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The throes of winter are here in Northern Virginia and we are now past the Presidential election and most of the SafeTrack maintenance efforts. METRO will take a break on the Safety Surges during the next couple months, so it is a good time to take advantage of those ice rinks that are in close proximity to METRO stations. See our line up in this edition. Speaking of Presidents, February 22nd marks the 285th anniversary of George Washington’s birthday, and the City of Alexandria has a new President Washington re-enactor, Brian Hilton, who will be on horseback in the parade for the first time. Previously the Presidents all rode in carriages.. Mt. Vernon is also open, free of charge to visitors on President Washington’s birthday. Every four years Washington, DC also plays host to the “real” Presidential Inauguration, so on January 20th President-elect Donald Trump
will be sworn in as our 45th President of the United States. We have included some fun facts about past inaugurations. January 20th is a federal holiday, and METRO will be running at full speed, we encourage those who want to participate to take advantage of our transit system to travel to the planned inaugural events. Presidentelect Trump has also tapped a veteran federal administrator to lead the Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao. We include a list of her accomplishments in this edition as well. Lastly, we have included a testimonial from an individual that DATA assisted in forming a vanpool at the FDA’s offices in Manassas. Based on her experiences, one can easily see the advantages of getting out or your single occupancy vehicle and joining into a van or car pool to save time, money and Livemore and Commute Less!
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Inauguration Facts and Trivia On January 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Below is a list of some interesting facts and trivia surround this ceremony. George Washington’s was the shortest inaugural address at 135 words. (1793) Thomas Jefferson was the only president to walk to and from his inaugural. He was also the first to be inaugurated at the Capitol. (1801) The first inaugural ball was held for James Madison. (1809) William H. Harrison’s was the longest inaugural address at 8,445 words. (1841) The first inauguration to be photographed was James Buchanan’s. (1857) Abraham Lincoln was the first to include African-Americans in his parade. (1865) William McKinley’s inauguration was the first ceremony to be recorded by a motion picture camera. (1897) Women were included for the first time in Woodrow Wilson’s second inaugural parade. (1917)
Warren G. Harding was the first president to ride to and from his inaugural in an automobile. (1921) Calvin Coolidge’s oath in 1925 was administered by Chief Justice (and ex-president) William Taft. It was also the first inaugural address broadcast on the radio. Coolidge was sworn in by his father, a notary public, when he assumed the presidency in 1923 after Warren Harding’s death. It was the first time a president was sworn in by his father. Harry Truman’s was the first to be televised. (1949) John Kennedy’s inauguration had Robert Frost as the first poet to participate in the official ceremony. (1961) The only other President to feature poets was Bill Clinton. Maya Angelou read at his 1993 inaugural, and Miller Williams read at his second, in 1997. Lyndon Johnson was the first (and so far) only president to be sworn in by a woman, U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes. (1963) Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural had to compete with Super Bowl Sunday. (1985) On the second day of his
2013 Obama Inauguration – Alex Wong/Getty Images. presidency, Barack Obama was sworn in a second time by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. because, following Roberts’s lead, Obama improperly recited the oath. He said, “I will execute the office of President of the United States faithfully.” The word “faithfully” belongs between “will” and “execute.” (2009) Location of the Oath All but six presidents took the presidential oath in Washington, D.C. The exceptions were: George Washington—1789, New York City; 1793, Philadelphia John Adams—1797, Philadelphia Chester Alan Arthur—1881,
New York City Theodore Roosevelt—1901, Buffalo Calvin Coolidge—1923, Plymouth, Vermont Lyndon Baines Johnson—1963, Dallas When Washington and Adams were sworn in, the U.S. capital had not yet been transferred from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. (the latter became the seat of government beginning Dec. 1, 1800). Arthur, T. Roosevelt, Coolidge, and L. B. Johnson had all been vice-presidents who assumed the presidency upon the deaths of their predecessors, and none was in Washington, D.C., when the oath of office was administered.
Date Except for Washington’s first inaugural, when he was sworn in on April 30, 1789, all presidents until 1937 were inaugurated in March in an effort to avoid bad weather. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution (passed in 1933) changed the inaugural date to January 20. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Second Inauguration was the first to have been held on that date. Inaugural Weather Between 1789 and 1993, 35 inaugurations enjoyed clear weather. During ten inaugurations it rained, and seven had snow. The warmest inauguration was Ronald Reagan’s first (Jan. 20, 1981). It was 55°. The coldest was Reagan’s second (Jan. 21, 1985). It was 7°.
