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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS 10.............Go See Do

12.............East of the River Calendar 18.............The Bulletin Board 22.............District Beat • by Martin Austermuhle 24.............The Numbers • by Ed Lazere 26.............Penn Branch Shopping Center Enters Foreclosure • by Charnice A. Milton 27.............E on DC • by E. Ethelbert Miller 28.............David Shuster Invites Listeners to “Take Action” • by Charnice A. Milton 30.............A Community-Based Approach to Job Training • by Charnice A. Milton

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32.............A New Look at Breast Cancer at United Medical Center • by Candace Y.A. Montague 34.............In Your Kitchen • by Annette Nielsen 36.............Growing Food and Community • by Stephen Lilienthal 38.............Staying Fit Without Breaking the Bank • by Jazelle Hunt 40.............Anacostia’s First Consignment Shop Opens • by Charnice A. Milton 41.............Heritage Trail Coming to Anacostia • by John Muller

KIDS & FAMILY

42.............Kids and Family Notebook • by Kathleen Donner 46.............DC’s Young Mandarins • by Stephen Lilienthal 48.............School Notes • by Melissa Ashabranner

HOMES & GARDENS

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51.............Changing Hands • compiled by Don Denton 52.............The Classifieds 54.............The Nose • by Anonymous ON THE COVER:

Cancer Survivor Natalie C. Williams. Williams is both the Corporate Secretary, and Spokesperson for Not-For-Profit Hospital Corporation’s United Medical Center. Photo: Courtsey Natalie C. Williams. Story on page 32.


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GO.SEE.DO. Lamb Jam

Twenty of DC’s top chefs will ewe-night for the third annual American Lamb Jam produced by the American Lamb Board. This ultimate taste-off will feature top chefs and their creative preparations of lusty lamb dishes accompanied by several wineries, breweries and more. Judging will include awards for Best of Show, 1st Place Awards for Shoulder, Leg of Lamb, Shank and Loin tastes. Guests vote and determine the People’s Choice winner. This year’s chefs are from Bibiana, Occidental, ici, Mad Fox Brewing Company, Cava, Bistro 525, Bourbon Steak, Cedar, Art and Soul, ripple, Del Campo. 1789 Restaurant, kitchen bar, The Grille, Virtue Feed & Grain, The Atlas Room, Blue Duck Tavern, Zaytinya, The Roosevelt and Pizzeria Orso. People’s Choice Award for 2012 went to Bourbon Steak at Four Seasons, Chef Adam Sobel for “Sausage and Peppers” Lamb Sausage, Piperade, Fried Onions and Basil. $60 ($75 for 5-6 p.m. specialty cocktails, American lamb charcuterie and sheep cheeses). Must be 21. A portion of the proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen. Monday, May 20, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Eastern Market North Hall. dc.fansoflamb.com

Opera in the Outfield Presents “Showboat”

Chef Adam Sobel with his winning dish—Lamb Sausage and Peppers. Photo: Andrew Lightman

On May 18 at 7 p.m., more than 100 singers, actors, and dancers will fill the Kennedy Center Opera House stage to tell the tale of a troupe of riverboat performers as they make their way through the decades, and a 50-piece orchestra will play Show Boat’s legendary score, which mixes the best traditions of opera, musical theater, jazz, gospel, and vaudeville. Join thousands at Nat’s Park for a simulcast of this beloved musical. Free seating will be available on the outfield grass and in the stands. The gate opens at 5 p.m. kennedy-center.org Washington National Opera’s Show Boat. Photo: Robert Kusel for Lyric Opera of Chicago

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The Washington Ballet Presents Peter and the Wolf

Against his grandfather’s wishes, brave Peter sets out to capture a wolf. Along the way he encounters some animal friends and becomes the hero of his village. Based on a popular Russian children’s story and set to Prokofiev’s world-famous score, this captivating ballet performed by The Washington Ballet Studio Company will delight audiences of all ages. At THEARC for four performances, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. $35-$50. THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org.

Photo: Steve Vaccariello

National Memorial Day Concert

On the eve of Memorial Day, the 24th annual Memorial Day Concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra will bring to life the moving stories of America’s servicemen and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms. This inspiring event will pay tribute to the profound heroism of all who served during World War II, salute the valor of our Korean War veterans, and honor the sacrifices of our National Guard heroes and their families. The concert, which airs live on PBS, takes place on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The grounds will open at 5 p.m. and the concert is at 8 p.m. Feel free to bring a picnic and blanket. It will be crowded and you may get your alcohol confiscated at the security check. Otherwise it’s a great way to celebrate Memorial Day in DC.

Maestro Jack Everly conducts the National Symphony Orchestra at the National Memorial Day Concert broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, May 26th at 8 p.m. Photo: Capital Concerts

Truckeroo

Truckeroo is a monthly festival held at the corner of Half St. and M St., SE (across from the Navy Yard Metro Station on the Green line) showcasing food trucks from the Washington, DC area. It features 20 food trucks, picnic tables, games, cold drinks, plenty of shade and live music all day, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Expect cheese steaks, cupcakes, empanadas, barbecue, crab, lobster, cookies, pho and more. The 2013 dates are May 17, June 14, Aug 16 and Sept 6. Admission to the festival is free. truckeroodc.com

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PATRIOTIC AND MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS

CALENDAR

2013 Twilight Tattoo at Fort Myer. Wednesdays, through Aug 28, 7:00 PM with pre-ceremony pageantry starting at 6:45 PM. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hour-long sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Summerall Field on historic Fort Myer in Arlington, VA. usarmyband.com

Rhythm in NoMa Concerts. May 30, June 27, July 25, Aug 29, Sept 26; 6:00-8:00 PM. Connect with business partners, family or friends while listening to a variety of popular musical styles, from Motown to funk to quiet jazz ensembles. location TBA. nomabid.org

National Memorial Day Concert. May 26, 8:00-9:30 PM (gates open at 5:00 PM). The National Symphony Orchestra performs the first of three outdoor holiday concerts. The concert is free and is broadcast live on PBS. Memorial Day is a day to remember the sacrifices made by so many … and a day for healing. On the eve of Memorial Day, come out and enjoy the National Memorial Day Concert, a deeply moving and reverential tribute to the men and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms. Free. West lawn, US Capitol. Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings through Aug 30. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at mbw. usmc.mil. Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-433-4073. mbw.usmc.mil “Flags-In” at Arlington Cemetery. Memorial Day Weekend, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) has honored America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of service members buried both at Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier’s and Airmen’s National Cemetery just prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia end of Memorial Bridge). 703-607-8000. arlingtoncemetery.org Memorial Day Wreath Laying at Arlington. May 27, 11:00 AM. Arrive much earlier. Expect heavy security. Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia end of Memorial Bridge). 703-6078000. arlingtoncemetery.org Memorial Day at the World War II Memorial. May 27, 9:00 AM. Wreaths will be placed in honor of our veterans. Guest speakers will give remarks. World War II Memorial, 17th St. between Constitution and Independence aves. NW. Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom. May 27,

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Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Fridays May 24-Aug 30 (rain or shine), 5:00-8:00 PM. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Live jazz performed by an eclectic mix of top artists from the Washington area entertains visitors outdoors in front of the fountain or in the Pavilion Cafe (if it’s raining). The Pavilion Cafe features a seasonal tapas-style menu and bar service during the concerts. Everyone can enjoy these concerts. You do not have to order food or drinks. Free. 202- 289-3360. nga.gov

Air Force Band Concerts. Fridays in June, July and Aug. 8:00 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs.) Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. airforcememorial.org Unsung Jazz by Antoine Sanfuentes at Vivid Solutions. Through June 28. Unsung Jazz by Antoine Sanfuentes brings together the photographer’s ongoing project of documenting the local jazz performers who have had a substantial impact on jazz in Washington, DC but are relatively unknown outside the area. The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, now located upstairs at 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE above Honfleur Gallery. 202-365-8392. vividsolutionsgallery.com

It’s Your Thing 2011: Photo of Woody Woodson. Photo: Antoine Sanfuentes

noon. “Rolling Thunder” is an annual motorcycle rally held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend. Thousands of motorcycles will depart from the Pentagon at noon and will roar across Washington, DC on their motorcycles as a tribute to American war heroes. Assemble at Pentagon north parking lot. Memorial Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. May 27, 1:00 PM. This year’s Memorial Day observance pays tribute to those who served and died in Vietnam. The ceremony will include Presentation of the Colors, and remarks by a special guest. The observance also includes a laying of wreaths by several patriotic organizations. Each year on Memorial Day veterans and their families congregate at “The Wall” to remember and to honor those who served in the US Armed Forces. On this special day prominent Americans from all walks of life come to the Memorial to deliver thoughtful and patriotic speeches. National Memorial Day Parade. May 27, 2:00 PM. Beginning at Fourth St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW and ending at 15th St. and Constitu-

tion Ave. NW. Expect a lot of music, color and old-fashioned patriotism. nationalmemorialdayparade.com Docent-Led Tour of Historic Congressional Cemetery. Saturdays at 11:00 AM. Free. 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. congressionalcemetery.org

SUMMER OUTDOOR MUSIC Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series. Fridays, 8:30 PM. Here’s the lineup: May 17, Jimi Smooth & HitTime; May 24, Justin Trawick Group; May 31, Sin Miedo; June 7, J.P. McDermott; June 14, Cazhmiere; June 21, Nayas; June 28, The Reserves; July 5, Scott’s New Band; July 12, Texas Chainsaw Horns; July 19, 40 Thieves; July 26, Practically Einstein; Aug 2, Sam O; Aug 9, 19th Street Band; Aug 16, Crowded Streets; Aug 23, Alma Tropicalia; and Aug 30, Framewerk. Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water Street SE, three blocks from Nationals Ballpark. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). yardspark.org

Yards Park Marine Band Thursday Night Concerts (before the movie). 7:30 PM. June 6-Aug 29 (not Independence Day). Yards Park is in the Capitol Riverfront at 355 Water Street SE, three blocks from Nationals Ballpark. Take the Green Line to Navy Yard (New Jersey Avenue exit). yardspark.org Navy Band “Concerts on the Avenue.” Tuesdays starting June 11, 7:30 PM (new time). US Navy Memorial. The United States Navy Band and its specialty groups will perform. Free. Seventh and Penn. Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. navymemorial.org Live American Roots Music. Friday and Saturday nights in summer. The National Building Museum has partnered with Hill Country Barbecue Market to present Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue, a unique branded outdoor experience featuring Hill Country’s awardwinning Texas-style barbecue, ice-cold Shiner beers, and signature cocktails on the Museum’s spacious and picturesque West Lawn. Throughout the summer, the space features live American roots music on Friday and Saturday nights, presented by Hill Country Live, Hill Country’s Austin-inspired music program. National Buildiong Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Jazz Performance at Honfleur Gallery. May 16, 7:00-9:00 PM. The Bobby Muncy Trio. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202365-8392. honfleurgallery.com


CALENDAR

Photo: Courtesy of Ward 8 Farmers Market Ward 8 Farmers Market. Open Saturdays starting June 1, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. ward8farmersmarket.com

teen 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 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. 202661-7581. culturaltourismdc.org

charities to schools to the Lions Foundation. This community flea market is sponsored by Palisades-Georgetown Lions Club. Rent table space for $35-set up at 7-9 a.m. and remove items promptly at end. Contact Mary at 202363-6122 for more information.

Tour the Frederick Douglass House. 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 first-come, 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

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

Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarket-dc.com

Rainbow Mambo: The Gay and Lesbian Presence in Latin Music. May 18, 2:00-4:00 PM. Although seldom discussed, gays and lesbians have always been a presence in Latin music: on stage, behind the scenes, and in song. Join Jim Byers (host of WPFW 89.3 FM’s Latin Flavor) for a discussion ranging from such pioneers as Johnny Rodriguez and Chavela Vargas to Ricky Martin and Albita. Free, but space is limited. For information, call 202-633-4866. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-365-8392. honfleurgallery.com

MARKETS AND SALES

Ranger tours of the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Every Saturday through Sept 7, 10:00 AM-noon. Join a Ranger for tours of the Civil War Defenses of Washington. They will lead visitors to some of the remaining Civil War forts in the Nation’s Capital. Visitors are asked to contact Ranger Kenya Finely at 202-4267723 for more information on the specific program themes. Fort Dupont Park. nps.gov/fodu

A Short Introduction to Muhammad. May 23, 7:00 PM. Join them for a lecture by professor Jonathan Brown of Georgetown University. He will be discussing his book Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction. The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. dclibrary.org/benning

Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement. Through Sept 15. Based on research by the Anacostia Community Museum on the history, public use, and attitudes toward the Anacostia River and its watershed and on review of urban waterway developments in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Louisville, London, and Shanghai, Reclaiming the Edge explores various issues regarding human interaction with natural resources in an urban setting. It looks at densely populated watersheds and at rivers as barriers to racial and ethnic integration. The exhibition also examines civic attempts to recover, clean up, re-imagine, or engineer urban rivers for community access and use. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4820. anacostia.si.edu

New Grant Avenue (flea) Market in Takoma Park. May 12, June 9 and July 14, 10:00 AM3:00 PM. The new market is at the intersection of Grant Ave. and Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, MD with antiques, collectibles and funky finds. Over 25 vendors plus popular DC store anchor vendors: FOUNDRY, Parisian Flea Market from U Street, NW and Ruff & Ready Furnishings from 14th St. NW. Market goers can expect to find the same winning format as the Fenton Street Market-vendor booths, music and food trucks-adding yet another activity to the busy Sunday line-up in Old Takoma which already offers the popular Takoma Park Farmers Market. Families will enjoy the day with a host of children’s activities including a bicycle carousel made from re-purposed bikes and a giant trike-both thanks to sculptor Howard Connelly. grantavenuemarket.com

Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story (film). May 23, 11:00 AM. (2010, 57 min, directed by Larkin McPhee) This film traces the development of America’s bountiful heartland and its effect on the legendary river. It helps viewers grasp what is a profound truththat a single drop of water in Minnesota is connected to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico-and offers concrete solutions and fresh ideas to the river’s troubles. A discussion follows with Linda Maxwell, education specialist at the Anacostia Community Museum. Free; for reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu River Art Mural with Prelli Williams. May 25, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Join local artist Prelli Williams who leads a river art project based on the related exhibition. Free. For reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu Jazz Performance at Honfleur Gallery. June 6, 7:00-9:00 PM. Twins Jazz. Honfleur Gallery,

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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.” Fif-

NLPNA Yard Sale. May 18, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. The North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association yard sale is in the triangle park between the 1300 blocks of North Carolina Ave. and A St. NE (between 13th and 14th streets). This annual event is our primary source of funding for community building activities including tree plantings and Buzz distribution Donations may be dropped off from 8:00-10:00 AM on the day of the sale. For more information or to volunteer, call 202-543-3512 or e-mail elizabeth_knits@yahoo.com, with “yard sale” as the subject. Friends of Capitol View Library Book Sale and Flea Market. May 18 amd May 25, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Find new and used books for sale on the sidewalk and inside. Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Lions Flea Market in Palisades. May 19 (rain or shine), 10:00 am-4:00 pm in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot at MacArthur Blvd. and Arizona Ave. NW. The PalisadesGeorgetown Lions Club raises funds from this event and others such as the Christmas Tree sale to support organizations ranging from

