October 2017 General Fund Revenue Collections Up 7.7% From The Previous Year And Fiscal-Year-To-Date Collections Up 4.9%
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.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, 1776 Advance Partnership with Airport Innovation Challenge
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.
Pepco has joined forces, for the second year in a row, with electric and natural gas utility companies across the United States and Canada to help provide essential information that can help utility customers avoid being scammed. Pepco, and the other Exelon utilities, Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power and PECO are committed to educating customers and putting a stop to scamming.
Bowser Administration Announces DC’s First-Ever Partnership to Assist Residents with Citizenship Process
At the November 2017 United States District Court Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony, Mayor Bowser announced a new partnership between DC Government and the non-profit group, National Immigration Forum, that will make citizenship services more readily available for DC Government employees, their families, and hundreds of others who live or work in Washington, DC.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that the American Institutes for Research (AIR), one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations, will invest $12.5 million to relocate its major operations from Washington, D.C. to Arlington County. The project will create 320 new jobs.
Kool Smiles, a leading provider of quality dental care for children and families, has awarded a $5,000 scholarship to Howard University College of Dentistry (HUCD) student Erin Anderson for outstanding contributions to her community.
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 5 Valencia Simmons-Fowler is the first African America woman to achieve the highest chief warrant officer rank in the information warfare community, November 3. The Chicago, Illinois native started her Navy career at Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida in March 1988. From there she attended Cryptologic Technician Collection (CTR) “A” School where she achieved the notable accomplishment of honor graduate.
On November 12th, BMW of North America is returning to DC for the “Women Who Pay It 4ward” Honors Brunch Series at The Park at Fourteenth. The event will celebrate four of our nation’s honorable women military veterans who have paid it forward to our country and community. The afternoon will be hosted by U.S. Army Officer and Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber and will kick off with the “Drive for a Cause,” an opportunity to pay it forward while experiencing the new BMW 4 Series.
Downtown Silver Spring Re-Imagines the Holidays with Sustainable Energy Holiday Tree—Bicycle Peddling
Downtown Silver Spring’s unique holiday tree tradition of “Re-Imagining the Holidays” has awed and inspired residents and visitors for the past five years. The annual 35-foot tall tree is an annual creative work of art, based each year on a different artists theme and created using different materials. For instance, one year the tree was made from toys. Another year, it was made using musical instruments. Last year, the artists created a tree using brightly colored umbrellas. Every year there’s a strong charity tie-in as well and the tree has become a major holiday display and attraction.
As temperatures begin to drop, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) asks customers to prepare for a return to normal winter temperatures after mild winters during the past few years. Colder weather can cause heating systems to work harder in order to maintain comfort, increasing energy usage and average bills. To ensure that customers’ energy needs are met this winter, BGE has completed natural gas and electric infrastructure system upgrades throughout its service area.
Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced recently that all 167 Giant Landover store locations will participate in the “Food 4 Families” holiday food drive that will involve multiple efforts at store level and beyond to help hungry families in our community. Giant Food stores will be collecting nonperishable items through November 23rd to be donated to five area Feeding America food banks: Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank. Items accepted include canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned tuna, salmon or chicken, grains, peanut butter and more.
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is providing unique fitness activities to help District residents get in shape for the holidays. November marks the beginning of weekly workouts co-hosted by DPR and the November Project, DC Chapter, at different locations throughout the city. “We recently released our winter programs; moving outside of that box allows us to get people excited about fitness in new ways and possibly involved in our more structured fitness classes,” explained DPR Director Keith A. Anderson.
Mayor Bowser announced eight new awardees of the District’s Community School Incentive Initiative Grant. Community schools have proven to be successful in reducing absenteeism, improving the health and well-being of students and their families, and increasing rates of high school graduation and college attendance.
State Agencies Join with Local Businesses, U.S. Naval Academy to Celebrate Maryland Veterans Appreciation Month
The State of Maryland is celebrating Veterans Appreciation Month and honoring military veterans during the month of November with a series of programs, exhibits, and special offers at attractions and businesses throughout the state. The initiative is a joint effort between the Maryland Office of Tourism, Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Public Television (MPT), and the U.S. Naval Academy.
