Capitol Hill Community

08/09/2016 - 11:02am
Last month we discussed dog myths. Can’t leave out our feline friends, can we? The following are the most common questions and misconceptions and myths that we hear. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us at desk@districtvet.com.  Cats always land on their feet. Not quite true. When cats fall or jump, they try to right themselves and land feet first, but sometimes the fall is from too low a height, limiting the time that a cat can right itself. Many cats that fall break bones... >>more
08/05/2016 - 11:13am
The dog days of summer are here, and if August is anything like July we will all be looking for a little bit of relief from the heat and humidity. Our city on two rivers is certainly challenged with both heat and humidity due to that waterfront proximity – but the water can also bring much needed relief through a variety of activities. The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail System There always seems to be a breeze when walking or sitting by the river, and the 16-mile (and growing) Anacostia... >>more
08/05/2016 - 10:27am
It’s starting to happen. The first unmistakable signs are appearing. The next section of the Anacostia riverfront coming up for redevelopment is emerging out on Buzzard Point in Southwest DC. With a long and colorful history as a backwater of the District for over 200 years, Buzzard Point is about to come forth with a whole new format. Starting as marginal truck farms in the marshes, it never took off as the industrial area it was hoped to be – the canal and railroad built down... >>more
08/05/2016 - 9:51am
To ride the length of the H St. NE streetcar line is to witness change and construction happening at a rapid rate all around. Among the more striking sights this summer is the demolition of the two-block-long suburban-style shopping center called the H Street Connection. Its obliteration and replacement with a mixed-use development represents not only a farewell to an early and unsuccessful attempt at revitalizing the business corridor, but also an opportunity to reconnect the commercial strip... >>more
08/05/2016 - 9:13am
“I was terrified to read to the children; there was sweat pouring down. I was just a basket case.” Reading tutor Cynthia Prine, retired public librarian and now a reading tutor for first-grade students in an inner-city DC elementary school, is confiding how reluctant she was to tackle this assignment. “I’m very introverted, shy, and a loner,” she adds. “I used to hide behind my mother’s skirt. But I just had to learn to pretend I wasn’t shy.... >>more
08/04/2016 - 10:42am
“My dream is to have a pulpit one day where I can take music and make it a big part of ... our communal life together,” the Hill's newest clergy member declared, while still a seminary student. Her first weeks on the job suggest that Hannah Spiro is on her way to realizing that dream with Hill Havurah. As the first new rabbi on the Hill in decades, she is helping a community realize its vision too.  An Evolving Jewish Community “Havurah” means “fellowship... >>more
08/04/2016 - 10:42am
“My dream is to have a pulpit one day where I can take music and make it a big part of ... our communal life together,” the Hill's newest clergy member declared, while still a seminary student. Her first weeks on the job suggest that Hannah Spiro is on her way to realizing that dream with Hill Havurah. As the first new rabbi on the Hill in decades, she is helping a community realize its vision too.  An Evolving Jewish Community “Havurah” means “fellowship... >>more
08/04/2016 - 10:06am
Marcel Proust said, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Ed Copenhaver was just such a person. The mere sight of him, the anticipation of spending time in his company, always made me glad, buoyed my spirits, and awakened qualities which were better than those of my usual self. Simply put, being in Ed’s presence made me want to be a better person. I was far from alone in feeling this. Being in the hardware... >>more
08/04/2016 - 9:17am
Ask any Capitol Hill resident, “Who is Mr. Ed?” Most would reply, “The helpful, unassuming man at Frager's Hardware.” Ed Copenhaver was a daily presence at the store, solving many a home improvement fiasco with sage advice while mentoring employees including several generations of Hill teenagers. He died early on the morning of June 27 after an 18-year fight with cancer. He was 73. A Virginian Son of Edwin Henry Copenhaver Jr. and Lightfoot J. Jordan, Ed was born on... >>more