Thursday, May 10, 2012
The president said Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage.
President Barack Obama picked the day after a decisive vote in North Carolina to announce that his "evolution" on the issue of same-sex marriage was complete—he now supports it. In an interview with ABC News on Wednesday, Obama said: I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don't Ask Don't Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage—at a …
Sunday, February 5, 2012
President unveiled proposals at Arlington Fire Station No. 5.
Jacob Johnson joined the Marine Corps on Sept. 11, 2000 – exactly one year before the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He served two tours in Iraq – combined, 13 months overseas – and considers himself fortunate to have been hired by the Arlington County Fire Department in 2005. “Transitioning out of the Marine Corps was one of the most difficult challenges in my life,” Johnson, now a lieutenant in the department, told a crowd of about 150 people Friday in Arlington Fire Station No. 5. The crowd consisted largely of veterans who now work as area police officers, firefighters or with the National Park Service, plus a few local dignitaries. That building, on South Hayes Street near the Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
President lobbies for $447 billion American Jobs Act in front of Key Bridge in Georgetown.
Speaking next to a giant American flag with the Key Bridge in the background Wednesday, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass his $447 billion American Jobs Act swiftly. The speech comes just under two months after he initially proposed the act before both houses of Congress in September. "We've got to do something, because our businesses and our economy are already paying for it," Obama said to a crowd of 150 people, mostly construction workers and union members. Construction vehicles lined the Whitehurst Freeway near the Georgetown waterfront where the president spoke. The act includes $50 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure, such as roads and bridges. The president announced Wednesday that loans and grants …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Mayor Vincent Gray approved a $1 taxicab fuel surcharge Monday and extended the fee Wednesday to cover trips outside the District as well.
The same day President Obama visited Georgetown to discuss the future of energy use in the U.S., D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray approved an expanded fuel surcharge for taxicabs. Last week Gray approved a $1 fuel surcharge for taxicab rides that both originated and ended in the District. Wednesday, Gray expanded the fee to also cover trips that begin in the District and end in other jurisdictions. The charge is intended to offset the impact of the steady rise in fuel prices on taxicab operators. It will remain in effect until July 27, 2011, unless the chairperson of the Taxicab Commission decides to end it sooner.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Drawing from lessons learned in Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard and the White House Organic Garden, volunteers at Stoddert Elementary helped build the school's first educational garden.
When volunteers arrived at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, they gathered around a barren 4,000 square foot patch of land bordered by a wooden fence. By early afternoon the students, parents and teachers of Stoddert Elementary completely transformed the space, building the school's first educational garden. "This is so exciting for us," said Sarah Bernadi, a board member of DC Greens, the nonprofit that funded the project and provided much of its logistical support. "After a year of planning, it's amazing to see it finally coming together." DC Greens first approached the school with the idea over a year ago. "We met with the principal and told her we were interested in spearheading an educational garden project," explained Lauren Shweder Biel, …
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
In Georgetown "salons,"customers determine whether or not the State of the Union address is on TV.
During a heated speech condemning the attempts made to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy, Sen. John McCain made a lambasted the “salons of Georgetown and the liberal bastions around the country.” Today Americans and people all over the world will be tuning in to watch President Obama give the annual State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Despite the criticism of Georgetown being a bastion of liberals, not many of the bars around Georgetown are hosting events for the State of the Union address. Of the bars Patch contacted, not one of them is specifically throwing a viewing party for the State of the Union address. They will however, tune-in upon customer request. Dave Del Bene, General Manager of Clyde’s on 3236 M St., said…
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Not to rush you, but tonight marks the beginning of the frenzy for Christmas. The lottery for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony opens at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 5.
While you might still be sneaking Halloween Candy from your child's stash and are just thinking about buying that Thanksgiving turkey, fastforward to Christmas briefly. At 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 5 the lottery for the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony opens. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 9 on the Ellipse just south of the White House. Signing up gives you the opportunity to snag a few of the 3,000 ticketed seats or 10,000 standing room tickets. The lottery is open from Friday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 7. Sign up online at www.thenationaltree.org or call 1-877-444-6777 or for TDD 1-877-833-6777. You can check the status of your bid on Nov. 10 online or through the call center.