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Archive - 2016

December 15th

DOJ Caves to Commissioner Krepp

U.S. Attorney Makes Crime Data Available, Lawsuit Dropped

A Hill East commissioner won her fight with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for prosecution data on Dec. 14, more than a year after her initial request for the information.

Deck the Halls with Unique Local Ornaments

Photograph By
Karen Cohen

While shopping for veggies, meats, and other holiday goodies at Eastern Market, don’t miss the flea-market vendors located along the 200 and 300 blocks of Seventh Street, who are stocking choice decorations for the holidays. A leisurely stroll is rewarded by enough fun ornaments to deck the halls with style and cheer.

Vendor Shumba Masani fashions ornaments out of discarded soda and iced-tea cans. He weaves strips of aluminum into whimsical tree decorations or desktop ornaments and calls them “canimals.”

Homeless Miner Elementary Family Seeking Help

Chanda Davis Started a Go Fund Me Campaign for Her Family of Four

A Miner Elementary (601 15th St. NE) family facing homelessness is asking for help from the community through a Go Fund Me campaign. Chanda Davis and her four children had to move to North Carolina after losing their apartment in DC due to unpaid rent.

To keep her family off the streets, she has set up a Go Fund Me page for help here.

December 14th

Redrocks on H Street Hosts New Years Eve

In need of a place to ring in the new 2017 year? Redrocks at 1348 H Street NE is hosting a New Year’s Eve black tie affair starting at 9 p.m. and running until 4 a.m.

Redrocks Neapolitan Bistro will convert all three floors and the roof for the night with DJ music and an open bar and buffet from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. The music will continue through 4 a.m.

To learn more, visit

Have You Heard? Paint Recycling Has Come to DC!

Question: How many cans of partially used paint cans are sitting in your garage or basement in the hope that one day you’ll find a use for them? If you’re like me, you have too many, and you know that at least some of that paint has aged beyond use. But what to do with it? As of November, the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and PaintCare Inc.are sponsoring a program that will reuse, recycle, energy-recover, or responsibly dispose of your unwanted paint.

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

Dear Problem Lady

Why do my Garden Clubby friends say that in Washington, DC, tulips are “annuals”? Certainly not where I come from.

Preserving Affordable Housing in DC

Developers Renovating Pomeroy Gardens in Ward 8

Residents of a 1960s-era mixed affordable and market-rate apartment complex southeast of Barry Farm in Ward 8 will receive $12 million worth of upgrades on their homes by the summer of 2017. Work on the garden-style Pomeroy Gardens apartments on the 2400 block of Pomeroy Road SE started in the fall of 2016. The 60-unit, 53,400 square-foot complex serves as housing for low-income families in the area.

The Literary Hill

This year there are more reasons than ever to keep your holiday shopping local. Not only are there lots of great books by local authors, but we also have East City Bookshop. To get you started on your shopping list, here’s a sampling of titles reviewed here in 2016.


“Lucky Strikes”by Louis Bayard


The Poetic Hill


Dietrich Williamsis a Capitol Hill poet who wears many hats: father, curator, journalist, philanthropist, youth developer, programmer, and social servant for recreation and social services throughout the country.His poem “Tears of Joy” appeared in the January 2014 Poetic Hill. At that time he wrote that he wanted his children and the kids he mentored to read more poetry in hopes of inspiring them to take literature and writing more seriously.


The reason for love

The consistency of …
Ambition of emotional recognition
The scar tissue of inconsistency
Potent scent is on the tip
Why we trip …
Cruise style/visions – nude style/
Silent emptiness/pin drop errors/now seen as mass terror/WHATEVER!
How can we/if we’re mad/not build a bigger ditch/from being pissed from the past!/we want to move forward but were caught showing rude-glory/it’s Gory
Adore me/Depictions of the least hurtful additions/cause for a prescription/a need for love from YOU!!/spew it on me/I’m consistently busy because I’m lonely!
Trust is my kryptonite/usually starts with the phrase might/my sub quickens/the invisible plot thickens/delivered with the speed of Fu-Schnickens/Eye see that/love combat/love wombat/closed in/thin skin and we’re back at 1/where we began!
You make me better/in whatever/never thought it was possible to still feel love/from a person showing/Popsicle
I may not know how but I’m willing to say/show how? Teach me what I don’t know so our love can grow!

If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to (There is no remuneration.)