- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 28, 2006

Mayor-elect Adrian M. Fenty’s public swearing-in ceremony was rescheduled yesterday after President Bush declared Tuesday a national day of mourning in memory of former President Gerald R. Ford.

The public ceremony at the Washington Convention Center in Northwest will now take place Wednesday at 10 a.m., officials with Mr. Fenty’s transition team said yesterday.

Federal offices will be closed Tuesday.

Mr. Fenty, a Democrat, and new members of the D.C. Council still will take their oaths of office Tuesday, but in a private ceremony because D.C. law stipulates that the outgoing mayor’s term ends at noon on Jan. 2.

In addition, the inaugural ball scheduled for Tuesday night at the convention center will be moved to Jan. 6. Mr. Fenty said that was the soonest the center was available.

Other inaugural events rescheduled for Wednesday include a 7 a.m. prayer service at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Northwest.

Swearing-in ceremonies for advisory neighborhood commissioners and congressional delegates will take place at noon Wednesday at the convention center.

The open house scheduled for Tuesday at the John A. Wilson Building has been postponed to Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Fenty officials said they have raised $213,000 for the inaugural ball, which is budgeted at $500,000.

Free tickets for the inauguration were still available for pickup yesterday in the back lobby of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, at 14th and U streets Northwest.

The donations to Mr. Fenty’s inaugural festivities are given directly to a nonprofit corporation established by the transition team, and leftover money will be put in a constituent-services fund, officials said.

Additional information about changes to the inaugural schedule is available at www.fentyinaugural.com or by calling 202/478-9310.

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