The Hill Rag

02/06/2017 - 1:42pm
Have your family join children around the country in learning about the U.S. Bill of Rights through the National Education Project's fifth annual National Read-Along of the Bill of Rights Over the Internet. Though the read-a-long isn't scheduled until Dec. 15, 2017, you can print out the Bill of Rights, have your child sign it and put a small photo to show that they represent "We the people" of the Constitution and the United States.  You can find a copy of the Bill... >>more
02/02/2017 - 1:19pm
On any given evening you could always find Bill Phillips in Garfield Park accompanied by a St. Bernard. I often encountered him as I walked home after a day at the Hill Rag. As we watched our dogs play, Bill and I would talk about the neighborhood, the city, and national politics. In an age when many of our titans of industry exhibit an Olympian disdain for the less fortunate, his comments always combined business acumen and a strong dose of civic responsibility, leavened with a wickedly dry,... >>more
02/21/2017 - 1:00pm
Student engineers at Payne Elementary School (1445 C St. SE) needs help funding a trip for the school’s Robotics Club to the VEX Worlds Championship in Louisville, K.Y. The award-winning club needs at least $7,845 to fund the transportation, the registration fees, the room and board fees and a new robotics kit for the competition April 23-25. The Payne Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has set up a Go Fund Me for the trip here. The PTA is a licensed 501(c)(3) nonprofit and can take... >>more
02/21/2017 - 12:31pm
The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) has extended the innovative work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from the inside of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the streets of Southwest DC. Kusama’s signature dot pattern can be found blanketing the walls and sidewalks surrounding the L’Enfant Metro Station at Seventh and Maryland Ave. SW, the jersey barriers that line the Seventh St. SW perimeter of the Wilbur Wright Building, and outside the Hirshhorn museum... >>more
02/21/2017 - 9:51am
At 9:45 a.m., police arrested a man on the 1100 block of Fourth Street SW on charges of Shoplifting. In Other News There were thefts on: the 700 block of H St. NE; the 1600 block of Second St. SW; the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE; the 400 block of Eighth St. SE; the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE. There was an assault with a dangerous weapon on the 1500 block of Benning Road NE. There was a burglary on the 1100 block of I St. NE. Reporting Illegal Activity Prompt and detailed... >>more
02/18/2017 - 10:30am
Two local entrepreneurs now offer gardening help to residents of the Hill and beyond: Laurie Gillman, owner of East City Bookshop, and Amanda McClean, co-owner of Izel Native Plants. Both businesses opened fairly recently and each one integrates the best practices of analog and digital worlds in refreshing and contemporary ways.  East City Bookshop On a recent shopping trip, I stopped into East City Bookshop at 645 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, and was thrilled to discover the largest... >>more
02/18/2017 - 9:12am
We forgot to prune our beautiful lacecap hydrangeas and are now wondering whether we should still do it this late. Or have we missed the boat as far as expecting any beautiful flat blue blooms in 2017? I always get lacecaps mixed up in my mind with the snowball and oak leaf varieties of hydrangea. You are not the only one. Some hydrangeas can be cut back anytime because they bloom on “new” (this year’s) wood. But a lacecap blooms on “old” wood. Its buds are already... >>more
02/17/2017 - 1:44pm
There’s a new breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery on the H Street corridor; Mediterranean restaurant Sospeso opened Feb. 17 at 1344 H St. NE. The latest addition to a growing business and restaurant community on H Street, Sospeso brings a mix of the owners’ family traditions and chef Lauren Sanders’ creations from Southern Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Some dishes on their menu include rice pudding and pastries for breakfast; Ras El Hanout soup and... >>more
02/17/2017 - 10:12am
It is recommended that we humans see the dentist at least once per year. The same can be said for your dog and cat. Dental health is an important aspect of your pet’s overall well-being. We brush several times per day, decreasing the amount of plaque that builds up on our teeth. Our dogs and cats do not have this capability. Ancestral dogs and cats used to have a rougher diet, leading to less build-up, but even they had dental disease. While your pet should be examined by a veterinarian... >>more