The Bowser Administration announced it would opt-in to the national First Responder Network – creating a new partnership between the District and FirstNet to create an enhanced wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety personnel during major events and emergencies. The District joins nearly 40 states opting in to the national First Responder Network– a communications network that is being built, operated and maintained at no cost to participating states through a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T. The FirstNet Network is expected to transform the way fire, police, EMS, emergency management and other public safety personnel communicate and share information.Read more
A notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the District Opportunity to Purchase Act (DOPA) was published in the DC Register on Friday, December 22, 2017. DOPA promotes affordable rental housing by maintaining the affordable status of existing affordable rental units as well as increasing the total number of affordable rental units within the District. To this end, DOPA requires rental property owners to provide the District with the opportunity to purchase housing accommodations consisting of five or more rental units, as long as a certain percentage are deemed “affordable.” DOPA is subordinate to the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA).Read more
BALTIMORE (Dec. 21, 2017) – Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) was recently announced as one of the nation’s highest ranked gas and electric utility companies as rated by residential customers surveyed by Market Strategies International in its annual Utility Trusted Brand & Customer Engagement ™ Residential Cogent Report. This is the second recent recognition of BGE’s leading customer satisfaction performance.Read more
(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
(UPI) — President Donald Trump praised Congress for passing a sweeping tax reform bill Wednesday, saying his first legislative victory since taking office was “a lot of fun.”
The president made remarks outside the White Hours hours after the House held its final vote. He was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and congressional Republicans.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser this week applauded the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which show Washington, DC’s population continued to climb in 2017. Newly released figures indicate the District of Columbia is quickly approaching 700,000 residents after a growth rate of 1.4 percent between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017 – ranking the District eighth in percent growth among the states. As of July 1, Census data estimated the District’s population to be 693,972.
“Washington, DC continues to attract new residents from around the region and across the globe. We are a city where people want to do business, raise a family, and age in place – a city committed to our residents and DC values,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
After Congress passed tax reform legislation, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt announced that District property owners can pre-pay their property taxes in preparation for the upcoming tax year. The tax reform legislation limits the amount of state and local income and real property taxes that individuals may deduct from their federal income tax, beginning in calendar year 2018. Under the new law, the amount that may be deducted is limited to $10,000 of the combined local income or sales taxes and real property taxes. (This applies only to taxpayers who itemize their income tax filings; taxpayers who do not itemize will get no tax benefit by paying early.)Read more
The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) removed the agency’s Unemployment Insurance Program’s designation as an “at-risk” grantee on December 5, 2017. The District’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits Division was first designated as “high-risk” in January 2012, with the designation later reduced to “at-risk” in June 2013. The removal of the “at-risk” designation reflects the vast improvements made at DOES during the Bowser Administration.Read more
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
A one-time District of Columbia Public Schools student who grew up to be a teacher then became a school administrator was named DCPS’s Principal of the Year.
Tenia Pritchard entered the packed cafeteria at Whittier Education Campus in Northwest D.C. on Friday not knowing she was the reason everybody gathered there.
“Out of so many tremendous leaders we have here at DCPS, you are being honored as our 2018 DCPS Principal of the Year,” DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson announced as students and staff cheered.Read more
Mayor Bowser hosted more than 3,500 District seniors at the Mayor’s Annual Senior Holiday Celebration. During the event, representatives from more than 80 community organizations, DC Government agencies, and local businesses provided information, free health screenings, and immunizations to attendees. In addition, volunteers from the Coast Guard, Navy, PEPCO, and DC Public Schools’ Jr. ROTC program joined nearly 150 members of the Mayor’s Administration to help serve lunch.
“Aging is a priority for my Administration because we know that aging well means living well,” said Mayor Bowser. “Together, we are ensuring Washingtonians in all eight wards have the resources and support they need to age in place and live healthy, happy lives.”Read more
(UPI) — President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a $700 billion defense budget that seeks to increase military spending and operational capabilities.
The bill includes measures like the establishment of a U.S. Space Corps within the Air Force by 2019, a 2.4 percent pay raise for troops, special pay for situations like combat and hazardous duty and bonuses for re-enlistment contracts.
