Hillary Clinton Makes History as Democratic Party Nominee

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night as the first female major party nominee in the country’s history — after her rival, Bernie Sanders, threw his support behind her and nixed the roll call vote.

The moment was marked with cheers, tears and anger from some Sanders supporters who were dissatisfied with the primary contest — including the votes controversially given to hundreds of superdelegates — and its outcome.
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Mayor Bowser Signs Renewable Portfolio Standard Bill into Law

DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser hosted a press conference with Courtney Snowden, Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO); Tommy Wells, Director of the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE); GRID Alternatives; and participants in DOEE’s Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP), where she signed the Renewable Portfolio Standard Expansion Act of 2016. This legislation, introduced by Councilmember Cheh and unanimously passed by Council, will solidify the District’s position as a national leader in the push to decarbonize our economies, increase access to clean energy for DC residents, and create a long-term pipeline for green jobs and business creation.
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Councilmember Todd and his Office ”Beat the Streets” in Ward 4!

Councilmember Todd (pictured above with Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes) and his office joined the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), several local agencies and non-profits, and countless members of the community in support of the annual “Beat the Streets” program right here in Ward 4! The goal of the program is to support community togetherness, non-violence, public safety, and health education. The Councilmember was thrilled to support, as he did last year, this fantastic event.



On Tuesday, August 2, thousands of DC residents are expected to join with their neighbors, police officers and other community leaders in celebrating National Night Out (NNO). From community cookouts to open houses – block parties, candlelight vigils and athletic events – DC is gearing up for the 33rd annual celebration of “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” The citywide kickoff will begin at 5:30 pm at River Terrace Park, Anacostia Avenue and Benning Road, NE, in the Sixth District. Public safety characters McGruff the Crime Dog® and the National Knight® will be available to meet attendees and have their photos taken. In addition to the numerous activities taking place at the kickoff event, communities across DC – in all seven police districts – have scheduled NNO events during the late afternoon and evening hours.
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Report provides insight into marijuana use and risk perception patterns in communities across the nation

A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that rates of marijuana use and perceptions of risks of harm associated with marijuana use vary significantly among regions of the country and even within states.  The SAMHSA report uses detailed tables and color coded maps to present estimates for smaller areas within states (substates), which provide a more detailed look at these issues within states and throughout the nation.

Regionally, the study found that among people aged 12 and older, current (past month) marijuana use rates were highest in the West (9.70 percent) and lowest in the South (6.4 percent).  People in the South also had the highest rate of perceived great risk from monthly marijuana use (32.6 percent), while people in the West had the lowest (25.6 percent).
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SunTrust Foundation recently awarded a $40,000 grant to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

The SunTrust Foundation recently awarded a $40,000 grant to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The money will be used to support financial education efforts in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as The Law & Your Community, a nationally recognized program for youth ages 13 to 18 that provides training on what it means to be a citizen, laws governing everyday life and their rights as citizen. Pictured from left are: Dwayne Crawford, executive director (NOBLE); Wendy McSweeney, senior vice president and enterprise inclusion leader (SunTrust); Gregory A. Thomas, national president (NOBLE); and Muriel Garr, senior vice president and community development manager (SunTrust).


DPR Announces Town Hall Schedule

Programs and activities to be the focus

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is pleased to announce a series of DPR Town Halls. These town halls will explore community interest in DPR programming. From Zumba, urban gardening, basketball and senior programs to afterschool access, bid whist, chess and teen programs, DPR offers hundreds of programs. We want to hear from you about programs you would like to see offered at a community center or field near you.

“DPR offers  of a diverse array of programs, services and activities,” states Keith A. Anderson, DPR Director, “We want to hear from residents what programs interest them the most so that we can align program and activity choices.”

Below is the listing of DPR Town Halls:
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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop presents World Premiere Musical, Alice Adams

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) presents a world premiere event: Alice Adams, a musical in progress composed by Juilliard-trained Robert Convery. Bob has adapted Booth Tarkington’s novel, Alice Adams, the 1921 Pulitzer Prize Novel. Bob’s adaptation includes 15 characters and 21 original songs.  The musical is the result of decades of composing, from choral pieces to opera, along with dozens of hours of comprehensive research with the papers of Oscar Hammerstein II at the Library of Congress.  The story of Alice Adams, while written almost a century ago, will resonate with contemporary audiences with its message of feminism and women’s liberation.
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Pop-Up Gardens


ArtReach at THEARC is looking forward to adding collaborative artwork to four pop-up gardens in Ward 8. But first we build, fill and plant!

ArtReach is excited to be a partner in the urban garden project with the 11th Street Bridge Park and UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences program. Stay tuned to see more work from the George Washington University artists and education students.


WPGC Bike Fest Ready to Rock MDIR

The nation’s biggest motorcycle drag racing and culture event has one-upped its game. The always mega-huge WPGC Bike Fest will feature ear-splitting, eye-burning nitro bikes in full-on competition for the first time—not just a match race. It’s the Mickey Thompson International Drag Bike League™ (IDBL)’s first Top Fuel Import and Harley Shootout, and its dedicated to the nitro legend that mastered them all—Elmer Trett.
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Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.7%

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in June. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which was up 0.2 percentage point in June to 4.9 percent.

May’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Virginia was revised downward from 3.8 percent to 3.7 percent. Previous to last month’s revised rate, the last time the Commonwealth posted a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate as low as 3.7% was April of 2008.
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Virginia Awarded $900,000 to Expand Wellness Program


~ Program will include outreach to persons with dementia ~

Governor McAuliffe trecently announced Virginia’s wellness program that helps older Virginians with chronic diseases has won a $900,000 grant to expand across the Commonwealth and include individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services already offers free “You Can! Live Well, Virginia!” workshops focused on chronic disease self-management through some Area Agencies on Aging; the two-year grant from the federal Administration for Community Living will allow DARS to expand the program to all 25 AAAs, reaching almost 2,500 participants. For the six years the program has existed, it has helped more than 10,000 Virginians learn to better manage their health issues.
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Virginia Sales Tax Holiday for Back-to-School Supplies

~ Sales tax holiday set for August 5th-7th ~ 

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia will offer a sales tax holiday from August 5th-7th so that shoppers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items, and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax. This two day tax break is aimed to financially assist families for back-to-school shopping and encourage Virginians to take necessary precautions during hurricane season.
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Maryland Department of Transportation’s MTA Wins National APTA Gold Awards For Rail Safety and Security

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) recently received the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2016 Gold Awards for Heavy Rail Security and Light Rail Safety.

MTA was the safety winner for its Light Rail Railroad Worker Protection Training Program (RWP) and the security winner for its Zone Enforced Unified Sweeps (ZEUS) program at APTA’s 2016 Rail Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. These awards recognize the top rail systems in North America for excellence in their safety and security programs.
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Governor McAuliffe Announces Workforce Grant Program

~ Credentials Will Open Doors to Promising, High-Demand Career Opportunities ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the launch of a new grant program designed to ensure that workforce credentials are accessible and affordable for Virginians seeking the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

The New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant program covers 124 different community college training programs at Virginia’s Community Colleges geared toward providing workforce credentials at one-third of their former cost.

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DPR, Coca-Cola and NRPA Celebrate Court Improvements at Benning Park Community Center

DPR receives grant for basketball and tennis court renovations

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) DPR, the Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recognized a court resurfacing project at Benning Park Community Center, which is located at Southern Avenue and Fable Streets, SE. In partnership with the Coca-Cola Company, NRPA is providing grants to communities to improve parks and recreation facilities for community members.

DPR received the grant for tennis and basketball court resurfacing at Benning Park Community Center. DPR participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in recognition of the dedication and outstanding work achieved by both NRPA and The Coca-Cola Company.
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Obama administration asks Supreme Court to re-hear immigration suit

(UPI) — President Barack Obama‘s administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to re-hear the government’s plan to protect several million illegal immigrants from deportation.

The court’s 4-4 tie ruling on June 23 effectively kept in place the lower court ruling blocking the Obama plan.

The Justice Department wants the order to be kept on hold until a ninth justice is confirmed. Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly in February, but the Republican Senate has not agreed to a hearing or vote on Garland.
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HRSA Awards $2,287,973 to Grow the District of Columbia’s Health Workforce and Expand Health Professions Training

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $2,287,973 in new awards to 6 organizations in the District of Columbia. The awards were part of $149 million given nationally through 12 workforce programs to prepare the next generation of skilled, diverse primary care providers to serve communities in need across the country.

