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Mayor Bowser Breaks Ground at New Soccer Stadium

Infrastructure groundbreaking makes way for $300 million facility, nearly 900 jobs

Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by D.C. United, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the Director of the Department of General Services and other District officials for an infrastructure groundbreaking in preparation for the new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, in Ward 6.
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Metro Area Unemployment Rate at 4.2 Percent

Nearly 18K Private Sector Jobs Added in March

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported recenty that the preliminary March job estimates show an increase of 16,500 jobs for a total of 2,614,300 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 17,500 jobs, while the public sector declined by 1,000 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted March 2016 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, which is unchanged from the February rate. The Washington Metropolitan Division unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in March 2015, but has since decreased by 0.5 percentage points to the current 4.2 percent, a key indicator of the health of the Washington area economy.
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Despite Improving Job Market, Federal Reserve again decides to leave Key Interest Rate alone

(UPI) — After raising key interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade four months ago, the U.S. Federal Reserve opted to leave them alone during the board’s meeting Wednesday, despite a continually improving labor market and consumer confidence.

The Fed previously said it expected to raise rates twice more before the end of 2016, based on economic conditions, but it apparently didn’t see enough risk balance Wednesday to pull the trigger now.
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Key to voting in DC: Location, Location, Location!

 

The District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) has announced updated precinct locations for the upcoming primary election (June 14th) to provide polling places that are more convenient and accessible for DC’s more than 400,000 registered voters. Some polling places have been relocated since the last election, so it is important for new as well as seasoned voters to make sure that they know where they should vote.
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FCC chief approves Charter’s $65B acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Bright House

(UPI) — The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday recommended the approval of the $65 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks by Charter Communications.

The green light is the first step in clearing the way for the merger, which would create one of the country’s largest broadband providers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler approved the deal with stipulations intended to prohibit monopolistic practices.

As part of the deal, Charter will not impose data limits on users and will obey net neutrality rules.
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Demand pulling U.S. gasoline prices higher

Most analysts expect summer gas prices, however, will be the lowest in decades.

(UPI) — Consumer demand for gasoline is pushing the price at the pump higher for Americans, though it remains low historically speaking, retail analysis finds.

Motor club AAA reports a national average retail price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline at $2.14, about 1.4 percent higher than last week and more than 5 percent than this time in March. At this time last year, the national average was $2.53 per gallon.
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Help Fund Your Favorite School Cause One Apple at a Time

(NewsUSA) – While an apple a day may keep the doctor away, it turns out that this delectable fruit can help students, too.

This month you can aid specific school causes across the nation by taking a bite out of your favorite apple with “Buy an Apple, Help a Student,” a fundraising program supported by the U.S. apple industry and other sponsors.

The way it works is this:
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Reading Program Is ‘Changing Lives One Student at a Time’

(NewsUSA) – While parents may understand the importance of reading to their kids at an early age, not all children are born bookworms.

In fact, according to a report released last year by Common Sense Media, adolescents aren’t reading for fun much anymore and their reading achievement hasn’t increased for more than two decades.

Among the findings: girls tend to read 10 minutes longer than boys; and adolescents read more than teenagers.

And yet, one high school is challenging and exceeding this research by promoting and using a reading program that is not only helping its students understand and comprehend literature, but motivating them to read more.
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College Debt a Big Concern for Millennial Parents

According to the just-released 9th annual national “College Savings Indicator Study” conducted by Fidelity Investments, while more parents than ever before are socking away money to finance their children’s college educations — 69 percent nationwide, up 5 percent from last year — they’re still on track to save just 27 percent of their stated goals by the start of freshman year.

Even non-math whizzes can see what’s described as “the challenge ahead” implied by these two numbers: $232 (the median monthly amount parents report saving) and $31,231 (the current average annual cost of tuition and fees at private colleges).
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Rates of severe Obesity among U.S. Kids still Rising

Obesity continues to plague American kids, with a new study finding rates of severe obesity climbing over a 15-year period.

Examining national data from 1999 through 2014, researchers found that one-third of American children aged 2 to 19 were overweight, nearly one-quarter were obese, and more than 2 percent were severely obese.

“Despite other recent reports, all categories of obesity have increased from 1999 to 2014, and there is no evidence of a decline in the last few years,” said lead researcher Asheley Skinner, who’s with the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C.
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Tips for Raising Money-Wise Kids

(Family Features) Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual.

In fact, T. Rowe Price’s 2014 Parents, Kids & Money survey found that 60 percent of kids whose parents frequently talk to them about budgeting feel they are smart about money, as opposed to just 34 percent of kids whose parents do not.

Financial experts agree that the sooner parents start imparting key money concepts, the more effective they will be in raising financially responsible adults. While it may seem like an involved topic, it’s as simple as starting a conversation.
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Increasing Road Safety with Cost-Effective Technology

(Family Features) Driving conditions have drastically changed in recent years, and thanks to the rise of cell phones and smart devices there are more distracted drivers on the road than ever before. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that 1.6 million crashes each year are a direct result of cell phone use while driving.

So what steps can you take now to prevent your family from becoming another accident statistic?

Forward collision warning and lane departure warning technology can be the difference between an average commute and a tragedy on the highway. The systems use radar technology to detect if you get too close to an obstacle or another vehicle, which signals the system to sound an alarm – providing up to five full seconds of extra reaction time. That may not seem like much, but imagine how far you can go in five seconds when speeding down the freeway at 60 mph.
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Night shift work may be tough on a Woman’s Heart

Women who work rotating night shifts may face a slightly increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests.

“We saw a modest increased risk of heart disease associated with longer duration of rotating night shift work, which appears to wane after stopping shift work,” said lead researcher Celine Vetter. She is an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

That increased risk ranged from 15 percent to 18 percent when compared to women who did not work rotating night shifts, the study found.
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More Kids being Poisoned by Detergent Pods

A growing number of small children are getting their hands and mouths on colorful detergent pods, with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, a new study finds.

Among more than 62,000 calls made to emergency departments for poisoning from any kind of laundry or dishwashing detergent from 2013 to 2014, 17 children were in a coma, six stopped breathing, four had fluid in their lungs and difficulty breathing, and two died.

