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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS 10.............What’s on Washington
12.............East of the River Calendar 18.............The Bulletin Board 22.............E on DC • by E. Ethelbert Miller 24.............The Numbers • by Ed Lazere 26.............Should Charters Be Allowed to Give Neighborhood Preference • by Jonetta Rose Barras 28.............Anacostia Coordinating Council Celebrates 30 Years • by Charnice A. Milton 32.............Trusted Health Debuts in Washington, DC • by Candace Y.A. Montague 36.............H.D. Woodson’s Interim Principal Appointment Triggers Petition • by Charnice A. Milton
EAST WASHINGTON LIFE 38.............In Your Kitchen • by Annette Nielsen
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During Big Build 2012, visitors played with big blue blocks, part of the exhibition, PLAY WORK BUILD. Photo: Courtesy of the National Building Museum. Current Big build scheduled this month. Story on page 48.
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a month-by-month guide to events
Our Four Favorite Fall Festivals
This year, the Adams Morgan Day Festival is on Sunday, Sept 8, noon-7 p.m. and runs along 18th St. NW, from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd. The Festival features four stages of music, art fair, dance plaza, kids’ fair. The H Street Street Festival will be held Saturday, Sept 21, noon-7 p.m. It will feature over 50 artists and 80 performances on 10 stages accompanied by an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. The Barracks Row Fall Festival is a week later on Saturday Sept 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 500 to 700 blocks of 8th St. SE. Expect food vendors, live music stage, face painting, community information tables, arts and crafts and activities for children. The Southwest DC Arts Festival is also on Saturday, Sept 28, 9 a.m. until dark. The Festival, centered around 400 M St. SW, is at various venues throughout Southwest and includes a central art market, hand dancing, film screenings and walking tours. rigHt: last year’s H Street festival scene. Photo: andrew lightman
Washington Heritage Museums in Fredericksburg
Friday through Sunday, Sept 13-15, three Fredericksburg, VA, Washington Heritage Museums will be open to feature exhibits and demonstrations honoring the crafts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Washington Heritage Museums is a new 501(c)3 membership organization established to assume ownership and management of historic house museums in downtown Fredericksburg: Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, St. James’ House and Rising Sun Tavern. A ticket to visit the three open properties is $10 ($5 for ages 6-18). The charming town of Fredericksburg is about one hour south of DC, just off route 95. 540-373-1569. washingtonheritagemuseums.org lEft: Photo Courtesy of washington Heritage museums
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Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds
One of Italy’s greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds, will be exhibited in the Air and Space Museum for 40 days, Sept 13-Oct 22. The extraordinary document, created ca. 1505, shows da Vinci’s interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. It includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight that predate the invention of the airplane by 400 years. The Codex, an early form of a personal notebook, will be on view in a specially designed and secured case located in The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age, an exhibition whose centerpiece is Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 1903 Flyer, the world’s first successful powered aircraft. Nearby interactive stations will allow visitors to virtually leaf through the 18 folios (two-sided pages) of the Codex. The 16th-century genius is known primarily as an artist and sculptor, but he is also renowned for his skills in architecture, music, mathematics, poetry, engineering, anatomy and botany. airandspace.si.edu lEft: leonardo describes the use of ﬂight testing apparatus to understand aerodynamics. the leaf outline denotes a recycled sheet of paper. Photo: Courtesy of Smithsonian institution libraries
Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery
On Saturday, Sept 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Congressional Cemetery is hosting a Day of the Dog festival to celebrate everything they love about dogs. They’ll have activities for both people and their pups, including contests, games, demonstrations and much more. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption. Day of the Dog promises to be an exciting inaugural event for Congressional Cemetery. Known on Capitol Hill as one of the best places to walk your dog, Congressional Cemetery typically only allows dog-walking privileges to members of the K9 Corps. However, Day of the Dog will open the cemetery to the public and their pups, which is a special opportunity for dog lovers to experience this historic site along with local pet vendors and services. This event is
free and open to the public. Tickets to participate in activities and contests will be available for purchase onsite the day of the event.Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. cemeterydogs.org
Art All Night 2013: Nuit Blanche DC
On Sept 28-29, Shaw Main Streets will present Art All Night, the second full scale overnight arts festival in Washington, DC, based on Paris’ Nuit Blanche. The magic will last from 7 p.m. that night until 3 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 29. The first festival, on Sept 24, 2011, drew an estimated 15,000 attendees. Twelve venues in central Shaw along 7th and 9th Sts. NW, will showcase the work of DC painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, musicians, dancers, poets, actors and more, with international participants, as well. ArtAllNightDC2013.com (which should be live by our publication date) will provide updates on the program schedule and information on venues, artists, partners, sponsors, where to eat and drink during the festival, and much more. A mobile app available before and during the event will provide an interactive map of all the venues, as well as the live performance schedule and restaurants and bars that will be open during the festival’s eight hours. lEft: art all night dC 2011: vacant rowhouses on 9th Street became art spaces, inside and out. Photo: rosina teri memolo EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2013 H 11
FALL FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS Local 11th Street Bridge Celebration. Sept 7, noon-3:00 PM. Join them for a festive celebration on the Local 11th Street Bridge commemorating the District Department of Transportation’s decade of transportation advancements and the full opening of the local bridge to two-way traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians. anacostiawaterfront.org Adams Morgan Day Festival. Sept 8, noon7:00 PM. International Cultural Street Festival featuring four stages of music, art fair, dance plaza, kids’ fair. 18th St. NW (from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd.). 202-232-1960. AMMainStreet.org H Street Festival. Sept 21, 11:30 AM-7:00 PM. Live music, food, children’s activities and information tables, between 2nd and 15th sts. on H St. NE. hstreet.org National Book Festival on the Mall. Sept 2122. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. National Mall. loc.gov/bookfest Barracks Row Fall Festival. Sept 28, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Expect food vendors, live music stage, face painting, community information tables, arts and crafts and activities for children of all ages. 500 to 700 blocks of 8th St. SE. 202-544-3188. barracksrow.org Southwest DC Arts Festival. Sept 28, 9:00 AM-dark. Festival is at various venues throughout Southwest and includes a central art market, hand dancing, film screenings, walking tours. 400 M St. SW. 202-554-8282. hswdcartsfest.org DC Jazz Preservation Festival. Sept 28, all day. Westminster Church, 400 I St., SW. a free outdoor event (weather permitting) featuring DC’s finest “straight ahead” jazz musicians and vocalists. westminsterdc.org End of Summer Fair in Southwest. Sept 28, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The fair will be held in conjunction with the SW ArtsFest. Come discover St. A’s spirit while enjoying homemade pies and other tasty desserts at the bake sale or while perusing gently-used clothing, jewelry and housewares at their Fabulous Finds. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW, across from Arena Stage. staugustinesdc.org Fiesta Musical at the Zoo. Sept 29, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with sloths, golden lion tamarins, Andean bears, anteaters and other friends at the National Zoo! With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods, the event offers something for everyone. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu
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Art Romp Anacostia
Through Sept 16, Tuesdays-Fridays, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM; Saturdays, noon-6:00 PM. The exhibition will feature over 50 artists from all sides of the river, exhibiting many modes of artistic expression--including painting, photography, quilting, performance art, new media, and sculpture. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.
Sandy Visited 2013, mixed media on canvas, 36 x 50 inches by Anna U. Davis
Turkish Festival. Sept 29, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM. Featuring live entertainment, Turkish food, fortune telling, music, folk dancing, kids arts and crafts. On Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 12th and 14th sts. (adjacent to Freedom Plaza). turkishfestival.org (e)merge art fair. Oct 3-6. The (e)merge art fair connects emerging-art professionals from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision makers in Washington, DC. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 “I” St. SW. emergeartfair.com Trinidad DC Art in the Alley. Oct 5, 6:0010:00 PM. Launched in 2011, Art in the Alley celebrates local art in local spaces twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall. Located between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave. and Morse St. NE, in Trinidad. Visit artinthealleydc.wordpress.com.
GOSPEL AROUND TOWN Evolution of Gospel at Kennedy Center. Sept 16, 8:00 PM. This uplifting program educates people about and celebrates the rich heritage and legacy of gospel music through word and song. Scheduled to perform are The Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard, J. Moss, Earnest Pugh, WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, Endurance, Keith Williams, Stacy Johnson,
Milton Biggham, and Tanya Dallas Lewis. The Foundation pays tribute to acclaimed gospel artists, including the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the late Bill Moss, Richard Smallwood, and Bill Gaither. It also honors U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Free. Call Ivy Levingston at 832-428-8252 to reserve tickets. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. kennedy-center.org An Autumn Gospel Gala. Sept 28, 5:00-7:00 PM. Featuring former favorites of Emmanuel Baptist Church: Sis. Jocelyn Battle Avery, Sis. Rose Patrick Smith, Sis. Linda Lawson Gray, Sis. Betty Powell, Sis. Pamela Hamilton Williams and Bro. Joshua Hamilton, Bro. Richard & Sis. Veronica Prince, and Sis. Juanita Richardson (Spiritual Leader). Come and enjoy the voices of former members as they delight your hearts, bless your souls, and elevate your spirits. $25, adults; $15, 12 and under. Contact Sis. Carolyn Petty-Martin 301-568-5964 or Sis Sylvia H. Patrick 301-390-0002 to reserve a seat. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2409 Ainger Pl. SE. Sunday Gospel Brunch Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir. Every Sunday, 12:30-2:00 PM. $30-$45. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com Gospel Choir Brunch at Union Market. First Saturday of every month, 10:00 AM. Experi-
ence Gospel Choir Brunch on the first Saturday of every month with a dynamic performance featuring the Israel Baptist Church. Brunch specials are available from vendors. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc.com
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Brokeology at Anacostia Playhouse. Through Sept 8. This stirring family drama follows the King family, William King is a single father who has successfully raised two sons in challenging circumstances. Overcoming the death of his wife and facing dreams deferred, William has instilled responsibility, loyalty, love and obligation in his sons who are now charged with his care as illness slowly starts to take over. Now the King family must decide how to embrace each of their lives. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. theateralliance.com Verbal Gymnastics at Anacostia Community Museum. Sept 10, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM. Poet and playwright John Johnson hosts an interactive workshop that incorporates poetry and storytelling. Participants use their observation of community and personal experience to create a unique and original piece, unlocking the poet and wordsmith inherent in all of us. Johnson also shares some of his poetry and tips that highlight the creative spirit of the
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spoken word. This program is also geared to promote awareness and civic engagement in the communities surrounding the Anacostia River. Free; for information and reservations, call 202-633-4844. Free, but space is limited; for information and reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE.anacostia.si.edu Sowing Seeds Drama Ministry Presents “We All Fall Down”. Sept 14, 7:00 PM. Charles Miles, a self-made business man was living large but lost it all... “We All Fall Down” takes us on a journey of his rise and his fall. $30. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org Hartford Seminary Professor: Dr Timur Yuskaev. Sept 14, 2:00-3:00 PM. Speaking on the Qur’an as an American Sacred Text. He examines contemporary written and oral interpretations of the Qur’an by Imam Warith Deen Mohammed and Hamza Yusuf. America’s Islamic Heritage, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE. 202-610-0586. muslimsinamerica.org The Inﬂuence of Islam and Muslims in Hip-Hop. Sept 14, 5:00-7:00 PM. With Latif Tariq. America’s Islamic Heritage, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE. 202-610-0586. muslimsinamerica.org TEMPERAMENT MONOLITH Garth Fry, Dan Gray & Peter Krsko. Sept 20-Nov 8. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202365-8392. honfleurgallery.com
