Friday, April 26, 2013
About 5,000 potholes get filled each year during month-long event in the District.
Silver Spring commuters driving to and from Washington, DC, during the work week know they face a double whammy in their daily traffic wars -- the volume of cars on the road and the varying quality of the road, itself. Each spring since 2009, the DC government has kicked off its month-long “Potholepalooza” on Earth Day. It may not be as festive as it sounds, but it might make getting from here to there a bit less bone-jarring. For 30 days, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will work to fill any identified pothole within 48 hours. Over the previous four Potholepaloozas, more than 21,000 potholes have been filled. Is there a pothole you would like to see fixed? There are a number of ways you can report the pavement problems to…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
After a long wait—and two revised peak bloom dates—the cherry blossoms are out and in full color around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC.
Thanks to a colder-than-usual March, the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, took longer than expected to bloom. Peak bloom dates were revised twice. This week's warm temperatures, however, seem to have done the trick, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom by Tuesday. Check out the photo gallery (taken Tuesday evening, April 9, 2013) to get a better look at the blossoms—or, better yet, make a visit to the Tidal Basin yourself. (Just be prepared for the crowds.)
Saturday, January 19, 2013
New study ranks cities based on jobs and economic growth.
The Washington, DC, area ranked No. 5 in the Milken Institute's annual "Best-Performing Cities" index for 2012. That's up from No. 17 in 2011. The Milken Institute, a think tank located in Santa Monica, CA, bases its rankings on how well metropolitan areas do at creating and sustaining jobs. The top five cities in the 2012 report are: Milken compiles the ratings based on nine metrics: The first five factors carry double the weight of the last four in Milken's ranking system. The DC area's ranking has been somewhat of a roller coaster over the past decade, placing No. 19 in 2003, No. 11 in 2004, No. 7 in 2005, then falling out of the Top 20 until ranking No. 6 in 2010, then falling to No. 17 in 2011. Its high ranking of No. 5 in 2012 was "…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Historic photos depict presidential oaths from bygone times.
President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony and celebration Jan. 21 will be a far cry from the inauguration of our first president, George Washington. That ceremony was held April 30, 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City, where the federal government was headquartered at the time. Washington made the shortest inauguration speech on record—133 words and less than two minutes long—at his second swearing-in, in Philadelphia. One thing all presidential inauguration swearing-in ceremonies have in common, though, are these words: "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States and will, to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States…
Friday, January 11, 2013
Maryland and Virginia are "balanced," according to a new study.
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Friday, January 11
Since 1993, Atlas Van Lines has compiled and released data on interstate moves from the previous calendar year. In 2012, Washington, DC, saw the highest percentage of inbound migration for the seventh consecutive year, according to a recent Business Insider article. The study found that 63 percent of Washington, DC, moves were inbound, just ahead of North Dakota at 61 percent and North Carolina at 60 percent. In fact, Washington, DC, has seen the most inbound moves over the last 10 years—68 percent, well ahead of Alaska, which was 61 percent and New Mexico at 58 percent. Conversely, Wyoming and Nebraska saw 59 percent outbound migration in 2012, with New York third at 58 percent. Over the past decade, New York and New Jersey saw a 59 …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Maryland ranks 47th in beer consumption in the U.S.
"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer," Abraham Lincoln said. Apparently, people in the tri-state area do not track with the 17th president of the United States, and select other beverages to meet national crises. Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia all rank in the bottom third of annual shipment and consumption of beer, according to a study from the Beer Institute, quoted by the Washington Business Journal. Since 2003, the Beer Institute has been tracking “Shipments of Malt Beverages and Per Capita Consumption by State” for persons 21 years and older across all 50 U.S. states and the District of …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
This fall season Silver Spring residents can enjoy compelling films and live concerts in November.
National Geographic Live is back and will be filled with plenty of events to choose from. Beginning Sept. 14 and running through December, National Geographic will host world-renowned photographers, travel writers, scholars, and Nobel Prize winners. All programs will take place in the Grosvenor Auditorium at 1600 M St. NW, Washington, DC (unless otherwise noted). BIRDS OF PARADISE: EXTREME, BIZARRE, EXTRAORDINARY Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 pm ADVENTURES IN THE TREETOPS Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. Adults: $16 /Children 12 & under: $12 Event & exhibit Adults: $20/ Children 12 & under: $16 Purchase tickets on filmfestdc.org. PAINTED BODIES OF AFRICA Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This exhibit explores the art of using the skin as a canvas, a …
Monday, August 27, 2012
This fall season, enjoy compelling films and live concerts in September.
National Geographic Live is back this fall with discussions and talks on everything from travel to music and exotic food. Beginning Sept. 14, National Geographic will host world-renowned photographers, travel writers, scholars, and Nobel Prize winners in events open to the public. All programs will take place in the Grosvenor Auditorium at 1600 M St. NW, Washington, DC (unless otherwise noted). 1001 INVENTIONS: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF MUSLIM CIVILIZATION Friday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. $20 THE ARAB TABLE Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. $60 tasting/ tasting & exhibit $65 THE LONGEST WAY HOME: ONE MAN’S QUEST FOR THE COURAGE TO SETTLE DOWN Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. NG member: $18/ 3-pt series: $51 Public: $20/3-pt series: $57 ALL ROADS FILM …
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Maryland drivers account for over 37 percent of overdue DC traffic tickets, which can be paid, without penalty, starting Aug. 1.
Of the $245.7 million owed to Washington, DC, in the form of overdue traffic tickets, Maryland drivers owe 37.6 percent, according to Lucinda Babers, director of the District's Department of Motor Vehicles. The overdue tickets include parking tickets, citations for moving violations and photo-enforcement tickets issued before January 1, 2010. But Marylanders will soon have a chance to pay off their tickets—which collectively total over $92 million—without paying any penalties. Yesterday, Mayor Vincent Gray announced a ticket amnesty program starting Aug. 1 that will allow delinquent ticket holders to pay up, fine-free. The amnesty will last through Jan. 27, 2012. It's the first ticket amnesty program offered by the District in 10 years. “…