News from Mayor Muriel Bowser: Happy Holidays

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:

December 22, 2016 | Vol. 2, Issue 48

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

Winter is officially here, and now we are in the midst of the holiday season, preparing to welcome 2017.

2016 has been a busy year here in Washington, DC. Crime is down, student achievement is up and we spent another year - and another $100 million - building and preserving affordable housing throughout Washington, DC. 

There is still more work to be done, but we know that our investments are paying off and making DC an even more attractive place to live, work and raise a family. In fact, in 2016, our city grew by more than 10,000 residents and our population is the highest it's been in forty years. 

In 2017, I look forward to working with the Council to continue making Washington, DC a city where people from all backgrounds and incomes are proud to call home. As our city continues to prosper, my Administration will use every tool in our toolbox to make sure that Washington, DC's prosperity reaches every ward and every neighborhood.   

Thank you for making Washington, DC the best city in the world, and I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday.




Muriel Bowser

ICYMI: This week, students from School Without Walls at Francis Stevens stopped by the Wilson Building to spread some holiday cheer. Thank you, Francis Stevens and Happy Holidays, Washington, DC!

In This Week's Newsletter:

Join Us at the Fit DC Fresh Start 5K


Take a step toward better health in the New Year! On January 1, 2017, join Mayor Bowser at the 3rd Annual Fit DC Fresh Start 5K Walk/Run.

Register HERE and tell your friends by sharing the event on Facebook

Join the DC Volunteer Snow Team


Last week, Mayor Bowser urged residents to prepare for winter weatherAnother way some residents can prepare for winter weather and help keep everyone safe is by joining the DC Volunteer Snow Team. Members of the Volunteer Snow Team clear sidewalks and front walkways for seniors and residents with disabilities during the winter weather. 

Join the Volunteer Snow Team HERE.

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Spaces Still Available for DPR's Winter Wondercamp


The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) 2016 Winter Wondercamp still has spaces available. Winter Wondercamp will be held in conjunction with the DCPS winter holiday break on Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30. Registration began earlier this month and will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 23. 

The camps include personal enrichment activities, sports activities, and arts and crafts.This year, activities will highlight DPR’s “Move, Grow and Be Green” initiative. 

Register and learn more HERE

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Breaking Ground at the Marvin Gaye Recreation Center


On Wednesday, Mayor Bowser broke ground on the new Marvin Gaye Recreation Center in Ward 7. Expected to be completed by the fall of 2017, the new two-story, 7,200 square-foot facility will have rooms for seniors and teens, a computer lab, a fitness center, a teaching kitchen, two new outdoor high school-sized basketball courts, and a new outdoor NBA-sized basketball court.

In 2016, the Bowser Administration enhanced recreational sites throughout DC by opening the new Ridge Road Community Center in Ward 7; modernizing the Benning Stoddert Community Center in Ward 7; renovating the Oxon Run Pool in Ward 8; installing two solar-powered Wi-Fi Soofa benches at the Columbia Heights Plaza and the Eastern Market Plaza; installing the first concession stand at Banneker Pool in Ward 1; and upgrading five fitness centers and three playgrounds.

Learn more HERE.

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A District Minute

district minute

This week's District Minute features stories about DC's body-worn camera program, Mayor Bowser's appointment of HyeSook Chung as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services and Brenda Donald as Director of the Child and Family Services Agency, and the start of winter weather in Washington, DC. 

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Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Public Works, Towing Operator

job posting

The Department of Public Works (DPW) works to keep Washington, DC's streets and public spaces clean, safe, attractive and accessible.

DPW has an opening for a Towing Operator. This position is responsible for towing all types of mobile equipment and vehicles to and from operation areas, shops, and repair facilitiesAll details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement

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