Monday, January 25, 2010

DC Center Moves Into JBG Whitman Walker site

DC Center, an LGBT community service organization, has found a temporary new home in two former Whitman Walker Clinic properties on 14th Street owned by JBG Properties. "This particular spot is really well known to the LGBT community and is really in the heart of the community," said David Mariner, DC Center's Executive Director and only full-time staff member.

"Due to the economic climate which has prevented immediate development, JBG Properties has generously offered the space to DC Center on a temporary basis," the DC Center posted on its blog last month.

The Center offers programs related to education, political advocacy, HIV/AIDS, drug rehabilitation, the arts, and violence prevention, among others.

Welcome to our neighborhood!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

5 Cent Per Bag Charge Begins January 1

Beginning January 1, 2010 businesses that sell food or alcohol must charge you 5 cents for each carryout paper or plastic disposable bag. You can bring your own disposable or reusable bag to the store or restaurant. Some stores and restaurants will offer you a 5-cent credit per bag for bringing your own, so you’ll actually save 10 cents. You can also choose not to bag your purchase.

The majority of the proceeds from the carryout bag fee will go into the new Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund. DDOE will administer this fund, and use it to clean and protect the Anacostia and other local waterways, and to provide reusable bags to residents. Proceeds from a new commemorative license plate and income-tax checkoff will also go into the fund.