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BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2012 18 ............Myrtilla Miner • by Chris Myers Asch 20 ............Davey Yarborough • by Steve Monroe 24 ............Black History Month Calendar

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS 08 ............Go See Do 10 ............East of the River Calendar 26 ............Bulletin Board 30 ............The District Beat • by Martin Austermuhle 32 ............The Numbers • by Elissa Silverman 37 ............“We Act” from Anacostia • by Virginia Avniel Spatz

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38 ............Medical Cultivation Center in Ward 7 • by John Muller 39 ............Let’s Unify Ward 7 • by Gregori Stewart 40 ............Minnesota-Benning “Phase 2” • by Virginia Avniel Spatz 41 ............Ray’s the Steaks... • by John Muller 42 ............USPS Optimization Not Optimal • by Virginia Avniel Spatz

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EAST WASHINGTON LIFE 44 ............The Snowy Day Leaps... • by Barbara Wells 46 ............Anacostia’s Art District... • by John Muller 48 ............The Big C: Lung Cancer in DC • by Candace Y.A. Montague

KIDS & FAMILY 50 ............Kids and Family Notebook • by Kathleen Donner

HOMES & GARDENS 55 ............Changing Hands • compiled by Don Denton 56 ............The Classifieds

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58 ............The Nose • by Anonymous

ON THE COVER: René Marie with Double Time Jazz at THEARC Theater. Feb 10, 7:30 pm.


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GO.SEE.DO. Baltimore’s Little Italy. Piccola Italia is a cozy neighborhood in the heart of downtown Baltimore between the Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Italian immigrants who moved into this small Baltimore district during the 20th century remained banded together in their new home-America. Generations later, many of Little Italy’s long skinny row houses are still owned by their families; it remains a tight-knit community…because there is nothing more important to Italians than la famiglia. Eat at one of the 30 great restaurants or simply wander through the narrow streets to experience a bit of the sapore and ambiente of the old country-Italia. littleitalymd.com Guests are greeted by Sergio Vitale, one of the owners, at Aldo’s in Little Italy. Photo: Courtesy of Visit Baltimore

INTERSECTIONS at the Atlas. The Atlas INTERSECTIONS festival was designed to spark dialogue and connections onstage and offstage, which speaks to the Atlas’ mission of engaging audiences through the arts. They wish to encourage patrons to see something new that may inspire, delight and energize them. That said, the Atlas is featuring a dizzing array of performances from February 23 through March 11. If you haven’t been to the Atlas yet, this is the perfect time. In addition to its main stage performances and special events, the curated festival will also feature emerging and artists in its Washington Post Café Concerts in the Atlas’ Kogod Lobby. The café concerts are designed to engage audiences before, during and after festival performances. Each Saturday during the festival has been programmed with family-friendly performances and activities. Family themed events include a new children’s musical, circus performances and live music workshops. Atlas performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Rachel Ann Cross, Happy Mojo Guitar. Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Ann Cross


President Lincoln’s Cottage. After a $15 million restoration by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public for the first time in 2008, giving Americans an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life. Designated a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency and is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. In addition to President Lincoln’s Cottage, the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, features related exhibits and media presentations. Open daily. Admission by guided tour only. $12. 202-829-0436. lincolncottage.org. Carol M. Highsmith, 2009

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. On Friday, Feb. 10, the National Archives will unveil an electrifying new exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. Founding Father, mad scientist, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur, Benjamin Franklin is one of the most remarkable and influential Americans of any generation. Learn more about the many sides of Benjamin Franklin and discover his impact on the world in this fascinating, interactive exhibition. Meet young Franklin in Boston, as a rebellious, ambitious teenager, and then travel with him to Philadelphia, London, and Paris. Learn about Franklin’s scientific experiments and civic initiatives, while exploring the world through his ever-curious eyes. A special section features original documents from the holdings of the National Archives--including original Franklin letters, the original journals from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, and a rare 1787 printed version of the Constitution. This section includes the original Treaty of Paris, negotiated and signed by Franklin. In France, war-weary American and British negotiators met to negotiate peace. Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and John Adams locked horns with their British counterparts over issues such as boundaries, fishing rights and financial compensation. The agreement they reached, the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, formally ended the Revolutionary War and established the United States as an independent and sovereign nation. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Open daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 1-866-272-6272. archives.gov Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, 1777 Engraving, Augustin de Saint-Aubin after Charles-Nicholas Cochin. Collection of Stuart E. Karu. One of the first images of Franklin available in France, made within a few weeks of his arrival, this print was reproduced on countless souvenir objects. The fur cap Franklin wore that winter attracted the attention of the French public, who also associated it with a similar hat worn by the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Leo Villareal’s Multiverse Light Sculpture. Multiverse, the largest and most complex light sculpture created by American artist Leo Villareal, may be experienced by visitors as they pass through the Concourse walkway between the East and West Buildings of the National Gallery of Art. The work features approximately 41,000 computer-programmed LED nodes that run through channels along the 200-foot-long space. It’s worth a trip to the Gallery just to see this dazzling light show. Born in 1967 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Leo Villareal began experimenting with light, sound, and video while studying set design and sculpture at Yale University, where he received his BA. He earned his Master of Professional Studies in the design of new media, computational media, and embedded computing from New York University’s pioneering interactive telecommunications program at the Tisch School of the Arts. There he also learned the programming skills that enable him to push LED technology far past familiar commercial applications. nga.gov CAPITALCOMMUNITYNEWS.COM ★ 9


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Double Time Jazz featuring René Marie Feb 10, 7:30 PM. THEARC Theater presents a special evening with award winning jazz, soul and blues singer-songwriter, René Marie, who will perform songs from latest album, “Black Lace Freudian Slip”. Unmistakably honest and unpretentious while transforming audiences worldwide, René Marie has drawn a legion of fans and music critics who find themselves not only entertained, but encouraged by her performances. $20. THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org

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PRESIDENT’S DAY (GEORGE AND ABRAHAM) Wreath Laying at Lincoln Memorial. Feb 12, noon. Honor Abraham Lincoln at a Presidential wreath laying ceremony and a dramatic reading of the “Gettysburg Address.” 23rd and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-426-6841. nps.gov/linc Grand Opening Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership. Feb. 12 and Feb. 20, 9:00 AM-6:30 PM. These free full days of programming begin with wreath layings at 8:45 a.m. The days feature lectures, ranger talks, storytelling and music. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. fordstheatre.org Necessary Sacrifices at Ford’s. Through Feb 12. In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.” $27-$40. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800-982-2787 (for tickets). fordstheatre.org George Washington Classic 10-K Race. Feb 18, 8:30 AM (rain or shine). Certified course through Eisenhower Valley. Prizes, Technical Tee Shirts & refreshments. The first race of the season! Benefits the historic parade. $35. 703-829-6640. washingtonbirthday.net Revolutionary War Day Re-Enactment at Fort Ward. Feb 19, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. As part of the George Washington Birthday events, see historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day, including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army. Experience the Revolutionary War soldier and his camp life up close with the First Virginia Regiment! Witness 18th-century armies do battle, perform fife and drum music, and fire cannon and muskets. Formation and inspection at 10:00 AM, rifle demonstration at 10:30 AM artillery demonstration at 11:30 AM, battle at 2:00 PM, and break camp at 3:00 PM. Fort Ward Museum & Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4848. alexandriava. gov/FortWard Old Town Alexandria George Washington Birthday Parade. Feb 20, 1:00-3:00 PM. This is the largest parade celebrating the birth of George Washington in the USA. 703-8296640. washingtonbirthday.net

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Mount Vernon Free on George Washington’s Birthday. Feb 20, 8:00 AM5:00 PM. The traditional wreathlaying ceremony takes place at Washington’s Tomb followed by patriotic music and military performances on the Bowling Green. Join characters from the 18th century as they help visitors surprise General Washington with rousing birthday cheers! At “George Washington’s Surprise Birthday Party”, the first president will be presented with gifts which he will describe and react to during a speech to his birthday visitors. “General Washington” will be on the grounds to greet visitors and receive birthday wishes all day. mountvernon.org Celebrating Washington’s Birthday through the Centuries. Feb 22, 7:00 PM. On George Washington’s 280th birthday, Library Director Ellen Clark presents a talk on celebrations of Washington’s birthday since it was first observed by the troops at Valley Forge in 1778. Refreshments include a flag-bedecked cake based on one served by Larz and Isabel Anderson at the American Legation in Brussels on February 22, 1912. Free. The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. societyofthecincinnati.org Washington Monument Earthquake Update. On Tuesday, Aug, 23, 2011, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake, occurred 84 miles southwest of Washington, DC, damaging the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Monument and is assessing the damage to it. 202-426-6839. nps.gov/wamo Petersen House Open. In 1849, William A. Petersen, a German tailor, constructed the plain red brick three-story and basement townhouse across the street from Ford’s Theatre. After the shooting, President Lincoln was carried to the house and tended in a back bedroom until his death hours later. Since acquiring the house in 1933, the National Park Service has maintained it as a historic house museum, recreating the scene at the time of Lincoln’s death. Here, visitors can learn more about that fateful night and the people who surrounded the President in his final hours. 202-347-4833. fordstheatre.org Visit Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM; Sundays, 1:00-4:00 PM. Last tour at 3:45 PM. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum consists of two buildings, a ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. The buildings are named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. Mr. Gadsby’s establishment was a center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances, and meetings of local organizations. George Washington enjoyed the hospitality provided by tavernkeepers and twice attended the annual Birth-

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Edward Gero as Mark Rothko and Patrick Andrews as Ken in the 2011 Goodman Theatre production of Red. Directed by Robert Falls. Photo by Liz Lauren.

Red at Arena Stage Through Mar 4. A visceral, “superbly taut” (Chicago Tribune) battle of wills, Red drops you squarely inside the world of painter Mark Rothko and sets your heart pounding. At the height of his career, Rothko struggles with a series of grand-scale paintings for NY’s elite Four Seasons restaurant. When his new assistant challenges his artistic integrity, Rothko must confront his own demons or be crushed by the ever-changing art world he helped create. 202-488-3300. arenastage.org

night Ball held in his honor. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette. 703-746-4242. alexandriava.gov/GadsbysTavern

for the best Valentine’s Dance bash in town. Singles welcome, delights abound! $25. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-5445807. cornerstorearts.org

Terrorists in Love-The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals. Feb 7, 6:30-8:30 PM. Not your usual Valentine’s Day romances… What do you do if the girl of your dreams gets married off to a National Guard general who can pay a bigger dowry than you can? If you are Abdullah... $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. spymuseum.org

The Power of Chocolate Festival. Feb 1112, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM. This two-day celebration of one of the world’s favorite flavors includes traditional performances; live food demonstrations and free chocolate samples (while supplies last!); a talk focused on the health and nutrition benefits of cacao and chocolate; and presentations from one of the world’s greatest chocolate makers, Mars Chocolate; as well as hands-on activities for kids and families! American Indian Museum, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202633-1000. nmai.si.edu

Valentine’s Dance Party with The Fabulettes. Feb 11, 8:00 PM. Rock the night away with this seven piece band and reserve now

In Every Language Love at the Sackler (An Open House for All Ages). Feb 11-12, 2:00 PM. After a slideshow of images represent-

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ing love in Asian art, use printing blocks inscribed with the word “love” in more than a dozen Asian languages to make valentines. Free. Sackler Gallery of Art, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4880. asia.si.edu Washington National Cathedral 20s and 30s Evensong and Evensocial. Feb 12, Evensong at 4:00 PM in the Great Choir of the Washington National Cathedral; Evensocial, 5:00 PM in the Cathedral College. Join them for the Cathedral 20s and 30s Group Evensong and Evensocial, where every month the young and young at heart gather for the Cathedral’s Sunday service of Choral Evensong followed by a reception. Also, mark your calendar for upcoming Evensong and Evensocial gatherings on Mar. 11, Apr. 15 and May 20. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin, NW. 202-537-6200. cathedral.org


Valentine’s Day “Old School Jam Session” at THEARC. Feb 14, 6:30-7:45, reception; 8:00-11:00, show. Red Karpet Eventz’s 1st Annual Valentine’s Day “Old School Jam Session” features Grammy Nominated Michael Orr and Company, performing your favorite hits from the 60’s and 70’s. Complimentary food and cash bar. $25. Theater at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202300-5367. thearcdc.org Handi-hour at the Renwick. Feb 14, 5:308:00 PM. Make it a date night, or go in spite of the holiday. Whether you are pro or anti-Valentine’s Day, Handi-hour will have just the craft and brew for you. Listen to live music, taste seasonal brews, learn to knit, try our featured craft, and take a scavenger hunt through their galleries. $20 (cash only), payable at the door, includes 2 drink tickets, all you can craft, and snacks. Minimum age is 21. Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202633-7970. americanart.si.edu

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Impossible Dream Concert featuring Doreen Vail. Feb 17, 7:30 PM. D.I.V.A. EnterpriZe, LLC. presents the “Impossible Dream” release party/concert, a celebration featuring recording artist & songbird, Doreen Vail and hosted by MMBC radio announcers, Glenn and Michele Shelton. Come experience a blend of inspirational, gospel and contemporary melodies that will keep you captivated! $25. THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org Old School House Party. Feb 18, 7:0010:00 PM. Looking for a memorable evening? Bring your best Five No Trump and wear the best shoes for hand dancing Join DJ Lady Z and the ACM museum staff for an evening of elegant entertainment and a trip down memory lane. Also, our latest exhibit featuring photographer Steven Cummings and an installation by the members of CreativeJunkfood will be open for tours. $25 per person. Space is limited. For reservations, call 202-633-4866. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD A Young Artist’s Vision. Feb 11, 2:00-4:00 PM. Gabriella J. Williams, a child entrepreneur, will discuss the motivation and process of becoming a jewelry designer. Join Gabriella and a representative from Beadazzled in this lively discussion about the jewelry business and book signing. For reservations, call 202-633-4866. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

Deanwood Nonfiction Book Group. Meets Wednesdays, every other week. Feb. 15 and 29, 6:30-7:00 PM, snacks and conversation. 7:00 PM book discussion. Upcoming titles are “Destined to Witness: Growing up Black in Nazi Germany” by Hans J. Massaquoi; “Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War: a Memoir” by Gbowee, Leymah; “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” by Melissa V. HarrisPerry. Deanwood Neighborhood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. 202-698-1175. dclibrary. org/deanwood

EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD “Artuaré” at Anacostia Community Museum. Through April 29. Two installations, “Artuaré” (AHR-tu-ahre) by Steven M. Cummings and “Conversations in the contemporary” by Creative Junkfood comprise the second Community and Creativity exhibition on view at the Anacostia Community Museum. Featuring a photographic essay about Cummings’ development as an artist, Artuaré also looks at his collaboration with sculptor BK Adams, who was featured in the first exhibition in the series. “Conversation” was created by the multimedia production firm, Creative Junkfood and features an examination of identity through art, animation and live footage. Curated by Portia James, this multipart exhibition is the second presentation in the museum’s “Call & Response: Community and Creativity Initiative” exhibition series that has focuses on traditional and nontraditional expressions of creativity found in everyday communities. Anacostia Community Museum is open daily 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu Visual Audio: Inquiries into Found Media Radio Transmission Ark + Vernacular Preservation Society. Through Feb. 24. Radio Transmission Ark: Rob Peterson and Lindsay Reynolds will be in residence at Honfleur Gallery collaborating and creating Radio Transmission Ark, an exploration at the crossroads of transmission art and community archiving. The result of this collaboration will be an installed portrait of the community surrounding Honfleur Gallery, combining found sounds, observational writings, and documentary drawings, using found and refused media. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-3658392. honfleurgallery.com Second Look-selections from a print labs archives. Through Mar. 30. A grounp photography exhibit of images printed at Vivid Solutions DC Print Lab. The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, 2208 MLK Ave. SE. 202-3658392. vividsolutionsdc.com

