Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full cast and creative team for the world-premiere musical Snow Child, based on Eowyn Ivey’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel. Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, Snow Child follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. Concluding her 20th anniversary season at Arena Stage, Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this world-premiere musical, featuring a book by John Strand, music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt and lyrics by Stitt.Read more
On March 24th, the Maryland Historical Society will host its annual fundraiser, a very special Maryland Day event celebrating the culture and cuisine of the state. Guests can expect their taste buds to experience a wide range of culinary delights and flavors that have been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay including oysters, crab, coddies, and mock turtle soup. There will be an assortment of dishes featuring venison, ham, and pit beef as well as local produce from the fields and orchards. Guests can also explore sweets that evoke the tastes of immigrants coming to Maryland through the 19th century including German-based smearcase cheesecake, Jewish apple cake, and a dessert developed to aid a Hungarian revolutionary, the Kossuth Cake.Read more
The 2018 Organizing Committee of the Maryland Hispanic Gala (MHG) proudly announces that after five years of serving students in financial need, the event’s growth, popularity and positive impact in communities throughout the State of Maryland dictated that the Montgomery Hispanic Gala becomes Maryland Hispanic Gala.
The Annual Maryland Hispanic Gala will take place at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7pm-11pm.Read more
Alan Patrick Sondej led a life of compassion and generosity. From his undergraduate days at Notre Dame University through adulthood, Sondej committed himself to helping others affected by poverty and hunger. He raised money for relief efforts and traveled the world to teach sustainable agriculture techniques.
Alan Sondej also gave his time and energy to helping his local community.Read more
Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie announce the 2018/19 season lineup for the company’s 69th season. The season reflects Arena Stage’s commitment to championing diverse voices and producing work that is politically and socially relevant. “This season is an intoxicating mix of power, politics and pleasure,” shares Smith. “The time period ranges from the 1790s to the present day, covering the span of the American experience. In sum, yes, it is a dynamic series about HISTORY.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) engineer Taiwo Alo was named the Errol B. Davis Legacy Award winner at the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award and am inspired to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected,” said Alo. “What makes my experience at BGE so rewarding has been the number of great mentors who have helped me develop as a professional with an emphasis on effective leadership.”Read more
In honor of Harriet Tubman, the greatest freedom fighter that ever was, GirlTrek, the largest national public health nonprofit and movement for Black women and girls, will follow in her footsteps – literally. The entire national team will start-off from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where Harriet Tubman made her first escape, and walk the path she took to freedom.Read more
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Interagency Task Force (IATF) on Veterans Small Business Development and the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) holds public meetings March 7 and 8, respectively, at SBA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The March 7 IATF meeting is from 1 to 4 p.m. The March 8 ACVBA meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in SBA’s Eisenhower Conference Room at 409 Third Street, SW, Washington, D.C., 20416.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a series of new initiatives, including new funding, an executive order, and emergency legislation. He also voiced his support for existing legislative proposals to enhance safety in Maryland schools; increase coordination among schools, state agencies, and law enforcement; and keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and individuals with violent criminal records.Read more
Arlington, Va. – Dominion National, a leading dental insurer and administrator
of dental and vision benefits, is donating thousands of children’s dental care
kits to clinics and health departments throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This
is the sixth consecutive year that Dominion has donated the kits to promote
oral health awareness in honor of February’s National Children’s Dental Health
The website for the Coolidge High School has been updated with more information about the ongoing modernization, which continues on-track. Visit the website at sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/dcps-school-modernizations/home/coolidge for more information. To read answers to frequently asked questions about Coolidge, visit: dcpsplanning.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/coolidge-hs-faq-final-jan-2018.pdfRead more
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is gearing up to host its ninth cohort of the Community Engagement Academy. This free, fun, and interactive session series provides insight into the way MPD works and covers topics such as:
The Recruit Training Program
Common Policing Scenarios and Challenge
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DCDPR) Kids, Camps and Co-op Division announced the 2018-2019 Cooperative Play Program Open House Week will be held on Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 2, 2018 for current and prospective families. The Co-op Play Program advances youth development using outcome based programming and developmentally appropriate practices in a creative and recreational play environment.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the Board of Public Works’ approval of a new Text to 9-1-1 technology for Maryland, helping to update 1960s-era emergency systems with life-saving technology. This new Internet-based infrastructure allows citizens to send a Short Message Service (SMS) text message to 9-1-1. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 70 percent of all 9-1-1 calls now come from cellular users.Read more
In celebration of Black History Month, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Director, Van Brooks, announced that free tickets are available to the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for Maryland volunteers. The initiative has been introduced to thank volunteers and encourage education on African American history in Maryland, and comes on the heels of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s issuance of a proclamation declaring 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass” in honor of the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the renowned abolitionist and Maryland native.Read more
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson’s quintessential epic drama Two Trains Running. Confronted with a rapidly changing world in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the looming demolition of Memphis Lee’s diner, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride.Read more
Governor Ralph Northam recently announced more than $6.5 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans for ten projects in ten localities across the Commonwealth. These projects are focused on affordable new construction and rehabilitation housing projects, as well as permanent supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Read more
Tens of thousands of high school students across America were marked with an unexcused absence Wednesday, but everyone knew where they were.
