Capitol Hill Community

07/10/2017 - 9:12am
After years of waiting, Jefferson Middle School Academy will get a much-needed face-lift.  On May 31, the DC City Council voted to accelerate the modernization of the 77-year-old school to Fiscal Year 2018, with construction to begin as soon as possible. Bricks and Mortar District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) says that Jefferson Middle School Academy is one of the fastest-improving middle-schools in DC, boasting significant gains in reading and math among students, strong partnerships... >>more
07/07/2017 - 10:13am
Solving Problems It is only about four miles from Eastern High School to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. But for some students, that distance can sometimes feel a world away from high-school hallways, and a career in economics can feel even more distant. On June 1, a group of 17 Eastern High School students from the school’s Future Economists Academy got near to both when they earned the opportunity to present their work to IMF Managing... >>more
07/07/2017 - 9:12am
So, this is the Pets Issue of this fine periodical, and I have been tasked with writing about our animal companions One thing we can say about Capitol Hill residents and that is, we love our pets. Dogs seem to be everywhere you go in real life, and cats are all over social media. Birds, reptiles, rodents, and even snakes find their way into our hearts, and we are wrapped around their paws, claws, beaks, and tails. But all of this public puppy love leaves me feeling a bit guilty. I need to... >>more
07/07/2017 - 9:12am
Sok “Ann” Reed, owner of Ann’s Beauty Supply and Wigs (125 L St. SE), readily acknowledges that the Riverfront neighborhood that surrounds her business has changed significantly. Ann’s Wigs is one of the few independent operations to outlast the rapid development that has overtaken the area in the past decade. Massive apartment, condo and office developments have appeared  and with them new businesses, cafes and restaurants, bars and stores. New faces, too. But Ann... >>more
06/13/2017 - 3:22pm
It’s June, so that means Neighbors United for DC Statehood will again be hosting its photo contest celebrating the DC flag and our pride in the District, while also raising awareness about our desire to have our star added to the US flag. Residents from around the District are encouraged to take photos with the DC flag to highlight civic pride in who we are and where we live. On Flag Day, June 14, the photos will be posted on our website, just as in 2013, 2014,and 2015. We ask that you... >>more
06/13/2017 - 10:26am
The lineage from rockabilly to punk rock runs straight through Link Wray, a guitarist who lived and played around DC in the late 1950s and early 60s. He led the house band on local TV’s version of “American Bandstand” and recorded influential hits like “Rumble” and “Rawhide” here.    Los Straitjackets Eddie Angel moved to DC in 1980 and joined a rockabilly band fronted by singer Tex Rubinowitz. Although Wray was no longer around, his... >>more
06/10/2017 - 10:22am
Eastern Senior High School (1700 E. Capitol St. NE) offers an International Baccalaureate program in the visual arts for juniors and seniors, under the direction of Jenna Lee. Visual Arts IB is a two-year course in which students select a concentration and create a series of artworks expressing their chosen theme or idea. They are responsible for researching and comparing artists across history and culture. The entire experience of growth and learning is documented in a process portfolio. The... >>more
06/10/2017 - 9:12am
As more and more happens to restore the waters and to attract people to the Anacostia and the lands along it, there are getting to be a number of super places to take the kids, the grandkids, the nieces and nephews, or whatever else you call the young ones following you around. Here are a number of special activities and the most fun places to go on both sides of our river. Yards Park This new waterfront park near the stadium has many attractions and is designed to let the youngsters safely get... >>more
06/09/2017 - 10:11am
He wants it to be about the children. As they take their places for a photograph, Dong Sik Kim, known to children in the District as Master Dong, literally puts the children first. They stand in front of him holding a banner showing a tree with roots deep into the earth, the symbol for his non-profit organization, Home Do.  Dong Kim was born in Ham-Pyung, Jeolla Province, South Korea. When he was seven years old, he started imitating adults that he saw practicing martial arts in the park.... >>more