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GO.SEE.DO. Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series at the Corcoran

A pivotal figure in the history of modern painting, Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) was an innovator whose work inspired legions of artists and greatly advanced the lexicon of abstraction. The Corcoran is the only East Coast venue for Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, the first major museum exhibition to focus on the artist’s most celebrated body of work. The exhibition features more than 80 works, including large-scale paintings, smaller paintings made on cigar box lids, mixed-media drawings on paper, monotypes, and prints. On view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from June 30-Sept 23. 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park #38, 1971. Oil on canvas, 100 1/8 x 81 inches. The Phillips Collection, Gift of Gifford and Joann Phillips. ©The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Image courtesy The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation.

Havre de Grace Seafood Festival

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Crowds line-up at a popular crab shack. Photo: Heppner Imaging

From August 10-12, Havre de Grace, Md welcomes seafood lovers with over 30 vendors serving more than 175 seafood delicacies. This historic town located “where the Chesapeake Bay begins” puts on this annual event that has been named on of the 10 best food festivals in the country. Other things-to-do are visit an arts and crafts market with 120 vendors with locally made products, 24 hours of live entertainment, a classic car show and the general fun of a festival on the water. Havre de Grace is about 75 miles from DC; take Route 95 north. 410-9391525. HdGSeafoodFestival.org

Summer Music in the Courtyard Gallery OonH Concerts

Gallery OonH continues its Summer Music in the Courtyard Series on Saturdays, 5:30-10:30 p.m., through September 2, with performances by the John Stone Reggae Band; Sir Allen and the Calypso Ponzi Schemers; and Wheelie and Tia Nina. The gallery and adjacent courtyard, at 1354 H Street, NE, provide an indoor/outdoor space where art, music, and minds intersect for cultural experiences appealing to a broad range of ages and interests. Presentations will include pop-up markets for food and retail while continuing to feature gallery exhibits from the private collection of the owners Mary Ellen Vehlow and Steve Hessler. “We see this as an opportunity to infuse the local community with an energy beyond the bars and night life of H Street,” explains Vehlow. galleryoonh.com Photo: Courtesy of Events DC

Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium

The Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium is an outdoor venue for skateboard lovers of all ages and skills. Located in Parking Lot 3 adjacent to RFK Stadium, this new 15,000 square foot facility is open daily for public use from dawn to dusk and is only closed during inclement weather. Use of the park is free as is parking. Designed by Pro Skater Geoff Rowley and California Skateparks, the Maloof Skate Park is the first major skate park in DC. Inspired by Freedom Plaza and the architecture along Pennsylvania Ave., the skate park includes replicas of the Golden Rail and Freedom Plaza Ledges. Located by DC’s Metro Center rail station, the Golden Rail has been made world famous by local skate boarders. 202-608-1100. dcsportsent.com

A Celebration of Gaming at Labyrinth

From August 5-12, join Labyrinth Games & Puzzles for a week-long Celebration of Gaming. On Sunday, August 5, the week will start with a super-bargain sale of used and donated games and puzzles for all ages. It will continue throughout the week with their annual store-wide sale. On Thursday, August 9, they will celebrate the store owner Kathleen Donahue’s birthday with Party Game Night! Award-winning game designer Dave Chalker will play Get Bit and friends from local North Star Games will join everyone to play their award-winning Wits & Wagers. There will be door prizes and cake! The Celebration will culminate in a weekend-long celebration of board games and tabletop role-playing on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday, August 12, featuring game designers from all over the east coast. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202544-1059. labyrinthgameshop.com capitalcommunitynews.com H 13





Frederick Douglass Family Day. Aug 5, 1:00-4:00 PM. This annual event features free ice cream and popcorn, historic house tours, live music, face painting, games, ice cream churning, food trucks and the Massachusetts 54th historic reenactors. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961. nps.gov/frdo

2012 Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer. Wednesdays, Aug 8, 15, 22, and 29. 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony pageantry starting at 6:45 PM. The 2012 Twilight Tattoo season has been extended and will run through the entire summer. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hour-long sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. usarmyband.com Truckeroo Food Truck Festival. Aug 10, Sept 28, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM. Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June-Oct at the corner of Half St. and M St. SE showcasing food trucks from the DC. area. It features 20 food trucks, live music all day, picnic tables, cornhole and other games. truckeroodc.com

The Tuesday farmers market at Eastern Market. Photo: Barry Margeson

Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarket-dc.com

Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings through Aug 31. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The story of the ceremony reflects the story of Marines around the world. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at mbw. usmc.mil. Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-433-4073. mbw. usmc.mil Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran. This summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, enjoy special exhibitions and programming free of charge in addition to Gallery tours, select workshops, demonstrations, and performances for all ages. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org

SUMMER MUSIC 1812 Overture on the Mall. Aug 14, 8:00 PM. U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Presidential Salute Battery. Sylvan (open air) Theater on the Washington Monument grounds (southeast corner). usarmyband.com

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August CALENDAR H H H South on South Capitol Southern Rock Concert Series. Aug 24; 11:30, Bands all day, mechanical bull, picnic tables. Half and M sts, SE at the Navy Yard Metro. fairgroundsdc.com Evenings at Zuppa Fresca. Third Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM; Aug 16, Jimi Smooth & the Hittime (Motown), Sept 20, Levi Stephens(Funk/ Blues). 250 K St. NE. nomabid.org Yards Park Friday Evening Concert Series. Through Sept 14, 6:30-8:30 PM. Spend your Friday evenings on the river, relaxing on the terraced lawn steps with family and friends and listening to live music from the Yards Park’s boardwalk stage. Friday evening concerts will feature a wide range of live musical performances including jazz, salsa, reggae, and more. capitolriverfront.org Fort Dupont Summer Concerts. Saturdays, through Aug 18. The National Park Service offers six Rhythm and Blues performances in July and August as part of Fort Dupont Park’s “Summer Theatre” concert series. The con-

certs’ are sponsored solely by the National Park Service and free to the public. There is a Jr. Ranger tent offering programs for children and general information about Fort Dupont Park. nps.gov/fodu Military Band Concerts at the US Capitol. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in summer (weather permitting). 8:00 PM. Mondays, US Navy Band; Tuesdays, US Air Force Band; Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. Free. West Terrace US Capitol Building. US Marine Band Concerts at the Sylvan Theater. Thursdays in summer (weather permitting), 8:00 PM. You are welcome to bring folding chairs, blankets and refreshments to the concert. Free. 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW (on Washington Monument grounds). 202-433-5717. mbw.usmc.mil National Shrine Summer Organ Recital Series. Sundays in July and Aug, 6:00 PM. Free. Free will offering accepted. All welcome. 400

Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. nationalshrine.com Navy Memorial Concerts on the Avenue. Tuesdays, through Aug 28, 8:00 PM. Come out to the US Navy Memorial for an evening of relaxing music by the United States Navy Band and its specialty groups. Free. US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-7372300. navyband.navy.mil Air Force Band Concerts. Wednesdays in summer. 8:00 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, Virginia. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs.) Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. airforcememorial.org Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Fridays in summer (rain or shine), 5:00-8:00 PM. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Live jazz performed by an eclectic mix of top artists from the Washington area entertains visitors out-

doors in front of the fountain or in the Pavilion Cafe (if it’s raining). The Pavilion Cafe features a seasonal tapas-style menu and bar service during the concerts. Everyone can enjoy these concerts. You do not have to order food or drinks. Free. 202- 289-3360. nga.gov

OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIES Screen on the Green. Aug 6, Psycho. Movie is shown at sunset between 7th and 12th sts. on the national Mall. Screen on the Green Hotline, 1-877-262-5866. friendsofscreenonthegreen.org NoMa Summer Screen. Aug 8, food and music at 7:00 PM, screening at 9:00 PM. Movie is “Deep Impact.” Film preceded by live DJs, barbecue, special guests and more. Free. Children and friendly dogs are welcome. Loree Grand Field at 2nd and L sts. NE. nomasummerscreen.com U Street Movies. Aug 22 (rain date Aug 29), The American President. Showtime at sundown. Gates open at 7:00 PM. Movie shown at the Harrison Recreation Center field, V St. between 13th and 14th sts. NW. Free admission. Attendees are encouraged to come early to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs. movies.ustreet-dc.org

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD As We Forgive Benefit Concert Featuring Wendell Kimbrough. Aug 4, 8:00 PM. Join them for the annual Washington DC area awareness and benefit event for non-profit As We Forgive, an organization focused on promoting post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda. For more information, visit asweforgive.org, $15-$18. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Javier Dunn with Cobalt & the Hired Guns and Jeff Taylor of Dumpster Hunter at Ebenezers. Aug 9, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com Liner Notes at Atlas. Aus 10-11, 8:00 PM. Hip-hop’s past and present collide in a memorable evening featuring the The Corner Store Jazz Trio and some of Washington’s talented artists. For ages 12 and up. $15. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org

Illuminare, early music women’s vocal ensemble, performs on Aug 14. Photo: Gregory Hutton

Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Aug 7, Levine School of Music Faculty– Jacob Clark, piano; Aug 14, Illuminare, early music women’s vocal ensemble; Aug 21, U.S. Army Chorus; Aug 28, Douglas Wolters, Solo Masterworks for Cello, Baroque Cello, & Viola da Gamba. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635. epiphanydc.org. 16 H HillRag | August 2012

SAW’s Emerging Artist Showcase at Ebenezers. Aug 10, 7:00-10:00 PM. The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) is a non-profit organization established in 1979 to support aspiring and professional songwriters. Free. SAW.org. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com

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August CALENDAR H H H The Vespers with Bethany and the Guitar at Ebenezers. Aug 16, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com Homegrown Concert at LOC. Aug 16, noon-1:00 PM. Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor perform flatpick guitar and fiddle music from Kanawha County, W V. Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202707-1743. loc.gov Carousel Rogues with Jayme Salviati and Norman Rockwell at Ebenezers. Aug 17. 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com Singing and Praying Band at LOC. Aug 23, noon-1:00 PM. The Singing and Praying Band present African-American a capella sacred music from Delaware and Maryland. Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202707-1743. loc.gov HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions (new location). Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. (Tuesday, draft beer $3.) 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. hr57.org

Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202-484-7700. westminsterdc.org/jazz Blue Monday Blues. Mondays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. westminsterdc.org/blues

THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Impossible Theater Company’s [missed connections]. Aug 8-19. Impossible Theater Company presents [missed connections], a devised play that uses an apocalyptic setting to explore the question: If you had one chance to be the person you’ve always wanted to be, what would you do? Four actors portray several characters in this devised theatrical performance directed by Nick Jonczak and featuring Ava Jackson, Alexandra Linn, and Heather Carter. Audience members are invited to join the cast in rediscovering taken-for granted experiences and feelings as lasts become firsts in a world where they are forced to confront the irreversible and tangibly finite

passage of time. The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202-664-4151. thefridgedc.com Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” at CHAW. Aug 9, 10 and 11. Cast members hail from the CHAW community, glbt arts community, and the community-at-large. This summer’s production continues the tradition of the slightly-twisted versions of previous Gilbert & Sullivan offerings at CHAW over the past ten years. $10-$20. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. chaw.org Mein Kampf at H Street Playhouse. Through Aug 19. Don’t miss Mein Kampf-the hilarious dark comedy about the young, fledgling painter Adolph Hitler-before he got into politics. $10-$25. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. scenatheater.org A MAZE at Atlas. Aug 10-Sept 9. A graphic novelist struggles to complete his 15,000 page comic book, a musician searches for the inspiration for his next hit, and a young girl strives to recreate her identity after years in captivity in this highly theatrical examination of creativity, addiction, love, and power. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. atlasarts.org Hill Flicks at Hill Center. Fridays in Aug, 7:00 PM. Screening the gems, the independents, the noteworthy films among the nationally-reviewed and locally-recommended each week. Come early to browse their art galleries and mix and mingle. Sip your favorite beverage inside cool, comfortable surroundings. Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5494172. hillcenterdc.org Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Arena. Aug 23-Oct 28. Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, Kathleen Turner, brings her sizzling blend of sensuality and intelligence to the bravado of newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. A dyed-in-the-wool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas, Ivins’ rapier wit made her one of America’s highestregarded columnists, satirists and beloved rabble-rousers. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. arenastage.org EMP Collective’s Genesis. Aug 23-26. Performance and reception, Aug 24, 7:00–10:00 PM. EMP’s Genesis is a multimedia theatre piece about storytelling and the creation and destruction of one’s own world inspired by author Eduardo Galeano’s look at creation myths and origin narratives of preColumbian Latin America. The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202664-4151. thefridgedc.com Shakespeare Theatre’s Free-For-All. Aug 23-Sept 5. Featuring “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Free tickets available online and in-person. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. shakespearetheatre.org/about/ffa


The long narrow panels along the sides of the knot garden are planted with creeping thyme, one of the most aromatic herbs in the knot garden. Elizabethans included thyme in remedies for many ailments, including congestion of the chest. In fact, thyme oil is still used in cough medicines today. Thyme was also a key ingredient in magic ointments believed to give the user the power to see fairies. According to Elizabethan folklore, fairies used thyme blossoms as cradles for their babies. Photo: Courtesy Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Shakespeare Library Elizabethan Garden Tours. First and third Saturday of every month, Apr-Oct, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Visit Folger Shakespeare Library’s intricate knot garden, filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, as well as herbs popular in his day. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu 18 H HillRag | August 2012

The Fridge STREET MARKET. Aug 10-19. Opening Reception, Aug 10, 7:00-11:00 PM. The Fridge family comes together for an all out extravaganza of a selection of the best street artists working in DC today, featuring work from artists including ASTROTWITCH, HKS181, Asad “ULTRA” Walker, DECOY, JAZIROCK, EXACTLY, JEA Alexander Medina, Lidio Aries, ANEIKAN, CRI and Tim Conlon. The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202-6644151. thefridgedc.com Art Enables Annual Inventory Show. Aug 11, 1:00-4:00 PM. Art Enables is a studio and gallery for emerging artists with developmental disabilities. Their chance to make art comes through Art Enables. Their reasons for doing it are their own: to have something to do, to make money, to feel important, to tell the world who they are, to become famous. All those reasons and more. 50% off work that’s one year old. Spe-

cial drawings for surprise discounts on other items. Art Enables, 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE. 202-554-9455. artenables.org Works by Kristoffer Tripplaar at CHAW. Aug 11-31. Opening reception, Aug 11, 5:00-7:00 PM. Kristoffer Tripplaar covers the White House and the President from the perspective of the press. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. 202-5476839. chaw.org Open City: London, 1500–1700. Through Sept 30. Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. The city was shaped both by rapid population growth and natural disasters. Such events had a significant impact on the built environment, opening up spaces for repurposing. Open City explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners’ sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions that touched everyday lives: church, theater, and market. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu Congress and the Civil War at the Capitol Visitors Center. Through Sept 8. A new selection of Civil War-related documents and artifacts is on display in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall. This is part two of the Capitol Visitor Center’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War which highlights documents and artifacts that relate to the role of Congress and the Capitol during the Civil War. visitthecapitol.gov The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert Exhibition. Aug 16-Jan 26. While Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein have more immediate name recognition, their musicals would not have been possible without the pioneering work of Victor Herbert, who almost single-handedly moved Broadway into, through and out of its operetta phase. Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery in the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. loc.gov Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Through Jan 6, 2014. This innovative new exhibit will bring together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-6335555. postalmuseum.si.edu/fireandice House and Home at National Building Museum. House & Home, a long-term

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August CALENDAR H H H exhibition, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. nbm.org

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Southeast Library Book Sale. Aug 11 (monthly on the 2nd Saturday), 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. dclibrary. org/southeast Beltway Poetry Slam. Aug 28, 7:30 PM poet sign-up and doors open. 8:00 PM, show. The last Tuesday of each month, The Fridge is home to the Beltway Poetry Slam, DC’s leading source for slam poetry. Beltway features a new nationally acclaimed poet poet each month in addition to the ongoing competition. Poets are competing for a chance to represent the DC area at national and international events. The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202-664-4151. thefridgedc.com Books That Shaped America Exhibition. Through Sept 29. Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM4:30 PM. The initial selection of “Books That Shaped America” will not be definitive; rather, it will mark the beginning of an ongoing recognition of culturally significant books from all genres of writing. Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov “Words to the Wise” Is a New Take on Aesop’s Fables. The Library of Congress has released “Words to the Wise: The Aesop’s Fables e-Book,” an interactive version of the classic Aesop tales, featuring the colorful illustrations of artist Milo Winter. The free e-book is available on the Library’s read.gov website and as a free app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms. National Book Festival (save the date). Sept 22-23. National Mall. loc.gov

MARKETS H Street FRESHFARM Market at New Location. Saturdays, 9 AM-noon. 1300 H St. NE. The market is a producers-only outdoor market offering fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers and more for sale. freshfarmmarket.org Farmers Market with Jazz and Blues at the Wharf. Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 PM. June 7, featuring Washington Jazz Ensemble; June 14, featuring Bill Heid Blues Band; June 21, featuring Arnold Sterling Jazz Ensemble; June 28, featuring Daryl Davis Band. 7th Street Landing at 7th and Water sts. SW. wharfdc.com FIX Summer Sounds Artist Market at the Wharf. Fridays, 6:00-8:30 PM. June 8, featuring Loyd Dobler Effect (Pop/Rock); June 15, featuring

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Johnstone (Reggae); June 22, featuring The Grandsons (Americana); June 29, featuring Wil Gravatt Band (Country). 7th Street Landing at 7th and Water sts. SW. wharfdc.com FIX The Market at Miner. Every Sunday and second and third Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Come join the Miner Elementary School PTO-a great opportunity to support a neighborhood school! Recent offerings have included fresh produce, great deals on collectibles, jewelry, baked goods, quality clothing, wood carvings, toys, natural body products and cosmetics, and much more. New vendors are welcome. 601 15th St. NE. For information, contact Omowali Sia, 240-464-0268. NOMA Farmers Market. Wednesdays, through Oct 31, 3:00-7:00 PM. 1200 First St., NE. nomabid.org Mount Vernon Triangle Market. Sundays, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Initiating its second season, the market is situated in Mt. Vernon Triangle, at the corner of 5th and Eye sts. NW just north of Chinatown. The market will feature a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture. The market will also highlight local prepared foods such as handmade chocolates and breads; and beverages, such as organic juices, teas and coffee. The food truck, Curbside Cupcakes and Bita Diomande, of Sarafina will also be at the market. Also find handmade jewelry, vintage and contemporary clothing and accessories. mountvernontriangle.org Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarket-dc.com 9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 9th and U sts. NW. Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. freshfarmmarket.org 14th and U Farmers Market. Saturdays. 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, until Thanksgiving. Producersonly market. 14th and U sts. NW, in front of the Reeves Building. marketsandmore.net Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclem-

ent weather), 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202-775-3532. or georgetownfleamarket.com

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Nats Baseball. Aug 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 30 and 31; Sept 1. $5, up. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington.nationals. mlb.com National’s Ballpark Tours. Wednesday-Sunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12-$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. washington.nationals. mlb.com DC United Soccer Home Match. Aug 4, 7:30 PM, vs. Columbus Crew; Aug 19, 5:00 PM, vs. Philadelphia Union; Aug 22, 7:30 PM, vs. Chicago Fire; Aug 29, 8:00 PM, vs New York Red Bulls. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. dcunited.com Get Fit or Go Home Boot Camp. Monday-Friday, 5:30-6:30 PM. The Boot Camp sessions will run for 4 weeks with a week off between each session through Nov 2. Lincoln Park. Fitnesstogether.com/capitohill. Washington Mystics Basketball. Aug 19 and 24. $17, up. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. wnba.com Waterfront Workouts at the Wharf. Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 AM. Yala Fitness at 9:00 AM and Flow Yoga at 10:00 AM. 7th Street Landing at 7th and Water sts. SW. wharfdc.com Capitol Hill Tai Chi Study Group. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), meeting to teach and practice Tai Chi, 8:00-10:00 AM. All styles and abilities welcome. First hour form practice, second hour the martial practice of Push Hands. Lincoln Park. Dr. David Walls-Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. E. Capitol St. between 11th and 13th sts. 202-544-6035. Pick-up Field Hockey on the Mall. Every Monday at 6:00 PM. Meets at the fields in front of the Smithsonian Metro stop for males and females who have a passion for field hockey. No experience necessary. Bring water, shinguards, mouthguard, cleats, a field

hockey stick, and either a reversible jersey or a light and dark shirt - no grays please. Free. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I sts. SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. dpr. dc.gov/dpr Rumsey (indoor) Pool. Public swim, Monday-Friday, 6:30-9:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 1:005:00 PM. Public swim, Sunday, 10:00 AM5:00 PM. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202724-4495. dpr.dc.gov Rosedale Pool. Open daily except Wednesdays; weekdays 1:00-8:00 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6:00 PM. 1701 Gales St. NE. 202-727-6521. dpr.dc.gov/dpr East Potomac Pool. Open daily except Wednesdays; weekdays, 1:00-8:00 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6:00 PM. 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-727-6523. dpr.dc.gov/dpr Randall Pool. Open daily except Mondays; weekdays, 1:00-8:00 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6:00 PM. South Capitol and I Sts. SW. 202-727-1420. dpr.dc.gov/dpr

CIVIC LIFE Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. No community office hours in August. 202-724-8072. tommywells.org Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-783-5065. norton.house.gov Note: Ward 6 ANC’s do not meet in August. The information below is relevant for September and thereafter. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. anc6a.org ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. anc6b.org ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-5477168. anc6c.org ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-554-1795. anc6d.org H

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here’s nothing Paul Williams likes better than a mystery, and he is already rolling up his sleeves as the new president of the Historic Congressional Cemetery at the edge of Capitol Hill. Williams, a historic preservation expert, prolific author and amateur genealogist, is intrigued by the unknowns of the cemetery. “Even though the cemetery is well documented and we know about most of the residents, I think there’s untold potential in all the others we don’t know anything about,” he said. “Who were they, how prominent and how do they tie into the city and the nation’s history?” The Historic Congressional Cemetery was founded in 1807, early on in the history of the nation, and now has more than 55,000 “residents.” Though it was originally intended as a burial ground for members of Congress, Williams said the first burial was a stone carver for the Capitol. “It quickly opened up for all of DC, and we’re still an active cemetery,” he said.

A Lifelong Passion for History

Williams came on board in early July, in what seemed like a perfect fit. He has made his career in historic preservation and most recently came from a four-year stint as executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets. In 1995 he and his partner Paul Williams, president of Historic Congressional Cemetery. founded Kelsey and Associates, a firm that helps homeowners sleuth out the the cemetery into its third century,” tradition and expand upon it.” history of their houses. His first client said board chair John Gillespie. “The Williams can hardly remember a cemetery has played a historic role in time when he wasn’t involved in hiswas on Capitol Hill. “We are lucky to have a man of the nation’s capitol since its founding, toric preservation, starting at home in Paul’s expertise and enthusiasm to lead and Paul will be able to continue that upstate New York, where his parents capitalcommunitynews.com H 23

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bought and restored what he describes as “a big old Victorian pile”—an eight-bedroom historic house that took more than a decade to restore. “My job was to hand my dad the tools,” he recalled. Williams’ mother ran an antique store and was fascinated by old lighting fixtures, while his father had a collection of antique tools. It was a short leap to fleshing out the secrets of whole buildings. When it came time for college, Williams found one of the few institutions in the US to offer a degree in historic preservation, Roger Williams College in Rhode Island. “I learned the nuts and bolts of preservation and research,” he said. “I also studied American architecture and learned how to restore historic buildings and look for clues as to a building’s age and physical structure.” After graduation, Williams went to Cornell for a master’s degree in historic preservation planning. He arrived in Washington in 1992 and within a year had bought a house in the U Street corridor that needed lots of work. At the time, Williams was doing historic preservation for the US Air Force, which had inherited a number of historic buildings from the Army. “I found that job by looking in the Post classifieds under ‘H,’’ he said.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Home

“My neighbor knew the whole history of my house, but he wouldn’t tell me,” Williams recalled. “He wanted me to find out for myself, so he gave me hints and sent me to the library.” Williams researched his home’s history and decided he could do the same for others. To date, he has helped more than 1,700 clients uncover the mysteries of their historic homes. Over the years he has become a frequent visitor to all the archives and repositories that DC has to offer, and he describes himself as a default genealogist.

“The history of a house is a history of families,” he said, adding that he is sometimes able to find living relatives of original owners and put them in touch with the current owners. He hopes to do the same thing at the cemetery, which gets requests from all over the country for information about the occupants of gravesites. Along the way, he has written 14 books—including a series that explores the lost architecture of various cities--with a 15th book set for publication in the fall.

Future Plans

Williams will bring all his skills to bear at the Historic Congressional Cemetery, which he thinks of as a “35acre big old house.” Additionally, he will be involved in planning events, increasing the number of student internships and working with the archivist to put more data online. He said that his colleague, Rebecca Roberts, has events lined up for the remainder of the year. “Then we’ll brainstorm to expand events that have fundraising potential and public relations events to help put the cemetery on the map,” he said. Among the upcoming events is a book fair slated for August 11 featuring local authors and the Dead Man’s Run in October—a 5K race through the cemetery. “We hit a big milestone last year when the Historic Congressional Cemetery became a National Historic Landmark,” Williams said. “Few places get to qualify, and we hope to open up the possibilities that go with that. We hope to expand our restoration projects, because right now we have lots of volunteers who repair and clean the stones, and they’re getting educated on historic preservation.”



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bulletin board CHAW Opens Registration for Fall Classes

lessness in the District of Columbia with its 10th Annual “Hope for the Homeless” Golf Tournament--a oneday community-based fundraiser supporting CHGM services for DC residents in crisis. Last year, CHGM succeeded in raising $27,000 and hopes to exceed that goal this year to address the effects of the $7 million gap in funding for homeless services in the 2013 DC Budget. This year’s tournament will once again be a Captain’s Choice/Scramble Tournament

dinner, awards and prizes. Bay Hills Golf Club, 545 Bay Hills Dr., Arnold, MD. 202544-3150. Golf.CHGM.net

Smithsonian Anacostia Museum Reopens

After a lighting upgrade, the public spaces of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum at 1901 Fort Place SE, reopened and onsite programming resumed. The exhibi“The Music Man’s” Marian the Librarian tion “Separate & Unequaled: Black Baseball in the DisVisits the SW Duck Pond trict of Columbia” will be Neighbors of Southwest Duck Pond back on view and the Shuttle were thrilled Saturday during their monthly Anacostia will provide free community clean-up when Kate Baldwin roundtrip transportation from “The Music Man” stopped by to say from the museum to the Mall thank you for the clean-up efforts. “I was on Saturdays and Sunday in here about 10 years ago and it was really August beginning August scary,” noted Baldwin. “I can’t believe the 4-26. More than 13 events difference-keep up the good work!” Arena will be featured in August Stages’ “The Music Man” closed on July 28. including the repeating Friday “behindthe-scenes” collections team is determined to show them tour! Coming to a close on July every step of the way. The company’s 29 is the program ACM: Out focus is on helping buyers and sellers & About. harness the power of real estate in or-

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) opens registration for its fall classes in the visual and performing arts on Aug 6. CHAW’s innovative after school Youth Art Program, which runs in the fall from Aug 27Dec 21, provides students in K-6th grade with a high-quality arts education in a unique, multidisciplinary environment. Van pick-up is available from local schools to CHAW. Students ages 0-5 can participate in Music Together, Pre-Ballet, Ballet and more beginning Sept 10. Adult classes beginning Sept 10, include Guitar, Ceramics, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Poetry Writing, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Tap, Ballet, Dance, and much more. Four-week dropin passes are available for certain classes. CHAW also offers Private Music instruction in a variety of instruments for students of all ages. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available for all classes. For a complete list of workshops, classes or registration information, visit chaw.org or call (202) 547-6839. Adult drawing class students at CHAW. Photo: Leslie Mansour.

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with Individual Skills Contests on both the front and back 9. $150 per player. Monday, Sept 24. Noon registration, 1:00 p.m. tee-off, 6:00 p.m.

Dwell Residential Brokerage Opens on H Street

Dwell Residential Brokerage just opened its doors at 1108 H St. NE, bringing a fresh, new perspective to the DC, MD, and VA real estate scene. Located on Washington DC’s H Street, Dwell’s uniqueness is also underscored by the historic nature of its opening. Dwell has become the first independently-owned and female-owned brokerage on H Street. The brokerage’s motto, “Dwell in Possibility,” captures the brokerage’s philosophy about the potential of real estate. Dwell strives to ensure its clients really think about what they want out of a home and what type of life they really want to lead. And, the Dwell

der to create a lifestyle they love. The Dwell Philosophy & Manifesto turns the typical real estate purchase upside down and asks its buyers and sellers to approach their real estate decisions in a completely out-of-the-box way. wheredoyoudwell.com.

