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
As part of Washington, DC’s Vision Zero initiative, Mayor Bowser announced the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero project, a cutting-edge partnership between the District and Microsoft that will use video footage and crowdsourcing to prevent traffic accidents.Read more
On Wednesday, August 30, Mayor Bowser celebrated the launch of the second annual 202Creates, a city-wide effort to showcase the District’s diverse and vibrant creative community. Through an array of events taking place during the month of September, 202Creates highlights the artists, makers, and entrepreneurs who contribute to the city’s creative economy.Read more
The Black Student Fund’s commitment to bringing independent schools and black families together led to the creation of the Annual School Fair in 1972. The Fair quickly became an effective student venue and continues to be one of the largest school fairs of its kind in the region.Read more
An independent, six-year, randomized controlled trial measuring Urban Alliance’s long-term impact on underserved youth who completed the nonprofit’s flagship high school internship program found a significant impact on: the likelihood of young men attending college, the likelihood of middle-tier students attending a 4-year college, and the retention of critical soft skills over time.Read more
More than a quarter of workers are stressed out, according to a national workplace health survey released Tuesday by the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable. According to the Nielsen-conducted survey of 2,009 employees, 28 percent experience stress as a result of work.Read more
Nicknamed the “silent” killer, high blood pressure is perhaps none more so than among young adults, new data suggest. Compared to middle-aged and older adults, the rates of awareness, treatment and control of high blood pressure is much lower in young adults, according to the study published Monday in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) recently announced the return of the “Adventures of Captain MercaptanSM, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge.” The contest challenges elementary school students in BGE’s service area to submit a three-panel comic strip, illustrating a natural gas safety message featuring Captain Mercaptan, BGE’s fictional natural gas safety superhero.Read more
Following a ceremonial signing with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao for the federal government’s $900 million Full-Funding Grant Agreement, Governor Larry Hogan started demolition to make way for the new Purple Line Operations Center and begin construction on the long-awaited Purple Line.Read more
Attend the Washington, DC | 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair! Register now for a guaranteed interview, over 30 employers will be hiring on the spot! Employers include: Starbucks, Five Guys, Walmart, Hilton, HMSHost… and more.Read more
Over the past months, Councilmember Todd’s office has been working closely with PEPCO and the community on the removal of double poles, a concern of many residents due to their unattractive and unwelcoming appearance in residential neighborhoods.Read more
To celebrate the beginning of School Year 2017-2018 and the launch of DCPS’ new five-year Strategic Plan, join the DCPS Back to School Block Party on Saturday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School!Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported recently that the District’s preliminary July job estimates show an increase of 10,700 jobs, for a total of 803,100 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 1,300 jobs while the public sector payrolls increased by 9,400 jobs.Read more
Mayor Bowser visited KIPP Promise Academy, the highest performing charter elementary school in Washington, DC, to celebrate the District’s charter school investments and highlight Every Day Counts!, a citywide effort to increase student attendance. The Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles and District of Columbia Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott PearsonRead more
Mayor Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced Victory Housing with Brinshore Development as the developer selected to redevelop the historic Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring Road, NW in Ward 4. The project will produce 187 residential units, with 80 percent of the units created as affordable housing for seniors and families.Read more
Break the Cycle is a cross-country bike ride from Washington State to Washington, DC. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Member Andrés Martin, MD, MPH, is currently leading this ride to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children with mental illnesses. This amazing effort will span 5,000 miles, 21 states, and 60 grueling days.Read more
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, is seeking startup companies, teams, individuals and nonprofit organizations to compete in the EmPOWERED To Serve (TM) urban business storytelling competition.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) hosted 15 school-aged girls at its White Marsh Training Center. The girls are part of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) camp which provides a supportive and nurturing environment for high school girls to explore the construction industry.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan announced recently that Maryland and the eight other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have agreed to reduce the program’s carbon pollution cap by 30 percent from 2020 to 2030.Read more
The Memorial Foundation, Inc., the foundation responsible for building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will conclude their fourth annual Sunset Summer Film Series at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial…Read more
Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced recently the launch of a new fundraising program designed to support pediatric cancer research during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Giant has set an ambitious goal to raise $2 million throughout the course of an eight-week program…Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host the 2nd Annual Taste of the World Festival to highlight the diversity of international communities that live and thrive in the District of Columbia.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Antwan Wilson, and Washington Teachers Union (WTU) President Elizabeth Davis announced a tentative agreement on a new contract that significantly increases compensation for teachers in DC Public Schools. The tentative agreement will also add additional funding to the District’s education budget, which is already the largest commitment in DC’s history.Read more
Councilmember Todd was at Raymond Education Campus in Petworth to welcome students and families and celebrate the first day of school. He had a blast giving out free pencils and meeting Ward 4’s Pre-K, elementary, and middle school students and their families. Councilmember Todd was also delighted to see the shiny new front doors, which he helped secure funding for in last year’s budget, and parents immediately noticed.Read more
The Kids Ride Free program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities. The program uses an electronic Kids Ride Free pass that must be loaded onto students’ DC One Cards.Read more
The 2017 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) Young Adult Hiring Fair will take place this Friday, August 18, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at Arena Stage: 1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024. Hosted by the Department of Employment Services’ Office of Youth Programs, the MBSYEP Career Fair connects District residents, ages 18-24, to employment opportunities with local businesses.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Allstate Insurance Company and the Tom Joyner Foundation are kicking off its ninth year of supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their students through the annual Quotes for Education (QFE) program. Allstate will donate up to $100,000 in scholarship funds to the Tom Joyner Foundation to assist students attending HBCUs.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Carmarshal.com is offering a new convenient service that takes the hassle out of buying a car, using a new proprietary software that helps buyers find a car at a lower than advertised price.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — HBCUConnect.com today announced a new partnership with NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) to leverage HBCUConnect’s reach and penetration in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the African-American professional community to help NextEra Energy recruit the best talent for its current and future nuclear engineering and operations career opportunities.Read more
Washington, DC was recognized with a 2017 Innovation Award by the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) for the District’s green workforce development programs. The purpose of ECOS is to improve the capability of state environmental agencies and their leaders to protect and improve human health and the environment…Read more
Comcast Corporation announced that its acclaimed Internet Essentials program, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive high-speed Internet adoption program, has now connected more than four million low-income Americans, in one million households, to high-speed Internet service at home.Read more
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that $533,578 has been awarded to 7 health centers in the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. Health centers will use these funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve.Read more
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority, will host the RFK Campus Block Party, in partnership with Blind Whino and visual artist, Naturel. The free, family-friendly community celebration kicks off the school year and shows appreciation for our neighbors.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) initiated its BGE Scholars program today by awarding scholarships totaling $45,000 to nine undergraduate students from across the BGE service area. One scholarship each was awarded to students in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.Read more
Beginning in fall 2018, recent graduates of Baltimore’s public high schools will be able to attend Baltimore City College to earn a one-year certificate or two-year degree with the cost of tuition and fees covered by the city. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) unveiled the plan at a news briefing on Wednesday as part of a strategy to combat crime and violence.Read more
Break the Cycle is a cross-country bike ride from Washington State to Washington, DC. Andrés Martin, MD, MPH, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) scientific journal, is leading this ride to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children with mental illnesses.Read more
The following Maryland State Agencies will participate in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference Exhibit Hall at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City from August 16 – August 18, 2017:Read more
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined the statewide educational nonprofit CodeVA and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission today to announce a $361,625 grant to train teachers in computer science and coding to serve in rural southside and southwest Virginia public schools.Read more
(ABC)–The NFL Players Association has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension over the league’s conclusion that its 2016 rushing leader injured his former girlfriend in three separate incidents last summer.