In the Washington area, high school students from DC. Public Schools and from public schools in Maryland marched to the Capitol and then to the White House to demand Congress and the president institute gun control legislation that will keep them safe.Read more
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored Steve Atkinson, principal business project manager at Pepco Holdings, with the Technology Transfer Award. EPRI gives the award annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry. Atkinson was part of a team of employees from fellow Exelon utilities BGE, ComEd and PECO who researched how deploying low-cost sensors on electric distribution poles could assist utilities in responding to outages faster and more efficiently.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently announced new efforts to explore an autonomous vehicle (AV) program by establishing the Interagency AV Working Group to proactively prepare the District for AV technologies and ensure that AV deployment will benefit District residents and visitors. The working group is comprised of District agencies focused on transportation, disability rights, environmental issues, and public safety. Additionally, the Bowser Administration is partnering with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) to release a Request for Information (RFI) for a AV pilot program on 10th Street, SW.Read more
Appliance Recycling through the BGE Smart Energy Saver Program® helps customers recycle older, inefficient, refrigerators and freezers by offering a $50 reward, and hauling away their old appliances at no additional cost. But in February, participating residential customers will receive a fifty percent bonus for a total reward of $75 through Feb. 28, 2018.Read more
As the White House releases its infrastructure plan, it will begin a national debate on the improvements needed to shore up the foundation of the nation’s economy and ensure the future growth and opportunity in cities and other communities. The bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released its plan for what are essential components of a strategy to rebuild and modernize the nation’s critical infrastructure.Read more
On Thursday, February 8, DC’s Dancing Stars Gala presented seven local charities with a total of $333,000 in donations raised at this year’s Gala bringing their four-year total to $1,042,500. Beneficiaries included The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Marymount University, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, Operation Second Chance, the Amelia Morgan Foundation and the Raymond A. Wood Foundation.Read more
Following through on Governor Larry Hogan’s promise to improve access to government services for all Marylanders, the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) today unveiled a new statewide licensing portal. Known as Maryland OneStop and available at onestop.md.gov, the portal provides a single point of entry for citizens to access all offices of state government that issue licenses or permits, from hunting licenses and fishing permits to drivers’ licenses and commercial permits.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced select DPR Aquatic Centers will be closed due to this year’s 32nd Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM) taking place February 16 – 18, 2018.
This unique event was co-founded in 1987 by DPR and the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF) in honor of Black History Month. During the three-day invitational, over 1000 youth athletes nationwide ranging in age from 5 – 18 will compete in standard swim events, such as the individual medley, freestyle, butterfly, relays, and back and breast strokes.Read more
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has streamlined the annual business filing process in Maryland by updating the paperwork all entities are required to file with the state. 2018 filings can now be made online through Maryland Business Express (MBE), and the Department’s website now hosts fillable versions of the 2018 forms. The extension request system is also available for 2018, which will extend the Annual Report deadline from April 15 to June 15, 201Read more
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored BGE senior engineering tech specialist Jack Edwards with the Technology Transfer Award. EPRI gives this award annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry. Edwards was part of a team of employees from fellow Exelon companies ComEd, PECO and Pepco Holdings who researched how deploying low-cost sensors on electric distribution poles could assist utilities in responding to outages faster and more efficiently.Read more
Work2Live WELL Now Recruiting Applicants in Baltimore City and Cambridge
Work2Live WELL, designed to provide entry into the emerging careers fields of the environment and natural resources.
