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Capitol Hill based Jason Martin Group of Keller Williams Capital Properties was named one of America’s top real estate professional teams by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends. Jason Martin Group is now a member of the Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications. Jason Martin Group is now ranked in the top one half of 1 percent of the more than 1 million REALTORS® nationwide – and right here on the Hill!
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wo practice members of mine today asked a similar question about their progress. Essentially, the question was, “Why am I still experiencing a symptom now and then even after I am better and have started treatment with you?” I came up with this analogy: I told them that they should think of their spinal and nervous system problem as their body being a distance of 100 miles from Normal. “When I adjust you,” I said, “you tend to think that I have moved the bone or improved your body situation by the complete 100 miles.” In their minds, they have been restored to normal, or near normal, in one fell swoop! But, really, the problems has only improved a distance of 8 miles. And then, after their visit, they go back to their lives and encounter more psychological, chemical and physical stresses that pile up on top of the junk that got them to see me in the first place. These new stresses push them 2 miles from the improved place I put them, 2 miles farther from Normal. Now, they stand at milepost 6, not milepost 0. When they come in again for the next treatment at milepost 6, I advance them 9 miles to milepost 15. Now, they are 15 miles closer to Normal, but they are still quite vulnerable to wear and tear stresses and new stresses. And as they go about their lives they still encounter stresses that knock them back farther away from Normal yet again. It is a process! It may take us some patience, but at least we have a process and it is an extremely powerful and effective one at that. And so, what is in our minds a linear progression toward improvement is, in fact, the serrated edge of a saw blade of ups and downs, or forwards and reversals, that in time add up to a significant improvement. This improvement allows the body to organize itself better and better resist new problems and heal from both new and old problems faster and more competently. If we want, we can even go beyond the level of health and well-being that we experienced before we “hurt” ourselves and sought chiropractic care.
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Every year, on the first May weekend, the Cathedral shines and the welcome mat is out. On Friday, May 4, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (rain or shine); hear live music, see puppet shows, enjoy kids games and rides, tour the garden, eat, shop the antique/collectible booths, climb the tower and ride the antique carousel. Washington National Cathedral at the intersection of Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues, NW. 202-5376200. nationalcathedral.org Climb the tower at the Flower Mart for one of the best views of Washington. Photo: Courtesy of Washington National Cathedral
LUMEN8Anacostia inaugurates a series of creative spaces in the commercial corridor of Historic Anacostia from noon to midnight Saturday, April 14. The corridor comes alive with illuminated storefronts, landmarks and murals. Creative spaces from Good Hope Road up Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue will showcase the works of local fine artists, artisans and creative entrepreneurs. The festival will include performances by visual artists, dancers and actors throughout the day and into the night. While April 14 is the inaugural opening of many of the Arts and Culture Temporiums, many of these storefronts will continue to operate through May and June. lumen8anacostia.com Mamas Kitchen Art at LUMEN8Anacostia 12 H HillRag | April 2012
Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic
This innovative new exhibit brings together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu/fireandice. Titanic leaves Southampton, England, April 10, 1912. The last mooring line connecting Titanic to land is cast off. Photo: Courtesy of National Museums Northern Ireland
Take Yourself Out to the Ball Game
The food’s expensive but you can get in for as little as $5 (day-of, grandstand seating). It’s a great carnival atmosphere, National’s Park must be experienced and most people reading this can walk there. Opening day is April 12 at 1:05 p.m. against the Cincinnati Reds. Go to stubhub. com for overpriced tickets. Other Nats games coming up are on April 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Bring your dog with you on April 21. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington.nationals.mlb.com Pitcher Drew Storen. Photo: Courtesy of the Washington Nationals
WineFest at St. Michaels
WineFest at St. Michaels is a unique festival for wine lovers. Instead of going to a wide open field or getting jammed into a single tent, WineFest at St. Michaels is a streetscape event with wine tastings at many beautiful venues thoughout town. There will also be many different dining, shopping and lodging options. Over 300 wines will be poured and available for purchase. WineFest at St. Michaels benefits local charities including the St. Michaels Food Bank, the St. Michaels Community Center, Benedictine School and Project Healing Waters. Apr 2829, noon-5:00 p.m. Saturday ticket, $60. Sunday ticket, $40. $75 for both days. Discount for early purchase. St. Micheals, Maryland is about 80 miles from DC. winefestatstmichaels.com Courtesy of WineFest at St. Michaels
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The cake-cutting that closes the festivities. Photo: Lloyd Wolf.
Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House. Apr 22, noon-4:00 PM. Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with jugglers and jesters, music and theater performances, birthday cake, and a tour of the Folger’s reading rooms! Free. Folger shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu
An Act for the Release of Certain Persons from Service or Labor in the District of Columbia (D.C. Emancipation Act), April 16, 1862. DC Emancipation Act ending slavery in DC nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation is on display now in the US Capitol Visitor Center Exhibition Hall. The Constitution grants Congress exclusive authority over the District of Columbia. As the Civil War continued, Congress used this power to end slavery in Washington, DC. On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act for the immediate release of the
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approximately 3,000 enslaved persons in DC, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Washington, DC celebrates April 16 as Emancipation Day. visitthecapitol.gov Emancipation Day Ecumenical Program-A Proclamation to Set the Captive Free. Apr 9, 7:00-9:00 PM. A program that addresses the role of the faith-based community in the struggle for political, social and economic oppression with special emphasis of the abolitionist movement in the District of Columbia under the leadership of the Rev. John C. Cook, and the development of an ecumenical agenda in
the struggle for full voting representation for the District of Columbia in the Congress of the United States. 15th Street Presbyterian Church, 1701 15th St. NW Introducing the National Museum of African American History and CultureTelling Our Story to the World. Apr 11, 6:30 PM. (Emancipation Day Lecture). John W. Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, will focus on the mission of the Smithsonian’s newest museum: documenting African American life, art, history and culture. Capitol View Neighborhood Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. Civil War Encampment. Apr 14, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. An interactive experience of a Civil War camp with a tour on the grounds of the Tudor Place that includes featured interpreters dressed in costumes portraying Union and Confederate soldiers, enslaved workers, Union artillery units, and a discussion about the daily encounters of Civil War camp life in the District of Columbia. Discussions of the roles of African Americans, Confederate and Union soldiers, and Washingtonians in Civil War era history will be included in the tours and other events related to Civil War camps. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400 DC Emancipation Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Apr 15, 2:30-4:30 PM. Join them at President Lincoln’s Cottage for a program commemorating DC Emancipation Day, featuring Lincoln scholars and music on the south lawn of the Cottage. Located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in northwest DC. 202-829-0436. lincolncottage.org
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Mayor’s Emancipation Day Program. Apr 16, 9:00-10:30 AM. Panelists will discuss the arguments for and against slavery, abolition, and emancipation in the District of Columbia and compare the nexus between the struggle for emancipation and the struggle for full congressional representation, statehood, and self-determination in the District of Columbia. The panelists will consist of historians, scholars, researchers, activists, and prominent figures in the fight for home rule and self-determination. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. 202667-2667 Free in DC Competitive Scavenger Hunt. Apr 16. Free in DC: Celebrating 150 Years of Emancipation challenges participants to see sites of slavery and freedom. It takes contestants to 11 sites around the city where they must complete challenges to rack up points for a chance to win prizes. The 30 competitors with the highest scores by the
Workouts at Corner Store. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 AM. The Morning Workout blends dance and pilates for a full body strength and flexibility workout. The instructor is Roberta Rothstein, with occasional substitutes. Wednesdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Gentle Pilates with Katherine Richardson features a classic Pilates mat workout. No pre-registration. Strictly walk-in. $10. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. cornerstorearts.org
end of Apr 16 will receive gift bags courtesy of President Lincolnâ€™s Cottage and be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a two-night stay at the Willard InterContinental Washington Hotel. Winner of the grand prize must be at least 18. The citywide hunt will take most participants four hours to complete. Complete downloading instructions are available at CulturalTourismDC.org. The Struggle for Freedom, Liberty, Justice, and Equality. Apr 18, 6:00-8:00 PM. The panelists will focus on slavery, abolition, and emancipation in the District of Columbia, and Senator Henry Wilson, the author of the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act that freed the 3,100 enslaved persons in the Nationâ€™s Capital. The panelists will also discuss colonizationNational Archives after emancipation, Lincoln in the movement for black resettlement; emancipation, patriotism, and African-American service in the Civil War; and the globalization of cheap labor markets in Africa after the abolition of slavery. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5053. archives.gov Slavery by Another Name. Apr 19, 6:008:00 PM. The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation will commemorate the District of Columbia Sesquicentennial Emancipation Day Celebration with the documentary, Slavery by Another Name, fol-
lowed by a questions and answers session with some of the guests featured in the documentary. Guests invited to participate in the program include Ambassador George Haley. Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW. Emancipation Day with Congressman John Lewis. Apr 24, 7:00 PM. This forum will consist of a dialogue with Congressman John Lewis and his role in the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, liberty, equality, and justice. The Congressman will discuss Bloody Sunday during the march from Selma to Montgomery; Civil Rights marches throughout the South; the role of the Student Non-Violence Coordinating Committee in the Civil Rights Movement; and the 1963 March on Washington where he was the youngest speaker at the Lincoln Memorial with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he gave his famous I Have a Dream speech. Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-357. 202-226-4674 A Celebration of Emancipation Day with Jazz, Poetry, and Prose. Apr 28, 7:0011:00 PM. The Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, Inc. celebrates Emancipation Day with a musical rendition of jazz, poetry, and prose to commemorate legacy of those who labored in the struggle for freedom, liberty, justice and equality. Masonic Temple, 1000 U Street, NW, Ballroom
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SPECIAL EVENTS Justins Cafe’s 2012 Opening Day Block Party. Apr 14, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. Two and a half blocks away from the National’s Ballpark, Justin’s Cafe has been a neighborhood favorite since its opening two years ago as the first bar and restaurant for Capitol Riverfront. Join them as they celebrate the beginning of baseball season with food, craft beer, live music, and other fun activities! Free. All ages are welcomed. You must be 21+ and have a valid ID to drink. 1025 First St. SE. justinscafeevents.com Inaugural Running of the Chihauhaus. May 5 (rain date, May 12), 11:00 AM2:00 PM. Chihuahua and Chihuahua mixes are welcome to race. All breed contests to include best outfit, best trick, owner look-a-like and funniest pair. $500 in cash prizes. All dogs will receive an official race packet and must be current on vaccinations and leashed when not racing. Unruly dogs will be excused and owners must pick up after their pets. Event features music, food, water and beverages served. $20 registration fee to race with all fees being donated to Paws Southwest. The goal is to help the Paws for Southwest group raise money for the building of a dog park in the Southwest neighborhood and to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in a unique/silly way. Sign up at ontaponline.com/race. Event at 7th Street Landing Park with after party at Cantina Marina. DAYGLOW Music and Paint Party. Apr 14, 7:00 PM. DAYGLOW will feature a new laser show, cirque-style live acts, its world-famous “Paint Blast,” new DAYGLOW paint cannons that shoot over 100 feet into the crowd and the latest house and techno music by some of the world’s hottest DJs. $60. RFK Stadium grounds. dayglowtour.com
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Sakura Matsuri-Japanese Street Festival. Apr 14, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM. Enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere of the largest Japanese cultural festival in the United States, featuring food, arts and culture, merchandise, and live traditional and J-Pop performances on four stages, including martial arts demonstrations. $5 for 13, up. 12th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-833-2210. nationalcherryblossomfestival.org National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Apr 14, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM. The Parade runs along Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th sts. NW, and is simulcast live, in its entirety, on WJLA−ABC7 and NewsChannel8. Lavish floats, giant helium balloons, marching bands, and performers burst down the historic avenue in an energy-filled spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 877-442-5666 nationalcherryblossomfestival.org
Full casting and creative team is set for force/collision’s world premiere devised dance/theatre performance The Nautical Yards. Photo: Courtesy of force/collision The Nautical Yards. Apr 26-29, 7:00 PM. The Nautical Yards is an original devised, sitespecific dance/theatre performance created by force/collision for The Yards Park, Washington, DC. Inspired by the rich history and architecture of the Washington Navy Yard, The Nautical Yards chronicles the story of two lovers separated by war and the sea. Drawing on documented accounts of the Navy Yard civilian work force, personal war correspondence and letters and the mythology of water, the performance will make references to the myth of Hero and Leander, West African folklore and the dances of German choreographer Pina Bausch, to name a few. The running time is approximately one hour over sunset. $30 for seat; free general admission for lawn. You may bring blanket/cushion. Tickets and reservations at force-collision.org. The Yards Park Canal, 10 Water St. SE.
Japanese Culture Day. Apr 14, 10:00 AM3:00 PM. In conjunction with the exhibition “Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship,” Japanese Culture Day features origami demonstrations, a theater presentation, a kimono display and other activities. Young Readers Center, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-1950. loc.gov Taste of 8th. 20 Restaurants on Barracks Row will provide tastings of their best or newest dishes. Tastes are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. This is your chance to catch up on the new restaurants in the neighborhood all in one afternoon! Apr 28, 1:004:00 p.m., all along 8th St. SE. Genealogy Fair-Branching Out, Exploring Your Family Tree. Apr 18-19. This twoday program showcases how to use Federal records in family history research for experienced professionals and novices alike. Speakers and exhibitors include National Archives staff, historians, and genealogy professionals. Reservations are not required. Free. National Archives, Pennsylvania Avenue Plaza of the National Archives Building. archives.gov Earth Day Open House at the Botanic Garden. Apr 20, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov National Arboretum Garden Fair & Plant Sale. Apr 27, 1:00-4:00 PM; Apr 28, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Sale features new, rare and hard to find plants. While you are on the
grounds take a stroll through the Arboretum’s renowned Azalea Collection in magnificent bloom. Get first pick of plants and purchase extraordinary plants on their online Advance Sale by joining Friends of the National Arboretum. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-544-8733. fona.org Celebrate Arbor Day! at the Botanic Garden. Apr 27, 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. Lecture and Tour Celebrate Arbor Day! Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees Celebrate Arbor Day in the “City of Trees” with a slide presentation followed by a stroll through the National Garden’s Regional Garden. Register online. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov Urban Sustainability Action Summit. Apr 27-29. This year’s theme is Food and Water: Sustainable Waste Reclamation. This timely event will bring together experts, grassroots leaders and members of the community to listen, learn and exchange ideas. Workshops and demonstrations at UDC’s Muirkirk Farm will model sustainability methods and provide attendees with hands-on, practical experience. dreamingoutloud.net Around the World Embassy Tour. May 5, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. More than 40 embassies representing six continents invite DC visitors and residents to travel the world as they enjoy the culture of different countries. While the special treats awaiting this year’s voyagers are still under wraps, last
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year visitors were entertained by karate demonstrations, sari-wrapping lessons, henna applications, and wine tastings. For more information, visit CulturalTourismDC. org or call 202-661-7581. Let’s Move! with Smithsonian Gardens. May 11-12. Join Smithsonian horticulturalists as they share their extensive gardening knowledge through fun, hands-on demonstrations and family-friendly activities. Visitors can participate in a wide variety of free activities highlighting the theme “Gardening for Healthy Living” including proper tree planting techniques, tips on growing organic vegetables and healthy lawn care to getting fit with yoga demonstrations. Music, roaming storytellers and dancing add zip and zing to the event. Enid A. Haupt Garden, behind the Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. gardens.si.edu
MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Jazz at the Atlas-Steve Lehman Trio. Apr 11, 8:00 PM. Saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. $15$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org goatFISH with Hannah Spiro and Sarah Fridrich at Ebenezers. Apr 12, 7:30-10:00 PM. Sahffi and Mosno team up to deliver a vibrant acoustic performance, featuring vocal harmonies, guitars and African percussion, bridging the gap between east and west. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202/558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com Jazz at the Atlas-Endangered Blood. Apr 13, 8:00 PM. Endangered Blood is the newly created avant-garde jazz quartet that has been making a name for themselves music circles. Called a “jazz supergroup” by the New York Times, Endangered Blood is becoming known for their sharp sounds and exhilarating jazz acrobatics. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. atlasarts.org City of Ladies Concert at the Folger. Apr 13, 8:00 PM; Apr 14, 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Apr 15, 2:00 PM. Influential writer Christine de Pizan lived at court in 15th-century France and wrote City of Ladies during this time, in which one of her ballades, Dueil angoisseus, was set to music by Giles Binchois. The concert will also feature haunting works by Guillaume Du Fay and others, performed by vocalists, fiddles, harps, lutes, and winds. With countertenor Drew Minter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Zejac. $35. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202 544 7077. folger.edu
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Herb & Hanson at Corner Store. Apr 13, 8:00 PM. Herb & Hanson perform songs from America’s oldest influences. Incorporating the blues styles of both Piedmont and Delta regions, the lyrical themes of the Blue Ridge hills, and the Ragtime bounce of America’s oldest cities into their songwriting and live shows, this prodigious pair seeks to relay these traditions in a contemporary way for their audience to ruminate. They are creating new roots music. $15. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave SE. 202-544-5807. cornerstorearts.org Kelly McFarling & Goodnight Texas at Corner Store. Apr 18, 8:00 PM. Homegrown and haunting, Kelly McFarling’s voice spirals powerfully, and progressively over a bed of oldtime instrumentation. $15. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave SE. 202544-5807. cornerstorearts.org Amelia White with Brett Ryan Stewart at Ebenezers. Apr 19, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202/558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com Chatham Street & Medium Gauge at Corner Store. Apr 20, 8:00 PM. CHATHAM STREET has received 15 songwriting awards and were just nominated for two Washington DC WAMMIE awards. Their sound has been called “New Americana” and carries multiple musical influences, from old-time gospel, bluegrass, rootsy-folk, yet it has the edginess of the contemporary rock and pop music they grew up with. $10. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave SE. 202-5445807. cornerstorearts.org Washington Savoyards-A Grand Night for Singing. Apr 20-May 6. Celebrate the glory Rodgers and Hammerstein with the Washington Savoyards as they mount A Grand Night for Singing. With over 30 classic R & H songs, this 1993 Tony nominated show conceived by Tony Award winning director and Catholic University Alum, Walter Bobbie, takes us on a lively and inventive journey through their beloved songs with elegance and refinement. This flirtatious journey through well and lesser-known songs will leave you with a song in your heart and a smile on your face. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. atlasarts.org Rudder North with Ryanhood and Frank Viele at Ebenezers. Apr 26, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202/558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com Harmonious Wail at Corner Store. Apr 27, 8:00 PM. Harmonious Wail delivers with upbeat rhythms, tight harmonies, and hot instrumental work for a night of rocking fun. $20. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave SE. 202-544-5807. cornerstorearts.org Darlingside with Jamie Kent & the Options and Bethany and the Guitar at Ebenezers. Apr 28, 7:30-10:00 PM. $15. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202/558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com
Jazz at the Atlas-Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet. May 2, 8:00 PM. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org Piano Four Hands. May 2, 7:00 PM. The Piano Dou of Lou Ivey and Mark Conrad will present an evening of music for piano four hands featuring Mozart, Rachmaninoff and PDQ Bach. Art & Spirit is a monthly program at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church presenting the visual and performing arts in a coffeehouse setting. Beverages and desserts are served. Donations accepted. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202 554-3222. staugustinesdc.org Joy Ike with JD Eicher and Kurt Scobie at Ebenezers. May 4, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202/558-6900. ebenezerscoffeehouse.com HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. (Tuesday, draft beer $3.) 816 H St. NE. 202-253-0044. hr57.org
UNITED MEDICAL CENTER
“My name is Dr. Raymond Tu and I choose United Medical Center!”
Dr. Raymond Tu – Chair, Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
r. Raymond Tu is a true local doctor. Dr. Tu was born in Washington DC, grew up on Southern Avenue and first joined our hospital as a student in 1977, enticed by his first opportunity in “central reproduction” (the copy room). Dr. Tu returns as the UMC Chairman of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging. As a true Washingtonian, Dr. Tu has served on the DC Board of Medicine, advisor to Medicare and currently serves on the Board of Medicine Telemedicine Taskforce. In addition
to practicing medicine at UMC, Dr. Tu teaches at George Washington University School of Medicine. As a part of his ongoing mission, he has appeared on radio and television shows including hosting his own show, Wellness, which ran for three years. Dr. Tu has received prestigious honors such as the Governors Citation for Community Service, written numerous scientific papers, book chapters and lectures all across the world. We are proud to have Dr. Raymond Tu back home at UMC!!
United Medical Center 202-574-6000 1310 Southern Avenue, SE WDC 20032 www.united-medicalcenter.com
Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202-484-7700. westminsterdc.org/jazz Blue Monday Blues. Mondays, 6:009:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/ general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202484-7700. westminsterdc.org/blues
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THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD The Seafarer at H Street Playhouse. Apr 7-May 20. Witness a group of Irish lads playing cards at a boozy Christmas party. When they run out of things to wager, they bet their souls. Yet, there is hell to pay when the devil comes to collect. $10-$20. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 703-684-7990. scenatheater.org
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Sasha Bruce Youthwork www.sashabruce.org 202.675.9340 Safe Homes - Stable Families - Tomorrow's Leaders Building Opportunities - Healthy Lives
JOIN US AT THE 5TH ANNUAL PENN QUARTER ON THE BLOCK Charity Auction & Cocktail Reception to benefit Sasha Bruce Youthwork's Building for the Future Program, which includes the construction of a new residential facility for eight youth. WHERE:
Weschler's 2nd Floor Gallery, 909 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Thursday, April 19, 6-8pm $30 in advance, $40 at the door.
Contact Bart Sheard for tickets at 202.675.9340, ext. 118 or email@example.com.
Located at 741 8th Street, SE, Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) has been improving the lives of homeless youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1974.
ST. PETER SCHOOL The Key to Educational Excellence since 1868
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Auditions for “The Gondoliers” at CHAW. Apr 12, 7:00-9:45 p.m.; Apr 14, 2:00-4:30 p.m. (or by appointment, if you are unable to make audition times: email jill@ chaw.org or call 202-547-6839.) Seeking participants for a new (and always slightly twisted) production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers.” All are most welcome and encouraged to try out. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545, 7th St. SE. chaw.org Taffety Punk Theater Company Dance and Theater Performance. Apr 14, 6:30 PM. The performances will benefit the work of Seva Mandir (meaning “Temple of Service”), an organization which has been working for 40 years to empower the tribal groups in the Rajasthan district of India. Free but donations to Seva Mandir are encouraged. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. chaw.org The Taming of the Shrew at the Folger. May 1-June 10. The battle of the sexes wages on as the arrogant Petruchio and the headstrong Kate face off in Shakespeare’s comedic examination of the institution of marriage and the journey toward love. $30-$65. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202 544 7077. folger.edu Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Arena. Through May 6. Delusion and disenchantment have pitted the Tyrone family members against one another for decades. One fateful day, as their increasingly drunken hours slip by, they must either confront their defeated dreams or else be forever doomed to a cycle of guilt and resentment. Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical masterwork exposes the lies we tell, the deceptions we craft, and the undercurrent of compassion that, if uncovered, can redeem us in the end. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. arenastage.org The Secret Garden at St Marks. May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 4:00 PM. A musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name is set in the early 20th century. A young English girl raised in India is sent to England to live with relatives she has never met. Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, as well as her sickly cousin and uncle. St Marks, 301 A St. SE. 202-546-9670. stmarksplayers.org
LITERARY EVENTS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Asian-American Poetry Today-Garrett Hongo. Apr 13, 2:00 PM. Japanese-American poet Garrett Hongo reads his work, followed by a moderated discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Books sales and a signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Asian Division of the Library of
Congress. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor). 202-707-5394. loc.gov Southeast Library Book Sale. Apr 14 (monthly on the 2nd Staurday), 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-6983377. dclibrary.org/southeast Literary Birthday Celebration-William Shakespeare. Apr 18, noon. The actors of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare with a recitation of Shakespeare’s greatest works. Free. Presented in partnership with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Montpelier Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor). 202-7075394. loc.gov PEN/Faulkner-Gary Shteyngart & Adam Ross. Apr 20, 7:30 PM. Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Super Sad True Love Story, and Ross, whose debut novel Mr. Peanut received numerous accolades, read from their works. $15. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. folger.edu Books and Beyond-The Other Latin. Apr 26, noon. As part of the Books and Beyond series, Letras Latinas Director Francisco Aragón will moderate a noontime panel in the Pickford Theater featuring poet Blas Falconer and writer Lorraine López, coeditors of the recent anthology The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, who will discuss the contemporary state of Latino literature. Free. Book sales and a signing will follow. Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building (third floor). 202707-5394. loc.gov Letter Writing Social. Apr 28, noon-3:00 PM. Amaze a friend by sending an old-fashioned, handwritten, paper-based message instead of the usual tweet or text. They might just write you back! Retro pens, pretty paper, and mailable supplies are provided in this veritable letter-writing lounge. Postage stamps available for purchase in the museum’s Stamp Store. Free. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Reunion Reading Tour. Apr 30, 6:30 PM. Founded in Boston in 1987 by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange, The Dark Room Collective began as an informal community of African American poets. The esteemed collective reunites for readings in 2012. $15. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE. folger.edu Poet Laureate Final Event. May 3, 7:00 PM. Philip Levine, the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress, will conclude the Library’s literary spring season. Free. A reception and book signing will follow. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707- 5394. loc.gov
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony. May 5, 7:00 PM. Hear this year’s finalists for America’s largest peer-juried fiction award - Russell Banks, Lost Memory of Skin; Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda; Anita Desai, The Artist of Disappearance; Steven Millhauser, We Others; and Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic-read from their work, with presentations by this year’s judges Marita Golden, Maureen Howard, and Steve Yarbrough. A reception follows the ceremony. $125. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202 544 7077. folger.edu
EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD “It’s Up to You” Exhibition. Apr 14-May 4. The Capitol Hill Art League presents an all-media juried exhibit. The opening is Apr 14, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Free but donations to Seva Mandir (an organization which has been working for 40 years to empower the tribal groups in the Rajasthan district of India) are encouraged. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th Street SE. 202-5476839. chaw.org Philip Michael Wolfson at Industry Gallery. Through Apr 28. “Animated Unobtainium: Tsukumogami DC Series 1” INDUSTRY/ Washington, Atlas Theater District, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 202-399-1730. industrygallerydc.com The Fridge Presents Dissociative by SCOTCH! Through Apr 29. Internationally acclaimed artist SCOTCH! returns to The Fridge with his split-personality, alter-ego show DISSOCIATIVE featuring a series of a new works inspired by Mexican folk art, Santeria, gang life and the preferences of a distinguished gentleman. SCOTCH! was twice named San Antonio’s Best Anonymous Public Artist and was featured in Juxtapoz Magazine for his public art installation Uniting Artists through Crime. The Fridge DC, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. thefridgedc. com Art Exhibition at Hill Center Galleries. Through May 20. The new exhibition will showcase works including colored pencil drawings, digital prints, acrylic paintings, glass mosaic paintings and watercolor paintings. The exhibit also features a bold collection of wood and metal sculpture. In celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival, several exquisite hand embroidered kimonos, obis and silk paintings will also be on display. The Opening Reception with artists will be Apr 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org Shakespeare’s Sisters: Voices of English and European Women Writers, 1500– 1700. Through May 20. Virginia Woolf
famously evoked Shakespeare’s sister in A Room of One’s Own as she tried to imagine the difficulties women writers faced during the early modern period. In fact, Woolf was not aware of how many women actually were writing during that time, because many of their works were never published, and those that were, lay in relative critical neglect. This exhibition explores those women who were, in fact, writing during Shakespeare’s time. It reimagines the “conversations” of these early women writers: with each other as members of families or groups; with the Bible; with spiritual and secular ideas; and with male writers of the time. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu “Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship” Exhibition at Library of Congress. Through Sept 15. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gift with this exhibition. In 1912 the city of Tokyo gave Washington, DC, a gift of 3,000 flowering cherry trees (“sakura” in Japanese), as a symbol of enduring friendship between Japan and the United States. Despite a war, the friendship has prevailed, and the trees every spring have bestowed upon the US capital a graceful beauty and a time-honored tradition of gathering and admiring the pink blossoms. Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. loc.gov
TOURS, TALKS, CLASSES AND LECTURES AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Curator-led Tour of Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Apr 14, 2:00 PM. Join curator Daniel Piazza for a tour of the Fire & Ice exhibit, highlighting objects that reveal new sides of the story of the RMS Titanic. Free. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture 2012. Apr 16, 7:30 PM. Dr. Sarah Beckwith, a Professor of English and Professor and Chair of Theater Studies at Duke University, delivers the 2012 Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture, entitled “What Mamillius Knew: Ceremonies of Initiation in The Winter’s Tale.” Free. Folger Shakespeare Theater, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu Creating the Old Girls Club-Breaking Barriers and Succeeding in Politics. Apr 17, 6:30 PM. Join Sewall-Belmont and the Women’s Congressional Staff Association for an amazing discussion that will provide strategies and tips to overcoming barriers and achieving success in politics. $15. Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. 202-546-1210. sewallbelmont.org
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FlowersOn The Hill 650 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Treat Your Mom This Mother’s Day! Call early for Specials. 10am - 5pm. Mon-Fri.
Celebrate and Participate! Capitol Hill Ecumenical Easter Vigil Saturday, April 7, 8:00 p.m. Easter Worship Service Sunday, April 8, 11:00 a.m. Anniversary Worship Service With special historic plaque dedication Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. “It’s History” Sidewalk Sale Saturday, May 12, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Donations accepted May 7-11, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
visit www.capitolhillpreschurch.org for more information. 201 4th Street, SE (at Fourth and Independence Ave SE) Washington, DC 20003 • 202-547-8676
Expressive Drawing with Teaching Artist Ellen Cornett. Sundays, Apr 22-May 13, 2:30-4:30 PM. Join teaching artist Ellen Cornett for four creative Sunday afternoons of challenging and exciting drawing projects. Using a variety of supplied materials students will expand their repertoire of drawing methods and techniques through a series of fun exercises. Some drawing experience is suggested but not necessary. $160 + $10 materials fee. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org Designing Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging Population. Apr 26, 9:00 AM3:00 PM. By 2030, one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. What are the policy and design strategies needed to ensure that seniors have safe, accessible, and affordable housing and communities? On April 26, professionals and practitioners from multiple disciplines address housing and neighborhoods for an aging population. $150. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org History, Imagery, & Substance of Chinese Medicine-Creating Physical, Mental, & Emotional Wellbeing. May 5, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM. Seminar by acupuncturist Jonathan Gilbert with overview and enough detail to enable participants to discuss Traditional Chinese Medicine more confidently and intelligently. $37.50-$145. NASW-DC, 750 First St. NE, Ste 700. 202-336-8395. thegilbertclinic.com/news-and-events Congressional Cemetery Tour. Historic Congressional Cemetery is always open during daylight hours for self-guided walking tours. Copies of the tours are available from the mailbox attached to the gazebo at the 18th St. gate or can be downloaded at congressionalcemetery.org. Free, docentled tours are held every Saturday, Apr.-Oct., 11:00 a.m., beginning at the Chapel in the center of the cemetery. Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. congressionalcemetery.org
National’s Ballpark Tours. WednesdaySunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12-$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. washington.nationals.mlb.com Free Drop-In Tango Práctica at CHAW. Apr 13, 7:00-9:30 PM. Join Jake and Danarae Stevens for a free práctica. Once a month they host an early evening free práctica. The idea of this practica is to provide tango dancers of all levels an opportunity to practice, collaborate, and learn in a collective space. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. 202-547-6839. chaw.org Fair Chance 5K Run/Walk: Runnin’ for a Chance. Apr 15, 9:00 AM. $35. Race will take place on AU’s campus, starting on the Quad, 4400 Mass. Ave. NW. fairchancedc.org Maya Angelou 10K & 5K. Apr 21, 8:00 AM. $40-$50. No on site registration. Rock Creek Park, Near Carter Barron & Tennis Stadium. 202-797-8250. seeforever.org Washington Nationals Pups in the Park. Apr 21, 1:05 PM. Nat’s vs. Marlins. Bring your well-behaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $25 which includes a $5 donation to Humane Society. washington.nationals. mlb.com
SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS
DC Challenge Adventure Race 5K. Apr 28, 1:30 PM. $50. The Challenge is a ridiculously fun. Amazing Race style competition packed into one incredible day. Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other Challengers for immortal glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city. The Bullpen, 1299 Half St. SE. 240-442-2011. dcchallenge.org
DC United Soccer Home Matches. Apr 7 vs. Seattle Sounders FC; Apr 18, vs. Montreal Impact. Apr 22 vs. New York Red Bulls; Apr 28 vs. Houston Dynamo. 7:30 PM. (4/22 match, 6:00 PM). $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. dcunited.com
Kettle Classic 5K. Apr 28, 8:00 AM. $15$30. The first ever Salvation Army Kettle Classic 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012 in the heart of Washington, DC at West Potomac Park along the Potomac River. 202-756-3906. active.com
Washington Wizards Basketball. Apr 10, 14, 18 and 23 at 7:00 PM. Apr 26 at 8:00 PM. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397SEAT. nba.com/wizards
Run/Walk For Freedom 5K. Apr 28, 8:00 AM. $40. East Potomac Park golf course, 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-617-5708. safetyandhealthfoundation.org
Nats Baseball. Apr 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22; May 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. (Home Opener, Apr 12, vs. Reds.) $5, up. Nationals
The Race to End Poverty 5K. Apr 28, 8:00 AM. $33. Rock Creek Park-Picnic Area 24. awidercircle.org
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Park. 202-675-6287. washington.nationals. mlb.com
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CIVIC LIFE Annual Norton Small Business & Finance Fair. Apr 13, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. One-on-one with banks, federal contracting officers and the Small Business Administration. Apply for loans. Technical assistance workshops. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. Ward 6 DCPS Public Meeting. Apr 25, 6:30-8:30 PM. Grant funds are projected at $3.8 million for FY 2013, an 82% drop. Officials have announced that the cost of the IMPACT bonuses has been passed on to the individual schools. The city has scheduled a series of community briefings to explain the budget and answer questions. Eastern Senior High School, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE 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. 202-7248072. tommywells.org Congresswoman Nortonâ€™s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202-783-5065. norton. house.gov ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202423-8868. anc6a.org ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. anc6b.org ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202547-7168. anc6c.org ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-554-1795. anc6d.org H
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Capitol Streets 150 years of Celebrating Emancipation Day
articel by G. Derek Musgrove | photo by Andrew Lightman
n April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed “An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia,” known to us today as the Compensated Emancipation Act. The legislation immediately freed the 3,128 enslaved African Americans then living in the federal district and provided compensation for “loyal” former owners. As news spread that the bill had been signed into law, African Americans, both slave and free, celebrated the “Jubilee,” and the country took one more, halting step toward becoming a true democracy. This year marks the 150th anniversary of DC emancipation. Though the date has been one of the most celebrated in the District’s history and currently is a city holiday, few know much about it and its critical importance to DC residents’ and the country’s evolving understanding of freedom. This is a sad state of affairs, for how we celebrate, or even care to remember our past often says a great deal about our present. Perhaps, with a clearer understanding of DC emancipation and the ways in which it has been celebrated over the years, a larger number of DC residents will join the festivities and contribute their minds and muscle to the ongoing struggle for a more perfect Union.
An Island of Freedom
Emancipation transformed Washington, DC into an island of freedom amidst a sea of slavery. In the months fol-
posure, and disease. Sections of the old National and Arlington Cemeteries are filled with their remains, many of them children. Despite these hardships, the black population of Washington celebrated Emancipation Day between 1862 and 1865. These early celebrations were in-door, private affairs, muted by the immediacy of war and a hostile white population. Though subdued, they nonetheless provided a forum for black Washingtonians to articulate an expanded notion of freedom. During the 1863 celebration, for example, speakers protested segregation on the newly built, horse-drawn streetcars and called on local blacks to join the Union Army to fight for the ultimate destruction of slavery. With the war’s end, the celebrations became massive, public, and nationally influential.
The Emancipation Day Parade, 1866 to 1901
lowing the Act’s passage, hundreds and then thousands joined the steady stream of African Americans seeking refuge in the wartime capitol. By the end of the war, just shy of 30,000 fugitive slaves had crowded into Washington City, and Georgetown, overwhelming first the indigenous African American community and then the federal government’s ability to provide for their care. A hostile, Democratic city government made little provision for these “contraband,” and hundreds died of malnutrition, ex-
In 1866, one year after former Arlington resident, General Robert E. Lee, had surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia, Washington’s African Americans celebrated Emancipation Day with a huge parade. An estimated 5,000 marchers composed of black church, political, ward and social clubs, brass bands, drum corps, and soldiers armed and in uniform, traversed miles of rutted streets from Georgetown to the Executive Mansion, to the Capitol Building. That evening the marchers retired to Franklin Square where an estimated 10,000 onlookers joined them for capitalcommunitynews.com H 29
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orations, song, and prayers of thanksgiving. With strong backing from all quarters of the black community, the Emancipation Day parade became the most impressive public event in the nation’s capital, sometimes outstripping the inauguration in size and passion. Participants came in their best clothes or elaborate costumes, and local clubs spent lavishly to create the most memorable floats or to be accompanied by the best musicians. The 1868 parade, for instance featured floats with a working printing press that reeled off copies of the Emancipation Act, a blacksmith at a working forge, and an African American woman sumptuously adorned as the “goddess of liberty.” And because the parade was in the nation’s capital, it took on a national feel and importance. Contingents of blacks often came from Baltimore, Annapolis, and other surrounding cities to join the celebration, national black political figures such as Frederick Douglass and the black Reconstruction Congressmen regularly addressed the crowds, and the President regularly reviewed the procession. Far more than a simple celebration of emancipation, the parade served as a forum in which blacks articulated and advocated for an expanded notion of American freedom that knew no bounds of color. In 1866, marchers passed under the portico of the Executive Mansion carrying signs that read “Equal political rights,” and “Universal suffrage,” a not so subtle rebuke to President Andrew Johnson who, just months before, had attempted to block passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the Fourteenth Amendment. With radical Republicans in the ascendance, the marchers found powerful allies in Congress who granted African American men the right to vote in the District by overriding Johnson’s vetoes. As voters and citizens, DC blacks used subsequent parades to organize the black community into a powerful force in District elections, sustaining the Reconstruction experiment in the face of local white hostility. Though the parade would continue unabated late into the century, the Reconstruction experiment would not. Much of white America was not ready to accept African Americans as fellow citizens. Congress stripped the District of home rule in 1874 and abandoned the Reconstruction experiment altogether two years later. With the end of bi-racial democracy, indeed all democracy, in the federal District, the parade remained as one of the few public places in which blacks could articulate the expanded notion of freedom that had emerged from the Civil War. As the possibilities of the Reconstruction period vanished, however, black DC residents fractured along class lines. In 1886, middle class blacks sought to distance themselves from the “notorious class
of Negroes,” as Washington Bee editor and mouthpiece for the black elite, Calvin Chase called them, and organized their own parade. Chase and other “respectable” blacks, hoped that by distancing themselves from the poverty, ignorance, and “rowdyism” of the black masses, they might shield themselves form the increasing hostility of the white community. This class tension lead to the dissolution of the parade in 1901, when middle class blacks withdrew their support entirely.
