D.C. news briefs

April 25, 2012
Broadband Summit
will address access

Connect.DC, a community outreach program of the D.C. technology office, has scheduled a day-long Community Broadband Summit at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, 2427 Martin Luther King Junior Ave. SE.

The event will include a town hall meeting on broadband access, community forums on the new D.C. digital inclusion centers, high-tech exhibitors and technology workshops. The office anticipates nearly 500 participants at the summit.

Research based on the 2010 Census shows that broadband adoption averages below 40 percent in wards 5, 7 and 8 but nearly 100 percent in other wards. Recently, Connect.DC opened two digital inclusion centers.

One, a pilot program at University of the District of Columbia Community College Shadd campus, 5601 East Capitol St. SE, has offered computer training to ex-offenders. The other, at Riggs LaSalle recreation center, 501 Riggs Rd. NE, offers digital literacy courses to D.C. residents. The office plans to add more centers through partnerships with other city agencies.

To register for the summit or for information, go to www.connect.dc.gov.

DDOT to discuss
bike lanes, facilities

The District Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting on its Innovative Bicycle Facility Research Project and on a proposed protected bike lane for L Street between 25th and 12th streets.

The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Reeves Center, second floor community room, 2000 14th St. NW.

The bicycle project analyzes three bike facilities: bicycle signals and bike boxes at 16th and U streets and New Hampshire Avenue NW, the two-way cycle track on 15th Street NW between E and V streets, and the center median bicycle lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The proposed L Street protected bike lane will be separated by flexible posts and placed on the north side of the road. The same type of posts were used on 15th Street to provide greater protection for bicyclists. For information, go to www.ddot.dc.gov.

Richard Dreyfuss
to speak at Law Day

Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss will speak at the Library of Congress on Tuesday as part of the Law Day activities.

For seven years, Dreyfuss has been an advocate for civics education. In 2010, he founded the nonprofit Dreyfuss Initiative, which aims to revitalize civics education in public schools.

“We must teach our kids how to run our country with common sense and realism,” Dreyfuss said.

The program will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. The event is free; seating is limited. For information, call 202-707-2905.

Walk to promote teen pregnancy prevention

A teen pregnancy prevention walk and rally for youths and adults is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. May 5.

The walk will begin at Samuel Gompers Memorial Park, 11th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW, and end at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. To register for the walk, go to www.dccampaign.org. For information, e-mail jcooper@dccampaign.org.

Group issues weekly watering alerts for trees

Casey Trees, a nonprofit arborist group, is issuing weekly watering alerts each Monday on its Web site and Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Precipitation and stream flow data determine the conditions — dry, normal or wet — and the watering recommendation — water, watering optional or no watering.

The group suggests that if less than 1.5 inches of rain falls in a week, people should give their trees 25 gallons of water. It offers free rain gauges to people who sign a watering pledge and live within 25 miles of the District.

For information, go to www.caseytrees.org/treecare.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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