With funding from the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland program, the pilot program is recruiting 30 adult applicants in the Baltimore City and Cambridge area.Read more
(Black PR Wire) NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This February, Macy’s (NYSE:M) celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of innovators in fashion, entertainment, art, music, literature and technology, who are pioneers in their industries. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of Black culture, helping to propel trends, widely influencing pop culture, and changing the face of history. From music to science, Black culture has created a wave of change that has helped drive the country to new heights.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Human Resources Division is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018. DPR strives to provide high quality recreational programming and is looking for talented individuals to join our team.
DPR employment opportunities include the following:Read more
Mayor Bowser officially kicked off Black History Month with the release of A Fair Shot: A Toolkit for African American Prosperity – a first-of-its kind resource for African American residents that provides an overview of the many District-funded programs and services that support Washingtonians in reaching pathways to the middle class.
“By staying laser-focused on spreading prosperity and creating new pathways to the middle class, we have made tremendous progress,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
Harmony DC PCS is organizing and hosting DC STEM Festival. DC STEM Festival features various STEM demonstrations performed by students. The DC STEM Festival also hosts different community organizations that will demonstrate STEM activities. The activities are, included but not limited to, Rubik’s Cube solver robot, dry ice activities, hover board, smoke ring, and other student activities. The event will take place at Harmony DC school campus at 62 T St NE Washington, DC 20002 on February 24 between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is proud to announce the #FitDC Healthy Hearts Walk to keep DC residents on a path to fitness and to build awareness for cardiovascular disease during American Heart Month. The walk takes place February 10, at 10 a.m. at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Read more
The Smithsonian Institution has been asked to study the feasibility of establishing a new national museum in Washington telling the story about the making of the American people. The request was made by the Coalition for the National Museum of the American People which is composed of 239 ethnic, nationality and minority organizations.
The museum’s story would begin with the first humans in the Western Hemisphere and progresses through waves of migration and immigration to today.Read more
Madame Tussauds Washington, DC is celebrating Black History Month, honoring African American accomplishments throughout history as well as famous faces of today.
For the month of February, guests can come face-to-face with figures of Zendaya and Snoop Dogg, in DC for the first time in honor of Black History Month.Read more
February 1st marked the beginning of Black History Month, when we honor and recognize the contributions of African Americans to the District, the nation, and the world. It is a time to celebrate Black culture and achievements, and acknowledge the central role African Americans have played in the history of Washington, DC and the United States of America. This year, there are myriad opportunities to celebrate Black History Month:Read more
As part of Education Week 2018, Mayor Bowser recognized Sousa Middle School as one of the middle schools with the most improved attendance rates. At the celebration, the Mayor also announced a number of private partners and other organizations, including the Washington Nationals, Atlantic 10 Basketball Conference, and Ben and Jerry’s, that are partnering with the District as part of the Every Day Counts! campaign to recognize students, schools, and families working to improve their attendance.Read more
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced recently progress to provide more workforce housing in the District with the closing of an auction of 33 properties through Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vacant To Vibrant DC initiative.
“Vacant to Vibrant DC is one more way we are getting Washingtonians in all eight wards on pathways to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
The Maryland Public Service Commission accepted BGE’s proposal to provide approximately $103 million in annual tax savings to customers beginning Feb. 1, 2018.
