The Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch started the year with an increase in small business job growth and wages in January. The Small Business Jobs Index stands at 99.88, a 0.18 percent increase over December. The jobs growth rate remains below last January’s level by 0.74 percent. Hourly earnings have grown $0.72 in the past year to $26.38. January’s 12-month wages growth rate of 2.81 percent marks an improvement from 2.78 percent in December.Read more
The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced its 2018 Retool Your School Grant Program. Now, in its ninth year, the program awards accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) grants to use toward creating sustainable renovations and additions to their campuses.
The Home Depot has awarded $1.8 million to HBCUs since the program launched in 2009.Read more
This week, Councilmember Todd was honored to be appointed to the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Military and Veterans Affairs Task Force. He looks forward to collaborating with Co-Chairs Rep. Tina Orwall (WA) and Rep. Dan Saddler (AK) on this vitally important work.
“There are over 28,000 veterans residing in the District of Columbia,” said Councilmember Todd. “I am honored and proud to continue to be a voice of support and change for our District’s veterans on this Task Force.”Read more
Mayor Bowser recently announced that the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed two loan agreements totaling more than $17.5 million that will help preserve 159 affordable housing units in Wards 5 and 8, including 65 units for residents age 55 and older. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
“This is how we build pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians of all ages, in every corner of the District,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) announced recently that it will hold a public hearing to review private passenger (noncommercial) automobile insurance premiums in the District of Columbia on January 30, 2018.
The purpose of the hearing is to review the causes and impact of recent large increases in the premium rates for automobile insurance in the District of Columbia. The Department also wants to gain insight into the current automobile insurance market, and identify areas for changes to improve the cost, availability and transparency of private passenger automobile insurance.Read more
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program is announcing the availability of its annual renewable scholarship for minority students. Previous winners will be featured during a year long promotion of ACS Scholar Alumni, sponsored by ACS President Peter K. Dorhout, Ph.D. ACS is the world’s largest scientific society.
The renewable scholarship ranges between $1,000 and $5,000 per year for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian students majoring in chemistry-related disciplines at accredited community colleges or four-year institutions. Graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors may apply.Read more
Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors.
More than 550 blood drives have been forced to cancel due to winter weather in January, causing over 16,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected through last week. In addition, bitter cold and widespread flu have contributed to very low turnout at many blood drives.Read more
(Black PR Wire) Inglewood, CA – Two weeks after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of noninterference with marijuana friendly state laws, Veterans Health Solutions (VHS) is now offering real time cannabis education to colleges, veteran organizations and urban centers nationally.
VHS, a non-profit public benefit organization has setup a full comprehensive strategy to educate the veteran populace and underserved communities regarding the use of medicinal cannabis and or hemp related products.Read more
One high school increased the number of students of color taking its AP and college-level courses sixfold in just a year. In another high school, where half of the student population is homeless or involved in the Child Welfare system, strong supports helped its students match New York City’s graduation rate. Yet another high school engages students in rich, college preparatory coursework in an unusual location—a working farm within the Chicago city limits.Read more
In honor of the Year of the Anacostia, Mayor Bowser announced significant conservation and investment commitments for Kingman and Heritage Islands. The Mayor directed the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) to designate portions of both islands as a State Conservation Area and the southern area of Kingman Island as a Critical Wildlife Area. The State Conservation Area designation mimics the federal covenant for the islands, restricting their use to environmental, educational, and recreational purposes. In addition, the Mayor also announced a new $4.7 million investment for educational and recreational improvements on the islands.Read more
— General Motors executive will be the sixth woman in the 32-year history of the scientific and technical awards to be named Black Engineer of the Year —
(BlackNews.com) — US Black Engineer (USBE) magazine’s annual BEYA STEM Conference will recognize GM Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing Alicia Boler Davis with the Black Engineer of the Year Award on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at the BEYA Gala in Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Thinking about starting a business as a youth these days reaches farther into the creative realm than a lemonade stand or mowing lawns. Children today are discovering ways to educate and make a difference in how the story is told and sold.
