As One City, we make up a rainbow of cultures and traditions and what we all share are the principles of gratitude and thankfulness. As we take a moment to reflect on all of the good that has come to us this year, let us share our gratitude with others. I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with the hope that you will enjoy this holiday time with your family and friends.
In the words of President Theodore Roosevelt, "let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
The 42nd Annual Turkey Bowl
Tomorrow, Thursday, November 24, will mark the renewal of a DC Thanksgiving Day tradition, the 42nd Annual Turkey Bowl sponsored by Safeway with the Dunbar Senior High School Crimson Tide and the Coolidge Senior High School Colts. The game begins at 11:00 a.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE. In a first, Safeway will sponsor of the game and The Comcast Network (TCN) will broadcast it.
“While I’ll be cheering for my Crimson Tide, both teams are winners with the renaissance of the Turkey Bowl,” said Mayor Gray, a Dunbar alumnus. “Safeway’s generous sponsorship and Comcast’s partnership in broadcasting the game mark a new era in this grand old tradition.”
Mayor Gray announced earlier this year that Safeway had agreed to strengthen and to promote the Turkey Bowl by sponsoring the game. The company is providing the District with a one-time cash payment of $100,000 and $50,000 in in-kind donations over three years in exchange for the sponsorship.
The Comcast Network has also agreed to partner with the District in broadcasting the game. It will air on TCN on Friday, Nov. 25, at 7:00 p.m. TCN is available in more than 1.8 million homes throughout the District, Maryland and Virginia. It will also be available on Comcast SportsNet on-demand.
“The Turkey Bowl is a great tradition in this community and is always one of the region’s most compelling high school sporting events,” said Rebecca Schulte, Comcast SportsNet/The Comcast Network Mid-Atlantic Senior Vice President & General Manager. “We are very excited to support the event and look forward to bringing the game to our viewers throughout the area.”
The Safeway Turkey Bowl is the annual DC Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) Championship football game. Mayor Gray played in the Turkey Bowl as a student-athlete at Dunbar High School. For more information, including ticket prices, for the 2011 Safeway Turkey Bowl, visit http://www.dc.gov/DCPS/ and click on the Turkey Bowl feature.
Groundbreaking for the New Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School
On November 17, Mayor Gray officially broke ground on the site of what will become an all-new Paul Lawrence Dunbar Senior High School. The historic institution has the distinction of being the nation's first high school for African-American students.
“Today we celebrate the rich history of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, and the first step in building a bright, new future for Dunbar’s students, staff, and community,” Mayor Gray, a Dunbar alumnus, said. “The new Dunbar will be a model of 21st-century educational excellence in the District and beyond.”
The design for the new Dunbar has a central “armory,” reminiscent of the old Dunbar campus (replaced with the current campus in the early 1970s) in that it connects the academic, administrative, auditorium and gymnasium spaces. The new design weaves the sports fields of the school and recreation center together through the armory, fostering more frequent interaction between students and staff. Read more.
Groundbreaking for the New Cardozo Senior High School
On November 14, Mayor Gray officially broke ground on the project site for the full modernization of Cardozo Senior High School, located at 11th and Clifton Streets NW.
“Today is the first step toward the District’s goal of turning Cardozo Senior High School into a 21st-century, high-tech facility,” Mayor Gray said.
The full modernization of Cardozo consists of a complete upgrade of the building and its systems, updating them to state-of-the-art technical and educational standards. The modernized school will include a new regulation-size gymnasium building for basketball, volleyball, and weightlifting activities, along with atrium spaces in the former courtyards to accommodate a cafeteria. Other features will include a central staircase, expanded band and choral rooms, expanded construction and electronic academies and an enhanced kitchen.
Final Two Months for DC DMV Ticket Amnesty Program
Don’t let the opportunity to satisfy your old debts to DMV slip away! The temporary ticket amnesty program ends on January 27, 2012. During amnesty, penalties on all open parking, moving violation and photo enforcement tickets issued before January 1, 2010 are waived.
