D.C. news in brief

February 8, 2012
Affordable housing building opens in Ward 8

Matthews Memorial Terrace, a 99-unit affordable housing building at 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE in Ward 8, opened Jan. 31.

The apartments will house 32 families headed by seniors and 67 low-income families. Amenities include a meeting room with kitchen facilities, a community room and a terrace-level courtyard that functions as a green roof. Matthews Memorial Baptist Church provides child development and senior services in an adjacent property.

The church and a nonprofit planner, Community Builders, developed the property with $22 million from a public-private partnership. For information and residence applications, go to www.matthewsmemorialterrace.com.

Garrison needs school supplies, volunteers

Garrison Elementary, 1200 S St. NW, is collecting donations for its school store and seeking volunteers for its Saturday school program.

The school store, part of a behavioral incentive program, sells school supplies, games and snacks. Items are bought with “wildcat paws,” which are issued to students who demonstrate respectfulness, responsibility or safety. The store teaches students to operate a business. Garrison’s Saturday program help students prepare for the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment Test in April.

To volunteer or to donate supplies, snacks, games or puzzles to the store, contact Darryl Webster at 202-207-4964.

D.C. Circulator meeting rescheduled for Feb. 29

The District Department of Transportation is having a public forum on the D.C. Circulator bus lines from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

Topics will include route performance and future plans for the system. The meeting was originally scheduled for Feb. 7.

Send comments to brooke.fossey@
dc.gov
or via a link at www.dc
circulator.com
. For information, go to ddot.dc.gov .

National science camp seeks applicants

Applications are open for the National Youth Science Camp from June 27 to July 21 in Charleston, W.Va.

Two graduating District high school seniors who excel in science, engineering or math will be chosen to attend the camp this summer, all expenses paid. Activities include research work with career scientists, student presentations and hiking.

To apply, go to www.sboe.dc.gov by March 16.

AARP offers free tax counseling, preparation

Free tax counseling and preparation are available to low- and middle-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older.

The AARP Tax-Aide program has IRS-certified volunteers working in senior centers, libraries and community centers throughout the city. Help is available on a walk-in basis or by appointment, depending on the site. Tax counseling is available year-round online. For locations, visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle and Megan Buerger

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