Mayor Bowser broke ground on The Parks at Walter Reed, a redevelopment project that will create 3.1 million square-feet of residential, office, and retail space in Ward 4. The project will also create 6,000 jobs, 2,100 units of housing, 432 of which will be affordable, and nearly one billion dollars in tax-generated revenue over 30 years. The Mayor was joined at today’s groundbreaking by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and representatives from the master development team Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden.Read more
Pepco submitted a proposal to the D.C. Public Service Commission to move forward with an Electric Vehicle Pilot Program focused on providing the community with new technology, promoting the integration of electric vehicles, and understanding the impacts that electric vehicle charging will have on the electric distribution system. With the demand for electric vehicles on the rise, this program is a proactive approach to best understand the most effective ways to manage plug-in vehicle (PIV) charging.Read more
(UPI) — President Donald Trump is proposing the “biggest” tax cut ever, including fewer income tax brackets and rates, administration officials said Wednesday.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn summarized the plan in a briefing to reporters at the White House.Read more
The seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for March was 5.8 percent– reflecting no significant change from the reported February unemployment rate, while the number of employed District residents increased from 374,400 in February 2017 to 375,000 in March 2017.
“Maintaining a strong, diverse, and resilient city requires that every resident has a fair shot, and a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
We all know that youth homelessness is a chronic problem on the streets of our nation’s capital. With your help, and with the intervention of an extraordinary figure from the world of opera, we have a unique opportunity to draw it to the attention of policy-makers and opinion formers.
The man who can help us do that is Ryan Speedo Green – who is enjoying a spectacular rise in opera. Mr Green has a remarkable story to share with you.Read more
The Department of General Services commends eight (8) DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the one (1) public charter school that participated in the Reduce First Challenge – Paper Edition.
“By moving beyond recycling and taking steps to ‘Reduce First’, District students and staff continue to demonstrate their capacity for community leadership,” said DGS Director Greer Gillis. “These classroom leaders serve as role models to us all in the District’s transition towards zero waste.”Read more
Bald eagle fans from around the world recently participated in a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign to suggest names for “DC4” and “DC5,” the two eaglets currently residing in a nest at the U.S. National Arboretum with their parents, Mr. President and The First Lady. Thousands of names were submitted and the top four most-suggested name pairs are being put to a final public vote!Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently accepted the 2017 StateScoop GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership in growing Virginia’s IT sector. Each year, the StateScoop 50 Awards honor the best and brightest who make state government more efficient and effective. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the leaders from the public and private sector who make the state government information technology community so unique.Read more
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will once again host Healthy Food Week, a 10-day-long campaign to collect money and food to restock area food pantries in time for the summer months, when food pantries often experience the greatest need for their services.
Donations will be collected at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas from April 28 to May 7. Items collected at each office will then be donated to the organizations chosen by branch managers and agents.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the 6th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school.
“It is my pleasure to join the Virginia Council on Women to announce this year’s STEM Essay Contest winners,” said Governor McAuliffe.Read more
The End of Prostate Cancer joins forces with Potomac Urology to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this June. The goal is to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free of prostate cancer. Participants from the DC-area will run and walk together on Father’s Day, June 18, to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 20 minutes.Read more
America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced this week that Adriana Hochberg, Chief of Staff at the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship.
The Fellowship will enable Ms. Hochberg and 23 other advocates from around the country to participate in a four-month training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable.Read more
On Saturday, May 13th at 2:00pm, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performs this year’s Family concert, “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” with Classical Kids Live!, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Before the concert at 1pm, a Scavenger Hunt and Photo Booth will be provided by Chesapeake Family Life and directly following the concert, the audience is invited to stay and meet the musicians.Read more
The University of Maryland will host its 19th annual Maryland Day on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, a campus-wide celebration of innovation, creativity and academic excellence, offers more than 400 free, educational, family-friendly activities that teach and inspire future innovators.Read more
Councilmember Todd was pleased to cut the ribbons at three new Ward 4 small businesses in Takoma. A new Gladsyl/Allstate Insurance office relocated to Carroll Street, NW from Foggy Bottom; Artful Framing & Gallery relocated from Takoma Park, Maryland to Maple Street, NW; and the Big Bad Woof pet store expanded to a larger location across Maple Street, NW. The Councilmember was excited to support the expansion of small businesses in Ward 4.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced the appointment of Lauren Pair as the DC Rent Administrator. The Rent Administrator provides leadership and direction as a recognized technical authority in the District of Columbia on issues of rent control, in the interpretation of associated policies and legislation, and in the development and coordination of special projects and programs designed to monitor, assess, or improve rent control processes in Washington, DC.Read more
During National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Researchers who study cardiovascular health have long known that exercise is one way to keep high blood pressure at bay. But studies confirming this protective effect have mainly focused on white patients, leaving it unclear whether African Americans, the most vulnerable of all populations, have stood to gain in similar ways.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The Cross-Cultural Institute has launched Badges2Bridges, a new training program for police officers and law enforcement professionals. The program aims to equip law enforcement personnel to work effectively with minority communities.