“This is a positive outcome for BGE customers, and we are appreciative of the Public Service Commission’s decision to accept our proposal to convert tax savings to reduced rates,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr, chief executive officer of BGE. “We are pleased to have another opportunity to further reduce the average BGE residential customers’ total bills, which remain below levels from a decade ago.”Read more
Pepco is sending crews, equipment and expertise, adding even more resources to help restore power in Puerto Rico as part of ongoing response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Pepco joins with its Exelon sister utilities – Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power and PECO – to help repair the local electric system and restore service to customers on the island.Read more
On February 7, 2018, The Maryland Historical Society is pleased to host noted scholar and professor of history at Yale University, David Blight, Ph.D., as he brings his expertise to discuss importance of Frederick Douglass’s life and thought as part of our recognition of Black History month. Blight, director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, is one of the most respected scholars of the Civil War and Reconstruction, race relations, Douglass, Du Bois, and problems in public history and American historical memory.Read more
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development recently announced new loan and down payment assistance products and debuted a redesigned website for the Maryland Mortgage Program before an audience of lenders, realtors, counselors, mortgage insurers, and other program partners. New Maryland Mortgage Program products include a mortgage loan developed for borrowers with mid-range credit scores, a down payment assistance grant designed to be used with specific Freddie Mac mortgages, and the expansion of one of the department’s existing grant programs for down payment assistance to make it applicable to more types of mortgages.Read more
Enjoy a wide range of innovative films including classics, recently produced shorts, and foreign features. Age recommendations can assist in selecting the most emotionally and intellectually stimulating films for children. Feature films are in English, unless otherwise noted. All films will be shown in the East Building Auditorium; first-come, first seated. Food and drink are not permitted. Groups are welcome. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced Maryland’s participation in an innovative cybersecurity training partnership with the SANS Institute, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions worldwide. This partnership will inspire the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and identify talented youth in Maryland. Open to female high school students, the GirlsGoCyberStart initiative encourages participants to explore their interests in cyber studies, learn core cybersecurity skills, and build confidence in problem-solving.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The 34th annual National Black Memorabilia, Fine Art & Crafts Show will be April 14 & 15, 2018 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 501 Perry Parkway, in Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. The objectives of this show are to educate the public on African American history and culture, and to provide an opportunity to purchase unique, rare and collectible pieces of Black memorabilia, fine art and crafts. Admission is $7 and students are admitted free. The show is indoors, and will be held on April 14-15, 2018. Show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced major items in the administration’s fiscal year 2019 budget, which will be officially submitted tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17. The budget responsibly holds the line on spending without raising taxes, cutting services, or raiding special funds. The budget leaves nearly $1 billion in reserves and continues – for the fourth straight year – to fund K-12 education at an all-time record level.
The administration’s proposed budget is 100 percent structurally balanced, adheres to the legislature’s Spending Affordability guidelines, and continues to deliver on the promise to grow our private sector, put more people to work, and turn our economy around.Read more
Pepco is urging customers to be aware of a scam that has been targeting utility customers across the United States for more than five years. Customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland have recently contacted the company to report they have been targeted with the popular “green dot” scam.
The scammers, who target both residential and business customers, call individuals claiming that they are behind on their account and must make an immediate payment to avoid service termination. As part of the scam, customers are asked to purchase a pre-paid debit card, such as a Green Dot MoneyPak, for a specific amount from local pharmacies, retail chains or convenience stores.Read more
The legislation allows workers at companies with 15 workers or more to earn up to five days a year of paid sick leave, which they could also use for such matters as going to court to obtain a protective order against domestic violence or dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault. A worker will be able to earn an hour of sick leave for every 30 hours they work. It will benefit about 700,000 Maryland workers.Read more
To enhance visitor experiences both within and outside of its newly reopened galleries, the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have launched the “Freer Thinking Audio App,” a new location-based app that offers visitors two ways to experience the museums’ collections. National Public Radio’s Robert Siegel narrates a gallery-highlights tour of 60 significant objects, five of which are designed especially for kids and families. The tours on the app are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish and will soon be available in Hindi, Korean and Persian.Read more
Building off the success of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards, the NFL, together with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and Nationwide are pleased to announce the launch of the NFL Hispanic Leaders Alliance Presented by Nationwide.
The alliance will feature webinars, events, and continued dialogue to help shape the NFL’s engagement and outreach with the Hispanic community. Together, these groups will work to make a positive and lasting impact on the community.Read more
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development today announced the recipients of special Fiscal Year 2018 grants through the Community Development Block Grant program. Awarded as part of a homelessness support services initiative, nearly $1.5 million will be distributed to programs in Caroline, Carroll, Dorchester, Somerset, and Talbot counties, along with the Town of Oakland in Garrett County.
“The department is working every day to ensure that Maryland’s most vulnerable populations can live safely and comfortably,” said Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt. “We’re proud to serve as partners with organizations that share our commitment to ending homelessness in Maryland.”Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is excited to offer free lifeguard training certification courses for Summer 2018. Courses run from January 2018 through June 2018 and DPR has waived all fees until March 31, 2018. DC residents and residents from surrounding areas can register now.
