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Tim Krepp is a former Naval officer and author who is intimately familiar with the District and our history. As a parent of two children in our public schools, he is well prepared to bring his firsthand experience to Congress to improve our schools, and fight for DC statehood. He lives with his family on the east end of Capitol Hill and has been a DC resident since 1993.

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What to do on Thanksgiving Day So you’re cooking for 35 and your spouse, kids, great uncles and house guests are driving you nuts. Here are some ways to get them out of the house and out of your hair. (1) Season’s Greenings at the Botanic Garden opens today. It’s a great way to get everyone in the holiday spirit. (2) All of the Smithsonian Mall museums are open as is the zoo. (3) You can tour the monuments and memorials-parking should be easy but the Washington Monument is closed. (4) Skate or just watch the skaters at the NGA Sculpture Garden Ice Rink from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Skating at the Sculpture is 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Photo: Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art

Veterans Day Observance at The Wall The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. in front of The Wall at what is probably Washington’s most powerful war memorial. “Celebrating Service” is the theme of this year’s ceremony, which will also mark the 30th anniversary of the Three Servicemen Statue. Please arrive early for best viewing. 202-393-0090.

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christMas concert For charity at the national shrine On Friday, Dec. 5, the National Shrine will host the annual Christmas Concert for Charity featuring the voices and sounds of the Basilica Choir and the Catholic University of America Choir and Orchestra-exquisite music in a remarkable setting. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. but the bells in the bell tower begin earlier. The Basilica fills up early but there are usually seats up front, on the sides, and there’s plenty of free parking. There will be a free will offering to benefit a charity. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300.

Basilica Choir performs at the annual Christmas Concert for Charity. Photo: Ed Pfueller, Catholic University of America

PerForM as a sUPernUMerary With Washington national oPera A supernumerary (or super for short) is, “a person who appears in an opera without speaking lines, or as part of a crowd; walk-on; extra.” You might carry a spear or sword, break up fights as guards, strut around the stage as a courtesan, or take someone to their “death” as an executioner. The Washington National Opera encourages people of all ages and walks of life to apply; however, men between the ages of 18-50 are the most needed. The time commitment varies per opera and rehearsals are generally nights and weekends. Supers are paid a small stipend and receive two dress rehearsal passes for the show in which they appear. Find the application and details at Opportunities.

Anna Bolena 2012--(l-r) supernumerary Josie Williams plays the pivotal role of the young Princess (soon to be Queen) Elizabeth, caught in a tug of war between Henry VIII (Oren Gradus) and Anne Boleyn (Sondra Radvanovsky) Photo: Courtesy of the Washington National Opera

Magna carta: MUse and Mentor at the library oF congress On Nov. 6, the Library of Congress will open the exhibition “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and to illustrate the great charter’s influence on laws and liberties throughout the centuries. The centerpiece of the 10-week exhibition will be Magna Carta on loan from Lincoln Cathedral in England, one of only four surviving copies issued in 1215. The rare document and 76 items drawn from the collections at the Library of Congress will be on display through Jan. 19, on the second level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, 1215. Photo: Courtesy of Lincoln Cathedral

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Faction of Fools Theatre Company Presents “The Great One-Man Commedia Epic” at CHAW. Nov. 28-Dec. 20. In this comic tour de farce, a single actor, Matthew R. Wilson, brings to life an entire town of squabbling parents, dim-witted servants, and young lovers whose wedding plans are ruined until love prevails and comedy triumphs. $10-$20. Appropriate for ages 3, up. Tickets available at door, 1-800-838-3006, and Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE.

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VETERANS HONORED Cry “Havoc!” at the Folger. Nov. 4, 7 PM. is a special, one-night theatrical event. It is written and performed by US military veteran Stephan Wolfert. Using Shakespeare’s words--and a few of his own--actor and veteran Wolfert performs this interactive play about Shakespeare’s soldiers, including iconic figures such as Richard III, Henry V, Othello, and others. $20. $10 for military. Folger Shakespeare Theater, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

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Downtown Holiday Market. Nov. 28-Dec. 23, noon-8 PM. More than 150 exhibitors and artisans (rotating on a weekly basis) selling an array of high-quality gift items including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, tasty treats, and hot beverages. Market at F St. NW, between 7th and 9th.