Badges2Bridges is the most comprehensive law enforcement education program (LEEP) specifically designed using input from police officers around the globe.Read more
It’s 9 a.m. and the savory smells of garlic, ground beef, and cabbage waft through the air of a quaint, but adequate commercial kitchen at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church in Takoma Park.
Jamie Griffin, 37, is using all the strength her roughly 5’ 4” frame can muster to stir a large pot of beef and cabbage–a meal that will feed those who otherwise could not feed themselves, scores of residents just seven miles from the nation’s Capitol who are part of the 2.4 million seniors who daily rely on Meals on Wheels.Read more
Passport DC celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The annual festival that commemorates International Cultural Awareness Month in the District of Columbia runs from May 1 through 31 with a wide array of cultural activities presented at embassy open houses, street festivals, and performing arts organizations throughout the city, according to Steven E. Shulman, executive director of Cultural Tourism DC, the producing organization.Read more
Pride of Baltimore II, the historic tall ship that has dazzled people around the nation and globe, launches the 40th year of Pride in Baltimore, with an exciting itinerary that includes stops in Annapolis, Md.; Charleston, S.C.; Bermuda, coinciding with the America’s Cup 2017 races; and Boston.
Pride, a topsail schooner that recalls 19th-century Baltimore clippers, will leave the Inner Harbor May 13, bound for Charleston. She will be a featured vessel at tall ships festivals in Charleston; Hamilton, Bermuda; and Boston.Read more
Encore Creativity for Older Adults is the largest choral music program for older adults in the country. Encore was started in 2007 from a George Washington University study to address the mental and physical health benefits of singing in older adults.
The late Dr. Gene Cohen, the world-renowned psychiatrist (and the first director of the National Institute on Aging) who inspired Jeanne Kelly, a former opera singer, to create Encore, observed that age offers countless opportunities for growth, development, and creativity.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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 suite of energy efficiency programs that aims to help customers reduce energy usage. BGE, along with Exelon sister utilities ComEd in Chicago, Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Del., and Pepco in Washington D.C., will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017…Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named Pepco a 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for the fourth consecutive year for its continued success in helping customers save energy and money through a variety of energy efficiency programs. Pepco along with sister Exelon utilities Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Del., ComEd in Chicago, and BGE in Baltimore, will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017…Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently the launch of the Smart City Works Infrastructure Actuator, a first-of-its-kind business accelerator focused on growing early-stage companies that help make cities smarter, more livable, and more resilient. This program, operated in conjunction with the Center for Innovative Technology, is the first in a series of Commonwealth initiatives that will drive innovation in infrastructure while simultaneously fostering economic development across Virginia and the DC-Metropolitan region.Read more
This Spring 2017, prepare to lace up your sneakers for the BEST Kids annual Superhero 5K race and Fun Run. Join us at 7am on April 22nd at Anacostia Park to raise support and awareness for youth in the DC foster care system. This year, our 5th Annual Superhero 5K & Fun Run is proudly presented by our Champion Sponsor, Atlantic Building Supply.Read more
On the morning before Earth Day, staff from the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) will again hand out pollinator plant seeds at 17 Metro stations across the District. In addition to encouraging residents to plant backyard habitats that enhance the survival of our native pollinators like bees and butterflies, this year’s giveaway has an added special theme: DC Statehood.Read more
Stretch your legs and your mind during the 34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk (June 3 and 4, 2017). Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House free of charge.Read more
Members of Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety’s (YOVASO) Youth Advisory Council (YAC), along with college-level Regional Trainers and students selected to serve as youth leaders for the YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat will participate in a special training session at the Virginia State Police Driver Training Complex in Blackstone, Virginia on April 22 and 23.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Spectrum Brands, Inc., a global consumer products company offering an expanding portfolio of leading brands, is investing $7.28 million over the next couple years in its Montgomery County operation to purchase equipment and upgrade its production processes. Spectrum Brands will receive funding from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) to support the retraining of existing employees on the new machinery.Read more
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is proud to partner with Dacha Beer Garden for one of their Cause Tuesday events on May 2, 2017 to kick off Paint Bucket 2017, an annual campaign to raise funds for our tuition assistance program.