“Over 60 percent of these calls were due to laundry detergent packets,” said lead researcher Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in Columbus, Ohio.
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District Officials to Receive 2016 Arbor Day Award

Leif Dormsjo and Tommy Wells are the recipients of the 2016 Champion of Trees Award

The Arbor Day Foundation is honoring Leif Dormsjo—Director of the District Department of Transportation (DOE) —and Tommy Wells— Director of the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) — at the 2016 Arbor Day Awards on April 30th, for their leadership in advancing forestry public policy.

The Champion of Trees Award is presented to a government official or employee for demonstrating leadership in advancing forestry public policy at a community, state or national level.
Dormsjo and Wells were integral players in the launch of Canopy 3000—a public-private partnership to plant 3,000 trees in Washington D.C. in the year 2016. The campaign is part of a broader initiative to increase the District’s tree canopy to 40% by 2032.
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Mayor Bowser Re-Launches Adopt-A-Block Program

Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Anne Stom of Annie’s ACE Hardware store to re-launch the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City’s Adopt-A-Block program, a District program that fosters community involvement in city maintenance. Today’s re-launch is a part of Mayor Bowser’s District-wide week-long spring cleaning campaign which highlights District resources available to help DC residents remove waste; keeping homes and the city clean and healthy to live in.
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New DISB Guides Help Consumers Compare Prescription Costs for HIV/AIDs, Cancer and Diabetes Treatments

New “Rx Review Guides” create transparency for out-of-pocket drug costs for plans sold on DC Health Link

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) published three guides to help consumers compare the out-of-pocket costs for commonly prescribed drugs that treat HIV/AIDs, cancer and diabetes.

Insurance companies divide prescription drugs into tiers based on varying levels of cost and each insurance company uses different language to explain its drug tiering. The guides provide a reference consumers can use alongside the health plan’s Summary of Benefits and Coverage to compare out-of-pocket prescription costs.
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Harris Teeter Donates Nearly $550,000 for MDA

Harris Teeter is donating $549,488 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to help MDA continue its mission of finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and other related life-threatening diseases. The donation was made possible thanks to generous contributions from valued Harris Teeter associates and shoppers.

Harris Teeter hosted the “Be Their Strength” donation card campaign in March, during which time Harris Teeter associates and shoppers were invited to make a $1, $3 and $5 donation to MDA at checkout. MDA representatives visited stores throughout the campaign, sharing information about MDA and capturing images of Harris Teeter associates and customers ‘being the strength’ for the organization.
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Governor McAuliffe Announces New Forest Product Exports to Germany

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced new export sales of Virginia forest products to Germany during a trade and marketing mission to several European countries this week.  The relationship between Kenbridge-based America Bluesky Lumber Industry LLC and its new buyer, Holz-Schnettler Soest, a lumber importer and distributor in Soest, Germany, originated during the company’s participation in a trade show in Germany earlier this year with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).  The trade deal in Germany represents the opening of a new international market for America Bluesky, whose international sales have so far been concentrated in China and Southeast Asia.
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DPR Announces Urban Beekeeping Program

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recently announced a new beekeeping program in partnership with the DC Beekeepers Alliance.  In an effort to support urban beekeeping and to increase pollination in the District, residents of the District of Columbia may apply to keep their personally-owned honeybee hive on one of seven (7) DPR designated beehive sites.

Bees are essential to the health of the ecosystem and natural environment. Bees contribute to the pollination of seeds which ultimately yield flowering plants and fruit.
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U.S. DREAM ACADEMY PREPARES TO “GROW DREAMS” AT THE 15TH ANNUAL “POWER OF A DREAM GALA”

The U.S Dream Academy envisions a night of wonders as they anticipate their 15th Annual “Power of A Dream” Gala, this year themed, “Growing Dreams,” presented by title sponsor, Amway. The annual fundraiser will take place on Tuesday May 3, 2016 (Red Carpet / VIP Reception 5:30PM, Dinner 6:45PM, Attire; Black Tie Optional) at the Washington Renaissance Hotel, located at 999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, D.C, 20001. The gala will benefit nationally recognized after-school programs for children of incarcerated parents and those falling behind in school.

Each year, the Power of a Dream Gala attracts the support of celebrities, political leaders, corporate executives, community activists, VIPs and influencers to invest and raise awareness to further help U.S. Dream Academy programs thrive in making a difference in the lives of youth in need.
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TOUCHSTONE GALLERY CELEBRATES ITS 40th YEAR

Touchstone Gallery, one of the longest-tenured and most highly regarded artist-owned galleries in Washington, DC, will celebrate its 40th year in Washington on May 13th with an Anniversary Gala and May 4-29 member artists show, featuring solo artists, Paula Lantz and Colleen Sabo, and works by former members. The gala and show are open to the public.

Touchstone Gallery was founded in 1976 by 30 talented and committed artists and has become an institution in the DC arts community. The Gallery has earned a well-deserved reputation for showcasing a wide range of award-winning contemporary art, including painting, prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photography.
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MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES THUD SPENDING BILL WOULD FULLY FUND FAA CONTROL TOWERS ACROSS MARYLAND AND AMERICA

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, recently announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations bill includes $159 million to fully fund 149 federal contract air traffic control towers across the nation, including five in Maryland.

In the next step of the appropriations process, the bill will move to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled.
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County Participation in “Small Business Plus!” Program with Local Community Banks Leverages $100 Million in New Private Small Business Loans, 350 Jobs

County Executive Ike Leggett today announced that during 2015 nearly $50 million deposited by the County in County community banks in the “Small Business Plus!” program was leveraged nearly $100 million in new private small business lending and directly created 352 jobs.

The program, first established in June 2012 with an initial $10 million County commitment, represents a unique collaboration between Montgomery County and community banks headquartered in the County.  “Small Business Plus!” was developed to promote job growth through small business lending and earn a competitive rate of return for the County on its investment.
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Montgomery County Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Abused Persons Program and Recognizes Volunteers

Montgomery County celebrated a milestone in crime services programming recently at the Annual Trauma Services Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. The event also recognized the 40th anniversary of the Abused Persons Program (APP)

Special Assistant to the County Executive Chuck Short joined Raymond Crowel, Psy.D., chief of Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Behavioral Health and Crisis Services; Detective Jordan Satinsky, Montgomery County Police Department and managers and staff from DHHS’ Abused Persons Program; andrepresentatives of the Victim Services Advisory Board to honor volunteers.
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Public Open Houses on MD 355 Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Planning Study

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), will host two open houses where the public can learn more and provide input on plans to develop Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the MD 355 corridor from Bethesda to Clarksburg.

