Library Gift Is a Bright Spot in Uncertain Times

Author donates complete collection of Newbery and Caldecott Award winners to Every Child a Reader.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 10, 2016 / — Minnesota author Claudette Hegel has donated her complete collection of the Newbery and Caldecott Award winners to Every Child a Reader. Hegel’s collection consists of every Newbery and Caldecott Medal and Honor book since 1922 and 1938, respectively, totaling 736 titles.

The books are now in the Every Child a Reader library in New York City, where they will serve as a resource by appointment to librarians, teachers, booksellers, authors, and illustrators.

Hegel spent more than 20 years volunteering for the Minneapolis and Hennepin County Public Libraries and volunteers with Books on Wings, which puts books into the hands of underserved kids in schools. She is the author of five books on the Newbery and Caldecott Awards. Says Hegel of her CBC donation: “Knowing the books will actually be used to help many people instead of just pleasing me every day takes the sting out of the books being a half-a-country away.”

Every Child a Reader Executive Director Carl Lennertz says of the donation: “Just as books are gifts to a child’s growth, this donation is a generous deed in anxious times.”

Every Child a Reader is a literacy organization that runs popular national programs including Children’s Book Week, the longest-running literacy initiative in the country; the Children’s Choice Book Awards, the only book awards chosen by kids and teens; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program. Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) charity funded by individual and corporate donations and by the support of The Children’s Book Council.

Emma Kantor
The Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader
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Washington DC transit officials bar issue-oriented ads through end of year

Washington D.C. transit officials voted Thursday to suspend all issue-oriented advertising on the city’s rail and bus system after the agency was asked to consider an ad featuring an image of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) board of directors voted to suspend all issue ads until the end of this year while it examines its own policy. The agency did not say the move was made in response to a particular ad.


FAIRFAX, VA — (Marketwired) — 05/27/15 — Burdette, Smith & Bish LLC — Fairfax, Virginia’s premier certified public accounting firm — is excited to announce that they’ve recently been named one of the Washington Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area.

“We are proud to have been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a Best Place to Work in Washington,” said Tom Burdette, Managing Partner at Burdette, Smith & Bish LLC. “It’s the people who make our certified public accounting firm a great place to work, and I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such talented, hard-working, collaborative professionals.”

The Washington Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” honors the area’s leading employers that go above and beyond the norm to foster an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for their employees. Companies are judged on the results of an employee survey analyzed by Quantum Market Research. The survey evaluates:

Team effectiveness
Employee alignment with company goals
Trust with co-workers
Individual contribution
Manager effectiveness
Trust in senior leaders
Feeling valued
Work engagement
People practices
All “Best Places to Work” honorees were recognized at a Best Places to Work Awards event held on Thursday, May 14, at the historic Warner Theatre in Washington DC.

About Burdette, Smith & Bish LLC
Burdette, Smith & Bish LLC (BSB) is a premier certified public accounting firm serving the Washington DC Metro Area. For over 35 years we have been providing accounting, financial reporting, auditing and tax services to our clients. Our proactive approach, partner accessibility, and professionalism set us apart. We are NOT your average CPA firm. With our team of over 40 professionals, we have the talent and ability to address all accounting and tax issues, and provide the personal attention our clients need. For more information, visit

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D.C. Mayor Bowser to Join Pigmental Studios to Announce New District Headquarters


LaToya Foster (EOM) – (202) 727-5011;
Leslie Green (MPTD) – (202) 510-0977;

(Washington, DC) – Tomorrow, Mayor Muriel Bowser will join animation development company Pigmental Studios’ and Gallaudet University to announce Pigmental’s new headquarters in the District of Columbia. Pigmental Studios, whose animators have worked with Disney, Dreamworks and Pixar, will produce animated content in feature film and television while based in the District.

The announcement of Pigmental’s new DC studio rounds out Mayor Bowser’s month-long innoMAYtion initiative to highlight innovation programs that engage residents, position the District as a hub of innovative activity and create pathways to the middle class.


Mayor Muriel Bowser
Pigmental Studios CEO Marina Martins
Gallaudet University Provost Carol Erting
DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development Director Angie Gates
The JBG Companies Executive Vice President Robin Mosle


Thursday, May 28, 2015
Press Check-in 10 am
Program to start at 10:30 am

WHERE: Gallaudet Museum – Chapel Hall
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE

*Closest Metro: New York Avenue/Gallaudet University Metro Station*
Parking is available in the parking garage on 6th Street, north of Florida Avenue

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to

Social Media:
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Washington D.C. Traffic Advisory: Race for Respect 5K

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The Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Department of Transportation would like to inform the public of several street closures due to the Race for Respect 5K scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015. For more information:

On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the following streets will be closed from 3:00 am to 12:00 pm.

• Pennsylvania Avenue from 12th Street to 14th Street, NW
• 13th Street from E Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Race Route:
The following streets will be closed from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

• Pennsylvania Avenue from 13th to 3rd Street, NW
• 3rd St from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Virginia Avenue, SW
• Maryland Avenue from 3rd Street, SW to Independence Avenue, SW
• Independence Avenue, SW from 7th Street to 3rd Street, SW
• 4th Street, SW from Independence Avenue, SW to D Street, SW
• D Street, SW from 4th Street to 3rd Street, SW

Motorists traveling in the area of this event may experience delays and should consider alternative routes, if possible. The Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation would like to remind motorists to pay full attention whenever operating any motor vehicle and to be mindful of heavy pedestrian traffic that may be associated with special events. These street closings are subject to change without notice based upon unanticipated events and prevailing conditions.

Washington D.C. Food Establishment Closures and Restorations


The following are the closures and restorations for the period of May 18, 2015 through May 22, 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
To report suspected or confirmed cases of food borne illness, please contact the Bureau of Epidemiology at (202) 442-8141.

Homicide Arrest 500 Block 58th Street Northeast Washington D.C.


Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in connection with a homicide that occurred in the 500 block of 58th Street, Northeast.

On Saturday, May 24, 2015 at approximately 9:04 pm, members of the Sixth District responded for the report of a shooting in the 500 block of 58th Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, members located an adult male in the 500 block of 58th Street, and a second adult male in the 300 block of 58th Street, Northeast, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Both were transported to local hospitals where the second adult male succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 20 year-old Devonte Reed of Lanham, Maryland.

The first male, 26 year-old Jamie Patterson of Northeast, Washington, DC, who was located in the 500 block of 58th Street, Northeast, was arrested by detectives of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, charging him with Murder II while Armed in the shooting death of Devonte Reed.

Mayor and DC Water also to announce green jobs program for District residents

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May 18, 2015 — DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, DC Water, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide an update on the proposed modification to DC Water’s long term control plan to significantly reduce combined sewer overflows to the Anacostia and Potomac rivers and Rock Creek. There will also be an announcement on local green jobs.

• Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia
• John Cruden, Assistant U.S. Attorney General
• Shawn Garvin, EPA Region III Regional Administrator
• George S. Hawkins, DC Water CEO and General Manager
• Rev. Kelly Wilkins, Washington Interfaith Network

When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Fort Reno Reservoir, 3900 Donaldson Place, NW Washington, DC 20016

Visuals include the award-winning green roof atop DC Water’s Ft. Reno Reservoir.

RSVP: Confirmation of attendance is required for entrance to the facility. Media please RSVP to

Limited parking for media is available via the West Side entrance to the Fort Reno Reservoir at Belt Road, NW and Donaldson Place, NW.