Forgetting DC Emancipation
For nearly one hundred years, no large public commemorations marked Emancipation Day. This was not for lack of demand. Public requests for a resumption of the parade became so numerous in 1906 that Chase was forced to make the claim that misappropriation of funds by working class parade organizers had moved black businessmen to end the event. Some black civic and religious organizations attempted to hold their own parades without that support but their efforts paled in comparison to the old celebration. In 1917, for instance, black Baptist churches across the city commemorated emancipation during their Sunday sermons and the Nimrod Grand Encampment No. 1, Ancient Order, Knights of Jerusalem held a small parade the following day. In the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, the Lincoln Emancipation League and the Association of Oldest Inhabitants (Colored) continued to hold Emancipation Day celebrations, but these events were small and often limited to members. The end of the parades, generational change, and population turnover lead to a collective amnesia about DC Emancipation in the middle years of the twentieth century. By the end of the 1910s the number of people who had been freed by the DC Emancipation Act, the living examples of the significance of the legislation, had dwindled to no more than a handful. During and after World War I, the Great Migration filled the city with African Americans who had no personal experience with DC emancipation or the parades. By 1962, public memory of Emancipation Day was so scarce that the centennial passed with little public comment. Official Washington recognized the occasion with a small ceremony in the Capitol at which a recently repaired statue of President Lincoln was rededicated. The Washington Post and Washington Star published short articles about the DC Emancipation Act, yet, incredibly, the Washington Afro American made no mention DC emancipation whatsoever. This silence was in stark contrast to the bi-racial hoopla over the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation just a few months later. District residents’ collective amnesia was in keeping with the restrictive notion of freedom
that had come to define life in the nation’s capital. No adult DC native living in 1962 had ever voted in any election whatsoever, and segregation was so entrenched that it carried the authority of law. DC civil rights activists were then demanding an end to these practices, but their demands sprang less from their understanding of the city’s history than the glaring contradiction of segregation and disfranchisement in the then majorityblack “capital of the free world.”
Reviving Emancipation Day in the late 20th Century
The modern rediscovery of Emancipation Day came in the mid-1980s through the efforts of a number of African American historians and activists. In 1985, local historian C. R. Gibbs penned “Brief Life, Bitter End for Parade” for the Washington Post, a beautifully written exploration of what he termed the “now-forgotten celebration.” Six years later, Loretta Carter Hanes, president of DC Reading is Fundamental, set out to revive the public celebrations. In April 1991, Hanes organized an Emancipation Day celebration at her home church, All Souls Unitarian. The following year, she teamed up with Howard University historian Elizabeth Clark-Lewis and the Anacostia Community Museum to sponsor the “First Freed Project”: two days of celebrations and lectures on DC emancipation. The following year Hanes began several events that would mark Emancipation Day for the remainder of the decade. Working with New Jersey Representative Donald Manzullo (R), a Lincoln scholar, she organized the ringing of the bells in the old Post Office building (arguing that DC churches had rung their bells to signal the time that the DC Emancipation Act had been signed by Lincoln) and the laying of a wreath at the Lincoln statue in Northeast, to mark Emancipation Day. Ironically, her efforts came to wide public attention when she failed to perform them. In 1999, Hanes, struggling with the medical bills that were a product of a DDT contamination of her home, could not raise $50 to buy a wreath. When the story got out, the National Park
Service, the Washington Historical Society, and a handful of private donors raised the money and held a ceremony in June. City elected officials responded to Hanes’ advocacy, issuing a proclamation declaring April 16 “Emancipation Day” in 1996, making it a “private holiday” in 2000, securing city support for an Emancipation Day parade between 4th and 14th streets along Pennsylvania Ave. in 2002, and, in 2005, making Emancipation Day an official city holiday. Throughout, city leaders used Emancipation Day to make the case for DC statehood. During the 2002 parade, Councilman Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5), sponsor of all of the parade and holiday legislation, stated, “Our ultimate goal is to have taxation with full representation and to have two senators and one representative voting in Congress.” Most recently, in 2011, Mayor Vincent Gray, several members of the City Council, and several dozen residents marked the holiday by protesting recent congressional impositions on local governance and opposition to the DC Voting Rights Act.
Through DC Emancipation Day, African Americans and their allies have highlighted their expansive vision of American freedom. They viewed the Emancipation Act as a critical step in the creation of a democratic and egalitarian society. Freedom, for them, was not simply the absence of slavery, but the presence of justice and equality. This, I believe, is the tradition that we must hold fast to today. So whether you attend the Emancipation Day parade, lay a wreath at the Lincoln statue, or attend one of the many lectures planned for the quincentennial, remember that we are the beneficiaries of a long and tortured struggle for freedom, that struggle is far from over, and it should be celebrated with action. G. Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2012) H
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William Penn House Sunday Potluck
On Sunday, Apr 15, 6:30 p.m., editor Michael Long will discuss “I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters.” 2012 is the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, often called the “lost prophet” of the civil rights movement. A master strategist and tireless activist, he is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the US. He brought Gandhi’s protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and played a deeply influential role in the life of Martin LutherKing, Jr., helping to mold him into an international symbol of nonviolence. William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-5560. WilliamPennHouse.org
ArtsNOW: A Community Moment at CHAW
What do dancers (including Zumba specialists and tiny ballerinas),
actors, strolling musicians, skateboarders, painters, photographers, ceramicists, children, and adults all have in common? They’ll all be celebrating CHAW’s 40th Anniversary Year at “ArtsNOW: A Community Moment with CHAW” on Saturday, April 14, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. And, they invite everyone to join them for a oneof-kind, not-soon-to-be-repeated interconnecting community moment (involving 1600 hands) at precisely 11:40 a.m.-ssshhh, they can’t reveal all the details right now but they can tell you it’s all free and involves ice cream. Sponsored in part by DC Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-5476839.chaw.org
DC CROP Hunger Walk 5K
You are invited to join this sponsored walk to raise awareness and funds for local hunger fighting agencies and international relief and develop-
DC kids meet Mayor Gray at the Office of The State Superintendent of Education College Expo
ment programs, through Church World Service. The walk is on Saturday, May 5, 10:00 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 4th and I sts. SW. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The 5 K walk will go through several southwest neighborhoods and ends at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 6th and M sts. SW. CROP Hunger Walks take place in 2000 communities all across the United States. The DC walk contributes 25% of money raised to Martha’s Table and DC Hunger Solutions, an advocacy organization. Last year, more than 150 walkers raised over $17,000. There is a Feinstein Foundation $1 million challenge grant to groups raising money to fight hunger during March and April, 2012. This walk’s funds raised online before April 30 are eligible for these funds.
CHRS House & Garden Tour Dates Announced
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This year’s House and Garden Tour will be held Saturday, May 12, 5:008:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, 1:00-5:00 p.m. The tour will concentrate on the area bounded by Massachusetts Ave. and E. Capitol St. between 2nd St. and 11th St. NE. Tour tickets are $25
in advance ($20 for CHRS members until Apr 18) and $30 the weekend of the tour. They may be purchased online and at select venues around the Hill. CHRS also will have a booth at Eastern Market during weekends Apr 21-22 and 28-29; May 5-6 and 12-13. chrs.org
Northeast Library Renovation Meeting
The Friends of the Northeast Library will host an update meeting on the planned renovation on Apr. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Architects are currently developing proposals for a very different interior of the historic branch. The library will close this fall for a year while the renovation work is done. Some of the proposed ideas include moving the children’s area from the second floor to the first as well as moving most of the adult programs from the first floor to the second. Details of the renderings and other information are posted on fonel.weebly.com. Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE. 202698-3320. dclibrary.org/northeast
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Shared Riding in Taxi Cabs Now Allowed at Nationals Park
Washington Nationals fans who enjoy staying until the end of games can now look forward to easier transportation after leaving the stadium. The DC Taxicab Commission will allow “shared riding” at Nationals Park this season beginning Apr 12 to help eliminate the crowds who leave games in search of cabs. Nationals Park joins Union Station and the Verizon Center as the only locations in the District which allow this method. Under the new rule, people who want a cab must get in line at a taxi stand near the intersection of M and So. Capitol sts. SE. The line will run westward on the north side of M St. and will be the only place fans can get a cab near the stadium. The new method should reduce congregation of fans while providing quality fares to drivers.
Maine Avenue Section of Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Improves
District residents and visitors to the centennial National Cherry Blossom Festival have something
else to celebrate this year-improved walking and biking between festivities at the Tidal Basin and the neighborhoods, restaurants and marina in the Southwest Waterfront via a new Maine Avenue section of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. The onethird-mile long section offers a new 14-foot wide multi-use paved trail along the south side of Maine Ave. SW between the 14th Street Bridge and just east of 12th St. SE in front of the Washington Fish Market. anacostiawaterfront.org
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Raise the Titanic at Fort Fringe
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RMS Titanic’s maiden voyage-and her untimely collision with the iceberg-on Saturday, Apr 14 at Fort Fringe-The Shop. Scenes from Michael Merino’s play, Hemispheric Dysfunctionalism and the Cortical Titanic, will be read. The work premiered in New Orleans in 1993 and is slated for a DC production in the fall. The cast includes Ian LeValley as the captain, supported by a large ensemble of actors and musicians, performing period-inspired music. Cortical Titanic combines original material with various texts ranging from romanticized and sociological accounts of the Titanic’s ill-fated journey to neurological case
studies and philosophical writings. Tickets are $20 and appetizers and champagne will be served. Tickets can be purchased at ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9666824 or at the door the night of the event. Apr 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Fort Fringe-The Shop, 607 New York Ave. NW.
NoMa Metro Station Fastest Growing in System
The New York Avenue Metro Station is growing faster than all the other 85 stations in the Metrorail system. The daily ridership has grown 18.6 percent over the last year, and weekday ridership (as of June) averages 7,461 people. The growth is not hard to see for NoMa residents and employees, as construction cranes dot the sky on practically every block. Already, more than 45,000 people work in NoMa each day. The residents are growing rapidly as well, with 2,200 residential units under construction now! To recognize this growth, WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) will change the name of the New York Avenue Metro Station. Beginning in June 2012, the station will officially be renamed NoMa/ Gallaudet U. The New York Avenue designation will remain as a secondary title for 12 months, then will be completely removed.
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Paintings by Dilip Sheth, through May 4. “An undefined energy inspires me to go along this creative process and my figures move from abstract to surrealistic to realistic forms, breathing between layers of colors and details of drawing. My work moves and yearns for unity within its own contrasts, and when it achieves unity it brings about tranquility and joy. Through the use of bold colors, the real world I see becomes my world on canvas.” Evolve Urban Arts Gallery, Pierce School Lofts, 1375 Maryland Ave. NE. evolvedc.com
Sky House in SW Starts Construction
Construction has started on Sky House, two residential buildings totaling 530 units located in the Southwest Waterfront area. Located at the corner of 4th and M sts. SW, Sky House is an adaptive reuse of two commercial buildings into two new luxury residential communities. The tallest buildings in Southwest DC, Sky House will feature stunning panoramic views from a mix of studio, one-bedroom and twobedroom residences with floor-toceiling windows. skyhousedc.com
Zuppa Fresca Serving Dinner/Full Bar
Zuppa Fresca received their temporary liquor license and is now offering extended hours, a full bar, and a new dinner menu. Zuppa Fresca opened in December at 250 K Street, NE, in the Loree Grand and serves fresh Italian fare. New hours are Tues.-Fri., 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-10:00 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-10:00 p.m. 36 H HillRag | April 2012
Joy of Motion Seniors Dance Concert
Join them for their first ever Seniors in Motion Concert, featuring participants of Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Seniors in Motion program: Erika Thimey Dance Company, Jazzemotion and Las SENORitas. Special guest performance from JOMDC resident adult hip hop company DCypher Dance! JOMDC’s Seniors in Motion program shares the joys of dance and movement with the region’s aging population. JOMDC focuses on providing regular and meaningful dance education, interactive performances and performing opportunities to hundreds of seniors at their living and community centers. The Seniors in Motion program allows JOMDC to extend its reach to the senior citizen community, furthering its goal to “create communities that dance.” Free. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. atlasarts.org
DC Velodrome Coming to Buzzard Point
This summer a new outdoor track cycling arena will open on Buzzard Point and will be host to major racing events, cycling courses for kids and adult riders, as well as free fitness programming for the community. Headed by a non-profit group, DC Velodrome, the track will be located between T and V sts. and First and Second sts. SW, four blocks southwest of Nationals Park on a 1.5 acre parcel of land. It will be the 27th Velodrome to open in the US, and will serve as a site for pro-level races in the District, and also as a community asset to neighborhood residents. DC Velodrome’s initial plans include the assembly of a portable cycle track that is 544 feet in circumference, a small grandstand for spectators, lighting, locker rooms, a snack bar, and parking. According to DC Velodrome, “the track can accommodate 12-15 riders for youth and adult classes and as many as 24 licensed or more experienced riders at one time. Typically races will be run with 12-16 riders. A fleet of Fuji track bikes and Bell helmets will be available for beginners at no charge in their basic and advanced classes,
fitness sessions, and for rent to others during scheduled training hours. dcvelodrome.org
CHAW Spring Classes and Workshops
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is now registering youth and adult students for a slate of new classes in the visual and performing arts. Adult classes beginning Apr 16 include Ceramics, Photography, Drawing, Creative Writing, Guitar, Zumba (multiple days/times), Yoga, Pilates, Tap, Ballet, and more. Four-week drop-in passes are available for certain classes. Students ages 0-5 can participate in Music Together classes (various session times and days beginning Apr 9) and Tumbling, Creative Movement, PreBallet and Ballet sessions beginning Apr 16. 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.org or call 202-547-6839.
CENTURY 21 New Millennium Opens Office on Capitol Hill
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Save the date. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church is holding the “It’s History” Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 12 (rain or shine), 8:30 a.m.3:00 p.m. Donations will be accepted from the community at the Chapel on the west side of the church, May 7-11 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Donations of household goods, seasonal decorations, clothing and accessories, children’s toys, sports equipment, furniture, office equipment and supplies, books, music and electronics are welcome. For more information or questions about donations to the sidewalk sale, send your inquiry to email@example.com or contact the church at 202-547-8676.
H Street FRESHFARM Market Opens this Month
Located in a dynamic DC neighborhood, the H Street FRESHFARM Market is offered to area residents as part of a partnership project with the H Street Main Street Program and the DC Office of Planning. Every Saturday, the farmers at H Street bring the best of their local, seasonal bounty, including handmade cows’ milk cheeses, yogurt, organic and grass-fed meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, pastries, sorbets, ice creams, flowers and more. Saturdays, Apr 21Nov 17, 9:00 a.m.-noon. Exact location TBD. freshfarmmarkets.org
An Evening Series on Real Estate Development on Capitol Hill
First Session: Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m. Councilmember Tommy Wells to Speak. When will the new Capitol Riverfront neighborhood around Nationals Park become fully builtout? When will the Hine at 8th and Pennsylvania be developed and what will it look like? When will key sites on H Street and in NOMA be developed and what shape will such development take? When will Hill East move from being a plan to being developed and how? CHAMPS, the Capitol Hill
Chamber of Commerce, is sponsoring an educational series on these and other real estate-related issues to help the community better understand the pipeline of projects coming to the Capitol Hill community. The co-sponsors include the Capitol Hill BID, Capitol Riverfront BID, NOMA BID, and the Barracks Row and H Street Main Streets. The series will involve two sessions. The first program will focus on development activity south of East Capitol Street and east of South Capitol Street. The second program will feature developments north of East Capitol Street and east of North Capitol Street. Both programs will feature presentations highlighting various development projects, and guest speakers will provide development overviews of the subject areas and the projects. The first session will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The second session will be held in mid-May. Both programs will be held at the renovated former Meader Theater at 535 8th Street, SE. This venue is generously being made available by the National Community Church. No admission fees will be charged. Please plan tojoin with CHAMPS and attend one or both sessions.
5th Annual Charity Auction For Sasha Bruce Youthwork
On Thursday, April 19th at 6 p.m. in D.C.’s Penn Quarter, Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers will be holding its fifth annual “Penn Quarter on the Block” charity auction and reception for Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY), a non-profit agency that works to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused and neglected and at-risk youth and their families in the Washington, D.C. area. Numerous Penn Quarter businesses and other D.C. mercahnts participate by offering food, items and packages to be auctioned, and 2012’s event promises to be the biggest yet. 100% of money raised will go directly towards SBY’s Building for the Future project. In July 2011, SBY’s governing Board of Directors accepted the donation
of an abandoned structure in the District’s Ward 7. Their vision is to rehabilitate this structure as service-enriched transitional housing for homeless youth. Tickets: $40 at the door ($30 in advance) https://npo.networkforgood. org/Donate/Donate.
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The success of many of their programs depends directly on the efforts of their dedicated volunteers. You could make a difference and play a vital role at the Atlas! To volunteer you must be 18 or older, friendly, outgoing and enjoy working with people. You should have an interest in promoting Atlas programs. Volunteers engage Atlas audiences as ushers, direct patrons to the theaters and also interact with audiences in the Atlas Café. Volunteer departmental assistants work in the Atlas offices during regular business hours. Orientation or training is provided. To become an Atlas volunteer, contact Jessica Abel at 202-399-7993 ext. 144 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org
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Wrapping Up the D.C. Primaries
here’s nothing worse than having your esteemed editors push your deadline to account for a coming election—and that election remain unsettled after all of the ballots have been counted. But that’s what happened after polls closed on the April 3 D.C. primary. In the marquee matchup between Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) and Sekou Biddle for an At-Large seat on the D.C. Council, Orange emerged victorious by a mere 543 votes, or 1.05 percent of all ballots cast. Still, that wasn’t enough for him to declare victory—with absentee and provisional votes yet to be counted, the margin between the two could well fall under the one percent mark, triggering an automatic recount. The race is significant for a number of reasons. First, because it was the only race in which the incumbent did not handily win re-election. In ward 2, 4, 7, and 8, challengers failed to defeat the incumbents they decried on the campaign trail. Second, it demonstrates the corrosive effect the blossoming scandal involving city contractor and campaign contributor Jeffrey Thompson had on Orange, who in March admitted to having taken $26,000 in money orders from Thompson for his 2010 At-Large campaign. Third, it may finally dampen Orange’s enthusiasm—and electability—for higher office.
Orange ran for mayor in 2006, and it seemed like something of an open secret that he was again eyeing the possibility for 2014. At a number of candidate forums over the last three months, Orange repeatedly refused to answer the simple question over
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by Martin Austermuhle whether he would complete an At-Large term or throw himself into the mayoral race. Even if he does end up beating Biddle, Orange’s calculations for how to proceed have surely changed. First of, consider the fact that the Thompson scandal—which is slowly engulfing just about everyone in the city’s political establishment—is only now starting to show itself. If voter disgust with what has been exposed already was enough to give Biddle a big enough boost to get him within a few hundred votes of Orange, then Orange has to think: “How many more votes will I lose if this gets worse?” That’s not to say that Orange couldn’t win a mayoral election with the votes he had yesterday. All told, he did what plenty of citywide candidates have done before him—sweep wards 5, 7 and 8. Still, he lost out to Biddle in Ward 4—albeit narrowly. It won’t be lost on him that it was Ward 4 that helped decide the 2010 mayoral contest. Additionally, Orange fared terribly in wards 1, 2, 3, and 6. It was only two years ago that Orange carried Ward 3 in his fight against Kwame Brown for the council’s top post, and now he can’t rely on its votes anymore. If Orange wants to regain the voters’ confidence he steadily lost over the last few months, he’ll have to start now. In many ways, though, that’s out of his control. If the Thompson fundraising scandal continues, Orange could find himself explaining his actions rather than prepping himself for the rigors of a citywide mayoral battle that is expected to heat up as soon as next year.
Just as Orange’s mayoral fortunes have fallen, Councilmember Muriel Bowser’s (D-
Ward 4) seem to have risen. Against a field of five challengers, Bowser came away with a respectable 65 percent of the vote. Rumors have surfaced as to her future ambitions, but unlike Orange, she’s dealt with them more deftly. At a candidate forum in March, Bowser was asked whether she would serve a full term if re-elected. Quickly pivoting, she said she would do whatever the residents of Ward 4 would ask of her. Given the April 3 results, her constituents are clearly happy with her—and probably wouldn’t mind having another mayor from Ward 4, either.
Marion, the Councilmember-for-Life
Plenty of people across the city spent much of 2012 thinking, “Could this be the year Marion Barry gets voted out of office?” The problem is that many of those people don’t live in Ward 8, and those that do seemed to have thought that Barry was worth a third term on the council. Of all of the candidates facing challengers, none did better than Barry. In taking 72 percent of the vote, Barry again proved that he’s the indispensable councilmember he always claimed he was. While his campaign seemed to lack energy and the fates finally looked to be conspiring against him, Barry again proved that it’s tough to quit him. The overwhelming victory he enjoyed will likely embolden him on the council, reversing a trend under which he has been seen as more and more irrelevant.
Yvette Alexander won her re-election bid in Ward 7. In November’s general election, she faces Ron Moten, formerly of Peaceaholics who claimed victory in the rare
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Republican primary. Of course, Moten’s a Republican in a ward that’s not. (He only needed 61 votes to win.) He has to find a way to convince enough Democrats that may not like Alexander that he’s worth voting for. At the same time, he’ll have to fend off attacks from Alexander claiming that, well, he’s a Republican. Brand matters, after all. (In a year that President Obama will be up for re-election, no less.) Additionally, he’s still under a cloud for scandals related to city funds that were directed to Peaceaholics and a group home it started. ßStill, this will be the most entertaining race to watch in November.
Divided We Fall
Alexander’s victory again brings up an issue that has bedeviled challengers for as long as democracy has existed—dividing up the vote against an incumbent. While the division of votes was most pronounced in Ward 7, it may also have played a significant role in the At-Large contest. Supporters of Biddle grumbled on election night that fellow challenger Peter Shapiro might have cost Biddle the win by peeling off progressive voters and helping Orange attack Biddle on the campaign trail. There might be some truth to that—Shapiro took 30 percent of the vote in Ward 3, or some 1,300 votes. Had he dropped out of the race, at least some of those could have gone to Biddle. With 543 votes separating Biddle and Orange, every vote counts. Of course, challenger E. Gail Anderson Holness took some votes out of Orange’s base east of the river, so she might cancel out what Shapiro took from Biddle. And as Shapiro supporters noted, Biddle himself was something of a spoiler in last year’s special election, potentially costing Patrick Mara votes against Orange. Avoiding the spoiler effect seems to have worked in one case, though. In Ward 5, which faces a special election on May 15, ANC Commissioner John Salatti dropped out of the race early on. The reason? He was concerned that he and Kenyan McDuffie would split the progressive vote in the ward, allowing frontrunner Delano Hunter to easily win election to the council. Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-in-Chief of DCist.com and a freelance writer. He lives in Petworth. H
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It’s Budget Season!
Once again he budget is being blanced by cuts in housing and human services
n March 23rd, Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced his priorities for the upcoming year. That morning, he released his Fiscal Year 2013 budget. By law, the DC Council has 56 days to review, tinker and tweak, but by May 15— when the Council has scheduled its vote on the package—the budget must balance. Gray’s proposal offers a balance of cuts and revenue to close a $172 million gap and compensate for reduced federal funding. But an initial analysis shows the cuts are heavily weighted toward programs in housing and human services, as happened last year. As part of his budget package, Mayor Gray included a $120 million “wish list” that would restore many of these cuts, including funding for services for homeless families, if the District experiences an unanticipated revenue boost over the year. If Gray thinks good times are ahead, why do we have a gap? The cost of providing services in DC is rising because more students are expected to enroll in publicly funded schools, more people will qualify for DC’s health programs, health care costs are rising, and just plain old inflation. Yet the city’s economic recovery is still fragile, so tax collections are not keeping up with these demands.
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by Elissa Silverman and fees, increased traffic fines, expanded sales hours for alcohol, and adjustments to some income and property tax deductions. The smallest revenue source will likely be one of the most controversial. Under Gray’s proposal, bars would stay open an hour later—until 3 a.m. weekdays and 4 a.m. weekends—and stores could start selling beer and wine as early as 7 a.m. The mayor says this will add about $5 million to city coffers, as the city collects more taxes on more food and drinks sold. Another proposal that will likely generate a lot of discussion is an expansion of traffic enforcement. Gray says that the speeding cameras, lasers that will monitor speed in tunnels and mobile traffic enforcement cameras will add $24.8 million to the city treasury. Enhanced collection of existing taxes and fees will add about $28 million. This includes a more vigorous collection of sales taxes and application of the vacant property tax. And $12 million would come from scaling back planned inflation adjustments for two income tax benefits – the standard deduction and the personal exemption -- and the property tax homestead deduction for homeowners. These tax benefits haven’t been adjusted for inflation for many years. Rather than fully catch up these deductions for lost ground, the mayor wants to adjust for inflation for just one year. This means that residents would pay more in taxes than if the scheduled five-year inflation adjustment had gone into effect.
Cuts: Housing and Health Get Hit Again
The proposed FY 2013 budget has about $73 million in cuts to public services, disproportionately impacting programs that help keep families stable, both in terms of health and housing. This area of the budget has been hit hard during the last three years, even as unemployment and poverty rose in the recession, due to multiple rounds of budget cuts. In addition, several reductions in federal funding that were not replaced with local funds on initial glance seem to fall heavily in health and human services, particularly housing for homeless residents. The major cuts and reductions include: • Health care coverage for lowincome DC residents. The Mayor’s FY 2013 budget includes a $23 million reduction to DC’s Healthcare Alliance, which would limit benefits to primary and preventive care and no longer cover hospitalization. There is also an $8 million reduction from reduced Medicaid reimbursement rates, mainly for hospital services. • Affordable Housing. Gray proposes to cut in half the main program that funds renovation and construction of affordable housing for the second year in a row. The $20 million cut from the Housing Production Trust Fund means that little progress will be made to build and renovate affordable housing in the District. • Homeless services: The budget includes a $7 million shortfall
for homeless services, due to depletion of some federal funding sources. The budget does not provide adequate funding to operate the shelter for homeless families at DC General, or to provide sufficient transitional housing subsidies to move families out of shelter. • Cash Assistance for Families with Children: The proposed budget keeps in place steep cuts to income assistance for families that were adopted in last year’s budget and will go into effect in October 2012. Cash assistance benefits for 6,200 families who received TANF assistance— including 12,000 children — would be reduced to $257 per month for a family of three. While the Department of Human Services is implementing a promising re-design of its welfare-to-work services, city officials acknowledge that many families will see benefit cuts before being enrolled in the new program. It is not clear how these families, many of whom face low literacy and other barriers to work, will manage to make ends meet. Funding for DC Public Schools would go up 2 percent, yet core school expenses for teachers and other staff will grow 5 percent. This is because private funding for teacher performance bonuses has ended, and health and other fringe benefit costs are rising sharply. As a result, DCPS proposes increasing class sizes in middle schools and high schools, and smaller schools
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Contingency Priority List: Crossing Fingers For Good Times Ahead
In a novel move, Mayor Gray included a funding “wish list” as part of his proposal. If the District sees an uptick in revenue next year, Gray proposes to use the money to restore funding to many of the health and housing programs that he just proposed cutting. Many of the programs that would be restored first are services for lowand moderate-income families. Gray listed 25 programs, but here are the Top 10, in order: 1. $7 million for Homeless Services loss of federal funding 2. $14.7 million for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Employment Program 3. $23 million for Healthcare Alliance restoration 4. $20 million for Housing Production Trust Fund 5. $2.6 million for Victim Services 6. $1.1 million to repeal tax on out-of-state bonds 7. $8.6 million to Office of State Superintendent for infant and toddler services 8. $5 million for OSSE special education 9. $1.6 to Department of Human Services 10. $2.9 million to Housing Production Assistance Program
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Reservation 13—Dream or Nightmare? Where We Are Today by Emily Clark
en years, four competing proposals, three administrations, two jurisdictions , one redistricting—no wonder progress on the proposed redevelopment of Reservation 13 moves at a snail’s pace and remains elusive and just out of reach.
What Is It? Where Is It?
Reservation 13 is one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land in Washington, comparable in size to the Howard University campus and much of Old Town Alexandria. The 67acre site at the Southeast edge of the District appears in the 1791 L’Enfant plan as a discrete federal parcel, off the DC street grid and adjacent to the Hill East neighborhood.
Massachusetts and Potomac avenues both terminate at the edge of the site, which is bounded by Independence Avenue on the north, the historic Congressional Cemetery to the south, 19th Street SE to the west and the Anacostia waterfront as the eastern boundary. St. Coletta School sits on Reservation 13 land; close by are RFK Stadium and the DC Armory, as well as the Hill East residential neighborhood with historic roots. The site has housed healthcare facilities since 1846, including the DC General Hospital, which closed in 2001. Reservation 13 is now used for a hodgepodge of social services, including the DC Jail, a large family shelter and a methadone clinic. Many of the
buildings, some with landmark status, are vacant and rundown.
A Decade-Old Plan
With fanfare and community input, a Master Plan for Reservation 13 was developed in 2002 and adopted by the City Council in 2003 during the Williams administration (http://planning.dc.gov/DC/ Planning/In+Your+Neighborhood/ Wa r d s / Wa r d + 6 / S m a l l + A r e a +Plans+&+Studies/Master+Plan+for +Reservation+13+Hill+East+Waterfr ont). The plan offered a broad brush outline that called for extending the grid through the site and creating a mix of residential, retail, office and green space to enhance Capitol Hill
From the Master Plan fo Reservation 13 (page 22) showing the continuation of the street grid and general uses of the areas. For the complete plan see http:// planning.dc.gov/DC/Planning/In+Your+Neighborhood/Wards/Ward+6/Small+Area+Plans+&+Studies/Master+Plan+for+Reservation+13+Hill+East+Waterfront 44 H HillRag | April 2012
East, while preserving more than three million square feet for public services including health care. The master plan envisioned a town square at the Stadium/Armory metro center, green space extending to the federal park land by the river, a grand commercial area along Independence Avenue and at least 800 residential units. During the Fenty administration, the Hunt Development Group plan that Hill East residents supported seemed close to being realized. The plan maintained the low-rise character of the neighborhood and included most of what residents had asked for. Ultimately, the Hunt plan failed. And then everything changed. The economy went south, and no one was talking about grand redevelopment plans. Vincent Gray became mayor. The project stalled again. Now there is talk of piecemeal development on the two most commercially promising parcels. The mayor and Councilmember Jack Evans have suggested that the city might look into building a Redskins training facility at the site. According to the mayor’s office, there is no money to offer any incentives for development. To say that neighbors and local government officials are frustrated would be an understatement. ANC 6B Commissioner Francis Campbell, who represents the Hill East neighborhood, called the lack of progress “a bad joke that the city has perpetuated.” “This is the failure of three successive administrations to do simple tasks,” Campbell said, noting that if the city had adopted
the Hunt proposal, “construction could have started two years ago and would be well on its way.”
Washington, We Have a Problem
Claims and counterclaims aside, Reservation 13 represents a major challenge to any developer, especially in an economic era of dollar-squeezing and lack of financial incentives from the city. Progress on development is slow for many reasons other than politics. First, Reservation 13 was not zoned. Rather than wait for development, it was decided that the land should be pre-zoned in accordance with the master plan. The Zoning Commission approved special zoning in 2008, finalized in 2009, creating the Hill East District overlay that included Reservation 13. Even though the District had jurisdiction over Reservation 13, the land was federally owned. In 2006 the District and the federal government agreed on a land swap, but it took until 2010 to transfer the land to District ownership. To complicate matters further, Reservation 13 is now in Ward 7 as of January because of redistricting, even though it lies adjacent to the Hill East neighborhood in Ward 6 and all negotiations and plans formerly went through Ward 6. Council member Tommy Wells (Ward 6) stands firmly in support of the master plan. “There’s the master plan and the city’s comprehensive plan, and it would take a lot of work and hearings to change it,” Wells said. “The master plan with community support is how we should go forward.” Council member Yvette Alexander said that, because the issue only recently landed in her district, she would address the concerns of Ward 7 before weighing in on Reservation 13. “I plan to review the master plan with Ward 7 residents, get their input and go from there,” Alexander said, noting that the mayor had asked for RFPs for parcels F1 and G1 at the site.
Rehab, Remediation, Preservation
Since DC General Hospital closed more than a decade ago, Reservation 13 has become the go-to site (some say “dumping ground”) for social services. A spokesman for Mayor Gray asked, “Where will we take these social services, including the DC Jail? Where will they go? It’s not like any community is dying to have a homeless shelter or a methadone clinic.” Remediation issues include possible lead and asbestos in older buildings and underground tunnels. The adjacent RFK Stadium and its parking lots were created with landfill dredged from the Anacostia and may also be
toxic, which might affect development of Reservation 13. Anne Archbold Hall, a former nurses’ dormitory, is one of the oldest buildings remaining on the site and has landmark designation. The building was declared “endangered” by the DC Preservation League and is badly in need of repair. It is also uncertain how it would fit into a development plan, though the Hunt Plan included restoring the landmark as part of the project.
“We Need a Catalyst”
The mayor’s office has insisted that the idea for a Redskins training facility is just that—a suggestion among many. “This is a pro-development mayor and a pro-development community, but we need a catalyst to draw developers there without having to subsidize them,” the spokesman said, mentioning successful projects like the Verizon Center and the Nationals Ballpark. “We understand the frustrations of the community,” he said. “We want to develop Reservation 13 as much as they do, so we can get it on the tax rolls and give the neighborhood the parks and other amenities they want.”
What Happens Next?
To realize such a project, the master plan would have to be amended or scrapped altogether, the area would have to be re-zoned and any changes would have to be approved by the City Council and the Zoning Commission. This is not likely to happen. Council Chair Kwame Brown said, “I think Hill East will be developed,” adding that he is “completely committed to the fully vetted plan the community supports.” Brown’s support is pivotal if the Mayor wants to change the Reservation 13 Master Plan. In his role as Chair of the Council, he has oversight over economic development, land dispositions and zoning, all of which reside in the Committee of the Whole Brown noted that several steps are required to move the process along, including possible amendments to the master plan, a Request for Proposals (RFP) and selection of a developer. “Then it would require a council vote to surplus the land and give it to a developer.” Meanwhile, according to ANC 6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven, the master plan worked out more than a decade ago offers the best framework for going forward. “The core of the master plan remains as viable today as it was ten years ago,” Flahaven said. “As long as this idea of a Redskins training facility is out there, it’s holding up everything.” H capitalcommunitynews.com H 45
Eastern Market Legislation Moving Forward
After community input, legislation is ready to be presented to the City Council by Roberta Weiner nity-based advisory committee. The Market Manager turned out to be the wrong person for the job, and a subsequent search for a new Manager proved unsuccessful. Since the Market fire and renovation, the District department of General Services has been responsible for managing it directly. The advisory committee—the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC)—while taking its responsibilities very seriously and working very hard, is only empowered to advise and remains dependent on the good will of the market manager and the District government to implement its often valuable and important suggestions.
Time for a Change
Shopping in the South Hall of Eastern Market. Photo: Andrew Lightman
ast November, Councilmember Tommy Wells floated a draft of the Eastern Market Preservation and Development Amendment Act of 2011. This new legislation is designed to provide a future permanent governance structure for Eastern Market. In its basic outlines, the District will lease the Market to a Trust that will oversee it through an 11-member Board of Directors charged with, according to the bill’s language, “preserving the historic character, atmosphere, integrity, role and legacy of the Eastern Market primarily as a historic food market, while ensuring a role for community arts, public space for the community, and related activities.” 46 H HillRag | April 2012
Under the new legislation, the Market’s governance would significantly change from how it’s currently run. Here’s a quick re-cap of events leading to this revised proposed legislation.
The Market Now
In 1998, the DC Council passed a law that mandated that the District government both lease out the Eastern Market premises, and contract the Market’s management to an independent not-for-profit entity to oversee the functioning of both the inside merchants and the farmers and craft vendors who populate the outside, and establish a commu-
Two years ago, in fact, the District, EMCAC and the Councilmember Tommy Wells all agreed that the Market’s governance needed a new direction and the time had come for a meaningful change. The Councilmember appointed a Task Force that met with Market stakeholders and community members and researched how other public markets were run, then presented him with the report that provides the basis for this legislation, and an effective new plan for the future. After the original bill’s November introduction, community meetings were held, and, like most Capitol Hill issues—particularly those relating to Eastern Market—lots of people had ideas on how it would affect them, and how it should be amended. Wells asked for, and welcomed, comments and suggestions for changes, and after a substantial number of conversations, meetings, and reports issued by various Market stakeholders—Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B, EMCAC, representatives of the Market’s inside merchants, outdoor farmers line, crafts vendors, and the weekend flea markets—all had meet-
ings to analyze the bill and presented their recommendations to Wells— the Councilmember modified his legislation to incorporate most of the suggested changes. “ANC 6B did a great job of getting community input, as did EMCAC. The new bill distills community opinion on the original legislation,” Wells said, “and strengthens it in ways that will assure the smooth functioning and successful preservation of this important community treasure.” According to EMCAC chair Donna Scheeder, the group has advocated for a change to the governance model for “quite some time. This legislation recognizes that the Market is a community asset and that, as a business, it requires oversight from a body that actually has some authority to set direction and to insure that the management is accountable. This puts the final piece in place in ensuring the long term viability of Eastern Market.” Added ANC member Pate, who had not, as of press time seen the current bill, “It’s hard to comment on the revisions without seeing them first,” he said, ”but the legislation seeks to both ‘Preserve’ and ‘Develop’ the market. That’s a tough balancing act to achieve, as these goals are not always mutually supportive. I think that if the new version of the legislation incorporates the proposed perfecting revisions, the legislation will achieve its dual objectives.”
