(BlackNews.com) — In churches across the US, a portion of regular Father’s Day services will be devoted to Prostate Cancer Awareness. The 9th Annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer enlists prostate cancer survivors in the congregation as well as those who have lost loved ones to the disease to join hands in a special prayer for support and healing.Read more
President Trump today proposes an $11.7 billion Fiscal Year 2018 (FY 2018) budget for the Department of the Interior. The President’s budget allows Interior to carry out its core mission of responsible multiple-use of public lands in a way that both conserves America’s iconic landscapes and supports responsible resource development.Read more
Results released this week by the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) show that one in five (22 percent) U.S. teenage students lack basic financial literacy skills. Among 15 participating countries and economies, the United States ranks 7th in the evaluation of 15-year-olds’ aptitude in understanding essential financial concepts, products and risks.Read more
Eastern Market Metro Park is set to receive $4.5 million in funding to begin the planning, design, and implementation of a complete renovation of the two block space surrounding the Eastern Market Metro Station.Read more
The grant comes to Turner Elementary School as a result of its outstanding performance in Giant’s A+ School Rewards Program during the 2016-2017 school year. The school was one of the top 20 earners this year.Read more
This spring, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) customers are continuing to benefit from lower total bills resulting primarily from dropping electric commodity prices and customers reducing their energy use.Read more
The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will offer two weeks of free transit rides June 18 through June 30 as part of the official launch of BaltimoreLink. Free rides will be offered on Local Bus, Express Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway.Read more
Governor McAuliffe recently announced that Russell County Public Schools will receive $5.6 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds from the VirginiaSAVES program. Established in 2015, the VirginiaSAVES program is the Commonwealth’s first statewide Green Community Program.Read more
The Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES) have partnered to develop Solar Works DC, a new low-income solar installation and job training program. To implement the first year of the program, DOEE and DOES have awarded $950,000 to GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic through a competitive grant process.Read more
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is proud to announce its 45th Birthday Bash with a community celebration on June 10th.
CHAW is celebrating 45 years of its mission: building community through the arts by welcoming local business, government, and neighbors to join together in creative activities—all day, all for free, and all open to everyone.Read more
Marcus E. Hopkins (Delaware State University) and Stephanie A. Cooke (Hampton University), both graduated Mother’s Day weekend from HBC Universities.Read more
Bowing to public and Congressional pressure, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller on Wednesday to be a special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, Justice Department officials said.Read more
Mayor Bowser and city officials celebrated the opening of West End Square 50, the new mixed-use development and home of DC Fire and EMS Engine No. 1 in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Ward 2. The new 110,000 square-foot, nine-story development is a unique multi-use building with a 15,000 square-foot state-of-the art fire station, 52 units of affordable housing for households at or below 60 percent Area Median Income (AMI), three Permanent Supportive Housing units for households at or below 30 percent AMI, and six market-rate residential units.Read more
At-Large Councilmember Robert White recently introduced a bill to begin converting underutilized office buildings in the District of Columbia into affordable housing. The bill, the “Office to Affordable Housing Task Force Establishment Act of 2017,” creates a task force to issue recommendations for public-private partnerships for office-to-affordable housing conversions.Read more
The Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc.® (KSEF) recently crossed the $3 million mark in portfolio value for first time in KSEF’s 33 year history. KSEF provides four-year scholarships to deserving graduating high school seniors from the DC Public High and Public Charter High Schools. KSEF scholarship recipients have enrolled in many of America’s best regional and national colleges and universities.Read more
Atlanta, GA—This week, The Home Depot® held the winners’ceremony to announce the 2017 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program recipients. This year, nine HBCUs were awarded a total of $360,000 to use towards funding sustainable campus improvement projects of their choosing. To date, the program has awarded more than $1.8 million dollars in grant money to HBCUs. In 2017 alone, 72 HBCUs participated in the voting phase of the program.Read more