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Veterans Day 10K & Tidal Basin Walk. Nov. 9, 8 AM. Honor America’s veterans with a run through West and East Potomac Parks along the Potomac River. Fast, flat course. Tshirts, refreshments, random prizes. Generous

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“Notes from the Crypt” Chamber Music Concert Series at Congressional Cemetery. Nov. 9, 4 PM. These one-hour concerts are held about once a month on Sunday, usually at 4 PM, in the historic 1903 Chapel. The program is followed by a wine and cheese reception. Admission is free, and seating is first come, first served. The December concert, featuring Christmas and holiday carols, is on Dec. 14, time tba. Chamber music is small groups of string or wind players, ideally played in an intimate setting. Historic Congressional Cemetery is at 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Alexander Jacobson, bass; Pavel Pekarsky, violin; Nan Raphael, flute; Tsuna Sakamoto, viola; Natalie Spehar, cello; and Eric deWaardt, viola.

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blessings with readings from a variety of faith traditions, words from clergy leaders, and musical performances. CHGM will also recognize one exceptional person with their Ruth Rapport Wisdom Award, which honors a volunteer who has displayed remarkable warmth, wisdom, and commitment to the community. Reception follows. Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 1636 E. Capitol St NE.

Veterans Day Wreath Laying at Arlington. Nov. 11, 11 AM. President Obama will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington. The public is invited to watch this ceremony and to listen to the speech that follows. There is standing room at the wreath laying and seating in the adjacent amphitheater for the speech. Get there early. The better the weather, the earlier guests are expected to arrive. Leave umbrellas and backbacks at home. Parking and the ride to the ceremony site are free.

Sacred Circle Dancing: Offering Gratitude at the National Cathedral. Nov. 25, 6 PM. Join leaders Evi Beck and Judith Walton as everyone dances with gratitude and joy for the many things in our lives that sustain us. Free and open to the public.

Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans. Nov. 11, 9 AM-4 PM. In honor of our nation’s veterans, Mount Vernon admits all active duty, former, or retired military personnel free of charge. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA.

Combined Thanksgiving Service at Christ Church. Nov. 27, 11 AM-noon. St. Mark’s and Christ Church will celebrate Thanksgiving together at Christ Church, 620 G St. SE. Thanksgiving meal to follow. 202-547-9300.

Wreath Laying at World War II Memorial. Nov. 11, 9 AM. 17th St. between Constitution and Independence Aves. NW. 202-619-7222.

Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger. Nov. 27, 8:30 AM, Kids’ One Mile Fun Run; 9 AM, 5K Run/Walk. Turkey Trot at Freedom Plaza (corner of 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

Veterans Day Observance at The Wall. Nov. 11, 1 PM. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 202-393-0090.

THANKSGIVING Capitol Hill Group Ministry Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Nov. 23, 4 PM. Join us in celebrating many

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Small Business Saturday. Nov. 29. This day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small Business Saturday Cookie Battle at Labyrinth. Nov. 29, 9 AM-7 PM. Hot spiced cider will be available for their shoppers, and they’ll also be holding a

cookie competition. Sample cookies, cast votes, and get a head start on Christmas shopping. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059.

EARLY CHRISTMAS A Christmas Carol at Ford’s. Nov. 20-Jan. 1. Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. Capitol Hill Christmas Tree Lighting. Nov. 29, 5:30-6 PM. This will be the 8th lighting of the 25 foot evergreen tree to celebrate the season and honor Capitol Hill BID Founding President and beloved community member George Didden, III. There will be plenty of hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and holiday spirit. Tree is in the park on the northeast corner of Penn. Ave. and 8th St. SE. A Star Lights Capitol Hill. Dec. 1, 5 PM. A lighted star provides a beacon of hope and faith for the Capitol Hill community at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St. SE. The congregation welcomes everyone to its first “Lighting The Christmas Star” celebration. Everyone will gather in the National Capital Bank parking lot behind the church to begin the Advent and Christmas season with caroling, hot chocolate and cider and “Lighting The Christmas Star” atop the church tower. For more information contact or 2025478676.



