East of the River

08/19/2017 - 9:12am
In order to get to the heart of America’s substance abuse problem it’s important to know that drug addiction and mental health struggles are not always mutually exclusive. As we search for more holistic ways to address drug addiction, we must include assessment of a person’s mental health to determine what can be done. Peeling back the layers to find the root causes of addiction can be an arduous task because it could mean unearthing mental health challenges as well.... >>more
08/18/2017 - 9:12am
What a wonderful summer it has been! Hot as ever, with long sunny days and a nice cool rain in the afternoon to ease the heat into the night. As the days shorten, subtle influences of fall begin to creep into each dusk and dawn, combining with the sweltering summer heat to make ideal conditions for diseases, mold, and fungi to spread. Throughout each growing season and the lifetime of each crop there are numerous opportunities for diseases to enter a garden. It can be caused by outside... >>more
08/17/2017 - 7:55pm
On Thursday morning Councilmember Vincent Gray (Ward 7-D) conducted unannounced site visits and inspections of two Safeway Grocery Stores located in Ward 7. The Councilmember, who is also Chair of the District Committee on Health, said he had received numerous complaints about the stores, located at East River Park Shopping Center (322 40th Street NE) and Good Hope Marketplace (2845 Alabama Avenue SE). Complaints included poor sanitation, expired dates on product labels, excessively long... >>more
08/17/2017 - 10:12am
Users of the Capitol View Library felt shortchanged this spring by the District’s budget process. Residents hoped that, in a year or two, a gleaming, modernized library would help mark their neighborhood, which is seeing new condos and development projects go up. But after the renovation project’s $10.5 million budget was slashed by more than half, residents asked where the money went. Now some of it is back. A neighborhood group called the Capitol View Library Coalition (CVLC)... >>more
08/17/2017 - 9:12am
Providing Healthy Food Where Government and Business Have Fallen Short People living east of the river exert more effort to obtain healthy food than those living in the rest of the District. A 2016 study by DC Hunger Solutions found that there were two grocery stores in Ward 7 and only one in Ward 8 – a combined three stores serving 164,000 residents. While the District has debated the issue and formed a variety of programs to address it, the problem persists. Tired of waiting for action... >>more
08/15/2017 - 10:12am
Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium opened in 1961 and has been the home for numerous events as well as the District’s major league baseball, football and, currently, the DC United soccer team. But DC United is expected to move to their new stadium in Buzzard Point next year. The time seems opportune for change, and the community has long been eager for the nearly 80 acres of parking lot that surrounds the outdated building to be converted into green or recreational fields. Events DC, the... >>more
08/15/2017 - 9:39am
Tired of waiting for action from District Government, a small group of Anacostia residents has decided to take food access east of the river into their own hands. In March 2016, the Community Grocery Cooperative (CGC) was incorporated by board members Ginia Avery, Clarice Manning and Damian Bascom. Its mission is to provide better access to food and knowledge about health and nutrition as well as a timely process to get these needs addressed. While other wards have ready access to a variety of... >>more
08/15/2017 - 9:12am
A lot has been said about construction of new the Wizards practice basketball facility scheduled to come to the East Campus of St. Elizabeths. The announcement was met with a lot of excitement that a quality development is coming east of the river. Is this good for our community? Let’s see. The development has been dubbed “Bigger than Basketball.” Is it? It can be. Let’s first address the $50 million price tag. That kind of money, many would argue, could be better used... >>more
08/12/2017 - 10:12am
This summer, as the heat index begins to rise, Americans turn to water-based festivities in an attempt to escape the scorching sun. For residents of the District of Columbia, the Anacostia River is beginning to be a favored destination for aquatic pastimes like fishing and kayaking. Once called the “Forgotten River,” the Anacostia is now experiencing a revival owing to developments around the Navy Yards area, the new Anacostia River Trail, and kayak rentals from Diamond Teague Park... >>more