“These awards will help increase access to quality health care for all Americans by educating and training culturally competent providers who are prepared to practice in high-need areas,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “By encouraging partnerships among academic institutions, clinicians, health care sites and public health entities, we can improve health outcomes in underserved communities.”
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DOEE seeks public input on District’s climate adaptation plan 

The District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) released its draft climate adaptation plan, Climate Ready DC, for community input. The plan identifies current and future impacts of a changing climate on the District’s infrastructure, public facilities, and residents. Climate Ready DC also includes 74 actions the District must take to ensure the safety and prosperity of our communities in the face of a changing climate.
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Internet Essentials to Reach More Than 40 Percent of All HUD-Assisted Households Nationwide

Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative recently took an historic step to close the digital divide in America.  Now, public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast’s service area are eligible to apply for Internet Essentials, the company’s high-speed internet adoption program for low-income families.  Including homes covered by Comcast’s pilot public housing expansion announced in March, an estimated total of up to 2 million HUD-assisted homes, including Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Multifamily programs, will now have access to low-cost internet service.
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Tips to protect health in extreme heat

Following the heat advisory issued for Washington, D.C., and eastern portions of Maryland and Virginia by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds local residents about steps they should take to protect their health from the extreme heat.

“People may not often think about it but extreme heat can have devastating effects on health,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response (ASPR). “Young children, older adults, and people on certain medications can be particularly vulnerable to heat. Recognizing the signs of heat stress and knowing what to do can save a life.”
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Bank of America Announces $40 Million Commitment to Support Youth Success

Bank of America Student Leaders from the Greater Washington area pose with Jeff Cathey, Senior Military Affairs Executive (from left to right: Foday Masaray, Max Finkelpearl, Nina Clemente, Cathey, and Christopher Cao). Students assembled care kits at the American Red Cross for veterans and members of the military.  (Photo credit: Bank of America)

Funding Will Go Toward Skills Development Programs, First Time Employment Opportunities and To Advance Diverse Hiring

Bank of America today announced a $40 million commitment to connect 100,000 teens and young adults to the skills and employment experiences needed for 21st-century jobs. Over the next three years, in partnership with nonprofit organizations across the country, the bank will fund summer internships, education and job training, and support diverse talent to help build a pipeline that will strengthen and enhance tomorrow’s workforce.

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GW Establishes New Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research

The new Center will focus on research, policy, and education to enhance the value of the health care delivery system

The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has established a new Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research (CHIPR). The new Center will absorb the Office of Clinical Practice Innovation and Urgent Matters, expanding its reach across GW.
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Governor McAuliffe Launches Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge

~ Teams from across Virginia invited to use open jobs data and cutting-edge technology to create innovative workforce applications ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe launched the 2016 Workforce Innovation Datathon Challenge, a competition inviting citizens, students, and government teams from across the Commonwealth to come together to create innovative workforce solutions.
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The DC African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will hold its 10th Anniversary from August 19 to 21, 2016 at a new venue, the GWU Marvin Center (800 21st Street NW). The weekend will feature eighteen films ‐including 12 US and DC premieres ‐that will take audiences in and out of the United States. Jamaica, Spain, Nigeria, and Brazil are some of the countries that will be featured in the selection of films to be showcased in DC ADIFF 2016.
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Mayor Bowser Announces Details of Search for DCPS Chancellor

Mayor Bowser announced the formation of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Rising Leadership Committee, a review panel that will serve and assist the Mayor during the process of selecting a new Chancellor. The Committee will consist of DCPS principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members. Pat McGuire, President of Trinity University and Gina Adams, FedEx Senior Vice President for Government Affairs will Co-Chair the Committee.

“With the selection of a new Chancellor, District residents have a huge opportunity to shape the next 10 years of bold education reform,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “DCPS is the fastest improving urban district in the country, and we are committed to building on the foundation we’ve developed to help all of our students succeed.”

Mayor Bowser also announced that Boyden, an executive search firm, will work collaboratively with Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Jennifer Niles to identify the best candidate for Chancellor.

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BGE Announces Energy Savings Day for Thursday, July 14 to Help Customers Save on Summer Energy Bills

All customers with smart meters are eligible for the BGE Smart Energy Rewards® program

 Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) asks its customers to conserve energy during the Energy Savings Day that will be in effect on Thursday, July 14, between the hours of 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. BGE typically schedules Energy Savings Days when an increased demand for electricity throughout the mid-Atlantic region is anticipated. The power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

BGE customers with a smart meter installed at their home can participate in the Energy Savings Day by voluntarily reducing their electricity usage to earn a bill credit of $1.25 for every kilowatt-hour saved from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Energy Savings Day. During Energy Savings Days, customers that participate in both BGE Smart Energy Rewards and the PeakRewards℠ Air Conditioning program will have their central air conditioner (A/C) automatically cycled up to the 50 percent level, which means their A/C compressors will be off for half of the time they would normally run. The energy saved from automatically cycling PeakRewards participants’ air conditioning on Energy Savings Days contributes to the overall energy savings that make up the BGE Smart Energy Rewards bill credit. For more information, visit BGE.com/TwoWaystoSave.

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The Board of Directors of Special Olympics D.C. announces the appointment of Ms. Nicole Preston as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization.

 Preston comes to Special Olympics D.C. with more than 25 years experience in fundraising, operations, finance and leadership. Most recently, Preston spent the last twelve years with the American Diabetes Association where she was responsible for the strategic planning, marketing, management and training for 160 signature fundraising events nationwide, as well as managing their Corporate National Team program.  Under her leadership, the total revenue of Tour de Cure grew from $8 million with 26,000 participants to more than 61,000 participants raising $29 million in 2015.

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Unanimous DC Council Vote Marks Historic Day in Fight for Statehood

Legislature Passes Advisory Referendum on the State of New Columbia Admission Act Resolution of 2016

The Council of the District of Columbia unanimously passed the Advisory Referendum on the State of New Columbia Admission Act Resolution of 2016, PR21-0839. The resolution approves the submission of a proposed advisory referendum to the Board of Elections that would allow voters to support statehood and ask to petition Congress to enact a statehood Admission Act, including boundaries of the future state of New Columbia and a constitution.

 “This is a historic day for Statehood for Washington, DC,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “The New Columbia Statehood Commission approved our Bold Path to Statehood plan in April and we have been working tirelessly to engage residents and the Council around statehood efforts. I have faith that District residents will overwhelmingly support this referendum paving the way for our petition to Congress for DC statehood and finally remedying one of the biggest civil rights injustices of our time.”

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Media Legend Cathy Hughes to Serve as Keynote Speaker at the Sixth Annual Women of Color Empowerment Conference

-Event set for September 9-11, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale-

Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest African-American owned and operated broadcasting company in the nation, will be the luncheon keynote speaker for the Sixth Annual Women of Color Empowerment Conference (WOCEC).  The conference will focus on educating and motivating dynamic Women of Color to lead more effectively.

The prestigious event takes place from September 9-11, 2016 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, located at 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The weekend of the WOCEC seeks to educate, encourage, and cultivate women leaders of color.


“We are delighted to have the incomparable Cathy Hughes address the conference attendees in a year where our theme is Media Images of Women of Color” said WOCEC Founder Burnadette Norris-Weeks, Esq. “Hundreds of America’s top women leaders of color will convene in South Florida for a weekend of enrichment, enlightenment and empowerment aimed at broadening their spheres of influence and strengthening their ability to effectively lead.”

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National Nurses United Petitions Federal OSHA for Workplace Violence Prevention Standard

In light of a growing national epidemic of workplace violence against registered nurses and healthcare workers, National Nurses United (NNU) is petitioning the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for a formal workplace violence prevention standard.

“The death of our member, Cynthia Palomata, RN, in 2010 as a result of a preventable workplace violence incident spurred NNU to continue to fight harder for workplace violence protections for our members. We have since won comprehensive legislation requiring regulations in California; now we are submitting this petition and moving to the federal level,” said NNU Director of Health and Safety Bonnie Castillo. “We urge OSHA to accept this petition and to enter rule making immediately.” 

