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Building Sand Castles Is Fun!! But Less Fleeting Is Building Equity Through Home Ownership!!! CAPITOL HILL 637 3rd Street, NE B3 Capitol Mansion A wonderful boutique condo building in a superb location within moments of Union Station, restaurants and shops! This terrace level one bedroom/ one bath features an open living/din¬ing/ kitchen floor plan. The updated kitchen shines with granite and tile floors. While the bedroom is spacious with a large closet. This unit has been nicely maintained with the installation of a new wall unit A/C. Plus—PARK¬ING- not a typo—one surface parking spot conveys with this unit!! Absolute¬ly the best value on Capitol Hill! $199,000

SW / Waterfront Gangplank Marina 600 Water Street, SW For the unique, discriminating and adventurous home buyer… Floating House… Own a snug contemporary home on the water. Cathedral ceilings, skylights, large fully equipped kitchen, step-down living room, step-down bedroom, den/loft, roof-top deck with fantastic views of the sunsets, 4th of July fireworks and surrounding yacht marina. CAC, electric heat pumps, great neighbors and much more. Must see to appreciate. A whole new experience in living! $185,000

Indian Head, MD 6075 Chapmans Landing Road Stately English Manor Home Plus A Separate Guest House!! Elegant custom built English Manor Home with detached matching brick and stucco guest house sits on three meticulously maintained acres adjacent to 2,200 acre Chapmans State Forest within twenty minutes walking distance from the Potomac River in Indian Head. Backyard paradise features a 24x34 oval shaped gunnite concrete in-ground pool and large deck, life-like play house with swing and play area, several out buildings. Main house has a two car garage, circular driveway and parking for ten plus cars – guest house also features a three car garage. Enjoy this serene setting with lots of wild life in your own backyard. Approximately sixteen miles to Washington, DC. $845,000

Hill Crest 2910 W Street, SE Perfectly Wonderful On W!! This three bedroom and three and one half bath home is located in the highly desirable Hill Crest neighborhood. Set high up on a hill over-looking park land with winter views To DC ! This quiet neighborhood is moments to downtown, shopping and easy access to Maryland. From the gleaming hardwood floors to the gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry--no detail has been over-looked. Additional features include a master with ensuite bath, another bedroom with an adorable office/laundry room and a lower level in-law suite with full kitchen and bath. The versatile lower level with custom Murphy Bed is perfect for guests or used as a family/rec room. A large rear deck with easy access to the kitchen is ideal for pleasant weather entertaining—and the perfectly manicured yard will make your downtown dwelling friends green with envy! $484,000

SW / Waterfront 827 6th Street, SW Grand And Glorious!! Welcome to this elegant and surprisingly large four level townhome within steps to the redeveloped Waterside Mall, Arena Stage and the Metro—and a short stroll to the waterfront promenade!! Boasting four bedrooms, two full and two half-baths and a true laundry room—this solidly built home benefits from both morning sun at your front door and afternoon sun across your private brick courtyard. Featuring a large eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, an office off the front entrance, a huge family room for entertaining, hardwood floors throughout and an elegant traditional wood staircase. Plus one off-street parking space!! $749,000

Capitol Hill 1818 C Street, SE Fantastic Four Unit!! Four One BR units w/updated kitchens, hardwood floors throughout all units which are equal in size. All units have separate plumbing, updated electric panels with circuit breakers. New furnaces and hot water heaters. Large yard w/possible off-street parking. Building is in great condition - shows well. Great location which is 1/2 a block from Metro and RFK.......Perfect for condo conversion or the savvy homeowner--live in one--rent out the other three and let your tenants pay your mortgage! $645,000

Capitol Hill 27 15th Street, SE Purse Pleasing Property! Lovely end unit home, located in a well sought after neighborhood. This three level home boasts two bedrooms (plus an office)/one full bath and two half baths. Featuring hardwood floors, built-in bookcases and a fenced-in rear yard. $449,000

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The birdhouses at Turtle Park “Found” booties on iron fence points Bike lanes National Capitol Bank fish tank Engine 8 fire house Saturday morning crepes to go Doggie bowls outside businesses Mr. Skip! Capitol Hill Little League Nats fireworks Barracks Row 4th of July Parade Zone 6 stickers The H Street Festival The elephants in spring Marine Corps Band on Fridays The MOTH Picnic Knowing all your neighbors Sunset over the Capitol

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Hill Buzz / by Anna Crange Conathan Bulletin Board Redistricting / by Gwyn Jones The Numbers: Is DC’s Economy Rebounding / by Ed Lazere ANC 6A / by Roberta Weiner ANC 6B / by Gwyn Jones ANC 6C / by Roberta Weiner ANC 6D / by Roberta Weiner Saving Grace Doggy Jamboree / Photos: Andrew Lightman

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Spotted on the Hill / by Peter Vankevich Changing of the Guard at Capitol Hill Village / by Mike Canning Hill Center Needs You! / by Rosemary Freeman Barracks Row Main Street / by Sharon Bosworth H Street Life: Pho Comes to H Street / by Elise Bernard South by West: New Life for L’Enfant Plaza / by Will Rich Grand Clock on 8th Street / by Maggie Hall

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Capitol Hill’s Corner Stores / by Robert M. Pohl Changing Hands: Residential Home Sales / compiled by Don Denton

Continuing Education Special: Increase Your Income 73 76 78

Daring to Change / by Anna Cranage Conathan Lifelong Learning: Opportunities Abound / by Peter Sherer Some Local Programs

ARTSdiningentertainment Special 81 84 86 88 90 92 94 96 98

Dining Review: Atlas Room/ by Celeste McCall Dining Notes / by Celeste McCall It’s A Wrap / by Brad Hathaway Theater: Words, Words, Words / by Barbara Wells Wines of Spain / by Josh Genderson Art and the City / by Jim Magner At the Movies / by Mike Canning The Literary Hill / by Karen Lyon The Jazz Project / by Jean-Keith Fagon

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Fascia Training / by Pattie Cinelli The Placebo Effect / by Ronda Bresnick Hauss What You Need To Know About Fractures / by Dr. John Maguire


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Kids & Family Notebook / by Kathleen Donner New Charter Schools Offer Unique Options / by James Jones School Notes / compiled by Susan Braun Johnson

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The True Meaning of Friendship / by Rindy O’Brien @ Your Service / by Heather Schoell Let in the Light / By Bruce Wentworth, AIA Ask Judith: Exploding Toilets / by Judith Capen Garden Spot: Eclectic Summer Gardens / by Derek Thomas Dear Garden Lady / by Anonymous

COVER: “National’s Stadium” by Enid Romanek. Cover artist Enid Romanek is well known for her prints and note cards of the metropolitan DC area, as well as her discontinued calendar, DC Doings. Enid still does drawing of homes and scenes on commission, but is now also specializing in Pet Portraits with pet note cards. Visit her stand on 7th Street at Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays and her web site at Contact enidromanek@ or 301 270 5273 for more information about Enid’s work.


Parkinson’s and Epilepsy in Chiropractic Research By Dr. David Walls-Kaufman

I love what I do. . . . Here’s the latest in chiropractic research from the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ February 3, 2011: Parkinson’s: A 67 year-old female patient presenting with signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that include weakness, tremors, scoliosis and rigidity. Over a period of 6 months, the patient was seen 19 times and was adjusted 12 times. Improvements in x-ray measurements, spinal muscle physiology were recorded. Patient selfreported improvements in weakness, tremors, rigidity, and overall mobility. Spinal subluxation (a mild dislocation) may contribute to Parkinson’s disease. Reduction of the subluxation may be a plausible, safe, and effective approach for managing PD. Epilepsy: Chiropractic care in the case of a child with occipital lobe epilepsy is described. The nine-year-old girl presented with uncontrollable blinking of the left eye and fainting spells, previously diagnosed by a neurologist as occipital lobe epilepsy. Low force adjustments were administered to the spinal column. The little girl’s uncontrolled eye twitching decreased immediately following the first adjustment and ceased completely 3 weeks following the final adjustment. The twitching has not resurfaced in 2 years. Key Words: Upper Cervical; Blair; Occipital Lobe Epilepsy; Epilepsy; Cervical Spine; Chiropractic, Subluxation For the better health and life experience of you and your family – Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center 411 East Capitol St., SE 202.544.6035. Serving our neighborhood since 1985. ADVERTISEMENT 12 ★ HillRag | June 2011


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GO.SEE.DO. DC Jazz Festival June 1-13. Artists will perform at more than 45 venues throughout DC, including the National Mall, the Kennedy Center and Warner Theatre. Signature programs include the highly popular Jazz n’ Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection (June 4-5) and Jazz in the ‘Hoods which includes performances at more than 30 museums, restaurants and clubs across the city. It’s major artist lineup includes multiple Grammy-Award winners Bobby McFerrin, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and Latin Jazz legend Eddie Palmieri; as well as the legendary Heath Brothers; pianist Cyrus Chestnut; saxophonists Antonio Hart and JD Allen, and Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña. On Sunday, June 12, 1:00 PM, Jazz on the National Mall features free performances at the Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds from Toby Foyeh & Orchestra Africa, Claudia Acuña Quintet, Frédéric Yonnet, Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, and the Eddie Palmieri All-Star Salsa Orchestra. Bobby McFerrin. Photo: Carol Friedman.

Saint Mary’s County Crab Festival The Saint Mary’s County Crab Festival is a celebration of St. Mary’s crab culture and cooking. Expect to find plenty of steamed hard crabs, crab soups, crab cakes, and other seafood dishes available for purchase. Before or after your meal, browse among regional crafters! Live entertainment from the Chesapeake Country Cruisers line dance team, (who will invite you up to learn a few moves!) and country music band Southbound. $5 admission (11 and under, free). June 12, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. All proceeds go to Lions Club community service programs. 42455 Fairgrounds Rd., Leonardtown, MD (about 60 miles from DC). Saint Mary’s County Crab Festival attracts vistors of all ages.Photo: Joe Dunn

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Hillcrest Home and Garden Tour

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival Come celebrate the revitalization of the Anacostia River with local bluegrass music and outdoor activities on Kingman Island, June 11, 1:00-8:00 PM. This festival, brought you by Councilmember Tommy Wells, the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, Living Classrooms, Sierra Nevada and Flying Dog beer, will have some of the best bluegrass musicians in the area including Second String, The Family Hammer, By and By, Split String Soup, King Street Bluegrass, the Flower Hill String Band and emcee Banjer Dan. For directions to the island and additional information about the festival visit If you would like to volunteer, become a sponsor or have questions, contact Daniel Conner at or 202-724-8063.

This is a guided walking tour on Saturday, June 18 that wants you in place at the intersection of 31st St. and W Pl. SE by 10:45 AM. The tour begins at 11:00 AM, wanders through the beautiful Hillcrest neighborhood and ends at a reception at one of the host homes. This is the Hillcrest Community Civic Association’s 18th house tour and promises to be the best ever. Tickets are $12 in advance or a $15 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available online at Home on the tour/ Photo: Courtesy of Hillcrest Home and Garden Tour

Indian Summer Showcase This year the museum hosts the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Siletz Tribe of Oregon, and the Huíchol Indians of Mexico for multi-day festivals celebrating Native music, art, culture, dance, film and food, as well as the Living Earth Festival, which explores and honors indigenous contributions to the environment. The Saturday evening Indian Summer Showcase concert series kicks off the schedule on Saturday, June 11, 5:00-7:00 PM on Welcome Plaza, with country singer Victoria Blackie (Navajo) and Rebecca Miller, a country singer from Six Nations, Ontario, Canada. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. Choctaw stickball games. Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian ★ 17

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SPECIAL EVENTS IN JUNE Knowledge Commons DC. June 2-30. A new model for learning outside the box, classroom or lecture hall has arrived in DC. Knowledge Commons is a collaborative creative project instigated by local artists and arts organizations who believe in the idea that we can and should share our knowledge and experiences with each another, in the public spaces that are available to us. KCDC’s first session will run in locations throughout the city such as the metro, the farmer’s market, and the zoo. Provisions Library, Transformer, Honfleur Gallery, Pleasant Plains Workshop, and Big Bear Café will also be hosting KCDC classes. Whether a course takes place in a grocery store, park, or art gallery, we hope teachers will imagine how space and place is an integral component of how students experience their subjects. Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Heritage Festival. June 6-11. This festival is a week-long event held in Washington, DC celebrating the vibrant AfroBrazilian cultural heritage featuring Capoeira, Samba, Maculele, Maracatu, Go-go, and West African dance and music performances and workshops; documentary film screenings; panel discussions; and culinary demonstrations and tastings. Community outreach is central to their mission so many of the events are free and open to the public. The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy. The Academy Award winning

Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran This summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, enjoy special exhibitions and programming free of charge in addition to Gallery tours, select workshops, demonstrations, and performances for all ages. Special programs celebrate the Corcoran Collection as well as temporary exhibitions and Chris Martin: Painting Big and Washington Color and Light. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. Sidewalk art at the Corcoran. Photo: Courtesy of Corcoran staff 18 ★ HillRag | June 2011

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JUNE CALENDAR ★ ★ ★ trilogy will be featured in an exclusive series of in-theater events in June, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on June 14; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on June 21; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King on June 28, all beginning at 7:00 PM. Theater audiences will view nearly an hour of additional feature footage per film with additional and extended scenes

that were carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson. In addition, fans will be treated to personal introductions to each film from Jackson, which were captured on the set of his current film The Hobbit, all making this an historic series that can only be experienced on the big screen. $12.50 per screening. DC screenings at Loews Cineplex Uptown Theatre.

DC Black Theater Festival. June 12-19. 150 provocative and groundbreaking theatrical performances by local and national artists. For the full schedule visit Great American Backyard Campout. June 25. We need to give back to our children what they don’t even know they’ve lost, a connection to the natural world. A great place to start is by having your family participate in the 7th annual Great American Backyard Campout. National Wildlife Federation’s fundraising event encourages parents and kids alike to trade screen time for green time by spending a night under the stars.

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Atlas. June 3-11. 1930’s Harlem is immortalized in Fats Waller’s lively, funny, toe-tapping, finger-snapping revue—one of Broadway’s finest. The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930s Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway. $15-$40. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Dream Year Weekend at Ebenezers. June 3-5. Join Ben Arment for a 3-day Dream Year retreat at Ebenezers Coffeehouse. In one pivotal weekend, you’ll learn the principles behind Dream Year and create a personal plan to bring your God-given dream to life. You’ll hear from special guests, get feedback, and connect with other dreamers to share the journey. $249 in advance; $299, regular. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900.

Jazz Choir Debut Concert at Christ Church June 11, 7:00 PM. Capital City Voices, an innovative new jazz choir, will bring stirring harmonies and exciting rhythmic variations to its public debut at Christ Church. Launched by internationally recognized saxophonist and educator Jeff Antoniuk, Capital City Voices gathers together gifted amateurs and semi-professional vocalists to learn and perform a wide range of original and jazz standard repertoire. Two dozen vocalists will participate in this first outing. $15 suggested donation. Seats are limited. Reservations advised. 410-295-6691. Christ Church, 620 G St. SE. Choir Director Peggy Stern 20 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Capitol Hill Chorale. June 4, 7:00 PM and June 5, 4:00 PM. Child of Earth, a cantata for mezzo-soprano, choir, strings, and harp, features the world premier of a commissioned work by Kevin Siegfried. $20-$25. 12 and under, free. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SE. 202547-1444. “Purge” at H Street Playhouse. June 4-July 3. “Purge is a story, quite simply, of love and betrayal.... a fable of war, passion, and finally a woman’s journey to redemption in a seemingly hopeless world.” Featuring distinguished DC actors: Kerry Waters, Eric Lucas, Colleen Delany,

Irina Koval, Lee Ordeman, Armand Sindoni and Stas Wronka. $16-$40. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. An Evening with Julie Halston. June 9, 8:00 PM. Award-winning Broadway actress and comedienne, Julie Halston brings her hilarious one-woman show to DC for the first time. With her original brand of comedy through standup, readings and observations of the mad mad world we live in today! $35. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Rachel Platten with Bess Rogers and Bethany and the Guitar. June 9, 7:30 PM. New York City singer-songwriter, pianist and beatboxer Rachel Platten is by no means your average headliner-in-the-making. Her Rock Ridge Music debut, Be Here, is a bewitching collection of 10 wise-beyond-their-years piano-driven pop songs that echo elements of Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Tori Amos and Regina Spektor, while retaining a singular sense of self that is rarely found in such a young performer. $10-$12. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Sewall-Belmont House & Museum Public Open House. Saturday, June 4, 11:00 AM6:00 PM. Second St. NE and Constitution Ave. NE. 202-546-1210. Songwriters Association of Washington Emerging Artists Showcase. June 10, 7:00 PM. $5 suggested donation. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. or Bikes for the World Bicycle Collection. Saturday, June 11, 9:00 AM-noon. This is a bicycle collection event at the William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE. A $10 per bike donation is suggested to help defray the costs of transporting the bicycles to those who need them. Bicycle parts and tools are also welcomed. Bikes for the World is a people-focused project that rescues unwanted bicycles and donates them to community programs in countries where they will be put to good use. Contact: Thomas Chiles, 417-861-4696. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Adult StudentFaculty Art Show. Reception, Saturday, June 11, 5:00-7:00 PM. The exhibit showcases work in the fields of watercolor, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, and multi-media. Prizes will be awarded in these various fields. Admission is free for the opening reception and the exhibit, which closes on June 25. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202547-6839. Past, Present, Future at the Atlas. June 11, 2:00 PM. A performance that challenges perceptions, attitudes, and the words used to describe what it is to be “normal”. Performed by people with intellectual disabilities who will share the changes that have taken place in their lives. $5-$10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

National Get Outdoors Day. Saturday, June 11, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM at Kingman Island. This is the fourth annual National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day), an event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Primary goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors. Project Natale Jazz Quartet. Sunday, June 12, 7:00 PM, at the Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-5445807. Civil War Photo Exhibition “The Last Full Measure”. Open through Aug. 13, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Saturday. Exhibition features more than 400 rarely displayed Civil War era portraits that bring this pivotal moment in our nation’s history to life through the poignant faces of ordinary people who experienced it firsthand – Union and Confederate soldiers, their wives and children. Free. Second-floor South Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. 10 First St. SE. Fame, Fortune, and Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio. June 3–Sept. 3. From the 1620s through the twentyfirst century, the Shakespeare First Folio influenced the industries of conservation, editing, and book-collecting, eventually becoming a cause for idolatry in itself.This exhibition explores the complex history of the First Folio, from its humble beginnings in the seventeenth century to stories of theft and recovery of an idolized book, recounting how it came to mean so much across cultures and continents. Free. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Blue Panamuse with Donna Fletcher. Friday, June 17, 8:00 PM, at the Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202544-5807. Step Afrika!: 2011 Home Performance Series. June 18-23. $20-$38.50. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Laura Grill Band with Eric Scott and Amanda Lee. June 20, 7:30 PM. A trail of tenor saxophone, bassoon and cello led Laura Grill to her most personal instrument, her voice, rather late in the game - discovering her talent at 18. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Laura traded the heartland for the coast and moved to Boston in 2008. In the company of Crooked Still, Joy Kills Sorrow and Sarah Jarosz, Grill found her voice at the New England Conservatory. $8-$10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

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Tony Ellis and the Musicians of Braeburn Concert. Wednesday, June 22, noon (no tickets required). Traditional Banjo and Stringband music from Ohio. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Summer Lecture at the Folger: Selby Kiffer. Thursday, June 23, 7:00 PM. In the lecture entitled, “Collecting the Book that Breaks the Rules: Shakespeare’s First Folio at Auction,” Selby Kiffer, Senior Specialist at Sotheby’s, discusses the rare book market as it pertains to Fame, Fortune, and Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio, a Folger exhibition on the 1623 collection of Shakespeare’s plays, one of the world’s most famous and valuable books. Free, with reception and exhibition viewing to follow. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202544-4600. Breaking Laces with Finding Fiction and Brian Glennon. June 24, 7:30 PM. Breaking Laces is a three-piece acoustic rock band out of Brooklyn NY with a sound that has stylistic debts to such artists as Death Cab for Cutie, Snow Patrol, They Might Be Giants and the Lemonheads. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Tim Tingle and D.J. Battiest-Tomasi Concert. Wednesday, June 29, noon (no tickets required). Traditional Choctaw storytelling and music from Oklahoma. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. “Earth as Art” Exhibition at Library of Congress. On view Monday through Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. When Earth is viewed from space, cloud formations, coastlines, mountain ranges, islands, deltas, glaciers and rivers take on patterns resembling abstract art—with striking textures and brilliant colors. The U.S. Geological Survey’s “Earth as Art” will be on display in the exhibition hall outside the Geography and Map Reading Room, on the basement level of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-8506. Friday Jazz Nights at the Courtyard Marriott. Fridays, 5:30 PM-midnight. Get ready for the smooth sounds of Jazz at the Courtyard by Marriott, 140 L St. SE. Host DJ Donnie and special guest comedians will bring Jt Groove and Modern Day to the stage. Put on your sophisticated attire for ‘Jazz at the Yard’ and head to the second floor of the Courtyard Marriott. For more information, call 202-345-4380.

PATRIOTIC Memorial Day Concert (and dress rehearsal). Sunday, May 29 (rain or shine). Concert at 8:00 PM. Gates open at 5:00 PM. Full Dress Rehearsal, Saturday, May 28 (rain or shine). Concert at 7:30 PM. Gates open at 5:00 PM US Capitol (west lawn). Featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and many name

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entertainers. Bring a blanket, folding chair, water, food and be prepared to make yourself comfortable for a few hours. Alcohol may be confiscated. In the event of very inclement weather, the concert may be rescheduled for Monday. This happens rarely but you should check local news broadcasts if you think the concert may be cancelled. Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally. Sunday, May 29, 7:00 AM. North Pentagon Parking Lot, Arlington, VA. The run departs the parking lot at noon and takes several hours (from start to finish) to complete. For the route schedule visit rollingthundermotorcyclerally. com. “Flags-In” at Arlington Cemetery. Memorial Day Weekend, 8:00 AM-7:00 PM. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard) has honored America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of service members buried both at Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier’s and Airmen’s National Cemetery just prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia end of Memorial Bridge). 703-607-8000. Memorial Day Wreath Laying at Arlington. Monday, May 30, 11:00 AM. Arrive much earlier. Expect heavy security. Arlington National Cemetery (Virginia end of Memorial Bridge). 703-607-8000. National Memorial Day Parade. Monday, May 30, 2:00 PM. Beginning at Fourth St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW and ending at 15th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. Expect a lot of music, color and old-fashioned patriotism. Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings in summer, May 6-Aug. 26. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The story of the ceremony reflects the story of Marines around the world. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-433-4073. 2011 Twilight Tattoo at Fort McNair. Wednesdays, June 1 and 8. 7:00 PM. Members of the 3rd US Infantry (The Old Guard), the US Army Band “Pershings Own,” Fife and Drum Corps and the US Army Drill Team will perform an hour-long sunset military Pageant. Over 100 Old Guard soldiers dressed in period uniforms will provide a glimpse of Army history from colonial times to the soldier of the future. Historic Fort McNair, Fourth and P sts. SW. U.S. Capitol Exterior Walking Tour. Every Monday through November (including holi-

days, rain or shine), 10:00 AM. Meet at the top of the escalators at Union Station by the METRO sign post. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society tour explains why it took 40 years to build the Capitol; why and how it has been continually enlarged since then; famous incidents and crucial events that took place inside it; the scope and purpose of the massive construction project now underway; and daily activities that occur in and around the building. $10 (cash) per person. No reservations are necessary. 202543-8919. Docent-Led Tour of Historic Congressional Cemetery. Saturdays at 11:00 AM. Free. 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Tour of Duty: Barracks Row Heritage Trail. Follow the signs on this self guided Cultural Tourism DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail to learn more about the rich military and political history of Capitol Hill’s Barracks Row. The first sign is located at the Eastern Market Metro station plaza (Seventh St. and Penn. Ave. SE). The 90-minute, selfguided tour proceeds down Eighth St. loops through the residential neighborhood, and ends at Eastern Market. US Capitol Visitors’ Center. Open daily 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM. The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center is the newest addition to this historic complex. At nearly 580,000 square feet, the Visitor Center is the largest project in the Capitol’s more than two-century history and is approximately three quarters the size of the Capitol itself. The entire facility is located underground on the east side of the Capitol so as not to detract from the appearance of the Capitol and the grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874. Free. 202-226-8000.

OUTDOOR SUMMER MUSIC Yards Park Friday Evening Concert Series. Through Aug. 19, 6:00-8:00 PM. Spend your Friday evenings on the river, relaxing on the terraced lawn steps with family and friends and listening to live music from the Yards Park’s boardwalk stage. Friday evening concerts will feature a wide range of live musical performances including jazz, salsa, reggae, and more. Food options will be provided by Devine Foods and Smokin Somethin BBQ, and a beer/sangria garden will be run by Mie N Yu. N and Third sts., SE. FrontStage Lunchtime Concert Series at Yards Park. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. The popular Wednesday lunchtime concerts, ★ 23

Public Comment and Public Meeting Proposed Remedial Action Plan for Sites 11 and 12 Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, West Virginia The Department of the Navy invites public comment on the proposed environmental remediation of Sites 11 and 12 (Operable Units 11 and 8) at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL), in Mineral County, West Virginia. The proposed remedy is described in a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP), which is available for public review and comment and will be presented at a public meeting. Site Description: Site 11 consists of the former boiler house area at Building 215, the former diked fuel oil storage area, and a former deep bedrock well known as F-Well. Site 12 is the area surrounding Building 167, which was used in the preparation of rocket casings. Proposed Remedy: PRAPs are issued as part of the Navy’s Installation Restoration Program. The purpose of a PRAP is to describe the background and rationale for the selection of the proposed remedy. The proposed remedy for treating groundwater contaminated with solvents at ABL Sites 11 and 12 involves a combination of focused enhanced anaerobic biodegradation, monitored natural attenuation and institutional controls. Public Involvement: The public is encouraged to review and comment on the PRAP. The final remedy for these sites will be selected only after the public comment period has ended. Relevant environmental documents, including final technical reports and the PRAP, are available for public review at: Fort Ashby Public Library La Vale Public Library 74 Lincoln Street 815 National Highway Fort Ashby, WV 26719 La Vale, MD 21502 304-298-4493 301-729-0855 Written public comments will be accepted from February 21 to April 7. 2011, and should be mailed to Mr. Thomas Kreidel at the address below. Public Meeting: A public meeting to present the PRAP, answer questions, and accept public comments will be held: WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 6:30-7:30 p.m. PLACE: La Vale Public Library Meeting Room 815 National Highway La Vale, MD 21502 (301) 729-0855 Restoration Advisory Board: The Navy is seeking people who may be interested in serving on ABL’s Restoration Advisory Board (RAB). A RAB is a citizen advisory group that serves as a forum for communicating about the environmental restoration program. Meetings held several times a year provide an opportunity for RAB members to review progress and participate in a dialogue with the installation’s decision makers. RAB members are a key resource in the installation restoration program and their input on cleanup decisions is actively sought. To participate on the RAB, no specific knowledge or experience is required, just an interest in learning more about environmental restoration at ABL and providing input. For more information, please contact Mr. Kreidel. For Additional Information, contact: Mr. Thomas Kreidel NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Division 9742 Maryland Avenue Norfolk, VA 23511 (757) 445-8732 24 ★ HillRag | June 2011

now in their fourth year, are moving from behind USDOT to the new Yards Park on the river this season. The 35,000+ employees in the neighborhood can enjoy their lunch break picnicking on the terraced lawn steps or sampling food from food trucks while listening to a variety of bands performing on the boardwalk stage. FrontStage Lunchtime Concerts will feature a wide range of live musical performances each week including R&B, reggae, MoTown and more. 10 Water St. SE or 1 block south of N St. SE (between Third and Fourth sts.)

Slumdog Millionaire; June 22, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; June 29, Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Food and music at 7:00 PM. Screening at 9:00 PM. Each film preceded by live DJs, barbecue, special guests and more. Free. L St. between 2nd and 3rd Sts. NE. Capitol Riverfront Movies. Thursdays, 8:45 PM. June 2, Raiders of the Lost Ark; June 9, Dirty Dancing; June 16, The Blind Side; June 23, E.T.; June 30, Shakespeare in Love. Tingey Plaza Free. 2nd and M Sts. SE. 202465-7093.

Rhythm in NOMA Lunchtime Concerts. Thursdays at NY Avenue Metro Plaza through Aug. 11 and Fridays at Union Center Plaza through July 8. 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. This is a free concert series featuring a variety of local musicians and styles.


Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. Fridays through Sept. 9 (rain or shine), 5:00-8:00 PM. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Live jazz performed by an eclectic mix of top artists from the Washington area entertains visitors outdoors in front of the fountain or in the Pavilion Cafe (if it’s raining). The Pavilion Cafe features a seasonal tapas-style menu and bar service during the concerts. Everyone can enjoy these concerts. You do not have to order food or drinks. Free. 202289-3360. Military Band Concerts at the US Capitol. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in summer (weather permitting). 8:00 PM. Mondays, US Navy Band; Tuesdays, US Air Force Band; Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. Free. West Terrace US Capitol Building. Navy Band “Concerts on the Avenue.” Tuesdays beginning June 7, 8:00 PM. US Navy Memorial. The United States Navy Band and its specialty groups will perform. Free. Seventh and Penn. Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. US Marine Band Concerts at the Sylvan Theater. Thursdays in summer (weather permitting), 8:00 PM. You are welcome to bring folding chairs, blankets and refreshments to the concert. Free. 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW (on Washington Monument grounds). 202-433-5717. Air Force Band Concerts. Wednesdays and Fridays in June, July and Aug. 8:00 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, Virginia. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs.) Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free.

OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIES NoMa Summer Screen. Wednesdays, June 1, Stand by Me; June 8, North by Northwest;

Washington Nationals Baseball Home Games. June 1, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22 and 23. 7:05 PM (weekend games and June 1 and 22 at 1:35 PM). $5 and up. South Capitol and N sts. SE. washington.nationals. National’s Ballpark Tours. Tuesday-Saturday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12-$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. Washington Mystics Basketball Home Games. June 11, 16, 21 and 26. $10-$80. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s 9th Annual “Hope for the Homeless” Golf Tournament. Sept. 26. Register until July 1 for early-bird discount at DC United Soccer Home Matches. June 11, 7:30 PM and June 25, 6:00 PM. $23-$52. $15 college night tickets available on June 25. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. Play Bocce (aka Lawn Bowling). Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Garfield Park, Second and F St. SE. Registration now open. First week of games take place the week of April 18. Yards Park Boot Camp. Begins May 31, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:15 AM and 6:30 PM. Using creative, challenging, and effective exercises, this 60-minute boot camp is all about pushing you to get the results you want. $150. The Yards Park, 10 Water St. SE. 202-570-3435. Komen Global Race for the Cure 5K Run/ Walk. Saturday, June 4, 8:00 AM. Event offers a flat, fast, course with ChronoTrack tim-

CAPITOL SKYLINE HOTEL ing. Awards offered to top finishers. All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt and post race refreshments. Proceeds benefit both the National Capital Area Komen screening, treatment & education programs along with the Susan G. Komen Global Promise Fund. National Mall. Runners, $45; walkers, $40. 703-416-7223. National Press Club Beat the Deadline 5K. Saturday, June 11, 7:30 AM. Allows runners to compete against area media, celebrities and other runners to benefit the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. Cash prizes for top finishers and medals to top age group finishers. All participants receive a t-shirt, race bag and postrace pancake breakfast. $10. 202-6627516. Fathers Day 8K. Sunday, June 19, 6:30 PM on the Towpath in Georgetown (Potomac and Grace sts. NW). The second annual Father’s Day 8K is on a flat and fast out-and-back course along the C&O Canal Towpath starting in Georgetown. The first 300 participants will be provided a technical race shirt, and awards will be given out at the post-race celebration to the top 3 M/F overall, the top M/F in each 10year age group, and the top FatherSon and Father-Daughter teams. Also a Kid’s Kilometer Fun Run. $25-$40.

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Rumsey Pool Summer Hours. Effective June 20. Public swim, Monday-Friday, 6:30-9:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM. Public swim, Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Rumsey Pool. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. 7/31/11

Water Aerobics at Rumsey. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00-11:00 AM. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:307:30 PM. Rumsey Pool. $25 for 16 sessions. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I sts. SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. dpr.


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JUNE CALENDAR ★ ★ ★ for the adult singles ladder to self-schedule matches and see how you stack up. Tennis on the Hill Adult Doubles League. They are hoping to start a small, low-key adult doubles league this year, but we need to make sure we have enough interest. They need approximately 30 players (any level) to make this work. Learn more at Roller Skating at Anacostia Park. Skate any time. This is a covered, outdoor skating pavilion. Free. One-hour skate “rental” in summer months is free but sizes and supplies are quite limited. Go east on Penn. Ave. across Anacostia River and make the first right turn onto Fairlawn Ave. and another right onto Nicholson and then into the park. 202-472-3873. East Potomac Mini Golf. Open daily in summer, weekdays, 11:00AM-7:00 PM and weekends, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM. East Potomac Park. Built in the 1920’s with stone bumpers and obstacles. $6 for adults and $5 for kids under 18. 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-488-8087. Tai Chi Class. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), 8:00 AM. Lincoln Park. Dr. David Walls-Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. East Capitol St. between 11th and 13th Sts. 202-544-6035. East Potomac Driving Range. Open daily except Christmas, 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Tuesdays open 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM. The East Potomac Driving Range features 50 covered and 50 uncovered stalls for year-round golf practice. $6 for 51 balls. East Potomac Golf Course, 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-554-7660.

