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Archive - Dec 3, 2014


Steven L. Cymrot: A Life of Giving

Walking by Riverby Books on a late weekday afternoon, I would often glimpse a group sitting by the front window having tea. When I became Managing Editor of the Hill Rag, I discovered that this informal gathering, led by the bookstore's owner Steve Cymrot, was Capitol Hill's oldest, informal salon.

Steven L. Cymrot is survived by his wife Nicky, son Paul and his wife Emily, daughter Helen and her husband Todd, as well as by grandchildren: Sarah, Zoe, Ellie and Maple.

‘Dine In’ on First Annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day

And Celebrate Ellen Richards’ birthday!

There are a number of national food-focused celebratory days (and months) – for example, yesterday was National Fritters Day, and today is National Apple Pie Day, and the month of December celebrates egg nog – but it’s also the first annual Family & Consumer Sciences Day – remember Home Economics?

Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, Nielsen’s experience includes catering, teaching a range of cooking classes for adults and youth, leading farm tours and coordinating artisanal food events. She is the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, and is at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. Nielsen heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary and farm-to-fork inspired event business. A native of the Adirondacks, and a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, she returned to Washington, DC from Washington County, NY. Find her at

Gray Administration Moves to Surplus Reservation 13 Property

From The District Source

Mayor Vincent Gray sent a proposal to the District council that would clear the way for the disposal of two city-owned properties on Reservation 13 in Southeast Capitol Hill adjacent to the Stadium Armory metro station.

Shaun Courtney is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of District Source, a D.C. real estate and neighborhood news blog, co-founded and supported by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. Shaun has been a local reporter in DC since 2009 and has called the city home since 2002. She currently lives in Kingman Park. Read more from The District Source.

2014 Winners of the Livable-Walkable Awards Announced

The Brickies

Councilmember Tommy Wells announced the winners of the 2014 Livable, Walkable Awards yesterday.

"The Livable, Walkable Awards celebrate the leadership, commitment and vision of people who are making our great city even greater," Wells said.

The 2014 categories are the Neighbor Award, Business Award, Community Organization Award, Public Service Award, and Civic Pride.

The winners are:

Plans to Expand Boathouses on the Anacostia’s Western Bank

The Historic Anacostia Boating Association (HABA) plans to renovate boating facilities along Boathouse Row, as well as add a recreation area that will give the community better access to the waterfront.

“We have history that we would like to maintain,” said HABA chairman Steve Ricks at the November ANC 6B meeting. He spoke on behalf of four boating clubs, two of which have been operating for over 100 years. He also said that HABA wants to provide “affordable, recreational boating for the community.”

Excerpted from the report on ANC 6B November meeting by Jonathan Neeley to be published in the December Hill Rag.