Mayor Muriel Bowser recently kicked off the Summer Crime Initiative (SCI) – a coordinated effort to reduce violent crime through strategic prevention and focused enforcement in specific areas across the District. Every year for nearly ten years, the Metropolitan Police Department has identified five to six focus areas that have experienced a high density of violence and utilized all available resources, including collaborative outreach, to prevent violent crime in those areas during the summer months.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to modernize the nation’s diesel fleet by retrofitting or replacing vehicles with cleaner, more efficient diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds.
“These grants will incentivize improvements to aging diesel fleets and improve air quality throughout the country,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will continue to target funds to areas facing significant air quality issues.”Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $1,981,500 in funding to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Va., to research strategies to detect and control lead exposure in drinking water.
“Lead exposure is one of the greatest environmental threats we face as a country, and it’s especially dangerous for our children,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This research will move us one step closer to advancing our work to eradicate lead in drinking water.”Read more
Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday that Virginia’s signature Medicaid initiative for addressing opioid addiction and other substance use disorders has generated significant results in its first year, increasing access to treatment and reducing the burden on hospital emergency departments.
The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) launched the ARTS program in April 2017. The program expands access to residential treatment for all Medicaid members, creates new care models combining medication with counseling and other supports, and offers training and financial incentives to increase provider participation.Read more
It was the best feel-good moment of the week when more than 2,000 Washingtonians showed their support for the health of all moms and babies by participating in March for Babies presented by Pepco Holdings to benefit March of Dimes.
Washington Nationals Stadium was packed with strollers, families, and business teams who raised more than $ 550,000 to help give every baby the best possible start.Read more
The Department of Energy and Environment’s (DOEE) 12th Annual Family and Youth Casting Call will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018. This year’s event will be held outside of DOEE’s Aquatic Resources Education Center in Anacostia Park.
The Family & Youth Casting Call is a FREE family event where area youth are invited to learn basic fishing skills and practice catch-and-release fishing. DOEE will provide all fishing rods and bait, and participants will have the opportunity to learn how to cast, create fish art, and learn about the watersheds where the real DC lunkers lurk…Read more
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation have joined together to create Bryce Harper Field at the Takoma Community Center in Northwest D.C. An official dedication ceremony will take place in early May.
“I am excited and honored to participate in the dedication of Bryce Harper Field at the Takoma Community Center,” Harper said. “Youth baseball was a very important part of my childhood. The game of baseball has taught me life lessons and shaped the man I am today. To give back to the D.C. community and have local kids play baseball on a field dedicated in my name is truly an honor.”Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off #EarthWeekDC with a ribbon cutting at HD Woodson High School in Ward 7 to celebrate the launch of one of the largest municipal on-site solar projects in the country. HD Woodson is one of roughly 50 District government facilities with a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. With a combined 670 kilowatt (kW) solar roof and parking lot installation, the solar PV system at HD Woodson is the most powerful solar power generating system in the District.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced a new $2 million fund to help non-profit developers secure capital for predevelopment soft costs – a common obstacle when financing affordable housing projects. Through the fund, which is named after the late Oramenta Newsome, developers will be able to receive loans of up to $100,000 per project. The Mayor announced the fund at a memorial service for Newsome at THEARC.Read more
Celebrate Earth Day at the Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride with Councilmember Todd, Rachel Maisler (Ward 4 Representative to the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council), and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The approximately 8-mile loop will begin and end at the Upshur St & 9th St, NW bikeshare station, and will feature bicycle infrastructure and sites of significance in Ward 4Celebrate Earth Day at the Annual Ward 4 Bike Ride with Councilmember Todd, Rachel Maisler (Ward 4 Representative to the D.C. Bicycle Advisory Council), and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA). The approximately 8-mile loop will begin and end at the Upshur St & 9th St, NW bikeshare station, and will feature bicycle infrastructure and sites of significance in Ward 4.Read more
Start of your Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, with the Tenley Tiger Run! The Tenley Tiger Run is a fundraiser benefiting the award-winning track and field teams at Wilson High School, sponsoring athlete travel to competitions, training clinics, and equipment. We will be sending athletes to Penn Relays! It’s a great way to celebrate Earth Day and to mark progress on your new year’s running resolution. There is a 5K, a one-mile race, and a cub run for kids. Something for the whole family — or get a team together. Register online: www.TenleyTigerRun.com.Read more
Come support our beloved Whittier Education Campus at their Annual Spring Festival! Attractions include: food, live music, petting zoo, zumba class, bounce house, facepainting, and a raffle with great prizes. All profits from this event will supplement the cost of Whittier’s Before and Aftercare program.Read more
On Tuesday April 17, HBCU Collective’s 2nd Annual Day of Action press conference was filled with excitement from students, alumni, and supporters from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) all over the country. HBCU advocates took Capitol Hill steps to call on Members of Congress in effort to make HBCUs a priority for fiscal educational opportunities and for the preservation of HBCUs.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced registration is open for the 35th Annual DC Senior Games (DCSG) presented by Aetna. Aetna is sponsoring the first 300 senior athletes to register by waiving the entry fee and providing participants with a commemorative 2018 DCSG tee shirt.Read more
Governor Ralph Northam recently announced that Appian (Nasdaq: APPN), a leading low-code and business process management platform provider, will invest $28.4 million to expand its headquarters operation in Fairfax County. The company will move into Valo Park, the prominent 785,000-square-foot multi-tenant campus owned by Tamares Group at 7950 Jones Branch Drive in McLean. The project will retain 600 existing jobs and create 600 new jobs over the next five years.Read more
In observance of April is Financial Literacy Month, District residents can participate in free educational programs, resources and services that promote inclusive prosperity, economic growth and personal financial well-being.
“Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck and worry about not having enough funds to cover daily expenses let alone planning for retirement,” said Commissioner Stephen C. Taylor.Read more
Councilmember Todd hosted 200 Ward 4 small business owners, DC government agency personnel, as well as private and community partners for the Inaugural Ward 4 Small Business Summit. The event brought together under one roof all the resources and information that Ward 4 small businesses need, including a DC Government customer service center to provide regulatory and permitting guidance, workshops and panels, a Q & A with Councilmember Todd, and information on Ward 4 economic development plans.Read more
The Bowser Administration recently hosted the 2018 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Career Fair at Arena Stage. The event was designed to connect youth who have been accepted into MBSYEP with employers across the District. Participating youth had an opportunity to explore a variety of career choices, network with employers and gain information on financial planning. Representatives from private sector companies, community-based organizations and District and federal government agencies were on-hand to support youth and provide career guidance.Read more
Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced three bills before the DC Council: one that would establish a Braille education system in DC public and public charter schools, and two others that would strengthen cybersecurity for District Government agencies and small businesses, respectively.
The “Blind Students Literacy and Education Rights Act of 2018” ensures that students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) include provisions for Braille education and consider both current and future literacy.Read more
The Kroger Co.’s family of stores is hiring to fill an estimated 11,000 positions in its supermarket divisions, including nearly 2,000 management positions.
Kroger’s banners created 10,000 new jobs in 2017 and 12,000 in 2016. These figures do not include jobs created as a result of capital investment, such as temporary construction jobs, nor do they include increases due to the company’s mergers. Kroger and its subsidiaries today employ nearly half a million associates.Read more
Tax season tends to bring out a sense of dread. Whether you’re a business owner gathering a year’s worth of receipts in a file box for your accountant or a family scratching out formulas at the kitchen table, the paperwork and the ever-nagging fear that you’ve forgotten something makes mid-April our least favorite time of year.
It was with taxpayers and small businesses in mind that President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. The final law cuts the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% for 2018 and lowers the income tax at nearly all levels. Tax cuts for working families allow you to keep more of your hard-earned money and provide the means for everyone to achieve the American dream.Read more
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announces its 2018 season lineup for Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods. The 2018 season begins with Wolf Trap first-timers Michael & The Rockness Monsters, featuring Blue Man Group veteran Michael Napolitano. Nine acts make their Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods debuts this summer, including Bollywood dance company Rhythmaya Dance, renowned Spanish singer-songwriter Sonia De Los Santos, and Danny Weinkauf and his Red Pants Band, which features long-time They Might Be Giants bassist Danny Weinkauf. Returning favorites include David Engel with Harry Potter and Willy Wonka-themed performances, and high flying hip-hoppers FLY Dance Company.Read more
Following last year’s successful enrollment period, Maryland Health Connection, the state’s official health insurance marketplace, is hosting regional forums to share ideas to strengthen its marketplace for 2019 enrollments and review upcoming state and federal actions. Maryland Health Benefit Exchange leadership will kick off a month-long tour on May 11, visiting communities across the state to engage with state and local leaders.
“Our state’s success in reaching and enrolling Marylanders has been recognized nationally,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. “Now we want to be sure our partners in communities across the state are aware of where things stand today and what the future holds.Read more
DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has partnered with LimeBike for an exciting and unique series of FITDC bike rides through a few parks East of the River in Washington, D.C. with #BiketheDistrict: Petals & Pedals.
