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Archive - Aug 2016

Compare PARCC Scores for Ward 6

A Look at the 2015 and 2016 Comparisons by School

About a quarter of students in DC met or exceeded standards for college or career readiness in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test report released Aug. 30.

August 30th

How to Help Improve Senior Services in DC

Fill Out This DCOA Survey by Sept. 8

DC’s elderly residents in need of safer sidewalks or more access to senior services or group activities in the City have until Sept. 8 to fill out a survey to help the DC Office of Aging (DCOA) allocate future investments. The deadline was extended from Aug. 30.

August 29th

Who to Call When 911 Goes Down

An Alternative Emergency Help Option

If DC’s 911 emergency phone call service goes down, residents in the city can reach out for help using a different phone number. Office of Unified Communications’ (OUC) Alan Etter said someone in an emergency can call the Metro Police Department (MPD) at 202-727-9099 or Fire and EMS at 202-673-7197.

People can also follow the Twitter accounts of @dcfireems, @DCPoliceDept and @311DCgov for live updates on any ongoing problems.

August 25th

DC Streetcar To Launch Sunday Service

The New Service and Times will Start September 18

Good news for anyone looking to peruse H Street NE on Sunday: the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced Aug. 25 that it will run the DC Streetcar seven days a week starting on Sept. 18. And, the ride still comes free.

The streetcar will also reduce time between each of the six deployed cars from 15 minutes to 12 minutes — it takes about 20 minutes to travel from the Union Station stop to the turnaround on Benning Road NE. The Streetcar currently runs:

Thirteen Thefts Reported Wednesday

Crime Blotter — Aug. 24

Police are searchign for two suspects who assaulted three people on the 1300 block of H Street NE on Aug. 3 around 12:25 a.m. Police reported that two men approached the group and physically assaulted them. Two were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In Other News

At 8:53 a.m., police arrested a man on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Shoplifting.

At 1:39 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on Aug. 24, 2016 by the MPD to the 1D Listservand 5D Listerv. 

August 24th

Upcoming Virginia Avenue Tunnel Road Closures

The Next Phase of Closures Start in Mid-September

Work on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Southeast will close the Virginia Avenue SE roadway between Fifth and Sixth Streets SE and Eighth Street SE south of Interstate-695 starting in mid-September until the completion of the project in mid-2018. CSX railway transportation announced the last phase of the closures on Aug. 19.

“The closure is necessary to perform the work associated with the second phase of the project, through which CSX is building two new tunnels to replace the original, 112-year-old structure,” CSX said in a statement.

August 23rd

Mayor Selects an Interim Chief

Peter Newsham Will Take Over Until the Mayor Selects a Permanent Chief

Peter Newsham will take over as interim chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) starting Sept. 17, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Aug. 23. 

Currently an assistant chief and a 27-year MPD veteran, Newsham will fill Chief Cathy Lanier's position when Lanier retires from the department next month. She will move on to a role as senior vice president of security operations for the National Football League (NFL). 

August 21st

Photos: First Glance at Watkins Elementary

The School Will Share Eliot-Hine Middle School's Building

Watkins Elementary starts school for the 2016-17 year at its temporary home in Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave. NE) on Aug. 22. The DC Department of General Services (DGS), staff and volunteers helped prepare the renovated classrooms and service rooms over the summer for students to transition into for the new year. 

Watkins' regular building (420 12th St. SE) will under go a complete $39.4 million modernization this year with a planned completion in August 2017. The school is a part of the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools.