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April 17th, 2017

Dear Problem Lady - April 2017

Our new townhouse back yard is entirely unplanted. There is a brick patio at the back door, a nine-foot wood fence around three sides, and nothing. What perennials do you suggest we might plant first?

The Problem Lady loves a tabula rasa, but not if it exists inside the gardener’s own mind! Please stop all planting plans for a few seconds to focus on some questions:

Lyme Disease

Be prepared for an invasion. Not from across the ocean, but from little critters hitching a ride on mice: ticks. Each year the territory of ticks carrying Lyme disease appears to be spreading, and urban and suburban environments are ripe for the reason they spread: mice. While traditionally people have blamed Lyme disease on deer, mice appear to play an even larger role in spreading disease-infected ticks. 

Dan Teich, DVM, is at District Veterinary Hospital, 3748 10th St. NE, Washington, DC 20017; 202-827-1230 and

April 15th

Indoor Gardening with a Wynter Touch!

The Wynter Gardener

Spring is finally upon us! Look out for strawberries, blueberries, and all sorts of delightful springtime favorites later this year. The frost was light and came late, so many of us gardener and farmer types have already planted our early season crops and will be ready to reap shortly.

But what about those of us who just can’t wait for May? Or for us vegans who struggle to keep fresh produce in our diets during the winter months? I am one of those people and I take to indoor gardening to help the winter months slide by with a little more spice.

The New Sport & Health

New Life is injected into the old Results Gym

Walls have been torn down, work stations have been erected, new floors have been laid and new equipment fills the rooms at the Sport & Health Club on G Street SE. “We’ve improved the cardio room, created a beautiful and large mind/body studio, designed a new functional training space and a multi-station functional training cage, and enlarged our weight room on the third floor,” said Chang Yi, general manager. “We’ve also installed new flooring and a mural in the spin room with technologically advanced spin bikes.”

Pattie Cinelli is a holistic personal trainer who also teaches yoga, Pilates and barre classes. She has been writing her health and fitness column for more than 25 years. Email her with fitness questions or story ideas to:

Be Your Own CEO

Let’s Get Physical

Looking for a boutique boxing gym that is friendly and not intimidating? Are you interested in a motivating and fun place to call home for your weekly workouts?

Nuboxx Fitness, Capitol Hill’s new boxing gym, offers a wide range of boxing classes for individuals of all levels and ages. You’ll receive your individualized, heart-pounding workout while focusing on technically sound boxing and training techniques that help you keep in shape and reach your personal health goals.

Stacy Peterson, MS Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine, CNS, CSCS, is a functional nutritionist, holistic health coach, and strength and conditioning coach practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals of all ages on the Hill. She provides an integrative approach critical to everyone’s healthcare and performance team. For recipes, nutrition ideas, and exercise tips sign up for her monthly newsletter at Connect with Stacy by email,,or by calling 805-704-7193 for a free 15-minute consultation to ask questions, and discuss how she can help you achieve your digestion, overall health, and fitness goals.

Jazz Avenues - April 2017

We Appreciate Buck Hill

“[Billy] Hart remembers that Sonny Stitt always asked for Hill to be part of his group when Sonny would come to Washington, much as Milt Jackson has done in the same situation in recent years ... He also played with Gene Ammons ... and Miles ... even when Coltrane was in the band, Dizzy wanted Buck to go on the road with him ..." ―Ira Gitler, liner notes for “SCOPE” with the Buck Hill Quartet, SteepleChase Records, 1979

Steve Monroe is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. He can be reached at or @jazzavenues.

April 14th

Teen Attacks Owner of Frager's Hardware

John Weintraub Was Punched, Robbed April 12 by Eastern Market Metro

A teenager punched and robbed the owner of Frager’s Hardware while he was riding his bicycle on April 12 around 10:20 p.m. The attack happened on D Street SE across from the Eastern Market Metro Station.

John Weintraub, 73, was riding home later than usual after a meeting at Frager’s when a teen ran off the sidewalk on the 700 block of D Street, punched him in the temple and stole his bicycle. The teen fled on the bicycle and a woman who witnessed the event stayed to help Weintraub. He is recovering well.

New Exhibit Shows History and Legacy of St. Elizabeths

With more than 100 unique objects, 200 hundred photographs, documentary films, architectural fragments, and a replica of the Center Building, visitors can walk through the National Building Museum's recently opened exhibit, “Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths, 1852-2017.” It takes you back in time and place.