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Councilmembers: Support DC Seniors by Funding Home & Community Services Many DC seniors rely on home and community services for meals, getting dressed, and trips to the doctor—all to live independently in their own homes and communities. But without essential funding for these programs, seniors could be forced into expensive nursing homes, costing taxpayers more. That’s why AARP DC urges Councilmembers to support seniors in the Fiscal Year 2020 budget by fully funding key initiatives, including the 10 Year Senior Strategic Plan, the Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act of 2018, and the Grandparent Caregivers Program. We also call for more investment in nutrition services for seniors, with an additional dietitian in each Ward.

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Spring Cleaning Special

Starting Fresh This Season!

40 Forget Marie Kondo, Here’s to Stashing it All. Tips for Small House Storage by Stephanie Cavanaugh

44 Ten Tips to Organizing Your Home Life on Capitol Hill by Rindy O’Brien

48 Marie Kondo-ing, Responsibly by Catherine Plume

Come Have Fun by the Water! Summer Events at the Capitol Riverfront by Bonnie Trein


Frager’s Reopens on Pennsylvania: Gleaming Store at Original Address by Elizabeth O’Gorek

DCPL Begins Process of Renovating SE Library







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Pole Vaulting on Capitol Hill

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Bulletin Board by Kathleen Donner


DCPL Begins Process of Renovating SE Library by Elizabeth O’Gorek


Opinion: Make Our Streets Safer For Everyone by Charles Allen


The Numbers: Economic Development, What Works And What Doesn’t? by Amy Lieber


Woman of Ward 6: Elizabeth Haines by Marci Hilt


Meet Chairs of ANC 6C & 6D by Elizabeth O’Gorek


DC Budget Includes Money for 6A, News from ANC 6A by Nicholas L. Alberti


Notice to Cure Issued to District Soul Food, News from ANC 6B by Elizabeth O’Gorek


Commission Opposes 429 Fifth St. NE Addition, News from ANC 6C by Elizabeth O’Gorek


The Petalpalooza Blues, News from ANC 6D by Andrew Lightman

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Ask the Hill Historian: Stanton Park by Nina Tristani


Frager’s Reopens on Pennsylvania: Gleaming Store at Original Address by Elizabeth O’Gorek


The 62nd CHRS House & Garden Tour by Nina Tristani


Dear Garden Problem Lady by Wendy Blair


Changing Hands by Don Denton

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Discover the Delights of Off-Season Travel: Corfu Is A Different Place In The Winter by Maggie Hall


Dining Notes by Celeste McCall


At the Movies by Mike Canning


Art and The City by Jim Magner


Literary Hill by Karen Lyon


Poetic Hill by Karen Lyon


The Jazz Project by Jean Keith Fagon

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Forest Bathing: Walking Through Nature With Melanie Choukas-Bradley by Rindy O’Brien


Pole Vaulting on Capitol Hill by Pattie Cinelli


The District Vet by Dan Teich


Kids Bulletin by Kathleen Donner


School Notes by Susan Braun Johnson





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Every year on the Sunday evening of Memorial Day weekend, Wolf Trap celebrates the upcoming summer performance season. On May 26, at 8 p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.), “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert at 9:45 p.m. Park will close at capacity. Filene Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Rd. Vienna, VA. Photo: Courtesy of Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts



When it opens on June 8, the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils, Deep Time at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History will take visitors on a journey through the epic story of our planet and the life that has both shaped and been shaped by it. Deep Time starts 4.6-billion years ago, but ends in the future. Along the way, visitors will travel through ancient ecosystems and experience the evolution of plant and animal life. Get up close with some 700 specimens, including an Alaskan palm tree, early insects, reptiles and mammals and dramatically posed giants like Tyrannosaurus rex, Diplodocus and the woolly mammoth. The exhibition interprets the past, present and future and see how our choices live far beyond us in deep time. The Tyrannosaurus was the largest meat eater in western North America. It feasted on dinosaurs large and small, including plant eaters like the Triceratops. Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of Natural History

3 BALLET ACROSS AMERICA From May 28 to June 2, Ballet Across America series returns to the Kennedy Center for a fifth season. Illustrating the dynamic variety of artistry happening across American companies today, this weeklong festival spotlights women’s creativity and leadership in ballet. This season’s engagement showcases companies led by distinguished Artistic Directors Virginia Johnson and Lourdes Lopez with their respective companies, Dance Theatre of Harlem (May 28 to 30) and Miami City Ballet (June 1 and 2). Each company will present a full program. A shared celebration unites them on May 31, featuring a world premiere Kennedy Center commission by choreographer Pam Tanowitz. Dance Theatre of Harlem. Photo: Dave Andrews


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On May 18, 8 a.m., join the DC Bike Ride. Cruise safely through the streets of DC without the worry of cars while seeing the most iconic views of the city. The starting line is in West Potomac Park, 121 West Basin Dr. SW. Ride twenty miles of completely car-free streets. Enjoy the best sights, sounds and flavors along the course. Receive a commemorative 2019 water bottle. Take advantage of fully stocked rest stops with snacks, water and fresh produce. In case of breakdown, there will be extensive mechanical support along the course. The course finishes in a festival in front of the US Capitol with live entertainment, an incredible line-up of food trucks, family-friendly activities and tons of giveaways. $65 to $175 for adults; $32.50 for ages 8 to 17. Free for ages 3 to 7. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and their Vision Zero advocacy and community outreach programs. Read more and register at Photo: Courtesy of DC Bike Ride


On May 19, noon to 6 p.m., enjoy an afternoon of performances on front porches in the Hillcrest neighborhood. At noon, join the Francis Gregory Library’s Kids Party, featuring D Fire and the Ketchum Elementary School Drumline. Also, visit 3132 W St. SE to listen to The Bob Band, Indiana Jonesin and Albino Rhino. At 1 p.m., Khadijah Moon, King Street and Jasper Maddox play at 2132 32nd Pl. SE, while Shalaya Bee, The Afro Betty and Lady J perform at 2035 36th St. SE. At 2 p.m. at East Washington Heights Baptist Church, 2220 Branch Ave. SE, catch the MM Bethune IB World Elementary School, Linda Harris and Body of Evidence. Also at 2 p.m. at 2315 33rd St. SE, listen to DJ Goldy Smokes, Bliss Ananda and Sweet Something At 3 p.m. at 2406 33rd St. SE, the Official Jesus Gang, Un’Q Ntr and Sabria Larae perform. At 4 p.m. at 2507 33rd St. SE, Femi, listen to Black Out Band and Noise On Resistance. At 5 p.m. at 2804 33rd St. SE, find Casanovela, Deuce Ducartier and Say No More. At 6 p.m. at 3223 Gainesville St. SE, Hot Gumbo Band, Jus Paul and The Experience Band and Show perform the day’s finale. Bring a lawn chair and walking shoes. Food trucks and vendors will be onsite. Photo: Courtesy of Porchfest DC

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calendar M A Y CALENDAR Visitors enjoy Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art. Photo: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

by remarkable female leaders. At 4 PM, enjoy “Mothering Over Time,” a film program of historic and recent short films by mothers and their children. Cocktail Class at City Winery. May 12, 7:30 to 8:30 PM. City Winery makes three different cocktails that every mom will love. $35. City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE. citywinery. com/washingtondc.

MEMORIAL DAY At Arlington Cemetery. May 27, 11 AM. Arrive much earlier. Expect heavy security. There is free parking and a free bus ride to and from the ceremony. Arlington National Cemetery. At The National Cathedral. May 26, 11:15 AM. A national service commemorating the honor and bravery of those who have died serving the Armed Forces. Washington National Cathedral.

NGA Jazz in the Garden May 17 to Aug. 23, 5 to 8:30 PM. Spend an evening among the Sculpture Garden’s monumental works of art. Enjoy tunes ranging from African fusion to New Orleans Dixieland and salsa. Here’s the lineup: May 17, Rob Curto’s Forró For All; May 24- Futurist; May 31. Free. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive between Seventh and Ninth Streets NW.

MOTHER’S DAY CHRS House & Garden Tour. May 11, 4 to 7 PM and May 12, 1 to 5 PM. The tour centers on Lincoln Park. $35; $40 on tour weekend. Details are at Tour The Botanic Garden Rose Garden. May 12, 11 AM. Stroll the paths, hear the rose’s stories. En-


joy their beautiful rose garden. Free but pre-registration required at Brunch with Bubbly. May 12, 11 AM to 2 PM. Menu includes Stuffed French Toast with Berries & Cream, Chicken Kiev with Basil Sauce, Roasted Spring Vegetables Salad and Peach-Basil Mimosas. $75, includes mimosas.

Brunch at the National Gallery. May 12. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special brunch menu inspired by Tintoretto and enjoy engaging public programs. At 2 PM, hear the final lecture of the 68th A. W. Mellon Lectures, presented by Wu Hung. At 3:30 PM, The Canales Project presents the second part of their program of new compositions inspired

Choral Festival. May 26, 3 PM. Come sing in honor of America’s heroes from the American Revolution through Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Online ticketing at NSO Concert. May 26, 8 to 9:30 PM. Gates open at 5 PM. The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) performs the first of three outdoor holiday concerts. The full dress rehearsal is May 25, 8 PM. Both are free. Bags searched. No alcohol. West lawn, US Capitol. Wolf Trap Summer Blast Off. May 26, 8 PM. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap’s summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fire-

works display will follow the concert at 9:45 PM. Park will close at capacity. Filene Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Rd. Vienna, VA. At The WWII Memorial. May 27, 9 AM. World War II Memorial, 17th Street NW between Constitution and Independence Avenues. At The Capitol. May 27, 10 AM and 2 PM. In honor of Memorial Day, learn the history of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and make your own poppy pin. Meet outside the South Gift Shop. 30 minutes. Memorial Day Parade. May 27, 2 PM. The parade route is Constitution Avenue between Seventh and 17th Streets NW. Expect a lot of music, color and old-fashioned patriotism. Women in Military Service. May 27, 4 PM. The program includes formal military honors, remarks from servicewomen representing each of the services and the Women’s Memorial traditional Rose Petal Ceremony with personal tributes to departed comrades. Ceremony at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. “Flags-In” at Arlington Cemetery. Each year, the Third Infantry honors America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of service members buried both at Arlington National Cemetery and the US Soldier’s and Airmen’s National Cemetery just prior to Memorial Day Weekend.

SPECIAL EVENTS Eastern Market’s Third Annual Market Week. May 5 to 11. The signature activity during Market Week, the Passport, enables shoppers to go big and shop small. Participants can use the Market Week Passport to support local businesses, attend events, and collect stamps to enter to win giveaways ranging from

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a free cup of coffee to a full “staycation” package worth $750. For a full schedule of events, participating businesses, and details on the Passport and giveaways, visit Capitol Hill Classic. May 19, 8:30 AM. The event includes a 10K, a 3K, and a kids’ fun run, all of which start and finish in front of Peabody School on Stanton Park. All proceeds benefit the Capitol Hill Cluster School. For more information or to view road closings or register, visit North Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association Yard Sale. May 18, 9 AM to 2 PM. Rain date May 19. In the triangle park between the 1300 blocks of North Carolina Avenue and A Street NE. Tax deductible contributions. can be dropped off the morning of the event. World Bonsai Day at the Arboretum. May 11, 10 AM to 4 PM. This event honors the memory of bonsai master Saburo Kato who believed that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace. Bike to Work Day. May 17. Celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work. Be one of the first 20,000 to register and attend this free event. Then bike to your choice of 115 pit stops and receive a free T-shirt, refreshments and enter a raffle for a new bicycle. Taste of Adams Morgan. June 4, 5 to 9 PM. Join over 20 of Adams Morgan’s best restaurants for Mary’s Center’s 7th Annual Taste of Adams Morgan. David H. Koch Hall of FossilsDeep Time. Opens June 8. Journey through time from the beginning of life on Earth through the reign of the dinosaurs to the present, a time of immense planetary changes. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.





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OUTDOOR MUSIC, MOVIES, FOOD AND CEREMONY V-E Day Observance at the WWII Memorial. May 8, 11 AM. The ceremony marks the anniversary of the Allied Forces Victory in the Atlantic and the end of WWII in Europe. Truckeroo. May 10; June 7 and 28; July 19; Aug. 2 and 23; Sept. 20. 4 to 11 PM. Celebrate the hottest food trucks in the area. Truckeroo is a family-friendly event that features live music, cold drinks, games and more. 1201 Half St. SE. thebullpendc. com/truckeroo.


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Marine Barracks Evening Parade. Fridays. Gates open at 7 PM. The Evening Parade is become a universal symbol of the professionalism, discipline and Esprit de Corps of the United States Marines. Reserve a seat at paraderes.dcmarines. com. Marine Barracks Washington. Air Force Band Concerts. Fridays, May 31 to Aug. 23, 7:30 to 9 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA.

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Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery. May 11, 10 AM to 3 PM. Enjoy contests, games and demonstrations for pups and peoples Checkout local pet vendors and services. Pet adoption agencies and shelters will have dogs and cats ready for adoption. Bourbon & Bluegrass at President Lincoln’s Cottage. June 1 and 2, 1 to 5 PM, each day. Lounge on Lincoln’s front lawn, sip bourbon, and enjoy live bluegrass music as part of their fifth annual Bourbon & Bluegrass event. All proceeds go toward preservation efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage. $65, adults; $35, ages 7 to 20; free, zero to six. Navy Band Concerts. June 4, 11, 18 and 25. 7:30 PM. US Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. NoMa Summer Screen. Wednesdays at sunset. June 5, The Karate Kid; June 12, Love & Basketball; June 19, Moneyball; June 26, Rudy; July 3, The Sandlot. Movies are free and subtitled. Dogs on leashes are okay. Movies are at NoMa Junction @ Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE.

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Memorial, 17th St. NW, between Constitution and Independence. Capitol Riverfront Friday Night Concerts. 7 to 9 PM. June 7, Pebble to Pearl; June 14, Shane Gamble Band; June 21, Driven to Clarity; June 28, Justin Trawick + Navy Band Country Current; July 5. Family-friendly lyrics and grassy open space make this an enjoyable event for adults and kids alike. Wednesday at The Wharf. Wednesdays, 6 to 8 PM. This is a free summer concert series that brings live music to Transit Pier every Wednesday. Military Band Concerts at the Capitol. Weeknights in summer at 8. Mondays, US Navy Band; Tuesdays, US Air Force Band; Wednesdays, US Marine Band; Thursdays, US Army Band or US Marine Band; Fridays, US Army Band. West side of the Capitol.


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Music at Pearl Street Warehouse. May 4, The Yawpers; May 5, Etana; May 6, The Empty Pockets; May 7, Elvana: The Worlds Finest Elvis Fronted Tribute to Nirvana; May 8, Ruby Boots, INDIANOLA; May 9, Driftwood; May 10, Marco Benevento; May 11, Funk Parade; Washington Jewish Music Festival feat-Gili Yalo; May 14, Chuck Prophet; May 15, Blac Rabbit; May 16, THAD; May 17, Molly Tuttle; May 18, Stone Driver; May 19, Now I Play Around Too; May 22, Trapper Schoepp; May 24, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra; May 26, Southwest Soul Sessions w/ Elijah Balbed & Isabelle De Leon; May 31, The Surreal McCoys; June 1, Soul Crackers; June 2, Caroline Spence; June 6, Brooks Hubbard; June 7, The Rad Trads; June 9, The Canvas People. Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. Music at Rock and Roll Hotel. May 4, Shy Girls; May 8, Pedro The Lion; May 10, Feeder; May 11 and


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12, Idles; May 15, Thank You Scientist; May 16, My Brightest Diamond; May 17, Nick Waterhouse; May 18,The Shrewdness of Apes; May 21, TV Girl; May 23, Ruse de Guerre; May 24, The Gimmicks; May 31, Cane & Got My Own Sound Band; June 6, Sick Of It All; June 7, My Friday’s Over You; June 8, Ethan Spaulding & The Trap Rock Band. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. Music at Mr. Henry’s. May 4, Batida Diferente; May 9, Only Lonesome; May 10, Kevin Cordt; May 11, Eddie Anderson; May 16, Hollertown; May 17, Phil Thomas; May 18, Julia Nixon; May 23, Smith Jackson; May 24, Aaron Myers; May 25, Maija Rehman; May 30, By& By with Moosejaw; and May 31, Herb Scott. Capitol Hill Jazz Jam every Wednesday. Shows run 8 to 11 PM; doors open at 6 PM; no cover; two items per person minimum. Henry’s Upstairs, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.



Music at Union Stage. May 4, Several Species: the PINK FLOYD Experience; May 5, Stephen Malkmus; May 6, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me; May 7, Run River North; May 8, John Paul White; May 10, Bumpin’ Uglies; May 11, KT Tunstall; May 12, Show Me The Body; May 15, Jamal Moore; May 16, JxJ (Washington Jewish Music Festival); May 17, Jessica Pratt; May 20, Free Acoustic Open Mic; May 21, ZMEI3-Rough Romanian Soul; May 23, MONO; May 24, No Vacation; June 1, Rock of Ages Music Presents: ROAMstock ‘19; June 3, Fantastic Negrito; June 4, Jamila Woods; June 6, Hey Violet; June 7, 8 amd 9, michael che x cipha and Allan Rayman; June 8, Rooney; June 9, Lion Babe, Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. Chiarina Chamber Players Presents Impressions. May 5, 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20 online at chiarina. org; $25 at door, $10, under 30. St. Mark’s Church, 301 A St. SE. Blue Monday Blues in Southwest. Every Monday, 6 to 9 PM. May 6, Linwood Taylor Band; May 13, Vince Evans Authentic Blues Band;

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PRELIMINARY FINDING ON EXTENSION FOR GEORGETOWN BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, SOUTHWEST BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT AND MOUNT VERNON COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to section 6 of the Business Improvement Districts Act of 1996 (“Act”), D.C. Official Code § 2-1215.18, the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) will hold a public hearing on the extension of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the Southwest Business Improvement District, and the Mount Vernon Community Improvement District.

The public hearing will be held at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 in Suite 850N, 441 4th Street NW, Washington, D.C. DSLBD Director Kristi Whitfield has informed the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the Southwest Business Improvement District, and the Mount Vernon Community Improvement District that the filing criteria set forth in D.C. Official Code § 2-1215.18 have been met and their applications are otherwise in conformity with the Act. The BID applications are available for review by the public online at DSLBD invites the public to testify at the public hearing. Witnesses should bring a copy of their written testimony to the hearing. Additional written statements may be submitted by e-mail to or mailed to: Jennifer Prats, DSLBD, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 850N, Washington, DC 20001. The public hearing record will close ten business days following the conclusion of the hearing, or Wednesday, July 3, 2019 before 5:00 p.m. Persons submitting written statements for the record should observe this deadline.

Music at City Winery. May 6, Lissie-The Piano Retrospective Tour; May 7, Sara Evans & The Barker Family Band; May 8, Ginuwine; May 10, La Misa Negra; May 11, Ruff Endz; May 12, John Waite W/ Daniel Correa; May 14, The B.B. King Blues Band Featuring Michael Lee; May 15, Nicole Henry; May 16, Jackie Greene; May 17, Suzy Bogguss and Laura Gibson; May 18, The Blasters; May 19, Jonatha Brooke and io Chorinho; May 21, Phaze II Featuring Avon Dews; Isle Of Klezbos; May 23, Faycez U Know; May 24, Bela Dona; May 25 and 26, Roy Ayers; May 26, Daniel Kahn And The Painted Bird (JxJ Washington Jewish Music Festival) and Black Alley; May 28, AJ Croce and In Gratitude: A Tribute To Earth, Wind & Fire; May 29, Stephane Wrembel Band; May 30, John “Papa” Gros and Marcus Johnson; May 31, Duff McKagan and Louis York & The Shindellas; June 1, We Are One XPerience; June 2, Griffin House; June 3, Johnny A. Just Me...And My Guitars; June 4, Monifah & Russell Taylor; June 5, Sirius Company; June 6, Secret Society; June 7, Tal Wilkenfeld. City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE.

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LOC Homegrown Concerts. May 9, African American Gospel from Virginia; May 16, Eva Salina and Peter Stan; June 13, African Sons of God. Concerts are at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free; no ticket required.

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Music at The Anthem. May 8, Lil Pump; May 11, Ben Platt; May 12, Judas Priest: Firepower 2019; May 15, EVANESCENCE; May 17, Juice WRLD-Death Race for Love Tour; May 21, The 1975; May 25, Passion Pit; May 30, David Gray; June 5, NSO From the New World; June 12, Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham. The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW.





May 20, The Billy Price Band; May 27, Queen Aisha Blues. $5 cover. Children are free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW.

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This sacred Georgian piece went unperformed for nearly a century. Join us for Zakaria Paliashvili’s Georgian Sacred Chants on the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom before we travel to the place where it was written. We’ll also share quintessential American music, including works by our Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Siegfried, and classics by Moses Hogan and George Gershwin.

June 1, 7:30 p.m. & June 2, 4 p.m. Tickets: General seating: $25 / 30 and under: $15 / 12 and under: Free Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church 4th & Independence SE, Washington, DC

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The JLC Team is excited to sponsor this year’s 2019 Capitol Hill Film Classic on June 13th! This community film festival is the only bracket style (think March Madness) short film competition in the nation!

Music at Corner Store. May 9, 7 PM, Union Duke. Corner Store Arts, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. Jazz Night in Southwest. Every Friday, 6 to 9 PM. May 10, A Herb Scott Experience; May 17, Shades of Mel Torme; May 24, Legend Series #9; May 31, The Amazing Lena Seikaly. $5 cover. Children are free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW.

In its first year the festival had over 100 competing filmmakers. Tickets go fast, so don’t delay getting yours. Scan the QR code to make your purchase.

Music at Hill Center. May 15, 7 PM, Monika Herzig’s TIME FLIES. The fusion style of TIME FLIES combines funky grooves and rock influences, New Orleans second lines, open ballads, free explorations, even & odd meters, improvisation and composition. $18 in advance; $20 day-of. In Series’ The Tale of Serse. June 1 to 9. This work, performed at the Atlas, radically rethinks how opera can be presented, using Handel’s lightest, most lovely and beloved opera as the raw material with which to build a new type of musical-dramatic performance. DC Concert Orchestra Society Concert. June 9, 3 PM. DC Chamber Musicians presents a free concert at St. Mark’s, 301 A St. SE. Proceeds benefit the DC Concert Orchestra Society. Free admission; donations accepted. Open seating. RSVP at

THEATER AND FILM The Savannah Disputation. Through May 18. The subject is damnation, but The Savannah Disputation is as light and sweet as the iced tea served by the odd-couple sisters in their proper southern home. $21, up. The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria, VA.

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TUE SDAY, MAY 14, 2019 8 : 0 0 A M –12 : 0 0 P M WA LT E R E . WA S H I N G T O N CONVENTION CENTER WA S H I N G T O N , D C BUILD IT IN DC returns on Tuesday, May 14th with expanded programming and content spanning multiple industries including real estate, restaurants, retail and more. This year’s event will allow attendees to take advantage of an exclusive, first-time, opportunity to hear from public sector decision-makers about measures the city is taking to deliver services better and faster.

KEYNOTE VISION 2020: A DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION Take an opportunity to hear directly about the changes taking place throughout the city that improve processes to build your business.