The next ride is Saturday, April 14th at Anacostia Recreation Center and will take riders through Anacostia Park. The final ride in the series takes place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at Malcolm X Opportunity Center.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its tenth-annual “Top Cities” list, which ranks the 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings in the preceding calendar year. Los Angeles earned first place with more than 700 ENERGY STAR certified buildings. The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area was in second place with 661.
“Earning a spot in the ENERGY STAR Top Cities ranking demonstrates a city’s commitment to cutting building-related energy costs and reducing waste,” said Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at EPA. “With help from ENERGY STAR, city leaders and building owners are working together to strengthen their economies, foster competition, and create a healthier environment.”Read more
Pepco will inspect 16,700 wooden utility poles across the region throughout the year as part of the company’s commitment to deliver safe and reliable energy for customers. The company’s Wood Pole Inspection Program is part of the preventive maintenance work it undertakes annually to proactively review its system and address potential problems before they occur.
“Pepco is committed to ensuring that we are delivering the highest level of service to our valued customers,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “These proactive programs provide us important information to help prevent outages before they occur. Our execution of these programs are key factors in enhancing system reliability, safety, and operational efficiency.”Read more
Spring is finally here. It has been a long wait, but warmer temperatures bring events like weddings, graduations and holiday celebrations. These events bring together groups of people to enjoy considerable amounts of delicious and often traditional foods. But if proper food safety steps aren’t taken, your celebration could turn into a disaster.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in the U.S., foodborne illness causes 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths each year. This spring, USDA is offering tips on how to properly handle, cook and store food when serving large groups of people. These tips will keep you and your guests safe from foodborne illness.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently highlighted the childcare investments in her recently released Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) budget during a visit to the Bright Beginnings child development center. The Mayor was at Bright Beginnings to kick off the Month of the Young Child by reading to classrooms of young children, ages six weeks to four years.Read more
The nation remembered the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, cut down in the prime of life at just 39 years of age on April 4, 1968.
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land penned a heartfelt commentary today for The Christian Post, where he serves as executive editor, stating that he prays Dr. King’s dream will live on.Read more
Spring’s flowers are welcomed by many, but feared by those suffering through allergy season and all of the sneezing, congestion and red eyes that come with it. While it’s hard to predict exactly how severe each season will be, the National Wildlife Federation estimates that allergy season now lasts 27 days longer*, as a result of rising global temperatures.Read more
Georgetown University and the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees signed a landmark private agreement that will allow graduate student assistants a chance to vote on whether they want to join a union. The agreement—among the first of its kind—provides for a union election outside the scope of the National Labor Relations Board.Read more
The Baltimore-DC Building Trades (formerly CHOICE) was awarded “The Legacy Commitment to Diversity Award” by the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC WMAC) last Friday for their work recruiting residents from historically neglected communities into state-of-the-art union apprenticeship programs.Read more
ProjectBlackFlag Sports (PBF), a social sports league in the District of Columbia, is gearing up for its third season of flag football. The organization was created by five DMV millennials hoping to provide a positive and unique environment for urban professionals to participate in social-athletic and service-oriented events.Read more
Giant Food of Landover, Md. is helping customers eat healthier and save time grocery shopping with a first-of-its kind nutrition navigation program, Guiding Stars. With symbols that are visible at a glance, Guiding Stars aims to take the guesswork out of nutrition by decoding labels into one clear rating. Available at all 166 Giant Food locations, tens of thousands of items will feature the star ranking system that showcases “good”, “better” and “best” choices.Read more
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland recently announced a unique training event for school and campus personnel, law enforcement and other first responders. The Briefings: Resiliency and Recovery After a School Crisis, will be held on April 11 at the Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus. “The Briefings” provides a cross-disciplinary opportunity to learn from colleagues who have experienced or averted a traumatic school or campus tragedy and hear their stories and lessons learned.Read more
Washington D.C. philanthropists, lung cancer survivors, scientists and friends will gather and boogie to the hits of disco at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Friday, April 20, for LUNGevity Foundation’s 7th Annual Musical Celebration of Hope Gala, Follow the Call of the Disco Ball.Read more
Pepco is providing 1,175 free trees to residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, an initiative that helps customers conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting. For the eighth year, Pepco is taking part in this important environmental program. Customers can reserve one free tree per household by visiting www.arborday.org/pepco. Customers should have their Pepco account number available when ordering the free tree.Read more
While Mother Nature might not want to make it feel like spring, it’s actually here. And with summer almost in reach, Pepco is providing important tips and information so customers can spring into savings. By following a few simple tips, customers can save big money and energy during the hot summer months. This spring, customers should take advantage of the mild weather to inspect their home or business and make enhancements that can lead to significant energy efficiency improvements and greater savings.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently kicked off Roots to Roofs Week at a revitalization groundbreaking for 220 affordable housing units at the Parkway Overlook Apartments in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Congress Heights. The complex, which has been vacant since 2007, will have mostly family-sized units and provide workforce development training to residents and energy savings through the installation of solar panels through the Solar for All program.Read more
During Roots to Roofs Week, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Brian Kenner revealed more than 10 projects soon to be available to Washington, DC’s development and construction community. The announcement came at DMPED’s March Madness, an annual effort to create more quality affordable housing, support small and local businesses, and expand job opportunities for DC residents.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Every year, thousands of scholarship programs around the world help students obtain much-needed financial aid. Many of these programs, however, are specifically for women. And some of them are just for Black and other minority women.