The first Open House is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria, 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda.
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First Ever D.C. Duck Race and Community Festival This Saturday, April 30 at The Yards Park

Family-friendly festival and toy duck race along the Anacostia; winner could take home $1 million

Washington, D.C.’s first ever D.C. Duck Race is this Saturday, April 30, 2016 at The Yards Park!

The community festival with entertainment, food, music, a Kids’ Zone and more starts at 10 a.m. at The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE, in Washington, D.C. (Right now, local weather forecasters say Saturday will be dry, but the event will go on rain or shine!)
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Toyota returns to the eco-infused Broccoli City Festival featuring an all-star line-up of music artists and sustainability inspiration

/PRNewswire/ — The Toyota Green Initiative returns to the Broccoli City Festival in Washington, D.C. for its second year in honor of Earth Day. The eco-inspired music and art festival uses its platform to galvanize a dialed in fan base of urban millennials from around the world to learn about healthy eating and environmental sustainability.
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AlleyPalooza 3.0 Campaign

New alley selection process identifies 64 of the worst alleys for repair or renovation citywide

Mayor Muriel Bowser and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo kicked off the District’s third AlleyPalooza campaign, the Mayor’s initiative to repair or renovate 8 alleys in each of the District’s 8 wards for 12 weeks – a total of 64 alleys throughout the District.
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NLIHC Applauds Representative Waters for Working to Remove Housing Barriers for People with Criminal Records

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) applauds Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) for introducing the Fair Chance at Housing Act of 2016, legislation that would take a significant step towards ensuring people with criminal records have meaningful access to housing.

The bill would require PHAs and owners of HUD- and USDA-assisted housing to provide applicants and current tenants with an individualized review that looks at the totality of their circumstances before making a decision based on criminal records. When screening or deciding whether to evict a tenant, housing providers would be limited in considering criminal activity that threatens the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment of others or violent activity that happens off the premises and poses future harm to others living or working in the property.
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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Kicks Off 2016 Paint Bucket Campaign at Lavagna

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is proud to partner with our neighbor, Lavagna, for a Dine Out for CHAW event to kick off Paint Bucket 2016, an annual campaign to raise funds for our tuition assistance program.

For the fourth year in a row, Lavagna (recently named the Best Italian Restaurant by readers in Washington City Paper’s Best of 2016 list) will be opening its doors to CHAW supporters to kick off the Paint Bucket Campaign. Dine out for a good cause all month! Every Wednesday of May, 10% of the night’s proceeds will be donated to Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s (CHAW) annual Paint Bucket Campaign for the tuition assistance program. This year, our goal is higher than ever: raise $70,000 in 70 days to provide access to quality arts experiences for everyone. CHAW has never turned a student away for inability to pay for an arts class.
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Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland partners with DARCARS

Community partnership commits $30,000 to affordable housing in Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties

Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland (HFHMM) met with representatives from DARCARS to commemorate their company partnership, a partnership that will help make decent and affordable housing a reality for hard working, low-income families in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
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“What Would You Do?” Josh Norman Opens Up About Joining Redskins

(ABC)–“What would you do?” asked Josh Norman.
Norman, a coveted ‘shutdown’ cornerback, was introduced to the Washington media Monday, just three days a after a whirlwind of events made him the most recent high-prized free agent to sign with the Redskins.
“I’m very, very fortunate enough to be here with this magnitude of an organization. I can’t say enough great things about them. The history here is 84-years-plus, so this is the golden age of football when you come down here to the NFC East. So I’m loving it right now,” said Norman.
Norman was asked his immediate reaction when he learned the Carolina Panthers were ready to move on without him: “Just staring at a wall” he said.
Norman had heard that the Redskins don’t let coveted free agents ‘leave the building’ and sure enough, he never left – not without a deal at least.
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Wizards to Name Brooks New Head Coach

(ABC)–The Wizards have their man.
A team official confirmed to ABC7 Sports that the Wizards have agreed in principle with Scott Brooks to become the team’s next head coach, replacing Randy Wittman, who was fired earlier this month.
The agreement was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Wojnarowski reports the team and Brooks have agreed on a 5-year, $35M deal.
Brooks formerly coached the Oklahoma City Thunder, compiling a 338-207 record and leading the Thunder to the 2012 NBA Finals.
Adding intrigue to the hire is that Brooks coached DC native Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City. It has been speculated for the last couple of years that the Wizards would make a serious to push to sign Durant when he becomes a free agent following this season.

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel Indicted on Assault Charge

(NBC)–Former Texas A&M and Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was indicted Tuesday by a Dallas County grand jury on a charge of misdemeanor assault family violence.

On Wednesday, a judge set his bond at $1,500.

The allegation stems from a Jan. 29 incident involving ex-girlfriend Collen Crowley, who said she and the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner had a confrontation in a hotel room that continued downstairs to the valet station. Crowley said Manziel forced her into a car and a valet disregarded her pleas for help.

The two eventually drove to where Crowley’s car was parked in front of a Dallas bar, she said in an affidavit. Crowley said Manziel, 23, got into the driver’s seat and began to drive. He stopped when she tried to jump out of the car but dragged her back inside and hit her, Crowley alleged.
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Orioles Place RHP Gallardo on Disabled List with Shoulder Tendinitis

(CBS)–The Baltimore Orioles placed right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with tendinitis in the shoulder of his pitching arm.
Gallardo returned Saturday to Baltimore to be examined by Dr. Michael Jacobs, the club’s orthopedist, and will have a MRI Sunday to detect the severity of the injury.
“Until we get the MRI and Dr. Jacobs sees it, you don’t know exactly what it is,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday. “I don’t think anybody knows what’s causing the symptoms he has. It’s not acute pain or anything. It was just general weakness there.”
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NBC Nightly News Anchor Lester Holt Named 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year

Lester Holt, anchor of ‘NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,’ has been selected as the 2016 Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

The annual award recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or herself with a body of work that has extraordinary depth, scope and significance to people in the African Diaspora.
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District of Columbia Citywide Unemployment Rate Remains at 6.5 Percent

The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported today that seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in March – unchanged from the reported February rate.

