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Adoptable Pet of the Week: Hershey

August 29th, 2014 by Melissa Schaffer · Capitol Hill

Hershey is proof that a haircut can change your life.



Hershey, a 4 year old schnauzer mix was surrendered to a shelter in Smyth County, Virginia by an owner who was very sick and could no longer care for her. Her coat was in terrible condition.


Just look at her now! Not only does Hershey have a fancy new ‘do, but she was lucky enough to land in the home of seasoned foster parents Amy McLean and Matt Bandyk.

Family Photo

Matt, Marge, Selma, Amy, and Patty

Amy and Matt have been fostering for City Dogs Rescue (CDR) since 2012 and have hosted 11 dogs so far.  Amy, a director of advocacy communications by day, is on CDR’s volunteer leadership team and runs their shelter-to-rescue program for Smyth County. Her fiancé, Matt, is a journalist and does most of the dog walking. Amy and Matt have adopted three dogs through CDR: they started with Patty and Selma, a bonded pair, and recently added Marge to the family. Sadly, they lost Selma to terminal cancer earlier this summer. But their foster dogs have helped ease the pain. Amy says, “It’s fun to experience their various personalities and goofy quirks. It’s very fulfilling to watch them be happy just being dogs – they are such resilient creatures. One of my foster dogs was thrown out a car window by her owner when they apparently didn’t want her any more…and she was just the happiest, peppiest, most affectionate little thing…you’d never know she had such trauma in her past. Others have gone through rough circumstances and are hesitant at first. I love watching those types come out of their shells and learn to trust you.”

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Amy makes a strong case: “Do it! Seriously. When can you start? I always tell people if you’re not sure, just ease into it. Offer to temporary foster for a weekend. Be realistic with yourself and the rescue about what you think you can handle. Just please, PLEASE do not use the excuse you would be too sad to say goodbye. Trust me, a dog dying because there was no foster home available is much sadder than watching a dog go off and live with somebody other than you.”

If you’re looking for a low-key pup to join your family, Hershey is your girl. Amy says, “Hershey is… so incredibly sweet. She is also super chill. She loves to go for walks, but is also happy snoozing on the couch and watching TV. Sometimes I forget she’s even there because she’s so quiet. She likes to cuddle and is good with my dogs. She might be the easiest foster I’ve ever had. Plus she seems to be fully housebroken.”

Check out CDR’s website to learn more about Hershey and apply to adopt her. You can also meet Hershey in person this Sunday, August 31 from 12pm-3pm at Metro Mutts, 407 8th St SE.


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To Do

August 29th, 2014 by Jen DeMayo · Capitol Hill

Electric Avenue at the Electric Run which takes place at RFK this weekend.

Electric Avenue at the Electric Run which takes place at RFK this weekend.

It is the official end of summer this weekend. Do you have plans for one last beach weekend? Lucky.

If you are stuck in town like me, here are a few ideas of how to say goodbye to summer in style.

Tonight, night check out one of the three plays running over at the Atlas. Live theatre is the perfect way to welcome fall! Rorshach Theatre’s D & D homage She Kills Monsters has been getting raves, while the ambitious SCENA Theatre has two shows running at the same time; Shining City by Conor McPherson and the new play Molly by George O’Brien.

Saturday, celebrate Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery. Typically only those four-legged members of the Cemetery’s Canine Corps are allowed but they open admission to all leashed pups for this festival.  Activities will include the 2K9 dog costume contest, a trick contest, bobbing for hot dogs, an obstacle course, and pet portraits provided by artist Erin Murray. If you think Rex is up for some competition you can sign up for contests in advance at: (http://hccemetery.wix.com/dayofthedog).  Admission is free for all creatures. There will be beer from Atlas Brew Works and Port City Brewing available and entertainment by New Wave Jukebox.

Saturday and Sunday, the Electric Run takes place at RFK Stadium. It looks like an mash-up of an actual athletic event (5k run) combined with a rave. Proceeds form these runs, which take place all over the world, go to support efforts by the ONE Campaign. Have fun kids and please don’t relieve yourself in front of anyone’s home.

Adios, summer 2014!


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Volunteers Needed at the Brethren Nutrition Program

August 28th, 2014 by Maria Helena Carey · Capitol Hill

Photo courtesy of the Washington City Church of the Brethren

Photo courtesy of the Washington City Church of the Brethren

Ponder this question as you go through your morning or afternoon commute: do you truly know your neighbors?

Here on the Hill, we have all kinds of people comprising our village. We have neighbors who bike and neighbors who parent; young, transient neighbors and young, invested neighbors; we have some puissant neighbors, too.

Some neighbors are simply those who need us.

The Brethren Nutrition Program is a soup kitchen run out of the Washington City Church of the Brethren, located at 337 North Carolina Avenue SE, at the corner of 4th and North Carolina. The BNP’s mission is to help feed hungry neighbors, regardless of housing status, age, race, religious beliefs, or financial situation. The kitchen at BNP has seen its fair share of prosperous and dry times, and they need help to give back.

The kitchen is seeking volunteers to cover the food preparation shift from 10:00 am to 12 noon, and the serving and clean-up shift, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Volunteers are welcome to work both shifts if they so desire.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Nestman at bnp@washingtoncitycob.org.


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Nominations for The Hilly Awards End TODAY

August 27th, 2014 by Claudia Holwill · Capitol Hill

HillyAwardsThe nomination period for the 2014 Hilly Awards closes TODAY at 11:59pm so if you have not yet nominated your favorite businesses, the time is now! Click here or visits CapitolHill.org.

Once the nominations are counted, the top five from each category will then be voted on by the public. And the winners will be announced at the annual Hilly Awards Gala this fall.

Speaking of which, if your business wants to be a sponsor, contact CHAMPS today!

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Hill’s Eye View: Join Her in the Pool

August 27th, 2014 by Kate McFadden · Capitol Hill

by Caroline Angelo on Flickr

by Caroline Angelo on Flickr

There’s a new girl in town at Eastern Market. Look what’s turned up on the exterior of Rumsey Aquatic Center: Aniekan Udofia, called one of D.C.’s best-known muralists, painted this beauty. We have MuralsDC, the DC’s Department of Public Works, the DC Commission on the Arts and the Humanities and Words Beats & Life Inc to thank for this aquatic inspiration.

Have a good vignette of life on the Hill? Share it on our Flickr pool!

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