Here are the top scholarships that every Black woman should know about:Read more
Spring brings new and exciting things from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) with the launch of its new fitness website MyFITDC.com, as District enters the final stretch to recapture the title as the “Fittest City in America.”
The web site features an image-driven, easy to navigate listing of DPR’s free fitness events at different locations with varying themes and partners; led by an array of sought-after instructors.Read more
Maryland’s top high school culinary and foodservice management students competed in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) on March 1st at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore. Teams competed for scholarship money and the opportunity to represent the State of Maryland at the national competition in Providence, RI.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a new phase in Project C.O.R.E, Maryland’s ongoing initiative to revitalize Baltimore City by demolishing vacant and derelict buildings in Baltimore and replace them with green space or redevelopment. Project C.O.R.E., or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise, is a multi-year city-state partnership established in 2016.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently presented “A Fair Shot,” the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) Budget and Financial Plan, to the Council of the District of Columbia as part of the District’s annual budget process. The $14.5 billion budget proposal includes investments in infrastructure, education, affordable housing, health and human services, economic opportunity, seniors, and public safety.
“This budget is about giving more Washingtonians a fair shot,” said Mayor Bowser. “From investing in tax credits that make child care more affordable to expanding programs that allow seniors to age in place, the Fair Shot budget will do more to make Washington, DC a place where people of all backgrounds and in all stages of life are able to live and thrive.”Read more
At this week’s DC Council legislative meeting, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced three bills on a variety of topics.
The “Warnings Before Citations Amendment Act of 2018” would require the District Department of Public Works (DPW) to give a warning to residents before issuing a $75 citation related to residential trash cans being improperly stored in alleys. Councilmember Todd introduced this legislation after writing a letter to DPW Director Christopher Shorter on the subject. The push comes in response to significant concern among Ward 4 residents about the apparent sudden increase in citations.Read more
The NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has joined a coalition of other social justice organizations to push for more affordable housing policies across the country through the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign.
Recent NLIHC research shows the U.S. has a shortage of 7.2 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income (ELI) renters, and 11 million ELI renter households are severely housing cost-burdened, spending more than half of their incomes on housing. There are only 35 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 ELI households nationwide, and no state has an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. Just one out of four eligible low income households receives federal housing assistance.Read more
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide transitioning veterans opportunities for training to mentor youth and serve their communities. This collaboration will provide personal and professional transition assistance to veterans in Houston, Washington, D.C., San Diego, and Seattle, where TMF will conduct Veteran Transition Workshops, as well as trainings to become Character Does Matter presenters. This partnership will enable TMF to expand their services to a larger audience of veterans, who will be provided with a redefined role in their community and the platform to engage our youth in the essential discussion of character and servant leadership. This process benefits our veterans, our youth, and our nation, one community at a time.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — MobilizeGreen, a national non-profit on a mission to jumpstart green careers for diverse young people who want to change the world, will host its 2018 Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair at American University (AU) and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). March 22-23, at AU Constitution Hall, East Campus Commons, 3319-3395 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, DC.
In response to the gap that continues to exist between leadership in the environmental sector and people of color, the theme of this year’s event is, “Achieving Environmental Equity: Can it be Done Now?” and the title of the luncheon keynote is “Dissecting The Intersection of Race, Environmental Equity, and Pop Culture.”Read more
One hundred teens from across the nation participated in Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine — a four-day, immersive and transformational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which concluded this weekend.