The District’s preliminary March job estimates show an increase of 2,400 jobs, for a total of 773,300 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 3,200 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 800 jobs. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers. “We are pleased to see the increase in private sector jobs during the month of March, as this is a promising trend for DC residents and businesses alike,” said DOES Director Deborah Carroll.
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Mandatory District DMV Driver Education Program Effective May 1

District of Columbia residents who are obtaining a driver license for the first time will be required to take mandatory driver education in order to be issued a driver license from the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles (DC DMV) effective May 1, 2016. Any District resident who has never held a license and who does not have a learner permit issued before May 1st will have to enroll in driver education, which is being offered by driving schools that have been certified by DC DMV.
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Pepco Residential Customers in the District of Columbia Begin Receiving $54 Bill Credit from Exelon Merger Commitment

Pepco customers this month and into May will see a $54.59 credit on their monthly bill, one of many many benefits they will receive as part of the merger completed last month between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, Inc, the parent company of Pepco.

The credits will be automatically applied to each household’s bill as part of a broader package of benefits that will make energy more affordable for Pepco customers in the District as a direct result of the merger. The credits are applied to the bill balance and will be reflected on each customer’s bill.
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End Summer Child Hunger Now!

By Marian Wright Edelman

President of the Children’s Defense Fund

Spring is almost in full swing and summer is just around the corner. Millions of children in America can’t wait for summer vacation, but for millions of poor children who rely on school meals it’s a mixed blessing. I qualify for free and reduced lunch. I can get a free breakfast, I can get like a muffin, juice, anything like that, in the morning, and then lunch, I don’t have to pay, so I can get whatever I wanted for lunch. So I’ve always been able to eat at school for lunch and breakfast.” Linda Ransom is a Columbus, Ohio high school senior and the winner of a Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds® scholarship whose family struggles to make ends meet. When Linda was seven her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and the medical crisis led to a family financial crisis.
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Obamacare expanding coverage for the poor

State Medicaid expansions under Obamacare have improved low-income Americans’ insurance coverage, increased their doctor visits and enhanced detection of chronic health conditions, which could lead to improvements in health, a new study suggests.

The findings are important as policymakers continue to debate the value of expanding Medicaid, the publicly funded health insurance program for the poor, researchers said.
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OneUnited Launches “Bank For The Future” Expansion Strategy

Reconfiguration of branches ushers in the future technological expansion for the largest Black-owned bank in America #BFF

/PRNewswire/ — In a bold move towards expansion of its online presence and usage of cutting edge technology, OneUnited Bank, the largest Black-owned bank in America, is reconfiguring its branch network including closing two (2) Los Angeles branches, Ladera and Pasadena and seeking a Boston headquarters location. This next strategic journey will generate significant growth and place OneUnited Bank at the forefront of community banking by building what is being heralded by bank executives as the “Bank For The Future” or #BFF.
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U.S. Department of Education Acts to Protect Social Security Benefits for Borrowers with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced recently a new process to proactively identify and assist federal student loan borrowers with disabilities who may be eligible for Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) loan discharge. This effort was called for by President Obama in his Student Aid Bill of Rights, which details measures to make paying for higher education an easier and fairer experience for millions of Americans. The Higher Education Act allows for loan forgiveness for borrowers who are totally and permanently disabled.  By proactively identifying and engaging borrowers who may be eligible for TPD loan discharge, the Department is fulfilling its commitment to ensure that borrowers who are totally and permanently disabled have the information needed to take full advantage of the debt relief to which they are entitled.

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Interior Department Transfers Nearly $5 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

Contributions from Land Buy-Back Program help fund opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students 

The U.S. Department of the Interior recently announced that an additional $4.8 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund), bringing the total amount contributed so far to almost $39 million. The Scholarship Fund – funded in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) and authorized by the Cobell Settlement – provides financial assistance through scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary and graduate education and training.
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Secretary Jewell Announces Nearly $95 Million in Funding for all 50 States Through the Land and Water Conservation Fund

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced nearly $95 million will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia to support conservation and recreation projects in local communities. The funds, which are generated out of a portion of the lease revenue from offshore oil and gas development, support state-identified and community-supported projects that create jobs, contribute to local economies and grow outdoor recreational opportunities in virtually every county across the country.
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New Report from the Black AIDS Institute looks at new treatment to prevent HIV infection

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — There have been major developments in both treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS in the U.S. in recent years and one of the most promising ones is Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP. However, as the persistently unacceptable high rates of new HIV infections underscore, PrEP and other biomedical interventions tools are not being applied effectively in Black communities. While new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. as a whole fell 19 percent between 2005 and 2014, new cases among Black gay and bisexual men, for example, increased by 87 percent.
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Mortgage Late? Don’t Wait! Helps Marylanders Struggling with Foreclosure

Kelly Vaughn, the Director of Community Outreach for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, has made it a mission to help Marylanders faced with foreclosure.

Vaughn recalled an incident in 2009, not long after she’d been to her first Mortgage Late? Don’t Wait! clinic in her capacity as the director. In her enthusiasm, she went out before the event and personally canvassed her neighborhood. Not long after the event, a neighbor called to let her know that another neighbor across the street was being evicted as they spoke. The landlord had failed to pay the mortgage on the home, leaving the tenants with nowhere to go. Witnessing that moment, Vaughn said, “made it real” for her.

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“Flip Your Fridge” this Spring for a $50 Recycling Reward

BGE residential customers can get $50 from the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program® for recycling their old working refrigerator or freezer

BGE is partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the “Flip Your Fridge” campaign to encourage residential electric customers to recycle their old, working refrigerators and freezers. Not only will customers get a $50 reward per appliance recycled, but they will save energy, reduce waste and help make a difference for the environment.
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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Launches FY17 Arts and Humanities Grants

Funding creates new opportunities for DC-based artists and organizations

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) recently launched its project and arts and humanities fellowship grant programs for funding in Fiscal Year 2017. Funding opportunities are available for District artists and humanities professionals and non-profit organizations.
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National Philharmonic Performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony
No. 6 and Brahms’ Choral Works at Strathmore


Pre-concert activities include free instrument petting zoo and lecture.

