New York, NY (Top40 Charts) In February, Aaron Watson made Billboard sales chart history by becoming the first solo male artist to debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart with a self-released, independently distributed studio album. ‘The Underdog’ (2.17.2015) continues its sales ascent as Watson performs to sold out audiences across the country in support of his new – and 12th career – album.The “proud country traditionalist” (New York Times) made his Grand Ole Opry debut on March 31st where he was chosen to be one of six artists featured on UVerse/AT&T’s “My Country Debut” series which can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/AW_OpryDebut
Assuming you’re not a lobbyist in town to woo steak-loving senators, Washington can be a great place to visit on a budget. With 17 free Smithsonian museums, gratis gorillas at the National Zoo, engrossing monuments that are far more than photo opportunities, and open public events speckling the spring and summer calendar, you need not spend a dime on entertainment — as I found out during a recent visit, the 12th in my occasional $100 Weekend series.
Grateful Dead 50th anniversary celebrations are happening all year across the country and Washington is no exception. In addition to Thursday’s Dear Jerry concert, District Deadheads have plenty of opportunities to let their freak flag fly. (Almost) JerryTakoma Park’s John Kadlecik used to play in Furthur with the Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Now he has a new group, the DC Mystery Cats, that re-creates Jerry Garcia Band shows in their entirety. In June, he’ll return to Gypsy Sally’s for three shows (3401 K St. NW; June 3 & 4, 8:30 p.m., $15, June 5, 9 p.m., $20). In August, he’ll celebrate what would have been Garcia’s 73rd birthday at the Howard Theatre (620 T St. NW; Aug. 1, 8 p.m., $20-$25).
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(Washington, DC) – Tomorrow, Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Police Chief Cathy Lanier will announce a new initiative to advance DCPS’ college readiness and career education programming. The initiative is part of the Bowser Administration’s commitment to investing in programs that give students the tools they need to succeed in a highly competitive workforce. The programming will have a special focus on growing DCPS’ National Academy Foundation (NAF) academies with support from local businesses leaders serving as Industry Advisory Board members and providing over 100 internship opportunities for students this summer. They will also announce a new partnership with DCPS, the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Police Foundation. This announcement comes during National Police Week, an annual week of events honoring America’s law enforcement community.
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor Jennifer Niles
DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson
MPD Chief Cathy Lanier
Joe Persichini, Jr. Director, Washington, DC Police Foundation
Lisa Anders, VP Business Development, McKissack and McKissack
Joe Paiva, CIO International Trade Administration)
Thomas Penny, General Manager, Courtyard by Marriott Convention
Maria Tukeva, Principal, Columbia Heights Education Campus
DCPS Career Programming Announcement
Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 9:30 am
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Columbia Heights Education Campus
High School Library
3101 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010
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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2015 — The Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington, D.C. is premiering a new look inspired by Hilton’s brand theme for Homewood Suites renovations, ‘Take Flight.’ According to Hilton, the renovations are intended to do more than just make the space look pretty; they are a result of redefining space to meet the needs of how today’s guests travel and want to use the public areas during their stay. At the 175 guest-suite, extended-stay Homewood Suites Washington, D.C., the renovation encompassed the entire first level of the hotel. Guests are now greeted in a lobby with a strategically placed fireplace; modern finishes and furnishings, including ceramic, plank-tile floors; new energy efficient lighting; three new flat screen TVs; seating arrangements that are flexible for working and relaxing, including a signature community “wing” table. In addition, the Home Office business center, flexible meeting space, and the Suite Shop for sundries are all open to the lobby creating a fluid environment for work, relaxation and dining. The color palette is blue and cream with splashes of red, reflecting on the nation’s national colors. And for a bit of whimsy, the artwork is black and white photography of past Presidential dogs.
The 175 one-bedroom suite, extended-stay property is managed by Crestline Hotels & Resorts LLC. It is in the heart of Northwest Washington, D.C. on Massachusetts Avenue and is near the White House, within walking distance to the McPherson Square Metro station, as well as in close proximity to the Smithsonian Institute, the Washington Monument, the National Zoo and other area attractions. Each of the 175 well-appointed suites provide a home-away-from-home atmosphere including a separate living area with a sleeper sofa, a remote controlled TV, a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, and a work area with complimentary high speed Internet. For meetings, the hotel offers 2,500 square feet of conference space. For dining, there is a complimentary “Suite Start” hot buffet breakfast served in the lodge, and Monday through Thursday evenings there is a complimentary “Evening Social” with light fare, beer, wine and soft drinks.
For more information and reservations visit: http://www.washingtondc.homewoodsuites.com or call 202.265.8000.
About Crestline Hotels & Resorts LLC
Crestline Hotels & Resorts LLC is one of the nation’s largest independent hospitality management companies. Founded in 2000, the company presently manages 74 hotels, resorts and conference and convention centers with nearly 12,000 rooms in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Crestline manages properties under such well-regarded brands as Marriott, Hilton, Intercontinental, Hyatt and Starwood, as well as independent, private label hotels and conference centers throughout the United States. For more information visit: www.crestlinehotels.com.
