Starbucks’ experimental new cup costs extra, but it’s worth it

Good News Notes: “Starbucks is launching an experimental “borrow a cup” program at select locations in its hometown, Seattle. The program is part of Starbucks’aim to make its cups more sustainable, and it will kick off as a two-month trial in five Seattle stores. Customers at those stores will have an option to receive their drinks…

Amazon helps nonprofit purchase Arilington building for affordable housing

Good News Notes: “As the Washington region continues to wrestle with how to create affordable housing for working-class residents, an area nonprofit organization has teamed with one of the region’s most prominent corporate residents. On Wednesday, the nonprofit Washington Housing Conservancy announced that it had purchased the Crystal House, an 825-unit apartment complex in Arlington, Va. The…

Max and Erica Scherzer sponsor adoption fees for 11 animals at DC shelter

Good News Notes: “During the season of giving, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica Scherzer, are sponsoring the adoption fees for 11 animals that have been under the care of the Humane Rescue Alliance through Dec. 31. The animals selected have been with the organization for the longest, ranging from 51 days to over…

Washington coach Ron Rivera cheered at hospital as cancer treatments finish

Good News Notes: “One day after beating the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera took another victory lap Monday. But it was to celebrate a different win: the end of his cancer treatments. At a northern Virginia hospital Monday, Rivera received his last round of chemotherapy and proton therapy, marking the end of his seven weeks…

‘Behind the scenes’ – Kevin Durant Charity Foundation’s COVID-19 giving

Good News Notes: “In discussing what his team has done during the COVID-19 crisis, Sean Marks has said that in addition to what has been publicized, there have been other contributions “behind the scenes,” And an entry on Kevin Durant Charity Foundation website certainly confirms that. A quick look at the foundation’s site reveals extensive efforts by KD. In fact, down at…

Seattle allocates $13 million to help homeless residents amid pandemic

Good News Notes: “Seattle is allocating $13 million from a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce to help people experiencing homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic. The funds, from the Washington State Department of Commerce COVID-19 Emergency Housing Grant, will go toward a number of resources in the city, including sustaining hygiene services, reducing crowding in shelters…

National Gallery of Art Acquires Its First Painting by a Native American Artist

Good News Notes: “The National Gallery of Art has made a landmark addition to its collections: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s I See Red: Target (1992), an 11-foot-tall mixed media work on canvas. The acquisition—the first major painting by a Native American artist to enter the museum’s collections, according to a statement—comes nearly eight decades after the Washington, D.C. cultural institution opened its…