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by HillNow.com — July 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm 0

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Pearl Steckler snuggles with Diesel during one of his in-home boarding stays

This sponsored column is written by Saving Grace Petcare owner Grace Steckler and Bonny King-Taylor, director of training and communication at Saving Grace Petcare. Visit www.savinggracepets.com and let us know how we can support you.

It’s 9 a.m. I am working at my home office desk while Uma the bulldog sleeps by my feet. She is a noisy puddle and her snores are making me laugh as I try to help a walker who has stepped in to pick up a key.

She arrived at 7:30 a.m. this morning, dragging her owner up the front steps of our house as if we hadn’t seen each other in years. The truth is, she has spent many weekends with our family, soaking up the love and … don’t tell them we said so … not really missing her people until she sees them again!

During the day, she follows me around, well, like a puppy! Upand down the steps, into the yard, around the corner to mail a letter. She spends a lot of time attending to backyard pee-breaks and snoozing in a cozy dog bed under the tree where she can keep an eye on me, while bird and squirrel watching.

4 p.m. rolls around and my kids burst in from school: running to shower her with kisses. “Uma, UMA! echoes through the house and her tail wags so hard, it looks like it might fall off!

The kids love her so much that they even take turns sleeping on the floor to cuddle with her
every night.

When the week is over, Uma barks to let us know that her family is coming to get her. She leaps for joy to see them, and gets plenty of last minute ear rubs from us on the way out.

Once on the other side of the door, she looks back as if to say, “Four paws up! I will definitely recommend you to my friends. The biscuits were yummy and the hugs were great. Thanks for having me. See you again soon!”

Uma, and hundreds of pets like her on Capitol Hill have enjoyed what we call, “Camp Saving Grace” like this, staying with one of our care providers as if they were our own pets. In fact, we take their comfort and safety so seriously, that we only do in-home boarding.

Whether you prefer our model, or commercial boarding, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Whenever possible, go with an established boarding provider, with a track record for quality care. What the spur-of-the-moment boarders offer in convenience cannot make up for inexperience and being mostly on their own if something goes wrong. Without support systems and oversight in place, they cannot provide the level of security your pet deserves.
  • Visit the boarder’s home in advance. Eliminate surprises by visiting the home of your boarding provider a week or two beforehand. Your doggie can sniff around the house and acclimate to the new smells before the big (sometimes emotionally-charged) departure day.
  • Make sure you provide everything your pet needs to be comfortable and happy. Portion out meals and medications, make sure your equipment: ID tags, leash, harness, bed, bowls, travel crate, toys, blanket, brush, etc., are in good working order.
  • Update your client profile. If you are using a pet sitting service with an online scheduling portal, update your contact information and feeding instructions, select a veterinary clinic, and make sure you have the names and numbers of two local contacts who can help in an emergency. Consider printing this information and handing it to your pet’s boarding provider.
  • Limit treats and extra food on drop-off day. The change of location can initially be stressful for a pup; let the boarding provider get off to a great start and treat your dog after you’ve said goodbye.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, if your plans change, be sure to let your boarding provider know FIRST. That way, you can go about problem solving knowing your pet is safe, and we can adjust our own schedules.

Preparations like this help us to provide the quality of care Uma loves!

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Finding a great pet-life balance when you are busy with work, family and social obligations can be tough. Busy people need all the help they can get and Saving Grace Petcare is here to help you navigate the urban, professional environment across the 20002 and 20003 zip codes.

We’ve learned a thing or two during our 16 years of caring for thousands of every kind of pet you can imagine. In Pet-Wise each week, we will share tips, tricks, behavioral and product recommendations, book reviews and sweet stories about life with pets in the Capitol Hill, Hill East, NoMa and Brookland neighborhoods.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hill Now.

by Courtney Brown — July 12, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

Three men sought in a theft in Hill East last month have appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The theft happened in the CVS Pharmacy at 500 12th St. SE about 9:10 p.m. June 14.

Video authorities released yesterday in connection with the crime shows the men walking into the store together and leaving, after some time elapsed. One of them held a bag as he walked out.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — July 12, 2016 at 9:35 am 0

H Street NE public art

Thief Breaks Into FBI Vehicle Near H Street, Steals Guns — A thief would up with a handgun and a long gun over the weekend after breaking into an FBI-issued vehicle on the 800 block of 7th Street NE. [Washington Post]

ANC 6D Commissioner Won’t Seek Reelection — Commissioner Stacy Cloyd of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D, who has represented a chunk of the Capitol Hill area centered around South Capitol Street since 2014, has decided not to run for reelection. [JDLand]

New Elementary School Principal in Southwest Speaks Out — TaMikka Sykes, who was tapped to lead Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (401 I St. SW) for the 2016-2017 school year, said she is bringing on the school’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused teacher. [Hill Rag]

Worker Seriously Injured After Falling From Scaffolding in Southwest — A construction worker was seriously injured after falling from scaffolding in Southwest yesterday. [Hill Now]

by HillNow.com — July 12, 2016 at 7:00 am 0

Tigress is the Hill Pet of the Week. She is a 3-year-old Terrier English Staffordshire mix available for adoption. Here’s her bio shared by the Washington Humane Society shelter on New York Avenue NE:

Hello! I’m Tigress! I was brought to the shelter as a stray several years ago and adopted quickly, but it didn’t work out with my new owner long-term so now I’m back (through no fault of my own!). My previous owner says I’m good with kids and other dogs, but I haven’t been around any kiddos here so the shelter staff doesn’t know for sure. They do know that I’m a smart dog! My old owner had me for over a year and worked with me on housebreaking and taught me tricks like how to give kisses on demand. Maybe my new owners can teach me some new tricks? Could that be you?