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Growth Lauren Henkin. Sept 20-Nov 8. The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. (upstairs). 202-365-8392. vividsolutionsgallery.com Bus Tour of Artist Studios in Washington, DC. Sept 21, 10:00 AM-1:30 PM. (for ages 16 to adult) Come meet painter and printmaker Joyce Wellman, stained glass and mixed media artist Akili Ron Anderson, and painter Aziza Hunter in their studios and learn how they plan and create their works. Artists, art enthusiasts, students, and collectors are welcome. Bus departs from and returns to Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free, but space is limited; for information and reservations, call 202-633-4844. All participants must take the museum’s bus, which leaves promptly at 10:00 AM. anacostia.si.edu Metro Comedy Entertainment Presents: Jamie Lee & Esther Ku. Sept 21, 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM. Two rising stars from MTV’s new all-girl comedy series Girl Code come to the Helium Comedy Club for a night of stand-up comedy. Mature audiences only, 18 and older. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org The Ark Insitute Presents “God Is”. Sept 22, 4:00 PM. The Ark Institute presents Students Collective Voice of Reasoning and Perspectives production entitled “ God Is” a play by former and current UDC students for the people. $25, $20 for seniors 55, older. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-8895901. thearcdc.org Maintaining Our Natural Fitra After Rama-
dan. Sept 28, 7:00-9:00 PM. For the Family with Sister Aeasha Prime. America’s Islamic Heritage, 2315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. SE. 202-610-0586. muslimsinamerica.org A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail. Discover, or see with new eyes, this traditionally African American enclave in Far Northeast when you follow “A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail.” Fifteen poster-sized street signs combine storytelling with historic photographs and maps to transport you back to the days before Deanwood was Deanwood. To pick up the trail go to Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. and Division Ave. NE. Walk one block south to Foote Street, at the edge of Marvin Gaye Park. The 90-minute, self-guided tour will bring you along Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, up 49th St. and along Sheriff Rd. back to Minnesota Ave. and the Metro station. Walk the trail at your own pace and take time to enjoy this small town in the city. Don’t forget to pick up a free trail guide from businesses along the way. 202-661-7581. culturaltourismdc.org 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 What’s Blooming at the US National Arboretum in September? Open Friday through Monday, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Firethorn in fruit, hibiscus, viburnums in fruit, autumn crocuses, boxwood, crapemyrtles, herbs, annuals, holly osmanthus, pepper collection, hostas. Free. There are two entrances: one at 3501 New York Ave. NE, and 24th and R sts. NE, off of Bladensburg Rd. 202-245-4521. usna. usda.gov
sports, DAncE AnD pHYsicAL FitnEss Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating. Sept 13, 20 and 27, noon-1:50 PM; Sept 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. DC’s only indoor ice skating. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-584-5007. fdia.org Moving Wisdom West African Dance Class. Sept 10-Oct 17, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM-noon. Active adults 55+ encouraged to attend. Moving Wisdom is a free adult class featuring West African dance and story telling, created by Sylvia Soumah, founder of Coyaba Dance Theater and The Washington Ballet at THEARC. Space is limited! First come, first served. To register, contact Sonitra MacRall, 202-889-8150 or email@example.com. THEARC,
1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. thearcdc.org DC Outdoor Public Pools. Except East Potomac Pool, all closed for the season either on Aug 25 or Sept 2. East Potomac (heated, outdoor) pool remains open daily, except Wednesdays, through Oct 13, Monday-Friday, 1:007:00 PM; and Saturday-Sunday, noon6:00 PM. 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-7276523. dpr.dc.gov Deanwood (indoor) Pool. Mon-Fri 6:30 AM-8:00 PM; Sat-Sun, 9:00 AM5:00 PM. Free for DC residents. 1350 49th St. NE. 202-671-3078. dpr.dc.gov Ferebee Hope (indoor) Pool. Open weekdays, 10:00-6:00 PM. Closed weekends. Free for DC residents. 3999 Eighth St. SE. 202-645-3916. dpr. dc.gov Washington Mystics Basketball. Sept 8, 13 and 15. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. wnba.com/mystics The Nations’ Triathlon. Sept 8, 6:00 AM. 1500 meter swim, 24.9 mile bike, 6.2 mile run. West Potomac Park, Ohio Drive & Independence Ave. nationstri. com Nats Baseball. Games daily, Sept 1322. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington.nationals.mlb.com Washington Nationals Pups in the Park. Sept 14, 7:05 PM. Nat’s vs. Phillies. Bring your well-behaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $30 which includes a $8 donation to Humane Society. 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” 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 EAST OF THE RIVER MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2013 H 15
CALENDAR 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 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
Aya @ SW Waterfront. Saturdays, 9:00 AM1:00 PM. On the grounds of Christ United Methodist Church, 900 4th St. SW. Capital Riverfront Farmers Market. Open Tuesdays through October, 4:00-7:00 PM. Every Tuesday, Canal Park’s southern block will transform into a festive marketplace with a dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, locally prepared food, and artisan crafts. Canal Park is located in the Capitol Riverfront at 2nd and M Sts. SE.
CIVIC LIFE 2013 Awards Banquet for Officers of the Seventh District. Oct 4, 6:30 PM. Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center, 1454 Parsons Ave. SE, Bldg 211, (entrance 8th and M sts, SE). For more information, contact Anthony Muhammad, Committee Chairman, 202-359-3517.
Free Exercise Classes at Kenilworth Elementary School. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6:00-7:00 PM. Bring your own mat, water and towel. 1300 44th St. NE. For more information, email peppypromotions@gmail. com or call 301-395-1013. Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. Oct 6. Registration open. 703-587-4321. wilsonbridgehalf.com 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. 202-472-3873. 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
MARKETS AND SALES Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair. Sept 2829, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Now in its 10th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. Union Market parking lot at 1309 Fifth St. NE. washingtoncitypaper.com/craftybastards Ward 8 Farmers Market. Open Saturdays, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. ward8farmersmarket.com
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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, 202834-0600. Anacostia High School School Improvement Team Meeting. Fourth Tuesday. 6:00 PM. Anacostia High School, 16th and R sts. SE. Deanwood Citizens Association General Body Meeting. Fourth Monday, except Aug. and Dec., 6:30 PM. 1350 49th St. NE.
Free public tennis courts in Wards 7 and 8. Fort Davis Community Center, 1400 41st St. SE; Hillcrest Recreation Center, 3100 Denver St. SE; Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center, 4300 Anacostia Ave. NE; Randle Highlands Tennis Courts, 31st St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE; Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr. SE; Bald Eagle Recreation Center, Martin Luther King, Jr Ave. and Joliet St. SW; Congress Heights Recreation Center, Alabama Ave. and Randle Pl.SE; Fort Stanton Community Center, 1812 Erie St. SE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. dpr.dc.gov Free Yoga Classes at Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Every Thursday, 7:00-8:00 PM. Register in person at Anacostia Neighborhood Library or call 202-715-7707. 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. dclibrary.org/anacostia
Third Monday, 6:30 PM. Hughes Memorial United Methodist, 25 53rd St. NE. capitolviewcivicassoc.org
Deanwood Citizens Association General Body Meeting. Fourth Monday, except Aug. and Dec., 6:30 PM. 1350 49th St. NE. Eastland Gardens Civic Association Meeting. Third Tuesday. 6:30-8:30 PM. Kenilworth Elementary School (auditorium), 1300 44th St. NE. Greg Rhett firstname.lastname@example.org or 202388-1532. Fairlawn Citizens Association. Third Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Ora L. Glover Community Room at the Anacostia Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.
Anacostia Big Chair Flea Market
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Saturdays, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The market features a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture every Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The market will also feature local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, preserves, prepared foods and beverages. 2215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. bigchairmarket.com
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. email@example.com. anc7b.us
Jewelry vendor at the market
ANC 7C. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5109 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE. 202-398-5100. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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. easternmarket-dc.com 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. 301-652-7400. unionmarketdc.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 AM6:00 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-
Ward Eight Council Against Domestic Violence Annual Walkathon. Oct 12. At THEARC (Stanton Rd. and Mississippi Ave.). For more information, contact Sandra “S.S.” Seegars at 202-561-6616. 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. 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 AM6:00 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. Capitol View Civic Association Meeting.
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 7F. Third Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, 200 Stoddert Place, SE 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, 7:00 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 Guests enjoying the entertainment at last year’s gala
on Freedom’s trail Bus tour
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the tour focuses on the “momentous epoch” as this time period was called by Reverend Henry McNeal Turner (1834-1915). Join historian C.R. Gibbs and visit Civil War-era fortifications in the District and Virginia, review the role of African American Union soldiers, and stop by former contraband encampments. (for ages 16 to adult). Sept 28, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Bus departs from and returns to Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free, but space is limited; for information and reservations, call 202-633-4844. anacostia.si.edu
muralsDc Launches seventh season with powerful Art Work
MuralsDC is kicking off the 2013 season with a provocative mural in the Shaw neighborhood that illustrates the power of knowledge by artist Aniekan Udofia. This season’s line up of murals will also include a photo realistic scene of the
1963 March on Washington, to be installed on Martin Luther King Jr., Ave, SE and a first-ever collaboration with the Smithsonian. The following locations will be included in this year’s program: 1513 Rhode Island Ave. NE; 1101 Bladensburg Rd. NE; 8 Florida Ave. NW; 312 Florida Ave. NW; 1375 Missouri Ave. NW; and 2921 MLK Jr. Ave. SE. MuralsDC, a partnership between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Public Works, was launched in 2007 to combat the growing trend of illegal graffiti and reduce urban blight.
national public Lands Day 2013 at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
On Sept 28, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., you are invited to help out at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Volunteer registration opens 30 minutes prior to the listed start time of each event. Unless otherwise stated registration will take place near the main green house just inside the park’s interior fence line (if you’re in the
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main parking lot you won’t be able to miss them!). Their events run rain or shine. Severe weather as forecast on WTOP (103.5 FM or WTOP. com) cancels. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is located at 1550 Anacostia Avenue NE, WDC 20019 and the phone number for the park is 202-426-6905. The park has ample free, off-street parking. The closest Metro station is Deanwood on the orange line. To RSVP, contact Tina O’Connell at email@example.com. friendsofkenilworthgardens.org
Fall 2013 WALA creative Entrepreneur series at tHEArc
Legal Issues for Creative Entrepreneurs is a comprehensive series for creatives of all kinds who want to take the next step in their professional career by creating their own business. Explore the basics of forming a business for your creative endeavors, from deciding whether to incorporate as a non-profit or for-profit entity, to understanding copyrights and trademarks, to con-
Please join them on Sept 28, 6:30 p.m., for AfterDark@ THEARC, their annual gala to support THEARC (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus) and its partners: Building Bridges Across The River; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington; Children’s National Medical Center: Children’s Health Project of DC; Corcoran Gallery of Art: Corcoran ArtReach; Covenant House Washington; Levine School of Music; LIFT-DC; Parklands Community Center; Trinity Washington University; The Washington Ballet; Washington Middle School for Girls. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave., SE. Tickets, starting at $250, may be ordered online at thearcdc.org. Building Bridges Across the River is the 501-c-3 nonprofit organization that built and now runs THEARC. The mission of Building Bridges Across the River is to improve the quality of life for children and adults who reside east of the Anacostia River by providing leadership, management and financial oversight of the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC). Through a collaboration of partner organizations, THEARC provides access to high quality educational, health, cultural, recreation, and social service programs.
