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Almost One Year Since Opening Big Chair Coffee Shop Benefitting Community, Battling Recession

Almost One Year Since Opening Big Chair Coffee Shop Benefitting Community, Battling Recession

“Two or three years ago, (Anacostia) was not as we see it right now.  There’s a lot of progress around here,” Bantamlak Yimenu said as he peered out onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue from a corner table in Southeast D.C.'s Big Chair Coffee Shop. “There’s a lot of big change coming up.”

Almost a year ago now, Yimenu and his sister kicked off that change when they opened Big Chair, the first true sit-down coffee shop East of the Anacostia River.

“There are a number of people who live in this neighborhood who want gourmet coffee, (and a) gourmet coffee shop,” Yimenu said.  “Instead of going across the River to get that kind of place, we’ve brought it here.”

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

When  Miss DC USA pageant director, Althea Smith asked me to be the last female judge for the Miss DC competition, I was ecstatic and of course said "YES".  I hadn't ever done anything like this before and the experience was a ton of fun.  The most suprising part of the competition was how much love and support the girls gave each other. Even though it was a competition, the sisterhood they belong to makes it more like a family than a contest.

Hire Me!: A Young Professional’s Journey To Get A Job In D.C.

This is the first in a series of Where You Live articles tracking the progress of a young professional in D.C. searching for a job. 

Lucas Beard scratches his head, adjusts his glasses, and goes back to furiously typing a cover letter on his laptop from inside the cozy confines of the Port City Java coffee shop in Eastern Market.

“It’s hard to make yourself stand out,” says Beard, a 22-year-old Colorado native, who graduated from The George Washington University this past May and has just moved back to D.C. with the hopes of finding work in one of the worst job markets in the history of the United States.

D.C. Area Wounded Soldiers, Spouses Receive Full-Ride College Scholarships

Last night, November 17, at Carmine's Restaurant, nine D.C. area wounded soldiers and their spouses received full-ride college scholarships to Colorado Technical University, an opportunity that will hopefully help them transition from their military lives into the civilian world.

Hundreds of military men, women and spouses applied, but only 25 soldiers and 25 civilians were selected nationwide. The recipients were chosen by Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs and Iraqi war veteran, and Marie Tillman, widow of Arizona Cardinals player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman.

One of the recipients was Dawn Calin.  Calin, who is featured in the video above, is a military wife whose husband survived two attacks, one involving an IED which ruptured his ear drums leaving him with hearing loss and chronic inner ear infections.

Join the Artfully Philanthropic at the Dec. 10 Beyond Words Fashion & Art Show

Lisa Jones, The Lollipop Kids Foundation (LPK) and The Art Gallery partner to host its first charity fashion and art show, “Beyond Words”, on Friday, December 10, 2010 at The Art Gallery in the beautiful Washington Design Center, 300 D Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

Thousands to Gather for Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

October 8, thousands of women and men will embark on a three-day, 60-mile journey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer.

The 2010 Susan G. Komen Washington D.C. 3-Day for the Cure will begin at Washington Nationals Stadium and travel 60 miles through the Washington D.C. area, concluding at the Washington Monument. The Washington D.C. community will provide encouragement by attending the Opening and Closing Ceremony and supporting walkers at official Cheering Stations along the route.

More information on these locations can be found at The3Day.org.

DC Delinquent Taxes Accepted Without Penalties Until September 30 at Midnight

Scofflaws who owe the District of Columbia delinquent taxes have until midnight tonight, Thursday, September 30, to clear the slate and take advantage of the tax amnesty which waives collection fees, penalties and fear of prosecution.

“If you have outstanding taxes with the District, this is your last chance to pay them without penalties and fees,” warned Stephen M. Cordi, deputy chief financial officer for the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).  “The last District amnesty was held in 1995, so it is likely to be some time before there is another opportunity.”

Employed individual tax debtors who do not take advantage of the amnesty should expect that additional money will be withheld from their paychecks beginning January 2011.