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New District measure requires six-months of mediation before foreclosure.

The District Council recently passed a measure that requires that mortgage lenders work with homeowners for six months through mediation before they will be able to foreclose on a home in the District. Mediation allows the borrower and the lender to negotiate with the guidance of a neutral third party possible alternatives to foreclosure.

What this means for struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to work with their lender and possibly save their homes from the auction block. This is especially helpful in the District since there isn't a requirement that courts review foreclosure cases. In the District alone, there are more than 3,000 homes in the foreclosure process.

Sara Candela to Perform and Discuss Flamenco

This community event was sent to us by Irene Coray:

This Thursday, November 18th at 8:00 p.m. Sara Candela,  leader of D.C.'s intimate tablao performance will perform and tell the story of flamenco dance and music, as well as its convergence of African, Eastern and European cultures. 

It will take place at KULTURAs books in Tenleytown, located at 4918 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.

Seating for this event will be limited.  For more information or to make reservations please call Irene Coray at 202-361-1493.   

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French Deer

Last weekend, two deer tried to move in with the French ambassador. The animals wandered on to the ambassador’s property in Northwest, DC and refused to leave. Several Animal Control Officers were called to help relocate the two deer back to Rock Creek Park where they originally came from. The ambassador's home, while very nice, was not deer friendly.  The property was too small, there was not enough grass or leaves for the deer to eat, and if they tried to jump the tall fence they could get hurt.

It took the ACOs nearly five hours to safely sedate both deer and transport them back to Rock Creek Park. Once back home, the animals were woken up and released back into the woods.

The deer may not have understood what we were trying to do for them, but they are now safe. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at the French Ambassador’s home for assisting us in this rescue.

Cheh Introduces Two Environmental Protection Measures at Legislative Meeting

This story comes to us from the D.C. City Council:

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh of Ward 3 introduced two environmental protection measures at a legislative meeting yesterday, Tuesday, November 9.

The first bill, the Brownfields Revitalization Amendment Act, provides the District Department of the Environment with the necessary authority to compel polluters to pay for the cleanup of hazardous waste contaminations. It would also allow the District to help ensure that certain sites—including some along the Anacostia River—are not included in the National Priorities List, which can substantially delay attempts to redevelop and revitalize the sites.

Free Fashion Show at Mazza Gallerie

This story comes to us from Marion C. Myers:

Mazza Gallerie is presenting a free fashion show with a focus on holiday style on Saturday, November 13 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Professional models will be showing the glitz and glamour that Mazza Gallerie retailers have in stock for this season of festive socializing.

This event also offers the opportunity for fans to meet Aly, “MIX Fashionista” of the MIX 107.3 Morning Show, who is M.C. for the fashion show.

The halls of Mazza Gallerie will be thumping with DJ music as the models glide up the escalator to the stage in front of the second floor entrance of Neiman Marcus.

Documentary "The Way We Get By" To Be Screened at American University

The documentary "The Way We Get By" will be screening at American University on November 11 in the Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor Mary Graydon Center at 5:30 p.m.. 

What's it about?  The documentary's website has this to say:

"The SXSW Special Jury Award winning "The Way We Get By" is a deeply moving film about life and how to live it. Beginning as a seemingly idiosyncratic story about troop greeters - a group of senior citizens who gather daily at a small airport to thank American soldiers departing and returning from Iraq, the film quickly turns into a moving, unsettling and compassionate story about aging, loneliness, war and mortality."

Check out the preview here...definitely looks like something worth watching.