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May
22
Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade at NoMa Summer Screen
MAY
29
Star Trek at NoMa Summer Screen
MAY
30
Rhythm in NoMa Evening Concert
JUNE
9
Israel@65 Festival at Union Market
JUNE
29
Dishcrawl DC: A Taste of H Street
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NoMa Summer Screen Kicks-Off Tonight
 
Film-goers: Summer has arrived! Don’t miss the debut of NoMa Summer Screen tonight, Wednesday, May 22 for a screening of Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade. This week kicks off 13 weeks of OUTLAW HERO films! Popped! Republic, Red Hook Lobster Truck, The Big Cheese, and Orange Cow food trucks will be parked on-site today to serve up some culinary delights. Or, pack a cooler and picnic on a blanket with your friends, family, and neighbors. Now in its sixth year, this award-winning outdoor film series will feature classic American westerns, space invasion thrillers, ‘80s comedies, and more.
 
NoMa Summer Screen is a free, outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, D.C.’s fastest growing neighborhood. Every Wednesday from May 22 to August 21, hundreds of neighbors will gather at the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE, hosted by Toll Brothers Apartment Living starting at 7 p.m. for music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking, and fun for the whole family. Films start at dark. All movies are screened with subtitles. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. If you are a music aficionado interested in DJ-ing at NoMa Summer Screen before the start of the movie, please email Ali Newman, Marketing & Events Associate, at anewman@nomabid.org with your top 10 song choices. Selected DJs will create a sixty-minute playlist in exchange for some sweet NoMa swag and a special shout-out before the movie.  
 
Outlaw Heroes Lineup:
* May 22: Indiana Jones: Last Crusade
* May 29: Star Trek (The Future Begins, 2009)
* June 5: The Princess Bride
* June 12: The Italian Job (2003)
* June 19: Goonies
* June 26: Breakfast Club
* July 3: The Fugitive
* July 10: Bridesmaids
* July 17: Moonrise Kingdom
* July 24: True Grit
* July 31: Hunger Games
* August 7: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
* August 14: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
* August 21: Tentative Rain Date
 
Visit http://www.nomasummerscreen.com/ for a full synopsis of the movies. Bring a blanket, Frisbee, or picnic cooler and connect with friends and neighbors as you enjoy great films under the stars. Follow us on Twitter @NoMaBID and like us on Facebook for weather updates, surprise giveaways, weekly activities, and information on food vendors.
The NoMa Business Improvement District organizes and manages more than 50 free events a year; for a full calendar, including a new Google calendar, visit www.nomabid.org/events.
Construction Update: First Street One-Way After May 28
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin the reconstruction of First Street, NE from G Street to New York Avenue on Tuesday, May 28. Weather permitting, construction will be completed within nine months. Construction will take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During construction, First Street, NE will be a one-way street traveling southbound, and curbside parking will not be available.
 
The First Street reconstruction project will result in improved roadway pavement, storm drains, streetlights, traffic signals, upgraded sidewalk and pedestrian ramps, and the installation of granite curbs, brick gutters, a cycle track, sodding, landscaping, and water and sewer lines in the section of First Street under construction.
 
“First Street will be fabulous when the project is completed, and we are excited about the great new green spaces and cycling amenities that are included,” said NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper. “However, we know that getting around the neighborhood will be a challenge during the construction period and we are asking everyone to be their most patient selves for a little while.”
 
DDOT will soon offer a website that provides updates and a subscription to a listserv for daily notices. NoMa BID staff will promote this web site when it is available, and will also give regular project updates on our bimonthly newsletter (sign up at www.nomabid.org) and on Facebook and Twitter.
President Obama Nominates Public Printer
This month, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Davita Vance-Cooks as the Public Printer at the Government Printing Office. Ms. Vance-Cooks has been Deputy Public Printer since December 2011, and has served in a number of other roles at GPO since 2004. Prior to joining GPO, she worked at HTH Worldwide Insurance Services, at Digital Insurance and with NYLCare Health Plans of the MidAtlantic, which was purchased by Aetna during her tenure. Ms. Vance-Cooks received her B.S. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
 
Ms. Vance-Cooks has been an active community partner for the NoMa neighborhood, and we wish her congratulations for this great honor! “Ms. Vance-Cooks has been a good and thoughtful partner in NoMa,” said NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper. “We are delighted by her nomination.”
 
The GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. For more than 150 years, the GPO has been responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. Visit www.gpo.gov.
Ayers Saint Gross Designs Eco-Friendly Office in NoMa
Ayers St. Gross, a leading international architectural, planning, and design firm in D.C. recently opened a new office space in NoMa at 1100 First Street, NE. The firm designed the striking 8,344 SF loft and received a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. As the lead consultant for the Sustainable DC Plan, an initiative to make Washington the healthiest, greenest, most livable city in the U.S. in the next 20 years, their decision to build a top of the line, energy-efficient office was a conscious and conscientious decision. Ayers St. Gross views its new NoMa office as a symbol of the firm’s continuing growth and commitment to environmental sustainability.
 