Trump Nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation On November 29th, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Elaine Chao to head the Department of Transportation under his incoming administration. Chao is a well-seasoned veteran of past administrations, serving as Labor Secretary under George W. Bush and assistant Secretary of Transportation under George H. W. Bush. While campaign promises seldom meet reality, President-elect Trump has signaled a commitment to investing heavily in transportation infrastructure during his administration. On the campaign trail Mr. Trump promised to pour a trillion dollars into transportation improvements. Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), providing a sign that perhaps the
administration is serious about their commitment to securing congressional approval of a large infrastructure funding package. Chao was the first Asian female to serve in a Presidential administration when she was selected by George W. Bush to be his Labor Secretary. Chao’s reputation is that of a conservative, who, during her tenure as Labor Secretary, was criticized by liberals and the labor unions for not enforcing existing labor laws on wages, overtime and workplace safety. She is not the first spouse of a Congressional member to serve in an Administration. Elizabeth Dole served as Secretary of Transportation while her husband Bob Dole was Senate Majority Leader during the Reagan Administration.
METRO Skating—Glide your way through winter car free! In need of some outdoor exercise that doesn’t require driving your car to the location? The SafeTrack Surge will be on hold until March, so why not try taking METRO to one of these six outdoor ice skating rinks conveniently located near a variety of METRO stations. Hours of operation and fees vary from site to site, particularly during some warm, or extremely cold weather situations. Best to call in advance. So, get off the couch, grab your blades and jump on a METRO train to the nearest rink and have some great winter fun!
National Gallery of Art Ice Rink
(Blue/Orange Lines Smithsonian Mall Exit, or Yellow/Green Lines Archives 7th Street Exit) The 2016–2017 ice-skating season begins November 18 and continues through March 12, weather permitting. Experience ice-skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, and others. Rental skates are available for a fee. Hours: Monday–Thursday: 10am–9pm, Friday: 10am–11pm, Saturday: 11am–11pm, Sunday: 11am– 9:00pm. Please note the ice rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F. For the current status, please call (202) 216-9397. Admission fee required. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive and by 7th and 9th Streets NW.
Canal Park Ice Rink
(Green Line Navy Yard/Ballpark New Jersey Ave. Exit; Circulator Bus as well) Canal Park is a stunning new public park on the site of the historic Washington Canal in the heart of DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. With its dancing fountains in summer, vibrant ice rink in winter, and LEED Gold-certified water reuse systems, Canal Park is a sustainable and green
neighborhood gathering place, and a destination for the entire city. Canal Park is located in the vibrant Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at 2nd & M St. SE, one block from the Navy Yard/Ballpark Metro (New Jersey Ave. Exit). Street address is: 202 M Street, SE Washington, DC 20003. Fee for admission. Hours: Monday –Tuesday: 12pm-7pm, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 12pm-9pm, Saturday: 11am-10pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm
The Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink is located on the plaza between Lord & Taylor and Hyatt Regency. The Skate Shop is located inside, 2nd floor next to Lord & Taylor. Address for the Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink; 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22102. Phone: 703-356-1240. Fee for admission. Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 3pm-7pm, WednesdayThursday: 3pm-9pm, Friday: 3pm-11pm, Saturday: 11am-11pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm.
Reston Town Center Ice Rink
(Blue and Yellow Line Pentagon City Exit) The plaza at Pentagon Row underwent major renovations to create a year-round experience for guests, and now boasts an ice rink that is 50% larger with an outdoor dual-sided stone fireplace for lounging during skating breaks. Pentagon Row’s 6,840 square foot ice rink is now the largest outdoor rink in Northern Virginia, and the second largest in the state. Located at Pentagon Row Fashion Mall at 1201 Joyce Street, Arlington, VA. Phone: 703-418-6666. Fee for admission.
(Silver Line Whiele Avenue-Reston East Exit) Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is open seasonally from early November-mid-March, offering public skating every day and extended hours for all Holidays. The skate shop is stocked with over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 Toddler through Men’s size 13, in both Figure and Hockey styles. For the beginner skaters, try the double bladed, flat edge skates to walk across the ice until you’re ready to glide into a single bladed skate, available in size Youth 8-13. Located in the heart of Reston Town Center at 1818 Discovery Street, Reston, VA. Phone: 703709-6300. Fee for admission.
