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Archive - Sep 5, 2012


How Parker Points should Be Interpreted

The Wine Guys

In the last half century, as wine journalism has grown and expanded, there has been a significant shift in the manner in which individual wines are discussed and reviewed. While much of this shift has correctly focused on making wine and the industry more accessible, it can, at times, steer enthusiasts away from their most important guide -- their own palette.

Water, Water, Everywhere!

Water can create damage to a home from everywhere, not the least of which is a leaky roof. But how about chimneys where the mortar has turned almost to dust? And old windows where you can poke your finger through the outside wood frame? Sound familiar? It’s a very common problem on the 100+ year old homes in Capitol Hill.  And if not corrected, creates wet and sleepless nights for homeowners, major expenses to repair both exterior and interior damage and mold and mildew.

Water needs to drain and often will find its way into the home from:

The Union (Market) Will Rise Again

An Historic Food Center Reborn in Northeast

Buying a house this past winter, our real estate agent asked for must-haves. My husband Jason listed a first-floor half-bath, the row house equivalent of Charlie’s golden ticket. I listed food. Living on the Hill, I had discovered the joy of easy access to exceptional, local food, and buying it from people who know your name. We both compromised.

Mayor Gray and DC Council: Welfare-to-Work Efforts Need Your Full Support to Succeed

The Numbers

Getting DC residents back to work is critical as our city continues to rebound from the recession. Overall, unemployment in the city is on a downward trend, but it still remains higher than before the recession started. And for certain groups of DC residents—such as single parents and low-wage workers— unemployment remains extraordinarily high. More than one out of five single parents want work but can’t get a job, and that’s true for nearly one out of six residents whose last job was a low-wage one.

Spotted on the Hill

The Song Sparrow

Amidon-Bowen Opens New Doors

South by West

While children were enjoying their summer break, crews worked seven days a week to complete a $5 million renovation at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, the only elementary school in Southwest. Gone are the red walls and window air conditioning units. In their place is a more modern-looking school for a neighborhood that is rapidly changing.

Options PCS Opens Annex

Neighbors Question Charter Board Planning, Engagement

Options Public Charter Schools moved its annex – housed on P Street NW for several years – to a new facility at 702 15th St. NE for this school year. The main campus remains at 1375 E St. NE, where it has operated for 12 years. The annex move, which took many neighbors and elected officials by surprise, raises questions about Public Charter School Board (PCSB) policies and how those policies are implemented.

The Literary Hill

Diana’s Noodles