East of the River

04/10/2017 - 10:12am
Shanya Lesane thought she would give law a try as a career after she graduates from Ballou High School (3401 Fourth St. SE) in Ward 8. The 11th-grade student has several family members in the profession and it seemed like a reasonable choice. But she had a chance to participate in the extensive events industry in the heart of DC through a program called EnventU with Ballou’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism. Now she sees her future taking a new path. “Before I knew about EnventU,... >>more
04/10/2017 - 9:10am
As spring hits the District, there are plenty of things we can expect: more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and of course, tourists. And early Aprilwill also bring the release of Mayor Bowser's annual budget, which will help shape the District's spending priorities for the coming year. DC’s economy is generating more tax revenues, which the mayor could use to help meet the needs of a growing city: educating a growing number of students, rebuilding Metro, coping with the loss of... >>more
04/08/2017 - 11:12am
Developers and renovation projects in the District could get financial assistance from the city to prioritize “green” installations through a new bill Mayor Muriel Bowser proposed on March 15. The legislation would establish the nation’s first municipal “green bank.” Mayor Bowser has proposed that the District invest $7 million per year for five years to fund a Green Bank from a transfer of existing and future allotments in the Renewable Energy Development Fund (... >>more
04/08/2017 - 10:12am
On the far southwest side of Ward 8, overlooking the confluence of the Anacostia and the Potomac, and continuing for two miles south looking out over the Potomac all the way to the Naval Research Lab, is a very special place. It is nearly 200 acres of overlooks and forests with the name Shepherd Parkway. The area was originally an important part of the ring of defensive earthen forts built around the time of the Civil War. Remnants of Fort Carroll and Fort Greble are still identified. The... >>more
04/08/2017 - 9:12am
While “statehood” and voting representation in Congress continue to elude residents, in February DC gained a state fish and more authority to protect its natural resources. In signing the Fisheries and Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser granted the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) more authority to protect natural resources, oversee recreational fishing, and increase environmental protections for aquatic life, wetlands, and shorelines.... >>more
03/28/2017 - 3:16pm
Safeway has changed up management and plans to upgrade service after community frustrations bubbled over in March regarding the store’s two Ward 7 operations — 322 40th St. NE and at 2845 Alabama Ave. SE. Residents want store representatives to bring the discussion to the community in a public meeting. Following a March report in the East of the River newspaper that detailed the differences between product choices, cleanliness and amenities in Safeways in other wards and the... >>more
03/18/2017 - 11:26am
Creeping, crawling, feeding under the covers of night. They move in swiftly, only to retreat soon after to the safety of cracks and crevices. They’re called bed bugs. At least two DC Public Schools (DCPS) buildings have reported incidents of bed bugs in the last two months: Savoy Elementary School (2400 Shannon Place SE) and Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. NE). Savoy closed in early February because of the problem. Miner remains open. These two infestations are part of a much larger... >>more
03/18/2017 - 10:10am
“What are you doing there in that dirt? Never seen a sista getting all dirty like that before.” Points at the basil: “What is that? What do you do with it? Is it a weed?”  “No, it’s hibiscus and I use it in salads for its light, sweet yet tart leaves.” Yes, these are among the many questions I’ve been asked as I double dig my little garden plot behind my Deanwood apartment building. I am fortunate because not only can I grow behind my... >>more
03/17/2017 - 10:11am
Honoring Masters Like Melba Liston; Enjoying Women in Jazz “Melba [Liston] had the incredible ability of making musicians sound better through what she wrote for them. That’s the mark of a great arranger,” writes jazz master pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston in his autobiography, “African Rhythms,” written with our own DC Jazz Festival guru Willard Jenkins. “She wrote for Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Gloria Lynne, the Supremes, Bob... >>more