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District News Briefs

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Historic Sites in District To Receive Stimulus Funds

Two sites previously listed by the D.C. Preservation League as among the most endangered in the city will receive restoration funding through President Obama's economic stimulus package, the National Park Service announced last week.

The District of Columbia War Memorial is to receive $7.3 million. The memorial is in a grove of trees in West Potomac Park. Authorized by an act of Congress in 1924, it was built with funding from local organizations and city residents. President Herbert Hoover dedicated the memorial Nov. 11, 1931, the Armistice Day holiday that commemorated the end of World War I.

The 47-foot-tall Doric-style structure, originally designed as a bandstand, is the only city memorial on the Mall. The base is inscribed with the names of 499 D.C. residents who died in the war.

Also in line to receive funding is the lodge house and rostrum at Battleground National Cemetery, 6625 Georgia Ave. NW. The cemetery is in the Brightwood neighborhood near Walter Reed Army Medical Center and will receive funding through an allocation for Rock Creek Park. Union soldiers who fought the Battle of Fort Stevens (July 11-12, 1864) in the Civil War are buried at the one-acre cemetery.

The D.C. Preservation League, a nonprofit organization, has published a list of the city's most endangered sites since 1996. See http://preservationaction.org.

Event to Mark Milestone For Hoop Dreams Program

A reception next Thursday will honor the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund and commemorate the 1,000th D.C. public high school student to receive support through the program since 1996.

More than a dozen members of the House and Senate, including Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D-Md.) and Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.), are scheduled to speak to current and former D.C. high school students from the program.

The reception will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Mike Mansfield Room, S-207, of the Capitol.

Susie Kay, an American government teacher at H.D. Woodson High School, started Hoop Dreams in 1996 with a one-day charity basketball tournament to raise money for college scholarships for her students. In addition to providing scholarships, the program offers mentoring, internships and preparation for standardized tests.

For information or to register for the reception, see http://www.hoopdreams.org.

Health Screenings Target Black Men in Wards 7 and 8

The Auxiliary to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia will host a health screening and education program for black men May 16 at United Medical Center, 1301 Southern Ave. SE.

Targeting residents of wards 7 and 8, the program will include HIV testing, prostate screening, dental exams and glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings. Experts will be on hand to discuss health issues affecting black men. The initiative is being underwritten by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield.


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