18 Mar 2024


Henry Mendoza has died

This post has been updated. We woke up to messages from the community letting us know that Henry Mendoza, 52, owner of the popular and beloved Salvadoran and Tex-Mex restaurant La Plaza, has died. Henry, who was visiting his native San Miguel in eastern El Salvador, passed away yesterday, March 17, in the early afternoon. […]

12 Dec 2022


In Memoriam: Scott Magnuson of The Argonaut

Sometimes, it’s hard to mourn for people. You want to remember them as loving husbands or pillars of the community. You want to celebrate their generous spirit and their love of life and silliness. But when death comes too soon and under tragic circumstances, mourning becomes fraught. You ask yourself how things could have been […]

17 Oct 2020


Obituary: Jim Zinn (1964 – 2020)

You probably saw him around the Hill, pedaling a bicycle with an enormous black box on the front, a box from which he would remove all manner of equipment that allowed him to fix whatever had gone wrong in Capitol Hill row house. Or maybe you even were one of the lucky ones whose house […]

16 Jun 2020


In Memoriam: Saige Ballard

Friend of the blog and Capitol Hill neighbor Christine Vineyard, an art teacher and artist also known as Lidflutters, was distressed to find out that one of her former students, Saige Ballard, was killed this past Thursday, June 11, as she left a party. The incident happened a couple of blocks away from Stanton Park. […]

21 May 2020


In Memoriam: Nancy B. Smalley

This post was written by Nancy’s neighbor and fellow Pretzel Bakery enthusiast Emily O’Connor. Nancy B. Smalley passed away on May 2, 2020. Nancy was born and raised in New Jersey by her mother and stepfather. She was an only child. Nancy moved to Washington, D.C., and worked in graphic design. She lived on South Carolina Avenue, SE, […]

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