The National Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Conductor Piotr Gajewski, performs Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pathétique”) on Saturday, June 4 at 8pm at the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert will also feature the National Philharmonic’s nearly 200 voice all-volunteer chorale performing Brahms’ Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates) and Nänie. 

A free pre-concert lecture with Associate Conductor Victoria Gau will be presented in the Concert Hall at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.
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MARYLAND ZOO TO OPEN EARLY ON WEEKENDS MAY 6th THROUGH LABOR DAY

– Also open late the 2nd Saturday of each month through September

Beginning Friday, May 6th, the Zoo will open to guests 30 minutes early at 9:30 a.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day Weekend.  Closing time remains 4:00 p.m., with the exception of the second Saturday of each month when we will once again host “After Hours with the Animals.”
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Pepco Residential Customers in Maryland Receive First of Two $50 Bill Credits from Exelon Merger Commitment

Pepco Maryland residential customers will receive the first of two $50 bill credits as a result of the merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Pepco. The more than $50 million in credits will be distributed in two $50 installments – one now and one a year from now – for Pepco customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.
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Governor McAuliffe Invests $1 Million to Assist Small Businesses in Training and Credentialing Incumbent Workers

~ New Virginia Community College System Incumbent Workforce Credentialing Program will help existing employees earn certifications and licenses to succeed on the job ~

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently a new $1 million program to assist small businesses of up to 250 employees in improving the occupational and technical skills of their workers through workforce credentials that drive business growth.  The new program, to launch June 1, is the latest in a series of statewide initiatives that Governor McAuliffe has introduced to drive workforce credential attainment by future, incumbent and displaced workers.
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D.C.’s Gender Wage Gap Costs the District’s Women More Than $938 Million Per Year, New Equal Pay Day Study Finds

On average, District of Columbia women employed full time, year round are paid just 90 cents for every dollar paid to men – a yearly pay gap of $7,214. That means, in total, women in the District lose more than $938 million every year, which is money that could strengthen the local economy and the financial security of the District’s women and families, including the more than 42,000 District households headed by women. These are some of the findings of a new analysis conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families and released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow.
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DPR Announces Two Recreation Centers and Pools to Close Due to Construction

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that two recreation centers and pool sites co-located with schools will close due to school construction and modernization projects.

The schedules are as follows:
Marie Reed Recreation Center and Aquatic Center (2200 Champlain Street NW| Ward1) will close Friday, May 13, 2016.  The construction period will continue through August 2017.
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New Regional Poll on Transportation: DC-Area Residents Strongly Favor New Road AND Transit Projects, Want Action on Gridlock

Transportation is BY FAR the Number-One Issue to Suburban Maryland, DC and Northern Virginia Residents

A recent poll released today at a briefing of area leaders shows transportation is by far the top long-term concern for residents of the Greater Washington Region; and in all three jurisdictions overwhelming majorities favor significant new investments in both the area’s highway and mass transit networks. Large majorities in all jurisdictions support: Investing in the core capacity of the existing Metro system (though not necessarily its further expansion); plus major new multi-modal investments to widen and redesign several highway corridors, including I-270, the Capital Beltway,  portions of I-66, and the American Legion Bridge, adding new express-toll lanes and regional bus-rapid-transit service on each; as well as Virginia’s Bi-County Parkway, a new Potomac River bridge crossing north of the American Legion Bridge, and two new transit lines in Maryland, the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). Public support for all of these projects was exceptionally strong, ranging from 4-to-1 to 12-to-1 margins, in all cases. The survey was conducted by OpinionWorks and commissioned by the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance (SMTA) and the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance (NVTA).
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Maryland’s Newest Sustainable Communities Put Spotlight on State’s Diversity, History, Quality of Life

Maryland’s  newest sustainable communities are as diverse as the state itself. Cecil County, on the state’s Eastern Shore, boasts two of the newest additions: the town of Rising Sun and the town of North East. Both are rich with historical landmarks, natural beauty and plenty of modern amenities that seamlessly combine both the new and old. Visitors to North East, for example, can learn more about the town’s rich history as a significant spot for watermen on the Chesapeake Bay by visiting the Upper Bay Museum. Rising Sun was originally considered part of Pennsylvania, but in 1760, with the advent of the Mason-Dixon line, the town was found to sit below the line and thus part of Maryland.
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Presents BGE with ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

BGE’s Smart Energy Savers Program® recognized for the sixth year in a row for its commitment to helping customers save energy and money

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented BGE with its ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.  The award recognizes the success of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program, the company’s portfolio of energy efficiency programs intended to help customers reduce energy usage.  BGE, along with sister Exelon utilities ComEd in Chicago, Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Del., PECO in Philadelphia and Pepco in Washington D.C., were honored for their long-term commitment to energy efficiency at the EPA awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. last week.
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Giant Food celebrates Earth Day all year with sustainability initiatives

For Giant Food, LLC, making sustainable business decisions that benefit the environment is key to how the company  goes to business every day, not just Earth Day. Giant is committed to many environmentally-friendly programs including:

  • Giant’s Meat the Needs Program –Giant freezes meat that would otherwise go to waste, but is still safe to consume, and donates it to regional food bank partners, helping to alleviate hunger across the communities they serve. As a result, over 1,128,768 pounds of meat have been donated and kept out of the waste stream.
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Travis Manion Foundation in Partnership with Points of Light will Host National Service Week in Baltimore

 The Travis Manion Foundation’s National Service Week is a nationwide service event held bi-annually, which honors our nation’s fallen heroes by serving the local community in their honor. Last November, more than 750 volunteers participated in the National Service Week throughout the country. This year, during the week of April 23-May 7, a record number of volunteers throughout the country are expected to participate in the Travis Manion Foundation’s National Service Week events.

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DC Area Hotels to Host Wedding Show

Tips to Make the Perfect Wedding Offered Free of Charge

On Sunday April 24, Crescent Hotels & Resorts will host a bridal show where wedding couples can meet vendors and learn about the latest options available to them as they prepare for their special day. The event will be hosted at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, just steps from the Spring Hill Metrorail stop on the Silver Line. Crescent Hotels & Resorts is a leading operator of hotels with over 100 properties in North America, including fifteen in the Washington, DC area. 