ARENA STAGE AT THE MEAD CENTER FOR AMERICAN THEATER TO HOST SEVENTH ANNUAL MILITARY THANKSGIVING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Every year hundreds of D.C.-area military families must spend the Thanksgiving holiday away from loved ones. In gratitude for their service, Arena Stage is inviting wounded warriors, service men and women and their families to a complimentary dinner and performance of the musical comedy The Pajama Game at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., SW) on Friday, November 24.
Alexandria City Public Schools and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Partner to Create an Academy of Health Sciences at T.C. Williams High School
Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) and the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences have established a partnership that creates a Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway for students interested in careers in medicine and health care. The program will begin to be rolled out in academic year 2018-2019 at T.C. Williams High School, Virginia’s largest high school for grades 9 through 12.
With cold weather and the heating season quickly approaching, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) would like to remind customers to familiarize themselves with the natural gas safety tips provided in BGE’s natural gas safety brochure which is being distributed to homes and businesses in and around BGE’s natural gas service area.
Giant Food Customers Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Program offered in DC, Maryland and Virginia Stores
Giant Food customers are preventing type 2 diabetes using the PreventT2 lifestyle change program offered in stores. Guided by in-store nutritionists serving as lifestyle coaches, groups of participants are learning the skills they need to make lasting changes such as eating better, losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active, and managing stress.
In November, members of the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra will honor military veterans; the band’s 17th Director, John Philip Sousa; and the Marine Corps’ 242nd anniversary. All programs are free and tickets are not required except where noted. Please include these performances among your November calendar/events listings.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) reminds all eligible teachers that the application phase for the 2017 inaugural Bright Ideas Teachers’ Grants program closes on Oct. 31. All kindergarten through 12th-grade in-classroom teachers within the BGE service area that focus on innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the environment or energy efficiency are eligible to apply at www.bge.com/giving.
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett today announced a renewal of the Montgomery Homeownership Program through the Maryland Mortgage Program.
On October 4th, Giant Food presented a check for $400,000 to USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.
Thanks to the support of customers, vendor partners and associates, Giant had its most successful fundraising campaign for USO-Metro. Throughout the month of June, they hosted several initiatives to benefit USO-Metro including:
From now through October 31, 2017, the public is able to vote daily to “Forge the Future in Shaw,” in support of DC among 24 other cities by voting online. Shaw is competing for the restoration of an “Ugly Duckling” building built in 1881 as a blacksmith shop in Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood.
“We are happy to provide some great alternatives for kids to have fun during this Halloween season,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “We strive to provide a safe and fun environment every time we open a recreation center door; we just add a few tricks and treats during this time of year.”
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has partnered with MD Works to co-sponsor three ACRE Approved Basic Community Employment Certification Trainings for direct support professionals to assist people with disabilities in their job development and discovery. With this funding, a total of 50 professionals will be certified–20 on the Eastern Shore, 15 in Southern Maryland, and 15 in Western Maryland.
CANCER PATIENTS, SURVIVORS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS GATHER TO CELEBRATE, HONOR AND REMEMBER THOSE TOUCHED BY CANCER
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s LLS National Capital Area Chapter will celebrate its 2017 Light The Night® on October 21st, 2017 at 5pm on the National Mall. Light The Night is a series of fundraising campaigns benefiting LLS and their funding of research to find blood cancer cures. Coming together for a common goal, friends, family and co-workers form fundraising walk teams and gather to celebrate, honor or remember those touched by cancer.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced $240,000 in Community Business Launch (CBL) awards for four communities in Virginia. The CBL program provides funding to local governments and nonprofit organizations to train entrepreneurs and conduct business plan competitions that align with local and regional economic development strategies, primarily in Virginia’s downtown commercial districts.