The Department of Energy and Environment recently awarded 11 grants totaling $208,812 for innovative, community-oriented projects aimed at improving water quality in the District and raising awareness about issues related to stormwater runoff. This is the second year DOEE has offered Community Stormwater Solutions grants. The first cohort included nine grants totaling $156,500 in 2016.Read more
Pepco is making spring cleaning a little easier for customers this spring with their Appliance Recycling Program – one of Pepco’s Maryland Energy Efficiency Programs – by offering a hassle-free way to recycle their old, energy-wasting appliances. Old refrigerators and freezers can consume as much as four times more energy than newer models and could cost customers up to $150 annually in energy usage.Read more
The World Series of Entrepreneurship (WSE) announced the first of their regional high school entrepreneurship competition series will take place in Washington, DC. The competition series, organized in partnership with the David and Mikel Blair Family Foundation, Katherine and David Bradley, amongst others, will feature nearly 30 Washington, DC area high school student entrepreneurs competing for venture capital and scholarship awards up to a combined $10,000.Read more
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, May 16, 2017— The District of Columbia was recently awarded a $60,000 Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative grant to infuse equity into the planning and implementation of the Climate Ready DC, Clean Energy DC, and Sustainable DC plans. Thanks to matching grant funders through Partners for Places, The Prince Charitable Trusts and the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, a total of $120,000 will be invested in climate planning in the District.Read more
Governor McAuliffe recently signed HB 1547 to provide for the maintenance of 6,975 historic African American graves, monuments, and markers at the East End Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery. At the ceremony, the Governor also signed a second bill (HB 2296) directing the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to preserve and share significant sites and stories relating to the history of enslaved peoples in the Commonwealth.Read more
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announced Windsor Farm Elementary School as the winner of the “Adventures of Captain Mercaptan,” BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge. The annual contest challenges public and private elementary school students at schools in BGE’s service area to illustrate gas safety messages featuring Captain Mercaptan, BGE’s fictional natural gas safety superhero, for a chance to win up to $10,000 towards a school enrichment project.Read more
It was the best feel-good moment of the week when approximately 2,000 people in Washington, D.C. showed their support of our smallest citizens — babies — by participating in the 2017 March for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes.
Nationals Park was packed with strollers, families, and business teams who raised more than $575,000 to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and other leading causes of death and disability in babies.Read more
Maryland, in partnership with the University of Maryland, has received a $25,000 grant from the Think College National Coordinating Center to enhance postsecondary options for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The grant follows an additional $250,000 funding commitment from Governor Larry Hogan during the 2017 General Assembly to be included in the state health department’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) budget…Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Virginia has received a $9.76 million federal grant to help fight the opioid epidemic. The one-year grant comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will support prevention, treatment and recovery efforts in 18 Virginia communities. The grant will be administered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser co-hosted the Regional Opioid and Substance Abuse Summit with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Last October, Mayor Bowser, Governor McAuliffe, and Governor Hogan participated in their first regional meeting in Washington, DC, where they signed the National Capital Region Compact to Combat Opioid Addiction.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighted the Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit’s (NEU) success in getting illegal drugs and unregistered guns off the streets. The NEU, a unit within the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division, covers all seven police districts and focuses attention on reducing and preventing drug-related crimes.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) released the District’s 2017 Point-in-Time (PIT) count, which reflects the number of persons and families experiencing homelessness in the District on January 25, 2017. Compared to the 2016 results, this year’s count indicates a 21.8 percent reduction in the number of families experiencing homelessness; a 10.5 percent reduction in the number of persons experiencing homelessness; and a 2.7 percent reduction in unaccompanied individuals.Read more
A year after a controversial merger with Chicago-based Exelon, D.C.-based Pepco Holdings is preparing to spend up to $720 million to upgrade the electrical grid in some of the Washington area’s fastest-growing neighborhoods.
