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CAPITOL HILL 1167 Abbey Place, NE

614 E Street, SE

We represented the buyers. $368,000 – SOLD Stan Bissey 202-841-1433 THE BISSEY TEAM

Charming 2BR/1.5BA. $659,000 – SOLD

Genie Hutinet 202-413-7661

CAPITOL HILL 517 7th Street, SE $878,500

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CAPITOL HILL 1615 H Street, SE 4BR/3.5BA & Parking. COMING SOON! Genie Hutinet 202-413-7661

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PETWORTH 5107 8th Street, NW

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$419,500 – SOLD

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16th STREET HEIGHTS 1303 Buchanan Street, NW $674,500 – REDUCED

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DUPONT CIRCLE 1901 16th Street, NW #101 AS-IS Efficiency Condo $149,500 Todd Bissey 202-841-SOLD THE BISSEY TEAM

LOGAN CIRCLE 1310 12th Street, NW #6 $725,000 - CONTRACT

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That new era is one in which we lead our health choices and strategies not with wishful thinking and going along with the crowd, but actually looking at the substrate of human health - DNA repair and oxidative stress. For more background, see my most recent short blogs at As I’ve written prior, this DNA repair pathway was studied and identified by ecogeneticist Dr. Ron Pero in his landmark work at the University of Lund as the easiest method of assessing our health, rate of aging and disease risk. With access to this pathway, we have direct insight into the headwaters of human disease development, the top of the cascade where environmental stress accumulation first tips the individual’s scales toward health or the dis-ease and dysponesis at the top of the disease and health syndrome chain. For some, it can be scary to lift the hood of their own car and see what is ahead. However, when we look at our future farther up the chain of events that happen BEFORE we actually get sick - then we also have an easier time with prevention in changing the course of these events. The less drastic measures of holism and prevention can be conscripted to make important differences for us and the ones we love. As has been said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is easier to direct the growth of the vine the earlier in the growth process we begin. See my blog postings or call our office to find out more about how to do the test, the cost of the test, and what holistically can be done to alter the course of events. For the better health and life experience of you and your family – Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center 411 East Capitol St., SE 202.544.6035. Serving our neighborhood since 1984. ADVERTISEMENT

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GO.SEE.DO. Peter Yarrow in Concert on the Hill

Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary will perform at a benefit concert on Saturday, June 9, 8:00 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE. Funds raised will be for CHPC’s Grateful Hearts Celebration and Peter Yarrow’s foundation Operation Respect. Tickets are $40 and $60 and can be purchased through Paypal at or by inquiry to activitieschpc@gmail. com or at 202-547-8676. Grateful Hearts programs include Soup Kitchen Sunday, Food Pantry Sunday, participation in Capitol Hill Group Ministry programs, and mission projects both at home and out of the country. Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Peter Yarrow

Jazz in the Garden Concerts

Visitors to Jazz in the Garden relax around the grand fountain in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Photo: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art 14 H HillRag | June 2012

This free concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles-including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk-every Friday evening in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Musicians perform in front of the Pavilion Café while visitors sit around the grand central fountain or relax on a blanket, enjoying the beautifully landscaped grounds. The Sculpture Garden is on the National Mall at 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. This time of the evening, parking on the Mall eases up. Fridays through Aug 31, 5:00-8:30 p.m.

Jazz and Blues in SW

Westminster Church is famous for its weekly Friday Night Jazz and Blue Monday Blues. The music starts at 6:00 p.m. both days and you can expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. There’s reasonably priced food downstairs at communal tables and you’re also welcome to bring a plate up into the audience area. The table area has closed-circuit TV coverage of the music upstairs. The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. Westminster Church, 400 I St. SW, (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). 202-484-7700.

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Baltimore’s War of 1812 Star-Spangled Sailabration

Star-Spangled Sailabration is the national launch of the War of 1812 Bicentennial. An international maritime and air festival in the Baltimore region and the Chesapeake Bay, this week long event will feature dozens of tall ships and naval war ships, the premiere of a new symphonic work, and an air show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The air show is June 16 and 17, 1:00-4:00 p.m. The best viewing location is Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The Aircraft Display & Festival is also on June 16 and 17, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Martin State Airport. Tour the ships at the Inner Harbor and Fell’s Point every day.

7th Street Wharf

The Wharf comes alive in summer with an artist market, farmers market and community work-outs. On Thursday evenings, there’s a Farmers Market with Jazz and Blues, 6:00-8:30 p.m.: June 7, featuring Washington Jazz Ensemble; June 14, featuring Bill Heid Blues Band; June 21, featuring Arnold Sterling Jazz Ensemble; June 28, featuring Daryl Davis Band. On Friday evenings, there a Summer Sounds Artist Market also at 6:00-8:30 p.m.: June 8, featuring Loyd Dobler Effect-Pop/ Rock; June 15, featuring Johnstone-Reggae; June 22, featuring The Grandsons-Americana; June 29, featuring Wil Gravatt Band-Country. And on Saturday mornings, there are Waterfront Workouts, 9:00-11:00 a.m.-Yala Fitness at 9:00 a.m. and Flow Yoga at 10:00 a.m. 7th Street Landing at 7th and Water sts. SW. H 15



HillRag CALENDAR Step Afrika! at Atlas June 21-July 1. Step Afrika! explores hip-hop and technology with “superhuman” guest artist Kenny Muhammad the incredible “Human Orchestra”. $20-$39.50. Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

SPECIAL EVENTS Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Friday evenings through Aug 31. Guests admitted starting at 7:00 PM. Guests should be seated by 8:00 PM. Program begins at 8:45 PM. The Evening Parade has become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. The ceremony begins with a concert by the United States Marine Band. Free. It is wise to have reservations that can be made online at Marine Barracks (front gate), Eighth and I sts. SE. 202-433-4073. DC Jazz Festival. Through June 10. With more than 100 performances in dozens of venues across the city, the DC Jazz Festival is the largest music festival in Washington, D.C. and one of the most highly anticipated cultural events in the nation. The Festival presents year-round music education programs and concerts for DC students and residents by local, national and internationallyknown talent at venues across DC, promotes music integration in school curricula, and supports outreach to expand and diversify the audience of jazz enthusiasts.

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Step Afrika! dancers/ Photo: Tony Powell.

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Truckeroo Food Truck Festival. June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 28, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM. Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June-Oct at the corner of Half St. and M St. SE showcasing food trucks from the DC. area. It features 20 food trucks, live music all day, picnic tables, cornhole and other games. DC Caribbean Carnival. June 23-24, noon to 6:00 PM. Parade on Saturday and Caribbean style arts, crafts, food and music both days. Free entrance (food is extra). Bannaker Recreation Area (on Georgia Ave. across from Howard University). 301-346-9635. Safeway Barbecue Battle. June 23, 11:00 AM-10:00 PM; June 24, 11:00 AM-7:30 PM. $5-$15, day-of. Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 9th & 14th sts. Smithsonian Folklife Festival. June 24-July 1 and July 4-8. 11:00 AM-5:30 PM. Evening events at 6:00 PM. Festival features programs on Campus and Community, Citified, and Creativity and Crisis. Free entrance. National Mall between 7th and 14th sts. Free Summer Saturdays at the Corcoran. This summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend, enjoy special exhibitions and programming free of charge in addition to Gallery tours, select workshops, demonstrations, and performances for all ages. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6391700.

SUMMER MUSIC East River Jazz at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens. June 3, 10:00 AM. roycrosse-Brannock Reilly duet concert. June 9, 5:00 PM. Aquatic Gardens Jazz featuring bassist Eric Wheeler & pianist Noble Jolley. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. 202-426-6905.

Kate Eastwood Norris as Katherine and Cody Nickell as Petruchio in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at Folger Theatre. Photo: Jeff Malet

Indian Summer Showcase. June 9, 5:00-7:00 PM. Native Music with Robert Mirabal. Free. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202633-1000. South on South Capitol Southern Rock Concert Series. June 22, July 27 and Aug 24; 11:30, on. Bands all day, mechanical bull, picnic tables. Half and M sts, SE at the Navy Yard Metro. Lunch at Union Center Plaza. Fridays through July 20, 11:30 AM-1:39 PM. June 8, Johnny Artis (Acoustic); June 15, Miguel Aubertin (Acoustic; June 22, Liz Briones (Acoustic); June 29, Special Occassions (Acoustic); July 6, Ten Feet Tall (Acoustic); July 13, Levi Stephens (Acoustic); July 20, Sam’O (Carribean). 810-840 1st St. NE. Lunch at Au Bon Pain Plaza. Thursdays through June 28, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM.

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The Taming of the Shrew at the Folger Through 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.

Hosted by Councilmember Tommy Wells

6th Annual Ward 6 Family Day Saturday, June 23, 12pm-4 pm

Live Music

@ the Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales Street, NE

Free Food & Fun for All Ages


Games & Activities

Please join Councilman Tommy Wells and your neighbors as we celebrate the re-opening of the Rosedale Recreation Center at the 6th Annual Ward 6 Family Day!

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JUNE CALENDAR June 7, Sam’O (Reggae/Caribbean); June 14, Monster Band (Dance); June 21, Jimi Smooth & the Hittime (Motown); June 28, Levi Stephens (R&B, Blues). 2nd and N sts. NE. Evenings at Zuppa Fresca. Third Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM. June 21, Raddy & the Cats (R&B, Soul, Jazz); July 19, 8 Ohms (Funk); Aug 16, Jimi Smooth & the Hittime (Motown), Sept 20, Levi Stephens(Funk/Blues). 250 K St. NE. Yards Park Friday Evening Concert Series. Through Sept 14, 6:30-8:30 PM. Spend your Friday evenings on the river, relaxing on the terraced lawn steps with family and friends and listening to live music from the Yards Park’s boardwalk stage. Friday evening concerts will feature a wide range of live musical performances including jazz, salsa, reggae, and more. Navy Band “Concerts on the Avenue.” Tuesdays, 8:00 PM. US Navy Memorial. The United States Navy Band and its specialty groups will perform. Free. Seventh and Penn. Ave. NW. 202-737-2300. US Marine Band Concerts at the Sylvan Theater. Thursdays in summer (weather permitting), 8:00 PM. You are welcome to bring folding chairs, blankets and refreshments to the concert. Free. 15th St. and Independence Ave. SW (on Washington Monument grounds). 202-433-5717. Golden Triangle Summer Concerts. Thursdays through June 21, 5:30-7:30 PM. Farragut Square, 17th and K sts., NW. Air Force Band Concerts. Wednesdays and Fridays in June, July and Aug. 8:00 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, Virginia. (14th St. Bridge into Virginia, merge onto Washington Blvd. and then Columbia Pike in the direction of the Navy Annex. Then follow signs.) Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. Free. Strathmore Free Outdoor Summer Concerts. Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, June 20-Aug 1. This series goes back to local with season celebrating emerging artists living in and from DC. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD. 301-581-5100. Fort Dupont Summer Concerts. (Save the dates.) Saturdays, July 14-Aug 18. The National Park Service offers 6 Rhythm and Blues performances in July and August as part of Fort Dupont Park’s “Summer Theatre” concert series. The concerts’ are sponsored solely by the National Park Service and free to the public. There is a Jr. Ranger tent offering programs for children and general information about Fort Dupont Park. nps. gov/fodu

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OUTDOOR SUMMER MOVIES Front Flicks Movies. Thursdays, June 7, Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl; June 14, National Treasure; June 21, The Goonies; June 28, Raiders of the Lost Ark; July 5, City Slickers II The Legend of Curly’s Gold; July 12, O Brother, Where Art Thou; July 19, The Da Vinci Code; July 26, Muppet Treasure Island. Movies are held at Tingey Plaza just one block from the Navy Yard Metro (New Jersey Ave. exit) behind the US Department of Transportation building. NoMa Summer Screen. Wednesdays, June 6, Men in Black; June 13: Shaun of the Dead; June 20: Wall-E; June 27; July 4: Independence Day; July 11: Red Dawn; July 18: War Games; July 25: The Incredibles; Aug 1: Jurassic Park: The Lost World; Aug 8: Deep Impact. Food and music at 7:00 PM. Screening at 9:00 PM. Each film preceded by live DJs, barbecue, special guests and more. Free. Children and friendly dogs are welcome. Loree Grand Field at 2nd and L sts. NE.

MUSIC AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Capitol Hill Choral. June 2, 7:30 PM and June 3, 4:00 PM. The Capitol Hill Chorale closes its 19th season by continuing its tradition of performing Eastern European liturgical works. $15-$25. 12 and under, free. Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th St. and Independence Ave. SE. 202-547-1444. Mark Turner Quartet at Atlas. June 3, 8:00 PM. Mark Turner’s elegant, abstract and thoughtful playing has been much remarked on by his contemporaries. $15-$25. Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Rodney Richardson Trio at Atlas. June 6, 8:00 PM. The Rodney Richardson Trio is one of the few organ trios in Washington DC, featuring original compositions, jazz standards and adaptations of modern jazz and rock songs. $15-$25. Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202399-7993. IDOMENEO at Atlas. June 9 and 16, 8:00 PM; June 10 and 17, 3:00 PM. Written when Mozart was only twenty-five, “Idomeneo” reflects classic Enlightenment ideals and Mozart’s profound humanity, in glorious music. $21-$42. Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra at Atlas. June 13, 8:00 PM. With the Moving Pictures Orchestra, Joe Chambers displays a passion for jazz that reaches far beyond the confines of the studio or bandstand, beyond genre and characterization, beyond even the music and extends into the culture itself.

$15-$25. Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Judge Smith with Eric Scott and Justine Miller at Ebenezers. June 14, 7:30-10:00 PM. Judge Smith, originally formed in June 2003, now features Ed Smith on vocals and guitar; Pete Eisler on lead guitar; John David Coppola on bass; Joe Wells on drums; and Michelle on lead vocals. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Sarah Blacker with Jenee Halstead at Ebenezers. June 15, 7:30-10:00 PM. Sarah Blacker’s music is a unique blend of acoustic rock, folk, and jazz with stand-out vocals and quirky yet catchy songwriting, that set her apart from other female singer/songwriters in her genre. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Singer-Songwriter Night at Ebenezers. June 21, 7:30-10:00 PM. Features Bee’s Kneez, Rod Picott, Matt Cranstoun, and Rebekah Jean. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Jason Myles Goss (CD Release) with Dietrich Strause at Ebenezers. June 23, 7:3010:00 PM. A Hopedale, MA native, Jason has been writing and recording since 2003 when he released his first full length album “Long Way Down.” Since then, he’s spent his time touring and releasing subsequent albums before settling down long enough to make “Radio Dial,” in which he enlisted the help of friends Austin Nevins (guitars) and Sam Kassirer (keys), both members of Josh Ritter’s Royal City Band, as well as David Dawda (bass) and Joel Arnow (drums). $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900. Karter Jaymes with Molly Hagen and Alyson Greenfield at Ebenezers. June 28, 7:3010:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. The Energy with Crooked Crow and Kerri Leigh at Ebenezers. June 29, 7:30-10:00 PM. Even for a group that has clocked thousands of miles and performed at hundreds of venues across the country, it’s amazing that discovering a sound still proves to be the most significant challenge in a band’s journey. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. 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.

THEATER AND FILM AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD American Ensemble Theater presents “Bobby Gould in Hell”. Thurs-Sat through June 9. What would you do to avoid eternity in hell? AET presents a comedy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “American Buffalo,” “Oleanna,” and “Speed-the-Plow.” Is Bobby Gould a bad man? An interrogator is determined to get Gould to confess his sins. Gould struggles for his life. And an ex-girlfriend Gould has wronged turns up the heat. Tickets at 800-838-3006 or CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. Suicide, Incorporated at H Street Playhouse. Through June 23. The DC premiere of a this tragicomic story about a business that helps its customers to perfect their suicide notes, and the new employee who might have other motivations. Come see the show that was hailed in the Chicago Tribune as, “…a hugely exciting new play,” and “A deeply moving inquiry into what lives are worth.” $25. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. The Music Man at Arena. Through June 22. Having exhausted all 102 counties in Illinois, “Professor” Harold Hill gives Iowa a try and soon enough convinces River City of its trouble with the “sin and corruption” of the pool hall, trouble that can only be stopped by forming a boys’ band. Marian the librarian suspects he’s a con man, but she begins to trust him after seeing how he’s given confidence to her shy younger brother. Soon, this “Music Man” has transformed the entire town, not only turning the bickering school board into a barbershop quartet, but himself into an honest man. When the stage erupts with “76 Trombones,” you’ll be cheering along with River City for Harold Hill! Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300. The Normal Heart at Arena. June 8-July 29. Fueled by love, anger, hope and pride, a circle of friends struggle to contain the mysterious disease ravaging New York’s gay community. Dismissed by politicians, frustrated by doctors and fighting with each other, their differences could tear them apart-or change the world. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.

EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Rosetta DeBerardinis Exhibition. June 2-July 8 (view by appointment). Opening June 2, 6:00-8:00 PM. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Open City: London, 1500–1700. June 5-Sept 30. Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. The city was shaped H 21

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both by rapid population growth and natural disasters. Such events had a significant impact on the built environment, opening up spaces for repurposing. Open City explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners’ sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions that touched everyday lives: church, theater, and market. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. CHAW Student/Faculty Art Show. June 9-25. Opening, June 9, 5:00-7:00 PM. The exhibit showcases work in the fields of watercolor, painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, and multi-media. Prizes will be awarded in these various fields. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.

LITERARY EVENTS Secrets to Finding a Literary Agent. June 7, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. American Women Writers National Museum hosts Dr. Carole Sargent, Director, Georgetown University Office of Scholarly Publications, for a free talk on book publishing. 1275 K St. NW, Suite 102.

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Literary Birthday Celebration-Gwendolyn Brooks. June 7, noon. Poets Kyle Dargan and Janice Harrington celebrate the birthday of American poet Gwendolyn Brooks by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public. Dining Room A, James Madison Building (sixth floor). 202707-5394. International Literature-Laszlo Krasznahokai Reading. June 13, 1:00 PM. Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai will read from his recently translated novel, Sátántangó, and discuss the state of contemporary Hungarian literature. This event is free and open to the public. Book sales and a signing will follow. Dining Room A, James Madison Building (sixth floor). 202-7075394. Books That Shaped America Exhibition. June 25-Sept 29. Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. The initial selection of “Books That Shaped America” will not be definitive; rather, it will mark the beginning of an ongoing recognition of culturally significant books from all genres of writing. Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE.

MARKETS AND SALES Southeast Library Book Sale. June 9 (monthly on the 2nd Saturday), 10:00 AM2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Farmers Market with Jazz and Blues at the Wharf. Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 PM. June 7, featuring Washington Jazz Ensemble; June

14, featuring Bill Heid Blues Band; June 21, featuring Arnold Sterling Jazz Ensemble; June 28, featuring Daryl Davis Band. 7th Street Landing at 7th and Water sts. SW. Summer Sounds Artist Market at the Wharf. Fridays, 6:00-8:30 PM. June 8, featuring Loyd Dobler Effect (Pop/Rock); June 15, featuring Johnstone (Reggae); June 22, featuring The Grandsons (Americana); June 29, featuring Wil Gravatt Band (Country). 7th Street Landing at 7th and Water sts. SW. The Market at Miner. Every Sunday and second and third Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Come join the Miner Elementary School PTOa great opportunity to support a neighborhood school! Recent offerings have included fresh produce, great deals on collectibles, jewelry, baked goods, quality clothing, wood carvings, toys, natural body products and cosmetics, and much more. New vendors are welcome. 601 15th St. NE. For information, contact Omowali Sia, 240-464-0268. NOMA Farmers Market. Wednesdays, May 30-Oct 31, 3:00-7:00 PM. 1200 First St., NE. H Street FRESHFARM Market at New Location. Saturdays, 9 AM-noon. 1300 H St. NE. The market is a producers-only outdoor market offering fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers and more for sale. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253. Aya Community Market. First and third Saturday of every month through Nov 17, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The market provides resources for healthy and sustainable communities through farm fresh produce; educational health speakers and live musical performances; locally produced handmade crafts and baked goods; art, youth activities and more. 9th and U Flea Market. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. 9th and U sts. NW. Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays year round (rain or shine), 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times of London named the market one of the top farmers’ markets in the country. During the peak season, there are more than 30 farmers offering fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit pies, breads, fresh pasta, cut flowers, potted plants, soaps and herbal products. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the

adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202362-8889. Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM. The crowd is as diverse as the items for sale! Antiques, collectibles, art, furniture, rugs, pottery, china, jewelry, silver, stained glass, books and photographs are an example of the available items. 1819 35th St. NW. 202-775-3532. or Mi Tierra (Latino) Market at Unity Park. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting). 9:00 AM-7:00 PM. Unity Park at Champlain St. Euclid St. and Columbia Rd. NW. Mi Tierra market has 18 approved vendors that sell foods and crafts from their native countries in the heart of Adams Morgan. Maine Avenue Fish Market. Open 365 days a year. 7:00 AM-9:00 PM. 1100 Maine Ave. SW. 202-484-2722.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Nats Baseball. June 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 21. $5, up. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. washington. 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 Mystics Basketball. June 8, 15, 26 and 29; 7:00 PM. $17, up. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. Waterfront Workouts at the Wharf. Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 AM. Yala Fitness at 9:00 AM and Flow Yoga at 10:00 AM. 7th Street Landing at 7th and Water sts. SW. Lawyers Have Heart 10K Run & Fun Walk. June 9, 7:30 AM. An estimated 6,000 runners and walkers will take part in the DC metro areas largest 10K race along the Potomac River, through Georgetown, and past historic sites to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke, and raise funds for the American Heart Association. The Washington Harbour. 703-248-1705. H 23

National Press Club 5K-Beat the Deadline 2012. June 9, 7:30 AM. This race benefits the ongoing work of the National Press Club Journalism Institute. The Institute is committed to helping working journalists improve their skills through ongoing training and programming of future journalists through scholarships that promote diversity within our profession. Corner of 14th and F sts. NW. 202-6627516. Purple Stride 5K. June 16, 7:00 AM. Walk or run a 5K course in downtown Washington, D.C. Join them for music, food, kids’ activities, their PurpleStore, and awards, all while raising awareness for pancreatic cancer. Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 13th and 14th sts.). 310-725-0025. The Naked Foot 5K. June 24, 8:00 AM. They have partnered with the charity Soles4Souls and encourage runners to bring a pair of shoes to donate and challenge them to run barefoot (although completely optional)! Also included in entry is a really awesome high-tech tee, a raffle for a chance to win amazing prizes, and on-going giveaways by their sponsors. The 1K Kids Fun run is free. DC United Soccer Home Match. June 30, 7:30 PM. Vs. Montreal Impact. $23$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. Semper Fi 5K. June 30, 8:00 AM. All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides crucial medical and financial assistance to U.S. servicemen and women wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as to their families. Anacostia Park. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I sts. SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. Tennis on the Hill Adult Singles Ladder. Just looking for a chance to play and meet other players. Sign-up for the adult singles ladder to self-schedule matches and see how you stack up. Tennis on the Hill Adult Doubles League. Learn more at East Potomac (outdoor) Pool. Open daily except Wednesdays; weekdays, 1:008:00 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, noon6:00 PM. Free for DC residents (have ID). 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-727-6523. dpr.

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Do you want to do business with DC government? Randall (outdoor) Pool. Open daily except Mondays; weekdays, 1:00-8:00 PM; Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6:00 PM. Free for DC residents (have ID). South Capitol and I Sts. SW. 202-727-1420. 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. 202544-5807. Capitol Hill Tai Chi Study Group. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), meeting to teach and practice Tai Chi, 8:00-10:00 AM. All styles and abilities welcome. First hour form practice, second hour the martial practice of Push Hands. Lincoln Park. Dr. David WallsKaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. E. Capitol St. between 11th and 13th sts. 202-544-6035.

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East Potomac Driving Range. Open daily except Christmas, 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM. Tuesdays open 10:00 AM to 9:30 PM. The East Potomac Driving Range features 50 covered and 50 uncovered stalls for year-round golf practice. $6 for 51 balls. East Potomac Golf Course, 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-5547660. Langston Driving Range. Open every day except Christmas, sun-up to sundown. In addition to the driving range, Langston has an 18 hole course, snack bar, pro shop and offers golf lessons. 45 balls, $4.75. 180 balls, $14.25. $2, golf club rental. 26th and Benning Rd. NE. 202-397-8638. Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s Annual “Hope for the Homeless” Golf Tournament. Save the date. Sept. 24. $125 ($575 for a foresome) before July 31. Bay Hills Golf Club, Arnold,

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CIVIC LIFE Norton Annual Job Fair. June 7, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. 202-783-5065. DC Demcratic State Committee 26th Kennedys-King Gala. June 21, 6:30 PM. The program will feature outstanding local and national Democratic awards presentations, Congressional guests, a silent auction and a live auctioneer, fashions and door prizes. Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-714-3368. Financial Literacy Seminar. June 21, 6:30-8:30 PM. Free. Greater Washington Urban League, 2901 14th St. NW. 202-265-8200. Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday in Southwest at Channel Inn; third Thursday on H St. NE at Sova; fourth Thursday in Shaw. Please call the councilmember’s office for Shaw location as it varies. 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Councilmember Wells and members of his staff. 202-7248072. Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202783-5065. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-5541795. H

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! N O I T A C STAY Wild, Wacky and Wonderful Ways to Enjoy the DC Area and Beyond This Summer


by Kathleen Donner

n one hand you have high summer gasoline prices, crowded planes (airline travel isn’t glamerous anymore), body scans, flight delays and luggage charges. On the other hand you have the remarkable place that is the Washington DC area in summer. Forget what you’ve heard about the city having been built on a swamp and that everyone who can get away, does. Our art scene remains vibrant. Our street markets are open and thriving. And you can spread out a blanket and hear live music or see an outdoor movie every day of the week. For ideas of what to do, and special hotel rates if you want to take a real “staycation,” check out Destination DC’s website (

DC’s adjoining counties also offer a dizzying array of festivals, fairs and special events. Labeled DC’s largest creative event, Artomatic blazes along in Crystal City through June 23 ( Alexandria celebrates its birthday every year on the Saturday after Independence Day with a festival, concert and fireworks. The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, August 10-18, at the Gaithersburg Fairgrounds, attracts tens of thousands ( Within a 2-hour drive, there are beaches, battlefields, mountain trails, amusement parks, sports events and historic sites. It’s all here or just a short drive away. Below is our listing (in no particular order) of twelve reasons to hang around. H 29

unfamiliar. The gardens today are both a snapshot of the typical garden of the day and an expression of Jefferson’s ambitious planting schemes. Charlottesville is about 120 miles from DC.

Experience History

Ford’s Theatre offers History on Foot walking tours of downtown led by a costumed actor. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:45 p.m., join Detective McDevitt for a first-hand look at the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy and the events of April 14 and 15, 1865. The tour lasts about two hours and involves a 1.4 mile journey. $17.75. The often overlooked Fort Ward, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., in Alexandria is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington during the Civil War (1861-1865). Fort Ward Museum interprets the site’s history and offers exhibits on Civil War topics, education and interpretive programs, tours, lecture and video series, bus tours, and living history activities throughout the year. It’s a fascinating place with excavations, reenactments and costumedcharacter tours. FortWard The Gettysburg battlefield is the site of the Civil War’s decisive battle and the last time the south invaded the north. They are a year away from their Sesquicentennial reenactment but this is a great time to make the short trip (about 90 miles) out of town for a ranger led tour of the major battlefield sites. For more intense Civil War enthusiastics, local historians offer to drive you around in your car for a sweeping overview of the three-day battle. The ranger tours are free and the local historians work for tips. A visit to the nearby Eisenhower farm is worth the effort. The only way to get there is by shuttle bus from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. $5-$7.50.

from DC, is the most popular historic estate in America and is open every day. They are famous for their rare daylight fireworks display on Independence Day but any day is wonderful at Mount Vernon. Something new this year is the Dinner for the Washingtons Walking Tour-Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. This one-hour tour showcases food, hospitality, and dining at Mount Vernon by taking an in-depth look at locations around the Estate, including the Mansion’s basement. The tour will end in Mount Vernon’s greenhouse with a special tasting. $5 in addition to estate admission. Great Falls is also worth another look. It’s a gem of a destination and only 15 miles from DC in McLean. Three overlooks give different views of the Great Falls. All are within a five to ten minute walk from the Visitor Center. Access to the Falls is by walking only. Overlooks 2 and 3 are handicap and stroller accessible. Try to visit after a lot of rain when the falls are at their most dramatic.

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Smell the Flowers

Locals all know that the best way to see the monuments is at night. The Lincoln, Jefferson, Vietnam, FDR and Korean Memorials are all etherally beautiful after sunset. Now you can add in the World War II and MLK memorials. If you go when it’s raining, you should have Lincoln’s second inaugural address all to yourself. Park on Ohio Drive. Mount Vernon, only 16 miles 30 H HillRag | June 2012

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Monument of 155th PA Volunteers at Gettysburg. Photo: Ron Zanoni

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Brookland is the Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE and their delightful adjoining gardens. The gardens seem to be more for contemplation than for play. If you’re inclined, the Monastery itself can be toured on the

hour every day. Visit the American Horticultural Society’s River Farm. The lovely “farm” serves as the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. Situated on 25 acres of landscaped lawns and gardens, it is located at 7931 E. Boulevard Drive in Alexandria. Here’s what blooming in JuneSouthern magnolia, iris, viburnum, lilies, daylilies, herbs, firethorn, golden raintree, serviceberry, hops, herbs; July-Buckeye, crapemyrtle, daylilies, oakleaf hydrangea, purple coneflower, ornamental grasses; and AugustChaste tree, crapemyrtle, mahonia (fruit), ornamental grasses, passion flower, pawpaw (fruit). Free admission. Thomas Jefferson’s home Monticello was a botanic laboratory of ornamental and useful plants from around the world. Jefferson grew 330 vegetable varieties in Monticello’s 1000-foot-long garden terrace and 170 fruit varieties. Jefferson employed the latest gardening practices and grew many varieties that have since become

Franciscan Mnastery and gardens

Climb the Netherlands Carillon during their weekly Saturday concerts in June, July and August, 6:00-8:00 p.m. The Netherlands Carillon is a bell tower adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington that was given to America as an expression of gratitude from the Dutch people for aid provided during and after World War II. The Netherlands Carillon has nice grassy grounds and offers a wonderful panoramic view of DC. gwmp/nethcarillon Depending of which way the wind is blowing, watch the planes at Reagan National take off or land at Gravelly

Hot air balloon over the Virginia countryside. Photo: Vern Wells

Point Park in Arlington. There are always plenty of picnickers and plenty of parking. The only way to get there is by travelling north by car on GW Parkway just past the airport. The airport runway is just 400 feet away and the planes sweep by at 150 mph and as low as 100 feet. The ultimate trip is in a hot air balloon over the Virginia countryside near Warrenton or over the Eastern Shore. 800soaring. com lists a ballooning site near Baltimore and they seem to be having a saleregularly $199.95, now H 31

Horse Center. If you do become “horsey” you may want to save a few dates. The Washington International Horse Show (wihs. org) is October 2328 at the Verizon Center. The Equine Extravaganza (equineextravaganza. SCUBA diving students in the pool Photo: Blue Planet Scuba Diving com) is November 2-4 at the Richmond $169.95. The Flying Circus Hot Air International Raceway. Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA is August 18 and 19. You negotiate price directly with the balloon pilot. No Watch a New Sport matter where you’re flying from, the If you haven’t seen DC United best times are mornings, 7:00-9:00 yet, this may be the moment to get a.m. and evenings, 6:00-8:00 p.m. hooked on professional soccer. The when the wind conditions are right. remaining summer home matches at Bealeton is about 60 miles from DC. RFK are June 30 vs Montreal pact; July 28 vs Juventus; Aug 4 vs Columbus Crew; Aug 19 vs Philadelphia Union; Aug 22 vs Chicago Learn a New Sport If you don’t know how to swim Fire; Aug 29 vs New York Red Bulls. adequately or are uncomfortable in The DC Bocce League claims the water, this may be the summer that their balls are harder. The DC to learn to swim. Basic swimming Bocce League was created by a group lessons are available at all DC public of friends looking to bring a differswimming pools for $10. Just ask the ent social and recreational experience pool manager. You’ll be in a class with to DC. The idea was sparked by first other new learners. You can also congeneration Italian-American Richtinue with more advanced classes and ie DiFranco, who spent his youth lifesaving if you choose. playing bocce with his family in his Once you’ve learned to swim and hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. The have started eyeing an exotic vacation, consider SCUBA diving lessons. Capitol Hill Division play at Garfield Park, 2nd and F sts. SE on Tuesday SCUBA stands for self-contained unand Wednesday evenings in summer. derwater breathing apparatus. You’ll be breathing compressed air and, with the help of a weight belt, sort of flying through the water below the surface. It’s another world entirely. There are several dive schools in the DC area each offering lessons with certification. The closest ones are Blue Planet Scuba Diving ( at Dupont Circle and SPE Dive School in Chevy Chase ( This might be the summer when you learn how to ride a horse. Many people prefer to take a few private lessons before starting instruction with others. All area riding schools teach the English “Hunt Seat.” The only intown lessons are at the Rock Creek DC United at RFK. Photo: Ben Keller

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Spectators are welcome. The ballparks are cozier, the hot dogs are cheaper and the Bowie Baysox are a lot of fun. It’s counter-intuitive for major league city dwellers to travel to the outer burbs in search for baseball but AAA ball is an entirely different experience.

vide the tubes, life jackets and some guidance. White water tubing means small rapids. Flat water tubing means no rapids, just drift, and can be enjoyed by young children. Expect to spend about $30-$50 per person for a 1-2 hour experience. Harpers Ferry is about 70 miles from DC. riverriders. com or

North Beach on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Photo: Courtesy of the Town of North Beach

Get Wet

Dotted all over DC are clean, safe and welcoming outdoor public swimming pools, free for DC residents. When school is out, they open at 1:00 p.m. and operate seven days a week. Every pool, however, is closed one day a week for cleaning and maintenance. Have ID with you. North Beach, Chesapeake Beach, Solomons Island and Sandy Point State Park are all charming Chesapeake Bay destinations a short drive from DC on the Western Shore. Sun bathe, spash in the water, fish, eat crabs and take in the atmosphere of the slower pace and hospitality of this area. North Beach is a quaint, small town. Its seven-block waterfront contains a public fishing pier and a half-mile-long boardwalk with accompanying bike path. The boardwalk is dotted with benches for residents and visitors to linger and Bay-watch. White water and flat water tubing is a reason to drive to Harpers Ferry. The tubes used to be tire tubes and this activity used to be haphazzard. Now it’s highly organized and there are several companies that pro-

Listen to the Music

Military Band Concerts at the US Capitol are a rite of summer. On Mondays hear the Navy Band; on Tuesdays, the Air Force Band; on Wednesdays, the Marine Band and on Fridays, the Army Band. All concerts start at 8:00 p.m. (weather permitting) and are a great mix of good music and patriotism. The West Terrace setting couldn’t be better. Bring a folding chair or blanket. The National Park Service offers 6 Rhythm and Blues performances in July and August as part of Fort Dupont Park’s “Summer Theatre” concert series. The concerts are free to the public. There is a Jr. Ranger tent offering programs for children and general information about Fort Dupont Park. Concerts this year are Saturdays, July 14-Aug 18. To celebrate Alexandria’s birthday, on Saturday, July 7, enjoy a concert by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, birthday cake, food and fireworks. The evening culminates in Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The concert is at 6:00 p.m. and the fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. at Oronoco Bay Park. Free. H 33

by Chuck Werner... and one more truck to be announced! $5-$15. Tour the Dover International Speedway Monster Mile, labeled the worlds fastest one mile oval, on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. The speedway is the only close NASCAR venue and tickets for September races are on sale now. Dover is about 95 miles from DC.

rides and doesn’t charge admission. So the Arlington County Fair is worth a visit. August 8-12. 3501 2nd St., So., Arlington.

