“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
For Ms. Cicely Tyson reaching farther and climbing higher is the story of her achieving greatness as an actor, advocate, and humanitarian. She has ascended to unparalleled heights portraying strong female characters on stage, screen and television and is this year’s recipient of the National Council of Negro Women’s (NCNW) highest honor, the Crystal Stair Award.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, incorporates exciting new components to the program ushered in by the Office of Personnel Management. New this year, Federal employees have the opportunity to support causes they care about through donating and volunteerism.Read more
In November, members of the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra will honor military veterans; the band’s 17th Director, John Philip Sousa; and the Marine Corps’ 242nd anniversary. All programs are free and tickets are not required except where noted. Please include these performances among your November calendar/events listings.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reminds all eligible teachers that the application phase for the 2017 inaugural Bright Ideas Teachers’ Grants program closes on Oct. 31. All kindergarten through 12th-grade in-classroom teachers within the BGE service area that focus on innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the environment or energy efficiency are eligible to apply at www.bge.com/giving.Read more
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett today announced a renewal of the Montgomery Homeownership Program through the Maryland Mortgage Program.Read more
Mayor Bowser presented a certificate to Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street, designating the area as a full member of the DC Main Streets program. Each DC Main Streets program is organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals who lead sustainable, community-driven efforts to promote economic development, strengthen their neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for residents.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced the awardees for the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a pilot program that provides financial support for non-residential components of mixed-use projects in underserved neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Through the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, LDP Holdings LLC was awarded $2.1 million for its Penn Hill project located at 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and South Capitol Improvement LLC was awarded $880,000 for its South Capitol Affordable Housing project located at the intersection of Atlantic and South Capitol Streets, SW.Read more
This week, Councilmember Todd had the pleasure of swearing-in two new Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs). On Monday, the Councilmember welcomed Marlene Moss as the new ANC 4A07 Commissioner. On Tuesday evening at the ANC 4D monthly meeting, Councilmember Todd swore-in Jamie Barden, the newly-elected ANC 4D04 Commissioner.Read more
Innovators, silicon valley start-ups, technology thought-leaders, STEM practitioners, and higher education administrators along with HBCU Presidents, administrators, faculty, and alumni, will meet in Atlanta with the ambitious goal of equipping HBCU Graduates to become Start-Up founders, Innovators, and ultimately build sustainable enterprises. This event is led by NBITLO – The National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization.Read more
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University’s Heller School released recently a report, “Misdirected Investments: How the Mortgage Interest Deduction Drives Inequality and the Racial Wealth Gap.”Read more
The American Translators Association (ATA), the nation’s largest professional organization for translators and interpreters, will hold its 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, October 25-28, 2017. The event, to be held at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW), will attract an estimated 1,800 professional translators, interpreters, and language services providers from around the world.Read more
On October 4th, Giant Food presented a check for $400,000 to USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.
Thanks to the support of customers, vendor partners and associates, Giant had its most successful fundraising campaign for USO-Metro. Throughout the month of June, they hosted several initiatives to benefit USO-Metro including:Read more
From now through October 31, 2017, the public is able to vote daily to “Forge the Future in Shaw,” in support of DC among 24 other cities by voting online. Shaw is competing for the restoration of an “Ugly Duckling” building built in 1881 as a blacksmith shop in Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood.Read more
“We are happy to provide some great alternatives for kids to have fun during this Halloween season,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “We strive to provide a safe and fun environment every time we open a recreation center door; we just add a few tricks and treats during this time of year.”Read more
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has partnered with MD Works to co-sponsor three ACRE Approved Basic Community Employment Certification Trainings for direct support professionals to assist people with disabilities in their job development and discovery. With this funding, a total of 50 professionals will be certified–20 on the Eastern Shore, 15 in Southern Maryland, and 15 in Western Maryland.Read more
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s LLS National Capital Area Chapter will celebrate its 2017 Light The Night® on October 21st, 2017 at 5pm on the National Mall. Light The Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting LLS and their funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Coming together for a common goal, friends, family and co-workers form fundraising walk teams and gather to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, and State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang launched My Child Care DC, a one-stop online resource that helps families find and compare child care options in Washington, DC. The website will allow families to access critical information from nearly 467 child development centers and home-based providers.Read more
All students must use DC One cards to ride Metro beginning November 13. Metro has extended the current “grace period” for District of Columbia school students who use Metro to travel to and from school under the District’s “Kids Ride Free” program. Beginning November 13, all students will be required to use a DC One card when entering or exiting the rail system or when boarding a Metrobus. Any student without a DC One card will be required to pay the regular fare before riding.Read more
Mayor Bowser celebrated a decade of education reform at DC Public Schools (DCPS) at the DC Public Education Fund’s 10th Anniversary Philanthropy Forum, a convening of education thought leaders, representatives from local and national foundations, and peer education funds from cities across the country.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced the selection of eight projects that will produce or preserve more than 500 affordable housing units with funding from the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF). The Mayor also announced new housing investments that will provide enhanced financial assistance to DC Government employees interested in becoming first-time homebuyers in the District…Read more