Small Business Week Kickoff Event - 5/6 | Beginner’s Guide – Seminar for Restaurant and Retail Start Ups - 5/6 | Learn the Process of Starting a Business at the DC Public Library - 5/6 | Power Up DC: The 4th Annual National Small Business Week Forum - 5/7 | DOES - Employer Incentives to Support your Business Goals - 5/7 | How to Develop a Successful Business Plan - 5/8 | All Things Non-Profit - 5/9 | Business Speed Coaching - 5/9 | Franchising 101 - 5/13 | Understanding the Licensing Basics for Industrial Trades - 5/15 | Building a More Inclusive Business - 5/21 |


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The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery. Through May 19. This is a professional theatre company specializing in Commedia dell’Arte. They are in residence at Gallaudet University. Appropriate for all ages and great for families. Gallaudet University’s Eastman Studio Theatre. Grand Hotel. Through May 19. Set in 1928 Berlin, a series of eclectic guests and staff including a fading ballerina, a destitute baron, a wannabe-starlet typist and an ailing bookkeeper collide at the bustling Grand Hotel. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington, VA. Rorschach’s Annie Jump. Through May 19. Annie Jump, a small-town teen and science genius, comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare: a popular girl. Into the Woods. Through May 22. In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch’s curse in hopes of having a child of their own. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Jubilee. Through June 2. Inspired by the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers, this uplifting new work chronicles the bold African American ensemble as they travel the world, captivating kings, queens and audiences with hymns and spiritual songs supported by their rich voices. The Oresteia. Through June 2. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, The Oresteia chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Love’s Labor’s Lost. Through June 9. A young king and his three friends renounce the company of women for three years in favor of scholarly pursuits.

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Explore the Hill’s History at

Yoga in the Garden Wymer Collection, DC Historical Society

The Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project has launched a new website that makes it easy to learn about the history of our neighborhood. Browse more than two hundred transcribed interviews with longtime Hill residents. Find out about upcoming Overbeck history lectures. Enjoy our expanding collection of historic photos, maps and images, along with links to other information sources.

Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Come flow at the Garden with this free yoga gathering, led by WithLoveDC. These classes aim to create an accessible space for all people to tune into their breath while enjoying the natural beauty in the Garden. Free; first come, first served. If possible, bring a mat. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.

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Spunk. Through June 23. An unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th Century African American experience. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Shirlington, VA. God of Carnage. May 4 to 25. A playground altercation between 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. Theater J Yiddish Theater Lab Readings. May 6, 7 PM. The Rented Bridegroom by Rinne Groff, Foundry Church, Community Commons Room, 1500 16th St. NW; May 20, 7 PM. Yankl the Blacksmith by David Pinski, Translated by Nahma Sandrow, Goethe Forum, Goethe-Institute Washington, 1990 K St. NW.


young hopefuls dream of stardom as they deal with life, love, and tragedy at a prestigious high school for the performing arts. Keegan Theatre Boiler Room Series. May 20, July 1 and Aug. 26, 8 PM. Free staged readings followed by a post-show discussion. Antigonick and Fragments of Sappho. May 22 to June 8. In this new telling of Sophokles’ classic tale Antigonick, poet and translator Anne Carson presents an Antigone both inspiring and contemporary. $15. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE.


Washington Jewish Film Festival. May 8 to 26. The Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. The WJFF is going into its 29th year. Find films at

Gateway Arts Community Open Studio Tour. May 11, 11 AM to 5 PM. Tour features 45 venues, 100 studios and over 200 artists. The self-guided tour takes place in the Gateway Arts District along Route 1 in Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville. More information, including a self-guided map, visit

Fame, The Musical en Espanol. May 9 to June 9. In this famous musical, a diverse group of ambitious,

NGA Evenings at the Edge. May 9, 6 to 9 PM. Enjoy works of art, live music and dance performances, dozens of pop-

up talks from engaging Gallery educators, handson art-making, and other activities throughout the East Building, free of charge. Light fare and drinks for purchase. Children welcome. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register and learn more about each evening, visit Rirkrit Tiravanija. May 17 to July 24. Using food as his main medium, Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija creates art from real-time experiences and exchanges, upending the traditional relationship between object and spectator.

LITERARY EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS, TALKS AND NEWS Esther Wojcicki - How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results. May 8, 7 PM. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Sq. SW. Friends of SE Library Book Sale. May 11, 10 AM to 3 PM. Most books are $1. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. southeast. Rosedale Library Friends Monthly Meeting. May 11, 10 AM. New members welcome. Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. tinyletter. com/RosedaleFriends.’ The Life of a Poet-A Conversation with Ron Charles and Diane Seuss. May 14, 7 PM. Join The Washington Post’s Ron Charles at Hill Center for an in-depth discussion with acclaimed poet Diane Seuss. Free.

Prose. City Hall Grounds, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD. Stephanie Burt - Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems. May 31, 7 PM. Politics and Prose at Union Market, 1270 Fifth St. NE. National Archives’ The Write Stuff Festival. June 1, 11 AM. Afternoon conversation and book signings at 1:30 PM, Boeing Learning Center. Join award-winning authors/illustrators L. M. Elliott, Chris Eliopoulos, Debbie Levy and Pamela M. Tuck to learn about the writing, illustration, and research that go into making a book. Register at Walt Whitman Open House. June 3, 2:30 to 5 PM. The Open House will feature a special array of rarely seen Walt Whitman collection. A reading of Whitman’s poems from his Washington years will follow at the Folger Shakespeare Library that evening. Peter Wehner - The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump. June 4, 7 PM. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Sq. SW.

Wills, Estates and Trusts Business Law and Government Contracting Property and Housing Disputes Elder Law 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue SE • Washington DC 20003 202.544.1515 • •

SPORTS AND FITNESS Yoga Amongst the Bonsai. May 25 and June 22; 9 to 10 AM. $15. US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE.

Senator Tom Cotton - Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington - in conversation with Bret Baier. May 15, 7:30 PM. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Sq. SW.


Whitman Bicentennial Display. May 16 to Aug. 15. To mark the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth, the Library of Congress will display poetry, images and ephemera from Whitman’s life in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Five cases will display Whitman’s handwritten drafts, published poems, original letters, portraits and other rarely seen materials.

Farmers Market SW. Saturdays through Nov. 2; 9 AM to 1 PM. The market offers baked goods, coffee, jams/jellies, prepared foods, pastureraised meats & eggs, and locally grown fresh produce. 425 M St. SW.

Gaithersburg Book Festival. May 18, 10 AM to 6 PM. The festival will feature more than 100 best-selling and award-winning authors who will participate in talks, panel discussions and book signings throughout the day. Other highlights include exhibiting authors, a children’s village, literary exhibitors, live entertainment, used book sale, and onsite new book sales by Politics &


FRESHFARM Market H Street. Saturdays through Dec. 21, 9 AM to noon. 800 13th St. NE.

FRESHFARM Market Capitol Riverfront. Sundays through Oct. 28, 9 AM to 1 PM. 200 M St. SE. Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Tuesdays, 3 to 7 PM. Farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh Street SE. Have an even for the Calendar? Email the information to ◆

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COME HAVE FUN BY THE WATER! Summer Events at the Capitol Riverfront by Bonnie Trein ew restaurants, shops, hotels and residences are opening every month in Capitol Riverfront, DC’s fastest growing neighborhood and a destination for urban living, dining and recreational experiences. Year-round, visitors flock to Capitol Riverfront to take advantage of its various amenities including world-class parks, water features, 57+ restaurants, river activities and professional sports venues – including Nationals Park and the newly opened Audi Field, home to DC United. There is always something new to discover in DC’s largest and most dynamic riverfront community. The FRESHFARM Capitol Riverfront Farmers Market begins on May 5 with locally sourced fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, bread and coffee at the southern block of Canal Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., until Sept. 29. The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Concert Series, everyone’s favorite Friday night activity, begins on June 7 at Yards Park. Each Friday night through Aug. 30, popular performers will bring the best of pop, R&B, country, reggae and more to the Yards Park boardwalk. June 7 – Pebble to Pearl June 14 – Shane Gamble Band June 21 – Driven to Clarity 36 H HILLRAG.COM

June 28 – Justin Trawick + Navy Band Country Current July 5 – Party Like Its July 12 – Jah Works July 19 – The 19th Street Band July 26 – Jarreau Williams Band Aug. 2 – 7 Deadlies Aug. 9 – Aztec Sun Aug. 16 – Brent & Co Aug. 23 – La Unica Aug. 30 – Trailer Grass Orchestra Sept. 6 – Rain date Get active in the fresh air as Fitness in the Front returns on Monday, June 3, with free outdoor fitness classes in both Capitol Riverfront parks. Free classes are available almost every day of the week for all fitness interests and levels. Mondays at 7 p.m. – Yoga w/VIDA Fitness in Yards Park Tuesdays at 7 p.m. – Boot Camp w/Tim Williams in Yards Park Wednesdays at 7 p.m. – Barre Yoga w/barre3 in Canal Park Thursdays at 7 p.m. – Run Club w/Lululemon Local in Yards Park

Friday at 7 a.m. – Bootcamp w/Orangetheory Fitness in Canal Park Sundays at 9 a.m. – Shadowboxing w/BOOMBOX Boxing Club in Canal Park The Yards will also host a Popstar Workout Series on Wednesdays between June 5 and July 31. Channel your inner “Queen Bey” and learn stepby-step choreography to a variety of pop songs at Yards Park. The Outdoor Movie Series, voted Best Movie Series in Washington City Paper’s Best of DC 2018 poll, will run every Thursday night in the northern block of Canal Park, located at Second Street and I Street SE, beginning June 13. Each movie in this year’s lineup, selected and inspired by public demand, will begin at sundown. Moviegoers are invited to arrive at Canal Park as early as 7 p.m., bring a picnic and enjoy the show. June 13 – Crazy Rich Asians June 20 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse June 27 – The Little Mermaid July 4 – Off July 11 – The Goonies July 18 – Ralph Breaks the Internet July 25 – Apollo 13 Aug. 1 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Aug. 8 – Guardians of the Galaxy Aug. 15 – Incredibles 2 Aug. 22 – Bohemian Rhapsody Returning for its third season in Capitol Riverfront, Kids in Canal is back on Wednesday, June 12. This 12-week series brings kid-friendly entertainment to the neighborhood every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., beginning with a performance by The Great Zucchini. Bring your little ones to the middle block of Canal Park to enjoy magic shows, kids’ tunes, science demos and puppet shows. Then top off your day with a refreshing splash in the Canal Park’s dancing water fountains. The newly installed “Capitol Riverfront: Then & Now” exhibit invites residents, employees and visitors to learn about the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood’s history and celebrate its evolution from a light-industrial backyard into a vibrant, mixed-use urban waterfront community. The historical photo exhibit features 20, 4 x 6-foot displays, each representing a significantly transformed site in the neighborhood, telling the story of the specific location through before-and-after photographs by Jacqueline Dupree of, as well as a narrative description that includes interesting historical facts about the site. The exhibit can be viewed through mid-summer in the southern block of Canal Park, located at 200 M St. SE, and in Yards Park at 355 Water St. SE. Riverfront recreation is also abounding

as the Anacostia Watershed Society kicks off its annual Discovery Series with pontoon boat tours from Diamond Teague Park on May 9, June 1, Aug. 15 and Sept. 5. Learn about the Anacostia River’s history and wildlife, the environmental threats it faces and the solutions helping it realize its full potential. Anacostia Riverkeeper also hosts boat tours throughout the summer, and Ballpark Boathouse opens to the public on May 24. Hop in a kayak or canoe to enjoy a paddle past the historic Washington Navy Yard and check out other sites in the neighborhood, or watch a Friday concert at Yards Park right from the water. The list of special events and outdoor festivals in the neighborhood this summer includes Bike to Work Day at Canal Park on Friday, May 17; Rose All Day at Yards Park on Saturday, June 1; and The Yards Summer Kick-off on Thursday, June 6. Local rooftop farm Up Top Acres also hosts the freshest rooftop happy hour in town, every third Friday of the month beginning on May 17, on the rooftop at 55 M St. SE. Now that a sneak peek has been delivered, all that’s left is to experience the Capitol Riverfront community and the fun it has to offer throughout the season.

♨ ANTOJITOS SALVADOREñOS Y MEXICANOS CARNITAS LAS PLACITAS............$ 8.95 Grilled strips of beef served lettuce and tomatoes.

TAMAL DE ELOTE....O DE POLLO............$ 2.75 Corn tamale served with sour cream, Chicken Tamale served with pico de gallo.

YUCCA CON CHICHARRON...........$ 8.95 CAMARONES AL AJILLO........................$ 8.95 Fried Spanish root fried pork Shrimp sautéed in a garlic butter ♨withESPECIALIDADES SALVADORENAS - SALVADORAN SPECIALTIES and cabbage salad. All the following and white are wine served sauce. with rice and beans. dishes PUPUSAS……..............................$ 2.00 CEVICHE MIXTO………...........................$ 10.95 LAS PLACITAS SAMPLER...................................................................................$ 13.95 Hand-made tortilla Afilled w/ cheese, FreshShrimp, fish, shrimp, Salvadoran treat, (Grilled Steak, marinated Chicken, &in 1 pupusa) or pork & cheese. served on sauteed juice and spices. veggies.lemon-lime (Highly Recommended) PLATANOS FRITOS.....................$ 4.50 MEJILLONES MARINEROS.....................$ 8.95 EL TIPICO........................................................................................................$ 12.95 A combo chicken a pupusa, & yucca. Sweet fried plantain served of with tamale, Fresh mussels sweet served plantain, in a ginger TIPICA VEGETARIANA....................................................................$ 12.95 sour cream andCOMBINACION beans. & marineros sauce. Veggie combo tamale, aMEXICANO……….................$ cheese pupusa, plantain, &6.95 veggies of the day. TAQUITOS DORADOS..................$ 8.95of a cornGUACAMOLE LAS PLACITAS STEAK........................................................................................$ 14.95 Three crispy taquitos filled with beef A blend of ripe avocados served with chips. Grilled New York Steak served with garlic butter sauce. or chicken, served w/guac. & sour cream. MAR Y TIERRA.................................................................................................$ 14.95 CHILE CON QUESO......................$ 5.95 Grilled New York Steak served with shrimp sautéed in garlic butter sauce. Mild, jalapeño taste melted cheese. PARRILLADA AL CARBON....................................................................................$ 14.95 CHORIZO CON QUESO..................$ 6.95 of chicken breast, NY Steak, shrimp served w/garlic butter sauce. A broiled combo,

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Spanish sausage topped withASADA...................................................................................................$ melted CARNE 13.95 cheese and tortillas on Fajita the side.steak grilled served with sauteed spanish onions & plantains on the side. 13.95 LOMO SALTADO.................................................................................................$ Fajita steak with sautéed onions, tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers, and french fries. PUERCO AL NACHOS RANCHEROS HORNO............................................................................................$ 13.95 morsels of oven with sauteed and served with plantain. Tortilla chips covered Tender with beans, cheese, sourbaked cream,pork guacamole, & pico onions de gallo. POLLO ASADO...................................................................................................$ 12.95 (CHEESE & BEANS)........$ 7.95 (CHICKEN / STEAK)...............$ 8.95 chickensteak, oven &roasted Salvadoran style. (MIXTO)Halfchicken, shrimp...................$ 9.95Covered with sauteed spanish onions. POLLO RANCHERO..............................................................................................$ 12.95 Half chicken oven roasted. Covered w/sauteed onions, green peppers, & tomatoes. LA PARRILLA......................................................................................$ 12.95 POLLO AQUESADILLAS MEXICANAS Grilled served tomatoes, zucchini, & plantain. Two flour tortillas filled withchicken cheese, breast garnished withw/sautéed guacamole,onions, sour cream, & pico de gallo.


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9.95 ♨ SOPASDESAYUNO - SOUPSTIPICO....................................................................................$ ENSALADAS - SALADS Scrambled eggs with onions & tomatoes. Served with refried beans, plantain, sliced avocados, & cheese. SOPA DE MARISCOS....................$ 13.95 ENSALADA LAS PLACITAS................$ 6.95 HUEVOS CON CHORIZO..............................................................................$ 9.95 scrambled eggs with sausage. Served with refried beans, Seafood Soup w/shrimp,Mixed scallops, Romaine, avocados, heart of palm & tomato.

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have been to McLean. In McLean they have closets. Such closets! Master suites have closets the size of boutiques, one for her, one for him, or for her and her or him and him, or them. These have mirrors and dressing tables, and poufs on which to plop for strapping on your Manolos. The suite might have a couple of baths too, one with a tub, the other with a shower, and each featuring storage for the shaving cream and hair spray, other than the back of the toilet. There are many more baths and closets, of course. In one house I know of, there are eleven baths and two powder rooms for two adults and two children. In the kitchen they have cabinets from wall to wall and floor to ceilGrand-dog Tallulah poses casually in front of a Chinese screen that stands in the corner of ing, all fitted out with gliding shelves and built-in spice racks and roomthe dining room and hides all manner of this and that. sized pantries. There are multiple sinks, eight burner ranges, wall ovens and center islands large enough to autopsy three bodies at once, and cabinets hidden in the shoe moldings (handy for hiding the diamonds, a fantastic kitchen, you probably sacrificed the dining room. Or, as is the case no one steals silver any more, you can safely leave that out). with many remodels, you sacrificed a separate living room as well, and probaI have seen these things and so much more! Do I envy them? Not at all. bly the foyer. There’s way too much cleaning involved, and no rein on the acquisitions, leadIf you happen to still have rooms, you might be lucky enough to have a few ing to more cleaning. closets. Probably small ones, but at least they exist. A hall closet adds a hunOn Capitol Hill, few homes off East Capitol Street are larger than 2,000 dred thou to the sales price. Hall closets are gold. square feet, many are less than half that. Luxuries are miniaturized. If you have Often, in remodels, you have bathrooms at the expense of closets. This


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might not be noticeable when you buy a house, because what closets exist were cleaned out to make them look spacious. How many bathrooms do you really need? A powder room is a fine concept, when it’s in the front hallway of your villa in McLean. In Hill-sized houses it’s more likely in the main living area, which turns using one into making a statement, if you catch my drift. Advice: install a loud fan – or tear it out and make a closet. How many bathrooms do you want to clean anyway? If you’re lucky enough, as we are, to have a basement and/or a garage, you have built-in spare space, until you’ve lived in the house for 35 years and you find – and this is amazing – it’s full. Of course, you can Marie Kondo your home. Our daughter Monica tackled the kitchen when she last visited from Raleigh, where she lives with her husband and our grand-dog Tallulah. It certainly looked joyful when she was done. The morning after she left, I sat down with a bagel and Amazon and replaced half the things we’d so happily discarded. The eighth set of dinner plates, which she urged me to get rid of, were packed into a box and donated to the basement. Never get rid of anything if you can possibly help it, I always say. Tomorrow you’ll need it. So, to storage. The Container Store has a million useful if unattractive plastic storage ideas. I offer eight alternatives, because I couldn’t think of 10.

TIPS FOR SMALL HOUSE STORAGE 1. FOLDING SCREENS. These are great for hiding eyesores like the vacuum and trash cans. In a studio apartment they can create the illusion of a bedroom. Screens come in wicker and wood, traditional and contemporary, short, tall and multi-panel styles. While you can’t slam them, which is why I like doors, they are excellent for carving out space in a cavernous room and creating interesting angles. Bonus: they’re a great spot for hanging your feather boa. 2. SKIRTED TABLES. Yes, it’s so granny, but it’s amazing how many magazines, toys and games can fit under there. A shabby table is fine, as long as the cover looks good. Wander

the streets on bulk trash day and you’ll probably find just the thing. 3. OTTOMANS WITH STORAGE. Lift the top and you can shovel all kinds of dreck in there. You can also find them with fold-out, single beds inside, which is handy for guests who you’d rather would not stay for very long. 4. BEDS WITH DRAWERS. These are usually made in two sections, making it possible to carry them up most of our narrow staircases, and are probably deep enough to store all of your off-season clothing. Or, just pack a suitcase and shove it under the existing bed. 5. BASKETS. Think towels, toilet paper, recyclables and the aforementioned magazines. Kids toys? Just toss them in. Get a couple with lids. Out of sight, out of your mind! 6. ARMOIRES. No hall closet? Put one in the foyer (or the area that would be the foyer if it hadn’t been torn out). In fact, an armoire is a handsome solution just about anywhere – a focal point in the living room if you have no fireplace, a linen closet, an entertainment center or a pantry. If the doors are shut no one will know that you’re just storing … soup. 7. THE RADIATOR. Radiators still give the best, most even heat, but few are particularly attractive. You can have custom covers made – or just top them with slabs of marble or tile or whatnot and you have a neat shelf. Drape the one in the bathroom with a scarf or small tablecloth and you have a dressing table. 8. BOARDS. Need a dining table for 10? Plop a plywood board on your existing table and cover it with a tablecloth – or paint it. Just make sure the overhang isn’t too great, otherwise the borsht might slosh on someone’s belt. If you’ve nowhere to store the board when you’re done dining, chop it up and use it in your fireplace or fire pit. “No, no, NO,” said my husband, who’s made a career of fixing old houses. “You cannot burn plywood.” He went on to tell me something about toxic glue but I fell asleep. Okay, so don’t burn it. I know a garage in McLean that has room … Stephanie Cavanaugh writes a weekly gardening column (of sorts) for the news website u

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Tips to Organizing Your Home Life on Capitol Hill

by Rindy O’Brien


y now, almost all of us have heard about anti-clutter superstar Marie Kondo. Her blockbuster book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tiding Up,” and her Netflix series have us all thinking about our own clutter. We’re wondering if we need to organize ourselves more efficiently and neatly. Kondo’s method draws snickers from the cynical types, who probably haven’t cleaned since their mom demanded it. But, for those who have tried it, many find getting rid of physical stuff creates a more healthy and productive overall life. Kondo has trademarked her approach as the Kon Mari method. You tackle your cleaning by starting with categories rather than

rooms, and hold each item and declare whether it gives you joy or not. For many folks, already having trouble with the idea of spending days sifting through their belongings, the idea of making an existential judgment on an old pair of sneakers is simply too much. It becomes another good reason to put off the spring tidying up for another season. The good news is that there are a lot of different approaches to getting organized that don’t require you to celebrate every spatula in your kitchen. Talking to Capitol Hill professional organizers Jill Lawrence and Judy Tiger and archivist Jan Zastrow, we’ve come up with 10 good tips to organizing possessions that will take you from dread to happy and, best of all, keep you on a path of having your own space clutter free.


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Getting started is really wrapping your head around what you have. Professionals say the first step is to walk through and just look at what is there. Do you have piles of clothes, papers and undone art projects? Are there books everywhere? Start looking also for spac-

es that can do double duty for future storage of your organized stuff. Jill Lawrence says that Capitol Hill homes with their high ceilings offer great found space. “Reviewing my situation” is one way to name it, rather than “decluttering my stuff.”

TIP 2 – ADOPT A PLAN There are many ways to tackle organizing. In fact, the two professionals had very different approaches to decluttering. Both agree that you need to adopt a system that fits with your personality. For some, color-coding boxes for keepers, goners and trash works. For others, it is essential to write and label the boxes, and having a “maybe” box is important too. One professional suggests tackling the effort in half-day intervals, since doing a little here and there is too disruptive. The other professional feels two-hour intervals are most doable and less stressful.

TIP 3 – YOU CANNOT SHOP FOR IT The goal here is to reduce what you have collected, and until you have gone through your belongings, either room-by-room or categoryby-category, you don’t know

what kind of storage you are going to need. Going out to Ikea to buy draw organizers, plastic bins and other storage items is going to put off the hard work and leave you with more things to find space for. Gather all your cleaning supplies before you start: boxes, trash bags, markers and, importantly, snacks and water to keep you going.

TIP 4 – FOCUS It is so easy to get distracted. Turn off your phone so texts and calls don’t take you away from your work. Remind yourself that the end game is to be able to find things easier and remove any safety issues from your daily living. Many folks on the Hill have drop-in guests, and reclaiming the guest room from the junk room is another goal. It is amazing how much space you actually have in your small Hill home once you get rid of things you don’t need.

TIP 5 – OKAY TO GIVE YOUR GIFTS AWAY Grandma’s crocheted afghan is taking up a lot of room; and besides it is too itchy to use. Often these kinds of items keep us from getting started because, really, what can we do? GrandOnce you have organized your things, charitable donation trucks, like Green Drop, is a good way to send your things on their way to a new home. Rindy O'Brien

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ma would be so sad if we threw it out. If there is real fear that a family member’s feelings will be severely crushed if they know you no longer have this item, you need a way to store it and bring it out only when that family member is visiting. If not, give the item away, maybe taking a photograph of it, and treasure the sentiment behind the gift. Someone else may really love it. It is the love behind the gift you need to hold on to, not the afghan.

TIP 6 – CHILDREN’S ART Capitol Hill school children produce art – lots of it. There are 3-D turtles, paperclip bowls, small drawings, large paintings and notebooks full of stories. How can you throw out Suzie’s first flower painting? Add a couple of children in a small Hill home or apartment, and you may have more art than the Louvre. Judy Tiger suggests you start the school year with a box for each student, and all work goes into the box along the way. At the end of the school year, sit down and select the best of the best to keep. Online book companies will produce a book from photos of the work, including 3-D pieces. A series of books, “Suzie’s First Grade,” “Second Grade,” can be a wonderful way to celebrate each phase of your child’s school life.

TIP 8 – YOUR COMPUTER ASSETS In addition to what may be physically taking up space in your home, there is a growing need in protecting your digital space. Jan Zastrow, local archivist, says that inheritance laws are beginning to address the question of digital property. She says it is important to inventory your digital assets, noting all your accounts, financial, commercial, and websites and email sources. You should include user name, password, PIN and answers to secret questions. She highly recommends a book, “Your Digital Afterlife,” by Evan Carrol and John Romano. It is important to determine what happens to your digital stuff. She also recommends that developing a good digital archive system is key for finding files and photos.

TIP 9 – STORAGE UNITS One of the easy solutions to cleaning up is to rent one of the storage units found scattered around the area. There was a long pause and deep sigh by the professionals when asked about it. Clearly, it is not the first choice in their decluttering arsenal. As Lawrence says, think through how much you are spending each month for the storage. For instance, if you are using the storage space for Christmas items,


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Lawrence suggests that you always tackle papers last. Glance at them but don’t look. Put them in a box called “Paper to Sort.” It really takes time and uses a different part of your brain to go through papers, and it’s key that some papers don’t get thrown out. Isn’t that a good rainy-day project? Some Capitol Hill residents have had a chance to be a party to history. Papers and photographs that have been kept after leaving Congress or federal agencies should be treated with special archival techniques. There are many tips online on how to preserve these documents.

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could you replace the Christmas things each year for less? It is definitely worth doing the math. The professionals believe that storage units are fine if you are in a temporary situation. Storage space is okay if you will be moving to larger space in the next few years or you have inherited family furniture that will take a while to properly dispose of. It just shouldn’t be used for storing things because you cannot part with them.

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TIP 10 – HIRE A PROFESSIONAL Sometimes it is important to have a third party help you. Capitol Hill residents are pros at outsourcing work. Need your garden spruced up, or lack time to cook the holiday dinner? Hire it out. Organizing and decluttering is no different. While you will have to adopt a system to go forward, and you will have to keep the party going after the professional leaves, it can be a great way to get started. It also helps when there are disagreements about personal items. The professionals laugh and say they aren’t marriage counselors, and sometimes that is what is really needed. But they can help set up a way to move forward. Always remember that the goal is get to a lifestyle that lets you find things, reclaim your guest room and make life a little easier. Jill Lawrence started Jill-of-allTrades in 1996 and can be reached at Judy Tiger started Just that Simple 12 years ago and can be reached at Jan Zastrow, a certified archivist here on the Hill, and more on digital archiving, can be found at jun17/index.shtml.

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Instead of culling and discarding articles room by room, Kondo’s KonMari approach advocates gathering all you own of one item (purses, clothes, shoes, towels) from your entire premises and begin culling from there. She espouses keeping only those things that spark joy – through sentiment or practicality – and that all else should be thanked for its service and let go. When the TV show hit the US airwaves early this year, thrift shops began filling up – and they’re having a hard time managing all the donations. Where does/should all that stuff go? As an environmentalist, I’m all for minimizing my possessions, but contributing more waste to landfills or incineration is against my ethos. Late last year, I moved in with my partner, an event that had me culling, but also thinking strategically about how to keep the goods I was discarding out of the landfill. Over the past six months, making no official measurements, I’ve kept over a ton – 2,000 pounds – of stuff out of the landfill. And by stuff, I’m casting a wide arc: everything from foam insulation to wood pallets, Scrabble games to old CD cases, clothes and shoes and a bunch of old keys. As an avid “freecy-

Some things will sell on eBay, but they really have to have value. Before you post something on the site, make sure it’s worth your time to package and mail it, and that you’ll be covering your mailing cost. If you opt to sell an item by auction, realize that it may sell for that low opening price. On the other hand, I’ve found eBay to be an excellent source of used parts for broken appliances and good-quality used items.

CRAIGSLIST DC Craigslist can be a great place to sell things that have value but are too heavy to ship. I post unique goods beyond what the average freecycler might be interested in on the “Free Stuff ” section. The foam insulation we pulled out of our attic was snapped up the same day I posted it. Much to my partner’s awe, someone was over the moon to take the wood from an old workbench for building a bench of his own.

FREECYCLE DC/ TRASHNOTHING DC FreeCycle DC (https://groups.freecycle. org/group/WashingtonDC/posts/all) is one of my longtime favorite forums for passing along goods, from garden fencing to stuffing from old pillows. TrashNothing ( is another (and somewhat more user-friendly) interface for the same freecycling list; it allows the easy posting of pictures and goods. TrashNothing also makes it very easy to inform people when goods have been taken and are no longer available.

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SCHOOLS Most public and private schools hold sales during the year to raise additional funds, and they’re often looking for donations. Schools can partner with TerraCycle by joining one of its brigades to earn points for recycling otherwise hard to recycle items such as water filters, solo cups and food pouches. Look to your creative side as you decide what to discard. When my mason jars don’t have jam in them, they’re “on call” for when I need a few extra glasses or when I want to root plant cuttings. A broken drum from my old washing machine has a new life as an eclectic metal flower in my yard. Old road maps and posters make for unique wrapping paper.

DISPOSING PROPERLY Items that really have no further use should still be disposed of properly. Did you know that electrical items – old fans, TVs and computers – are no longer allowed in DC residential trash? The Fort Totten Transfer Station hosts a “hazardous” waste drop on every Saturday, 8 a.m.-3

p.m., and on the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month, 1-5 p.m. Paint, electronics, batteries and hazardous waste can be dropped off there, and a document shredder is on site every first Saturday of the month. You’ll need a DC license to get in. I’ve found the best way to reduce my waste and my possessions is not to buy it in the first place, or to buy second-hand. Reducing my purchases reduces the waste I produce to begin with and saves me money. I just bought some wrought iron patio furniture through a listing I found on Craigslist, and I received a wonderful manual coffee grinder for free on my neighborhood Listserv. So, go ahead and jump on the KonMari wave that is taking the US by storm. But use some of your creativity to cull that stuff responsibly. It’s actually a lot of fun! Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.; Twitter: @DC_Recycler. She is also a board member and the vice chair of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, but the perspectives expressed here are her own and do not necessarily represent the positions of that organization. u

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The Folger’s 1932 building, designed by architect Paul Cret, will be undergoing a major renovation to expand public space, improve accessibility, and enhance the experience of visitors. Construction will begin in 2020. During the multiyear renovation, public access to the building will be restricted, but Folger programs and events will continue at other locations in Washington, DC, around the country, and online. The building project is supported by The Wonder of Will: The Campaign for the Folger Shakespeare Library. The campaign launched this week at the Folger Gala with $25.1 million already raised toward a $50 million goal.

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On Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., drop-off old paint at the DC Armory, Lot #3, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. You may bring most types of paint, stain, and varnish. Paint in good condition will be made available to the public for free. Businesses, call 855-724-6809 for details. Proof of District residency required. Paint manufacturers created PaintCare, a non-profit organization, to

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set up convenient places for you to recycle leftover paint. They have set up drop-off sites throughout DC where you can take smaller amounts of paint all year long. To learn more or find a year-round PaintCare dropoff site near you, visit or call 855-724-6809.

Duck Drop! Block Party in SW On Sunday, May 19, 1 to 4 p.m, the Southwest Duck Pond, Sixth and I Streets, SW, will be refilled during the annual neighborhood block party featuring food, music and family fun.

Beautify 13th Street The 13th Street Community Park & Garden is holding a park beautification day on May 5, 10 a.m. to noon, on the corner of 13th and C Streets SE. They have some clippers and rakes, but feel free to bring gloves and tools.

Caring About the Affordable Care Act On May 6, 7 p.m., at Northeast Library, 300 Seventh St. NE, Michael Hash will discuss the development of the Affordable Care Act (ACD), the changes that have been made since its passage and what is needed today to strengthen its provisions. When the ACA was enacted in 2010, Hash was deputy director of the White House Office for Health Reform and one of the architects of the Act.

DC’s 19th Century’s Green Legacy While DC is a city easily recognized by its skyline, the National Mall, and federal buildings, visitors are often surprised to see historic parklike neighborhoods spread across the city. The green spaces along city streets and the set-back build-

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ings that line them create a distinct character unlike that in other cities. It is also different from neighborhoods envisioned by the city’s earliest residents. On May 13, 7:30 p.m., at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Chris Shaheen, Public Space Program Manager at the DC Office of Planning, relates the intentional efforts that came to define the city through its public space. How did this transformation happen? How that legacy is being protected today? Admission is free but a reservation is required. Register at or call 202549-4172. If you hold a reservation and later find that you cannot attend, let them know at

Organ Recital at Christ Church, June 16 On June 16th at 5 PM Christ Church will host its second organ recital on the recently installed Casavant Freres Pipe Organ, Opus 3914. The guest organist will be international concert and recording artist Jeremy Filsell, who is Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. A reception will follow the free concert. Christ Church is located at 620 G Street SE.

Magic & Miracles Gala On June 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., join Ready, Willing & Working! for an exciting evening at the nation’s busiest performing arts center as they celebrate the success of their inhouse General Education Diploma (GED) students. Enjoy live music, delicious food, open bar, breathtaking views of the city from the Kennedy Center’s rooftop terrace, a dazzling silent auction and special video presentation chronicling the journey to GED traveled by their inaugural graduating class. $70. Tickets at


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DC Recognizes The Washington Bach Consort On May 6, The DC Council will recognize the Washington Bach Consort at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill for 30 years of the Noontime Cantata Series. This free concert series attracts more than 2,000 attendees each year. The Capitol Cantata Series is Mondays, 12:10 p.m., at St. Peter’s, 313 Second St. SE. The Downtown Cantata Series is Tuesdays, 12:10 p.m., at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. St. Peter’s new pipe organ made its debut on April 20 at Easter Vigil Mass. The organ will be used for church services and concerts open to the community. On May 6, St. Peter’s the Washington Bach Consort’s Noontime Cantata Series features a prelude on the new pipe organ.

Holy Name Health Fair On June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holy Name Catholic Church, 920 11th St. NE, is hosting a health fair open to all.

Get The Scoop on Reverse Mortgages “Reverse Mortgages for Beginners, How to Apply?” This is a free workshop for those who have never had a reverse mortgage and want to learn more. On May 14, 2 p.m. at Housing Counseling Services, Inc., 2410 17th St. NW, Suite 100. Housing Counseling Services is a HUD approved nonprofit housing counseling agency and is one of the few housing counseling agencies in the DC metro area that also has certified Reverse Mortgage counselors on staff. All workshops are available in English and Spanish.

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Waterfront AARP Explores the Wharf The Southwest Waterfront AARP’s Spring Luncheon will be held at The Wharf ’s Canopy Central Cafe and Bar, overlooking the waterfront, on May 15, at 11 a.m. Canopy Central Cafe and Bar is inside the Hilton Hotel at The Wharf, 975 Seventh St. SW. Email bettyjeantolbertjones@yahoo. com to RSVP. Have an item for the Bulletin Board? Email the information to bulletinboard@ u

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DCPL BEGINS PROCESS OF RENOVATING SOUTHEAST LIBRARY Construction Expected to Begin Early in 2021 by Elizabeth O’Gorek eople who use the Southeast library are very committed to it. They have a sense of ownership,” declared Richard Reyes-Gavilan, director of the DC Public Library (DCPL), as he discussed the future renovations to Capitol Hill’s historic branch. “They say, this is my library. Who are you and what are you doing? But this will be an iterative journey, and everyone will get a say.” The renovations to the Southeast Neighborhood Library (403 Seventh St. SE) will be one of the more challenging projects undertaken by the DC

Public Library, said Reyes-Gavilan. That’s because of the relatively small footprint available for expansion of the building, and also because the library is a contributing structure to the Capitol Hill Historic District, with modification governed by the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Commission on Fine Arts (CFA), which reviews exterior changes to public buildings in the District. “The goal is to make it more in alignment with our library needs,” said Reyes-Gavilan. “We want to expand it and we want to facilitate the desired programming.” A request for proposals (RFP) will be issued this year and a builder, partnered with an architect, will be selected soon thereafter. Architectural designs will be developed during 2020, and the $23.5 million renovation is slated to begin in early 2021. The grand reopening, slated for 2022, will coincide with the library’s centennial. The Southeast Neighborhood Library opened in December 1922, the third Carnegie library and the second branch library to be constructed in the District. Designed by Edward L. Tilton, part of the team that designed the Boston Public Library, it is one of the most-used libraries in the DCPL system, serving 168,121 visitors in the 2018 fiscal year.

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DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan stands outside the Southeast Neighborhood Library, which is slated for renovation beginning in 2021. “People who use the Southeast library are very committed to it. They have a sense of ownership,” he said.


The Southeast library renovation will be a long, complex process. ReyesGavilan said that the challenges affect the way DCPL will approach the project. With other renovations, such as at Cleveland Park and Capitol View libraries, DCPL first determined the programming needs and the community’s desires for the library. Because the Capitol Hill building is a historic structure and because of the unique

triangular lot shape, research about what is possible is more central to this project than to the creation of a new building or the renovation of a newer library. “There is so much work to be done before we talk about making plans,” explained Reyes-Gavilan. “Our first course of action will be to see what ideas the architects can come up with – and we have some really creative architects in this city – and then use those ideas to meet programming needs.” The challenges will entail a longer selection process. The selection of the design-build team is underway and expected to be complete by summer. In April, DCPL issued a request for qualifications to identify firms with experience modernizing and renovating historic urban libraries or similar facilities. After reviewing the responses, shortlisted teams will receive an RFP. Based on the proposals received, a team will be selected and the architectural design will begin. The design process that follows will include an assessment of the library site’s existing conditions as well as engagement with the community and with regulatory entities. That’s when the team can start talking to the community about specific items they would like to see, and about particulars such as the location of rooms and if stairs should be relocated.

Expansion The library takes up much of the 6,431-squarefoot site, making expansion a challenge. Last year, DCPL announced that, despite earlier hopes, the library footprint will not extend underground to join with the Eastern Market Metro station, as had been floated in an earlier proposal commissioned by Barracks Row Main Street. Reyes-Gavilan said that DCPL was in communication with the team working on the Eastern Market Plaza Project (EMMP) and that the park is being designed to work together with library needs. Walking around the building, Reyes-Gavilan discussed the potential to improve the library without detracting from its historical character, emphasizing that the project is in the initial stage. “It is

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respond to the RFP. Once a propospossible to do something out here al is selected, the chosen team will that respects the significance of this conduct due diligence on the site historic landmark,” he said, musing to determine suitability regarding on the possibility of putting small subterranean conditions and existstudy rooms on the limited footprint ing underground infrastructure. Afon the South Carolina Avenue side of ter that is determined and a plan dethe grounds. veloped on how much space will be On the D Street side, Reyesavailable, further meetings regardGavilan emphasized accessibility as ing what the community wants in he discussed potential ways to create the renovation will be announced. a universal entry experience for all Members of the Capitol Hill users. Referencing a similar goal at Restoration Society (CHRS) have Mount Pleasant Library, he speculatnominated the library to the Nationed on several ideas including creatal Register of Historic Places. CHRS ing a main entrance to D Street, prorepresentative Nancy Metzger said viding a universal experience for all Southeast Neighborhood Library Manager Julia Strusienski sits at the circulation such a designation would have no while preserving the building’s apdesk in the main reading room. “I just want people to know, this is not happening effect on planned renovations, as pearance and front doors and facade. tomorrow,” she said. “This is part of a long process, and there will be significant, the building is protected by HPRB. The most obvious opportunity well-publicized opportunities for community input.” Rather, Metzger said, the accession for expansion is the driveway located to the national register would recogbetween the library’s west side and disturbed, and better sightlines in the main readnize the significance of the building. The nominathe neighboring townhouse. Currently used for ing room. tion process also generates knowledge about the employee parking on the D Street side and landShe said that library users are both dismayed building’s history, use and significance that can scaped on the south side, the space could accomand confused by the prospect of renovations, unbe a shared reference point for the community as modate an annex or addition of several thousand sure when they will take place and how it will imit moves forward. square feet. pact them. “We had people coming in at the beDCPL is also in the process of formulating a While the library has an attic, Reyes-Gavilan ginning of the fiscal year to return books, saying, library facilities master plan for the next decade. thought it was unlikely to play a part in the renova‘I guess I better get these in before you close,’” she Data collected will help inform programming detion. However, work on the basement rooms is imsaid. “I just want people to know, this is not hapcisions made in concert with the community for portant to the project, especially in regard to the pening tomorrow. This is part of a long process, the future Southeast Neighborhood Library. “The well-used meeting room. It might be possible to and there will be significant, well-publicized opfacilities master plan was never meant to replace excavate to raise the ceilings in the subterranean portunities for community input.” on-the-ground community input regarding renspaces, in order to add light and air as well as to Reyes-Gavilan admitted that his desire to get ovations, but it will give contextual information improve the user experience. “We want to create out and speak with the community about the projabout the services people want from their library,” more space, to make it more delightful and upliftect as soon as possible might have led to that persaid Reyes-Gavilan. ing,” said Reyes. ception. “I wanted to get out early and give inThe Southeast library is perfectly situatformation,” he said, “but in getting out, people Space as a Luxury ed, according to Reyes-Gavilan. “We talk about wanted more and more answers very early in the Branch Manager Julia Strusienski said that the dream spaces for libraries. For me, it’s ideal to be project, and we haven’t really started yet.” programming needs of the library have long exnear mass transit and retail, on the way to or from ceeded the space, necessitating tight scheduling travel elsewhere. That typically results in a wellPlanning and forcing staff to usher guests out after each used, well-loved library, like the Southeast branch Patrons have expressed concern for access to lievent. “It’s a real luxury at other branches to be is today.” He added, “I can’t wait to start thinking brary resources during construction, asking able to run adults and children’s programming at about ways to modernize it cleverly.” DCPL to open a temporary library in the area. the same time,” she said. “That’s the biggest chalFollow information about the DCPL renoWhile the executive director won’t rule it out, he lenge, in addition to the size.” The tremendously vation at that such costs come out of the $23.5 popular children’s story hours are held in the only braryrenovation. million project budget. “We heard loud and clear programming room, which has a capacity of 50. Learn more about the DCPL facilities masthat people do want continuity of service, and we “At some point a program gets to be more about ter plan by visiting will figure out what that looks like.” crowd control than content.” dclibraryfuture. u DCPL issued its request for qualifications for On her wish list as well are study spaces for renovation on April 1, with a closing date of May small groups or individuals wishing to work un1. Teams selected by that process will be able to


The Capitol Hill Community Foundation thanks you for your generous support of the April 24, 2019, Capitol Hill Community Achievement Awards Dinner honoring Guy Martin and Charles Allen as well as the recipient of the 2019 Steve Cymrot Spark Award, Tonya Porter Woods.

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MAKE OUR STREETS SAFER FOR EVERYONE Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths Must End by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen n the weekend of April 19, three people lost their lives on DC roads – one in a car, one while walking on a sidewalk in Ward 8 and one while riding his bicycle on Florida Avenue NE in Ward 6. The cyclist, a well-known neighbor named Dave Salovesh, was killed less than 100 feet from where Ruby Whitfield, another Ward 6 resident, was killed in a crosswalk walking home from church. They died on a six-lane street that feels more like a highway, one that the District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) has promised repeatedly to re-design for nearly 10 years. These deaths, all in different parts of the city, have stirred protests from those who have fought for so long to see our streets re-imagined in a way that allows for safe travel if you’re walking, biking, riding or driving. Right now, far too much safety and comfort has been ceded to the convenience of the car over everyone else. Those who walk or bike in this city regularly know there are nearmisses every single day that could have just as easily been serious accidents. At a vigil to remember Dave, a Capitol Hill parent told me he didn’t think of himself as a “cyclist.” But he felt drawn to come to the vigil because he said he simply wants to feel safe riding with his children to get from point A to


point B – whether that’s to school in the morning, the library in the afternoon, or Eastern Market on the weekend. A few days later at a vigil in Ward 8 for Abdul Seck, the young man who was hit by a car on a sidewalk, residents spoke about asking for that intersection to be fixed for years. It sounded all too familiar to what I hear across Ward 6. Following that painful weekend, I introduced emergency legislation to expedite the redesign of Florida Avenue, NE. When agencies miss deadlines, they rarely face consequences - but the rest of us do. This emergency law would put new oversight and accountability on every dollar the Department of Transportation (DDOT) tries to move to other road projects until it completes the long-delayed redesign of Florida Avenue, NE, which has been stalled since 2009. During oversight in February of this year, I asked for an update on Florida Avenue redesign. DDOT reported that design of new Florida Avenue would not be complete until at least December 2020 – yet another delay. Last year alone, DDOT moved $3.2 million in funds outside of their agency. That money could have been used to easily make safety improvements on Florida Avenue or any number of dangerous intersections in the city. Residents living along Florida Avenue have warned for years that if the city

doesn’t take action, someone else was going to get killed. We waited too long. That someone was a father, a husband and a valued member of our community. I’m working on legislation that will force the city to build more complete streets that work for everyone. In the four years since the announcement of Vision, pedestrian, cyclist and driver deaths have gone up, not down. It’s an alarming local and nationwide trend. Too many streets in neighborhoods in every Ward have gotten more dangerous, not less. It’s past time to treat this with the urgency needed and re-think our roadways to be safe for everyone who uses them – whether on foot, bike, bus or car. The hard work to create transit equity is inseparable from ensuring equity in safety for all road and sidewalk users. I bike. I walk. I ride the bus. And yes, I drive my car. As someone that gets around in many different ways, it is easy to recognize which of those modes have been prioritized over the others, to our community’s detriment. Several schools, including Gallaudet University, churches, and thousands of residents live along the Florida Avenue NE Corridor. These are thousands and thousands of residents living their lives each day. We need to make sure our streets are keeping each one of them safe. u


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT What Works And What Doesn’t? by Amy Lieber ere’s something we can all agree on: economic development is important. We all want our economy to grow, we want to create good jobs and we want to raise revenues for the city. And we probably all agree that government has an important role in supporting economic development, including making sure everyone benefits. But what can government do to accomplish these goals? What actually works? Tax incentives are often the mainstay of state and local economic development programs, including the high-profile effort to lure Amazon’s HQ2 with literally billions of tax subsidies. Incentives in the form of tax breaks, because they’re selective and provide financial assistance to specific companies, should be regarded as business subsidy programs. A close review of this method of economic development shows that it often does not live up to expectations. Part of the challenge of tax incentives is that they are buried in the tax code and rarely reviewed to answer key questions about whether they are working or not. How many jobs are they creating? What kinds of jobs are they creating? How much new business was brought in? If a tax incentive program is not delivering on its goals, it should be amended or even eliminated. That would allow


money to be directed to other things that support economic growth, like investments in transportation and schools. These challenges are found in DC as in many other jurisdictions. Indeed, we learned over the last year that DC’s major economic development tax incentives – to promote high-tech – cost a lot but deliver little. It’s time to review them.