Amuse Yourself

Don’t worry, Deanwood’s ultimate water slide is also for grown-ups. Deanwood Aquatic Center is open seven days a week, Sophie as Crab and Benjamin Curns as Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Photo: Michael Bailey Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, a National Historic Site. The Thomas Go Farther Afield 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. It’s free for By following the basic principles Stone House in LaPlata is about 30 DC residents but please remember to of Renaissance theatrical production, miles from DC. have ID with you. 1350 49th Street, the American Shakespeare Center NE. Lt. Cmdr. Brian O. Walden, commanding in Staunton, VA gives its audiences Find Out What the Farm Kids Do Kings Dominion started as a safaofficer of the US Navy Band, conducts the some of the pleasures that an Elizari-style ride through an enclosed wildConcert Band during an evening concert at bethan playgoer would have enjoyed. the US Capitol. Photo: U.S. Navy photo by The Prince George’s County Fair Chief Musician Stephen Hassay For instance, Shakespeare’s actors is Maryland’s oldest fair dating back could see their audience; ASC actors to 1842. The annual family-friendly can see you. When an actor can see event includes carnival rides, live aniMove Out of Your Comfort Zone an audience, they can engage with an mals displays, family circus, fireworks, Paintball seems to be a fun, leaudience. Leaving an audience in the live entertainment, food, arts and gal way to do battle with your fellow dark can literally obscure a vital part of crafts, beautiful baby contests, and man. We know this sounds like a copthe drama as Shakespeare designed it. much more. It’s always a pleasure to out but we’re going to direct you to a Coming up are The Merchant of Ven- see the tenderly-cared-for pigs, cows website that features, with details, 24 ice (starts June 20), The Lion in Win- and cabbage. September 6-9. Water paintball sites in Virginia and 18 in ter (starts June 19), Two Gentlemen St., Upper Marlboro. Maryland. There are no DC paintball of Verona (starts July 8). Staunton is The Prince William County Fair sites. They all seem to be out in the Deanwood’s great water slide. Photo: Courtesy about 150 miles from DC. american- in Manassas is the largest county fair of DC Department of Parks and Recreation country, with handpainted signs and in Virginia. They will have over 200 the prices that vary widely. Here’s the In 1935, Frank Lloyd Wright dewebsite,, and lood luck. signed a modern vacation house for life park that contained lions. Hence The Advance Auto Parts Monster the Edgar J. Kaufmann family, boldly the name. It’s now a major amusement Jam is in Philadelphia at the Lincoln extending it over a waterfall in a beaupark with thrill rides, water park, kids’ Financial Field on June 9 and Hagertiful forest. Today, Fallingwater is a area and live entertainment. No one stown at the Hagerstown Speedway on famous National Landmark visited by mentions the lions. Kids will like the July 2-22. USHRA Monster Trucks over 135,000 people every year. FallDinosaurs Alive! area where you step including Grave Digger driven by ingwater is the only major Wrightback in time to periods between 245 Chad Tingler, Maximum Destruction designed house to open to the public million and 65 million years ago in driven by Tom Meents, Advance Auto with its furnishings, artwork, and setthe world’s largest animatronic dinoParts Grinder driven by John Seasock, ting intact. Mill Run, PA is about 200 saur park which features 36 life-sized Grave Digger The Legend driven by miles from DC. dinosaurs in a Jurassic forest setting. Adam Anderson, Wolverine driven by Prior to the Revolutionary War, Kings Dominion is just off route 95, Alex Blackwell, El Toro Loco driven Thomas Stone led a very comfortabout 85 miles south of DC. There’s a able life as a planter and lawyer. significant saving if you purchase tickYoung man grooming a goat for competition After realizing war with Great ets online. Photo: Courtesy of Prince George’s County Fair Britain was inevitable, he risked Ocean City has one of the great everything he held dear-life, for- commercial vendors and 3,000 vol- old, tacky boardwalks with their wontune, and sacred honor-to safe- unteers. They even have a beautiful derful smells of greasy fries, boardwalk guard American rights. To that baby contest and the fairway rides are pizza and cotton candy. It’s not withend, Thomas Stone became one especially impressive. August 10-18. out the standard, rigged-to-be-decepof 56 men to sign one of the most tive games of chance and thrill rides, important documents in World Arlington County doesn’t actually including a few old roller coasters. It’s History; the Declaration of In- have farms but they do have a fair. 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Kingsmill • The beauty of the James River is enough to warrant a trip to Kingsmill Resort. Now, when you stay Sunday through Thursday, you get your fourth night free!! Bring the whole Family to experience their marina, five on-site restaurants, a tranquil spa, a full-service fitness center and three 18-hole golf courses. Kutztown Festival • Enjoy old-fashioned affordable family fun at the 63rd Kutztown Folk Festival. Over 200 demonstrating craftsmen, 2,000 beautiful hand-made quilts, folk life demonstrations, six stages of entertainment, lots of children’s activities, with the best Pennsylvania Dutch food anywhere. This year featuring the Pennsylvania State Civil War Roadshow, and “Pennsylvanians in the Civil War.” June 30 – July 8, 2012. Mountain Side of Maryland • Mountain Maryland makes for perfect weekend getaways. From Outdoor Adventure to Arts and Entertainment, Museums and Galleries to Steam Train Rides, Hiking and Biking Tours, Camping and Lodging Deals and plenty of shopping, there is always something for the whole family to enjoy! Located so close to DC, you will spend less time travelling and more time having fun! National Archives Foundation • The National Archives experience tells the stories of the American Journey to young and old, scholars and students, cynics and dreamers. Discover a number of public programs this June including; From the Vaults: 100 years of the Girl Scouts; Angel Island: Immigration Gateway to America and 1940: America Goes to the Movies! North Beach • Spend a day on the Chesapeake Bay! Nestled on the bay’s western shore at the northern tip of Calvert County, North Beach offers the best of many worlds. This quaint, small town has easy access to Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC. Its seven-block waterfront contains a public fishing pier, half-mile-long boardwalk/bike path, warm, sandy beach and Wetlands Overlook Park! Shopping and dining options are within walking distance from the boardwalk.

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Book Fest Charms The Neighborhood by Celeste McCall; photos Andrew Lightman

“I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.” – Groucho Marx


ore than 1,000 Capitol Hill readers and friends heeded the famous comedian’s advice, as they crowded around the second annual Literary Hill BookFest held on May 6. Held in Eastern Market’s North Hall, the 4-hour, jam-packed event featured more than two dozen Hill authors who displayed, sold and signed their books and chatted with fans. In spite of challenging acoustics, seven writers delivered fascinating lectures relating to their works. Organizers were Literary Hill BookFest president Karen Lyon, who has written The Literary Hill column for the Hill Rag for the past decade; writer Maggie Hall, author of “The Mish-Mash Dictionary of Marmite,” Carrol Kindel (who coordinated the libraries and book vendors) and Ed McManus, who served as treasurer. McManus also picked up the balloon helium tank from Frager’s Hardware. Assisting volunteer coordinator Abby Yochelson was her army of 45 helpers, including students from Capitol Hill Day School and Gonzaga College High School. “Strong Gonzaga guys arrived early to unload tables and chairs,” said

From top to bottom: Maggie Hall, one of the Bookfest organizers. Margaret Kelly, Washington Post writer and author of “The Mother’s Almanac”. Writers Lou Bayard, Gene Weingarten and Jim Magner.

Yochelson. “CHDS students formed an assembly line for balloons, while others ferried food to hungry writers. Others greeted people arriving at the Eastern Market Metro by twirling signs directing them to the BookFest.” “The BookFest was a great success,” said Lyon. “We were thrilled to provide this venue for writers, book sellers, librarians, and others who care about books...I’m continually amazed at the depth of the literary talent on Capitol Hill. The BookFest is a great way to allow authors to meet their readers, make new ones, and get to know one another.” Sponsors included Capital Community News (with financial support from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation); Walter B. Quetsch; Barracks Row Entertainment LLC, Tom Faison/Real EstateinDC. com; Karl and Carrol Kindel; Susan B. Waters, and many other generous donors. While not an official sponsor, Frager’s Hardware/Just Ask Rental chipped in by granting a five percent discount on rental equipment. Also garnering special thanks for their contributions to the event were Canales Delicatessen, FedEx-Office, H 37


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Extension Of The Term Of The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 18 of the Business Improvement Districts Act of 1996, D.C. Official Code § 2-1215.18, the Department of Small and Local Business Development on behalf of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development will hold a public hearing to determine whether to approve the request by the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) to extend the term of the BID for another 5 years. The current term of the Capitol Riverfront BID will expire September 30, 2012. If the request for extension is granted, the new term will expire on September 30, 2017. The hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012 in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. This public hearing is being conducted to inform citizens about the application to extend the term of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and to ensure that interested parties have an opportunity to present their views on the application in a public forum. Complete copies of the application will be available, effective Thursday, June 14, 2012, for public review between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Department of Small and Local Business Development (at Judiciary Square), 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 970N, Washington, DC. The recertification package will also be available at the Capitol Riverfront BID office between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, effective June 14, 2012. The Capitol Riverfront BID office is located at 1100 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Suite 1010, Washington, DC. Those who wish to present testimony are requested to submit their written responses along with the following information, no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 12, 2012: (a) the name of the person wishing to testify; (b) his/her company or affiliation; (c) his/her status as a commercial property owner, tenant, representative of an exempt property, resident, or private citizen; and (d) a phone number where he/she can be reached. Individuals presenting testimony are requested to bring five copies of their testimony to the hearing. Individuals will be limited to 5 minutes of oral testimony and organizations will be limited to 10 minutes of oral testimony. Those who do not wish to testify at the hearing, but wish to present written comments on the application may submit them in hard copy to the Department of Small and Local Business Development, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 970N, Washington, DC 20001, no later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.

Stephanie Deutsch, author of “Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools in the Segregated South”.

Marvelous Market, Mr. Henry’s and Tunnicliff ’s Tavern. Riverby Books owners Steve and Nicky Cymrot were pleased with the event’s huge turnout. “Sales have been brisk,” said Steve. While he could not provide exact figures, he said that this year’s BookFest outsold last year’s. “Mary Z. Gray is the star,” Steve added. Gray’s lively memoir, “301 East Capitol: Tales from the Heart of the Hill,” chronicles life on Capitol Hill in the 1920s and 30s (her family lived upstairs from a funeral home), as well as vivid portraits of her musically talented Hill forebears. Assisted by the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History

All written testimony and comments may be submitted to Lincoln Lashley at, and questions about this hearing should be directed to him at (202) 741-0814.

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there are so many scandals! The main critique was, ‘Isn’t your book kind of thin?’” Not surprisingly, Pohl is already working on Volume 2. Most authors and guests agreed that this year’s Literary Festival was even better than last year’s. (Plans are already afoot for 2013, alMary Z. Gray author of the memoir “301 East Capitol”. though an exact date has not been set.) Declared Project, Gray wrote her remarkKaren Lyon: “Every time able book on a manual typewriter. I took a moment to look around, Now 93, Gray launched her lit- all I saw were happy people chaterary career in 1940 with “The ting with authors, buying books Washington Post,” later freelanced and or perusing displays.” Prefor the Post and “The New York senting these colorful displays Times,” and eventually served as (with handouts) were Capitol a speech writer for the Kennedy- Hill Books; Capitol Hill Writers Johnson White House. (At 2:45, Group; DC Public Library (whowhen the BookFest was starting to break up, Mary Gray was still signing her books. “She’s a real trooper,” said Lyon.) “I loved the BookFest,” said Stephanie Deutsch, author of “Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald and the Building of Schools in the Segregated Lyon, author of the HillRag’s Literary Hill column and South.” “It was espe- Karen Literary Hill Bookfest organizer. cially fun for me to meet young authors. I sat next to a woman (Meredith contributed the fun Groucho Henne Baker, winner of the 2012 Marx quote); Fairy Godmother Jules and Frances Landry Award), Books and Toys; Folger Shakewho wrote “The Great Richmond speare Library; Global Fund for Theater Fire: Early America’s First Children’s Books; Historic ConGreat Disaster,” which she devel- gressional Cemetery; Library of oped from a college thesis. I’ve Congress, Riverby Books, Ruka always had a ghoulish interest in Press, Usborne Books, and Washdisasters...What I really love about ington Conservation Guild. “Our ‘little’ BookFest had a Capitol Hill is being surrounded huge impact,” said Maggie Hall. by such interesting people.” Author/tour guide Robert “It showed that despite all the Pohl agreed: “I had a great time,” dismal talk about the demise of he said, adding that he sold about the printed word, the tradition30 copies of his entertaining al book world is alive and well. “Wicked Capitol Hill: An Un- Judging by the number of people ruly History of Behaving Badly.” who left the BookFest with armHe added that his only regret was fuls of books, surely some businot having a chance to talk to the ness person, somewhere, should other authors. “I was so busy!” Re- take note, and open a book-shop search for “Wicked Capitol Hill” on Capitol Hill. How so many of was great fun, he said, “because us miss Trover’s!” H H 39

bulletin board Dr. Judith Shinogle Dies in Car Crash

Hill resident Dr. Judith Shinogle died on Sunday morning, May 20, in a head-on collision on BW Parkway. She was on her way to an agility training event in Westminster, MD. Her dog Bruni died in the accident also. Her other dog, Siegfried, is receiving medical treatment. Judith, 49, was a frequent volunteer at Congressional Cemetery. By her hobby and her professional training, Judith was an expert on both dog behavior and human behavior. She will be remembered as always upbeat and cheerful. Her confident, capable, and professional manner will be missed by her friends. Judith lived across the street from the Cemetery with Bob Dalton. Dr. Shinogle had a Ph.D. in Public Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park. In lieu of flowers or cards, Bob has asked that remembrances be made to Congressional Cemetery in her name.

Free Spring-flowering Bulbs

In Oct 2012, the Capitol Hill Garden Club will continue for the eighth year to give away free springflowering bulbs for use in public spaces on Capitol Hill. Daffodils and crocus are chosen as they come back--and even proliferate--every year. No qualified applicant will be turned away. Applicants should include a plan for the planting, which must be visible from the street. A photograph of the space is appreciated. The plan must also name the person responsible for the planting. Both individuals and organizations are invited to apply. Applications, available June 1, are due on Sept 15. The bulbs will be distributed in October in time for planting. To request an application form, which can be submitted electronically, contact the Capitol Hill Garden Club at capitolhillgardenclub.blogspot. 40 H HillRag | June 2012

The Running of the Chihuahuas raised $1,500 for a Southwest dog park. The money was raised from proceeds from entry fees as well as from a raffle and donated dog items sold. The group working toward making the dog park a reality can be reached at Photo: Andrew Lightman

com or phone Elvira Sisolak at 202-546-2534. This simple program has brought tens of thousands of daffodils and crocuses to public spaces on Capitol Hill. Please apply now for a lovely springtime show in 2013.

Christ Church Grill and Chill

Every Thursday in summer (weather permitting), 6:00-8:00 p.m., join your neighbors at Christ Church, 620 G St. SE, on the lawn. You bring the meat. They provide the grill. No one’s sure yet about the beer. 202-547-9300.

p.m. 441 4th St. NW, Suite 210 South. At this hearing the Zoning Committee will hear the applicant’s presentation of their application, then the Office of Planning and Department of Transportation give recommendations, then the ANC, and parties and individuals. The hearing is open to the public and is also webcast live at the right column, the second button from the bottom.

New Leadership Needed for Hill Hounds

Hill Hounds, the organization that is partnered with the city and charged with overseeing Kingsman Dog Park, is in need of new members to take over leadership of the organization. A small group of dog owners on the Hill started this organization in 2007 and worked with the city to get the dog park established. It is critical that they find a few people from among the current users of the park to step forward and take over the organization. If you would be willing to serve in a leadership role in Hill Hounds, contact Rebecca at

The Normal Heart at Arena Southwest Night

A special invitation is extended to the Arena’s Southwest DC neighbors to buy discounted tickets for specially designated performances of each production. Tickets are $35 for musicals and $25 for non-musicals, plus fees. Proof of Southwest DC residency or employment for each member of the party must be presented at the time of purchase. Tickets are limited to four per person and are based on availability. See The Normal Heart on Tuesday, July 3, 7:30 p.m. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.

Hine School Redevelopment Public Hearing

There is a public hearing before the Zoning Commission on Thursday, June 14, 6:30

Close up of an oil painting class at CHAW. Photo: Courtesy of CHAW

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Summer Classes and Workshops

CHAW is now registering youth and adult students for a slate of new summer classes and workshops in the visual and performing arts running June 18-Aug 10. Adult summer classes include Painting, Drawing, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Digital Photography, Ceramics, Poetry, Jewelry Making, Musical Theater, Zumba, Pilates, and more. CHAW offers shorter sessions, four-class passes, and drop-in rates for certain classes. Summer Early Childhood Classes include the popular Music Togetherâ and Pre-Ballet/ Ballet classes. CHAW also hosts three one-week Jr. Arts Adventure Camps for students ages four to six years old the weeks of July 16, July 23, and Aug 13. For a complete list of workshops, classes or registration information, visit CHAW’s website at or call 202-547-6839. H 41

Rosedale Community Center Ribbon Cutting

Rico, has opened at the National Arboretum and runs through November 16, 2012. Landslide is an annual compendium of significant at-risk parks, gardens, horticultural features, and working landscapes, and each year is accompanied by a traveling exhibition of commissioned photography. Landslide: Every Tree Tells a Story focuses on the irreplaceable trees and tree groupings, often associated with historically important people and events that have shaped the development of communities and cultures.

Barracks Row June Garden Party Tickets on Sale

NoMa Parks Funding Status

On May 25, Mayor Gray officially kicked off the 2012 Summer Pools Opening at Rosedale Community Center. DPR has 19 outdoor pools, 11 spray parks and 5 Children’s Pools that opened Memorial Day Weekend. The Mayor also unveiled the new Rosedale Community Center with new pools, a new gym, new activity rooms, a new artificial turf field and more. Rosedale Community Center, 1701 Gales St. NE.

Margot Greenlee with students. Photo: Carmon Rinehart

Try “Sample Dancing” in July with BodyWise Dance

Three enticing dance classes are coming to the Hill Center in July. Led by Margot Greenlee, former company member with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Sample Dancing is for adults who want to indulge in a summer-time treat for the brain and body. Margot specializes in multigenerational dancing. She has conducted numerous classes in senior residential settings, community centers, schools, and studios. With the launch of BodyWise Dance, Margot brings her dance practice to Capitol Hill. Dance for Artists meets Mondays, uly 9, 16 and 23, 9:15-10:45 a.m. Good Old Days of Dance meets Tuesdays, July 10, 17 and 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Move Learn Create meets Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25, 9:15-10:45 a.m. Feel free to pick and choose or try all three courses. The fee is $60 for one course, $100 for two and $120 for all three. Full courses begin Fall 2012. The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. For more information, call Margot Greenlee directly at 202253-7946 or visit

Become a Member of the Atlas

Members of the Atlas help make artistic and education programs thrive while enjoying benefits such as advance ticket notice, discounts on tickets, and invitations to special events. Become an Atlas member with a contribution of $25 or more. Questions about Atlas membership? Contact Kara Barnes at 202-399-7993 ext. 109 or development@atlasarts. org. The 2012-2013 season will include performances from contemporary classical artists So Percussion and Great Noise Ensemble and jazz artists Ben Williams and Sound Effects, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and Grammy award-winning vocalist Luciana Souza, among many other extraordinary artists. 42 H HillRag | June 2012

The Garden Party is on June 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at The Deer House at 712 E. Capitol St. Food is provided by several Barracks Row restaurants. Tickets are $125 (three for $250 and five for $500). Funds raised support Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization bringing new restaurants and shops, a better community, significant support of the “men in blue”, beautiful and safe streets, improved lighting and historic preservation to the community. Purchase tickets online at or call 202-544-3188.

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the District Council voted to remove funding for NoMa parks from the FY13 budget. However, there is still a chance that funding could be found for a parks system in NoMa in the coming weeks. The NOMA BID applauds the Mayor and Council for recognizing that parks are essential to assuring that NoMa achieves its full

SW Dog Park Animal Health Fair Coming to Southwest

The Animal Health Fair for all of Ward 6 will be held in Southwest at the King-Greenleaf Recreation Center on Saturday, June 2, 1:30-4:00 p.m. Free vaccinations, “Ask the Vet” consultations, and purchasing of dog licenses are just a few of the featured events available to cat and dog owners.

The Eleventh Annual 4th of July Parade on Capitol Hill

This year will be the eleventh annual parade sponsored in part by Tiber Creek Associates of Capitol Hill and the Naval Lodge No. 4 Masonic Lodge. Parade marchers meet at the intersection of 8th and I sts. SE at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th and line up underneath the overpass. Participation is free–however, advance registration is preferred so they may coordinate the event in advance. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last for about an hour, ending at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. The event celebrates our very special Capitol Hill community, our schools, our families and our country. Register to participate in the parade at

Landslide: Every Tree Tells a Story Photographic Outdoor Signboard Exhibition

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SPUN an installation by Mathias Bengtsson at Industry Gallery

MATHIAS BENGTSSON, Danish-born, award-winning furniture designer produces limited edition and one-of-a-kind sculptural seating made with a carbon-fiber spinning process originally used by NASA in the production of rocket fuel tanks and nozzles. Spun carbon fibers randomly produce ‘natural geometrical shapes’, which are exemplified in the unique Spun carbon-fiber chair. No moulds are used to form the chair’s signature cone shapes. When finished, the chair is cured in an oven to toughen the fibers and produce maximum strength from minimum material. Conceived as a modular design, six individual pieces can be combined to create a perfect circle, or placed at obtuse angles to create wave-like configurations. The installation at INDUSTRY Gallery uses all twelve modules. Through June 29. Industry Gallery, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 202-399-1730.

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Recipients of H Street NE Retail Priority Grant Program

Mayor Gray and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Hoskins have announced the second round of awards for the H Street NE Retail Priority Grant Program. The $85,000 grants are meant to stimulate small-business development and expansion while also creating new job opportunities for District residents along the booming H Street NE retail-andentertainment strip. Second round recipients are: Atlas Vet Clinic, 1326 H St. NE, a full-service veterinary hospital that provides primary-care services for house pets and offers complementing retail, will use the grant to expand the clinic’s retail offerings; DC Conscious, 1413 H St. NE, a restaurant and social gathering space featuring book readings and live entertainment with a full floor of retail sales offerings, will use the grant for façade improvements and to open its floor plan; Euro Style, 1342 H St. NE, a men’s and women’s clothing store that sells high fashion with a European aesthetic, will use the grant for façade improvements, build-out of additional retail storage and an HVAC system upgrade; and H Street Main Street, 961 H St. NE, a non-profit charged with advocating for commercial enterprises along the corridor and servicing those enterprises through case work, publications and other tools will use the grant for focus groups on retail in the corridor and to fund a retail summit.

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Toll Brothers Acquires Riverfront Development Site

Toll Brothers has acquired the second phase development site on Square 699N from the Cohen Companies for $24 million. The site acquired by Toll Brothers includes an already constructed parking garage and is at the southwest corner of 1st and K Streets, SE, located in the same block as the Velocity Condo building and just north of Justin’s Café.

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There will be HIV testing vans at Arena Stage, in conjunction with performances of THE NORMAL HEART on June 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; June 9, noon-2:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m.; June 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; June 23, noon-2:00 p.m.; June 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; June 30, noon-2:00 p.m. Tony winner George C. Wolfe, brings Larry Kramer’s Tony Awardwinning Broadway production of The Normal Heart to Arena Stage for a special limited engagement. Hailed by critics as “riveting” and “a great night at the theater,” Kramer’s masterwork is an outrageous and totally unforgettable look at sexual politics during the AIDS crisis and remains one of the theater’s most powerful evenings ever. 202-488-3300.

NoMa’s Capitol Square Hotel to Break Ground This Summer

Capitol Square will go up on the triangular wedge of land bounded by New York Ave., First St., and No. Capitol St., currently the site of the defunct New York Avenue Car Wash, nightclub Mirrors, a Covenant House youth shelter, and an older office building, also named Capitol Square. Phase one, represented by the aforementioned hotel, will be located on the west end of the site, adjacent to where Covenant House is currently located. The massive new office-residential-hotel-retail project will eventually bring over 2 million square feet

of leasable space to NoMa, including 85,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. Capitol Square is one of four properties in the District being developed under the umbrella of JBG Urban, a multibillion-dollar joint venture between JBG and real estate investment management firm MacFarlane Partners. dcmud.blogspot. com

Wine Pairing and Italian Dinner at Hill Center

Toscana Café and Schneider’s of Capitol Hill have been hosting wine dinners every month at Toscana Cafe. Hill Center has joined in to offer a spectacular venue that will allow even more participants at this already popular event. The food is prepared by Chef Daniele from Toscana Cafe. The full menu is online at $140. June 15, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172.

Historic House Toolbox – June 9

Join the DC Preservation League and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society at the Hill Center, Sunday, June 9, 10-3, for the opportunity to receive free individualized attention from contractors and seasoned professionals who know and understand historic houses. Contractors and preservation experts will answer your questions on a range of topics, including: working with architects and contractors, green options, historic masonry, roofing and gutters, windows and general contracting, and more Making Your House Energy Efficient with James Carroll of EcoHouse will focus on energy audits and greening your house without compromising its historic integrity. How to Research Your House with Peter Sefton of the DC Preservation League will provide information and pointers you need to find out about the history of your house. To Register Go To https://

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Opening of New Ramp to Outbound 11th Street Freeway Bridge

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Art & Spirit is a monthly program at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW, presenting the visual and performing arts in a coffeehouse setting. On June 6, 7:00 p.m., Voices of Now is featured. Voices of Now is a year-long, nationally recognized drama program designed by Arena Stage’s Ashley Forman. Through creative writing, improvisation, movement and acting, Voices of Now gives young artists the opportunity to learn about theater and performance. The program is tailored to middle and high school groups, using their own experiences of social, cultural and emotional issues to create a piece of theater. Beverages and desserts are served. Donations accepted. 202-554-3222.

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If you are thinking about going into business or recently started a business and want to learn about federal tax responsibilities, DCRA invites you to attend a comprehensive small business seminar titled “Valuable Small Business Tax Tips.” This special, comprehensive presentation will provide you with first hand knowledge about a broad range of small business information: small business resources; how to navigate the IRS website; business recordkeeping tips; small bss tax incentives; small business tax benefits and credits; and IRS Issue Management Resolution Program “How to address frequently disputed or burdensome tax

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Starting and Sustaining a Nonprofit Organization

Washington DC is home to the largest concentration of non-profits and associations in the United States with over 12,500 non-profit organizaÂŹtions located in the city. However, with the state of the Economy all sectors have felt the downturn including nonprofits and associations. Fundraising, employment and mission accomplishment were generally affected. On Wednesday, June 13, the Doing Business 2.0 series will convene a panel of distinguished speakers who will address some of the issues that nonprofits are facing, issues including fundraising, resources available through the local government and the step by step of how to start a nonprofit. RSVP by Tuesday, June 12.

Roth, Vargas Llosa, Boyle and More To Speak at 2012 National Book Festival

Renowned authors Philip Roth, Mario Vargas Llosa, T.C. Boyle, Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, and poet Nikky Finney will be among more than 100 writers speaking at the 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival, on Saturday, Sept 22 and Sunday, Sept 23, 2012, between 9th and 14th streets on the National Mall. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. Other authors and poets slated to appear at the festival include Bob Balaban, Robert Caro, Michael Connelly, Junot Diaz, Thomas Friedman, Joy Harjo, Walter Isaacson, Jewel, Poet Laureate Philip Levine, Lois Lowry, David Maraniss, Chris Matthews, Walter Dean Myers, Lisa Scottoline, R.L. Stine, Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, Craig Thompson, Colson Whitehead,cDaniel Yergin, and more. H

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The Scandal That Shouldn’t Have Been by Martin Austermuhle


fter a year of speculation, conjecture and political guessing, in May U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen made his move against two campaign aides to Mayor Vince Gray for their role in paying Sulaimon Brown to attack Mayor Adrian Fenty during the 2010 campaign. Assistant campaign treasurer Thomas Gore pleaded guilty to illegally funneling money to Brown and then lying about it, while Howard Brooks admitted to being less than truthful about the affair when asked by federal investigators. Both are likely to serve jail time, but their admissions of culpability have brought the simmering year-long scandal to a fullfledged boil. With Gore and Brooks having admitted their roles in the Brown affair, there are still any number of questions that remain unresolved. How much, if anything, did Gray know? Does Machen have enough evidence to roll up towards Gray, or did Gray remain insulated enough to provide the sort of reasonable doubt that a jury would use to acquit him if taken to trial? Will Gray even finish his term? But even more pressing is the question that Gray’s supporters, advisors and campaign staff must be asking each other now—was it even necessary? That’s probably the easiest question to answer. No, it wasn’t. Illegality aside, there was simply no reason that the Gray campaign needed to illicitly hire an attack dog to let loose against Fenty. Gray didn’t need Brown to attack Fenty to make the point that Fenty shouldn’t be re-elected because it seemed that most residents felt that way even before Gray decided to get into the race. In 2009, the Clarus Research Group found that 53 percent 48 H HillRag | June 2012

Mayor Gray talks to a supporter. Photo: Andrew Lightman.

of voters wanted someone other than Fenty. In a two-way matchup against Gray, it reported, Gray would win with 41 percent to Fenty’s 37 percent. Though 38 percent of voters admitted to not knowing much about the man who would eventually become mayor, they were already inclined to vote for him over the man who was serving as mayor. A few months later, a January 2010 poll published by The Washington Post similarly found that Fenty’s approval rating going into election year stood at 42 percent, a huge drop from the 72 percent he had enjoyed two years prior. Among African American voters, the decrease in support was even more stark—from a high of 68 percent in 2008, Fenty fell to a mere 29 percent in 2010. Even Fenty’s closest advisors seemed to see the writing on the wall—Bill Lightfoot, his campaign chair and a former member of the D.C. Council, recently told the Post’s Robert McCartney as much: “We knew already in May and early June,

before they did anything illegal, that Adrian was in very deep trouble, because people just didn’t like him.” Given the strong anti-Fenty sentiment in the city at the time, Gray didn’t need to make much of a case for his own candidacy— much less did he need someone like Brown to make it for him. Brown was the quintessential fringe candidate, with little money, virtually no staff or organization, and no chance of winning. Additionally, there were other mayoral hopefuls that took aim at Fenty’s policies without having been paid to do so, including Leo Alexander and Ernest E. Johnson. Beyond the political wisdom (or utter lack thereof ) of illegally paying Brown to attack Fenty—which he did with gusto, sometimes crossing lines that even alienated hardcore Gray supporters—it seems mindboggling that Gore, Brooks and the other unnamed conspirators were convinced that they needed Brown’s services to make the case for Gray stronger. On primary day, Brown could only muster 200 votes for his own candidacy, leaving plenty of people to ask: if you can’t even get people to vote for you, could you get them to vote for anyone else? Numerically, there simply wasn’t a Brown bloc that moved towards Gray, and many of the people who voted for Gray would have done so with or without Brown’s constant haranguing of Fenty on the campaign trail. Of course, various former Fenty supporters argue that Brown only helped strengthen the existing narrative against Fenty, not to mention throw him off his game at campaign debates. But would that have been enough to swing an election that already seemed like it wouldn’t be particularly close? No.

On September 14, 2010, Gray defeated Fenty by over 13,000 votes— far beyond what Brown could have helped him deliver. D.C. voters were already willing to throw Fenty out of office—they didn’t need a fringe candidate like Brown to make the decision any easier. But we now know that Brown was paid for the troubles and offered a government job in the aftermath. The discovery of that fact last year and the ensuing year-long federal investigation hasn’t only landed two people in jail, but has also distracted Gray and strengthened the very narrative that he sought to downplay during the election—that he was just another Marion Barry in the making. Worse yet, it may derail what’s left of Gray’s term or cut it short altogether. The city’s chattering political types are openly speculating that Gray won’t be around for much longer, further sinking confidence in his leadership and eroding what little political capital he might have had left. Given the favorable political environment they faced in 2010 and the crisis that their decision to fund Brown has caused, Gore, Brooks and the rest of the Gray campaign conspirators shouldn’t only be ashamed that what they did was criminal, but that it was criminally stupid. They didn’t need Brown to get Gray elected, but it could well be Brown that brings him down.

McDuffie Delivers in Ward 5

While the mayoral scandal gained steam, the scandal that felled Harry Thomas, Jr. (to be known as prisoner 31866-016 for the next three years) finally found some closure on May 15 as Ward 5 voters selected Kenyan McDuffie to fill the seat on the D.C. Council that Thomas had once held. McDuffie, a former letter carrier turned prosecutor, won

the crowded contest convincingly, taking just over 43 percent of the vote and besting secondplace finisher Delano Hunter by over 2,000 votes. What accounted for such a lopsided victory? Plenty of things. First off, McDuffie enjoyed both broad union support and backing from progressives and newer Ward 5 residents. The unions played to the ward’s middle class roots, while progressive support brought out new voters in what turned out to be McDuffie’s strongest precincts, those encompassing parts of Bloomingdale, Eckington, Brookland, and his home base, Stronghold. The breadth of his support was obvious when the votes were tallied—McDuffie outright won 10 of 18 precincts, and in the eight that he didn’t win, he placed second. In the precincts he won, he won big, taking between 67 and 71 percent in his top two. Second, many of his competitors either didn’t adequately define themselves, took too long to hit the ground running or were conflicted by past positions. Republican contender Tim Day could boast of having brought down Thomas, but he fell short on retail politics. Frank Wilds, who finished third, raised a lot of money quickly, but early in the campaign couldn’t accurately inspire any confidence as to why he was running. Hunter struggled with his 2010 opposition to samesex marriage; progressives distrusted him for it, while fellow opponents of marriage equality were upset that he was trying to distance himself from a past policy position so quickly. McDuffie, who will have taken office when this column hits the stands, can use the broad support—after having been unrepresented on the council since January, Ward 5 residents can at least move on from Thomas with a representative that was widely supported.

