East of the River Magazine – April 2023

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APRIL 2023

50,000 Trees Enhance the DC Tree Canopy by Rindy O’Brien

24 Curbside Compost Pilot Program Launches: Sign Up for DPW Program Begins April 22 by Elizabeth O’Gorek

26 Earth Month Calendar by Kathleen Donner


The District

Stumbles Into

Third Term

Falchiccio Scandal Derails Administration

Kenneth V. Cummins 32 Edenbridge PACE Center Open at Skyland: Program Helps Ward 7 and 8 Seniors Age at Home by Elizabeth O’Gorek

34 Good Hope Is More Than a Street Name: It’s History Worth Protecting

46 Changing Hands by Don Denton

48 The Eastsider: A Rising Star East of the River by Leniqua’dominique Jenkins

48 The Man from Anacostia: Celebrating Spiritual Sisterhood by Philip Pannell


50 Notebook by Kathleen Donner EOR

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20 Casey Tree Sets Tree Planting Record
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Back by popular demand, on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, at 8 p.m., the Kennedy Center Concert Hall offers a high-flying display of jugglers, aerialists, contortionists, strongmen and more, bringing the music of the symphony to life in unique and delightful ways. $29 to $99. Most enjoyed by ages five and up. www.kennedy-center.org




City Girls Who Walk DC is a walking club, founded in March 2022, that provides a platform for women to connect and form friendships, explore the DMV and focus on inclusion and accessibility for all. City Girls holds weekly walks and happy hours throughout the city and curates a GroupMe channel of over 130 groups. No sign-up required; join any event at any time. Every walk is free and Metro accessible. Dogs are welcome to join as long as they are allowed at the walking location and remain leashed. www.citygirlswhowalkdc.com


On May 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Around the World Embassy Tour participants travel the world as they experience food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations and goods from different countries. More than 50 embassies will open their doors to visitors. This is a free public event. No registration or tickets required. Find embassy locations at www.eventsdc.com/passport-dc.

At the Embassy of Haiti.

Photo: Samantha Heeley Photo: Courtesy of Cirque de la Symphonie
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“La Valentia (Valor)” is an expertly constructed comedy brimming with family feuds and supernatural secrets. Sisters Trini and Guada battle over whether to sell their beloved family summer home next to a bustling highway. They encounter mysterious visitors who provide hilarious twists and turns. At GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, Thursdays to Sundays, from April 20 to May 14. Tickets $48; discounts for seniors and military. www.galatheatre.org


Recently, more scholars have become interested in examining early modern “blackface,” emphasizing the kinds of cosmetics used to create or make blackness on the early modern stage. In this lecture, Ian Smith use Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost” as a dramatic point of departure in expanding our knowledge of early modern race. “Making Blackness” is at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m., with a reception at 6:30 p. This event is part of Searching for Shakespeare: Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare’s First Folio, a festival in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Folger Shakespeare Theatre. Free registration required at www.events.folger. edu/7972/7973.


Congressional Cemetery has teamed up with historians, experts and organizations for a monthly series of history-filled talks on the cemetery grounds. The opening features Jake Flack, deputy director of education at Ford’s Theater, speaking about the Lincoln Assassination, on Saturday, April 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The following month, May 13, Blake Lindsey, a Ward 6-based writer, speaks about the Capitol Police. Tickets are $5. Read more and sign up at www.congressionalcemetery.org/cemetery-speaker-series.


From Friday, April 28, to Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 25 local boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, salons and galleries will display wares for up to 75% off. Neighborhood restaurants will offer items from an outdoor grill, a sale on French wines and pastries from Patisserie Poupon. On Saturday and Sunday, the Georgetown French Market will feature live music, a caricature artist, roaming stilt-walkers and more. The Georgetown French Market has become a DC tradition and one of the biggest shopping events of the year for the small businesses of Book Hill. www.georgetowndc.com/event/georgetown-french-market

Dr. Ian Smith of Lafayette University. Photo: Chris Chern for the Georgetown BID Illustration: Jonathan Olivares
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Australian green tree frog, Litoria caerulea. About 60% of invertebrates and 30% of vertebrates are or active at night.


Ever wanted to play trivia backed by a live orchestra? On Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), play trivia at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW, with the National Symphony Orchestra. Teams of any size are encouraged to flaunt their knowledge across all genres. This is a general admission seated event. $30. www.theanthemdc.com


The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest continuously running jazz festival in the world. To celebrate its 65th year, the festival has put together an ensemble featuring some of the best that jazz has to offer. This stellar band will be directed by visionary pianist Christian Sands and anchored by longtime rhythm section bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn. $38 to $78. At the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Maryland, on Thursday, April 20, 8 p.m. www.strathmore.org


More than 80% of people worldwide live under some degree of light-polluted skies. The Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum has opened “Lights Out: Recovering Our Night Sky,” a 4,340-square-foot exhibition about how the night sky and its disappearance owing to light pollution affects life, from natural ecosystems to human cultures. The exhibition will remain on view through December 2025. www.naturalhistory.si.edu


With a libretto by poet June Jordan, John Adams’ “song-play” dramatizes the aftermath of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, exploring issues of race, gender and migration in Los Angeles. “I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky” is at the Atlas, 1333 H St. NE, on Saturdays, April 22 and 29, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, April 23 and 30, at 3:00 p.m. www.inseries.org/post/ ceiling-sky

Artist: Richshaad Ryan


The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates its 65th year with an ensemble featuring NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater alongside vocalist Kurt Elling and saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin. The band is directed by pianist Christian Sands and anchored by bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Clarence Penn.

From April 19 to 30, the Washington, DC, International Film Festival, aka Filmfest DC, brings 65 films from 35 countries in 11 days. Filmfest DC is an annual festival presenting feature premieres, restored classics and special events to the general public. It is one of the longest running (37 years) major cultural events in Washington and credited with thought-provoking, insightful and entertaining programming. www.filmfestdc.org

In the opening night film, “Chevalier,” the illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with a love affair and falling out with Marie Antoinette.
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“Philip Guston Now” charts the 50-year career of one of America’s most influential modern artists through more than 150 paintings and drawings. Guston’s work resonates, attracts and provokes, raising crucial questions about the relationship of art to beauty and brutality, freedom and doubt, politics and the imagination. On view in the National Gallery of Art East Building through Aug. 27. www.nga.gov

Philip Guston, “Bombardment,” 1937, oil on Masonite, framed diameter 121.9 cm (48 inches). Philadelphia Museum of Art: Gift of Musa and Tom Mayer, 2011. Estate of Philip Guston. Photo: Philadelphia Museum of Art/Art Resource, New York


Through April 16, come to “The Jungle,” where cultures collide and thousands of refugees dream of crossing the English Channel to the possibility of freedom. The Shakespeare Theatre Company teams up with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company to bring this theatrical experience to Washington after sold-out runs in the West End in New York. The “Jungle” is an immersive experience with non-traditional seating and staging. Patrons seated nearest to the stage could be asked to interact with the action. $64 to $130. Harmon Hall is at 610 F St. NW. www.shakespearetheatre.org


Although he probably never drank Dos Equis, Ernest Hemingway was perhaps a prototype for the brand’s Most Interesting Man in the World ad campaign. He lived an adventurous life that took him from summers in northern Michigan to the Spanish Civil War. On Thursday, May 4, from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., at the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the Mall, Smithsonian Associates presents writer and attorney Philip Greene, who examines the life, prose, travels and adventures of Hemingway through the lens of his favorite drinks, watering holes and drinking buddies. Enjoy light snacks and four cocktail samples and raise a toast to Papa. $70. www.smithsonianassociates.org

Ernest Hemingway and his wife settled in a Cuban plantation named Finca Vigía. They lived in the village outside of Havana for more than a decade.


Through a series of absurd autobiographical vignettes, Aya Ogawa’s “The Nosebleed” delves into parenthood, as both a parent and a child. A trip to the home country of Japan, a child’s nosebleed and a hit reality TV show come together in this theatrical tribute to Ogawa’s father, with surprises like a healing ritual for the audience and a transcendent appearance by a 20th-century icon. At Woolly Mammoth Theater, 641 D St. NW, through April 23. www. woollymammoth.net

Elham Ehsas in the 2018 St. Ann’s Warehouse production of “The Jungle” by Teddy Wolff. Aya Ogawa as youngest son Kenya. Photo: Julieta Cervantes
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Spælimenninir’s music of the Nordic countries is as familiar as an oldtime barn dance and as exotic as the landscape of the Faroe Islands, the band’s home. Kristian, Sharon Ívar, Erling Lars and Charlie, traveling and performing together for more than 45 years, inspire and elate multigenerational audiences. At the Institute of Musical Traditions, Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, Maryland, on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. www.imtfolk.org

“I strive to achieve comfort and elegance through design and sculpted details. My chairs combine contrasting North American hardwoods with attention to grain and wood tone. No one who knows of Sam Maloof’s contributions can mistake his influence on my work though I have also been influenced by several other contemporary woodworkers.”


Sam MacPherson is an LA-based singer-songwriter and musician who writes music with honesty and a relentless attention to detail. At the Songbyrd Music House, 540 Penn St. NE, on Monday, April 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $18. www.songbyrddc.com


At the Smithsonian Craft Show, see and buy hand-crafted work from leading contemporary artists, including an outstanding selection of Native American and indigenous work. Also on display: pieces from this year’s Smithsonian Visionary Award and Delphi Award winners. At the National Building Museum and open to the public, May 4 to 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and May 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission, May 4 to 7, $20; preview party, May 3, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., $270.



On Wednesday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m., a free, 60-minute outdoor pop concert on the floating stage at the DC Wharf Transit Pier celebrates life on the Potomac River with music, storytelling, and Broadway and Helen Hayes Award-winning musical stars perform favorite “river songs.” All are welcome, seating first-come, first-served. No tickets required. www.wharfdc.com.

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Glen Echo Park’s 102-year-old Dentzel Carousel opens for the season on Carousel Day, Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to riding the carousel, families can enjoy other free activities throughout the park, including live music, open art galleries and arts and crafts. The carousel season runs from April 29 to Aug. 27, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Aug. 28 to Sept. 25, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is also open on Memorial Day and Labor Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every person, including babies and accompanying adults, must have their own ticket. Children under six must be accompanied by a paying adult to ride. $2 per ride; $5 for allday pass. Glen Echo Park is at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Maryland. www.glenechopark.org/carousel


The National Portrait Gallery explores the namesakes of Washington’s streets, avenues, neighborhoods and other public spaces in the exhibition “Block by Block: Naming Washington.” Featuring reproductions of 16 portraits, drawn mostly from the museum’s collection, the exhibition presents the faces and biographies behind some of the city’s most familiar locations. On view in the secondfloor Riley Gallery through Jan. 15, 2024. The National Portrait Gallery is at Eighth and G streets NW. www.npg.si.edu


For her first monographic exhibition, photographer Ayana V. Jackson was inspired by the Detroit-based 1990s techno band Drexciya, whose albums imagined a mythical aquatopia populated by descendants of African women thrown (or who jumped) overboard during the Middle Passage. In this exhibition, Jackson expands her practice to include animation, immersive video, installation, sound and scent. “Deep: In the Wake of Drexciya with Ayana V. Jackson” opens at the National Museum of African Art on April 29. www.africa.si.edu


After over a decade of touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, a Texas-bred quasi-collective found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. At its core, the band represents the convergence of black and white American music with accents from around the world. Tickets start at $45. At the Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW, on Wednesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.). www.livenation.com.