Meet Kalimah McKeaver, 13, founder & CEO of Dinkra Stylez, LLC and The Kid Griot. Dinkra Stylez is the world’s first craft design firm with the mission of educating its clients about African Heritage through the creation of fun, colorful, and engaging products.Read more
Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores Inc., recently announced changes to the business unit’s U.S. real estate portfolio, with the closure of 63 clubs around the country. The company’s press release came after local and national news outlets across the country reported that some Sam’s Club employees reported to work to find locked doors and notices about the closures.
According to the company, its actions were taken after a thorough performance review.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser joined by Administration and local officials to highlight the progress of DC Clean Rivers Project, a DC Water program to prevent stormwater and reduce combined sewage from overflowing into Rock Creek Park and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Located at a major green infrastructure site in the Brightwood community in Ward 4, Mayor Bowser toured the construction of the permeable pavement, disconnected downspouts, and rain gardens for bio-retention.Read more
As part of the Every Day Counts! campaign, Mayor Bowser celebrated Jefferson Middle School Academy’s success in creating a strong school community that welcomes students and families. Last month, the middle school was announced as the winner of the 2018 DC Public Schools (DCPS) Standing Ovation prize for Family Engagement. At today’s event, the Mayor highlighted the school’s work in building positive and collaborative relationships with students and families through home visits, student-led conferences, and more.Read more
Supported by the Flamboyan Foundation, DCPS’s Family Engagement Partnership (FEP) helps school leaders and teachers engage families in ways that benefit student learning. Participating schools have seen significant academic growth, along with more active and engaged school communities. One of the most popular family engagement strategies is the use of home visits. In teams of two, teachers and staff visit families at home or in a location of the family’s choosing and focus on getting to know the family and child. During the visits, teachers and families share their hopes, dreams, and expectations for the student. During the 2016-2017 school year, more than 11,000 DCPS families in FEP schools received a home visit from their child’s teacher.Read more
To build on the success of Mayor Bowser’s Kids Ride Free on Metrorail initiative, the Bowser Administration launched Every Day Counts!, a citywide initiative to increase attendance at the District’s public schools. More than 18,000 students – one in four – in the District of Columbia are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of all school days.Read more
DC Health Link’s 2018 open enrollment season continues through January 31, 2018. If you do not have health insurance, visit www.dchealthlink.com to shop and enroll. Individuals, families, and small businesses can choose from 26 different plans through the District’s Affordable Care Act health insurance exchange. Sign up today!Read more
DC Water shares the following advice for protecting your pipes and your home during this extreme cold:
Preparing Pipes in Your Home for Winter Weather
When water standing inside a pipe freezes, it can expand causing the pipe to break. Pipes that freeze are often exposed to the outside or are in unheated interior areas such as kitchen cabinets, attics, garages, basements and crawl spaces.
Before the onset of cold weather, help prevent frozen pipes by following these recommendations:
The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to provide District residents with two easy options for having their cut holiday trees and greenery recycled (no artificial trees).