CHGC’s Annual Bulb Giveaway Free Spring-flowering Bulbs In October 2012, the Capitol Hill Garden Club will continue for the eighth year in a row to give away free spring-flowering bulbs for use in public spaces on Capitol Hill. Daffodils and crocus are chosen as they come back – and even proliferate – every year. No qualified applicant will be turned away! Applicants should include a plan for the planting, which must be visible from the street. A photograph of the space is appreciated. The plan must also name the person responsible for the planting. Both individuals and organizations are invited to apply. Applications, available June 1, are due on September 15. The bulbs will be distributed in October, 2012– in time for planting. To request an application form, which can be submitted electronically, please contact the blogspot of the Capitol Hill Garden Club at or phone Elvira Sisolak at 202-546-2534. This simple program has brought tens of thousands of daffodils and crocuses to public spaces on Capitol Hill. Please apply now – for a lovely springtime show in 2013.

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LivingSocial’s Latest Deal A Big Tax Break from DC


ivingSocial, the online daily deal company, is looking to take advantage of a deal all their own — from the DC government. The company has asked the city for a $32.5 million tax break package, and in return it is pledging to keep its global headquarters in the District.

Should the City Buy This Deal?

Mayor’s Gray and his economic development team are eager to keep LivingSocial here. It is a homegrown company and it has grown from almost nothing two years ago to 1,000 employees in the District today, half of them DC residents. The mayor hopes that LivingSocial will help create a high-technology hub in DC and diversify our economy. Yet a tax break package of this size raises eyebrows and a number of concerns. LivingSocial says they are negotiating incentive packages with other cities, but the company also has made clear that its employees enjoy working and living in the District, and it badly wants to consolidate its six scattered DC offices into one building. Offering LivingSocial a big tax break will probably create bad sentiment about the city’s commitment to small businesses, and it sets a bad precedent if a large employer can threaten to leave if it doesn’t get a tax break. In the end, the only way to judge whether this deal is worth buying is to look at the fine print. And that closer look shows that the deal is not as good for DC as it may appear. On one hand, LivingSocial would have 50 H HillRag | June 2012

by Kwame Boadi and Ed Lazere to build or renovate a major office building in the city, and it would face some requirements for hiring new employees and specifically DC residents. On the other hand, the deal could allow LivingSocial to claim substantial tax breaks without hiring many DC residents and without expanding, and it would allow the company potentially to leave the city in just a few years, after claiming its tax subsidies. Unless those issues are addressed, the DC Council should say “No thanks.”

What’s Right About the LivingSocial Deal

LivingSocial is a large employer with growth potential. Its main product — online retail discounts — is a new industry that has shown volatility and undoubtedly will change as it matures. Nevertheless, the chance that LivingSocial could grow substantially and help diversify the DC economy — they currently plan to grow to 2,000 DC-based employees in the next few years — is enough reason for the District to encourage the company to stay. LivingSocial has promised to provide social media and training opportunities for small businesses and to train software developers in the District, which could help build DC’s high-tech profile. Beyond that, Mayor Gray has negotiated a deal with LivingSocial that attempts to build some protections for the city. LivingSocial won’t be able to use any subsidies until 2016, and more than half the subsidies are tied to corporate income

tax breaks that require the company to actually be profitable. The deal also requires LivingSocial to occupy 200,000 square feet of office space and enter into a 10-year lease if they choose to rent rather than own. The package also tries to tie the tax subsidies to LivingSocial’s expansion and on hiring DC residents. To get the maximum subsidy, LivingSocial must continue to hire new employees throughout the tax abatement period, and at least half of its new hires must be DC residents.

What’s Wrong with the LivingSocial Deal

If LivingSocial were to do what it says it plans to do — grow to 2,000 employees, continue to hire DC residents, and occupy a major chunk of DC real estate for a decade or more — a subsidy deal probably would make sense. Unfortunately the terms of the deal negotiated with the city don’t promise any of those things. Consider this: Even if LivingSocial does not hire a single District resident, it still could get $16.5 million in tax breaks — half of the total package. Moreover, while the subsidy deal requires “new hires,” the fine print shows that this could come merely from turnover — new employees replacing departing ones. The only real employment floor in the subsidy deal is that LivingSocial employ 1,000 workers — its current employment level. If LivingSocial doesn’t have to expand its DC employment at all, that is not much of a deal. Even it hires 1,000 more, with 500 from

DC, that works out to a subsidy of $65,000 per new District resident employee, a very high cost. An Illinois job development program caps subsidies at $5,000 per new job. Beyond the limited job guarantees, the deal DC has negotiated would allow the company to take the money and run in as little as a few years. LivingSocial is considering relocating because commercial property rents in the District are extremely high. That will continue to be true when LivingSocial’s tax abatements run out, which could happen pretty quickly. The city estimates that LivingSocial could claim all property tax abatements in as little as three years from the start date, which means by the end of 2018. The corporate income tax abatements also could be used quickly if the company is as successful as it expects to be. There is nothing to make the company repay if it leaves before the end of the 10year abatement period.

Making the Best Possible Deal for DC

The LivingSocial subsidy package could be altered to guarantee real benefits for the city. First, LivingSocial should not get any subsidy if the share of employees who are DC residents falls below a certain floor. Since one-third of all jobs in DC are held by DC residents, we suggest at least 40 percent of new workers should be DC residents. Second, the subsidy should be tied to actually increasing employment in DC. While it may make sense to offer some tax break in rec-

ognition of the 1,000 jobs LivingSocial has created already, LivingSocial should be expected to continue growing in the District to claim the full subsidy package. Third, LivingSocial should be required to pay back a portion of the tax breaks it receives if the company leaves in less than 10 years. If the goal of keeping LivingSocial here is to attract other companies, that won’t work if LivingSocial itself doesn’t stay. Fourth, the city should scale back the size of the subsidy per job to something more reasonable. Finally, DC should expect LivingSocial to provide greater community benefits. The company should commit to the number of summer job program participants it will hire, the number of DC businesses it will work with, and the number of software developers it will train. It would be even better if LivingSocial would commit to working with local institutions, like the University of the District of Columbia or the Community College, for some of its training programs, to increase the chances that DC residents can be put on a pathway towards employment with the company. LivingSocial officials have made clear that they want to be in DC and continue to grow here. That’s good news for the District’s economy, and it may make sense for the city to offer something to LivingSocial in return. But like any good consumer knows, the District shouldn’t take this deal unless it is guaranteed something good in return. Boadi and Lazere are staff at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. H H 51

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The Hine Development Moves Forward by Roberta Weiner


nnouncing a Zoning Commission hearing on June 14, the glossy green signs posted at Hine Junior High School are heralding the next and perhaps most significant step in the planning of this project that has been a focal point for community attention and discussion for the past several years and that will change the fabric of the Eastern Market neighborhood for years to come. The Zoning Commission will decide whether the project meets its

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requirements and adheres to DC’s zoning regulations. The project is being developed by Stanton-Eastbanc, and is a two-building development, the south one encompassing 7th and 8th Streets, Pennsylvania Avenue and a newly re-opened C Street SE between 7th and 8th Streets and the north building is an apartment house running along the new C Street. On C and 7th Street there is a plaza where the Flea Market will be located. The South Build-

ing Pennsylvania Avenue, facing the Metro entrance is seven stories tall and steps down on its way to C Street to four stories. So what’s the problem? Neighbors living around the development say it’s too massive and too dense, that it’s too commercial and that their peace and quiet will interfered with. Additionally, the amount of space being provided for the Flea Market is a lot smaller than it is now. The project is a Planned Unit

Development (PUD), which means that in exchange for providing the community with benefits, the developer can build a larger project. ANC 6B appointed a committee to develop a list of benefits it wants in compensation for supporting the developer’s request. The Committee is comprised of ANC members and members of neighborhood groups such as the Capitol Hill Restoration Society; the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC), the Eastern Market



Metro Community Association (EMMCA), Eyes on Hine, and others. Representatives of the Committee met with representatives of Stanton-Eastbanc and negotiated a list of close to 80 issues down to about 25.

The Deal

Highlights of the community benefits package include: • Stanton-Eastbanc has agreed to remove the top floor of the 7th and Pennsylvania Ave building and the penthouse elements of that building, to include the top floor of the 7th street component of the same building. The changes address the massing and height along 7th street and reduces the overall mass of the 7th and Pennsylvania building. For the 7th and PA Ave. building, the changes are not as significant from views closer up (such as the street below), but from broader views east, north and west the reduction in massing is clear • Stanton-Eastbanc has agreed to provide space for a child development center for children 0-3 years old that is not less than 2400 square feet in size. • Stanton-Eastbanc has agreed to provide $50,000 for improvements to the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. • Stanton-Eastbanc has agreed to support, with ANC6B, exclusion of the South residential building from residential parking programs as a measure to reduce already strained demands on parking in the neighborhood. • Stanton-Eastbanc has agreed to support language in all commercial leases that strongly encourages various types of trip reduction and mass transit incentive programs. Reaction to the agreement has been mixed. ANC member

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The Future of the Flea Market

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Brian Pate, Vice Chair of the negotiating committee said that while they did not get everything they hoped for ”the agreement is worthy of supporting.” On the other hand ANC member Kirsten Oldenburg was clear in 54 H HillRag | June 2012

her feeling that she could not vote for spending $160,000 on an infant care center that will “serve 24 very privileged children [that] is not my idea of a community benefit, when the money could be far better used, for example, for a playground that

would serve all the neighborhood children.” The neighbors’ groups are not satisfied and will apply for official party status at the hearings to make certain their views get heard. And someone very close to the process

Although it may not be apparent to residents, the weekend Flea Market actually is three district operations. Vending on 7th Street itself, under the Farmers’ Line, on the North Hall Plaza and on the Natatorium Plaza is under the management of the District government. Commercial vending on the former Hine School parking lots are under the aegis of two separate managers. On Saturdays, Carol Wright organizes the market, while on Sundays it is under the care of Michael Berman. At the moment, it enjoys the use of the spacious parking lots. These arrangements are expected to continue until the commencement of the construction for the new development. Stanton-Eastbanc has agreed to provide the newly reopened C Street and adjoining plaza for use by District for a weekend market with some cost recovery allowed for only repair and maintenance. According to the developer, this space will accommodate 68 tents. The District may choose to retain Berman and Wright or simply

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DCPS Barring Notices:

“Safety Tool” or “Outrageously Skewed” Practice?


by Virginia Avniel Spatz

very morning for months, a six-yearold Randle Highlands student traveled to school in care of his aunt. His aunt stayed with him through breakfast and helped him transition to the classroom, as part of his Individualized Education Plan. Then, one day during breakfast, another child told his aunt about something disturbing that had happened to him at school. Shortly after she reported the incident to proper authorities, her family’s morning routine was interrupted suddenly and indefinitely. Arriving at school as usual on Dec. 6, Geraldine Washington and her first-grade nephew were surrounded by police officers. Washington was issued a “barring notice,” revoking visiting privileges. Washington complied, calling another relative to remain with her nephew, who was frightened by his aunt’s apparent arrest. Since then, the child’s mother has had to take daily leave from her job to help with classroom transition. As Washington’s case highlights, parents, guardians and other community members can be barred from a school without due process. There is no appeal procedure. Barrings are of indefinite duration: “Someone could be barred for life over an argument with one teacher,” notes At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson. In addition, he says, “it isn’t clear as to what criteria are” for barring someone. Geraldine Washington with nephew. Photo: Andrew Lightman. Mendelson is also concerned that records DCPS provided to the Council “suggest disity – 50 out of 60, or 83% -- were issued at schools parate treatment, depending upon where the school in Wards 5, 7, and 8 (45% of DCPS schools). Most is located,” with far more notices issued at schools in barring notices – 36 of 60, or 60% – were issued east Wards 5, 7 and 8 than elsewhere in the city. of the river (where 33% of DCPS schools are lo-

Disproportionate Use

A DCPS barring notice forbids the recipient from entering school property under threat of arrest. Since 2007, DCPS issued 60 such notices to individuals including parents/guardians of current students. One barring notice in the past five years was issued in Ward 3; none in Ward 2; a handful in Wards 1, 4 and 6; two system-wide. The vast major56 H HillRag | June 2012

cated). Randle Highlands is in Ward 7. “These barring notices are very skewed in the way they are issued. There is a greater chance that if I’m in a Ward 7 or 8 school, I will be barred,” Mendelson told DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson at an April 18 Council hearing. The Councilmember calls this disparate pattern and the absence of legal safeguards “outrageous.” At the Council hearing, Henderson responded:

“Our general counsel actually reviews all barring notices before they are issued to ensure that we are abiding by the appropriate criteria and whatnot.” There was no response to a follow-up query to DCPS concerning disparities in application of the barring policy.

No Process, No Appeal

DCPS issues barring notices based on “Superintendent’s Directive Number 260.1– Procedure for School Visitors.” These directives date back more than three decades with frequent changes over the years. Community activists note long-standing concerns that these directives are not readily known, or easily available, to the public. Directive 260.1 focuses largely on logistical prohibitions, such as “using perimeter doors improperly.” It also includes standard trespass language allowing a principal to remove from school property “visitors who violate established procedures,” jeopardize student and staff safety, endanger school property or interfere with school programs or activities. Principals must submit a request through “the appropriate Assistant Superintendent” to obtain a barring notice. The directive does not reference profanity, “inappropriate language,” or disrespect. Reporting suspected abuse is not included among the violations of established procedures. (Such reporting is, in fact, protected by federal and DC law.) In recent years, however, community members have been barred from schools for these reasons. “The safety of our students remains and will always be a top priority at our schools,” Salmanowitz responds. “We are currently reviewing and updating the directive which was issued prior to the Chancellor’s appointment (and before the Education Reform Act was passed in 2007).”

A Balancing Act

“Parents or legal guardians are critical to their child’s education and DCPS wants to take all steps to ensure that they are fully engaged and an impor-

tant part of their child’s education process,” Salmanowitz explains. “There are instances where we allow parents or guardians in the classroom to help with adjustment, recognizing a student’s needs in specific situations... [However,] DCPS is responsible for the safety of the other children in the building to whom that parent has no relationship. DCPS works hard to balance these needs.” More generally – according to policy language DCPS shares with school systems around the country – principals are responsible for balancing the “needs of the school, its safety, and the right of the public to visit the school.” In addition, schools must plan for a range of potential emergencies, from fire and severe weather to terrorist attack and kidnapping. It is the lack of objective criteria in the barring policy, Mendelson suggests, that “lends itself to subjective abuse.” Charles J. Brown and Michael Johnson, long-time school volunteers, add that parentprincipal communications have degenerated in recent years and suggest that community organizations, which can serve as necessary buffers in conflict situations, have been less welcome in DCPS since the mayoral takeover. Brown, of Healthy Families DC, says parents and principals – especially newer principals unfamiliar with the community – “do not know how to talk to each other.” Organizations like his can provide crucial help, he says, because “we respect both sides and know how to speak to both.” Johnson notes that some DCPS parents are less likely to have a spokesperson or the political savvy to deal with conflicts at their child’s school. Community organizations, like East of the River Clergy-Police-Community Partnership with whom he works, “have been here, we know the parents, the siblings, the community.”

Reconsidering Policy

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells

believes “only the student is entitled to due process if suspended or expelled from a school,” noting that “barring is one of the tools used by principals to ensure the safety and order of their schools.” Other local officials believe current DCPS policy needs reconsideration. “Given the strong correlation between parental involvement in a child’s school and a child’s potential for successful educational outcomes,” says Monica Warren-Jones, Ward 6 State Board of Education Member, “we should be doing everything possible to keep parents in positively involved in their child (or custodial child’s) school, not bar them.” She adds, however, that a principal must “consider the well being of each and every child in her building” as well as DC law. “The ‘Superintendent’s Directive’ may be outdated and, as such, questionable as a reliable regulatory tool in addressing trespassing at a DCPS school.” Lisa Raymond, senior education advisor to Council Chair Kwame Brown, says her office is working on a letter regarding the barring policy. Mendelson continues to advocate for objective criteria as well as due process and procedures for appeal. At press time, more than six months later, he reports, “nothing has changed.” “I raised these issues at the oversight hearing in February. DCPS did nothing. I raised them again at the budget hearing in April. DCPS has done nothing. The Deputy Mayor has done nothing. Six months have gone by since the Randle Highlands case, and they have done nothing. I think it’s pretty bad what the school system has and has not done.” In late May, DCPS spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz reported that it is “currently reviewing the barring policy to identify ways to update and improve, if need be, and to ensure that our students safety and well-being is protected.” H


C’s Child and Family Services Agency offers tips on what to do if a child confides in you about abuse, neglect or sexual contact (minors cannot give consent). All adults are encouraged to report any suspicions, which CFSA will investigate; certain professionals, including teachers and administrators, are mandated to make such reports. Federal and DC law protects anyone who makes a good faith report, even if suspicions later turn out to be unfounded. In the Randle Highlands case, Chancellor Henderson argued during the April 18 Council hearing, the barring notice was issued due to an “altercation with parents” and not as a response to a good faith report. Under “grounds for this administrative decision,” however, the barring notice itself says: “You persisted in initiating a claim of sexual misconduct to law enforcement officers without just cause.” Councilmember Mendelson insists that DCPS is “acting outside the law.” Visit or call 202-671-SAFE. H 57

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A New Neighborhood at the Crossroads


esidents living next to the Virginia Avenue Tunnel got a small concession from the railroad company CSX the tunnel’s reconstruction. The Federal Highway Adminstration (FHWA) changed the classification of the project from an Environmental Assessment to an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA). EAs determine whether there will be an impact; if there is, it becomes and EIS. Under the EIS, these impacts are identified and presented to the community. The shift to an EIS adds a greater level of scrutiny and about six additional months to the project. Jamie Henson, a planner with DDOT, led the panel discussion and the Q&A at the most recent informational meeting in late May at Nationals Ballpark. “We thought there might be an impact, and now we’re sure,” Henson said. The FHWA, who made the ultimate decision, said that the change was spurred by “the evaluation of the project scope in the context of its unique characteristics, including the surrounding urban community.” For the residents of the urban community in question, the unique characteristics of the community are put in jeopardy by the possibility of a multi-year railroad construction project. This new community, still working to find its place on Capitol Hill, is struggling to challenge a railroad company trying to take advantage of the explosion in global shipping trends.

Modernizing an Old Tunnel

There are many different ways to renovate an 107-year-old tunnel, and CSX and its design partners initially offered eleven options to the community. The ANC advocated two solutions: do not build, or detour the trains around the city. Of those two, the no-build solution appeared at the presentation only because it is required by the EIS as a baseline measurement. The three plans that remain all involve open trench construction, and two of them will have trains running through the trenches uncovered, a prospect that worried some families around the area. There is one concept (Concept 5) that constructs an additional tunnel next to the existing one. This means that the train can remain underground throughout construction by single-tracking in whichever tunnel is not under construction at the time.

For a Community at the Crossroads, More Questions Remain

For the members of the community, the shift to the EIS was a no-brainer. “It was nonsensical that it was an 58 H HillRag | June 2012

by Dana Bell

Concept 5 Constructs Two Separate Tunnels Credit: CSX/DDOT

EA,” said a resident of the Capitol Quarter homes at the meeting. But the EIS raises more questions than it answers, at least for now. Throughout the course of the study, the impacts on property values, businesses, air quality, pollution, Barracks Row Main Street, and soil erosion were all deferred until the completion of the draft EIS next fall. This is then followed by a review period and a hearing in the winter of 2012. a final draft is submitted in the spring of 2013. But of immediate concern to the community is the effect that a construction site nearly ten blocks long will have with the rest of the neighborhood. At the presentation, CSX unveiled plans for temporary bridges that will span the construction corridor. “Every effort will be made to maintain vehicular access to all homes, including to garages and alleyways,” CSX offers in its FAQ packet. While this solves the logistical problem of connecting the different streets, the commissioners at ANC6D are more concerned about the psychological dvisiion in such a new area. “If they had done this a few years ago, there wouldn’t have been a community to deal with,” said ANC Commissioner David Garber.

The people at ANC 6D expressed their concerns in a letter, writing, “building a trench between the emerging neighborhoods south of Virginia Avenue and the more established areas north of it will instantly sever the ties that we have worked so tirelessly to build.”

A Global Industry in the Neighborhood

In the end, the concerns of this small neighborhood are dwarfed by the incentives of the global shipping industry. “As you know, freight growth relies on consumption,” said a representative from CSX. “As the District grows and the areas around the District grow, this amount of freight is going to increase.” The expansion of the Panama Canal, slated for 2015, will allow for even larger container ships into ports like Baltimore and Norfolk. The ability to double stack can lower freights already minimal cost-per-unit shipping costs. The increase in freight east of the Mississippi, also referred to as the National Gateway, is pushing CSX and its competitors to modify their routes. In the face of these growing international trends, the opposition from a small community faces an uphill battle. H

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Zoning Confusion at Reservation 13


by Emily Clark

elay, confusion and controversy continue to dog progress at Reservation 13, site of the old DC General Hospital. In the latest developments, questions about zoning and allocation of two parcels of land at the site raise doubts and frustration about the future of the 67-acre tract. Even though Reservation 13--formerly an unzoned federal parcel--has been zoned since 2009 as HE (Hill East)1-4, permits granted for work as recently as November of last year list the site as ‘unzoned.’ Construction of a temporary parking lot may be in violation of zoning requirements, as the permit was granted without going before either the ANC or the Zoning Commission.

Clarification Sought

These concerns are reflected in a letter sent by ANC 6B Chair Jared Critchfield to Nicholas Majett, director of the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which oversees the permitting process in the District. In the letter, Critchfield and the other ANC 6B commissioners note that a review of permit applications and requests since August 2009 (when the site zoning went into effect) found that DCRA consistently refers to 1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE as unzoned, and that the monthly permit listings make no mention of either the HE district or its sub-districts. Further, the letter asks whether any of the construction work permitted and completed since August 2009 required special exception zoning relief and why ANC 6B was not properly notified about any special exception and variance requests. Ken Jarboe, a former ANC 6B 60 H HillRag | June 2012

commissioner who has been involved with Reservation 13 since the Master Plan was adopted more than a decade ago, said, “There should have been a zoning action” for construction of the parking lot, “and we can’t find it.” “The bigger question is whether there are other things going on there that aren’t permitted with zoning, or does the zoning not apply?” he asked. ANC 6B Commissioner Brian Flahaven noted that, “On the parking lot issue, there should have been a public process. Why does DCRA list this property as unzoned? Someone made a mistake, and hopefully, they’ll correct it.”

DCRA Response

A spokesman for DCRA said he was looking into why the agency had listed the site as unzoned, when the Office of Zoning map delineates the HE 1-4 zoning. But he also noted that zoning reviewers “check all submitted applications to make sure they comply with zoning regulations.” And he added that DCRA has now updated its database (as of May 17) to reflect the site’s zoning status. Gary Peterson, an attorney who chairs the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Zoning Committee, said that the problem does not necessarily lie with the DCRA.

“DCRA occasionally lists property incorrectly, but how it lists it is irrelevant,” Peterson said. “Any prudent investor, developer or contractor should go to the Office of Zoning and look at the map.” Peterson said that, as far as the parking lot, “the city didn’t follow its own regulations,” and he noted that if they had, “they would probably have gotten approval for an interim parking lot.” He also blamed the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development, saying, “They’ve grossly dropped the ball here.”

Re-Bid Parcels

At a meeting last month with ANC 6B, representatives from the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development announced their intention to re-open the bidding process for parcels F1 and G1 at Reservation 13, despite two viable bids from 2010. According to DMPED spokesman Jose Sousa, internal conversations with the office of the Attorney General--as well as changing economic conditions--led to the decision to restart the bidding process for developing the two parcels. “Four years have elapsed since the original Requests for Expressions of Interest and two years since the Best and Final Offers were issued to the two remaining teams,” he said, also noting that failure to reopen the bidding could lead to legal challenges. Sousa said he expected the solicitations to be elicited before Labor Day.

Endless Delay

This does not sit well with ANC 6B Commissioner Francis Campbell, a longtime resident of Hill East. Noting that ANC 6B has requested a legal opinion on the matter from the AG’s office, Campbell expressed concern that re-opening the bidding “puts yet another delay to the project, with more proposals and more community meetings.” Campbell is clearly frustrated with what he calls a “runaround” from the city, and he wants to see development start sooner, rather than later. “It’s been 12 years already, and the city has done all these massive projects, while we still sit on the waiting list,” Campbell said. “At this rate, it’ll be three to five years before a shovel goes into the dirt. By the time they finish this, we’ll all be dead.” H

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NEWS ANC 6A by Roberta Weiner

A Briefing on the Fire and EMS Department

Chief Kenneth Ellerbee of the Fire and EMS Department repeated his 6C appearance the previous evening with a briefing at ANC 6A. He discussed the changing nature of the department and said the growth in the need for EMS officers was partly due to the fact that people are living longer, and his intent as chief is to keep the community as healthy as possible. He focused on his priority of expanding CPR training programs, using the 62 H HillRag | June 2012

example of Seattle, which he said is the most ”heart-safe” city in the world because of the extent of its CPR training program. He said that despite media reports, DC has ”the best department in the country, and he is wants to give high school seniors a career path in EMS. He said that 17-18-19 year olds, even three weeks into the program, are transformed, and ”it makes may heart feel good.”

Transportation Issues Update

Sam Zimbabwe, Associate Director of DDOT for Planning, Policy, and Sustainability was invited to provide the Commission with updates on several of the transportation issues currently in the works in the ANC’s area

C Street NE

Traffic on C Street NE, is an issue which has been pending for very long time: Mr. Zimbabwe’s response to the ANC’s concern is that there are two choices: either do things quickly at low cost, or go slowly and carefully, with studies that provide a foundation for long-term success. They have done some vetting of the options and are getting ready to start on short-term initiatives such as eliminating one lane of traffic on both C Street and Maryland Avenue. One resident, Rob Stevens said that he’s been working on C Street issues with a series of transportation planners to no avail, and mentioned other thoroughfares, like Pennsylvania Ave, and Branch Avenue that

seem to have moved to the front of the line for action. He was assured that DDOT was about to start on the project again, and that the projects he had seen finished had actually been in the works longer than C Street. He said that doing a “green” street, which C Street will be, takes a larger investment of capital. He said there is a $4.8 million grant in 2014, with a placeholder for this project, “a really big deal, ”he said. Commissioner Holmes said he didn’t want to wait until 2014. On Florida Avenue, he reported that they were working on a plan for NoMa to reduce traffic lanes from 2nd Street through West Virginia Avenue and 9th Street, and the question is whether they need a larger study, or could just follow

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Mr. Zimbabwe said that they will start with something temporary to see how much change can be implemented with paint and bollards. He said they have to look at costs, but, if it all falls into place, they could begin this fall. There is money for design and construction built into federal transportation funds.


He reported that a contract for the turnarounds and the car barn should be awarded sometime this spring, with construction beginning some time this summer. The new trolleys should be delivered next summer, but they are trying to push the deadlines. A community member said he was opposed to constructing the car barn at Spingarn High. A member of Councilmember Wells’s staff said that the councilmember wants to see something done quickly, echoing the views of Commission members.

Rosedale by Any Other Name...

The question of what to name the new Rosedale branch of the DC Public Library (DCPL) carried over from the April ANC meeting, and generated a spirited discussion among members of a community divided over the issue. On one side, those supporting a decision approved’ at a 2011 community’ meeting when the construction of the new recreation center/pool/ballfield/library was just getting under way, to name the whole complex for Rosedale, the historic neighborhood in which it is located. In response to a proposal at that time to name the Center for Reginald ”Kiyi” Ballard, Sr., who had made a significant contribution to the community it was suggested that a Wall of Honor be established at the Center to memorialize people like Mr. Ballard for their contributions to Rosedale. Nicothia Bowen, President of the Rosedale Citizens’ Alliance wrote in a letter to the ANC that ”Rosedale in the Center’s name is extremely important to the fabric of our community,

past and present.” On the other side, a group of neighbors, spearheaded by ANC Commissioner Gladys Mack and resident Saundra Phillips-Gilbert, would like to see the library carry the names of two former Northeast libraries, R.L .Christian and John Mercer Langston, both of whom, while local notables; were not Rosedale residents, Several Commissioners spoke in support of retaining the Rosedale name and establishing a Wall of Honor to recognize and salute the accomplishments of the many notable members of the Rosedale area, mirroring the action that the Community Outreach Committee had taken the previous week. The ANC voted in support of that option and also voted in support of asking the DC Department of Parks and Recreation to oversee the setting up and management of the establishment of the Wall with input from the community.

In Other Actions…

In other actions, ANC 6A • Voted 6-1-1 to withhold its support from a Father’s Day event outside the Sherwood Rec Center that has caused problems with public drunkenness, noise and other disruptions in the surrounding neighborhood for many years. • Voted by a bare majority (4-3-1) to extend the exemption from the ban on the sale of single cans for Capital Liquors at 1835 Benning Road NE because the store is across the street from Ward 5, which does not have a ban. • Voted to protest the renewal of several liquor licenses as a placeholder until voluntary agreements are signed with the stores: Family Liquors,710 H Street NE; Jumbo Liquors, 1122 H Street NE; Master Liquors,1806 d Street Ne; New York Liquors, 1447 Maryland Avenue NE; Viggy’s Liquors, 409 15th Street, NE. The commission also voted in support of a stipulated license for the transfer of the license of Rose’s Dream, 1378 H Street NE, which is moving to 1378 H Street. The next meeting of ANC 6A will be held on Thursday,, June 14, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street NE.

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ANC 6B by Mariessa Terrell


n May 8, 2012, ANC 6B held a marathon meeting at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE) that started at 7:00 pm and ended a few minutes before 10:00 pm. After a few community announcements, Twanna Spurgeon of the Howard University Cancer Center announced a new breast cancer prevention project. The Promise Ambassador Program endeavors to train women ages 20 to 74 to educate their friends and family about the importance of pre-care for the prevention of breast cancer. Spurgeon emphasized that Washington, DC has the highest rates of breast cancer mortality in the nation. Specifically, Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 are the most disproportionately impacted because many residents in these wards often do not practice self breast screening or mammograms. Twanna.Spurgeon@| Twitter: @hu_wop

Limiting Liquor Sales But Favoring Medical Marijuana

The ANC has remained stalwart in requiring that all liquor stores sign a Voluntary Agreement that limits the sale of two and three packs of liquor in 6B. The ANC requirement is in addition to current DC law that only bans single serve sales of liquor throughout the District. A lengthy discussion ensued when Burnette Williams, owner of Chat’s Liquors stood before the Commission to request a Class A Liquor License. Although Williams’ single sale liquor exemption had expired he unequivocally refused to sign the Voluntary Agreement arguing that he “[does] not sell single serve liquors or doubles.” Even after a neighboring business owner entreated Williams to reconsider his position and offered to pay 64 H HillRag | June 2012

for façade improvements for Chat’s Liquors, Mr. Williams remained unmoved. The motion to protest Chat’s Liquors renewal was passed. Not every liquor store balked at the requirement to sign the Voluntary Agreement. Hayden’s Inc. (700 North Carolina Avenue, SE); JJ Mutt Wine and Spirits (643 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE); Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits (323 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE) and Gandel’s Liquors (211 Pennsylvania Ave, SE) all agreed to executed the Agreement. The last issue raised during the Committee report involved the opening of The Metropolitan Wellness Center (, a medical marijuana dispensary. The Medical Wellness Center to be located at 409 8th Street SE is one of four finalists selected to operate in DC. Mike Cunthrell, the founder of the Medical Wellness Center attended the meeting to respond to community concerns. Chief among the concerns was who will be allowed into the dispensary, what happens to unused product and why does the Center need a Twitter feed. Cunthrell answered each query in turn, stating that only patients with prescriptions will be allowed into the dispensary. With regard to unsold product, Cunthrell stated, “unused product will be given to the Metropolitan Police Department.” Cunthrell further stressed that the Twitter feed would allow the Center to not only market its product to physicians and patients but to share updates with collaborators. Ward six resident, Anne Trenolone kicked off the community comment portion of the Wellness Center segment by stating that it was “quite ironic” that the Commission was actively taking steps to prevent the sale of single serve liquors in 6B but appears to be very comfortable with the opening a medical marijuana dispensary on 8th Street, SE. The Commissioners responded that DC Council Members enacted legislation in May 2010 authorizing the establishment of regulated and medical marijuana dispensaries. Further, a poll conducted in January 2010 reported an

80 percent DC approval of medical marijuana. The discussion concluded with an acknowledgement that the ANC along with the Department of Health will have an opportunity for a formal review of the dispensary every three years. In addition all dispensaries and cultivation centers will be required to renew their licenses annually. After the community discussion, the Motion to support the medical marijuana dispensary was passed by a vote of 9 to 0.

More Outdoor Cafes and a Light Show

The Planning and Zoning Committee Report included a few interesting issues. Yarmouth Realty located at 309 7th Street SE seeks to erect a digital sign that would present a slideshow of available properties. It is not clear how much light will emanate from the sign so it was suggested by Chairman Jared Critchfield that Yarmouth’s owner speak with a representative from the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). After a comment that the sign will actually be placed on “public space,” the ANC decided not to take a position and voted to wait until the June 12 ANC meeting to discuss further. Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) located at 666 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE seeks to create outdoor seating for patrons that will result in the placement of 10 tables, 20 chairs on 7th Street, SE and 14 tables to be placed on Pennsylvania Avenue. The main issue discussed was whether it would be prudent to allow LPQ to erect a sidewalk café at such a busy corner that has never featured outdoor seating. The Commissioners voted to approve the additional seating.

Other Issues

The Commission recognized that there is a need to retain “prosperity” on Capitol Hill by preserving and renovating libraries for 6B middle schools under the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. The Commission agreed to support the preservation of DC Public School libraries in FY 13 DC Public Schools

Budget for the implementation of middle school improvements supporting middle school IB’s (6-for; 1 against; 2 abstentions).

Redeveloping Hine Junior High School

The Commission has created a subcommittee to engage in the detailed review of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) at the site of the old Hine Junior High School on Capitol Hill. The subcommittee will present their position to the Office of Planning during the June 14, 2012 public hearing. The meeting will be held at 441 4th street NW.

Executive Director Wanted

The ANC 6B Executive Director recently resigned. The Commission will begin reviewing applications on May 14, 2012. Interested applicants are asked to submit a resume and cover letter to Chair Jared Critchfield ( The next ANC 6B meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on June 12, 2012 at the Peoples Church located at 535 8th Street SE, Washington, DC.

ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner

Briefing from Fire Chief Ellerbee

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief Kenneth Ellerbee addressed ANC 6C, giving a rundown on the services his department provides, ranging all the way from traditional activities like fighting fires to the more unexpected like providing blood pressure and diabetes testing to local groups (in fact, a team of firefighters took over the lobby of the Heritage Foundation performing tests during and after the meeting). He said he is working on renovating stations, and looking at retrofitting the department to meet today’s needs. He reported that there has been a substantial growth in ”pre-hospital”

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C care, and he is making EMT his priority. He said he will be doing more EMT training, and the culture of the department will change as the focus shifts. He said he wants more ambulances, rather than fire trucks, and is planning to turn a station near Dunbar High School into an EMS center. He also made a pitch for citizen CPR training, and said he is working on getting a citizen effort off the ground. Finally, he reminded people that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available from the Fire Department at 673-3331.

