Thursday, September 24, 2009

Building Museum Seeks 'Great Green Place' Videos

The National Building Museum is seeking architects, planners, landscape architects, students and residents to document green places in the District through Web videos. The museum has chronicled four areas in a Web film series as "Great Green Places" (Dupont Circle, the U Street Corridor, Columbia Heights and Barracks Row) and is asking residents to help continue the series.

The four films describe concepts of mixed-use development, site planning and landscape design, pedestrian-friendly streetscape, a historic sense of place and multi-modal transportation.

The films should run six minutes or less and investigate what serves as a neighborhood's "Great Green Place."

To upload a video, go to

Site Is One-Stop Source For Information on District

A new Web site,, showcases the D.C. government's online information services, with links and descriptions of the applications. The site also has a forum on which developers can submit applications for peer review and residents can submit their ideas for new applications.

Some of the featured applications include D.C. Historic Tours, a self-help tool for tourists creating maps and walking tours; D.C. Crime Finder, which identifies instances of various crimes in a three-mile radius of a caller's phone; and Fixmycitydc, which allows users to submit service requests on an interactive map.

The site includes the winning applications from last year's Apps for Democracy contest sponsored by the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer.

Public Works Consolidates Hazardous Waste Services

Household hazardous waste and personal document shredding services will be consolidated at the Fort Totten Trash Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Rd. NE, beginning Oct. 3.

The Department of Public Works offers the services at the Fort Totten and the Benning Road trash transfer stations but will discontinue the Benning Road services after Saturday.

"DPW faces the challenge of helping this government close a projected $666 million budget gap over the next two years," said William O. Howland Jr., agency director. "Consolidating our Saturday drop-off services at one location allows us to sustain our budget cuts while maintaining the quality of other essential services we offer the public."

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Nominations Are Sought For Teacher of the Year

The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education is seeking nominations for the 2010 D.C. Teacher of the Year. The annual award honors a teacher who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to student achievement. The winner will be entered into the competition for National Teacher of the Year.

To download an application, go to Submissions may be faxed to 202-724-7656 or e-mailed to or

The nomination deadline is Wednesday. Self-nominations will be accepted.

Office of Disability Rights Plans Mentoring Events

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Office of Disability Rights will sponsor a series of disability mentoring events, including one-on-one job shadowing group visits and tours to work sites, to bring together disabled students and D.C. employers. The activities are scheduled for the last two weeks of October.

Employers or students interested in Disability Mentoring Days should contact Mat McCollough at 202-727-6744 or

-- Compiled by TERENCE McARDLE

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