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National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony could affect travel to Capitals game

National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony could affect travel to Capitals game

On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Capitals return from a four-day break to take on the Islanders at Verizon Center.

But those traveling to the game may want to take note, because the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, the major annual festivity in the nation's capital, is taking place the same night.

From 2:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., several streets around the the Chinatown area will be closed, meaning fans who are traveling to the game will want to add extra time to their transit and/or avoid the following streets.

These roads will be closed Thursday from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • 17th Street Northwest, from Independence Avenue to New York Avenue NW
  • 15th Street Northwest, from Independence Avenue to E Street NW
  • Constitution Avenue, from 14th Street to 18th Street NW
  • Madison Drive, from 14th Street to 15th Street
  • Jefferson Drive, from 14th Street to 15th Street
  • C Street Northwest, from 18th Street to 17th Street
  • D Street Northwest, from 18th Street to 17th Street
  • E Street Northwest, from 18th Street to 17th Street
  • F Street Northwest, from 18th Street to 17th Street

The 2016 National Tree Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, also known as the 94th annual Pageant of Peace Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m.

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Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Hath's Heroes is keeping Garnet Hathaway busy during the quarantine

Like the rest of us, Capitals' winger Garnet Hathaway is just trying to stay sane and helping out where he can.

His charity, Hath's Heroes, which provides meals to first responders, is especially important in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Hath's Heroes started working with Capitals' Chef Robert "Robbie" Wood to provide even more meals to first responders, which Wood is matching, plus an additional meal to a high-risk individual in need.

“Chef Robbie has been serving the Caps for a long time and makes unbelievable food, I can attest to it, and they also have a great initiative with Kid Power and DC Central Kitchen," Hathaway said on the Capitals Talk Podcast.

While many are fortunate to be able to work from home or be with family during the pandemic, first responders are out on the front lines.

“It’s the social responsibility of staying safe, keeping your distance and trying to stay healthy and protecting those around you," Hathaway said. "So I feel that’s where we can all feel great about helping somebody, by taking responsibility for your actions and helping out if you can."

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Doing one's part is important to flatten the curve and Hathaway says donations of any amount are appreciated.

“For donations, if you can, if you have the opportunity to and you’re capable of, any amount really does make a difference.”

When he's not working with Hath's Heroes, Hathaway has been spending time with his fianceé and dog and trying to learn the Harmonica he got for Christmas. "Silent Night" was the first song he learned to play.

“Months away from the Christmas season, but I think I’ll be ready by then," Hathaway said.

Aside from downtime, Hathaway has taken solace in finding structure in his day.

“I think the biggest thing is trying to find a structure that works, that I can stay physically healthy and mentally healthy." 

“For everyone that’s feeling cooped up in their house, they gotta stay active and they gotta get some fresh air and they gotta stay healthy," Hathaway said.

While everyone has been binge-watching Netflix's hit documentary "Tiger King," Hathaway says he hasn't had the opportunity to watch yet.

“I might be the only person in America not watching Tiger King, but that’s not to say that I won’t get there at some point."

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Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

Bachelorette's Dylan Barbour on which Caps player he most identifies with

In a fun Twitter thread Wednesday, the Nashville Predators said which NHL teams notable Bachelor and Bachelorette alum align with.

The Caps lucked out and got the dependable Dylan Barbour who is "solid" and "committed," a testament that Barbour himself agreed with.

"It's the Caps' year," Barbour told NBC Sports Washington in a private message on Twitter. "They're dependable. Committed is great."

Although Barbour doesn't consider himself a hockey fan, he said he would most identify with "whoever the nice handsome one is."

Though Barbour doesn't seem to be a big enough Caps fan to know that most fans would give that award to Tom Wilson, he was nice enough to say he thinks it's the Caps' year.

And we've successfully created a new Tom Wilson stan!

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