The 100 students were selected from thousands of applicants nationwide for this once-in-a-lifetime mentoring program that is designed to assist them in identifying and pursuing their dreams. The students, along with a parent or guardian, received an all-expense-paid trip to Disney to participate in the program, which features a series of career-oriented workshops and leadership seminars.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently joined disability services leaders and advocates in recognizing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month under the theme of See Me for Me. The Mayor also participated in a ceremonial signing of Disability Services Reform Amendment Act of 2018, which was passed unanimously by the Council of the District of Columbia last month. The Act brings Washington, DC, in line with national best practices on community residential-based services for people with disabilities. The Mayor formally approved the legislation last week.Read more
Museum of the Bible will present “The Lindisfarne Gospels: Godspel Goes West,” at Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. on March 24, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
As part of the one-time event, leading expert Professor Michelle P. Brown will explore how this beautifully illuminated manuscript preserves the earliest surviving English translation of the Gospels. Made on Holy Island off the Northeast coast of Britain 1,300 years ago, The Lindisfarne Gospels also preserve the best early version of St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate edition.Read more
BGE unveiled one of its two state-of-the-art electric buses that will shuttle employees between its downtown Baltimore headquarters and its Spring Gardens campus in south Baltimore. BGE is the first company in Baltimore City to have an electric bus vehicle fleet and the first utility in the nation to incorporate electric shuttle buses into its fleet of vehicles. The second bus will arrive next month.
The shuttles will transport employees to and from the company’s new customer care center at BGE’s downtown headquarters opening next month. Employees will have access to parking at the company’s Spring Gardens campus, including newly installed electric vehicle charging stations that are located at each of BGE’s work locations throughout central Maryland.Read more
Governor Ralph Northam announced recently that nearly $420,000 will be awarded to 28 localities across the Commonwealth as part of a competitive process under the Supplemental Local Emergency Management Performance Grant (SLEMPG) program. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will administer the funds, which Virginia receives annually from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Localities received the news today at the Virginia Emergency Management Symposium, a forum to train emergency responders, planners, managers and volunteers and to share best practices, lessons learned and initiatives among Virginia’s emergency management community. The symposium is being held this week in Hot Springs, Virginia.Read more
Live Nation is launching a nationwide job search across nearly 40 cities this spring for music lovers who have a heart for service and hospitability. Live Nation Amphitheaters hire 28,000 employees each summer and is inviting music lovers to experience working during the exciting summer amphitheater season to help create once in-a-lifetime experiences for millions of fans! Seasonal amphitheater staff enjoy their roles so much that many return year after year, and Live Nation expects to fill nearly 18,000 positions with returning employees, leaving an additional 10,000 roles open for hire this season.Read more
The Kennedy Street, NW Economic Development & Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee (KSED) that Councilmember Todd legislatively created will have their first meeting public meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Roots Public Charter School (15 Kennedy Street, NW). Councilmember Todd invites all members of the public who are interested to attend.Read more
Energy assistance is still available in Washington, D.C. and Maryland to help Pepco customers pay for winter energy bills. Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Pepco customers can receive up to $1,500 in grant support toward their energy bill that they do not have to pay back. Customers must apply during LIHEAP’s open period to ensure they can secure their grant while money is still available.
Customers in Washington, D.C. and Maryland can submit LIHEAP applications now to secure their grants. Customers can apply for LIHEAP through Sept. 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and June 30, 2018 in Maryland. Washington, D.C. customers can get more information on where to apply for benefits here: https://doee.dc.gov/liheap. Maryland customers should visit: http://www.liheap.us/maryland-heap/.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services has released its first DOES Customer Service Report. The report highlights the areas of improved service across the agency including improvements in performance, accountability, accessibility, outreach, technology and employee engagement. As the Bowser Administration is committed to providing District residents with quality customer service, DOES has implemented initiatives that provide a continuous standard of service including the development of the DOES Customer Service Bill of Rights, increasing internal customer service training and adding additional access to language and assistive services at DOES.Read more
Daniela Gonzalez is a mother of two who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from middle and high school in Jackson and is now enrolled in paralegal training classes and pursuing her college degree. Daniela is deeply engaged with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) fighting for workplace safety and other rights for undocumented immigrants, and her dream is to be an immigration lawyer to continue helping others. But first she needs others to fight for her.Read more
Washington, D.C.-area Allstate agency owners recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Homestretch Inc., and YWCA of the National Capital Area. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), which represents the organizations’ local efforts, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to the local domestic violence nonprofits.Read more
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
Middle school basketball player Olivia Stoy received blood and platelet transfusions during treatment for T lymphoblastic lymphoma. With the help of blood and platelet donations, the 14- year-old has returned to the basketball court and, more importantly, beat cancer.Read more
Washington, D.C. Members of the national disability rights group ADAPT are outside the home of FDA Director Scott Gottlieb demanding that he release the regulations that would immediately end the use of an electric shock device to control disabled children and adults at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts. “The FDA wrote the regulations to stop this in 2016, but has delayed them,” said Rhoda Gibson, an organizer with the Massachusetts ADAPT chapter. “Disabled Americans are tortured in my state every day with Gottlieb’s blessing.” ADAPT and other disability led organizations have been calling for an end to JRC’s use of this device for years now. The group went and protested the facility in 2016 and then went to the FDA last spring.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — “No good deed goes unpunished.” This age-old adage can mislead the kindhearted into believing good deeds backfire. The reality is good deeds often go unnoticed. ACCOLADE Celebrations, LLC was founded in 2014 in hopes of celebrating those who take it upon themselves to help another, purely out of kindness.