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Critical Exposure Photography Exhibition. Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photog-

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raphy and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. The Center for Green Urbanism Tubman-Mahan Gallery, 3938 Benning Rd. NE. 202-506-3867. centerforgreenurbanism.org centerforgreenurbanism.org

CLASSES, EVENTS,TALKS AND TOURS Leadership Initiatives 6th Annual Gala for Global Change, Friday, 6:00-9pm, February 17, 2012, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 3519 International Court NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. Tickets:www. LIgala.org. 202-422-3234. Hosted by Ambassador Adefuye at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Gala will kick off a push to secure funds necessary for next year’s planned expansion into Northeastern Nigeria. In recognition of LI accomplishments in northern Nigeria, the Nigerian Embassy is hosting this year’s Gala and has made it the kickoff of their 52th anniversary celebration of Nigerian independence. Leadership Initiatives’ expansion is designed to create much-needed local infrastructure and business ownership throughout growing communities in Northern Nigeria. Join US Ambassador to Nigeria Howard Jeter, Leadership Initiatives Founder Marshall Bailly II, and the Emir of Bauchi - Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamuas as we celebrate Nigeria through art. Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye will host a night of festivities that will feature art from around the globe in our signature fundraiser to benefit development programs throughout Nigeria. Leadership Initiatives develops leadership capacity in young Americans by partnering select groups of dedicated U.S. high school students with specific development projects overseas. www.LIgala.org Master Class with René Marie at THEARC. Feb 10, 10:30 AM-noon. For music students and music appreciation students, this 90minute session will explore the significant contribution of jazz vocalists in American history and culture. Jazz, our country’s singular original art form, originated and was developed in the United States, and the overwhelming majority of the world’s most outstanding jazz artists continue to be from the United States. Yet many students are unaware of the significance of jazz and its many iconic figures including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nancy Wilson, and more. Free. THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org All about Body Art. Feb 12, 2:00 PM. Artist and educator Jay Coleman will take you on an exploration into urban tattoo consciousness, reasoning, and subject matter. Explore the history of tattooing as well as the cultural, diplomatic, and social importance of the art form. You will also learn about the health risks and myths about tattoos. Recommended for ages 13 to adult. For reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

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A Tree Without a Leaf is Still a Tree Nature Walk. Feb 18 and Mar 3, 2:00-2:30 p.m. Trees have different shapes that help identify them. Some have special buds, some unique bark or blooms in February. Have you seen them? Come take a walk if the weather is nice and see if you can see the trees beyond the leaves. Free. Kenilworth park and Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. 202-4266905. nps.gov/keaq Artuaré Exhibition Tour and Discussion. Feb 19, 2:00 PM. Photographer Steven M. Cummings will lead you on a tour of his exhibition Artuaré, which is on view at the Anacostia community Museum. Cummings will discuss an array of images—of people, objects, and city scenes—that are uniquely colored and skillfully designed. For reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia. si.edu Tour the Frederick Douglass House. Through Mar. 31, tours are at 9:00 AM, 12:15 PM, 1:15 PM, 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM. Ranger led tours are the only way to see the inside of the Frederick Douglass house. Tours are ticketed, and there are a limited number of tickets available for each tour. Tour tickets are available by reservation or on a firstcome, first-served walk-in basis. Visitors are strongly encouraged to make a reservation to guarantee their place on the tour. Tours last approximately 30 minutes. 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5960. nps.gov/frdo Introductory Computer Class at Deanwood. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 AM. Drop-ins welcome. Deanwood Neighborhood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. 202-698-1175. dclibrary.org/deanwood Tour Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. Open daily, 7:00 AM-4:00 PM. Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens is about 700 acres and is part of Anacostia Park. The park includes the gardens, Kenilworth Marsh, ball fields and recreational facilities. It is the only National Park Service site devoted to the propagation and display of aquatic plants. Stop by the visitors center and ask if a ranger is free to show you around. You can also borrow a guidebook and binoculars if you leave a driver’s license. Free.1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. 202-426-6905. www.nps.gov/kepa A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail. Discover, or see with new eyes, this traditionally African American enclave in Far Northeast when you follow “A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail.” Fifteen poster-sized street signs combine storytelling with historic photographs and maps to transport you back to the days before Deanwood was Deanwood. To pick up the trail go to Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. and Division Ave. NE. Walk one block south to Foote Street, at the edge of Marvin Gaye Park. The 90-minute, self-guided tour will bring you along Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, up 49th St. and along Sheriff Rd. back to Minnesota Ave. and the Metro station. Walk the trail at your own pace and

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take time to enjoy this small town in the city. Don’t forget to pick up a free trail guide from businesses along the way. 202-6617581. culturaltourismdc.org

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Taking Control of Your Diabetes Health Fair. Feb 11, 9:00 AM-5:00 AM. A unique blend of first class exhibitors from pharmaceutical companies, fellow not-for-profit entities, innovative small businesses, and health and fitness advocates, all geared toward diabetes care. $20. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 800-9982693. tcoyd.org Washington Wizards Basketball. Feb 4, 6, 8, 10, 22 and 29; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-SEAT. nba.com/wizards Washington Capitals Hockey. Feb 5, 7, 9, 24 and 28; 7:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-266-2277. capitals.nhl.com Full Moon Hike at Arboretum. Feb 6, 7 and 8; 7:00-9:00 PM and February 6, 7, & 8; 7:009:00 PM. This four-mile-long, brisk walk is a magical trip through moonlit gardens, meadows and woods. Clear winter nights provide especially bright skies. Not recommended for children under 16. $22. Registration required online at usna.usda.gov or by calling 202245-4521. There are two entrances: 3501 New York Ave. NE and 24th & R sts. NE, off of Bladensburg Rd. Free Yoga Class at Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Every Thursday, 7:00-8:00 PM. Yoga is a great way to relax, unwind and get grounded. Even if you’ve never done yoga before--this class is for you. Open to people of all abilities, ages and body types. All you need to bring is yourself, comfortable clothing and an open mind. Judgment free zone: having a great time is encouraged! Register in person at Anacostia Neighborhood Library, or call 202-715-7707. 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. dclibrary.org/Anacostia Adult Dance Classes. Mondays, 7:00-8:15 PM, African dance; Tuesdays, 8:00-9:15 PM, Ballet; Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM, Zumba. The Washington Ballet @ THEARC offers three adult classes this year. Classes are $10 each or you may purchase a $100 class card for 12 classes. Classes are only $5 for residents who live in the 20020 or 20032 zip codes. (Valid ID required.) THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org Winter Public Skating at Fort Dupont. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM and Saturdays, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. Dress for warmth and safety! Clothes should be easy to move in, and pants must not fall below the heel of the skate (sweatpants or leggings are a good choice). Everyone needs to wear gloves or mittens, and one pair of thin, long socks or tights that fit snugly (no ankle socks). A helmet or knit

hat is strongly recommended (loaner helmets are available). Skating is $4-$5. Skate rental is $3. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-584-5007. fdia.org Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Open through Mid Mar. (depending on the weather). Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM-11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. nga.gov/ginfo/skating Free public tennis courts in Wards 7 and 8. Fort Davis Community Center, 1400 41st St. SE; Hillcrest Recreation Center, 3100 Denver St. SE; Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center, 4300 Anacostia Ave. NE; Randle Highlands Tennis Courts, 31st St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE; Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE; Bald Eagle Recreation Center, Martin Luther King, Jr Ave. and Joliet St. SW; Congress Heights Recreation Center, Alabama Ave. and Randle Pl.SE; Fort Stanton Community Center, 1812 Erie St. SE. 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 Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (indoor courts). Open daily; Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Four indoor courts. Six outdoor courts. Summer hourly fees at $6 to $10 for adults. Kids 17 and under play for free. 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-645-6242. dpr. dc.gov/dpr Deanwood (indoor) Pool. Mon-Fri 6:30 AM8:00 PM; Sat-Sun, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Free for DC residents. 1350 49th St. NE. 202-6713078. dpr.dc.gov Learn to Swim in DC. Basic lessons are $10 for DC residents. More advanced classes are $30 for a 4 week session (2 lessons a week). For more information, 202-724-4495. dpr. dc.gov Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Drive at West Basin Drive, near the Tourmobile. stand). 703-505-3567. dcroadrunners.org East Potomac Driving Range. Open daily except Christmas, 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Tuesdays open 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM. The East Potomac Driving Range features 50 covered and 50 uncovered stalls for year-round golf practice. $6 for 51 balls. East Potomac Golf Course, 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-554-7660. golfdc.com


CIVIC LIFE One City Summit. Feb 11, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ward or neighborhood, we all want a vibrant, sustainable city, where all residents have an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families, where every neighborhood is safe, where every student goes to a good school, where every tax dollar is spent wisely on a government that works, and where citizens’ voices really count. The One City Summit will offer District residents the chance to provide input on important decisions that will shape the city for years to come. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. 202-709-5132. onecitysummit.dc.gov Annual Norton Tax & Financial Services Fair. Feb 25, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Bring 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, DC D-44 or D-40EZ. Also, bring photo ID, W-2, forms 1098 and 1099, itemized duductions, 2010 tax return and blank check for direct deposit. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. (Annual Norton Small Business & Finance Fair-Save the Date. Apr 13, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. One-on one with banks, federal contracting officers and the Small Business Administration. Apply for loans, Technical assistance workshops.) Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202-783-5065. norton. house.gov Councilmember Alexander’s Constituent Services Office. Open weekdays, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. 2524 Penn. Ave. SE. 202581-1560. Councilmember Barry’s Constituent Services Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM5:00 PM. 2100 MLK Ave, SE, #307. 202698-2185. Ward 7 Democrats Meeting. Fourth Saturday, noon-2:00 PM. Ward Memorial AME Church, 241 42nd St. NE. 202-584-8477 or info@ward7democrats. ward7democrats.org Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting. Last Tuesday, noon-2:00 PM. Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort St. SE. For further details, contact Philip Pannell, 202-8894900. Capitol View Civic Association Meeting. Third Monday, 6:30 PM. Hughes Memorial United Methodist, 25 53rd St. NE. capitolviewcivicassoc.org Historical Anacostia Block Association. Second Thursday, 7:00-9:00 PM. UPO-Anacostia Service Center, 1649 Good Hope Rd. SE. For further details, contact Charles Wilson, 202-834-0600. Anacostia High School School Improvement Team Meeting. Fourth Tuesday. 6:00 PM. Ana-

costia High School, 16th and R sts. SE. Deanwood Citizens Association General Body Meeting. Fourth Monday, except Aug. and Dec., 6:30 PM. 1350 49th St. NE. Eastland Gardens Civic Association Meeting. Third Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 PM. Kenilworth Elementary School (auditorium), 1300 44th St. NE. Greg Rhett jrhett3009@ aol.com or 202-388-1532. Fairlawn Citizens Association. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Ora L. Glover Community Room at the Anacostia Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 6th District Citizens Advisory Council. Second Monday, except July and Aug. 7:00 PM. 6th District HQ, 100 42nd St. NE. MPD 7D Citizens Advisory Council Meeting. Third Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:00-9:00 PM. 7D Police Station Community Room, 2455 Alabama Ave. SE. For details, contact Lendia Johnson at 202-698-1454. PSA 703. Last Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:308:00 PM. St. John CME Church, 2801 Stanton Rd. SE. For details, contact Lt. Edward Aragona at 202-698-1446. ANC 7-A. Second Tuesday, 7:30 PM. Benning-Stoddard Rec. Center, 100 Stoddard Pl. SE. 202-727-1000. 7A@anc.dc.gov. anc7a.org ANC 7-B. Third Thursday, 7:00 PM. Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church, 3200 S St. SE (Branch Ave and S St. SE). 202-5843400. anc7b@pressroom.com. anc7b.us ANC 7-C. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE. 202398-5100. anc7c@verizon.net ANC 7-D. Second Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Sixth District Police Station, 100 42nd St. NE. 202-398-5258. 7D06@anc.dc.gov ANC 7-E. Second Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Jones Memorial Church, 4625 G St. SE. 202-582-6360. 7E@anc.dc.gov ANC 8-A. First Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Anacostia UPO Service Center, 1649 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-889-6600. anc8adc.org ANC 8-B. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Seventh District Police Station Community Center, Alabama and McGee Sts. SE. 202-6101818. anc8b.org ANC 8-C. First Wednesday (June meeting is on the nineth because of the holiday), 6:30 PM. 2907 MLK Jr Ave. SE. 202-3882244. ANC 8-D. Fourth Thursday, 7:00 PM. Specialty Hospital of Washington, 4601 MLK Jr. Ave. SW. 202 561-0774 ANC 8-E. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. SE Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-561-6616. 8e02@anc.dc.gov ● CAPITALCOMMUNITYNEWS.COM ★

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CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY in 2012

Myrtilla Miner A Forgotten Legacy of Interracial Cooperation by Chris Myers Asch

Myrtilla Miner. Courtesy University of the District of Columbia Archives

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ake a walk down 15th Street NE and a couple blocks south of H Street at Tennessee Ave. NE, you will encounter a graceful, redbrick school on your left. Renovated and expanded several years ago during the boom in school construction, Myrtilla Miner Elementary School boasts a Glee Club that has mingled with Harry Connick, Jr., and Michelle