The union said Tuesday it will represent Elliott “to ensure that the NFL is held to its obligation of adhering to principles of industrial due process under the collective bargaining agreement.”Read more
(ABC)–The most important member of the Washington Redskins offense could easily become backup quarterback Colt McCoy.
Yes, there has been a lot of well-deserved talk about the critical roles of quarterback-turned-wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. and slot man Jamison Crowder. But McCoy, in his eighth season, is one play away from having the Redskins’ fortunes in his hands.Read more
The festival that was supposed to be held to honor Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant Thursday has been cancelled, according to police. There will still be a parade.Read more
(CBS)–After raising eyebrows with a tweet directed at President Trump earlier in the day, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James doubled down during an appearance at the ‘We Are Family’ reunion event for the LeBron James Family Foundation at Cedar Point on Tuesday night.Read more
(CBS)–Howie Kendrick hit a game-ending grand slam in the 11th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday in the finale of a day-night doubleheader.Read more
Are you looking to make an impact on the lives of young men and boys of color in the District? Join the Bowser Administration and radio personality EZ Street for the third annual My Brother’s Keeper-DC Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The National Press Club. This event will host 50 District-based organizations that provide volunteer opportunities that help prepare the next generation of Washingtonians for success.Read more
Ward 4 resident David Horan has organized a pilot program called “Meal With An Officer,” where residents can host local Metropolitan Police Officers for a meal in their home with neighbors. The purpose of this program is to show MPD the support they enjoy in the community, and introduce residents to those sworn to protect them.Read more
Simone Askew, drawn to a career in the military at an early age, is now making history in the field as the first African American woman to lead the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Corps of Cadets — the highest position in the cadet chain of command. Askew, 20, will assume her duties as first captain for the 2017-18 academic year on August 14 at the prestigious, predominantly male public institution founded in 1802. She currently leads 1,502 cadets as the Regimental Commander of Cadet Basic Training II.Read more
Over 50 of the nation’s leading mayors will convene in New Orleans from August 10 – August 12, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Summer Leadership Meeting to outline policy proposals for some of the country’s greatest challenges, including the opioid epidemic, infrastructure investment, tax reform and more.Read more
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is pleased to announce the Ford Foundation is granting $150,000 to NABJ to help further the organization’s strategic plan implementation. The two-year restricted grant is targeted to executive level staffing and will enable NABJ to continue focusing on issues often ignored by the mainstream media.Read more
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage. In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors.Read more
On Saturday, September 23, Art All Night: Made in DC, Washington, DC’s only free overnight arts festival, will return with an all-new lineup of visual and performing arts exhibits, workshops, and performances. Art All Night highlights the most innovative and creative artistic forces in the city while providing a unique around-the-clock experience for residents and visitors.Read more
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is urging Marylanders to consider whether they may be eligible to receive a homeowners’ or renters’ property tax credit and to submit an application before the September 1 deadline. As part of this awareness campaign, last week SDAT mailed 133,828 postcards to low-income Maryland homeowners who may be eligible to receive a credit but have not yet submitted an application.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released the Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Closure Schedule for the 2017 summer season.Read more
Macy’s invites customers to participate in its 12th annual Shop For A Cause charity event benefitting the March of Dimes, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13. Macy’s Shop For A Cause is a four-day shopping event created to support the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced My Health GPS, a new care coordination program that will help Medicaid beneficiaries diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions get the care they need. As part of the My Health GPS program, interdisciplinary care teams from approved Medicaid primary care providers will organize and coordinate primary, acute, behavioral health, and long-term services and supports for eligible beneficiaries.Read more
Mayor Bowser celebrated the arrival of 26 New Flyer Xcelsior® model buses, the first wave of 40 new buses that will be added to the DC Circulator fleet. The New Flyer Xcelsior® model buses are manufactured in the United States, use clean diesel technology to drastically reduce harmful particulate emissions, and offer the greatest passenger economy.Read more