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
The Bowser Administration announced it would opt-in to the national First Responder Network – creating a new partnership between the District and FirstNet to create an enhanced wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety personnel during major events and emergencies. The District joins nearly 40 states opting in to the national First Responder Network– a communications network that is being built, operated and maintained at no cost to participating states through a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T. The FirstNet Network is expected to transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.Read more
A notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA) was published in the DC Register on Friday, December 22, 2017. DOPA promotes affordable rental housing by maintaining the affordable status of existing affordable rental units as well as increasing the total number of affordable rental units within the District. To this end, DOPA requires rental property owners to provide the District with the opportunity to purchase housing accommodations consisting of five or more rental units, as long as a certain percentage are deemed “affordable.” DOPA is subordinate to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).Read more
BALTIMORE (Dec. 21, 2017) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) was recently announced as one of the nation’s highest ranked gas and electric utility companies as rated by residential customers surveyed by Market Strategies International in its annual Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement ™ Residential Cogent Report. This is the second recent recognition of BGE’s leading customer satisfaction performance.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — E.E. Ward Moving and Storage co-owners Dominique and Brian Brooks proudly accepted the MBE Supplier of the Year Award (Class II) at the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 17, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The MBE Supplier Awards are presented to OMSDC certified minority businesses with annual sales between $1-$75 million who provide outstanding service to the organization’s corporate members. E.E. Ward was selected as the winner by a panel of corporate partners, including representatives from Eaton Corporation, Kent State University, and Ohio Health.Read more
The greatest health threat to America’s youth isn’t opioid addiction or cancer — it’s diabetes. The number of children and teens diagnosed with type 2, so-called “adult” diabetes increased 5 percent every year between 2002 and 2012. The disease dooms millions of Americans to early deaths. Treating it costs more than $100 billion a year. Consequently, it’s the nation’s costliest chronic condition. Perhaps the saddest thing about these stats is that diabetes is preventable. But efforts to stop young people from contracting the disease have failed.Read more
(UPI) — President Donald Trump praised Congress for passing a sweeping tax reform bill Wednesday, saying his first legislative victory since taking office was “a lot of fun.”
The president made remarks outside the White Hours hours after the House held its final vote. He was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republicans.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser this week applauded the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which show Washington, DC’s population continued to climb in 2017. Newly released figures indicate the District of Columbia is quickly approaching 700,000 residents after a growth rate of 1.4 percent between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017 – ranking the District eighth in percent growth among the states. As of July 1, Census data estimated the District’s population to be 693,972.
“Washington, DC continues to attract new residents from around the region and across the globe. We are a city where people want to do business, raise a family, and age in place – a city committed to our residents and DC values,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
After Congress passed tax reform legislation, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt announced that District property owners can pre-pay their property taxes in preparation for the upcoming tax year. The tax reform legislation limits the amount of state and local income and real property taxes that individuals may deduct from their federal income tax, beginning in calendar year 2018. Under the new law, the amount that may be deducted is limited to $10,000 of the combined local income or sales taxes and real property taxes. (This applies only to taxpayers who itemize their income tax filings; taxpayers who do not itemize will get no tax benefit by paying early.)Read more
The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) removed the agency’s Unemployment Insurance Program’s designation as an “at-risk” grantee on December 5, 2017. The District’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Division was first designated as “high-risk” in January 2012, with the designation later reduced to “at-risk” in June 2013. The removal of the “at-risk” designation reflects the vast improvements made at DOES during the Bowser Administration.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) officials unveiled ‘Ms. Henergy,’ the newest addition to Annapolis’ multi-year public display art campaign honoring the capital city’s organic food access movement and the rebirth of its arts district.
Located outside of BGE’s 112 West St. office, the chicken sculpture is adorned with multi-colored rooftops and power lines, symbolic of BGE connecting Annapolis’ diverse communities with reliable service.Read more
Delivering on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for all of Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan today announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) and I-95. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) are pursuing three innovative design-build projects to achieve the greatest possible amount of peak-hour congestion relief on the Baltimore Beltway and I-95. The $461 million investment brings the administration’s investment in new transportation projects in the Baltimore region to a total of $7 billion.Read more
Pepco recently filed a request with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of the District of Columbia for approval to increase rates by $66.2 million for capital expenditures in 2016 and 2017 necessary to ensure continued safe and reliable service for customers.