 Workers in the healthcare industry face extremely high rates of workplace violence. In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated that healthcare workers experience workplace violence at rates 5 to 12 times higher than for workers overall. And the rates are on the rise; between 2005 and 2014, rates of workplace violence incidents have increased 110% in private industry hospitals.

These statistics illustrate, say nurses, that existing OSHA efforts have proven inadequate to address the life-threatening problem of workplace violence for registered nurses and other healthcare workers.

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Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Announces Fiscal Year 2017 Application Round for Project C.O.R.E. Funding

The Department of Housing and Community Development has opened the FY17 application round for Project C.O.R.E. funding.

Project C.O.R.E., or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise, is a state initiative to eliminate blight in Baltimore City and make way for new green space, new affordable housing, mixed-use development and expanded opportunities for businesses.

The Department will prioritize awards to those projects that will have a strong positive economic and revitalization impact. In addition, projects that can be completed quickly and with relative certainty of achieving the project-specific goals will receive preferences in scoring.

Applications are due August 19, 2016, at 3 p.m.

For more information about Project C.O.R.E., visit http://dhcd.maryland.gov/ProjectCORE/.


DPR Celebrates Parks and Recreation Month at the 2nd Annual DPR Rec Day

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to celebrate Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), at the 2nd Annual DPR Rec Day. Join us on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Zimmerman Field at Randall Recreation Center (South Capital and I Streets, SW) from 11 am – 4 pm for an extravaganza featuring fun activities, entertainment and food for the whole family. 

“DPR’s motto is Move, Grow, Be Green and we offer many exciting programs, activities and services that fall into those categories,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “DPR Rec Day is the opportunity for residents to experience many of these offerings in one location. You will be amazed by the amount and quality of fun the day will bring.”

This year, DPR has added even more exciting activities. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, rock wall, face painting, Madden & NBA Playstation 4 challenge, jewelry making, imagine play station, quick start tennis, line dancing, tee ball exhibition, obstacle course, moonbounce, fashion shows and much more, including competitive fun each hour.
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Hogan Administration Provides 52 Grants to Heritage Tourism Sites, Activities, and Organizations Across Maryland

Nearly $2.7 million awarded by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority

The Hogan administration announced that 52 matching grants totaling $2,699,532 were awarded to Maryland non-profits, local jurisdictions and other heritage tourism organizations including museums, and historic preservation, natural resources, cultural, and educational organizations through the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA). These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout Maryland (the full listing of grants can be found below). .

 The MHAA oversees Maryland’s system of 13 locally-administered, state-certified Heritage Areas. Today, all Maryland counties and Baltimore City have at least part of a state-certified Heritage Area within their boundaries. Heritage Areas foster broad public-private partnerships to preserve and enhance the best of Maryland’s historic sites and towns, unspoiled natural landscapes, and enduring traditions. These tangible links to both place and the past encourage residents to recognize the special piece of the American story they can treasure and share with others and that in doing so they are contributing to the economic well-being of Maryland’s communities.

Maryland’s Heritage Areas help celebrate and preserve the best of our history, cultural traditions, and natural areas,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I congratulate Maryland’s 13 Heritage Areas and their tourism partners on these grant awards. This important funding makes our communities more livable and vibrant, while fostering economic activity and growth through our rich tourism industry.” 

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Maryland Department of Transportation’s MTA to Partially Shut DownMetro Subway Service July 22 to August 14 for Safety Repairs

Shuttle Buses to Transport Customers Between Affected Stops

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is preparing for critical maintenance work that will partially shut down the Metro Subway system for 24 days this summer, and officials are urging riders to plan ahead and use free shuttle bus service to help get them where they need to go.

From July 22 to August 14, the Reisterstown Plaza, Rogers Avenue and West Cold Spring Metro Subway stations will be completely closed for maintenance of critical components of the rail system. Full service will resume on August 15. Service will continue between the following stations: Owings Mills to Milford Mill and Mondawmin to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Maintenance work will largely include reconstructing three interlockings – a rail component that allows trains to cross from one track to another. During the partial shutdown, the MTA also will perform additional rail replacement, track maintenance, station improvements and cleaning.

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Hospital’s Population Health Focus Aims to Improve the Community’s Wellbeing

You have likely heard of a shifting focus in medical care termed “population health.”  Like many, you may wonder what it means and how it can improve the wellbeing of the community.  Doctors Community Hospital’s Dr. Sunil Madan, chief medical officer and chief population health officer, and Paul Grenaldo, chief operating officer, explain how their team is contributing to a healthier Prince George’s County.

At the core of population health is a focus on keeping people who live within a defined geographic area healthy, not just treating them when they are ill.  Especially important is the care of those who have chronic diseases or who rely on emergency departments to treat preventable conditions that are often best managed by primary care or disease-specific specialists.  As Dr. Madan explained, “Although everyone benefits from population health, it is particularly beneficial for those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other such conditions.  Optimally managing such diseases can help people avoid numerous serious complications.  At the same time, it can contribute to decreasing healthcare costs – principally those incurred in emergency room settings or because of high hospital readmission rates.”

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BGE Launches New Responsive Website for Customers

Based on customer feedback, updated website provides convenient, anytime, anywhere access to important account information

 BGE has launched a new website, providing anytime, anywhere access for customers.  The responsive design of the new site optimizes the online experience for customers from any mobile device, tablet or desktop to enable easy access to important account information.

The new design incorporates feedback provided by customers. Upgraded navigation improves access to services, making it easy for customers to report and check the status of outages, view their energy usage and make more informed decisions based on user friendly, easily accessible pages and content.

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Fiscal Year 2016 General Fund Revenue Collections Increase 1.7% But Fall $266.3 Million Short of Forecast

~ Payroll Withholding and Sales Tax Collections Account for the Shortfall ~

The Commonwealth of Virginia closed fiscal year 2016, which ended on June 30, with positive general fund revenue growth over last year. This year’s $18.3 billion in revenue collections set a new record for annual gross receipts, but fell short of the official budgetary forecast for the year. Preliminary figures indicate that the state concluded fiscal year 2016 with 1.7 percent growth in general fund revenue collections, excluding transfers, but faces an approximate $266.3 million shortfall from the official forecast. Total general fund revenues were forecast to increase 3.2 percent in fiscal year 2016. This represents a 1.5 percent forecast variance from the official budget estimate, with payroll withholding and sales tax receipts falling short of expectations. The final fiscal year 2016 tally, including transfers, will not be available until August 26th when it will be released to a Joint Legislative Money Committee meeting.

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Hair Cuttery to Support Thousands of Underprivileged Children with Back-to-School Share-A-Haircut Program

For each haircut purchased, one will be donated to a child in need—just in time for the new school year

Hair Cuttery, the largest family-owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, will be donating back-to-school haircuts to children who need it most this summer. From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, one free haircut certificate will be donated to a disadvantaged child in the community.

“A new haircut for a special occasion is something we all take for granted,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “Our Share-A-Haircut program ensures that children in our communities aren’t deprived of that simple, but essential, service. If we can send those students back to school with added confidence and a smile on their faces, then we’ve done our job.”

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DPR to Host the Second in a Series of 2016 Late Night Pool Parties

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host its second in the 2016 Late Night Summer Pool Party Series on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Avenue, SE) from 7 pm to 11 pm. Come out, swim and socialize during the evening at one of DPR’s popular outdoor pools!!

The event series is free, open to all ages and will have a DJ/music. Please note that patrons are not allowed to bring any outside food nor drink onto the pool deck. Be sure to #SaveTheDates for the entire 2016 late night pool party series!!

DPR’s remaining 2016 Late Night Pool Party Series are as follows:

?. Saturday, August 6th: 7 pm to 11 pm: Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie St., SE – Ward 8)

?. Saturday, August 20nd: 7 pm to 11 pm: Francis Pool (2535 N St., NW – Ward 2)

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President Obama & Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama campaigns with Hillary Clinton

President Barack Obama speaks alongside Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as he campaigns with her in Charlotte, N.C.

(UPI) — President Barack Obama finally got his long-awaited chance to hit the campaign trail for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, and he didn’t waste the opportunity to make a case for his former State Department chief.

Speaking at a rally in Charlotte, N.C., the president vivaciously praised Clinton for her years of public service and lauded her depth of experience in multiple American government venues — including eight years in the White House, eight years in the U.S. Senate and four years in Obama’s cabinet.