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AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor Debuts As Icon On The Potomac
One of the newest hotels in National Harbor near Oxon Hill stands eight stories tall and boasts stylish spaces designed to inspire and attract millennials
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., May 12, 2015 — AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, the third AC Hotels by Marriott to debut in the United States, has opened its doors.
AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor has opened its doors. The eight-story hotel in National Harbor features 192 guest rooms and six suites, 3,700 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center. For information, contact Rachel Dinbokowitz at email@example.com or 1-301-965-2111.
The eight-story hotel in National Harbor features 192 guest rooms and six suites, 3,700 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center. Additional amenities include free Wi-Fi and signature spaces including AC Kitchen, AC Library and AC Lounge. The hotel is designed to attract millennials who want a sophisticated experience with style, inspired social spaces and technology.
BAR WITH A TWIST
Beverages come first at one of the newest National Harbor hotels. The AC Lounge features all-knowing bartenders who act as a go-to source for exploring the local area. Guests can experience classic drinks like the signature Gintonic, along with small plates. The lounge delivers handcrafted cocktails, wine on tap and local craft beers in a can.
EUROPEAN-INSPIRED FOOD SCENE
The food scene found at the National Harbor, MD hotel stems from its Spanish roots, offering tapas in the evening at AC Lounge and a European-inspired breakfast at AC Kitchen. Guests enjoy freshly baked croissants flown in from France, hand-sliced prosciutto from a Berkel artisan slicer, an assortment of cheeses, sweet and savory tarts and freshly brewed hot and iced coffees.
The hotel near Oxon Hill, MD was designed purposefully and has incorporated the linear design of the harbor into its art. Upon entering the eight-story hotel, guests will find a rope wall inspired by boats docked on the Potomac River, as well as modern nautical accents throughout. Outside in National Harbor lies a growing public art scene of international and local artists. Special highlights include the iconic “The Awakening” statue by J. Steward Johnson Jr. and “The Beckoning” by Albert Paley.
Looking to engage the millennial traveler, AC Hotels by Marriott incorporates a design-focus approach. Guests will find open-concept closets and integrated work desks along with luggage benches in all rooms. Complimentary Wi-Fi, ample USB and power ports and smart TVs that can stream on-demand content is a much-appreciated bonus.
A PART OF THE COMMUNITY
AC Hotel adds to the roster of new investments in the growing destination of National Harbor. With the opening, the National Harbor hotel has created nearly 50 new jobs with more than half of the positions filled by associates living in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Operated under a long-term management agreement by Marriott International, the hotel is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties.
To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or book an experience at AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, visit www.marriott.com/ac-hotels/travel.mi.
AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 19 brands. AC Hotels currently offers a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. The brand’s first U.S. hotel debuted in New Orleans in November 2014. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North American locations in Kansas City’s stylish Westport neighborhood and in the heart of Miami Beach early this year and additional growth in Latin America and Europe. More than 50 AC hotels are expected to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 25 percent of the company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200 luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years, reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and franchisees.
Marriott International Inc. is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVLGARI®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®, Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®, Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®, TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 49 million members. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
Marriott Rewards is Marriott International’s award-winning loyalty program spanning 16 brands and 3,800-plus properties worldwide. Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates and members can earn and redeem points at over 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world and at Marriott Rewards’ exclusive luxury partner The Ritz-Carlton®. Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals, merchandise and more. By making rewards modern and easy, Marriott Rewards continues to be a leader in the industry. Marriott Rewards has won the Freddie Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program in the Americas” seven years in a row and the 2011 and 2010 Frequent Travel Award for “Best Hotel Rewards Program.” It was also named “Best Frequent Stay Bonus Program” by Global Traveler and ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction in the JD Power inaugural Hotel Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction 2014 Report. In addition, the program has been named best hotel rewards program by the readers of U.S. News & World Report, About.com, Business Traveler, Global Traveler, Executive Travel, Businessweek, Fortune and Travel + Leisure magazines. To enroll and for more information about Marriott Rewards, please visit MarriottRewards.com or call 1-800-450-4442.
NOTE: The statements about the expected future growth of AC Hotels by Marriott and Marriott’s luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and the amount of anticipated investment by owners and franchisees, are “forward looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws, not historical facts, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including supply and demand changes for hotel rooms; competitive conditions in the lodging industry; relationships with clients and property owners; the availability of capital to finance hotel growth; and other risk factors identified in Marriott International, Inc.’s most recent annual report on Form 10-Q; any of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our statements. These statements are made as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc. is a real estate investment trust for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,795 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, D.C. at National Harbor, a 192-room hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com), the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for nearly 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home.
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WASHINGTON -A D.C. student and his mother are speaking out to FOX 5 after police say a teacher assaulted the 11-year-old boy at his school.The alleged attack happened at Democracy Prep Congress Heights Public Charter School in Southeast D.C.Renee Allen was furious when she heard the teacher grabbed her son by the throat and slammed him up against a wall at school.D.C. police arrested 30-year-old Jason Underwood for simple assault. He was fired immediately by the school.