Based on the request, the typical Pepco D.C. residential customer using 648 kilowatt hours per month would see a monthly bill increase of 9.24 percent, or about $7.54. Pepco is not proposing any modification to the use of the $25.6 million Customer Base Rate Credit and recommends it continue to be provided to residential customers, including master-metered apartments and some small commercial customers until it expires in July 2019.Read more
This week, Mayor Bowser signed a Mayor’s Order requiring all 30,000-plus DC Government employees to complete sexual harassment training by February 28, 2018. The measure also mandates that all 1,500 supervisors complete advanced training to ensure any complaints are handled thoroughly and efficiently. Mayor’s Order 2017-313 “Sexual Harassment Policy, Guidance and Procedures” modernizes previous guidelines, a review which the Bowser Administration undertook amid the much-needed and growing conversation on sexual harassment around the nation.Read more
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announces that owners of affordable housing projects developed with Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds in the District must file their 2017 certification and monitoring documents by Friday, February 16, 2018.
The filing of annual Owner’s Certifications of Compliance as well as 2018 Monitoring Compliance Fees for LIHTC properties is required by the LIHTC and HOME Investment Partnerships Act. The requested monitoring forms and documents for the 2017 calendar year are as follows:Read more
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) board of commissioners recently approved $9,533,945 in funding recommendations as part of the agency’s FY 2018 Cycle 2 grant awards. To date, CAH has awarded a total of $22,205,061 in grant awards in FY 2018.
“Our city’s arts and humanities community includes some of the most impressive talents in the country. These creative professionals are constantly working towards new innovations within their respective disciplines,” said Executive Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr. of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.Read more
Mayor Bowser launched “Vacant to Vibrant DC,” a new five-point plan to transform vacant spaces into approximately 70 units of workforce housing, community green spaces, and economic development opportunities for small businesses throughout the city. The plan will reduce the District’s vacant property inventory by reactivating up to 50 sites from the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Property Acquisition and Disposition Division.
“Through Vacant to Vibrant DC we are making good on our commitment to get more Washingtonians on pathways to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser. “This effort is about so much more than just taking a vacant space and transforming it into something new – it’s about building more homes for our residents, creating new green spaces, and spurring economic growth in every corner of our city.”Read more
DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that all recreation/community centers, administrative offices and indoor aquatic facilities will operate on the following schedule for the winter holiday season:
All DPR facilities will be closed on:
Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have been awarded a grant of more than $1 million from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.
“I am thrilled to be working with the ministry on this important project,” said curator J. Keith Wilson, the Freer|Sackler curator of Ancient Chinese Art, who will lead the new Korean art and culture program. “As the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, we have always featured Korean art in our collections. Now we have the ability to share some of Korea’s most revered artworks through the masterworks exhibitions, increase scholarly understanding of these and other Korean art objects and introduce visitors to the extraordinary richness of Korean art and culture.”Read more
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce that there will now be three locations open throughout the winter season for residents to bring their food waste to be composted. The food waste drop-off locations at Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, and Eastern Market will now be open year-round. Residents are encouraged to drop off the following types of food scraps: vegetables, fruits, grain, bread, pasta, and coffee grounds. Learn more at: dpw.dc.gov/node/1232791.
Earlier this year on Earth Day, Mayor Bowser kicked off DPW’s first citywide Food Waste Drop-Off program. Through the free service, residents are able to drop-off food waste at designated farmers markets in all eight city wards.Read more
A one-time District of Columbia Public Schools student who grew up to be a teacher then became a school administrator was named DCPS’s Principal of the Year.
Tenia Pritchard entered the packed cafeteria at Whittier Education Campus in Northwest D.C. on Friday not knowing she was the reason everybody gathered there.
