Tuesday, Councilmember Todd had a wonderful time visiting the DC Fire And EMS Museum to learn more about the rich history of our Department. It was an excellent way to prepare for the ribbon cutting of the new Engine Company 22 at 6825 Georgia Ave, NW. Councilmember Todd invites you join him, Mayor Bowser, and Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean this Friday, February 16th at 4 PM to celebrate this new investment in Ward 4 public safety!Read more
In his recently released federal budget proposal, President Trump called for the elimination of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program, which expands higher education choices for college-bound D.C. residents. I condemn this proposal as baseless, callous and contrary to everything the District stands for. Eliminating this critical program would slam the door in the faces of our young people seeking a higher education and a brighter future. We cannot allow DCTAG to be shuttered. I call upon all D.C. residents to join me, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) in protecting the dreams of our young people by speaking out against yet another Trump administration attack on the District.Read more
“As we continue to create new opportunities and expand prosperity across all eight wards of the District, this new bridge will enhance the connection between Wards 8 and 6, with the bridge itself serving as a destination for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bowser. “The project is already creating jobs for District residents, and once completed, the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will have a tremendous impact on our city’s transportation network and economic growth.”Read more
Low-income children who receive educational support in school and at home from preschool through third grade may be more likely to get a college degree than their peers who don’t get extra help during their early years, a U.S. study suggests.
For the study, researchers examined data on 1,539 minority youth in high-poverty Chicago neighborhoods who were part of a program designed to give kids small classes, engaging instruction that helps them develop self-control and good communication skills, and encourage parent involvement in education.Read more
The U.S. Department of Education is making it easier to find out when a school is under investigation for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.
For the first time, the federal agency is posting information on its website about all pending claims against schools and colleges being investigated by its Office for Civil Rights.
The searchable listing includes cases alleging discrimination based on disability in addition to race and national origin, sex, age and equal access.Read more
After steadily climbing for two decades, the proportion of U.S. children with autism may be leveling off, a recent study suggests.
As of 2016, approximately 2.8 percent of U.S. children from 3 to 17 years old had autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers report in JAMA. While that’s up slightly from about 2.2 percent in 2014, the difference is too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.Read more
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood
In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — While many Black History Month celebrations solemnly commemorate the lives of slain Civil Rights trailblazers, one group of Black women comedic actors refuses to be solemn. Like Issa Rae, their fictitious talk show, “We Did That!” is “rooting for everybody Black.” Every. single. body.
The talk show parody celebrates any and every Black history “first,” however inane. The parade of guests – which could populate any Saturday Night Live sketch – includes: the first African American elbow stunt double; the first Nigerian internet scammer to become a multi-millionaire; and the first Black woman to snatch somebody’s edges.Read more
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored Steve Atkinson, principal business project manager at Pepco Holdings, with the Technology Transfer Award. EPRI gives the award annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry. Atkinson was part of a team of employees from fellow Exelon utilities BGE, ComEd and PECO who researched how deploying low-cost sensors on electric distribution poles could assist utilities in responding to outages faster and more efficiently.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently announced new efforts to explore an autonomous vehicle (AV) program by establishing the Interagency AV Working Group to proactively prepare the District for AV technologies and ensure that AV deployment will benefit District residents and visitors. The working group is comprised of District agencies focused on transportation, disability rights, environmental issues, and public safety. Additionally, the Bowser Administration is partnering with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) to release a Request for Information (RFI) for a AV pilot program on 10th Street, SW.Read more
Appliance Recycling through the BGE Smart Energy Saver Program® helps customers recycle older, inefficient, refrigerators and freezers by offering a $50 reward, and hauling away their old appliances at no additional cost. But in February, participating residential customers will receive a fifty percent bonus for a total reward of $75 through Feb. 28, 2018.Read more
As the White House releases its infrastructure plan, it will begin a national debate on the improvements needed to shore up the foundation of the nation’s economy and ensure the future growth and opportunity in cities and other communities. The bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released its plan for what are essential components of a strategy to rebuild and modernize the nation’s critical infrastructure.Read more
On Thursday, February 8, DC’s Dancing Stars Gala presented seven local charities with a total of $333,000 in donations raised at this year’s Gala bringing their four-year total to $1,042,500. Beneficiaries included The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Marymount University, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, Operation Second Chance, the Amelia Morgan Foundation and the Raymond A. Wood Foundation.Read more
Following through on Governor Larry Hogan’s promise to improve access to government services for all Marylanders, the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) today unveiled a new statewide licensing portal. Known as Maryland OneStop and available at onestop.md.gov, the portal provides a single point of entry for citizens to access all offices of state government that issue licenses or permits, from hunting licenses and fishing permits to drivers’ licenses and commercial permits.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced select DPR Aquatic Centers will be closed due to this year’s 32nd Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM) taking place February 16 – 18, 2018.
