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2015 PROPOSED DC BUDGET ON-GOING
MAYOR VINCENT C GRAY'S 2014 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS ON-GOING
2013 COUNCIL'S COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION REPORT ON-GOING
WHAT IS GRADE DC.GOV? ON-GOING
SMART 911 PROGRAM - CREATE A LIFE SAVING SAFETY PROFILE ON-GOING
HISTORY OF DC VOTING RIGHTS ON-GOING
WARD 7 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT ON-GOING
WARD 7 HERITAGE GUIDE ON-GOING
WARD 7 NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE (PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SE, HILLCREST/SKYLAND, DEANWOOD, EASTCAPITOL STREET/CAPITOL GATEWAY, LINCOLN HEIGHTS/RICHARDSON DWELLING, MINNESOTA & BENNING, PARKSIDE/KENILWORTH) ON-GOING
MAYOR GRAY'S ONE CITY ACTION PLAN ON-GOING
DC 2014 BUDGET ON-GOING
SHOPPING DEALS FOR SENIORS ON-GOING
MAYOR VINCENT C GRAY'S 2013 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS ON-GOING
DPW ONCE MONTHLY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE - E-CYCING - DOCUMENT SHREDDING DROP-OFF 1st Saturday of each month
BEWARE OF UNSOLICITED CALLS FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION ON-GOING
DC SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS ON-GOING
Who’s really benefiting from D.C. Council ‘Constituent’ Accounts? ON-GOING
PUBLIC NOTARIES IN WASHINGTON DC ON-GOING

HEALTH NEWS

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PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE VILLAGE EAST ON-GOING
"rollDC" - NEW WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE CAB OPTION ON-GOING
EAT RIGHT WITH COLOR ON-GOING
SENIOR LUNCHEON PROGRAMS AND WEEKEND HOT MEALS ON-GOING
FREE COLONOSCOPY SCREENING ON-GOING
TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS ON-GOING
ARE YOU A HOMEBOUND DC RESIDENT? ON-GOING
SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY ON-GOING
CLEANING FOR A REASON - FREE CLEANING SERVICE FOR WOMEN UNDERGOING CHEMO ON-GOING
HOWARD UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL AND UNIVERSITY MED STUDENTS LAUNCH FREE CLINIC FOR UNINSURED Every Monday from 6PM - 9PM
DC FOOD FINDER - ONLINE MAP OF FOOD RESOURCES Until Further Notice
REVISED WELLNESS PROGRAM SCHEDULE AT HILLCREST AND FORT DAVIS RECREATION CENTERS On-going

EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING NEWS

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WEBSITES FOR COLLEGES, CAREER SCHOOLS, SCHOLARSHIPS, FINANCIAL AID, AND MORE ON-GOING
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MINORITY WOMEN ON-GOING
TOP SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BLACK STUDENTS ON-GOING
FREE SAT PREPARATION - YOU CAN GO TO COLLEGE ON-GOING
DOWNLOAD DC LIBRARY EBOOKS TO YOUR IPHONE OR ANDROID PHONES ON-GOING
SOUTH EAST WHITE HOUSE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
SUPPORT SERVICES FOR EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING, AND/OR HOUSING PROGRAM ON-GOING
ALPHA LEADERSHIP PROJECT LOOKING FOR MALE MENTORS TO WORK WITH YOUNG MALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ON-GOING
OFFICE OF AGING SENIOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS ON-GOING
FREE IT TRAINING FOR AGES 18-24 YEARS OLD ON-GOING
THE EDU, INC. - APPLY TO 35 BLACK COLLEGES AT ONE TIME ON-GOING
EXPERIENCE CORPS DC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS 55 YEARS AND OLDER TO WORK ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHILDREN IN DC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Until Further Notice

HOME IMPROVEMENT NEWS

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HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ABOUT AN OVERGROWN VACANT LOT OR ILLEGAL DUMPING ON-GOING
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS ABOUT GRASS AND WEEDS THAT EXCEED 10 INCHES ON-GOING
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS ABOUT A VACANT LOT ON-GOING
RIVERSMART HOMES PROGRAM - CURRENTLY SEEKING PARTICIPANTS Until Further Notice
FREE WATER TESTING KITS ON-GOING
CASEY TREE REBATES - INCREASED TO $100.00 FOR LARGE TREES - $50.00 AVAILABLE FOR SMALL TREES. ON-GOING
FUNDING AVAILABLE TO ENSURE HOMES ARE LEAD SAFE Until Further Notice
GET FREE HOME FIRE INSPECTION Until Further Notice
GET FREE SMOKE DETECTORS FOR YOUR HOME Until Further Notice
DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROVIDING FREE RADON KITS Until Further Notice
ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND WEATHERIZATION UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
NEED HELP WITH YOUR MORTGAGE - FEDERAL HOME SAVE PROGRAM FOR DISTRICT RESIDENTS ON-GOING
DISB OFFERS GUIDANCE ON SAVING DC HOMES FROM FORECLOSURE On-going

RECREATION NEWS

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SAFETY NEWS

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SAFETY TIPS FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT On-going
SIGN-UP FOR DC POLICE ALERTS On-going

COMMUNITY NEWS

2015 PROPOSED DC BUDGET

Click on the link below to view the file: 2015 PROPOSED DC BUDGET

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MAYOR VINCENT C GRAY'S 2014 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS

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Click on the link below to view the file: 2014 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS

Click on the link below to view on YouTube: Mayor Gray's 2014 State of the District Address on You Tube

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2013 COUNCIL'S COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION REPORT

Dear
A year ago, I was selected by my colleagues to chair the Council's Committee on Education. It has been a rewarding - and busy - 12 months. I have enjoyed getting to know the amazing leaders of our public schools and hearing their hopes, frustrations, and ideas about how to improve public education in our city. Similarly, my conversations with parents all across the District have taught me what their expectations are for the education of their children. A brief summary of the Committee's accomplishments last year is below. I think you will agree that the Committee and its dedicated staff have been hard at work. As I have said before, chairing the Committee on Education has been the best job that I've ever had, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure that every student in every school receives a high quality education - no exceptions!

Sincerely,
David Catania

Click on the link below to view the report
"2013 Committee on Education 2013 Year in Review"

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GRADE DC GOVERNMENT

What is Grade DC.Gov? This program enables you to submit comments about certain District agencies and view how District residents graded those agencies. The goal is to help you better engage with your government and help government agencies to improve the quality of their services. Click on the link below to Grade DC
"Grade DC.Gov"


SMART 911 - CREATE A LIFESAVING PROFILE

Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. At a time when seconds count, being able to provide 9-1-1 with all details that could impact response the second an emergency call is placed could be the difference between life and death. Additional information about the Smart 911 Program is provided below:
"Smart 911"


HISTORY OF DC VOTING RIGHTS

Voting rights of citizens in the District of Columbia differ from the rights of citizens in each of the 50 U.S. states. The United States Constitution grants each state voting representation in both houses of the United States Congress. As the U.S. capital, the District of Columbia is a special federal district, not a state, and therefore does not have voting representation in the Congress. The Constitution grants the Congress exclusive jurisdiction over the District in "all cases whatsoever."