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Rockville Town Square Ice Rink
Glide your way into Winter on the beautiful new Tyson’s Corner Center Ice Rink! Open daily, with extended holiday hours, it offers not only public skating, but learn-to-skate lessons, birthday parties, weekly cartoon skates and Saturday Night Rock ‘n’ Skate. Just over 6,000 square feet, the rink is also perfect for private parties and corporate outings. The Skate Shop (2nd floor, next to Lord & Taylor) has over 500 pairs of skates in stock, from Toddler size 8 to a Men’s size 14, with figure, hockey and double-bladed skates available.
(Red Line Rockville Exit) The ice rink at Rockville Town Square is the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and Washington DC. It is the largest in all of Montgomery County. The rink is 7,200 square feet. Located in the heart of Rockville, MD at the Rockville Town Square. 131 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. Phone: 301-545-1999. Fee for admission. Hours: Monday: Thursday: Noon-10 pm, Friday: Noon- 11pm, Saturday: 10am-11pm, Sunday: 10am10pm, Extended hours on Holidays.
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The George Washington Birthday Celebration in Alexandria, Virginia STORY BY KRISTEN EASTLICK, PHOTOS BY BUDDY SECOR One of the great benefits of living and working in the DC-metro area is the region’s connection to history. That connection will be in full display this February as Alexandria commemorates the 285th celebration of George Washington’s Birthday. Organized by the city’s George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee, Alexandria’s celebration includes events that highlight various aspects of Washington’s life and showcases the joy of living in Alexandria -- whether in the mid-1700s or today. The celebration begins in late January with the launch of the “Cherry Challenge,” a two-week competition featuring more than fifty of Alexandria’s finest restaurants. See which chef can create the tastiest and most distinctive dish using cherries as the main ingredient! In an event honoring the myth of young George chopping down a cherry tree, participating restaurants develop cherry-based cocktails, appetizers, entrées, and desserts, and diners are encouraged to rate each creation. The winning restaurants are featured at the George Washington Birthday Parade and the most frequent diner receives an award! The George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee also offers visitors the opportunity to actually walk in Washington’s footsteps! Each Sunday in February at 2:00 pm, knowledgeable guides will showcase some of the most important of the 140+ places in Alexandria associated with the Father of our Country. These free, 90-minute “Walking with Washington” tours start at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King Street,
and do not require advance reservations. One of the tour stops is Gadsby’s Tavern, a museum and an adjacent operating restaurant that was a center of Alexandria’s economic, political, and social life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Under the management of John Gadsby, an entrepreneur who operated the tavern from 1796-1808, it served notables like Washington, LaFayette, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. The Gadsby’s Tavern Museum offers a series of events, including: * Winter Warmer Ladies Tea – on February 5th, guests can enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the Tavern. With seatings at 3:00 and 3:15 pm, the teas will include a variety of 18th-century desserts and a cup of Mr. Gadsby’s special blend of tea or American Heritage Chocolate. Martha Washington will help greet guests and share her news of Alexandria. Reservations are required for the $35 event, but you can incorporate a free museum tour before tea by arriving 45 minutes early.
of Washington’s Birthday set in 1799. The evening features an 18th century banquet, English country dancing, and character reenactors, including General and Mrs. Washington. Advance reservations are required, and ticket prices start at $125.00. Period costumes are optional, and “after-five” attire is encouraged.
* 18th Century Dance Classes – Preparation for the Birthnight Ball. Washington was widely known to be an accomplished dancer. On three Thursdays in February (the 2nd, 9th, and 16th), you can learn his style, when Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will host free classes on 18th century English country dancing from expert dance instructors.
*Revolutionary War Reenactment. On Sunday, February 19, volunteers will stage historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day, culminating in a skirmish between the Redcoats and the American Revolutionary Army at 2:00 pm. This free event requires no registration and will be held at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, in the city’s West End.
