The Hill Rag

02/17/2017 - 10:12am
It is recommended that we humans see the dentist at least once per year. The same can be said for your dog and cat. Dental health is an important aspect of your pet’s overall well-being. We brush several times per day, decreasing the amount of plaque that builds up on our teeth. Our dogs and cats do not have this capability. Ancestral dogs and cats used to have a rougher diet, leading to less build-up, but even they had dental disease. While your pet should be examined by a veterinarian... >>more
02/17/2017 - 9:07am
If you were violently attacked, how would you respond? This question was asked at a class I attended at District Combatives located in District Crossfit on Half Street SW. I thought to myself, “Well, I know I’m in good physical shape, but I also know that’s not enough.” My answer quickly became, “I don’t feel I would be able to get myself out of a sticky situation.” This got me thinking I need to do something about it. Maybe you have been in a violent... >>more
02/16/2017 - 2:59pm
Several Capitol Hill, Union Market and H Street businesses have closed for the day Feb. 16 to support the #DayWithoutImmigrants movement around the country.  In protest of the Trump Administration's crack down on undocumented immigrants, owners of restuarants and businesses who either are immigrants, employ them or support them chose to shut their doors Thursday in solidarity. The intent — show the country what America would look like without immigrants.  Here's a list... >>more
02/16/2017 - 10:15am
Yesterday you had a great workout. You pressed and pulled more weight with perfect form than you ever had on the circuit machines. In fact, you’ve been consistent in getting in your gym workouts all month. However, when you got home that evening you reached into the closet to get a box down. Now your neck hurts. How could that happen? You’re probably not doing enough of the type of exercises that prepare your body to perform your daily activities with ease and efficiency. You’... >>more
02/16/2017 - 9:10am
Let’s Make a Deal! When I was eight years old, my great-grandparents gave me a book entitled “Now You Are 5!” Soon after, I held a yard sale. I really wanted to get rid of that book. A little kid came with his mom, and I went over and asked him how old he was. “Five.” Boy, did I have a book for him! That was my first intentional, pointed sale. The stakes are higher now, of course – houses, not 25-cent-books – but the mindset is the same. Eyes and ears... >>more
02/15/2017 - 8:53pm
Miner Elementary (601 15th St. NE) in Ward 6 recorded at least three cases of bed bugs on students’ clothing Feb. 9, 14 and 15, according to DC Public Schools. "We’re continuing to monitor the situation, but we don’t believe that this is a widespread infestation," said DCPS spokesperson Janae Hinson in an email. The custodians at Miner also trapped several rodents recently and reviewed all protocol for identifying and reporting pests on Feb. 15.  Principal... >>more
02/15/2017 - 10:12am
Capitol Riverfront BID The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) held its Annual Meeting Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Nationals Park to celebrate our ninth year of BID activities and the accomplishments of our Clean Team and public and private partners. Over 250 attendees heard a summary of the BID’s activities over the past year, including new development that is occurring in all four market segments. It was also noted that the civic side of the neighborhood is... >>more
02/15/2017 - 9:10am
Even in the midst of winter there’s plenty to see and do in the neighborhood. Our neighbor to the north, Ivy City, is experiencing a revival of its own with new businesses opening on a frequent basis. Allow me to make a few suggestions of places to visit. Pidzza Serves Pizza with a Turkish Twist Pidzza (, 2000 Hecht Ave. NE), a fast-casual restaurant serving "gourmet pizza with a Turkish flair," opened its doors last month in Ivy City. The name Pidzza comes... >>more
02/14/2017 - 7:52pm
Whole Foods at 600 H St. NE will open its doors on March 15, the Texas-based grocery chain announced Feb. 14.  On the bottom floor of the Apollo mixed-use development, the predominately organic food and prepared foods store will fill about 40,000 square feet and offer fresh produce, meat, seafood and more. It will also include: a cafe section and outdoor patio for "fast casual" dining that will have a hot dog car and will serve alcohol — 16 local draft beers and wine;... >>more