Construction on what’s being called the “Capital Grid Project” is set to begin next year and finish by 2026 at the earliest.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) received 184 proposed health insurance plan rates for review from four major insurance companies in advance of the fifth year of open enrollment on DC Health Link, the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace.Read more
In accordance with Secretarial Order 3350, which implements President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, the Department of the Interior today announced it will move forward to resume its evaluation of applications from six companies seeking permits to conduct geological and geophysical (G&G) activities in the Atlantic Ocean in order to resume their evaluation, upon the grant of the remand by the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA).Read more
The thin blue line protecting our national icons and most visitors to our nation’s capital is getting thinner, according to U.S. Park Police staffing figures released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The number of Park Police sworn officers is at the lowest point in nearly a decade and down more than 15% in the Washington Metro Area just since 2010.Read more
Sixty students attending the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Southeast D.C. are now characters in four different books produced through the LIVING STORYBOOK Project which is a special literacy program developed by Do The Write Thing of DC, a tax exempt nonprofit:Read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia’s top two youth volunteers of 2017, Ayomide Okuleye, 17 and Debora Abera, 11, were honored in the nation’s capital last night for their outstanding volunteer service during the 22nd annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.Read more
Outstanding Youth for Human Rights International volunteers and national advocates were honored with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards in a Capitol Hill ceremony marking the finale of Youth for Human Rights International’s 14th annual World Education Tour.Read more
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Aquatics Division will be hosting a “Water Safety Awareness Workshop” in honor of International Water Safety Day on Monday, May 15, 2017 beginning at 4:00pm at various Aquatic Centers throughout the District of Columbia. Participants can register either online via our registration system or in person at any recreation center. Online registration will end Sunday, May 14, 2017, early registration is highly recommended.Read more
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) Board of Commissioners recently approved $1.73 million in grant awards to District-based individuals and organizations to support arts and humanities projects taking place between now and September 30, 2017.
The grant announcements come as part of innoMAYtion, Mayor Bowser’s month-long initiative showcasing how ideas from local entrepreneurs and innovators are making the District a global model for inclusive innovation.Read more
Mayor Bowser and the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) broke ground on Square 769N, a new mixed-use development project that will include 179 mixed-income apartments, including 36 affordable units, 4,000 square-feet of commercial retail space, and various residential common areas. They were joined at the groundbreaking by members of the community, Forest City, and Urban Atlantic.Read more
At Tuesday’s Council Legislative Session, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds introduced the “Common Interest Communities Remedial Funding Act of 2017” to establish a pilot program that would provide non-taxable grants of up to $30,000 to cure housing and building code violations at low-income common interest communities, such as condominiums and cooperatives.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser announces an upcoming legal clinic to help existing and aspiring child care providers understand and navigate the rules and regulations that govern child care facilities in Washington, DC. The Mayor made the announcement at a ribbon cutting celebration for the new Curious Explorers Child Development Center, and was joined by Deputy Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services HyeSook Chung.Read more
The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) reported today that the preliminary March job estimates show an increase of 4,100 jobs for a total of 2,647,700 jobs in the Washington Metropolitan Division. The private sector increased by 1,400 jobs, while the public sector gained 2,700 jobs.Read more
Over the past two or three years, a great deal of attention has been given to transgender issues. In the United States, the transgender population includes an estimated 150,000 transgender youth. A Heritage Foundation report argues that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 does not require schools to protect these youth from discrimination on the basis of gender identity.Read more
May is Celiac Awareness Month. An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune digestive disorder that damages the small intestine. Celiac disease is triggered by consumption of a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and crossbreeds of these grains.Read more
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) hosted the kick off for its 25th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” campaign at the Capital Area Food Bank Tuesday morning. The food drive takes place Saturday, May 13; letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food at your mailbox. The event co-sponsors included the AFL-CIO, UFCW, the United Way, the U.S. Postal Service and others.Read more
Annapolis’ arts scene will be front and center during Annapolis Arts Week, June 3-11. Kicking off with the June 2-3 Annapolis Irish Festival and culminating with the newly revamped Arts and Wine Festival at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on June 10-11, the nine-day event is a microcosm of the rich and dynamic visual and performing arts scene that’s alive and well in Annapolis.Read more
