The Hill Rag

05/23/2017 - 8:01pm
Sewage spilled into a kitchen area at the Capitol Hill Montessori @Logan (215 G St. NE) on May 23. The Department of General Services (DGS) worked on repairs to the situation throughout the day. But this comes as another example of why parents have called on the Mayor’s Office for years to put the school on the modernization list. DGS came across lead in water at the school about a year ago; it received funds in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to replace the heating and cooling HVAC system... >>more
05/23/2017 - 7:38pm
A man was fatally stabbed on the 1100 block of K Street SE on May 22 around 5:08 p.m. Whitney Jones, 31 of Riverdale, Md., was found stabbed by police on the block. No suspects have been arrested at this time. In Other News At 9 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1100 block of Fourth Street SW on charges of Shoplifting. At 1 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1100 block of New Jersey Avenue SE on charges of Shoplifting. At 12:45 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1000 block of 17th Street NE on... >>more
05/23/2017 - 9:12am
I oversee the maintenance at a local private garden. For the past two springs, the multitude of daffodils planted in 2012 have not flowered well – lots of buds, but most dry up before blooming. My own daffodils and others all over the Hill bloomed profusely. What is the problem? Soil? Crowding? We did have hot weather in January, followed by hard freezes – but as you say, your own daffs bloomed well. Moisture has been similarly sporadic – first months of drought, then rains.... >>more
05/23/2017 - 9:12am
CFLs, LEDs, lumens, and Kelvins. The simple process of buying a lightbulb seems to have become a lot more complicated in recent years. Fortunately the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU; www.dcseu.com) is around to demystify this terminology and provide deep discounts for energy-saving home lighting. Energy-efficient Energy Star light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs are now available for as low as 95 cents from select retailers around DC, with a limit of 12 LED bulbs per residential... >>more
05/23/2017 - 8:37am
Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A voted unanimously  at its May meeting to send a letter to Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) opposing the appeal of the owners of 1511 A St. NE (BZA #19505) . The appeal is regarding the rejection of their permits to create an 18-unit apartment building in a residential neighborhood. ANC 6A and community members continue to spearhead long-running litigation before the BZA to fix an incorrect "C-2-A" commercial zoning determination that had... >>more
05/22/2017 - 10:12am
Spring can be a bit overwhelming, especially in the life of a gardener. Early season garden tasks can become prodigious even for the best of us. Then there is the pace we must keep to make sure our garden is perfect. There is never enough time for all those springtime chores. It is always hurry and rush. As if this were not enough to throw you off your A game, spring has a tantalizingly wicked sense of humor. In March and April spring unfolds, no, explodes, with showmanship that even a... >>more
05/22/2017 - 10:12am
Spring can be a bit overwhelming, especially in the life of a gardener. Early season garden tasks can become prodigious even for the best of us. Then there is the pace we must keep to make sure our garden is perfect. There is never enough time for all those springtime chores. It is always hurry and rush. As if this were not enough to throw you off your A game, spring has a tantalizingly wicked sense of humor. In March and April spring unfolds, no, explodes, with showmanship that even a... >>more
05/22/2017 - 9:12am
On April 18, 2017, Matthew McClanahan was killed on the US Capitol grounds when a large portion of a tree fell on him. Roads around First Street and Independence Avenue were closed for hours as the branches were removed and the tree was inspected by staff of the Architect of the Capitol. Had this happened during a thunderstorm it might not have been so surprising, but the tree went down on a lovely spring morning. Big trees contribute so much to our Capitol Hill neighborhood. They seem to take... >>more
05/20/2017 - 11:28am
Spring is in the air. Winter has turned from a persistent gray to an emerging green. As the temperatures warm, we all begin to stir, as do mosquitoes and their parasites. We veterinarians stress the importance of using heartworm preventives, but few clients know the lifecycle and basics about this preventable, potentially deadly disease.  Heartworm disease is caused by foot-long worms that live within the right side of the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of affected pets,... >>more