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August 11th, 2012

East of the River Police Boys and Girls Steelband

20 Years of Success with Southeast Youth
Photograph By
Leigh H. Mosley


Before January, Southeast residents Nina Anderson, 9, and her brother Kevin, 7, had little formal music training. They were not exposed to the Caribbean culture in the Washington metropolitan area, and they never visited the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of the steelpan.

Yet both children confidently played the rhythm for the popular “Lion King” song, and other calypso music as if they were natural born West Indians. Both play for the East of the River Police Boys and Girls Steelband.

August 10th

Jail Leads to the Law: UDC Grad Transcends Past

Photograph By
courtesy James King.

At the lowest point, sitting in a jail cell, James King never thought he would be a lawyer. He got out of prison and went on to attend the University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, where he served as Student Bar Association President. King graduated May 11, 2012 with a juris doctorate and a job offer from the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, widely recognized as one of the premier public defender offices in the nation.


From the NFL to Begging Lawyers to Take His Case

August 9th

Thinking Outside the Box

A Unique Way One Man Integrates Exercise into His Life

On December, 18, 1998, Paul Hays, as the Republican reading clerk of the House of Representatives, was the first to pronounce the articles of impeachment against President Clinton.  For 19 years, he was part of the fabric of Congress, a man whose strong, commanding voice, read legislation, resolutions, amendments, motions and Presidential Messages that came before the House, for as many as 12 hours a day. When he retired in 2007, he had been part of the House for a total of 41 years.

Dining Notes

Hank’s Oyster Bar Opens

At last, chef/restaurateur Jamie Leeds and mixologist Gina Chersevani have unveiled  Hank’s Oyster Bar on “The Avenue.” Situated at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the 40-seat charmer showcases Leeds= New England-style classics from her Dupont Circle and Old Town restaurants. At Hank’s 20-seat marble-topped bar, called “The Eddy,” customers can quaff Chersevani’s handcrafted cocktails, artisan beers and interesting wines.

Station 4

Good food, renowned chefs and swank atmosphere. It must be...Waterfront?

August 6th

South by West

SW Ecodistrict Plan Seeks to Transform Federal Enclave

August 5th

The Riverfront

Riverfront Projects Update

The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood has been excited in recent weeks by the play of the Washington Nationals, their first place standing in the National League East division (as of this writing), and the large crowds attending the games at Nationals Park. It is an honor and a pleasure for the “Front” to be home to the Nationals and to host visitors for the games at Nationals Park.

August 4th

Paul Williams

Congressional Cemetery’s New President

There’s nothing Paul Williams likes better than a mystery, and he is already rolling up his sleeves as the new president of the Historic Congressional Cemetery at the edge of Capitol Hill. Williams, a historic preservation expert, prolific author and amateur genealogist, is intrigued by the unknowns of the cemetery.