Horton’s Kids, a nonprofit that empowers children living in one of Washington, D.C.’s most at-risk neighborhoods to graduate high school ready for success, is hosting its 9th Annual Home Runs for Horton’s Kids at Nationals Park on Wednesday, June 21.Read more
This summer, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will present “sunrise, sunset,” a large-scale, site-specific wall mural by Swiss artist Nicolas Party, on view June 7-Oct. 1. The mural will be painted directly onto the museum wall over the course of two weeks, responding to the museum’s unique circular architecture and spanning nearly 400 feet along its inner-ring gallery. Once completed, it will mark the artist’s first solo exhibition in Washington, D.C.Read more
The carbon footprint for a typical Dominion Virginia Power customer would shrink by as much as 25 percent over the next eight years under a plan the company presented today. When added to reductions already made by Dominion, carbon emissions to meet the energy needs of a typical residential customer would fall by up to 46 percent between 2007 and 2027.Read more
DC residents involved in the arts and cultural production sector were compensated more than $6.88 billion in 2014, according to a new study released recently through a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).Read more
Howard University, one of the nation’s premiere institutions of higher learning, will honor four ground-breaking women during its annual commencement, including an award-winning journalist, the first African-American woman Episcopal priest, an acclaimed scholar and critic and the first African-American U.S. Senator from California.Read more
70 students share their experiences of life this school year in a project run by literary and arts education nonprofit 826DC. The students all identify as either black or Hispanic, and the conversations happening on the national stage have particularly affected their lives.Read more
Mayor Bowser broke ground on The Parks at Walter Reed, a redevelopment project that will create 3.1 million square-feet of residential, office, and retail space in Ward 4. The project will also create 6,000 jobs, 2,100 units of housing, 432 of which will be affordable, and nearly one billion dollars in tax-generated revenue over 30 years. The Mayor was joined at today’s groundbreaking by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and representatives from the master development team Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden.Read more
Pepco submitted a proposal to the D.C. Public Service Commission to move forward with an Electric Vehicle Pilot Program focused on providing the community with new technology, promoting the integration of electric vehicles, and understanding the impacts that electric vehicle charging will have on the electric distribution system. With the demand for electric vehicles on the rise, this program is a proactive approach to best understand the most effective ways to manage plug-in vehicle (PIV) charging.Read more
(UPI) — President Donald Trump is proposing the “biggest” tax cut ever, including fewer income tax brackets and rates, administration officials said Wednesday.
Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn summarized the plan in a briefing to reporters at the White House.Read more
The seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate for March was 5.8 percent– reflecting no significant change from the reported February unemployment rate, while the number of employed District residents increased from 374,400 in February 2017 to 375,000 in March 2017.
“Maintaining a strong, diverse, and resilient city requires that every resident has a fair shot, and a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Bowser.Read more
We all know that youth homelessness is a chronic problem on the streets of our nation’s capital. With your help, and with the intervention of an extraordinary figure from the world of opera, we have a unique opportunity to draw it to the attention of policy-makers and opinion formers.
The man who can help us do that is Ryan Speedo Green – who is enjoying a spectacular rise in opera. Mr Green has a remarkable story to share with you.Read more
The Department of General Services commends eight (8) DC Public Schools (DCPS) and the one (1) public charter school that participated in the Reduce First Challenge – Paper Edition.
“By moving beyond recycling and taking steps to ‘Reduce First’, District students and staff continue to demonstrate their capacity for community leadership,” said DGS Director Greer Gillis. “These classroom leaders serve as role models to us all in the District’s transition towards zero waste.”Read more
Bald eagle fans from around the world recently participated in a “Name the Nestlings” social media campaign to suggest names for “DC4” and “DC5,” the two eaglets currently residing in a nest at the U.S. National Arboretum with their parents, Mr. President and The First Lady. Thousands of names were submitted and the top four most-suggested name pairs are being put to a final public vote!Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently accepted the 2017 StateScoop GoldenGov: State Executive of the Year Award for his outstanding leadership in growing Virginia’s IT sector. Each year, the StateScoop 50 Awards honor the best and brightest who make state government more efficient and effective. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the leaders from the public and private sector who make the state government information technology community so unique.Read more
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will once again host Healthy Food Week, a 10-day-long campaign to collect money and food to restock area food pantries in time for the summer months, when food pantries often experience the greatest need for their services.