Marctus Art Market. Sunday, June 5, 11:00 AM6:00 PM. Live musical performances. 6 bands from Jazz, Rock and Japanese Pop. Fashion tents. Food vendors. Arts and Crafts. At Yards Park, 10 Water St. SE. (one block south of N and Third sts. SE ). 301-567-8210. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-544-0083. H Street Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 9 AMnoon. Open Apr. 16 through Nov. 20. Parking lot in the 600 block of H Street. The market is a producers-only outdoor market offering fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers and more for sale. 9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Ninth and U sts. NW. Liberty North Community Market. Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM. The market will have 80-100 vendors selling art, crafts, food, and produce. Fifth and Eye sts. NW. Friends in the Market “Funky Flea Market” with a DJ. Saturdays and Sundays, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. New and used clothing, tools, furniture, jewelry, plants, soaps, art, CD’s, videos and electronics. 6th St. NE (north of Florida Ave. beside DC Farmers Market). 202399-6040.

tive countries in the heart of Adams Morgan. Maine Avenue Fish Market. Open 365 days a year. 7:00 AM-9:00 PM. 1100 Maine Ave. SW. 202-484-2722.

CIVIC LIFE Third Annual DC Housing Expo and Forclosure Clinic. Saturday, June 4, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. DC Dept. of Housing and Community Development will join local lending institutions, realtors, and housing developers to provide attendees with valuable resources in the exhibit hall. Residents can also receive info on DC’s first time homebuyer programs, home retention information, free credit reports and credit counseling. Walter E. Washington Convention Center Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday of the month in Southwest and third Thursday of the month on H St. NE; both are 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Wells and members of his staff. Call Wells’ office for meeting location, 202-724-8072. Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202-783-5065. ANC Meeting for 6-A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC Meeting for 6-B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Brent Elementary School, 301 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-543-3344.

Langston Driving Range. Open every day except Christmas, sun-up to sun-down. In addition to the driving range, Langston has an 18 hole course, snack bar, pro shop and offers golf lessons. 45 balls, $4.75. 180 balls, $14.25. $2, golf club rental. 26th and Benning Rd. NE. 202-397-8638. Semper Fi 5K. Saturday, July 2, 8:00 AM at Anacostia Park. All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that provides crucial medical and financial assistance to wounded US servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as to their families. $15. 703-4749800.

Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889.

Joy of Motion Dance Classes at the Atlas. Adult dance classes and programs are offered on a drop-in basis (start at anytime) or enrollment basis (for a particular period of time). Adult dance classes and programs are for students 18 years and older. For more information call 202399-6763 or visit

Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202-775-3532. or

Rock at the Row Summer Concert Series. Thursdays, June 2-Aug. 25, 6:00-8:00 PM. Grab some friends and head out to the plaza for fun while the sun goes down. Live music, free gifts with purchase, merchant specials, contests and more! Plus register to win big prizes every night during intermission including a chance to be a contestant at the Third Annual Rock at the Row Game Show on Aug. 25. Free. Pentagon Row, 1101 South Joyce St., Arlington VA.

Mi Tierra (Latino) Market at Unity Park. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting). 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Unity Park at Champlain St. Euclid St. and Columbia Rd. NW. Mi Tierra market has 18 approved vendors that sell foods and crafts from their na-

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ANC Meeting for 6-C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC Meeting for 6-D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. St. Augustine’s, 600 M St., SW. 202-5541795.


more than 400 exhibitors, food vendors, crafters and interactive activities are included in the celebration. Celebrate Fairfax! showcases live concerts on five stages, an interactive SciTech Center and ExxonMobil Children’s Avenue, a petting zoo, karaoke contest, carnival rides, and great festival foods. Another fun activity for kids is the Inova Train Ride to Good Health. Nightly fireworks are a highlight of the festival. This year’s Bud Light Main Stage features top national headline performers! 12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA. 703-324-3247. Bread and Butter Ball. Saturday, June 11, 8:00-11:00 PM at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA. This springtime ball for the advanced dancer is set in the 1790s and is inspired by a ball George Washington attended and recalled in this 1760 diary entry: “Went to a Ball at Alexandria - where Musick and Dancing was the chief Entertainment. However in a convenient Room detachd for the purpose abounded great plenty of Bread and Butter, some Biscuets with Tea, & Coffee which the Drinkers of could not Distinguish from Hot water sweetned. Be it remembered that pocket handkerchiefs servd the purposes of Table Cloths & Napkins and that no Apologies were made for either. I shall therefore distinguish this Ball by the Stile & title of the Bread & Butter Ball.” Evening features period refreshments, “gaming” and a cash bar. Period costume encouraged. $45 in advance. 703746-4242. Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival. June 1718 at National Harbor on the waterfront under tents. 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and lots of BBQ. Two great days of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOUCARE -TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day. $35-$45. DC United SoccerFest. June 25-26, Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA. DC United SoccerFest is a 4-on-4 soccer tournament open to all ages and skill levels, with divisions based on age, gender, and ability. Teams can consist of up to six players with four players on the field at a time. The tournament’s small-sided layout was created to offer young soccer players the opportunity to experience increased touches on the ball in a fun, festival style tournament format, and divisions have since expanded to include boys and girls ages five through 16, as well as adults. 703-534-4600 x202. ★

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Annual Pet Issue and Photo Contest! Make your animal friend a star. Send us your most adorable, funniest, most outrageous pet photos for a chance at fame and prizes!

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Winning entries will be published in the July 2011 issue and will appear our website at To Enter: Send photos to 224 7th St., SE, Washington, DC (Attention Pet Contest 2011) or e-mail to (300 dpi). Maximum of two photos per entry. Include your name, a phone number, the name of your pet, a caption for the photo and/or category. Photos cannot be returned.

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“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” – Gloria Steinem “A woman with twins without her double stroller is screwed.” – me directly to DPB. Upon its arrival at the store, the stroller was assembled and returned to Cheryl with apologies for any inconvenience. “It could have been a huge inconvenience,” Cheryl laughed, “but it wasn’t because they took care of everything immediately.” Cheryl was never without a stroller and was spared the task of navigating the manufacturer’s customer service channels. To Dawn and Ellie, queens of customer service, princesses of problemsolvers, I say, “Keep rockin’ it, ladies. Keep rockin’ it.” This is why we buy local, my Hill peeps.

Stroll on, Mama, Stroll on My friend Cheryl has 3 year-old twins: E and K. They are beautiful, curious, fast, and hit the playground running, usually in opposite directions. Cheryl is lovely, slim and calm. With an even pulse she allows the twins to explore, always aware, ready to move in when she is needed. Her imaginary “mom leash” is long and loose, but well tended. Her composure enviable. Placid as she is, I do detect a small sigh of satisfaction – or is it relief? – when she has secured her twosome into their stroller seat and she is ready to roll on home. As children move out of babyhood, thru toddlerhood and into preK, parents still love, honor and adore their strollers. It’s a great device for moving items and – above all – when you are feeling overwhelmed or junior falls apart, you have the option of safe, comfortable containment. About a month ago, Cheryl was leaving a friend’s house, rolling her stroller down the stairs to the sidewalk, as she had many times before, when the stroller’s joints gave and it collapsed in onto itself. Luckily, neither of the children were injured. “It looked a bit like a recumbent model, and was impossible to steer because the front wheel kept getting locked into place,” she said, as she regaled me with her tale. “I walked five blocks home, trying to hold the thing up, steer, and keep track of the kids.”

Ellie Heath fixes Cheryl’s stroller at “super service” Dawn Price Baby. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Remembering that she had purchased her stroller from Dawn Price Baby (, she called them to see if they might help remedy her unfortunate stroller situation. And did they? Heck, yeah. Having never heard of such a bizarre stroller malfunction, Dawn & Ellie took charge immediately, contacting the manufacturer directly and sending Cheryl – and twins – on their way with a lovely loaner stroller. Almost immediately Cheryl received an email from the manufacturer. They would be shipping out a new stroller frame, at no cost to her,

Chain reaction? My “buzz” informant tells me that Chipotle Mexican Grill - - is hoping to bring their buildable burrito to Barracks Row. The successful eco-conscious chain has set their sites 409 8th St. SE, current location of The Dollar Continental. (Bye, bye, $1 helium balloons, I will miss you.) This will require a special exception to zoning rules and will therefore go through the ANC before the City makes a decision. Is it me, or is that a lotta fast food on one block? Let’s count ‘em? On the 400 block of Barrack’s Row we have China Wall, Pizza Bolis, Popeye’s, and Subway across the street. Chipotle, ANC and DC depending, would be five. If you count Starbucks ★ 29

and Dunkin’ Donuts/BaskinRobbins that’s seven! If you consider what 7-11 has in the back of their store to be “food,” then we’re talkin’ eight! So, yes, I think I am fully validated in saying that, that is indeed a whole lotta fast food. I feel like I gained an extra five lbs. just listing them.

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If you haven’t been to the popular vintage hot dog joint DC3 (423 8th St. SE, you should know, they’re not simply venders of wildly dressed wieners and spicy sauerkraut-laden sausages. No, no. This adorable aviation-styled eatery offers soft serve ice cream, cotton candy, fried pickles and soon, icy cold suds! That’s right, the beer and the dog, together again, as they were meant to be; just like at the ol’ ballpark! Side note: Can you believe there’s a food vendor at Nationals Park called Senators’ Sausages? Who thought that was a good idea? DC-3 owners, Matchbox Food Group, have applied for a license that will allow them to sell beer. No wine, no liquor, no draft, but they’ll be plenty of brewsky for you-sky. Their application has received approval from the ANC and they’re in the final stages of license approval with the city. Which I am sure will be a speedy and efficient process that will cause the owners of DC-3 absolutely no angst at all.

Hollywood on the Hill One of the things I miss about living in Los Angeles – apart from cheap mani/pedis – is the ridiculous number of movie theatres and the ability to see a movie any hour of the day. One of the challenges I have faced as a busy mom, a displaced screenwriter and “Hill dweller” is getting myself to the picture show. Whether it’s Gallery Place, E Street, Georgetown or, lord help me, Virginia, there are too many logistical issues: metro vs. driving, street parking vs. paid parking, or go alone vs. cost of sitter + letting husband pick movie. And then, there’s

the “movie math” word problem: If it’s twenty minutes each way to Potomac Yards and the movie I want to see is ninety-five minutes long, but they force me to sit through an additional fifteen minutes of trailers, and I add on 3 minutes for a post-movie pee, and The Boy gets out of school at 3:15pm… At this point my head hurts and I decide to get it on Netflix instead. (So I can keep it on top of the TV until the sight of it fills me with shame and I mail it back unwatched.) Because of these cinematic challenges, I met the following buzz with great excitement: Capitol Hill-based National Community Church and owners of Ebenezer’s (, the quaint and cozy free-trade coffee house, has purchased 535 8th Street, SE to serve as their seventh location and – and, and, AND! – a movie theatre! It’s not hard to guess that The People’s Church used to be a theatre, based on the building’s dramatic “bone structure” but the building that was once Meader’s Theater hasn’t had spun a reel since it’s religious conversion in the ‘60s. NCC pastor Mark Batterson says the NCC has been meeting with architects in hopes of returning the building to its original incarnation as an art deco beauty. I was fascinated to discover all of NCC’s locations are movie theatres conveniently located near DC metro stops, which serves to increase attendance of their fast-growing and youthful congregation. No need to cross the desert, traverse mountains, part rivers, or even sit in traffic; just take the metro. Come for the service, stay for a movie. Quite a double feature, no? Pastor Mark Batterson, lovely

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man that he is, is soliciting suggestions from the community and asks that ideas be emailed to him at mark@theaterchurch. com. What are the odds Capitol Hill scores a regular midnight Rocky Horror screening out of this deal? I hope so. Then I’ll have an excuse to shop at Backstage Inc., the sexy costume shop on 8th and G!

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Greener grass on the 8th St. side of Hine Some go-getter green thumbs have obtained permission from DC to use the Hine Schoool 8th St. entryway green space for a garden. Interested in lending a hand? Email Barbara Riehle (barbara@erols. com) and she’ll connect you with the lead gardener. If you prefer impromptu pruning and planting, pop by on the weekend.

In my next blast of buzz look forward to: My exploration of “the other side”: SE waterfront & Yards Park ( I’ll tell you why I love it, and why you should love it too! Especially in the summer. A report on my Mamarazzi Photography Class with talented Hill photographer Maya Weschler ( who is going to teach me how to release myself from auto-focus and stop letting my digital SLR camera tell me what a good picture looks like. And whatever other buzz happens to cross my path…

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The Annual 4th of July Parade Join all of your friends and neighbors for the annual 4th of July Parade on Capitol Hill. Sponsored in part this year by Tiber Creek Associates of Capitol Hill, Inc, Naval Lodge No. 4 and Capitol Hill’s Realtor Rob Bergman. Enjoy the annual Princess Patrol, various school performers from all over Capitol Hill, a variety of superfriends and many, many more special guests. This year’s honorary Grand Marshall is Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells. The route will begin at 8th and I street SE and head north, make a left onto D Street and end at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. To register to volunteer or participate, log onto www. or call Sharon Boesen at 202-2304588 for more information.

bulletin board Annual Barracks Row Main Street Garden Party On June 7, the 2011 Barracks Row Main Street Garden Party fundraiser will be at Deer House on Capitol Hill. This longtime annual fundraiser supports BRMS’s nonprofit work to keep the community clean, safe and beautiful. Order tickets online at $100. 202-544-3188.

Kingman Dog Park Volunteers Needed If you’ve been using and enjoying Kingsman Dog Park, please consider volunteering. A volunteer commitment of about two hours a month would be a huge help. Some of the responsibilities are hosing down the surface of the park with sanitary spray or raking it once a month between May and October and every other month between November and April; checking on day to day items when you’re visiting the park, like making sure there are bags in the poop bag dispenser and making sure any fliers posted 32 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Book lovers crowded into the North Hall on a sunny Sunday afternoon to enjoy the first-ever Literary Hill BookFest, sponsored by Capital Community News. For more on the event, see “Literary Hill” in this issue. Photo: Michael Phares

on the community bulletin board are appropriate; and participating in the park clean up days that will happen every three months. Email Erica at maintenance@hillhounds. com if you can help. hillhounds. com

Healing Arts Open House On Sunday, June 5, 1:00-4:00 PM, come and enjoy ideas on staying healthy with the seasons: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Tips on nutrition, herbs, stress free parenting, self care, self massage, good body mechanics, acupressure and acupuncture. Chat with practitioners, win a door prize, sit in the garden. Healing Arts of Capitol Hill, 320 G St. NE. 202-544-9389.

Tom Rall, Flea Market at Eastern Market Owner, Retires After 28 years at the helm of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, including 19 years in the Hine School Yard, Tom Rall stepped down from day-to-day management of the mar-

ket effective Sunday, May 15. “I am turning those duties over to Diverse Markets Management (DMM), a company in which I am a shareholder,” Rall announced in a recent letter to exhibitors. “In particular the ship now will be sailed by DMM President Michael Berman.” Berman first joined the Flea Market management team in April 2005. At the time, Rall wrote, “Michael will wear many hats. But primarily he will concentrate on identifying opportunities for expansion of our show management business.” DMM was formed within the next few months and launched its flagship Downtown Holiday Market in December 2005 in partnership with the Downtown BID.

William Penn House Quaker Potluck & Dialogue The reality is that the big HIV/ AIDS programs are too laden with bureaucracy and funding challenges to engage creative and new ideas to help DC be a model of unity for addressing HIV. But the grassroots community has an opportunity to

take the lead, especially with the impending FDA approval of selftesting as a vital new tool in stopping the spread of HIV. On Sunday, June 5, 6:30 PM, the William Penn House will facilitate a lively discussion and exploration of ways we can all be a part of changing the trends and creating new visions. William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-5560.

Wentworth, Inc. Wins 2011 Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence Continuing to set new standards of professionalism, 81 remodeling companies from across the United States were named winners at the eighteenth annual Chrysalis Awards for Remodeling Excellence. The winning projects were selected from over 400 entries and entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure. 240-395-0705.

Arena Stage Pay Your Age Program Beginning with the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! this summer ( July 8-Oct. 2), Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will offer tickets for patrons ages 5-30 in the new Pay Your Age savings program. This program was developed to foster relationships with younger generations and allow them to experience theater at Arena Stage that might otherwise be cost-prohibitive. 10,500 tickets have been designated for this program throughout the 2011/12 season. Pay Your Age tickets for Oklahoma! are available by phone and at the Arena Stage Sales Office. Pay Your Age tickets go on sale two months prior to the first public performance of a production. Patrons may purchase tickets by phone or in person, limit of four Pay Your Age tickets per household. Proof of age for each member of the party will be required at time of purchase and/or pickup from the box office. A limited number of Pay Your Age tickets will be guaranteed available per performance on a first come, first serve basis. The Pay Your Age program replaces the $15 tickets for 30-and-under patrons program that was in effect for the past several seasons concluding with the 2010/11 season. 202-488-3300.

National Capital Bank Named One of the Best Performing Community Banks in the US The National Capital Bank of Washington (NCB) has been named among the “Top 100 Best Performing Community Banks” by SNL Financial. NCB is one of the few east coast banks to make the list and is the only Washington, DC based bank listed. To determine the rankings, SNL

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DC United fans at the United Drives booth outside of RFK stadium donating baby essentials to benefit Community Lodgings, Inc. Photo: Courtesy of DC United

DC United Collects Children’s Toys During June Throughout the 2011 Major League Soccer season, DC United collects items at every home game to benefit pre-determined non-profit organizations in the DC metro area. During the two DC United home games in June (Saturdays 6/11 and 6/25), they will be collecting new children’s toys to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center. Fans are encouraged to bring items on game day and in return receive a Buy One Get One Free Voucher for a later game date. The collection takes place at the United Drives booth outside of Gate A at RFK stadium each game and begins two hours prior to kick off. 202-587-5000. dcunited. com/community/united-drives.

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Food Trucks Circle the Wagons at Truckeroo Friday June 3, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM, the Food Truckeroo will bring all of your favorite food trucks to one spot in the Capitol Riverfront. Over 18 trucks will be located in the parking lots between Das Bullpen and the Bullpen at Half St. SE and both venues will be serving beer and other beverages and providing live music. This monthly event will showcase mobile restaurants such as Eat Wonky, Fojol Bros., the Lobster Truck,

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CSX Commits Additional $160 Million to National Gateway CSX announced today that it will invest $160 million over the next several years to complete one of the most important transportation projects in the country – the National Gateway. This project will deliver substantial public benefits, including thousands of jobs. This latest commitment by CSX will bring those benefits and jobs much sooner than would otherwise be possible. “Through the National Gateway, CSX and its public partners are working together to vastly improve the quality and flexibility of the eastern rail network,” said Michael J. Ward, CSX chairman, president and chief executive officer. “With today’s new $160 million commitment, CSX will have obligated a total of about $575 million over several years to better meet the needs of our customers, our states and our ports.” Most of the $160 million investment will expand and improve

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Capital Bikeshare Launches New Performance Dashboard Capital Bikeshare has launched a website that provides a wealth of performance data about the bikesharing program, including monthly statistics for ridership, membership, customer service, fleet performance and safety. The dashboard features 18 individual performance metrics, which fall under four categories: Ridership, Fleet Performance and Safety, Customer Service and Membership. Performance metrics include: Trip Origin/Destination by Station; Trip Origin/Destination by Municipality; Fleet Maintenance (Number of bikes inspected/repaired) per month; Rebalancing (Number of times bicycles picked up and dropped off at stations); and total number of users. The data covers the entire Capital Bikeshare system, including the District and Arlington. cabidashboard.

Community Forklift Building Fund Help them secure a permanent and sustainable home in their current location by donating to their building fund. They are currently negotiating with their landlord to purchase their current facility and make much needed improvements and repairs. Community Forklift is 34,000 sq. ft of low-cost surplus, salavaged and new green materials. You can donate new and used building materials to receive a tax deduction or you can purchase materials at prices that are 40%-80% below retail. Community Forklift, 4671 Tanglewood Dr., Edmonston, ★ 35

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Nesting Birds Lay Claim to the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Project Construction of a 20-mile multi-use trail along the Anacostia River has gotten an unexpected stop-work order from Mother Nature. A family of Osprey, a large fish-eating bird of prey, has built a nest atop a construction crane that was being used on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail, a collaborative project of the District Department of Transportation and the National Park Service. “This might be a first for us, not the type of complication you expect on a construction project, but we’ll roll with it,” said Terry Bellamy, DDOT’s Interim Director. “It highlights how transportation can bring people closer to nature, not just get them from point to point B, and shows the potential of the Anacostia watershed as a rich natural resource.” Crews were using the construction crane to build piers for a bridge to carry the Riverwalk Trail over railroad tracks on the east bank of the Anacostia River. The work zone is in the National Park Service’s Anacostia Park. In order to not disturb the birds during the nesting period, NPS and DDOT have agreed to suspend work near the nest and the crane will be left in place until the Ospreys have abandoned the nest and moved on. Ospreys are migratory birds and fly south for the winter months. The contractor will instead focus on other parts of the trail on the west side of the River, a safe distance from the nest.

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DC Housing Expo and Foreclosure Clinic On Saturday, June 4, 10:00 AM3:00 PM, get a free credit report and home retention counseling. There will be workshops on homeownership, home repair, financial literacy, green living and urban gardening. 202-442-7200. 36 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Call to Performing Hip-Hop Artists The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is looking for all genres of hip-hop performers for the 8th Annual Dance DC Festival, July 22-24. Application deadline is June 8. 202-724-5613.

DPW to Charge for 32-Gallon Solid Waste Containers The DC Department of Public Works has begun charging residents $45 each for new 32-gal-

lon trash carts and 32-gallon recycling carts. The new fee is necessary to allow the department to restock the supply of trash carts used in twicea-week collection neighborhoods and recycling carts used citywide. DPW will continue to charge $62.50 for Supercans, the trash containers used in once-a-week collection neighborhoods. DPW is unable to continue providing a free Supercan to new homeowners. Seniors will be required to pay the full amount for a Supercan ($62.50). Requests for the containers may be made by calling 311 or placed through the DPW Web site, Residents may pay for their containers by check or money order, made payable to the “DC Treasurer,” and the address where the container is to be delivered should be written on the payment. DPW advises residents that payment should be received within 10 business days of placing the request; otherwise, the request will not be filled. When that occurs, the resident should place a new request. Containers will be delivered within 10 business days after receiving payment. Once the container is delivered, residents should put their address on the side and top and record the container’s serial number to help deter theft and assist in identifying the container if it does go missing.

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Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Classes and Workshops The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is now registering youth and adult students for a slate of new summer classes and workshops in the visual and performing arts running June 20-Aug. 12. Adult summer classes include Painting, Drawing, Tap, Ballet, Photography, Ceramics, and more. New summer adult classes, offered at a special introductory price, feature Poetry Writing, Contemporary Pop and Jazz Guitar, and Yoga Flow. CHAW will also offer new four-week drop-in passes for DC Sketchers at CHAW certain classes. Summer Early Childhood Classes include the popular Music Together® and Pre-Ballet/Ballet classes. CHAW also hosts two one-week Jr. Arts Adventure Camps for students ages four to five years the weeks of July 22 and July 29. Limited space is still available for students ages 5-13 in CHAW’s Summer Arts Island Adventure Camps. Each two-week camp will focus on the arts and culture of a particular island including Indonesia, Crete, Canary Islands, and Hawaii. Additional afternoon Specialty Camps (age requirements vary) include Recreation Camp, two different Musical Theater Camps, Photography Camp and Ceramics Camp. CHAW also offers Private Music Instruction in a variety of instruments for students of all ages. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available for all classes. For a complete list of workshops, classes or registration information, visit CHAW’s website at or call 202-547-6839.

DPR Aquatics Hiring Summer Lifeguards The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), Aquatics Division is accepting applications for summer staff. The DPR Aquatics Division strives to provide high quality aquatic recreation and programs for all DC residents and visitors. Summer positions include lifeguards, assistant pool managers, and pool managers. Summer staff is provided paid training, placements at locations across the city, and a team of like-minded staff to meet the division goals in a structured and supportive atmosphere. Staff will have the opportunity to be creative, work with children, youth, adults, and seniors, and develop professional goals while enjoying all that DPR has to offer

District residents and visitors. They are looking for talented individuals to join our team who are energetic, professional, responsible, and motivated. Applicants must be at least 16 to apply for a lifeguard position and at least 18 to apply for a manager/assistant manager position. Salary is $10-$13 an hour for full and part-time positions. For additional information, contact Cecilia Washington at or at 202-671-1289.

DCRA Opens Small Business Resource Center DCRA has opened a Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) which will provide technical assistance to small business owners seeking to navigate the District

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Monthly Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off The DC Department of Public Works will hold its monthly household hazardous waste/e-cycling/document shredding drop-off Saturday, June 4, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, at Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Rd. NE. The remaining 2011 drop-off dates are July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, and Dec. 3. (Directions to Ft. Totten: Travel east on Irving St. NW, turn left on Michigan Ave., turn left on John F. McCormack Rd. NE and continue to the end of the street.) dpw.


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Redistricting: Ward 6 Is Stuck in the Middle – Again by Gwyn Jones


ook at the new maps proposed for the District of Columbia’s eight wards, and you’ll notice the almost complete diamond carved into oddly shaped sectors, each with seemingly random bumps, peninsulas, panhandles and indents. The shapes of the wards are hardly random; they are the result of a decennial effort to comply with federal law requiring equal local government representation for all District residents. Amidst the patchwork are neighborhoods whose fabric has been stitched together over decades and now face the prospect of being divided – or in some cases reunited– so that the numbers work out right. Just what those numbers are today depend on the 2010 U.S. Census data, which puts the District’s population at 601,723, an increase of about 30,000 residents over the 2000 census. Dividing this number by the number of wards – eight – determines the “ideal” size for each ward -- 75,215. Because DC Code allows the population to be up to 5 percent greater or less than the ideal, each ward should have a population of between 71,455 and 78,976. But not all the wards grew evenly, and the numbers tell the story. Within acceptable limits are Ward 1 (76,197), Ward 3 (77,152), Ward 4 (75,773) Ward 5 (74,308) and Ward 6 (76, 598). Ward 2 is over the limit with 79,915 people, and Wards 7 and 8 are under with 71,068 and 70,712 people respectively. 40 ★ HillRag | June 2011

The DC Council appointed a three-member subcommittee to tackle the redistricting process: Councilmember Michael Brown

on the legislation, B19-219, the Ward Redistricting Amendment Act of 2011, on April 25 and April 27. A special council web page, http://

(D-At Large) and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), co-chairs; and Councilmember Phil Mendelson (DAt Large). The special committee has already convened two public hearings, provides additional detail.

Dividing The Baby On May 25th, the Subcommittee

released its proposed ward boundaries. It left Wards 1, 3, 4 and 5 largely intact with a couple of minor adjustments. The Subcommittee did move a section of Shaw largely east of 7th and 9th Streets NW from Ward 2 to Ward 6. This section is bounded on the north by S Street NW and on the east by a combination of Florida, New Jersey and New York Avenues. In order to compensate for the increase of population along Ward 6’s western edge, the Subcommittee reset the ward’s eastern boundary along 17th Street with the exception of the campus of Eastern High School and Elliot-Hine Middle School. It divides Barney Circle. The Subcommittee chose to move the entire Penn Quarter into Ward 2; as well as to reunite the Fairlawn within the boundaries of the new Ward 8. On March 26th, the subcommittee voted to approve the plan. It plans to hold a public roundtable on its proposals on June 1st at the John Wilson Building. Residents are encouraged to offer their opinions. The DC Council will hold its first vote on the proposed Redistricting Plan on June 7th. The District’s ward redistricting process must be completed within 90 days of the U.S. Census date becoming available -- by July 14, 2011. From there, the council will take on any adjustments to each ward’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission boundaries including adding 15 single member districts to represent the

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Keeping Neighborhoods Together… But in Which Ward? Keeping neighborhoods together is a mantra among all elected representatives who talked about redistricting. How a neighborhood is defined, however, seems to depend on the perspective of the speaker. Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry has made no secret that he is intent on expanding Ward 8 into Near Southeast and sees moving the Near Southeast precinct, Precinct 131, into Ward 8 as a way to “end segregation and isolation.” “DC is bitterly racially divided, economically divided, and geographically divided between east of the river and west of the river,” Barry said in his opening statement at the April 27 hearing. “Those who would vote not to end segregation [by voting against his proposal] would mean that for the next 10 years, Ward 8 would be segregated and isolated. We need to diversify, and we have an opportunity to do it.” Councilmember Yvette Alexander has stated her interest in expanding Ward 7 to Hill East and/or Rosedale. But she was more circumspect when discussing potential changes. “Wards 7 and 8 need to receive people,” she said. “The Rosedale community is the next one over from Kingman Park. They work together now, and that won’t change. We want to keep neighborhoods together.” Alexander acknowledged that there were some issues accompanying Kingman Park’s move from Ward 6 to Ward 7 in the last redistricting. “The only big issue I’ve heard about is the parking,” Alexander said, referring to Kingman Park residents’ zoned parking stickers moving from Ward 6 to Ward 7. “The one thing it [redistricting] does bring about is implementing diversity,” Alexander said. “But we (councilmembers) also realize that people get attached and we have to go the extra mile to reach out.” Councilmember Wells offered a different perspective: “The experience of Kingman Park has shown

us why it’s bad to break up neighborhoods,” he said. “Their civic life was really with their neighboring blocks, not across the river. While I don’t want to lose an inch of Ward 6, I think we need to look at Penn Quarter.” Wells regarded the subcommittee’s decision to ignore transfers of Ward 5 to Ward 7 as “really unfair.” In its resolution to the DC Council, ANC6B notes the close ties of the Hill East community residential, business, religious and educational institutions with the rest of the Hill communities. It also cites the importance of Hill East to maintain the diversity of Ward 6. ANC6A, which includes Rosedale and North Hill East, stated in its resolution that “neighbors have forged ties across racial, class and economic lines on the way to building safer blocks, better schools and better housing…. To divide these areas, and incongruently absorb them into Ward 7… will ultimately destroy the natural momentum of Ward 6 striving for the “One City” idea.” “When I was first elected in 2007,” David Holmes, ANC6A chair, said. “ANC6A was about 55 percent white/45 percent African American. If we lose SMD 7 and 8, we lose a lot of diversity, both racial and economic. We need to be together. It’s better for all of us.” ANC6D, which represents Southwest, passed its own resolution to keep ANC6D intact. Noting that several large developments are in process, the ANC is concerned that changing boundaries now would stymie those developments’ progress and inhibit “the process of knitting together the communities on either side of SE/SW Freeway.”

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Is DC’s Economy Rebounding? It Depends on Whom You Ask by Ed Lazere


’s economy appears to on the upswing, following three years of rising unemployment, falling home and commercial real estate values, and dwindling savings portfolios. Perhaps most encouraging, some 5,000 more DC residents are working today than two years ago. But like many aspects of DC’s economy, the picture of health is not uniform across the city. A closer look at job figures shows that unemployment has fallen for college educated residents and those in the highest-paying occupations, but joblessness is still rising for residents in lower-paying jobs. Not surprisingly, there are big differences in the pace of recovery by race, with white residents doing far better than black residents. In other words, for many DC families, the recession is still going on. This is a sign that the key theme from Vincent Gray’s campaign last summer— the need to get DC residents back to work— is incredibly important a year later. If the DC economy is creating jobs primarily for residents in higher-skilled occupations, the solution seems to be obvious — the city needs to do a better job training residents and helping them connect with employers. Yet amazingly, the first budget from our “jobs mayor” has no increase in funding for 42 ★ HillRag | June 2011

training and no meaningful jobs initiatives. Many residents are telling Gray at events across the city that they are waiting for the job he promised them.

Who’s Getting a Job? DC’s unemployment rate almost

doubled in the recession, from 5.4 percent in mid-2007 to 10.4 percent in late 2009, reaching the highest level in almost 30 years. Since late 2009, the jobless rate has been edging down, to 9.5 percent this past March. But that overall picture misses the real story of the District’s jobs

recovery. The news is far brighter for some groups— and far bleaker for others. A city in Black and White: Unemployment rose in the recession for black and white residents alike. But while the rise in joblessness has peaked for white residents, unemployment has not stopped climbing for black residents. The unemployment rate for whites rose from 1.7% in to 2007 to 5.2% in late 2009, but then fell to2.5% at the end of 2010. For black residents, unemployment rose from almost 10% in 2007 to 18 percent in 2009 — and then to almost 19% in 2010. The black unemployment rate is more than seven times the white unemployment rate, perhaps the biggest gap ever recorded. Jobs for People with Degrees: The recession was cruel to DC residents regardless of their education level, but the recovery has been far kinder to those with college degrees. The jobless rate for residents with a bachelor’s degree or better fell to 2.7%t in late 2010, almost back to the pre-recession level. But 19% of DC residents with a high school degree are still out of work, a rate that is almost twice as high as a few years ago. The story is similar for residents who have not finished high school. It turns out that residents in certain occupations are going back to work faster than those in others. For residents who had work in occupations

that typically pay under $15 an hour — food preparation, sales, and building and grounds cleaning, for example — the unemployment rate is stubbornly high and has not started to drop. For most other occupations, employment seems to be rising in the city. The biggest gains are for those in the highest-paying jobs, such as legal occupations and management positions. This kind of uneven rebound from the recession may not be totally surprising — who ever said the economy was fair? — but it also is part of a much longer trend in DC, where residents without advanced skills are getting squeezed out of the labor market. The employment rate for residents with a high school degree has been falling for more than 20 years, regardless of the health of the overall economy. Gentrification is usually a term applied to housing and neighborhoods, but it seems like DC’s job market is gentrifying, too.

