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05/24/2017 - 9:12am
As we prepare our land and plan our gardens, we often rip up everything we see. “Everything that grows must go!” used to be my motto until I learned about edible weeds. We can spare our backs, pharmacists, and pocketbooks by learning how to identify and use the plants that are already growing in our yard. Clover, burdock, and plantains (not the banana, but that is good too) are common edibles with medicinal qualities. Walking throughout Deanwood and the greater east of the river... >>more
05/24/2017 - 9:01am
There are several ways to be pained in health. One is the physical pain that could land you in a hospital. Another pain could be the road to recovery. Yet another is the pain of finding reputable, dependable providers that will take care of your needs without emotionally and financially draining you. When healthcare transitions from the hospital to the home, new challenges present themselves. Who will come to your home to care for your loved one? How do you select a provider? Who will pay for... >>more
05/23/2017 - 8:01pm
Update: The Hill Rag incorrectly stated the status of CHML's modernization. DC has funds to start planning and design in FY23 under the current Capital Improvement Plan. Sewage spilled into a kitchen area at the Capitol Hill Montessori @Logan (215 G St. NE) on May 23. The Department of General Services (DGS) worked on repairs to the situation throughout the day. But this comes as another example of why parents have called on the Mayor’s Office for years to put the school higher up on... >>more
05/23/2017 - 10:12am
On a slow and quiet Sunday morning in the heart of Anacostia, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. echo and ricochet up and down the avenue bearing his name. His powerful voice of protest, with its rhythmic cadence, emanates from the speakers of the independent station at 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. WeAct Radio celebrated its fifth anniversary this past month. With five years of continuous operation and recent recognition from local media, Kymone Freeman’s brainchild can no... >>more
05/23/2017 - 9:12am
I oversee the maintenance at a local private garden. For the past two springs, the multitude of daffodils planted in 2012 have not flowered well – lots of buds, but most dry up before blooming. My own daffodils and others all over the Hill bloomed profusely. What is the problem? Soil? Crowding? We did have hot weather in January, followed by hard freezes – but as you say, your own daffs bloomed well. Moisture has been similarly sporadic – first months of drought, then rains.... >>more
05/23/2017 - 9:12am
Scott, Ndegeocello, Chestnut Head May Jazz Jams April showers have given way to May flowers, and jazz is blooming this month with a swinging variety of artists. Saxophonist Herb Scott, founder of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, leads a group on May 12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Vocalist and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, the multi-talented, multi-genre performer, presents the concert “Pour Ame Souveraine, A Dedication to Nina Simone” on May 13 at the Crossroads Club at the... >>more
05/23/2017 - 9:12am
CFLs, LEDs, lumens, and Kelvins. The simple process of buying a lightbulb seems to have become a lot more complicated in recent years. Fortunately the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU; is around to demystify this terminology and provide deep discounts for energy-saving home lighting. Energy-efficient Energy Star light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs are now available for as low as 95 cents from select retailers around DC, with a limit of 12 LED bulbs per residential... >>more
05/23/2017 - 8:37am
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A voted unanimously  at its May meeting to send a letter to Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) opposing the appeal of the owners of 1511 A St. NE (BZA #19505) . The appeal is regarding the rejection of their permits to create an 18-unit apartment building in a residential neighborhood. ANC 6A and community members continue to spearhead long-running litigation before the BZA to fix an incorrect "C-2-A" commercial zoning determination that had... >>more
05/22/2017 - 12:55pm
With Memorial Day coming up how good to hear that “poppies” are being revived. Decades ago the custom of wearing a poppy, to remember the fallen, was prolific. For some reason the tradition, more-or-less, fell by the way side. But now the Women of Capitol Hill’s American Legion Auxiliary are going all out to make it easy to wear the symbol of remembrance that started after World War I. The poppy was chosen because the Belgian battle-field of Flanders Field was, and still is,... >>more
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