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Archive - 2013

December 14th

Raising the Minimum Wage

Will DC pass this landmark legislation?

This month, the District is poised to join with our neighbors in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County to make work pay a bit better for our low-wage residents. Elected officials from the three jurisdictions have been working together on legislation to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour. Right before Thanksgiving, both the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils approved a wage hike to $11.50 an hour by 2017, a year later than initially proposed.

Raising the Minimum Wage

Will DC pass this landmark legislation?

This month, the District is poised to join with our neighbors in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County to make work pay a bit better for our low-wage residents. Elected officials from the three jurisdictions have been working together on legislation to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour. Right before Thanksgiving, both the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils approved a wage hike to $11.50 an hour by 2017, a year later than initially proposed.

December 12th

The Blue Skye Brewery and Eats

The Lager Lady

Serendipity is a funny thing. For example, what are the chances of traveling hundreds of miles from the DC area into the heart of Kansas and meeting someone who has lived in DC? How about meeting this individual at the first microbrewery in the city of Salina, Kansas? Add the fact that is one of the best breweries I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring, and call it a serendipitously fantastic day.

Keep your eyes peeled for more adventurers of the Lager Lady as she drinks her way through DC's rich beer culture.

Car Stolen on the 700 Block of E Street NE

The Crime Blotter - December 11

here was an assault with a deadly weapon on the 1800 block of Massachusetts Ave. SE at 9:31 a.m.

“This (assault) was a result of a verbal altercation between known associates, that occurred indoors. During the verbal altercation, one party picked up a chair and threw it at the other party. One arrest was made. There were no injuries,” stated PSA 108 Lieutenant Michael Thornton.

There was a burglary on the 900 block 21st St. NE on residence at 2 p.m. at a residence.

The Crime Blotter is based on the reports posted on November 12, 2013 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

December 11th

New Vendors Grace Eastern Market

Leah Boelman creates reclaimed wood wall art and the best way to understand it is to see it (see below). She takes salvaged wood, paints it with oil pastels, sands it, drills it, and stitches it with yarn. It has a folksy feel to it, some whimsy and is very cool and unique! Leah will becoming this Sunday (10/27) for sure and is finalizing other dates for the holiday season.

Barry Margeson is The Interim Manager of Eastern Market.

Five New Vendors at Eastern Market

Soyini George brings the colors and patterns of her Guyanan heritage to her Yinibini Baby line of baby clothes … booties (below), crib blankets, vests & suspenders (yes, baby boys deserve cool handmade clothes as well!), bibs, burp cloths, hooded towels/blankets are a few of the products she looks forward to selling. The many, many proud parents on the hill will greet her with enthusiasm!!!

Barry Margeson is The Interim Manager of Eastern Market.

Criminals Use New Tactics to Snatch Cell Phones

The Crime Blotter - December 10

Thieves are using three new tactics to snatch cell phones, stated First Commander Daniel Hickson.

  • The criminal approaches a potential victim and asks for the time. When the victim pulls out their phone to check, the thief snatches it and runs off.

  • The criminal asks for directions to a location outside of the immediate area. When the victim takes out their phone to look up the location, the thief asks to see the map on the phone. When the victim shows him, thief snatches the phone and flees.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on December 11, 2013 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

A Raucous Mayoral Education Forum

EV's Education Corner

Wow! Who knew that the Washington Teacher’s Union (WTU) was so raucous? Last Monday night at Eastern High School, the WTU hosted seven of the Democratic mayoral hopefuls in a forum on public education. The candidates seemed to choose one of three paths – engaging the crowd, enraging the crowd, or staying out of the fray.

Engaging

E.V. Downey is the principal educational consultant at Downey School Consulting, where she consults on public, charter, private, and special needs school choices and issues. She started consulting after years of teaching kids of all ages and working in private school administration. A graduate of DC Public Schools, E.V. lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and 2 children.