College Bound Executive Director to Host 2020 SWNA Scholarship Ceremony

By Vyllorya Evans  When planning their 46th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony live stream event, “Supporting Education, Building Community,” SWNA’s Education and Scholarship Task Force (ESTF) welcomed the opportunity to have Kenneth Ward, Executive Director of College Bound, as host. Mr. Ward is a long time Southwest resident, life-long educator, and youth advocate. His accomplishments and […]

Councilmember Allen Sponsors Emergency Police Reform Bill

By Southwester Staff The Thirty-First Legislative Meeting of the District of Columbia Council began with a moment of silence. Chairman Phil Mendelson asked Councilmembers to reflect on “deeply-rooted attitudes, often unconscious attitudes, within ourselves, that allow racism to persist in our society.” Thus began hours of debate over an omnibus emergency bill proposing policing reforms. […]

Delayed D.C. Sports Betting Launch May Affect SW Businesses

By Southwester Staff  The DC Lottery has pushed back the launch of on-site sports betting in retail locations to summer 2021. In a June 3 budget hearing, DC Lottery Executive Director Beth Bresnahan said the pandemic “has prevented field technicians” from visiting stores to upgrade equipment and delayed shipments of necessary equipment from overseas. Previously, […]

Local Businesses Expand Services During Phase Two

As strict social distancing measures are eased, many local businesses and their employees continue to feel the economic strain. During this unprecedented time, most businesses and restaurants are still offering limited services, but with the lifting of some restrictions, others have gone back to regular working hours or have opened for dine-in services. All restaurants […]