Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Sept. 19 DCR in Tweets

DOH offers guidance to parents about preventing Enterovirus D68

On September 18, DOH Director Dr. Joxel Garcia sent a letter to public school parents about preventing the spread of Enterovirus D68.    The letter is also below.   DOH has also shared an easy-to-read and -understand graphic.   See below.

Enterovirus D68 Parent and Guardian Update FINAL

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sept. 23 DC Council actions: Prep and more

The Council of the District of Columbia will hold two meetings September 23:
  1. Legislative Meeting at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber
  2. Committee of the Whole, following the leg meeting

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media Monday, September 22 at 10:00 am in JAWB (Room 412) about the September 23 legislative meeting.

Event: Interdependence and Empowerment: Supported Living Services for Adults with Disabilities, late September

Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective is holding Interdependence and Empowerment: Supported Living Services for Adults with Disabilities September 26- 27 at George Washington University.

Details about the event are available from Lydia Brown, WMDSC President, via email,

Friday, September 19, 2014

TA: Preparing well-written instructions

Writing instructions that are easy to understand may be my favorite NOI blog post ever!   So useful that you should print the five-point list and post it where you can easily read it.   Why?   As author Whitney May writes, well-written instructions improve users' "speed, accuracy, and sanity."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Building A Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement forum Sept. 22

The Foundation Center of Washington DC is sponsoring a forum where funders, practitioners, policymakers, and young people will talk about the important work taking place in DC and nationally to improve life outcomes for black men and boys.   The event takes place Monday, September 22 from 9:30 - Noon at the True Reformer Building (1200 U St NW).   Register for the free event.

From the invitation:

While there is a groundswell of momentum, particularly in light of the White House Initiative, My Brother's Keeper, there is much work to be done to build upon and sustain this momentum. This event will provide a venue to advance the conversation around black male achievement and explore what's needed to move the field forward in this critical moment.

Ombudsman for public ed 2014 annual report released

Thought you might be interested Thursday

I don't know about you, but I find 404s annoying.   They annoy me as a blogger when I realize some of my links are broken and it is frustrating when I am looking for something and I land page with the 404 error message.

Thank goodness for Journalist's Resource.   They've identified ways practices which will reduce the likelihood of embedding links that die at some point in the future.   Website linking: The growing problem of "link rot" and best practices for media and online publishers is the result.   The recommendation categories are:

  1. Put in only essential links.
  2. Ensure that links are clearly visible, yet don’t obscure your text.
  3. Choose linking text and link behavior carefully.
  4. 4. URL and content stability is everything.
  5. Whenever possible, link to pages rather than PDFs.
  6. Always look for the most compact and direct URL available, and ensure that it’s clean, with no unnecessary information after the URL itself.
  7. Avoid link-shorteners, with one exception.
  8. Don’t link in a way that violates copyright or breaks through paywalls. While there are a lot of gray areas, do your absolute best to respect all laws and regulations.
  9. Verify after publication and check your links at regular intervals.
  10. As you’re building and maintaining your own blog or website, remember that other sites link to your content, and you want to keep those links alive.

Take the time to read the whole piece as the specifics in each category are useful.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ballot order for Nov. 4 election

Today the DC Board of Elections released the ballot order list for all races (PDF).

Proposed polling place changes for Nov. 4 election

The DC Board of Elections published a list of proposed polling place changes for the November 4 election.   See the proposal (PDF).

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Open house to talk about the proposed new soccer stadium Sept. 30

The Office of the City Administrator and reps from DC United and Akridge are holding an Open House/Community Information Forum to talk about the proposed soccer stadium in Buzzard Point.   The event will take place Tuesday, September 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 100 M St SE, 8th floor.   The location is close to Metro Green Line Navy Yard station and parking is available in the building.

From the release:

BACKGROUND: Since announcing plans a the world-class soccer stadium in Buzzard Point earlier this year, the District, DC United and Akridge have participated in several D.C. City Council hearings and community meetings on the project. This is an opportunity for community members to receive the very latest planning updates and answers to any questions they may have about the project, all in an informal setting. Representatives, government officials and key consultants will be available to discuss planned traffic operations, housing, environmental clean-up, jobs, contracting and more. In advance of the Open House, the public is encouraged to go online to to review the legislation, latest planning and transportation studies and images of the proposed stadium. Light refreshments and a kid's play area will be provided.