The act also enables the Pentagon to procure 90 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets and 14 Navy ships from defense contractor Huntington Ingalls, in addition to authorizing $12.3 billion for missile defense.Read more
The Federal Communications Commission is reminding consumers to be on the lookout for scam callers during this holiday season. Illegal robocallers often spoof caller ID information and try to use real events to defraud consumers by tricking them into providing money or personal information.
Fraudulent callers may pretend to be debt collectors, offer holiday deals, or use fear to extort money. Be aware that scammers can use other information-gathering tools and may know more about you beyond your phone number. Do not assume that because they know your name, the name of a company you use, a recent financial transaction, or some other detail, that they are legitimate.Read more
Nike is proud to announce the latest round of grant recipients for the Nike Community Impact Fund (NCIF), an innovative approach to grant-making that engages committees composed of Nike employees and store athletes to help award grants to nonprofit organizations in the communities where they live and work. The community store in the Ivy City neighborhood of Washington, D.C., awarded $50,000 via grants of $5,000 to $10,000 each to six local organizations focused on getting kids moving through play and sport so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.Read more
New polling from CBS News finds that 84% of the public, including 74% of Republicans, support efforts to keep Dreamers here in America. Additionally, new polling conducted by PPP (Public Policy Polling) of 25 Republican-held “swing” House districts finds that by a 68-22% margin, voters in these battleground districts back the Dream Act.
According to Lynn Tramonte, Deputy Director of America’s Voice Education Fund, “The new public opinion findings underscore why Congress passing legislation protecting Dreamers this year should be a no brainer and a common sense step forward for the country: as actions across the country yesterday demonstrated, there is incredible energy for protecting Dreamers all across America; there is growing bipartisan support in Congress, reflecting the majority of both chambers; and poll after poll reminds us that the American public, including Republicans, strongly backs efforts to keep Dreamers here in America: their home.”Read more
TV One has announced that after four years of award-winning programming and distinguished service to viewers as the only Black daily newscast on television, the network has decided to suspend the production of NewsOne Now as a daily morning news show. The final live show is scheduled on Thursday, December 21, at 7 a.m. ET.
TV One premiered NewsOne Now in 2013, to provide a daily voice to Black America on important political and social issues impacting our community. The foray into daily news was the idea of TV One CEO Alfred Liggins.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Tom Joyner is reminding students that the deadline for the Tom Joyner Foundation® ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program is rapidly approaching. The highly coveted scholarship will cover all the expenses of one talented student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2018.
“Our full ride scholars are outstanding,” said Tom Joyner, chairman of his Foundation and host of the top-ranked nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning show. “We’re looking for another amazing young person who already is changing the world – and wants to go to an HBCU where they can pursue their dreams.”Read more
(UPI) — Scientists have discovered a new function of a protein called Runx3. Their research suggests the protein can be manipulated to boost the immune system’s defense against cancer.
The human immune system’s primary foot soldier is the T cell. Scientists at the University of California San Diego found T cells in infected tissues and tumors were surprisingly similar. Experiments showed Runx3 dictates their presence.
Scientists suggest the protein can be used to encourage T cells to meet cancer on the front lines — in the tissue where cancer and tumor growth is most likely to begin.Read more
On 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
(ABC)–Washington Redskins safety Su’a Cravens has been cleared to resume football activities and plans to play next season, his agent said Tuesday. Fadde Mikhail said in a statement that Cravens suffered from post-concussion syndrome, was cleared Dec. 7 and no longer has symptoms. Cravens left the Redskins in early September as he mulled retirement.Read more
(ABC)–Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden plans to address players saying they are not being prepared to compete as he tries to move past consecutive blowout loss and get ready for the Arizona Cardinals. After a 30-13 loss Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers dropped the Redskins to 5-8, safety D.J. Swearinger repeated a theme from an earlier defeat that practices were too lackadaisical and the team wasn’t prepared and was going to fail.Read more
The FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn are investigating allegations of corruption in the awarding of the 2016 Olympics to Brazil, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The Journal reported that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office were involved in an investigation after obtaining a U.S. grand jury subpoena in the case and cited two people familiar with the investigation but did not use their names.Read more
(CBS)– LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have both signed one-year contracts with Vytautas Prienai — a professional basketball club in Lithuania — a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke under the condition of anonymity because the signings had not yet been announced publicly.Read more
(CBS)–Donovan McNabb, a former Washington Redskins quarterback, is accused of sending explicit texts to a former colleague at the NFL Network. This is part of a lawsuit filed against a list of former NFL players, and NFL Enterprises. Jami Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist for the NFL Network, filed a wrongful termination suit against NFL Enterprises in Los Angeles Superior Court back in October, as first reported by Bloomberg.Read more
(CBS)–Lost in the shadow of the mighty College Football Playoff, several less prestigious postseason bowl games recently have faced a tough choice.
