19 May 2021


Hill Buzz

Some thing cicadas are gross. Others let the little buggers walk all over them. Photo by Maria Helena Carey

Happy Wednesday! Have you caught all the cicada action around the neighborhood? If you’re into the buggies, here are a couple of tips for viewing: Make sure you check around large trees first thing in the morning or later in the evening, when they are first molting. As the earth temperature about eight inches below the surface reaches 65 degrees, they will all start emerging, so expect larger numbers as these days regale us with temperatures in the 80s. And please remember that cicadas are harmless and they’ll be all dead or eaten up by the first or second week in June. Finally, don’t be so weird about it, like the New York Post. For starters, the eyes are not blood-red. They are more of a vermillion, you sensationalist freaks.

What else is going on?

Are you ready for things to get a whole lot more… uh.. normal..(?) on Friday? In case you need a refresher, you can always visit coronavirus.dc.gov for info, but just know this: if you’re vaccinated, you can pretty much ditch the mask (though we haven’t reached herd immunity, so you do you, boo). However, businesses may still require you to wear a mask. Public transportation, schools, health care facilities and other public spaces still require mask use as well. WDVM

Congratulations to all the wonderful honorees in this year’s Capitol Hill Community Foundation awards. You all make our community better and stronger!

Last week’s fire in Hill East (WUSA-9) resulted in the death of neighbor Marjorie McDuffie. There is a vigil being held tonight in her honor, and you can help the family pay for funeral expenses via a GoFundMe.

The DC Jail relaxed their horrifying 23-hour lockdowns and eased COVID restrictions on Saturday, May 15. Things will go to near-normal on June 11, with the prisoners being allowed out of their cells 5.5 hours each day. Washington Post

In possibly the greatest Taco Tuesday combo of all time, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had tacos at Mission Navy Yard. Mm.. Tacos. Washingtonian

The Southwest Library had its ribbon cutting on Saturday and it looks gooooorgeous. DCist has photos and more details.

Crazy Aunt Helen is coming to Barracks Row and the place sounds very exciting. Washington City Paper

Eat DC reports that Junction Bakery is reopening on May 20 after over a year of being closed. It was such a pity that they closed almost right after opening.

The District backs down from ending a moratorium on evictions during the pandemic. Washington Post

Reminder: ANC 6C is seeking grant applicants for projects in the area. The deadline is May 27. The application is here.

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