H Street FreshFarm Market. Saturdays through Dec 21, 9:00 AM-noon. H St. and 13th St. NE. Vendors are Atwater’s; Blueberry Hill; Cedarbrook Farm; Dolcezza Gelato; Full Cellar Farm; Garden Path Farm; Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, LLC; Quaker Valley Orchards; Red Apron Butchery; Richfield Farm. freshfarmmarkets.org

Union Market. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-6527400. unionmarketdc.com

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS DC Public Outdoor Pools Open Memorial Day Weekend. They will then be open weekends only until school is out. After school is out they will be open daily. Each pool has one closed day per week for routine maintenance and cleaning. dpr.dc.gov Nats Baseball. May 11, 12, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington. nationals.mlb.com National’s Ballpark Tours. Wednesday-Sunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12-$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. washington.nationals.mlb.com Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia. On view indefinitely. From Reconstruction to the second half of the 20th century, baseball, the great American pastime, was played in Washington, DC, on segregated fields. “Separate and Unequaled”


DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) Celebrates Small Business Week 2013 Small Business Restaurant Symposium and Expo “Capitalizing on the Thriving Restaurant Industry in the District of Columbia” (FREE OF CHARGE) When:

June 17, 2013

Where: Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University 800 Florida Ave, NE, Washington DC 20002 Time:

9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 8:30 am)

Topics will include:

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D. C. Government Regulatory Processes How to Open a Restaurant (In Spanish) Financial Management The New Frontier in the Restaurant Industry, Catering and Pop-Up Restaurants How to get Financing to Open a Restaurant Processes of Entering a Building Lease Agreement

How to Open a Small Business by Navigating through DCRA’s Regulatory Process When: June 19, 2013 Where: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) 1100 4th Street, SW, Suite 200; Washington DC, 20024 Time:

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Featuring DCRA’s • • • • • •

Business Licensing Division Corporations Division Occupational and Professional Licensing Division Permits and Inspections Division Weights and Measures Division Zoning Division

DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) Free One-On-One Sessions Want to learn how get a business license? Need help with obtaining an Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) or an Home Occupancy Permit (HOP)? Need to meet with an attorney? Then you should sign-up ONLINE for a one-on-one session to meet with subject matter experts in DCRA’s Small Business Resource Center (SBRC). See details below: Tuesday [Business Licensing Division (BLD): 1st & 2nd Tuesday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm One-on-one Sessions [Corporations Division (CORP): 1st & 2nd Tuesday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm One-on-one Sessions [Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR): 1st & 2nd Tuesday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm One-on-one Sessions [Permit Operations Division (Permit Operations): 1st & 3rd Monday from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm One-on-one Sessions [Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC): 1st Tuesday from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm One-on-one Sessions Wednesday [DC Women’s Business Center (DCWBC): Every Wednesday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm One-on-one Sessions [Housing and Community Development (DHCD) at the DC Chamber of Commerce Foundation (DCCCF/BRC): 2nd & 4th Wednesday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm One-on-one Sessions Thursday [Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF): 1st & 3rd Thursday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm One-on-one Sessions Friday [DC Bar Pro Bono Program: 4th Friday of each month from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm One-on-one Sessions

To register for the SBRC workshops go to: https:bizdc.ecenterdirect.com For assistance with registering for the SBRC workshops call: 202-442-4538

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs 1100 4th Street, SW Washington, DC 20024


CALENDAR looks at the phenomenal popularity and community draw of this sport when played by African Americans. Featured are such personalities as Josh Gibson and “Buck” Leonard, star players of the Negro Leagues most celebrated team, the Washington Homestead Grays. The show also highlights community teams that gave rise to the various amateur, collegiate and semi-pro black baseball teams and leagues. For special viewing hours and tours, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu Washington Mystics Basketball. May 15, 11:30 AM (preseason). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. wnba.com/mystics Semper Fi 5K. May 18, 8:00 AM. All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides crucial medical and financial assistance to US servicemen and women wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as to their families. Race held at Anacostia Park. semperfi5k.com DC Rollergirls. May 18, 4:00 PM. (Doors open at 3:00 p.m.) Tickets are $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for children 6-11, and free for kids 5 and under. Tickets are available in advance at ticketmaster.com or at the door on bout day. Individuals with a valid military ID can purchase tickets for $10 at the door. Bouts are at DC Armory. dcrollergirls.com DC United Soccer Home Matches. May 19, vs. Sporting KC; May 25 vs. Pportland. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. dcunited.com Capitol Hill Classic 10K, 3K and Kids’ Fun Run. May 19, 8:30 AM. The event includes a 10K, a 3K, and a kids’ fun run, all of which start and finish in front of Peabody Primary School on Stanton Park. The 10K course goes out around RFK Stadium and back, while the 3K goes to Lincoln Park and the fun run is a lap around Stanton Park for kids of all ages. All proceeds from the Classic go to the Capitol Hill Cluster School. For more information, register, or volunteer to, visit capitolhillclassic com. Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Closed for annual maintenance. Will reopen July 1. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-584-5007. fdia.org Roller Skating at Anacostia Park. Skate weekends, sunrise to sunset. This is a covered, outdoor skating pavilion. Free. One-hour free skate “rental” has started but sizes and supplies are limited. During summer months, open daily. Go east on Penn. Ave. across Anacostia River and make the first right turn onto Fairlawn Ave. and another right onto Nicholson and then into the park. 202-472-3873. Adult Dance Classes. Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM, Pilates; Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15 PM, Jazz; Saturdays, 9:00-10:00 AM, Zumba. The Washington Ballet @ THEARC offers three adult classes this year. Classes are $12 each or you may purchase a $100 class card for 12 classes. Classes are only $5 for Ward 8 residents. The class card for Ward 8 residents is $50. (Valid ID required.) THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org Free Exercise Classes at Kenilworth Elementary School. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:00 PM. Bring your own mat,

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water and towel. 1300 44th St. NE. For more information, email peppypromotions@gmail. com or call 301-395-1013 Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-505-3567. dcroadrunners.org Free Yoga Classes 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 Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. 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. 202645-6242. dpr.dc.gov 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 firstcome, 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 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 Ferebee Hope (indoor) Pool. Open weekdays, 10:00-6:00 PM. Closed weekends. Free for DC residents. 3999 Eighth St. SE. 202645-3916. dpr.dc.gov DC Public Outdoor Pools Open Memorial Day Weekend. They will then be open weekends only until school is out. After school is out they will be open daily. All outdoor pools are open weekends, noon-6:00 PM. Weekday hours are 1:00-8:00 PM. Every pool is closed one day a week for cleaning and maintenance. All pools are free for DC residents. Have picture ID. dpr.dc.gov Anacostia Pool. 1800 Anacostia Dr. SE. 202724-1441. dpr.dc.gov Barry Farms Pool. 1230 Sumner Rd. SE 202645-5040. dpr.dc.gov Benning Park Pool. Southern Ave. and Fable St.SE. 202-645-5044. dpr.dc.gov

Douglass Pool. Frederick Douglass Ct. and Stanton Ter. SE. 202-645-5045. dpr.dc.gov Fort Dupont Pool. Ridge Rd. and Burns St. SE. 202-645-5046. dpr.dc.gov Fort Stanton Pool. 1800 Erie St. SE. 202-6781798. dpr.dc.gov Kelly Miller Pool. 4900 Brooks St. NE. 202724-5056. dpr.dc.gov

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.

Oxon Run Pool. Fourth St. and Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-645-5042. dpr.dc.gov

Anacostia High School School Improvement Team Meeting. Fourth Tuesday. 6:00 PM. Anacostia High School, 16th and R sts. SE.

Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 6. Registration open. 703-587-4321. wilsonbridgehalf.com

Deanwood Citizens Association General Body Meeting. Fourth Monday, except Aug. and Dec., 6:30 PM. 1350 49th St. NE.

Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Register online at marinemarathon.com. Marathon is Sunday, Oct. 27.

Deanwood Citizens Association General Body Meeting. Fourth Monday, except Aug. and Dec., 6:30 PM. 1350 49th St. NE.

CIVIC LIFE

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 202388-1532.

Grosso Near You (informal) Meeting. Third Thursday, 8:00-9:30 AM, Big Chair Coffee and Grill, 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. The meetings will provide the opportunity for constituents to bring ideas and issues directly to Councilmember Grosso as part of an effort to make the DC Council more accessible. Big Chair Breakfast Bunch. Saturday, May 11, 10:00 AM-noon. Big Chair Coffee n’ Grill (upstairs). All are welcome to attend and discuss what’s happening East of the River. 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. 202-525-4287. Home Purchase Orientation. May 16, 23 and 30, 11:00 AM. Housing Counseling Services now offers free two-hour orientations every week to help first-time homebuyers navigate the home-purchase process and take advantage of special loan programs offered by DC government. No reservations needed. Housing Counseling Services, 2410 17th St. NW. Call 202-667-7006 for more information. Public Hearing on Uniform Taxi Color Design. May 29, 10:00 AM. Anyone who wants to testify must register by calling 202-645-6018 extension 4. A written version of the participant’s testimony must be submitted to DCTC forty eight hours prior to the hearing. Hearing is at 441 4th St. NW in the Old Council Chambers on the First Floor. Congresswoman Norton’s SE District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 2041 MLK Ave. SE, #238. 202-678-8900. norton.house.gov Councilmember Alexander’s Constituent Services Office. Open weekdays, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. 2524 Penn. Ave. SE. 202-581-1560. Councilmember Barry’s Constituent Services Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 2100 MLK Ave, SE, #307. 202-698-2185. Anacostia Coordinating Council Meeting. Last Tuesday, noon-2:00 PM. Anacostia Museum, 1901 Fort St. SE. For further details, contact Philip Pannell, 202-889-4900.

Fairlawn Citizens Association. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Ora L. Glover Community Room at the Anacostia Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. ANC 7A. Second Tuesday, 7:30 PM. BenningStoddard Rec. Center, 100 Stoddard Pl. SE. 202-727-1000. 7A@anc.dc.gov. anc7a.org ANC 7B. Third Thursday, 7:00 PM. Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church, 3200 S St. SE (Branch Ave and S St. SE). 202-584-3400. anc7b@pressroom.com. anc7b.us ANC 7C. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE. 202-398-5100. anc7c@verizon.net ANC 7D. Second Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Sixth District Police Station, 100 42nd St. NE. 202398-5258. 7D06@anc.dc.gov ANC 7E. Second Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 PM. Jones Memorial Church, 4625 G St. SE. 202-5826360. 7E@anc.dc.gov ANC 8A. First Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Anacostia UPO Service Center, 1649 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-889-6600. anc8adc.org ANC 8B. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Seventh District Police Station Community Center, Alabama and McGee Sts. SE. 202-610-1818. anc8b.org ANC 8C. First Wednesday (June meeting is on the nineth because of the holiday), 6:30 PM. 2907 MLK Jr Ave. SE. 202-388-2244. ANC 8D. Fourth Thursday, 7:00 PM. Specialty Hospital of Washington, 4601 MLK Jr. Ave. SW. 202 561-0774 ANC 8E. First Monday, 7:00 PM. 3400 Wheeler Rd. SE, Eagle Academy 202-561-6616. 8e02@ anc.dc.gov u


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BULLETIN BOARD A volunteer work crew helps to care for the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Good Neighbor Day

Fort Lincoln Neighborhood First Annual Home Tour

The Fort Lincoln Civic Association, in northeast DC, is hosting its first ever home tour from 1-4 p.m., and a community-wide reception from 4-6 p.m., on Saturday, May 11. Proceeds will support the community improvement work undertaken year-round by the 11 standing committees of the civic association. Fort Lincoln is the District’s only planned community, conceived as a 360 acre model of the best thinking of federal agencies, local government and an umbrella neighborhood organization working in partnership. The theme of the home tour is “Evolution of a Planned Community.” For the first time visitors will be able to see inside a variety of homes, in housing clusters featuring innovative garden apartments, condominiums and townhouses, that span the 36 year planning period. The suggested tour path will enable visitors to track changes in architecture and interior design as they have evolved from 1976 to the present day. The exemplary homes on the tour range from multi-story, four-bedroom labyrinth homes to boutique-like condominiums. The tour concludes with a reception that will showcase the economic, social and cultural diversity of Fort Lincoln. Fort 18 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

Lincoln extends from Eastern Ave. to South Dakota Ave. and from Bladensburg Rd. to New York Ave. Check-in on May 11 is at the Hagans Cultural Center, 3201 Fort Lincoln Dr. NE. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day-of. For information and tickets, go to ftlincoln.org.

Mayor Gray Welcomes District’s New Streetcars to Anacostia

On May 1, Mayor Gray welcomed the arrival of the second of the District’s fleet of three streetcars to the Anacostia Testing and Commissioning Site for a post-delivery testing phase before making their way to the H Street/ Benning Road corridor this fall. The District’s three streetcar vehicles were moved to the DC Streetcar Testing and Commissioning site in Anacostia. Construction has been underway at the site since September to prepare for the vehicles’ arrival. With the arrival of all three vehicles, post-delivery testing will start and will be conducted by WMATA and engineers from Inekon. The vehicles will be operated and maintained in Anacostia until this fall, when DDOT plans to move them to the H Street/Benning Road line to begin certification.

The Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens invite you to participate in our Good Neighbor Day event on May 18. The day will begin with park service projects from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with volunteers planting perennial flowers, landscaping the grounds of the park, removing invasive plants from the woods and collecting trash along the banks of the river and marsh. An additional clean-up site will be held at the Marvin Gaye Park Trail at the intersection of Minnesota and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenues, NE. A park open house and fun activities for the whole family will follow from 12:302:30 p.m., featuring guided park tours at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m., a mini-art exhibit from the students of Life Pieces to Masterpieces, music from the East of the River Boys and Girls Steel Band and more. Pack a picnic lunch and join us for a day of fun. To volunteer for the park service projects, RSVP Tina O’Connell at tina@friendsofkenilworthgardens.org or 202-494-0456. For more information, visit friendsofkenilworthgardens.org.

Hillcrest Garden Tour June 15

The Hillcrest Garden Tour Committee announces the 20th Annual Hillcrest Garden Tour. Please save June 15 to find out why they call Hillcrest the “best kept secret in Washington.” Tickets are available at hiillcrestdc.com.

DC Streetcar Job Fair

RDMT, the DC Streetcar operator, is hosting a job fair on Tuesday, May 14, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Department of Employment Services Headquarters, 4058 Minnesota Ave. NE.

Volunteer at the Fort Dupont Summer Concerts

The National Park Service offers six Rhythm and Blues performances in July and August as part of Fort Dupont Park’s “Summer Theatre” concert series. The upcoming concert series schedule will be made available shortly. The concerts’ are sponsored solely by the National Park Service and free


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BULLETIN BOARD to the public. Past performers have been the SOS Band, Rose Royce, Kindred, Regina Bell, Mandrill, Roy Ayers and ZAPP. There is a Jr. Ranger tent offering programs for children and general information about Fort Dupont Park. Volunteers have played a crucial role in supporting the concert, helping NPS staff from set-up to break-down and all in between. If you are interested in volunteering, call 202-426-7723. nps.gov/fodu

Co-working Space in SE: HIVE 3 for $300 Campaign

Why work alone? To promote co-working in the Southeast community, The HIVE + The HIVE 2.0, a small business incubator serving creative entrepreneurs in Anacostia, announces a special “3 for $300” rate on its Affiliate membership from May Day to Labor Day. For $300, participants get 3 months of access to HIVE co-working space including plush lounges, wireless internet, copiers, projectors, full kitchen, and conference room space, as well as onsite business workshops. “3 for $300” is a campaign to get more Southeast entrepreneurs out of their homes and into a co-working environment where ideas can be shared quickly. For more information, email membership@ thedchive.com or call 202-735-5985. You can find The HIVE + The HIVE 2.0 on the web at thedchive.com.