“A River Running to Your Heart” is the Fruit Bats’ latest release. Lead single “Rushin’ River Valley” is a love song about the songwriter’s wife, who clings to the borrowed imagery of the place where she grew up in northern California. The wistful “It All Comes Back” is a blend of tone and lyricism that taps into shared apprehensions and hopes for a post-pandemic life. $25. See Fruit Bats at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, on Saturday, April 22; doors at 6 p.m. www.930.com

Installed at Glen Echo Park in 1921, the canopy and the carved figures were made by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Germantown, Pennsylvania. Now fully restored, the carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo: Courtesy of Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture Photo: Courtesy of Live Nation
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The National Museum of Asian Art is presenting “Anyang: China’s Ancient City of Kings,” the first major exhibition in the United States dedicated to Anyang, the capital of ancient China’s Shang dynasty (occupied ca. 1250 B.C.–ca. 1050 B.C.), the source of China’s earliest surviving written records, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Chinese archaeology. Composed of objects exclusively from the museum’s collection, “Anyang” is on view in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from Feb. 25 to April 28, 2024. The exhibit brings together more than 200 artifacts—including jade ornaments, ceremonial weapons, ritual bronze vessels, bells and chariot fittings—to examine the Shang state and artistic achievements of those who lived in its capital some 3,000 years ago. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. asia.si.edu.


In 1986, the Kennedy Center hosted the pre-Broadway run of what has become one of the world’s most popular musicals. Now, they are bringing her home. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice, and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. The score includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Master of the House” and many more. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Les Miserables is at the Kennedy Center Opera House from April 11 to 29. $45 to $199. Kennedy-center.org.


Stephen D. Houston, Dupee Family Professor of Social Science at Brown University, will give the 72nd annual National Gallery of Art’s A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts this spring. Houston’s lecture series, entitled Vital Signs: The Visual Cultures of Maya Writing, will take place in the East Building Auditorium on Sundays from April 16 through May 21, at 2 p.m. Over six lectures, Houston will explore Maya writing (“glyphs”) of ancient Mexico and Central America, uncovering the essence of a system of script and picture that never quite split apart yet never quite fused. Recent decipherments of glyphs enable us to probe how language intersected with visual experience, who devised these innovations, by what means, and for what reasons. (Visit nga.gov/press/mellon-lectures for further details.) nga.gov.


The 27th annual joint orchid exhibit between the United States Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens is “Discover the World of Orchids” which is on display in the USBG Conservatory through April 30. The exhibit shares stories of the diversity of orchids and how technology advances their conservation. One of the largest plant families in the world, orchid shapes, sizes, colors, and scents vary greatly. Throughout the Conservatory, thousands of orchid blooms showcase the USBG and Smithsonian Gardens’ extensive orchid collections. The gift shop features offerings such as live plants and other botanical gift items. The Botanic Garden Conservatory is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. usbg.gov.

Stephen D. Houston of Brown University will deliver the 72nd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in spring 2023. Photo: Courtesy of Stephen D. Houston Photo: Johan Persson Ritual wine containers (you) with masks (taotie), dragons, birds, and owls, middle Anyang period, ca. 1150-1200 BCE, bronze, Purchase—Charles Lang Freer Endowment. Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution
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GREEN DC Casey Tree Sets Tree

Planting Record

50,000 Trees Enhance the DC Tree Canopy

April is the best gardening month of the year. Cherry blossoms, daffodils, tulips, and so much more pop up after the colder months of winter. It is the perfect time to plant seeds and start up plants you can enjoy all summer long. It is also the month of two key national celebration days—Arbor Day and Earth Day. Earth Day always falls on April 22nd, and Arbor Day, celebrated on the last Friday of April, falls on April 28th this year. The Arbor Day Foundation is one of the largest membership groups of its kind.

Every day is Arbor Day at the DCbased foundation, Casey Trees. Started by the late philanthropist and longtime area resident Betty Brown Casey in 2002, the group’s mission is to re-

Casey Trees Nursery in Berryville, VA grows 5,000 trees a year to give to DC residents for free. Over 40 varieties are planted and are carefully tended to by Casey Tree staff. The farm was donated by Betty Casey when she founded the Casey Tree Foundation to enhance the tree canopy of DC.
article and photos by Rindy O’Brien


store, enhance and protect the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. The city was designed by Pierre L’Enfant to have many tree-lined boulevards and green spaces, but over time the tree canopy has declined to just over 35 percent. Thanks to Betty Casey’s foresight, the city is working hard to plant more trees, and on April 22nd this year, Casey Trees will plant it’s 50,000th tree. That is an astounding record to celebrate on Earth Day.

The 50,000th tree will be part of a community planting at Fort Stanton Recreation Center in Anacostia. Casey Trees has added a focus on environmental justice and planting trees in traditionally underserved Wards 5,7, and 8. Tree decline in DC has increased in the last year especially in these areas. Why? Andrew Schichtel, Chief Operating O cer of Casey Trees, says climate change, development, and some hesitancy by residents to plant trees have all contributed.

Casey Trees plants at least 5,500 trees a year in DC. Its goal is to increase that number to 8,000 trees a year. The group hopes to attain 40 percent canopy by 2032. Casey Tree works closely with DC’s Urban Forestry Department, the National Park Service, and many other partners including residents, schools, and community groups. Just like the Arbor Day Foundation, which will plant 25,000 trees on Arbor Day around the United States, the trees planted are free.

Where Do All These Trees Come From?

In the early days, Casey Trees outsourced its tree inventory by purchasing them from nurseries around the country, with many coming from tree farms in Oregon. Today, the group grows its own at a tree nursery on the former estate of Betty Casey near Berryville, VA in the Shenando-







worth a half of million dollars.

“I am not sure people realize how much human touch goes into growing these trees,” Andrews reects. “From the time the young trees are shipped to us, to planting the trees in the ground in circular pots, to staking them, pruning them, watering, checking for disease, there is sta caring for them.”

Currently, the sta is concerned about the redbud trees. A fungus creates open wounds on the tree’s limbs and trunk that cuts o the ow of nutrients, eventually killing the tree. Red buds, often more purple than red in its owers, are a native tree to our area. Red buds and dogwoods bloom simultaneously creating a lovely array of colors in the spring.

ah. The facility is a two-hour drive from Capitol Hill o Interstate 66. The trees are nestled along the Shenandoah River with a 100-acres of trees, row after row, staked to stand up straight, and cared for a sta of 13 full time employees. Schichtel oversees the operation.

“I grew up in Walla Walla, Oregon and my family actually supplied Casey Trees with some of our family trees as I was growing up,” Schichtel says. He had a chance to track a batch of trees shipped to DC and was introduced to the sta of Casey Trees while attending Catholic University. Upon graduation, he joined the growing organization and thirteen years later he is the Chief Operating O cer and manages the beautiful farm.

Imagine 5,000 trees in various stages of growth lined up in neat rows, with information tags on each tree and signs at the end of each row. Casey Trees grows 40 di erent species of trees that take 24-36 months to mature to the point they are ready to be placed on a truck and brought to their new homes. Andrew says the annual audit shows the trees are

Andrew says the disease is so prevalent, they will probably not ship any of their trees for planting this year. “Our sta are very diligent in educating themselves about the trees and current conditions,” says Andrew, “and we also work with others like Bartlett Tree experts to share information.”

How Do I Sign Up For A Tree?

Casey Trees works with both individual residents, community groups and the city Urban Forestry operation to plant tree boxes. The easiest way to apply for a free tree or up to 25 trees is to go to the Casey Tree website, https://caseytrees. org/plant/free-trees. A Casey Tree arborist will get back to you and help you decide what kind of tree ts your property the best. “It is really helpful if the resident has a type of tree, for instance maybe wanting a owering tree, in mind, but we also are good at educating the owner on all kinds of possibilities,” says Schichtel.

When I was there, the farm has just gathered 25 trees to bring to DC to plant, and the variety of trees from a magnolia to oaks demonstrated the variety of trees that get planted.

If you’ve already purchased and planted a

tree on your property, you can get up to $100 back through Casey Trees’ Tree Rebate Program. The program is only extended to DC residents or trees that will be planted at Washington, DC addresses.

On April 28th, Arbor Day, Casey Trees will celebrate by honoring volunteers and professionals in the tree eld that have demonstrated outstanding service. It is an annual event that began in 2014. As Schichtel noted, it really takes a lot of human care to keep the trees and the city canopy growing and thriving. The awards remind us of the professional and personal passion of our DC residents to keep our city green and healthy.

Rindy O’Brien was one of the rst volunteers with Casey Trees. To contact her: Rindyobrien@gmail.com ◆ Andrew Schichtel is Chief Operating Officer of Casey Trees and manages the 100-acre nursery farm. He grew up in the tree business with his family in Oregon and has worked for Casey Trees for the last 13 years.
24 trees are lined up ready to transport by truck to DC to be planted for free to area residents and community spaces.
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Curbside Compost Pilot Program Launches

Sign Up for DPW Program Begins April 22

Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced that sign-up for their pilot Curbside Composting Program will begin at 9 a.m. on Earth Day, April 22.

DPW Zero Waste Program Analyst Rachel Manning said the precise date has not been set for pilot collections to begin, but DPW is planning for summer of this year.

“This is something that residents have really been asking for,” Manning said, “and programs we’ve seen in other cities have been really successful. We are excited to launch it here in the District and hopefully down the line, expand it to all DPW-serviced households.”

The Pilot

Up to 12,000 households will participate into the program, about 1,500 from each of the eight wards. That’s a bit more than eleven percent of the 105,000 households served annually by DPW, which provides services including trash and recycling collection to single family dwellings and buildings with three or fewer apartments (larger residential buildings, which have private collection, will not be eligible for the pilot).

Participants will receive a starter compost kit, including a curbside collection bin, a countertop kitchen compost caddy and a set of compostable liner bags. DPW estimates that the project could capture up to 6,000 tons of food waste over the year of the pilot.

Composting has an important environmental impact. When food waste is put in the dump, all the nutrients are lost for future growth. But when food waste is composted, essential nutrients are captured and can be returned to the soil. Composting also reduces emissions: food waste releases methane and other greenhouse gases as it decays. But when food waste is composted, it can be aerated, adding oxygen which prevents the microbes from producing methane. Instead, waste becomes a nutrient-rich soil amendment, or fertilizer.

Preparing for Pick Up

The program has been a long time coming. Impetus for the curbside program was provided by the Sustainable Solid Waste Management Amendment Act of 2014. The bill set a goal to divert 80 percent of District waste through reduction, reuse, recycling and composting.

In 2016, DPW brought on a consultant to develop an analytical model to address the feasibility of curbside composting. In 2017, the analyst found that area composting facilities were not large enough to accept waste from the District. However, it has since become feasible due to expansions to facilities such as the Balls Ford Composting Facility in Manassas, Va.

In part due to land limitations, the District does not have a composting facility, or any

plans to build its own. Now, DPW is in the process of securing a contractor to haul away the waste and bring it to the composting facility, Manning said. So the destination of DC’s food waste is wrapped up in the solicitation process.

Composting Now

DPW currently facilitates some District-based composting. For instance, DPW composts collected leaf and yard waste. Residents have been able to drop o their compost at weekly Food Waste Drop-O program sites, offered on Saturdays at Farmer’s Markets throughout the District. Those have been extremely successful, Manning said.



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Between 5,000 and 7,000 tons of collected yard waste are composted annually. 32,152 participants have dropped o food waste at the Food Waste Drop-O sites in 2022, sending 919,687 pounds (or nearly 460 tons) of food waste back to the soil. These programs will not be interrupted by the pilot.

DPW has also o ered Home Composting lessons, teaching residents how to compost successfully and o ering a rebate on composters purchased. Those are being revised but will reopen later this year, Manning says. And DC residents have bene ted: DPW will ll up to ve 32-gallon bags with free compost on weekdays from 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort Totten Transfer Station (4900 John F. McCormack Dr. NE, bring your own bags!).

The end goal for the curbside program is for every one of the 105,000 DPW-serviced households to participate. That’s a big task. According to Biocycle, in 2021, 181 communities o ered curbside food waste pickup in the United States. In Howard County, 30,000 households have access to curbside collection. Nearby, that includes Prince George County, University Park and Takoma Park, MD, nearly 6,000 households participated.

That’s altogether about a third the size of the operation the District is contemplating — and one reason why a pilot is needed, Manning said. “It’s not as easy as collecting trash or recyclables,” Manning noted of curbside composting. “It’s a material that can’t be left on the street for a long period of time, because people would have to deal with the smell and rodent problems.”