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DC Free Summer Meals Program

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), known in Washington, DC as the DC Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP), provides reimbursement for free nutritious meals and snacks served to children 18 and younger. These meals help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow throughout the summer months when they are out of school.

When school is out, the meals served as a part of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program are not available, and due to families’ limited budgets, or other circumstances, children will often miss wholesome meals. The FSMP fills this gap and parents benefit from some help in stretching their food dollars and by knowing that their children are receiving healthy meals in a supportive environment.

The DC Free Summer Meals Program has served over 1 million meals to children and youth in the District of Columbia in the past three summers. Sponsoring organizations included:

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?. Entities of state, local, or municipal government;

?. Residential camps; and

Private non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status.


Pepco Prepared for Heat Wave, Encourages Customers to Be Ready

90 degree temperatures expected to last through the weekend

 Pepco is monitoring the regional weather forecast and is prepared to respond to any issues affecting the local energy grid. The National Weather Service is calling for mid-90 degree weather until the weekend.

 While the region’s power supply should be sufficient to meet high demand, sustained high temperatures can strain the electric system and cause power outages. In response, Pepco advises customers to be ready for outages and has scheduled additional field personnel to be ready for the restoration of service.

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The Citi Open Tournament Returns to Ward 4: Special Discount for all Ward 4 Residents

The annual Citi Open tennis tournament is returning to Ward 4 this month, from July 16 – 24, at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. The tournament houses some of the premier tennis competitors in the world and is a must-see event for fans of sport and spectacle alike! For more information on the event, please visit the Citi Open website.

Ward 4 residents have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the main event — the Citi Open Finals — by following the link HERE and entering in the promo code: “WARD4″. Don’t miss out on this great chance to see some of the world’s greatest tennis players!


Obama slows troop withdrawal in Afghanistan; 8,400 staying through 2016

(UPI) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a slowing in the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan as 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in the country through 2016.

There are 9,800 U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan and the initial plan was to leave 5,500 there through the end of the year.


“Our forces are now focused on two narrow missions: training and advising Afghan forces and supporting counter-terrorist operations,” Obama said during an address from the White House. “Over the past year and a half, 38 Americans … have given their lives in Afghanistan for our security. We honor their sacrifice.”

Counter-terrorism missions will target al-Qaida, the Islamic State and other known groups deemed as terrorist organizations in the region.

“I’ve made it clear that I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again,” Obama said. “Even as we remain relentless against those who threaten us, we are no longer engaged in a major ground war in Afghanistan.


FDA Launches Nutrition Facts Label Online: A Web-based Guide for Reading the Label

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Nutrition Facts label is found on packaged foods and beverages, and can serve as your daily guide for comparing foods and making healthy choices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making it even easier to explore and interpret the wealth of information on the Nutrition Facts label with the Nutrition Facts Label Online tool.

FDA has issued final changes to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases. FDA will continue to educate consumers on all aspects of the new Nutrition Facts label, emphasizing the major changes and improvements that will be seen over the next two to three years. For more information, see Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label.

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~ Funding will allow National Park Service to begin repairs and keep Memorial Bridge open ~

Congressional representatives from Virginia and the District of Columbia recently announced that the National Park Service (NPS), jointly with the District Department of Transportation, has been awarded a $90 million FASTLANE Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for repairs to Arlington Memorial Bridge, which carries 68,000 vehicles daily. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly and Barbara Comstock jointly issued the following statement:

 “We are very pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation has selected Arlington Memorial Bridge to receive a $90 million FASTLANE grant. While additional federal resources will be needed to complete this $250 million project, this funding will allow NPS to move forward with planning and contracting immediately so that construction can begin early next year. This significant federal investment will go a long way towards ensuring that Memorial Bridge remains open, which is welcome news for the region’s commuters.”

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Virginia Selected for $165 Million FASTLANE Grant to Deliver the Atlantic Gateway Project

Multi-Pronged Project will Transform Road and Rail Infrastructure Along the I-95 Corridor

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Virginia’s proposed Atlantic Gateway Project has been selected for a federal FASTLANE grant of $165 million. 

Combined resources for the project, including the federal grant, private investment and public funding, total $1.4 billion to address the worst bottlenecks on the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia, transforming travel along the entire East Coast.

The project will enhance passenger and freight rail along the corridor, improving reliability and capacity on the East Coast’s rail network, and increase bus service.  The 95 Express Lanes will be extended both to the north and south, offering commuters a reliable trip from Fredericksburg to the Potomac River, and points in between.  Expanded bus service will also help keep more cars off of the road and shorten commute times.

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BGE Welcomes First Class of Smart Energy Workforce Development Interns

Program Provides Hands-on Experience for Baltimore City Vo-tech High School Students

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) Smart Energy Workforce Development Program today welcomes the first class of high school interns from Baltimore City vocational-technical high schools. 13 rising seniors from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (Mervo) and Green Street Academy will spend five-weeks gaining experience in their chosen educational tracks.

 “This internship program is a concrete example of our commitment to Baltimore, its school system and the economic health of its communities. By aligning with high-achieving students who have a desire to learn, we can expose them to what it takes to succeed in their careers. Hopefully some will find a home with BGE,” said Robert Matthews, BGE’s human resources senior manager.

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July is Parks and Recreation Month

This July, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Join us for an array of events at community parks, pools and recreation facilities. 

?. Join DPR’s Small Parks Division and Universal Capoeira Angola Dance Place for a Brazilian martial arts performance at the DPR Triangle Park Series on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 11 am – 12:30 pm.

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United States Conference of Mayors Adopts Resolution Supporting Statehood for Washington, DC

At the 84th United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) Annual Meeting, Mayors from across the United States of America adopted a resolution in support of Statehood for Washington, DC. The resolution was introduced by Mayor Muriel Bowser and Co-Sponsored by USCM President and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake; Gary, Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; New York City, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio; Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Paul Soglin; and Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Tony Yarber.

“I want to thank my fellow Mayors from across the United States for supporting full democracy for District residents.” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “As Washingtonians continue the fight for full equality, together with the United States Conference of Mayors, we have an unique opportunity to do something historic and remedy one of the greatest ongoing civil and voting rights injustices of modern time.”

Mayor Bowser co-sponsored two additional resolutions that were also adopted by USCM today. The first resolution calls on cities to support institutionalizing and standardizing local and sustainable food procurement practices, and for federal support to aid in this effort. Mayor Bowser is the Co-Chair of the USCM Food Policy Task Force, serving with Co-Chair Madison, Wisconsin Mayor Paul Soglin.
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Join Us For An Annual D.C. Tradition: A Capitol Fourth

A Capitol Fourth welcomes back Emmy Award-winning television personality Tom Bergeron to host America’s 240th Independence Day celebration. Broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the 2016 edition of A Capitol Fourth will feature performances by: legendary Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; platinum selling recording star and Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins; multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw; award-winning country vocalist Cassadee Pope; actress and singer Amber Riley, who is set to star in the musical Dreamgirls in London’s West End; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster;
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Attorney General Racine Announces $570 Million National Settlement with Volkswagen, $2.5 Million Penalty to the District

Affected Consumers to Receive $5,100 and Choice of Vehicle Buyback or Modification

Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced this week that the District and 42 states have reached a $570 million settlement with Volkswagen AG; Audi AG; Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.; Porsche AG; and Porsche Cars, North America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The settlement resolves allegations that Volkswagen violated District and state consumer protection laws by marketing, selling and leasing diesel motor vehicles equipped with illegal emission defeat devices.

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia served on the Executive Committee that led the states’ investigation into Volkswagen.  The agreement resolving the investigation, which includes monetary penalties and an injunction preventing Volkswagen from further violating the law, is part of a series of settlements that punish Volkswagen for its misconduct and provide cash payments to affected consumers.

In a separate settlement, Volkswagen agreed to buy back or modify certain diesel vehicles and pay restitution to consumers.

“This is an important victory for consumers in one of the worst cases of corporate wrongdoing we have ever seen,” Attorney General Racine said. “The District and our partner states, along with our federal partners, have sent a strong message that even large global companies must abide by federal and state laws designed to protect consumers from deceptive marketing.”