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Obama at the White House, as well as a schoolyard gardening partnership with the National Arboretum. But you may wonder: who was Myrtilla Miner? To answer that question, let’s go back 160 years. It was December 3, 1851. Six students shuffled into a fourteenfoot square room in a home on 11th Street and New York Avenue, NW. The students were there for the first | FEBRUARY 2012

day of class at the School for Colored Girls. In a city torn by racial strife, their school was a small but important example of interracial cooperation, as well as a repudiation of the prevailing assumptions about race in America and a predecessor to the city’s only public university. The girls’ teacher was the founder of the school, a stern and sickly white New Yorker named Myrtilla Miner. Thirty-six years old, single, with a fierce stubborn streak, Miner had seen firsthand the horrors of slavery while teaching school in Mississippi in the 1840s. The experience transformed her into an abolitionist. Though we honor them today, abolitionists at the time were shunned by “polite” society and considered “extreme” – joining the small, interracial band of Northern activists dedicated to ending slavery was not the kind of thing a nice girl from a good family should do. But Miner returned home committed to educating free black girls who, she believed, would teach a future generation of former slaves how to make the most of their freedom. She chose to open a school in the southernmost city where it would be legal: Washington, D.C. The Washington to which Miner moved in 1851 was a racially charged city, a symbolic staging ground for the national battle over slavery and freedom. Slavery remained entrenched in the District – more than ¼ of the city’s black population was enslaved – but pro-slavery members of Congress and local leaders feared that their “peculiar institution” was under attack. A year earlier, abolitionists had won a significant victory by getting Congress to ban the slave trade in the District, and they now were pushing to end slavery in the city once and for all. In response, city officials passed a series of black codes designed to limit the movement of free blacks and discourage the migration of blacks into the District. The racial climate worsened considerably. In such a context, Miner’s idea worried even some of her abolitionist supporters. Frederick Douglass called it “wild, dangerous, desperate, and impracticable, destined only to bring

failure and suffering.” Local black educator John F. Cook feared that “any thing savouring of abolition” will meet resistance. But Miner was determined. With start-up money primarily from northern abolitionists, she launched the school in December 1851. The number of students quickly grew to several dozen girls, including Cook’s daughter. Students learn not only traditional subjects such as home economics and “the primary departments” (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic) but also politics – they read Douglass’ North Star newspaper, William Lloyd Garrision’s The Liberator, and other abolitionist literature. Though she could be a harsh, even condescending taskmaster, Miner held high standards for black children at a time when most of her white peers could envision them only as slaves or servants. Her school triggered an angry response from many District whites. Local “rowdies” threatened her students on the street and sought to run Miner out of town, but she refused to be intimidated – she slept above the school with a revolver at the ready. “Mob my school! You dare not!” she yelled at one group of would-be attackers. “There is no law to prevent my teaching these people, and I shall teach them, even unto death!” Despite some early reservations, the interracial antislavery community in Washington embraced Miner and her school. Black and white supporters offered funding and moral support, encouraging Miner to dream even bigger. In late 1856, she began raising money to build a boarding school that would offer secondary education and teacher training. The planned expansion sparked a backlash that ultimately destroyed the school. Leading the charge were former mayor Walter Lenox and William Seaton, the editor of one of the city’s largest newspapers, the National Intelligencer. They feared that the expanded school will attract blacks from all over the region until, Lenox warned in early 1857, “our District is inundated with them.” More ominously, Lenox continued, teaching black students beyond “the primary branches” will lead to social upheaval because it will cre-


ate “a restless population, less disposed than ever to fill that position in society which is allotted to them.” Lenox and Seaton were right, of course – Miner and her allies did indeed intend to prepare young black students for a future in which they would not be content to play only subordinate roles that society had “allotted to them.” She envisioned a society in which race does not dictate a person’s future. But Washington was a profoundly racist town, and white opposition successfully crippled the school. As Miner’s health deteriorated in the late 1850s, so too did the school, until it closed its doors in 1860. Its demise was only temporary, however. In the 1870s, the school reopened as Miner Normal School, which grew into the leading school for black teachers in the city — its beautiful, recently-refurbished Colonial Revival building still stands proudly high above Georgia Avenue on Howard University’s campus. After Brown v. Board of Education, Miner Teachers College merged with its white counterpart, Wilson Teachers College, and later was incorporated into the University of the District of Columbia. Miner’s school reminds us of our shared legacy of interracial cooperation and the power of committed individuals to make positive changes in the community. Though we continue to struggle with racial divisions in this city, D.C.’s history is not just a shameful litany of racial tension, race riots, and segregation. It also includes inspiring tales of people such as Myrtilla Miner and the interracial abolitionist community that supported her. Chris Myers Asch teaches history at the University of the District of Columbia. He may be reached at casch@udc.edu ●

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Davey Yarborough swings at a recent performance at the Westminster Church jazz night in SW DC. Photo by Andrew Lightman

Davey Yarborough A DC Jazz Icon article by Steve Monroe | photos by Andrew Lightman

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caught up to Davey Yarborough – and catching up to him is a feat with the master educator and musician almost always on the go – on a slightly chilly mid-November morning in his third floor studio/classroom at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he has been director of the school’s jazz studies program and the jazz orchestra, and saxophone teacher for almost three decades. Yarborough was sitting on a stool in the middle of the large room filled with a piano, several music stands, instruments, CD players, and speakers. The walls were covered with photos of jazz luminaries like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Charlie Parker, Billy

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Taylor and many others, and there was a large painting of Thelonious Monk and other paintings, plaques and memorabilia of the music. “This is probably my favorite time of year,” said Yarborough, the 58-year-old Washington native who has been featured on shows like ABC News “20/20” show and CNN. “When school first starts, the first couple of weeks things haven’t settled down, you don’t know everything you are going to have … but at this point things have settled enough for me to have a vision for the band, and for the year, and I get to feeling good, because the young folks are excited as well about their prospects.” His confidence about his students was on target. His orchestra’s | FEBRUARY 2012

first performance of the year, before a large crowd at the school’s Winter Concert in December, featured a polished set of music, with a highlight the group’s shimmering rendering of “A Child is Born.” “I wouldn’t trade my life for anything,” said Yarborough, who has also found the time to be a distinguished musician, with more than 35 years as a performer – frequently with his wife, the vocalist and entertainer Esther Williams. “I’ve been at Ellington for about 29 years … back then jazz was after school, it was extracurricular. So one of the first things I did when I became band director in 1986, I wanted to make jazz studies a part of the curriculum so it would be taken seriously by everyone, not only

by the faculty but by the student body as well.” Through his teaching at the school and operating (with Williams) the Washington Jazz Arts Institute, a teaching and mentoring organization, he estimates he has helped “thousands” of young people over the years as teacher and mentor. “I have watched him change the lives of countless children by introducing them to the possibilities that a career in music can provide,” said Tia Harris, Dean of Arts at Ellington. “Davey Yarborough is the essence of excellence in arts education,” said Rory Pullens, Head of School at Ellington. “Davey is such a shining role model as a professional musician and educator. Students, parents, and even


his peers recognize they are in the presence of a DC icon.”

“Very much a natural” Renowned bandleader Bobby Felder, who was instrumental at getting Yarborough started when he was student of Felder’s at Federal City College and then the University of the District of Columbia says, “There’s nothing he can’t do musically … Davey is very much a natural. I can’t think of anyone greater than him in the area of education … and he’s exposed so many young people to jazz.” Yarborough first started playing clarinet, then saxophone, and played in R&B groups with his buddies. One night he heard a performance by Felder’s big band, which could – and still does -- play jazz as well as R&B with any group. He met Felder, who was recruiting kids who wanted to be musicians and was offering scholarships, and Yarborough said he was interested. Yarborough earned his associate’s degree at Federal City College, and then his bachelor’s at UDC. Judith Korey, a professor and the curator of the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at UDC, said she knew Yarborough, “ …first as a talented and serious student who spent hours in the practice room … so many that I gave him a key to my studio … and he would stay there all hours practicing.” After UDC, with a little persuasion from Felder, Yarborough went on to Howard University and earned his master’s in music education, studying with jazz stars like Frank Wess and Sonny Stitt.

“A great musical relationship” Thanks to his time at Howard, Yarborough also met his future wife. “One day Dr. Arthur Dawkins [Howard professor and director of jazz studies] sent me

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on a gig where Esther was appearing where they needed a saxophone player. It was a New Year’s Eve at the Iranian Embassy. So I played that gig and we exchanged numbers and I played with her every now and then and that was it … but we stayed in touch and then started dating and ended up getting engaged. We celebrated 33 years of marriage in August and have been performing together 35 years.” “Dave and I have a great musical relationship,” said Williams, an Illinois native who came to D.C. to work because she had family here, and went on to become a dynamic singer and entertainer, in concerts and in stage plays – as well as Miss Black DC. “It took us time to figure out how it was going to work but we knew we wanted to work together. I love working with my husband, and I love that we can work together. He and I think it is normal, but people somehow think, ‘How do you do it?’ If we have a disagreement, we work it out. If it is in music, and I want something a certain way, we try it my way, and if it doesn’t work, we try it his way.”

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Williams, “because I see the kind of young people we are turning out, the kids that come through the program and a lot of them are out there being good musicians and good citizens.” She adds though, “I will say it is very, very taxing. Finding funding is very difficult now. People we were able to depend on before are spreading their money around. We have been able to keep our heads afloat but it has been a struggle.” Yarborough says of the institute, established in 1998, “The object is to take any kid in Washington who knows they want to be an artist and give them some kind of support system.” Yarborough credits many musicians over the years for providing workshops for the institute. One in particular, Wynton Marsalis – who credits Yarborough for mentoring him as a teenager -- has been an institute board member and helped with donations. Yarborough says, “We have kids [former Ellington jazz and WJAI students] all over the world now … Ben Williams, Wallace Roney, Chuck Royal, Corcoran Holt, the Jolley brothers, Amy Bohmet … Brian and Jessica Settles …” Settles, a saxophonist who splits his time between this area and New York, and comes back to help Yarborough and Williams with the institute, says of Yarborough, “His strength is his ability to communicate with students, and he’s just supremely dedicated, and as a student that’s what we grab onto, his passion for the music.” Says saxophonist and bandleader Paul Carr, himself an educator, “Davey is a great musician, educator and person. It is vital that jazz players teach and mentor young musicians … jazz players that are educators can share those lessons learned to their young students and that’s the best way I feel this music can be passed on.” For more information on the Washington Jazz Arts Institute go to http://www.dcjazzmusic.org. ● CAPITALCOMMUNITYNEWS.COM ★ 23


CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY in 2012 Black History Month Calendar Genealogy Lecture & Workshop. Feb 4 and 11, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. During Black History Month, discover your family’s history with expert tips from genealogist Char McCargo Bah. February’s theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History,” Ms. Bah will examine the family histories of four Alexandria women who were influential in the city’s African American community. See how Char’s techniques can help you document your own family history! Reservations recommended. $5. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA. 703-7464356. alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory Enslavement to Emancipation. Feb 5, 2:00 PM and Feb 24, 10:30 AM. This video is presented in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Act in 1862. Discussion topics include the personal lives of enslaved and free people of color, the Civil War, laws governing slavery, the abolitionist movement, and noteworthy institutions. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu Body and Soul-An Evening of Jazz and Art. Feb 6, 6:00 PM. To kick off their 2012 Black History Month celebration, MLK Library hosts an all-star evening of music and art. The Herman Burney Trio, with special guest Akua Allrich, will perform music by female African-American jazz greats. And they’ll have the opening reception of Body and Soul: Paintings by J’Nell Jordan and Desiree Sterbini. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk The Rejection of Elizabeth Mason: The Case of a “Free Colored” Revolutionary Widow. Feb 7, 11:00 AM. Damani Davis, archivist, discusses the rejection and appeals in a pension file and illuminates African American participation in the Revolutionary War. National Archives, Room G24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. entrance), 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov From Hip Hop to Michelle Obama-Cultural Images of African American Women. Feb 7, 6:30 PM. Join award-winning novelist and essayist Marita Golden as she moderates a panel discussion about historical and contemporary Black female cultural and media images and mythology and their impact on African American women, the African Amercian community and global perceptions of Black women. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk “A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons.” Feb 7, 1:00 PM. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor discusses and signs her new book. Mumford, Sixth floor, James Madison Building, Independence Ave. between First and Second sts. SE. 202-707-5221. loc.gov “Homecoming” Film Screening. Feb 11, 4:306:30 PM. The epic story of African American farming in the South, “Homecoming” chronicles land loss and black farmers from the Civil War to the present. Featuring archival footage and audio tracks including the voices of Malcolm X, Fannie Lou Hamer and Julian Bond, the film also excerpts the testimony of freed slaves, Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and the writings of

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August Wilson. Narrated by Charles S. Dutton. Screening followed by a discussion. Free. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria, VA. 703-7464356. alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory Let’s Get Free-How Hip Hop Music Can Improve Our Justice System. Feb 13, 6:30 PM. Paul Butler, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Carville Dickinson Benson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University, examines the problems of the criminal justice system and ways to reshape it, based on his critically acclaimed work, Let’s Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice (2010). MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk

Black Women in American Culture and History Luncheon. Feb 25, 12:30 PM. The luncheon will be hosted by WUSA9 Anchor/ VP for Media Outreach, Dr. JC Hayward and 95.5 WPGC Radio host, Guy Lambert; our honored guest speaker is Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. $75. Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, 999 9th St. NW. 202238-5910. asalh.net

On the Road to Freedom: Pre-Freedmen’s Bureau Records, 1862-1864. Feb 28, 11:00 AM. Genealogy Frederick Douglass Birthday Celebration. archives specialist Rebecca Feb 11, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Born a slave, Frederick Douglass selectSharp examines records ed his own February 14th birthday. The National Park Service at the created by wartime superFrederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia has moved the intendents of freedmen celebration to the closest Saturday so that more people can enjoy the that illuminate the experiday. The day will a keynote speaker, oratorical contest recitations, kids’ ences of African Americans actitivies, face painting, live entertainment and food for purchase. It during the Civil War. (The may be cold outside but the celebration will be in heated tents, the lecture will be repeated house itself and the auditorium. Frederick Douglass National Historic in Lecture Room B, ThursSite, 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961. nps.gov/frdo day, Mar. 1, at 11:00 AM). Room G-24, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance), 387-7638. busboysandpoets.com National Archives, 700 Black History Month Family Poetry Reading. Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov Is De Facto School Segregation Increasing? Feb 15, 5:30-7:30 PM. Do you have a favorite African-American poet? Have you written a poem Feb 22, noon. John C. Brittain, school deseg- A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and about some aspect of African-American history regation specialist and Professor of Law at the the Madisons. Feb 29, noon. Elizabeth Dowling University of the District of Columbia, David A. Taylor discusses the life of Paul Jennings, who or culture? Need help finding a poem? Stop by and talk to a librarian. Francis A. Gregory In- Clarke School of Law, examines school segrega- was born into slavery on the plantation of James terim Library, 2100 36th Pl. SE. 202-698-6373. tion and the policies that contribute to the con- and Dolley Madison and later became a part of dition of structural poverty in African American the Madison household staff at the White House. dclibrary.org/francis communities. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202- After achieving emancipation, Jennings would 727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk MPD 7D Black History Month Celebration. Feb write the first White House memoir, see his sons Pre-Civil War Free African-American Women. Feb 13, 6:30 PM. This is a Black History Month program about Pre-Civil War free African-American women. The Female RE-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) will bring to life several African-American women who were free and independent before the Civil War. Come meet Elizabet Keckley, dressmaker for President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. Hallie Q. Brown, an educator, author and reformer. The reenactors will be dressed in authentic period costumes. Francis A. Gregory Interim Library, 2100 36th Pl. SE. 202-698-6373. dclibrary.org/francis

15, 7:00-9:00 PM. Yes, a Community Meeting with a little music, important information and agency presentations. Invited guests are Jennifer Greene, Unified Communications Center; Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, DC Fire and EMS; Nancy Ware, Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency; LaJuan Stevens, GSA/Homeland Security Project. Faith Tabernacle of Prayer, 2465 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-678-6012. faithtabernacleofprayer.org Necessary Sacrifices at Ford’s. Through Feb 18. In his fourth commission for Ford’s Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explores the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America’s founding ideal that “all men are created equal.” $27-$40. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 800982-2787 (for tickets). fordstheatre.org A Black History Month Celebration-A Community Gathering of Musical Fun! Feb 19, 4:00 PM. Free but a goodwill offering will be taken. Imani Temple on Capitol Hill, 609 Maryland Ave. NE. 202-388-8155. imanitempleaacc.com Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America. Feb 21, 6:30-8:30 PM. G. Derek Musgrove. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202| FEBRUARY 2012

Crowds enjoy last year’s birthday celebration entertainment. Photo: Courtesy of the National Park Service

The Golden Thirteen: Recollections of the First Black Naval Officers. Feb 22, noon. In January 1944, a group of enlisted black men gathered at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois to train as the Navy’s first African American officers on active duty. On receiving their commission, these pioneers came to be known as the Golden Thirteen. Paul Stillwell, former director of the Naval Institute’s History division, will discuss the experiences of these officers as well as the life the U.S. Navy’s first black admiral, Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. A book signing follows. Jefferson Room, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov Class, and Travel: Rewriting Black Women’s Domestic Tradition. Feb 23, 1:00 PM. Dr. Elsa Barkely Brown, professor of History at the University of Maryland College Park will discuss her latest book, “Clothes, Class, and Travel: Rewriting Black Women’s Domestic Tradition”. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary. org/mlk Prove It On Me-New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture of the 1920s. Feb 24, 1:00 PM. Dr. Erin Chapman, of George Washington University, will discuss her latest book, “Prove It On Me: New Negroes, Sex and Popular Culture in the 1920s,” which examines African American women’s history and the aspects of the racial and sexual politics of U.S. popular culture. MLK Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. dclibrary.org/mlk

fight with the Union Army in the Civil War, and give money from his own pocket to an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison. A book signing follows. William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov Student Sit-Ins at the Greensboro Lunch Counter. Through February, Fridays, 3:00 PM and 4:30 PM. Sundays, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. Meet a Civil Rights activist in 1960, just after the Greensboro student sitin began. Take part in a training session based on an actual 1960s manual and prepare for your first sit-in. Would you have the courage to fight for justice during the Civil Rights movement? These 15-20-minute performances reveal the people behind the objects on view and the emotion in their stories. All ages. Free. Just walk in. National Museum of American History. 202-6331000. americanhistory.si.edu The Freedman’s Bureau. On permanent display in the National Archives Public Vaults exhibition is a special interactive section on records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. The records left by the Freedmen’s Bureau through its work between 1865 and 1872 constitute the richest and most extensive documentary source available for investigating the African American experience in the post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. You can get a sense of this award-winning exhibition area at secondstory.com/project/freedmens-bureau-project. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov ●


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DCHA won a $300,000 competitive HUD grant to fund an intensive planning process to renovate the Kenilworth-Parkside community. Displaying the HUD Choice Community program check are: (l to r) HUD Region III Director Jane C.W. Vincent, HUD Acting Assistant Secretary & FHA Commissioner Carol Galante, Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman and DCHA Board Chair Pedro Alfonso.