The Acts of Kindness Awards Gala honors members of the community for selfless acts that have brightened a stranger’s day, made a difference in someone else’s life, or brought hope and promise to dismal circumstances. Honorees are acknowledged in a beautiful, ballroom setting.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Ana Lopez Van Balen as the first Affordable Housing Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia. The Mayor’s Housing Preservation Strike Force recommended the creation of this position, located within the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to lead efforts to preserve the District’s existing affordable housing stock.
“When I established the Strike Force in 2015, its mandate was clear—develop an action plan that ensures the District does not lose any of its already existing affordable housing,” said Mayor Bowser. “Ana has a strong background in economic, housing, and community development, strategic planning, and engagement, and we know she will serve the residents of DC well.”Read more
The Children’s Guild District of Columbia Public Charter School, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, named Bryan C. Daniels principal. Previously, Daniels was the school’s assistant principal.
For the past 15 years, Daniels has held multiple positions with The Children’s Guild, including resource instructor, special education teacher, instructional coordinator, instructional coach and assistant principal for The Children’s Guild’s nonpublic school, serving students who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed as well as students on the autism spectrum. Prior to joining The Children’s Guild, Daniels was a kindergarten teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools.Read more
For the fourth consecutive year, the District of Columbia was named the best city in the country for women in tech, according to SmartAsset, a digital publication that analyzes data on factors such as gender pay gap, income after housing costs, women’s representation in the workforce and percent growth in employment. The news comes on the heels of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner’s recent trip to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as an ideal location for tech companies and promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently announced that Washington, DC has been named a “Gold” Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, making the District the largest city on the East Coast to receive the designation.
“As we continue to improve and expand our bike infrastructure and make cycling a dynamic component of our city’s transportation network, this award is a testament to how far the District has come,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through smart investments that are helping us meet the needs of more residents and commuters, we continue to build a safer, stronger DC.”Read more
Governor Ralph Northam recently announced more than $840,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 56 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The MLP grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds. This funding cycle, local partners will commit more than $3.1 million to match the VTC grants, providing more than $3.9 million in new marketing funds to increase visitation to Virginia. The grants will ultimately impact at least 232 other statewide tourism entities.Read more
Nicholas Leathers, a 24-year-old records examiner analyst, recently sat in the children’s section of a Washington public library reading to his 2-year-old cousin, Riley. On its face, nothing particularly significant. After all, for many kids, the library is a place to go find their favorite book.
Leathers’ and Riley’s reading session, however, is the result of a unique collaboration that stretches from Riley’s home to the U.S. Postal Service to the city’s library system to D.C. city government all the way back to, of all things, country singer Dolly Parton.Read more
“To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia,” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery March 24-July 29. Traditional 19-century ikat coats and panels from the Sackler’s collections, a gift of Guido Goldman, encourage visitors to explore the techniques and traditions that produced the Central Asian textiles. Alongside these historical objects are a number of Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014) garments on loan from the Collection of Annette de la Renta and the Oscar de la Renta Collection.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) founded by Ms. Cora Masters Barry, will again bring iconic figures to life through performances by the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) tennis youth scholars for the 12th Annual Blacks in Wax. The ARC Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts will host headlining performances of the Blacks in Wax in March.
Blacks in Wax is a creative production of vignettes that educate and entertain all ages through dance, music, and drama. Each year young performers breathe new life into American heroes from the worlds of sports, entertainment, activism, politics and literature.Read more
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full cast and creative team for the world-premiere musical Snow Child, based on Eowyn Ivey’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel. Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, Snow Child follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. Concluding her 20th anniversary season at Arena Stage, Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this world-premiere musical, featuring a book by John Strand, music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt and lyrics by Stitt.Read more
On March 24th, the Maryland Historical Society will host its annual fundraiser, a very special Maryland Day event celebrating the culture and cuisine of the state. Guests can expect their taste buds to experience a wide range of culinary delights and flavors that have been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay including oysters, crab, coddies, and mock turtle soup. There will be an assortment of dishes featuring venison, ham, and pit beef as well as local produce from the fields and orchards. Guests can also explore sweets that evoke the tastes of immigrants coming to Maryland through the 19th century including German-based smearcase cheesecake, Jewish apple cake, and a dessert developed to aid a Hungarian revolutionary, the Kossuth Cake.Read more
The 2018 Organizing Committee of the Maryland Hispanic Gala (MHG) proudly announces that after five years of serving students in financial need, the event’s growth, popularity and positive impact in communities throughout the State of Maryland dictated that the Montgomery Hispanic Gala becomes Maryland Hispanic Gala.