In the United States House of Representatives, the District is represented by a delegate, who is not allowed to vote on the House floor but can vote on procedural matters and in congressional committees. D.C. residents have no representation in the United States Senate. As a result of the Twenty-third Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1961, the District is entitled to three electoral votes in the election of the President of the United States.

The District's lack of voting representation in Congress has been an issue since the capital's foundation. Numerous proposals have been introduced to change this situation including legislation and constitutional amendments, returning the District to the state of Maryland, and making the District into a new state. All proposals have been met with political or constitutional challenges and there has been no change in the District's representation in the Congress.

Additional information about DC Voting Rights is provided below:
"History of District of Columbia Voting Rights"


WARD 7 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

June 29, 2013 to engage the community in efforts to enhance economic development throughout the ward. In particular, he engaged area residents in discussions about how the community, the government and the private sector can work together to improve retail, strengthen existing neighborhood centers, and identify priorities for future investments in Ward 7.

Joining Mayor Gray at the summit were Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Victor L. Hoskins, Office of Planning (OP) Director Harriet Tregoning, other District leaders and staff from District government agencies. The event was serviced by AmericaSpeaks, a District-based non-profit organization whose mission is to engage citizens in public decisions that have the greatest impact on their lives and communities.

Participants in the Ward 7 Economic Development Summit sat at tables of eight to 10 with a trained facilitator and discussed a series of questions that helped identify a set of collective priorities. These discussions were informed by facts, figures, videos and short verbal presentations on a variety of topics involving the future of the ward. The ultimate goal of the day was to collect ideas and insights from community residents and ensure that their interests shape Ward 7’s future. More than 350 people registered to attend the five-hour summit.

Information about the summit is provided below:
"Ward 7 Economic Development Summit"

"Ward 7 Economic Development Summit Presentation"

"Ward 7 Economic Development Summit Results"

"To watch the Summit Video please click here"


WARD 7 HERITAGE GUIDE

The Ward 7 Heritage Guide identifies historic or culturally important places in the ward and provides a framework for developing strategies to promote and protect the historic resources as necessary. A goal of this commemoration of Ward 7's heritage is the enhancement of economic development, community stability, and quality of life measures.

"WARD 7 HERITAGE GUIDE"


WARD 7 NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE (PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SE, HILLCREST/SKYLAND, DEANWOOD, EAST CAPITOL STREET/CAPITOL GATEWAY, LINCOLN HEIGHTS/RICHARDSON DWELLING, MINNESOTA & BENNING, PARKSIDE/KENILWORTH)

The Neighborhood Profiles offers detailed demographic information, resources and maps for 50 neighborhoods and corridors supplementing traditional market data. The annual report provides a microscopic look at a variety of neighborhood and corridors and is intended to guide investors, brokers, developers and tenants on site location decision.

"DC PROFILE"
"PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE SE"
"HILLCREST/SKYLAND"
"DEANWOOD"
"EAST CAPITOL STREET/CAPITOL GATEWAY"
"LINCOLN HEIGHTS/RICHARDSON DWELLINGS"
"MINNESOTA & BENNING"
"PARKSIDE/KENILWORTH
"OTHER DC NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILES


MAYOR'S ONE CITY ACTION PLAN

One City Action Plan
There are three top goals in the “One City Action Plan:” (1) Grow and Diversify the District Economy; (2) Educate and Prepare the Workforce for the New Economy and (3) Improve the Quality of Life for All.

For each goal there are clear strategies and specific actions the Gray administration is taking to achieve results. We have provided key indicators, based on citizen input, to add accountability and to demonstrate how the District will move toward the One City vision.

The One City Vision One City is the recognition that all District residents, no matter their differences, are bound together by a common destiny and a shared desire to make the city even better for the people who live here. Regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ward or neighborhood, we all want a vibrant, sustainable city, where all residents have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families, where every neighborhood is safe, where every student goes to a good school, where every tax dollar is spent wisely on a government that works and where citizens’ voices really count.

click on the link below to View the One City Action Plan as a PDF: "Mayor Gray's One City Action Plan"

Click on the link below for the Action Plan Report Card and Updates: "Mayor Gray's One City Action Plan"


DC 2014 BUDGET

More information on the budget is available at the Mayor’s budget website AT: DC 2014 BUDGET


SHOPPING DEALS FOR SENIORS

106 Stores and Businesses with Senior Discounts: "Senior Discounts"

Since many senior discounts are not advertised to the public, our advice to men and women over 55 is to ALWAYS ask a sales associate if that store provides a senior discount. Also, please note that some senior discounts vary by region. That way, you can be sure to get the most bang for your buck.


MAYOR VINCENT C GRAY'S 2013 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS

Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2013 State of the District Address Speech Calls on District Residents to ‘Invest in Being a Championship-Caliber City’ State of the District Address - February 5, 2013

Click on the link below to view the file: 2013 STATE OF THE DISTRICT ADDRESS

Click on the link below to view on YouTube: Mayor Gray's 2013 State of the District Address


DPW TO HOLD MONTHLY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE - E-cycling- Document Shredding DROP-OFF

Household Hazardous Waste - E-cycling- Document Shredding

Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Document Shredding services are offered on the first Saturday of the month (except holidays), between 8 am and 3 pm, with an additional Household Hazardous Waste/E-Cycling drop-off on the first Thursday of the month (except holidays), between 1pm and 7pm. at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road, NE. This schedule replaces the weekly collection.

The Department of Public Works makes it easy for residents to dispose properly of household hazardous waste (HHW) and unwanted electronic equipment (e-waste). Throwing them into the trash, pouring them down the drain, or getting rid of them in other improper ways can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health, as well as to the health of your family pets and DPW workers.

The District is the first jurisdiction in the region to offer free document shredding for residents, thus relieving them of either purchasing their own shredder (and running the risk that young children might harm themselves if they try to play with it), or waiting for an infrequently offered community-based shredding event.

District residents may bring up to five, medium-size boxes (no larger than the standard District recycling bin, which is approximately 20” x 14” x 14”) of personal documents to be shredded. Only paper (staples, paper and binder clips on the paper are okay) and credit cards will be accepted. No business or commercial material will be accepted.

For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at: DPW WEBSITE

*Directions to Ft. Totten: Travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Road, NE and continue to the end of the street.


BEWARE OF UNSOLICITED CALLS FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION

For Immediate Release:
Sept. 13, 2011
Contact:
Michelle Phipps-Evans
Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist
(202) 442-7822
michelle.phipps-evans@dc.gov

CONSUMER WARNING:

BEWARE OF UNSOLICITED CALLS FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Washington, D.C. (Sep. 13, 2011)—The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) today issues this warning to District residents about the rise in unsolicited telephone calls from callers with 202 area codes seeking personal financial information. Recently, several residents have received calls about grant awards by the federal government, and have been asked to give their personal information.