CHGM’s New Computer Lab Opens in Potomac Gardens

Thanks in large part to individual donations of computer monitors and accessories, Capital Hill Group Ministry has opened a computer lab at Potomac Gardens. This new and much needed resource will provide a place for CHGM clients and Potomac Gardens residents to look for jobs, research housing and learn computer skills. The new computer lab is at 1210 I St. SE, Room 11 and will be open to CHGM clients Monday-Friday and to others on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you are interested in learning more

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ington, DC, since 2003, including courses at Georgetown University and classes at the World Bank. In 2007, Valeria earned a MA in Government from the Center for Latin American Studies, at Georgetown University. Reach her at 202-5465229 or valerybuffo@yahoo.com. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. HillCenterDC.org

or in donating computer items, contact Jacob Wilkins at 202-368-4867 or Wilkins@CHGM.net.

CHGM’S Annual Backpack Drive

Capitol Hill Group Ministry (CHGM) is continuing its tradition of providing the children of Ward 6 with the school supplies. CHGM has historically partnered with Christ Church, Capitol Hill United Methodist, and St. Peter’s for the Backpack Distribution, but this year they will also be teaming up with local Capitol Hill elementary schools. Groups and individuals may give cash donations or give school supplies. CHGM’s 2011 backpack distribution reached 74 families with 163 backpacks. Through Aug 17, contact Shelah Wilcox at 202-544-3150 or wilcox@chgm.net with a preference for grade, gender and number of children you would like to sponsor. Between August 6-17, dropoff filled backpacks off at Shirley’s Place Day Center, 1338 G St. SE. The back-to-school event is Aug 18, 10:00 a.m.-noon. chgm.net

World Changers Church Community Day

This celebration is on Sunday, Aug 26, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center, 800 Florida Ave. NE. There will be a school supply giveaway, health screenings, moon bounce, games with prizes and free food. 202-455-5181. worldchangers.org

Casey Trees’ “The Leaflet” e-newsletter

Check out their monthly enewsletter, the Leaflet. Their latest issue showcases there tree-care efforts and discusses their response to the recent storm that threatened DC’s trees. Sign up to receive The Leaflet at the beginning of every month. caseytrees.org

New NoMa Apartment High-rise Planned

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Members of Congress Attend the UDC’s Annual Congressional Reception Amidst last minute changes to the House calendar and scheduled votes on the Pentagon’s budget, over a dozen Members found time to stop by the University of the District of Columbia’s Third Annual Congressional Reception to show their support the only public university in the Nation’s Capital. As the only urban land-grant institution in the United States, the University of the District of Columbia supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the Community College, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and David A. Clarke School of Law. udc.edu Gateway Apartments, a 400-unit apartment building at 100 Florida Ave. NE. The joint venture expects to begin construction on the 14-story project this summer. Washington Gateway will be at the intersection of New York Avenue and Florida Avenue, adjacent to the New York Avenue Metro station. It will include studio to two-bedroom units.

Community Emergency Response Team Pilot Program Kicks Off at Gallaudet University

The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism has brought its signature Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to the District’s deaf community with a pilot program at Gallaudet University, the world leader in undergraduate liberal education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students located in Northeast Washington. The CERT program prepares citizen volunteers to respond to emergencies in their communities, lessons include fire safety, search and rescue operations, basic triage and first aid, di-

saster preparedness, hazard mitigation, terrorism awareness, disaster psychology, and more. The Gallaudet training marks the District’s firstever CERT training specifically tailored for a deaf and hard-of-hearing audience and will engage more than 35 participants, including Gallaudet staff and students and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. serve.dc.gov

Portuguese Classes at Hill Center Open House Aug. 23

On Thursday, Aug 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m., come to the Hill Center and learn about the variety of courses Valeria specializes in and meet the instructor before you sign up for your fall class. Courses include Basic Portuguese, Intermediate Portuguese, Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, Advanced Portuguese, Conversational Portuguese, Business Portuguese and Brazilian Short Stories. Valeria Buffo is a Brazilian journalist who has covered politics in Brazil during four years prior to her move to the USA in 2001. Valeria has been teaching Portuguese in Wash-

At its monthly meeting on July 12, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) released the draft SW Ecodistrict Plan for a 60-day public comment period. The plan proposes to transform a 15-block predominantly federal precinct located just south of the National Mall in Southwest Washington, DC into a showcase of sustainable urban development. The plan is available online at ncpc.gov.

Feet in the Street (Save the Date)

The National Park Service will hold its fourth annual “Feet in the Street” Event on Saturday, Sept 22. They are teaming up again this year with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and for the first time with the annual Car Free Day! Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every Sept 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway, or walk. . .The benefit to greater society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced gasoline demand. Fort Dupont is one of the largest parks in the Nation’s Capital, with 361 acres to explore. On Sept 22, the roadways in the park, including Fort Davis Drive and Fort Dupont Drive, will be closed to motor vehicles from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Residents and visitors are invited to come put their Feet in the Street and run, walk, bike, skate, and move along this 1.6 mile long corridor. There will also be organized activities and programs including a 5k walk/run to kickoff the

event, guided nature hikes, rock climbing wall, physical fitness classes, community garden tours and vegetable gleaning, healthy cooking demonstrations and farmer’s market, face painting, free bike rentals courtesy of Bike and Roll, Capitol Bikeshare test rides and free ride coupons and much more. nps.gov/fodu

Special Tours of the Capitol and Capitol Grounds

Monday through Friday at 11:00 a.m., weather permitting, go on a 45-minute guideled outdoor tour of the Capitol grounds. Pick up a pass at one of the Information Desks, and meet at the North Gift Shop. No advance reservation is required. visitthecapitol.gov In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, a special tour, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, entitled “Capitol and the Congress During the Civil War,” is offered Monday through Friday at 3:30 p.m. With stops at the Old Supreme Court Chamber and other important areas at the Capitol, this tour will explore how the Capitol was used during the Civil War, critical debates that took place during the Civil War, and key judicial decisions made during this time period. No reservations are needed. Get passes for this tour at one of the Information Desks on the lower level of the Visitor Center. visitthecapitol.gov

Paul Williams Named New Congressional Cemetery President

The Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery (APHCC) announced the appointment of Paul Williams as President, effective immediately. Williams recently served as the Executive Director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, a position he held since 2008. Williams’ background is in historic preservation, having attended both Roger Williams and Cornell Universities. He has been the


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proprietor of Kelsey & Associates since 1995, specializing in the historic research of houses and buildings in Washington, DC with nearly 1,700 completed to date. Williams has also authored fourteen books on various Washington, DC neighborhoods and themes. His newest book, Lost Washington, will be published in the fall 2012. Congressional Cemetery is a 35 acre historic burial ground located on Capitol Hill. Among the 55,000 burials at Congressional are scores of noteworthy citizens who left their mark on the city and the nation. Find out more about their amazing stories by exploring the Cemetery’s web site or joining a free Saturday tour April-November at 11:00 a.m. 202-543-0539. congressionalcemetery.org

Aya Community Market at new location

Aya Community Market Relocates to SW

The market provides resources for healthy and sustainable communities through farm fresh produce; educational health speakers and live musical performances; locally produced handmade crafts and baked goods; art, youth activities and more. Formerly at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, it is now at Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St. SW. every Saturday through Nov 17, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ayamarkets.org

Canal Park Website Launched

The construction of Canal Park is well under way and opening day is fast approaching. The park stretches across three city blocks and features a restaurant, an ice rink, and a rain garden. Canal Park launched a new website in July. Want to get into Canal Park now? The National Building Museum has a miniature model of the park created by OLIN as a hole in the Museum’s new mini golf course. canalparkdc.org 30 H HillRag | August 2012

DDOT Selects Team to Operate and Maintain DC Streetcars

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has selected an operations and maintenance team for the DC Streetcar Program. The RATP Dev McDonald Transit (RDMT) team brings the right mix of transit and rail expertise to the District, assuring a successful launch of the first line in late 2013. The initial contract provides service for the 2.2 mile segment on H Street and Benning Rd. NE. RDMT will be responsible for day-today functions associated with the operation of the line including: streetcar operation, maintenance of vehicles, inspection and maintenance of the electrical system and tracks, customer service, and management, hiring and training of staff. Included in the contract is a First Source clause, calling for a minimum of 51% of any needed new hires to be District residents. More than thirtyfive, permanent, new jobs are expected to be created to support the operations of the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line. ddot.dc.gov

worthy that almost every major earnings category contributed substantially; investment income and non-interest income both set records. Total net income after taxes amounted to $2,226,990–an increase of $79,167. The Bank realized investment gains totaling $419,033 which more than offset the industry-wide precipitous decline in net interest margin. Expenses for the six months decreased modestly, in part because FDIC assessments were down $107,000. Salaries and Benefits increased by $117,684 (+5.10%) as they added experienced staff to sort through the increasingly burdensome complexities imposed by the Dodd-Frank regulations. Gross Loans decreased by almost $12.4 million (-4.67%) and Deposits rose by $60.3 million (20.98%). Total Assets stand at $400.8 million, up by 17.98%. National Capital Bank’s cost efficiency ratio of less than 50% is considered exemplary in the banking industry. NCB continues to report no delinquent loans of 90 days or more—making it a standout in the industry for safety and soundness. 202-546-8000. ncbwash.com

Tips on Growing a Kitchen Garden from the US Botanic Garden

DDOT Reconstructs DC-295 (Anacostia Freeway) Ramp from Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Whether you live in a single family dwelling, a townhouse or an apartment, if you have an area with sun, you can grow your own herbs, fruits and vegetables. Here are some tips to make your kitchen garden grow: Season: Think cool, hot, cool. In early spring and fall, plant spinach, peas, lettuce, onions and other plants that need cool nights. Peppers, squash, tomatoes, green beans, melons, okra and corn need warm nights, so plant these after the last spring frost. Use space wisely. Consider height and breadth of the mature plants when thinning or planting seedlings. Crowding will reduce yield. Bush varieties are more compact, and pole or vine varieties use vertical space effectively. Garden organically. Pesticides kill living organisms on your vegetables, in the soil and in the water. You don’t want your family ingesting pesticides in the food they eat. Lots of alternatives are available, including beneficial insects (like lacewings), mulching, removing pests by hand, spraying off pests with water or choosing non-toxic compounds. Monitor your watering. Water in early morning or late evening to reduce water loss to evaporation. Read more at usbg.gov/growing-kitchen-garden

National Capital Bank of Washington Announces Semi Annual Earnings

The National Capital Bank of Washington (NCB) has announced record profits for the second quarter as well as the six months ending June 30, 2012. These results enhanced the Bank’s position as the strongest financial institution in the Washington DC metropolitan area as well as one of the best performing banks in the nation. Net income increased by 3.69% compared to the similar period of 2011. It is especially note-

DDOT began reconstructing the existing DC 295 ramp from Pennsylvania Ave. SE in July. . The reconstruction work will entail widening the existing DC 295 ramp from Pennsylvania Ave. SE and the replacement of overhead signage, sign lighting and pavement markings on the Sousa Bridge. The project is anticipated to take 270 days to complete. Traffic control signs will be installed to guide motorists and provide advance warnings about expected construction delays. Additional signage will also be installed to provide alternative traffic route directions for those that wish to avoid the work area. A minimum of one lane will be kept open at all times on the ramp to provide freeway access. For additional information about this project, contact the DDOT Project Manager, Joseph Dorsey at 202-210-4542. Visit goDCgo.com for more information on transportation options.

FIGMENT’s Participatory Arts Event Coming to Yards Park

FIGMENT, a family-friendly participatory arts event held in multiple cities and attracting tens of thousands of participants each year, will be coming to the Yards Park for its first annual festival in DC on Saturday, Sept 29, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. The FIGMENT crew is excited to bring this inclusive event to the Capitol Riverfront’s doorsteps and looks forward to your participation! FIGMENT DC is accepting submissions for art projects as well as volunteers. For more information, contact dc@ figmentproject.org. The event will offer free, inclusive and participatory art to the entire community. FIGMENT strives to remove the barriers of museum and gallery walls and blur the lines between

those who create and those who enjoy art. dc.figmentproject.org

11th Street Bridge Project Traffic Advisory

DDOT may close lanes during off peak travel times on the 11th Street bridges, related ramps, portions of the Southeast/Southwest Freeway, I-295/DC 295 and local streets through Sunday, Sept 30 to accommodate 11th Street Bridge Project related construction activities. For more information about this work or the 11th Street Bridge Project, contact DDOT Deputy Chief Engineer Ravindra Ganvir at 202-359-6948 or visit the 11th Street Bridge page on AnacostiaWaterfront.org.

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DDOT Reminds Residents to Help Water Trees

The District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is reminding residents to please water trees to help them get through the hot summer months. Water is crucial to a tree’s survival, especially during the summer. Following a regular watering schedule and using these tips can help a tree to stay healthy: Most trees need about 5 gallons of water per week to grow and function normally. Water trees between 4:00-6:00 am when they are at their maximum moisture-retaining level. Apply water slowly so that it sinks deeply into the soil. Soaker hoses, drip emitters, bubblers and hand-held hoses are preferable to sprinklers. 202-673-6813. ddot. dc.gov H

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The Gray Area


by Martin Austermuhle

n September 2010, Vince Gray defeated Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary. Wait, did he? That’s not the sort of question any voter should have to ask themselves close to two years after the election. But that’s exactly where we are today, as further revelations in the ever-evolving scandal surrounding Gray’s 2010 campaign have suddenly cast doubt upon the most basic element of democracy: did the winner actually win? It’s no longer a black and white issue—we’ve entered a gray area. In terms of sheer number of votes, yes, Gray won. He defeated an incumbent who, while enjoying a two-to-one fundraising advantage, ran an uninspired campaign and failed to turn back the tide on an electorate that had largely soured on him. At the end of the day, Gray emerged with 13,000 more votes than Fenty—a 10 percent margin. But all of that is now being revisited. Gray’s supporters could excuse some of his first missteps, but as more irregularities have been revealed, the more impossible it has become to shrug off the doubts.

The Shadow Campaign

In early July, donor Jeanne Clarke Harris pleaded guilty to running a massive straw donation scheme that directed $653,800 in off-the-books contributions to a shadow campaign that helped elect Gray. Only weeks later, the Washington Post uncovered further wrongdoing within Gray’s campaign— members of his staff had improperly obtained a database of the names of 6,000 public housing residents, 32 H HillRag | August 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray. Photo: Andrew Lightman.

gaining a treasure trove of personal information on a segment of the population that while sympathetic to Gray’s message, doesn’t often exercise its rights at the ballot box. Additionally, campaign treasurer Betty Brown—that’s the official campaign, mind you—admitted that $100,000 in day-of walking around money was mislabeled on campaign finance reports as being

payments for polling and mailing lists. In June former D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown pleaded guilty to much of the same—giving poll workers more than the $50 they are allowed to get in cash.

Cheating Your Way to Victory

Had it only been one slip-up or violation, residents may have dismiss

it. Had things been limited to paying Sulaimon Brown to say mean things about Adrian Fenty—which he did with gusto—maybe that too could have been brushed aside. But with the enormity of the scandal having become that much more apparent, many voters have started asking a key question—was the election fairly won? Sure, Gray crossed the line first. But did he trip up his principal competitor along the way, making a fair race all but impossible? For those who have lined up to say that Gray should resign, it’s an easy answer—the process was so corrupted that even a wide-margin victory like the one Gray received is likely suspect. “The legitimacy of the election has been called into question. Whether the Mayor knew of the shadow campaign or not does not matter. He should not be the beneficiary of that illegality,” said Councilmember David Catania (IAt Large). Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), who endorsed Gray in the 2010 primary, said much the same when she called on him to resign, saying that he had benefited from “massive election fraud.” The scandal seems to reveal as much. According to the investigation led by U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen, the shadow campaign didn’t shy away from the light of day—in fact, the money that Harris funneled into it (along with co-conspirator Jeffrey Thompson) openly benefited the campaign. Some $203,100 went to pay for staff, $127,700 bought campaign materials, $58,000 went to supplies, and $265,000 covered rental vans, hotel

rooms and other expenses. For a campaign that legally raised close to $2 million for the primary, $653,800 isn’t a rounding error— it’s a substantial percentage. As for the list of public housing residents, it provided a distinct advantage for Gray’s campaign. The Post found that same-day registrations from precincts with large public housing populations surged during the September primary—and those precincts largely went for Gray. In one precinct in the southwestern segment of Ward 6, for one, turnout increased by 26 percent, with the majority of the new votes going for Gray.

Not All Fraud Is The Same

The case seems to be weighing heavily against Gray at this point—politically, at least. Election fraud and campaign finance violations are very different beasts, and Gray’s campaign is accused primarily of violating the latter. No one has yet said that Gray paid people to vote for him, much less that he stuffed ballot boxes. This may seem like a low standard for what’s right and wrong in electoral democracy, but directly linking money to votes without proving that voters were paid is extremely difficult. Campaign finance violations are certainly of concern, though. This country’s democratic system is premised on fair competition, and that’s partly judged on money being raised and spent according to set rules and in a manner that is open to public review. Gray’s shadow campaign effectively made it impossible to know who was supporting his candidacy, what they were paying to get him elected and what they might get in return. These might seem like semantic distinctions, but they matter. I called upon a number of elections experts to ask whether any elections had ever been nullified by massive campaign finance violations, and they couldn’t think of any that fit the bill. The closest case came from Baltimore, where a city councilwoman failed to file any campaign finance reports at all during her reelection bid—but still kept her seat after having won the election. At this point, then, there’s no real legal case to be made for the claim that Gray “stole” the election. Did he play the game unfairly? Absolutely. But did that style of play push him over the top against Fenty? Short of finding evidence that the $653,800 was used to buy votes, we’ll likely never know.

“Mayor” Gray

Of course, little of that seems to matter now. The standards for political guilt are

significantly lower than they are for legal guilt, after all. Looked at that way, a large part of D.C. residents seem to think Gray is guilty as charged. According to a Post poll in mid-July, 54 percent of respondents said that Gray should resign. (That majority largely crossed demographic and geographic lines, a reality that’s richly ironic since Gray’s dream of forging “One City” seems to be limited to pushing a majority of residents to want him gone.) The poll also found that if there were a do-over of September 2010 today, Fenty would win by a two-to-one margin. Ouch. While Gray has said little as the scandal has blossomed, he has steadfastly denied having known anything about what was happening in his own campaign. At the advice of his attorney, though, he has said nothing of his involvement in the investigation—only further fueling conspiracy theories, rumors and chatter as to how long he will remain in office. Short of any further revelations, though, it’s looking like he’ll survive through the dog days of summer. After that, though, the D.C. Council will return and Gray will be faced with the reality that he’ll have to govern with very little political capital at his disposal. That may ultimately be the thing that does him in—does he want to seem like a lame duck for the next two years, governing over a city that largely doesn’t trust him? Until he makes that decision for himself—or Machen comes back with a case against him—Gray is putting his head down and insisting that it’s business as usual. In late July, he rolled out a 60-page “One City Action Plan” (basically bullet points of what his administration had already said it would do), presented the results of an initiative that allows residents to more easily grade D.C. agencies and announced plans for a number of longstanding development projects from Walter Reed to Reservation 13. But it’s hard to pretend nothing has happened while the very legitimacy of his mayoralty crumbles beneath him. Journalists constantly pepper him with questions about the scandal, and residents can only lower their gazes and hope that D.C. doesn’t stumble any lower than it already has. Sure, we’re in a far better place than we were during the worst of Marion Barry’s days, but at least then everyone could say that they knew he won the election. Nowadays it’s even hard to admit that much. Martin Austermuhle is the editor-in-chief of DCist. com and a freelance writer living in Petworth. H

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Warren Buffett Is Right

Wealthy Investors Should Not Pay Less Tax than the Average DC Family


t’s hard to deny that the super-rich sometimes get to live by a different set of rules than the rest of us, like the celebrities who get all sorts of fancy stuff for free just for showing up somewhere. DC may soon have its own case in point of preferential treatment for the well-heeled. Legislation before the DC Council would allow some very wealthy DC residents to pay a lower income tax rate than the typical working DC family, mostly because some high-income residents said they didn’t want to pay DC’s normal tax rates. To be clear, the bill in question — introduced by Mayor Gray — would not turn DC’s income tax structure entirely upside down. Instead, it would set a very low tax rate for investments in DC-based tech firms. Yet because investments provide the main source of income for the super-wealthy, and because DC’s growing tech sector is making a number of people rich, this tax cut would let some very well-off residents pay a lower income tax rate than you or I do. This dramatic departure from progressive tax rates — the tech investment tax rate would be lower than the DC’s lowest income tax rate for wage and salary income — could be justified only if there were convincing evidence that the rest of us would be better off as a result — that it would, for example, create a lot of jobs and boost DC’s economy. Yet supporters cannot point to any such benefits. In fact, when pressed, the tax-cut supporters in DC government say the lower rate is needed because they have heard from wealthy investors who are planning to move from the District to Virginia to avoid paying DC taxes when they cash in on their tech investments. This suggests that the rich and powerful get to dictate DC government policy, down to the income tax rate they will pay to the city. There clearly is something wrong with this, especially since the District actually does a good job attracting and retaining high-income residents. DC’s richest residents have higher incomes than similar families in any major U.S. city. If any of this tax debate sounds familiar, it may be because Warren Buffett has brought attention to something similar at the federal level. The billionaire investor (who graduated from DC’s own Wilson High School) has challenged federal capital gains 34 H HillRag | August 2012

by Ed Lazere

to 8.95 percent. • Tax breaks for venture capital companies: The low tax rate would apply to venture capital companies, which are in the business of investing in other companies. They don’t need special tax breaks to be encouraged to do so. • No focus on start-ups: New companies are the ones most likely to face challenges attracting investors. Yet the proposed legislation would offer the low tax rate for investments in any tech companies, including successful wellestablished ones.

Letting the Rich Set Their Own Tax Rates: Not a Wise Move

tax laws that allow him to pay a lower tax rate on his investments than his secretary pays on her salary. The issue also has gotten Mitt Romney into some hot water, since his tax returns show that he pays a low rate on his investment-heavy income. DC’s policymakers would do well to follow the Buffett Rule — that wealthy investors pay a higher tax rate than middle-income families — rather than violating it.

Tech Investment Tax Break Plan Goes Too Far

The “Technology Sector Enhancement Act” is intended to support growth in DC-based technology companies, a worthwhile goal at a time when the federal government may be shrinking. But good intentions are not enough. A close look at the proposed investor tax credits raise lots of serious questions. • Ridiculously low tax rates for investors: The bill would set a 3 percent tax rate on gains from investments in DC-based tech firms. That is lower than the tax rates paid by any working DC resident — even a minimum wage worker — where the rates start at 4 percent and go up

Perhaps the most shocking element of the Mayor’s bill is that it would lower the tax rate for people who currently hold investments in DC tech companies. If the goal of the tax cut is to encourage more investment in tech companies, we shouldn’t offer tax breaks to people who already have made such investments, right? This is where the plot over a seemingly mundane tax proposal gets more interesting. The Gray Administration, in a document shared with the DC Council, says that the tax cut is needed because there are “high-value tech employee stock-holders” that have told the Mayor’s people that they are considering “relocating to Virginia to shelter themselves” from paying taxes to the District. To be clear, this means that there are residents who plan to cash in their tech investments soon — standing to make very large sums, no doubt — who have said they would rather not pay taxes on their substantial gains. And the Mayor’s response has been to offer them a lower tax rate than any other DC resident pays. This proposal is disturbing on many levels. Not only does it fly in the face of fair tax policy, it also is policy made based on anecdote. It does not make sense to reduce taxes deeply in response to concerns raised by a small number of people. While it’s not surprising that some wealthy residents would ask for lower taxes, but there is no evidence that DC’s tax system is creating widespread agitation among our richest residents. The average income of the top 5 percent of DC families is $473,000, and that is higher than in any major U.S. city.

Investment Tax Breaks Won’t Turn a Frog Into a Prince

As if this isn’t enough to cast doubt on cutting investment taxes, what about the simple fact that it won’t even work? That it is unlikely to result in greater investments in DC tech companies? Investing in a new company with a new product or idea is risky. There is no FDIC insurance protecting that investment. An investor could stand to lose everything if the company fails. So it is no surprise that the people and companies that invest in tech start-ups are very choosy and only pick the start-ups they feel are likely to succeed. Offering investors a low tax rate on earnings from DC tech companies is unlikely to change investors’ behavior, because a low tax rate does not turn a risky investment into a safe one. David Weaver, who mentors and educates “angel investors,” the kinds of people who invest in startups, says it best: “[T]ax credits won’t make angels invest in a company that they wouldn’t invest in without the credit…[Investors] aren’t so foolish to throw their money away because someone waves an incentive in from of them.”

Follow the Warren Buffett Rule

This brings us back to Warren Buffett, the billionaire who supports efforts to raise taxes on investments, because current federal tax law allows some of the wealthiest Americans to pay some of the lowest income tax rates. The good news is that DC doesn’t have the problem that Warren Buffett points out — yet — but we would if the tech investor tax cut is adopted. Rather than bribing a handful of very well off residents to stay and invest in DC with tax rates that are lower than anyone else’s, DC’s leaders should keep supporting efforts to make DC a healthy and attractive city — which will do more in the end to create the right atmosphere for economic growth. Lazere is the executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org), which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. H

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The H Street Playhouse Moves Across the River


by Annette Nielsen

xit the Anacostia Metro stop work East of the River including ture development of the larger Ward started the H Street Playhouse. Afand you start to feel the en- Southeast Trinity, Verbal Gymnas- 8 community – between Anacostia ter Bruce passed away in 2009, Adele ergy of this vibrant neighbor- tics, the Serenity Players and Mel- and Congress Heights, there is a lot sold the building to Century Associhood. Travel past the Capital Bike- vin Deal and the African Heritage going on. There’s an influx of new ates. The H Street Playhouse is curshare station, Arcadia Farm’s Mobile Dancers and Drummers.” residents, mostly young black pro- rently a Century tenant through the Market selling fresh fruit and vegeOn the heels of LUMEN8Ana- fessionals coming into the neighbor- end of January 2013. tables, and walk a few blocks on bus- costia where art venues showcased hood, too, which gives hope that we “I’m a neighborhood nerd, and tling Martin Luther King Boulevard the works of local fine artists and ar- can all pursue the American Dream.” more than ever, it’s key for the H and you’ll find the HIVE, a creative tisans as well as performances by viJulia Robey Christian, who not Street Playhouse to continue to be a and shared workspace for freelanc- sual artists, dancers and actors – the only works as the managing direc- resource for its community – I grew ers and small businesses, a up in DC, and my father project of the ARCH Degrew up in Anacostia – velopment Corporation it’s important to work on (ADC). behalf of the place that Around for over two took care of you.” decades, ADC is a 501(c) Philip Pannell, ex(3) not-for-profit comecutive director of the munity based organizaAnacostia Coordinating tion that believes arts and Council and longtime the creative economy can Ward 8 resident said of be employed as part of a the H Street Playhouse comprehensive approach relocation that there to community revitalizacouldn’t be better news. tion in Anacostia– and “There hasn’t been a live believes in working coltheater and performance laboratively with other space in Anacostia in 20 groups and organizayears – since 8Rock was tions to realize economic located on Martin Lugrowth. ther King Boulevard – I can’t wait for the PlayBack in January 2012, house’s arrival.” ADC heard that the H The Playhouse’s Street Playhouse would change in venue to 2020 no longer operate out of Shannon Place, SE, also their H Street NE home From left: Nikki Peele with ARCH Development Corporation, ANC commissioner David Garber, Charles Wilson, President & has the support of Mayor and they reached out to Co-founder of the Historic Anacostia Block Association, ANC commissioner Greta Fuller, and Colin Hovde, Artistic Director, the theater to propose Gray and Ward 8 council Theater Alliance. Photo: Annette Nielsen their relocation to Hismember Marion Barry. ANC commissioner Datoric Anacostia. And now, just a block from the HIVE, live H Street Playhouse announcement tor of the H Street Playhouse, but vid Garber who lived in Anacostia theater will come to Anacostia. seems perfectly timed. at one time served as program direc- for three years stated, “This is a win“It was a natural fit,” says Phil Charles Wilson, President and tor for Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, win for the city – a real beacon for Hutinet, ADC’s Chief Operating Co-Founder of the Historic Ana- and also more recently held the all of the possibilities as we see more Officer who spearheaded the project. costia Block Association, is enthu- post of executive director at Capi- destinations created, adding to the “The H Street Playhouse’s presence siastic about the announcement and tol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce already established Uniontown Bar in Historic Anacostia will not only said that the move is a good indica- (CHAMPS), was raised in a com- & Grill, existing art galleries – all things that will bring people to the provide a world-class black-box the- tor that Anacostia will be getting the munity-minded household. ater for both local and regional pa- attention it deserves. Julia’s parents, Adele and Bruce neighborhood.” trons, but it will also provide a stage Garber’s sentiment was echoed “The buzz is out there – folks Robey, had purchased the building for local performers who live and are definitely talking about the fu- at 1365 H Street, NE in 2001 and by DC Commission on the Arts and 36 H HillRag | August 2012

Julia Robey Christian, Managing Direcdtor of H Street Playhouse. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Humanities executive director Lionell Thomas at the Monday afternoon press conference, “This will be an amazing cultural hub here in Anacostia – a great example of how public and private partnerships can work in underserved areas.” Adele Robey admires so much about the new Anacostia theater space, “The venue’s expansive ceilings and open floor space allow for varying configurations, depending on the requirements of the different performances – and over the

Phil Hutinet, ADC Chief Operating Officer. Photo: Andrew Lightman

past decade we’ve galvanized supporters with a steady stream of producing theater companies who are ready to be a part of something new and exciting.” Robey stated that they hope to have a seamless transition, with performances starting at the new location as soon as the lease expires at the H Street location the end of January. And while the H Street Playhouse won’t be keeping its name in the Anacostia venue, they might open it up to a competition, although she added, “2020 is a cool address.” Pannell, who works a few steps away from the new theater location says that he looks forward to working with the playhouse and the possibility of hosting events in the new space. He noted Black History Month celebrated in February, coincides with the projected opening date. ANC commissioner Greta Fuller said, “This is the catalyst for Historic Anacostia – let the city and the rest of the world know who we are and what we have to offer.” H

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NEWS ANC 6A by Roberta Weiner

Bikeshare Stations Could Have Ads

Responding to word that DDOT is planning to use the large signs on the sides of Capitol Bikeshare stations for advertising, the ANC voted to ask the Historic Preservation Office to review the plan for its potential adverse impacts on historic neighborhoods, parks and streetscapes. Elizabeth Nelson cited as an example the impact ads would have on a station located at 13th Street and North Carolina Avenue, with a historic district and Lincoln Park in the immediate area. Several commissioners pointed out that ads might be acceptable in commercial districts, or even commercial strips in historic districts, but they are not acceptable , and, in fact, would violate the law governing signs in historic districts.

