CLOSURES AND RESTORATION OF FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

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The following are the closures and restorations for the period of May 11, 2015 through May 15, 2015. Should you have any questions, feel free to call the Food Safety Division at (202) 535-2180. If you would like to file a complaint against a food establishment in the District of Columbia, please call (202)535-2180 during service hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For any media inquiries or communications related questions, please contact Mr. Ivan Torres at 202 641 3065 (cellular) or 202 442 9412 (desk) or via email at Ivan.torres@dc.gov. To report suspected or confirmed cases of food borne illness, please contact the Bureau of Epidemiology at(202) 442-8141.

Scheduled Street Closures National Memorial Day Parade

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On Monday, May 25, 2015, the National Memorial Day Parade will start at 2:00 pm. The streets along the following route will be closed from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

• Staging Area 7th Street, NW between Constitution Avenue & Independence Avenue, SW
• Parade Area Constitution Avenue between 7th Street & 19th Street, NW
• Dispersal Area Virginia Avenue between Constitution Avenue & 22nd Street, NW

Motorists could encounter possible delays if operating in the vicinity of this event and may wish to consider alternative routes. The Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Transportation also wish to remind motorists in the vicinity of this event to proceed with caution as increased pedestrian traffic can be anticipated. All street closures and listed times are subject to change based upon prevailing or unexpected conditions.

WASHINGTON, DC’S OFFICIAL MARKETING OFFICE LAUNCHES COMMERCIAL, EMOJI DC APP

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Destination DC Kicks-Off Summer Travel Promotion #WeGotThis with Multi-Platform Campaign

(Washington, DC) … Destination DC, the official marketing organization for the District of Columbia, kicks off the summer travel season with its largest-ever seasonal marketing campaign featuring a new tagline, #WeGotThis.

“#WeGotThis embraces the spirit of our ongoing DC Cool campaign. It’s our way of saying ‘DC has it all’ from affordable hotels and free museums to unique outdoor recreation and amazing cuisine,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC. “We’re talking summer vacations, so we’re having fun – even as our marketing breaks new ground. To our knowledge, no other destination has ever launched an emoji app in support of a social marketing campaign.”

Destination DC’s Emoji DC app was created in-house and can be downloaded for free. Each emoji sticker telegraphs the familiar attractions as well as authentic neighborhood experiences. The digital pictograms, for example, include the DC flag, popular memorials and monuments, the new Metro 7000-series railcar, the Smithsonian Castle as well as the Friendship Arch at Gallery Place and Georgetown’s gold-domed Farmers and Mechanic Bank.

“It’s exciting to see visitors and locals using our images to say, ‘I want to go here’ and ‘here I am,’” said Robin McClain, vice president of marketing and communications for Destination DC. “With a big opportunity to extend our DC Cool campaign this summer, Emoji DC helps us connect with consumers in a new and engaging way.”

The DC tourism office’s summertime messaging is distributed across four distinct platforms: the bureau’s first 30-second television commercial for cable television (currently airing in three major feeder markets: New York City, Boston, Philadelphia); a print campaign extending to and beyond the northeast corridor to reach influencers in Chicago and Los Angeles; a robust digital buy; and the landmark mobile addition: emoji.

The commercial can be viewed on washington.org. The free, downloadable emoji stickers are available on Google Play and the App store by searching “Emoji DC.” All 24 tap-and-paste images are compatible with standard text messaging platforms as well as Skype, WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat. The emoji can also be uploaded to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Destination DC worked with Swyft Media to license the platform.

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About Destination DC: Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of more than 850 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities. Destinationdc.com.

Media Contacts
Kate Gibbs, 202-789-7072
Kate.Gibbs@DestinationDC.com

D.C. Mayor Bowser Public Calendar for Saturday, May 16, 2015

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On Saturday afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser will deliver remarks at the 25th Anniversary Party for Landis Architects/Builders.

On Sunday, Mayor Bowser will travel to the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, returning Tuesday.

Saturday Press Schedule

5 pm
25th Anniversary Party for Landis Architects/Builders
Location: Landis Architects/Builders
7059 Blair Road, NW
Suite 300
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Washington, D.C., is a top 10 bike-friendly city

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and Walk Score is out with its annual rankings of the most bikeable cities, putting Minneapolis and San Francisco at the top.Washington, D.C., comes in at No. 7 this year, and former District Mayor Adrian Fenty may deserve some credit for that. Fenty initiatives were instrumental in the early expansion of bike lanes in the District, which continues today.