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the country’s foremost civil rights organization, and the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program launched an online campaign Monday to highlight the leadership of the NAACP units, branches, and state conferences across the country who are creating energy democracy in their communities.Read more
Schultz Family Foundation has partnered with Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) to provide support and mentorship opportunities for transitioning veterans. Travis Manion Foundation empowers veterans and the families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.Read more
From 2014 to 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided five national organizations funding to work with 94 urban, rural and tribal communities for implementing sustainable changes that support healthy communities and lifestyles. Specifically, the project focused on fighting chronic diseases such as obesity, tobacco use, diabetes and heart disease, which are among the nation’s most costly health conditions.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced $240,000 in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards for four communities in Virginia. The CBL program provides funding to local governments and nonprofit organizations to train entrepreneurs and conduct business plan competitions that align with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in Virginia’s downtown commercial districts.Read more
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will conduct track maintenance and rail replacement this weekend resulting in the suspension of Light RailLink service in both directions between the North Avenue and Camden stations.Read more
A $10 million grant awarded from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) will allow DC-CAP to pave a path to college completion for hundreds of youth in DC’s Wards 7 & 8. Specifically, three million dollars of the grant will support the implementation of the Ward 7 & 8 Scholars Program, a new initiative based on the College Success Foundation – District of Columbia (CSF-DC) model of comprehensive college preparation and support services to students starting as early as 7th grade.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that the Board of Public Works, including Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, unanimously adopted a Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommendation approving 17 Rural Legacy Program grants totaling over $23 million. Funding from these grants will permanently protect over 6,500 acres of working farms, forests, and open space in 18 counties.Read more
One of the area’s most popular charity food events, the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will return for its 21st year on Tuesday, November 14. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Hotel
Prominent area chefs will prepare their signature dishes created exclusively for the evening paired with fine wines and creative cocktails. Honorary Chef Chair Amy Brandwein of Centrolina will be joined by a stellar lineup of more than 25 chefs from some of the area’s most prominent restaurants.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Facebook will bring more than $1 billion of new investment to the Commonwealth. Facebook is directly investing $750 million to establish a 970,000-square-foot data center in the White Oak Technology Park in Henrico County.Read more
On September 25 and 26, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan participated in a two-day joint trade mission to Toronto, Canada in order to promote tourism, trade, and diplomatic relations with Washington, DC and the greater Capital Region.Read more
On Wednesday morning, ten officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico in support of a three-day Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) deployment. MPD officers will work alongside members of the Puerto Rico State Police. They will receive their specific mission upon their arrival.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported that the preliminary August job estimates show an decrease of 29,300 jobs for a total of 2,686,500 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector decreased by 3,500 jobs, while the public sector lost 25,800 jobs. The Washington Metropolitan Division’s not seasonally adjusted August 2017 unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, which is down 0.1 percentage point from the July rate of 4.0 percent.Read more
Working Mother magazine recently recognized Discovery Communications, for the 18th consecutive year, as one of the 2017 Working Mother 100Read more
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed a loan agreement totaling more than $12.9 million that will help preserve 106 affordable housing units in Ward 7. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
“Preserving safe and affordable homes for District residents in all eight wards is a critical goal of the Housing Production Trust Fund,” said DHCD Director Polly Donaldson. “We are to see our affordable housing investments pay off in this important corridor of Ward 7.”Read more
On Wednesday, October 4, the Junior League of Washington (JLW) will host its annual fall fashion fundraiser, Fall into Fashion, at the Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase. Guests at the event will have the opportunity to view the latest fall fashion trends, sample passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne, and enjoy 10 percent off most purchases, with a percentage of each purchase going back to the Junior League.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently directed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to file suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution that significantly affects the quality of the air that Marylanders breathe.Read more
The 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor a firefighter who died in the line of duty from Maryland. He is among the 75 firefighters who died in 2016 and 20 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, October 8, 2017.Read more
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work in bringing the Social Worker in the Library program to Baltimore. The new initiative brings graduate student social work interns into several library branches to help customers address issues such as poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and addiction.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that he is making $1.5 million in grant funding available through the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to fund programs combating domestic terrorism and violent extremism. The grants will also support the development of regional plans and cooperative agreements to help localities coordinate resources to deal with incidents related to civil unrest, violent extremism or domestic terrorism.Read more
At a time when our nation’s response to immigrants and refugees is hotly debated, Theater J opens its 2017-2018 season with the powerful and poetic Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz. Sotto Voce, which is set in motion by the ill-fated 1939 trip of the S.S. St. Louis, runs October 3-29. Cruz’s lyrical and romantic play deals with the separation of a man and a woman when the man’s expected arrival in Havana aboard the ship is thwarted by the Cuban government.Read more
CTI America to Invest $10 Million in New Facility, Create At Least 80 New Jobs Kicking off a regional tradeRead more
This year, two doctors received grants as part of the MaxLove Project Hero Fund. Dr. Taryn Allen, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research in Frederick, Md., received the MaxLove Project Hero Fund St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Research Grant for $49,700 and Dr. Kathy Ruble at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Md., received the St. Baldrick’s Scholar MaxLove Project Hero Fund for $49,700.Read more
Maryland Zoo staff usually lets nature take its course when it comes to polar bear breeding. But what do you do when you have a female bear, but no male? The Maryland Zoo is excited to announce that it has teamed up with the Cincinnati Zoo’s Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), to participate in a reproductive research project by artificially inseminating Anoki, the Zoo’s 21-year-old female polar bear.Read more
Join Jazz star Frank McComb as he headlines the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation Hill Fest in Washington, D.C., along with other national and local acts. The inaugural event will be held Oct. 7, 2017 at Garfield Park (2nd St SE & F St SE) from 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hill Fest will bring musicians together in an effort to translate performances to policy.Read more
Mayor Bowser launched the DC Government’s first radio station, DC Radio 96.3 HD4, making Washington, DC one of only two municipalities in the United States with a full-power, city-owned radio station. The station, managed by the District’s Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) in partnership with WHUR Radio, will feature programming on government resources, news, emergency updates, community affairs, education, current events, arts, music, and entertainment.Read more
At the 10th anniversary celebration of the Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, Mayor Bowser recognized the tremendous contributions of the late Ms. Hattie Holmes and highlighted proposed legislation that will protect District seniors and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation and abuse. The Mayor was joined at the celebration by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services HyeSook Chung, and the DC Office on Aging Director Laura Newland.Read more
This week, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced the “Universal Free Lunch for All Amendment Act of 2017” and the “Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Amendment Act of 2017,” two bills that would support DC students and families. The “Universal Free Lunch for All Amendment Act of 2017” would provide free lunches for all students in District of Columbia public schools, public charter schools, and participating private schools.Read more
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced $1,629,009 in funding to District of Columbia through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV Program). These funds will allow District of Columbia to continue to provide voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children up to kindergarten entry.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in August – this was unchanged from the reported July rate.
The District’s preliminary August job estimates show a decrease of 15,600 jobs, for a total of 786,900 jobs in the District. The private sector decreased by 4,200 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 11,400 jobs.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The African American Authors & Empowerment Expo (AAAEE) is holding its 8th annual event on Sat., Oct. 7, 2017 from 11am to 5pm in Baltimore, MD on the campus of Morgan State University in the University Student Center’s Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom. The event will feature 60 vendors, as well as hundreds of local & national authors. This massive event is free to the public and includes workshops, speaking panels, author presentations and live entertainment.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization (NBITLO) is calling together Higher Education Administrators, HBCU Students, Faculty, Alumni, Tech Leaders, Institutional Advancement Practitioners and Enrollment Management professionals for its first annual HBCU Technology Summit. The event will be held October 27th and 28th, 2017 on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia’s Atlanta University Center.Read more
Mayor Bowser released the District’s Health Systems Plan, a roadmap for how to leverage DC’s high-quality medical services and facilities in order to address chronic health inequities, including gaps in primary, specialty, and mental health care. The Mayor was joined at the release by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services HyeSook Chung, Director of the Department of Health Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Robert Brandon, Chair of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, community members, and leaders from the city’s health industry.Read more
The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) recently issued its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Highlights, reporting a swell of over 2,000 inquires of discrimination, 664 cases docketed, 467 mediated settlements and 31 cases certified to the Commission on Human Rights, the largest case processing uptick in the agency’s history.Read more
This week, the members of the District of Columbia City Council reconvened for their first, post-recess meeting of the Committee of the Whole. During the session, which began promptly at 11 a.m., Councilmember Bonds introduced four pieces of legislation: the Rental Unit Fee Adjustment Amendment Act, which raises the annual Rental Unit Fee from to $25 to $30 in order to help fund the exemption of low-income, elderly, and tenants with disabilities from rent increases due to landlord petitions…Read more
Some 121 Job Corps students from across the country and the Metro Washington area will be leading a peace walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Thursday, Sept. 21, as part of the national, student-led anti-violence initiative Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is now accepting applications for the 2017 inaugural Bright Ideas Teachers’ Grants program. All kindergarten through 12th-grade in-classroom teachers within the BGE service area that focus on innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the environment or energy efficiency are eligible to apply at www.bge.com/giving. Applications must be received by Oct. 31, 2017.Read more
This fall, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will partner with the Newseum to launch a series of conversations with critically acclaimed artists, journalists, activists and academics to discuss the role of art and free speech in the 21st century.
