D.C. news in brief

July 3, 2013

District names its first anti-bullying director

Suzanne Greenfield, a longtime school and social justice advocate, was recently appointed the first director of the D.C. Youth Bullying Prevention Program with the District’s Office of Human Rights. Greenfield will assist youth-serving agencies, schools and government grantees with developing bullying prevention policies under the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012, passed by the D.C. Council.

She will also coordinate high-level training and will advise on school curricula and data analysis methods to reduce bullying incidents.

Previously, Greenfield worked on education policy issues for youth with special needs at the group Justice and Education, and earlier created a national program to support the needs of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in schools as the senior safe schools coordinator of the advocacy group Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

The District’s anti-bullying policy can be downloaded at ohr.dc.gov/
bullyingprevention/policy
. For information, go to ohr.dc.gov.

D.C. election board seeks to update voter rolls

Early last month, the D.C. Board of Elections began mailing 203,975 voter canvass cards to people who did not vote in the presidential election in November. The cards are a way to update the D.C. voter rolls and ensure greater participation in D.C. elections.

Everyone who receives a card should check to see whether the name and address are correct. If the information is wrong, they should follow the instructions on the card and mail the card back to the board so that their voter information is updated.

For information, go to www.dcboee.org.

Business wins bid to run historic Lincoln Theatre

I.M.P. Productions has won the bid to become the new operator for the historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, in September. I.M.P. operates the 9:30 Club in the District and Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia and produces concerts in other venues throughout the region.

Selection of an operator began in January 2012, when Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) granted oversight of the theater to the D.C. arts commission. The goal was to continue operating the theater while developing a long-term business strategy. After evaluating letters of intent, a shortlist of offers was selected for a second round of evaluations. Then representatives from D.C. agencies, the local arts community and the Ward 1 community evaluated the final candidates.

For information, go to dccah.dc.gov.

Winner is crowned in
Ms. Senior D.C. pageant

Nancy A. Berry was crowned Ms. Senior D.C. 2013 on June 23. She was one of five contestants to compete for the title. Sharon Lockwood was named first runner-up, and Amelia Anderson-Weaver was named second runner-up. The event recognizes the community service, talent and beauty of D.C. women age 60 and older.

Berry will compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant Oct. 20 to 25 in Atlantic City.

For information, go to dcoa.dc.gov.

Waste disposal offered on first Saturdays

The Fort Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Rd. NE, will offer household hazardous waste disposal, e-cycling and document shredding services from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and the first Saturday of every month.

Lithium-based batteries and batteries greater than 9 volts should be taped. Flat button batteries can be sandwiched between two layers of tape.

The station is open from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays for bulk items throughout the year and for compost pickup between March and October.

For information, go to dpw.dc.gov.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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