A new middle school, unofficially referred to as ‘New North MS’ or ‘Coolidge MS’, will open on the campus of Coolidge HS in SY19 – 20. DCPS is asking the public to submit nominations to officially name the school that will serve the Brightwood, LaSalle-Backus, Takoma and Whittier school communities. This public process is driven by the DCPS school naming policy you can find online. DCPS will be looking for a name that lends prestige to an institution of learning, symbolizes a contribution to society and local community and reflects the DCPS mission and values.Read more
Metro is reminding customers to plan for two upcoming summer capital improvement projects to keep Metro on its current path of improved safety and reliability. The work will impact customers who use the Red, Orange, Blue and Silver lines.
During the 10 commuting days of the Orange, Blue and Silver line work in particular, customers who use these lines are being encouraged to plan alternate routes now and use Metro only if absolutely necessary.Read more
The Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) is soliciting grant applications from eligible applicants to operate and manage 2019 Clean Team program for Riggs Road/South Dakota Avenue, NE. The submission deadline is Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. DSLBD will hold a pre-application meeting on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM at 441 4th Street NW, Washington DC 20001, DSLBD Training Room 805S. For more information, visit: dslbd.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dslbd/page_content/attachments/RFA_FY19%20Clean%20Teams.pdf Councilmember Todd was proud to have secured funding for another Ward 4 Clean Team in Riggs Park, and looks forward to seeing this investment cleaning up the South Dakota Avenue, NE corridor.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently celebrated the start of renovations that will transform the Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School, a national historic landmark, into a DC Public Schools (DCPS) Early Childhood Education Center with PK3 and PK4 classes and a child care center for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3 that will be managed by a community-based organization. The adjacent parcel (2100 L Street, NW), soon-to-be Stevens Place, will feature a new 190,000 square-foot commercial office building with underground parking. The Mayor was joined at the groundbreaking by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner, DCPS Interim Chancellor Amanda Alexander, and President and CEO of Akridge Matt Klein.Read more
Mayor Bowser this week kicked off AlleyPalooza 7.0, a District-wide effort to repair or renovate alleys across all eight wards. During AlleyPalooza, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will improve eight alleys in each of the District’s eight wards over the next 12 weeks.
“Like roadways and sidewalks, alleys are a critical part of the District’s infrastructure and my Administration is committed to keeping them in top condition,” said Mayor Bowser. “By getting back to basics and building safer, stronger alleys, we’re building a safer, stronger DC.”Read more
At Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Ward 8, Mayor Bowser participated in the Safe Passage program, highlighting the District’s efforts to ensure students have the resources and support they need to travel to and from school safely. Prior to cutting the ribbon on the newly expanded Democracy Prep Congress Heights Public Charter School, Mayor Bowser also announced enhancements to the Kids Ride Free Program, a Bowser initiative which reduces barriers that prevent students from attending school every day.Read more
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) within the Department of Commerce recently launched a search for innovative ideas to benefit minority-owned businesses, from projects that increase access to capital to resources that increase disaster preparedness and relief. MBDA’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is designed to solicit proposals that will positively impact minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve.
MBDA expects to award up to $11.65 million in grants to fund and implement innovative projects across the country.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of $2.0 million in grant funding for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects. Under this grant competition, each applicant may request up to $800,000 in federal funding.
“This funding will promote clean diesel projects and enable tribes to improve air quality and public health,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will continue to target funds to tribal areas facing significant air quality issues.”Read more
Mayor Bowser announced that the District is making it easier for Capitals fans to move around the city during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final by offering free DC Circulator service on all routes on Thursday, June 7 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The free rides will continue after the game, through the close of service.