Next month, Dacha will be opening its doors to supporters to help CHAW kick off the Paint Bucket Campaign as well as its 45th Anniversary year. For a $20 bracelet, participants get access to an extended happy hour (4pm-8pm) on Tuesday, May 2—at one of the best beer gardens in the city.Read more
During his address to Congress in February, Trump said he supports the NATO alliance.
“But our partners must meet their financial obligations,” he said. “We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific — to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.”Read more
Although most of us probably identify the federal income tax with the revenue that ultimately fills the government’s coffers and allows it to spend our hard-earned cash, it actually makes up less than half of all revenue. What makes up the rest, and how those figures have changed in recent decades, is actually quite surprising.Read more
District of Columbia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) held a public meeting to tackle the growing threat to District communities posed by opioids and synthetic opiates. Participants which included representatives from the DC Department of Health, Metropolitan Police Department, social workers, and community activists engaged in a frank discussion on the extent of the opiate threat.Read more
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) for introducing the “Ending Homelessness Act of 2017,” a comprehensive plan to ensure the lowest income people and families America have safe, decent, and affordable homes.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — A new cultural movement to help children overcome and defeat racism has been born. Watoto Entertainment & Education (a.k.a. “I Am WEE Nation), is a cultural movement of artists dedicated to creating and performing music for children of African descent, which provides them with child-appropriate and self-affirming music that will enhance their social and cultural development.Read more
This year’s Washington D.C. Ambassador Family is the Baldwin Family. Audrey and Scott were excited about growing their family in 2015, when the amniotic sac ruptured. She spent three weeks in the hospital on bedrest, away from her other 1-year-old daughter, Reese. Baby Shay was born by emergency C-section at 30 weeks weighing only 4 pounds 5 ounces.Read more
(Black PR Wire) –(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative announced the release of its newly updated pastoral resources for faith leaders in honor of Minority Health Month. The Pastoral Brief and the Activity Manual offer a foundational approach for faith leaders to address HIV within the Black community from a social justice perspective.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on the new Cleveland Park Library. Located at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, the Cleveland Park Library will be the 20th neighborhood library to undergo renovation since the city began improving libraries in 2006.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters wants to give a mentorship opportunity and a $15,000 grant to aspiring music producers. Craft Syndicate returns, celebrating its 2nd year and is searching for innovators with an unwavering commitment to making their dream a reality.Read more
(UPI) — A new study shows that different treatments for early-stage breast cancer have very different values regarding cost and overall effectiveness.
Researchers identified 105,211 women with early-stage breast cancer diagnosed between 2000 and 2011 and studied treatment complications within 24 months of diagnosis comparing the types of treatments and complications.Read more
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, invites everyone to celebrate the first National Social Security Month in April by taking five steps toward financial security at www.socialsecurity.gov/5-steps-toward-your-financial-security. During the month, Social Security will provide educational articles and video messages on its website featuring personal finance expert Suze Orman.Read more
April is National Safe Digging Month and Pepco reminds its customers and all 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.Read more
To raise awareness about fair housing rights, responsibilities and resources, District government agencies, along with local housing organizations, will hold an annual symposium on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 3 pm to 8 pm at the UDC Student Center, in celebration of National Fair Housing Month.Read more
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), will once again bring the excitement of the National Math Festival to Washington, D.C. The Festival will fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with more than 80 interactive exhibits, performances, films, athletic games, and lectures by some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time.Read more
Giant Food of Landover, Md. recently announced that its 2016 charitable donations, facilitated by in-store campaigns and initiatives, totaled $14.6 million in combined cash and product donations, including contributions from customers, vendors and associates. As part of its ongoing better neighbor and responsible retailing efforts, Giant is committed to supporting organizations that help eradicate hunger…Read more
The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) and Exelon proudly announced the launch of the new Mobile Job Center powered by BGE and Exelon. This Job Center on wheels is the first of its kind in the Baltimore region and will travel to neighborhoods across the city to help job seekers search and apply for employment.Read more
More than 150 photographs and related objects will be on display in the exhibition “More Than a Picture: Selections From the Photography Collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture” opening May 5. This will be the first exhibition opening in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Special Exhibitions Gallery on the Concourse Level…Read more
Opening on May 27, The Phillips Collection presents an exhibition celebrating prolific German artist Markus Lüpertz. Curated by Phillips Director Dorothy Kosinski, Markus Lüpertz explores the entirety of the artist’s five-decade career with a survey of his earliest works along with more recent paintings.Read more
