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Archive - 2015

December 9th

When Is a Smart-Phone Not Clever? When a Mobile User Is Mobile!

There’s no doubt that as a society we’re paralyzed by an epidemic of our own making. Actually “paralyzed” is not the right word, because the disease is all about movement. If ever two nouns, attached to phones, were misnomers it’s “mobile” and “smart.” There’s nothing smart about being mobile when using a cell. It’s hugely dangerous. The cyber-obsessed get hit by cars, walk into lampposts, trip over other people.

The Mental Cost of Violence

Jonetta's Take

I sat next to her as audience members departed for the arts healing sessions during “The Gift,” a program presented by myself and Esther Productions, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving girls and women. She was reluctant to join a group, confessing a heavy heart. A day earlier, her cousin’sboyfriend had been killed; they were a close group.

jonetta rose barras is a freelance writer.

H Street Life

The holiday season can be a hectic time for many. If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle, the H Street Corridor NE offers many excellent opportunities for escape. Find your roadmap for diversion below.

Ten 01 Opens above Ben’s Chili Bowl

For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street NE, you can visit my blog at You can send me tips or questions at

Charles Allen’s Vision for the Anacostia

Our River: The Anacostia

Anyone who was around when the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative Master Plan was developed in 2000 would surely be impressed with what has been accomplished in the past 15 years. The Yards Park, Canal Park, the new trails on the east side of the river, the baseball stadium, streams like Watts Branch restored and set into parklands – the list goes on. Like all such undertakings, some things are great, some are slow, and some never seem to go anywhere.

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. 

Hot Spots on Cold Days & Nights

The Capitol Riverfront

Happy holidays to all from the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID)! Even though the weather sometimes does not indicate it, the holiday season is here, and we have just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. We begin the journey into winter, when all neighborhoods take on a new seasonal look, feel, and activity cycle. It is a time when we reflect on the year that has passed, as well as what the New Year will hold for us all.

Michael Stevens is president of the Capitol Riverfront BID (

Margaret Missiaen

Leaving the Hill, a Dedicated Volunteer Sets Her Sights on new gardens to tend

When Margaret Missiaen and her husband, Ed, move from Capitol Hill to San Francisco they will trade a house with a yard for a condo and the neighbors and friends of 35 years for proximity to their children and grandchildren.  They will have bikes and buses instead of a car and a view from a building on Nob Hill that will look out not on the Bay or on the Golden Gate Bridge but on a vista Margaret very much appreciates.  “Trees!”

Walking with the Cane

E on DC

A number of my friends are using canes these days. Quite a few have had knee and hip replacements. Like football running backs and basketball players, we have started to lose that quick first step. Suddenly it’s the last quarter or the end of the year. Will you be back next season?

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. His “Collected Poems,” edited by Kirsten Porter, will be published in March 2016.

December 8th

Bake Sale Will Fund ANC 6B FOIA Request

Money Collected Dec. 13 Will Help Commissioner Krepp Pay For Local Crime Data

To help pay the $1,000 fee for information on DC prosecution rates, ANC 6B commissioner Denise Rucker Krepp will host a bake sale Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Eastern Market on the 200 block of Seventh Street SE. Dangerously Delicious Pies will also donate 10 percent of their Dec. 13 sales from their restaurants, including the one on the 1300 block of H Street NE.