Mayor Bowser recently kicked off Roots to Roofs Week at a revitalization groundbreaking for 220 affordable housing units at the Parkway Overlook Apartments in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Congress Heights. The complex, which has been vacant since 2007, will have mostly family-sized units and provide workforce development training to residents and energy savings through the installation of solar panels through the Solar for All program.Read more
During Roots to Roofs Week, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Brian Kenner revealed more than 10 projects soon to be available to Washington, DC’s development and construction community. The announcement came at DMPED’s March Madness, an annual effort to create more quality affordable housing, support small and local businesses, and expand job opportunities for DC residents.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Every year, thousands of scholarship programs around the world help students obtain much-needed financial aid. Many of these programs, however, are specifically for women. And some of them are just for Black and other minority women.
Here are the top scholarships that every Black woman should know about:Read more
Spring brings new and exciting things from the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) with the launch of its new fitness website MyFITDC.com, as District enters the final stretch to recapture the title as the “Fittest City in America.”
The web site features an image-driven, easy to navigate listing of DPR’s free fitness events at different locations with varying themes and partners; led by an array of sought-after instructors.Read more
Maryland’s top high school culinary and foodservice management students competed in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) on March 1st at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore. Teams competed for scholarship money and the opportunity to represent the State of Maryland at the national competition in Providence, RI.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a new phase in Project C.O.R.E, Maryland’s ongoing initiative to revitalize Baltimore City by demolishing vacant and derelict buildings in Baltimore and replace them with green space or redevelopment. Project C.O.R.E., or Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise, is a multi-year city-state partnership established in 2016.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently presented “A Fair Shot,” the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) Budget and Financial Plan, to the Council of the District of Columbia as part of the District’s annual budget process. The $14.5 billion budget proposal includes investments in infrastructure, education, affordable housing, health and human services, economic opportunity, seniors, and public safety.
“This budget is about giving more Washingtonians a fair shot,” said Mayor Bowser. “From investing in tax credits that make child care more affordable to expanding programs that allow seniors to age in place, the Fair Shot budget will do more to make Washington, DC a place where people of all backgrounds and in all stages of life are able to live and thrive.”Read more
At this week’s DC Council legislative meeting, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced three bills on a variety of topics.
The “Warnings Before Citations Amendment Act of 2018” would require the District Department of Public Works (DPW) to give a warning to residents before issuing a $75 citation related to residential trash cans being improperly stored in alleys. Councilmember Todd introduced this legislation after writing a letter to DPW Director Christopher Shorter on the subject. The push comes in response to significant concern among Ward 4 residents about the apparent sudden increase in citations.Read more
The NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, has joined a coalition of other social justice organizations to push for more affordable housing policies across the country through the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign.
Recent NLIHC research shows the U.S. has a shortage of 7.2 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income (ELI) renters, and 11 million ELI renter households are severely housing cost-burdened, spending more than half of their incomes on housing. There are only 35 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 ELI households nationwide, and no state has an adequate supply of affordable rental housing for the lowest income renters. Just one out of four eligible low income households receives federal housing assistance.Read more
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to provide transitioning veterans opportunities for training to mentor youth and serve their communities. This collaboration will provide personal and professional transition assistance to veterans in Houston, Washington, D.C., San Diego, and Seattle, where TMF will conduct Veteran Transition Workshops, as well as trainings to become Character Does Matter presenters. This partnership will enable TMF to expand their services to a larger audience of veterans, who will be provided with a redefined role in their community and the platform to engage our youth in the essential discussion of character and servant leadership. This process benefits our veterans, our youth, and our nation, one community at a time.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — MobilizeGreen, a national non-profit on a mission to jumpstart green careers for diverse young people who want to change the world, will host its 2018 Annual Conference and Diversity Career Fair at American University (AU) and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). March 22-23, at AU Constitution Hall, East Campus Commons, 3319-3395 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, DC.
In response to the gap that continues to exist between leadership in the environmental sector and people of color, the theme of this year’s event is, “Achieving Environmental Equity: Can it be Done Now?” and the title of the luncheon keynote is “Dissecting The Intersection of Race, Environmental Equity, and Pop Culture.”Read more
One hundred teens from across the nation participated in Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine — a four-day, immersive and transformational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida which concluded this weekend.