Why It’s Hard to Make Tax Incentives Work Well There are a number of challenges in designing successful economic development tax incentives. First and foremost, taxes are a small share of business expenses. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimates that state and local taxes account for an average of 1.8% of business costs. Tax breaks may not amount to enough to alter business behavior, while still costing the city a lot. Look at Amazon, which chose a location in northern Virginia even though the state and local governments did not offer the largest subsidies. Or Foxconn, which significantly scaled back plans to build a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin after getting $3 billion in subsidies designed to entice them. Beyond that, tax incentives often go to companies that were planning to move or expand anyway. If a tax break is made available to any business that engages in a targeted activity, then it allows companies to claim the tax break for activities they already planned to engage in. ITEP concluded that as much as 90% of investment decisions subsidized with tax incentives would have occurred regardless of the incentive. Third, tax incentives are often part of destructive economic

development warfare among states or cities. A city may lure one company with tax breaks, but then lose another to tax breaks offered somewhere else. In this way, incentives do not actually generate new growth; they simply move it around. In this zerosum economic warfare, cities and states lose tax revenue without net economic benefit. Finally, many incentive programs are created without tools to monitor success or hold companies accountable for achieving goals. For example, many programs lack “clawbacks” that require companies repay the city/state if they fail to meet expansion requirements or if they relocate altogether.

Key DC Economic Development Subsidies Aren’t Working DC’s own attempts at economic development incentives have succumbed to some of these problems. It was not until 2015 that we even started to monitor the effectiveness of our tax incentive programs, following recommendations of the Tax Revision Commission. Since then, the city’s chief financial officer (CFO) has reviewed a few incentives every year. One example of this kind of unchecked incentive is the Qualified High Technology Company (QHTC) tax subsidy program. The QHTC incentives were implemented in the early 2000s, offering generously low business income tax rates, capital gains tax rates, new hire and relocation tax credits, and more, to any company operating under a loose definition of “high tech.” Analysis from the CFO’s most recent review shows that this well-intentioned incentive is not meeting its goals. Companies have been allowed to self-certify as high-tech and start collecting tax subsidies without anyone thoroughly reviewing their application. This has created a lack of transparency and allowed some companies to claim incentives for nearly two decades. The CFO found that most companies benefitting were located in northern Virginia (with contractors in DC), and that many were already engaged in the same behavior before the incentive program started. The CFO’s report

concluded that the gains in DC’s high-tech sector “cannot be attributed to QHTC incentives.” Yet the tax subsidies amount to $40 million a year. The QHTC review suggests it’s time to look critically at the tax expenditure programs.

Good Public Services Can Support Economic Development When economic tax incentives don’t work, they take funds that could be used to shape development in other ways. When asked what they look for in locating decisions, companies have pointed to resources like an educated workforce, good infrastructure and transportation, affordable and convenient housing options and a generally good quality of life. This has been evident in the District, where the DC business community led the effort to push for Metro repairs (including agreeing to tax increases). Large companies like Amazon have partnered with public schools and colleges to ensure that students are receiving relevant job training. And DC has already taken steps to broaden its labor pool with policies like universal pre-K and paid family leave that enable more women to work. This kind of broad investment in the people and quality of the city can be more than enough to attract businesses and promote economic development. It’s a reminder that businesses are often looking for the things that all of us look for: good schools, transportation and a great city to live in. Amy Lieber is the outreach, development and research assistant at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi. org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to address DC’s economic and racial inequities and increase opportunities for residents to build a better future. u

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ot many Capitol Hill women have a building named after them, but Elizabeth Morrison Haines does. She built the large grey building that still stands at the corner of Eighth and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, in 1892. The building featured 15,000 square feet of trading space on two floors for 50 different departments, plus a third floor that was rented out to local vendors – an impressive achievement. The Ward 6 Democrats are continuing their recognition of the women of Ward 6 by honoring Elizabeth Haines in May. She was a highly successful entrepreneur and businesswoman who advertised her building as “the largest store in the world built, owned and controlled by a woman.” Born Elizabeth Morrison in the1840s in Ohio, she married Mahlon Haines. They had three children, the last just a few weeks before Mahlon was killed in an accident. She moved to Washington in 1882 so her children could be educated in DC schools. At first, they lived above a small store on 11th Street SE. Her first successful business was a shop in Anacostia; her second was a larger shop in the 1200 block of 11th St. SE. In 1892, she oversaw construction of the Haines Building, which now overlooks the Eastern Market Metro station. Total construction time for the building was six months, from groundbreaking to store opening. An article published four years later described it as “a store with all the modern conveniences, where trading becomes a pleasure instead of a vexation.”

A severe depression in 1893 rippled throughout the United States, and the economy did not recover until 1897. In spite of this, Haines persevered, and her store survived, even when a fire burned much of it in 1905. Haines also gave money to causes she believed in, including posting bail for several of the leaders of Coxey’s Army, the first organized protest to end up on the Capitol grounds. In 1910, Haines sold her store to Milton Ney and Joseph Goldenberg, who sold off most of the stock in a major “reorganization sale,” and then, having renamed it the Haines’ Department Store, continued to run it for many more years. The Women of Ward 6 initiative, a nonpartisan effort, honors women who have worked or lived in Ward 6 and made significant contributions to better our lives. The initiative, in partnership with the National Woman’s Party, Capitol Hill Restoration Society and the Hill Rag, will culminate in the 2020 centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Marci Hilt is the treasurer of the Ward 6 Democrats. For more information, visit u

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MEET CHAIRS OF ANC 6C & 6D by Elizabeth O’Gorek he role of Chair of an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) is a time-consuming one. Just like other commissioners and officers of District ANCs, Chairs are volunteers, working in their roles on the ANC in addition to the demands of their regular careers. The Chairs set agendas and facilitate meetings, officially receive commission correspondence, oversee procedure and promote good relationships between the Commission and District organizations. They may also act as spokespeople for the views of their particular ANC. Learn more about the people doing this time-consuming work. Meet three chairs of your neighborhood ANCs.

ting a high standard for her tenure. “I said I would try to continue her good work,” she said. For the past 22 years, Wirt has done just that. As commissioner, she provided oversight regarding the air rights over Union Station and helped to shut down a grocery store at the intersection of Fourth and F Streets NE that was known to be selling liquor and cigarettes to minors. “One of the greatest joys of my life has been working to make improvements in the community,” Wirt said. She said that it is always a challenge to get the attention of the District Government agencies and to work with them to respond to concerns voiced by the commission. Still, these are part of her consistent goals for the commission.

Karen Wirt (ANC 6C02): Continuing the Good Work ANC 6C02 Commissioner Karen Wirt has served as Chair since 2006. First elected in 1994, Wirt has served continuously throughout, aside from a two-year break to allow another commissioner to run for election. She has represented three SMDs: 6A03, 6C08 and now, 6C02. While the ANC boundaries may have changed, Wirt has remained constant: she has lived at the same address since 1978. Wirt said she was recruited to serve when Carolyn Serfass, then Commissioner for 6A03, asked if Wirt would be willing to run upon her resignation. Wirt agreed, set-


When asked, Wirt quickly ticks off the goals of ANC 6C. She says the purpose of the ANC first and foremost is to respond to constituent requests for assistance with DC government concerns. The commission also wants to be proactive in improving safety for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles, particularly in light of multiple accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists and even Metro busses on H Street NE. The ANC will continue to monitor zoning changes for the betterment of the community, she said, as well as events that negatively impact our streets, such as parking problems during large marathons. The commission has also emphasized concern for the environment under Chair Joe McCann, voting to add ‘Environment’ to the title of his Environment, Parks and Events Committee. Wirt is clear that the members of the community and the constant growth of the neighborhood are what has kept her coming back to the challenging role of ANC Chair. “The best part of being a commissioner is working with the other ANC 6C commissioners and seeing their passion and commitment to making our neighborhood the best it can be,” she said. Learn more about ANC 6C by visiting

Gail Fast (6D01): We’ve Got to Keep Going

Chair Karen Wirt (6C02), in the lobby at 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, where ANC 6C holds monthly meetings, has been a commissioner for 25 years –with one two-year hiatus. She said it has been a great joy to work on the ANC. Photo: E.O’Gorek/CCN

Commissioner Gail Fast (6D01) has lived in Southwest for 28 years. She remembers the old days, when it was a struggle to find a good cup of coffee and she could get breakfast at Lucky’s in Waterside Mall. She won a seat on the ANC in 2016 against three competitors, many with more visibility than she. Community members that had worked with her on the Small Area Plan encouraged her to run. “I probably knocked on 800 doors –well I

Chair Gail Fast (6D01) pictured at the January meeting of ANC 6D. Photo: A. Lightman

know I did, because I had 800 fliers,” she said. “It was a great feeling to connect with people in the community.” Fast said it was the right time for her to run for Chair. Three new commissioners were elected to ANC 6D for 2019, and other long-term commissioners had previously taken on the role. “I felt it was time for me to grow, and this was a great opportunity for me to do so,” she said, noting that the tremendous learning curve and responsibility that comes with the role. Fast said the major issues facing the ANC haven’t changed since her first campaign in 2016. “Transportation: that’s always been my passion as far as what I think that I can bring to the table.” She said access to the neighborhood is sometimes blocked east of Independence and on the ramp from the 395 to Maine Avenue, frustrating constituents. “I think we can solve it by better signalization and other modes of transportation, and that’s what we plan to work on in the future.” The second issue facing ANC 6D is development, she said. “I think

Looking For Participants for a Diabetes Type I Study that my constituents are welcoming with open arms, they’re excited about new folks in the neighborhood. But they’re also struggling now with parking, and getting in and out of the buildings, and you know, just a lot of people.” Finally, the neighborhood would like to see more affordable housing and home ownership opportunities amongst all the development in the area. She said the ANC wants some parcels to be available for folks to invest themselves in the community. “When you have a ton of rental, you don’t really get as much a sense of community, and Southwest was always about a sense of community.” She said the ANC intends to work on that with projects now in the planning stages, pushing for condos and townhouses where people can start families and grow within the community. Fast said she has a quote that she lives by. It is widely applicable, she acknowledges, but it applies to community efforts in Southwest: “Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it’s impossible.” She said it is relevant as the ANC and the neighborhood continue to work to maintain cultural and socio-economic diversity, keep folks in old Southwest and allow people to age in place. “It’s difficult. It’s going to take a lot of people and a lot of resources,” she said, “but it’s not something that’s impossible.” “We’ve got to keep trying.” Learn more at www.ANC6D. org by following @ANC6D or by emailing

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by Nicholas L. Alberti hair Amber Gove (6A04) called the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A meeting to order at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE, with Commissioners Brian Alcorn (6A08), Ruth Ann Hudson (6A05), Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07), Mike Soderman (6A03), Phil Toomajian (6A02) and Stephanie Zimny (6A06) in attendance. Commissioner Marie Claire Brown (6A01) was absent. Chief of Staff Ben Stutz from the Office of the City Administrator shared some investments from the proposed DC budget that will target Ward 6, including plans for replacing the Rose-

dale Community Center pool, $15 million toward turning the old Miner Elementary building, (601 15th St, NE) into an early education center with slots for 180 children up to five years of age and $28 million slated for traffic calming, road redesign and streetscaping along the length of Florida Avenue.

DC Water Offering Free Lead Testing Kits DC Water provides an interactive map, found at, which allows residents to enter their home address and access whatever records, if any, DC Water has regarding the composition of each property’s water service line. John Diegnan, the communications coordinator for DC Water, suggested residents request a free lead test from DC Water, by contacting the Drinking Water Division at 202-612-3440 or emailing He also shared a few tips for reducing potential exposure to contaminated drinking water such as using an antimicrobial filter that’s certified to meet the National Sanitation Foundations (NSF) Standard 53 for lead removal, and routinely cleaning and occasionally replacing each faucet aerator, located at the tip of the faucet where trace lead particles may accumulate. For additional information and tips, visit www.dcwater. com/lead-testing.

Metro Police Department First District Captain Pulliam Captain Michael Pulliam has recently been assigned to the First District side of ANC 6A. Though Captain Pulliam did not report any specific incidents, he did mention the continued reports of package thefts around the city. He encouraged residents to take advantage of the rebate offered through the DC government to help defray the cost of installing outward facing security cameras on private homes and businesses. Information pertaining to this rebate program can be found by visiting Captain Pulliam can be contacted by email at

Transportation and Public Space Actions The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of support for the proposal of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to install traffic-calming measures as proposed at the Ninth Street/ West Virginia Avenue/L Street NE intersection. The commissioners voted unanimously to decline to support permit application #324283 to extend eight driveways through public space to allow access to the alley lots located behind the 17 Solar Condominium property at 410-417 17th St. NE, due to the petitioner’s lack of guidance from DDOT’s Public Space Committee (PSC) about alley lot ac-


ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A AMBER GOVE, CHAIR, AMBERANC6A@GMAIL.COM Serving the Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and H Street communities ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE.

cess requirements and the likelihood that a more suitable parking solution can be found.

Alcohol Beverage Licensing The commissioners voted unanimously to protest the license renewal of Dangerously Delicious Pies, 1339 H St NE, unless the Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee recommends not protesting at its April committee meeting. The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of support for a stipulated endorsement to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for the addition of a nine-seat sidewalk cafe by Duffy’s Irish Pub, 1016 H St. NE.

Economic Development and Zoning The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of support to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for a special exception from the lot occupancy requirements to construct a two-story rear addition to an existing principal dwelling unit in the RF-1 Zone at 1433 G St. NE (BZA #19989). The commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of support to the BZA for a special exception to construct a rear addition to an existing, attached principal dwelling unit in the RF-1 Zone at 1348 Constitution Ave. NE (BZA #19997).


Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee - Tuesday, May 21st 7pm at Sherwood Recreation Center • 640 10th St., NE Jay Williams - Co-Chair (906-0657) / Mark Samburg - Co-Chair

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by Elizabeth O’Gorek dvisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B held the monthly meeting of the full commission at the Hill Center on Tuesday, April 12. On the dais: Jennifer Samolyk (6B01), Gerald Sroufe (6B02, secretary), Brian Ready (6B03, parliamentarian), Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04), Steve Holtzman (6B05), Corey Holman (6B06, treasurer), Kelly Waud (6B07), Chander Jayaraman (6B08, chair), Kasie Clark (6B09, vice chair) and Denise Krepp (6B10). Three of the four owners of District Soul Food (500 Eighth St. SE) appeared before the full commission in regard to an application for renewal of their restaurant’s alcohol license. Having heard complaints at the previous week’s meeting of the ANC 6B Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee (ABC) from neighbors about trash and noise when patrons exit the restaurant, the owners assured commissioners that they had switched garbage collection companies and would post signs asking patrons to keep noise to a minimum. At the April 12 meeting, commissioners focused on two additional issues. First, Oldenburg asked if the restaurant had received an exemption from the DC Department of Health (DOH) permitting indoor smoking in the cigar lounge at the establishment. Partner Craig Parkinson produced a certificate signed by Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) agent Jeffrey Reiss, but the purpose of the document was not clear. Oldenburg asked the partners to produce the exemption document.

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Representatives of District Soul Food (500 Eighth St. SE), including David Roundtree (center) and Craig Parkinson (right), at the April meeting of ANC 6B. Noting they had spent upwards of $25,000 on air purification equipment for the cigar lounge at the restaurant, they agreed to work to resolve the issue of smoke seepage into the neighboring Trattoria Alberto.

Parkinson said that the partners had spent $25,000 in improvements to ventilation and air purification equipment in an effort to address the matter, as well as filling in cracks in mortar in the wall between the businesses. The owners of Trattoria Alberto urged their neighbor to address the situation until it was resolved. After the meeting, Parkinson said that he was confident the issue could be addressed in a timely and mutually agreeable fashion. Commissioner Ready proposed that District Soul Food engage a third party to certify that the air-purifying equipment was working correctly. In regard to smoke, Oldenburg said the ANC required a verbal commitment to solve the issue of smoke seeping through the wall, as well as proof that DOH had issued an exemption to permit smoking on the premises. The commission issued a notice and opportunity to cure these three issues within 30 days, and asked that District Soul Food agree to defer the deadline to protest the liquor license. The motion passed 7-0, with three abstaining.

Councilmember Allen Presentation Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) made his customary appearance to update commissioners on happenings with the DC Council. He discussed several bills he is working on, including one that would provide Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) listens to a comment from more autonomy to school leaderCommissioner Gerald Sroufe (6B02) at the April meeting of ANC 6B. ship in the distribution of at-risk funding and another in regard Second, the owners of Trattoria Alberto (508 to Vision Zero. In regard to the latter, Allen said Eighth St. SE), which shares a party wall with Dishe didn’t believe that the city was doing enough trict Soul Food, testified that customers had comtoward the goal of zero traffic-related deaths, alplained about the smell of cigar smoke while dinthough he noted that there was some good investing, and asked that these concerns be addressed ment in the latest budget. before the commission approved the license renewAllen, who is the chair of the DC Council’s al for District Soul Food.


Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety, discussed the handcuffing of a 10-year-old boy in April after a robbery near Fifth and H streets NE, calling the visuals of the incident “a punch in the gut.” He said that the attorney general issued a statement noting the boy was innocent after photos and videos of the boy in handcuffs were broadcast on social medial. Allen wants to refine the way a 10-year-old would be detained if it was necessary. In the matter of a similar incident on Dec. 26 of last year, Allen said that it was time to review policies in regard to body cameras with respect to the public’s expectations and the accountability of officers. Holtzman noted that the Eastern Market Metro Plaza Park (EMMP) Project was currently only partially funded, and asked the councilmember how certain he was that the rest of the money could be found. Allen said that the Department of General Services (DGS) team is designing the optimal version of the project under the assumption that additional funding will become available, and will then tell him how much is needed. Allen was clear in his determination to have EMMP completed. “I will find the money for the project,” he said, “whether it is in this year’s budget, next year’s, I will find the money for this project.” Allen was less enthusiastic about the prospect of a pop-up police station on the 400 block of Eighth Street SE, as proposed in a petition put forward by Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS). He said that the First District substation (500 E St. SE) is only two blocks away and there is a large police presence on the block, but officers have told him that that presence doesn’t help underlying issues of mental health and substance abuse, nor would arrest help the individuals concerned. He proposed a joint meeting between the Department of Behavioral Health, Metropolitan Police Department, BRMS and the ANC to work on a concrete, holistic strategy.

Additions to C Street Blacksmith Shop Supported The commission heard revisions to a historic preservation application (HPA) for 620 C St. SE, first heard in March, for concept design for a one-story rooftop and two-story rear addition. The applicant proposed an apartment on each of the second and third floors above a proposed main-floor office space. In March, the commission voted to oppose a proposed third-floor addition to the former blacksmith shop while taking no position on the second-floor changes. Neighbors objected to the

addition and window treatment as not in character with the street and expressed concern about the visibility of the addition from the street. In his April presentation, the applicant reduced the height and depth of the addition to align with neighboring rowhouses, reduced the number of windows on the rear and, finally, set back the third story and replaced the roof design as recommended by the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The commissioners voted unanimously to support the first- and secondfloor additions. They also supported the third-floor addition, 4-2-3, noting there was precedent for such additions for commercial buildings in the neighborhood.

Other Matters The commissioners voted unanimously to support a letter from Krepp to DC Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt, requesting that he start tracking the DC tax dollars financing sexual harassment and assault settlements, judgments and other such arrangements and make the information publicly available. The commissioners voted to protest the alcohol licenses for Montmartre/7th Hill (327 Seventh St. SE) and Lavagna (539 Eighth St. SE), as the applicants failed to appear at either the April meetings of the ABC Committee or the full 6B commission. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve the license renewals for Bullfeathers (410 First St. SE) and for Atish on the Hill (609 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), after ascertaining that a brief break in alcohol sales at Atish occurred because the proprietor had been ill, and although his son continued to run the food business, the son was not of age to serve alcohol. The next meeting of ANC 6B will take place at 7 p.m. on Tues-


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ANC 6C Opposes 429 Fifth St. NE Addition News



by Elizabeth O’Gorek

Naomi Mitchell, community liaison for Councilmember Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), smiles as Commissioner Robb Dooling admires a sample ballot listing him as candidate for 6C06 in last November’s election. Mitchell presented the token to Dooling after the April meeting of ANC 6C, during which Dooling announced that he would be stepping down as of April 12.

ll six members of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C were present at the April 13 meeting: Christine Healey (6C01, secretary), Karen Wirt (6C02, chair), Jay Adelstein (6C03), Mark Eckenwiler (6C04, vice chair), Joel Kelty (6C05, treasurer) and Robb Dooling (6C06).

Commission Opposes Fifth Street Addition The commission heard a historic preservation application (HPA) for the concept design for a three-story rear-addition at 429 Fifth St. NE. The commission moved the case from the consent calendar, where the application was opposed by the commission, to the general agenda in order to hear from constituents at the meeting. Planning, Zoning and Economic (PZ&E) Development Committee Chair Mark Eckenwiler said that the commission was still dissatisfied with the quality of the application and would oppose the application unless the applicant delayed their appearance before the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). Residents expressed concern about a lack of air and light, possible structural damage to their homes during construction and dissatisfaction with the appearance of the proposed addition. The application was opposed unanimously.

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had purchased a home outside the bounds of his single-member district, where he had been a renter for five years. Calling the announcement bittersweet, Dooling said that he had been searching for a home within his district for nearly a year, finally finding one a few blocks outside its boundaries. “I am disappointed that my best efforts to remain in 6C06 failed, but I am enthusiastic to remain an advocate for housing everywhere as a human right,” Dooling said. He praised the commissioners as outstanding public servants and role models, and thanked the neighborhood for what he called “the best five years of my life so far.” Dooling was sworn in January 2019. An election will be held if more than one candidate announces a run for the office.

Other Matters The commission voted on several items on the consent calendar. It supported liquor license renewals for the following, with settlement agreements where applicable: • The 116 Club (234 Third St. NE) • Le Grenier (502 H St. NE) • Ethiopic Restaurant (401 H St. NE) • Charlie Palmer Steak (101 Constitution Ave. NE) • Red River Grill/Union Pub (201 Massachusetts Ave. NE). The applicant offered to amend the Saturday hours for the side-

My clients are saying... walk cafe from 2:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. The commission supported a public space application to do work on sidewalks, streetscape and a utility trench at the Washington Gateway, a new development at 200 Florida Ave. NE. It supported a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) notice of intent to install an all-way stop sign at Third and A streets NE. It supported a Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) application for special exception for a rear addition at 639 Lexington Pl. NE. It opposed a BZA application for special exception for a two-story addition at 1120 Abbey Pl. NE, noting concerns about the application and the lack of a roof plan. The applicant had filed for expedited review, and the ANC would submit a letter stating issues and asking that the applicant attend a hearing.

