04/24/14 3:15pm


From DCPS:

“Ever wondered how you can help out and make a difference? District of Columbia Public Schools is seeking local professionals to participate in an innovative mentoring program. Last year, DCPS launched an internship program for students with disabilities called the Competitive Employment Opportunities (CEO) Program. The CEO Program brings high school age students with various disabilities together with professional mentors who work in a range of occupations. CEO mentors help introduce our students to the working world and guide them through the career exploration process. To learn more visit our website dcpsceo.com or follow us on twitter @DCPSCEOProgram.

Over the past two years, CEO has provided DCPS students with professional development training, one-on-one mentoring, and paid summer internships throughout the district. During bimonthly one-on-one mentoring, which takes place on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, students work with mentors on a career-focused project. This project and the summer internship open our students’ minds to the expansive and exciting working world, allowing them a first-hand experience in what it’s like to be a professional. Last year, one of our students worked with a mentor from the Architect of the Capitol on creating a 3-D design of a music studio. Another student worked with a mentor from NASA on a presentation about the landing of the Mars Rover. Our mentors have come from companies and organizations, large and small, all over the district, from Spooky Action Theater to The Discovery Channel.

Currently, we are looking for more local partner agencies in the DC community to add professional mentors to our team, in order to give our students more outlets for career exploration. It is an exciting time for the CEO program, as DCPS is looking to double our programming in 2015. Our goal is to recruit 20 new mentors through 15 new corporate/organizational partnerships by January 2015. If you are enthusiastic about your career, you can share that enthusiasm by becoming a mentor. If you work at a company or organization that would provide exciting options for our students, you can open doors by partnering with DCPS. If you are interested in mentoring or would like more information, please email raymond.hutchison@dc.gov.”

04/24/14 3:01pm

Jaliah Campbell

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating 12 year-old Jaliah Campbell who was last seen in the 2000 block of Perry Street, NE, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

Jaliah is described as a black female with a medium complexion, 5’5” tall, weighing approximately 120 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink hoodie, black knitted sweater with blue jeans and black boots. She has braces with pink and green bands.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jaliah Campbell is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.”

04/24/14 2:38pm

1st and M Street, SE

Thanks to @markwpeterson for tweeting us the photo above. JDLand has reported:

“Forest City Washington is making plans for temporary uses for that block while it works on longer-range plans to build office and retail space on the site.”

Temporary plans were reported as a temporary park and relocation of the Trapeze School.

And thanks to MB who emails us the photos below:

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04/24/14 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Supreme Court construction:

“Does anyone have any info on what all the construction around the Supreme Court is? There has been constant construction on the grounds since I first moved to the Hill six years ago. For the first few years, the sidewalks on East Capitol were blocked, then opened, then blocked again. Now I notice all the work on my walk down Maryland. Nothing seems extensive enough to merit six years (more assuming this didn’t start right when I moved here) worth of work.”

Accessible roof decks?

“It seems like every bar and restaurant in the city is adding a rooftop deck. While I applaud this trend in theory, as a wheelchair user I feel I will never have the opportunity to enjoy any of them. Does anyone know of any rooftop terraces with elevators or alternate wheelchair accessibility?”

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04/24/14 1:51pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

Ed. Note: I’ve recently been accused of sensationalizing my headlines. All I’m gonna say is I coulda made this one a lot better…

From DC Department of Health:

“The following animals resulted rabid from test results received April 15, 2014. The count of animal rabies in the District for year 2014 is 14 thus far:

Raccoon –1-yr old female, had young, and brain trauma, was found walking slowly on 4/4 at a resident’s yard at the 1400 blk of Webster St. NW in Ward 4.

Raccoon – 1-yr old male was killed by resident’s dogs on 4/7 at the 700 blk of 19th St. NE in Ward 5. Dogs will be placed on quarantine.

Raccoon – 1 old male, thin, with brain trauma and found non responsive and dying on 4/12 at the 4000 blk of 24th St. NE in Ward 5.

Raccoon – 1 old male, thin, with brain trauma was found sick and unaware on 4/10 at the 3000 blk of South Dakota Ave.NE in Ward 5.

Investigation is still pending on any animal or human exposures. Information shall be sent out electronically to the area residents via the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement.”

04/24/14 1:26pm


I saw the above sign at the Rosslyn metro and I know it’s been mentioned in the past – but are there now public restrooms in all metro stations? Has anyone used one? Do you have to get a key? Where are they generally located (or can you just ask the station manager?)

Here’s an interesting press release from WMATA back in 2004:

“Several new restroom initiatives at Metrorail stations that were implemented at the beginning of the year, combined with the new automatic public toilet pilot at the Huntington Metrorail station, have proven to be successful, Metro managers told the Board of Directors today. The automatic public toilet that was installed at the Huntington Metrorail station in early October 2003, is used approximately 85 times a day since being installed six months ago. Also, since opening up its rail station restrooms to the public on January 4, there have been 1,600 requests granted to use them (through March 18). The single-stall, self-cleaning public toilet at the southern end of the Yellow Line was installed last fall inside the Huntington Metrorail station’s north mezzanine as a one-year test to determine customer acceptance and feasibility, as well as safety and cleanliness.

The unit, which costs Metro $39,600 per year to lease (three-year lease), costs an additional $55,000 for site renovation, installation, and water, sewer, and electric power hook-ups. There is an additional $14,400 per year for routine service/ maintenance, bringing the 12-month project cost to approximately $109,000. The vandal-resistant portable unit offers customers the use of a toilet, soap, toilet tissue, water dispensing and hand drying. There is an automatic interior chemical spray cleaning cycle after each use. Metro Board members have to decide whether to continue or expand the pilot in the future.

They also are considering whether to move the unit to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station at a cost of $75,000 (removal, restoration and installation costs) since that station’s existing restroom is not available to the public due to its location near safety-sensitive equipment. In November 2003, Metro managers took several steps to alert the public that starting January 4, 2004, the Metrorail station restrooms would be available for public use for the first time in the 28-year history of the transit system. Signs were posted in stations indicating restroom availability (except at a few locations deemed security-sensitive” Pentagon, Vienna/Fairfax-GMU, Arlington Cemetery and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant); officials specified conditions when customers could be denied requests to use the restrooms; and maintenance personnel repaired back room locks and cabinetry during the conversion of restrooms from employee-only areas to areas accessible to the public.

However, on March 18, Metro officials informed the Board that station restroom procedures were changed to allow the Metro Transit Police Chief to close the restrooms for public use during heightened security levels for a period of 30 days. Police Chief Polly Hanson temporarily closed Metro restrooms to the public on March 19, for security reasons. They were reopened on April 19.

News release issued on May 27, 2004.”

04/24/14 12:55pm


This house is located at 1743 11th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Amazing location; walk everywhere! Steps from all D.C.has to offer: 14th and U St. restaurant corridors, Two Metro stations, Logan & DuPont circle, parks, shopping, night entertainment, museums, monuments and more. You rarely find a fee simple property like this in DC with plenty of character, extra large size rooms, skylight, front and back yard, plenty of street parking and stunning renovations.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $749,000.

04/24/14 12:45pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user James0806


“Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles today announced an agreement with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, the agency responsible for construction of the Silver Line, that will move the line closer to opening day. Under the agreement, Metro will allow the Airports Authority additional time to complete certain items after the project is turned over to Metro, but prior to the start of passenger service. Without the agreement, the Airports Authority would have been required to complete all items before Metro takes control, meaning an opening date that would be later in the year.

The Airports Authority is still required to address all priority items – those that affect reliability or require significant track access – prior to handing the project off to Metro. Some examples include: (more…)