Urban Waterfront Development Panel at Anacostia Community Museum

On May 14, 7:00 p.m., explore various issues shared by communities as they tackle the redevelopment of their waterfronts. What are the various projects? What works and what doesn’t? What are the various ways in which waterfronts are being re-imagined? How engaged are local communities? Panelists include Uwe Brandes, The Urban Land Institute, and Scott Kratz, 11th Street Bridge Reuse Project. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

Friends of Capitol View Library Book Sale and Flea Market

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books for sale on the sidewalk and inside. The sale includes children’s books, coffee table books, mysteries, novels, cook books, newspapers with Black history articles, history, romance, travel, science, arts and classics. Refreshments will be available for purchase. There will also be a flea market and live music. For more information or table space contact Marian J. Cole at 202-581-2665, Kirk Adair at 202-210-0532 or Albertha Johnson at 202-584-1415. The goal is to raise enough money for a lighted marquee for the library. Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE.

“Image is Everything? Self Esteem, Body Image & the Media”

Talk it out with Project REACH. They will get your mind thinking and your body moving with Zumba, basketball, and yoga. Free admission, free food, and free fun. All are welcome. America’s Islamic Heritage Museum, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. 202-610-0586.muslimsinamerica.org

Figures in Jazz by John K. Lawson at Honfleur Gallery

Figures in Jazz by John K. Lawson at Honfleur Gallery presents large-scale vibrant collage portraits of jazz legends, including Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone, Wynton Marsalis, and Miles Davis. John K. Lawson was born in Birmingham, England in 1962 and first came to America on a student exchange program in engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. There his artistic abilities were encouraged, and he returned to England two years later to concentrate on landscape painting. Eventually, Lawson was drawn back to the Deep South, and soon became part of an underground art culture in New Orleans that included working in tattoo, T-shirt and mural designs long before these mediums became mainstream. Hurricane Katrina submerged his studio and destroyed 25 years’ worth of artwork and ephemera. Lawson began to rework the damaged remnants into collages and started working in the manner in which he made the Figures in Jazzportraits. There will be jazz performances at Honfleur Gallery during the course

of the exhibitions. The Bobby Muncy Trio will play on Thursday May 16 from 7-9 p.m. On Thursday June 6, the Nasar Abadey Quartet will play from 7-9 p.m. Twins Jazz is a partner for these events. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-3658392. honfleurgallery.com

Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic

There is a Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic on Wednesday, May 15, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Anacostia Economic Development Center, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE Suite 100. This clinic is for aspiring or existing small business owners. Attendees will meet one-on-one with attorneys for brief advice on any legal issues their businesses may be facing.

Stephen King Film Series at Francis A. Gregory Library

In celebration of Stephen King’s ground-breaking novels, every other Saturday in June and July come to a Stephen King film series showcasing his most famous film adaptations. June 1: Carrie (1976) 98 min. Rated R. A young and timid 17-year-old girl who discovers she has telekinesis when she is humiliated by a vicious prank on prom night. June 15: Secret Window (2004) 96 min. Rated PG-13. A recently divorced writer is accused of plagiarism by a strange man, who stalks him to seek justice. June 29: Creepshow (1982) 130 min. Rated R. A collection of five tales of terror, this film inspired by comics from the 1950s, features work by Stephen King and George A. Romero. July 13: Needful Things (1993) 120 min. Rated R. A mysterious shop opens in a small town, but the covetted items it sells come with steep price tags. July 27: Firestarter (1984) 115 min. Rated R. When a couple participates in a medical experiment that makes them gain telekinetic abilities, they inadvertantly pass down pyrokinetic powers to their young daughter, played by Drew Barrymore. All films start at 1 p.m. Call 202-698-6373 for more information. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202698-6373. dclibrary.org/francis

Shepherd Parkway Cleanup

On Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.1 p.m., join the Congress Heights Community Association to help clean up one of the most unique wooded areas in the District. The meeting Location is 4th and Mellon Sts. SE. If you have questions, contact Congress Heights Community Association member Nathan Harrington at nbharrington@yahoo. com or 301-758-5892. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and study shoes. There are lots of hills -- if you think they will be an issue please reconsider. shepherdparkway. blogspot.com

Anacostia Playhouse Construction Proceeds Ahead

After construction delays with the permitting process, construction is once again underway. They are a few days away from starting to hang drywall. The crew, headed up by Anacostia based contractor, HEP, is moving along at a clip and they are right on track for hosting the DC Jazz Festival on June 10. We are also thrilled to be an official venue for the DC Black Theatre Festival June 21-30. 2020 Shannon Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020. www.anacostiaplayhouse.com.

An Afternoon with Breena Clarke at Anacostia Community Museum

On May 26, 2-4 p.m., Author Breena Clarke reads from River Cross My Heart and her latest novel Stand the Storm, which explores the constant struggle and sacrifice of African Americans to maintain their freedom in a frontier town with no laws protecting black citizens. Book sale and signing follow. Free; for reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu

Interested in Performing at Fort Dupont this Summer?

Interested in performing at the Summer Concerts? Please send any materials plus a video of you performing (or a link to a video) to: NACE, Attn. Kenya Finley, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE, Washington, DC


20020. They collect the materials, then pass them on to our contractor who makes the final selections. nps.gov/fodu/planyourvisit/summer-theatre

Byte Back to Take on Programs of First Time Computers

DC-based nonprofit Byte Back, which provides basic and advanced computer training for low-income residents, is taking over the computer refurbishing and repair programs of longtime partner First Time Computers. This program will work in conjunction with services that Byte Back has provided for over 15 years, which include computer literacy training, a wide array of IT courses in hardware and software, as well as assistance with employment search for low-income residents of the metropolitan Washington area. Byte Back plans to open First Time Technology this month at a new location near the Deanwood Metro Station on Minnesota Ave. NE. Byte Back will honor vouchers for refurbished computers from those who have earned them by completing computer training programs at the DC Public Library and at Byte Back. More information is available at byteback.org.

Benning Rd. Streetcar Extension Feasibility Study Complete

The Benning Road Streetcar Extension Feasibility Study examines the planning and engineering feasibility of extending streetcar service east of the Anacostia River in northeast Washington. This proposed line would pick up from where the H Street/Benning Road line, from Union Station to Oklahoma Ave., terminates and extend to either the Minnesota Ave. or Benning Rd. Metrorail stations. The study addresses how the physical characteristics of the area might either help or hinder the project and various planning considerations, answering questions like: What is the estimated ridership? Where could the stops be located? How will extending the streetcar line impact on-street parking? Will the three bridges the streetcars need to cross support the

weight of a fully loaded vehicle? What will the impacts be on traffic in the area? The proposed extension would provide a high-capacity and sustainable premium transit option to: Connect Ward 7 neighborhoods with employment and activity centers west of the river; provide connections to the regional Metrorail system and to multimodal transportation services at Union Station; provide additional transit capacity to relieve crowded bus lines; and support neighborhood plans for activity centers at the Minnesota Ave./Benning Rd. intersection and elsewhere along the corridor. The full report is available dcstreetcar.com.

Nonprofit Partner Sought for Health and Wellness Center at Salvation Army in Anacostia

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command is actively seeking a 501c3 nonprofit organization to open a health and wellness center (gym) membership program on the fifth floor of the Solomon G. Brown Community Center located at 2300 Martin Luther King Jr.,Ave. SE. The space was designed for a membershipbased gym and includes a studio for aerobics. The total square footage of the space is 6,299 sq. ft. and offers spectacular views of DC. The ideal start time for opening the program will be June 1, 2013. The Salvation Army is offering to lease this space to a nonprofit organization at an affordable cost and requires the organization to pay its prorated share of operating costs. Interested nonprofit partners must have a minimum of five years experience offering membershipbased health and wellness programs and be registered as a nonprofit corporation with the District of Columbia; and submit five years of audited statements and IRS form 990s. Letters of inquiry with supporting documentation should be sent to: Dale Bannon, Executive Director of Community and Professional Services, The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command, 2626 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20037. u EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 21


NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Special (Election) Education

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nita Bonds can finally drop the “interim” from in front of her job title. With her victory over five other contenders in the April 23 Special Election, Bonds completes the rise to elected office that began last December when the D.C. Democratic State Committee — which she chairs — chose her to fill the seat vacated by D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson. On April 23, she pulled in just over 16,000 of the close to 50,000 ballots cast— 32 percent—leaving progressive challenger Elissa Silverman in second place (28 percent) and Republican Patrick Mara in a distant third (23 percent). Matthew Frumin claimed 11 percent, while Paul Zukerberg and Perry Redd could only muster two percent each.

The Lessons From April 23

Bonds’ Pyrrhic Victory: Bonds may have won, but it wasn’t a decisive victory. In fact, it’s fair to say that close to 70 percent of D.C. voters cast ballots against her. When weighted for turnout—which was highest in Ward 3 and lowest in Ward 8—Bonds’ appeal across the city was generally quite weak. Vote-Splitting Matters: Despite her soft support, Bonds won because her main competitors—Mara, Silverman and Frumin—ate into each other’s vote totals where it mattered most. While it’s hard to say exactly how things would have changed had Frumin dropped out, as Silverman asked him to do a week before the election, even a small number of his Ward 3 supporters 22 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

by Martin Austermuhle

switching over to Silverman’s side would have brought her that much closer to victory. This vote-splitting certainly isn’t anything new—it happened between Peter Shapiro and Sekou Biddle in the April 2012 AtLarge Democratic primary for one, as well as in the April 26 At-Large Special Election. In that race, eventual victor Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) wasn’t much stronger than Bonds, nor did his base of support extend much further outsides of wards 5, 7 and 8. But he did benefit from a field of like-minded contenders that divided the loyalties and votes of those in wards 1, 2, 3, and 6. If progressive-minded candidates ever want to win, especially in low-turnout affairs like the special elections have come to be, they’re going to have to think—and campaign—much more strategically. Silverman’s Success: The big surprise of the campaign was certainly Silverman, the former reporter, current policy wonk and first-time council contender. Unlike many of her predecessors, she managed to cobble together a broad base of support— according to an after-the-fact analysis of the results, her campaign found that she won 20 percent of the vote in six different wards, something no other campaign could boast. And though Silverman campaigned on the theme of ethics and integrity, she also showed a pragmatic side by trying to knock competitors off the ballot—succeeding in one case, failing in another—and trying to negotiate Frumin off of the ballot. She failed in the latter attempt, but it


showed that she understood the point we made above—vote-splitting matters. Mara’s Mediocrity: Other than Silverman’s strong performance, the big story of the Special Election may well have been Mara’s mediocre showing. Compared to 2011, when he came less than 2,000 votes from defeating Orange, Mara did not increase his share of voters anywhere in the city. In fact, both Silverman and Frumin chipped away at his base of support where he tended to do best—wards 2 and 3—while he stagnated in wards 1 and 6, areas that he needed in order to emerge victorious. His inability to scrape together more votes is even more surprising when you consider the money he had at his disposal: he raised $140,000 and benefited from tens of thousands more in outside spending by PACs. All that money clearly didn’t translate to energy for his candidacy. Party’s Over: With Mara’s defeat—his third loss in a citywide race since 2011—the D.C. Republican Party is all but dead. If it couldn’t win with an experienced and wellfunded campaigner who consistently stressed a moderate message, it’s unclear who it could run and where it would be most likely to win. This is all the more ironic once you consider that it was Mara that helped unseat the least Republican legislator to sit on the D.C. Council, defeating Carol Schwartz in a divisive 2008 primary. If the D.C. GOP ever wants to win a race, it has to rethink its message and, more importantly, its affiliation to the toxic national party that D.C. residents reject every chance they get. Statehood Who?: Not to pick on the Republican Party alone, but does anyone take the Statehood Green Party seriously anymore? Perry Redd mustered only enough votes to get him above Michael Brown, who dropped out of the race in March. With yet another loss under its belt, the Statehood Green Party continues its streak of not having any representation on the council; its last councilmember was Julius Hobson, and that was in the 1970s. The Media’s Waning Influence: Everyone knows that the me-

dia is suffering from an existential and financial crisis, but the extent of its loss of influence couldn’t have been more apparent than it was in recent weeks. Like it did ahead of his 2008 and 2011 citywide runs, The Washington Post’s editorial board endorsed Mara. But this time, it re-endorsed him in four separate editorials. Despite the hundreds of words it wasted on singing his praises, voters weren’t convinced. The Post wasn’t alone, though—the Current endorsed twice, and the Examiner kicked in for an endorsement of its own. None of them affected the outcome.

What the Elections Means for the Mayoral Race

Looking towards next year’s mayoral primary, the results of the Special Election don’t change the dynamics of what it will take to win. The city’s electorate is divided largely along geographic and racial lines: wards 2, 3 and 6 vote one way, with wards 5, 7 and 8 going the other. That being said, that model could be shifting—albeit slowly, and in small ways. Various precincts in Ward 5 have gone for reformminded candidates in recent years; both Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and David Grosso (I-At Large) did well in Brookland and Bloomingdale, for instance. Additionally, Ward 4’s voters—which tend to show up in droves—have shown that they’re willing to buck expectations and play a decisive role in elections. This, of course, could make for a very close contest between declared candidate Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and contender-in-waiting Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). While Bowser could emerge a frontrunner with her base of support in Ward 4, Wells could continue building upon the progressive coalition that ushered Grosso to victory and Silverman to a close second-place to become the city’s first white mayor. Martin Austermuhle is a freelance writer living in Columbia Heights. u EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 23


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Avoiding a Self-Inflicted Disaster Will DC Cut Assistance to Families in Crisis?

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s. C is a parental success story by any measure. She is a single mother of five children, three of whom have profound disabilities, yet she has gotten her children into good schools, found them a safe place to live, and recently graduated from a barbering course. Ms. C also shows that success against long odds often hangs on by just a thread. She has relied on welfare at times, when the needs of her children became especially demanding. DC’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program kept her from having to choose between things like food, children’s clothing and putting gas in the car to get to their many doctor’s appointments. Today, however, Ms. C she is concerned that she will not find a barbering job before her TANF benefits are cut sharply, because she has received aid for more than 60 months. As DC’s law currently stands, there is absolutely no way to postpone the date when she – and other parents in challenging circumstances – will lose assistance. Ms. C’s situation may be somewhat unique, but many of DC’s families on welfare face obstacles that would overwhelm the strongest of us, from depression to domestic violence to being shortchanged by the education system. There are 6,000 families, with 12,000 children, that face steep cuts in income assistance this fall to just $257 a month for a family of three. The cuts will occur regardless of a family’s circumstances.

