D.C. news in brief

D.C. schools will host beautification day Saturday

To help prepare for the first day of school, D.C. public schools will host a beautification day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The annual event, which began in 2005, will include landscaping, trash pickup, planting flowers and other jobs at more than 100 schools. Supplies are needed.

During the event, schools will accept donations of new books, school supplies and beautification items.

For information or to volunteer, go to www.dcps.dc.gov.

Technology office launches mapping app

The D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer has released DC Atlas Plus, an app designed as an all-inclusive reference tool for D.C. mapping and geographic information.

Users can search more than 300 types of city data for addresses, intersections and place names; analyze and identify data; and create maps. The app improves on an earlier tool, Atlas All-in-One, by offering continuous data updates and a “My Maps” function, which allows users to bookmark, share and print the maps they have created, according to the office.

The app is available at atlasplus.dcgis.dc.gov for personal computer or iPad. It is designed for use with Chrome, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox and Safari browsers.

Nominations sought for historic preservation awards

The D.C. Historic Preservation Office is seeking nominations for its 11th annual Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards.

The six award categories are archaeology; design and construction; education; lifetime achievement (more than 20 years in historic preservation work); stewardship (efforts on behalf of a resource listed in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites or the National Register of Historic Places); and volunteerism and community involvement. Individuals, initiatives and specific completed projects are eligible for the awards.

A ceremony in May will honor the winners. The nomination deadline is Oct. 11.

To make a nomination, go to tinyurl.com/mulgyqk. For information, call 202-442-8835 or e-mail bruce.yarnall@dc.gov.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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