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Archive - Aug 2014


August 30th

Eastern Market July EMCAC Report

Intern Reports

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) will not meet in August. The next meeting will be Sept. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Eastern Market's North Hall. For more information visit

ANC 6B Departures

Many new faces will be coming to ANC 6B at the beginning of next year, as seven out of 10 commissioners will not seek re-election. One, Dave Garrison, resigned earlier this year and moved out of DC. The departure of so many is unusual, even in a commission with regular turnover every two years. There’s no smoking gun. All commissioners interviewed were grateful for the opportunity to serve.

A greener Eastern Market Plaza may be on the way

Where today the parks around the Eastern Market Metro are mostly tired expanses of grass with a few trees, the parks soon could contain an expanded library, formal playground, cafe-style tree bosque and several stormwater management features. The roads and sidewalks around the square could also get a better layout.

This article was first published on the Greater Greater Washington Blog,, on July 30, 2014.

David Cranor is an operations engineer. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and former Texan (where he wrote for the Daily Texan), he's lived in the DC area since 1997. David is a cycling advocate who serves on the Bicycle Advisory Committee for DC.

“Pitch”-ing the Perfect Deal

The Numbers: A Fair and Responsible Way for DC to Support a New Soccer Stadium

DC caught the soccer buzz this summer. The World Cup dominated televisions across the city, and DC United played a superb start to the season. The enthusiasm for soccer adds to our cultural fabric and highlights DC’s diversity.  

That helps explain why many area residents are excited about the plans for a new stadium for DC United – at Buzzard Point, near Nats Park – that would allow the team to move out of their current home at RFK stadium. 

August 28th

All Creatures Great and Small

Art Exhibit (August 3 - October 26, 2014) at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Show Dates: August 3 – October 26, 2014

Show Location: 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria VA 22304


August 26th

Farm Fresh Food from a CSA

If you’re a fan of the CSA model, check out the Farm Bus co-founded by Mark Lilly and Suzi Miles-Lilly. Based out of Richmond, VA, they have weekly drop-off locations in Washington, DC at Eastern Market (additional sites in development) each Tuesday.

If you’re a fan of the CSA model, check out the Farm Bus co-founded by Mark Lilly and Suzi Miles-Lilly. Based out of Richmond, VA, they have weekly drop-off locations in Washington, DC at Eastern Market (additional sites in development) each Tuesday. CSAs (or Community Supported Agriculture) allow for customers to purchase a ‘share’ or membership, where they receive weekly (or bi-weekly) farm-sourced food and include options like sustainably raised dairy, meats, soy, and vegetables sourced from notable farms like Twin Oaks, Pampatike Organic Farm, Agriberry, Polyface Farms, Sausage Craft and many more. Their fall/winter CSA begins the first week of October and runs 24 weeks (6 months) through the last week of March (with a two-week break for the winter holidays). Early bird discounts (10% off) are available through Labor Day (September 1). They also offer regular deals like 10% off for those in the military (active or retired veterans) and a referral fee for members. For further information visit or call 804.767.8570.

Two New Exhibitions to Open at NGA September 1st

From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925; and Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

One of two engaging new exhibits set to open to the public on September 1st, From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800-1925 showcases an oft neglected, yet critical period in Italian art. Comprised of three distinct galleries, the 70 prints, drawings and illustrated books represent a diverse reflection of the dramatic transitions of the political atmosphere of Italy from the early 19th through early 20th centuries.

Both exhibitions are located on the ground floor of the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, and run from September 1, 2014, through February 1, 2015.

What New Boundaries Mean for The Hill

Why Change The System?

There many extremely valid reasons for the school boundary changes authorized by Mayor Gray this past Thursday. School boundaries haven’t been comprehensively altered in over 40 years. School closings and reorganizations had led to a chaotic system in which 20 percent of city students were In Bounds (IB) for more than one school. The move long overdue.

E.V. Downey is a professional educational consultant at her business, Downey School Consulting. Each year she works with hundreds of families navigating the public/charter school lottery process, applying to private schools, and advocating for special-needs kids. A graduate of DCPS, she has taught children of all ages for almost two decades and came to educational consulting after several years in private school admissions. Her experience in special education advocacy started with years of struggling to get a decent public and later private education for her autistic son. Her son's private school decision was made when he came out of the visit day proclaiming that "it was like the school was made for ME."