The 100 students were selected from thousands of applicants nationwide for this once-in-a-lifetime mentoring program that is designed to assist them in identifying and pursuing their dreams. The students, along with a parent or guardian, received an all-expense-paid trip to Disney to participate in the program, which features a series of career-oriented workshops and leadership seminars.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser recently joined disability services leaders and advocates in recognizing March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month under the theme of See Me for Me. The Mayor also participated in a ceremonial signing of Disability Services Reform Amendment Act of 2018, which was passed unanimously by the Council of the District of Columbia last month. The Act brings Washington, DC, in line with national best practices on community residential-based services for people with disabilities. The Mayor formally approved the legislation last week.Read more
Museum of the Bible will present “The Lindisfarne Gospels: Godspel Goes West,” at Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. on March 24, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
As part of the one-time event, leading expert Professor Michelle P. Brown will explore how this beautifully illuminated manuscript preserves the earliest surviving English translation of the Gospels. Made on Holy Island off the Northeast coast of Britain 1,300 years ago, The Lindisfarne Gospels also preserve the best early version of St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate edition.Read more
BGE unveiled one of its two state-of-the-art electric buses that will shuttle employees between its downtown Baltimore headquarters and its Spring Gardens campus in south Baltimore. BGE is the first company in Baltimore City to have an electric bus vehicle fleet and the first utility in the nation to incorporate electric shuttle buses into its fleet of vehicles. The second bus will arrive next month.
The shuttles will transport employees to and from the company’s new customer care center at BGE’s downtown headquarters opening next month. Employees will have access to parking at the company’s Spring Gardens campus, including newly installed electric vehicle charging stations that are located at each of BGE’s work locations throughout central Maryland.Read more
Governor Ralph Northam announced recently that nearly $420,000 will be awarded to 28 localities across the Commonwealth as part of a competitive process under the Supplemental Local Emergency Management Performance Grant (SLEMPG) program. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will administer the funds, which Virginia receives annually from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Localities received the news today at the Virginia Emergency Management Symposium, a forum to train emergency responders, planners, managers and volunteers and to share best practices, lessons learned and initiatives among Virginia’s emergency management community. The symposium is being held this week in Hot Springs, Virginia.Read more
Live Nation is launching a nationwide job search across nearly 40 cities this spring for music lovers who have a heart for service and hospitability. Live Nation Amphitheaters hire 28,000 employees each summer and is inviting music lovers to experience working during the exciting summer amphitheater season to help create once in-a-lifetime experiences for millions of fans! Seasonal amphitheater staff enjoy their roles so much that many return year after year, and Live Nation expects to fill nearly 18,000 positions with returning employees, leaving an additional 10,000 roles open for hire this season.Read more
The Kennedy Street, NW Economic Development & Small Business Revitalization Advisory Committee (KSED) that Councilmember Todd legislatively created will have their first meeting public meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Roots Public Charter School (15 Kennedy Street, NW). Councilmember Todd invites all members of the public who are interested to attend.Read more
Energy assistance is still available in Washington, D.C. and Maryland to help Pepco customers pay for winter energy bills. Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Pepco customers can receive up to $1,500 in grant support toward their energy bill that they do not have to pay back. Customers must apply during LIHEAP’s open period to ensure they can secure their grant while money is still available.
Customers in Washington, D.C. and Maryland can submit LIHEAP applications now to secure their grants. Customers can apply for LIHEAP through Sept. 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. and June 30, 2018 in Maryland. Washington, D.C. customers can get more information on where to apply for benefits here: https://doee.dc.gov/liheap. Maryland customers should visit: http://www.liheap.us/maryland-heap/.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services has released its first DOES Customer Service Report. The report highlights the areas of improved service across the agency including improvements in performance, accountability, accessibility, outreach, technology and employee engagement. As the Bowser Administration is committed to providing District residents with quality customer service, DOES has implemented initiatives that provide a continuous standard of service including the development of the DOES Customer Service Bill of Rights, increasing internal customer service training and adding additional access to language and assistive services at DOES.Read more
Daniela Gonzalez is a mother of two who lives in Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from middle and high school in Jackson and is now enrolled in paralegal training classes and pursuing her college degree. Daniela is deeply engaged with the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA) fighting for workplace safety and other rights for undocumented immigrants, and her dream is to be an immigration lawyer to continue helping others. But first she needs others to fight for her.Read more
Washington, D.C.-area Allstate agency owners recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the Family Crisis Center of Prince George’s County, Homestretch Inc., and YWCA of the National Capital Area. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), which represents the organizations’ local efforts, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to the local domestic violence nonprofits.Read more
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.