DCHA Wins $300,000 HUD Grant US Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary and FHA Commissioner Carol Galante joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Mayor Vincent Gray and DC Housing Authority Executive Director Adrianne Todman to announce that HUD awarded the DC Housing Authority a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant. The District is one of 13 cities nationwide receiving this funding to begin grassroots efforts to revitalize the 288-unit Kenilworth Courts public housing development and the 132 projectbased voucher units owned by Kenilworth Parkside Resident Management Corporation and transform the Parkside-Kenilworth neighborhood. Mayor Gray explained the DCHA Choice planning process will build upon and strengthen the planning process of the DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, led by the Cesar Chavez Charter Schools, which was awarded a $500,000 Planning Grant last year from the U.S. Department of Education to transform the educational system in the neighborhood. Its planning process is complete and it now has launched into its implementation phase. The DC Housing Authority used a community-based planning process to apply for this funding, which will result in a more detailed transformation plan for the targeted housing and neighborhood. HUD received 71 submissions for FY 2011 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants from communities across the US. Successful applicants demonstrated their intent to transform neighborhoods while leveraging outside investments and other federal dollars to plan for high-quality public schools, outstanding education and early learning programs, public assets, public transportation, and improved access to jobs and well-functioning services. HUD is focused on directing resources to address three core goals--housing, people and neighborhoods.

Lumen8 Anacostia On Apr. 14, 2012, Historic Anacostia will come alive with a festival of lights, art and performances. For more information about Lumin8 Anacostia, bookmark their website lumen8anacostia.com. You can also follow them on facebook at facebook.com/LUMEN8ANACOSTIA or on twitter @LUMEN8Anacostia. They are looking for performers, film and artists. If you have questions, email them at info@ lumen8anacostia.com. OP is partnering with ARCH Development Corporation to implement the Arts and Culture Temporium project in Anacostia. The DC Office of Planning (OP) was recently awarded a grant 26 ★ EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE

from ArtPlace to be administered in four neighborhoods across the city, including Anacostia. It plans to create Arts and Culture Temporiums in four emerging creative neighborhoods where vacant and/or underutilized storefronts and empty lots would be transformed into an artist showcase/village for 3-6 months. The target neighborhoods are: Anacostia, Brookland, Deanwood, and Central 14th St. NW. The goal is to find 2-4 blocks with both vacant/ underutilized buildings and empty lots in close proximity that could be completely transformed and promote artist entrepreneurship and community building in the process.

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Washington Informer-African American Heritage Tour The Washington Informer presents their annual, “African American Heritage Tour” which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Participants will meet at THEARC and enjoy an opening presentation before embarking on a tour of the African American Civil War Museum. Saturday, Feb. 18; 8:30 a.m,. continental breakfast at THEARC; 9:15-9:45 a.m., opening program; 10:00 a.m., depart for tour; noom, return to THEARC; noon-1:00 p.m., lunch with guest speaker. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased at the Washington Informer Office

at 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. washingtoninformer.com

Notice of St. Elizabeth’s East Campus Transportation Network Environmental Assessment The District Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Preservation Act for the St. Elizabeth’s East Campus Transportation Network. The EA has been released for 30 days of Public comments ending Feb. 8. The EA is available on the project website stelizabethseast. com/transportation. Copies of the EA may also be viewed at Parklands Turner Neighborhood Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE.; Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd SE., DDOT Office, 55 M St. SE, 4th Floor. You may mail your comments to Lezlie Rupert (RE: St. Elizabeths East Transportation Environmental Assessment) District Department of Transportation, 55 M St. SE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20003.

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Garden Service Day On Feb. 25, 9:00 a.m.-noon, spend a few morning hours helping with checking condition and inventory of volunteer equipment and maintenance. Dress warmly and wear work boots.


RSVP 202-426-6906 and talk to Doug Rowley. 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. 202-426-6905. nps.gov/keaq

Call For Art! Making HerStory 7: journey of creative spirits Making HerStory celebrates the vast and diverse forms of creativity offered by women artists. This year’s focus celebrates the journey women artist travel in their quest to explore their inner creativity. HerStory 7 continues to encourage collaboration, growth, and sustainability among women artist. The Center for Green Urbanism is seeking submissions of two-dimensional original artwork in any medium that embodies the artist’s reflection on the theme, “journey of creative spirits.” All artwork should be no larger than 30”W x 30”H in size and must be properly wired and ready to hang. Larger works may be considered on a case by case basis. No saw-toothed hangers or hooks will be accepted. Unframed works should be properly wired and have neatly finished edges. In addition, there is limited space for small sculptured media. Interested participants should submit an expression of interest by Feb 13 of

up to three JPEGs (a resolution of at least 300 dpi preferred) of artwork you propose to include in Making HerStory to herstory@thickart.com. However, early entry is encouraged. The Center for Green Urbanism, 3938 Benning Rd. NE. 202-5063867. centerforgreenurbanism.org

Nash Run Trash Trap Cleanup The Anacostia Watershed Society has been experimenting with a stationery device built to strain the trash from the flowing waters of Nash Run, located adjacent the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in NE DC. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the trash challenges of the Anacostia--and what is being done to address it. They need 45 people for this cleanup. The task needs squatting down for a relatively long time, and may be a little physically demanding. This event might be canceled suddenly because the trash trap lies across a small stream and work cannot be done on high flow events. Also, there may be no trash at the end of the month if there is no intense rainfall event by then. For more information, contact Masaya Maeda

(pictured l to r) Madonna Long, Consumer Advocate, Pride Mobility Products, Inc.; Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living; James Weisman, General Counsel, United Spinal Association; Fred Drasner, Chairman, Vehicle Production Group; DC Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown; At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange Sr.; Mark Perriello, President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities; and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells

DC Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown discussing Wheelchair Accessible Cab legislation

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS tems along the existing streetcar tracks on Firth Sterling Ave. and So. Capitol St. The replacement drains will better accommodate cyclist who will use this route. The work is anticipated to run through Feb. 10. Work will generally be performed in a “moving operation” during nonpeak hours from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Alexandra Wilson and Samuel Wilson in Peter Pucci’s Episode Photo: Joseph Rodman

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Join the Hillcrest list serve by sending an email to HillcrestSave the Date-The Dance Theatre of DC-subscribe@yaHarlem at THEARC hoogroups.com You will THEARC Theater and The Laurel Fund receive a message asking for the Performing Arts present “The Dance for confirmation that Theatre of Harlem Ensemble” for their first full you want to join. (This is dance concert at THEARC. The company will to prevent someone else perform a mixed repertory program on Sunday, from signing you up.) Apr. 8, 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and Follow the directions in $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets available this message and you’re for purchase online at thearcdc.org. in! From then on, you can post messages by sending them to Hillat mmaeda@anacostiaws.org or call crestDC@yahoogroups.com. This is a him at 301-699-6204 x110. Dress for great way to share neighborhood inforfield activities. Saturday, Feb. 25, noonmation! 3:00 p.m. anacostiaws.org

The Michael Jackson Experience at Madame Tussauds

SOS: Steps of Success to Wellness at THEARC

DDOT has begun the process of changing out the 23 track drain sys-

The SOS: Steps of Success to Wellness is a free six session training series, taught by exceptional and experienced medical practitioners including several pediatricians and a dentist. Participants who attend all six sessions receive a $100 gift card. Those who attend 5 sessions receive a $50 gift card, and $25 if you attend 4. Participants must be at least 18 to be eligible for the gift card. All attendees also receive a certificate of completion. Sessions take place the third Thursday of every month from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The remaining schedule is Feb. 16The Answers to Good Oral Health led by Dr. Keys, Beth Pershinske & Holly Lee Hung; Mar. 15-Disaster PlanningMaking sure your child is prepared led by Avis Hammond; Apr. 19-HIV & the Community Around Me led by Dr. Rhonique Harris; May 17-Hypertension and Diabetes: The Silent Killer

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On Mar. 13, see three Michael Jackson figures, one each from The Jackson 5 Years, The Bad Era, and This Is It Michael. Over the past 25 years, Madame Tussauds has sculpted Michael Jackson figures six different times in his career; his is the most widely exhibited figure at Madame Tussauds worldwide. This exhibit is included in the regular general admission price. $14.42-$19.95 (online price). The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds, 1001 F St. NW. 866-823-9565. ThePresidentsGalleryByMadameTussauds.com

DDOT to Replace Drain Grates Along the Streetcar Tracks on Firth Sterling Ave. and So. Capitol Street

led by Dr. Chen; June 21-Waiting to Exhale: Living with Asthma led by Dr. Wood. Free. For more information or to register, contact Ellen Wiggins at 202-436-3076. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org

Volunteer at the Anacostia Community Outreach Center ACOC is a non-profit, multi-social service agency. They rely heavily on volunteers to advance the mission of the organization. If you would like a meaningful, skill-building, volunteer position with a dynamic, fun network that positively impacts the lives of people where and how they live today and tomorrow, please consider volunteering with them in one of their many available positions. They have volunteer positions available as tutors for youth/adults, Help Desk assistance, IT support, workshop presenters, admin support, outreach representatives, and many more. The mission of the Anacoatia Community Outreach Center is to provide a comprehensive array of individual, family and community engagement services which create a network of core supports to reduce poverty, strengthen families, improve communities and increase the number of realistic options for individuals to succeed in life. In-kind gifts are also appreciated-gifts such as books, school supplies, technology, furnishings, artwork, historical collections or equipment. Periodically, they will post a “wish list” that will go toward the special needs of their program participants. Assets and personal property are tax-deductible for their full fair-market value. 202-889-2690. anacostiaoutreach.org

Marvin Gaye Park Grows Stronger Washington Parks & People, DC Parks and Recreation, and their partners are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Down by the Riverside campaign at Marvin Gaye Park. This has become the largest community park revitalization in DC history, with over 60,000 volunteers helping to remove over 6 million pounds of trash and debris to open the way for a healthy, thriving green corridor. Improvements include a new 1.6-mile trail, a restored stream channel, the Marvin Gaye Amphitheater, fitness course, Riverside Healthy Living Center, Marvin Gaye Com-

munity Greening Center, bike repair station, Play Garden, farm market, and the first new public playground in this neighborhood in 30 years. In addition to new reports in the Washington Post and a cover feature in Parks and Recreation magazine, Marvin Gaye Park is the focus of a new study documenting the long-term health benefits that the playground and surrounding park are now bringing to the people of this long under-served community. washingtonparks.net

Watershed Academy Spring Course-Green Congregations This course is for people who want to reduce pollution in the Potomac and Anacostia Watersheds, including their local streams. It is for people who want to explore the spiritual basis for caring for our waters and our neighbors living in these watersheds and for faith leaders who want to install pollution reducing practices on the properties of houses of worship but thought they were too expensive to afford. This is an exciting 15- session course (starts Mar. 12 at UDC) with classroom and practical instruction that will equip you to be an effective steward of the streams and rivers in your area and to provide leadership for you faith community and your neighborhood. This course will focus not only upon the environmental science to reduce pollution entering our waters, but also upon the faith imperatives that motivate and sustain us in striving to care better for Earth, our waters and those who live in their watersheds. This project is funded through the Academy, meaning significant savings for a house of worship as it reduces its polluted runoff and benefits its property. 301-699-6204. anacostiaws.org

“In Her Words” at the Capitol View Library Liberated Muse Arts, in association with Soul Pixie Productions and the DC Public Library, presents “In Her Words”, a series celebrating the lives of African-American women. Join them first for a theatrical musical presentation, “An Artist Speaks” examining the lives of artists Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston and Lucille Clifton-creative women who used their artistic prowess to ignite and support


social and political movements. Music and spoken monologue from the legendary women, culled from transcripts of speeches, autobiographical excerpts and interviews. Written and directed by playwright Khadijah AliColeman, and featuring Quineice, Naomi Rose, Lyrik Coleman, Anisha “Moon” Newbill, Nia Simmons and Colie Williams as poet Lucille Clifton. Feb. 18, 1:00 p.m. Capital View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202645-0755. dclibrary.org/capitolview

Wacky & Whimsical Tea to Benefit THEARC The “Wacky & Whimsical Tea to Benefit THEARC” is a fun-filled Sunday afternoon that will include high tea, a silent auction and creative games for kids of all ages and their families, including magic tricks, hat decorating, exciting games, special entertainment and other surprises. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Sunday, Feb. 12, 2:004:00 p.m. $125, adults; $75, 13 and under. Four Seasons Hotel Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org

DC Announces Installation of Two New Trashtraps in the Anacostia River Watershed Two new Bandalong Litter Traps have been installed in the DC to help restore the waterways. One has been installed at Watts Branch at the District/Prince Georges County line; the other at an MS4 outfall at the James Creek Marina in SW. The Watts Branch Bandalong was paid for by the Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund (the $.05 Bag Law). The Fund raised approximately $3.4 million through September 2011 and is being used for restoration, education, and trash-reduction projects in DC’s waterways, as well as for outreach, implementation (including enforcement), and reusablebag distribution. Both Bandalongs are being installed as part of a grant DDOE has awarded to Anacostia Riverkeeper. Groundwork Anacostia River DC will be conducting annual maintenance on both devices. Watts Branch is the largest non-tidal tribu-

tary in the District’s portion of the Anacostia watershed. Installation of these devices will help ensure that the District moves toward making Watts Branch a trash-free tributary. This project, along with the restoration of Watts Branch, will help enhance environmental quality and aesthetics in Ward 7. ddoe.dc.gov

PEPCO is Hiring Meter Readers Applications are accepted between 9:30-11:30AM and 1:303:00PM at 8505 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD. (The office is across from Burger King.) You must be a high school graduate. You must have access to a car and a valid driver’s license. You can have no felonies within the past seven years and must pass a drug test. Call Ms. Barnes at Pepco at 301-3130096.

