After a recent spate of assaults and muggings some Hill East residents have launched a change.org petition:
“Dear Mayor Bowser and Dear Chief Lanier,
Over the last few months we witnessed an increase in criminal acts in our neighborhood – Hill East, near Capitol Hill. We – citizens – don’t feel protected and safe. We are afraid to walk down the street, commute to the metro, and take our kids to surrounding recreational parks.
The police’s presence is not strong enough! Micro criminality, violent acts, break-ins, and drug trafficking are a constant issue and a matter of concern. We witness on a daily basis fellow citizens getting assaulted by individuals or groups of teenagers, break ins, and different act of violence. Please invest more time and resources on this issue! Please help us fighting this dramatic wave of crime.
Hill East is a changing neighborhood and it contributes to Washington D.C.’s growing economy, we don’t want to be forced to leave the neighborhood and the city as a consequence.”
“Kingman Island will soon be available for private rentals and special events. Union Kitchen and Living Classrooms Foundation are partnering to manage events on Kingman Island, which is located in the Anacostia River in Northeast Washington, D.C. The 145 acre park has hosted the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival and has several trails open to the public. Recently, Kingman Island has been undergoing major improvements to create more trails and more access to the natural environment for visitors.
“Washington, D.C. has such great green space, and Kingman Island is one of the real hidden gems in our city,” says Union Kitchen co-founder Jonas Singer. “This partnership is great for all involved. By hosting corporate retreats, weddings, family reunions, and other events, Living Classrooms has a chance to gain more supporters and awareness of their amazing work while also informing more local residents about the great natural amenity that is almost literally hiding in our backyard.”
Kingman Island is home to over 100 species of birds, as well as turtles and other wildlife and a wide array of vegetation not seen throughout the rest of the city.
Living Classrooms manages the park and, together with Union Kitchen, aims to further engage the D.C. community by opening the park for private rentals, such as weddings, field days, corporate retreats, and other special events. All of the events will be Green, using compostable paper goods, providing recycling, minimizing use of power and gas, and providing a platform to educate attendees about the work of Living Classrooms on Kingman Island.
Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” The partnership will bring more visitors to Kingman Island, of which even many District residents are unaware, while also bringing more attention and support to Living Classrooms.”
Earlier this spring, a color run was held at RFK Stadium, and hundreds of people showed up in bright white shirts to be doused in neon powder at each kilometer along the 5k course. This powder comes in clear plastic packets that race staff rip open and discard throughout the day. Later that day, as I rode my bike along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail between the parking lots and the river, I noticed thousands of these empty plastic power packets littering the grass and blowing into the river. I wanted to believe that a cleaning crew was coming along later in the day, because I couldn’t accept that such negligence would have been tolerated by Events DC or the race coordinators. Additional cleaning crews did not come before wind carried these packets farther away.
On May 2nd, the “Color In Motion 5k Run” took place at the same venue. The event concluded by mid-day, and as we walked to the DC United soccer match that evening I noticed a disgustingly familiar sight along the paths. Hundreds of these plastic pouches were still strewn about the parking lot, adjacent lawns, and the riverwalk.
Participants in these races likely assume that their race fees cover clean-up costs, and it should. I’d like to believe people wouldn’t be signing up for something like this if they knew how much plastic from this event ended up in the Anacostia River, but this is beside the point. The groups organizing such events should not let this happen.
I’m a firm believer in taking action, so I donned some rubber gloves and spent two hours on Sunday morning picking up these neon powder packets. I filled two garbage bags, and hopefully got a majority of the remaining litter, but this is not my job.
I write this, not to complain about a single event or to be praised for picking up the trash, but as a call to action for the coordinators of upcoming fun runs and other events. Over the next four months, RFK Stadium will host another six color runs (including one this month) and the coordinators of such events need to be held accountable. Out of respect for the community, both the people living in and enjoying the neighboring areas, and for the wildlife that call the Anacostia and Kingman & Heritage Island Park their home, please help make a difference. Please help to drive accountability around these events!”
Yesterday Capitol Hill Corner finally found out who will become to the new retail spaces at 15th and Pennsylvania Ave, SE next to Wisdom:
“McCormick Paints and New York Pizza – have been signed to occupy the first floor retail space.
The majority of the first floor retail space will be occupied by McCormick Paints. This will be the third paint store in SE Capitol Hill which already has Frager’s Paint Store at 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, and Duron Paints on Barracks Row.”
This unit is located at 308 13th Street, Southeast. The listing says:
“Beautiful 1 bedroom 1 bath with dining/office features hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, custom designed kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite counters and ceramic tile in kitchen and bathroom. conveniently located within a short distance to 2 metros stations, Eastern Market and Potomac.”
“The Sixth Annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival is less than a week away. This year’s festival features an amazing array of Bluegrass, Folk and Americana talent with co-headliners Cabinet and Larry Keel Experience and more.
The Festival will include eight hours of performances on six stages by local bluegrass, folk and americana artists, games and outdoor beverages, DC’s favorite food trucks, bike parking, free kayaking, sponsor activations, local vendors, giveaways and a number of activities for children of all ages including a family area with music, arts, & crafts.
“Over the past six years, the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival has grown from a small concert with a few hundred neighbors into one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the region. This event brings people to Kingman and Heritage Islands on the Anacostia River and provides them an opportunity to see the natural beauty that exists right here in our city. Enjoying a day of great music on the island is a fun and unique experience. I’m proud to support an event that draws people of all ages to outstanding performances of local music and provides them an opportunity to learn about the Anacostia River and the wildlife that it supports.” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen
When: Saturday April 25, 2015 from 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Kingman Island located on the Anacostia River:
575 Oklahoma Avenue NE Washington, DC (entrance at RFK Stadium Lot 6).