First, residents can bring their trees and greenery, free of charge, to either of the District’s transfer stations. The Fort Totten Transfer Station is located at 4900 John F. McCormack Drive, NE, and the Benning Road Transfer Station is located at 3200 Benning Road, NE.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages consumers to donate or recycle their used electronics. Donating or recycling electronics helps the environment by conserving natural materials and resources, and reducing harmful emissions caused by manufacturing new materials. Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 U.S. homes in a year. “If you received a new cell phone, laptop, tablet or other electronics during the holiday season, consider giving your older device new life while reducing the impact on the environment by donating or recycling it,” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio.Read more
As one year gives way to the next (making reflecting back practically unavoidable), one of the things I’m grateful for is the volume of health information that comes across my desk. Not only is it interesting to read, but it’s quite practical, too, since I can incorporate some of the things I learn into my daily or weekly routine.Read more
Lyft, the fastest-growing on-demand transportation service in the US, and No One Left Behind, a non-profit organization that helps Afghan and Iraqi combat interpreters with Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) resettle safely in the United States, today announced a partnership that will enable these wartime allies to earn valuable income through driving with Lyft as they resettle into new lives in the United States. The partnership is piloting in Washington, DC., where the US State Department estimates over 9,000 SIVs have resettled since 2008.Read more
If you or someone you love is one of the millions of Americans with a chronic disease or a life-threatening condition, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their partners offer you a gift of hope in 2018.Pharmaceutical manufacturers are criticized as Scrooge or the Grinch in our country’s health care system. Elected officials and advocacy organizations want to blame somebody for rising Rx costs, and the most obvious target is the Big Pharma.
But in this blame game, very little attention is given to the help the pharmaceutical industry and its partners quietly provide to patients in need through a variety of programs.Read more
Ward 4 is, undoubtedly, the next frontier for robust economic development in the District of Columbia. Councilmember Todd is committed to developing a sound and sustainable strategy that is collaborative and reflects the interests of ALL residents and business owners. Secured in the FY 2018 Budget: - $200,000 in “Main Streets” grant funding to spur business development along Kennedy and Upper 14th Streets, NW. The “Uptown Mainstreet” will bring more neighborhood-serving businesses to this fast-growing part of Ward 4. - Funding for an Upper 14th Street Clean Team to benefit residents and businesses along this burgeoning corridor. This will join the ranks of Ward 4’s other clean teams for upper & lower Georgia Avenue and Kennedy Street, NW.Read more
Staff and OPEIU Local 2 members at AFGE and IBEW really stepped up their efforts this year to help local needy families during the Community Services Agency’s Holiday Basket Project. “This is really terrific and helps CSA promote the Holiday Basket Project and our other programs,” said a grateful Sonte’ DuCote, CSA’s Assistant Executive Director.Read more
The Bowser Administration announced it would opt-in to the national First Responder Network – creating a new partnership between the District and FirstNet to create an enhanced wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety personnel during major events and emergencies. The District joins nearly 40 states opting in to the national First Responder Network– a communications network that is being built, operated and maintained at no cost to participating states through a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T. The FirstNet Network is expected to transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.Read more
A notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA) was published in the DC Register on Friday, December 22, 2017. DOPA promotes affordable rental housing by maintaining the affordable status of existing affordable rental units as well as increasing the total number of affordable rental units within the District. To this end, DOPA requires rental property owners to provide the District with the opportunity to purchase housing accommodations consisting of five or more rental units, as long as a certain percentage are deemed “affordable.” DOPA is subordinate to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).Read more
BALTIMORE (Dec. 21, 2017) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) was recently announced as one of the nation’s highest ranked gas and electric utility companies as rated by residential customers surveyed by Market Strategies International in its annual Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement ™ Residential Cogent Report. This is the second recent recognition of BGE’s leading customer satisfaction performance.Read more
(UPI) — President Donald Trump praised Congress for passing a sweeping tax reform bill Wednesday, saying his first legislative victory since taking office was “a lot of fun.”
The president made remarks outside the White Hours hours after the House held its final vote. He was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republicans.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser this week applauded the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which show Washington, DC’s population continued to climb in 2017. Newly released figures indicate the District of Columbia is quickly approaching 700,000 residents after a growth rate of 1.4 percent between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017 – ranking the District eighth in percent growth among the states. As of July 1, Census data estimated the District’s population to be 693,972.
