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Archive - May 2016


Some Steps Toward a Cleaner Anacostia

Our River: The Anacostia

This spring has been a busy time for those at the DC Department of Energy and Environment who are working on the Anacostia. The consultant’s report analyzing the extent of toxic contamination was completed and released for comment, and a number of public meetings were held to go over the results and set out the next steps. This is the beginning of a long but well-organized process to assess toxic conditions and develop a plan to clean them up. Let’s try to walk through what is going to happen.

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.

H Street Life

So quickly does spring turn to summer each year that you could almost be forgiven for missing it. This month, however, we have lots of news you won’t want to miss. Whether summer puts you in a mind to soak up the sun’s rays on a patio or drink its bounty in a freshly squeezed juice, H Street NE has you covered.

Asian Fast Casual from Familiar Faces

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A Counselor, An Advocate, A Mother

Au Pair Counselor Ann Robertson Dedicates Her Life to Special Needs Advocacy, Family

Her introduction to motherhood came when the pediatrician handed her a book filled with statistics on the numerous health conditions her newborn daughter could face. Heart failure, apraxia, slow behavioral development – the list scrolled on for babies diagnosed with Downs Syndrome. New mother Ann Robertson spent the first 10 days of daughter Bonnie’s life in 2006 watching her in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at DC’s Children’s National Medical Center at 111 Michigan Ave. NW.

May 30th

Realtor Jackie Von Schlegel: 1939-2016

Photograph By
Andrew Lightman

On any given beautiful spring day in the last decade, a visit to Tunnicliff Tavern’s patio would find realtor Jackie Von Schlegel holding court from her favorite perch on a back bench. Jackie, as she was known to all, was a larger than life, beautiful, brassy blonde. A born saleswoman, she would flirt with whoever walked in whether two-legged or four.

What the Hill?

Anyone who's been to a Nationals game and heard a rousing rendition of our National Anthem knows that America is the Land of the Free. If you narrow the search on the Google Map down to our own Capitol Hill, you'll find that we are a paragon of those stirring lyrics. We are the Land of the Free Crap. Walking the streets of the Hill, I'm reminded of a line by the late great Mitch Hedberg, “Whenever I walk, people try to hand me out flyers.

Jared Stern is a local standup comedian who has been making strangers laugh at him for over a decade. Follow him on Twitter @FunnyJared.

Heard on the Hill

The never-ending rain and chill of this past May was unusual for several reasons. One was of course the actual gloom and cold. While it is always fun setting historic records, some of them are harder to live through than others. To stave off madness and homicidal despair, I began taking precautionary measures. I followed a rigorous mood-enhancing regimen which included morning headstands followed by daily application of lipstick. And none of those tasteful, classy, subtle pinks or barely-there glosses would do.

May 28th

ANC 6D Report - May 2016

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on May 9. Commissioners Marjorie Lightman (6D01), Stacy Braverman Cloyd (6D02), Roger Moffatt (6D05), Meredith Fascett (6D07), and Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) were present. Vice Chair Rachel Reilly Carroll (6D03) was present for part of the meeting. Chair Andy Litsky (6D04) was absent.

A Deputy Mayor Visits

ANC 6C Report - May 2016

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen headlined the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting with an update on his first year in office and the programs he and local commissioners have moved through the DC Council. They include the Books from Birth program, launched in February 2016, which sends a book a month to more than 10,000 DC children ages zero to five; the Made in DC local business marketing brand that passed in April 2016; and the Private Security Camera Rebate Program that passed in February 2016.