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Choice and diversity vs. the quality neighborhood school

Choice and diversity vs. the quality neighborhood school

by Marlene Berlin

The new school boundary policy changes more than boundaries. It changes what has been highly valued in the school system – choice.

School choice was the rallying cry for supporters of charter schools, but choice was actually in play well before charters arrived in the District in …

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News from Forest Hills Connection

News from Forest Hills Connection

by Marlene Berlin

First, we’d like to welcome Nora Pehrson, an 11th grader at Wilson High School and Forest Hills Connection’s new intern. She will expand our coverage of school issues. Her first article is on the parking …

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‘A Forest Hills Mystery’ coming in 2015

by Anthony Dobranski

Beginning in Winter 2015, Forest Hills Connection will present my original serial novel, set in Forest Hills in the 1940s.

The novel, with the working title A Forest Hills Mystery, is a historical thriller aimed at a general readership. A tale of intrigue involving the wartime work at …

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Forest Hills playground reopening could be pushed back

Forest Hills playground reopening could be pushed back

by Marlene Berlin

The Forest Hills playground practically looks ready for play. And it is getting closer.

The installation of the kids’ play equipment is complete and waiting for inspection, according to the latest update on construction (PDF) from the Department of Parks and Recreation. …

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Cheh, DDOT work out Murch staff parking dilemma

Cheh, DDOT work out Murch staff parking dilemma

by Nora Pehrson

If you find yourself parking on the streets around Murch Elementary, be on the lookout for new signs.

Growing enrollment at Murch presented a parking problem for faculty and staff at the start of this school year. During the summer, large temporary modular classrooms were erected on the school’s …

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You’re Invited: DC attorney general and at-large Council candidate forums

by Denise Warner
President, Forest Hills Citizens Association

The Forest Hills and Chevy Chase Citizens’ Associations are pleased to present two DC candidate pre-election forums for the new elected DC attorney general and an at-large DC Council seat.

On Thursday, October 9th, the DC attorney general candidate forum will be held at the …

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Last chance to tell Acacia Bistro what you think

Last chance to tell Acacia Bistro what you think

Let Acacia Bistro know what you think of its food, drink and service, and you can enjoy a free glass of dessert wine.

You may recall we launched this survey to assist Uzi Turker, the owner and now-manager of Acacia. Why? We want to support our local businesses. …

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You’re invited: Celebrate the new Broad Branch and Linnean streams!

You’re invited: Celebrate the new Broad Branch and Linnean streams!

The Broad Branch stream restoration began in January, and Linnean Playground project started a few months later. Now, both projects are nearing completion, and a date has been set – to celebrate.

Steve Saari manages both projects for the District Department of the Environment, and he has an announcement to make:

Oct. …

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An age-friendly DC needs safe, accessible transportation

The gaps in DC’s transportation system inconvenience many of us, but to many seniors, they represent serious roadblocks to shopping, doctor’s appointments and social visits. A new report from the Coalition for Smarter Growth has identified several of the District’s transportation shortcomings as they relate to older adults and the …

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Forest Hills boot camp returns to whip us into shape

Remember the former Murch kid who returned as an adult to whip this neighborhood into shape? Well, he’s back at Murch, offering early morning fitness classes at the playground.
The announcement from Brendan Herbert:
Fall Boot Camp at Murch Elementary: There is …

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An overgrown sidewalk and a bureaucratic jungle

An overgrown sidewalk and a bureaucratic jungle

by Marlene Berlin

What does it take to tame a jungle encroaching on the 3100 Brandywine north sidewalk? Navigating a bureaucratic jungle.
Last September, Jan and Jack Buresh took matters into their own hands and attacked the growth themselves. They again offered their services this year, but ANC …

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Let’s play “Spot the difference” at the Park Van Ness site

Let’s play “Spot the difference” at the Park Van Ness site

David Bardin took these photos yesterday of the Park Van Ness project at 4455 Connecticut. Much has changed in the past few months, but there’s one rather large item now missing from the site.


Now, here’s one of David’s photos from May. Can you see …

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What’s your vision for Hearst Park?

What’s your vision for Hearst Park?

There’s new turf on the upper soccer field at Hearst Park. It’s the most substantial improvement at the park since the playground underwent a major renovation in 2009, and Hearst’s small rec center was spruced up in 2010.
It’s a welcome change. The previous field was more dirt (and sometimes …

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How DDOT will decide where sidewalks need to go

How DDOT will decide where sidewalks need to go

by Marlene Berlin

A 2010 DC law required DDOT to prioritize sidewalk installation near schools, recreation centers, transit hubs and other locations where a lack of sidewalks might create a safety hazard for pedestrians. But DDOT did not change its policies and procedures after the passage of …

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ANC 3F on Sept. 16th: Nebraska speed limit; Renaming a street

ANC 3F on Sept. 16th: Nebraska speed limit; Renaming a street

The speed limit on Nebraska Avenue and a proposal to rename a street for an imprisoned Chinese dissident are on the agenda at ANC 3F’s September meeting. This particular section of street runs by the Chinese embassy, naturally.

The …

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