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by Ed Lazere In a year when 600 children found themselves living in the District’s largest homeless shelter, cutting assistance to families further is a recipe for disaster. Most of us feel that welfare assistance should be temporary, with the goal of moving families to employment. But most of us also probably agree that families and their children should not be cut off if that is likely to lead to hardship. There is a better approach. Most states offer

time limit extensions that “stop the clock” when families face situations that limit their ability to look for work, such as after a serious injury. The clock starts again when the situation improves. DC doesn’t stop the clock for any families, but it should. Reasonable time limit exemptions offer a balance between creating a sense of urgency among families on welfare to prepare for work and mak-

ing sure that children’s basic needs are protected. The DC Council adopted legislation a year ago to create exemptions, but the bill never got funded. With the city’s finances improving, now is the time to put them into effect.

DC’s Backward Approach to Welfare Reform

The District of Columbia didn’t impose TANF time limits until 2011, when the city started phasing out TANF benefits for families on aid more than 60 months. DC came to this game late, since most states started imposing time limits in the 1990s. Yet the way that DC has gone about its welfare time limits was definitely backwards, in two key ways. First, when most states implemented time limits, they let families know that they had a set amount of time before assistance would be terminated. DC, by contrast, imposed benefit cuts on families who had been on assistance for 60 months at the time the new law was passed. While it technically is a 60-month time limit, families in effect faced a one-month time limit because that was the notice they received of impending cuts. If time limits are supposed to be an incentive to look for work, this was not the right way to do it. Second, DC’s time limits went into effect before meaningful employment programs were put in place. For years, the city offered limited “employment readiness” services to all welfare recipients,


whether they had graduated from college or only finished third grade. And DC’s welfare program did a very poor job of identifying families with special needs, such as those with mental health issues. The results, not surprisingly, were not very promising. Parents leaving welfare for work earned an average of $9 an hour, and many ended up on welfare again before too long. The Department of Human Services revamped its TANF employment programs last year, with a more in-depth assessment of client needs and more customized training options, but this occurred after time limits were in place, not before. Mayor Gray and the DC Council ultimately decided to delay further benefit cuts for two years, to give more time for families to access new employment services. But the next round of cuts is now coming up, in October.

DC’s Time Limit Falls on Families Even if They Aren’t Able to Look for Work

Ms. C’s three children with special needs require intense medical attention. One of them is suffering from an autoimmune disease that has caused him to go deaf, develop diabetes, hypertension and cataracts. He requires constant professional care that his insurance company had threatened to cut. Ms. Christian is routinely traveling throughout the Washington area for school meetings, to visit the family physician or to see specialists. These trips take at least 15-20 hours a week. The District’s TANF program doesn’t require families like Ms. C’s to be looking for employment while they are facing serious issues such as domestic violence or the need to care for a seriously ill child. These kinds of work exemptions are part of the TANF programs in nearly every state. But in DC, each family’s 60-month time limit clock continues to run, leaving it at risk of steep benefit cuts, even though most states stop the clock in these situations. This leaves parents with little time remaining to prepare for work once they have gotten past their problem.

DC also doesn’t extend assistance to families engaged in education or training that may take a while to complete. Nine states stop the clock for families in education or training, so that a parent doesn’t have to cut her education short and take a low-wage job to protect her family. DC’s one-size-fits-all time limit policy will mean steep cuts in assistance for thousands of families this fall. Under current law, any family that has received assistance for more than 60 months will face a benefit cut in October. It will not matter how much of a parent’s 60 months on TANF had been spent caring for a relative with a disability, or even whether the parent currently is in a domestic violence shelter trying to put her life back together.

A Successful Welfare to Work Program Should Focus on Jobs, Not Cutting Rolls

The success of DC’s TANF program — or the program in any state — should be the number of families that find stable living-wage work. Reducing the welfare rolls alone is not success. The District could soon find that cutting benefits to families like Ms. C’s, while consistent with the principle that cash assistance should be temporary, could prove counter-productive if it means that more families fall into crisis, more children come to school stressed and not ready to learn, and more families seek emergency shelter as they lose their homes. The instability that the upcoming benefit cut threatens for Ms. C’s family and others can be prevented. A good starting point would be to adopt policies that don’t cut families off when they are facing a situation that everyone agrees prevents them from working. A sensible approach to time limits, that gives families times to work though a crisis and then look for employment, is best for families and therefore best for the city as well. Lazere is executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi. org), which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. u EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 25


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Penn Branch Shopping Center Enters Foreclosure

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n 2005, ICG Properties, a DC-based real estate development firm, purchased Penn Branch Shopping Center with the hope of giving the property a much-needed upgrade. Eight years later, the project is facing foreclosure. With an auction scheduled for May 8, it marks an end of a hopeful, but problematic, plan to revitalize a property in need of extensive renovation and upgrading.

Why Penn Branch?

Located on the corner of Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues, Penn Branch was built in 1964 with Safeway as an anchor tenant. Today, that space is home to DC government offices for the police department and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV ). Despite having amenities like a CVS Pharmacy and Wells Fargo Bank, poor parking patterns, broken escalators and an overall dated appearance made the shopping center an eyesore. However, Penn Branch’s location made it an attractive purchase. The property is in close proximity to affluent neighborhoods, such as Hillcrest and nearly 50,000 cars travel pass the property every day. With Skyland Town Center a lawsuit-plagued uncertainty at the time, redeveloping Penn Branch seemed to be the best way to bring better retail options east of the Anacostia River.

Redevelopment Plans

By 2009, ICG began presenting their plans. The idea was to turn the shopping center into a mixedused property, expanding the office and retail spaces and adding a residential area to the back. They also planned to update the signage, replace the escalators, install elevators, redesign the parking lot, and build two new retail pads for a coffee shop and a sit-down restaurant, with outdoor seating. While both Wells Fargo and CVS would keep their spaces as anchor tenants (with an expansion for the latter), ICG hired Tom Papadopoulos, one of the city’s top restaurant brokers, to find more retail tenants. Some potential tenants they considered included Ledo’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Ben’s Chili Bowl. 26 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

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Government Holdup

Although the city and ICG agreed on a 10-year lease extension for Penn Branch’s DMV office in 2010, progress stalled when then-deputy mayor of planning and economic development Valerie Santos, failed to send it to city council for approval. Dur- ICG Properties’ original rendering for Penn Branch Shopping Center. The Washington Post reported that Penn Branch is going into foreclosure, with an auction set for May 8. Photo: Courtesy of ICG Properties ing a March 15, 2010 hearing for the Committee on Economic Development, Santos stated, Community Reactions “The current leases are expiring in 2012, so there “Of course I was disappointed when I heard,” is time to ensure that if any government leases said Ward 7 Coucilmember Yvette Alexander. continue at that site, they are surrounded by the “I’m a Penn Branch resident, so this hits close to type of quality retail that neighborhoods want.” home.” She plans to work with the new owners, the Then-Councilmember Kwame Brown called her community, and Office of the Deputy Mayor for statement “unacceptable,” arguing that it was not Planning and Economic Development. “We will fair for residents to continue waiting for a project continue to advocate for Penn Branch Shopping that is ready to begin. In fact, the extension was Center, so it will be a premiere dining, retail, and not approved until after Vincent Gray became residential destination,” said Alexander. Mayor in 2011. Julie Rones, a resident who grew up in the Penn Branch area, had a stronger reaction. “This economic correction should warrant greater outcry, Money Issues According to the Washington Post’s Capital shouldn’t it?” she asked. “I somehow feel loss and Business blog, ICG paid more than $24 million for deception because the pictures painted have conPenn Branch and spent nearly $500,000 on designs sistently been that economic development at this and plans over eight years. However, ICG could site would be happening. Why was the community not clear its plans with its lender, leaving about $20 kept in the dark about this?” Kweku Toure, the president of PBCCA, was million of the loan unpaid. The company could lose more optimistic. “It’s not entirely bad news,” he up to $5 million on the project. Ayanna Smith, vice president of the Penn said. “This is a chance for a new start.” Toure Branch Citizens Civic Association (PBCCA), says the community rejected the residential said she discussed Penn Branch’s financing issues portion of ICG’s plans. “Once the community with ICG principal Daniel Stern last fall. “...[M] rejected the condo aspect, the plans fell apart,” y commonsense told me his funders were not go- he said. He, along with the PBCCA, plans to ing to support the redevelopment without a strong work with the new owners, but hopes they can revenue plan,” she wrote in a post to HillcrestDC’s reach a compromise that satisfies both parties. listserv. She also wrote that some tenants were not Smith agrees, adding, “We have to be more repaying their rent and “a faithful few,” including alistic in our expectations. If we want the busiCVS, Wells Fargo, DC government, Cricket Wire- nesses in our community to survive and thrive, less, and “perhaps” Subway, supported the mortgage. we have to support them.” u


Book Free in D.C. by E. Ethelbert Miller

After our books disappeared our names vanished.

In my upstairs office at home are a stack of record albums that once belonged to my father. I no longer play them. I can quickly access every recording by Wes Montgomery or Carmen McRae on my computer. Maybe this would please my father if he was living. I remember the day he purchased a popular recording and was so excited about arriving home to play it. He placed it on the bed while changing his clothes. Either my sister or I was responsible for the record sliding off the bed, hitting the floor and hearing it make a non-musical sound. My father was outraged. I started running like Willie Mays – an invisible cap flying off my head.

Music should never be associated with bad memories unless it’s the blues.

I live in a house of books. The books I’ve written might one day be my children’s inheritance, but what about the others? When I die, where will these books go? Many of my friends who are writers have glorious collections. They have bookshelves filled with first editions, autographed novels by favorite authors and old textbooks with marginal handwritten notes on page after page. How many of these books will ever know a second life somewhere? How many will be removed from indoor “book gardens” and placed on a sidewalk corner in a brown paper box? Is this any way to bloom? Is there such a thing as a homeless book or book poverty? Since last June the number of books I’ve purchased from local bookstores has plunged into single digits. I still mourn for the days spent with Todd Stewart and Bridget War-

ren at Vertigo, when it was located at Dupont Circle. The good news is that I frequent the public libraries as often as I did when I was a young boy growing up in the South Bronx. I’ve always loved libraries and supported them.

Was the first woman I fell in love with a librarian?

One of the wonderful thing about DC these days is its neighborhood libraries. I’m always at the Takoma Park branch. Our libraries have now become citizen hubs of social activity, sacred places celebrating diversity and preserving democracy. Here the elderly sit side by side with the young, the unemployed next to the professionals. At the library, things are still free.

Being a literary activist, one of my major concerns is the preservation of items.

My personal collection is housed at the Gelman Library at The George Washington University. Along with books, I have a passion for keeping correspondence, flyers and posters. I don’t want to destroy history or forget it by placing it in the garbage bin. I’m certain ebooks will have their time and place and slowly it seems to be now. But give me the sweet smell of paper, let me place my hand around the spine of a book and kiss the page. I don’t want to be seduced, I want to be loved. Across the room, as I write this column, my father’s albums sit collecting dust. I have been a witness to the vanishing days of vinyl. I look at my book collection wondering what will endure. Why is death so visible at times? – E. Ethelbert Miller u

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David Shuster Invites Listeners to “Take Action”

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avid Shuster is a recognizable face on television news: throughout his Emmywinning career the Current TV reporter has worked for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. However, every Saturday afternoon he can been seen – and heard – online and on the air on We Act Radio’s “Take Action News.” With the goal of informing and encouraging listeners to be more active in their government, Shuster is happy to engage an audience he feels has been underserved.

Beginnings

When We Act’s co-founders, Alex Lawson and Kymone Lawson, approached Shuster to do a show, he agreed after listening to their vision for their community-focused radio station. “For the last 15 years I have been doing national news,” Shuster explained. “I felt that this was an opportunity to do things differently.” He also saw the new show as an opportunity not only to serve his hometown but to engage We Act’s intended audience, residents living east of the Anacostia River, in the political process. “This audience has been underserved in the news and in Congress,” Shuster explained. “This is something that is near and dear to my heart.”

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Even today Shuster is impressed with We Act’s position in the Anacostia community. “It’s a cool place to hang out,” he said. “People actually come in to be a part of the discussion. To be a part of that kind of station from the ground up was an honor.”

show, making changes as needed. “When we do a live show, I try to show up at the studio around 10:00 a.m.,” Marans explained. “The show starts at 12:00 and goes on until 3:00.”

Behind the Scenes

While the show is considered the main event, “Take Action News” originated as an idea for a website. Launched in 2011, takeactionnews.com invites visitors to read the latest news and commentary from Shuster, Marans, and other experts, as well as get involved in the political process. One of its tools is Popvox, a service that allows visitors to connect with their Congressional representative and voice opinions regarding upcoming bills. After the show premiered the website also offered links to download podcasts from iTunes. In December the show began producing shows on YouTube, garnering over 1,400 subscribers to the “Take Action News” channel.

Show preparation starts on Tuesdays, when Shuster and his staff, including executive producer and co-host Daniel Marans, begin discussing potential topics and guests and develop a tentative rundown. “That rundown evolves over the course of the week,” Marans explained. “It evolves based on which guests are available and which topics become more current.” One example of this was in August 2012 when Mitt Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate. The announcement came on a Friday afternoon – right after they finished a special live episode. “We were up late, watching the news, figuring things out,” Marans reminisced. “We just changed the entire show and made that the topic.” By Wednesday and Thursday the staff has a better idea of the material and which sound clips to use when they begin the pre-recording process. By Friday the staff finish preparing for Saturday’s

David Shuster during a Skype call. He lives in New York, but special equipment at the We Act studio allows him to host “Take Action News” from his home studio. Photo: Charnice A. Milton

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Taking on Challenges

Shuster admits that balancing work at Current TV and “Take Action News” is a challenge. “Usually it takes me five hours to prepare,” he explained. “The good thing about it is that there’s a lot of

Executive producer Daniel Marans co-hosts “Take Action News” and does a segment called “How It Should Be.” Photo: Charnice A. Milton


crossover between the two.” Last fall added a new challenge for Shuster: moving to New York to take care of his pregnant wife. While he still comes to the We Act studio once a month, Shuster does the show from his home studio. With Shuster in New York most of the work falls on Marans and the rest of the staff. Marans himself takes on multiple roles, including booking agent, producer, and content manager. However, he is thankful for past and present staff members who have dedicated their time and effort throughout the show’s run. “We are that ‘little independent radio station that could,’ so sometimes things can go haywire the day of,” said Marans. “Shuster always tells me, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ If you can learn to broadcast under those conditions, you can do anything.”

Just Getting Started

In the year since “Take Action News” premiered on the radio Shuster not only established himself on a new platform but also helped raise We Act’s profile as a news source. For instance, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate, Shuster was one of the first to get the report right, while CNN and Fox News Channel incorrectly reported that it was struck down. “It’s just getting started,” he said. “The fact that this continues to grow is encouraging.” However, the goal of encouraging his audience to stay informed and make a difference stays the same. Shuster’s advice: “Tune in and be a part of the conversation.” “Take Action News” with David Shuster broadcasts on Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on WPWC, 1480 AM, and on takeactionnews.com. Past broadcasts are available as podcasts on iTunes and at youtube.com/takeactionnewstv. We Act Radio is located at 1918 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020. u

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A Community-Based Approach to Job Training by Charnice A. Milton

cally and socially empowered,” said I. Toni Thomas, who serves as president and CEO. Upon retiring from the federal government after 37 years, Thomas founded the organization as a way of giving back to the community that gave so much to her. According to the company profile the organization “represents a resource for changing the status quo and enabling a community experiencing various social, economic and human service isI. Toni Thomas, founder, president, and CEO of Toni Thomas Associates, Inc., poses with graduates sues.” Toni Thomas also from the Community Empowerment Training Academy (CETA). Photo: I. Toni Thomas. helps private developers n a Wednesday afternoon in a small class- by “bringing about community buy-in and support room Andrea Hawkins prepared for the which often can be elusive.” next exam. She is a student in the Community Empowerment Training Academy’s (CETA) CETA medical office assistant (MOA) course. “Well, I’m CETA, one of Toni Thomas’ already in the medical field, so this will just add more well-known programs, beto the experience I already have,” she explained. gan in 2004. “It’s been very sucHawkins currently works as a home health aide, but cessful in providing students with receiving a MOA certification means finding a bet- skills to earn better than a living ter job at a private medical office or hospital. Over wage,” said Thomas. With an anthe last decade CETA has helped students like nual goal of serving at least 40 Hawkins gain employable skills to enter or re-enter students (depending on funding), the workforce. Using a community-focused plan, CETA is perfect for a person who CETA looks for new ways to help their students is unemployed, underemployed, reach their goals. or could benefit from retraining.