Middle school basketball player Olivia Stoy received blood and platelet transfusions during treatment for T lymphoblastic lymphoma. With the help of blood and platelet donations, the 14- year-old has returned to the basketball court and, more importantly, beat cancer.Read more
Washington, D.C. Members of the national disability rights group ADAPT are outside the home of FDA Director Scott Gottlieb demanding that he release the regulations that would immediately end the use of an electric shock device to control disabled children and adults at the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts. “The FDA wrote the regulations to stop this in 2016, but has delayed them,” said Rhoda Gibson, an organizer with the Massachusetts ADAPT chapter. “Disabled Americans are tortured in my state every day with Gottlieb’s blessing.” ADAPT and other disability led organizations have been calling for an end to JRC’s use of this device for years now. The group went and protested the facility in 2016 and then went to the FDA last spring.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — “No good deed goes unpunished.” This age-old adage can mislead the kindhearted into believing good deeds backfire. The reality is good deeds often go unnoticed. ACCOLADE Celebrations, LLC was founded in 2014 in hopes of celebrating those who take it upon themselves to help another, purely out of kindness.
The Acts of Kindness Awards Gala honors members of the community for selfless acts that have brightened a stranger’s day, made a difference in someone else’s life, or brought hope and promise to dismal circumstances. Honorees are acknowledged in a beautiful, ballroom setting.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the appointment of Ana Lopez Van Balen as the first Affordable Housing Preservation Officer for the District of Columbia. The Mayor’s Housing Preservation Strike Force recommended the creation of this position, located within the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), to lead efforts to preserve the District’s existing affordable housing stock.
“When I established the Strike Force in 2015, its mandate was clear—develop an action plan that ensures the District does not lose any of its already existing affordable housing,” said Mayor Bowser. “Ana has a strong background in economic, housing, and community development, strategic planning, and engagement, and we know she will serve the residents of DC well.”Read more
The Children’s Guild District of Columbia Public Charter School, which serves students from kindergarten through eighth grade, named Bryan C. Daniels principal. Previously, Daniels was the school’s assistant principal.
For the past 15 years, Daniels has held multiple positions with The Children’s Guild, including resource instructor, special education teacher, instructional coordinator, instructional coach and assistant principal for The Children’s Guild’s nonpublic school, serving students who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed as well as students on the autism spectrum. Prior to joining The Children’s Guild, Daniels was a kindergarten teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools.Read more
For the fourth consecutive year, the District of Columbia was named the best city in the country for women in tech, according to SmartAsset, a digital publication that analyzes data on factors such as gender pay gap, income after housing costs, women’s representation in the workforce and percent growth in employment. The news comes on the heels of Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner’s recent trip to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as an ideal location for tech companies and promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently announced that Washington, DC has been named a “Gold” Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, making the District the largest city on the East Coast to receive the designation.
“As we continue to improve and expand our bike infrastructure and make cycling a dynamic component of our city’s transportation network, this award is a testament to how far the District has come,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through smart investments that are helping us meet the needs of more residents and commuters, we continue to build a safer, stronger DC.”Read more
Governor Ralph Northam recently announced more than $840,000 in matching grant funds to be awarded to 56 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program (MLP). The MLP grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging limited local marketing dollars through a local match of the state grants funds. This funding cycle, local partners will commit more than $3.1 million to match the VTC grants, providing more than $3.9 million in new marketing funds to increase visitation to Virginia. The grants will ultimately impact at least 232 other statewide tourism entities.Read more
Nicholas Leathers, a 24-year-old records examiner analyst, recently sat in the children’s section of a Washington public library reading to his 2-year-old cousin, Riley. On its face, nothing particularly significant. After all, for many kids, the library is a place to go find their favorite book.
Leathers’ and Riley’s reading session, however, is the result of a unique collaboration that stretches from Riley’s home to the U.S. Postal Service to the city’s library system to D.C. city government all the way back to, of all things, country singer Dolly Parton.Read more
“To Dye For: Ikats from Central Asia,” will be on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery March 24-July 29. Traditional 19-century ikat coats and panels from the Sackler’s collections, a gift of Guido Goldman, encourage visitors to explore the techniques and traditions that produced the Central Asian textiles. Alongside these historical objects are a number of Oscar de la Renta (1932-2014) garments on loan from the Collection of Annette de la Renta and the Oscar de la Renta Collection.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) founded by Ms. Cora Masters Barry, will again bring iconic figures to life through performances by the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC) tennis youth scholars for the 12th Annual Blacks in Wax. The ARC Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts will host headlining performances of the Blacks in Wax in March.
