East of the River

06/10/2017 - 10:12am
Petite, bespectacled, with a ready, warm laugh, Ana Recio Harvey could be mistaken for a kindergarten teacher. She is, however, the business muscle in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration and a key element in its vision for a robust local economy. Harvey manages the 50-person, $14 million Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD). The agency has four divisions: certification, affirming through a documentation process that companies are located in the District and giving... >>more
06/10/2017 - 9:12am
Get in the Swim Dive into a Summer of Sharks at National Geographic More than a hundred million sharks are killed each year, primarily for their fins. Award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry has gone to extraordinary lengths to show us why we should not only protect them, but respect and appreciate them as integral species within our ecosystem. The exhibition will include large-scale images, videos, artifacts, models, and interactive experiences—all highlighting Skerry... >>more
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