Murry’s Steaks and Public Storage To be Replaced

More of the fabric of the old H Street is slated to disappear with the sale of the Murry’s Steaks building and parking lots at 6th Street to Insight Property Group, which also has a contract, contingent on development approvals, for the H Street Storage site a block away. According to a presentation at the ANC meeting, an application for a two-phase PUD will be presented to the Zoning Commission this summer. Phase 1 will encompass the Murry’s site, and the second phase will cover the selfstorage facility. Plans for the project include an eight story building fronting on H Street, stepping down to six stories, and finally to four stories on I Street . The building will have a setback on H Street to create open space. There will be about 350 residential units, and 22,000-23,000 square feet of retail. There will be 245 residential parking spaces, and 25 reserved for retail. Phase II will provide retail/service business on the first two floors, with the upper floors being either residential or a boutique hotel. The developer has been holding small community meetings, including meetings with the ANC’s economic Development and Zoning Committee, and will return to the Commission as their plans solidify.

Digital Signs May Proliferate At Verizon Center

For many months, the Verizon Center has been working to gain

support for a program of digital display signs to be hung on the outside of the building for advertising and promotion purposes—a substantial expansion of the two signs that greet visitors to 7th Street today. The signage requires a vote of approval from the City Council. Representatives of the marketing firm handling the project presented their plan at the ANC several months ago, but have not been back for a final presentation or a vote. However, Commission Chair Karen Wirt reported that ANC 2C (which as a result of redistricting, will become ANC 6E) had voted to wait until the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, organizations whose members are most immediately affected, have determined their positions on the signage plan. Ms. Wirt proposed that 6C follow suit, and the Commission unanimously passed a motion saying it would wait until the two groups have acted, and would send a letter to the City Council, requesting that, in case it takes action prior to the ANC, that the record be kept open to receive its comments.

P.O. Box 77876 • Washington, D.C. 20013-7787 Call (202) 547-7168 for meeting time and location. ANC 6C generally meets the second Wednesday of each month.

ANC 6C Commissioners: ANC 6C01 Keith Silver ANC 6C02 Mark Dixon (202) 438-2228 ANC 6C03 VACANT

ANC 6C04 Tony Goodman (202) 271-8707 ANC 6C05 M.Tony Richardson (202) 997-6662 ANC 6C06 John Scott Price (202) 577-6261

ANC 6C07 Bill Crews ANC 6C08 Karen Wirt (202) 547-7168 ANC 6C09 Kevin Wilsey (202) 669-5184

Alley Closing In Aid Of Mt. Vernon Triangle Development

This is the final step prior to the beginning of Phase II of a residential development at 4th Street NW between New York Ave, and L Street. The project will have 390 rental units and have no retail. The developer is seeking to close a dead-end alley that is already part of the land package that has been assembled for the project. Jimmy Dodson, the project manager, showed the location of the private alley, of about 900’1000’ sq. ft., running between New York Avenue and L Street, with a public easement that was closed in 2007. He has already met with Councilmember Well, who said he will introduce emergency legislation when the ANC approves. Mr. Dodson said that it is not public space, but it will still be open and available. The project has 80% lot coverage, and the frontage on the street, but the interior will provide open space for trucks, and

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capitolstreets ANC reports there will also be landscaping, Mr. Dodson said they have been in the neighborhood, as builder and manager of several projects. They plan to have shovel in the ground by the end of the year. The ANC voted unanimously to approve the alley closing and send a letter to Councilmember Wells to let him know.

In Other Actions,,.

In other actions, ANC 6C • Heard from commissioner Tony Goodman that 1st Street NE will undergo a major renovation with new electrical wiring, water pipes, sewers, and street lights, He also announced that a cycle track will be built on G Street just south of New York Avenue. • Learned from Commissioner Scott Price that the interior renovation of the Northeast Library will begin this fall, and neighborhood meetings are beginning • Supported a liquor license for Yo!, a branch of a London Japanese restaurant featuring sushi and noodles, that will join Chipotle and Roti, at the west entrance of Union station, neartheMetro. • Passed a motion, to Mayor Gray, the DC Council and MPD urging the installation of a crime camera at the corner of6th and L Streets NE, to join one at the corner of 4th and L Street NE in an area plagued by high crime. • Extended the deadline for final reports for several grant recipients—JP Wilson and Peabody School PTAs, and the Mt.Vernon Triangle CID. The next meeting of ANC 6C will be held on Wednesday, June 13, at 7 PM at the Heritage Foundation 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE.

ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner


NC 6D made one of its periodic trips to bring its meetings to the community, hold-

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ing its regular monthly session at the Marriott Courtyard in Southeast. By coincidence, much of the meeting was taken up with issues relating to that part of the community.

Another Incarnation for Florida Rock

It’s not Florida Rock anymore, but, with a new developer, a new plan and another proposed starting date, the site of the now razed and relocated concrete plant just south of the stadium may actually be getting under way. The site’s new developer, MRP Realty, presented an update on Riverfront on the Anacostia, as it is now being called, to the ANC, a preview of what’s to come over the next several months --and years—as the large project finally, after many delays caused by the economy, as well as finding a location for the concrete plant, starts fulfilling its promise to provide a new and exciting welcome to people approaching the city from the south. The ANC will vote on the first phase of the project in July, prior to a September Zoning Commission hearing on Phase 1 of a PUD. What is planned is a residential building with close to 20,000 square feet of retail. Along with the building, which will provide views of the ”Grand Stairway” entrance to the stadium, there will be a marina with 40-50 slips and a public pier to provide spaces for people wishing to come to the stadium by boat, along with water taxis, tour boats and other water-focused activities. The project will have many sustainable features, and will also feature a roof-top pool. Riverfront will also be part of the park network along the river, connecting with Diamond Teague Park, the Yards, and the Navy Yard. The waterfront walkway will be broad enough for both bicycles and pedestrians. Future phases of the development will include a second residential building, an office building, and, according to MRP Realty, a ”four star” hotel. The specific details of the later phases of the project are dependent on decisions by the Office

of P)Planning and DDOT on the location of the long-awaited new redesign of the South Capitol Street Bridge and the plan to turn South Capitol Street into a grand entrance to the District.

Canal Park Progresses

Chris VanArsdale, who is overseeing the construction of Canal Park for developer William Smith, brought the ANC the good news that, after delays in starting the project, and additional recent delays because of construction problems, things are on now track for an early fall opening. The park runs from M and 2nd Street SE north to West Virginia Avenue where it provides a welcome greenscape for the new office building and gallery that will house the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Interestingly, the reason for the most recent delay is that Canal Park is actually located atop a canal, one of an extensive network of waterways that crisscrossed the area (including Capitol Hill and the Mall). It turns out it was necessary to construct an underground superstructure to protect the utility pipes and assure the safety of the park. Meanwhile, construction is also moving forward on the pavilion in the southernmost block of the park’s three sections. The light-filled cubelike structure will be the home of a restaurant and café run by Capitol Hill restaurateur Xavier Cevera (Chesapeake Room, Senart’s Oyster House, Boxcar Tavern, etc.). Van Arsdale says the park construction is 60% complete and should be complete by October.

CSX Tunnel Route Still Elusive

Commissioner David Garber is still waiting for CSX rail lines to present a decision on a plan for reconstructing its tunnel from 2nd to 10th Streets SE, under the Southeast-Southwest Freeway. Working with the residents of Capitol Quarter who live directly along the proposed route he drafted a letter to be sent to the Mayor, members if the City Council, and both local and

federal transportation agencies. The letter focuses on several issues, the first being an open trench that may be dug to hold temporary tracks so that the trains can keep running while the new, deeper-set tracks are being laid. The concern is that residents will not be able to cross from one side of the community to the other; and that neighbors on the Capitol Hill side of the trench will lose their connection with their neighbors. Additionally, the letter talks about the real possibility of standing water, vermin and rodents being attracted to the trench. The letter also points out that the increased rail traffic that the expanded tunnel is being built to handle will put ”people, homes, businesses, and fragile historic resources at risk.” The letter suggests that the best options for CXS are either to leave the tunnel in its current state, or to reroute additional train traffic outside the District, as has been recommended by the National Capitol Planning Commission. As was to be expected, several residents of Capitol Quarter, the development that abuts the tunnel, spoke strongly in favor of the letter which easily passed the Commission.

Parking Pilot Program Funds Threatened

The Performance Parking Pilot Program was instituted in an area that covers much of Southwest, all of Southeast, and a good deal of the southern part of Capitol Hill at the time of the opening of the ballpark. What it does is provide variable parking rates in order to discourage long term parking during high usage times, such as during ballgames. To that end, multi-space meters were installed that could automatically recalibrate their charges. Receipts from the meters have been placed in a special fund to be used for grants for ”non-automotive improvements” in the pilot program area. Mayor Gray however, in his 2013 budget proposes that all money in the fund that has not yet been allocated be reprogrammed to the bud-

get for WMATA and Councilmembers Wells and Cheh have recommended that the funds be restored to the fund. The ANC passed a unanimous resolution opposing the Mayor’s request and supporting the efforts of the Coouncilmembers to restore the funds so they can be used for their original purposes in the community.

In Other Actions…

In other actions, ANC 6D • Heard that the project of the Riverfront BID, funded last year with a DC Commission on the Arts grant, to create a public art work utilizing the piers under the New Jersey Avenue underpass of the Freeway, is in its final design phases and will be installed within the next few months, creating a welcoming entry to the near Southeast community, The piers will be painted in four shades of blue that will be lit with diodes to provide a bright and upbeat impression of the Southeast area. • Heard that various hearings on the massive Southwest waterfront project will begin in June, with the Commission on Fine Arts scheduled for the middle of the month. • Learned from DDOT Parking Operations Manager Damon Harvey that his agency is reassessing game day parking in the neighborhood around the ballpark from South Capitol to 11th Street SE, placing Residents Only signs on certain blocks and making others that are off limits now available to people with visitor’s parking permits. • Agreed to support the renewal of Class A liquor licenses for Shulman’s Liquors at 1st and P streets SW, and Harry’s Reserve Liquors at 3rd and I Streets SE. The next meeting of ANC 6D will be held on Monday, June 11th, at7 PM, at 1100 4th Street, SW, 2nd Floor. H H 67


by Sally York and Myles Mellor Across

1. Fiori and gigli 7. Corrupts 13. Group of rock-forming minerals, var. 20. Paternal relative 21. Flower type 22. Simultaneously 23. Query re: East or West in Oz 26. Morning waker-upper 27. Bewail 28. He and she 29. Pink, as a steak 30. Become unhinged 32. Ado 34. Freud contemporary 36. Bleat 39. Not much 41. “Ol’ Man River” composer 43. Indian nursemaids 47. “___ bitten, twice shy” 49. One who puts you in your place 52. Royal toppers 55. Oolong, for one 56. Query re: rustic cabin amenity 60. Eurasian wheat 61. Fill-in 62. Chanel of fashion 63. Old weapon 64. Feudal lord 65. Eastern wrap 66. Expertise 68. Perennial plant type 70. Navigational aid 73. School 77. Twists 79. That is, in Latin 81. List preceder 82. Comes between rat and tat.... 85. Theda Bara, e.g. 87. Mangrove palm 88. Lifeless, old-style 89. Query re: city slicker’s purchase of pet alligator 94. Biographical bit 95. Anatomical ring 96. Mixes up 97. “___ Smile” (1976 hit) 98. Operatic villains, often 100. “Go, ___!” 102. Frame used for burials 104. Absorb, with “up” 105. 2005 Best Picture nominee 108. Brings home 111. “Aeneid” figure 113. “Beetle Bailey” dog 116. “Let it stand” 118. Yellow pigment 120. Jazz genre 124. Query re: new hairpiece collection 128. Builder 129. “To do” list

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1. Hinged catch 2. Eastern pooh-bah 3. Agitated state 4. Sensitivities 5. Acropolis figure 6. Clinch, with “up” 7. ___ Bell 8. Elephant goad 9. Dead to the world 10. Know-nothing 11. Spotted, to Tweety 12. Buttonhole, e.g. 13. Confronted 14. ___ alcohol 15. Police, with “the” 16. Van Gogh title word 17. Galileo’s birthplace 18. Gulf V.I.P. 19. Anatomical network 24. Mischievous 25. Greek god of death 31. Adjoin 33. Abbr. after many a general’s name 35. “___ on Down the Road” 36. Deep interior 37. Bivalve shells 38. Insight 40. Certain sorority member 42. Microprocessor type 44. Above 45. “Catch!” 46. Benefit 48. Requiem composers 50. Decorative jugs 51. Rival of Paris 53. “___ Man,” Elton John song 54. Bypass 57. Inferior merchandise 58. ___ ceremony 59. Cordial greetings 65. Bad-smelling flower? 67. “Labyrinth” producer 69. Part of a voting machine 71. Mine entrances 72. Move, as a plant 74. See 59-Down 75. Dangerous job 76. Bag 78. Make even, as a surface 80. “Master” 82. 1956 Peck role 83. Loose garment 84. Bowls over 86. Bundle 90. “Aquarius” musical 91. Indian bread 92. Familiarize

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Community Life Spotted on the Hill

The Chipping Sparrow


by Text and Photographs by Peter Vankevich

alking through any of the many parks on Capitol Hill in late spring and early summer you may find yourself hearing a series of chipping sounds that is so rapid it turns into a steady trill. The likely suspect of this pleasant sound is the Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerine, a small unobtrusive bird that is easily overlooked but definitely worth the effort to see. A glimpse of this bird will easily place it within the sparrow family. Slightly smaller than the common year-round Song Sparrow, this bird has a clear light breast and under parts, two wing strips and a white eye line. This may sound like a typical sparrow, but in addition to these markings, the crown has a striking copper color that makes it identification this time of the year easy. Both males and females look alike. The Chipping Sparrow is widely distributed throughout North America. In the east it has adapted to a variety of habitats that include open grassy spaces, interspersed with trees making it common in woodlands, farms, riversides and city parks. An excellent location to see these birds is our Congressional Cemetery where this bird was photographed. In Western North America it prefers to

nest in conifer forests. Unlike some birds that like to hang out in the tops of trees, these sparrows – watcher friendly- will drop to the ground foraging sometimes by making scratching motions for seeds and at this time of the year, in search of some insects. After a prolonged fall migration, most Chipping Sparrows winter a bit farther south than the DC region though a handful may still be around for the Christmas Bird Count in late December. Enjoy this bird’s good looks now. In the fall it undergoes a molt and the copper-colored crown disappears to streaks and it appears to be just another dingy sparrow that can be chal-

lenging to identify. I mention this in part, because if in the middle of the winter you may come upon a sparrow in a field that that has a copper crown, light under parts and white wing bars that looks very similar to the Chipping Sparrow in its breeding plumage. One marking difference is that this winter bird will had a distinctive breast spot. That bird an American Tree Sparrow that nests in the fall north and winters not much farther south. The DC area is about the most southern of its winter range. If you have any interesting birds on Capitol Hill that could be a possible feature for this column, feel free to contact me:petevankevich@ H H 69


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Summer is Here by Elise Bernard


ummer is here and the temperatures are soaring. Don’t let the blazing sun keep you from exploring the H Street NE Corridor. There’s a lot going on, and you won’t want to miss it. Grab your shades, stroll around, and earn that cocktail you’re going to enjoy on the patio or rooftop deck.

patio, and now you can grab brunch there. During their Full Metal Brunch they offer drink specials (bloody marys, mimosas, $3 PBR pints), and chicken and waffles. You can even play ladder toss, or cornhole while you rock out to the hair metal.

The Dusk of H Street

Your favorite local Lebanese restaurant will soon have a food truck roaming the streets of DC. Shawafel’s (, 1322 H Street NE) custom built truck was not ready at press time, but they hope to launch the new operation sometime this month.

Internationally known street artist Gaia recently completed a very striking mural on the side of Smith Commons (, 1245 H Street NE). It’s entitled The Dusk of H Street. It features a half man, half rooster, figure opening his robes to reveal an Albert Bierstadt landscape painting of Yosemite contrasted with photo of the old Sun and Moon building (boarded up windows and all). The mural covers the entire side of the building, with the exception of the upper right corner. That corner is decorated with a mural depicting a hand in the midst of giving a benediction. The hand is also the work of Gaia, who painted it during last year’s ArtVentures on H Street. Fans of the mural might want to head over to Smith Commons on Sunday June 10th. They will find Gaia there from 5-7pm for an artist’s talk and reception.

Full Metal Brunch at Rock and Roll Hotel

Rock and Roll Hotel (, 1353 H Street NE) has an awesome

Shawafel on Wheels

The Dusk of H Street marks the side of Smith Commons

Euro Style has big plans for the $85k grant it won

Four H Street Businesses Get $85k Grants

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men’s and women’s clothing with a European aesthetic. Owner Mo Abdi will use the money to improve the facade, build out for additional retail

Four H Street NE businesses each received an $85,000 grant meant to spur retail development along the Corridor. AtlasVet (http://www., 1326 H Street NE will use the funds to strengthen their existing retail component. DC Conscious Café, which is slated to open at 1413 H Street NE, will have a full floor of retail, in addition to serving food. Their grant funds will go towards opening up their floor plan and improving their façade. The third recipient is Euro Style (1342 H Street NE), which sells

storage, and upgrade his building’s HVAC system. The fourth recipient is actually H Street Main Street ( The group plans to spend the money on retail focus groups along the corridor, and to fund a retail summit. The H Street NE Retail Priority Area Incentive Act of 2010 created this grant program. The purpose of this program is four fold: encourage retail along H Street, foster small business growth, increase the tax base, and create for residents of the District of Columbia. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development administered the program’s two proposed phases. Second-round awardees were selected out of a pool of 10 applicants who submitted applications for the grants by the January 4, 2012 deadline. Firstround awards were announced on January 10, 2012. A third round of funding is available, and the deadline to apply is June 22nd. Those interested in applying should attend the upcoming information session at Douglas Memorial Methodist Church 800 11th St. NE June 6th at 6:30pm.

NoMA Summer Screen

If you’ve never attended a showing of one of NoMA’s Summer Screen (http://www.nomabid.

Join the CaPitol hill Fourth oF July Parade! org/event-info/noma-summerscreen) flicks, you have been missing out. The free films are every Wednesday on the Loree Grand Field at 7th and L Street NE. Films start at dusk, but the fun kicks off at 7pm with music and food trucks (plus, you’ll want to stake out a good spot for your blanket). This year’s theme, seeing as it is 2012 and all, is the end of the world. Films run through August 8th. Children and friendly dogs are most welcome. All films include subtitles.

Corner Chef Cafe Coming Soon


oin neighbors, family, friends, princesses, pets, PTA’s, “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps. and the contestants for the Ms. United States Pageant! It’s the 2012 4th of July Parade on Capitol Hill! Walk, run, roll or dance down Barracks Row in your best Independence Day design. Bang pots, blow a kazoo, decorate a bike, car, float, wagon or yourself with streamers, balloons, paint or flags. The more creative the better! The Miss United States Pageant Contestants will sign autographs at the Metro Plaza for attendees afterwards. It’s the eleventh year for our community event. You can’t miss it!

A new carryout is heading for the H Street Corridor (802 13th Street NE). They will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner (6:30am-10pm). They plan to have a little something for everyone. Think Belgian waffles, omelets, rotisserie chicken, burritos, salad, wings, and burgers. There’s a large sidewalk area on 13th Street, and the owner told me that he hopes to add sidewalk seating in the future. The team behind Corner Chef brings over 30 years of food service to the table. If all goes well they could be open by the time you read this.

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A Change of Plans at 1337 H Street NE

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Partnerships in Prosperity by Sharon Bosworth


id you know that Barracks Row Main Street is not funded by the government? We are chartered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private organization with a governmentagency-sounding name. The National Trust’s 1500+ individually chartered Main Streets must each raise funds annually to continue operations. We begin fundraising every year with Taste of 8th, held on a Saturday afternoon. Barracks Row restaurants offer generous samples of their fare for $5.00 per tasting; proceeds support Barracks Row Main Street. We also host an annual Garden Party fundraiser. Corporate sponsors of our Garden Party reflect the dynamic lifestyle of Capitol Hill and the 8th Street, SE, community. These businesses have a stake in the success of Barracks Row; we depend on their generous support every year. Some donations are in-kind and some are cash contributions.

We Salute Our In-Kind Sponsors

In-kind sponsor Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, supported our Garden Party back when the renaissance on 8th Street, SE, was just a dream. Owned by Rick and Jon Genderson, Schneider’s was started in 1949 by their grandfather, Max Schneider and father, Abe Genderson. Rick’s son, Josh, is now at Schneider’s – the fourth generation in this family business. Today Schneider’s fine wine collection stretches from Chateau Lafite 1900 at $4500 to Vina Antigua Bonarda for $5.00. Many bottles are stored in Schneider’s 15,000 square foot temperature controlled ware-

house, including their “Old and Rare List” which is also accessible at Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) is also an in-kind Garden Party Sponsor. WSWA is the trade organization representing the wholesale tier of the American wine and spirits industry. WSWA’s family-owned member companies distribute over 70% of all wine and spirits made worldwide sold at wholesale in the USA. WSWA regularly hosts a large trade show to highlight wine and spirits from around the world.

Forrest Gump–Worthy Shrimp

This year in-kind sponsor, Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, 520 8th Street, SE, owned by Xavier Cervera, returns to the Garden Party. Last year we watched in amazement as Senart’s Brian Klein presided over oyster shucking and tended trays of poached jumbo shrimp while carrying on conversations with multiple Garden Par- Brian Klein, Senart’s Oyster and Chop House. Photo: Andrew Lightman ty guests. For 2012 Klein is back again with Senart’s signature Fresh SE; Nooshi Sushi and Tash, 524 8th Street, Shucked Oysters. Those Forrest Gump-worthy jumbo SE. All opened very recently or are opening shrimp will be back, too, by popular demand! Xavier Cervera is a big believer in Capitol Hill. soon on Barracks Row. At this year’s Garden Party on Thursday, Senart’s nearby sister restaurants include The Chesapeake Room, 501 8th Street, SE; Lola’s, 711 8th Street, June 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. these chefs join Brian Klein of Senart’s in showcasing SE; and Molly Malone’s, 713 8th Street, SE. Pacitheir specialties as neighbors meet newcomers fico, 514 8th Street, SE, will open soon with a menu to the Hill and catch up with old friends, indevoted to the Mexicocluding national and local politicians. Join us meets-California area: Baja and beyond. Boxcar Tavern, as live jazz is performed from the side porch and evening settles on the dazzling home and 224 7th Street, SE, is owned intriguing garden of historic Deer House, 712 by Cervera, as well as 1960’s East Capitol Street, NE. To buy tickets: www. classic, Hawk and Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, currently being renovated.

Meet the Chefs

Rick and Jon Genderson, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Photo: Andrew Lightman 72 H HillRag | June 2012

Joining Schneider’s, Senart’s and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and are first time in-kind sponsors Spring Mill Bread, 701 8th Street, SE; Sweet Lobby, 404 8th Street,

Going Platinum

What do American University, Sallie Mae and Northrop Grumman have in common? All are clients of Minerva Marketing,, a marketing and communications firm owned by Barbara Faculjak, a neighbor and 2012’s in-kind Platinum Sponsor. Great customer service and delivering re-

Barbara Faculjak, Minerva Marketing, on Kilimanjaro

sults are behind Minerva Marketing’s rave reviews like this one: “Nearly impossible deadlines, excessively tight budgets and a client with outrageously high expectations - Barbara accepted each and performed miracles.” We thank Minerva Marketing for the development and execution of a strategic plan and for the messaging, graphic design and printing of invitations for Garden Party 2012. Minerva Marketing joins this year’s Barracks Row Garden Party Platinum Sponsors: National Capital Bank, CSX and the International Dairy Food Association.

Historic Roots

The National Capital Bank is the district’s oldest bank; recently NCB was named one of the Top 20 Strongest Banks in America by Weiss Ratings. National Capital Bank has served our community, including Barracks Row, for five generations delivering personalized service through economic crises, depressions, recessions and many, many years of prosperity. Richard Didden is currently Chairman and CEO, following his brother George Didden III who was a co-founder of Barracks Row Main Street.

B&O + C&O dd= CSX

Platinum sponsor CSX also has local roots. Originally formed under the name Baltimore and Ohio Railway in 1827 the company became a phenomenal success by the 1850’s by swiftly moving goods from outlying areas in the mid-Atlantic region to east coast cities. Today’s CSX is an amalgamation of many historic railroads including the Atlantic Coast Line and the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railroad. CSX is famous for its Juice Run trains, models of modern railroad’s speed-to-market efficiency. These trains deliver massive quantities of fresh orange juice daily from Florida groves to New Jersey for distribution. In order

to make freight handling like the Juice Runs more efficient CSX is developing a plan to modernize existing tunnels running through Capitol Hill from Garfield Park past the Navy Yard at 11th Street, SE.

Got Milk? – International Dairy Foods Association

The menus of our 8th Street restaurants reveal one common denominator – all use milk, cream or cheese in their recipes or serve milk and cream with coffee or tea. International Dairy Foods Association completes the list of Platinum Sponsors of Barrack’s Row’s 2012 Garden Party. IDFA serves as the “Washington Office” for dairy foods companies across North America plus 16 other countries. You already know the International Dairy Foods Association from the “Got Milk?” campaign it launched in the early 1990’s. The IDFA also hosts the Annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party; this year is the 30th Anniversary of this tradition. Held at Upper Senate Park, 10,000 dishes of ice cream and over 2,000 root beer floats are served! But at IDFA it’s not all milk mustaches and lawn parties. They work every day with Congress discussing dairy issues; they participate with the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies on regulatory issues such as nutrition information on milk labels or yogurt containers. IDFA spreads new industry ideas, for example, sustainable packaging. IDFA also provides industry information to news and social media networks. Barracks Row’s long journey has been successful because of the support of area businesses plus the many individuals and families who appreciate our work to improve their neighborhood. In our July column we will continue our coverage of the generous sponsors who help us create a new future for Barracks Row/ 8th Street, SE. For information: H H 73



SOUTH Southwest Parks Getting Some Attention by William Rich


t is budget season at the Wilson Building and just like every other year, several groups are vying for funding from a pool of limited resources. Pending legislation in the DC Council that will receive final approval on June 5 would reserve at least $650,000 for Southwest park initiatives in the District’s FY2013 Budget, allocated by Ward 6 Council Member Tommy Wells’ Committee on Parks, Libraries, and Recreation. The Southwest Playground Project is projected to receive $250,000 in the FY2013 Budget to bridge the funding gap needed to build a playground adjacent to the Southwest Branch Library at 3rd and I Street SW. The group already raised over $100,000 on its own to build the playground, but several infrastructure issues need to be addressed at the city-owned park, such as storm water drainage, broken concrete pathways, and the need for retaining walls. These infrastructure improvements added nearly $250,000 to the budget estimate made by DC-based Landscape Architecture Bureau, who has been hired to design the playground. With the additional funds from the District, design work can proceed and a land survey can be conducted. Since the fiscal year begins on October 1, 2012, the District funds cannot be used until after that date. “I’m so excited that the FY2013 Budget will include money for the Southwest Playground Project,” said Felicia Couts, who is the project director of the group and is a mother of two young children. “We’ve been working on plans to install a new playground at the Library Park for a year and a half now. This park has been neglected and overlooked for a long time, and it needs several infrastructure repairs, so it’s good to see 74 H HillRag | June 2012

the City doing its part by pitching in to ensure we can pay for the infrastructure repairs. Finally, this park will get the proper attention it sorely needs, and neighbors will have a nice place to sit, read the paper, have a cup of coffee, and let their children play. This park is going to be great!”

Lansburgh Park

Meanwhile, another $400,000 is reserved in the FY2013 Budget for improvements to Lansburgh Park, the large underutilized park located to the east of Greenleaf Gardens along Delaware Avenue SW. At the December 2011 Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D meeting, approval was given to designate a group called “Friends of Lansburgh Park”, which would allow the organization to join the Parks Partners program under the District Department of Parks and Recreation and use the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly’s 501c3 status to do fundraising to make improvements to the park. The Friends group is working with the PAWS of Southwest, a group of dog owners who are advocating for an off-leash dog park in Southwest, to help raise funds for a dog park at Lansburgh. It would be located at the SW corner of Lansburgh Park, adjacent to the District’s Department of Motor Vehicle Inspection Station. DPR estimates that $350,000 is needed to just build the dog park, according to Bridget Gonzales, who heads up the PAWS group. Funds would go towards ground modification, fencing, running water, and to make the site ADA accessible. “We have three main hurdles to cross,” said Gonzales. “The size, location and shape of the dog park; priority over other dog park applications in the city; and the cost.”

PAWS made a request for a dog park of 25,000 square feet in their application to DPR in order to have enough room for larger dogs to run, but the agency will most likely approve only 15,000 square feet. Currently, the largest dog park in the District is Langdon Dog Park in NE, at 11,500 square feet, so the proposed Lansburgh Dog Park would become the largest dog park in the city if approved. There are two other dog park applications that are ahead of Lansburgh and are already approved, but Gonzales hopes their application can leapfrog over the others since SW is the only quadrant still without a dog park. However, Lansburgh’s application is still in the public comment phase, which will last until June 11. DPR currently does not have money in the budget to build dog parks, so the PAWS group is looking to fundraise. The first PAWS fundraiser was the Running of the Chihuahuas, which took place at 7th Street Landing on cinco de mayo. Over 50 dogs participated and $1,500 was raised for the dog park. The proposed dog park will not

take up all of Lansburgh Park. Planning is underway for how to better utilize Lansburgh, with ideas including a dog park, playground, community garden, and skate park. An open house was held in April and a charrette is planned for sometime this summer. District funds reserved for Lansburgh will go towards restoring the overhead lights, as well as installing basketball courts to replace the tennis courts that are currently in bad shape.

Southwest Duck Pond

One project whose funding future is still uncertain is the Southwest Duck Pond, located in the western portion of Town Center Park. According to Bob Craycraft, ANC Commissioner for single-member district 6D 01, which includes the Southwest Duck Pond area, there was $56,000 allocated in the FY2012 Budget for brickwork improvements including the coping around the water’s edge, as well as the crumbling retaining walls. In addition, the appropriation included the installation

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of new globe lighting with outlets at the base to allow lights to be strung around the light poles for special occasions. However, the improvements were delayed – first due to Hurricane Irene last September and then due to winter, which further delayed the project to this past spring. The latest delay is not weather-related, but is due to bureaucracy with the newly-formed Department of General Services, which now has jurisdiction over the capital improvements planned for the Southwest Duck Pond instead of DPR. In addition to capital improvements, the Neighbors of Southwest Duck Pond, a volunteer group which has made great strides to improve the park, applied for a grant from the District Department of Transportation’s Performance Parking program to restore the underwater lighting in the pond that have long been disabled. Unfortunately, the group did not receive the grant. Despite the efforts of the Neighbors group, the passive park has been suffering recently from deferred

maintenance by the city. On at least two occasions so far this year, the autofill valve that helps maintain the level of the pond has malfunctioned, causing the pond to flood onto the walkway. Trash has also accumulated in the park. Seniors from nearby Waterside Towers visit the park daily as a part of their exercise routine and pick up litter, but the trash continues to pile up. However, the Southwest Duck Pond’s future is looking brighter. At the park’s annual Volunteer Recognition Event and sign unveiling ceremony on May 24, Wells announced that there will be funding set aside in the FY2013 Budget for improvements to the park. While no specifics were mentioned at the ceremony, Zen McManus, President of Neighbors of Southwest Duck Pond, was optimistic. “I hope there will be enough funding to at least make basic repairs to the park,” said McManus. Will Rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could ( H

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Retail Development in the Capitol Riverfront


by Michael Stevens, AICP

ay is a time of celebration in the Capitol Riverfront – Yards Park is open and our Friday night concerts have started; the Wednesday lunchtime concerts have started at the Fairgrounds complex; and our Thursday night outdoor movie series have begun…an annual rite of passage into the summer months. But the end of May also brings another annual right of passage through an event that signals that the retail attraction season is in full swing – the Las Vegas International Convention of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON Convention that attracts over 40,000 retail brokers, retailers, restaurant groups, developers and investors to three days of deal making and meetings to market retail sites. The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) attends this convention as a way of attracting retail, restaurants, grocery stores, apparel goods, and other neighborhood support retail to our neighborhood. This past May was our 4th convention that we have attended as a BID, and we joined many of our property owners and stakeholders, the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, several Council Members, and other BIDs at the District booth to market and promote a variety of projects and sites for retail development. Ted Skirbunt on my team and I attended over 45 meetings in three days – this is the retail attraction world’s version of “speed dating”. We are beginning to see the results of these efforts through the opening of 9 new restaurants over the next year, the opening of the new Harris Teeter grocery store in 18-20

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Deli counter at Corneropia on 3rd and K St SE

months, and the growing interest in the Capitol Riverfront by movie theaters, apparel, and other neighborhood support and entertainment retailers. The preparation leading up to the convention is intense as meetings must be scheduled, marketing brochures developed that highlight and promote our retail opportunity sites, and other visual images and models packaged and shipped to Las Vegas for display in the DC Booth. We also ensure that we have the most up to date demographic and development information so that we can convey to potential retailers the most current data about retail demand in the Capitol Riverfront. The process of attracting retailers to any neighborhood is a long and often times complicated one, as relationships must be cultivated and a sense of trust established between all parties. The relationship is based ultimately on the provision of accurate information and data that retailers use to make informed decisions about the potential demand and strength of any market they are considering. The Washington, DC Economic Partnership, an organization I used to oversee as President & CEO, has done an amazing job of marketing and promoting the citywide retail opportunities in the District. They showcase neighborhoods across the entire city through their neighborhood profile sheets, provide accurate demographic data on the city and each neighborhood, maintain an inventory of retail sites, schedule meetings with retailers looking to expand in the District, and manage with direction from the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Develop-

ment the District’s overall retail attraction strategy in Las Vegas where as many as 90 meetings can occur over the three day conference. Part of developing the relationships and building trust starts with elected officials who make the journey to the ICSC convention with us to meet with retailers, brokers and investors. Mayor Williams was the first DC Mayor to attend the ICSC RECON convention in Las Vegas, and it has continued through the Fenty and Gray administrations. Their presence sends the message to retailers loud and clear that DC is open for business and the city will strive to work with businesses to facilitate their expansion in the District. The participants Outdoor seating at Potbelly on Tingey Street we meet with have come to realize that the District is serious about retail attraction as by attending the ICSC retail attraction and an economic development and jobs creation deal making conferences in New York, DC strategy, as well as a way to improve the qual- and Las Vegas. We also host briefings for reity of life for all DC residents. One can only tailers, restaurant operators and retail brokers visit a number of stores that have opened in in our office which serves as marketing center DC to see the success of this effort including for the neighborhood and where we can help Home Depot, Harris Teeter, Best Buy, Whole these prospects understand the vision for the Foods, Target, the Container Store, Trader Capitol Riverfront. Joe’s, H&M, Zara, Costco, CVS, Walgreen’s, The Capitol Riverfront is developing as a as well as a variety of restaurants. high density, mixed-use and transit oriented It often takes three years or more from neighborhood on the Anacostia River. One of the time when initial contact with a retailer is the fundamental building blocks of any neighmade to a lease being signed and a store open- borhood and city is the provision of quality ing for business. Many times this process can retail and entertainment uses to support our take even longer resulting from a perpetually residential, employee and visitor populations. changing marketplace and fluctuating tenant These population groups should be able to growth plans. As one can see, there is a long shop for the goods and services that support lead time in attracting and leasing a retailer or their daily lives, and it is our hope that the Caprestaurant to a specific location. itol Riverfront will become a regional shopping The District has become an exciting redestination for the District and beyond. tail market and has captured the attention of We envision grocery stores, restaurants, many stores and retail brokers as a growing apparel stores, home goods and furnishings, market that has significant unmet demand. sporting goods geared to outdoor activities, When compared to the suburbs, the District movie theaters, arts galleries, music venues, garis vastly under retailed and according to the den supplies, pet supplies, pharmacies, gyms, DC Office of Planning we lose approximately health clubs, salons, day care centers, etc. – all one billion dollars a year in retail sales to subthe retail and entertainment uses that make for urban shopping locations. a vibrant neighborhood. And while we all want One of the core work programs of the these uses as soon as possible – I am as guilty of Capitol Riverfront BID is economic development which includes our retail attraction ef- immediate gratification as the next person – I forts. Our neighborhood is zoned to accom- have to realize that retail is usually the last use modate approximately 1 million square feet of to arrive in any neighborhood and that it is an neighborhood support retail, restaurants, gro- evolutionary process, not a race. We constantly cery stores, and entertainment uses. Much of strive for the right balance of local, regional, this will occur in projects like the Yards devel- and national retailers. So stay tuned, the next wave of retail opment, Half Street, the Car Barn project and has started to arrive and will continue over Lower 8th Street, and the Riverfront on the the next two years, and we will continue to Anacostia project (former Florida Rock concrete plant). Part of our effort is to work with facilitate retail growth and development our developers and their brokers in taking in the Capitol Riverfront to support our these retail opportunities to the marketplace growing neighborhood. H

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Kim Hawkins of Howl To The Chief is not new to the pet supply industry, though she is new-ish to Barracks Row, having bought Chateau Animaux in February. Kim has two specific career goals: helping people with animal nutrition, and helping people find their new best friend through animal rescue. In the 1990s, Kim’s own pets were suffering from illnesses, so she started learning about pet nutrition – how deficient grocery store pet food is, and the detrimental effects it can cause or exacerbate. Now she helps her customers find the right diet for their pets, whether the animals have allergies, medical issues, or not. Kim’s other passion is to bring together shelter dogs with adoptable people, or at least those who can be foster parents. Kim has steadily increased her adoption rates since acquiring Howl To The Chief, and describes the feeling as “priceless” when the dogs return as happy customers! Dog adoptions are Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. from and cats on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. from

The Daily Rider Loren Copsey, Beth Rogers 1108 H St. NE 202-396-0704

Loren brings a fresh face to urban commuting at The Daily Rider.