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After students finish the program they have the opportunity to take an official certification exam and also receive job placement assistance. Sometimes the best-case scenario is that the student receives an externship or a job-

shadowing experience that leads to employment. One person who hopes to get an externship is Gabrielle Thomas, a CETA student who works as a residential aide for an adult hospice. “When I finish, I want to train for phlebotomy eventually,” she explained. “You have to start somewhere and I thought MOA was a great place to start.” Another student looking for employment is Dirk Estes, Jr. “Being a medical assistant, as far as helping people, is something that I always wanted to do,” he said. “It would probably open more doors for me.” His goal is to work at Washington Hospital Center. Initially CETA offered a commercial driver’s license (CDL) course funded by the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES). However, with limited funding CETA dropped the course. Currently the program is licensed to offer the MOA and a computer skills course, with plans to add security-guard training in the near future. While DOES still funds the courses, Toni Thomas continually bids on new contracts to bring more courses to the program. Specifically Thomas wants to bring A+ and IT training and reestablish the CDL course.

Dierdre Anderson (standing) helps a medical office assistant student study for an exam. CETA’s small class sizes gives Anderson a chance to focus on each student. Photo: Charnice A. Milton


Convenience

“Because this is a community-based school, convenience is very important,” said Dierdre Anderson, the MOA course instructor. “We’re a smaller class, which makes it more intimate and more personalized.” As a result each student gets individual attention, and instruction is not confined to just the classroom. “I just think that’s better for them ... you have an opportunity to get to know each of the students a little better and they work very well together.” For example, Beverly Day was in another program but couldn’t afford it. “I had to go to the Department of Employment Services and they gave me a listing,” she explained. “I chose this one because I felt more comfortable here.” Despite only being in her second week of classes Day said she had no problem adjusting. However, many choose the program because it is in the community. “A lot of them want to be able to get this training and then use their skills to give back to the community,” Anderson explained. This is the case for Day, who wants to work with children after receiving her certification.

Life After Graduation

“One of the things we stress is what you learn here in class, you will have to adjust once you get into the work environment,” Anderson explained. She compares the experience to a high school graduate entering college: “In high school you learn so many different things. When you go to college it’s a different experience, but there are certain skills they expect you to have and they will add on to that.” When Anderson talks to her past students she asks, “Is it what you thought it would be?” The answer: “Yes, and then some.” Toni Thomas Associates, Inc., is located at 1920 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave. SE Washington, DC 20020. For more information call 202-610-1080 or email info@ tonithomas.com. u EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 31


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A New Look at Breast Cancer at United Medical Center

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hen EOR last interviewed Natalie Williams she was preparing for a major life change. She had just been diagnosed with breast cancer and made a very tough decision about how to treat it. She was scared but ready to fight. Her breast cancer battle has transitioned into a quest to save more lives of women in Wards 7 and 8. With the help of her new position at a local hospital, Williams is armed for round two of the battle between her and the Big C.

Turning a Test into a Testimony

Williams has been on a pretty tough ride since October 2012. She went for her very first mammogram just before her 40th birthday. The doctors found a lump in one breast and potential cancer activity in her other one. Williams made a bold decision to have a double mastectomy as a precaution. Her health woes challenged more than just her body. They tested her faith and friendships as well. She said in an interview that she went through a downslide for a time. “There was a point when I questioned, ‘why me?’ No one else in my family had it [breast cancer]. I also went through the period with vanity issues. I questioned if I should remove just one breast. What will I look like after surgery? I’m still going through the vanity part. There are days I want to come to work without my wig but I still hang in there with it.” Now that she has put surgery behind her Williams can focus on living a healthy life and building new relationships. She did chemotherapy in January and began reconstructive surgery. She is now working through radiation. Throughout it all Williams 32 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

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has kept her diagnosis in perspective and forged ahead unshaken by the events of the past six months. “I’ve lost all my hair. I’ve lost weight. I’ve lost some friends that caused stress. But I’ve never lost faith.” Williams’ diagnosis turned out to be the first step in a career move that would place her in a position to give back to the community. Eight weeks after both breasts were removed she rebounded and started the Natalie Williams Breast Care Foundation. She also became the new corporate secretary to the Board of Directors for United Medical Center. She serves as a liaison between the board and hospital executives. “It was a perfect marriage. With my PR background and my history in this community, coming to work for UMC was a great career opportunity to use my story to help others,” said Williams. Part of her job is to let the community at large know what UMC has to offer. “There is a big misconception about this hospital. The misconception is that we don’t have the things to support healthy living. But we do. We have great doctors and medical innovations that you won’t get anywhere else. Our challenge is to tell our story more.”

Breast Cancer among African-Americans

In the District breast cancer has hit AfricanAmerican women especially hard. According to Kaiser Family Foundation statistics the rate of breast cancer incidence among white women in the District was 138.0 per 100,000 in 2008 as compared to black women at 116.1 per 100,000. However, the rate of breast cancer deaths among African-American women was 32.4 per 100,000 compared to 21.0 among white women. A breast

Natalie Williams celebrating her last day of chemotherapy at GW Hospital with breast buddy and survivor Donna Rouse. Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Williams

cancer diagnosis for African-American women can paint a very different picture, as they are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages. What interferes with early detection that could potentially save a life? Some advocates say access to care, misinformation, and a culture of fear regarding cancer. Although the District has a low rate of uninsured residents (9.8 percent),


many residents in Wards 7 and 8 are limited in their access to care. Furthermore, the quality of care is compromised by slow reimbursements to providers. This delayed process discourages physicians from accepting certain health insurance plans. There’s also distinct silence about breast cancer within the African-American community. New campaigns aimed at black women are trying to create more conversations about the importance of early detection. One source of assistance that seems to be making a difference is the help of patient navigator services. Navigators help patients overcome barriers to getting health care, including setting up appointments, dealing with health insurance, and helping with fears about cancer. One George Washington University study found that navigation services offered to women who needed a test known as a biopsy had even more of a time advantage. Women in this study who needed a biopsy got a diagnosis in just 27 days if they received navigation. Women who did not get extra help in navigating the system found that it took a lot longer – an average of 58 days – to get a diagnosis.

As for Natalie Williams, she lives to fight on and use her life as an example of how to turn the tables on a disease that has taken far too many lives. She said it’s all coming together now. “I believe that God has put me in the right place at the right time and gave me the right testimony with the influence that I have in this community to reach people. It’s like a puzzle. I feel like that whole puzzle has been put together.”

For more information about Test My Breast visit www.united-medicalcenter.com or call 202574-6743. To learn more about the Natalie Williams Breast Care Foundation visit www.supportbreastcare.com. Candace Y.A. Montague is a freelance health writer in Washington, DC. u

Mammography Reinvented

United Medical Center is home to one of the newest innovations in breast cancer health. The Phillips MicroDose Mammography machine is not your mother’s mammography machine. It is a full-field mammography system that uses x-ray photon-counting technology to deliver quality breast images with a low radiation dose. Its design is different from traditional mammogram machines. It has a warm breastcompression plate and can take images faster. UMC is one of four hospitals in the country to provide this new technology. Dr. Theodore Williams, Director of Radiology at UMC, stated, “When you use it you will love it. It has a swivel tube which covers more area of the breast. And when you combine that with the warm plate, it makes the experience better. Women tell me that it’s much better.” United Medical will kick off the Test My Breast Campaign on May 25. This campaign is aimed at getting 1,000 women to have mammograms between May and the end of October. Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander has agreed to be the first to be tested. Alexander said the community needs to know what they have in their own backyard. “It’s so important for women in African-American communities to know that they have the resources out there. A lot of people don’t know about all the great things they have within the hospital. And it’s really important for women over 40 to get those mammograms. I want to be an example for the community. My mom is a breast cancer survivor so it’s really important from my perspective. Early detection really is the key.”

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In Your Kitchen Washington Seniors Wellness Center Staff and members of the Healthy Cooking demonstration class at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center: Maria Stewart, Shymee Davis, Deborah Wimberley, Ovis Dukes, Camille Gorham, Joyce Zanders, Gloria Logan, Bobbie Edwards, Annie Stewart and Doris Barker.

Preparing a broccoli and chicken stir-fry at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center’s monthly Healthy Cooking class: (left to right) Shymee Davis, nutritionist, Camille Gorham, volunteer cooking demonstrator and program participant, and Gloria Logan, program participant.

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hymee Davis, the nutritionist at Washington Seniors Wellness Center, is part of a staff dedicated to providing programs for residents 60 years of age and older in Ward 7. One of her classes, Healthy Cooking, shows how individuals can prepare great-tasting and healthful meals easily and cost-effectively. She encourages participants to bring in recipes and prepare favorite dishes, showcasing their own talents and food preferences. Davis finds recipes in cooking magazines, online sites, and cooking shows, “but the members are actually the best resource – they have terrific recipes to share.” Camille Gorham, an avid cook who learned from her mother, volunteered to demonstrate a favorite recipe for a recent Healthy Cooking class. Gorham prepared all of the meals when her three children were younger, and most days she prefers to cook for herself and her husband rather than going out to restaurants. “I’ll try to cook most anything, and I chose the broccoli and chicken stir-fry recipe [see below] because of the healthy ingredients – it’s low in calories and I know that we need to be aware of what we’re eating,” states Gorham. Gorham also takes advantage of the aerobics classes at the center to augment her daily walks in her neighborhood, and enjoys participating in the monthly Soup and Salad Social class. Soup is on the menu October through March and salad during April through September. Davis says that they see a wide variety of salads in the upcoming season, ranging from fruit that might include tropical varieties like pineapple, mango, banana, and kiwi to more savory salads like tuna, potato, or seasonal green salads made with

by Annette Nielsen beets, sunflower seeds, eggs, cheese, and carrots. At the end of each of her cooking sessions she shares information on the ingredients in the recipes – nutrition content like calories, vitamins, and minerals, as well as highlighting any items containing antioxidants. Gloria Logan, a nearby resident and program participant at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center, addresses people attending the cooking demonstration. She’s enthusiastic about the programs at the center, which has been open since 1985 – everything from yoga, Tai Chi, line dancing, and card and board games to the Healthy Cookingclass. “It’s great that the programs are accessible to everyone and offered free of charge to DC residents. They’re tailored to those 60 years of age and older, focusing on nutrition, overall health, wellness, and exercise – enhancing mind, body and spirit.” The Washington Seniors Wellness Center is funded by the DC Office on Aging, which provides Senior Wellness Centers in every ward. The centers’ programs are managed by various 501 (c)(3) organizations. In the case of Washington Seniors Wellness Center the managing entity is East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Inc. Rosie Parke of East River is impressed with the programming and events taking place at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center, as well as the friendly atmosphere. “The seniors are so outgoing – they’re always talking with their peers and to me – it’s a very engaging social environment.” Orientation sessions take place Mondays (11:00 a.m.) and Thursdays (2:00 p.m.) at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Ave SE, 202-581-9355.


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(B) Camille Gorham, a participant in the Healthy Cooking class at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center, prepares a broccoli and chicken stir-fry made of easily sourced and economical ingredients.

Broccoli and Chicken Stir-Fry

Yield: 4 servings 1 pound boneless chicken breast (or equivalent in chicken breast pre-sliced cutlets) 1 red onion, sliced 1 each, red, yellow, and orange peppers (seeded and sliced lengthwise into ½-inch wide pieces) 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 pound fresh broccoli, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces ½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced ¼ cup butter, cubed salt and pepper to taste ½ cup (or more to taste) favorite brand of Asian sesame garlic sauce 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 cups cooked brown rice, hot

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Place oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the chicken, onion, and salt and pepper for approximately five minutes or until cooked through. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. Remove the chicken and onion and set aside, tented with aluminum foil to keep warm. In the same pan add butter and sauté the mushrooms, broccoli, and pepper slices over medium-high heat until broccoli is tender. Return the chicken and onions to the pan, stir in the Asian sesame garlic sauce (or your own marinade) and lemon juice; heat through and serve over hot rice. If you’d like to substitute a sesame marinade for the Asian sesame garlic sauce, combine ¼ cup each vegetable oil, sesame oil, and soy sauce with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger, and 1 clove garlic minced. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Annette Nielsen is a writer and a cook who has been engaged in food, farming, and sustainability issues for over 15 years. A native of the Adirondacks and a long-time resident of both New York City and DC, she lives in Southwest near the waterfront with her husband and son. Follow her on twitter: @The_Kitchen_Cab; reach her by email: annette@hillrag.com. u EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 35


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Growing Food and Community Community Gardens Produce Food, Flowers, and Improved Communities by Stephen Lilienthal from Casey Trees, a nonprofit organization that promotes planting trees in DC due to their beneficial environmental impact. (Chestnut is a board member of Casey Trees.) Ron Rogers, newly elected board member of the GHA, is pleased to see Glenncresters of all ages helping to plant trees and hopes that the garden will encourage the young to take greater pride in their community.

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he thought of getting her hands dirty was more appealing than expected for Randi Robinson, a Dunbar High School junior and resident of DC’s Glenncrest development in SE. “I didn’t think I’d like it,” she explains, but she finds herself becoming more interested in gardening. Why? “We’re giving back to the community,” she explains while helping to plant a tree at the Glenncrest Tree Planting Day held in mid-April. The once vacant land owned by the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) at 49th and Benning Road SE had been drawing complaints at meetings of the Glenncrest Homeowners Association (GHA). On this sunny Saturday more than 60 residents are helping to plant 19 trees, including 10 fruitbearing ones. A farmer’s market will be held regularly on the site. As the garden develops, the young people will grow sunflower seeds to sell, learning lessons in entrepreneurship. Community gardens are becoming a greater presence East of the River (EOTR). Michael Toland from the nearby Benning Terrace Apartments (BTA) is helping out at the tree-planting. Toland, who coaches the Benning Terrace Soldiers, a Pop Warner football team, is involved with BTA’s new garden. “We took some children to Lincoln Heights to help with their planting too,” Toland says. Also present today is Dennis Chestnut of Groundwork Anacostia, who helped to get the garden project off the ground thanks to a call from Curtis Watkins of Make a Difference House.

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Glenncrest tree planting on April 7, 2013

litter. GA is not involved with every community garden EOTR. But Chestnut recognizes the power of community gardens to fulfill Groundwork’s mission of “changing places, changing lives.” Other community garden projects that GA aids include the Mayfair Community Gardens, located at the apartment complex by the Minnesota Avenue Metro station; the Deanwood Learning Garden by Sheriff Road and 48th St. NE; and the People’s Cooperative Community Garden on Elvans Road SE.