Maryland Department of Transportation MTA to Partially Shut Down Light RailLink Service from North Avenue to Camden Yards
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will conduct track maintenance and rail replacement this weekend resulting in the suspension of Light RailLink service in both directions between the North Avenue and Camden stations.
A $10 million grant awarded from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the DC College Access Program (DC-CAP) will allow DC-CAP to pave a path to college completion for hundreds of youth in DC’s Wards 7 & 8. Specifically, three million dollars of the grant will support the implementation of the Ward 7 & 8 Scholars Program, a new initiative based on the College Success Foundation – District of Columbia (CSF-DC) model of comprehensive college preparation and support services to students starting as early as 7th grade.
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that the Board of Public Works, including Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, unanimously adopted a Maryland Department of Natural Resources recommendation approving 17 Rural Legacy Program grants totaling over $23 million. Funding from these grants will permanently protect over 6,500 acres of working farms, forests, and open space in 18 counties.
One of the area’s most popular charity food events, the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction will return for its 21st year on Tuesday, November 14. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Hotel
Prominent area chefs will prepare their signature dishes created exclusively for the evening paired with fine wines and creative cocktails. Honorary Chef Chair Amy Brandwein of Centrolina will be joined by a stellar lineup of more than 25 chefs from some of the area’s most prominent restaurants.
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Facebook will bring more than $1 billion of new investment to the Commonwealth. Facebook is directly investing $750 million to establish a 970,000-square-foot data center in the White Oak Technology Park in Henrico County.
The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) closed a loan agreement totaling more than $12.9 million that will help preserve 106 affordable housing units in Ward 7. The funding was made available through the Housing Production Trust Fund (HPTF).
“Preserving safe and affordable homes for District residents in all eight wards is a critical goal of the Housing Production Trust Fund,” said DHCD Director Polly Donaldson. “We are to see our affordable housing investments pay off in this important corridor of Ward 7.”
On Wednesday, October 4, the Junior League of Washington (JLW) will host its annual fall fashion fundraiser, Fall into Fashion, at the Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase. Guests at the event will have the opportunity to view the latest fall fashion trends, sample passed hors d’oeuvres and champagne, and enjoy 10 percent off most purchases, with a percentage of each purchase going back to the Junior League.
Governor Larry Hogan recently directed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to file suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution that significantly affects the quality of the air that Marylanders breathe.
The 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will honor a firefighter who died in the line of duty from Maryland. He is among the 75 firefighters who died in 2016 and 20 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, October 8, 2017.
The Enoch Pratt Free Library is proud to partner with the University of Maryland School of Social Work in bringing the Social Worker in the Library program to Baltimore. The new initiative brings graduate student social work interns into several library branches to help customers address issues such as poverty, food insecurity, homelessness and addiction.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that he is making $1.5 million in grant funding available through the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to fund programs combating domestic terrorism and violent extremism. The grants will also support the development of regional plans and cooperative agreements to help localities coordinate resources to deal with incidents related to civil unrest, violent extremism or domestic terrorism.
At a time when our nation’s response to immigrants and refugees is hotly debated, Theater J opens its 2017-2018 season with the powerful and poetic Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz. Sotto Voce, which is set in motion by the ill-fated 1939 trip of the S.S. St. Louis, runs October 3-29. Cruz’s lyrical and romantic play deals with the separation of a man and a woman when the man’s expected arrival in Havana aboard the ship is thwarted by the Cuban government.
CTI America to Invest $10 Million in New Facility, Create At Least 80 New Jobs Kicking off a regional trade
This year, two doctors received grants as part of the MaxLove Project Hero Fund. Dr. Taryn Allen, Ph.D., pediatric psychologist at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research in Frederick, Md., received the MaxLove Project Hero Fund St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Research Grant for $49,700 and Dr. Kathy Ruble at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, Md., received the St. Baldrick’s Scholar MaxLove Project Hero Fund for $49,700.
Maryland Zoo staff usually lets nature take its course when it comes to polar bear breeding. But what do you do when you have a female bear, but no male? The Maryland Zoo is excited to announce that it has teamed up with the Cincinnati Zoo’s Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), to participate in a reproductive research project by artificially inseminating Anoki, the Zoo’s 21-year-old female polar bear.
Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation’s Hill Fest Inaugural Event: Saturday, October 7th, 10 AM – 7:30 PM, Garfield Park
Join Jazz star Frank McComb as he headlines the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation Hill Fest in Washington, D.C., along with other national and local acts. The inaugural event will be held Oct. 7, 2017 at Garfield Park (2nd St SE & F St SE) from 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Hill Fest will bring musicians together in an effort to translate performances to policy.
Mayor Bowser released the District’s Health Systems Plan, a roadmap for how to leverage DC’s high-quality medical services and facilities in order to address chronic health inequities, including gaps in primary, specialty, and mental health care. The Mayor was joined at the release by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services HyeSook Chung, Director of the Department of Health Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Robert Brandon, Chair of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, community members, and leaders from the city’s health industry.
The District of Columbia Office of Human Rights (OHR) recently issued its Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Highlights, reporting a swell of over 2,000 inquires of discrimination, 664 cases docketed, 467 mediated settlements and 31 cases certified to the Commission on Human Rights, the largest case processing uptick in the agency’s history.
This week, the members of the District of Columbia City Council reconvened for their first, post-recess meeting of the Committee of the Whole. During the session, which began promptly at 11 a.m., Councilmember Bonds introduced four pieces of legislation: the Rental Unit Fee Adjustment Amendment Act, which raises the annual Rental Unit Fee from to $25 to $30 in order to help fund the exemption of low-income, elderly, and tenants with disabilities from rent increases due to landlord petitions…
Some 121 Job Corps students from across the country and the Metro Washington area will be leading a peace walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Thursday, Sept. 21, as part of the national, student-led anti-violence initiative Youth 2 Youth: Partners 4 Peace.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is now accepting applications for the 2017 inaugural Bright Ideas Teachers’ Grants program. All kindergarten through 12th-grade in-classroom teachers within the BGE service area that focus on innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the environment or energy efficiency are eligible to apply at www.bge.com/giving. Applications must be received by Oct. 31, 2017.
This fall, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will partner with the Newseum to launch a series of conversations with critically acclaimed artists, journalists, activists and academics to discuss the role of art and free speech in the 21st century.
The four-part program will coincide with the Hirshhorn’s current exhibition “Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn” (June 28-Jan. 1, 2018), a solo project featuring new and recent work by renowned Chinese artist and freedom of expression advocate Ai Weiwei.
(BlackNews.com) — The annual CBC Week kicks off in D.C. September 20 and runs through September 24th. It’s also DC Fashion Week and the one year anniversary of the National Museum of African American History & Culture. EventGreek.com has featured the most comprehensive listing of events during CBC Week 2017.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will host the annual Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler on Sunday, September 17, 2017 on the grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. This year marks the 6th year for the Half Marathon and the 14th year for the 5-Miler.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) in coordination with CBCF Board Chair Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will host the 2017 Meet and Match Procurement Forum on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the CBCF’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
The Blue Room in the Mount Vernon Mansion will reopen October 7, marking the completion of a major seven-month restoration. Guided by new research and investigation, this bedchamber’s dramatic transformation includes reproduction French wallpaper, cream-painted woodwork, and a bedstead draped in a striking blue-printed cotton.
(BlackNews.com) — Prostate cancer touches lives of the famous like Ambassador Andrew Young and activist-artist Harry Belafonte. But there are tens of thousands of others impacted like Oakland minister, Bishop Bob Jackson, Tugaloo college professor Dr. Walter Davis and businessman Thomas Farrington. Seventeen-year survivor Farrington turned the “lemon” of his diagnosis into a potent education “brew” with national impact.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the start of the 2017 Virginia Tax Amnesty Program which provides delinquent individual and business taxpayers the opportunity to pay back taxes with no penalties and half the interest between September 13and November 14, 2017. Approved by the 2017 General Assembly, the program assumes collection of $89.5 million for the general fund to support education, health, and public safety, as well as provide a cash reserve.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia has achieved the goal he set in his Executive Order 23 – Establishing the New Virginia Economy Workforce Initiative, which called for the annual production of 50,000 workforce credentials aligned with high-paying jobs in science, technology, engineering, math, and healthcare (STEM-H). The 50,361 STEM-H credentials awarded during fiscal year 2017 represent a 36-percent increase compared to fiscal year 2014 when the goal of 50,000 credentials per year was set.
