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September 28th

Calling a Foul at the Soccer Stadium?

Our River

A few months ago I reported on efforts by the District government to pursue a voluntary cleanup of the site of the new DC United Soccer Stadium on Buzzard Point. The DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) committed itself to carrying out an open process of analysis. In particular it pledged to accept public comments on the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development's (DMPED) Cleanup Action Plan (CAP) for 90 days this fall.

This article has been corrected from its original to reflect details provided by DOEE regarding the exact legal notification requirements for a CAP and also the timing and manner in which those were provided.

Bill Matuszeski writes monthly about the Anacostia River. He is the retired director of the Chesapeake Bay Program, DC vice-chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Anacostia River, and a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia River.

September 11th

Provision No. 14

The New Kid on the Block

Open just four months, the new 14th Street eatery, Provision No. 14, is hitting its stride. Offering a modern take on American fare, this welcoming establishment splits its dinner menu into “Communal,”plates serving four to six people, and “Collection,”tapas-sized dishes. From the bar, arrive large format, communal cocktails served in a french press and mixed with house-made tonics and infusions.

Provisions is located at 2100 14th St. NW. For more information, visit

The Tickle Of Truth

A Poem

More tolerant of sin,

     less tolerant of evil,

I sift with age

     and find a few answers.

The tickle of truth taunts my

     thoughts like hungry ants

Eating away at what I knew

     and leaving strained clarity:

Fear is more clear, more immediate,

     more menacing;

Art is finally transparent

     and I can live in and through it;

Sex is more understood, 

A Hill resident, the author believes that the appreciation of art should not be influenced by the vagaries or prejudices of biography

September 9th

Trader Joe's Coming to the Hine Development

The Washington Business Journal is reporting that Trader Joe's has signed a lease for a 11,000 square foot at 750 Pennsylvania Ave. SE in the new Hine School development. The store is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

Trader Joe's openning will likely coincide with those of Whole Foods, which plans stores on the H Street NE and New Jersey Avenue SE.

Jazz Avenues

Bill Cole Group Plays Next for Transparent Productions

Looking for a newer path, a newer sound, a fresh vibe?

One so inclined might sample some of the offerings of the new Transparent Productions season of avant jazz, beginning with Bill Cole and his New Untempered Ensemble coming Sunday, Sept. 13, at Bohemian Caverns.

Steve Monroe is a Washington, DC, writer who can be reached at steve@jazzavenues.comand followed

Allen Chapel AME

The Cathedral of Southeast
Photograph By
Adia H. Robinson

On a hot Sunday in late July, before his 11:00 o’clock service, Pastor Michael Bell chats with members of his congregation in the multipurpose room of Allen Chapel AME, located at 2498 Alabama Ave. SE. He listens to an older woman and shakes hands with Rev. Lolitia Turner and other members of the church’s Ministry of Hope who are running a clothing drive.

Taking on Alzheimer's Disease in DC

How Can Seniors and Families Be More Proactive about Staying Mentally Healthy?

If you were to speak to Shirley Byrd you might not immediately recognize that she struggles with a cognitive disease. Look a little deeper and you will see that she seems mentally cloudy at times. Her daughter, Angela Byrd, has been her caretaker, along with lifelong best friend Malvolia Gregory. Many families in DC share the challenge they face in caring for Shirley. Alzheimer's disease slowly deteriorates the brain and disconnects the patient from their loved ones. The resources to help families are present but not abundant.

September 8th

United Medical Center Welcomes New Interim CEO

Andrew L. Davis Debuts as Hospital's Newest Leader

Last summer the board of directors at United Medical Center began its search for the next permanent chief executive officer. The board hired an executive search firm to find a replacement for David Small, who had been placed in that position by Huron, a consulting firm that came on board to help create a strategic plan for turning around the failing hospital. The search for a permanent CEO has paused, and in July the board unanimously approved a new interim CEO to take the helm as David Small exits that position. Andrew L. Davis, 44, has been welcomed to the executive staff at UMC.

Candace Y.A. Montague is the health reporter for Capital Community News.