Kim Hawkins of Howl To The Chief brings pet adoption to Barracks Row.

One of the main markers of The Daily Rider is that, as owner Loren puts it, “You won’t find any Lycra or Spandex here.” That’s because The Daily Rider is approachable and friendly, for people who use a bike to get from point A to point B – not for the sake of performance or competition, but to get where they’re going. The store doesn’t look like a bike store from the outside, where you can peek in to see a wall of bags that looks more Kate Spade than bike shop. (These bags, by the way – fabulous in cool prints and two ways to strap onto the handlebars: with your yoga mat underneath, or closer to the vest with side straps.) They have commuter bikes for sale, from the bare bones of Beater Bikes to the esteemed Spot-Brand bikes (the latter sports a belt instead of a chain, thank you very much). In addition to bikes and accessories, including child seats and helmets, The Daily Rider also offers non-judgmental bike repair! It’s okay – bring it in for a tune-up! Open at noon, closed Tues.

Creative Insurance Solutions Steven Bender 240-290-0051

Steven Bender, owner and agent of CIS, has between 800 and 1,000 clients on Capitol Hill, many of whom he has saved a good amount of money by acting as their independent agent; he shops around to find the best coverage at the lowest price for insurance policies. In other words, CIS does not insure you – they find the company (Banner, Fidelity, or Lincoln National as examples of nationally-recognized life insurance providers) at the best rate. With his focus on the Hill, Steven says he has cultivated a relationship with Acacia Federal Savings Bank (659 C St. SE) – new homeowners with a new mortgage need the best coverage to cost ratio they can find. Steven suggests that homeowners have a comprehensive review of their coverage every couple of years, a service that he offers for free. Often he finds that as cars get older and lose value, or as property values increase, people pay too much or are not fully covered, as the case may be. Either way, it is entirely beneficial to review your coverage. 78 H HillRag | May June2012 2012

“@ 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!

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In Memory of Richard N. Wolf May 27, 2012 City planner and Capitol Hill activist and beloved neighbor. Husband of 53 years of Muriel DuBrow Wolf, M.D.; devoted father of Anne Armour (Richard Wehby, Ph.D.) Wolf, M.D. and Jennifer Wolf (Steven, M.D.) Nemerson; dear brother of Joanne (Victor, Ph.D.) Small, Lillian (Robert, M.D.) Wintroub and the late Aaron Goldberg; brother-in-law of Edward L. (Cynthia) DuBrow, M.D.; loving grandfather of Julie and Nicole Nemerson. All of Capitol Hill shares the Wolf family’s grief at Dick’s passing.

Memorial contributions may be made to: the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, 420 10th St., S.E., Washington, DC 20003; or to Temple Micah, 2829 Wisconsin Ave, NW • Washington, DC 20007-4702.

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Changing Hands

Changing Hands is a list of most residential sales in the District of Columbia from the previous month. A feature of every issue, this list, based on the MRIS, is provided courtesy of Don Denton, manager of the Coldwell Banker office on Capitol Hill. The list includes address, sales price and number of bedrooms. BURLEITH 3919 IVY TERRACE CT NW 3628 WHITEHAVEN PKWY NW 1918 35TH PL NW

$1,375,000 $698,000 $538,900





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$1,200,000 $1,250,000 $1,065,000





$460,000 $304,220 $257,000

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Blooms with Great Hill Homes! FOXHALL 1626 FOXHALL RD NW


GEORGETOWN 1645 31ST ST NW 1699 31ST ST NW 1519 31ST ST NW 2445 P ST NW 3055 Q ST NW 3314 R ST NW 3242 RESERVOIR RD NW 3214 RESERVOIR RD NW 4017 MANSION DR NW 3712 R ST NW 3405 R ST NW 3140 DUMBARTON ST NW 3733 WINFIELD LN NW 3046 R NW 3046 R ST NW 3725 WINFIELD LN NW 4480 RESERVOIR RD NW 1337 27TH ST NW 2629 O ST NW 1558 33RD ST NW 3731 BENTON ST NW

$6,200,000 $4,600,000 $1,550,000 $1,539,000 $1,525,000 $1,520,000 $1,485,000 $1,465,000 $1,390,000 $1,359,000 $1,355,000 $1,300,000 $1,290,000 $1,225,000 $1,225,000 $1,140,000 $1,014,000 $995,000 $830,000 $699,000 $584,000


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HILL CREST 2032 36TH ST SE 3122 NASH PL SE 2137 36TH PL SE 2801 R ST SE

$340,000 $340,000 $250,500 $203,900



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$3,550,000 $1,415,000 $702,500 $645,000 $970,000 $772,000 $676,000 $615,000 $611,800 $425,000 $349,500 $58,000

LOGAN / U-STREET 1204 V ST NW 1213 O ST NW 1327 Q ST NW 1842 13TH ST NW 1349 WALLACH PL NW

$1,029,000 $1,675,000 $1,340,000 $875,000 $839,000


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912 EYE St. SE 2BR/2.5BA + studio $720,000 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!

515 ½ 6th St. SE, 2BR+Den/1BA Four Levels $675,000 One-of-a-kind historic interior spaces meet magnificent modern touches in this 1850s row home just two blocks from bustling Barracks Row. Lovingly-restored original textures under foot and all around, but with the convenience of new kitchen and bath, systems and fixtures…a gem at the heart of the Hill!

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1306 Penn. Ave SE #402, 2BR/2BA $579,000 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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311 4th St. SE, #5 2BR/1BA $388,000 Steps from Pennsylvania Ave and Congressional offices, surrounded by some of the Hill’s best parks and just a few blocks from Barracks Row and Eastern Market, lovely boutique building featuring immaculate kitchen, exposed brick, fireplace, and southern sun across gleaming oak flrs.

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707 7th St. NE, 3BR/2.5BA $749,000 Stunning modern loft hidden behind proud Victorian facade. Custom oneof-a-kind design with open floor plan and staircase, exposed brick throughout, and steel beams and railings. Gorgeous home in exciting location just steps from the shops, theaters, and cafes of the H Street corridor.

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Location, Location, Location 503 2nd Street NE Commercial $1,500,000

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 kitchenettes, gas fireplace, exterior flagstone patio for entertaining. This kind of property so close in is seldom on market. Metro, rail, & 15 min. to National Airport.

726 4th Street SE $1,495,000

Step inside- an oasis! 3810 SF New construction traditional Victorian finishes in classic Capitol Hill style. 3BR 2.5BA plus 2BR 1BA English Basement unit w/ C of O or easily combine w/ internal staircase to 5BR 3.5BA home. Wide 23'6" x 52' light filled w/windows on 3 sides. 10'8" ceiling ht. Formal LR & DR w/ gas FP, Custom Kitchen w/ bay, natural cherry cabinetry, granite counters, glass tile backsplash, island, SS appliances. Walk in pantry, wet bar, table space in Bay & open to sunny Family Rm. Oak floors. 8' French doors access private huge rear & side landscaped garden. MBR w/2 walk-in closets & MBA suite, glass shower, marble counters, dbl. sinks, Jacuzzi, Separate WC. 2 spacious BRs+ 2nd BA, 2 Linen Closet & sep Laundry/utility Room, Storage. 3 car parking from private gated access on 5th St. Built 2006 Lenox School Townhouses.

152 NORTH CAROLINA AVE SE $979,000 Under Contract

Prime location! Library of Congress next door + Folger Park& Providence Parks, near schools and gyms. Wide Ave & deep front landscaped yard. Enter Living Room, wd fireplace + built ins, center stair, heart pine floors, sep. DR. PR, renovated Kitchen w/ SS appl. Cherry cab, marble counters & sunny family room w/ gas fireplace. & glass doors to rose filled garden, brick patio/planting area and garage. 3 BR's, skylights, new HVAC. 1BR rental unit w/C of O. Beautiful charming home in historic Capitol Hill at US Capitol.

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All the Wonders of Music and More


by Steve Monroe

he heavy bass beat took hold of you, the beat from the girl slamming a mallet into the big bass drum. As the synthesizers whined and the girl cried a lyric out over the masses of bodies standing packed close together in anticipation of the beat taking hold of them, and then it did. A pulsing, pounding beat with those shrill lyrics from the girl and the guy on the other side of the stage punching synthesizer notes then picking up sticks and hitting those white/purplish bulbous bulbs in the shape of gothic candles for a vibraphone sound that added to the effect of a hypnotic trance enveloping the space of bodies, some now swaying to the beat, jerking elbows up and down. That was the scene at the Red Palace one March night as the band Purity Ring did its thing for a sold out crowd. It is a frequent occurrence for the restaurant/bar/concert hall that has developed its own special following in its time as two separate clubs, the Red and the Black and the Palace of Wonders and now as a combined venue with entertainment galore for the 20-something millennials who enjoy the music, the offbeat decor, the many beer choices and tasty menu offerings. “It’s amazing they’ve gotten so much popularity and they only have like two songs out I think,” said Becca Kauffman, at the downstairs bar shortly before Purity took the stage. “I just saw them setting up and they’ve got like these silk curtains they dropped from the ceiling, really weird.” guitarist rocks the upstairs performance space at the Red Palace. Photo: Josh Kauffman is a member of the opening act, Ava ASisk, Luna which drew a decent crowd themselves for their six-piece group, which was also heavy on the bass line, cluded a potpourri, including Flying Dog and Flying Fish but different in that the lead singer Carlos Hernandez’ gruff, types and DC Brau brands, and the hard stuff included a tasty bluesy, funky voice contrasted with the sweet oohing and aah- white Tennessee whisky. ing vocals of the two young women out front, while Hernandez on keyboards and his buddies on guitars provided lots of More than class … stinging, raunchy, soulful hard rocking jams. “ ‘Alright, give it up for the naked and the dead! Dolly Downstairs, the bars on both sides of the club were full Longlegs!!’... the mistress of ceremonies lady, in a bright green of patrons, some watching a Capitals game on the flat screen dress, red hair with a white flower stuck in the top, shouted to TV’s, others just sitting and chatting, some eating offerings the large crowd amid loud applause and shouts and whistles, from a menu that features the normal bar burgers and wings, after a prancing, dipping dance by a lithe young woman, first but also a crab and artichoke dip. And the beer offerings in- all in black with black fishnet stockings, then stripped down H 87

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to her almost bareness with red panties and pasties with sparkles that she shook affectionately for the cheering patrons, a good mix of males and females enjoying the Wednesday night Staxx Burly-Q Revue.

“We never closed …”

doubling the fun. “We decided we could do better business if we put the two together,” said Lambert, adding that the four-to-six month renovation, knocking down walls and retrofitting the spaces, was about a “half-million” dollar project. “But the great thing was we never closed either place.” So the Red Palace opened early in 2011, the smaller neighborhood type bar and some booths still on one side and a longer bar, with some tables, and the big stage upstairs on the other side, and a two-level patio out back. Lambert said, “We can do two or three times as many people for live music and the burlesque shows pretty much always sell out.” He said the mix of bands at Red Palace is similar to Red and the Black fare. “There were a lot of small independent bands that played there,” he said, “and then the next time they did the [Rock and Roll Hotel] … up and coming artists, touring bands, local bands. So the only difference is they might not be at be at the stage to draw 400 people …, if it’s more like 100 to 200 … they fit into the Red Palace. He said for the live shows at the Red Palace patrons have to be 18 and older, and for the burlesque 21 and older.

The burlesque helps set Red Palace apart from the various pubs and bars along H Street, and the décor, with walls covered with artifacts and photos and posters, adds to its allure. There is a poster, “Cirkestra Musica da Cinco Tuesday March 18, 2008, 9:00 p.m. The Palace of Wonders” and another, “Palace of Wonders Sept. 18 The Return of Ladies Brown girl soul Arm Wrestling.” “ ‘...Keep on, with the good stuff, “I came in January 2007 and the don’t stop ‘til you get enough … keep Red and the Black had been open on, with the good stuff …’ Michael about six months,” says Steve Lam- Jackson music thumped from the bert, the booking agent and general speakers upstairs as the large crowd manager for the Red Palace, and filed in, milled around, visited the bar also the Rock and Roll Hotel down for a drinks and carefully eyed the the street. “The stage area then was brightly lit stage … waiting … waita small room upstairs … if you had ing… for Brown Girls Burlesque, a 50 people there it was shoulder to Friday night… and the crowd had a shoulder for shows, and it had a small bar. The Palace of Wonders next door had the variety acts.” Lambert, who learned the music booking trade in his native Michigan before coming to this area, said he and entrepreneur Joe Englert, who controlled both spaces [and many others on H Street, including the Rock and Roll Hotel and a cozy bar provides a welcome respite the Argonaut], thought of Downstairs, from the music upstairs. Photo: Andrew Lightman distinctly more diverse mix, more brown folks, males and females… and then the dancers came, two long-haired girls, one in a red and blue striped tight-fitting top over red satin-look panties, and the other in a light blue bra and blue/green flowered pants, both gyrating and twirling to the music as the crowd clapped and heads bobbed to the music …. “We’re going to start doing burlesque brunches on Sundays,” said Lambert, “probably going to start in May… noon to three … we’ll have 60 tickets, there will be table seating, $30 … we expect it to be extremely popular, DJ and burlesque.”

“…You’re holding my wheel …”

On another night upstairs a lone young man came out with his guitar to a small but growing crowd. It was another stop on the road for Ben Weaver, who one night before was at Brooklyn’s Union Hall, according to his web site. Weaver played a folky, twangy guitar, with his hard voiced lyrics. “I didn’t know what I had until I threw it all away,” sang Weaver, “and I took things past the point, there was nothing left to say …” The crowd applauded and the crowd steadily grew until it formed a large semi-circle around the stage by the time Weaver finished and the headliner that night, Samantha Crain, came on. And when the three girl group, two guitars and a drummer, hit their guitars, many in the crowd inched even closer. Crain, from Oklahoma, with big glasses, long brown hair over her blue dress and wearing boots, sang her brand of mostly love song lyrics, sometimes to a playful, rollicking country rock beat, like on “Songs in the Night,” but sometimes with a hard rocking edge as on one tune with the band twanging hard and Crain moaning, “You’re holding my wheel … you’re holding my wheel …” Red Palace,, 1212 H Street Northeast Washington, DC 20002. 202-399-3201. H



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by Jonathan Bardzik

hen people ask me Purple Cherokee, also about 100 for advice, it is usually years old, is a dark red-purple about food. “What color, usually a bit firmer than are shallots? How do I cook a Brandywine and with the same, hanger steak? Do foodies really flawless balance of sweetness and like beets and bleu cheese, or are acidity. they just hazing the rest of us?” The next course of our anniPeople rarely ask me for reversary dinner is a fresh tomato lationship advice but here goes: soup. The flavor is beefed up with what ever you do, do not miss Fresh Tomato Oil from Eastern your first wedding anniversary. In Market’s new neighbor, Sapore particular, don’t travel to Nebraska Oil and Vinegar, at 660 Pennsylfor a ten-day work trip, forget to vania Avenue., SE. send flowers and return home My third stop is for butter. without a gift. You will spend all Sure, I’ll be bringing home a hanger steak, grilling it and topfuture anniversaries atoning for ping it with a rich pan sauce. I’m this error. grabbing the season’s first blueWhich brings me to Eastern berries or peaches to make a pie Market today. It is time to deliver for dessert. But I’m going to tell another spectacular anniversary you about butter. meal, and it begins at Canale’s I first started buying farmDeli. José Canales has wonderfresh butter about four years ago. ful meats from around the counJohnathan Bardzik at his stand at Eastern Market. Shortly after, my husband noPhoto: Andrew Lightman try and the world: New Orleans ticed that farm-fresh butter costs boudin sausages, Italian guanciale 50-75% more than the generic salt pork, and the dear and deliright from the butcher paper, and use cious jamón ibérico de bellota Spanish the rest for a traditional Spainish tapas stick butter from the grocery store. He gave me a good ribbing about the ham. dish we enjoyed on our honeymoon. You’ll find three Spanish hams My next stop is outside to visit growing grocery bill. at Canales, all rich, gamey and salty. Marvin Ogburn at Long MeadIbérico de bellota comes from a special ow Farm. Marvin brings beautibreed of pig, the black Iberian, named ful produce to Eastern Market for their black toenails. They are pas- each weekend from his farm in ture raised in western Spain, along Shenandoah Valley, West Virginia. the Portugese border, and fed a rich Our table is filled with his produce diet of acorns, bellota, during the last from early spring’s sweet butter few weeks of their lives. The hams are lettuce to his selection of heirloom cured for at least 12 months. This re- pumpkins in the fall, and the light, sults in wonderfully rich meat. earthy, oyster mushrooms we eat The jamón you’ve eaten in DC’s all season long, usually sautéed in tapas restaurants is most likely ser- butter with fresh thyme, salt and rano, and runs about $25 per pound. pepper. Ibérico de bellota runs about $140 Today I’m grabbing heirloom per pound. Definitely an anniversary tomatoes, Brandywine and Black splurge, but well worth the money. We Cherokee. Both are large beefsteak always bring home a quarter pound types, usually irregular in shape, and each, thinly sliced like prosciutto, so well-matched rivals for the title of we can appreciate just how special the the best tasting tomato available. bellota truly tastes. We eat a few slices Brandywine dates to the late 1800’s. Billy Glasgow at Union Meat Company. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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At the time I was reading a book about cooking fats and the author suggested a butter tasting. So into the kitchen we went, a stick of grocery store butter in one hand and a block of farm-fresh butter in the other. We cut a sliver of each and let it melt on our tongues. The first thing you notice about farm fresh butter is that is actually tastes like cream, rich and decadent. In spring, fresh butter is herbal and floral. In summer it is grassy, perfect with tomatoes, zucchini and, along with a handful of chopped herbs, all you need over steamed green beans. Cows switch to a feed diet in late fall resulting in a rich, mellow flavor, wonderful matched with root vegetables, pumpkins and holiday baking. The generic grocery store butter was nearly tasteless and bland. Cooking from scratch, you often use only 4-6 ingredients. Every one counts! So, every week, I stop by and talk to Dan Donahue at Agora Farms where I grab a pound of the lightlysalted, Amish butter he brings to DC from Pennsylvania. Tonight’s dinner will include a tablespoon or two stirred into the tomato soup, another couple of tablespoons whisked into the pan sauce for the hanger steak, and 12 and a half ounces cut into the flour for the pie crust. Oh, and the hanger steak I keep mentioning? It’s one of our favorite cuts of beef, which I’ll pick up at Union Meat Company, along with the knives they sharpened for me. Hanger steak hangs from the cow’s ribs, between the kidneys, giving it a gamey flavor, rich and well-marbled. We just salt, pepper and grill it to medium-rare – it’s a bit chewy at rare – and make a quick wine and stock reduction to sauce it. It’s delicious, and will definitely get me out of the anniversary doghouse. Until next year.

Pan con Tomate y Jamón

• 1 baguette in 1/2” slices • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled • 3-4 ripe tomatoes • Olive oil, the good stuff! • Sea salt • 1/4 pound jamón serrrano is delicious, ibérico de bellota is a celebration! 1. Toast baguette slices Preparing a tapas. Photo: Andrew Lightman until golden. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, rub each slice with the garlic. 2. Cut the tomatoes in half from top to bottom. Grate the cut side of the tomatoes, on a box grater, over a strainer set in a bowl. The strainer helps drain a bit of the juice from the pulp so the toasted bread doesn’t get soggy. 3. Spread a tablespoon full of tomato over each toast, drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Top with a thin slice of jamón and serve with a bottle or two of Cava.

Fresh Tomato Soup

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2 tbs olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 7 large, very ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped 4-6 basil stems 1/4 cup Fresh Tomato oil or other high-quality olive oil Farm fresh butter 6-8 fresh basil leaves, cut in thin strips Sauté onion in olive oil for 5 minutes over medium heat until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add tomatoes and basil stems and cook for 15-20 minutes until softened. Pass soup through a food mill. If using a food processor, remove basil stems first. Leave the soup pulpy. Return puree to pot, stir in the Fresh Tomato Oil, and cook an additional 5-10 minutes to bring flavors together. Season to taste with a couple tablespoons of butter, salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh basil and an additional drizzle of tomato oil.

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1 tablespoon olive oil 2 shallots, minced, about 1/4 cup 1/4 cup Cognac 1/2 cup red wine or Madeira 1 bay leaf 2 sprigs fresh thyme 2 peppercorns 1/2 cup homemade beef or veal stock 2 tablespoons cold farm-fresh butter Sherry vinegar Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Cook 2 tbs of the shallots until soft. Add the Cognac and reduce to one tablespoon. Add the wine, bay leaf, thyme and peppercorns. Simmer until the wine is reduced to a thick syrup. Add the stock and reduce by half. Remove the thyme, bay and peppercorns and remove from heat. Whisk in the butter and season to taste with a splash of sherry vinegar, salt and pepper. Serve over grilled steak.

Jonathan Bardzik grew up eating his mom’s garden fresh vegetables. He shares those recipes, and his experience from spending 2-3 hours a night in the kitchen, every Saturday morning at Eastern Market where he gives free cooking demonstrations, complete with tastings and recipe cards. For more information and to see what Jonathan is cooking in his kitchen visit H H 91

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by Celeste McCall to Pamela’s father, who received it from the man who taught him butchering. Guests–who paid $50 each--enjoyed themselves--especially Rachel and Mladen Sakolovic, who live near Lincoln Park. Mladen, who comes from Serbia, is a big fan of lamb, which is more popular in Serbia than it is here. Lamb Jam had numerous sponsors, including local restaurants, wineries and breweries. A portion of the proceeds went to Share Our Strength.

Wooly wars

As skies cleared after a rainy day, cleavers flew and lamb sizzled at the second annual American Lamb Jam. Sponsored by the American Lamb Board, the sold-out event took place May 21 at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Hill residents and other foodies from across the city queued up in the adjoining tent to sample lamb shanks, lamb sausages, lamb pupusas, while grooving to the music of Reverend John DeLore and Steve Lewis. Among the 18 participating chefs were Belga Café’s Bart Vanaele, who presented melt-in-your mouth lamb shanks with truffled mashed potatoes. (The succulent dish sometimes appears on weekend menus.) Teddy Folkman of Granville Moore dished out smoked lamb rilletes with lamb “jelly.” Since his restaurant kitchen is so small, Teddy did most of the preparation in his own Capitol Hill back yard. He brined the lamb for 48 hours before smoking it for 6 more. Finally, he braised it 4 hours in duck and lamb fat. The result was worth the effort. We also liked Vidalia’s smoked lamb shoulder with kimchi, and Oyamel’s zesty barbecued lamb tacos. Alas, by the time we worked our way to Cava Mezze’s stand, Dimitri Moshovitis had run out of his lamb shank ravioli. Copping the People’s Choice Award (chosen by guests) was spicy lamb sausage with peppers, crafted by Chef Adam Sobel of Bourbon Steak at the Four Seasons. Judged Best in Show was Urbana chef John Critchley’s lamb pupusas. Other winners: Best leg dish: John Critchley (again) of Urbana; best loin: Rodney Scruggs (Occidental); best shank: Dimitri Moshovitis (Cava Mezze); shoulder: Nick Stefanelli (Bibiana). Not everyone prepared lamb. Renee Farr of the new Sapore Artisinal Oils & Vinegars brought con-

Lamb Sticky Buns from PS 7. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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More Belgian

Chefs from 18 restaurants from across the city compete in the Lamb Jam. Photo: Andrew Lightman

diments intended to complement lamb’s richness: fennel and celery salad with Parmesan; shallot marmalade with blackberry balsamic vinegar; arugula gremolata with Meyer lemon olive oil. Locally produced wine and beer flowed, and mixologist Gina Chersevani worked her liquid magic. (Gina is setting up her bar in Hank’s Oyster Bar, soon to arrive at 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.) A highlight was an amazing butchering demo by Pamela Ginsberg manager of Wagshal’s Market, who wielded an 80-year-old saw to dismember an 52-pound lamb carcass. The antique saw belonged

Pamela Ginsberg of Wagshal’s Market, wielded an 80-year-old saw to dismember a lamb carcass.. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Also from Barracks Row: By now you know that Belga Café is expanding to Logan Circle. Around the end of the year, look for B Too at 1324 14th St. NW, which used to house a locksmith shop. Belga’s owner/chef Bart Vandaele’s 150seat spinoff will showcase waffles, pommes frites and mussels–all Belgian standbys. After a recent (scrumptious) lunch of roasted mussels and a salmon burger, we pressed Bart for updates. He hopes his spinoff will arrive by 12-12-12. Bart plans to shuttle between his two restaurants in overseeing both kitchens; no word yet on a B Too chef de cuisine–someone from Belgium, perhaps?

Trusty’s Honors Brave Bartender

Trusty’s, the funky neighborhood tavern at 15th and Pennsylvania Ave. SE, raised “a lot of money” at a fundraiser May 16 for injured bartender Mike Boone. On May 1, Boone chased down a purse snatcher. He retrieved the purse, but got stabbed eight times. The police nabbed the suspect shortly thereafter. Although he’s not back at work yet, Boone is recovering. He prefers not to divulge how much money Trusty’s raised, but we understand it will go a

Winning the People’s Choice Award was spicy lamb sausage, crafted by Chef Adam Sobel of Bourbon Steak. Photo: Andrew Lightman

long way toward paying his medical bills. At the fundraiser, for a modest $20 admission, patrons quaffed $2 draft beer and $5 Jamison shots.... Other receipts came from raffles and various donations. Located at 1420 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Trusty’s is open daily including weekend brunch. Call 202-547-1010.

Taste of Guinness

You don’t have to travel to Ireland or even visit a local Irish pub to sample this famous brew. On June 6, 7 and 8, fans 21 and over may experience the history and heritage of Guinness at Eastern Market’s North Hall. Led by a Guinness representative, attendees will learn about the man who started it all, Arthur Guinness, and how his vision continues to drive the global brand today. Guests will also get a sneak peek into the Guinness brewing process and learn the proper method for pouring a perfect pint——all while sampling Guinness in its many varieties including the newest offering: St. James’s Gate Brewery, Guinness Black Lager. Tasting are each evening at 6 to 7 p.m., 7:30 to 8:30, 9 to 10 p.m. The sip-and-learn sessions are free, but you have to register by going to


Here’s the latest on Nooshi Sushi and Tash, due to arrive on Barracks Row later this year. The creation of Vanessa Lim (she’ll do the sushi) and husband Nariman Modanlou (kebabs), the long awaited culinary duo will occupy the space at 524 Eighth St. SE. More details–including design and menu samplings--will be unveiled at the June 7 Barracks Row Garden Party fundraiser at the Deer House on East Capitol.

Mini Mondays

Here’s something cheery to brighten up summer Mondays, when you’d rather be lounging at a pool or frolicking on the beach than slaving away at your desk. Lounge 201, 201 Mass. Ave. NE, is hosting a fun attraction on the first Monday of each month. Starting at 5 p.m., “Mini Mondays” features small doses of martinis, appetizers and even mini manicures, massages and beau-

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Congratulations to Lindsey Kiser and Travis Beckett of Peregrine Espresso, who represented the Southeast Regionals in the United States Barista Championship (USBC) in Portland, Oregon April 19-22. Competing against more than 50 brewers, the two advanced to the US semi-finals, and Beckett placed sixth in the finals. Hosted annually by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the USBC encourages achievement in the art of espresso preparation and service. Open daily, Peregrine is located at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (entrance on Seventh Street). Call 202-629-4381 or

Alfresco chef

He’s back–not that he went anywhere. For about a year, demo chef Jonathan Bardzik has been a familiar figure at Eastern Market’s outdoor space (Seventh St. SE). Each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jonathan concocts delicious recipes (with samples) using fresh produce from market vendors, enhanced with goodies from Sapore Artisanal Oils & Vinegars, located around the corner at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Over the river....

Good Stuff Eatery, Spike Mendelsohn’s burger and milkshake joint at 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE with We the Pizza next door, now has a suburban sibling. Good Stuff Eatery Crystal City debuted across the river May 9. You’ll find the spinoff at 2110 Crystal Drive, Arlington.


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Atwater, the Perfect Picnic Companion by Emma Kirwan


n a striking Sunday in mid May, I ventured to Atwater Estate Vineyards perched on the rim of Seneca Lake in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes region. With my merry band of picnickers, we intended to find a bottle well suited to the basket of farmers market goods keeping cool in the car. This was my first stop on the Seneca Wine Trail, and it left me feeling just as giddy and fanciful as the Duoro and Napa Valleys. I was wooed by a sense of luxury, the vines unfolding gracefully downhill, the time-honored craftsmanship, and the playful flavors that painted my cheeks a fair rouge. Atwater is breathtaking; the modest winery proudly overlooks the lake, skirted by vineyards rooted in history. The local Iroquois Nation believed that the Great Spirit blessed the land with her hands, carving eleven finger-like lakes with her handprints. According to common (scientific) belief, ancient glaciers formed the iconic lakes, rolling valleys and fertile soil ideal for growing grapes. Wine production on the Atwater Estate stretches back to the early 1900’s, when native varieties like Catawaba and Concord prevailed. It was not until the 1970’s, when local grape grower and entrepreneur Bill Moffitt purchased the land and introduced French-American hybrids. The vineyards changed hands several times until 2000, when Atwater opened its doors and quickly drew fame to its consistent, clean and innovative wines. We lined up at the rustic, carved wood countertop, where a friendly, floppy-haired fellow greeted us. I always like to know what I’m eating or drinking, and inevitably, this traces back to the farmer’s growing practices. Our fellow explained the vineyard manager’s efforts to build healthier soils, reduce erosion, and avoid chemical run-off into the lake without compromising the quality of the wines. Unfortunately, the operation is too small to run up-close-and-personal tours of the vineyards and cellars. The Finger Lakes are best known for Rieslings, though Atwater has collected an impressive number of awards for other whites and reds. We were delighted to discover that for just two dollars, we could taste six wines. The Gewürztraminer 2010 and Stone Bridge White were pleasant, and though the Riesling Bubble was novel, I wouldn’t spring for a full glass. The Cecil Chardonnay was already my household 94 H HillRag | June 2012

staple, so I skipped to the Dry Riesling 2010. A divine symphony of herbs, citrus, and stone fruit! I exchanged knowing glances with my friends; this would pair perfectly with the Fenugreek Seed Gouda from Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company. We transitioned to red with a less memorable Rose, which was rescued by the view from the sprawling, westward deck. Our peace was quickly upended by a rowdy group of Cornell graduates, who chose well for their wine tour’s last stop. Not surprisingly, their attention was distracted by the view, and the bar remained empty. We returned for the second half of our flight. The Big Blend is Atwater’s most popular red for good reason; bursting with indulgent notes of mocha and blackberry and a curious peppery finish. The Meritage 2009 was my favorite; a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that hint at cocoa and black currant. Perhaps too rich alongside double-fudge brownies and chocolate-coconut macaroons! The light Pinot Noir 2009 was destined to match the balmy weather, with earthy notes balanced by a trace of black cherry. We cast a unanimous vote for the Dry Riesling 2010, and left with a cold bottle and descended to Watkins Glen, home of the most astounding gorges and waterfalls in the Finger Lakes, as well as America’s premier car raceway. In Clute Memorial Park, a green tip on the banks of Seneca Lake amply shaded by willows, we spread a cheerful cloth over the picnic table and unpacked our feast. We settled in with the soft glow of the sun, which was in no hurry to descend.