* Birthnight Banquet & Ball – Whether you’ve learned English country dancing or not, you’re invited to the recreation of a famous celebration
The largest event in Alexandria’s celebration is the George Washington Birthday Parade, held on Monday,
February 20. The day also includes: * The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association’s Breakfast and Meeting. The event starts at 9:00 am; attendees can meet can meet special guests and members of this 243-year-old organization that supports the Alexandria Fire Department. Enjoy remarks from S.E. Culp, columnist and commentator. Breakfast tickets are $35.
largest parade in the United States that celebrates the birth of Washington in his chosen hometown – begins at 1:00pm, preceded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Ceremony at the parade reviewing stand starting at 11:00 am. The 2017 Parade Grand Marshall will be recently-retired Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook. Olympic Silver Medal Winner Shakur Stevenson will be the Parade’s special guest.
* The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution will be the site of a Wreath Laying Ceremony at 11:00 am. Colonial military and civilians will honor soldiers of the Revolutionary War in the cemetery behind the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 S. Fairfax St. Space is limited, but the event is free.
* Continue your visit to Old Town Alexandria by enjoying free admission for the day to many historic venues around town, including: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Friendship Firehouse Museum, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, The Lyceum, Carlyle House, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Christ Church.
* The George Washington Birthday Parade – the
Washington’s official birthday, on Wednesday, February continued on page 8
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22, will feature three events that commemorate the day: * A wreath laying at the Tomb of George Washington at 8:00 am at his Mount Vernon estate begins the festivities.
employees of Gen. and Mrs. Washington who will help bring history to life. John Carlyle, a stable hand, Washington’s master of hounds and ladies will share stories and reminiscences.
* The Duncan Library will host a birthday party for patrons aged 6 to 12 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Besides ice cream and cake, there will be reenactors in 18th century attire representing friends and
* At 7:30 pm, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will host a lecture on “Washington as America’s Foremost Entrepreneur.” Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association,
will chronicle the inspiring story of how Washington built his Mount Vernon estate into a multilayered enterprise. Tickets are $12 per person. Last, on Saturday, February 25, there will be a series of events at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, including a free symposium beginning at 1:00 pm and, at 5:30 pm, the Annual George Washington Birthday Gala, a formal event
including presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award. Gala tickets are $125, white tie is optional. A more detailed list of events with times and locations can be found below, but for the most up-to-date information, please visit www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 829-6640.
George Washington Birthday Celebration Schedule for 2017 Visit www.washingtonbirthday.net for the most up-to-date event information, by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee. The committee maintains a 24-hour phone line that will report any change of status or the cancellation of any event (in case of inclement weather, for instance). Call the events hotline (703) 829-6640 at any time. On parade day parking is free at the parking lots adjacent to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station; from here, a FREE DASH shuttle bus will take you downtown and back from 11 am to 4pm. The free King Street Trolly service will also be in operation all day until 11 p.m. from King Street Metro Station going east and west along King Street. For DASH service to other events, call (703) 746-3274 or go to www.dashbus.com.
Alexandria Celebrates Washington’s Birthday throughout February! “Walking with Washington” Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria today that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and expand
your knowledge of Washington and Alexandria, his home town. Dates: Every Sunday in February (5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th, 2017) Ticket Price: Free! Advance reservations not required. Time: 2 p.m. (90 min tour). Location: Meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St, Alexandria 22314 (northeast corner of King and N. Fairfax Streets). The “Cherry Challenge” The “Cherry Challenge” is a competition among the finer restaurants in Alexandria. Each restaurant will develop its own cherry cocktail, appetizer, entrée, and/or dessert, in honor of our distinguished native son, of course! The competing restaurants and their entries will be listed on our website and the winners will be announced on Parade Day. Dates: January 29 through February 12, 2017. Winter Warmer Tea Enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the tavern this
winter! Choose from a variety of 18th-century desserts while you sip John Gadsby’s special blend of tea or take a cup of American Heritage Chocolate. Guest Martha Washington will catch you up on the latest Alexandria news during the tea. Date: February 5, 2017. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria. Seatings at 3:00 and 3:15 p.m. (Arrive early for the 2:15 or 2:45 p.m. FREE tour before your tea.) $35 inclusive. Reservations required. To register, wwwalexandriava. gov/shop. 18th Century Dance Classes In preparation for the Birthnight Ball, learn 18th-century English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Dates: February 2, 9, 16, 2017. Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.; phone: (703) 746-4242 To register, w w w. a l e x a n d r i av a . g ov/ GadsbysTavern. Birthnight Banquet & Ball You are invited to the
re-creation of this famous celebration of Washington’s Birthday set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18thcentury banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. Period costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged. To attend the Ball only, please arrive at 9 p.m.