Blacks in Wax is a creative production of vignettes that educate and entertain all ages through dance, music, and drama. Each year young performers breathe new life into American heroes from the worlds of sports, entertainment, activism, politics and literature.Read more
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full cast and creative team for the world-premiere musical Snow Child, based on Eowyn Ivey’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel. Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, Snow Child follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. Concluding her 20th anniversary season at Arena Stage, Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this world-premiere musical, featuring a book by John Strand, music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt and lyrics by Stitt.Read more
On March 24th, the Maryland Historical Society will host its annual fundraiser, a very special Maryland Day event celebrating the culture and cuisine of the state. Guests can expect their taste buds to experience a wide range of culinary delights and flavors that have been pulled from the Chesapeake Bay including oysters, crab, coddies, and mock turtle soup. There will be an assortment of dishes featuring venison, ham, and pit beef as well as local produce from the fields and orchards. Guests can also explore sweets that evoke the tastes of immigrants coming to Maryland through the 19th century including German-based smearcase cheesecake, Jewish apple cake, and a dessert developed to aid a Hungarian revolutionary, the Kossuth Cake.Read more
The 2018 Organizing Committee of the Maryland Hispanic Gala (MHG) proudly announces that after five years of serving students in financial need, the event’s growth, popularity and positive impact in communities throughout the State of Maryland dictated that the Montgomery Hispanic Gala becomes Maryland Hispanic Gala.
The Annual Maryland Hispanic Gala will take place at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7pm-11pm.Read more
Alan Patrick Sondej led a life of compassion and generosity. From his undergraduate days at Notre Dame University through adulthood, Sondej committed himself to helping others affected by poverty and hunger. He raised money for relief efforts and traveled the world to teach sustainable agriculture techniques.
Alan Sondej also gave his time and energy to helping his local community.Read more
(ABC)–Sean “Diddy” Combs and Stephen Curry have joined a bid with billionaire Michael Rubin to buy the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN.
Rubin owns the e-commerce firm Fanatics which specializes in selling sports apparel and jerseys. ESPN says Rubin sent his letter of intent on Monday and is bidding against hedge fund billionaire David Tepper and financial group founder Ben Navarro.Read more
(ABC)–Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks is not entirely sure when All-Star point guard John Wall will return to full-fledged practicing after missing 1½ months so far because of surgery on his left knee.
Brooks also doesn’t know how much Wall will get a chance to play before the regular season ends on April 11. But Brooks insisted Tuesday that none of that really matters, so long as Wall eventually does make it back into Washington’s lineup.Read more
(CBS)–Kirk Cousins’ time with the Washington Redskins is all but over after they chose not to use the franchise tag on the quarterback as expected.
The Redskins have agreed to acquire Alex Smith from the Kansas City Chiefs, effectively pushing Cousins into free agency following a tumultuous six years with the club the drafted him.Read more
(CBS)–Alex Ovechkin was the NHL’s first $100 million athlete, and he’s been worth every penny.
A decade ago, when the Washington Capitals signed Ovechkin to a 13-year deal with worth $124 million, naysayers suggested the Capitals would regret that deal in the future.
We are now down that road, and no one in Washington is second-guessing any part of this contract.Read more
This past Saturday, Councilmember Todd kicked off a new initiative: “Councilmember in Your Living Room,” which creates a venue for an intimate conversation between residents, their neighbors, and their elected representative. It allows neighbors the opportunity to get together and discuss the topics, trends, and concerns facing your neighborhood, Ward 4, and the District as a whole.Read more
The Bowser Administration released a web-based survey seeking the public’s input about where to locate Opportunity Zones, a designation that provides tax incentives to encourage investment in low-income areas.
“As we continue building a safer, stronger DC, the Opportunity Zones program is a new tool we can use to strengthen neighborhoods throughout our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “We want our decision to be informed by residents and stakeholders so that we can use this tool as effectively as possible and catalyze the types of investments that will create more pathways to the middle class for Washingtonians.”Read more
The Bowser Administration announced that construction of Skyland Town Center is underway following the closing of the first phase of commercial financing, thereby paving the way for the issuance of the Tax Increment Financing bonds that will support the long-delayed project. The first phase includes construction of 263 units of workforce housing and 80,000 square-feet of retail and is expected to be completed in approximately two years.Read more
On Saturday, March 3, at 11:00 a.m., Mayor Bowser, Chairman Phil Mendelson and the DC Council, and other dignitaries will dedicate and unveil the historic statue of the late four-term Mayor of the District of Columbia, The Honorable Marion S. Barry, Jr., outside of the John A. Wilson Building. The eight-foot tall bronze statue was designed by artist Steven Weitzman, who was commissioned for the project by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.Read more
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will resume residential mechanical street sweeping on Thursday, March 1. To ensure streets are swept thoroughly, motorists are asked to obey the signs posted with the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced. The fine for violating this restriction is $45. Signs posted along street sweeping routes indicate that the program runs from March 1 through October 31. To learn more about the program, visit: dpw.dc.gov/page/street-and-alley-cleaning.Read more
/PRNewswire/ — ColorComm, Inc., the nation’s leading women’s platform addressing diversity and inclusion from across the communications, marketing, media, and advertising industries, will hold its first ever ColorComm Service Day on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in seven network chapters across the nation.
