News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Celebrating a Productive Summer

Muriel Bowser Ward 4

John A. Wilson Building

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Phone: (202) 727-2643

Chief of Staff:
John Falcicchio

City Administrator:
Rashad Young

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Mark Tuohey

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry
Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Charon Hines

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Relations and Services:
Tommie Jones
Scheduling Requests:

August 11, 2016 | Volume 2, Issue 30

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

On Friday, thousands of young DC residents celebrated the end of another successful summer with the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (MBSYEP) at the MBSYEP Outstanding Youth Celebration at Eastern Senior High School

Founded in 1979 by Mayor Marion Barry, MBSYEP plays an integral role in giving thousands of District youth the opportunity to earn money and gain critical work skills. Participants work in job sectors ranging from IT to the performing arts. While the jobs are temporary, the skills and connections young adults gain throughout the summer last a lifetime.

Through MBSYEP, participants learn and develop the skills, attitudes and commitment necessary to succeed in today’s workplace. I congratulate all of the hard-working young adults who participated in the program, and I thank all the agencies, organizations and companies that partnered with us to provide meaningful work opportunities.  


Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: There are three upcoming Chancellor Search Community Forums on August 30, September 7, and September 14. Join us to discuss the future of DCPS.

Watch the most recent District Minute to learn more about what has been going on in DC. 

Stat of the Week

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Download the "Stat of the Week" and share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

National Night Out

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Last week, residents came together with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to celebrate National Night Out. Residents and officers observed “America’s Night Out Against Crime” with cook outs, block parties, candlelight vigils and athletic events in all eight wards. 

This annual event is celebrated throughout the nation, and helps create safer neighborhoods by fostering relationships between police and the communities they serve. 

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Keep It Local: #ShopDC


This month, we are challenging District residents to support DC businesses by shopping and dining at local stores and restaurants.

Share photos of your purchases on social media using the hashtags #showURlocal and #shopdc.

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Making a Safer, Stronger DC

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The Private Security Camera Incentive Program has expanded citywide. This program, intended to help deter crime and assist law enforcement with investigations, offers a rebate for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions who purchase and install security camera systems on their property. The security camera systems are also registered with the Metropolitan Police Department. 

Apply for the program HERE.

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Alley Beautification in Ward 8



As part of Mayor Bowser's "DC Clean Alley" initiative, the Bowser Administration will trim tree canopies and cut back any shrubs and other vegetation present in Ward 8 alleys, starting August 12. 

To find out when you can expect crews in your alley, call (202) 673-6833 or email 

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Zika Prevention Kits Still Available



Reminder: Residents can request Zika prevention kits by calling (202) 442-5833 or by emailing The kits include insect repellent, condoms and mosquito dunks. 

To date, there have been no local transmissions of Zika in DC. We encourage residents to stay informed about prevention measures. Learn more about Zika from the DC Department of Health HERE.

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Parks and Recreation, Recreation Specialist

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The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents of District of Columbia. DPR's mission is to enhance the quality of life and wellness for DC residents by providing equal access to affordable and quality recreational services by organizing programs, activities and events.

DPR has an opening for a Recreation Specialist. The Recreation Specialist will assist in developing and carrying out a successful recreation program, and will instruct and participate in various activities such as sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job annoucement.  

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