“Washington, DC continues to attract new residents from around the region and across the globe. We are a city where people want to do business, raise a family, and age in place – a city committed to our residents and DC values,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
After Congress passed tax reform legislation, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt announced that District property owners can pre-pay their property taxes in preparation for the upcoming tax year. The tax reform legislation limits the amount of state and local income and real property taxes that individuals may deduct from their federal income tax, beginning in calendar year 2018. Under the new law, the amount that may be deducted is limited to $10,000 of the combined local income or sales taxes and real property taxes. (This applies only to taxpayers who itemize their income tax filings; taxpayers who do not itemize will get no tax benefit by paying early.)Read more
The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) removed the agency’s Unemployment Insurance Program’s designation as an “at-risk” grantee on December 5, 2017. The District’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Division was first designated as “high-risk” in January 2012, with the designation later reduced to “at-risk” in June 2013. The removal of the “at-risk” designation reflects the vast improvements made at DOES during the Bowser Administration.Read more
A one-time District of Columbia Public Schools student who grew up to be a teacher then became a school administrator was named DCPS’s Principal of the Year.
Tenia Pritchard entered the packed cafeteria at Whittier Education Campus in Northwest D.C. on Friday not knowing she was the reason everybody gathered there.
“Out of so many tremendous leaders we have here at DCPS, you are being honored as our 2018 DCPS Principal of the Year,” DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced as students and staff cheered.Read more
Mayor Bowser hosted more than 3,500 District seniors at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. During the event, representatives from more than 80 community organizations, DC Government agencies, and local businesses provided information, free health screenings, and immunizations to attendees. In addition, volunteers from the Coast Guard, Navy, PEPCO, and DC Public Schools’ Jr. ROTC program joined nearly 150 members of the Mayor’s Administration to help serve lunch.
“Aging is a priority for my Administration because we know that aging well means living well,” said Mayor Bowser. “Together, we are ensuring Washingtonians in all eight wards have the resources and support they need to age in place and live healthy, happy lives.”Read more
(UPI) — President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion defense budget that seeks to increase military spending and operational capabilities.
The bill includes measures like the establishment of a U.S. Space Corps within the Air Force by 2019, a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops, special pay for situations like combat and hazardous duty and bonuses for re-enlistment contracts.
The act also enables the Pentagon to procure 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and 14 Navy ships from defense contractor Huntington Ingalls, in addition to authorizing $12.3 billion for missile defense.Read more
The Federal Communications Commission is reminding consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers during this holiday season. Illegal robocallers often spoof caller ID information and try to use real events to defraud consumers by tricking them into providing money or personal information.
Fraudulent callers may pretend to be debt collectors, offer holiday deals, or use fear to extort money. Be aware that scammers can use other information-gathering tools and may know more about you beyond your phone number. Do not assume that because they know your name, the name of a company you use, a recent financial transaction, or some other detail, that they are legitimate.Read more
Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF), an innovative approach to grant-making that engages committees composed of Nike employees and store athletes to help award grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where they live and work. The community store in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C., awarded $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to six local organizations focused on getting kids moving through play and sport so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.Read more
New polling from CBS News finds that 84% of the public, including 74% of Republicans, support efforts to keep Dreamers here in America. Additionally, new polling conducted by PPP (Public Policy Polling) of 25 Republican-held “swing” House districts finds that by a 68-22% margin, voters in these battleground districts back the Dream Act.
According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, “The new public opinion findings underscore why Congress passing legislation protecting Dreamers this year should be a no brainer and a common sense step forward for the country: as actions across the country yesterday demonstrated, there is incredible energy for protecting Dreamers all across America; there is growing bipartisan support in Congress, reflecting the majority of both chambers; and poll after poll reminds us that the American public, including Republicans, strongly backs efforts to keep Dreamers here in America: their home.”Read more
TV One has announced that after four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to viewers as the only Black daily newscast on television, the network has decided to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The final live show is scheduled on Thursday, December 21, at 7 a.m. ET.
TV One premiered NewsOne Now in 2013, to provide a daily voice to Black America on important political and social issues impacting our community. The foray into daily news was the idea of TV One CEO Alfred Liggins.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Tom Joyner is reminding students that the deadline for the Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program is rapidly approaching. The highly coveted scholarship will cover all the expenses of one talented student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2018.
