D.C. news in brief

November 20, 2013
Tavern license restrictions lifted in Georgetown

For the first time in nearly 20 years, restrictions are temporarily lifted on tavern licenses in the Georgetown Historic District. Late last month, the number of taverns in Georgetown fell to five — one less than a legislative cap of six — after the license for Saloun, previously located at 3239 M St. NW, was canceled. The club had failed to renew it.

Georgetown taverns can now apply to transfer alcoholic beverage licenses to new owners and new locations, and restaurants in the area can apply for a tavern or nightclub license. Applications must be filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for final consideration by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

A 1994 law freezes the transfer or sale of tavern and nightclub licenses in the historic district when there are six or more taverns and nightclubs licensed in the area. There are no nightclubs currently licensed in Georgetown.

For information, go to abra.dc.gov.

Conference at Howard deals with society’s reaction to HIV

The 2013 International Stigma Conference, a symposium on the stigmatization of people with HIV/AIDS, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the Howard University Blackburn Center, 2400 Sixth St. NW.

The keynote speakers will be Jeanne White Ginder, mother of Ryan White, and Darius Mans, president and chief executive of Africare. Other speakers include national and international community activists, government representatives and scientists.

The Coalition for Elimination of AIDS-related Stigma, a group based at Howard, is organizing the event.

Ticket prices range from $10 for students to $40 for physicians and medical researchers. For information or to register, go to www.whocanyoutell.org/2013-conference .

Parks department seeks feedback on fee proposals

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is having three public meetings for comment on proposed changes to the department’s permit fees and regulations.

The department is seeking feedback on changing its permit fees from a flat rate to an hourly rate and proposed fee-based permits for applicants who charge their participants admissions or fees for activities. The office plans to establish clear guidelines, consistent with District law, for commercial uses of its parks and other facilities, such as fundraising activities and food and beverage sales.

The meetings are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Emery Recreation Center, 5801 Georgia Ave. NW; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th St. NE; and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 Seventh St. NW.

Comments, due Dec. 5, may also be e-mailed to jacqueline.alvarado@dc.gov .

For information, go to dpr.dc.gov .

D.C. United to host youth soccer tournament

United for D.C., the nonprofit arm of the D.C. United soccer franchise, will host its League of Champions tournament with participants ages 6 to 12 from United Soccer Club’s youth soccer program. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the RFK Stadium Training Field.

The program, which serves underprivileged communities in the Washington region, evolved from requests by parents in Ward 8 who expressed concern over the lack of opportunities for their children to play soccer. Many participants live in wards 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

United Soccer Club enrolled nearly 650 children in the program this fall. The 10-week course operates at 12 elementary-age sites with two additional middle school teams. Local coaches trained the youths three times a week in 90-minute sessions for 10 weeks.

For information, go to www.dcunited.com/community/united-for-dc/united-soccer-club.

Agency offers tutorial on 911 safety profiles

The D.C. Office on Aging and the D.C. Office of United Communication are offering free presentations to community groups on Smart911, the safety profile that provides first responders information to better assist them when responding to emergencies.

Smart911 enables the user to create a safety profile with any information that might be needed in an emergency. When anyone in the household dials 911 from a phone associated with their safety profile, the information is immediately displayed to the call taker.

For information, go to www.ouc.dc.gov. To register, go to www.smart911.com.

To schedule a presentation, call 202-727-8364 or e-mail darlene.nowlin@dc.gov .

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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