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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:
Ron Ross

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
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March 29, 2018 | Vol. 4, Issue 13

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

On Monday, I joined community members to break ground on a project that has been a long time coming - the revitalization of Parkway Overlook in Congress Heights. Parkway Overlook has been vacant for over a decade, but on Monday, we started the process of transforming the boarded-up apartment complex into 220 units of affordable housing, mostly two- and three-bedroom units that can accommodate our families.

With this $82.2 million rehabilitation, we are making it possible for longtime residents to return to Parkway Overlook and for more families to secure the housing and community services they need to get their fair shot. And with my recently proposed budget, we will ensure that thousands more Washingtonians get their fair shot. In fact, we have allocated more than $1.3 billion to programs and efforts that will make living in the District more affordable. 

Through our new Roots to Roofs DC campaign, which builds on my African American prosperity initiatives, we are making sure Washingtonians know about the many programs we're funding. The idea behind Roots to Roofs DC is simple: As Washington, DC grows, we’re going to make room for everyone, especially our residents who put down roots long ago.

Learn more at

Roots to Roofs



Muriel Bowser

In This Week's Newsletter:

2018 Emancipation Day

Emancipation Day 2018


Mark your calendar: This year, the District will celebrate Emancipation Day on Saturday, April 14 with a parade, concert, and fireworks. 

Learn more about this year's Emancipation Day celebration at

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Connect.DC Sparks Interest in STEM with Program for DC Students



Connect.DC, a digital inclusion program from the DC Office of the Chief Technology Officer, is offering middle school and high school students an opportunity to immerse themselves in STEM learning through its SPARK tech programs. 

Middle school students will use digital arts to learn and apply the engineering design process and high school students will learn coding and entrepreneurship.The program will also teach students to brainstorm mobile app ideas, build mobile app prototypes, and pitch and present ideas to industry professionals. 

Residents interested in learning more should text SPARK to 83224 or visit

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New Website:


As the District works to regain the title of Fittest City in the U.S., the Department of Parks and Recreation's new fitness website gives Washingtonians a new way to find activities to get and stay fit while having fun.

Upcoming events include:

  • March 31, 11:00 a.m.: #BiketheDistrict: Petals & Pedals  (Kenilworth Recreation Center)
  • March 31, 2:00 p.m.: Sweat Saturday: Fitness Powered by Sweat DC (Columbia Heights Community Center)
  • April 2, 6:30 p.m.: Fitness in the Park: Outdoor Workout (Stead Park)
  • April 7, 2:30 p.m.: Marvin Gaye 5K: Fun Run/Walk (New Marvin Gaye Recreation Center)

Find a complete list of events and activities at

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A District Minute

district minute video

This week’s District Minute features stories about the Rally for DC Lives, the groundbreaking for the Parkway Overlook revitalization, and March Madness

Pathways to the Middle Class: Department of Forensic Sciences, Chemist

Job Search

The mission of the Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) is to provide high-quality, timely, accurate, and reliable forensic science services using best practices and best available technology, focusing on unbiased science and transparency, to enhance public safety and health.

DFS has an opening for a Chemist. This position is responsible for performing a full range of chemical tests of known and unknown samples. All details regarding this vacancy, including qualifications, can be found by visiting the job announcement.

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