ColorComm Service Day will take place in each ColorComm chapter city with the purpose to spend Saturday giving back to local communities and provide resources to those who are in need. The cities that will come together to participate are as follows: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dallas.Read more
For the ninth consecutive year, The Home Depot is continuing to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and today announced that voting has begun for the 2018 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. Since 2010, the program has awarded more than 1.8 million dollars in grant money to our nation’s HBCUs to make sustainable improvements.Read more
(Black PR Wire) In light of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, the social justice advocacy organization Love Beyond Walls in partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights will launch the second March Against Poverty. Love Beyond Walls founder and Executive Director Terence Lester will travel on foot from Dr. King’s birth city in Atlanta, GA to the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. The 386 mile journey beginning Saturday, March 3rd to Wednesday, April 4th will commemorate Dr. King’s legacy and bring awareness to fight against systemic poverty, social injustice and the homeless epidemic still present in America today.Read more
Meagan Charles is a nursing student at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also one of the rising number of Americans diagnosed as children with diabetes. “I was 13 when I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes,” Charles, now 22, said. “It was one of those things I didn’t understand at such a young age, I just knew that my father had it.”
Diabetes, which can cause kidney failure, heart disease and amputations of legs and toes and even death, is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.
Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Edgar Dobie announce the 2018/19 season lineup for the company’s 69th season. The season reflects Arena Stage’s commitment to championing diverse voices and producing work that is politically and socially relevant. “This season is an intoxicating mix of power, politics and pleasure,” shares Smith. “The time period ranges from the 1790s to the present day, covering the span of the American experience. In sum, yes, it is a dynamic series about HISTORY.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) engineer Taiwo Alo was named the Errol B. Davis Legacy Award winner at the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) conference held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award and am inspired to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected,” said Alo. “What makes my experience at BGE so rewarding has been the number of great mentors who have helped me develop as a professional with an emphasis on effective leadership.”Read more
In honor of Harriet Tubman, the greatest freedom fighter that ever was, GirlTrek, the largest national public health nonprofit and movement for Black women and girls, will follow in her footsteps – literally. The entire national team will start-off from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where Harriet Tubman made her first escape, and walk the path she took to freedom.Read more
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Interagency Task Force (IATF) on Veterans Small Business Development and the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA) holds public meetings March 7 and 8, respectively, at SBA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The March 7 IATF meeting is from 1 to 4 p.m. The March 8 ACVBA meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in SBA’s Eisenhower Conference Room at 409 Third Street, SW, Washington, D.C., 20416.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced a series of new initiatives, including new funding, an executive order, and emergency legislation. He also voiced his support for existing legislative proposals to enhance safety in Maryland schools; increase coordination among schools, state agencies, and law enforcement; and keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and individuals with violent criminal records.Read more
Arlington, Va. – Dominion National, a leading dental insurer and administrator
of dental and vision benefits, is donating thousands of children’s dental care
kits to clinics and health departments throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This
is the sixth consecutive year that Dominion has donated the kits to promote
oral health awareness in honor of February’s National Children’s Dental Health
This past weekend, Councilmember Todd was at the Sociable City Summit in New Orleans to represent the District and discuss his “Office and Commission of Nightlife Establishment Act of 2017.” Councilmember Todd participated in a panel discussion entitled “Champions of Nightlife: Does Your City Have One?” He was delighted to share his thoughts and experience in crafting his legislation that will create a centralized liaison for managing and fostering the growth of the District’s thriving nightlife economy, which includes not only bars and restaurants, but also the arts, fashion, music, and culture.Read more
As the District prepares to unveil the Marion Barry Jr. Commemorative Bronze Statue in the Wilson Building, the Marion Barry Jr. Legacy Foundation invites you to the first Marion Barry, Jr. Symposium and Youth Oratorical Contest. The inaugural symposium is designed to highlight the work and contributions of Marion Barry, Jr., DC’s Mayor for life. The oratorical contest, open to youth 14 – 18 years old, is designed to provides a public forum for young people to express their personal views about the impact of the Barry Legacy through original essays and oral presentations.Read more
Please join DC Water and Councilmember Todd and DC Water for a Ward 4 Town Hall on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Location to be determined. The primary purpose for the Town Halls is to share with residents important information on the proposed rate increase for the upcoming fiscal year. Resident feedback from the meetings is shared with our Board of Directors prior to our annual Public Rates Hearing, which takes place in early-mid May.Read more
