Capitol Hill Community

01/14/2017 - 9:19am
Joshua Mitchell wants to study for a career in photojournalism. He hopes to do so at the University of Wisconsin in Madison but knows it’s a competitive application and admissions process. When the chance came to travel abroad, learn a new language, and get help preparing for college, he jumped. A Ward 7 resident and junior at Richard Wright Public Charter School (770 M St. SE), Mitchell earned a tuition-free, 18-month fellowship in the Global Scholars Foundation (GSF) program for the... >>more
01/12/2017 - 10:16am
Amanda Swift’s second-grade art students at Tyler Elementary School (1001 G St. SE) have created something truly special – dozens of tiny worlds inhabited by unique creatures of their own imagination. A Tyler parent, an artist herself, had created “fishbowls” as part of her own show. When that show ended, she donated them to the Tyler art space. Swift was so inspired, she knew she “wanted students to somehow incorporate their ideas with that of the parent's... >>more
01/12/2017 - 9:12am
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to give back to the community through volunteering, now is the time for action! Many Capitol Hill nonprofits post opportunities for volunteering on the website of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation ( While these volunteer opportunities change from time to time, the following have been listed in recent months:  Animal Welfare:Rural Dog Rescue’s mission is to save the lives of... >>more
01/11/2017 - 9:21am
As we begin a new year, let us pause for a moment to look back on those businesses that have said goodbye in recent months. The Argonaut (1433 H St. NE), a family-friendly staple, and the first Joe Englert-backed business to open along the Corridor, suddenly ceased operations in July. It was an unexpected blow to many locals, and this past month brought news of three more closings. In the same period, however, we learned of an even greater number of new restaurants and stores that will call our... >>more
01/10/2017 - 10:55am
Bart Barnes, longtime resident of Capitol Hill, is known as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and much admired caring neighbor. He is also appreciated for his stellar career as a Washington Post journalist at the center of reporting for over 50 years. His humorous “retirement” reflection in the July 26, 2013, Post is a worthy precis of his notable contributions ( My urge to profile a friend and fellow Nationals fan comes from his... >>more
01/10/2017 - 9:12am
The rush, light, color, and excitement of the holidays are over. The joyful hum of the holidays often ends with exhaustion and maybe a sinus infection. I relish this quiet time to refocus. Cocooning under blankets and fuzzy slippers with Netflix has become a sacred winter ritual. The new year typically brings with it pledges of renewal and focus. As a community and indeed a nation we are also facing a kind of refresh of a sort. Later this month the eyes of the planet will be focused on our... >>more
12/12/2016 - 5:39pm
Join Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m., for its fourth annual National Vigil commemorating all victims of gun violence. Senior Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett will speak and join with survivors and family members on the fourth anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.    In addition to Ms. Jarrett, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and other political leaders will speak.... >>more
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