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Loudoun County CDBG Program Earns Praise from National Officials at HUD

Loudoun County CDBG Program Earns Praise from National Officials at HUD

Loudoun County’s Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) has been spotlighted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an example of a successful program.

At a recent event hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, HUD Regional Administrator Jane Vincent highlighted two CDBG projects in Loudoun: the county’s Emergency Homeless Shelter and the renovation of affordable housing rental units near Middleburg.

The purpose of the CDBG program is to help develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. Organizations within the community are given the opportunity to compete for these funds through an organized application process.

Childhelp’s Capitol CAREaoke Rocked the Reagan Building to Fight Child Abuse

On Tuesday night, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was rockin’, thanks to a host of journalists, politicians, and sports personalities. The room was busting with a who’s who crowd, and they were all there for one common [and very commendable] purpose: to raise money and awareness in support of Childhelp's fight against child abuse and neglect. The event—dubbed CAREaoke—is an annual affair that benefits the organization, and while award-winning journalist Rebecca Cooper (WJLA) was the evening’s hostess, she is also the event’s founder.

The Capital Home and Garden Show Gears Up for a Big Weekend

The Capital Home and Garden Show Gears Up for a Big Weekend

Preparations are well underway at the Dulles Expo Center for this weekend's Capital Home & Garden Show. The show starts this Friday, February 25th and runs through Sunday, February 27th. This marks the 15th Capital Home and Garden Show and show manager, Alyson Caplan, is looking forward to hosting her first spring show after holding a successful fall show this past September. “This is the time of year people are planning spring projects,” said Caplan.

Friends of the National Arboretum Announces Major Donation

This story comes to us from Janice Kaplan:

NCPC to Review Eisenhower Memorial Concept Designs, Georgetown Waterfront Park

This story comes to us from Stephen Staudigl:

At its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 3 at 12:30 p.m., the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) will provide comments on three concept designs for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Submitted by the National Park Service, the memorial honoring America’s 34th president will be located on a four-acre site south of Independence Avenue, SW across from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

The Commission also will review final site development plans for Phase III of the Georgetown Waterfront Park. At its January meeting the Commission deferred consideration of the National Park Service’s plans to allow time for the Park Service to research the feasibility and appropriateness of replacing Sycamore trees already planted in the park with another size and/or species of tree. There will be no staff presentation for this project.

"Half Street" Developments Still On Deck in Navy Yard

"Half Street" Developments Still On Deck in Navy Yard

It’s 10 a.m. on a Friday, and there are familiar sounds that fill the air outside of the Navy Yard Metro station stop in Southeast.  It’s the sound of wind whipping against the wood board advertisements for Half Street.  It’s the sound of an empty soda can rolling to and fro on the construction lot, clinking as it moves.  It’s the sound of a ghost town.

And it’s these sounds, these notes of nothingness, that serve as an eerie reminder that Half Street, one of the city’s biggest development projects, still has not come to fruition.

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Tigerlily’s Nov. 17 Congressional Reception To Boost Needed Breast Cancer Awareness In Young Women

Tigerlily’s Young Women’s Breast Health Initiative & Congressional Reception On November 17th To Boost Needed Awareness of Young Women and Breast Cancer