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November 4, 2014 / Rebekah Seder, Editor

Election Day edition

PSA | In case you are returning from a very extended vacation, today is Election Day! Here are tools to find your polling place in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. Polls close at 7pm in Virginia, and 8pm in D.C. and Maryland.

NONPROFITS | The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights how many nonprofit organizations are using the art of storytelling to more effectively engage supporters, raise awareness for their causes, and make the case for support. The article highlights the Meyer Foundation‘s recent report with Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication, “Stories Worth Telling: a Guide to Strategic and Sustainable Nonprofit Storytelling.” (Chronicle, 11/3 – subscribers only)

Related: Earlier this year, Meyer’s Rick Moyers wrote for the Daily about why the foundation is focusing on improving their grantees’ storytelling skills. (Daily, 4/22)

WORKFORCE | Arlington has joined other jurisdictions around the region, including Alexandria, D.C., and Montgomery County, in banning questions about criminal convictions on applications for county jobs (WaPo, 11/3):

The decision, which does not require County Board approval, is intended to help ex-offenders seeking jobs, said Marcy Foster, the county’s human resources director. Finding employment after serving a sentence is considered a key to avoiding recidivism.

“We thought it was the right thing to do, the fair thing to do,” she said.

EDUCATION | D.C. schools chancellor Kaya Henderson has released the plan to implement revised school boundaries and other school policy changes – a plan that could end up being paused or modified by the next mayoral administration. (WaPo, 11/3)

AFFORDABLE HOUSING | City Says Controversial Anacostia Development May Move Forward (CP, 11/3)

BUDGETS | Metro: Stagnant rail revenue next year means local governments will have to pay more (WaPo, 11/3)

ARTS | Silver Spring arts center-library deal remains on hold (Gazette, 11/3)

Here’s what to do if a bear wanders into your backyard. Hey, you never know when this could come in handy!

– Rebekah

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