East of the River

05/25/2017 - 9:12am
There soon will be exciting residential rental opportunities at The Wharf. Leasing begins in late-May and move-ins start in August for the two new apartment buildings, Incanto and The Channel.   There will be a lottery held on June 22 to select candidates for the Affordable and Workforce units.  People interested to apply must sign up by JUNE 16. For those interested, go to wharfdc.com, click “Residences,” then visit one or both buildings’ websites (www.dcchannel.com... >>more
05/24/2017 - 9:12am
As we prepare our land and plan our gardens, we often rip up everything we see. “Everything that grows must go!” used to be my motto until I learned about edible weeds. We can spare our backs, pharmacists, and pocketbooks by learning how to identify and use the plants that are already growing in our yard. Clover, burdock, and plantains (not the banana, but that is good too) are common edibles with medicinal qualities. Walking throughout Deanwood and the greater east of the river... >>more
05/23/2017 - 10:12am
On a slow and quiet Sunday morning in the heart of Anacostia, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. echo and ricochet up and down the avenue bearing his name. His powerful voice of protest, with its rhythmic cadence, emanates from the speakers of the independent station at 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. WeAct Radio celebrated its fifth anniversary this past month. With five years of continuous operation and recent recognition from local media, Kymone Freeman’s brainchild can no... >>more
05/23/2017 - 9:12am
Scott, Ndegeocello, Chestnut Head May Jazz Jams April showers have given way to May flowers, and jazz is blooming this month with a swinging variety of artists. Saxophonist Herb Scott, founder of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, leads a group on May 12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Vocalist and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, the multi-talented, multi-genre performer, presents the concert “Pour Ame Souveraine, A Dedication to Nina Simone” on May 13 at the Crossroads Club at the... >>more
05/22/2017 - 12:55pm
With Memorial Day coming up how good to hear that “poppies” are being revived. Decades ago the custom of wearing a poppy, to remember the fallen, was prolific. For some reason the tradition, more-or-less, fell by the way side. But now the Women of Capitol Hill’s American Legion Auxiliary are going all out to make it easy to wear the symbol of remembrance that started after World War I. The poppy was chosen because the Belgian battle-field of Flanders Field was, and still is,... >>more
05/22/2017 - 9:15am
A group of young men crowd around a lab counter in a plumbing training workshop. It’s about an hour before noon on a Friday, and they’re studying the craft with their professional plumbing instructor, Sami Nuriddin, at the Potomac Job Corps Center campus in Southwest DC. Two in the group volunteer to lead a tour of the back workshop, so they grab their hardhats and unlock the heavy metal door. Johnnie Bentson, a 20-year-old from Norfolk, Va., explains how they use the staged... >>more
05/22/2017 - 9:12am
Two summers ago, 11-year-old Tamyra Proctor walked down Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and peered through the window of a vacant commercial property. She noticed activity inside and two people hard at work. Without hesitating she knocked on the front door to inquire what was going on. On a recent Sunday afternoon visit to Capital City Creamery in the heart of Congress Heights, Proctor was hanging out, patiently waiting for her moment to ask for a birthday ice cream cone. She had just turned 13... >>more
05/19/2017 - 10:11am
Francel Bellinger started working on a quilt for the Capitol View Library (CVL) in Ward 7 in the fall of 2016. She wanted children who use the library to share, on the fabric squares, reasons why they love it so much, because when she was their age she went before the US Congress and shared just that – why her neighborhood needed Capitol View. The squares read: “I like when it’s quiet.” “Time to myself.” “The library is a safe place to let my... >>more
05/19/2017 - 9:12am
Six historic but blighted houses in Ward 8’s Anacostia will go to two nonprofit developers, defying legislation passed by DC early in 2017. The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) awarded the District-owned lots to developers Mi Casa and Development Corporation of Columbia Heights (DCCH) on April 11. The homes have for several years remained vacant and deteriorating, which has frustrated neighbors and local representatives who asked DHCD to fix or sell them. Despite... >>more