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March 13th, 2017

If You Like Pina Colada Shop …

Insatiable

… and Getting Caught in 70° February Weather

“Hey, I’m trying out this new restaurant at T and 14th for Insatiable. Are you free for dinner tonight?”

“Sure! As long as we get to sit outside.”

Definitely a text exchange I expected to have in February. My pun game is clearly on point with that header. The good news for my friend and me was that 14th Street’s newest restaurant, Colada Shop, has a spacious patio that makes for excellent people-watching.

Max Moline is a communications specialist living in DC. He frequents Nationals Park and enjoys writing about food as much as he does eating it. He’s always looking for new places to try. Rooftops and cigar lounges are a plus! Get in touch: molinecommunications@gmail.com; @MaxMoline425.

March 11th

Dear Problem Lady - March 2017

How hot does it get in DC in the summer? It’s already been such a hot winter.

Welcome, stranger! DC temperatures can exceed 100 degrees F for days on end. Remember how 19th-century denizens simply fled “the swamp” every summer – to Cleveland Park or New England – long before Mr. Trump planned to “drain” it. Summers here can also be rainless. Do find flowers in the “drought tolerant” category.

Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of Anacostia Park

Our River: The Anacostia

For nearly all of us, the closest open space and encounter with nature is the park land along our Anacostia River. Now we can all help plan the future look and appeal of that space, because the National Park Service has the Anacostia Park Management Plan and Environmental Assessment open for comment by March 18.

Bill Matuszeski writes monthly about the Anacostia River. He is the retired director of the Chesapeake Bay Program, a DC member of the Citizens Advisory Committee on the Anacostia River, and a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia River.

Beware the Tiny Hitchhikers

How to Handle Bed Bug Infestations

Creeping, crawling, feeding under the covers of night. They move in swiftly, only to retreat soon after to the safety of cracks and crevices. They’re called bed bugs.

At least two DC Public Schools (DCPS) buildings have reported incidents of bed bugs in the last two months: Savoy Elementary School (2400 Shannon Place SE) and Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. NE). Savoy closed in early February because of the problem. Miner remains open.

Building Public Policy and Political Platforms

District Beat

After agreeing to divvy up the prime real estate of committee chairmanships, DC Councilmembers have begun identifying their top public policy priorities. As a group they are famous – infamous even – for introducing excessive numbers of legislative proposals.

Jonetta Rose Barras, an author and freelance journalist, blogs at jonettarosebarras.com.

Building Public Policy and Political Platforms

District Beat

After agreeing to divvy up the prime real estate of committee chairmanships, DC Councilmembers have begun identifying their top public policy priorities. As a group they are famous – infamous even – for introducing excessive numbers of legislative proposals.

Jonetta Rose Barras, an author and freelance journalist, blogs at jonettarosebarras.com.

Plans for the Shores of the Anacostia

Former Mayor Anthony Williams, one of the most prominent visionaries for the river flowing through Washington, DC, began the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative(AWI) in 2000 to create a world-class waterfront through a cleaner river, new parks and recreational facilities, job-creating commercial centers, revitalized residential neighborhoods, and multimodal transportation options.

The New Climate Challenges in Our Washington Gardens

Garden Spot

Over the past decade spring has been anything but predictable. How does an avid gardener adjust? This new, unpredictable climate seems to be the norm. How do we as gardeners decide what to plant and when to plant it? Do we dig everything up and create a Colorado-inspired rock garden? Do we make weekly trips to the garden center to buy plants only to have them freeze, fry, or die because they have come from a warm cozy greenhouse into a volatile climate? 

Derek Thomas, principal of Thomas Landscapes, is an accomplished garden designer whose work has appeared on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” and the “DIY Network.” As the Garden Guy his segments can be seen on YouTube. He has contributed segments to Fox 5 in Washington and is a contributor to the Smithsonian’s garden programs. He can be reached at www.thomaslandscapes.com or 301-642-5182.

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