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Archive - Nov 9, 2014

Preventing Lead Poisoning in Children

Local health education groups are enlightening parents about the dangers of lead poisoning

Candace Y.A. Montague is the health reporter for Capital Community News.

Rocketship Charter School to Launch In Randle Heights

Parents and politicians voice concerns about proximity to a halfway house

Last year, the DC Public Charter School Board (DCPCSB) voted unanimously to approve a proposal from Rocketship Education to bring at least two schools to the city.

To learn more about Rocketship Education, visit the regional office, located at 1227 Good Hope Road, SE, Washington DC, 20020 or contact them at 202-750-6402 or 

The River Whisperer

Our River: The Anacostia

“There’s plenty of room for more commuters.” Not a sentiment heard often in the DC metro area, where the streets and highways are clogged every workday. But for Gabe Horchler commuting is literally a breeze as he steers his rowing shell down the Anacostia River each day from Bladensburg to his job as head of the Law Cataloging Section of the Library of Congress. 

Bill Matuszeski writes about the environment with a focus on the Anacostia. He was director of the Chesapeake Bay Program from 1991 to 2001 and currently serves as chair of the Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee.

This is an updated version of an article originally appearing in Arbor Friends, the quarterly publication of the Friends of the National Arboretum.

New Elevated Park: A Bridge to Anacostia Development

11th Street Bridge Park plans lead to economic development for Anacostia

After a seven-month, nationwide design competition, DC residents are looking forward to their first elevated park, similar to the High Line Park in New York City. The selected design was created by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), an architectural firm based in the Netherlands, and Olin Studio, based in Philadelphia. The 11th Street Bridge Park’s foundation will be built on piers that remain from the demolished 11th Street bridge overlooking the Anacostia River. 

Christina Sturdivant is a Washington, DC, native reporting on arts, culture, development, innovation, and revitalization in the District. 

What's Going On at Marvin Gaye Park

During the spring and summer, Marvin Gaye Park was home to Soular Sundays, a bi-weekly event where residents enjoyed music, art, food, and the park itself. For years, it was known as “Needle Park,” because of its reputation as a gathering place for drug addicts. It was thanks to efforts by organizations such as Washington Parks and People that the park and people's perspectives on it are beginning to change. 

The Riverside Center is located at 5200 Foote Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019. To learn more about Washington Parks and People, visit

Louise Daniel Hutchinson

Eminent scholar leaves lasting legacy

In the early 1970s the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum, under the direction of community historian Louise Daniel Hutchinson and museum founder John Kinard, undertook an ambitious effort to collect hundreds of oral histories from residents whose memories and experiences stretched to the start of the 20th century. After the successful staging of an exhibit based on these community interviews, Hutchinson and Kinard turned their attention to the area’s largely unknown pre-20th century history.