This unique event was co-founded in 1987 by DPR and the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF) in honor of Black History Month. During the three-day invitational, over 1000 youth athletes nationwide ranging in age from 5 – 18 will compete in standard swim events, such as the individual medley, freestyle, butterfly, relays, and back and breast strokes.Read more
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has streamlined the annual business filing process in Maryland by updating the paperwork all entities are required to file with the state. 2018 filings can now be made online through Maryland Business Express (MBE), and the Department’s website now hosts fillable versions of the 2018 forms. The extension request system is also available for 2018, which will extend the Annual Report deadline from April 15 to June 15, 201Read more
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored BGE senior engineering tech specialist Jack Edwards with the Technology Transfer Award. EPRI gives this award annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry. Edwards was part of a team of employees from fellow Exelon companies ComEd, PECO and Pepco Holdings who researched how deploying low-cost sensors on electric distribution poles could assist utilities in responding to outages faster and more efficiently.Read more
Work2Live WELL Now Recruiting Applicants in Baltimore City and Cambridge
Work2Live WELL, designed to provide entry into the emerging careers fields of the environment and natural resources.
With funding from the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland program, the pilot program is recruiting 30 adult applicants in the Baltimore City and Cambridge area.Read more
(ABC)–Shaun White stared down the halfpipe before his final Olympic run and had no doubt what would happen next.
“I honestly knew I had it,” White said. “I knew I had to put it down.”
Put it down he did, soaring and spinning Wednesday through a half-dozen near flawless tricks — including back-to-back 1440s for the first time in his life — en route to his record third halfpipe gold medal.Read more
(FOX)–Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback.
Manziel announced Wednesday that he will participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate.Read more
(CBS)–American Chloe Kim wins gold medal in women’s halfpipe.
She’s the snowboarder who describes herself as “The California girl that went to the Olympics.”
It’s perfect, easy, and oh-so-fitting for the 17-year-old from Torrance, California, who loves music and the mall almost as much as she loves stomping her runs – and the competition – in the halfpipe.Read more
(ABC)–Tomas Satoransky is starting while star guard John Wall recovers from knee surgery. He stepped up Saturday for struggling All-Star Bradley Beal as well.
Satoransky scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-90.Read more
As part of Education Week 2018, Mayor Bowser highlighted the District’s efforts to ensure students have the resources and support they need to travel to and from school safely, announcing updates to the District’s Safe Passage program and calling on community members to volunteer with the program. The Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Jennifer Niles and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Inspector Mike Coligan.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced that they are traveling to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as an ideal location for tech companies, promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation, and visit potential job creators. The Mayor will travel to California on Friday, February 9 and return on Monday, February 12.
Deputy Mayor Kenner began engagement in California on Wednesday, February 7, and the mission will include meetings with tech giants Lyft, Cisco, and Yelp.Read more
Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced two bills before the DC Council: one that would establish an Adverse Childhood Experience Health Task Force, and a second that would create a Strategic Plan for the growth of DC’s senior population.
The “Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force Act of 2018” would establish a specialized Task Force to identify evidence-based solutions that reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences. Adverse childhood experiences, or “ACEs,” are stressful or traumatic events in a child’s life that are strongly related to the development of a wide range of health problems.Read more
The DC Council unanimously passed the Fair Elections Act, creating a program where candidates for public office can opt into a publicly-funded model that puts greater focus on small-dollar contributions from DC residents and strengthens their voice in DC elections. The bill was introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.
