News Bytes : CAG’s New Board, MedStar’s New Pavilion, and GU’s New Bulldog

The Citizens Association of Georgetown Announces New Leadership 

CAG has announced new board directors and an office manager. Tara Sakraida Parker will remain president and Brittany Sawyer will stay executive director. Mark Stuckart will become interim treasurer, Grant Bermann and Leslie Zemnick Folsgaard will be board directors, while Alexandra Peters Randle will be office manager.  

MedStar Georgetown University Pavilion Opens Dec. 10 

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has unveiled a brand new Verstandig Pavilion set to open December 10. A recent ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the milestone. Senior leaders were on hand, along with philanthropist Grant Verstandig and CBS Evening News’s Norah O’Donnell (a Georgetown alumna), who served as emcee. President and CEO of MedStar Health Kenneth A. Samet spoke at the unveiling. “This is truly a transformational project, creating a world-class facility to match the world-class care provided by our physicians, nurses and associates.”   

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital new MedStar Pavilion. Courtesy MedStar.

Jelleff Plan Questioned 

Bob Stowers, longtime coach and director of the Jelleff Recreation Center told a panel of D.C. Parks and Rec officials last month that a proposed plan for reconstruction of the center, initially approved earlier this year, won’t work. There were plans for a move of a swimming pool (which is now possibly postponed), a second full basketball court, and more. Visit for more on this issue.  

Aerial view of Jelleff Community Center at 3265 S St. NW. Courtesy Jelleff Community Center.

Another Jack in 2024 

There’s a new pup coming to town! A four-month-old English bulldog puppy from California will be the next Georgetown Jack live mascot. He will be joining the community early next year after the untimely death of his predecessor at just age 4. Jack is currently 30 lbs., loves sunbathing and eating cantaloupe. He also gets along very well with other dogs.  

A new Georgetown Jack live mascot will be arriving early next year.

Georgetown Main Street to Light Tree 

Georgetown’s first community Christmas tree will be lit at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Executive Director of Georgetown Main Street Rachel Shank told The Georgetowner that “Georgetown’s small business community has long dreamt of a holiday centerpiece to bring festivity to the corridor.” The 18-foot-tall Douglas fir stands at the bottom of Book Hill Park through the holiday season.  






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