Organize a Neighborhood Snow Shoveling Team Here are some suggestions from snow.dc.gov for organizing a neighborhood snow shoveling team. (1) Before the first snowfall, talk with your neighbors. Find out who can help and who needs help, who has a shovel and who needs one. Exchange contact information. (2) Keep a list of those who can help and make a call every now and then to those who said they couldn’t. They might change their mind. (3) Identify a team leader and determine a location to meet to begin clearing sidewalks. Neighborhood teams with members that are social media savvy may want to develop a Twitter feed and post updates on social media forums. (4) Gather snow shoveling resources (shovels, salt, sand) as soon as possible. (5) Identify a safe and legal location to pile snow. (6) Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death during the winter. (7) Let your neighbors know if you will be out of town, so they can clear your sidewalk in your absence. (8) Make it fun. Build snow people. Host a postshoveling party. When a snow event begins, you can use the Track Our Plows map at snow.dc.gov to see where plows are located. ●

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Fighting Big Money at the Ballot Box by Martin Austermuhle

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f someone won’t do it for you, get it done yourself. At least that’s what former D.C. Council candidate Bryan Weaver and Ward 7 ANC Commissioner Sylvia Brown were thinking when on January 17 they stated their intent to push a voter initiative that would forbid corporations from donating directly to D.C. campaigns, transition and inaugural funds, legal defense funds, and Constituent Services Funds. Unlike 23 states and the federal government, corporations can still donate to political campaigns in the District, provided they stick to the same contribution limits imposed on individuals. ($500 for ward races, $1,000 for at-large and $2,000 for mayor per year.) According to Weaver and Brown, this money – and there’s plenty of it – has had a corrosive effect on the integrity of the city’s elected officials. The initiative was born of frustration with the D.C. Council, which failed to meaningfully address the influence of money in politics during the months-long debate over ethics reform. “There is never the moment when the council will step forward,” Weaver told the Post. Now, should Weaver and Brown manage to gather over 23,000 signatures in six months, they’ll put the measure on the November ballot and do what the council couldn’t – or simply didn’t want to. The timing of their announcement was certainly strategic. With the 2012 races for the D.C. Council only now starting to heat up and the resignation of Harry Thomas, Jr.

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in the wake of his theft of $350,000 fresh on people’s minds, Weaver and Brown have injected a new issue into the various campaigns. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Ward 4. While Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) remains comfortably in the lead over her competition, she continues to face criticism that as the chief handler of the ethics legislation, she didn’t do enough to limit the influence of big money in local politics. Max Skolnik, one of her opponents, signed on with Weaver and Brown the day they proposed the initiative, and furthermore released a statement slamming Bowser for accepting corporate contributions. According to Skolnik, Bowser has counted on corporate donations for over 37 percent of the close to $1 million she has raised since 2006. (Skolnik called her “’Million Dollar’” Muriel Bowser.”) The dynamic is even more evident in the At Large race, where former councilmember and current contender Sekou Biddle also joined Weaver in supporting the initiative. Biddle’s target – incumbent Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) – is even more vulnerable than Bowser on the issue. According to a December 2011 fundraising report, Orange took in over $30,000 in bundled corporate contributions, including $9,000 from nine distinct LLCs linked to D.C. gas station mogul Joe Mamo. In the lead-up to the April 26 Special Election where Orange unseated Biddle, Or-

ange took in at least $43,000 from Jeff rey Thompson, a well-connected healthcare professional with huge city contracts. And though the Ward 5 contest is only slowly starting to come into focus, the issue of corporate donations featured prominently in the first candidate debate held on January 24. Despite its political ramifications, Weaver and Brown’s initiative is legally untested and could well do what many fear – push corporate money further into the murky world of the political action committees that have flooded federal and state races with money and ads. Speaking on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, this was exactly Bowser’s objection – corporate money will find its way into local campaigns no matter what anyone does, so it’s best that it be out in the open. During last year’s council debates on the ethics bill, some of her colleagues said the same thing, including Councilmember Jack Evans (DWard 2), who has taken corporate contributions for his unchallenged re-election bid. At a recent press conference, Mayor Vince Gray – who received corporate contributions for his mayoral campaign and inaugural transition – said he had not decided whether to support the initiative or not. To a certain extent, those concerns are self-serving – it’s always incumbents that make them, after all. But whether or not this becomes law is no longer up to the council, and both incumbents and challengers will have to fight out the merits of the initiative


on the campaign trail. This won’t be decided by 13 members of the council – and that’s Weaver and Brown’s point.

Good Odds for Internet Gambling? For the last year, Internet gambling has been legal in the District. It was in late 2010 that a provision was surreptitiously worked into a supplemental budget bill by Councilmember Michael Brown (I-At Large) allowing the D.C. Lottery to make the District the first jurisdiction in the country to legally allow its residents to gamble online. By April 2011, the D.C. Lottery was beginning preparations for a system that would offer four games and could raise upwards of $15 million in its first three years of operation. But since then, an outcry over how an issue as controversial as Internet gambling could have passed through the council without even the slightest bit of public input – the language took up all of a quarter-page of a broader budget bill – has forced the D.C. Lottery and its supporters to put the brakes on the plan. Implementation was stopped, and D.C. Lottery officials scheduled a series of town hall hearings to explain the program to residents. Finally, on January 26, right after this column went to print, a council committee gathered for a hearing on Internet gambling. But in an indication of how convoluted and compromised the entire discussion over Internet gambling has become, the hearing was only to discuss a repeal bill introduced by Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). In essence, the usual democratic process that sees proposed legislation go through a thorough public vetting that includes hearings, markups

and multiple votes was turned on its head – Internet gambling is law, and the public is only being given a chance to comment on whether or not to repeal it. The troubles run deeper, though. According to a January report by D.C. Inspector General Charles Willoughby, D.C. CFO Natwar Gandhi improperly added language that would allow Internet gambling to even be considered to a 2008 lottery contract worth $120 million. Additionally, debate still exists over the structure and mission of the city’s Lottery Board, which hasn’t been fully staffed since 1996. Critics also say that the town halls were a sham – under-publicized, lightly attended and purposely packed with supporters of Internet gambling. (A December D.C. Lottery report said that of the 254 people that attended the meetings, 68 percent were in favor.) But despite the questionable groundwork upon which the city’s Internet gambling law is built, Wells and Mendelson’s bill still faces an uphill battle. A person with knowledge of council dynamics told us that the votes likely weren’t there to sustain a full repeal. Still, opponents of Internet gambling are massing their forces as best they can. As of the time of this writing, 117 witnesses were scheduled to speak at the hearing on the repeal bill. Given the controversies that Internet gambling has already survived, not even that many people can stop something that seems like a foregone conclusion. We’re certainly not betting on it. Martin Austermuhle is the Editorin-Chief of DCist.com and a freelance writer. He lives in Petworth. ●

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY SOLICITATION NO.: 0003-2012 “PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR HIGHLAND DWELLINGS” The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is seeking proposals from experienced property management companies to provide property management services in conjunction with DCHA for the redeveloped Highland Dwellings in Washington, D.C. Solicitation documents will be available at the Issuing Office at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300, Administrative Services/Contracts, Washington, DC 20002-7599, between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, beginning on Monday, January 23, 2012. A pre-proposal conference will be held at 10:00am on Monday, January 30, 2012. The location will be at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300, Administrative Services/Contracts Conference Room, Washington, D.C. 20002-7599. SEALED PROPOSAL RESPONSES are due to the Issuing Office by 11:00am on Friday, February 10, 2012. Contact the Issuing Office, LaShawn Mizzell-McLeod on (202)535-1212 or by email at lmcleod@dchousing.org for additional information. CAPITALCOMMUNITYNEWS.COM ★

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS The Numbers

Putting DC To Work: A Resource Map of the District’s Workforce Development Services by Elissa Silverman

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hat can the District do to help -residents get jobs? First, it’s important to understand what DC has been doing. At the beginning of this year, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute

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every few years to help elected and appointed officials set strategic workforce policy. The map—a visual diagram that accompanies this article—shows what the District spent on workforce development as a government

in Fiscal Year 2010, what services were offered, and who was served. It is arranged by program; so, for example, it is clear from the map how many local dollars the city spent on adult job training. How many residents got jobs because of these


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efforts? Unfortunately, that’s not so clear from the map. The District needs to put in place better measures to report on the performance and outcomes of these programs, so we can strategically use our limited resources to put more residents on the path to careers and prosperity. Job training and job creation is a top policy priority for almost everyone, from President Obama to Mayor Gray to DC residents, as polling data shows. Effectively using resources to help DC residents learn new job skills, sharpen existing ones and match them with employers is critical not only to economic development but to reducing unemployment, lifting families out of poverty and lessening the income

inequality gap. Unemployment in DC remains above the national average, even though the District has more than twice the number of jobs as residents. So the problem is not simply a lack of ready, willing and able employers—it is also that some of our residents lack the skills and resources needed to get work in our job market. So what does the resource map tell us? The first surprise might be that there are many city agencies involved in helping residents get employment. Many think of the Department of Employment Services (DOES) as the city’s main labor agency, but it isn’t the only one involved in job readiness and training.

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In fact, the map shows that there are a dozen agencies involved in helping residents enter and re-enter the workforce. DOES plays the biggest role, administering and overseeing almost a third of the city’s workforce development programs, but agencies including the Department of Human Services and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education also have significant funding for programs involving education, training, and placement. As the city’s main point of contact for job seekers, DOES receives a large portion of federal dollars through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). WIA funds job training for adults, as well as youth and seniors, but it also en-

ables a wide range of other services. You can see where the funds are put to use in DC by looking at the “Federal Grants” line in the map. For example, WIA adult funding goes toward DC Works! Career Centers— One-Stops, in the government lingo— as well as toward Employer Services and Program Performance Monitoring within DOES. Yet WIA goes beyond simply providing for adult and youth job training and also funds adult and family and literacy programs, which are administered by the Office of the State Superintendent for Education, as well as work readiness and job training services for adults with disabilities, which is administered through the


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR KENILWORTH PARKSIDE CHOICE LEAD DEVELOPER RFP No. - 0001-2012 THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOUSING AUTHORITY (“DCHA”) is seeking to solicit sealed bids from qualified firms to act as Choice Lead Developer to develop and implement a comprehensive redevelopment plan (“Redevelopment Plan”) for Kenilworth Courts (“KC”) and Kenilworth Parkside Resident Management Corporation (KPRMC) a neighborhood bounded by Rte 295, Eastern Avenue, Benning Road and the Anacostia River in Northeast Washington. INVITATION FOR BID DOCUMENTS will be available at the District of Columbia Housing Authority Procurement Office, 1133 North Capitol Street, N.E., Suite 300, Office of Administrative Services, Washington, D.C. 20002-7599 (Issuing Office); between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning Monday, January 30, 2012. PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The location will be at 1133 North Capitol Street, NE, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Contracts and Procurement, Washington, D.C. 20002-7599. Street Parking is available but very limited. Any respondent planning to attend the pre-proposal conference must present a valid identification to gain entrance into the government facility. SEALED BIDS ARE DUE: Wednesday, February 29, 2011 @ 11:00 a.m. at the Issuing Office identified above. Please contact Lolita Washington, Contract Specialist at 202-535-1212 for additional information.

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District’s Department of Disability Services. The map shows that the District also uses a significant amount of local funding for job readiness and training. This can be seen by looking at the “Local Funding” category on the map. By local dollars, we are referring to monies allocated from the District’s general fund, which comes from sales, income, and property taxes and fees, among other sources. Local dollars can be used with more flexibility, since local leaders can determine

how they can be spent. What is the largest single allocation of local tax dollars in workforce development? The District’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which provides a six-week subsidized job for District youth ages 14 to 21. Though the program has been significantly downsized over the last few years, it still receives the largest appropriation of local dollars for workforce development. In terms of adult training, the largest local allocation goes to the employment program within

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TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. TANF is administered by the Department of Human Services, which highlights another point: The District needs better coordination between agencies engaged in workforce development. Some residents might access services through several different agencies, and those efforts should be complementary, not redundant. What doesn’t the map speak a lot about? As we mentioned above: Outcomes and performance.

How many residents get employment after engaging in these programs and services? Unfortunately, there isn’t as much information on that as there should be. Given our limited resources, it is valuable to know what services are most effective. We hope our elected and appointed officials will improve the data on outcomes in upcoming years. Interested in getting a hard-copy of the map? Send an email to silverman@ dcfpi.org. ●


Speak Easy, Take Action

“We Act” from Anacostia The Voice You Hear Could Be Your Own by Virginia Avniel Spatz Ron Pinchback, left, and Kymone Freeman discuss issues of the day during the MLK, Jr. birthday edition of “Speak Easy.”

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ama (Evangeline) Cole, who died late last year, was famous for dispensing news and advice along with food and hospitality at Anacostia’s Cole’s Cafe. The same address, 1918 MLK Avenue, SE, has begun offering news and views on a different scale as the home of We Act Radio, 1480 AM (WPWC). “This storefront station is a throwback to what radio used to be,” says station co-owner Kymone Freeman, local activist and organizer of the national Black L.U.V Festival. “We are a mashup of national and local views. We’re proud to bring voices that have not been heard before to the air.” This is a rare undertaking. The Federal Communications Commission reports that it is not currently accepting applications for AM, FM or lowfrequency educational stations, despite receiving some 30,000 annual inquiries. But We Act’s proposal was approved by the FCC, and the station began broadcasting in early January. We Act is one of only about 30 independent radio stations in the nation, one of a handful on the AM dial. The station is pursuing a ‘build it and they will come’ form of planning, Freeman notes. A soft launch in early January began with technical, finan-

Mitch Malasky works “the board” at We Act studios.

cial and programming elements still in flux. The initial schedule presented nine brand new shows broadcast – locally and nationally via internet – from Anacostia. More are being added all the time. Meanwhile, We Act presents nationally-syndicated, progressive talk radio, from elsewhere in the country, as well as music. Kinks in the tiny-staffed operations are also being worked out during this early period, explains coowner Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works and founder of DC Fights Back. As the station grows, We Act is seeking community input: segment or show ideas, financial and volunteer support, call-in remarks and, of course, listeners. In addition, Freeman notes:

“We also offer a ground-floor opportunity for advertisers who’ve been priced out of the radio market, and this offers local businesses a chance to connect with customers in a new way.” “The way we look at this, this is our radio station,” says journalist Cliff Shecter, another founder of We Act Radio. “If we can get our message out right there in the heart of American democracy, we, the 99%, can start being heard again.” “The system has been set up to hear voices from some areas and not from others. We Act will change that,” says Lawson, adding: “The entire purpose of the station is to inspire people to action.”