Costs had gone up. Attendance was going down. What could they do about it? Three of them decided to bail out:
On Saturday, December 9th, come to EdFEST 2017, DC’s only citywide public school fair, and meet representatives from more than 150 DCPS and public charter schools before the common lottery application opens on December 11, 2017. EdFEST will also feature many free services and fun activities for the whole family…Read more
Metro has announced the expansion of its monthly SelectPass to all pricing levels, giving customers the ability to select the right Metrorail pass for their needs and save up to 20% per month. With SelectPass, riders pay for 18 days of round-trip travel, selecting a price point based on the fare of their typical rush-hour trip. Once the pass is loaded, customers can take unlimited rush-hour trips valued up to the price point selected.Read more
Washington, DC was one of ten cities honored at the fifth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards ceremony, recognizing the world’s most inspiring and innovative cities tackling climate change. The awards ceremony, which took place at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago, highlighted 10 urban sustainability projects from around the world that represent the most ambitious and innovative efforts by cities to tackle climate change.Read more
DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Director Polly Donaldson has issued the agency’s second funding notice and request for proposals (RFP) in calendar year 2017 for projects that will produce and preserve affordable housing for District residents. DHCD has partnered with the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), the DC Housing Authority (DCHA), and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) in issuing the new RFP. The application deadline is February 14, 2018.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently highlighted the ongoing success of the Robbery Intervention Task Force and urged residents to take advantage of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Exchange Zone Program. The Mayor launched the Robbery Intervention Task Force in December 2015 as part of the Administration’s Safer, Stronger DC plan. Since the implementation of the task force, robberies have decreased across all police districts.Read more
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December. Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “I truly owe my life to blood donors,” she said. “Even the skilled hands of my surgeons could not have saved me without the blood.”Read more
Carolinas HealthCare System is partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) to provide sports medicine and athletic training services to the university’s student-athletes. This agreement represents CHS’s first collegiate athletic training partnership and provides JCSU with a comprehensive sports medicine continuum of care and connection to CHS’ clinical experts and programming. This includes sports medicine physicians, primary care services, Carolinas Rehabilitation and connection to the ever-expanding clinical expertise throughout CHS.Read more
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
On Thursday, November 30, Mayor Muriel Bowser is joined by Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), to break ground for The Wren at 965 Florida Avenue, NW. The Wren, which is led by DMPED, is a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will produce more than 430 apartment units…Read more
The fall leaf collection program runs from November 6 through January 12. Collecting leaves reduces potential accidents and injuries caused by slipping on wet leaves, and prevents catch basins (storm drains) from clogging and causing street flooding during heavy rains.Read more
Applications for the FY18 Curatorial Grant Program are still being accepting. This grant provides support to qualified individual curators in the visual arts for exhbition proposals intended for presentation in CAH’s 200 I Street Galleries, Lobby Gallery, which is a District-owned exhibition space located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Washington, DC, 20003.Read more
It’s that time of year again when we all go crazy ordering from Amazon and several other “shop until you go broke” websites! Here are just a few tips that I have shared with my family and friends to help prevent package thefts from your front doors:Read more
To coincide with National Giving Day, the NAACP is joining with Dallas –based non-profit Impact Shares as they file for their initial exchange traded funds (ETFs), that will creatively allow investors to invest in social justice. Impact Shares will file for two ETF’s designed in conjunction with and to benefit the NAACP and the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.Read more
The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA), the annual workplace giving opportunity for Federal employees in Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas, is celebrating #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 and International Volunteer Day on Dec. 5 and encouraging the Federal community to take action on these days.Read more
The 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 District of Columbia Department of Employment Services reported recently that the District’s preliminary October job estimates show an increase of 4,200 jobs, for a total of 797,500 jobs in the District. The private sector increased by 4,700 jobs while the public sector payrolls decreased by 500 jobs. The numbers are drawn from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) through its monthly survey of the District of Columbia’s employers.Read more
