The Hill Rag

06/04/2015 - 1:49pm
“We used to go to Port City Java to sit and talk,” recalled mother Francine Milton. “I happened to be going past one day, and I noticed the Capital Community News (CCN) office nearby. I told Charnice about it and she decided to visit,” she continued. “The next day I was surprised when she told me that she was going to be a reporter for CCN.” I remember that day in early August of 2012. A well-dressed young woman knocked on the door of my office, resume in... >>more
05/30/2016 - 11:12am
On any given beautiful spring day in the last decade, a visit to Tunnicliff Tavern’s patio would find realtor Jackie Von Schlegel holding court from her favorite perch on a back bench. Jackie, as she was known to all, was a larger than life, beautiful, brassy blonde. A born saleswoman, she would flirt with whoever walked in whether two-legged or four. Jackie Felty Von Schlegel was born in eastern Tennessee. After getting a divorce, she came for a visit to the District and never looked... >>more
05/30/2016 - 10:24am
Anyone who's been to a Nationals game and heard a rousing rendition of our National Anthem knows that America is the Land of the Free. If you narrow the search on the Google Map down to our own Capitol Hill, you'll find that we are a paragon of those stirring lyrics. We are the Land of the Free Crap. Walking the streets of the Hill, I'm reminded of a line by the late great Mitch Hedberg, “Whenever I walk, people try to hand me out flyers. And when someone tries to hand me out... >>more
05/30/2016 - 9:30am
The never-ending rain and chill of this past May was unusual for several reasons. One was of course the actual gloom and cold. While it is always fun setting historic records, some of them are harder to live through than others. To stave off madness and homicidal despair, I began taking precautionary measures. I followed a rigorous mood-enhancing regimen which included morning headstands followed by daily application of lipstick. And none of those tasteful, classy, subtle pinks or barely-there... >>more
05/28/2016 - 11:42am
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on May 9. Commissioners Marjorie Lightman (6D01), Stacy Braverman Cloyd (6D02), Roger Moffatt (6D05), Meredith Fascett (6D07), and Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) were present. Vice Chair Rachel Reilly Carroll (6D03) was present for part of the meeting. Chair Andy Litsky (6D04) was absent. A Deputy Mayor Visits Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Brenda Donald visited the commission to discuss Mayor Muriel Bowser’s new budget. She pointed out... >>more
05/28/2016 - 11:42am
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen headlined the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting with an update on his first year in office and the programs he and local commissioners have moved through the DC Council. They include the Books from Birth program, launched in February 2016, which sends a book a month to more than 10,000 DC children ages zero to five; the Made in DC local business marketing brand that passed in April 2016; and the Private Security Camera Rebate Program that passed... >>more
05/28/2016 - 11:42am
Parcel 42 Presentations The city owns the northeast corner of Seventh and R streets NW, which is known as Parcel 42. Five development groups presented project plans to the commissioners that outlined developmental uses for the site. The lot is vacant, and this is the fourth time the city has sent out a request for proposal (RFP) for the site. The commissioners listened to five separate presentations, with plans of ranking them one through five at the end of the meeting and communicating the... >>more
05/28/2016 - 11:42am
The monthly Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) meeting held on April 27 began with a gentle chiding of the market’s landlord representative, Forrest Hayes of the Department of General Services (DGS), as well as the market manager, Barry Margeson, by Chair Donna Scheeder, for not providing the promised written summary of the previous month’s discussion of a proposed five-year business plan. Hayes had agreed to put in writing his vision for member and community... >>more
05/28/2016 - 11:42am
May’s monthly Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) meeting started with a presentation of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s fiscal year 2017 “Fair Shot” budget from Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney Snowden. She highlighted the plans to invest around $5.2 million in workforce development at the University of the District of Columbia and its community college; the renovation investments in Ward 6’s Southwest and Southeast libraries; the $17.3 million to... >>more