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March 6th, 2017

Chiarina Brings Music to Life

Volunteering in the Hill

On Feb. 18 my wife and I attended a wonderful concert by Chiarina at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “Voyages in Song” featured voice and piano, cello and piano, and all three together. Soprano Laura Strickling, cellist Carrie Bean Stute, and pianist Efi Hackmey performed works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Frederic Chopin, and Andre Previn. The concert was well attended and amazingly affordable. The regular price of a ticket for the concert was only $15 through Eventbrite. Wine and other refreshments were even offered at the intermission.

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 to 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

Heard on the Hill

There is a commonly quoted ancient curse that may or may not be Chinese (or Scottish?) and may or may not be ancient. “May you live in interesting times,” it warns. I’m not sure which one of us opened this particular fortune cookie, but the times we are living now are certainly among the most interesting I can recall.

Jen DeMayo has been a waitress, an actor, and a puppeteer. She worked for many years for the Atlas Performing Arts Center, which has resulted in her being a relentless H Street booster/streetcar apologist. Originally from the New York-New Jersey area, she is one of the many who whine endlessly about DC’s lack of good bagels and pizza. She is mom to two boys who attend DCPS (off the Hill). No matter what she may end up accomplishing in her life, she is sure that her obituary headline will say she was the founder of Moms on the Hill. Contact Jen

March 5th

A Tribute to the Life of Karen Voellm

Karen Voellm has been in my life for almost four decades. She was one of the first people I met when I moved to Capitol Hill. We became friends and stayed friends. Just 10 days before her death we were talking about how my dog Marcello and I were going to visit her and her beloved companion, Scooter, in upstate New York in the spring. Our dogs were best of friends.

ANC 6A Report - February 2017

Chair Phil Toomajian called the meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A to order at Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. NE), with Commissioners Calvin Ward, Marie-Claire Brown, Patrick Malone, and Stephanie Zimny in attendance. Sondra Phillips-Gilbert and Mike Soderman were absent.

The meeting began with several community presentations.

Councilmember Grosso, Chair of DC Council Committee on Education

ANC 6E Report - February 2017

Zoning Relief and Traffic Study for Landmarked Building

At the January meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E representatives of PGN Architects requested support for a landmark application for the Holzbeierlein Bakery building located at 1815 Wiltberger St. NW. The commissioners voted in favor of the request and conveyed their support to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). HPRB approved PGN’s application, making the bakery the city’s 190th landmarked building and one of 2,000 in the country.

ANC 6C Report - February 2017

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen attended the February meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C to inform the community about his new role as the chair of the Council’s Judiciary Committee. The committee oversees 35 agencies involving campaign finance, the board of elections, policies, and more. “If I make a decision you like, you get to support that,” he said.

ANC 6D Report - February 2017

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Feb. 13. Commissioners Gail Fast (6D01), Ronald Collins (6D03), Andy Litsky (6D04), Roger Moffatt (6D05), Meredith Fascett (6D07), and Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) were on the dais. Cara Shockley (6D02) was not present.

Stop Work

Eastern Market Report - February 2017

The Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) met on Jan. 25 in the North Hall and, as required under the bylaws, moved to elect its independent member. Tom Kuchenberg has been the independent representative since the current EMCAC’s inception in 1999. Carl Reeverts, a regular attendee of EMCAC meetings, was challenging for this seat.