East of the River

02/04/2016 - 8:13pm
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
02/08/2016 - 7:46pm
In response to the growing problem of bullying, which sometimes leads to truancy, failing grades and even suicidal thoughts, local not-for-profit organization, Do The Write Thing of DC (DTWT), has developed an anti-bullying program that is currently being implemented in a public charter school. DTWT has published two books to encourage youth to pledge not to bully others--Be A Superhero by Saying No To Bullying (third to fifth graders) and Stand Up Against Bullying Like a Superhero (Pre-K to... >>more
02/08/2016 - 3:29pm
On Sunday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrate Women’s History Month by helping the National Museum of Women in the Arts improve Wikipedia. The museum's fourth annual edit-a-thon focuses on improving articles related to notable women artists and art-world figures. Training for new editors and refreshments will be provided. Attendees should bring a laptop, power cord and photo ID. Registration required. For a schedule and more information, visit nmwa.org/events/wikipedia-edit-thon-... >>more
02/08/2016 - 3:17pm
The United Negro College Fund Mayor's Masked Ball is on Saturday, March 6, 6 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. The UNCF Washington Mayor’s Masked Ball raises funds to support scholarships and programs for the nearly 4,000 students from the greater Washington, DC area who attend UNCF-member institutions and colleges across the nation. uncf.org. >>more
02/08/2016 - 10:42am
“Jazz Singers” Exhibition Opens at Library of Congress. Feb. 11 to July 23. The exhibition will offer perspectives on the art of vocal jazz, featuring singers and song stylists from the 1920s to the present. Performing Arts Reading Room Foyer on the first level of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. loc.gov 1966: Civil Rights at 50 at Newseum. Through Jan. 2, 2017, 9 AM to 5 PM, daily. Explore milestone civil rights events of 1966, including the rise of the... >>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
02/08/2016 - 9:42am
I fell out of love with Black History Month, as a separate event, decades ago.  I make that confession not to cast aspersion on famed scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson, who created Negro History Week. Actually, I celebrated the fact that last year the National Park Service, spurred by District residents in the Shaw neighborhood, including Alexander Padro, dedicated a $1 million memorial park in Woodson’s honor, replete with a bronze sculpture. His former Ninth Street NW home... >>more
02/08/2016 - 9:10am
Black no more?  I was always curious about the Africans who saw that first European boat “swimming” off the coast of their neighborhood. Was the sky that day a lovely blue? Going back just a few years here in DC I thought the first white jogger might have been mistaken for a missionary. Even now I’ve been told one can detect the signs of global warming by listening to new arrivants to the city trying to decide what to wear two days in a row. Is climate change another way... >>more
02/08/2016 - 8:56am
Trayon White will file paperwork and pickup petitions today to run for the Ward 8 council seat. In a crowded field of candidates, White came within 78 votes of wining the special election in 2015. “Ward 8 residents lack adequate representation at City Hall. Trayon White, who has a proven track record of accomplishments in Ward 8, will run on a platform of improving the quality of education for our young people, reducing crime, creating jobs and facilitating an environment for economic... >>more