“The Fair Elections Act is going to change the way campaigns are run locally. More residents will be empowered to participate, more candidates from diverse perspectives will be viable to run, and candidates will spend more time talking to residents rather than dialing for dollars,” said Councilmember Allen.Read more
There are approximately 500 billionaires in America. There are approximately 5 Black billionaires in America. Blacks represent 10-15% of the population in America. Based on 10%, there should be at least 50 Black billionaires in America.
BlackEconomicsMatter.com launched on February 1, 2018. The killing of unarmed Black men, and even women and children, by police officers has incited many movements.Read more
/PRNewswire/ — The Impact Network, the only African American owned and operated Christian television network in the United States, is now available on Altice USA’s Optimum TV. The network features programming on urban ministries and gospel lifestyle entertainment.
“We’re excited about the commitment Altice USA has shown to the African-American community by adding this network,” said Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, CEO and president, of the Impact Network.Read more
(Black PR Wire) NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This February, Macy’s (NYSE:M) celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of innovators in fashion, entertainment, art, music, literature and technology, who are pioneers in their industries. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of Black culture, helping to propel trends, widely influencing pop culture, and changing the face of history. From music to science, Black culture has created a wave of change that has helped drive the country to new heights.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Human Resources Division is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018. DPR strives to provide high quality recreational programming and is looking for talented individuals to join our team.
DPR employment opportunities include the following:Read more
Mayor Bowser officially kicked off Black History Month with the release of A Fair Shot: A Toolkit for African American Prosperity – a first-of-its kind resource for African American residents that provides an overview of the many District-funded programs and services that support Washingtonians in reaching pathways to the middle class.
“By staying laser-focused on spreading prosperity and creating new pathways to the middle class, we have made tremendous progress,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
Harmony DC PCS is organizing and hosting DC STEM Festival. DC STEM Festival features various STEM demonstrations performed by students. The DC STEM Festival also hosts different community organizations that will demonstrate STEM activities. The activities are, included but not limited to, Rubik’s Cube solver robot, dry ice activities, hover board, smoke ring, and other student activities. The event will take place at Harmony DC school campus at 62 T St NE Washington, DC 20002 on February 24 between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is proud to announce the #FitDC Healthy Hearts Walk to keep DC residents on a path to fitness and to build awareness for cardiovascular disease during American Heart Month. The walk takes place February 10, at 10 a.m. at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Read more
The Smithsonian Institution has been asked to study the feasibility of establishing a new national museum in Washington telling the story about the making of the American people. The request was made by the Coalition for the National Museum of the American People which is composed of 239 ethnic, nationality and minority organizations.
The museum’s story would begin with the first humans in the Western Hemisphere and progresses through waves of migration and immigration to today.Read more
Madame Tussauds Washington, DC is celebrating Black History Month, honoring African American accomplishments throughout history as well as famous faces of today.
For the month of February, guests can come face-to-face with figures of Zendaya and Snoop Dogg, in DC for the first time in honor of Black History Month.Read more
February 1st marked the beginning of Black History Month, when we honor and recognize the contributions of African Americans to the District, the nation, and the world. It is a time to celebrate Black culture and achievements, and acknowledge the central role African Americans have played in the history of Washington, DC and the United States of America. This year, there are myriad opportunities to celebrate Black History Month:Read more
As part of Education Week 2018, Mayor Bowser recognized Sousa Middle School as one of the middle schools with the most improved attendance rates. At the celebration, the Mayor also announced a number of private partners and other organizations, including the Washington Nationals, Atlantic 10 Basketball Conference, and Ben and Jerry’s, that are partnering with the District as part of the Every Day Counts! campaign to recognize students, schools, and families working to improve their attendance.Read more
(ABC)–Former Washington Wizards small forward Caron Butler has retired after playing 16 seasons in the NBA.
Butler played for the Wizards, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Dallas Mavericks.
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Former Washington Wizards small forward Caron Butler has retired after playing 16 seasons in the NBA.Read more
(CBS)–Is there anything worst than seeing your favorite team’s legend giving away the trophy of all trophies to one of your biggest rivals?
Redskins’ fans may not think so.
Sunday night after the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Redskins’ legend and Hall of Famer Darrell Green delivered the Lombardi trophy to the Eagles.Read more
(CBS)–On the heels of the norovirus scare that has left 32 people quarantined after being treated, the organizing committee for the Pyeongchang Olympics has called in military personnel due to concerns about the spread of the virus.