DISB warns all residents to be on the look-out for any entity (government or otherwise), or any individual claiming to offer any financial gains by asking for their personal information such as credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers. Note that callers from legitimate agencies likely already have such information. Therefore, DISB warns residents not to give out any personal financial information to a call they did not initiate.

If you suspect that you or a loved one is being targeted or harassed by telemarketing fraudsters, DISB suggests that you sign up your cell phone and landlines onto the Federal Trade Commissions’ National Do Not Call Registry at www.donotcall.gov or calling 1-888-382-1222. This registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home; and you can file a complaint at the website if you do continue to receive these unwanted calls. Furthermore, you may tell individual callers that you want to be on their “do not call” list.

Should you suspect you may have been defrauded, contact DISB at (202) 727-8000 or file a complaint online at www.disb.dc.gov.

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D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking | Office of Communications | 810 First St., NE, Suite 701, Washington, D.C. 20002 | Office: 202-727-8000 | Fax: 202-576-79


DC SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS

Speed Camera Locations

To maximize the program's flexibility and impact, the Metropolitan Police Department is using both non-fixed speed enforcement cameras and fixed-location cameras to monitor aggressive speeding. Speed camera enforcement zones are selected by the MPD based on recents incidents of speeding-related fatalities and crashes, proximity to school zones and other places where children or other vulnerable populations may be present, and known sites of chronic speeding. The deployment of the non-fixed speed camera units is at the sole discretion of MPD traffic safety experts.

The MPD has identified approximately six dozen enforcement zones, located throughout the District of Columbia, at which non-fixed speed camera units may be deployed. These include a combination of residential streets, major arteries and highways. The MPD generally deploys non-fixed speed cameras at only a select number of locations at any one time. Not all of the listed locations necessarily have non-fixed speed camera enforcement at the current time.

Click on the link below for locations:
DC SPEED CAMERA LOCATIONS


Who’s really benefiting from D.C. Council ‘Constituent’ Accounts?

Washington Post - Editorial Board Opinion - Published: August 29

Who’s really benefiting from D.C. Council ‘constituent’ accounts?

Kwame R. Brown (D), the D.C. Council chairman, recently asked for his thoughts on how constituent services funds should be used, ticked off a list that included funeral services, grandmothers about to be evicted and schoolchildren in need of book bags. Nowhere on his list, as enumerated to The Post’s Mike DeBonis, were consultants for council members’ political activities, water for council members’ offices, reimbursements for council members’ travel or contributions to council members’ political allies. Yet such expenditures routinely show up in accounting for the funds, far outnumbering the occasional payment to help a resident in distress. Which just bolsters the case for eliminating these slush funds altogether.

Council members are each permitted to raise $80,000 from private contributors for their constituent funds, separate from their campaign fundraising. The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance recently fined Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) for using money from her fund to make robo-calls. She’s appealing because she says the calls were promoting a community event. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has come under some criticism for using money from his fund to purchase tickets to sporting events. Mr. Evans has been buying tickets and giving them to constituents for use in school auctions or for general distribution since 1996.

The law gives officials wide latitude in how they use this money. There is a prohibition against use for overt political or personal benefit, but it’s evident that much of the money has been going to pay for activities that are essentially political: buying ads in community programs, providing free food at community meetings, sending out promotional material. Don’t you think that anyone who got to see a Washington Capitals game courtesy of Mr. Evans would remember him come election time? And many of the contributions are overtly political, going to organizations such as the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the Ward 8 Democrats or the Ward 7 Democrats. The open admission of such gifts suggests how lax the oversight has been.

An occasional payment to a funeral home or a delinquent utility bill payment shows up on members’ disclosure forms. But those are outnumbered by payments to council staffers, caterers and consultants. And, as several council members conceded to us, they often are better able to help constituents in need by connecting them to an appropriate city agency or nonprofit organization than by giving them a handout. No doubt council members — who pretty much view this money as their own — will resist any change. But with Mr. Brown pledging at least to reform the system, it’s time to stop pretending that widows and orphans are the ones whose interests are at stake.


PUBLIC NOTARIES IN WASHINGTON DC

Public Notaries

Here is the link to find a Public Notary in Washington, DC. Use this web map to find District licensed notary publics from the Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications: Notary Website

Notaries are also listed on the DC gov web site.


PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE VILLAGE EAST

Welcome to Pennsylvania Avenue Village East

Village East is a community-based nonprofit organization designed to provide support services and programs to help residents along Pennsylvania Avenue east of the Anacostia River age 50 and over maintain a healthy, independent life style in their own homes as long as they can.

The Village has been established by member of our community who wish to remain in their own homes as they age. Our service area includes Dupont Park, Randle Highlands, Penn Branch, Fort Davis and Hillcrest.

Our Goal

Our aim—with the assistance of proven providers and supported by a service fee—is to help seniors 50 years and over maintain a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle through programs such as:

•Volunteer transportation assistance to and from medical appointments
•Prescription pickup
•Nutrition, health, and medical care information
•Grocery shopping assistance
•Daily telephone contact
•Seminars and small-group discussions
•Social and religious study activities
•Cooking and computer classes*
•Excercise opportunities (walking groups, strength training, etc)*
•Major handyman services/contractors/lawn-care*
•Bridge-building (partnership with youth to provide volunteer opportunities such as reading to seniors, light gardening, etc)

Neighbors helping neighbors by providing helping hands as we age at home is vital to a healthy lifestyle and helps build a strong, friendly, loving community.

*Will cost an additional fee.

The Village is Growing... Join Us!

We—just like our web site—are just getting started. In the months ahead, we look forward to offering more information about the services we plan to facilitate, and will be hosting a survey to learn more about the needs of our community. Be sure to come back soon for news and information.

Click here to take the needs survey: Needs Survey

ClicK here to visit the website: Website

In the mean time, to join our effort or express interest in Village services, please call 202-657-6160 and ask for Ethel Wilson, Stella Hall, Robert Richards, or Jackie Stuckey. Or, e-mail rev.ethelwilson@pavillageeast.org


"rollDC" - NEW WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE CAB OPTION

New Wheelchair-Accessible Cab Option

Persons using wheelchairs now have access to" rollDC" full service fleet of 20 accessible taxicabs, provided by Royal Cab and the Yellow Cab Company of D.C. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"rollDC" is a curb-to-curb service for people who use standard-size wheelchairs or scooters and cannot use traditional taxi sedans. The accessible taxis can accommodate up to four passengers in addition to the person using the wheelchair, and rates for the accessible taxi service are the same as those for traditional taxi services in D.C.

Trips may be reserved up to a week in advance.

Scheduling trips can be done online or by phone.

