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Dec
23

Inauguration Facts and Trivia

On January 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.

Below is a list of some interesting facts and trivia surround this ceremony.


 

George Washington’s was the shortest inaugural address at 135 words. (1793)

Thomas Jefferson was the only president to walk to and from his inaugural. He was also the first to be inaugurated at the Capitol. (1801)

The first inaugural ball was held for James Madison. (1809)Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second Term

William H. Harrison’s was the longest inaugural address at 8,445 words. (1841)

The first inauguration to be photographed was James Buchanan’s. (1857)

Abraham Lincoln was the first to include African-Americans in his parade. (1865)

William McKinley’s inauguration was the first ceremony to be recorded by a motion picture camera. (1897)

Women were included for the first time in Woodrow
Wilson’s second inaugural parade. (1917)

Warren G. Harding was the first president to ride to and from his inaugural in an automobile. (1921)

Calvin Coolidge’s oath in 1925 was administered by Chief Justice (and ex-president) William Taft. It was also the first inaugural address broadcast on the radio. Coolidge was sworn in by his father, a notary public, when he assumed the presidency in 1923 after Warren Harding’s death. It was the first time a president was sworn in by his father.

Harry Truman’s was the first to be televised. (1949)

John Kennedy’s inauguration had Robert Frost as the first poet to participate in the official ceremony. (1961) The only other President to feature poets was Bill Clinton. Maya Angelou read at his 1993 inaugural, and Miller Williams read at his second, in 1997.

Lyndon Johnson was the first (and so far) only president to be sworn in by a woman, U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes. (1963)

Ronald Reagan’s second inaugural had to compete with Super Bowl Sunday. (1985)

On the second day of his presidency, Barack Obama was sworn in a second time by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. because, following Roberts’s lead, Obama improperly recited the oath. He said, “I will execute the office of President of the United States faithfully.” The word “faithfully” belongs between “will” and “execute.” (2009)

Location of the Oath
All but six presidents took the presidential oath in Washington, D.C. The exceptions were:

George Washington—1789, New York City; 1793, Philadelphia

John Adams—1797, Philadelphia

Chester Alan Arthur—1881, New York City

Theodore Roosevelt—1901, Buffalo

Calvin Coolidge—1923, Plymouth, Vermont

Lyndon Baines Johnson—1963, Dallas

When Washington and Adams were sworn in, the U.S. capital had not yet been transferred from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. (the latter became the seat of government beginning Dec. 1, 1800). Arthur, T. Roosevelt, Coolidge, and L. B. Johnson had all been vice-presidents who assumed the presidency upon the deaths of their predecessors, and none was in Washington, D.C., when the oath of office was administered.

Date

Except for Washington’s first inaugural, when he was sworn in on April 30, 1789, all presidents until 1937 were inaugurated in March in an effort to avoid bad weather. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution (passed in 1933) changed the inaugural date to January 20. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Second Inauguration was the first to have been held on that date.

Inaugural Weather

Between 1789 and 1993, 35 inaugurations enjoyed clear weather. During ten inaugurations it rained, and seven had snow. The warmest inauguration was Ronald Reagan’s first (Jan. 20, 1981). It was 55°. The coldest was Reagan’s second (Jan. 21, 1985). It was 7°.

 

Oct
24

BikeShare Comes To Reston

Beginning in October, Fairfax County and the Capital Bikeshare program began installing bike stations throughout the Reston area.  In total, there will be over130 bicycles available in Reston at 15 stations located near Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, in Reston Town Center and spread throughout the nearby Reston community.  To learn more about Capital Bikeshare and how it works visit www.capitalbikeshare.com.  To learn more about the Reston Capital Bikeshare project visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike.

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Oct
24

Tech Corner: New Ridematching App Puts a FREE Carpool at Your Fingertips!

Utilizing the power of technology and coupling it with the resources of their vast database of carpoolers, the Commuter Connections program has developed and recently released CarpoolNow App, a free way to find in real time a carpool or a rider.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Commuter Connections program launched CarpoolNow, a carpoolnow-logonew rideshare app that gives commuters in the metropolitan Washington region the ability to carpool on-demand and in real-time, immediately connecting users who are offering a ride with those seeking a ride. It also displays routes, estimates pickup times, and confirms pick-up and drop-off  locations.
Unlike apps such as Uber and Lyft, Commuter Connections’ CarpoolNow is free to use at no cost to the driver or passenger. This effort is the most recent in Commuter Connections 40-year history of saving commuters time and money and helping the region’s environment and economy by reducing the number of commuters that drive alone.