D.C. Mayor Bowser’s Public Calendar for Friday, May 15, 2015

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On Thursday morning, Mayor Muriel Bowser will appear on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. After, Mayor Bowser will attend a ‘Know Your Value’ event with Mika Brzezinski. ‘Know Your Value’ is a nationwide effort focused on empowering women to express their worth in business and in life. Later in the morning, Mayor Bowser will deliver remarks at the funeral service of DCFEMS Lt. Kevin McRae. In the evening, as part of InnoMAYtion, Mayor Bowser will attend 1776’s Challenge Cup Festival Reception at Sidney Harman Hall.

Press Schedule

8 am
Tom Joyner Morning Show
Radio Station: WMMJ/Majic 102.3 FM

9 am
Know Your Value
Location: Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Open Press
*Closest Metro: Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center Metro Station*

10:30 am
Funeral Service of FEMS Lt. Kevin McRae
Location: DC Armory
2001 East Capitol Street, SE
Open Press (Media must RSVP to press@dc.gov)
*Closest Metro: Stadium Armory Metro Station*

5:30 pm
Challenge Cup Festival Reception (An InnoMAYtion Event)
Location: Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street, NW
Closed Press

Collaboration between D.C. charters, traditional schools a contentious issue

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The D.C. Public Charter School Board says it wants to enhance school quality and increase choice for all students in the city, but some parents and activists are worried.They fear a lack of collaboration and transparency between the D.C. Public School district and the charter school sector would threaten neighborhood schools. Others worry collaboration is code for restricting charter growth.

WASHINGTON MARRIOTT WARDMAN PARK UNVEILS REDESIGNED GUESTROOMS

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Modern Design Is a Nod to Hotel’s Distinguished History

The Washington Marriott Wardman Park recently announced the completion of its renovation of 1,048 guestrooms, 104 suites, concierge lounge and public spaces. Originally built as condominiums in the 1920s, the design of the new NW Washington, DC hotel suite’s draws from the hotel’s origins and blends both traditional and modern elements. The multiple million dollar renovation is an investment by the hotel’s owners, The JBG Companies of Chevy Chase, Md.

“We are excited to share our dynamic new look and feel with our guests,” said Bill Walsh, General Manager of Washington Marriott Wardman Park. “Our guests have asked for a sophisticated yet comforting ambiance for both relaxation and work; we have delivered that and more. Our redesigned guestrooms combined with our thoughtful service, convenient location, premium conference space and our mobile guest technology positions the Washington Marriott Wardman Park as world class destination for meetings, business and leisure travel.”

Dallas-based architecture design firm, Leo A. Daly, took inspiration from the roaring 1920s. The refreshed look evokes the Art Deco period with rich colors, carpets with bold geometric shapes and ornamental fixtures. Guestroom furniture is wrapped in faux linen, while a palette of warm gray is interwoven with pops of azure blue on the headboard or pillows. White and ivory detailing in the walls and window treatments pairs with the tailored fabrics and the clean-lined furnishings. Each room features easily movable furniture — guests can expect either a sofa, which can split apart into two separate seating groups, lounge chairs or ottomans.

“Our design sought to bring back to life the glamour of a time and excitement when an invitation to Wardman Park meant a person had reached the pinnacle of society life,” Kathy Chavez, Project Manager at Leo A. Daly said. “We drew from today’s fashion with a color palette that is classic rather than trendy to create a contemporary modern feel for guests.”

Washington Marriott Wardman Park also features new Marriott Hotels brand technology, designed for guests who embrace the mobile lifestyle for work as well as leisure. These added services include:

Red Coat Direct, a first-of-its-kind app that lets meeting organizers adjust and edit their meeting requests and preferences with a touch of a button and without ever leaving the meeting room.
Mobile Check-In & Check-Out, a mobile capability that provides an enhanced arrival experience with check-in up to two hours before arrival and automatic notifications when a room is ready.
Free Wi-Fi is available to all Marriott Rewards® members, who enjoy free in-room Wi-Fi when they book directly on Marriott.com, Marriott’s mobile app, or by calling 1-800 MARRIOTT.
About Washington Marriott Wardman Park
When you arrive at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, you’ll find a charming neighborhood in the heart of Washington, DC filled with amazing restaurants and quaint shops. Just a few steps away, you’ll discover the funky stores and ethnic cuisine of Adams Morgan or the exciting night life of Dupont Circle. This hotel in NW Washington, DC has a Metro stop just outside the hotel’s front door and area airports located close by for optimum travel convenience. Discover the unmatched Washington Marriott Wardman Park with comfortable and recently renovated rooms and suites now featuring plush bedding, high-speed internet access and modern upgrades.

For more information, to make a reservation or to submit a request for proposal, call 1-800-228-9290 or visit www.Marriott.com/wasdt.