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Archive - 2015

December 11th

Young Elementary Locked Down for Nearby Shooting

Crime Blotter — December 11

Shooting Puts Elementary in Lockdown 

Police put Young Elementary School into lockdown after reports of a shooting at a residence on the 1900 block of Bennett Place NE on Thursday around 1:30 p.m. The Two Rivers Public Charter elementary is located nearby at the 800 block of 26th Street NE. The school received reports from police, put the students in safe locations and waited until the situation cleared around 3 p.m. Parents collected their children after school as scheduled.

Woman Robbed Waiting for Uber

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on Dec. 11, 2015 by the MPD to the 1D Listservand 5D Listerv.

December 10th

Police Close 12 Homicides in 30 Days Including a Potomac Gardens Killing

The Crime Blotter

Carlos Parks, age 19, and Troy Robinson, age 21, were sentenced Tuesday at the DC Superior Court for the 2013 murder of Tywayne Thompson, 25. Thompson was killed in front of the Potomac Gardens Housing Complex on the 700 block of 12th Street SE. Parks received 22 years in prison and Troy Robinson  received 15 years.

At around 1:20 a.m. on June 24, Parks and Robinson argued with Thompson. They then shot him. Thompson later died at the hospital.

Choosing the Right Security for Your Home

Dark winter hours and the approaching holidays come as a reminder to consider updating or adding security features to our homes. Metropolitan Police recorded 387 thefts, robberies and burglaries in the First District during October—about a 14 percent increase compared to the same month last year.

Safety Tips

  • Report suspicious behavior.
  • Don’t leave house keys in your car.
  • Keep valuables and gifts out of visibility near the window.
  • Monitor police reports, neighborhood listservs and community meetings.
  • Every house and neighborhood is different — consider a free consultation from a locksmith or security professional.

It’s About That Thyme: Hydro-Grow Your Herbs and Veggies This Winter

The Hill Gardener

Winter is coming, but plunging temperatures don’t mean you have to give up on gardening. The art and science of hydroponic gardening not only brings this enjoyable hobby indoors, it can keep you eating healthy and save money on your grocery bill.

Tucked away in an alley off Upshur Street is Capital City Hydroponics. The boutique shop caters to the local community and specializes in a unique gardening method. “We understand that there are a lot of novice gardeners out there and we give extra attention to them,” says owner Michael Bayard.

Power Your Home with Wind!

Stories about renewable energy are all over the news these days, and solar panels are popping up on buildings everywhere including the White House, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and the Vatican. Wind energy production is also growing, and the United States is now the second largest producer of wind energy in the world, behind China. As the technology for renewable energy becomes more available, the cost is dropping substantially.

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

Dear Problem Lady

Our two azalea bushes seem unhappy. Normally evergreen, each has some yellowing leaves. What’s wrong?

At the next public meeting of the Capitol Hill Garden Club on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7 p.m., selected members will discuss problems and solutions in their own gardens. Please visit Meetings are free and open to all.

December 9th

Pickleball Season Starts Up

People Interested In Free Pickleball Games and Instruction Can Join the Local DPR Program

Pickleball players grab shoes and head to the Sherwood Recreation Center on the 600 block of 10th Street NE from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays starting Dec. 10 until May 10. Beginners and experienced adult players can join In free instruction and demonstration classes hosted by the DC Department of Parks Recreation (DPR) and volunteers. Participants can borrow the wooden racquets and other equipment at the center.

Autumn Ghosts

A Poem

In his last year my father

seemed to fade right into autumn

When the dying leaves began to call attention

to threatened life, and the squirrels and birds

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