Nuts & Bolts
The revised legislation creates an Eastern Market Special Use Historic District. This area includes the Natatorium and North Hall Plazas, 7th Street from North Carolina Ave. to Pennsylvania Avenue (not including the stores on the east side of the street) and, until construction begins on the new Hine development, its schoolyard. That’s unimportant because it puts the commercial activities within this area under the authority
ment over all commercial operations in the Eastern Market Historic Special Use District, and responsibility for forging a working relationship with the Hine School developers for flea market operations on the new C Street and its adjoining plaza. This is particularly important, according to ANC 6B member Pate because “the legislation and our ongoing Hine PUD process are intertwined, especially with regard to public space management • Maintaining “a diverse, high-quality fresh food market,” and empowered to oversee all agreements with tenants both inside and out Councilmember Tommy Wells. Photos: Andrew Lightman and maintains the priorities of the Trust. of the 1998 law. The Trust itself will be governed Most importantly, the legislaby an 11-member Board of Direc- tion maintains the right of first tors. The Mayor will initially ap- refusal for current tenants of the point two members. Another will Market, who have operated conbe selected by the City Council tinuously since August 1, 1997. Chair. The Ward 6 Councilmember Known colloquially as “grandfawill choose an additional five. The thering,” this privilege affords longremainder will consist of represen- time farmers, merchants and ventatives chosen by the Market’s mer- dors some security. chants, outdoor farmer’s line and The legislation holds the Discrafts vendors trict responsible for major capital The initial directors will be ap- improvements to the Market as pointed for staggered one, two or well as such functions as trash pickthree year terms; after which they up and snow removal. However, it will be elected by the Board, fol- also severs the Trust’s finances from lowing a well-publicized open call general District funds, ensuring for candidates, to serve three years. that monies, particularly any profits, With few exceptions, the criteria from Eastern Market operations, for service includes both DC resi- cannot be hijacked for other purdency, and expertise in at least one poses by the city government. of the following skill sets: food, finance, business, historic preserva- Next Steps tion, arts, legal, facility operations Wells intends to introduce the and management, merchandizing, legislation soon, after which the or marketing. Council will hold a public hearing on the bill. Dates were not available The Trust is charged with: at press time. Once public views are • Overseeing all aspects of the aired, a final vote will be scheduled Market’s operations. before the summer. “I’m very happy • Hiring a Market Manager and with the way the bill has evolved,” defining her/his responsibilities said Wells. “It will give the Mar• Seeking ways to make the Mar- ket a structure that will enable it to ket profitable and supervising flourish as one of Washington’s and its operations Ward 6’s unique assets.” H • Providing coordinated managecapitalcommunitynews.com H 47
Anacostia in the Spotlight Where Arts Lead Development by Dana Bell
here is a popular bumper sticker favored by certain creative types that says “Art for Art’s Sake.” That might be a good philosophy for some artists, but it doesn’t quite fly in Anacostia. At ARCH Development Corporation in the historic neighborhood of Anacostia, art is being used for an entirely different purpose. ARCH Development is joining an international movement that uses the creative power and imagination of the arts to fuel economic investment and interest in underserved communities. Since 2007, Honfleur Gallery, Vivid Solutions, and Blank-
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Space DC have worked with artists who live around the corner and artists who live across the ocean to support the arts and bring people out into Anacostia.
Historic Anacostia & Arch
For many years, ARCH has been a non-traditional development company. Although they are one of the biggest landowners in historic Anacostia, they have always supplemented that business through community development, through its job-training center or through a façade improvement project. The complementary program to
ARCH’s arts-led spaces has been the HIVE, or the Home of Innovators/ Visionaries/Entrepreneurs. As the only business incubator East of the River, the HIVE has filled a valuable role for small businesses since it opened its doors. It offers different levels of memberships from Executive Membership (private office, 16 hours of conference room space) to a Virtual Membership for those businesses who need a professional address to receive mail. Natanya Levioff, the DC Local Director for GreatSchools, a nonprofit that supplies information for parents about over 200,000 schools,
was looking to expand her business but stay east of the river. After looking at churches and smaller nonprofits with extra space, she stumbled upon the HIVE in the fall of 2010, and became the first business to sign with them. “We have a small budget to handle things like rent, so to find a place like the HIVE that included everything in one low monthly rate was astonishing,” she says. The HIVE has currently has a waiting list, and is waiting to expand their business incubator into the ARCH training center space. “We think there is tremendous potential in historic Anacostia for business
and in fact there is already the demand for it… we just need folks to join us!” Levioff says. That is where the arts come in.
Location, Location, Location
Anacostia has long been cursed by prejudices about the neighborhood that are further enforced by its physical division. The problem, in many ways, is a psychological one. The stereotypes of Anacostia as being dangerous or crime-ridden often overshadow the artistic and growing retail strength of the neighborhood. “There’s a richness here, but there’s a physical barrier for people,” says local resident and artist Sheila Crider. The new 11th Street Bridge and improved transit options will facilitate what ARCH hopes is the beginning of an exchange between the east and west sides of the Anacostia River. The 11th Street bridge offers a local connection to the neighborhood, as well as a sixteen-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian lane. The Circulator buses now go to Anacostia from the northwestern part of the city, and the EPA is planning a revitalization of the Anacostia Metro station that will enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety. Phil Hutinet, the Chief Operating Officer of ARCH regularly bicycle commutes over the bridge. He is quick to point out the similarities between the two neighborhoods. “What we’re going through here is essentially what they went through on 8th Street ten or fifteen years ago,” he says. “People on Capitol Hill have dealt with these kinds of things, so there’s a little solidarity.”
Arts Led Development Elsewhere
Development in Anacostia was moving along in a fairly traditional economic development way. But at a business retreat in 2004, the ARCH Board of Di-
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rectors discussed a different way to supplement their other programs. “We came together with the concept that arts and culture would be a means of assisting economic regeneration,” says Duane Gautier, the founder and CEO of ARCH. “It’s not unique.” He’s right. There are neighborhoods like SoHo or Chelsea in New York, or even whole cities like Paris, that thrive off of their status as artistic hubs. In Hyattsville, Maryland, the designation of an arts district has helped to drive economic investment, even during the recession. “Every time you’re able to define an area, it helps to communicate an idea of what you’re building towards,” explains Jim Chandler, the Director of Community and Economic Development for Hyattsville. Since 2001, the city government and local organizations have made Hyattsville a desirable location not just for art galleries, but for restaurants like Busboys and Poets, or townhouse developers like EYA. For Anacostia, this rebranding is an important aspect for a neighborhood that has long been on the margins. “We want Anacostia to become a point of destination,” Gautier explained. The cheap rents and concentrated business district of Anacostia are also a call to an increasingly displaced arts community. As rising rents push out traditional arts havens like Mount Vernon Square or H Street, ARCH is not shy in calling them over the bridge. “We have a spot for them East of the River,” says Hutinet, a former H Streeter himself.
The art galleries support other programs for artists and the community. ARCH provides temporary artists residences, offers an annual East of the River artist award of $5,000, lends its space out for business meetings, events, and even yoga classes. As time has passed, the arts arm of ARCH has become integrated into the community as a whole. “There’s always been an arts scene in Anacostia, but now it’s got a more visible cultural representation,” says Amber Robles-Gordon, a local artist who recently held a successful show at Honfleur. The galleries host art shows with local, national, and international artists, but they are also doing much more to cement their place in the community. Andrea Hope, the Director of Digital Productions, is one of the only Americans certified in a French printing technique known as digigraphie. Using the labs state of the art technology, she printed several photographs of Anacostia: an old daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass, a house with blooming yellow daffodils in the yard, kids posing on the street, all of which capture the depth and complexity of the neighborhood. They hang on the fence across the street from Vivid Solutions and along the chain link fence on an abandoned lot on the corner of MLK and Good Hope. Empty Natural Light beer cans litter the overgrown grass, and the imagination does not have to go far to connect to the metaphor: What was once trashed is now treasured.
Building an Arts Infrastructure
When the Office of Planning won a $250,000 ArtPlace grant, its mission sounded like it was lifted from the ARCH website. ArtPlace, a partnership between seven federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, and major private institutions, offered this grant to “support revitalization of emerging neighborhoods through arts and creative uses, branding and placemaking,” and “better connect creative assets and support systems (e.g. education, workforce develop-
ARCH built its first gallery in 2007. Honfleur Gallery is a two-story studio next to ARCH’s training center on Good Hope Road. They further fortified their presence in the area with two more spaces: Vivid Solutions, a photography studio with an extremely sophisticated print lab, and Blank Space DC, an empty space that can be utilized for different art projects.
Lumen8: Bringing the Spotlight to Anacostia
ment).” This is essentially what ARCH does on a daily basis, but the grant will allow them to amplify and expand their mission over the coming months. There are two layers to the events taking place in Anacostia. There is the LUMEN8 Festival on April 14th, a twelve-hour festival loosely based on other all-night arts events like Nuit Blanche in Paris. Creative lighting will be in place up and down MLK and Good Hope Road. Short, silent films will be projected onto the buildings during the night. ARCH is also working with PinkLine and the Alliance Francaise to throw the Cherry Blast, a big party in the Shannon Space Warehouse. The second part of the project, which will kick off during LUMEN8, is the creation of several temporary galleries and art projects that will remain in Anacostia for three months following the festival. The idea of the temporium, much like ARCH’s Blank Space DC gallery, is also supported by the Temporary Urbanism Initiative in the Office of Planning. Both ARCH and DCOP emphasize retail arts and enlivening underused area, but neither have supported projects for this length of time before. Of the 30 artists who will be performing at the LUMEN8 Festival, half are from Ward 8, and an even greater percentage are from East of the River. For the artists used to trekking across the city to go to openings, it presents an exciting opportunity. “This is the first time in a long time that there’s a concentrated event that’s free and open to the public,” says local performance artist John Johnson. The LUMEN8 Festival is a watershed moment for Anacostia. “It shows how Anacostia is changing, moving, and growing,” says ANC Commisioner Greta Fuller. “There’s no longer the perception that it’s all trouble.” H
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Capitol Hill Village hopes to begin a Hill-wide “conversation” on housing options for seniors on Capitol Hill and will be sponsoring a community forum on the topic. If you or your organization would like to join the conversation, please contact the Village office (202.543.1778) to register your interest and sign-up to be notified on future developments and opportunities.
Village Seeks Better Housing Options for Long-time Hill Residents by Jim Hardin
ike many of us with aging “are determined to take charge of our says executive director Katie Mcparents, Geoff Lewis ago- own lives and find creative ways to Donough. As one satisfied homenized over the decision to put live them fully and productively.” owner reported, “Able friends and his independent-minded mother in a The core mission is “to give resi- family can still use the stairs, but it nursing home when she was no lon- dents of Capitol Hill both the practi- makes it possible for me to use the ger able to look after herself. cal means and confidence to live their second floor.” Seeking a better way to live out lives to the fullest in their own homes One member worked with Area his own life, Lewis discovered an as they grow older.” Access in Manassas, Virginia, to inorganization in Boston called BeaIronically, most Capitol Hill homes, stall an elevator inside her house, and con Hill Village. Part of a growing with their narrow hallways, small bath- with Preferred Elevator, to install one movement known as “aging in place,” rooms, and steep stairs to second or as part of an outdoor back porch, afthe Boston nonprofit helped older third floors, do not lend themselves fording her easy access to her backresidents stay in their own homes by to that mission. With the help of the yard garden. Another member also offering them a network of support Village, however, some residents have hired Preferred Elevator to install an services including health-care co- solved the latter problem by installing indoor elevator and Eubanks Renoordination, home management, and stair lift chairs or elevators. vations to make the necessary changhelp with the chores of everyday life. “Since launching the Village, es for internal walls, wiring, and venFollowing the Beacon Hill model, we have made arrangements for ten tilation. Lewis got together with friends and installations in member’s homes,” Other long-time Hill residents, neighbors in 2006 to found Capitol Hill Village, an organization that now provides over 2,000 services a year to more than 350 members. Two professional social workers and a cadre of 200 volunteers provide transportation, in-home assistance, medical advocacy and coordination, information on a range of topics, and a full schedule of social activities and programs. The Village provides venues and opportunities for making new friends, attending workshops and discussion groups, visiting theaters, museums, and restaurants with like-minded people, enjoying a glass of wine and a good time together. As founding executive director Gail Kohn points out, Village members Capitol Hill Village members marching in the 2011 Barracks Row Fourth of July parade. Photo: Diane Brockett 52 H HillRag | April 2012
retired but still busy with outings and activities, seek to give up their multi-storied townhouses altogether, trading them in for a two- or threebedroom condominium or rental apartments, to save themselves the bother of up-keep on a big house. Unfortunately, the condo and apartment market on Capitol Hill seems designed primarily for singles, with many smallish one-bedroom units. It took several years for a number of Village members to locate appropriate two-bedroom condos that met their needs. Hill resident Joe Purdy eventually bought a condo at Jenkins Row, but he noted, “the senior citizen, and pre-senior-citizen housing market on Capitol Hill is underserved, and frankly is a market opportunity that is being ignored.” Village board member Vira Sisolak says that “Over the past fifty years, the Hill has grown into a vibrant, multi-generational community encompassing not only a burgeoning group of young families and singles but a large cohort of extraordinarily active seniors. Unfortunately, when the time comes, there are a limited number of options for horizontal living on one level, nursing home care, or residential rehabilitation services.” Sisolak chairs a new committee at Capitol Hill Village that hopes to find a remedy. “We have a four-part plan,” she explains. First, educate our members about the advantages of “universal design” features and enhance-
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ments for their current homes if they have mobility problems (lever handles, wider doorways, safety bars in bathrooms). Second, encourage builders and renovators, where possible, to include universal design and horizontal housing in new residential construction projects in the Capitol Hill area. Third, work with the District government to ensure compliance with D.C. zoning and other regulations that apply to universal design and housing accessibility. And, finally, encourage the establishment of residential nursingand assisted-care living facilities on or near Capitol Hill, in particular resident-friendly facilities such as those created by the Green House Project (thegreenhouseproject.org). The final goal, Sisolak and her committee concede, would require a major new initiative on the part of the Capitol Hill community. “We do all we can,” says Katie McDonough, “but Capitol Hill Village can only go so far in providing and arranging for in-home assistance for persons ‘of a certain age’ who need custodial care on a daily basis. Every year, we lose three to five members who must leave the community to find the services available in a nursing home.” One woman suffered from a form of dementia that required regular attention, and she became increasingly disoriented. With a son and daughter on the Hill, many friends and long-time neighbors, and an active church community, she wanted badly to stay in her own home, but again was required for her own safety to leave Capitol Hill to get the needed services. When the husband of a couple, both in their 90s, was hospitalized for pneumonia and needed rehabilitation services, the only bed available in the District was in Upper Northwest, and the daily visits across town were tiring and stressful for his wife. To be together, the couple moved to an assisted living facility at Thomas Circle, but had to give up many Hill friends and the social services of the Village they had grown to enjoy. At some point in their lives, most people will need an assistedcare facility. The Family Caregiver
Alliance reports that for people age 65 or older, the “probability of becoming disabled in at least two activities of daily living or of being cognitively impaired is 68 percent.” McDonough says “there is a misconception about the amount and quality of daily attention provided by nursing homes. It’s essential for the family to be nearby, helping with day-to-day care.” Gail Kohn adds that if the Village members described here had been able to stay in the neighborhood, “Capitol Hill Village would have continued to enrich their lives with outings to familiar places and activities among friends.” That’s why Kohn would like to bring more senior housing options right here to Capitol Hill. And she has identified a number of organizations and foundations and worked with community leaders who think that is a great idea! The Green House Project, for example, assists in the development of small, skilled-nursing homes that are licensed for long-term and rehabilitation care. Green Houses (so named to convey the idea of a warm, nourishing environment where residents can flourish) are fully eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Unlike most large nursing homes, however, they typically comprise four units that resemble large apartments, with private bedrooms for ten to twelve residents, each with its own bathroom, and a common Great Room with open kitchen for preparing meals and socializing. The Green House Project is part of NCB Capitol Impact, a nonprofit organization that provides loans and technical assistance to community-based organizations. It is funded by grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with the aim of locating Green Houses throughout the United States (including the District of Columbia).
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NEWS ANC 6A
by Roberta Weiner
Tablet Computers for Miner Elementary School
Jon Wadsworth, vice Chair of the Miner Elementary School’s Parent Teachers Organization (PTO), applied to the ANC for a grant of $5000 to purchase 30 computers—possibly iPad 2s—for use by Miner students. This, it turns out, according to Miner officials, is necessary because the school’s 70 computers were removed by DCPS last year and were not replaced. The tablets were chosen instead of PCs because they are much less expensive, and because of the low cost of apps the software would be less expensive as well. Because of their size, they are easy to store in a secure cart. According to the grant proposal, the technology is needed “so that the students can learn to use it.” Specific plans include having the students create power point presentations and animation programs. The school has an information technology officer on staff who will instruct the teachers as well as the students. The Commission voted unanimously to approve the full amount of the grant.
ANC Asks for H Street Trash Audit
Commissioner Drew Ronneberg has been troubled recently by the fact that one of the restaurants on H Street in his SMD has not been using a commercial trash collector, and the trash and garbage being put out for District pick-up has been creating a mess in the alleys and on the clean new streetscape, With the unanimous approval of the 54 H HillRag | April 2012
Commission, it was agreed to send a letter to the Department of Public Works requesting that an audit of businesses in the 1100 to 1300 blocks of H Street be undertaken to make certain all establishments have dumpsters and commercial hauling operators or have arrangements with neighboring establishments to share trash facilities..
Holmes Reports on Reservation 13
Chairman David Holmes reported on a meeting on the status of Reservation 13 with ANC 7A, which will be its home after redistricting is implemented, held prior to a meeting with the Mayor on March 22nd.that came about as a result of a letter from Holmes, Commissioners Lia Veenendaal-Selck, Nick Alberti and other Ward 6 ANC representatives. In attendance at this meeting were Councilmembers Wells and Alexander and 6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven. Flahaven said that a rumored Redskins training facility on the site would grab the healthcare residential and retail portions “of the long-planned master plan for the site leaving only an area next to the jail for development. According to Holmes, attendees at the meeting asked whether housing in the plan would be affordable and it was noted that there is requirement that 30% has to be affordable, but that a Redskins training facility would likely bring no new affordable housing to the site, and none of the attendees spoke in favor of the training faci8lity and most raised concerns about it, Finally, Holmes reported, the Ward 6 attendees emphasized the need for residents of both wards to work together on the project. Ward 7 clearly needs to lead the effort, he said, but must ensure that surrounding neighbors have a voice. The discussion at the meeting,
he said, went well, and, ”if the debate is around the merits of a training facility versus housing, jobs and retail, we win, but if it’s about Ward 7 versus Ward 6, we lose.”
Alcoholic Beverage News
Several items of interest, most for new establishments, were acted on by the Commission; • The Commission voted to protest the license for Casbah, a new Indian restaurant at 1128 H Street, unless there’s an approved Voluntary Agreement (VA) by the petition date, and the VA include the maximum number of occupants allowed on the outdoor patio at 40 patrons—which is what their ABRA license says. • The ANC voted to approve a standard VA for a CT (tavern) license for Impala Cantina Y Taqueria at 1334 H Street NE, with a modification on kitchen facilities and food sales requirement. This is because while the owners are willing to operate as a restaurant with a CR license, they would have to meet an annual $2000 per seat in food sales regulation even for the 40 seats on the patio when it is not being used. They have volunteered to adhere to the restaurant requirements for their interior seats despite their CT license, • The Commission approved a voluntary agreement for DC Conscious Café, at 1413 H Street NE. • The body voted to reluctantly accept two changes made by the ABC Commission to several VAs submitted by the ANC having to do with the processes for changing
hours of operations, and the other eliminating language on the use of reimbursable MPD details to provide security at establishments and not make police incident logs available to the ANC, and to send a letter to ABRA objecting to the removal of the two provisions and suggesting alternative language.
In Other Actions…
In other actions, the ANC… • Supported the Historic Preservation concept application for two buildings at 1321-1323 Constitution Avenue NE. These are onestory buildings that are having second stories added to them. • Voted to send a letter to DDOT opposing the change in the location of a midline streetcar substation from the southwest corner of 12th and H Streets NE to the southeast corner. • Agreed to join with the Chairs of the other Ward 6 ANCs to send a letter to the Deputy Mayor and DDOT urging that their ideas for a course plan for the 2013 National Marathon be considered, saying “it is long past time to put an end to the continuing problems the Marathon has caused our community. We want to work with the City’s security and transportation agencies and the organizers to avoid these problems in the future.” Note: The next ANC meeting, on Thursday, April 12 will begin at 8 PM instead of the regular 7 PM.at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street NE. H
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ANC 6B by Emily Clark
ark alleyways and wide open spaces dominated the discussion at the March ANC 6B meeting. Nine commissioners were present (Commissioner Garrison did not attend), most votes were 9-0 and at the end, the commissioners went into closed session to discuss a personnel contract matter. The most heated exchanges centered on an application by the restaurant Acqua al Due on 7th SE to expand seating to the upper floor and extend its hours of operation. With approval of the application contingent upon a voluntary agreement between the owner and nearby residents, a group of neighbors showed up to oppose the application. Their objections were numerous and, at times, personal. Residents said that they sometimes had trouble leaving their homes because of vendor trucks blocking the alley. They also claimed that accumulating trash in bins behind the restaurant brought rats into the alley and that they were disturbed late at night by the sound of bottles being disposed of. They also said that the owner had not been responsive to their complaints.
Claims and Counterclaims
In rebutting what he described as frivolous charges, owner Ari Gejdenson said that restaurant employees check the dumpsters five or six times a day and that vendors have the gate code and do not linger in the alley after deliveries. He also said that the restaurant never disposes of bottles after 9 p.m. Gejdenson also claimed that no matter how accommodating he has tried to be, he felt that nothing he could do would satisfy these particular residents. He lobbied against any further amendments to the VA and urged the commissioners to approve his application based on the VA he had already signed. Commissioner Oldenburg
noted that DDOT is looking into creating a loading zone and putting up signposts that clearly emphasize that parking in the alley is illegal. She also noted that there are many establishments along this particular block, but that “We are laying everything on this one restaurant owner and it is completely unfair.” Commissioner Pate pointed out that all alley parking is illegal and that neighbors should call 311 with complaints. The commissioners voted 9-0 to approve the application based on the existing signed VA.
Ambitious Waterfront Dreams
Patricia Zingsheim of the Office of Planning unveiled a preliminary proposal for the downstream span of the old 11th Street bridge. The old bridge is scheduled to be demolished in May, and Zingsheim said her office is looking to work with DDOT to create a recreational area that will connect green space on both sides of the river. “This is a real opportunity to connect waterfront recreation, adventure recreation, arts and environmental education,” she said, adding that the area could be a cultural beacon that would serve families throughout the city and beyond. Zingsheim said her office is studying the public/private model that went into such urban spaces as New York’s Hi-Line and Chelsea Piers, as well as the Navy Piers in Chicago. “We are testing private partner interest because the project would require a significant commercial component,” she said. Zingsheim also pointed out that the site is already a stop for the Circulator bus and that there could be a planned trolley stop in the future. “The site has six million square feet of land with commercial potential, right in the middle of a rapidly developing area,” Zingsheim said. The preliminary plan, which would connect the bike and pedestrian paths on both sides of the Anacostia, calls for removing the deck from the old bridge and laying a new superstructure on top of
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www.anc6a.org ANC 6A, 2nd Thursday, April 12, 8 PM Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, April 17, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Adam Healey, 556-0215 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, April 16, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner to 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, April 18, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Drew Ronneberg, 431-4305 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, April 16, 7pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512
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capitolstreets news the existing piers. Zingsheim said her office will hold a series of meetings to gauge community interest and take suggestions as to the use of the space. She also said the Office of Planning hopes to hold a nationwide design contest once the proposal becomes more concrete.
Reservation 13, Hine School
Discussion continued on plans to develop Reservation 13, the site of the former DC General Hospital in Southeast. Because of ward redistricting, Reservation 13 will become part of Ward 7. ANC 7A commission chair Villareal Johnson spoke to ANC 6B commissioners about the importance of what he called crosscommunity communication in getting the master plan approved for the site. “It’s important that we’re talking and working together for the common good,” Johnson said. Commissioners voted 9-0 to approve a resolution urging Mayor Gray to support mixed-use development for Reservation 13, including retail, residential and possible landmark designation for one of the buildings on the site. Commissioner Flahaven also announced a pair of community meetings to discuss the future of Reservation 13. By a vote of 8-0-1 (with Commissioner Campbell abstaining), the commissioners approved a motion to support introduction of a weekday farmers market outdoors at the Eastern Market. Commissioner Frishberg noted that the once-a-week outdoor venue would “augment the mission of the Eastern Market.” Commissioner Pate, acknowledging Commissioner Campbell’s expressed concerns about parking, promised that the issue would be addressed and “excruciatingly debated.” The commission voted on two sets of negotiating points regarding the proposed Hine School development, which will front Pennsylvania Avenue between 7th and 8th streets. The first five proposals concern height and design changes to address neighborhood concerns and make sure the development will be compatible with the Capitol Hill Historic District. Because design changes are expected soon, Commissioner Oldenburg said she would vote against the first set of 56 H HillRag | April 2012
negotiating points. The vote was therefore 8-1 in favor. The second set of negotiating points dealt with what the commission called “big ticket” items, requesting more retail sites, outdoor public space, interior community meeting spaces, non-profit office spaces and a child care center. The commission voted 9-0 to approve these items, noting that increased open space would partially mitigate the loss of community use space resulting from the development. H
ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner
Stained Glass Windows Create Neighborhood Uproar
Six months ago, the former Unity Church, a Victorian building at 7th and A Street NE, was purchased by the World Mission Church, which is, according to Earle Horton, their representative, an offshoot of the 7th Day Adventist Church. The Church has begun removing the building’s stained glass windows, including a large rose window on the 7th Street side of the building without seeking permission, but Horton, addressing the ANC 6C meeting, asserted that the Church was unaware that the building was located in a historic district, and that there were regulations to follow and permissions to be gotten before any modifications to the building were undertaken. They are now seeking permission to replace the windows, The Church, in keeping with its beliefs, as indicated in a page from their by-laws, believes that ‘idols and stained colored glass windows are against the teachings of the Bible and therefore cannot be allowed in any building that belongs to the church. They say no representational or geometric figures can be displayed, asserting that they are inconsistent with the Bible and that “any geometric pattern associated with the worship of God, and in particular the cross, is considered by God to be an idol and is forbidden.” The Church has covered many of the windows with brown paper to hide the glass.
The Historic Preservation Officer staff has directed the Church to reinstall the windows and apply for permits before moving forward with their wish to remove about 50 stained glass windows and replace them with clear glass. According to the report of the ANC’s Planning, Zoning and Environment Committee, there was a discussion about whether the Church’s First Amendment right to exercise its religion was being interfered with, with attorneys present saying that the Supreme Court has ruled that the right of free exercise of religion does not relieve an individual of the obligation to comply with a valid law “on the ground that the law proscribes (or prescribes) conduct that his religion proscribes (or prescribes).” Several community members spoke and supported the view that the historic nature of the windows, a category called “special windows” and the fact that it is a historic district requires that the windows that have been removed be replaced. One person asked rhetorically why the frame of the rose window did not count as a geometric form. The Commission voted 5-1-1 to oppose the Church’s request.
New Home for H Street Farmers/ Market
In February the ANC got the bad news that the H Street Saturday’s Farmers Market, located at 625 H Street, was losing its home because construction was about to begin on the site that has been its home for eight years. This month, Bernadine Prince, the co-executive director of the Fresh Farm Markets, brought the good news that the space has likely been found around the corner on 7th Street between G and H Street in the schoolyard at Ludlow-Taylor School; The virtues of the new location are its proximity to the current location, and the fact that there’s plenty of room for expansion. The drawback, of course, is that it’s not on H Street, so it will miss out on drive-by traffic. The site would require a public space permit from the city to operate, and there would be over $6000 in fees for the season, which runs from mid-April to mid-November. If Ludlow-Taylor doesn’t work
out, there is also the possibility of the schoolyard at Peabody School, which is a distance away at 5th and E Streets NE. While the distance would be a negative for most of the customer base, it’s an established neighborhood, and no public space permit would be needed. The ANC voted unanimously to write to Councilmember Wells to see if can intercede to get the fees that are anticipated waived, so the Market can be run profitably. Additionally, the Commission voted to support the choice of Ludlow-Taylor, with the option of exploring other sites.
Report on Walmart Meeting
Commissioner Keith Silver has expended enormous effort on the issues surrounding the imminent arrival of one of the District’s new Walmart stores in his single member district, on New Jersey and K Street NW, near Gonzaga High School. After a year’s effort, he was able to arrange a meeting between Walmart executives and the ANC. The workshop took place on a Saturday morning in early March and was attended by Keith Norris, the executive in overall charge of the six new stores, members of the ANC as well as a Task Force that he had convened to explore various aspects of the Walmart development. Also present as a facilitator was former Congressman and Oakland, Ca. Mayor Ron Dellums. Silver reported that it was “a wonderful meeting” and that Mr. Norris had been “very forthright.” He said that the attendees had been able to ask very direct questions and have them answered, and he looked forward to continuing a dialogue as the project moves forward.
In other actions, the ANC…
• Heard a presentation from Gallaudet which has been working on a new campus plan and holding meetings in the community. On April 16th, he said, there will be a meeting at the Atlas Theatre so they can listen to community input • Voted to send a letter to Mayor Gray that the Commission is opposed to any plan to develop Reservation 13 into a training facility
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for the Redskins. Former Commissioner and Zoning Committee member Bill Sisolak reported on the long-term planning effort on Reservation 13 that would create a large mixed use development that would be a great asset to the community. Naomi Mitchell of Councilmember Wells’ staff said that he Councilmember is “absolutely opposed” to any such plan and the “original commitment to the community [should be] honored.” Agreed to fund a grant to LudlowTaylor School’s PTA for $4,914.95 for after-schoo0l enrichment programs, including a weekly class at Joy of Motion for pre-school and kindergarten kids; a Kung Fu Club; and Robotics kits for a class. These are extracurricular classes beyond the basic aftercare program. Supported the granting of a special exception for the installation of a roof deck on a single family row dwelling at 643 Orleans Pl, NE Supported the plans for two upcoming races: the Race for Hope 5K on May 8, and the National Police Week 5K on May 125th Heard a presentation from Transportation Committee Chair Joe McCann on the potential advent of Performance Parking on H Street NE, which will provide variable rates depending on the time of day, from $.75 to $2, in order to encourage parking availability. It will run from G to I Streets and 3rd to 15th Streets. It will also provide for residential parking on the north and west sides of the street with visitor’s parking passes. The Commission voted to write a letter to DDOT saying it was looking forward to working with the agency to develop a workable plan. Approved a liquor license for Zuppa Fresca, a new NoMa eatery at 2509 K Street NE, and one for the Carving Room, at 300 Massachusetts Ave., NW, an establishment featuring house cured meats and pickles that is slated for a late summer opening.
The next meeting of ANC 6C will be on Wednesday, April 14th at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave., NE, at 7 PM H
ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner
Randall Project Delayed, But Not for Long
After a long silence from the developers of the Randall School mixed use development that will bring a museum to Southwest, Marilyn Melkonian of Telesis, the firm that has joined with the Rubell Family to see the project to fruition, appeared at the ANC to ask, as so many other developers have, for ANC support for a delay in starting the construction on the project. As with so many local projects, the delay has been requested because of difficulties in putting a financing package together. However, the project is moving forward and the good news is that Melkonian says they should be “in the ground” in six months. Melkonian was joined by an architect from the Washington office of architect Bing Thom, who is designing the project. He showed off a 3-D model of the project, which will incorporate the three historic Randall School buildings, an apartment building and retail—but not a hotel that was in the original scheme. The museum is still scheduled to occupy the historic buildings, with the apartment building being new construction. Melkonian points to her successful projects in Ward 8 in saying that most of the amenities planned for the original development are still included in the plans, such as 20% of the residential units being affordable housing, and support for the Southwest Arts Festival A question was raised about the current security at the Randall buildings and the answer was that the security team at the Skyline Inn across the street also monitors the school. The ANC, pleased to learn of the project’s status, voted to support the extension of the PUD.
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Spring Blossoms at the Waterfront, Can Summer Be Far Behind?
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front in the weeks ahead. First up is the Cherry Blossom Festival, five weeks long this year to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of their arrival in Washington. Saturday, April 7th is the waterfront’s day to shine, according to Barbara Ehrlich, a Southwest neighborhood activist who is now the vice chairman of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Three stages of entertainment including military ensembles and rock bands, food and kids; activities will fill the hours leading up to the Saturday evening fireworks spectacular, In addition, she reported, the neighborhood will turn pink with Arena Stage, the boats in the marina, even the Duck Pond, bathed in pink lights for the occasion. According to a report from Jay Nickerson of the Gangplank Marina, during the Festival, the waterfront will be home to two large sculptures that are part of the citywide 5x5 international public art exhibit being underwritten by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, during which five curators have each been invited to install five pieces of art by international artists at various locations. The works chosen for Southwest are a pentagon-shaped structure that is being placed in the Washington Channel—and will talk--and a large abstract structure resembling a xylophone outside the Arena Stage that can be played by passersby. Finally, there was a presentation by Bob Rubenkoenig, the community activity director for Hoffman Madison Waterfront concerning the array of activities planned for the waterfront for the summer. Working with a community-based Interim Uses Committee, made up community organizations, they have come up with a schedule of activities that will be attractive to Southwesters and visitors. Like last summer there will be a farmer’s market on Thursday evenings along with Jazz Night; Fridays will bring Summer Sounds on the Waterfront; Saturdays will bring workouts in the morning, ranging from endurance training to yoga, and “dive in” movies. Evening activities will be accompanied by King’s barbeque wagon and steamed seafood with great sides, and this year, there are plans to work with Birch and Barley and Churchkey Restaurants to provide beers and wines on Friday and Saturday as well as Thursday. He also 58 H HillRag | April 2012
pointed out that there will be tall ships visiting the harbor all summer.