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Eleanor Holmes Norton Annual Job Fair

The Job and Opportunity Fair will take place August 11, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 10:00am3:00pm. Last year’s Annual Job and Opportunity Fair brought nearly 3,000 D.C. residents with an extraordinary array of skills, backgrounds, qualifications and over 80 employers.


Registration for this year’s Jobs and Opportunity Fair is now open, and we would love to have you be an exhibitor. Please click HERE to navigate to the registration form. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Hillary Allen at (202) 408 9041 or email Hillary.Allen@Mail.house.gov

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Drug-Free World Briefs Congressional Aides on Synthetic Drugs – A National Emerging Threat

Dr. Anthony Jones, Emergency Room physician with the United Medical Center in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – The Foundation for a Drug-Free World held a briefing to Congress on Capitol Hill about the national emerging threat of synthetic drugs.  The briefing covered the rise in usage of synthetic drugs, the consequences of that usage on the individuals themselves and the collateral risk to public safety.  No state in the Union has been left untouched by this issue.


The Church of Scientology National Affairs Office co-hosted the briefing and John Stanard, Director for Social Betterment Programs & Policy for the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office, was the master of ceremonies for the briefing.  Stanard stated that working to help overcome the scourge of drug abuse and addiction was an important part of the Church of Scientology’s worldwide social mission.  Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, that “Research has demonstrated that the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs.”

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Seventeen Projects Unveiled to ‘Green’ Local Communities, Create Jobs, and Manage Stormwater Runoff

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, announced $803,489 in grants to be awarded to 17 organizations through the “Green Streets, Green Towns, Green Jobs” Grant Initiative (G3).  This program was created in 2011 to advance watershed protection and economic vitality by developing green stormwater management techniques that create jobs and help make communities more livable.

This announcement includes five projects designed to improve central Pennsylvania, as well as twelve other initiatives in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

“These funds help communities transition to a sustainable environment and economy by creating a cycle of pollution prevention, greening and job creation – leading to a better quality of life,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “By keeping rain water from coming into contact with pollution in the first place, green infrastructure improves the health of our waters, while reducing flooding, and helping our communities become more resilient to climate change.”

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EPA Awards $2.7 million to Virginia Foundation To Research Stormwater Options, Water Reuse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced two grants totaling $2.7 million to the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) of Alexandria, Va. for water research projects that will benefit communities nationwide and in the Potomac watershed.

The grants include $1.95 million to develop tools that will help communities choose the best ways to control stormwater runoff and $750,000 for improving water reuse and water conservation in the Potomac watershed.

“EPA has done extensive research on green infrastructure, water reuse, and water conservation to help ensure the availability and quality of water in the United States,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin “These grants will help take this work a step further by developing technologies that communities can use nationwide.”

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12,000 Incarcerated Students to Enroll in Postsecondary Educational and Training Programs

Partnerships between postsecondary and penal institutions allow incarcerated individuals to access Pell grants for correctional education

The Department of Education announced today 67 colleges and universities selected to participate in the new Second Chance Pell pilot program, an experiment announced in July 2015 to test whether participation in high quality education programs increases after expanding access to financial aid for incarcerated individuals. The pilot program will allow eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs and support their families when they are released. This announcement builds on the Obama Administration’s commitment to create a fairer and more effective criminal justice system, reduce recidivism, and combat the impact of mass incarceration on families and communities through educational opportunity.

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DPR presents “A Splish Splash Summer” Late Night Pool Party Series!!

Come out, swim and socialize during the evening at four of DPR’s popular outdoor pools!! Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced plans to offer late night, community pool party events for the third year in a row.

Four #SplishSplashSummer pool parties will be offered as part of the 2016 outdoor pools season series. The event series is free, open to all ages and will have a DJ/music. Please note that patrons are not allowed to bring any outside food nor drink onto the pool deck.

The locations and dates are as follows:

?. Saturday, July 16: Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Ave., SE – Ward 8)

?. Saturday, August 6: Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie St., SE – Ward 8)  

?. Saturday, August 20: Francis Pool (2535 N St., NW – Ward 2)

Please note that attendees are asked to RSVP online for this free event and there are no non-resident admission fees, however photo ID is required for entry (youth will not need photo ID, however they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a photo ID). All standard pool policies and rules will still apply. Please visit DPR’s website for more information regarding DPR’s policies on Pool Rules and Safety and Admission and Fees.

For more information, please call DPR’s Aquatics Division at (202) 671-1289.


Marvin Gaye Recreation Center to Close for Construction

The Department of General Services (DGS) on behalf of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will begin demolition of the existing Marvin Gaye Recreation Center (6201 Banks Place NE) and basketball courts on July 5th, 2016. This demolition will be done in preparation for the new recreation center and basketball courts. Our targeted completion is Summer 2017.

During the renovations the Recreation Center and basketball courts will be closed to the public. However, the playground and splash park will remain open.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the renovations please feel free to contact Peter Nohrden, DPR at peter.nohrden@dc.gov.



Howard University professor Dr. Kebreten Manaye was named Woman in STEM Researcher of the Year for 2016. The award, first given in 2014, is bestowed by HU ADVANCE-IT to recognize the distinguished scholarship and leadership of women faculty in STEM at Howard University.

“It is an incredible honor to be the recipient of this award and to be recognized as a leader by my peers. It’s also an honor to work with generations of talented students and faculty in helping to advance the careers of women and minorities in STEM,” said Dr. Manaye.

“HU ADVANCE-IT is honored to present Dr. Manaye with the Researcher of the Year Award in honor of her dedication, innovation, and substantial contributions to the field. Her commitment to service and leadership is evident in the quality of her work and praise from the students, faculty, and administration,” said Dr. Sonya T. Smith, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Principal Investigator of HU ADVANCE-IT.

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Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Virginia

~ Order creates workgroup to recommend executive actions to reduce carbon emissions from the electric sector ~

Governor McAuliffe issued Executive Order 57 directing Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward to convene a workgroup and recommend concrete steps to reduce carbon pollution from Virginia’s power plants. The group will evaluate options under Virginia’s existing authority to address carbon pollution.

The Commonwealth’s electric sector has already made significant strides towards a reduced environmental impact; between 2005 and 2014, carbon emissions from Virginia’s electrical generators fell by 21%. Currently the sector accounts for approximately 30% of the state’s overall carbon emission. The workgroup will focus on how to continue this trajectory in a way that makes clean energy a meaningful part of Virginia’s energy portfolio.


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DPR Announces Independence Day Holiday Schedule

All DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) administrative offices, summer camps, recreation/community centers and indoor aquatic facilities will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2016, in observance of Independence Day. Outdoor aquatic centers will operate from noon to 6 pm on Monday, July 4th. Spray parks will operate on their normal schedule of 10 am to 7 pm.


- All synthetic fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and basketball courts will close at 6 pm.

- The permits office will be closed. All previously permitted events will take place as scheduled.

- Please note that fireworks are NOT allowed on ANY DPR properties, fields, playgrounds, basketball courts or tennis courts.

Visit summer.dc.gov for information about DPR facilities. 



BGE Expands Customer Notification Tools and Options

Customers can now text BGE for information on outages and restoration progress

 BGE customers now have a broader array of options for receiving information from the company, including text updates to let them know when service will be restored after an outage. Customers can also let BGE know how they prefer to receive outage updates and other information of interest to them, by logging into My Account on bge.com and signing up for personalized alerts. Communication options include email, phone and text alerts. For text messages, mobile provider data rates and other fees may apply.

 For customers who opt to receive these notifications, BGE can provide alerts when the power goes out, along with an estimated restoration time, updates on restoration progress and a message when the power is restored. Customers can also request alerts when their monthly bill is due or when their energy use is higher than in typical months.

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Habitat for Humanity Dedicates First Two Homes in Prince George’s County

Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland Welcomes Two New Families Home

On Saturday, June 18th, 2016, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Inc. (HFHMM) hosted around 50 members of the community as they dedicated their first two homes in Prince George’s County. 

With construction completed, volunteers, community supporters, sponsors, and friends of the families, joined together to ceremoniously welcome each new family into their new home. This celebration allowed individuals from throughout the community to tour the homes and visit with Habitat staff, families, and volunteers.