“Our full ride scholars are outstanding,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “We’re looking for another amazing young person who already is changing the world – and wants to go to an HBCU where they can pursue their dreams.”Read more
(UPI) — Scientists have discovered a new function of a protein called Runx3. Their research suggests the protein can be manipulated to boost the immune system’s defense against cancer.
The human immune system’s primary foot soldier is the T cell. Scientists at the University of California San Diego found T cells in infected tissues and tumors were surprisingly similar. Experiments showed Runx3 dictates their presence.
Scientists suggest the protein can be used to encourage T cells to meet cancer on the front lines — in the tissue where cancer and tumor growth is most likely to begin.Read more
On Saturday, December 9th, come to EdFEST 2017, DC’s only citywide public school fair, and meet representatives from more than 150 DCPS and public charter schools before the common lottery application opens on December 11, 2017. EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family…Read more
Metro has announced the expansion of its monthly SelectPass to all pricing levels, giving customers the ability to select the right Metrorail pass for their needs and save up to 20% per month. With SelectPass, riders pay for 18 days of round-trip travel, selecting a price point based on the fare of their typical rush-hour trip. Once the pass is loaded, customers can take unlimited rush-hour trips valued up to the price point selected.Read more
Washington, DC was one of ten cities honored at the fifth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards ceremony, recognizing the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. The awards ceremony, which took place at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, highlighted 10 urban sustainability projects from around the world that represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts by cities to tackle climate change.Read more
DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson has issued the agency’s second funding notice and request for proposals (RFP) in calendar year 2017 for projects that will produce and preserve affordable housing for District residents. DHCD has partnered with the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) in issuing the new RFP. The application deadline is February 14, 2018.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently highlighted the ongoing success of the Robbery Intervention Task Force and urged residents to take advantage of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Exchange Zone Program. The Mayor launched the Robbery Intervention Task Force in December 2015 as part of the Administration’s Safer, Stronger DC plan. Since the implementation of the task force, robberies have decreased across all police districts.Read more
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December. Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.”Read more
Carolinas HealthCare System is partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) to provide sports medicine and athletic training services to the university’s student-athletes. This agreement represents CHS’s first collegiate athletic training partnership and provides JCSU with a comprehensive sports medicine continuum of care and connection to CHS’ clinical experts and programming. This includes sports medicine physicians, primary care services, Carolinas Rehabilitation and connection to the ever-expanding clinical expertise throughout CHS.Read more
On Thursday, November 30, Mayor Muriel Bowser is joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), to break ground for The Wren at 965 Florida Avenue, NW. The Wren, which is led by DMPED, is a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will produce more than 430 apartment units…Read more
The fall leaf collection program runs from November 6 through January 12. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.Read more
Applications for the FY18 Curatorial Grant Program are still being accepting. This grant provides support to qualified individual curators in the visual arts for exhbition proposals intended for presentation in CAH’s 200 I Street Galleries, Lobby Gallery, which is a District-owned exhibition space located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC, 20003.Read more
It’s that time of year again when we all go crazy ordering from Amazon and several other “shop until you go broke” websites! Here are just a few tips that I have shared with my family and friends to help prevent package thefts from your front doors:Read more
To coincide with National Giving Day, the NAACP is joining with Dallas –based non-profit Impact Shares as they file for their initial exchange traded funds (ETFs), that will creatively allow investors to invest in social justice. Impact Shares will file for two ETF’s designed in conjunction with and to benefit the NAACP and the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.Read more
The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the annual workplace giving opportunity for Federal employees in Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas, is celebrating #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 and International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5 and encouraging the Federal community to take action on these days.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported recently that the District’s preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 4,200 jobs, for a total of 797,500 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 4,700 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 500 jobs. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers.Read more