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WASHINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS REPRESENTS MARYLAND ON FLIPKEY’S LIST OF “TOP MUSEUMS WORTH TRAVELING FOR”

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) was recently featured on FlipKey’s travel blog as one of the nation’s “Top Museums Worth Traveling For.” The museum represents the state of Maryland in the blog post, part of FlipKey’s 50 States Series, touching on a number of subjects and highlighting attractions from state to state. The list of “Top Museums Worth Traveling For” includes some of the most sophisticated and high end museums in the country.

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BGE Reminds Customers to be Wary of Door-to-Door and Phone Scams

Protect, verify and report! These are words every Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) customer should think about if they receive a call claiming their BGE service will be terminated unless a payment is made by a specific method such as a prepaid, reloadable credit cardCustomers should also bear these words in mind if someone approaches your home indicating he or she is a BGE employee.  Remember to protect your personal information, take steps to verify the call or visit by contacting BGE yourself and report suspicious incidents to local law enforcement and BGE. 

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ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNUAL FAMILY CONCERT

Squeaks, tweets, rattles, and honks are featured on the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2:00pm and 3:30pm at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.  Really Inventive Stuff brings you The Professor, a whimsical Austrian sound scientist, who travels the world with his amazing acoustical laboratory but needs the audience’s help to complete the melody of Leopold Mozart’s The Toy Symphony. Come prepared to play along as the audience becomes the missing instrument.

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Community Tree Donation and Planting Project Offers Living Legacy to Veterans

On Saturday, April 16, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center joined forces with Casey Trees, volunteers and community partners to plant 50 trees on the medical center’s Irving Street campus.  The trees will commemorate the hospital’s 50 years of service to Veterans and will provide a living legacy for the community for many years to come.

The medical center’s 50th Anniversary Activities Committee launched the idea which will provide a place of healing and much-needed green space for the hospital’s urban environment. Two trees were planted in late summer 2015 as part of the formal anniversary celebration which commemorated the medical center’s grand opening in 1965.

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Free Capital Encore Chorale Spring Concert May 12

The Capital Encore Chorale will present a Spring Choral Concert, “With a Song in My Heart,” on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Church of the Epiphany located at 1317 G Street, NW, Washington DC. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00pm and seating is on a first come basis.

With more than 120 singers on stage, the chorale will present a program that includes a medley of romantic Rodgers and Hart pieces, blues favorites by Hoagy Carmichael, and a rousing medley from the Broadway show Guys and Dolls.  

Encore is the nation’s largest choral program for adults age 55+ with more than 1000 singers in 18 DC/Baltimore area chorales.

Please contact Encore at 301-261-5747 or email info@encorecreativity.org for more information. Visit Encore’s website at http://encorecreativity.org.

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United Way NCA Opens Region’s First Financial Empowerment Center at Prince George’s Community College’s Largo Campus

United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA), the region’s preeminent convener, collaborator and catalyst for social change throughout the National Capital community, officially has opened its first Financial Empowerment Center. United Way NCA’s Financial Empowerment Center (FEC) is a collaboration with the Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), and is located at the PGCC Largo Campus. The FEC had a soft opening in November 2015 and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.

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MIKULSKI URGES SWIFT IMPLEMENTATION OF U.S. TREASURY DEPARTMENT PLAN TO FEATURE HARRIET TUBMAN ON $20 BILL

U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Mdcalled for swift implementation of the U.S Treasury Department’s plan to redesign the $20 bill to feature abolitionist and Marylander Harriet Tubman. In July 2015, Senator Mikulski helped introduce the Harriet Tubman Currency Tribute Act of 2015 together with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), which would have directed the U.S. Treasury to feature Harriet Tubman on American paper currency by 2020, the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. 

 

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Donate Food and Get a Free Ride on Ride On – April 24 to 30

Ride On is sponsoring its 30th annual Give and Ride food drive from April 24 to 30. During the drive, bus passengers may donate canned or nonperishable food for area students and receive a free bus ride in return.

All donations go to the non-profit Manna Food Center to supplement its Smart Sack program of weekend food for 2,450 MCPS elementary school students. These students qualify for free and reduced price school lunches and Manna distributes Smart Sacks of nutritious food for the weekend. Helpful donations include canned fruit or vegetables, canned chicken, tuna or salmon, canned or dried beans, peanut butter, roasted nuts, whole grain rice or pasta, oatmeal, shelf-stable milk boxes and granola/cereal bars. Plastic containers are preferred.

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Former Syracuse star Pearl Washington dies at 52

(ABC)–Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, who went from New York City playground wonder to Big East star for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse, has died. He was 52.

Washington died Wednesday of cancer, the university said.

Washington was not particularly fast, nor could he jump particularly high. Neither mattered he simply excited fans with his amazing ball-handling skills, an uncanny court sense, elusiveness, and the ability to pull off unbelievable plays at the right time.
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Kerrigan Says Redskins ‘Hungrier’ Coming Off NFC East Title

(FOX)–Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan sensed a different feeling around Redskins Park as players showed up Monday for the start of voluntary offseason workouts.

Making the playoffs as NFC East champions changed the outlook for a team that had finished in last place in six of the previous seven years.

“I think we’re actually hungrier than you are when you come off a losing season, because we got a taste of success, but now we know that we have the ability and we have the team to get back to the point that we were at and then take it even further than that,” Kerrigan said in a conference call with reporters. “Hopefully we can have a good rest of the offseason and then build toward the regular season.”
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Federal Employees Can Score Special Nats Ticket Deals for Earth Day

Tickets range from $12 to $45; the pricier seats include a concessions credit.

(NBC)–Federal employees can score special ticket packages for Friday’s& Nats game in honor of Earth Day.

The U.S. Department of Energy is teaming up with the Washington Nationals to provide nine innings’ worth of easy suggestions to make your workplace more sustainable, and they’re offering some pretty sweet deals as well.
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Mayor Bowser Kicks Off 8th Annual ‘Potholepalooza’

Six-week campaign will use innovative technology to expedite pothole repairs in DC

Mayor Muriel Bowser and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif A. Dormsjo recently kicked off the 8th annual Potholepalooza, a six-week campaign to accelerate pothole repairs on roadways across the District. For the first time, District crews will be able to update the status of potholes filled in real time using the latest state-of-the-art technology. 