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BULLETIN BOARD tract and negotiation skills, and finally to taxes and leases. All classes are 6-8 p.m. at THEARC: Sept 10, Business Formation; Sept 17, Copyright/Trademark; Sept 24, Contracts and Licensing; Oct 1, Tax Strategies; Oct 8, Negotiations; and Oct 15, Commercial Leasing. THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org
Nash Run Trash Trap Cleanup
Historic Deanwood Heights Business District Needs Your Help
Your time, energy and talent can make an important difference in the Deanwood community by helping a national program dedicated to preserving and revitalizing historic business districts in urban neighborhoods. Authorized by DC City Council legislation and awarded a competitive grant in Nov 2008, Deanwood Heights Main Streets is a designated DC Main Streets program funded by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development. Their primary goal is to support retail investment through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and the recruitment of new businesses in their service area. Their volunteer program is well-focused and includes, providing technical support, organizing fund-raisers, participating in environmental upgrade events, volunteering at our development office and much more. Volunteer opportunities include marketing and statistical analysis, graphic design, administrative support, market research, newsletter and PSA’s, event management and support. Find out more at dhmainstreets.org.
Arrest Made in Homicide: 4200 Block of 4th St. SE
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that an arrest has been made in the homicide which occurred in the 4200 block of 4th St. SE. On Wednesday, Aug 21, at approximately 6:52 p.m., patrol officers from the Seventh District responded to the 4200 block of 4th St. SE for the report of a shooting. Upon their arrival, they located an unconscious adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency 20 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
City Wildlife’ staff with some rescued DC residents.
New Wild Animal Care Facility Opens in the District
For the first time in its history, the nation’s capital has a licensed, professionally staffed veterinary facility dedicated to helping wild animals. City Wildlife expects their new facility at 15 Oglethorpe St. NW, to handle as many as 1,200 orphaned, injured, and ill wild animals the first year. The center opened on July 1. Among the patients they have already rescued are: an Osprey who was struck by a truck on the Frederick Douglass Bridge, treated, and reunited with his family group; a sick pregnant squirrel, who gave birth to four babies while in City Wildlife’s care and was cured and released with a nest box for her new family; and a juvenile Ruby-Throated Hummingbird who was dying of starvation until the center nursed him back to health and prepares to send him to an environment with abundant nectarproducing flowers. City Wildlife is open every day from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and accepts injured, ill, and orphaned wild animals from members of the public as well as from the city’s animal control officers. The goal in treating each patient is to return it to the wild. Those interested in learning more about City Wildlife or contributing towards the rehabilitation center can visit citywildlife.org, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-882-1000. Medical Services personnel responded pronounced 24 year-old Timothy Delonte Dawkins of SE, Washington, DC, dead at the scene. On Friday, Aug 23, at approximately 7:25 p.m., patrol officers from the Seventh District and officers from the Seventh District’s Redeployment Initiative, arrested 22-year-old Todd Green of SE, DC, and charged him with Second Degree Murder while Armed in connection to the death of Timothy Delonte Dawkins.
DC Streetcar Construction Update
Construction work along H Street/Benning Road to ready the corridor for DC Streetcar continues. Stage 2 of the Western Turnaround work is set to begin on July 31 and continues through mid-October.
The Western Turnaround refers to the extension of the streetcar tracks from 3rd St. NE to the top of the Hopscotch Bridge. Elements include construction of a streetcar platform where passengers may board or leave the streetcars with access to Union Station and tracks to allow the streetcar to reverse course and proceed eastbound through the corridor.
Arts, Culture, and Waterfronts Panel Discussion
On Sept 17, 7-9 p.m., come join the panel in a discussion exploring how public access and the arts can meet at the waterfront, providing a center stage for communities to gather. Free; for information and reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl.
The Anacostia Watershed Society is looking for up to ten volunteers to help with this cleanup on Sept 28, 9 a.m.-noon. The area is around the intersection of Anacostia Ave. NE and Douglas St. NE. This site is about an eight-minute walk from the Deanwood Metro station on the Orange Line. anacostiaws.org The mission of the Anacostia Watershed Society is to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed communities by cleaning the water, recovering the shores, and honoring the heritage. The vision is to make the Anacostia River and its tributaries swimmable and fishable, in keeping with the Clean Water Act, for the health and enjoyment of everyone in the community. Core to our work is reaching out to, educating and engaging the next generation of decision-makers, our youth.
Trinidad DC Art in the Alley Open Call for Artists
Art in the Alley is seeking visual and performance artists, musicians and performers, and artists interesting in creating an installation on site. Art in the Alley will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday October 5. If you are interested in participating, visit artinthealleydc.wordpress.com.
United Drives Collecting Books and Toiletries
A DC United signature program, United Drives assigns a different charity drive for each month of the MLS regular season, including the collection of food, children’s books and soccer equipment. At the match on Sept 15, they are collecting books and on Oct 12, they are collecting toiletries. The United Drives booth is located outside of RFK Stadium’s Gate A and will open an hour and a half prior to kickoff, closing 15 minutes into the first half. Any fan that donates an item will receive a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket voucher valid for any DC United regular-season home game as well as a United promotional item, as a thank you from the club. Donations are accepted in the D.C. United
offices on game and non-game days, located on the fourth floor of RFK Stadium. For more information on the United Drives program contact Aprile Pritchet at email@example.com.
African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Learn about the people and places that help make DC the place it is today by exploring the African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC, from Benjamin Banneker’s essential role in the survey of the District, to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial and beyond. The African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC identifies sites that are important in local and national history and culture. The trail consists of a searchable database, a free booklet, and 100 plaques marking some of the more than 200 sites found in the database. The database provides information about each of the trail’s more than 200 sites. The booklet, organized into 15 neighborhood walking or driving tours, covers 98 sites, with maps and photos. To access the booklet, please download the pdf. You can download the booklet at culturaltourismdc.org.
George Washington Carver Nature Trail Tour
On Sept 18, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., walk the museum’s Dr. George Washington Carver Nature Trail and learn how the principles of Kwanzaa are used to explain the benefits of natural recycling, the insect community, medicinal plants, and other outdoor offerings. A brief film on the life of Dr. Carver is shown before the walk. Recommended for ages 8 to adult. Not suitable for people with mobility impairments. Outdoors on nature trail (weather permitting). Free; for reservations, call 202-633-4844. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. anacostia.si.edu u
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Come September, Comes A Bride.
eptember is the month after summer love. It’s the time when people begin to separate. It’s off to college and maybe the start of kindergarten. The evenings find the A/C off and a sweater sneaking into the front of a closet. This month my daughter will marry and her last name will change like the weather outside. I’ve already started calling her “Lady Morgan” as the summer of my middle fatherhood slowly comes to an end. It was my daughter who introduced me to the “Daddy Club” back in 1982. I was living in the Newport West apartment building on Rhode Island Avenue. It was around the corner from what was once the city’s red light district. Some nights there were no empty corners and the ladies of the night stood almost buttocks to buttocks on 14th Street. During the weekend daylight hours I pushed my daughter’s stroller up to Dupont Circle and watched the men play chess. Knowing I would need a larger apartment for my family, I started looking and networking. One evening I was standing in the middle of the Great Hall of The Folger Shakespeare Library when I saw Herb White (owner of the memorable Herb’s restaurant) rushing by while munching on some chocolate cherries. During our very brief conversation he told me to drop by where he lived on Fuller Street in Adams Morgan; the apartment below his penthouse was vacant. On a bright summer Sunday I stood in the middle of a large two bedroom apartment with a serious veranda. I immediately told Herb I
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by E. Ethelbert Miller would take the unit and made the type of mistake that haunts Thurman Thomas who played for the Buffalo Bills. Whereas Thomas misplaced his helmet at the start of Super Bowl XXVI, I forgot to check Fuller Street for criminal activity. In my second memoir, The 5th Inning, I describe the block this way: If someone had told me there was a “God of Gentrification” I would have been on my knees almost every day and praying to it. How many fathers are forced to raise their children on Fuller Streets? It was a street my son would never play on. The father protects his herd, even though one night it was my cat Holly that probably saved our lives. One hot summer night before going to sleep, I checked on my son and daughter sleeping in their bunk beds. They must have been eight and thirteen. My night ritual was to make sure to check on them. Rookies do that after their first hit. New to first base they look over at the first base coach. Didn’t someone do the same for me? In my children’s room was an unread “USA Today.” I had instructed them both to read the newspaper on a daily basis. Tonight the paper was folded and could have been left already prepared to swat bugs. I picked it up and decided to glance at a few stories before retiring. While reading in the outer room I noticed Holly my cat adopt an attack posture near the kitchen door. When I went to check to see what the problem was, I was shocked to discover a foot trying to push itself through my kitchen window. I yelled at the foot, and the foot
took off. A few days later the police shot a person trying to climb into a neighbor’s window. I separated from Fuller Street the way August separates from September or the way Orpheus turns around looking for Eurydice. My wife looked at me one day with Bessie Smith sadness and said, “This isn’t Iowa.” It lacked the space, the slower pace, the peaceful acceptance of people that she remembered when she lived in Des Moines. In many ways I knew my family needed a home. My daughter was growing up and felt sharing a bunk bed with her baby brother was psychologically damaging. So we moved. We headed north up into Ward 4 as if it was Canada. On Underwood Street, not far from an old Civil War fort, my daughter would dream of college, career and companionship. Now it feels like the last September. She is grown, a woman about to become a bride. I detect a change in her personality. She is no longer a child. She no longer needs to hold my hand as we cross a street. She is ready to start her own home; meanwhile a small window to fatherhood closes. Was September always this way? Why do I detect a slight chill in the air that surrounds my heart? I love you, Lady Morgan. I will always love you. E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several collections of poems. Mr. Miller is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. u
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The Soccer Stadium Goal
How to Make Sure a DC United Stadium is a Win for the District
here is something magical about going to a major league sports game and cheering along with thousands of other people. That’s why the proposal for a new 25,000-seat soccer stadium for DC United is exciting news for many in the Washington region. But set aside your exuberance for just a minute to think through some hard issues. Stadium deals gobble up huge amounts of precious public resources and subsidize an industry filled with million-dollar players and billion-dollar owners. The District’s $150 million offer to DC United is larger than any other initiative announced by Mayor Gray this year, even his $100 million commitment million to housing. Building a soccer stadium suddenly become the city’s top budget priority. It probably shouldn’t be. There are lots of reasons to be skeptical about the deal as it now stands. For starters, DC’s offer is double the amount contributed by the typical city, and the costs could get higher if the stadium turns out to be more expensive than planned. The stadium would be a huge gift to DC United’s owner, who would keep all the revenues from tickets to naming rights. The plan would even use DC tax dollars to guarantee that the team makes a profit. The way the District would raise money for the stadium -- by trading away the Reeves Center and other valuable public properties -- also raises concerns. Discussions about selling public assets shouldn’t be rushed, especially for a stadium. And a land swap 24 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
by Ed Lazere -- as opposed to selling DC assets to the highest bidder -- seems like a good deal for developers but a bad one for the city. Finally, a new stadium needs to take its impact on neighbors and all DC residents into account. How will traffic problems be addressed? Will the stadium have extra fields for the public and support local soccer leagues? Will the team owner pay workers decently during construction and after the stadium is open? None of these questions has been addressed yet. The deal is far from final. It has to be spelled out in more detail and go before the Council for review. That means there will be chances for residents to make sure we get a soccer stadium that is a winner for everyone.