“The DC Circulator always rocks the red, now we’re calling on all residents to do the same,” said Mayor Bowser. “Let’s go, Caps!”Read more
Last Friday, Councilmember Todd joined District and neighborhood leadership to cut the ribbon on the Kennedy Street Revitalization Project. This $10 million investment brought new sidewalks, lighting, tree boxes, crosswalks, landscaping, public art, litter receptacles, bike racks, and curb accessibility to Kennedy Street. Councilmember Todd was proud to work with Mayor Bowser on completing this critical project, which is already spurring new investment and growth along this critical commercial corridor.Read more
Councilmember Todd recently celebrated the diversity of Ward 4 and the District at two events. Last week, he kicked off Caribbean Cuisine Month at Spark Caribbean-Inspired Smokehouse. The Councilmember was delighted to present a Ceremonial Resolution recognizing the occasion. He remarked that Ward 4 has the largest Caribbean-American population in the District, and has long been the historic home of DC’s Caribbean-American Community, so marking Caribbean Cuisine Month and Caribbean-American Heritage Month was especially important.Read more
The Kennedy Street Festival is back! Our fifth annual community festival will be on June 9th from 11:00 to 3:00. With celebrating our 5 year anniversary, new and old businesses, buildings, and MORE on Kennedy Street, this year is sure to be our best yet. As always, the street will NOT be closed for this event, but we’ll have a whole host of vendors, entertainment and activities available for you to enjoy on sidewalks, in storefronts and in parking lots from 3rd Street to 8th Street! Learn more and RSVP at the facebook event: facebook.com/events/155765658432575/Read more
This morning, the Newseum adds the names of 18 journalists who died while reporting the news in 2017 to its Journalists Memorial. They represent all of the journalists who died last year, some murdered to silence their work, others covering wars or dangerous assignments.Read more
The Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s Emergency Department has taken a giant leap in improving patient wait times and overall outcomes with the grand opening of its new five-bed Fast Track Area.
The new area includes an expanded waiting area, check-in desk, and five individual rooms which provides more patient privacy. It serves Veterans who present with non-life threatening conditions and minor emergencies. According to Chief, Emergency Department, Dr. Philip Seton, “Consider this as an Urgent Care Center that frees the rest of the Emergency Department to care for Veterans who present with serious symptoms such as heart attacks and strokes.”Read more
TD Bank closed on a $9.54M construction loan, used to purchase bonds issued by the DC Housing Finance Agency which will partially finance the adaptive reuse of part of a former military building on the Walter Reed Army Base in Washington, D.C.
The project will include 77 units of “service-enriched” affordable housing for homeless Veterans. The loan is sponsored by HELP USA, Inc., a national non-profit organization that provides homes, jobs and services to people in need. HELP USA will provide social and supportive services to the residents, and the units will be furnished to allow for immediate occupancy for homeless individuals who may be coming from shelters or other transitional housing.Read more
Join Councilmember Todd, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, and DC veterans for the groundbreaking of HELP USA Veterans Housing, 77 affordable units for previously homeless vets on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The event will take place on Friday, May 25th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
Please enter the Walter Reed campus at the gate at 6900 Georgia Ave NW at Butternut Street to be directed to the site. Learn more and register at: eventbrite.com/e/help-usa-veterans-housing-groundbreaking-on-walter-reed-tickets-46082708622
A bipartisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives is close to forcing a series of immigration votes to override the will of the top two Republicans in Congress.
The movement aims to address multiple immigration issues, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Donald Trump is ending. To spur action, the bipartisan group is circulating a discharge petition that needs 218 signatures to work around GOP leadership and hold a series of votes on immigration matters.Read more
Anthony Hall is giving back to young trade union apprentices after graduating from the Building Futures program four years ago. “There are only two problems right here: time and being able to listen, that’s it!” he advised a new crop of pre-apprentices last Wednesday. Hall (right), who will become a cement finisher journeyman in a month, worked various jobs before CSA Client Services Coordinator Sylvia Casaro Dietert informed him of an apprentice opportunity with the masons’ union. “20 minutes later, there he was!” recalled Casaro. “Anthony is ready to give back and share with those coming behind him the key to his success.Read more
Green Giant has partnered with Smith Design to launch three limited edition cans that feature the artwork of patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Smith Design donated design, production and project management services to create these special cans of sweet peas, whole kernel sweet corn and cut green beans with colorful labels that integrate the artwork of young St. Jude patients. Smith Design developed visual reference for the patients and was an integral part of the “art party” that Green Giant held at St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee.Read more
/PRNewswire/ — Black Enterprise has released its latest exclusive list of the nation’s most powerful diversity executives in the March/April issue of Black Enterprise magazine now on digital newsstands. These executives recognize the value of the link between diversity and engagement, which is driven by corporate leadership at the highest level.