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DISB Launches Month-Long Campaign to Improve Financial Health of District Residents

DISB will focus on providing District residents with tools to improve their financial fitness throughout month of April.

April is National Financial Capability Month and the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB), the District’s financial services regulator, will offer free personal financial resources and education throughout the month to improve the financial fitness of District residents.

“Helping District residents and their families make informed financial choices is one of the most important things we do as an agency,” said Commissioner Stephen C. Taylor. “Every District resident should have a fair shot at managing his or her money with the right tools and opportunities. We encourage residents to take advantage of the free financial education resources provided this month and throughout the year.”

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District Releases Results of Common Lottery System

Over 21,000 students participate in 3rd annual ‘My School DC,’ which matches students with DCPS and Public Charter Schools

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles announced the results of My School DC, the District’s common lottery system for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and nearly all public charter schools.  This is the third year the District has held the lottery, which allows families to use a single online application to apply to the public school of their choice. My School DC received 21,208 applications from families interested in attending one of over 200 DCPS or public charter schools for the 2016-17 school year, an increase of nearly 1,000 applications over last year. The common lottery maximizes the number of students matched to a school they want to attend citywide.

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Councilmember Todd Introduces New Legislation

On Tuesday, April 05, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon T. Todd, in response to the comments of Ward 4 constituents, introduced two bills designed to improve the quality of life for Ward 4 and District-wide residents alike.

The first, the “Urban Wood Utilization Feasibility Study Act of 2016,” asks the District Department of Transportation (“DDOT”) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of establishing an urban wood utilization program in the District of Columbia. The District is known for having some of the most magnificent trees in the region, but what happens when a tree must be removed or cut down? “Several cities around the country have looked to alternative ways to convert the wood from their urban trees into marketable lumber or wood products,” said Councilmember Todd, “The District is constantly seeking ways to reduce its waste and reuse materials and today’s bill could lay the groundwork for exactly that.

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McDonald’s USA Rallies Communities to Nominate Exceptional Teens for Third Annual Community Choice Youth Award

Two honorees will receive a $10,000 scholarship and be honored during the 13th annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards ceremony

/PRNewswire/ — Young people are positively impacting their communities every day. McDonald’s USA recognizes some of these exceptional youth through its annual 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, returning for the third consecutive year. Starting today, consumers can visit www.365Black.com to nominate a teen who is making a difference within their community. One male and one female recipient will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship and will be honored alongside celebrities, philanthropists and influencers at the 13th annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, taking place in New Orleans during the 22nd annual ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola®.

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RAPPER JAY-Z AND HIS MOM, GLORIA CARTER, ANNOUNCE NEW 2016 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM VIA THE SHAWN CARTER FOUNDATION

– Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $2,500, and the application deadline is April 30th –

(BlackNews.com) — The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to help under-served students who may not be eligible for other scholarships.

Students who have either graduated from high school or earned their G.E.D. may apply. Minimum grade point average is 2.0. Students must have a strong desire to go to college and earn their degree. Students must also have a desire to give back to their communities.

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Security officers rally for good jobs

With security concerns heightened following the shooting at the Capitol and the tragedy in Brussels, the security officers who protect the vast majority of the city’s commercial office buildings gathered on Farragut Square to demand good jobs. Joined by former DC mayor Vincent Gray, Reverend Graylan Hagler and other allies, hundreds of guards rallied for a fair contract “to ensure that the men and women who keep DC secure can support their families.” Members of the union spoke emotionally about “keeping the dream alive” on the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., in Memphis while supporting the struggle by sanitation workers for justice. Negotiations for a new union contract covering 3,000 private security officers began in February between SEIU 32BJ and private security contractors. “While District security officers safeguard buildings in one of the nation’s strongest and most profitable commercial real estate markets, they struggle to pay for the nation’s most expensive child care and housing,” said Local 32BJ. The current contract expires on April 15.

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HRSA awards $1,642,146 to support families in District of Columbia through the voluntary home visiting program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced approximately $1,642,146 in funding to District of Columbia to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (Federal Home Visiting Program). Nationally, $345 million in funding was awarded to 55 states, territories, and nonprofit organizations. These funds allow grantees to continue to expand voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.

“Evidence-based federal home visiting programs help children get off to a better, healthier start,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “Today’s awards allow District of Columbia and states around the nation to support local agencies in providing home visiting services that meet the needs of families in their own communities.”

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The Washington Chorus Presents “Parisian Spring” at Kennedy Center

On Sunday, May 1,  The Washington Chorus (TWC) will present a concert entitled “Parisian Spring” in which it will celebrate the French aesthetic through the music of French composers Maurice Duruflé, Gabriel Fauré and Louis Vierne, as well as a piece composed by TWC’s Music Director Julian Wachner. The concert will take place at 5:00 PM in the Concert Hall of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, the program will feature the renowned organist and composer Thierry Escaich on the Kennedy Center’s Rubenstein Family Organ. Joining on the program will be the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Boys and Girls. Tickets for the concert are priced from $18 – $72 and may be purchased by calling The Washington Chorus Box Office at (202) 342-6221 or ordering securely online at www.thewashingtonchorus.org.

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Secretary Jewell, Director Jarvis Participate in Meeting on Community’s Vision for Sewall-Belmont House

Public responds to feasibility study to help determine how to preserve one of the nation’s premier women’s history sites

On Monday, April 4, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis met with community members to hear their vision for the future management of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum in Washington, D.C., which is currently proposed to become a unit of the National Park System. The property is a national historic landmark that was home to one of the 20th century’s most significant women’s rights movements.

“Located just steps from the U.S. Capitol, the Sewall-Belmont House has served as a stronghold in the fight for women’s equality,” Secretary Jewell said. “We greatly value the views of the community in determining how to best preserve this important place and the story it tells of America’s march toward women’s equality and the women of courage who called it home.”

