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A Starring Role at Il Canale

March 25, 2015

American actress and film producer Jennifer Garner dined on pizza and salad at at il Canale in Georgetown on Tuesday evening (March 24).

She is married to mega-star Ben Affleck who was not in attendance but one of their children was.

Garner gained fame for her performance as a CIA officer in ABC's spy action drama series "Alias." The TV series aired for five seasons from 2001 to 2006.  For her work in that series, she won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

She had roles in "Pearl Harbor," "Catch Me If You Can," and "Dallas Buyers Club."

Garner graciously took a picture with il Canale staff,  General Manager Vittorio Rosso, hostess Rosalia Acampora, and Crystal.

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Chinatown to Georgetown to Ward 4: The Drumbeat of Inclusion

February 23, 2015

Outreach time was on the table for the Mayor’s office on Sunday as her representatives made it clear that she would be travelling not only in Chinatown where she visited Sunday but also courting Georgetowners on a regular basis.

Jeanny Ho (left), Brandon Todd (pink tie), Rita Lee, Daryl Levine (bottom left), William Chang (bottom right) & David Do (upper right) (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Jeanny Ho (left), Brandon Todd (pink tie), Rita Lee, Daryl Levine (bottom left), William Chang (bottom right) & David Do (upper right)

On the occasion of the 2015 Chinese New Year celebration, activist Jeanny Ho hosted a brunch at Ming’s restaurant.  Attendees included David Do, executive director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, and the Mayor’s Ward 2 (Georgetown, etc.) liaison John Fanning

Fanning and others in Bowser’s political network have emphasized that the Mayor would make it an ongoing policy to visit events in Georgetown to demonstrate her inclusiveness and to win over those residents. Bowser and Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans were at the Chinese celebrations on Sunday.

Georgetown was not a Bowser stronghold in the 2014 mayoralty election.

Also at the main table at Ming’s were Ward 4 candidate for City Council Brandon Todd, who Bowser has endorsed, accompanied by his key campaign staffer Daryl Levine.  Photograph shows some attendees holding up four fingers, indicating Todd's Ward 4 candidacy. Later, Todd led a contingent of supporters parading in the Year of the Sheep festivites.  

An abundance of Asian media snapped photographs for various outlets. The Ming’s brunch, which featured a banquet of Asian cuisine, was attended by dozens of VIPs in the Chinese community, including William Chang, president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and well-known business advocate Alex Chi.



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Georgetown Soccer Balls at Play in Kenya

February 19, 2015

Kids at an orphange called Flying Kites in Kenya are playing with soccer balls that came straight from Georgetown University.

With the holidays in swing and the season ending just weeks prior, the Georgetown University men’s and women’s soccer coaches were spending late December closing up shop on the 2014 season and looking ahead to 2015.  However, both staffs took a break in the action to give back to a group of young people that they had never met.

The coaches were approached by a Georgetown staff member to donate a soccer ball or two to the orphanage in Kenya. 

Flying Kites is a home, primary school and scholarship program for orphaned children in Kenya. In the foothills of Kenya's mountains, it serves as a refuge for orphaned children who have nowhere to turn. Children who have suffered the effects of abuse and homelessness are given the tools they need to thrive. In the wider community, the organization provides scholarships to critically poor families, so that fewer children end up with nowhere to turn.

Playing with soccer balls in Kenya (Photo by: Richard L. Barnes) Playing with soccer balls in Kenya

A group of volunteers was leaving the D.C. region and wanted to bring over some sporting goods for the children in the soccer-crazed country.  At the time, the children were playing soccer with a ball made of rags.

Upon hearing this, the coaches looked through their inventory and responded with overwhelming support.  The men’s team had practice balls and gladly handed them over, while the women’s team had balls which were perfect for recreational use.

In total, it was 18 soccer balls for the orphanage that previously had none.  The marketing department included Georgetown T-shirts to outfit some of the teens at Flying Kites, spreading the Georgetown message throughout the world.  On Christmas morning, the children at Flying Kites awoke to stocking stuffed, gifts and fun.   

For more information on Flying Kites and its work in Kenya, visit



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