Today, corporate America continues to wrestle with an issue that’s foundational to both its culture and future. In the boardrooms and executive suites of those companies that are serious about diversifying their workforce, management teams, and corporate directorships, they are vigorously and honestly debating an array of concerns now at the forefront of the corporate agenda.Read more
Join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, and Councilmember Brandon Todd for the groundbreaking of HELP USA Veterans Housing, 77 affordable units for previously homeless vets on the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus. The event will take place on Friday, May 25th from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.Read more
Metro is inviting the public to provide feedback on alternatives to increase service on the Red Line between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Shady Grove stations. During weekday rush hours, Red Line trains operate every 8 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with additional trains between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Silver Spring providing service every four minutes between these stations.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser today awarded two available child care spaces to CommuniKids and Kiddie University, one space at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and the other at the Deanwood Recreation Center. CommuniKids is an award-winning, multi-language immersion school that will provide additional, free pre-K3 and pre-K4 seats to District residents at the University of the District of Columbia, and Kiddie University will provide a Spanish-immersion program…Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) recently released the results of the 2018 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, the annual census and survey of persons and families experiencing homelessness in the District. This year’s count was conducted on January 24, 2018 and captures the number persons either staying in the shelter system or sleeping on the street. The report, which will be released tomorrow by the Council of Governments, shows that the total number of persons experiencing homelessness in the District decreased by 7.6 percent from 2017 and 17.3 percent from 2016.Read more
Uptown Main Street is offering $5K to businesses located along Upper 14th Street from Spring Street NW to Longfellow Street NW or on Kennedy Street NW from 14th Street NW to N. Capitol Street NW to spruce up their facades, acquire permanent equipment or become ADA accessible. Businesses located the corridor can also receive technical assistance grants to support their operations. Services such as updated business plans, marketing plans, website build-outs, legal support or accounting help are available to eligible businesses at no cost.Read more
On Monday, May 7, 2018 – The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program held its 2018 Winners’ Ceremony to announce this year’s grant recipients. Nine HBCUs were awarded a total of $360,000n grants to make sustainable campus improvements across their campuses. To date, the program has awarded more than $2.1 million dollars in grants to HBCUs.
The nine winning schools were selected by a combination of cumulative online voting scores andgrant proposals that were submitted by the schools and judged by a panel of distinguished judges, includingHoward University alumnus, and film and television star Laz Alonso, Dr. Ivory Toldson, President and CEO, QEM (Quality Education for Minorities) Network; Gregory Moore, Esq.,Commissioner, Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); Michael Tabb, Managing Partner, Red Rock Global and Melissa Brown, Senior Manager, Marketing, The Home Depot.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a mayoral order to implement the Clean Cars Act of 2008, furthering the District’s leadership in the global fight against climate change. The announcement comes as the Trump Administration prepares draft regulations to roll back Obama-era vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards for a cleaner, more sustainable environment for future generations.
“When it comes to fighting climate change, we cannot ignore the facts and we cannot wait another day,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
Celebrate Bike To Work Day on Friday, May 18th with Councilmember Todd and neighbors on a ride from Ward 4 down to the Wilson Building. Meet at 7:30 AM at the Bikeshare station at the intersection of Upshur St & 9th St, NW. The ride will be approximately 4 miles, concluding at City Hall (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW). After the ride, you’re invited to a special ‘Pit Stop’ event at Freedom Plaza across from the John A. Wilson Building. Make sure to wear your helmet and check that your bike is in working condition! Learn more and register for a free T-shirt at: org.salsalabs.com/o/451/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=100358.Read more
On Tuesday May 1, Councilmember Todd stood united with the entire Council of the District of Columbia in condemning hate speech and divisiveness in our discourse. The impromptu press conference comes in response to a series of extremely troubling incidents of anti-Semitism, including last Thursday’s “unity rally,” where disturbing anti-Semitic remarks were made on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building. Councilmember Todd will continue to stand up to those who attempt to divide us and engender hatred toward our fellow citizens, and reiterate that hatred in any form has no home in Ward 4 or the District of Columbia. He also looks forward to joining his colleagues and Council staff on a guided tour of the Holocaust Museum this summer. To read his full message upholding DC values of tolerance and inclusion, visit brandontoddward4.com/newsletter/ward-4-weekly-42518/.Read more
The Bowser Administration recentlyy released a Request for Applications (RFA) for an investment partner to develop and manage the Inclusive Innovation Fund, a new program that aims to invest in early stage District businesses led by underrepresented entrepreneurs, including people of color, women, and LGBTQ people and individuals with disabilities. The District will make available seed funding of up to $1.5 million in Fiscal Year 2018 to help an investment professional partner build out a program.Read more
Joshua Singer from the DC Food Recovery Working Group and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation will make a presentation at the Takoma Park (DC) Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW, on food recovery policies, organizations and resources in the D.C. area. Food recovery involves strategies that reduce food waste, such as proper food storage, donating food, composting and gleaning.
Free and open to all! Details here: https://www.dclibrary.org/node/60207.