Donations will be collected at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage offices in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas from April 28 to May 7. Items collected at each office will then be donated to the organizations chosen by branch managers and agents.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia Council on Women announced the winners of the 6th annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Essay Contest for young women enrolled in their junior or senior year of high school.
“It is my pleasure to join the Virginia Council on Women to announce this year’s STEM Essay Contest winners,” said Governor McAuliffe.Read more
The End of Prostate Cancer joins forces with Potomac Urology to host the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk this June. The goal is to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free of prostate cancer. Participants from the DC-area will run and walk together on Father’s Day, June 18, to fight a disease that takes the life of an American man every 20 minutes.Read more
America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced this week that Adriana Hochberg, Chief of Staff at the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship.
The Fellowship will enable Ms. Hochberg and 23 other advocates from around the country to participate in a four-month training program designed to strengthen local efforts to make communities more walkable.Read more
On Saturday, May 13th at 2:00pm, the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra performs this year’s Family concert, “Beethoven Lives Upstairs” with Classical Kids Live!, under the musical direction of José-Luis Novo, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Before the concert at 1pm, a Scavenger Hunt and Photo Booth will be provided by Chesapeake Family Life and directly following the concert, the audience is invited to stay and meet the musicians.Read more
The University of Maryland will host its 19th annual Maryland Day on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, a campus-wide celebration of innovation, creativity and academic excellence, offers more than 400 free, educational, family-friendly activities that teach and inspire future innovators.Read more
Councilmember Todd was pleased to cut the ribbons at three new Ward 4 small businesses in Takoma. A new Gladsyl/Allstate Insurance office relocated to Carroll Street, NW from Foggy Bottom; Artful Framing & Gallery relocated from Takoma Park, Maryland to Maple Street, NW; and the Big Bad Woof pet store expanded to a larger location across Maple Street, NW. The Councilmember was excited to support the expansion of small businesses in Ward 4.Read more
Mayor Bowser announced the appointment of Lauren Pair as the DC Rent Administrator. The Rent Administrator provides leadership and direction as a recognized technical authority in the District of Columbia on issues of rent control, in the interpretation of associated policies and legislation, and in the development and coordination of special projects and programs designed to monitor, assess, or improve rent control processes in Washington, DC.Read more
During National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that 2016’s record visitation of 331 million visitors at America’s 417 National Park Service sites contributed $34.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 – a $2.9 billion increase from 2015. Zinke made his announcement while visiting the historic Presidio of San Francisco at Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Zinke marked National Park Week by also visiting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Channel Islands national parks.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Researchers who study cardiovascular health have long known that exercise is one way to keep high blood pressure at bay. But studies confirming this protective effect have mainly focused on white patients, leaving it unclear whether African Americans, the most vulnerable of all populations, have stood to gain in similar ways.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — The Cross-Cultural Institute has launched Badges2Bridges, a new training program for police officers and law enforcement professionals. The program aims to equip law enforcement personnel to work effectively with minority communities.
Badges2Bridges is the most comprehensive law enforcement education program (LEEP) specifically designed using input from police officers around the globe.Read more
It’s 9 a.m. and the savory smells of garlic, ground beef, and cabbage waft through the air of a quaint, but adequate commercial kitchen at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church in Takoma Park.
Jamie Griffin, 37, is using all the strength her roughly 5’ 4” frame can muster to stir a large pot of beef and cabbage–a meal that will feed those who otherwise could not feed themselves, scores of residents just seven miles from the nation’s Capitol who are part of the 2.4 million seniors who daily rely on Meals on Wheels.Read more
Passport DC celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The annual festival that commemorates International Cultural Awareness Month in the District of Columbia runs from May 1 through 31 with a wide array of cultural activities presented at embassy open houses, street festivals, and performing arts organizations throughout the city, according to Steven E. Shulman, executive director of Cultural Tourism DC, the producing organization.Read more
Pride of Baltimore II, the historic tall ship that has dazzled people around the nation and globe, launches the 40th year of Pride in Baltimore, with an exciting itinerary that includes stops in Annapolis, Md.; Charleston, S.C.; Bermuda, coinciding with the America’s Cup 2017 races; and Boston.