The four-part program will coincide with the Hirshhorn’s current exhibition “Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn” (June 28-Jan. 1, 2018), a solo project featuring new and recent work by renowned Chinese artist and freedom of expression advocate Ai Weiwei.Read more
Mayor Bowser and BEACON: The D.C. Women Founders Initiative awarded 19 grants totaling $50,000 to support women entrepreneurs in Washington, DC. BEACON, which was launched in November 2016, brings together business leaders, investors, government leaders, mentoring networks, and other allies in a unified effort to expand funding and other resources and opportunities for women entrepreneurs.Read more
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) was selected as the 2017 winner of the prestigious Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The award recognizes exemplary state and local programs that are using innovative strategies to produce, rehabilitate, or preserve workforce and affordable housing.Read more
Join Councilmember Todd and Mayor Muriel Bowser for the ribbon cutting of the new DC International and Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter Schools at the historic Delano Hall of the Walter Reed campus on Ward 4.This special occasion marks the opening of the first public use building on the Parks at Walter Reed, formerly the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The event will take place on Thursday Sept. 21, at 11am.Read more
Howard University graduates pioneered the modern blood bank. Morgan State and Tuskegee University scientists invented the best-selling Super Soaker toy. And Xavier University researchers in New Orleans have come up with a new plant-based “super cocktail” to attack breast cancer cells. These are a few of the stories included in HBCU RESEARCH magazine, the first-ever publication solely focused on the innovative endeavors of scientists and students at more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) nationwide.Read more
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today announced the funding of up to $14.5 million in grants over several years for suicide prevention programs.
“These grants are an important step in not only providing life-saving help to those who urgently need it, but in raising public awareness that suicide is one of our nation’s most devastating public health problems,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price, M.D.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The annual CBC Week kicks off in D.C. September 20 and runs through September 24th. It’s also DC Fashion Week and the one year anniversary of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. EventGreek.com has featured the most comprehensive listing of events during CBC Week 2017.Read more
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will host the annual Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler on Sunday, September 17, 2017 on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. This year marks the 6th year for the Half Marathon and the 14th year for the 5-Miler.Read more
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) in coordination with CBCF Board Chair Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will host the 2017 Meet and Match Procurement Forum on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the CBCF’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.Read more
The Blue Room in the Mount Vernon Mansion will reopen October 7, marking the completion of a major seven-month restoration. Guided by new research and investigation, this bedchamber’s dramatic transformation includes reproduction French wallpaper, cream-painted woodwork, and a bedstead draped in a striking blue-printed cotton.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Prostate cancer touches lives of the famous like Ambassador Andrew Young and activist-artist Harry Belafonte. But there are tens of thousands of others impacted like Oakland minister, Bishop Bob Jackson, Tugaloo college professor Dr. Walter Davis and businessman Thomas Farrington. Seventeen-year survivor Farrington turned the “lemon” of his diagnosis into a potent education “brew” with national impact.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the start of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program which provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest between September 13and November 14, 2017. Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health, and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia has achieved the goal he set in his Executive Order 23 – Establishing the New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative, which called for the annual production of 50,000 workforce credentials aligned with high-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering, math, and healthcare (STEM-H). The 50,361 STEM-H credentials awarded during fiscal year 2017 represent a 36-percent increase compared to fiscal year 2014 when the goal of 50,000 credentials per year was set.Read more
A weeklong trade and diplomatic mission to South Korea led by officials from the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Secretary of State’s office concluded Friday with announcements that Maryland has attracted two new companies from South Korea. A follow-up to Governor Larry Hogan’s 2015 trade mission to Asia, which included stops in South Korea, China, and Japan, this mission was aimed at increasing trade and investment between South Korea and Maryland and strengthening cultural and diplomatic ties.Read more
(UPI) — Critics of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program offered support to potential deportees on Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced the end of the program, authorized through executive order by former President Barack Obama, which allows about 800,000 children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States. The plan to halt the program comes with a six-month waiting period, in which Congress could establish a permanent solution.Read more
Mayor Bowser signed a memorandum of intent to formally launch the DC Infrastructure Academy, a partnership between DC Government and utility, union, university, and private sector partners that will create a pipeline to in-demand infrastructure jobs for District residents.
