And it is “free,” this stunning, mesmerizing production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and jealousy, betrayal and deception, murder and atonement, “Othello,” which is staged at the Washington Shakespeare Company’s Sidney Harman Hall through Aug. 27.

David Hoffman lives four blocks from City Dogs and wishes he had one! He is a freelance journalist covering the arts and entertainment as well as politics and foreign and defense policy. He is vice president for programs at the Woman's National Democratic Club, founded by suffragettes in 1922, where men are also active members.

Councilmember Allen, Mayor Bowser Attend Watkins Elementary Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Cutting Celebrates Completion of the $44 Million Modernization Project

Councilmember Charles Allen (Wad 6-D) and Mayor Muriel Bowser were on hand at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 17 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Watkins Elementary School (420 12 Street SE). The ceremony celebrated the completion of the $44 million modernization of the school, which was built in 1962. The modernization includes a 26,338 square foot addition that consists of new administrative spaces, an outdoor classroom, state-of-the-art media center, and a new cafeteria and gym.

UPDATED: Arrest Made in July 26th Anacostia River Trail Murder

Crime Blotter: August 17th

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced Thursday that they had made an arrest in the July 26th shooting murder of a 37 year-old man on the Anacostia River Trail.

At about 8:30 a.m. that day, members of the Sixth District were dispatched to the listed the trail south of the 3300 block of East Capitol Street SE after reports of a shooting.

Dental Health Is Essential

Healthy white teeth may look great on your dog or cat, but good dental health is also essential for overall quality of life and body health. Good oral hygiene will help to prevent periodontal disease and associated systemic illness such as infection, chronic pain, behavior changes, difficulty eating, and even long-term microscopic changes to organs such as the heart and liver. Eyes may be the window to the soul, but teeth are the portal to many organ systems. 

How Dental Disease Develops

Hill resident Dan Teich, DVM, practices at District Veterinary Hospital, 3748 10th St. NE,