On Monday, Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council office distributed Safeway gift cards to Ward 4 families in-need. Everyone deserves a good meal together on Thanksgiving, and the Councilmember was delighted to help make that possible for these Ward 4 families. Councilmember Todd thanks Safeway for their generous donation, as well as Paul Ruppert, owner of Slim’s Diner, for hosting the event.Read more
The “Identity Protection Amendment Act of 2017” enables a parent or guardian of a child to place a credit freeze on their behalf, shielding children from unknowingly becoming victims of identity theft before they have an opportunity to take control of their own credit, identity, and future. This provision would bring DC in line with numerous other states, including Virginia and Maryland, that have special rules to protect society’s most vulnerable.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Laura Zeilinger announced Home for the Holidays, a citywide campaign to place 400 of the District’s most vulnerable households into permanent housing during the holiday season. The Mayor made the announcement at a lease-agreement signing between landlord and tenant, standing alongside a District resident as she signed the lease for her family’s new home.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser accepted an award from the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP, recognizing the release of the city’s rigorous, metric-driven five-year Age-Friendly City progress report. Washington, DC is one of a handful of cities worldwide to receive this level of recognition as an Age-Friendly City.Read more
This week, in preparation for Thanksgiving, Councilmember Todd stopped by the WHUR 96.3 FM studio to encourage listeners to donate to their Food2Feed food drive, which provides meals to the hungry all across the Washington metropolitan area. The Councilmember and the Ward 4 Council office also made a large contribution of food to support the initiative.Read more
On November 20 – 22, and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 23rd, 4:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. A wonderful DC tradition continues this Thanksgiving, as Food & Friends’ staff and hundreds of volunteers prepare and deliver 3,500 complete holiday dinners to children and adults in the DC region facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.Read more
Every weekend hundreds of college women participate as dancers in high energy marching bands across the country. From show-stopping halftime performances to intricate routines, young dancers must be ready to perform every day of the month, under all circumstances.Read more
Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced bills to alleviate the crushing burden of water fees on District cemeteries and to create tax-free holidays that incentivize the purchase of energy and water-efficient appliances. The “D.C. Cemetery Private Road and Parking Lot Exemption of Clean Water Fees Amendment Act of 2017” comes in response to the dire financial situation of St. Paul’s Rock Creek Church Cemetery in Ward 4, and 17 others like it across the District.Read more
At Tuesday’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Todd was delighted to present a Ceremonial Resolution honoring and recognizing Ward 4 and Shepherd Park resident Ernest Green. Mr. Green is a member of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of nine African-American students who bravely desegregated Little Rock Central High School in the face of hatred, opposition, and violence.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced that for the first time since the District began using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate in 2011, the graduation rate at the city’s public schools exceeded 70 percent during the 2016-2017 school year. The 2016-2017 graduation rate for public high schools increased by 3.2 percent over the previous school year, with 72.4 percent of students graduating in four years.Read more
Mr. Paul Howard, a middle school social studies teacher at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, has been given the immense honor being named 2018 DC Teacher of the Year. Mr. Howard has been teaching for six years, five of them in DCPS. He brings a level of professionalism and engagement that leaves a considerable impact on his students. Councilmember Todd congratulates Mr. Howard and LaSalle-Backus on this remarkable recognition, and wishes him best of luck as he enters the running for the National Teacher of the Year Award.Read more
As part of CVS Health’s continuing commitment to help improve access to health care for all Americans, CVS is pleased to once again offer Project Health, their annual free health services campaign, at select CVS Pharmacy locations in multicultural communities across the country. Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health risk assessments, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings.Read more
Ward 4 resident Changamire (“Changa”) Anderson II, an 8th grader at Alice Deal Middle School and an avid gymnast, has recently been chosen by the USA Gymnastics Organization to become a member of its national team and to compete at the international level at the World TNT Competition, to be held November 13-20, 2017, in Sofia, Bulgaria.Read more
On Tuesday, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement presented Councilmember Todd with the Phyllis Campbell Newsome Public Policy Leadership Award in light of his support to the Washington Metropolitan area’s nonprofit community. The Councilmember is grateful for this honor, and intends to remain an outspoken advocate for our nonprofits and all the incredible work they do in our community.Read more