Picnic Essentials

In its simplicity, a picnic can be the most marvelous affair. I always relish a slow summer evening outside, eating and drinking in good company. Here are a few essentials for your perfect picnic. • Cloth shopping bags: for packing the following items • A paper bag: for trash and recycling • A large sheet, tablecloth, or tapestry: for covering a table or spreading on the ground. • A large, plastic cutting board • A corkscrew • Metal or silver utensils (more pleasurable

than plastic): a fork, knife or spoon per person as needed • Two serving spoons • Small glass cups for drinking (more pleasurable than plastic): one per person • Cloth napkins: one per person (wrap the glass cups in the napkins to protect them from breaking) • A large jar, or sealable jug or thermos of water: freshen with a few lemon slices and mint leaves • A favorite bottle of wine, or two: from a local vineyard or independent wine store • A fresh loaf of bread: from your local bakery or the farmers market • Pack a few tablespoons of butter (from your local dairy) into a small container: spread on bread • Pack a few teaspoons of sea salt into a small container or Ziploc bag: sprinkle on butter • A mixed variety of olives for everyone’s tastes: add a few mint leaves to the olive juice • A wedge, or two, of cheese from your local cheese monger • Cured meat, like Jamón Serrano or Prosciutto • A farm-fresh salad: add seasonal lettuces and greens, chopped vegetables, toasted nuts and seeds, and fresh seasonal fruit or dried fruit • A small container of salad dressing, homemade • Dessert! A seasonal fruit pie, or a variety of baked goods For salad and salad dressing recipes, visit: Emma Kirwan is the author of Cayuga St. Kitchen, a chronicle of her adventures with local bounty in New York’s Finger Lakes region. ( H

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TH E ATE R Arena’s Enchanting Music Man by Barbara Wells

Will Burton (center) leads the cast of The Music Man in a dance. Photo: Joan Marcus


rena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith once again revives the heart-warming, soul-stirring American musical in her rousing and romantic production of The Music Man—but it’s so much more than a walk down memory lane. Smith has made it her mission to explore this uniquely American art form, drawing keen insights on our nation’s roots and character while infusing her productions with a modern sensibility that makes their stories truly timeless. As Smith herself notes, no one ever questions why a theatre company would do another production of Romeo and Juliet, yet many people would relegate the American musical to history books and tired old movies. She is determined to make classic musicals— which earned their Tony Awards and Oscars for debuts on stage and screen 60 years ago—resonate with contemporary audiences. “There is an essential optimism, kinetic energy and spirit to musicals that reminds us of something central about America at its best,” Smith says. 96 H HillRag | June 2012

For The Music Man, a fresh production comes with no gimmicks, cuts or additions; Meredith Willson’s script cautions against making any changes to the play. Thanks to Willson’s wonderful work—book, music and lyrics that took him six years and 40 drafts to write—there’s plenty of great material for Smith to mine. And on close inspection, it turns out narrow-minded, book-burning, tar-andfeathering, stern-faced middle Americans of 1912 aren’t too far from some of their 21st century counterparts. The task of revealing their capacity for wit, understanding, exuberance and compassion is as worthy today as it was in the 1950s. To share this tale of how music, art and personal expression unleash a town’s repressed spirit, Smith clearly took to heart Willson’s note to the show’s directors: “The Music Man was intended to be a Valentine and not a caricature,” he wrote. “…. The humor of this piece depends upon its technical faithfulness to the real small-town Iowans of 1912 who certainly did not

convinced that old Miser Madison, River City’s prime benefactor, bequeathed the library building to the town but all the books to Marian because of some illicit affair. She also contends with the ladies’ habit of burning her “dirty” books, written by corrupting authors like Chaucer, Rabelais and Balzac. Even in the face of Harold’s indecent advances and unabashed stalking—as well as some research that proves he’s a fraud—Marian recognizes the transformative magic he’s brought to her town. It’s Harold’s undisputable impact on Marian’s little brother, as the boy begins emerging from a two-year funk over the loss of his father, that finally wears down her resistance. Baldwin perfectly portrays Marian’s blend of frustration and hope, with a big dose of intelligence and a voice that’s both angelic and strong. She’s a worthy match for Harold, played by a larger than life actor best known for creating the role of Gaston in Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast.

think they were funny at all.” Just as Willson remained true to the Iowans he knew in his youth, so too does Smith stay true to Willson’s play while realizing her own delightful vision— drawn in part from her small-town upbringing in Yakima, Washington. Smith began by casting Kate Baldwin—who 10 years ago gave Arena’s audiences a memorable portrayal of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific—as Marian “the Librarian” Paroo. While the razzle-dazzling Burke Moses assumes the title role of Professor Harold Hill, it’s Marian who embodies the audience’s own struggle to find the redeeming qualities in both a judgmental community and a slick traveling salesman. Marian bravely (L to R) Rayanne Gonzales as Mrs. Squires, Tina Stafford as Alma weathers the scorn of Hix, Barbara Tirrell as Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, Janet Aldrich as Maud Dunlop and Katerina Papacostas as Ethel Toffelmier enjoying local women who are the creative expression of dance. Photo: Joan Marcus


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At a time when men who act like Harold does might risk being slapped with a restraining order, Burke manages to be amusing, intriguing and benignly inappropriate in his pursuit of Marian. Slowly and subtly he reveals that what began as mere seduction is turning to love. The two leads reap rewards from a script that pioneered the technique of spinning a musical’s songs naturally from a scene’s dialogue. The show is brimming with familiar songs that tell a story—from (L to R) Kate Baldwin as a skeptical Marian Paroo, reluctantly the bold and brassy “Seventy-Six Tromcourted by Burke Moses as Harold Hill. Photo: Joan Marcus bones” to the sweetly confessional “Till There Was You”—and others that are couple rows of chairs dressing the set—cona treat to hear for the first time, like the townfolk’s “Iowa Stubborn” and the gos- jure a railway car with every synchronized sips’ “Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” (“Cheep bounce and sway to the movement of the imaginary train. Cheep Cheep Cheep!”). In fact, throughout the show Eugene In a highlight of the show, the incredibly earnest cast, from small children to the Lee’s spare sets, delicately dappled with tongue-tied mayor, lends renewed depth to glints of light on the river or a pattern of the words of an old favorite as they plain- leaves by lighting designer Dawn Chiang, create a platform for choreographer Parker tively sing: Esse’s inventive movement. As in Esse’s work for Oklahoma—one of his 10 Arena “O-ho, the Wells Fargo Wagon productions in which he’s honed a unique Is a-comin’ down the street. talent for choreography in the round—there Oh please let it be for me.” are plenty of breathtaking high kicks, synSomehow they manage to convey the copated foot stomps and flying leaps. But sheer wonder and excitement that a resident just as often he uses a lovely device, like kids of a vast, open plain would feel at the very in the library swaying about with their noses in books, or a group of ladies practicing thought of receiving a package in the mail. As local men who’ve been feuding for 15 the postures of Grecian urns and trickling years, Justin Lee Miller, Joe Peck, Lawrence fountains, to reveal how his characters feel. Costume designer Judith Bowden creRedmond and Michael Brian Dunn become nearly joined at the hip when Harold turns ates yet another dimension of the town’s them on to the four-part harmony they sud- transformation. In their initial Fourth of denly realize they can collectively produce. July celebration, even the performers’ ostenSoon they’re roaming the town as a free- sibly festive red, white and blue costumes are wheeling barbershop quart, bound by the ir- all in muted shades of grey. But once their creative juices get going in Act 2, nearly evresistible force of their music. Willson also famously created lyrics to be eryone appears in a fanfare of color—not in coordinated ensembles of new clothes, but spoken to rhythm rather than sung, like “Ya Got Trouble,” delivered by Burke in a rather in a haphazard array of random accessories, as if everyone had ransacked their captivating cadence. closet to find anything vibrant to wear. In the end Marian and the entire town “Oh we got trouble, trouble, can forgive the Music Man for selling them trouble, instruments without teaching them to play Right here in River City! a single note because he gave them so much With a capital “T,” more. Molly Smith offers the same thing: And that rhymes with “P,” a new window on that “essential optimism, And that stands for pool! kinetic energy and spirit to musicals that reStands for pool!” minds us of something central about AmerIt’s almost impossible to even silently ica at its best.” The Music Man runs through July 22 in read those words without falling in with the beat. The play opens with another song built Arena’s in-the-round Fichandler Stage in the on the rhythm of words, “Rock Island,” spo- Mead Center for American Theater. ken by a group of traveling salesmen to the chugging and whistling of a train. The chant- Barbara Wells is a writer and editor for Reingold, a social marketing communications firm. She and her ing passengers—with nothing more than a husband live on Capitol Hill. H

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“NYPD Blue” or “Hot has been a couple micide,” which it, in part, months since Hollywood doled out its resembles. The fact that it Academy Awards, but film concerns child protection, lovers probably know that however, makes it distincother major film-making tive and more unsettling nations also honor their best. than its American counterFrance, for example, has parts. It almost always inits annual “Césars,” which volves families, adults acting were awarded last February, against children, perpetuatand—no surprise, perhapsing a violence, according to -“The Artist” cleaned up director Maiween, which is with six awards (see the Hill often silent, “the worst kind Rag of January 2012). Some of violence,” she says, “inauof the other contenders have dible violence.” taken more time to reach Another difference, and our shores. Two of them one that adds additional constitute this column. realism: the cases the unit One terrific ensemble handles are never seen to film, “Polisse,” garnered 13 a conclusion. The cases are César nominations, seven of From Left, Karin Viard, Marina Fois, and Emmanuelle Bercot in “Polisse.” Copyright Les Productions du Trésor; a Sundance seen as the police see them, them for individual actors in Selects release. with initial enforcement this character-rich film. Anand later gathering of eviThere is hard-charger Fred ( Jo- come to the aid of kids being molested other recognized film (nine nominadence, but we never see what happens eystar) who adores his sweet young or threatened. tions) was “The Intouchables.” which to the bad guys, who are dealt with in Adding to the documentary feel daughter, but is separated from her could hardly be more different. The another sector. It makes for a poignant mother. There is the team of Nadine is the presence of a photographer/ first is all tough cops, bonding over diflack of closure, but a solid dose of re(Karin Viard), blonde and unlucky observer named Melissa (played by ficult cop work; the second features an ality. The film is not rated in the US, in love, and Iris (Marina Fois), single Maiwenn, the film’s director and counlikely sweet-and-sour couple conbut it would be a hard “R” if it were, and tight as a drum. There is the team writer) who chronicles the CPU in necting across disability and culture. not because of blood or violence, but leader, the phlegmatic Baloo (Frédéric the same rhythm as the film itself. because of the delicacy and difficultly Pierott) and the thoughtful Mathieu The cops challenge a smarmy, well-off of its subject matter. Polisse (Nicolas Duvauchelle). There is the pedophile, try to calm a raging child, Maiwenn, a successful actress Filmed in documentary style, fiery Nora (Naidra Ayadi), a French- arrest an abusive mother, and guffaw before she started directing in 2006, “Polisse” follows the members of a woman of Arabic descent and the no- (yes, guffaw, there is humor, too) at came to the project much like her strongly-knit band of cops in Paris’s nonsense Sue Ellen (Emmanuelle Ber- a stream of double-entendres in the photographer character. She got to Children’s Protection Unit (CPU). cot, who also co-wrote the screenplay). dead-pan presence of a young streetknow the lives of CPU police officers Besides the grimness and sleaze of These and more must question walker. Through it all, the group shares and observed them over time, getting their work, which only involves un- kids of every age about the most in- divorces, affairs, family struggles, as to know them and, as she said in an inder-age victims, these cops have to timate subjects (the film opens with well as unstinting mutual support and terview “absorbing all the info I could contend with their own familial and an interview with a young girl that a lively round of drinks at the local bar. get.” “What I wrote was based only on romantic travails (the film, with a is wince-inducing) and likewise quiz American viewers of ” Polisse” stories I had actually witnessed or on limited run in DC, runs 127 minutes adults about real or potential abuses. might find themselves comparing it stories the officers told me. I changed a and is not rated). They must also spring into action to to major American cop shows, like 98 H HillRag | June 2012

to settle into a luxurious bedroom suite. No one on Philippe’s staff, including his principal assistant Yvonne (Anne Le Ny) thinks Driss will last a week. Against all the odds, the two— from vastly different worlds—reach a modus vivendi and go well beyond it. Driss, long envious of the classy life, opts for the sports car to drive Philippe around instead of the specially equipped van—and the older man accepts it. Driss openly asks blunt questions, and Philippe answers them, grateful for his genuine interest. They also test each others’ limits, as when Philippe organizes an occasion where Driss can try the former’s passion, paragliding, while Driss, worried about Philippe’s love life, helps arrange a meeting with a female pen pal. The vast cross-cultural disparity allows for moments of understanding (such as an acceptance of each other’s musical tastes), and of humor (like beating the cops on a speeding rap). Omar Sy (left) and Francois Cluzet in “The Intouchables.” Photographer: Thierry Valletoux Copyright: © 2011 Gaumont-Quad. From a skeptical perspective, “The Intouchables” (the title is the same in French) could be seen as few things..., but I didn’t invent any of them.” another replay of the “Noble Savage” theme What she has given the filmgoer are several or the black servant/white master routine, but moving slices of life. the film skirts these potential clichés because As far as the title goes, director Maiwenn of the charismatic interaction of its two lead realized the appropriate French word “Police” performers and because of the deft touch its had been used for another prominent film. writer/director team, Eric Toledano and OlThen, one day, her son was doing writing exivier Nakache, is able to sustain. ercises and misspelled the word as POLISSE, François Cluzet (last seen by American and his childish handwriting struck her as obaudiences in the thriller “Tell No One”) is vious for the film’s subject. appropriately cool but also nicely droll as the patrician Philippe, a man of power who has The Intouchables difficulty accepting help. The actor is able to “The Intouchables” is a feel-good, bond- fully personify his character even if he can ing story about a severely handicapped man “act” only with his head. Omar Sy first gives and his African caretaker. Based on a true sto- off vibes of Eddie Murphy in “Trading Placry, the film has become the second biggest box es,” yet he makes his street-wise Driss more office earner among French movies, as well than a stereotype. His naiveté is winning, but as being critically accepted (with those nine he is also able to read people well and sense César nominations). their essence. And he has a truly explosive Rich aristocratic, 50-something Philippe smile. (François Cluzet) has been left a paraplegic in Sy received the César for the Best Actor a wheelchair after a paragliding accident and of 2011 for this film, winning over his coneeds a man servant to help him. Having gone star Cluzet. He also won over Jean Dujardin through a whole series of inadequate caretak- from “The Artist” (who took home Hollyers, he, somewhat capriciously, settles on the wood’s Oscar this year). Sy and Cluzet form pugnacious but ebullient 35-something Sen- an Odd Couple worth checking out. (The egalese immigrant Driss (Omar Sy). Philippe film is not rated and opens June 1.) selects Driss because he is the only applicant (his applying is, in fact, an accident) who does Long-time Capitol Hill resident Mike Canning has not pity him or condescend about his condi- written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. Driss, for his part, has been kicked out of tion. His reviews and writings on film can be found onhis aunt’s flat in the projects and is just happy line at H

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t’s calming…like floating in a dream world. Colors float toward you on light that emanates from within, organizing thought patterns into pictures—perhaps deep-seated memories. It changes as you look at it; the applied acrylic washes become intriguingly complex, like a single idea evolving over time. The apparent simplicity of a Tom Walsh painting will fool you. The repeated application of transparent washes lets the nature of the paint, and the canvas develop. He has discovered that no matter how controlled the technique, the unexpected can happen. Color variations emerge and apparent textures grow from chemical reactions. It is the visual “imperfections” that create the real interest. A DC resident, Tom was trained in painting and printmaking at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Tyler School of Art, and became a graphic designer. Eight years ago, he opted out of the high-pressure world of commercial art to explore the creative liberty that comes with painting. He chose to paint abstracts because they allow the freedom to explore pure color and the nature of paint. He starts simply, with only

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a initial concept in mind, adding up to 40 or 50 light coats to create the deep tones and atmospheric affects he is after. He finishes with high gloss enamel. His body of work consists primarily as variations on a theme. The horizontal and vertical linear images are unmistakably his signature approach to space—the confines of the canvas, and the limitless dimensions of time. His work can be seen this month at the Michael Cleary Showroom at the Washington Design Center. He is also represented by the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

It’s over. Ended May 20. Did you miss it? The Smithsonian guards who had to sit there night after night while the same song looped continuously at an imposing volume are very happy. The Quiet Zone returnith. “It” was Song 1, the projected vision of

California artist Doug Aitken. Huge, and seemingly random images of faces, cars, written texts, static-like lines and squiggles, or just spinning audiotape wheels, circled the convex exterior surface of the Hirshhorn Museum on the Capitol Mall at 7th Street. But it was the song, various versions of the original 1934 pop tune, “I Only Have Eyes for You,” that subjugated the surrounding night space, beating your consciousness into submission. It pulled you into the Hirshhorn art exhibit whether you wished to enter or not. The reactions when it premiered back in March ranged from “super cool” to “kill it.” I took it in, but didn’t know what to think. The no-choice imposition bothered me, but the gathered observers seemed to be grooving on it. Besides, pubic art has a long history. Sculpture is everywhere in Washington—it can be found in every nook and cranny—but it seeks to contribute, not control. In fact, every large sculpture commissioned in the past 50 years is so bland as to be invisible. So I gave it another chance on its final evening. There was a small group of people, mostly young, gathered about the area, picnicking and obviously charmed. But mostly that area of the mall was empty, as many tourists appeared indifferent or perturbed. As for me, there is something about the way the Song 1 artistic genre intends to reach way beyond public space improvement—to make an individual statement


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Ten of the eleven floors of the former office building are crammed with art stuff and very excited people. It’s too much for one visit. This is the kind of art that wrestles you to the floor and beats you up, so go back a couple of times. There are special events planned for almost every night and performances are constantly changing. Check the web site for updates.

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that has the power to hypnotize or subjugate. That bothers me. Why am I underwhelmed by the art but disturbed by the implications? Maybe it is the Washington obsession with control that could turn a well-engineered display into message-delivery art. Or maybe it’s just the noise.

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Hill Center Gallery Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE to July 31

Eleven artists, working in a broad range of media and styles, watercolors, acrylics, photography, glass, wood and metal, fill the halls and upper rooms. This is a great opportunity to see some very accomplished Capitol Hill and other Washington area artists in one venue. Don’t miss the reception, Thurs., June 14, 6 to 8.

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events


any thanks to all the volunteers, writers, exhibitors, book sellers, donors, and visitors who made the second annual Literary Hill BookFest another exciting day for books and authors on Capitol Hill. One thing we’ve learned in organizing this event is that we’ve barely scratched the surface of our local literary talent. If you know of a Hill writer we missed—or if you have a new book yourself—please let us know at info@literaryhillbookfest. org. And check out our website at for pictures of BookFest 2012!

Tell Me a Story

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by Karen Lyon young adults any more. A new novel by local author Janine K. Spendlove engagingly demonstrates that readers of all ages can get drawn into a world of magic and adventure. In “War of the Seasons: Book One: The Human,” Spendlove creates an alternate universe peopled with elves whose silver eyes change color with their moods, homicidal faeries who can insinuate themselves into your dreams, a race of dryads whose gills allow them to swim underwater, and a plucky heroine who is as tough as the flint on the cover of her compass. The girl who plummets into this enchanted world is Story, a bereft and troubled teenager who falls through a chasm while spelunking. “She was in another world. A world where creatures of mythology and fantasy were commonplace. If anything, SHE was the fantastical creature being – as far as she knew – the only human in existence in Ailionora.” With the help of a handsome elf named Eirnin, Story tries to find a way back to her world, facing myriad challenges as she struggles to understand both the warring new cultures into which she’s been thrust – and, ultimately, herself. “Loss and sadness are what make happiness and joy possible,” the grieving girl comes to learn. “You can’t have one without the other.” ‘“The Human’ is a very fun read,” writes one critic, “[with] a very strong female lead, an incredibly welldeveloped world, a fiendish villain you just love to hate,

and above all: a love story that doesn’t actually make you want to gag.” It also offers lessons in self-reliance, loyalty, prejudice, and how sometimes the only way to mend a broken heart is to risk opening it up again. A new Hill resident, Janine Spendlove is a pilot for the United States Marine Corps and currently serves as the Marine liaison at the US Capitol. The next book in her “War of the Seasons” series will be published this month. To find out more, and to read a sample of “The Human,” visit

Rolling on the River

Garrett Peck, the author of “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren’t” is back with a new piece of local history: “The Potomac River: A History and Guide.” From its origins in the Alleghenies all the way to the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac plays an integral role in our past and our present. “The story of the Potomac is the story of our country: colonization, commerce, economic development, war, pollution, restoration and conservation management, historic preservation and recreation,” Peck writes. “The Potomac is the nation’s river.” Organized geographically, “The Potomac River” flows from Antietam through Harpers Ferry, and from Great Falls along the GW Parkway, ending up at Oxon Hill and Historic St. Mary’s City. Along the way, Peck

relates both the natural and the human stories that define each area. We learn not only about such major events as Civil War battles and John Brown’s Raid, but also about the Piscataway Nation, the Clara Barton National Historic Site, and even the Billy Goat Trails along the C&O Canal Towpath. Historic photos and maps help tell the story, and Peck has also included a generous selection of his own color photos that illustrate significant sites along the river. A “How to get there” section at the end of each chapter provides clear directions for those wanting to follow his path. Peck has once again done yeoman service in ferreting out and elucidating some of the more fascinating aspects of our shared local history. For more, visit

Scraping By in Southeast

“Hello my name is Desire Moore, but my family and friends calls me by my nickname ‘Moo Moo’ a name that I was giving at birth by my dad.” So begins what Beverly F. Smith calls a true story about a young woman’s struggle growing up in Southeast DC, where life “was very interesting to say the least.” In “He Kept Me,” Smith details the ups and down of Moo Moo’s upbringing, schooling, and relationships, and is unsparing about the abuse and temptations she faces. “I lost my virginity and sold my first crack rock at age twelve,” she writes, and “when I became pregnant at the age of sixteen with my first child I thought that I was doing good, because my friends were getting pregnant and dropping out of school at the ages of twelve and thirteen.” By the time she was 19, Moo Moo was

living in a homeless shelter with two small children and another on the way, unemployed and with no partner. “It was at this time that I developed the motto of ‘if I don’t do it, then who will.’” Through sheer grit, she weathers drugs, alcohol, arrests, forced sex, and beatings. Determined to break the cycle of violence and poverty, she draws strength from her church, takes classes, and eventually pulls herself and her now four children out of the “generational curse.” “There are some people who grew up in my city who have not experienced any of [these] things,” Smith writes. “[But] I know that I am not the only one dealing with these issues, so I wanted to write this book to encourage [them]. Just know that if God mended my broken heart, then He will definitely do it for you, just believe.” Beverly Smith and her family now live in northern Virginia.

Short Stories

Join the authors of “Historic Congressional Cemetery,” Rebecca Boggs Roberts and Sandra K. Schmidt, for a book signing at the cemetery on June 9, at 6 p.m. Local lawyer and writer Johannes Williams has co-authored a chapter in a 2008 book, “118 Days: Christian Peacemaker Teams Held Hostage in Iraq,” edited by Tricia Gates Brown. The chapter, titled “Tom Fox: A Profile of an Ordinary Man’s Calling to an Extraordinary Life,” tells the story of a member of the CPT who was kidnapped and killed in Baghdad in 2006. Kevin R. Kosar may be better known for his entertaining 2010 book, “Whisky,” but he also writes extensively on education. His latest title, “Ronald Reagan and Education Policy,” assesses the Reagan administration’s record in expanding and legitimizing the federal role in schooling. H

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The Benefits of Listening to Your Body


nowing your body – its strengths and weaknesses – and learning to listen and respond to what it is telling you, is a powerful tool available to everyone. The benefits of understanding what your body is asking for and accommodating it are both immediate and far-reaching. Being able to avoid a cold, prevent a debilitating injury or knowing what is best for you to eat comes from inner focus. But it’s not always easy to recognize the signals and it may be even harder to respond. We’re taught to push through pain and discomfort. We are rewarded for multi-tasking and burning the candle at both ends, and we feel pressured to get everything done. It’s often easier to get a

by Pattie Cinelli quick fix when something is broken than to be aware each day of what you need to stay in balance. “When you listen to your body, your body works for you and you are a happier, healthier person,” said Melissa Galli, massage therapist at Results Gym. Preventing an injury or illness is much easier to do than recovering from one. Melissa suggests that one way to start being more aware is to keep a journal to track the basics – when you eat, sleep, exercise and how you feel both emotionally and physically. “You’ve already begun to increase your understanding of your body and put more focus on paying attention by keeping a journal.” She also recommends practicing staying in focus– being in the now – with

everything you do. “When you are meditating or sitting at your desk ask yourself, ‘Am I sitting with good posture?’ When you are walking or working out ask yourself, “Am I using good form? How does it feel when I lift this weight? and, ‘What muscles am I engaging?’ Most people who experience an injury are not thinking about what they are doing.” Knowing what our bodies are telling us doesn’t necessarily mean we can respond to those needs immediately. But that doesn’t mean that we ignore the signals. For example, I knew that I was extremely tired and needed to sleep. However, I had to teach a class before I could rest. What I did: acknowledge my fatigue, prepare for minimal amount of exertion H 105

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her glands feel a little tight and swollen she says, “I immediately cut out dairy, sugar and starch for a day or two. I increase my intake of water. I take slippery elm and goldenseal (natural remedies) to ward off any infection. Nine out of 10 times I stop myself from getting sick. I don’t run to a doctor.” Jill, owner of a Melissa Galli, massage therapist at Results Gym professional orgaing class and think ahead of time nizing business on about what I would do when I got the Hill, listens to her body for home after class that would make cues. She knows how to interpret me feel better. To my surprise I the cues and takes action to keep felt one hundred percent better herself in shape, healthy and pain after teaching the class than I did free. She said she learned to listen before. I learned that the gentle to her body because she used to mindful breathing and movement I injure herself. “I learned from my performed in Pilates class provided experience.” She also said that she me a stimulus that kept me feeling learned to understand her body’s awake and balanced. signals from the breath work and Each of us receives unique meditation she practiced in yoga cues from our bodies. I feel tight- class in college. “I learned to know ness above my eyes. I feel pressure my body’s limits. I allow it to be and dryness in my nostrils. There’s less than perfect. I do what works a slight pounding in my forehead. for me.” Am I getting a headache? After a Contrary to popular belief our check of my sinus pressure points bodies work for us, explains Meliswhich run under my eyebrows and sa. Learn to pay attention. “Think of along the sides of my nose I know your body as your car engine. When it’s not a headache, it’s my sinuses. the check engine light comes on My solution? Inversions (yoga pos- you wouldn’t ignore the signal in es or simply hanging upside down your car, but most of us ignore the off your couch) to release pressure; signs our body gives us telling us use a Netti pot to clear nasal pas- what we need. If you are constantly sages, drink plenty of water, use feeling tired and run down there’s saline spray daily and most impor- a reason. It could be many things tant, get rest. I haven’t had a sinus such as a lack exercise, too much exinfection since 1993. ercise, not enough nutrition or not When Jill Lawrence notices enough rest.” We are designed to intrinsically know when something isn’t functioning properly. When exercising it is common to see people move through a movement so quickly they miss the subtle signs or tweaks that the movement isn’t good for them. A teacher of mine once told me, “Your body whispers. If you don’t listen, then it shouts.” If you ignore subtle signals, don’t worry they will get bigger. Once you begin to be aware of your body’s signals (keeping a journal) the second step is to be proacJill Lawrence, professional organizer

Claire P. Cargill, DDS tive, says Melissa. “Preventative care is the best form of health care.” For example, as fitness professional I am around people and in a gym most days. I wash my hands at least four or five times a day to keep from getting sick. I also schedule a massage and reflexology session monthly to maintain my physical and emotional balance. I haven’t had a cold in years, and when I do get muscles soreness or imbalances it’s easy to bring myself back into alignment. For example, when I feel my mid-back and shoulders tightening up I do extra rolling on a foam roller or tennis ball and I may do specific stretching and yoga poses to alleviate the pressure. I also do rolling daily, just to keep the fluids flowing and the fascia free and fit. “Don’t wait until it hurts so bad you can’t turn your head or lift your arm,” says Melissa. “The rest of your body is already compensating for the pain. Now every part needs attention. The longer you wait the more time it will take to address the initial issue.” Jill says she is in communication all day long with her body. “It tells me, stretch me here; stop doing that. Do this instead; reach up and hang on that door frame for a minute; uh oh, I’m frowning… what’s the emotion I’m feeling?” Being able to hear, understand and respond to your inner guide can also help medical or fitness professionals better serve you. Being specific about what hurts or how you feel can give you more targeted health care or a more efficient workout. Figuring out what your body needs is a process. You never stop learning. Often it’s trial and error. But it’s a fun journey that makes you feel good and in control.

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Jill Lawrence, owner of Jill of All Trades, a professional organizing company can be reached at 202-544-5455. Melissa Galli, massage therapist, can be reached at 410-504-7579. Pattie Cinelli has been a fitness professional teaching group exercise classes, personal training and lecturing for more than 20 years. You can email her questions or comments at: H H 107


A Guide to Organics

Why, What and Where to Buy Them on the Hill


here are all sorts of reasons to buy organic. While there’s conflicting research as to whether or not organic foods are healthier, imbibing pesticides and chemicals from food is becoming an increasingly unattractive and avoidable option. According to the Organic Trade Association’s 2011 Survey, sales of organic food and beverages in the US grew from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010 - and this trend continues. And while organic produce may have positive health impacts for humans, organic farming definitely has positive environmental impacts as harmful chemicals that pollute water and air are not allowed in the production process. Unfortunately, confusion reigns when it comes

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to understanding what “organic” means. “Organic” and “natural” are not synonymous. The USDA uses “organic” as a labeling term to indicate that the food has been produced with methods that promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering are not allowed. While USDA organic standards ensure that food has been processed without pesticides, growth hormones or antibiotics, it also ensures that the animals are raised under better conditions than those that are not organically raised. That said, “organic” does not imply that the animals involved were raised “cage-free” or “free range”.

What Do the Labels Mean

Market Poultry in Eastern Market sells organic and free range eggs and meats. Photo: Catherine Plume 108 H HillRag | June 2012

There are various USDA “organic” labels. “100% Organic” means the food is made P&C Market on Lincoln Park offers organic milk and Polyface Inc. with 100% organic in- eggs and meats. Photo: Catherine Plume gredients. “Organic” foods are made with at farmers just don’t bother to get certified “organic”. least 95% organic ingredients while But while organic food is produced with no “Made With Organic Ingredients” chemicals, it can also be more expensive. While products have a minimum of 70% this is counterintuitive, there’s some logic behind organic ingredients with strict re- this. While organic production is expanding, the strictions on the remaining 30% in- organic food supply is limited compared to decluding no genetically modified or- mand. Also post-harvest handling of (relatively) ganisms. Meanwhile, products with small quantities of organic foods results in higher less than 70% organic ingredients costs. Organic and conventional produce can’t be may list organically produced ingre- comingled and costs are higher because of reladients on the side panel of the pack- tively small volumes involved. age, but may not make any organic So what should you buy organic? “Must buys” claims on the front of the package. on the organic list include “thin skinned” produce With all this regulation and costs in such as apples, celery, strawberries and blueberterms of time and money, some local ries, tomatoes and nectarines, spinach, lettuce,

kale, grapes, bell peppers, and potatoes. Pesticides can easily penetrate into these foods and build up. On the “not so important to buy organic” list you’ll find avocado, pineapple, mango, kiwi, banana, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, eggplant, watermelon, and sweet potato. While some of these fruits and vegetables have thin skins, they have a natural resistance to disease and bug infestation, so they aren’t sprayed as regularly as other produce. As for grains, buy organic rice. Most other grains have fairly low pesticide residue levels. By buying organic meat and dairy products, you know that these are antibiotic and hormone free. Organic meats and eggs are also lower in saturated fats and higher in omega-3 as they’re raised on grasses and natural feed.

Where Do You Buy Organics On The Hill?

Market Poultry at Eastern Market carries free-range chickens and turkeys, organic chicken, and eggs, But if you’re looking for organic produce, “ask and don’t assume.” Just because you’re buying goods at a farmers’ market doesn’t mean what you are buying is organic…or even local for that matter. That said, Eastern Market is in the process of developing a weekday Farmers’ Market that will feature farmers who have a direct relationship to the food they market. Stay tuned!! P&C Market located at 11th and East Capitol SE is another local option selling Trickling Springs Creamery organic and “FarmFriend” milk and yogurt. They also sell organic meats from Polyface, Inc., a self described “family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm in the Shenandoah Valley” made famous by Michael Pollan’s ”Ominvore’s Dilemma.” Most Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) require a seasonal subscription (6-8 weeks over the summer months).

Farm2Family operates a bus that drops off organic produce to subscribers in the Hine parking lot. While it’s too late to get in on a spring/summer share, contact them now to get in on their fall shares. Arganica operates a different model. A monthly subscription fee of $19.50 allows you to place orders for locally produced no-spray, low spray, and organic produce and no-hormone and organic milk, cheese, eggs, and fresh meats that are delivered to your doorstep. There’s no weekly obligation, you simply place an order when you want it. Washington’s Green Grocer ( operates on a similar model, though there’s no monthly subscription fee. They source from local farmers that support sustainable agriculture. You receive a list of possible food options by email on a Monday, and by Thursday there’s a box of goods at your doorstep – if and only if you place an order. South Mountain Creamery delivers a wide array of dairy, meats, honey, jam and granola right to your Capitol Hill doorstep. This family run group is working to become a completely self sustainable business over the next few years. You can even visit the farm to see the daily milking operation in progress. Yes! carries a wide array of organic produce and goods. They’ll be moving into the old Blockbuster store on 8th St. SE later this summer and will expand their offerings! Safeway has an “O” brand which includes more than 300 certified organic products – including goods for babies and toddlers. And if you can’t buy organic, consider buying food that’s been locally produced. Supporting local businesses is good for our local economy, and locally produced food has a lower carbon footprint!

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A New Water Lab at UDC article & photos by Marjorie Lightman


oil and water free of lead, toxic wastes and heavy metals are as important to the household and the backyard vegetable garden as they are to the industrial size farm.” So says Dr. Sabine O’Hara the newly appointed dean of Univeristy of the District of Columbia’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Science, known as CAUSES. And, with the opening in May of the Water Resources Management Laboratory UDC campus at Van Ness and Connecticut Av., NW. Dc residents now have a convenient way of testing their water for lead and other impurities. Since 2002, when reports of high lead content in tap water began appearing in the media, Washingtonians have endured exposés, official cover-ups, and faulty efforts to ameliorate the problem to little avail. In 2010 the Center for Disease Control found that 15,000 “partial pipe replacements” undertaken by WASA across the District “may not have reduced lead levels and may even have made the problem worse.” The lab is a serious place, but also fun to visit. Trays, lights, magnifiers, sprays and microscopes line the table tops and offer visions of water that reveal microbes, chemicals, traces of heavy metals and lead. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. Dr. Tolessa Deksissa, a member of the University’s faculty and the head of the lab, looks forward to engagement with the community and invites inquires. Call him at: 202-274-5273 or email: The testing lab is part of a larger effort by the University to provide services for a greener environment. The extension program at CAUSES includes agricultural research at its farm in Maryland. Don’t know about the farm? That’s not surprising. It’s an underused resource. Located in Northern Maryland, the 143 acre Muirkirk Farm is the site of the annual Urban Agricultural Fair that includes hands110 H HillRag | June 2012

Dean Sabine O’Hara and a UDC student speak with Lab Director Dr. Tolessa Dekissa.