Emmy-winning David Shuster’s Saturday afternoon show is “Take Action News.” Shuster aims to provide “not only the news of the week – and what’s trending in Washing and how it affects you – but also what you can do to influence the outcomes.” “We’re not telling you which way to go,” Shuster told listeners on the January 14 show, for example, during a program on candidate financial disclosure. “We’re just saying: Here’s what’s going on, and here’s how it’s impacting the world of politics and possibly impacting you...There are opportunities for you to contact your congressman or to send this to your local newspaper editor or favorite reporter and say, ‘Hey look at this, this is an issue.’” Unlike much of talk radio, We Act is keenly aware of DC’s lack of Congressional representation and difficult relationship to national government. “Part of our commitment is to let people know the good, the bad and the ugly of it,” says Ron Pinchback, We Act’s public affairs director. “We have to make a special effort to tie people in and make them feel they have a stake.” Pinchback and Freeman co-host the weeknight, drive-time show, “Speak Easy.” Freeman notes that many people “have given up on the media,” and bills “Speak Easy” as “your illicit watering hole of truth telling.” Mark Levine produces the Sunday afternoon “Inside Scoop” for We Act. Levine, rated one of Talkers’ “most important hosts” nationwide, also helps train newcomers to radio communications. Sally Kohn, Stephanie Miller, Bill Press, Nancy Skinner and Ben Wikler are among other hosts of shows on 1480 AM. “Mass media is crucial in terms of forging new dialogue and helping people get credible information they need to make good decisions,” Pinchback argues. We Act is a “labor of love... and of necessity.” We Act encourages comments. Studio visits – including school groups – are welcome with advance notice. The studio will also serve as a community venue, hosting book signings and other events. WPWC, 1480 AM, is working to boost its signal. It is still strongest in car radios and and via internet at www.WeActRadio.com. Many shows invite callers, 202-889-9792 or 855-889-8992. ● CAPITALCOMMUNITYNEWS.COM ★ 37


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Medical Marijuana cultivation center could be coming to Ward 7 by John Muller

Officials from DOH will “conduct announced and unannounced investigations” to determine “the suitability of any facility or location” and its compliance with the rules governing dispensaries and cultivation centers.

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proposed medical marijuana cultivation center has gained preliminary city approval to open at 3701 Benning Road NE, a vacant three-story warehouse behind the old Senator Theater. Despite concerns about a lack of transparency in the licensing process from residents and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, the application is “still under review,” according to Najma Roberts, the DC Department of Health (DOH) Director of Communications.

City law permits a maximum of ten cultivation centers and five dispensaries of medical marijuana. A cultivation center is a farm that grows marijuana. Once an application for such a facility has been submitted, the address cannot be altered. A cultivation center can possess, manufacture, grow, cultivate, and

distribute medical marijuana for sale to registered dispensaries, according to DOH’s Roberts. They can also manufacture, purchase, possess, and distribute paraphernalia and cigarette rolling papers. Cultivation centers do not dispense marijuana directly to patients. There is a six-member panel composed of representatives from DOH, The District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), District Department of the Environment, Office of the Attorney General, Department of Real Estate Services’ Protective Services Division, and a patient advocate selected by DOH’s Director that evaluates and scores each cultivation application on a 200 point system. A minimum score of 150 points is required for an application to advance. The provisional scores are averaged after discarding the highest and lowest panel member’s scores. At least ninety days prior to the approval of a cultivation center lo-

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cation written notice is required to be sent to “all ANCS in the affected ward.” The most immediate Advisory Neighborhood Commission is permitted to award an additional fifty points in the evaluation of the application. Managers of dispensaries and cultivation centers must attend a medical marijuana training and education program administered by a certified provider. As of January 4th, the panel had scored seven applications provisionally at a minimum of 150. In a document available on DOH’s website, of the seven only PHYTO Management LLC is located east of the Anacostia River. These doctors trained by DOH will be permitted to issue written authorizations to qualifying patients to purchase medical marijuana. These physicians cannot be located at or adjacent to a dispensary or cultivation center. Nor can they receive financial compensation from said companies.

Andras Kirschner, managing member of PHYTO Management LLC, did not return repeated phone calls and emails. However, he did extend an invitation to connect on LinkedIn, an online social networking site. According to Kirschner’s online profile he has a degree in sustainable agriculture from the University of Maine and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. Kirschner managed an organic vegetable farm from 2004 until 2007 in New Haven, Vermont selling produce to local restaurants and health food stores. He has been the managing member of PHYTO Management LLC since December 2010. Records with DCRA indicate the company registered with the city on January 5th, 2011. It is unclear if Kirchner has or has not obtained his professional marijuana certification. In materials submitted to DCRA, PHYTO Management LLC, with Kirschner listed as the “Managing Member,” plans to open their cultivation center in July of this year. The proposed site, a hundred yards west of the Benning Road bridge, complies with guidelines that prohibit operating within 300 feet of any public school, charter school, or recreation center. At 870 feet away, Fort Mahan Park is the closest public space. Benning Stoddard Recreation Center, Benning Elementary School, and River Terrace Elementary School are all less than a half mile away.

Existing Medical Marijuana Programs Twelve states have various laws on their books dealing with medical marijuana from Maryland’s 2003 affirmative defense law to California’s Senate Bill 420 that grants implied protection to the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries, according to


the American Medical Marijuana Association. East of the River spoke with one manager at a Colorado Dispensary and Cultivation Center, who described his company’s operation in detail. Most cultivation centers in Denver are nondescript buildings located in warehouse areas. When you walk in, typically you enter a front office. Next is the starting room. Here, plants in a vegetative stage are kept. The lights are on 24 hours to promote growth and bushiness. The plants are kept in pots with an organic soil mix and nutrient base. Very few if any chemicals are used either as herbicides or fertilizers. There are large adjustable lights hung from tracks the ceiling about 18 inches above the tops of the plants. Next is the flowering room, where plants are on a 12-hour light cycle to foster budding. After two months of flowering, the plants are cut down. Then the fan leaves are trimmed. The plants are moved to a climate-controlled drying room for anywhere from three days to a week. Once dried, the product is moved to another room where the plants are processed with the buds, leaves and stems going to different uses. The buds are sold whole. The leaves are processed into ear wax hash. The stems are made into butter to be used with other edibles. All final products are locked in either a secure room or gun safe for storage. In Colorado, the cultivation centers maintain very strict records of all operations. Every plant is tagged and weighted. This is done again when processed. There is a careful travel manifest maintained for all subsequent transfers. No parts of the plants are ever lost. Everything is tracked from one stage to the next. The facility is guarded by numerous cameras, both regular and infrared. The doors are all solid steel. All the rooms are locked. The security system is extensive.

Community Concerns At a special meeting last month, more than forty community members questioned officials with the DOH and DCRA about PHYTO Management LLC’s pending application. “The community is vigorously objecting to the Department of Health,” Councilmember Alexander stated. “If it’s not in an industrial center than it is not a suitable location. We suggest they look into the Kenilworth Avenue industrial corridor.” “The process has not been transparent,” said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Evie Washington (7A06), whose district includes the cultivation center. “DOH is not providing clear information on what the process will be after this. We want them to be upfront. Are we just going through this as a perfunctory exercise?” “We’re not awarding them any points. Absolutely not,” ANC 7A Chairman Villareal Johnson stated. “It’s not a what-if. This is not going to happen.” ●

Before Ward 7 becomes part of One City it should first become One Ward by Gregori Stewart

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ith the upcoming One City summit Mayor Gray should stop the second class citizen treatment of northern Ward 7 and embrace the goals of equal treatment for all residents in his home ward. Now is the time to have that open and honest discussion about the continued disenfranchisement of the residents and begin the process of working together as one. Northern Ward 7 constitutes areas such as Deanwood, Marshall Heights, and Capitol View. Southern Ward 7 with neighborhoods such as Hillcrest and Penn Branch are treated vastly differently from elected leaders of Ward 7. All of the elected officials from Ward 7 -- the Mayor, Council Chairman and Ward 7 Council Member -- reside in the Penn Branch and Hillcrest neighborhoods and belong to ANC 7B. Their lives are entwined in those areas and they are members of the civic associations, churches and other neighborly gatherings. They are extremely involved from a community standpoint with all matters that affect the quality of life for the residents. Take Skyland Town Center for instance. It is now the major economic development project in Washington DC as per the Mayor. And the Council Chair ensures that the development team’s communications and outreach to the community during the entire PUD process is timely and engaging, the final product being a Mixed Use and Mixed Income Development to be celebrated and proud of. Up to 20% of the over 400 apartment units are to be up to 80% AMI or roughly $80K per year for a family of four and considered Moderate to Workforce income as per the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED). With the knowledge, experience and care demonstrated for the Skyland Town Center project one would expect nothing but the best for a Transit Oriented Development (TOD)project also located in Ward 7 such as the Donatelli project at Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road. It is located in Downtown Ward 7 in walking distance to the Minnesota Avenue Metrorail station, near a planned stop on the new streetcar and adjacent to the brand new Department of Employment Services Government building. It is a prime location and with similar TOD proj-

ects such as Gallery Place, NOMA and Capitol Riverfront expectations were high for a quality development and Economic Catalyst for Downtown Ward 7. So what is planned? An approximately 400 unit apartment building that is 100% affordable at the 60% AMI level or roughly $60k per year for a family of four. Using the CNHED guidelines again this “Element” is classified as lowincome. There are currently exactly ZERO 100% affordable complexes as part of a TOD in all of DC. Also there are ZERO low-income housing units in all of the Donatelli projects in Columbia Heights and U Street. The Ellington, Highland Park 1 and 2 and the others have moderate/workforce housing up to 80% AMI and at no greater than 20% of the total units available. Most importantly there are ZERO low-income housing units at Skyland Town Center. So Ward 7 has two planned mixed-use complexes both with approximately 400 apartments. The one in the southern end of Ward 7, Skyland Town Center with ZERO low income units and the other in northern Ward 7 with 100% low income units and adjacent to a Metro Station. The different and preferential treatment could not be any more blatant and it needs to be addressed immediately. At a recent Committee of the Whole meeting on Economic Development in Ward 7 Chairman of the Council Kwame Brown stated emphatically that the “Element” are our neighbors in Ward 7 who we embrace, welcome and cherish. Yest these low-income residents were totally eliminated from the Skyland Town Center project in the immediate neighborhood of Chairman Brown. They may be his neighbors, but he does not want to live close to them and made sure of it. Before we make the city into One City let’s come clean and air our dirty laundry. It is time to straighten up at home first, let’s have one ward one first class ward where are all the residents are treated equally before moving on to become One City. Gregori Stewart is a resident of the Capitol View neighborhood in Ward 7. ●

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Minnesota-Benning “Phase 2” “Direct Economic Benefit” or Not? by Virginia Avniel Spatz

370 residential units (325 affordable); 23,000 square feet of commercial space; 158 permanent jobs; and 585 temporary construction hires. The report concluded that “the specific economic and social benefits of the disposition outweigh the benefits of retaining the property in the District’s inventory.” Based on this report, the Committee unanimously recommended the LDA, and the Council voted to approve it. The LDA was not executed within the prescribed time limit, however, so the Council granted a one-year extension through Oct. 6, 2012. Meanwhile, if approved, B19430 would nullify the three “direct economic benefits” enumerated in the Committee report. Although not mentioned in the Committee report, Councilmember Alexander notes that bringing more residents to Ward 7 could also increase revenue for the District through personal income taxes.

What a Difference “Annual” Makes

Business properties at Benning and Minnesota, obtained by the District several years prior to this 2010 photo, have since been razed to make way for “Park 7.”

he District offered to sell Donatelli Development, for the price of $10 (ten dollars), land worth over $13 million for the “Phase 2” (aka “Park 7”) project at Minnesota and Benning, NE. The deadline to close the 2009 deal is Oct. 6, 2012. Additional legislation, still under consideration, would offer Donatelli annual tax abatements that amount to more than $36 million over the next 30 years as well as nearly $100,000 in fees and one-time taxes. The mixed-use Park 7 project, a key element in Ward 7’s “new downtown,” was originally scheduled for completion in 2011. It has not yet broken ground. In an effort to move the stalled project, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander introduced “The Park 7 Minnesota-Benning Tax

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Abatement Act of 2011” (B19-0430) last July. The bill was referred to the Finance and Revenue Committee. According to a new law, specifics of affordable housing, jobs and other benefits to the District are now required for consideration of any abatement. Once those specifics are obtained, a hearing will be scheduled. “[Tax abatements] represent one of several tools that the District uses to promote economic development in ways that can support job growth or development in under-served areas of the city,” wrote Kwame Boadi in December’s East of the River. “The critical question is how do we know if a particular abatement proposal is critical to economic development or just a giveaway to a favored developer?”

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“Direct Economic Benefits,” Maybe Donatelli was awarded the land, adjacent to the DOES headquarters, in a competitive process three years ago. The District prepared a land disposition agreement (LDA), transferring the land, valued at $13 million, to Donatelli in exchange for $10 (ten dollars). In 2009, the Economic Development Committee reviewed the proposed LDA, reporting the following: • “Direct Economic Benefits” $1.2 million in annual property tax; $900,000 in annual sales tax; and $953,543 in one-time, building permit fees and recording/transfer taxes. • “Additional Benefits” legally mandated participation in LEED, LSBDE and First Source agreements;

In a March report, The Washington Post quoted Donatelli as requesting a ten-year waiver of property taxes, “a total cost that he estimates at about $1.8 million” (3/18/11). This figure was then repeated in news reports and blogs for months. But the Economic Development Committee estimated $1.2 in annual property taxes. At current Class 2 rates, tax on a $93 million property ($80 million development on land worth $13 million) would run $1,714,500 per year. The crucial word “annually” is missing from the Post story and subsequent citations. B19-043 offers a 30-year waiver from property tax. That’s $36 million over 30 years, according to the Committee report, closer to $54 million using current rates – as Donatelli apparently estimated. The bill also includes a 4-year waiver of sales tax and a one-time waiver of permit fees and recordation/transfer taxes. In sum, B19-430 would save the developer nearly $40 million at 2009 estimates ($60 million at current rates). “Normally a 30-year abatement is unprecedented,” Alexander explains. “But in this tough economic


climate, financing has been a challenge. I need to do all I can do to encourage development east of the river and to attract more residents.”

Ray’s the Steaks at East River Reopens article & photo by John Muller

Moving Forward Councilmember Alexander expects Park 7 construction to begin “by April at the latest,” adding that the Finance and Revenue hearing “will have to be soon.” At its inception, Park 7 was located in ANC 7D. Donatelli met with ANC 7D over the years and participated in Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) discussions led by 7D’s Chair Willette Seaward. Redistricting moves the project to ANC 7F – a new jurisdiction including parts of the current 7D and 7A. Councilmember Alexander says the existing CBA “still makes sense,” but that residents of 7A might have comments once Donatelli shares that agreement with them. Donatelli is expected to meet with ANC 7A at its March 6 meeting, according to Chair Villareal Johnson. Johnson says he does not yet have all the facts about the project itself or prior CBA discussions but hopes ANC 7A can “help to amplify community voices” as consideration continues. “We’re excited to see this project get underway this year. Upon completion, it will become another wonderful transit-oriented development to complement our Department of Employment Services Building in Downtown Ward 7, says Victor Hoskins, deputy mayor for planning and economic development. DMPED also notes that their office did not introduce the tax abatement legislation. Donatelli Developments declined several requests for comment. Look for updates in the coming months. Meanwhile, be alert for a hearing notice from the Finance and Revenue Committee, chaired by Councilmember Jack Evans.. ●

After some minor renovations Ray’s the Steak at East River has reopened at 3905 Dix Street NE.

