Capitol Hill Community

12/10/2016 - 10:12am
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... >>more
12/10/2016 - 9:10am
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... >>more
12/09/2016 - 11:02am
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.” Donna Breslin learned how to knit and crochet when she was 10. She compares... >>more
12/09/2016 - 10:12am
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. The project is a public/private partnership... >>more
12/09/2016 - 9:10am
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 The newly opened Old City Market & Oven (, 522 K St. NE) is much more than your typical corner store. Order a coffee or espresso drink to go with a fresh pastry from Baguette Republic (, or one of the... >>more
12/08/2016 - 10:33am
“Swampoodle” is one of those strange terms you might come across in DC. But what is it? Well, it’s not a type of dog – although there is a Swampoodle restaurant in Northwest that has a poodle logo. There are in fact several Swampoodles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Each of them has a story to tell: a neighborhood in North Philadelphia that once housed two major league baseball teams, the Phillies and the Athletics; a park outside Pittsburgh known to attract... >>more
12/08/2016 - 9:42am
Last month, local nonprofit Capitol Hill Village (CHV) marked a landmark milestone in its decade of operation. The group, which supports neighborhood senior citizens, welcomed its 500th member by gifting that membership to Barney and Mary Ellen King, a couple who recently relocated to Capitol Hill to be near their daughter and her family. As a former military family that relocated often, the Kings know better than most how important community is when building a new home. Over coffee and donuts... >>more
12/07/2016 - 10:12am
In the wake of a bruising national election whose outcome was dictated by voters in distant states, some Capitol Hill residents may feel helpless to influence the direction of our country. That’s when it’s most important to realize what you can do in your own backyard or, more accurately, from your own front stoop. Fledgling choral groups, neighborhood social services, creative afterschool programs, blossoming pocket gardens – the stuff of a great community is nurtured, one... >>more
12/06/2016 - 10:12am
‘Tis the season for holiday traditions, and what better way to celebrate than with good food and friends? For the second straight year, on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Masseria owner/chef Nick Stefanelli will recreate a beloved family tradition: Festa dei Sette Pesci, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The Italian/American culinary observance will be held at his newly Michelin-starred dining destination, tucked behind Union Market. Other Italian restaurants will celebrate as well. Originating in... >>more