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its 2017 season lineup for Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. Since 1971, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods has been a Washington-area summer tradition for children and their families, featuring diverse acts including puppetry, storytelling, dance, theater, and music.Read more
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is announcing the FY18 application round for four available State Revitalization Programs – Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise), Community Legacy, Strategic Demolition Fund – Statewide (all non-Baltimore City) and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan, along with Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller and Speaker of the House Mike Busch, today signed 120 bills into law during the first signing ceremony in the State House following the conclusion of the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly.Read more
A new national study shows the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) was again America’s safest transit system in terms of serious crimes (Part I) in 2016 out of the top 12 transit agencies. The study was conducted by the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).Read more
Local construction trades workers are walking a little taller than usual after the DC Water Blue Plains tunnel project was recognized as “Project of the Year” by the Engineering News Record (ENR). The project beat out 65 entries and “part of the reason for the award is that the project came in on time, below budget, with no accidents,” says Dennis Desmond of LiUNA Local 11.Read more
The In Flanders Fields Fund is hosting its third annual commemorative ceremony on April 30, 2017 in Pershing Park at 12 p.m. to honor both veterans and their amilies with a reading of the historic “In Flanders Fields” poem.Read more
(ABC)–Hey Redskins fans, the 2017 NFL Draft is on it’s way and the Burgundy and Gold have a lot of options on how they can use the 17th overall pick. In the weeks leading up to Draft Day we will be looking at multiple talented prospects who could become the next star in the Nation’s Capital.Read more
(CBS)–With several regulars resting – including John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie – the playoff-bound Washington Capitals lost their regular-season finale to the Florida Panthers 2-0 on Sunday night.
They learned during the game that they’ll face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. It’s the first playoff meeting between Washington and Toronto.Read more
LeBron James understands what it’s like being a kid on the outside looking for hope.
He’s giving them some.
James, who has been committed to helping kids in his hometown through a variety of educational programs, is teaming up with Akron public schools to open the “I Promise School” dedicated to aiding at-risk children who might otherwise be left behind.Read more
Bradley Beal scored 33 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Detroit Pistons 105-101 Monday night in the final game at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Markieff Morris added 20 points for the Wizards, while Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 22.Read more
Sergio Garcia finally showed he has what it takes to win a major, and he has a green jacket to prove it.
Needing his best golf on just about every shot in the final hour at the Masters, Garcia overcame a two-shot deficit with six holes to play and beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff Sunday for his first major after nearly two decades of heartache.Read more
D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson on Friday March 31 issued the agency’s Spring 2017 funding notice and request for proposals (RFP) to produce and preserve affordable housing for District residents.
In the RFP, DHCD will prioritize projects that primarily serve households earning below 30 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI) or between 31 percent-50 percent of AMI. In addition, DHCD will give consideration to projects that include Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighted her Administration’s proposed budget investment of $15.3 million to increase access to infant and toddler childcare options during a tour of the U.S. Kids Child Development Center. Mayor Bowser’s visit comes a day after she proposed an increased investment in toddler and childcare options to the DC City Council through the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal entitled “DC Values in Action.”Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported recently that the preliminary February job estimates reflect promising over-the-month job growth. The private sector increased by 11,100 jobs, while the public sector gained 3,500 jobs, an increase of 14,600 jobs for a total of 2,640,000 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division.Read more
“Today, we are taking an even more aggressive and efficient approach to repairing potholes throughout the city,” said Mayor Bowser. “In a thriving city like Washington, DC, residents and visitors should expect roads that are in good conditions. Potholepalooza is one way our city can deliver more safe and reliable roads to residents in all eight wards.”Read more
“Providing families with the educational tools they need to strengthen their financial well-being is an important goal of the Bowser Administration. We are committed to creating an inclusive city where families can grow their wealth and create a sustainable economic foundation for generations to come,” said Commissioner Stephen C. Taylor.Read more
The U.S. Black Chambers has strategically partnered with the Black Young Presidents’ Organization, a subset of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) known as one of the world’s most influential business leaders with YPO member-run companies employing 15 million people and generating 6 trillion in annual revenues.Read more
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.Read more
Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles and My School DC Executive Director Catharine Peretti announced the results of My School DC, the District’s common lottery system for DC Public Schools (DCPS) and nearly all public charter schools that serve grades PK3-12.
