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Archive - Nov 2012


November 5th

ANC 6C Report

Parks for NoMa

Last month the ANC voted to thank Mayor Gray for finding $490,000 in his budget for planning for parks in NoMa. This month, Robin Eve Jasper, Executive Director of the NoMa BID, presented the BID’s proposal for a Public Realm Design Plan, a series of parks and plazas throughout NoMa

ANC 6B Report

ANC 6B covered miles of territory at its October meeting, with lively discussions ranging from fire safety to fence foot-dragging, gardens to good neighbors. Not to mention art projects and the ever-present unease over Eastern Market outdoor weekends during construction of the Hine School Project. All commissioners were present.

Firehouse Invitation

DC Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe outlined the department’s EMS redeployment plan, which he said will cut expenses and increase effectiveness. 

November 4th

US Third Largest Producer of Oil in the World

Ranking America

According to the CIA World Factbook, in 2011 the United States produced an estimated 9,023,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bbl/day), or 10.6% of the world’s crude oil. That is enough to make the United States rank third out of one hundred two oil-producing nations. Saudi Arabia ranks first, producing 11,150,000 bbl/day, or 13.1% of the world’s total. The top ten oil producing countries account for 63.2% of all the oil produced in the world.

November 2nd

Yes! Organic Market East of the River to Close

The Yes! Organic market located in Fairlawn will be closing sometime in December, owner Gary Cha confirmed. The anchor retailer for the Grays on Pennsylvania was the first large organic grocery store east of the Anacostia river and the seventh location for its owner, Cha.  

“We truly wanted to be the first store to provide healthy options,” says Cha, a native Washingtonian. “We tried to do this for two years, but we can’t do this for much longer.”

It’s Time to Undemocratically Select Phil's Replacement!

The District Beat

Once you walk out of a polling place on November 6, you can feel proud knowing that you’ve done your democratic duty. With a few strokes of a pen, you chose the men and women that will represent you, both locally and federally, for the coming years. And as with any representative democracy, you can sit back and know that election season is over, that all of those political TV ads and campaign yard signs will soon disappear.

Nan Raphael

Local Musician Joins the Redskins Marching Band

For a musician who is a Redskins’ fan there can be no greater dream than playing in the legendary NFL marching band. For Capitol Hill’s famed piccolo-player Nan Raphael that dream has come true.

Every Sunday that the Redskins play at home sees Nan at the ground blasting out Hail to the Redskins and a multitude of favorite game big-band pieces.

Spotted on the Hill

The House Sparrow

With a twinge of sadness, this is my last species for Spotted on the Hill. For my coda, next month I will review the bird life on Capitol Hill that I have observed since I began this column for the Hill Rag in March of 2006.

Canal Park Is Open

A New Community Gathering Place in Riverfront