“We are very excited to provide commuters in the D.C. region with the CarPoolNow app, making carpooling more convenient than ever,” said
Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections. “In addition to using the app during regular commuting times, the app could also be helpful for carpooling during WMTA’s SafeTrack and other special or sporting events.”

The CarpoolNow app– developed in consultation with technology solutions company, Media Beef, Inc.– is available for download in Apple iTunes and Google Play stores and soon in BlackBerry World.

After downloading the app, users create or login to their Commuter Connections account to offer a ride or request a ride with other members logged in at or near their location. With a Commuter Connections account, users also have access to Commuter Connections’ network of services such as Guaranteed Ride Home, which provides commuters with a reliable ride home in case of unexpected emergencies.

CONTACT:  Laura Ambrosio: (202) 962-3278; lambrosio@mwcog.org Anne Marie Corbalis: (914) 821-5100; acorbalis@asc-pr.com.

Oct
24

Dulles Matters: Holiday Travel at Dulles International

By Rob Yingling

airport-signThe fall and winter holidays are a busy and festive time at Dulles International Airport. As families prepare to reunite and relax, the airport puts its best foot forward to welcome travelers. Dozens of new shops and restaurants opened this year, and a one-of-a kind kids’ play area near gate B70 has been a smash hit. Moms on the go will find that Dulles has several private nursing rooms pre- and post-security. And flyers looking for the speediest option at the security checkpoint can instantly enroll in the CLEAR registered traveler program.

Dulles is also proud to re-introduce its airport magazine, #FlyWashington, to travelers. Pick up a free copy at the airport or download it online at www.flywashington.com. The inaugural issue features a cover story about the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The pages inside include a holiday gift guide, airport updates, favorite recipes from chefs of airport restaurants and articles about great nonstop destinations from Dulles that will take the edge off of winter’s chill.

Visit the airport’s website at www.flydulles.com to learn about seasonal and holiday entertainment coming to the main terminal.

Oct
24

Finances Tight for the Holidays? Try These Everyday Money Saving Tips

By Janeen Mountz

We all know we should save more money than we do, but it can be difficult since everything seems to cost an arm and a leg these days. It often becomes very evident during the holiday season.  Whether we need to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, or save for retirement, cutting our spending and increasing our savings is key. Consider trying some of these money saving tips, and hopefully you’ll see your savings grow.

 

Change up your commute

Changing your commute might be a big adjustment, but it could save you a lot of money in the long run. Instead of driving to work every day, ask your employer about working four, 10-hour days to save money on gas (and score an man-on-metro_large-1“extra day” off work). You could also ask if working from home is a possibility. If these aren’t good options for you, try taking the metro or bus to work, or even consider biking to work. Carpooling is another cheap alternative if you live fairly close to your coworkers or a commuter lot.

 

Download money saving apps

If you do a little research, you’ll find there really is an app for just about everything. You can find apps that can save you money on groceries, clothes, restaurants, gas prices, hotels, and parking. Here’s a website that lists a bunch of money saving apps: http://bit.ly/25moneysavingapps. Happy downloading!

 

Check out Amazon Subscribe and Save

For commonly used goods, like tea and coffee or even diapers, Amazon’s Subscribe and Save function can cut back on the time and money you spend shopping. If you go through a 72-count box of K-Cups every month, you can save $2 per month off your coffee bill by scheduling automatic deliveries of your java through Amazon. With free shipping for
orders over $35 (or free shipping on any amount if you have Amazon Prime) and automatic ordering, this system can be your set it and forget it path to savings. To start saving, visit http://bit.ly/subssave.

 

Wait before you buy

If you want to buy something expensive, try waiting 24 to 48 hours before buying it. Decide if you really need the item right away or if it’s something that’s not all that important. Think about your financial goals and how buying the item will affect those goals. You might be surprised how “sleeping on it” can affect your decision.

 

Review your finances

It’s hard to achieve your savings goals if you don’t go over your finances periodically. Try to do a quick review of your accounts once a week and look over your spending habits. If you notice your spending is high in a specific category like eating out for example, then you can aim to eat out less. Also, if you note any of your monthly bills becoming overly expensive, see if you can lower them. Compare pricing on things like insurances, cable services, cell phone providers, and loan rates.

There are many more ways to save money including shopping at outlets or thrift stores, making handmade gifts and DIY household products, and borrowing books from the library, just to name a few. For more money saving ideas, check out bit.ly/20waystosavemoney and bit.ly/save54ways.

Depositing your money in a separate savings account or certificate can make saving easier and earn you monthly dividends. Whatever option you choose, Signature FCU can help you make the right choice for your lifestyle. We offer an annual Signature Savings account, Money Market accounts, and several certificate options to help meet your financial goals. Call us at (800) 336.0284, or visit www.signaturefcu.org for more information on our products and services.