DPR employs the International Lifeguard Training Program (ILTP) to train and certify lifeguards to work both indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities throughout the District.Read more
The completion of the Met Branch Trail, which will be an 8-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail connecting Union Station to Silver Spring, Maryland, has long been a goal of the communities it will serve since first being proposed in the late 1980’s. When completed, the trail will offer pedestrians and bicyclists a safe and efficient route through the heart of the District, enhancing connectivity and mobility in Ward 4 and providing a viable alternative to driving.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser will celebrate the topping out of the Entertainment and Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East with Smoot-Gilbane construction workers and the Ward 8 community, signifying that the 4,200-seat arena and training facility has reached its final construction height. This development delivers on the Mayor’s commitment to create pathways to the middle class for District residents through job creation across all eight wards.Read more
Where you live could influence how likely you are to develop heart failure, a new U.S. study suggests.
In addition to people’s income and education level, the neighborhood in which they lived helped predict their risk, according to the researchers. People living in the poorest areas were at highest risk for heart failure, the researchers found.Read more
‘Silence is a Statement: A Deep Dive Conversation on Race’ will help attendees understand both sides and feel more comfortable with this awkward topic.Read more
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival film and new oral histories with people who helped organize the campaign including Marian Wright Edelman and Andrew Young.Read more
The Comcast Foundation announced recently that it has awarded $265,000 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations across the Washington, D.C. metro area in 2017. The grants help grow the impact of programs aimed at expanding digital literacy, promoting service and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Easter Seals DC MD VA and The Arc of Prince George’s County are among the many local organizations that are making a significant difference in the community and were supported by the Comcast Foundation this year. Comcast is dedicated to working with these organizations to shape the future of the areas its employees, customers and friends and families live in.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The job market for college grads is changing and becoming more competitive. Now, in addition to GPA and accomplishments, employers want to see more applicants who have completed one or more internships. In fact, according to Monster.com, internship experience is one of the most important factors now for employers when considering new college grads for full-time positions.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — E.E. Ward Moving and Storage co-owners Dominique and Brian Brooks proudly accepted the MBE Supplier of the Year Award (Class II) at the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) Annual Awards Gala on Nov. 17, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The MBE Supplier Awards are presented to OMSDC certified minority businesses with annual sales between $1-$75 million who provide outstanding service to the organization’s corporate members. E.E. Ward was selected as the winner by a panel of corporate partners, including representatives from Eaton Corporation, Kent State University, and Ohio Health.Read more
The greatest health threat to America’s youth isn’t opioid addiction or cancer — it’s diabetes. The number of children and teens diagnosed with type 2, so-called “adult” diabetes increased 5 percent every year between 2002 and 2012. The disease dooms millions of Americans to early deaths. Treating it costs more than $100 billion a year. Consequently, it’s the nation’s costliest chronic condition. Perhaps the saddest thing about these stats is that diabetes is preventable. But efforts to stop young people from contracting the disease have failed.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) officials unveiled ‘Ms. Henergy,’ the newest addition to Annapolis’ multi-year public display art campaign honoring the capital city’s organic food access movement and the rebirth of its arts district.
Located outside of BGE’s 112 West St. office, the chicken sculpture is adorned with multi-colored rooftops and power lines, symbolic of BGE connecting Annapolis’ diverse communities with reliable service.Read more
Delivering on his commitment to provide innovative transportation solutions for all of Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan today announced $461 million in new traffic relief initiatives for the Baltimore region, including adding lanes to 27 miles of highway to alleviate congestion on the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) and I-95. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) are pursuing three innovative design-build projects to achieve the greatest possible amount of peak-hour congestion relief on the Baltimore Beltway and I-95. The $461 million investment brings the administration’s investment in new transportation projects in the Baltimore region to a total of $7 billion.Read more
Pepco recently filed a request with the Public Service Commission (PSC) of the District of Columbia for approval to increase rates by $66.2 million for capital expenditures in 2016 and 2017 necessary to ensure continued safe and reliable service for customers.