Saving energy can reduce the number of asthma attacks and other harmful health effects of air pollution from power plants, according to Saving Energy, Saving Lives: The Health Impacts of Avoiding Power Plant Pollution with Energy Efficiency, a pioneering new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and Physicians for Social Responsibility that looks at the impact of energy efficiency on US states and cities.Read more
For the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Washington, and the University of Minnesota hold the top three spots respectively on the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ascends to No. 4 this year, while the University of Florida holds steady at No. 5.Read more
The website for the Coolidge High School has been updated with more information about the ongoing modernization, which continues on-track. Visit the website at sites.google.com/a/dc.gov/dcps-school-modernizations/home/coolidge for more information. To read answers to frequently asked questions about Coolidge, visit: dcpsplanning.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/coolidge-hs-faq-final-jan-2018.pdfRead more
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is gearing up to host its ninth cohort of the Community Engagement Academy. This free, fun, and interactive session series provides insight into the way MPD works and covers topics such as:
The Recruit Training Program
Common Policing Scenarios and Challenge
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DCDPR) Kids, Camps and Co-op Division announced the 2018-2019 Cooperative Play Program Open House Week will be held on Monday, February 26 – Friday, March 2, 2018 for current and prospective families. The Co-op Play Program advances youth development using outcome based programming and developmentally appropriate practices in a creative and recreational play environment.Read more
Governor Larry Hogan recently announced the Board of Public Works’ approval of a new Text to 9-1-1 technology for Maryland, helping to update 1960s-era emergency systems with life-saving technology. This new Internet-based infrastructure allows citizens to send a Short Message Service (SMS) text message to 9-1-1. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 70 percent of all 9-1-1 calls now come from cellular users.Read more
In celebration of Black History Month, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Director, Van Brooks, announced that free tickets are available to the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for Maryland volunteers. The initiative has been introduced to thank volunteers and encourage education on African American history in Maryland, and comes on the heels of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s issuance of a proclamation declaring 2018 as the “Year of Frederick Douglass” in honor of the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of the renowned abolitionist and Maryland native.Read more
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for August Wilson’s quintessential epic drama Two Trains Running. Confronted with a rapidly changing world in the wake of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the looming demolition of Memphis Lee’s diner, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride.Read more
Governor Ralph Northam recently announced more than $6.5 million in Affordable and Special Needs Housing Loans for ten projects in ten localities across the Commonwealth. These projects are focused on affordable new construction and rehabilitation housing projects, as well as permanent supportive housing options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Read more
Tens of thousands of high school students across America were marked with an unexcused absence Wednesday, but everyone knew where they were.
In the Washington area, high school students from DC. Public Schools and from public schools in Maryland marched to the Capitol and then to the White House to demand Congress and the president institute gun control legislation that will keep them safe.Read more
Tuesday, Councilmember Todd had a wonderful time visiting the DC Fire And EMS Museum to learn more about the rich history of our Department. It was an excellent way to prepare for the ribbon cutting of the new Engine Company 22 at 6825 Georgia Ave, NW. Councilmember Todd invites you join him, Mayor Bowser, and Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean this Friday, February 16th at 4 PM to celebrate this new investment in Ward 4 public safety!Read more
In his recently released federal budget proposal, President Trump called for the elimination of the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program, which expands higher education choices for college-bound D.C. residents. I condemn this proposal as baseless, callous and contrary to everything the District stands for. Eliminating this critical program would slam the door in the faces of our young people seeking a higher education and a brighter future. We cannot allow DCTAG to be shuttered. I call upon all D.C. residents to join me, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) in protecting the dreams of our young people by speaking out against yet another Trump administration attack on the District.Read more
“As we continue to create new opportunities and expand prosperity across all eight wards of the District, this new bridge will enhance the connection between Wards 8 and 6, with the bridge itself serving as a destination for our residents and visitors,” said Mayor Bowser. “The project is already creating jobs for District residents, and once completed, the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will have a tremendous impact on our city’s transportation network and economic growth.”Read more
Low-income children who receive educational support in school and at home from preschool through third grade may be more likely to get a college degree than their peers who don’t get extra help during their early years, a U.S. study suggests.
For the study, researchers examined data on 1,539 minority youth in high-poverty Chicago neighborhoods who were part of a program designed to give kids small classes, engaging instruction that helps them develop self-control and good communication skills, and encourage parent involvement in education.Read more
The U.S. Department of Education is making it easier to find out when a school is under investigation for violating the civil rights of students with disabilities.
