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August 17th, 2017

Councilmember Gray Inspects Ward 7 Safeway Stores

Finds Substandard Conditions

On Thursday morning Councilmember Vincent Gray (Ward 7-D) conducted unannounced site visits and inspections of two Safeway Grocery Stores located in Ward 7. The Councilmember, who is also Chair of the District Committee on Health, said he had received numerous complaints about the stores, located at East River Park Shopping Center (322 40th Street NE) and Good Hope Marketplace (2845 Alabama Avenue SE). Complaints included poor sanitation, expired dates on product labels, excessively long checkout lines, empty shelves and reduced store hours without notification to the community.

Woman Arrested in Southeast for Assault With Dangerous Weapon

Crime Blotter: August 16th

At 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, a woman was arrested on the 100 block of I Street SE on charges of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.

At 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, a man was arrested on the 100 block of M Street SE on charges of Indecent Exposure.

At 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, a car was stolen on the 1500 block of F Street NE.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 16, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.

Keep It Moving

Exercising Over 65
Photograph By
Rindy O’Brien

The American College of Sports Medicine has ranked DC one of the fittest cities in the nation. But this year, after holding the title for three years, DC was edged out of first place by Minneapolis. The ranking takes into account rates of smoking and cardiovascular disease deaths, consumption of fruits and vegetables, per capita expenditures for parks, and reported physical activities.

Rindy O’Brien is a longtime Hill resident who enjoys tennis and yoga and is back to training for the Ever Walk challenge in the fall. Contact her at

Capitol Hill Library Receives Additional Funding

Users of the Capitol View Library felt shortchanged this spring by the District’s budget process. Residents hoped that, in a year or two, a gleaming, modernized library would help mark their neighborhood, which is seeing new condos and development projects go up. But after the renovation project’s $10.5 million budget was slashed by more than half, residents asked where the money went. Now some of it is back.

Building a Community-Owned Grocery Store

Residents plan cooperative grocery to solve problem of food access

Providing Healthy Food Where Government and Business Have Fallen Short

People living east of the river exert more effort to obtain healthy food than those living in the rest of the District. A 2016 study by DC Hunger Solutions found that there were two grocery stores in Ward 7 and only one in Ward 8 – a combined three stores serving 164,000 residents.

While the District has debated the issue and formed a variety of programs to address it, the problem persists.

Email the Community Grocery Cooperative at communitygrocerycooop@gmail.comor find it on Facebook at

Art and the City - August 2017

Artist Profile: Rick Bach    

Art explodes from Rick Bach like solar flares, seemingly at the speed of light.

It started at birth. In Pittsburgh. His father owned an auto body shop and Rick was spray painting on metal when other kids were using Crayons. He had his own air-brushing business by sixth grade. “It’s where I really learned to draw.” Art was not only a passion, but a visual platform for ideas and observations. It was about energy.

A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim Magner can be reached at His award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty,” can be acquired through

August 16th

Two Arrested on Charges of Aggravated Assault

Crime Blotter: August 15th

At 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, a man was arrested on the 500 block of H Street NE on charges of Misdemeanor Sex Abuse.

At 11:48 p.m. Tuesday, a man and a woman were arrested on the 800 block of Bladensburg Road NE on charges of Aggravated Assault.

At 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, there was a robbery on the 1000 block of New Jersey Avenue SE.

At 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, there was an assault with a dangerous weapon in the Unit block of I Street SE.

Reporting Illegal Activity

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on August 15, 2017 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.

Opinions Offered at Second Meeting on Future Status of Seventh Street SE

Feedback Heard From Vendors, Indoor Merchants and Residents on Whether Street Should Remain Closed for Markets

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) held its second public hearing on the future status of Seventh Street SE. The Committee continued to seek comment on the issue of whether or not the 200 and 300 blocks of Seventh Street –the site of three outdoor markets – should remain closed to weekend traffic after the Hine School Project is complete. Sources indicated that the Project is expected to be completed as early as September 30 and as late as October 31.