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017. Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (the skirmish is at 2 p.m.). Location: Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road. Ticket Price: Free. Registration is not required. Site Contact: Fort Ward Museum; telephone (703) 838-4848.
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Ticket Price: Tiered pricing for this event. Advance reservations required. To purchase tickets, go to: www.alexandriava.gov/shop Site Contact: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, telephone (703) 746-4242. For status information go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 829-6640.
Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association Meet special guests, and enjoy a hearty breakfast with members of this historic association. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Ticket Price: $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: friendshipfireco.org. Speaker: S. E. Cupp, Columnist and Political Commentator. Location: George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Park Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army.
Parade Day! Monday February 20, 2017
Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution. Colonial military and civilians honor the soldiers of the Revolution. Time: 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Ticket Price: Free.
JAN/FEB 2017 Washington. For more information, please contact each individual site. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum 703- 746-4242. Friendship Firehouse Museum 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Friendship Firehouse Museum 703-838-3891. Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 So. Fairfax Street, Alexandria. Armed Forces Community Covenant Ceremony Join us as we honor our Nation’s Veterans, Active Military, and their families with music, games and activities for children, military vehicles, demonstrations, informational booths and displays. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ticket Price: Free. Location: Parade Reviewing Stand at Market Square (King & Royal Streets). George Washington Birthday Parade The largest parade in the USA that celebrates Washington’s Birthday - in his chosen hometown! Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Old Town Alexandria. Grand Marshal: Earl Cook, (retired) Police Chief, Alexandria Police Department. Special Guest: Olympic Silver Medal Winner, Boxer Shakur Stevenson. In case of weather cancellation, the Parade will be held on June 3, 2017. Historic Alexandria sites “Open Houses” Admission is free to these sites on Parade Day...In honor of the birthday of George
Old Presbyterian Meeting House 323 South Fairfax Street; Time: 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Old Presbyterian Meeting House (703) 549-6670. The Lyceum 201 S. Washington St.; Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact: The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum (703) 838-4994 Carlyle House 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Carlyle House Museum (703) 549-2997. Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum 105-107 S. Fairfax St.; Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, (703) 7463852. Christ Church 118 N. Washington St.: Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Christ Church, (703) 549-1450.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Wreath Laying at the Tomb of George Washington 8:00 a.m., at Mount Vernon by Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22.
“George Washington, America’s Foremost Entrepreneur” The United States was conceived in business, founded on business, and operated as a business—all because of the entrepreneurial mind of the greatest American businessman of any generation: George Washington. Using Washington’s extensive but often overlooked financial papers, Edward G. Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association, chronicles the fascinating and inspiring story of how this self-educated man built the Mount Vernon estate into a vast multilayered enterprise and prudently managed meager resources to win the war of independence. Lengel’s book, First Entrepreneur, will transform how Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal Street, Alexandria. Ticket Price: $12 per
person or $10 for Society members and volunteers. To register, www.alexandriava. gov/GadsbysTavern. Site Contact: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, (703) 746-4242.
Annual George Washington Birthday Gala Attire: Formal (White Tie Optional.) Tickets $125, reservations required. Reception at 5:30 p.m., entertainment in the Memorial Theater at 6:45 p.m., Banquet in the Memorial’s Grand Masonic Hall at 7:30 p.m. The Presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award will take place during the banquet. Tickets for the Gala are $125, and may be purchased at website, http://gwmemorial.org. For more information contact Shawn Eyer, Director of Communications, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Events organized by the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For information about the following events, please visit http://gwmemorial.org. George Washington Symposium “Washington and the Northern Virginia Frontier, 1732 to 1775” — North Lodge Room, 1:00 p.m. No cost, but please register via www.gwmemorial.org.
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Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday at His Home, Mount Vernon! Four Days of Events - Free Admission on Mondays February 15 and February 22 Presidents Day Weekend Celebration
February 18 and 19 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) George Washington’s favorite breakfast was “hoecakes swimming in butter and honey.” Join “General Washington” for a sample of hoecakes prepared by Mount Vernon staff (while supplies last) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Following the breakfast sampler, visitors can mingle with costumed characters from George Washington’s world from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. #PoseLikeThePrez and take an unforgettable photo with props in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education lobby using the iconic Lansdowne portrait of Washington as a backdrop! At 1:45 p.m. take part in Mount Vernon’s 18thcentury dancing demonstration with costumed characters on the Bowling Green! After the dancing ends, re-enactors gather with visitors to share selected stories with costumed characters at 2 p.m. Free birthday cake (while supplies last) is available to guests from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the “General.”