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Registration for DPR’s Summer Programs Begins April 11

The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that registration for the 2016 Summer programs offered at DPR will begin at 6:30 am on Monday, April 11, 2016.  From sports programs such as swimming, soccer, and tennis; to fitness programs such as aerobics and Zumba; to educational programs such as gardening, there are varied options for DC residents to play, learn, or experience leisure activities.  DPR offers a variety of programs and activities for all ages!!!

To see a full listing of programs, go directly to the A to Z ASAP Program Index page for the entire list of summer programs, activities and classes offered.  Feel free to browse the many programs that DPR offers without creating an account.  However, in order to register for a program, an ASAP account must be created first for each program participant enrolled. Once an account has been created, please feel free to log in immediately. Frequent users are encouraged to log in first, before reviewing the A to Z Program Index, for faster service.

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GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER NORMAN BROWN TO PERFORM AT THE BLACKDOCTOR.ORG 3RD ANNUAL TOP BLACKS IN HEALTHCARE AWARDS GALA

(BlackNews.com) — BlackDoctor.org (BDO) is proud to present Grammy® Award winner Norman Brown at the 3rd Annual Top Blacks in Healthcare Awards Gala on Thursday, April 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. It’s a veritable “love fest” – and Brown keeps the good vibes going on his latest solo release, Sending My Love.

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THE ANNAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS ORCHESTRAL BRILLIANCE

The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra presents the last concert in the Lexus Classic Series at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, at 8pm.  Music Director José-Luis Novo will conduct the orchestra in Bedřich Smetana’s The Moldau, Vivian Fung’s Dust Devils, Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and César Franck’s Symphony in D Minor.  

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AWARE for ALL D.C. Clinical Research Event to Educate Community

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) is pleased to announce its second AWARE for All event in the D.C. metropolitan area on April 20. This free program is designed to improve understanding about clinical research participation and promote dialogue by connecting patients, researchers, and members of the general public in the local community.

The event will be hosted at Howard University’s Blackburn Center on Wednesday, April 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. in collaboration with Howard University, Howard University Hospital and Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Transitional Science (GHUCCTS). This program will feature free health screenings, informational exhibits, meaningful presentations from prominent D.C. medical professionals and researchers about various health conditions, and local patients involved in clinical research, as well as refreshments and prizes. Funding for this event is provided by PhRMA, EMD Serono, Howard University, Lupus Research Institute, Optimal Research, and other local and national health and advocacy organizations.

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From Industry to Art: BGE to Add Murals to Baltimore Skyline

Iconic Maryland images to adorn storage tanks at BGE’s Spring Gardens campus in South Baltimore 

As BGE marks its 200th anniversary this year, the company announced the addition of  large-scale murals to the storage tanks at the company’s Spring Gardens campus in South Baltimore.  The site is located near the I-95 and I-395 interchange at one of the major gateways to Baltimore.  The murals will depict images synonymous with Maryland: blue crabs, thoroughbred racing and the Star Spangled Banner.

“We are proud of our heritage as the first gas company in North America and we want to reflect our appreciation of Maryland,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., CEO of BGE. “As part of Baltimore’s iconic skyline, we are pleased to help welcome visitors to our hometown.”

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia High School Registration Week

Governor McAuliffe recently issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 24-30 as Virginia High School Registration Week.  The purpose of the week will be to encourage high school students and teachers across the Commonwealth to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.

 Speaking about the proclamation, Governor McAuliffe said, “It is important to reach out to young people early to get them interested and engaged, as government works best when as many citizens as possible have a voice in the democratic process.  Making voter registration accessible and convenient for younger voters will ensure that democracy in the Commonwealth is truly reflective of all of our citizens.”

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FAMILY MATTERS OF GREATER WASHINGTON HOSTS PROM EVENT FOR LOW-INCOME TEENS TO SELECT PROM WEAR

5TH Annual Dresses4Dreams and Suited4Dreams Events Help Low-Income Teens Attend Prom

Every year high school teens take part in the familiar ritual of attending prom. But for some, that dream is out of reach due to skyrocketing costs for dresses, suits, accessories and all the trappings that go with attending a formal dance. 

Recent studies have shown that young girls spend, on average, $1,139 in costs to attend prom. For families living below the poverty level, this can place an undue burden and prevent some young girls from taking part in this important rite of passage.

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DOEE & NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY TO PRESENT “THE BIRDS & THE BEES”

Free environmental film event brings global issues into local focus for Earth Day

On April 18, the Department of Energy and Environment will team up with National Geographic Society to host an evening of short environmental films that bring global issues into local focus. Artists, scientists, advocates, and everyday people share stories that cross boundaries and give a new voice to our planet and to our wild, wonderful city. Celebrate the earth, the Anacostia River, and the Rusty-patched Bumble Bee! Learn about the BioBlitz coming to DC in May and how to get involved. Join the conversation in a Q&A with representatives from the films:

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MTA Awards $5.3 Million Contract to Apple Ford for Purchase of 147 New Mobility Vehicles to Better Serve Maryland’s Disabled Residents

New Vehicles Offer Major Savings to Taxpayers, Better Fuel Economy, Lower Maintenance Costs, More Comfortable Ride

 The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has awarded a $5.3 million contract to Apple Ford for the purchase of 147 new mobility vehicles. The MTA has updated some of its fleet this year with Ford Taurus Police Interceptor cars since most of the state’s mobility customers are not wheelchair-bound, and therefore, do not require the larger mobility vehicles.

Each new car is equipped with a two-way radio, Ranger computer, backup camera and safety apparatus. Through the state contract, the MTA was able to purchase and receive these vehicles in four months, compared to 18 to 24 months for the larger vehicles. Purchasing the smaller vehicles allowed the MTA to get three cars for the price of one larger vehicle – a roughly $9.7 million savings to taxpayers.

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BGE Reminds Customers to Dial 811 Before They Dig

April is National Safe Digging Month and BGE reminds all customers and contractors to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging.  Nationwide, there were nearly 350,000 incidents of damage to an underground utility line because of digging without first calling 811, according to the Common Ground Alliance, the national association that promotes the 811 phone number and safe digging practices.

Striking an underground electric or natural gas pipe can cause serious injury, damages and service interruptions.  Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.  Installing a mailbox, building a deck, planting a tree and laying a patio are all examples of digging projects where a call to 811 should be one of the first steps.

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