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Archive - Jun 2014


June 30th

At Your Service

Must Love Dogs (and Cats)

The staff at Barks and Purrs Capitol Hill will walk your Weimaraner, soothe your Siamese, and even take out your trash, all for the love of pets. Owners Wava and Tom Caplis have cared for pets on the Hill since 2009 and are proud to have an independent, locally owned business.

Common Illnesses in Older Cats

I wanted to show some love to our furry feline friends this month, so this column will be devoted to cats! In particular, I’d like to write about some common health problems that we see in older cats. Thanks to better preventative care, our cats are living longer than ever. These senior cats have their own special health needs and problems. By knowing what to watch for, we can catch these problems sooner and help keep our friends happy and healthy even longer.

Keith de la Cruz is an associate veterinarian at AtlasVet. He is a DC area native and the Treasurer/Secretary of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Assocation.

Steady as She Goes

Eliot-Hine’s Principal TYnika Young
Photograph By
Heather Schoell

In 2011, Tynika Young inherited a then-failing middle school She’s chipped away at what Eliot-Hine had become and is rebuilding it--intentionally and with determination.

Tynika Young is even, steady and most of all, focused on outcomes. Since taking over as principal of Eliot-Hine Middle School from her time as assistant principal at Columbia Heights Education Campus, Young has assessed what she inherited, made changes, reassessed, and made more changes. Young will not be rushed. 

Eliot-Hine, 1830 Const. Ave. NE,, @EliotHine, & EliotHineMS on Facebook. The author is an Eliot-Hine parent and can be reached at

Celebrate Summer in the Capitol Riverfront

Capitol Riverfront is alive with numerous activities in our parks and open spaces.

Michael Stevens is President of the Capitol Riverfront BID.

Parades, Re-enactments and New Businesses

Barracks Row

Recently a lease was signed on 705 8th St SE (formerly Hello Cupcake) for a new business that will further add to the growing excitement of the 700 block of Barracks Row. This long block of shops and restaurants facing Marine Barracks Washington is now home to many businesses including Rose’s Luxury, 717 8th St, SE, the toast of the DC restaurant scene, Spring Mill Bread, 701 8 St SE, the neighborhood’s beloved organic bakery and sandwich shop as well as Café Kimche, 751 8th St, SE, serving authentic Korean cuisine.

H Street Life

According to the calendar, we have already reached the peak of summer with the solstice on June 21st. But while things may be all downhill astronomically, there is still plenty of summer fun to be had in the greater H Street NE area.

Frenchie’s Pastries at Maketto

How a New Southwest Branch Library May Look

South by West
Photograph By
William Rich

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and the Office of Planning are pushing for a plan to include a new Southwest Branch Library as a component of a mixed-use building on a 4th Street, SW parcel the city owns at Waterfront Station.

William Rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could (

St. Paul AUMP Church Celebrates 90 Years of Neighborhood Continuity

Anne and Bruce Darconte

Over the past decade, significant change has characterized the area south of the freeway on Capitol Hill where new buildings, parks and restuarnts seem to open up each week. Yet despite the transformation the area has at least one undeniable sign of continuity__the St. Paul African Union Methodist Protestant Church, which is celebrating its 90th year at the corner of 4th and Eye Streets SE.

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Bruce DarConte is co-founder and vice chair of Near-Southeast Community Partners.