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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
08/11/2016 - 11:17am
Falling rain splashes against one black and one pink umbrella. Five students in grades 9 to 12 stand in front of the black slab of granite stone, studying the nearly 60,000 etched names of Americans lost in the Vietnam War. On this overcast day in May, the memorial acts as the classroom for the students Blyth-Templeton Academy (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). The students in the Writers Craft class had just finished reading Tim O’Brien’s book “The Things They Carried,” and... >>more
08/11/2016 - 10:12am
Three and four year olds at Brent Elementary (301 North Carolina Ave. SE) dabble with watercolors and magic markers. No teacher tells them how to uncap the marker or explains the correct ratio of water to paint — they learn through their own trial and error. Across the Hill, preschoolers at AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School (138 12th St. NE) sit in small groups to learn new songs and read aloud. A teacher guides them through the lesson — still allowing them to... >>more
08/11/2016 - 9:42am
Enjoying the great outdoors this summer has become a little more stressful due to the alarming reports over the last six months about the Zika virus, carried by mosquitos. As of June 1 six cases of Zika had been reported in DC, 20 in Virginia, and another 19 in Maryland. Health officials report that most of the cases are a result of people traveling to places that are in a mosquito-control crisis, not from mosquitos in the DC area. The DC Department of Health has held forums on the matter and... >>more
08/11/2016 - 9:12am
Charter schools have been a part of the educational landscape of our city for two decades, educating nearly half of publicly educated students in Washington, DC today. However, many parents, especially those of young children, are uncertain of what a charter school is and whether a charter school education is right for their child. Charter schools are independently managed schools that receive public funds to educate children. In Washington, traditional public schools are run by the Chancellor... >>more
08/10/2016 - 11:15am
Falling rain splashes against one black and one pink umbrella. Five students in grades 9 to 12 stand in front of the black slab of granite stone, studying the nearly 60,000 etched names of Americans lost in the Vietnam War. On this overcast day in May, the memorial acts as the classroom for the students Blyth-Templeton Academy (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). The students in the Writers Craft class had just finished reading Tim O’Brien’s book “The Things They Carried,” and... >>more
08/10/2016 - 10:34am
Charter schools have been a part of the educational landscape of our city for two decades, educating nearly half of publicly educated students in Washington, DC today. However, many parents, especially those of young children, are uncertain of what a charter school is and whether a charter school education is right for their child. Charter schools are independently managed schools that receive public funds to educate children. In Washington, traditional public schools are run by the Chancellor... >>more
08/10/2016 - 10:17am
If you’re short on garden space but love growing edibles, microgreens may be just what you’ve been looking for. Ditto if you’re a gardener who also wants instant gratification. Nothing tasting this good takes less space, less time, or less effort. Breaking the Rules Capitol Hill garden designer Gary Hallewell enjoys sitting on his Eighth Street rooftop vegetable garden at the end of a long, hot workday, watching his potted beans, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers grow. He even... >>more
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