Wreathlaying ceremonies take place at the tomb of George Washington takes place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This event is included in admission: adults, $20; children ages 6-11, $10; and children under 5 are admitted free.
Presidents Day Celebration
FREE Admission! February 20 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Celebrate the national observance of George Washington’s birthday by visiting his home and burial site FREE of charge on this day. New this year: #PoseLikeThePrez and take an unforgettable photo with props in the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education lobby using the iconic Lansdowne portrait of Washington as a backdrop! The traditional wreathlaying ceremony at Washington’s Tomb takes place at 10 a.m. followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green at 11:15 a.m. Visitors can mingle with costumed characters from George Washington’s world
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “General Washington” is on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day. Listen to a special musical tribute for the first president from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. At 1:45 p.m. take part in Mount Vernon’s largest-ever 18th-century dancing demonstration with costumed characters on the Bowling Green! Re-enactors gather with visitors to share selected stories with “George Washington” at 2 p.m. All day guests will be encouraged to create birthday greetings for George Washington which will be on display and shared with “General Washington.” A wreathlaying at the tomb of George Washington takes place at 3 p.m.
George Washington’s 285th Birthday
FREE ADMISSION February 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Mount Vernon on George Washington’s actual birthday for special wreathlaying ceremonies throughout the day.
Vanpooling – How One Rider Got On Board! In March 2015, eleven Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees discovered how one determined mom found a way for her and her co-workers to get to work faster and cheaper (not to mention, with less stress) by using resources available to commuters in Northern Virginia. The following is Jennifer Sarchet’s account of how she got a vanpool rolling.
I was commuting 50-miles each way from Manassas, Virginia to Silver Spring, Maryland and knew there had to be a better way. Like many parents, I needed a more reliable home arrival time than the daily, unexpected times that were occurring when I was traveling alone in the DCregion. I learned about vanpooling though the FDA’s Employee Transportation Coordinator, Mr. David Manchas – he was instrumental in educating me on what vanpooling had to offer. Mr. Manchas provides information on vanpools during every monthly FDA New Employee orientation, as well as in daily FDA e-mail notices. In many ways, Mr. Manchas is the first “face” of vanpooling for those at the FDA. His help with the Transhare application, Go Card process, and FDA parking permits was instrumental in getting our vanpool started. His superb knowledge, organizational skills, and speedy responses to questions gave me a good feeling from the start, and enabled me to feel comfortable moving forward. I was particularly pleased to learn that the FDA offers special vanpool permit parking directly in front of the building!
Next steps in our vanpool journey included working with employees at Enterprise Rideshare. Ms. Michelle Landrum-Althoff provided detailed answers to our many questions. I also received support through the Dulles Area Transportation Association’s (DATA) Van Do Attitude grant, which provided riders with incentives and subsidies during a six-month trial period. This was a huge benefit for our new vanpool because it allowed us to test vanpooling with little out-of-pocket costs. In fact, the Van Do Attitude grant sealed the deal for me, and gave me the confidence I needed to move forward with coordinating the vanpool. Without the Van Do Attitude grant, our Manassas-based vanpool would likely not be functional today! By the time the six-month Van Do grant had finished, our van was not only benefiting my family, but 11 other families as well – travelling from Manassas, Virginia to Silver Spring, Maryland all week long. In addition to increased time with family, vanpooling has benefited our entire group in many other ways. We have cut costs in personal vehicle maintenance and gas, saved time using the HOV and express lanes and enjoyed a less stressful commute to work. We’ve also made a positive impact on the environment and general road congestion, since 10 more cars have been removed from the Maryland/Virginia/DC area roads!
