Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ward 7 and Ward 8 Community Board—by and for the community

Ever wonder what events are happening in Wards 7 and 8?   Now it's easy to find out with the new Ward 7 and Ward 8 Community Board on the East Bank DC website.

The Community Board is a new tool for and by the community to promote community events and activities.   Read the Community Board today and you will see several standing community meetings and the Arcadia Mobile Markets through October 30, 2015.   Read it tomorrow and (hopefully) you will find more events.

East Bank DC blogger Marie Fritz created the Community Board following a conversation on Twitter about encouraging more and better communication with residents about community-based events.   Fritz explains,

There is so much happening in Wards 7 and 8 but it's difficult to keep track of multiple calendars, electronic flyers, emails, and notifications. I hope the Community Board will enable organizations to reach a wider audience and to make it easier for our neighbors to stay informed and to engage with one another in their community.

Almost all events can be included in this new calendar.   To be added to the calendar, events must take place in Wards 7 or 8 and be open to the general public.   Events can be sponsored by the community or government and can include meetings, fairs and festivals; resident input sessions; and nonprofit fundraisers.

To be effective, the calendar needs information and users.   Submitting event information is easy and the steps are detailed on the calendar page.   And people will use the calendar when they become aware of it and the role it plays in keeping residents in Wards 7 and 8 informed.   If you have a blog or website, consider adding the badge (shown above).   Need to know how?   Here are the instructions.

There are other ways to tell your friends, clients, customers, members, and others about the Community Board.   Washington Parks & People, as you can see below, Tweeted the news.   Another option is to post this flyer in your waiting area or include it in a newsletter.   Share other ideas in a comment!

TA: Free webinars in May 2015

Thanks to Wild Apricot, we've got the latest list of free webinars.   17 Free Non-profit Webinars for May 2015 includes the May 21 Wild Apricot event Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships.   Other features are trainings by others on topics such as fundraising, volunteers, board development, social media, and more!   My favorites are the May 5 Managing an Aging Volunteer Corps and May 27 Planning a Nonprofit Blog You Can Manage trainings.

Thought you might be interested Thursday: #dearfuturemom

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Recycling unwanted political yard signs

DPW and the community talk gardening Apr. 30

Join DPW and Frager’s Hardware gardening manager Byron Gwinn Thursday, April 30 from Noon - 1:00 pm for an online chat about gardening.

Jump on the chat to talk about designing large and small gardens, managing bugs and other damaging elements, starting and maintaining a community garden, recommendations for plants, and more.

DPW will also share info about the agency's Helping Hand Program which helps community groups organize neighborhood clean-up and community garden projects by lending tools, trash bags, and providing free compost.

TA: Effective Twitter searches

The one word journalists should add to Twitter searches that you probably haven’t considered is written for a journo audience.   But the fact is that the one word applies to anyone doing a particular type of Twitter search.   The word author Daniel Victor suggests is not, however, applicable to all searches.   But I like the piece because it reminds us to think beyond the words we normally would use.   Writes Victor,
Here's the main takeaway: Imagine what your perfect source would tweet, or what you yourself would tweet in that situation, and search for the words that would probably be in it. And be sure you’re not limiting that to the SEO keywords.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New staffer at Department of Housing and Community Development

May 2: Participate in the Tenant Town Hall

Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) is holding the 8th Annual Tenant Town Hall Saturday, May 2 from Noon - 3:00 pm at All Souls Unitarian Church (1500 Harvard St NW, corner of 16th/Harvard Sts NW).

The areas of focus of the event―under the broad umbrella of fighting for tenant rights and affordable housing―are strengthening rent control, supporting tenant purchase and the city's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA), and the preservation of subsidized housing.

More event info:

12-1 PM: Refreshments. Time for tenants to speak with Council staff, DC housing agency representatives, legal service providers and non-profit organizations.

1-3 PM: Presentation of Tenant Priorities for 2015 and responses from elected officials and agency directors.

Interpretation provided in Spanish and Amharic.