My School DC is a joint effort between the Deputy Mayor for Education, DCPS, the Public Charter School Board, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and public charter school leaders.Read more
An analysis released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow reveals the size of the gender wage gap and its detrimental effects on the spending power of D.C. women. Women employed full time, year-round in the District are paid just 86 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $10,039. That means D.C. women lose a combined total of more than $2.6 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and is especially significant for the more than 42,000 D.C. households headed by women, 31 percent of which are in poverty.Read more
Investments Extend Steadfast Commitment to DC Values, Build Inclusive Prosperity for DC Residents
Mayor Muriel Bowser presented “DC Values in Action,” DC Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Budget and Financial Plan, to DC Council. As the twenty-second consecutive balanced budget, this proposal will help ensure that every single resident has a roadmap to inclusive prosperity.Read more
Tony Award-nominee David Ives and STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the team that created the award-winning French “trilogy” of The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The Metromaniacs, will unite once more to present a newly revamped version of Ives’ The School For Lies at the Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from May 30–July 2, 2017.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan joined by Senate President Pro Tem Nathaniel McFadden and Speaker of the House Mike Busch for a bill signing ceremony to sign HB 684, which enables additional funding to be distributed to school systems in Baltimore City and ten additional jurisdictions facing declining enrollment.Read more
On Friday, April 7, from 7-9 p.m. join the third annual Paint Ball created by the Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council.
Come and celebrate this teens-only spectacular with dancing, food and loads of activities! Find inspiration in our Recent Acquisitions gallery and then create your own portrait and decorate the frame. Play foosball, air hockey and ping pong or dance all night long with DJ Adrian Loving!Read more
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen introduced emergency legislation to protect women’s health care benefits required under the Affordable Care Act by making them local DC law. All 12 of Councilmember Allen’s colleagues had signed on as co-introducers, and voted unanimously to pass the emergency legislation.Read more
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is partnering with Montgomery County for a new homebuying initiative through the Maryland Mortgage Program. Called the Montgomery Homeownership Program, the program incentivizes homebuying in Montgomery County by offering a zero-interest loan of up to $40,000 that can be used for down payment or closing cost assistance.Read more
The Junior League of Washington (JLW) will host its sixth annual Kitchen Tour on Saturday, April 22, from 12 – 4 p.m. in the H Street Corridor neighborhood of Washington, DC.
An expected 300-500 ticketed attendees will enjoy a walking tour of seven hand-selected homes for tastings, demonstrations, and lectures by local chefs, mixologists, floral designers, interior decorators, and real estate experts.Read more
College students are bombarded daily with a seemingly infinite number of worries. Many students lament, “I have 3 papers due this week, assignments, I’m trying to also balance a social life and have fun. When will I ever have time?” Those seeking their degree find it difficult to balance the demands of education and a healthy social life. Anxiety is a very real and very powerful adversary facing more and more youth, such as myself.Read more
Emancipation Day, the District’s only official local public holiday, commemorates the anniversary of the release of over 3,100 slaves in the nation’s capital. This historic release occurred on April 16, 1862, a full 9 months before the Emancipation Proclamation.Read more
Are you a D.C. resident age 60 or older and interested in representing your peers as Ms. Senior D.C. 2017? Are you actively involved in your community? Consider becoming a contestant in Ms. Senior D.C. Pageant 2017!Read more
“As the District continues to grow, so must our public transportation options,” said Mayor Bowser. “Moreover, our Administration is committed to inclusive prosperity so that residents in every corner of the District benefit from our growth. The new Route 59 is part of our ongoing efforts to enhance service and give residents more options to get to work, school and beyond.”Read more
Mayor Bowser was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson, and Kelly Miller Middle School Principal Kortni Stafford to announce Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders, a multi-pronged initiative to support young women of color in DC Public Schools.Read more
The Bowser Administration recently reported that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for February was 5.7 percent – unchanged from the reported January unemployment rate, while the number of employed DC residents increased from 373,200 in January 2017 to 374,100 in February 2017.Read more
The Peace Corps announced its 2017 rankings of the top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Hampton University, Central State University and Prairie View A&M University all appeared on the agency’s annual ranking for the first time.Read more
