25 May 2021


Hill Buzz

Good morning, Capitol Hill! Are you enjoying this brief cool-down before we go back to summer temperatures? It’s a treat to sleep with the windows open– until sirens wake you up as they speed past in the middle of the night.

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A grim anniversary: A year ago, George Floyd was murdered by a policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today and every day, Black Lives Matter.

What’s going on around the Hill and environs?

First up, Eastern Market has new hours going forward today: Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Market Main Street shared it on their social media channels:

The Bernie Sanders mural, one of the bright pieces anchoring the 395-695 underpass by Garfield park, was recently defaced. This could be a possible hate crime, as Senator Sanders is Jewish. Gruntstuff

Are you signed up to volunteer with Serve DC? Their latest door-to-door vaccination effort was quite successful. WTOP

Bark + Boarding opens in the 1200 block of H Street NE. Welcome, new business! Washington Business Journal

The Gay Men’s chorus artistic director Thea Kano spends her Dream Day partially on the Hill, where she lives. Washington Post

The Washington Post‘s Colbert I. King pens a bold and thought-provoking opinion reflecting on last Tuesday’s shooting in Shaw, where a mother and her 5-year old son were shot near a park that was just closing, around 7 p.m. (NBC-4). It seems like this shooting in particular is captivating the public’s attention much more than many, many others that have also involved children.

Meanwhile, Mayor Bowser is balking at some police budget cuts, starting with removing police from schools. DCist

Tony Tomelden, owner of The Pug and CHAMPS’ new Executive Director, talked to Going Out Guide’s Fritz Hahn about opening– trepidatiously.

In an incident that did not receive much attention, an Uber driver was carjacked at gunpoint on January 16 at the corner of 7th and A Streets NE. The victim is, understandably, still traumatized– especially since one of the perpetrators, 16, only received an 8-month supervised release. WUSA-9

Have ideas on how you’d improve Garfield Park? Take the time to fill out this survey and share it with neighbors.

The slides from the May 5 Southeast library meeting are available to view thanks to the DC Public Library via Slideshare. If you want to learn more about the process, you can click here. If you have questions or want to send your feedback, you can write to martha.saccocio@dc.gov

Need rent assistance? Stay DC can help and Councilmember Charles Allen’s office can help people fill out the paperwork. Check out his weekly update here.

This former Capitol Hill resident wanted to be closer to her kids in New York City, and I get that, but dear Lord, this is a depressing series of choices. New York Times

Just in time for getting that third voicemail from Trea Turner nagging you about enrolling your children in school, our buddies at Wallethub sent me this very informative listicle on DC high schools ranking. Check it out. (STOP CALLING ME, TREA! I ALREADY RE-ENROLLED.)

Rep. Lauren Boebert walked into Barrel and guess she didn’t feel unsafe? She seems relaxed enough. The burning question is, did she try the mac and cheese? I’d like to point out that I got no breathless reader tags on this DC-famous sighting. Okay, I’m done. Colorado Times-Recorder

He had the Chicken Doink and we all went Squee. Photo courtesy of Fight Club DC

Oh yeah. Secretary Pete went to Fight Club. That’s the paragraph.

This paragraph is about how Realtor Jeanne saw Secretary Pete biking today, not two hours ago. So, that’s this paragraph!

Secretary Pete caught in #BikeDC form by @jeannephilmeg via Instagram

But in all honesty, it’s pretty great to see an important cabinet member biking and dining around the neighborhood. Here is to many more sightings of DC-famous people making The Hill (and surrounding areas), home.

BY THE WAY! We are ordering a limited run of t-shirts from CustomInk to support Pride. Part of the shirt’s proceeds will go to support Capitol Hill-based SMYAL, which supports LGBTQ youth. Want one? Or want some THIH swag? Fill out this form!

This is what the t-shirts will look like: Our regular red heart will wear Pride colors!

Update: Rolling to Remember will take place this weekend and MPD sent out the closures email as the Hill Buzz went to press. Here is more information on this tweet:

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