The fastest and most efficient way to pay is online at http://tinyurl.com/yvy7ne. Customers can also pay over the phone by calling 1-866-893-5023 or in person at Adjudication Services, 301 C Street NW, Room 1157, Monday-Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Amnesty tickets are eligible for a ticket payment plan for District residents that meet eligibility requirements. For more information visit www.dmv.dc.gov.
DMV Closed on Thanksgiving Day
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all DMV locations will be closed on Thursday, November 24. All locations will be open for business on Friday, November 25.
Mayor On The Move
Inside One City...Conversations with Mayor Vincent C. Gray
In an original TV-16 cable television series hosted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray, residents get an inside look at the inner workings of the DC government. Each episode features candid, in-depth discussions with city officials and other guests as they sit down with Mayor Gray for some of the most relevant conversations taking place in the District.
The series provides timely updates on important the Mayor's top priorites and issues that affect residents and visitors; including education reform, job creation, economic development, fiscal stability and public safety. By watching "Inside One City," viewers not only learn about the many programs and services provided by the government, but they also learn about service improvements and what city officials are doing to keep programs and services on track.
The first episode,“Preparing Our Youth,” is now airing on TV-16 and can be viewed online at Mayor Gray's YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/dcmayorsoffice. Inside One City...Conversations with Mayor Vincent C. Gray is presented on TV-16 each Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 pm.
Permanent Supportive Housing Units for Women Opens
As part of his continuing efforts to improve city-wide services for all, Mayor Gray opened a renovated apartment facility at 1107 11th Street NW during a special ribbon cutting ceremony on November 15.The building, which consists of 29 one-bedroom and efficiency apartment units, will provide permanent supportive housing for single women presently residing in area homeless shelters managed by the DC Department of Human Services (DHS).
“I’m thrilled today to open this wonderful apartment complex that will provide a permanent home for some very deserving women,” Mayor Gray said. “Projects like this one are a huge win for our city. This building is proof that serving DC residents who are most in need while maintaining prudence with taxpayer dollars can go together hand-in-hand.”
In the fall of 2010, 11th Street Partners, LLC purchased the vacant property and entered into a master lease agreement with the District. The structure of the agreement resulted in no taxpayer dollars used to purchase, renovate, or develop the property. The full renovation of the building began in January 2011 and was completed two months ahead of schedule.
For more information on the District’s Department of General Services and the new DHS Permanent Supportive Housing units, please visit http://dgs.dc.gov.
Free HIV Testing at Department of Human Services Social Services Center
In a new public-private partnership between the DC Department of Health (DOH), Department of Human Services (DHS) and Family and Medical Counseling Services, Inc. (FMCS), supported by Gilead Sciences, Inc., the DHS Anacostia Service Center will offer free HIV Testing. The center is located at 2100 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, in Ward 8.
"This is the first project in the nation to offer free HIV testing at a government social services center,” said Mayor Gray. “While District residents are seeking income support, food stamps, Medicaid and other benefits, residents will now be able to learn their HIV status as a routine part of their health and wellness.” Read more.
“As A Citizen of DC, What Does Democracy Mean to Me?” - A DC Students Essay Contest
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is partnering with the DC Public Libraries and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities to present its first annual Student Essay Contest. The theme: “As A Citizen of DC, What Does Democracy Mean to Me?”
“This is a great opportunity for students to express themselves, tell what it means to be a citizen in our democracy, and call attention the city's quest for democracy,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray said. “I encourage all DC Public School and DC Public Charter School students to enter!”
Open to all DC Public and Public Charter school students in grades 5 – 12, the contest asks the students to use critical thinking and to express themselves in their entries. The question the theme poses asks the students to consider the broad concept of democracy as it applies to their own lives. The idea is to engage middle- and high-school students, teachers, principals, parents, the libraries and the DC community to celebrate students’ ideas, self-expression and writing skills and also to raise awareness of the important theme of self-determination.
The contest starts today. The winner in each age group will receive a $1,000 prize and the school will be rewarded with professional development opportunities for teachers.
For more information, visit the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative’s website at http://www.dcahec.com.