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In Other Actions…

In other actions, ANC 6A.., • Heard PSA 104 liaison Acting Lt. Daniel Godin report on the recent uptick in crime along the H Street corridor, and briefed the community on the “very aggressive” steps the police are taking to increase patrols, focusing on the robberies. He said that, despite the impression to the contrary, crime was actually down 1% from the same time last year, and, he said, they have been making arrests in the recent rash of burglaries. • Decided to not submit testimony to Councilmember Jim Graham’s committee on his legislation rewriting the laws governing alcoholic beverages, deciding that there had not been enough notification. Commissioner Healy, who chairs the ANC’s Alcoholic Beverage Licensing committee, p0inted out that he had served on a task force put together by Councilmember Graham to advise on the legislation. He said he had attended at least ten meetings so the ANC’s perspective was not entirely

missing, He said the roundtable held by the Councilmember had focused on the question of Sunday hours, and nothing else. When it was pointed out that it was important for ANCs to make their views known, it was pointed out that there would be time to communicate them to the full Council before it votes on the legislation. • Was informed by Commissioner Healy that he and Chair David Holmes had attended a mediation at ABRA on/ Class A liquor stores that had not signed voluntary agreements with the ANC. Unfortunately, according to Holmes, the commission’s protests were not protestable because people had not complained, and the four stores— Jumbo Liquors, Master Liquors, Family Liquors and New York Liquors—were not required to sign. A motion was passed to withdraw the protests of the four licenses, • Agreed to support a race sponsored by the National Guard

on the morning of September 12th., The route will take runners from the Armory out East Capitol Street to 11th Street, around Lincoln Park and back on East Capitol.

ANC 6B by Emily Clark


neasiness over the future of the Eastern Market was palpable at the ANC 6B July meeting. The meeting was sandwiched in between Zoning Commission hearings on the Hine School development, which is key to determining the fate of the outdoor weekend market. Commissioners and neighbors were seeking a solution to the lingering question of market governance. Eight commissioners were pres-

ent, with commissioners Flahaven and Oldenburg absent. Even though no votes were taken regarding the Eastern Market legislation, neighbors, vendors, commissioners and the weekend market manager all expressed concerns about who would be in charge, once the Hine School development is approved. The two issues—Hine School and Eastern Market—are inextricably linked, because the weekend market currently takes place in the parking lot that will become part of the development.

Trust or No Trust?

The Eastern Market legislation is supposed to create the Eastern Market Trust, a nonprofit made up of representatives from the developer and the community that will run the market. But Mayor Gray, without explaining why, has come out in opposition to the legislation, throwing its outcome into doubt. Part of the Hine School development involves re-opening a section of C Street SE as a private plaza. Discussion at the ANC 6B meeting centered on whether or not there would be a separate entity governing the C Street plaza, whether a trust would be created, whether closing 7th Street between C and Pennsylvania would provide enough space for vendors and whether or not developers will allow the C Street plaza to be used as part of the weekend market. Commissioner Frishberg noted that Mayor Gray’s opposition to the legislation “throws a wrinkle into our memorandum of agreement” with developers. “We lose our ability to connect with what they will control on C Street.” Commissioner Pate said the mayor’s opposition “is more about internal politics,” and that lack of specific oversight “creates a weird dynamic.” But both commissioners said that the ANC remains committed to preserving the weekend

market, whatever happens to the legislation. “We need to keep up the pressure on the mayor’s office,” Commissioner Pate said, adding that stakeholders should be able to review the legislation and offer refinements. But Commissioner Glick claimed that “neighbors are the biggest stakeholders, and the legislation doesn’t include them.” Ultimately, all commissioners reaffirmed their commitment to keeping the market alive.

Park Damage, Festival Plans

In other business, the commission voted to approve sending a letter to DC Water regarding damage to the triangular park at Potomac Avenue and M Street, between 8th and 9th streets SE. The letter states that the park, part of the original L’Enfant plan for the District, is of historic significance, and that, in doing work at the site as part of the Clean Rivers Project, DC Water removed 25 bollards and chain, removed the sidewalk, trees and globe lights, paved over the grass and displaced hundreds of freshly planted bulbs. Commissioner Garrison asked that the letter be amended to request in writing what changes DC Water is prepared to make to restore the park. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the amended letter. The commission voted unanimously to approve a request to close 8th Street SE between E and I streets for the upcoming Barracks Row Fall Festival in September. This year’s festival will also include an art exhibit along G Street. Commissioner Garrison expressed concern about rerouting buses from 8th Street to 7th Street, which he said is too narrow to accommodate bus traffic. A festival representative said he will ask DDOT to limit the number of buses and alert drivers as to the narrowness of the alternative streets.

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www.anc6a.org The ANC does not meet in August, next meeting will be September 13 Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee TBD, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Adam Healey, 556-0215 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, August 20, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, August 15, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Drew Ronneberg, 431-4305 Community Outreach Committee Monday, August 13, 7:30pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

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Regina Lawson from the DC Child and Family Services Agency appealed to the commissioners and the community at large for assistance in locating individuals and families to help abused and neglected children through the foster care system. In Ward 6 alone, she said, there were 634 calls last year reporting abuse and neglect, adding that “for the first half of 2012, we’ve had more than 350 calls.” “I ask each of you to work with our children,” Lawson said. “We can be proactive in reducing abuse and neglect.” Lawson also noted that her agency helps keep children in the neighborhood and connects at-risk families to resources like mentorship programs and vocational training. She urged community members to explore volunteer opportunities with children, outside of being foster parents. Hasim Dawkins of DC Sustainable Energy Utility pointed out a federal home loan of $12,000 to low income residents for installing energy efficiency devices in the home. The loans are interest-free, with forgiveness, he said. He also noted that the energy efficiency utility has trained and hired local residents, including 14 long-term unemployed people. Dawkins urged residents to phone him or go online (www.dcseu. com) for information.

ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner

Small House, Major Problems

The developer says he wasn’t aware of what he had to do prior to asking for a zoning variance, the neighbors say the project is just a bad

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idea. And so the scene was set for a contentious and lengthy discussion at the July ANC 6C meeting on the request for support for a BZA application by David Martin for a special exception to construct a two-story 12’x12’ addition at the rear of a townhouse at 124 4th Street NE—and for an expedited review of the case. Martin’s plan is apparently to renovate the house and sell it, as he has done with other DC properties. The house, oriented east and west, abuts five houses on Constitution Avenue that are oriented north and south, as well as several on 4th Street. Mr. Martin had appeared earlier at the Commission’s Economic Development and Zoning Committee with a drawing showing only his property, and failing to show its relationship to the surrounding houses, a condition of the zoning regulations. Additionally, he had notified his neighbors about the hearing—and his request for expedited review— only one day before the committee meeting. And while he presented a letter expressing no objection from the neighbor at the corner of Constitution Avenue, he failed to provide letters from other neighbors who, it turns out, did not share that viewpoint, Five of those neighbors came to the ANC meeting, armed with written testimony and photographs showing how the addition would violate several conditions that must be observed for the construction of additions, including that light and air to neighboring properties not be affected; that neighbors’ privacy not be ‘unduly compromised;” and that the addition not substantially visually intrude upon the character scale and pattern along the street frontage. Each of the neighbor’s statements showed how the regulations would be flouted, including one whose testimony referred continuously, and most sinisterly, to the “Virginia Developer” (Mr. Martin’s firm is indeed located in Alexandria.). Replete with references to incorrect information in Mr. Martin’s

application, violations already committed during the construction, the loss of light, air and privacy they will suffer when the construction is completed—as well as and a lack of timely notification of the upcoming BZA hearing and the unwarranted request for an expedited hearing—the neighbors were unified in their request that the ANC oppose Mr. Martin’s request support to build the addition, and that a full BZA hearing be held so that the members of the community have an opportunity to be heard prior to any decision being made. Mr. Martin maintained that the addition would not adversely affect the neighborhood, that it was not visible from the street, that an addition at a house next door can’t be seen from the street, and that what the neighbors will see “a new and improved back of the addition instead of the back of the existing house, and thus no change in terms of view{“ and there will be no parking in the alley and no additional traffic and lights. He ended his statement with the assurance that “not only will there be no adverse effect on the neighboring property owners, but it will improve the value and general quality of the immediate neighborhood,” The ANC, however, shared the committee’s—and the community’s—reservations, and voted 5-1 to oppose both the granting of the special exception, and an expedited hearing on the case.

NoMa Continues to Grow

NoMa’s rapid growth continues, and in July the ANC’S attention was focused on a rising apartment building at 60 L Street, between the new NPR building approaching completion on North Capitol Street and an office building on L Street. Camden Development, the developer of the property, wanted the Commission’s support for a Public Space permit for landscaping, planters and curb cuts for the building, which will have 321 units of luxury housing, three and half stories of below grade park-

ing, including bicycles, and a host of amenities. The curb cuts are being requested for the left side of the building, as the entrances for both parking and loading in the private alley next door to NPR; the planters will be located along the front wall of the building; and there will be five tree boxes installed along K Street. The curb cuts will provide the only entrance to the underground area. Commissioner Mark Dixon was concerned that the street was non-existent or too narrow to allow for both tree boxes and pedestrians, but he was reassured that there was enough space. Commissioner Tony Goodman expressed the hope that there would be some benches interspersed with the planters, and suggested as an alternative that the planters be at least 18” high so that people could sit on their edges. A final suggestion was made, and accepted by the developer, to include some bike racks outside the building for visitors. The upshot of the discussion was that the ANC voted unanimously to support the Public Space permit application.

The Crypt Gets a Go-Ahead

After many months’ discussion, The Crypt, a private sex club for men, got an okay for its Certificate of Occupancy from the ANC. The club, long a fixture in southeast, was one of the establishments dislocated by the construction of the ballpark, and it resettled about seven months ago at 1st and M Streets NE. The intervening months have been spent in discussions between the owner and Commissioner Tony Goodman, in whose single member district the club is located. Mr. Goodman, expressing the community’s concern that the establishment was not a true club, allowing people to join just prior to entering, rather than in advance, and that, in fact, they were using a separate onsite facility for that purpose to get around City regulations that prohibit such sales to membership-based club

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members. On those grounds, the ANC had appealed the club’s Certificate of Occupancy. The owner of the club maintains that he has been and will continue to be, a good neighbor, admitting only members signed up in advance, with no noise, loitering customers, trash or other grounds for complaint. In fact, Skip Coburn, head of the association of DC club owners spoke at the meeting, saying that, in its long history, the club had never had any reports filed against it with the MPD or the liquor regulatory board, Mr. Goodman, saying that the club has indeed been a good neighbor, presented a motion authorizing that the appeal of the Certificate of Occupancy be withdrawn if an agreement is signed between the ANC and the Crucible to not operate with no late hours and loud music, that the roof not be renovated for an outdoor space, that members not join the same day and that membership cannot be solicited on site,. The agreement, he said would not be signed with ABRA, just the ANC, and would provide a template for similar agreements with other clubs. The motion passed unanimously,

for a liquor license, 12th Gave its support to a request for support for a BZA application for several special exceptions and variances to enable the construction of a new building with residential, retail and office components at 1005 North Capitol Street in Northwest One. It is being developed by Be The Change, a project of the BaltimoreWashington Conference of the United Methodist Church, along with supportive housing specialists Community Solutions. Half the residences will target households making less than 60% of AMI and half will be for veterans who have been homeless. The commission approved the request. • Supported the granting of a liquor license to Fuel Pizza and Wings at 600 F Street NW. There will be no meeting of ANC 6C in August. The next meeting of ANC 6C will be on Wednesday, September 12th, at 7 PM at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NW •

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ANC 6C04 Tony Goodman (202) 271-8707 tonytgood@gmail.com ANC 6C05 M.Tony Richardson (202) 997-6662 tonyrichardson08@gmail.com ANC 6C06 John Scott Price (202) 577-6261 6CO6@anc.dc.gov

ANC 6C07 Bill Crews anc6c07@aol.com ANC 6C08 Karen Wirt (202) 547-7168 6C08@anc.dc.gov ANC 6C09 Kevin Wilsey (202) 669-5184 kwilsey@thelansburgh.com

In Other News… •

Okayed a letter of support for the DC Fire Museum, located at Engine Company 3 of the DCFD & EMS, 439 New Jersey Avenue NE, to place a National Fire Dog Monument in front of the museum. The statue, a life size model of an arson dog, of which there are only 88 in the country, will become a permanent part of the museum. Approved a Public Space permit for outdoor seating for The Carving Room, a new restaurant at 300 Massachusetts Ave., NW that will be making its own corned beef, pastrami and pickles. The ANC had previously supported its application

ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner

Remaking a Southwest Landmark

Since the mid-‘50’s, at the corner where M Street SW turns into Maine Avenue (6th Street), St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church with its A-line peaked roof, red door and community garden has been a welcoming entryway to the waterfront and its cruise boats, restaurants and the Gangplank Marina. Most recently, it has provided a backdrop for farmers’ markets, movies, concerts, even yoga classes taking

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capitolstreets ANC reports place on the adjoining green space, sponsored for the community by Hoffman-Madison, the developers of The Wharf, the monumental southwest waterfront development that, as residents and readers know, is going to radically change the face of the neighborhood. The church is no exception to these changes, and the ANC 6D meeting was devoted to filling the community in on what’s in store. Attendees at the July meeting were attentive as a team of architects and planners from HoffmanMadison gave a detailed presentation about the future of Parcel 11, which in “Wharf-speak” is the parcel of land on which the church and its surrounding green space now sit, and will, when completed, be home to three distinct components—a new church, an apartment building and a totally-redesigned park. The new St. Augustine’s will be

a two story, 15,000 square foot, brick and glass building with a curving rear wall to reference the Arena Stage building across the street. Large clear windows will create a bright second floor sanctuary that will look out toward the Washington Monument, and the structure’s vestibule will connect with a library, meeting spaces and classrooms to serve both its members and the Southwest community, and that will be, unlike the current structure, ADA accessible. An outdoor plaza fronting on M Street will be highlighted by an unusual feature—a labyrinth for prayerful and meditative walking. The apartment house will be built next door to the church, and in order to clearly differentiate it from its neighbor, it will be designed by a different architect. The 106-unit, fourstory glass and wood-frame building will echo the Tiber Island town houses just behind it on M Street. The top

floor will have a 12-foot setback, that will allow the penthouse apartments to have terraces On the building’s second floor, a courtyard with green space and a fountain will provide an amenity for the residents and while it won’t be available to the tenants, the building will have a green roof, Finally, Waterfront Park will cover the southeastern end of The Wharf, and while a team of landscape architects is responsible for the design, there was a community charette to make sure it reflected the desires of Southwest residents. The park will feature a semi-circular wooden pergola, with seating under it. It will face a large circular water feature that will serve as a splash fountain for walking through and playing in. The park will be accessed from many points including Harbor Place and its green space, landscaped walkways and bocce courts will provide vistas of the water and boats.

St. Augustine’s will remain at the prominent corner of 6th Street, SW and Maine Avenue, SW, but will be housed in a new building on the site.

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The church worked closely with Hoffman-Madison and the designers and is supportive of the proposed design. There was not much discussion by the ANC or the audience, and the ANC did not take a position on Parcel 11, since its June vote opposed the entire project, which has been the subject of four Zoning Commission hearings during July. The ANC has, however, scheduled a special meeting prior to the last Commission meeting at which it will reassess the position it had taken three weeks previously. At that time, the members did not receive from the developer in a timely manner the very complex set of new materials that had to be analyzed prior to making a decision, and, on the grounds that it was not possible to judge whether many modifications that had been negotiated had been incorporated into the plans, voted to oppose it.

More Activity Scheduled for Lansburgh Park

Opened in 1964 as part of the Southwest renewal, what remains today of Lansburgh Park is a swath of green between L and K Streets, bordered by 1st Street and Delaware Avenue SW, highlighted by a series of pavilions, a stage and some benches. The original playground furniture has all been removed, but in the last several months there has been a real interest in the park’s potential. A group called PAWS of Southwest is advocating to establish a dog park at the location, and is sponsoring an outdoor movie in August, and there are conversations going on about a full-scale restoration of this ill-used resource. The ANC, in fact, approved two resolutions for park activities. In the first one, the Commission expressed its enthusiastic support for the establishment of a community garden in the park. The second is a letter of support for Summer in Lansburgh, a continuation of a Southwest residents’ reunion that has been held for the last several years at the King-

Greenleaf Rec Center and will, this September, move to the park. The event has come to provide an opportunity for people who were childhood friends in the area to get together. There will be a cookout, children’s activities and entertainment, and the commission voted unanimously to support it.

In Other Actions…

In other actions, the ANC… Voted unanimously to support an extension of the agreement between the Nationals and the Zoning Commission that enables the team to maintain adequate parking spaces in the area surrounding the stadium. According to team Vice President Gregory McCarthy, while 879 of those spaces are leased by the team for season ticket holders, 271 are available for game day parking and usually less than one-third are used. It appears that the team’s campaign to encourage Metro and other forms of transportation has been a success. He mentioned, in fact, that the Nationals are the only major league team with bicycle valet parking—and the bike lots are usually full. • Approved a stipulated liquor license for Kruba Thai and Sushi, slated for an August opening at Lumber Shed at The Yards. • Extended the exemption from single sales restrictions on beer and fortified wines for Harry’s Reserve Liquor Store at 909 New Jersey Avenue SE. The ANC will not meet in August. The next meeting of ANC 6D will be held on Monday, September 10th, at 7 PM, at 1101 4th Street SW in the second floor DCRA hearing room. H •

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CHGC’s Annual Bulb Giveaway Free Spring-flowering Bulbs In October 2012, the Capitol Hill Garden Club will continue for the eighth year in a row to give away free spring-flowering bulbs for use in public spaces on Capitol Hill. Daffodils and crocus are chosen as they come back – and even proliferate – every year. No qualified applicant will be turned away! Applicants should include a plan for the planting, which must be visible from the street. A photograph of the space is appreciated. The plan must also name the person responsible for the planting. Both individuals and organizations are invited to apply. Applications, available June 1, are due on September 15. The bulbs will be distributed in October, 2012– in time for planting. To request an application form, which can be submitted electronically, please contact the blogspot of the Capitol Hill Garden Club at http://capitolhillgardenclub.blogspot.com/ or phone Elvira Sisolak at 202-546-2534. This simple program has brought tens of thousands of daffodils and crocuses to public spaces on Capitol Hill. Please apply now – for a lovely springtime show in 2013.

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“Shakespeare’s First Drafts”

Crossword Author: Myles Mellor • www.themecrosswords.com • www.mylesmellorconcepts.com

by Sally York and Myles Mellor Across:

1. Cy Young, e.g. 6. Last call? 10. Assassinated 15. Show of hands, maybe 19. Pinker steak 20. Code type 21. Milk: Prefix 22. Water-soluble compound 23. Play about a dragon-slayer’s reverie? (with “A”) 27. Mad. ___ 28. “It’s ___ real!” 29. Gutter locale 30. “___ on $45 a Day” 31. Endangered goose 33. Mouth, in slang 35. According to last testament 38. Adherents 39. Dilly 41. Protect 46. ___ de mer 49. “Mamma ___!” 50. Cousin of -trix 51. Claw 52. Play about a wheeler-dealer going soft? 58. ___-Magnon 59. Blatant 60. Fix, as leftovers 61. “Bolero” composer 63. Within reach 65. Literary magazine founded in 1900 71. “Island of the Blue Dolphins” author and family 73. Repulsive ones 75. “Watch out!” 76. Hospital chain near Atlanta 79. Hesitant 82. Town in western Peru 83. On the train 85. Beau 87. Actor Arnold 88. Play about spouses who kill a duke? (with “The”) 95. Befuddle 96. “Der Ring ___ Nibelungen” 97. “___ Girls” 98. Moray, e.g. 99. Firm that flips products 101. Big pig 103. Gay Talese’s “___ the Sons” 107. Catches 109. Fizzy drink 113. Reverse, e.g.

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114. Strolls 118. Rash goddesses 120. Be an omen of 122. Pandowdy, e.g. 123. Play about a plane crash survivor? 128. “Cut it out!” 129. ___ show 130. ___ line (major axis of an elliptical orbit) 131. Dorothy’s dog, and namesakes 132. Keith of country 133. Tangle 134. Clarified butter in India 135. Cognizant


1. Big name in fashion 2. Relinquishes 3. Devoted 4. ___ gestae 5. Clobber 6. Circus employee 7. “Gladiator” setting 8. The “p” in m.p.g. 9. Benefit 10. Chip off the old block 11. Bar order 12. “___ du lieber!” 13. “The Addams Family” cousin 14. Nurses 15. Engine sound 16. Hydrox rival 17. Ballet move 18. Flimsy, as an excuse 24. Big Apple attraction, with “the” 25. Back of the neck 26. Fourth-largest city in Minnesota 32. Salinger dedicatee 34. Identify 36. Desires 37. Clothing line 40. Bother 42. City in Uttar Pradesh 43. A pint, maybe 44. Haul 45. Armageddon 47. Many of the Marshall Islands 48. Head, for short 49. Catalan painter Joan 50. Addis Ababa’s land: Abbr. 52. Barter 53. Shack 54. ___ school 55. Character in “As You Like It” 56. Encourages 57. Bayonet

58. Sheryl of rock 62. Addition 64. Chambers 66. Arrange information again 67. Air letters? 68. ___ Domingo 69. Temperature of the ozone layer, abbr. 70. “Go, ___!” 72. Nowy ___, Polish town 74. Beach sights 77. Puts up with 78. Wandering ones 80. Column crossers 81. Brit. record label 84. 1950’s political inits. 86. Charlotte-to-Raleigh dir. 88. Fold, spindle or mutilate 89. Dutch city 90. Country rtes. 91. Data compression method, for short 92. Chicken

93. It has many keys: Abbr. 94. Wallop 100. Sci-fi weaponry 101. University in St. Paul 102. Island in Essex 104. Catnip genus 105. Make fit 106. End of a threat 108. Horse opera 110. Corpulent 111. Charity, often 112. Make sense, with “up” 114. After 115. High in the Andes 116. Messy dresser 117. Make out 119. Alone 121. Are, in Aragón 124. PC linkup 125. Guerrilla group in Uganda, for short 126. Dash abbr. 127. “Awesome!”


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A Painted Lady


Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich

n August when the DC weather is hot and the sun is glaringly bright, birding can be a bit slow. This is a good time to change focus a bit and take a look at butterflies, graceful and colorful insects. Indeed a lot of birders (myself included) started butterfly watching (butterflying) beginning back in 1993 when Jeffrey Glassberg published “Butterflies through Binoculars: A Field Guide to Butterflies in the Boston – New York – Washington Region.” This book featuring photographs of more than 150 species that can be seen in our region followed the lead of popular bird field guides by providing lots of tips to identifying butterflies by natural observation rather than use of a net or as has been the historic method, on a pin. Included in this fascinating book and its subsequent editions is our feature, the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) which has a life history that is as interesting and perhaps more so than many of our DC birds. The Painted Lady is a bit of an unusual name since it applies to both the males and females. It is medium-sized with a wingspan that varies from two to a little more than three inches. The female is larger than the male and her colors are not as bright as her counterpart. The upper side of the wing is orange-brown with white spots. The hind wing has a row of 5 small black spots. The underside has a black, brown, and gray pattern with 4 small submarginal eyespots. It is a member of the Nymphalidae (also known as brush-footed butterflies) the

largest family of butterflies with about 6000 species distributed throughout most of the world. It prefers nectar from plants ranging from three to six feet high, especially thistles as well as ironweed, joe-pye weed, blazing star and cosmos. Males will often patrol an area or perch on the ground with open wings waiting for females to enter its territory. This species is noteworthy as being one of the most widely distributed butterflies throughout the world, ex-

ceptions including Antarctica, Australia and most of South America. In our hemisphere, they may be found year round in Mexico and the southern states. It is a migratory species, heading north as the weather warms. Due to their short life span in the adult stage – only a couple of weeks - they do not return south. They also engage in massive irruptive migration movements that have been linked to major climate patterns such as an El Niño

year which may produce heavy rain in normal arid areas permitting painted lady friendly plants to bloom in great numbers. During those years, Painted Lady butterflies may enter new areas in the hundreds of thousands. They are also speedsters. When migrating, they may cover up to 100 miles in a single day, generally flying within 12 feet from the ground. Painted Lady caterpillars are often used in butterfly education kits for classrooms to study their life cycles and they have been the subject of countless school science fair projects. Note that in general butterflies love sunshine and are less active on overcast and rainy days. Butterflies, as with a lot of wildlife, face great challenges to their survival. Loss of habitat, excessive use of pesticides and removal of their food sources have contributed to their demise. A growing popular activity is creating organic butterfly gardens that provide a selection of plants for all stages of a butterfly, i.e. host plants for egg laying and food for the caterpillars as well as nectar for adults. Since I started with a pitch for a good book, I’ll end with another I highly recommend which is “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants” (Timber Press) by Douglas W. Tallamy. I became familiar with Professor Tallamy when he gave a lecture to the Capitol Hill Garden Club. Comments or suggestions for a future article are welcome: petevankevich@gmaill.com. H

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Canal Park Moves Forward Riverfront Projects Update


by Michael Stevens

ress on all three blocks: • Southern Block – this block adjacent to M Street, SE will host the most activities with the ice skating rink, the restaurant building that will be home to Park Tavern, and the 36 water jets or “vertical” fountains. • Middle Block – known as the children’s play area, the middle block contains a smaller pavilion with stage, open lawns for children’s play, a water feature celebrating the former canal, and the beginning of the rain garden feature. • Northern Block – this block consists of an open lawn framed by trees on two sides with a small light cube in its northeast corner. The rain garden 200 I Street, SE the former Washington Post/Star printing plant will complete it’s renovation into feature continues on the east side of modern office space in the fall and welcome 1,200 - 1,400 DC Government employees from four the block. The BID will program the city agencies. lawn space with our Wednesday noon concert series and the Thursday night one of the communal gathering spots will also capture rain and storm water in the southern block of the park. run-off and filter it naturally on-site outdoor movies in the summer. The Park Tavern restaurant, a The restaurant concept, developed by to reduce water going into the sewer seven-day a week restaurant serving Xavier Cervera of Barracks Row fame, system. Canal Park is currently scheduled breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be overlooks the ice skating rink in the winter and the water jet fountains in to open to the public about November the summer. In the summer months 1, 2012 and the BID is working with the rink area also becomes an outdoor Canal Park Development Association plaza with additional seating for the and William C. Smith and Company restaurant. The restaurant building is in the planning for a grand opening also heated and cooled by an on-site, celebration. The ice rink will be opengeo-thermal system. ing around November 1st and will reThe restaurant pavilion, designed main open until early March for four by Studios Architecture, is designed months of skating, seven days a week to be a LEED Gold certified structure from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. The and will have a rooftop garden. Canal BID will be hosting another Holiday Park is a model of storm water man- Market this December on the grounds agement with its on-site storm water of Canal Park, so include Canal Park capture and recycling features. The in your Holiday planning with fampark will capture stormwater run-off ily and friends. Similar to Yards Park, on-site and from adjacent streets, and Canal Park will be available for event eventually from adjacent buildings, rental and the BID will be planning a with the captured water being stored number of community events to occur and filtered underground and then in the park. used for the irrigation of lawns, for use Similar storm water capture tactics in the park’s water features, and for are already on display throughout the The southern block of the future Canal Park which will contain a restaurant (The Park Tavern) as well as a seasonal ice skating rink currently under construction as seen from the Capitol Riverfront the restroom facilities in the restau- BID and in the Yards project, where BID offices. Construction is scheduled to be completed in November. Photos: Capitol Riverfront BID rant pavilion. The rain garden feature recessed and oversized tree wells col-

he Capitol Riverfront neighborhood has been excited in recent weeks by the play of the Washington Nationals, their first place standing in the National League East division (as of this writing), and the large crowds attending the games at Nationals Park. It is an honor and a pleasure for the “Front” to be home to the Nationals and to host visitors for the games at Nationals Park. But there are other development project activities that have the neighborhood excited as well with two soon-to-be completed projects – Canal Park with its restaurant pavilion, and 200 I Street, SE, the renovation of the old Washington Post printing plant as the office space for four DC Government agencies. I have written about Canal Park before and what a special, 3-acre park it will be in the heart of our neighborhood. If you have driven, walked or biked by the construction site recently you will see great prog-

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lect storm water for irrigating the trees and plants, as well as naturally filtering it before it is discharged below the surface. And many building roofs have “green” roofs that utilize plant materials to capture rain and slow its discharge, thereby providing a cooler building roof that lowers energy costs and reduces reflective heat into the atmosphere. The US DOT headquarters building has the largest “green” roof in the District at approximately 65,000 square feet. The 2 million SF building is owned by the JBG Companies and is also the largest privately owned building that is LEED Gold certified for Existing Building Operation & Maintenance (EB-O&M) and the 7th largest in the world.

200 I Street Nears Completion

Our next office building to deliver, 200 I Street, SE is expected to open in late 2012 and house four DC Government agencies – the Department of Youth & Family Services; the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO); the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities; and the DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. This 450,000 SF building that used to have very few window openings, has been totally renovated as Class A office space and large expanses of new windows have been added to introduce sunlight into the offices and to break-up the monumental concrete facades. This former Washington Post print plant building sits at the northern end of Canal Park and is a reminder of our neighborhood’s former industrial heritage and is a wonderful example of repurposing an existing building with a new use. The first floor space on I Street overlooking Canal Park will contain a 3,000 SF art gallery exhibiting art from the collection of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and will be open to the public for visits. If you have taken a stroll or driven up New Jersey Avenue near the freeway underpass you will notice another new construction site at 800 New Jersey Avenue, SE. The William C. Smith & Company’s new residential project, the Park Chelsea, is a new luxury apartment building that will begin construction in the fall of 2012 with completion in 2014. The project is currently in the site infrastructure stage, and this will allow for the demolition of the DPW trash building and for the construction of the new segment of I Street, SE between New Jersey Avenue and 2nd Street, SE. The Park Chelsea will be a 13-story “C” shaped building consisting of 432 residential units totaling approximately 339,096 SF, with an additional 1,100 SF of retail space. The project will include 430 parking spaces in a 3-level subterranean garage, 5 elevators, rooftop swimming pool and lounge area with

gas grills and catering kitchen, fitness center, locker rooms, steam rooms, indoor lap pool, a Wi-Fi Club and Game Room, business center, bicycle storage, and a 0.5 acre landscaped private courtyard. The unit mix will be as follows: 58 studios (464 SF), 12 Jr. one bedroom/one bath (585 SF), 11 one bedroom/ one and a half bath (910 SF), 257 one bedroom/one bath (738 SF), 91 two bedroom/ two bath (1,088 SF), and 3 two bedroom/ three bath (2,080 SF). All units will include full sized washer and dryers, 9 foot ceilings, walk-in closets, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, European kitchens and breakfast bars, and approximately 1/3 of the units will have balconies. Work continues in the first phase of the Yards Project with the Boilermaker Shops scheduled for two restaurant openings in October, and the two lead restaurants – the Blue Jacket and Willie’s Brew & Cue – scheduled to open in early 2013. Kruba Thai & Sushi will open in the Foundry Lofts building in August 2012, and the Harris Teeter grocery store mixed-use project is well underway and looks to open in late 2013 or early 2014. Forest City has also started renovation work on the historic Lumber Shed Building that overlooks Yards Park. Slated to open in 16 months, the Lumber Shed will have four or more restaurants on the ground floor space, including Chef Michael White’s Italian concept Osteria Morini, while the 2nd floor space will be Forest City’s regional office headquarters. The next two to three years will be an exciting and pivotal time in the development of the Capitol Riverfront with the opening of the following projects and amenities: • nine new restaurants • The new 50,000 SF Harris Teeter grocery store • A 30,000 SF health club • Approximately 1,000 units of housing, including the Park Chelsea • Canal Park, the Park Tavern restaurant, and the ice skating rink • 200 I Street, SE office building and the DC Commission on the Arts art gallery So come and visit these and other amenities and attractions in our neighborhood as we continue the process of building a high density, mixed-use community on the Anacostia River. Whether you are coming for a Nationals game, a Friday night concert in Yards Park, or just to walk by the river on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail system, make sure you take a look at the projects underway and about to deliver. It seems like the fabric, look and feel of our neighborhood is changing on a weekly basis. Michael Stevens is Executive Director of the Capitol Riverfront BID. H


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he District has a way of emptying out in the late summer, and that’s your cue to take advantage of smaller crowds when you visit your favorite spots on the H Street Corridor. Remember that while the pace of DC in the warmer months might slow a bit, the rate of new restaurants and bars opening on H Street, NE hasn’t slowed a bit.

Atlas Arcade

by Elise Bernard

H Street Playhouse Announces Its Future Home

The H Street Playhouse has long been a fixture along our NE Corridor, but come early next year, they will relocate to Anacostia. The Playhouse opened its doors in 2002, when H Street NE was a far different commercial strip than it is today. The various bars and restaurants that now dominate the Corridor’s landscape were non-existent. The Atlas still faced years of renovations. The Playhouse drew crowds from throughout the neighborhood, and the larger metropolitan area. In January of 2012 the building owners announced their intention to raise the rent considerably, and it became clear that the H Street Playhouse would have to move. There was talk of keeping the Playhouse in the

Erik Holzherr has unveiled his newest project on H Street, and it’s been attracting a lot of attention. When originally announced, Atlas Arcade (1236 H Street NE) was to be known as Barcade. A set of identically named bars further north necessitated a name change. Hozherr came up with the creative idea of letting readers of the local blog Frozen Tropics (which I write at http://frozentropics.blogspot.com) supply him with a name. Commenters tossed out their best ideas for a bar name conjuring up retro arcades and beer. Once the deadline arrived, Holzherr and his compatriots selected a winner and compensated him with $150 in quarters. The new bar is nothing like its predecessor, Fruit Bat. Though they offer a full bar, the focus here is clearly on the beer. They offer a nice selection, with most choices offered in cans, or bottles, but one draft available (prices range from $3.50-6). Eat dinner before you head over, because food offerings are currently limited to Pop Tarts and cereal. The real draw here is the video games. Holzherr has scored some good ones. You can play Big Buck Hunter, or Double Dragon II, or even the crane game. There are pool and foosball tables for those who like their games real old school. Take your inner child out for a fun night at Atlas Arcade. 48 H HillRag | August 2012

neighborhood, perhaps finding a suitable location on Bladensburg, or Benning Road NE. Ultimately, however, it was not to be. Instead, the H Street Playhouse will move to Historic Anacostia (2020 Shannon Street SE) early next year. If you haven’t been to a show recently, the next several months will offer plenty of opportunities to appreciate the H Street Playhouse before it decamps to East of the River. What’s in store for the H Street Playhouse’s current building at 1365 H Street NE? A recent real estate listing suggested the place might be perfect for a nightclub, or a restaurant offering entertainment.

The Spot on H Applies For a Liquor License

A new restaurant recently applied for a liquor license at 1255 H Street NE. The Spot on H

will turn out American fare, with live jazz for your enjoyment. They will be able to seat 88 inside, and an additional 35 in the summer garden.

H&Pizza Serves Up Pizza Pies for One

H&Pizza boasts a great selection of sodas in bottles and can, as well as craft beers. Small, but well priced selection of wines.

hopes to entice you in for brunch as well. The menu offerings are varied, and include such features as crab balls, and roasted plum pancakes. Naturally, brunch at Red Palace will include entertainment. It will change from week to week, but will include burlesque, sideshow acts, and trivia games. They are billing their Sunday Service (as they have dubbed the 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday brunch) as “for the wicked, the ones

Summer Specials at

La Lomita Dos 308 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE 202-544-0616 HAPPY HOUR: $4 Margarita $3 All beers Mon-Thurs 5pm-7 pm | Sun 4 pm- 7pm DAILY LUNCH SPECIAL $7.95 BUY ONE ENTRÉE GET 2nd ONE ½ PRICE* *Not Valid on Friday. One Coupon per table

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H& pizza cooks up gourmet pies to order.

H&Pizza offers a variety of tempting specialty pizzas, as well as the option to craft your own pie. Those who avoid dairy products can order their pies with Diaya mozzarella cheese. Diaya’s cheese is a completely vegan cheese product that is non-soy based. H&Pizza allows patrons to choose from a variety of homemade sauces (the mushroom truffle and spicy tomato are standouts), and interesting choice of toppings (pickled red onions, veal and pork meatballs, fig marsala). The Moonstruck and the Kiss and Fire are among the excellent specialty pies ($8.64 each). Salads and desserts are also available. Patrons order at the counter, and their pizzas are then delivered to their chosen table. The pizzas come out quickly, and perfectly toasted (pizzas are all thin crust).

Red Palace Launches Brunch

Though it’s long been a go-to spot along the H Street NE Corridor for live music, and burlesque shows, Red Palace (1212 H Street NE, http://redpalacedc.com) now

who want who want it all and for those who aren’t ready to accept the next day is Monday.” Each week features a different spiritlifting service from a special guest.

Mother Rucker’s Deli Subs Headed to Bladensburg

A new sub sandwich shop is slated to take over the space previously occupied by Sullivan’s Southern Style Seafood (1101 Bladensburg Road NE). The woman behind Mother Rucker’s is Gwen Rucker, who was previously associated with Langston Grille on Wheels (brick and mortar location at 1831 Benning Road NE). According to a recent article in the Washington City Paper, Rucker plans to offer around twenty freshly made deli style sub sandwiches. The eight inch subs should run you a little under $7. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog http://frozentropics.blogspot.com. You can send me tips, or questions at elise.bernard@gmail. com. H

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Home Run! Barracks Row August 2012 by Sharon Bosworth


ropical weather swept the metro area in July, but our boys of summer at Nationals Park, a fifteen minute walk from Barracks Row, rode the heat! This season visiting Nats fans discovered our local sweet spot: pre or post game, the winning play is a trot down 8th Street, SE, around the horn to M Street, SE,

and home to the ballpark. Each game day on The Row we welcome fans on fire with home-team fervor. They park up our neighborhood streets and celebrate wins long after midnight. But our winning-est season ever trumps these hardships… we’ll sleep later; welcome to Barracks Row, Nats fans!

Can summer get any better? On Barracks Row it can. At many of our cafes pennant- worthy three course meals at special pricing are being served up during Restaurant Week, August 13 - 19. Restaurant Week overlaps three Nationals home games against the Mets: August 17, 18 and 19. Mix it up; go from cheese as in Camembert to cheese as in fast balls! Our 8th Street maitre d’s talk the talk, too: when you say “outta here” they’ll make sure you get to the big show for first pitch.

Nat’s Fans Calorie Depleted: Restaurant Week Delivers

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At Zest Bistro, 735 8th Street, SE, Chef Dot is leading off her Restaurant Week line up with Grilled Rockfish with Organic Polenta; don’t miss S’more’s Pie for dessert. At Belga Café, 514 8th Street, SE, Chef Bart delivers his sizzlers including Duck Breast with Endive Beignets and Apple Beer Sauce; for dessert, Caramelized Pineapple Carpaccio on Coconut Sorbet. Find more 8th Street Restaurant Week menus at Matchbox, 521 8th Street, SE, and Lavagna, 539 8th Street, SE. Throughout baseball season our patios are the scene for family and friend meet-ups. Should raw oyster eating be part of your pre-game ritual, Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, 520 8th Street, SE, can help. On cloud nine after a big win? Stay up there at Pacifico’s roof top patio, 514 8th Street, SE. One of The Hill’s happiest Happy Hours is seven days

a week at the Banana Café, 500 8th Street, SE, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Without a game ticket?… you’ll always find good company and big screens at Molly Malone’s, 713 8th Street, SE, Lola’s at 711 8th Street, SE, and The Ugly Mug at 723 8th Street, SE. Two new businesses are joining the Barracks Row all stars this season. In early August, the long awaited Yes, Organic Market will open at 410 8th Street, SE, followed soon by well-regarded, fresh-Mexican phenom, Chipotle, opening at 413 8th Street, SE.

Inaugural Balls - Baseball Caps Canadian Sofas

At tabula rasa, 731 8th Street, SE, our razzle-dazzle event space, two local clothing designers are debuting collections. Eventually you’ll need wardrobe additions - can’t wear that baseball cap to Inaugural Balls. So, stop by tabula rasa on August 4 for Devlon International, a custom mens suiting and tailor pop up shop. On August 18 Carnelian Boutique, elegant custom designs for women, will open at tabula rasa from 12 noon to 6 p.m. with a launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. On August 20 the Nationals begin a three game series against the Braves, who swept into town in late July shaking us up with two wins during a rainy four game nail-biter weekend. August 20 is also the last day of Homebody’s summer sale on GUS Upholstery. Homebody, 715 8th Street, SE, is rolling out a North American strategy, favoring styles made in North Carolina, Montreal (former home of our Nationals)

Dave Lloyd & Associates and Gus Upholstery’s Toronto. Watch for Southern Furniture, a more transitional player, arriving later in the season. Now open on Mondays, Homebody’s owners recently created a special area complete with skylight, an ondeck circle where you can warm up your color eye as you make final fabric selections.

Lookin’ Good On the Jumbotron

Need to treat yourself to major league muscle relaxation like the gang up the street does after a tough game? Contact Skin Beauty Lounge, 404 ½ 8th Street, SE, and book a 50 minute Swedish Massage, on special at $55.00. For a double play, top your massage with aromatherapy, the $70.00 Peppermint Sea Twist Body Wrap. At A-List Nails, 739 8th Street, SE, the hard-to-beat August special is a free French (special lingo is not just for baseball!) or free eyebrow waxing- 202-544-3706 for details. At Soliel 21 SalonSpa, 737 8th Street, Barracks Row sparkplug, Dwan Luong, is offering 20% off organic highlights from August 1 through August 5, the exact same dates as two back-to-back home game series against Philadelphia and Miami. Dwan will repeat this offer from August 27 through Labor Day, September 2. With the first day of school on the horizon, Tracy and Company, 428 8th Street, SE, is offering $5.00 off already affordable kid’s haircuts for one week only, again, August 27 through Labor Day- when you mention THIS HILL RAG COLUMN. Remember, Nats fans, there are home games August 30, 31 and September 1and solid through September 9; home games enhance our need for good grooming. Imagine how good you’ll look with your new hair style, suited up in your Zimm jersey as the roving Jumbotron camera pans the stands for fans with the best Nattitude.

How Do You Say Foul Ball in Portuguese?

Once kids get back-to-school haircuts from Tracey, go to Playseum, 545 8th Street, SE. In August, Miss Gina, the skipper of this magical Barracks Row play space, partners with Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, 11th and F Streets, NW, for a program honoring our presidents. Kids dress up as one of our forefathers and Playseum will take their pictures with President Lincoln himself. You remember him from the Presidents Race at the ballpark, right?. Playseum is also hosting a visit from kids’ foreign language school, Language Stars. Their staff will conduct free story time in multiple languages with songs and activities. Did you know “the pitcher” in German is “der werfer” but other baseball terms in German are the exact same words as in English? Four footed fans, Unite! Speak to your owners about your emotional needs this baseball season. While they are away at a big game they can set you up at home with Hydro Toys which can be filled with water and frozen. At crucial moments in the game you can chew away frustrations and stay cool. The entire Metro Mutts store, 407 8th Street, SE, is 20% off if you mention THIS HILL RAG COLUMN in the month of August. At Howl to the Chief, 731 8th Street, SE, the selection has expanded dramatically; shop the new collection of dog bowls, crates, beds and cat condos on second floor. Howl’s fundraiser for PAWS of SW DC is August 11 (Nationals are away). A generous percentage of sales that Saturday will be donated to PAWS. Finally, at Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D Street, SE, baseball fan and owner, Leah Daniels, wants everyone to know she still has room in knife skills classes throughout August. Not saying you’ll need shiny sharp objects to distract your mind as the season winds down but if the tension is getting to you, a bit of dicing could take the edge off ! H

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by William Rich

SW Ecodistrict Plan Seeks to Transform Federal Enclave

In 25 years, the area around L’Enfant Plaza will be entirely different if federal planners have anything to say about it. After more than two years of meetings and market studies, the National Capital Planning Commission released the SW Ecodistrict Draft Plan in early July. The plan proposes to transform a 15-block predominantly federal precinct located just south of the National Mall into a highly sustainable, walkable neighborhood that connects the Mall and the Southwest Waterfront. It will become a showcase of sustainable urban development and the site for new nationally significant memorials, museums, and events. The proposed SW Ecodistrict comprises almost 110 acres bounded by Independence Avenue, SW, Maine Avenue, SW, 12th Street, SW and 4th Street, SW. The draft plan suggests recreating and connecting streets throughout the Ecodistrict, including portions of Maryland Avenue, SW, Virginia Avenue, SW, and 9th Street, SW. In addition, new pedestrian connections will be created throughout. Environmental sustainability is planned for the area, which would reduce energy usage, water consumption, and waste production. There are four focus areas in the draft plan, and if implemented, would transform the area.

area between Independence Avenue, SW and Maryland Avenue, SW is dominated by federal office buildings, principal among them being

ment of Energy. It is difficult to traverse the area due to infrastructure barriers, including access ramps to I-395, the CSX Railroad Corridor

10th Street and Banneker Park

A view of the SW Ecodistrict looking south from the National Mall. Rendering: NCPC/ZGF Architects Reservation 113 will become the Ecodistrict’s central public space. Rendering: NCPC/ZGF Architects

Independence Quarter

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with uses including residential, hotel, museums, retail, and office. By redeveloping the campus, new roads can be constructed to better connect the area, such as Virginia Avenue, which would open up views from Reservation 113 (the green space at 7th & C Streets) to the Washington Monument. These changes would help integrate the area with the National Mall.

the Forrestal Complex, 1.8 million square feet of office space which is the headquarters of the U.S. Depart-

wide streets, and the lack of road connections. The draft plan calls for redeveloping the Forrestal Complex

Currently, 10th Street, SW is a wide, barren street that runs from the National Mall and Smithsonian museums to Banneker Park. The citing of the Forrestal Complex, which stretches across 10th Street, SW, blocks views to the Smithsonian Castle. Once 10th Street, SW approaches the CSX Railroad line, it becomes elevated as the street crosses the tracks and I-395 on its way to its terminus at Banneker Park, an eightacre site with a park, lawn, and access ramps that is disconnected from Maine Avenue, SW below. The goal of redeveloping 10th Street, SW is to create an inviting civic corridor connecting the National Mall to the SW Waterfront, highlighted by Banneker Park—a nationally significant cultural destination. Demolition of the Forrestal Complex would open views along 10th Street, SW to the Smithsonian Castle. Along the new 10th Street, SW, there would be room for up to four new museums and three memorials. In addition, a newly designed street would bring trees and shade to the corridor. Below the elevated street, there would be space for large cisterns to collect rainwater that otherwise would runoff into the Washington Channel. There are opportunities at Banneker Park to create a structure on the same axis as

the Smithsonian Castle that could serve as a cultural destination.

Maryland Avenue, SW and 7th Street, SW Corridors

The DC Department of Planning released a Small Area Plan for the Maryland Avenue, SW corridor that was approved by the DC Council earlier this year. In the Maryland Avenue, SW plan, there are recommendations on how the avenue can be reconstructed, diversify land uses, and serve as a grand L’Enfant street connector through the Southwest Rectangle (the area between the National Mall and Interstate 395). Currently, the Maryland Avenue, SW corridor is disjointed – a small section of the avenue was rebuilt above railroad tracks west of 12th Street, SW as a part of The Portals complex with a landscaped median and on its eastern end, it will bisect a future memorial for President Eisenhower. However, Maryland Avenue, SW does not exist between 12th Street, SW and 7th Street, SW. Along this stretch, railroad tracks for freight and VRE are in the avenue’s rightof-way. East of Reservation 113, Maryland Avenue, SW reemerges before intersecting with Independence Avenue, SW across from the National Air & Space Museum. The draft report encourages a diversification of land uses for the corridor, which is currently dominated by office space. To that end, there are four Federally-owned parcels along Maryland Avenue, SW that the GSA is considering for conveyance out of the Federal inventory. These parcels could then be redeveloped as mixed use sites, potentially with residential included in the mix. Other parcels along the Maryland Avenue, SW corridor could also be redeveloped, including the GSA Regional Office Building at 7th Street, SW & D Street, SW, the Reporters Building, and two sites at The Portals. The L’Enfant commuter rail station will need to expand since future ridership estimates anticipate an increase over the next few years. After looking at three options to expand the commuter rail station, the report recommends the best option

would be to build an extended platform in the vicinity of the current platform to accommodate four tracks and bi-level trains. The Reporters Building would eventually become an intermodal hub where VRE, MARC, Metro, Metrobus, and streetcar service would intersect. Three alternatives were considered for decking over Maryland Avenue, SW, but the report prefers a center roadway section from 12th Street to 10th Street with a ramp connection to D Street, SW, while the area between 10th Street and Reservation 113 would become a linear park. Reservation 113 has the potential, if designed properly, to be a centerpiece for the neighborhood as an important public space in the original design of the city by L’Enfant.

Southwest Freeway

There is an opportunity to deck a portion of I-395 to reclaim land for development and help connect the SW Waterfront to the National Mall. A deck over I-395 would stretch from 12th Street, SW to 9th Street, SW while solar panels would be installed from 9th Street, SW to east of 7th Street, SW. Private development could occur on these reclaimed parcels that would have views to the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin, and the Potomac River. The public comment period on the draft plan will last until September 10. The draft plan is available and comments can be submitted on the following website: (www.ncpc. gov/plans/swecodistrict). After the end of the public comment period, the taskforce will meet to finalize the plan and submit to the National Capital Planning Commission for approval by early 2013. While it will take decades to see all of these plans come to fruition, there are some aspects of the plan that will happen sooner rather than later. For instance, funding for a study to assess a demonstration project on 10th Street, SW is available and will get underway over the next few months. Will rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could (www.southwestquadrant.blogspot.com). H

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@ Your Service “@ Your Service” is a snapshot of what’s happening in the service and consumer industry on the Hill. Know something cool and new for sale or for service, or a new business on the scene? Let me know!

FLK Pest Control – Fleurie Kamga 301-273-5740 • fldpestcontrol.com

Fleurie of FLK Pest Control keeps smiling, despite the roaches! Photo by H. Schoell.

Fluerie Kamga started FLK Pest Control in 2006, and the rats of Capitol Hill (the 4-legged kind), along with the mice, roaches, and bed bugs have kept him busy. (How many awful, disgusting house centipedes have you had tearing across your walls and floors this summer? Eeew!) Fluerie is sensitive to the fact that people – especially children – and pets should not be exposed to chemicals any more than they have to be, so he advises that he treat an unpopulated home, but if that is not in the works, then he has safe alternatives for wiping out the creepy crawlies. FLK does interior and exterior work, including termite control and inspections, and removal of wasp nests and the like. Fleurie is always available, offering his reliable service as a small, local business owner. Mention you saw him in @ Your Service and get 15% off pest control services through October!

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Don’t miss Labyrinth’s once-yearly birthday celebration/anniversary of the idea for the store/blowout sales event from Aug. 5 to 12! The celebration will kick off on the 5th with a bargain sale of used and donated games and will continue throughout the week with a store-wide sale. The 9th is owner Kathleen Donahue’s Birthday Party Game Night, and the 11th and 12th are board games and tabletop roleplaying, featuring lots of local game designers. Local is key – Kathleen opened Labyrinth with the intention of being a community hub, which is why she is so active in our schools’ aftercare programs, and why she opens her doors almost nightly for people to come in and play. Check out Labyrinth’s very active social calendar on the website, and wish Kathleen a happy birthday when you go! Kathleen invites you for a play date at Labyrinth! Photo by A. Lightman.

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Real Estate The Coliseum Bike Racing on the Hill


by Robert S. Pohl

ports fans on the Hill are pretty much out of luck if they want to see anything but baseball, soccer, or the occasional road race. One hundred and ten years ago, it was a bit better: fans of the new sport of bicycle racing not only had a venue to call their own, but it was one of the best in the country. The modern bicycle had been invented 15 years earlier, and this sparked an enormous interest in bikes and bike racing.

in mid-May, stories began appearing about the new venue, now called the Coliseum. Three thousand people showed up on May 18 for the opening event, confirming the owner’s wisdom in having added another set of grandstands at the last minute. Although only exhibition races were run that day, and some techA New Venue is Born A consortium decided to take ad- nical glitches marred the vantage of this interest by building a proceedings, everyone new race track. They found sufficient left in good spirits and Major Taylor from the New York Tribune in 1900. (Library of Congress) land on Capitol Hill, just north of the with high expectations street car barn on East Capitol Street, for future races. Those new records would be set there. and thus also easily accessible by all in bicyclists who tried out the new track The first real race was conducted on the city. In early 1901, work began, and, were all thrilled with its speed, which May 21, with Harry Elkes, a “champion gave the owners great hope that many middle-distance rider,” taking on Boston’s own James L. Moran. The race was particularly exciting in that the two riders were paced by motorcycles, so the riders could draft behind them, thus allowing for much faster times. The winner managing to keep up a pace of 36 mph for over half an hour, but that the added frisson of having to keep their bikes within a few inches of the leading motorcycles kept the tension high. Moran won that evening, though that had more to do with Elkes pacer, which broke down midway through the race. Without a motorcycle breaking the wind for him, he ended up 2 miles behind Moran. Previously Elkes had managed to lower the one mile record on a six laps/mile race track, covering a mile in just over one and a Detail of 1903 map showing the Coliseum in square 1056 which is between 14th and 16th Streets and half minutes. A Street, N. Carolina and Constitution. (LOC) capitalcommunitynews.com H 57

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Over the next two months, all bicycle racers of note in the United States – and from around the world – came to Capitol Hill to show their mettle. Only one was missing: Major Taylor. Taylor had begun his career as a bicyclist 10 years earlier, when he was hired to perform trick-cycling in front of a bike shop in his hometown of Indianapolis. He was given a blue uniform to wear, which is where his nickname came from. In 1896, Taylor had broken – unofficially – his first world record: that of 1/5 mile. Over the next two years, he would break seven further records, and in 1899, he won a national championship as well as breaking the world’s record for the one mile race. He crowning achievement that year was, however, representing the United States at the world championship

in Montreal, where he beat the best riders in the world at the one mile distance, and was thus crowned world champion. It was the first time that an African American had won a world crown and his victory was seen as a new milestone in sports history. With the well-versed DC bicycle race fans fully aware of Taylor’s remarkable feats, there was enormous interest in him trying this new, fast, track. Finally, on the 20th of July, an ad ran in the Washington Times indicating that “Champions of the World: ‘Major Taylor’ [and others]” were to race there on the next Wednesday. The race track was packed that day, with 6,000 people squeezing into the stands to watch. Taylor proved his worth in the 1/2 mile race, winning all three heats before claiming the victory in the final. In the one-mile race, his signature event, he barely made it into the View of alley through square 1056, just a few feet north of the old track. (RSP)



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final, and then came in a disappointing fourth. Nonetheless, the fans saw what they came to see, and the races “were the best ever witnessed in this city, and the excitement was intense,” as the Washington Times wrote the next day. Although Taylor was thereafter scheduled to race two more times at the Coliseum that year, he only appeared one more time, in September. He won the one and two mile races, but suffered “the worst defeat in his long career” – as the Times had it the next day – in the five mile motor-paced race. 1902 saw a full schedule of events at the Coliseum, though Taylor only rode there once. While he came within inches of winning the half mile race, he lost big in the one mile race – partly due to his being tired from a recent trip to Europe. The following year proved to be a disappointment for all involved. Only a few race meetings were held at the Coliseum – and Taylor was not there for any of them. Although plans were made for bicycle racing in the 1904 season, fans of the wheeled sport were disappointed when the Coliseum was turned into a baseball stadium in May. The Coliseum lasted as a baseball stadium for just one season, after which the owners of the land on which it sat sold it to a developer who built the houses that remain there today. Major Taylor retired a year after the Coliseum ceased to be used for bicycle racing, came out of retirement a few years later, then retired for good in 1910 – finally ground down under the continual racist harassment he was exposed to whenever he raced. Although motor-paced bike races are no longer part of the Olympics, cycling remains a part of the games, and this year, 24 spiritual heirs of Major Taylor, members of the United States Cycling team, are gearing up for their races. H

