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05/06/2016 - 10:57am
Incumbent Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander is rocking to the old-school music filling the air around the Shell service station on Benning Road NE. Casually dressed in a black knit top and khaki-colored slacks, she acts as if it were an ordinary day in the community she has represented since 2007. In fact, she is opening a second reelection campaign headquarters, creating a physical presence near River Terrace and Kingman Park neighborhoods–areas of the ward where she hopes to attract... >>more
04/09/2016 - 10:15am
With each local election for the past decade residents in Ward 7 have loudly demanded economic development. Yet according to Paul Savage, a long-time community leader, the top two candidates in the June 14 Democratic primary election for the DC Council – incumbent Yvette Alexander and challenger and former mayor Vincent C. Gray – “have done very little to provide leadership to get economic development in Ward 7.” “We’ve been left standing when the rest of the... >>more
07/12/2016 - 11:06am
Touchstone   In “Unscripted” Lina Alattar takes an interest in the outcomes of “making mistakes” while creating. These so-called accidents provide the artist with an opportunity to begin working on new paintings. As she sees it, these blotches and blurs of ink and paint allow her the “freedom to toil with paint and the chance for something new to emerge. This process contradicts our existing condition of perfection that can often lead to cold and sterile... >>more
07/12/2016 - 10:10am
The Shaw Community came together on Sunday morning, April 26, to spruce up Gregg’s Barber Shop at 1909 Seventh St. NW. Shaw Main Streets coordinated the effort to give Shaw’s oldest barber shop a modest makeover. City directories show that there has been a barbershop in the space since 1910. But the story of Gregg’s Barbershop starts elsewhere in Shaw. William R. Greggs appears as a barber in the District in 1913. After working at two different locations in Shaw, he set up his... >>more
07/12/2016 - 9:10am
Sitting down to dine at Shaw’s Tavern, I ordered the hush puppies. Round and bigger than falafel balls, they delivered a unique texture and a new flavor when paired with curry aioli. The perfectly moist and just-underdone-enough Bailey’s battered French toast, topped with three giant dollops of vanilla Chantilly cream and fruit, completed the feeling of decadence amid giant forkfuls of vibrant flavor. Other items also sang with vivid notes. The runny eggs, pickled onions, and... >>more
07/11/2016 - 11:02am
All long-time homeowners eventually come to the same crossroads – sell or renovate. After living in the same place a few years, the expected life events occur: kids grow up and move away, adult kids boomerang back, or you simply realize your arms are too short to fight the battle with aging. Conversely, young couples have a similar choice – buy new or “as is” and renovate. Either way, you have decisions to make about where and how you wish to live. According to Daanen... >>more
07/11/2016 - 10:10am
[Billy] Eckstine’s rich baritone voice made him one of the most popular ballad singers of the late 1940s, but leading the first bebop big band was his major contribution to jazz… ― “Jazz Portraits” by Len Lyons and Don Perlo (William Morrow and Company, 1989) A Happy Happy for Billy Eckstine We take a moment to say Happy, Happy Born Day to our July birthday heroes, including Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Philly Joe Jones, our own Dr. Billy Taylor (featured in the July 2015... >>more
07/11/2016 - 9:10am
On July 4, in the middle of a Muslim fast day, America's Islamic Heritage Museum (AIHM) is hosting its third annual “Feeding the Community” cookout. The free community event will be held at AIHM, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, from 3 to 6 p.m. After dark, an iftar (break-the-fast) gathering – open to all, Muslims and non-Muslims, fasting or not – will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. The Zakat Foundation of America, an international Muslim charity, organizes the... >>more
07/09/2016 - 12:07pm
There are many perks to living in DC, but did you know that as a DC resident or business you also qualify for rebates for purchasing energy-saving appliances, cooling and heating systems, and lighting – regardless of your income bracket? The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) offers discounts and rebates to help residents and businesses use less energy and save moneythrough energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. This is a resource that every DC resident or... >>more
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