Growing Civic Engagement

The gardens are putting once unused land to productive use by growing fruits and vegetables, which are particularly desirable EOTR with its many food deserts. But there is another important benefit. “The idea is to improve the life of the residents,” asserts Chestnut, by getting them engaged. GA’s role in working with the residents whose communities have gardens is not to micro-manage their decision-making. The communities decide what they want to plant, how they want their gardens to look, and what features they should have. The residents do most of the gardening. Chestnut’s skill is dealing with the Byzantine network of government and nonprofit agencies whose support is essential to start and maintain community gardens. Watkins, director of the National Homecomers Academy, which operates the Make a Difference House that serves Glenncrest’s young residents, knew of the concern about the vacant lot on Benning Road. Chestnut was someone who could help to deal with the DCHA, which owned the land. Once DCHA gave permission for its use as a garden, Chestnut wrote a proposal seeking assistance

At Mayfair Mansions the community garden is a half-acre site located toward the back of the complex by the community center. Thanks to Sonya Hochevar, who was then the community partnerships coordinator for the management company that administers Mayfair, things started to happen. “What people don’t understand is that there is a lot of process between the hatching of an idea and the actual garden,” explains Chestnut. “She was an important link between the management company, the resident council, and Groundwork to make sure everything moved forward.” All kinds of meetings had to occur, requirements had to be met, and forms had to be filled out and submitted and approved. One condition set by historical preservationists was to have the garden cordoned off by a fence that matches the one surrounding Mayfair. Thanks to a US Department of Agriculture grant obtained through the University of the District of Columbia, funding was obtained for the garden. The garden started to operate in 2011. It consists of 17 beds for vegetables ranging from cucumbers to zucchini. Plans call for erecting hoop houses in the fall so crops can continue to be grown during the colder months. Fruit trees will also be planted. One Sunday in early April, Chestnut is working at the Mayfair Mansions Community Garden when Brenda Jacobs, a resident, strolls by. “I’m just getting home from church,” she announces. Soon she is telling Chestnut how last year their garden grew everything from butternut lettuce and squash to zucchini. Chestnut helped arrange for Healthy Living, a nonprofit promoting healthier eathing, to show residents how to prepare the garden’s produce. “I didn’t even know you could cook radishes,” Jacobs says. Now she knows how sauteeing asparagus and radishes can turn vegetables whose taste she disliked raw into appetizing fare. But relationships are also cultivated. John Pinkney of Public Allies, a public service organiza-


tion affiliated with Americoprs, says one important benefit of the community garden is that “it provides Mayfair Mansions with an opportunity to bridge the gap between the ages.” When families come to the center the children, parents, and grandparents tend to pair up with their peers. With the garden families can do something “together.” Jacobs agrees. “We do have a good time in there,” she says, referring to the garden. Before, says Jacobs, a 16-year resident of Mayfair Mansions, young children largely ignored the elderly residents they did not know. That has changed. Children are more respectful of their elders. “Once the little people see us in the garden they want to come and help us out,” she says. “Now, they ask us when we are going into the garden.” When children see the crops they learn that they can grow plants such as tomatoes in their own home year round. It is one more way to encourage them to eat healthier. Not all of Mayfair Mansion’s older residents can work in the garden. Jacobs makes sure to pick fresh produce on Tuesdays and Thursdays before the Senior Cafe to distribute to less active older residents. Robert K. Johns, the current community partnerships director, notes that many older residents see the garden as a reason to go outside and work. “That contributes to their health and wellness.” Another benefit, stresses Johns, is that the garden instills pride in the community. “Now, when people come to visit Mayfair, people say, “We have the Mayfair Garden.” Chestnut says the community gardens EOTR are producing much more than fruits and vegetables. Seeds for better communities are being planted too. Stephen Lilienthal is a freelance writer who lives in Washington. More information about the work of Groundwork Anacostia can be found at http://groundworkdc.org/. u

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Staying Fit Without Breaking the Bank by Jazelle Hunt

Westminster Yoga. Photo by Jazelle Hunt. (Pictured, Wellness Wednesdays participants)

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t’s no wonder that the District regularly ranks among the top three healthiest cities in the country, according to Forbes, the American College of Sports Medicine, and Gallup. A cursory look at local gym prices would suggest we spend enough for the designation. But not everyone in the District can afford boutique studio memberships or pricey gear, so here’s a guide to free fitness classes for the rest of us. Classes are age 18 and up unless otherwise noted, and you may need a library card or proof of residence to take advantage of the library offerings. 38 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

DCPL Petworth Yoga. Photo by Gracy Obuchowicz. (Pictured, student)

Free Flow

The DC Public Library system has much more to offer than just books, movies, and quirky printers – and free yoga is one example. Release the rigors of the work week at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library (3935 Benning Rd. NE), Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Or sleep in and shoot for the Yoga Activist-sponsored afternoon session at LamondRiggs Library (5401 South Dakota Ave. NE), Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. Anacostia Neighborhood Library (1800 Good Hope Rd. SE) has evening practitioners covered on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Yoga (641 Pennsylvania Ave. SE)

Capitol Hill Yoga. Photo by Siobhán Hanna Photography. (Pictured, yoga students)

offers free community classes on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. Usually it’s yoga, but you might catch a Pilates session, depending on the instructor. Nonprofit Yoga District (526 H St. NE, second floor) charges on a sliding scale, so low-income yogis can practice for free. An application is required; see yogadistrict.com for more details. In Southwest, Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I St. SW) hosts a full evening of yoga on Wellness Wednesdays. Flow in at 4:00 p.m. for low-impact Seated Yoga; 5:30 p.m. for ab-engaging Laughter Yoga; and 6:45 p.m. for Sampoorna Hatha Yoga. Donations are accepted.


Dance with the Stars

“No pain no gain” is a myth, quiet as it’s kept. Meet new people and learn some smooth moves with these painless dance-fitness offerings. Stay active with all the best line dances at the Therapeutic Rec Center (3030 G St. SE), Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon. Seniors can step into the 50-and-up class at Riggs LaSalle Rec Center (501 Riggs Rd. NE), Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Get in touch with your DC roots through hand dancing for ages 16 and older at Turkey Thicket Rec Center (1100 Michigan Ave. NE), Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for beginners and 8:00 p.m. for

Rec Center (3100 Denver St. SE), Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.; or Deanwood Rec Center (1350 49th St. NE), Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

For the Athlete in You

If DC’s social sports leagues were less social, more sports, and 100 percent cheaper, they’d be these offerings. For more than just kicks Sherwood Rec Center (640 10th St. NE) has pick-up soccer matches on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The Department of Parks and Recreation starts its summer basketball league next month, so there’s just enough time to

Softball leagues are also plentiful. The coed league plays at West Potomac Park (on Fields 7 and 8 and near the Jefferson Monument) and Randall Rec Center (820 South Capitol St. SW ). There’s also a senior slow-pitch league, which plays at Deanwood Rec Center (1350 49th St. NE), Riggs LaSalle Rec Center (501 Riggs Rd. NE), and Ridge Road Rec Center (800 Ridge Rd. SE). Contact the DPR Sports Office at 202-6710314 for more information.

Adult Swim

The Water Wizards are DC’s premier senior swim team, and the

Straight-Up Cardio

Sorry for the pun, but cardio really is the heart of any fitness regimen. Keep your blood pumping with the aerobics class at Joseph H. Cole Rec Center (1299 Neal St. NE), Mondays and Fridays at 7:00 p.m. King Greenleaf Rec Center (201 N St. SW) has an all-levels strengthening and toning class on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Build discipline and kick butt in the beginner karate class at Riggs LaSalle Rec Center (501 Riggs Rd. NE), Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. For a challenging workout the intro class at District Crossfit (1525 Half St. SW) may be what the doctor

DC CrossFit. Photos by MJ LaPierre. (Pictured, gym members)

intermediate steppers. King Greenleaf Rec Center (201 N St. SW) has an all-levels session too, Saturdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Woodridge Library (1801 Hamlin St. NE) has a 50-and-up session on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. If line and hand dancing are a bit too smooth, sweat through the Zumba classes at North Michigan Park Rec Center (1333 Emerson St. NE), Mondays at 1:00 p.m. or Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.; Hillcrest

build an all-star 12-person roster. Games are held at the Deanwood Rec Center (1350 49th St. NE) on Sundays and are governed by NCAA rules. Also check out the men’s pick-up games and leagues at Riggs LaSalle Rec Center (501 Riggs Rd. NE), Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., and Hillcrest Rec Center (3100 Denver St. SE) on Saturday afternoons. Contact the DPR Adult Sports Manager at 202316-4249 for more information.

50-and-older team members swim for fun, exercise, physical rehab, or to test their fins against other local and national teams. Dive in at William H. Rumsey Aquatic Center (635 North Carolina Ave. SE), Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.; Deanwood Aquatic Center (1350 49th St. NE), Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.; or Ferebee-Hope Aquatic Center (3999 8th St. SE), Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

ordered. Whip your body into shape with their free intro class, Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. Fitness boot camp at Turkey Thicket Rec Center (1100 Michigan Ave. NE) is open to participants 16 and older and is sure to bring on the soreness, Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. Also at Turkey Thicket participants 50 years and older can enjoy a strength and toning class on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. u

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Anacostia’s First Consignment Shop Opens by Charnice A. Milton

Located in the former Blank Space SE, The Last Shall Be First Consignment Boutique offers stylish and affordable clothes. Photo: Charnice A. Milton

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Sofine Williams, a native Washingtonian, opened The Last Shall Be First Consignment Boutique on April 8. It is the first consignment shop located east of the Anacostia River. Photo: Charnice A. Milton

s the youngest in her family, Sofine Williams says she was last at everything. While her siblings are married with children, she is still single. However, when she opened The Last Shall Be First Consignment Boutique in Ellicot City, Maryland, she became the first in her family to own a business. A year later Williams opened her second store in Historic Anacostia.

there were no consignment shops east of the Anacostia River when she was growing up. Shoppers had to travel to Capitol Hill for such deals. “I believe that it’s time for us to have the same types of opportunities as others,” says Williams. To serve residents with smaller budgets The Last Shall Be First offers one-, two-, and three-dollar deals every day. The shop currently has only women’s clothing, but starting on June 3 it will also offer men’s.

Beginnings

Doing Things Differently

When she decided to open a location in the city, one of the places Williams looked at was Blank Space SE on Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue. In March ARCH Development Corporation, which owns Blank Space, announced that the creative rental space would move to the Anacostia Arts Center. By the end of the month Williams had signed a lease and transformed the almost 1,000 square-foot property into a fashion-forward boutique. Since opening on April 8 business has been doing well, mostly due to word of mouth and minimal advertising. “You don’t expect people to accept you so quickly,” Williams says. “The business here has already exceeded the Ellicot store.” People regularly come in and wish her good luck.

First of Its Kind

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“When I opened the shop, people asked, ‘Are you sure?’” Williams recalls. Despite negative perceptions about the Anacostia area she has had few problems with her customers. “In Chevy Chase, there are no glass walls to keep people out,” she said. “I didn’t want to do that and make people uncomfortable.” However, she does have a sign warning against stealing. “People actually respect the sign,” Williams says.

The Community Store

Williams, who is also a minister, sees The Last Shall Be First as an extension of her ministry. The name was inspired by Matthew 20:16: “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” “When God gave me the name The Last Shall Be First, I was thinking about Anacostia,” she says. “I believe in bringing H.O.P.E. to the community.” In this case, H.O.P.E. stands for

Helping Our People Evolve. Williams explains that some people, especially those living east of the Anacostia River, feel like they are shunned. Therefore, she takes a community-driven approach to her work. One of the ways Williams engages the community is through special sales. For instance, in June the shop will begin Senior Saturdays every first and third Saturday of the month, for older residents who want to shop in peace. Another way is through community programming. Through a partnership with the Temple of Praise the shop will hold Summer Sessions every third Friday. Williams described them as a time for teens and children to relax and play games in a safe environment. She also plans to hold Saturday flea markets and invites people to bring things to sell free of charge. Darlene Thomas, a friend and spiritual mentor, sums up the shop’s mission like this: “Since The Last Shall Be First is from God, it puts [Sofine] in a position to advance others. It’s not just a consignment shop, it’s a safe haven for the community.” The Last Shall Be First Consignment Boutique is located at 1922 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave. SE. Hours are Monday through Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to7:00 p.m. For more information call 202-294-2909 or email Thelast_1st@yahoo.com. u


Heritage Trail Coming to Anacostia by John Muller

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rative contained on each sign, local historian Mara Cherkasky visited public and private archives throughout the city including those at the Anacostia Community Museum and people’s living rooms. “The community seems to be really excited about the trail,” Cherkasky said. “People especially love to see pictures of what their neighborhood used to look like, or see themselves, family, or friends on a sign, or see familiar places that might be gone or totally different now.” The personal stories recounted to Cherkasky and featured on the Anacostia Heritage Trail signs reveal two close-knit communities entirely separate from each other, one white and one black that co-existed until the early 1960s. Both of these communities, white Anacostia and the adjacent black communities in Hillsdale and Barry Farm, took pride in their identity as an underdog; a feeling that remains. Vividly bringing the past to life are Reverend Oliver “OJ” Johnson, a fixture in the community for more than a half-century, who, as a student at Birney Elementary School, watched the unveiling of the Big Chair with his entire class in 1959, members of the Bobolinks, who before their induction into the Vocal Hall of Fame, harmonized outside of a popular neighborhood deli, and Nancy Ciatti, whose father Joseph Puglisi ran a successful shoe repair

store before and after the 1968 riots. One of the markers, planned for installation outside of the Anacostia Metro station on Howard Road SE, will read, “World War I transformed Anacostia. Just north of the [Firth Sterling Steel] plant, the Navy Department built the riverside Anacostia Naval Air Station. The Army Signal Corps Air Service installed what became Bolling Field and took over the old Washington Steel property in 1935. When the Navy took over Bolling five years later, Anacostia became a true Navy town.” “’Poplar Point was all Navy barracks,’ remembered Johnson who lived nearby as a child in the 1950s. On their way to school, he and his pals collected sailor caps presumably dropped by inebriated sailors returning from nearby taverns to their barracks. Today, Johnson, who is retired, is a frequent presence at all manner of community meetings and wellrespected for his activism. As Anacostia and its surrounding environs slowly revitalize and redevelop, Cultural Tourism DC’s “An East-of-the-River View: Anacostia Heritage Trail” preserves an ever important window to the past for current and future generations. Once installed there will be a community celebration to dedicate the Anacostia Heritage Trail. For more information on DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails visit www.culturaltourismdc.org. u

f all goes according to plan, with- Heritage Trails, installation fundin the next year Cultural Tourism ing also covered the cost of printing DC will unveil its second DC 10,000 accompanying booklets to be Neighborhood Heritage Trail east of distributed free in libraries, schools, the river, joining the Deanwood Her- and community centers along the itage Trail in Ward 7. Twenty distinc- route. Unfortunately for the Anacostive markers will delineate landmarks tia Heritage Trail, nearly $29,000 will in and around Historic Anacostia have to be privately raised to do so. and its nearby neighborhoods. At the most recent public meetEarlier this spring proofs of the ing, Arrington Dixon, former City illustrated and narrative signs were Council Chairman and President of shown to community members the Anacostia Coordinating Counwhose donated photographs and cil, pledged to match up to $2,000. shared family stories are captured For more information on the capital alongside maps, photographs, paint- campaign, contact ACC01@aol.com. ings, news clippings and ephemera that document the area’s history over the past two centuries. A diverse Researching the Anacostia group of current and former residents Heritage Trail unanimously offered their praise in From the Baltimore & Ohio looking over the poster-sized prints. Railroad’s Alexandria Branch line The signs, which mostly will be 7.5 passing through the neighborhood feet tall by 2.5 feet wide or 6.75 feet in the 1800s to the streetcars of the tall by 1.5 feet wide, will be installed Anacostia & Potomac River Railroad on the neighborhood’s interior streets Company in the 1900s to the Metro’s and denote sites throughout the com- Green Line of today, the Anacostia mercial corridors of Martin Luther Heritage Trail tells a concise and long King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope overlooked story of the development Road. Anacostia Heritage Trail mark- of the city’s first suburb. ers will point out St. Teresa of Avila To gather both historic insights Catholic Church at 12th & V Streets and personal perspective for the narand the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site at 14th & W Streets, as well as reveal hidden locales such as John Wilkes Booth’s escape route through the neighborhood and the former 11th Precinct Police Station. Funds for Cultural Tourism DC to create the markers originate from the Federal Highways Administration and the District Department of Transportation. DDOT manages the installation, which is expected to begin later this The planned route of the Anacostia Heritage Trail. Joe Puglisi inside his shoe repair store in Anacostia ‘The Sage of Anacostia’ trail marker year. For the previous Photo by the author. during the 1960s. Courtesy of Nancy Ciatti.