On the Road
I feel that our vanpool was a success story for four main
reasons. First, we had a vanpool champion who was dedicated to keeping on top of issues affecting our vanpool. Second, the Enterprise Rideshare team, including Ms. Justine Karst, Ms. Cindy Bowers and Ms. Amanda St. Clair, offered continuous assistance. They provided professional, pleasant and timely help with billing, gas card and maintenance questions. Another reason this vanpool is a success story is due to the true testament of the members of the vanpool. The group shares all responsibilities, from driving, to maintenance to filling the gas tank - we are a true team and share a feeling of community that even fostered new friendships outside of work. Finally, none of this would be possible if it were not for the Van Do Attitude grant offered through DATA and funded through the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. The Van Do Attitude grant provided the extra push, in a non-obligatory way, with great incentives such as rental subsides, gas cards, toll allowances and free Wi-Fi. The entire vanpool extends our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Manchas, Enterprise and to DATA for helping make our vanpool a complete success! With sincere thanks from Vanpool 16VP-007254. Even though the Van Do Attitude grant has ended, DATA can still supply you with help – including subsidies from county governments - if you’re interested in starting a vanpool. Call Sarah McGowan at 703.817.1307 or e-mail smcgowan@datatrans. org for further information.
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Omni SmartCommute New Services for Prince William County Based Employers Wouldn’t be it nice if your employer offered perks to make your commute easier? Incentives such as flexible hours, telework options, and prime parking spots for those who rideshare are just a few of the ways that employers can simultaneously improve the commuting experience for workers, attract and retain talented staff, and help to reduce congestion on area roadways. It’s a win-win all around! In Prince William County, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is focused on helping employers find and implement such strategies. PRTC is primarily known for operating the area’s OmniRide commuter and OmniLink local bus services; however its Employer Services program– known as Omni SmartCommute–has recently taken on a larger role. Omni SmartCommute is a free service that helps employers in the Prince William County area to create and expand incentives that ideally will persuade employees to choose alternatives to driving alone. The end result: fewer vehicles on the road, more predictable commutes, reduced stress, and workers who save time and money. Omni SmartCommute is fully funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is available to help employers with: • Employee Commute Surveys– Omni SmartCommute can provide research that holds key insights into staff and their commuting behavior. The data can be used to determine employee interest in commuter benefit programs as well as which types of benefits and programs might be most beneficial to a company and its employees. Surveys can be conducted on paper or online in both English and Spanish. • Telework Programs–Creating a telework program allows staff to avoid the hassles of a daily
commute. Telework programs are often highly valued by employees and numerous studies have shown that employees who participate in a telework program are more productive.
benefit. The SmartBenefits program administered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Metro) helps employers manage their employees’ transit benefits for free!
• Emergency Preparedness–A snowstorm or natural disaster doesn’t mean that your business needs to shut down. Be prepared for an emergency, and develop a business continuity plan to keep your business open by helping employees with their commutes during a crisis. An established Telework Program is a key component to emergency preparedness.
• Carpool/Vanpool Formation – Let Omni SmartCommute help find colleagues interested in starting a carpool or vanpool. Omni SmartCommute can also tap into the ridesharing programs run by OmniMatch, Commuter Connections, and others to find commuters with similar origin and destination points looking to share rides to work.
• Transit Subsidies–Employees who take public transportation or ride in vanpools are eligible to set aside up to $255 of their salary each month for their commuting costs. Employers can also provide up to $255 per month directly to employees as a tax free
• Biking/Walking to Work– Become a bike-friendly workplace by providing staff with places to lock up their bikes and change for work. Biking is an affordable and a healthy way to get to work. Omni SmartCommute has tips and ideas for how to make businesses bike-friendly.
• Alternative Work Schedules– Whether it’s allowing employees to work more hours over fewer days or letting them choose what time they arrive and depart each day, Alternative Work Schedules are a great way to improve a commute. Alternative Work Schedules keep people off the roads during rush hour and can help them achieve a better work/life balance. • Parking Management–Overflowing parking lots are easily controlled when staff uses transit, carpools, or works from home. Omni SmartCommute can help develop strategies for maximizing parking at your workplace by offering employee incentives to not drive alone. PRTC is happy to talk with you or your employer anytime! Visit PRTCtransit.org, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (703) 580-6130.
