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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Panel to address impact of health reform bill

A committee created to address the impact of the health-care reform bill will host a public meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. next Thursday at the Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Road NE.

The Health Reform Implementation Committee, a four-member panel appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), will offer an overview of the law, its impact on the District and the city's record on its implementation. The members head city agencies that will oversee the law's implementation: Insurance, Securities and Banking Commissioner Gennet Purcell; Health Care Finance Director Julie Hudman; Health Department Director Pierre Vigilance; and Human Services Director Clarence H. Carter.

To reserve a seat, call 202-442-7775, or e-mail Attendees are invited to submit questions by Friday through e-mail.

For information, go to

Cole Community Center opens in Trinidad

The renovated Joseph Cole Community Center opened last Thursday at 1200 Morse St. NE, in the Trinidad neighborhood of Ward 5.

The 7,600-square-foot facility is with the Wheatley Education Campus and includes expandable multipurpose spaces, a classroom and office space, indoor and outdoor basketball courts and locker rooms.

Work on the adjacent park and a new turf field is scheduled to be completed in the fall.

The center is named for a former Parks and Recreation Department director.

For information, go to

Restaurant inspection reports available online

Inspection reports for D.C. restaurants from the D.C. Health Department going back three years are available online. The database is searchable by Zip code or licensee or restaurant name.

For information or to locate reports, go to

The Health Department conducts more than 5,000 food inspections yearly. The addition of past inspections to the online system is ongoing, and new reports are scanned into the system daily.

Downtown BID seeks nominations for awards

The Downtown Business Improvement District is seeking nominations for its Momentum Awards. The awards honor people and programs that bring innovation to the downtown business district, an area bordered by Massachusetts Avenue on the north, Constitution Avenue on the south, Louisiana Avenue on the east and Sixth Street on the west.

The categories are Downtown Person of the Year, Downtown Experience, Downtown Detail, Downtown Partnership or Program, Public Sector, Private Sector and Landmark Development Project.

To make a nomination, go to The deadline is Sept. 30.

-- Compiled by Terence McArdle

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