East of the River

03/23/2017 - 1:00am
On Thursday, March 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m., learn about the 11th Street Bridge Park, a project of Ward 8 based nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC that puts inclusivity and equity first, provides meaningful and rich cultural programming to District residents, and is working to improve the lives of residents in some of our most underserved communities.   The tour starts with a presentation inside the Miracle Theater, 535 Eighth St. SE, followed by a site tour giving you an... >>more
03/18/2017 - 11:26am
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. These two infestations are part of a much larger... >>more
03/18/2017 - 10:10am
“What are you doing there in that dirt? Never seen a sista getting all dirty like that before.” Points at the basil: “What is that? What do you do with it? Is it a weed?”  “No, it’s hibiscus and I use it in salads for its light, sweet yet tart leaves.” Yes, these are among the many questions I’ve been asked as I double dig my little garden plot behind my Deanwood apartment building. I am fortunate because not only can I grow behind my... >>more
03/17/2017 - 10:11am
Honoring Masters Like Melba Liston; Enjoying Women in Jazz “Melba [Liston] had the incredible ability of making musicians sound better through what she wrote for them. That’s the mark of a great arranger,” writes jazz master pianist, composer, and bandleader Randy Weston in his autobiography, “African Rhythms,” written with our own DC Jazz Festival guru Willard Jenkins. “She wrote for Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Gloria Lynne, the Supremes, Bob... >>more
03/16/2017 - 11:24am
What’s for dinner? Sounds like a simple question but it can have some very complicated responses. Cooking meals at home has been proven to lead to healthier eating and calorie control. But what do you do when nutritionally adequate ingredients are scarce and unaffordable? Call your neighborhood dietitian. Hello! My Name Is Charmaine Meet Charmaine Jones, registered dietitian nutritionist. Jones is a native Washingtonian who grew up in the Trinidad section of Northeast. As an undergraduate... >>more
03/16/2017 - 10:39am
In his 32 years of life, Trayon White says he has buried more than 93 people. He’s lived his entire life in DC’s Ward 8, except for the time he spent away at college, and now leads the community as its city councilmember. One of his first initiatives is to start curbing the violence that takes away so many of his residents’ friends and families. “I want to use my position on the Council to empower more people like me on this issue,” he said. On Feb. 7 White... >>more
03/14/2017 - 12:12pm
When Jessica Wynter Martin transplanted herself from California to the Deanwood neighborhood in Ward 7, her first stop seemed logical. She went to the local grocery to get food for her empty apartment. But a trip to the Safeway at 322 40th St. NE gave her a taste of the reality her Ward 7 neighbors have faced for several years. “I cooked the food that I got from the Safeway and I got sick,” said Martin, founder and CEO of nonprofit consulting firm JWM Concepts LLC. “And the... >>more
03/14/2017 - 11:21am
Dispersed throughout the Anacostia Historic District are idle and orphaned homes whose custody is being fought over between two branches of the city’s government. Plans for rehabilitation of the long-blighted properties (1326 Valley Place, 1220 Maple View Place, 1518 W St., 1648 U St., and two vacant lots on W Street SE) owned by the city began when the L’Enfant Trust, an historic preservation nonprofit organization founded in 1978, became active in the Anacostia Historic District... >>more
03/14/2017 - 10:12am
Neighbors of the Parkside development in Ward 7 remain frustrated at the lack of attention developer CityInterests has paid to retail, parking and the current residents of the community. With an already difficult transportation situation and limited access to transportation resources, the influx of potentially 400 new residential units with residents by 2020 (factoring in Parkside’s other developments) has many longtime neighbors worried. On Feb. 22, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC... >>more