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Archive - Feb 2017


February 28th

Hill Banner Designs Auctioned for Charity

Four Capitol Hill Art League Artists Won the Contest this Year

Winners of the Capitol Hill Banner Design Contest auctioned off their work on Feb. 28 at the Hill Center, which included a 50 percent split between the artists and the charity Ready, Willing and Working. This year’s theme was “It’s all here on the Hill.”

Artists that won this year’s competition are:

February 27th

Hill Preschool Seeks Votes for 'Best of DC'

Toddlers on the Hill Hopes to Win Best Preschool for a Second Year

Toddlers on the Hill (ToTH) is asking Hill residents for help in the annual Best of DC competition. The Montessori preschool at 800 11th St. NE won the annual competition in 2016 for Best of DC Preschools, and hopes to win again for 2017.

Washington City Paper holds the voting for “best” of several categories each year, including for preschools. The voting ends March 5.

Weekend Crime: LAMB PCS Teacher Arrested for Sex Abuse

Crime Blotter — Feb. 25-26

LAMB PCS Teacher Arrested For Sex Abuse

Police arrested an elementary teacher at Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School in Northeast DC for the sexual abuse of at least three victims on multiple occasions. Manuel Garcia Fernandez, 35 of Northwest DC, was arrested Feb. 24 on charges of three counts of Second Degree Child Sexual Abuse for incidents that occurred between Aug. 17 and Feb. 6.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on Feb. 25-26, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listservand 5D Listerv.

February 24th

Bowser Plans More STEM, Extracurriculars in DCPS

The Proposal is for the 2018 Budget

Expect an additional $6.2 million in the 2018 DC Public Schools (DCPS) budget proposal, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Feb. 24. The 2017 budget plan currently sits at about $910 million.

Bowser and new DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson plan to focus on middle and high schools in the coming year with new Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) courses, college and career prep support and extracurricular options.

February 23rd

Bowser Appoints New MPD Chief

Newsham's Appointment Now Goes to the City Council for Confirmation

Mayor Muriel Bowser has appointment Peter Newsham as the new Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). Bowser made the announcement Feb. 23, almost six months after Newsham took over as interim chief following the departure of former Chief Cathy Lanier.

February 22nd

Kusama Dots Spotted in Southwest

SWBID Installs Kusama Display, Parallels Hirshhorn

Seeing spots? Find the dot work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama around Southwest, a project timed with Kusama’s display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW), which opens Feb. 23.

The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) coordinated the project and placed dot patterns on walls, sidewalks and jersey barriers at the L’Enfant Metro Station, along Seventh Street SW by the Wilbur Wright Building and outside the Hirshhorn. The dots are a vinyl adhesive.

February 21st

Payne ES Seeks Funds for Robotics Competition

The PTA is Also Asking for Funds to Buy New Books

Student engineers at Payne Elementary School (1445 C St. SE) needs help funding a trip for the school’s Robotics Club to the VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, K.Y. The award-winning club needs at least $7,845 to fund the transportation, the registration fees, the room and board fees and a new robotics kit for the competition April 23-25.

The Payne Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has set up a Go Fund Me for the trip here. The PTA is a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit and can take donations.

February 18th

Capitol Hill Women Launch Garden-Friendly Businesses

The Hill Gardener

Two local entrepreneurs now offer gardening help to residents of the Hill and beyond: Laurie Gillman, owner of East City Bookshop, and Amanda McClean, co-owner of Izel Native Plants. Both businesses opened fairly recently and each one integrates the best practices of analog and digital worlds in refreshing and contemporary ways. 

East City Bookshop

Cheryl Corson is a licensed landscape architect practicing on the Hill since the Clinton administration. She is author of Sustainable Landscape Maintenance for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed For more, see: