Mayor Bowser Announces Negotiated Settlement for Pepco Exelon Merger

Agreement increases investment from $14 million to $78 million

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the District of Columbia has reached a settlement in the Exelon-Pepco merger negotiations.  The agreement delivers on the Mayor’s commitment to improve affordability, reliability, and sustainability for ratepayers in the District.

After the Public Service Commission denied the proposed merger in August 2015, the Bowser Administration negotiated (with the support of the Office of the People’s Counsel, Attorney General and additional signatories) to reach an agreement.  As a direct result of those negotiations, Exelon made significant improvements from the original proposal. The new agreement increases Exelon’s originally proposed investment in the District from $14 million to $78 million.
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District of Columbia Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill Introduced

Would Make DC First City to Provide Paid Leave For All

This week, District of Columbia Councilmembers Grosso (I-At Large) and Silverman (I-At Large), along with several of their colleagues, introduced the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015, which would provide paid family and medical leave for everyone who lives or works in the District. The bill would allow working people to take up to 16 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, an ailing family member, or a personal illness. If the bill is successful, D.C. will be the first city in the nation to provide paid family and medical leave for all.

The DC Paid Family Leave Coalition, a diverse alliance of citizens, local businesses, community institutions, service providers, and advocacy organizations is part of the national movement to #LeadOnLeave for common sense paid leave policies. Eighty percent of U.S. voters agree with the U.S. Department of Labor and the Obama Administration that no one should have to choose between caring for one’s family and earning a living. Continue reading

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District Strikes Deal to Move Skyland Center Forward

Agreement with Safeway makes way for long-awaited economic and job growth in Ward 7 

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced Wednesday October 7, that a deal has been reached to remove a long-standing covenant with Safeway at Skyland Town Center at 2650 Naylor Road, SE. The agreement now makes way for highly-anticipated economic and job growth on this catalytic Ward 7 development.

The $265 million Skyland Town Center, as originally envisioned by residents years ago, will create a high-quality, destination retail town center in the heart of Wards 7 and 8 that will feature a new urban-format Walmart, neighborhood retailers and restaurants, and hundreds of jobs for District residents. Continue reading


Federal agencies join forces to help young children thrive

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced today that they have joined together to establish a new National Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (Center of Excellence).  

The Education Development Center, Inc., in Waltham, Massachusetts will receive $6 million over the course of the next four years to manage the Center of Excellence. 

The Center of Excellence advances infant and early childhood mental health intervention that promotes the social, emotional, and behavioral health and development of young children.  It has been shown to improve young children’s social skills, reduce challenging behaviors, enrich adult-child relationships, improve classroom quality, and reduce teacher stress and turnover. 

“This collaborative effort reflects the critical role early childhood providers, parents, and caretakers play in facilitating a young child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development,” said SAMHSA acting administrator Kana Enomoto.  “The Center of Excellence will help provide the effective tools and resources to child care centers, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, and other home visiting programs to ensure the healthy development of children during their formative years.”
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Truth Initiative and Shaw University recently hosted 33 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to kick-off the Tobacco-Free HBCU Campus Initiative. Led by Truth Initiative and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, the initiative provides grants to HBCUs to assist them in their efforts to establish comprehensive tobacco-free policies on their campuses.

The number of smoke- and tobacco-free colleges has more than tripled since 2010, when 446 campuses had adopted smoke- or tobacco-free policies. Today that number stands at 1577 campuses, yet the majority of the 105 federally-recognized HBCUs in the U.S. do not have comprehensive smoke- or tobacco-free policies to protect their students and faculty from the dangers of tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
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October is Women’s Health Month

Each October, women are reminded to put themselves first and make time for their health. Making your health a priority helps you stay in optimum shape and keeps illnesses and disease at bay.

Women often put their families’ needs ahead of their own, ignoring minor symptoms year after year until they affect their health.  Using preventive care is one of the best ways to stay healthy, allowing you to give your all in everything you do for your family and yourself.

Each year, get a well-woman exam. At this exam, you should have your blood pressure checked and talk to your health care provider about what other screenings, immunizations or family planning you might need based on your age, health habits, family and medical history.

The American Cancer Society recommends all women should begin cervical cancer screening at age 21. Women aged 21 to 29, should have a Pap test every 3 years. Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most private health plans must cover this and other preventive care services at no cost. TRICARE also covers annual preventive women’s health services that may include a Pap smear, pelvic and breast exam and mammogram at no cost.

There are other actions you can take to live a healthy life:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise for a least 30 minutes at least five days a week
  • Limit alcohol use
  • Quit smoking
  • Practice safe sex
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night
  • See your health care provider every year
  • Get appropriate screenings as recommended by your health care provider

It’s important to get screenings, especially if you are at a higher risk for certain diseases like breast cancer or diabetes. Talk to your health care provider about family, emotions, stress and non-physical concerns as well. Life events can bring higher stress with symptoms of anxiety, depression, and sleep difficulties. These concerns are just as important to discuss as your physical health in order to stay or become more healthy.

You can visit the Office of Women’s Health web page Your Health at Every Age to get details on what are the important health practices for you to maintain your health based on your age.

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Councilmember Charles Allen Introduces Bill To Expand Coverage For Autism-Related Treatments

At this week’s DC Council legislative meeting, Councilmember Charles Allen introduced the Health Insurance Coverage for Autism and Other Special Needs Amendment Act of 2015 to increase mandatory coverage of medically necessary autism treatments.

“Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to a positive outcome for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Early therapeutic treatment, including behavioral health treatment such as Applied Behavior Analysis, makes a significant impact on reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life and educational opportunities,” said Allen. “Many insurance plans do not provide for appropriate therapeutic treatment, leaving families to bear extreme out of pocket costs – as high as $60,000 per year — or forgo this successful and necessary treatment.” Continue reading

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Fall into Fun and Frightful Events in October at DPR

This October, as the Fall season begins, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is filled with amazing events and opportunities to celebrate Halloween, participate in a National Afterschool Activity event, recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and more! While browsing through the list of highlighted events below, remember this is only a glimpse of the many activities and programs being held at DPR centers and facilities during the month of October. 

To find more information on DPR events and programs – visit the special events calendar on DPR’s home page (, visit any DPR center, register for programs ( or call DPR at (202) 673-7647. To receive the latest up to the minute DPR Facility updates, sign up for Nixle on DPR’s home page ( You can also receive updates by visiting our Twitter @DCDPR or subscribe to receive press releases or advisories. Continue reading

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Vaccine Recipients Earn Coupon for 10 Percent Off Groceries

With the arrival of fall bringing cooler and often fluctuating temperatures, Safeway reminds customers that being vaccinated now will help protect themselves and their families from the flu, which afflicts millions of Americans every year. Safeway’s trained pharmacists are ready to administer the vaccines to any customers on a “walk-in” basis at all Safeway Pharmacy locations. The company’s pharmacists have collectively administered more than 5 million doses of vaccines during the past decade. Safeway’s knowledgeable pharmacy staff can also provide further tips for flu prevention and patient care as well as a full suite of other immunizations. Continue reading

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-ZooBOOO! to feature trick-or-treating, costume contests, Halloween themed animal enrichment-

It’s a Baltimore Halloween Tradition!  On October  23, 24, and 25, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will once again host ZooBOOO! presented by CFG Community Bank.  The event takes place from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Zoo in the Waterfowl Lake Pavilion area. This year ZooBOOO! includes Baltimore’s safest Halloween trick-or-treating, visits from our Animal Ambassadors, two costume contests each day, carnival games, crafts, a hay maze, silly and magical entertainment and much more! Continue reading

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Virginia Receives an Extra $55.5 Million in ‘Bonus’ Federal Funds to Improve Roads and Bridge Statewide

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) received an additional $55.5 million in federal funds that was originally allocated to other states.   Since they did not have projects ready to go to use the funding, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reallocated the money to Virginia and other states that have projects in the pipeline ready for work to begin.

The bonus money will fund work to re-pave 400 lane miles of roadways across the state and improve 17 interstate bridges. Continue reading

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Enjoy Autumn’s Glory With a Roadtrip Down America’s Byways® in Maryland

Six nationally-recognized scenic byways in Maryland offer opportunity for charm and adventure

Take a ride along the winding scenic byways in Maryland, nationally recognized for breathtaking landscapes, historical charm and local culture.

The America’s Byway’s program features 150 scenic byways throughout the United States, designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, each unique in its path. Six of America’s Byways make their way through the state of Maryland and serve as gateways to the American experience. Varying from the urban Historic Charles Street in Baltimore to the bayside Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, these roadways stretch across all regions of the state, offering authentic travel experiences that reveal both natural and man-made beauty.
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Mayor Bowser Unveils Plans for a Stronger Emergency Response System for a Safer, Stronger DC

Reforms Include Emergency Legislation to Put More Ambulances on the Streets

Mayor Muriel Bowser presented a plan to the DC Council to reform the emergency medical response system. Year after year, the District’s Fire & Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department has experienced a significant increase in calls and inadequate investment in training and equipment. Annual calls have increased by nearly 28% since August 2011. Increasing call volume – setting a record in each of the last three months – and a lack of sufficient investment in training and equipment over the years is straining response and quality of care.

In order to reform the EMS system, FEMS will overhaul training for emergency medical responders, improve system processes, and enhance communications, which will ensure that the right resources are dispatched on every call. In addition, the Mayor will propose emergency legislation that will enable FEMS to work with third party providers to transport lower acuity patients. The emergency legislation will put more ambulances on the street by authorizing FEMS to contract with third party service providers to transport low-priority calls (e.g. cold symptoms, ankle sprains, and general non acute sick calls). Continue reading

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District of Columbia Awarded $1 Million Grant from Obama Administration to Implement Body Worn Cameras

Award brings DC one step closer to full rollout of DC Body Worn Camera Program


Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced that the Justice Department awarded the District of Columbia $1 million to support the expansion of its Body Worn Camera Program.  DC’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has already deployed 400 body cameras in the 5th and 7th Police Districts.  Mayor Bowser has proposed funding to equip 2,800 MPD officers who regularly interact with the public with cameras.


“Body Worn Cameras increase accountability, improve police services and strengthen policy-community relations,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “My Administration has developed a program that will put the District of Columbia on the forefront of body worn camera programs.  This grant sends a strong message that we are on the right track.  We appreciate the support of President Obama and Attorney General Lynch to help us make Washington, DC a safer and stronger city.” Continue reading


Senate Approves Temporary Spending Bill, House expected to follow

(UPI) — The Senate easily passed a temporary funding measure Wednesday that will keep the U.S. government open through Dec. 11, averting a government shutdown that would have started at midnight.
The funding bill now goes before the House, where outgoing Speaker John Boehner promised a vote over objections from fellow Republicans who hoped to leverage government funding to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure, passed 78-20 in the Senate, continues to fund the nonprofit women’s health care organization. The Obama administration is said to support the measure.
“The bill before us would keep the government open and allow time for cooler heads to prevail,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Continue reading


U.S. fails to stop Americans from joining Jihadist groups

(UPI) — The United States has not been able to stop the tide of Americans traveling overseas to join jihadist groups and lacks a national strategy to combat terrorist travel, a bipartisan congressional task force concluded in a recently released report.

A surge of Americans are seeking connections with violent extremists, straining federal law enforcement resources, the eight-person task force found. With no comprehensive global database of foreign fighter names, the United States, along with other countries, relies on a “patchwork system for swapping extremist identities, increasing the odds foreign fighters will slip through the cracks.” Continue reading


The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America

By Marian Wright Edelman

President of the Children’s Defense Fund

“Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry childre n, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.”  –Pope Francis

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”  –President Nelson Mandela

Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called “the pope of the poor.” But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation—the world’s largest economy. Continue reading


National Child Health Day: Getting Every Child Off to a Healthy Start

(StatePoint) October 5 is National Child Health Day, a federal observance started nearly 90 years ago to encourage Americans to focus on the health and well-being of children of all ages. That includes helping expecting mothers plan for a healthy arrival of their soon-to-be little ones.
If you’re an expectant mother, you’re likely already making your child’s health a priority by scheduling regular visits with your obstetrician, adjusting your diet and limiting certain activities during your pregnancy. But have you thought about important considerations for delivery day? For example, skin-to-skin contact with your newborn immediately after delivery can help your baby get off to a healthy start.
The International Breastfeeding Centre lists numerous benefits of skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after delivery. These benefits include a happier baby with a more elevated blood sugar level, a more stable temperature, heart rate and breathing rate. Continue reading


Cycling Injuries Climb for Older Riders, Especially Men

Cycling is a great way to stay fit, but only if you’re careful. A recent study from JAMA shows adult biking injuries are on the rise, especially in men over 45 years old.
The silver lining behind the news is that more and more adults — especially middle-aged males — are using cycling for recreation and commuting to work. Older bikers are also more prone to serious injury than the younger biker.
Urologist Benjamin Breyer, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues, looked at data routinely collected at U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from about 100 emergency rooms nationwide. They found that biking injuries overall jumped 28 percent between 1998 and 2013, and hospitalizations after bike injury spiked from 5.1 to 11.2 per 100,000 U.S. adults.
Still, cycling’s track record needn’t be ignored. Riding, whether for fun or commuting, is a great way to get around, while burning calories and maintaining a healthy lifestyle at the same time. There is no reason to think the form of transportation has become more dangerous by the mile, since the rise of adult biking in the U.S. has been well-documented, and is likely the main cause for the findings. Continue reading


New Precision Medicine Approach To Cancer Treatment Offers Promise In Eliminating Cancer Disparities Gap

By the National Cancer Institute
Someone who is diagnosed with cancer today would typically receive treatment for their disease based on the type of cancer they have. For example, there are specific, standard treatments for patients with breast cancer or colorectal cancer or prostate cancer.
That strategy is now evolving, thanks to a new approach to medicine that is focused not on where in the body the cancer is located but on what is inside the tumor itself. And in January 2015, President Obama took up the mantle of this new approach to patient care, known as precision medicine, announcing a $215 million initiative aimed at speeding progress in this area of research.
The Precision Medicine Initiative, as it’s called, is included in the President’s 2016 budget proposal. Although the funding would support research that applies to a range of diseases and conditions, its initial focus will be on cancer, where the movement toward precision medicine has already taken hold, due in no small part to sustained and substantial federal funding support for cancer research. This support has enabled the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to make significant advances over the last decade in areas like genomics and the development of molecularly targeted therapies. Continue reading


Fight Childhood Obesity One Pound at a Time

Too many children are overweight in this country. Stopping obesity in children decreases their risk of illness and disease when they get older.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) calls obesity a devastating public-health crisis for the United States. Nearly one-third of adults are obese, and the frequency of obesity has more than doubled for children 2-5 years old, has tripled among youth 6-11 years old and has more than tripled among adolescents 12-19 years old.

Research has shown that obese children are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. In adults, being overweight or obese leads to increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes (high blood sugar), high blood pressure, certain cancers, and other chronic conditions. The Military Health System (MHS) is promoting the 5210 Healthy Military Children Campaign to military children across the Services. 5210 encourages eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, limiting screen time to 2 hours per day, getting 1 hour of physical activity per day, and consuming 0 sugar-sweetened drinks. Continue reading


American Heart Association and Delta Sigma Theta forge national partnership to transform health outcomes in local communities

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s EmPowered To Serve and Go Red For Women movements and Delta Sigma Theta today announced a national partnership that will combine the best-in-class outreach strategies to transform health outcomes in local communities. Together, the organizations plan to integrate their shared interests of reaching women, increasing awareness through education and impacting multicultural health, reducing the incidence of cardiovascular disease and stroke.


As multicultural people across America face greater disparities in cardiovascular health, the strategic alliances jointly aim to provide accessible health resources to communities. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s My Life Check, a short survey based on the knowledge of medical experts to assess an individual’s health status; and Life’s Simple 7, seven identified health factors and lifestyle behaviors that support heart health and can greatly impact the quality of life and life span,along with increased messaging and awareness of the importance of the annual Well-Women Visit will be utilized to create measureable, positive health results. Continue reading


Howard University Hosts 92th Annual Homecoming

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Grammy Award Singer Estelle to Serve as 2015 Grand Marshal

Howard University’s 92th annual Homecoming, an entertaining cultural celebration that is anticipated and shared throughout the region, began on September 26th and culminate with alumni weekend, Oct. 1-4. Grammy award winner and actress Estelle will serve as the 2015 Homecoming Parade’s Grand Marshal.

“This year as Howard University recognizes its commitment to supporting music education in the public schools, I am humbled and honored that Howard University would select me to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2015 Homecoming Parade, said Estelle.  “Howard University has a rich history, legacy and tradition in education and I am so excited to participate.”

The homecoming celebration will feature traditional Homecoming events, such as a Fashion Show, Greek Step Show, along with an R&B Show. The week also includes a 5k Run/Walk to benefit the Howard University Hospital Diabetes Treatment Center. Continue reading


District of Columbia Demonstrates Commitment to Act on Climate Ahead COP21

DC Announces Full Compliance with the Compact of Mayors


Mayor Muriel Bowser announced recently that the District of Columbia has met all planning and reporting requirements of the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress transparently.


By fully complying with the Compact of Mayors, Mayor Bowser reinforces the District’s commitment to climate action and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 50 percent by 2032 and 80 percent by 2050. The District is also assessing the effects of climate change and creating a plan to prepare for and adapt to hotter temperatures, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather. Continue reading


European Energy Centre Partners with The George Washington University to Up-skill US Renewables Workforce

Renewable Energy Educational activities in the USA have been bolstered this week thanks to the announcement of an important EU-US collaboration.

“The School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University is pleased to partner with the European Energy Centre, which works with the United Nations Environment Programme, to provide state-of-the-art educational opportunities in the areas of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency,” comments David S. Dolling (Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University).

This partnership will combine the experience of the GWU as a leading worldwide academic institution, with the vocational training expertise of the EEC that has worked for 40 years with major universities, leading global authorities and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Continue reading


Virginia Receives Federal Grant to Support Key Unemployment Insurance Initiatives

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded nearly a million dollars in federal grant money to Virginia to support initiatives within the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program in two key areas. The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) will administer the grants to further strengthen information technology systems and reduce the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Speaking about the announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am pleased that Virginia was recognized and awarded these funds to strengthen the security of our unemployment insurance program, and to make it more responsive to the needs of Virginia’s workers and employers in this new Virginia economy. I am particularly pleased that this grant will help Virginia combat worker misclassification, which is a regrettably pervasive practice in our economy that undermines businesses that follow the law, deprives the Commonwealth of millions of dollars in tax revenues, and prevents workers from receiving legal protections and benefits.” Continue reading



Statistics, issued recently by the Home Mortgage Data Administration (HMDA) indicate that in 2014, only 5.2 percent of mortgage loans were made to Black borrowers at a time when the homeownership rate for the Black population had already fallen from nearly 50 percent in  2004 to its current low of 43 percent.


The failure of financial firms to originate home loans to Blacks, the consequent continuing fall in homeownership rate if this trend is not reversed, solutions to jumpstart affordable and sustainable mortgage lending to Black Americans, and the important wealth-building potential of increasing the  Black homeownership rate, were subjects of a Forum hosted by the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) held during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference recently convened in Washington, DC.  Forum attendees heard expert panelists present and discuss the key factors contributing to the downward homeownership rate for Black households which now stands at its lowest level in 20 years and is projected to continue to fall. Continue reading


Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon

George Washington’s Mount Vernon opens its doors to trick-or-treaters for a spook-tacular evening! Join Mount Vernon’s costumed cast of interpreters for a special opportunity to trick-or-treat in the historic area at George Washington’s estate. Take part in a scavenger hunt stopping at 12 locations on the estate! All trick-or-treaters are invited to join in the children’s costume parade around the Mansion at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best “George” and “Martha” costumes!

Participate in a Halloween craft activity in the greenhouse. Listen to Halloween-themed stories in the straw bale amphitheater, enjoy colonial games and dancing demonstrations, and take a wagon ride. Watch special trade demonstrations, like 18th-century wool spinning and laundry washing, in the historic area. Mount Vernon’s blacksmith shop will be open and providing demonstrations throughout the afternoon. Continue reading


DC Ben & Jerry’s Scoops it Forward with Free Ice Cream

Cater A Party, Get One Free For Charity

DC Ben & Jerry’s recently announced a new Scoop It Forward program to give away free ice cream parties to local causes and charities.  Between October 1st and November 15th, the company will donate a free ice cream event for each client’s favorite cause or charity or just someone they want to thank!

Since its founding in 1978, Ben & Jerry’s has had a long tradition of giving back to communities across the globe. This year, to continue to expand its social mission, DC Ben & Jerry’s will give back to the local community by Scooping It Forward! Continue reading

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Capitol Hill Art League Opens Season with October Juried Show at CHAW

Fall marks the beginning of the Capitol Hill Art League 2015-16 Season with its October show. The 25 artists featured at the show represent a wide range of media including oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, graphite, pencil, collage, and photography.

Juror William S. Talbot will discuss the accepted works at a reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Saturday, October 3rd at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), located at 545 Seventh Street, S.E, Washington, DC  20003.  CHAW is located three blocks south of the renowned Eastern Market on Capitol Hill.  The show will run October 3rd through November 6th in the CHAW Gallery.  The opening reception and the Gallery space are free and open to the public—all are welcome.  The Gallery is available for perusal during CHAW’s open hours, which are available on the website,


Columbia Heights Oktoberfest Community Party

Community Party featuring live German folk music, kids carnival games, food vendors, Meridian Pint Biergarten

Following on the heels of their recent 10th annual Columbia Heights Day, the Columbia Heights Initiative will host another neighborhood-wide event on Saturday, October 3. The Columbia Heights Oktoberfest Community Party will feature a bilingual Children’s Story Time sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Library, children’s carnival games, a free moon bounce, outdoor yoga, and the launch of a community food pantry as well as Oktoberfest standards offered by the Edelweiss Band and Meridian Pint and Kangaroo Boxing Club Biergartens.

In the past, this event was put on exclusively by Meridian Pint as a block party. This year the semi-annual event has been absorbed into the growing Columbia Heights Initiative, as a way to create neighborhood events that better serve all the residents of the community. According to spokesperson Erin Helland, “We’re excited that the Columbia Heights Initiative is able to create these unique opportunities for residents and businesses to get to know one another, celebrate diversity, have fun, and enrich the quality of life in our community.” Continue reading


Maryland Mortgage Program Reaches All Maryland Jurisdictions for First Time

MMP helping families find homes across state

Governor Larry Hogan announced recently that for the first time since the creation of the Maryland Mortgage Program (MMP) in 1977, the state finished a fiscal year helping families obtain a home in all 24 of the state’s jurisdictions.
Administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the program has been widely accessed throughout Central Maryland, and has been active on the Eastern Shore, and in the D.C. Metro area and Southern Maryland.
However, MMP had never purchased a mortgage in each of the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City— that is, until the state closed the books on Fiscal Year 2015. Continue reading


Prince George’s County Invites Residents to a Public Open House Discussion on The Purple Line

Prince George’s County invites the community to attend an Informational Public Open House to discuss recent scope changes for the Purple Line. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) will present the project changes, followed by opportunities for one-on-one discussion with MTA project leaders. “We are pleased the administration is moving forward with the Purple Line, and are looking forward to sharing the changes with the citizens of Prince George’s County, said, Darrell Mobley, Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).” The Informational Public Open house will take place on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Building, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737. Please come out and participate in the discussion of the recent changes of this very important project.

Planning Board Will Hold Third Work Session for the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan 

Session to address recommendations for Wisconsin Avenue and other districts

The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will conduct the third work session to review the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan on Monday, October 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. MD). The session will continue the discussion of the district-by-district zoning recommended for established and emerging centers that was outlined in the Public Hearing Draft of the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.

The new Plan recommends increasing density in Bethesda by approximately 20 percent with greater increases near identified centers of activity and gathering spaces, including the Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, Bethesda Metrorail Station and Veteran’s Park. Continue reading


Planners Seek Feedback on Draft Proposal of Separated Bike Lane Network for White Flint

Proposed network in White Flint Sector Plan area will be discussed as part of fifth kick-off meeting for Bicycle Master Plan.
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will conclude its kick-off meetings for the Bicycle Master Plan on October 6 from 7 to 9 Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda, MD) RSVPs to attend the session are encouraged, but not required.
This community event will focus on draft recommendations for a network of separated bike lanes in the White Flint Sector Plan area of North Bethesda. Separated bike lanes (or cycle tracks) create a low-stress environment for cyclists that can make bicycling a mainstream option because they provide physical separation from both traffic and pedestrians.
Planners began work on the Bicycle Master Plan in July 2015 and are focusing on the White Flint area in order to take advantage of opportunities to develop a high-quality bicycling network as part of the development of new mixed-use projects, a grid road network and the County’s Rapid Transit System. Continue reading



Crystal City streets enliven with over 30,000 runners during the 40th annual Marine Corps Marathon, where spectators can spark dedication and experience fun for all ages. The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Vornado/Charles E. Smith is hosting its annual Marine Corps Marathon Family Festival on Sunday, October 25th from 9:30 AM to 2 PM. Continue reading


Dominion Has Selected Four Virginia Schools to Pilot Solar Education Program

Students will gain hands-on experience generating electricity from the sun 

Four public schools in Dominion Virginia Power’s service area will soon be able to harness the power of the sun to help students and surrounding communities learn about solar energy. The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, has selected four K-12 schools to pilot its Dominion Solar for Schools program. Each school will receive a 1-kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power, along with technical support and educational materials.
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Nationals Suspend Jonathan Papelbon After Dugout Scuffle With Bryce Harper

(NBC)–The Washington Nationals suspended relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his dugout fight with outfielder Bryce Harper during Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Papelbon also accepted a three-game suspension from Major League Baseball for appearing to intentionally throw at the Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado Wednesday.
“The behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable,” Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves, and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way.” Continue reading


Terps to wear new “blackout” uniforms against Michigan

Ahead of Maryland’s “Blackout Byrd” football game on Saturday night against Michigan, the Terps are literally turning down the brightness of their uniforms with their new “blackout” themed duds.
The Terps took to Twitter on Tuesday to unveil the new threads.
The Terps will be looking to rebound from a 45-6 drubbing from the hands of West Virginia last Saturday afternoon, where starting QB Caleb Rowe was replaced late in the second half after going 10/27 for 67 yards and four interceptions. Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman came in relief of Rowe, going 4/9 for 86 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Maryland (2-2) is set to kickoff against the number 22 ranked Michigan Wolverines (3-1) at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.

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Red Sox Manager Meets President Barack Obama at Hotel Gym

(NBC)–Just like any other morning on a Boston Red Sox road trip, interim manager Torey Lovullo woke up and headed for the gym at the team hotel.
Only this time, he met a new exercise partner during an unforgettable workout that was anything but routine.
When Lovullo arrived to lift weights, there was President Barack Obama pumping iron in a long-sleeve T-shirt and sweats. Lovullo introduced himself and talked baseball with Obama, who was in New York this week for his annual trip to the United Nations. Continue reading


‘Deflategate’ Appeal Could Be Heard Super Bowl Week

(NBC)–The “Deflategate” appeal could be heard as early as Super Bowl week, according to an expedited appeal process that was approved this week.
The NFL had asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited hearing in its appeal of a federal judge’s decision to nix New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension. Brady and the union agreed with the proposed schedule. Continue reading

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Redskins’ Defense Looking for More Pressure, Turnovers

(NBC)–The Redskins’ defense has struggled to force pressure or turnovers, something that needs to change when the Eagles visit on Sunday.
“We’re stopping the run fairly well,” head coach Jay Gruden said Monday. “We’ve just got to figure out ways to get the ball out, get them into some third-and-long and then bring some pressure.”
Washington’s 832 yards allowed is fourth best in the NFL. However, its one takeaway is tied for last with Jacksonville, and its minus-5 turnover margin is second worst to Indianapolis.
The Redskins’ four sacks are better than only four other defenses. In Thursday’s 32-21 loss at the Giants, Washington failed to sack Eli Manning and hit him only twice. Continue reading


RGIII’s father found guilty of reckless driving, sentenced to 10 days in jail

(ABC)–Robert Lee Griffin Jr., the father of third string quarterback to the Redskins, will serve time in jail after he was found guilty of reckless driving on Sept. 23, according to the Washington Post.
Court documents show that Robert Griffin Jr. was driving at an unlawful speed of 115 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 64.
Though Griffin Jr. pleaded not guilty, a District Court judge found him guilty on Wednesday and sentenced him to 60 days in jail. Griffin Jr. is only required to serve 10 of those days on consecutive weekends, starting on Oct. 2.


“Rejoice!” says Pope Francis

By Deborah Kemp, Guest Columnist

Listening to Pope Francis’s homily at the Canonization and Papal Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 23, was likely the most humbling and tangible expression of faith that I’ll ever experience. The opportunity for a mere glimpse of the Holy Father – in person – is, for a lifelong Catholic like me, an enriching and memorable occasion. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although his words and the faith he expressed during his homily at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception have a special meaning for me, they should resonate with us all, Catholic or not.

In spite of the challenges that we all encounter at some time or another, Pope Francis tells us to “Rejoice … and go forward,” remembering Jesus’ instructions to his disciples. Jesus told his disciples to embody the meaning of the Gospel and proclaim one’s faith through encouraging others to also embrace a moral approach. Continue reading

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President Obama gifts Pope Francis Sculpture, Historic Key

(UPI) — President Barack Obama presented two gifts to Pope Francis on Wednesday after the pontiff was officially welcomed to the White House.
Obama presented Francis with a metal sculpture of an ascending dove, known as an international symbol of peace. The dove is also the Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit, one of the three aspects in the Trinity.
The personalized sculpture was made from an original armature bar from the Statue of Liberty, which was preserved during the centennial restoration of Lady Liberty in 1986, and the sculpture’s pedestal was made from wood from the White House lawn, according to a White House official.
Obama also gave the pope a key from Elizabeth Ann Seton’s home in Maryland dating back to the early 1800s. Seton, who dedicated herself to serving the poor, sick and vulnerable, was the first native-born American to be declared a saint.


Grassley Introduces Student Loan Bill

(UPI) — Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley wants students to get more information before, during and after they take out student loans, including details about their ability to repay after graduation.

Grassley, a Republican, recently introduced the Know Before You Owe Federal Student Loan Act, a proposal that aims to ensure student loan borrowers get debt counseling every year before signing off on their loans, rather than the current standard of just the first year. Students would be told they don’t have to take the full amount of loans offered, something most students don’t know.

Also, he wants students to manually enter, either in writing or electronically, the exact dollar amount of funding they want. Colleges will have to give students a projected loan debt-to-income ratio based on the student’s projected earnings and total student debt expected. Students would also be asked to review their other options for funding, including work-study programs and scholarships, to offset college costs. Continue reading


Pope Francis calls on US to address ‘serious’ issue

(AP) — Plunging headlong into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call Wednesday for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that “can no longer be left to a future generation.” President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is “shaking us out of our complacency” with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.

The White House mustered all the pageantry it had to offer as the pope arrived at the White House before an adoring crowd of thousands and a nation that seemingly cannot get enough of the humble pontiff who is rejuvenating American Catholicism while giving heartburn to some of its conservatives.

Speaking in a soft voice and halting English, Francis delivered a firm message against those who doubt the science of climate change, saying that the warming planet “demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition” of what awaits today’s children. Continue reading


25th Anniversary of Pollution Prevention Act Serves as Reminder That Everyone Can Take Steps for a Healthy Environment

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency celebrates Pollution Prevention Week – the third week in September – to highlight ways the agency is working with an array of organizations to prevent pollution right from the start.  The 2015 week-long observance is particularly important since it marks the 25th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act, the law which established the national policy that pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible.

“We celebrate Pollution Prevention Week to recognize people and organizations who are successfully preventing pollution to reduce their environmental footprint, and to remind others that we all can choose to do one small thing for a healthier environment,” said EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin.  “Compared to 25 years ago, more businesses, industries, communities and families are seeing the health and economic benefits of reducing waste and using energy and other natural resources more wisely.” Continue reading



“Freedom is Your Right, Justice is Our Fight!” Event Features National NAACP President as Keynote Speaker

The Washington DC NAACP Branch will host its 2015 Freedom Fund Banquet, themed “Freedom is Your Right, Justice is Our Fight!” on Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 7 p.m. at the Washington Hilton located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Washington.  Keynote speaker for the banquet will be the Rev. Dr. Cornell Brooks, NAACP National President and CEO.

Annually, the Freedom Fund Banquet raises funds to support the efforts of the Washington DC NAACP Branch and continued volunteer efforts throughout the area. The banquet program will recognize both rising and legendary DC-based civil rights leaders, including Rev. Willie F. Wilson of Union Temple Baptist Church; Dr. E. Faye Williams, President/CEO, National Congress of Black Women; and Ruby E. Lewis ACT-SO Chair and Silver Life Member of the NAACP DC Branch. The event will also honor life and legacy of Julian Bond, Chairman Emeritus of the NAACP National Board of Directors. Continue reading


Groundbreaking Sickle Cell Study Uses Stem Cells with Adults

Sickle-cell disease, or SCD, is a hereditary (genetic) aberrancy among Africans and people of African descent. About one in 500 Afro-Americans have the condition. Normal hemoglobin, which is essential for oxygen transport via the red blood cells, is coded for by 2 hemoglobin-A genes, so normals are AA.

But a new, small study from the University of Illinois reports on the amazing success among a small group of SCD adults with only minimal chemotherapy- and radio-therapy preparation for stem-cell transplantation.

First, some background. One sickle gene confers the genotype SA; people with this “sickle trait” often live quite normal lives, except for problems that sometimes occur when they are in a low-oxygen situations (airplane travel, mountain climbing) and under cardiovascular stress. Continue reading


CBC Health Braintrust Releases 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America

Congressional analysis of the state of Black health in the U.S. offers comprehensive legislative and policy solutions to improve health outcomes in communities of color

The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust today released The 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America, an official Congressional analysis of the state of African American health in the U.S. that offers a blueprint for reversing negative health trends in communities of color. Continue reading


SAMHSA awards up to $46.8 million to prevent suicide and meet the emotional needs of those affected by disaster

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing up to $46.8 million in funding over the next several years to support programs that help prevent suicide and meet the emotional needs of those who have been affected by natural or man-made disasters.

One grant for up to $18.6 million over the next three years will be awarded to Link2Health Solutions, Inc. of New York, New York, which manages both the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) and the National Disaster Distress Helpline (Helpline).

The Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), will be receiving up to $15.9 million of this grant’s funding to continue to administer and enhance the nationwide network of crisis centers that provides 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week counseling for individuals in emotional distress or suicidal crisis. Continue reading

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CDC says Flu vaccine should be more effective this year

(UPI) — The influenza strain that caused the most illness last year, H3N2, emerged too late in the season to be included in North American vaccines. This year, however, the flu vaccine is expected to be effective against it based on research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the vaccine will be effective against known strains of flu, the possibility that an unexpected strain will pop up is very possible, researchers at the agency said. Officials have said, however, that all their testing shows the strains they found circulating most commonly right now in the country are covered by this year’s vaccine.

“Get vaccinated,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden said at a press conference about the upcoming flu season. “That’s the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community against flu.” Continue reading


Artificial pancreas provides real-time monitoring of insulin

(UPI) — A new “artificial pancreas” system can vastly improve glucose control in people with type 1 diabetes, according to new research presented at a conference on diabetes and treatment for the condition.

The new study eases concerns about how such a system would work in the real world, as opposed to in a lab setting, where exercise, diet and other factors can be controlled completely. The research shows, however, the system works better than traditional methods for patients to monitor their blood glucose.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder characterized by the pancreas producing too little or no insulin for the body. The artificial pancreas monitors glucose levels in the blood, delivering insulin when the body needs it.

The researchers presented results of a study to trial the device at the annual conference of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Sweden. Continue reading


Councilmember Charles Allen Introduces Bill To Create Climate Change Commission

DC Council, Councilmember Charles Allen introduces a bill to create a Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency. Co-introduced with Councilmember Mary Cheh, the Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency Act of 2015 will require the District to undertake a cross-sector approach to assessing and mitigating the current and coming climate change impacts, as well as assessing the District’s resilience to adverse events such as hurricanes and man-made disasters.

Allen said, “Climate change is no longer a future event. The District’s climate is changing now and impacting our natural resources, our built environment, our public health system and more.  Poor air quality, extreme weather, and flooding are already here. The District needs to assess our vulnerabilities and create a plan to address them effectively. I welcome Pope Francis’s call to action on climate change and believe we need to start working now to protect District residents from preventable harm.” Continue reading


Evans Introduces Bill to Stop Government Attack on Personal Fitness

Legislation would stop D.C. Board of Physical Therapy from Requiring Licenses for Personal Fitness Trainers

Councilmember Jack Evans introduces legislation to repeal licensure requirements for personal fitness trainers and maintain the welcoming fitness and entrepreneurial climate that has earned DC praise as “the fittest city in America.”

Evans’ bill, the “Omnibus Health Regulations Rationalization Amendment Act of 2015,” would amend the original act to remove the D.C. Board of Physical Therapy’s authority to regulate personal fitness trainers.

“The proposed regulation of personal fitness trainers is an overreach by the District that would significantly harm the well-being of our residents and the entrepreneurial climate of the District,” Evans said.

“The Board of Physical Therapy should continue to oversee and license physical therapists. Physical therapy is a medical professional with standardized research, educational training, and administration that appropriately requires licensure. Personal fitness training, on the other hand, encompasses a broad range of activities with different theories, approaches, and levels of support by trainers to clients. There are no universally accepted standards of training, education, or operation that the District could reasonable hold a practitioner to and therefore we should not attempt to regulate and license this industry just for the sake of collecting revenue for the District.”

Governor McAuliffe Announces Decrease in Virginia Unemployment Rate

August was 17th consecutive month of year over year employment growth

Governor McAuliffe announced recently that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.3 percentage point in August to 4.5 percent, the second consecutive monthly decline. At 4.5 percent, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at its lowest level since September 2008 when it was 4.3 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains below the national rate, which was down 0.2 percentage point in August to 5.1 percent.

The average weekly wage for private employers was $940.55 in August, 7.6 percent above a year ago. Continue reading


Outdoor Oktoberfest Block Party Hosted by Nonprofit Columbia Heights Initiative

Families and revelers of all ages welcome – clap along to live German folk music, engage in carnival games and explore delicious food options.
In partnership with Meridian Pint, the community nonprofit known as the Columbia Heights Initiative, will host the semi-annual Oktoberfest block party on Saturday, October 3 from 11am-6pm. Located on 11th street between Park and Monroe, this free event welcomes all ages to join the festivities! Continue reading


Celebrate Halloween at KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk At Oriole Park, in partnership with Baltimore Orioles

It’s never too early to start planning your Halloween costume, and this year KidsPeace is providing the perfect opportunity to showcase your creative attire while racing through the streets of Baltimore for a great cause.

KidsPeace is once again partnering with the Baltimore Orioles, OriolesREACH and manager Buck Showalter and his wife, Angela for the Sixth Annual Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk at Oriole Park. Last year’s event drew a crowd of more than 1,000 runners and walkers who came together to enjoy a fun race to help raise money for youth in foster care. Continue reading



Easton’s Newnan Airport will host its fun-filled annual event offering the whole family an up-close opportunity to visit their local airport and see what flying is all about.  The Easton Airport is presenting its seventh annual day this year on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Easton Airport Day 2015 opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m., promptly followed by the infamous Jet Pull Contest at 9:15.  This fun-filled, team-building contest is open to businesses and organizations with a six-person team to pull a 10,000 lb. jet across a set distance for the best time. Aviation activities continue throughout the day with Warbird Formation Flyovers, the World-Famous Rubber Chicken Drop contest, plane rides and introductory lessons.  Displays of unique aircraft and classic cars will also be available.

General admission and parking is free for the entire day.  Advance registration with payment is required for teams taking part in the Jet Pull Contest. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Easton Ruritan Club and Sugar Buns.

Easton Airport Day is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Proceeds from the day support the cost of the event, with remaining monies being donated to good works in the community.

Easton Airport is a vital part of the local economy. In addition to its many associated off-site businesses, it is home to an industrial park, and lies adjacent to a business center on Technology Drive. In 2015, the business revenue generated by the airport was $ 42,461,000.

For more information about Easton Airport Day, to register for the Jet Pull, or to become a sponsor, visit


Workshop Series: Exploring Robotics

Is your child curious about robotics?

“Exploring Robotics” is a new workshop where children will be exploring both robotic hardware and software in a variety of hands on activities. This offering is an opportunity for the first-time explorer that might be curious about STEM and robotics. Each child will be introduced to the Engineering Design Process and the importance of this iterative process using both technology and engineering to create robotics projects. The workshop participants will be provided with tasks that involve robotic hardware: motors, wiring, and a variety of sensors. The software overview will include Arduino programming, graphical programming, MIT scratch, and Ardublock. Some tasks may also include bluetooth modules or manipulate the robot in other ways. Continue reading


DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces “Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC”

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) celebrates five years of Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC this week. Art All Night will be District-wide on Saturday, September 26, from 7 PM to 3 AM. All events are free and open to the public, rain or shine. A full listing of programming is now available online at . The festival is larger than ever with 50+ venues, 250+ artists, and 20+ cultural partners and curators.

New to the festival this year are five major light installations – one in each of the featured neighborhoods – in honor of the festival’s 5th year anniversary. Continue reading



Tour provides health tests, assessments, education and consulting services for free

The Walgreens Wellness Tour will provide free health tests throughout the Washington D.C. area. The free health tests, valued at over $100, measure 10 key health indicators that include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age, and body weight. The tests are administered to adults, ages 18 years and older, by certified wellness staff and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Visitors will also have access to free educational information on a variety of health and wellness issues.

The 2015 tour marks the ninth year Walgreens and the National Urban League have joined together to provide free health tests and services to urban and at-risk communities. Continue reading

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Jazz Vocalist Aaron Myers at Mr. Henry’s

Friday night, patrons will be entertained by Jazz Vocalist Aaron Myers at  Mr Henry’s Restaurant at his monthly Fourth Friday Jazz Show.  This show will be unique as he will be celebrating the release of his new album ” The Lion’s Den” that will be released digitally October 2nd.  Physical “Pre-Release” copies of the project will be available for purchase at this time.

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Obama administration announces $120M for clean energy, solar power

(UPI) — The Obama administration announced Wednesday more than $120 million in efforts to support clean energy through innovation, including in solar power and other energy sources.

According to the White House, the effort will be deployed across 24 states in an attempt to promote “smart, simple, low-cost technologies to help America transition to cleaner and more distributed energy sources, help households save on their energy bills, and to address climate change.”

Under Obama’s presidency, the cost of home solar energy systems has fallen nearly 50 percent, the deployment of solar energy increased nearly 20 times and the number of homes with rooftop solar power jumped from 66,000 to 734,000, the White House said. Continue reading

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Mayor Bowser Announces Job Training Programs for District Residents

Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a supplemental budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year with the goal of creating a safer, stronger DC – by putting more residents on their pathway to the middle class.

“Washington, DC is only as strong as our residents, families, neighborhoods, and communities.  And that is where my Administration is focusing our attention,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through my FY15 Supplemental Budget, we will create more job training opportunities for District residents, and we will invest the resources needed to make the District safer and stronger.

The supplemental budget includes funding for several initiatives that will create job opportunities, support communities and neighborhoods, and invest resources to fight crime. Continue reading

DISB Approves Rates for 2016 Health Plan Offerings on DC Health Link

Department negotiates lower and more competitive rates for District residents and small businesses through its rate review process 

The D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) approved health insurance plan rates for the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace, DC Health Link, for plan year 2016.

As a result of DISB’s rate review process, all insurers offering plans on DC Health Link lowered their proposed rate increases – some by as much as 10 percent. The average increase in 2016 premiums across all insurers is 4.25% for individuals and 4.74% for small group plans. The most popular individual and small group plans from 2015 are increasing 4.3% and 4.1%, respectively. Continue reading

New Programs to Support the District’s Returning Citizens

A major component of Mayor Bowser’s Safer, Stronger plan is recommitting ourselves to building pathways to the middle class. The Mayor is championing a mix of legislation and programs that will provide returning citizens with work readiness skills and experience. As part of her effort, Mayor Muriel Bowser visited the DC Jail today, where she met with inmates and highlighted two new innovative training and professional development programs.

“These programs and forthcoming legislation will give our returning citizens the tools they need to get back on their feet as they transition back into society,” said Mayor Bowser. “Like all residents in the District, returning citizens deserve a pathway to the middle class. Together, we will make sure they get one.”

As part of her Safer, Stronger agenda, Mayor Bowser proposed the following programs to support returning citizens.
Change the amount of “good time” credits a misdemeanor inmate may receive.
Allow inmates to earn up to three “good time” credits per month for good behavior and five “good time” credits for completion of rehabilitative programs, work detail and special projects.
Allow pre-trial misdemeanor inmates to be temporarily released from the DC Jail during work hours so they can keep working at their job while they serve their sentence. Continue reading


U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to open all Jobs to Women

(UPI) — Integration of the sexes in the U.S. Armed Forces took a giant leap as U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced both the Navy and the Marine Corps will now allow women to hold any job they offer.

The move comes after a series of measures by top U.S. military officials to study how such integration could be possible. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for a reviews of integration obstacles by October 1.

One study conducted by the Marine Corps compared combat units with female members to combat units with all-male teams, and claimed units with female members suffered more injuries, and under-performed in speed and accuracy.

Secretary Mabus criticized the the study a few days prior to the announcement, saying proper leadership and training could close any gap indicated in the study, and maintains there will be no exceptions for either branch. Continue reading


Firefighters slowly get upper hand in California wildfires

(UPI) — Firefighters were slowly getting the upper hand early Wednesday on two massive wildfires in Northern California after one person died and hundreds of homes were leveled.

Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have helped firefighters battle the deadly Valley Fire in Lake Napa and Sonoma counties. The 67,200-acre fire is about 30 percent contained after 585 homes were destroyed earlier in the week.

Residents in the Riviera community were allowed back in their homes late Tuesday after being evacuated as the flames encroached. More than 2,600 firefighters continued to battle the blaze. Four were injured. Continue reading

DISB Seeks Public Input on Access to Banking Services and Small Business Capital

The D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking recently launched city-wide surveys to study the barriers to banking services for District of Columbia residents and access to capital challenges for small and local businesses.

Thirty-two percent of District residents don’t have bank accounts or have limited access to traditional banking services. These residents frequently use expensive, unnecessary financial services spending on average $800 a year in fees. And almost 50 percent of new small businesses fail within the first year and access to capital is identified as the second most common reason for failure, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Continue reading

DC VA Medical Center to Realign and Expand Care for Metropolitan Area Veterans

The Washington DC VA Medical Center is proud to serve our nation’s Veterans by providing comprehensive health care throughout Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia. Community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) provide closer to home care for Veterans and offer primary and specialty care as well as mental health services and telemedicine. With the recent contract expiration at the Greenbelt, Md., clinic, health care services were realigned, Tuesday, September 15. Veterans who opt to realign their care will remain with their current health care provider and care team. Health care services will be realigned to the Southern Prince George’s County CBOC, 1501 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, Md.

The Southern Prince George’s County clinic offers expanded services in a larger space. Veterans who choose to realign their health care at the Camp Springs, Md., clinic, will have access to primary care, mental health and audiology services, women’s health, nutrition counseling, substance abuse rehabilitation, telemedicine as well as dental services for those who qualify. Veterans who do not wish to keep their current care team or realign to the Camp Springs, Md. CBOC, have the option to transfer their care to the Washington DC VA Medical Center at 50 Irving Street, NW or to the Fort Meade, Md. CBOC located at 2479 59th Street. Continue reading

Governor McAuliffe Announces U.S. SBA Grant to Support Virginia’s International Trade Program

~ Program increases exports for Virginia’s small businesses ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Virginia has received $578,500 in grant funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program.  The STEP grant is designed to increase the number of small businesses that are exporting and to raise the value of exports for those small businesses that are currently exporting.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “International trade is a key part of my plan to create private sector jobs and build a new Virginia economy that is less reliant on the federal government.  By providing resources and services to increase international trade, we help Virginia businesses find new customers around the world and, in turn, create new jobs for Virginians. We are pleased to continue this effective partnership with our federal partners to provide assistance to even more of Virginia’s small businesses.” Continue reading

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Veterans To Dedicate Peace Pole At Congressional Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery and Veterans For Peace (VFP) invite the public to attend the dedication of a Peace Pole at Congressional Cemetery to mark International Day of Peace. The dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday September 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM. The cemetery is located at 1801 E. Street, Southeast in Washington D.C. The pole will be dedicated near the pond.

The Peace Pole Says: “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in these eight languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, German and Choctaw.
When you plant a Peace Pole in your community, you are linking with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace. 200,000 Peace Poles are located in over 180 countries around the globe. The statement, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” has a variety of meanings. It is the hope that we can live peacefully on Earth and avoid wars. It means to be safe from gang violence, gun violence, bullying, racism, domestic violence, homophobia and other harmful actions.
The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the languages of the world. Continue reading


The funds will be used by 14 community health centers across the state for expanded services and construction.

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 14 community health centers across Maryland have been awarded a combined total of $4,161,916 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase access to health care services in Maryland. Community health centers provide comprehensive, high quality primary and preventive care to Americans in rural and urban communities, who otherwise may face hurdles in accessing basic health care services.

“Community health centers provide an important safety net for the people who need it most,” Senator Mikulski said. “During the debate over health reform, I fought to end the punitive practices of health insurance companies, but I also fought to expand access to needed health care services. These funds, which we included in the Affordable Care Act, will help families in under-served neighborhoods have access to quality, reliable care in their own communities. I will continue to fight for the health and well-being of Maryland families with a government on their side.” Continue reading

Special Events and Sports Films at the Packard Campus Theater

The Library of Congress Packard Campus will present two special events in cooperation with the historic State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia in October. On Oct. 9, legendary comedian Jerry Lewis will appear for a standup performance and Q&A, following a screening of his 1960 comedy classic “The Bellboy.”  Lewis’ appearance is in celebration of the Library’s recent acquisition of his personal archive consisting of more than 1,000 moving-image materials and paper documents that cover the entire span of his remarkable career.

Country-music star Marty Stuart, a five-time winner of the Grammy Award, will appear in concert at the State Theatre with his band The Fabulous Superlatives on Oct. 23, with an opening act featuring the Western Flyers. Stuart will be at the Packard Campus Theater the night before the concert for an in-depth interview, to discuss his work as a musician, photographer and archivist. Continue reading


Highly anticipated participant & fundraising totals will be announced at the
opening ceremonies moments before The Ride commences

Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th

On Saturday, participants will begin the 2nd annual Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 150-mile cycling fundraiser benefiting Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Sibley Memorial, Suburban and Howard County General Hospitals.

Moments before the start, an executive from Johns Hopkins along with event organizers will address hundreds of participants and share the total number of participants and funds raised at the 2015 Ride. Continue reading


Experience Arlington’s bicycle beltway known as the “Arlington Loop” at the 5th Annual Arlington Fun Ride on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. The scenic, family-friendly bicycle ride primarily follows off-street trails and includes multiple ride distances and a special kids loop for the youngest riders. A fundraiser for Phoenix Bikes, the event is hosted by the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID), and supported by Arlington County, local businesses, bike advocates and other community partners. Continue reading

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

Drop off working appliances Sept. 19 at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute


Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) today announced that it will have a recycling drop-off location in Baltimore, Md., this Saturday for working room air conditioners and dehumidifiers. For each eligible appliance a BGE residential customer drops off for recycling, they will receive $25 from the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®, up to two room air conditioning units and/or two dehumidifiers.


The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Md., 21209. The event will be held rain or shine, and BGE representatives will be on hand to unload the eligible appliances from customers’ vehicles. Continue reading

Celebrate Parking Day

Agencies join together to transform downtown Silver Spring parking space into a temporary, pop-up parklet at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Montgomery Parks, the Montgomery County Planning Department part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Montgomery County Department of Transportation invite the public to celebrate PARK(ing) Day on September 18, 2015 by transforming a parking space in downtown Silver Spring into a temporary pop-up park. The parklet will be located at the corner of Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue and will feature plants, seating, and the bean bag toss game, Cornhole. People may stop by and enjoy the open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Continue reading


U.S. committed to taking more Syrian refugees

(UPI) — Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will increase the number of refugees it will take in as European nations struggle to accommodate the massive influx of Syrians fleeing their war-torn countries.

Kerry, speaking after meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, did not elaborate on how many would be accepted or when. The United States currently limits the number of Syrian migrants it accepts to 1,500 a year, a fraction of the millions who have fled the country as it is ravaged by civil war and terrorists. By comparison, German has taken in some 800,000 migrants during the crisis. Other countries, including Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, have taken in hundreds of thousands each. Continue reading

DC DMV is Hosting a Child Car Safety Seat Check

Child Passenger Safety Week is September 13-19, and the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) is hosting a child car safety seat check on Monday, September 14, from 2pm-6pm at its Inspection Station located at 1001 Half Street, SW.

“This is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and anyone who drives with children in a car to stop by our Inspection Station to ensure that their child car seat is properly installed,” said DC DMV’s Director Lucinda Babers. Continue reading

District Selected for Cutting Edge Affordable Housing Project Focused on Sustainability

DC is the only city on the East Coast to receive this award

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) have been selected by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) to participate as part of a Living Building Challenge Affordable Housing Pilot Project. DHCD, with support from DOEE, applied for the award through a competitive process and the District is the only city on the East Coast to receive this award. Continue reading

AARP Site Helps 50-Plus Stay Connected, Competitive, Current

Work is the new retirement. While many Americans state that they plan to retire between 65 and 70 (45%), the typical retirement may have changed. In a survey just released by AARP, a surprising 37% plan to work for pay in retirement.

Those surveyed who plan to work for pay post-retirement indicate a desire to work part-time (73%). Almost half are looking to work in a new field (44%).

Connecting with co-workers, interesting and challenging work, and the desire for a work-life balance are all stated as top reasons why work is enjoyable. Some are seeking to pursue their dream job or dream field in this next phase. Sports, hospitality, and education fields are frequently cited. Most are hoping that their new dream jobs will be part-time, flexible with work from home options, and allow time for travel and fun. Continue reading


Gas prices should begin steady decline

(UPI) — Though refinery issues kept retail gasoline prices somewhat elevated, a switch to a different blend of gas will be a net industry win, reports.

The price watchdog website reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.39 per gallon, about 2.8 percent less than last week and 8 percent lower than one month ago. The national average price is 30 percent, or $1.04 per gallon, less than this date in 2014.

An outage at BP’s refinery in Whiting, Ind., last month skewed the national average price higher because gas prices in the Great Lakes states spiked by up to 50 cents per gallon. Low output from a Chevron refinery in California, meanwhile, is keeping prices elevated in many regional states. Continue reading

(BPRW) 21st Annual Search Under Way for Nation’s Top Youth Volunteers

Volunteering as a teen can boost happiness and reduce stress, recent survey finds

(BLACK PR WIRE) – WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Over the past 20 years, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have been given to more than 115,000 middle and high school students across the country for helping people in need, raising awareness of worthy causes, addressing needs in their hometowns and many other volunteer activities. Today, the search begins to identify thousands more young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities over the past 12 months, as the awards program kicks off its 21st year.

Now through November 3, students in grades 5-12 who volunteer are invited to apply for 2016 awards at or at Continue reading


New method of lowering blood sugar may help treat diabetes

Rather than making the body more sensitive to insulin, the treatment lowers glucose production in the liver.

By Stephen Feller

(UPI) — Researchers found a way to lower glucose production in the livers of mice, lowering levels of blood sugar in their bodies, potentially offering a new method of treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Many treatments for type 2 diabetes work by making the body more sensitive to insulin, which is the hormone that lowers blood sugar. Continue reading


Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) President J. Noah Brown and American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) President Walter G. Bumphus, Ph.D., will serve on the National Advisory Board for the College Promise Campaign supporting free community college for responsible students.