The firm’s new office houses 26 people, the open floor plan allows for 50 percent more staff than the firm’s previous office in Chinatown. Ayers St. Gross has been named one of the top 50 American architecture firms by Architect magazine for the second consecutive year. NoMa welcomes Ayers Saint Gross to the neighborhood, and is thrilled to have a leader in urban, sustainable architecture in the area.
Gallaudet University Celebrates 144th Commencement
Last week, Gallaudet University celebrated its 144th Commencement, bestowing 216 undergraduate and 178 graduate degrees at the University’s Field House. Chartered in 1864, Gallaudet University is the world's only liberal arts university in which all programs and services are designed for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The commencement address was given by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who also received the honorary degree Doctor of Laws. Prior to becoming the Secretary of Transportation in 2009, LaHood served for 14 years as a U.S. Representative from Illinois. During that time, LaHood was a member of the Gallaudet Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2009.

LaHood reflected fondly on his time with the Board of Trustees and the opportunities it gave him to interact with students, especially those from his home state. He mentioned several Gallaudet alumni who now work for the Department of Transportation. LaHood's speech was a call to action to the Class of 2013 to be bold, courageous, and determined. Congratulations to the Gallaudet alumni!
Israel@65 Festival Comes to Union Market
On Sunday, June 9, from noon to 5 pm, Israel@65: A Food, Wine & Music Festival, arrives at Union Market. This free festival will provide thousands of community members the opportunity to celebrate Israel! This event features an Israeli artisan and vendor market, an Israeli beer and wine garden, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, and a wide variety of Jewish food. Lots of live entertainment including: Mosh Ben Ari, Mook E, Moshav, The Mama Doni Band, The Macaroons and Orthobox. There will be a Family Zone with arts and crafts, games, face painting, an “archeological dig” and a Book Nook. For the full entertainment schedule of live music please click here.

Register today at www.shalomdc.org/israelat65 and you could win a trip to Israel on Federation’s Israel Your Way Mission November 4-13.   
Discounts and Promotions for DC Interns
 InternsROCK! a city-wide intern appreciation week organized by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) will take place June 7-16, 2013. 20,000 Interns are eligible for special discounts and promotions during this week at area restaurants, retail outlets and events when they present an InternsROCK! key tag. Last year the third annual InternsROCK! was an overwhelming success with 2,500 students and 60 local businesses participating.

All individuals interning in the greater Washington, DC area are eligible to participate. Visit www.internsrockdc.com to register. The key tags will be available for pick-up from June 3 - 7th at The Washington Center's Headquarters (1333 16th Street NW) and The Washington Center's Residential Academic Facility (1005 3rd Street NE) from 9:30 am - 7 p.m. InternsROCK! is also still seeking the support and participation of local businesses. To be added to the vendor list, visit www.internsrockdc.com  and register online.
Quarterly Hospitality Ambassador Award Recipient
Sam Rosales is the recipient of the Quarterly Ambassador Award for the First Quarter 2013. Sam joined the team in February 2012 as a Part-time Hospitality Ambassador and then got promoted to Full-time Hospitality Ambassador in June 2012. He won this award, in part, for volunteering to direct and produce a video on the life story of the NoMa BID’s first Hospitality Ambassador, Ibrahim Turayson, who has since retired and moved back to his home country of Sierra Leone. Sam also can be seen patrolling the area around Union Center Plaza and happily assisting the many visitors and office workers in that part of the BID. Sam is an avid musician and plays the drum and guitar for his church band in Cheverly, Maryland.
Metropolitan Branch Trail 5K and Bike To Work Day: Smashing Success
The Third Annual Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT) 5K Run/Walk was Saturday, May 11 on the off-road, paved portion of the MBT in Northeast D.C. More than 400 runners registered, and the race-organizers waived the registration fee for the first 150 youths under 18 years of age to sign up. The MBT 5K’s mission is to promote exercise and healthy activity for all ages and to build a sense of community engagement between the neighborhoods connected to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the trail itself. Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and Muriel Bowser both came out to run the race, as well as Dc Parks and Recreation Director Jesus Aguirre, DDOT Bicycle Program Specialist/Trail Planner Heather Doitch, NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper, and countless children, community members, and dogs. This race resonated as a community building event. Click here to view pictures from the race.
 
14,600 bikers registered for Bike to Work Day in the D.C. Metro Area, and were out in full force on May 17 to support their health, the environment, and enjoy the sunny day. Congratulations to all who participated, and a special thank you to the 350 people who registered for the NoMa Pit Stop, which the NoMa BID proudly sponsored. Click here to see pictures from the NoMa Pit Stop, including live bicycle artwork by Rajan, the gurus from BicycleSpace, WABA, Gearin’ Up Bicycles, People for Bikes, and Commuter Connections in action.
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