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This July 4th Remember Those Veterans who Battle Invisible Wounds

Paws of War, a nonprofit organization that helps animals and veterans, focuses on effective solutions for suffering veterans

For many, July 4th is a reminder that we are a free country and it is celebrated with fireworks. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the annual amount spent on those fireworks in the country is over $480 million. While many people are celebrating their freedom, they may not be aware that the very people who have helped fight to preserve it suffer from a variety of mental health issues, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

“As many enjoy fun this Independence Day, it is crucial that we remember our veterans who helped secure our freedom,” explains Dori Scofield, executive director of Paws of War. “Hidden from most people, are the invisible wounds of war, such as PTSD and TBI. Our mission is help restore the freedom they have sacrificed while serving our country.

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Mayor Bowser Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing Development

Plaza West, DC’s first ‘grandfamilies’ project, will deliver over 220 affordable housing units for seniors, families in Ward 6

Mayor Muriel Bowser and District officials broke ground on Plaza West, a Ward 6 development that will bring 223 units of affordable housing for seniors and families in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. This unique $84 million development project will provide 50 housing units for “grandfamilies” (grandparents raising grandchildren), the first project of its kind in the District.  

“I believe that every single Washingtonian deserves a fair shot and access to quality affordable housing – regardless of zip code or age,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Seniors built this great city, and they deserve affordable, quality housing so that they can always call the District ‘home.’ Plaza West shows us what is possible when we work together to make affordable a reality for DC families and our most vulnerable residents.”

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Plaza West is part of the first annual “June Housing Bloom,” Mayor Bowser’s month-long initiative that showcases how the public and private sectors are partnering to produce and preserve affordable housing, and revitalize neighborhoods across the District.

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District of Columbia Unemployment Rate Improves to 6.1 Percent Citywide

Unemployment rate in Ward 8 hits lowest in more than a decade

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in May – down 0.3 percentage points from the reported April unemployment rate.  The unemployment rates in Ward 7 and Ward 8 continue to show significant decline, demonstrating a 0.4 and 0.7 percent drop since April.

In Ward 7, the unemployment rate is 9.5 percent, the lowest since 2007. In Ward 8, the unemployment rate is currently 11.3 percent, the lowest since at least 2002 when the data was first calculated by Ward.

“My Administration is working each and every day to ensure that all Washingtonians are getting a fair shot in our city,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “We are encouraged by the most recent jobs numbers, particularly in Wards 7 and 8 where we know the opportunity gap is most significant. Today’s report demonstrates that our city is on the right path to ensure that District residents have the tools and skills they need to land good paying jobs, setting them on a pathway to the middle class.”

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Events DC to Host Olympic Day DC in Celebration of the 2016 Summer Olympics

#OlympicDayDC will Promote the Olympic Movement with Local Athlete Appearances and Interactive Sports Experiences at CityCenterDC on Friday, June 24

 On Friday, June 24, Events DC will host Olympic Day DC in celebration of the upcoming 2016 Sumer Olympics and will showcase interactive sports experiences for residents to enjoy.  The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at CityCenterDC, located on I St. between 10th and 11th street on the pavilion. 

Olympic Day DC will feature local athlete appearances and interactive sports experiences from pole vaulting and power lifting to wrestling, boxing, fencing and Paralympic basketball.  The event is designed to educate and excite local residents and visitors, while promoting the ideals of the Olympic movement. 

This event is one of more than 2,000 Olympic Day events taking place nationwide during the month of June, supported by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and around the world. There are over 160 countries that take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.


DC Council Approves Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR in Schools Bill in Budget Support Act

American Heart Association celebrates a law which will teach DC students CPR, adding thousands of lifesavers in DC each year.

Students in the District of Columbia will learn Hands Only CPR in high school health classes, beginning in October. The DC Council included the CPR training language in the 2017 Budget Support Act, which also requires an automated external defibrillator at all schools in the District. In May, the Council appropriated $325,000 to purchase AEDs.

Every hour in the U.S. approximately 38 people will have a cardiac arrest event outside of the hospital – more than 326.000 each year. Nine out of ten people will not survive. However, if lifesaving CPR is performed, a victim’s chance of surviving can double, or even triple. This essential life skill will be incorporated into the high school health education curriculum and will ultimately benefit countless families by increasing the number of people with CPR proficiency. In DC, over 3,000 students graduate from public and charter high schools every year – that is 3,000 lifesavers.

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District Government Adopts New Lead Testing Policy

District agencies will support newly released American Academy of Pediatrics action threshold

Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue announced that the Department of General Services will move to incorporate a 1 PPB (part-per-billion) action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) centers. The effort comes on the heels of last week’s report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevention of Childhood Lead Toxicity, that lead testing resulting in a reading of more than 1 PPB should be immediately remediated.

“Lead exposure in children is preventable, and we will be working diligently to set policy at our facilities that goes far beyond EPA standards,” said Kevin Donahue, Deputy City Administrator. “By investing the time, training, and resources to follow the new recommendations outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, we will ensure that the District continues to do everything it can to protect our children, and limit students’ exposure to lead.”

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Interior Department Supported $106 Billion in Recreation, Conservation, Water and Renewable Energy Investments

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell  released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2015. The report highlights that Interior investments in recreation, conservation, water and renewable energy led to $106 billion in economic output, and supported 862,000 jobs. Interior’s activities related to fossil fuel extraction and mining also contributed $179 billion to the national economy, down from $241 billion from the prior year due to market forces and commodity price reductions.

The report found that national parks, national wildlife refuges, national monuments and other public lands managed by Interior hosted an estimated 443 million recreational visits in 2015 – up from 423 million in 2014 – and that these visits alone supported $45 billion in economic output and about 396,000 jobs nationwide.

“This report sends a strong signal to everyone that the Department of the Interior is a powerful, indispensable economic engine,” Secretary Jewell said. “Our parks and other public lands support outdoor recreation, promote renewable energy and allow us to harness other domestic energy resources, create jobs and promote economic development in communities across the nation.”

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HHS awards $1,050,000 to health centers in Washington D.C. to expand oral health services

 Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $1,050,000 in funding to support three health centers in Washington D.C.. The funding will increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients. Nationwide, today’s announcement includes nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served.

With these awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” said Secretary Burwell. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.”

Oral health problems can be a sign of illness elsewhere in the body. Additionally, lack of access to preventive and routine dental care for underserved populations can result in dental conditions requiring more costly emergency dental treatment.

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(BlackNews.com) — Diverse women across the country have been challenged to take 10,000 steps a day and limit their added sugar intake to 24 grams a day through Go Red Get Fit and it’s proven to be an effective small step toward healthy living. The results of the challenge have been so contagious that thousands of women have now joined Go Red Get Fit and are taking a stand to be healthy, fit and beat heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women.

Now, the year-long initiative is challenging women to get 30 minutes of cardio per day, at least five days per week, and when making beverage choices, strive to choose water over sugary drinks 100 percent of the time.

Go Red Get Fit is a part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign. As the founding national sponsor, Macy’s has helped to raise more than $55 million for the cause since 2004. Women participate in quarterly challenges by joining the Go Red Get Fit Facebook group. Each challenge lasts about 12-weeks, in an effort to turn a behavior into a habit, and are designed to achieve the best opportunity for a healthy lifestyle. The challenges are:

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U.S. Department of Transportation Partners with DC Solar for Smart City Challenge

Winning city to receive $1.5 million in mobile solar technology

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced that DC Solar Solutions, the largest manufacturer of mobile solar technology in the U.S., has become a partner in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT)’s Smart City Challenge. The Smart City Challenge is a competition which will create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future.  Under the partnership, DC Solar will offer the winning city $1.5 million worth of electric vehicle chargers and mobile solar generators in order to help define what it means to be a “Smart City” and become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies.

In addition to offering $1.5 million in mobile solar products to the winning city, DC Solar will assist all seven finalist cities in building strategies for electric vehicle charging infrastructure to encourage and facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles by individuals, businesses and municipalities. Furthermore, DC Solar will help these cities identify applications for its low-cost mobile solar technology, including the upgrading of off-grid power generators from diesel to solar.

