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.
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.
Mayor Bowser to Celebrate the “Topping Out” for the New Entertainment & Sports Arena at St. Elizabeths East Campus
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.
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.
‘Silence is a Statement: A Deep Dive Conversation on Race’ will help attendees understand both sides and feel more comfortable with this awkward topic.
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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces Over $9.5 Million in Second Round of FY18 Grant Awards
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Service Near BWI Marshall Airport MDOT MTA to Shut Down Portion of Light RailLink for Track Repairs, Dec. 8-11
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.
BGE’s New STRIDE Plan Proposes Further Acceleration of the Modernization of Natural Gas Infrastructure
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.
(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.
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.
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.
SANKOFA.ORG PRESENTS: WE ARE HERE A POOR PEOPLE’S CALL FOR MORAL REVIVAL CONCERT TO BUILD SUPPORT FOR THE POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN
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.
The Nature Conservancy and DC’s Catholic Archdiocese collaborate on stormwater retention project at historic Mount Olivet Cemetery
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
Governor McAuliffe Announces Release of Study Addressing the Impact of Housing on Virginia’s Economy
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.
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.
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.