In Other Actions…
In other actions, ANC 6D… • Voted unanimously to express its great appreciation to Dr. Coralie Farlee in a resolution on her retirement as Chair of the Commission’s Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee. The resolution thanks her for her six years of effective service and dedication in negotiating the complex and arcane details of the District’s alcoholic beverage laws, dealing fairly and directly with the community’s owners and establishments and “protecting the greater interests of our neighborhood’s residents.” The new chair of the Committee will be Christopher Thiemann, who lives in Southeast and can be reached at email@example.com . • Learned that the Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC )has, in furtherance of its mission to pursue opportunities and mobilize stakeholders” formed two Task Forces, in Education and Community Enrichment to work with schools, after school programs, and the development of a local playground; and Housing and Workforce Development to work on, among other issues affordable housing issues and the Capitol Quarter Hope VI project, tracking the return of former residents, and encouraging workforce development initiatives in Southwest/Near Southeast. • Listened to Cecile Chen, a neighborhood graphic designer who has produced an exciting graphic display to be shown on a panel at Safeway facing the Metro exit in full view of people coming up the escalator that will be a combination of events calendar and display, history exhibition, and a wayfindiing map to provide easy access and information to people visiting Southwest. She proposes that it be funded with grant funds from Performance Parking funds and the ANC voted enthusiastically to send a letter to DDOT in support of the project. • Approved a one-day special event permit and in support of approval by the Emergency Management
Task Force for Justin’s Café, 1025 1st Street SE. He is planning to have a community block party on April 13th celebrating the opening of the baseball season. • Heard about another new plan for a Southwest park. Bridget Gonzalez presented a plan being discussed by PAWS, a group of local dog owners and enthusiasts to create a dog park at Lansburgh Park, currently under consideration for updating after long ears of neglect. The organizers have a detailed plan of how a part of the park can be adapted for the animals, including the fencing, water and other necessities that would be needed. The group Paws of Southwest has over 200 signatures on a petition, also with the support of Councilmember Wells, several ANC Commissioners and others. While the ANC voted to send a letter to the Department of Parks and Recreation acknowledging Paws and the work they are dong to establish the dog par, several people expressed concerns about letting the park go, literally, to the dogs, Commissioner David Garber said he was interested in working on it and [providing dog space for his Southeast constituents, saying it would provide a good bridge across South Capitol Street. • Heard a report from Ben Curran about the Emergency Preparedness Task Force he has helped organize for SWNA in Southwest. He said they were going to have a talk from someone from the Fairfax Urban Search and Rescue task force that was so instrumental in helping in Haiti and in the Indonesian tsunami three years ago. He said this is being done as an extension of their disaster training program, • It was announced that AmidonBowen School will undergo a renovation over the summer, and would be ready for the students’ return in August. The next meeting of ANC 6D will be on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. At 1100 4th Street, SW, DCRA Meeting Room, 2nd Floor. H
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HILLRAG CROSSWORD THE REPORT
by Sally York and Myles Mellor Across 1. Gazillions 5. Backer 8. Anderson 12. Showing little change 18. Change 19. Finland seaport 20. “Beowulf,” for one 21. Oak pinnacle, for example 23. Palm seed 25. Punish, in a way 26. Otalgia 27. The Report timing description 30. Mozart’s “L’___ del Cairo” 31. Catch on 32. H.S. biology topic 33. Final: Abbr. 36. Mins. and mins. 38. Visionary 42. Pacific Rim countries org. 47. Host of The Report 52. Condo, e.g. 53. Hi-___ graphics 54. Acronym of learning? 55. Religious fast 56. Biology lab supply 57. Papal court 59. Bit of slander 61. Blocks 62. Beneficiary, of a kind 64. Take the wrong way? 67. Four-stroke internal-combustion engine inventor 69. Drive away 70. Release, in a way 72. Nags 76. Beaks 78. “B.C.” cartoonist 79. In rows 81. Boots wearer? 85. Appear 87. Stigmatize 89. Attention ___ 90. Luger, e.g. 92. Any doctrine 95. Big deal 96. Beanery sign 97. The Report host’s book 102. Lateen-rigged sailing vessels 103. Like some cows 104. Clavell’s “___-Pan” 105. Don’t just seem 106. Bathing suit part 108. Amber, e.g. 110. Finish, with “up” 112. What The Report host ran for president as 124. Not using liquid 125. Pout 126. Bug 127. Hannah’s surname 128. Dangerous time
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129. Special effects maker: (abbr.) 130. Cargo boat type 131. Sheen 132. Balance 133. Dry, as wine 134. Kind of race Down 1. Cantatrice’s offering 2. Dolly ___ of “Hello, Dolly!” 3. Bouquet 4. Bit of statuary 5. Public display 6. Lie next to 7. Speech outline 8. Stand 9. Brightly colored fish 10. Opening time, maybe 11. Decorated, as a cake 12. Beer mug 13. Nonsensical chorus 14. Lofty 15. Bohea and hyson 16. Cast wearer’s problem 17. Small salmon 22. Sunday seat 24. Marina sight 28. Make another blueprint 29. Organic radical 33. Like some suspects 34. Hang around 35. Process for sorting patients 37. Tropical disease 39. Mail Boxes ___ 40. Adept 41. Swabs 42. Chair part 43. Bayonet 44. Icelandic epic 45. Way, way off 46. Grandmothers, in the U.K. 48. Rein, e.g. 49. “And I Love ___” 50. Very dry, as wine 51. Burrowed into the ground 57. Holm or Bradley 58. Bow 60. Chop (off) 63. Gymnast’s goal 65. ___ king 66. Dig 68. Blade 70. Play for a sap 71. Poker term 73. In heaven 74. Juice fruit 75. Engine part 77. “Cold one” 79. High-hatter 80. Come after 81. Discharged a debt 82. Its motto is “Industry”
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83. Jerk 84. Cole ___ 86. Isinglass 88. Infomercials, e.g. 91. Fat letters 93. Anatomical pouch 94. Blemish 98. “The wolf___ the door” 99. Closest in time 100. Fine weave 101. Garlicky mayonnaise 106. Pickling liquid 107. Kind of gun 109. Long stories 111. Brightly colored bird 112. Electricity source 113. Form of ether 114. Children’s ___ 115. Dog bowl bits 116. Snowfall 117. Mideast chief: Var. 118. Connecting point 119. Club fees 120. Desire 121. Author John Dickson ___ 122. Bit of physics 123. Kind of wire
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Community Life Spotted on Ocracoke: The Yellow-rumped Warbler
Text and photo by Peter Vankevich
ithout much of a winter this year, the transition to spring has been hardly noticeable. I am writing this March 15 and the high temperature for DC is supposed to be 82 degrees and we just experienced the fourth warmest winter ever recorded. To take your mind off of this possible global warming phenomenon and put you into another “times are tough” setting, if you have an interest in the birds of the DC area I suggest you dig up a copy of Louis Halle’s “Spring in Washington.” (Riverby Books on East Capitol St. SE often has some used copies.) Halle worked at the State department and in 1945 would start his day by taking an early bike ride to areas such as Rock Creek Park, the C&O Canal, Tidal Basin and Dyke Marsh which he chronicled in this well-worthreading book. In addition to his perceptive nature observations, especially those of birds, he included philosophical musings in a time of war that was moving to a long period of an uneasy peace. One bird he noted is our featured species, the Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronate). Warblers are one of the most sought after families for many local birders. Not because of their name (most have weak and often buzzy songs), they are more noted for their good looks and interesting breeding plumage colors. If you catch this bird flying away,
you will easily identify both the male and female all year round by the bright yellow patch at the base of the back. Its basic plumage from fall to early spring is light brown above with streaky white below and a bit of yellow on the sides. In spring the male’s appearance changes to a darker gray back, with black cheeks and yellow crown. Females are overall duller and lack the black coloring. In addition to the sharp chip note
you hear from them during the winter, in spring you may also hear their song consisting of a soft fading musical trill. The Yellow-rumped Warbler in the East was formerly called the Myrtle Warbler (which Halle uses in his book). In 1973, it was lumped with the western race known as Audubon’s Warbler to make one species. This is one of the first of the warblers to arrive in the spring
passing on its way to the northern coniferous forests. In fact, a small number will winter in the area and many more further east along the coast in addition to the south. Two years ago, I observed a small flock spending a good part of winter on the Botanical Gardens grounds. There is a good reason for their heartiness. Whereas most warbler species feed primarily on insects, this species has adapted to also eat berries, particularly those of the Southern wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) which appears especially along the Mid-Atlantic Coast. The wax coating on this fruit is indigestible for most birds so the Myrtle Warbler has little competition for an easily available food source. Also, since the wax is energy-rich, it enables this warbler to winter further north in cooler climates than other American warblers where these berries are present. Myrtle Warblers will also feast upon small blue cedar berries and even the red poison ivy berries. I am currently down on the Outer Banks on Ocracoke Island (a hotbed for these Yellow-rumped Warblers; in fact my house here is called the Myrtle Warbler) so I am on a hiatus for leading bird walks on the Hill. Nevertheless, if you have questions about our local birds or you plan to visit this island and would like to check out the birds here, feel free to contact me (email@example.com). H capitalcommunitynews.com H 61
The Inside Story on a Dozen Beautiful Homes The 55th Capitol Hill House and Garden Tour, May 12-13
by Roberta Gutman
other’s Day weekend here on the Hill is not just for mothers; it’s a time for everyone, mothers included of course, to tour some beautiful homes in Capitol Hill—an event not to be missed. Volunteers at the Capitol Hill Restoration Society are working with homeowners who will open the doors to their homes and the gates to their gardens. This year’s tour is organized around the theme “Windows on Our World.” Visitors will be routed along a walkable triangle (no jitney service), all in Northeast, bounded on the south by East Capitol between 3rd and 11th streets, and on the north by Massachusetts. Here is a sampling of some of the homes on the tour: At 308 East Capitol, Unit #1 in the condo building shows how a great deal of charm can fit into a small space that combines lively as well as soothing colors, antique carpets, Oriental art, and a vintage kitchen transformed with a creative paint job. The 1870 gray clapboard house at 317 A Street NE has only 1700 square feet of space—but what
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beautiful space it is, reflecting the owners’ love of Japanese art and furnishings and other objects from their postings abroad. Be on the lookout for roosters in many forms, which add a whimsical touch to the serene surroundings. The glass doors at the back of 514 Constitution Avenue, built in 1884, brighten this colorful house, owned by an artist and his State Department wife, now retired. His paintings, wall hangings by other artists, and African art bedeck the walls of this twostory home, which doubles as a B&B. Steps lead down to the back garden bordered at the other end by a coach house. While not open for the tour, the coach house is part garage and part studio—so this home has everything. A double treat awaits visitors to 9 and 11 East 9th Street, two of four contiguous homes built in 1892 with Richardsonian sandstone facades. Only 15 feet wide, both homes feel surprisingly open and spacious. Walking the length of the first floor of one home, then into both homes’ long and beautiful but very different gardens, and back through the first
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floor of the other home, visitors can compare the different footprints of these painstakingly and beautifully restored dwellings. Prepared to be bowled over by the space, furnishings, and gorgeous color in the four-story, exquisitely restored home at 905 Massachusetts Avenue. Built in 1909, the house has a double parlor, formal dining room, a wonderful modern kitchen, huge bedrooms and study on the second and third floors, and a full basement. The home’s furnishings combine modern and antique family furnishings and a superb art collection. An unforgettable wall clock whimsically marks the passage of time. The Italianate Renaissance Revival home at 7th and A Streets is, to put it mildly, luscious both inside and out, with open spaces on both floors and abundant light from the bay windows fronting A St. A diminutive but sweeping staircase leads from the first to the second floors and the master bedroom, which contains furniture once owned by Leslie “Gone with the Wind” Howard. The home anchors a row of seven townhomes built in 1882. The bed-
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room balcony overlooks the back patio, a “room” by itself with a bubbling fountain whose sounds soothe the soul, echoed by a fountain on the street side of the fence. The red brick condo building facing Lincoln Park on the east end contains a unit owned by Hill Rag writer and photographer Rindy O’Brien and her husband. Uniquely, it has its own entrance at 1020 East Capitol Street. You may have peered through the long windows and doors of this first-
floor unit, which once housed a People’s Drugs; now’s your chance to see this beautiful, two-story unit overlooking the park from the inside. A major surprise will be the space, light, and 10-foot ceilings in the downstairs bedrooms. These are only half of the beautiful homes and gardens on the tour! The event starts with a twilight tour from 5 to 8 pm Saturday, May 12, and continues from 1 to 5 pm on Mother’s Day. Tickets cost $25 in advance
or $30 on the tour weekend. CHRS members can buy up to four tickets for $20 each until April 18. They can be purchased online at www.chrs.org, at the CHRS booth at Eastern Market on April 21 and April 28 and on May 5-6 and 12-13, and at these local retailers: Groovy DC, Art & Soul boutique, Homebody, Hill’s Kitchen, Appalachian Spring, Riverby Books, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and Prudential Carruthers Realtors. H
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Remembering Sharon B. McCarthy
haron B.McCarthy, a longtime resident and business owner on Capitol Hill for 25 yrs., passed away February 26th, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Sharon left an indelible mark in the business and arts community of Capitol Hill, as well as in the hearts of many friends and loyal customers. Not only was she a successful small business owner, she was also a gifted artist, Democratic Party activist, lifelong community volunteer and patron of the arts. She was known for her engaging personality, vivacious manner, wonderful sense of
by Linda Manzella McLain many years supervising the internship program in the California State Legislature. Her support of the Democratic ideology inspired her to a lifetime of volunteering in local and national campaigns. In 1975, Sharon married John Burton, then a U.S. Congressional Representative from San Francisco, and moved to Washington DC. She transitioned into the retail business in a quest to introduce unique art apparel and accessories to the area. (Sharon’s marriage to John Burton later ended in divorce.) She and her former partner, Linda Beeman, opened Mamori at the corner Sharon MCarthy at Moon, Blossoms and Snow on Capitol Hill
One of Sharon’s paintings.
humor and artistic style. Born in 1946 on New Year’s Eve in Elizabethtown, Pa., Sharon moved to California in 1965 where she attended Mount San Antonio College and began working in her first career of politics. As a passionate Democrat and daughter of a union man, she became deeply involved in the campaigns of Tom Bradley, the first African-American mayor of Los Angeles and the gubernatorial campaign of Jessie Unruh. She spent 64 H HillRag | April 2012
of 3rd and Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The merchandise reflected an Asian aesthetic and featured textiles and jewelry largely from California and Japan. They opened a second store in Georgetown and moved the Capitol Hill location to a larger space on Pennsylvania Ave. The partners closed Mamori in 1982 when Linda Beeman relocated out of state. Sharon married John McCarthy in 1983. The following year she launched her second store, nam-
ing it Moon, Blossoms and Snow, dents of Capitol Hill. which reflected Sharon’s love of Though petite in stature, many nature and fondness for haiku po- of her employees became dear etry. The store specialized in selling friends and lovingly referred to her contemporary American crafts ,and as “The Big Blossom.” represented hundreds of artists from Sharon served on the Boards throughout the United States. The of The Capitol Hill Association merchandise, largely apparel and of Merchants and Professionals jewelry, was handmade, “one of a (CHAMPS) and the Capitol Hill kind” or produced from small cot- Arts Workshop. tage industries with limited producAs a staunch supporter of tions within the U.S. She also car- CHAW, she participated in numerried pottery, handblown glass, and ous activities, performing in stage wood pieces, always adhering to her productions, fundraising and taking commitment to feature only American artisans. Sharon B. McCarthy Memorial Sharon was a fiber juror for the American Craft contributions can be made Council Show in Baltiin honor of Sharon to: more and was intuitive in knowing her market Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and customer. The store (www.chaw.org) attracted collectors and Central Pennsylvania Festival of The Arts customers from around (www.arts-festival.com) the world, in addition Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association to the faithful clientele (www.bellefontearts.org) working in the U.S. Bellefonte Museum of Centre County Congress, the Library (www.bellefontemuseum.org) of Congress and resi-
art classes. After more than 20 years as a successful merchant, Sharon closed Moon, Blossoms and Snow in 1996. She moved to central Pennsylvania with her husband when he accepted a professorship and subsequent position as Department Head of Sociology at Penn State. She created a studio in their farmhouse and quickly became an accomplished artist, working in pastels and a variety of medium. She became deeply involved in a wide variety of non-profit cultural endeavors, including service on the Boards or as an officer of The Palmer Art Museum, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, The Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association, Farmland Preservation Artists and the Bellefonte Museum of Centre County. Sharon also devoted herself to
her expansive and beautiful garden. Always a visionary, Sharon created a magical, imaginative and productive garden surrounded by the cornfields of the neighboring Amish farms. The garden will be the backdrop for Sharonâ€™s memorial Celebration of Life taking place at John and Sharonâ€™s home on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 from 11:00 am. to 4:00 pm. Friends and family are welcomed. The blossoms will undoubtedly be blooming. H For more information a planned Celebration of Sharon, go to www. celebratingsharonslife.org. capitalcommunitynews.com H 65
NE Branch Library Celebrates its 80th
by Vince Morris
irthday cake, balloons and a reminder of cial appearance by Mike Becvar, also known as the fascinating history of Capitol Hill “Balloons by Mike.” Mike went out of his way marked the Northeast Library’s 80th an- to fashion balloon creatures - from ladybugs to niversary celebration recently. monkeys - for every kid who came to the library. There were several popular events but the Besides the big cake, the party included soft most interesting was probably the slideshow and drinks, a veggie platter and juice, plus a host of narrative from George Washington University D.C. Public Library giveaways such as pens, cups Professor John Vlach, who described the his- and tote bags. Those gifts for patrons came about tory of Capitol Hill and Washington DC. Vlach in part because the across the city the library sysshowed a series of slides depicting early-era maps, tem was marking “Read in” Day and had orgasome that were handlettered and showing only one or two houses on some blocks of Capitol Hill. In a reunion of sorts, Capitol Hill parent and Girl Scout leader Angie Schmidt, who had Vlach as a professor when she attended GW, came to the slideshow with her daughter. The most popular part of the birthday celebration was probably the enormous, table-top sized sheet cake that Friends of Northeast Library Vice President EmA table-top sized cake celebrates the 80th Anniversary of the Northeast Branch Library. ily Heil designed for the occasion. The cake was shared with library staff, pa- nized additional activities across all the wards. trons and of course all of the kids who were at The Friends of the Northeast Library the branch for the usual Saturday music and (FONEL) decided to throw the “birthday” party movement event led by the talented children’s for the library for two reasons. First, to mark librarian Judy Oliver. On some Saturday’s there the important contributions that the branch has are as many as 40 children participating in the made to the community in terms of educating Saturday morning music sessions, and for many people, giving them a place to read and gather parents those sessions are their first introduction and opening up new doors to young families to the library. since it was built in 1932. The Friends had also arranged for a speSecondly, the library is on the cusp of a major 66 H HillRag | April 2012
interior renovation and the party was a way of celebrating the branch as the countdown continues to the temporary closing, which is expected to come this fall. As part of the renovation, the most significant reconstruction of the library since it was built in the last century, Northeast will likely shut its doors for at least 10 months. The closing will allow the construction to move ahead safely and efficiently, though it will mean a big adjustment for the hundreds of people, old and young, who make a visit to the branch part of their regular schedule. During the next few months, FONEL is going to be working closely with the architect and contractor to ensure that proposed changes to the layout and design of the branch are made with an eye towards what is practical and useful to the community. More importantly, FONEL has also stressed to DCPL that a top priority of the renovation should be maintaining the unusual and distinctive walnut woodwork, molding and decorative features that make the Northeast branch so beautiful inside. Not many hill residents are old enough to remember this, but the site of the Northeast library used to be home to the Eagle Coal Company. After it closed, that corner of 7th street and Maryland Avenue was rezoned to make it consistent with the neighborhood.
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to lights and paper products. In addition, the Friends sponsors a yearly “staff appreciation” brunch for the staff. Moreover, FONEL has started to bring authors to the branch on a regular basis to talk about their books - including Hill writer Ariel Sabar and just recently Washington Post writer Eli Saslow, who published a book about the letters President Obama reads each night after work.
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Family Connections Run Deep at Stuart-Hobson Middle School by Satu Haase-Webb and Janice MacKinnon
tuart is the only school that I really felt connected with,” remembered Doris Hemsley, who graduated from Stuart Junior High School (SJHS) in 1964. Listening to conversations between three generations of the Hemsley-Jeffers family, one could overhear the tenor of how important it was for each mother to get their daughter into Stuart JHS, and later Stuart-Hobson Middle School (SHMS). Daughter Lynette Jeffers attended Hobson Middle School, above Watkins Elementary School, and was in the first graduating class of the new Capitol Hill Cluster
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School in 1987. And thus, it was important to Lynette to get her daughter Tayia into Stuart-Hobson Middle School as well. “Teachers really care about their students,” added Freeman Wise, President of the Capitol Hill Kiwanis Club and SJHS graduate from the late 1950s, knowing of what he speaks after twenty years of being involved with this school’s Builders Club. Students of Stuart-Hobson Middle School’s Archives and Builders Club recorded several conversations like this one as part of an Archives project. The goal of the project was to
bring together multiple generations of families with experiences with the school in two “Family Connections” events on February 15 and March 7, 2012. Among the alumni families that attended one of these events was the Frazier-Jenkins family. Veola Frazier graduated from Stuart Junior High School in 1961. Almost thirty years later, she peered into the 8th grade science room of Sandra Jenkins, trying to decide whether the school was what she wanted for her only son, William. He attended, and at his graduation in 1992, he performed the song “It’s so hard to say Goodbye,” one of the fam-
ilies’ treasured memories. To complete the picture, a few years later, William went on to wed Ms. Jenkins’ only daughter, Callian. Aside from this experience and being the class of 1992 Salutarian, school sports played an important role in William Frazier’s life at StuartHobson Middle School. His basketball team took the city title in 1992, which he fondly remembered as the same year the Redskins won their last Superbowl. Throughout the years, Stuart Junior High, and later SHMS, always had strong sports teams in basketball, track, soccer, volleyball and baseball. With that came school pride, “we won everything… we won a lot of trophies…” in the 1960s, recalled Ms. Hemsley. Her conversation with current SHMS basketball and track stars, Anya Duffy and Ayana Dozier, shocked the girls as Ms. Hemsley described how they had to play “half court,” meaning the guards could not even cross that center line! As the neighborhood changed, the school changed with it: from an all-white school until the early 1950s, Stuart Junior High shortly became an all-black school and was integrated in 1954 after the US Supreme Court’s decision in Bolling v. Sharpe. By the 1970s, as the neighborhood demographics changed, the school was predominantly African-American. With gentrification, many white neighborhood teenagers attended the school, adding to increasing numbers of outof-boundary students through the years. All these changes only helped to galvanize the character of the school as a diverse and close-knit community. What students were taught changed with changing social roles and expectations. In the 1960s, in home economics classes, female students were tested in “how to make beds” and how to properly sew a blouse by hand. Moreover, there was
WIDE SHOE OUTLET Men’s and Women’s sizes up to 15 EE vocational training in a real shop at Stuart JHS. Ms. Hemsley explained how students learned proper book repair as a real craft (book binding). This prompted a curious response from our students, whose more typical experience was with ragged textbook covers, falling apart. By the 1990s, “home economics,” “shop,” and book repair had disappeared from the curriculum and Spanish and Technology had taken their places. The Tingling-Clemmons family embodies another family with a strong connection to Stuart-Hobson Middle School. While many of the children from that large family attended the school, two of the siblings work at SHMS now – Toussaint Tingling-Clemmons is the Dean of Students, and Nzingha Tingling-Clemmons is an eighth grade teacher. Ms. Tingling-Clemmons told her students that at
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first, “it was really hard for me to call [my colleagues] by their first name.” She also commented on the rich curriculum of the school, complemented by the many and varied experiences provided by community institutions, the Smithsonian, the Folger, and the Building Museum with its City Vision Program. “I don’t know if I would have gotten that anywhere else,” she said. This project was guided by school archivist Satu HaaseWebb and retired librarian Jan MacKinnon through their leadership of the SHMS Archives Club and supported by the Builders Club. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation funded this project, and the technology to capture interviews and historic documents. While enriching the school archives’ collection, the deepest value of this project was to the students and families who participated, engaging in stories from the past and comparing it with their own lives. The SHMS archives can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. H capitalcommunitynews.com H 69
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop On Being 40 and Celebrating “ArtsNOW” by Megan Cheek
CHAW supporters participating in a Matisse Cut Paper class, Photo: Ellen Cornett
Family participating in Empty Bowls Project. Photo: Leslie Mansour 70 H HillRag | April 2012
he Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW ) turned 40 years old this year. And just how does an organization celebrate 40 years of “building community through the arts?” With an entire year of free performances, events, and festiveness. And there is more still to come! Since October 2011, CHAW has celebrated its ruby anniversary with a logo contest, 40 free events in January that drew over 600 people, and an Anniversary Choral Concert in February. Now CHAW unveils its wackiest anniversary event to date in the form of “ArtsNOW: A Community Moment with CHAW” on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. “ArtsNOW is basically a fun twist on the reliable format of an open house,” says Jill Strachan, CHAW’s Executive Director. “Think street festival meets flash mob with a little something for everyone. Think dancers (including Zumba specialists and tiny ballerinas), actors, strolling musicians, skateboarders, painters, photographers, ceramicists, children, and adults all joining together for a big old celebration.” “ArtsNOW” hosts free classes for all ages including a Zumbathon, ceramic bowl making for the Empty Bowls Project, and a Matisse Cut Paper class. Performances include scenes by the Capital City Players of Washington, DC, sword fighting by the Taffety Punk Theater Company, a cappella music from “Not What You Think,” performances by the cast of CHAWbaret, a guitar performance by CHAW teaching artist Doug Welcome, and selections by
CHAW’s Suzuki violin students. The Capitol Hill Art League will host a gallery scavenger hunt with prizes. And there will be cotton candy, ice cream, and pizza! The highlight during “ArtsNOW” will be an interconnecting community moment at 11:40 a.m. in which folks will line the streets around CHAW
Pre-Ballerinas at CHAW. Photo:Jessica Boger
and learn a hand dance to form a human chain. Peter DiMuro, a local choreographer and CHAW’s Creative Consultant for Special Projects, has created simple movements that capture CHAW’s 40-year history and are easily accessible. “CHAW in all its magnificence has been built one lesson at a time, one gallery showing at a time, one
plus another of a show or choral performance or rehearsal,” says DiMuro. “Like good art, it’s the accumulation of simple acts of connecting through arts practices that have helped build this powerhouse that is CHAW. So a human chain makes so much sense. The simple accumulation of hand in hand to represent these 40 years...that is power.” Additionally on April 14th at CHAW, the Capitol Hill Art League hosts a gallery opening from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for its mixed media exhibit “It’s Up to You” with juror Peter Van Riper. Taffety Punk Theater Company presents a dance performance at 6:30 p.m. and “Previews & Reviews” at 7:00 p.m. In the spirit of giving back in CHAW’s 40th year, the gallery opening and performances will benefit the work of Seva Mandir (meaning “Temple of Service”), an Indian nonprofit organization that has been working for 40 years with the rural, predominantly tribal population of the Udaipur district of Southern Rajasthan. All events are free, but donations to Seva Mandir are encouraged. “We hope you can join us in celebrating CHAW’s 40th Anniversary,” says Strachan. “The events on April 14th provide a wonderful opportunity to connect with and thank our community for all its support and to celebrate CHAW’s past, present, and future.” All events take place at CHAW, 545 7th Street, SE. “ArtsNOW” is sponsored by The National Capital Bank of Washington, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream DC Metro Area Shops, and the Ugly Mug. For more information about all of CHAW’s events and classes, please call 202-547-6839 or visit www.chaw.org. H
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h streetlife by Elise Bernard ed by the Capital City Church (http:// www.capcitychurch.com), which holds its services at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (http://atlasarts.org, 1333 H Street NE). This particular Easter egg is a mover and shaker. It’s going to travel all around the Corridor, making stops at popular restaurants, and even at a karaoke night. Kids will be allowed to decorate the egg, and the festivities will include a golden Easter egg hunt in local H Street businesses, and children’s flashlight egg hunts during the church’s three Easter services.
t’s definitely spring. The weather is wonderful, and you’ll be tempted to hit the streets and explore all the new action on H Street NE. Here’s some of what’s been happening recently.
Hunted House Sets Up Home on H Street NE
Locals looking to outfit their dwellings in proper style can now do so a little closer to home. Hunted House (http://www.huntedhousedc. com, 1830 ½ 14th Street NW) is moving from northwest to 510 H Street NE. Hunted House specializes in Mid Century Modern, Art Deco, and otherwise vintage, furnishings. They hope to open up in their new location in the coming weeks. This is exciting news not just for those shopping for that perfect lamp. It’s new retail development on the western end of the H Street NE Corridor, and it looks to be part of a growing trend.
Late Night Bites at Fruit Bat
Metro Immediate Care offers both immediate, and primary care. Photo: Metro Immediate Care
The Daily Rider Opens Its Doors
I just got back from the soft opening of the Daily Rider (http:// thedailyriderdc.com, 1108 H Street NE). They have a selection of bikes and accessories sure to please any casual rider, or commuter. Colorful bags, baskets, and helmets abound. Show your cycling pride with one of their brightly hued buttons. Does your bike need a tune up? They’ve got you covered. They do in-shop repairs.
H Street CDC Seeks to Expand Headquarters
The H Street Community Development Corporation (http://www. hstreetcdc.org, 501 H Street NE) recently announced plans to enlarge their one story headquarters. Grand plans they are, calling for a five story building with retail on the first floor, and affordable housing units above. The Washington City Paper has reported that the project will bring 29,440 square feet of mixed use space. 72 H HillRag | April 2012
Local Latin inspired cocktail lounge Fruit Bat (http://www.dcfruitbat.com, 1236 H Street NE) has launched a really interesting new collaboration with some food trucks. Each Friday and Saturday night a food truck will take over the kitchen at Fruit Bat to serve up that truck’s cuisine. First up is Grid’s Waffles, which serves many permutations of their namesake. Hot People Food, which serves Asian inspired fare, is next in line. It’s a great chance to enjoy some really creative cocktails, and sample the offerings from different food trucks in a laid back setting. Food service starts at 7 p.m. and runs through at least 2 a.m. (though I’ve heard that it may go as late as 5 a.m. if the crowd is hungry).
The Maia Has Big(ger) Plans For H Street
The Daily Rider caters to your cycling needs
Metro Immediate Care Comes to the H Street Corridor
A new urgent care doctor’s office is coming to the H Street NE/NoMa. Metro Immediate Care (http://www. metroimmediatecare.com) is open at 220 L Street NE. They offer both immediate and primary care services. Their operating hours of 8 a.m.-10 p.m. during the week, and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends, make them a convenient local choice for medical care.
#HStEaster Hatches on H Street
Perhaps you’ve noticed the giant Easter egg that first appeared on the southeast corner of 12th and H Street NE. It’s decorated with bright colors, and sports the Twitter hashtag #HStEaster. I saw the egg before I heard about it. Its provenance first came to my attention in the form of a retweet of my egg photo that I posted to Twitter. The Easter egg is a little fun provid-
Urban Turf broke the news that the Maia, a planned 49 unit residential condo development at 1350 Maryland Avenue NE, is nearly doubling in size. It’s going from 49 units, to 84 units. The expansion is possible because the developer, Valor Development, is purchasing an adjacent lot. All units will be one or two bedrooms.
FreshFarm Market Seeks a New Home
The H Street NE FreshFarm Market has been a Saturday morning staple for the past several years. For
many local residents, it’s become a routine to head to the market for tasty baked goods, local meats, and fresh fruits and vegetables. But now the lot that has been home to the market in past seasons is slated for redevelopment. Jair Lynch Development Partners purchased H Street Plaza, located on the south side of the 600 block of H Street NE, last fall. Their plans call for a new mixed-use structure incorporating street level retail, office space, and residential units. That development is great news for the H Street NE Corridor, but it leaves the market homeless. They are reportedly exploring several possible locations, but cost is a concern. Permanency is also an issue. One of those spaces is the former R. L. Christian Library site, but that site will soon be up for grabs by developers. Ideally, the market would like to find a low cost home that it could continue to occupy for years.
C.A.T. Walk Boutique Relocates
Local vintage clothing store C.A.T. Walk Boutique (http:// www.thecat-a-t-walk.com, 1404 H Street NE) is heading west. The building it currently calls home faces demolition and redevelopment. C.A.T. Walk will move to the 500 block of H Street NE, where the owner will be able to use the façade redevelopment grant that she received from the District. The move is good news for the shop, as it brings it closer to other daytime retail. It’ll be in the same block as Metro Mutts (http:// www.metromuttsdc.com, 508 H Street NE), and Hunted House (http://www.huntedhousedc. com, opening at 510 H Street NE), and just down the street from Sidamo Coffee and Tea (http://www.sidamocoffeeandtea.com, 417 H Street NE). For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog http://frozentropics.blogspot.com. You can send me tips, or questions at elise. email@example.com. H
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Thirty Openings in Thirty Months by Sharon Bosworth ishing shops on 8th Street, SE, are quickly sold to new owners pleased to build their trade on the solid base left by the original operators.
Taste of 8th April 28 - Free Tasting Tickets to Volunteers
Meg Sophia and Amanda Clarke discuss design of Tabula Rasa, Courtyard and Boutique event space - 731 8th Street, SE, opening june 2012.
ith eleven businesses opening on Barracks Row in 2011 and twelve more scheduled to open in 2012 the average pace of new business opening over a two and one half year period on Barracks Row calculates out to thirty businesses in thirty months. Of course statistics are one thing and reality is another. Our businesses do not open neatly by the month but rather in groups, often three or four opening within weeks of each other, with months and months between openings. But, whatever the pace, with the many restaurants lining our corridor, Capitol Hill neighbors and fans from around the metro area might logically expect that the new businesses will all be restaurants. In reality, the last business opened on Barracks Row in 2011 was a service business, A-List Nails at 739 8th 74 H HillRag | April 2012
Street, SE, and the first business opening in 2012, as you read this column in April, is not a restaurant but another service business, Soleil 21 SalonSpa, at 738½ 8th Street, SE. The new businesses arriving on the Row in 2012 will be a mixed assortment including a boutique event space, an organic grocery, retailers, services and restaurants. Both service and retail businesses are blossoming, benefitting immeasurably from the pedestrian traffic our restaurants attract. In the past twelve months two established retail pet businesses have changed hands; Pawticulars became Metro Mutts, 407 8th Street, SE, and Chateau Animaux, newly re-named and re-merchandised is now Howl to the Chief, 733 8th Street, SE. It’s a sign of the robust health of the corridor that when founders of retail businesses decide to move on to other interests their flour-
As 2012 unfolds our first Barracks Row Main Street event of the season is at hand: Taste of 8th will be held on Saturday, April 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Taste of 8th has grown over the years. From 2002 to 2006 Bill McLeod was Barracks Row’s Executive Director: on his watch we planted 72 disease-resistant Elm trees, installed new brick sidewalks and erected historic lamp posts. In the midst of this construction George Didden, President of National Capital Bank, had an idea to promote the growing number of Barracks Row restaurants. Sara Capella and Jeff Davis, Promotion Committee volunteers, launched the first-ever Barracks Row tasting event in 2005, setting in motion a great concept which has been expanded every year thereafter. We continue this tradition of inspired volunteer service with today’s Taste of 8th. This year twenty restaurants will participate. At each restaurant dedicated Barracks Row
volunteers will collect tickets and help manage the event. If you’d like to volunteer for Taste of 8th 2012 call 202-544-3188 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our hardworking Taste of 8th volunteers will be rewarded with a delicious perk: free tasting tickets to the event!
Sample Global Cuisines
Taste of 8th 2012 can get you up to speed on our Row’s burgeoning restaurant selection in one glorious afternoon of sampling. If you haven’t been here in awhile, new dining spots have opened; new chefs are bringing their creativity to your favorite eateries; new menus are being introduced everywhere. Tickets to Taste of 8th are on sale on our website, www.barracksrow.org where you will find a complete list of participating restaurants. This year at Taste of 8th we are welcoming Spring Mill Breads, which opened for business at 701 8th Street, SE, in November 2011 and Lavagna, 529 8th Street, SE, which opened in May, just missing Taste of 8th 2011. We are welcoming back to Taste of 8th 2012: Zest Bistro, 535 8th Street, SE; Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th Street, SE; Matchbox, 521 8th Street, SE; Las Placitas, 517 8th Street, SE; Hello Cupcake, 705 8th Street, SE; Fusion Grill, 515, 8th Street, SE; DC 3, 423 8th Street, SE; Chat’s Liquors , 503 8th Street, SE; Cava Mezze, 527 8th Street, SE; Banana Café, 500 8th Street, SE, along with a full assortment of our corridor’s High above Barracks Row progress continues on Nooshi Sushi and Tash, 524 8th Street, SE many other famous eater-
ies. Proceeds for this event benefit Barracks Row Main Street.
Sneak Preview of Pacifico
What could be more frustrating than a roof top construction site? There is no possibility for the curious to peek in the windows or steal a quick look though the doors as work-
Pacifico’s sweeping roof terrace and arbor area under construction
ers dash in and out. Presently we have two of these mysterious sites to tantalize us: at 524 8th Street, SE, sushi lovers are longing for the arrival of Nooshi Sushi which will be located on the upper floors of that building. Tash, a new concept kabob restaurant will move into the street level. For now we can only admire from afar as the addition of a third floor grows every day way above us - bringing sushi closer by the minute. Just up the street at 514 8th Street, SE, Pacifico is nearing completion. The building is a former auto dealership; to catch the eye of street car riders sedans were parked on the roof. Today the roof is being converted into a seasonal bar and dining area by Pacifico owner, Xavier Cervera. Recently Xavier Cervera gave us a hard hat tour of the restaurant’s multicultural themed interior as finishing touches were made by artists. The menu will include a wide variety of tapas; an early summer opening is planned. H
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SOUTH A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky by William Rich
eorge and Louise Jefferson may not be ‘moving on up’ to Southwest (this is not the East Side of Manhattan after all), but developers, lenders, architects, as well as community and city leaders attended a commencement ceremony in mid-March for Sky House Apartments at 4th & M Streets, SW. Among those in attendance included Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D Chair Andy Litsky, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and Mayor Vincent Gray. Removal of the concrete skin at the former EPA eastern tower actually began in February, but there was an official ribbon cutting in a tent erected next to the construction site and near Safeway. The luxury apartments will be the first residential component of Waterfront Station, the de-facto town center of Southwest where up to two additional multifamily buildings are planned in the northern vacant parcels. Upon completion, the two towers will have a total of 530 apartments with 106 affordable units (20% of the total) for those earning up to 50% of
Area Median Income (AMI) and will be the tallest residential buildings in Southwest. The project is a partnership between Urban Atlantic and the JBG Companies, with exterior design by Wiencek + Associates and interior design by RD Jones + Associates. Urban Atlantic purchased the buildings from Waterfront Associates in 2011 for $20 million. In addition to Sky House apartments, Urban Atlantic has a mixed-use project next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station that is about to deliver, and are a partner in the Capper Carrollsburg Hope VI redevelopment in Near SE. During the commencement ceremony, Urban Atlantic President Vicki Davis claimed that the Southwest Waterfront is the “newest, best neighborhood in the city.” In addition, Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells said that the Southwest Waterfront was “one of the most amazing neighborhoods in America.” ANC 6D Chair Andy Litsky is also pleased that the apartments will be mixed income. “The Sky House buildings are going to be a terrific ad-
Upon completion, Sky House I apartments will blend in with the new office buildings at Waterfront Station and will be steps away from Safeway. Rendering courtesy of Wiencek + Associates 76 H HillRag | April 2012
dition to the neighborhood and I’m especially pleased that 20% of the new units will remain affordable, ensuring that as many as possible can participate in the growth of the vibrant community that is the new Southwest,” said Litsky. Each building at Sky House will have a different ownership structure. Both buildings will have similar amenities, although the placement of some of them will be slightly different and the design will differ. RD Jones + Associates has designed the interiors to give the common areas of each building a boutique hotel-feel. At Sky House I (1150 4th Street, SW), the main entrance will be off of the multicolored roadway that runs past Safeway. The entrance opens up to an open lobby area with an e-lounge, fitness center, club room and “we work” area, designed with hardwood floors and a darker color palette. A stairway leads to the second level of common area space with a large demonstration kitchen and entertainment area with gaming. Doors lead to an outdoor space on the second floor that sits on
top of the parking garage entrance with a garden, seating area, and beyond that the green roof installed by Waterfront Associates on top of the Safeway loading dock. At Sky House II (1151 4th Street, SW), the main entrance will be off of the multicolored roadway that runs in front of Z-Burger. The entrance opens up to a lobby and e-lounge with a light-colored palette and limestone floors. To the right will be a club room with a kitchen, fitness center, entertainment area with gaming, and a “we work” area. The outdoor space will be a private, walled garden area with a fire pit, seating, plantings, and perhaps an artificial turf area. Average unit size will be around 675 square feet, continuing the trend of smaller units in newer apartment developments now being built around the city. Both buildings will have a small green roof and shallow swimming pool. Panoramic skyline views will be enjoyed from the rooftops of both buildings, due to the lack of taller buildings in the area. Each building will have 140 shared parking spaces
A small rooftop pool and deck area in both buildings will be available to residents with panoramic views of the Washington-area skyline. Rendering courtesy of Wiencek + Associates
Construction is underway at Sky House I apartments, which used to be an office building leased by GSA for the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: William Rich
with the office tenants at 1100 and 1101 4th Street, SW. Driveways will be created from M Street, SW to connect to the roadways that already exist to create a loop of sorts. The basements will have plenty of bike storage and pet washing stations. Both buildings will be at least LEED-certified, but the developers are aiming for a higher ranking, perhaps Silver. A dust control program is in place by the general contractor Hamel Builders to minimize dust during construction. Phase One of Waterfront Station opened in 2010 with two office buildings fully leased to the District government, ground-floor retail including an urban lifestyle Safeway with a Starbucks and drycleaners, CVS, Subway, Waterfront Cleaners, and a reopened 4th Street, SW. In addition, Station 4 bistro opened in mid-2011 and Z-Burger came along in early 2012. However, a few retail spaces remain empty and the lack of leasing activity is concerning to community leaders, including Litsky. “As the economy improves, and with more than 500 new housing units underway at Sky House I & II, we’re still looking for the promise of more neighborhood-serving retail at Waterfront Station -- especially as the developer asks for an extension of their second stage PUD.” William Rich is a blogger at Southwest… The Little Quadrant that Could (www. southwestquadrant.blogspot.com). H
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Nationals Opening Day 2012 – Welcome Back Nats’ Fans!
ince the Nationals’ baseball season ended last September, the team has undergone some significant changes during the offseason to improve their line-up in 2012. New pitchers Gio Gonzales and Edwin Jackson, the return of Stephen Strasburg and Adam LaRoche, and the ongoing grooming of Bryce Harper have excited the Nationals’ fan base about the prospects of a winning season for 2012. The Capitol Riverfront BID wishes the Nationals great success this year and we welcome Nationals fans back to the neighborhood. The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood has also seen some significant changes since the last game of the Nationals’ 2011 season. As the 2012 opening day approaches, we wanted to highlight some of the new additions to our neighborhood that will increase the fan experience before and after games as well as some of the construction projects that are underway and will continue to change the experience, look and feel, and amenity base of the Capitol Riverfront.
by Michael Stevens, AICP
Yards Park Concerts and Festivals
Tfhe National’s mascots The Presidents in Yards Park.
district called the Fairgrounds. Constructed out of refurbished shipping containers on Akridge’s Half Street site, the Fairgrounds is a mix of retail, restaurants, farmers market, vendors, and entertainment options in a shipping container “village”. The restaurants SurfSide and Bayou will
have permanent food trucks onsite. The Fairgrounds will be open 7 days a week and offer Nationals fans a place to gather before and after games. The BID will also be hosting our noontime concert series here every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
– in November 2011 the riverwalk trail connection from Diamond Teague Park & Piers (directly behind Nationals Ballpark Centerfield Gate) to the great lawn of Yards Park opened to the public. Nationals’ fans can now take the trail before and after baseball games and enjoy a one mile stroll along the riverfront as part of their baseball experience.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop Now Open
The Fairgrounds Opens
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Outdoor Movies and Pre-Movie Scavenger Hunt Races
The Capitol Riverfront Thursday Night Outdoor Movies return with a fun-filled line up of Treasure Hunting themed movies. Come see Pirates of the Caribbean, Goonies, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. Starting this year, Pacers will also be organizing a scavenger hunt running race before the movies so wear your tennis shoes if want to get in a premovie run.
Riverwalk Trail Connection
The Bullpen and Das Bullpen have been replaced by an exciting new urban retail and entertainment
The Yards Park Friday Evening Concerts start May 4 through September 14 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. The concerts are a great way to relax and start the weekend. On Tap is booking a variety of bands from jazz and salsa to bluegrass and top-40. Neighborhood Restaurant Group will provide food and drinks for purchase, and each week will feature a different food truck. In addition, the Yards Park has a number of exciting festivals booked for the summer including the Cherry Blossom Lantern Making Day on April 21, Kennedy Centers Street Festival on May 12, New Belgium Brewery’s Tour de Fat on June 16, DC Bocce Tournament on June 23, and much more. For more information visit www.yardspark.org.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop is now open at 3rd and Tingey Streets, SE
Nats fans now have another dining option in the neighborhood with the March 2012 opening of Potbelly Sandwich Shop in the Foundry Lofts apartment building at 3rd Street, SE and Tingey Street, SE. Potbelly offers sandwiches, salads, cookie and
milkshakes. Fans can grab a sandwich and have a picnic in Yards Park before a game and then proceed to Nationals Park by way of the new riverwalk trail connection.
overlook in Yards Park are also in the process of being leased for food and beverage providers.