How the Proposed Stadium Deal Would Work
Under the non-binding “term sheet” signed by DC officials and DC United, the District would acquire four parcels of land at Buzzard Point in Southwest, estimated to be worth $100 million, and then lease the land to DC United for $1 per year. The parcels would be obtained by trading DC-owned land. In the highestprofile swap, the Frank Reeves Municipal Center, at 14th and U Streets NW, would go to the DC developer Akridge. The city also would take over land used by Pepco as an electrical station, and help the utility find a new location. One of the other parcels is used as a scrap yard and another is owned by venture capitalist Mark Ein. The city also would pay for all of the clean-up at the site and for new roads and other infrastructure. That is estimated to cost $40-$50 million.
WIDE SHOE OUTLET DC United would then pay to build the stadium, with some suggesting that would cost up to $150 million. The team also would have the ability to build hotels or restaurants outside the stadium.
The Stadium Deal: A Safety Net for DC United But Big Risks for DC
There is little doubt that DC United’s owner is the big winner in the proposed deal. The team, which is losing money at RFK stadium, now has a half-price offer for a new stadium that will mean more revenue from tickets, concessions, ads, and naming rights, plus a big jump in the market value of the team. United has not gotten this sweet an offer from any other jurisdiction. And neither have most soccer teams. The public subsidies for 12 soccer stadiums across the nation vary from as little as $7 million in Kansas City to $247 million in Newark, NJ. Four of the stadiums received under $50 million in public funds, and the typical subsidy among the 12 cities is $77 million — or just half of what Mayor Gray proposes. Only two stadium deals — in Denver and Newark — got more than $150 million in public assistance. The current price tag is just an estimate. The costs of buying land with unknown environmental hazards, relocating a PEPCO substation, and providing new infrastructure could easily top $150 million. The risks don’t stop there. The agreement calls for public funds to guarantee that DC United makes a “reasonable profit” from the day the stadium opens. If the team is not making a profit, DC will reduce DC United’s property tax bill and turn over all sales tax revenues collected at the stadium site. On the other hand, if the team makes more than a “reasonable profit,” the excess profits would be shared by the team and the District. This is not a fair deal for the District. Instead, it is a soccer safety-net for DC United.
Swapping City Assets for Stadium Land? That’s Eyebrow Raising
Gray Administration officials say that the need to buy stadium land is a good reason to do something they want to do, anyway: dispose of valuable city-owned real estate. The Reeves Center, they argue,
is no longer needed to bolster U Street’s economic activity. By selling it, the District can promote more private development along U Street and relocate government employees to Ward 8, a part of the city in need of economic development. Whatever you think of the Reeves center, it is centrally located and metro accessible, making it an important site for a public building. Given that, selling any public asset should not be rushed but should be done as part of a thoughtful long-term plan. The District does not appear to have such a plan. The land swap raises eyebrows for other reasons as well. Is this the best way to sell valuable DC assets, or is it just the fastest way to get land for the stadium? If the District is ready to sell some of its properties, a better approach would be to sell them to the highest bidder. The Reeves Center could be worth up to $186 million, according to DC’s Chief Financial Officer.
Making Sure a New Stadium Beneﬁts both DC United and the Community
Finally, a new stadium could prove to be a win for the surrounding neighborhood, but none of those details has been worked out, and many questions remain. Buzzard Point is home to marinas, the Earth Conservation Corps, parks and more. What would happen to those? What will the District do to ensure that the added traffic volume is not disruptive? Will the stadium’s job opportunities go to area residents, particularly those in nearby public housing, and will they pay living wages? Finally, many soccer stadiums are part of larger recreational facilities. Will DC’s stadium come with public fields, youth soccer opportunities, or other public amenities? In the end, a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point could be a great thing, or it could be a bust. Mayor Gray should refine the deal to reduce the costs and risks to the city, and the DC Council should be assertive to protect the interests of residents, especially those living nearby. That way, DC United can get the stadium it needs to thrive, fans can get a great game experience, and DC taxpayers can get a fair deal.
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Should Charters Be Allowed to Give Neighborhood Preference
was just unwilling to throw my kids in the car and drive what felt like half way around the world,” said Jeanne Contardo, a Ward 7 resident, explaining why she and her husband, Christian, decided to enroll their child in DCPS’ Anne Beers Elementary School. Beers may be a secret as well kept as Hillcrest, a middleclass community east of the Anacostia River. The Contardo’s daughter attended a nearby daycare; when she was ready for pre-kindergarten, they chose their neighborhood school. That’s what Michelle PhippsEvans, the first vice president of Hillcrest Civic Association, also wanted to do. She and her husband had friends with children about the same age. “We’re always doing things together, and we thought it would be good if the kids could be educated together. “All of us are middle-class blacks,” continued Phipps-Evans. “We said if we got behind the school, we might help turn it around faster.” Parent-driven reforms have occurred across the city. Unfortunately, DCPS’ antiquated boundary system denied Phipps-Evans the opportunity to participate in the one at Beers. She was forced into DCPS’ out-of-boundary lottery. Her daughter eventually enrolled in Ward
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Enrollment by Ward Ward 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTALS
Charter Schools* 6,373 858 0 5220 7,229 4149 6701 6936 37,466
DCPS** 5,306 3,192 6,860 6,616 4,944 6,541 5,425 7,773 46,657
*data provided by the DC Public Charter School Board ** data provided by the DC Council’s Committee on Education, David Catania Chairman 6’s Maury Elementary School. “Everyone should have a solid neighborhood school,” said Ayanna Smith, vice president of the PennBranch Citizens Civic Association. She and Contardo are the lucky ones—as are many parents in Wards 2, 3, 4, and 6, where some of the city’s
better schools with consistently high rates of student achievement are located. Parents in other communities, particularly Wards 5, 7 and 8, are part of what At-Large DC Council member David Catania has called the “morning Diaspora.” They
are forced to travel miles from their homes to attend the kind of quality facilities they believe their children deserve. As a testament to the daily public education migration, the council recently approved legislation allowing District children to ride the subway and Metro buses free. “We talk about food deserts; there are school deserts,” said EboniRose Thompson, chairperson of the Ward 7 education council. Middle-class families are skilled at navigating the system. But low-income and working-class families not so much. They often are stuck in neglected buildings with under-funded academic programs and insufficient staff. “It’s inappropriate to tell a group of poor black kids that if you want to get quality education you have to go across town,” said Contardo. “We have to figure out how to keep Ward 7 kids in Ward 7 [schools].”
A Solution or More Problems
Mayor Vincent C. Gray and atlarge Council member David Grosso have each introduced bills aimed at allowing charters to give preference to families in communities where their facilities are located. They say their measures will lead to more quality seats. Speaking before a crowd of “education stakeholders” in June, Gray
said his legislation would “rapidly expand the number of high-quality school programs for all learners.” It would allow chartering authorities to give permission to a school to “establish a preference in admission or right to attend” if it increases opportunities and wouldn’t adversely impact students who live in areas “identified as having a critical service gaps” between demand and need. More than 37,000 children are expected to attend charter schools during 2013-2014, according to documents provided by the charter school board. By law, charters must accept children, regardless of where in the city they live, on a first-come, first served basis or through a lottery, when there are more applications than available seats. That wouldn’t change with Grosso’s legislation. But charters would be allowed to “voluntarily” set aside 20 percent of the available seats for children from their neighborhoods. “Right now, they are not allowed to claim it, if they are doing it. And, they can’t do it even if they want to. These neighborhood preference proposals and the mayor’s push to give chartering authority to DCPS have been roundly criticized. Many parents and education advocates say the plans would injure traditional schools. In fact, that may already have happened. Charters appear to be strongest in Wards 5, 7, and 8 where DCPS has shuttered its facilities; a total of 20,866 students are enrolled in charters in those three wards. That is more than half the charter population. “It doesn’t solve the key problem,” said Matthew Frumin, a Ward 3 resident and cofounder of Parents and Communities for Neighborhood Schools. “It doesn’t provide the predictability that parents want from pre-K through high school. [Further] it’s still not a school of right. It’s a tip of the hat to the concerns.” “Charters take away from neighborhood schools. But who am I to deny a parent an option,” said Smith, the rare preference supporter. Many parents are focused on traditional schools. At meetings this summer called by Catania, Ward 2 parents complained of difficulties in securing a meeting with Henderson and getting her to listen to their ideas. But the issue of neighborhood preference never came up. To underscore connection to traditional schools, Catania reported the projected enrollment for 2013-2014 in Ward 2 DCPS schools is 3,192. Conversely, according to documents provided by the public charter board, only 858 children are expected to attend charters in Ward 2 during the same period. “There is an intense interest for the restoration of public education,” said Catania. Good neighborhood schools are a prime ingredient for strong, stable communities. Suzanne Wells, a Ward 6 parent and education leader, called
the preference legislations “a slippery slope. If there’s one strong advantage DCPS has over charters, it’s their neighborhood schools. “[Besides] there isn’t a real demand,” continued Wells. “Already 45 percent of the charter schools have about 50 percent of the students coming from the neighborhood. If you allow neighborhood preference [you] start decreasing openings for students across the city. “ In 2012, the council mandated a task force study the issue. Brian Jones, then-chairman of the charter school board, headed a 12-member panel. In a letter dated Dec. 14, 2012 to council chairman Phil Mendelson, Jones wrote an analysis “showed the impact of neighborhood preference would not increase the number of or access to quality seats in D.C. public charter schools. “The data found there could be an adverse effect on access for certain students,” Jones continued. The task force agreed, however, it would be acceptable for charters to “voluntarily offer a timelimited preference for students in the enrollment zone of a recently closed DCPS school when a charter school would occupy that facility.” Translation: Give charters buildings, they will take displaced students.
The revival of neighborhood preference may be an acknowledgement of mission failure. The original plan in 2007, when then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty won control over the city’s entire education apparatus, was to dramatically improve the network of traditional “matter of right” schools. By law, the DCPS must provide a free education to every child who comes to its door. Charters don’t have that same obligation. There have been some improvements in DCPS. Math scores were up 3.6 percentage points from 2012. The average for reading was 4.0. DCPS may have bested charters in reading and composition, but drill down and things are not so rosy in either camp, noted Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells. Of the 195 scores participating in the testing, 64 or nearly one-third had drops of 5 percentage points of more in 2013 from 2012. “The people who need quality education are the ones most underserved,” said Ward 7 parent Greg Rhett. Faced with the reality it hasn’t substantially improved the system for all children, there has been talk during the past 18 months about making charters and traditional schools collaborate. “We have the unique opportunity to show the country charters and traditional schools can work together,” said Mark Jones, a Ward 5 parent and state board of education member.
