East of the River

09/13/2017 - 10:29am
On Saturday September 9, residents of Ward 7 got together to celebrate business and community in their neighborhoods at the Ward 7 Day Community Festival, which took place at Parks & People’s Riverside Healthy Living Center (5200 Foot St. NE). Presented by Councilmember Vincent Gray (Ward 7-D), Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowdon, the Ward 7 Business Partnership, Washington Parks, Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District, the East River Family... >>more
09/12/2017 - 1:30pm
“As a person, it’s made me more open to be myself,” Shanya Walker says of her craft. “At first I was shy and didn’t want to be goofy. But dance gave me a place to put my goofiness.” Walker has been a CityDance DREAM Dancer for ten years. She stared at J.O. Wilson Elementary, and now the 17-year-old is about to graduate from McKinley Technical High School. She says the program has made a difference to her as a person, to her academic career, and to her future... >>more
09/11/2017 - 3:41pm
I was pulled out of my AP Literature class on Thursday by two women who said they were with DCPS. They told me that I was selected to meet the Chancellor of DC Public schools and that they needed to take my picture. After this I thanked the women and they added hinting emphasis in telling me “Don’t miss school tomorrow. You’ll regret it.” And they were right, I would’ve regretted it. The next day I heard an announcement in my fourth period environmental science... >>more
09/01/2017 - 12:36pm
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has announced two training sessions offered by the Housing Regulation Administration (HRA) to help tenants and housing providers understand their various rights, responsibilities and regulations and the ways in which HRA can best assist all parties. The Tenant Stakeholder Meeting on September 12th is designed to help tenants understand their rights and responsibilities as a tenant. This can be challenging, particularly when deciphering... >>more
09/01/2017 - 9:56am
The Washington Nationals honored Councilmember Vincent C. Gray for his service in the community at Ward 7 night at Nationals Park, which took place Monday August 28. The evening featured a video presentation retrospective of his lifelong career in public service. “Each season, the Nationals welcome the Members of the Council of the District of Columbia and their constituents as a way to say thank you for their unique contributions to our city,” said a Nationals spokesman.... >>more
08/31/2017 - 12:26pm
Democracy dies in the darkness, while Metro dies in the shadow of regional parochialism…The opinion response the Washington Post doesn’t want to publish How could the District be so un-regional that it won’t support a regional tax to fund Metro’s deferred capital needs? [The District’s Death Wish for Metro] Actually, the District does support a regional tax – estimated to be a 3/4 cent increase in the sales tax that is paid by every resident, business, and... >>more
08/24/2017 - 8:05pm
Following his meeting with Safeway executive on Thursday afternoon, Councilmember Vincent Gray (Ward 7-D) said he was determined to continue pressing for improvements in the shopping experience at the two Ward 7 Safeway stores. The Councilmember met with President of Safeway’s Eastern Division Dan Valenzuela, Safeway’s Director of Government Affairs Division Stephanie Maxwell Ridoré, as well as Jonathan Mayes, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Albertsons... >>more
08/24/2017 - 11:41am
When one thinks of cities with strong dance presences, Los Angeles’ performance studios or prestigious New York City ballet schools may come to mind. Surprisingly, with over 6 million multicultural residents in the DMV radius, it can be hard to pick up the hobby of choreographed dancing at an adult level. “I was a member of the X-Tasee Dance Crew at the University of Virginia and when I moved to D.C., I thought the dance scene would be bigger than it is. I think there are some... >>more
08/23/2017 - 12:56pm
Councilmember Vincent Gray (Ward 7-D) will meet with executives for Safeway’s Eastern Regional Division and Albertsons Companies (Safeway's parent company) Thursday August 23, his office said on Wednesday. The meeting was requested by Safeway after the Councilmember conducted unscheduled inspections of the Safeway grocery stores located in Ward 7. The inspections took place Thurday August 17 at Safeway stores located at East River Park Shopping Center (322 40th St NE) and Good Hope... >>more