Organizers shared tips to help prevent the virus, which include washing hands with soap for more than 30 seconds, eating food that is thoroughly cooked and boiling water before drinking.
Like every major international event, there are always coughs and colds that spread around during the 17 days of the Games.Read more
(CBS)– North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, an increasingly prominent figure in the country’s leadership, will be part of the North’s delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics, officials said Wednesday.
Kim Yo Jong, believed to be around 30, will be the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. Analysts say her inclusion in the Olympic delegation shows North Korea’s ambition to use the Olympics to break out from diplomatic isolation by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the United States.Read more
Nicklas Backstrom’s 200th NHL goal was a game-winner.
Backstrom got a desperation, cross-ice pass from T.J. Oshie and beat Sergei Bobrovsky with 43 seconds left to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Brandon Dubinsky tied the score for Columbus late in the third period and the game appeared headed to overtime before a wide-open Backstrom snapped in a shot from the bottom of the right circle.Read more
At the bill signing for the Defending Access to Women’s Health Care Services Amendment Act of 2018, Mayor Bowser announced that open enrollment for District residents has been extended through Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Residents now have through Monday, February 5 to go to DCHealthLink.com to shop for, compare, and enroll in affordable, high-quality insurance plans.
“Preventive care saves lives and reduces health care costs,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
The Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) launched it application for Youth and Host Employers on January 26, 2018. Any and all employers who are interested in hosting an SYEP youth should submit an application by Friday, May 25, 2018. MBSYEP 2018 will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018 and will end on Friday, August 3, 2018. The six-week program consists of 29 days of workRead more
This past Saturday, January 27, 2018, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center was transformed into a hospital-wide outreach event to care for 840 homeless, at-risk and underemployed Veterans. Participants received medical and mental health care, VA benefits and services, employment and housing support, legal counseling, warm clothing, comfort kits, haircuts, a hot meal and much more.
This marks the 24th year the medical center has hosted the Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down, a one-stop resource haven.Read more
The DC Streetlight team is pleased to announce two upcoming public hearings on the District’s Smart Lighting project, “Safer. Smarter. Greener.” In case you haven’t heard about this project, it is a joint effort of the Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) to modernize the District’s more than 75,000 streetlights. This will create safer, more reliable lighting customized to the needs of each neighborhood, faster repairs of outages, and save as much as 50% of energy costs (reducing the District’s carbon footprint by 30,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year).Read more
The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch started the year with an increase in small business job growth and wages in January. The Small Business Jobs Index stands at 99.88, a 0.18 percent increase over December. The jobs growth rate remains below last January’s level by 0.74 percent. Hourly earnings have grown $0.72 in the past year to $26.38. January’s 12-month wages growth rate of 2.81 percent marks an improvement from 2.78 percent in December.Read more
The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced its 2018 Retool Your School Grant Program. Now, in its ninth year, the program awards accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) grants to use toward creating sustainable renovations and additions to their campuses.
The Home Depot has awarded $1.8 million to HBCUs since the program launched in 2009.Read more
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced recently progress to provide more workforce housing in the District with the closing of an auction of 33 properties through Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vacant To Vibrant DC initiative.
“Vacant to Vibrant DC is one more way we are getting Washingtonians in all eight wards on pathways to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
The Maryland Public Service Commission accepted BGE’s proposal to provide approximately $103 million in annual tax savings to customers beginning Feb. 1, 2018.
“This is a positive outcome for BGE customers, and we are appreciative of the Public Service Commission’s decision to accept our proposal to convert tax savings to reduced rates,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr, chief executive officer of BGE. “We are pleased to have another opportunity to further reduce the average BGE residential customers’ total bills, which remain below levels from a decade ago.”Read more
Pepco is sending crews, equipment and expertise, adding even more resources to help restore power in Puerto Rico as part of ongoing response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Pepco joins with its Exelon sister utilities – Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power and PECO – to help repair the local electric system and restore service to customers on the island.Read more
This week, Councilmember Todd was honored to be appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force. He looks forward to collaborating with Co-Chairs Rep. Tina Orwall (WA) and Rep. Dan Saddler (AK) on this vitally important work.