For the first time, the federal agency is posting information on its website about all pending claims against schools and colleges being investigated by its Office for Civil Rights.
The searchable listing includes cases alleging discrimination based on disability in addition to race and national origin, sex, age and equal access.Read more
After steadily climbing for two decades, the proportion of U.S. children with autism may be leveling off, a recent study suggests.
As of 2016, approximately 2.8 percent of U.S. children from 3 to 17 years old had autism spectrum disorders (ASD), researchers report in JAMA. While that’s up slightly from about 2.2 percent in 2014, the difference is too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.Read more
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood
In 2018, severe winter weather forced about 600 blood drives to cancel, resulting in more than 17,500 uncollected blood and platelet donations. And, widespread flu across the U.S. has resulted in lower turnout at blood drives.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — While many Black History Month celebrations solemnly commemorate the lives of slain Civil Rights trailblazers, one group of Black women comedic actors refuses to be solemn. Like Issa Rae, their fictitious talk show, “We Did That!” is “rooting for everybody Black.” Every. single. body.
The talk show parody celebrates any and every Black history “first,” however inane. The parade of guests – which could populate any Saturday Night Live sketch – includes: the first African American elbow stunt double; the first Nigerian internet scammer to become a multi-millionaire; and the first Black woman to snatch somebody’s edges.Read more
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored Steve Atkinson, principal business project manager at Pepco Holdings, with the Technology Transfer Award. EPRI gives the award annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry. Atkinson was part of a team of employees from fellow Exelon utilities BGE, ComEd and PECO who researched how deploying low-cost sensors on electric distribution poles could assist utilities in responding to outages faster and more efficiently.Read more
Mayor Bowser recently announced new efforts to explore an autonomous vehicle (AV) program by establishing the Interagency AV Working Group to proactively prepare the District for AV technologies and ensure that AV deployment will benefit District residents and visitors. The working group is comprised of District agencies focused on transportation, disability rights, environmental issues, and public safety. Additionally, the Bowser Administration is partnering with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) to release a Request for Information (RFI) for a AV pilot program on 10th Street, SW.Read more
Appliance Recycling through the BGE Smart Energy Saver Program® helps customers recycle older, inefficient, refrigerators and freezers by offering a $50 reward, and hauling away their old appliances at no additional cost. But in February, participating residential customers will receive a fifty percent bonus for a total reward of $75 through Feb. 28, 2018.Read more
As the White House releases its infrastructure plan, it will begin a national debate on the improvements needed to shore up the foundation of the nation’s economy and ensure the future growth and opportunity in cities and other communities. The bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released its plan for what are essential components of a strategy to rebuild and modernize the nation’s critical infrastructure.Read more
On Thursday, February 8, DC’s Dancing Stars Gala presented seven local charities with a total of $333,000 in donations raised at this year’s Gala bringing their four-year total to $1,042,500. Beneficiaries included The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Marymount University, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, Operation Second Chance, the Amelia Morgan Foundation and the Raymond A. Wood Foundation.Read more
Following through on Governor Larry Hogan’s promise to improve access to government services for all Marylanders, the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) today unveiled a new statewide licensing portal. Known as Maryland OneStop and available at onestop.md.gov, the portal provides a single point of entry for citizens to access all offices of state government that issue licenses or permits, from hunting licenses and fishing permits to drivers’ licenses and commercial permits.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced select DPR Aquatic Centers will be closed due to this year’s 32nd Annual Black History Invitational Swim Meet (BHISM) taking place February 16 – 18, 2018.
This unique event was co-founded in 1987 by DPR and the United Black Fund, Inc. (UBF) in honor of Black History Month. During the three-day invitational, over 1000 youth athletes nationwide ranging in age from 5 – 18 will compete in standard swim events, such as the individual medley, freestyle, butterfly, relays, and back and breast strokes.Read more
The Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT) has streamlined the annual business filing process in Maryland by updating the paperwork all entities are required to file with the state. 2018 filings can now be made online through Maryland Business Express (MBE), and the Department’s website now hosts fillable versions of the 2018 forms. The extension request system is also available for 2018, which will extend the Annual Report deadline from April 15 to June 15, 201Read more
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored BGE senior engineering tech specialist Jack Edwards with the Technology Transfer Award. EPRI gives this award annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry. Edwards was part of a team of employees from fellow Exelon companies ComEd, PECO and Pepco Holdings who researched how deploying low-cost sensors on electric distribution poles could assist utilities in responding to outages faster and more efficiently.Read more
Work2Live WELL Now Recruiting Applicants in Baltimore City and Cambridge
Work2Live WELL, designed to provide entry into the emerging careers fields of the environment and natural resources.