Need more info?   Contact Talia Brock: (202) 540-7434 or via email,

Who's who in MOCRS

Here's the MOCRS staff list.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Summer reading by kids--parents, take this brief survey

Recap of April 25 4D meeting

If you live in 3D or 4D or are otherwise interested in crime and quality of life issues, take a look at the Petworth News recap of the April 25 public safety meeting.   The recap includes identifying some attendees, an overview of recent crime, recent police responses to crime, and bigger picture issues such as overall staffing, the number of detectives, and training in the wake of Ferguson.

Take a few minutes to read the summary and a big ol' thanks to Petworth News for this summary; it's a valuable service to the community.

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Ward 7, get your communication on

A number of Ward 7 residents, ANCs, and community activists have been talking on Twitter about improving communications with and among Ward 7 residents and stakeholders.   One of this merry band, Justin Lini, recently sent the following email to his ANC 7D colleagues.   With his permission, I am sharing the email:
Everyone knows its hard to get the word out about news and events impacting Ward 7. So, let's do something about it!

I've been working with Susie Cambria ( if you're not familiar with her blog) to build an online database of our ward's physical bulletin boards, online listservs and social media sites. This list will be available to the public and hopefully will be a resource to government and our community.

It looks like we're making good progress for the online sources (but you should make sure your neighborhood isn't left off), what we really need help with are places we can post flyers. For example many apartment buildings and some stores have bulletin boards that no one outside of that building would know about. Ideally we would have the board listed as well as a contact.

Perhaps we could also build a list of people who are interested in distributing flyers as well? The more resources the better.

Here's a link to the google document holding all of the information: Hk7Xkns/edit?usp=sharing

Justin A. Lini
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Paradise and Parkside, (7D SMD 07)
Treasurer for Commission 7D
On Twitter at @NE_DC_11

We are collecting information in the following categories:

  • Community Websites/Blogs, Electronic Lists
  • SMD Email Lists and Websites
  • ANC Email Lists and Websites
  • Community Newsletters
  • Physical Distro Locations

There's also a tab in the Google sheet asking for feedback about Lini's idea about getting names of those willing to distribute flyers.   Share your thoughts in the tab titled "Thoughts about collecting names."

Finally, keep in mind this list requires regular attention so check back often to see what is new and to update info you may have contributed.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

DME staff list

Behold, the staff list in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Education:

TA: Navigating copyright, fair use

Thank goodness for Martha Meacham on Navigating Copyright Issues: When Should We Be Concerned?   The author, a librarian at UMass, highlights the main points to consider when thinking about using copyrighted materials.

Meacham explains copyright, graciously provides the Copyright Flow Chart (right), and lists a number of free-use resources (NIH Photo Galleries, CDC Public Health Image Library, and U.S. Government Photos and Images).

Other winning shares are:

Finally, the Lamar Soutter Library offers some great resources about copyright here. Also check out the Columbia University Libraries’ Copyright Advisory Office and Fair Use checklist and the Copyright and Fair Use page from Stanford University.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#dcfy16 budget hearing sked updated again

DMHHS staff and contact info

Ever wondered who does what in the office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services?   Wonder no more.

DMHHS Staff 042215

Must-read: The Best Tool for Fighting Homelessness in DC is Faster Growth

Office of Revenue Analysis now on Twitter @ORAdcgov

A new blog on the block: DC Eduphile

Interested in education?   Then you should read and subscribe to DC Eduphile.   Natalie Wexler, owner of the blog, introduces the blog and explains what readers should expect in the March 18 post Introducing DC Eduphile.

What's more, you should follow DC Eduphile on Twitter, @DCEduphile.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Budget hearing sked updated Apr. 21

Ward 6 news via, which started in October 2014, covers Ward 6 ("from the Capitol Hill Historic District to H Street Northeast to the Southwest waterfront").   This fairly new media site posts breaking news as well as news about schools, the community, and local business.   Learn more by subscribing to their daily email and following them on Twitter @HillNowNEWS.