The Gray also is examining how traditional schools might feed into charters. That could be DCPS’ answer to its middle and high school problem. “I helped write the legislation that created charter schools. We never envisaged they would grow the way they have,” said Mary Levy, a Ward 2 resident and one of the city best known education experts. “I think the trajectory is bad. The way we’re going DCPS is not going to be viable very long.” As DCPS has failed to make radical improvements or introduce more innovative academic programs, parents have raced to charters. But is that changing? One week before school was scheduled to start, the charter board was advertising dozens of seats still available in high performing schools. Still, many DCPS supporters worry giving Henderson the power to authorize her own brand of charter could accelerate the demise of traditional schools. “Been there, done that,” said Rhett, noting DCPS had chartering authority until 2007, when the reform act took effect. “If they’re going to the New Orleans model, then don’t waste millions of dollars each year closing down more schools just do it,” Rhett added. Gray has said chartering authority would allow Henderson to attract proven high-performing school operators to operate charters within the DCPS. It would provide an additional way to turn around low-performing traditional public schools and offer more independence to existing high-performing schools. “[Henderson] is supposed to be the leader of DCPS. She is supposed to champion DCPS as a system, argued Thompson. “He tells people to preserve the Catholic Church. Our Pope is agnostic.” Catania has said he prefers creating “innovation schools” that would allow the chancellor to bypass onerous rules and regulations and give parents and administrators a role in developing improvement plans. “Giving traditional public schools the resources they need and autonomy they need would be my preference.” Gray has tried minimizing parents’ concerns about the potential destruction of DCPS. “There is a lot of fear in this narrative, and a lot of distrust.” He’s right. It and what parents call an uninviting DCPS, have caused more of them to question whether the city has the right education leadership team: “If our chancellor does not believe she can turn around low-performing schools by hiring strong principals and introducing innovative programs,” said parent-leader Wells, “then maybe we need a new chancellor.” Jonetta Rose Barras can be reached at email@example.com u
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Anacostia Coordinating Council Celebrates 30 Years
very September, Anacostia residents look forward to the Anacostia Coordinating Council’s (ACC) Boat Ride on the Nina Dandy. ACC’s flagship fundraiser gives attendees a chance to meet elected officials like Mayor Vincent Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and network with each other. According to the ACC’s website the event has been sold out for the last 17 years. However, the event is only one of many things the ACC does to help residents improve their community.
by Charnice A. Milton
Anti-Drug Paraphernalia Efforts
Since then the ACC has extended its focus to other community issues. “There is absolutely no issue in Ward 8 that the ACC has not been involved in,” declared Pannell. One such issue is the sale of drug paraphernalia in Ward 8 liquor and convenience stores. According to city law, drug paraphernalia consists of “objects used, intended for use, or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducPhilip Pannell, executive director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council (ACC), and Andrew Cho, ACC board member ing Cannabis, cocaine, hashand co-owner of the Martin Luther King Grocery, pose with school supplies. The ACC and store co-sponsor the anish, hashish oil, or any other What Is the ACC? nual Anacostia Back to School Block Party. Photo: Anacostia Coordinating Council According to its website controlled substance into the the ACC is “a volunteer, membership consortium the Green Line coming to Anacostia,” recalled human body ...” This could include bongs, rolling of organizations and individuals involved with the Pannell. “They predicted that the Metro would papers, pipes, and blunts. revitalization of Anacostia and its adjacent neigh- spur more economic development in the area.” The Since 1997 the ACC and its partners have borhoods.” Former Councilmember Arrington book “The Unintended Consequences: Family and conducted poster drives and community meetings Dixon has served as its chair since 1994. Philip Community, the Victims of Isolated Poverty” con- with business owners to find solutions, including Pannell, a community activist who worked with tains a first-hand account of the ACC’s first cam- the launch of the East of the River Anti-Drug Dixon on the city council, was appointed as execu- paigns, including a study of the Historic Anacostia Campaign. In January 2006 they adopted their tive director a year later. While the organization area. “The study was prompted by reports that some most successful tactic: working with Advisory meets every last Tuesday of the month (except in of the historic buildings in the area were in a state Neighborhood Commissions to protest the liquor August and December) at the Anacostia Com- of serious neglect,” wrote authors James and Peter licenses of specific businesses with the hope that munity Museum, Pannell runs the ACC from the Banks. “Under the aegis of the ACC a group of the owners will sign voluntary agreements saying office of Arrington Dixon and Associates (ADA), students from nearby Kramer Junior High School that they will not sell drug paraphernalia. By June, Inc., on Shannon Place. were trained to observe housing deterioration and, 21 business owners had agreed to sign, but only Although the ACC was incorporated on Jan. under close supervision, performed the survey.” two owners, who did not sign, attended a press 6, 1983, the framework began earlier. “There were Their findings helped the ACC develop a plan to conference announcing the agreement. Despite the folks that were meeting to discuss the impacts of encourage owners to restore their properties. setback all 32 liquor stores agreed to stop selling 28 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
drug paraphernalia in 2007. Cynthia Woodruff-Simms, community resource officer for the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), said in a Washington Post article that “these businesses had never before been protested. This was the first time that residents had protested licenses, and they ended up with 100 percent participation.” The campaign continues, with Mayor Vincent Gray announcing in July that he will support strengthening the drug paraphernalia law.
The ACC also helped promote environmental issues in Ward 8 by partnering with organizations like the Sierra Club to present community discussions on topics such as green jobs and creating sustainable communities. They also co-sponsored “The East of the River Eco-Expo 2020,” an event that brought representatives from city agencies such as the Department of the Environment, the Water and Sewer Authority, and the Office of the People’s Council, as well as organizations like the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation. Community clean-ups have provided another opportunity. One such campaign centered on posters for events and political candidates, which were eyesores on telephone poles and abandoned buildings and also created hiding places for termites and other vermin. Despite the Go-Go Alliance’s decision in 1995 to stop using posters for events the problem persisted. Then-Ward 8 Councilmember Sandy Allen tried unsuccessfully to gain passage of the “Sign, Advertisement, and Poster Control Act of 1997.” Fortunately the ACC’s clean-up efforts helped solve the problem.
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The Anacostia Coordinating Council has co-sponsored many community events including the Metropolitan Police Department’s National Night Out in August. Photo: Anacostia Coordinating Council
The ACC Board
The ACC also boasts a large board of elected officers, community leaders, and residents. One member is Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. “This year has seen Anacostia flourish with new investments from the Anacostia Playhouse to Uniontown Bar & Grill, from fitness trails to community engagement, and the Anacostia Coordinating Council has been a leader in these wonderful accomplishments,” he said in a statement. “There is much, much more work ahead of us. I remain committed to furthering investments in Anacostia and neighborhoods east of the river to ensure this is a city where everyone can live, work and raise a family regardless of where they live.” In July the ACC designated a faith committee, led by the Rev. Anthony Motley, another board member. “The faith effort of the ACC has been around for some time,” he said. “However, it was not designated as such.” Motley knew about the ACC since its 1983 inception and joined to take advantage of informationsharing networking opportunities. “It keeps us informed about 30 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
those things which might impact the area,” he explained. “It also provided opportunities to hear about those things that homeowners and businesses can benefit from.” When asked what he plans to do with the faith committee, Motley replied, “The same that we do with ACC: information sharing. We would share opportunities for the faith community to know about those things that will either impact in a negative way or bring benefit and resources to support the faith community.”
Pannell hopes to meet with the Anacostia Playhouse to plan an official anniversary celebration. “We would honor past and present commissioners and help promote the arts,” he said. If those plans do not materialize, the ACC will continue serving Ward 8 communities. For instance, this month the organization will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Birmingham, Ala., bombing with a service at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ and a reception for the Anacostia Art Quilters and their upcoming exhibit at
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the church. In October, at the Willard Hotel, the ACC will hold its annual Mother’s Tea, an event that promotes healing for families affected by violence and homicide.
How to Help
Since its inception the ACC has been at the forefront of change in one of the city’s poorest wards. However, the goal has always been to provide opportunities for collaboration between residents and community leaders. “When you don’t have enough money and resources are scarce, collaboration is the key,” said Pannell. To participate Motley suggested three things for community members: “Attend the meetings. Make donations. Let others know about the work of the organization.” The ACC meets every last Tuesday of the month (except August and December) from noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Anacostia Community Museum (1901 Fort Place SE). For more information visit www.anacostiadc.org, call 202-889-4900, or email ACC01@aol.com. u
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Trusted Health Debuts in Washington, DC How TRUSTED Health plans to be your choice for Medicaid and Alliance Health Insurance by Candace Y.A. Montague
Thomas Duncan, center, and his administrative team at Trusted Health Plan
n a warm Saturday morning in July, there’s a high-energy health fair kicking off at the Boys and Girls Club on Mississippi Avenue in Ward 8. As the Z-GoGo class starts up, rows and rows of women are lined up ready to workout. They are dressed in white tshirts that have three letters on the front: “THP” for Trusted Health Plan, the sponsor of the health fair. Thomas Duncan, CEO of TRUSTED Health, smiles proudly as he watches the class move. When asked why should the community choose a start up health insurance company, his response was simple. “We’re going to be here. We’re going to be everywhere our members are. And they will know the Trusted name.”
Quality, Holistic Care
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multimillion-dollar contract with the District in March. What separates them from other providers? Holistic care. Members are more than just a number on a file. They have lives and challenges to health care that extend beyond the doctor’s office. Dr. Ivan Walks, former director for the DC Department of Health during Anthony Williams’ administration, is the Chief Medical Officer for Trusted. He says Trusted Health keeps up with all areas that affect a patient’s health. “We want to monitor when people go into the emergency room as well as when they are released. If you’re having trouble with your blood pressure, maybe it’s not just related to medication. Maybe the reason your blood pressure is high is because you’re about to lose your house. Maybe your child’s asthma is acting up because you live near a field and in the summer pollen blows into the house. All of the things that impact people’s health matter to me.”
Trusted Health pledges to deliver quality care to all members. But what does quality care mean? For Rachel Harris, Enrollment Manager, quality of care means listening to the patient and meeting them wherever they are in life. “Quality care means looking at what other things a member needs. Do you need your carpet cleaned or an air-conditioner to help with your asthma issues? What other resources can we assist our members with? We don’t just start when they are in-patient. We get out there.” In addition to monitoring care, Trusted is working to educate members about their health to build a healthier patient pool. Dennis Lane, cofounder of Trusted, says a well-informed member will be the testament of Trusted’s performance. “Preventative health care creates a healthier patient. We want to help them take control of their health and their lives. You’ll only have to look at
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Thomas Duncan, CEO of Trusted Health. Photo: Ready, Set, Impact Photography
them to see how well we’re doing.” Ask Anisha Claggett, Trusted member, how well THR is doing with health care and she will sing their praises. Anisha was enrolled in Medicaid this year and received a packet of information from Trusted Health. When she called them to explain how she had been looking for an optometrist for three years, Trusted intervened. “They helped me find a doctor that suited me and who I was comfortable with. I didn’t have to do a lot of running around. They did the legwork for me. It’s good to know that the people who are taking care of your health care know what you’re going through.”
Building a Managed Care Organization?
Thomas Duncan is not a freshman in the Medicaid arena. His experience began in 2006 when a company recruited him in his native Detroit to enroll uninsured psychiatric ward patients into Medicaid. The idea of helping patients connect to health coverage excited Duncan. “I thought it was a great idea. I had seen many patients in my prior experience go without coverage and wanted to help. So when the offer came up I researched to find out how many companies actually do this for hos34 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
pitals. There weren’t many that did Medicaid enrollment on behalf of hospitals on a national level. Clearly there was a need for this service.” Linking uninsured patients to coverage requires helping people complete applications, obtain their medical records, and meet identification requirements. If they were denied, Duncan’s role was to find out why they were denied and appeal. As a result, more hospitals were paid for services rendered. Patients were covered and relieved from insurmountable hospital bills. When the request for proposals came out Duncan decided to strike out on his own. “I didn’t have a lot of experience in this, but I knew I wanted to perform this service for hospitals and patients. So my partner and I put together a proposal and we won.” Care Compensation Specialists Inc. was born in Detroit. In 2007, Duncan sold the company to Accretive Health. But his passion for helping people enroll in Medicaid didn’t vanish with the sale. The District caught his eye. “I still wanted to continue in the business. I know Medicaid inside and out and I knew that I could help others here the same way I did in Detroit. So I learned DC. I learned every disease that affected the District by ward.” He had li-
quidity from the sale of his company, did some fundraising and added a new business partner, Dennis Ellis, who was also willing to invest in the company. “Tommy had been in the business for some time on the Medicaid side. I had money and access to funds to help with operations. We both shared the view that our ultimate goal was to better serve the patient and create better patient pool,” says Ellis. They started over year in advance with applying for licenses, getting partners, and obtaining letters of agreement. “We did a lot of review of the managed care organizations here. We thought we could do a better job and produce better results in care,” says Duncan. Thrive Health (the name was changed to Trusted later on) won a multimillion-dollar contract from the District. Wayne Turnage, Director of the DC Health Care Finance, has high hopes for Trusted Health. “I think they will do an excellent job. They have some talented employees. They have creative ideas for how to manage care for Medicaid and Alliance members.” Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Chair of the Health Committee, echoes Turnage’s sentiments. “I was impressed by their ward by ward study to assess the Medicaid needs. They were very thorough. They really did a good job with the research. And they are located right here in Ward 7. I’m hoping they will do well and I will hold hearings to see that they are abiding by their contracts.” Trusted Health: advancing Medicaid and Alliance coverage through total patient care. For more information about Trusted Health, visit www.trustedhp.com or call 1-855-326-4831. Candace Y.A. Montague is the health reporter for East of the River . u
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H.D. Woodson’s Interim Principal Appointment Triggers Petition by Charnice A. Milton
.D. Woodson High School reopened its doors in 2011 with a new facility replacing the deteriorating “Tower of Power” with a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) academic program. A year later Woodson welcomed a new principal, Richard Jackson. However, when students return for school this year they will have an interim principal, Dr. Darrin Slade. Woodson’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) and the Ward 7 Education Council are upset that Slade’s appointment came without the community’s consent.