“Through the DC Infrastructure Academy, we will spread prosperity by getting more DC residents trained for good-paying, long-term careers,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
This week Washington, DC was named the first LEED for Cities Platinum certified city in the world. Mayor Bowser was presented this honor by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), at an event on the steps of Dunbar High School – the highest rated LEED-certified school in the United States. The Mayor and Ramanujam were joined by Mayor Bowser’s Chief Technology Officer, Archana Vemulapalli, the District Department of Energy and Environment’s green building expert, Jay Wilson, and other Administration officials.Read more
As Texas and Louisiana begin to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, our thoughts and prayers – as well as whatever donations we can spare – are with the people who were impacted. We pray for the families of those who lost their lives, and for the safety of the first responders and ordinary citizens who have risked their own lives to save others.Read more
On September 23rd, 2017 thousands will unite together against hate, violence, racism and injustice at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for the March for Civility. Ken Nwadike, Jr. of the Free Hugs Project and his organization RestoreCivility.org, are leading up this March in Washington. Following in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr who said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” Nwadike says, “We must show that there are more of us that choose love and equality than those that choose hate and division.”Read more
Everyone who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program.
Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefit the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.Read more
President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will have negative consequences on the United States economy, according to experts and leaders in the business community.
U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III announced the president’s decision on Tuesday. According to the White House, no current DACA recipients will be affected before March 5, and Congress has six months to decide the fates of the so-called “Dreamers” currently benefiting from DACA.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — A partnership has been announced between Merck, a global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, and HBCUConnect.com, the largest social network and career site targeting the students, faculty, and alumni from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Read more
When it comes to cancer breakthroughs, there have not been many announcements as big as the one made this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – the approval of the first gene therapy for cancer available in the United States.
The approved drug, made by Novartis, is called Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) and is used to treat certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).Read more
Secretary Price of HHS has delayed implementation of a new payment methodology, bundled care for coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), which provides a fixed payment for all the services from just before admission until 90 days after discharge. Bundled payments, or a single payment for a unit of service, comes from an assembly line sensibility and has only been tested on surgical care, specifically hip and knee surgery. With a bundled payment, hospitals or health systems accept the risk because both savings and losses accrue to them, not the Center for Medicare Services (CMS). Read more
Break the Cycle is a cross-country bike ride from Washington State to Washington, DC, which kicked off on August 17 and runs through October 22. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Member Andrés Martin, MD, MPH, is leading this ride to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children with mental illnesses. This amazing effort spans 5,000 miles, 21 states, and 60 grueling days. Dr. Martin is currently riding through Montana and has covered over 1,000 miles and counting!Read more
The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) – a leading nonprofit community service organization guiding Washington, D.C. metropolitan area residents into self-sufficiency for 80 years – announced that it was launching an aggressive resource and donation relief effort for individuals and families in the Houston metropolitan area severely impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Special emphasis is being placed on already vulnerable, low-income and underserved populations in Houston, a disproportionate number of which are Black and Latinx residents.Read more
The Bowser Administration announced the release of a site study for the construction of a new hospital east of the Anacostia River. The site study recommends that the District construct the new acute care hospital on the East campus of St. Elizabeths.
