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Archive - 2015

December 8th

The District Vet

During the holiday season we ask ourselves what we can do for others. Help a homeless pet, but don’t limit yourself to December: help year-round. Nationwide nearly eight million pets enter a shelter each year and half never leave. It’s heartbreaking, but you are not powerless. You can give a second chance to a dog or cat. Here’s how you can help. 

Dan Teich, DVM, is at District Veterinary Hospital, 3748 10th St. NE, Washington, DC 20017; 202-827-1230 and

Winterize Your Workout

Experts Talk about Running in the Cold
Photograph By
Joy Asico

If you like to exercise outdoors, winter is probably not your favorite season. It’s dark early, it’s cold, and it can be snowy, icy, or freezing rain. However, after talking to Chris Farley and Kathy Dalby, owners of Pacers Running, at their newest location in Yards Park, I have again become intrigued with the sport and have started jogging short distances in the mornings with my dog. With the proper preparation and equipment, running outdoors in the winter can be pleasant, fun, safe, and effective.

Pattie Cinelli is a holistic personal trainer who assists clients in feeling better, getting fit, and functioning optimally in everyday life. She has been writing her health/fitness column for more than 20 years. You can contact her at:

Art and the City

Artist Profile: Tom Greaves

Animals. Dogs, birds, horses, cats… They often show up in a Tom Greaves painting, but like the painting itself, they exist in that shadowy realm between civilization and wild—between best friend and the kind of animal presence that has you looking over your shoulder once in a while. It’s the same with his people.

Most of his work occupies that same dreamlike territory between comfortable and mysteriously threatening—like life itself. And like life, they are multilayered with meanings and interpretations.

Two Oscar Contenders: A Boston Newspaper

Drama and an Irish-American’s Education


Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at

Champagne Tastes: Veuve Cliquot at the Sofitel

The Wine Girl

The Sofitel DC in Lafayette Square houses two excellent restaurants, boasts a world-class spa, and produces honey from beehives kept on the roof. On a recent crisp fall evening, the French-owned institution upped the class quotient yet another notch as it hosted the Veuve Cliquot winemaker, the lovely Delphine Laborde, and paired four of the Champagne powerhouse’s ebullient releases with four delectable complementary courses.

The Wine Girl, and all of the Veuve Cliquot wines mentioned (the holidays are coming!), can be found at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill.

Dining Notes

There’s something fishy near Union Market. No, we’re not talking about snakeheads or oysters. This Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Masseria, tucked away behind Union Market, will present owner/chef Nick Stefanelli’s family tradition: Festa dei Sette Pesci--the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Originating in Southern Italy, this culinary custom commemorates Vigilia di Natale—the midnight birth of Jesus. Consuming seafood (no meat) on Christmas Eve dates from medieval Roman Catholic laws of abstinence. Why seven? One theory points to the Church’s seven sacraments.

Hill East Poised for New Construction

Much of the work to transform Hill East into a denser neighborhood is happening behind the scenes. Developers are furiously working to refine plans and begin construction on hundreds of new residential units.

Watkins Alley

Shaun Courtney is a freelance reporter and real estate writer. Shaun has called DC home since 2002 and now lives in Kingman Park with her husband and son.

The Brickies Are Awarded

2015 Brickie Award Winners Celebrated for Contributions to Ward 6

The owner of Hill’s Kitchen and Eastern High School principal joined the list of five winners for the 2015 Ward 6 Brickie Awards. Ward 6 councilmember Charles Allen presented the awardees of the ninth annual Capitol Hill honor on Dec. 7 at a public celebration in Eastern Market’s North Hall on the 200 block of Seventh Street SE.

Brickie 2015 winners: