28 Apr 2021


Hill Buzz

It’s a gorgeous Wednesday in the Nation’s capital and our eyes turn to the United States Capitol, where President Biden will be holding his first address to the country, flanked by two women. It’s a historic day, to be sure, but it comes with increased security, obviously. Friend of the blog Mark Sussman noticed it earlier this morning:

By the way, all those ambulances you’re hearing and cop cars and sirens all around are most likely all in preparation of the speech, which will take place tonight at 9 p.m. Click here to watch.

On Saturday, May 1, walk-up vaccinations begin. The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine will also be available starting then, so make sure you pick your walk-up site carefully if you have a vaccine preference. May 1 is also a day of service to help with vaccinations. You can still sign up to volunteer by clicking here.

But Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau was upset that her ward has not been assigned a walk-up site. This seems like a glaring oversight considering that Columbia Heights has been one of the neighborhoods most affected by the pandemic. WUSA-9

Councilmember Charles Allen will be hosting two public hearings in May focused on safety net protections and the future of public education. The meetings will happen May 21 –on the impact of expanded safety net precautions–– and on May 26 on public education and student achievement post-pandemic. Read more here.

ANC 6B06 Commissioner Corey Holman tweeted about DDOT’s lack of prioritization when it’s come to advancing the Southeast Boulevard environmental assessment. You can learn more about the Anacostia Waterfront Framework plan here.

Artist rendering from the Anacostia Waterfront Framework

Can you imagine if Pennsylvania Avenue looked like this artist rendering that envisions a beautiful, accessible waterfront park– instead of chunks of highway weirdness?

Congratulations to CHAMPS’ new Executive Director, Tony Tomelden! After 3 years, Julie Aaronson returns to the federal government and Tony is stepping up. From the CHAMPS newsletter: “Tony’s experience managing restaurants across DC brings valuable small business owner insights and relationships to CHAMPS as we build on previous successes to develop and grow our Capitol Hill economy.

Via ANC 6D02 commissioner Jared Weiss: “Beginning Tuesday, April 27, through the end of the year, Metro will “flex” service for an additional 30 minutes after the game ends, (until midnight), and will waive the fees normally charged to the team for extra late-night service. The rail station closest to the sporting venue will be the only station open for customers to enter. All other stations will be “exit only.” Anyone in line at that time will be accommodated.”  And that includes the Navy Yard station for Nats/DC United games.

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The Ward 6 Dems recently had their inaugural poetry contest and they just announced their winners. I’m sharing their graphic here and you can also click over here to their post to read all the winners’ poems.

In food news, Caruso’s Grocery will officially open on May 12 at The Roost. They will be open Wednesday – Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Look at that picture below and get hungry.

Perfection. Photo by Stacy Windsor and courtesy of The Roost.

By the way, this Sunday is the Literary Bookfest! Back for a second virtual year, this incredible event connects local authors to their adoring public. There will be workshops, lectures and more! You can learn more by clicking here.

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