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Changing Hands

Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. 2605 12TH ST NE 3805 12TH ST NE 1026 GIRARD ST NE 1521 OTIS ST NE 619 GIRARD ST NE 12 CHANNING ST NE 4124 19TH ST NE 1524 NEWTON ST NE 1217 EVARTS ST NE 1226 RANDOLPH ST NE 1618 NEWTON ST NE

$395,000 $413,000 $415,000 $415,000 $444,000 $455,000 $525,000 $535,000 $549,000 $567,000 $643,900



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$446,000 $480,000 $500,000 $635,000 $640,000 $670,000 $712,500 $755,000 $800,000



2228 HUNTER PL SE 2520 WEST ST SE 3 4 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 3


$625,000 $695,000 $705,000 $717,000 $718,750 $795,000 $820,000 $830,000 $853,750 $925,000 $959,000 $1,015,127 $1,049,000 $1,130,000 $1,230,000


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$260,000 $306,500




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$90,000 $229,000

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BERKLEY 4404 W ST NW 2235 49TH ST NW

$2,750,000 $2,869,000


$595,000 $630,000 $725,000




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$189,000 $200,000 $210,000 $217,000 $286,000 $356,000 $360,000

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$359,000 $425,000

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$735,000 $785,000 $930,000 $975,000 $1,060,000 $1,085,000 $1,275,000 $1,300,000 $1,400,000 $1,495,000 $1,495,000 $1,592,500 $1,820,000 $2,100,000 $2,950,000

HILL CREST 2705 32ND ST SE 2719 N ST SE 3547 TEXAS AVE SE 2200 32ND PL SE 2210 30TH ST SE 3448 N ST SE 1429 34TH ST SE 3347 HIGHWOOD DR SE 3321 U ST SE 3031 ALABAMA AVE SE 3670 CAMDEN ST SE

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330 U ST NW 50 CHANNING ST NW 333 U ST NW 1919 6TH ST NW 511 U ST NW #1-4


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$557,000 $725,000 $731,000 $781,000 $800,000 $815,000 $1,050,000 $1,152,000 $1,200,000

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$699,000 $710,000 $760,000 $829,900 $1,205,000 $1,900,000

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U ST. 1919 9 1/2 ST NW 956 FLORIDA AVE NW 2248 12TH ST NW 1463 FLORIDA AVE NW 1347 T ST NW

$584,900 $474,900 $600,000 $677,700 $1,210,000

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WAKEFIELD 3548 APPLETON ST NW $990,000 WESLEY HEIGHTS 4312 WESTOVER PL NW $775,000 4442 WESTOVER PL NW $880,000 3213 FOXHALL RD NW $899,000 4417 LOWELL ST NW $915,000 4349 KLINGLE ST NW $1,580,000 4311 CATHEDRAL AVE NW $1,720,000 4521 GARFIELD ST NW $1,800,000


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BLOOMINGDALE 1929 1ST ST NW #T-2 2035 2ND ST NW #G200 2022 FLAGLER PL NW #F202 150 V ST NW #V-105

$237,000 $247,000 $315,000 $395,000


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Proposal to Improve Residential Parking At its September 11, 2012, meeting, ANC6B will likely consider a proposal to extend Performance Based Parking (PBP), which already exists in other parts of 6B, to blocks north of Pennsylvania Avenue between South Capitol Street and 11th Street SE and south of East Capitol Street. You are receiving this notice as you live on one of the affected blocks in my SMD04. Your block currently has Residential Permit Parking (RPP) signs that allow Zone 6 vehicles to park at any time and non-Zone 6 vehicles to park for up to 2 hours between 7am and 830pm Monday-Friday and, effectively, anytime between 630pm and 7am. Any vehicles can park on Saturdays and Sundays. If the ANC votes in favor of the PBP extension, curbside parking on one side of your block will be reserved for vehicles with Zone 6 stickers. The rationale for making this change is feedback to the Commission from residents about the increasing impact of the Hill becoming a destination for dining, shopping, and events. The Proposal Details 3 One side of your block will be posted with “Zone 6 Resident Permit Parking Only” signs effective Monday through Saturday, 7am to 930pm. Between 930pm and 7am, any vehicle can park. 3 The other side of your block will have signs that allow non-Zone 6 vehicles to park for up to 2 hours on Monday through Saturday, 7am to 930pm, and Zone 6 vehicles to park at any time. Because of the 2-hour grace period, as of 730pm non-Zone 6 vehicles will be able to park until 7am. Your household will get an annual Visitor Parking Pass issued by DDOT to be used at any time by non-Zone 6 vehicles. For occasions when your household expects more than 1 visitor at a time, the MPD substation will issue as many special one-day passes as are needed. And, ultimately, your block could benefit from non-automotive enhancements funded by a portion of the meter parking revenue collected by the city. This is a major change in the normal RPP system and it is important that every affected household is aware of all the details and ramifications and has a voice in the decisions. To start the dialog, I am distributing this notice to all affected households. To follow up, I would like to hold block-by-block meetings between now and September. If you can offer to host such a meeting, please let me know, quickly. There are some decisions about this proposal that we need to make together. While the ANC and DDOT prefer standardized days, time, and sign locations, there may be some flexibility. For example, residential blocks adjacent to commercial corridors may be able to have the restrictions apply 7 days instead of 6 days a week.. In addition, while the standard policy is to put the “Zone 6 Resident Permit Parking Only” signs on the west or north side of a block, DDOT will allow justifiable exceptions. Please call or write me with any questions or concerns you may have about this proposal.

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ARTS & Dining Good Food, Renowned Chefs and Swank Atmosphere. It must be... the Waterfront?


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The four of us kicked off the night with a drink. Their first heard about Station 4 when the news broke in June that Chef Eddie Moran was moving from his position as specialty cocktail list looked great, but I waited apprehenChef de Cuisine at Sou’Wester in the Mandarin Hotel. sively for the all-too-frequent heavy-handed flavors and syrHe was joining Executive Chef Orlando Amaro, who had upy-sweet concoctions I find in cocktail bars. Station 4 rose opened the restaurant just one year earlier. Reading through to the challenge with an herbal and refreshing mix of Saint their impressive bios, including Chef Amaro’s training at Germain, gin and cucumber syrup they named a “Cooler.” Spain’s world-famous El Bulli and Chef Moran’s time work- Chef Amaro’s White Sangria was light and fruity, more crisp ing with James Beard Award-winners Traci Des Jardins and Eric Ziebold, I got excited about trying another great restaurant in Penn Quarter or Georgetown. I was unprepared to discover that it was across the street from the Waterfront Metro in Southwest DC. Emerging from the Green Line, I was ready for the dingy Waterfront neighborhood I visited when I had first arrived in DC a decade ago, replete with questionable seafood served in lackluster hotel restaurants last decorated in 1964. The shiny, new office building standing at the Metro entrance, Asian Pork Belly Tacos with corn tortillas and light Asian slaw. Photo: Andrew Lightman a bright and clean new Safeway, tree-lined streets and a hip restaurant with a great patio completely took me than sugary. My husband Jason’s bright pink Strawberry Basil Lemonade threatened his masculinity, but the flavor was by surprise. Crossing the street, I arrived at 7:00 p.m. for my first visit, sophisticated despite its harijuku anime appearance. If you’d friends and husband in tow. The place was packed with post- prefer the wine list, it is diverse and affordable, with prices work professionals and a pre-theatre crowd ready for a night averaging in the mid-$30’s per bottle. Determined to thoroughly vet the menu, we loosened at Arena Stage. Whether you are en-suit from the office or dressed-up for a night out you’ll fit right in. The decor is gilded our belts and ordered four firsts and four mains. The plating and rich, just like the food. (We showed up in jeans and polos was as grand as the atmosphere of the restaurant, well-lit by the crystal chandelier above our table. The flavors of the tuna and suffered no withering looks from staff or customers.) capitalcommunitynews.com H 71

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carpaccio -- spinach, feta, black olive and preserved Lemon Vinaigrette -- and the deviled eggs filled with confit tuna potato salad, were fun and interesting combinations. If any restaurant in DC serves fried calamari, then my husband and daily dining partner, Jason has ordered and critiqued it. Calamari is his consolation prize when I get to pick the restaurant for the fourth night in a row. Station 4’s was light and crispy, the squid was fresh, balanced perfectly by the spicy, tart, jalapeño and lemon aioli. The pork belly tacos, with corn tortillas and light Asian slaw, were spectacular. The four of us agreed it would be

well worth a return visit just for the tacos and the cocktails. Having worked in a Washington, DC, Italian restaurant for over a decade, Jason was ready to size up the gnocchi with braised oxtail and fava beans. The flavors were rich and complex, a bit heavy for a sweaty summer evening in DC, but the bowl was practically licked clean. The linguine with clam sauce ordered by LJ was super spicy, but the sweet clams and rich, salty pancetta balanced the pasta perfectly. Our friend Jim ordered the vegetarian orzo. While more restaurants are taking better care of our vegetarian friends, we still warily eye the meat-free pasta option on most menus. This dish was as flavorful as the braised oxtail, with bright, fresh spinach and roasted tomatoes creating a vegetarian treat. I ordered the special of the night: sesame-crusted tuna and sablefish, with tempura asparagus. While the “barely-seared” tuna was cooked all the way through, it was still moist and tender. I could have eaten an entire plate of the asparagus. Dessert was the least interesting part of the evening. Well-executed, but a bit expected. If you are craving after-dinner sugar, you won’t be disappointed, but this is not the spot on the menu to look for a new flavor experience.

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Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese. Photo: Andrew Lightman 72 H HillRag | August 2012

We returned a few weeks later on a rainy Friday afternoon for a late lunch. Feeling swanky, I started with a “Suave” cocktail of tequila, bitters, ginger syrup and Chartreuse. Like the rest of the cocktails we had tried, it was well-balanced - and by

“well-balanced,” I mean that it went down easily enough that after three cocktails, I was ready to head home for a pre-happy-hour nap; and by “pre-happy-hour nap,” I mean we woke up at nine, skipped happy hour and ordered a pizza. We noshed on wings and the smoked gouda mac and cheese. (Order it with bacon. Bacon is never optional.) The mac had the same complex, smart, well-thought-out flavors that we had enjoyed at dinner. The wings were perfectly executed, good enough to incite a discussion of every restaurant in the city that had disappointed us in the past. They had achieved a nirvana of crisp skin, moist meat and a sauce that was spicy without crippling your taste buds. We dined on fish and chips (rock solid), the Reuben (skip it) and a short rib grilled cheese with onion marmalade and goat cheese (OMG!!!). How good was it? Stop whatever you are doing right now, hop on the green line and head down to Southwest. It was rich rich rich, the flavors well-developed with great depth and somehow the thick, wholegrain bread was still crisp despite the gooey goodness inside. Our lunches were all served with French fries cooked in duck fat, which has become a trendy restaurant ingredient these days. Seriously, it’s only a matter of time before we start finding duck fat-fried Twinkies at the Minnesota State Fair. Most


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food cooked in duck fat is disappointing, gaining no additional richness for the $2-3 premium I’m paying. Station 4’s fries, however, were spot on, offering duck fatty richness while still maintaining a light and crisp texture. Two meals later, what’s the verdict? You won’t find any of El Bulli’s molecular gastronomy here, but Chef Amaro certainly understands how to combine flavors and delivers creative, interesting and delicious experiences. Station 4 is at its best serving summery, light, well-balanced cocktails and hearty, high-end comfort food. If they have an Achilles heel, it’s a tendency to let the inspired flavor concepts overpower the base ingredients - I loved the light tempura batter and bright, hot wasabi, but the asparagus got lost in the mix. The tab? A dinner for four, including three courses, four cocktails and a bottle of wine ran about $75 each, including a 20% tip. Station 4 is well worth a ride on the Green Line, for both a good meal and the serious bragging rights of telling your friends that you discovered Waterfront before it got hot. Open: Monday-Thursday 11 AM to 2 AM Friday – 11 AM to 3 AM Saturday – 10 AM to 3 AM Sunday – 10 AM to 2 AM. 1101 4th Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20024 (202) 488-0987 Twitter: @Station4DC Facebook: facebook.com/Station4 www.station4dc.com H

Light and fruity White Sangria. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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by Celeste McCall

Hank’s Oyster Bar Opens

At last, chef/restaurateur Jamie Leeds and mixologist Gina Chersevani have unveiled Hank’s Oyster Bar on “The Avenue.” Situated at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the 40-seat charmer showcases Leeds= New England-style classics from her Dupont Circle and Old Town restaurants. At Hank’s 20-seat marble-topped bar, called “The Eddy,” customers can quaff Chersevani’s handcrafted cocktails, artisan beers and interesting wines. Complementing Gina’s innovative concoctions are Leeds small and large plates, daily seafood specials, and her famous “meat and two” where patrons choose a protein and two sides. Favorites? Lobster bisque; corn/crab soup; lamb burger; lobster roll; oyster po-boy; braised short ribs; grilled duck breast. Hank’s stunning décor, which hints at a New England beach cottage, was created by Brian Miller and Lauren Winter (Edit Design Company, Washington). Inspired by early apothecaries, backlit mason jars behind the bar hold Gina’s cocktail ingredients. At the rear is a raised oyster station. Hank’s Oyster Bar is open nightly, until 11 p.m. weekends. visit www.hanksoysterbar.com. 202-733-1971.

The marble-topped bar at the newly opened Hank’s Oyster Bar at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Photo: Andrew Lightman. 74 H HillRag | August 2012

Yo! arrives on track

berry soup with Boursin cheese. Delicious! Pound is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; call 202-621-6765 or www.poundthehill.com.

Yes, You may play with your food, at least at YO! Sushi, which arrived July 25 in Union Station’s West Hall. What makes this newcomer unique and fun--is that Yo! Sushi is a kaiten (rotary) sushi bar, allowing diners to pluck Peachy selections from a slowly moving Throughout August, Station conveyor belt. Items are color4 is celebrating National Peach coded according to price. After Month. Executive Chef Orlando the meal, the server (who also Amaro is preparing a six-course brings drinks) collects the plates prix fixe menu, available from 5 and tallies up the tab. to 11 p.m. nightly. The YO! Sushi Union Station Priced at $38 per person offshoot of the UK-based chain (drinks, tax and tip not includChef Nick Flores of Hank’s (the first in the United States) Executive ed), peach-inspired creations Oyster Bar. Photo: Andrew Lightman also features a computer moniinclude blue point oysters in tored tracking system which enonion-peach mignonette; grilled sures that no dish remains on the peach salad with gorgonzola cheese; seared scallops conveyor belt longer than one hour. Moreover, each with pickled peaches; truffled foie gras with roasted bar seat dispenses chilled (complimentary) water, peaches; pork tenderloin with peach chutney; peach plus an airplane-style call button. Now that’s high- tartin with crème fraiche and basil sorbet. All items tech. Among Yo! Sushi’s 74 seats are conventional are available a la carte; an ideal accompaniment is tables, where customers may order from a regular refreshing peach sangria. Located at 1101 Fourth St. menu. Yo! Sushi is open daily. SW, Station 4 is open daily for lunch and dinner, Founded in 1997, YO! Sushi operates through- including weekend brunch and happy hours. Call out the United Kingdom, Norway and the Middle 202-488-0987 or www.station4dc.com. East. “We saw a need for approachable high-qualFresh Tuesdays at the Market ity sushi and Japanese dishes in DC,” said Darren Good news: You don’t have to wait til the weekWightman, YO! Sushi’s development partner. Exend for Eastern Market’s outdoor farmer’s line. Last ecutive chef is Japanese-born Noriyuki Kudo, who month, Eastern Market launched “Fresh Tuesdays.” creates shrimp firecracker rice, pan-fried Yakisoba From 3 to 7 p.m., the market welcomes familiar noodles (with choice of chicken, shrimp or vegetastands like Barbours Fruit Farm, Dungam Farms, bles), and crispy-fried chicken katsu curry. Bob King and our much loved “Ma” Brown. New on the line: Amish Farmers Market; “Watermelon Summer Bistro King” Ben Hertzler; Groff ’s Content Farm (natuIf you think Pound the Hill, 621 Pennsylva- rally raised meats); Shyla and Steven “Heirloom” nia Ave. SE is merely a good breakfast and lunch Kennedy (“donut” peaches); Walnut Hill Farm. place, think again. Since January, Pound chef Jonathan Taub has been creating “bistro” gourmet American dream dinners, accompanied by an international array of Last month, we reported on the 30th-anniversawines. Last month (just before the rains hit), we ry of the beloved Trattoria Alberto. We also praised were seated in Pound’s pleasant back patio. There, our “server” Juan Buruca, who has been with Tratwe sampled Taub’s wines (we especially liked the toria almost since the beginning. Now, as the late Slowine rose pinotage/pinot noir blend from radio newscaster Paul Harvey used to say, “here’s the South Africa), complemented by artfully presented rest of the story....” summer dishes: chocolate-accented duck confit; Juan Buruca is more than a server, he is cosweetbreads; heirloom tomato ceviche; apple-enowner of Trattoria Alberto. This sounds like a clidive salad; truffle-scented chilled pea soup; chilled

Most popular dish at Trattoria Alberto? Seafood linguine. Favorite part of his job? Bartending and meeting customers. As we talked, several regulars stopped by, including a lady with an adorable black and white puppy which Juan cuddled. “I would like to come back in my next life as a dog,” he chuckled. “I would get all that love.” Open daily, Trattoria Alberto is on 506 Eighth St. SE; call 202544-2007 or visit www.trattoriaalbertodc.com. Construction is underway on the Lumber Shed, a stunning adaptive reuse of an historic Navy Yard industrial building on the north edge of Yards Park. Located at Third and Water Street SW, the space will be transformed into a two-level, 30,000 square-foot glass structure which will house office space and restaurants. Among the latter will be Osteria Morini, created by Chef Michael White’s Osteria Morini in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. This casual, 4,250 square-foot local spinoff--with outdoor seating--will showcase pasta, grilled meats, fish and regional specialties, similar to the Big Apple original. Look for Osteria Morini late next year.

Good karma

Here’s a pleasant way to help the universe while enjoying good Indian cooking. Located near Union Station, the White Tiger is participating in Karma Kitchen. Here’s how it works: On the last Sunday of each month, from noon to 3 p.m., food is free. That’s right, free. But your zero check comes with an envelope, encouraging you to contribute something. No credit cards, but an ATM is across the street. No booze, just water, chai and fruit juice. Except for the chef, Karma Kitchen is operated by volunteers. White Tiger, 301 Massachusetts Ave. NE is open daily as usual for lunch and dinner. Call 202-546-5900. For more information on Karma Kitchen visit www. karmakitchen.org. H


che, but Buruca, born 48 years ago in El Salvador, epitomizes the American dream. He came to the United States in 1983, speaking no English. “I started out working in a Chinese restaurant in Silver Spring,” Buruca told me over a glass of wine on Trattoria’s pleasant sidewalk café. In 1986, a friend told me Trattoria Alberto was looking for a dish washer. I started there on July 3. Later, I became a cook, then a bus boy. Back then, the neighborhood was scary....nobody came here after 9 p.m. There just a just a few restaurants. (The brainchild of Alberto Contestabile and Herb Lehner, Trattoria Alberto opened in 1982.) Eventually, Nico Ladisa and Sergio Rigato became co-owners. Meanwhile, Buruca was working away, while moonlighting at Splash carwash and Frager’s rental service. When he met his wife, Kenie (also from El Salvador), he learned English. This enabled him to move up to waiting tables. “But my dream was to open my own restaurant, and here was my opportunity.” In 2004 Nico Ladisa retired and died a year later. By that time Juan had saved enough money to buy into the restaurant and is now owner/chef Sergio’s partner. With his wife and three children, Juan lives in the Petworth neighborhood. Who cooks at home? Juan. But he favors pasta dishes rather than laborintensive Salvadoran dishes like pupusas, which Kenie makes.


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Time Traveling to the Channel Inn An Anniversary in Southwest


ur 24th wedding anniversary promised to be uneventful. Tommy and I are a year shy of a mammoth quarter-century (yikes) celebration, and we have too many years of marriage under our belts to risk the discomfort of camping in the Shenandoah mountains or to splurge on a wildly expensive 18-course dinner featuring microplates of rabbit liver and pheasant eggs. So I asked him for a suggestion. True to form he had one I could not have imagined. “Let’s spend a night at the Channel Inn.” Hmm. Aside from a misguided belief, which I

Manny Fernandez and Tommy Wells.

have liberally promulgated for years, that the Beatles stayed there after their 1964 D.C. concert (some quick Googling revealed that my image of the Fab Four frolicking in the pool was pure fantasy), the Channel Inn had hardly registered for me during my three decades in Washington. “Why?” I asked. “The hotel is such an important part of our city’s history, especially during the urban renewal of the 1950s and 60s, and it could be torn down within a year,” Tommy said. “Plus I love that it’s on the water overlooking the marinas and Hains Point, and it’s known for a great view of the sunset.” He told me he suddenly realized he had never stayed in the hotel, even though as the council member for Ward 6 he had been holding “community office hours” in the Channel Inn’s breakfast room for the past six years and attended countless community events in the infamous Engine Room bar. Next thing I knew, he was on the phone booking a room. I spent the next two weeks researching the hotel 76 H HillRag | August 2012

Article and photos by Barbara Wells for clues about what to expect. To my surprise, there was little about the Channel Inn’s history online, but I read intriguing accounts that hinted at why it’s become a community treasure. The African American Music Association chose the hotel to celebrate the birthday of Marvin Gaye—a star born and raised in Southwest. And the Engine Room hosts regular jazz nights with local bands and the occasional open mike event. The hotel has also suffered the cruel blows of unflattering online reviews, clearly penned by disgruntled tourists with no appreciation of our local customs. I was game. When the fateful date arrived, we be- A bustling scene at the Maine Avenue Fish Market. gan our journey at the end: in Yards Park, has been a fixture in the Southwest waterfront ever a mile and a half and nearly half a century from the Channel Inn. In the shadow of Nation- since. He had come to the United States from Cuba als Stadium, nestled in a neighborhood freshly to study architecture, but quit after one year when transformed just as Southwest is destined to be, he discovered how much money his uncle was makwe took in gorgeously restored warehouses, a dra- ing at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Fernandez matically reconfigured waterfront, the plethora of learned his business on the job: He spent three years pricey condos and the promise of countless trendy at the Greenbriar—where he met his wife Alma— eating and drinking spots. Among a throng of and was in charge of food and bar services at Miyoung professionals, we celebrated Belgian Na- ami’s Fontainebleau before settling in Washington. Why Washington? It was the nation’s No. 1 city tional Day at a rain-soaked Mussel Throw Down featuring rock music, Belgian beer, and moules for drinking whiskey. As he will tell you, “Everyone and frites doled out by some of D.C.’s hottest knows there’s no money in food.” Still, Fernandez always served a good meal. restaurants—the very antithesis of everything the When he opened Embers downtown in 1964, he Channel Inn represents. Full of salt and garlic, we hopped in our Prius— hired two quality chefs for the restaurant as well as our answer to Back to the Future’s DeLorean DMC- the best local bands to perform in the bar. Robert Flack was still teaching when she 12—serving as a sang there, and stars like Ramsey time machine that Lewis and Nat King Cole percatapulted us back formed. Dizzie Gillespie played at to the 1970s. CruisEmbers after his shows at the Kening down Maine nedy Center. Avenue, we dodged Seven years later, a rare opthe stadium traffic portunity arose. The city was takwith a detour past ing bids to open a new waterfront the Greenleaf Garhotel in the heart of Southwest—a dens public housing community embroiled in the condevelopment and troversy of a massive urban renewal entered the Channel project. “Everyone told me I was Inn’s underground crazy,” Fernandez recalls. parking garage. He had visions of building a Maximum fee: $7. hotel like Pier 66 in Fort LauderManny Fernandale, a gleaming tower and marina dez built this hotel touted as an architectural master40 years ago and it Lucille Pringle, presiding over the break-

Mussels at the Channel Inn

with dark plexiglass windows. Some amplified voices—from our own hotel?—were belting out “Johnny Be Good.” “Time for a walk,” Tommy said. We strolled past the waterfront’s new “programmable space” and the Washington Kastles tennis arena next door, which sprang from the demolition of Hogate’s, an enormous seafood feeding trough that for decades catered to busloads of ravenous tourists. Then we were back in the 1970s again, with its gaily lit live-aboard boats, sprouting tiny rooftop gardens, on the water; the Washington Yacht Club, hosting its perpetual cook-out on a deck sprinkled with picnic tables; and finally the Maine Avenue Fish Market, with the carnival atmosphere of

The Channel Inn is at 650 Water Street, SW. Visit www.channelinn.com


Captain White, Jessie Taylor and Pruitt Seafood, bustling in the midst of broken down pavement and crumbling infrastructure. Back at the Channel Inn, we entered Pier 7, a restaurant with the mahogany and red leather décor of a bygone era, where a few large parties were winding down celebratory meals long after the evening rush of neighborhood regulars had gone home. Alma Fernandez herself showed us to our table, beside a window with a lovely channel view. Then she rejoined her husband Manny at a table where they were having dinner—a ritual they’ve observed at the restaurant every night for nearly 40 years. We could see the back of their heads across the room. Before long a waiter in a dapper blue jacket brought us our feast. Nothing nouvelle for us: a robust antipasto, salad with dressing full of freshly crumbled bleu cheese, creamy crab imperial and fried soft-shell crabs, and a huge baked potato smothered in sour cream. Dessert, a generous slab of strawberry cheesecake, came with a candle on top. When we couldn’t eat another bite, Fernandez—a distinguished octogenarian in a crisp suit, with chiseled features and a ready smile—arrived to share our anniversary toast. The three of us headed down the hall to the Engine Room, where a very respectable jazz quartet backed up a vocalist delivering an extended version of “Georgia” for an appreciative crowd. Fernandez noted that the room isn’t packed as it once was, but some things never change. Near the evening’s end, an eclectic group of women responded to the irresistible notes of “The Electric,” taking to the dance floor in a perfectly synchronized Electric Slide. The next morning we ended our stay with the pièce de résistance: breakfast, cafeteria style. Grits, sausage, bacon, eggs, corned beef hash, coffee in those cool little bulbous carafes—this place has it all, plus a warm greeting from Lucille Pringle, who came to the Channel Inn from Embers 40 years ago. Scattered around the little dining room were an elderly couple, seated side by side; a group of women having a coffee klatch; a family of tourists finishing bowls of oatmeal; a young dad with his little girl, waiting for a carry-out order; and a jovial busboy, joking that we looked pretty tired last night when we left the Engine Room. There’s a place for everyone at the Channel Inn. We’re glad we found ours before it’s gone.

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piece in 1965, but he followed the site’s less visionary prospectus. The Channel Inn’s opening was delayed by six months when a fire nearly destroyed it, but Fernandez was able to open its doors in time for the Redskins’ legendary NFC championship victory over the Dallas Cowboys on December 31, 1972. From the start the Channel Inn was different from its neighbors, embracing the community and the unique culture of Washington. Fernandez pulled together a diverse staff and clientele in a city where segregation prevailed—and in many places even persists today. They came for the classy, old school ambiance, the well-prepared food, the singular views… and the jazz. Tommy and I rode up from the garage in a gleaming brass elevator with a smartly uniformed housekeeper, swiftly checked in, and landed in our deluxe suite with two balconies overlooking the Washington Channel and a sea of live-aboard floating homes. From there we could watch the riverside walkway three stories below, chronically underused and all but impossible to access from Maine Avenue. We watched the sailboats drift by alongside massive channel-crawling charters, their passengers entombed in dining rooms rimmed

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New Digs, Same Roots in the Jazz Community For HR-57

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“Now there are a lot of great jazz venues,” says Puesan, “… there’s Blues Alley in Georgetown, there’s Twins on U Street … there are a few other jazz venues in town….but, you want to know which musician just had a

baby, which musician just had a tragedy, which musician needs help, which musician just helped somebody else … you come see us …” His mission for HR-57 has always been, since 1993, to be, per its web-

site, “a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, afi-

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t was an unseasonably warm night in February along H Street, NE in Washington, where patrons entered HR-57, the venue of jazz and blues inspired by a Congressional resolution. It was a Tuesday night, not a normal night for HR-57 to be open. However the special occasion was apparent by a display just inside the front door. While a group of musicians played some hardy mainstream bebop from the stage in the back, a space in the front had candles lighting up an area that featured photos and a bouquet of flowers. It was an impromptu memorial arranged by HR-57 owner Tony Puesan for Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson, a drummer and entertainer, a big man with a big smile, who had suddenly passed away the previous weekend. Puesan had called around to make it known he was having a special jam session in honor of Jackson, a frequent player and host for the HR-57 jam sessions, and the evening became a warm, musical tribute and reunion for musicians and jazz fans. That night is the kind of event that has made HR 57 -- formally named the HR-57 Center for the Preservation of Jazz & Blues -- a unique space in the area for jazz, with it acquiring over the years a reputation and ambiance as not just a club, but also a community meeting place. And Puesan plans for it to be even more so now that the venue has moved down H Street aways, from 816 to 1007 H street, in a larger space with more amenities.

by Steve Monroe

“Whereas, jazz has achieved preeminence throughout the world as an indigenous American music and art form, bringing to this country and the world a uniquely American musical synthesis and culture through the African-American experience.” H.CON.RES 57 Introduced by the Honorable John Conyers Jr.