We are thrilled to share that the free outdoor fitness classes, Fitness in The Parks, is back Tuesday, May 1! Fitness in The Parks will be hosted every Tuesday now through August 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please come and join the group in the great outdoors (classes are weather dependent and will be canceled if there are heavy rains or thunderstorms). Trainers, work-out and water are provided on site. Bring your own mat if you wish. Follow along on Twitter @TheParksDC or email directly at TheParksatWalterReed@gmail.com for more information. Stay tuned for more exciting events planned throughout the year!Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The American Heart Association is launching the EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator(TM), a grant-based initiative to identify innovative, clearly-defined urban business solutions to drive community change to improve health and well-being. The goal of this initiative is to increase healthy living behaviors, enhance the chain of survival and cultivate community transformation. By working in communities to address key factors that impact health and wellbeing – economic stability, education, societal influences, neighborhoods and healthcare – the Accelerator is an opportunity to receive funding to activate critical projects that will positively impact urban community health.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — FraserNet, Inc., has announced that its 2018 PowerNetworking Conference (PNC) will be held July 5-7, at the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center, on the National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. This year’s conference top global experts will focus their training on financial literacy, business development and wealth building through personal “subject matter” excellence, effective networking and collaboration.
“Financial illiteracy is an American problem according to the Wall Street Journal, but it is 10x greater in Black America. All the studies, surveys and statistics predict if nothing changes within our community we will be financially destitute and enslaved by 2053. A November 2017 front-page headline in the Boston Globe said, “Black Bostonians median net worth really was $8.” Thus, we must effectively and aggressively address financial illiteracy and building million-dollar businesses in Black America.Read more
TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for undocumented immigrant youth, recently announced that it has awarded more than 1,200 new scholarships for DREAMers to attend partner colleges and universities during the 2018-19 academic year. TheDream.US believes that all young people, regardless of where they were born, should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential, gain an education, and fully participate in the country that they call home. The new scholarships include awards to DREAMers in 25 states to attend partner colleges in 15 states and Washington, DC.Read more
Mayor Bowser and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced registration is open for the 35th Annual DC Senior Games (DCSG) presented by Aetna. The games will take place Monday, April 30 – Monday, May 14, 2018 at various locations throughout the District of Columbia. A senior’s version of the Olympics complete with a grandiose opening ceremony, DCSG is a showcase for DC residents age 50 and older to compete and medal in a variety of sports competitions.Read more
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.Read more
Councilmember Todd joined Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Director of the Department of Small and Local Business Development, community leaders, and neighbors to officially designate the new Uptown Main Street. The Councilmember was delighted to stand with Jordan Haferbrier, the new Executive Director of the Uptown Main Street, Jack Campbell, Board Chair, the Community Alliance for Upper Fourteenth Street (CAUFS), and the Kennedy Street Development Corporation (KSDC) to help usher in a new era of economic development and business investment in the burgeoning Kennedy St. and Upper 14th St. corridors.Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Tuesday, Councilmember Todd had a wonderful time visiting the DC Fire And EMS Museum to learn more about the rich history of our Department. It was an excellent way to prepare for the ribbon cutting of the new Engine Company 22 at 6825 Georgia Ave, NW. Councilmember Todd invites you join him, Mayor Bowser, and Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean this Friday, February 16th at 4 PM to celebrate this new investment in Ward 4 public safety!Read more
In his recently released federal budget proposal, President Trump called for the elimination of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program, which expands higher education choices for college-bound D.C. residents. I condemn this proposal as baseless, callous and contrary to everything the District stands for. Eliminating this critical program would slam the door in the faces of our young people seeking a higher education and a brighter future. We cannot allow DCTAG to be shuttered. I call upon all D.C. residents to join me, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) in protecting the dreams of our young people by speaking out against yet another Trump administration attack on the District.Read more
“As we continue to create new opportunities and expand prosperity across all eight wards of the District, this new bridge will enhance the connection between Wards 8 and 6, with the bridge itself serving as a destination for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bowser. “The project is already creating jobs for District residents, and once completed, the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will have a tremendous impact on our city’s transportation network and economic growth.”Read more
Low-income children who receive educational support in school and at home from preschool through third grade may be more likely to get a college degree than their peers who don’t get extra help during their early years, a U.S. study suggests.
For the study, researchers examined data on 1,539 minority youth in high-poverty Chicago neighborhoods who were part of a program designed to give kids small classes, engaging instruction that helps them develop self-control and good communication skills, and encourage parent involvement in education.Read more
The U.S. Department of Education is making it easier to find out when a school is under investigation for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.
For the first time, the federal agency is posting information on its website about all pending claims against schools and colleges being investigated by its Office for Civil Rights.
