East of the River

08/12/2017 - 9:12am
The American College of Sports Medicine has ranked DC one of the fittest cities in the nation. But this year, after holding the title for three years, DC was edged out of first place by Minneapolis. The ranking takes into account rates of smoking and cardiovascular disease deaths, consumption of fruits and vegetables, per capita expenditures for parks, and reported physical activities. Our score isn’t because of the influx of summer interns who hit the gyms, pools, and softball fields. It... >>more
07/15/2017 - 9:12am
“[Billie] Holiday (1915-59) is widely recognized as the greatest jazz vocalist of all time, a performer who revolutionized the art of jazz singing in the 1930s and exerted a powerful influence on subsequent vocalists. At her peak from 1935 to 1945, her voice (modelled on those of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith) was a unique blend of vulnerability, innocence and sexuality, attributes that won her a popular following. She had an uncanny ability to recompose well-known tunes as she sang... >>more
07/15/2017 - 9:12am
Another warm summer day is upon us, our flowers are in bloom, our fruits are fruiting, and the mosquitoes are biting as usual. This year like every other has more than just mosquitoes taking a bite out of my sweet treats. Pesky bugs, rodents, and people too are taking a bite or even an armful out of my hard dedication and work. What can we do as gardeners to keep these influences out? Let us first consider the types of pests we often deal with and how to plan and respond once they are sighted.... >>more
07/14/2017 - 10:21am
After half a century, construction has begun on a vacant, eight-acre parcel owned by local real estate developer Joe Horning at the junction of Pomeroy, Elvans, and Stanton roads, overlapping the Hillsdale and Fort Stanton neighborhoods in Southeast. Stanton Square consists of an upper and lower campus. The upper campus at 2375 Elvans Road SE will house a 57,000-square-foot commons, where Martha’s Table and the Community of Hope will locate. It will also provide space for community... >>more
07/13/2017 - 10:12am
A teen makes a call to police. Her mom’s boyfriend tried to stab her. The one before had tried to choke her. She wants a protection order placed on this one, so she goes down to the courthouse alone, only to find her mom there with the boyfriend. She’d like to leave her mom’s house, but she’s 18 and trying to figure out a plan. Worse, her story isn’t unusual. Many of her friends have similar stories. One caught her mom’s boyfriend peeking at her in the shower... >>more
07/13/2017 - 9:12am
Southern Avenue, which divides the District and Maryland, is a hilly thoroughfare that residents have complained for years is plagued by speeders and unsafe intersections. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) now plans to begin upgrading infrastructure and traffic patterns along nearly two miles of the avenue, from South Capitol Street SE to the United Medical Center. Wider sidewalks, new bus bays and stops, and bicycle lanes are among the upgrades planned, unveiled to the community... >>more
07/11/2017 - 10:11am
Walk into any black hair salon on a Saturday morning and you will find creative chaos. Blow driers blasting, sinks with water flowing, hot irons smoking through millions of hair strands in smooth waves. It’s a workshop for sure. And work is the name of the game. There is a great amount of subliminal pressure from the multi-billion-dollar beauty industry that tells women of color that their natural hair and skin aren’t suitable for conventional beauty standards. So, while stylists... >>more
07/11/2017 - 9:12am
We know the stats by now. Three grocery stores for nearly 150,000 residents in Wards 7 and 8. Almost half the food deserts in the District are located in Ward 8. Twenty-six percent of the homes in DC that struggle to put food on the table have children that reside there. Food insecurity is a struggle that faces hundreds of families in DC daily. It’s a problem that has plagued neighborhoods in the east for years. There have been glimpses and whispers of change happening but so far nothing... >>more
07/08/2017 - 10:12am
Ms. Lula had no idea what to do. In her 70s and living on her own, she had no one to help her understand the foreclosure notice the bank had served on her condo in Ward 4. She’d lived there for 25 years. She heard about a legal counsel service for DC residents aged 60 and up and wondered if they could help her. They could. Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) affiliate of AARP, assigned LCE attorney Kerry Diggin to review Ms. Lula’s situation. “At the... >>more