Thursday, March 08, 2018

On the Recent DC Public School Scandals

Today DC Councilmember David Grosso put out a press release regarding the recent scandals that have plagued DC Public Schools. In the following quote from that press release, the councilmember refers to addressing the root causes of those scandals.
At this time, I believe it is best to keep the Education Committee's time and energy focused on our students—an effort that requires a deeper examination of the root causes of the scandals that have beset our education system in recent months in order to swiftly and deliberately resolve them in meaningful ways.
Let's applaud the councilmember's commitment to addressing the cause of these scandals rather than the scandals themselves. As he points out in his press release there are other investigations that will look into the scandals.

In part, scandals involving officials skirting the school lottery system result from the perception that there only a few schools within DC Public schools that will provide a quality education. And of course, the other scandal related to graduating students who did not meet graduation requirements only reinforces that perception.

All of want the best for our children. It's so sad that DC Public Schools has yet to show solid results in providing quality education in most schools. If there are a limited number of schools that are perceived to be good, most parents, who find themselves in a position to pull strings for his or her child, would also find it difficult to resist the pressure to do so. DC ultimate solution for lottery scandals is to improve the quality of education in schools throughout the city each school is attractive to families and not a select few.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Capitol Hill Bookstore is hiring

Riverby Books is advertising an opening for a  Bookstore Manager/Clerk. They say that the job boils down to:

  • Long hours
  • Low pay
  • No hope for advancement
  • No benefits

Still interested? Learn more at the store's website.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Price Rite is Hiring

PriceRite, the discount grocery store located at 3104 Queens Chapel Road Hyattsville, MD 20782, is hiring per this poster that's up now in their store.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Who's Hiring in Maryland: Aldi

Aldi is still hiring. The grocery store is holding another hiring event on January 18 in Lanham. It's 8 am to 8 pm at 9343 Annapolis Road.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Who's Hiring in DC: Dick's Sporting Goods

Dick's Sporting Goods Store at 2470 Market Street NE (The Shops at Dakota Crossing) has the above now hiring sign posted. Apply online at As of the time of this post, the store's website says they're looking a sales associate for the golf department at the Dakota Crossing location. Other locations have additional positions available.

  • Friday, January 12, 2018

    Who's Hiring in the DMV: Art Enables

    Art Enables creates opportunities for adult artists with disabilities. The DC based organization is hiring for a Development and Communications Manager. According to the job listing, this is a new role at Art Enables in which they're looking for someone who can provide both structure and imagination to their development and communications efforts. Learn more.

    Thursday, January 11, 2018

    2018 is the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass' Birth

    2018 marks two hundred years since the birth of famed author, orator, abolitionist, and statesman Frederick Douglass in February 1818. The National Park Service is celebrating the occasion with a party on February 17th and 18th from 10 am to 4 pm at Douglass' home in Anacostia.
    Picture of Frederick Douglass
    Picture of Frederick Douglass
    by redbook

    *This site is not affiliated with the National Park Service. Purchases made from this site do not benefit NPS.

    Saturday, December 16, 2017

    Who's Hiring in the DMV: Aldi

    Aldi, the discount grocery chain, is hosting a hiring fair on Wednesday December 20 at 7 am in Beltsville. See the details on the poster below.

    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    For Maryland Parents: Ideas for What to Do With the Kids for the Last Days of Summer

    Here in DC our kids went back to school on August 21. For those parents of Maryland students who be going back to school until September 5 or later, here are some ideas on what to do with the kids for these last days of summer.

    1. Visit an off the beaten path museum.
    Learn about aviation without the crowds at the College Park Aviation Museum. It's open daily.
    For a weekend activity, admission to the National Capital Trolley Museum includes unlimited streetcar rides.

    2. Play at a new playground.
    The huge playground at Cabin John Regional Park has the added benefit of being in the shade of the park's many trees.
    Check out the Wizard of Oz themed playground at Watkins Park,

    Starting Another Business - Day One

    My plan was to start a new business when the kids went back to school. I'm chronicling this new business on my blog as a bit of accountability for myself. As a little bit of backstory, I've had a couple of online shops for a number of years. The oldest one is focused on Washington DC themed apparel and gift items but over the years I've added a lot of other topics. My other shop is similar to the first but it's on a different company's platform. This year I opens two new, niche stores online. For My Home is a home decor shop while Ready to Wed sells wedding stationery and bridal party gifts. Ok, enough backstory. Getting back to my new endeavor. My plan was to start a resell business the week my kids went back to school. I am having trouble deciding what to sell. My advisers have wanted me to go into selling furniture. This is a good idea, however, there are some barriers. I am a small person who drives a small car. Until I figure out how to overcome those obstacles, I wanted to deal with something smaller like books and dvds. Yesterday I set out buy books to resell. Immediately I ran into another obstacle. My app to scan books for value prior to purchase wasn't working properly. I scanned several books but each time the app gave me an error message instead of a value. I've used the app before so I don't know what went wrong yesterday. Day 1 Purchases $0 Sells $0 Lesson learned: Have a back-up plan.