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Shooting in Southwest

The Crime Blotter - August 30

At 6:45 p.m. last night, there was a shooting on the 900 block of Third St. SW. Police investigating discovered a 13-year-old girl and a adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims are expected to recover.

According to police sources, the shooting was not random. However, the young girl, who was heading home from the Southwest Library, was not targeted.

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

The Eastern Market Report

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee’s July 2015 Meeting

Financial Report

The Eastern Market’s June revenues were $66,000, according to the Manager’s Report read during the July meeting of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC). South Hall rents were $19, 676. North Hall revenue of $5737 was substantially lower than the annually forecasted $300,000. Exhibitor and Farmer’s Line revenue averaged $3489 for each weekend business day. The North Hall as required by legislation had a “community use of 250-270 hours per month.”

Crumbling Facade

EMCAC meetings are generally held on the last Wednesday of each month in the North Hall at Eastern Market at Seventh Street and North Carolina Avenue SE. For more information, visit

What We Know about Charter School Finances

The Numbers

Public charter schools serve almost half of all public school students in the District. They receive over $600 million in local resources from the DC government each year. So, understanding how charter schools spend these resources is important for both parents choosing a school and policymakers responsible for their financial oversight.

Bhat is an education policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents.

Crossing The River

The District Beat

District politicians famously promise, primarily through sloganeering, to connect communities. Their delivery often falls short; neighborhoods remain mostly a string of silos. Former Mayor Vincent C. Gray, for example, repeated with passion his “One City” mantra. Instead of being the sealant people wished for, he proved to be more divisive than his predecessor, albeit for different reasons.

jonetta rose barras is a freelance writer, whose works have appeared in numerous publications including The Washington Post and the Washington Examiner. She frequently blogs at

Dear Garden Lady

My oriental lilies are now hidden and need to be planted closer to the house. Can you advise about when and how to transplant them?

Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o The Capitol Hill Garden Club at Your problems might prove instructive to others, and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured.

The ABCs of Zoning

Attend any meeting on zoning and you will be confronted with a barrage of acronyms: BZA, ZC, PUD, OP, DCRA, OZ, ZA, ZRR, ANC, R-4, C-2-A. It's enough to confuse even those in this town use to the governmental alphabet soup.

Before confronting the nomenclature, let's start at the basics: building permits, zoning and land use planning regulations. Land use planning regulations are the end point and building permits are the mechanism. The intermediate step is the work of zoning.

Yes! There is a Plan

Ken Jarboe is a long time resident of Capitol Hill. A former ANC Commissioner and Chair of ANC 6B, he has sat through and testified at many zoning meetings and hearings. He currently serves as a Resident Member of ANC 6B's Planning and Zoning Committee.

N&M House Detectives

Unlock the History of Your Capitol Hill Home

Many a Capitol Hill resident has wondered about the previous inhabitants of their home, and what their house looked like in years past. Earlier this year, Michelle Pilliod Carroll and Nina Tristani set out to do what they had long planned to do – research the history of their Capitol Hill homes. Over several weeks, they visited various institutions around DC including the Historical Society of Washington, DC, the Washingtonia Collection at the Martin Luther King Library, the Library of Congress and that National Archives to gather bits of information about their homes.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and blogger for the DC Recycler:; Twitter @DC_Recycler

Beyond the Rain Barrel

Exploring Water Conservation Options for Capitol Hill Homes

This summer, the California drought and the resulting water conservation efforts are peppering newspapers and airwaves. This ongoing and alarming story has some DC residents thinking about our local water supply and water conservation efforts. Byron Buck is a 15-year Hill resident, the owner of National Capital Kitchens, and a native southern Californian. Through his remodeling work, he’s regularly privy to a “behind the drywall and backsplash” perspective of Capitol Hill houses.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and blogger for the DC Recycler:; Twitter @DC_Recycler