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rue to form, Heinekens are still three dollars at restaurant franchisee originator Michael Landrum’s Ray’s the Steaks at East River. After closing late last year for some minor improvements, a mahogany wood floor now spans the entire restaurant, replacing carpet that covered half the space. Additionally, a partition now separates the dining and bar areas. A flat screen 40 inch television dominates the wall above the bar that had been previously bare since the restaurant opened in the fall of 2010. These subtle renovations “will allow people to meet and congregate in a meal setting while still having the option of a separate quiet, conservative traditional family environment,” according to Landrum, who runs a collection of Ray’s in northern Virginia and Ray’s the Classics in downtown Silver Spring. Slightly tweaked, the two-page

menu declares, “It is our promise to you that no finer steak is available anywhere at any price, nor will you find any served as generously as here at Ray’s the Steaks,” With four steaks, six chef specialties, and ten sandwiches complete with a grilled vegetable stack, the working man’s value of Ray’s the Steaks is not in the quantity but the quality of the choices. The robust Soul Burger Number One anchors a selection that includes the Big Punisher, B.I.G. Poppa, and the Presidential Steak Burger. At under eight dollars for single burgers it takes the assertion of some self control to resist the urge to try two burgers in one sitting. Creatively paying homage to its location in the city, the chef specialties lead with the Northeast DC Skillet Fried Chicken, an organic free-range bird hickory smoked and then skillet fried. With Landurm’s footprint in

East Washington relatively fresh, some greeted news of the restaurant’s closing last year with skepticism, reflective of the tenuous nature of private development in East Washington. Back open, Landurm’s reputation for providing a signature and affordable dining experience now takes on an added element of legitimacy with his proven commitment to East Washington. Speaking on behalf of his nearly twenty employees, many familiar faces from the eatery’s first days, Landrum says, “We are very, very happy to be back.” And so are we. For more information on Ray’s at East River call (202) 396-7297 or visit www.rayseastriver.com. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5:30pm to 9:30pm and Friday and Saturday, 5pm to 10pm. ●

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USPS Optimization Not Optimal Regulatory Report Echoes Local Concerns by Virginia Avniel Spatz

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his season is rampant with predictions like, “As goes Florida [or Maine or whichever], so goes the nation.” The District’s primary election doesn’t draw this kind of attention, of course. For those interested in the fate of the US Postal Service, however, should consider: “As goes Benning Station, so goes USPS.” Benning Station, 3937-1/2 Benning, NE, in East River Park, is slated for possible “discontinuance” as part of the national USPS “Retail Access Optimization Initiative” (RAOI). For months, neighbors have raised issues not directly addressed in the RAOI: package safety; extra challenges for elders and households without cars; negative impact on a struggling business district; special burdens on customers who use postal money orders and those lacking internet access. A recent opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission, however, echoes each of these issues. PRC’s Dec. 23 opinion incorporates testimony from several organizations as well as USPS. The 139-page report explores the above concerns and others raised in the context of Benning Station. PRC, the agency charged with national Postal Service oversight, challenges the Postal Service to address them.

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Nationally, PRC writes: “Notwithstanding its name, the Retail Access Optimization Initiative is not designed to optimize the retail network.” PRC urges “a sound understanding of optimization” and suggests improvements to RAOI methods. Locally, the Benning Station proposal was error-ridden. Figures “did not tally,” USPS spokesperson Laura Dvorak agrees, explaining: “As to the business numbers, they are best understood as approximations, given that components are fluid.” Nationally, PRC cites a need for improved measurements in “cost, revenue, workload, location, and other salient details of its retail network.” Locally, citizens raised concerns about economic development and the postal closing. Many asked why the RAOI proposal failed to consider the new DOES headquarters a block away and major development plans for the very intersection USPS proposes to abandon. Nationally, PRC’s opinion asks for “more direction is needed in the discontinuance process to develop information on local community conditions,” and specifically addresses the importance of post offices as business district “anchors.” Residents wonder how Kalorama Station in Northwest, only 0.4 miles from another post office, escaped the discontinuance list after community protest, while Benning – two miles from Northeast Station – remains. Nationally, PRC asks for “greater transparency” on the part of USPS, including “an explanation of why certain groups of facilities have been removed from consideration during the | FEBRUARY 2012

USPS “discontinuance” plans for Benning Station would send customers to Northeast Station, 1353 Benning Road, NE, (Hechinger Mall), about two miles away. Northeast and Benning are on opposite sides of the river, severely limiting bus access, and Northeast Station is not near the Metro. Weekday hours at Northeast are shorter, and it is not open on Saturdays. It is unclear whether the new site can accommodate all P.O. box users from both locations. Citizens from ANC 7A, where Benning Station is located, and nearby 7D gathered 1000 signatures protesting the plan. ANC 7A’s unanimous January 19 vote lends “great weight” and resources to keep Benning Station open, says Chair Villareal Johnson. Johnson notes, however, that much will depend on help from the District’s only representative in Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton. A moratorium on post office closings was announced by USPS on Dec. 13, to allow for Congressional action. However, “discontinuance” planning continues.


discontinuance review.”

“Disparity” but not “Discrimination” Mark Strong, testifying for the National League of Postmasters, said RAOI criteria do not encompass important community needs. He asked that studies consider disproportionate impact of closings on elderly, low-income and disabled community members. In addition, he asked USPS to consider the special needs of small businesses and communities “working to survive or grow.” Anita Morrison, of Partners for Economic Solutions, testified for the American Postal Worker’s Union. She noted disparities between neighborhoods where closures are proposed, compared with a control group. “Discontinuance” neighborhoods have more low-income households (27% with incomes under $20,000; control: 19.4%), more car-less households (21.1% without a vehicle; control: 10.8%), and more minority residents (45.7% of the population; control: 26.3%). She asked for consideration of “economic and community development impact of postal facilities.” PRC’s legal analysis finds “insufficient evidence” of discrimination in USPS planning. The regulatory commission does stress, however, that RAOI screening criteria “may inadvertently have a disparate impact on vulnerable populations.” Conclusion: “The Postal Service should include alternate screening criteria...[and] be sensitive to the issue of potential disparate impact during the discontinuance phase.” USPS has yet to alter RAOI efforts. Dvorak avoided questions about economic impact and community input in decisionmaking, offering instead, “The take away message is this: Can the community be served by nearby postal facilities? That is what the discontinuance study is intended to discover.” She had “no new information” on Benning Station and suggested no community engagement beyond a “final determination” mailing. As goes Benning Station, so goes USPS? ●

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The Snowy Day Leaps from the Page As Peter’s Excellent Adventure by Barbara Wells

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Ma (Giselle LeBeau-Gant) shares her memories of snow with Peter (Alan Wiggins).

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brand-new children’s musical opened at Adventure Theatre last month, taking a landmark picture book called The Snowy Day from a little boy’s silent exploration of fresh fallen snow to a bouncing stage production full of music, singing and dance. Purists who have fallen in love with the vividly illustrated book by Ezra Jack Keats over the last 50 years may balk at the stage production’s injection of plot lines and characters, but playwright David Emerson Toney’s vision is a treat for kids on its own terms. Adventure Theatre producing artistic director Michael Bobbitt says he is inspired to find stories that celebrate African American culture but also illustrate universal themes. This year he is adapting and staging five of them as musicals. The Snowy Day perfectly fits the bill, showcasing an AfricanAmerican cast unleashing their imaginations in an urban setting familiar to all Washingtonians. Some might flinch at adapting this iconic and beloved bit of children’s literature, immortalized for both its artistry and the fact that it was the first fullcolor picture book to feature an African American child as its main character—earning the 1963 Caldecott Award. But Toney embraced the challenge, expanding the story from a simple chronicle of crunching through snow and meandering through a city blanketed in white to fantastic flights of a six-year-old’s imagination, complete with a magical snow

pirate, dancing snow man and talking crow. Anyone who has delighted in the colorful collages of Keats’ book will recognize the primary-colored buildings and quilted child’s bed in the center of scenic designer Timothy J. Jones’s set. But the play immediately departs from the book with the appearance of Peter himself, a little boy played by a grown man (Alan Wiggins). While relatively diminutive, Wiggins has a 5 o’clock shadow and is at least as tall as his “Ma” (Giselle LeBeau-Gant.) Even when he dons Peter’s signature red snow suit with its whimsical pointed hood, at first it’s tough to think of him as a child. In time Wiggins’ infectious smile, bursts of energy and lively dancing capture a little boy’s exuberance—mercifully, without straying into saccharine cuteness. He brings a perfect blend of wonder, enthusiasm and petulance to keep Peter engaging and interesting throughout. He’s joined early on by Harold (Calvin McCullough), a snowman distressed by the prospect of melting. They later meet up with Roberta (Lauren Dupree), a colorful and sassy crow, and embark on a journey to the North Pole—or the end of the block, whichever comes first. Rounding out their group is a mysterious snow pirate, played by LeBeau-Gant after trading in Ma’s housedress for a brilliant white coat and pirate hat. Music is integral to the show, and composer Darius Smith has penned a rich array of songs to help spin the story—whether Ma is reminiscing about snowfalls of her youth, Harold the snowman and Roberta the crow are explaining their plights or Peter is just jumping and dancing for joy to their infectious rhythms. Kurt Boehm comple-


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ments the music with choreography tailored to each character. Peter favors leaps and high-stepping dance moves, mimicked tentatively by Harold the snowman as he learns to use his new legs, while the otherworldly magical snow pirate glides around the stage waving her arms in broad strokes. The nearly constant movement brings every inch of the tiny stage to life. In a clever twist, puppets portray Peter’s friend Arnold and grouchy neighbor Mrs. Krinkle, their small size suggesting distance as they shout down to Peter from the windows of their high-rise apartments. But still, it takes plenty of imagination to envision the small space as a city street. At one point, the illusion completely collapsed for my four-year-old companion, who blurted out “That’s not real!” when one of the plywood building facades spun around to reveal a painted cardboard mountain of snow. One wonders if the show would benefit from some heaps of

artificial snow for the cast to toss in the air, but instead they rely on make-believe as clever lighting effects and twinkling lights help to evoke a snow-covered world. Director Jessica Burgess keeps all of the somewhat random plot lines straight—including the abrupt arrival of the sun in Peter’s nightmare, depicted as a woman holding the snowman captive, dispensing sunglasses and singing to a calypso beat as she threatens to melt all the snow. As the cast indulges in one pretense after another, the audience of young kids and their adult escorts never seem to lose interest. It’s a lot like watching children at play; just roll along and enjoy the ride. The Snowy Day is playing at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo Park through February 12, 2012. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. ●

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Anacostia’s Arts District has ambitious plans for LUMEN8Anacostia by John Muller

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ome April 14th the effervescent glow from the 1940’s era neon “Anacostia” sign at the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue will provide a backdrop for an arts festival that plans to illuminate the historic commercial corridor by projecting short films onto building facades and bring live performances to both occupied and vacant buildings. Drawing its creative impetus from Paris’s “Nuit Blanche”, a similarly inspired all-night arts festival was replicated last fall in the 7th Street NW corridor from downtown to Shaw, LUMEN8Anacostia will be a three month project of the ARCH Development Corporation, in partnership with the DC Office of Planning. A quarter million dollar grant from ArtPlace, a conglomerate of foundations, federal agencies, and national retail banks, to the Office of Planning is helping launch arts and culture temporiums in Anacostia, Brookland, Deanwood, and the mid-city area of 14th Street NW. “The big thing is that these temporiums, by infusing life into dormant store-

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fronts, will show the public what Anacostia’s potential is if all the vacant properties were converted into commercial use,” says Phil Hutinet, ARCH’s Chief Operations Officer. “ Mediums from jazz to theatre to poetry are welcome. “We’d like to see many different types of experiences,” says Hutinet, who spoke of his interest in a site specific installation. The flagship event of LUMEN8Anacostria will be a one day celebration on Saturday, April 14th, from 12 noon to 12 midnight that will encapsulate a dozen storefronts and facades on Good Hope Road, Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Shannon Place, and Railroad Avenue. The timing of LUMEN8 couldn’t be better. “With the opening of the 11th Street Bridge I hope that Uniontown’s historic ties to the Navy Yard will once again be linked closely together,” Hutinet observes. “I think LUMEN8 will do for Anacostia what the H Street Festival did for H Street NE,” said Hutinet. “This project shows that Anacostia has matured from an emerging arts district to the essential arts district for Washington, DC.” Temporium and performance call for entries are available at www.lumen8anacostia.com. Applications are due by 5pm on February 24th to Arch Development Corporation at 1227 Good Hope SE. Stipends are provided. ●

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The Big C Lung Cancer in DC article and photos by Candace Y.A. Montague

This is the final installment in the three-part series on cancer. In this part, we look at the plans that were made to help decrease tobacco use in the District and the roadblocks that have delayed these efforts.

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erman Bunch is a busy man. He coaches football and baseball. He organizes family reunions. He travels with his wife and two daughters. So what’s his vice? He smokes one pack of cigarettes a day, give or take a few. Herman knows first hand that it’s unhealthy to smoke. He watched his father die of lung cancer in 1996. And yet cigarettes remain a part of his daily routine. “I’ve calculated the cost several times and still I smoke. I watched my father die of lung cancer and still I smoke. I know all of the risks, and still I smoke. I had someone tell me that it was easier for people to stop using cocaine than it is to stop smoking.” For Herman, a 48-yearold DC government employee, putting a halt to his habit of 30 years isn’t as simple as just quitting. His addiction is far more complex. He wants to stop but hasn’t found a method that sticks yet. “I’ve tried the gum, lozenges, and a brief course of Chantix [a non-nicotine pill]. I believe the Chantix was working, but after four weeks I was still smoking. I got frustrated with it and stopped. It’s my fault for not finishing. I wish I had never started ‘cause this is one habit I need to kick.” Herman is one of 74,000 District residents who smoke. What remains to be seen is what will be done to help them get this monkey off their backs.

There are two major types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung

cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer comprises 85 to 90 percent of all lung cancer diagnoses. In this type of cancer, there are three subtypes including Adenocarcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, and Undifferentiated carcinoma. Small cell lung cancer (the type of cancer that ended the life of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno last month) makes up about 15 percent of all diagnosed cases. This type of cancer starts near the center of the chest and spreads throughout the body early on in its course. Lung cancer starts off as precancerous changes in the lungs. The cells may look somewhat abnormal but they do not cause any tumors or symptoms. In time, the cells change to true cancer and form their own blood vessels. A tumor will form and can be seen on an X-ray. Later on, the cancer comes away from the original tumor where it began and spreads throughout they body, also know as metastasizing. If the cancer cells reach the lymph nodes, it is likely to have spread to other body organs. Doctors will decide what kind of treatment is best depending on whether or not the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Smoking can affect more than just a person’s lungs. Smoking is associated with at least 16 different kinds of cancers including oral, throat, pancreatic, cervical, and bladder. It is also directly connected to emphysema, Chronic Obstruc-

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tive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart disease and vascular disease, which can lead to a stroke. Dr. Keith Mortman, Director of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at Washington Hospital Center, says that by the time symptoms show up the cancer may have already advanced. “By the time people get symptoms from lung cancer, whether it’s coughing up blood, or shortness of breath, the lung cancer tends to be at an advanced stage. If we catch it early enough, it may be curable. Stage 1 can have an 85 to 90 percent survival rate.”