Pride, a topsail schooner that recalls 19th-century Baltimore clippers, will leave the Inner Harbor May 13, bound for Charleston. She will be a featured vessel at tall ships festivals in Charleston; Hamilton, Bermuda; and Boston.Read more
Encore Creativity for Older Adults is the largest choral music program for older adults in the country. Encore was started in 2007 from a George Washington University study to address the mental and physical health benefits of singing in older adults.
The late Dr. Gene Cohen, the world-renowned psychiatrist (and the first director of the National Institute on Aging) who inspired Jeanne Kelly, a former opera singer, to create Encore, observed that age offers countless opportunities for growth, development, and creativity.Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has presented BGE with its ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. The award recognizes the success of the BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®, the company’s suite of energy efficiency programs that aims to help customers reduce energy usage. BGE, along with Exelon sister utilities ComEd in Chicago, Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Del., and Pepco in Washington D.C., will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017…Read more
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named Pepco a 2017 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award winner for the fourth consecutive year for its continued success in helping customers save energy and money through a variety of energy efficiency programs. Pepco along with sister Exelon utilities Delmarva Power in Wilmington, Del., ComEd in Chicago, and BGE in Baltimore, will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2017…Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently the launch of the Smart City Works Infrastructure Actuator, a first-of-its-kind business accelerator focused on growing early-stage companies that help make cities smarter, more livable, and more resilient. This program, operated in conjunction with the Center for Innovative Technology, is the first in a series of Commonwealth initiatives that will drive innovation in infrastructure while simultaneously fostering economic development across Virginia and the DC-Metropolitan region.Read more
This Spring 2017, prepare to lace up your sneakers for the BEST Kids annual Superhero 5K race and Fun Run. Join us at 7am on April 22nd at Anacostia Park to raise support and awareness for youth in the DC foster care system. This year, our 5th Annual Superhero 5K & Fun Run is proudly presented by our Champion Sponsor, Atlantic Building Supply.Read more
On the morning before Earth Day, staff from the District’s Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) will again hand out pollinator plant seeds at 17 Metro stations across the District. In addition to encouraging residents to plant backyard habitats that enhance the survival of our native pollinators like bees and butterflies, this year’s giveaway has an added special theme: DC Statehood.Read more
Stretch your legs and your mind during the 34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk (June 3 and 4, 2017). Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House free of charge.Read more
Members of Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety’s (YOVASO) Youth Advisory Council (YAC), along with college-level Regional Trainers and students selected to serve as youth leaders for the YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat will participate in a special training session at the Virginia State Police Driver Training Complex in Blackstone, Virginia on April 22 and 23.Read more
Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Spectrum Brands, Inc., a global consumer products company offering an expanding portfolio of leading brands, is investing $7.28 million over the next couple years in its Montgomery County operation to purchase equipment and upgrade its production processes. Spectrum Brands will receive funding from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) to support the retraining of existing employees on the new machinery.Read more
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is proud to partner with Dacha Beer Garden for one of their Cause Tuesday events on May 2, 2017 to kick off Paint Bucket 2017, an annual campaign to raise funds for our tuition assistance program.
Next month, Dacha will be opening its doors to supporters to help CHAW kick off the Paint Bucket Campaign as well as its 45th Anniversary year. For a $20 bracelet, participants get access to an extended happy hour (4pm-8pm) on Tuesday, May 2—at one of the best beer gardens in the city.Read more
During his address to Congress in February, Trump said he supports the NATO alliance.