There’s a lot to work through, from determining proper bins and collection strategies as well as educating residents on how to properly compost. Education is key, Manning said. “Things like trash and recycling have been happening for years and years, so people are used to those services, but something like this could be a huge learning curve for a lot of folks,” she cautions. Testing the program out in a smaller subgroup that opted into the program gives the city a group that is interested in this and perhaps educated on it to some extent. This

will help DPW get a sense of challenges and ways to improve the program before it is launched to all DPW-serviced households.

The investment will be worth it if it helps meet the District’s zero waste goals, according to DPW Acting Director Timothy Spriggs. “DPW continues to invest in the DC’s sustainability efforts,” said Spriggs. “By launching a new curbside compost pilot, unveiling a comprehensive zero waste plan for DC that re ects the diverse perspectives and priorities of our community and adding two new food waste drop o sites, we are empowering residents and businesses to take meaningful action towards reducing waste and building a more sustainable future.”

Composting in the Future

The pilot will run from Summer 2023 to Summer 2024. After that, DPW will assess lessons learned, Manning said. What happens next will depend on what those lessons are, DPW o cials said. DPW may nd they need additional resources, or di erent equipment, such as bins or liners. Manning said it is possible that the program will step up in increments of larger samples, rather than jump to serving the entire residential community that receives DPW services.

Sign up for the Curbside Composting Pilot begins online at 9 a.m. April 22. Selected households will receive a conrmation email from the Department of Public Works’ O ce of Waste Diversion via zero.waste@dc.gov and will be informed when weekly collection will begin as soon as that information is available. Kits will be received by families a week before collection begins.

Learn more about the pilot by visiting zerowaste.dc.gov/curbsidecomposting. Learn more about food and yard waste initiatives at zerowaste.dc.gov/ page/food-yard-waste-residents ◆


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Earth Month Calendar

Earth Day Invasive Honeysuckle Removal on the Mount Vernon Trail. April 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. The Friends of Mount Vernon Trail will be celebrating Earth Day by removing invasive bush honeysuckle from the trail near the 14th Street Bridge. Read more and register at www.mountvernontrail.org.

National Arboretum Azalea Peak. Peak bloom can vary by two weeks or more, depending on the weather, but usually takes place around the end of April. The earliest peak date reported in the last decade was April 15; the latest was May 4. www.usna.usda.gov

Spring Landscape Beautification Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage. April 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring friends, family and gardening gloves and spend Earth Day morning at President Lincoln’s Cottage for the annual spring cleanup. Free landscape tours are offered to all volunteers. For more information and to sign up, email jlarry@lincolncottage.org.

National Arboretum Garden Fair and Plant Sale. On April 29 (rain date, April 30), 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate spring with the Friends of the National Arboretum and their plants, expert gardening advice, dozens of local vendors and outdoor activities. The sale is at the arboretum’s visitor center. Enter at the New York Avenue entrance and park at the New York Avenue parking lot, R Street parking lot or Grove parking lot. A free shuttle will transport visitors between the parking lots and the event. FONA members get early access – 9 to 11 a.m. Become at member at www.fona.org/membership.

Fort Stanton Park Monthly Volunteer Days. On the first Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., help remove trash and invasive plants from Fort Stanton Park. Volunteers meet in front of the Fort Stanton Recreation Center, 1812 Erie St. SE. Register at www.ward8woods.org/fort-stanton-park.

Shepherd Parkway Monthly Volunteer Days. On the second Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., help remove trash and invasive plants from Fort Shepherd Parkway. Volunteers meet at 555 Newcomb St. SE. Register at www. ward8woods.org/shepherd-parkway.

Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Since 1989, the Alice Ferguson Foundation has spearheaded the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup to connect people to their local watershed through stewardship and volunteerism. On April 15, lend a hand at the flagship cleanup event along the shoreline of Piscataway Park in Accokeek, Maryland. Read more and sign up at www. fergusonfoundation.org.

Flower Mart at the National Cathedral. May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual Flower Mart is the largest fundraiser for the cathedral’s gardens and grounds. It features a white-elephant tent, an international floral display, plants and gifts for sale, tower climbs, free live entertainment and food. www.allhallowsguild.org

Clean Waterways Kenilworth Park Earth Day Cleanup. Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. (8:30 a.m. registration) to noon, help clean up Kenilworth Park Bandalong Litter Trap. All equipment is provided; wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Register at www.anacostiariverkeeper.org.

Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup at Oxon Cove Park. April 22, noon to 2:30 p.m., help remove single-use plastics and trash along the shoreline of Oxon Cove Park. Contact rebecca_george@partner. nps.gov.

Notes from the Crypt Earth Day Concert. April 22, noon to 1 p.m., join Congressional Cemetery in its historic 1903 Chapel for a special Earth Day-themed concert featuring some of DC’s best musicians. Seating free but limited. 1801 E St. SE. www.congressionalcemetery.org

Celebrate Earth Day with Poetry. Peter Coppelman reads from his collection “A Life of Service,” April 22, 4 to 5 p.m. Coppelman explores an exemplary life devoted to environmental protection. $10. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. www.hillcenterdc.org

City Nature Challenge: Washington DC Metro Area. April 28


to May 1, join others in this global effort to explore biodiversity. During May 2 to 7, upload and identify observations; collective global results will be announced on May 8. Read more and sign up at www.citynaturechallenge.org.

Mount Vernon Spring Plant and Garden Sale. April 29 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., shop for heirloom vegetables, herbs and annual flowers in the overflow parking lot, plus native perennials, trees and shrubs grown in Mount Vernon’s greenhouses. www.mountvernon.org

Trail Riding Basics with WABA. WABA’s Trail Riding Basics class on April 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kenilworth Park, teaches bicyclists of all ages to ride safely, confidently and considerately on trails and multi-use paths. Free. Register at www.waba. org/blog/2023/03/fokag-waba.

The Bike How You Like Ride.

May 6. Whether you rode all win-

ter, are just coming out of hibernation, learning how to ride or already use your bike as the primary mode of transportation, this family-friendly ride is for bicyclists of all ages and experience levels. Two-mile fun ride; 10-mile cruiser ride; 30-mile explorer ride or 50-mile road warrior ride. All rides start and finish at Franklin Park, 1332 I St. NW. Register at www. waba.org/bikehowyoulike.

DC Urban Farm Tax Abatement Program. DC offers up to a 90% property tax abatement for individuals whose property is being used as an urban farm, pursuant to DC Code §47-868, “Reduced tax liability for certain urban farms,” for a maximum annual property abatement of $20,000. www.doee.dc.gov/ node/1592086

Waste Less – Recycle More. To learn more about ways to reduce waste, sign up for periodic updates at www.zerowaste.dc.gov.

Anacostia Watershed Society Earth Day Cleanup. On April 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, thousands of volunteers will collect trash at dozens of sites around the watershed and enjoy the Anacostia River. Registration at www.anacostiaws. org is strongly recommended. You will receive a confirmation email from earthday@anacostiaws.org with details. T-shirts for participants. Some sites accept walkups. Children can participate when accompanied by an adult. www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2023

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The District Beat

Bowser Stumbles Into Her Third Term

Falchiccio Scandal Derails Administration

John Falchiccio held unprecedented power in District government as Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) chief of sta while doubling as her Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. His resignation in the wake of sordid allegations threatens to derail Bowser’s third term at its inception.

During the rst two terms of the Bowser administration, Falchiccio earned a reputation as the most powerful DC bureaucrat since Anthony Williams served as the DC’s rst Chief Financial O cer in the mid-nineties. Never in the half century of Home Rule has a mayoral aide wielded such power and in uence. His position rapidly unraveled in the face

of accusations of sexual harassment, which forced his sudden departure this month.

Who is Falchiccio

Falchiccio (43) has been at Bowser’s side since both joined then Ward 4 Councilmember Adrian Fenty’s (D) “Green Team.” This shoe-leather campaign executed a stunning upset of the District’s Democratic establishment electing Fenty mayor. The candidate won every precinct.

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John Falchiccio, then-Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and chief of staff to Mayor Muriel Bowser (D, left) stands behind the Mayor as they listen to Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) at a press conference held March 28, 2022 near RFK Stadium. Photo: Elizabeth O’Gorek.
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During the 2006 campaign, Falchiccio got an inside look at the nexus between politics, power and money in DC. He sat next to Fenty as the soon-to-be-mayor called potential donors, soliciting large contributions. He joined the candidate on fundraising runs when Fenty picked up checks. This marked the beginning of his long-lasting relationship with District developers and the moneyed class, which still fuel DC elections.

In 2007, immediately after Fenty’s election, Falchiccio managed Bowser’s successful campaign to become the mayor’s successor as Ward 4 councilmember. Afterwards, he joined the Fenty administration as a political adviser, message bearer and and jack of all trades for “the boss.”

Mayor Fenty squandered his enormous political capital over the next four years. He was unceremoniously unseated by then Council Chairman Vince Gray (D) in 2010. Falchiccio then took a brief respite from DC to return to national politics. In 2014, he returned to advise Bowser on her 2014 successful challenge to Gray’s re-election. After Bowser’s victory, he became her first and only chief of staff. In Bowser’s second term, she appointed Falchiccio Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, significantly expanding his role in her administration.

Falchiccio added to his power by being the hardest working, most loyal member of the Bowser team.

The Curse of the Third Term

Falchiccio’s exit shattered the Mayor’s inner circle. It blew a huge hole in her administration that is not easily filled. This blow has compounded the mounting problems she faces at the start of her third term which already promises to be much more challenging than her first two. The time is past when DC officials and Council members could be heard proclaiming: “the city has more money than it can spend.”

That euphoria has vanished as the infusion of federal pandemic funds has started to evaporate. Moreover, federal agencies have not and may never recall their employees back to work, leaving downtown empty. Lastly, federal agencies, corporations and law firms are likely to need less space in the future. Recognizing this dire situation, the mayor has made the revival of DC’s office core the major focus on her third term.

In this environment of post-COVID fiscal austerity, Bowser must revitalize and reimagine downtown. She hopes to turn vacant offices into affordable residential town centers.

Falchiccio was the mayor’s point person on downtown revitalization, possessing singular skills and experience to deal with the crisis. He held the administration’s relationships with developers, who will play key roles in any future revitalization. However, as one of the Mayor’s most loyal supporters lamented last week, there is no Falchiccio 2.0 to serve in Bowser’s 3.0 administration.

Downtown woes are not Bowser’s only major headache. She also faces:

• dismal city revenues due to declining value of commercial office properties;

• a rise in violent and property crimes;

• reigning in the illegal cannabis gray market;

• aggressive oversight from increasingly hostile Congressional Republicans;

• difficult relations with the progressive-dominated DC Council;

• a DC Housing Authority slipping into federal receivership;

• public demand for increased affordable housing;

• a destabilized operation at DMPED.

The mayor’s first move was to shift Keith Anderson from the troubled General Services Administration to the helm of DMPED. Anderson also has served in the past as both the Director of Parks and Recreation and Director of the Department of Energy and Environment during the Bowser and Gray administrations. Many expect the move to be temporary while she conducts a national search for a permanent replacement.

Bowser then appointed Lindsay Parker as her new chief of staff. Parker has served in the past as Bowser’s deputy chief of staff, assistant city administrator and the city’s Chief Technology Officer.

Both Anderson and Parker are regarded as competent “implementers.” However, they are not strategic thinkers in the mold of Falchiccio. They also lack the deep personal relationships with the city’s business community which made him so invaluable.

Despite these swift moves, many see an administration that remains out to sea. “There is no one who can fill John’s shoes,’’ a longtime supporter observed.

The Mayor’s Shadow

When Bowser lost Falchiccio, she lost “her brain, her fixer, her enforcer,’’ DC employees, District political cognoscenti and Council staffers all say. More importantly, Bowser, a notoriously guarded politician, lost the person she trusted most among her surprisingly small circle of insiders.

