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A yardworker’s ode to the simple (and quiet) broom

A yardworker’s ode to the simple (and quiet) broom

by Marlene Berlin

I stood looking out at my front walk, which was coated with yet another surge of droppings from my tulip poplar, a tree that is usually dropping something. It had been a week since my gardener had used the blower to dispense of the debris.

I considered …

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Happy 4th (from the 1919 Embassy of The Netherlands)!

Happy 4th (from the 1919 Embassy of The Netherlands)!

Looks like it was quite a party.
Photo courtesy of the Harris and Ewing Collection at the Library of Congress.
In 1919, the Embassy of the Netherlands entered this float in the National Independence Day Parade. It looks almost real enough to set sail on the Potomac. Alas, these seafarers …

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Neighbors recommend: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Neighbors recommend: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

by Marlene Berlin

What do you do when a friend invites you to accompany her to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, a place you have been wanted to visit for years? And you have your whole day scheduled with an appointment and work?
The offer was made more tempting by a great …

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Beach reading: ‘The Scientists and the Spy’ e-book!

Beach reading: ‘The Scientists and the Spy’ e-book!

Since April, we’ve been publishing Anthony Dobranski’s mystery novel “The Scientists and the Spy” week by week, chapter by chapter. Now the first ten chapters are bundled into one easy-to-download e-book!


Even if you’re already familiar with Corporal Enos Olsen and government gal Dorothy Sharpe, there’s nothing like …

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Meet your ANC candidate: David Donaldson, 3F02

Meet your ANC candidate: David Donaldson, 3F02

David Donaldson is one of two candidates running for the late Karen Perry’s seat on ANC 3F. The other, Shirley Adelstein has introduced herself. Now, here’s the statement Donaldson submitted to Forest Hills Connection:

I am Dave Donaldson and I am an ANC3F02 Single Member Candidate for the …

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What the last Van Ness Metro escalator project looked like

What the last Van Ness Metro escalator project looked like

What will Metro’s three-year Van Ness escalator project look like when it gets well under way? Its photos of a previous project at Van Ness offers some hints.

The Van Ness Metro station’s east entrance closed for four and one-half months in late 2013-early 2014 so both …

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The Scientists and the Spy: A Forest Hills Mystery – Chapter 10

The Scientists and the Spy: A Forest Hills Mystery – Chapter 10

by Anthony Dobranski

It was a sight Dorothy could never have imagined: trucks full of typewriters, hundreds in each one, hastily unloaded by workers into carts that wandered multiple paths along the Munitions Building’s great loading dock. An anthill of movement, it swept up Dorothy and her crew.

Dorothy’s crew now wore …

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CM Grosso hosts Ward 3 town hall Tuesday on DC schools

by Ruth Wattenberg
Ward 3 member, DC State Board of Education

On Tuesday, June 30th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library, DC Council Education Committee Chair David Grosso is holding a town hall meeting on DC public education. I hope you will join me and discuss the state …

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Family fun at Peirce Mill tomorrow

Family fun at Peirce Mill tomorrow

Peirce Mill will be grinding corn tomorrow just like it did almost 200 years ago. And the whole family is invited out for other “olden days” activities.

The mill will be in operation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and during those hours, kids and grownups can try grinding wheat and …

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Two ANC 3F02 candidates; two opportunities in July to meet candidate Shirley Adelstein

Two ANC 3F02 candidates; two opportunities in July to meet candidate Shirley Adelstein

Two candidates for Karen Perry’s seat on ANC 3F met Monday’s deadline for turning in their nominating petitions. The challenge period runs from today through July 1st, at which point the DC Board of Elections will certify the candidates on July 2nd. Our ANC will then announce an election date …

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Throwback Thursday: The “lost hilltop home” of the National Bureau of Standards

Throwback Thursday: The “lost hilltop home” of the National Bureau of Standards

Why is there a curb cut and a gate to nowhere on Connecticut Avenue between Tilden and Van Ness Streets? It’s an entrance gate to what was once “one of the country’s most sophisticated scientific laboratory complexes,” the National Bureau of Standards.

John DeFerrari wrote about this lost piece …

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After accident, cones now enforce Park Connecticut’s temporary no-parking zone

by Marlene Berlin

No one is supposed to park in the Connecticut Avenue curb lane between Park Connecticut’s driveway and the public alley that leads to the apartment building’s garage. That’s part of the traffic control plan Saul Centers hammered out with DDOT for the Park Van Ness construction …

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New group guiding Van Ness DC’s development vision

New group guiding Van Ness DC’s development vision

by Mary Beth Ray
President, Van Ness Main Streets, Inc.

Get ready for a new vibe at Van Ness!

The Van Ness Vision Committee has become Van Ness Main Streets, Inc., and the first meeting of its board of directors took place Thursday, June 18th. The charter board includes a broad range of …

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Morning rush after Van Ness Metro’s west entrance closure – day one

Morning rush after Van Ness Metro’s west entrance closure – day one

by Marlene Berlin

What was it like at the Van Ness Metro station on the first day of the west entrance’s closure?
There was no warning signage at Windom Place for Connecticut Avenue pedestrians heading toward the station from the north. Many had already been funneled to the …

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Metro’s new plan for 3-year Van Ness escalator rehab keeps west entrance open at times

Metro’s new plan for 3-year Van Ness escalator rehab keeps west entrance open at times

by Marlene Berlin

If you’ve been to Van Ness today you’ve seen it: WMATA has closed the west entrance of the Van Ness Metro station to begin the three-year process of replacing four escalators. However, Metro now says we’ll regain use of the entrance after about two months, not …

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