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US Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec. 4, 5 PM. The public is invited to attend the lighting ceremony on the Capitol west lawn. No tickets required. Visit the tree through Dec 26.

demonstrations, and 18th century dancing. George Washington’s Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. $17/adult, $8/child, 5 and under free. 703780-2000.

Stories for a Season of Expectation. Dec. 4, 7 PM. “Stories for a Season of Expectation” as told by Bruce Crane, Tara Ramsey and others, full of themes of hope and expectation that mark the Advent season. Coffee and desserts, followed by audience Q&A. Free, donations accepted. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 2025543222. staugustinesdc. org.

Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Nov. 28Dec. 21 (Saturdays and Sundays except Dec 20), 5-8 PM. Join “Mrs. Washington” as she hosts an enchanting evening of candlelight tours, fireside caroling, and festive treats. Timed tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children 11 and under. George Washington’s Estate & Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. 703-780-2000.

“Season’s Greenings” at the Botanic Garden. Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 4, 10 AM-5 PM (Tuesdays and Thursdays, open until 8 PM with live entertainment). Botanic Garden invites guests to remember that the best things in life are free--the fragrance of a freshly cut fir tree, the magic of holiday lights and sumptuous decorations, and the delight of a child discovering the make believe world of model trains. Free. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. National Harbor Christmas Tree Lighting. Nov. 28, 5-7 PM. Waterfront Plaza, National Harbor, Maryland. The waterfront community will kick off the holiday season by lighting up the Sky with fireworks and a 65ft Christmas tree decorated with 20,000 lights. Sip some hot chocolate and enjoy storytelling, an ornamentmaking workshop and holiday music Zoolights. Nov. 28-Jan. 1, 5-9 PM nightly except Dec. 24, 25 and 31. Don’t miss the chance to meander through the Zoo when it is covered with thousands of sparkling lights, attend special keeper talks, and enjoy live entertainment. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo. Christmas at Mount Vernon. Nov. 28-Jan. 6, 9 AM-4 PM. Holiday visitors will enjoy themed decorations, chocolate-making

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Union Station Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec. 3, 6 PM. The tree is a gift to the people of Washington, DC and is a symbol of friendship between the United States and Norway. Join the Norwegian Embassy and DC as the 8,000 lights on Washington’s official holiday tree are lit and enjoy live musical performances. Festival of Lights at Mormom Temple. Dec. 4-Jan. 1. Lights are on from sunset-11 PM. 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD. 301-587-0144. National (White House) Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec. 4, 5 PM. A lottery for the tickets was held Oct. 17-20. After 8 PM, the area will be opened to the public. Live entertainment nightly. The Nutcracker. Dec. 4-28. Set in Georgetown and replete with swirling snowflakes, cherry blossoms and historical characters, including George Washington as the heroic nutcracker, The Washington Ballet’s The Nutcracker has become a tradition for generations of family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Warner Theater, 513 13th St. NW. 202-783-4000. Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church “Living” Christmas Tree. Dec. 5, 7 PM; Dec. 6, 4 PM and 7 PM; and Dec. 7, 6:30 PM. The theme of this year’s service is “Peo-

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Hill Center Galleries Multi-Artist Exhibition. Through Jan. 4. Enjoy the work of artists Tim Eggers (wood) Tex Forrest (multimedia compositions in steel, wood and glass), Ric Garcia (painting and prints), Kristin Herzog (watercolor and acrylics), Sandi Martina (kiln-formed glass and mosaics), JoEllen Murphy (pastels), Carol Phifer (paintings and pastels) and Greg Weismantel (latex paintings). All artwork is available for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefit Hill Center. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5494172.

ple Enjoying Worship! Christmas at PABC.” This unique worship experience will be highlighted by a replica Christmas tree that stands over six tiers tall. Among the “decorations” adorning the tree, will be 50 men and women from area churches who will sing the best of the season’s sacred music while standing within its structure, thus bringing the tree to “life.” $15. Purchase tickets at the church office. 3000 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-581-1500. Handel’s Messiah at the National Cathedral. Dec. 5, 7:30 PM and Dec. 6, 4 PM. The Cathedral’s combined choirs, Baroque-period orchestra, and guest soloists perform this essential Christmas music experience under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy. $29-$85. 202-537-2228. Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Open House. Dec. 5, 6:30-9 PM. Artists keep their studios open late. The Alexandria Choral Society perform seasonal favorites throughout the evening. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA. Holidays Through History Open House. Dec. 6, 4-8 PM. $5-$16. Dumbarton House, Anderson House, Woodrow Wilson House, and Tudor Place all offer a festive evening out, with décor, refreshments, and special live performances of holiday music at every site. Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and Concert. Dec. 6, parade 11 AM-1 PM; massed band concert 1 PM. Parade route begins at the cor-

