The Hill Rag

07/21/2017 - 12:17pm
Ryan Smith, Head Coach of the Phil and Jeanne Nationals in the Capitol Hill Little League (CHLL), won the Smoothie King Coach of the Year Award for his commitment to the kids and service to CHLL. He was chosen amongst more than 92 other coaches and received 43 votes, making him the clear favorite in the CHLL community. The award was presented Saturday July 15 at a Smoothie King store in Northwest. The award is sponsored by Leagueside and Smoothie King. A Nationals dad said that “Coach... >>more
07/21/2017 - 12:07pm
At about 10:51 p.m. Thursday night, police responded to a call reporting shots in the 1000 block of 17th Street NE. Police found 26 year-old Marcus Andrews Stephens in the alley behind 1010 17th St. NE. He was unconscious and not breathing, and had been shot in the chest, upper arms, hip, buttock and head. He was transferred to hospital, where he was pronounced dead about half an hour later. No arrests have been made. Police are investigating. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers... >>more
07/20/2017 - 12:57pm
This week is Ward 6 week! Join Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) for a week's worth of events showcasing the things that make Ward 6 an incredible place. From Monday, July 24 through Sunday, July 30, residents of the ward are invited to check out a variety of great events and see all that Ward 6 has to offer. Many events are free and only require an RSVP to participate. Monday morning, at 11 a.m., Councilmember Allen will read a story during a special storytime at the Southeast Library... >>more
07/20/2017 - 12:46pm
The families and children of the Capitol Hill non-profit organization Home Do will set up a lemonade stand on Sunday July 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in front of 717 North Carolina Ave. SE, just a block east of Eastern Market. The profits will go to support the work of Home Do founder Dong Kim, known by Capitol Hill children as Master Dong, in his work helping Syrian refugees. Dong’s and his work were the subject of a profile in the June issue of the Hill Rag. In 1996, Dong established a not-for... >>more
07/20/2017 - 11:12am
As every residential garden designer knows, a homeowner’s pets are your clients too. Pets’ well-being, habits, quirks, and age need to be taken into account to arrive at an attractive and sustainable garden solution that works for humans, pets, and plants. Dogs and cats are the most common household pets, so today let’s focus on them. While these two types of four-legged friends may seem very different, they have many garden requirements in common. They need to be kept... >>more
07/20/2017 - 10:12am
Recently, with all the talk about how our garden practices may be harming bees and pollinating insects, the discussion of beneficial insects has again become a hot topic. Products on the market address many areas of insect infestation: Beneficial nematodes that can prevent insects in the soil that are harmful to plant roots or to the plants themselves. Snails that can stop harmful garden snails. Mealybug control. Aphids and other common chewing garden pests. As we become increasingly... >>more
07/20/2017 - 9:12am
Can I grow a knockout rose in a pot? As Jim Shelar, a master of gardening in pots, so succinctly puts it, “What have you got to lose by trying?” You can wheel the pot into a sunny place – and move it around to follow the sun.   I am crazy about heliotrope, but every part of it is poisonous. Also, it is only an annual. Is there any warmer hardiness zone in which it is a perennial? If yes, I’ll try to move there! You’ll be moving to Hardiness Zone 12, somewhere... >>more
07/19/2017 - 10:12am
Here on Capitol Hill the vast majority of roofs are flat. Flat roofs are common to commercial buildings, but residential flat roofs are rare except in historic urban areas such as Capitol Hill. There are several different types of flat roof systems, but across the board, a handful of issues make up the most common problems found on flat roofs. Often the shared ownership of demising parapet walls between neighbors creates a challenge in the coordination required to properly build a new roof... >>more
07/19/2017 - 10:05am
The Bi-Annual Membership Meeting of the Ward 6 Democrats will take place Saturday July 22nd from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northeast Library (330 Seventh Street NE). Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilmember Charles Allen will attend the meeting, along with other elected officials. The nomination and election of all officers will take place at the meeting, including those for President, 1st 2nd and 3rd Vice Presidents, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer. Terms last for... >>more