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Setting the Record Straight on DPR Summer Jobs Fair

D.C. Wire doesn't like to eat crow for breakfast, but this morning that's the only thing on the menu.

Yesterday, the Wire reported that the Department of Parks and Recreation is holding its summer job fair on Nov. 26 at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave. NE, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That's correct. The department's fair will offer opportunities to those interested in everything from being a camp counselor to a pool manager.

The problem? The Wire's commentary about the Department of Employment Services summer jobs program. You remember that program? That's the one that went $30 million over budget last summer and became one of the biggest embarrassments of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration. The Wire mistakenly believed DPR's summer jobs program was connected.

Well, John Stokes, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation, contacted the Wire yesterday to set us straight.

"The DPR Summer 2009 Job Fair and the DOES Summer Youth Employment Program are two separate programs," Stokes wrote in an email. "The DPR Summer 2009 Job Fair is for different age groups and is not connected to the DOES SYEP. DPR did not have any payroll challenges in the summer of 2008."

Apologies to DPR and its staff.

Crow, never a great meal, goes down better with a tall glass of O.J.

By Marcia Davis  |  November 19, 2008; 6:51 AM ET
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