Based on the request, the typical Pepco D.C. residential customer using 648 kilowatt hours per month would see a monthly bill increase of 9.24 percent, or about $7.54. Pepco is not proposing any modification to the use of the $25.6 million Customer Base Rate Credit and recommends it continue to be provided to residential customers, including master-metered apartments and some small commercial customers until it expires in July 2019.Read more
This week, Mayor Bowser signed a Mayor’s Order requiring all 30,000-plus DC Government employees to complete sexual harassment training by February 28, 2018. The measure also mandates that all 1,500 supervisors complete advanced training to ensure any complaints are handled thoroughly and efficiently. Mayor’s Order 2017-313 “Sexual Harassment Policy, Guidance and Procedures” modernizes previous guidelines, a review which the Bowser Administration undertook amid the much-needed and growing conversation on sexual harassment around the nation.Read more
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announces that owners of affordable housing projects developed with Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds in the District must file their 2017 certification and monitoring documents by Friday, February 16, 2018.
The filing of annual Owner’s Certifications of Compliance as well as 2018 Monitoring Compliance Fees for LIHTC properties is required by the LIHTC and HOME Investment Partnerships Act. The requested monitoring forms and documents for the 2017 calendar year are as follows:Read more
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) board of commissioners recently approved $9,533,945 in funding recommendations as part of the agency’s FY 2018 Cycle 2 grant awards. To date, CAH has awarded a total of $22,205,061 in grant awards in FY 2018.
“Our city’s arts and humanities community includes some of the most impressive talents in the country. These creative professionals are constantly working towards new innovations within their respective disciplines,” said Executive Director Arthur Espinoza, Jr. of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.Read more
Mayor Bowser launched “Vacant to Vibrant DC,” a new five-point plan to transform vacant spaces into approximately 70 units of workforce housing, community green spaces, and economic development opportunities for small businesses throughout the city. The plan will reduce the District’s vacant property inventory by reactivating up to 50 sites from the Department of Housing and Community Development’s Property Acquisition and Disposition Division.
“Through Vacant to Vibrant DC we are making good on our commitment to get more Washingtonians on pathways to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser. “This effort is about so much more than just taking a vacant space and transforming it into something new – it’s about building more homes for our residents, creating new green spaces, and spurring economic growth in every corner of our city.”Read more
DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that all recreation/community centers, administrative offices and indoor aquatic facilities will operate on the following schedule for the winter holiday season:
All DPR facilities will be closed on:
Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Monday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have been awarded a grant of more than $1 million from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea.
“I am thrilled to be working with the ministry on this important project,” said curator J. Keith Wilson, the Freer|Sackler curator of Ancient Chinese Art, who will lead the new Korean art and culture program. “As the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art, we have always featured Korean art in our collections. Now we have the ability to share some of Korea’s most revered artworks through the masterworks exhibitions, increase scholarly understanding of these and other Korean art objects and introduce visitors to the extraordinary richness of Korean art and culture.”Read more
The Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce that there will now be three locations open throughout the winter season for residents to bring their food waste to be composted. The food waste drop-off locations at Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, and Eastern Market will now be open year-round. Residents are encouraged to drop off the following types of food scraps: vegetables, fruits, grain, bread, pasta, and coffee grounds. Learn more at: dpw.dc.gov/node/1232791.
Earlier this year on Earth Day, Mayor Bowser kicked off DPW’s first citywide Food Waste Drop-Off program. Through the free service, residents are able to drop-off food waste at designated farmers markets in all eight city wards.Read more
On December 16, 2017, Central Union Mission is scheduled to distribute gifts to 1,300 English- and Spanish-speaking children at our Operation Christmas Miracle program, but this year we are unusually low on Christmas donations. We need gifts for 540 children!
Giving Christmas gifts to needy children is a Central Union Mission tradition that goes back to at least 1925 with First Lady Grace Coolidge. This is the first year, however, that we’ve needed to ask the public for help facing our shortage of donated Christmas presents.Read more
Governor McAuliffe recently announced nearly $12.5 million in grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) to nine projects. The awards will protect almost 4,000 historically significant acres and fund new interpretive tools at multiple sites. Funding was provided by Dominion Energy as part of an $89.5 million agreement to mitigate the adverse impact to historic resources of the Surry-Skiffes Creek Transmission Line.