Project will bring 4,000 construction and 8,000 permanent jobs to the District, improve infrastructure
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(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and Property Group Partners to break ground on Capitol Crossing, a $1.3 billion project in Ward 6 that will transform a seven-acre site surrounding the I-395 Center Leg Freeway into a cityscape that will span three blocks and reunite the East End and Capitol Hill communities in the District of Columbia.
“Capitol Crossing represents a major milestone for economic and neighborhood growth in the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Bowser. “I am excited to break ground on a project that will have a positive and lasting impact on our residents, bringing good paying jobs to the District, and helping to create more pathways to the middle class.”
The development of Capitol Crossing is expected to create 4,000 construction jobs and 8,000 permanent jobs, all while dramatically improving the utility infrastructure supporting local neighborhoods. Once completed, annual new property tax revenue of $40 million is expected. Capitol Crossing will deliver almost 70,000 square feet of retail space, over 1,100 parking spaces, and 440 bicycle parking spaces. New I-395 entrance and exit ramps will improve traffic flows and make travel along Massachusetts Avenue safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Infrastructure will be upgraded for the surrounding neighborhoods.
“Residents have never seen anything like the Capitol Crossing construction project, but it will directly benefit District residents,” said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. “I look to today’s groundbreaking to create new jobs and investment in the District, ending with the transformation of an underutilized public asset into a brand new neighborhood for residents with commercial amenities. I look forward to working closely with the development team and to keeping District residents informed.”
The project will feature state-of-the-art office buildings punctuated by garden promenades in a new “eco-district” that will achieve a “beyond LEED Platinum” certification.
“Mayor Bowser has articulated a forward thinking vision for the city, making innovation, economic development, and greater job opportunities for all District residents a priority,” Deputy Mayor Kenner said. “Creating the first Eco-District in Washington, Capitol Crossing is an innovative and transformative project, proving catalytic growth that will benefit more Washingtonians.”
Property Group Partners’ development of Capitol Crossing is the largest private development currently underway in Washington, DC. Once completed, the development is expected to provide a minimum of 50 affordable housing units at 80% Area Median Income (AMI). During construction, Adas Israel Synagogue will be moved and integrated into the new neighborhood adjacent to a new Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington Museum. The historic Holy Rosary Church will be fully integrated into the new community, and its rectory will be restored to its original position.
“Washington, DC is vibrant and growing. Our team has a long history developing major projects with community support here in our nation’s capital; we are excited to continue this work with Capitol Crossing,” said Bob Braunohler, Regional Vice President of Property Group Partners. “Today, we embark on an ambitious journey together. Capitol Crossing fills in the last missing piece of Washington’s business district, and will bring one-of-a-kind commercial, retail, residential, and public spaces to the heart of the District of Columbia. We look forward to working with Mayor Bowser, Federal Officials, and the community to make our collective vision a reality.”
Utility relocation and site preparation commenced in 2014. Platform construction is expected to begin this coming August. Following construction of the new Massachusetts Avenue ramp to I-395, the 200 Massachusetts Avenue building will be constructed, with delivery expected in 2017. Delivery of the following four buildings and reconnection of F Street and G Street Northwest will follow through 2019.
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(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser congratulated the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) and its Board of Trustees for their selection of Ronald Mason Jr. as the University’s new President. Dr. Mason previously served as president of Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. He will lead the District’s only public university which serves more than 5,000 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, law school and community college programs.
Last night in a letter to the DC Council, Mayor Bowser announced her intention to fully restore funding for UDC in the District’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget.
“I welcome Ronald Mason to the District of Columbia and look forward to collaborating to develop programs and initiatives that will create pathways to the middle class for residents and the entire student body,” said Mayor Bowser. “I congratulate the board of the University of the District of Columbia for selecting a leader with a wealth of experience as they work to transform the District’s public university. We share in the commitment to improve UDC, and that is why we fully funded their budget through the budget process.”
“The Board of Trustees of University of the District of Columbia is extremely pleased to have the acknowledgement of Mayor Muriel Bowser for our selection of Mr. Ronald Mason, Jr. as the next President of the University,” said Dr. Elaine A. Crider, chair of UDC’s Board of Trustees. “We are also sincerely grateful to Mayor Bowser for restoring funding to the University. We look forward to collaborating with Mayor Bowser and her team in strengthening and moving the University to accomplish great things for the residents of the District of Columbia.”
As President, Mason will be tasked with continuing the University’s mission of providing a secondary education while also offering programs that promote workforce development. He will partner with the Bowser Administration as the Mayor continues her efforts to create pathways to the middle class by investing in programming that offers extensive training for good-paying jobs.
Mason was the seventh president of the Southern University and A&M College System, which included a Research University, a Law Center and a community college. During his tenure, he developed a social and academic framework designed to improve college attainment and completion for Black males; established an innovative partnership to create a Southern online degree brand through seven fully online degree programs; and led the expansion of the Shreveport community college onto the four-year campuses in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Mason received his B.A. in History from Columbia University and his J.D. from Columbia School of Law at Columbia University.