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Black, Hispanic Families Still Falling Behind

If they had fared as well as white families, black and Hispanic families would have earned $1,400 more in 2014

Black and Hispanic families continue to face a stark economic reality, according to a new Center for American Progress report released today, leading nearly 90 percent of black and Hispanic women voters in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Virginia to view economic security as one of the most important issues in the upcoming election. While they stand to have an unprecedented impact on the upcoming election, black and Hispanic families have fallen far behind their white counterparts, with gaps in median household income increasing in recent years—to $24,000 for black families and $17,000 for Hispanic families—and still continuing to grow. If black and Hispanic median income had fared as well as its white counterpart, these families would have seen $1,400 more in yearly income in 2014.

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Harris Teeter Shoppers Donate Nearly $800,000 to USO

Company Thanks Customers for Generous Participation during Support Our Troops Campaign

Harris Teeter announced today it is donating nearly $800,000 to the USO, an organization dedicated to supporting America’s service members and their families. The donation was made possible thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter shoppers and valued associates during the Company’s fifth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign.

Harris Teeter hosted the donation card campaign throughout the month of May by inviting shoppers to donate $1, $3 or $5 to the USO at checkout.  The $800,000 donation announced today brings the total amount through Support Our Troops since the campaign’s inception in 2012 to over $3.68 million.

The money contributed by Harris Teeter’s shoppers and valued associates will help fund important programs and services for our active duty, retired and wounded service members, as well as their families. One-hundred percent of all funds collected during the campaign will be allocated to local USO chapters throughout the areas in which Harris Teeter does business.

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Secretary Jewell Announces $452 Million in Payments to Local Communities to Support Vital Services in Rural Communities

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced more than 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of $451.6 million under the 2016 Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.

The payments represent the largest amount ever allocated under the PILT program to compensate counties and local governments for their support of national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands and waters as they forego property taxes due to non-taxable federal land in their jurisdictions. A full list of funding by state and county is available at www.doi.gov/pilt.

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(BlackNews.com) — A new partnership has been established between Merck, a global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, and HBCUConnect.com, the largest social network and career site targeting the students, faculty, and alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The partnership is designed to introduce graduating seniors from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Merck’s Leadership Development Program. The Leadership Development Program is an entry-level program designed to create a pipeline of emerging talent who can prepare for leadership positions of increasing responsibility and visibility within key divisions of Merck’s business.

“Merck is a great company with great opportunities. They just needed a channel to communicate these excellent opportunities to the many talented students coming out of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” said Will Moss, founder and CEO of HBCUconnect.com. “These are the types of opportunities that are especially important for us to communicate within the African American and HBCU community, because they are opportunities that transform into leadership positions within a global company! We should be striving for these types of opportunities that offer great pay, great experience, and great exposure.”

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Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Since May 2008

Commonwealth’s Annual Gross Domestic Product Grew at Highest Rate Since 2010

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percent in May and is now at 3.8 percent—the lowest rate since the May 2008 rate of 3.8 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which fell 0.3 percentage points in May to 4.7 percent. 

In May, Virginia’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment was 3,902,400 jobs. Virginia’s over-the-year employment growth of 1.8 percent surpassed the national growth rate, which was 1.7 percent. For the eighth consecutive month, over-the-year growth in the Commonwealth has surpassed the national growth rate.

Virginia was tied for the lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate among the Southeast states and had the fourth best rate among the states east of the Mississippi.

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Get ready for a summer of international fun for everyone!

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center Celebrates Art, History, and Culture with a Summer Series for the Entire Family

In celebration of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024): “Recognition, justice and development”, The Prince George’s African American Museum is proud to announce ‘Celebrating Black Arts and Culture’, a series of fun, interactive, and educational public programs designed to honor the cultural and artistic contributions of people of African Descent.

The International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) is a timely and unique opportunity to underline the important contributions made by the people of African Descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote equality and to combat discrimination of any kind. [i] PGAAMCC has partnered with different organizations throughout the county to develop culturally-rich programming to encourage community engagement and celebrate cultural diversity.

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Maryland Issuing New Secure Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards

New Cards Incorporate Cutting-Edge Security Features to Protect Against Identity Theft and Fraud

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)  started issuing  the new secure driver’s license and identification (ID) card on Monday, June 20, for all learner’s permits and new ID cards, and for licenses/ID cards renewed via web, kiosk and U.S. mail.  These are all products currently printed and mailed to customers from a high-security MVA facility.  The new cards feature multiple layers of security to help prevent identity theft and fraud and will arrive in the mail within 7 to 10 business days.  If a customer’s current license or ID is valid and not up for renewal, there is nothing they need to do until it’s time to renew.

“We have engaged in an extensive public outreach campaign to ensure customers, law enforcement, veterans and businesses are aware of the new secure cards and secure printing and mailing process,” said MVA Administrator Christine E. Nizer.  “Printing and mailing cards from a central location enhances security by limiting access to card materials, equipment and personal information.”

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Maryland Department of Transportation’s MTA Debuts 
New Express BusLink Service

New Routes to Improve Suburb-to-Suburb Connectivity, Significantly Reduce Travel Time & Better Link Baltimore Region Residents to Jobs, Other Transit Modes and Life’s Opportunities

Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn praised the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) for launching Express BusLink  as the first new service offered as part of BaltimoreLink. Governor Larry Hogan announced the $135 million transit improvement plan in October 2015 to create an integrated transit system that is easy-to-use and better connects people to jobs, entertainment centers and other transit modes. Express BusLink will greatly improve suburb-to-suburb connectivity. Deputy Transportation Secretary James F. Ports, Jr., and MTA Administrator and CEO Paul Comfort joined media on a ride-along today to officially launch Express BusLink service in the Baltimore region.

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School is out, the weather is great and The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is your go-to place for fun family adventures this summer! Daily, zoogoers can watch the penguin feedings, ride the camels, feed a giraffe and talk to the keepers during Keeper Chats. 

On Saturdays through September 3rd, we offer a free shuttle from the Inner Harbor Visitor Center to the Zoo and back! Leave the driving to us, and enjoy some time in beautiful Druid Hill Park. Check our website, www.marylandzoo.org, for details on these and other upcoming events!


JUNE 2610:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Zoo grounds

Come to the Zoo for a day of special animal enrichment! Watch as the Zoo’s animals receive special treats, such as bags filled with hay and produce, icy fish and fruit treats, as well as paper mache toys filled with fruits and nuts, and listen as zookeepers explain the importance of enrichment activities. Guests can also help make some of these amazing treats alongside our volunteers!

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Teen Photographs Display Thursday, June 23 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Kogod Courtyard

What do photographs say about a person? Find out how teens participating in the IMAGINE=IMAGE Teen Workshop create portraits that reflect key aspects of what makes them who they are. These images expand on ideas seen on the National Portrait Gallery’s walls.


Recycle Your Room Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers and Receive $25 from BGE

Drop off working appliances June 25 at the Columbia SportsPark

BGE will hold a recycling drop-off event in Columbia, Md., this Saturday where BGE customers can drop off their old working room A/C units and dehumidifiers for recycling. For each appliance recycled, customers will receive a $25 reward from the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® for up to two air conditioning units and/or dehumidifiers per residential account.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Columbia SportsPark, located at 5453 Harpers Farm Road in Columbia. The event will be held rain or shine, and BGE representatives will be on hand to unload the eligible appliances from customers’ vehicles.

Units must be in working condition to be eligible. Customers will receive a check for $25 in the mail approximately four to six weeks after the event. More information is available at BGESmartEnergy.com /RecycleMyAC or by calling 866.898.1901.

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Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Announces 2016-17 Season

José-Luis Novo Conducts Symphonic Masterworks Midori Leads Stellar Lineup of Soloists

The Annapolis Symphony is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 season, entitled “The Triumph of Music.” The season will open on September 30 and October 1 with a celebration before and after the pair of concerts featuring superstar violinist MIDORI.

The core of the season comprises five “Masterworks” concerts, each performed twice. This season, Symphony’s 55th, is inspired by the art of Marc Chagall, in celebration of the 130th anniversary of his birth. Two of his works in particular inspired the choice of pieces: the ceiling Chagall painted at the Paris Opéra Garnier, and his murals at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, called “The Triumph of Music,” the source of the season’s title.

The Symphony is honored and delighted to welcome Midori as our opening night soloist. A brilliant virtuoso and a passionate music educator, Midori has founded several internationally-recognized programs which bring classical music education to children and youth, especially from communities with little or no access to the arts.