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DHCD #dcfy16 budget hearing Storified

Designing for everyone

The Medium post 7 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about Accessibility got me thinking (again) about ways to better communicate with all sorts of people, online, on paper, and IRL.   I readily admit I'm not a design or communications expert.   But like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart and porn, I (often) know good and bad design when I see it.

Let's start with my thoughts about the Medium post (in no order):

  • Color.   Jesse Hausler has several pieces of advice for color.   The first is "Don’t use color as the only visual means of conveying information."   The way I think about this is with printed materials.   What happens when someone prints your flyer in black and white or in grayscale?   Can readers tell what is important or not?   Certainly, online, designers can add clues (such as error state marks―that's what the triangles with exclamation points are called).   In print, this is more challenging but most certainly worth addressing.

    Hausler's second bit of advice for color is to ensure sufficient contrast AND to use an accessible color palette.   Both are important and with the tools Hausler links, it's easy for you to check the accessibility of your website and blog.

    Here's what I would add to the color discussion, albeit not from an accessibility perspective: Do use color but use it judiciously.   Meaning: Don't use a color background on a flyer if you expect people/organizations to print it out themselves.   No one wants to use that much ink and it's just bad design.   Use color where color is important.   In my experience, flyers are made to look good first.   Instead, they should convey the information first, using design (and color) to make the information understandable, etc.

  • Forms.   Jesse Hausler walks readers through the do's and don'ts of forms.   And while I understand little about the technical stuff, I understand the bigger ideas.   So read and share with your web designer.

Less about online design and more about content and illustrating content is Beyond the Written Word: Health Literacy and the Role of Pictures.   Ken Thorlton, content and messaging expert in the health field, explains how the judicious and appropriate use of images can help people better understand and implement content.   While most of the studies Thorlton cites are behind a paywalls, here is the results summary of one:

Both sets of these simple written materials were generally well understood. However, the presence of pictograms was shown to improve the comprehension of more complex information, resulting in significantly more participants in the experimental group obtaining a score for understanding >80% for both the medicine label and PIL. A clear preference for the materials incorporating pictograms was expressed.

Another study finds positive action related to images.

Just because findings support the use of images, however, images, especially gratuitous clipart, should not take over any flyer, postcard, or poster.   Graphics should complement the text.   And white space is our friend.

Finally, to the latest of fads that is just plain bad: Content in images only.   While images are easy to share in email and on websites and blogs, they are a bear for users.   What I mean: If I want to attend the event, I have to retype the important information into my calendar.   Okay, not a huge big deal.   But if there is a lot of content AND I want to share it, it's a pain.   And why should I have to do the work for someone else?

At a minimum, those who share image files (.png, .bmp, .jpg) should also share the text in those files.   An alternative is to create a cool logo or small graphic with the subject or event name and have all the text available in text form.

And yes, I have committed this offense.   So I, too, have to do better.

What do you want to see done better?   What are your design/communications pet peeves?   Leave your thoughts in a comment.

Another staff change in the executive branch

Kenneth L. Evans, who has done budget work in the mayor's budget office, is now Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff at Department of Health Care Finance.   You can reach Ken via email, or phone (202-442-5988).

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Journos' take on the #dcfy16 budget from Mayor Bowser

Tom Sherwood takes a look at Mayor Bowser's first proposed budget in Sherwood's Notebook: And They’re Off…!   The same day that Sherwood considers the Bowser budget, the Blade's Mark Lee took Bowser to task for bailing on the promised tax cuts; see what he has to say in Uh, Mayor Bowser, about those promised tax cuts….

WCP's Aaron Wiener talks budget in In Bowser’s Budget, a Needed Boost to Homeless Services and in Bowser Pitches Sales-Tax Hike, Program Cuts to Make Up Budget Shortfall.

Then we have D.C. Council picks at Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget, questions spending cuts and tax hikes and Mayor: First budget reflects concern for housing, homeless from the Washington Times.

Food as economic development, #Storify about Ward 7

Wendell Felder, Ward 7 MOCR

A great example of plain language

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 20: DC Town Hall Hearing on Women and Girls of Color

You are invited to participate in the Monday, April 20 DC Town Hall Hearing on Women and Girls of Color sponsored by the African American Policy Forum.   The hearing takes place from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the Howard Middle School of Mathematics and Science (405 Howard Pl NW in the Theatre).

