District Digest Week of 4/24/19


NIHF Higgins Boat. Image provided courtesy.

D-Day Boat docks in the District

Used to make the D-Day beach landings during World War II, a fully restored Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) will be installed outside of the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Museum as part of an exhibit commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June.

Critical to the success of the war, President Dwight D. Eisenhower once called the landing craft’s inventor, 2019 NIHF Inductee Andrew Higgins, “The Man Who Won the War.’


MPD joins DEA effort to surrender unused drugs to law enforcement

The Metropolitan Police Department will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency to participate in the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is to provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender dispensed pharmaceuticals and medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

Individuals may surrender any pharmaceuticals or medications on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at all District police stations.


Free Lyft Rides for Cinco de Mayo drinkers

Free Cinco de Mayo Lyft rides will be offered to deter impaired driving throughout the District of Columbia for Cinco de Mayo.

Offered by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP), the 2019 Cinco de Mayo SoberRide® program will be in operation beginning at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) and continue until 4:00 am on Monday, May 6th, 2019 as a way to keep local roads safe from impaired drivers during this traditionally high-risk holiday.

During this twelve-hour period, area residents age 21 and older celebrating with alcohol may download Lyft to their phones, then enter a SoberRide® code in the app’s “Promo” section to receive their no cost (up to $15) safe transportation home. WRAP’s Cinco de Mayo SoberRide® promo code will be posted at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 5th on www.SoberRide.com.


Washington Monument opening delayed until August

While the modernization of the monument’s elevator is substantially complete, with just final testing and certification of the safety systems remaining, completion of the new security screening building for the Washington Monument has been delayed for mitigation of possibly contaminated soil in the construction area. The potentially contaminated soil is below the ground surface and poses no risk to public health.

Due to the necessary mitigation efforts, the reopening of the Washington Monument is now expected to take place in August. A specific date will be announced as the work progresses. 

The Washington Monument has been closed since August 2016 in order to both construct the new visitor screening facility and modernize the elevator that takes visitors to the 500 foot observation level.