The cionados and the general public… “ The mission has endured at several locations for HR-57 over the years, from the original 9th Street Northwest near Shiloh Baptist Church, to a couple of different locations along 14th Street Northwest during that area’s renaissance above and below U Street, and now to H Street. When he first moved to H Street last year, Puesan said, “It’s a great neighborhood. We had been asked by the neighborhood association for years to come over here and help raise up the neighborhood, so this has been in the works for a while.”

The New Digs

... “Now, therefore be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that it is the sense of the Congress that jazz is hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.” Passed by the House of Representatives September 23, 1987 Passed by the Senate December 4, 1987 ... On stage at HR-57 one night in June a couple of weeks after it opened in its new space -- planks and boards still rested against the wall in the unfinished foyer/front café – a small crowd was gathering for the early set of music as Lyle Link was blowing some smooth riffs on his tenor sax, while William Knowles played with his trademark melodic lyricism on piano, along with bassist Mark Saltzman and drummer E.C. Coleman, as the group played standards like “On the Trail,” “On A Misty Night,” “Up Jumped Spring” and others. Between sets, Link said of the new HR-57, “I like it, it’s very open, from the street you can see what’s going on, lot of space, beautiful stage. It’s great.” Link said he believes he has “played in pretty much all” of the other HR-57 locations. “I like the last place they had, it was cozy, it was just a little bit small … and of course the one on 14th Street was great … because people could talk, in the back if they wanted to…whereas at the other one, people tended to talk a lot and it would get a little bit disturbing for the musicians. But here I think it is kind of a nice balance.” Puesan said of the open layout of the new space, “It is great for musicians, and with the capability of people sitting around the stage, if you like piano players you can sit on the side where the piano player is and watch his hands … if you like drums, you can watch how the drum-

mer plays by being right beside him or right behind him … you can get a good view wherever you sit …” He said the plan is for new HR-57 to have more restaurant fare than the previous locations. Known for the tasty fried chicken wings, red beans and rice that were and are still an HR-57 staple, along with the wine and liquor available, Puesan said, ““Yes, we’re planning to expand our menu, now that we have a full kitchen, “ he said. “We’ll have the café up front and it will provide lightweight meals, a lot of breakfast items, waffles, crepes, coffee, the usual bacon and eggs ... and we’ll try to do that all day … we’ll see how it works out ...” Another plan is to help community groups. “We’ve always been able to support other organizations,” said Puesan. “We started out as a non-profit and we are still structured as non-profit. We plan to help out other non profits. It gives community organizations the opportunity to use the space for fundraising. We reduce the rate for them … we don’t charge them full rate, we charge them basically half rate … and they get to use it Mondays or Tuesdays if it is properly organized.” Knowles twirled another melody on the piano while the band played for the crowd that night, which saw the audience swell as all the tables around the stage filled in by 11 p.m., with more patrons still coming in, and others at the bar ordering drinks, the music flowing off the stage and out to the front where Puesan sat and listened, while watching the people and traffic go by on the warm night. Puesan was asked about the design of the venue that had tall windows, open that night, on the front of the space. He smiled and said, “Oh ... we planned this … this is Advertising 101 … it’s good marketing. Because for the people walking by, the room invites you in … and whether you are coming in right away, or not, it is a very inviting room … you’re going to come back … you can see it’s a large room, you can see who is here, who is sitting down, who’s dancing, who’s applauding, who’s playing and how they’re playing … so it’s great advertising for us, these windows … “And we’re sitting here enjoying the great outdoors right now. People can sit out here and smoke, and it doesn’t bother anybody inside. In the winter time, if it’s too hot inside, we can open up these windows … you can still be outdoors here without actually being in the snow or the rain … you couldn’t beat this…”

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Winetasting all Month at The Capitol Grill by Jon Genderson


othing compliments a fine restaurant meal better than a good glass of wine but when dining with only a few companions, it becomes difficult to order one or two bottles that will pair with the different dishes. The Capitol Grill at 6th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW has solved the problem. During August, they are offering “The Generous Pour”. Their Master Sommelier, George Miliotes has put together nine wines, selected specifically to complement the menu, and you get to drink them all for only $25 a person with dinner. Is it a good deal? A small group of wine writers were invited to the Grill to taste the wines with the dishes they were selected to match. After four courses and nine wines, I can state an unequivocal yes. The first wine is a Rose Sparkling Wine from Italy called Lunetta. It’s always appropriate to begin an evening with sparkling wine and this delightful sparkler with red berry and creamy notes works amazingly well with the Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers. The spice from the peppers is nicely balanced by the rose. Next came a very unique white called Simcic. It is made from the Rebula grape variety in Slovenia. This full flavored white worked quite well with the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella. The only other white in the “event” is the 2009 Gary Farrell Chardonnay, Carneros. It is classic California Chardonnay with a touch of oak, apple and pear flavors and a rich, buttery finish. This wine will work well with any of the shellfish dishes on the menu. The selection of reds is more extensive; after all, this is a steak 80 H HillRag | August 2012

house. The first red served is the Villa Mt. Eden Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2007. This is a very pleasant Pinot Noir with strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors and nice depth of flavor. This is a good match to the Salmon and Tuna dishes on the menu. The next red is from the reliable producer Falesco. It’s his Assisi Rosso 2009, a Sangiovese wine with a little Cabernet mixed in. The wine is pleasant but not my favorite amongst this distinguished crowd of wines. Our steaks arrived perfectly cooked and we were served three Cabernets to accompany the meat. The first was Conn Creek Anthology 2007. This full bodied and ripe Napa Cabernet blend possesses black current, black raspberry and soft vanilla oak. There are few things that pair well with a big Napa Cabernet but the one thing that always works is a great steak; what more could you ask for? How about the next wine, Ferrari-Carrano Mountain Reserve Cabernet 2008. Hailing from the Alexander Valley in Northern Sonoma County, this big red is jam packed with aromas of cherry, cassis, herb and dark chocolate. The flavors continue with licorice and vanilla oak. It too went beautifully with the steak. The third Cabernet served with the steak was the 2009 Bordeaux, Chateau du Pin. This was a surprise as a lowly “Bordeaux Appellation” wine showed some real character and flavor. It is medium bodied (and should be tasted before the two Northern California wines) and delivers cherry, plum and green pepper aromas, good acidity and smooth tannins. We were served an assortment of the Grill’s decadent desserts and the dessert wine was a real

surprise. It was the 2006 Kanu Kia-Ora Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc from Stellenbosch, South Africa. There was no need for the desserts (mainly because I was so full) but this wine is a dessert unto itself. It has a very deep golden color, a super ripe honeyed nose with dried apricot and fig, orange peel and more honey. Absolutely delicious! I have to say this is a truly amazing deal. You will have a great meal, some of the finest service in town, and can drink more wine than you should for an incredible price. Make sure you make it the Capitol Grill this month and try their “Generous Pour”.


News from Bordeaux

I read my emails from several “Negociants” (the houses that sell Bordeaux to various importers around the world) every day during the month of May as the Chateau in Bordeaux released their prices for the spotty and mediocre 2011 vintage. They claimed to be selling them for 30% less than the 2009 and 2010 vintages but they were still higher than the very high release prices of the heralded 2005 vintage. The futures campaign for the 2011 vintage was a bust as no one was buying, not even China. Just two years ago the news about the brisk sales and demand for 2009’s and it seemed the wines were scarce. The same was true to a lesser extent for the 2010’s. Yet now in July I see emails coming in daily from several Negociants, offering 2009’s and 2010’s at the same and sometimes lower prices than at the beginning of their future campaigns. They also look a lot more attractive as the Euro is now under $1.25. What does all this mean? Chateau Latour, the

famous First Growth Pauillac, announced this year that 2011 will be the last vintage offered as futures. Will the rest of the First Growths and the high priced so called “Super Seconds” follow their lead? I wish I had the answers but I can offer you some advice. Wait and see with the high priced young wines and buy Bordeaux that have already matured and are ready to drink. Wines from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are selling for far less than their 21st century counterparts and can be drunk now. Sure there is some risk as mature Bordeaux is more variable bottle to bottle than young wine but the good ones are well worth taking a chance. Jon Genderson is co-owner of Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. H

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Two Diametrical Worlds

One of Stupendous Excess and One of Steady Deprivation by Mike Canning

Queen of Versailles

If you want an eccentric version of America’s Great Recession made palpable, you just can’t get weirder than “Queen of Versailles,” a probing documentary film that depicts the spectacular rise and, especially, the even more astounding fall of the Siegels, David and Jackie. He is the workaholic septuagenarian who is a billionaire from his business of time-share resorts; she is the buxom blonde ex-beauty queen in her 40’s who is as prolific in her breeding (eight kids) as her hubbie is in making money. Director Lauren Greenfield’s examination of their life is an eye-opener on the American capacity for excess (the film, rated “PG” and running 100 minutes, is showing at the Landmark E Street Cinema). Greenfield, a photographer as well as a filmmaker, originally became involved with the Siegels on a photographic assignment, shooting the family that was known to be constructing the “largest private residence in the United States.” The early part of the film documents, in photos and David and Jackie Siegel in “The Queen of Versailles.” Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Photo Credit: Lauren Greenfield film, both the lavish residence the Siegels already own on Seagull Island, Florida, as letting them state their own case and straightfor- how they made their dough. Siegel’s enterprise well as their plans for another grandiose mansion (90,000 sq. ft., 30 bathrooms) inspired, wardly describe their dreams and foibles. She does appears to be a supreme capitalist hustle, preying get the couple (along with other family members) on the gullible and the uninformed in a time of they say, by Versailles (and Vegas). As the film evolves, however, it records the to talk candidly about their state throughout, easy money. The vaunted time share business lures steady demise of the family business, Westgate though Jackie usually strives to present a positive credulous vacationers into visiting Westgate’s Resorts, as the real estate market implodes. We see outlook while David opts for blacker moods (his “luxury” accommodations, impressing them with Jackie change from a preening, expensively-gowned mood has further blackened as he has since sued facile extras, then gets them to sign contracts— with a big down payment up front—to “acquire” Mom-Model to a woman with a face red from bo- the filmmaker). As the film proceeds, and we see the business their own condo for a few days a year. This is a tox and a down-scale wardrobe (though she never collapse coming and testiness arise within the famploy to convince the non-rich that they can be stops shopping). We see David, at first evincing a ily, some sympathetic strings are plucked. Some just like the nouveau riche. proud gruffness about his booming business, then (more than others) might feel some pangs for the This particular time share empire was based turning into a cranky sourpuss, disgruntled with his Siegels when Jackie has to resort to Wal-Mart for on getting unsophisticated people to cough up for oldest son (in the business), his wife—and with the shopping and David seems to retreat even further what they could not afford, one of the lovelier aswhole financial world that has turned against him. into his dark den to contemplate his mistakes. pects of a once booming economy, and a cash cow Can you feel any sympathy for these almost What mitigates this reviewer’s sympathy for that would die quickly as strapped buyers realized pathological characters, whose decorating taste the Siegel’s plight, however, is what the “Queen they didn’t really need those luxury suites. Die runs to covering their walls with gushy portraits of Versailles” traces only gingerly: the nature of quickly it does, as David Siegel readily admits, of themselves? Well, director Greenfield does by 82 H HillRag | August 2012

while he struggles to maintain any or all of his properties (he is especially possessive about his Las Vegas outpost) and his own Versailles sits half-done. Greenfield is attempting to humanize, not satirize, these minor league Masters of the Universe and, to some degree, she succeeds. Still, any American with even a minor bent for prudence and discretion will wonder aloud how has our society evolved to reward such narcissistic creatures and will, in their evident demise, find plenty of Schadenfreude.


tiny worked out, should, of course, be moving, touching as any genuine tragedy is. Sadly, here, the lead actress does not compel you to believe in this grim trajectory. Lovely she is, indeed (too lovely, perhaps), but she and her director do not, to this reviewer, evidence any development in her distress, no new maturity of action or awareness. Meanwhile, Ahmed, being two characters in one, must metamorphose way too abruptly from an amiable charmer with real feelings for Trishna to a rake who objectifies her big time. Too bad for Winterbottom, who has assayed Thomas Hardy before. He re-cast the writer’s “The Mayor of Casterbridge” into an American Western setting in “The Claim” (2000) and did a straightforward adaptation of “Jude” (from “Jude the Obscure”) in 1996. It should be noted, in fact, that Winterbottom got a fine performance from an actress in the latter picture (the

This film offers a promising prospect: a contemporary re-working of a literary classic in an exotic setting directed by an imaginative filmmaker and starring a radiant beauty. “Trishna” is inspired by the Thomas Hardy novel “Tess of the d”Ubervilles” and takes place in modern India; it was directed by Michael Winterbottom, an Englishman known for his extremely varied oeuvre, and stars Frieda Pinto, the Bombay-born model/actress who came to international attention as the heroine of “Slumdog Millionaire.” Great credentials, yup; great film, not so much (This film, at selected cinemas, is rated “R” and runs 117 min.) Something of the core story of Hardy’s work is retained. An innocent young peasant girl, Trishna (Pinto) from the province of Rajasthan is taken up by a dashing Riz Ahmed as Jay and Freida Pinto as Trishna in Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna.” Photo by Marcel Zyskind. A Sundance Selects release. young man Jay (Riz Ahmed) who is above her class, is bedded by him and loses a child, only to take up with him again in cosmopoli- very talented Kate Winslet), something he tan Mumbai, where they almost make a life wasn’t able to achieve this time around. Winterbottom had another barrier to together, until she confesses she has lost their overcome to make “Trishna” work. While child. Ultimately, however, the man carries current-day India certainly has its castes her off to an aristocratic setting where she is little more than a concubine, after which she and rigidities, this film makes the country today look both picturesque and lush, and exacts revenge on him and herself. The parallels between film and novel are often exciting (it is gloriously photographed approximate, not exact. For example, the by cinematographer Marcel Zyskind and single male character in the movie is two fig- contains a lively Indian music score). Coinures conflated from the novel, and Trishna’s cidentally, this is the second Rajasthan-set end (sorry to give it away, but it is Hardy, you film now in town—the other is “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Hard to make this know) differs radically from the novel. What the film does aim to convey is Hardy’s “natu- colorful environment look naturalistic. ralism,” his sense of protagonists locked into Long-time Capitol Hill resident Mike Canning has caste or custom who cannot overcome the written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Associadire demands of Fate. The downward spiral of Trishna’s life, tion. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at www.mikesflix.com. H her tale of hopes dashed and a cruel des-


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Artist Portrait: Ibe Crawley


be Crawley reaches into the past by carving into old, reclaimed marble. She releases the whispers of history, not the shouts and dramas of the famous ones. She discovers the voices of those who didn’t have a Artist Ibe Bulinda H. Crawley chance to be heard— the uncelebrated African American women who have raised the children and held society together. Ibe grew up in Danville, Virginia, graduated from VCU in Richmond and has a masters degree in Special Education. Teaching, she discovered, is the art of telling stories that connect the past to the present in ways that children can easily identify with and understand. She combined her love of both history and art and visited schools and museums, telling stories about the proud backbone of America. She assembled her books and teaching materials, “using sticks, stones and bones, recycled or found trea-

A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at ArtandtheCity05@aol.com

sures.” Ibe has traveled through the South photographing historic shotgun houses—she was raised in one—and has created collages with the pictures to tell the stories. Ibe was first drawn to sculpture, wood sculpture, as a young woman “Carving wood was like sewing; I taught myself to design pictures using wood scraps.” Four years ago, she began teaching herselfto handle marble, adding another element to her storytelling. All of her materials, stone, marble, wood, are reclaimed. A piece of fireplace marble becomes a portrait. An old section of drainage marble becomes a woman and child, supported by the generic presence of a man. “New Girl,” a woman with two children, is from a piece of Baltimore step marble.

Ibe lives ‘Family’, a marble sculpture of a family in motion. with her husband and sons near Capitol Hill and carves in the garden behind her house. In sculpture, and all of her artwork, her heart is in the story of America told through whispered history, the quietly courageous voices of African American women. www.blackartinamerica.com/profile/IbeBulindaCrawley.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

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by Jim Magner

Ah yes. As reliable as the tides that lift all boats, the proposals to lift building height requirements in DC are with us again. The historic purpose of the strict height regulations was to let the Capitol building and monuments rise above the rooftops of the commercial and residential structures. And it works. You can see the Capitol and the Washington monument from just about anywhere in the city, or even driving on the Wilson Bridge. From the Virginia side of the Potomac, the Jefferson and Lincoln memorials give the Capitol a special grace. But it is not just a matter of seeing famous landmarks; it‘s about the nature of the town. New York has skyscrapers. New York is skyscrapers. The tallest ones become the city’s monuments to money. As Senator Pat Moynihan once said to me as he swept his hand over the famous skyline, “It’s all about capital.” Money. Washington is not supposed to be about money. It is supposed to be about people and democracy. The city is built on a more human scale, and that‘s on purpose. It’s also about the art of the people—the art in public spaces, and

the space itself. There is an emotional connection that comes with the air around each work. Imagine the Eiffel Tower surrounded by skyscrapers. It would be shrunk to nothing, and Paris would be diminished. The same would happen here. Economic interests may eventually win out, taking bigger, and ever bigger bites out of the sky above us. They just need to counter the messy resistance by anti-growth nuisances. They may wish to resort to what lawmakers usually pull out of the hat when selling dubious projects and schemes. Put the words Freedom, Liberty or Patriot in the name or title. “Growth” may not be jazzy enough.

At the Museums

George Bellows National Gallery of Art 3rd and Constitution NW – Oct. 8

Go see this exhibit. If you like the joyful, seemingly effortless application of paint on canvas, George Bellows is one of the stars. His paintings, regardless of subject mater, move. The Boxing scenes are exciting to some, but may be a little rough for others. However, with over 120 works in the show, there are plenty of other topics—more civilized perhaps, even prim, but never prissy. He lets you know that the Victorian Era is over. Gone for good. www.NGA.Gov.

At the Galleries

Kristoffer Tripplaar The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 7th Street, SE Aug 11-Aug 31

CHAW presents an exhibition of works by Kristoffer Tripplaar—a photojournalist who covers the White House, those who occupy the seats of power, and “leftover ideas and decisions that emanate from this place.” His work inhabits two distinct but interdependent worlds: the ideas of the power brokers, and the landscape that is changed by them. The exhibit is curated by Bruce McKaig. The opening is Sat., Aug. 11, 5-7. www.chaw.org.

Hill Center Gallery Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE – Sept 3

Eleven artists, working in a broad range of media and styles, watercolors, acrylics, photography, glass, wood and metal, fill the halls and upper rooms. This is a great opportunity to see some very accomplished Capitol Hill and other Washington area artists in one venue. Tsolmon Damba’s exotic paintings, and works on paper, especially those that reach back into his Mongolian culture, continue to be a big draw. www.hillcenterdc.org.

The Sixth Annual East of the River Exhibition Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Road SE – Sept. 8

Sixteen artists with connections to communities in Wards 7 and 8, east of the Anacostia River, are coming together to once again demonstrate the range of styles and media that are thriving “East of the River.” Over half of the artists are first time participants, but the majority shows throughout the metropolitan area. This is a great mix of people and personal approaches, and a dynamic fusion of themes and subjects. Bruce McNeil’s more abstract photographic images of the Anacostia River “A River Divide” portrays DC split into the principal city on one side and Anacostia on the other…with the river not dividing, but connecting. arts@archdc.org.

Marble works carved of found objects such as fire place marble, drainage marble, and marble rocks.

A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at Artandthecity05@aol.com. Jim’s award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty” can be acquired through www.ahauntingbeauty.com. H

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon

A Decent Burial

What better way to escape the noise of election-year wrangling than to take a quiet stroll among politicians who can’t talk back? In Congressional Cemetery, beneath the 171 blocky memorials known as cenotaphs, rest the remains of 59 congressmen. According to Rebecca Boggs Roberts and Sandra K. Schmidt, authors of the new “Historic Congressional Cemetery,” there is no way to tell which mark real graves and which are empty, but one thing you can be sure of: they’re all mercifully quiet. Roberts and Schmidt have provided a great service in documenting – with photos and informative captions – the rich history of the cemetery and the rogues and luminaries buried here. This “fashionable place to spend eternity” boasts the ethereal presence of Civil War photographer Matthew Brady, famed bordello owner Mary Ann Hall, Lincoln assassination conspirator David Herold, G-man J. Edgar Hoover, and “The March King,” John Philip Sousa.

Lesser known but equally impressive personages also found their final resting places at Congressional. Men who designed, built, and maintained some of Washington’s most famous buildings and monuments are buried here, as are publishers, journalists, a tavern owner, a baseball player, the son of Apache chief Cochise, 18 of the 22 young Irish women who perished in the arsenal explosion of 1864 (the others are at Mount Olivet), and Capitol Hill’s esteemed historian, Ruth Ann Overbeck, whose cheeky inscription exhorts, “Look it up!” The authors also offer extensive information on the cemetery’s statuary, vaults, and tombstones. For example, did you know that the markers of Confederate soldiers have pointed tops so that no “damn Yankee” will ever be able to sit on them? “Historic Congressional Cemetery” is packed with fascinating stories celebrating a beloved local landmark that, thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, is now also a National Historic Landmark.

Coming of Agein Ailionora

“What am I becoming?” asks the heroine of Janine K. Spendlove’s latest adventure. “I don’t know who I am anymore.” If you think that sounds like an attack of typical teenage angst, you’d be half right. The speaker is a teenager, but she’s anything but typical. In “War of the Seasons, Book One: The Human,” Spendlove introduced Story, a spirited girl who tumbles from Small Town, America, into a fantasyland called Ailionora, where she falls in love with a tattooed elf named Eirnin and discovers that she straddles the two worlds in more ways than one. Now in “War of the Seasons, Book Two: The Half-Blood,” Story faces a life-changing challenge. During the banquet at which Eirnin is named the new chief of the elf clan, he ingests a poisoned acorn and falls into a coma. That night, the Autumn Princess appears to Story in a dream and tells her that she will supply the antidote if Story will retrieve something of hers being held by the Spring Prince. But she must do so before the onset of winter or ‘elf-boy’ will perish. 86 H HillRag | August 2012

The adventure continues in the second installment of Janine K. Spendlove’s fantasy series for young adults.

In defiance of the elf queen and at risk of her own life, Story sets out to save Eirnin before the Winter King unleashes his fury. On her journey, she battles tree sprites and mountain trolls, is nearly eaten alive by water bogeys, and forges uneasy alliances that make her feel “like I’ve made a deal with the devil.” Story also discovers things about herself that make her bite her lip in shame. “She could almost hear her father chastising her again. [He’d] never been one to let her off easy: ‘I know you’re young, but that don’t mean you can just say or do whatever you want with no consequences. Just because somethin’ is what you want, it don’t mean it’s the right thing to do.’” Spendlove’s books are aimed at young adults, but even grown-ups can benefit from advice like that – and can also become absolutely entranced by the magical world of Ailionora. A KC-130 pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, Janine Spendlove lives with her



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Those Poetic Feds

The spring issue of “Beltway Poetry Quarterly” is devoted entirely to poems by current or former employees of the U.S. government writing about their work experiences. “Fingering the Past” is the exquisite offering from Hill poet Patricia Gray, who writes eloquently about sitting in the rare book room of the Library Congress with an ancient illuminated manuscript. “How quickly they / sift away— chips of paint from a medieval / book once held to the breast of a noblewoman…” she writes. “What damage we sometimes do!”

A former Hill writer takes on the persona of an 18thcentury castrato to tell a tale full of music and intrigue.

Carol J. Jennings writes poignantly of an “Office Suicide”: “So unlike you to leave early…” Pamela Murray Winters recalls 9/11 and the grim preparations we took to “Shelter in Place.” And you don’t have to have worked for the Federal government to appreciate the satiric humor of A.B. Spellman’s “Meeting.” More than two dozen writers share their poetic vision of what co-editor Michael Gushue calls “the niches and pockets of civil service…and the interstices to be found in work, and work’s aftermath.” Check them out at www.beltwaypoetry.com.

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Travels with Paolo

Enjoy an outing to Italy this summer for some soaring music and a glittering historical saga. Former local writer Margaret Miles has published a new e-book, “Paolo Baroni, Musico: Volume I,” which she researched and wrote here on the Hill. Ostensibly a discovered manuscript, “Baroni” is the memoir of a fictional castrato who, Zelig-like, rubs brocaded elbows with the musical stars of his day – Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Albinoni – as well as the kings and cardinals (and beautiful women) of 18th-century Europe. This ‘first-person’ account of a remarkable life is told with charm, wit, and an immediacy that leaps the centuries. When Baroni first hears the music of Antonio Vivaldi, for example, he is so overcome that he promptly loses his breakfast in the nearest bush. Should you be less sensitive to the Red Priest’s radical new ‘sound,’ you can turn to the thoughtfully-provided musical appendix to create your own soundtrack. And should you get hooked on Paolo’s enchanting tale, never fear: Volume 2 is in the offing. H

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Health & Fitness Thinking Outside the Box

A Unique Way One Man Integrates Exercise into His Life


n December, 18, 1998, Paul Hays, as the Republican reading clerk of the House of Representatives, was the first to pronounce the articles of impeachment against President Clinton. For 19 years, he was part of the fabric of Congress, a man whose strong, commanding voice, read legislation, resolutions, amendments, motions and Presidential Messages that came before the House, for as many as 12 hours a day. When he retired in 2007, he had been part of the House for a total of 41 years. Today, there are no late nights

by Pattie Cinelli or long hours away from home set by the vicissitudes of Congress. Paul Hays, 66, sets his own hours now as a cemetery volunteer photographer for FindAGrave.com. He has never been a gym rat, nor has he been a dedicated exerciser. His job, his civic and political after-work affiliations and his family life took precedence and most of his waking hours. He used to be an avid golfer, but 13 years ago he had a stroke, and afterwards, his activity declined and the weight crept up. His doctor kept bugging him to exercise and encour-

aged him to get back onto the golf course. “But swinging the golf club just wasn’t the same.” After only one month of trying, he quit playing golf. Paul thought that once he retired, he would use his deep and expressive voice to do voice-overs for commercials. “I thought my second career would be as a voice-over talent. But what I found out was my voice was too recognizable.” Paul said he’d run into people in the strangest places who, after they heard him talk, would say, “Didn’t you work in the House?” A lobbyist, who had C-Span on his

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TV almost every day once told him, “I hear your voice in my sleep!” Retirement created much spare time, a larger spare tire, and more needling from his doctor to exercise. With his plans for his second career on hold, Paul turned to what has always been a large part of his life – giving to his Capitol Hill community. He is a past president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. As ANC commissioner he helped determine the boundaries for Ward 6 in the 1970s, and he went door-todoor years ago to get the petition signed that instituted residential parking permits for the District of Columbia. He combined that passion with his keen interest in history and genealogy. In his late 40s Paul developed an interest in learning about his family history. “When I was younger, I had two great aunts who wanted to talk about my family. I didn’t want to listen. When I was ready, they were no longer alive.” He pursued his ancestry with dedication and diligence. Paul even traveled to a tiny town in Lamar County, Alabama where his father’s parents were both born. “One of the things I did was hang around old cemeteries (225 in Lamar County). The data on a tombstone and the juxtaposition in the grave yard tells a lot about family.” Paul compiled a 75,000name index of burials in Lamar County and is currently compiling that county’s marriage records. He has combined both of his passions and has also got himself moving again by creating a job with Find A Grave (findagrave. com). Find A Grave’s mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience. It is a free resource for anyone interested in finding the final disposition of family, friends, and ‘famous’ individuals. Paul is one of three volunteers who photographs requests for pictures of graves at Arlington Cemetery. “I go to the cemetery every couple of 90 H HillRag | August 2012

days. We average 75 requests per week and divide them among the three of us.”