Contact Yellow Cab Company of D.C. at 202-544-1213, www.dcyellowcab.com
or Royal Cab at 202-398-0500, www.dctaxionline.com


EAT RIGHT WITH COLOR

The American Dietetics Association offers the following guidelines for eating right with color. When shopping and planning meals, use foods in the color palette below:

Green produce indicates antioxidant potential and may help promote healthy vision and reduce cancer risks.
• Fruits: avocado, apples, grapes, honeydew, kiwi and lime
• Vegetables: artichoke, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, green peppers and leafy greens such as spinach

Orange and deep yellow fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that promote healthy vision and immunity, and reduce the risk of some cancers.
• Fruits: apricot, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mango, papaya, peach and pineapple
• Vegetables: carrots, yellow pepper, yellow corn and sweet potatoes

Purple and blue options may have antioxidant and anti-aging benefits and may help with memory, urinary tract health and reduced cancer risk.
• Fruits: blackberries, blueberries, plums, raisins
• Vegetables: eggplant, purple cabbage, purple-fleshed potato

Red indicates produce that may help maintain a healthy heart, vision, immunity and may reduce cancer risks.
• Fruits: cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, red/pink grape fruit, red grapes and watermelon
• Vegetables: beets, red onions, red peppers, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes

White, tan and brown foods sometimes contain nutrients that may promote heart health and reduce cancer risks.
• Fruits: banana, brown pear, dates and white peaches
• Vegetables: cauliflower, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, turnips, white-fleshed potato and white corn


SENIOR LUNCHEON PROGRAMS AND WEEKEND HOT MEALS

SENIOR LUNCHEON PROGRAMS
The following centers, funded by the DC Office on Aging, serve nutritious, well-balanced congregate meals at the center daily, or will arrange for meal delivery to a homebound person. Contributions are encouraged. For more information on how you may participate, contact the Lead Agency in your ward or call the DC Office on Aging's Information and Assistance division at (202) 724-5626.

GROUP MEAL CENTERS BY LEAD AGENCY

WARD 7
East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative
3732 Minnesota Avenue, NE, DC 20019
(202) 397-7300 Fax: (202) 397-7882

WARD 8
Downtown Cluster’s Aging Services
2447 Good Hope Road SE, DC 20020
(202) 610-6103 Fax: (202) 610-6108

WEEKEND HOT MEALS
This center provides congregate meals and other supportive services on weekends to seniors.

Weekend Meal Program
Washington Seniors Wellness Center
3001 Alabama Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Tel: (202) 581-9355


FREE COLONOSCOPY SCREENING

Free Medical Screening Howard University Hospital is offering free colonoscopies to uninsured or underinsured D.C. residents age 50 to 64. For more information, call 202-865-7741.


TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS

Transportation Services - The Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Service. Provides basic transportation for seniors who cannot access traditional transportation systems. Arrangements are made to transport elderly persons to essential medical appointments, dialysis sessions, appointments with public benefits agencies (Medicaid, Medicare, Food Stamps, SSI, Social Security) and banking institutions, etc. To use the service, people must contact the Lead Agencies that serve the wards where they live.

Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Service
2601 18th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Contact: (202) 715-7649

Call 'N' Ride Transportation Program

Provides a discount door-to-door taxicab transportation service for senior citizens, age 60 and over. Participants contact the Lead Agency serving their ward to obtain coupons for the taxi ride at a reduced cost. Seniors may use the coupons for any transportation purpose. The amount of the discount is based on a sliding fee scale. Call 'N' Ride Transportation Program
2601 18th Street, NE
Washington, DC 20018
Contact: (202) 715-7652


ARE YOU A HOMEBOUND DISTRICT RESIDENT?

Are You A Homebound District Resident?

Healthy@Home: The Help You Need to Stay Safe and Healthy In Your Home.

If you live in Ward 7 or 8 and have a serious illness or disability, Healthy@ Home will come to your home to offer: a free seasonal flu shot, application for energy assistance (LIHEAP), referrals to food, health care, and related programs, and planning for emergency preparedness.

Healthy@Home is run by Family & Medical Counseling Service, Inc., a non-profit community-based human services and health care agency in Ward 8, in partnership with the District Department of the Environment’s REACH Campaign. Support comes from the DC Department of Health, Community Health Administration.

Questions? Ready to arrange a home visit? Call Family and Medical Counseling Service, Inc. at (202) 889-7900.


SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

The DC ADRC assists the District’s elderly, persons with disabilities, their caregivers, and their families in maximizing independence and improving quality of life by linking people with a range of quality services.

1134 11th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 724-5626
TTY: (202) 724-8925
Citywide: 311
Toll Free: (877) 919-ADRC (2372)
www.adrc.dc.gov


CLEANING FOR A REASON - FREE CLEANING SERVICE FOR WOMEN UNDERGOING CHEMO

If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. (And according to the website it is not just for breast cancer patients or chemo but active cancer treatment.)

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.

LINK TO WEBSITE: CLEANING FOR A REASON

Please pass this information on to bless a woman going through Breast Cancer or other chemo treatment. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.


NEW FREEDMEN'S CLINIC - HOWARD UNIVERSITY OPENS FREE CLINIC FOR THE UNINSURED

The New Freedmen's Clinic (NFC) is a FREE student-run, attending supervised healthcare initiative which aims to serve the underserved and uninsured residents of Washington, D.C. The clinic project is named after Freedmen's Hospital (1862-1975), the first post-Civil War hospital opened in Washington, DC for newly emancipated Southern slaves. As the largest student-driven community service initiative at Howard University College of Medicine, the New Freedmen's Clinic hopes to reduce health disparities by providing quality healthcare service to the needy and indigent population of our community. Howard University's College of Medicine established its Student-Run Free Clinic in hopes to mobilize its medical students and medical professionals to help underserved and uninsured groups in the Howard University community and beyond.

The New Freedmen's Clinic (NFC) will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday.

Initially, the clinic will be for adults only.

Each Monday, four medical students, overseen by two Howard University Hospital physicians, will treat patients by appointment and those referred to them by the hospital’s Emergency Department.

For an appointment, call 202.540-0563.

Services provided - -
Screening Tests - diabetes, cholesterol, HIV/AIDS
Physical Exams
Wellness Check-ups
Non-Urgent Care
Diagnostic Tests
Mental Health Disorders
Substance Abuse
Domestic Violence
Prescription Medications
Social Services
Interpretation Services
Educational Services

Location:
Howard University Towers Bldg
2041 Georgia Ave NW
Suite 1700C
Washington, DC

LINK TO WEBSITE: NEW FREEDMEN'S CLINIC - FREE CLINIC


DC FOOD FINDER - ONLINE MAP OF FOOD RESOURCES

The DC Food Finder is an interactive online map of food resources sponsored by Healthy Affordable Food for All (HAFA), a local coalition of advocates, service providers and local food activists working to increase access to healthy, affordable food in all D.C. neighborhoods.

Healthy Affordable Food for All (HAFA) WEBSITE

In these difficult economic times, we must ensure that residents can stretch their food dollar as far as possible. Please join us to learn how you and your program can be a part of that effort by spreading knowledge of existing food resources.

HAFA is a coalition of advocates, service providers and local food activists working to increase access to healthy, affordable food in all D.C. neighborhoods.