Helping More Residents Find Good Career Ladders It doesn’t take a rocket scientist (speaking of high paying occupations) to figure out that helping residents build their jobs skills is the key to making these trend lines look better. Mayor Gray committed to a job creation platform when he was a candidate. In his first budget, Gray laid out four priorities, including “jobs and economic development.” So clearly he gets it. Unfortunately, the Gray administration has not put much action behind this lofty goal. Gray’s first budget for job training offers no more than in the prior three

years, despite the need to climb out of the hole created by the recession. One can look high and low and find no reforms to the way that training services are delivered and no real job initiatives. The mayor has proposed creating incentives for construction firms to hire DC residents, but there is a pile of research, backed by common-sense, that employers want qualified workers, not financial incentives to hire people who may not have the needed skills. There are new approaches the District could take, some that could get better employment outcomes simply by using resources more wisely. Some communities, for example, have established “workforce brokers,” organizations that help identify the hiring needs of major employers and then line up training providers to prepare residents for those jobs. This would help avoid a common problem in DC, where someone gets training but little help to actually land a job. In DC, more so than many other places, a rising tide is no guarantee that all boats will rise. The unequal recovery from the recession is a problem not just for those DC residents who want to work but cannot find a job, but also for their families and their communities. As the District economy expands and jobs are created, the best thing Mayor Gray could focus on is making sure DC residents get the skills to take as many of those jobs as possible. Lazere is the executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. ★


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Redistricting: A Major Issue for ANCs by Roberta Weiner


NC 6A, as all the ANCs did this month, put a major focus on the imminent redistricting of the city, which will lead to the reshaping of every Ward and, eventually, the ANCs. Ward 6 is threatened with losing neighborhoods and, more importantly, residents, to Ward 7 and/or 8, which need more residents to meet their required numbers. Each of the ANCs has areas that are threatened as the Council Redistricting Committee appears to make the edges of the Ward most vulnerable. In ANC 6A, those areas include Rosedale. Councilmember Tommy Wells came to the meeting to assure the community of his commitment to keeping Ward 6 intact. He said that the Ward has gotten a lot of attention because of the resurgence in its elementary schools, the tremendous amount of new development, and the fact that it is now second in contributing tax revenue to the City. He attributed that to the synergy of the Ward’s various neighborhoods, and he cited the PTA leadership organization from all the Ward’s schools as an example. He focused on the experience of Kingman Park, which was moved to Ward 7 in the last redistricting, as an example of what should not happen: physically linked to Rosedale and Hill East, it now is isolated from its neighbors, has no links to Ward 7 across the

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Anacostia, and has to fight for services. Wells said that, if at all possible, instead of giving up more communities, he would like to bring Kingman Park back. One view, strongly expressed by a resident of Rosedale, one of the threatened areas, is that the shifts across the Anacostia should come from Ward 5. The Councilmember urged the Commissioners and community members to lobby the Council Redistricting Committee, and let them know what the Ward needs and wants. Every effort is being made to have the plan completed by July 15th, when the Council adjourns for its summer recess. A mock-up of a new plan will be released within the month, after which there will be another public hearing prior to the Council taking final action. The Commission unanimously passed a resolution highlighting the links among the communities of ANC 6A, including the schools, development planning and transportation goals that don’t exist in Wards 7 and 8, which have different goals in those areas: “To foster and maintain the diversity of areas within Capitol Hill and its surrounding communities, it is essential that the opportunities and lines for communication, participation, collaboration and mutual education remain open by maintaining the inclusion of the Kingman Park, Rosedale and Hill East communities with the rest of Ward 6. To divide these areas, and incongruently absorb them into Ward 7, will bar many of us from the amenities and greater community of our neighborhood that are the most geographically accessible and will ultimately destroy the natural

momentum of Ward 6 striving for the “One City” idea.”

Extension on H Street Project Approved While the project at 601-645 H Street NE is located in ANC 6C, 6A was granted party status and was heavily involved in the original planning for the mixed-use project. The developer of the project—residential, commercial, and retail—which will replace the red brick buildings, currently the site of the H Street Farmer’s Market and home to several District agencies, is seeking to have several variances and a special exception to the zoning regulations extended for two years because of his inability to get financing for the construction. This issue caused a great deal of controversy in ANC`6C (see story below), but had a much easier time of it at 6A, which quickly and unanimously passed a motion supporting the twoyear extension. The discussion honed in on one of the reasons the extension is needed, the fact that the District will not commit to long term leases for its agency tenants, causing potential lenders to balk at underwriting construction loans. There was discussion on sending a letter to the District urging them to sign leases, but no action was taken.

Support Denied to Group for Father’s Day Party at Sherwood Rec Center Until last year, there was an annual Father’s Day party at the Sherwood Recreation Center sponsored by a group of men who had grown up in the neighborhood. But last spring, responding to neighbors’ complaints of public drunkenness, noise, trash and public urination, The ANC decided withhold its support for the gathering. Despite that, an event took place, and when people complained that the street was closed, the police were unable to do anything about it. Jordan Washington, representing the group, had not previously come to the Community Outreach Committee, and was unable to give the full Commission adequate information as he requested support for his application for a Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) permit for the event. After saying he is registered at DPR, he was unable to provide such information as the name of his organization, its tax status or membership. Commissioner Drew Ronneberg, in whose single member district the Rec Center is located, said that Commander Kamperin had not approved the event. He stressed the number of people who come from outside the area and the disruption the event has caused. The Commis-

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A DAVID HOLMES, CHAIR, 202-251-7079 sion voted 7-1 to not support Mr. Washington’s request for support of his permit.

In Other Actions… * Enthusiastically supported a grant of up to $4,000 to the Eastern Senior High School PTSA for percussion instruments for the school band, * Voted to formally thank Commander David Kamperin for his service to the community on his retirement from MPD. * Unanimously approved a grant of $650 to the Capitol Hill Garden Club for the purchase of spring bulbs for planting in the ANC 6A area. * Agreed to support a waiver for the H Street Festival from getting the signature of 90% of the residents living within 500 feet of the proposed street closing. The next meeting of ANC 6A will take place on Thursday, June 9th, at 7 p.m. at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street NE. ★

ANC 6B Defending Hill East in Redistricting Process by Gwyn Jones


n what might be considered a “routine” meeting of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B May 10, redistricting and its impact on the ANC and Ward 6 was the dominant topic of discussion (see related story p. ___). In key actions, the ANC approved a resolution in the ANC “strongly opposes placing any portion of Hill East in another ward and urges the Subcommittee on Redistricting to keep all of Capitol Hill united in Ward 6.” In addition, the ANC approved retroactively the testimony of commissioners Brian Flahaven (6B09) and Francis Campbell (6B10), before the D.C. Council’s special committee on redistricting. Flahaven’s and Campbell’s singlemember districts comprising “Hill East” are considered the neighborhoods in ANC6B most vulnerable to

being moved to another ward. Although both motions were passed unanimously, 9-0, Commissioner David Garrison (6B01) expressed concern that the resolution “pivots on Hill East while other parts of the ANC and Ward are equally threatened.” “I’m troubled that we don’t seem to be concerned with other parts of the Ward,” Garrison said, “and future discussions should be considered more broadly.” Flahaven defended the resolution noting that “our colleagues in [ANC] 6A and 6D are also very active on this,” while ANC 6B is correctly focused on its own neighborhoods. ANC Chair Neil Glick (6B08) added that Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander was “rattling her sabre that Ward 7 deserves Reservation 13 – and I don’t think she’s even visited it. We’re throwing down the gauntlet.” The commissioners agreed that the resolution should be forwarded to all councilmembers, and next steps may include personal meetings with councilmembers on the issue as well.

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ANC Seeks Delay from HPRB in Verizon Antenna Issue At the request of Commission Ivan Frishberg (6B02) the ANC voted to request a delay from the Historic Preservation Review Board in an application before it from Verizon to install antennae at 811 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The ANC is seeking the delay to allow commissioners sufficient time to review the application to install several antennae on the rooftop of the building and their potential impacts on the historic fabric of the neighborhood. The ANC contends that it did not receive proper notification from the HPRB that it would be considering the Verizon application at its next meeting.

ABC Committee The following actions were taken by the full ANC based on recommendations of its Alcohol Beverage Commission (ABC) Committee. * DC-3, 423 8th St. SE – ANC voted to support a new liquor license that would allow DC-3 to sell beer.

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* Roland’s of Capitol Hill, 333 Pennsylvania Ave. SE – The council voted to support the continuation of a single sales exemption to Roland’s license, which the retail store has had for a year. * S&J Liquors, 1500 Massachusetts Ave. SE – The ANC voted to oppose the exemption for single sales at this location, citing concerns from the neighborhood that such sales would exacerbate problems including human feces in the adjacent alley and public urination. The ANC received “nearly a dozen” emails from residents opposing the exemption and only one email in favor. The ANC will be following up with a strong letter citing adverse impacts on the neighborhood.

Planning and Zoning Committee The following actions were taken by the full ANC based on recommendations of its Planning and Zoning Committee. * Fusion Grill, 515 8th St. SE -- The ANC approved a public space application that would allow Fusion restaurant to expand its outdoor patio seating to include some of the frontage of the adjacent Shakespeare Theatre building. Fusion owner Steven Cheung presented his public application, including a letter of understanding with the Shakespeare Theatre. Although the ANC voted unanimously to approve the application itself, some eyebrows were raised at the letter of understanding, in which Fusion agreed to pay Shakespeare Theatre $700 per month in exchange for use of the frontage space. “I’m not sure parties are allowed to charge what is essentially rent for public space,” Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04) observed. * 1317 East Capitol Street – The ANC approved a special exception that would allow the owner to extend an existing deck on the rear of the property. * 1239 C St. SE Rear – The ANC voted to oppose an application for zoning relief, which would have allowed the conversion of a vacant warehouse building to a single-family dwelling. Several neighbors in an adjacent condo building told the P&Z committee that the size of the proposed conversion, including a large 2-story addition, would adversely affect the light, view shed and sightlines from their property. The P&Z committee agreed, noting the owner of 1239 C St. SE did not produce any letters of support.

National Community Church Moves to Barracks Row Mark Batterson, lead pastor of the National Community Church, announced that the church has purchased the building for-

merly occupied by the People’s Church at 535 8th St. SE for $3 million. Batterson told the ANC that the move is a win-win that allows the People’s Church to relocate to Maryland, where most of its congregation is located, while the National Community Church can expand its network of “theatre-based” churches. In addition to regular Sunday services, Batterson’s plans include turning the building back into a theatre facility where they will be able to show family-oriented movies and host other events and activities, including live performances, potentially. The National Community Church formally takes ownership June 1 and expects activities to start in early fall. Batterson is interested in hearing ideas from the community and invited people to email their input and feedback to ★

ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner

ANC 6C Also Votes to Keep Ward 6 Intact The discussion about redistricting in ANC 6C focused on those areas on the edges of the ANC—Chinatown, Penn Quarter, NoMa, Mount Vernon and Sursum Corda, any of which could be shifted into Ward 2 or Ward 5, depending on the area. Those wards, in turn would have to give up population to Ward 7 and Ward 8. The Commissioners were adamant and unified in the view that maintaining the economic and racial diversity of the ward is important and that synergy between the new communities burgeoning because of a healthy amount of economic development are critical to the well-being of the entire ward. The Commission unanimously passed a motion to send a letter to the members of the Redistricting Committee and Councilmember Wells stating the importance of keeping the boundaries of the area whole and urging that population shifts do not impact Ward 6.

Disputed Time Extension for H Street Project Approved At the April 6D meeting, there was a small rebellion by neighbors of a PUD project being developed at 601-645 H Street NE. In response to a request for support for a twoyear extension of various zoning variances and special exceptions they wanted discussion of the mixed use residential, commercial and retail project re-opened. In addition, they complained that there had been inadequate notice

that the issue was coming before the Commission. In response, the ANC scheduled a special meeting on May 2nd so the community could be heard. There was also the possibility that the neighbors and the developer would have an opportunity to meet in the intervening three weeks. That did not happen. The time extension was requested because the developer is having difficulty finding financing for the buildings, in part because the current tenants of the existing buildings are city agencies, and the District will not commit to remaining once the new construction is completed, which is a problem for lenders. The rationale given for the neighbors’ request to re-open discussion of the project was in a section of the zoning code that says that extensions can be denied if there are “exceptional circumstances” and significant change in the area of the project. Members of the Commission repeatedly asked what those circumstances were, and the only responses were the introduction of the trolley cars and increased traffic on H Street, and a substantial uptick in the registration at Ludlow Taylor Elementary School, creating additional traffic and child pedestrian safety problems in the immediate vicinity of the building. At the same time, one neighbor, Hillary Axum, said that the changes they were looking for were “minor,” and included modifications to the buildings’ façade and landscaping. “If the façade were more attractive,” she said, “it would be in keeping with the changed circumstances on H Street.” Davis “Davey” Camalier, the developer, said he was bewildered, because he had made himself available to meet with the neighbors and had not heard from them, and, he said, he felt his efforts to be a good neighbor were not going anywhere. There was agreement that the community and developer had worked well together in the past, and should be able to do so now. There was, however, positive movement in developing a construction/management agreement which will set out protections for neighbors in case of damage to their homes and disruption during the construction. Both Randy

Kenna, who is negotiating for the neighbors, and Chip Glasgow, the developer’s attorney, agreed that they were close to an agreement. Mr. Glasgow made it clear that they could not delay or postpone their BZA hearing, scheduled for May 17th, because the variances they were seeking to extend expired shortly. He also said that the BZA procedure was not a hearing and noone would have an opportunity to testify. He and Mr. Camalier agreed, however, to meet with the neighbors to see what accommodation could be reached on their issues. Saying that his job was to work for his constituents, not the developers, Commissioner Bill Crews made a motion to not support the request for an extension of the variances and special exception for 601-645 H Street NE because of changed circumstances on H Street. The motion failed 2-5. A subsequent motion to support the extension passed 5-2. Commissioner Tony Richardson reported at the May 11th meeting that a meeting between the developer and community members had taken place.

Two More Time Extensions Have an Easier Time of It Two other development projects in have requested two-year extensions of their permits to begin construction: Gonzaga High School, at 19 I Street (North Capitol Street), is requesting a two-year extension of a special exception it received to construct new academic and athletic facilities. They are adding space to their arts and athletic building, theatre building, athletic fields and adding parking under the fields. The school is having difficulty obtaining the necessary funding to begin construction. The project was going to be funded heavily by contributions, which have slowed considerably with the slowdown in the economy. They are, however, continuing to work on site studies and other activities preliminary to construction. There was little discussion, and the Commission voted unanimously to support the request. The other case is the Gateway

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Summer Means More Outdoor Seating Wanted The Commission’s Public Space Committee presented two requests for support for outdoor seating, proposals, both of which passed unanimously: The Billy Goat Tavern, at 500 New Jersey Avenue NE, which currently has eight tables with 32 chairs, wants to add seven tables more with an additional 28 seats. Sidamo, the popular coffee bar at H and 4th Streets NE will put two tables outside, with seating for four.

In Other Actions, the ANC… * Voted to support a new farmers’ market at 1st and M Streets NE, near the new Harris Teeter. The market will be on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. beginning on June 1st through October 25th. There will be six-seven farmers featuring locally-grown products. * Voted to support a liquor license for Graffiato, a new Italian restaurant on 6th Street NW, behind Verizon Center. * Heard a about a community meeting on the H Street trolley, at which it was reported that the streets and sidewalks on H Street will be finished by June, and the trolley should be ready to roll in the latter part of 2012. The next meeting of ANC 6C will be on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE ★ 48 ★ HillRag | June 2011

ANC 6D Redistricting Redux by Roberta Weiner


NC 6D was the first commission to deal with the issue-ofthe-hour, redistricting, and it was lucky enough to be visited by two of the three members of the Council Redistricting Committee, Councilmembers Phil Mendelson and Michael Brown, who spent an hour patiently answering residents’ questions. At the time of the first City Council redistricting hearing in early April, Councilmember Marion Barry said that since Ward 8 was in need of additional population and was also radically short of economic development projects, a surefire solution would be to move near Southeast, south of the Freeway, with all its new office buildings and housing, into Ward 8. The growing number of residents in Near Southeast—more than 3000, according to the recent census--have been very active and collected petition signatures and met with Councilmember Wells, who reassured them that he was committed to keeping the Ward intact, and would certainly not give up that burgeoning new community and permit it to be isolated it from its neighbors. Speaker after speaker, commissioner and resident alike, were adamant about the necessity of remaining in Ward 6. Some spoke of the growing links between Southeast and Capitol Hill and how the freeway is disappearing as a barrier between the communities on either side. Some mentioned the planned development of South Capitol Street and M Streets, bisecting the heart of the threatened area and serving as grand entry boulevards to the city. Others spoke about the growing closeness between southeast and the southwest neighborhood on the west side of South Capitol Street, and pointed out that the development of the Southeast and Southwest waterfronts was creating continuity with bike trails and water taxis and becoming a rich resource for the residents. It was pointed out that a decade ago,

Southeast was, except for the Marine barracks, a wasteland of industrial and government structures and rundown public housing and by adding it to Ward 8 it would become isolated from what is today -- an exciting, developing new DC area. Councilmember Brown made it very clear that the suggestion to move the area to Ward 8 had not come from the Committee, but from Councilmember Barry, and he didn’t think the likelihood of its moving was very great. One speaker had done some homework to refute Barry’s pronouncements and recited a long list of development projects in Ward 8, beginning with, but very much not limited to, the federal development of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as the home of the Department of Homeland Security, and including both commercial and residential projects. Councilmember Mendelson was more circumspect, reiterating several times that his priority was to achieve the stated goal of redistricting in the DC Code, providing eight wards of equal size that are, as the Code states “compact, and the communities within them contiguous.” Councilmember Wells’ Community Liaison Naomi Mitchell made it clear that the Councilmember did not plan to lose “a single inch” of the Ward. Members of he ANC, like their colleagues in the other quadrants of the Ward, unanimously passed a comprehensive resolution written by Commissioners Andy Litsky and David Garber, citing the growth of the areas, the possible economic threat to future development, the restoration of the historic linkage between the Anacostia and the Washington Channel, the strengthening ties with the contiguous Ward 6 neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and the National Mall, and supporting a redistricting plan that “retains all the current ANC 6D boundaries within Ward 6.”

Forensic Lab: “On Budget, On Time” The Consolidated Forensic Laboratory now being constructed at 7th Street, SW between E and F Streets at the former site of the 1st District Police Station was the subject of a presentation by Allam Al-Alani who is

managing the project for the DC Government. He said that the building was indeed “on budget and on time,” with completion of the badly-needed building due by June 2012 At the time the ANC originally approved the plans for the building, it was emphasized that the District had no consolidated laboratory to do all its own forensic testing and was dependent on the FBI and other federal agencies to do portions of its lab work. Al-Alani reported that the building’s skin is done, and they are now working on installing a glass sunshade curtain wall on the E Street side of the building. The outside of the building will be completed by the end of October, and the landscaping and site improvement will be done by Thanksgiving. After that, all the work will be inside, constructing the offices and labs. In a first, according to Commissioner McBee, Stan Cousins, the construction manager, produced slides showing the percentages of D.C. residents hired for the job, including an unfortunately low number of 6D residents. He said they are still looking to hire local residents and recommended checking the project’s employment website:

Bus Route Threatened Commissioner Rhonda Hamilton reported that WMATA has plans to change the service on the Route 70 and 71 buses that run from Silver Spring and currently terminate either at Half and O Streets SW or Buzzard Point, within her Single Member District, with a few ending at the National Archives. If Metro plans stay on track, the 70 and 71 will run between Silver Spring and all will terminate at the Archives, and a new route, the 74, will run between Gallery Place and Half and O. The problem, according to Hamilton, is that the 74 will run on a much slower schedule, and only between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. The bus, which runs past the L’Enfant Plaza Metro, down 7th Street, across M Street to Delaware Ave SW and south to Half and O, through a large area of public housing, serves for many residents as the only means of trans-

portation to jobs, the Safeway and the Waterfront Metro stop. If the bus runs on its currently planned schedule, many people who work at night will just be out of luck, as will those just wanting to go a movie, or church. With little discussion but with unanimous passage, Ms. Hamilton made a motion to write to WMATA requesting a reliable bus route with a 24-hour schedule to terminate at Half and O Streets, and at Buzzard Point.

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Saving Grace Services Hold 2nd Annual Doggie Jamboree photos by Andrew Lightman


espite a soggy start, Hill dogs and their owners alike enjoyed a festive romp at Congressional Cemetery during Saving Grace Services’ 2nd Annual Doggie Jamboree on Saturday, May 14. The annual event allows neighborhood clients and pets to meet Saving Grace owner, Grace Steckler, and the company’s caring dog walkers and managers who help exercise Hill dogs on a daily basis. The Jamboree featured Bonny King-Taylor, aka the Doggy Lama, who has worked in the area as a pet coach for the past four and a half years. King-Taylor offered human attendees tips for building better habits and rituals to help their dogs achieve a more peaceful existence. Also on hand were plenty of dog treats, which left the canine crowd more than satisfied. Megan Smith and her dog, Pressley, have been Saving Grace clients for the past two years and were enthusiastic attendees at this year’s Jamboree. “I’m a member of the cemetery and like to come on Saturday mornings,” Smith said. “I thought this was a great opportunity to see everybody and meet the dog walkers.” Saving Grace Services has approximately 700 clients on Capitol Hill. If you’d like to learn more about Saving Grace Pet Care, visit or call 202-5449247. ★

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Community Life Spotted in...Homer; Alaska? text and photos by Peter Vankevich


or several years now I have diligently spent most weekend mornings out and about on Capitol Hill looking to photograph interesting birds for the Hill Rag readers. An opportunity arose for me to take a first time birding trip to Alaska. So I thought I would write about it from the eyes of a Capitol Hill birding resident. Some years ago, one of my former colleagues had taken up residence near Anchorage and it didn’t take much of an invite to pay him a visit. We chose early May as it would be the week of the annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, an event that began in 1993 and takes place in Homer, Alaska, attracting nearly 2000 people. It was interesting to land in Anchorage after 9:30 PM and it still be light out. The next morning we headed west to the Kenai Peninsula and about a 200-mile drive to our destination. Being early May, traffic on the only road was light. The drive is nothing short of spectacular. The Sterling Highway parallels Cook Inlet and across it is a range of snowcapped mountains. Frequent stops included a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center where one could see two orphaned brown bears close up and many other animals such as elk and wood bison. Potter’s Marsh had lots of nesting Mew Gulls and Arctic Terns, several species of ducks and even a few Sandhill Cranes. I ended up staying on the famous Homer Spit, a 4.5 mile geological sand formation that stretches out into Kachemak Bay. This place gained quite a bit of fame when one of its residents,

Jean Keane, took to feeding discarded fish pieces from a processing plant to the Bald Eagles, attracting up to three hundred of them on a daily basis. This activity was obviously controversial and when she passed away in 2009 at the age of 85, an ordinance was passed and signs posted prohibiting feeding of eagles. Even with this prohibition, there were plenty of eagles around. I cannot speak more highly of Homer, a community of about 4500 people and lots of nice coffee shops. People were both interesting and curious. This small town supports two weekly newspapers. Chatting with one of their reporters, I thought what a great beat to cover. When I told them I was from DC, Homerites were impressed with the distance I had travelled, and not for any political observations. Three-hour birding boat trips into the bay cost only $30 dollars and one could see incredible birds such as the Tufted Puffin, Red-necked Grebes in breeding plumage, hundreds, if not thousands of Black-legged Kittiwakes and Common Murres. I added 15 life birds, i.e. species I had never seen before. With snow still in some shaded areas and temperatures still going down to freezing at night, many migrating birds were just starting to arrive and I missed a few such as the Golden-crowned Sparrow that I would like to have seen. That is just a reason to return. The shorebird festival had lots of field trips and talks. On a bit of a sobering note, the featured speaker this year, acclaimed ocean scientist Carl Safina, made dire predictions on world economies if the trend of overfishing

and polluting of the seas continues. I couldn’t disagree with him. Some of the other interesting birds I observed include Red-faced Cormorant, Black Oystercatcher, Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Marbled Murrelet, Glaucous-winged Gull, Arctic Tern, Varied Thrush and Black-billed Magpie. I was always under the impression that a trip to Alaska would be expensive. Yet I snagged a round trip off of for $574. Not a bad price. Sharing a motel room at a great location was only $60 per night. Having an interest in birds often means traveling to interesting places when it is considered off-season and not many visitors are present. I’ve been told that Homer in July and August can get quite busy and travel-related prices are higher. We all have our fantasies and mine for a week was to pack up my bags, head back there and make a pitch to the Homer Tribune for a column to be called Spotted on the Homer Spit. Okay, with this out of my system, I’ll be back to Capitol Hill birds next month. ★ ★ 51


Soccer Reunion A Women’s Soccer Team on the Hill Meets 30 Years Later by Connie Tipton

The Eastern Market Express team with some of their children circa 1978. At the reunion, standing left to right: MaryJane Goodrich, Anne Swardson, Pat Stocks, Paul Cromwell, Gayle Krughoff, Beth Brust, DeAnne Friedholm, and Patsy Marshall. Seated L to R: JoAnne Namos, Louise Moody, Connie Tipton, and Lee Wakefield.


n unlikely group of Capitol Hill women came together in 1978 to form the Eastern Market Express, then a new women’s soccer team. “Unlikely” because most of these women had never played soccer, let alone any team sport. Recently, at a first-in-thirty-years reunion, many of the old team reminisced about their team experience and how it affected their lives. On April 15 we gathered at the Capitol Hill home of Gayle and Robert Krughoff over chili, beer and wine, with teammates coming from as far as Austin, Los Angeles and Paris – at least six still call Capitol Hill home. The team was unusual because most of us had young children who were typically on the sidelines during games being watched over by teammates not on the field, or by loyal husbands who cheered us on. So when the group convened in April, many brought photos of their now-grown children (and some, like me, grandchildren). There were also team photos to peruse and even a few clippings about the team from The Washington Post sports section years ago. 52 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Paul Cromwell, the team’s coach and long-time Capitol Hill resident, joined us at the reunion and recalled that he was recruited from one of Capitol Hill’s youth soccer teams where he had originally been brought in to “help” the coach of his son Lawrences’s team during 1962 and 1963. The coach decided to move on and the rest was history in launching Paul’s soccer coach career. Paul was on the ground floor in organizing both a men’s and women’s team, with the organizing meeting held at my house in spring or summer of 1978. Paul then took on the not insignificant task of making a team out of this rag-tag bunch of women. Some of us had played other sports, in my case field hockey, so at least had some of the team concepts. A very few were fairly skilled at soccer, but most were doing this for the first time. I remember early on having debates among us about our purpose – did we want to give everyone a fair and equal chance to play, or were we out there to win. We resolved that “to win” was the answer and got about practicing and playing hard. Our home field was at

Bolling Air Force Base and we played in a Virginia league, as there was no women’s league in DC. So we went “on the road” to many places none of us city girls had been before. Camaraderie and friendships built and a competitive spirit emerged. The Express players won their first game in their second season and then stuck together for seven years. Enthusiasm was infectious and within a year, two more women’s teams formed on the Hill with a total participation of about 50 players (the Capitol Gains and the DC Dawn). The Express also played in a winter indoor league in Maryland. Practice was in the basement gym of the then abandoned church at Tenth and Massachusetts NE. We had to bring a fuse for the fuse box in order to have light! Buoyed by the success of the North American Soccer League and our own Washington Diplomats, the Express, along with other area teams, sponsored an Annual Washington Women’s Soccer Tournament on the Mall with teams participating from across the country (1979 – 1982). Paul then became a member of the first Women’s Com-

mittee of the United States Soccer Federation. After dinner at the reunion, the group sat in a circle in the Krughoff living room and took turns talking about what the team experience had meant to them and summarized the thirty years since. All agreed that being on the team was a surprisingly important and, with some, transformative experience in their lives, teaching competition and teamwork as well as getting us all physically fit (remember, we were all pre-Title IX girls!). Catching up revealed that among our group is a physician, a lawyer, a children’s book author, a health policy analyst, a yoga teacher, a former head of the Washington ACLU, a therapeutic masseuse, a financial reporter, a photographer, and real estate agents. There will be another reunion down the road and we look forward to involving more of our former teammates. Connie Tipton still lives on Capitol Hill and serves on the Board of the Capitol Hill Day School. She is President & CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, where she has worked for thirty years. ★ ★ 53


Changing of the Guard at Capitol Hill Village Katie McDonough Takes Over as Executive Director by Mike Canning


ontinuity will be the watchword at Capitol Hill Village (CHV) with Kathryn (Katie) McDonough taking over for Gail Kohn as Executive Director for the Hill non-profit. McDonough assumes the reins on July 1, bringing with her two year’s experience as the Director of Community and Social Services—and as Gail’s right hand. A native of Virginia Beach (where her family still lives), McDonough graduated with

Katie McDonough is the new Executive Director of Capitol Hill Village

a B.A. in International Affairs from James Madison University, then took a job working with international student exchange programs in Columbia, MD and New York City. That New York sojourn provided a crucial experience which led her to think about working with older people. She worked for three years with a benefactor of the exchange program, an active man in his 80’s. In working closely with him and seeing him go through 54 ★ HillRag | June 2011

some physical challenges related to aging, she felt she’s developed a knack for dealing with older people. The experience helped shift her interests to social work and public policy, and she eventually earned a Master’s degree in Social Work in May 2009 from the University of Pennsylvania, preparing herself for what looks to be a promising career working with older citizens. Fairly early on in her studies, Katie had “wanted to work in aging,” and she first learned of the “aging-in-place” movement while doing field work as part of her graduate studies. She learned of Capitol Hill Village while working here as a summer intern in 2008 when she was staying at the home of Mary Procter, then a member of the CHV Board. Director Kohn picked her for the job based on her solid credentials, as well as her excellent communication skills and enthusiasm. McDonough became the first Director of Community and Social Services for the Village on July 2009. Much of the focus of her work—she estimates 60 percent—is on Village members who have acute or chronic needs. In these cases, she explains, she both “helps people in shortterm medical crises and helps them navigate the health and social services systems.” In her current role, Katie has found that hospital visits for clients is not the best use of her time; the context can be distancing, and the social worker has little control. “I can do a lot more getting people on the phone” she says. She also favors visiting people in their homes, because it is “very person-centered.” Kohn lauds McDonough for bringing “to her work her love of people, her can-do creative approach, and her skills as a counselor and organizer.” Now Katie looks forward to her new role and thinks it plays to her strengths. Though she is clearly competent on the personal/clinical side, she adds that “my career strengths are at the administrative level; that’s what

I’m really good at.” To prove her point, she cites her exchange work in New York which taught her event planning, program management, marketing and managing volunteers—all crucial elements of her role. She emphatically adds: “I want to be good at this aging stuff!” Lucky for the Village, Gail Kohn, after serving four years as the Founding Director, will still be active with CHV. She has been named an advisor to the Board with a focus on sustainability issues, including fundraising and accessible housing. Kohn sees her new role as “able to broaden our reach to financially sustain Capitol Hill Village and to (better) enable members to stay in the neighborhood.” Katie noted that from her entry into CHV, Kohn was already looking at “succession planning” and guided and mentored McDonough in that direction. She notes, too, that the Executive Director of Capitol Hill Village is “not a traditional executive director role. You are not distant from your clients; you are on the frontlines, responding to emergencies, being on call for members.” She added that “CHV is not a social service agency,” but rather a “community organization which provides some social services.” Looking to the future, she wants to continue the good work the Village has already achieved, including being recognized as

McDonough (left) and departing CHV Director Gail Kohn at the CHV offices. Photos: Diane Brockett

the national model for “volunteer” villages. But she is interested also in how to deal with younger members, both as clients and volunteers, and what they might want from or bring to CHV. In her spare time, Katie likes to run, indicating that she would participate in the Capitol Hill Classic for the first time. She has also become a quilter, which she started while working in New York City. It’s a pastime where “you can create something tangible,” she adds. Katie McDonough has become attached to Capitol Hill in the last two years as a resident. “To be able to live here, and to work in the same community, it’s a gift. Work that focuses on your own community is wonderful. I’ve never felt as at home as I do here on Capitol Hill, since I left my own home.” Capitol Hill Village is the neighborhood non-profit organization that provides the support, expertise, and services needed to give Hill residents the practical means and confidence to continue to live in their own homes. Founded in 2006 by a group of Hill activists, it was the second such “Village” in the country. In just under four years, it has grown to more than 250 local households. For a modest membership fee, paid on a monthly or yearly basis, members gain access to a wide range of volunteer and professional services and a variety of educational and social programs. To find out more about CHV, call 202-543-1778 or visit its website at Mike Canning, an original Board member of CHV, remains active in the organization as a volunteer. ★

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Hill Center volunteers attend to the kiosk at Eastern Market, passing out information on Hill Center and answering questions from people interested in volunteering. Photo: Diana Ingraham

Hill Center Needs You! by Rosemary Freeman


ill Center at the Old Naval Hospital will open its doors this summer after a year-long historic renovation. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue SE between 9th and 10th, Hill Center will be offering an ambitious program of classes, performances, lectures, exhibits, family activities and special events. Volunteers will be an integral part of Hill Center’s multifaceted operations. A special task force has been named to oversee the recruitment 56 ★ HillRag | June 2011

and training of volunteers. Local resident, Wayne Warren, will be the Volunteer Coordinator. He will be responsible for scheduling, placement and will be the interface between the volunteers and the Hill Center. The group is preparing a manual that will help guide the overall effort and provide volunteers with important information and guidelines about volunteering at Hill Center. While the Center will need volunteers for special events, what is most needed are people who can

commit to fill a slot in the schedule on a regular basis. Volunteers will be asked to make a commitment of at least 8 hours a month, or two fourhour shifts. Diana Ingraham, the new Executive Director of Hill Center says that volunteers will play a particularly critical role at Hill Center. “Volunteering at Hill Center is an excellent way for people to connect with others who live in the diverse Capitol Hill community,” she said. She points out that whether it’s vol-

unteering along side neighbors at Hill Center, or welcoming them and their families as they attend classes or performances, volunteering at Hill Center is an opportunity to get more involved while providing a valuable community service. This new call for volunteers builds on a long history of community support and involvement in Hill Center. A dedicated group of neighbors founded the Friends of the Old Naval Hospital in 2000, an effort to save the beautiful old build-

ing and research its history. Two years later the Old Naval Hospital Foundation became active, spearheading the development of a comprehensive plan for the best use of the building as well as raising the necessary funds to help restore it. All along the way, interested neighbors and community leaders have volunteered their time and expertise to first save the historic landmark, and then create a future for it. The plan for Hill Center was based on the input of hundreds of Hill residents, solicited through dozens of meetings and a widely publicized survey, and was approved by the DC government in 2007 after a lengthy process of competitive bidding and review. Since that time, a small group of volunteers has remained active, preparing for the opening of Hill Center this summer. Now a new wave of volunteers with new roles and fresh ideas will make their contributions to Hill Center’s future. So step up and join the Hill Center Volunteer Corps. An orientation for new volunteers is scheduled for the week of June 20th. Those interested in volunteering may sign up online at our website,, via e-mail at Wayne@, or by calling 202-262-0561. ★

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You’re Invited! Barracks Row Main Street’s Garden Party: June 7th at Deer House by Sharon Bosworth


s spring 2011 blends into summer, a full roster of Barracks Row events is upon us, beginning with the Annual Barracks Row Garden Party on June 7th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Though it’s hard to believe today, 8th Street, S.E. was once a decrepit, unruly urban strip. The Garden Party tradition developed over the past 10 years to celebrate the ongoing revival of this 200-year-old commercial corridor. This effort has been spearheaded by Barracks Row Main Street, which was chartered in 1999 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Two of our neighbors, Senator Mary Landrieu and Senator Saxby Chambliss, head up the Garden Party’s honorary host committee while another neighbor, former Senator Chris Dodd and his wife Jackie, are the event’s co- chairs. This year, four chefs from Barracks Row restaurants will serve up their specialties. Local saxophonist, Marshall Keys, will play his smooth jazz from the side porch as government leaders, local politicians, 8th Street business owners, supporters and friends take in the spectacular garden at Deer House, 712 East Capitol St. SE. The house, built in the 1903 and recently renovated, will be open during the party. For information or to buy tickets, call Barracks Row Main Street at 202-544-3188 or to purchase tickets on line, go to www. Tickets are $100 for one; $250 for three with includes a listing in the program.