Photographing Graves and Losing Weight

Paul lost 25 lbs. the first three months on the job. Spending about five hours in the cemetery per trip, he says he feels much better from all the walking and outside activity. After his cemetery research, he spends 10 to 12 hours preparing the photos and then posting them. His volunteer work has turned into a full-time job. He showed me his ‘cemetery bag’, a black soft leather case that contains a whisk broom for dusting off tombstones, a 12-inch screw driver for finding buried foot stones, insect repellent, a small rake, a bristle broom and an exercise mat on which to kneel. He says he is quite a sight, trekking among the grave sites in his weathered straw hat and ankle boots. He laughs. “One day I was in the middle of a field on a hillside. As I walked back to my car, I was swaying diagonally down the hill careful not to step on graves. A young woman who was driving on the road stopped her car, gets out and walks tentatively toward me and asks, ‘Would you like something to drink?’” Paul does more than just photograph a grave site. For example, when he finds the requested grave site, he not only takes a head-on shot, he also gets a close up, a side view and a wide angle view. He posts the pictures on the memorial page of the deceased. He also often does research and provides information to the family. “I get the most incredible thank-you notes.” Paul’s enjoyment of and dedication to his work is evidenced by his detailed descriptions of some of the more memorable grave sites. “Every trip out to Arlington is a lesson in cultural and art history. Every once in a while I find a truly unique tombstone.” He told me about one of the more colorful and fascinating graves he discovered because of

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something he remembered from his years working in the House. When he saw U.S. Army General Richard L. Hoxie’s grave, he noticed the General’s first wife was Vinnie Ream. Paul recognized her name because she was the artist who was commissioned by Mrs. Lincoln to sculpt the statue of Abraham Lincoln that is in the Rotunda. From his research, Paul learned that Vinnie Ream was a teenager in the mid 1800s, a friend of the Lincolns and a budding sculptor. When it was discovered by Congress that a woman sculpted the statue, it was removed from the Rotunda and stored at the home of a friend of Mrs. Lincoln until 40 years later when it was returned. Paul said there is no documentation about why General Hoxie’s grave site contains a statue of the Greek lyric poet of Lesbos, Sappho, whose right breast is gold. Once Paul receives a request from a family, he has 14 days to fulfill that request. Since he started at findagrave. com more than a year ago, he has done about 49 photos per week creating memorials of the nation’s fallen. He has the cemetery office on speed dial. “One day I was out in the middle of a field. I found the grave number, but it had a different name on it. I called the office. They answered, ‘Hello Mr. Hays, where are you today?’ When I told them, they pulled a photo of the grave up on their computer screen. A husband and wife were supposed to be buried in the site, but only the name of the husband was on the marker. Sure enough they didn’t get around to putting the wife’s name on the stone.” Pattie Cinelli is a writer, personal trainer and health and fitness consultant. Email her story ideas or questions at: fitness@pattiecinelli.com. H

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Cultivating Self Compassion: An Essential Practice


n response to our article on Emotional Maturity in last month’s issue of the Hill Rag, a colleague of ours pointed out the challenges and frustrations that come with the impossible task, for any human being, of behaving with emotional maturity at all times. This article offers an antidote to that dilemma - a discussion of Self Compassion, which we view as an essential tool to address failed self-expectations.

What Does Self Compassion Mean?

To be compassionate with oneself means to extend to oneself loving concern, especially when struggling. It means being aware of our imperfect nature as human beings, and offering feelings of kindness, tenderness and understanding to ourselves when we are in pain. Many of us find ourselves being judged by a particularly harsh “inner critic,” especially when we make a mistake or do not live up to our own standards or expectations. This harsh judgment intensifies our pain and, rather than helping us, tends to magnify our suffering and our feelings of isolation and alienation from others. As human beings, we are fundamentally imperfect – this is the nature of our condition. Each of us falls short, at various points in our lives, of being the person we think we should be. We can either meet this imperfection with anger and self-criticism, or we can attempt to offer empathy and understanding to ourselves when we fail.

Becoming More Self Compassionate

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by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW and David Fago, PhD ings. When we become aware that we are in pain – feeling angry with ourselves or judgmental about our own inadequacies - we then have a choice - we can react negatively, or we can offer ourselves kindness and understanding. Self compassion is not only the loving and kind way to be with ourselves – but it is also the best way for us to deal with life’s challenges and stresses. We cannot be effective in addressing our worries and concerns when we are caught up in selfloathing or self -criticism. Such harsh judgment draws us inward – away from people and circumstances and

compassionate with ourselves (and with others) is to practice a loving kindness meditation each day. This meditation involves sitting quietly and focusing for several minutes on each of the following statements: “May I be safe. May I be healthy. May I be happy. May I live with ease.” After a period of focusing on your self, the meditation can broaden to include others – “May you be safe. May you be healthy. May you be happy. May you live with ease.” Others

“ You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Buddha renders us unable to respond to outside circumstances in an effective way. The challenge is to remember that we are not alone in being imperfect - that imperfection is, in fact, fundamental to the human condition. Each of us faces failure, disappointment and pain at some point. It is not possible to consciously proceed in life without having experiences of inadequacy. However, when we become aware of our inadequacies we tend to think that we are alone in facing this fundamental dilemma. When we can remember that each one of us have limits and imperfections, we can then open to being more understanding and loving towards ourselves.

A Loving Kindness Meditation

One way to help remember to be

may include family, friends, neutral people, difficult people and then, ultimately, all beings. Regular practice with this mediation helps us to remember – during the times when we might easily forget - to be compassionate with ourselves and with others. It is also useful to notice when we are being harshly critical and judgmental of others – as our relationship with the outer world tends to mirror our relationship with the inner, that is, our relationship with our self.

Research Shows that Practicing Self Compassion Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Research conducted by Richard Davidson and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin’s Keck Labora-

tory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior has found, in studying Tibetan Buddhist monks, that regular meditative practice not only increases individuals’ compassion for self and others, but that it also modifies the complex neural circuitry of the brain. These neural changes are particularly noticeable in the brain’s left prefrontal cortex, an area that has significant involvement in human susceptibility to depression and anxiety. This research reinforces what therapists and practitioners of insight meditative techniques have previously observed – that development of self- compassion through meditation (and other cognitive-behavioral practices) helps build emotional resiliency and dampens our tendency to respond to stress with anxious and depressive emotional states. “Learning how to be kind to ourselves, learning how to respect ourselves, is important. The reason it’s important is that, fundamentally, when we look into our own hearts and begin to discover what is confused and what is brilliant, what is bitter and what is sweet, it isn’t just ourselves that we’re discovering. We’re discovering the universe.” Pema Chodron Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit through the use of traditional talk therapy, meditation, visualization, and creative, nonverbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202544-5050 and is on the web at: www.quietwaterscenter.com. David P. Fago is a licensed psychologist practicing on Capitol Hill. He works with children, adults, couples and families. He has been in practice for 30 years, approaching therapy holistically, giving equal attention to the psychological, biological, social and spiritual aspects of life. He can be reached at: 202-441-8823. H

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Hot in the City

Keeping Your Pet Cool and Avoiding Heat Stoke – Veterinary Emergencies Deconstructed (Part 2 of 7)


f you have been following AtlasVet’s Twitter and Facebook postings, you will already have heard the warnings. With one of the hottest Capitol Hill summers on record and temperatures constantly soaring into the high 90s and 100s, we see significantly more animals in the emergency room for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Exercise and outdoor activity, although normally encouraged to maintain your pet’s health, can turn dangerous without taking proper precautions: 1. Hydration. Even before heading out on that walk to Eastern Market, make sure that your dog has had a full bowl of water available. If you have more than one dog, you should have 2 or more bowls of water available to them and the water should be freshened daily. This is even more important if you have limited or no air conditioning. Your feline friend is in this discussion too. It is often easy to overlook refilling a small bowl of water, but your cat’s hydration depends on it to beat the heat. 2. Limit exercise. When temperatures spike, keep your walks limited to the early and late hours of the day when possible. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, keep them indoors or only allow them limited time outside at night. For dogs, keep your walks short and make sure to stop for water on longer walks. It can only take 5-10 minutes in extreme heat for a big dog to overheat. This brings us to our next point… 3. Know your pet. Be aware of your dog’s body type and constitution. A larger dog and a dog with more 94 H HillRag | August 2012

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fur (i.e. Akita, Husky) will overheat faster than a more slender or smaller dog with less fur (i.e. Greyhound, Jack Russell Terrier). If your dog has health problems or is older, this should also weigh in on your decision of how far to venture. Watch your pet. Know what to watch for to avoid heat related problems. Lethargy and/ or weakness can be some first signs of illness. If your dog is slowing down on a walk while panting excessively, it is time to take them in. More severe signs include collapse, vomiting, or diarrhea. It is never normal for your cat to pant. If you notice they are “open mouth” breathing, this can be a sign of overheating. Your veterinarian should be consulted immediately if any of the more severe signs are noticed.

If you are concerned your pet may be overheated, there are several parameters that can be monitored to help decide if trouble is brewing. These basic guidelines are good to know for all possible emergencies, not just heat stroke. 1. Temperature. The normal temperature for a dog or cat is around 100-102F. A dog at play can get up to 102.5-103F, but any temperature in excess of 104.5 can be a sign of early heat stroke. 2. Heart Rate. The normal heart rate for a small dog is 100130 beats per minute. A large dog 70-100. These numbers of course elevate during exercise and can be lower at rest or sleep. You can often place your hands on your dog’s chest to get a rhythm or, for the more skilled, feel a femoral pulse just on the inside of their back leg. If your dog’s heart rate is 150 beats or higher, especially at rest, this can be a sign of danger. 3. Mentation. If your pet is less responsive, does not want to get up or appears “dazed” or “drunk”. 4. Vomiting/Diarrhea. All of our pets will from time to time, but if these occur after exercise,

it can be a sign of problems and can hasten dehydration and so should not be ignored. So what should you do if you are concerned? 1. Cool. A. Get your cat or dog out of the heat and into air conditioning or get a fan to blow directly on them. B. Get cold water on the foot pads. Dumping water on the body of a furry animal will just roll right off. Animals lose tremendous heat at the paw pads, thus this is the best place to apply cold water. C. Allow them to drink cold water, but limit how much they take in. Frequent drinks of small amounts of water are better than letting them polish off an entire bowl at once. 2. Call. Calling your veterinarian or your local pet emergency clinic is never wrong. Often, a veterinary professional can help you decide if what you are seeing is serious or not. 3. Go. Especially if you are noticing some of the more severe signs, get your pet to your veterinarian. Getting a live assessment of your pet is the best way to ensure that they receive the proper care.



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My Favorite Ways to Beat the Heat, Stay in Shape and Save Money


o you want to beat the heat AND save money for the summer? Well, here are some of my favorite, fun and inexpensive ways to take advantage of the summer months. Go for a Run to the Capitol – In the morning you will find me running from Eastern High School down beautiful East Capitol Street and back. The running is flat and straight. You can enjoy watching families sending their loved ones off to work and take in the Capitol Hill architecture at the same time. It is about one and a half miles from Eastern High School to the U.S. Capitol – three miles roundtrip. You can run through Lincoln Park and say hello to the dog walkers; you might even want to bring your dog along on this trip. This is a great route for a quick run with some scenery. If you don’t want to go it alone, register yourself for a Capitol Hill Running Tour on http:// www.Active.com. Save Gas and Go for a Bike Ride – The average person burns around 300 to 500 calories per hour of biking. Biking can save gas and time, as well as contributing to better air quality in our community. I love to park my car and use my bike to do all that I need to do on Capitol Hill. First thing, I go for my morning coffee ride to Ebenezer’s Coffee House at 2nd and F Streets. They have plenty of space to lock up your bike and the coffee is delicious. Next, I bike to H Street for my morning workout. There are great places to workout: group training at Fitness Together; Hot Yoga at Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill; and classical or old school at the Yoga District. If H Street isn’t on your way, you can head up to Barracks Row to BikerBar for class, or stop by Capitol Hill Yoga. You can even try a martial arts workout at the Capitol Hill Martial Arts 96 H HillRag | August 2012

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and Fitness Academy. No bike? No worries. DC has a great bike share program, and if you are new to the area, you can register yourself for a bike tour at Union Station through Bike and Roll DC . You won’t have to buy a bike and the more you ride, the more you burn! Swim for Serenity – Swimming is not only fun, but also a great way to get more oxygen to those muscles and provide stress relief to joints. And you can burn 300 to 900 calories per hour. Whether you want to join a water aerobics class, invite some friends over for pool side play time, or cross train for that next triathlon, swimming is a great alternative. Two of my favorite places to swim are at the William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center, and the Rosedale Pool at Kingman Park. Local Races/Walks for a Cause – Exercise can not only benefit you, but it can also benefit someone else if you run or walk for a cause. You can meet new people, have fun and stay in shape. Check out what’s going

on through http://www.active.com/, which lists local events throughout the country. Outdoor Workout Challenge – No gym equipment? No problem. I take myself outdoors to Lincoln Park for a fat blasting workout. They have steps, benches and plenty of space to get creative. Here is a 20-minute workout you can do to get your heart pumping: 1) Walking lunges – 30 seconds Start at one marker, feet together, hands on hips. Step right foot about two feet forward and lower until right thigh is almost parallel with ground. (Make sure right knee doesn’t just pass toes; if so, step feet wider.) Step left foot next to right and repeat with left leg. Continue alternating until you reach second marker. If time allows, turn around and repeat. 2) Plyo lunges – 30 seconds Assume lunge position, right leg forward, left leg back, legs about two feet apart. Lower body toward ground until right thigh is




almost parallel to ground. Jump up and switch legs mid-air so left leg is now forward, right leg back. Continue repeating. (Modified: Rather than jumping, do alternating lunges, stepping one leg back at a time.) Jog – 30 seconds Jog back and forth between your markers. Box sprints – 30 seconds Start at one marker and sprint to the second marker. Face first marker and shuffle right 8 times. Turn so you’re facing second marker and jog backward to first marker. Facing second marker, shuffle right 8 times. Repeat as many times as you can. Squats – 30 seconds Stand in place, feet shoulderwidth apart, hands on hips. Lower body toward ground, keeping knees behind toes, until thighs are almost parallel to ground. Release to start and repeat. Burpee – 30 seconds Stand with hands by sides. Drop to ground in crouched position, hands on ground. Hop feet behind you until your body is in the plank – one long line from toe to head. Hop feet back to hands. Stand and repeat. (Modified: Step one foot back at a time to plank position, then feet back to hands, roll to standing.) Sprints with push-ups – as long as you need Start at one marker and sprint to second marker. Do 5 push-ups, either on knees or supported only by hands and feet. Sprint back to first marker and do 4 push-ups. Continue sprinting back and forth between markers, doing one less push-up at each end until you’re down to only 1 push-up.

8) Jumping jacks – as long as you need Do 10 jumping jacks. March in place for 8 counts. Do 10 more jumping jacks. 9) Deep side lunges with water bottle – as long as you need Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding water bottle horizontally between both hands at chest height, elbows bent. Take slow but giant step, at least two feet, right. Bend right knee to 90 degrees, keeping knee behind toes. Place bottle on sand by right foot and hold 2 counts. Step back to start. Repeat side lunge to right, this time picking up bottle. Continue in this pattern for a total of 10 times. Switch sides and repeat. 10) Crab walks – as long as you need Sit with feet flat, knees bent and hands behind you, fingers pointing toward you. Lift butt off sand and crab walk backward as fast as you can for 20 counts, keeping butt lifted and abs pulled in. (One count equals each time you move a hand.) Turn around and crab walk back to starting point. 11) Planks – 1 minute Lie face down on mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor. Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows. Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels. Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle. Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps

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Play Mini-Golf Inside the National Building Museum

Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let your summer get stuck in the rough-combine your love for the building arts with a putter, ball, and one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed by some of the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top architects, construction firms, urban planners, and designers. For two glorious months at the National Building Museum, play holes inspired by the world that people design and build. Challenge your friends and family to a round of mini-golf in air-conditioned comfort, packed with enough fun to make Augusta National Golf Club green with envy! Tee off when the course opens on July 4 and play every day through Labor Day during Museum hours. The Museum will have two late nights until 9:00 pm: Thursday, July 26 and Thursday, August 23. $5 per round per person. With purchase of full-price Museum exhibition admission ticket, the price per round is reduced to $3. Museum members play for $3. Those who want to see the course without playing can do so as long as they have exhibition admission tickets. Every Day, July 4-Labor Day. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448. nbm.org

CENTURY 21 New Millennium Collects School Supplies

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supplies until Aug 22 as part of its Back to School Supply Drive. The supplies will be given to local elementary, middle and high schools in DC and distributed to children in need. Businesses and individuals wishing to contribute should drop off school supplies at the CENTURY 21 New Millennium office at 1000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Anything from pencils to backpacks will be accepted. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. c21nm.com

Capitol Hill Little League’s All-Stars Win DC Championship

In an amazing come-frombehind victory, Capitol Hill Little League’s 10-and-under All-Stars beat the Northwest Little League 100 H HillRag | August 2012

team 14–8 on July 12 at Fort Lincoln recreation center to clinch the city championship. CHLL was down 7–2 at the top of the 6th inning but rallied to tie the game and force it into overtime. CHLL then scored seven more runs to best the Northwest team, the traditional powerhouse in the DC Little League tournament. Capitol Hill Little League President Seth Shapiro expressed the joy felt by many when he said, “ Wow! Just Wow! What a game. What a team. What a League and what a fantastic community!” The CHLL 10-and-unders were managed by Chris Atkins; Matt Saxton and Paul Legere coached. Niki Collins and James Grimaldi were official scorers. While the Capitol Hill AllStars were defeated in the Maryland State Tournament, CHLL–only in

its second season- proved its teams are strong competitors who can take the heat. Registration for CHLL’s fall baseball season is now underway at capitolhilllittleleague.org.

mission through Sept 3. These tickets are regularly $12.95. Children 6 and under are always free. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888639-7386. newseum.org

Public Library Story Time at Hill Center

Bridges Public Charter School Inaugural Kindergarten Class

DCPL comes to Hill Center to match reading skills to the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Thursday, Aug 23, 11:00 a.m.-noon. Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org

Kids Free at Newseum Through Labor Day

Up to six kids (7-18) are free with each paid adult or senior ad-

Ditch the wait lists and join the Bridges Public Charter School family. Bridges currently has no wait list for its inaugural kindergarten class this September. Bridges is in its 7th successful year and looking forward to welcoming more families to the school community as they expand into an elementary school program. Bridges will serve preschool-kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year and add a grade each year until 5th grade.

With small class sizes, highly qualified teaching staff, and a hands-on investigative curriculum, Bridges is designed to meet the needs of all students. Bridges is a free public school open to all DC residents. Non-residents may apply and attend for a fee. To learn more about Bridges, and get information about eligibility and applying, visit bridgespcs. org. 1250 Taylor St. NW. 202545-0515.

LEGO Exhibition at the National Building Museum Ends Labor Day

Piece by piece, brick by brick, this exhibition features largescale artistic models of some of the world’s most famous structures including the Empire State Building, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater. The simplicity and nostalgic quality of LEGO affords viewers a new, detailed look at familiar buildings. Visitors can lean in close to see the complexity of a building’s intricate design and engineering or take a step back to appreciate its stunning sculptural form in full. After drawing inspiration from awe-inspiring structures, visitors are encouraged to create buildings to include in a LEGO community. Based on the principles of good urban design, participants will be invited to create a building from one of the four categories—residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial—and then place the LEGO models on a large-scale map of a city. As the day goes on and the Museum welcomes more visitors, the LEGO city will grow and grow. Exhibition open through Sept. 3. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. nbm.org

Frederick Douglass Family Day

This annual event features free ice cream and popcorn, historic house tours, live music, face painting, games, ice cream churn-

ing, food trucks and the Massachusetts 54th historic reenactors. Aug 5, 1:00-4:00 PM. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961. nps.gov/frdo

Sunday Youth Ensemble Concerts at National Building Museum

The National Building Museum and the Washington Performing Arts Society have teamed up to present free concerts every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in August. The concerts, featuring some of the best youth ensembles on the scene, will be held in the Museum’s Great Hall. Scheduled artists include: WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir; Step Afrika! with WPAS Summer Steps Steppers; Feder Memorial String Competition Winners; and The Jazz Update with Capitol Jazz Project Ensemble. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.


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Children’s Defense Fund Launches Freedom School with Boys and Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s (BGCGW ) George Ferris Jr. Clubhouse Six partnered with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) to launch a Freedom School program, which began on June 25 and ended on Aug 3. The program stimulates high-quality academic enrichment; civic engagement and social action; family involvement, intergenerational leadership development; and nutrition, health and mental health. The CDF’ Freedom School accommodates 50 members between 5-13 and is free to all participants which maintains BGCGW’s goal to help those who need us most despite financial restraints. The six week program utilizes an Integrated Reading Curriculum, which is comprised of 80 of the country’s best authors and illustrators that are approved for youth between capitalcommunitynews.com H 101

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the ages of 5-18. The curriculum is reinforced by the reoccurring book themes, I Can Make a Difference in: My Self, My Family, My Community, My Country, and My World with Hope, Education and Action. One of the largest academic hurdles for today’s youth is summer learning loss, which is an extended break in the academic routine. George Ferris Jr. Clubhouse Six was an ideal destination for impactful summer education programs due to its location in the District. According to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education there has been a 20 percent decline over the past two years in high school graduation rates amongst the District youth. These graduation rates 102 H HillRag | August 2012

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Under African Skies Free Planetarium Show

Discover the wonders of the African skies in a special presentation compiled by staff of the National Air and Space Museum. Featuring astronomical objects that can be seen in different parts of Africa, the program will be shown in a temporary planetarium at the National Museum of African Arts. It complements “African Cosmos,” an exhibition which explores how inspiration from the sky is reflected in African art. Shows run continuously on Aug 18, 10:00 a.m.-2:00

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Hok-noth-da? (“Did you hear?” in the Shawnee language), brought to you by the National Museum of the American Indian, gives young people a chance to hear a Native American story and engage handson with cultural objects that deepen their understanding of the tribe and traditions represented in the story. Register at 202-727-1248. For ages

Nearly 80 organizations are providing enriching summer experiences to more than 3,000 youth in the District of Columbia before they return to school, thanks to funding from the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. The Trust has awarded grants for this summer totaling $2.5 million. Programs are offering children diverse opportunities that will help them build academic success, create their own arts, explore future careers, become financially savvy and stay healthy. Selected programs include those from areas targeted by the One City Summer Fun Initiative—an inter-agency collaboration to provide high-quality summer programming to DC youth—for factors including teen pregnancy rates, academic proficiency and obesity. The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation is the primary resource for developing partnerships that expand and improve services and opportunities for children and youth in the District of Columbia, especially during their time out of school. The partnerships include public schools, city agencies, and employers, including non-profit providers. Since its inception in 1999, the Trust has provided grants, techni-


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“The First Tee” Free Golf Lessons for Kids

The First Tee of Washington, DC is a youth leadership skills program offering life skills to kids ages 7-18 through the game of golf. Kids enjoy free lessons from golf coaches at both Langston and East Potomac Park golf courses weekday evenings; 5:00-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-noon this summer and fall. Parents can download a copy of the registration form at thefirstteedc.org. For more information, call Dolly Davis, Program Coordinator at 202479-2588 or 202-388-4141.

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Homes & Gardens Up on the Roof

Rooftop Gardens Greening our Neighborhoods


ver wonder what it would be like to escape to your own private urban oasis? Is it a place that has a stunning view and maybe a little breeze? A place where you feel like you are sitting on top of the world? Well, maybe that place has been there all along, up on your roof. More and more folks are waking up to an idea that Europeans have been enjoying for years, and that is developing rooftops into green gardens and outdoor spaces. It is estimated that at least 10% of all flat rooftops in Germany have a rooftop green space or garden, and the numbers are even higher in Sweden. In addition to the ecological benefits of rooftop gardens, they also allow people to enjoy nature even in crowded urban areas.

by Rindy O’Brien

The Pierce School rooftop garden can be seen from Maryland Avenue and 14th Street, an urban oasis in the sky. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

Rooftop gardens lower energy consumption and reduce urban heat and problems associated with heat stress. They can also help to improve storm water management if enough of them are implemented in an urban area. There are really two schools of roof top gardens; those designed to be enjoyed as a living space or patio type area using containers; and those designed to be green providing a more environmental space that may be greening up the view and improving the air quality. Capitol Hill homes and businesses are catching the green wave and are beginning to adapt their rooftops in all kinds of exciting ways.

The Roof at Pierce School

Jeff Printz and Chris Swanson treasure their urban rooftop garden, spending time everyday in their garden. Photo: Rindy O’Brien.

Chris Swanson and Jeff Printz, owners and developers of the Pierce School at 14th and Maryland Avenue,

NE, spend time on their rooftop oasis every day. Jeff says he starts his mornings with a cup of coffee in the garden as a mocking bird sings to him. The bird has adopted this gorgeous roof top garden as its home. In addition to the bird life, this year Chris has installed a beehive on the roof, joining the estimated 100,000 backyard beekeepers across the United States. He said that he found the local Washington beekeeper association very helpful, and ordered his equipment online after attending some lectures. And, yes, he does own a white beekeepers suit. The bees the morning I visited were enjoying the gray cooler weather, and hadn’t taken off yet for pollen gathering. Sitting in the white box on the roof were 50,000 honeybees. Chris has so enjoyed having the addition of the beehive in his garden that he plans to capitalcommunitynews.com H 105

The garden is divided into different seating areas, and on the right is the Oleander tree that is thriving on the roof. Photo: Rindy Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien

add more in future years. The roof top garden has spectacular views in whatever direction you look. The Capitol stands in one direction, RFK Stadium on another side, and at the front of the building the view is of the ever-developing H Street corridor, which is where Chris and Jeff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business, Evolve Property Management, www.evolvedc.com, has its offices. Chris says the garden is the perfect place for him to escape to when he needs a little peace and quiet. The garden is extremely quiet and you definitely escape the street sounds when you sink into one of the cushioned chairs or sofas that are scattered in several different seating areas. The space has hosted large dinner parties over the years and is equipped with a grill, sink, and refrigerator.

Lessons Learned

The recent heat wave had taken a bit of a toll on the garden, but Chris, like all good gardeners, has taken it in stride. Many of the plants are chosen for drought resistance because watering is a consistent issue, and the plants are also chosen for two other surprising reasons. With the garden so high up, wind is a serious concern. The other big factor is how much plant material a plant produces. Some of the early plantings, simply didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t survive, especially the trees that line the sides of the roof. Chris had experimented with an Oleander tree at a beach property and was impressed with its durability especially with very little attention having been provided. So, he replaced the failing trees with Oleanders, and they are thriving on

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the roof. Not surprising really, as the Oleander is subtropical and is known to survive the brutal California Santa Anna winds. “They do drop their leaves in the late fall”, Chris says, “but the trees really give us something every season from flowers to lovely green leaves in the summer.” The plants have an automated irrigation line around the edges, which helps keep the entire plants watered daily even when the fellows are out of town. When asked if there were plants, he wished he could cultivate in this lush garden, Chris said that he wished he could get more vegetables to grow, but so far it has been too hot. The clusters of herbs do seem to be doing well. The garden is a container garden, and investing in thermal containers has been another lesson learned. The ceramic containers are very heavy, and Chris laughs when he thinks about how hard they were to get up to the roof and to move around. Styrofoam containers didn’t hold up well in the wind. “While they are considerably more expensive, the thermal containers have really made a big difference in the garden,” said Chris.

Greening the Garage

Another business on H Street is DC Greenworks, a non-profit group whose mission is growing livable communities using living materials like green rooftops, wa-

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The mockingbird has taken up residence in their garden, and serenades Jeff as he enjoys his morning cup of coffee. Photo: Rindy O’Brien

ter gardens and rain barrels. The group started in DC in 2000, and the current executive director, Peter Ensign, says that Greenworks has helped homeowners and businesses on Capitol Hill install many green roofs over the past few years. The garage I toured with Peter was installed in the fall of 2009 in the Shaw neighborhood, and was 365 square feet, and captures about 6,080 gallons of water. The flat roof was accessed through a ladder in the garage and was built not to be a social space, but rather for the aesthetic value it provides for the owner and neighbors, and for ecological reasons. Peter says, “it is like creating your own microclimate space and it can reduce the temperature in the surroundings by ten percent or more.” The space is divided into three planting areas, with hardy grasses, succulent plants, and sedums planted that are drought tolerant.

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ROOFING “Vegetables can be grown,” Peter said, “but it requires a little more attention, and if you don’t have easy access to the roof, probably not a good choice.” With irrigation lines, owners don’t have to go up and down often, and DC Greenworks often provides maintenance contracts with their installations. Roof top green gardens are a relative new industry in the United States, and DC has been fortunate to be on the leading edge. DC Greenworks hopes to find more and better ways to drive down the cost and labor intensity of the projects, so that even more homeowners can take advantage of this important green trend.

What you need to consider in planning your own oasis?

Both Chris and Peter agree that you have to begin with a sound structural roof. In the case of Pierce School, the roof had caved in, so they were in the position of replacing the roof to hold their dream garden. Peter recommends that owners have a structural assessment done as the first step, and make the repairs identified. The DC Department of Environment is a huge supporter of rooftop gardens, and provides a rebate of $5.00 per square inch of garden for DC residents. To learn more about the program, visit the website, www.ddoe. dc.gov green roofs. It will also walk you through the application process. DC Greenworks is happy to work with homeowners as well, www.dcgreenworks.org. Once up and running, thinking through how the garden can be maintained, especially issues like watering and wind, as well as selecting appropriate plants that can tolerate heat and dry conditions is important. “It is definitely worth the effort,” says Chris and Jeff, “we have enjoyed our garden more than we ever thought we would. It is our special retreat.” Rindy O’Brien is proud of her hill neighbors for their forward environmental efforts, for thoughts or comments contact her at rindyobrien@gmail.com H


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Ten High Performance Plants To Beat the Summer Heat photos and article by Derek Thomas


his summer will go into the record books for day after day of temperatures in the upper 90’s to low 100’s, rounds of explosive summer storms, and images of crushed houses under fallen trees. This type of summer can wreck havoc on the moderate weather plants that Hill gardeners love and enjoy. In fact you don’t have to look very far to see the signs that many plants have been having a very tough summer. Roses have suffered from more sunburn than black spot, lawns have been reduced to a sea of parched blades, and all those new trees that the city has planted now sport a decorative, scarf like, accessory -- a tree gator bag placed around its roots to provide the new saplings with additional water. But there are plants that do love the heat, in fact thrive in it. And with proper planting now

many of these plants are perennial and will be around for many sweltering summers to come. In fact a recent stroll around proved to me that the gardens of Capitol Hill will put on a good show this month in spite of the elevated mercury. The Hill’s Crape Myrtles are geared up for a great end-of-summer show. Their huge pompom-like blooms provide color to the summer landscape for over a month. The Hardy Hibiscus now bloom endlessly. Their dinner-plate-sized blooms of red, pink, and white will provide blazing color to even the hottest of days. And lets not forget the carpet of riotous color the Portulaca has given to the sunniest of spots in the flower border. The following list is my top eight picks for color and showiness in the heat of the summer.