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ner of Wilkes and South Saint Asaph Sts. in Old Town and ends at King and Royal Sts. Concert at King and Royal Sts. in front of City Hall at Market Square. Alexandria, VA. Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Dec. 6, 3-6 PM. Alexandria’s harbor lights up when more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. Alexandria’s Historic Waterfront at the foot of Cameron St., Alexandria, VA. 703-838-5005. Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long. Dec. 6, 4 PM. “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band and members of local choirs and vocal groups perform. Free. National Museum of the American Indian Native Art Market. Dec. 6-7, 10 AM-5:30 PM. The NMAI Art Market offers one of a kind, handmade, traditional and contemporary items directly from the artisans. More than 35 Native artists from North and South America will participate in this annual weekend market featuring a wide selection of items for purchase including handmade jewelry, beadwork, pottery, prints and sculpture. Free. Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. Logan Circle Holiday House Tour. Dec. 7, 1-5 PM. Ticket pickup at 12:30 PM at the Studio Theatre. Wassail reception, at Studio 3-5:30 PM. $30. Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Visit for farms and directions. Then follow the prompts.


Monica Youngling Exhibition at Prudential PenFed Realty. Nov. 7-Jan. 7, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM; weekends, 9 AM-4 PM. Prudential PenFed Realty Capitol Hill hosts an art exhibit for local artist Monica Youngling at the Market office of Prudential PenFed Realty 216 7th St. SE. Opening reception, Nov 7, 5:30-7:30 PM. Flamenco Festival at GALA. Nov. 7-16. GALA’ s flamenco festival celebrates a decade of presenting the most outstanding and innovative flamenco artists from Spain and the United States to Washington audiences. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW.

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MUSIC Capital Maritime Music Fest. Nov. 1, 1-10 PM. The Capital Maritime Music Fest is an all-day family-friendly festival featuring soul-stirring songs of the sea, thrilling workshops, a star spangled concert, a special kid’s corner, and plenty of sing-a-longs. US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Music at the Atlas. Nov. 2, DC Different Drummers; Nov. 5, Miguel Zenón; Nov. 7, LGBT Singer-Songwriter Showcase; Nov. 8, Fuse Ensemble; Nov. 8, The Nels Cline Singers; Nov. 8, Dream Unleashed Band; Nov. 15, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC; Nov. 22, Hailu Mergia and Low Mentality; Dec. 5, All Points West; Dec. 6, Great Noice Ensemble. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Hill Center Jazz Ensemble. Nov. 5, 7:30 PM. The electrifying young drummer Sanah Kadoura leads the ensemble. $15, advance;$20, day of. Purchase tickets online at Music at Ebenezers. Nov. 6, Amy Andrews and Beggar’s Ride; Nov. 13, Andy Suzuki & The Method; Nov. 14, Pamela Machala and Hayley Sabella; Nov. 15, Strangled Darlings and Bellwether Bayou; Nov. 20, Ddendyl; Nov. 26, Navi Singh. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202558-6900. Music at the Library of Congress. Nov. 7, Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Nov. 8, The Nels Cline Singers; Nov. 21, Ensemble Caprice; Dec. 5, Chiara String Quartet; Dec. 6, Choir of Clare College. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building. Music at the Corner Store. Nov. 15, 7 PM. Harmonious Wail. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-5445807. cornerstorearts Irving Fine Centennial Festival at the Library of Congress. Dec. 2-6. Panel discussions and performances by Chiara String Quartet with Daniel Pesca, piano and Alan R. Kay, clarinet.