“Virginia is home to a wealth of historical treasures, and these grants from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation will improve visitor experiences and enhance educational opportunities at some of our country’s most significant sites,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “I am especially pleased that a significant grant from this funding will go towards land preservation that will finally provide the Chickahominy Indian Tribe with permanent access to the river.”Read more
The Kraft Heinz Co. has released its inaugural corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, revealing the global food company’s CSR strategy and goals, and announcing a new commitment to transition to 100 percent cage-free eggs in all global operations by 2025. According to Kraft Heinz, the report is a key element of its “enhanced commitment to CSR performance and a two-way dialogue with stakeholders.”
“At Kraft Heinz, we’re focused on addressing the most critical environmental and societal challenges affecting our industry and global communities, and finding ways to drive meaningful change—today and in the future,” said Bernardo Hees, CEO at Kraft Heinz. “We began our CSR journey back in 2015—grounded in the ideals of our founders, J.L. Kraft and H.J. Heinz—and are proud to share the steps we’ve taken to improve our planet and its people.”Read more
On Thursday, December 7th, the DC Asthma Coalition and the District of Columbia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics co-sponsored a briefing on Healthy Housing for DC Council members. The briefing highlighted policy gaps and made recommendations that would address slow response to housing code violations and difficulties in coordination of responses to health, housing and environmental issues. Health experts also briefed the Council on the need to expand resources to address health hazards in housing.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that his 2019-2020 biennial budget will include $76 million to help combat the opioid epidemic and improve behavioral health treatment.
The proposed funding will improve behavioral health services through community services boards; expand access to drug courts; establish residential treatment programs for non-violent offenders; hire more parole and probation officers; and pay for six additional forensic scientists to test substances. It also expands access to medically-assisted treatment for people with opioid addictions.Read more
As the holidays approach, Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary of State John Wobensmith warn citizens to beware of scam charities and deceptive practices. Charities in Maryland and beyond rely upon the generosity of citizens to provide programs and services to those in need across the state.
While the holidays inspire a spirit of generosity among many Marylanders, it is important to be vigilant about scams that are posing as legitimate charitable organizations.Read more
Medline, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies and clinical solutions, is nearly tripling its footprint in Maryland with the construction of a 1.1 million square-foot distribution center in the Principio Business Park in Perryville. The new distribution center, which will replace the company’s current Havre de Grace facility, will be LEED-certified and is expected to create more than 200 new jobs over the next six years, which, when combined with their current workforce, will provide jobs for more than 300 local residents.Read more
Free bus rides and an interactive train garden are two ways the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) already is spreading holiday cheer.
The specially-decorated, free Holiday Bus will operate on different CityLink and LocalLink bus routes weekdays until Dec. 20. Customers will receive candy canes and greetings from Santa, who will be on the bus with his elves. The inside of the Holiday Bus also is decorated for the holidays, and festive music will be played for passengers.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it is providing an additional $150,000 to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to continue support for managing and improving the computer technology used for Chesapeake Bay restoration.
“Clean water is a top priority for EPA” said EPA Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio “This continuing collaboration is critical to building and maintaining the information infrastructure that supports the ongoing restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”Read more
Over 200 registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. have reached a tentative contract agreement, which will ensure the recruitment and retention of the most experienced nurses, National Nurses United (NNU) announced Monday. “We are so proud that Providence nurses stood together to achieve this contract, which will enable Providence Hospital to recruit—and more importantly retain—highly skilled RNs, so that we can improve our staffing and provide excellent care to our community,” said Kelly Fields, RN.Read more
Graduate students from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School are the winners of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s second annual MBA Case Competition, a competition that challenged students to take on an urgent problem facing business today. More than 100 teams from 42 business schools across the country responded to the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s call to examine the public perception of business and recommend ways to reinforce the message that business plays a crucial role in society.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently joined with federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and officials to announce a series of initiatives to combat criminal gang enterprises and repeat violent offenders responsible for terrorizing Baltimore City and participating in violent crime throughout the state.Read more
Light RailLink service will be stopped Dec. 8-11 near Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for track repairs, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) announced. The shutdown will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and end at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11. It will occur between the BWI Business District and BWI Airport stations while repairs are made to pedestrian grade crossing pads and tracks.Read more