The purpose of this and other hearings is to bring "circumstances facing girls and women of color out of the shadows and squarely into public policy debates."

From the invitation:

Women and girls of color will provide testimony across a range of issue areas, including school push-out, incarceration, public and private violence, trafficking, foster care, economic wellbeing and homelessness. Key decision makers will participate in the hearings as commissioners to suggest and advance tangible interventions.

Historically, government hearings have been held on men and boys of color, generating a deeper understanding among stakeholders of their specific needs. These hearings have led to increased public will and ultimately, the development of the black male achievement landscape we see today. Through hosting similar hearings on women and girls of color, we hope to increase our nation’s collective understanding of the disparities they experience, both those that are common to and different from their male counterparts.

RSVP for the event online.

April 29: Ward 6 Town Hall

CMs Charles Allen (Ward 6) and Vincent Orange (At-Large) are hosting the "Ward 6 Town Hall" Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave SE).

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Reminder: April 25 Eagle Fest: Rise of the Greater NY Avenue Gateway Corridor: A Jewel on the Anacostia

The Greater New York Avenue Gateway Group, Inc.'s Eagle Fest: Rise of the Greater NY Avenue Gateway Corridor: A Jewel on the Anacostia takes place Saturday, April 25, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm.   The gathering takes place at The Annex at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church (3015 Earl Pl NE).

According to the invitation and RSVP site, attendees will

learn, exchange ideas and lessons learned, and collaborate on a blueprint and strategic/action plan for the Greater New York Avenue Gateway Corridor and our shared future. Attendees are invited to mingle in a festive setting as they take on the issues of the day and work toward solutions.

The event is free and all are encouraged to participate.

April 21: Lessons of Hope Forum: Family Homelessness in DC

The Street Sense Lessons of Hope Forum: Family Homelessness in DC takes place Tuesday, April 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm at their home, Church of Epiphany (1317 G St NW).

From the event notice:

Talk to local nonprofits about volunteer opportunities, and hear from our forum panelists about the journey of families experiencing homelessness in and around the District, efforts to help those experiencing it, and how we can help.

Opening Remarks:
Elissa Silverman, Councilwoman At-Large


  • Mary Cunningham, Senior Fellow, The Urban Institute
  • Marta Beresin, Staff Attorney, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
  • Sasha Williams, Street Sense Vendor with first-hand experience

Aaron Weiner, Housing Complex Reporter, The Washington City Paper

More information about this free event.

Update on IZ from The Georgetown Dish

In 'Inclusionary Zoning' Sales Remain Skimpy, Current staff writer Katie Pearce summarizes the purpose of inclusionary zoning as a way to increase the stock of affordable housing, describes several challenges with the policy as written, shares the good news, and writes about proposals to expand the reach of this housing and development policy.

Friday, April 17, 2015

The April 17 DCR in Tweets

TA: Random tools and apps

This and that in the world of technology:
  • Want to know what's new in the world of technology?   Take a look at (and perhaps subscribe to) Product Hunt.   Subscribing to the free daily emails is quick and easy.
  • BeFunky is a free and paid service that allows you to modify pictures and other images.
  • Marvelous DB is a cool way to learn more about Marvel characters and comics.   A super gorgeous website.
  • If you love Doodle as I do, you'll be thrilled to know about Doodle Mobile.   Available for iPhones now and Android phones soon.
  • SlideShare is not new but I find it's underutilized.   The 2010 post Chris Lysy on Slideshare and Slidecasting briefly explains why you should use this online platform for presentations you make.   It's easy and free.   And my pitch: You did the work so why not share it?!

Nonprofits and blogging, a Storified chat

CMs question the mayor on her proposed FY 2016 budget

On April 13, the Committee of the Whole convened to hear from Mayor Bowser and EOM officials about the proposed FY 2016 budget.   If you missed the briefing, you can watch it on demand.   You can also read Potential Consensus and Disagreement Emerge as Council and Mayor Exchange Views on Budget from the council.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

DC government staff changes

Earlier this month, Tenleytown, D.C. announced that 2D got a new commander: Melvin Gresham.