“The site selection study is the next necessary step in the planning and design phase of a new acute care facility east of the Anacostia River,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition Programs (VDOE SNP) has been awarded a Team Nutrition Training Grant in the amount of $498,010. The United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a total of $5.6 million to 11 states.Read more
As of Sept. 1, 2017, the Virginia State Police has opened its Academy to current Virginia law enforcement interested in attending a new Accelerated Lateral Entry Program (ALEP). This is a first in the Department’s 85-year history to offer an abbreviated State Police Academy for existing Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS) certified law enforcement officers. Until now, any applicant for state trooper had to complete the full, six-month State Police Academy.Read more
As part of its ongoing commitment to communities, Dominion Energy is inviting nonprofit organizations across the company’s footprint to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each for programs that provide essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services. For the third consecutive year, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has pledged $1 million to help meet critical community needs across more than a dozen states.Read more
Mayor Bowser launched Apprenticeship DC, an expansion of the already successful Department of Employment Services (DOES) Apprenticeship Program. Through a unique collection of grants, customized programs, and apprenticeship offerings, Apprenticeship DC will increase the number of residents enrolled in apprenticeship programs. The Mayor was joined at the launch by Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden and Department of Employment Services Director Odie Donald II.Read more
Governor McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia’s tourism revenue has grown by $2.2 billion since taking office in 2014 with a compound annual growth rate of 3.3 percent. Tourism is an instant revenue generator for the Commonwealth, representing almost $23.7 billion in revenue in 2016, a 10.2 percent increase from 2013 when the tourism industry generated approximately $21.5 billion in revenue.Read more
Events DC presents WalkingTown DC 2017. This annual event offers outdoor walking tours of DC’s most interesting locations and neighborhoods. The tours take place outside, rain or shine, and many include a restroom break. Most tours are family-friendly and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Featuring lunch-time and happy hour tours during the week and extended tours on the weekend.Read more
The world-famous GEICO Skytypers will perform during the 2017 Joint Base Andrews Air Show on September 16-17. The team’s six vintage SNJ training aircraft will roar over air show crowds in a low-level, precision- formation flying demonstration honoring service members of the “Greatest Generation.” The air show routine includes more than 20 combat tactics and maneuvers that helped control the skies during World War II and the Korean Conflict.Read more
Infinity Stage is proud to announce the premiere performance of Cinderella, The New Musical, September 22-October 1, at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Old Town Alexandria. It’s a hip, witty version of Cinderella, written as much for adults as for kids. “This is a fresh, modern take of the classic tale, adapted by the famous Russian writer, Yevgeny Shvarts,” says local composer Steven W Rodgers.Read more
As the public demand for donations increases for Hurricane Harvey survivors, many Marylanders may feel compelled to donate. For those that do choose to make a donation to support those in the impacted areas, the Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh advise consumers to be vigilant to donate wisely.Read more
The American Institutes for Research released a new report, Looking Back to Move Forward: Progress and Opportunity in District of Columbia Public Schools[ looking at the five years of progress at DC Public Schools, as well as areas to continue to work to close the achievement gap and ensure that every student at DC Public Schools receives a high-quality education.Read more
Through his tinted visor, Josh Norman says he sees offenses like they’re on repeat. He feels like he anticipates what’s next.
“You find a beat because you watched the film study early on in the week and then a certain situation is telling me what is going to come,” Norman said. “I don’t even think about it.”Read more
Manny Machado hit a two-run homer off Dellin Betances with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a comeback that lifted the Baltimore Orioles past the New York Yankees 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Betances (3-6) retired the first two batters in the ninth before Tim Beckham walked. Machado then drove a 1-0 pitch far over the center-field wall to provide the Orioles an unlikely victory after New York scored six runs in the third.Read more
Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett accused Las Vegas police on Wednesday of racially motivated excessive force in a Twitter posting saying he was threatened at gunpoint following a report of gunshots at an after-hours club at a casino-hotel.
Bennett said on a Twitter message titled “Dear World,” that police “singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
J.J. Watt’s relief fund for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston has reached $20 million — 100 times more than the NFL star’s original goal.
More than 180,000 donations have been made, mostly for less than $100 each, since Watt started the fund Aug. 28 with a donation of $100,000 and a goal of raising $200,000, according to YouCaring, the company taking the donations.Read more
An NFL appeals officer rejected Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal on Tuesday and upheld the six-game suspension for the Dallas Cowboys running back.
Despite the ruling, Elliott is eligible to play in the Cowboys’ regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no update regarding Elliott’s status had been officially announced by the league.Read more
Councilmember Todd invites all Ward 4 seniors to the Third Annual State of the Ward 4 Senior Address on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the Riggs-LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Road, NE).Read more