“There are over 28,000 veterans residing in the District of Columbia,” said Councilmember Todd. “I am honored and proud to continue to be a voice of support and change for our District’s veterans on this Task Force.”Read more
Mayor Bowser recently announced that the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed two loan agreements totaling more than $17.5 million that will help preserve 159 affordable housing units in Wards 5 and 8, including 65 units for residents age 55 and older. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
“This is how we build pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians of all ages, in every corner of the District,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) announced recently that it will hold a public hearing to review private passenger (noncommercial) automobile insurance premiums in the District of Columbia on January 30, 2018.
The purpose of the hearing is to review the causes and impact of recent large increases in the premium rates for automobile insurance in the District of Columbia. The Department also wants to gain insight into the current automobile insurance market, and identify areas for changes to improve the cost, availability and transparency of private passenger automobile insurance.Read more
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is announcing the availability of its annual renewable scholarship for minority students. Previous winners will be featured during a year long promotion of ACS Scholar Alumni, sponsored by ACS President Peter K. Dorhout, Ph.D. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society.
The renewable scholarship ranges between $1,000 and $5,000 per year for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian students majoring in chemistry-related disciplines at accredited community colleges or four-year institutions. Graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply.Read more
Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.
More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to very low turnout at many blood drives.Read more
(Black PR Wire) Inglewood, CA – Two weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of noninterference with marijuana friendly state laws, Veterans Health Solutions (VHS) is now offering real time cannabis education to colleges, veteran organizations and urban centers nationally.
VHS, a non-profit public benefit organization has setup a full comprehensive strategy to educate the veteran populace and underserved communities regarding the use of medicinal cannabis and or hemp related products.Read more
One high school increased the number of students of color taking its AP and college-level courses sixfold in just a year. In another high school, where half of the student population is homeless or involved in the Child Welfare system, strong supports helped its students match New York City’s graduation rate. Yet another high school engages students in rich, college preparatory coursework in an unusual location—a working farm within the Chicago city limits.Read more
On February 7, 2018, The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to host noted scholar and professor of history at Yale University, David Blight, Ph.D., as he brings his expertise to discuss importance of Frederick Douglass’s life and thought as part of our recognition of Black History month. Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, is one of the most respected scholars of the Civil War and Reconstruction, race relations, Douglass, Du Bois, and problems in public history and American historical memory.Read more
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced new loan and down payment assistance products and debuted a redesigned website for the Maryland Mortgage Program before an audience of lenders, realtors, counselors, mortgage insurers, and other program partners. New Maryland Mortgage Program products include a mortgage loan developed for borrowers with mid-range credit scores, a down payment assistance grant designed to be used with specific Freddie Mac mortgages, and the expansion of one of the department’s existing grant programs for down payment assistance to make it applicable to more types of mortgages.Read more
Enjoy a wide range of innovative films including classics, recently produced shorts, and foreign features. Age recommendations can assist in selecting the most emotionally and intellectually stimulating films for children. Feature films are in English, unless otherwise noted. All films will be shown in the East Building Auditorium; first-come, first seated. Food and drink are not permitted. Groups are welcome. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced Maryland’s participation in an innovative cybersecurity training partnership with the SANS Institute, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions worldwide. This partnership will inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and identify talented youth in Maryland. Open to female high school students, the GirlsGoCyberStart initiative encourages participants to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cybersecurity skills, and build confidence in problem-solving.Read more
In honor of the Year of the Anacostia, Mayor Bowser announced significant conservation and investment commitments for Kingman and Heritage Islands. The Mayor directed the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to designate portions of both islands as a State Conservation Area and the southern area of Kingman Island as a Critical Wildlife Area. The State Conservation Area designation mimics the federal covenant for the islands, restricting their use to environmental, educational, and recreational purposes. In addition, the Mayor also announced a new $4.7 million investment for educational and recreational improvements on the islands.Read more
— General Motors executive will be the sixth woman in the 32-year history of the scientific and technical awards to be named Black Engineer of the Year —
(BlackNews.com) — US Black Engineer (USBE) magazine’s annual BEYA STEM Conference will recognize GM Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing Alicia Boler Davis with the Black Engineer of the Year Award on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the BEYA Gala in Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Thinking about starting a business as a youth these days reaches farther into the creative realm than a lemonade stand or mowing lawns. Children today are discovering ways to educate and make a difference in how the story is told and sold.
