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April 7th, 2017

Committee Support Nominee for MPD Chief

Newsham's Nomination Will Go to the Full Council May 2

Nominee for MPD Chief Peter Newsham moved forward in the nomination process in a Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety vote April 6. DC Council members voted 4-1, with one “present” vote.

The nomination goes to the full City Council on May 2.

During the hearing process, the councilmembers heard testimony from more than 100 witnesses on the state of MPD and hopes for its future leadership. Newsham has served as interim chief of the police department since Cathy Lanier left in September 2016.

Hypnotic and Mesmerizing: Trentemøller Rocks the 9:30 Club

It is late on a Sunday evening. I found myself in the middle of a packed, motionless crowd of people hypnotized by the sounds coming from a large Nordic man manipulating buttons on a synthesizer. This man goes by the name Trentemøller, a Danish electronic musician whose popularity has grown over a gradual period of music festivals in Europe and beyond.

Rebekah is a Capitol Hill-born, DC native raised on Eggo waffles and Britpop. She graduated from The Evergreen State College where she learned how to listen to trees. She enjoys cult horror and fixing old cars.Visit her blog.

Recycling and Composting in DC Are Getting Easier

“Can I recycle this?” As an avid and self-promoting recycler residing in the District, I dread this question. Unfortunately, and for too long, the answer in DC has been, “It depends.”

“It depends” depends on where you intend to recycle the item and what the “material processing facility” (MRF, fondly pronounced “merf”) – the recycling company that services that recycling bin – will accept as a recyclable product.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler:; Twitter @DC_Recycler. She is also a board member of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Protecting DC’s Waterways and Our Natural History

While “statehood” and voting representation in Congress continue to elude residents, in February DC gained a state fish and more authority to protect its natural resources. In signing the Fisheries and Wildlife Omnibus Amendment Act of 2016, Mayor Muriel Bowser granted the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) more authority to protect natural resources, oversee recreational fishing, and increase environmental protections for aquatic life, wetlands, and shorelines.

Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler:; Twitter @DC_Recycler.  She is also a board member for the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club.

April 6th

New Parent Club at SkillZone on Barracks Row

The Membership Group Launches April 15

A new club for parents of babies, toddlers and preschoolers will launch on Capitol Hill April 15 through the SkillZone play center on Barracks Row (709 Eighth St. SE). Owners Michael Campbell and Liza Fox opened the center in January (read the Hill Rag’s story here).

The new club will offer members a host of services to help with parenting and a community of local families (while providing childcare at SkillZone):

Harbour Square

A Modernist Jewel of Southwest DC Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Harbour Square, named to the DC Inventory of Historic Sites in 2013 and included in the National Register of Historic Places, recently held a two-month-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. The complex has been home to a number of famous Washington residents, most notably Senator and later Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who lived there from 1966 until his death in 1978. His apartment was the site of numerous political meetings and media events, and the Humphreys attended community events in the Harbour Square club room. Supreme Court Justices Lewis M.

Donna Hanousek is a zoning specialist by day and historic preservationist by night who owns a very small part of Harbour Square. The text and photos were taken largely from the landmark nomination document prepared by Peter Sefton, an architectural historian who specializes in Washington’s historic resources.

The Capitol Riverfront’s Great Outdoors Signal that Spring Has Sprung

The Capitol Riverfront is such an exciting environment to explore, connect with, and thrive in year-round. While the winter months keep residents, employees, and visitors cozily indoors at a variety of bars and restaurants in the neighborhood, the warmer weather beckons them outside to enjoy all that this area’s outdoors have to offer.

Bonnie Wright is marketing and communications manager of the Capitol Riverfront BID.

April 5th

How to Handle Spring Bees, Swarms

DC Beekeepers Can Safely Re-Home Bees

Spring has launched on the Hill and so has the season for flowers, bugs and bees. Dealing with swarms or colonies of bees on the Hill may seem dangerous, but services on the Hill help safely handle the bees.

Swarms of bees mean a group of hundreds or thousands of nest-less bees that need a new place to inhabit during pollination season, according to DC Bee Keepers. Bees remain vital to the pollination and growth process in environments in DC and beyond, so beekeepers like DC Bee Keepers have methods to capture and resettle bee swarms instead of killing them.