To adopt Tigress or other pets from the Humane Society, see the Petango adoption site or call 202-576-6664.

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

Photos via Washington Humane Society

by Courtney Brown — July 11, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.


Under the Sea
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
3 p.m.

Kids, between the ages of 5 and 12, can get an introductory lesson on sharks and stingrays to learn how these fish benefit marine ecosystems.


Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Musical performers, lawn games and food from local restaurants are once again coming to Navy Yard as part of a free concert series.


Jurassic World
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
7 p.m.

Locals can watch dinosaurs come to life in this free outdoor thriller as part of Capitol Riverfront’s Outdoor Movie Series.

Keeping Cool with Capoeira
Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St. NE)
5 p.m.

Teens can learn how to use music, rhythm and language for self-defense and other purposes through this Afro-Brazilian art form.

Wine & Design
National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
5-7 p.m.

A happy hour with wine and crafting is coming to the National Postal Museum.


The Texas Chainsaw Horns
The Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Capitol Riverfront’s Friday Night Concert Series is back this week with the funk, soul and R&B band, The Texas Chainsaw Horns.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID

by Tim Regan — July 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm 1 Comment

7th and C streets SETwo thieves gave a man sleeping in his car a rude awakening when they robbed him at gunpoint early yesterday morning.

Police said a man was sleeping in his vehicle near the intersection of 7th and C streets SE around 5:30 a.m. yesterday when he was approached by two suspects. One of the thieves pulled out a black handgun and took the man’s money and wallet, according to authorities.

Both suspects fled eastbound on C Street, police said.

Additionally, teenagers robbed someone near the intersection of L St. NW and New Jersey Ave. NW late last night, police said.

Police just after 11 p.m. provided a lookout for:

3 B/M’s between the ages of 14-15 Suspect (1) wearing red shirt, red hat, red shorts armed with a gun.

by Tim Regan — July 11, 2016 at 11:15 am 0

A construction worker was seriously injured after falling from scaffolding in Southwest earlier this morning.

The incident happened on the 400 block of Water St. SW around 8:15 a.m., according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez. The worker fell nearly 10 feet onto a plate glass window.

Rescuers rushed the seriously injured worker to the hospital shortly after the fall, Mendez said.

Photo via D.C. Fire and EMS

by Andrew Ramonas — July 11, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

A man sought in a stabbing in the NoMa area last month has appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The assault happened on the unit block of K Street NW about 11:45 p.m. June 10.

One person was injured in the attack, according to authorities.

Video police distributed Friday in connection with the crime focuses on a man with long hair and a black shirt walking with three other individuals.

It’s unclear whether one of the three other people is the victim. But authorities don’t appear to want them for questioning.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

by Andrew Ramonas — July 11, 2016 at 9:05 am 0

Barracks Row clock

Man Gets 39-Year Prison Sentence for Stabbings Near Miner — Ernest Johnson, 21, was sentenced to 39 years in prison for stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her 75-year-old grandmother and another man on the 1500 block of F Street NE, just south of Miner Elementary School. [Washington Post]

Bardo Eyes Brewery License for Navy Yard Site — Bardo is looking to secure a manufacturer’s license for a brewery at 25 Potomac Ave. SE after D.C.’s alcohol regulators wouldn’t approve its application for a tavern liquor license for the property. [Barred in DC]

Barracks Row’s New Roof to Open ‘Soon’ — The Ugly Mug at 723 8th St. SE is slated to have rooftop drinking “soon,” according to a local blog. [Hill is Home]

Work Begins on 49-Unit Capitol Hill-Area Condo Building — Construction has started on a 49-unit condo development at 900 11th St. SE. [Capitol Hill Corner]

by HillNow.com — July 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm 0

Ben's Chili Bowl

The H Street corridor Ben’s Chili Bowl has turned one year old this week, and it’s time to party.

The half-smoke purveyor at 1001 H St. NE is celebrating Saturday with games and a visit from the Nationals Natsmobile.

Also on Saturday, the Southeast Library is having a book sale and  Pacers Running (300 Tingey St. SE) is hosting what it calls “The Great North American Naughtical Beer Mile.”

The thermometer is expected to reach the lower 90s Saturday under partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. But storms might develop in the afternoon. No rain is in the forecast for Sunday, which likely will have a high temperature in the upper 80s.

And according to Jessica Oros, an editor at East City Art (more info about them on FacebookTwitter or through the publication’s newsletter), interesting places to stop for D.C.-area art this weekend include:

Addison/Ripley Fine Art (1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
11:30 a.m. Saturday
Artists Isabel Manalo and Christopher Addison plan to discuss the cultural inspirations of Manalo’s exhibit “Unscripted, Naturally.”

