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May 26th, 2017

Commemorate Memorial Day with Poppy Flowers

The Capitol Hill American Legion Auxiliary Will Hand the Flowers Out May 27

Help commemorate Memorial Day and remember veterans this weekend with crepe paper poppy flowers from the Capitol Hill American Legion Auxiliary. The women of the auxiliary will offer the poppies in exchange for a donation on May 27 at Eastern Market along Seventh Street SE.

Stores and other supporters of the Poppy Drive will put out donation collecting cans, some at Radici Market (303 Seventh St. SE), at the American Legion Post 8 on the corner of Third and D Streets SE and others. The funds will go to support DC Veterans’ Creative Arts Festival in November.

Brent’s Brilliant Birds

An intersection of art and science at Hill Center

There’s a flash of beak and a flick of the wing at Hill Center where third grade students at Brent Elementary School (301 North Carolina Ave. SE) have created a delightful aviary on the walls of the Young Artists Gallery.

Eastern HS Students Tour GWU with Serve Your City

Serve Your City (SYC), a Capitol Hill-based nonprofit organization and its George Washington University student chapter, Serve Your City-GWU, recently hosted 12 youth from Eastern High School on a tour of the campus. For many of the youth it was the first opportunity to spend time on a college campus.

May 25th

Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Beating Near Union Station

The Incident Took Place in October 2016

The 56-year-old man arrested for assaulting a man, who later died, outside of Union Station in October 2016 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on May 24, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office in DC.

Victor Purdie of Southeast DC was arrested and charged originally for second-degree murder after he repeatedly kicked and punched Richard Lewis, 57, on Oct. 2 around 2:30 a.m. Lewis didn’t regain consciousness and eventually died of his injuries on Jan. 6.

The Wharf For All Income Levels

Apartment Rentals Begin This Month

There soon will be exciting residential rental opportunities at The Wharf. Leasing begins in late-May and move-ins start in August for the two new apartment buildings, Incanto and The Channel.  

There will be a lottery held on June 22 to select candidates for the Affordable and Workforce units.  People interested to apply must sign up by JUNE 16.

H Street Life - May 2017

Spring can be an elusive and short-lived season in the District. It is undeniably a time of fresh growth, but also a time of metamorphosis and rebirth. Along the H Street NE Corridor new restaurants sprout and bloom, a local pet business prunes the branch of its retail operations to redirect vigorous growth into providing services, and a holiday tradition with echoes of a fertility festival finds a home.

Metro Mutts Closing Shop to Expand Pet Service Offerings

For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street NE, visit my blog at You can send me tips or questions at

Volunteering on the Hill: A Wider Circle

Three dozen organizations participated in the Capitol Hill Volunteer Fair held at the Hill Center on April 29. While some focus their work solely on Capitol Hill, others have broader coverage, often for the greater DC area, while also serving Capitol Hill’s population. One of these organizations is A Wider Circle, a nonprofit founded in 2001 by Dr. Mark Bergel that focuses on helping low-income households, especially with donated furniture.

Quentin Wodon is president of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at the Dubliner on F Street. To contact Quentin or learn more about the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill Pro Bono Initiative, please send him an email through the Contact Me page of his blog at  

May 24th

Eastern Market Metro Area Could Get a Facelift

The City Council Votes on Funds for the Project on May 30

Eastern Market Metro Park could get $4.5 million in funds to start planning in the fiscal year 2018 budget, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) announced May 24.

The City Council will vote on the final FY18 budget on May 30. The Committee on Transportation and the Environment, chaired by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh (D), voted to support the funds.

“Right now, the Eastern Market Metro Park is a place people walk through – but I want it to be a place that people walk to,” Allen said in a statement.