Tax 'Holiday' Continues

The District's back-to-school sales tax "holiday" continues through Sunday with shoppers exempted from the city's 5.75 percent sales tax on purchases of school-related clothing and supplies. To be eligible for the exemption, clothing and footwear bought during the holiday must cost less than $101 per item.

This is the first of two sales tax holidays in the District this year. The next scheduled tax respite will be Nov. 25-Dec. 4. For more information, call the Office of Tax and Revenue at 202-727-4829 or go online at

Grant Money Is Available

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region's Common Ground Fund has $150,000 in grant money available for nonprofit organizations that work with issues involving social justice.

The foundation, according to its Web site, addresses social justice issues affecting communities of color, with a focus on investing in racially diverse neighborhoods.

Successful applicants will be awarded a one-year grant of up to $30,000. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

Applications and more information about the grants are available online at

Appointment at St. Alban's

St. Alban's Episcopal Church has appointed the Rev. Louis T. Wheeler Jr. as its assistant rector following his ordination as a deacon in the Episcopal Church. St. Alban's is at 3001 Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown.

Wheeler has a master's degree from Howard University's School of Divinity and was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he worked as a youth minister and pastoral assistant.

He has also served as the chaplain for the Committee on Youth for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

-- Bruce C.T. Wright