How Federal Employees Can Help Close to Home

If you’re a federal employee, you’re probably getting asked by you agency to sign up for the Combined Federal Campaign right now. And you should! It makes donating to charity so easy, you hardly notice it.

You should spread your donations around as you see best. But if you’d like to have some of your money go to very local charities, there are great options. Here are a few Georgetown charities that could use your help:

  • Georgetown Ministry Center – This is GM’s favorite and one that’s always on his CFC list. If you don’t already know it, it’s based out of Grace Episcopal and it offers a wide range of services to the homeless citizens, everything from food, winter shelter, transitional services to just a simple shower. Last year due to a snafu they didn’t get into the CFC system. So if you’re the type to just re-up your last year’s list, consider adding this one back one. Its CFC code is 31661.
  • Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Ever wonder what the Volta Bureau is (i.e. that cool building on the corner of 35th and Volta)? It’s the original name of the organization that is currently called the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. It’s mission is rather obvious: to continue the work of its founder (a Georgetown resident) to improve the lives of the deaf. Its CFC code is 11852
  • Duke Ellington School for the Arts – This magnet school has given thousands of DC school kids a chance to receive premier performance arts training as well as a top notch general education. The school is under a massive renovation right now, but will come out of the work as strong as ever (with a brand new performance space). Its CFC code is 38270

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by Paul Goddin.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Chuck Todd to Q & A Cafe in December.
  • GM had dinner at Chez Billy Sud last week. It was very good! Fancier than expected.

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1600 block of 28th St.

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“Georgetown” Holiday Inn Up For Sale?

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GM recently learned of a report last month that the “Georgetown” Holiday Inn may be up for sale.

GM uses scare quotes because, like many Georgetown-titled hotels in DC, this one isn’t actually in Georgetown. But it’s really close. Whitehaven is the official northern boundary, and the hotel is on Whitehaven, albeit the north side. So maybe GM shouldn’t give it a hard time over the name.

In fact, due to its proximity to Georgetown, its future could affect Georgetown. From the Bisnow report:

Sources tell us the Holiday Inn Georgetown, just a few blocks away, is on the market and that interested buyers haveredevelopment in mind. One source even said a mixed-use, grocery-anchored project could be in the works, which would put three grocery stores in that small stretch of Wisconsin Avenue, including Whole Foods and the Social Safeway.

This is surprising on a couple levels. First, does anyone still use the “Social Safeway” term? But seriously, this is a huge plot of land. And it creates a huge gap in the continuous streetscape that is Georgetown to the south and Glover Park to the north. If a new building did what the Nobody-calls-it-the-Social-Safeway did and rebuild right along the sidewalk, that would improve the quality of the pedestrian experience immeasurably, better connecting upper Georgetown with Glover Park.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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1500 block of 33rd St.

1500 block of 33rd St.

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Waterfront Ice Rink Open!

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Last week, the waterfront ice rink opened for the season. GM swung by Saturday for a spin, and it was already a hopping scene. That bodes well for the rink, which has been a resounding success since it first opened two¬†years ago. The first year, the rink had 46,000 visitors. GM doesn’t have an update on how the rink did last year, but anecdotally it was as popular if not more so last year. Continue reading

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