Posts Tagged ‘washington’


backpacks for kids

I would love to meet you! Come to the Kingstowne branch of Apple Federal Credit Union (6831 Sir Viceroy Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315) on Wednesday, August 26 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. to drop off backpacks and supplies for kids who need them!

Here’s how to help!

Donate money online here.
Send a check made out to Backpacks 4 Kids to:
Backpacks 4 Kids
NBC4 Washington
4001 Nebraska Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

School supplies needed per backpack:
Two packs of loose-leaf notebook paper
Two dozen #2 pencils
Two packages of cap erasers
Three spiral composition books
One yellow highlighter
Eight plain folders with pockets and brads or loose leaf binder with dividers
One package of 24 crayons and/or one package of colored pencils
Small pencil or supply box or zippered supply pouch
Two composition books
Paper glue
Box of Kleenex
Two packs of copy (white) paper
12-inch ruler

Etsy bans Redskins name but you can still get…

In the Etsy blog the marketplace that has more than 22 million members banned the use of the Redskins name and logo for items to be sold. Team colors are still ok.I did  a search and still was able to find quite a few things for sale with the name. Etsy says they’re emailing users to tell them to take down the items.

The company wrote: “In no uncertain terms, Native American groups have consistently advocated and litigated that the term “redskin(s)” is disparaging and damaging to Native Americans. Therefore, it will no longer be permitted in our marketplace.”

A marketplace that sold more than a billion dollars in just the last year. Many of those purchases made the way I like to do it— through mobile.

As you can imagine this story is getting quite the reaction online. One of my twitter followers asks:
@OhMyGOFF Did they also ban “Indians”, “Chiefs”, “Blackhawks”, “Braves” & “The Chop”? (Not that you can ‘chop’ in a piece of cheap jewelry) — Edward Shipley (@ems74) September 10, 2014

Edward.. doesn’t it appear they have. No ban on “Indians” products or perhaps other things that may offend or raise a brow. Stuff from like the KKK. You can even get a 10 pack of Ted Bundy Stickers and a knitted childbirth doll you will thank me later for not posting.


On Instagram @jmshultzie points out… It’s a business decision either way.
That is true and Etsy has every right to make that call. Good or bad one? Only buyers and sellers can tell.

My kiddos in Gamecock gear I just got from Etsy.

Great place to visit Santa

If you haven’t gone down to the Ellipse to see the National Tree.. here’s more reason to visit. There’s a cute little Santa Workshop where you can see where Santa makes his toys and then get to talk to the jolly old man himself! What’s great is that you can take your own pictures… and it’s absolutely free. I love the set up and the Santa was so sweet and really took time with the children. Parking can be tough.. but we went on a Thursday.. got there around 4:30pm and found plenty of parking along 17th Street. If you want to make a night of it… check the Williard Hotel to see if they have hot chocolate and caroling going on inside too! I love the holiday season in Washington!




My friend Kerry capturing her little Declan



If your kids are a fan of toy trucks and trains– the foot of the tree is encircled with them! It was a hit!




Junior League celebrates 100 years!

For a century the Junior League of Washington has been giving back to the community. They recently celebrated the last 100 years with their Centennial Fête. The black tie gala drew hundreds including DC Mayor Vincent Gray and the United Way’s Bill Hanbury. Held at the gorgeous National Building Museum it was a night of fun and continuous service to the community. The ladies are donating 100,000 books to children in need in the area over the course of the Centennial year. Simply amazing!

Honored to emcee.. here with Michael and Cheryl Heller

JLW’s President Wendy Cumberland and Mayor Vince Gray

Do you see Discovery

It’s perhaps the best game of piggy back you’ll ever see. The space shuttle Discovery atop a jumbo jet headed to my neighboring Udvar-Hazy Center out this way by the Dulles Airport. What a spectacular sight…the last trip for the shuttle from Kennedy Space Center. It is really history passing by in our skies. Send your pictures to or via Instagram with hastag #dcgram. #spottheshuttle

@apacheman wrote: Glad I got to see #Discovery fly one last time. I got a few decent shots this morning.

As always NBC’s @NewmediaJim get’s a great seat. Here’s a view from ground control

News4’s Megan McGrath with anxious spectators…she tweets: People tailgate in Sterling VA while waiting for the shuttle Discovery to fly by

I loved this tweet from @Taylofquist: Wow… #spottheshuttle, #Discovery, and Udvar-Hazy trending above taxes? It’s gonna be a good day, everyone!

Potty paranoia

If you follow me on twitter you notice I put a rather disturbing story up that almost everyone can relate to. Coffee drinker or not you have likely stepped foot into a Starbucks. Well now a lawsuit has surfaced where a man alleges the Starbucks on 7th and Pennsylvania (one I visit often!) had a spy camera pointed at the toilet. He claims his daughter spotted it, he noticed it was on and called the manager and eventually the police came.

MORE: Suit Alleges Spy Cam at Starbucks

True or not… that’s yet to be determined but it makes me think about how easy this would be to do. With the tiny lipstick cameras available to anyone these days this is a big possibility virtually anywhere.

Anyone else out there feeling a little potty paranoia this morning?


Sundays can be fun days. Check out our breakfast potluck at NBC4 this morning. There’s nothing better to get you going early on a weekend morning then some egg sausage casserole and cinnamon rolls. Enjoy the rest of your weekend everybody!

Elaine Reyes and John Schriffen show how they roll

Charlitta’s winning casserole

Getting gub with John and producer Andy

We remember

Thinking of all the victims, their families, their friends, their children on this 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  I don’t normally let my baby watch TV. But that’s not the case today.

For Live Anniversary coverage visit NBC Washington

Fashion’s Night Out

Pounding Rain, 2 and half hours sitting in traffic.. nothing could keep me away from Fashion’s Night Out. I joined good girlfriends to toast FNO Georgetown at the VIP reception held at L2. From their we made our rounds to Dean & Deluca, Nectar Skin Bar, Intermix  and more. We enjoyed Citronelle’s fashion show and great wining and dining at Peacock Cafe’ after hours.  Check out more pictures from DC’s most fashionable night!

Oh and of course you know who had to partake in FNO! Check out her new boots.

Rap Battle this Saturday

The Nation’s Football Classic between Howard University and Morehouse College is Saturday Sept 10th at RFK. We’re hearing the DC hotels are sold out for the classic matchup. It’sgetting a ton of buzz on facebook and twitter as notable and celebrity alum are slated to attend. Something new this year is hosting The Root Rap Battle.

The Root Nation’s Football Classic Rap Battle
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2011
Time: 12:00-12:45pm
Location: AT&T Soundstage at RFK Stadium
Total Participants: 8 (4 from Howard and 4 from Morehouse)
Runtime: 45 minutes
Guest Hosts: Celebrity Fonzworth Bentley and WKYS Angie Ange
Confirmed Emcees: Fuze the MC (others being confirmed)

Format of the battle:
Four (4) emcees from Howard will battle four (4) emcees from Morehouse. At the end of each round the crowd will vote via text messages to choose a winner. After the first round, the top 6 (3 from Howard and 3 from Morehouse) will advance to the second round. After that round, the crowd will vote and the top 4 (2 from Morehouse and 2 from Howard), and so on and so forth until we have the most popular emcee from Howard battle the most popular emcee from Morehouse. Each emcee will get 60 seconds in each round to perform with the winner receiving a grand prize.

The Root is the leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective. Founded in 2008 under the leadership of Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, The Root offers a unique take on breaking news, provides solid analysis and presents dynamic multimedia content. The Root raises the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engages anyone interested in black culture around the world. The Root is owned by the Washington Post Company.

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