Join Councilmember Todd at the Upper Georgia Avenue Town Hall Meeting to learn, share your ideas, and discuss the re-use plan for the Upper Georgia Avenue Corridor. Hosted by the Beacon Brightwood Business Alliance and the Emory Beacon of Light Community Development Corporation, the event is free of charge and will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Emery Heights Community Center (5701 Georgia Ave, NW).Read more
CulturalDC seeks an experienced local muralist to create a dynamic work of art on building T20 on the former Walter Reed Campus in Ward 4. The building is highly visible from Georgia Ave NW but is within the security perimeter. The project is to be completed by April 7, 2018 and will culminate in a community celebration on campus.Read more
The holidays will be here before you know it! Councilmember Todd invites you to save the date for the annual Ward 4 Holiday Party & New Coat Drive on Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Lafayette Elementary School (5701 Broad Branch Road, NW).Read more
The police reform town hall will feature panelists from the national coalition as well as local police reform advocates. Baltimore residents, local elected officials, youth-based groups, faith leaders, and other social justice organizations have been invited to participate in this interactive dialogue. Panelists and attendees will discuss the state of policing in Baltimore including consent decrees, accountability for the death of Freddie Gray, and the upcoming state legislative session.Read more
Most Americans had not heard of Rep. Frederika Wilson until she accused President Trump of making insensitive remarks in a condolence call to the widow of an American soldier killed in Niger. But her connection to the military’s often secretive work in work in Niger came as little surprise to intelligence officers who know the Florida Congresswoman as a long-time supporter of U.S. counter-terrorism missions in Africa.Read more
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will maintain the Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grant funding allocation formula for the second year of the program. This program is a significant component of the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the nation’s opioid crisis and is critical for achieving the President’s goals of supporting a comprehensive array of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery services.Read more
Giant Food of Landover, Md., Maola Milk®, and the American Dairy Association North East are teaming up for a fourth year to support local schools through the National Dairy Council and the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60® (FUTP 60) program. Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and physical activity program was founded under the leadership of America’s dairy farmers and the NFL.Read more
Recently, GoFundMe announced a partnership with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. GoFundMe and TMCF are teaming up to raise money in support of students at the nation’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).Read more
MDV-SEIA and GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic are hosting the second annual Solar Focus Job Fair on November 7th at the DC Downtown Hotel during the 2017 Solar Focus Conference. Connect face-to-face with employers from solar and energy-efficiency related companies and organizations who are actively seeking candidates for open positions.Read more
Do you care about the future of the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Horse Center, Maintenance Area, or adjacent areas? The National Park Service would love to hear from you as they further develop a plan to address future management of these areas of the park.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) approved health insurance plan rates for the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace, DC Health Link, for plan year 2018.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser releases the findings from a scientifically rigorous evaluation of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) body-worn camera program. The study, facilitated by The Lab @ DC, a team of applied scientists, used scientific processes to measure the impact of body-worn cameras in the District.Read more
“Our full ride scholars are outstanding,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “We’re looking for another amazing young person who already is changing the world – and wants to go to an HBCU where they can pursue their dreams.”Read more
For Ms. Cicely Tyson reaching farther and climbing higher is the story of her achieving greatness as an actor, advocate, and humanitarian. She has ascended to unparalleled heights portraying strong female characters on stage, screen and television and is this year’s recipient of the National Council of Negro Women’s (NCNW) highest honor, the Crystal Stair Award.Read more
The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the annual workplace giving opportunity for Federal employees in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas, incorporates exciting new components to the program ushered in by the Office of Personnel Management. New this year, Federal employees have the opportunity to support causes they care about through donating and volunteerism.Read more