Kruba Thai & Sushi To Open This Summer
Work continues on Canal Park with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2012. The restaurant pavilion on the southern block at 2nd Street, SE and M Street, SE will bring Nats’ fans another restaurant and bar to enjoy in neighborhood, as well as an ice skating rink during the winter months. The restaurant will be called Park Tavern, the latest concept by local restaurateur Xavier Cervera.
Another new restaurant will open in the summer of 2012 in the Foundry Lofts apartment building at 3rd Street, SE and Water Street, SE. Overlooking Yards Park, Kruba Thai & Sushi will be a full service, sit-down restaurant and bar offering Thai and sushi lunch and dinner dining options for baseball patrons, neighborhood residents and employees.
Boilermaker Shops Continue Renovation
The renovation of the Boilermaker Shops project continues with the first tenants targeting an opening in the fall of 2012. This restaurant cluster in a historic Navy Yard industrial building will be anchored by two concepts that should have great appeal for Nat’s fans and the neighborhood – Bluejacket will be a 7,000 square foot restaurant and micro-brewery by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and will also have Buzz Bakery adjacent to the restaurant; Willie’s Brew & Que will be a 4,000 square foot restaurant and sports bar by local restaurateur Xavier Cervera that will feature BBQ and multiple flat screen TVs for sports viewing.
200 I Street, SE Nears Completion
The newest office building in our neighborhood will open late this summer and be home to four (4) DC Government agencies, including the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities which will have a public art gallery on I Street, SE and 2nd Street, SE. The project involved a total renovation of the 450,000 square foot structure and will bring 1,200 – 1,400 employees to the Capitol Riverfront.
Lumber Shed Building Renovation Begins
Renovation work is scheduled to begin in May 2012 on the historic Lumber Shed building on Water Street overlooking Yards Park. The first floor will be devoted to 4-5 restaurants. Chef Michael White from New York City’s Osteria Morini has signed a lease to bring the award winning Italian restaurant to the Lumber Shed. The developer of the project, Forest City Washington, will occupy the second floor with their corporate offices. The project is anticipated to open in the fall of 2013. The retail bays beneath the
Canal Park Nearing Completion
Grocery Store Site Underway
The Harris Teeter grocery store site is underway at 1212 4th Street, SE with a planned opening date in late 2013 or early 2014. The development will comprise a 50,000 SF Harris Teeter grocery store, 225 residential units, a 30,000 SF health club and salon, and another 15,000 SF of restaurant/retail space. Excavation of the site at the corner of 4th and M Streets, SE has started and baseball patrons can monitor construction progress throughout the summer.
Florida Rock Site Cleared
The Florida Rock concrete plant site has been cleared and planning is underway for the first phase of construction – a new 200 unit apartment building and neighborhood support retail. The project will not start until 2013, however the vacant site is being considered for interim uses.
Trash Transfer Site Begins Demolition
The demolition on one of the last remaining industrial buildings in the Capitol Riverfront will begin in the 2nd quarter of 2012. The Trash Transfer complex at New Jersey Avenue and K Street, SE is being demolished to make way for a future residential development site as part of the Arthur Capper Carrollsburg redevelopment. We hope that the 2012 Nationals season will be a successful one for the team, and that visitors to Nationals Park will enjoy the existing and ongoing results of our neighborhood’s off-season development process. We anticipate even more new openings for the 2013 season as the Capitol Riverfront continues to grow as a mixed-use, walkable urban neighborhood. Welcome Nats’ fans and Let’s Go Nats! H capitalcommunitynews.com H 79
@ Your Service Heather Schoell Wireless Zone John Turner 427 8th St. SE 202- 364-1911
John Turner spent 14 years in the military, honing his skill in multi-channel communications. He bought the existing Wireless Zone store, which opened under his purview in Nov. 2011. They are Capitol Hill’s Verizon Wireless experts and carry the full line of Verizon Wireless products and services. One of John’s growth strategies was to bring Verizon FiOS to the area, which they now do! In addition to signing up with them for TV, Internet, Voice, and Wireless during April and May, qualified new customers who sign up for FiOS can receive up to $500 cash back from Verizon, and lower your monthly bill. Wireless Zone’s owner John Turner (l) with Jon, Joseph, and Richard.
AtlasVet Dr. Matthew Antkowiak Dr. Christopher Miller 1326 H St. NE 202-552-8600
Dr. Matthew Antkowiak and Dr. Christopher Miller of AtlasVet.
The Atlas District Veterinary Hospital (AtlasVet) is a neighborhood veterinary clinic owned by two Capitol Hill residents, Dr. Matthew Antkowiak and Dr. Christopher Miller. AtlasVet was founded on the principle that a neighborhood clinic should be locally owned and operated to better serve the needs of the surrounding community. AtlasVet officially opened its doors in January and has appointments six days a week. From routine vaccinations and preventative medicine to surgery and high speed dentistry, AtlasVet seeks to provide the highest quality medicine for your pet in a comfortable and friendly environment. The office, located directly across from the H St. Country Club, is well-appointed, with happy wall colors, and the thoughtful touch of a child-sized table with books. Go to atlasvetdc.com or facebook.com/ atlasvetdc.
James’s Home Creations James Kesead 70 I St. SE 704- 408-3953 jameshomecreations.com
James Kesead is a chef who is a nice guy – or a nice guy who is a chef. Whichever way you slice it, this nice chef will make your life easier, and for less of a cost than he ought to. James will go over your food likes and dislikes, do the grocery shopping, and cook in your kitchen (or his, if you prefer). He will package meals with reheating instructions, and then clean up. Yes, I said he cleans up. Fancy dinners, catering for block barbeques (he makes his own BBQ sauce), or pleasing your picky eaters, Chef James’ service will save you time for more important things –- the same reason you have your house cleaned or drop off your shirts. Lock in your price, grab him sooner than later, before he comes to realize what he should be charging.
“@ Your Service” is a compendium of what’s happening in the service and consumer industry on the Hill. Know something really cool and new for sale or for service? Let us know!
Chef James Kesead of James’s Home Creations.
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Real Estate Manufacturing at 1125 D Street, NE One Building’s Various Uses
oday, there is only one industry on Capitol Hill: The federal government. Whether you work for it, or work on it, or provide those that do with goods and services, without that big building with the dome, there would be precious little happening in our neighborhood. It was not always thus. For many years, businesses both great and small populated the Hill, producing beer, bricks, ice, ice cream, wagons, soft drinks, optical instruments, and pie for distribution across the city and beyond. Some of these businesses were large, like the two beer breweries, but most were smaller operations
Pies on the Hill
One location that managed to house several of these operations was 1125 D Street NE. Built in 1860s or
Advertisement for Kern’s Pies from January 1, 1915, Washington Times (LOC)
by Robert S. Pohl early 1870s, it was converted to a pie factory in the late 1870s by Henry Kern. Kern, a German émigré, had previously run a pie factory on East Capitol Street. He married Carrie R. Koons, the daughter of Henry Koons, a gardener and blacksmith who owned most of the land around 1125 D Street, NE. Kern moved into the new store along with his wife and children. For a number of years, the Kern Pie company was a frequent feature in advertisements of Washington papers, boasting of the merits of the pies. Detail of 1909 Baiste map of DC. Kern’s Bakery is in the upper right corner (LOC) According to the ads, Kern’s pies were “as ery. The contents were not as described necessary to the real Thanksgiving dinner as the turkey on the labels, but rather the leftovers itself.” The copy was adjusted for from orange juice manufacturing that had been reconstituted with some other holidays. In 1899, Kern decided to ex- other ingredients. Kern, as the injured pand the store significantly. He party, escaped any fines, which were bought a strip of land next to his paid by the manufacturer. shop from his father-in-law, Henry Koons, and proceeded to build a Trouble with the law In the 1920s, Kern, now well past two-story addition, as well as raising the roof on part of the original 60 years old, decided to get out of the building. His pie manufacturing baking business. In 1922, he rented grew rapidly from that point, and out the premises to the Halley Ice Co, advertisements for Kern’s pies were run by one George F. Hoover. The ice frequent in the newspapers of the business did not last long, and so Kern rented his premises to Ellis Duke, who time. Not all was simple for Kern. On started the Duke Bottling Works. In May 23, 1912, five cases of crushed contrast to other bottling concerns on oranges were seized at Kern’s bak- the Hill, and even the Eagle Bottling capitalcommunitynews.com H 85
Exterior Shot (Tom Kavanagh, Capitol Realty Team)
Company - which Duke had run before - this enterprise chose not to advertise or otherwise announce its presence. The reason for this became clear in 1929, when the Duke Bottling Works were padlocked on order of the DC Supreme Court. The charge? The “manufacture, sale and possession” of liquor, as the Washington Post reported on March 26, 1929. The article continued in explaining that, during a raid on the premises on November 12 of the previous year, the police had discovered “78 half-gallons of whisky, 44 cases and 2 kegs of beer and 17 bottles of wine.” This being during the height of prohibition, there was no doubt that this was a clear violation of the law. And Duke knew as much, having been arrested for a similar offense not six months earlier. Duke once more managed to avoid any jail time, and was arrested again in 1932 - less than a year before President Roosevelt once again relegalized the manufacture and sale of alcohol.
erty. Kern’s son sold it in 1943 and later that decade, it was taken over by the Capi-
A new beginning?
The next few decades were quiet for this prop-
A bottle from the Duke Bottling Works (chosi.net)
tal Regraining Company, who produced lithographic plates. In 1965 the company, now renamed Durolith, moved to Easton, Maryland. About ten years later, 1125 D was used by the oddly named R&R Driftwood corporation. Much like Duke before them, the new owners made no attempts to advertise their services, and the reason for this became clear after a major international police investigation, which ended with the arrest of two men for smuggling heroin. 1125 D had been used as a destination for the drug being mailed from Thailand. The drugs had been intercepted in the mails in New York, and only empty packages – carefully prepared by the police – made it to the address, where it was picked up by one of the smugglers, who then drove it to the other’s house – at which point the police stepped in. About ten years later one George Salah attempted to convert the old print shop into a pizzeria. Unfortunately for him, the property was now zoned for residential use only, and thus his efforts went for naught. Today, it is once again possible to buy a pie baked on the Hill, possibly signaling a resurgence in manufacturing, though the days of beer brewing or printing are presumably over. However, if you are interested in owning this piece of Hill history, stop by the Capitol Realty Team on 7th Street for an opportunity to visit the premises. No drug dealers, please. Follow the progress of Robert Pohl’s latest book at www. facebook.com/RobertPohlAuthor. H
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Prestigious location on Historic Capitol Hill at Senate, across from US Judiciary Bldg & Union Station. 2 story + English Basement brick bay front townhouse office of approx 2214 sf well designed offices for lobbyist, non profits, law firms etc. Property zoned C2A & Certificate of Occupancy for office use. Flexible floor plan offers large reception /entry lobby, 7 offices, conference room, 2.5 baths, 2 kitchenetts, gas fplc, exterior flagstone patio for entertaining. This kind of property so close in is seldom on market. Metro, rail, & 15 min. to National Airport. Kitty & Tati Kaupp 202-255-0952 www.kittykaupp.com.
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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. BARRY FARMS 2216 HUNTER PL SE
BERKLEY 4520 HOBAN RD NW 4818 FOXHALL CRES NW 4815 FOXHALL CRES NW 4640 KENMORE DR NW 4610 KENMORE DR NW 4746 BERKELEY TER NW
$2,000,000 $1,900,000 $1,612,000 $1,530,000 $1,505,000 $1,365,000
BRIGHTWOOD 1314 RITTENHOUSE ST NW 5719 4TH ST NW 525 RITTENHOUSE ST NW 6217 14TH ST NW 732 ROXBORO PL NW 409 MISSOURI AVE NW 506 FERN PL NW
$479,000 $360,000 $355,000 $300,000 $262,000 $226,000 $225,000
BROOKLAND 1221 MICHIGAN AVE NE 1346 RITCHIE PL NE 10 BRYANT ST NE 913 HAMLIN ST NE 4116 12TH ST NE 2711 24TH ST NE 3616 17TH ST NE 4000 10TH ST NE 2402 3RD ST NE 613 BUCHANAN ST NE 1518 HAMLIN ST NE 1236 RHODE ISLAND AVE NE 2525 NORTH CAPITOL ST NE
$498,000 $450,000 $410,000 $398,500 $390,000 $359,500 $330,000 $315,000 $305,000 $275,000 $275,000 $195,000 $135,000
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BURLEITH 3988 GEORGETOWN CT NW 1934 38TH ST NW
CAPITOL GATEWAY 128 57TH PL SE
CAPITOL HILL 715 EAST CAPITOL ST SE 18 7TH ST NE 101 4TH ST NE 145 NORTH CAROLINA AVE SE 716 NORTH CAROLINA AVE SE 414 10TH ST SE 918 K ST NE 1103 D ST NE 221 E ST NE 1617 H ST SE 812 F ST NE 1531 MASSACHUSETTS AVE SE 1527 A ST NE 242 14TH PL NE 229 18TH ST SE 1714 D ST NE 237 14TH PL NE 1225 C ST SE 1322 D ST SE 818 K ST NE 1912 C ST NE
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16TH STREET HEIGHTS 1516 WEBSTER ST NW 4711 PINEY BRANCH RD NW 1635 MADISON ST NW 4507 13TH ST NW 1518 ALLISON ST NW 1352 KENNEDY ST NW 4502 IOWA AVE NW
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$839,000 $665,000 $603,000 $520,000 $515,000 $439,000 $339,000
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AMERICAN UNIVERSITY PARK 4630 DAVENPORT ST NW 4447 SPRINGDALE ST NW 4843 YUMA ST NW
$1,437,200 $800,000 $700,000
ANACOSTIA 1327 T ST SE 1740 W ST SE 1410 18TH PL SE 2336 HIGH ST SE
$162,000 $99,000 $95,000 $72,000
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$1,600,000 $1,400,000 $1,285,000 $1,112,500 $990,000 $795,000 $780,000 $752,000 $748,500 $740,000 $699,000 $675,000 $631,000 $615,000 $599,900 $490,000 $480,000 $463,000 $431,000 $382,500 $275,000
CHEVY CHASE 3129 BEECH NW 5120 CHEVY CHASE PKWY NW 5721 NEVADA AVE NW 3500 MORRISON ST NW 5324 43RD ST NW 3702 MILITARY RD NW 2611 MORELAND PL NW 5711 NEBRASKA AVE NW 3393 STEPHENSON PL NW
$1,815,000 $1,190,000 $1,010,000 $936,500 $890,000 $875,000 $852,500 $810,000 $795,000
5277 NEBRASKA AVE NW 5130 NEBRASKA AVE NW 2840 NEWLANDS ST NW 6005 34TH PL NW 4002 ELLICOTT ST NW
$725,000 $721,000 $652,050 $650,000 $482,000
CHILLUM 5700 NORTH CAPITOL ST NW 5730 BLAIR RD NW 6315 2ND ST NW
$365,000 $297,000 $218,500
CLEVELAND PARK 3615 MACOMB ST NW 3115 34TH ST NW 3513 IDAHO AVE NW 3200 PORTER ST NW 3527 QUEBEC ST NW
$2,025,000 $1,285,000 $1,285,000 $950,100 $840,000
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1117 FAIRMONT ST NW 2723 13TH ST NW 1230 QUINCY ST NW 1447 GIRARD ST NW 712 KENYON ST NW 3925 13TH ST NW 1359 PERRY PL NW 3518 PARK PL NW 428 KENYON ST NW 615 COLUMBIA RD NW 3724 9TH ST NW 426 IRVING ST NW 417 COLUMBIA RD NW 751 GRESHAM PL NW
$751,000 $675,000 $650,000 $645,000 $615,000 $590,000 $535,000 $528,000 $405,000 $390,000 $370,000 $340,000 $288,500 $270,000
3214 10TH PL SE 256 NEWCOMB ST SE 100 XENIA ST SE 1242 SAVANNAH ST SE
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3292 THEODORE R HAGANS DR NE 5815 FOOTE ST NE 1017 48TH ST NE 5817 FOOTE ST NE 4224 GRANT ST NE 20 50TH ST NE 4219 GRANT ST NE 221 62ND ST NE 225 54TH ST NE 576 49TH PL NE 5354 HAYES ST NE 1018 45TH ST NE
$210,000 $179,900 $177,500 $80,000 $439,000 $289,000 $265,000 $256,000 $210,000 $185,000 $175,000 $171,900 $150,000 $118,000 $85,000 $80,000
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DUPONT 1742 RIGGS PL NW
ECKINGTON 42 QUINCY PL NE 107 SEATON PL NW 26 QUINCY PL NW 215 T ST NE 1923 1ST ST NE 226 RANDOLPH PL NE 220 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW
$679,000 $627,000 $610,000 $525,000 $430,000 $399,800 $355,000
FOREST HILLS 2916 ELLICOTT TER NW
FORT DUPONT PARK 1231 45TH PL SE 1302 44TH PL SE 1821 FORT DAVIS ST SE
$285,000 $165,000 $105,000
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FOXHALL VILLAGE 4445 VOLTA PL NW
FT. TOTTEN 24 HAMILTON ST NE
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GATEWAY 3104 ADAMS ST NE
GEORGETOWN 3400-3410 PROSPECT ST NW 1515 31ST ST NW 1533 28TH ST NW 2723 N ST NW 3345 RESERVOIR RD NW 3131 N ST NW 4025 MANSION DR NW 1654 35TH ST NW 1345 27TH ST NW 3721 T ST NW 1030 29TH ST NW
$11,000,000 $3,250,000 $3,000,000 $2,150,000 $1,900,000 $1,650,000 $1,447,500 $1,350,000 $1,275,000 $757,500 $670,000
GLOVER PARK 2112 HUIDEKOPER PL NW
HILL CREST 3625 SUITLAND RD SE 3104 O ST SE
IVY CITY 1940 CAPITOL AVE NE
KALORAMA 2537 WATERSIDE DR NW
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LEDROIT PARK 67 BRYANT ST NW 1930 1ST ST NW 1831 4TH ST NW 1910 4TH ST NW 51 V ST NW
$762,500 $650,000 $550,000 $355,000 $543,000
LOGAN/SHAW 802 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW
MARSHALL HEIGHTS 5020 A ST SE 420 53RD ST SE
MICHIGAN PARK 3925 18TH ST NE 1737 BUCHANAN ST NE 3916 22ND ST NE 4230 22ND ST NE
$335,500 $330,000 $250,000 $247,200
MOUNT PLEASANT 3602 16TH ST NW 2516 17TH ST NW 1721 HARVARD ST NW
$720,000 $705,000 $615,000
NORTH CLEVELAND PARK 4215 37TH ST NW 4427 35TH ST NW
NORTH TRINIDAD 1840 CAPITOL AVE NE
OBSERVATORY CIRCLE 3614 FULTON ST NW
OLD CITY 71 FLORIDA AVE NW 647 F ST NE 110 TENNESSEE AVE NE 336 11TH ST NE 224 14TH ST NE 308 16TH ST NE 1726 D ST SE 536 13TH ST SE 1629 E ST SE 216 14TH PL NE 1025 FLORIDA AVE NE 1203 WYLIE ST NE 1509 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE 514 14TH ST SE 1004 3RD ST SE 719 10TH ST NE
$320,000 $790,000 $739,000 $699,000 $665,000 $604,000 $595,000 $529,000 $520,000 $500,000 $494,900 $449,000 $413,950 $380,000 $370,000 $350,000
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1334 ½ L Street SE 2BR/2BA $449,000
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333 17th St. SE 2BR+DEN/2.5BA $499,000 Beautifully-expanded + updated Federal row, just 2 blocks from Metro. Open plan, well-designed kitchen, and generous rear addition. Brick hearth, oak flrs, stylish open kitchen for entertaining. Master bed/bath suite with glass and balcony rail overlooking private patio, with gated off-street parking beyond!
831 11th St. NE 3BR/2.5BA $539,000 At the heart of the H Street Renaissance!! Just steps to all your favorite dining and entertainment options. Don’t wait around for the streetcar, start calling this stylish bayfront home now! Wide-open main level with two FP mantels, exposed brick, granite/stainless kitchen, and immaculate bluestone patio and workshop building beyond. Upstairs a master suite with soaring ceilings plus room for kids, guests, and home office.
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Quest Home Builders DELIVERS at a value price! Eastbridge Court – the best-kept secret condo on the Hill, an intimate association of seven townhomes. Just two blocks from Potomac Metro. New kitchen & baths, hardwoods, FP, and balcony. 3 Finished levels plus private underground garage – an amazing package!
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646 Morton Place NE 3BR/2.5BA $589,000 Brand new renovation on intimate 1-way block! All the right ingredients – rich Rosewood floors, chef’s kitchen at the center of open-plan 4-rooms-deep main level. Upstairs, tall master suite in the front bay,two more spacious BRs and sky-lit hall, bath, and laundry. Rear patio with parking and only a 6-blk stroll to NY Ave Metro and Harris Teeter (and only 4 to H Street) – every convenience for smart city living!
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1306 Penn. Ave SE #402, 2BR/2BA $595,000 The Iridium - Newly-constructed in ‘08 entirely of steel and stone, with just 2 units per floor – walls of glass, wide balconies, and streamlined modern style! A rare find for the Hill -- like boutique units in Logan Circle, but for $75K less! Open plan, gleaming walnut floors, custom Euro fixtures, and bright Southern exp. down the Ave to Harris Teeter and METRO!
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912 EYE St. SE 2BR/2BA + studio $719,000 Literally STEPS from Barracks Row shops and restaurants awaits this 1850s Federal-front Classic! Tall ceilings and historic features blend seamlessly with renovated kitchen and 2 baths. Finished LL den w/ walk-out plus BONUS carriage house GARAGE with studio loft above. In between, an enchanting private garden!
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$330,000 $125,000 $99,804 $4,400,000 $1,300,000 $685,000 $616,000 $577,000 $569,000 $540,500 $515,000 $465,000 $435,000 $385,000 $330,000 $280,000 $229,000 $199,000 $384,900 $525,000
PALISADES 5737-5739 POTOMAC AVE NW 5747 SHERIER PL NW 5205 SHERIER PL NW 4507 MACARTHUR BLVD NW
$1,188,500 $850,000 $810,000 $550,000
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PETWORTH 3815 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW 5527 9TH ST NW 728 WEBSTER ST NW 4217 4TH ST NW 638 FARRAGUT ST NW 125 INGRAHAM ST NW 5237 2ND ST NW 5512 9TH ST NW 5226 1ST ST NW 4139 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW 241 GALLATIN ST NW 117 ROCK CREEK CHURCH RD NW 5215 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW 5015 9TH ST NW 126 HAMILTON ST NW 5730 8TH ST NW 6 FARRAGUT PL NW
$629,500 $564,500 $539,000 $505,000 $479,500 $429,500 $390,000 $385,000 $350,000 $350,000 $312,500 $302,000 $296,000 $265,000 $256,000 $255,000 $245,000
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2256 S ST SE 2016 TREMONT ST SE 2252 S ST SE
$249,900 $167,000 $151,000
RIGGS PARK 669 JEFFERSON ST NE 4700 13TH PL NE 309 PEABODY ST NE 5037 13TH ST NE 5339 CHILLUM PL NE 4933 SARGENT RD NE 735 NICHOLSON ST NE
$302,000 $300,000 $299,950 $290,000 $272,000 $267,500 $170,000
RLA (SW) 1425 4TH ST SW #P151
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SHAW 455 Q ST NW
SHEPHERD PARK 1206 FLORAL ST NW
SPRING VALLEY 4723 UPTON ST NW 4837 TILDEN ST NW
TAKOMA PARK 6626 BLAIR RD NW
$270,000 $205,000 $195,000 $175,000 $170,000 $159,900 $141,900
U STREET 1211 V ST NW
WESLEY HEIGHTS 4340 GARFIELD ST NW 4419 WESTOVER PL NW
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WOODLEY PARK 2813 27TH ST NW 2926 CORTLAND PL NW
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2415 GIRARD PL NE $535,100 4 3207 CHESTNUT ST NE $370,000 4 2679 RHODE ISLAND AVE NE $234,199 3 1820 RHODE ISLAND AVE NE $215,000 6 2535 BLADENSBURG RD NE $172,000 4
CONDO 16TH STREET HEIGHTS 5511-5517 COLORADO AVE NW #401 1352 LONGFELLOW ST NW #305 1301 LONGFELLOW ST NW #208
$360,000 $240,000 $102,500
ADAMS MORGAN 1785 LANIER PL NW #4 2351 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #C-1 1785 LANIER PL NW #3 1793 LANIER PL NW #6 1793 LANIER PL NW #3 1793 LANIER PL NW #4 1801 WYOMING AVE NW #43 1785 LANIER PL NW #1 1801 WYOMING AVE NW #25 2300 18TH ST NW #108 2630 ADAMS MILL RD NW #210 2611 ADAMS MILL RD NW #304 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #T-4 1801 WYOMING AVE NW #32 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #22
$965,000 $752,000 $650,000 $515,000 $499,000 $490,450 $489,000 $475,000 $359,900 $343,000 $325,000 $319,000 $269,900 $619,900 $609,900
CAPITOL HILL 215 WARREN NE #A 440 12TH ST NE #202 243 15TH ST SE #203 626 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE #305 301 G ST NE #11 626 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE #103 626 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE #104 1301 SOUTH CAROLINA AVE SE #4 1301 SOUTH CAROLINA AVE SE #5 626 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE #105 614 MARYLAND AVE NE #2 1305 EAST CAPITOL ST SE #202 327 10TH ST SE #4 223 18TH ST SE #3
$589,900 $445,000 $430,000 $374,900 $371,500 $369,900 $369,900 $346,000 $337,500 $334,900 $332,000 $324,500 $317,500 $270,000
CATHEDRAL 2828 WISCONSIN AVE NW #511
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CENTRAL 631 D ST NW #644 601 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #1005 631 D ST NW #632 2130 N ST NW #208
$575,000 $530,000 $410,000 $193,000
CHEVY CHASE 4301 MILITARY RD NW #209 5315 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #601
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TRINIDAD 1715 L ST NE 1210 OATES ST NE 1313 STAPLES ST NE 1323 WEST VIRGINIA AVE NE 1254 QUEEN ST NE 1225 TRINIDAD AVE NE 1038 BLADENSBURG RD NE
3820 39TH ST NW #115 3883 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #109 2724 ORDWAY ST NW #5 3860 RODMAN ST NW #227 3521 39TH ST NW #498 3896 PORTER ST NW #339 4007 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #512 2710 MACOMB ST NW #415 3880 PORTER ST NW #C-351 3026 WISCONSIN AVE NW #109 3871 RODMAN ST NW #D-58 3701 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #815 4707 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #414
$510,000 $483,000 $431,000 $415,000 $389,500 $360,000 $352,500 $349,900 $325,000 $250,000 $210,000 $186,000 $445,000
COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1354 EUCLID ST NW #A-402 2827 15TH ST NW #301 1372 MONROE ST NW #B 3465 14TH ST NW #D 1613 HARVARD ST NW #211 3465 14TH ST NW #C 3465 14TH ST NW #A 1427 CHAPIN ST NW #201
$689,900 $542,000 $484,536 $472,500 $426,500 $426,000 $397,500 $392,000
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1435 CHAPIN ST NW #203 1420 CLIFTON ST NW #304 3465 14TH ST NW #B 1020 MONROE ST NW #205 1350 RANDOLPH ST NW #1 2910 GEORGIA AVE NW #C03 610 IRVING ST NW #204 1458 COLUMBIA RD NW #105 1354 EUCLID ST NW #101B 1495 NEWTON ST NW #402 648 NEWTON PL NW #1 1420 HARVARD ST NW #406 3473 14TH ST NW #1 2639 15TH ST NW #202 3546 6TH ST NW #1 1441 FLORIDA AVE NW #2A 1531 PARK RD NW #2
$377,000 $365,000 $349,000 $337,900 $306,400 $299,900 $286,600 $278,000 $277,500 $270,000 $259,000 $239,900 $230,000 $218,500 $206,000 $616,000 $508,000
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CONGRESS HEIGHTS 3874 9TH ST SE #201 3211 8TH ST SE #1 748 BRANDYWINE ST SE #B-1 3423 5TH ST SE #44
$60,000 $45,000 $37,000 $27,295
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DUPONT 1632 S ST NW #31 1407 15TH ST NW #2 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #415 1707 S ST NW #D 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #201 1727 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #519 1520 16TH ST NW #803 2117 N ST NW #2 1280 21ST ST NW #310 1705 P ST NW #2W
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$535,500 $251,000 $221,000 $890,000
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4707 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #201 4707 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #112 3883 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #101 3901 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #411 2939 VAN NESS ST NW #320 3701 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #603
$475,000 $399,900 $375,000 $335,000 $279,900 $272,500
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KALORAMA 2029 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #53 2029 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #4-6 1842 MINTWOOD PL NW #1 1840 CALIFORNIA ST NW #2A 2013 KALORAMA RD NW #2 1811 WYOMING AVE NW #T-3 1832 CALVERT ST NW #1 1833 CALIFORNIA ST NW #401 2032-2040 BELMONT RD NW #609 2456 20TH ST NW #502 2032 BELMONT RD NW #526 2003 ALLEN PL NW #101 1844 COLUMBIA RD NW #301
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$540,000 $510,000 $420,000
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$960,000 $626,000 $551,000 $379,000
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1101 L ST NW #301 1314 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #208 1209-1219 13TH ST NW #807 1515 15TH ST NW #214 1529 14TH ST NW #408 1715 15TH ST NW #50 1212 M ST NW #101 1300 N ST NW #6 1300 N ST NW #408 1245 13TH ST NW #1011 605 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #3
$330,000 $206,000 $600,000 $580,000 $512,000 $449,900 $410,000 $326,000 $275,000 $302,000 $375,000
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MOUNT PLEASANT 1710 SUMMIT PL NW #1710 1/2 3220 17TH ST NW #207 1661 PARK RD NW #406 1215 10TH ST NW #2 500 M ST NW #2 910 M ST NW #706
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2801 NEW MEXICO AVE NW #1124 4100 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #820 2828 WISCONSIN AVE NW #304 4100 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #PH-14 2801 NEW MEXICO AVE NW #615 2801 NEW MEXICO AVE NW #818 2801 NEW MEXICO AVE NW #C-18
$985,000 $859,000 $500,000 $479,000 $460,000 $435,000 $25,000
OLD CITY 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #315 1025 1ST ST SE #1304 420 16TH ST SE #110 1437 A ST NE #1437 420 16TH ST SE #206 1038 6TH ST NE #101 1324 Q ST NW #A 1918 15TH ST NW #2 1215 N NW #8 811 4TH ST NW #317 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #1004 1130 5TH ST NW #3 1531 P ST NW #6 1912 8TH ST NW #B 811 4TH ST NW #1021 475 K ST NW #411 1215 N ST NW #6 1300 N ST NW #316 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #909 2120 VERMONT AVE NW #122 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #514
$475,000 $399,900 $329,900 $320,000 $313,000 $275,000 $825,000 $803,418 $590,000 $579,900 $540,000 $510,000 $487,000 $475,000 $400,000 $399,999 $385,000 $367,500 $360,000 $328,500 $300,000
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PALISADES 4611 MACARTHUR BLVD NW #B
PENN QUARTER 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #1402 631 D ST NW #926 915 E ST NW #1113 631 D ST NW #129 801 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #PH06 777 7TH ST NW #402
$538,000 $527,500 $460,000 $449,000 $325,750 $223,000
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PETWORTH 907 WEBSTER NW #2 834 VARNUM ST NW #1 804 TAYLOR ST NW #101 610 LONGFELLOW ST NW #102
$320,000 $275,000 $248,900 $75,000
RLA (SW) 700 7TH ST SW #204 350 G ST SW #N-210 350 G ST SW #N-622 800 4TH ST SW #S509 800 4TH ST SW #S709 800 4TH ST SW #S722 800 4TH ST SW #S110 1250 4TH ST SW #W100 1250 4TH ST SW #W605
$338,000 $302,000 $285,500 $262,000 $249,000 $219,000 $208,000 $195,000 $150,000
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SHAW 301 R ST NW ##1 1742 6TH ST NW #3
THE VELOCITY 1025 FIRST ST SE #903
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U STREET 1937 12TH ST NW #2 2128 11TH ST NW #5 1922 12TH ST NW #1 1439 CHAPIN ST NW #101
$1,250,000 $529,000 $775,000 $399,000
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WAKEFIELD 4600 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #626
WESLEY HEIGHTS 4200 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #814 2801 NEW MEXICO AVE NW #710 4201 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #908W 4201 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #1113W 4200 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #707 4200 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #904 4201 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #512W
$950,000 $485,000 $253,000 $245,000 $245,000 $219,000 $200,000
WEST END 2201 L ST NW #308
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CATHEDRAL 4101 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #811 3900 WATSON NW #A-5H 4000 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #532B
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CENTRAL 1026 16TH ST NW #205
CLEVELAND PARK 3016 TILDEN ST NW #403 3930 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #203-H 3620 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #30
$457,000 $390,000 $374,000
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DUPONT 1701 16TH ST NW #127 1701 16TH STREET NW #142 1661 CRESCENT PL NW #304
$220,000 $375,000 $610,000
FOGGY BOTTOM 700 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #517 2700 VIRGINIA AVE NW #810 730 24TH ST NW #403 950 25TH ST NW #413
$518,000 $420,000 $233,000 $206,000
FOREST HILLS 3001 VEAZEY TER NW #908 3001 VEAZEY TER E #929
KALORAMA 2220 20TH ST NW #66 1875 MINTWOOD PL NW #46 1869 MINTWOOD PL NW #12
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OBSERVATORY CIR 2720 WISCONSIN NW #501 4101 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #705 4000 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #729B 4000 CATHEDRAL AVE NW #323B
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Hang Your Hat, Take a Load Off Three beloved favorites by Emily Clark family as you watch the staff at work. This is a cash only place, first come first served. Whatever you do, don’t sit at a dirty, recently vacated table. Wait to be called. It’s worth the wait. 501 E. Capitol St. SE, 202-5463646, www.jimmytsplace.com, W-F 6:30 am-3 pm, Sat.-Sun. 8-3, closed Monday and Tuesday. Cash only.
Cindy Tiches behind the counter at Jimmy T’s. Photo: Andrew Lightman
ven though DC abounds with trendy restaurants, sometimes it’s a relief to return to old favorites. These are the places that are the antithesis of stylish, and we love and continue to frequent them despite the lack of white tablecloths or fancy menus, because we can relax. The term “dive” first appeared in 1871, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, deriving from the fact that these establishments were originally housed in cellars or basements that one could “dive into… without observation.” Call them what you will—dives, greasy spoons or diners—what used to be pejorative is now used as a term of endearment. Our favorite places are a throwback to an earlier expectation of dining out, when the menu didn’t read like a florid novel with inscrutable ingredients that required an interpreter. We keep going back because they evoke a time when food was plain and needed no 96 H HillRag | April 2012
explanation, to places reminiscent of the local hangouts in the small towns or urban neighborhoods we came from. Here are a few old favorites on the Hill:
There’s a soft spot in my heart for Mr. Henry’s. In the fall of 2010— when I was a newcomer to DC—a friend and I were looking to escape from Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. We restored ours by falling into Mr. Henry’s, where we sat at the bar drinking Arnold Palmers and ended up chatting with someone who was a friend of a journalism friend from Mississippi. Mr. Henry’s has been a fixture on Capitol Hill for nearly 45 years, and it’s easy
to see why. The onion rings with spicy kick-a** (their asterisks, not mine) sauce are crunchy and fantastic, and you can take a bite without pulling the onion out of the middle. The special turkey club sandwich has so much turkey you might need to share it with a friend, or take some home for later. Mr. Henry’s is family-friendly (kids eat free upstairs on Tuesday nights from 5-8 pm). Indoors it’s like a comfortable speakeasy, and there’s a great patio on the corner for warm weather and people-watching. Come for happy hour and stay for one of the nightly specials (half-price burgers on Monday, for example). 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202546-8412, www.mrhenrysrestaurant.com, open 7 days M-F 11:1511, Sat. 11-midnight, Sun. 10-10:30, breakfast Sat. 11-2, brunch buffet Sun. 10-3
Jimmy T’s Place
It’s hard to believe a place like this still exists in the ever-gentrifying Capitol Hill Historic District, but this is the quintessential corner diner. It’s only open for breakfast and lunch, and on weekends people line up to get in for breakfast. Other reviewers rave about the pumpkin pancakes, but they weren’t on the menu when we visited. Instead, we had a combination of breakfast and lunch. The cheeseburger and fries were juicy and of a manageable size, so you can eat it all without feeling stuffed. I chose the breakfast special that required no agonizing decision between egg and waffle—special #4, one egg, bacon and half a waffle. Jimmy T’s is small and so cozy it draws faithful regulars. If you sit at the bar, you’re treated like
Happy patrons at the counter at Jimmy T’s. Photo: Andrew Lightman
Alvin Ross, manager of Mr. Henry’s restaurant. Photo: Andrew Lightman
My Brother’s Place
Nestled on an odd block of 2nd Street NW and sandwiched between massive buildings housing Washington Gas and the Department of Labor, My Brother’s Place offers good solid food at decent prices. On a recent visit we had meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and perfectly cooked green beans. The spinach salad was fresh and filling, and the pot stickers an Asianinspired surprise. The place is quiet at dinner, probably because there’s a huge lunch rush from the aforementioned buildings.