A weeklong trade and diplomatic mission to South Korea led by officials from the Maryland Department of Commerce and the Secretary of State’s office concluded Friday with announcements that Maryland has attracted two new companies from South Korea. A follow-up to Governor Larry Hogan’s 2015 trade mission to Asia, which included stops in South Korea, China, and Japan, this mission was aimed at increasing trade and investment between South Korea and Maryland and strengthening cultural and diplomatic ties.
The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) – a leading nonprofit community service organization guiding Washington, D.C. metropolitan area residents into self-sufficiency for 80 years – announced that it was launching an aggressive resource and donation relief effort for individuals and families in the Houston metropolitan area severely impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Special emphasis is being placed on already vulnerable, low-income and underserved populations in Houston, a disproportionate number of which are Black and Latinx residents.
The Bowser Administration announced the release of a site study for the construction of a new hospital east of the Anacostia River. The site study recommends that the District construct the new acute care hospital on the East campus of St. Elizabeths.
“The site selection study is the next necessary step in the planning and design phase of a new acute care facility east of the Anacostia River,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition Programs (VDOE SNP) has been awarded a Team Nutrition Training Grant in the amount of $498,010. The United Sates Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a total of $5.6 million to 11 states.
As of Sept. 1, 2017, the Virginia State Police has opened its Academy to current Virginia law enforcement interested in attending a new Accelerated Lateral Entry Program (ALEP). This is a first in the Department’s 85-year history to offer an abbreviated State Police Academy for existing Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS) certified law enforcement officers. Until now, any applicant for state trooper had to complete the full, six-month State Police Academy.
As part of its ongoing commitment to communities, Dominion Energy is inviting nonprofit organizations across the company’s footprint to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each for programs that provide essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services. For the third consecutive year, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has pledged $1 million to help meet critical community needs across more than a dozen states.
Mayor Bowser launched Apprenticeship DC, an expansion of the already successful Department of Employment Services (DOES) Apprenticeship Program. Through a unique collection of grants, customized programs, and apprenticeship offerings, Apprenticeship DC will increase the number of residents enrolled in apprenticeship programs. The Mayor was joined at the launch by Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity Courtney R. Snowden and Department of Employment Services Director Odie Donald II.
Governor McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia’s tourism revenue has grown by $2.2 billion since taking office in 2014 with a compound annual growth rate of 3.3 percent. Tourism is an instant revenue generator for the Commonwealth, representing almost $23.7 billion in revenue in 2016, a 10.2 percent increase from 2013 when the tourism industry generated approximately $21.5 billion in revenue.
Events DC presents WalkingTown DC 2017. This annual event offers outdoor walking tours of DC’s most interesting locations and neighborhoods. The tours take place outside, rain or shine, and many include a restroom break. Most tours are family-friendly and wheelchair/stroller accessible. Featuring lunch-time and happy hour tours during the week and extended tours on the weekend.
The world-famous GEICO Skytypers will perform during the 2017 Joint Base Andrews Air Show on September 16-17. The team’s six vintage SNJ training aircraft will roar over air show crowds in a low-level, precision- formation flying demonstration honoring service members of the “Greatest Generation.” The air show routine includes more than 20 combat tactics and maneuvers that helped control the skies during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Infinity Stage is proud to announce the premiere performance of Cinderella, The New Musical, September 22-October 1, at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Old Town Alexandria. It’s a hip, witty version of Cinderella, written as much for adults as for kids. “This is a fresh, modern take of the classic tale, adapted by the famous Russian writer, Yevgeny Shvarts,” says local composer Steven W Rodgers.