LINK TO THE DC FOOD FINDER:

DC FOOD FINDER WEBSITE

Spread the word - click the link below to print a flyer - DC FOOD FINDER FLYER


REVISED WELLNESS PROGRAM SCHEDULE AT DC RECREATION CENTERS

MyHealthyDC.com - Helping Washingtonians get healthy. Join our Wellness Program. Located at numerous locations around the Washington Metropolitan area including: Everlasting Life Wellness Center & Vegan Cafe, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in NE Washington DC, Hillcrest Recreation Center in S.E., Emery Recreation Center, Lamond Recreation Center in N.W., and other locations.

Our goal is a healthier, happier, community through our Step up to Strength Vitality and Wellness Programs and the daily frontline treatment of illness by our dedicated Health Care Provider’s.

MyHealthyDC.com is dedicated toward helping DC Residents get healthy with our Wellness program. • General Medicine
• Hypertension
• Diabetes Healthy Living
• Weight management Most Insurance plans accepted Alliance, Americgroup,Medicaid, Medicare / Unison BlueCross/Aetna
• Confidential Testing & Treatment for Sexually transmitted Illnesses & HIV / AIDS
• Asthma / COPD / Quit Smoking
• Health Physicals

The Program Includes:
* Health & Wellness Screenings:
* Nutrition Plans & Healthy Food Choices:
* Work Out 4 times per week & receive Free Monthly Reiki or Massage Therapy

Give Your Health 45 minutes a day to:
* Help Maintain a Healthy Weight
* Improve Strength Vitality & Wellnes
* Strengthen Your Heart & Improve Circulation
* Reduce Stress and Build Overall Health

All Fitness Classes at No cost to you* All fees billed to available insurance

Classes Must have 10 Registered persons to proceed

See also this link for additional information: Link for My Health DC Wellness Program

Register now and join the Fun!

Visit this site for Fit and Fun Class Schedules: Schedules


WEBSITES FOR COLLEGES, CAREER SCHOOLS, SCHOLARSHIPS, FINANCIAL AID, AND MORE

http://www.college-scholarships.com includes comprehensive information on traditional and online colleges, post-secondary career schools, scholarships, financial aid, colleges for women, Christian colleges, scholarship matching data bases, colleges with programs for students with learning disabilities, historically black colleges, an easy GPA calculator, and much, much, more.

Link: Website

_____________________________________________________ http://www.college-admission-profiles.com allows students, parents, and educators to look up individual colleges and universities, and see what is required to be admitted to each. This relatively new site currently has profiles of about 600 colleges, with more added every week.

Link: Website

______________________________________________________ http://www.get-recruited.com allows students of all ages to get "matched" to career schools, traditional colleges, and online colleges which meet their needs and preferences.

Link: Website


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MINORITY WOMEN

Here are some scholarships that are available for our young ladies who want to go to college or may be attending college already. Some of them are labeled MINORITY FEMALES and others are labeled specifically AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALES and LATINA WOMAN.

Scholarships for Minority Women

Actuary Scholarships for Minority Students --http://www.beanactuary.org/

American Chemical Society Scholarships-- http://www.cnetweb.org/american_chemical_society_scholarships.htm

American Geological Institute Minority Geosciences Student Scholarship --http://www.agiweb.org/mpp/index.html

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants --http://www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/smas.htm

American Political Science Association Minority scholarship list --http://www.apsanet.org/content_11666.cfm

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program --http://kff.org/about/jordanscholars.cfm

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation --https://www.coca-colascholars.org/cokeWeb/

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta --http://www.atlcf.org%20%20/GrantsScholarships/Scholarships.aspx

Engineering for Minorities --http://www.nacme.org/

Gates Millennium Scholars --http://www.gmsp.org/(bfnb4u55ixjaak3qoius3wqg)/default.aspx

International Education Financial Aid --http://www.iefa.org/

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (high school seniors pnly)--http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/faq.php

Jack Kent Cook Foundation Graduate Scholars Program --http://www.jackkentcookefoundation.org/

John L. Carey Accounting Scholarship --http://www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/jlcs.htm

Kaiser Media Internships in Health Reporting --http://kff.org/mediafellows/mediainternships.cfm

LGBT Scholarships --http://www.leaguefoundation.org/

Microsoft Scholarships (for computer related degrees) --http://www.microsoft.com/college/ss_reqs.mspx

Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (for environmental studies) --http://www.udall.gov/

National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART Grant) --http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/NewPrograms.jsp

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education --http://www.naspa.org/programs/nufp/default.cfm

Students of Color Scholarship --http://www.financialaid4you.com/index.php/home

Unmet Need Scholarship --http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship/Unmet_need.html

USA Funds --http://www.usafunds.org/planning/access_to_education_scholarship/index. html

Scholarships for African -American Women

Herbert Lehman Education Fund --http://www.naacpldf.org/content.aspx?article=35

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (high school seniors only) --http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/faq.php

Ron Brown Scholarship (high school seniors)--http://www.ronbrown.org/

Black Excel Scholarship Gateways--http://www.blackexcel.org/

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation --http://www.cbcfinc.org/

Dr. James M. Rosin Scholarship --http://www.uncf.org/

Fisk Premedical Summer Institute / Minority Medical Education Program --http://www.uncf.org/

General Mills Technology Scholars Award --http://www.uncf.org/

Law School: MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program --http://www.uncf.org/

NAACP Earl Warren Shearman and Sterling Law School Scholarship --http://w%20%20ww.naacpldf.org/content.aspx?article=44

NAACP Scholarships: Earl G. Graves Scholarship, Agnes Jones Scholarship, Lillian and Samuel Sutton Scholarship, Roy Wilkins Scholarship, and the Hubertus W.V. Williams Scholarship --http://www.naacp.org/advocacy/education

National Association of Black Journalists --http://www.nabj.org/programs/scholarships/index.php

National Black Police Association --http://www.blackpolice.org/

National Society of Black Engineers Scholarship List --http://national.nsbe.org/Programs/Scholarships/tabid/84/Default.aspx

Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship --http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship/american_dream.html

Siemens Teacher Education Scholarship Program --http://www.uncf.org/
Spieler, Rhea and Louis Scholarship Program --http://www.uncf.org/

UNCF Merck Science Initiative--http://www.uncf.org/Merck/

United Negro College Fund --http://www.uncf.org/forstudents/scholarship.asp

Scholarships for Latina Women

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (also for college students) --http://www.hsf.net/

Adelante US Education Leadership Fund --

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (Congressional Internship) --http://www.chci.org/

First in My Family Scholarship Program --http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship/first_family.html

Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement --http://www.hace-usa..org/college.htm

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities -- http://www..hacu.net/hacu/Default_EN.asp/

Hispanic Internship Program--http://www.hnip.net/

La Unidad Latina Foundation --http://foundation.launidadlatina.org/Apply.htm

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund National Association of Hispanic Journalists --http://www.nahj.org/home/home.shtml

Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund --http://www.salef.org/salef/fulfilling.html

State Farm Hispanic Scholarship Fund --http://www.statefarm.com/about/part_spos/grants/hispanic.asp


TOP SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BLACK STUDENTS

Top Scholarships For Black Students:

Go to this website:

Website

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FREE SAT PREPARATION - YOU CAN GO TO COLLEGE

INeedAPencil.org provides Free SAT Preparation:

60 engaging lessons in math, reading, and writing that infuse pop culture into learning to make prep accessible

800+ challenging practice exam questions that simulate the SAT and provide full explanations ...and unique features like a score projector to show you how you are predicted to score on the real exam.