“They had a symbiotic relationship,’’ says former Bowser campaign adviser Tom Lindenfeld. “When talking to John, people assumed they were talking to Muriel. And, when talking to Muriel, you assumed you were talking to John.’’

“She might find it hard to trust anyone, now,’’ Lindenfeld said.

Regardless of whether this scandal involves one woman – or ten – coming forward, Bowser politically and personally could not suffer the consequences of such a scandal, and had to distance herself from it immediately.

Women – and particularly young white professionals and women of color – form the hard core of her support, and standing up against this type of misconduct and treatment of women is central to her image and brand.

The reason for Falchiccio’s disappearance was finally revealed by civil rights attorney Debra Katz. In a March 20 press release, Katz disclosed allegations of Falchiccio’s sexual misconduct involving an unnamed female DC employee.

Katz urged other women to come forward. She advised them to contact Deputy Legal Counsel Vanessa Natale at the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel, who is conducting the investigation. This may signal possible criminal violations, such as providing favors or rewards to subordinates in return for silence.

Bowser, no doubt, hopes her quick moves to replace her consigliere will allow her administration to quickly move forward. However, Falchiccio’s ghost may yet haunt her footsteps. Only time will tell.

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Edenbridge PACE Center Open at Skyland Program Helps Ward 7 and 8 Seniors Age at Home


Tate has been a participant in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center offered by Edenbridge Health since March

1. The Edenbridge PACE Center at Skyland (2211 Town Center Dr. SE) won’t have its official ribbon-cutting until April 11, but the PACE team is already working to support seniors aging in place in Wards 7 and 8.

About 20 seniors are currently receiving services at the new center, which opened in March. Executive Director Amanda Davis said that number is expected to increase “slowly but exponentially” each month until it reaches capacity, somewhere close to 300.

with offices, accessible exam rooms, lab and treatment rooms.

But when you walk past reception, your first sight is a lounge with fireplace. Glance through the open doors off the lounge, and you can see into the day room, where a small group plays cards. Yesterday, recreational therapist Charles Bond, the center’s “Charles in Charge,” organized a sip-and-paint with sparkling cider, and held a meeting of the “green thumb club.”

Five days a week, 68-year-old Edith Ann Tate comes to PACE Center. She has lunch, sees her doctor, plays games and works on her art. She colors intricate images in her books and, on Wednesdays, paints in watercolor. That’s a real help with her fine motor skills, she tells me. “You know, I have problems,” she confides. “My hands shake; and soon, I just can’t write, really.”

She gets therapy for that, too. But what she really loves is hanging out, Tate said, as she paused play during a card game with friends. She’s dressed to socialize, on trend in a vintage GAP T-shirt tucked into a maxi skirt and topped with matching red hat and blazer, happy not to be stuck at home. “I come five days a week,” Tate said. “Because you know, I get bored sitting at home.”

The PACE Center at Skyland Town Center provides everything Tate could want, including social activity, medical visits, laundry, meals, transportation to and from the center and her home. And she doesn’t pay out of pocket for any of it.

Edenbridge is the only PACE provider in the District. The program is specifically designed to serve eligible participants in Ward 7 and 8. PACE integrates Medicare and Medicaid benefits, making beneficiaries eligible for a wider array of services. The PACE interdisciplinary team partners with participants, their families and the community to manage and support the individual’s specific medical, therapeutic and social needs, helping them age safely while remaining in their home. The program becomes whatever they need: recreation planner, transportation, social circle, insurer, medical provider and pharmacy.

The Center

At Skyland, they’ve got the space to do it and do it well. The Edenbridge PACE Center is 15,000 square feet —Davis said the first PACE clinic she worked at was about the size of the day room in the new facility. As you might expect, the center includes a state-of-the-art health clinic

There’s also a rehab room and gymnasium, with full-time physical and occupational therapists. There is a steam kitchen where staff set out the hot meals received from a local catering company, Pinky’s E.A.T.S. Elsewhere, there’s a transportation center (they have their own bus and another arrives next month), a laundry room, personal care room with accessible showers and several rooms of various sizes for conferences, quiet time and relaxing.

The Program

It’s a lot to offer, but participants don’t have to come to the center to benefit: Davis said that everything that is available to PACE participants on site is also available to them at home, from meals and therapy to home care and even dental care. Because the PACE program is both insurer and provider, they are able to assess an individual’s needs and then meet them without the usual limits, Davis said. For instance, if medical staff determine there is a need for therapy every day, they will get it; or if a resident needs a shower chair, that will be provided.

That’s one of the ways Edenbridge PACE differs from other PACE centers, Davis said. The program allows practi-

tioners to work to their fullest. “Coming from a hospital, operators only are restricted to a narrow scope of duties,” Davis said. “When you come to PACE, you really get to problem-solve and think bigger. And that’s what PACE allows— you get to think bigger. And we do that well here.”

Reverend Kenderick E. Curry of Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church chairs the PACE Center Community Advisory Community. He said the Edenbridge PACE Center is a game-changer.

“The impact of [their] being in this community is tremendous,” Curry said. He pointed out that residents of Wards 7 and 8 have less access to medical care and grocery stores than those living across the river; they are also more than a year away from the opening of the new Cedar Hill Regional Medical Center.

“I believe this is what’s needed to keep those who are closer to poverty and most vulnerable,” Curry said, “as well as

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those who want to age in place in the communities where they live, move and worship.”

Edenbridge did everything right in terms of community, Curry added, reaching out more than a year before construction even began. He said during his tour, “I was overwhelmed and excited; overwhelmed, because I was just taken in awe at the opportunities and the facilities that are available through Edenbridge PACE.”

How to Become a Participant

How do you become a PACE participant?

Most are referred by someone else, such as a provider, family member or the DC Department of Aging and Community Living (DACL), Davis said. But participants can also call the center and refer themselves. To qualify for the program, a person must be 55 plus, qualify for Medicaid and for nursing home level care and live in zip codes 20019, 20020 or 20032. Once a person is referred, the Edenbridge outreach team will contact them and ensure they meet the nancial and care requirements. Then enrollment begins, with participation starting on the first of each month.

The center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m. —it’s not a drop-in center; recreation is part of a program of care, so participants need to be enrolled. There’s also 24hour care available, with a nurse and a provider on call all day, every day.

You can see the center yourself April 11. The ribbon-cutting begins at 2:00 p.m. and is followed by tours and cupcakes. Learn more about the Edenbridge PACE Center at Skyland Center or apply to become a participant by visiting www.edenbridgepace.com or call 571-622-0555 to see if you or someone you know may qualify. ◆

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Good Hope Is More Than a Street Name It’s History Worth Protecting

escape route John Wilkes Booth took after assassinating President Lincoln. Like the name Anacostia, Good Hope Road tells the story of a place.

But its name will not survive Bill 24-1064, renaming Good Hope Road as Marion Barry Avenue, sponsored by 10 councilmembers. Opposing this bill has nothing to do with opposing Marion Barry, a hero of our nation’s struggle for civil rights. It is a false choice.

Marion Barry is a beloved figure. Many members of the community desire to honor his life and legacy, but this can be done without sacrificing Good Hope Road.

Good Hope Road has existed for a long time. It is difficult to pinpoint the age of its name, but Anacostia Heritage Trail marker #17 (at U Street and 14th Street SE) displays an 1878 map featuring Good Hope Road, so the name is at least 145 years old.

Frederick Douglass ‒ the Lion of Anacostia ‒ knew this road by its current name. He walked on Good Hope Road for at least 15 years before his death in 1895. Such a historical link deserves our respect and protection.

Why are axes being sharpened to fell this ancient name?

needlessly put the issue on a path to conflict, manifested by years of community discord, threats of political violence and finally with the bill’s sponsors simply ignoring DC Code requirements for proposed street name changes (see § 9–204.21).

There are better ways to honor Marion Barry.

Transform the dysfunctional, hostile intersection of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue into a grand traffic circle ‒ Marion Barry Circle ‒ with a statue of the Mayor for Life at its center. This would be an inspiring welcome to East of the River DC.

Name the soon-to-be-world-famous 11th St. Bridge

Good Hope Road offers a passage through DC history, especially for communities east of the river. Its footprint overlaps the historic settlements of the indigenous Nacotchtank peoples. It intersects the life of Frederick Douglass, whose home was here. It was the

It began with good intentions. In 2015, the Commission to Commemorate and Recognize the Honorable Marion S. Barry Jr. made four recommendations, one of them “the renaming of a road or street.” Mayor Bowser declared her intent to implement this recommendation by renaming Good Hope Road. This decision was an unforced error. It

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Park after Marion Barry. This would better re ect the commission’s intent to honor Barry’s legacy “with signi cant visibility” for both residents and tourists.

Designate Marion Barry Avenue as an honori c name to complement Good Hope Road.

Any of these moves would create a new memorial to Barry without destroying a memorial that exists. These are transformative ideas worthy of the man. It is unfortunate that Bill 24-1064 does not dream bigger.

But there is injury here too. This bill represents an enormous missed opportunity. The communities along Good Hope Road are buckling under the accumulated weight of drug tra cking and violence, abandoned buildings, predatory landlords, reckless driving, a methadone clinic operating in de ance of the community, unsafe pedestrian crossings and inequitable transportation infrastructure.

The DC Council should consider ways to uplift the Good Hope Road corridor. It is disappointing that so many councilmembers rushed to support this bill while failing to address deeper problems. Because, when the ribbon-cutting ceremonies end, the communities along Good Hope Road will realize the window of opportunity has closed. The DC Council will have moved on, the problems will remain, and all we will have gotten was new street signs. It’s a bad deal for Ward 8.

Good Hope Road deserves more than surface-level treatment ‒ it deserves respect, appreciation and resources. Good Hope Road is not an empty place, waiting to be discovered. It exists. It possesses a name. There are better, non-destructive ways to honor Marion Barry.

And DC Councilmembers, please focus your energies on substantive solutions for Good Hope Road. The Mayor for Life would be impressed by real results for Ward 8, not mere rhetoric.

Paul Davis wasn’t born in Ward 8, but he got here, gratefully, as soon as he could. He started a community initiative, Friends of Good Hope, to organize support for this wonderful corridor. He loves chatting over co ee. Drop him a line at paul.timothy.davis@gmail.com. ◆

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Arboretum Bridge and Trail Project ANC

7D Report

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 7D met Feb. 13 via WebEx. Commissioners Siraaj Hasan (7D01), Wendell Felder (7D03, chair), Ebony Payne (7D05), Marc Friend (7D06), Brett Astmann (7D07, treasurer), Brian Alcorn (7D08, vice chair) and Ashley Schapitl (7D09, secretary) were in attendance. Commissioner Milton Hardy (7D04) was absent. Single Member Districts 7D02 and 7D10 remain vacant.

In their March meeting, ANC 7D examined the proposed Arboretum Bridge and Trail Project. Currently in the design phase, a joint e ort between the DC Dept. of Transportation (DDOT) and the National Park Service (NPS), it will connect the current Anacostia River Trail to Maryland Avenue NE via a new Arboretum Bridge bike and pedestrian bridge.

The seawalls which line the edges of the Anacostia River along the Arboretum are considered historic, DDOT Manager Kyle Ohlson said. Any alterations are subject to approval by both Commission of Fine Arts and the DC Historic Preservation O ce. His team hopes to nish the design within the next few months and to complete the project’s construction in 2026, he stated.

Commissioner Ebony Payne asked whether the trails were sustainable and were paved

with a “natural surface.” Due to ADA compliance, a natural trail is not feasible, Ohlson said. “The trail surface is not a natural surface, and part of what’s driving it is that it must be ADA compliant,” Ohlson said. “That said, there will certainly be stormwater

One K Street SW Design Review ANC 8F Report

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8F (ANC 6D) met on March 28. Commissioners Nic Wilson (8FO1), Rick Murphree (8F02, treasurer), Brian Strege (8F03, secretary), Edward Daniels (8F04, chair), Clayton Rosenberg (8F05, vice chair), were in attendance.