And the Department of Health director's chief of staff is Dr. Jacqueline Watson, formerly of Health Concepts International, LLC consulting fame.   You can reach her by email,

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More DC history: PORTRAITS: Lucy Diggs Slowe and Mary Burrill and the fight to stay in their Brookland home

Bygone Brookland's PORTRAITS: Lucy Diggs Slowe and Mary Burrill and the fight to stay in their Brookland home is a must read.   The post tells not only the story of two strong, capable, and accomplished women, it tells the story of power gone bad, and the story of the (good) power of people.

April 17 ONLY―ColorStruck: With the Skin I’m In!

Tell your clients about the May 2 free Money Management 101 workshop

DCAYA's in-depth look at the #dcfy16 budget

Thought you might be interested Thursday

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Budget hearing schedule updated Apr. 14

Apologies for link failures

Some of the links I've shared of late have resulted in readers landing on 404 pages.   Sincere apologies.   Will do better on Twitter and on the blog.

April 1 Ward 8 candidate forum on video from DC for Democracy

It's Tax Day (boo). There are refunds (yay). Get the deets.

For more like this, subscribe to District, Measured by OCFO staff.

[UPDATED: The link in the Tweet has failed all of us. Apologies! Here, I hope, is the correct link. 4/15/15 2:15p]

An affordable law firm comes to DC

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Storified: April 14 Ward 7 housing and community development meeting

The April 1 Ward 8 candidates forum in pics

Congress Heights on the Rise has a series of pictures of the April 1 Ward 8 candidate debate and straw poll.   See Photo Flashback | Ward 8 City Council Debate & Straw Poll @ Ballou or click on the picture to the right.

Woot! 5,000 posts have been blogged!

Share your memories of Sheridan Theater

From an email:
The DC Independent Film Festival has received a DCPL grant to collect an oral history of The Sheridan Theater (now the dollar store) at 6200 Georgia Avenue as part of our city-wide "Going to the Movies" project. The Sheridan was an important neighborhood meeting place before 1976 and remains an historically important building.

We are now ready to collect those memories!

So please, if you remember going to The Sheridan Theater or you know others who might, help us to fill in a missing part of DC cultural history. We have our notebooks and tape-recorders and movie cameras ready and next week we can visit you to capture those memories.

Call Alison at 202-286-8892 or email

If you have any history with or interest in the former Sheridan Theater please consider coming to this event...If you have neighbors who might be interested but are not on the listserve, please consider sharing this with them.

Expert cinema historian and author Robert Headley will be giving an illustrated lecture on the history and social significance of neighborhood movie theaters in Washington DC, including the several in on and around Georgia Avenue at Shepherd Park Library (, Saturday April 18 from 2:30 - 4:30pm.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Calling Ward 7 businesses and residents to important April 14 meeting

Plan on attending the Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Ward 7 check-in meeting.   The purpose of the meeting is for residents, business owners, and others to tell DHCD representatives about housing, business, community development, and resource needs of this community.   It takes place at Marshall Heights Community Development Organization (3939 Benning Rd NE).

DHCD will take the opportunity to tell residents, business owners, and other community members about the agency’s programs and services, current and future projects, and the proposed FY 2016 affordable housing budget.

Learn more about the ward-based events in the online press release.

On Mayor Bowser's April 14 sked is...

Community Office Hours at 4:00 pm at Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library (3310 Connecticut Ave NW).

Other items on the mayor's April 14 schedule.

CNHED Storified affordable housing comments at April 13 #dcfy16 briefing

#dcfy16 hearing schedule updated Apr. 10

It's a sad day for DC; SALM no more

CFO's testimony at council's FY 2016 budget briefing

TA: Great new tool to make any web page print friendly

O. M. G.   PrintFriendly rocks.

Jaffe talks Bowser on NewsTalk

Sunday, April 12, 2015

April 13: Mayor Bowser briefs the council on #dcfy16

Mayor Bowser will brief members of the Council of DC on her proposed FY 2016 budget Monday, April 13 at 10:00 am in the Council Chamber (JAWB, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

Can't make it to the Wilson Building?   Watch the briefing live on the council's video link.

