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River Trips For Students

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Park Service is taking 400 District of Columbia students on canoe trips along the Anacostia River this week to learn about the area watershed.

Between Saturday and Thursday, about 80 students each day will paddle the river in five handmade canoes. It's part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to promote active, healthy lifestyles.

Park Rangers will guide the river excursions with staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Anacostia Watershed Society. The students will work on service projects to remove trash and other objects from the river.

The Park Service also is planning ways to continue the program in Washington and expand to other cities.







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DC Area's Film Scene: "Underground Hollywood"

In 1998, Eduardo Sanchez and Neal Fredericks, two Montgomery County Community College alums, shot a film in the woods of Maryland called “The Blair Witch Project.” It went on to gross nearly $250 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. “The Blair Witch Project” was a perfect storm of a clever idea and a shrewd marketing campaign that capitalized on the budding new medium of the internet. It's a good possibility that you've heard this story before.

It's an equally good possibility that you haven't heard of the army of filmmakers in the D.C. area that has been growing in the decade since “The Blair Witch Project” captured the country's imagination. I should know. I'm one of them.

French Deer

Last weekend, two deer tried to move in with the French ambassador. The animals wandered on to the ambassador’s property in Northwest, DC and refused to leave. Several Animal Control Officers were called to help relocate the two deer back to Rock Creek Park where they originally came from. The ambassador's home, while very nice, was not deer friendly.  The property was too small, there was not enough grass or leaves for the deer to eat, and if they tried to jump the tall fence they could get hurt.

It took the ACOs nearly five hours to safely sedate both deer and transport them back to Rock Creek Park. Once back home, the animals were woken up and released back into the woods.

The deer may not have understood what we were trying to do for them, but they are now safe. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at the French Ambassador’s home for assisting us in this rescue.

Holiday Traffic Plans Throughout Downtown Today For Veterans Day

The Federal and District governments is closed today in observance of Veterans Day.  As such all holiday and weekend traffic patterns will be in effect.  This includes weekend and holiday traffic patterns on 16th Street NW, Connecticut Avenue NW, Canal Road NW, and Independence Avenue on Capitol Hill.  Also, according to the National Park Service (NPS), Rock Creek Parkway and Beech Drive will also observe holiday/weekend traffic patterns.

In addition, NPS announced Henry Bacon Drive between 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue will be closed due to scheduled ceremonies at the US Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

Metro has also announced its special Metrobus service schedule will be in effect.  Information is available on their website at www.metroopensdoors.com.

Documentary About Southeast Psychiatric Facility Selected to be Shown in Rosebud Film Festival

This story comes to us from Nancy Tarr:

Award-winning first-time filmmaker Deborah J. Schull’s  Lens & Pens: Art in an Unexpected Place is one of 20 films nominated to showcase in the Rosebud Film and Video Festival. The film will be shown at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, November 13thth, five of the nominated films will be selected to receive $1,000 at Rosebud’s gala Awards Ceremony at the Clarendon Ballroom. at the Dome Theater at Artisphere (Arlington County’s new cultural center). All 20 nominated films will be screened at this special one-day event.  On November 14

Cheh Introduces Two Environmental Protection Measures at Legislative Meeting

This story comes to us from the D.C. City Council:

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh of Ward 3 introduced two environmental protection measures at a legislative meeting yesterday, Tuesday, November 9.

The first bill, the Brownfields Revitalization Amendment Act, provides the District Department of the Environment with the necessary authority to compel polluters to pay for the cleanup of hazardous waste contaminations. It would also allow the District to help ensure that certain sites—including some along the Anacostia River—are not included in the National Priorities List, which can substantially delay attempts to redevelop and revitalize the sites.