According to the PTSA and Ward 7 Education Council’s petition, which is available on www.change.org, Woodson has had three principals in the last three years. During the summer of 2012 community members were invited to help choose a new principal to replace the outgoing Thomas Whittle. Out of the four candidates Jackson, a veteran of both DC Public Schools (DCPS) and charter schools, was chosen. “Under Principal Jackson, H.D. Woodson has established a school culture built on collaborating with parents and community members for the benefit of the students,” the petition stated. On July 25 DCPS sent a letter to parents announcing that Jackson will be taking an immediate medical leave. “It 36 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
is important to know that the Chancellor is committed to ensuring that H.D. Woodson continues to move in a positive direction and receive the necessary support to be successful,” the letter read. “To assist with this, Dr. Darrin Slade, a veteran principal in DCPS, has been asked to lead the school and guide the student body during Mr. Jackson’s extended absence.” According to DCPS’ official biography, Slade had previously led Shadd Elementary School, Fletcher Johnson Education Campus, and the Ninth Grade Academy at Woodson. In 2006 he became principal of Ron Brown Middle School, staying there until its closure after the 2012-13 school year.
Concerns and Response
Four days later parents and staff met with Thomas Anderson, the instructional superintendent for Cluster X (which includes Woodson), to voice their concerns about Slade. Sirraya Gant, president of the Woodson PTSA, noted that Slade was one of the candidates community members interviewed in 2012. “We did interview him, but he was considered the least likely to lead out of the four,” she said. Many attendees left the meeting feeling that DCPS denied them a chance to choose a principal who would best serve their community. While DCPS had no official comment, Anderson wrote on the petition
website, “The decision to have Dr. Darrin Slade serve as the Acting Principal for H.D. Woodson HS during this challenging time for Mr. Jackson is in no way altering the process of selecting a permanent principal. As I have shared, Mr. Jackson’s medical leave was unexpected and immediate, but he is still the permanent principal.” He also wrote that Jackson’s initiatives for the current school year will still be implemented with Slade’s support.
The Community Takes Action
Thompson and Gant stress that the petition, which currently has 130 signatures, is not against Slade himself, but the process that placed him in his new position. “We don’t trust DCPS,” Gant said. “Sometimes there are interim principals that become permanent. If Mr. Jackson doesn’t come back, what
H.D. Woodson High School PTSA in a recent meeting with Instructional Superintendent Thomas Anderson. In July Anderson announced that Dr. Darrin Slade will be interim principal while Richard Jackson is on medical leave, a decision that many residents disagree with. Photo: Sirraya Gant
happens next?” She, along with Woodson’s staff, met with Slade to discuss concerns for the new school year. “I was in agreement with what he said about discipline and enforcing the uniform policy,” she said. However, Gant came away from the meeting feeling that DCPS “disrespected him as much as they did us. There is no transition plan for him to follow.” While organizers hope to get at least 750 signatures (one for each student), they realize that most will have to be solicited offline. “Some people didn’t receive the letter,” Thompson explained. “For a change like this, ideally, you’d want parents to know.” Thompson hopes that the petition will help start a conversation with DCPS about partnering with the community to bring a sense of stability in public schools. “I strongly feel that true engagement is creating a partnership,” Thompson said. “I see it happen too often in Ward 7; something like this sends a message that we are not important as other wards.”
A School in Transition
As Woodson begins a second year in its new building, this change brings more uncertainty to a school still in transition. “This will be the first year Woodson has received STEM funding and there has been a great deal of planning, prodding, and preparation to reach this milestone toward a robust STEM program,” stated the petition. “To best support this transition, we are asking that those members of [ Jackson’s] current, very capable leadership team be given the opportunity to carry out his vision during his absence.” However, parents like Gant are worried about how the sudden change in leadership will affect the school’s atmosphere and their children. “Mr. Jackson cultivated a positive environment,” she said. “I’m not sure what will happen now.” u
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Chekesha Rashad, Urban Farmer by Annette Nielsen
C (L) Chekesha Rashad’s Anacostia garden offers herbs including lemon thyme for Chekesha’s Really Lemon Crinkle Cookies. Photo: Annette Nielsen (R) Self-proclaimed urban farmer Chekesha Rashad at her extensive home garden in Anacostia. Photo: Annette Nielsen
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hekesha Rashad, CMP, a high profile, industry-certified event producer, is probably not the person you might imagine when you hear the words “urban farmer.” And with a career that keeps the tarmac hot, she has little time for digging and harvesting in her yard. But visit her home in Anacostia and you’ll find an abundance of food growing at her urban homestead. A proud fifth-generation Washingtonian, with a grandmother who was a DC caterer, Rashad grew up learning how to cook with her mom (she’s never cooked from a book), and for fun they’d watch cooking shows on PBS. Although she previously worked in the pro sports and entertainment arenas she has also been director of catering for National Geographic at a time when the department started to look at issues of sustainability. “I started to really research what went into our food, educating myself about the range of issues from GMOs to over-processed food items and the impact on our health,” says Rashad. She adds, “I decided that I needed to start being more conscious of how I made my food choices because I developed food allergies in my early thirties. You need to think for yourself and get back to the basics.”
Rashad purchased her Anacostia home in August 2009. It was a couple of years ago that she decided to start a garden. “It was an easy choice – I had already determined that I wanted to start growing my own food, and now I grow everything I can. I decided to dig up my lawn because I grew tired of mowing it. I put in raised beds and plant everything from heirloom seeds I start in the spring.” Her small front yard yields a surplus of produce that she shares with her neighbors. The plantings include Swiss chard, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, sweet potatoes, tomatoes (like the prolific Mortgage Busters and beautiful Black Prince varieties), onions, beets, carrots, collards, peppers, strawberries, and peas, as well as a wide range of herbs like basil, dill, tarragon, curry, cilantro, oregano, lemon and silver thyme, rosemary, and flat and curly parsley. She’s lucky, too, to have backup help when she’s on the road, from friends who stop by to water, weed, and harvest. While she has a long list of renovations she’d like to start in her kitchen, she also sees artistic ways to expand her urban garden into her back yard as another room, an extension of her home. Her recycle and reuse philosophy might make good use of some items on her property, like extra gutters. “They might be fun to use to plant rows of lettuces, maybe in tiers” – and plans to keep her rain barrels in use in the front and back of the house, to conserve water. Rashad loves her new home and appreciates the ability for down time there when not on the road, which can be up to three weeks of each month. Cooking for friends or neighbors helps her relax. “When I come home I sometimes have a 10-hour turnaround before the bags have to be packed and I hop back on a plane, so if there’s time to invite people over I don’t serve processed foods. If I cook for you I cook from scratch because part of the process of cooking is to show the love you have for your guests and for the food.”
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A love of lemon inspired this homemade lemon extract. Place ½ cup of vodka in a clean jar, add the zest of a lemon, and let steep for at least a month, covered with a lid. You can strain out the zest or keep it in the jar and continue steeping. Make sure to use only the yellow part of the zest, not the white (and bitter) pith. ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup organic granulated sugar ½ teaspoon lemon extract 1 egg zest of 2 lemons juice of ½ lemon ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon baking powder 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1½ cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons lemon thyme, finely chopped ½ cup powdered sugar Yield: Approximately 2 dozen cookies
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets with light oil (or use non-stick pans) and set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Whip in lemon extract, egg, lemon zest, and juice. Stir in all dry ingredients slowly, except for the powdered sugar (pour powdered sugar onto a plate). Roll a heaping teaspoon of dough into a ball and roll in powdered sugar; place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for approximately 9-11 minutes or until the cookie bottoms are barely brown and cookies have a dull finish (not shiny). Remove from oven, cool for a few minutes, and transfer to a cooling rack. u
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Chekesha Rashad preparing cookie dough containing lemon thyme from her Anacostia garden. Photo: Annette Nielsen
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Healthy Eating, Garden-Style Howard University Doctors Plant Gardens in Wards 7 and 8
d campaigns and public service announcements can be effective in getting a message across, but Howard University doctors wanted to do more to spread the word about the link between healthy eating and good health. Families in wards 7 and 8 with kindergartenand elementary-aged children who responded to the call were able to have gardens installed at their homes or apartments this summer. In its second year, the My Garden Project has served more than 50 families. Howard University physicians from the departments of pediatrics, community and family medicine, and orthopedics planted free gardens of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and other vegetables that do not require a lot of work. According to Dr. Mark Johnson, Dean of Howard University College of Medicine and founder of the My Garden Project, “all healthcare starts with a healthy diet. Unfortunately, sometimes families, particularly children, don’t have enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. The problem is even more significant in some of Washington’s food deserts.” As a child Dr. Johnson used to help with his grandmother’s garden. The program is designed to use gardens to teach children about the importance of healthy eating and the joy of watching fruits and vegetables grow. “This project is an opportunity for kids to discover the joy of gardening early, which usually for most people doesn’t happen until later in life,” said Ionnie McNeill, the My Garden Project’s coordinator. “It gives kids the opportunity to gain a sense of responsibility in terms of being able to care for a living thing and be a part of the process of providing for themselves. They don’t think about that process because it’s usually the parents making sure they have meals and clothing.” Jessica Silva, who lives in an apartment, was glad they were able to accommodate her living situation. Her garden was planted right outside the apartment’s front door. “I was happy to be a part of a program that was designed to teach children about healthy foods. It was also free of charge and the materials were brought to your door,” she said. “How easy was that!” Silva’s son Ifasen had been asking for a garden for some time and is now in charge of its care, including the watering and weeding. “He’s learned how he can care for his own garden and help it to 40 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
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New gardener Kaleem “advises” his twin brother, Ameer, on putting in one of the vegetables.
From left, the Muhammad children, Ameer, Zahir, Nailah and Kaleem, christen their vegetable garden. They placed the sign on top of the bean seeds so they will know where to water.
