Gun Violence Continues to Plague DC

By Mike Goodman In July, gun violence rocked the city, and hit close to home for Southwest and Southeast residents. On July 16, a 6-year-old girl was fatally shot and five others, including her mother, were wounded from gunfire in the Southeast quadrant. The next night, there was a shooting right outside Nationals Park, wounding […]

Arena Stage Plans Exciting 72nd Season

By Southwester Staff    “Arena is definitely roaring back! The Earth is shaking beneath our feet as the world shifts on its axis once again and welcomes us back to the theater. Our 2021/22 Season is a unique combination of champagne and soul,” shares Artistic Director Molly Smith. “The season’s productions remain rooted in Arena’s history […]

DC Jazz Festival Announces New Leadership

By Southwester Staff The DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) organization announced in June that Sunny Sumter has been promoted to the new leadership role of President and Chief Executive Officer. The DC Jazz Festival is an annual event that typically includes multiple performances in Southwest. “We are proud to elevate Sunny to this expanded leadership role for […]

The Opening of the New Southwest Library

By Southwester Staff The new Southwest library opening was truly a Southwest event, with Southwest’s favorite son Ben Sands serenading the small group with beautiful flute music. Library Executive Director Richard Reyes Gavilan kicked off the short ceremony and thanked those who had a role in the new library’s creation.  The next speaker, Ward 6 […]

Buzzard Point: Dusty Questions Remain

By Matt Koehler Last month, The Southwester published an article that investigated complaints of pollution and excess dust experienced by long-existing border communities and incoming residents in and around Buzzard Point. Our investigation centered around the ready-mix concrete plants that operate out of the area and delved into whether those plants were continuing to exacerbate […]

Breast Cancer Walk Held for SW Resident

By Southwester Staff It was an amazingly beautiful day and a wonderful way to surprise a special person, as more than 100 family, friends, and coworkers recognized LaCretia “Rose” Bell-Willet, newly diagnosed breast cancer survivor, with a mini breast cancer walk on Sunday, June 13. The walk started at the imposing Titanic statue on the […]