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Archive - Dec 2015


Exercise for Free in 2016

DC Department of Parks and Recreation Fitness Center Memberships are Free for Residents

Residents can exercise for free in 2016 at any of the 22 fitness centers run by DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Wednesday that she waived the fee starting Jan. 1 as a part of the FitDC program encouraging people to get fit in the new year. Non-DC residents will pay a fee.

Carjacked at 3rd and L Sts. SE

Avid Hiker Jin Zhang Waits for News on Who Attacked Her and Stole Her Car on Dec. 18

A young woman preparing to lead a 19-mile hike instead ended up hospitalized on Dec. 18 after a group of men attacked her and stole her car around 9:30 p.m. on the 300 block of L Street, SE. Jin Zhang, founder and leader of DC Hiking and Backpacking Club (DC-HBC), received 12 stitches on her lip and oral surgery for two broken teeth, a broken jaw and a broken nose from blows to her head and cheek.

December 28th

District’s Population Climbs

The US Census Bureau has announced that the District of Columbia’s population gained another 12,392 residents between July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015. The District’s 2015 population estimate is now at 672,228, a 1.9 percent increase over the revised 2014 population number of 659,836. These numbers mean the District is again adding just over 1,000 residents a month.
The District has added more than 70,000 residents since the 2010 census and just over 100,000 residents in the 15 years since the census in 2000.

December 24th

Students Preserve Capitol Hill History

A New Nonprofit Story of Our Schools Will Help Local Students Explore Their Community Stories

Students at the Capitol Hill Montessori will explore their community’s history through a pilot program that started in November. Story of Our Schools, a non-profit organization, and DC Public Schools (DCPS) will help fund a project for a group of 26 students to research, interview neighbors and put together an exhibit at the school on the 200 block of G Street NE.

The students could finish and install the final product at the school as early as the fall of 2016.

December 23rd

DDOT Releases Holiday Changes

Transportation, Parking Rules and Construction Will Be Suspended or Extended Over Christmas, New Years

Prepare for altered transportation routes and a break from parking restrictions on Dec. 25, Christmas Day and Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) released its holiday operating schedule on Tuesday with details about circulator routes and how it will handle parking for this holiday season.

DC Circulator changes until Jan. 1:

December 21st

Stolen Car Careens into Commissioner's Lawn

An ANC 6A Commissioner's Fight for Speed Bumps Moved to His Own Yard

A stolen car rocketed into the ANC 6B08 commissioner’s front lawn on the 400 block of 19th Street NE on Monday around 4 p.m. No one was injured, and the driver, the young man who stole the car, fled on foot. Police are still searching for him.

December 18th

Las Placitas Reopens on Eighth

The Hill's Iconic Latin American Restaurant opens at 1100 8th St. SE

Las Placitas restaurant opened its doors Friday on the 1100 block of Eighth Street SE after relocating in September from two blicks north on Barrack’s Row. Owners and brothers Isidoro and Juan Ramon Amaya spent around $100,000 renovating the new site to serve their traditional Latin American food in a welcoming space that seats 50 inside and 38 on the expansive patio.

St. Luke Catholic Church

A Close-Knit Community of Many Doors

I visited St. Luke Catholic Church on Dec. 2 for the third in a series exploring worship communities east of the river from the perspective of a participant-observer, a roving Jew in the pew ...

Virginia Avniel Spatz participates in a range of Jewish and other worship communities. She participated in the “Building Abrahamic Partnerships” program of Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and has worked on interfaith and interdenominational projects. She blogs on faith topics at