East of the River

06/19/2017 - 10:12am
Often, when we plan our garden, we focus solely on what we want to get out of it, or at least that’s what I used to do until I realized the benefits of companion planting. Companion planting is the practice of selectively placing certain plant species near (or away) from one another in order to create a beneficial ecosystem for the crops being grown. In my garden, this has brought about more flowers and herbs being grown rather than just beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes ... you name it!... >>more
06/19/2017 - 9:12am
Entrepreneurs seeking support opportunities for their small business in DC can now add two new resources to the list: the Ascend Capital Accelerator and the In3 Incubator. Both programs align with the city’s and Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Pathways to Inclusion plan to support the growth of local businesses and entrepreneurs across the District, especially for minorities, women, and those living in underserved communities. DC’s white households have about 81 times more net worth... >>more
06/17/2017 - 10:12am
From its headquarters at the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, in the heart of Anacostia’s historic downtown, the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) emanates public policy decisions that will unquestionably have a transformative impact on the neighborhood’s near and long-term future. Now into its eighth calendar year of ownership of the “Big K” lot on the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, DHCD has weathered changes... >>more
06/17/2017 - 9:12am
Christina Smith has been through hell. At age 21, she began taking prescription painkillers after suffering from common injuries such as back pain and toothaches. When the prescriptions ran out, she began looking to the streets for relief. A couple of years later, she found it in heroin. Piece by piece, her life began to fall apart. She was hooked on heroin and losing everything else. Employment as a certified nurse assistant, money, friends, and custody of her two sons were gone before she... >>more
06/15/2017 - 10:26am
Residents in Wards 7 and 8 may not need their large meat freezers in the coming years. Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray (D) introduced legislation in the DC Council on May 21 that addresses two issues in the Ward 7 and Ward 8 communities: the ongoing food and retail deserts as well as a lack of a community hospital. This legislation, if passed, could help keep residents from having to go into neighboring Maryland or other wards for basic food and shopping needs. Bill 22-207, the East End... >>more
06/15/2017 - 9:11am
I've been pretty overwhelmed with grief, the past month, over the two-year memorial of the passing of our sister-in-arms Charnice Milton. She was not my blood, but she was my kinfolk. She was my fellow journalist. At times overcome with emotion, I've called Rev. Oliver “OJ” Johnson, my dear and longtime friend. His comforting words for me and all those grieving are to remember that Milton served God and was able to live and follow her dream in becoming a journalist. By the... >>more
06/13/2017 - 10:12am
As commencement ceremonies begin taking place around the city, Kristen Goff reflects on her life up to this point. “After I graduated from my GED program, I was in a lot of internships. It was kind of frustrating because they were so temporary.” Goff is certified in hospitality, but it wasn’t enough to help her gain permanent employment. She found out that AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia was sponsoring a job readiness program from the Department of Employment Services... >>more
06/13/2017 - 9:12am
Gonzalez, Woods, Dunn Help Kick Off East River JAZZFest Thanks to our esteemed impresario Vernard Gray, jazz east of the river returns during the DC Jazz Festival with a lineup of acts celebrating the legacies of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Thelonious Monk – with some spicy Latin jazz for seasoning. Again part of the DC Jazz Festival, Gray's 2017 East River Jazz Fest includes “Jazz from an African-Latin Perspective,” a free event with renowned bassist Pepe... >>more
06/10/2017 - 11:13am
As more and more happens to restore the waters and to attract people to the Anacostia and the lands along it, there are getting to be a number of super places to take the kids, the grandkids, the nieces and nephews, or whatever else you call the young ones following you around. Here are a number of special activities and the most fun places to go on both sides of our river. Yards Park This new waterfront park near the stadium has many attractions and is designed to let the youngsters safely get... >>more