As the public demand for donations increases for Hurricane Harvey survivors, many Marylanders may feel compelled to donate. For those that do choose to make a donation to support those in the impacted areas, the Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh advise consumers to be vigilant to donate wisely.
American Institutes for Research Report Highlights Gains at DC Public Schools; Indicates Key Areas for Improvement
The American Institutes for Research released a new report, Looking Back to Move Forward: Progress and Opportunity in District of Columbia Public Schools[ looking at the five years of progress at DC Public Schools, as well as areas to continue to work to close the achievement gap and ensure that every student at DC Public Schools receives a high-quality education.
An NFL appeals officer rejected Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal on Tuesday and upheld the six-game suspension for the Dallas Cowboys running back.
Despite the ruling, Elliott is eligible to play in the Cowboys’ regular-season opener against the New York Giants on Sunday, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no update regarding Elliott’s status had been officially announced by the league.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) recently announced the return of the “Adventures of Captain MercaptanSM, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge.” The contest challenges elementary school students in BGE’s service area to submit a three-panel comic strip, illustrating a natural gas safety message featuring Captain Mercaptan, BGE’s fictional natural gas safety superhero.
Governor Larry Hogan, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Break Ground on Purple Line
Following a ceremonial signing with U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao for the federal government’s $900 million Full-Funding Grant Agreement, Governor Larry Hogan started demolition to make way for the new Purple Line Operations Center and begin construction on the long-awaited Purple Line.
Attend the Washington, DC | 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair! Register now for a guaranteed interview, over 30 employers will be hiring on the spot! Employers include: Starbucks, Five Guys, Walmart, Hilton, HMSHost… and more.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) hosted 15 school-aged girls at its White Marsh Training Center. The girls are part of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) camp which provides a supportive and nurturing environment for high school girls to explore the construction industry.
Governor Larry Hogan announced recently that Maryland and the eight other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have agreed to reduce the program’s carbon pollution cap by 30 percent from 2020 to 2030.
The Memorial Foundation, Inc., the foundation responsible for building the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will conclude their fourth annual Sunset Summer Film Series at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial…
Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced recently the launch of a new fundraising program designed to support pediatric cancer research during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Giant has set an ambitious goal to raise $2 million throughout the course of an eight-week program…
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will host the 2nd Annual Taste of the World Festival to highlight the diversity of international communities that live and thrive in the District of Columbia.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that $533,578 has been awarded to 7 health centers in the District of Columbia as an investment in quality improvement, building upon their 2016 achievements. Health centers will use these funds to further improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of the health care delivered to the communities they serve.
Events DC Partners with Blind Whino and Visual Artist, Naturel to Host RFK Campus Block Party on Sunday, August 20
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority, will host the RFK Campus Block Party, in partnership with Blind Whino and visual artist, Naturel. The free, family-friendly community celebration kicks off the school year and shows appreciation for our neighbors.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) initiated its BGE Scholars program today by awarding scholarships totaling $45,000 to nine undergraduate students from across the BGE service area. One scholarship each was awarded to students in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
Beginning in fall 2018, recent graduates of Baltimore’s public high schools will be able to attend Baltimore City College to earn a one-year certificate or two-year degree with the cost of tuition and fees covered by the city. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) unveiled the plan at a news briefing on Wednesday as part of a strategy to combat crime and violence.
Break the Cycle is a cross-country bike ride from Washington State to Washington, DC. Andrés Martin, MD, MPH, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and editor-in-chief of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) scientific journal, is leading this ride to raise awareness of the challenges faced by children with mental illnesses.
Maryland State Agencies Participate in Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference Exhibit Hall
The following Maryland State Agencies will participate in the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference Exhibit Hall at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City from August 16 – August 18, 2017:
SEN. WARNER UNVEILS GRANT TO PROVIDE TEACHERS IN RURAL SOUTHSIDE & SOUTHWEST VA WITH TRAINING IN COMPUTER SCIENCE & CODING
U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) joined the statewide educational nonprofit CodeVA and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission today to announce a $361,625 grant to train teachers in computer science and coding to serve in rural southside and southwest Virginia public schools.
