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Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Boffi-Maxalto create Albero di Natale, Italian for Christmas tree, at this year’s Georgetown Jingle

Julia Walter of Boffi and Brian Fell of Maxalto designed an Italian-themed tree that includes a Tuscany Villa getaway and gift certificates from local Italian restaurants and beauty salon.

Spectacular holiday trees and décor are now on display in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel in anticipation of the 8th Annual Georgetown Jingle held this Sunday, December 15th. The event benefits pediatric programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Zoo celebrates International Cheetah Day

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating International Cheetah Day! 

Ten genetically valuable cheetah cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in November.

On November 12, first-time mother Miti gave birth to a litter of seven cubs. Six of her cubs, five female and one male, survived.

On November 26,  experienced mother Ally gave birth to a litter of four cubs. Animal care staff say they have not fully examined Ally's cubs yet.

Both litters are said to be doing well. The Zoo staff is watching the cheetah mothers bond with their cubs via closed-circuit webcams in their enclosures. 

82-year-old man missing from DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police are looking for a missing 82-year-old man. Police say John Jeffers was last seen between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. Monday at 14th and Irving Street NW.

Police describe Jeffers as a black male, 5'9" tall, 115 pounds, with a goatee and gray hair. They say he was last seen wearing a green jacket with a black or brown collar, beige shirt, black sweat pants, black shoes and wearing a Redskins hat.

If you have any information on Jeffers, please call police at 202-727-9099 or 202-576-6768.

300 without power in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Pepco officials say about 300 people are without power in Columbia Heights Thursday.

According to Bob Hainey, Pepco crews are working along Park Road to solve an underground cable problem.

Crews think that they have isolated all problems and hope to have power restored to all customers within the hour, officials said.

Food & Friends delivers Thanksgiving meals to sick

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thanksgiving morning, tens of millions of Americans will be in the kitchen putting together their Thanksgiving feasts.

But for those who are too ill to prepare the holiday meal, a local organization is stepping in to help.

Food & Friends will provide complete holiday meals to people living with AIDS, HIV, cancer and other serious illnesses.

The meals, which serve four people, include a full turkey and all the fixings.

A long line of volunteers was already forming at 4:00 a.m.

What began as a small group of volunteers in 1988 with a couple hundred clients is now a huge operation serving 3,000 clients living in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Throughout the year, 14,500 volunteers for Food & Friends. 

Find out how you can help here: http://www.foodandfriends.org/site/pp.asp?c=ckLSI8NNIdJ2G&b=7565475

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

Italo Ceramica Celebrated its First US Showroom with Grand Opening Event

The Italian retailer now open in Rockville, Maryland offers Versace and Bisazza tiles, among many others

Italo Ceramica, a ceramic tile retailer with 36 stores in Europe, celebrated the opening of its first US showroom located at 725 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland this month. The Italo Ceramica team welcomed more than 120 design industry professionals, media and customers for a grand opening celebration with special guests Andrea Bacchini, North America Market Director for Imola Ceramica, Italo Ceramica’s partner, and artist Alexander Stefan, who exhibited his photography. Stefan also raffled off one of his works during the evening event.

Needy DC residents get early Thanksgiving meal

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 5,000 District of Columbia residents are expected to have a free Thanksgiving feast at the Washington Convention Center this week.

Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to join hundreds of volunteers in serving the 14th annual Safeway Feast of Sharing for needy residents on Wednesday. The feast includes a traditional turkey meal and trimmings.

The event also includes a job fair, free health screenings and a clothing distribution for those in need. Organizers are also offering free flu vaccines and diabetes testing.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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