East of the River

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
05/06/2016 - 10:48am
Light blue and yellow political posters cluster in the front yard of the Greater Tyson Temple Church on 31st Street SE, signaling to passersby that a campaign event may be in progress. Actually, it’s the third in a series of town hall meetings featuring the man who is at once former mayor and former chairman of the DC Council. Vincent C. Gray has returned to the ward that launched his career to reclaim the title of Ward 7 councilmember. Inside the church a sprinkling of folks awaits his... >>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
05/26/2016 - 5:28pm
The District Department of Transportation has announced that traffic control plans (TCPs) for occupancy permits at construction staging areas are available for viewing online. DDOT is publishing this information in an open data format through the Transportation Online Permitting System (TOPS). Through TOPS, residents are now able to download TCPs and any permit issued by DDOT. To view TCPs for construction staging events, users must search for occupancy permits. The TCPs outline the portions of... >>more
05/25/2016 - 9:35am
George Washington’s Mount Vernon is taking a significant step to share new knowledge about the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked at the estate during Washington’s time by mounting a ground-breaking new exhibition. Opening Oct. 1, 2016, Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon explores the personal stories of these men and women while providing insight into George Washington’s evolving opposition to slavery.   Through... >>more
05/25/2016 - 9:26am
The Office of the Attorney General has filed a consumer-protection lawsuit in DC Superior Court against Florida-based Student Aid Center, Inc., and the company’s owners, Ramiro Fernandez-Moris and Damien Alvarez, for scamming consumers. OAG’s suit alleges that Student Aid Center and its owners unlawfully marketed student debt relief services to consumers in the District of Columbia--including services which Student Aid Center charged for, but which the consumers could have obtained... >>more
05/11/2016 - 1:29pm
Residents of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area are cautioned to be aware of a phishing scam to collect money from past due tickets. With this scam, customers receive an email that has “Notice of Overdue Parking Violation(s)” in the subject line. In the email, customers are asked to pay the past due fines and a late fee immediately with the threat of their vehicle being impounded; then, they are directed to a dot com website. DC DMV contacts customers via email if they have... >>more
05/11/2016 - 11:09am
Last month my cousin, who is in her 50s, told me that she has been doing resistance training for the past six weeks for her lower body. She has been swimming, biking and walking for years. She said, “Now I know why you have no aches and pains – you are fit and strong!” My cousin felt the difference strength training could make for her, an active woman who has begun to feel the effects of living more than a half a century even though she has been a regular exerciser most of her... >>more
05/11/2016 - 10:18am
You may be quite willing to plan an investment strategy for your retirement years. After all, it can be enjoyable to think about traveling the world, pursuing your hobbies or participating in any of the activities you’ve associated with an active retirement. However, once you do retire, you’ll need to “shift gears” somewhat to focus on your legacy. Specifically, to protect your loved ones and ensure your intentions are clear and carried out, you’ll need to do some... >>more