Lab Director Dr. Tolessa Dekissa demonstrates his equipment.

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on activities for District residents and school children. It’s also a research station with an extension program open to the District’s urban gardeners. Dean O’Hara is an environmental scientist passionate about the quality of water and soil and she is ready

to take up the battle for clean water on behalf of the community. For Dr. O’Hara helping every District resident to clean water and healthy soil is a mission that realizes CAUSES land-grant history and commitment to bettering the lives of District resi-

dents. Capitol Hill resident Kathleen O’Reilly, who now drinks bottled water, can’t wait to get her water tested. As she notes, “I could save the environment from all the plastic bottles that I now buy, and I could save a little money too.” H

Walking the Labyrinth An Ancient Meditation Tool

by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW What Is a Labyrinth?

Labyrinths have been in existence for more than 4,000 years and are found in many of the major religious traditions. A labyrinth is a single path that is walked for personal, psychological or spiritual growth. Because it has one path to the center and the same path back out, it is not to be confused with a maze which has dead ends and many trick turns. A maze challenges our analytical mind - it is a puzzle to be solved. A labyrinth is a journey not a puzzle. It stimulates our right brain and involves imagery, intuition and creativity. The path of the labyrinth twists and turns back on itself many times before reaching the center. In this way, it symbolizes our journey through life. Each time you enter a different circuit you are making a 180 degree turn, meandering back and forth on your journey. The Classical Seven Circuit Labyrinth or the Cretan labyrinth was used in Greece and dates back to 2,500 B.C.E. It’s spiral design is shown here. When walking the labyrinth, you enter through the mouth and then walk slowly along it’s seven paths or circuits. The stones delineate your path. When you reach the center of the labyrinth, you have gone half the distance of your journey and you slowly turn around and make the journey back out.

A Short History of Labyrinth Walking

Labyrinths are found in many ancient cultures Greek, Native American, Celtic and Mayan, to name a few. The word labyrinth is of ancient Greek origin and the classical seven circuit labyrinth, in the palace of Knossos in Crete, figures in Greek mythology. Early Christian labyrinths date back to the fourth century. One of the most famous examples, an eleven circuit labyrinth, was created in the Chartres Cathedral at Chartres, France. This labyrinth was laid into the cathedral floor in the thirteenth century and is still used today. It’s original use was for the faithful to make a pilgrimage journey to the Cathedral and conclude it by walking the labyrinth as the symbol of completing a journey to the Holy Land. It was also used as an act of repentance for sins, and the penitent might walk it on their knees.

that we can experience directly. We can walk it as a metaphor for life, as a sacred spiritual experience, or as meditation. A labyrinth walk can be a healing and sometimes profound experience or it can be just a pleasant walk. Each time it is different. If you would like to have a direct experience of walking a labyrinth here are some resources nearby:

Where to Find a Labyrinth Near You

Walking a Labyrinth, such as the one inside Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest, can be a form of meditation. Photo: Andrew Lightman

How to Walk a Labyrinth

There is no right way to walk a labyrinth and each person’s walk is a personal experience. The most basic advice for walking a labyrinth is to enter it slowly and with deliberate steps. Bring to mind a concern to contemplate during the walk. Open your senses, pausing to reflect, listen or pray. How one walks and what one receives may be different with each experience. Some people use the walk for clearing their mind and centering themselves. Others enter with a question. The time in the center can be used for meditation, praying or spiritual discovery. The walk back out from the center can be used for absorbing or integrating any insights that were received from the walk. The labyrinth is an ancient archetype symbol

There are a surprising number of labyrinths in our area. The National Cathedral offers labyrinth walks the last Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. At 10 G Street N.E. there is a medieval Santa Rosa labyrinth located on the green rooftop of the American Psychological Association building. Check in with the assistant in the lobby for information and access. Westminster Presbyterian Church - 400 I Street, SW has a classical seven circuit labyrinth available every Wednesday except the fifth Wednesdays of any month. Church of the Epiphany at 1317 G Street, NW has a Chartres eleven circuit labyrinth which is available on Monday-Friday 10-3, except Tuesdays, from 12-1 when there is a concert. Georgetown Waterfront Park - 33rd Street, NW and K St. NW. The labyrinth is located between K Street and the waterfront of the Potomac River in the Georgetown Waterfront Park. It is a medieval seven circuit concentric labyrinth. It is always open. For those that cannot get to a labyrinth, you can do a “virtual” labyrinth walk on the Labyrinth Society website at: 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, hypnosis, meditation, visualization, and creative, non-verbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202-544-5050. H H 111

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kids&family NOTEBOOK by Kathleen Donner

Folger’s Open City: London, 1500-1700

Explore the Folger exhibition Open City: London, 15001700 through interactive theatre games, exhibit related activities, and a scavenger hunt that allows you to discover the treasures in the Folger Great Hall. Free. June 23, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Registration required. Email or call 202675–0395. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE.

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CHAW Museum Explorers Family Adventure

This CHAW class is for kids, ages 5-12 with parents, looking for a special field trip experience to explore the National Gallery of Art. These classes will focus on three themes: Statues and Stories, Colors and Photo: Lavan Anderson Shapes, and People and Places. It is for all lovers of art and stories Family-Friendly “Truck Touch” at RFK The DC Department of Public Works invites the public to attend that want to become the 5th annual “Truck Touch” Saturday, June 16, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. experts on museum at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. A host of DC government agencies will pres- exploration. Students Military Bowl Youth ent and demonstrate nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, will learn how to look change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency ser- at, talk about, and inFootball Clinic Registration is vices, administer mobile health care, and more. The event will feature teract with art at a muopen for the NCAA vehicles from the DC Departments of Public Works, Transportation, seum. An imagination Football Youth Clinic Health, Employment Services, Parks and Recreation, Fire and Emer- and sense of adventure hosted by the Military gency Medical Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Manage- is required. Families Bowl, Events DC and ment Agency, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the DC Water are encouraged to join and participate. June Positive Choices, to and Sewer Authority. 2400 E. Capitol St. NE. 16, Statues and Stories be held on Saturday, (Renaissance Art); July June 23 at Eastern 21, People and Places and good sportsmanship. Current Senior High School, (American Art); and Aug 18, Colors and 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The free clinic is professional football players schedShapes (Modern/Contemporary Art); open to boys and girls ages 7-14, and uled to participate in the clinic include 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $55 per person for features instruction by college coach- Dwight Bentley (Detroit Lions), Roc 3 tours. $20 per person, per class-dropes and current professional players. Carmichael (Houston Texans), Victor Participation is limited to children in Cruz (New York Giants), Joe Haden in. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th grades 1-8 (participants cannot be in (Cleveland Browns), Janoris Jenkins St. SE. 202-547-6839. (St. Louis Rams), Ryan Williams high school). Participants will run offensive, de- (Arizona Cardinals) and Nate Bussey Perry Street Prep Offering Free fensive and agility drills; learn proper (New Orleans Saints). For more inforBreakfast and Lunch This Summer techniques to promote on-field foot- mation, visit or call Perry Street Preparatory Public ball safety; and learn about the im- 202-776-2509. To register, please visit Charter School, 1800 Perry St. NE, is portance of character development the NCAA Football Youth Clinics H 113

kidsfamily notebook ing Classrooms of the National Capital Region, the exhibit was developed by Kohl Children’s Museum in cooperation with scientists from the global health care company Abbott. The company’s philanthropic foundation, the Abbott Fund, also provided support for the exhibit. For more information about the exhibit and/or the Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, contact Mari Lou Livingood at

Celebrate Savage Gardens Family Festival

Troop 4935 Firehouse Gift of Caring.

Capitol Hill Girls Scout Troop Visit Engine Company 10

Led by Angie Schmidt, Girl Scout Troop 4935 recently visited Engine Company 10 on Florida Ave. to deliver several cases of Girl Scout cookies. As part of the “Gift of Caring” program, the troop chose Engine Company 10 as the recipient of any donated cookies. The Girl Scouts were thrilled to tour the fire house-among the busiest in the nation-to check out the fire trucks and see where the firemen sleep and eat. Troop 4935 meets at Watkins elementary school and is comprised of girls who live on the Hill and attend Watkins, St. Peter School and the Beauvior School. participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program this summer, June 18-July 30. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, free of charge, to children and teens, up to age 18 (up to age 22 for those with disabilities). Children do not have to be enrolled in Perry Street Prep or any other school to receive the summer meals. No registration is required. Kids can just walk-in. Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Children are asked to use the main entrance in the front of the school building on Perry Street. 202-551-0804.

Immersion is the best way to learn a language. Give your child a head start! Children will learn easily how to communicate in Spanish and how to understand the language. Your child will be thrilled with plentyof fun activities in Spanish, including art, field trips, culture, as well as the company of the other campers and develop long-lasting friendships! $285. June 25-29, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For additional details, contact Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5494172.

St. Mark’s Family Yoga with Jen

Science + You at Foundry Lofts

Interactive Yoga for kids, ages 4-10, and adults. No experience necessary. Sundays June 3, 10, 17 and July 8, 15, 22; 4:30-5:15 p.m. $72 for all sessions, first child and adult, $36 each additional sibling. Drop-in, $15 first child and adult; $10 each additional sibling. St. Mark’s Yoga Center, 301 A St. SE. 202-546-4964. 114 H HillRag | June 2012

Spanish on the Hill Summer Camp

This summer, the children’s exhibit Science + You will make its East Coast debut in Washington, DC in the southeast corner of the Foundry Lofts, located at 301 Tingey St. SE near Nationals Stadium. The exhibit, which will be open through Aug 5, is designed to spark an interest in science among kids through fun, interactive displays and hands-on experiments. Hosted by Liv-

Come and celebrate the wild and wonderful world of carnivorous plants during this fun family festival! Stroll along the Terrace and explore. Make your own wearable bog, learn about Darwin and his experiments with carnivorous plants, help with a bug release and craft your own Venus flytrap. Do all this and more while investigating the amazing world of plants that need to “eat” bugs to survive. Saturday, June 16, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free. US Botanic Garden, Conservatory Terrace (Rain location: Conservatory Garden Court). 245 First St. SW. 202-2258333.

A Perfect Balance at National Gallery of Art

Actor and visual artist Kevin Reese presents A Perfect Balance, a one-man play inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Celebrating the creative process, playfulness, and invention, this magical show will delight children and adults. Approximately 60 minutes. For ages 6, up. Free. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration. For information, call 202-842-6252. June 29, 11:00 a.m., East Building Concourse, Auditorium, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.

Theater Alliance Summer Performance Camps

Poseidon, Hades, and Zeus, oh my! Young campers will blossom in confidence and skill during this exciting introduction to theatre. Theater Alliance Teaching Artists will ignite the energy and creativity of our students as they are instructed in creative dramatics and

theatre games while learning the fundamentals of vocal and physical performance. The students will present a recital at the end of the week, in which they will depict the bold and dramatic characters of Greek Mythology. These budget-friendly, high-quality conservatory style intensives are a perfect summer activity for the budding star in your life. Ages 7-10. June 18-22, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. $250. Email Managing Director Lee Daugherty at for a registration form today.

CHAW Spring Dance Recital

Enjoy performances from CHAW’s youngest dancers to their youngest at heart dancers! Ballet … Tap… Jazz…They’ve got a little something for everyone-reception, professional photo station and raffle. June 9, 4:00-5:00 p.m. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.

Kids Run the Bases at Nats Park

Kids Run the Bases after select Sunday home games! Kids Run the Bases, for ages 4-12, begins immediately following the game. This year’s remaining dates are: June 3, June 17, July 8, July 22, Aug 5, Aug 19, Sept 2, Sept 9 and Sept 23. Kids and parents/guardians can begin lining up at the end of the 7th inning, however fans that would like to stay and watch the entire game will still be able to line up once the game has ended. Participants must exit the ballpark through the Right Field Gate. The line forms outside of the park on the sidewalk along First St. Once the game has ended, it takes the grounds crew approximately 20 minutes to prepare the field. An adult must accompany runners to the field. One adult per child on the field. Starting at first base, kids will be directed to run around the bases as the adults continue along the warning track and meet the runners near home plate. washington.

Jazz ‘N Families Fun Days at The Phillips Collection

This highly popular free, weekend-long event celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts. Presented in partnership with The Phillips Collection, Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days

features dynamic entertaining and interactive programs where visitors can create and enjoy performances and activities, like an instrument petting zoo, storytelling, family jazz band portraits, and face-painting. In the galleries, art inspires musical interpretation as musicians interpret art through improvised sound. Children have opportunities to create their own art surrounded by masterpieces by Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, and many others. Featured jazz artists in the past include the Berklee World Jazz Nonet; Michael Bowie Trio; Charles Rahmat Woods Quartet, Reginald Cyntje, and the DC Jazz Collaborative. June 2, 11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. and June 3, noon-5:00 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

Free Tennis Lessons at King-Greenleaf Rec Center

Free lessons will be offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings from June 20July 28 (excluding July 4th) at the King-Greenleaf Recreation Center Tennis Courts, 201 N St. SW. Practice sessions may also be scheduled depending on the students’ needs. The Tennis Club can accommodate up to 40 students. This year, the club needs volunteers to: coach and teach tennis to 10-18 year-old beginners; practice with the students; distribute leaflets announcing the free lessons; pick up and deliver refreshments; take action photos of the students, and make wake-up/reminder calls. Interested volunteers should email Kay Hixson at

Five-year-olds Rock Capitol Hill

The children of SWS at Peabody, a public Pre-K through K school on Capitol Hill, proudly announce the release of their CD “Happy Hearts Singing”. The CD features the vocal stylings of 88 Pre-k and Kindergarten students. Musician-in-residence, Rachel Ann Cross, spearheaded the project which includes the CD and a booklet of lyrics and illustrations H 115

Dagny with her medals from Saturday’s meet.

St Peter Student CYO Champion

St. Peter 5th grader Dagny Fisher outran her competitors in the 1600 meter run to win the Catholic Youth Organization championship meet May 19th. Her time, 6:25 was 20 seconds lower than her previous best. Dagny also placed 3rd in the 800 meter. Other St. Peter students competing in the championship were: 7th graders Jack Beckham (1600 m) and Annie Ryan (1600 m); 6th grader Andy Beckham (1600 m); and 3rd grader Regan Fisher (100 m & 400 m). by the children. The CD includes original songs co- written by the children and “Miss Rachel” such as “100 Different Colored Chairs”, “The Anacostia is Dirty”, “You Can Make Lots of Stuff with Weaving”, and a tribute to Louis Armstrong called “Big, Big Scratchy Voice”.

Mount Vernon Celebrates Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary

George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, welcomes Girl Scouts from across the country for special activities on Sunday, June 10. The first 250 Girl Scouts to complete the Mount Vernon Historic Trail activities will receive a free patch. The celebration continues at 11:00 a.m., with thousands of Girls Scouts taking a group photo in front of the Mansion featuring “George and Martha”, a 60foot flag, and confetti. Mount Vernon will have carnations for the Girl Scouts to lay at the Washingtons’ tomb all day. All events are included in regular Estate admission: adults, $15; children ages 6-11, $7; and children under 5, free. 703-780-2000. MountVernon. org

“The Princess Who Wore Glasses”

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Hertzfeld Katz knows how anxious school-aged children may become if they think they appear different from their peers. Yet she shows how these differences can often prove beneficial to a child’s health in her book “The Princess Who Wore Glasses”. Princess Liana shows young girls everywhere that they can be a princess and one who wears glasses. The King and Queen of TuaLuna notice their daughter struggling with her eyesight, and therefore missing out on all the beauty of their kingdom. The family sets out on an exciting journey to visit the Court Magician who gives Liana the gift of magic eyeglasses. These spectacles help the princess clearly see each exciting detail of her new world. She soon realizes that life is so much better with her glasses.

Healthy Kids Fun Run Registration Open

Children ages 5-12 experience the thrill of reaching the finish line in the one-mile, just-for-fun Healthy Kids Fun Run, held the day prior to the Marine Corps Marathon. The event includes a family fitness festival, mascots, healthy snacks, giveaways and music. $6, plus processing. Registration will close when race field has reached

capacity. Saturday, Oct 27, start times vary. Pentagon North Parking Lot, Arlington, VA.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Summer Concert at Strathmore

Strathmore’s Free Summer Outdoor Concert Series will feature versatile, on-the-verge artists living in, or from, DC. Kicking off the season is the family-friendly Cake for Dinner featuring members of Celtic group Scythian on Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. Learning music is just as fun and indulgent as Cake for Dinner when the family quartet introduces young musicians to the basics of music—melody, harmony, and rhythm—through a sampling of global folk music from Italy, Ukraine, Ireland and Argentina, as well as French Canadian tunes and Appalachian bluegrass. Written by Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka for their 25 nephews and nieces, the self-titled album Cake for Dinner is a sonic trip around the globe. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD. 301-581-5100.

Great American Backyard Campout

Participate in the 8th annual Great American Backyard Campout on June 23. National Wildlife Federation’s fundraising event encourages parents and kids alike to trade screen time for green time by spending a night under the stars. In the last two decades, childhood has literally moved indoors with kids spending more than seven hours per day in front of electronic media. Academy of Pediatrics has cautioned parents to limit their young children’s screen time. When you register your Campout on National Wildlife Federation’s web site you get helpful information to make your camping experience a fun one including campfire recipes, nocturnal wildlife guides, campfire songs and games, nature activities and much more. You’ll also be able to fundraise for exciting prizes. backyardcampout. org. H

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Payne Hosts the DEA Youth Dance Program National Kick-Off

On May 16 Payne Elementary School welcomed DEA Administrator, Michele Leonhart, the DEA Education Foundation, and participating dance companies for the launch of the national DEA Youth Dance Program. The program was established to engage students by providing a free and positive afterschool alternative to drugs through the experience of dance. Joy of Motion’s resident company, DCypher and Culture Shock Dance Company of Los Angeles demonstrated a variety of dance styles and the company members spoke to the students about healthy and active living. Students at Payne will now have the opportunity to participate in a series of dance classes. The curriculum incorporates themes such as: positive alternatives to drugs and gang violence, the building of self-esteem, teamwork, resisting negative peer pressure, and

focusing on positive health and attitude. Starting in this spring in Washington DC and Los Angeles, the DEA Youth Dance Program has plans to expand to over 22 states for the next school year. The Payne Wildcats are honored to be a special part of this exciting opportunity.

- Sara McLean, LudlowTaylor ES, 659 G St NE, Washington DC.

Brent Elementary News

Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School Out of This World Teacher Appreciation Week

Ludlow-Taylor loves its teachers! With strong support Ludlow-Taylor ES pre-schooler Tatum Primus holds her from the community, Ludlow- Teacher Appreciation Week sign. Taylor paid a spectacular tribute to the school’s wonderful see a teacher!” The festivities continteachers in May. As they arrived ued all week with a lavish breakfast, for work early one morning teachers a lovely coffee, and a delicious lunch. were greeted at the school’s entrance All forty teachers drew a gift donated by the “Rocky” theme song, balloons, by a family or one of our fabulous thank you banners and signs, children neighborhood businesses. Children delivering homemade green and gold made cards and had separate celcookies, and cheers from parents and ebrations in their classrooms. It was students. “Mommy, Mommy . . . I a great tribute to these often unsung heroes!

Capitol Hill Community Foundation Supports Ludlow-Taylor

The Capitol Hill Community Foundation awarded Ludlow-Taylor two generous grants for the fall. The Foundation will subsidize highquality arts materials for early childhood and kindergarten students and three exciting aftercare enrichment programs for older children: kung fu, afterschool gardening, and yoga.

The Arts Come Out to Play

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Older students are rehearsing for the Ludlow-Taylor Players’ presentation of Alice in Wonderland, and little ones are preparing for an upcoming Museum Night.

The school year might be coming to an end, but the learning continues -- the kids are still super busy at Brent Museum Magnet Elementary School. The 4th graders are combining their studies on the American Revolution with several field trips to bring what they learn in class to life. They visited Claude Moore Farm in McLean, VA, a living history colonial farm set in 1771. The kids got a chance to do many hands-on colonial chores, including dipping candles, spinning wool into thread, grinding corn, and even playing some authentic colonial games. They interacted with first-person historical interpreters and asked many insightful questions about what life was like in the years just before the Revolutionary War. The next week they visited Mt. Vernon in Alexandria, getting to see first-hand where George Washington lived. In June they will be taking an extended trip to historic St. Mary’s City in MD. The learning continues on the weekends -- thirty members of the Brent community gathered at Hains Point for a great time at the International Migratory Bird Day. This special event was put on by the National Park Service just for Brent Elementary School. Students and their families went birding, seeing large flocks of Cedar Waxwings and getting great looks at a Baltimore Oriole. They were treated to a falconry demonstration by DC’s own Earth Conservation Corps. It was a beautiful morning and everybody had a good time with birds and the great outdoors.

sual to verbal to written ideas. They are challenged to plan, build, revise, reflect and problem solve as they begin with an idea and bring it to completion.” She is already incor porating this new approach into the Brent ES 4th graders enjoying the colonial era farm. curriculum. Using the famous Brent students showed off their Gees Bend quilts as a starting point, talents on May 15 with a fun and her seventh-grade students confabulous talent show. The kids enducted an exploration of congruent tertained the audience with musical triangles, hand-dyeing and cutting performances, dance, and joke tellfabric, laying out the patterns and ing. The students finished off the learning to sew – to make quilted month with their annual Science Fair. Students wowed their parents and teachers with the products of their hard work. Brent is fortunate to have a dedicated science teacher, Mr. Mangiaracina, who guided the students in their projects. - E.V. Downey. Brent Elementary School is located at 301 N. Carolina Avenue, SE. 202-698-3363.

Eliot-Hines Middle School News Introducing Hannah Hakes

Hannah Hakes is new to Eliot-Hine but not new to teaching, having transferred from Lincoln Middle School this past fall. She is making the most of Eliot-Hine’s continuing partner- Ms. Hakes Advises Eliot-Hine Art Student ship with the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Graduate students from the Corcoran visit the school every week pillows of their own and contribute to meet with the students and twice to a class quilt. How can you help? Ms. Hakes a year the students are bused to the is particularly interested in doing a Gallery to see the works of art they mural with her students. She has exhave been studying.The program culperience in this area so you can be minates in an exhibit of the students’ assured that the work will be well conceptual portraits at the Corcoran. executed – and delightful. If you can Hakes is very excited about the Insuggest a location or can help in other ternational Baccalaureate (IB) being ways, please contact her through the implemented at Eliot-Hine, which school. Eliot-Hine Middle School, will integrate the arts into other subject matter, because she believes 1830 Constitution Ave. NE, http:// “that art is an integral part of a stu- or dent’s learning. The art classroom is a 202-939-5380. Elizabeth Nelson, place where students are challenged to translate their thoughts from H 119

kidsfamily school notes covered the release of shad, native to the Anacostia, which Maury students raised from eggs as part of the Living Classrooms Shad Restoration Project. Living Classrooms is also working with Maury 4th and 5th grades, taking them out on the water and teaching them about stewardship of our natural resources.


Early Childhood classes held a planting day to culminate their recent

time instruction: Henry, Emily, Amy, Nicole, Meredith, Divya, Lucy, and Sarah – thank you for giving your time to make a difference in our students’ lives! Have a great summer, Capitol Hill, and we’ll see you on Aug. 25 for DCPS Beautification Day! – Heather Schoell, Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202-6983838 or Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

St. Peter School cast performing Annie. Credit: Jim Shackelford

St. Peter School Spring Musical a Smashing Success!

Under the direction of music director Mrs. Towson-Williams, St. Peter School students brought down the house with a rousing performance of Annie Jr. After months of rehearsals, more than fifty students in grades two through eight performed in the school’s annual musical. Two nights of sold out performances showcased the phenomenal cast of talented and dedicated performers!

BBQ with Dads

The school’s first school-wide barbecue was a great opportunity for students and families to enjoy a midweek lunch together. Grilled up by a corps of St. Peter School dad volunteers, families gathered on the newly painted play areas on the upper and lower playgrounds to enjoy a meal together al fresco!

St Peter Student CYO Champion

St. Peter School 4th grader Dagny Fisher outran her competitors in the 1600 meter run to win the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) championship meet May 19th. Her time, 6:25 was 20 seconds lower than her previous best. Dagny also placed 3rd in the 800 meter run. Other St. Peter students competing in the championship were: 7th graders Jack Beckham (1600 m) and Annie Ryan (1600 m); 6th grader Andy Beckham (1600 m); and 1st grader Regan Fisher (100 m & 400 m). 120 H HillRag | June 2012

Spiritual Growth at St. Peter School

Spring is a busy month for blessed sacraments at St. Peter School. Eighth graders participated in the Mass of Confirmation and 45 second graders from across Capitol Hill celebrated their First Holy Communion at St. Peter’s Church. Hundreds of friends and family attended the Masses to witness the children receive their sacraments.

Middle School Literary Performances

Under the tutelage of middle school English teacher Ms. Lea Marmora, students spent several weeks in literature examining classic works including George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (6th); Arthur Miller’s The Crucible; (7th) and Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men (8th). The middle school students engaged in a literary analysis of each work, discussing content, form and function. All students were assigned a character analysis which they then used to prepare for a performance of selected scenes from each classic. The middle school literary performances showcased the innovative approaches St. Peter School teachers embrace to further engage students in the joys of learning. - Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St, SE. 202-5441618,

Maury Elementary News Release the Shad

Did you see Maury 1st and 2nd graders on News Channel 8? They

Students bid farewell to their shad fry (as in young fish, not fish & chips!) releasing them into the Anacostia. Credit: Elizabeth Herron.

flowers study. Families worked over a weekend to prep the soil for the kids, and all of the early childhood students planted beautiful flowers and native plants as part of their “garden party”. Children donned gardening gloves, took up shovels, and were proud of how they improved their schoolyard. Look for their work in the front yard at Maury!

Students at Peabody’s Early Childhood Center enjoyed celebrating Earth Day this spring. The highlight of the day: Librarian Ms. Bloom and Ms. Jones donned Michael Recycle and Litterbug Doug costumes for the celebration.

Thank You!

Space Camp

Thank you to our wonderful tutors! We had ten St. Anselm’s Abby 11th and 12th grade boys giving their time to students for two hours each Tuesday. That’s a lot of time for oneon-one and small group work, and we appreciate you all! We also were happy to have George Washington students during our out-of-school-

Capitol Hill Cluster School Earth Day

About 100 fifth graders and sixth graders from Watkins Elementary and Stuart-Hobson Middle School traveled to Huntsville, Ala., in May to attend a week-long Space Camp. Sponsored by the 5th- and 6th-grade science teachers every other year (so that every student has the opportunity to attend), the trip engages

Watkins fifth-grader Sky Stringer bravely takes part in a moon-walk simulation at Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. Credit: Watkins teacher Nina Harris.

students in lively, hands-on applications of space and earth science concepts introduced in the classroom. Notes fifth-grade teacher Ms. Harris, who traveled with the students: “The students experience three components of the Space Camp Pathfinder Program: space history, astronaut training, and missions. They also simulate activities used to prepare astronauts for their many missions to the moon, on the International Space Station, and on the Space Shuttle.”

National History Day

More than 40 Stuart-Hobson Middle School students participated in the citywide National History Day competition, held at George Washington University in May. A dozen students who received first or second places will move on to the national competition in June. They include Sarah Carleton and Erin Fenzel for their exhibit on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; Natasha Zakin, Isabel Walston, and Page Harrison for their website “444 Days”; Sheina Crystal and Mackenzie Pomroy for a documentary on the American Disabilities Act; Sean Pine, Matthew Nolan, and Jake Barrette for a documentary titled “Miracle Drug,” and Camille Capozzi and Cleo Krupa for a performance about Prohibition.


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Renovate Stuart-Hobson

Stuart-Hobson is slated for a multi-million dollar facilities upgrade to support the school’s reinvigorated arts integration and museum program. Plans include space for art, music, drama, exhibits, and a hightech media center. In the meantime, a $1.5 million technology upgrade in 2010-2011 provided SMART boards to teachers in every classroom, document cameras, SMART response systems, enhanced sound systems in most classrooms, a Mac lab, and iPads for classroom use. A renovated auditorium provides performance space, and students have ample space to play and exercise outdoors thanks to a new 13,200-square-foot field donated by the Synthetic Turf Council. - Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Early Childhood Campus – 425 C St NE; Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th St SE; StuartHobson Middle School Campus – 410 E St NE;

Capitol Hill Day School Roses and Ribbons

One challenge remains. On June 15, in keeping with long-standing graduation tradition, Capitol Hill Day School 8th graders will face an array of multi-hued roses tied with different colored ribbons. With hints from Head of School Jason Gray, each student must find the color rose identifying the year she or he entered school, tied with the correct color ribbon identifying the high school they will enter in the fall. As most 8th graders enrolled in prekindergarten 122 H HillRag | June 2012

or kindergarten, the challenge every year is finding a sufficient rainbow of ribbons to represent the 10 to 15 different high schools for each class. Everyone is very proud of this year’s graduates, and wish them every success as they move on to 11 high schools: Benjamin Banneker, Field, Georgetown Day, Gonzaga, Madeira, Maret, St. Albans, St. John’s, School Without Walls, T.C. Williams, and Washington International School. They received acceptances at an additional seven schools. In September, 77 CHDS alumni will be enrolled in 31 high schools, including independent and public schools throughout the DC metropolitan area, and boarding schools in Virginia and Connecticut. Congratulations also to the CHDS Class of 2008, moving on to Carleton College, Duke University, Oberlin College, Princeton University, Temple University, Tufts University, the United States Naval Academy, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, and Wesleyan University, among others. CHDS graduates excel and comfortably assume leadership roles at a wide range of high schools and colleges – a true testament to the value and effectiveness of our integrated curriculum and unique field studies program. - Jane Angarola, janea@ CHDS, 210 South Carolina Ave, SE; 202-386-9919.

Two Rivers PCS News TR Hosts First Fridays Visit

On May 4, Two Rivers hosted a successful First Friday visit, put together by the CityBridge Foundation, FOCUS, and Charter Board

Partners. First Fridays is a series that takes place on first the Friday of each month where a diverse group of 3035 individuals representing the business, education, philanthropic, and nonprofit communities are given a 90-minute tour of a unique and highperforming charter school. Two Rivers was happy to be selected for its unique Expeditionary Learning approach and status as a Tier One school by the DC Public Charter School Board. Two Rivers sends special thanks to the First Friday team for putting the event together, and to the individuals who came out to learn what Two Rivers is all about! If you are interested in making a similar connection to learn more Two Rivers, please contact Paul Staats, Program Associate, at pstaats@

Rebecca Skloot Visits Two Rivers

Eighth-graders from Two Rivers Public Charter School recently met Rebecca Skloot, author of best-seller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The book details how Lacks’ cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and became one of the critical tools for medical research that resulted in the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. The students recently completed reading Skloot’s book and used it as part of their class science project. Two Rivers Public Charter School has been recognized as one of only 22 ‘high performing’ public charter schools in the District. Located near Capitol Hill in the Noma district, the school operates an elementary and a middle school campus. To learn more about Two Rivers on your own, visit www.tworiverspcs. org, or you can follow on Facebook at

Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan News White House Garden Tour

On May 3, 2012, 25 lucky CHM@L students were treated to a private tour of the White House Gardens, given by White House Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. He had the kids taste sage flowers and sage

leaves, sorrel, and showed off peas and spinach grown from Thomas Jefferson’s own seeds. Students also saw the White House compost system and famous bee hive (which Chef Yosses told us produced 225 pounds of honey last year). The kids greatly impressed Chef Yosses with their knowledge of composting, gardening, and bees. In fact, he finally had to cut off the kids’ many questions about bees and beekeeping, and when one of the kids correctly defined inoculation, he finally said, “What is this, Harvard?!” We proudly replied, “No--Montessori!”

Monarch Pride!

On June 9, CHM@L will walk in the Capital Pride Parade, as part of a DCPS effort to make our schools safe and inclusive for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students, staff, and families. Look for us in our green Montessori t-shirts, or the colorful “Pride in DCPS” tshirts! – Julie Stewart. Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan, 215 G St. NE, 202.698.4467,

Amidon-Bowen News Students perform at Freedom Plaza on Emancipation Day

At the invitation of Councilman Vincent Orange, Amidon Bowen third, fourth and fifth grade students presented the one act play, “K.C.’s Dream”, during Emancipation Day celebrations at Freedom Plaza on April 16. They had also presented the play February 24 to the school during Black History Month. The play uses a dream of a young girl, K.C. played by Nevaeh Edwards, to bring forward historic Black figures to explain their roles in civil rights, education, sports, business and science. She is visited by Harriet Tubman, played by Jaida Murray, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King and Michael Jordan, played by Shomari Edwards, Clarence Eggleston, and Trevon Evans. Khalil Warren portrayed President Barack Obama and

Eighth graders from Two Rivers Public Charter School recently met Rebecca Skloot, author of best-seller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Tasia Bailey played the role of the Chorus that tied the “visits” together. The public gathered at Freedom Plaza enjoyed the performance and the students felt a sense of pride that they could contribute to the occasion. Ms. Dawn Gray (3rd grade teacher) and Ms. Suzanne Edgar (special educator) accompanied the group. Vincent Orange sent a letter to Principal Miller, calling the students’ performance “outstanding.” Each student who performed that day will be receiving a certificate from the Councilman’s office. - Meg Brinckman. Amidon-Bowen Elementary School 401 I Street SW. 202-724-4867.

Friends Community School News Students to be added in Grades 5, 6 & 7

Friends Community School has announced that it will add two or three students to its 5-7th grade classes to increase the size of each class to 14 or 15 students. “We have discussed the increased class size with

our students and teachers,” said Connie Belfiore, Director of Admissions and Outreach, “and, while we intend to maintain our small class size, we all feel that 14 or 15 students are the optimal number for middle school classes at Friends.” Because the decision came late in the year, Friends will continue to accept applications for those grades until the classes are full. Friends Community School is a small Kindergarten through 8th grade Quaker school that welcomes students of all beliefs. It educates a growing number of children from Capitol Hill, as well as students from other parts of the metropolitan area. For more information about the school or about applying for 5-7th grades for the fall, contact Connie Belfiore at or 301-441-2100 x129.

