Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6Ward 6 District Councilman Charles Allen was named the Second Vice Chair of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, an organization that fosters cooperation between the District and its suburbs on transportation issues.

In 2016, Allen will work with incoming Chairman Timothy Lovain of Alexandria and First Vice Chairman Bridget Newton of Rockville to vet planned transportation projects across the region.

The TPB puts together transportation plans that must be approved by the federal government before those plans can be funded with federal money, according to the organization’s website.

Allen, Lovain and Newton were named the TPB officers for 2016 at a board meeting earlier today.

Allen said on Twitter that he is excited for the opportunity to advocate for the transportation needs of District residents in the new position.

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Hill Center art

More than 100 works from regional artists will hang at a local exhibition near Eastern Market later this month.

The Hill Center will host an opening reception for its third annual Open Regional Art Exhibition at 6 p.m. on June 25.

Mark Leithauser, National Gallery of Art Senior Curator and Chief of Design, selected 96 artists from 485 submissions. He will also select three of those artists to receive cash prizes and five for honorable mentions.

The show will run until Sept. 29.

Since 2011, Hill Center Galleries has housed work from 383 artists among its six galleries.

Photo via Facebook.com/HillCenter

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