Chef Brian Kline with Sous Chef Jeremy Magnanelli behind the scenes at Senart’s Oyster and Chop House.

shucking station and oyster bar so that guests can partake of Oysters and Champagne, a southern seasonal classic. Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, owned by Xavier Cervera, opened earlier this spring to enthusiastic reviews of both its cuisine and the architectural renovation of the building. Chef Brian is a man to watch. Formerly of

Meet the Chefs Chef Brian Kline of Senart’s Oyster and Chop House at 520 8th Street, S.E. is one of several outstanding Barracks Row chefs you’ll meet at the Garden Party. Chef Brian will be directing the ten foot long oyster 58 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Chef Lance Hanan with owner Stephen Cheung at Starfish Café, soon to become Lavagna.

Brasserie Beck, Marcel’s and The Four Seasons, fans who have sampled his grilled fare at Senart’s report that he definitely knows how to deliver on the Chop House portion of that restaurant’s name. The chefs from Matchbox on Barracks Row, located at 521 8th Street, S.E. will be serving up a full complement of their famous mini burgers to party guests. On a roll after beginning with their first Matchbox on H Street NE near Chinatown, the six Matchbox Group owners went on to open Ted’s Bulletin at 505 8th Street S.E. and DC3 at 423 8th Street, S.E. All restaurants are flourishing and the owners are justifiably proud of our local renaissance and the role they play every day in our turnaround. At the party, newcomer Chef Lance Hanan, plans to present his special version of Italian canapés. We have not yet been to his restaurant, Lavagna, at least not under that name, because the grand opening won’t be until August. Chef Lance is the executive chef both for Lavagna and for Fusion Grill, 515 8th Street, S.E. He arrived on Barracks Row by way of Della Note in Baltimore and spent the last five years as executive chef at Al Dente, the oldest and most renowned Italian kitchen in Puerto Rico. The team from Fusion Grill, led by owner, Steven Cheung, recently bought Starfish Café at 539 8th Street, S.E., which will become Lavagna. In Italian, Lavagna means chalkboard or slate. It is also the name of a town in Italy where slate is mined. All this equates to a neighborhood restaurant with a daily menu so fresh it can only be relayed by chalkboards written out every morning. The freshest pasta made daily in the kitchen will accompany vegetables and meats sourced nearby to deliver up-to-the-minute taste perfection.

Cupcakes and FroYo After the Playseum? The Garden Party also will be your opportunity to meet Penny Karas and sample her cupcakes. Penny is the owner and creative force behind a first on Barrack’s Row, a restaurantretail blend named Hello Cupcake, 705 8th Street, S.E. which opened on May 19. With in-house bakery, sit-at counters and tables, internet, plus its own custom roast coffee, Hello Cup-

Penny Karas, days before Hello Cupcake opened on 8th Street, S.E.

cake delivers a much needed coffee break hot spot for shoppers and employees on Barracks Row, especially those on the 700 block and lower 8th Street. The 8th Street store is also the distribution point for Hello Cupcake’s mail order cupcake business. The new Barracks Row store is the second in a

regional expansion (the first is in Dupont Circle area) planned for the next few years. By happy serendipity, a frozen yogurt store, 32 Below, will open at 703 8th Street, S.E. directly next door to Hello Cupcake in midsummer. Owner, Mark Underwood will be at the Garden Party, ready to discuss the newest trends in froyo and his own expansion plans for beyond the District. 32 Below is another new twist on an established theme and a first for the Capitol Hill area. At 32 Below, customers select their own amount and flavor of yogurt. Then it’s up to you to choose how many toppings you decorate your masterpiece with - sprinkles, gummy bears, peanuts, crushed candy bars - all will be there to choose from. At the end, your creation is weighed and, like a grocery store salad bar, you pay by weight then proceed to dig in and demolish your work of art! With frozen yogurt and cupcake stores sitting side by side on 8th Street, can kids be far behind? At the Garden Party you will meet Gina Seebachan, who is building her Barracks Row business, The Playseum, on the premise that legions of kids have already arrived and now want something to do. The concept behind Playseum is that kids and their parents need a need a place to go to have fun together - make things, bake, play games. At her original Playseum located in Bethesda, Gina discovered a large number of Capitol Hill families willing to drive 25 miles just to participate in the fun. The Barracks Row Playseum will open in July at 454 8th St. S.E., next door to Lavagna and less than half a block from all the cupcakes and frozen yogurt your kids can talk you into! For more information or to volunteer to help Barracks Row grow even stronger, contact Sharon Bosworth at 202-5443188 or ★

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h street streetlife life by Elise Bernard ver rising temperatures make outdoor patio seating an increasingly attractive option as we move into the summer months. Thankfully, the H Street Corridor has no shortage of outdoor dining and drinking options. You’ll find a handy guide to outdoor spaces at the bottom of this column.


establishments along the way. They’ve been watching H Street for about 2-3 years, and are happy to get in at what they feel is the perfect moment. They discern in the crowds of H Street NE good “people who value food” and “value the healthy nature of the food.” They expressed eagerness to offer up healthful options for their future patrons.

Pho Comes to the H Street NE Corridor

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I recently spoke to two partners in a new VietJazz fans rejoice! Gallery O/H (1354 H Street namese restaurant coming to 1360 H Street NE. NE, hosts two great Napoleon Ibievugbe and Kevin Falkner are two days of swinging jazz. The lineup looks great, and partners in a three person team hoping to add to they’ll have Tacos Impala (of pop-up tacos fame) the Asian dining options available on the H Street and beer available for purchase. Expect a modest Corridor. Pho Bar and Grill will occupy the two cover price, and six hours of music each day. June story building previously home to Sweet and Treats 4th and 11th from 3-9pm. ice cream parlor. The Vietnamese menu will cover all the basics. Of course you’ll find pho featured prominently (roughly ten types of the delicious and nourishing noodle soup). A large bowl of pho is generally regarded as a filling meal in itself, so at $9 for a large bowl, most diners would feel fully satiated. I’m equally excited about the varieties of banh mi offerings ($6). The traditional Vietnamese sandwich generally features a meat ingredient, cilantro, mayo, chilies, pickled carrot, pickled daikon radish, onions, and cucumber, but has endless permutations. Visitors will also enjoy the Vietnamese grill, which will turn out traditional rice and noodle dishes. Spring rolls and spring salads should also make an appearance. Both the first and second floors will boast dining rooms, with a bar on the second floor. Expect a full bar with beers on tap, as well as in Kim Moffat, Executive Pastry Chef at Granville Moore’s, with her famous oatmeal cake. Photo: Margaret Holwill bottles. Fans of the well known Vietnamese beer Tiger will be happy to find it on the menu. Non- The Argonaut’s patio is always a popular destination alcoholic offerings shall include bubble tea, and Vietnamese coffee. Once it’s complete, diners can also enjoy their food and drink on a rooftop deck. Homebodies too can get in on the action, as the owners intend to handle both carryout, and delivery orders. They hope for an August opening. The owners anticipate operating from 11am-11pm Thursday through Sunday, with later hours on the weekends. Ibievugbe and Falkner both expressed excitement about opening in the Atlas District. They see that the Capitol Hill neighborhood is moving north, and drawing more locals to H Street 60 ★ HillRag | June 2011

H Street Bakes: A Monthly Pop-Up Bakery May saw the first H Street Bakes (http://www. pop-up bake sale out on the Argonaut patio (1433 H Street NE, Boozy cupcakes (“crunk cakes”), quiche, and other goodies ruled the day. Kim Moffat, Executive Pastry Chef at Dr. Granville Moore’s (1238 H Street NE, http://www. dreams of opening a bakery on H Street NE, but rising rents made her want to test the waters first. She brought her idea to a session of Street Talk. Street Talk is a regular event at which entrepreneurs, landlords, and investors come together to discuss plans for retail development on H Street NE. At Street Talk Moffat formed an alliance with other bakers with similar aspirations, and H Street Bakes was born. The other bakers, Faith Sleeper, Amber Yankulov and Tiffany Coln, are all local to the neighborhood.

Outdoor Dining and Drinking on H Street NE The H Street Corridor boasts an impressive array of outdoor dining and drinking options. Here’s a handy guide to some of the open air spots along the strip. Down on the east end you can feast upon afiza (spicy lentil salad), or awaze tibs (diced beef in a spicy berbre sauce) in the fresh air at Ethiopic (401 H Street NE, Up the street there’s Sidamo Coffee and Tea’s (417 H Street NE, http://www.sidamocoffeeandtea. com) lovely back patio where you can enjoy salads and sandwiches, or simply a cup of house roasted coffee. Sidamo also recently applied for permission to add two tables out front. Plans are in the works for open air seating at soon to open Cajun/Creole restaurant Tru Orleans (400 H Street NE,, and Toyland (421 H Street NE). Liberty Tree (1016 H Street NE, http://www.libertytreedc. com) has big plans for a 37 seat patio set to open sometime this summer. Little Miss Whiskey’s (1104 H Street NE, http://littlemisswhiskeys. com) hides a lush rear patio that draws to mind those you’ll find in New Orleans. It’s an awesome place to sip your beer, or enjoy the fine food they turn out certain evenings. A tiny patio lurks behind Taylor Gourmet (1116 H Street

.FUSP.VUUT NE,, and it’s perfect for devouring a monster hoagie. XII (1123 H Street NE, http:// restaurant and nightclub is currently constructing a rooftop deck. Even newcomer Khan’s Bar and Grill (1125 H Street NE, http://www. has plans for outdoor seating along 12th Street. Craving fish and chips and a British brew in the outdoors? The Queen Vic (1206 H Street NE, http://www.thequeenvicdc. com) has you covered. Sticky Rice (1224 H Street NE, http:// and Granville’s (1238 H Street NE, http://www.granvillemoores. com) both offer limited outdoor seating in the back. Smith Commons (1245 H Street NE, boasts plenty of deck space, ideal for a leisurely brunch with mimosas. Visit Biergarten Haus (1355 H Street NE, and discover the mother of all patios, complete with traditional bier hall style long tables. Right next door Sova (1359 H Street NE, harbors a small patio where you can relax with your tea, or sandwich. Next stop is the popular Argonaut Tavern (1433 H Street NE, patio, which hosts a doggy happy hour on Saturday afternoons. A field trip over to the Capital City Diner (1050 Bladensburg Road NE, http:// reveals limited seating out front, and a more expansive back patio, complete with an outdoor bar. Head down to Benning Road, and you’ll find deck and patio seating at Langston Bar and Grille (1831 Benning Road NE,, and the Roadside Café (2101 Benning Road, For more on what’s abuzz on the H Street Corridor you check out my blog at ★

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SOUTH A New Beginning for L’Enfant Plaza by William Rich


n mid-May, the first restaurants of the initial L’Enfant Plaza, a 1960s-era mixed-use complex United States Postal Service headquarters and phase of the redevelopmentof the shopping that was designed in the Brutalist architectural hotel buildings were designed by Czech archicenter at L’Enfant Plaza opened for business. style during Southwest’s urban renewal phase tect Vlastimil Koubek. A glass pyramid was built Roti Mediterranean Grill and Potbelly Sand- and connects to three office buildings and the more recently in the center plaza and provides the wich Shop are the first of several restaurants to L’Enfant Plaza Hotel. The North and South of- only source of natural light to the shopping center open over the next few months at the food court, fice buildings were designed by I.M. Pei while the below. The current owner (the JBG Companies) which is located in the eastern part began the first phase of a $40 million of the L’Enfant Plaza Exchange, near renovation of the shopping center in the Metro entrance. Both restaurants November 2009 with the design help will be open during the week until of SmithGroup. Drab décor has been the evening and on Saturdays as well. replaced with a modern color palette Roti will be open Monday – Friday of red, grey, and white, along with from 6:30 a.m. –8 p.m. and on Satstone and wood accents. Windows urday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Potbelly’s have been installed along the eastern hours of operation are Monday – Friwall facing the Department of Housday from 11a.m.–7 p.m. and Saturday ing and Urban Development building from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Other retailers across the courtyard, bringing natural and restaurants coming online this light into the once cavernous retail spring and summer include Gateway corridor. In addition, several seating Newstands, Frozen Yogurt Indulgence, areas have been created for patrons, Gourmet Too, Au Bon Pain, Mamma including a second outdoor terrace. Ilardo’s, Five Guys, and Moe’s SouthPhase II of renovations began in west Grill. March and is scheduled to conclude The addition of new restaurants around September 2013. During this with later operating schedules is welphase, the rest of the retail promenade come news for area residents. It is ofwill be redone and occupied with naten overlooked that several row homes ABOVE: The large atrium planned for Phase II of renovations will serve as a glass sculptural tionally-recognized retailers. A large and multifamily complexes are within entry to the shopping center at L’Enfant Plaza. Rendering: SmithGroup atrium will be built where the glass walking distance of L’Enfant Plaza pyramid now is located to bring in and can potentially supplement the additional natural light and serve as typical nine to five worker-driven dea sculptural glass entryway to the remand for services once they leave the BELOW: Once Phase II of renovations are complete in 2013, the rest of the retail corridor at tail center. At full build-out, the rearea after work. Bob Craycraft, Ad- L’Enfant Plaza will look similar to the recently completed food court. Rendering: SmithGroup tail center will be 205,000 square feet visory Neighborhood Commissioner and will complement the modernist from Single-Member District 6D-01 architecture of the rest of L’Enfant that covers L’Enfant Plaza, is happy Plaza with a clean, slick design. JBG so far with the improvements to the has plans to expand L’Enfant Plaza food court. “I’m especially pleased to with two office buildings in the censee Roti staying open until 8pm weekter plaza area, an extended-stay hotel nights, giving Southwest residents on the north end of the property, and who live near L’Enfant Plaza a new, an apartment building on the south walkable evening dining option,” said end of the site. Commissioner CrayCraycraft. craft wants to see more connectivity Those who have not visited the between L’Enfant Plaza and the resiL’Enfant Plaza retail center in a dential neighborhood to the south. couple of years will not recognize “My hope is that future development the place. The Exchange is located will include easier access for nearby partially below grade at the center of residents from Seventh Street, SW or 62 ★ HillRag | June 2011

When Roti Mediterranean Grill and Potbelly Sandwich Shop first opened their doors during the week of May 9th, long lines wrapped around the corner of the food court at L’Enfant Plaza. Sunlight is visible on the right side of the photo, since windows have been installed on the east wall of the food court facing the courtyard between L’Enfant Plaza and the HUD building. Photo: William Rich

the new Ninth Street Bridge,” said Craycraft. Connectivity is one of the goals behind the Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative, a planning effort by the National Capital Planning Commission and the District Office of Planning to transform the 10th Street, SW and Maryland Avenue, SW corridors, which includes L’Enfant Plaza. Several public meetings have been held and market studies completed for the 15block area south of the National Mall. According to the Southwest Ecodistrict website, the following goals have been set for the initiative: * Advance recommendations in the Monumental Core Framework Plan, the Comprehensive Plan, and the Center City Action Agenda to transform this federal employment center into a model 21st century sustainable community. * Meet the federal government’s present and future space needs in this area; improve connections from the National Mall to the Southwest Waterfront; enhance the quality of life for pedestrians; and increase opportunities for mixed-use development. * Help the federal government meet the goals and objectives

of Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. The order prioritizes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the federal government. * Analyze the costs and benefits of revitalization alternatives and recommend strategies and actions for further consideration in collaboration with agency partners and members of the community. Some of the options under consideration include decking over portions of Interstate 395 and the railroad tracks along the rightof-way of Maryland Avenue, SW, restore historic squares and boulevards, as well as introducing residential uses on infill sites. Redevelopment activity by JBG at L’Enfant Plaza, along with planning efforts under the Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative should help to heal some of the wounds created by the railroad tracks and the Southwest Freeway when near Southwest was rebuilt during urban renewal and to create a more lively destination with activity beyond the nine-tofive work day. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest… The Little Quadrant that Could (www. ★ ★ 63


Grand Clock On 8th Street Thanks To Grand Donation Article and photos by Maggie Hall

Karl Kindel, assisted by the beverage manager of Senart’s Oyster House, helps the installer from the Verdin clock company, put the 8th Street clock in place.


t’s handsome... it’s useful... it fits looks like it’s been there for generations.” These are the comments swirling around Capitol Hill about the clock on 8th Street, SE. Neighbors of Barrack’s Row cannot have failed to notice it. As for the visitors, who pour to the “destination” street to enjoy the lively restaurant scene and shopping experience, the 10’ 11” high clock, with its historic, classic design, looks like it’s graced 8th Street for ever. And that is exactly what the couple, responsible for the clock, wanted to achieve. Carrol and Karl Kindel have been residents of Capitol Hill for over 40 years and when they decided that the transformed 8th Street would benefit from a clock they didn’t start raising funds from like-minded 8th Street fans--they just bought it. They did careful research to ensure it was an all-American product. The name on the clock-face reads: Verdin of Cincinnati, Ohio. The oldest clock-making company in the US, it was established in 1842 and is in its sixth generation of family ownership. It wasn’t difficult for the Kindels 64 ★ HillRag | June 2011

The new 8th Street clock looks like it’s been tick-tocking away for generations.

“The thought to choose the behind the clock spot. donation was It’s midsimply that street and every village even when needs a street the trees are clock. It’s a Karl and Carrol Kindel stand under the handsome street in full bloom, tradition in so clock they along with restauranteur Xavier Cervera have the clock, many places donated to 8th Street. with its we’ve traveled back-lit face, to, and here at can be seen from blocks away. And home, as well. We just thought a clock it was a good choice for another rea- belonged on 8th Street and it’s fun to son. It’s right outside Senart’s Oyster see it everyday. We’re also extremely House. The Kindel’s were concerned grateful to Xavier for his enthusiasm that the owner Xavier Cervera would and large contribution to the project.” not approve and they’d have to pick According to Cevera, “my staff and another location. But he was “wildly I are very excited about the’s enthusiastic,” and promptly took on beautiful and it was so generous of the financial responsibility of getting Karl and Carol. I especially love it at the base constructed, acquiring the night with the backlighting on. It is necessary permits and insurance, run- my pleasure to contribute in my own ning the underground power supply small way and know that our neighfrom Senart’s and agreeing to foot the bors and visitors will enjoy it for many, electricity bill. many years to come!” The Kindel-Clock, as it’s now been “The clock is the most unique nick-named, was formally unveiled gift ever donated to Barrack’s Row, last month. A brass plaque fixed to the said Martin Smith, executive director clock, records that it was “donated” by of Barrack’s Row. “We are thrilled to Carrol Benner Kindel, Karl K. Kindel have it. It adds an enormous amount & Xavier Cervera. of character to the Street - it looks like The Kindels told the Hill Rag:

it’s been there for ever.” Last year, Verdin (whose clocks can be found all over the country, including the Natural History Museum), in a wonderful twist of reverse marketing, supplied 20 street-clocks to the Chinese city of Jiaozuo, was delighted to have been chosen for the Kindel’s generous project. The company’s street-clock manager, Jeannie Porter said: “I’ve seen photos of it on 8th St and I have to say it’s one of the most beautiful looking installations we’ve ever done. It was a delight to work with the Kindels. They put an enormous amount of thought into what they wanted for 8th St. I know they didn’t do it for this reason, but it’s their legacy to the neighborhood that is their home.” For those puzzled why the figure four, on the face of the clock does not conform with the Roman numeral design, and is depicted with IIII, instead of IV, Jeannie had the answer. “Historically, Roman numeral clock faces, have never used IV. Graphically, it throws the face off balance.” As for the clock itself, it has added a graceful, and useful, balance to 8th Street! ★

RealEstate Capitol Hill’s Corner Grocery Stores by Robert Pohl


t’s happened to all of us at one time or another. It’s Sunday morning and there’s no milk in the house for your coffee. It’s a beautiful day for an impromptu get-together on your patio, but no beer in the fridge. It’s blazing hot and the kids are screaming for ice cream. Fortunately, on Capitol Hill, relief is always close at hand: Corner groceries dot our neighborhood, and no one is too far away from one of these little markets. All told, there are about 20 of these small groceries of one stripe or another on the Hill. This is only about ten percent of the number of stores in former times. In 1887, there were over 200 stores scattered across the Hill – and this was before many of the homes on the Hill were built. The majority of these stores were on corners, and looking at the map, it seems as if every corner boasted a small shop catering to the local population. The stories of these groceries is as varied as that of the residents of the area, some stores have been converted to residences, others into art galleries – and some continue to be used as stores today.

The Corner Store, at 9th and South Carolina Ave, SE, is now a performance space.

The Corner Market at 4th and East Capitol, NE

Site of a Tragedy, Now an Art Venue The post-Civil War building spree on Capitol Hill also required the opening of new grocery stores, and the corner of 9th and South Carolina seemed a good place to build one. Thaddeus Bean therefore had a small shop built on this corner, which he rented out to the Van Horn family, who ran a store there for some 20 years, buying the property in that time. Eventually, John F. Van Horn moved his family to East Capitol Street, and rented out the property to other grocers. In 1917, the Cuozzo family took over the grocery store; Domenico Cuozzo, the family patriarch, had saved up enough money from selling vegetables from a pushcart near the Capitol to allow him to open the store. For 50 years, their establishment was a Capitol Hill institution, even as the neighborhood underwent dramatic changes. On July 18, 1968, that was all to change. Charles and Domenico Jr, sons of Domenico, were in the store when a robber entered and demanded cash. While Domenico Cuozzo Jr, was complying, Charles made the mistake of asking the robber a question, which the robber answered with a single bullet that killed him in minutes. ★ 65

member of the Hibernian society and involved in DC politics. Plant died in 1901, and was interred in Arlington Cemetery. Today, 1000 Independence Avenue SE is a residence, though its facade clearly shows its past as a store.

real estate 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.

Post Office Substation B Motts Market on 12th Street, SE


In a reversal of the usual story, the store at 400 East Capitol Street only became one long after it was built. It was built in 1889 as a Post Office. For many years, this building was listed as Substation B of the Post Office, and offices were rented in it as well. Eventually, in 1934, it was turned into a Piggly-Wiggly, and it has been a grocery since then, becoming a Kash Way District Grocery Store in 1948 and eventually confusingly renamed Eastern Market. Today, as the Corner Market, it welcomes shoppers from the neighborhood with “Groceries, Fresh Produce, Frosted Food, Beer and Chips, Wine and Cheese.”

1000 Independence is now a private residence

The grief-stricken family closed the store soon thereafter and it remained shuttered until 2001, when Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier bought it and turned it into the Corner Store, a performance space for artists and musicians.

Ellen Plant’s Store A different path was charted by the store at 1000 Independence Avenue, SE. Built in 1885, it was run by Ellen Plant, the wife of James Plant, who had been a grocer for many years, though better known for his run-ins with the police for the illegal selling of liquor than for his skill as a grocer. Plant had had a checkered career before that, as well. He had arrived from Ireland in 1858 and had joined the Union army during the Civil War. He served honorably, but after the war was part of the Fenian raids on Canada, when a variety of Irish-American veterans attacked Canada in hopes of convincing England to relinquish its hold over Ireland. By the time his wife started the store, however, Plant had left his past behind and was gainfully employed as an assistant messenger in the Attorney General’s house. Ellen Plant ran the store for many years, while her husband continued a series of menial jobs, while also being an important 66 ★ HillRag | June 2011

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Movie Set at Mott’s Mott’s Market, at 233 12th Street SE, was built as a corner store and remains one today. Samuel Gotkin, a grocer, built the store in 1916. Over the next years, a number of different people owned and operated the store, and it was variously known as the Lincoln Market and the S and A Market. It was under the latter name that an odd incident happened. The Republican National Committee, seeking to find a way of publicizing their good works, filmed a short film in it that extolled the work of the Small Business Administration, with the purported owner of the store being interviewed about how easy it had been to secure one of the SBA’s loans. Unfortunately, he was not actually the owner, as the Washington Post uncovered later that year, but rather a local radio announcer earning a bit of extra cash. The owner had been given 40 dollars and had vacated the premises for two hours while the movie was being shot. The Post forced the RNC to admit their misdeeds, though they claimed that all of the other films they had distributed had been entirely aboveboard. In 1969, the store was in the news again, this time with the news that it had, once again, been robbed. By now, it had the name under which it operates today: Mott’s Market, and as such it remains open for that late-night beer run or – as I gratefully noticed – emergency food during last years snowpocalypse. ★

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Daring to Change How Three Women Reinvented Themselves For A Better Fit With Their Lives by Anna Cranage Conathan


ecoming a parent is a life-changing event. Late night feedings, scads of diapers, potty training… it’s a non-stop adventure, and the major tectonic lifestyle shift that comes with having children doesn’t stop at the doorway to your home. It also affects your professional life. Thoughts of your family are on your mind during the workday, on business trips, during your daily commute. Once they return to their jobs postbaby, many parents find they have different goals and priorities. Maybe they don’t want to be workaholics anymore. Maybe they want to be home to watch their children grow, so they start new businesses based out of home offices. Maybe the excitement of new life, new beginnings, inspires them to pursue new paths, or dreams deferred, or they decide to satisfy their desires to go back to school. The three inspiring women profiled below are examples of such parental career-changers, and you’ll see, from their own accounts, that change can make all the difference.

“The Rekindler of Childhood Dreams” Karen Rivera Geating Age: 39 years old Children: 2 girls, Siena, 5 1/2 & Tsehay, 3 Previous career: Department of Justice Trial Attorney New career: Masters student in International Curriculum & ESL Childhood career goal: Opening and teaching at her own pre-school s a girl growing up in Puerto Rico, Karen Rivera Geating harbored a desire to open her own preschool. But growing up surrounded by lawyers, her parents encouraged her to follow in their footsteps, not wanting her to “waste her potential.”


Karen Rivera Geating with daughters Tsehay and Siena

Karen took the family-approved “expected” route and graduated from law school at the University of Puerto Rico in 1997. After clerking for a year in the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, she came to the U.S. to attend Harvard Law School to obtain her LL.M. (Master of Laws), an internationally recognized postgraduate law degree. Ultimately, she moved to DC to join the Department of Justice, where she met her husband, a co-worker at the time. Five years later, Karen left her job to relocate overseas with her husband, who had been placed in Malaysia on his first post with the foreign service. “I became a foreign service trailing spouse,” Karen jokes. At first, she feared giving up her career and worried about the future. “I was scared of loosing my financial independence and also of becoming ‘stupefied.’” During five years as a foreign service spouse, moving from Malaysia to Ethiopia and eventually back to Washington, she became a mother to two gorgeous girls, and a practitioner of “meaningless part-time jobs,” as she puts it. When her husband received a re-assignment to Africa that will begin later this summer, Karen realized that the idea of returning to trial law was not only going to be difficult, it was also unappealing. She found herself wanting something else;

something that spoke to her inner desire and past passion: teaching. In DC, she has assisted in her daughter’s classroom at Tyler Elementary and as a co-op member at her younger daughter’s preschool here on the Hill. These experiences moved her closer to a decision of pursuing a teaching degree but, for Karen, there was one particular memory that she continued to relive in her mind. In one of her more meaningful part-time jobs abroad, she recalled a young girl she worked with in an Ethiopian English language preschool. The girl spoke almost no English when Karen began to work with her, but after hours of study and practice, the girl picked up a book and read her very first word in English. It was an incredibly moving and inspirational moment for Karen, and it was this simple but profound experience that was Karen’s inciting inspiration to return to her dream of teaching. This fall Karen will begin her pursuit of her masters degree in International Curriculum and ESL through George Mason University, which allows students to meet most of the requirements while overseas.

“The Game Changer” Kathleen Donahue Children: 2 boys, Ryan, 17 and David, 6 Previous profession: Director of Marketing & Deputy COO Current profession: Owner, Labyrinth Games & Puzzles efore Kathleen Donahue made the move to Washington DC, she was a self-proclaimed “hard-core workaholic” banking ridiculous hours as Director of Marketing & Deputy COO for an international trade and customs law firm in Miami, Florida. The winds of change began to blow for Kath-

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Kathleen Donahue with customers at Labyrinth

leen when her husband, Keith, was offered a job at Fannie Mae here in DC and they decided to make the move. Kathleen’s firm also had an office in DC and they eagerly offered to relocate her position if she would be willing to add more hours, as well as commit to regular travel to Miami. Kathleen laughs just thinking about it, “I said, thanks, but no thanks,” Along with the unexpected move came not one, but two unexpected children under her roof. Keith’s son from his previous marriage moved in with them shortly after the move, just about the time Kathleen found out she was pregnant. After taking some time off to adapt to her new environs, her new role as mother of two, and overall change of lifestyle, Kathleen decided to go back to work part-time, consulting with a small firm on Capitol Hill, which was a perfect fit for her as a new mom. The part-time consulting allowed her to enjoy her son’s baby phase, but as he got older, she knew it wouldn’t be long before she had to go back to work full-time. When Kathleen considered returning to her previous career, with its ridiculous, energy-sapping hours, she realized a corporate job would make her, and her family, crazy. Returning to her workaholic days was not in the cards if she wanted to play with a full deck. Kathleen knew she wanted to do something on her own. She had fond memories of helping her father in the family liquor store when she was a young girl; interacting with neighbors in the storefront, helping in the stockroom, eventually running the register. She grew up in her father’s store, watching him work, spending quality time together and developing a sense of pride in her family’s business. Kathleen wanted that kind of experience for her sons. One day, while gridlocked on the 14th Street Bridge, Kathleen had her epiphany. “For two hours I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic because I had decided I wanted to find a Mancala board as a birthday gift for one of my son’s friends, and I couldn’t find one on the Hill,” she remembers, exasperated even in recall, “so I had to go to Virginia.” Lost in thought, staring at the unmoving car in 74 ★ HillRag | June 2011

E D U C A T I O N front of her, Kathleen remembered the little neighborhood hobby shop she spent hours at when she was a girl, the shop’s owner never tiring of the constant influx of children who played with the toys and games on his shelves, often never buying anything. She loved all the old iron puzzles and board games. The realization of her dream is Labyrinth Games & Puzzles which has been open less than a year and which has already garnered much praise, recently winning “Best New Retail” in Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll.” It’s a family-friendly, community-focused game and puzzle store offering a wide variety of non-electronic, specialty games, puzzles, and mazes for gamers of all ages; a place that welcomes visitors to enjoy activities and games right in the store. “Because we opened the store right around my last birthday, back in November, Keith and I joke that it was my fortieth birthday present.” Kathleen said. Even though retail is a drastic change from her corporate roots, Kathleen loves bringing her sons in to work and looks forward to watching them grow up in the store. 645 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast Washington D.C., DC 20003-4317 202-544-1059

“The Leap of Faith” Rev. Kelli J. Jareaux Age: 46 Children: 1 son, Kaleb, 14 Previous career: Telecom Attorney New career: Spiritual life coach, ordained minister Childhood career goal: Actress until Jr. High, then lawyer efore Kelli Jareaux Esq. became Rev. Kelli Jareaux, she believed God existed, but her dealings with him or her were based more in coincidence and convenience than a deep religious belief. In her previous incarnation, Kelli was a lawyer, practicing as a Higher Education Attorney, litigating discrimination and waste, fraud, and abuse issues, later she diversifying into telecom law, eventually building her own family law practice. While she loved practicing law and thrived as a lawyer at a high-powered DC firm, she began to struggle with the practice of having to make blackor-white arguments in situations that were grey at best. She worried she was misusing her talents. As she was sorting out her feelings, four of her firm’s partners, including the major rainmaker, died in a plane crash on their way to a meeting. “The firm gave them a brief memorial,” Kelli remembers, “about thirty minutes. The closing remarks were about how the late partners would want their


surviving colleagues to get back to work, because that had been their fundamental value. “The brief description of their lives, and the way the firm’s employees quickly moved on to the next task, let me know that no one is indispensable and that my presence or absence at the firm was of little consequence to anyone’s life but my own,” she recalls. “And, it was having a deleterious impact on my life and my relationship, which suddenly ended, according to my partner, because I worked too much.” Realizing she was in crisis, she tried to figure out what to do next. She knew she wanted to focus on raising her son, being available to him, and she knew she was no longer willing to sacrifice that for her job. Her prayers were answered and with the help of her pastor, Kelli had a profound spiritual experience; one that guided her forward, away from her position at the law firm, and into an entirely new professional and personal life. Inspired by the work she did with her pastor, Kelli decided she wanted to offer the same kind of support and guidance for others in need. At the age of 34, Kelli left her law firm and started her own practice, gradually transitioning from law to coaching, mediation and ministry, through her studies and training at Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development. While the partners at Kelli’s firm were exceptionally supportive of her new transition, her family was concerned that she might be making a major career misstep. “Now, they are incredibly supportive,” Kelli reports, “They see how happy I am.” Today, twelve years later, Kelli helps others find joy and personal peace as an ordained minister, and spiritual life coach through her organization GROW Continuum, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation, which she founded with her ministerial partner, Rev. Angela Whitmal. Kelli’s career change has allowed her to be more present physically and mentally, not only for her family, but also for the clients she works with at GROW Continuum and, most importantly, for herself. “I am a happier and more peaceful person,” Kelli shared, “I harnessed my personal power, followed my dream and I am now doing work I believe in and feel good about!” To learn more about GROW Continuum, or to attend one of their popular “Laughter Yoga” classes,” visit their website and facebook page. GROW Continuum Inc., 74144678184 534 8th Street SE., Washington, DC 20003 202.409.3791 ★



Lifelong Learning New Opportunities Abound in the World of Continuing Education by Peter Sherer


ith 20 to 30 extra years after our first careers, Boomers are going back to school to get new credentials, using on-line learning sites, studying fun stuff at places like the Smithsonian Associates, and creating new venues where “each one can teach one.” All of this is happening fast. Used to be that you went to high school and then to a job for 25 years. A few went on to college and fewer still went on to get a graduate degree. So education was time-limited and targeted at young people. Not so anymore. The way that education is being delivered is changing dramatically, and so too are the people served. Dan Pink in his book Free Agent Nation says, “Within a few years, the number of thirty-fiveplus-year-old college students will exceed the number of 18 and 19 year old college students.” Boomers will be right there at the next desk, or in a lively chat room satisfying more than just a healthy curiosity. Why? Lots of reasons.