Foundry Gallery (2118 8th St. NW)
5-8 p.m. Saturday
Members of the Foundry Gallery are celebrating “summer, outdoors, freedom from school, and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service” in an all-gallery art show, according to its website.

Studio SoHy (5132 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, Md.)
7 p.m. Saturday
Studio SoHy is scheduled to present a posthumous exhibit of nationally acclaimed painter Ted Kliman, who had been known for his “soaring, haunting canvasses,” as East City Art’s website noted.

DC Arts Center (2438 18th St. NW)
4 p.m. Sunday
Artist Sarah West is scheduled to discuss her exhibit “Vanishing Point,” in which West combined references to Early Renaissance paintings with digital symbols and artifacts, according to East City Art’s webpage.

The Clay CoOp (328 North Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, Md.)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Local clay artists from the D.C. area are slated to showcase their works in Clay CoOp’s event, “Proximity.” All art work present at the show is up for sale, according to East City Art’s website.

by HillNow.com — July 8, 2016 at 12:10 pm 0

At Home On The Hill

This sponsored column is written by Ty Voyles, a licensed Realtor© in the District of Columbia and principal of Fulcrum Properties Group, a team of real estate agents located on Capitol Hill that serves Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Just hitting the market this weekend, 214 14th St. NE is an amazing find on a beautiful tree-lined street, just blocks from Lincoln Park.

This charming townhome features a deep front yard and flowing layout with gleaming hardwood floors throughout. The first floor hosts separate living room and dining room spaces, alongside a spacious updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and gleaming countertops.

Upstairs, three sun-filled bedrooms include a built-in armoire in the master and plenty of storage. The updated bath features beautiful tile-work and a luxurious shower.

The real gem is the large and well laid out backyard that offers a perfect urban oasis with a storage shed and ample space for grilling, entertaining, and relaxing. This home has it all, including a central location on Capitol Hill. Walking distance to Lincoln Park, Sherwood Recreation Center, the H Street corridor, and tons of local shopping and dining options.

Come see this home and others this weekend. Looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate? Give us a call to get started.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hill Now.

by Andrew Ramonas — July 8, 2016 at 9:35 am 0

Southeast Capitol Hill flower

Capitol Put on Lockdown — Police put the U.S. Capitol on lockdown this morning. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the lockdown. [NBC Washington]

Group Marches to Capitol Over Men Killed in Police-Involved Shootings — Demonstrators marched to the U.S. Capitol yesterday recent deadly police shootings of black men Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana. [FOX 5]

Fire Breaks Out on Benning Road — Firefighters put out a blaze in an apartment building on the 1500 block of Benning Road NE yesterday. No one was injured. [Twitter/D.C. Fire and EMS]

Shakespeare Theater Co. Withdraws Application for Southwest Development — Shakespeare Theater Co. has withdrawn its Planned Unit Development application for the site at 501 I St. SW. [Hill Rag]

by Courtney Brown — July 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm 0

Rowhouses on E Street NE

Hill Now’s building permit roundup is back again. Check out what your neighbors are constructing around the Capitol Hill area.

The permits the D.C. government issued from Thursday, June 30, to Wednesday, July 6, are below. Permits from our previous roundups are here.

The data also is available through this link.

This project is a work in progress. Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section or at [email protected].

by Courtney Brown — July 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

RFK Stadium (Photo via Wikimedia/Ben Schumin)Locals will have a chance to discuss the future of events at RFK stadium next week.

EventsDC is set to hold scheduled a quarterly meeting for the community to talk about happenings at RFK Stadium on the 4th floor of the arena (2400 E Capitol St. SE) Monday at 7 p.m.

The meeting should cover past, current and future events at the stadium, Pete Kirschner, Director of Communications and Marketing at EventsDC, said.

“We are always open to and encourage residents to provide feedback,” Kirschner added.

One topic that may be on the agenda is the stadium’s Summer Cinema Series, since Kirschner mentioned it might be a popular topic among residents.

Photo via Wikimedia/Ben Schumin

by Alyse Mier — July 7, 2016 at 11:45 am 0

Tony Goodman (Photo via Twitter/Tony Goodman)

At Large Councilmember David Grosso has turned to a NoMa-area community leader to take the helm of his office.

Tony Goodman, who has represented NoMa and Near Northeast on ANC 6C for the past four years, became Grosso’s chief of staff Tuesday.

He succeeded Keenan Austin, who stepped down this summer to serve as the Florida political director for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Aside from Goodman’s duties as commissioner, he also serves as a member of the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He most recently was a D.C. Department of General Services construction manager, working on projects that included a new pedestrian and bike trail that will run from NoMa to the National Arboretum.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Goodman has lived in D.C. since 2002.

“The Councilmember is very excited to have Tony on board,” Grosso spokesman Matthew Nocella said in a statement. “Tony’s experience with various aspects of District government deepen the knowledge base of an already incredible staff and he looks forward to working with him on behalf of the people of the District of Columbia.”

Photo via Twitter/Tony Goodman


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