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Commission approves rate boost for Pepco Pepco’s power distribution rates will increase in mid-April, with the average residential customer paying $3.75 more per month, based on a D.C. Public Service Commission decision issued yesterday. The commission, which regulates D.C. utilities, said in a new release that “today’s moderate increase in distribution rates primarily compensates Pepco for its substantial investments in reliability improvement projects.� This increase will result in $23.4 million in additional revenue for Pepco, though the company had requested $44.8 million.

Grants aim to boost student satisfaction

All 111 schools in the D.C. Public Schools system will receive funds through the Proving What’s Possible for Student Satisfaction Award, according to a news release. The $5 million total available is meant to help increase the number of students who like their schools. Each school had to submit a proposal for use of the approximately $100 per student to be allocated. “Our schools have plans for engaging, enriching and exciting ways to make school more fun for students,� Chancellor Kaya Henderson said in a news release. “I have been absolutely blown away by the creative ideas I’ve seen.� Ross Elementary, for instance, plans to work with the organization Playworks to improve recess with training, equipment and programming; Key Elementary will create a student activity choice block with options including newspaper, gardening and dramatic play; and Lafayette Elementary will expand its social emotional learning and

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U Street flea market to open this weekend Hexagon raises funds The new year-round U Street Flea Market will open on March 29 for area nonprofit at 912 U St. NW after several weather-related delays. The market, founded by the organizer behind the Georgetown Flea Market and operated by Diverse Markets Management, “will be a stylish venue for vintage, antique or hand crafted art, fashion, jewelry, home decor and furnishings geared to the young tastemakers who live in or frequent this vibrant neighborhood,� according to a news release. “The U Street neighborhood is in the heart of the city where a new beat of Washington is happening,� said market founder Michael Sussman. “We are constantly looking for interesting, quality vendors who can attract business in the hottest walking and retail area of Washington.� A ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring Ward 1 D.C. Council member Jim Graham, is slated to begin at noon. The market will operate Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Logan Circle to weigh visitor parking plan

A committee of the Logan Circle advisory neighborhood commission will consider tonight whether the neighborhood should opt into the city’s visitor parking program. The program provides visitor passes to households on streets with restricted parking. If the committee backs the plan, the full neighborhood commission will vote on it at its April 10 meeting. Both the March 26 and April 10 meetings will begin at 7 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW.

Family’s fundraiser to help cancer research A head-shaving fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a charity that supports childhood cancer research, will be held Saturday at Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle. Organizer Patty Furco will bring a contingent from Janney Elementary, spurred by the role of research in the treatment of her daughter Abby, a second-grader at the school who has leukemia. “My daughter Abby is doing well, she finished treatment in October 2013,� Furco wrote in an email. “We are so thankful, childhood cancer research saved her life.� Furco said Janney staff member Bryan Librizzi will shave his head at the event — possibly along with a couple of students — and a Janney parent band, Cheaper Than Therapy, will play at 1 p.m. The event, “A Salute to Our Littlest Heroes,� will also feature a silent auction and children’s activi-

Hexagon will perform its final shows of “Midterm Madness� this weekend, capping off a run that benefits Adams Morgan nonprofit Sarah’s Circle. The company, which bills itself as “Washington’s only original political satirical musical comedy revue,� chooses a different charity to support each year with its all-volunteer show. Sarah’s Circle provides affordable housing and wellness services to low-income seniors. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. Tickets cost $30.

Event honors mother of former D.C. mayor

More than 200 people gathered at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of Virginia E. Hayes Williams, mother of former Mayor Anthony Williams. Speaker after speaker praised Williams, who died Jan. 23, for her passion in everything she did. Interjected were musical performances by Ellington students, an alumna who sang an aria from Puccini’s “La Bohème,â€? and others. Williams wanted to be an opera singer, and her parents wanted her to be a nurse. Instead, she was a postal worker and raised eight children, but she also sang in the movies “Porgy and Bessâ€? and “Carmen Jonesâ€? and at the White House. Once, a pianist performing at Ford’s Theatre encouraged the audience to sing Gershwin’s “Summertime.â€? After a couple of notes, he invited the soprano who dominated the singing to come on stage. Williams did and received a lengthy standing ovation. Soon after her son decided to run for mayor, Williams called her friend Pat Elwood and said she wanted to move in with her the next day. She remained for six years. When the former mayor was asked once how he got the fortitude to deal with the world’s powerful people, he said the questioner ought to meet his mother. Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Duke Ellington’s co-founder, announced toward the end of Saturday’s program that the Eugene B. Casey Foundation had given a $1 million endowment in Virginia Williams’ name to fund prizes for an outstanding Ellington junior or senior who hopes to be an opera singer.


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