WC Smith requested the commission’s endorsement for the design of its building at One K Street SW. They propose a 130-foot high, 13-story entirely residential building with 352 units and 179 below grade parking spots on 2.5 levels. The structure is zoned D5, which exempts it from any requirements for public bene ts or inclusionary zoning. Its design is subject to Zoning Commission review, since it is located in the Capitol Gateway Overlay District.

Chair Daniels put a motion on the oor opposing the

project in line with opposition from the commission’s neighbor ANC 6D. A spirited discussion followed. Commissioners disagreed with 6D’s dislike of the building’s design. They also took issue with their neighbor’s wish for a reduction in underground parking. They praised the provisions for electric vehicles and the provision of a Capitol Bikeshare station as well as the pedestrian improvements on K Street SW. However, commissioners agreed with ANC 6D’s opposition to the building solely on the grounds that the project lacks an a ordable housing component, which is not a requirement in the D5 Zone. The project’s lack of ground oor retail was also a concern. The commission voted to oppose the project with Commissioner Wilson abstaining. Chair Daniels plans to testify.

Other Matters

The commission considered a public space application by Tom’s Watch Bar at 1250 Half St. SE for a patio. The bar is an immersive sports bar incorporating more than 100 TVs. The company, headquartered in Denver, has

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Proposed site plans for the Arboretum Bridge and Connector Trail Project A rendering of One K Street SW. Courtesy of WC Smith.

features, tree plantings and other kinds of natural features to help with natural setting, but the trail itself does need to be an asphalt surface.”

Commissioner Marc Friend raised the long-term closure of the gate at M St. and Maryland Ave. NE. As DDOT continues to develop the connecting trail, he suggested it include reopening the gate.

DDOT and NPS are planning a public community meeting. Details are forthcoming.

Other Matters

The commission approved its 2023 scal year budget as well as expenditures for Zoom access and a renovation of the ANC 7D website.

The commission approved a letter of support to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for 1717 E St. NE, currently a vacant lot on which the owner wishes to construct semi-detached, three-story, three-unit apartment homes. The owner is seeking zoning relief for a sewer easement running through the proper-

ty which constricts the buildable area. The commission recognized the developer’s e orts to change some of the design to “better match the look and feel of the neighborhood.”

The commission appointed Trey Sherard (7D05) to the Environment Committee, Francis Ojok (7D05) to the Transportation and Public Space Committee, Aaron Johnson (7D05) to the Transportation and Public Space Committee, Sam Deluca (7D06) to the Housing Justice and Economic Development Committee, Adriel Harvey (7D07) to the Transportation and Public Space Committee, Sarah Bell (7D07) to the Grants and Community Outreach Committee, Mallory Row (7D07) to the Transportation and Public Space Committee and Brynn Barnett (7D09) to the Public Safety Committee.

ANC 7D next meets April 11 at 6:30 p.m. via WebEx.

locations in multiple cities and also in DC’s Chinatown. Commissioners voiced concerns about sound from outside TVs and piped music. The applicant assured there would be no music or sound from the screens. They assured commissioners that the sidewalk width would be consistent with neighboring establishments. The bar will open in mid-July. Commissioners supported the public space permit unanimously.

Brook eld Development briefed the commission on its plan to seek a veyear renewal from the DC Zoning Commission for parking lots on Yards Parcel F and Parcel Q. Parking lots are permitted as an interim use with such approval. The two are the only surface lots left in the Yards development. Parcel F has about 100 spaces. Parcel Q has around 200 spaces. Both are zoned for eventual o ce use

The commission voted unanimously to:

• support expanded pickleball facilities in the Navy Yard and Ward 8;

• bank with First United;

• support moving the Thompson Hotel Valet to Tingey Street SE;

• support making Vann Street SE a one-way southbound street with an additional dedicated delivery lane;

• support changing the Half Street SE northbound one-way street with a delivery drop-o zone for businesses.

ANC 8F generally meets on the fourth Tuesday on the month. The next meeting is scheduled for April 25 at DC Dept. of Transportation Headquarters, 250 M Street SE,. For more information and links to join ANC meetings, visit www.ANC8F.org. ◆

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Upcoming Volunteer Days at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, on April 22, May 20, June 24, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 28, join other volunteers for a morning of stewardship at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Work alongside park rangers as they complete projects to help beautify this natural oasis. Waders provided. Registration is required at www.kenaqgardens.org. NO WALK UPS!

Honor Earth: A Celebration of Earth Day at the ACM

On Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum to honor and celebrate our Earth. The many activities include garden workshops, cooking demos with produce from the FRESHFARM ACM Farm Stand, seed planting and seed giveaways with FRESHFARM, a panel discussion on the future of black and brown farming, a walk of the Anacostia watershed with Chalk Riot, a plant care workshop and more. Free local food and beverages. Check out the inaugural weekend of the FRESHFARM ACM Farm Stand, the only direct-to-consumer farm stand of its kind east of the river in Ward 8. The Anacostia Community Museum is at 1901 Fort Pl. SE. www.anacostia.si.edu/events

Coffee & Collections: Baseball in DC

The history of baseball in Washington goes back more than 150 years. View photographs and other materials documenting local teams. On Thursday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to noon, see treasured artifacts in this program especially for older adults. Includes free Starbucks coffee. Join every fourth Thursday of the month for a closer look at some of the museum’s artifacts. 1901 Fort Pl. SE. www.anacostia.si.edu/events

“DC & Me” Living Folio Workshop Series

DC residents are invited to be a part of the creative documentation of their community’s biography in the Folger’s three-part Living History Folio Workshops. Participants will be invited to develop and submit performance-based writings to be part of the Folger’s “DC & Me” installation series. On Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m., “What do you believe are the untold stories of your communities’ history?” On Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m., “What is the story of the moment? What do you want to ensure is remembered for the future?” On Friday, April 14, at 3 p.m., “What are your deepest dreams for your community’s future?” The outcome will be interactive and performance-based pieces installed in central community locations. Participants may register for all three or for individual sessions. The “DC & Me” Living Folio Workshop Series is at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. www. dclibrary.org/anacostia

Three DPR Indoor Pools Now Open Sundays

Barry Farm Aquatic Center, 1230 Sumner Rd. SE;

Deanwood Aquatic Center, 1350 49th St. NE; and Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW, are now open Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.dpr.dc.gov/page/ indoor-pool

“‘night Mother” at Anacostia Playhouse

Thelma Cates, an aging mother and widow, lives with her daughter Jessie. When Jessie confesses she plans to kill herself with her father’s old revolver, the two build a

“Our Verse in Time to Come” @ DC Public Libraries

Inspired by the works and words of Shakespeare, “Our Verse in Time to Come” bridges the past with the present through verse, song and memo- ry. An aging emcee gets out of prison after 25 years only to be diagnosed with early onset dementia. He engages a family friend to arrange his estate and ensure that his grown children accept it before his memory slips away for good. The siblings uncover more than they bargained for. Free tick- ets at www.folger.edu. “Our Verse in Time to Come” is at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, on April 18 to 20 at 7:00 p.m.; April 21 at 3:00 p.m.; April 22 at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; and April 23 at 3:00 p.m. Ninety minutes; suitable for ages 13, up. www.folger.edu

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DCHFA, Your Homeownership Resource in the District.

DCHFA, Your Homeownership Resource in the District.

DCHFA, Your Homeownership Resource in the District.

DCHFA, Your Homeownership Resource in the District.

DCHFA, Your Homeownership Resource in the District.

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DC Open Doors

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homebuyer or a D.C. resident , be purchasing a home in the District of Columbia

HPAP provides interest free deferred loans for down serves as a co-administrator of this DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) rst-time home buyer program.

DC Open Doors is your key to homeownership in the city. This program offers competitive interest rates and lower mortgage insurance costs on first trust mortgages. You are not required to be a firsttime homebuyer or a D.C. resident to qualify for DCOD. You must, however, be purchasing a home in the District of Columbia.

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DC Open Doors is your key to homeownership int city. is programo ers competitive interest rates and lower mortgage insurance costs on rst trust homebuyer or a D.C. resident , be purchasing a home in the District of Columbia

Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP)

HPAP provides interest free deferred loans for down serves as a co-administrator of this DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) rst-time home buyer program.

HPAP provides interest free deferred loans for down serves as a co-administrator of this DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) rst-time home buyer program.

years or older who have fallen behind on insurance and tax payments as a result of their reverse mortgage. Quali ed District homeowners can receive up to

HPAP provides interest free deferred loans for down serves as a co-administrator of this DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) rst-time home buyer program.

HPAP provides interest free deferred loans for down payment and closing cost assistance up to $202,000 combined. DCHFA serves as a co-administrator of this DC Department of Housing and Community Development’s (DHCD) first-time home buyer program.

years or older who have fallen behind on insurance and tax payments as a result of their reverse mortgage. Quali ed District homeowners can receive up to


years or older who have fallen behind on insurance and tax payments as a result of their reverse mortgage. Quali ed District homeowners can receive up to

DC4ME provides mortgage assistance with optional down payment assistance to D.C. government employees. DC4ME is o ered to current full-time District government employees, including employees of District government-based instrumentalities, independent agencies, D.C. Public Charter Schools, and organizations, provided the applicant/borrower's employer falls under the oversight of the Council of the District of Columbia.

DC4ME provides mortgage assistance with optional down payment assistance to D.C. government employees. DC4ME is o ered to current full-time District government employees, including employees of District government-based instrumentalities, independent agencies, D.C. Public Charter Schools, and organizations, provided the applicant/borrower's employer falls under the oversight of the Council of the District of Columbia.


years or older who have fallen behind on insurance and tax payments as a result of their reverse mortgage. Quali ed District homeowners can receive up to

DC4ME provides mortgage assistance with optional down payment assistance to D.C. government employees. DC4ME is o ered to current full-time District government employees, including employees of District government-based instrumentalities, independent agencies, D.C. Public Charter Schools, and organizations, provided the applicant/borrower's employer falls under the oversight of the Council of the District of Columbia.


DC4ME provides mortgage assistance with optional down payment assistance to D.C. government employees. DC4ME is offered to current full-time District government employees, including employees of District government-based instrumentalities, independent agencies, D.C. Public Charter Schools, and organizations, provided the applicant/borrower’s employer falls under the oversight of the Council of the District of Columbia.

DC MAP COVID-19 provides nancial assistance to those a ected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quali ed borrowers can receive a loan of up to $5,000 per month to put toward their mortgage for up to six months.

DC4ME provides mortgage assistance with optional down payment assistance to D.C. government employees. DC4ME is o ered to current full-time District government employees, including employees of District government-based instrumentalities, independent agencies, D.C. Public Charter Schools, and organizations, provided the applicant/borrower's employer falls under the oversight of the Council of the District of Columbia.

DC MAP COVID-19 provides nancial assistance to those a ected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quali ed borrowers can receive a loan of up to $5,000 per month to put toward their mortgage for up to six months.



DC MAP COVID-19 provides nancial assistance to those a ected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quali ed borrowers can receive a loan of up to $5,000 per month to put toward their mortgage for up to six months.

DC MAP COVID-19 provides nancial assistance to those a ected by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quali ed borrowers can receive a loan of up to $5,000 per month to put toward their mortgage for up to six months.

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“Ben Butler” at Washington Stage Guild

Union general Ben Butler, a lawyer before the Civil War, commands a fort in not-yet-seceded Virginia. When a runaway enslaved man makes an eloquent plea for sanctuary, whose laws must the general follow? “Ben Butler” by Richard Strand, based on a true story, is at Washington Stage Guild through April 16. All tickets are general admission and are $50 on Thursday and Saturday/Sunday matinees; $60 Friday and Saturday evenings. Admission is half-price with a valid student ID. Seniors 65 years and up get $10 o . Washington Stage Guild is at 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. www.stageguild.org

bond that changes their lives forever. $35 to $50. “‘night Mother” is at the Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE, from April 19 to May 14. www.anacostiaplayhouse.com

“New Voices New Works” Festival

Anacostia Playhouse’s annual new works series showcases unproduced plays. Selected playwrights work with a professional director and actors to prepare their 10-minute plays for a staged reading. This year’s theme is “Love will make you do right/make you do wrong.” Pay-whatyou-can on Mondays, April 24, May 1 and 8, at 7 p.m. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. www.anacostiaplayhouse.com

Food Distribution and Health Screenings at THEARC

Receive a free bag of groceries and fresh produce on the second and third Wednesday of the month, starting at noon until supplies last. Look for the white tent in THEARC west parking lot, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Blood pressure screenings, glucose screenings, weight/ BMI and consultations with a doctor are also provid-

ed. Volunteers are needed to work anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reach out to Jamal Lamar Chevis, director of development operations, at jchevis@thearcdc.org, if interested.