On Saturday, September 23, Art All Night: Made in DC, Washington, DC’s only free overnight arts festival, will return with an all-new lineup of visual and performing arts exhibits, workshops, and performances. Art All Night highlights the most innovative and creative artistic forces in the city while providing a unique around-the-clock experience for residents and visitors.
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) is urging Marylanders to consider whether they may be eligible to receive a homeowners’ or renters’ property tax credit and to submit an application before the September 1 deadline. As part of this awareness campaign, last week SDAT mailed 133,828 postcards to low-income Maryland homeowners who may be eligible to receive a credit but have not yet submitted an application.
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has released the Outdoor Aquatic Facilities Closure Schedule for the 2017 summer season.
Macy’s invites customers to participate in its 12th annual Shop For A Cause charity event benefitting the March of Dimes, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 13. Macy’s Shop For A Cause is a four-day shopping event created to support the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations.
The Thursday Network (TN), the young professional auxiliary of the Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL), announced the launch of #UNHackTheVote as part of a periodic awareness and conversation project on voter suppression, redistricting and gerrymandering issues. Hosting a summit recently in Washington, D.C., TN leaders collaborated with the Brennan Center for Justice, a think tank at New York University, to convene a “hackathon” of concerned thought leaders…
The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is pleased to announce its upcoming Pops in the Park concert. This free Labor Day Weekend concert will take place at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis on Sunday, September 3 at 5:30 PM. The rain date is Monday September 4, same time, same place.
United Foods International Co. (UFI), a Japanese private label food manufacturer, today celebrated the grand opening of its first East Coast location in Belcamp in Harford County. The company, which is ramping up production and plans to create up to 125 new jobs, has been in a test production phase for the past year and currently has approximately 25 employees.
Participating restaurants throughout Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. will donate 10 cents from every oyster sold on National Oyster Day, Saturday, Aug. 5 to the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP), the leading nonprofit working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population. As part of Give Back to the Bay on National Oyster Day, each oyster sale will help plant 10 spat (baby oysters) onto local oyster reefs.
Lt. Governor Rutherford Joins Maryland Commerce to Announce State Support for Research Professorships at Three Universities
Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford today announced that the College of Southern Maryland (CSM); Johns Hopkins University; and the University of Maryland, College Park, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Commerce, have endowed a total of $8.6 million in three new research professorships.
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that three Maryland’s schools have been selected to receive a Don’t Quit! Fitness Center through the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils. This multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign has named Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Newport Mills Middle School in Kensington, and Vanguard Collegiate Middle School in Baltimore as recipients of the fitness center for demonstrating outstanding leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.
Councilmember Todd invites you to join him at the National Building Museum on Tuesday, August 1st, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM during their “Ward 4 Day,” where Ward 4 residents can enjoy the museum’s new “Hive” exhibit for FREE .
34th Annual National Night Out Celebration & 2nd Annual Empowering Youth Talent Show: Tuesday, August 1st, 4-8PM
The 2nd Annual Empowering Youth Talent Show — DC’s Got Talent — will take place this Tuesday, August 1st, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the National Night Out Celebration at the Hamilton Recreation Center (1340 Hamilton St, NW).
The DC Commercial Waste Compactor Grants Program provides eligible District businesses with grants up to $13,500 for the purchase or lease of a commercial waste compactor to collect and compost bulk trash, waste and recyclables.
Join the Brightwood Community Association (BCA) for a neighborhood cleanup this Saturday, July 29th from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. Meet at the intersection of Luzon Avenue, 14th Street, and Van Buren Street (6600/6700 block).
The Catholic University of America is offering free mentoring for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to middle school, high school, and college students. It will take place on Saturday, July 29th, from 12 noon to 2:00 PM at the Catholic University of America’s Engineering Building (620 Michigan Avenue, NE).