My Brother’s Place is distinctly divided into the long front bar and the dining room with expansive windows. Speaking of expansive, the menu ranges from pizza and sandwiches to homey dinner items. There’s also an outdoor area for warm weather, and to accommodate smokers. My Brother’s Place is easily accessible from Judiciary Square metro and Union Station. 237 2nd Street NW, 202-347-1350, www.mybrothersplacedc.net, M-W 11 am-1 am, Th. 11-2 am, F 11-3 am, Sa. 4 pm-3 am. H
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A diverse product line of quality beverages from all over the world One of the largest and most unique wine selections on Capitol Hill A friendly and knowledgeable staff Located just minutes form Downtown, DC and Alexandria, VA 1 block south of Eastern Market Metro on the vibrant Barracks Row Owned by the Williams Family since 1978; established before 1919
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Inspiring Kids to Succeed At Inspire BBQ Plus Very Good Barbecue
t’s a warm Tuesday afternoon in early spring. Peter, the barbeque aficionado, is always on the prowl for succulent ribs and pulled pork. We’ve found just that–and much more–at Inspire Barbecue, at 650 H St. NE. True to its name, Inspire does more than produce good barbeque– much more. At Inspire, brothers Atif and “Chef ” Tate are teaching Washington’s young people the value of hard work and education. Not surprisingly, the community has recognized the fine work the Tates have performed; In January 2012, Inspire–a member of CHAMPS--won the Hilly Award for best community service organization. Besides mentoring budding entrepreneurs (mostly ages 18-21), Inspire serves dry-rub ribs, pulled pork, chicken and sides including potato salad, collard greens, corn bread and
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by Celeste and Pete McCall and no play. “We have taken the kids to Germany, South Africa and Ghana, to show them the rest of the world,” said Tate. “Through work they can explore life in other cultures.” Tate added that on Mondays, when
Chef Tate (front row right) and culinary students at Inspire BBQ. Photos: Andrew Lightman
delicious cole slaw. To drink: sweet tea and very sweet lemonade. For now, Inspire is essentially a hole-in-the-wall eatery, with a single counter and two picnic tables out front on H Street. Much of its business is carry-out, and they do a thriving catering operation. Eventually the Tates plan to add more seating and delivery service. Atif and “Chef ” Tate, both in their 30s, are third generation Washingtonians who live on Capitol Hill, not far from each other. They buy ingredients from local purveyors, including the Florida Avenue market, and the City Market on O in the summer. They buy fresh collards and other greens daily. For their current crop of 25 enthusiastic employees, the Tates interviewed 100 applicants last summer. “If given a chance, kids will rise to excellence,” said Chef Tate. (He prefers to go by “Chef ” rather
than his real first name which he never uses.) “I want to give young people an opportunity to learn how to work and how to run their own business,” he added. “We want to train high school students to work together,” he said. “Some kids come from environments where work is not positive. At Inspire, they will learn to work and win together.” The kids learn discipline as well as cooking and business skills. “Since we smoke our ribs for eight hours, we start at 5 a.m., Tate explained. “And we expect employees to be there on time.” Tate also pointed out that Inspire is located across the street from the DC unemployment and welfare offices. “Kids have been there with their parents and they don’t want to be in that line themselves,” he said. Life at Inspire is not all work
“Best dry-rub ribs north of Memphis,” exclaimed barbecue lover Pete McCall, while chowing down on Inspire’s smoke-flavored ribs. A native of Tennessee, Pete grew up savoring pork barbeque and still seeks out good finds in this area. “Inspire’s pork ribs are so succulent and tasty, they don’t need any BBQ sauce,” he exclaimed. “The Tates know that good barbecue must be cooked slowly on the grill for several hours.” Cole slaw and potato salad were also delicious, and Pete looks forward to returning for Inspire’s pulled pork and more side dishes-–maybe mac-and-cheese and collards.
Inspire is closed, they conduct self-development training. They also ask kids what they are reading; one of their requirements is to have a library card. Among Inspire’s high profile catering jobs was cooking for the ground breaking ceremony for the Giant at Third and H streets NE, an event attended by Mayor Vincent Gray. Tate stresses that Inspire is not government funded. “Each purchase (ribs are $8.99 for about a half dozen; sides are $2.99) helps pay for our project,” he explained. “We also hold fundraisers, and we donate food for funerals when someone’s family member dies. We hope we can set a good example, and that restaurants and other businesses will hire youths. We have our ups and downs,” Tate added. “We’re confident that Inspire will continue to have more ups.” Now, meet the young entrepreneurs: *Amber Taylor, 21, graduated from Ballou High School and is now studying business management at UDC and is developing her own barbecue sauce, which she plans to market in local public schools, using proceeds to help student programs. She studied under “Chef Thomas,” a teacher at a local vocational high school. * Antonio Reid, 18, has launched his own video production company, Tony Hype. “It’s coming along,” he said, adding that his two videos have attracted 1500 hits on YouTube. He is also training with DC1TV. * Roy West, 19, graduated from DC’s Job Corps and handles the cash register and other tasks for Inspire. * Michelle Medrano, 27, graduated from bartending class in Arlington and is very happy at Inspire and also hopes to be able to use her bartending skills. Inspire is located at 650 H St. NE; Call 202-391-0741 or www.inspirebbq.com. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=650++ H+street+N.E.+Washington+D.C.+200 02&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UT F8&hl=en&hq=&hnear=650+H+Smai lto:email@example.comHours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 7; closed Monday. H
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by Celeste McCall A California native, Renee now lives in Bowie with husband John, a retired paramedic with the DC Fire Department. In fact, the smoked olive oil is named “Engine No. 18,” in honor of the nearby firehouse. Sapore is open daily; call 202544-4133 or www.saporeoilandvinegar.com.
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Sapore co-owner Renee Farr in the new store at 660 Penn. Ave. SE. Photo: Andrew Lightman
e’re back! First and foremost, thank you, Heather Schoell, for filling in for me and keeping our readers thoroughly informed and entertained while we were away. And a lot has been happening. Among new Capitol Hill culinary developments is the arrival of Washington’s first gourmet olive oil shop: Sapore Artisanal Oils & Vinegars opened March 18 at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, in the spot formerly occupied by Quizno’s Subs. Owned by Renee and John Farr, Sapore (Italian for “taste” or “flavor”) carries 17 traditional extra virgin olive oils plus four “speciality” oils and 15 white and dark balsamic vinegars (including 25-year-aged), all with the Sapore label. There’s also an array of exotic salts, including Himalayan Pink, Fleur del Sel, Indian Black, Hawaiian Red, Black Truffle, and Wood Smoked. Besides TWCmarket spice blends from Capitol Hill entrepreneur Travis Bullock, Sapore also sells Italian and domestic pastas, 100 H HillRag | April 2012
cookbooks, preserves and gorgeous pasta bowls. Customers are encouraged to taste before they buy, and I’ve already sampled smoked olive oil, delicious! Another winner is the champagne mimosa vinegar, good enough to drink by itself. The inspiration for Sapore occurred in Santa Fe, New Mexico, when Renee and John Farr were celebrating their first wedding anniversary. “We saw an olive oil shop off the main square, went inside and came out with six bottles we’d had no intention of buying,” Renee recalls. “The next day we went back and thought, ‘this is a really fun concept’. So we started looking for a location and decided on Capitol Hill, mainly because of Eastern Market. “We were looking at a site across the street, and had parked in front of the gutted building (then a construction office) at 660 Pennsylvania. Then we noticed the tiny sign in the window: ‘for lease.” We started negotiations, and took access February 1.”
Boundary Road, the Atlas District’s newest hot spot, welcomed a group of distinguished March 8. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were treating the three winners and guests of “Dinner with Barack.” The winners were chosen from low-dollar campaign donors. Boundary Road management wasn’t saying exactly what the Prez and First Lady ate, but the group of eight dined on chef Brad Walker’s seared arctic char, brick chicken and pork blade steak. Open daily, Boundary Road is located at 414 H St. NE; call 202-450-3265. Look for a mini-review of Boundary Road next month.
with glass on one side, brick and a granite bar on the other. Open since October, the Big Board specializes in half-pound burgers marinated in a “secret recipe.” Crowned with the likes of sauteed crimini mushrooms, chipotle peppers, proscuitto, applewood smoked bacon and even Guinness, the 100-percent beef patties sport fun monikers: “Great Chicago Fire,” “Cio Bella,” “Big Apple,” “Straight Outta Dublin” (with the Guinness). Rotating options encompass pistachio-crusted salmon, barbecued chicken wings, carrot ginger soup, sweet potato pie. There’s also live music on weekends. Closed Tuesday; call 202-543-3630 or visit www.bigboarddc.com.
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Pound, 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, already known for fair-trade coffee and dynamite luncheon fare, has evolved into Pound Bistro & Wine Bar. The international wine list is grouped according to grape type and region, along with a brief description.
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Just across the street at 421 H St. NE, the Big Board now serves lunch. The creation of brothers Mark, Eric and Doyle, plus long-time buddy Dave, the 44-seat beer-and-burger spot is pretty to look at, with a long, narrow room
Mushroom-topped burger and sweet potato fries from Big Board, 421 H St. SE
Countries represented include the US (California), Argentina, Italy, France and Spain. Not surprisingly, Pound’s menu has expanded to match the wines: Dinner options encompass Moroccan lentil soup, apple/endive salad, ahi tuna, Divers scallops, braised brisket, eggplant ratatouille, coq au vin dumplings, farmhouse Italian pasta. Pound is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner; call 202621-6765 or visit www.poundcoffee.com.
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Speaking of spirits: Young Chow, 312 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, again has as a full bar When the veteran Chinese eatery changed hands last year and morphed into a more upscale pan-Asian restaurant with a very good sushi bar, its liquor license had expired and management had to reapply. Open daily; call 202-544-3030. And Old Siam, 406 Eighth St. SE, also has a sushi bar all day Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 202-544-7426.
Waterfront Station Z-Burger opened a couple of months ago at 1101 Fourth St SW, next to Station 4. Served in bright, futuristic surroundings with lots of red and yellow tiles, Z-fare specializes in burgers including veggie and turkey for the more health conscious. You can also get onion rings and other sides, plus a zillion kinds of milkshakes with such far-out flavors as cookie dough, birthday cake, Irish creme, peanut butter and jelly. Veggie and turkey burgers are tasty (we haven’t tried the beef yet); so was the accompanying guacamole and “Z-Sauce.” Caveat: Take lots of patience and a loud voice; acoustics are not good. A spinoff of the parent eatery at 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Z-Burger is open daily; call 202-599-0400.
Coming to The Yards in the Capitol Riverfront: The Altamarea Restaurant Group of New York and Forest City (Washington) have announced that Osteria Morini, a 4,250 square foot restaurant, will open in the northeast corner of the Lumber Shed. Don’t grab your BlackBerry and make reservations yet; Osteria is not opening until summer of 2013. Featuring the rustic cuisine of northern Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Osteria Morini will showcase Chef Michael White’s pasta dishes, grilled meats, fish and regional specialties. Osteria will be open for lunch and dinner. Diners will enjoy expansive river and park views from inside and outdoor seating.
Nearby at the Foundry Lofts, Potbelly Sandwich Shop arrived last month to music and fanfare. The latest restaurant addition to the Capitol Riverfront, Potbelly, is located at 301 Tingey St. SE. Besides sandwiches, Potbelly serves smoothies, and milkshakes. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 6 p.m., with possible extended hours during baseball season.
The shad are running, and you can find this tasty harbinger of spring at Eastern Market’s Southern Maryland Seafood. Shad fillets are $9.95 a pound; the delicious roe is $29.95. This might seem steep, but the roe is very rich and a “pair” of roe is plenty for one person. Preparation is simple: Just run it under the broiler for a few minutes with a dab of butter, a squirt of lemon juice and perhaps a few anchovies. H
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White Port Spritzer An unexpected discovery by Emma Kirwan
nder the spell of a March sky positively bursting with sunshine, I did the unthinkable. I popped the lid to our last jar of home-canned peaches, freeing the scent of bygone summers and inspiring my Maple-Peach Pie. Of course, this was only an excuse to fashion the perfect pairing for dessert: a White Port Spritzer. Port aficionados are familiar with Tawny and Ruby Port, big-bodied fortified wines that buffer the cold and pair perfectly with an after-dinner cheese course. White Port, their fairer sibling, is also a delight and crafts the merriest and most refreshing of cocktails for starters or sweets!
White Port Spritzer
The Portuguese version calls for seltzer or tonic. My preference is sparkling water, a better way to celebrate the Port’s flavor. • 2 oz. White Port • 4 oz. sparkling water • A lemon wedge or lemon twist Pour the Port over ice and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon wedge or twist. I discovered this mouth-watering cocktail on a mild January day, overlooking the precipitous, wind-swept slopes of Quinta da Gaivosa in Portugal’s renowned Douro Valley. Josh Genderson (of Schneider’s of Capital Hill) had convinced my mother and me that a detour to the Alves de Sousa’s family vineyard would be an unforgettable experience. What an understatement! Domingo and Tiago Alves de Sousa, a fatherson wine-making duo, are at the forefront of a new trend in the oldest demarcated wine region of the world. They are the only winemakers to be twice honored as “Producer of the Year” by Portugal’s top wine magazine as well as Wine Enthusiast. Quinta da Gaivosa is one of a mere handful of wineries that make Estate-bottled Port using only grapes grown in the family vineyards, some of which first took root 100 years ago. The Alves de Sousas are also setting new standards in the fields. Tiago, who has a PhD in Viticulture, is committed to sustainable production and is modeling a combination of modern methods and centuries-old practices for tending 102 H HillRag | April 2012
his vines, using minimal machinery or chemical inputs. As our 4x4 climbed upwards through the tumbling terraces, the winemakers’ passion spilled forth in their attentive descriptions of the pruning methods, the ancient stone walls, and the bordering olive groves. Before the sun slipped over the horizon, Tiago and Domingo treated us to a most exquisite, nearcomplete tasting of the Quinta’s Ports and wines. Their Caldas Porto White, surprisingly affordable at $12 a bottle, left a lasting impression. Tiago sent us with a parting gift: the recipe for White Port Spritzer, the most popular summer quaff in Portugal. Give it a try. We did, and now we’re hooked! Read more about my visit to Quinta da Gaivosa: http://www.cayugastkitchen.com/2012/01/ not-your-average-family-vineyard-quinta.html Alves de Sousa: http://www.alvesdesousa.com/
A sweet, moist pie with the golden flavor of bygone summer peaches, a chewy nut crunch from the almond-date crust, and the crinkle of cinnamon-dusted phyllo browned with butter. Serve with fresh whipped cream and a White Port Spritzer. • 9 in. round pie Ingredients & Source: Filling • 4 cups peaches, fresh, canned or peach sauce • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Locally Produced) • 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon powder (GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Bulk Section) Add all of the above ingredients to a medium sauce pan or pot over medium-heat. Simmer until the peaches are lightly cooked; warm and slightly mushy but still intact! When the peaches are ready, remove to a colander and drain, saving all the juice from the pan and excess that you drain. Add the juice back to the pan and over medium-low heat, simmer until it is reduced into a thick maple-colored sauce. Cover with a lid and set aside on the stovetop. When the pie and whipped cream are ready, drizzle the syrup over the top of both! Ingredients & Source: Crust & Pie Assembly
• 3 tablespoons cold butter • 1 cup raw almonds • 6 medjool dates • 1 tablespoon maple syrup • 3 tablespoons butter, melted • 4 sheets whole wheat phyllo pastry dough • Cinnamon for sprinkling 1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. 2. In a food processor or blender, grind the cold butter, almonds, and dates. You can also chop these ingredients finely and mix by hand, but chop very finely! Blend until you have an evenly ground dough. Scoop out and use your hands to form it into a ball. Set aside on the counter top or on a plate. 3. Next, line the base of your pan with one half of a sheet of phyllo. Using a brush or piece of paper towel, brush the phyllo with the melted butter. Fold over the sheet and brush the dry surface again. Repeat with one more sheet, always coating the dry surface with butter. 4. Press the almond-date dough on top, flattening it out to create the bottom crust. 5. Add the peaches on top of the crust. You should have pieces of the bottom phyllo layer sticking out. Fold these over the top of the peaches. Add the next two sheets of phyllo on top, brushing each layer with butter. (My phyllo was cracked and broken, so I add the flakes on top - do the same if yours breaks. No need to have perfect, in tact sheets!) 6. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Add to the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the phyllo turns a light golden brown. Emma Kirwan is the author of Cayuga St. Kitchen, a widelyfollowed food blog which chronicles her culinary adventures with local bounty in New York’s Finger Lakes region. (www. cayugastreetkitchen.com) H
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Dining Special Hitched on the Hill
A Guide to Neighborhood Nuptial Venues
by Monica Cavanaugh
he building’s status was somewhere between dilapidated Naval Hospital and shiny new Hill Center when Natalia Machuca and Alexander Strain chose it as their wedding venue. “I had to sign a waiver just to see it,” laughs Machuca. So, while the ink dried on her release , she donned a hard hat and surveyed the space. “We saw it on Saturday, and by Tuesday we were like ‘completely yes. This is the place.’” There were other contenders. Something out in Montgomery County (“but who wants to drive there?”), others with unfeasible fees. Hill Center hit all the right notes: it was close, it was affordable and it was lovely. “We thought it would be really cool to be married just a few blocks from our house,” said the bride. So the seven-year Hill residents booked the building, enlisted Frager’s Hardware for dance floor and dining table needs, (not to mention “tons and tons of helium” for all of the balloons,) and borrowed a photographer friend for the evening. “We kept it all in the neighborhood!” she says happily. At a time when going green and keeping close are the new Golden Rules, Machuca and Strain toed the line in a most graceful display. If you’re looking to link up (or just throw a swinging shindig,) the Shirley Adelstein and Josh Sanderlin sway on the patio of Sewall-Belmont House. Photo: Eli Turner. Hill is a secret wonderland of perfect gathering spots. Here, a quick guide to getting hitched on the Hill… party, while the roomy inside can host up to 250 of your nearest and dearest for Note: Because rates change with the time of day, day of the week, dinner and dancing. Their helpful staff is eager to help your vision come alive, from week of the month, month of the year and so on, we’ve included the base catering to décor, making this a wonderfully versatile choice. rate for each venue where available. Rates are $500 to $2700 depending on the day of the week and size of the event. 15% discount for nonprofits and some availability at lower prices for comHill Center munity events. After a spectacular renovation, Hill Center is now a premier event Contact: Catherine Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org venue. Beautifully landscaped grounds offer a perfect place for an outdoor
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Recent recipient of a $22 million facelift, the Hill’s communal weekend playground is available for sparkling soirees. Boasting stateof-the-art lighting, its own hardwood dance floor, and of course a heaping helping of heart-of-the-Hill cachet, the North Hall deserves top billing on your to-view list. Rates begin at $2,800 www.easternmarket-dc.org Contact: Yolonda Mack, email@example.com
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Natalia Machuca and Alexander Strain chose Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital for their ‘I Do’s’. Photo: C. Stanley Photography and Butcher Photography. 104 H HillRag | April 2012
144 Constitution Avenue, NE Host to the National Woman’s Party for the better part of the last century, Sewall-Belmont house has served as the seat of women’s influence in Washington. If you’re looking for deeper meaning in your surroundings, this is a mighty symbol of perseverance, power and poise. At a mere 200 years old, the exquisite interior is a backdrop you’ll be hardpressed to find elsewhere, and the lush, expansive garden will bring a little magic to your memories. Give yourself a true Washingtonian gift: become a part of history here.
Rates begin at $4,300 www.sewallbelmont.org Contact: Paul McClellan, Paul.McClellan@sewallbelmont.org
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1353 H Street, NE Many a local restaurant would swoon to host your union, but if cotton candy dresses and twinkle lights don’t strike your fancy, perhaps something...deconstructed would do. Get back to grunge with Rock & Roll Hotel. The Hill’s answer to DC institutions like Black Cat and DC9 sits at the heart of the ever-growing Atlas District. Take over the downstairs “Lobby,” where you can host dinner and a show, with access to the stage and bar area. Thinking more low-key milling about? Head upstairs, where a bar, DJ booth, arcade and three fantastically themed suites are waiting to rock your world. Contact directly for rates. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com Contact: Steve Lambert, firstname.lastname@example.org
American Legion - Post 8
3rd & D Streets, SE Glamorous. Glitzy. Dazzling. These are all things the American Legion is not. Fairyland garden? Nope. Historic hall? Uh-uh. But perched practically in the shadow of the Capitol and boasting plenty of space, a stocked bar, tables and chairs at the ready and all the A/V hookups you could need, it’s not to be overlooked if you’re looking to keep it simple and save. None of that should preclude your Prada this and Pucci that. Gussy up the joint to your heart’s content: it’s a blank canvas! (An added bonus: the patriot in you will feel redeemed, as the rental fees go to support the Legion’s bevy of community and veteran’s support programs.) Rates begin at $800 www.legiondc8.org Contact: DCPOST88@gmail.com
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1500 South Capitol Street, SE Some folks go for the team wedding cake. Maybe they’ll kick it up with team colored wedding attendants. We haven’t seen a mascot make an appearance anywhere, but hey, it could happen. You, though…you’re a true fan. You bleed red, white and blue, and saying ‘I do’ anywhere other than home plate is for straight-up sissies. Good thing you can do just that. Pledge your allegiance to your love and your hometown heroes at Nationals Park. Have cocktails in the dugout, get married on the pitcher’s mound, then wine and dine your friends and family anywhere from the field itself to the clubhouses to the in-house restaurants. Talk about hitting it outta the park… Contact directly for rates http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/events/events.jsp Contact: Maggie Gessner, email@example.com If you liked this smattering of choices, and you’re in the market to marry, get your bookmarking pants on and save the site: www.hitchedonthehill.com! Coming soon, it’s a full guide to Capitol Hill businesses able to help you on your way to a true neighborhood wedding. If you’ve already taken your vows around these parts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear how you kept things local, and might feature your wedding in the future. Monica Cavanaugh is a Capitol Hill native. She likes to move away and then come back. H
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Return of the Patriot Revue Ford’s Exuberant “1776” Is Back
ince its debut in 1969, “1776” has been delighting—and inspiring—its audiences with a rollicking portrayal of the Founding Fathers’ struggle to give birth to our nation, showcasing debate, division, concession and compromise among refreshingly humanized and humorous statesmen. In a year of congressional paralysis and new extremes in partisan malice, Ford’s expert rendition is not only enormously entertaining but also a welcome reminder of the great things that reasonable adversaries can do. The show’s concept never gets old: Take John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the Continental Congress out of Statuary Hall and breathe life into their stiff personas. In “1776” they complain of the heat, miss their wives, feed their
By Barbara Wells rivalries, protect their assets and sometimes drink too much while grappling with the future of their beleaguered American colonies. With the enduring gift of Peter Stone’s book and Sherman Edwards’ lyrics—based on the letters and memoirs of the Founding Fathers themselves—the entire cast of characters is drawn in depth and color. Under the direction of Peter Flynn, the show’s exceptional cast delivers beautifully rendered songs, making every inch of the theatre’s tiny stage count as they dance, gavotte, posture and occasionally even scuffle in the heat of an argument. And every number is enhanced by rich orchestrations, from lavish strings to military snare drums, by Kim Scharnberg and music director Jay Crowder. As John Adams, Broadway vet-
eran Brooks Ashmanskas carries the show, almost never leaving the stage from beginning to end. Every member of the congress knows his character is “obnoxious and disliked,” but he embodies a frustration with do-nothing leadership that most Americans can embrace. “I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace, that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress!” Adams declares on his entrance. “And by God, I have had this Congress!” As the show unfolds, it’s easy to understand his contempt for a governing body that dithers over minor property disputes while Washington’s soldiers are dying on the field of battle. Ben Franklin, played by an affable Christopher Bloch, serves as Adams’ mentor and life coach, helping him
Brooks Ashmanskas as John Adams and Robert Cuccioli as John Dickinson face off, with the cast of the Ford’s Theatre production of “1776.” Photo: Carol Rosegg 106 H HillRag | April 2012
navigate both politics and basic social interaction as his well-known wit and wisdom trips off his tongue. “Treason is a charge invented by winners as an excuse for hanging the losers,” he tells Adams, who replies, “I have more to do than stand here listening to you quote yourself.” “No,” Franklin says, “that was a new one.” The show gets off to a rousing start with “For God’s Sake, John, Sit Down!” Sung with gusto by the entire congress in full-throated harmony, it leaves no doubt that their contempt for Adams is their only point of agreement. Every other number masterfully underscores the stark differences in background and vision that separate the colonies and the men who represent them, making their final vote to unite against Britain all the more poignant. As John Dickinson, Adams’ principal adversary, Robert Cuccioli is a splendid foil, fervently defending caution and the status quo with an almost compelling case for loyalty to the crown—giving voice to some truisms still heard today. “Don’t forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor,” he says. He’s at his best leading the conservative wing of the congress in “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men,” an ode to tradition and constancy that’s sung while dancing a nice little minuet by choreographer Michael Bobbitt. Virginia’s Richard Henry Lee is another pivotal player, enlisted by Adams and Franklin to sponsor the resolution for independence through a blatant appeal to his oversized ego. Stephen F. Schmidt’s often hilarious portrayal of Lee blends the haughtiness of a gentleman farmer with the gullibility of a backwoods buffoon. Between choruses of “Here a Lee, there a Lee, everywhere a Lee a Lee” he gleefully sings, “I’ll admit that
Gregory Maheu as Edward Rutledge, Floyd King as Stephen Hopkins and Steven Carpenter as Dr. Lyman Hall. Photo: Carol Rosegg
God in heaven is everybody’s God, but I tell you, John, with pride, God leans a little on the side of the Lees, the Lees of old Virginia! Washington favorite Floyd King provides additional comic bluster with a thread of common sense as Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island, who demands a mug of rum on arrival each morning at 10:00. Always drunk but savvy, he dispenses cards to his colleagues that read: “Dear Sir, You are without any doubt a rogue, a rascal, a villain, a thief, a scoundrel and a mean, dirty, stinking, sniveling, sneaking, pimping, pocket-picking, thrice double damn no good son of a bitch.” In the weightier roles of Thomas Jefferson and William Rutledge, who do battle over the pivotal issue of including freedom for slaves in the declaration, William Diggle and Gregory Maheu are somewhat hampered by boyish good looks that undermine their gravitas. Diggle is a little too perky but ultimately convincing as the brooding Jefferson, who first reluctantly agrees to craft the declaration and then fervently defends its content against a pack of zealous editors. Maheu’s job is more difficult, standing up for slave ownership in the damning “Molasses to Rum, to Slaves,” a nearly five-minute musical diatribe against Northern hypocrites who oppose slavery while sharing in its profits. Maheu does an admirable job with a challenging song, but by the time he’s standing on a desk, imitating the call of a slave trader to the sound of a cracking whip, it seems a more weathered and intimidating actor could more easily pull it off. The only two women in the show offer a small glimpse of female fortitude during the revolution while revealing their husbands’ softer sides. Kate Fisher’s Abigail Adams may be a bit younger and prettier than we’d expect, but its clear her magnificent voice won her the part.
Her character’s wit, principles and commitment are an even match for John Adams’, and in their frequent long-distance discussions and duets Fisher more than demonstrates why Abigail would be so sorely missed by her spouse. As Martha Jefferson, Erin Kruse enchants Adams and Franklin with a joyous rendition of “He Plays the Violin,” a tribute to her husband’s power of seduction, joining them in another lighthearted dance choreographed by Bobbitt. The play’s historic narrative is illuminated Tony Cisek’s inventive set, beginning with a skrim bearing Ben Franklin’s famous cartoon of the colonies as segments of a severed salamander under the heading, “Join, or Die.” Behind it, whitewashed colonial window frames and moldings suggest the walls of the Philadelphia statehouse, a sweltering but civilized space where strict decorum reigns. But Cisek shadows the entire stage with a backdrop depicting soldiers struggling on the colonies’ battlefields as General George Washington awaits the congress’ guidance and support. Nancy Schertler’s lighting heightens the tension, creating powerful effects with darkened tones, fiery reds and an occasionally golden glow looming behind the set. Although the play’s end is never in doubt, it’s still a small thrill when at last all but one member of the congress literally put their lives on the line to sign a declaration that changed the world. It’s a stirring act portrayed with all the solemnity it deserves. Especially at Ford’s, “1776” is one of the best ways to celebrate the courage, sacrifice and conviction that made America great. 1776 is playing at Ford’s Theatre through May 19, 2012. Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill. H
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Two Accomplished Obsessives One from Israel and One from Japan by Mike Canning we are being dipped into a world that most Americans What could be drier know absolutely nothing than a story about the arabout, Cedar’s careful capcane investigations into turing of our interest in ancient writings of the Talthis father-son dilemma is mud, those sacred books of most forceful and convincJudaism compiled between ing. Through his characters, 200-500 AD? Well, the he makes what appearsnew Israeli movie, “Foot-to outsiders--as a musty, note,” has as its context the arcane topic come close study of those texts, but it to being a life-and-death is, in fact, a fascinating humatter. man story, droll yet serious, In an interview about of a thorny relationship behis film, Cedar himself tween a father and son. The responded as to why he film was nominated this would make a film about year for an Academy Award Talmudic researchers: for Best Foreign Language “Once I started hearFilm (“Footnote,” in Heing stories from within this brew with English subdepartment (of Talmudic titles, opened on March 23 studies), about mythologiin specialty area cinemas.) “Footnote” (left to right): Lior Ashkenazi as Uriel Shkolnik and Shlomo Bar Aba as Eliezer Shkolnik. Photo by Ren cal rivalries between scholThe film describes a From Mendelson, Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics. ars, stubbornness on an testy rivalry between a faepic scale, eccentric profesther and son, both profesof the son while dismissive of his the academic committee, headed sors of Talmudic Studies at the He- “easy” work, while the son loves his by Yehuda Grossman (Micah Lew- sors who live with an academic misbrew University in Jerusalem. The father but cannot fathom his eccen- esohn), to learn that there has been a sion that is bigger than life itself, even if its topic is radically esoteric, I fell in father is the wizened and withdrawn tric ways. hitch in granting Eliezer the award. love with them all, and they became Eliezer Shkolnik (Shlomo Bar Aba), Their lives are turned upside Eventually, Uriel is forced to choose a dogged perfectionist who has down when Eliezer receives a phone between the advancement of his the center of this story. If you give it a chance, be prelived his whole life in libraries cull- call telling him he is to be awarded own career and his father’s. The tening through the most abstruse Tal- the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies, sion mounts as the day of the award pared to get caught up in “Footnote.” mudic arguments. A purist, he has the most valuable honor for scholar- ceremony approaches. published little, but feeds his ego ship in the country and a capstone This film, the brain child of Jiro Dreams of Sushi through the “fame” of being cited to a long career played out in obscu- writer/director Joseph Cedar (“BeauIf “Footnote” is a fictional narrain a footnote by another highly re- rity (the actual Israel Prizes are the fort”), reflects a similar conflict he ex- tive about what can obsess one man, vered scholar. The son, Uriel Shkol- country’s most prestigious and are perienced in his own life, and he has there is another true story of an obnik (Lior Ashkenazi), is a gregari- given out in several categories of the given it rich resonance on the screen. sessive halfway round the world in ous bear of a man who loves public arts and sciences). He gets wonderful performances out Tokyo. It concerns 85 year-old Jiro life and public accolades and who is Uriel is delighted to see his fa- of his very disparate leads, Bar Aba Ono, who is perhaps the world’s well known for his provocative and ther’s achievements ultimately rec- and Ashkenazi, who absolutely per- greatest sushi chef. He cultivates popular treatises on Talmudic ques- ognized but then, in a mordant sonify the thwarted scholar/drone his obsession—perhaps more kindly tions. The father is grudgingly proud twist, he is called to appear before and the ebullient academic star. Since called his lifework—in the Sukiya-
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Jiro Ono and his son Yoshikazu Ono in “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
bashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a subway station in Tokyo’s Ginza section. While telling his story might seem to be thin gruel for a feature-length documentary, American director David Gelb, in his feature film debut, has made what turns out to be a fascinating story, indeed, a meditation on exquisite food and the man who makes it (the film, which runs 81 minutes and is rated PG, is shown in Japanese with English subtitles. It is currently running at the Landmark E Street Cinema). Despite its modest setting, Jiro’s restaurant is the first of its kind to be awarded a prestigious “three-star” Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the world come to taste his delicacies, willing to make reservations months in advance and also pay serious money (30,000 yen—about $350-- for a 20-piece meal). Jiro is seemingly possessed by making the classic Japanese cuisine, and while, as a master shokunin, he has been crafting sushi for most of his long life, he sees himself still striving for perfection. As he is quoted in the film “You have to fall in love with your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.” He definitely does, as it shows him working from dawn to night, rarely taking holidays, painstakingly training his employees, and fastidiously crafting the presentation of each sushi piece—placed one at a time on a lacquered pad. Jiro doesn’t seem to have a family life (we never see his home or
his wife), but he does have two sons who feature in the film. His eldest son Yoshikazu, the probable heir to Jiro’s legacy, has apprenticed and worked with his father for decades, yet still wonders, at 50, whether he will ever measure up. A second son, Takashi, was also meticulously trained by Jiro, but because he is not first in line to inherit his father’s restaurant (and perhaps also feeling the pinch of a supremely demanding father), he has opened his own sushi place elsewhere in Tokyo. Supreme dedication, yes, obsession, has its price. Jiro admits at one point in the film: “I wasn’t much of a father.” Director Gelb, who got to know Japan and Tokyo through frequent family trips, had long admired sushi and was led to Jiro’s place during a tour of that city’s great sushi havens by the noted Japanese food critic Yamamoto, who also appears as a talking head in the film, praising the work of Jiro. Gelb then spent many weeks over two years gathering footage of Sukiyabashi Jiro and its chef. What he wanted to achieve, Gelb has said, is to “show people that sushi is so much more than putting fish on rice. Jiro has created an art form.” And it is one you can see beautifully displayed in “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” It will, perhaps for a day or two, make you dream of it also. Long-time Capitol Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at www.mikesflix.com. H
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by Jim Magner
A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at ArtandtheCity05@aol.com. Jim’s award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty” can be acquired through www.ahauntingbeauty.com.
ust as other artists place strokes of paint on a canvas, or chisel into a slab of marble, Sandi Martina loves to fuse together pieces of glass. It’s the act of making art that brings as much joy as the finished work. Sandi has been a graphic artist since graduating from the Pittsburgh Art Institute in 1980. Within the structured nature of graphic art, she found a natural outlet in creating mosaics. She loves to put shells, and whatever else happens to be on the beach, together to fashion fanciful images—just as others make sandcastles. About five years ago, she discovered classes in glass art at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, not far from her home in Woodbridge, VA. The initial classes led to her leasing studio space at the converted and beautifully renovated former correctional institute. Thus began her magical “adventure” with glass that offers almost
or opportunity is automatically ignored or dismissed. The true joy for Sandi continues to be in experimenting and learning. She prefers to make pieces that are “functional as well as fun to look at,” but she is also creating complex scenes that are complex in both materials and color. Those are also very fun to look at. You will find several of these at the Hill Center Art Show for April/May (see, At the Galleries.) www. hillcenterdc.org.
Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art
It’s easy to see the link between what we recognize as natural beauty and a healthy environment. But what about man-made art? It is not an easy connection to make. Art has been raising levels of human spirituality since long before people began painting bears and aurochs on cave walls 30,000 years ago. The very act of abstract creation is so far beyond the ordinary, it can take your breath away. Pure art lifts us to another level. It makes us human. Art through the ages has taken various paths. Some has given glory to self-appointed gods, whereas other art gave reverence to the natural world. In Eastern art, nature is a force that both gives and eradicates. In Western religious tradiTreasured Shores - Mosaic painting with shells, sharks teeth and bone tion, the masters included landmillions of years old, beach glass, starfish, coins, feathers and more scapes, the glory of trees and shells collected from ocean, bay and river shores. 48” x 24” x 3” rivers, in religious masterpieces—lamenting the loss of Eden, unlimited techniques and possibilities of where man lived in harmony with the beasts making art objects. of the forests. That evolved into painting the She began by cutting glass sheets to idealized landscape as the primary subject. form mosaics, and that soon led to fusing A more dangerous religious and social glass pieces of many colors and textures tradition placed man in the center of the unito create mosaic-like forms. She now verse, with nature as God’s gift to man, to use incorporates leafs, photo-transfers and and abuse in any way he desires. That tradiother life-forms and minerals, like copper, tion became a worldwide culture that thrives within the glass. No possible technique today. Out of that comes the utilitarian eco110 H HillRag | April 2012
Artist Portrait: Sandi Martina
Titan Rings - Mosaic Painting with firepolished and mirrored glass, semiprecious stone, carved shell, metal sprockets, crystals, a few asteroids and some space dust; 30” x 25” x 2”
nomic concept of getting the most for your dollar. So, with governmental or commercially sponsored development, without the equal consideration of art and natural beauty, we create dead zones. They are all around us. The Springfield Interchange, the “Mixing Bowl,” is a perfect example. Art gives life. The absence of that is ecological and spiritual death. If aesthetics are considered, then the environment has to be considered. The creation of art is ancient, and what made us human to begin with. Without it in our great commercial and social projects, we’re as good as dead.
Nautiluster - Porcelain and Glass Mosaic. 19” x 16.25”
At the Museums
“Colorful Realm of Living Beings” National Gallery of Art 3rd and 7th Sts at Constitution Ave. NW - April 29
You only have four weeks to see the one of the greatest treasures of Japan. The entire set of 30 scrolls painted on silk by the master Edo artist, Ito Jakuchū, completed over a period of ten years, is on loan from the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. The scrolls are “widely considered by many to be the most important and remarkable ensemble of bird-and-flower paintings in the history of Japan, possibly all of East Asia.” www.nga.gov. The Gallery is also announcing, NGA Images, an online resource that “revolutionizes” the way you can interact with its collection. You can search, browse, share, and download images believed to be in the public domain. It features more than 20,000 open access digital images, up to 3,000 pixels each, available free of charge for download and use. http://images.nga.gov.
Joan Miró The Kreeger Museum 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW April 10-July 31
Titled, “Joan Miro From The Collection of The Kreeger Museum,” this is first time the Kreeger’s complete collection of works by Miró are being shown together. Acknowledged as one of Spain’s greatest, Miro is famous for improvising printmaking in both form and technique, and for his celebration of Mallorca, his home. www.kreegermuseum.org
At the Galleries
“It’s Up to You” Capitol Hill Art League 545 7th St. SE April 14 – May 4
The theme of the CHAL all-media April show is “It’s Up to You.” The juror Peter Van Riper, artist and instructor at Northern Virginia Community College will offer his insights on the works selected for the show at the opening on Sat., Apr. 14, 5-7. www. caphillartleague.org.
“In Loving Memory” Zenith Salon Gallery 34th Anniversary Exhibition 1429 Iris St. NW – April 28
Over forty Zenith Gallery artists are contributing art and heart to create this ex-
hibition, “In Loving Memory,” in tribute to Judith Keyserling, who, for the last six years has done been the force behind public relations for Zenith Gallery and the Zenith Community Arts Foundation. Ten percent of the sales will go to the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, a fund to continue the programs that Judy worked on for the last six years. www.zenithgallery.com.
“Sailing to Byzantium” Zenith Gallery at Eleven Eleven 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW – June 23
These highly polished bronze sculptures by the internationally renowned artist, Sica, dance and play in a solo show curated by gallery owner Margery E. Goldberg. Sophisticated but enticing, they draw inspiration from cultures throughout the world. www. zenithgallery.com.
“15” International Visions- The Gallery’ 2629 Connecticut Ave, NW - May 5
International Visions—The Gallery celebrates their 15 years as a multicultural and international art gallery. This show features over 30 artists who worked with the gallery throughout those years. Each artist was asked to create an artwork that incorporates or interprets the theme of “15.” www.intervisions.com.
Bethel Aniaku Parish Gallery-Georgetown 1054 31stt NW – Apr. 17
Truly an international artist who has studied in France and Germany, Bethel Aniaku has a great command of color, and his use of texture in his multi-media pieces gives it depth and complexity. www.parishgallery.com.