To Make Money In The World is Flat, Tom Friedman argues that the unit of organization in the world has transitioned from the country, to the corporation and finally to the individual. A person in Toledo can cook up a net-based scheme with a partner in Vladivostok and start a business practically overnight. That means if you have a business, you better keep getting smarter. Almost 12 million boomers will start their own business sometime during the third stage of life. That’s a lot of demand for new knowledge.

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above 60 crowd, to the many kinds of coaches for our varied interests ranging from violin lessons to high-altitude rock climbing. Some of us will want to learn to read Chinese or Hindi to understand the future world economy, and others will tackle a whole host of European languages as we reconnect with our past. Every one of the trainers, coaches, and teachers will have to become credentialed sooner rather than later. Not only do Boomers want to avoid working with someone who is not world class, but we demand “professional quality” in all our purchases. Why else, as David Brooks explains in Bobos in Paradise, do we buy hiking boots that are suitable for the Andes to navigate the produce section at Harris Teeter?

Immigration, Education and the Good Life As the U.S. population diversifies, newcomers will continue to flood into junior colleges and then into four-year universities. More than ever, the ticket to the U.S. middle class is through the schoolhouse door. The idea of lifelong learning has been a part of many other cultures for generations, and émigrés coming to the U.S. will only reinforce that attitude. Boomers as a whole are likely to join in, in order to keep up.

Rate of New Knowledge Development Some experts say that many ideas that are more than five years old become outdated by newer research. In some fields like computer science and electronics, the half-life of a product or service is much more time-sensitive. Chat rooms, professional on-line peer groups, the immediate sharing of discoveries through open-source software will push us to stay current. Local libraries will morph into hubs of peer-led sessions on topics from

French Cooking to Extreme Sports. Books on hand-held electronic devices, more magnet schools, and improved technology education starting in first grade will multiply new ideas logarithmically.

Learning Communities of Interest Whole neighborhoods will organize around interests. There is a community in Arizona of racing car fans who have built their houses around a two-and-a-half-mile racetrack. The Wall Street Journal had an article on this that said in part “would you like your house to come with a physical trainer? That’s the draw of an $800 million development focused on wellness, CooperLife at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, which features a 75,000-square-foot aerobics center, a large amount of fitness equipment, healthy meals delivered to your door, trainers and fitness coaches, and annual physicals.” Six pack abs type Boomers will be wall to wall.

Living Where You Learn Twenty-two colleges and universities have already built housing on campus to attract Boomers to move permanently. Some are even figuring out how to provide in-house health care in addition to housing and the use of university facilities as part of the live-on-campus model. Others are beefing up courses designed to attract us. A leader, the Bernard Osher Foundation, has established Osher Lifelong Learning Centers at 120 colleges and universities here and abroad. American, George Washington, Georgetown, George Mason and many other local schools are using Osher grants to offer relatively cheap courses aimed specifically at Boomer interest in the visual arts, music, literature, technology, science, fitness and spirituality, to name just a few.

Learning for the Fun of it In 1975, Elderhostel pioneered educational services for older people under the guiding assumption that if you were over 50 years old, you could still think. Today Elderhostel sponsors 8,000 programs each year in about 90 countries. For years, Elderhostel enjoyed richly deserved industry leadership free of serious competition. Now every website and school on the planet wants into the game. How about a trip to Greece? Is there a college or university around that won’t hook you up with your alumni class to tour the islands? Want to make beaded necklaces, learn to sing operetta, fly fish with skill, throw pots, drive a Segway, hang glide, and become a puppeteer to sick kids, and on and on? You get the point. If you want to do it, someone is prepared to teach you at whatever level your wallet allows.

The Future The Boomer cohort can count on a lot more innovation and scope when it comes to learning opportunities in the years ahead. Millions of people are going to pursue additional learning for fun and profit. Ten years from now, I can imagine an elaborate on-line barter system so that the jewelry makers can trade their know-how to learn to say “hola” from the Spanish language speakers without a lot of cash trading hands. I can imagine whole apartment buildings being inhabited by a group who shares the same interests. After the rest of us trade our houses in the burbs for sensible living in the city, a new learning experience will be only a Metro ride away. Become an expert and join the parade. You can contact Peter Sherer at ★ ★ 77





hether you need to go back to school to retool for a new career, need a different skill-set to move forward in your existing job or are just interested in broadening your knowledge base, there is a program out there for you. Here are some of them.

Central Michigan University Central Michigan University, an innovator and leader in quality programs for adult learners, offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees plus professional development courses tailored to the unique needs of working students. Programs are offered at seven CMU centers in the Metro DC/Baltimore area. Founded in 1892, CMU is an accredited state university ranked as the 10th most productive small research university in the nation. More than 70,000 students have graduated from CMU’s OffCampus Programs since 1971. CMU prides itself on its quality programs and the personal service we offer to all of our students. For more information go to www.cmich. edu/metroDC, or call 877-679-1268.

The Master of Arts in Theatre Education – Catholic University The Master of Arts in Theatre Education - MATE - degree program, offered by the Drama Department, has been designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. All required courses (7 Drama courses and 2 Education courses) are offered in the evenings and during summer sessions. Beginning in the summer of 2012, students will be able to complete the MATE degree coursework over three summers. This degree prepares teachers and other professionals who wish to improve their skills in theatre production or to enhance learning through drama methods across the curriculum and in different educational settings. For more information about the program call 202-319-5351, email, or visit

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Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies has designed unique programs that will provide you with the skills, knowledge and relationships to help you meet your personal, professional and educational goals. We invite you to attend an information session and reception on Wednesday, June 22, 6:30pm to find out why the impact of both our educators and our students can be felt far beyond the classroom. Our master’s degree programs include Human Resources Management, Journalism, Public Relations & Corporate Communications, Real Estate, Sports Industry Management, Liberal Studies and Technology Management. RSVP today by visiting scs.georgetown. edu/capitol. 202-687-8700

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his place just keeps getting better. We first visited the Atlas Room, hunkered in the heart of the ever-growing H Street corridor--shortly after it opened last November. We found it in the narrow space vacated a couple of years ago by Napa 1015. In spite of having to navigate continuing construction for H Street’s future trolley tracks, we found the slight hassle well worth it. (Hint: park on side streets.) We were impressed by chef-owner Matt Corde’s stylish newcomer. However, our recent dining experiences have been even better. The shoe box-shaped Atlas Room accommodates about 45 people; some are perched on the high-topped bar stools at the cozy lounge in the restaurant’s rear. Highlighting the snazzy decor are framed antique maps (circa 1500 AD, centuries before Google Earth), moss green walls, pearl grey drapes and unusual, hatbox shaped lighting fixtures. Black mesh place mats are also offbeat; each one covers

two place settings opposite each other. Equally unusual and matching the world maps is the “global” menu of chef de cuisine Bobby Beard. Instead of regular courses, the list is sectioned by main ingredients (seafood, chicken, red meats, vegetables), and each item is prepared three different ways. Moreover, every food group comes in snack, appetizer and entree size. Atlas does not offer complimentary bread at dinner. This could be a good thing; we prefer not to fill up with extra calories before plunging into the main event. However, as a friend later remarked, Beard’s sauces are so delicious you want something to mop them up with. Good point. We began one evening with a seafood dish. Fisherman’s chowder (an appetizer) was a thick, cream based stew laced with clams, mussels, shrimp and fin fish; one evening the latter was cobia, a warm water species also

Seafood Salad. Photo: Andrew Lightman.

known as black kingfish, ling and lemon fish. That same early visit also produced Indian-spiced beef, artfully arranged with eggplant puree and curry-scented cauliflower. (Indian chefs do marvelous things with cauliflower, as we learned on our recent trip to this exotic sub-continent.) At a more recent dinner, the special was wahoo (a mild, ★ 81

communitylife tery Hawaiian fish), presented with a melange of pureed celery root and potatoes, and sauced with a red wine reduction. Short rib ravioli was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth, a trio of delicate pillows plumped with tender meat caressed with an exquisite sauce. “Yum-o” a fellow guest remarked as she restrained herself from licking the plate. Chef Beard grew up on a Pennsylvania farm. He learned cooking from his grandmother and perfected his skills at Michel Richard’s Citronelle, and later at the (now defunct) Olives restaurant, under chef Todd English. Perhaps thanks to his rural background, Beard does wondrous things with lamb. His dinnertime duo of saddle and top round was so mild and tender we thought it could be beef. The combo was flanked with sauteed mushrooms, fingerling potatoes and emerald green spears of broccoli rabe, drizzled with aromatic rosemary lamb jus. We also loved Beard’s moist, zesty lamb fritters. A melange of field greens was zapped with aged sherry almond vinaigrette and speckled with Parmesan croutons, shaved carrots, a few cubes of bleu cheese and what tasted like sugary bits of almond. The crisp salad complemented the rich meat dishes nicely.

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Lamb empanadas. Photo: Andrew Lightman.

In spite of such rich dinner offerings, we somehow found room for dessert. Tres leches cake (literally three kinds of milk) was divinely decadent, celebrating the Hispanic background of talented pastry chef Wendy Sanchez.

Oh yes, don’t forget the bread. One of the “share” items is a basket overflowing with a cranberry muffin, a golden raisin scone and slices of soda bread, ready to be slathered with curry apricot butter.

juices and other made-from-scratch ingredients. Brunch libations–priced at a bargain $8 each–go far beyond the usual eye-opener route. Bloody Marys are fashioned from Finlandia vodka and laced with horseradish, celery salt and cucumber, enlivened with a dash of veal reduction. We could not taste the latter, but maybe it was just a subtle flavoring. Midday Atlas “sparklers” start with Foss Marai Nadin proscecco, enhanced with various additions: elder flower liqueur, orange juice, mango and cilantro puree or raspberry puree. Atlas Room is pricy but not outrageous; dinner for three came to $99, before tax and tip. Brunch tabs, naturally, are lower.

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Sunday Brunch The Atlas Sunday brunch menu is lightly different from the evening listing, divided among “full plates, “share” and “gnosh.” For a “full plate,” we chose an “Atlas omelette” filled with mushrooms, herbs, and Gruyere cheese. The fluffy eggs only needed a smidgeon of salt–which our waiter Napoleon Morales promptly provided–to bring out the subtle flavors. Home fries, laced with bits of onion, provided an ideal accompaniment. Peter’s “shared” plate of grilled seafood salad was an oddly flavored (with tarragon) montage of mussels, calamari and shrimp, poised atop a tiny mound of pearly Israeli cous cous. Back to chef Beard’s wonderful lamb dishes: By far our favorite brunch offering was the lamb empanada–spicy minced lamb tucked inside a single envelope of flaky pastry and sauced with sundried tomato and olive tapenade. The plate only held one; I did NOT want to share it!

Tres leches cake. Photo: Andrew Lightman.

On the Atlas wine list: the whimsical name and label of Big Nose red--a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc--caught my eye at dinner one evening. However, we preferred our single glasses of mellow Coyote Canyon Sangiovese, from Washington State’s Yakima Valley. Atlas’ trendy cocktails are fashioned with hand-squeezed fruit The Atlas Room is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.. Lounge hours go to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday Brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. ★

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Southwest Beat Station 4–a spinoff of Bullfeathers, Tunnicliff ’s, Ulah Bistro and Stoney’s, is finally arriving at 1101 Fourth Street SW. The two level space–crafted from recycled materials–seats 210. The handsome interior is designed by local architect Ziad Demian. Presiding over the kitchen is Robert Gelman and co-owner Med (“Moe”) Lahlou. However, Moe is not yet divulging his menu. Located next to the Waterside Metro Station (Green/Yellow Line), Station 4 is open daily, including Saturday and Sunday brunch. Watch for more details. The kitchen will stay open late--a boon for Nationals fans and Arena Stage theater patrons. Call 202-488-0987.

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TH E ATE R That’s A Wrap

A Dozen Delightful Years Covering Theater by Brad Hathaway


ith this column, I bring to a close over a decade of covering the incredibly vibrant theater scene in our city as my wife and I relocate to the north side of San Francisco’s Golden Gate. Looking back, it has been an astonishing decade filled with more thrilling nights of theater than I had space to write about. It all started in the December issue of 1999 when Ford’s was doing “A Christmas Carol” (some things never change) and Holly Twyford was doing “Hamlet” (yes, “Hamlet”) at the Folger. In that very first column I called ours “one of the most active theatre communities in the nation.” Nothing in the ensuing years has disabused me of that notion.

on the banks of the Potomac. Critics from around the nation found out just how impressive our theatre community is with stops at Arena, GALA, the Kennedy Center, the National, Olney, Round House, Shakespeare, Signature, Studio, Synetic and Wooly Mammoth. The highest highlight? Signature Theatre’s production of Kander and Ebb’s “The Visit” with Chita Rivera and George Hearn. - During the decade a number of theater companies moved into new theaters, some built specifically for them as the “arts component” of a development. The Shakespeare Theatre added the word “Company” to their name and the 700+seat Sidney Harman Hall, while GALA, Olney, Round House, Woolly Mammoth and Signature Theatre moved into new digs. But it was Arena Stage that pulled the rabbit from a hat when they encased two of their renovated theaters on the Southwest waterfront and added a third, the gloriously beautiful “Cradle” to form the Mead Center for the American Theater named for two of the greatest friends our theater community ever had, Jaylee and the late Gil Mead. - Not all new theaters are devoted to a specific company. The Hill is fortunate to have the Atlas and the H Street Playhouse added to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop where multiple companies perform. Not all the new homes for theater companies were new. Keegan Theatre is now in resiBrad Hathaway covered our theater scene for a dozen years. Photo by dence at the old but atmospheric Church Teddie Hathaway. Street Theatre and the Washington Stage Guild re-settled in the Undercroft Theatre Since then, I’ve been privileged to attend and near the Convention Center. then report on hundreds of shows. My memory - I had the pleasure of getting to know some bank is filled with many highlights and few low- of the people of our theater community. I rememlights. I wouldn’t want to waste space on recalling ber not only interviewing the late Robert Prosky the few that fell short, but here’s a partial list of the for this paper, my wife and I ran into him and his best of the best. wife in the central square of Portofino, Italy shortly - Undoubtedly the highest high came on those thereafter - what a small world. Writing an appresix magic evenings in the Eisenhower Theater when ciation of his life and work when he died was an the Kennedy Center’s Stephen Sondheim Celebra- emotional task, but one way to say a final “thank tion presented a half dozen of Sondheim’s greatest you.” musicals with one show topping the previous one - There were individual performances that stand only to be eclipsed by the next. head and shoulders above the rest: Scott Fortier - Another indelible multi-evening experience turning himself into a deformed “Elephant Man” was the week when the American Theatre Crit- in the confines of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop; ics Association held its annual conference here Jim Brochu bringing Zero Mostel back to life in 86 ★ HillRag | June 2011

“Zero Hour;” Rick Foucheaux as George W. Bush in the superb “Stuff Happens” that Jeremy Skidmore directed at Olney; Skidmore also gave us the lovely evening with Kathleen Coons and Aubrey Deeker at the H Street when he directed “Mary’s Wedding;” Synetic’s unique wordless version of “Romeo and Juliet” and its splashy romp in a shallow pool for “King Arthur;” The Deaf West Theatre’s mix of spoken and signed theatre at Ford’s for the musical “Big River” where silence was as thrilling as melody. - Another highlight came on the day that Signature Theatre was named the recipient of the Tony Award as the outstanding regional theater in America. I’d been following the work of the company ever since their first musical production in 1989. As the years passed there were Sondheim musicals galore and the premieres of works by wellknown and lesser known talents from Matt Conner to Kander and Ebb. Their Kander and Ebb festival with its revival of both “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and “The Happy Time” led up to the magic evening when an orchestra of nineteen backed a cast of six to fill the then-new 260-seat theater with glorious sounds in “First You Dream.” - It isn’t just the professional theaters that can thrill. The health of the local community theater world is impressive, as witnessed by the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors program which gives their WATCH awards for work in what is now over thirty companies throughout the area. I still recall how impressed I was when thirteen teens and preteens took the stage in the nave of St Mark’s Church on Capitol Hill and held the audience in thrall for their performance of “Lord of the Flies” in 2000. - Washington serves as a pre-Broadway tryout town. It was a pleasure to cover some shows that had great success on “The Great White Way” including Arena Stage’s productions of “33 Variations” and “Next to Normal” which went on to win the Pulit-

zer Prize. The National, which has been a pre-Broadway house since as far back as the 1920s when “Show Boat” first played to a paying audience there, hosted both shows that hit like the revival of “West Side Story” and those that didn’t. “Disney on the Record” bombed before it reached Broadway, while “Hot Feet” delayed disaster until shortly after it had opened in New York. - One unclassifiable memory stands out: a student matinee of August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” at Arena Stage. Wilson’s plays are never what you’d call “kids’ stuff.” They are intense, serious although filled with humor, touching and troubling. Frankly, I was a bit concerned that the students might be raucous and restless. However, the play seemed to engage the collective mind of the youthful audience, and polite quiet soon turned to an attentive hush. I love that silent sound. As I said in my March, 2007 column, it was an extraordinary afternoon of theater. - There are sadnesses to remember as well. The loss of Jane Pesci-Townsend, John MacDonald, Robert Prosky and Gil Mead were particularly notable. We lost theatre companies as well. The Hill’s own Catalyst Theatre which was so very impressive was a victim of the economic downturn. Other companies I miss include the lovely little French company, Le Neon, and the adventurous Fountainhead. I could go on looking back. The dozen years have been quite dazzling, but it is time move on. San Francisco calls. It has been a delight. Brad Hathaway operated Potomac Stages, a website and email service covering theater in Washington, Maryland and Virginia and has written about theater for Theatre.Com, Musical Stages Online, The Connection Newspapers and such magazines as American Theatre, Show Music, the Sondheim Review and Live Design. He can be reached by email at ★

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TH E ATE R Words, Words, Words

In new productions, lyrics and language take center stage by Barbara Wells


s lavish sets and special effects tighten their grip on Broadway productions, Washington area theatres keep pulling audiences back to the words. In Signature Theatre’s Side by

performers bring even the less familiar tunes from Company, Follies and The Mad Show to life. And every time you think you have them pegged, they dish up a surprising twist.

form a trio that does justice to musical finales written for dozens of voices. Even so, they’d fail if they couldn’t get a laugh. Not to worry. They wring out every bit of with Sondheim’s wit—chanslant rhyme so torneled through reluctant brides, squabbling couples, ag- tured it can only be dispensed with a ing bombshells and frustrated wink and received with a groan. But lovers in some of the most chal- Hollinger rightly observes that when lenging combinations of tunes Cyrano’s adaptors opt for rhyme, and words every contrived. Just “this formalism tends to distract try saying the refrain of The Boy me from the play itself, continually From… “Tacarembo la Tumbe drawing my attention to the artfuldel Fuego Santa Malipa Za- ness of the playwright or translator tatecas la Junta del Sol y Cruz.” and away from the predicaments Then see if you can sing it—in and souls of the characters.” Freed from the bonds of rhyme, syncopated rhythm and a Casthis production lends fresh humantilian accent. Throughout, Signature’s own ity to its familiar characters, the Jon Kalbfleisch and Gabriel Man- lovely yet headstrong Roxane and giante ably accompany the cast on piano and join in the fun with an Eric Hissom as Cyrano spins a tale for the ensemble cast—Chris Genebach, Todd Scofield, Richard Ruiz, occasional quip or hisand Dan Crane. Photo: Carol Pratt. torical note. From the looks on their faces, Side by Sondheim, hundreds of Nancy Andersen? She looks like it’s a pleasure they don’t song sheets papering the walls and the typical cute ingénue—until she want to end. littering the stage leave no doubt knocks your socks off with a fullwe’re interested in what’s on the throated rendition of “Broadway Cyrano page. On a spare set composed of Baby” and a truly hair-raising “LosFor director Aaron makeup-mirror lights, a bare brick ing My Mind.” Sherri L. Edelen Posner and playwright wall and a couple of grand pianos, seems all brass and comic relief, but Michael Hollinger, the three actors and two musicians con- then her achingly sweet Send in the Folger Theatre’s Cyrano jure the magic of full-scale Broad- Clowns and ferociously defiant “I’m poses an even greater way shows with little more than Still Here” hold the audience in a challenge than how to Stephen Sondheim’s sometimes spellbound thrall. And you might convincingly perform a brilliant and always clever lyrics. take Matthew Scott for a run-of- song. They had to transFor Side by Side’s cast, the the-mill song and dance man be- late not just the words, question is this: Sure you can sing fore he hands you his heart in every but also the humor and and dance, but can you create a melancholy note of “I Remember” pathos, of a play written character and tell a story in a three- and “Anyone Can Whistle,” and in the 19th century, set minute song? It helps if the audi- then pulls off a hilarious turn as one in the 17th century, and ence has listened to the legendary of the Andrews Sisters to boot. composed in French— soundtracks of West Side Story, Guided by direction and chore- using rhymed verse. Gypsy and A Little Night Music ography by Matthew Gardiner, the I confess to a fondness Nancy Anderson, Matthew Scott and Sherri L. Edelen stroll for more than 30 years, but these three leads nail every solo and then for couplets, especially hand-in-hand in Side by Side by Sondheim. Photo: Scott Suchman. 88 ★ HillRag | June 2011

The Moscows of Nantucket While Cyrano’s words create characters, characters create words in The Moscows of Nantucket at Theater J. As matriarch Ellen Moscow reminds her husband Richard in the play’s first scene, their therapist has instructed them to try expressing themselves physically—and for good reason. The Moscows Moscow brothers James Flanagan and Michael Glenn discuss. are all about exposiPhoto: Stan Barouh. tion. With little plot her suitors—the handsome but tongueor action, we have to tied Christian who teams with the brashly take the Moscows at their word. They tell eloquent Cyrano to win her. Eric Hissom us son Michael is selfish, father Richard is is well suited to an uncharacteristically disengaged, mother Ellen is judgmental, not larger-than-life Cyrano, an almost di- and they all share frequently noted qualiminutive man who clearly slays assailants ties of immigrant Russian Jews. by sheer force of will rather than brute Only Benjamin Moscow, the insufferstrength. He actually pauses to consider ably self-pitying son with no prospects, his words before he speaks, making his both asserts that he’s the family failure every insult, metaphor, and breathless ode and then shows it by guzzling vodka, livto Roxane feel more extemporaneous than ing in a bathrobe and hitting on his nephscripted. ew’s nanny. Winningly played by James In a perfect balance to this thought- Flanagan, his dry wit and authentic reacful Cyrano, Brenda Withers’ Roxane is tions to family discourse compensate for more earthy and smart than the haughty incessant whining about his aborted caand slightly shallow portrayals in other reer as—what else?—a poet and novelist. Cyrano productions. And as Christian, Amid a series of recriminations and Bobby Moreno comes across as a genu- hostile demands (“Don’t talk to your inely, charmingly lovesick boy—not some mother that way!”), acute sibling rivalry preening fop. unfolds. Finally, Michael’s new shiksa In fact, the entire cast seems drawn wife, aptly named Virginia Christiansen, from life, from Richard Ruiz’s endearing puts an end to the verbal swordplay and Ragueneau the baker to Steve Henrick- teaches the Moscows to use words to son’s wise and wistful LeBret. Even the heal. menacing De Guiche—who conspires to The story—or lack of it—is all a bit deliver Christian and the Gascony Guard contrived. Yet director Shirley Serotsky to their deaths—finds a certain vulner- makes sure it’s relentlessly funny, thanks ability in Craig Wallace’s layered portray- to the affable bluster of Bob Rogerson’s al. Only Todd Scofield, in multiple roles Richard and Susan Rome’s edgy but apincluding Roxane’s sassy nurse, goes over parently nonplussed Ellen. And Heather the top—but to delightful and welcome Haney’s Virginia brightens each scene comedic effect. with an unnerving penchant for blurting Even beyond the naturalism of his out vulgar expressions in a broad Southlean cast, Posner proves less can be ern drawl. If you have to spend time with more. With Daniel Conway’s evocative a dysfunctional family, at least this one set, Devon Painter’s rustic costumes and will make you laugh. Thom Weaver’s subtle lighting, he deftly transports the audience from the Port de Side by Side by Sondheim: through June 12. Cyrano: Nesle to the battle of Arras. As we travel through June 5. The Moscows of Nantucket: through through France, in the truest sense, we June 12. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She understand French as well. and her husband live on Capitol Hill. ★

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s I sit here on my deck, trying to figure out what to write for this month’s article, my mind keeps going back to my old life and job in New York. Before moving back to the Hill about 9 months ago, I was living in Manhattan and working for a Spanish wine importer. Part of my job description included traveling to Spain and sampling and purchasing wine that I thought could be marketable in the US (tough life but someone’s got to do it). I don’t know, maybe it’s the beautiful spring day in the District, or the beautiful glass of Albarino in my hand but I can’t seem to stop thinking about Spain and the gorgeous wine that is produced there. Not only does Spanish wine taste great, you don’t have to break the bank account purchasing it. Spain has more vines per square foot than any other region in the world. The wines of Spain, like its people, are diverse, robust, and full of life. In the past, most Spanish wines were light in color, offered little excitement, and where usually only consumed within the country. Sadly, most upper-class Spaniards usually preferred foreign wines over their Spanish counterparts. Around the mid 1960’s, Spain started to improve the way wine was made, and the production of higher quality wine became the main focus. After Spain joined the European Union, new wine laws came into effect and all of a sudden, old wine regions that were forgotten through time, started to make high quality wines. So folks, here is my attempt to briefly educate you on the fantastic quality and price points of Spanish wines: White wine - The roots of Spanish winemaking go back thousands of years and form a proud tradition of quality. Nowhere is this more evident than in Andalusia, where sherry is the beverage of choice. A fortified wine (distilled alcohol is added before aging), sherry is actually several types of wine. Fino, Oloroso, Manzanilla, and Amontillado (the drink made famous by Edgar Allan Poe) are among the varieties all called sherry. The Fino and Manzanilla are younger and crisper and a little more acidic. The Olorosos and Amontillados see more time barrel, which causes them to be more mellow as they age. Often drunk as dessert wines, especially by the British for whom sherry became something of a national drink, they go well with many other kinds of foods. 90 ★ HillRag | June 2011

North of Madrid you will find the whites of Rueda. Delicate and light, they’re made from a local variety called Verdejo. Sauvignon Blanc, too, is making an appearance. Galicia continues to make wines as it has since Roman times — though in recent times the whites have come to the fore. Here Celtic traditions mix with Roman to produce wines that combine with seafood like no others in the world. The moist climate and lower amount of sunshine produce wines high in acid and delightfully crisp. Most are made from varieties found only here. But traditions in Spain change slowly and red is still dominant. Robust and heavy, the Ribera has seen a renaissance in the the last few decades. The Tinto Fino, a kind of Tempranillo makes a complex red that ages well. Just north of Rioja, lies Ribera del Duero, my favorite wine producing region in Spain. I love the people, the food, and the friendly atmosphere almost as much as I love the wine. The greatness of Ribera culture is exemplified by one winery in particular, Callejo. The Felix Callejo family has been growing grapes for 4 generations in Sotillo de la Ribera with little changes. Grapes are still carefully tended, selected and handpicked. The family owns over 200 Acres in the very heart of Ribera del Duero, planted with some of the best vines in the region. The age of the vines range from 25 to 60 years. Felix Callejo uses grapes from its Estate only. The grapes are carefully selected and handpicked into small cases of 30 pounds. Carried in small quantities, there is no danger of having the grape skins break and sparking an undesired premature fermentation. The crates are taken directly to the winery, where they go through two selection tables, the second one selecting grape by grape and discarding any imperfect grapes. The Crianza wines are made with grapes coming from vines that are at least 35 years old. For the Reservas and above, the plants are at least 50 years old. As I mentioned earlier, reds are prominent in this land of ample sunshine and red soil. In my experience, when you tell someone you work with Spanish Wines they immediately say “Oh my god, I love Riojas!”. This classic region has dominated Spanish wine consumption over the years and for good reason. Rioja produces some of the best Tem-

pranillo-based wines in the world, some ready to drink young, others spending years in the barrel and bottle before hitting the shelves. Another fantastic wine growing region, Castilla, having it’s own literary heritage, produces wine equally deserving of fame. To many, the entire region is considered one enormous vineyard. La Mancha, evoking memories of Don Quixote, is one reason for the reputation. It’s reputed to be the largest wine region in the world, though there are many Frenchmen who would, of course, argue. Reds are well represented, though, by the Tempranillo often blended with French varieties, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. Even Syrahs are beginning to be seen here. In short, Spanish wine and Spaniards, not surprisingly have a lot in common. Both tend to be spunky, friendly towards food, epitomize quality and honor tradition. If you had to summarize Spanish wines in a single word, it would have to be, hands down, value, you simply get much more for your money with Spanish wines as a whole than you do from any other New World or Old World wine producing country. Not only, are Spanish wines able to boast on the value front, but also on the quality, tradition and technology fronts. Spain captures third place, worldwide, for its wine producing capacity. The U.S. imports of Spanish wines have seen a 75% increase in the last five years, and will likely keep gaining steam over the next five years. So come to Schneider’s and ask to see our HUGE selection of wines from Spain. You never know, you could become hooked like I am. ★

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Artist Portrait: David W. Morton


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ou might call it undercover imagination. Davis Morton is very good at it. His paintings look like he grabbed a piece of mundane reality and glued it to a canvas. Look again. He is smuggling questions into his imaginary stories. It’s like he has uncovered something essential about our lives that has been tucked safely away, hidden in plain view. To him, it’s in the “unsolicited memory,” the fragments of reality that you remember, but don’t know why. These are the shadows that hitch a ride on the canvas and then jump to your flickering and hurried thoughts – to hold on and linger for a while longer. He might start with a photograph of something fleeting and ordinary and let the painting draw from the memory shadows. “Objects take on an unexpected significance.” Surprises pop up everywhere and compete to create mystery, but it is a mystery in harmony. Each element lends itself to the delicate composition of lights and darks, warms and cools, smoothly becoming part of the whole idea. Davis Morton grew up around art, his mother was a painter, and he began painting seriously in his mid-teens. He married early and became a cop, working as a detective in Montgomery Co., sometimes undercover, and as a police artist. He continued to paint the entire time and has been a full time artist since the early 90’s. Like a good detective, Davis finds that it is the things that

are too ordinary to be noticed that open the mystery of existence. He is now taking this approach to painting portraits. He is looking for the mystery of the individual – that special thing that creates the light in the eyes – the life that invents the likeness. His work can be seen this month in a group show at Zenith Gallery (see At the Galleries) and at

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art While talking to Davis Morton about his art (see Artist Profile), it reminded me that many of the great artists in history captured the mystery of the unimportant, the insignificant, and made it immortal. Open an art history book, (Google just won’t do until you want to dig a little deeper on a particular person) flip through it and look for all the great paintings of nothing, at least nothing of material significance. From Rembrandt’s windmill to Van Gogh’s little room in the institution to Edward Hopper’s diner, they become something out of time, exalted not just in the vision of the painter, but in their incredible impact on those who have a capacity to think. Sometimes, even in the grand church and court compositions with A-List saints and royals, the peripheral objects, animals and nobodies are often the most powerful parts of the painting, captured in the “living moment” that Davis Morton looks for. Why are these particular paintings masterpieces when so many other artists, trying to do the same thing, don’t get off the ground? It’s in the paint. Ultimately every painting, oil or watercolor, is about paint. That is why an abstract composition can be great. But there is something else. Something indefinable. Something that is curiously essential about our lives. Something in the shadows hitching a ride on the canvas, then jumping into our flickering and hurried thoughts, stirring up our imagination. It’s the artist’s sense of wonder that grabs us – lifts us beyond the temporal and lets us fly.