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KIDS & FAMILY

Kids & Family Notebook by Kathleen Donner

Story Time at Anacostia Neighborhood Library

On Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon, come to Anacostia Neighborhood Library for a wonderful Saturday morning program. Following the reading of a book by a celebrity, each child creates an artwork to take home. For kids from early childhood through 8 years with parents. Free; for more information, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Fort Dupont Ice Arena Summer Skating Camps

Fort Dupont Ice Arena offers several opportunities to keep cool in the summer. The Summer Skating School includes daily off-ice fitness classes, group skating lessons, and supervised practice-July 8-12 and July 29-Aug 2; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. It is for ages entering 2nd through 7th grade in the fall of 2013 and for skating levels Beginners through USFS Basic Skills 5. The Figure Skating Camp includes

daily on-and off-ice classes taught by highly-qualified coaches. Classes will focus on jumps, spins, MIF, dance, synchronized skating, artistry and choreography-July 8-12; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. It is for ages entering 2nd through 12th grade in the fall of 2013 and for Skating Level: Best for USFS Basic 6-8/Pre-Preliminary through Novice Moves in the Field or equivalent. First Annual Teen Camp for Girls includes daily off-ice fitness classes, group

Children enjoying great weather and having fun at last year’s “Bringing It All Together Day” Health Fair. Photos: Elva Anderson

Children’s National Medical Center’s 11th Annual “Bringing It All Together Day” “Bringing It All Together Day” is on May 31, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Children’s Health Center, 2501 Good Hope Rd. SE. This free event includes Children’s National Generations Program, Children’s Law Center’s Healthy Together, WIC, IMPACT DC; and other local programs. Free pizza, organic apples, music, and fun. For more information, call Elva Anderson at 202-476-6944. 42 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM


skating lessons, and supervised practice-July 29-Aug 2, 9-5 p.m. It is for ages entering 8th grade through 12th grade in the fall of 2013 and for Skating Level: Beginners through Basic Skills 5. Registration forms are now being accepted. Camp registration deadlines are Friday, June 21, for camps staring on July 9th abd Friday, July 19 for camps starting on July 29. Camp registration will be closed once all spots are filled. Register early! A limited number of need based scholarships are available. Please contact lmoreno@fdia. org for application. fdia.org

HIV screening from Metro TeenAids at Anacostia Library

On May 14 and June 11, 4 p.m., in the relaxed environment of your library, Metro TeenAIDS will offer free, confidential HIV testing to teens and adults, ages 13-24 (though no one will be turned away). The test, held in Meeting Room 2, is very short and can save your life. Representatives will also be on hand to share vital information about how to live a healthy life. For more information, call 202-715-7708. Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. dclibrary. org/anacostia

Kids’ Book Club: “The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963”

DC Public Library has partnered with the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. to present the Live to Read program at the Dorothy I. Height/ Benning Neighborhood Library. They will read excerpts from the book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 and discuss how this book relates to the way we live today. The event is on May 14, 6:30 p.m., at Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-715-7707 for move information. dclibrary.org/benning EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 43


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Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color Scavenger Hunt

Thomas Day cradle. Photo: Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum

Reflecting on 1963 Through Literature!

Live to Read is the Humanities Council’s twoweek celebration of literature and city-wide read in DC.The program encourages Washingtonians, young and old to read the selected book and discuss its themes and meanings. This year’s Live to Read features two texts, “Bombingham” by Anthony Grooms, and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis. These texts were chosen to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a climactic series of events that transformed the America’s Civil Rights Movement both in Birmingham, Alabama and Washington, DC. The struggles of the deep south were directly related to the purpose and the message of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and these two riveting novels help make vital connections between the two. wdchumanities.org

City-Wide Youth Synthetic Marijuana Awareness Campaign

The use of synthetic marijuana, especially among young people, is becoming an increasingly serious issue. Further, these synthetic drugs, such as fake weed or K2/Spice, are marketed directly to youth and may be purchased in a local convenience store as potpourri or incense. The D.C. Prevention Center reports that fake weed use among youth has increased significantly since 2008. The average age of a fake weed user in DC is 13½ years old. On May 2, the DC Department of Health launched the first city-wide youth synthetic marijuana awareness campaign to educate youth about the dangers of the drug.

Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color fully examines the extraordinary career of Thomas Day (1801–about 1861), who owned and operated one of North Carolina’s most successful cabinet shops before the Civil War. His surviving furniture and architectural woodwork still represent the finest of nineteenth-century craftsmanship and aesthetics. The late Patricia Phillips Marshall, who organized the exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of History where she was a curator, has called Day one of the fathers of the North Carolina furniture industry. A themed scavenger hunt for children and families, “Day’s Way,” is available daily at the Information Desk during the run of the exhibition-through July 28. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Ave. at 17th St. NW. americanart.si.eduof events that transformed the America’s Civil Rights Movement both in Birmingham, Alabama and Washington, DC. The struggles of the deep south were directly related to the purpose and the message of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and these two riveting novels help make vital connections between the two. wdchumanities.org

and provide details about DCPS’ Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal and plans for the upcoming school year. The Facts and Figures Budget Guide includes information about the investments DCPS will make to spur student achievement as well as information about spending in each office. The budget for the 2013-2014 school year includes investments in three key areas: recruiting, retaining and rewarding highly effective educators and school leaders, providing rigorous instruction with a focus on literacy, and ensuring our schools motivate student and engage families. To read the guide, go to dcps.dc.gov.

Expressions 2013: The Corcoran’s Annual ArtReach Exhibition

On Wednesday, May 22, 5-7 p.m., Expressions 2013 celebrates and exhibits artwork created by students participating in ArtReach in school and after school. Join in for live performances, refreshments, and the unveiling of the Corcoran Community Portrait Exchange. ArtReach extends the resources of the Corcoran Gallery of Art into schools and community centers in Washington, D.C., through free in-depth arts programs. Using the Gallery’s collection as a primary resource, ArtReach fosters visual literacy, critical thinking skills, and creative expression while encouraging young people to develop meaningful connections between art and their lives. Free and open to the public. For more information and to find out how you can support ArtReach, please visit corcoran. org/artreach. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW.

DCPS Releases Facts and Figures Budget Guide Youth for Understanding Host Families Needed

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Youth for Understanding (YFU) is one of the world’s largest and most respected international

exchange programs. A YFU exchange student becomes a member of your family, participates in family activities, shares in home responsibilities, and provides your family with an international friendship that can last a lifetime. YFU international exchange students are carefully-selected, chosen based on their academic excellence and teacher recommendations. They have studied English and many have even received scholarships. Your international son or daughter will be between 15-18 years of age and will come from one of over 60 countries that partner with YFU. If you are interested in inviting another part of the world into your home, contact Tchi Sogoyou at 240-235-2102 ext 2507 or tsogoyou@.yfu.org. For more informatian visit yfuusa.org. Check out some student profiles at yfusoutheastdistrict.wordpress.com.

DCPS Restructures Athletic Conference

District of Columbia Public Schools will realign its athletic conference within the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) to create and cultivate a more competitive and exciting conference. The updates will also create long-awaited parity within the DCIAA. The changes will go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year. Twelve athletic directors, coaches and athletic office personnel worked together, along with consultation and leadership from Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson, to create the new structure within the DCIAA. The biggest change will be in football with the creation of two new subdivisions. With names created from the Washington, DC flag, the Stars Division will include Anacostia, Ballou, Coolidge, Dunbar, HD Woodson, and Wilson High Schools. The Stripes Division will include Bell, Cardozo, Eastern, Phelps, McKinley Tech and Roosevelt High Schools. Under the new format, both divi-


NOT SURE HOW TO BEGIN PLANNING OR PAYING FOR COLLEGE? sions will compete for a championship. The Stars Division will compete in the annual Safeway Turkey Bowl, and the Stripes Division will compete in an inaugural football championship on November 23, 2013. Winners of the Stripes Division will have the opportunity to petition to move up to the Stars Division. All other sports will not have divisions. They will compete as one league playing all other DCIAA teams at least once.

‘Songs for Junior Rangers’ is a Hit with Kids

The National Park Service CD “Songs for Junior Rangers” has children across the country doing the limbo, acting like bison, laughing, singing, and pretending to be in a cave. The CD’s 20 fun tracks include “Wapiti Hoppity” about elk, “Spelunka Funka” about caving, “Frozen Bulldozin” about glaciers and “Four Presidents” about Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys, recently gave “Songs for Junior Rangers” its Parents’ Choice Gold Award. The album features park ranger musicians from New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument as well as Navajo singer/songwriter Krishel Augustine and youth ambassadors from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The a cappella group Committed, the children’s group Trout Fishing in America, and PBS personality Aaron Nigel Smith also appear on the album. Visit the album’s website at nps.gov/flfo/forkids/ junior-ranger-music.htm for free downloads and purchasing information.

Orangutan Day at the Zoo

This family-friendly event offers educational and fun activities for children, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. This Mothers Day learn about Orangutan family dynamics, Zoo animal care and the fascinating cognitive studies being undertaken by National Zoo researchers. This event is on Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the National Zoo. nationalzoo.si.edu

Lunch Tote Giveaway at Nationals Game

At the Saturday, May 25 Nationals vs. Phillies game, the first 15,000 attendees will receive a free Nat’s Lunch tote. The game is at 7:15 p.m. washington.nationals.mlb.com

Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Field Dedicated

Mayor Gray, along with DPR Director Jesús Aguirre, Councilmember Tommy Wells, Washington Nationals officials, Rosedale community leaders and baseball fans, attended the field dedication ceremony for Mamie “Peanut” Johnson at the Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE. Johnson was the first woman pitcher to play in men’s professional baseball, and only one of three women to play professionally in the Negro Baseball League. The Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Field at the Rosedale Community Center is the first field in the District of Columbia named in honor of a woman. Johnson, who was born in Ridgeway, South Carolina, was “discovered” at the age of 19 playing sandlot baseball on the Rosedale playground. Johnson played two years for the Negro Baseball League’s Indianapolis Clowns, alongside baseball greats Satchel Paige and Hank Aaron. She ended her career with a 38-6 lifetime record and was known as “Peanut” due to her height of 5’ 3”. Johnson has been working with District youth at Rosedale for some time and will work with DPR in programming activities on the field. The District renovated and reopened the community center in May of 2012. Its amenities include adult and kiddie pools, athletic field and multi-use recreation center. The Mamie “Peanut” Johnson Field has a synthetic surface.

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The Young Scientists Club

Esther Novis, a mother of five and a former Harvard-trained biologist, started The Young Scientists Club as a summer science camp for her then 5-year-old son. Friends from other parts of the country told Novis they wanted to duplicate her concept and the idea for a science subscription service was born! The subscription kits are now mailed monthly to thousands of children around the world and the company’s retail kits are sold in hundreds of specialty stores. In addition to developing new products for The Young Scientists Club, this wise mom has many years of experience teaching at Phillips Academy, Andover and has written the science column for Parents Magazine plus wrote science experiments for the new science curriculum by McGrawHill Publishing. Read more at theyoungscientistsclub.com. ◆ EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 45


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DC’s Young Mandarins

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School Students Learn Their Lessons in Chinese and English by Stephen Lilienthal

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ids used to dream about digging their way to China. Now DC kids can discover China’s culture, language, and much more without picking up a trowel or even leaving the city. Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School (WYY), in its fifth year of operating, combines an immersion program in Chinese with an International Baccalaureate education. A dreary Monday morning in February dampens neither the spirits of the young students nor the faculty at WYY, which is located in northeast DC’s Brookland neighborhood. Today, a second grade student “team” might hear its science lesson taught in Mandarin. Tomorrow, the lesson continues in English. The Asia Society’s booklet on Chinese Language Learning in the Early Grades, which examines best practices in Mandarin immersion programs, states that WYY’s “teaching all subjects in both English and Chinese has been rewarding for Yu Ying’s students. Students have gone from not speaking or reading any Chinese to being able to use Chinese” in reading, writing, and speaking.

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Staci Mason’s daughter has been attending WYY since 2009 when she entered pre-K. Mason, a Ward 7 resident, wanted her daughter to attend WYY because she believes in offering foreign language programs for students at early ages. Mason studied French in high school and college, and knows that learning Chinese, or any language, is more difficult for adults than for children. Standards adhered to by the US military’s De46 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

of the Romance languages -- Spanish, French, and Italian -- classified as “Category I,” can be learned in 26 weeks. Ms. Mason’s daughter thrives on learning Chinese, despite it being a more difficult language to master, particularly the written characters. But mastery takes work, so right after her daughter’s daily violin practice, Mason works with her on Chinese pronunciation. “We have a routine,” she says. They practice pronunciation, finding resources on the WYY portal that allow her to hear the words on audio books. When she and her daughter visited a Chinese restaurant during the Chinese New Year, the owner, a native of China, told Ms. Mason how impressed he was with her daughter’s tone in speaking Chinese and her ability to write Chinese characters in proper stroke order. Of course, learning Chinese becomes more challenging as a child becomes older and starts learning more complex course material. So Mason choose the right time to put her young daughter in a foreign language immersion program.

fense Language Institute classify Mandarin as a “Category IV Language” along with Arabic, Korean, Japanese, and Pashto. They’re the most exacting major languages to learn. Typically, American adults would need 64 weeks to achieve a functional command of Mandarin. Functional command

Young minds are better able to deal with the ambiguity of learning a language according to Paul Sandrock, Director of Education at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), “They learn experientially, through trial and error, taking risks. There’s more to learning a language than just vocabulary,” he explains. In Mr. Sandrock’s view, the benefits of learning a language early can extend to being better able to mimic the grammatical patterns and accents of a native speaker. Young minds can better absorb


and imitate the patterns of the foreign language. When the language is taught as part of regular subject content such as science or social studies, that can further the advantages. Furthermore, research studied by ACTFL, demonstrates that the achievement gap -- whether based on gender, race, or class -- narrows considerably when students are immersed in the study of a foreign language at early ages. One 1987 study of an immersion program in French cited on the ACTFL webpage discovered that “socioeconomically underprivileged students (both Black and White) benefited from an immersion-type introduction to a foreign language as much as students from middle class homes did.”

Benefits of Learning Chinese

Chris Livaccari, director of education and Chinese Language Initiatives for the Asia Society, says many people perceive the benefits of learning Chinese based on China’s anticipated economic power. A blog post, “Learning Chinese Pays Dividends: Of Characters And Cognition” written by Livaccari and Yi Zheng, admit that the evidence about how learning Chinese can aid one’s cognitive ability is “not yet conclusive or comprehensive” but the indication is that learning Chinese tones and written characters can yield “dividends -- not just for one’s bank account, but also for one’s brain.” Because Mandarin Chinese is very different than English both in the tone of the spoken language and the non-alphabetic nature of its written language, learning Chinese taps into cognitive abilities native English speakers would not use otherwise. Livaccari and Zheng cite several studies emphasizing the benefits of knowing Chinese, two of which indicate that it can help mathematical abilities, which are “embedded in character writing because it involves skills such as counting, grouping, ordering, and identifying similarities and differences.”

Yu Ying’s Program

WYY’s top Tier 1 ranking from

the DC Public Charter School Board, reflects positively on its academic program and school climate. Students are not just learning Chinese, but participating in a rigorous academic curriculum aligned with the International Bacculaureate program (IB), which encourages students to be inquiry-oriented, and to develop critical thinking and creative problem solving skills as well as to develop character traits such as honesty and fairness. “IB is just as important as Chinese” to WYY’s mission, stresses executive director Mary Shaffner, a co-founder of WYY. “The IB framework deeply engages students in learning” through their own research. WYY’s kindergarten students will learn about journeys, including maps (geography), why people migrate (social sciences), and airplanes (science). Kindergarteners will plan their own trip in DC using maps and the Metro system. The fifth grade class will participate in a two week trip to China this spring; activities include a stay in a Chinese home, trips to elementary schools and cultural institutions. WYY offers an extensive afterschool program, conducted in both English and Chinese, and parents are asked to support their children’s Chinese studies outside of school, attending Chinese cultural events and even learning basic Chinese. Sending a child to WYY “definitely requires a little bit more from a parent,” asserts Shaffner. Now, the diverse school (nearly half its students are African American, Asians represent 18%) is planning on expansion. The DC Public Charter School Board voted last year to allow WYY to develop a middle/high school. WYY plans on teaming up with several other bilinqual charter schools, Elsie Whitlow Stokes (French/Spanish), Latin American Montessori (Spanish), and Mundo Verde (Spanish), to create the District of Columbia International School. For more information on Washington Yu Ying, go to www. washingtonyuying.org

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Anne Beers Elementary School News An Early Start is the Best Start

Students at Neval Thomas Elementary are working with the Kennedy Center on a performance of The Tuskegee Airmen: Aim High.

Lights, Camera, Action! at Thomas Elementary

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes of Neval Thomas Elementary are working with the Kennedy Center’s Washington National Opera Partnership to develop their very own opera performance of The Tuskegee Airmen: Aim High. Last year, the students put on a 20-minute presentation including dramatic original writings presented by 12 students, embedded with original music (written by Mr. Lewis with students), and a full cast that included movement and prop artisans, and this year they are working to make their production even more spectacular. Since February, the students have been fully engaged in every aspect of executing a play… from designing costumes and creating props, to writing the dialogue and songs, and creating the music with instruments. Even the stage managers and crew members will be comprised of students... calling cues, controlling lighting, and 48 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

setting the stage between scenes. This is truly a student production! The kids are truly excited about the opportunity and elated to have such phenomenal support. The students of Neval Thomas gives a huge thanks to the Kennedy Center and their staff, especially, Dr. White, the Drama teacher; Carroll Foster, the Visual Arts teacher; Nikia Glass, the Music teacher, and to Neval’s very own, Principal Barnes, Ms. Thompson, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Reid, Ms. Hayes, Ms. Neely and Ms. Blackwell for making all of this happen! If you are interesting in supporting the students during the upcoming showcase, come see the magic happen at Neval Thomas ES, May 16th, 2013 at 2:00 pm and May 22, 2013 at 4:00pm. See you there! For more information contact the music teacher, Mr. Lewis, at 202.724.4593.

It is widely known and accepted that the earlier you can introduce a child to the learning environment the better the child will do in his or her education. However, many children start school not ready to learn not because they do not know their letters or numbers but because they lack one critical ability: the ability to regulate their social, emotional, and cognitive behaviors. Current research shows that self-regulation has a stronger association with academic achievement than IQ or entrylevel reading or math skills (www.toolsofthemind. com). As Anne Beers ES Early Childhood Education PS/PK Chair, Ms. Dana Cox helps implement “The Tools of the Mind Curriculum” to help our children take their first, and most important step, in education. Anne Beers was one of the first schools to integrate Tools of the Mind into the classroom, with a focus on communication by teaching children to put their words to feelings. Ms. Goldstein, teacher of our mixed-age class, knows the curriculum is helping. Her class fosters responsibility by teaching manners and social skills: older children teach the younger children, helping them to become more independent throughout the year. In Ms. Jackson’s class (pre-K3), our children re-create their community, stores, and restaurants, etc. The students learn how to communicate and regulate themselves in these environments. Ms. Jackson’s class then takes trips to some of these places so that they can practice what they have learned. By the time that most of our children at Beers make the transition to kindergarten they will have already been in a learning environment for two years. Our kindergarten teachers Ms. Dunne and Ms. Mourning can continue with a more vigorous lesson plan still based on the Tools of the Mind curriculum, now with a focus on writing and teach-


Mother Earth As a guardian of Mother Earth Try to protect the land as your own turf Dubbed the Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck An expanse beyond Asia to all souls on all soil Today, people water plants, cut grass, and prune trees Sometimes for pure recreation, sometimes for small fees

Students at Anne Beers learn to regulate their behavior in Pre-K making them ready to learn in Kindergarten.

ing reading through writing. The curriculum has the kindergartener writing three times a day, making our reading instructions easier. Our children are now on the level that allows them to monitor themselves, teaches them to be persistent and to work through challenges, and supports the child’s academic growth. As the parents in and out of our boundary have heard about our program, you can see why Beers ES has a waiting list. Traditionally, children started school in kindergarten, and spent that school year getting accustomed to taking instructions all day. At Beers, our Early Childhood Education has taken care of that problem. By kindergarten most of our children are fully functional students. This has led to fewer behavioral problems, better reading, writing, and mathematical abilities, and better social skills. Simply put, having your children start their education in our school is the best start that they can have. To learn more about our Early Childhood Education program contact us at 202-939-4800, ptabeers@yahoo.com , or follow us on Twitter @ ABeersPTA. Carlos Herndon, Dana Cox.

In early April, Leckie students colored visual images of the planet, and had special environmental tips posted at the bottom of each picture. All pictures were displayed in the school’s foyer where parents and visitors could also appreciate the students’ art work. On several Thursdays, throughout the month of April, twenty student ambassadors of the school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Team (PBIS), under the leadership of its sponsor and the PBIS Coordinator, Mr. White, met and strategized about ways the school could celebrate Earth Day. The ideas that grew out of these summit meetings were enacted for the entire school to enjoy. Some of the activities included placing large balloons along the school’s fence and throughout the school’s courtyard. Studetns talked about ways to conserve energy, to keep the air and water clean, and to beautify the school grounds and the immediate neighborhoods. On April 26th Leckie Elementary along with City Year worked with students to celebrate both Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day. The City Year team put together a day of ser-

A protected earth needs reform; it needs you Everyone must be committed, tried and true Love the rain Embrace the mud Adore the earth Hear echoes of environmental tips as a clarion call From your homes, your schools, and your local mall Pick up after yourself – Don’t litter Turn off lights when not needed Recycle when possible Take time to celebrate Earth Day In the fresh air with teasing winds, run Over the small and muddy puddles, jump Under the bright, beautiful and blazing sun, play Take pause to celebrate our planet, today. While we can, no other creatures in the universe may. By Phillip White III. Tara M. Benn, Matt Zittle, Contributors

Leckie Ementary School joined throngs of others around the world in the observance of Earth Day, on April 22, 2013.

Leckie Elementary School Celebrates Earth Day

Leckie Elementary School joined throngs of others - over a half-billion people - around the world in the observance of Earth Day, on April 22, 2013. The purpose of Earth Day is to cultivate awareness and an appreciation for the Earth’s environment. EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | MAY 2013 H 49


On the 12th Annual Comcast Service Day, Comcast Cares Day volunteers painted murals, constructed benches, and cleaned up the grounds of Ceasar Chavez and Neval Thomas Elementary.

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vice that involved learning about the environment, becoming a positive member of the community, and actually doing physical service at the school. Seventy students participated, learning about the environment and their community. They planted flower beds, making “seed bombs” which they could use to spread in areas that were in need of plant life, painted positive messages on canvases, painting reusable grocery bags, and played games that spawned a better understanding of the environment and community service. Leckie Elementary received a small makeover, and the students, who worked so hard within the confines of its walls, were the primary contributors. On April 30, two members of the PBIS student ambassador corps, Mark Curry and Zavion Randall, read a poem entitled “Mother Earth,” during the school’s Student of the Month program assembly. The poem was the result of student ideas shared during one of the earlier Thursday summit meetings, and was edited by Mr. White. The poem is included in this article for our community friends. Happy Earth Day!

Comcast Cares Day at Cesar Chavez and Thomas Schools “We power dreams in our communities.” Comcast/NBC Universal #ccday.

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schools on Saturday, April 27, for Comcast Cares Day, you would have seen dozens of hard-working volunteers wearing green tee shirts and smiles. Employees from Comcast/NBC Universal, City Year corps members, and community members descended on the schools on the largest service day around the country. Comcast Cares Day has the support of 70,000 volunteers worldwide engaging in over 400 projects across the nation. In the spirit of the 12th Annual Comcast Service Day, Mayor Gray issued a proclamation declaring April 27 Comcast Cares Day in DC. Comcast/NBC Universal supports City Year teams around the US including DC, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Boston, and even as far as London. Volunteers painted murals, constructed benches, and cleaned up the grounds of both schools. As if the transformation of the physical spaces were not spectacular enough, Comcast/ NBC Universal Executive Vice President, David A. Cohen presented a $12,500 check to each school. In addition, Jeff Franco, executive director of City Year DC, announced that beginning next school year, both schools would benefit from the presence of a City Year team to address the drop-out early warning indicators or the ABCs: attendance monitoring and student engagement, behavioral support and developmental progress, and course performance in math and English. All and all, it was a great day for two schools in Mayfair/Parkside DC. ◆


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THE NOSE

How Many Lives Does One Pat Have? by Anonymous

No more endless forums! No more tongue-tied kooks. No more moderator dirty looks! Finally, Dear Readers, The District’s latest gladiatorial contest has ended. It was, according to some political pundits, to be the year of the perfect Republican storm. Yes, finally all the stars in the firmament had aligned. Progressives, unable to do simple arithmetic, were running multiple candidates. Michael “The Real” Brown and Anita “Chocolate City Mamma” Bonds looked to split the city’s eastern wards. Most importantly, in Patrick “Third Time’s The Charm,” Mara, Republicans thought that they had found a socially liberal, fiscally conservative candidate acceptable to the electorate. What went wrong? To begin with, Brown exited the race permitting Bonds to campaign on her appearance and Democratic affiliation. Tipping her hand with a gaffe on Kojo, she deftly worked at turning out her base in the city’s eastern wards, ignoring Upper, Lower and Outer Caucasia completely. At the end, Bonds absented herself from the forums entirely. Instead, she worked hard in the Wilson Building to earn the endorsements of her colleagues receiving nods from Vincent “CBE” Orange, Jack “Undersight” Evans, Muriel “Girl on Fire” Bowser, Yvette “Miss Congeniality” Alexander, Marion “Mayor for Life” Barry, and Kenyan “Newbie” McDuffie. The media, by and large, gave Bonds a pass. There was little or no discussion of her paltry legislative record. Her budget busting plan to exempt senior seniors from taxes was met with silence. No one examined her lobbying activities at Fort Myers Construction, a major city contractor. The narrowness of her campaign received little editorial notice. While none of this might have dissuaded her base, these issues were certainly relevant to her candidacy. Only 9.3% of voters turned out for the 2013 Special Election. Bonds won with a margin of 2,314 votes out of a total of 49,869--a razor thin margin of victory that was just 4.6 percent of those who voted. The media allowed Bonds to ‘ghost’ her way through the campaign winning with 3 percent of entire District electorate. Shame on our vanishing profession! Bonds would be wise to take up the mantel of the sainted David A. Clarke, a former occupant of her seat. Clarke, famous for his bicycle-seated campaigning, was intimately acquainted with the byways of all eight wards. At a time when the chocolate was truly the city’s sweet, he ignored no one and asked everyone for their vote. She will have an opportunity next year to do the same. While Bonds quietly took care of business, the media focused its attention on Mara. Endorsed ad nauseam by the Washington ComPost, beloved by the DC Chamber of Commerce, they portrayed him as likely, in his own words, to unite “the reform vote,” a supposed coalition of Independent and Democratic voters determined to throw out incumbents. 54 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM

The “reform vote’ seems to have been a figment of Mara’s imagination. Despite very little media attention to issues, District voters recognized that real policy differences existed between Mara and his Democratic opponents such as Elissa “Take No Corporate Handouts” Silverman and Matthew “The Man from Upper Caucasia” Frumin. When ComPost reporters unearthed a dodgy consulting contract late in the race, Mara lost his ethical cloak; and momentum swung behind Silverman. Yet, her candidacy was doomed by a divided progressive vote and large margins for Bonds in Wards 7 and 8. The rest, as they say, is history. So, here for your edification, Dear Readers, is a rendition of “The Cat Came Back,” liberally altered to fit the District’s unique political ecology: The business community hated paying employees when sick. Carol Schwartz’s support of sick-leave really got them ticked So, they handpicked the Pat while the incumbent was asleep Piling on independent expenditures in a massive heap. That ol’ race burst apart and the Pat lost in a mudslide. With his ears chewed off by the Browns and holes in his hide... But the Pat came back The next election that old Pat came back. Thought he was a goner, but the Pat came back. `Cause he just couldn’t stay away. DC Democratic pols had troubles of their own. And that pesky ‘moderate’ Republican refused to stay home. Tried everything they knew to do to keep the Pat away. Sent him up to Board of Education and told him to stay... But the Pat came back. The next election that old Pat came back. Thought he was a goner, but the Pat came back. `Cause he just couldn’t stay away. On the dais, councilmembers were sitting in a bunch. The Pat saw Miss Anita, thought he’d have her for his lunch. Climbed softly up the polls until he reached the top When an old consulting contract, tied him in a knot... Will the Pat be back? In 2014 will that old Pat be back? Even the Republicans think the Pat is a goner, but will the Pat be back? `Cause he just can’t ever stay away. How many lives does one Pat have? Irritated by The Nose? Let him know! Email thenose@hillrag.com. u


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