Eleven Artists The Hill Center 9th St and Pennsylvania Ave. SE – May 20
The spring show features artists with a wide range of techniques and styles, including drawings, prints, paintings and sculpture. The glass mosaic paintings of Sandi Martina, (see Artist Profile), are also featured. The reception is Thurs., April 12, 6-8. If you have not been to the Hill Center yet, this is would be a great time to go. www.hillcenterdc.org. H
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A New Temporary Public Art Project
×5, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’s new temporary public art project, is twenty-five groundbreaking temporary public art installations installed concurrently throughout the District of Columbia alongside the National Cherry Blossom Festival. DCCAH has commissioned five innovative contemporary art curators to select and work with five artists or artist teams to each to develop and present exciting art works in public spaces throughout the
one million people expected to take part in the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. A five-member selection committee carefully chose five curators from more than 90 submissions. All media and art forms were considered, including, but not limited to visual art, performance, light, digital, projection, and event-based work. “We considered submissions from curators locally, nationally and worldwide and, ultimately, these five curators demonstrated an impressive body of work,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director for the DC Commission on The Arts and Humanities. These five curators led the 5x5 implementation process and managed each artist’s concept, budget and schedules. D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Executive Director, The five cuLionell Thomas and Chair, Judith Terra rators are: Amy Lipton, New District. The resulting twenty-five York, NY; Justine Topfer, San Franprojects will activate and enliven cisco, CA; Richard Hollinshead, publicly accessible spaces and add Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK; Laura an ephemeral layer of creativity and Roulet, Washington, DC; Steve artistic expression to neighborhoods Rowell, Culver City, CA across the District. The D.C. Commission on the The installations are being Arts and Humanities launched 5x5 showcased during the festival’s with a kickoff party at the Capitol Centennial Celebration through Skyline Hotel on Saturday, March April 27, 2012. A few of the instal- 24th. Despite the rain, over 500 artlations will be in place up through ists, curators, gallery owners and art June and July. The groundbreak- lovers partied the night away to the ing 5x5 Public Art Project offers a sounds of Heavy Breathing and DJ unique cultural experience for over Natty Boom. H 112 H HillRag | April 2012
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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events
by Karen Lyon
Up in Flames
Richmond in 1811 was the place to be. The capital city was a prosperous metropolis, bursting with goods, bustling with trade and industry, and lauded by poets as the place where “Wisdom and Wit and Lit’rature combine.” According to Meredith Henne Baker, author of “The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster,” Richmond’s citizens enjoyed both its cultural offerings and its less elevated amusements. “Card playing, gambling, and dancing… were wildly fashionable,” duels or “affairs of honor” were common, and “even in a churchgoing man’s house, one was likely to find five different kinds of wines and whiskey served with Sunday lunch.” “Richmond’s celebratory excesses, violent outbursts, and roughness made it an exciting city,” Baker writes, “but one that earned a national reputation for frivolity—and impiety. Overall, Virginians didn’t seem troubled by this.” Then on December 26, 1811, ev-
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erything changed. That evening, the Richmond Theater was filled to capacity for a holiday program of songs, pantomime, and dramatic presentations. In the box seats sat the cream of Virginia society. The gallery accommodated those on the fringes of respectability, and middle-class theatergoers occupied benches surrounding the orchestra pit. “Gentry, slaves, free blacks, common workers and disreputable types”—anyone who could purchase a ticket was welcome to participate in the revelry. As the second act began, a player on the stage suddenly noticed flakes of burning canvas drifting to the stage. Within minutes, the whole roof of the theater had burst into a sheet of flame, Marc Levinson examines the precursor to oday’s ignited by a candelabra raised into the big-box stores and the tensions between big and flyspace with one wick still burning. small business. As “the festive atmosphere dissolved into sheer panic,” people rushed to flee dancing became a cause for censure the burning building, leaping from in the black community, card playing windows and trampling one another among women was no longer socially in a frenzied attempt to escape the acceptable – and church attendance heat and smoke. Nearly a hundred of rose everywhere. Richmond never did revert to its them didn’t make it. wanton ways. As Baker writes, “The All of Richmond was plunged institutions that Richmond’s evangeliinto mourning, with almost every life cal Christians created and expanded touched by someone who had perafter the Theater fire provided a strucished. Memorials and commemorature that preserved their social and tions went on for weeks. A participant cultural influence throughout the cenat one funeral wrote, “A whole city tury and made them a potent moral bathed in tears!” The site of the theater force in Richmond.” was consecrated and the victims bur“The Richmond Theater Fire” is ied where they fell. Today the Monunot only a tragic story vividly told, mental Church occupies the spot on but also a solid historical thesis East Broad Street where it once stood. about the rise of religion in politics Religious leaders were quick to in Virginia. A former history teacher seize the opportunity. While some enand school administrator, Meredith couraged their parishioners to use the Henne Baker has a graduate degree tragedy as a catalyst for introspection, in history from William and Mary others saw it as God’s judgment on and now lives on Capitol Hill. “The scandalous entertainments. An evanRichmond Theater Fire,” which won gelical fervor began to influence all the 2012 Jules and Frances Landry levels of Richmond society. A moraAward, is her first book. torium on amusements was imposed,
At the A&P
Those of us who buy our groceries – and our cat food, shampoo, and garbage bags – in huge, brightly-lit stores can barely imagine how things used to be. A vintage photo in the middle of Marc Levinson’s new book, “The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America,” gives us a clue. It shows the interior of a small A&P storefront in Baltimore in 1903, its walls stacked with boxes and canned goods, staples displayed in barrels, and clerks standing at the ready to assist shoppers with their purchases. Not a plastic-wrapped chicken breast or tabloid newspaper in sight. So how did we get from there to here? Levinson tells the fascinating story of how The Great American Tea Company, established in New York around 1860, grew to become the largest and best-known retailer in the world. Its growth, he notes, was not without cost. “The Great A&P transformed the humble, archaic grocery trade into a modern industry, but its relentless expansion posed a mortal threat…[to] mom-and-pop grocers, local wholesalers, and small manufacturers, [who] fought back with a vengeance.” Headed by the visionary Hartford brothers, the A&P was among the first grocery-store chains in the 1890s. The brothers’ business savvy soon became legend. By taking over the manufacture and distribution of their own brands, they were able to lower prices for consumers and boost their own profits; they instituted self-service and ‘combination’ stores that included meat markets and bakeries; they advertised extensively and offered premiums to shoppers; and they aggressively undersold the competition. In short, “they transformed both the nature of retailing and the expectations of the American shopper.”
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In what The Washington Post calls “crisp lights in his “Dialogue between the Gout and and compelling writing,” Levinson documents Mr. Franklin,” wherein the gout takes Franklin how the Hartfords also “created a retailing be- to task for his many excesses. hemoth whose size was almost beyond comAs the author concludes, “Even if Frankprehension and touched off a quarter century lin wasn’t as American as apple pie, he was of political and legal warfare over the role of as American as the corndog...in the sense of small business in the American the ever-widening carnival of economy.” It’s a battle that still novelty and change.” A local wages on long after the A&P political scientist and journalist, has faded into near obscurity. Weinberger also writes for the As one critic writes, “[This] “City Journal.” highly insightful story of A&P…is essential reading for 2012 Literary Hill BookFest all those who seek to underCalling all readers! Don’t stand the love-hate relationmiss the second annual Litship Americans have with the erary Hill BookFest, Sunday, oversized consumer economy May 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in of our own day.” the North Hall of Eastern Marc Levinson is a loMarket, with dozens of local cal journalist, historian, and writers, publishers, librarians, economist who is also the and conservators, as well as Christopher Hitchens called author of “The Box: How the Jerry Weinberger’s book book sales and a children’s Shipping Container Made the “an elegant and fascinating corner. To volunteer, visit our World Smaller and the World companion to…the work of our website at www.literaryhillcleverest Founding Father.” Economy Bigger.” bookfest.org or e-mail volunteer@literaryhillbookfest. Best Debut Book org. And consider making a tax-deductible Kudos to James Magner, whose 2011 donation, either through our website (we book, “A Haunting Beauty,” has earned the now take PayPal) or by sending a check to Richard Boes Award for the Best Debut Book Literary Hill BookFest, 1373 Independence by a Veteran (fiction or memoir). Magner, who Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003. H writes the “Art and the City” column for this publication, also had another of his talents on display recently. His paintings were part of an exhibition called “Eight Artists at the Hill Center Galleries.”
As American as a Corndog
Jerry Weinberger uses the Founding Father’s humor as a window to his deepest thoughts in “Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought” (2005). In a book that one critic has called “ravishingly subversive,” Weinberger deconstructs Franklin’s thoughts on such topics as why men should prefer older women, and de-
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Health & Fitness Getting to the Core
What Works Best for Strong, Flexible and Functional Abdominal Muscles
ou dedicate yourself to a daily abs class, enduring the excruciating burn that is supposed to get you to that prized washboard midsection, and yet, somehow it eludes you. Performing hundreds of abdominal exercises at warp speed just won’t produce the desired result. Developing strong abs that serves both function and aesthetics depends on a combination of factors that involve more than just contracting your torso. Forget the obsession with the rippled look of six pack abs. That look may cost you flexibility and freedom of movement. Overdoing ab exercises can flatten the natural curve of your lower back and create a weakened spine. We’re even beginning to see hunchback conditions because of excessive abdominal crunches, said biomechanics and kinesiology specialist Michael Yessis, Ph.D. Having six-pack abs depends partly on having the right genetics – how your muscles lie in relation to your ribs and how thin the skin is that is covering the abdominal muscle. It also depends on the length of your torso and your age. Those fat-free torsos you see in ads are possible for
by Pattie Cinelli calories in order to lose one pound. “An hour run at a good pace for an average individual will only burn 600800 calories. How many crunches do you think it would take and for how long to achieve this same caloric burn? A few hundred thousand crunches would be needed to burn one pound of fat.”
Core Muscle Conditioning
Tim Bruffy, owner of Atlas Fitness DC and personal trainer at Results Gym
less than 10 percent of the population. But don’t give up conditioning your midsection. Instead, change your focus from tight, hard abs, to strong, flexible abs that work in concert with the rest of your core muscles. “Most people have the misconception that we can ‘spot reduce” fat by doing a bunch of sit ups or crunch-
es. When we lose weight or body fat, it’s stripped off fairly evenly across the body,” said Tim Bruffy, owner of Atlas Fitness DC, director of Atlas Bootcamps DC and personal trainer at Results Gym. “Even if we could “spot reduce” on targeted areas (abs) we would have to do enough crunches during the week to burn 3500
Conditioning abs is similar to the way we condition any other muscle. Abdominals are core muscles that flex the spine and provide support for the lower back. The muscles activated when we lift, twist, strain or sing or force breathe are the obliques (two sets - internal and external - on the side). When you lift up from a reclining position you are engaging your rectus abdominus (abs that form the six-pack). The transverse abdominus (lower abs below the belly button) play an important role in keeping a toned abdominal wall. You engage this muscle when coughing, sneezing or exhaling forcibly. Many people think that ab training is doing crunches, which does not capitalcommunitynews.com H 119
help flexibility or function. If you just train for strength your muscles shorten and if you train in one direction you limit range of motion. Sitting and standing with your spine in alignment can improve abdominal strength. Yoga and Pilates exercises are great ways to tone, lengthen and strengthen all four abdominal groups. If you have a strong, stable and flexible core, you can perform better in most any sport and function well in day-today tasks.
Favorite Abdominal Exercises from Local Trainers: Alita Brown
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Alita Brown, owner of Fitness Together on Capitol Hill said the most common question she hears is ‘How can I get rid of belly fat?’ She said, “If you have a great program that includes a healthy diet and consistent exercise, you are bound Alita Brown, owner of Fitness Together. to trim your tummy.” One of her favorite ab exercises is the bicycle. the left elbow towards the right She explains, “Lie face up on your knee. Continue alternating sides in mat and put your hands behind a ‘pedaling’ motion for 1-3 sets of your head, lightly supporting it 10-20 repetitions.” with your fingers. Bring the knees in to the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pullCarol Shuford ing on the neck. Rotate to the left, Results Gym Personal Trainer bringing the right elbow towards Carol Shuford’s favorite is called the left knee as you straighten the the “C-Sit Position.” She said, “I other leg. Switch sides, bringing like it because it’s almost impossible to cheat!” She said, “Body is like a “c” from your forehead to your knees. All you do is hold for 20-30 seconds feet up or down. You can also do a flutter or a scissor kick.”
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My favorite stabilizes the core, engages back muscles uses balance. I like to perform it seated on a ball, but you can perform it seated on the floor as well. Bend knees and lie back onto ball or floor until lower back is touching. Keep head above heart, shoulders relaxed, and arms extended out front. Exhale as you lift your pelvic floor, draw the belly in towards the spine and bend forward lift-
Claire P. Cargill, DDS ing the spine off the ball/ floor. The move is similar to a modified roll up in Pilates. It’s not a big move but very effective in toning the lower abs.
“I don’t necessarily have a favorite ab exercise as I’d much rather hit the core through functional and/or positional strength moves,” said Tim Bruffy. “For example, I like engaging the core while performing a barbell back squat or an Olympic deadlift with proper technique.” Another example he calls the plank and row. Tim has a client line up perpendicular to and facing in towards a cable machine with the cable position low. The client would then position himself in a standard one arm plank pose while using the free hand to do a one arm cable row. Key points: wide stance of the feet (or knees for modified version), keep hips square to the floor, align body as if you placed an imaginary line from ankles (or knees) through the shoulders, planked elbow directly under the chest, head in neutral position, rows would be controlled. “I like this move because it is challenging for everyone, no matter their fitness level.” Having a six-pack is a realistic goal for a few, but developing strong, flexible abdominal muscles that, with other core muscles, help stabilize your body when you move is a goal everyone can achieve. Pattie Cinelli is a personal trainer who has been writing her health/ fitness column for 15 years. She brings fitness to people’s homes, offices and gyms in the Washington metro area. To find out more about her one-on-one, partner or small group training and weight loss programs, or to suggest a future column, please email her at: fitness@ pattiecinelli.com. H
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Genie Bra & Strap Perfect by Jen Zatkowski
s my friend walked across the street toward me, she was smiling, a spring in her step. Suddenly, she pitched forward, shoulders hunched and a look of horror on her face. Had she been hit from behind? Was there a tiny mugger behind her I couldn’t see? As she finally reached me, she started giggling and her cheeks flushed. “My bra strap just broke,” my well-endowed friend said as she crossed her arms tightly across her chest. Unfortunately, we have all been there. For me, it was at the gym – my sports bra strap snapped while I was on the treadmill. Good times. Enter Genie Bra – “what all women wish for.” ($19.99 for 2) The Genie Bra is a one-piece,
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wire-free bra that goes over your head. “Woven of everlast comfort stretch fabric,” the Genie Bra is machine washable, machine dryable and claims to never lose its shape. It also has a “magic pouch” in each cup that holds support pads for extra lift and coverage. Designed to give comfort, support and style, Genie Bra seeks to become your every day bra and replace breakable, bendable, uncomfortable traditional underwire bras. Tugging the Genie Bra over my head was a bit of a challenge – the fabric was tight and got all twisted up. When I finally righted it, it did fit well. Comfortably snug, and I did appreciate that there was no underwire. I wore it under various shirts (tshirts, button downs, sweaters and tank tops). And I even slept in the Genie Bra. Turns out, it was very comfortable, just as it advertised. But the fit and look was just like a sports bra. While claiming to lift and separate, I ended up with “the shelf uni-boob.” I like that my underwire bras do in fact separate, even if they are less comfortable than the Genie Bra. Time will tell if it ultimately keeps its shape. So far, mine have been washed and dried several times and the fabric is still taut. I have yet to figure out why the “magic pouches”; when removed, the cups are too thin for proper coverage. The verdict was essentially the same for all those I secretly asked to test the Genie Bra. The only participant who agreed to be named was my
mother in law. She felt that ultimately, it was not meant for a woman of her age (66) or her size (36DD). She did find it a comfortable fit for when she was at home, but not nearly enough support for everyday wear out of the house. One thing she did caution was not to buy it from the TV infomercial. She was enticed by the ad one evening and called to buy it. She was charged as much shipping & handling as the product cost itself, and was put off by hard up-selling by the operator on the phone. I purchased my set at an As Seen on TV store, so was not subjected to aggressive salespeople or large add-on costs. For $19.99 for two, the price is good for a comfort or sleeping bra.
In keeping with a theme this month, I also tested out Strap Perfect, a concealer clip for your bra straps. ($9.99 for a six pack). Strap Perfect is a plastic clip that pulls your bra straps together in the back so you can wear tops with a criss-cross, a racer back or T-back. The hourglass plastic clip goes on while you are wearing your bra – a feat I at first thought only achievable by contortionists or the double-jointed. Yet when I reached back to slide each strap into the clip, I found it very easy to move my straps into place. The directions do, however, also show a second method for affixing the clip while your bra is around your waist. With both straps inserted into the clip, you then slide it down your back until the straps
are as concealed as you want them to be. A side effect of moving your straps in this manner is a tightening and lifting of the cups in front. Not only were my bra straps concealed in the racer back tank top I bought last summer and never wore, but my front was noticeably lifted and separated. Nice! I must admit I felt perkier and looked 10 years younger. I often now wear a clip even with a full back shirt just because it lifts me back to being a teenager (wink, wink). I highly recommend Strap Perfect even if you don’t have any oddlystrapped tops or dresses. The lift alone is worth $9.99 – much cheaper than surgery. If you have a product you want me to try, please email me at jenzatkowski@gmail. com. H
“Neither E-mc² nor Paradise Lost was dashed off by a party animal” - Winifred Gallagher, Science Journalist
Valuing the Quiet Person
The Power of Introversion
ne out of every two or three people you meet in the United States is an introvert. That means that if you are not an introvert yourself, you are either working with one, related to one or socializing with one. And yet, in our society today, extroversion has come to be seen as the ideal -- we revere action, value the energetic, forceful or charismatic personality. From Dale Carnegie to Tony Robbins, we are coached to win friends and influence people -- to be dynamic, outgoing and bold in our presentation. Action is valued over contemplation, risk taking is valued over caution. And the introvert? The introvert has often been seen in our society as shy, cerebral, and serious - almost as a second class citizen that just needs to cheer up and get with the program -- learn how to become more outgoing, more talkative and well, more interesting. In a new book on the value of introverts, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain talks about the mistake we make as a society to embrace the extrovert ideal so unthinkingly. “Some of our greatest ideas, art, and inventions - from the theory of evolution to van Gogh’s sunflowers to the personal computer- came from quiet and cerebral people who knew how to tune in to their inner worlds and the treasures to be found there,” she writes.
What is an Introvert, Really?
Today’s research psychologists, according to Cain, tend to agree on several important points about introversion. For example, that introverts function well with less stimulation than extroverts. Put another way, introverts get energy from quiet time, either alone or with a few people at a time; while extroverts get energy from being with people - the more the merrier and the livelier the better.
by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW Introverts generally work differently than extroverts. They usually work more slowly and deliberately - focusing on one task at a time and can bring great amounts of concentration to their work. Extroverts tend to work more quickly and are comfortable with multitasking and risk taking. Socially, introverts may have strong skills and enjoy meetings and parties but after a while, Cain points out, they wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their energies to close friends, a few colleagues and family. “They listen more than they talk, think before they speak and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk but enjoy deep discussions.” Having made these distinctions, however, as Karl Jung famously said, “There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum”. Rather, we can see introversion and extroversion as a continuum. Where we are on this continuum will influence our life choices, preferences and behaviors.
Shy or Introverted?
Introverts are not necessarily shy, points out Cain. Being shy is more about the fear of social disapproval or humiliation. Introverts prefer environments that are not overstimulating; introversion is not painful while shyness is. Of course, there are people who are both shy and introverted (T.S. Eliot as an example). -And there are people who are shy extroverts - Barbra Streisand as an example - who has a larger than life personality but also has paralyzing stage fright. So, shyness is distinct from the personality trait of introversion or extroversion.
Many of us have been shy about our introversion, however, because we have gotten the message from society that there is something wrong with our preference for quiet reflection or for work that is often done solo - inventing, researching, creating art. And, many people actually pretend to be extroverts when they are not. How many times have you heard from someone you think is an outgoing extrovert type that they really do not think of themselves that way but rather feel that they are by nature quiet and at times shy?
The Proud Introvert
What I like about Susan Cain’s book is that she wants introverts to feel a newfound sense of entitlement to be themselves, to be proud of their introversion and to see that their strengths make great contributions to others and to society as a whole. Without introverts, she notes, the world would be devoid of Chopin’s nocturnes, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity, Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Larry Page’s Google, and Einstein’s Theory
of Relativity - just to give a few examples. Many famous figures - from Eleanor Roosevelt to Al Gore, from Warren Buffet to Mahatma Gandhi achieved success not despite of, but because of, their introversion, Cain points out. If you are an introvert, it is time to feel comfortable with who you are, to devote your energies to activities that come naturally to you and to be unafraid to be the quiet one in the crowd. Your natural qualities of persistence, insight, sensitivity and concentration are valuable and make a difference. And, as Cain reminds us in the closing chapter of her book, in life while ‘‘love is essential; gregariousness is optional”. 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 “http://www.quietwaterscenter.com H
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kids&family N O T E B O O K by Kathleen Donner
Registration Now Open for National Capital Bank Capitol Hill Classic 10K
Fun Family Saturdays at DAR Museum: Family Tree
Join thousands of runners, kids, and their parents on Sunday, May 20 for the 33rd running of the race. The Classic consists of three races: a 10K, which begins at 8:30 a.m.; a 3K, which begins at 10:30 a.m.; and a kids’ fun run, which begins at 11:00 a.m. and Colella Photography goes around Stanton Park. All ling, exciting, educational and enterraces begin and end at the Peabody School, on Stanton Park at 5th taining science festival in the United and C sts. NE. All proceeds benefit the States. The 2nd USA Science & EngiCapitol Hill Cluster School, a neigh- neering Festival will feature over 3,000 borhood DC public school serving fun, interactive exhibits, more than 100 more than 1000 DC children ages 3-8 stage shows and 33 author presentaon three neighborhood campuses. For tions. New this year: the USA Science registration, sponsorship and volunteer & Engineering Festival Book Fair, and opportunities, and more information, a Career Pavilion for high-school students that includes a College Fair, a Job visit capitolhillclassic.com. The 10K Capitol Hill Classic is Fair and a Meet the Scientist/Engineer Washington’s longest-running 10K Networking area. Free admission. Apr and the only race run entirely through 28, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Apr 29, historic Capitol Hill. This year, a new, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Walter E. Washmore level course takes runners from ington Convention Center. usasciencethe vibrant H St. corridor to the US festival.org Capitol and then to RFK Stadium. The 10K and 3K both are fast, USATF-certified courses with ChronoTrack timing, mile splits, and water stations.
USA Science & Engineering Festival
Their mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math by producing and presenting the most compel-
Father and son enjoy crafts and candlemaking at the DAR Museum’s Fall Family Day. Photo: Raina J. Boyd
What’s in a name? Learn the meaning of your name and how to create a family tree based on your family history. Contact 202-8793240 or email@example.com. Supplies are limited. Advance registration requested; drop-ins welcomed. Free admission. For ages 7 and older. Saturday, Apr 21, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. 202-879-3240. dar.org
Upscale Yard Sale
Friendship News Network, a program of Friendship Public Charter Schools, is hosting a sale and student crafts fair at Chamberlain School, Saturday, Apr 28, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 1345 Potomac Ave SE. (between 12th and 13th across from Harris Teeter). The sale will offer designer clothes, shoes, purses, costume jewelry, small furniture and appliances. Featured prominently will be the handcrafted artwork of Friendship’s many student entrepreneurs. Proceeds will help raise funds for FNN’s June student trip to Costa Rica.
College Round-Up Day a Huge Success
On Mar 10, DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown hosted the 2012 Annual College RoundUp Day, in which he took 140 DC high school seniors to a college fair at Edgecombe Community College in Tarboro, North Carolina. Of those who attended this capitalcommunitynews.com H 125
kids&family year’s event, 139 were accepted to at least one college at the fair, and six cash scholarships were awarded. All application fees were waived for participants. With nearly 30 college and university recruitment representatives in attendance, the annual event serves as an admission fair for graduating high school seniors. The goal of this initiative is to help encourage all students to make college a part of their immediate futures.
Justins Cafe Opening Day Block Party
Two and a half blocks away from the National’s Ballpark, Justin’s Cafe has been a neighborhood favorite since its opening two years ago as the first bar and restaurant for Capitol Riverfront. Join them as they celebrate the beginning of baseball season with food, craft beer, live music, and other fun activities! Free. All ages are welcomed. You must be 21+ and have a valid ID to drink. Apr 14, 11:00 AM9:00 PM. 1025 First St. SE. justinscafeevents.com
Lulu Delacre Presents “From Arroz to Shake it!”
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Kids Opening Day at National’s Park
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is now registering students in grades K-6 for its Summer Adventure Camps running June 18-Aug 10. Campers can experience the art and artistry of Japan, Alaska, Ethiopia, and Brazil. Each camp week explores different, distinctive cultural traditions through hands-on activities, and creative projects as campers rotate through daily classes in music and movement, visual arts, and recreation. For kids ages 4-6, CHAW hosts one-week Jr. Arts Adventure Camps focusing on Brazilian Carnivale, Alaskan Wilderness, and a Music Camp. Young campers engage in hands-on activities in music, creative movement, visual arts, and drama. CHAW is also looking for students ages 13-17 for its Counselor in Training program. 202547-6839. chaw.org
Free Ryan Zimmerman Jersey for first 10,000 fans 12 and under on Apr 22, 1:35 p.m. at the game against the Miami Marlins. It’s Screech’s birthday and kids can run the bases after the game. Guests can also visit the kids-oriented Family Fun Area near the Center Field Gate, across from the Red Porch Restaurant. Featuring several interactive games, including the Exxon Strike Zone, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Jungle Gym, the Family Fun Area provides a great deal of fun for the youngest Nationals fans. Tickets $5, up. washington.nationals. mlb.com
“Kid’s Space” at the Hill Preschool Summer Program
The summer program by The Hill Preschool provides educational and community experiences for children aged 3-1/2-5. Families have the option of choosing any two-week themed session from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. or from 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. There are five 2-week sessions and one 1-week session. The children will participate in craft activities, cold cooking activities, creative movement, as well as numerous field trips. Spaces are limited. For more information and to download an application, visit thehillpreschool.org or contact the school at 202-543-5372.
Cinco De Mayo with Tiny Chefs!
It’s a celebration of freedom and democracy, Council Chairman Kwame Brown with College Round-Up Day of heritage and pride and, participants from DC. Photo: Courtesy of Council Chariman of course, really yummy Brown’s Staff food! Come join Tiny Chefs as we enjoy one of the season’s hind the creation of Arroz con Leche: most popular holidays with a couple of Popular Songs and Rhymes from Lat- Mexico’s most popular recipes; Cheese in America, and dances game-songs Quesadillas and Fruit Salsa with Cinfrom Arroz con Leche and Shake it, namon Chips. This “Cook with Me!” Morena! A program for preschoolers, class is for aspiring chefs ages 4-8 in celebration of El Día de los Ni- with one accompanying adult. Adult ños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s attendance is not required. $50. May Day/Book Day). Apr 24, 10:00 a.m., 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Hill Center, 921 126 H HillRag | April 2012
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Celebrate Cherry Blossom Festival Lantern Making Family Day
The Capitol Riverfront BID invites you to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival Lantern Making Family Day on Apr 21, 10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m., at the Yards Park. As an official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the lantern making day will feature a variety of Japanese cultural activities. There will be two sessions of lantern making for children and adults, at 10:00 a.m. and at noon, with both sessions followed by a parade through the park. All are encouraged to join in watching the parade. Plenty of entertainment will be provided, including a performance by Hapmudo Martial Arts group on the boardwalk and the Appalachian Children’s Choir. Pinkberry frozen yogurt and Japanese cuisine will also be for sale in the park. capitolriverfront.org
Youth Architecture Program in DC Set for Walking Tour of Capitol Hill
On Apr 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon, children ages 8-14 are invited to take part in a walking tour of the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the latest interactive architecture program in the children’s
series “Hands on Architecture”. Led by architect Mary Kay Lanzillotta, FAIA, children will meet at the Hill Center and enjoy a walking tour of the many significant architectural works in the Capitol Hill area and then they will return to enjoy an opportunity to make their own architectural masterpieces. Registration is open now at bit. ly/xE5TMF. Act quickly because the event is expected to reach capacity. The “Hands on Architecture” series is hosted once a month by the Washington Architectural Foundation and the District Architecture Center. markitectureconsulting.com
Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan’s Annual Auction
“A Montessori Night’s Dream” will include entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, open bar with wine and beer, and a silent auction. The auction will feature sports tickets, theatre tickets, restaurant and retail gift certificates, vacation getaways, art and much more. Tickets are available online-$25 in advance or $30 at the door. For regular updates about their event and to learn about new auction items, become a fan of “A Montessori Night’s Dream” page on Facebook. Auction takes place Friday, Apr 27, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. capitolhillmontessorischool.org
Family Day: Royal Mail Ship Titanic Centennial
You may know the story of the Titanic disaster, but did you know it was a floating post office? Learn about life onboard, the postal workers who processed tons of mail at sea, and more in hands-on activities. Free. Apr 14, noon-3:30 p.m. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu
Join the American Youth ChorusJazz: Made in America
American Youth Chorus concert is on Apr 21, 7:30 p.m. $15 for adults. Through song and dance, American Youth Chorus traces the development of jazz, a uniquely American musical genre, from its early roots at the dawn
of the 20th century in ragtime and the blues to the swing and bebop of the 1930s and 1940s to the cool jazz and hard bop of the 1950s and 1960s. Established in 2008, American Youth Chorus is Congressional Chorus’ after-school music program at the Atlas Performing Arts Center for students ages 8-14 from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. There is an American Youth Chorus concert on Apr 21, 7:30 p.m. $15 for adults. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. atlasarts.org
Shakespeare in Action Family Program
Jump into the active world of Shakespeare’s plays using performance-based techniques that introduce the language to children in grades 1-5. Learn stage combat from Master Swordsman Brad Waller and perform a scene from Macbeth! Ages 6-13. Registration required. $35 for one adult and one child. Each additional child is $10. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-675–0395. Apr 14, 9:3011:30 a.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202 544 7077. folger.edu
Booliwah! Signing and Songs for Babies at Southeast Library
Using the “Sing, Sign, Song” method, you and your baby can learn American Sign Language through simple rhymes. Interactive chants and songs focus on practical activities and family life through the seasons. Hosted by local mom Marelise Voss. Ages birth-2. Every first and third Saturday, 11:00 a.m. Free. Just walk in. Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE. 202-6983377. dclibrary.org/southeast
Kidical Mass DC to Teach ABC’s of Family Biking
DDOT Safe Routes to School Program, Kidical Mass DC and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are pleased to announce the first “ABC’s of Family Biking” event. This free event, the first of its kind in the Greater Washington area, will celebrate the joy of biking with children and
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introduce local parents to the tools, skills and equipment that can help them start biking with their kids. Saturday, Apr. 21 (rain date, Apr. 22), 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m, at Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE. For more information, visit KidicalMassDC.blogspot.com and click on “ABC’s of Family Biking,” or contact Megan Odett, Kidical Mass DC’s organizer, at KidicalMassDC@gmail.com.
Attend the Two Rivers Gala
Two Rivers Public Charter School is preparing for its muchanticipated annual event, the Framing the Future Annual Gala! Taking place on May 5, the gala supports programming and the arts at Two Rivers. A “black tie for the brave” evening, the gala includes a silent auction, live musical performances, cocktails, marvelous cuisine, and dancing. Auction items include fine art, sports memorabilia, get-aways, and services donated by local and national artists and businesses. If you are interested in sponsoring or making a contribution, you can find more information online at framingthefuturegala.org. You can also contact, Tamara Brown, Gala Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the school, visit tworiverspcs.org.
Kids Set Sail 2012
Kids Set Sail offers beginner and intermediate courses for ages 7-14 over the course of 6 one-week sessions throughout the summer. Beginner students will learn basic small boat sailing and have the opportunity to become US Sailing Small Boat Level One certified. Intermediate students will learn race techniques and build up their navigational skills, with the opportunity to become US Sailing Small Boat Level Two Certified. US Sailing certified instructors are always on board, but youth work together to run and boat. Students with some prior sailing experience will really benefit from our intermediate sessions; although they accommodate all sailing levels. Both on land and on the water, their energetic instructors use a fun combination of games and drills to teach sailing concepts. At Kids Set 128 H HillRag | April 2012
Sail, fun is an integral part of the program. DC Sail offers partial scholarships. 202-547-1250. dcsail.org
Imagination Stage “Aquarium” at the Atlas
Enter a world where giant jellyfish fly through the air, sheep graze in the grass, and lemons create the sun in a “let’s pretend” sky. With gentle music, beautiful puppets, and imaginative props, Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers to a magical, interactive world. Imagination Stage, an international leader in family theater, is a proud presenter of “serious fun for the very young” in their innovative live performance experiences. Best for ages 1-5. Apr 16-22. $8. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. atlasarts.org
Elephant Barn Tours at Zoo
Friends of the National Zoo now offers tours of Elephant Trails, featuring the state-of-the-art Barn. This behind-the-scenes tour is the only way to see the Barn’s multiple elephant suites, featuring a four-footdeep sand floor; elephant enrichment; green design features such as geothermal wells, operable skylights, and a roof covered with vegetation. Guests will have the opportunity to see keepers working with elephants up close. One hundred percent of the proceeds support elephant enrichment. Wednesdays and Sundays. 8:15-9:30 a.m. $40 per person (13 and older); $20 (ages 3-12); children 2 and under are free. For reservations, contact Caroline Winslow at (202) 633-3057 or email@example.com. National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo. si.edu
DC SCORES Inspired Art Gala
Join DC SCORES for an evening of student voice and artistic vision at the third annual Inspired Art Gala, featuring a silent auction and showcasing the talents of DC SCORES youth and area professionals through spoken word performances. More than 200 guests are expected to attend the gala in support of DC SCORES’ unique focus on creative expression and poetry for students across the District. The unique silent auction features works of art created by local and
national artists inspired by the poetry of DC SCORES poet-athlete. Poetry readings by DC SCORES most outstanding students cap off the night. $150. May 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. DC SCORES builds teams through after-school programs for over 800 low-income DC youth at 27 schools by instilling self-expression, physical fitness and a sense of community. For more information, visit DCSCORES.org.
Washington International School Spring Bazaar
The Washington International School’s (WIS) Spring Bazaar is a chance for the family to get out together and enjoy a variety of activities on WIS’s hilltop Tregaron campus. There’s something fun for kids of all ages, with activities ranging from balloon animal-making to face painting to browsing the vendor tables. Games and activities include a moonbounce and beanbag toss. Visitors should come hungry so they can enjoy the International Food Court with tasty choices such as crêpes and empanadas, high tea or hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill. No entrance fee; food and game tickets will be sold. Saturday, Apr 14, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St. NW. 202-2431800. wis.edu
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Hands On DC Returns for More
On March 10, the non-profit Hands on DC returned to our school to provide more mural madness! Parents, teachers, and volunteers painted more fruit and vegetables in the cafeteria, a French landscape and French flag across the entire rear wall of the French Room, and two Maria Montessori quotes on the front of the stage.
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The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys Accepting Applications
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys is now accepting applicants for all grades for the 20122013 school year. BWS will be holding tour days for prospective parents on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Please RSVP to Jeri Weeks at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend. The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (BWS), a school of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, is a tuition-free private school for boys from families in and around Southeast Washington, DC. BWS opened in 2008 and is now serving boys in grades junior-kindergarten through third. BWS tries to nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and artistic development of students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faith traditions. Working in close partnership with our students and their families, they strive to create an environment where every boy receives the structured support required to fully develop his unique gifts. For information on how to apply please visit www.bishopwalkerschool. 130 H HillRag | April 2012
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A Montessori Night’s Dream Auction - April 27
For regular updates about our event and to learn about new auction items, please become a fan of the “A Montessori Night’s Dream” page on Facebook. The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE, 202-698-4467, www.capitolhillmontessorischool.org.
Capitol Hill Day School News Upper Grade Students Lead Family Conferences at CHDS
Capitol Hill Day School graduates are capable, confident, compassionate learners. Supported by faculty, students assume increased responsibility every year for themselves and their community. Sixth graders take the lead in biannual conferences with their parents
This fabulous annual auction will be held Friday, April 27, from 7-10 p.m. at the Hill Center and will include entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, open bar with wine and beer, and a silent auction – CHM@L Wins OSSE Garden all for the low price of $25/perGrant! son (advance purchase) or $30/ Thanks to the hard work of person at the door! The Silent CHM@L’s Grants Committee, led Auction will feature sporting by tireless parent Sameena Kluck, events tickets, theatre tickets, CHM@L received a generous restaurant and retail gift cer$10,000 grant from the Office of the tificates, vacation getaways, gorState Superintendent of Education geous art, and many more items. (OSSE). These funds will benefit the Tickets will be available for purschool’s impressive Garden Program, chase online. Please visit http:// which not only beautifies our outdoor capitolhillmontessorischool.org space, but also is used as an educafor info. This is a particu8th grader Emma and the mind map she made larly exciting year for the CHDS for her student-led conference with her parents and Capitol Hill Montessori advisors. at Logan. As a result of its two decades of success on Capitol Hill, the Montes- and teacher advisors. With advisor sori program moved to its own help identifying patterns and themes, facility at the Logan School students reflect on their learning building at the beginning of strengths and weaknesses, evaluthe 2011/2012 school year. This ate their efforts and behavior, select move has allowed more children academic work for a conference portfrom preschool through 5th folio, and set goals. Students set the grade to benefit from a high- agenda for these meetings, guiding CHM@L students, teachers, and parents prepare the quality Montessori education. their parents and advisors through an
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in-depth discussion. During spring conferences, 7th and 8th graders add another dimension. Seventh-graders explore their academic and social growth since 6th grade and how they want the world to see them, preparing for the self-advocacy and scheduling demands of the high school application process. Eighth graders reflect on their CHDS years, identifying which lessons will help them start strong in high school, discussing how to determine if a high school is the right fit, and defining their CHDS legacy. Students may use videos, posters, or PowerPoint to support their presentation. The CHDS curriculum is based on research identifying predictors of success in higher education: positive self-concept, realistic self-appraisal, preference for long-term goals, and leadership experience.* (*Dr. William Sedlacek, Beyond the Big Test.) Student-led conferences bring the students – those with the biggest stake in the conversation – into the process, giving them greater accountability, and greater insights into the effects of their academic performance. This tradition is just one manifestation of how CHDS supports each child in developing the confidence, compassion, and intellectual capacity to live a life of purpose and value. -Jane Angarola, janea@chds. org. CHDS, 210 South Carolina Avenue, SE, 202.386.9919
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On March 2, people all across the country celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday in the only appropriate way -- by reading his books. At Maury, different members of the community came in to read his famous stories. There was a special treat in store for the second- graders, whose reader was none other than Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Before the Mayor arrived, Ms. Hanni and Ms. Mallaney brought in their classes, and while Elizabeth Nelson read, the Mayor’s own videographer set up and filmed some of the kids. Gray arrived without fanfare, and was handed a copy of The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, a recent collection of Dr. Seuss stories originally published in various magazines during the 1950s. Principal Albert-Garvey made the introductions, and the Mayor, after telling the students that he had gone to school on Capitol Hill about “904 years ago,” launched into a stirring reading of the book’s title story. Robert Pohl.
