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Archive - Apr 2015


April 27th

Harpeth Rising to Perform for Stone Room Concerts

Since their formation in 2009, Harpeth Rising has been building a reputation by breaking down musical boundaries. Their virtuosic instrumentals of banjo and violin mixed with cello and foot percussion create an exciting and unique blend of musical genres that include folk, rock, bluegrass, and roots music. Their original lyrics, conveyed through powerful three-part vocals, are both gritty and poignant.

The Return of Keith Lomax

Cheh Promises to Raise Questions About DGS Contracts

A firm that was at the center of a multimillion dollar contracting scandal during the tenure of former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has been given nearly $2 million in city contracts since last spring. Keith Lomax’s RBK Construction has been awarded four city contracts worth more than $336,000, according to records kept by the District’s Department of General Services (DGS).

Bill Myers lives in Ward 4. Email him at; follow him on Twitter, @billcaphill.

April 24th

Pepco Asks for Raize Permit for Seventh St. Substation

In the Capitol Hill Historic District vacant lots are a rarity and raze permits are even more unusual. In mid- March 2015 a raze permit application was submitted by Pepco to DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. It appears to be Pepco’s intention to raze their unused sub station located at 732 Seventh St. SE. As a matter of policy DCRA submits raze applications to DC’s Historic Preservation Office for administrative review. HPO routinely clears raze applications such as this that do not involve historic preservation issues.

April 17th

BZA Sends La Lomita Plans Back To The Drawing Board

The District Source

Samuel Fuentes has owned La Lomita, a neighborhood Mexican restaurant, and three adjoining townhouses in Southeast Capitol Hill since 1987.

Erica Hendry is the editor of District Source, a DC real estate and neighborhood news blog, co-founded and supported by Compass Real Estate.

Mentoring: More Difficult and More Rewarding than it Looks

The Keys to Academic Success

There seems to be a lot of mentoring going on all over the Hill these days. But, what does this really mean?

Paul Rivas is the founder of Smith Rivas Academic Coaching & Consulting. He can be contacted at

Wednesday's Southwest DEA Raid Nets Guns and Drugs

The Crime Blotter

Wednesday's DEA raid on an Eye Street apartment located in Greenleaf Gardens public housing complex was connected to two recent robberies of a local drugstore. On April 12 and April 13, gunmen robbed the CVS located on the 1100 block of Fourth St. SW of controlled substances, i.e. drugs.

April 16th

Major DEA Raid on Greenleaf Gardens

The Crime Blotter - April 15

At approximately, 7 p.m., a dozen agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency assisted by the DC Housing Authority raided an apartment in the Greenleaf Gardens public housing complex. Eight persons were arrested on a combination of gun and drug charges in a major bust, according to one police source.

In Other News

There was a sidewalk purse-snatching on the 800 block of H St. NE at 4:10 p.m.

There was a violent robbery on the 200 block of Ninth St. SE at 8:42 p.m.

There were burglaries on:

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on April 16, 2015 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

Ward 8 Gets First Power Lunch Program

US Coast Guard Employees Mentor Students at Savoy Elementary School to Promote Better Reading Habits

On a Tuesday afternoon in March, Rosemary Dixon, a third grader at Savoy Elementary School in historic Anacostia, spends her lunch with Jeff Lester, an employee at the United States Coast Guard. In their second session of weekly lunch dates they both recognize their mutual love for pizza and books. “Right now we're working on Judy Moody,” said Lester, who volunteers with the power lunch program led by nonprofit Everybody Wins! DC.