“But our partners must meet their financial obligations,” he said. “We expect our partners, whether in NATO, in the Middle East, or the Pacific — to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.”Read more
Although most of us probably identify the federal income tax with the revenue that ultimately fills the government’s coffers and allows it to spend our hard-earned cash, it actually makes up less than half of all revenue. What makes up the rest, and how those figures have changed in recent decades, is actually quite surprising.Read more
District of Columbia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) held a public meeting to tackle the growing threat to District communities posed by opioids and synthetic opiates. Participants which included representatives from the DC Department of Health, Metropolitan Police Department, social workers, and community activists engaged in a frank discussion on the extent of the opiate threat.Read more
The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) commends U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) for introducing the “Ending Homelessness Act of 2017,” a comprehensive plan to ensure the lowest income people and families America have safe, decent, and affordable homes.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — A new cultural movement to help children overcome and defeat racism has been born. Watoto Entertainment & Education (a.k.a. “I Am WEE Nation), is a cultural movement of artists dedicated to creating and performing music for children of African descent, which provides them with child-appropriate and self-affirming music that will enhance their social and cultural development.Read more
This year’s Washington D.C. Ambassador Family is the Baldwin Family. Audrey and Scott were excited about growing their family in 2015, when the amniotic sac ruptured. She spent three weeks in the hospital on bedrest, away from her other 1-year-old daughter, Reese. Baby Shay was born by emergency C-section at 30 weeks weighing only 4 pounds 5 ounces.Read more
(Black PR Wire) –(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative announced the release of its newly updated pastoral resources for faith leaders in honor of Minority Health Month. The Pastoral Brief and the Activity Manual offer a foundational approach for faith leaders to address HIV within the Black community from a social justice perspective.Read more
Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on the new Cleveland Park Library. Located at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, the Cleveland Park Library will be the 20th neighborhood library to undergo renovation since the city began improving libraries in 2006.Read more
(BlackNews.com) — Craft Syndicate by Dutch Masters wants to give a mentorship opportunity and a $15,000 grant to aspiring music producers. Craft Syndicate returns, celebrating its 2nd year and is searching for innovators with an unwavering commitment to making their dream a reality.Read more
(UPI) — A new study shows that different treatments for early-stage breast cancer have very different values regarding cost and overall effectiveness.
Researchers identified 105,211 women with early-stage breast cancer diagnosed between 2000 and 2011 and studied treatment complications within 24 months of diagnosis comparing the types of treatments and complications.Read more
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, invites everyone to celebrate the first National Social Security Month in April by taking five steps toward financial security at www.socialsecurity.gov/5-steps-toward-your-financial-security. During the month, Social Security will provide educational articles and video messages on its website featuring personal finance expert Suze Orman.Read more
April is National Safe Digging Month and Pepco reminds its customers and all contractors to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging. Nationwide, there were nearly 350,000 incidents of damage to an underground utility line because of digging without first calling 811, according to the Common Ground Alliance, the national association that promotes the 811 phone number and safe digging practices.Read more
To raise awareness about fair housing rights, responsibilities and resources, District government agencies, along with local housing organizations, will hold an annual symposium on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 3 pm to 8 pm at the UDC Student Center, in celebration of National Fair Housing Month.Read more
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), will once again bring the excitement of the National Math Festival to Washington, D.C. The Festival will fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with more than 80 interactive exhibits, performances, films, athletic games, and lectures by some of the most fascinating mathematicians of our time.Read more
Giant Food of Landover, Md. recently announced that its 2016 charitable donations, facilitated by in-store campaigns and initiatives, totaled $14.6 million in combined cash and product donations, including contributions from customers, vendors and associates. As part of its ongoing better neighbor and responsible retailing efforts, Giant is committed to supporting organizations that help eradicate hunger…Read more
The Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) and Exelon proudly announced the launch of the new Mobile Job Center powered by BGE and Exelon. This Job Center on wheels is the first of its kind in the Baltimore region and will travel to neighborhoods across the city to help job seekers search and apply for employment.Read more
More than 150 photographs and related objects will be on display in the exhibition “More Than a Picture: Selections From the Photography Collection at the National Museum of African American History and Culture” opening May 5. This will be the first exhibition opening in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Special Exhibitions Gallery on the Concourse Level…Read more