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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
06/04/2015 - 1:49pm
“We used to go to Port City Java to sit and talk,” recalled mother Francine Milton. “I happened to be going past one day, and I noticed the Capital Community News (CCN) office nearby. I told Charnice about it and she decided to visit,” she continued. “The next day I was surprised when she told me that she was going to be a reporter for CCN.” I remember that day in early August of 2012. A well-dressed young woman knocked on the door of my office, resume in... >>more
05/31/2016 - 11:11am
This spring has been a busy time for those at the DC Department of Energy and Environment who are working on the Anacostia. The consultant’s report analyzing the extent of toxic contamination was completed and released for comment, and a number of public meetings were held to go over the results and set out the next steps. This is the beginning of a long but well-organized process to assess toxic conditions and develop a plan to clean them up. Let’s try to walk through what is going... >>more
05/31/2016 - 10:10am
So quickly does spring turn to summer each year that you could almost be forgiven for missing it. This month, however, we have lots of news you won’t want to miss. Whether summer puts you in a mind to soak up the sun’s rays on a patio or drink its bounty in a freshly squeezed juice, H Street NE has you covered. Asian Fast Casual from Familiar Faces Early May saw the launch of Pow Pow (1253 H Street NE,, an Asian-inspired fast-casual restaurant specializing in... >>more
05/30/2016 - 10:24am
Anyone who's been to a Nationals game and heard a rousing rendition of our National Anthem knows that America is the Land of the Free. If you narrow the search on the Google Map down to our own Capitol Hill, you'll find that we are a paragon of those stirring lyrics. We are the Land of the Free Crap. Walking the streets of the Hill, I'm reminded of a line by the late great Mitch Hedberg, “Whenever I walk, people try to hand me out flyers. And when someone tries to hand me out... >>more
05/28/2016 - 11:19am
Tucked away in Northeast are four cannabis cultivation centers, making up more than half of the licensed cultivators in the District. Growing medical cannabis is not yet a lucrative business for Washingtonians, but for one cultivation center it’s a labor of love and a way to give back to the community. A cultivation center is a highly regulated operation, where licensed growers are allowed to grow up to 1,000 cannabis plants. The District’s seven cultivators supply the five medical... >>more
05/28/2016 - 10:42am
Demolition Ceremony for D.C. United Stadium An official demolition ceremony was held on April 25 at the site of the future D.C. United Stadium at Buzzard Point. Speakers at the event included Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, and D.C. United owner Jason Levien. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner stated during his remarks that the stadium project will provide 1,000 construction and permanent jobs, as well as... >>more
05/28/2016 - 10:11am
Jefferson Middle School Academy and Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan in Ward 6 could receive $1 million and $4 million more respectively for capital projects in DC’s Committee on Education proposed fiscal year 2017 education budget. The DC Council voted on May 17 to bump up Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Capital Improvement Plan budget by $13 million to $440 million, but the budget must await final votes to pass into law. Funds for Jefferson (801 Seventh St. SW) could help upgrade the... >>more
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