by Forest Hills Connection
Alice Rivlin, 1931-2019: The headline of her Washington Post obituary refers to her as a “budget maestro.” And indeed, Alice Rivlin was the first director of the Congressional Budget Office. She had been the vice chair of the Federal Reserve and President Clinton’s budget director. She headed the DC Financial Control Board. But she was more than that. She was our neighbor.
Rivlin died in May at the age of 88. She supported neighborhood institutions like Northwest Neighbors Village, a volunteer network that also allowed her to “age in place” in her Forest Hills home of more than 50 years. She and her husband could often be found in the cafe at Politics and Prose, treating themselves after their walks. She was the subject of Forest Hills Connection’s first-ever neighbor profile (written by the late, great Carolyn Jacobson). And we were delighted when Rivlin agreed to speak at our 2017 policy event on national health insurance.
A fond farewell to The Northwest Current: As a cub reporter, former Current reporter Graham Vyse wanted to cover Official Washington. During his two years at the “ludicrously local” paper, he got to see a side of the District you rarely see in The Washington Post.
The value of feeling valued: Forest Hills of DC gets a mention in this Next Avenue piece on how nursing homes recognize and encourage the good work of their staff.
What makes this apple tree one of DC’s most unusual trees? Its connection to one Sir Isaac Newton. It’s in Van Ness and featured in the DCist.
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This is the Van Ness-UDC Metro station. But it doesn’t mean you’re in for a rough commute. Allison Friedel blends photos of her local travels with other, rather more gorgeous destinations. Thanks to Washingtonian for highlighting her work and bringing it to our attention.