Nailah Muhammad, the youngest, and her older brother, Ameer Muhammad, gently cover up one of the vegetable plants. They planted tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, peans and beans. They also planted mint to keep bothersome insects away.
grow and produce foods that he can eat, enjoy, and share,” said Silva. The family is already enjoying the garden’s bounty including fresh mint tea from mint and fresh basil in a variety of dishes. “There is a
good-sized tomato growing now that we are waiting to taste,” said Silva. Ifasen is particularly fond of the aromas emanating from the garden. “I like having my own garden. I really like to smell the basil and the mint,” he remarked. Jennifer Muhammad, a busy mother of four, wanted her children to participate in this program to prevent childhood obesity. “It is important to introduce children to healthy eating at a young age. Childhood obesity can be prevented by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with exercise. I also wanted my children to participate so that they could be empowered and shown how to grow their own food, right in their backyard.” Another benefit of participating in the My Garden Project for the Muhammad family was the opportunity to see doctors as real people. “We also liked the very personal side of the program. My children are used to seeing doctors in the office, in a fairly formal setting. By coming to our home, it made the doctors more accessible and showed the children that the Howard physicians, who looked like them, cared about their well-being enough to come and plant a garden.” Kaleem Muhammad, age seven, was excited about the growing process. “Look mommy, I can see the peppers and tomatoes growing! We can grow our own food and eat it at home!” The Muhammad family’s oldest son Zahir picked herbs and vegetables from the garden and helped his mom prepare a vegetarian meal. “My children have felt so proud about their garden. My son Ameer goes out each day and waters it himself, without any prompting. They love the sign with their names on it. Each of the children has gone out to pick basil for dinner meals. Each day, when we come in they check the garden and can see the different stages of growth of the crops,” said Muhammad. “I cannot describe the pride that this has brought to my children. Hats off to Howard University for instilling the love of agriculture in our community. I am sure my four children will continue growing food and providing their families with nutrient rich food for generations to come.” Monica Z. Utsey is a freelance writer and president of the Southern DC Chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc., www.mochamoms.org. u
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ian Institution’s Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of American History. Three finalists will advance to the finals, Sept. 16, with scholarships and prizes totaling more than $100,000, including a $25,000 first-place scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Music Group. The gala concert features Terri Lyne Carrington, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, and Cassandra Wilson, among others. For more information go to monkinstitute.org.
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Longtime saxophone dynamo and John Coltrane scholar Andrew White appears at Blues Alley on Sept. 24.
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Who will be anointed as the next star of the glamour instrument of jazz, the saxophone? To find out, at least according to the Thelonious Monk Institute, tune in on Sept. 16 for the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and All-Star Gala Concert, 7:30 p.m., at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. For added saxophone gravitas the event features the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary Wayne Shorter in recognition of his “extraordinary six-decade career as a saxophonist, educator, and composer,” according to Monk Institute information. There will also be a special tribute to the recently departed George Duke, a longtime friend and supporter of the institute who was scheduled to serve as the evening’s musical director. Many of Duke’s longtime musical collaborators are to perform in his memory. The competition will feature 14 outstanding young jazz saxophonists – including Braxton Cook of Silver Spring, Md. – performing before a panel of jazz greats including Shorter, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, and Bobby Watson. The semifinals are Sept. 15, noon to 6:00 p.m., at the Smithson-
A new jazz series takes shape this month thanks to East River Jazz, featuring a “salonstyle history and education” performance format. On Sept. 11, 7 p.m., at Anacostia Playhouse a Jazz Dance Jam will feature Jackie Hairston’s Hammond B3 Quartet. Will Smith’s W.E. S. Group performs at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, Sept. 14, for Bebop/Hip-Hop. Other events include A Jazz Conversation with Brother Ah at the Big Chair Coffee n’ Grill on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Sept. 22, and Hymns, Negro Spirituals & the Blues with bassist Herman Burney’s Ministerial Alliance at the B Spot on Capitol Hill, Sept. 29. Go to eastriverjazz.net for complete information.
Transparent Jazz Is Back!
The Transparent Productions 2013-14 jazz series begins Sunday, Sept. 15, with The Roy Campbell Quartet at Bohemian Caverns, featuring Campbell on trumpet, Hill Green on bass, Michael Wimberly on drums, and Bryan Carrot on vibes. Then the Vision Music & Dance on tour comes to DC. The Patricia Nicholson Parker & William Parker Duet on Sept. 26 features dance, voice, and words by Patricia Nicholson Parker, and music from bassist William Parker, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street (atlasarts.org). A Patricia Nicholson Parker & William Parker Workshop & Workshop Performance on Sept. 27 will include collaboration with local artists at Union & Arts Manufacturing, 411 New York Ave. NE. Dancers and musicians are encouraged to attend. See www.transparentproductionsdc.org for complete details.
In Person ... “Love” CD Party at Twins
Vocalist Heidi Martin’s entrancing vocals opened the evening for Twins Jazz’s Reginald Cyntje “LOVE” CD release party one steamy Saturday night last month. Then Cyntje’s group featured homeboy pianist Benito Gonzalez for some scintillating sets, highlighting music from the CD and other tunes, including vocalist Christie Dashiell on “Satin Doll.” Cyntje was in fine form on trombone with him and Gonzalez, exchanging crackling riffs on “Woody ‘n You.” September Highlights: … Brad Linde, Artist in Residence, Sept. 10, 17, 24, Bohemian Caverns … New Gary Burton Quartet, Sept. 12-13, Blues Alley … Sharon Clark, Sept. 13, Chez Billy … Marshall Keys/Tribute to Cannonball Adderley, Sept. 13, Westminster Presbyterian Church … Tony Martucci, Sept. 13-14, Twins Jazz … Roy Campbell Quartet, Sept. 15, Bohemian Caverns … JAZZForum: Nasar Abadey & Supernova, Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement, Sept. 17, University of the District of Columbia Recital Hall … Nasar Abadey & Supernova, Sept. 19, Smithsonian American Art Museum … Bruce Williams Quintet, Sept. 20-21, Twins Jazz … Houston Person, Sept. 20-21, Bohemian Caverns … Carl Grubbs Ensemble/Annual John Coltrane Celebration, Sept. 21, Ward Center for the Arts, Brooklandville, Md. … Andrew White, Sept. 24, Blues Alley … Allyn Johnson “Truth” CD Release concert, Sept. 25, UDC Recital Hall … Roy Ayers, Sept. 26-29, Blues Alley … Tim Green Quartet, Sept. 27-28, Twins Jazz … 12th Annual D.C. Jazz Preservation Festival, Sept. 28, Westminster Church Park … September Birthdays: Art Pepper 1; Horace Silver, Clifford Jordan 2; Mickey Roker, Roy Brooks 3; Meade Lux Lewis 4; Andrew White, Buddy Bolden 6; Sonny Rollins, 7; Wilbur Ware 8; Elvin Jones, George Mraz 9; Roy Ayers 10; Steve Turre 12; Chu Berry 13; Oliver Lake 14; Cannonball Adderley 15; Joe Venuti, John Hendricks 16; Brother Jack McDuff 17; Emily Remler 18; Muhal Richard Abrams 19; Chico Hamilton 21; John Coltrane 23; Gary Bartz 26; Bud Powell 27; Kenny Kirkland 28; Buddy Rich, Oscar Pettiford 30. Steve Monroe is a Washington, DC, writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed at www.twitter.com/jazzavenues. u
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tate located in zip codes 20019, 20020, and 20032. Anyone wanting to buy or sell a property in those zip codes are in the East of the River real estate market. Of the slightly less than two hundred listings currently available more than eight out of ten are in the neighborhoods of Deanwood, Randle Heights, Hillcrest, Fort Dupont Park, Lily Ponds, Anacostia, Congress Heights and Marshall Heights. These neighborhoods are called Submarkets. A lot of confusion revolves around the difference between a neighborhood and a Submarket. East of the River has many neighborhoods, such as Twinning, Burrville, Washington Highlands, Bellevue and so on. Many of the neighborhoods have their own identity, history, and character. While unique in their own right, these neighborhoods
are not dominant and recognizable from a Real Estate Sales perspective. The submarket or market name that generates the most interest or buzz from prospective buyers wins. The name and history of any neighborhood is important in East of the River real estate in negotiations of the purchase and sales price to either the benefit of the buyer or the seller. Whomever convinces the other of the positives or negatives the best walks away with the best deal. This is why a small house in Hillcrest may sell for much more than a larger house in Deanwood. The market shifts from time to time to a “Buyers’ market” when the inventory or number of properties for sale on the market exceeds the number of people wanting to purchase property. If there are ten properties on the market and you are the only person looking to purchase and
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KIDS & FAMILY
Smart Start Strings, for ages 8-12, is a beginning class for violin and viola. Photo: Courtesy of Levine at THEARC
Levine at THEARC String Classes and Ensembles Smart Start Strings, for ages 8-12, is a beginning class for violin and viola that helps children learn proper care and handling of their instruments, proper posture, holding positions for the instruments and bows, rhythmic bowing patters on open strings and reading of simple melodies. No previous musical instruction required. It begins on Sept 19 and meets Thursdays, 4-5 p.m. Capital String Ensemble, for ages 8-12, is a fun and instructional ensemble open to violin, viola and cello students with two or more years of group or private instruction. Students learn how to improve intona-
tion, blend their instruments’ tones, and develop teamwork skills. It begins on Sept 19 and meets Thursdays 5-6 p.m. THEARC Small String Ensemble, for ages 12-18, is designed for middle and high school students currently taking private lessons. This ensemble provides students with the opportunity to master traditional string quartet repertoire and arrangements. Throughout the year, students receive valuable performance experiences. It also begins Sept 19 and meets Thursdays, 6-7 p.m. More information is available by calling 202-610-4123 or visiting levineschool.org.
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New Fort Greble Playground Opens
On Aug 30, Mayor Gray, Ward 8 Councilmember Barry, Department of Parks and Recreation Director Aguirre, other government officials and Ward 8 residents celebrated the opening of the Fort Greble Playground at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and Elmira St. SW. Fort Greble’s playground design is in46 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
spired by local Civil War history and builds in fun play elements inspired by history and by nature. As part of the Mayor’s Sustainable DC initiative, the park features a green roof pavilion and an extensive storm water management system for its new community garden. New amenities include a Pebble Flex® safety surface for the playground, an artificial field turf, new
splash pad, ADA-accessible equipment and picnic tables, barbecue grills, a new parking lot with re-enforced turf, an outdoor classroom, new basketball courts and bleachers. The new playground is part of the Play DC initiative, a partnership between DPR and DGS to evaluate, upgrade and maintain all the play spaces in DPR’s inventory.
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KIDS & FAMILY Conscious Moves Chess Club at Anacostia Library
Come and participate in the chess club activities at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., engage your chess moves with other players. This program is open to kids ages 10-16. For more information, call 202-715-7707. Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707. dclibrary.org/anacostia
ArtReach Fall 2013 at THEARC
During Big Build 2012, visitors played with big blue blocks, part of the exhibition, PLAY WORK BUILD. Photo: Courtesy of the National Building Museum
The Big Build: A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Building Arts On Sept 21, be a builder for the day at the annual Big Build festival. Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to build a brick wall, carve stone, hammer nails, and much more as they work side by side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. Meet plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about 48 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
their professions and hobbies. At this year’s Big Build festival you can climb aboard cranes and tractors, build a brick wall, construct a log cabin, plant a tree and autumn plants, carve stone, imagine living in a tiny 500-square-foot house, compete in a nail driving contest and create a hardware wind chime to take home. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org
Sept 16-Dec 5, ArtReach students will explore their environment and how their surroundings impact their community and the world at large through the upcoming Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition, Mia Feuer: An Unkindness. Corcoran ArtReach is proud to welcome Mia Feuer as the Corcoran’s community artist-in-residence, Margo Elsayd as the ArtReach Master Class teaching artist, and Corcoran College graduate Armando Lopez Bircann as the Monday-Thursday ArtReach teaching artist. This semester will include a field trip to the Corcoran to see the exhibition Mia Feuer: An Unkindness and an exhibition at the Corcoran Community Gallery at THEARC celebrating the student artwork and ArtReach community installation. Corcoran ArtReach is a semesterbased museum outreach program that offers after-school art classes to students ages 8-18, using the Gallery’s collection and exhibitions as a primary resource. Class schedules are Section A-Mondays, 4-5:30 p.m. (ages 12-18); Section B-Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. (ages 12-18); Section CWednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. (ages 8-12); Section D-Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m. (ages 8-12); Master Class-Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., invitation only (ages 13-18). To register for the Monday-Thursday classes, visit getinvolved.corcoran.org/ArtReach. Please note that all classes and supplies are free and no prior art experience is necessary. Registration is first-come, first-served and attendance is required. Students must be between the ages of 8-18 to participate and sign up for the age appropriate class.