Smoking by the numbers 4,000. That’s the number of chemicals in a cigarette. Aside from tobacco, cigarettes contain additives such as ammonia, rat poison, rocket fuel and banned insecticides. Additionally, cigarettes have approximately 43 cancer-causing carcinogens in them. As Dr. Mortman explains, “The carcinogens can travel anywhere in your system. So that’s 43 different ways you can get cancer.” 20 – The percent of AfricanAmericans in the District in 2010 who smoke as opposed to 8 percent of White residents. 400- The number of kids under the age of 18 who become new daily smokers in DC every year. It is projected that as many as 8,000

kids in DC will die prematurely from smoking. 40,000-The number of kids exposed to second-hand smoke at home. Second- hand smoke can aggravate allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms. $7.13- The average cost for cigarettes in DC in 2010. According to Tobacco Free Kids.org, in 2007 the average cost of cigarettes was $4.30 and 17 percent of the population smoked. Now the number of smokers has dropped by 3 percent as the cost rises. But the cost increase was only one reason why smoking declined. DC implemented it smokefree law in 2007 limiting the number of public places where one can smoke. Also, funding for smoking prevention and cessation programs were holding steady. $529- The cost per household in the District for smoking-related government expenditures. Even if people do not smoke or are not exposed to it, they still must bear the cost of smoking-related illnesses in the city.

Final grade- ‘F’ in tobacco prevention and control Last month, the American Lung Association issued their report regarding tobacco control and prevention. DC’s final grade? ‘F’. This grade was, in part, due to the failure to fund smoking cessation programs


the front end versus the long term financial burden if you don’t address it. I would think that finding money on the front end would be a lot more cost-effective than trying to finance the burden on the back end. Cancer is costly. Treatment is costly.” Over the past three years, the Consortium provided more than $1.4 million for education, cessation support, and the Quitline. But a $3.5 million rollback in its budget allocation by the DC Council in December 2010 prevented the continuation of tobacco cessation support this year. The fight against lung cancer in the District is clearly being waged at a disadvantage. While some progress is being made, too many impediments appear to make the notion of a tobacco-free DC a pipe dream. For more information about the DC Smoking Cessation Program, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or contact the DC Cancer Consortium’s DC Cancer AnswersSM help line (202) 5853210. For more information about cancer in DC, visit www.dccanceranswers.org . Special thanks to Lisa Bass of the DC Cancer Consortium for all of her help with this series. Candace Y.A. Montague is a freelance writer in DC. ●

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On Sept. 17, the National Zoo’s lion cubs received their first veterinary exam. All four cubs were deemed healthy. They were born on August 30 and 31 to 5-year-old mother Shera and 4-year-old father Luke. Photo: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

See the Lion Cubs at the Zoo The Zoo’s lion pride, including seven young lions, are on exhibit most days from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Some days, the juvenile lions may go out before 11:00 a.m. and stay out after 2:00 p.m. The schedule may change without notice depending on animal management or staffing needs. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu

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Mardi Gras Family Day This is a day of fun for the family with arts and crafts workshops, Zydeco music, an adornment workshop, storytelling, and other activities. Attendees should dress in their best festive attire and be judged on their costumes. Age groups for judging include: ages 2-5; 6-10; 11-14; 15-17; 18-54; and 55 and older. Winners take home a 50 ★ EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE

prize from the Smithsonian. Those who do not come in festive apparel can participate in the adornment workshop with Januwa Moja to dress up for fun only and take away a personal photo. Saturday, Feb 25. 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call 202-633-4875 or email ACMinfo@si.edu. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

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African American Pioneers in Aviation Family Day African American Pioneers in Aviation Day is dedicated to the accomplishments of African American Aviation pioneers of the past and present. It includes an opportunity for visitors to meet a distinguished panel of local Tuskegee


Airmen who will discuss their struggles and the history of the African American World War II fighter group. The day also includes hands-on activities, book signings, and appearances by current scientists, pilots, and engineers in Aerospace. Free. Saturday, Feb. 11, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. at Sixth St. SW. 202-633-2214. nasm.si.edu

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Smart College Choice Expo The first “Smart College Choice” Expo will be held on the campus of Trinity University on Saturday, Mar. 10, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. The event is designed to expose DC high school students to the complete college landscape. Attendees can expect: Representatives from the 40 top institutions where DCTAG students do well; oneon-one time with college representatives; DCONEAPP registration onsite; workshops for students and parents-topics to include-Financial Literacy, College Survival, Finan-

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New scorecards for all DCPS schools will give the public unprecedented access to school information and data, such as academic performance and progress, safety, and community satisfaction. New information, such as Advanced Placement data, college enrollment statistics and other indicators selected by schools to highlight unique achievements, will help families make the best decisions for their children and allow community members to track progress. The scorecards, available online at dcps. dc.gov/profiles and in print this week, provide a holistic overview of each DCPS school and offer an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. The scorecards also incorporate all the information previously available in the DCPS School Profiles launched in 2010, such as academic programming, extracurricular activities, facilities, community partnerships, demographics and enrollment.

Corcoran Gallery of Art Family Day: Up, Up, and Away! Get ready for an art adventure that covers a lot of territory—from under the sea to way out in deep space—during the Corcoran’s Family Day: Up, Up, and Away! This free epic journey includes gravitydefying performances, organic art workshops, out-of-this-world face painting, and eco trivia and prizes. Don’t miss the gallery-turnedspace-capsule featured in the special exhibition Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro: Are We There Yet? For more information on Family Day at the Corcoran, please visit www.corcoran.org/familyday. Mar. 3, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. corcoran.org


Louder Than a Bomb at Na-

Every year, more than 600

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

tional Gallery of Art

teenagers from over 60 Chicago area schools gather for the

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Moves to Permanent Home Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School commemorated the move to its new home at 220 Taylor St. NE with a Chinese New Year celebration. Washington Yu Ying is one of only a few public Mandarin immersion programs in the country and is the only International Baccalaureate candidate charter school of its kind. From its inception in 2008, Yu Ying has strived to create an enthusiastic and diverse community of learners who are grounded in intercultural understanding and respect, and who are confident in their ability to read, write and think in both Chinese and English. In its new, permanent home, Yu Ying will be able to lay the groundwork for rapid and sustained growth for students. 202-635-1950. washingtonyuying.org.

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world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as “Louder Than a Bomb.” This award-winning documentary chronicles the stereotype-confounding stories of four teams as they prepare for and compete in the 2008 event. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the tempestuous lives of these unforgettable teens, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. As the students learn to work together and share their personal stories, they discover how they can transform their unique experiences and emotional issues into intricate and expressive rhymes. How and why they do it—and the community they create along the way—is the story at the heart of this inspiring film. (Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, United States, 2010, 99 minutes) Presented in collaboration with INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival. A performance by the DC Youth Poetry Slam Team will precede the screening. For ages 13 and up. Free. Mar. 10, 2:00 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium, Fourth and Constitution Ave. NW. 202737-4215. nga.gov

“A Snowy Day” at Adventure Theatre Adventure Theatre continues its 60th Anniversary Season and it’s African-American Adventures Series with The Snowy Day, Jan. 20-Feb. 12, based on the first American picture book to feature an African-American child as the main character by Jack Ezra Keats. The simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night is brought to life in the magical world premiere musical. Peter celebrates the snow-draped inner city with a day of adventures-experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. This show is the second of Adventure Theatre’s African American Adventures Series, a series of five world-premiere musicals based on the African-American

experience written by AfricanAmerican artists. $18. Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD in the historic Glen Echo Park. 301-634-2270. adventuretheatre.org

Discover Engineering Family Day 2012 The National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite you to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn an idea into reality. Celebrate National Engineers Week by participating in this free, hands-on and fun-filled festival! Discover Engineering Family Day is a free, drop-in program. $5 donation suggested. Program and activities are most appropriate for children ages 5-13 with adult supervision. Registration is not required. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. nbm.org

Contacting Family Members in a Disaster After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This American Red Cross website is designed to help make that communication easier. You can register yourself as “Safe and Well.” You can also search for loved ones. Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “Safe and Well.” The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message. safeandwell.communityos.org

Scouting Days at Mount Vernon Through Feb. 17, all Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Camp Fire Club members, in uniform or wearing an official pin, are admitted free to the Mount Vernon Estate, and invited to hike the Forest Trail. 703-780-2000. mountvernon.org ●


HOMES & GARDENS 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.

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$399,900 $349,900 $280,000

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$262,000 $250,000 $239,900 $235,000 $230,000 $228,000 $219,000 $205,000 $200,000 $198,000 $185,000 $182,000 $179,000 $169,900 $160,000 $159,000 $139,900 $135,000 $127,240 $110,000 $82,500

3 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 3

CHILLUM 15 LONGFELLOW ST NW 5521 KANSAS AVE NW 6122 BLAIR RD NW

CONGRESS HEIGHTS 3310 7TH ST SE 534 LEBAUM ST SE 142 WILMINGTON PL SE 700 BONINI RD SE 823 CHESAPEAKE ST SE 4047 1ST ST SW

DEANWOOD 1412 EASTERN AVE NE 3928 AMES ST NE 5004 BROOKS ST NE 5715 EAST CAPITOL ST SE 3917 AMES ST NE 4944 EAST CAPITOL ST NE 1117 51ST PL NE 106 50TH ST NE 5115 LEE ST NE 5584 JAY ST NE 65 54TH ST SE 406 DIVISION AVE NE 6312 SOUTHERN AVE NE 4647 HUNT PL NE #R2 6336 SOUTHERN AVE NE 4727 JAY ST NE 4257 GAULT PL NE 5333 BLAINE ST NE 3936 BLAINE ST NE 5375 BLAINE ST NE 4219 DIX ST NE

$81,754 $77,000 $67,000 $59,900

3 3 3 3

$177,500 $170,000 $104,000

3 3 5

$380,000 $265,000 $195,000 $190,000 $95,000 $305,000

5 4 4 3 3 5

$294,000 $164,000 $155,000 $149,900

4 3 2 2

$185,000 $48,000

4 2

FORT DUPONT PARK

ANACOSTIA 1616 RIDGE PL SE 1410 S ST SE

913 45TH PL NE 112 35TH ST NE 5120 JAY ST NE 914 46TH ST NE

3365 DENVER ST SE 3327 M ST SE 3713 SUITLAND RD SE 3818 CARPENTER ST SE 717 CROISSANT PL SE 3132 W ST SE

MARSHALL HEIGHTS 5129 A ST SE 113 47TH ST SE 4703 BASS PL SE 5555 BASS PL SE

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THE NOSE

by Anonymous

W

hy is it that our politicians always have to kowtow to the hacks in Richmond? Dear Readers, The Nose has had it. It is time to declare war on these meddling neighbors who clog our streets with their SUVs! So, when Councilmember Mary “The Professor” Cheh recently faced off against Virginia Attorney General Ken “The Creep” Cuccinelli over her recently authored Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, The Nose’s ears perked up. The Council’s own constitutional pedagogue was going to stick it to the rubes from Richmond! A DC political junky, The Nose often spends the late night hours reliving Sulimania on the Internet. Who can forget the image of The Professor as strict schoolmarm cross-examining a belligerent Brown? Even The Nose, who bats for the same team, was taken by the sight of those sexy wired rimmed glasses… With the premier of Professor vs. the Attorney “Creep” General, it was time to sit down on the couch with a bowl of microwaved popcorn and three fingers of Willet. Imagine The Nose’s disappointment when he heard Cheh defend her bill with a citation of its rodent exemption. In the Professor’s view, apparently, rats and mice fail to rise to the lofty designation of “wildlife” and thus do not qualify for humane relocation. My Dear Professor Cheh! The Nose entreats you to spend any night of the week in his kitchen. The antics of his nocturnal visitors resemble the best episodes of Wild Kingdom. It is an orgasmic dancing, prancing, cabinet opening, dish smashing orgy. A vast array of solutions purchased at great expense from Frager’s Hardware have discouraged these nightly rodent revels not one whit. No poison, trap, bait or electrical gadget suffices. The spoils of The Nose’s larder are simply too tempting. In The Nose’s humble opinion, Dear Readers, the one thing likely to end his rodent home invasion is the credible threat of exile to the great state of Virginia. District rodents are not stupid. They understand that the rightwing politicos of the Old Dominion believe in equipping every citizen with a fully automatic assault weapon. Across the Potomac, rats do not dine at leisure. Rather, they dodge a hail of gunfire every time they cross a kitchen threshold. (The only exception to this vast gener-

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alization might be the People’s Republic of Arlington.). To get another perspective on Councilmember Cheh’s legislation, The Nose interviewed one of his nightly furry visitors. To preserve his anonymity, this column will refer to said rat as ‘Ratatouille.’ Taking an opposite tack to The Nose, Ratatouille complimented Professor Cheh on her legislation. In his whiskered opinion, the law addressed an essential problem of district, ‘Wildlife Gentrification.’ Apparently, our city’s rodents, who are true Washingtonians, are being displaced by suburban possums, raccoons and deer lured by tasty trash and lush foliage of our fair metropolis. Humanely relocating these interlopers is critical lest they alter the District’s essential character. Ratatouille also suggested a number of other civic pests that might be happily exiled to the Old Dominion: • •

The Wizards. Let’s face it. They stink. Occupy DC. There must be some National Park in the Shenandoah where these folks can live in. Perhaps, they could be relocated by a mountain stream to encourage more frequent bathing. Ex-Councilmember Harry Thomas. Petersburg possesses an excellent federal facility distinguished by its decorative razor wire. It even has softball, although the bats are locked between games along with the players. Speed Cameras. Can’t members of the DC Council figure out another way of funding the city government? Bollards & Traffic Barriers. The growth industry in these concrete monstrosities has turned the District into Baghdad on the Potomac. Congress. Give DC’s human residents the vote or exempt them from federal taxes so that their larders can be stocked with choice morsels for DC’s rodent citizens.

The Nose was about to amend the list to include Councilmember Marion Barry. However, as Ratatouille pointed out, the Mayor for Life’s last Virginian exile did not result in much of a reformation. Have a comment for The Nose? He loves hearing from his Dear Readers. Email thenose@hibllrag.com. ●


Community Grants Available Advisory Neighborhood Commission 7A offers Community Grants in the amount of $250 for programs and activities in the public interest within the Commission’s boundaries. ANC 7A grants can fund: • Community engagement programs • Youth development support activities The Grants Committee will review all grant applications. The Commission will vote on all grants that the Grants Committee determine meet its guidelines during the Commission public monthly meetings. There are two grant release periods: March and September Those interested in applying for a grant should submit a written application that: • States the purpose for which the funds are requested; • Clearly defines the grant’s public benefit; • Outlines total project costs; • Lists any other funding sources for the project. Within 60 days of the grant funds disbursement, the grant recipients are required to submit a report to the Commission showing the use of the funds. This use must be consistent with the grant that was approved by the Commission. Commissioners make final decision on all grant applications. ANC 7A’s grant policies have been established in accordance with the D.C. Code, Section 1-309.13(m), which authorizes ANCs to award grants to organizations for public purposes. Grants maybe applied for online at the ANC 7A website.

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