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02/09/2016 - 10:42am
Snowzilla and the Jewish New Year for Trees arrived together this year. This may seem ironic timing –celebrating trees when branches are bare and everything is covered with a thick layer of snow. But the holiday is meant to take place at a point when last year's leaves are long gone and new buds are still weeks away. The challenge is to celebrate future blooms when things look bleakest. This series on worship east of the river has so far explored Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, and... >>more
02/09/2016 - 9:10am
More than a decade ago, a group of young students at the former Davis Elementary School in Ward 7 sat on the set of a local TV station. After two years of prepping for a chance to compete on the station’s “It’s Elementary” quiz show, the group won a chance to compete against a Montgomery County, Md. school. With the help of their teacher LeGrande Baldwin, the team took on the game. The Davis students didn’t expect to win — the Montgomery County school held a... >>more
02/08/2016 - 10:12am
African American History Month in 2016 marks the first time in over 60 years that visitors to Shaw will be able to sit down with Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History, in the neighborhood he called home. He’ll be waiting for you every day on a tall, rounded stone bench in the triangle park at Rhode Island Avenue, NW at Ninth and Q Streets. You can sit beside him and watch the traffic and pedestrians go by. You can put your hand on his and run your hands over his books on the... >>more
02/06/2016 - 10:42am
Jim Foster is starting his seventh year as the president of the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS). We had a long talk the other day at the society’s DC Office – a couple of houseboats moored at one of the historic Anacostia marinas above the 11th Street Bridge. The idea was to get his thinking on where we are on the river’s restoration. Foster has a friendly, almost jovial manner, but there is a fierce sense of commitment to the river not far below the surface. He is a city... >>more
02/06/2016 - 10:10am
Update: Property managers and developers decide on hiring and project plans for Bowen Flats. DCHFA acts solely as a source of funding.  A new three-story, 41-unit housing development set for construction in Ward 8 is designed to bring more quality, affordable housing to the historical Anacostia community. At the end of 2015, the DC Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) closed a deal to help fund $6.6 million in tax-exempt bonds for the $13.5 million project headed by developer Neighborhood... >>more
02/06/2016 - 9:52am
DC Attorney General Karl Racine has decided to use the local court system to rescue tenants suffering poorly performing landlords. He filed a lawsuit against the owners of four apartment buildings on Alabama Ave. SE in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Ward 8, charging “a pattern of neglect” that included maintaining premises with “vermin or rat infestation, filth or contamination, inadequate ventilation, illumination, sanitary, heating or life safety facilities,... >>more
02/05/2016 - 7:00pm
Improving Through Improv The Unified Scene Theater (TUST) is an improv and sketch comedy theater in the heart of Bloomingdale. Founders Kathy Baird Westfall and Shawn Westfall are helping improv students get out of their comfort zones, improve their communication skills, and build a sense of community and collaboration. “A lot of students signing up for improv are looking to improve presentation skills, become better listeners, learn team-building skills and be more comfortable on the... >>more
02/05/2016 - 7:00pm
Improving Through Improv The Unified Scene Theater (TUST) is an improv and sketch comedy theater in the heart of Bloomingdale. Founders Kathy Baird Westfall and Shawn Westfall are helping improv students get out of their comfort zones, improve their communication skills, and build a sense of community and collaboration. “A lot of students signing up for improv are looking to improve presentation skills, become better listeners, learn team-building skills and be more comfortable on the... >>more
02/05/2016 - 12:05pm
As we welcome Heart Health month we look at ways to keep the "old ticker" healthy. Heart disease in the District is very serious business. In 2010, heart disease was the cause of 28% of the total deaths in the city making it the number one cause of death. Poor diet, stress and lack of exercise are well-known causes of cardiovascular disease. But there are others that are often overlooked. Depression Mental health experts and physicians agree that your mental health can greatly affect... >>more
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