You can beat the SAT. You can go to college.

If you or someone you know has a youth that is preparing to take the SAT test, then checkout the following website that provide "Free" training for the SAT: Free SAT Preparation Weblink


DOWNLOAD DC LIBRARY EBOOKS TO YOUR IPHONE OR ANDROID PHONES

For those of you with Android phones or iPhones, you can now download DC Library eBooks to your devices. Please go to: Download Website


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT THE SOUTH EAST WHITE HOUSE

The Ministries of the Southeast White House are in dire need of your prayers and assistant. At the present time our numbers are few but we are still committed to delivering quality services and programs to the community.

The Southeast White House has continuously served the southeast district of Washington, D.C. since 1996. It strives to be "a house on a hill for all people” as it works with inner-city youth, local organizations, and national leaders to improve the lives of people.

CLICK ON THIS LINK BELOW TO REVIEW the attached volunteer needs list and consider sharing your gifts and talents to make this a successful season for all.

<"Flyer of Volunteer Events">

You may contact any of the following staff members for additional information on our programs and activities.

Tammy Phillips
SEWH Administrator
202-575-3337
Tammyphillips@bellsouth.net

Karen Tuttle
Volunteer Mentoring
202-575-3337
sekids@gmail.com

Tina Henderson
SEDC Partners
People’s House 202-581-0800
sedcpartners@gmail.com

Thank you to all who continually contribute your time, skills, resources, prayers and support to the happenings at the SEWH. We could not adequately serve our community without our wonderful volunteers and sponsors.

Sincerely,

The SEWh Staff

2909 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20020 Phone: 202-575-3337 | Fax: 202-575-2909| sewhitehouse.org


SUPPORT SERVICES FOR EMPLOYMENT, TRAINING, AND/OR HOUSING

Federal City Recovery Services 6101 Dix Street, NE, Washington, D.C.,202 450-4906

316 F St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, 202 548-2505

!!! ATTENTION!!!

ALL men and women residents in the District of Columbia are invited to register for FREE Support Services that will assist in removing any and all barriers that prevent them from employment, training and/or housing

Some of the services offered are:
• Individualized Case Management
• Employment Training and Certification
• Various Counseling Services
• Job Training and Placement
• and MUCH, MUCH MORE
• TRANSITIONAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE
• Transportation Assistance
• Recovery Support

Intake dates are done from 9:30 until 1:00pm Mon.-Fri. Please contact Ms. Underwood/Ms. Adams (202) 450-4906 or Ms.Williams (202) 557-0069 if you have any questions.


ALPHA LEADERSHIP PROJECT LOOKING FOR MALE MENTORS TO WORK WITH YOUNG MALE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Hello All,

My name is Alisha Felder and I work for an organization called the District of Columbia College Access Program(DC-CAP). The District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP), a non-profit organization funded by Washington-area companies and foundations, encourages and enables DC public high school students to enter and graduate from college. With corporate and foundation support, DC-CAP provides assistance to those students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to attend and graduate from college by providing the following:

Individual and group counseling
College information resource centers
College application assistance
Financial aid assistance
Parent education
College student support services
"Last dollar" award scholarships

All DC public high school students are eligible for DC-CAP assistance and support. The program, located in the heart of the District, also places onsite advisors throughout the city's school system to provide on-going counseling with regard to the importance of higher education as well as financial aid information.

DC-CAP will work with DC public high school graduates for up to five years after high school graduation to make sure they are able to complete their college education. Each year, DC-CAP College Retention Advisors will assess the student's academic progress and financial resources, then help them plan (academically and financially) for their next year of college.

The Alpha Leadership Project(ALP) is a program that focuses on the engagement of young male students in several DC Public High Schools. We provide each young male with a MALE mentor. ALP currently operates in five(5) DC Public High Schools. The schools are Dunbar, Coolidge, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Spingarn. The Project Director, Mr. Nelson would like to have a meeting with you regarding the Program’s mission and goals.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or if you know someone who would like to be a Mentor, please fill out the attached application and fax it to the number below. I have also attached a fact sheet about our organization. You may email me back here, or call me on the numbers below to schedule a date and time.

Click here for the ALP Factsheet: "ALP FACTSHEET"

Click here for the ALP Application:"ALP APPLICATION"

Sincerely,
Alisha D. Felder
Administrative Coordinator
Alpha Leadership Project
District of Columbia College Access Program
1029 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 400
Washington DC, 20005
Phone (202) 783 - 2716 Direct Dial
Phone (202) 783 -7933 Main Line
Mobile (202) 297-1618
Email: alisha.felder@dccap.org
Website: www.dccap.org


OFFICE OF AGING SENIOR EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAMS

Employment/Volunteer
SeniorWorks II

SeniorWorks II is a structured internship program for District seniors seeking short-term volunteer opportunities and assignments working in public and private agencies, sponsored by the DC Office on Aging. Part-time volunteer internship assignments are generally limited to three months or less, with a small stipend provided to defray the intern/volunteer's travel and other workplace expenses.

Older Workers Employment and Training Program
The program provides employment and training opportunities for District residents 55 years of age and older. Services emphasize the development of employment and training opportunities through job search assistance workshops, on-the-job training, job development, and placement and classroom skills training. The Office is an active one-stop partner in the District of Columbia Workforce initiative.

DC Office On Aging
One Judiciary Square
441 Fourth Street, NW
Ninth Floor - South Room 950
Washington, DC 20001

Contact:
Tel: (202) 724-3662
Fax: (202) 724-4979


FREE IT TRAINING FOR 18-24 YEAR OLDS

Ages 18-24 Free IT Training

Free IT Training for 18-24 year olds who live in the DC, MD, or VA. If you know any one with a high school diploma or a GED who are between the ages of 18-24 yrs old and have an interest in IT. Refer them to this site: Website

To learn more about this free program. This program asks for a 1 year commitment between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. They provide the student with a stipend and after six months, internships at companies such as Freddie Mac and AOL to name a few.

About Year Up

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship.

Our success is our graduates -- enabling them to move on to full-time employment and higher education. Year Up is about providing opportunities for urban young adults to demonstrate their true potential.

We have achieved excellent results to date:
100% placement of qualified students into apprenticeships
83% student retention
90% of apprentices meet or exceed apprenticeship partner expectations
87% of graduates placed in full or part-time positions within 4 months of graduation
$15/hr average wage at placement

CONTACT US
Address:
Year Up, National Capital Region
1560 Wilson Blvd., Suite 350
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone and Fax:
Phone: 703-312-9327
Fax: 703-312-7986


THE EDU, INC. - APPLY TO 35 BLACK COLLEGES AT ONE TIME

GET EDUcated!

The EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application allows students to apply to thirty five black colleges at once and pay a one time fee of only $35.

The use of the EDU, Inc. Online Application increases educational options by allowing students to receive acceptance letters, financial aid packages, and scholarship offers from several different colleges.

To date, over 80,000 students have used the services provided by EDU, Inc.

LINK TO WEBSITE: EDU, Inc. COMMON BLACK COLLEGE APPLICATION


EXPERIENCE CORPS DC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS 55YEARS AND OLDER TO WORK ONE-ON-ONE WITH CHILDREN IN DC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Experience Corps/DC seeks new volunteers 55 and older to work one-on-one with children in DC elementary schools during this school year. Volunteers are needed to tutor first, second and third graders in reading five hours a week during the school day. Some volunteers also provide classroom assistance and receive a small stipend. No teaching experience is needed; just the belief that children are our future. Training and supervision are provided.

For more information please contact:
Deborah Stiller
Project Director
Experience Corps
Phone: 202-478-6194
dstiller@experiencecorps.org


HOW TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS ABOUT AN OVERGROWN VACANT LOT OR ILLEGAL DUMPING

VACANT LOTS - Vacant lots often attract illegal dumping, which attracts rats and mosquitoes, if standing water is present. Children playing on these lots also can be injured. DPW works with other government agencies to keep these properties clear of weeds and trash. If you see a vacant lot in need of clearing, please call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311. Property owners usually are given two weeks to resolve a problem after they receive notice. If action is not taken, DPW will clean the site and bill the property owner for the work.

ILLEGAL DUMPING - Washington, DC has a no tolerance position toward illegal dumping and urges residents to help spread the word. DPW, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department, is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of each illegal dumper.

SWEEP inspectors patrol their assigned areas daily on the lookout for sanitation violations, such as illegal dumping.

If you spot trash or piles of debris that are not in proper containers (or they are set out in an otherwise unsanitary manner), not at a proper point of collection, or on a vacant lot or public property, please call the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 and provide the following information:

•The location (street, alley, vacant lot, etc. with an address, if possible) of the dumping.
•Make, model and license tag number of the vehicle used to carry the item(s) to the site.
•Time and date when the dumping occurred.
•What kind of materials were dumped.

A DPW SWEEP inspector will investigate the dumping and make arrangements for clean-up.


HOW TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS ABOUT GRASS AND WEEDS THAT EXCEED 10 INCHES

District Grass and Weed Regulations

District regulations prohibit property owners (commercial and residential) from allowing grass and weeds on their premises to grow more than 10 inches in height. Failing to adhere to the rule could lead to fines of more than $500. Between May 1 and October 31, DCRA can immediately mow properties and issues fines.

DCRA will be hanging "door knocker" reminders at properties where the grass height is getting close to the threshhold to try to encourage voluntary compliance before the city has to intervene.

Tall grass can trigger respiratory problems like asthma and allergies in District residents and rats and other vermin are also drawn to the over-growth. This holds serious public health implications.

DCRA regulates several types of excessive vegetative growth including: kudzu, poison ivy, oak and sumac, plants with obnoxious odors, weeds, grasses causing hay fever, and any weed growth that creates a breeding place for mosquitoes. Regulations require that these weeds be cut after no more than seven days of growth.

Weeds may be defined as any vegetation at any state of maturity that:

* Exceeds more than 10 inches in height, is untended, or creates a dense area of shrubbery that is a detriment to the health, safety and welfare of the public;
* Creates a harbor (including hiding places for persons), or provides a place to conceal refuse or trash, regardless of height; * Develops into deposits, or accumulation of, refuse or trash;
* Harbors rodents and vermin or provides a refuge for snakes, rats or other rodents;
* Creates an unpleasant or noxious odor;
* Constitutes a fire hazard; or
* Contains grass or weeds that are dead and diseased.

Failure to comply with a Notice of Violation during the growing season may result in DCRA cleaning the property and billing the owner for cost of the cleanup. Residents should report suspected violations to DCRA at (202) 442-9557 (choose option 6).

Residents can also send Tweets to @dcra - include photos if you'd like - of properties with grass and/or weeds exceeding 10 inches. Please try to get exact address before making a complaint.


HOW TO REGISTER A COMPLAINT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AND REGULATORY AFFAIRS (DCRA) ABOUT A VACANT PROPERTY

Report a Vacant Property - The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has exclusive authority to identify, register and classify vacant buildings. DCRA regularly monitors the District's more than 185,000 properties and investigates complaints from residents and referrals from other agencies and organizations. Below is a brief summary of the program, but we encourage everyone to ready the complete guide to ensure compliance with the new regulations.

In determining whether a building is vacant, DCRA must consider whether the building has:

•low or no utilities usage;
•an accumulation of mail;
•a lack of furniture or window coverings;
•open accessibility;
•deferred maintenance, including loose or falling gutters, severe paint chipping, or overgrown grass;
•been the subject of neighbor complaints about the property; and
•been boarded up.

An owner of a vacant building must register the building with DCRA within 30 days after it becomes vacant. In situations where a property owner fails to register a building and DCRA receives a complaint about the building being vacant, a DCRA inspector will visit the property twice within a 45-day period to make a determination of vacancy. Once the vacancy determination has been made, DCRA mails a registration notice to the vacant building’s owner of record, as listed in the OTR real property tax records.

If you believe a property is vacant is would like to report it to the Office of Vacant Property (OVP), please call 311.

Customers are encouraged to call (202) 442-4332 for an update on the property's status or email vacantproperty@dc.gov.

For more information about Vacant Lots Click Here: DCRA Vacant Lots Website


RIVERSMART HOMES PROGRAM - CURRENTLY SEEKING PARTICIPANTS

The District Department of the Environment has launched a new program for District residents called Riversmart Homes. This program offerS incentives to homeowners interested in reducing stormwater pollution from their properties. Homeowners receive up to $1,200 to adopt one or more of the following landscape enhancements:

Shade Trees
Above Ground Cisterns/Rain Barrels
Permeable/Porous Pavers
Rain Gardens
Bayscaping

The program provides the contractors to do the work. For more information about the DDOE's RiverSmart Homes program contact:

District Department of the Environment
Watershed Protection Division
202-535-2252

Documents:

RiverSmart Homes Program


FREE WATER TESTING KITS

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Councilmember Alexander cohosted a meeting with DC Water General Manager George Hawkins to discuss the pressing issues in Ward 7. Residents came out in great numbers to express their concerns about the quality of water and customer service that DC Water provides. Hawkins assured the community that he would look into the matters that were brought up during the meeting. Residents were also advised to take advantage of the free water testing kits if they believed their drinking water was not safe.

In order to receive a free water testing kit, one can contact Customer Service at (202) 354-3600 . The agency will deliver a kit to you within three to five business days and explain the process of collecting several water samples to test your water.