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Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland selected to participate in 2016 Repair Corps program to help local veterans

Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Foundation partner to help build or repair homes of U.S. military veterans and their families through Habitat’s Repair Corps program

Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland has been selected to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help build, rehabilitate or repair homes in partnership with U.S. military veterans and their families.

Metro Maryland is one of  more than 45 communities across the country that will partricipate in more than 200 projects slated to take place as part of the 2016 program.

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Mayor Bowser Announces New Program to Improve Housing Conditions in the District

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a new pilot program to ensure all multi-family rental properties are safe and healthy. Great Spaces, Healthy Places, a partnership between the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), will improve housing conditions in the District by offering renovation loans for eligible owners to improve living conditions and eliminate safety and environmental hazards on their property.

“Producing, preserving, and protecting affordable housing in the District is a top priority,” said Mayor Bowser. “The Great Spaces, Healthy Places program will support our residents by helping property owners maintain and improve housing units. Working together, we will ensure that every single Washingtonian has access to an affordable, dignified, and safe place to call home.”

The first stage of the Great Spaces, Healthy Places pilot program will kick off in Ward 8 and will run through September 30, 2016. DCRA has already begun proactive, building-wide inspections as a part of this pilot program.

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DISB Encourages Residents to Report Financial Fraud and Abuse of Elders

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) urges residents to value and protect District of Columbia seniors by reporting possible financial fraud or exploitation.

“The growing senior population in the District has unfortunately been increasingly targeted for financial and other types of abuse,” said Commissioner Stephen C. Taylor. “Help us protect our city’s seniors by reporting elder abuse. Anyone can – and should – report abuse of an elderly person, whether it is physical, emotional or financial.”

Although elder abuse comes in many forms – physical, financial, emotional, neglect or abandonment, financial abuse is the most common form of elder abuse costing its victims an estimated $2.9 billion a year according to the Investor Protection Trust. Every year, an estimated 5 million or one in 10 older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation, and many cases go unreported.

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Strike Force Presents Mayor Bowser with Six Recommendations to Preserve Affordable Housing

Strategies Include New Programs and Funding for Property Investments, Tenants

The DC Housing Preservation Strike Force unveiled six recommendations to Mayor Muriel Bowser and other stakeholders on how the District can preserve its existing supply of affordable housing.

“I charged the strike force with coming up with an action plan to help preserve affordable housing units in the District, and am pleased to hear these recommendations,” said Mayor Bowser. “I am looking forward to reading the formal report at the end of the month so my Administration can begin taking next steps that ensure we preserve our existing supply of affordable housing and capitalize on other opportunities to protect our affordable housing stock.”

The six recommendations were announced during the 8th Annual Housing Expo and Home Show as a part of June Housing Bloom, the mayor’s month-long initiative showcasing how the public and private sectors are partnering to produce and preserve affordable housing, and revitalize neighborhoods across the District. The recommendations will form the basis of a final report that the Mayor will receive by June 30, 2016.

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DISB Exempts Private Fund Advisers from Licensing Requirements

New order provides new regulatory relief to support investing in local businesses

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) issued an order that exempts certain investment advisers to private funds from the District’s securities licensing requirements.

“Providing a regulatory environment that fosters business growth and opportunity in the District of Columbia is a major goal of DISB,” said Commissioner Stephen C. Taylor. “This action is another way DISB is modernizing its regulations to allow for growth and investment in the District without unduly burdening our small and local business community.”

Previously, DISB had granted temporary licensing exemptions to this group of advisers with between $100 million and $150 million in assets under management. This action makes the regulatory relief permanent and extends it to private fund advisers with less than $100 million in assets under management. In addition, this new exemption enables District private fund advisers to compete better with those in other local jurisdictions.

In February, DISB took a similar regulatory relief action exempting small venture capital fund investment advisers from District securities licensing requirements.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Approves U.S. Airlines To Begin Scheduled Service to Cuba

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved six domestic airlines to begin scheduled flights between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul and Cuba as early as this fall. 

“Last year, President Obama announced that it was time to ‘begin a new journey’ with the Cuban people,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “Today, we are delivering on his promise by re-launching scheduled air service to Cuba after more than half a century.”

On February 16, 2016, Secretary Foxx and Department of State Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin signed a non-legally-binding arrangement to re-establish scheduled air service between the two countries.  At the time of the signing, the administration announced that scheduled service would begin later in 2016.

The carriers receiving the awards are American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines.

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(BlackNews.com) — Tom Joyner, chairman of the Dallas-based nonprofit that helps support historically black colleges and universities, led a historic trip to Havana, Cuba where he led a group of HBCU presidents who explored global exchange and research opportunities for students and faculty in Cuba.

Joyner, the nationally syndicated radio personality, and his son, Thomas Joyner, Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO, lead the four-day mission that took place from May 28 to June 1. Presidents of the following HBCUs participated: John Rudley, Ph.D., Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas; Raymond Burse, Ph.D., Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky.; Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, Ph.D., Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D. Shaw University, Raleigh, N.C.; and Lester Newman, Jr., Ph.D., Jarvis Christian University, Hawkins, Texas. Michael O. Adams, Ph.D., director, Executive Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Administration also participated. Texas Sen. Royce West, a member of the Foundation’s board, also joined the delegation. During a series of presentations, conversations and meetings, the group visited with representatives from the Ministry of Education, the University of Havana and the Superior Polytechnic School Institute.

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Small Area Fair Market Rents would re-calculate rental subsidies in qualifying metro areas

More than two million American households depend upon the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program to find suitable affordable rental housing.  Yet in some metropolitan areas, the choices these families have about where they live are severely limited, placing high-opportunity neighborhoods out of reach, in part because of the current method of calculating their rental assistance.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is proposing a new method to recalculate rental subsidies in a manner that would expand neighborhood options for households living in these particularly restrictive housing markets. 

For the next 60 days, HUD is accepting public comment on a proposal to change the geography it uses to calculate so-called Fair Market Rents (FMRs).  In these areas, HUD is proposing to transition from a metropolitan area-wide approach to setting FMRs down to the zip code level as a means to expand the options these families have to live in lower poverty neighborhoods. If instituted today, this ‘Small Area Fair Market Rent’ approach would impact 31 metropolitan areas (see list below, though the final list may change). Read HUD’s Proposed Rule. 

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Mayor Muriel Bowser Announces Proposed Changes to Training Requirements for Special Police Officers

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, and Director of the Department of Consumer of Regulatory Affairs Melinda Bolling announced proposed changes to the training requirements for all commissioned special police officers (SPOs) in the District.

During the announcement, Mayor Bowser also paid tribute to Stephen T. Johns, an SPO at the Holocaust Museum killed on June 10, 2009, during an attack on the museum. The shooter was then subdued by two other special police officers, Harry Weeks and Jason “Mac” McCuiston.

 “Our special police officers are often the first line of defense in an emergency. With our growing and changing community, it is critical that they have the knowledge and training to handle real-world scenarios,” said Mayor Bowser. “These proposed changes to the regulations will equip them with the skill sets they need to not only protect us, but also protect themselves from danger.”

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Principal and students from LaSalle Elementary School receiving school supplies

(BlackNews.com) — 35 volunteers of Friendship Association Education Assistance, Inc., (FAEA) celebrate 20 years of collaborative giving, supporting teachers and renovating schools and invite the community to discover the joy of helping underprivileged students receive a good education.

In 1986, the Nigerian Friendship Association (NigFA), a nonprofit organization, was formed by Nigerian students and professionals. In 1996, NigFA members established FAEA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the goal of operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

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Flex Office Space as one of the “Best Co-Working Spaces for Entrepreneurs of Color-2016” in the Washington DC area!

Flex Office Space is a compendium of five work-ready coworking and virtual office locations all along the H Street, NE corridor in the Atlas District. Flex offices are contemporary loft style space and a great place for a business to quickly establish a professional presence.  Flex offers everything from private offices to group work space to modern conference areas to virtual memberships.  Everything a freelancer or entrepreneur of small business needs to establish a presence is included in our plans – reception, dedicated phone number, mail handing, WiFi, Internet, event space, printing plus all the utilitarian needs like cleaning and maintenance.  We really try to make this a one stop, come on in and get to work space.

A great advantage that Flex offers our clients is our address which is in a dedicated HUB Zone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) opening the door to preferential consideration when bidding government jobs.

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