The searchable listing includes cases alleging discrimination based on disability in addition to race and national origin, sex, age and equal access.Read more
After steadily climbing for two decades, the proportion of U.S. children with autism may be leveling off, a recent study suggests.
As of 2016, approximately 2.8 percent of U.S. children from 3 to 17 years old had autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers report in JAMA. While that’s up slightly from about 2.2 percent in 2014, the difference is too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.Read more
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood
In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — While many Black History Month celebrations solemnly commemorate the lives of slain Civil Rights trailblazers, one group of Black women comedic actors refuses to be solemn. Like Issa Rae, their fictitious talk show, “We Did That!” is “rooting for everybody Black.” Every. single. body.
The talk show parody celebrates any and every Black history “first,” however inane. The parade of guests – which could populate any Saturday Night Live sketch – includes: the first African American elbow stunt double; the first Nigerian internet scammer to become a multi-millionaire; and the first Black woman to snatch somebody’s edges.Read more
As part of Education Week 2018, Mayor Bowser highlighted the District’s efforts to ensure students have the resources and support they need to travel to and from school safely, announcing updates to the District’s Safe Passage program and calling on community members to volunteer with the program. The Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Jennifer Niles and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Inspector Mike Coligan.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced that they are traveling to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as an ideal location for tech companies, promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation, and visit potential job creators. The Mayor will travel to California on Friday, February 9 and return on Monday, February 12.
Deputy Mayor Kenner began engagement in California on Wednesday, February 7, and the mission will include meetings with tech giants Lyft, Cisco, and Yelp.Read more
Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced two bills before the DC Council: one that would establish an Adverse Childhood Experience Health Task Force, and a second that would create a Strategic Plan for the growth of DC’s senior population.
The “Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force Act of 2018” would establish a specialized Task Force to identify evidence-based solutions that reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences. Adverse childhood experiences, or “ACEs,” are stressful or traumatic events in a child’s life that are strongly related to the development of a wide range of health problems.Read more
The DC Council unanimously passed the Fair Elections Act, creating a program where candidates for public office can opt into a publicly-funded model that puts greater focus on small-dollar contributions from DC residents and strengthens their voice in DC elections. The bill was introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.
“The Fair Elections Act is going to change the way campaigns are run locally. More residents will be empowered to participate, more candidates from diverse perspectives will be viable to run, and candidates will spend more time talking to residents rather than dialing for dollars,” said Councilmember Allen.Read more
There are approximately 500 billionaires in America. There are approximately 5 Black billionaires in America. Blacks represent 10-15% of the population in America. Based on 10%, there should be at least 50 Black billionaires in America.
BlackEconomicsMatter.com launched on February 1, 2018. The killing of unarmed Black men, and even women and children, by police officers has incited many movements.Read more
/PRNewswire/ — The Impact Network, the only African American owned and operated Christian television network in the United States, is now available on Altice USA’s Optimum TV. The network features programming on urban ministries and gospel lifestyle entertainment.
“We’re excited about the commitment Altice USA has shown to the African-American community by adding this network,” said Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, CEO and president, of the Impact Network.Read more
At the bill signing for the Defending Access to Women’s Health Care Services Amendment Act of 2018, Mayor Bowser announced that open enrollment for District residents has been extended through Monday, February 5, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Residents now have through Monday, February 5 to go to DCHealthLink.com to shop for, compare, and enroll in affordable, high-quality insurance plans.
“Preventive care saves lives and reduces health care costs,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
The Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) launched it application for Youth and Host Employers on January 26, 2018. Any and all employers who are interested in hosting an SYEP youth should submit an application by Friday, May 25, 2018. MBSYEP 2018 will begin on Monday, June 25, 2018 and will end on Friday, August 3, 2018. The six-week program consists of 29 days of workRead more
This past Saturday, January 27, 2018, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center was transformed into a hospital-wide outreach event to care for 840 homeless, at-risk and underemployed Veterans. Participants received medical and mental health care, VA benefits and services, employment and housing support, legal counseling, warm clothing, comfort kits, haircuts, a hot meal and much more.
This marks the 24th year the medical center has hosted the Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down, a one-stop resource haven.Read more
The DC Streetlight team is pleased to announce two upcoming public hearings on the District’s Smart Lighting project, “Safer. Smarter. Greener.” In case you haven’t heard about this project, it is a joint effort of the Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), and the Office of Public-Private Partnerships (OP3) to modernize the District’s more than 75,000 streetlights. This will create safer, more reliable lighting customized to the needs of each neighborhood, faster repairs of outages, and save as much as 50% of energy costs (reducing the District’s carbon footprint by 30,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year).Read more