At the Museums Paul Gauguin, Maker of Myths National Gallery of Art Constitution Ave. between 3rd and 7th Sts. NW -- June 5 “The Watch Pocket” 24”x28” 1999 ($6000) 92 ★ HillRag | June 2011

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(1848 – 1903) as the epitome of the artist as free spirit, sailing gloriously into exotic Tahiti, leaving dark, damp Europe in his playful wake. There he was, romping among bare breasted vahines, recording it all with the purest reds, saturated greens and soaring violets. In later years, I learned that Gauguin was as tortured, isolated and unhappy as his friend Vincent Van Gogh. Nor was the Tahiti he visited the same paradise known by Fletcher Christian and the crew of the Bounty 100 years earlier. But myth is just imagination put to words, as art is imagination put to form. Gauguin was very good at both. He, more than anyone else, set color loose…free to erupt in emotional fury or lie quiet in the intellectual contemplation of the mystical. And it was how he used it. His “unnatural” coloring did much more than open the

door to 20th Century painting. It allowed philosophers and scientists alike to contemplate the natural order of things and ask questions never before considered. You have one last chance to see the current exhibit at the National Gallery – or see it again.

At the Galleries “ZARTiculation” Zenith Gallery 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW – July 3 Zenith Gallery is commemorating its 33rd year as a leader in the DC arts community with a comprehensive show by more than 40 artists displaying the best of their sculpture, painting, three-dimensional mixed media, neon, ceramic, tapestry and photography. Included in the show is the work of Davis Morton (see, Artist Profile). For a com-

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Pablo Caviedes “Mannequin” Studio H 408 H St. NE (2nd Fl.) - June 10 The fun and expressive work of acclaimed Ecuadorian artist Pablo Caviedes, has been has been held over to June 10. He delights in the “magical realism and the visual metaphor” that is so much a part of the language of that culture. With “Mannequin,” he confronts the dilemmas of his society within the modern world and “the loss of the essence of what is natural and human in our daily coexistence.” Opening, Sat., June 25, is “Paintings from the Silk Road,” the work of Ronald Kliejer, with a reception from 6-9. www.studiohdc. com. ★

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Woody Allen Delivers a Sweet Bon-bon from Paree by Mike Canning

Midnight in Paris Woody Allen has directed more than 40 movies in the last 45 years and has shifted gears from examining every tic of the neurotic New Yorker (himself ) to taking on projects in Europe and gradually excising himself from the screen. He started his steady work across the pond with “Match Point”(2005). Since then he has made three other films in London and one in Spain— and now he adds Paris to his list. “Midnight in Paris,” a sweet comedy double wrapped in nostalgia, shows Allen besotted with the City of Light (released May 27, it is now showing in selected theaters). There is another recent Allen trend: namely, that when he’s not in the cast, he offers one character as a substitute “Woody” with his own familiar persona. Examples of this include the unlikely Kenneth Branagh in “Celebrity”(1998), the anxious Will Ferrell in “Melinda and Melinda” (2004), and, most recently, the almost spastic Larry David in “Whatever Works” (2009). With “Midnight in Paris,” he has a new stand-in, but with a twist. His protagonist is slurry-voice, surf-blond Owen Wilson and, while Wilson represents the Allen point-of-view, onscreen he is the laid-back Owen we have come to know, not some New York schlemiel. Proof is that Allen makes Wilson, who plays one Gil Pender, a Hollywood writer and script doctor, a laid-back Angeleno thinking about a house in Malibu. The story has Gil in Paris with his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams) both sponging off her well-off parents while her dad is on business. Gil is smitten with the city, and, given his literary bent (he is working on a novel), he is besotted with its history as an artistic cynosure of the 1920’s. Practical Inez dismisses him as a dreamer and seems much more eager to experience Paris 94 ★ HillRag | June 2011

OwenWilson is Gil in “Midnight in Paris.” Photo by Roger Arpajou © 2011; Courtesyof Sony Pictures Classics

through the pedantic eyes of her exprofessor, Paul (Michael Sheen), who proves an ostentatious guide to the city’s sights. One night late, after Inez retreats to their hotel, Gil rests on city steps while a clock intones midnight. A vintage cab pulls up and two eager voices plead for him to join them. Intrigued, he rides with them to a club where he learns they are Scott (Tim Hiddleston) and Zelda (Alison Pill), and that guy over there playing “Let’s Do It” is named Cole! Fascinated, he accepts another ride to visit the Fitzgerald’s American pal, Ernest (Corey Stoll), at another café, then later he’s taken to meet a testy Gertrude (Kathy Bates), who is criticizing a painting by an annoyed Pablo...and so it goes. He is engulfed in his own desired dream world. Better yet, these cultural paragons are nice to him, ask about his work, treat him like a decent guy. The next day Gil looks to re-live his escapade again and begs off being with his girl to wait for another midnight adventure. Over time, he is particularly attracted to one of Picasso’s mistresses,

the beautiful Adriana (Marion Cotillard), who herself harbors another Parisian dream: that of the Belle Époque of the 1890’s. The picture proceeds to tell how Gil sorts out his throwback life with his actual one. The working out of Gil’s nostalgia trips is the principal pleasure of this film. Wilson, who often portrays the flake, projects those aspects, but he comes off, too, with a spunky spirit, wide-eyed in meeting his cultural idols yet not overwhelmed by them. He’s assured enough to give the young Luis Buñuel tips on a theme for an upcoming film (cinephiles will recognize it as “The Exterminating Angel”) and to charm Salvador Dali (Adrien Brody) at a sidewalk café. These timeshift sequences—they are not dream sequences—are the strength and fun of the picture with the charming Gil representing a good-hearted and culturally alert American. The period soundtrack helps, too, with Cole Porter’s songs coursing through some scenes. There are some well-laid jokes, too. One of the best has the obnox-

ious Paul get his comeuppance when Gil, standing before an actual Picasso he saw at Gertrude Stein’s apartment, corrects Paul fully about its subject and provenance. There is also a great kicker to the picture. Adriana’s dream of a glorious past is likewise fulfilled, as a final midnight jaunt leads her and Gil to a night at Maxim’s at the height of the Belle Époque where they can pull up to Toulouse-Latrec’s table and hear Gauguin himself lament his own crude, industrialized times, dreaming of the Renaissance... That latter remark highlights a larger point Allen is making: though dreaming of another earlier, “better,” time is always subject to failure and disappointment, such nostalgia can still be a salve to the soul. “Midnight in Paris” is not flawless. Inez’s parents (Kurt Fuller and Mimi Kennedy), are too crass stereotypes of the grasping, uncurious American business class (much as the French might characterize them), while Inez herself appears as a jumpy harridan, a poor use of the usually expert and charming McAdams. In fact, one has to wonder how these two intendeds, so plainly on a crash course, ever got together in the first place. Still, allow Allen to indulge his own affection for Paris. The film, shot on location by Darius Khondji, makes the city glow. In fact, the film begins, over Sidney Bechet’s lovely soprano saxophone lines, with a long parade of living postcards of the city in all moods, a stunning visual catalogue that would make anyone rush on-line to book a flight (the film is rated “PG13” and runs 100 min).

Meek’sCutoff There could hardly be an American film in stronger contrast to “Midnight in Paris” than “Meek’s Cutoff,” a spare and unsentimental depiction of a small wagon train lost in the wilds

of the Oregon Territory in 1845 (the film is rated PG and runs 104 min). Desperate for water and food, the five families began to suspect that their bumptious guide, Meek (Bruce Greenwood), hasn’t a clue about their location. Quietly, one husband and wife, the Tetheros (played by Will Patton and Michelle Williams) press Meek for information. The train’s members are then thrown for a loop when they encounter—then capture—a roaming Indian, whom, as a native to the place, might lead them to water and survival. As their agony continues, sensible Emily (Williams) comes to trust the brave and stands up for him when the mercurial Meek wants him dead. He is, she feels, their only hope. This is definitely not the “Wagon Train” you might remember from 1950’s TV or from John Ford Westerns. Director Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy and Lucy”) aims to recreate a less romantic, and more authentic, westward experience, one that certainly many pioneers went through. She does it through an arresting, if harsh, landscape (who knew there was an Oregon desert!) and by eliciting unflashy, but excellent performances from her tight-knit cast. To be singled out are Williams, on a roll as a versatile and subtle actress, and Greenwood, an actor so often the smoothie who is here as crusty as three-day old bread left in the sun. You’ll want to buy some soda after you see “Meek’s Cutoff.”

Correction In last month’s HILL RAG, I reviewed a stirring new Canadian film, “Incendies,” and indicated that it was opening May 6th. In the meantime, the distributor changed the release date to May 20. In any case, it is now in theaters and worth seeing. Long-time Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film C riticsAssociation. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at ★


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y all accounts the first-ever Literary Hill BookFest was a smashing success. Eager readers thronged the North Hall on a sunny Sunday afternoon, at times two or three deep waiting to chat with the more than 30 assembled writers. Sales were brisk at Riverby Books and Fairy Godmother, with Capitol Hill Books, Dan Farnbach, and publishers Platypus Media and Eastern Branch Press claiming their share of attention. People were invited to “Ask a Librarian” at the Library of Congress table and pick up bags of information about Folger Shakespeare Library. The Northeast and Southeast Branch Libraries kept scores of youngsters happy with readings, activities, and give-aways. According to Donna Sokol, “tons of people” stopped by her Capitol Hill Writers Group table and the Washington Conservation Guild entertained many questions from preservation-minded booklovers. In the author’s corner, people enjoyed talks by Louis Bayard, who wittily described 15 ways you know your publisher has lost interest in you; Diana McLellan, who shared some slightly salacious stories of lesbian Hollywood from “The Girls”; Spike Mendelsohn, who spoke passionately about joining Michelle Obama’s initiative to improve nutrition in the schools; Ariel Sabar, who spoke about his parents’ meeting in Washington Square Park and how it inspired him to seek out other couples who met in public places; Marguerite Kelly, whose child-rearing wisdom captivated every parent in the audience; Bonny Wolfe, who spoke of her love for Eastern Market, comfort foods, and the stickbased foodstuffs offered at the Minnesota State Fair; and Simon Conway, who read from “A Loyal Spy,” his timely thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. None of this would have possible

without the support of the Capitol Hill community. Thanks go to our sponsor Capital Community News; the Capitol Hill Community Foundation; Phyllis Jane Young and all the other generous donors who came to the fore when we needed them; Maggie Hall, who did an extraordinary job of getting the word out; and Ed McManus, who handled the daunting logistics. A special thanks to the many volunteers who gave up their Sunday to come blow up balloons, set up and tear down tables, greet visitors, and perform a myriad of other necessary tasks. But in the end, it was all about the writers. As the novelist Richard Russo wrote recently, “[The writer] comes to us bearing a gift he hopes will please us. He starts out making the thing for himself, perhaps, but at some point he realizes he wants to share it, which is why he spends long hours reshaping the thing, lovingly honing its details in the hopes it will please us, that it will be a gift worth the giving and receiving.” The gifts that the Capitol Hill writers have given us have pleased us very much indeed -- and the BookFest was our gift back to them. Thank you, writers, for doing what you do.

An Inconvenient Book Chuck McCutcheon has provided a vital service not only to young readers, but to the planet. His new book, “What Are Global Warming and Climate Change?,” makes a clear, convincing, and reasoned case for why our environment is in big trouble, what’s being done about it, and what still needs to be done. If young people are our best chance for saving the earth, McCutcheon has given them a forceful nudge in the right direction. He begins by defining global warming and climate change – something many adults could also benefit from – and presents scientific evi-

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Celeste McCall’s new culinary memoir, “Peter, There’s a Bug on My Plate,” will resonate with anyone who grew up thinking “brockley” was an exotic vegetable and went on to discover a world of gastronomic delights. With her husband Peter McCall, who refers to himself as “Celeste’s surrogate stomach,” she has sampled some of the world’s finest cuisines, met some of its most creative practitioners – and clearly had one heck of a time doing it. While she offers a veritable travelogue of memorable meals both domestic (Bethany Beach, New York City, Appalachia, Key West) and international (France, Italy, China, Greece, Bolivia, and the Scottish Highlands), McCall also lingers over dinners closer to home. She devotes a chapter to the themed potluck gatherings that are the cornerstone of CHOMPS, a Capitol Hill gourmet club launched by Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier of The Corner Store. And she ends with a moving chapter devoted to the

dence for why people are the primary culprit. Far from an environmentalist screed, McCutcheon’s arguments are balanced and qualified, based on international data from a variety of sources that demonstrate with “very high confidence” that human activity is responsible for global warming. He explains how this is happening and what will happen if it doesn’t stop, and he bravely tackles the politics that sometimes stand in the way of earthfriendly initiatives. While he stresses the importance of action, McCutcheon is no alarmist. “You might think global warming is going to be like some scary movie where everything happens in an instant. It won’t,” he reassures his readers. He nonetheless makes a strong case for individual action, citing examples of kids who have made a difference in their communities and suggesting practical ways in which anyone can help. “What Are Global Warming and CliCeleste McCall (shown with husband Peter) has mate Change?” also includes acpenned a culinary memoir that details 35 years of great dining. tivities, a list of resources and a

2007 fire and the rebuilding of Eastern Market. “Peter, There’s a Bug on My Plate” is generously larded with more than four dozen recipes and scores of color photos, lending it an intimate scrapbook feel that reinforces the book’s subtitle: “A Love Story – 35 Years of Dining.” But this is by no means the final installment. As McCall writes in the concluding “Last Bite,” “we’re looking forward to many more wonder-filled adventures together: culinary, travel-wise and otherwise.” Keep up with them – if you can! – at mccall.

Capitol Hill Writers Group As noted above, the Capitol Hill Writers Group generated a lot of interest at the BookFest among would-be scribes. Donna Sokol describes the group’s members as “writers with a passion for the craft, all juggling full-time jobs and families, with an eye toward publication.” They offer support by encouraging members to make writing a habit, critiquing each other’s work, and sharing resources. The group meets every other Sunday in the upper level of the Starbucks at 3rd St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The next meeting is June 12 and there is no cost to join. If you’re interesting in applying, send an introduction with your name, preferred writing genre(s), and what you hope to get out of the group to ★


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Thoughts of a Jazz Lover! Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. The music can be complex, but good jazz feels as simple as first love—it goes straight to the heart and rests there, beating gently. At times, the music can be so life-like that it speaks to you with honesty and love. One still gets a keen sense of understanding of the complexity of the music. There is such a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy from a kind of inbred austerity about jazz that puts it in a class by itself, elevating one to a higher ground of one’s consciousness. It almost borders on elitism, and yet jazz strikes one as a beautiful music for everyone. And it is, especially for those of us who not only enjoy but truly love the music. True, most good jazz musicians more than likely think of jazz as the arbiter of modern music. And on a good day, I think they are correct. You can walk in your door after a hard day’s work and a harrowing Metro ride, put on Sarah Vaughn and your world is transformed. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life is pretty good. There’s no drug in the world that can do that. Jazz is beautiful music.

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her music is all about her life’s experiences. True, but experiences do not create such a beautiful, pristine voice. Ms. McCormick’s voice is truly a gift and it will be her choices and the smart people that support her that will determine her future success and her eventful place in the musical world. This is a rising star that will only shine brighter as the world watches and listens.

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Honest Words ••• Megan McCormick, Ryko Records Megan McCormick maybe a newcomer to many of us with her debut album, Honest Words, but her voice is so rich and prosperous in depth and beauty that one is bound to say “I know this voice, but whose is it?” Please be my guest, and try listening to “Driveway” or the title track, “Honest Words.” Is it Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Rickie Lee Jones, or could be this the sweet sounding music of Cowboy Junkies? There is even a whiff of Nora Jones when you hear Ms. McCormick on “Lonely Tonight” and “Wasted.” Yes, at 23, this Nashville-based singer, songwriter and guitarist with her style of the blues and soft rock is that good. At this young age, Ms. McCormick will be the first one to explain that 98 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Telarc Gordon Goodwin’s latest album is a reminder of why jazz lovers (right alongside classical music aficionados) belong to one of music most demanding groups. The rise and fall of any jazz musician’s fortune lies in appealing to the ears of their audience which in the end could mean success or failure, at which point those musicians less fortunate will feel their Schadenfreude richly indulged. “How We Roll” is one of those throw-of-the-dice albums, win or lose, and the audience is left with only one choice which in this case is a few pleasurable performances on pieces like “Howdiz Songo,” “Race To The Bridge,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Rippin’ n Running,” and the title track, “That’s How We Roll.”

peal. Try reading your favorite poem with your favorite jazz performer in the background and you’re in for a special treat. Pianist Collin Vallon’s debut album, Rruga, with its richly endowment of poetic largesse, is just another example of the similar objectives of both jazz and poetry. According to Mr. Vallon, his music is influenced more by singers than pianists, with an emphasis on melody, texture, shading, and dynamics. “This is group music that builds tension by holding back, until eruptive energies can no longer be resisted. One of the inspirational sources here is music of the Caucasus.” In their most memorable pieces Mr. Vallon and his group sometimes draw directly on music of the region. The collective composition “Iskar,” for instance, named for the river that runs through Sofia, references “Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares”. “Rruga” itself (the title means “path” or “journey”), derives its momentum from a Turkish rhythm by Erkan Oğur. “Meral,” too, is influenced by Turkish folk music. Other highlights include “Polygonia” and “Fjord.” Along with Mr. Vallon the other musicians include Patrice Moret (double-bass) and Samuel Rohrer (drums).

The Way It Used To Be ••• Rruga ••• Collin Vallon Trio, ECM One of the more intriguing questions pertaining to the appreciating of jazz is its apparent synergistic poetry, or is jazz simply another form of expressive poetry. At its best, jazz is about the story of its musicians and their real life experiences. Nonetheless, it’s how jazz is expressed that creates its beauty and its sophisticated ap-

Patrick Cooper, Depth in Sound From the opening infectious and danceable notes rhythmically tapped out by keyboardist Patrick Cooper on “Struttn’,” the CD is a throwback collection of R&B instrumentals that puts a contemporary spin on vintage jazz funk. The album includes eight original songs penned and produced by Mr Cooper, whose music draws inspiration from the seminal experi-

mental days when soulful R&B balladry and grooves, free-spirited improvisational jazz and feel-good funk first intersected adopts the best traits from that bygone era. Mr. Cooper’s piano and keyboards produced tracks outfitted with live drums, bass, guitar and sax along with soothing vocal and horn section swatches that add warmth, lilt and animation. Supporting musicians include bassists David Dyson, Tommy Tordsson and Corey Baker, drummers Dwayne Thomas, Jay Williams and Mark Stewart, guitarists Stanley Cooper, Alvin White and Robert “WaWa” LeGrand, saxophonists Phillip “Doc” Martin and Bryan Mills, and vocalist Nehemiah Booker. Tony Hemming contributed additional keyboards and co-produced the single and title track with Mr. Cooper. “I titled the album “The Way It Used To Be” with the goal of capturing the sound and spirit from music produced decades ago,” according to Mr. Cooper. “I believe that the best music from our past forms the foundation from which the best music of today and tomorrow emerges,” Mr. Cooper added. After a move to Washington, DC a decade ago, Mr. Cooper’s music career began to flourish, recording with Mr. Dyson, Mr. Martin, Jackiem Joyner, Marcus Johnson, and Jaared. In 2007, he released his debut album, “That Day,” which was reissued the following year as Vibin. All CDs and DVDS reviewed in this article are heard through Bowers & Wilkens 802D Speakers and ASW 4000 subwoofer, and Rotel Preamp 1070, amplifier 1092 and CD player 1072. CDs are available for purchase through For more information about this column, please email your questions to fagon@ ★

Health & Fitness Fascia Training Fitness and Pain Relief in the 21st Century by Pattie Cinelli


ast month I dusted my bike off after several years, got it tuned up and renewed my love of riding. But after just one hour-long ride on the Anacostia Bike Trail, I developed an annoying dull ache in my lower back. I reluctantly canceled my kettle bell training session, knowing it would not be wise to do core exercises if I did not feel 100 percent. Instead I focused on getting rid of the pain. I rolled on a foam roller and a ball several times a day, practiced yoga poses designed to open up the back, and scheduled massage. After just one 15-minute session on the foam roller, the pain lessened. In just two days, the pain was gone. What I did was eliminate the pressure my misalignment on the bike

caused by working with the fascia, the systemic net of connective tissue that makes up my body. New research is showing the importance of fascia and other connective tissue in functional training and overall ease of movement. In fact, the April issue of IDEA Fitness Journal devoted a cover story to “Fascia Fitness.” Author Thomas Myers said, “Fascia is much more than plastic wrap around the muscles. It is the organ system of stability and mechanoregulation (Varela& Frank 1987). Understanding this may revolutionize our ideas of fitness.” Fascia supports and covers everything in your body. It is interwoven like threads in fabric, connecting every part of the body to every other part. It con-

nects our bodies into an integral whole, allowing it to move correctly and with ease. Fascia can become restricted and inelastic from trauma such as accidents and surgery, as well as from poor posture, overuse and everyday movement imbalances. Tensions from stress or emotional upset can also cause restrictions that pull on muscles and other structures, causing tightness, pain and limited movement. It is in our best interest to keep fascia working properly. According to Myers most injuries are connective tissue (fascial) injuries, not muscular injuries. “How do we best train to prevent and repair damage and build elasticity and resilience?” he asks. The answer, he says, is still developing

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How to Keep Fascia Working Myers gives tips on what we can do and what we are already doing that’s helping keep fascia functioning. First, prepare for a movement by making a countermovement – for example flexing down before extending up to standing. Employ whole body movements. Avoid machines that move you in the same line again and again, and vary weights and tempos when working out instead of always lifting with near limit loads at the same pace. All movement involves using fascia, not just core, functional movements. Even when doing seated bicep curls on a machine the biceps are not performing in isolation. Your muscles may determine your shape in the training sense, but your connective tissue determines your shape in the overall sense. Whether you are an athlete who has over-trained, an office worker who hunches over a computer all day, a lawyer with carpel tunnel, a vacationer whose back is aching from a long drive or a runner with knee or Achilles tendon injury you can lessen or eliminate pain by relieving tension and restoring integrity to your fascia. Myers calls it “tensegrity” (tension and integrity). He says that manual therapy and movement training can “restore natural settings for posture and function; steer small problems away from developing into big ones; ease the long-term consequences from injury; and” what I think may be most ground breaking, “extend functional movement farther up the age scale.” Instead of assuming that as one ages, one gets feebler, think again. The decreased range of motion, decreased balance and problems with daily activity are not necessarily a cause of age, but rather the result of a lack of flexibility and restrictions from injuries and imbalances that occurred over the years.

Look Fabulous Feel Fantastic Get Fit the Fun Way Ways to Release Fascia Rolling on a ball or foam roller combined with stretching and/or yoga can be effective on the superficial layers of fascia. The effects are cumulative, and consistency is important. It’s easier to prevent pain than to eliminate it. (Contraindications for foam rolling are an open wound, brittle bones, a deep bruise or swelling. Check with your doctor if any of these symptoms is present.) Mindful movement when releasing fascia is key -- slow movement with breath. I’ve taken several workshops where we spent more than an hour learning the best techniques for rolling and using different size balls for different areas of the body (two tennis balls in a gym sock can be very effective for hard-toisolate areas). For deeper knots or connective adhesions in the second or third layers of fascia several techniques have found to be successful. Deep Tissue Massage, Rolfing, Active Release Technique, Myofascial Release, even Reflexology, are all forms of manual therapy that can help. Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is one of the new, innovative training and therapeutic methods used on elite and professional athletes. There was an article about it in the May 2011 issue of Runners World magazine. FST goes beyond stretching – it is manual and movement therapy of neuromyofascia in the connective tissue system. Instead of saying, “I have a bad back, bad knee or shoulder,” thinking more holistically about your body can help you restore ease of movement and maintain health and wellness as you age. Knowing more about your body can help you take better care of yourself. Pattie Cinelli is a personal trainer and yoga and Pilates instructor who brings fitness to your home or office. Email her with fitness questions or story ideas at: ★

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The Placebo Effect The Amazing Power of the Mind to Heal the Body by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW “The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system”. – Robert Peale

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The idea that the mind can heal the body has not been particularly popular with most researchers and scientists. Now, however, with the use of advanced technology - PET scans and MRIs - that can examine the brain, researchers are discovering that the so called “placebo effect” can actually cause changes in brain chemistry which in turn can produce physical changes in the body. The placebo effect is the healing produced by a treatment that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief or faith in that treatment. In other words, a doctor may prescribe medicine or a procedure that contains no active ingredients, but does promote healing. To see the power of the brain to induce physical changes in the body, imagine this scenario: It is late and night and you are alone in the house - you hear a noise and believe that someone has entered the house. Your body starts to respond - adrenaline pumps though the body as you prepare for a potential threat - your eyes dilate, your heart rate goes up, you break out into a sweat. The belief of a threat induces these physical responses. And yet, if your belief changes - you discover that it was your husband coming home and not an intruder - your physical response also changes. Researchers are just starting to appreciate the power that the mind can have over the body. One emerging idea is that the belief in a placebo taps into the processes in your brain that can then produce physical results.

Interesting Research A recent study by Benson Friedman at the Mind/Body Medical Institute of the Harvard Medical School showed that the placebo effect yields beneficial clinical results in 60 -90 percent of diseases that include angina pectoris, bronchial asthma, herpes simplex and duodenal ulcer. Three components bring forth the placebo effect, according to the study: 1. positive beliefs

and expectations on the part of the patient; 2. positive beliefs and expectations on the part of the physician or health care professional; and 3. a good relationship between the two parties. Friedman also proposes that the words placebo effect should be replaced by the words “remembered wellness” - because of the negative connotations of the phrase. Timothy Walsh, a psychiatrist at Columbia University, reviewed 75 trials of antidepressants conducted between 1981 and 2000 and he found that on average, 30 percent of people given placebos improved. The placebo response to antidepressants is particularly high in young people. A clinical trial for Zoloft found that 59 percent of the children given the placebo improved compared with 69 percent of the kids taking the drug. According to Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, the placebo effect taps into parts of us deeper than our common sense. A placebo can actually behave like active medications do. For example, when a placebo works in a depressed patient it causes many of the same brain changes that are seen with antidepressants. For someone with chronic back pain, a placebo can mimic the effects of opioid analgesics to help reduce pain. Currently, according to Raison, 50% of German doctors are prescribing placebos already. In Canada, according to a study by a McGill University psychiatrist, one in five physicians and psychiatrist in Canadian medical schools have administered or prescribed a placebo. In addition, more than 35 percent report prescribing sub-therapeutic doses of medication to treat their patients. More than 60 percent of psychiatrists surveyed in the study believe that placebos can have therapeutic effects. Placebos have proven successful in treating depression, anxiety, stress, warts and ulcers - sometimes in as many as 60 or 70 percent of the cases. Placebo treatments have been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as improve reaction speeds, pulse rates and immunesystem activity. Placebos are not a solution for everything but they do offer new opportunities

for alternative healing treatments. One theory about why placebos are particularly effective for depression, anxiety and stress is that these problems are the most receptive to personal attention. Attention is something that people are often missing from their doctors these days. Patients tend to get more attention with alternative practitioners - and they often get someone who exudes enthusiasm for the treatment and believes in what he or she is doing. Perhaps attention is an vital contribution to feeling better and perhaps health care professionals can become walking placebos for their patients. Trust heals. When you have a health care provider that listens and cares and when you trust them, there is a greater chance for healing to occur. As one doctor said, “Connecting with the patient, rapport, empathy . . . that few extra minutes is not just icing on the cake. It has biology.” Why not use every way to enlist the body’s own ability to heal itself - which is the bottom line on what placebos seem to do? In certain ways, placebos are ideal drugs: they typically have no side effects and are essentially free. And in recent years, research has confirmed that they can bring about genuine improvements in a number of conditions. The good news is that an active conversation is now underway in the medical community about how people can benefit from “remembered wellness”. Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit through the use of traditional talk therapy, meditation, visualization, and creative, non-verbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202-544-5050 and is on the web at: HYPERLINK “” ★

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beautyhealthfitness Fracture is the medical term for a broken bone, and they are more common than you think. In fact, the average person has two during a lifetime.

What You Need to Know About Fractures by Dr. John Maguire The CDC categorizes falls into two basic types: Same-level falls: These are more common and therefore cause more injuries to more people. They are usually the result of accidental slips and trips, and injury generally takes place when the individual hits a walking or working surface or hits another object while falling. Elevated falls: This sort of fall is the most serious and causes more severe injuries, but affects a fewer number of people because it’s less common than same-level falls. About 60 percent of all elevated falls are from a height of less than 10 feet.


ou have likely seen it before. It’s a rainy day in DC, and as you make your way out of the Union Station, you watch as that slick tile takes down another passenger. You think to yourself, “That could have been me.” In fact, statisticians at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury each year — and more than 17,000 people die in the United States annually because of these injuries. Not only that, but trip-and-fall injuries make up 15 percent of all job-related injuries, which account for between 12 percent and 15 percent of all Workers’ Compensation expenses. 104 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Falls range from annoying to devastating, and the best way to steer clear is to: • • • • •

Slow down, especially on slippery surfaces. Clean up spills from floors. Hold the handrail when climbing steps. Repair cracks in tile floors and driveways. Bring a flashlight with you. You never know when you might be walking in a new area at night. Hold hands with a companion, especially if you feel shaky or disoriented.

What you need to know about fractures:

In case you do take a spill and break a bone, it may help if you arm yourself with a little knowledge. The basics: A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. Fractures are common; the average person has two during a lifetime. They occur when the physical force exerted on the bone is stronger than the bone itself. Your risk of fracture depends, in part, on your age. Broken bones are very common in childhood, though children’s fractures are generally less complicated than fractures in adults. As you age, your bones become more brittle, and when you fall, you are more likely than when you were young to suffer fractures. There are many types of fractures, but these are considered the main categories: Closed fracture: When the bone breaks, but there is no puncture or open wound in the skin. An open fracture is one in which the bone breaks through the skin; it may then recede back into the wound and not be visible through the skin. This is an important difference from a closed fracture because with an open fracture there is a risk of a deep bone infection. Greenstick fracture: An incomplete fracture in which the bone is bent. This type occurs most often in children. Transverse fracture: A fracture at a right angle to the bone’s axis. Oblique fracture: A fracture in which the break has a curved or sloped pattern. Comminuted fracture: A fracture in which the bone fragments into several pieces. Impacted fracture: This is one where the bones are driven into each other. This is commonly seen in arm fractures in children and is sometimes known as a buckle fracture. Other

types of fracture are pathologic fracture, caused by a disease that weakens the bones, and stress fracture, a hairline crack. Pathologic fracture: A fracture caused by a disease that weakens the bones, and often results in a stress fracture.

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The severity of a fracture depends on its location and the damage done to the bone and tissue near it. Serious fractures can have dangerous complications if not treated promptly. Possible complications include damage to blood vessels or nerves, and infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or surrounding tissue. If you think you have broken a bone, head straight to the emergency room or an urgent care center. Remember, too, that recuperation time varies depending on the age and health of the patient and the type of fracture. A minor fracture in a child may heal within a few weeks; a serious fracture in an older person may take months to heal.

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Kids & Family notebook Campers can enjoy a range of activities including fishing, arts & crafts, hiking, karaoke, softball and theatrical acting/ performance. $150 for DC residents. Payment plans available. For more information, call Jasmine Taylor, Camp Brown Registrar at 202-540-2307.

Free Kids’ Jerseys at Nat’s Park Saturday, June 18, 1:05 PM. Free kids’ jerseys to first 10,000 fans in attendance, 12 and under. Nationals vs. Orioles.

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Summer LaCrosse Camp on the Hill Sticks Lacrosse, directed by St. Albans coach and Sports on the Hill lacrosse commissioner Malcolm Lester, will again conduct a coed youth lacrosse camp this summer on the Hill for boys and girls, ages 5-12. The camp will feature both experienced players and newcomers, so no previous lacrosse experience is necessary. Equipment, including sticks, will be provided for those who need it. The 2011 Sticks camp will run from June 20-24, 9:00 AM-noon at Kingsman Field,13th and D sts. NE. The camps usually fill up, so interested campers are encouraged to sign up soon. Contact Malcolm Lester at mlester@ or 202-537-5703 for more information.

Family Fun Pack for Oklahoma! at Arena Stage Special for the production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! ( July 8-Oct. 2), Arena Stage is offering families the opportunity to purchase tickets

in a Family Fun Pack for $153, all fees included. Four tickets are included per Family Fun Pack, with a limit of two packs per household. For each Family Fun Pack there must be at least two children ages 5-17, and proof of age is required at the time of purchase or pick up from the box office. A limited number of fun packs are available per performance. 202-488-3300.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Camp Brown Camp Brown has been operated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington for 74 years. They provide seven openenrollment sessions to urban youth ages 7-13 wishing to escape the city during the summer. The campground is located adjacent to the Potomac River in Scotland, Maryland.

Voices of Now Student Ensembles to Perform at Art and Spirit Coffeehouse Two original plays, “Grounded” and “Out of Bounds,” written and acted by the Jefferson Middle School Voices of Now Ensemble and the Voices of Now Mentors Ensemble will be performed Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 PM, at St. Augustine’s Art & Spirit Coffeehouse. The free event is sponsored by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW and includes desserts and coffee. The Voices of Now Ensembles are groups of student actors selected to

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kidsfamily notebook work with professional theater artists from Arena Stage to create and perform original one-act plays. Through creative writing, improvisation, acting and movement, Voices of Now gives students a holistic artistic experience and challenges them to recount the stories that shape their lives. In the fall, students sign up to participate in four workshops, each workshop introducing an actor’s tool based on movement, vocal expression, creativity and teamwork. Contact, 202-554-3222 or visit staugustinesdc. org for more information.

Girls Make History Day at Navy Museum Come to the Navy Museum on Saturday, June 25, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, for a fun filled day of activities as they explore the history of the time periods your child’s favorite American Girl characters lived in. Please check the Museum’s website at mil/NMUSN for additional information as the event gets closer. RSVPs are not required this year. Free. Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE ( 6th and M St. SE gate).

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Trains Their restored early 20th century rolling stock steams through the mountains of Western Maryland on a stunning 32 mile round trip between Cumberland and Frostburg from May-Dec. More than three hundred years of American history are tied together by a ribbon of steel that thrills riders of all ages. $16-$55.