Meet Kalimah McKeaver, 13, founder & CEO of Dinkra Stylez, LLC and The Kid Griot. Dinkra Stylez is the world’s first craft design firm with the mission of educating its clients about African Heritage through the creation of fun, colorful, and engaging products.Read more
Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores Inc., recently announced changes to the business unit’s U.S. real estate portfolio, with the closure of 63 clubs around the country. The company’s press release came after local and national news outlets across the country reported that some Sam’s Club employees reported to work to find locked doors and notices about the closures.
According to the company, its actions were taken after a thorough performance review.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The 34th annual National Black Memorabilia, Fine Art & Crafts Show will be April 14 & 15, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 501 Perry Parkway, in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. The objectives of this show are to educate the public on African American history and culture, and to provide an opportunity to purchase unique, rare and collectible pieces of Black memorabilia, fine art and crafts. Admission is $7 and students are admitted free. The show is indoors, and will be held on April 14-15, 2018. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced major items in the administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget, which will be officially submitted tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17. The budget responsibly holds the line on spending without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding special funds. The budget leaves nearly $1 billion in reserves and continues – for the fourth straight year – to fund K-12 education at an all-time record level.
The administration’s proposed budget is 100 percent structurally balanced, adheres to the legislature’s Spending Affordability guidelines, and continues to deliver on the promise to grow our private sector, put more people to work, and turn our economy around.Read more
Pepco is urging customers to be aware of a scam that has been targeting utility customers across the United States for more than five years. Customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland have recently contacted the company to report they have been targeted with the popular “green dot” scam.
The scammers, who target both residential and business customers, call individuals claiming that they are behind on their account and must make an immediate payment to avoid service termination. As part of the scam, customers are asked to purchase a pre-paid debit card, such as a Green Dot MoneyPak, for a specific amount from local pharmacies, retail chains or convenience stores.Read more
The legislation allows workers at companies with 15 workers or more to earn up to five days a year of paid sick leave, which they could also use for such matters as going to court to obtain a protective order against domestic violence or dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault. A worker will be able to earn an hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work. It will benefit about 700,000 Maryland workers.Read more
To enhance visitor experiences both within and outside of its newly reopened galleries, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have launched the “Freer Thinking Audio App,” a new location-based app that offers visitors two ways to experience the museums’ collections. National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel narrates a gallery-highlights tour of 60 significant objects, five of which are designed especially for kids and families. The tours on the app are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish and will soon be available in Hindi, Korean and Persian.Read more
Building off the success of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards, the NFL, together with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Nationwide are pleased to announce the launch of the NFL Hispanic Leaders Alliance Presented by Nationwide.
The alliance will feature webinars, events, and continued dialogue to help shape the NFL’s engagement and outreach with the Hispanic community. Together, these groups will work to make a positive and lasting impact on the community.Read more
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced the recipients of special Fiscal Year 2018 grants through the Community Development Block Grant program. Awarded as part of a homelessness support services initiative, nearly $1.5 million will be distributed to programs in Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, Somerset, and Talbot counties, along with the Town of Oakland in Garrett County.
“The department is working every day to ensure that Maryland’s most vulnerable populations can live safely and comfortably,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We’re proud to serve as partners with organizations that share our commitment to ending homelessness in Maryland.”Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser joined by Administration and local officials to highlight the progress of DC Clean Rivers Project, a DC Water program to prevent stormwater and reduce combined sewage from overflowing into Rock Creek Park and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Located at a major green infrastructure site in the Brightwood community in Ward 4, Mayor Bowser toured the construction of the permeable pavement, disconnected downspouts, and rain gardens for bio-retention.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to offer free lifeguard training certification courses for Summer 2018. Courses run from January 2018 through June 2018 and DPR has waived all fees until March 31, 2018. DC residents and residents from surrounding areas can register now.
