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Archive - Apr 2014

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April 28th

SWS, Van Ness and School Boundary Proposals: Run Down of Hot Topics

EV's Education Corner

Parents in close proximity to School Within a School (SWS), now located in the Goding building at Ninth and F Streets NE, have been lobbying to gain some sort of local enrollment preference. Locating a citywide school in their neighborhood is a disservice to the community, they believe.

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.

April 21st

Championship Boxing Returns to DC with a Knockout

The boxing scene in our nation’s capital is alive and well. With a card featuring big name fighters from other major east coast cities, fans packed the DC Armory for the biggest night of boxing since Mike Tyson’s last hurrah in 2005 at Verizon Center. Defeating Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan, the ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins of Philadelphia, six months shy of his 50th birthday, became the oldest undisputed champion of any weight class in boxing history.

Have questions or comments? Email Dave at dave@hillrag.com.

April 18th

AppleTree to Move to Jefferson Tennis Courts

ANC 6D Highlights

Commissioner Stacy Cloyd (6D02) introduced a motion to send a letter to Tonia Proctor, Supervisory Realty Specialist for the DC Office of General Services (DGS), supporting AppleTree Institute's Amidon Campus moving into temporary spaces at Jefferson Academy's old tennis courts. AppleTree shares space with Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, whose student population increased to the point that they need the classrooms AppleTree currently uses. Therefore, AppleTree proposed moving into portable classrooms at Jefferson Academy until the latter begins renovations in 2016.

The next ANC 6D meeting will be on May 12 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be at 200 I Street SE, in the first floor Conference Room.

April 17th

Buika: A Lover First

A Review of Her April 6th Strathmore Concert

Hypnotic and haunting, internationally acclaimed singer Concha Buika performed at the Strathmore on April 6. With an evocative voice capable of taking you on a journey to the bottom of her pain and back, Buika makes it clear that she is a lover first and a singer second. Her voice is deep and gravelly and her anguish is real.

Ferzana is a thinker, writer, and blogger co-working from the Hive 2.0 in historic Anacostia. You can follow Ferzana’s ramblings at @byFerzana on Twitter or Facebook or check out her start-up blog at www.byFerzana.com.

Buika: A Lover First

A Review of Her April 6th Strathmore Concert

Hypnotic and haunting, internationally acclaimed singer Concha Buika performed at the Strathmore on April 6. With an evocative voice capable of taking you on a journey to the bottom of her pain and back, Buika makes it clear that she is a lover first and a singer second. Her voice is deep and gravelly and her anguish is real.

Ferzana is a thinker, writer, and blogger co-working from the Hive 2.0 in historic Anacostia. You can follow Ferzana’s ramblings at @byFerzana on Twitter or Facebook or check out her start-up blog at www.byFerzana.com.

April 16th

A garden is a garden is a garden ... Thank you, Ms. Stein

The Garden Fairy

Plants grouped together to form a space of color, texture, scent and taste can take a person into another world. So when deciding what to put into your garden this spring, I invite you to think about the senses. Nothing compares to the scent of a rose, a peony, lavender, thyme, rosemary. Nothing settles the nerves more for me than to take in a deep breath and get the faint smell of lilac in the spring breeze.  Sense memory is very powerful. When the senses are aroused, especially the scent of smell, we are transported.

Frank Asher is the Director of OLD CITY Farm and Guild. "Where people and plants come together." www.oldcityfarmandguild.com/ oldcityfarm@gmail.com

Setting Sights Higher

East of the River Career Exposure Camp Introduces Kids to What’s Possible in Life

Justice Wright’s first airplane ride last summer took her up into the air. More importantly it helped elevate her thinking. The flight was just one of the activities staged by last summer’s East of the River Career Exposure Camp that’s helping Wright think more seriously about adulthood. Bernard Suber, designer of the camp’s curriculum and its co-director, says he sees too many of DC’s young men and women failing to achieve their potential because they lacked the support and knowledge necessary to succeed when younger.

Stephen Lilienthal is a freelance writer. For information about East of the River Career Exposure Camp visit http://eotrbrightfutures.org/.

Non-Stop Shoulder Shakes, Knees Bends and Dhol Beats at Bhangra Blowout XXI

An intercollegiate dance competition in its 21st year, the South Asian Society of the George Washington University hosted the epic Bhangra Blowout XXI at Lisner Auditorium on April 5, 2014. Slated to be a show of eight Bhangra dance teams competing from top universities as far as California, a powerhouse GW home team, and Penn Masala, the featured finale act of an award-winning a cappella group, the evening was an outstanding display of Punjabi cultural dance and another wonderful testimonial of American immigration.

Ferzana is a thinker, writer, and blogger co-working from the Hive 2.0 in historic Anacostia. You can follow Ferzana’s ramblings at @byFerzana on Twitter or Facebook or check out her start-up blog at www.byFerzana.com.