Brugmansia, Angel’s trumpets

These shrubs are native to scrub areas and along streamside from south US to South America. Although they are not cold hardy in our region, the show that they give in the middle to end of summer make them a worthy investment. Their flowers are large, usually scented, and are pendant tubular or trumpetshaped. Brugmansia aurea will give you one of the best shows, with ten to twelve large trumpet shaped flowers exploding at the same time. Provide them with well-drained, fertile, evenly moist soil and you will enjoy flowers up to first frost.

Hardy Hibiscus is striking with its dinner plate sized flowers

Hardy Hibiscus

Within genus Malvaceae there are more than 200 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs, trees, annuals, and herbaceous perennials. The hardy Hibiscus, H. acetosella, and H, moscheutos is perhaps one of the best summer showstoppers you can choose for the summer border. This upright, bushy, woody-based perennial produces long stalks


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With over 50 species cannas, these natives of Asia and tropical North and South America, Cannas are grown for their large, paddle shaped leaves, and their showy red, yellow, pink and stripped flowers. Their leaves can come in greens, burgundy, and stripped and will add impact to the border even when not in bloom. Cannas are not reliably cold hardy in our region, yet digging and storing in a cool basement is worth the effort when you experience these show stoppers in your border garden. Give Cannas a sunny spot with welldrained soil and water freely in dry spells. Cannas can also be added to your pond where they will perform well.

Crape Myrtle blooms with giant pom pom bloms from Late July to early September

with large deeply lobed, maple like leaves, and large dinner plate sized, crape paper textured flowers in red, white, and pink. Grow in moist well-drained soil and give full sun and plenty of heat to enjoy the best flowers possible.


This semi-succulent annual is found mostly in dry, sandy soils in warm tropical regions. They are grown for their showy, cup-shaped, rose like 4-7 petaled, scarlet, purple, yellow, pink, apricot, and white flowers. When planted as a mass border, in full sun there are truly few rivals in color and show. This plant prefers poor, sandy, well-drained soil in full sun. Portulaca creates a riotous carpet of exploding colors and thrives in the heat

Rose of Sharon

This Hibiscus, Hibiscus syriacus, is a small tree, 1214 feet max size, that when mature, produces hundreds of flowers from July to August. They enjoy being planted in a fertile, well-drained location. Be sure to work in plenty of compost when planting this tree and add an organic top dressing every spring to ensure a plentiful bloom season in mid summer.

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by Jen Zatkowski

have gotten several reader requests to test out Roomba, the electronic vacuum you let loose in your house. Not only do readers want to know if it works, but if it will” freak out my cat.” Roomba is not a cheap vacuum option – the price ranges from $299 to $599. But wow- when I started

My friend Heather raves about her Roomba – and if fact, owns more than one. She got her first in 2006 after seeing an infomercial

asking around about Roomba, people couldn’t contain themselves! Friends and colleagues who already owned a Roomba (including my editor) couldn’t say enough good things. Designed and manufactured by iRobot, Roomba collects dirt, pet hair and other debris from all areas of the floor, including under furniture and along wall edges. Its patented 3-stage cleaning system vacuums carpet, tile, hardwood and linoleum floors – a spinning brush on the side cleans along wall edges, while counter-rotating brushes work like a broom and

and since she has a cat, was looking to cut down on her daily vacuuming of cat hair. She ordered the basic model online and said it worked great. The only problem she had was that it got caught in rug tassles, so when she was going to activate Roomba, she had to remember to tuck in the tassles on her living room rug. The iRobot cleaned her floors without bursting into flames or damaging her furniture or floors – and without ever convincing the other appliances to unionize. That first Roomba lasted a couple of years, and then just petered out. The second Roomba she

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dustpan to pick up dust and dirt. This debris is deposited into a bin on the back you just need to empty.

Home Use

ordered was a step up, with better navigation and it returns itself to its charger when done. What has amazed Heather is how the Roomba memorizes your room layout and then sets a map of how it’s going to clean the room. The first time it’s set up in an area, she said it’s fascinating how it susses out where you have corners, furniture, rugs and nooks & crannies and then determines the most efficient way to vacuum, and then it is “very deliberate in its path.” One piece of info Heather didn’t anticipate was being able to tell me what happens when

as if it’s the first time, and when it encounters her ottoman, gets confused and starts the process all over again. The other problem is that Heather has a modern, geometric rug with some dark squares in the pattern. Roomba interprets these as holes in the floor, so wastes a lot of time (and battery power) navigating around them. All in all, it’s amazing the Roomba still vacuums after a fall down the stairs. Heather purchased another basic model for her girls’ bedroom. The “most awesome part” is that it forces the girls to pick up what they don’t want Roomba to suck up. “This thing picks up Barbie

Roomba falls down the stairs. “The Brain Damaged Roomba,” as her family refers to it, still works well as a vacuum. Unfortunately, though, it has lost its capacity to memorize – so every time she sends it out to clean, it navigates the room

accessories, leggos, polly pocket pieces and dog kibble.” Heather’s daughters echoed her excitement about Roomba’s strength – but with just a bit of fear about where Barbie’s newest purse might end up if left on the floor.

Without a doubt, Heather thinks Roomba is worth the money. It’s great maintenance for between visits by the cleaning people.

Commercial Use

I had noticed the Roomba tucked away in a corner at Metro Mutts on both H Street and 8th Street. I wondered how well it worked when really put to the test of giant pet hair dust bunnies and garbage unwittingly tracked in by customers. Purchased at Costco, owners Anna and Lee said the Roomba was an impulse buy right before opening their first store. Lee’s sister had a Roomba at her home, and Anna said they “figured that anything that might make work a bit easier, and nights a little shorter was worth trying out.” They didn’t purchase a commercial or heavy-use Roomba, but the everyday Pet Series model. Anna says it’s amazing – it picks up pet hair, plastic wrappers, dirt and the odd items tracked into the store, like paper clips and cigarette butts. They push the “clean” button each night at closing, and the Roomba vacuums the shop before opening the next morning. And it even returns itself to its home base for charging when it’s done. Moreover, it doesn’t freak out the shop cats. The only caution Anna had was to make sure to empty the bin each morning. If not, it gets clogged and doesn’t really vacuum anything up.

My Use

I had always assumed that my home was just too bumpy for Roomba. As typical on Capitol Hill, there are lots of odd raises and dips between rooms and myriad corners to navigate. But after interviewing both Heather and Anna, I was convinced to try it. I first set it up in my dining room, which has a lot of chairs and a woodburning stove. Two things I expected – it got caught in the tassles on the rug, and it picked

up quite a bit of dust and pet hair. What I didn’t expect was how loud it was. I would never be able to turn it on to clean while we slept. It also picked up the cheerios and fritos my 5 year old delightfully threw in its path, though not on the first pass. Initially, Roomba rolled over the fritos, crumbs. Unfortunately, I felt like I had to watch Roomba in my dining room – I kept moving chairs out of its path and nudging it along when it was stuck. I next set it up to try in my tv room – I placed it in the middle of the open area and hit “clean.” For some reason, it made a bee-line for my kitchen – did Roomba sense that my kitchen needed vacuuming way more than my tv room? It proceeded to thoroughly cover my kitchen floor, and never gave the tv room a second thought. While it was navigating the kitchen, I was trying to pack a bag for the kids to take to Cheverly. Roomba ran over my foot and didn’t even hesitate. After 7 minutes, it felt my kitchen was done and turned itself off. So, I put it back into the tv room and hit “clean” again. I guess Roomba recalled that it had already done the kitchen, so it stayed in the tv room. At least it had the courtesy to turn around when it bumped into my dog, rather than running roughshod over her as it had my foot. After a total of 32 minutes, Roomba ran out of battery and I put it back on its charger.

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If you live with a pet that sheds or kids, Roomba is a good investment. It did pick up quite a lot of dust and debris I didn’t know was on my floors and cut down time with the big vacuum. It didn’t damage my furniture or didn’t upset the dog. Just remember to tuck in the tassles. If you have a product you want me to try, please email me at jenzatkowski@ gmail.com H

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Renewable Energy Options in DC Let the Wind Blow and the Sunshine In by Catherine Plume


ecent weather has many folks thinking about alternative energy options. While opting for wind or solar energy won’t save you from power outages, it’s still a good way to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and support innovative technology. Deregulation of utilities has resulted in more …and greener options for DC residents. To boot, the DC Government has incentives to make these greener technologies even more viable, and when coupled with Federal rebates, these investments become very attractive. Here are a few to consider.

Get an Energy Audit

The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) offers up to $500 for DC Residents who improve the energy efficiency of their homes. You’ll need to get an energy audit (apply for a free audit through the District Department of Environment (DC DDOE)). Then,

work with a participating DC SEU contractor and complete a minimum of $1500 of improvements AND reduce air leaks in your home by 10%. Act fast as this program is set to expire on September 30, 2012! DC SEU also has incentives and rebates for low income families and business.

(Another) Answer is Blowing in the Wind…

The fastest and easiest thing to do for your home or business is to opt for wind power. With just a phone call or a few clicks on the internet, you can support wind energy - and you won’t even need a new meter or a turbine on your roof ! DC residents have a choice of three companies when it comes to electricity: Pepco, Washington Gas Energy Services, and NextEra Power, and all three offer wind options. Regardless of the option – or

company - you choose, (for better or worse) Pepco will continue to service and deliver electricity to your house. The table below provides a (and unofficial) comparison of wind price options and compares these to non-renewable options. As you can see, for only a few cents per KwH, you can promote the use of wind energy and for an extra buck or two a month you can invest in wind from a nearby state. But do ask if there are additional charges for switching to wind. Check out http:// ddoe.dc.gov/greenpower. WGES’s CleanSteps also has a program to offset natural gas use. Offsets you purchase will support clean air projects including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Carbon Reduction Fund. Check out: http://www.wges. com/cmp/cleansteps/ and click the “carbon offsets” link. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, go solar! Here, too, you have a couple of options:

Let the Sunshine In

The cost of solar panels has dropped considerably making solar systems ever more affordable. The Google Group “DC Sun” provides a wealth of information on vendors and Federal and DC incentive programs. There are several solar installation companies around town. When you shop, be sure to ask who will acquire permitting and what options you’ll have when your roof needs to be replaced or you move. In April, DC government announced rebates for solar photovoltaic and solar thermal installation. For more information – including a how-to guide and rebate information, see www.ddoe.dc.gov/service/greenenergy-dc.

Photovoltaic systems

Installing a solar photovoltaic system on your roof will NOT …and should not ….take you off the grid.

Comparison of Wind Power Price Options for DC Residents per Kilowatt hour (KwH) - July 2012 Provider Program 50% 1-Year 50% 2-Year 100% 1-Year 100% 2-Year Pepco Clean Currents

Neighborhood Wind™

9.29 Cents(¢)








(sources wind from nearby states)

National Wind RECs (sources wind across the US)

WGE CleanSteps

(sources wind from nearby states)





NextEra Power

(sources wind across the US)





Pepco Non-Renewable Energy

8.69¢ (June-October); 8.57¢ (November–May)

NextEra Power Non-Renewable Energy

8.4¢ (1-year contract); 9.3¢ (2-year contract); 8.4¢ (flex plan)

WGES Non-Renewable Energy

8.0¢ (1-year contract with 5% wind power); 9.30¢ (2-year contract with 5% wind power) Source: Company websites and personal communication with company reps.

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(You’d need some substantial batteries to do this, and there are (many) days when you won’t generate enough solar energy to power your home.) Panels WILL generate power which will feed back into the grid through a smartmeter. The energy you produce will be reflected on your electric bill as a reduction or credit. Currently, there’s a 30% Federal tax credit for solar installation, and the sale of your solar renewable energy credits (srec) will help cover installation costs. If you receive the DC rebate, you’ll pay for your system in just a few years. Nine panels on my 12x43foot house (a portion is shaded otherwise I’d have more panels) will cost less than $10,000 installed. I’ll receive almost $3000 in Federal Tax credit, and possibly $3000 from the DC government… and I’ll be able to sell my srecs and reduce my electricity bill through the power I’m providing back to the grid.

• Solar thermal

Unlike photovoltaic systems, energy from solar thermal installations goes directly into your home by supplying hot water (though there are some emerging space heating technologies out there). These systems can be very economical, especially when you consider the savings from reduced hot water heating and DC Government rebates. Finally, stay tuned for other renewable energy options in DC. DC Biofuels (www.dcbiodiesel.com) will be breaking ground at 2215 Adams Place, NE soon and hopes to be providing biodiesel in the Spring. Grease will be sourced from a 50 - 100 mile radius of the plant, significantly reducing transportation costs and minimizing their carbon footprint.

Let’s raise a glass to celebrate the birthday of our favorite... Realtor, Auntie, Girlfriend, Skier, Legal Guardian & Dog Lover!

Happy Birthday, Eileen!

Catherine Plume is an environmentalist and a blogger for the DC Recycler (www.dcrecycler.blogspot.com). Dcrecyclerdc@gmail.com H

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Dear Garden Problem Lady, Last month, in response to a question about preventing squirrels from devouring tomatoes as they ripen on the plant you suggested tying light “row cover cloth” like a little kerchief around each tomato, individually. I have had luck sewing the same cloth into small drawstring bags. They stay on better that way. Thank you. Making individual drawstring bags is probably worth the effort. My fuchsia had been unhappy in her pot indoors in indirect light all winter so I placed her outside for the summer in a dappled shady spot. She thrived. My question, do fuchsias need a dormancy period? You did notice when she was in the kind of winter dormancy or quiet period that fuchsias have. They can look almost dead. You must have kept watering the dormant plant moderately so it would not dry out entirely. In fact, because they cannot tolerate freezing temperatures, the accepted practice for fuchsias is to keep them indoors in winter and outdoors in summer. Fuchsias bloom on new spring growth – so when you bring your plant inside this fall you can prune her stems way back to about six inches. Next spring, when growth appears, prune again, and water more often. Some of the small trees at the edge of our new property are al-

most lying down. How should we deal with the prone tree trunks? Your photo indicates that yours are Bradford pear trees – a weak-trunked tree that often splits later, killing the tree prematurely. Consider removing the entire stand, digging out the roots with a pickaxe. My rhododendron has scale. I do pick off the little white balls, but many seem to be inside the bark. I know that horticultural oil is the way to solve this, but I am wondering is it too late? Rhododendron scale disease is actually caused by an insect, Eriococcus azaleae, commonly called azalea bark scale. It sucks the sap of the plant. Unhealthy and weak plants sustain more injury from scale insects than strong plants. But a large infestation can cause severe damage or kill the plant. Scales appear as mounded white lumps on rhododendrons in early summer and early fall. Scraping the scales off the rhododendron effectively eliminates them. Beneficial insects, such as wasps, control scale population. The use of insecticide requires careful timing and close adherence to the manufacturer’s instructions, and work only during the immature phase scale has developed its white coating. Capitol Hill Garden Club programs are free. On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Kevin Conrad, Woody Plants Director at the US National Arboretum will speak on Small Trees Suitable for Capitol Hill Homes at the Church of the Brethren, 4th Street door, corner North Carolina Avenue and 4th Street, SE. Membership details at 202-543-7539. Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o The Capitol Hill Garden Club at andrew@hillrag.com. Your problems might prove instructive to others, and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured. H


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Let me say that the Hill Rag has grown in the news and neighborhood events that it carries and covers, and it is a joy for all of us in this community. This particular memo to you is about a small correction on page 116. It is a photo caption of three people; I think you identified the lovely young

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Don’t Give Away Public Schools

The District is preparing to irremediably cede public assets – and an essential element of District life – to private enterprise....unless citizens object, immediately and loudly, and start necessary conversations. DC still awaits mandated

Cemetery Kids gathered at Historic Congressional Cemetery on May 19th for treats, balloons and a visit with Puddles, the Cemetery Dog (played by Katherine Sundt). These youngest members of the Congressional Cemetery community and their parents belong to the K9 Corps, the group of over 500 Hill families who visit the Cemetery regularly to walk their dogs and stroll in the beautiful grounds. With Puddles is Jackie Havard and her daughter Scarlet.

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evaluations of mayoral school control, launched in 2007. But no evaluation is needed to see that, regardless of original intent, the five-year experiment could have permanent repercussions for District finances, as well as its education landscape: Financiers of the “charter school industry” – not to be confused with charter educators and families – are poised to remove more public resources from public control. And DC’s reliance on “venture philanthropy” in place of local educational vision is paving the way. Chancellor Henderson continues to promote change without evidence, refusing, e.g., to divulge which “unsuccessful programs” were gutted for $10 million “Proving What’s Possible” funds. She has now had five years to learn about the District, its neighborhoods and its schools. And yet this spring’s “A Capital Commitment” – more high schoolers should graduate on time, kids should like their schools, etc. – is even less District-specific than 2007 plans. Where evidence and local needs seem missing, Walton Family Foundation policy objectives are quite conspicuous. To “improve existing schools,” Walton promotes “highly effective” teaching through programs like IMPACT evaluations. The DC Public Education Fund, a prominent Walton grantee, supports such reforms in the District. Walton advocates for “parental choice” and “district school replacement” (replacing traditional public schools with charters). The Walton-funded “Quality Schools” report recommends closing/turnaround of dozens of District schools.

IFF, a self-described “lending and real estate consulting service,” also Walton-funded, made similar recommendations in three other cities and never visited a DC school. Their methodology was widely condemned. Meanwhile, Henderson talks of “rightsizing” DCPS while seeking to authorize charters herself. The Public School Charter Board is preparing for speedier authorization, not for locallygrown charters, but for national operators. And yet District officials refuse to repudiate the IFF study or mandate a true needs analysis. DC needs its own vision for a sustainable system of charter and traditional public schools. We must begin by rejecting the flawed IFF study and taking a careful look at outside framing of our education conversations. We should welcome outside experience and expertise but refuse to give money a megaphone. Mostly, we have to talk. Virginia Spatz (Spatz is a freelance writer regularly featured in Capital Community Newspapers and the parent of two DCPS graduates. The opinions here are her own. Her research on DC schools can be found on ALECinDC. wordpress.com and Ward7.wordpress.com, vspatz@radix.net .)

Testifying Against Hine

My name is Bobbi Krengel, and I am here tonight in my capacity as Chair of the Capitol Hill Coalition for Sensible Development. Let me be clear about the contro-

versy: there is unanimous support in the neighborhood for the redevelopment of the Hine site, and for a reasonable increase in the zoning in order to permit mixed use. The opposition is based only on the size of the proposed project and can be summed up in two words: size matters. Proponents imply that any opposition to the size will fatally doom the project, characterizing opposition based solely on objection to the size as opposition to redevelopment, and to progress. Likewise, favoring redevelopment is being construed as implicit support for the application and its excessive zoning increase. Neither the letters nor any testimony thus far expresses support or justification for the application’s high rise zoning, but only for the development in general, and are suspiciously silent on the subject of the zoning designation. And so we were gratified to hear Commissioner May remark to the Office of Planning that he would be interested to hear how the extra height is justified. To date, we have heard no such justification, other than references to the five years’ investment in planning that is predicated upon it. Thus, the Herculean effort to justify the height has become the justification for it. I’m sorry to have to say this, but the Emperor has no clothes. In truth, it is both possible and reasonable to support the project while opposing the zoning designation. The question is whether an oversized building with its concomitant oversized impacts will jeopardize what we have now: a little jewel of a market district perfectly adapted to its residential capitalcommunitynews.com H 127

neighborhood, and we believe that it will. The very last survivor of early Washington’s municipal public markets, Eastern Market is the oldest municipal fresh food public market in continuous operation in the country. It has survived intact for 139 years due to the support of its neighborhood and the health of its habitat—a market district in delicate, organic synergy with its surrounding small-scale independent retailers, restaurants and row houses. Overwhelming any of these elements could damage the whole ecosystem irreparably, putting Eastern Market itself at risk of decline, becoming a relic, ripe for repurposing, rather than the beating heart, soul, and anchor of its thriving neighborhood. Its iconic building constitutes a landmark at the geographic and sentimental heart of the Capitol Hill Historic District, and its visual prominence amid the small scale of its surroundings allows it to breathe freely and signals its importance and centrality to its community. These are the types of values which underlie the aims of the guiding zoning principles of protecting property from adverse impacts and preserving the character of existing neighborhoods, as codified in the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital. The adjacent project site sits among residential row houses, small scale retail beautifully retro-fitted into former row houses; and a few early, slightly larger-scaled commercial buildings. The fact that an urban transit hub has been successfully integrated into this small scale neighborhood should not then be allowed to redefine the character of the neighborhood, but rather should be celebrated as validation for the relevancy of both preservation and zoning goals. As the adjacent zone designations are R-4 and C-2-A, with and without overlays, the proposed PUD with C-2-B map amendment, allowing a height of over 90 feet, would be the largest development ever built in a DC historic district, and twice as tall as the rest of the neighborhood. There is no other C-2-B zoning anywhere nearby, nor, in fact, anywhere else in the entire Historic District, 128 H HillRag | August 2012

not even along Pennsylvania Avenue, and consequently, such a designation for this site would be inappropriate, out of scale, and sufficiently anomalous as to be considered spot-zoning, in clear violation of the Comprehensive Plan in myriad ways. There are lots of places to build large buildings, but only a very few where small ones are safe. It is regrettable that this proposal has been advanced so far without adequate scrutiny of its alignment with guiding planning and zoning principles. But ushering it into fruition with all of its flaws simply because of the investment in it thus far only compounds the errors. There is no amount of money, benefits, or amenities that can mitigate the fundamental harm to our market district that would be caused by these inadvisable plans—out-ofscale, oversized building, insensitive design, private sale of the north parcel of land, privatization of a L’Enfant street still titled in the Federal government, and fatal shrinkage of public space intended in part for use by the flea market. For these reasons, the Capitol Hill Coalition for Sensible Development respectfully urges the Commission to oppose this application, and allow a zoning designation no higher than C-2-A for this important site. Thank you for your consideration of our concerns. Thanks very much. Bobbi Krengel

Hine’s Impact on the Flea Market

The Flea Market at Eastern Market owner, Diverse Markets Management hired experts to study the impact of the Market for the Zoning Commission’s review of developers’ “planned unit development,” which would cut by two-thirds the space for vendors and customers, eliminating 38,000 square feet of market space from the current configuration of the Flea Market at the Hine Junior High School site at 7th and C Streets, SE, where it has operated for 20 years. Owens Economics reported estimates of total annual visitors to the Flea Market to be 432,667, a re-configuration would reduce visi-

tation to an estimated 233,244 visitors, a 46% reduction. Total visitor spending attributable to Flea Market visitors was estimated to be $29.2 million. Reconfiguration would drop total expenditures to an estimated $15.9 million. Visitor spending estimates were derived from surveys conducted at the Flea Market by WB&A Market Research, a respected market research company hired to determine how much money visitors spend in Washington on days they visit the market. 435 surveys were conducted by WB&A on Sundays in May and June. 170 surveys were completed from D.C. residents only; 188, from metro area residents; and 77 from outside the metro area. A typical visitor spent an average of $72 at the Flea Market. Visitors spent on average an additional $73 in Washington, DC. Significantly, of non-D.C. residents, the majority (89%) were drawn to visit Washington in part by the Flea Market. In fact, more than one-half (57%) said it was either a primary reason or the only reason for their visit. Many were repeat customers. The average visitor attended the Flea Market about 16 times in the past year and almost two-third said they would visit much less frequently were Flea Market product offerings significantly diminished. In summarizing WB&A’s findings into annual estimates, Owens noted that the Flea Market is a destination with motivated visitors coming year round. The combined number of visitors from outside the city visiting the Flea Market is 184,066, making it a significant attraction in the city’s destinations outside the Mall, Memorials and Monuments core. An estimated 101,040 (55%) were non-city resident visitors for whom the Flea Market was the only or primary reason for their visit to the city. From fiscal and economic development perspectives, an important dynamic of the Flea Market is its ability to bring visitor dollars to the city. Michael Berman, President Diverse Markets Management LLC mberman@his.com H

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The Nationals, A Love Affair


by E. Ethelbert Miller

ith August ending, I’m praying baseball will be more than a summer love. I want to be seduced by the playoffs and maybe married to a World Series – forever. That how I feel watching the Washington Nationals right now. I fell in love with this team after being a New York Yankee fan since birth. Sports in Washington can break your heart. I can’t believe I once owned a Wizard’s cap. Talking heads for a moment, it’s easy to measure the wonderful success of the Nationals by simply counting the number of African Americans around the city wearing red caps with a curly W. Remember when this head gear was code for being Republican and a Bush supporter? No way one could hustle those red caps in some of our wards. The poet Jody Bolz gave me a red one last year and I only wore it while working in my yard. Today I swear allegiance to the Nationals and my hat is on a peg near the front door. D.C. needs good baseball. I want life to be decided now and then by one pitch. Who doesn’t’ cheer for a rally after staring at a small paycheck? There is something about the game that encouraged me to return to it after I turned 50. Almost every evening this summer, I’ve found myself turning on the television in order to catch a game. I immediately became a Bryce Harper fan. “The Kid” for a spell was the straw stirring the drink, at bat, on the bases and in the field; he made things happen. His presence was not a promise or a tease. It has been a date with success and fulfillment. Winning is not simply contagious, it’s addictive. This summer I found myself becoming slightly depressed after a National’s loss. How quickly one relies on a relief pitcher to get the job done, and when they fail it’s like Pepco telling you about your power. You’re angry and ready to kick anything, even a tree. When a player suddenly stops hitting, it reminds me of a child not listening anymore. Just swing. Take a pitch. Clean your room. Why do I have to keep repeating myself ? I prefer watching baseball at home alone. I’ve never been a fan of sports bars. I’m very selective with who I attend a game with. It’s like dating and realizing by the third inning one’s tongue has nothing in common with another person’s lips. But I’m a romantic and need to see the ball park several times a year. I’ve always been curious about old black men who sat near street corners or in front of their apartments and homes. What are they thinking about when the sun starts going down? At 61, the game of baseball has slipped back into my life like a funny knuckleball thrown at my head. I’m amazed and dazzled by how it floats and dips. I’m surprised by how much enjoyment it brings and this makes me 130 H HillRag | August 2012

proud and happy for our city. There are those moments between pitches when there is nothing to do but wait. Maybe the batter has stepped out of the box or the catcher wants a new ball, or the pitcher wants a new sign. This is what one sees at weddings. Heads turning around waiting for the bride to walk down the aisle. Or a lover waiting near the altar. Baseball is what you learn to cherish when you hear the crack of the bat and it lifts you from your seat. What happens next is why you take vows and say prayers. I want to see a few miracles this year. I want to witness something amazing. In 1969, I was a student at Howard University going crazy in Cook Hall as the New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles in five games. Nets manager Davey Johnson was playing second base for the Orioles and made the last out in the series. Where have you gone, Donn Clendenon? It would be nice to feel that excitement again; to be a city where champions reside. I want the ball park to bring us together. I want to celebrate this American pastime under the sun and the night sky. I want to turn and high five a stranger’s hand, stare at the scoreboard and count the outs needed for another win. This is the game I wanted to play while growing up; this is the game I continue to watch while growing old. This is baseball. This is life. In my office at home there is a ball that I caught in the late Sixties at Yankee Stadium. I never thought of myself as being lucky. But maybe there were moments in my life when I was and never thought about it. A few years ago I caught a second ball at RFK Stadium. How many people attend more games than me and never come close to catching a ball? Once at the Nationals ball park a man dropped his child while attempting to catch a baseball. I was in the crowd surrounding him and everyone was shocked by what he did. Was a baseball worth risking the safety and well being of a love one? What was the man thinking? What is it about the game that intoxicates us? What pulls us even backwards to catch a foul ball or a home run? This is why I’ve started writing more about baseball . I think there are questions and answers in wild pitches, stolen bases and errors. I think a dropped ball, a missed tag or a sacrifice fly becomes a metaphor for the mysteries that surround us. Baseball is the “beautiful wonder” every generation embraces. E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and author. His last book is a second memoir The 5th Inning.It was the first book published by Busboys and Poets. Mr. Miller is also the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a think tank located in Washington, D.C. www.eethelbertmiller.com H

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