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Archive - Feb 2016

February 29th

DC Streetcar Rolls Out First Full-Service Day

DC’s first streetcar in more than 50 years launched fulltime service on Monday, Feb. 29, nearly a decade after DC officials proposed the plan.

The streetcar will run free of charge for the first six months roughly every 15 minutes Monday through Saturday along H Street from Union station to Benning Road.

Developers Release Plans to Rebuild Frager's Hardware

Community members in Ward 6 caught a first glimpse of renderings for the Frager’s Hardware site on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE last Thursday at a meeting with developer Perseus Realty. The development will rise four stories with a residential penthouse nested on the top.

Jan’s Tutoring House Awards

Jan's Tutoring House (JTH) held their 2016 Red Carpet Awards on February 28 at HillCenter. With former Councilmember (and current mentor) Tommy Wells as Master of Ceremonies and an address from current Councilmember Charles Allen, the organization recognized Laquesha Barnes as Distinguished Alumnus; Jonathan Clark, Distinguished Tutor; Community Role, The Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service at Georgetown University; Long Time Achievement, Terry Bunton; and Best Supporting Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Third Suspect Caught in Barracks Row Shooting

Crime Blotter — February 28

Police Charged the Third Suspect in the Barracks Row Shooting

On Friday, police announced the arrest of the third suspect in the shooting at a barbershop on Barracks Row on Feb. 12. Anthony Chambers, 25, of Southeast DC was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon for his involvement in the shooting of a 24-year-old man and his 21-month-old son at Wrenn’s barbershop on the 1000 block of Eighth Street SE. Police already arrested Terrance Atchison, 21, and Barry Bloomfield, 27, for the shooting.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on Feb. 28, 2016 by the MPD to the 1D Listservand 5D Listerv. 

Dear Problem Lady

My lovely hydrangea should be pruned, it’s a thicket. But I’m so afraid of losing flowers because I don’t know what kind of hydrangea it is, and I’ve heard that if it blooms on so-called old wood I should have pruned it after it bloomed last year. How can I tell whether it blooms on old or new wood just by looking at it closely?

Planting Time: How Does Your Garden Grow?

It’s March, and while it’s been a winter of extreme temperature fluctuations, it’s high time to think about this year’s garden. Limits of time and space can provide challenges to Capitol Hill homes when it comes to gardening. Community gardens can provide a practical and neighborly option.

Community Gardens 101

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

Seven Small Trees for Capitol Hill Gardens

Awake, north wind! O South wind come,

breathe upon my garden, let its spices stream out.

-Song of Songs 4:16


It’s time to prepare for spring, and the single most significant garden action you can take is to plant a tree. And, as designer Jan Johnson says in “Heaven is a Garden,” “while grand old trees thrill us, it is the smaller ornamental trees that unify a garden…[and] provide unparalleled seasonal interest.”

Cheryl Corson is a local licensed landscape architect and writer practicing on the Hill and beyond. She is responsible for dozens of trees being planted on the Hill and enjoys seeing them mature. For garden design assistance, see

Special Capitol Hill Multi-Family Roofing Project

Capitol Hill is considered to be one of the most family-oriented, walkable, and close knit communities in the entire DC area. The beautiful, mostly brick rowhouses have many different architectural styles including Queen Anne, Federal, and Richardsonian Romanesque, among numerous others. The different choices of the original builders add to the charm of the Hill.

Tom Daniel is owner and general manager of R. Thomas Daniel Roofing LLC. He is the third generation of the family to provide roofing services to Capitol Hill homeowners over the course of nearly 100 years. Tom was born on Capitol Hill and is an active supporter of numerous community organizations. For help with your roofing project he can be reached at 202-569-1080, 202-544-4430, or