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Bowser commits $4.7 million to long-neglected islands in Anacostia River

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Summer workers cross a bridge to Heritage Island, one of two man-made islands in the Anacostia River. (James M. Thresher/FTWP)

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Friday a $4.7 million investment in two islands in the Anacostia River that have been neglected for decades amid stalled plans from developers, environmentalists and previous administrations.

Bowser, who has declared 2018 “the Year of the Anacostia,” also designated portions of 45-acre Kingman Island and five-acre Heritage Island as state conservation areas, which restricts their use to environmental, education and recreational purposes. The funds go toward outdoor classrooms, raised walkways, a floating lab platform and bathrooms.

“Our goal is a fishable, swimmable Anacostia River, and over the past few years, we have made tremendous progress toward that goal,” Bowser said. “However, there is more to do, and these conservation designations and this new funding will help us get that work done.”

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Ward 8 Education Fair to Feature 30+ DC Schools

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Parents of rising preschool through 12th grade students in Ward 8 are invited to an education fair Saturday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DC Prep’s Anacostia Elementary campus located in historic Anacostia at 1409 V Street, SE.

Representatives from more than 30 neighborhood schools, including DCPS and public charter schools, will be available to provide information about their schools to parents. Parents can also learn about the My School DC 2018-19 application process and the range of school options available in Ward 8.

Invited guests and speakers include DC’s Deputy Mayor of Education – Jennifer Niles, My School DC’s Executive Director- Catherine Peretti, Ward 8 Councilmember – Trayon White, and more!

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Support growing for SE DC business in need of help

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – An Anacostia business that was forced to shut down because of busted pipes and flooding is getting some relief.

Capitol Hill Crab Cakes closed more than one week ago after freezing temperatures made pipes bust wide open.

The restaurant owners said his landlord is refusing to pay to fix the problem, his insurance won’t pay, and he is left to foot the bill.

People showed up at the Anacostia Arts Center for a Capitol Hill Crab Cakes Benefit Brunch to support Chef Horatio Davis.

“My doors have been closed for a little bit over a week now,” Davis said.

WUSA9 sat down with Davis last week and discovered his lease makes him responsible for electrical and plumbing problems, but he said the leak was traced to a unit upstairs which he is not responsible for.

“The owner still not going to do what he is going to do,” Davis said. “The only change is that I just got to pay for it. That’s all.”

“This is his means of income,” Dominique Lark said. “If you have a family to support, you have to ask the community for help.”

Davis, a father of two young children, shared his story on Go Fund Me and raised more than $6,000 in ten days.

He hoped the brunch benefit will put him one step closer to opening again.

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Then and Now: The Anacostia Bank

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The Anacostia Bank, 2021 Nichols Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., decorated for a parade Source: Library of Congress

The photo is from around 1918. It’s the old Anacostia Bank, which is still standing.

The Anacostia Bank, 2021 Nichols Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., decorated for a parade

The Anacostia Bank, 2021 Nichols Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., decorated for a parade

Source: Library of Congress

Now check out the today view in Google Street View.

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Here’s another one of the bank from the Library of Congres. This appears to be a little later than 1918.

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The Anacostia Bank

The Anacostia Bank

Source: Library of Congress

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