East of the River

01/17/2017 - 10:02am
Kristie Edwards of Randle Highlands Elementary School (1650 30th St. SE) Serving the whole student means more than teaching language, math, and science; it means helping students who might need help outside of the classroom or with problems stopping them from succeeding at the highest level. Kristie Edwards, the new interim principal at Randle Highlands Elementary School (1650 30th St. SE), believes that helping students succeed happens both inside and outside of the classroom. Using her... >>more
01/17/2017 - 9:10am
A DC housing agency clashed with the DC Council again in December over how to handle a number of blighted properties in Ward 8’s Historic Anacostia. The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) put out a call on Nov. 29 for bids on six District-owned properties in dire condition in Anacostia. This goes against the Council’s legislation that allows for four of those properties to transfer ownership to the L’Enfant Trust for rehabilitation. The law passed, 13-0... >>more
01/14/2017 - 11:24am
Mold. If you’re a homeowner or landlord, it’s not a word you want to hear.  Yet in older homes mold can be quite common. Dan Davis, owner/operator of AdvantaCleanhere in the District, notes, “In DC, and specifically the Hill, most mold issues that I see are in basements. Older homes tend to have leaky foundations. Over time, structures settle, materials degrade, and tree roots push through cracks and enlarge them. Moisture finds its way inside, and wood, drywall, and... >>more
01/14/2017 - 10:13am
The District’s affordable housing crisis is threatening the very foundation of thousands of DC families. More and more of the city’s lowest-income residents now spend half or more – even 80 percent – of their income to keep a roof overhead, with damaging ripple effects in their lives. When families are at risk of eviction, or cannot afford to fill the fridge or even bus fare because nearly everything goes to rent, the chances of getting ahead are slim. The disappearance... >>more
01/14/2017 - 9:12am
The DC Council’s new committee structure could mean Mayor Muriel Bowser’s next two years will be as challenging as the last two – except she won’t have several allies to help soften the blow of an increasingly emboldened legislature filled with deep-blue progressives and antagonists, chiefly her predecessor Vincent C. Gray. “One thing is certain, the mayor is going to have a hard time,” said Greg Rhett, a Ward 7 resident active in local politics and civic... >>more
01/13/2017 - 9:23am
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, Dr. Gladys Whitworth Bray passed away. Dr. Bray was the Executive Director of the East of the River Boys and Girls Steel Band.   She is survived by her great-nieces, Meka (Darshkin) Burch and Bianca (Brandon) Albright; devoted adopted son, Albert Strong, IV; and a host of other relatives and friends.   Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 950 File St., Winston Salem, NC, with Rev. Dr. Serenus T.... >>more
01/13/2017 - 12:00am
Goodwill of Greater Washington has launched a pilot program that allows donors to mail their donations to Goodwill through the US Postal Service – for free. All donors need to do is place their donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories into any box, visit DCGoodwill.org to schedule a pick-up through the US Postal Service, print and affix a mailing label to the box and place it on their front porch for pick up. Upon receipt, Goodwill will email the donor an IRS compliant donation... >>more
01/12/2017 - 5:37pm
The season, which gets under way with the team's home opener against Sporting Kansas City on March 4 at 7 PM, will be the Black-and-Red's final year at RFK before moving into their new home in Buzzard Point in 2018. Season tickets for 2017 are still available. Single game tickets for all matches will go on sale at a future date.   Here's the home schedule: March 4, Sporting Kansas City; March 18, Columbus Crew SC; April 1, Philadelphia Union; April 8, New York City FC; May 6,... >>more
12/19/2016 - 9:11am
Merry, Merry Jazz for All, All Over Merry, merry musical treats featuring an all-star group of entertainers highlight offerings for December in all sections of the city, from the cozy Jazz and Cultural Society in Northeast to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest, and to The Brixton and the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, and Twins Jazz in Northwest. One vintage act to catch is the inimitable Freddy Cole, vocalist and master pianist, at Blues Alley, Dec. 15-18. Trumpeter Thad Wilson has a... >>more