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The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

The Y Spreads Holiday Cheer Around the Metro Area

During the month of December, the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington’s volunteers and staff were able to spread holiday cheer all around the area.  Here’s a quick recap of 2 instances where our association was able to strengthen our connection to the community:

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

DC Bartender wins National Model Search

 

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

What Sport Makes The Best Movies?

A recent preview of the new Marky Mark film The Fighter provoked a discussion among many of my friends that generated the question, "What is the best kind of sports film?" Many people have ranked sports movies over the years, and have done so in various ways: some by the individual sport, some lump all sports together, and some by sports movies starring Kevin Costner. I am a fan of both sports and movies and am therefore, by the transitive property, a fan of sport movies. To paraphrase Crash Davis:

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

Heather Swann is crowned MISS DC USA

When  Miss DC USA pageant director, Althea Smith asked me to be the last female judge for the Miss DC competition, I was ecstatic and of course said "YES".  I hadn't ever done anything like this before and the experience was a ton of fun.  The most suprising part of the competition was how much love and support the girls gave each other. Even though it was a competition, the sisterhood they belong to makes it more like a family than a contest.
 

Madame Tussauds To Debut Wax Figure Honoring Iconic Metro-Area Entrepeneur

This story came to us from Gladwyn Lopez:

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C. announced yesterday that the world will finally get to “meet” Jerry, the iconic and mysterious owner of Jerry’s Subs & Pizza, as the attraction will debut a wax figure in honor of the popular metropolitan area entrepreneur on Tuesday, December 7.  To date, the reclusive owner has only been heard in popular radio spots, but never seen—making the wax figure tribute a truly unique experience.

D.C. Area Wounded Soldiers, Spouses Receive Full-Ride College Scholarships

Last night, November 17, at Carmine's Restaurant, nine D.C. area wounded soldiers and their spouses received full-ride college scholarships to Colorado Technical University, an opportunity that will hopefully help them transition from their military lives into the civilian world.

Hundreds of military men, women and spouses applied, but only 25 soldiers and 25 civilians were selected nationwide. The recipients were chosen by Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs and Iraqi war veteran, and Marie Tillman, widow of Arizona Cardinals player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman.

One of the recipients was Dawn Calin.  Calin, who is featured in the video above, is a military wife whose husband survived two attacks, one involving an IED which ruptured his ear drums leaving him with hearing loss and chronic inner ear infections.

Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development Shares His Top 5 D.C. Spots

Check out the list and story below provided by Cultural Tourism DC and sent to us by Alexandra Ludmer.  Cultural Tourism DC asked Douglas Jemal of Douglas Development to share his top five favorite places or events in DC that he believes make the city unique.