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File an appeal to BZA in regard to a construction permit at 120 Seventh St. NE, noting two potential zoning issues in drawings for Verizon’s work at the site and arguing that there are two separate failures to comply with the so-called penthouse regulations. • Support testimony for the Transportation and Public Space Committee at the DDOT budget oversight hearing, calling for increased funding for public space, Vision Zero research and data collection, protected bike lanes, improvements along K Street and a park at West Virginia Avenue between Eighth and K streets NE, where the street is closed. • Approve a $4,000 grant to One Tent Health, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offer-

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ing free and confidential screening for HIV. Funds will be used to acquire new laptops and to purchase rain tent covers, expanding the ability to work in inclement weather and to store and analyze data. The tent is usually set up outside the H Street CVS but also outside other buildings. After Adelstein expressed a desire that the group conform to rules governing use of public space, the application was unanimously supported. Support both the historic preservation application (HPA) and BZA application for a threestory rear addition requiring special exception to the lot occupancy requirements at 414 Constitution Ave. NE. Architect Jennifer Fowler appeared with updated plans to clarify and address concerns previously expressed. Noting that one neighbor supported the exception for lot occupancy, and that there did not seem to be significant impact, the commissioners supported both applications unanimously.

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by Andrew Lightman dvisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on March 11. Commissioners Gail Fast (6D01), Anna Forgie (6D02), Ronald Collins (6D03), Andy Litsky (6D04), Anthony Dale (6D05), Rhonda N. Hamilton (6D06) and Edward Daniels (6D07) were on the dais. Chair Fast presided. Representatives of The Wharf provided a quarterly briefing. Ground was broken on Phase II of the project on March 30. Construction of the marine bulkhead is proceeding along with demolition, pile driving and excavation. The sidewalk and a lane on the south side of Maine Avenue SW between Sixth and Seventh streets have


been closed for the duCongresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) briefs ANC 6D on her legislaration of construction. tive agenda. Photo: Andrew Lightman Construction fencing has been erected. Shifting the cruiseline buses to the northern side of Maine Avenue, Commissioner Fast pointed out, has created sidewalk congestion in front of Arena Stage. She also expressed concern about the safety of tourists crossing the street there. The cruise lines are placing security and guides along the pedestrian access to aid patrons, stated Dianne Grooms, The Wharf ’s director of security. dent where we can’t get emergency vehicles into Grooms characterized Petalpalooza as a sucSouthwest.” cess. No one was injured. There were no crimes. Allen called the traffic situation at PetalpalooThe Wharf hired 22 police officers to patrol the za “a disaster,” promising to fight for better manpremises and assist at intersections, she reported. agement of event congestion. “What we are doing All Wharf garages were full by noon. The manageis not working,” he stated. ment used social media and messaging to discourAllen noted that responsibility for both the age visitors taking cars. After the soccer game at District Department of Transportation (DDOT) 3:30 p.m., there was a substantial surge of visitors, and the Department of Public Works (DPW) had she reported. Another wave began at 7:30 in anbeen assigned to a newly created Deputy Mayor of ticipation of the fireworks. Operations and Infrastructure, under the stewardLitsky and Fast chastised The Wharf for ship of Lucinda Babers, known for her work transits event planning, citing the impact on emerforming the DC Department of Motor Vehicles. Algency access to Southwest. Traffic, they pointlen expressed confidence in Babers’ appointment. ed out, was at a standstill on Maine Avenue and Hamilton added a complaint about stadium throughout Southwest for several hours in the aftraffic and bridge construction generating dust ternoon. They asked that The Wharf take the lead and pollution at Buzzard Point. She bemoaned in pressuring the city to ticket and tow cars illegalthe lack of interagency coordination on the part ly parked under the bridges by the Fish Market. of District government. Allen promised to con-

Allen Briefs Commission Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) briefed the commission on his current budgetary and legislative agenda. Allen chairs the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. His committee has held four of eight planned budget hearings, he reported. The Randall School Project has advanced with the aid of final public funding by the DC Council, he stated. Framing a question about congestion, Litsky characterized Petalpalooza as the “perfect storm.” “Unfortunately, during this storm, the ship sank,” he wryly observed. “We are going to have an inci-

vene a meeting of all stakeholders. He reiterated his belief that the Circulator buses should run down South Capitol rather than through Southwest neighborhoods as planned. “Coordination is not necessarily there, in my opinion,” he stated. The impacts of Wharf events, he pointed out, are not addressed adequately in the transportation planning for the stadiums. “We might have to create our own transportation plan,” Allen stated. “What we are doing is not working.” Dale asked Allen to support more funds to repair Amidon-Bowen Elementary School’s cafeteria and playground. Allen said he would secure the funds.

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Fast asked whether the DC Housing Authority (DCHA) and District government have identified the initial parcel to allow a build-first redevelopment plan for Greenleaf Gardens. “I do not know where the first site will be,” Allen demurred. However, the current fire-truck repair depot was a good candidate, he stated. Its relocation has been funded in this year’s budget. An enlargement of the current fire station is also planned. Housing could be placed above the new facility, Allen suggested. Daniels pointed out that the Capper redevelopment remains incomplete after 18 years, with nearly 200 replacement units outstanding. “This is why I insist on build first at Greenleaf,” Allen replied. “I will jam and bum up any other plan for Greenleaf,” he pledged. “I will push DCHA to provide these units.” Asked by Collins about the dismal state of repairs at Greenleaf Gardens, Allen promised to put local dollars into a repair fund. Public housing needs more local accountability and control, he added. “It needs to function like a District agency.”

Norton Briefs Commission Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) briefed the commission on her work. She outlined her legislative initiatives, including: a tax bill to provide economic empowerment zones and private activity bonds; a measure to permit the District to purchase the RFK Stadium site and the removal of restrictive riders such as restrictions on marijuana regulation. She is working to move six federal agencies to Ward 8. She also took credit for The Wharf development. Asked by a resident about gentrification, the congresswoman stated, “The cities and states are not equipped to keep rents down.” Unfortunately, the federal government has walked away from its responsibility to provide what local municipalities cannot, she said. Collins observed that the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appears to be disposing of its public housing assets. He asked what could be done to ameliorate the deplorable state of repairs at Greenleaf Gardens. Another resident complained that, despite owning several homes in the District, she was being priced out by taxes and the high cost of living. “If you own a home in the District, you are already rich,” the congresswoman wryly retorted. The congresswoman stated that her legislation for the sale of RFK Stadium to the District

does not include provisions involving the Washington football team. “The District must own the land to make use of it. This is still a longshot,” she said.

Other Matters

Public Safety

Commissioners approved, with Dale abstaining: • an amendment to the DT license with Homeward Suites, 50 M St. SE, to increase the number of summer garden seats on the rooftop from 35 to 170; • an amendment to the CR license with Salt Line, 79 Potomac Ave. SE, to add 34 seats in the summer garden as well increase the permitted number of patrons indoors to 130 and outdoors to 229; • support a new CA license for Punch Bowl, 1250 Half St. SE.

Jonathan Dorrough and Lieutenant Nikki Lavenhouse of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) briefed the commission on public safety matters. They stated that crime was down significantly in both the Capitol Riverfront and Southwest. Two shootings occurred in neighborhoods near the Greenleaf Recreation Center. Investigations are ongoing; there is some video. Hamilton asked for increased deployment in that area. “You have more officers there than in any other part of the city outside of Chinatown,” stated Dorrough. Litsky questioned the officers about the traffic meltdown at The Wharf during the recent Petalpalooza event, which impeded emergency vehicular access to Southwest. Dorrough stated that he did “not see a solution.” Forgie complained about police inaction regarding for-hire vehicles (FHV) blocking lanes while picking up passengers. “Why are illegally parked cars under the highway next to the Fish Market not being towed?” asked Litsky. MPD does not tow cars, stated Dorrough. MPD only has two tow trucks. The Department of Public Works (DPW), which does tow, was backed up, he stated. “This is a public emergency,” responded Litsky. “These cars need to be ticketed and towed. We had a perfect storm at Petalpalooza. The Wharf needs to step up.”

Changes at The Yards The developers of The Yards came before the commission seeking support for several design changes. First were changes to the design of Tingey Square SE, at the entrance to the DC Water property, to increase pedestrian safety by making the intersection look more roadlike. Second was the relocation of the Trapeze School from Parcel E to Parcel G to make way for development. Last, they went over the design of the office building slated for the block between New Jersey Avenue and the future One and a Half Street SE. Commissioners found the terraced, 280,000-squarefoot structure quite handsome. Daniels asked developers to prioritize neighborhood-serving retail when commercially leasing. Commissioners voted unanimously to support the changes and authorized Daniels to testify.

Hamilton has received a special award from the chief of the MPD recognizing her work on issues of public safety.

The commissioners voted unanimously to: • approve the April agenda and March minutes; • approve a new tavern license with an entertainment endorsement for the Residence Inn Capitol at 333 E Street SW; • send a letter to DDOT and DPW requesting the protection of bike lanes on L’Enfant Plaza from illegally parked buses; • send a letter to the Fine Arts Commission in support of the public sculpture installation at the DC Forensic Lab at 401 E St. SW; • send a letter to DDOT supporting the creation of FHV dropoff zones on Third Street SW next to Waterfront Towers; • send a letter to DDOT’s Public Space Committee in support of the Cambria Hotel’s public space application; • support a public space application at 41 L Street SE; • send a letter to DDOT requesting a traffic study at Fourth and M streets SE; • send a letter to the Department of General Services asking for expedited repairs to Amidon-Bowen Elementary School’s cafeteria, playground and gym; • abolish the position of director of special projects; • authorize the treasurer to purchase a public address system. ANC 6D’s next meeting will be held on May 13 at 7 p.m. at 1100 Fourth St. SW. Visit for more information. u

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STANTON PARK by Nina Tristani Statue of General Nathanael Greene in Stanton Park.

ndicated on Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for the city of Washington in 1791, Stanton Park is one of the larger Capitol Hill parks. Its four acres, bound on the northern and southern sides by C Street between Fourth and Sixth streets NE, were named for President Lincoln’s secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, following the Civil War. While the park is named after Stanton, the statue featured at the center of the park depicts revolutionary war hero General Nathanael Greene. Greene is honored for his command of the Army of the South and credited with driving the British out of the Carolinas and Georgia in 1782. Greene’s statue is surrounded by formal walkways and flow-

er beds introduced during the 1933 redesign of the park. A play area just west of the statue was added in the park’s 1964 redesign. Stanton Park is a wonderful example of the natural and urban aesthetic in the design of the nation’s capital. The largest park L’Enfant planned in Northeast, it has been used as a public park since its first improvement in 1878. It is located within the National Register Capitol Hill Historic District, and the statue of Nathaniel Greene is among those in the National Register’s group listing of Washington’s Revolutionary War statues. The park is within a tract of land originally known as Houp’s Addition, owned by Jonathan Slater since 1764 and purchased by William Prout

in 1791. The land for the park was acquired by the federal government for streets and avenues in 1791. The first reference to the space as Stanton Square was made in Babcock’s report of 1871, and at the same time its counterpart to the south was referred to informally as Seward Place after Lincoln’s secretary of state. One would generally have to pass through either of these two spaces to reach the large park named after Lincoln at the intersection of Massachusetts and North Carolina avenues. Nina Tristani is the co-owner of N&M House Detectives ( and chair of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Communications Committee. For more information on this and other issues of historic preservation, visit u

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FRAGER’S REOPENS ON PENNSYLVANIA Gleaming Store at Original Address by Elizabeth O’Gorek n May 3, Frager’s Hardware, an iconic piece of the Capitol Hill community returned to 1115 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.The store, at that address since 1920, was displaced when a fire gutted it in June 2013. However, the disaster didn’t stop business for long. “The fire happened on a Wednesday and we were set up doing business on Sunday at the pad across from Eastern Market,” said John Weintraub, who owned the business at the time. “We had to reestablish even the most basic of operations, like setting up a cash register. It was because of the great staff that we were able to go forward.” “I can’t believe it’s been almost six years,” he said. Weintraub said he always wanted to go back to the site. Less than a year after the fire, the hardware and rental store opened at the address that would house it until it could rebuild, occupying 5,000 feet in the blue building at 1323 E St. SE. The paint and garden departments bounced around the neighborhood, the latter at three different locations. In October 2015, Weintraub found an ally to help rebuild the store. Perseus Realty, a DC-based developer, bought the vacant store and lot on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and began a redevelopment that included stabilization of the historic facades and construction of a new residential building with street-level retail space, including a new restaurant.

We’re Going Home After three years of planning and 18 months of construction, Frager’s has returned. “We’re back in our own space,” said Gina Schaefer, owner of Frager’s. “We’re home.” Schaefer and Marc Friedman operate 11 hardware stores dubbed A Few Cool Hardware Stores (AFCHS), and are leading members of the Ace Hardware Cooperative. They purchased Frager’s in 2017 from Weintraub, who along with Ed Copenhaver had owned the business since 1975. Weintraub became sole owner in 2012 but said that “Ed was important to the success of Frager’s up until his death in 2016.” Schaefer remembered, “I sent John a card [in 2005] when he’d owned Frager’s for 30 years.” She wrote, “when I grow up, I want to be Frager’s.” When Weintraub was ready to sell, he remembered Schaefer’s sentiments. “He came and asked me [about buying the business], and it was the most flattering day of my life, to be honest,” Schaefer said. Frager’s is a gold star in the District’s hardware community, she added – a place everyone knows. “It really just burnishes the aura of A Few Cool Hardware Stores.” Weintraub liked the way that AFCHS values community. “I’ve always been impressed with Gina and Marc’s success in opening hardware stores in urban neighborhoods and building strong community networks,” he said.

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: The new store’s exterior on Pennsylvania Ave. Gina Schaefer, owner of Frager’s Hardware, stocks the shelves to prepare for the reopening of the store at its original address. “We’re going home,” she said. A child wanders through the outdoor garden center behind Foliage by Frager’s at 1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, the store’s new boutique garden center. The return to Pennsylvania Avenue means that all of the store’s departments will be reunited on the historic block. Photos E.O’Gorek/CCN


The New Store The brightly-lit, 8,500 square foot store has polished concrete floors and products arrayed in gleaming, clearly labelled white shelves, and an outdoor space to the rear. Original exterior walls still stand, as well as the “Frager’s Hardware” sign that was saved to adorn the building once again. The store occupies two floors, at street level and below ground. On the main floor, customers can find the paint department, housewares, cleaning products, pet and party supplies. Downstairs offers the Hello Rental! counter, key cutting, plumbing and electrical, special orders for items such as screens and glass, as well as all the little drawers containing fasteners such as nuts and bolts. New to Frager’s is “Foliage by Frager’s,” located at 1123 Pennsylvania Ave., next to the pizza shop. The boutique storefront houses items for atriums and indoor houseplants, small potting soils and fine pots as well as garden tools and accessories. The outdoor garden center features a range of plants, pots, potting soils and accessories such as hoses and hoes. Customers can walk from the garden center, behind the building, to check out barbeques, patio furniture and other outdoor goods, entering the hardware store at the rear. The outdoor garden center is also accessible directly from 12th Street.

Staying the Same The store, previously a True Value Hardware under Weintraub, is now part of the Ace Hardware Cooperative. “A cooperative just allows us to compete with big-box retailers,” explained Schaefer. “It allows us to keep our pricing competitive.” Schaefer and Friedman have emphasized consistency during the transition in ownership. Acquiring the business at a time of tremendous change, they have maintained a similar selection of products and many of the familiar faces. Cashier Cary Caldwell has been with Frager’s Hardware for the last 10 years of her 39-year career in hardware. “The employees are kind of like a family – we call ourselves the Frager’s family,” she said. It is a large family, at that: store manager Aisha Bryant said that about a third of the 30 or so store employees have been with Frager’s since before the fire. All will make the return to Pennsylvania Avenue in May. Maintaining the connection between Frag-

er’s and the community has been important to Schaefer and Friedman. Traditions such as the fall festival and Santa’s visits to the garden center continue. “All of the activities the community has grown to love over the years will now be together on one block,” Schaefer said. AFCHS continues Frager’s relationship with the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and also with the House of Ruth, a program that helps women escape domestic violence, among other local philanthropic ventures. “We give a little to a lot of people,” Schaefer said. “It’s all about being involved in the community and getting to know the next generation of shoppers and residents.” The store will carry more products made locally in DC, as well as items for historic homes and special orders. For example, local card-makers will be featured in a gifts section alongside items from Capitol Hill confectioner Capital Candy Jar (201 15th St. NE). One change is in the rental company. Hello Rentals! relaunched this spring as the only independent equipment and party supply rental company in the District, with “revamped inventory and pumped-up customer service,” according to manager Charlie Hawkins. Operating out of Frager’s, Hello Rentals! has two warehouses full of items to fill party rental needs such as tables and chairs, place settings, tents, audio equipment and karaoke machines. It also carries small and large power tools, from drills to lawn tools, heaters and pumps, to larger items such as scaffolding and Genie lifts for the DIY homeowner or contractor. The team is proud of their ability to adapt to consumer needs and maintain traditions and community connections. “Frager’s is almost 100 years old,” said Caldwell. “We were kind of afraid we might not make it when the fire happened, but it looks like we will.” Caldwell added, “The community was all behind us, and that’s why we could rebuild.” Despite some challenging moments, Schaefer said, there was never any question that the store would be coming back home. “What’s more synonymous with Capitol Hill than Frager’s on Pennsylvania?” she asked. “It’s like a new beginning. We’re not going anywhere.” Visit Frager’s on Sunday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m., for the store’s Annual Garden Party. Enjoy pop-up markets, sales and giveaways. All are welcome. An official grand reopening celebration is planned for sometime this summer. u

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The Lincoln Park area offers a rich history as a base for the tour. In 1862, during the Civil War, the square housed Lincoln General Hospital, the Army’s largest military hospital in the area, with a capacity of 2,575 beds. Walt Whitman served as a nurse. It was taken down shortly after the war ended. An act of Congress in 1866 named the square Lincoln Park. The square serves as a perfect area of focus for the House and Garden Tour. Each house on the tour offers a unique style. One house reflects the passions of archivist Fynnette Eaton and historian Jim Miller, who made it a celebration of mosaic art. After moving into this 1907 house in 1988, Miller created the mosaics seen throughout the home. Eaton is the muse behind many of them. Another house on the tour is owned by Linda Mellgren and John Payne, who challenge the tour-goers to find pig figurines. This is the house for the Chinese Year of the Pig. The owners had the original pig figurines on their wedding cake, and those can be seen on the top shelf of the curios in the dining room. Countless others are strewn throughout the house. See how many you can spot! The house at 245 11th St. SE was built in 1923. The architect, George T. Santmyers, was popular on Capitol Hill. He designed many apartments and hundreds of rowhouses, including many on Capitol Hill, for Thomas A. Jameson

and Harry Kite. Jameson was the original owner and builder of the house. The house is a Wardman-type rowhouse and was built along with the entire half-block along 10th Street and C Street as well as 11th Street. Unique is an overused word, but there is no other house like the award-winning 330 Adolf Cluss Court on Capitol Hill. Carl and Undine Nash bought the uninhabitable, fire-ravaged 1920s Steuart Co. coal and ice warehouse in 2009. They were able to begin renovation only after two years of permit review, during which time the Nashes also successfully lobbied the advisory neighborhood commission, the DC Council and ultimately Congress to designate the thenunnamed alley “Adolf Cluss Court” after the prominent late-19th century architect who also designed Eastern Market. The home keeps the footprint and form of the Steuart warehouse and incorporates as much of the original material as could be salvaged, including the original bricks.

Walking Tour In addition to visiting the historic and award-winning homes there is a walking tour. The walking tour focuses on Gessford Court (two blocks south of Lincoln Park) and takes place on May 11 at 5 p.m. and May 12 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Gessford Court houses are typical of 19thcentury working-class homes. They have a dining room and living room on the first floor, and upstairs, two bedrooms. In the early days the houses had no interior plumbing; residents carried water from a hydrant in the courtyard and used backyard privies. They relied on kerosene lamps for lighting and a stove for cooking and heating. Over the years, owners modified the houses.

Five Gardens The Capitol Hill Garden Club collaborated with the Capitol Hill Restoration Society to enhance the green footprint. This year there are five gardens on the tour, each offering its own take on Capitol Hill greenery. They are located at 1000

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Award winning home on Cluss Court SE. Photo: Karl Nash

Gessford Court SE. Photo: Bill Kohutanycz

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Garden at 132 13th St. SE. Photo: Bill Kohutanycz

South Carolina Ave. SE, 224 12th St. SE, 1100 Constitution Ave. NE, 1023 East Capitol SE and 154 11th St. SE. Tickets for the House and Garden Tour are available for $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the tour. You can purchase tickets at Berkshire Hathaway Eastern Market, Coldwell Banker Capitol Hill, Groovy DC Cards and Gifts, Hill’s Kitchen and

Labyrinth Games and Puzzles. On the day of the tour tickets may be purchased at the Corner Store Arts or at one of the tour houses. Nina Tristani is the co-owner of N&M House Detectives ( and chair of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Communications Committee. u

1023 East Capitol St. SE. Photo: Bill Kohutanycz

Elegant dining room. Photo: Bill Kohutanycz

1122 East Capitol St. NE. Photo: Bill Kohutanycz

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Dear Garden Problem Lady, by Wendy Blair Can you suggest some pretty flowers that are blue? Our garden sorely needs that color. Forget-me-not, ajuga, mertensia, hydrangea and tradescantia (spiderwort, pictured). This autumn plant blue hyacinth, grape hyacinth, camassia and scilla bulbs for next spring. Before Christmas wonderful pansies started appearing around the Hill. Some are so small – around a nickel in size – that I’m wondering whether they are what my grandmother used to call Johnnie jump ups? They’re hard to describe without pictures, but all three are variations of the viola – an annual in Zone

7. All pansies are violas. But not all violas are pansies! Violas are a lot smaller, their petals are differently configured and each plant has many more flowers. Violas can tolerate heat better than pansies. Johnny jump ups are a type of viola. Their blooms are even smaller, atop longer stems – they look as if they’re jumping up. They are old fashioned and have old names, such as “heart’s ease.” All three are easy to grow, prefer cool temperatures, can withstand as much as 10 degrees of frost and fade away to nothing when temperatures reach 80 degrees F. We wish to attract hummingbirds to our garden, although my husband fears



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that we are too imbedded in noise and traffic for them to be comfortable. Comments? Why not try? To provide food you can hang hummingbird feeders filled with homemade syrup of one part white sugar to three parts water. Change this every three days. Place the feeder in a protected, somewhat shady place. Do not use a suction-attached feeder on a window, the birds could get hurt. If you try two feeders make sure they are far apart – hummingbirds are rivalrous. Hummingbirds greatly prefer nectar-bearing native plants such as bee balm, trumpet honeysuckle, milkweed and Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed). You should also supply fresh water – a small and protected birdbath. Our tree box is empty and sunny. Are there rules for what to plant there? There are many rules. Find most at, which is the Urban Forestry Department at the District Department of Transportation. Briefly, if you have a tree in your tree box you may put nothing else there except a thin layer of mulch. With no tree you can request one; or request pruning. Any plantings in a treeless tree box must be low. You are expected to provide water. The rules about fencing are strict. One might add that rules are but loosely enforced. The next public meeting of the Capitol Hill Garden Club, on Sept. 10, starts with refreshments at 6:45 p.m. at the NE Public Library, corner of Maryland Avenue and Seventh Street NE. Meetings are free and open to all. Membership and program details at www. Feeling beset by gardening problems? Your problem might prove instructive to others and help them feel superior to you. Send them to the Problem Lady c/o dearproblemlady@gmail. com. Complete anonymity is assured. u