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) applauds Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) for introducing legislation to make permanent the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH). This legislation is crucial to the continued operations and funding of the agency that coordinates the federal response to homelessness …Read more
(Black PR Wire) NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a trade association of more than 200 African-American–owned community newspapers from around the United States, are collaborating to raise awareness of sickle cell disease, a lifelong and debilitating genetic disorder that affects red blood cells.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Brian T. Kenner to reveal over 20 projects now available to Washington, DC’s development community. The announcement came at DMPED’s March Madness, an annual effort to create more quality affordable housing, support small and local business, and expand job opportunities for DC residents.Read more
Georgetown University, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington and the Society of Jesus in the United States, will host a Liturgy of Remembrance, Contrition and Hope at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Gaston Hall, in honor of the enslaved men, women and children sold by Maryland Jesuits in 1838.Read more
In recent weeks, news about Washington, DC’s missing youth, particularly teenage girls of color, has garnered local and national attention and concern. Ensuring that Washington, DC continues to improve its response to missing children, Mayor Bowser has identified six immediate initiatives to locate young people who have been reported as missing…Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in February to 3.9 percent, the lowest rate since June 2008. When Governor McAuliffe took office in January 2014, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.Read more
Two artists from very different cultures bring their talents together in a unique collaboration at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: the pop-up exhibition “Kung Fu Wildstyle.” It will be on view April 1-30.
The month long pop-up exhibition features works by hip-hop entrepreneur Fab 5 Freddy and Hong Kong graffiti and hip-hop pioneer MC Yan. Together, they explore the relationship between Kung Fu movies and urban culture.Read more
Pride of Baltimore, Inc. invites visitors to take part in “Nautical Before Nighttime” activities during Light City Baltimore from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1, through Saturday, April 8.
Pride of Baltimore, Inc. will partner with USS Constellation during Light City on a wide-ranging series of family-friendly activities each day during the festival.Read more
Returning for its 9th year, Chloé & Maud Productions presents the annual DC Tap Festival & All-Star Concert. This internationally recognized festival continues to establish the District of Columbia’s global reputation as a preeminent source and destination for the classical art of Tap Dance.Read more
The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), in concert with their national affiliate, NID-Housing Counseling Agency(NID) and the trade group’s local chapter, the Prince George’s County Chapter of NAREB are offering Black Americans, a one-day opportunity to learn what it takes to build wealth through homeownership.Read more
To help swim lesson providers nationwide offer lessons to children who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them, the USA Swimming Foundation has awarded more than $342,000 through its 2017 Make a Splash grant program. Since 2007 the Foundation has given more than $4.3 million dollars to help fund learn-to-swim programs across the country.Read more
Governor McAuliffe recently issued a proclamation to officially recognize April 23-29, 2017 as Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week. During this week, high school students, teachers and administrators across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.Read more
Think you can beat the #FastestManInDC? Here’s your chance!
Before the Nationals’ exhibition game on Friday, the team will host the “Race to Opening Day,” a Stealing Home Challenge for fans to see if they can run as fast as Trea Turner.Read more
Mayor Bowser honored six women leaders from Washington, DC at the Washington Women of Excellence Awards, an annual event hosted by the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives. The six honorees, who have a wide range of accomplishments in their respective fields, are all trailblazers who have advanced opportunities for other women in Washington, DC and beyond.Read more
Councilmember Todd recently met with the Ward 4 Business Development Advisory Committee to discuss their policy recommendations on making Ward 4 and the District an even better place to do business. With bustling business corridors nestled throughout our neighborhoods, the upcoming redevelopment at Walter Reed (the single largest economic opportunity in D.C. history), and the revitalization of Kennedy Street, Ward 4 is on pace to remain the District-wide model for local economic prosperity.Read more
Kids in DC are not happy how Congress treats their city, and on March 31st they will be visiting Senators’ offices to let them know directly. As you know, DC Kids don’t have their own Senators to visit. Therefore, they will be visiting the Senators of allies residing in states lucky enough to have full voting representation in Congress.Read more