“Out of so many tremendous leaders we have here at DCPS, you are being honored as our 2018 DCPS Principal of the Year,” DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced as students and staff cheered.Read more
Mayor Bowser hosted more than 3,500 District seniors at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. During the event, representatives from more than 80 community organizations, DC Government agencies, and local businesses provided information, free health screenings, and immunizations to attendees. In addition, volunteers from the Coast Guard, Navy, PEPCO, and DC Public Schools’ Jr. ROTC program joined nearly 150 members of the Mayor’s Administration to help serve lunch.
“Aging is a priority for my Administration because we know that aging well means living well,” said Mayor Bowser. “Together, we are ensuring Washingtonians in all eight wards have the resources and support they need to age in place and live healthy, happy lives.”Read more
(UPI) — President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion defense budget that seeks to increase military spending and operational capabilities.
The bill includes measures like the establishment of a U.S. Space Corps within the Air Force by 2019, a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops, special pay for situations like combat and hazardous duty and bonuses for re-enlistment contracts.
The act also enables the Pentagon to procure 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and 14 Navy ships from defense contractor Huntington Ingalls, in addition to authorizing $12.3 billion for missile defense.Read more
The Federal Communications Commission is reminding consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers during this holiday season. Illegal robocallers often spoof caller ID information and try to use real events to defraud consumers by tricking them into providing money or personal information.
Fraudulent callers may pretend to be debt collectors, offer holiday deals, or use fear to extort money. Be aware that scammers can use other information-gathering tools and may know more about you beyond your phone number. Do not assume that because they know your name, the name of a company you use, a recent financial transaction, or some other detail, that they are legitimate.Read more
Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF), an innovative approach to grant-making that engages committees composed of Nike employees and store athletes to help award grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where they live and work. The community store in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C., awarded $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to six local organizations focused on getting kids moving through play and sport so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.Read more
New polling from CBS News finds that 84% of the public, including 74% of Republicans, support efforts to keep Dreamers here in America. Additionally, new polling conducted by PPP (Public Policy Polling) of 25 Republican-held “swing” House districts finds that by a 68-22% margin, voters in these battleground districts back the Dream Act.
According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, “The new public opinion findings underscore why Congress passing legislation protecting Dreamers this year should be a no brainer and a common sense step forward for the country: as actions across the country yesterday demonstrated, there is incredible energy for protecting Dreamers all across America; there is growing bipartisan support in Congress, reflecting the majority of both chambers; and poll after poll reminds us that the American public, including Republicans, strongly backs efforts to keep Dreamers here in America: their home.”Read more
TV One has announced that after four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to viewers as the only Black daily newscast on television, the network has decided to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The final live show is scheduled on Thursday, December 21, at 7 a.m. ET.
TV One premiered NewsOne Now in 2013, to provide a daily voice to Black America on important political and social issues impacting our community. The foray into daily news was the idea of TV One CEO Alfred Liggins.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Tom Joyner is reminding students that the deadline for the Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program is rapidly approaching. The highly coveted scholarship will cover all the expenses of one talented student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2018.
“Our full ride scholars are outstanding,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “We’re looking for another amazing young person who already is changing the world – and wants to go to an HBCU where they can pursue their dreams.”Read more
(UPI) — Scientists have discovered a new function of a protein called Runx3. Their research suggests the protein can be manipulated to boost the immune system’s defense against cancer.
The human immune system’s primary foot soldier is the T cell. Scientists at the University of California San Diego found T cells in infected tissues and tumors were surprisingly similar. Experiments showed Runx3 dictates their presence.
Scientists suggest the protein can be used to encourage T cells to meet cancer on the front lines — in the tissue where cancer and tumor growth is most likely to begin.Read more
On December 16, 2017, Central Union Mission is scheduled to distribute gifts to 1,300 English- and Spanish-speaking children at our Operation Christmas Miracle program, but this year we are unusually low on Christmas donations. We need gifts for 540 children!
Giving Christmas gifts to needy children is a Central Union Mission tradition that goes back to at least 1925 with First Lady Grace Coolidge. This is the first year, however, that we’ve needed to ask the public for help facing our shortage of donated Christmas presents.Read more
Governor McAuliffe recently announced nearly $12.5 million in grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) to nine projects. The awards will protect almost 4,000 historically significant acres and fund new interpretive tools at multiple sites. Funding was provided by Dominion Energy as part of an $89.5 million agreement to mitigate the adverse impact to historic resources of the Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Line.