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CHANGING HANDS Changing Hands is a list of residential sales in Capitol Hill and contiguous neighborhoods 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. NEIGHBORHOOD ADAMS MORGAN 1662 Euclid St NW #A 1725 Euclid St NW #1 1915 Calvert St NW #201 2109 17th St NW 2248 Ontario Rd NW 2421 18th St NW #302 2550 17th St NW #214 2630 Adams Mill Rd NW #306 2707 Adams Mill Rd NW #210

ANACOSTIA 1472 Bangor St SE 1528 S St SE 1601 U St SE 1908 Curtis Ct SE


1335 Talbert Ter SE 1459 Morris Rd SE 2210 Bryan Pl SE 2665 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE #202


BLOOMINGDALE 113 Seaton Pl NW 12 Rhode Island Ave NE #2 144 W St NW 2003 1st St NW #1 206 Rhode Island Ave NW 2205 Flagler Pl NW 37 Rhode Island Ave NW 5 U St NW


1328 Adams St NE 1332 Bryant St NE #1 1332 Bryant St NE #2 1358 W St NE 1658 W Virginia Ave NE #102 1708 Capitol Ave NE #1 1708 Capitol Ave NE #2 1708 Capitol Ave NE #3 2217 14th St NE


1000 G St NE 1004 Constitution Ave NE 101 North Carolina Ave SE #110 1010 15th St SE 110 13th St SE 1126 F St NE 119 7th St NE 1204 D St SE 1207 Walter St SE 1210 D St NE 1211 Constitution Ave NE 1211 G St SE #4 1221 Constitution Ave NE 1233 F St NE #A 125 15th St NE #3 1320 Massachusetts Ave SE 1322 A St SE 1345 K St SE #404




375,000 548,000 925,000 876,000 1,036,000 715,000 710,000 415,000 621,000

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392,500 687,500 340,000 300,000

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227,350 245,000 332,000 150,000

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944,500 789,900 917,000 728,000 1,175,000 967,500 1,297,000 890,000

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495,000 350,500 350,500 625,000 291,000 320,000 316,000 330,000 300,000

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1,080,000 935,000 381,350 590,000 1,550,000 715,000 1,179,000 1,012,000 830,500 885,000 1,390,000 420,000 1,065,000 820,000 617,000 1,567,000 1,270,500 502,900

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1391 Pennsylvania Ave SE #301 141 13th St NE 1412 C St SE 1437 E St NE 1500 D St SE 1512 K St SE #4 1512 K St SE #6

799,000 1,440,000 778,000 574,000 1,200,000 569,900 705,000

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18 9th St NE #204 22 9th St NE 242 10th St SE 29 58th St SE 330 E St SE 330 G St NE 332 E St SE

256,000 1,117,000 1,016,500 342,000 940,000 925,000 930,000

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ACTION FOR YOU! 407 D St NE 418 Seward Sq SE 418 Seward Sq SE #1 418 Seward Sq SE #2 418 Seward Sq SE #3 434 16th St SE 505 4th St SE 514 2nd St SE 6 Browns Ct SE 629 4th St NE #1 631 14th Pl NE 632 E St SE 645 E St SE 721 E St NE #3 732 5th St SE #3 9 7th St SE

800,000 549,000 624,000 582,000 613,000 931,000 1,250,000 1,295,000 582,500 570,000 860,000 928,000 2,150,000 620,000 542,000 1,300,000


1099 22nd St NW #604 1133 14th St NW #803 1260 21st St NW #606 1300 Massachusetts Ave NW #501 1318 22nd St NW #404 2501 M St NW #615 777 7th St NW #814 1010 Massachusetts Ave NW #806 912 F St NW #500 916 G St NW #801

779,000 369,000 300,000 299,900 490,000 716,000 575,000 720,000 565,000 810,000


1008 Park Rd NW 1030 Fairmont St NW #101 1313 Irving St NW #2 1354 Euclid St NW #201-B 1358 Irving St NW 1401 Columbia Rd NW #303 1411 Oak St NW #101 1412 Chapin St NW #5 1412 Chapin St NW #6 1419 Clifton St NW #201 1427 Chapin St NW #304 1447 Chapin St NW #204 1448 Harvard St NW #4 1457 Park Rd NW #302 1457 Park Rd NW #403 1461 Girard St NW #300 1465 Harvard St NW ##201 1468 Belmont St NW #1 West 1468 Belmont St NW #2 East 1801 16th St NW #101 3122 Warder St NW 3205 Georgia Ave NW #305 3321 16th NW #103 3321 16th St NW #104 3560 13th St NW 3701 14th St NW #5 3906 13th St NW 520 Lamont St NW 600 Columbia Rd NW 640 Newton Pl NW #A 701 Lamont St NW #48 701 Lamont St NW #52 701 Lamont St NW #53 726 Girard St NW #1 729 Harvard St NW 732 Lamont St NW #401

1,150,000 339,900 965,000 416,000 1,235,000 349,900 694,000 480,000 462,000 800,000 379,000 270,000 598,000 430,500 380,000 570,000 390,000 936,900 1,103,800 266,000 745,000 399,900 350,500 375,000 985,300 705,000 1,050,000 749,000 627,535 845,000 3,900 590,000 630,000 835,000 730,000 450,000


123 Joliet St SW 1329 Barnaby Ter SE 212 Oakwood St SE #320 315 Raleigh St SE 3315 6th St SE 504 Lebaum St SE 600 Forrester St SE 601 Atlantic St SE

241,000 350,000 213,500 295,000 225,000 251,000 377,000 560,000

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This beauty features broad dimensions and immaculate refinished pine and oak flooring and rich architectural details throughout. The fully renovated kitchen with adjoining dining room comfortably welcomes gatherings of all sizes, anchored by a massive center island. Enjoy some quality time in your expansive rear family room, featuring custom built-ins and a breakfast nook. Up the sky-lit stairs you’ll find an ideal 3 bedroom layout, including a two-room owners’ suite with a large walk-in closet and en suite bath with a second skylight. OUTDOOR BONUSES: the DEEP and WIDE backyard accommodates a patio area for grilling and lounging, lunch greenery for planting, and parking beyond the gate.

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Enjoy a beautiful blend of first-rate construction, brand new systems, and the highest attention to details and finishes, all within 1 block of the NEW youth sports fields at RFK Stadium and the Streetcar stop to The Atlas District! The main level is anchored by a stunning modern and open kitchen with adjoining dining room, complete with distinctive quartz counters and center island, designer cabinets, wine fridge, and stainless steel appliances. Owners’ suite bestows privacy and relaxation, featuring a walk-in-closet and the en suite bath. Garage parking included makes you the winner of this perfect package for city living!

It’s not often that such a uniquely designed and distinguished home comes available, offering a superb location and a striking interior. From the large, fully equipped chef-style kitchen, through the dining room, to the expansive sunken living room with extra-large bay window and fireplace, this home is meant to be shared with family and friends. The owners’ suite comes equipped with a smartly designed master closet and shelving system, an en suite direct from the pages of Elle Decor® magazine. From top to bottom, this home is masterfully planned and uniquely designed – check it out today!





1249 Walter St SE 2BR/1BA $685,000

Smart and charming details include a new roof, an exposed and repointed brick wall, spiral staircase, new endless gas water heater, and double pane insulated windows with plantation shutters throughout. The main floor is anchored by a refreshed kitchen, overlooking the meticulous, fully-fenced rear yard. Upstairs, 2 spacious bedrooms, plentiful closets, and renovated full bath. The private rear garden, with new fence and delightful plum tree, welcomes grilling, lounging, and entertaining for an intimate affair or a larger celebration.




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DISCOVER THE DELIGHTS OF OFF-SEASON TRAVEL Corfu Is A Different Place In The Winter Story and photos by Maggie Hall here’s a special quality to visiting a popular spot “out of season.” It’s down-time for the locals. In between repairs and sprucing-up of their establishments they have the opportunity to enjoy the place they call home, without it being jammed with vacationers, whom they spend much of the year catering to. It also gives the stray visitor the chance to interact with them. Which is why I headed off to Corfu in January. Obviously, I was not in search of a suntan or a daily dip in the sea. Corfu is the most northerly of the Greek islands and can be chilly in winter. But the compensation is that you’re not fighting for space on the beach or in the quaint, marble-cobbled alleyways of Corfu Town. Instead you have space to gawk in wonder at the charm, fascinations and color of a city that dates back to Venetian-Byzantine days. Capitol Hill friends asked if I’d gone to Corfu because of the Durrells, the British literary giants Lawrence and Gerald, whose family story is told in the PBS program “The Durrells in Corfu.” While tourism is soaring because of the drama series, I went because I’ve had it on my radar for a long time, intrigued by an island where they play cricket, Prince Philip was born and you can see Albania. Although Corfu is “closed” from the end of October until the beginning of April, which is why I felt I was the only foreigner around, you’re still spoiled for choice – particularly in Corfu Town, where I rented a rooftop apartment with panoramic views over the ancient city and the snow-capped mountains of Greece and Albania. I spent my time exploring on foot, crisscrossing between the two fortresses that bookend the UNESCO World Heritage Site city, constantly finding new ways to get from here to there. With each different, uncrowded narrow lane there was another tucked-away coffee shop, bakery, tiny “got everything” convenience store. Not to mention yet another church! In total 39. And in the Locals enjoy a sunny winter museums I was on Saturday on the famous but my own, savoring tourist free Liston promenade. the exhibits, without a cheek-by-jowl crowd blocking my view. Mon Repos, the splendid villa where Prince Philip was born in 1921 and much of the Durrell filming is done, was the perfect example. I was the first visitor the

Paleokastritsa, the number one place to stay in the summer, is deserted in the winter - but just as beautiful.

guide had seen all week. Most days I visited Mario’s kiosk, in the middle of town, where I picked up the international New York Times. I know, most people would rely on their mobile. But there’s something beautifully relaxing about finding a table easily at one of the cafes on the majestic promenade that is The Liston – the heart of Corfu Town which during the season is crammed with visitors – newspaper and espresso (plus a honey-almond-strewn pastry) in hand. I bought the paper from Marilena, who looks after the family kiosk in the winter but is a tour guide the rest of the year. Her English is fluent, thanks to a high school year in Minnesota. And she was better than any guide book at telling me where to go, what to do. For instance, I’d

read that Corfu is fond of brass bands, but couldn’t find out how I could go to a concert. Thanks to Marilena I spent a wonderful Sunday morning at one. My go-to-bar for an early evening ouzo was Streeto. Owner Costas enjoys looking after the few foreigners, mainly serious walkers, who pitch up during the winter, to mingle with his regulars. I would get there to see the last half hour of “Deal or No Deal” (easy to follow in any language) along with George, a veteran of the Greek navy, who lives around the corner. Then we’d watch the national news with the two of them translating for me. My only disappointment was I was too early for the cricket, a legacy from the 50 years Corfu was a British protectorate. But when the wicket is set, MAY 2019 H 93

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it’s played on a pitch between The one in Paleokastritsa one of the towering fortresses is perched at the end of a steep, and The Liston. Lawrence Durwinding path, atop a craggy outrell, author of “The Alexandria crop. Although a sign said open Quartet,” said that “cricket is a “April-October,” the gate was mysterious and satisfying ritunot closed. A couple of young al the islanders have refused to monks waved me in saying relinquish.” And a famed Eng“okay, okay,” so in I went and lish cricketer, asked which was walked right into an old monk, his favorite pitch, didn’t name who, while stuffing his face with one in Australia, the Caribbewhat looked like a Twinkie, an or India. His pick was Corfu. told me to “get out.” The othIt’s easy to get around the er monks rolled their eyes apolisland by bus. One 50-minute ogetically. I tried to hotchat my In the summer this Corfu trip I made – across the specway in, to no avail. But at least Town alley-way is jammed with visitors. tacular mountains to the other the grumpy monk gave me a stoside of the island – took me to ry to tell. the ultimate in how Corfu can be shrouded in My other daytrip was to the not so-long-agoclosure. Paleokastritsa, the most popular spot for closed-off country of Albania. I was the only vissummer European holiday-makers, was like an itor among the dozen passengers on the ferry to amusement park that had been shuttered. Don’t the fishing town of Saranda. Like Corfu it’s busy think of staying, nowhere to lay your head. Even in the summer but delightfully quiet on a sunny the ATMs were boarded-up. Nobody lives there. winter’s day. And like the residents of Corfu, the The owners of the seasonal hotels, shops and tavfolks in Saranda had time and were more than ernas live in a nearby village. happy to chat to the rare visitor. But what the closed months can’t make disDuring the off-season the only flights to Corappear is the stunning setting. Rocky cliffs, shelfu are from Athens. The Aegean Airlines magatered sandy-beach coves, soaring beauty. When I zine led its winter issue with a section entitled bought my bus ticket the driver warned me: “Ev“Greece, enchanting all year round.” While it erything is closed.” When questioned he said: didn’t feature Corfu, it should have. Because that “I’m not a politician, I’m not lying.” headline nailed my time there. Okay, message received. But I still went. And FYI: To rent the one-bedroom rooftop notched up a memorable visit. Not just because apartment contact the delightful owner, Ria, riI wandered around totally on my own, but I can To book a private tour with now boast that while over the years I’ve been Marilena: The fourth chucked out of a few places – like “men only” and final series of “The Durrells in Corfu” prebars (remember them?) – I’ve never had the dubimiered in the UK last month so should be seen ous pleasure of being asked to leave a monastery. here shortly. u


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DINING NOTES article and photos by Celeste McCall

nticipating Cinco de Mayo, we recently lunched at Agua 301 in the Navy Yard. Appropriately located at 301 Water St. SE, the “modern Mexican” restaurant was doing a brisk business. We were lucky to snag an outdoor table overlooking the water, where we ordered a margarita and light Corona beer. My margarita was too sour, but our server promptly whisked it back to the bartender, who doctored it up. Portions are huge, and we made the mistake of eating too many addictive chips and tangy salsa. Guacamole arrives “traditional” with tomato, onion, lime and cilantro, or “de jaiba,” laced with lump crabmeat and sweet corn. Peter chose the latter, almost a meal in itself. Agua makes its ceviche with various seafoods, or a combo thereof, but we chose whitefish. The ceviche was tasty but needed an extra spritzing of lime. Bocaditos are savory little morsels enjoyed with drinks: think black bean cheese dip or queso fondito, Mexico’s answer to cheese fondue. Besides the litany of empanadas, tacos and hurachoes (homemade flatbread with assorted toppings), the menu offers entrees like salmon poblano, lomo saltado (sliced beef tenderloin) and hanger steak. Heading the dessert list is Mexicanstyle flan. Across from Aqua 301 and neighboring Osteria Morini, Nicoletta Pizzeria has docked at the Yards Park Pier, replacing the Morini Piccolo kiosk. Created by Osteria Morini chef Michael White, the 45-seat newcomer serves five signature pizzas, including a monthly favorite and “build your own.” The menu also showcases arancini (divine little mushroom-filled risotto balls perfumed with truffle oil), zesty chicken wings, salads and a short drink list. Located at 301 Water St. SE, Nicoletta is open daily, with delivery coming soon.

Tropical Barracks Row Tio Javier has ditched its Mexican theme for Caribbean. Dubbed Tortuga (Spanish for turtle), the reinvented restaurant will deliver “beach vibes” and tiki-style cocktails. Chefs Lauren Hunter and Brian Guy are creating various ceviches, fried


TOP: Near Nationals Park, Mexican-themed Agua 301 welcomes spring with its lively sidewalk seating. LEFT: Ceviche, this variety made from whitefish, is a menu charmer at Agua 301.

Indian Street Food Coming

plantains, octopus and whole fried snapper. Located at 514 Eighth St. SE, the space now sports a whitewashed driftwood decor with surfboards and neon signs. Named the Rooftop Turtle Club, the rooftop bar is now decked out with palm trees and turtle murals. To ward off spring chills, the approximately 200-capacity space will be heated with firepits and tiki torches. According to James Abbott, marketing and beverage director of Tortuga’s parent Hill Restaurant Group, Tortuga will boast the largest commercial rooftop in the neighborhood. Tortuga will be open daily.

Nearby, Bombay Street Food is sliding into the space formerly occupied by Rob Weland’s Garrison, 524 Eighth St. SE. An offshoot of Asad Sheikh’s Columbia Heights restaurant, it will, under chef Pradip Shrestha, offer the same menu as the original’s: vegetable pakora, cheese fritters, Indochinese chili chicken and lamb biryani. Look for Bombay Street Food 2 later this summer, serving lunch and dinner. The dining room and patio will seat about 75 people. For more information visit

Rooftop View Last month, at the District Wharf, the Gerber Group unveiled its highly anticipated 12 Stories at 75 District Square SW, perched atop the glitzy InterContinental Hotel. Designed by SL Design, the penthouse boasts a nearly 360-degree view of the Potomac and Washington landmarks.

More Pizza Meanwhile, near Union Market, we’re getting yet more pizza. Stellina Pizzeria debuted last month at 399 Morse St. NE. What might set this yeasty newcomer apart are fermented pizza crusts, housemade pastas and Southern-style Italian “street food.” You’ll find the red-andwhite-tiled Stellina on the groundfloor corner of the Edison apartment building near St. Anselm. Stellina chef Matteo Venini and restaurateur Antonio Matarazzo previously cooked at the local Italian group Lupo Verde, which also operates an outpost at The Wharf. Guests place their orders at the 50-seat counter. With warm weather finally here, an outdoor patio accommodates an additional 20 diners.

Burmese Fare A Burmese restaurant has opened in the Atlas District space vacated by Sally’s Middle Name. Created by mother-daughter duo Jocelyn LawYone and Simone Jacobson, plus biz partner Eric Wang, the Asian newcomer is called Thamee (“Daughter”). The culinary team also operates the Toli Moli stall in Union Market. Located at 1320 H St. NE, Thamee will have its full menu this month, with pickled tea leaf salads, assorted curries, noodle dishes in clay pots and family-style platters. Examples: a whole fish stuffed with Asian citrus fruits; a “golden barbecue platter” loaded with king prawns, chicken, pork and beef enlivened with masala curry.

Market Watch At Eastern Market recently, an oddshaped, fabric-wrapped cheese at Bowers Fancy Dairy Products caught my eye. The item in question was sarro de cabra, a semi-hard Spanish goat cheese, hand pressed with a cloth to impart the “amazing texture and shape.” Tagged

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JD Quioco, proprietor of Japanesethemed Outsider on H St. NE, pauses to chat with customers. Photo: Celeste McCall

H Street Happenings The Outsider, serving offbeat Japanese fare, opened recently at 1359 H St. NE, next to the Biergarten Haus. Outsider – a translation for the Japanese word for foreigner – offers a brief menu of kushiyaki (skewers) and origiri (nori-wrapped rice balls). Our trio sat at the bar, chatted with proprietor J.D. Quioco and sampled about everything: baseball-size rice balls filled with salmon, scallions, soy; spicy pork with chili and sweet sausage, my favorite. Skewers are threaded with whole tiny octopuses, thinly sliced beef teriyaki, scallops with peanut sauce, soy chicken with ginger and a colorful veggie combo of eggplant, hearts of palm, tomato, bell pepper. To avoid wasting food, the kitchen skips plate garnishes. We ate with our fingers; management provides no eating utensils. However, I did cheat, using skewers as chopsticks. Besides cocktails (think Negroni, Old Fashioned, Hemingway Daiquiri and exotica like “Mezcal Last Word”), patrons sip Greek wine (imported by a friend), sake and Sapporo beer. Outsider is open nightly except for Monday when it’s shuttered all day. Call 202-899-0061. u 202.544.7077

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Red Joan Comes another British spy film “inspired by a true story,” but adapted from a novel. “Red Joan” describes how a young woman physicist at Cambridge University came to pass secrets of the British nuclear program to the Soviet Union right after World War II. This figure, Joan Stanley (representing a real person, Melita Norwood) is played in her maturity by Judi Dench. The film opens in 2000, when widow Joan is arrested by MI5 officers at her suburban home, taken into custody, and questioned about her earlier involvement with communist and leftist contacts. Her traumatic interrogation drives her to recall a series of flashback memories (the film, released in late April, is rated “R” with a running time of 101 minutes).

The first flashback is to 1938 Cambridge, where 18-year-old Joan (Sophie Cookson) is smitten both by physics and by Leo (Tom Hughes) an intriguing émigré—from Russia via Germany—a young “red” enamored of the USSR, and, to a lesser extent, Joan. Joan’s loyalties are divided, though, since she admires her earnest professor, Max Davis (Stephen Campbell Moore) both for his knowledge and for his early awareness of her scientific acumen, even though she is “just a girl.” He eventual takes Joan on his team to work on secret nuclear development. Her ping-pong life between fitful romance and steady achievement lasts through WWII, when the reality of the US atom bombs in Japan chastens her views on nuclear power. She

Sophie Cookson and Steven Campbell Moore in a thoughtful moment from “Red Joan.” Photo by Nick Wall, courtesy of IFC Films


becomes convinced that, to achieve equilibrium in the world, she must reveal nuclear secrets to the USSR to balance the Americans and engender “world peace” through mutually assured destruction. Back to 2000, we see the elder Joan, feeling she has done nothing wrong but agonizing about her probably traitorous acts. These scenes are countered by her younger self preparing a cover-up for her actions, one that requires her fleeing to Australia to start a new life with a husband. Evidence of that family appears in the framing story in the person of her son, Nick (Ben Miles) a noted barrister who gradually learns of his mum’s appalling past and is revolted by it. For avid Judi Dench fans, be aware she is a featured player here, secondary to the main action. Her performance is one mostly of pained perturbation, though she shows off some sparks in intense exchanges with her son. The star of “Red Joan” is Cookson (the “Kingsman” series) who does a decent job of playing the naïve who slowly gravitates to crusader, a woman emotionally led by “better red than dead” logic. She is nicely balanced by the veteran Moore, whose Max is a serious yet jaunty type who comes to value Joan. Her paramour, played by Hughes, comes off less well, more of a sketch than a real person (we never see him at work or any other task). Hughes basically does a glib variation of his Prince Albert character from the PBS series “Victoria,” complete with

an affected Russo/German accent. Trevor Nunn, one of the greatest of contemporary British stage directors, here helms his first big screen film since 1996 (“Twelfth Night”) and does a capable job. No fireworks, little flash, this is a competent little espionage thriller that might satisfy one on a Friday night out... Whether you will debate Joan’s ethics afterwards at dinner is another story.