The Annual Maryland Hispanic Gala will take place at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7pm-11pm.Read more
Alan Patrick Sondej led a life of compassion and generosity. From his undergraduate days at Notre Dame University through adulthood, Sondej committed himself to helping others affected by poverty and hunger. He raised money for relief efforts and traveled the world to teach sustainable agriculture techniques.
Alan Sondej also gave his time and energy to helping his local community.Read more
(ABC)–Sean “Diddy” Combs and Stephen Curry have joined a bid with billionaire Michael Rubin to buy the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN.
Rubin owns the e-commerce firm Fanatics which specializes in selling sports apparel and jerseys. ESPN says Rubin sent his letter of intent on Monday and is bidding against hedge fund billionaire David Tepper and financial group founder Ben Navarro.Read more
(ABC)–Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is not entirely sure when All-Star point guard John Wall will return to full-fledged practicing after missing 1½ months so far because of surgery on his left knee.
Brooks also doesn’t know how much Wall will get a chance to play before the regular season ends on April 11. But Brooks insisted Tuesday that none of that really matters, so long as Wall eventually does make it back into Washington’s lineup.Read more
(CBS)–Kirk Cousins’ time with the Washington Redskins is all but over after they chose not to use the franchise tag on the quarterback as expected.
The Redskins have agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, effectively pushing Cousins into free agency following a tumultuous six years with the club the drafted him.Read more
(CBS)–Alex Ovechkin was the NHL’s first $100 million athlete, and he’s been worth every penny.
A decade ago, when the Washington Capitals signed Ovechkin to a 13-year deal with worth $124 million, naysayers suggested the Capitals would regret that deal in the future.
We are now down that road, and no one in Washington is second-guessing any part of this contract.Read more
This past Saturday, Councilmember Todd kicked off a new initiative: “Councilmember in Your Living Room,” which creates a venue for an intimate conversation between residents, their neighbors, and their elected representative. It allows neighbors the opportunity to get together and discuss the topics, trends, and concerns facing your neighborhood, Ward 4, and the District as a whole.Read more
The Bowser Administration released a web-based survey seeking the public’s input about where to locate Opportunity Zones, a designation that provides tax incentives to encourage investment in low-income areas.
“As we continue building a safer, stronger DC, the Opportunity Zones program is a new tool we can use to strengthen neighborhoods throughout our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “We want our decision to be informed by residents and stakeholders so that we can use this tool as effectively as possible and catalyze the types of investments that will create more pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians.”Read more
The Bowser Administration announced that construction of Skyland Town Center is underway following the closing of the first phase of commercial financing, thereby paving the way for the issuance of the Tax Increment Financing bonds that will support the long-delayed project. The first phase includes construction of 263 units of workforce housing and 80,000 square-feet of retail and is expected to be completed in approximately two years.Read more
On Saturday, March 3, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Bowser, Chairman Phil Mendelson and the DC Council, and other dignitaries will dedicate and unveil the historic statue of the late four-term Mayor of the District of Columbia, The Honorable Marion S. Barry, Jr., outside of the John A. Wilson Building. The eight-foot tall bronze statue was designed by artist Steven Weitzman, who was commissioned for the project by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.Read more
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will resume residential mechanical street sweeping on Thursday, March 1. To ensure streets are swept thoroughly, motorists are asked to obey the signs posted with the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced. The fine for violating this restriction is $45. Signs posted along street sweeping routes indicate that the program runs from March 1 through October 31. To learn more about the program, visit: dpw.dc.gov/page/street-and-alley-cleaning.Read more
/PRNewswire/ — ColorComm, Inc., the nation’s leading women’s platform addressing diversity and inclusion from across the communications, marketing, media, and advertising industries, will hold its first ever ColorComm Service Day on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in seven network chapters across the nation.
ColorComm Service Day will take place in each ColorComm chapter city with the purpose to spend Saturday giving back to local communities and provide resources to those who are in need. The cities that will come together to participate are as follows: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dallas.Read more
For the ninth consecutive year, The Home Depot is continuing to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and today announced that voting has begun for the 2018 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. Since 2010, the program has awarded more than 1.8 million dollars in grant money to our nation’s HBCUs to make sustainable improvements.Read more
(Black PR Wire) In light of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, the social justice advocacy organization Love Beyond Walls in partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights will launch the second March Against Poverty. Love Beyond Walls founder and Executive Director Terence Lester will travel on foot from Dr. King’s birth city in Atlanta, GA to the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. The 386 mile journey beginning Saturday, March 3rd to Wednesday, April 4th will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy and bring awareness to fight against systemic poverty, social injustice and the homeless epidemic still present in America today.Read more
Meagan Charles is a nursing student at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also one of the rising number of Americans diagnosed as children with diabetes. “I was 13 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” Charles, now 22, said. “It was one of those things I didn’t understand at such a young age, I just knew that my father had it.”
Diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, heart disease and amputations of legs and toes and even death, is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.
Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie announce the 2018/19 season lineup for the company’s 69th season. The season reflects Arena Stage’s commitment to championing diverse voices and producing work that is politically and socially relevant. “This season is an intoxicating mix of power, politics and pleasure,” shares Smith. “The time period ranges from the 1790s to the present day, covering the span of the American experience. In sum, yes, it is a dynamic series about HISTORY.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) engineer Taiwo Alo was named the Errol B. Davis Legacy Award winner at the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award and am inspired to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected,” said Alo. “What makes my experience at BGE so rewarding has been the number of great mentors who have helped me develop as a professional with an emphasis on effective leadership.”Read more
In honor of Harriet Tubman, the greatest freedom fighter that ever was, GirlTrek, the largest national public health nonprofit and movement for Black women and girls, will follow in her footsteps – literally. The entire national team will start-off from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where Harriet Tubman made her first escape, and walk the path she took to freedom.Read more
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Interagency Task Force (IATF) on Veterans Small Business Development and the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) holds public meetings March 7 and 8, respectively, at SBA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The March 7 IATF meeting is from 1 to 4 p.m. The March 8 ACVBA meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in SBA’s Eisenhower Conference Room at 409 Third Street, SW, Washington, D.C., 20416.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a series of new initiatives, including new funding, an executive order, and emergency legislation. He also voiced his support for existing legislative proposals to enhance safety in Maryland schools; increase coordination among schools, state agencies, and law enforcement; and keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and individuals with violent criminal records.Read more
Arlington, Va. – Dominion National, a leading dental insurer and administrator
of dental and vision benefits, is donating thousands of children’s dental care
kits to clinics and health departments throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This
is the sixth consecutive year that Dominion has donated the kits to promote
oral health awareness in honor of February’s National Children’s Dental Health
This past weekend, Councilmember Todd was at the Sociable City Summit in New Orleans to represent the District and discuss his “Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017.” Councilmember Todd participated in a panel discussion entitled “Champions of Nightlife: Does Your City Have One?” He was delighted to share his thoughts and experience in crafting his legislation that will create a centralized liaison for managing and fostering the growth of the District’s thriving nightlife economy, which includes not only bars and restaurants, but also the arts, fashion, music, and culture.Read more
As the District prepares to unveil the Marion Barry Jr. Commemorative Bronze Statue in the Wilson Building, the Marion Barry Jr. Legacy Foundation invites you to the first Marion Barry, Jr. Symposium and Youth Oratorical Contest. The inaugural symposium is designed to highlight the work and contributions of Marion Barry, Jr., DC’s Mayor for life. The oratorical contest, open to youth 14 – 18 years old, is designed to provides a public forum for young people to express their personal views about the impact of the Barry Legacy through original essays and oral presentations.Read more
Please join DC Water and Councilmember Todd and DC Water for a Ward 4 Town Hall on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Location to be determined. The primary purpose for the Town Halls is to share with residents important information on the proposed rate increase for the upcoming fiscal year. Resident feedback from the meetings is shared with our Board of Directors prior to our annual Public Rates Hearing, which takes place in early-mid May.Read more
Saving energy can reduce the number of asthma attacks and other harmful health effects of air pollution from power plants, according to Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency, a pioneering new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility that looks at the impact of energy efficiency on US states and cities.Read more
For the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Washington, and the University of Minnesota hold the top three spots respectively on the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ascends to No. 4 this year, while the University of Florida holds steady at No. 5.Read more
The website for the Coolidge High School has been updated with more information about the ongoing modernization, which continues on-track. Visit the website at sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/dcps-school-modernizations/home/coolidge for more information. To read answers to frequently asked questions about Coolidge, visit: dcpsplanning.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/coolidge-hs-faq-final-jan-2018.pdfRead more