“Virginia is home to a wealth of historical treasures, and these grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation will improve visitor experiences and enhance educational opportunities at some of our country’s most significant sites,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “I am especially pleased that a significant grant from this funding will go towards land preservation that will finally provide the Chickahominy Indian Tribe with permanent access to the river.”Read more
The Kraft Heinz Co. has released its inaugural corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, revealing the global food company’s CSR strategy and goals, and announcing a new commitment to transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs in all global operations by 2025. According to Kraft Heinz, the report is a key element of its “enhanced commitment to CSR performance and a two-way dialogue with stakeholders.”
“At Kraft Heinz, we’re focused on addressing the most critical environmental and societal challenges affecting our industry and global communities, and finding ways to drive meaningful change—today and in the future,” said Bernardo Hees, CEO at Kraft Heinz. “We began our CSR journey back in 2015—grounded in the ideals of our founders, J.L. Kraft and H.J. Heinz—and are proud to share the steps we’ve taken to improve our planet and its people.”Read more
On Thursday, December 7th, the DC Asthma Coalition and the District of Columbia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics co-sponsored a briefing on Healthy Housing for DC Council members. The briefing highlighted policy gaps and made recommendations that would address slow response to housing code violations and difficulties in coordination of responses to health, housing and environmental issues. Health experts also briefed the Council on the need to expand resources to address health hazards in housing.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that his 2019-2020 biennial budget will include $76 million to help combat the opioid epidemic and improve behavioral health treatment.
The proposed funding will improve behavioral health services through community services boards; expand access to drug courts; establish residential treatment programs for non-violent offenders; hire more parole and probation officers; and pay for six additional forensic scientists to test substances. It also expands access to medically-assisted treatment for people with opioid addictions.Read more
As the holidays approach, Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary of State John Wobensmith warn citizens to beware of scam charities and deceptive practices. Charities in Maryland and beyond rely upon the generosity of citizens to provide programs and services to those in need across the state.
While the holidays inspire a spirit of generosity among many Marylanders, it is important to be vigilant about scams that are posing as legitimate charitable organizations.Read more
Medline, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies and clinical solutions, is nearly tripling its footprint in Maryland with the construction of a 1.1 million square-foot distribution center in the Principio Business Park in Perryville. The new distribution center, which will replace the company’s current Havre de Grace facility, will be LEED-certified and is expected to create more than 200 new jobs over the next six years, which, when combined with their current workforce, will provide jobs for more than 300 local residents.Read more
Free bus rides and an interactive train garden are two ways the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) already is spreading holiday cheer.
The specially-decorated, free Holiday Bus will operate on different CityLink and LocalLink bus routes weekdays until Dec. 20. Customers will receive candy canes and greetings from Santa, who will be on the bus with his elves. The inside of the Holiday Bus also is decorated for the holidays, and festive music will be played for passengers.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it is providing an additional $150,000 to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to continue support for managing and improving the computer technology used for Chesapeake Bay restoration.
“Clean water is a top priority for EPA” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio “This continuing collaboration is critical to building and maintaining the information infrastructure that supports the ongoing restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”Read more
(ABC)–Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens has been cleared to resume football activities and plans to play next season, his agent said Tuesday. Fadde Mikhail said in a statement that Cravens suffered from post-concussion syndrome, was cleared Dec. 7 and no longer has symptoms. Cravens left the Redskins in early September as he mulled retirement.Read more
(ABC)–Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden plans to address players saying they are not being prepared to compete as he tries to move past consecutive blowout loss and get ready for the Arizona Cardinals. After a 30-13 loss Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers dropped the Redskins to 5-8, safety D.J. Swearinger repeated a theme from an earlier defeat that practices were too lackadaisical and the team wasn’t prepared and was going to fail.Read more
The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn are investigating allegations of corruption in the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Brazil, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Journal reported that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office were involved in an investigation after obtaining a U.S. grand jury subpoena in the case and cited two people familiar with the investigation but did not use their names.Read more
(CBS)– LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have both signed one-year contracts with Vytautas Prienai — a professional basketball club in Lithuania — a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because the signings had not yet been announced publicly.Read more
(CBS)–Donovan McNabb, a former Washington Redskins quarterback, is accused of sending explicit texts to a former colleague at the NFL Network. This is part of a lawsuit filed against a list of former NFL players, and NFL Enterprises. Jami Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, filed a wrongful termination suit against NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court back in October, as first reported by Bloomberg.Read more
(CBS)–Lost in the shadow of the mighty College Football Playoff, several less prestigious postseason bowl games recently have faced a tough choice.