On Monday, Councilmember Todd and the Ward 4 Council office distributed Safeway gift cards to Ward 4 families in-need. Everyone deserves a good meal together on Thanksgiving, and the Councilmember was delighted to help make that possible for these Ward 4 families. Councilmember Todd thanks Safeway for their generous donation, as well as Paul Ruppert, owner of Slim’s Diner, for hosting the event.Read more
The “Identity Protection Amendment Act of 2017” enables a parent or guardian of a child to place a credit freeze on their behalf, shielding children from unknowingly becoming victims of identity theft before they have an opportunity to take control of their own credit, identity, and future. This provision would bring DC in line with numerous other states, including Virginia and Maryland, that have special rules to protect society’s most vulnerable.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Laura Zeilinger announced Home for the Holidays, a citywide campaign to place 400 of the District’s most vulnerable households into permanent housing during the holiday season. The Mayor made the announcement at a lease-agreement signing between landlord and tenant, standing alongside a District resident as she signed the lease for her family’s new home.Read more
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
Mayor Muriel Bowser accepted an award from the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP, recognizing the release of the city’s rigorous, metric-driven five-year Age-Friendly City progress report. Washington, DC is one of a handful of cities worldwide to receive this level of recognition as an Age-Friendly City.Read more
This week, in preparation for Thanksgiving, Councilmember Todd stopped by the WHUR 96.3 FM studio to encourage listeners to donate to their Food2Feed food drive, which provides meals to the hungry all across the Washington metropolitan area. The Councilmember and the Ward 4 Council office also made a large contribution of food to support the initiative.Read more
On November 20 – 22, and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 23rd, 4:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. A wonderful DC tradition continues this Thanksgiving, as Food & Friends’ staff and hundreds of volunteers prepare and deliver 3,500 complete holiday dinners to children and adults in the DC region facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.Read more
Every weekend hundreds of college women participate as dancers in high energy marching bands across the country. From show-stopping halftime performances to intricate routines, young dancers must be ready to perform every day of the month, under all circumstances.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced bills to alleviate the crushing burden of water fees on District cemeteries and to create tax-free holidays that incentivize the purchase of energy and water-efficient appliances. The “D.C. Cemetery Private Road and Parking Lot Exemption of Clean Water Fees Amendment Act of 2017” comes in response to the dire financial situation of St. Paul’s Rock Creek Church Cemetery in Ward 4, and 17 others like it across the District.Read more
At Tuesday’s legislative meeting, Councilmember Todd was delighted to present a Ceremonial Resolution honoring and recognizing Ward 4 and Shepherd Park resident Ernest Green. Mr. Green is a member of the “Little Rock Nine,” a group of nine African-American students who bravely desegregated Little Rock Central High School in the face of hatred, opposition, and violence.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced that for the first time since the District began using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate in 2011, the graduation rate at the city’s public schools exceeded 70 percent during the 2016-2017 school year. The 2016-2017 graduation rate for public high schools increased by 3.2 percent over the previous school year, with 72.4 percent of students graduating in four years.Read more
Mr. Paul Howard, a middle school social studies teacher at LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, has been given the immense honor being named 2018 DC Teacher of the Year. Mr. Howard has been teaching for six years, five of them in DCPS. He brings a level of professionalism and engagement that leaves a considerable impact on his students. Councilmember Todd congratulates Mr. Howard and LaSalle-Backus on this remarkable recognition, and wishes him best of luck as he enters the running for the National Teacher of the Year Award.Read more
As part of CVS Health’s continuing commitment to help improve access to health care for all Americans, CVS is pleased to once again offer Project Health, their annual free health services campaign, at select CVS Pharmacy locations in multicultural communities across the country. Project Health offers an array of free comprehensive health risk assessments, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read 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.Read more
Ward 4 resident Changamire (“Changa”) Anderson II, an 8th grader at Alice Deal Middle School and an avid gymnast, has recently been chosen by the USA Gymnastics Organization to become a member of its national team and to compete at the international level at the World TNT Competition, to be held November 13-20, 2017, in Sofia, Bulgaria.Read more