@Mistyonpointe's story of perseverance

#Ward7Citizens April 11 budget event Storified

The Bowser-Racine kerfuffle

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The April 10 DCR Tweeted

DISB's annual report now online

The Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) has just released 2013-2014 Biennial Report.   Some of the accomplishments highlighted in the report are:
Preventing discrimination in health care One of the department's actions in early 2014 advanced the rights of the city's transgender community by prohibiting discrimination in health insurance based on gender identity and expression. The department issued a bulletin requiring District health insurance companies to provide coverage for gender dysphoria, or gender identity disorder, as a recognized medical condition thereby permitting those with gender dysphoria to obtain medically necessary benefits.

Friday, April 10, 2015

DCAYA's update on OST in #dcfy16

Mayor Bowser on April 10 edition of NewsTalk

More about the 1968 riots

Last year, in The 1968 riots according to PoPville, Gallaudet, Getty Images, and others, I blogged pictures, a video, and a short history of the 1968 riots in DC.   If you want to see the scenes in color, take a look at 1968 Grief and Anger.   The pictures are from Ward 1 and downtown.

Getting kids active, a chat Storified

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Reminder: April 11 budget summit by and for Ward 7 residents

Ward 7 Summit Brief__April 8 2015

FY16 Budget Maps

Calling Ward 7 female business owners...

East River Family Strengthening Collaborative has launched the Girl's Biz Academy as part of the new ERFSC Small Business Development and Leadership Academy.   According to the application form (PDF) for Girl's Biz, the "Academy serves as a hub of resources as well as provides technical assistance, support and one-on-one mentoring for participants."   Girl's Biz, says the flyer (PDF), is an "initiative for Ward 7 female business owners to transform challenges into opportunities and strengthen internal capacities."

Applications are due Wednesday, April 15.

Learn about rent control from housing advocate and columnist Barbara Cline

Forest Hills Connection columnist Barbara Cline recently penned High-Rise Life: DC's 2015 rent increases – under rent control.   Cline explains, among other things, how renters can learn whether their building is covered, how to apply, the process for documenting eligibility for lower increases.   Valuable links are also included.

Thought you might be interested Thursday

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DCAYA on OST in #dcfy16

Free ebook: Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media

Digitally Connected: Global Perspectives on Youth and Digital Media, released by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Youth and Media, is a collaborative effort involving UNICEF.

The book contains more than 30 essays about various aspects of young people and the online world.   Topics considered include civic engagement, safety, identify, privacy, and innovation.   Authors represent a number of fields such as technology, academia, and government.

The ebook follows the 2014 "first of its kind international symposium on children, youth, and digital media to map and explore the global state of relevant research and practice, share and discuss insights and ideas from the developing and industrialized world, and encourage collaboration between participants across regions and continents."

TA: Free online timeline tool

Timeline, according to Journalist's Resource,

helps you build visually attractive chronologies. You simply fill out a Google spreadsheet template and drop in dates, links and associated media. The application’s Embed Generator then creates code that you cut and paste into your website, allowing you to host the timeline. (See Six Web-based tools and applications that can help you communicate visually.)

Two solid examples of the power of this tool are Revolutionary User Interfaces (see above) and Timeline: Egypt in Turmoil.   What are some of the ways you could see this tool being used in advocacy or fundraising?   Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Get your financial house in order during #FinancialLiteracyMonth

Monday, April 6, 2015

9 reasons to subscribe to Susie's Budget and Policy Corner

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DC then and now, a history quiz

National Journal's Can You Place These Historic D.C. Photos on the Map? is a fun way to see what you know about DC's history.   Would make a engaging activity for interns and staff, new and old alike.