Twitter @ Youth202 DC Public Library announces Youth202--DC’s first and only comprehensive source for jobs, internships, scholarships, events, programs, and other positivity for teens in the city--on Twitter @Youth202. Teens have been saying they don’t know where to look to find important information for them, so librarians and teen staff have been busy scouring the web and the Twittersphere to solve that. @Youth202 is a 106 ★ HillRag | June 2011

great resource, and you can help make it better. If you have any programs, events, jobs, internships, or other important information for teens (14-19 primarily), e-mail Be sure to include a link to more info online, a short description, dates/times, etc. Or, if you’re already on Twitter, just tag your post with #dcteens or mention them @ youth202.

Kids for the Cure 5K Saturday, June 4, 8:00 AM on the National Mall. Kids ages 5-12 years may register for Kids for the Cure race. $25. Kids must be accompanied on the race by a parent or guardian. 703-4167223.

Ronald Reagan Centennial Youth Conference On Monday, June 20, 2:00 PM, at the National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, students will examine the role of civil discourse and its significance from the founding of the United States to our present democracy. Presented in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and the Close-Up Foundation. Seating will be limited and on a firstcome, first-serve basis. Free. 202-3575000.

World Children’s Festival on the National Mall June 17-19, the International Child Art Foundation will host the World Children’s Festival on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol building. The Festival attracts thousands of people from around the world, boasting winning child artwork, hundreds of workshops and activities as well as continual performances from cultures spanning the globe. Since 1997 ICAF has organized the World Children’s Festival in Washington, DC. The 3-day event – the world’s largest international celebration of children’s creativity and imagination – takes place every four years on The National Mall opposite the U.S. Capitol and is free and open to the public. Hosted to honor the Arts Olympiad winners from each US state and territory and from nearly 100 par-

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Washington Yu Ying’s Dragon Festival and Auction

Mr. Lincoln’s Air Force Family Day at Air and Space

On Saturday, June 11, 6:00 PM, the festival is on the grounds of their beautiful new building at 220 Taylor St. NE. This event features music, entertainment and both silent and live auctions. It is an important fundraiser for their school and this year the proceeds will go towards our new playground and gardens. For more information, contact

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 AM3:00 PM. (Museum open daily until 7:30 PM through Sept. 4.) Did you know that hot air balloons were used for espionage during the Civil War? Learn about the balloon ascension that took place on the Mall 150 years ago this month and more. There will be a variety of activities for the whole family. Free. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. at Sixth St. SW. 202-633-2214.

Hershey’s Track & Field Games Featuring Moderation Nation Hershey’s Track & Field Games provides children 9-14 with an entry point to sport and recreation through running, jumping and throwing. Jonathan Ross, a local certified American Council on Exercise (ACE) trainer from Aion Fitness, will lead all attendees in a family-friendly dance activity called the Moderation Nation Batuka Dance. Participants can also take part in nutrition education with a registered dietitian. Free. On Saturday, June 4, 11:15 a.m. Spingarn Senior High School, 2500 Benning Rd. NE. 202316-4249.

DC United Tryouts for Youth Academy Teams DC United has announced that the club will hold tryouts for the 20112012 Academy Under-14, 15, 16, and 18 teams between May 16-July 20. DC United Youth Academy teams play against Mid-Atlantic Academy sides in the US Soccer Development Academy and the Northeast Pre-Academy League. Over the course of the yearlong season beginning in September, players will have the opportunity to compete in elite domestic and international tournaments. Players wishing to tryout must submit or fax the appropriate registration forms on dcunited. com/academy. The primary contact for the submission process is DC United

Help Kick Start the Watkins Teaching Kitchen! The FoodPrints Program at Watkins is funded by the non-profit FRESHFARM Markets. FoodPrints integrates a delicious, edible garden into weekly classroom lessons that inspire and educate students and their families about the importance of eating fresh, simple, nutritious food. Each year, this program reaches more than 200 first and third grade students with plans to expand to 5th grade by fall 2011! They have developed a wonderful curriculum that, in addition to giving student repeated hands on experiences gardening, harvesting, cooking and eating nutritious foods, also supports science standards. The first grade curriculum focuses on plant growth and development, and on better understanding the concept that we eat different parts of different edible plants. The third grade curriculum focuses on human nutrition and how the foods we choose to eat affect our bodies. They have a curriculum, students, a teacher, a beautiful vegetable garden and gardener, but are in need of a kitchen! For more info check out their site where you are able to donate right now. They have set a goal of raising $60,000 by June 15th. h9HlP/projects/547484901/buildthe-foodprints-kitchen-at-watkins-elementary-0.

Nation’s River Bass Tournament On Friday, June 3, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is bringing 300 underserved local students by the busloads to fish at National Harbor for the fourth annual Nation’s River Bass Tournament. For the first time, each student attending will receive a rod and reel donated by Walmart so they can continue exploring their local environment even after the conclusion of the event. The donation will inspire youth to fish and recreate on their own after the tournament, supporting the First Lady’s efforts to fight childhood obesity and connect youth to their natural resources. The tournament offers students an opportunity to fish (most of the students for the first time with volunteer bass anglers and employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 202-488-0627 x224.

YES ! Youth Engagement through Science During the six week National Museum of Natural History program, interns will work on meaningful research projects with the Museum’s world class research scientists. YES! interns will work on a host of different projects, ranging from preparing 70 million year old fossils, caring for and handling live insects, to helping scientists document the diversity of rare marine worms, deep sea corals and insects. Interns will be given the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes into the Museum’s vast research collections – seeing rare collections including meteorites, mummies and mammoth skulls! Students will engage in college preparation planning and activities with the Center for Minority Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST). The fall session is Saturdays from Sept. 24-Nov. 11, 9:00 AM-noon. Students will receive a stipend for their participation in the program. For more information, email or call 202633-0815. ★

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New Charter Schools Offer Unique Options by James Jones


our new charter schools offering widely differing educational programs will be added to the District’s public education landscape this fall. And the organizers of these schools are discovering that the public appetite for alternatives to the traditional DCPS offerings remains strong. As with most new charters, each of the schools will start with only a few grades. They are all welcoming applications, but all of these newbies already have waiting lists for most grade levels. Here’s a brief rundown of the four new kids on the education block for the District in 2011.

The Inspired Teaching philosophy is rooted in the idea that all children possess the ability to succeed academically and think critically. “The goals for our students are centered on four principles: intellect, inquiry, imagination, and integrity,” explains School Principal Zoe Duskin. “With these four principles, we teach students how to think, not just what to think.”

own learning experience. The idea is to make sure teachers experience growth each day and remain as interested and exciting about school as the children. “We’re going to show that when learning is at the heart of a school -- both student and adult learning -- great things are possible,” said Duskin. The school will be housed at or by calling 202-462-1956.

Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School

Mundo Verde will be the District’s first “green” public school, and the first to combine a focus on environmental sustainability with bilingual education. The overall school theme of global stewardship, “is more than just about taking care of the earth,” said Kristin Scotchmer, Mundo Verde’s Executive Director. “Language and culture are a critical component of stewardship,” she said, noting that many parents are looking for a school that emphasizes, The Inspired “how important it is to understand perspectives Teaching School other than your own.” The Inspired TeachLike several other ing Demonstration charter schools in the Charter School will put city, Mundo Verde will into practice what trainemploy an educational ers at D.C.’s Center for model known as ExpeInspired Teaching have ditionary Learning. The taught for 15 years: emcurriculum has been debrace the innate intellisigned around interactive, gence of all children and hands-on projects that use their natural desire for spark curiosity, promote inquiry to direct learning active learning, encourage in the classroom. Mundo Verde Board Members (from left) Katherine Roboff, Executive Director Kristin Scotchmer, Bob Wittig and Sara Elliott. teamwork, and capitalThe demonstration ize on children’s spirit of school is an outgrowth of the Center, a DC non-profit that has Classrooms will be student-centered 4401 8th St., NE, near Providence adventure, according to information trained teachers now in classrooms with children working in small col- Hospital. The initial school year class provided by the school. Mundo Verde will initially be around the country. The Inspired laborative groups, individually, and will be comprised of students age comprised of students age three to Teaching School hopes to showcase through child-initiated play. three through third grade, with plans fi ve. Th eir fi rst year “incubator” buildthat the student-centered instrucAnd students won’t be the only to eventually expand to eighth grade. tional approach not only produces ones learning, says Duskin. Another The school is still encouraging appli- ing will be in Dupont Circle at 2001 S academically talented kids, but also key element of the school is that the cations for admission from all parts of Street, NW. The school has a waiting shapes children who are self-direct- adults in the classroom – a master the city and there are a limited num- list for all grades, but welcomes applied and maintain their natural desire teacher and teacher resident – will ber of slots available in grades 1, 2 and cations at for the to learn. also be constantly engaged in their 3. Applications can be completed at 2011-2012 school year. 108 ★ HillRag | June 2011

The Richard Wright Public Charter School for the Media Arts Richard Wright PCS offers students in grades 8-12 a high school experience that provides the opportunity to focus on journalism and media arts. The educational goal of the school is to create writers, journalists and productive citizens, using the instruction of Latin as the foundation for improved language skills. Dr. Marco Clark, founder and Head of School said he was driven to take action after looking at reading and writing scores of students in Ward 7. It was clear to him that a new approach was needed. “Our kids need to learn a different way, and they need to learn to develop skills that allow them to advocate for themselves,” Clark said. He settled on a very old approach – Latin. The school will provide intensive remedial training for eighth graders who are failing to perform at their class level. “I see too many children who are simply not prepared to benefit from high school,” Clark said. “If they come in behind, we will start with intensive study in 8th grade so by the time they become 9th graders they will be ready to go with a real serious high school curriculum,” said Clark. “We are all business.” Each day, students will eat breakfast together and then gather with teachers and staff for “Family Matters,” a 10-minute period about classroom and school goals, and expectations of character and behavior. Uniforms are mandatory and those who are struggling in the classroom will be required to attend a “Saturday Academy.” The school will also equip students to succeed: each Richard Wright student will be issued a laptop to take home and to use in school. The day will not end with classes. Students will be required to participate in an after school Journalism and Media Arts Workshop each day from 4-5 p.m. These workshops will offer opportunities for students to explore interests in areas outside the classroom. “I thought it would be great for kids to use their skills in film development, music, and other communi-

cations media,” said Clark. “I want these kids to be the voice of what is going on in their world.” The school will be located at 100 41st Street, NE and currently has a waiting list for all grades. For more information or to apply for placement on the waiting list call 202-526-7283 or visit

Shining Stars Montessori Pubic Charter School The goal of Shining Stars Principal Rhonda Sabater is to bring the Montessori education concept within reach of every child in the District of Columbia. “It would have been a lot easier to set up our school as a private school,” Sabater said. “But we wanted to create a free and open school that embraced the Montessori idea of educating the whole child.” Sabater says Shining Stars will couple Montessori principles with a “cultural empowerment” curriculum to reach its target population. “Cultural empowerment means we want to focus on having things in the classroom and discussions that reflect the culture of the children in the room,” Sabater said. Montessori emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading, and allows children to learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groups, forming classes in which the older children share their knowledge with the younger ones. “Montessori schools have rarely been on the radar of inner-city families,” Sabater said, primarily because most Montessori schools are private and the concept is not widely known. Shining Stars will begin with students ages 3-6, with plans to expand to older children in the near future. The permanent home for Shining Stars will be 2616 Georgia Avenue, NW. That building is being renovated, and school officials say they will temporarily be housed at a facility in the same area. The school is fully enrolled currently, but is accepting applications for their waiting list at ★ ★ 109

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Compiled by Susan Braun Johnson

ters inquiring about life at the seminary and the adopted seminarians visited the classes during the school year. –Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St., SE. 202-544-1618,

Tyler Elementary News On Your Mark, Get Set, Plant at Tyler Capitol Hill’s gardening season is in full swing-and Tyler’s after-care students are getting in on the action. Under the guidance of Shawn Eubank, co-founder of the sustainable Rocklands Farm in Poolesville, MD, students are planting, maintaining and harvesting their own gardengrown salad. Shawn uses agriculture as an educational tool to help students identify with their food as they care for their own edible garden. The gardens are located in Tyler’s sprawling Outdoor Classroom and are funded by a grant from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. By caring for their plants, students are learning about basic plant biology and where their food comes from -- but they’re also getting quite a workout. All that bending, digging and carrying watering cans equals some great outdoor exercise!

Amidon-Bowen News Amidon-Bowen Friday Night Activities Bring Parents, Students And Staff Together

St. Peter School Shakespeare club following Folger performance. Credit: Dana Eichhorst

During April and early May the students have been busy planting arugula, nasturtiums, and Bibb lettuce. But the payoff comes in June during Salad Day, as all the after-school students get to eat the fruits of their gardening labors. - Ryan Cree and Suzanne Wells, http://tylerelementary. net, 1001 G St, SE, 202-939-4810.

lia Herdic, Aisling McNary Hickey, Quin Howe, Ethan Johnson, Kiowa Knight, David McCallum, Isabel Morris, Madisson Parker, Sally Harris Porter, Katie Quinn, Annie Ryan, Annie Schillo, Yazmin Washington and faculty directors Lea Marmora and Dana Eichhorst.

Spiritual Growth at St. Peter School

News from St. Peter School Much Ado About Nothing

Shawn Eubank working with Tyler students to plant edible salad garden. 110 ★ HillRag | June 2011

St. Peter School Shakespeare Club, founded in 2001, once again hit the Folger Theater stage. After auditioning for roles, the 5th and 6th grade club members met after school for nine weeks to rehearse a Shakespearean scene in preparation for the club’s eighth appearance at the Folger Children’s Shakespeare Festival. The cast performed a scene from Much Ado About Nothing. Hats off to thespians Semhal Abebe, Amelia Ceballos, Keyona Curry, Tierra Curseen, Maggie Drelichman, Ce-

Spring is a busy month for blessed sacraments at St. Peter School. Eighth-graders participated in the Mass of Confirmation and 36 second graders from across Capitol Hill celebrated their First Holy Communion at St. Peter’s Church. Hundreds of friends and family attended the Masses to witness the children receive their sacraments. Meanwhile, the 5th and 6th grade classes have been participating in a new program called “Adopt a Seminarian.” Each grade has been matched up with a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Washington to adopt spiritually through prayer. The classes sent let-

Family Game Night on April 29th began a series of “get-togethers” designed to bring parents, staff and students together to have a great time, as well as raise funds for the school. Tables were filled with all the family favorites from Chutes & Ladders, Scrabble, Twister, Dominos and more and snacks were sold. On May 6th students celebrated Mother’s Day with “Bring Your Mother to School Day”. At an assembly that morning, students honored their Mothers with poems, and expressions of their feelings. They sang a song “We Love You Mother,” words specially written for the occasion by Para Perry, Vocal Music Teacher. Later in May students enjoyed Movie Night at the school. Everyone settled down with popcorn to watch the popular, “Tangled.” This was the last Friday Night fund raising activity for this year. The funds that were raised from the nominal admissions and food costs will be used for the traditional school-wide activity day in June and for student trips. Graduation for 5th graders will be held June 10th. The Pre-K Graduation date has not been confirmed. - Meg Brinckman. Amidon-Bowen ES, 401 Eye St. SW, 202-724-4867.

Tamika Carrington and Jasmyne; Christina Weir with Zara and Lamont at “Bring your Mom to School Day.�

Capitol Hill Cluster School News Peabody’s Kindergarteners Perform On Stage Peabody’s Kindergarteners performed on stage at Stuart-Hobson on May 6th for The Story of Food End of Year Performance and CD Release Party. These amazing young students delighted the audience with songs about healthy food, many of which they wrote themselves. CDs featuring these young artists are available for purchase at Peabody. For the past school year through The Story of Food: Growing Healthy Readers program, Peabody students engaged in a variety of hands-on and literacy-based activities about the sources of our food, the joys of growing our own food, and the beneďŹ ts of fresh produce in our diets.

Stuart-Hobson Students Present at National Building Museum During the spring 2011 semester, 15 students from Stuart-Hobson Middle School learned how to become active participants in shaping their communities through CityVision a National Building Museum education program. In collaboration with volunteers from the D.C. OfďŹ ce of Planning, and with the help of professionals from the D.C. metro area, the students conducted extensive ďŹ eldwork to identify needs and propose creative solutions to address



his is a great time to have a student who wishes to go to a higher level and needs to important in order to qualify for that class or classes. It is also a good time for stu-


dents who had to drop out of class for a while. This will give them the time to refresh their memories and physical skills. The student over 12 years of age; who wishes to start


“pointe� is encouraged to take the summer program. When fall sessions start she is able to hold her own in the scheduled class. Adult Classes are available.


kidsfamily school notes Scouting is to teach girls about discovering their world, connecting with other girls and taking action to complete goals that are important to them. If you would like your daughter to be a part of the SY 2011-12 Maury Troop #6498 or for information about volunteering please email beth_dougherty@ (For Maury’s Cub Scouts,

Hard Hats! Peabody’s kindergarteners delight their audience with songs about healthy food.

those needs for the neighborhoods of Brookland, Fort Totten, and NoMa. They designed plans including architectural drawings and models to create active community gathering spots in those growing neighborhoods. On May 13th they presented their work to the public at the National Building Museum and defended it before a panel of professionals.

Watkins’ Teacher Receives Prestigious Presidential Award Watkins’ 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Lauren Tate received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is the Nation’s highest honor for teachers of mathematics and science. Ms. Tate, along with 84 selected teachers across the country, was honored at the White House during the week of May 16th – 20th. Congratulations Mrs. Tate! - Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt and Julie Somers, Capitol Hill Cluster School; (Campuses: Peabody Early Childhood Center and School Within a School, 425 C St. NE; Watkins Elementary and Montessori, 420 12th St. SE; Stuart-Hobson Middle School, 410 E St. NE)

winner for narrative and illustrations. Older students heard Lupe Vargas and her Super Best Friend by Amy Costales. After being read to, students did a fun activity, then selected a book to keep. Popular choices included Ronald Dahl books, Knufflebunny, National Geographic Mummies, and the ever-popular Captain Underpants! “While they already have access to all of the books in our school library, it’s also so important for every child to have books of their own at home. Our partnership with RIF makes that a reality for every Maury student and for students at other schools across DC.”

Girl Scouts at Maury Maury’s budding Girls Scout troop held their Candle Lighting Ceremony on April 28. Each girl read a special paragraph that expounded on the Girls Scout Pledge and the Girl Scout Law, and then lit a candle before a mirror, reflecting upon what they had learned in a respectful and thoughtful ceremony. The goal of

Maury Elementary News Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Provides Books & More Maury’s librarian, Kate Sweeney, sits on the DC Initiative advisory committee of Reading is Fundamental, a national non-profit literacy program, partnered with DC Public Schools. The younger students listened to The Bossy Gallito, a bilingual 1996 Belpre 112 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Maury parent Allison Brandt reading to the third grade.

Maury is getting an extreme makeover, school edition! As soon as classes are out on June 17, the demolition begins. Now that there are new windows, they’ll really be able to see what they’re doing while they make the entrance grand, modernize our classrooms, and escort the heating and cooling system into this century. Come by at the start of school to check out the huge transformation! -Heather Schoell. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave. NE.

Two Rivers PCS News Students Continue Their “Green”Ing Efforts In April, middle-school and elementary school students along with parent volunteers and staff joined Premier Plantscapes to create an outdoor learning “green roof ” by planting various types of flowers and grasses on the Middle School roof located at 1234 4th Street NE. Two Rivers is an Expeditionary Learning school, which means students learn through hands-on, project-based learning. This event provides an opportunity for students to create an outdoor learning area, use progressive, space-age materials as well as soil to plant, and learn how this green roof can help improve their environment. This first round of plantings will be done using a material called Aqualok which is a revolutionary sustainable hydration system that allows you to grow healthy plants with less water and fertilizer. Aqualok is a foam substance that was originally developed by an aerospace engineer to stabilize jet fuel in the wings of F-16 fighter jets. As a liner, just two inches of the material holds the same amount of

air and water as two feet of soil. It also releases the air and water consistently over time. The Aqualok system provides both a green roof growing medium but also the facility to capture storm water runoff which would flow into the Anacostia. In addition, there will be some traditional planting beds to augment the students’ learning about urban gardening and the importance of maintaining green spaces in urban settings. This project comes one month after Two Rivers Public Charter School partnered with Casey Trees to plant six trees along 4th St. NE.

Ludlow-Taylor News Let’s Celebrate Teachers and All That They Do Ludlow-Taylor has a long list of things to celebrate and the teachers are at the very top of that list. Ludlow-Taylor teachers are the greatest and they truly care about each and every child. Classrooms come alive not only because of the Arts Integration program but mostly because of the HEART that each teacher brings to what they do each day. On May 3rd teachers opened up their classrooms to parents for a school wide Open House giving parents, preschool–grade 5, an opportunity to dispel the mysteries of the next school year. Parents got to see the great work going on in classrooms, Reggio Emilia thriving, and Arts Integration in action. It was truly a day full of celebration and sharing good news with parents and community. After Open House came a ribbon cutting event followed by the naming and dedication of the Multipurpose Room to honor our beloved parent and retired staff member, Rosa Simon. Student ambassadors guided everyone through the day. They led guests on tours and guided them to their destinations. Our ambassadors were also on hand to demonstrate in the beautiful new Courtyard Classroom following an official Ribbon Cutting. Tears were abundant as students sung their hearts out to Ms. Rosa Simon. The dedication event was graced with a speech from Commissioner

Ludlow-Taylor students gardening in the courtyard.

Tom Hamilton and a serenade of “You Are So Beautiful” by Mr. Pierre. To top off a wonderful day, Ludlow-Taylor’s renowned baseball team won their first home game, 10 -8! Go Academic Warriors! Go Ludlow-Taylor teachers! You Rock! –by Carolyn Cobbs, Principal.

Brent Elementary News On May 5, 4th grader Cecilia Timberg was honored by the Junior League of Washington for her poetic talents. Cecilia competed against hundreds of other young poets in the citywide contest and took first place in the 4th grade division. Brent families participated at Rock Creek Park in the International Migratory Bird Day festival, featuring live birds of prey, bird banding demonstrations, and bird watching. Students also had a chance to participate with students from other area schools in a Wood Thrush Chorus. Recently grades 1-5 participated in a school-wide Sci-

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ence Fair and invention convention. The older students conducted research and experiments and presented their results on tri-fold boards. The 1st and 2nd graders built models of their inventions and wrote persuasive brochures “selling” their new inventions. Brent is very fortunate to have a dedicated and enthusiastic Science teacher and Science Lab! Join the Brent community on the Brent playground on June 5 for a community pig roast from 1- 6:30 p.m. In partnership with local restaurant Sonoma and adopted chef Mike Bonk, it will be a fun-filled afternoon for kids of all ages. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children 6 and over and must be purchased in advance. Log on to to reserve tickets. - E.V. Downey. Brent 301 North Carolina Ave, SE. 202-698-3363.

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J.O. Wilson Elementary News Award Winners and Spring Celebrations Congratulations to Principal Cheryl Warley on her selection as one of the 2011 recipients of the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award. The school community and partners celebrate Ms. Warley for creating a supportive and challenging environment where students and staff strive for excellence. Cheers to J. O. Wilson’s 4th and 5th graders for participation in the GeoPlunge geography tournament. J. O. Wilson has been competing in the city-wide GeoPlunge contest for the past six years, with first place finishes from 2006-2009. While the school’s two teams came in second and ninth at this year’s event, the first place winners were former J.O. Wilson students, now currently attending StuartHobson Middle School. Bravo to the 2011 National French Competition Winners! In keeping with their longstanding tradition, 16 students ranked as National Winners taking 2nd through 9th places in the nationwide French language competition. -Samantha Caruth. 660 K St. NE, www., 202-698-4733.

Capitol Hill Day School News St. Anselm’s Students

St. Anselm’s Abby School 2011 Summer Programs: June 6-August 5 The learning and fun continues through the summer at St. Anselm’s Abbey School in NE Washington. Every summer the campus hosts a wide variety of day programs for St. Anselm’s students and the larger Washington community. These classes range from the academic to the athletic to the artistic, covering subjects as diverse as Latin, martial arts, basketball and yoga. Academic programs, suitable for middle and high school students, begin June 20, and run for six weeks, through July 29. Some classes are shorter than six weeks and/or can accommodate a shorter registration. Options include English, Latin, Algebra, Engineering, and Study Skills. Athletic programs are open to kids ages 6 – 17 and begin June 6. Sports include basketball, karate, lacrosse, soccer, and tennis. Aftercare is available for an additional charge. While St. Anselm’s is an allboy school, the summer programs are open to both genders. For more information on summer programs or enrollment, please see www. - by E.V. Downey, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, 4501 S Dakota Avenue, NE, 202269-2379,

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CHDS Is On The Move! Construction crews are moving in and CHDS is moving out until the dust settles! At the end of June, the century old Dent building – home to Capitol Hill Day School since 1980 – will undergo an extensive renovation. In January 2012, the school community will enjoy a new reception foyer, an elevator, upgraded classrooms, flexible gathering space, a shared lobby for all early childhood students, a modern science lab, and a larger music room with upgraded acoustics. The final phase of significant IT improvements will be completed, as well as several safety and facility upgrades. During this transformation, the rich and lively CHDS program will go on as usual in modular classrooms just down the road at 5th and K Streets, SE. Their unique field education program will continue to connect students with the larger world with daily excursions; each year, students participate in over 300 field trips. CHDS Summer Camp will be in full swing at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, at 3rd and A Streets, SE. Many camp sessions are full, but some spaces are available for Juniors (grades 24) and Seniors (grades 5-8). For families interested in applying for the 2012-2013 school year, small group tours of the Dent building will be held until June 10, as ★ 115

well as in the temporary location this fall. During the renovation, CHDS students and teachers will continue to explore, engage, and connect with the world, bearing out the school’s philosophy that learning happens everywhere! -Jane Angarola. janea@; CHDS, 210 South Carolina Avenue, SE.

Eagle Academy PCS News Going Green with Councilmember Mary Cheh



DC Councilmember Mary Cheh (D) Ward 3, recently visited Eagle Academy Public Charter School, located in historic Barracks Row in Washington, DC. Eagle Academy Public Charter School celebrated Earth Day and the schools efforts in” Going Green” with a “Planting Ahead: The Eagle Center.” The “Planting Ahead: The Eagle Center” event featured students from each grade level (Pre K3 –2nd Eagle Academy, Plants Ahead. grade) of Eagle Academy planting trees which at a later date will be transferred and re-planted at the new LEED Silver (going for Gold) The Eagle Center: An Integrated Community-Services School scheduled to open in Ward 8 in 2012. At the event, students will also showcase their current school - located in the Blue Castle across from the Washington Navy Yard – which has gone green: 100 per cent wind power, 100 per cent green cleaning products, all meals are organic and vegetables and fruits are locally sourced, a recycling program, and science fairs focused on environmental stewardship. During the visit Council Member Cheh was presented with a card signed by the students. She toured the facilities including the sensory room, library, nurse’s office and classrooms. Eagle Academy Public Charter School was founded in 2003, and is Washington DC’s first early childhood public charter school educating children ages 3 years old through 2nd grade. They will continue to expand to the 3rd grade in 2011.


Archbishop Carroll High School News The 19th Annual Spring Benefit and Hall Of Honor Induction Ceremony

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Philanthropy, inspired teaching, and spiritual leadership—these virtues and more will be honored during the Archbishop Carroll High School 19th Annual Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony on June 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Rooftop Terrace Cafe. Tickets for the Spring Benefit are $100 each, with proceeds benefiting the educational programs at Carroll. The evening will include a lavish buffet at the Rooftop Terrace Restaurant and live entertainment by the Linwood Taylor Band featuring jazz guitarist and Carroll graduate Linwood Taylor (’73). For tickets or sponsorships contact Cherryace Fields, 202-529-1193, Steve and Barbara Newby will be inducted into the Hall of Honor. The Newbys were introduced to Archbishop Carroll High School in 1991 through Carl Rowan’s Project Excellence. Since then they have gone from funding scholarships for Carroll students through Project Excellence to direct funding of Carroll—including the donation of winnings from two of their racing horses, “President Butler,” named for former Carroll President John Butler, and “Father Mudd,” named for Fr. John Mudd, associate executive vice president for institutional advancement. Dan “Skip” Tomaselli was already a legend in the memories of Carroll students who studied music under him or performed in one of the musicals produced during his ten years as the school’s musical director in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In addition to the Hall of Honor inductions, Bishop Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington since 2004, will be awarded the Cardinal O’Boyle Medal, bestowed annually on an ordained, religious or lay minister who has demonstrated vision, dedication and service to Christ’s young people. The Medal commemorated Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle, Archbishop Carroll High School’s visionary founder. www. ★

Homes & Gardens the hill gardener

The True Meaning of Friendship Plants from Friendship House Go to Logan School photos and article by Rindy O’Brien


eople on Capitol Hill have always been good about sharing. On May 14, 2010, the community came together in a terrific example to transfer the flowers and shrubs from Friendship House to the new Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan school. If ever there was a win-win situation, it was this effort by 40 some Hill parents and neighbors to take one long-time garden that soon would be plowed under and transplant it to a new community school.

Flowers at Friendship House Friendship House, also known at The Maples, is located at 619 D Street, SE (the garden is located at the rear of

the building on South Carolina Ave.). It is the oldest privately owned residence on Capitol Hill dating back to 1795. George Washington is said to have been a guest of the owner, William Mayne Duncanson. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. For more than 70 years, the property provided childcare and social services to families in need. Long-time Hill residents may remember the spring Friendship Market Day which used to be held annually at Eastern Market to raise funds for Friendship House and its services. After the non-profit was forced to close and declare bankruptcy, the property sat vacant until it was sold in

March 2010 to the Arlington, Virginia firm of Altus Realty Partners. Soon it will be converted into condominium units and townhouses. As part of the transition from the former childcare center to private homes, the sharp rise on the backside of the property on South Carolina Avenue, SE, will be re-graded and a 20-car underground garage will be built. As a result, the flower gardens along South Carolina Avenue are to be plowed under. Margaret Missiaen, a neighbor and active member of the Hill gardening community, spent many years cultivating the garden. “It started with a block clean up back in 1995,” said Margaret, “when we all worked on cleaning up

The Friendship House gardens, created over the years by neighbor Margaret Missiaen, the Capitol Hill Garden Club and others, blooms with many native species plants. Parent of Logan School students are carefully digging up the plants before they are transported to their new home at 3rd and G Streets. ★ 117


Parents and students of Logan School carefully dug up the plants before transporting them to their new home at 3rd and G Streets. Bottom: The plants adjusting to the new site the day after the transfer.

the sidewalk to watch the dirt just slide back down the hill after a heavy rain.” Margaret recalls that, soon after, a Boy Scout troop came to turn the soil over and plant some junipers on the site. “The junipers didn’t do well, but the Boy Scout’s work really made the future plantings a lot easier. During the Clinton Administration, we were able to get small grants through the U.S. Forest Service to buy plants.” Margaret also planted leftover bulbs from the U.S.Botanic Garden’s Bartholdi Fountain, where she was working as a volunteer. Daffodil bulbs from Margaret’s yard that date back to the late 1920’s also were put into the Friendship House garden. The Garden Club worked

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to plant as many native species plants as they could in the garden beds, and a very fine collection of plants has taken root over the past sixteen years. If you are a gardener, you know how hard it is to plant in city soil and on a slope. So, when Margaret learned that the new owner’s plans called for re-grading the property, she wanted to find a way to save as many of these plants as she could. ‘It was going to make it a lot easier for me to see my and others’ hard work go, if I knew it was going to survive somewhere else,” said Margaret.

Logan Montessori Program to the Rescue There is a well-established garden network on Capitol

Hill through the Garden Club, community garden groups, Mothers on the Hill, and others. Margaret hoped that someone would answer her call to transfer the plants to a new site where they could be well cared for and put to a good purpose. Much to her delight, the new public school at 3rd and G Streets, NE, quickly stepped forward. The Montessori program that has been a part of the Cluster School residing at the Watkins School is relocating this fall to a new school site. Logan will offer six primary classrooms and three elementary classrooms that serve student ages three to eleven. In all, there will be 211 students at the new school when the doors open in September. The Montessori program incorporates a lot of environmental and garden education into its curriculum, and has had the great advantage of using the Watkins gardens as part of the teaching experience. The gardens at Watkins have been tenderly planned and managed by Barbara Percival for more than fifteen years, and have been part of the District’s national recognized schoolyard gardens. Parents expressed concern about leaving these gardens and moving to a new school site that had no plants except some poor looking grass. Quickly, a parent gardening committee was formed to reach out to Margaret. “Yes, we would love to take the plants, and we will try our best to keep them going,” said Susan Drake, a parent volunteer. All morning long on the day of the transfer, parents kept arriving to help. A neighbor passing by smiled at the effort and said, “I am just so happy that so many people turned out to help,

and even happier that these plants are getting a second life.” Margaret was thrilled with the turnout and the enthusiasm of the parents working in the rain to move the plants. As each set of new hands arrived with their shovels, trowels, pots, plastic buckets, and vitally important small bed trucks, they would say, “Wow, this is such a generous thing to happen.” With the limited public school budget, it would have taken years for the school to accumulate as many mature plants as were dug up that Saturday. As one parent said, “it is like getting a garden overnight and without all the work.”

Passing on the Knowledge The other magical thing happening with the transfer of the plants was the passing on of knowledge about the flowers and shrubs. Many of the parents at the Logan school are young parents who admitted that they were novices at gardening. Margaret, along with some seasoned community gardeners, put them quickly at ease as they tenderly worked to loosen the roots from tulips, iris, and daffodil bulbs. Parent Matthew Dune spent over 30 minutes freeing up a large columbine plant. There were several children that worked alongside their parents helping to pull the plants out of the ground and as one child said, “being very careful not to tug too hard.” Within an hour, over 100 plants and shrubs had been dug up, put into buckets, bins, and pots, loaded into SUV’s and trucks, and taken across the Hill to their new home. It will, of course, take weeks and lots of loving care and water for these plants to adjust to the transfer. Margaret watched like a mother hen as some of her favorite plants were extracted from the hillside. “Careful with that one,” she would cry out, “it is going to need some special care.” And with that advice, off Margaret would go to pass on more gardening tips to the next set of volunteers. Rindy O’Brien is a long time resident of Capitol Hill, and truly enjoys these special gardening moments in our community. For thoughts, ★

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elloooooo, June! Parties on the patio. Road trips. Bike trips! Jewelry that glistens against summer skin. We’ve missed you... “@ Your Service” is a compendium of what’s happening in the service and consumer industry on the Hill (food and drink excluded). Know something really cool and new for sale or for service? Let us know!