Telework Week is Coming Soon
BY LAUREN FRAZIER It’s never too early to plan for Virginia’s 2017 Telework Week, coming again next March 6th through 10th. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and local commuter assistant agency partners are encouraging businesses across Virginia to allow qualifying employees to work from home at least one day during Telework Week. Participating individuals and businesses can visit teleworkva.org where they can pledge to telework or allow qualifying employees to telework, and be recognized as Telework Champions. Telework fits perfectly into a growing and competitive business world, offering significant advantages for employers and employees. Working from home even one day a week can provide multiple benefits that include improving employee morale, decreasing turnover, increasing the attractiveness of a company, increasing the pool of prospective employee candidates, decreasing harmful emissions in the environment, and reducing traffic. Telework Week is also an excellent time for
businesses to start pilot telework programs where they can experience these benefits first-hand. Such programs can test business resilience during the next winter Snowmageddon or summer hurricane season. Other tactics may include integrating a new telework program into your COOP plan to ensure your company’s essential work functions can be continued seamlessly. Telework!VA is a free online resource that employers can use to help start or expand a formal telework program. On the Telework!VA website, managers and employees can find tips and answers to common questions that will help make telework programs successful. Northern Virginia companies interested in implementing or expanding a telework program can also obtain free technical assistance and training through the Telework!VA program. Expert staff will provide the support needed to develop a customized telework strategy. Begin exploring your telework program options by visiting the Teleworkva.org/ nova website today.
Telework Week March 6-March 10, 2017
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From The DATA Community Reston Community Center (RCC) Seeks Volunteer Drivers for RCC Rides, a transportation program that offers reliable, personalized transportation to Reston adults 55 years and older who cannot drive. The senior adult population in Northern Virginia is growing at twice the rate of the rest of the population. At the top of the list of emerging needs for older adults is transportation. RCC Rides provides door-to-door rides to help get older adults to important engagements, ranging from RCC’s social and enrichment activities to medical appointments. There are no incomelevel requirements. Ride services are provided exclusively by volunteer drivers, free of charge, to anyone age 55 or older who resides in Reston Community Center’s Small District 5 boundaries. RCC Rides will connect local volunteer drivers with older adults and be part of the community’s caring infrastructure that allows people who can’t drive to continue to safely and independently live in their own homes and neighborhoods as they age. It is our hope that this transportation program will enhance their quality of life by providing them access to support services and social programs. It simultaneously helps the friends and families of our nondriving older neighbors by reducing
the stress of worrying about getting to essential services and Reston Community Center programs. Since launching in July 2015, this innovative program has given 1,094 rides to Reston adults 55 years and older who cannot drive. Ride destinations vary but the majority of them are in or around Reston. More than 147 riders and 43 drivers are now a part of the Reston program. RCC continues to seek drivers to help meet the rider needs in Reston. All volunteer driver applicants undergo a thorough DMV and background check paid for by NV Rides. Once volunteer drivers have been approved, they will learn how to use the easy-to-use web-based scheduling system, RideScheduler, where they will be able to freely choose the appointments that best suit their personal schedule – no minimum number of rides required. Volunteer drivers will also receive a mileage report for their annual tax filings. Interested volunteer drivers can apply immediately by going to www.restoncommunitycenter.com/ nv-rides-reston/become-a-driver. For more information about RCC Rides, please contact Ali Clements, RCC Rides Coordinator, at 703-3906198 or ali.clements@fairfaxcounty. gov, or visit www.restoncommunity center.com/RCCrides.
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New Ways to Fuel Up at Dulles International BY ROB YINGLING
A new on-airport gas station and convenience store is open at Dulles International Airport to serve the expanding needs of travelers. With 14 fueling pumps, the Sunoco station and its 8,400-square-foot APlus store has more space and amenities than the Exxon station it replaces next door. Drivers arriving from the Dulles Greenway, Route 28 or the Dulles Access Highway can easily reach the new station just off the highway next to the Economy parking lot entrance. Getting in and out will be much easier than before, thanks to 80 parking spaces onsite. The Dulles gas station has long been a popular stop for refueling taxis and rental cars. Prices will remain competitive with the surrounding market.
Customers who come inside will discover a different kind of fuel in the new food options. The Laredo Taco Company has a tasty menu that includes homemade tortillas and fresh salsa made daily. The concept originated in Texas but was only recently introduced in Virginia. A Subway sandwich shop that was the mainstay of the older store joins Laredo Taco at the new location. More seats and tables inside and outside offer customers the option to take a pause and relax before resuming their journey. The new Sunoco station is yet another way Dulles International is transforming a trip to the airport into a world-class experience.