District offers seniors a discount on trash can fees

The D.C. Department of Public Works recently began offering a senior citizens discount for trash cans. District residents age 60 and older can pay $30 for a Supercan used in once-a-week trash collection neighborhoods; $20 for the 32-gallon trash cans used in twice-a-week collection neighborhoods; and $20 for the blue recycling cans that are used citywide. Non-seniors will continue to pay $62.50 for a Supercan or $45 for a 32-gallon trash can or recycling bin.

In 2011, the Department of Public Works began charging residents for the 32-gallon trash cans and recycling cans, which had previously been offered for free. The department will continue to replace lids, bars and wheels on Supercans and the 32-gallon containers for free. Residents may pay for containers by check or money order payable to the D.C. Treasurer and mailed to the Department of Public Works, 2750 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20032. The delivery address should be written on the payment. Residents should include proof of age, such as a photocopy of a driver’s license, passport or District-issued identification. Containers will be delivered within 10 business days of payment.

For information, go to www.dpw.dc.gov.

Martha’s Table opens thrift store in Anacostia

Martha’s Table, a nonprofit provider of food, clothing, education programs and support services for low-income District residents, recently opened a thrift store in Anacostia. The new Martha’s Outfitters, at 2204 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE — just south of the local landmark big chair — is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Donations are accepted at the other Martha’s Outfitters store, 2114 14th St. NW, from 7:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Saturday. Clean and gently used seasonal clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry; fully functioning kitchenware and small electric appliances; books, art, linens, picture frames, lamps, occasional furniture and small electronics are needed.

For information, go to www.marthastable.org/outfitters.html.

Fifth-grader Alessandra Selassie wins national essay contest

Alessandra Selassie, a fifth-grader at BASIS DC Charter School, recently won Letters About Literature, an essay contest sponsored nationally by the Library of Congress and locally by the D.C. Public Library. She was presented a check for $1,000. Her essay was one of more than 50,000 submitted in the national contest.

The contest asks children and teens in grades 4-10 to write to an author about how the author’s book affected their lives. Selassie wrote to Laura Ingalls Wilder about how Wilder’s books helped her understand her father’s experience in his native Eritrea.

Winners were chosen from three age groups: level 1 (grades 4-6), level 2 (grades 7-8) and level 3 (grades 9-10). Selassie is the first winner from the District.

For information, go to www.dclibrary.org.

Races and fun walk for heart disease is June 8

The American Heart Association will hold its annual Lawyers Have Heart 10K and 5K races and fun walk June 8 to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke, and raise funds for prevention and education. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Washington Harbor, 3000 K St. NW. Race-day registration begins at 6 a.m.

To register for the race or to donate, go to www.lawyershaveheartdc.org, e-mail joellen.brassfield@heart.org or call 703-248-1784.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle