The Hill Rag

02/06/2017 - 1:42pm
Have your family join children around the country in learning about the U.S. Bill of Rights through the National Education Project's fifth annual National Read-Along of the Bill of Rights Over the Internet. Though the read-a-long isn't scheduled until Dec. 15, 2017, you can print out the Bill of Rights, have your child sign it and put a small photo to show that they represent "We the people" of the Constitution and the United States.  You can find a copy of the Bill... >>more
02/02/2017 - 1:19pm
On any given evening you could always find Bill Phillips in Garfield Park accompanied by a St. Bernard. I often encountered him as I walked home after a day at the Hill Rag. As we watched our dogs play, Bill and I would talk about the neighborhood, the city, and national politics. In an age when many of our titans of industry exhibit an Olympian disdain for the less fortunate, his comments always combined business acumen and a strong dose of civic responsibility, leavened with a wickedly dry,... >>more
02/23/2017 - 12:00am
Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) encourages individuals and families in the District of Columbia to take advantage of trusted and high-quality free tax preparation services offered for-the-benefit of low- and moderate-income DC residents in all 8 wards and online. DC residents who in 2016 earned $54,000 or less (with dependents) or $35,000 or less (without dependents) are eligible for in-person free income tax preparation services. These services are provided by IRS-certified community... >>more
02/22/2017 - 4:23pm
Seeing spots? Find the dot work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama around Southwest, a project timed with Kusama’s display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW), which opens Feb. 23. The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) coordinated the project and placed dot patterns on walls, sidewalks and jersey barriers at the L’Enfant Metro Station, along Seventh Street SW by the Wilbur Wright Building and outside the Hirshhorn. The... >>more
02/22/2017 - 10:02am
Police officers patrolling areas known for car break-ins found several car doors unlocked and valuable items clearly visible through the windows last week. The officers are trying to curb crime like theft from cars, but need residents to be proactive about protecting their belongings. Please lock your cars and take out any items that a thief might want to steal. In Other News At 12:01 a.m., police arrested a woman on the 1300 block of K Street SE on charges of Aggravated Assault on a Police... >>more
02/21/2017 - 1:00pm
Student engineers at Payne Elementary School (1445 C St. SE) needs help funding a trip for the school’s Robotics Club to the VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, K.Y. The award-winning club needs at least $7,845 to fund the transportation, the registration fees, the room and board fees and a new robotics kit for the competition April 23-25. The Payne Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has set up a Go Fund Me for the trip here. The PTA is a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit and can take... >>more
02/21/2017 - 12:31pm
The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) has extended the innovative work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from the inside of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the streets of Southwest DC. Kusama’s signature dot pattern can be found blanketing the walls and sidewalks surrounding the L’Enfant Metro Station at Seventh and Maryland Ave. SW, the jersey barriers that line the Seventh St. SW perimeter of the Wilbur Wright Building, and outside the Hirshhorn museum... >>more
02/18/2017 - 10:30am
Two local entrepreneurs now offer gardening help to residents of the Hill and beyond: Laurie Gillman, owner of East City Bookshop, and Amanda McClean, co-owner of Izel Native Plants. Both businesses opened fairly recently and each one integrates the best practices of analog and digital worlds in refreshing and contemporary ways.  East City Bookshop On a recent shopping trip, I stopped into East City Bookshop at 645 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, and was thrilled to discover the largest... >>more
02/18/2017 - 9:12am
We forgot to prune our beautiful lacecap hydrangeas and are now wondering whether we should still do it this late. Or have we missed the boat as far as expecting any beautiful flat blue blooms in 2017? I always get lacecaps mixed up in my mind with the snowball and oak leaf varieties of hydrangea. You are not the only one. Some hydrangeas can be cut back anytime because they bloom on “new” (this year’s) wood. But a lacecap blooms on “old” wood. Its buds are already... >>more