Thank you to our friends and neighbors for making Maury at the Market 2012 such a success. Your support enables us to hire paraprofessionals for the upper grades, which allows teachers more flexibility in differentiated learning, and gives students further chance for success. Thank you!Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202-6983838 or mauryelementary.com. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Amidon-Bowen News 5th Grade presents Black History in Drama
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ing the applications and tools on an iPad funded by a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. The students use the iPad to engage in academic activities, as well as fun, rewarding games after they finish their work. Access to this technology has opened doors for many students. In particular, K.C’s Dream Players. Back row: Dayonna Harris, Jaida Murray, Tasia Bailey, Aarianna Scott, Kahlil Warren, Trevon Evans, Ms. students with unique Suzanne Edgar, Director, Denitra McDonald. Front Row: Nevaeh learning needs who Edwards, Phillip Thomas, Shomari Edwards, Aleema Banks would not communicate their wants and in her class at school. Harriet Tubneeds are provided a source of moman, played by Jaida Murray, appears tivation to express themselves. Thank in her dream to put her straight and you Capitol Hill Community Foundeliver the message that we have to dation for supporting the growth and show the same courage today as she development of our students with audid when she ran the Underground tism. Don’t forget – April is Autism Railroad. From that point, George Washington Carver (Phillip Thom- Awareness Month!
Tyler Green Team. The Green Team members are part of the school’s after-school program, and they pick up trash around the school on a weekly basis.
Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School Science Night
Around fifty Ludlow-Taylor children and families enjoyed a fabulous Science Night, organized by school science teacher, Ms. Cifelli. Children rotated through stations where they learned about famous scientists and tried experiments themselves. Fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Francis, ran the ever-popular baking soda and vinegar volcano, explaining to the amazement of the children how, “The earth is like a piece of chocolate, hard on the outside but soft in the middle.” Older children poured vinegar to make the volcano erupt while little ones watched wide-eyed.
as), Madam C.J. Walker (Denitra McDonald), Martin Luther King Tyler Green Team Cleans Up (Clarence Eggleston), Coretta Scott If the grounds around Tyler are Kennedy Center Artists King (Aarianna Scott), March brought a chance for Oprah Winfrey (Shomari the children to show off what they Edwards), Michael Jorlearned in classes brought to us by dan (Trevon Evans) and our Kennedy Center partnership. President Barack Obama Pre-K students finished an eight(Khalil Warren) each apweek math and movement program peared to K. C. They told with visiting Kennedy Center teachK. C. of the contributions er, Ms. Nicholson. They showed to the country at large and their parents how they could turn to the Black Commutheir bodies into different numbers nity specifically each have and make them into symmetrical made. They reminded her and then asymmetrical shapes. They that it took hard work and demonstrated a basic understandsacrifices to make those ing of fractions by jumping in two, gains. The Chorus (Ta- Tyler Green Team Cleans Up and then four, equal parts of a circle. sia Bailey, Dayonna HarKindergarteners and first-graders ris and Aleema Banks) echoed the underlying theme, “Be- starting to look like they have less finished a walk through music hislieve in yourself.” -Meg Brinckman, litter, you can thank the Tyler Green tory – from spirituals to jazz—ending six weeks of classes with visitAmidon-Bowen Elementary School, Team. Tyler received a 401 I St. SW, 202-724-4867. $500 grant from the Wrigley Company Foundation’s Eco-Schools Litter Less Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to increase the student’s understanding of litter issues in their comCapitol Hill Community Foundation munities, and to influence long-term behavior changDonates iPads to Autism Class At Tyler Elementary School, es focusing on consuming the students in Ms. Schneider’s and less, recycling, and reducMs. Manning’s early childhood au- ing waste. Tyler is using Pre-K students Kayden Jensen and Maia Berges make slime tism classes have been busy explor- its grant funds to start the at Ludlow-Taylor Science Night.
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Peabody Elementary students Thing 1 and Thing 2 (aka Gabriel Mitchell and Henry Snider) give a thumbs up for reading at the Capitol Hill Cluster School’s celebration, held on Dr. Seuss’s birthday, of the 1,000,000-minute winter reading program
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Meanwhile, spring has sprung at our atrium garden. Bulbs bloom, trees flower, and the children are anxiously waiting for their plantings to sprout. -Sara McLean, Ludlow-Taylor ES, 659 G St NE, Washington DC.
Capitol Hill Cluster School Night at the Museum
Cluster School Principal Dawn Clemens. “Our reading challenge was an attempt to encourage kids to read. As they did, they realized just how much fun reading can be.” Many thanks to librarians Sue Bloom, Currie Renwick, and Anne Ledford for leading the effort—and for adding up the millionplus minutes.
Each Watkins Elementary second-grader proudly displayed a foot-long model of a natural habitat at the Watkins Habitat Museum in March. Teachers assigned each student a habitat (freshwater bog, grassland, city, mangrove forest, etc.), and students researched the flora and fauna before creating a diorama. The surprisingly varied models, with animals and their shelters, common prey, a water source, and native plants, reflected the students’ innate creativity and their deep curiosity about animals of all ilk, even mudskippers and sea cucumbers.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum opened its doors after hours to the Cluster School community on March 1. Parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts, and brothers and sisters enjoyed strolling through strangely dark, quiet, and un-crowded museum galleries and then listening to an astrophysicist who spoke about his work, amazing the students with tales about exploring the universe.
1,000,000 Minutes of Reading
The Cluster School celebrated the conclusion of its winter reading program on March 2 (not coincidentally, Dr. Seuss’s birthday), with assemblies, prizes, costumes, and even a visit from the Cat in the Hat. Students at Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Watkins Elementary, and Peabody Early Childhood Center embraced the program’s challenge to read a combined 1,000,000 minutes this winter. “Our readers blasted past their goal, logging that many minutes at Watkins alone!” noted
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Field Day & Flea Market
Come to our Spring Fling Yard Sale, Flea Market, and Field Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, outside StuartHobson Middle School. HoopEd coaches will lead field-day activities on the school’s new turf field while parents do some bargain hunting. Kids can also check out a fire truck. A chef from the Arcadia Mobile Farmers Market will offer cooking demonstrations; tasty dishes will be available from H Street’s Inspire BBQ.
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ments in the National Archives resource room. Meanwhile, the seventh grade class took a math field trip to the National Building Museum to participate in a program called Fuller’s Fantastic Geodesic Dome. Students learned about the engineering principles used to construct domes, and worked together to build a geodesic dome (think of Epcot Center!).
Congratulations St. Peter School Mathletes!
Students in grades four through eight competed in the second annual school math bee, answering a host of math questions focused on mental math, estimation, measurement and more. Congratulations to eighth grader Harrison Howe for being the last person standing! Three students also competed in a Pi contest to determine who could recall the most digits of Pi. Sixth
Congratulations to Watkins Elementary fourth-grader Lily Heese and Peabody kindergartener Adam Roman, who designed mission patches that will fly to the International Space Station. The colorful patches—Heese’s depicts the shuttle departing from Capitol Hill, and Roman’s shows a rocket in space, amidst smiling planets—will be used on Aquarius, the experiments payload for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, which hopes to inspire future spaceflight engineers. - Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Early Childhood Miner Cheerleaders performing for the Parent Teacher Miner Glee Club performing for the Parent Campus – 425 C Organization. Teacher Organization. Street NE, Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th St. SE, Stuart-Hob- grader Delina Sheth walked away son Middle School Campus – 410 with the prize after reciting more E Street NE, www.capitolhillclus- than 450 digits from memory! terschool.org
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One of the greatest gifts of living and learning on Capitol Hill is the proximity to so many landmarks and museums. Recently, the fifth grade class visited the National Archives to create movies and comb through duplicates of famous docu-
As the season of Lent nears an end, St. Peter School students have been participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl which encourages students to pray with their community, fast in solidarity for those in hunger, and give sacrificial contributions to those in need. Participation in Operation Rice Bowl provides tangible assistance to those in need. The students raised more
than $800, seventy-five percent of which will go Catholic Relief Services to help the poor and vulnerable outside our country, specifically those living in Madagascar, Vietnam , El Salvador , Zambia , and India . Twenty-five percent of the gifts will remain in our community. St. Peter School, 422 Third Street, SE; 202-544-1618, www.stpeterschooldc.org
Miner School News The Secretary of Education to Visit Miner
On Monday, April 2, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in recognition of Minerâ€™s strong arts education program, will visit Miner Elementary School to release a report titled Arts Education in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools: 1999-2000 and 2009-10 Report. The Congressionally requested report resulted from a national survey of principals and teachers of the arts concerning such issues as: the extent to which students receive instruction in the arts; the conditions under which arts instruction is provided; the facilities and resources available for arts education instruction; and the preparation, work environments, and instructional practices of music and visual arts specialists and non-arts classroom teachers.
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A Play at Miner
The play, An American Story, a story about Addy Walker, a nineyear old born into slavery who escapes to freedom with her mother during the Civil War, will be performed at Miner on April 19th and 20th at 1p.m. and 7p.m. Lauren Kabler. Myrtilla Miner Elementary School, 601 15 th St, NE. LaVonne Taliaferro-Bunch, Principal. 202-397-3960 or http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/miner. Follow us on Facebook.
Payne Elementary School News Payne Kindergarteners are Out of This World
On March 22, 2012, the Kindergarteners from Payne Elementary embarked on a journey to the National Air and Space Museum. The students were eager to discover more about the furthest reaches
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Miner kicks off its Depression Era Studies projects on April 12th at 9 a.m. with a Men of Miner Reading Day where volunteers read aloud to students while providing positive male role models.
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Minerâ€™s open air street market is expanding to the 2nd and 3rd Saturday of every month in addition to every Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5pm. There are a variety of vendors selling collectibles, antiques, jewelry, fresh produce, baked goods, cloth-
of space and explore the equipment and the science behind real human contact within our galaxy and beyond. The classes have been imagining and learning about what it might be like to travel in space through stories, interactive technology, and simulations. At the museum, learning came to capitalcommunitynews.com H 135
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life when students saw a real lunar rover, rockets and boosters, and even took a tour through a model space station. The students were amazed to consider the realities of eating, showering, exercising, and working in space. These kindergarteners boldly went where few of them had gone before and upon returning to school they are already looking forward to their next journey.
Archbishop Carroll News Students Win Writing Awards
Six Archbishop Carroll High School students were recognized for their work in writing poetry, essays and fiction at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda on March 20. The students, their parents, faculty, members of The Writer’s Center and guests gathered for a reading of all the winning entries. Taking all three places in poetry was senior Alisha Edwards. Her inspiration, she said, “comes from my life,” but it was her Creative Writing teacher, Joseph Ross, who “taught me how to structure a poem Thank you to everyone in the properly.” Her three winning entries community who helped make the were titled Young Ladybugs, War River Park Nursery School Sock and Me and The Things My Ipod Hop a huge success. Tasty food Gossips About. and drinks, dancing, music and First place fiction winner Aja Adams, a senior, also reached into her experience to write Numbers in my Pocket, a creative riff on taking a chance on the lottery. Also a student of Mr. Ross, Aja credits her teacher with helping her expand her ideas. She also says her ability to “hear how people talk” allows her to develop her characters. Teachers Nicole Watson and Joseph Ross helped organize Stuart, Joseph, Tayen, Reilly, and Carmen share their the competition and American flags. Writer’s Center Board member and former a great silent auction made the Chairman Mier Wolf initiated the whole event a wonderful success. program. Ross, whose collection of Children at River Park have been poetry, Meeting Bone Man, will be enjoying the spring weather and published April 3, is adamant about have continued working on amazguiding students through the poetic ing projects with Miss Bernadette maze. “Writers aren’t born, they’re and Miss Ana. Notice our proud formed,” he says. And that, he adds, students displaying their Ameriis his role in this process. can flags made from a paper towel Archbishop Carroll is the third tube, construction paper and some Metro area school to participate in paint. Students are looking forthis competition and the first in the ward to a trip to the FDR MemoDistrict of Columbia. The winners: rial this month. - Jonathan Leavitt Poetry: 1st place: Young LadyFor more information about bugs by Alisha Edwards; 2nd place: River Park Nursery School, please War and Me by Alisha Edwards’ email Jeni Freed at jenifreed@ 3rd place: What My Ipod Gossips gmail.com or visit online: www. About by Alisha Edwards riverparknurseryschool.org. 212 E. Fiction: 1st place: Number in Capitol Street, NE. 202 546-7767. My Pocket by Aja Adams; 2nd
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selling authors, entrepreneurs and wo r l d - re n ow n e d experts. April 12, 9:15a.m.: Dr. Njema Frazier, nuclear physicist with National Nuclear Security Administration, helps protect the nation’s nuclear weaponry stockpiles and actively works to attract youth—especially African-American to the science and math fields. LoAja Adams and Alisha Edwards are two of the many Archbishop cation: Martin L. Carrol High School students who won writing awards recently. King Jr. Elementary School, Washplace: Up in the Sky by Alisha Edington, DC wards; 3rd place: Attendance by April 24, 2:25 p.m.: Dr. Hayat Sara Lyons. Sindi, Saudi medical researcher, is Essay: 1st place: This, I Believe changing how developing counby Diana Ajebon; 2nd place: On the tries diagnose disease through her Constitution by Joel Munoz;3rd groundbreaking work as she also place: The Darkest Jump by Brina breaks down cultural barriers for Colbert. other Muslim women in science. Finalists: The Scientist by Aja Location: National Cathedral Adams; Everything Red by Aysia School, Washington, DC Mayo-Gray. Founded by entrepreneur Larry Bock to address the severe shortage in science and tech talent, the USA Science & Engineering Festival and Book Fair is the country’s only national science festival, and was developed to increase public Atom Smasher, Nuclear awareness of the importance of Physicist, and Medical Scientist science and to encourage youth to pursue careers in science and engiInspire Students A variety of scientists will be neering by celebrating science in visiting schools in DC as guest much the same way as we celebrate lecturers, providing insights about Hollywood celebrities, professional their careers and work as part of athletes and pop stars. To support the USA Science & Engineer- this effort, the Nifty Fifty are sciing Festival’s Nifty Fifty (times 2) ence rock stars that are carefully Program, which sends more than chosen for their differing fields, 100 top scientists and engineers talents, divergent backgrounds and into Washington, DC-area schools ages and include entrepreneurs and in advance of the Festival to ignite financiers, policy makers, actors, middle and high school students’ journalists, educators, researchpassion for science and engineer- ers, explorers, storm chasers, video ing. The Festival, hosted by Lock- game developers, alien hunters, asheed Martin and taking place April tronauts and brain surgeons. H
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Boy Scout Troop 380 Supports the Community by Anne Runow
Troop 380 with Senator Nelson (D-NE) (l to r) W. Haislmaiaer, J. Tanner, A. McNary-Hickey, Sen. Nelson, J. McCrery, A. Andrulis, T. Walker, P. Merkle
Troop 380 Preparations Scoutmaster Patrick Merkle, (l to r) Aidan McNary-Hickey, Terrance Walker, William Haislmaier & Alistair Andrulis
ne of the goals of Scouting is to encourage young people to achieve their full potentials as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. In the last few months, the Scouts of Troop 380 have been given some wonderful opportunities to engage with their local community on Capitol Hill. 138 H HillRag | April 2012
Perhaps the most rewarding event was a meeting with long-time Hill resident and political activist Reuban McCornack. Mr McCornack was known for developing dozens of sites in the greater Washington, D.C. area to provide affordable housing for those with physical or mental challenges, low-income senior citizens and others with special needs. He spent his last eight
Boy scouts Matthew Tanner, Alistair Andrulis & William Haislmaier spending time with longtime Hill resident & Eagle Scout Mr. Reuban McCornack, a few weeks before he passed away.
years battling against Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), a degenerative neurological disorder. Reuban had been an active Boy Scout during his early years, achieving the
rank of Eagle Scout at age 14, and one of his last wishes was to be able to share some of his extraordinary scouting experiences and mementos with current Boy Scouts.
With the help of Capitol Hill Village, three scouts – Alistair Andrulis, William Haislmaier and Matthew Tanner – spent a December morning with Reuban and his wife Kathleen and learned about his truly inspirational life, how his scouting experience helped shape it and many of the scouting stories that he wanted to pass on. The boys had promised to return after Christmas to spend more time with Reuban, but alas, he sadly passed away on January 6, before they were able to arrange a second visit. Troop 380 was able to honor Mr. McCornack by providing a Color Guard for his Memorial Service at Plymouth Congregational Church on February 11. Thanks to a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, the Troop was able to use a brand new set of flags and stands for the ceremony. Troop 380 would like to extend its sincere thanks to CHCF for the grant, which was used to replace their old & much used flags! The new flags were used again on February 15th when Troop 380 was honored to provide the Color Guard at the “Gathering of Eagles” reception hosted by US Congressman Pete Sessions (RTX-Dallas) at the Rayburn House Office Building to celebrate 100 years of Scouting. A delegation of nine young people representing the Boy Scouts of America and Chief Scout Executive Robert “Bob” Mazzuca, presented the Scouts’ “Report to the Nation”. Following the ceremony, the boys from Troop 380 met with Congressman Sessions, Senator Brown (D-NE) and Mr. Mazzuca. H
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The FONA Plant Sale takes place under circus type tents for two days at the end of April.
very April, the Friends of the National Arboretum put on a plant sale that is spectacular for its quality and variety. This annual event marks the arrival of spring and introduces Capitol Hill gardeners to the newest trends. If you have never been to it, then this April 27th and 28th, you should make a special effort to drive out to the US National Arboretum grounds and see for yourself. The Garden Fair has a little bit of everything under the tents, reminding me of an old time revival or county fair. The Friends of the National Arboretum is the non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for the arboretum, and the annual plant sale is one of their fundraisers. FONA, as it is known, launched the John Powell, long-time Arboretum volunteer, and Bill Matuszeski will be helping again this plant sale to help shoppers find the right annuals for their garden.
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10,000 plants will be offered at the April Fair, hand-selected by a committee of experts for the soil and climate of the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
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funding drive last year to save the azaleas, when the Arboretum announced that due to shortage in funds it would no longer be able to support the azalea and boxwood collections. Through a major gift from an anonymous donor, FONA has established an endowment fund that will help preserve this important collection. New in 2012, the Arboretum staff has also put together a list of plants that they would like to see acquired for the gardens, and shoppers can donate a “wish-list” plant, tax-deductible, right on the spot. This year’s theme is aimed directly at Capitol Hill gardeners –
growing gardens in small places. Christine Wegman, one of the FONA volunteers, says, “We really have put together a collection of plants that will be perfect for the smaller, shadier gardens of the Hill.”
Where are my annuals?
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Hellebores are popular on Capitol Hill; these on Eighth Street are blooming along with the daffodils.
benefit to the consumer. These plants are vetted for their ability to grow in our Hill climate. In fact, I would say these plants are vetted just as thoroughly as the Senate vets a Supreme Court nominee. There are some gardeners who subscribe to the rule that perennials and flowers that self-seed are really the only investment one should make in buying plants. It is certainly important to invest in plants to build a solid foundation for your garden, but sometimes it is just fun to plant flowers that are only going to last for the one season. These plants are called annuals, and are usually associated with the bright colors of the summer season. Some gardeners think of them as the icing on the cake.
One such gardener on the FONA committee is Capitol Hill resident Bill Matuszeski.
A member of the FONA board and an enthusiastic gardener, Bill campaigned for more annuals in the 2012 sale. “Bill is especially systematic when he digs into a new issue,” says Charlie Flickner, one of the FONA Garden Committee Chairs. “Bill got busy thinking about annuals at the end of last year’s season, and scheduled meetings with US Botanic Garden Director, Holly Shimuzu and Smithsonian’s gardening expert, Janet Draper, to get their takes on the annuals that they use in their public gardens.” The result is pretty exciting with some of the annuals being shipped from very special nurseries in Pennsylvania and Long Island, New York. Many of the annual plants also have the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. The pollen from the flowers attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and other friendly insects to our gardens, which keeps the circle of life going. capitalcommunitynews.com H 143
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Besides investing in very unusual and high quality plants, the FONA committee shares its research with the buyer by placing signs with the plants that are colorcoded for shade, sun, and in between, and the signs show symbols of birds, butterflies, and other pertinent growing information. “We really do try and make it easier for the shopper to know what they are getting,” says Charlie, “and of course there will be many plant experts on hand to answer questions.”
Don’t Forget Scale
Bill may love his annuals, but one of the special reasons to shop at the plant sale is for the extraordinary collection of woody bushes or trees. Christine notes that even in the smallest of Hill gardens, it is important to have different scale and size of plants. “I think some well-placed bushes, maybe a small tree, and then the annuals for zest is the perfect formula for a Hill garden.” A new small tree featuring edible apples is one of the new additions being offered this spring. This new tree grows 8-10 feet high and can even be grown in a container. It is considered in the industry to be a dwarf plant, and yet, despite being small, it still produces edible apples. The tree Malus ‘Urban Blushing Delight’ is sure to be a favorite, but it does need sun to grow. And another special offering will be a number of hellebores from Cole Burrell’s Pine Knot Farms. The Clarksville, Va. nursery is the premier farm for these shade-loving plants that are often known as the Christmas or Lenten rose. They are a carefree plant, and from the numbers recently seen in Hill gardens, they are becoming a fast favorite. This is a rare opportunity to get
really amazing hellebores at good prices.
Tussie Mussies and all things Herbal
In addition to the FONA plants, the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America will have its own tent full of herb plants and all things herbal. The Potomac Unit is one of the largest chapters of HSA with 80 members. The 2012 herb of the year is the rose. Mary Lou Winder, an expert in rose beads, will be on hand on Saturday to talk about the process of turning rose petals into jewelry. In addition to the outstanding inventory of basils, thyme, oregano, lavenders, rue, and other herb favorites for sale, the Herb Society keeps the lost art of small flower arranging alive by offering Tussie Mussies (nosegays). The Herb Society is open to all, starting with $60 annual individual membership, and you can learn more at www. potomacunithsa.org
The US National Arboretum grounds are at 3501 New York Avenue, NE, and the plant sale runs from April 27 (1 p.m.- 4p.m.) and April 28 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) Free parking is available, and there will be food vendors, music and dance, and other gardenrelated vendors. For more information, call the FONA office at 202-544-8733 or check the website, www.fona.org
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An explosive spring in Washington DC article and pictures by Derek Thomas
uring the last few weeks of March Capitol Hill gardens have been more like a melding of Rembrandt and Picasso; everything has looked wonderfully muted and intricately orchestrated yet some how perversely askew. This year we have enjoyed Bradford pears blooming with crabapples, tulips and daffodils exploding with bachelor buttons. Crocus, and hyacinth have emerged besides the fresh tips of Hosta. Colors have collided in combinations that are somehow reminiscent of a stroll down the paint color section of the local hard-
the Hill is not alone in the confusion. Dogwoods and cherry blossoms, usually at least a month apart, bloomed in tandem. The deciduous trees have seeded and are in stages of leaf growth that is usually held back for mid April. The viburnum and azalea bloom with the camellia in a once in a lifetime, usually reserved for some southern bells June wedding â€œgot to have these three flowers togetherâ€? floral arrangement, show. Many people have asked if the non-winter has caused all this confusion? Well in part the warmer than normal temperatures
Tulips and Late blooming daffodils combined in odd exchange of colors.
Dogwoods and redbuds usually a month apart collided. Bachelor button and tulips brought blues and pinks in unscripted perfection
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Jasmine and Laurel mixed tones and pastels
Our gardens exploded like and artists canvas dreamy and unscripted
What will this season hold?
Vibrant yellows collided with muted pinks
have contributed to the floral drama. But in fact the real problem has been that our temperatures have been in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s for several weeks. Plants have queues that help them know when it is time to grow in spring. Here is how it normally would work. After December 21, the days get progressively longer and the lengthening day provides more radiant heat on the earth, which stimulates plants’ growth. In the northern hemisphere the earth’s tilt is also changing and contributing to warmer temperatures, this also stimulates plants growth. What has whacked out the normal progression of this process is the combo pack of a region that did not need much thaw, combined with temperatures that are like May, not March. So the gentile, fragile, often fleeting spring floral display has become a clash of historic proportions that has been over the top in its ferocious display. I for one never thought that a perennial bachelor button’s flower would have the opportunity to meet my geranium flowered daffodils. Utterly odd in a most beautiful way.
Many avid gardeners are now asking what will this month, and season bring if lots of our April flowers have succumbed to March’s false sizzle. Will the iris bloom in April and the crape myrtles bloom in May? Will our sedum freeze out before it blooms in August? Is there hope for saving this season that has cranked it up to maximum bloomosity? Well as we know our darling Mother Nature has for the past decade has been playing with those wicked twins el Niño and la Niña and havoc and a Sybil-like schizophrenia has been the recipe for our gardens. We have fried and baked in drought-like summers. Have had limbs of our favorite trees and shrubs ripped off by strong summer storms and equally tumultuous winter snowmagedons. Have seen 10 inches of rainfall in a single June storm, then basked in April-like weather in mid January. So our seasons will be what they will be, even without our permission. What we must do as Washington gardeners is soak in the splendor of a once in a lifetime display of beauty and brevity. A spring where the robins came back in February and the jonquils and crocus became friends if only for a moment. Most likely the plants and their fickle mother will bring us back to the proper season when and only when it is time. For now put on your walking shoes or take a ride in the family buggy cause one thing is for certain this spring and all its eccentricities will not wait for anyone. And you may never see a redbud and dogwood bloom together again. Enjoy. Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal, and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/ Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at www.thomaslandscapes.com or 301.642.5182. You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. H
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Donetta George opened The Brass Knob 31 years ago. It’s one of those places that you just stroll through, gawking – there is so much to see, with its antiques, historic elements, and reclaimed treasures of eras past. Donetta has helped H Street get that look – she has worked with Joe Englert on lighting and décor for several of our favorite haunts – Palace of Wonders, The Argonaut, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel, and the H St. Country Club. Think of what she can do to up your game in your historic home. Need some a focal point? Donetta has many restored and rewired chandeliers for all tastes, including a very unusual light fixture from 1900, with its jeweled glass. It was found in a DC home, but missing one arm, which turned up in the attic about a month later! Maybe you want to renovate, but do it green – antiques are the ultimate green business, reusing what is already made (and made to last). Restore, Reuse, Retain historic flavor. 148 H HillRag | April 2012
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metal decorative finial at the peak. And, finally, they must determine the best plan to do the required work. Homeowners Joe and Vicki Smith on 8th St. S.E. had an old turret roof, built-in gutter and finial. They were all originals. Over the years numerous repairs had been made to the roof and the gutter. They had been painted with aluminum roofing paint, coated with liquid asphalt, individual slate pieces had been repaired and replaced and the slate had been repaired with other various roofing materials and all repairs had run their course. The time was now to consider a long term solution. The Smithsâ€™ chose to go with traditional products for the roof renovation product. They had recently replaced their main roof with copper because of their long term horizon and chose traditional natural slate and copper for the gutter. These products are both very high quality and long lasting and aesthetically appealing.
Once the type of materials was chosen, the plan of action had to be put in place. This is very difficult work because a roofing contractor cannot just put up a ladder and go to work. Turret roofs project high above the roof line and even long, 60 foot ladders are ineffective to complete the work and OSHA has requirements for these types of projects. Scaffolding was installed to the front of the house which enabled the roofers to properly do their work. This work also requires a high level of skill and handiwork to correctly measure and cut each piece of slate and also requires sheet metal expertise to install the copper gutter and carpentry skills to install new wood. After removing the old slate, gutter and finial the exposed wood revealed much water damage that had occurred over the years. This was the starting point on the road to replacement. Working from the bottom-up, the first step was to replace damaged lumber where needed on both the turret and the gutter. Once this was completed, the new copper gutter/water table was installed. Copper will last many years and must be joined at the seams by a soldering process in which metal items are joined together by pouring a molten fller metal into the joint. Then it is time to cut and nail individual pieces of slate, piece by piece, onto the wood base of the turret. It is important to use copper nails for their long lasting qualities. The last part of the process is to install a new finial at the peak. There are many options. The finished product reminds one of the historical and traditional significance of these Hill homes and transports us to a place in time when the Hill was at its origins.
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Dear Garden Problem Lady, Every year, the same problem -- my garden is jammed full. I’d love to have room to plant new flowers fairer than those I have -but there isn’t any room left. Judicious pruning can go only so far. Yes – continue to thin things out – divide and give away more than you keep. Yes, plant new things in pots. But to make real space in an overgrown garden,something has to go. It is permissible – even enjoyable – to be a little bit fickle in the garden. Say good-bye to old loves; begin a new affair. Ever since neighbors next door started a lovely vegetable garden, several of us nearby have had rodent activity. What is the best way to co-exist with an urban vegetable garden, and at the same time create a neighborhood effort to keep mice and rats to a minimum, and at least out of houses? Do bear in mind that mice and rats do not prefer to eat vegetables. Rabbits and groundhogs do – but we have few of those. You are unlikely to persuade your neighbors to stop growing vegetables. If you see rats, call the Mayor’s Help Line – 311. And for the things you can control, be ready with defenses. Indoors, have mousetraps on hand. Outside, keep garbage well covered. Put no animal waste in the compost pile. Alas, rats and mice are here to stay, veggie garden nearby or no. When is the best time to put manure on azaleas? Early fall, or not at all – the saying goes. Azaleas prefer acid soil – and benefit most from a
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We wash carpets in the traditional manner- by hand, using no chemicals or machinery. No preheated room for drying. We dry in the sun and the wind. Free pick up an delivery for Capitol Hill Residents. Call 202-543-1705. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.wovenhistory.com. Located at 311-315 7th St, SE. Your neighborhood carpet store on Capitol Hill since 1995.
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CLEANING SERVICES Cleaning Services, Inc 7 Days a Week One call to DO IT ALL • Basic/Detail Cleaning • Laundry & Ironing • Bulk Trash Removal CALL FOR AN ESTIMATE TODAY! www.doitallcleaningservices.com Residential & Commercial Accredited Business since 2008
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Maid for a Day Cleaning Services • • • • •
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Design for Change Interior Design for People Experiencing Life Transitions
· Comprehensive Design and Maintenance Services · Installation, arbors, retaining walls, walkways, lighting, water features · Patios, roof top gardens, townhomes, single family homes • Trees & shrubs, formal & informal gardens • Custom Masonry, Fencing and Iron work · Restoration and Enhancement
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THOMAS LANDSCAPES Full-Service Landscape Design & Maintenance Firm Derek Thomas / Principal - Certified Professional Horticulturist, Master Gardener. Member of the MD Nursery and Landscape Association & the Association of Professional Landscape Designers
Capitol Hill Specialists
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No Job too Small Great Rates Warranty on all work References Available Insured
E V G CONTRACTORS Contracting & Handyman Services
Suburban Welding Company
Welding & Ornamental Iron Work
SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBORS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES!
• Repairs of Original Cast Iron Staircases • Window bars and door security gates • Handrailings & Stair Railings • Fences, Sidewalk Gates, Tree Box Fences • DC code approved bedroom window security bars • Excavating, back hoe services and tree stump grinding • Certified welding
24-hours, 7-day service Free estimates
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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. Pressure washing, decks patios. Call today! 240604-5390 or 301-420-7027.
P. Mullins Concrete
Specializing in Masonry & Concrete • Concrete Steps • Flagstones, Pavers & Patios • Driveways & Walkways • Basement Excavation • Retaining Walls • Interior & Exterior Demolition • Tuck & Brick Pointing • Historical Restoration Specialists • Power Washing • Small Jobs
HANDYMAN & HAULING CO Handyman Hauling Painting Blinds Lights Ceiling Fans Furniture Drywall Labor
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Peach Moving Services When Trust Matters Most
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Short Term Notice Moves Local & Up to 300 mile Radius Expert Packing & Unpacking Temporary Storage by the Day Hourly Rates
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Local, Long Distance, Pianos
Plumbing and Heating Licensed and Insured
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OSEPH C. BAUER, INC. Remodeling • Painting General Repairs
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Termite, Pest & Rodent Control
ROOFING / GUTTERS
More than just killing bugs, we take care of your home • Babies, children, pets, no worries, customized treatments • Latest environmentally sound methods and products • One time, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, yearly LICENSED & INSURED
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Alex Williams Seamless Gutters • Box Gutters • Gutter Guards • Gutter Repairs • Gutter Cleaning • Flat Roof Repairs • Water Proofing Free Estimates
(202) 256 6981 (301) 858 6990 Licensed • Bonded • Insured
Our Prices Won’t be Beat!
DANIEL PARKS Roofing & Gutters
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EMERGENCY REPAIRS WE DO IT ALL RUBBER & FLAT ROOFS WATER PROOFING SLATE ROOFS LEAK REPAIRS METAL ROOFS GUTTER REPAIRS SHINGLE ROOFING CHIMNEY REPAIRS FACIAL/SOFFITS ALUMINUM ROOF COATING
WE STOP LEAKS! • Roof Repairs • Roof Coatings • Rubber • Metal • Slate
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We install new rubber and shingle roofs
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Welding & Ornamental Iron Work • • • • •
Repairs of Original Cast Iron Staircases Window bars and door security gates Handrailings & Stair Railings Fences, Sidewalk Gates, Tree Box Fences DC code approved bedroom window security bars • Excavating, back hoe services and tree stump grinding • Certified welding
We are a family-owned business with three generations of expertise in Capitol Hill.
WINDOWS 2012 ON THE INSIDE Replacement Window & Door Installation Group Historically Accurate Replacement of Exterior Window Casings Wood, Fiberglass Framed & Vinyl Windows, Replacement & Full Tear Out Installation, Wide Range of Custom Moldings
Windows Craft, Inc. Specializing in historic buildings
Star Roofing Company RELIABLE
Specializing in Residential & Commercial Flat Roof Systems
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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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WOOD & WHITACRE HISTORIC RENOVATIONS 20 years on the Hill Slate - Tile - Copper Specializing in all Flat Roof Systems and Leaks Free Estimates • Work Guaranteed Licensed Bonded Insured
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OTHER SERVICES BEAUTY/HEALTH/FITNESS Living on & serving the Hill since 1986
Dr. David Walls-Kaufman
PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING
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
Because Optimal Health is Impossible Without Optimal Posture!
MAC ONLY Take the puzzle out of operating your computer Software Installation
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WE OFFER 40 CLASSES A WEEK!
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Evelyn Hodges, MFA Chord Language
GIANCARLO FAGON 202.250.1215 firstname.lastname@example.org
Play piano like the pros! Learn to read chord symbols! First meeting - No Charge Professional Pianist – 25 Years Experience
Basic Care - $50/h
. Initial System Setup and Software Installation . Internet / Networking / Wireless . Virus / Spyware / Malware Adware Removal . Maintenance / Cleaning Performance Boost . Computer Instruction and Tutoring
Advanced Care - $80/h
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Evelyn Hodges, MFA PIANO LESSONS CLASSICAL & JAZZ First Meeting - No Charge. 25 Years Experience
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M. Ed. in Reading, UVA
Kapital Kids Strings - Affordable group instruction in violin, viola and cello is available at Hill Center (921 PA Ave. SE) for children 8 - 12 years of age; all skill levels; $15 per session. 45-minute classes on Thursdays between 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Contact instructor Phyllis Fleming at flemingp@ gmail.com.
Professional Tennis Instruction
“April “clutterings” bring May mutterings!” How many years is it now since you first considered getting some help with setting up organizing systems? Four? Ten? Do you really want another year to pass you by without making your vision for your space and your life become your reality? If you try to organize and just don’t seem to make any headway and just get tired and frustrated, please Google “Jill Lawrence YouTube Why Can’t I Get Organized?” and see if what I describe sounds like the struggle you are dealing with. You can have a Ph.D and a fabulous job and still not have the organizing knack. www.jillofalltradesDC.com
Davis Cup Veteran
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Introduction Offer $29
for 7 days of unlimited yoga! ALL LEVELS WELCOME! No reservations required! • Reduce stress • Increase Strength + Flexibility
Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill 410 H ST. NE 202-547-1208 www.BikramYogaCapitolHill.com Look better, feel better and change your body!
202-415-2807 email@example.com All Skill Levels $62 private $35 semi-private $26 group lesson Lessons on Capitol Hill Professional Tennis Registry
• Shoes • Boots • Purses • Luggage 645 Penn Ave., SE upstairs M-F 8:30-7 • Sat 9-6
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HEALTH & FITNESS HERBAL LIFE
Big dogs, puppies, hard to handle and older dogs. I love them all ….and I also love kitties.
Want to get healthy, want to lose weight go to jag.herbalcoach.com or call Judy @ 202-669-402.
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Would your cat or kitten like to be pampered, cared for and played with while you’re away or at work? Then you should give me a call as I would love to pet-sit your cat or kitten. Joyce at 202-547-0556
Mid-Day Dog Walking Service Pet sitting – Medications Administered Crate Training
professional language instructor (for children and adults) Group classes at Hill Center April 17
Mandarin lessons Cooking lessons
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Sundays Noon to 3 PM 733 8th Street, S.E.
a five-minute walk from Eastern Market Metro.
Visit our Web site to view pictures and their engaging personalities at www.capitalcats.petfinder.com or www.homealone.petfinder.com Capital Cats is a non-profit cat rescue organization on the Hill that has many wonderful, personable cats and kittens available for adoption to good homes.
MISC. FOR RENT/SALE COMMERCIAL SPACE
Dupont Circle office for sale or rent. 1325 18th ST. N.W. More info: James Connelly, LPC Commercial Services, Inc. 202 -491-5300, firstname.lastname@example.org. 160 H HillRag | April 2012
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Stuart Hobson Must Be Modernized
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by Kwame Brown, Chairman, DC City Council
s Chairman of the Council, my responsibilities include oversight of the District of Columbia’s public education system. I visit schools regularly – often unannounced – to witness firsthand how our students are faring. During my first month as Chairman, I toured Stuart Hobson Middle School in Ward 6. The visit left me shocked and wondering how, despite the District’s commitment more than five years ago to modernize fully all of our school buildings, we could still have some facilities in such deplorable condition. From the moment I entered the building, I felt discouraged and dismayed, and could only imagine that the students who walk in every day must feel the same. At that moment, I made a commitment to the students, parents, teachers, and administrators at Stuart Hobson that the District would find funds to update their facilities. I have made the completion of school modernization my top priority—especially our middle schools. It is imperative that the District updates its middle school facilities so that students have access to adequate resources during critical transitional years. I am happy to say that with the release of Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposed Fiscal Year 2013 budget, we have moved one step closer to fulfilling the commitment to modernize our schools. Stuart Hobson has been allocated $34 million dollars to fully modernize their facilities. Funds are also committed to modernize Johnson Middle School in Ward 8 and to build two new middle schools in Ward 5. I want to thank Mayor Gray for his willingness to work with me on key modernization initiatives and for their commitment to apportioning resources equitably among our school facilities. This progress is encouraging. However, we still have a long way to go. If we are truly going to commit ourselves to the best interests of District students, we must also insist on parity throughout our schools. Now that funding has been allocated to Stuart Hobson, there are additional schools in the area and throughout the District that need money to renovate their facilities. We must actively assess what needs to be done to bring those schools up-to-date as well. The funding for Stuart Hobson is one step down a long road toward meeting our promise to all District schools. I remain committed to achieving equity among all schools throughout the community, so that each student can walk into school and know that we, as District leaders, have provided them with a school where we would be proud to send our own children. Anything less is unjust. H
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