Monday, June 29, 2015

Transpo advice for summer interns

Sunday, June 28, 2015

June 29: Mendo media briefing on June 30 legislative meeting

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will brief the media on the upcoming (June 30) Legislative Meeting Monday, June 29 at 10:30 am in the John A. Wilson Building, Room 412 (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

Mendelson will discuss the major actions to be taken at the June 30 meeting.   For many, the highlight of the leg meeting is the final reading and vote on B21-158, "Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Support Act of 2015.   The bill under consideration is an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute.

DYRS senior level staff changes

Friday, June 26, 2015

CM Silverman adds policy expert to staff

At-large Elissa Silverman today announced a new staffer in her office: Kelly Hunt.   Hunt, actually a legislative fellow, will start Monday, June 29.

Save the date, July 17: Forum on Boys and Young Men of Color

CLASP's "Investing in Young Men of Color as Community Assets" will highlight effective practices and policies that can close the gaps in education, employment, and health outcomes for boys and young men of color.   Included in the discussion will be federal investments in communities targeted at reducing concentrated poverty and creating opportunities for boys and young men of color.

The forum will take place Friday, July 17 at Noon.   Participate by attending the event in person or watching via webcast.   Learn more and register online.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Recycling

CITYLAB's You're Probably Recycling Wrong delivers more than a slap on the wrist.   Author Vicky Gan explains the mistakes we make and how to stop making them.   It's a quick and easy read.   Above all, it's helpful and worthwhile.

Tips include recycling those pesky plastic shopping bags at grocery stores, putting small bits of paper in a paper bag, stapling it (and several more simple steps), not dumping plastic-coated paper cups in recycling bins, among others.

Summer program people, these simple how-to's would make an easy and useful addition to your already-planned summer programming.   Start with your trash and recycling at your organization and encourage young people to sort properly and toss what is not acceptable.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Be a Produce Plus volunteer, make a huge difference

Want to give back?   Have free time you want to use productively?   Are you and your friends looking to do good together?

No matter the reason, you can make a huge difference to DC low-income residents who go to farmers markets for their fresh produce.   Become a Produce Plus volunteer.   As a volunteer, you will work five shifts between now (whenever you are trained) and November and distribute Produce Plus vouchers.   The vouchers mean that people can get more produce.   Yay!

It's easy to volunteer.   Learn more about the program and register to participate in a two-hour Farmers' Market Brigade training.

June 26: Jim Vance on @kojoshow

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mayor-Council breakfast Storified

Heat emergency activated June 23 1:00 - 7:00 pm

According to Alert DC, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for the Washington DC Metropolitan Area from 1:00 pm this afternoon until 7:00 pm this evening.   Heat index values are expected to reach 105°.   DC government is expected to activate a heat emergency.

According to the Alert DC notice,

The Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected which could cause heat related illnesses. Please take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke; wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

Locate a government cooling center or pool by using the handy DC Cooling Centers Summer15 guide (also available in PDF).