During the first four years of BGE’s Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement (STRIDE) natural gas system modernization plan, more than 150 miles of gas mains and more than 32,000 service pipes connecting customer properties to gas mains have been replaced with modern, durable gas equipment. The progress has been made possible by Maryland’s 2013 STRIDE law, which enabled gas utilities to replace equipment faster by authorizing recovery of some pipeline modernization costs as the work is performed.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — DC Area Tech Solutions, a Black-owned tech firm in the immediate Washington DC area has announced that they are expanding their services to the Baltimore, MD area. In more than 25 years of business, the firm has done impressive consulting work for several major local clients including E-ZPass® Maryland, Washington Teacher’s Union, Xerox, the Coalition for Auto Repair Equality (CARE), and Dulles Golf Center & Sports Park.Read more
The Friends of the National World War II Memorial (Friends) and the National Park Service (NPS) will remember and honor all those who died in the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago during a special event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will offer DPR Winter Wondercamp Tuesday, December 26, 2017 through Friday, December 29, 2017, during DC Public Schools’ winter holiday break. Registration is now open and will remain open until 4 pm on Friday, December 22, 2017. DPR will operate only one session for the 2017 Winter Wondercamp.Read more
On December 4, 2017 in Washington DC, SANKOFA.ORG in partnership with The Kairos Center, Repairers of The Breach, Ben & Jerry’s and The Campaign For Black Male Achievement will take over the Howard Theatre for a movement concert for the new Poor People’s Campaign A National Call for A Moral Revival with performances by Maxwell, Aloe Blacc, Sweet Honey in the Rock, J. Period and Yara Allen.Read more
The Maryland and D.C. Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington announced today a first-of-its-kind green infrastructure project aimed at capturing stormwater runoff at the historic Mount Olivet Cemetery in northeast Washington.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia students have been awarded a total of $140,000 in cyber security scholarships as a result of their participation in the SANS Institute CyberStart online cyber security skills aptitude pilot program.Read more
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed its first two loan agreements for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, totaling more than $26.5 million that will help produce and preserve 197 affordable rental housing units in Ward 7. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).Read more
On Tuesday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Muriel Bowser will be joined by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Events DC to celebrate the opening of Shaw’s newest neighborhood retailers connected to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The newest tenants, Morris American Bar and Unconventional Diner, will join Union Kitchen Grocery and Urban Athletic Club. The latest tenants will help continue to transform of the Shaw neighborhood, expand the District’s workforce, and provide an enhanced experience for community members and visitors.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently joined the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Department of Rail and Public Transportation, federal, state and local partners, and the Commonwealth’s private partner, I-66 Express Mobility Partners (EMP), to break ground on the I-66 Outside the Beltway Express Lanes Project, which will deliver about $3.7 billion worth of transportation improvements benefitting Northern Virginia’s I-66 Corridor.Read more
With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals, and virtuosic trumpet sound, Byron Stripling joins Annapolis Symphony under the direction of José-Luis Novo for Holiday Swing! on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00pm at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Stripling dazzles audiences wherever he goes and will light up the holiday season with his infectious yuletide joy and everyone’s favorite seasonal tunes.Read more
The holidays are a time for cheer, fun gatherings and decking the halls. Pepco offers customers tips to help them save energy and money and stay safe during the holidays. The grumpy, anti-holiday spirit Grinch may have been successful at stealing stuff from the residents of Whooville, but he could not steal their joy. Energy efficiency lighting is one way to fend off Grinchy costs. Here are a few tips to keep your holidays shiny and bright!Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the release of a new independent study focused on Virginia’s housing sector and the links between housing and other key policy areas. Governor McAuliffe made the announcement at the Governor’s Housing Conference in front of 800 stakeholders, including housing providers, housing finance representatives, community and economic developers, and research institutions, among others.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down 0.1 percentage point in October to 3.6 percent, the second consecutive monthly decline, and was down 0.5 percentage points from a year ago. October’s unemployment rate of 3.6 percent was the lowest rate since the March 2008 rate of 3.6 percent. Virginia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continues to be below the national rate, which was down 0.1 percentage point in October to 4.1 percent.Read more
Governor McAuliffe announced recently that October general fund revenues rose 7.7 percent in October, driven mainly by payroll withholding, sales, and corporate income taxes. On a fiscal year-to-date basis, total revenue collections rose 4.9 percent, ahead of the annual forecast of a 2.7 percent increase.Read more
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and 1776 are advancing their technology-development partnership by launching the Airport Innovation Challenge, a competition for startup firms to create and deploy new products and services to enhance the airport passenger experience.Read more