With funding from the Employment Advancement Right Now (EARN) Maryland program, the pilot program is recruiting 30 adult applicants in the Baltimore City and Cambridge area.Read more
(ABC)–Shaun White stared down the halfpipe before his final Olympic run and had no doubt what would happen next.
“I honestly knew I had it,” White said. “I knew I had to put it down.”
Put it down he did, soaring and spinning Wednesday through a half-dozen near flawless tricks — including back-to-back 1440s for the first time in his life — en route to his record third halfpipe gold medal.Read more
(FOX)–Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback.
Manziel announced Wednesday that he will participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. The league confirmed Manziel will participate.Read more
(CBS)–American Chloe Kim wins gold medal in women’s halfpipe.
She’s the snowboarder who describes herself as “The California girl that went to the Olympics.”
It’s perfect, easy, and oh-so-fitting for the 17-year-old from Torrance, California, who loves music and the mall almost as much as she loves stomping her runs – and the competition – in the halfpipe.Read more
(ABC)–Tomas Satoransky is starting while star guard John Wall recovers from knee surgery. He stepped up Saturday for struggling All-Star Bradley Beal as well.
Satoransky scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-90.Read more
As part of Education Week 2018, Mayor Bowser highlighted the District’s efforts to ensure students have the resources and support they need to travel to and from school safely, announcing updates to the District’s Safe Passage program and calling on community members to volunteer with the program. The Mayor was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Jennifer Niles and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Inspector Mike Coligan.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner announced that they are traveling to Silicon Valley to pitch Washington, DC as an ideal location for tech companies, promote the District as the capital of inclusive innovation, and visit potential job creators. The Mayor will travel to California on Friday, February 9 and return on Monday, February 12.
Deputy Mayor Kenner began engagement in California on Wednesday, February 7, and the mission will include meetings with tech giants Lyft, Cisco, and Yelp.Read more
Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced two bills before the DC Council: one that would establish an Adverse Childhood Experience Health Task Force, and a second that would create a Strategic Plan for the growth of DC’s senior population.
The “Adverse Childhood Experiences Task Force Act of 2018” would establish a specialized Task Force to identify evidence-based solutions that reduce children’s exposure to adverse childhood experiences. Adverse childhood experiences, or “ACEs,” are stressful or traumatic events in a child’s life that are strongly related to the development of a wide range of health problems.Read more
The DC Council unanimously passed the Fair Elections Act, creating a program where candidates for public office can opt into a publicly-funded model that puts greater focus on small-dollar contributions from DC residents and strengthens their voice in DC elections. The bill was introduced by Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward 6), Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.
“The Fair Elections Act is going to change the way campaigns are run locally. More residents will be empowered to participate, more candidates from diverse perspectives will be viable to run, and candidates will spend more time talking to residents rather than dialing for dollars,” said Councilmember Allen.Read more
There are approximately 500 billionaires in America. There are approximately 5 Black billionaires in America. Blacks represent 10-15% of the population in America. Based on 10%, there should be at least 50 Black billionaires in America.
BlackEconomicsMatter.com launched on February 1, 2018. The killing of unarmed Black men, and even women and children, by police officers has incited many movements.Read more
/PRNewswire/ — The Impact Network, the only African American owned and operated Christian television network in the United States, is now available on Altice USA’s Optimum TV. The network features programming on urban ministries and gospel lifestyle entertainment.
“We’re excited about the commitment Altice USA has shown to the African-American community by adding this network,” said Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, CEO and president, of the Impact Network.Read more
(Black PR Wire) NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This February, Macy’s (NYSE:M) celebrates Black History Month by welcoming a host of innovators in fashion, entertainment, art, music, literature and technology, who are pioneers in their industries. Innovation is one of the cornerstones of Black culture, helping to propel trends, widely influencing pop culture, and changing the face of history. From music to science, Black culture has created a wave of change that has helped drive the country to new heights.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Human Resources Division is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018. DPR strives to provide high quality recreational programming and is looking for talented individuals to join our team.
DPR employment opportunities include the following:Read more
Mayor Bowser officially kicked off Black History Month with the release of A Fair Shot: A Toolkit for African American Prosperity – a first-of-its kind resource for African American residents that provides an overview of the many District-funded programs and services that support Washingtonians in reaching pathways to the middle class.
“By staying laser-focused on spreading prosperity and creating new pathways to the middle class, we have made tremendous progress,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more