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Bike and Roll is that odd-looking structure to the left of Union Station, just outside the Metro escalators. As Bike and Roll’s Ben West explained, they are a concession stand – DDOT owns the place, and they provide the service. What they do is keep your bike in safety, like if Heather Schoell is a regular contributor to Capital Community News and can be reached at ★ Renaissance creates a fresh patio-scape. you have no storage space, or if you bike to work after taking the Metro or Marc. Members have 24-hour access. (There’s a changing room if you Renaissance Development need it.) They can fix your bike onsite from flat Christina Wilson repair to overhaul. They don’t sell bikes, but if you don’t have one, they can 611 Pennsylvania Avenue SE #180 rent you one by the hour or by the 202-547-2345; week. Bike and Roll can rent you You know Dr. Christina Wilson and her team restores the brick facades a Rascal for gramps, bicycles built of our old homes by using traditional methods and historically-appropriate for two, Burley trailers, strollers, materials, but did you know that they can turn a charmless backyard slab of and those half bike things for kids concrete into an urban outdoor living space? Renaissance recently turned a to ride hooked to an adults’ bikes! concrete parking pad at 8th and Constitution NE into a lovely space with new (Call first for availability.) fencing and a trellis, slate pavers, and a fresh bricked parking pad. Renaissance is an extremely professional and organized outfit – they come prepared and do a thorough, excellent job. Let them refresh your space for maximum summer Art & Soul hang-out potential!

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Let in the Light A Townhouse Basement Transformation by Bruce Wentworth, AIA


Clockwise from Top: Formerly Unusable Basement Now Provides Multipurpose, Livable Space Style Meets Function in a Basement Designed for Play and Work Exposed Ceiling Joists Add Character and Light to a Once Dreary Basement

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apitol Hill homes have an abundance of underutilized basements. Although most homeowners want to take advantage of their lower level space, problems tend to arise: low ceilings, uneven floor slabs, moisture issues, poor ventilation, and lack of natural light. Fortunately, with an intelligent, practical, and cost-effective design, an underutilized and dark basement can become a useable and chic space. This was the case for a recent townhouse basement remodeling project in Washington DC. A family with two young children wanted to turn their dark, gloomy basement into a multifunctional space with several defined areas. The homeowners specifically requested a TV/media area with lounge seating, a play area for their children, a home office space with a built-in desk and bookcase, a laundry closest for a stack washer/dryer, ample storage units, and a closet to conceal the mechanical equipment (boiler and hot water heater). Despite the below ground space with only one window, the newly remodeled basement feels like a modern loft space that maintains the

charm of the historic townhouse above. The chic design was made possible in large part because of a simple solution for the typically low ceiling. The removal of the old drywall ceiling exposed the floor joists, cross bracing, and diagonal subfloor above. What some may see as the innards of a home became the basement’s most exciting design feature: the exposed structure was spray painted white, enhancing the sense of space (providing 10” of vertical additional space between the joists). Abandoned wiring and piping were removed. Poorly located wiring and piping were relocated to minimize visual congestion. A new drywall bulkhead, running front to back in the basement, houses a steel beam, ductwork and piping. Even the basement’s existing columns were transformed into functional and aesthetic design features. Columns were clad in drywall and fitted with horizontal bands of beech wood, fabricated in a pleasing pattern with narrow gaps to reveal the charcoal paint color of the drywall behind. Three columns repeat under the bulkhead, from front to back, and provide architectural interest that unifies the space. Repetition and pattern are supremely important to the new design: from large-scale porcelain floor tile (12’’ X 24’’) in a neutral gray -- perfect for below grade installations on a slab -- to the exposed floor joists and the custom woodwork cladding the columns. Doors were specified as natural stained birch and repeat the natural wood finish of the columns. The blond wood-

work and painted ceiling minimize maintenance. Good lighting also helps makes the space feel like an above-ground family room. A west-facing window with window well, captures plenty of afternoon sunlight, (and the window jamb was flared at 45 degrees to enhance light penetration, as well as to give the impression of a larger window). The placement of standard light bulb sockets (inexpensive) at both sides of the bulkhead allows for interchangeable lighting depending on need, event or mood: silver-tipped bulbs look sophisticated or can be changed for warm yellow bulbs with a sepia tint to warm up the space for a family movie night. It also allows for the energy conscious homeowner to use whichever light bulb they prefer. Selective placement of small-scale track lights allows the homeowner to focus light where needed (such as the lounge seating). What was once a dark shabby basement with an uneven floor slab is now a modern and functional space with a level floor (thanks to a liquid floor leveler poured other top of the uneven concrete floor slab). Thoughtful design minimizes maintenance and is a cost-effective basement remodel. The basement is perfect for a busy family on-the-go, a family who now enjoys spending free time in their basement. Bruce Wentworth, AIA is a licensed architect and contractor, and is president of Wentworth, Inc, an award-winning design/build firm in Chevy Chase, MD. Visit www.wentworthstudio. com to learn more about the firm’s design/build services for architecture, interiors and construction. ★ ★ 123



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Exploding Toilet (Rooms) by Judith Capen, RA


y May article on back yards elicited this: “I always love your Hill Rag column, but I thought I might have ingested a little too much caffeine when I read your May 2011 column mentioning exploding toilets. “My 1886 row house had a twostory wood porch on the back, torn down decades ago. A previous owner told me the porch had a toilet on the first floor. This seems plausible as I can see a sewer

pipe underneath the stoop now occupying the porch footprint. “So, my house must have had one of those potentially explosive toilets (exploding toilets are inherently hilarious) raising two questions: “1. Why did the toilets explode? Sewer gases ignited by someone smoking on the throne? “2. If my house had that outdoor toilet, did it also have indoor plumbing in 1886? What were the kitchen and

bathroom like? “ Your public thoughts on my questions would be most entertaining and educational. Thanks for all your good work.” – Valerie Jablow A. You’re so right: exploding toilets ARE inherently hilarious. And I, focused on back yards, romped right past this amazing opportunity. (Head slap).

What a fertile subject: corn cobs as toilet paper, the feminist take on 19th c. toileting, all the names: loo, privy, latrine, outhouse, head, w.c., commode, pot… Yes, toilets exploded because of sewer gas. The story begins with Washington’s water system. After the US Capitol 1851 fire destroyed many books of the Thomas Jefferson library, Congress thought a reliable

The Roman solution to the elimination issue. En masse and continuously running water under the seats and in the front trough, which was an essential component of the sponge-on-stick wiping system. (Ostia Antica, 300 bce.- 300 ce., a bit of opus reticulatum mixtum brickwork behind the seats of ease…) Photo: Judith Capen 124 ★ HillRag | June 2011

water supply would be a good idea. (In the 1850s Congress had even more of a stranglehold on the District than today. When Congress was not in session, the street lights on Pennsylvania Avenue were turned off…) Montgomery C. Meigs, prominent in Washington’s history through the second half of the 19th c., was a lieutenant working from 1852 on the engineering studies, then the planning and construction of the Washington Aqueduct, the water system serving the city today. Water reached the city via the new system in January 1859. (In Washington’s water system’s early years, Potomac River water was delivered, devoid of any treatment, to residents. Apparently, dinner sometimes arrived direct to the sink, in the form of eels or fish – surprise!) It is hard to have running water, flushing toilets, wet sinks without provisions for all the used water. Sewers are the other half of a water system. That gets us to the exploding part. “Waste” in pipes allows fermentation of organic matter under anaerobic conditions. The product of that fermentation is methane, aka sewer gas, the principal component of natural gas. If the sewer is connected to a small room with a closed door you can anticipate possibilities. Although less hilarious, it’s probably more accurate to call them exploding toilet ROOMS. Fill a room with methane, open the door, candle in hand and BOOM! As our indoor plumbing systems were developing in the 19th c., “stench” traps were typical, either incorporated in fixtures like today, or as a “running trap” on the main building waste line. Understanding of trap function was imperfect. It wasn’t until the last decades of the 19th c. century that venting plumbing systems became common, preventing trap ★ 125

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phoning and keeping smelly sewer gas out of houses with its explosive potential. During the last decades of the 19th c. century, indoor plumbing, fixtures and piping, were developing at the same breakneck speed that Capitol Hill was being built. Most of us would think indoor plumbing superior to chamber pots and outhouses, but really early toilet fixtures were seriously flawed, as in seriously stinky. And located on the porch with an outside door makes you wonder about the improvement over the outhouse. Foreshadowing question two: we shouldn’t be surprised at how little of our houses’ 19th c. baths and kitchens remain considering how rudimentary they were. Few people photographed these spaces before “modernizing.” So, what I know about 19th c. bathrooms has been gleaned from a few sources. Some years ago Capitol Hill resident, Helene Au, shared the specifications for a pair of houses her grandfather built in 1885 that required “…a substantial W.C. in each yard…” shown on the first floor plan as an exterior enclosure with the water closet near the rear door from the kitchen. Helene

remembered a toilet on the back porch of the Capitol Hill house where she grew up for servants or after working outside. I think it unlikely that our modest houses had exterior toilets just for the help. Probably modern toilets replaced the stinky old ones on the same porches, artifacts of the 19th c. century and their olfactory anti-aesthetics. Another source, confirming Washington plumbing and use of indoor toilet fixtures, is the specification for the Renwick Gallery, built in 1859. The 1858 specs require excavation for “sewers…and cesspools.” Indoor plumbing was clearly intended for the building from the beginning, even though piped water hadn’t even arrived in downtown Washington. Maybe the cesspool inclusion was a 19th c. century typo, a belts-and-suspenders approach to new-fangled sewer systems, or doubt that water/sewer WOULD arrive. The toilet fixtures were “…one best pan closet, with copper trap, tin planished, porcelain bowl, and cranks, handles…” each in the cellar and first floor. These “pan closets” were contraptions of wood and metal with

flaps, string valves, “cranktype mechanisms” and moving parts that imperfectly kept sewer gas from the room and in whose mechanisms “filth” accumulated: miasma plus cholera. In spite of an urban water system of the same generation as Washington’s, 1880s Baltimore smelled “like a billion polecats,” according to H. L. Mencken. Observed in Chicago “the stink is enough to knock you down.” The solution to the problems of stink and explosion was on its way. Supply and soil pipes described in the Renwick spec in some detail did not include a vent pipe to and through the roof which explains the smells and potential explosions. The pan closet illustrated in Banister Fletcher’s book includes a trap and the Renwick specification includes traps, but they weren’t safe systems without venting. The next decades saw the introduction of venting (from 1875). The first one-piece, allchina toilet was made in 1885 by Thomas Twyford, a potter (looking like large, elaborate vases more than modern toilets, but cleanable, impervious, and with many fewer excrement accumulating moving parts). By 1885 the pan closet was a thing of the past. The first “wash down” toilet appeared in 1890 and Thomas Crapper’s valve and siphon device was patented in 1891. (No, Thomas Crapper didn’t invent the toilet although he was a significant manufacturer of them.) I fear your second question will have to wait for next month as I waxed too enthusiastic on the subject of exploding toilets. Stay tuned for possible screaming toilets, too. Judith Capen, long fascinated by plumbing, can be reached with questions at judith.capen@architravepc. com. ★

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Eclectic Summer Gardens Beat The Summer Sizzle With Lush Foliage Plants article and photos by Derek Thomas


ight now every garden, even the unkempt ones, look great. Above average rains, cool nights, and spring in Washington have collided and made a spring to remember in every garden. Even the dandelions have bloomed in mass displays of electric yellow. During a spring like this, it is hard to imagine that the hot oppressive summer monster is just outside our doorstep waiting to fry and bake every bloom in our Capitol Hill gardens. Enter the perennial question -- what can I plant that thrives and looks lush and beautiful all summer long?

The Challenge This year I want to challenge all gardeners to step out the box a bit and mix it up with what I am calling the eclectic summer garden. Put together unlikely pairings of plants that are tough and colorful. For the most part, ditch the overly predictable flower border for some color pop and pizzazz in the form of plants with big bold lush colorful leaves. Mix textures and different leaf types with coordinated abandon. Use plants for their foliage and you will be amazed how wonderful your gardens will be just in time for the summer sizzle.


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The Basics A challenge like this could become tasteless and crazy without adherence to a few rules of good design. • Think of the whole space you are working with and then divide into the areas you will be planting. • Identify your theme. For example are you planning a shade garden, tropical garden, ornamental herb garden. • Look to other gardens for inspiration. Imitation is still the best form of flattery. • Take a little time before you go to the garden center and do a rough sketch of what your garden will look like. • When planting the garden avoid straight lines, nothing in nature happens in straight lines.

Plant masses and in repetition; don’t plant one of everything. Add a point of distinction. A large urn in the center, or offset creates the point from which the garden flows. Don’t be afraid of contrast and color as long as it is repeated throughout the design. One splash of orange among purple and pink looks odd. But when the three colors are repeated multiple times throughout the design a show emerges. When designing the garden bed, think in odd numbers and the look will be less predictable and more pleasing. So do groupings of three, five, seven. When decking out a container garden, four different textures will work. Just make sure one is strong and upright, two are softer and different textured and colored, and one is flowing or hanging.

Some of My Favorite Plants Palms: Tropicals are all the rave. Use a palm this summer as a focal point or in groupings to add the flair and understated elegance a garden needs in August. Caladiums: Caladiums are the stars of the summer shade garden; their heart-shaped leaves and easy nature make them a hit year after year. This year combine them with low growing sedge grasses and any form of upright growing ferns for a lush


3 2 #1 Tropicals look great even when the temperatures are not #2 Persian shield, great color and contrast in shady to medium sun gardens #3 Caladiums the all stars of the shade garden #4 Agaves, structural and pace setting #5 Rex Begonia is a great border plant for summer sizzle 128 ★ HillRag | June 2011


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Sheila Power A Best Friend to All Long time Capitol Hill resident, Sheila Power passed this last weekend. Immigrating from Ireland in the 80’s she went on to serve as the Librarian at the DC Capitol Hill Branch, lovingly married and joined the clan Larry Chartienitz clan, obtained a law degrree from Catholic University, built a real estate practice and attained her proudest acheivement with the birth of her daughters Julia and Lydia. Her love, concern and caring for others was contageous. Always ready with a kind word of encouragement or gentle advice with her sharp wit, she will be greatly missed by all.

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Dear Garden Problem Lady, Yesterday, inside a foxglove, I saw the tiniest hummingbird in the world. It was not green. It had no ruby throat. It was about the size of a bumblebee – and it can really move. What is it? It resembles a hummingbird, and sips nectar from flowers with a long proboscis, like the beak of a hummingbird – but it has antennae – and a dark body with stripes on the back. It is an insect -- a hummingbird moth! The rolling and unrolling action of its proboscis resemble the movements of a party noisemaker. The entire moth is about an inch and a half long.

This year we had only a few camellia blooms. Squirrels ate almost all the buds. In the previous fall I had been just too busy to cover the camellia bushes with bird netting as we usually do. In the meantime, through the grapevine, I have heard of a neighbor who shall be nameless who kills squirrels with a BB gun – right here on Capitol Hill! I am guessing that is illegal in DC, but can you tell me what the penalty is for doing it? Killing a squirrel with a BB gun is not a capital crime. There is a new DC Environmental Law that protects wild life - however, it contains no specific mention of killing squir-

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rels with a BB gun, because no rules have yet been drafted, let alone passed, to implement the new law. The very nice person at DOE said the Humane Society would be the ones to call in the event of a squirrel murder. One guesses that if you made sure there were no witnesses, and if you hid the corpse(s), you might achieve a measure of deterrence during autumn and winter, when squirrels eat buds – an anything else they can find. While cars and dogs do decimate squirrels, they raise two to three families a year! Perhaps much like beavers, no matter how one tries to get rid of them, they will return. Should I use an insecticide on my peonies? The buds are covered with ants. No. The ants are doing no harm, and might be doing good.

Is it true that ants on peony buds help the buds to open? This is an enduring old wives’ tale. It seems that the ants are attracted by small amounts of liquid generated from inside peony buds. While harmless to peonies, ants perform no bud opening feats.

Yesterday I pricked myself on my pyracantha bush – right through my work gloves. I forget when I had my last tetanus shot, and panicked. So far I’m still alive. Am I just lucky? Tetanus shots last 10 years. Deep wounds unexposed to oxygen can get a tetanus infection – deadly. If in doubt, get a booster shot. Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o Capitol Hill Garden Club at andrew@ Your problems might even prove instructive to others, and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured. ★

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REGINALD’S LANDSCAPING Specializing in perennial gardens, landscape design, yard maintenance, seasonal contracts-free estimates for major cleanups, spring/fall cleanups, mulching, pruning, trimming, weeding, debris removal, leaf removal, light hauling, planting and much, Call today! 301-420-7027, 301-908-8331.

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OSEPH C. BAUER, INC. Plumbing and Heating Licensed and Insured

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R.W. ROOFING We offer the most competitive price in town. All Roofing & Rubber Roofs. We do everything: replacements, repairs, maintenance and coatings. See our ad under general contracting. 202-674-0300 or 301-929-0664.

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ORGANIZING JILL-OF-ALL-TRADES Are you living with a whole lot of “Boomerang Clutter?� This is the clutter that lands in the homes of Baby Boomers when parents downsize and move into assisted living, nursing homes or pass away. I call it “Boomerang� because of who gets it (Boomers) and also because it is stuff that the boomer lived with in earlier years. Now it has circled back and landed in their environments again. If you have reached your personal Turning Point, then whichever items are not bringing you joy can be released with support and guidance. Just call Jill at 202-544-5455 to hear how you can switch the direction on that boomerang and send it off where it will be used and enjoyed. And -- please visit WWW.JILLOFALLTRADESDC.COM to see how this rightsizing process might be accomplished! Your future beckons...


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Eastern Market Shoe Repair


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ALTERATIONS “Losing weight� need new clothes just bring your old one’s to JAG collections and get them repaired 202-669-4021. By appointment only.

BEAUTY/HEALTH/FITNESS Living on & serving the Hill since 1986

Dr. David Walls-Kaufman

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Chiropractor 411 East Capitol St., SE All are welcome to Dr. Walls-Kaufman's free Saturday morning Tai Chi class at 8 am in Lincoln Park

202-544-6035 Because Optimal Health is Impossible Without Optimal Posture!

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SPORTS TRAVEL SOCCER LEAGUE TRYOUTS Tryout for competitive and fun travel soccer league! U9 to U13 teams offered including a girls U11 team! Kids will love the team spirit and the higher level of play with professional coaches. Parents will love the camaraderie with a great group of families and travel that is not too far-a-field -- DC metropolitan area including northern VA and Maryland. Tryouts are on June 4th at Watkins Rec Center on Capital Hill (alternative dates offered). Mandatory sign up and complete information available at http://

PET SERVICES Personally Serving our Neighbors since 1999

pets on the hill Support your local Hill business "We live, work and play on the Hill"


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MISCELLANEOUS FOR RENT 2BR APARTMENT Cap Hill row house! Recently renovated 2 bed, 1 bath, Excellent location 1/2 block from House Office Buildings, Capitol South Metro, RNC, and 1 block from the DNC. Apartment has a full kitchen, w/d, large living area, central air. Non smokers only, pets negotiable. $3k/month plus utilities: 202.489.7955 or https://




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STUDIO APARTMENT Capitol Hill studio apartment near Union Station, H Street and Eastern Market. This roomy studio in the basement of a historic rowhouse has exposed brick, Mexican tile floors, new stainless steel appliances, two closets, own washer and dryer, and other fine touches. Full-light front door provides natural light; interior includes ample additional lighting. Brand-new HVAC. Space outside for a grill. $950/month + electricity. E-mail FITZ@WDN.COM for application. Available June 15. ★ 139


Dividing Wards at 17th Street Hurts Hill Schools As members of the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization (CHPSPO), we are voicing our extreme concern about the D.C. Council’s consideration of the proposal to divide Wards 6 and 7 at 17th Street from Benning Road to Barney Circle which would effectively move EliotHine Middle School and Eastern High School from Ward 6 to Ward 7. We are opposed to this move because of the impact it would have on our neighborhood cohesiveness and the community’s efforts to strengthen our neighborhood public schools. CHPSPO started over six years ago, at a time when some Capitol Hill public elementary schools were bursting at the seams and others were woefully under-enrolled. A group of active parents from each school joined together to share common concerns and great accomplishments. It quickly became clear that our shared interests far exceeded any superficial differences. CHPSPO has established a strong record of working to support our neighborhood’s schools. The School Libraries Project, a $2.4 million public/private partnership with the DC Public Schools that renovated eight public school libraries on Capitol Hill was CHPSPO’s first success at supporting our neighborhood schools. This was followed by efforts to start 3 and 4-year-old programs at our elementary schools, and most recently a proposal to strengthen the middle schools. DCPS has said they want to replicate the community-driven process started by CHPSPO in wards across the city. With the success of our elementary and middle schools and the renovation of Eastern, the Ward 6 public schools are becoming the schools of choice for families in Ward 6. Currently, many of the Ward 6 elementary schools feed into Eliot-Hine Middle School and then to Eastern High School. Splitting up Ward 6 would create a misalignment between the school feeder patterns and the politi140 ★ HillRag | June 2011

Over 100 Ward 6 residents gathered at Eastern High School to demand that Ward 6 be kept intact in the resdistricting process now before the DC City Council. Photo: Andrew Lightman

cal oversight of the schools. Building on the academic gains Eliot-Hine has achieved, under the leadership of Principal Willie Jackson, is the cornerstone of CHPSPO’s -- now DCPS’s -- Ward 6 Middle Schools Plan. Our neighborhood schools have become a community. Drawing a political line at 17th Street removes Eliot-Hine and Eastern from our community at the very moment that our success at the elementary level is poised to spread into Eliot-Hine and Eastern High School. Signed by the following on 5/24/11 Suzanne Wells, Tyler Elementary School George Blackmon, Maury Elementary School Elizabeth D. Festa, Maury Elementary School Sandra Moscoso, Montessori @ Watkins/Logan Rachel Klein, Ludlow Taylor Elementary School Sherry Trafford, School Without Walls Isabella Harris, Brent Elementary School

Clayton Witt, Stuart-Hobson Middle School Barbara Riehle, Montessori @ Watkins/Logan Heather Schoell, Maury Elementary School Shahna Gooneratne, School Within School at Peabody

Maury Parent Concerned About Redistricting As a D.C. resident of Ward 6 and parent of two children at Maury Elementary School, I am extremely concerned about rumors I have heard that the D.C. City Council is considering splitting up Ward 6 -- so that EliotHine Middle School and Eastern High School would no longer inhabit Ward 6, but become part of Ward 7. Splitting up Ward 6 would create a serious disconnect between the Ward 6 elementary schools, Eliot Hine Middle School and Eastern High School for which they are currently inbounds. This proposal would remove the jurisdiction our Ward 6 council member, Tommy Wells, would have over

the middle and high schools which he has championed and promised to become the jewel of Washington, D.C. I voted for Tommy Wells because of his record for supporting our D.C. public schools. Wells will not be able to deliver on his promise to improve our schools and continue the progress we have seen to date, if he can no longer hold the key middle and high schools accountable. We are hoping to send our children to Eliot-Hine and Eastern if we determine they will offer our children an excellent education. We do not want to be forced to move to the Washington suburbs in search of better schools -we expect to find them here in Ward 6 -- where a contiguous system would offer accountability, high expectations and superior academic standards. This proposed redistricting would not only drive a wedge in the middle of the community we have created -and kill the promise our public school system sees in Ward 6. It would undermine the democratic representation we deserve and expect. Christine Mullins

ANC 6C on Redistricting

ANC 6A on Redistricting

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C, at its publicly noticed regular meeting on May 11, 2011, with a quorum of 7 out of 9 Commissioners in attendance, voted unanimously to support keeping all of Ward 6 intact in the current redistricting process. Our geographical boundaries encompass many neighborhoods with varying needs, but we have developed into a cohesive community. Our neighborhoods, including Capitol Hill, H Street, Near Northeast and NoMa, Sursum Corda and the Chimney, Mount Vernon, Chinatown, and Penn Quarter, regularly work together to make Ward 6 stronger. Commissioners and residents alike have devoted considerable effort on long-term projects, including the revitalization of H Street NE, Massachusetts Avenue NW, Mount Vernon, Penn Quarter, NoMa, and the forthcoming Northwest One Community. Each project served to bring us closer together as a community and we hope that you will recognize these neighborhoods are connected, not only by ANC boundaries, but by shared history, efforts, and goals. This relationship is true not only for our ANC, but among all the Ward 6 Commissions. Ward 6’s many neighborhoods have come, over the past ten years, to relate to each other as a single community. We have forged strong relationships with our sister Commissions – ANC 6A, 6B, and 6D–and we support keeping all boundaries intact. We urge you to consider all available options, including those beyond dividing Ward 6. We recognize the process is difficult, but we ask that the Council is thoughtful in its deliberations and consider ANC 6C’s support to keep our boundaries and our community intact. On behalf of the Commission Karen Wirt Chair, ANC 6C

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A (ANC) at its regular May 12, 2011 meeting, voted unanimously to oppose the taking of any part of the Commission area from Ward 6 and called for an end to the decade-long isolation of Kingman Park (ANC 7D01) by returning it to Ward 6. ANC 6A is geographically contiguous. Other than orphaned Kingman Park, it is widely separated from Ward 7 by the broad basin of the Anacostia River, RFK Stadium’s extensive parking lots, Interstate 295, and the Anacostia parks. Moreover, the eastward-oriented pattern of streets and residential locations on the east side of the River move us an even greater distance from Ward 7. If Rosedale (ANC6A07] and northern Hill East (ANC6A08) are taken, the experience of Kingman Park will be repeated -- there is little common interest in schools (no elementary or junior high schools are shared); development (Rosedale and Hill East are oriented by shopping, work, and community amenities west and south towards H Street, Benning Road, and Pennsylvania Avenue on the west side of the River, as well as the Eastern Market area); and transportation (only the two bridges, Benning and East Capitol, link the two sides of the river and there is obviously no network of neighborhood streets holding the two sides of the River together). Conversely, there is a common pattern of development, housing stock and neighborhood history that closely ties Hill East and Rosedale to the rest of the Capitol Hill community. Eliot-Hine is the Junior High School for Capitol Hill. It makes no sense to pass its political guardianship to Ward 7. Sitting proudly as the gateway to Capitol Hill, Eastern High School’s motto, The Pride of Capitol Hill, will be absurd if it’s incorporated into Ward 7. The Council Committee should take into account the effect redistricting will have on historic and existing community and political bonds as well

as geographic proximity and contiguity. The neighborhoods of eastern Capitol Hill are works in progress. Neighbors have forged ties across racial, class and economic lines on the way to building safer blocks, better schools and better housing. It hasn’t been a perfect effort, but people have worked hard and our community has become stronger for it. These efforts deserve support, particularly from the City Council. The eastern entry points to our ANC are at their natural boundary, the Anacostia. What happens to traffic on C Street, East Capitol, 17th Street, and Benning Road directly affects traffic and safety on the roads in the western part of the Commission. The traffic planning and control, so carefully negotiated, affects those of us to the west and south of the entry points just as much as the eastern SMDs. Moving the Ward boundary means that oversight and control over traffic patterns and traffic volumes will be divided, a practical problem with great potential to adversely affect all parts of ANC 6A. To foster and maintain the diversity of areas within Capitol Hill and its surrounding communities, it is essential that the opportunities and lines for communication, participation, collaboration and mutual education remain open by maintaining the inclusion of the Kingman Park, Rosedale and Hill East communities with the rest of Ward 6. To divide these areas, and incongruently absorb them into Ward 7, will bar many of us from the amenities and greater community of our neighborhood that are the most geographically accessible and will ultimately destroy the natural momentum of Ward 6 striving for the “One City” idea. The Council Committee should respect the natural boundary of the Anacostia. It should respect the ties we have forged between races and between economic standings, not tear them asunder. Respectfully yours, David Holmes Chair ANC 6A

ANC 6B Redistricting Resolution WHEREAS Hill East is historically and geographically connected to the rest of Capitol Hill; WHEREAS Hill East educational, religious, business and community organizations are all tied to Capitol Hill; WHEREAS ANC 6B benefits by including representation and diverse viewpoints from all points of southeast Capitol Hill, from the Anacostia River to the Capitol Building; WHEREAS placing any portion of Hill East into another ward would divide Capitol Hill and effectively hurt the representation of the eastern half of Capitol Hill; WHEREAS ANC 6B has been a strong proponent of the Hill East Waterfront Development, also known as Reservation 13, a mixed use retail and residential project that will be a gateway to Capitol Hill from the East; WHEREAS ANC 6B and the residents of Hill East have been waiting for the city to announce a developer for the Hill East Waterfront and for the project to begin; WHEREAS placing the Hill East Waterfront in another ward would effectively separate the site from the Hill East residents who have worked for years on the project and will be most impacted by its development; NOW IT THEREFORE BE RESOLVED that ANC 6B strongly opposes placing any portion of Hill East in another ward and urges the Subcommittee on Redistricting to keep all of Capitol Hill united in Ward 6. By an Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B Executive Committee vote of 7-0 and reaffirmed by a 9-0 vote at the full ANC meeting on May 10, 2011. Attest: Andrew Jared Critchfield, Ph.D. Secretary ANC 6B ★ 141

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Redistricting, It’s a White Wash! by Anonymous


o the names ‘Kingman Park’ or ‘Fairlawn’ fail to register in your geographical imagination? Does the moniker ‘Rosedale’ conjure up images of southern plantations a la Gone with the Wind? Do not despair, Dear Readers. Many west of Rock Creek can’t recall the number of their ward much less remember that the formal title of the Chairman of the DC Council is not ‘Fully-Loaded.’ You may recall those annoying folks with the clip boards who recently roamed the District insisting that we all stand up and be counted. The results of the decennial census are now in. To no one’s surprise, Ward 2, which extends from Georgetown to Shaw, has grown 16 percent. Unfortunately, federal law and the Supreme Court are wedded to this tiny constitutional principle known as ‘equal representation.’ So, the lines of DC’s eight wards must be redrawn. Poor Jack [Evans]. He has to give someone in Ward 2 the boot. Wealthy Georgetown, the booming West End, swanky Dupont, the teeming Penn Quarter or the obnoxious undergraduates of Foggy Bottom undoubtedly do not top Jack’s list of expendables. These card-carrying members of city’s highest tax bracket are closest to his heart. In the Evansverse, it is the wealthy that really need the protection of government. They suffer the predations of voracious parking meters. The myrmidons of the DC Office of Tax and Revenue pillage their bank accounts. Their businesses require the fertilization of generous tax credits. Unfortunately, Evans, along with Michael “Not That” Brown and Phil “The Nitpicker” Mendelson, is a member of the ‘Troika’ charged by the DC Council with redrawing the wards. This crafty cabal has now offered up its final solution for redistricting the District.

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Drum roll, please! Leaving Wards 1, 3, 4 and 5 largely untouched, the Troika has drawn the new Ward 6 in the shape of that mythical political beast, the gerrymander. The head of this monster is outlined by a boundary that carefully snakes up 7th Street NW around the Convention Center, Jack’s pet project, and continues up 9th Street. Can it be that residents east of this line do not possess income required to be “Friends of Jack?” Their removal will significantly lower the melanin quotient of the new Ward 2. The Troika also awarded Jack the remainder of the Penn Quarter with its bevy of delicious dining options. After all, a man’s gotta eat. To balance the population gained on the west, the Troika pulled Ward 6 back from the shores of the Anacostia. With the notable exception of the Eastern High School campus, sections of the Hill East and Rosedale neighborhoods east of 17th Street will now join Ward 7. Why is a funky turkey the best shape for a new Ward 6? Why didn’t the Troika listen to a better solution offered by Marion “The Mayor for Life” Barry? Unable to bring economic development to Ward 8, Barry seized on redistricting as the perfect method for cooking his ward’s dismal economic statistics. All the Troika had to do was award him one or two census tracks of wealthy, white residents. Transferring the tiny ballpark neighborhood to Ward 8 offered the perfect solution. “What I propose ends segregation in Ward 8,” Barry stated. You may quote The Nose, “Barry was right.” Unfortunately, Marion chose the wrong neighborhood. The transfer of one tiny census track does not solve Jack’s overabundance of yuppies. One has to think bigger. Why not move Foggy Bottom to Ward 8?

They are legally continuous at Haines Point. In one stroke, Barry’s demesne would no longer be solely the refuge of “the last, the least and the lost.” And, he would finally have a place to hang out other than the Players Lounge. At the risk of offending the master of funk George Clinton, and in recognition of the Mayor for Life’s new post-racialist point of view, this song is for you, Marion: Uh, what’s happening Latte City? They still call it the White House, But that’s now an anachronism. Can you dig it, Latte City? There’s a lot of latte cities, around. We’ve got Santa Barbara. We’ve got Portland. Somebody told me we got San Francisco. And, we’re working on New York. But you’re the capital, Latte City! Gainin’ on ya! Get down, Gainin’ on ya! Movin’ in and renovating. Can’t you see my Zip Car, heh? Gainin’ on ya! Watch out for my stroller, heh heh! Hey, uh, we didn’t get Michelle Rhee, But we did get a dog park in Shaw. Latte City heh, yeah! Ah, see those limitless bike lanes. Ah, gritty streets, now outdoor patios. The last percentage count was fifty-four. You don’t need a car when you got the Circulator! Are you up for pedaling, Latte City? Have you signed up for Capital Bikeshare, Marion? How about adding a little chocolate back into your milk, Jack? Have a comment for The Nose? Email ★

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