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KIDS & FAMILY Black Student Fund School Fair
The Black Student Fund will hold its signature 41th Annual School Fair Sunday, Sept 8, 2-5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. The fair is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the region. It offers families of students in grades pre-k through 12 an opportunity to learn about independent school admissions, financial aid, testing and curriculum directly from 44 schools from the greater DC area and approximately 10 east coast boarding schools. The school representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Average attendance is estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 people. Fair will also include workshops and live entertainment. For more information, contact the Black Student Fund at 202-3871414 or visit blackstudentfund.org. The Black Student Fund, a 49-year-old nonprofit organization that recruits, refers and assists African-American children, particularly those from low to modest income households, to attend and graduate from independent schools in the DC area. It supports Metro area residents through outreach, consultations, seminars, sponsored-events and the school fair.
Story Time at Anacostia Neighborhood Library
On Sept 21, 10:30 a.m.-noon, join them for a wonderful Saturday morning program. Following the reading of a book and discussion with a community leader, children participate in an arts activity with visual artist Tamara Thomas. (for ages early childhood to 8 years old with parents). Free; for information and reservations, call 202-6334844. Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.
DC Youth Orchestra Open House
Does your child want to learn to play an instrument or does your child already play and wants to participate in an ensemble? If so, check out DC Youth Orchestra Program at its annual Open House, DCYOPalooza, on Saturday, Sept 7, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE. This event is free and open to everyone. Kids can see, hear, and try out instruments at the instrument “petting zoo”. Listen to informal performances by DCYOP faculty at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. where you will hear and meet violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, flute, oboe, trumpet, french horn, and percussion teachers. You can also talk with faculty and staff and register for the fall program. At 4:00 pm, there is an open rehearsal of the Youth Orchestra playing Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. If your child plays an instrument, you can schedule a placement audition between now and Sept 7. 50 H EASTOFTHERIVERDCNEWS.COM
Advanced students can also schedule an audition for the Youth Orchestra during the Open House as well as on Sept 14. DCYOP offers instrumental music classes and ensemble training for beginning to advanced students ages 4-18. Most classes and rehearsals take place on Saturdays at Eastern High School. Tuition assistance is available. The deadline to register for the fall semester is Sept 7 and classes start on Sept 14. For more information, call 202-698-0123 or visit dcyop.org.
Annual Frederick Douglass Family Festival Cancelled
The annual Frederick Douglass Family Day, scheduled for Sept 15, has been cancelled this year due to the budget sequestration. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is at 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961. nps.gov/frdo
“Go-Go Swing: Washington, DC’s Unstoppable Beat” Instrument Petting Zoo
This special exhibition features fine art and memorabilia, as well as musical performances, to reveal and document untold stories of the inventors, contributors and legacy carriers of the city’s signature sound. Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m-8 p.m. at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I (EYE) St. SE. The Instrument Petting Zoo is on Saturday, Sept 14, 3-4 p.m. “Go-Go Swing: Washington D.C.’s Unstoppable Beat” recognizes that once the danceable Go-Go beat winds up, the rhythms are hard to resist. The exhibition features one of Chuck Brown’s Gibson guitars, on loan from the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and photographs documenting key people, places and events. Photographer, scholar, and author of the critically acclaimed book of poems called The Maverick Room, Thomas Sayers Ellis has contributed greatly to the visual narrative of this exhibit. A Listening Library has been installed within the Gallery, comprised of hundreds of PA cassette tapes featuring live performances that gallery attendees can listen to and enjoy.
Celebrate Cats Day at the Zoo
This family-friendly event offers educational and fun activities for children and adults, keeper talks and animal demonstrations. Take a look into the fascinating lives of big cats. Learn how National Zoo staff cares for these incredible animals and find out about the threats to different cat species face in the wild. Oct 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Zoo admission is free. Parking at the Zoo costs $16 for the first 3 hours, and $22 for more than 3 hours. nationalzoo.si.edu
First Sunday at the Dorothy I. Height Neighborhood Library
On Sunday, Oct 6, the Children’s Room will celebrate Teddy Bear Day at 2 p.m. Finger plays, songs and stories about “Teddy Bears,” followed by a bear hunt with give-a-ways at the end of the hunt. In the young adult area, teens will compete in a MAC scavenger hunt from 1:15-3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third-place winners. The circulation desk will have new library card sign-up mystery prizes for anyone getting a library card for the first time. Teen football trivia and test prep practice with laptops will be at 2 p.m. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. dclibrary.org/benning
President Lincoln’s Cottage Family Day
Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home on Saturday, Sept 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and enjoy these grounds as the Lincoln family did. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home. Play with Tad’s favorite animals at the petting zoo, including peacocks, goats, geese, and ponies. Explore a Civil War encampment with demonstrations by the Bucktail soldiers, Lincoln’s Presidential guard. Enjoy live performances! Hear Civil War-era tunes performed by the Parlor Strings and watch a military drill team. Make your own top hat and create other crafts. Local vendors will be on site selling fresh food, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch on the ample South Lawn or at the Visitor Education Center picnic tables. Go on a guided tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage (regular ticket prices apply). Family Day activities, sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home, are free unless otherwise noted. Reservations requested but not required. Go to lincolncottage.org. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in NW. The only entrance is through the Eagle Gate, intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd. NW and Upshur St. NW. The street address is approximately 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW.
Child Safety Seat Inspection Station at THEARC
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children ages 14 and under. Four out of five car seats are not used correctly. Be sure your child’s seat is not one of them. Free inspections are held each Thursday and Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at THEARC outside of the Children’s Health
Center entrance. 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. For more information, call 202-441-8801.
National Symphony Orchestra Teddy Bear Concert “Teddy’s Tales”
Little children love dress-up as much as do playful NSO musicians Carole Bean, William Wielgus, and Janet Frank. They spin a story about a teddy bear whose zany collection of hats represents a wide variety of music, from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. For ages 3-5. Come early for “musical playtime.” Starting a half hour before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy these music and movement activities especially designed for small children. Oct 5, 11 a.m. (This performance is sensory friendly.) and 1:30 p.m. and Oct 6, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. $20. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-416-8000. kennedy-center.org
Back-to-School Book Lists
Go to readwritethink.org to for grade-appropriate reading lists for kids. Some examples are “The Night Before Kindergarten” by Natasha Wing. “Twas the night before kindergarten, and as they prepared, kids were excited and a little bit scared. They tossed and they turned about in their beds, while visions of school supplies danced in their heads.” Or there’s “First Grade Can Wait” by L. Aseltine. Luke does not feel ready to move on from kindergarten to the first grade, and he is relieved when his parents and teacher decide he can stay in kindergarten for another year. Or, “When Will I Read?” by Miriam Cohen. Impatient to begin reading, a first grader doesn’t realize that there is more to reading than books.
A Century of Women in Aerospace Family Day
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. On Saturday, Sept 14, 10 a.m.3 p.m., hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s
role models. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. 202-633-2214. airandspace.si.edu
Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day: Structure of Salsa Music
On Sept 15, 3-6 p.m., celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an exploration and demonstration of salsa music and dance! Eileen Torres and Orquesta La Leyenda demonstrates and then have you join in the fun. The Eileen Torres Dancers perform excerpts from their theatrical presentation, Remembering the Palladium. A scavenger hunt and craft activities are available for the whole family to enjoy. American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. 202-633-1000. americanart.si.edu
American Youth Chorus Auditions
American Youth Chorus, starting their 6th season, is a weekly after school program for ages 8-14. Auditions and weekly rehearsals are held at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. To schedule an audition, email email@example.com or call 301-502-4952. americanyouthchorus.org
Come Together for Bullying Prevention
Every day, more than 160,000 children nationwide stay home from school to avoid being bullied. The effects of bullying on a child can resonate throughout his life. That’s why Advocates for Justice and Education is inviting the community to support the cause at its 3rd Annual Walk and Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Sept 21. Participants will gather at the Jefferson Memorial. Race packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 3.1 mile walk/roll around the Tidal Basin at 8 a.m. Each participant will receive a complementary Tshirt, snacks and additional fun will also be provided. Learn more at aje-dc.org. ◆
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Come on Machen! Show Us The Full Monty! by Anonymous
itching their ubiquitous cellular tethers, Councilmembers have scattered to their vacation hideaways. Congress has fled The District’s famed August humidity. Slumbering by the pool, sipping a cocktail, it is hard for The Nose to summon the moxie for a typical, towering rant. Even the death of Elmer T. Lee, that paragon of bourbon distillers, this past July, failed to rouse him from his summer stupor. Yet, there is one minor, niggling detail that continues to trouble The Nose’s repose. Here we are, Dear Readers, less than a year before the District’s dreaded Democratic mayoral primary. In spite of this, our federal sheriffs have yet to drop the final indictment in their tortoisepaced Shadow Gate investigation. Much like a bad strip show, this inquiry has teased the public with brief flashes of insight while never pulling fully back the curtain. However, the clock is running. September will no doubt wring a decision from the race’s incumbent. To indict a candidate in the midst of the throes of an election would constitute the worst form of political coitus interruptus. So, The Nose has a few sage words of advice for United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. Forgo the feathers!
Put away the pasties!
Deep six the G-string!
Give the public the full monty on the 2010 Shadow Campaign! Let the true extent of this web of political corruption be known. All those politicians who did not examine their contributors’ money orders too closely can then scurry for cover. Channeling the spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd with a nod to the Council’s one University of Alabama alumnus, here is a hacked version of Sweet Home Alabamafor all who chose to sup with Jeffrey “The Governor” Thompson:
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Indictments keep heads turning Carrying pols off to the big house it is true Singing songs about the District I miss The Mayor for Life once again And, I think that’s a sin, yes Well I heard Hawkins sing about the mayor’s campaign Well, I heard ole Hawkins put it out there Well, I hope the Feds will remember District pols don’t need a certain businessman around anyhow Sweet Smell of Corruption When the dollars simply flew Sweet Smell of Corruption Trapping pols of every hue Now, Amazon’s ComPost shuns the Mayor (boo, boo, boo) Now that we all know what his backers did do Shadow Gate does not bother me Does your last vote bother you? Tell the truth Sweet Smell of Corruption When the dollars simply flew Sweet Smell of Corruption Trapping pols of every hue Now New York has got a Weiner And he’s been known to tweet a photo or two Lord his antics make me laugh so much They pick me up when I’m feeling blue Now how about you? Sweet Smell of Corruption When the dollars simply flew Sweet Smell of Corruption Trapping pols of every hue Sweet home District of Columbia Oh sweet home baby Where the Feds will find soon discover what’s true Sweet home District of Columbia Lordy, Lord, corruption’s coming home to you Yeah, Mr. Machen’s got the answer. u
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