Costs had gone up. Attendance was going down. What could they do about it? Three of them decided to bail out:
On Saturday, December 9th, come to EdFEST 2017, DC’s only citywide public school fair, and meet representatives from more than 150 DCPS and public charter schools before the common lottery application opens on December 11, 2017. EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family…Read more
Metro has announced the expansion of its monthly SelectPass to all pricing levels, giving customers the ability to select the right Metrorail pass for their needs and save up to 20% per month. With SelectPass, riders pay for 18 days of round-trip travel, selecting a price point based on the fare of their typical rush-hour trip. Once the pass is loaded, customers can take unlimited rush-hour trips valued up to the price point selected.Read more
Washington, DC was one of ten cities honored at the fifth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards ceremony, recognizing the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. The awards ceremony, which took place at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, highlighted 10 urban sustainability projects from around the world that represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts by cities to tackle climate change.Read more
DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson has issued the agency’s second funding notice and request for proposals (RFP) in calendar year 2017 for projects that will produce and preserve affordable housing for District residents. DHCD has partnered with the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) in issuing the new RFP. The application deadline is February 14, 2018.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently highlighted the ongoing success of the Robbery Intervention Task Force and urged residents to take advantage of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Exchange Zone Program. The Mayor launched the Robbery Intervention Task Force in December 2015 as part of the Administration’s Safer, Stronger DC plan. Since the implementation of the task force, robberies have decreased across all police districts.Read more
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December. Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.”Read more
Carolinas HealthCare System is partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) to provide sports medicine and athletic training services to the university’s student-athletes. This agreement represents CHS’s first collegiate athletic training partnership and provides JCSU with a comprehensive sports medicine continuum of care and connection to CHS’ clinical experts and programming. This includes sports medicine physicians, primary care services, Carolinas Rehabilitation and connection to the ever-expanding clinical expertise throughout CHS.Read more
Over 200 registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. have reached a tentative contract agreement, which will ensure the recruitment and retention of the most experienced nurses, National Nurses United (NNU) announced Monday. “We are so proud that Providence nurses stood together to achieve this contract, which will enable Providence Hospital to recruit—and more importantly retain—highly skilled RNs, so that we can improve our staffing and provide excellent care to our community,” said Kelly Fields, RN.Read more
Graduate students from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School are the winners of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s second annual MBA Case Competition, a competition that challenged students to take on an urgent problem facing business today. More than 100 teams from 42 business schools across the country responded to the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s call to examine the public perception of business and recommend ways to reinforce the message that business plays a crucial role in society.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently joined with federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and officials to announce a series of initiatives to combat criminal gang enterprises and repeat violent offenders responsible for terrorizing Baltimore City and participating in violent crime throughout the state.Read more
Light RailLink service will be stopped Dec. 8-11 near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for track repairs, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) announced. The shutdown will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and end at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. It will occur between the BWI Business District and BWI Airport stations while repairs are made to pedestrian grade crossing pads and tracks.Read more
During the first four years of BGE’s Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement (STRIDE) natural gas system modernization plan, more than 150 miles of gas mains and more than 32,000 service pipes connecting customer properties to gas mains have been replaced with modern, durable gas equipment. The progress has been made possible by Maryland’s 2013 STRIDE law, which enabled gas utilities to replace equipment faster by authorizing recovery of some pipeline modernization costs as the work is performed.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — DC Area Tech Solutions, a Black-owned tech firm in the immediate Washington DC area has announced that they are expanding their services to the Baltimore, MD area. In more than 25 years of business, the firm has done impressive consulting work for several major local clients including E-ZPass® Maryland, Washington Teacher’s Union, Xerox, the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), and Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park.Read more