The River and the Wall Political Washington is awash in arguments about immigration at our southern border and, especially, that manifest symbol of staunching that migration, the Trumpian “Wall.” Our national media tries, as best they can, to educate the public about that border but tends to do it in small, disjointed pieces because the story is so vast. Now, in a supremely timely movie, we can experience an immersive adventure through a major part of that boundary. “The River and the Wall” follows five friends through the wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1,200 miles over more than two months from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico, tracing and examining the Rio Grande up close (the film opens in DC cinemas on May 3, runs 97 mins. and is unrated). The director of the picture is wildlife filmmaker Ben Masters, who aims to document this last remaining Texas wilderness as the threat of new border wall construction looms. To share his experience, he recruits

The team rides horseback through Big Bend National Park in Texas in the new documentary “The River and the Wall”

several nature-minded colleagues: National Geographic filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade, ornithologist and ecologist Heather Mackey, Rio Grande river guide Austin Alvarado, and conservationist Jay Kleberg of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. To get up close and personal with the river, the group performs their trek on mountain bikes, horses, and canoes. Their exploration takes them through raw but ravishing brush country, the glories of Big Bend National Park, and into the more populated Lower Rio Grande Valley. They examine the potential impacts of a wall on the natural environment, wilderness, and agriculture, but they also explore the human dimension of the immigration debate. Our guides are a companionable bunch. Ben is a low-key but expert leader and horseman, Jay is earnest and knowledgeable, Heather is curious and committed, Austin is riversmart and adaptable, and Filipe is the class clown and least adept in the wild. Masters gives all of them a chance to do solo turns which show off their expertise and skills, whether it’s bird spotting (Heather), or rapids running (Austin), or wildlife filming (Filipe). Telling, too, in a border story touching on immigration, two of the group come from families who came to the States as illegals. Brazilian Filipe’s family is from Rio — where he was born — and Austin’s family came from Guatemala, though

he was born in Texas (namely Austin). “The River and the Wall” takes a different tack from the current, frenzied media coverage of the border. It does not stress the poignant dilemmas of human border crossings, mostly occurring around cities. In fact, having finished shooting in early 2018, it cannot address the current impasse caused by the major Central America influx that so roils our political waters. The film concentrates instead on the natural world and the complexities of land use. Its gorgeous nature photography (six cinematographers beautifully led by John Aldrich) highlights the sheer impossibility of “walling” most of the Rio Grande. It notes the generations of peoples fluidly moving back and forth across the border whose mobility would be stifled with more walls. It also highlights how a crude, straight wall would segregate tens of thousands of acres of rich US farmland that wraps around the ancient convolutions of the river. This picture will give you an introduction to a part of our country too little known but worthy of being experienced. Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at u

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A Rose by Any Other Name. oil on linen. 12x12



ou have to watch a scene, not just look at it. Watch the trees, the flowing water, fields of grass and flowers and the clouds. Watch ‘til they talk to you. Then listen to the voices that create the musical composition as well as the visual. Kathleen Walsh strikes up a conversation, listening to their suggestions on compositions, colors and patterns, and then does a quick sketch, making notes on the lights and shadows. Kathleen occupies the warm, welcoming days of summer making sketches. She uses the cold winter months to recreate the drawings in paint – blocks of paint, areas of color and contrasts. The lines and markings of drawings become loose brush strokes. They dance with the elements of the landscape. Flickers of light move about the canvas. They come alive. In “October Magic,” the fall background of red and orange sings, and the sycamores on the riverbank shimmy in the chill. The still water both absorbs and reflects the autumn colors. Bright flashes float throughout, keeping the whole composition moving. In paintings like “First Light,” areas of color and contrast can become abstract, cre-


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ating a surface painting, A rejoicing or a pleading. Reapart from the subject. peat it in your work. Kathleen lives in The more you watch Fredericksburg and and listen, the more you paints in her studio, are making art, even Liberty Arts Workif you are not actually shop. She has lived making art. Even if you and painted around the just look at art. Do more. world, including North Watch it. It will grow and b Africa where she painted a move and talk. It will apoto h Kath P striking series of the women. proach. Recede. Send down leen Walsh. The landscape is so barren as to roots. It will absorb the light or be invisible. They exist almost as flora, lie sleek, not silent, in the shadow. rooted in the desert sands. Kathleen’s recent floral series depict flowers in a similar environAt the Galleries ment, lasting in a vacant space. Hill Center She is currently being exhibited by the 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SW Stuart Gallery, 6655 Main St., in Gloucester, May 2-June 23 Virginia. Opening reception: Wed., May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is the Hill Center’s spring show. SevJim Magner’s en local artists bring oil paintings and mixed Thoughts on Art media to light and life. Strike up a conversation with a tree. Ask it how its morning went. The flower, the squirrel, the ant … the river. They will talk if you listen. It doesn’t matter how you paint or create art. Even if you don’t. Look and listen to what surrounds you. The natural stuff. It has plenty to say. As Kathleen Walsh believes, you have to watch a scene. Not just look, but watch. Things are happening: growing, moving, talking – they recede, approach, survive. Some spring to life, sending roots deep. Eggs hatch, trees leaf out. Mortals mature and hang on for another day, another hour. They absorb the sun or lie sleek in the shadow. Others are dying, the final stage of being alive. As an artist you watch and listen. The characters of the day spread their wings, or branches. They scurry up a tree or come to rest on it. They flash their smiles and do a dance. Everything talks or sings or cries. It’s all essential. After watching and listening, talk back. Converse. Eager is the bee or flower to tell its story. And water. Listen to water closely. Whether ocean, river or pond, there is an opera there. yJ en


Safane Road. mixed media on canvas. 24x48, Kathleen Walsh

worlds of creativity, faith, family and daily life.” They physically connect to the outer world with their hands.




Paula Cleggett’s oil painting series, “Shine the Light,” illuminates familiar themes – family, friends, food and frivolity – with light playing a leading role. Elizabeth Dranitzke, with “Portraits of Women,” photographs the women in her “orbit,” Touchstone Gallery capturing their confidence, beauty and strength. 901 New York Ave. NW Jenny McGee’s oil paintings, “Reality No May 1-June 2 More,” take a surreal approach to exploring the Opening reception: Fri., May 3, 6:00-8:30 p.m. expanses of the mind. “Each piece is an intricate Meet the Artist: Sat., May 18, 1-3 p.m. and in-depth journey towards self-reflection.” The three Touchstone galleries feature the MemMike McSorley brings attention, imporber Show in Gallery A, “Portraits Only” by Paula tance and character to the common items around Lantz, in Gallery B, and “Branching Out: Origius in “Introspection/Inspection.” His basic oil nal Prints” by Mary D. Ott in Gallery C. Ott’s expainting technique of shading and extruding has hibit features hand-pulled prints that “celebrate been augmented with color theory, atmosphere, natural arboreal beauty.” edge quality and experimentation. Andrea Ottesen in “B o t a n i k a !” expressJim Magner is a Capitol Hill artist and writer. Jim can es the promise and hope of the Amazon. Her be reached at u striking photographs reach for integrated health sciences, stewardship of our natural ecosystems and specifically a love for the rainforest. Yemenja Smalls, with “MetamorphoSIS,” her mixed-media compositions, embodies “woman,” who by any appellation wears multiple labels across time and position but cannot fully “encompass this force with a name” as “she moves in and out of time, and pressure, and emerges transformed.” Desiree Sterbini’s “With These Hands” brings to life those moments when the “ordinary people” in her oil pastel portraits are engaged in “their personal October Magic. oil on canvas. 22x28, Kathleen Walsh


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First Light. oil on canvas. 30x40, Kathleen Walsh

Foundry Gallery 2118 Eighth St. NW May 1-June 2 Opening reception: Sat., May 4, 5-8 p.m. Red balloons rise in our direction before a retreating landscape. Houses ascend in Wizard of Oz fashion above a swirl of erotic recesses. Forests, water and rocks are somehow a disaster. Painter Kathryn Wiley has found a new sense of depth in her latest collages. Something is wrong, there is a brutalism that borders on despair in many of her works. kathypaints@,

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the LITERARY HILL A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events by Karen Lyon

All About Abe In “Courting Mr. Lincoln,” novelist Louis Bayard has given readers a remarkable gift: a fresh perspective on the future president from two people who knew and loved him. In alternating chapters, we hear from Joshua Speed, a Springfield dry goods merchant who offers to share his lodgings with the raw-boned lawyer and Mary Todd, who has come to stay with her sister for the purpose of finding a husband. Speed helps to even out Lincoln’s rough edges with lessons in etiquette and soon the two are a fixture in Springfield society, entering drawing rooms shoulder to shoulder and amusing guests with stories that they pass back and forth in a droll verbal volley. They pledge


themselves to bachelorhood and brotherhood. But, as the local doyenne informs them, “a politician without In “Courting Mr. Lina wife has not a coln,” Louis Bayard prayer of rising takes a fresh look at the future president in this world.” through the eyes Mary Todd of two influential is also making people in his life. the social rounds and with her good looks, quick wit and enough charm to “make a bishop forget his prayers,” she quickly becomes the Belle of Springfield. But none of the prospective swains paraded before her captures her attention until she meets a rangy fellow who shares her passion for politics — and can quote Shakespeare. Suddenly, “she felt herself being blown in a direction she had never consented to.” With the sides of the triangle in place, the story unspools in a manner that is both familiar and, with its wealth of intimate detail, utterly new. “Courting Mr. Lincoln” is a revelation. You may never think of the 16th president in the same way again. Louis Bayard is a New York Times Notable Book author and has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include “The Pale Blue Eye” and “Mr. Timothy.” www.

promise amidst the unrest, revolution appears inevitable. The only question is whether the new generation of leaders will succeed in establishing peace or whether one character’s jaded wisdom will prevail: “On Flora 5 things go round The dystopian world and round…and nothing that Ben Larracey creates in “Flora 5” seems ever changes.” doomed to repeat the Ben Larracey is a mistakes that nearly destroyed it. musician and author of several screenplays and a novella, “Endz CasiWelcome to Dystopia no & Resort.” www.benscreenplays. Talk about challenging first assigncom and @BLarracey on Twitter. ments. Due to a computer glitch, a newly-minted member of the InterFamily Feud galactic Diplomatic Corps is the only When Jimmy Carter was denied a one of her delegation to land on Flora second term as president in 1980, 5, a former Earth colony that has dethe reasons were myriad. An inflavolved into a post-apocalyptic nighttion-fueled recession, gas shortages, mare. Michelle Corso’s mission: to the Iran hostage crisis and his own establish an embassy and bring peace inability to forge constructive relato a planet where “everyone knows tions all contributed to the popular someone with blood on their hands.” perception of him as ineffectual. But In “Flora 5,” Ben Larracey has in a new book, reporter Jon Ward created a dystopian world where the identifies yet another important facprivileged live in domed and gated tor: Ted Kennedy. luxury. The government and its goons “Camelot’s End: Kennedy vs. ooze corruption. People survive by Carter and the Fight That Broke the scrounging in filthy city streets or harDemocratic Party” describes how vesting coconuts from deserts pocked Kennedy challenged Carter for the with landmines. As one observer says, Democratic nomination and, in so “There is no good and bad on Flora 5. doing, splintered the party. Ward There’s just bad and worse.” provides a thoughtful analysis of the Hope arrives in a young woman named Azra Diamond, an aspiring singer who is taken in by a peaceful protest movement called the Crying Doves. Unfortunately, more contentious factions are also resurging, including the Resistance in which her parents Reporter Jon Ward focuses on the pivonce played a role. otal battle for 1980 While Corso Democratic presidential nomination in struggles to find com“Camelot’s End.”

two men, parsing their histories, personalities and motivations. Carter, he notes, saw “politics as a quasi-pastoral calling,” but was ruthless in his pursuit of office. He “displayed the street-fighter political instincts hiding behind his toothy grin” and was willing to use “morally dubious methods” to win. Kennedy, on the other hand, felt compelled to run as part of his family’s legacy of public service, but at times seemed uninspired by the realities of campaigning. In addition to his inherited pressures, he had his own personal failings to overcome, including the 1969 debacle at Chappaquiddick when he drove his car off a bridge and left a young aide to drown. Kennedy lost the bitter nomination battle, tearing “the Democratic party in two, leaving the sitting president badly wounded and vulnerable to his Republican challenger.” The rest, as they say, is history. Ronald Reagan won by a landslide and, as Ward argues in “Camelot’s End,” the election proved a turning point for the Democratic party, realigning its traditional support and ushering in a new era in American politics. Jon Ward was a DC city desk reporter, White House correspondent and national affairs correspondent whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Huffington Post and other publications. He is currently a national correspondent for Yahoo News. Follow him on Twitter @jonward11.

a publisher, even helps edit her manuscript. But what happens when the impossible comes true and she actually gets the chance to fly from London to LA to work with the man of her dreams? Will the reality live up to her fantasy? As a friend advises her, “Don’t decide in advance what happiness should look like. Let yourself be surprised.” Surprises abound in “Unscripted” — as well as second chances, regrets at what might have been and hope for what’s yet to come. Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to Capitol Hill in 2012. She was recently longlisted for the Bath Novel Award and her journalism, poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including Bustle, Book Riot, Writers’ Forum and the Washington Post.

Wishful Thinking

On the Hill in May

Libby Bolton has a plan. Ever since she got hooked on an American TV show about an endearing and earnest teacher, she’s been enamored of its star, Thom Cassidy. It was his character who inspired her to become a teacher herself. But now she intends to make him an even bigger part of her life. She’s going to write a novel so brilliant that he’ll find it — and her — irresistible. In “Unscripted,” Claire Handscombe has created the ultimate fangirl. “Irrational but somehow coherent,” Libby devotes all her energies to her quixotic quest. Her gang of old Cambridge classmates indulge her in her “Libby Logic” — and her ever-devoted friend Dan, who works for

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arnell Boyd is a writer, painter, and poet who has always liked writing, “but more so over the last 28 years.” He describes his poems as ranging “from religion to what I call ‘getting fresh’ to patriotic.” Boyd is the author of “A Trojan Called Viking” and a former member of the National Society of Poets, “who somehow heard my name and invited me to a poetry contest in Las Vegas several years ago. I didn’t win, of course.” His poem below is a moving tribute to a very special queen.

THE QUEEN’S IMMORTALITY When you enter your heavenly space, singing your favorite song, Amazing Grace, an angel opens a door, with a wonder, has she been here before. You’re crooning from within your soul’s core, another angel opens a door, with a wonder, has she been here before. Your voice sounding out into that ranging soar, an angel opens a door, with a wonder, has she been here before. An immaculate melody coming from where you had in store, Another angel opens a door, with a wonder, has she been here before. The beauty of the octaves going up and down right out of your inner bore, an angel opens a door, with a wonder, has she been here before. The ending nears on heaven’s grand floor, the angels standing at each door, shouting, Aretha, we want more! If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to (There is no remuneration.) u

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Johnny Brit, trumpeter One of the best tracks from Johnny Brit’s new album is the soulful and jazzy “Highway 10,” with the trumpeter romping on the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards, Moog, strings, bass and programming. Drummer Marcus Williams and percussionist Sean Lawson help drive the funky rhythms and guitarist Nils and tenor saxophonist Bobby English add a vibrant bouquet of harmonies. The album is the trumpeter-singer’s first smooth/contemporary jazz outing, offering eight instrumentals and four vocal tunes. The disc features eleven of Mr. Britt’s originals along with a sensual revision of Minnie Riperton’s lovestruck “Loving You” sung by the horn man. Along for the session is seminal urban-jazz saxophonist Najee who dials up the heat on “Hot Fun In The Summer.” Mr. Britt utilizes the album to introduce his 20-year-old son, Josh Britt, who plays acoustic guitar on “Loving You” and muted trumpet opposite his father’s flugelhorn on the song inspired by his birth, “Heaven Sent.”

The Search For Peace ••• BT ALC Big Band This 19-piece Boston big band boasts a 13-piece horn section and it is obvious on its latest album, “The Search For Peace,” which is anything but peaceful. The bombardment of funk and jazz,

written by trombonist Brian Thomas and trumpeter Alex Lee-Clark and produced by Alan Evans (Soulive), seeks to breathe new life into big band and music education. After researching big band recordings of the 1960s and 70s, Mr. Evans decided on an old-school approach to capture the high-volt energy of BT ALC Big Band’s live performance. He propped up one omnidirectional microphone in front of each of the three horn sections - five saxophonists, four trumpeters and four trombonists – in the same studio as the rhythm and melody players, letting them rip through the seven compositions that comprise “The Search For Peace.” The result is an organic sound that jukes and jives, harnessing the vim and vigor of the powerful posse. The album encapsulates the group’s vintage brand of rhythms and grooves they call “big band funk,” an explosive mashup of Duke Ellington and Count Basie meets James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic. Listen closely and you’ll detect some African funk and reggae inflections on this set as well. According to Mr. Lee-Clark one of their goals is updating the music they play when they are teaching young musicians. “Most of us started out in a band like this in school,” he explains to us, “and it played a huge part in igniting our passion for music. We firmly believe that the best way we can keep igniting that passion is not just to teach them to play every standard big band chart with precision and good intonation, but to show how they themselves can create new music, how they can push the art forward. We want The Search For Peace to be a springboard for us to help bring big band music and music education into the present day. The album contains the following songs: “Soft-Shoe,” “Dance,” “Make It Your Job,” “The Search For Peace,” “Tune For Lou,” “Live 9,” and “Paging Dr. Cooperman.” The album encapsulates the group’s vintage brand of rhythms and grooves they call “big band funk,” an explosive mashup of Duke Ellington and Count Basie meets James Brown and Parliament Funkadelic. Listen closely and you’ll detect some African funk and reggae inflections on this set as well. u


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Walking Through Nature With Melanie Choukas-Bradley Article and photos by Rindy O’Brien

Melanie Choukas-Bradley wants all of us to slow down and look around in nature. Here she is pointing out the beauty of the redbud tree in full bloom at the US Botanic Garden.

verywhere you turn these days there are articles, podcasts and advertisements about forest bathing. It is the biggest nature trend since the invention of backpacks. Oddly enough, forest bathing is not what it might appear to be. It is the result of a direct translation from the Japanese phrase “shinrin-yoku.” It is not a chance to get naked in the forest. Simply put, it encourages you to spend time in nature by slowing down and using all your senses, like smell, touch and sight. Forest bathing is a walk in the woods, not a hike. Many of us already interact with nature the way forest bathers do. Maybe you pause for a few quiet minutes under your favorite cherry tree on your daily walk to the Metro. Or perhaps you sit and soak in all that surrounds you from a bench in Lincoln Park. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, one of DC’s first certified forest bather guides, says to think of it as “putting your life in airplane mode, slowing things down, and observing what is around you in nature.”

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The flower of the dogwood tree is singularly beautiful. The dogwood tree was planted at Monticello by President Thomas Jefferson and became the Virginia state tree.

Choukas-Bradley is one of 20 people in the DC metro area who are or soon will be certified to be a guide by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs (ANFT). The association was founded by Amos Clifford, a student of Buddhist philosophy, and is located in Santa Rosa, California. It is a global nonprofit devoted to promoting the benefits of nature and health. ANFT has certified guides around the world. Clifford and many of those the association has certified began

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their careers as wilderness guides. ANFT hopes to have 1,000 certified forest therapy guides in the United States within the next two years. To become a guide requires one week of intense instruction followed by a six-month practicum that includes prescribed activities and work with a mentor. Most of the The US Botanic Garden is a great place to forest bathe. classes listed on the The meandering paths in the outdoor garden help you ANFT website are full for the next nine slow down and enjoy the beauty of the Regional Garden. months with waiting lists. The cost of the instruction varies depending on lothat you are standing next to; or there is a feathcation and instructor, but the one class still open er in the ground under the tree,” she says. “Just in 2019 is in California and costs $3,700 plus by stopping and looking, you are beginning to room, board and air travel. The association is leave your chaotic world behind.” clear that it is certifying guides and not mental Ideally, a forest walk lasts for 40 minutes or health therapists. more, but Choukas-Bradley says it’s also good to Choukas-Bradley says that the walks incorjust take 10 minutes during your lunch hour to porate many of the same elements as yoga, tai chi get outside. Her walks quickly sell out, and this and meditation. She describes the process as a spring she has been busy providing sessions for “full sensory immersion in the beauty and wonthe Audubon Naturalist Society, Casey Trees, der in nature.” the US Botanic Garden, US National Arboretum, Smithsonian Associates and Rock Creek A Natural-born Leader Conservancy, just to name a few. Choukas-Bradley was born to be the perfect natSome of the sessions are geared to families ural advocate for forest bathing. She grew up or children. “I really like to encourage the kids enjoying four seasons of nature’s wonders in just to explore on their own, and I love what they Vermont, surrounded by maple trees, lakes and fi nd,” she says. She encourages participants to woodland wildflowers. She has spent her life share their experiences at the end of the walk, aland career as a naturalist and has written books though that is entirely voluntary. Often she uses about Washington-area ecosystems, Rock Creek a “talking stick” to be passed around the circle, and Sugar Loaf Mountain, where she raised her and that seems to encourage comments. Choufamily. She also authored a book on Washingkas-Bradley muses that it is a perfect example of ton’s trees. She learned about forest bathing in a nature giving back to us in its own unique way. 2014 article in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine. If you want to learn more or sign up for a Choukas-Bradley’s smile and welcoming forest bathing walk, check the website, https:// wave when she spots you immediately draw you, or go online to in. There is nothing New Age about her. It’s her read Bill Matuszeski’s Hill Rag article, “Forquiet reserve that draws you in. Her voice seems est Bathing Along the Anacostia,” to get tips on at one with the environment, and you can easily places to go. imagine birds and other wildlife responding to forest-bathing-along-anacostia/ it. She says she usually begins her forest bathing walks by encouraging folks to stand still and to observe what is moving around them. “Maybe there is wind blowing in the bush or a tree


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POLE VAULTING ON CAPITOL HILL by Pattie Cinelli hen my editor asked if I could write a story on pole vaulting, I was not thrilled. I only knew of the sport from watching the Olympics. I didn’t think the sport would appeal to many nor would it be a fullbody workout. I couldn’t have been more wrong. “Pole Vaulting leverages all aspects of fitness – endurance, speed, strength, flexibility and mobility – and includes a huge component of fun,” explained Edward Luthy, president of DC Vault. “It appeals to nontraditional athletes as well as those athletes who may want to see a scholarship for college or even compete. We have students ranging from five years to 50.” I also assumed that being a pole vaulter brought with it the propensity for injuries. Once again I was wrong. “Pole Vaulters are not prone to injuries like, say, football players are,” explained Luthy. “The usual kind of mishaps we see are turned ankles. It is a relatively safe sport.” He continued, “It’s a sport that provides a rare combination of benefits. Apart from the fitness and fun, it allows participants to decide for themselves how far they want to take it. Some want to compete seriously, gain college scholarship opportunities and maybe even go to the Olympics.

Coach Luthy and youth pole vaulters at the new Capitol Hill Pole Vault Facility.


Others choose to compete only once or twice Youth athlete on her way over the bar at DC Vault. a year and others simply want to do it for fun and not compete at all. The sport fulfills all of these desires.” When I visited the site one Sunday afternoon (on the north side of East Capitol Street in front of RFK Stadium), children under the age of 12 were practicing on one course. Teens and young adults were practicing on the other course. A unique-looking metal structure sat on the site. It was the equipment used to build muscle strength needed for pole vaulting. Some parents were sitting under a tree off the track, enjoying watching the kids practice their runs and jumps. Edith Bosshart was helping coach the young vaulters. She did her first pole vault less than a year ago. Her coach said she’s a natural. “Last August I went to a beginner’s class. Ever since I was little, I watched track and field events on TV and thought pole vaulting was The Home of DC Vault very cool. Here was my chance to try it. I went to DC Vault opened its Capitol Hill location last suma session. I was hooked.” mer, after many years of searching for a perfect DC location. When Luthy arrived in DC in 2008 he had The Skill of Pole Vaulting trouble finding a single-source facility with the tools Bosshart is studying for a degree in therapeutic he needed to train pole vaulters. “I launched DC recreation. She’s not a competitive athlete in any Vault and formed partnerships with several local orother sport, but runs when she has time. She ganizations. We trained our athletes over the years said she now practices three times a week and into local, regional and even national champions.” strength trains a couple of times a week. “I Not only was Luthy receiving inquiries from went to a first open indoor meet in January interested elite athletes but he was also receiving and jumped 10 feet over an actual bar, not just interest from nontraditional athletes of all ages. a bungee cord. Now that I’ve cleared that I “These inquiries came from parents seeking wellwant to go higher.” rounded but challenging fitness for their kids and Bosshart explained that when she befrom working adults seeking something more excitgan, she had to learn fundamentals. She had ing than a typical workout.” Seven years later, DC to learn to carry the pole right, to drop the pole Vault made Capitol Hill its home. at the right time and to use the correct form “Events DC leased space at RFK in order to alin every sequence. She said these skills are low DC Vault to consolidate most of its operations more important that going over heights right into DC,” explained Luthy, who lives on the Hill. “We away. “After a couple of months I started gettook the opportunity to build out one of the best poleting higher, and it’s a cool feeling.” vault training centers in the country. It’s uniquely deShe added, “What I like about pole vaultsigned to work with any athlete.” An instant success, ing is that I use my entire body. Unlike some it attracted the men’s 2015 world champion, who sports, I actually use my brain too. It helps came to train on Capitol Hill last fall. “We also beme de-stress and turn off everything else afgan training many youth and working adults who ter a busy day.” have begun vaulting for the first time ever.”