Mayor Bowser presented a certificate to Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street, designating the area as a full member of the DC Main Streets program. Each DC Main Streets program is organized and led by local volunteers and community development professionals who lead sustainable, community-driven efforts to promote economic development, strengthen their neighborhoods, and improve the quality of life for residents.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced the awardees for the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, a pilot program that provides financial support for non-residential components of mixed-use projects in underserved neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Through the Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, LDP Holdings LLC was awarded $2.1 million for its Penn Hill project located at 3200 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and South Capitol Improvement LLC was awarded $880,000 for its South Capitol Affordable Housing project located at the intersection of Atlantic and South Capitol Streets, SW.Read more
This week, Councilmember Todd had the pleasure of swearing-in two new Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs). On Monday, the Councilmember welcomed Marlene Moss as the new ANC 4A07 Commissioner. On Tuesday evening at the ANC 4D monthly meeting, Councilmember Todd swore-in Jamie Barden, the newly-elected ANC 4D04 Commissioner.Read more
Innovators, silicon valley start-ups, technology thought-leaders, STEM practitioners, and higher education administrators along with HBCU Presidents, administrators, faculty, and alumni, will meet in Atlanta with the ambitious goal of equipping HBCU Graduates to become Start-Up founders, Innovators, and ultimately build sustainable enterprises. This event is led by NBITLO – The National Black Information Technology Leadership Organization.Read more
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University’s Heller School released recently a report, “Misdirected Investments: How the Mortgage Interest Deduction Drives Inequality and the Racial Wealth Gap.”Read more
The American Translators Association (ATA), the nation’s largest professional organization for translators and interpreters, will hold its 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, October 25-28, 2017. The event, to be held at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW), will attract an estimated 1,800 professional translators, interpreters, and language services providers from around the world.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles, and State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang launched My Child Care DC, a one-stop online resource that helps families find and compare child care options in Washington, DC. The website will allow families to access critical information from nearly 467 child development centers and home-based providers.Read more
All students must use DC One cards to ride Metro beginning November 13. Metro has extended the current “grace period” for District of Columbia school students who use Metro to travel to and from school under the District’s “Kids Ride Free” program. Beginning November 13, all students will be required to use a DC One card when entering or exiting the rail system or when boarding a Metrobus. Any student without a DC One card will be required to pay the regular fare before riding.Read more
Mayor Bowser celebrated a decade of education reform at DC Public Schools (DCPS) at the DC Public Education Fund’s 10th Anniversary Philanthropy Forum, a convening of education thought leaders, representatives from local and national foundations, and peer education funds from cities across the country.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced the selection of eight projects that will produce or preserve more than 500 affordable housing units with funding from the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF). The Mayor also announced new housing investments that will provide enhanced financial assistance to DC Government employees interested in becoming first-time homebuyers in the District…Read more
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the country’s foremost civil rights organization, and the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program launched an online campaign Monday to highlight the leadership of the NAACP units, branches, and state conferences across the country who are creating energy democracy in their communities.Read more
Schultz Family Foundation has partnered with Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) to provide support and mentorship opportunities for transitioning veterans. Travis Manion Foundation empowers veterans and the families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.Read more
From 2014 to 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided five national organizations funding to work with 94 urban, rural and tribal communities for implementing sustainable changes that support healthy communities and lifestyles. Specifically, the project focused on fighting chronic diseases such as obesity, tobacco use, diabetes and heart disease, which are among the nation’s most costly health conditions.Read more
On September 25 and 26, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan participated in a two-day joint trade mission to Toronto, Canada in order to promote tourism, trade, and diplomatic relations with Washington, DC and the greater Capital Region.Read more
On Wednesday morning, ten officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico in support of a three-day Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) deployment. MPD officers will work alongside members of the Puerto Rico State Police. They will receive their specific mission upon their arrival.Read more