On Thursday, November 30, Mayor Muriel Bowser is joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), to break ground for The Wren at 965 Florida Avenue, NW. The Wren, which is led by DMPED, is a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will produce more than 430 apartment units…Read more
The fall leaf collection program runs from November 6 through January 12. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.Read more
Applications for the FY18 Curatorial Grant Program are still being accepting. This grant provides support to qualified individual curators in the visual arts for exhbition proposals intended for presentation in CAH’s 200 I Street Galleries, Lobby Gallery, which is a District-owned exhibition space located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC, 20003.Read more
It’s that time of year again when we all go crazy ordering from Amazon and several other “shop until you go broke” websites! Here are just a few tips that I have shared with my family and friends to help prevent package thefts from your front doors:Read more
To coincide with National Giving Day, the NAACP is joining with Dallas –based non-profit Impact Shares as they file for their initial exchange traded funds (ETFs), that will creatively allow investors to invest in social justice. Impact Shares will file for two ETF’s designed in conjunction with and to benefit the NAACP and the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.Read more
The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the annual workplace giving opportunity for Federal employees in Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas, is celebrating #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 and International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5 and encouraging the Federal community to take action on these days.Read more
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) and the National Park Service (NPS) will remember and honor all those who died in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago during a special event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will offer DPR Winter Wondercamp Tuesday, December 26, 2017 through Friday, December 29, 2017, during DC Public Schools’ winter holiday break. Registration is now open and will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, December 22, 2017. DPR will operate only one session for the 2017 Winter Wondercamp.Read more
On December 4, 2017 in Washington DC, SANKOFA.ORG in partnership with The Kairos Center, Repairers of The Breach, Ben & Jerry’s and The Campaign For Black Male Achievement will take over the Howard Theatre for a movement concert for the new Poor People’s Campaign A National Call for A Moral Revival with performances by Maxwell, Aloe Blacc, Sweet Honey in the Rock, J. Period and Yara Allen.Read more
The Maryland and D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington announced today a first-of-its-kind green infrastructure project aimed at capturing stormwater runoff at the historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in northeast Washington.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia students have been awarded a total of $140,000 in cyber security scholarships as a result of their participation in the SANS Institute CyberStart online cyber security skills aptitude pilot program.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported recently that the District’s preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 4,200 jobs, for a total of 797,500 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 4,700 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 500 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.Read more
On Monday, Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council office distributed Safeway gift cards to Ward 4 families in-need. Everyone deserves a good meal together on Thanksgiving, and the Councilmember was delighted to help make that possible for these Ward 4 families. Councilmember Todd thanks Safeway for their generous donation, as well as Paul Ruppert, owner of Slim’s Diner, for hosting the event.Read more
The “Identity Protection Amendment Act of 2017” enables a parent or guardian of a child to place a credit freeze on their behalf, shielding children from unknowingly becoming victims of identity theft before they have an opportunity to take control of their own credit, identity, and future. This provision would bring DC in line with numerous other states, including Virginia and Maryland, that have special rules to protect society’s most vulnerable.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Laura Zeilinger announced Home for the Holidays, a citywide campaign to place 400 of the District’s most vulnerable households into permanent housing during the holiday season. The Mayor made the announcement at a lease-agreement signing between landlord and tenant, standing alongside a District resident as she signed the lease for her family’s new home.Read more
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed its first two loan agreements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, totaling more than $26.5 million that will help produce and preserve 197 affordable rental housing units in Ward 7. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).Read more
On Tuesday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will be joined by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Events DC to celebrate the opening of Shaw’s newest neighborhood retailers connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The newest tenants, Morris American Bar and Unconventional Diner, will join Union Kitchen Grocery and Urban Athletic Club. The latest tenants will help continue to transform of the Shaw neighborhood, expand the District’s workforce, and provide an enhanced experience for community members and visitors.Read more