Archbishop Carroll High School News 20th Annual Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony

Philanthropy, justice and spiritual leadership—these virtues and more

will be honored during the Archbishop Carroll High School 20th Annual Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony. Archbishop Carroll High School is hosting its 20th Annual Spring Benefit and Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony at the Kennedy Center on June 5, 2012 from 6p.m. - 9p.m. Tickets for the Spring Benefit are $100 each, with proceeds benefiting the educational programs at Carroll. The evening will include a lavish buffet at the Rooftop Terrace Restaurant and music provided by The Wildflower Band. To purchase tickets, go to http://achs2012sb-eorge. For sponsorship information, contact Cherryace Fields, 202-529-1193 or email This year, Carroll will welcome the following people into the Hall of Honor: Fr. Mike Bryant, 43 years of service and former chaplain of DC Jail; The Honorable Erik P. Christian, Class of 1978, Associate Judge of DC Superior Court; Jim Vance, NBC4 anchor/reporter and founder of the Jim Vance Scholarship at Archbishop Carroll High School. The Cardinal

O’Boyle Medal for furthering the mission of Archbishop Carroll High School will be awarded to Rev. Edward Flanagan, OFM, Class of 1955.

DCPS Citywide Student Visual Arts Exhibition

District of Columbia Public Schools will hold a reception for its 12th Annual DCPS Citywide Student Visual Arts Exhibition, titled “How We See – How We Express,” from 5-8 p.m. June 1. The exhibition features more than 1,000 works of art from preschool students to high school seniors at 123 DC Public Schools. More than 25 scholarships and prizes will be awarded to exceptional students. The exhibition will be on display through June 17 at American University’s Katzen Center Rotunda, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The public is invited to attend. *Please note: there will be a School Notes edition in July, but not in August. The next deadline is June 15th for the July issue. - SBJ H H 123

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Homes & Gardens Protecting Our Hill Trees It May be Time to Call a Tree Doctor


Article and Photos by Rindy O’Brien

iligent tree care is usually not a subject that gets much attention. But a front-page story in the New York Times on May 15, 2012 has everyone talking about what can happen when trees are not adequately maintained. The article highlighted ten recent lawsuits against New York City for death and injuries caused by falling tree limbs. This has us asking ourselves about the condition of trees in DC and on Capitol Hill. What should we be doing to maintain our own trees?

State of our City Trees

Fortunately, in late April, Washington, DC’s leading non-profit tree organization, Casey Trees, released its Fourth Annual Tree Report that provides us with some of the answers. The report uses four criteria to evaluate the overall health of DC’s trees: 1) coverage of trees; 2) the health of the trees; 3) how many trees have been planted; and 4) the kind of protections that the city is providing for management and enforcement. According to Casey Trees, more money is expended per capita in Washington, DC on trees than in most cities of its size. Yet Casey Trees gave DC an incomplete grade in its 2011 report because of the inadequacies found by the Office of the One of the tree specialists from SavATree Company uses a guideline to bring pruned tree limbs to the DC Auditor of the Urban For- sidewalk at 1018 East Capitol Street, NE. H 125


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This magnificent American Elm Tree in Lincoln Park was damaged by high winds in May. National Park Service staff arborist, Vincent Lewis, prunes the tree after removing the large limb that was sheered off by the wind. Lewis says that because the tree was not pruned the weight of the leaves caused the tree to split during the storm.

the necessary diligence to care for the trees and limbs that could cause injury to someone on their property even if they don’t own the tree. “I sometimes hear people worrying that by pruning they unleash more problems,” said SavATRee Company’s arborist, Kyle Offerdahl, “but if you hire a trained professional, it can save you from potentially more damage if a dead limb gets blown out of the tree during a summer storm and crashes through a neighbor’s window.” He noted that arborists work to bring the pruned branches down by a guide wire to make sure they control where the limbs land and reduce any potential for damage. Certified arborists can also help you remove a tree and select a replacement tree. The tree experts have experience with the different kind of trees that work in the landscape you are planting in and can advise you on growth habits, potential insect or disease problems of that species, and what kind of root system the tree will need to survive. Often there are rebates available from Casey Trees for planting trees on your property and helping improve the city’s tree inventory. Both Kyle and Rich believe there are a number of overlooked trees that might do well on Capitol Hill. Both like the Linden trees, and some of the Sweet Gums (especially the fruitless variety), or the Honey Locust. Casey Trees has been planting the American Elm tree since a new disease-resistant variety is now available. Sadly, the dogwoods that many enjoy on the Hill have not been faring well in recent years due to drought and diseases, but both arborists think the American Dogwood variety is still a good choice for those seeking a flowering tree.

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hree years ago, I renovated my 100-year-old Capitol Hill townhouse, and my diminished bank account and the extra wrinkles between my eyebrows are continual reminders of my harrowing experience. Although many people have suffered the pains of trying to transform an outdated house into a stunning, welcoming home, I refuse to believe that this process is as unavoidably painful as puberty. Here are some tips to make it easier.

Live in the Space Before Renovating

If it’s feasible, live in your house before you start renovating. While your friends may advise you to put a sink in your kitchen island, for example, you may love baking and need that extra counter space for rolling out homemade piecrust. Once you live in a space, you notice small but important details such as the placement of light switches or the number of outlets in the bathroom. You can always adapt to your environment, but a home renova132 H HillRag | June 2012

tion gives you the opportunity to create that environment, so why not make sure it reflects you?

Conduct Research

Finding skilled, trustworthy experts while avoiding the charlatans is the most critical aspect of home renovation. Interview and obtain bids from at least three different contractors, and ensure that the bids contain the same information so your comparison is accurate. Don’t be lured by the lowest bid. When checking contractors’ references, visit homes of their former clients to review your prospective contractor’s work. Look at both recent renovations and older projects to see how the contractor’s work has held up. Most importantly, ask for copies of the contractor’s license and insurance information, and check that all documentation is up to date. Read blogs, talk to neighbors, and peruse websites such as Pinterest. Figure out what you like, what you want, and what you need. That’s the fun part.

Have a Plan

First, plan your budget, and then add 20 to 30 percent for unexpected costs. Account for unforeseen circumstances, such as cutting back overgrown tree roots that are strangling your drainage line. Prioritize where you want to spend your money. Do you really need a heated bathroom floor, or would you rather spend money on granite countertops? You can take advantage of tax breaks for purchasing energy efficient appliances, so you may want to spend a little more upfront to save energy and money later. Second, project how long it will take to make your home habitable, and account for delays. Allow enough time to make economical, safe decisions. Potential hazards include removing lead paint and dry wall work, which tends to be very dusty. Third, know what work you can do yourself and what is best left to the experts. Here’s a hint: anything potentially harmful to you and your family if done incorrectly, such as electrical, plumbing, or structural work, leave to the experts. If you have time and the

inclination, tackling home improvement tasks such as painting, grouting, or even repairing a rotting, wooden railing can be soul satisfying and a reminder of the sweat equity you put into improving your home.

Keep Detailed Records

Thanks to email and camera phones, keeping track of every aspect of your home renovation should be relatively easy. Jot down notes after conversations with your contractor and subcontractors to keep track of what you discussed and when. Get names and contact information of your subcontractors. Knowing who is in your home and how to get in touch with them will help you deal with potential problems down the road.

Treat Your Home Renovation Like a Job

While I’m not advocating you quit your real job (you’ll have to fund your renovation somehow), I urge you to be equally attentive to your home renovation. If you’re living elsewhere during your reno-

vation, visit your new home several times per week and document the progress. Educate yourself enough to be able to ask informed questions, and ask your contractor to keep you well-informed throughout the process.Although you’re pouring your heart and your money into making a home for yourself and your family, realize that the people you’re working with may not care about your project as much as you do. It may sound cynical, but you’re the one who will be living there, not your contractor or the guy who installed your air conditioner. Armed with this information, you’ll be able to tackle your home renovation and minimize the pain many of us have experienced. Good luck!

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Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA): DC/DCRA Better Business Bureau: Associated General Contractors of Metro DC: http:// Department of Energy: US Environmental Protection Agency: lead/pubs/renovaterightbrochure.pdf top-10/2010/09/top-10-homeimprovement-blogs.html http://www.diynetwork. com/ search/?q=home+renovation

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A Celebration of Dick Wolf (Text of eulogy by Sharon Ambrose at the celebration of Dick Wolf, May 30, 2012 at Temple Micah, Washington DC) We are here today to celebrate Dick Wolf, our dear friend and neighbor. Any one who knew Dick knew very quickly what was important to him: his family, his faith and his city. It didn’t take much effort to draw Dick out. Dick Wolf was as voluble as he was valuable. He talked a lot and with great pride of Mimi and her work for the past 45 years at Children’s National Medical Center; of her seminal study of the effect of lead paint on child development in DC, and her continuing efforts to preserve funding for lead paint removal. He talked with great affection of his daughters Ann and Jennifer, his fondness for their husbands Richard and Steve, and of his two lovely grand-daughters. Dick spoke also of his faith and his involvement with Temple Micah and its leap from SW to NW. But mostly Dick Wolf talked about his city. John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said: “We will neglect our cities to our peril, for in neglecting them we neglect the nation.” Dick Wolf was passionate about this city -- what it was intended to 146 H HillRag | June 2012

be and what it could become. He was a constant and persistent tutor of all who were eager to know (or who he felt should know) about the District of Columbia. He was fascinated with the history of its planning. For Dick the Comprehensive Plan for the National Capitol was only marginally less important than the Constitution of the United States. The “Comp Plan”, as it is known, is the plan mandated by the Home Rule Act. It is indeed comprehensive -- laying out goals and time-frames for achieving the city that Pierre L’Enfant, Benjamin Banneker and others dreamed into existence, that the McMillan Commission refined within the vision of the “city beautiful” planners, and which our fledgling Home Rule government was charged with implementing. And the new DC city government was not, by a long shot, doing it fast enough or carefully enough to suit Dick. I know these things because Dick told me about them --often and at great length. During my years as a staffer for the City Council, and later, during my decade as a Councilmember, Dick lectured (and sometimes hectored) me about getting the Comp Plan done and doing it right. He spent countless hours at meetings and City Council hearings writing testimony, preparing amendments and educating both lawmakers and fellow citizens about the critical difference a thoughtful plan for the way a city and a neighborhood looks and feels and

functions can make in the daily lives of its citizens. And, to the surprise of no one who knew Dick Wolf, the Ward Six Plan was the first in the city to be completed. When I’m walking around our Capitol Hill community, risking serious bodily harm in collisions with bicycles and strollers designed as offroad conveyances; when I read media reports about the fact that while most cities are shrinking and growing older DC is expanding and getting younger; when I see statistics that say DC is one of the hottest targets for tech center development -- I say, “Thanks, Dick.” Dick saw early the value of the protections being an historic district could bring and worked tirelessly to guard them for the Capitol Hill Historic District, -- “one of the largest in the nation”, he would proudly say. He saw the work that he and colleagues in the Capitol Hill Restoration Society were doing as a template for other neighborhoods and worked with friends across the city as they began the tedious process of mapping and lobbying for Historic District status. Dick rallied the troops and worked with (and on) the Architect of the Capitol and his staff to ensure that as the federal portion of the Comp Plan evolved, the neighborhood wasn’t swallowed up in the expansionist dreams of Congress that at various times threatened to gobble up Providence Park and St. Mark’s Church, among other things. Dick was acutely attuned to the organic and evolving nature of cities. Of all the many projects and successes in which Dick was involved, the one he referred to most often was the development of the town homes at Ellen Wilson. Dick once said that he seriously thought of writing a book about it. The project was typical of Dick: he saw an opportunity to enlarge the community and create a new and better neighborhood within the city. The Ellen Wilson project was a small collection of public housing buildings so badly deteriorated that the city moved all the residents out to other sites. Because the public housing administration, later placed in receivership, was so dysfunctional, the buildings were left vacant and became havens for squatters and crime. The

problems quickly spilled over into surrounding neighborhoods. The buildings became so serious a problem that the city finally evicted the squatters and razed the buildings, leaving a large swathe of vacant ugly property forming a visual and social no-man’s land between the site and the surrounding community. Dick decided that something had to be done. He called a group of people together who he knew had the skills and experience to help figure out how to salvage the situation. One of Dick’s special talents was in bringing the right people together to tackle a problem. He was an omnivorous reader of papers and journals, and immediately followed up on things he thought might work in DC. Then he got the right folks together to pool their expertise. That was his approach to the Ellen Wilson site. Building on the model of the Columbia Point project in Boston, Dick and others, including Capitol Hill neighbor David Perry, began to put together the concept of forming a Community Development Corporation to transform Ellen Wilson Dwellings into a mixed income housing development. Using Dick’s legal skills and those of other knowledgeable attorneys he dragooned into helping, the Town Homes became eligible for one of the first in the nation completed projects under the aegis of the Hope VI program initiated by the Clinton administration. With his sensitivity to Historic District nuance, Dick reached out to architect Amy Weinstein asking her to design new affordably priced town homes that would fit as seamlessly as possible into the visual fabric of Capital Hill. The project that Dick started in 1989 and shepherded through more painful community meetings than even he liked to think about, is today home to close to 200 folks. It served as a model for subsequent mixed income projects for which DC received funding. It contributed more housing and created a whole new thriving neighborhood in our city. The number of issues that Dick worked on in his years of service to the Capitol Hill Restoration Society, several times as its President, are too many to list this morning. From litigating on zoning disputes to providing funding for studies to help analyze problems throughout the city, Dick made the

Capitol Hill Restoration Society a dependable first source of protection for the community and city he loved. His own community recognized his work on their behalf by bestowing on him in 1987 the Capitol Hill Community Achievement Award. Dick was very active in the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. He served several terms as a Trustee of the Committee and helped form the strong bonds that exist across our city between folks in each quadrant who share a passion for perfecting the built environment and civic structures that knit communities together and make the District of Columbia, a city designed as a city of neighborhoods, a mecca for young families and the new urbanists who flock to it. In 2009 Dick Wolf received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Vision Awards ceremony held by the Committee of 100. Early this week George Clark, the current Chairman of the Committee of 100 said in an announcement to members: “Dick never sugar-coated and he taught us that ‘laying it all out’ was the best way to call attention to what was really going on -- he could inspire better than anyone and get things moving no matter how daunting the task.” In another time and a different great city, Plato said: “This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are.” Dick Wolf was the citizen we all must strive to be.

A Tribute to Dick Wolf

For many years Dick and I presented testimony for the Capitol Hill Restoration Society to the City Council – Dick spoke on planning issues and I spoke on historic preservation issues. While we were finishing our testimony, usually on the day of the hearing, we would touch base. Dick often would say, “That’s fine, Nancy, but you need to be more forceful” and I might say, “Dick, you can’t say that.” Then we would both laugh and perhaps tweak our testimony just a bit. Having worked beside him and learned so very, very much from him, I’m honored to be here today to speak of Dick’s contributions to his beloved Capitol Hill community and his neighbors.

In an oral history interview given five years ago, Dick says he started his role as a Capitol Hill and city activist with the Restoration Society in the 1960s because it was the organization working on issues like liquor licenses and zoning issues important to residents’ daily life and what the Hill was going to look like in the future as a place for families, children, the elderly, the poor and the middle class to live and work. Along with the regulatory cases, Dick and others in the Society started to address two big problems coming in the 1970s – the increasingly difficult parking situation for residents as commuters filled the blocks nearest the Capitol and the demolition of the historic buildings by Congress and developers. While we all know that the establishment of the historic district in 1976 and the passing of the Preservation Law in 1978 gave protection to Capitol Hill’s historic buildings – and Dick certainly played an active role in those efforts – the parking permit system is often overlooked. Knowing that the coming of the subway and the expansion of the Congressional campus would only worsen the difficult parking situation, Dick, Larry Monaco and others began to search for a solution. When their idea for residential parking permits was originally turned down by the city’s Corporation Counsel, they formed an informal Parking Coalition, sought expert legal advice, and looked around for another path to their goal. They found it in Arlington County, which was trying to protect its residential permit system in the Virginia court system – and losing. When Arlington County appealed to the Supreme Court, the Parking Coalition was there as well with an amicus brief. To their great surprise, an 8-1 decision was issued Proccurium, based on the submission of the briefs before any oral arguments – a solid victory for the residents everywhere. Those were big issues but Dick didn’t let the others pass him by either. Without Dick and others advocating at the right time and to the right people, we would now be listening to the Metro conductors announcing the “Marine Barracks” stop. In the 1960s the city wanted to get rid of Eastern Market, and then, of course, name the subway stop for the Marines.

Dick was firmly convinced of the power that comes when citizens see a problem, research it, develop or enlist the needed expertise to find a solution. That has been his operating principle over the 40 years he worked with the Restoration Society and other city organizations. Once a problem was identified, he didn’t forget it. For years he and I and many others worried about the increasingly large PEPCO meters that were showing up on Capitol Hill row houses, but it was very difficult to get them moved or reduced in size on a case-by-case basis. Then one day he called and said that Councilmember Cheh was holding a hearing on problems with PEPCO – the perfect opportunity to bring up the meter boxes. He was right – it was a perfect opportunity as the utility certainly did not like the glare of the hearing that featured photos of the problem. Soon we were working with the Historic Preservation Office, a meeting was arranged among all the players – utilities, neighborhoods, consumer advocates, city agencies, electrical contractors and council representatives – and problems were identified and solutions explored. From there the Historic Preservation Office took over and a Historic Preservation Guideline On Meter Boxes was finally approved several months ago. And a key component in the beginning was Dick, in his tenacious way, finding out about the hearing. If Dick didn’t have a plan and a strategy when you called him with a problem, he came up with one pretty quickly. Once I called him about a one-story building appropriate for a suburban strip mall being proposed for the 600 block of D Street facing Eastern Market Metro plaza. Did he have any idea about how to convince the Historic Preservation Review Board that a 2- or 3-story building should be built instead? “Great Streets” was the immediate answer, and, he added, “Donald Jackson, a Capitol Hill resident , was the architect who had worked on the program for the National Capital Planning Commission – call him”. Mr. Jackson was glad to supply the needed information and the HPRB agreed a two-story building was needed at the metro square on Pennsylvania Avenue, a designated

Great Street. Dick’s great rolodex of a mind once again supplied the needed connections, or as one past president of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society put it a few years ago: “Dick Wolf knows where all the bodies were buried, who buried them, and how to dig them up again.” The Restoration Society was incredibly fortunate to have Dick as a president during two different eras – from 1977 – 1980 and from 2005 – 2009. But most importantly, whether president or not, he never stopped thinking about, talking about and working on issues he felt would make his neighborhood and city better places for anyone to live. With Dick’s knowledge of administrative procedures, zoning regulations, planning documents, and historic preservation principles, Dick was the perfect person to help a group synthesize problems and map a solution. Even most recently, when his health was compromised, he looked for ways to address the Hill’s transportation issues, guiding others through the steps he would have taken if he had been able. He championed the CHRS effort to research the history and document the buildings in those areas of Capitol Hill beyond the boundaries of the historic district so residents would have more information about their neighborhoods. He was convinced that the Beyond the Boundaries Project was an important legacy that would be useful for researchers and residents alike and was looking forward to the finish of the project. When I started thinking about how to explain Dick’s contributions to Capitol Hill, several people said “Talk about how Capitol Hill would be different without Dick’s efforts.” I soon realized that approach wouldn’t work too well. Dick joined with so many people on so many efforts and shared his knowledge and expertise so widely that really no one but Dick knew the scope of his contributions, which I think is the way he would want it. Not too long ago, when he retired from NASA, my husband and I saw Dick on the street, unloading boxes from his car, he straightened up and said, with a grin and zest in his eyes, “Now I can be a full-time pain-in-the-butt.” Nancy Metzger H 147

In Appreciation of Dick Wolf

We are very saddened to report that Richard N. Wolf passed away on May 27, 2012. He worked tirelessly for the betterment of Capitol Hill, and will be greatly missed. Dick Wolf served on the board of directors of CHRS for many years, and also served as President from 1977 to 1980 and again from 2005 to 2009. For over 40 years he energetically advocated for historic preservation and sound land use planning balancing residential neighborhoods, commercial development and national institutional growth. He was a great leader and motivator. He could also be irascible and did not suffer fools gladly (or at all!). On the other hand, he was also a master storyteller, with a deep knowledge of local law and history. Because of his vision and civic energy, Capitol Hill is a better place. Some of his many accomplishments include his participation in: • establishing the DC Historic Preservation Act; • establishing the DC Comprehensive Plan, the Ward 6 Plan, and zoning to carry out the intent of the Comprehensive Plan; • including the importance of the residential neighborhood in the Architect of the Capitol’s Master Plan; • establishing the Capitol Hill Historic District in 1976; • re-developing Eastern Market, and the efforts to preserve and re-open the market after the disastrous fire; • redeveloping the Ellen Wilson houses into the national award-winning Townhomes on Capitol Hill; • promoting the Main Street Project which transformed Barrack’s Row into a lively commercial district; • supporting the rezoning of the MedLINK property to retain a scale consistent with the surrounding neighborhood; • successfully opposing a large glass curtain-wall office building at 14th and Pennsylvania (current site of Harris Teeter) and stopping a church at 6th and A Streets, NE from demolishing an entire block of historic homes to create a mega-headquarters; • supporting the CHRS Beyond the Boundaries Project, to document the buildings, and record the history of Capitol Hill south of H Street, NE and east to 19th Street. We celebrate his life and his many accomplishments, remember affectionately the time we spent with him, and we will miss him very much. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society

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Don’t Eliminate the Flea Market!

Most of The Flea Market at Eastern Market will be eliminated under a development proposal for the site of Hine School that will go before the DC Zoning Board on June 14. Developers Stanton-EastBanc and the Zoning Board have to find a home for The Flea Market at Eastern Market that will work for the exhibitors and their legions of customers. The flea market provides up to 150 spaces for vendors and approximately 15,000 people visit on a typical weekend. The Flea Market has been a vibrant incubator space for small businesses as well as a treasured neighborhood meeting place. The Flea Market is a neighborhood institution and a landmark in its own right. Despite pledges of the developers to preserve the market, the proposal actually cuts by two-thirds the [current parking lot] space for vendors and customers, eliminating 38,000 square feet of market space from the current configuration. A reconfigured design could accommodate the Flea Market. It is the responsibility of the developers and the Zoning Board to resolve these issues and secure a viable home for the market before the project is allowed to proceed. Further, Councilmember Wells has introduced legislation to govern Eastern Market for the future. Among the many elements of this bill is creation of an Eastern Market Trust that will oversee the market and also have oversight and control of additional public and private land, called the Eastern Market Historic Special Use District. The district includes the Hine Schoolyard; 7th Street from North Carolina to Pennsylvania Ave. and potentially the C Street Plaza of the new development. We are not certain whether the Trust would sublease space to the flea markets, or under what conditions any of this space can be used for or by flea market exhibitors. While we have had verbal and written promises by the Councilmember that the intent is to ensure independent operations of the flea markets continue, the submitted legislation is not clear. Any law that provides governance and protection for Eastern Market stakeholders should explicitly also include the Flea Market. Michael Berman, President of Diverse Markets Management, the owner of the Sunday flea market at Hine School; Capitol Hill resident and artist with a 20-year history of participation at Eastern Market.

We Are Preserving The Flea Market

Stanton-EastBanc understands that the health and well-being of the Eastern Market Flea Market are vital to the Capitol Hill community. With this in mind, we have from day one sought to incorporate areas for vending as an essential element of our project’s design. The original Hine School Request for Proposal (RFP) response submitted by Stanton Develop-

ment and EastBanc in 2009 provided a schematic layout of 98 tents located on a newly created C Street between 7th and 8th Streets SE. Of the nine RFPs submitted to the District of Columbia, Stanton-EastBanc’s proposal provided the largest venue for the flea market. This original layout located the garage entry and truck dock on 7th Street. After the District selected Stanton-EastBanc to redevelop the Hine Site, the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) decided that the 7th Street entry for both the garage and the truck dock was dangerous to pedestrians because of its excessive width, volume of traffic, and proximity to the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street. 8th Street neighbors objected to locating a parking garage entrance on 8th Street. Since DDOT would not allow an entry on Pennsylvania Avenue, the only remaining location for a garage entry was on C Street. This meant the elimination of 30 tent spaces that reduced the area for 98 10x10 tent spaces to 68 10x10 tent spaces where we currently are today. While not apparent to most residents, the Flea Market is actually managed by three separate entities. The District rents spaces to vendors on 7th Street, in the environs of the Eastern Market such as the North Hall Plaza and Farmers’ Line, and on the plaza in front of the Natatorium. Two private vendors manage operations on the Hine School parking lot, one on Saturdays and another on Sundays. Under our agreement with the District, the city is responsible for managing all vending operations on the new C Street and its adjoining plaza once our project is completed. It may choose to combine its existing market with these new areas or not. We intend to support whatever direction is taken. Stanton-Eastbanc

The Hine School Development

Since the Hine development process began in 2008, EMMCA (Eastern Market Metro Community Association), has promoted four simple principles: • Preserve public open space, primarily for the Flea Market • Maintain a buffer between residential and commercial • Promote the site’s purpose of service to children • Add to the aesthetic beauty and scale of Capitol Hill Who can think about Eastern Market without the image coming to mind of the festive weekend flea market scene? The developer wants an entrance to underground parking on the newly opened C Street—the street that will convert to the flea market on weekends. That garage entrance will eliminate two-thirds of the artists and vendors and destroy the flea market forever. There’s an easy, common-sense solution: Locate that parking garage entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue. Need an example of how that would work? There’s a park-

ing garage entrance in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue that works fine. Move the parking garage entrance and save the flea market! Eighth Street is a busy restaurant row south of Pennsylvania Avenue and a lovely tree-lined residential street north of Pennsylvania, but that’s not confounding, it’s what is wonderful about how this commercial area gracefully insinuates itself into the neighborhood. Eighth Street has been commercial south of Pennsylvania, residential north of Pennsylvania, since L’Enfant’s first plans in 1791, until now. On the Fourth of July 1864, this site was dedicated to serving children as a DC Public School (so dedicated on that Fourth of July even as this nation was engaged in a war testing whether any such nation could long endure), and this site has endured so powerfully in its purpose serving children and their families, until now. In 1873 when Eastern Market moved in, that created a dog-leg shaped commercial corridor with homes at 8th and D Street, until now. The Hine developer has seen fit to make all of 8th Street north of Pennsylvania Avenue residential, as it should be, except for the southern corner of 8th Street, where the developer wants retail. The corner of 8th and D should be residential, but in the alternative, it could provide a service to children and families at that corner. A child-serving purpose has been the buffer between retail and residential for 148 years: Put a prominent child-care center at 8th and D Street, something we can point to with pride. Child-care at 8th and D today will illustrate that Capitol Hill is the family-friendly, livable-walkable community we proclaim it to be. Finally, build something that highlights the crown of the neighborhood, Eastern Market. Nothing in this proposal is designed to highlight Eastern Market. Everything about it diminishes Eastern Market, particularly the North Building that blocks all views of Eastern Market. Now it is up to the 10 volunteer elected officials on ANC 6B to protest this developer’s proposal before the DC Zoning Commission. ANC 6B should vote to protest and vigorously oppose the Hine development plan in its current form so that this project can

finally move forward quickly in a way that preserves, maintains, promotes and adds to everything we like about this warm, welcoming, lively, ungated, unsegregated Eastern Market neighwborhood on Capitol Hill. It is up to us who love Eastern Market and Capitol Hill to urge ANC-6B to make decisions on June 12, 2012 that are just as good as the decisions made by dozens of generations of leaders before them, until now. And now it is their turn, and our turn, to do the right thing, and right-size Hine. Barbara Riehle, Steering Committee Member Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA)

Thank You Capitol Hill from Frager’s

Over the past months, many of our loyal customers have taken the time to become aware of and to support us in our recent application for variance relief before the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (the “BZA”). It had been brought to the attention of the DC regulatory authorities that Frager’s was operating in a way contrary to the requirements of the Zoning Regulations: Frager’s was storing and displaying merchandise essential to the operation of an urban hardware store; these uses were being conducted, as they had been for 80 years, on what is now Frager’s residentially zoned land. In 1958 the District of Columbia, in a City-wide zoning overhaul, split Frager’s property into commercial and residential portions at the front and back. Over the decades, long before those zones were established, Frager’s had conducted its commercial business on the land it owned; it must have been good to live in those more neighborly, less litigious times. On Tuesday, May 22, Frager’s attended the hearing for this matter and the BZA ruled to approve our request for a variance. This means that Frager’s will be able to resume the use of most of its residentially zoned land as it has done historically. We will be able to store and display the merchandise that we have, since November 2011, had to “shoehorn” into the already-full garden area that fronts on Pennsylvania Avenue. As we reestablish the histori-

cal use of our “back lot” property, we hope -- through landscaping and architectural embellishment -- to make this area aesthetically pleasing while preserving the utilitarian functionality that we need to meet the expectations of our customers. We have started this process. We could not have achieved this outcome without the encouragement and fervent dedication of our friends and customers, our store associates, and the Capitol Hill community which we are privileged to serve. In addition to an abundance of lettersin-support, we garnered more than 1,600 signatures on a petition supporting variance approval by the BZA. To all of you who supported us in this effort, Frager’s would like to express its abundant gratitude. We thank you all sincerely and we shall not forget what you have done on our behalf. At some time in the not-toodistant future, after things return to normal and improvements are made, we hope to host an occasion to celebrate all the things for which we can be grateful. Check our web site (www. from time-to-time for updates. We hope to see you there! Nick Kaplanis, General Manager Frager’s Hardware

Too Many Street Closings

One of the few negatives about living on Capitol Hill is the frequency of street closings, such as for the recent Capitol Hill 3K Classic on Sunday, May 20. It would seem reasonable to minimize the inconvenience to Capitol Hill residents by 1. Posting the date and times (and ideally, the overall plan and reason) for the street closings . . . in advance; 2. Providing the start and end times to all members of the DC police who are tasked with closing the streets; 3. Providing information regarding alternative routes. For example, today when I tried to drive from Southeast to Northeast, I was told by the DC police that passage was impossible. However, when I investigated online (after I parked and walked home), I realized that I only had to go east (to beyond Lincoln Park) to drive north. Gary Mintz

Thank You Hill Rag

Thank you for the Hill Rag’s coverage of Anacostia Riverkeeper’s community cistern project. Perhaps the biggest obstacle in our ongoing effort to clean the Anacostia is not the pollution itself, but increasing awareness so that communities can connect the dots between rainwater for flowerboxes in Eastern Market and a restored Anacostia River. Our river has hit the proverbial rock bottom and is now on the way back up. Clean-up efforts are full steam ahead in DC portion of the Anacostia as well as the tributary network in PG and Montgomery counties. Now, more than ever, the communities that surround the river need to be aware of decision points along the path toward restoration. The public has a right, and perhaps even a civic duty, to weigh in on each of these decisions about the fate of the river. These decisions are often made by people who live far, far outside of the watershed at the EPA Region 3 headquarters in Philadelphia. Again, thanks for the wonderful coverage. If I can be of service, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Mike Bolinder, Anacostia Riverkeeper, Inc.

Great Literary Bookfest

Please allow me to extend enthusiastic thanks to Karen Lyon, Ed McManus, Maggie Hall, and the many volunteers who hosted the second annual Literary Hill Bookfest on May 6th at Eastern Market. As an author, I appreciated the opportunity to meet so many neighbors who are writers, avid readers, and history enthusiasts. Lyon gave those of us in the local writing community a chance to showcase our books and projects, and her top-notch volunteers kept everything running smoothly throughout the afternoon. It was a joy to participate. I’m already looking forward to next year and wish the Bookfest even more success! May it become a Hill institution and inspire many to keep reading great material… and maybe even try their hand at writing it themselves. Meredith Henne Baker Author of The Richmond Theater Fire: Early America’s First Great Disaster, H H 149

the NOSE

by Anonymous


ll the World’s a Stage,” the Bard once wrote. Never was this sage observation truer than in our fair metropolis this past month. Here, politics, in The Nose’s opinion, have veered from the comic to the tragic. One moment saw the famous “Mayor for Life” pontificating on the ethnicity of the nursing profession. Another witnessed the fallen scion of a long-standing political dynasty embarking on a four-year, all-paid vacation at Camp Fed. Even The Nose, a satirist of no little competence, would find inventing the range of characters that stride across our city’s dais quite a challenge. When the local broadsheet broke the news last year that the Gray campaign had made under-the-table payments to fringe candidate Sulaimon Brown, most DC insiders were perplexed. “What a waste of money! Why would they have bothered? Nobody could have been that stupid,” folks opined. Gray repeatedly denied any involvement or knowledge. To many, the notion on its face seemed absurd. Now, Gray campaign strategists Howard “Cash Envelope” Brooks and Thomas “Tear It Up” Gore have both pled guilty to organizing a scam to support Brown’s quixotic mayoral quest with the understanding that he would continue to attack Fenty at debates. Their charging documents largely corroborate Sulaimon’s imaginative council testimony. They confirm in an especially ironic twist that the Gray organization was the largest contributor to Brown’s campaign. The Nose has drawn several important lessons from Brooks and Gore’s travails: 1. If you are going to break the law, DO NOT write it down. 2. If you are foolish enough to scribble a record of your misdeeds in a spiral notebook, DO NOT rip it up. 3. If an FBI agent interviews you about your questionable actions and said spiral notebook, TELL THE TRUTH. 4. Never, never use money orders when you can pay in cash. The Nose is honestly beginning to wonder if Gray’s 2010 campaign was run by the Keystone Cops. Even the Watergate burglars did better job covering their tracks. In the nation’s capital, truth is truly stranger than fiction. This, Dear Readers, is the reason that The Nose has drawn much of his more arcane inspiration from the great works of musical theater. And so, inspired by a recent trip to Arena Stage to see The Music Man, The Nose has penned this ditty: Well, either you’re closing your eyes To a situation you do now wish to acknowledge Or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated By the presence of Politicians in your community.

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Ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in Latté City. Why sure I’m a voter, Certainly mighty proud I say I’m always mighty proud to say it. I consider that the hours I spend Watching District Cable are golden. Help you cultivate horse sense And a cool head and a keen eye. Never take and try to give An iron-clad leave to yourself From a twenty-hour marathon hearing? But just as I say, It takes judgment, brains, and maturity to pull that lever In a political game, I say that any boob kin take And check that box. And they call that sloth. The first big step on the road To the depths of deg-ra-Day-I say, first, small contributions from a developer, Then free three-martini lunches. An’ the next thing ya know, Your candidate is pitching for money In a pinch-back suit. And list’nin to some big out-a-town corporate magnate Hearin’ him tell about Internet gambling’. Not a wholesome lottery, no! But a Iphone App where they play blackjack in a library! Make your blood boil? Well, I should say. Friends, lemme tell you what I mean. Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six contributors in a bundle Bundles that mark the diff ’rence Between a Bribe and a Contribution, With a capital “C,” And that rhymes with “P” and that stands for Politician! Trouble, oh we got trouble, Right here in Latté City! With a capital “T” That rhymes with “P” And that stands for Politician, We’ve surely got trouble! Right here in Latté City, Right here! Gotta figger out a way To keep the politicians moral BEFORE elections! Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble... The District truly has become a theater of the absurd. Perhaps, it is now time for a new casting call. H

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