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07/20/2017 - 11:12am
As every residential garden designer knows, a homeowner’s pets are your clients too. Pets’ well-being, habits, quirks, and age need to be taken into account to arrive at an attractive and sustainable garden solution that works for humans, pets, and plants. Dogs and cats are the most common household pets, so today let’s focus on them. While these two types of four-legged friends may seem very different, they have many garden requirements in common. They need to be kept... >>more
07/20/2017 - 10:12am
Recently, with all the talk about how our garden practices may be harming bees and pollinating insects, the discussion of beneficial insects has again become a hot topic. Products on the market address many areas of insect infestation: Beneficial nematodes that can prevent insects in the soil that are harmful to plant roots or to the plants themselves. Snails that can stop harmful garden snails. Mealybug control. Aphids and other common chewing garden pests. As we become increasingly... >>more
07/19/2017 - 10:12am
Here on Capitol Hill the vast majority of roofs are flat. Flat roofs are common to commercial buildings, but residential flat roofs are rare except in historic urban areas such as Capitol Hill. There are several different types of flat roof systems, but across the board, a handful of issues make up the most common problems found on flat roofs. Often the shared ownership of demising parapet walls between neighbors creates a challenge in the coordination required to properly build a new roof... >>more
07/19/2017 - 9:12am
This summer, coaches from Atlas Fitness on Capitol Hill are teaming up with DC Public Schools (DCPS) to help kids become more fit, motivated, and nutritionally educated. Atlas’s LEAD program – Leaders in Education and Athletic Development – receives grants from the DC Justice Grant Administration (a part of the Office of Victim Services) to work with Ballou High School, five days a week, to help prevent and/or reduce violence. Atlas is also working with Kelly Miller Middle... >>more
07/19/2017 - 8:53am
The Hill Rag recently had the opportunity to interview Frank Iero of his current solo incarnation, FRANK IERO and the PATIENCE, in anticipation of what is sure to be an unforgettable show on Friday, July 21, at The U Street Music Hall. The current tour, which has been navigating a packed North America schedule, is promoting the band’s 2016 release of their newest album, Parachutes. Raw and authentic, Iero’s emotionally charged lyrics and edgy guitar riffs, which... >>more
07/18/2017 - 10:21am
The number of folks interested in hiking and biking the Anacostia keeps growing. As does the number of people asking me the best places to go and how to get there. So, I decided to dedicate this summer article to just those issues. Let’s look first at some of the most interesting places to hike close by, and then go farther afield. After that, let’s shift to biking trails. Remember, you can take your bike on Metro at no additional cost up to 7 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,... >>more
07/18/2017 - 9:12am
Not many individuals get to experience the Navy Yard and The Yards Park by water. However, since the grand opening of Capital SUP DC on May 20, we now have an easy and convenient way to be out on the water, combining enjoyment of exploring the river while reaping the incredible benefits of a workout.  Spice up your weekly workout regimen by cross training out on the water. Balance, back strength, core strength, and posture are a few of the many benefits you can gain from stand-up paddle... >>more
07/15/2017 - 10:13am
Art. Will Fleishell is all about art. His work, his home, his studio, his books, his volunteer work. Even his posts on Facebook are about painters, sculptors, and muralists. I this wrote about Will seven years ago: “Art is a matter of creativity. It’s also a matter of craftsmanship. They both matter very much to Will Fleishell. He has been putting the two together since he was a child … on Capitol Hill. It’s a family tradition since the 1820s. His great-great... >>more
07/15/2017 - 9:12am
“[Billie] Holiday (1915-59) is widely recognized as the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, a performer who revolutionized the art of jazz singing in the 1930s and exerted a powerful influence on subsequent vocalists. At her peak from 1935 to 1945, her voice (modelled on those of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith) was a unique blend of vulnerability, innocence and sexuality, attributes that won her a popular following. She had an uncanny ability to recompose well-known tunes as she sang... >>more
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