Washington, D.C. Named America’s Fittest City

Congratulations, D.C.! The District has been named America’s fittest city. D.C.’s healthy food options, low levels of asthma and heart disease, and numerous bike paths and parks put it in the top spot, according to an annual ranking by the American College of Sports Medicine, “The parks are accessible in Washington, D.C.,” said said Walt Thompson of Georgia State University, board chair for the report. “The second interesting thing about Washington is how much money they spend per person per capita on parks: $287 per capita for every single person who lives in Washington, DC.”

DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) Department will begin registration

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The DC Fire Emergency Medical Services (DCFEMS) Department will begin registration for its first entry-level exam in eight years at 10 am Wednesday, May 20. Registration ends Saturday, May 30.

“This recruitment drive is a unique opportunity for District residents to start a career in public service while getting a job that will put them on a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Interested applicants must be a US citizen, possess a valid driver’s license, have a high school diploma/GED and be 19 years of age at the time of applying.

The first 1,500 applicants who qualify will be selected to take the entrance exam on Saturday, June 13th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Selected candidates will be notified of the time and room location prior to the exam.

“We’re looking for the city’s best and brightest to carry this department into the future,” said Chief Dean. “This is an opportunity for District residents to serve in the communities they know best.”

Online registration will be available at careers.dc.gov. Applicants are encouraged to register online from a computer or smartphone. People without access to the Internet can to visit their local public library, recreation center, the Department of Human Resources Workforce Development Administration office at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street, NW or Franklin D. Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, to register for the exam. Registration at Reeves Center will be held only on Wednesday, May 20. For recreation centers with computer labs, visit dpr.dc.gov.

District residents and military veterans with a passing score will be given hiring preference. Salaries start at $48,880 annually.

Interested applicants can visit fems.dc.gov or call (202) 673-7580 for more information.

Applicants are encouraged to register online from a computer or smart phone. ​For those applicants who do not have access to a computer or smart phone, computers will be made available at the Department of Human Resources Workforce Development Administration office at One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street, NW), the Reeves Center lobby (2000 14th Street, NW) computer access will only be available at Reeves Center on May 20, 2015 from 10 am-4 pm, and District recreation centers. Online registration will open at 10 am.

The department will only test the first 1500 qualified applicants. Registration will open at 10 am.

Please bring valid ID along on your visit to any location (MLK Library, Reeves Center, etc).

To find recreation centers with computer labs and their hours, visit: DPR sites

Person of Interest Sought in Attempted Bank Robbery: 1900 block of 7th Street, Northwest

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(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest in reference to an Attempted Bank Robbery which occurred at the TD Bank, located in the 1900 block of 7th Street, Northwest, on Friday, May 15, 2015 at approximately 11:37 am.

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The person of interest can be seen in the photos above, and in this video: http://youtu.be/P4Azq-7Qm4U

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a bank robbery committed in the District of Columbia.

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
Closed Press

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.