Next Step Job Prep at Anacostia Library

All-day Next Step Job Prep is at Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE, on April 11 to 13, 18 to 20, 24 to 27 and May 1 to 4. It will provide job readiness services such as email setup, assistance with applications, resume building and interview preparation. Walk in and sign up or call (202) 715-7708 for an appointment. Bring a valid photo ID as well as required documents. www.dclibrary.org/anacostia

Crochet 101 at Capital View Library

On the second and fourth Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon, receive expert instruction on creating beautiful pieces during Crochet 101 with Ms. Darlene. Capital View Library is at 5001 Central Ave. SE. www.dclibrary.org/capitolview

Return of the Late-Night Drip

At the Late Night Drip, the Department of Public Recreation keeps a pool open from 7 to 11 p.m. to allow residents to enjoy an evening lled with swimming, music, food and other fun activities. There is a Late-Night Drip at Deanwood Pool, 1350 49th St. NE, on Friday, April 14; and at Barry Farm Pool, 1230 Sumner Rd. SE, Friday, May 19. www.dpr.dc.gov.

Volunteer as a Park Greeter

Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens seek volunteers who will com-

mit to one or two times a month for the Park Greeter program. Anyone 16 and older can be a Park Greeter. Student service learning hours can also be earned. Contact Shannah Cumberbatch at shannah@fokag.org or call (202) 650-0455 to learn more.

FoKAG Awarded Recreational Trails Program Grant

The Friends of the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens has been awarded $171,498 from the District Department of Transportation Recreational Trails Programs. This twoyear grant-funded project will ensure the safety, maintenance and systematic restoration of the 1.3 miles of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens trails, including those around and among the ponds and leading to the Anacostia River Trail. Flooding of the bank soils, followed by rapid drops in water ow, erodes the pond’s edges, trails, and pathway surfaces- posing a risk to both ponds, aquatic plants and public safety. Funding will also enhance accessibility from the parking lot to the main lotus pond and picnic area for visitors using wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers by resurfacing entry walkways with screen clay and washed gravel. Additionally, new way nding signs will be fabricated and installed, correcting signage errors in the park and along the Anacostia River Trail. The restoration work will be conducted in partnership with Student Conservation Association youth work crews and continued by NPS maintenance sta and FoKAG volunteers.

Spring Hike on the Fort Circle Trail

On Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., join Ward 8 Woods sta , neighbors, volunteers and supporters for a hike along the Fort Cir- cle Hiker Biker Trail in Wards 8 and 7. On this 2.3 mile, most- ly at ramble through spring forests, you’ll see examples of the work Ward 8 Woods has done to remove trash, reduce littering and dumping and improve the trail. You’ll also stop to identify trees, owers and songbirds with the help of the iNaturalist app. Read more and sign up at www.ward8woods.org.

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Theodore Sapp as Shepard Mallory and Stephen Patrick Martin as Maj. Gen. Ben Butler. Photo: DJ Corey Photography
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DC Medicaid Initiates Campaign for Medicaid Renewals

The Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), the District of Columbia’s state Medicaid agency, has begun a public awareness campaign to update bene ciary contact information and renew health coverage. Beginning April 1, 2023, and continuing through June 1, 2024, all District Medicaid bene ciaries will be required to renew their health coverage for themselves and their families. This Medicaid renewal process will be accompanied by sustained public engagement e orts. www.dhcf.dc.gov/medicaid-restart

Build Stronger Teams by Hiring Returning Citizens

Learn best practices for hiring returning citizens at UPWARD: An Employer Symposium on Second Chance Hiring, taking place virtually and in-person on Thursday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is hosted by ACT (A Chance to Thrive) Initiative, a coalition of DC-based organizations working to erase the stigma of reentry. ACT Initiative invites hiring managers, DEI professionals and human resources sta from all industries to explore best practices for hiring and inclusive workplaces. The event is hosted on Zoom and at the ACT Initiative o ces, 1919 North Lynn St., Suite 1500, Arlington, Virginia. Registration required at www. eventbrite.com/e/upward-an-employersymposium-on-second-chance-hiringtickets-585885197397.

The Blessing of the Fleet at the Navy Memorial

The blessing of the eet dates to ancient times and is meant to safeguard ships and their crew members. Each year, starting in 1987 when it was dedicated, the US Navy Memorial blesses the water in its outdoor fountains with water from the seven seas and the Great Lakes. This year’s ceremony is on Saturday, April 15, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. No registration required. www.navymemorial.org

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Air and Space Spring Lecture Series Resumes

The 2023 Exploring Space lecture series examines the realities of living and working in space for years at a time. It is presented in-person at the National Air and Space Museum in DC and will be streamed live on YouTube. Remaining spring lectures are: Tuesday, April 11, at 8 p.m., “Life Support: What the International Space Station Teaches Us about Our Changing Earth.” Wednesday, May 24, 8 p.m., “Exploring the Moon and Mars: Learning to Work and Live in Space.” And Thursday, June 29, at 8 p.m., “The Habitability of Worlds in the Outer Solar System.” Reserve seats at www.airandspace.si.edu/event-series/exploring-space-lectures.

District Day at NMAAHC

District Day at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is on Monday, April 17. In coordination with the DC Mayor’s O ce of African American A airs, NMAAHC is hosting a District Day to celebrate DC Emancipation Day, which freed 3,000 enslaved individuals in the nation’s capital. In the spirit of celebration, residents across the region are invited to the museum for a day lled with live performances, guided conversations and a special District Day menu from the Sweet Home Café. Admission is free; but registration is required at etix.com/ ticket/e/1034340.

Greenbelt Park Reopens

The National Park Service has reopened hiking trails and picnic areas in Greenbelt Park, following closures after a severe windstorm in July 2022. All major trails are open for hiking except for one section of the Perimeter Trail at the southern end of the park. Greenbelt Park and surrounding forest, 10 miles from Washington, provide nine miles of hiking trails, three picnic areas, 172 campsites and more. Reserve a campsite at Greenbelt Park on www.recreation.gov. ◆

Marine Barracks Evening Parades Begin for Season

The Evening Parades at Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE, begin on Friday, May 5. They start at 8:45 p.m. (gates open from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.). The ceremony, held every Friday evening during the summer, has become a symbol of the professionalism, discipline and esprit de corps of the US Marines. Read more and register to attend at www.barracks.marines.mil/ Parades/Friday-Evening-Parade-Schedule-Reservation/.

Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival

The Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival is the largest celebration of Japanese culture in the United States. It features over 24 hours of Japanese cultural performances on four stages (J-Pop, traditional Japanese music and martial arts) and cultural exhibitors, artisan and commercial vendors and Japanese and other foods and beverages. The festival, on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Third and Seventh streets NW, is on Saturday, April 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. One-day tickets available through April 14, $12 (plus booking fee). www.sakuramatsuri.org

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Bard High School Early College DC Opens in Ward 8

Congress Heights resident Shekita McBroom did not know what to expect when Bard High School Early College DC (BHSEC) moved in a block away at 1351 Alabama Ave. SE. In early January, the school decamped from its location in Ward 7 to a state-of-the-art facility at the former Malcolm X Opportunity Center.

Construction of the new facility is not yet complete. Nevertheless, 400 students, faculty and staff moved in after the winter break. Upon completion, BHSEC will boast a theater, outdoor learning center, music conservatory, soccer field, solar roof panels and dozens of modern classrooms with an elevator to provide easier access to the four floors.

“I can say that the school runs a tight ship,” said McBroom. “They do not allow the students to just hang around or linger. Sometimes you can have all the L’s ‒ lingering, littering and loitering, which is never good.” The school, however, is much more than a considerate neighbor.

Educating the Bard Way

Founded on the belief “that young people are ready and eager to begin college at age 16,” the school’s website states, Bard DC enables students to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree in four years. The program is associated with Bard College, a storied 160-year-old liberal arts college located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The school has only 1,900 undergraduates, but its graduates number comedian Chevy Chase, filmmaker Jonah Hill and journalist Ronan Farrow.

Bard High School Early College DC (https://bhsec. bard.edu/) provides a “rigorous course of study that emphasizes critical thinking through writing, discussion and inquiry,” the web page states. The curriculum consists of a two-year college preparatory sequence in grades nine and 10, which transitions into a two-year college course of study in grades 11 and 12 (known as Year 1 and Year 2 at BHSEC). Core and elective offerings include the natural sci-

ences, social sciences, mathematics, humanities, foreign languages and the arts.

DC’s BHSEC is one of a nationwide network of schools associated with Bard College that serves 3,000 students at seven associated campuses in Baltimore, Cleveland, New Orleans, New York City and Newark. Students take traditional courses in their freshman and sophomore years. The program departs from the norm thereafter. As juniors and seniors, they move on to college-level coursework.

“As a teacher, what makes Bard special is the unique combination of faculty expertise and the time we have with our students,” said Virginia Butler, who teaches the advanced literary theory college elective to Year 1 students and 10th grade world literature. “At Bard, students have the freedom to pursue their intellectual curiosities while building relationships and honing their knowledge over the course of years with faculty.”

BHSEC is a public school, not a charter school, open to all District residents. There are no entrance exams or tuition charges. More than 75% of the graduates attend college.

Senior Tamaya Flores, 18, is one

of the school’s first students. “When they opened, it was a little shaky,” she remarked, but “progress has started. The population has gotten bigger since I first came here.”

The Falcons Triumph

BHSEC’s varsity male basketball team, the Falcons, has taken the city by storm after winning two District titles in consecutive months. In February, the fifth-ranked Falcons beat the third-ranked McKinley Tech Trainers to win the DC Interscholastic Athletic Association championship in a major upset. Senior shooting guard DeAngelo Fogle, who led the Falcons with 18 points, was recognized as the game’s most valuable player.

In March, the Falcons were back at it again. Junior power forward Nathaniel Poindexter Jr. scored 18 points, while a late go-ahead basket by senior forward Damari Thompson clinched the 6764 victory over SEED DC in the District of Columbia State Athletic Association’s championship, played at George Washington University.

Nathaniel Poindexter Sr. ‒ local basketball star who attended Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and later played overseas in Iceland ‒ is extremely pleased with BHSEC and proud of his son. “I was intrigued with the opportunity for Nate to get college courses in high school. That is one of the reasons why we transferred him from IDEA (Public Charter School) to Bard this year. He’ll be back next year.”

The Falcons are led by Malcolm Battle, the athletic director and head basketball coach, along with his coaching staff: Greg Harris, William Liggins, Jay Nichols, Anthony Ridley and Johnny Tutt. School personnel Janay Brooks and Amanda Washington were also instrumental in the team’s success. Battle and his staff often ferried players personally to and from games and practices.

“I’m super proud of these young

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Bard High School Early College DC’s ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 5, 2023. The dignitary with scissors (third from left) is DCPS Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee.
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Changing Hands

Changing hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list,based on the MRIs, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms

men,” he commented. “I had kids who had every reason to transfer and go somewhere else. We didn’t have a home gym. We didn’t know until the last minute where we were going to practice some days. That speaks to their character,” he said.

Future Challenges

Despite its athletic success and 90% student retention rate, BHSEC still faces challenges. Neither the current principal nor the head of the school are returning next academic year. Teacher retention has been an issue.

Crime is also a problem. “I am truly happy that Bard is here,” said McBroom, “but the crime rate around here … I fear for the students. We have had kids attacked inside the Metro even be-

fore Bard came.”

In the meantime, Flores plans to graduate in June along with 125 other seniors. She has been accepted at Virginia State University, a historically black college located in Ettrick, Virginia. There she plans to major in business management, hoping to return to the District to open a cosmetology business.

Outgoing BHSEC Principal Vanessa Anderson is optimistic about overcoming future challenges. “It has not been an easy four years,” she said. “The pandemic really rocked our fledgling community, but we are the definition of resilient.” She continued, “I expect to be an emotional hot mess watching our founding class walk across the stage, because in spite of all that they’ve been through they really did create something special.” u

A typical classroom includes collaborative seating arrangements, SMART board technology and natural lighting.
E astofth E R iv ER DCN E ws C om 46 NEIGHBORHOOD PRICE BR FEE SIMPLE ANACOSTIA 2321 High St SE $349,000 4 1337 U St SE $340,000 3 1630 W St SE $320,000 2 1440 18th Pl SE $300,000 3 1326 Talbert Ter SE $265,000 2 BARRY FARMS 1513 Erie St SE $548,000 4 1509 Morris Rd SE $250,000 2 BRENTWOOD 1015 Rhode Island Ave NE $680,000 4 2224 16th St NE $610,000 3 CONGRESS HEIGHTS 3956 1st St SW $599,000 4 95 Brandywine Pl SW $498,500 2 121 Danbur y St SW $445,000 3 418 Brandywine St SE $443,900 3 871 Barnaby St SE #A $440,000 4 132 Forrester St SW $430,000 2 1236 Barnaby Ter SE $420,000 3 341 Parkland Pl SE $419,700 4 612 Brandywine St SE $414,000 3 536 Oakwood St SE $400,000 3 630 Chesapeake St SE $369,000 3 138 Chesapeake St SW $285,000 3 1214 Trenton Pl SE $265,000 4 DEANWOOD 904 47th Pl NE $685,000 5 119 56th Pl SE $535,000 4 331 54th St NE $475,000 5 4536 Eads Pl NE $455,000 3 4524 Eads St NE $425,000 1 FORT DUPONT PARK 457 Burbank St SE $499,000 4 1704 40th St SE $450,000 3 4406 Dubois Pl SE $409,900 2 1123 46th Pl SE $351,900 3 4452 Hilltop Ter SE $337,000 3 4010 Southern Ave SE $320,000 3 1572 41st St SE $300,000 3 4320 Gorman Ter SE $291,000 3 HILL CREST 3149 Westover Dr SE $595,000 3 1316 31st Pl SE $420,000 3 1807 Bay St SE $1,115,000 4 113 17th St SE $800,000 2 1314 31st Pl SE $812,500 4 3428 N St SE $584,000 4 3433 Highwood Dr SE $575,000 3 2409 34th St SE $550,000 4 2537 34th St SE $495,000 4 2420 Lenfant Sq SE $385,000 3 3111 Lyndale Pl SE $360,000 2 LILY PONDS 3719 Franklin D Roosevelt Pl NE$586,000 4 3447 Clay St NE $335,000 2 MARSHALL HEIGHTS 5036 Kimi Gray Ct SE $490,000 3 751 51st St SE $275,000 2 RANDLE HEIGHTS 2301 Naylor Rd SE $650,000 3 RIVER TERRACE 3343 Alden Pl NE $350,000 2 CONDO BRENTWOOD 1001 Bryant St NE #8 $231,700 3 CARVER LANGSTON 1019 17th Pl NE #UNIT 302 $445,000 2 812 18th St NE #102 $435,000 1 828 18th St NE #101 $368,000 1 820 18th St NE #303 $329,900 1 820 18th St NE #201 $275,000 1 FORT DUPONT PARK 4004 E St SE #207 $95,000 2 HILL CREST 1315b 27th St SE $249,700 3 KINGMAN PARK 401 13th St NE #112 $375,000 1 MARSHALL HEIGHTS 5005 D St SE #102 $205,000 2 11 46th St SE #303 $135,000 2 RANDLE HEIGHTS 1619 21st Pl SE #102 $365,000 2 TRUXTON CIRCLE 210 P St NW #1 $842,000 3 u
Head coach Malcolm Battle (white polo shirt) and assistant coach William Liggins (far left) at the DCIAA championship. Photo: Bard




The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) requires a telecommunications service provider to provide call center after-hour services for DCHA properties.

SOLICITATION DOCUMENTS will be available beginning Monday, April 3, 2023 on DCHA’s website at www.dchousing.org under “Business” and “Solicitations”.


Email Lolita Washington, Contract Specialist lwashing@dchousing.org with copy to business@dchousing.org for additional information.

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The Eastsider A Rising Star East of the River

People have many things to love about living East of the River. We have beautiful the green spaces. There are amazing historical landmarks and history. For me, however, I value our unique community that is creative, enterprising and nourishing.

This month, I interviewed 11-year-old Jayden Benjamin, better known by his entertainment name “Man Man,” and his father Joshua Benjamin who serves as his manager. The conversation was inspired by the young man’s performance, which I saw during a Black History Month celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.

During COVID, the Benjamin family found themselves, like many of us, at confined at home. It was during this time that Man Man’s father recognized his son’s innate musical talent.

“I heard him reciting music lyrics. He had the emotion in the words and everything!” His father began to ask Man Man to read lyrics to songs. He was taken aback by his son’s ability to memorize them. He often refers to him as “a human almanac.”

Man Man May has been accompanying his father in the studio since the age of three, recording his first hit song at the age of eight. Now 11, he is launching his first city-wide tour this summer. His father introduced him to knowledgeable people in the music industry to help develop and strengthen critical skills such as recording etiquette and studio decorum. With partners, his father

The Man from Anacostia Celebrating Spiritual Sisterhood

East of the River spiritual sisterhood was on full display on March 25 at The Prayer Breakfast Celebrating Women of Faith hosted by Wards 7 and 8 Faith Leaders. The Anacostia Coordinating Council, East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, the East of the River Clergy Police Community Partnership and the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative sponsored the event.

created the label “Every Dream is Possible.” Man Man has recorded several hit songs and sang in live performances.

Off-stage, Man Man is a sweet spirited 11-year-old. During the interview, he was reserved, honest, and very respectful. Red, I learned, is his favorite color. Math is his favorite school subject. And he loves football.

Man Man’s musical journey speaks to the strong bond between father and son. It also illustrates our community’s resilience during a time of global uncertainty. It takes a bravery to dream, imagining the impossible.

Keep up with Man Man’s music at www.music.apple.com/ us/album/ok-radio-edit-single/1647502723. You can watch him perform at www.youtube. com/@youngjefemanman

Follow Man Man on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/manman.1231/

Leniqua’dominique Jenkins works on the DC Council but the views expressed here are her own. She can be reached at jenkinseastoftheriver@gmail.com. u

In celebration of Women’s History Month, nearly 150 guests broke bread in a beautifully decorated fellowship hall at The Union Temple Baptist Church in the Anacostia Historic District. It was an all-woman program from beginning to end. The MeLinda Ford Music Group performed inspirational gospel. Made 2 Order, a womanowned business, catered a delicious repast. Rev. Dr. Anika Wilson Brown, the pastor at Union Temple and chair of the Mayor’s Interfaith Council, offered guests a hearty welcome.

Reverend Karen Curry, the associate minister of the Pennsylvania Baptist Church, proved an infectiously effervescent emcee. Curry interwove a seamless program of prayers for physical and mental health, caregivers, equity, equality and workforce protections, provided by women clergy.

In her address, Rev. Patricia Fears, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church and the President of the DC Baptist Convention addressed the importance of women’s leadership in the church. She also spoke of the historic nature of this prayer breakfast.

Dr. Wanda Thompson, pastor

ly Ward 8 Clergy and Faith Leaders Breakfast Meetings, gave the keynote address. Citing the pivotal roles that that women have in the Bible, she effectively nailed home the point that women form the church’s bedrock in the African American community. Recognizing the uphill path trod by women clergy and faith leaders, Thompson’s sermon exhorted her spiritual sisters to keep doing the hard work and staying strong in the struggle.

Reverend Thompson also noted the low male attendance at the prayer breakfast. This author strongly recommends men make more an effort to attend next year. Save the date!

To view the video of the prayer breakfast, please visit https://www.youtube.com/live/ LeaM7ZdNJYc?feature=share

Long-time Ward 8 community activist Philip Pannell can be contacted at philippannell@comcast.net. Pannell is the Exebcutive Director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council. Help Make Wards 7 & 8 Great! Become a Member of the Anacostia Coordinating Council: Visit http://www.anacostiacc.org/join-us.html. u

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of Ambassador Baptist Church and co-convener of the month- The MeLinda Ford Music Group. Photo: Justin T. Gaines DC Attorney General Brian Schwalb (D) poses with attendees. Photo: Lamont Mitchell (left to right) Minister Tayla Daniel, Rev. Maxine Brown-Davis, Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Rev. Karen Curry, Rev. Dr. Shirley Cobb, Rev. Dr. Wanda Thompson, Rev. Dr. E. Faith Bell, Linda K. Harlee Harper. Photo: Justin T. Gaines Eleven-year-old Jayden Benjamin, better known as “Man Man.”
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kids & family

Family Happy Hour with King Bullfrog

On Friday, May 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy an evening lled with live music perfect for little ones to run, dance, laugh and play to the beat of their favorite songs. Mr. Jeremiah and Mr. Steve ‒ both Capitol Hill-based dads and music teachers ‒ o er rootsand-blues tunes tailored to get children dancing while delighting grownups. $10 per child two and older; $5 per grownup. Beer, wine and pizza for purchase. Hill Center is at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets at www.hillcenterdc.org.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Youth Invasion


Fyütch at the KC

On Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m., discover community and black history and culture through a blend of hip hop, soul, R&B, pop and reggae. Fyütch’s live shows are lled with spirited songs, spoken word and visual storytelling to educate, entertain and empower the next generation. Grammy-nominated music and social justice artist Fyütch has been featured on “The Today Show,” NPR, Sirius XM’s “Kids Place Live” and more. $20. Fyütch is most enjoyed by ages ve and up. www.kennedy-center.org

“Aladdin” at the National

From the producer of “The Lion King” comes the story of Aladdin, a new production lled with beauty, magic, comedy and spectacle. “Aladdin,” at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, from April 19 to 30, is recommended for children six and older. Tickets start at $35. www.broadwayatthenational.com

On Saturday, April 29, at 1 and 4 p.m., the GenOUT Youth Chorus returns for its annual concert, Youth Invasion. Under the direction of C. Paul Heins, this free concert gives voice to the identities and experiences of LGBTQ+ and allied youth. Youth Invasion is at THEARC Theatre, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free tickets are at www.gmcw.org/youth-invasion.