FREE Capitol Hill Pole Vault Clinic Sunday, May 5, 12:30-2:30 p.m. DC Vault Pole Vault Training Facility, 2200 East Capitol St. NE – Open to all residents of Capitol Hill, ages six and older. No experience necessary. To Register email: (limited space) Parking available in Lot 3. Spectators welcome!

History of Pole Vaulting The pole vault originated in Europe, where men used the pole to cross canals filled with water. The goal of this type of vaulting was distance rather than height. It dates back to at least the 16th century. Evidence exists that it was even practiced in ancient Greece. In Great Britain, it was first practiced at the Caledonian Games. Initially poles were made from stiff materials such as bamboo or aluminum. Modern pole-vaulting technique was developed in the United States in the latter 1800s. The first competitive vaulting poles were made from solid ash. The introduction of flexible vaulting poles in the early 1950s made from composites such as fiberglass or carbon fi-

Shawnacy Barber jumping 19’ at the 2017 National Street Vault.

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A New Nonprofit Organization

Because DC Vault has settled into its own home, and has established its ability to train participants, Luthy and his colleagues have expanded on their original goals to develop a new nonprofit organization, the National Pole Vault Association (NPVA). NPVA promotes health, wellness and opportunity for underprivileged youth and emerging-elite and elite athletes participating in pole vaulting. The association provides services based on need. This may include beginner to elite training programs, travel, education and living expense assistance, access to professional-grade equipment and facilities, access to elite-level instruction, community engagement activities, exhibition events and more. Luthy hopes to connect with Capitol Hill elementary schools this fall and give local kids an opportunity to try the sport. For more information about opportunities for pole vaulting on the Hill, contact Luthy at or call: 202420-8269. Check out the website, Pattie Cinelli is a health/fitness professional who offers information about subjects on the leading edge of health and fitness thought. Pattie just received her certification as a functional aging specialist. She has been writing her column for more than 25 years and welcomes suggestions and fitness questions. Pattie can provide lectures, private sessions and group classes in stretch, yoga, Pilates and her specialty, balance and mobility, for your church, home or office. She is also producing a podcast about choices on how to stay well. You can contact Pattie at u


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The District Vet

FLEAS by Dan Teich, DVM

armth! Rain! Spring! Fleas! It is that time again, my friends, when fleas emerge from dormancy and become a nuisance. While fleas are active all year here in the District metropolitan area, they can become a menace when the temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Let’s understand the flea life cycle and how to prevent these buggers from annoying you and your furred friends. The common cat flea, which also infests dogs, has been around for millennia. Be thankful you live now and not millions of years ago. We have fossils of fleas the size of golf balls. Seeing as they have been around long before humans or even cats and dogs, they know what they are doing. Our main goal is to prevent flea infestations. We will discuss flea treatment in a bit. A female flea is capable of laying over 600 eggs during her lifetime. She may live anywhere from two weeks to eight months, depending upon temperature, humidity and food supply. Her lifecycle is rather fascinating (well, I think so) and is important to understand when trying to manage control. The adult fleas lay eggs on a host (in our case,


a dog or cat) and feed on the animal. Feeding means biting and sucking blood. Think of them as tiny vampires. They digest the blood and then poop it out onto the pet. They also lay eggs in the fur. When the pet lies down to sleep, the eggs and the feces from the adult fleas fall onto the ground, be it a bed, carpet, leaf litter. If the temperature is right, the eggs hatch into larvae (grubs) and eat the feces from the adults. They grow and shed their outer skin several times. This is called molting. After several molts, they spin a small cocoon similar to a caterpillar’s, where they turn into adult fleas. They can wait for months – for the perfect time – until a hatching is triggered by vibrations of an animal walking by. And they are hungry! They then jump onto the passing animal and repeat the cycle. Flea bites are itchy, and fleas eat blood, so they bite frequently. The saliva triggers an allergic reaction leading to itching. It only takes a few bites to cause some dogs or cats to be extremely itchy. Aside from the itch, fleas can also transmit tapeworms, if they are eaten, and a host of other diseases. While itching and fleas are the most common sequela in our area, fleas can transmit a host of other

diseases too, including plague. No one wants fleas on their pet or in their home. While we have effective oral and topical flea preventives (to be discussed later), a bit of home maintenance can help, too. Vacuum regularly, especially the areas where your pets sleep. Fleas love carpets and slightly moist areas, such as basements. These are prime areas for flea eggs to mature. Vacuum then wash pet bedding on a regular basis in hot water. Once young fleas turn into pupae, the only method to eliminate them is through mechanical means – or let them hatch. Vacuuming helps but is far from sufficient. Many products have come to market that prevent infestations or kill fleas on pets. Capstar is an oral tablet that rapidly kills any flea on a dog or cat. Its drawback is that it is a one-shot deal: fleas can reinfest the pet rapidly. It can be used in urgent situations. Topical preventives have existed for over two decades, with the most popular brand being Frontline. The medication floats within the skin oils of the pet, killing fleas for a month. Its efficacy decreases if the pet is bathed frequently. Its main drawback is that it is topical and may not spread over the entire pet. Some pets also have a sensitivi-

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ty to the alcohol which suspends the active ingredients. Seresto collars are effective for flea control. The collar can last up to six months and is worn at all times. The drawbacks are that the collar is a topical medication and the collar can be lost. Newer-generation flea preventives are oral tablets. These are effective for one month (Simparica, NexGard) or three months (Bravecto). The oral preventives are District Vet’s preferred method of flea control, as their administration is easy and you can confirm that the dog received the dose. They are also highly effective and take care of ticks too. In rare cases the oral preventives can cause tremors (shakes) in dogs. If observed, please tell your veterinarian. These clinical signs wear off quickly, but a different flea control should be used. There is an oral preventive for cats too, but we prefer a topical called Revolution, as it also prevents heartworm disease. When purchasing flea preventives, be wary of where you obtain the medications. There are numerous fakes on the market, especially the preventives. Several large online retailers and even popular big-box stores have been found to be carrying ineffective, counterfeit or even dangerous product. Most veterinary offices obtain these medications directly from the manufacturer and have ironclad authenticity, safety and efficacy guarantees. Fleas are here, but they do not have to be part of your home. Understanding how to prevent them is key to having an itchfree dog or cat. Should you have questions, please feel free to ask us or your local veterinarian. Dan Teich, DVM, is medical director at District Veterinary Hospitals. u



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The World & Me Explore the appearance and behavior of dinosaurs. After a book reading, families create their own wearable art and accessories inspired by the amazing characteristics prehistoric animals had that helped them survive in their environment. Participants can don costumes as part of the Fossil Hall opening celebration. The World & Me Family Program is on May 11,

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The Reluctant Dragon On weekends, May 11 to 26, at 11 a.m., the village of Guildermere blames the dragon who lives upon the downs for their dying crops and sour milk. But the villagers don’t know that this dragon is actually a peace-loving, poetry-spouting fellow who would much prefer a cup of tea to a battle. When Saint George

MCM Kids Run Registration Open Register for The Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run on Oct. 26. Held the day prior to the MCM, it is a one-mile just-for-fun running challenge for kids ages 5 to 12. Participants may select from six specific starting waves. All participants receive a shirt, access to the Camp Miles Family Fitness Festival and a medal at the finish line. Registration is $10.

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Women’s Art Museum Young Learner Tours Young Learner Tours for children ages 3 through 6 are designed to get little bodies moving, minds thinking, hands making and mouths talking about works of art. Participants go on an adventure through the galleries and look closely at works in the collection. They learn about the National Museum of Women in the Arts, practice museum manners and discover art concepts through developmentally appropriate discussions, a themed story and hands-on activities. Young Learner Tours are on June 15 and Aug. 17; 10 to 11 a.m. Free; but reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts is at 1250 New York Ave. NW.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Garden On May 12, 1 to 4 p.m., bring mom to the US Botanic Garden for a floral-inspired art activity and cooking demonstration. This is a free, dropin program and appropriate for all ages.

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each other. So they each head out, only to completely miss each other along the way. Will this duo ever find each other? Leave it to bestselling author-illustrator Taro Gomi to spin an action-packed story that sweetly, and humorously, celebrates the powerful grandparent-child bond. Story Time at Union Market, 1270 Fifth St. NE, is on May 21, 10:30 a.m. This event is free to attend. No reservation required. Seating is available on a first come,

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Celebrate Walt Whitman’s Birthday On June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Library of Congress Young Readers Center in the Thomas Jefferson Building will host a day for families that will celebrate Whitman and his legacy. Attend an author talk from 10 to 11 a.m., featuring author Robert Burleigh and illustrator Sterling Hundley discussing their book, “O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.” Enjoy a birthday party for Whitman at 11 a.m. Don’t miss the book signing at 11:15 a.m. A Whitman butterfly maker activity and handouts of “Walt Whitman’s Guide to Nature Walking” are available all day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participate in the Library’s crowdsourcing initiative “By the People” and help transcribe selections from Whitman’s writings and papers to make them more searchable and accessible online.

arrives, the dragon and his young friend, Glaston, face quite a challenge indeed. The play is a sensoryfriendly for all performances and offers ASL interpretation. Tickets are $15. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW.

Discovery Theater on the Mall On May 7 to 10, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy “Tigers, Dragons, and Other Wise Tails.” From ancient to modern, these tales come alive with the culture of the Asian countryside. For ages 5 to 10. On May 15 to 17, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy “Jojo’s Backyard Safari.” It’s time for high adventure as Jojo goes on the lookout for all kinds of fascinating creatures in the wilds of his very own yard. What will he find hidden in plain sight? For ages 3 to 6. On May 22 to 24, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy Black Diamond.” This spirit-rousing musical play chronicles the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African American baseball players. For ages 6 to 12. Discovery Theater is at the Smithsonian Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, on the National Mall. Tickets are $6 per child, $3 for under two and $8 for adults.

The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery Faction of Fools Theater Company presents “The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery,” through May 19, at Gallaudet University’s Eastman Studio Theatre. Faction of Fools is a professional theatre company in residence at Gallaudet University specializing in Commedia dell’Arte, Italian mask form of physical theatre. The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery is appropriate for all ages and great for families.

Pirate Day Camp On May 28, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., kids can learn French all day while having fun at Hill Center. Morning snack ‘à la française’ included. For children ages 5 to 11. $80. Aftercare from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. is available at $25.


Young Walt Whitman in this 1854 engraving by Samuel Hollyer used in the 1855 first edition of “Leaves of Grass.” Photo: Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.


On May 18, 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. and May 19, 1:30 and 4 p.m., enter a world where colors become a place of relationships and emotions. Italy’s Compagnia Tpo and Teatro Metastasio explore children’s perceptive, emotional and creative relationships to colors with a physical dance piece. Dancers maneuver a set brought to life with

fabric, projections and sensors for exciting movements and sounds. Colors is most enjoyed by age 5, up. $20. Following the 1:30 p.m. performance on May 18, young audience members can ask questions and hear stories in an up-close-and-personal talk with some of the artists.

Smithsonian Sleepovers Smithsonian Associates presents real Night at the Museum experiences for children in the National Museum of Natural History, the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. and the National Portrait Gallery. Sleepovers are held from May through August beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 8:45 a.m. the next morning. They will experience the museums in a whole new way during a night of fun that features demonstrations, games and crafts. Ticket prices are $135 for general admission and $125 for Smithsonian Associate members. The price includes exclusive access and activities in the museum, an evening snack, interactive exploration, arts and crafts and a light breakfast. T-shirts are available for purchase while at the sleepover. Reduced rates are available for groups of 20 people or more and for military families. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

Jazz ‘n’ Families Fun Days On June 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 2, noon to 6:30 p.m., in partnership with the Phillips, DC JazzFest celebrates the synergy between jazz and the visual arts with performances by more than a dozen regional artists and rising star ensembles. This annual free, family-friendly weekend features live jazz performances throughout the museum. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.

Escape from Peligro Island Callaway Brown--an unlikely young hero--has been stranded on a desert island, and it’s up to the audience to decide what happens next! In this interactive production, audience members vote on Callaway’s actions in an energetic romp through time and space. Will Callaway time travel to the Wild West and meet a talking horse? Develop superpowers and fight crime in the future? Or have a crush on a vampire? Best for age 5, up. Plays through May 26 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD.

Imagination Bethesda Celebrates The Arts The 25th annual Imagination Bethesda, a children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts, is scheduled for June 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Musical performances and professional children’s entertainers light up the stage, while handson art & craft activities line Elm Street and Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda. Organized and managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the festival hosts more than 20 local businesses and arts organizations. Enjoy a variety of hands-on art and craft activities to entertain and energize the 12-and-under crowd. Additionally, the festival will feature face painters, balloonists and giveaways. The Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance performs at 11:15 a.m.

Cinderella The elegance of 17th Century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comédie-Française and Offenbach’s “Gaiety Parisian” to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival. $12. On stage at Glen Echo, May 9 to June 23. Recommended for ages 5, up. Here’s the remainder of the season: Circus!, June 28 to Aug. 4; Three Billy Goats Gruff, Aug. 8 to Sept. 1.

day of life humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” However, today, Pooh and Piglet have to find the Heffalump. Watch Rabbit scheme to rid the forest of Kanga’s dreaded bathtub. Help Eeyore search for his tail. On stage at Glen Echo through May 26. $20. All ages. Have an item for the Kids and Family Notebook? Email the info to u

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May 4. Now in its tenth year, this is a fun Tyler community event at which kids, families and staff run around Lincoln Park as many times as they can in two twenty-minute heats -- supporting health and wellness initiatives at Tyler and celebrating our kids’ boundless energy.

Historic History Day for Stuart-Hobson

The history scholars at Stuart-Hobson took home a truly historic 14 awards at the citywide National History Day competition. From documentaries to papers to websites and performance, from individual projects to group efforts, these students truly put their creativity, analytical skills and academic performance on the line. They made history come alive for those lucky enough to experience their projects. Congratulations to all of the young historians who took part in this competition.

Ready to Run Watkins students love to run. 42 athletes have run track with Coach K at Watkins. The fleet footed middle schoolers of Stuart-Hobson have competed alongside them at the citywide individual and relay meets at the Springarn High School field in April. The preschoolers dash around the playground at Peabody every day. On May 19 Watkins track stars all get their chance to sprint for the tape at the 40th annual Capitol Hill Classic fun run, 3k and 10k. This cluster tradition is open to the public at Last year’s race even saw a world record!

Stuart-Hobson Jazz Band Swings at Strathmore On April 2, the Stuart-Hobson Jazz Band opened for the Glenn Miller Band at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD. Under the direction of Mr. Edwards, the band helped pay tribute to one of America’s greatest band leaders and composers.

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The Stuart Hobson Jazz Band at the Strathmore.

They showed off their skills to get the toes of an appreciative audience tapping to kick off a great night of big band swing. Peabody is located at 425 C St. NE. Watkins is located at 420 12th St. SE. Stuart-Hobson is located at 410 E St. NE. Learn more at Follow Cluster at and CHCSPTA. - Sean O’Brien u

John Tyler Elementary Students Get Outside

The Tyler community has enthusiastically embraced the warm weather and energy of spring. The school’s intrepid fifth-graders camped overnight and enjoyed learning while immersed in the great outdoors. at Living Classrooms’ Camp Fraser in Great Falls, VA. On April 13, Tyler’s energetic cheerleading team performed at DC’s Emancipation Day Parade. Great job representing Tyler and displaying amazing team spirit! Mark calendars for “Laps Around Lincoln” on

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Miner Elementary Spring Has Sprung!

Miner Elementary School’s third annual Spring Dance was full of festive fun with over 290 Miner family members in attendance. To accompany this year’s theme, “Enchanted Cherry Blossoms,” the cafeteria was transformed into the Miner Restaurant. Students, staff and family members posed in front of a cherry blossom adorned step and repeat. They danced under cherry blossom branches. The elegant evening included food, fun and dancing. Attendees dressed to impress. The 2019 royal court was crowned in celebration of students who have excelled in school this year. One lucky family won the raffle to take home a new iPad! Many parent and staff volunteers and community donors were instrumental in making this year’s dance a huge success.

Field Trip & Earth Day Fun Kindergarten classes took a field trip to the Anacostia Watershed to extend their classroom studies in the field. Friends and families of Miner’s youngest Bears celebrated Earth Day with an after-school program consisting of six fun environmentally-themed stations: healthy snacks, banner painting, planting center, recycling center, bird watching and Earth Day books.

Tyler cheerleaders performed at Emancipation Day Parade.

Miner Elementary School is located at 601 15th St. NE. To learn more visit www.minerelementar y. org. Follow Miner on; and Instagram


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CHILDREN AGES 6-10 – will embark upon theme weeks that combine activities such as Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, field Day fun, the arts, theater, Zumba, science, technology, engineering, math, GeoPlunge, critical thinking games, Labyrinth Games, field trips, water play, plenty of outdoor time, and enjoying old and new friendships made in warm and loving environment.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE PRICING Miner Elementary School’s Royal Court was crowned at the Spring Dance. at - Jen Barrie u

Maury Elementary

Think Tank and STEM EXPO

On March 28, Maury Elementary School held its eighth annual Think Tank and STEM EXPO. Among the highlights of the evening was a presentation on relativity given by Einstein (aka Marc Spiegel) and a lecture by General Bolden, a former NASA Administrator. Students and their families attended NASA lectures. They studied habitats with the US Forest Service. They learned about local birds with the Department of Energy and Environment. They used night vision equipment with the Army Communications, Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center. Outside, families peeked through telescopes provided by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Other exhibitors included DC Beekeepers, Anacostia Watershed Society, Labyrinth Puzzles and Games, Living Classrooms, Eastern High School’s Academy of Health Sciences and microscope photography with parent Jesse Dill. Plus, a special treat for long-time Maury-people: Eliot-Hine’s Rocketry Club presentation by Maury alum, Will Weedon. The Maury community thanks everyone who attended and supported this event.

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Eliot-Hine Rocketry Club presentation at Maury STEM Expo.

Maury’s Got Talent Eastern Senior Highschool (Eastern SHS) graciously opened the doors to their historic auditorium for this year’s talent show on April 10. A fundraiser to send the fifth-grade class to Spacecamp in Huntsville AL, the event commenced with a stirring performance by the Eastern Band, the Blue and White Marching Machine. Subsequent acts included performances on piano, violin and oboe, singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and actors. Kudos to the event organizers, including Maury grandparent, Kathy Gove. Maury Elementary is located at 1840 Constitution Ave., NE. However, due to modernization construction, it is at a temporary location on Eliot-Hine Middle School campus. Visit for more information. - Elizabeth Nelson u

Eastern High School Full IB, Full Scale Every one of the full diploma students at Eastern High Senior School (Eastern) have submitted all of their International Baccalaureate (IB) assessments! Ranging from international theatre tradition videos to individual investigations in Biology to a 4,000 Extended Essay about a historical topic of their choice, Eastern students have been hard at work, earning college credit through the IB Diploma Programme. Note that each class is a two-year course of study wherein students begin their projects in 11th-grade, researching and revising until the work is complete in 12th-grade. Submitted work may be evaluated both internally and externally by the IB.


Ten of Eastern’s 11th-graders have been selected for a fully-funded DCPS study abroad trip this summer! They are heading to Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Morocco or the Mediterranean to engage in language-immersion, cultural exploration or service-learning expeditions.

Eastern @ Maury Academy of Health Sciences students presented at Maury Elementary’s STEM Expo, teaching students the three steps of hands-only CPR. They also brought with them medical supplies and materials to explore. The big hit was the (sealed) cow’s heart that students dissect in the ninth grade.

Teacher Love Eastern students are so loved that the staff sends each of their recent graduates a care package at college. Items may include snacks, pens, a journal, gift cards, toiletries and encouraging messages. What a boost as students head into finals!

Eastern Library Events May 21 at 1:15-2 p.m. in the library. WinS author visit by William Jones, who will discuss his novel, “The ExCon, Voodoo Priest, Goddess and the African King.” Lunch and book are provided. Please RSVP to Mrs. Dodsworth. May 31 at 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the library. Screening the film, “The Hate U Give,” based on the novel of the same title by Angie Thomas. Food, beverage and book provided. Please RSVP to Mrs. Dodsworth. Eastern Senior High School is located at 1700 East Capitol St, NE. To learn more, visit Follow on Twitter @EasternHS and Facebook at easternhighschool. - Heather Schoell and Liz Braganza u

Richard Wright PCS Eighth Annual Poetry Slam On April 12 students made their way

into Richard Wright’s auditorium for the Eighth Annual Poetry Slam. The event is now named in honor of a devoted fan of the event, Mrs. Rachel L. Smith who at 99 was still snapping her fingers to student’s poems. Mrs. Smith supported and attended of each poetry slam, until she passed away at 100. Students and teachers showcased their creativity through poems about self-love, happiness, love, life and overcoming challenges. Teachers and special guests were shown appreciation with a catered lunch. It was a wonderful afternoon filled with love, music, connection and laughter. Many students can’t wait until next year’s poetry slam. Richard Wright PCS is located at 770 M St. SE. For more information visit - Jade Snell u

Northeast Stars April Fun and Activities! During the month of April, Northeast Stars Montessori Preschool (NES) students are enjoying the spring weather and are exploring Earth Science! The includes the study of volcanoes, the atmosphere and lava. The children have also reviewed letters, numbers and shapes in Spanish and English. They have learned about the letter “H” and used popsicles to make a house. During circle time, they talked about the words home, happy, hot and horse starting with “H” and used construction paper to make a horse with silly eyes!

Music Celebration Music from around the world has been celebrated which also includes movement songs such as London Bridge, Frog Jump, Tight Rope and Head and Shoulders. NES’s DC Campus is located at 1325 Maryland Ave NE. Call 703-945-0408 for more information. - Chaka Alexander u

Capitol Hill Day School A Spring Full of STEM Over spring break, middle school math teacher, Dr. Denise Smith traveled to Detroit for the Fourth Annual Convention

CHDS Math Teacher Dr. Denise Smith and six-grader Jadyn at National Society for Black Engineers Convention.

of the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE). Dr. Smith presented a workshop on “The PhD Rollercoaster.” She led over 250 fourth through 12thgraders on a “Black Gems in STEM” Treasure Hunt, an activity based on her workbook of the same name. Dr. Smith also participated in the conference as a MATHCOUNTS coach and Future City mentor for the NSBE Jr. DMV Chapter, of which two Capitol Hill Day School (CHDS) sixth-graders are members. One CHDS sixth-grader traveled to Detroit and competed on both the MATHCOUNTS and Future City teams. Both teams came in second. CHDS sixth-grader Jadyn earned a fourth place spot overall!

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May Madness In a bit of May Madness, on May 10, CHDS eighth-graders go up against members of the School Board, faculty and staff in their annual basketball matchup. The board/faculty team had better be practicing, because in the 32 years of this tradition the eighth-grade team has chalked up 23 wins! Capitol Hill Day School is located at 210 South Carolina Ave, SE. For more information, visit, Facebook @ CapitolHillDaySchool, Instagram @capitolhilldayschool, Twitter @explorewithCHDS. - Jane Angarola u Have an item for School Notes? Email the information to u

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