Will Sommer, WCP columnist, joins WTTG as contributor

Will Sommer, WCP's Loose Lips columnist, has joined WTTG as a contributor.   More in Will Sommer Joining WTTG FOX 5 as a Contributor.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

TA: New Facebook app, Riff, allows video co-production

Use video?   Facebook has a new way to create collaborative videos:   Riff.   The app, available for iPhone and Android phones, allows friends to add to videos shot by friends.

PCmag's Facebook Riff Lets You Collaborate on Videos With Friends explains the development of the app and its appeal to users.

There are myriad ways your Facebook friends can use this app for a special event, advocacy day, budget hearing testimony, and more.   Share your ideas in the comments.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Reactions to #dcfy16 Storified

April 3, 2015 DC Register Tweeted

Save the date: September 5 for National Book Festival

Plan on staying in town Saturday, September 5 to attend the National Book Festival at the Washington Convention Center.

On March 24, the festival planners announced the pavilions and authors.   In the Children's Pavilion will be Mac Barnett, Cece Bell, Jenny Han, William Joyce, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gary Paulsen, Lynn Rae Perkins, Trevor Pryce, and Jon Scieszka.   Teens will be treated to Kwame Alexander, Libba Bray, Michael Buckley, Phillip Hoose, Cynthia Levinson, Sonia Manzano, Shelia P. Moses, Rachel Renee Russell, Laura Amy Schlitz, Sabaa Tahir, Meg Wolitzer, and winners of the reading and writing contests A Book That Shaped Me and Letters About Literature.

The 2015 event marks the 15th anniversary of this literary festival and the 200th anniversary of the Library of Congress's acquisition of Thomas Jefferson's personal library.

Follow National Book Festival news looking for #NatBookFest15 on various social media platforms.

Friday, April 3, 2015

April 11: Ward 7 budget summit by and for residents

AG Racine on NewsTalk, Apr. 3

AG Karl Racine will gues on NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt Friday, April 3 at 10:00 am.   Racine will talk budget and other issues.

Tune in to the show streaming here:   If you have questions or comments, call (703) 387-1020 or email the show.

April 18: community summit on how the Smoking Restriction Amendment Act impacts you and your community

The Community Wellness Alliance is sponsoring the Saturday, April 18 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm community summit on how the Smoking Restriction Amendment Act impacts you and your community.   The event takes place at Raymond Recreation Center (3725 10th St NW).

Attendees will learn, for example, about the restrictions on smoking―none within 25 feet of DC government-maintained facilities including dog parks, community swimming pools, playgrounds, Metrorail stations, and bus stops.

To RSVP or learn more, contact Derrick Faison via email,; you can also register online.

ICYMI: @MayorBowser's State of the District Address 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mayor Bowser on WTTG Apr. 3

The #dcfy16 budget and presentation are online!

DC gets Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity

April 6: Free open budget data webinar

Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) is holding the webinar GIFT Open Budget Data Case Studies and Landscape Share Monday, April 6 at 11:00 am.

The purpose of the webinar is for GIFT researchers to share their findings

from three case studies of the use of open budget data as well as a fourth research effort landscaping the current state of affairs regarding open budget data. The three case studies are of open budget data use in the Mexico Transparency Portal, the Kenya Constituency Development Fund, and the city of Chicago, USA.

If there is interest, a discussion with webinar participants will follow.

The event is free.

Thought you might be interested Thursday

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April 2: Mayor Bowser releases proposed FY 2016 budget

Mayor Bowser will brief the Council of DC Thursday, April 2 at 11:00 am.   The briefing, which takes place in the Mayor's Ceremonial Room, 5th Floor, is open to the press.

The mayor will present the budget to the media and community Thursday, April 2 immediately following her meeting with the council.   This briefing takes place in the Press Briefing Room, G9, at the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

Community Health and Wellness Fair for older residents, Apr. 8

The District of Columbia Office on Aging and the Department of Parks and Recreation will hold a Community Health and Wellness Fair Wednesday, April 8 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Emery Recreation Center (5701 Georgia Ave NW).   More information is available from Mark Bjorge, (202) 374-9890 or via email,

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