Hello, Museo

Join educators from the National Postal Museum (Byrne Classroom, third oor) every other Tuesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., for a bilingual (English and Spanish) program featuring music, stories, crafts and gallery exploration. Upcoming dates are April 4 and 18; May 2, 16 and 30 ‒ and on. Designed for children ages two to ve and their caregivers. All

BEST Kids Superhero 5k & Fun Run

The BEST Kids Superhero 5K & Fun run celebrates the everyday heroes who make a positive impact in the lives of kids in DC’s foster care system. Ways to participate include running/walking the race, becoming a sponsor or volunteering. This family-friendly and stroller-friendly race is on Saturday, May 6, at 8 a.m., and begins in Bluemont Park, 601 N. Manchester St., Arlington. The 5k registration is $30; youth 5k, $15; kids fun run, free. www.bestkids.org

are welcome, registration not required. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum is at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. www.postalmuseum.si.edu

“The Ice Cream Truck Is Broken!” & Other Emotional Arias at the KC

On Saturday, April 22, at 1 and 4 p.m., and Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m., join a family-friendly event exploring our strongest emotions through opera. Hosts Renee Fleming, the Kennedy Center’s artistic advisor, and Mo Willems, inaugural education-artist-in-residence, together with the Washington National Opera Cafritz Young Artists, present famous arias exploring the range of human emotions in a way audiences new and old can appreciate and enjoy. A special bonus is the world premiere performance of a WNO commission, “Don’t Let the Pigeon Sing Up Late!” composed by the Kennedy Center’s composer-in-residence, Carlos Simon, and featuring the Pigeon’s dramatic operatic debut. $20 to $45. Most enjoyed by ages ve and up. www.kennedy-center.org

Saturday Morning Live! at the National

Fun takes center stage at the National Theatre for Saturday Morning Live. Kids are invited to the Helen Hayes Gallery space on select Satur-

FREE for all DC residents. Open to ages 3 & 4. PROGRAM BENEFITS: Register today on MySchoolDC.org Prek Kindergarten through 8th Grade • Full day, full week • Small Class Sizes with 1:9 Ratio • Outdoor Learning Space • Music, Art, Field Trips, Spanish and more! www.pspdc.org I 202.529.4400 1800 Perry Street NE, Washington, DC 20018 • Apply online at myschooldc.org - limited seats available • Now enrolling all students in PK-8th grade HAVE YOU APPLIED TO PRE-K YET? Proud to be one of the oldest and largest high-performing charter schools, serving students in PK3-8th grade in Wards 5, 7, & 8! Call 202-780-5126 for more information or visit: dcprep.org E AST OF THE R IVER M AGAZINE A PRIL 2023 51

Marine Corps Marathon Kids’ Run Registration

The MCM Kids’ Run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, in Arlington. Children ages ve to 12 can participate in the one-mile run. Pre- and post-event hospitality, activities, entertainment, games and mascots make this an unforgettable event. The Kids’ Run o ers nine start-time options between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Registration opens on April 5. www.marinemarathon.com

Baby Jam at the National Children’s Museum

On Fridays at 10:30 a.m., grab an instrument and join the band to explore sound and movement. Recommended for ages birth to three. The price of admission ($15.95) includes Baby Jam at Little Drummers on rst oor. The National Children’s Museum is at Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. www.nationalchildrensmuseum.org

CityTutor DC

CityTutor DC is a coalition of schools, community organizations and city leaders aiming to overcome the educational impacts of the pandemic by expanding access to high-impact, accelerated learning for 10,000+ K-12 students. High-impact tutoring is an evidence-based approach that takes place in a one-on-one or small-group setting. Tutors and students meet frequently and consistently, usually with a focus on math or literacy. Learn more at www.citytutordc.org.

pedaling and riding. This class is for children age six to 12 who have never ridden a bike or have tried and not been successful. On Saturday, April 29, at 10 a.m., at Anacostia Park, WABA’s League Cycling instructors take students through a progressive curriculum, with the goal of riding with two pedals by the end of the session. www.waba.org

First Saturdays at the NGA

day mornings at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. for entertainment of all sorts, from interactive performances to puppets, dance and music. On May 13, see “Mangos to Apples Tumbling Tumbling from a Filipino Rainbow” by slam poetry performer Regie Cabico. Young poets will also have a chance to perform their spoken-word poems. Shows are best enjoyed by ages three to six, but everyone is welcome. Tickets are free, but register in advance; walkup tickets are subject to availability. Masks are optional but highly recommended. The National Theatre is at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. www.nationaltheatre.org/saturday-morning-live

Bobbleheads and Kids’ Giveaways at Nats Park

Bobbleheads to the rst 20,000 fans on April 15, Josiah Gray; June 6, Screech Night OUT; June 17, Racing Presidents Bobblehead: Teddy and Abe; July 22, CJ Abrams; Aug. 12, Racing Presidents Bobblehead: George and Tom; and Sept. 22, Keibert Ruiz. Kids’ Giveaways on April 30, Kids Opening Day, and Rally Cap to the rst 10,000 fans 12 and under; on May 21, Kids’ Teddy Handmade by Robots Vinyl Figure to the rst 10,000 fans ages three to 12; on June 4, Kids’ Arm Hug Doll to the rst 10,000 fans 12 and under; on July 23, Kids’ Water Bottle to the rst 10,000 fans 12 and under; on Aug. 13, Kids’ Book Bag to the rst 10,000 fans 12 and under. www.mlb. com/nationals

“Once Upon a Moon” at Discovery Theater

On April 12 to 14, at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. (each day), celebrate the spirit of the Apollo landing in an interactive show for young audiences. Performers and puppets spin stories about the moon’s magic, create a “living exhibit” of its phases and introduce the science that brought us to its surface. $8 for adults; $7 for kids; $3 for kids under two. Tickets on sale now. Recommended for ages four to seven. Discovery Theater’s Ripley Center is at 1100 Je erson Dr. SW (on the National Mall). www.discoverytheater.org

“The World and Me” Family Earth Day Celebration with Smithsonian Gardens

On Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m. to noon, celebrate Earth Day with “The World & Me.” Families can explore the Pollinator Garden with Smithsonian Gardens, make their own pollinator home to support neighborhood pollinators and learn how to participate in the international City Nature Challenge event. Free, but registration is required. Sign up at www.naturalhistory.si.edu/events/world-andme-family-program-earth-day-celebration-smithsoniangardens.

WABA’s Youth Learn to Ride Class

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s Youth Learn to Ride class teaches bike-riding in three steps: gliding,

On the rst Saturday of each month (April 1, May 6, etc.), starting at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m., join the National Gallery of Art in the East Building for a relaxed experience featuring artmaking, lms and a variety of pop-up activities. All activities are free, most are rst-come, rst-served and some require registration. www.nga.gov/calendar/community-events/ rst-saturdays.html

Revolutionary War Weekend at Mount Vernon

On Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both days, rain or shine), Mount Vernon’s 12-Acre Field transforms into a battleground as Continentals, Redcoats and Hessians conduct military drills and perform 18th-century cavalry demonstrations. Meet the soldiers and greet General Washington. Walk through the Museum of the American Revolution’s replica of Washington’s War Tent, his o ce and sleeping quarters as the commander of the Continental Army. Admission is $35 for adults; $21 for kids. www.mountvernon.org

The Synetic Theater Teen Company’s “Taming of the Shrew”

The Synetic Theater Teen Company’s Silent Shakespeare adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew” follows Katherina and Petruchio as they discover the journey to love isn’t always the easiest of roads. $30 to $50. From April 21 to 30. Synetic Theater is at 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. www.synetictheater.org

kids & family

House Easter Egg Roll!”

“Rocco at the White House Easter Egg Roll!”

The White House Historical Association has released a new children’s book, “Rocco at the White House Easter Egg Roll!” Eight-year-old Rocco Smirne was among the lucky children who’ve had the opportunity to attend White House Easter Egg Rolls, and in 2022 Rocco was invited by President and Dr. Biden to read his book, “Rocco Travels with the Presidents,” at the event. In this book, Rocco shares the many activities at the White House grounds on Easter Monday, including rolling and hunting for eggs, listening to music of the Marine Band, decorating cookies, taking drawing lessons and gathering around authors as they read their books aloud. Purchase the book for $9.95 at www. whitehousehistory.org/products/rocco-at-the-white-house-easter-egg-roll. www.whha.org

cal Association, shares the story of architect James Hoban and those who constructed the White House, including Scottish stonemasons, Irish builders and enslaved laborers of African descent. This is the sixth in a series of children’s books about White House life and history published by the White House Historical Association. $9.95. Order at www.shop. whitehousehistory.org.

The National Cathedral Flower Mart’s Kids’ Activities

The National Cathedral’s 84th Flower Mart, A New Beginning, is on Friday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A children’s area has a huge array of games and carnival rides. Purchase tickets for the carousel, rides and games at the ticket booth in the children’s area. Flower Mart is an annual fundraiser for the cathedral’s gardens and grounds. It features a white-elephant tent, international floral display, plants and gifts for sale, tower climbs, free live entertainment and food. www.allhallowsguild.org

“Jack and the Beanstalk” at Glen Echo

From April 20 to May 21, enjoy a multimedia production about a lazy lad whose life changes because of magic beans. Puppet Company fans may recognize the Giant from the annual “Nutcracker” show. The show runs Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Recommended for ages four and up. $15; free for age two and under. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Maryland. Other upcoming shows are guest artists Dino Rock, June 1 to July 9; Beauty and the Beast, July 20 to Aug. 20; Magic Mirror, Aug. 31 to Sept. 17. www.thepuppetco.org u

The White House Historical Association announces the presale of “The White House: Designed by James Hoban, Built by Many Hands!” In this book, Stewart D. McLaurin, president of the White House Histori-

Rocco and the book “Rocco at the White
“The White House: Designed by James Hoban, Built by Many Hands!”
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Dollars & Sense

Many Are Eligible for Tax Credits This Season and May Not Know It!

Tax season does not have to be stressful. It can actually be a very good time of the year for you and your family if and only if you know what tax credits at the Federal and DC level you are eligible for and get them.

At tax time, over 50,000 Washingtonians are eligible to receive the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the DC EITC, and the Federal Child Tax Credit, which can provide people a much needed income boost and reduce any federal taxes owed – but not everyone is aware of their eligibility. People who worked in 2022 could qualify for extra money from these credits that could help them afford the rising costs of essentials like food, clothing, and shelter. Eligible individuals and families must file a federal tax return by April 18, 2023 to get these tax benefits.

The Earned Income Tax Credit helped over 55,000 Washingtonian families claim over $110 million in the Federal EITC last year. Additionally, they were able to receive a 40% match from the DC EITC. For 2022, each eligible worker aged 25-64 without kids could receive as much as $560, and workers with kids at home could receive up to $6,935. To qualify for the federal EITC, Washingtonians must have a Social Security number for everyone listed on their tax return and must have earned under $22,610 without kids or less than $59,187 with kids in 2022. A person may be eligible for the EITC if they worked at any point during 2022, even if it was part-time, temporary, or gig work. Additionally, the DC EITC can provide a 70% match of the Federal EITC.

The Child Tax Credit helped over 60,000 Washingtonian families claim over $111 million in Child Tax Credit refunds last year. Households eligible in 2022 could receive up to $2,000 for each child under 17 years old. Up to $1,500 of the Child Tax Credit is available as a refund to families that earned more than $2,500 in 2022. Adults with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) issued by the IRS who have a child with a Social Security number in their household could be eligible for the credit.

Because of the pandemic, the EITC and Child Tax Credit were expanded and made available to more families in 2021. That expansion has since ended, BUT here’s the good news – if a person was eligible for the 2021 expanded EITC, the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credit, or any of the three rounds of stimulus checks and didn’t claim them, it’s not too late! Washingtonians can still file for last year’s expanded credits this year.

Throughout the tax filing season, great non-profit organizations in DC— Catholic Charities-Archdiocese of Washington, United Planning Organization, and Community Tax Aid to mention some of the primary ones—have been assisting Washingtonians to file their Federal and DC taxes for free. For people filing for the first time or who need help completing their forms before the April 18th deadline, free resources for support are available. You should visit GetYourRefund.org to connect online with an IRS-certified volunteer or file your own taxes.

Please remember, this is your money! You should get it. Don’t let Uncle Sam keep money that belongs to you.

At Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB) we are committed to assisting Washingtonians learn of and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit—at the Federal and DC levels—and the Child Tax Credit to boost their income and help them with the high cost of living. We want you to get your money and use it to achieve your family’s financial goals. High-quality, trusted, reliable and free tax preparation services are available for Washingtonians who made up to $60,000 in income last year. For more information on these in-person, virtual and online services, visit www.caab.org/en/dceitc.

CAAB is a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals in Washington, DC and the greater DC region to build financial security, savings, and wealth for the future. Through our DC EITC Campaign we provide access to information on the EITC and inform Washingtonians on free tax preparation services throughout the District of Columbia and online. The DC EITC Campaign is made possible through the support from the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) as well as other key private sector partners.

“Don’t miss out on tax breaks from the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.”
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