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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
06/25/2016 - 10:45am
Solar power for residences, apartments, and condos. Green buildings. Rain barrels and the forecast and mitigation strategies for likely climate-change impacts. These are just a few of the topics that DC’s advisory neighborhood commissions (ANCs) address. Now, thanks to a program offered by the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), commissioners will receive technical assistance on these complex issues through an Environmental Ambassador (AEA) program. The goal is to provide... >>more
06/25/2016 - 10:12am
Family Shelter to Be Built at Unity Clinic Site The DC Council voted on May 31 to move the proposed Ward 6 community-based, short-term family-housing locationfrom a parcel adjacent to Blind Whino SW Arts Club at 700 Delaware Ave. SW to the Unity Health Clinic site at 850 Delaware Ave. SW. Since the Blind Whino site was privately owned, it would have required the District government to lease the shelter building, significantly raising the cost. During the council’s review of Mayor Bowser... >>more
06/08/2016 - 9:20am
Touchstone   In March and April Touchstone Gallery artists including Maureen Squires, David Beers, Shelley Lowenstein, and Mary D. Ott worked with youth and adults at New Community ArtSpace in Shaw to create works in a variety of media through a program called Touchstone@ArtSpace. A vibrant selection of the work produced during those workshops will be on display at the Touchstone Gallery through the end of June. Now in its second year, Touchstone@ArtSpace is supported by the Touchstone... >>more
06/07/2016 - 10:11am
With all the April and May rain, homeowners may be seeing wet walls and fearing that the long-delayed decision to tuck-point their historic bricks has reached the point of no return. Just the mention of removing and replacing old, crumbled mortar between bricks, a process known as tuck-pointing, can alarm a homeowner. There are horror stories of botched jobs, permitting nightmares, dust covering everything you own, and expenses that empty out your bank account. It is not a surprise that we put... >>more
06/06/2016 - 10:11am
Shaw Call Box Dedicated to Lieutenant Kevin McRae Friday morning, May 6, saw the dedication of a restored historic fire call box in honor of DC Fireman Lieutenant Kevin McRae. A year has passed since Lt. McRae led Engine 6 to address a two-alarm blaze near the top of 1330 Seventh St. NW. After walking up to fight the fire, he was stricken by a fatal heart attack after he had come back down to exit the building. The call box dedication was to mark one year since Lt. McRae died in the line of... >>more
06/06/2016 - 10:11am
Are you looking for a new way to improve cardiovascular endurance while building lean muscle mass and flexibility? Checking out the new SweatBox at VIDA Fitness for a heart-pounding, sweaty, and unique workout involving the scientific principles of Heart Rate Training might be the right fit for you. SweatBox gives you a combination of anaerobic and aerobic workout intervals with an energizing, booming music playlist that never leaves you bored. Upon entering the moderately lit, 1,725 square-... >>more
06/06/2016 - 9:45am
Shaw Main Streets received the 2016 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) at the 2016 Main Street Now Conference held in Milwaukee, Wisc., on May 23. At the opening plenary session, Shaw Main Streets Board Chair Gretchen Wharton, Executive Director Alexander Padro, and a team of volunteers, representatives of the Shaw Clean+Safe Team, and members of other DC Main Streets organizations stepped up to the stage to accept the GAMSA award, in front of almost 1,500 attendees. The win was... >>more
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