Announced recently by President Barack Obama and chaired by Second Lady Jill Biden, the College Promise Campaign will raise awareness for programs and services that support tuition-free community college programs. Continue reading


Grant Available for Wildlife Rehabilitation Services for the District of Columbia

The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) seeks eligible entities to provide wildlife rehabilitation services in the District of Columbia for sick, injured, and orphaned native and naturalized wild animals. The amount available for the project in this RFA is approximately $200,000.00. This amount is subject to availability of funding and approval by the appropriate agencies.

Eligible entities include:

  • Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) determinations;


The full text of the Request for Applications (RFA) will be available online at DOEE’s website. Applicants may obtain a copy of this RFA by any of the following means: Continue reading


“Improving graduation rates among the Washington Metropolitan Area at-risk, urban youth and how teacher efficacy can make the difference.”

The Federal City Public Service Foundation (FCPSF) and the American Health Association (APHA) are joining with community partners, the Washington, DC-based Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and its project, the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) to host a Town Hall Meeting designed to increase the community’s understanding and active involvement in ensuring that the Washington Metropolitan Area’s at-risk students can achieve academic success and graduate from city schools. The Town Hall session, open to parents and guardians, business owners, public officials and community organizations is scheduled to be held on September 26, 2015 at Charles Hart Middle School with an expected attendance of 500 people. Continue reading

Driver License Fees for DC DMV REAL ID and Limited Purpose Credentials to Increase on October 1

On October 1, 2015, the fee to obtain a REAL ID or Limited Purpose driver license from the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) will increase from $44 to $47. This fee increase is in accordance with the District of Columbia Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013.

DC DMV has been issuing REAL ID and Limited Purpose driver licenses since May 1, 2014. To obtain a REAL ID driver license or identification card, District residents must provide: Continue reading

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Georgetown and Howard Receive $27M Award for Clinical and Translational Research


A large clinical research program led by Georgetown and Howard universities, facilitating the participation of more than four million Washington-area residents in clinical trials, has received a $27 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences awarded a five-year renewal of the prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) to Georgetown University and Howard University on Aug. 28. The award allows those institutions, as well as the MedStar Health Research Institute (encompassing MedStar Health’s 10 hospitals) and the Washington DC VA Medical Center (with its hospital and five clinics) to continue its broad support of clinical and translational research — improving health care by developing and testing targeted, next generation treatments for all human diseases.

“This collaboration represents one of the largest integrated clinical trials networks in the country,” says Joseph Verbalis, MD, Georgetown’s principal investigator for the CTSA grant. “That matters because it directly impacts patient care.” There are 62 other federally funded CTSA programs in the U.S.

In addition, the grant allows clinical researchers to continue their collaborations with scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to analyze large volumes of dynamic biomedical data with increasing levels of speed and efficiency. (Read more about the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s contribution with high performance computing power.)

The first CTSA grant for $38 million was awarded in 2010 to the two universities. This seeded the formation of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS).

“Our mission is not only to stimulate clinical research in the area, but also to encourage the participation of underserved populations and their communities in that research,” explains Thomas Mellman, MD, Howard’s principal investigator of the grant. “The award is also intended to foster the development of the next generation of clinical researchers.”

“The Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science is an excellent model for creating complex, robust collaborations spanning multiple institutions,” says Edward Healton, MD, MPH, executive vice president at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and executive dean of the School of Medicine. “Translating research findings from a pre-clinical laboratory to be quickly studied in patients, possibly improving their treatment, is a critical aspect of what research institutions should do. With the work of the renewed CTSA, Georgetown and our collaborators have dramatically accelerated this activity.”

Healton points to a specific example. Recently, Georgetown researchers made a laboratory discovery that suggested an already-approved cancer drug might be beneficial in treating Parkinson’s disease. In 2014, a mere two years after the finding was published, GHUCCTS helped launch a clinical trial to study the observation. Preliminary data has already been generated and will be presented at a scientific conference next month.

“In addition to expediting clinical research, I think the first five years as a CTSA have been marked by extraordinary creative cooperation between our institutions,” Verbalis says. “Our unprecedented data sharing agreement across our participating institutions allows us to identify patients who meet criteria to participate in clinical studies, and to perform those studies in an ethical, scientifically appropriate manner, as rapidly as possible. We then know more quickly whether new therapies can help treat specific diseases.”

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), says the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational program has become an outstanding partnership whose work together is showing that scientific investment on a national level can directly impact patient care.

“In a very short period of time, this program has demonstrated the benefits of coordinated community outreach on increasing access to advanced clinical care. Over time, this will change the health of our citizens. Not only are the scientists and doctors at the forefront of medical discoveries, but now, so are our residents.”

“We will be even more productive during our next phase — we have laid down a solid foundation for GHUCCTS and we’ll now build on it,” Mellman says. “There have been many accomplishments during our first five years.”

During the first five years of funding, more than 440 studies that benefited from GHUCCTS support were published: from pilot grants, to bioinformatics and biostatistical advice, to use of core laboratories across all five GHUCCTS institutions. (Read more about accomplishments made in the last five years.)

In addition to supporting the infrastructure necessary to speed advances in health care, the award supports the training of clinical investigators and provides training in translational science to predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees at Georgetown and Howard, ensuring future success in the field of translational research.

Finally, the community engagement and research component of GHUCCTS ensures community input into research priorities and representation of underserved groups in clinical research studies, thereby ensuring the validity and relevance of results to broad communities.

“By working together, we can and will combine our strengths in ways that will impact health care to a far greater degree than our institutions could do individually,” Verbalis says. “This is the essence of  ‘team science.’”

Howard’s ADVANCE-IT Launches “Rooted in STEM” Campaign To Keep Women Faculty in the STEM Field

Addresses Gender and Racial Biases; Proposes Solutions–

Howard University’s ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project (HU ADVANCE-IT) announces the launch of their “#Rooted in STEM” social media campaign, which highlights their commitment to advance the careers of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines despite challenges faced.

Principal Investigator Sonya T. Smith, Ph.D., professor of the Mechanical Engineering department, remains excited about the opportunity to promote diversity and retention at the University. “As a woman of color faculty member in STEM, I am keenly aware of the challenges and rewards of being a part of this small group. The ADVANCE-IT award helps the University expand its efforts, while focusing the world’s attention on our contributions, service, and scholarship to our respective fields of study and mankind,” says Dr. Smith. Continue reading

Hospital’s P.I.N.K.I.E. Party Raises Breast Cancer Awareness and Encourages Mammogram Screenings

On Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Doctors Community Hospital will host a P.I.N.K.I.E. (Purposely Involved N Keeping Individuals Educated) Party.  At this community health event, women can enjoy a wide range of relaxing activities as well as receive their annual screening mammograms.  Also, those who are uninsured can learn about our free mammogram program.

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County Celebrates America Recycles Day with Paper Shredding/Recycling Events

In celebration of America Recycles Day 2015, Montgomery County’s Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS) in the Department of Environmental Protection has announced upcoming paper shredding and recycling events will be held – rain or shine – at three sites in the County on September 12, October 4 and November 14. America Recycles Day is designated each November 15 to renew recycling efforts and increase recycling awareness in communities across the country.

Activities will include confidential paper shredding/recycling and reusable item donation collection events for Montgomery County residents only. County residents may bring up to five paper bags or small office paper-sized boxes of personal papers per vehicle for on-site shredding, as well as unlimited donations of gently used clothing and household goods in usable and working condition. To ensure everyone’s safety, residents are required to remain in their vehicles and will not be able to watch their paper being shredded. Continue reading

Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Launches First-of-a-Kind “Tablets for Reentry” Project

The Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCR) has launched a new pilot program to improve the outcomes for inmates reentering the community. The pilot is being implemented at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility where thirty “Reentry Tablets” have been distributed to inmates. While tablet technology has already entered into correctional education classrooms, this first-of-a-kind pilot program supports a new foundation of contemporary corrections by bridging technology with reentry services and inmate programs. The pilot is entirely grant-funded through the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention in Maryland with no cost to local tax-payers. Continue reading

Montgomery County to Host Purple Line Presentation and Informational Open House

The public is invited to attend a presentation by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) regarding recent scope changes to the Purple Line project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring. The Purple Line is a proposed light rail line that will run from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. The presentation by MTA will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and will be followed by an open house, during which attendees will have an opportunity to discuss project changes with staff. Continue reading

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