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Archive - 2016

December 12th

Holiday Wine, Beer and Spirits

The Wine Girl’s The Ultimate Gift Guide

Looking for an easy and stress-free way to take care of all of your holiday gifting this season in one fell swoop?  Stop by your favorite neighborhood wine shop, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, and pick up a mixed case of wine and spirits.  We have something for everyone on your list from your whiskey enthusiast boss, to your wine collector uncle, and even your hipster, beer-lovin’ cousin.  Picking up a mixed case and putting a bow on each bottle will allow you to easily give a thoughtful gift on your way to any holiday party.  Let the team at Schneider’s

Visit Elyse Genderson at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill at 300 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. For more information, visit

Dining Notes

Photograph By
Celeste McCall

Barracks Row Updates

He’s back! As you’ve probably heard, restaurateur Xavier Cervera re-acquired his Barracks Row establishments last fall. Since then he’s been working almost non-stop, repainting, redecorating, renaming, and rebranding.

December 10th

Let’s Mediate Our Differences!

A Modest Proposal

At a time when the political scene appears polarized over healthcare, gun safety, women's reproductive rights, and climate change, among other issues, our Capitol Hill community seems like an oasis, where on the surface, at least, calm prevails.

Not always. Living here, I have witnessed minor differences escalate into toxic disputes. What’s sad is that conflict among neighbors often goes unabated. Rather than seek consensus, neighbors often resort to up or down voting on issues which produces winners and losers, and which can prolong enmity and fracture friendships.

Sig Cohen has been mediating disputes for more than 15 years both for the DC Superior Court and in private practice. He specializes in elder and family cases. Previously he served in the Foreign Service and in community-based nonprofit agencies. He can be contacted at For more information about his work, visit

Dream House for Chickens at Hill Center’s Young Artist Gallery

For the past two years, Teachers at School Within School @Goding have rented chickens and a coop that must be returned at the end of the season. This past spring, art teacher Marla McLean and FoodPrints teacher Margi Fineran had an idea for something more permanent – chicks hatched in classroom incubators and a chicken coop designed by the kindergarten class and constructed by fifth-grade students. The kids were eager for the challenge of working together to create something that would not be “theirs” to take home but “ours” to share as a community.

December 9th

Two Capitol Hill Women Turn Their Passion into Teaching Others How to Knit

Elizabeth Nelson’s first knitting project, at age 13, was a bandage knit three feet long by six inches wide on size 0 needles using crochet cotton. “It’s an incredible number of stitches using incredibly small needles,” she said. “I really enjoyed knitting, but I didn’t do much with it until I inherited a giant box of yarn from my sister-in-law about 20 years ago. I got hooked.”

Pattie Cinelli is a holistic health/fitness coach who has been writing her column and profiles for more than 25 years. Email questions or story ideas to

Our River: The Anacostia

Update on the Upbeat – The 11th Street Bridge Park

By now, nearly everyone has heard of the plan to build a broad pedestrian park and entertainment center on the piers of the old 11th Street bridge that were left after the freeway and local roads were rebuilt in the last few years. The idea is to construct a broad band the length of three football fields across the river, connecting Capitol Hill with historic Anacostia through a series of spaces providing recreation, art, and environmental education.

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

As the holiday season approaches and our social calendars grow full of events, it’s easy to miss the changes happening all around us. Fret not, the rundown below will help keep you in the know.

A Delightful Spin on the Old Corner Store

December 8th

Fighting for Safety in the Hill East

Neighbors Want More Cameras, Police Enforcement After Shootings

A young mother and Hill East resident watched as her children played at a local park on a Saturday afternoon in November. The Center City Charter School (1503 East Capitol St.) playground seemed safe.

But when she heard gunshots about 20 feet away, her family’s sense of safety vanished.

“I am sickened that someone felt emboldened enough to shoot someone in the open in the middle of the day on our street,” she wrote on the neighborhood listserv Newhilleast on Nov. 19 after the shooting. “What can we do about it?”