Back to Basics: A Look Back at Our Progress, A Look Ahead to Our Comeback

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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:
Lindsey Parker

City Administrator:
Kevin Donahue

Director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel:
Eugene Adams

Senior Advisor:
Beverly Perry

Director of Mayor's Office of Community Affairs:
Jackie Reyes-Yanes

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April 7, 2023

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

This week was Back to Basics Week at DC Government. Just like many people do spring cleaning at home, Back to Basics Week is the kickoff of our citywide spring cleaning campaign. It is also an opportunity for us to showcase progress and innovations in city services, highlight the work of District Government employees, and share information with residents about how you can support our neighborhoods.

Paving season is underway, and on Monday, we celebrated the teams who keep our streets and neighborhoods clean and safe. We set a goal to eliminate all roads in poor condition by 2024, and through the work of our teams at the District Department of Transportation, we were already at 88% of our goal by the end of last paving season. 

We also called on residents to help keep our community clean. The Department of Public Works provides community groups free compost and tools that can be borrowed for weekend clean-up projects. And the Mayor's Office of the Clean City is organizing clean ups in all eight wards on Earth Day.

OUC Reunion

A DC resident is reunited with the 911 call taker who helped him navigate a family emergency. 

Yesterday, we had an opportunity to recognize and celebrate our city's first first responders — our 911 and 311 call takers at the Office of Unified Communications. These call takers take approximately 6,000 calls every day. They help residents get connected to city services. They are also the person on the other end of the line when someone calls during an emergency. We know that people often call 911 in the most frightening and most stressful moments of their lives. And when that happens, the OUC team not only makes sure we are dispatching help quickly, but they are also the human connection who helps that person through their crisis. For that, I know our community is grateful. 

Learn more about the many ways Washingtonians and DC Government employees are working together on DC's comeback in our latest progress report


Muriel Bowser
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Read the Mayor's latest progress report, A Look Back at Our Progress, And a Look Ahead to Our Comeback, at

In This Week's Newsletter:

Spring Into a New Career: Register for the DC Government Hiring Fair

Spring career

Mayor Bowser and the DC Department of Human Resources invite residents interested in serving DC to a hiring fair at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m. Participating DC Government agencies will make on the spot job offers for available opportunities.

Pre-registration and a resume will be required to participate in the hiring fair. Registration is now open and will close on April 12.

Register to attend the hiring fair and learn more HERE.

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DCPS Families: Enroll Now for Next School Year


DC Public Schools (DCPS) is encouraging families to reenroll or enroll for the first time for School Year 2023-2024.

Families can enroll online or in-person by submitting their address and selecting from the eligible list of in-boundary schools. Proof of residency is required for registration, such as a valid DC driver’s license, a paystub with a DC address, or a DC tax form from the most recent tax year. New students to DCPS will also need to provide a proof of age document, such as a birth certificate, previous school records, or a passport.

To enroll or reenroll a student, visit

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Celebrate Earth Day By Participating in a Spring Clean Up in Your Ward

clean up

The Mayor’s Office of the Clean City and the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs are inviting residents to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 by participating in a community clean up.

Ward 1:

  • Where: The Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • When: 10:00 a.m.

Ward 2:

  • Where: Garrison Elementary (1200 S Street NW)
  • When: 11:00 a.m.

Ward 3

  • Where: Trail 9 (Intersection of Broad Branch Road and Beach Drive NW)
  • When: 10:00 a.m.

Ward 4:

  • Where: Intersection of 7th Street NW and Kennedy Street NW
  • When: 10:00 a.m.

Ward 5:

  • Where: Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress Street NE)
  • When: 10:00 a.m.

Ward 6:

  • Where: King Greenleaf Recreation Center (201 N Street SW)
  • When: 10:00 a.m.

Ward 7:

  • Where: Marvin Gaye Park (5200 Foote Street NE)
  • When: 10:00 a.m.

Ward 8:

  • Where: Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street SW)
  • When: 10:00 a.m.

Register HERE

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Celebrate Deaf History Month

Deaf History Month

Join the Mayor’s Office of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing at upcoming events to celebrate Deaf History Month.

DeafBlind Legacy Week: DeafBlind Youth Empowerment

  • When: Tuesday, April 18 @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave NE)

DeafBlind Legacy Week: Protactile Professional Happy Hour

  • When: Thursday, April 20 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Union Market Rooftop (5th Street NE)

Erasing the Stigma: Family and Community Tour

  • When: Wednesday, April 26 @ 11:15 a.m.
  • Where: Gallaudet University (800 Florida Ave NE)

ASL Jubilee

  • When: Friday, April 28 @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Hook Hall (3400 Georgia Ave NW)

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