DPR employs the International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) to train and certify lifeguards to work both indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities throughout the District.Read more
The completion of the Met Branch Trail, which will be an 8-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail connecting Union Station to Silver Spring, Maryland, has long been a goal of the communities it will serve since first being proposed in the late 1980’s. When completed, the trail will offer pedestrians and bicyclists a safe and efficient route through the heart of the District, enhancing connectivity and mobility in Ward 4 and providing a viable alternative to driving.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser will celebrate the topping out of the Entertainment and Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East with Smoot-Gilbane construction workers and the Ward 8 community, signifying that the 4,200-seat arena and training facility has reached its final construction height. This development delivers on the Mayor’s commitment to create pathways to the middle class for District residents through job creation across all eight wards.Read more
Where you live could influence how likely you are to develop heart failure, a new U.S. study suggests.
In addition to people’s income and education level, the neighborhood in which they lived helped predict their risk, according to the researchers. People living in the poorest areas were at highest risk for heart failure, the researchers found.Read more
Doctors say a once-a-week, slow-release pill may keep HIV infections under control and help prevent new HIV infections altogether.
The pill in question is still early in development. But it contains the same highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) — the drug combination that revolutionized HIV treatment back in the mid-1990s. Those medications turned a nearly always fatal infection into a manageable chronic illness.Read more
‘Silence is a Statement: A Deep Dive Conversation on Race’ will help attendees understand both sides and feel more comfortable with this awkward topic.Read more
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival film and new oral histories with people who helped organize the campaign including Marian Wright Edelman and Andrew Young.Read more
(ABC)–If Kirk Cousins leaves the Redskins this offseason, it’s possible that the Jacksonville Jaguars may no longer be an option for him.
The Jaguars picked up the fifth-year option on Bortles’ rookie deal for the 2018 season last May, a decision team owner Shad Khan double downed on Thursday.
“Maybe we’re not the biggest idiot on the football block,” Khan told reporters.Read more
The national championship showdown between Alabama and Georgia drew 28.443 million viewers, making it the second-most watched title game in the four-year-old format of the College Football Playoff.
Alabama beat Georgia in overtime , rallying from 13 points down in the second half before winning with a game-ending touchdown pass .Read more
(CBS)–North Korea’s IOC representative on Saturday said his country is likely to compete in figure skating in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, according to Japanese media reports.
Asked by reporters at Beijing airport, Chang Ung said the participation of a North Korean figure skating pair will probably happen, the reports said.
Citing unnamed sources, Japan’s Kyodo News service and broadcaster NHK said Chang was headed to Switzerland, where he could meet with International Olympic Committee officials.Read more
(CBS)– We’re about halfway through the season for the Washington Wizards, and the midterm grades are in!
Sports Director Darren M. Haynes wanted to know how some of the players would grade the team at this point in the season.
The responses were interesting to say the least.
When Haynes asked center Marcin Gortat what grade he would give the team, he said, “B-, B, right around a B.”Read more
(FOX Media)–Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, the top three finishers at the national championships, were selected Saturday to the U.S. team for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Three-time U.S. champ Ashley Wagner, who complained vigorously about the marks after the free skate, was not included. Four years ago, Wagner also finished fourth but was placed on the team ahead of Nagasu. Wagner wound up with a bronze medal in the team event.Read more
As part of the Every Day Counts! campaign, Mayor Bowser celebrated Jefferson Middle School Academy’s success in creating a strong school community that welcomes students and families. Last month, the middle school was announced as the winner of the 2018 DC Public Schools (DCPS) Standing Ovation prize for Family Engagement. At today’s event, the Mayor highlighted the school’s work in building positive and collaborative relationships with students and families through home visits, student-led conferences, and more.Read more
Supported by the Flamboyan Foundation, DCPS’s Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) helps school leaders and teachers engage families in ways that benefit student learning. Participating schools have seen significant academic growth, along with more active and engaged school communities. One of the most popular family engagement strategies is the use of home visits. In teams of two, teachers and staff visit families at home or in a location of the family’s choosing and focus on getting to know the family and child. During the visits, teachers and families share their hopes, dreams, and expectations for the student. During the 2016-2017 school year, more than 11,000 DCPS families in FEP schools received a home visit from their child’s teacher.Read more
To build on the success of Mayor Bowser’s Kids Ride Free on Metrorail initiative, the Bowser Administration launched Every Day Counts!, a citywide initiative to increase attendance at the District’s public schools. More than 18,000 students – one in four – in the District of Columbia are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of all school days.Read more
DC Health Link’s 2018 open enrollment season continues through January 31, 2018. If you do not have health insurance, visit www.dchealthlink.com to shop and enroll. Individuals, families, and small businesses can choose from 26 different plans through the District’s Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. Sign up today!Read more
DC Water shares the following advice for protecting your pipes and your home during this extreme cold:
Preparing Pipes in Your Home for Winter Weather
When water standing inside a pipe freezes, it can expand causing the pipe to break. Pipes that freeze are often exposed to the outside or are in unheated interior areas such as kitchen cabinets, attics, garages, basements and crawl spaces.
Before the onset of cold weather, help prevent frozen pipes by following these recommendations:
The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to provide District residents with two easy options for having their cut holiday trees and greenery recycled (no artificial trees).
First, residents can bring their trees and greenery, free of charge, to either of the District’s transfer stations. The Fort Totten Transfer Station is located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, and the Benning Road Transfer Station is located at 3200 Benning Road, NE.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages consumers to donate or recycle their used electronics. Donating or recycling electronics helps the environment by conserving natural materials and resources, and reducing harmful emissions caused by manufacturing new materials. Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year. “If you received a new cell phone, laptop, tablet or other electronics during the holiday season, consider giving your older device new life while reducing the impact on the environment by donating or recycling it,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.Read more
As one year gives way to the next (making reflecting back practically unavoidable), one of the things I’m grateful for is the volume of health information that comes across my desk. Not only is it interesting to read, but it’s quite practical, too, since I can incorporate some of the things I learn into my daily or weekly routine.Read more
Lyft, the fastest-growing on-demand transportation service in the US, and No One Left Behind, a non-profit organization that helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States, today announced a partnership that will enable these wartime allies to earn valuable income through driving with Lyft as they resettle into new lives in the United States. The partnership is piloting in Washington, DC., where the US State Department estimates over 9,000 SIVs have resettled since 2008.Read more
If you or someone you love is one of the millions of Americans with a chronic disease or a life-threatening condition, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their partners offer you a gift of hope in 2018.Pharmaceutical manufacturers are criticized as Scrooge or the Grinch in our country’s health care system. Elected officials and advocacy organizations want to blame somebody for rising Rx costs, and the most obvious target is the Big Pharma.
But in this blame game, very little attention is given to the help the pharmaceutical industry and its partners quietly provide to patients in need through a variety of programs.Read more
The Comcast Foundation announced recently that it has awarded $265,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations across the Washington, D.C. metro area in 2017. The grants help grow the impact of programs aimed at expanding digital literacy, promoting service and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Easter Seals DC MD VA and The Arc of Prince George’s County are among the many local organizations that are making a significant difference in the community and were supported by the Comcast Foundation this year. Comcast is dedicated to working with these organizations to shape the future of the areas its employees, customers and friends and families live in.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The job market for college grads is changing and becoming more competitive. Now, in addition to GPA and accomplishments, employers want to see more applicants who have completed one or more internships. In fact, according to Monster.com, internship experience is one of the most important factors now for employers when considering new college grads for full-time positions.Read more
Ward 4 is, undoubtedly, the next frontier for robust economic development in the District of Columbia. Councilmember Todd is committed to developing a sound and sustainable strategy that is collaborative and reflects the interests of ALL residents and business owners. Secured in the FY 2018 Budget: - $200,000 in “Main Streets” grant funding to spur business development along Kennedy and Upper 14th Streets, NW. The “Uptown Mainstreet” will bring more neighborhood-serving businesses to this fast-growing part of Ward 4. - Funding for an Upper 14th Street Clean Team to benefit residents and businesses along this burgeoning corridor. This will join the ranks of Ward 4’s other clean teams for upper & lower Georgia Avenue and Kennedy Street, NW.Read more
Staff and OPEIU Local 2 members at AFGE and IBEW really stepped up their efforts this year to help local needy families during the Community Services Agency’s Holiday Basket Project. “This is really terrific and helps CSA promote the Holiday Basket Project and our other programs,” said a grateful Sonte’ DuCote, CSA’s Assistant Executive Director.Read more