CASEY TREE REBATES - INCREASED TO $100.00 FOR LARGE TREES

Tree Rebate increased for large canopy trees

Casey Trees has enhanced its Tree Rebate program and will now offer rebates up to $100 per tree to individuals who plant large canopy trees on private property in the District. Seven genus and 27 species — mostly native hickories and oaks — qualify for the increased rebate. Rebates of up to $50 per tree will continue to be available for small and medium canopy trees.

“By offering an increased rebate amount, we hope to incentivize residents and business owners to plant more large-canopy trees because they provide greater environmental benefits,” said Jim Woodworth, Director of Tree Planting.

The program, funded by the District Department of the Environment provides rebates to individuals who purchase and plant a tree in D.C. Rebate requests must be accompanied by a completed coupon pledging to water and care for the tree for a minimum of two years and the tree purchase receipt.

Under the new enhancements, individuals will be able to submit a rebate request for trees planted on nonresidential property in the District. Trees must continue to be planted on private property and not on public property such as in street tree boxes, triangle parks or traffic circles. The maximum of three trees per property has also been eliminated.

Invasive species and ash trees should not be planted and do not qualify for the rebate. Dwarf trees and shrubs are also ineligible. Additional information, including complete program guidelines, a full tree selection list and participating nurseries, and printable Tree Rebate coupons are available online at: Visit the website at: CASEY TREE REBATE


Funding Available to Ensure Homes are Lead Safe

DHCD’s Lead Safe Washington Program provides grant funds to eligible single and multi-family owners whose properties have lead-based paint hazards. DHCD will work with the property owner to remediate the lead hazards so that the property is lead-safe.

For more information: DCHCD Lead Safe Website

Or call (202) 442-7279 for more information on the Lead Safe Washington.


GET FREE HOME FIRE INSPECTION

Home fire safety inspections are available by appointment. These home inspections are conducted as a courtesy of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department's Firefighting Division.

They will look for overloaded outlets, working smoke detectors, unobstructed exit routes from your home, and good visibility from the street. A copy of the inspection findings will be given to the resident along with suggestions. A follow-up appointment may also be requested.

Our goal in providing this service is to make sure that your home is as free of fire hazards as possible. Call (202) 673-3331 for an appointment.

FREE HOME FIRE INSPECTION WEBSITE


GET FREE SMOKE DETECTORS FOR YOUR HOME

The A’sia Sutton Smoke Alarm Giveaway and Installation Program is a DC Fire and EMS Department District-wide initiative to ensure that all District of Columbia homes have working smoke alarms. We are convinced that working smoke alarms are the single most important appliance in the home because they have been proven to save lives.

Statistics shows that most fire fatalities occur in homes where either no smoke alarms were present or those that were present, did not operate properly. In 2009 alone, the District lost 19 residents due to home fires. Statistics show that working smoke alarms in homes can substantially reduce the risk of fire death in residential fires.

The requirements for receiving a smoke alarm are:
• You must live in the District of Columbia and show proof of residency.
• You must be a homeowner and living in that home (not rental property).
• The Department will install Smoke Alarm.

Smoke alarms may be requested by calling 202.727.1600.

For more information:
WEBSITE FOR FREE SMOKE DETECTORS


FREE RADON TEST KITS

The District Department of the Environment is offering free radon test kits and window decals for residents. Residents who have tested their homes for radon with results below EPA's action guideline will received a "PASSED" radon window decal. DDOE hopes that these window decals will encourage residents to test their homes for radon. The National Academy of Science estimates that radon causes between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States, and that 12 percent of all lung cancer deaths are linked to radon. To receive your free radon test kit, call the Radon Hotline at (202) 535-2302 or sign up online at: DDOE Radon Link

The only way to know is to test, so test your home for radon today.


ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND WEATHERIZATION

DDOE can help you with your energy and utility bills. We have financial assistance, discounts and late bill forgiveness programs.

Services for Low-Income Residents
•Get help paying your utility bills
•Get discounts on your utility bills
•Get help weatherizing your home
•Free Home Energy Audits

For more information and applications: ENERGY ASSISTANCE AND WEATHERIZATION WEBSITE


NEED HELP WITH YOUR MORTGAGE - FEDERAL HOME SAVE PROGRAM FOR DISTRICT RESIDENTS

The Housing Finance Agency(HFA) received $20 million from the Treasury (left over TARP Bank bailout funds) and created a program that will pay 100% of the qualified homeowner's mortgage. This new program, which launches in Wards 5,7 and 8 on January 18, 2011 and citywide on April 12, 2011 and projected to end in 2015 will provide:

1) a one-time payment of up to three months for residents that are mortgage delinquent

2) Pay up to 15 months of mortgage payment including PITI, home owner dues

3) a one-time payment of up to six months of mortgage delinquency in order to allow the homeowner to catch up on their mortgage.

The funds will be paid directly to the mortgage service provider and not given to the homeowner. The borrower must be a District resident on the deed and mortgage. If two people are on the deed and mortgage and one is unemployed, the family still qualifies for the program. The borrower must either be receiving unemployment through DOES or have recently drawn unemployment through DOES. The unemployment can be from DC, MD, VA or other states. The borrower must also be actively seeking employment. Currently unemployment is for 99 weeks and the payment from this program will assist during that period. If the unemployment benefits end during the 15 month period, the mortgage payments will continue. However, the homeowner cannot be in foreclosure or actively in bankruptcy.

The loan will be non-recourse and forgiven over five years. The loan amount will be reduced over the five year period at 20% per year. If during the five year period the property is either sold or refinanced, the loan must be repaid.

In order to apply, homeowners must go through one of five pre-selected housing counseling agencies that are funded through HFA. Please visit the HFA Website for further questions and more details: HFA Website


SAFETY TIPS FROM THE METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT

MPD SAFETY TIPS


SIGN-UP FOR DC POLICE ALERTS

On Wednesday October 15th Mayor Adrian Fenty, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Office of Unified Command and the Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency announced the launch of DC Police Alert. This service will utilize the existing Alert DC system (https://textalert.ema.dc.gov) to quickly notify businesses and residents about crimes in their neighborhood. MPD has certain criteria for sending a Police Alert. Alerts will only be sent:

1. To specific Police Districts or other areas designated Police Service Areas (PSAs)

2. Regarding certain types of crimes. The program will start with Robberies only and then expand to include other types of crime. You will be advised of any future changes to the program.

3. The alerts will only be sent when the MPD has specific, actionable information and believes public assistance could help solve the crime. Actionable information could include a lookout for a specific suspect with descriptors such as height, weight, gender, clothing or a specific vehicle description such as make, model, color or tag number.

When a user registers for DC Police Alert they can enter addresses such as home and work. Then, when a qualifying incident occurs in the area, MPD will send a DC Police Alert message informing users about what has happened and giving instructions about what to do. Please do not call 911 for updates regarding the crime, only call if you have relevant information regarding the information sought by MPD. Users can receive alerts on e-mail, cell phone, pager or Blackberry and wireless PDA.

To participate in DC Police Alert please follow these instructions:

1. Click the following link and register for Alert DC: DC Police Alert Link

Documents: DC Police Alert Flyer