THEATER Our War at Arena. Through Nov. 9. Twenty five of America’s finest playwrights weave together a rich tapestry of short monologues for actors and noted members of the Washington, DC community to explore the repercussions

of the Civil War. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-4883300. Elmer Gantry at Signature. Through Nov. 9. The charismatic, but completely broke, salesman Elmer Gantry stumbles upon a struggling religious tour, led by pious evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. off I395 at the Shirlington exit (#6). Dracula at St. Marks. Through Nov. 15. As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances--in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. St. Marks Church, 301 A St. SE. 202-546-9670. Not Enuf Lifetimes at the Atlas. Through Nov. 15. It’s 2004, and Frank Riley--a well-meaning, white 50-something car mechanic--can’t understand why his son Ian dropped out of medical school to live and work in what he considers the ghetto. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Visible Language at Gallaudet. Through Nov. 16. Two powerful and egotistical men clashed over how the deaf should be taught to communicate--a contest that was to impact every deaf person thereafter. Gallaudet University Eastman Studio Theatre. As You Like It at Shakespeare. Through Dec. 7. All the world’s a stage in As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s fullest comedies, where poetry, mistaken identities and true love lost and found abound. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. Julius Caesar at the Folger. Through Dec. 7. In the shadow of the nearby Capitol building, Shakespeare’s searing commentary on power, ambition, and democratic responsibility smolders just in time for midterm elections. Folger Shakespeare Theater, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Fiddler on the Roof at Arena. Through Jan. 4. More than just a poor milkman, Tevye is a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters, who want to be their own matchmakers, and the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.


Washington Capitals Practice Schedule. Non-game day, 10:30 AM; game day, 10 AM; and day after game, 11 AM. All practices are at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, 627 No. Glebe Rd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA. They are free and open to the public. Bliss of Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation) at St. Mark’s. Nov. 23, 2:30-4 PM. Yoga Nidra Master Kamala Waltman’s programs are world-renowned for taking people on an inner journey of self-awakending. No Yoga experience necessary. $10. 3rd and A Sts, SE. 202-746-6654. stmarks. net/music-and-arts/yoga/events Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. MidNovember through mid-March. Monday–Thursday, 10 AM–9 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10 AM–11 PM; Sunday, 11 AM-9 PM. Skating is over at 5 PM on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. No skating on Christmas or New Years. Two hour sessions begin on the hour. $8, adult; $7 seniors over 50, students with ID and kids, 12 and under. $195, season pass. $3.00 skate rental (ID required) and $.50 locker rental with $5 deposit. 7th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-216-9397. Public Ice Skating at Fort Dupont Ice Arena. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM and Saturdays, noon-1 PM. $5, adults; kids 2-12 and seniors, $4. Skate Rental, $3. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. 202-584-5007.

SALES AND MARKETS H Street FRESHFARM Market. Saturdays, 9 AM-noon, through Dec.

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Capital City Symphony & Go-Go Symphony November 1 Make Them Hear You: An LGBT SingerSongwriter Showcase November 7

Fuse Ensemble

Fuse Ensemble Sketch: An Exploration of Identity, Image, and the Art of Becoming November 8

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Library of Congress: Nels Cline Singers November 8 Arts On The Horizon and Atlas Theatre For The Very Young Workshops November 8-10 Goldie Deane: Feminine Folklore November 21-22 Hailu Mergia And Low Mentality November 22 Capital City Symphony Hansel & Gretel November 22-23


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20. SNAP (EBT/Food Stamps) accepted. 13th and H Sts. NE. U Street Flea. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM-5 PM. The market is in the parking lot, next to Nellie’s Sports Bar (three blocks east of U Street Metro), at 912 U St. NW. Aya Community Markets @ SW Waterfront. Saturdays, through Nov. 22, 9 AM-1 PM at 900 4th St. SW on the grounds of Christ United Methodist Church. Branch Avenue Pawn Parking Lot Flea Market. Saturdays, year-round (weather permitting). Set up after 10 AM. 3128 Branch Ave., Temple Hills, MD Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3-7 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253. Union Market. Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-8 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8 AM-8 PM. Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 5th St. NE. 301-652-7400.

Public meetings presenting

Capitol Hill history “beyond the boundaries” and the potential of expanding the Capitol Hill Historic District The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) is scheduling a series of public meetings presenting Capitol Hill history “beyond the boundaries” and the potential of expanding the Capitol Hill Historic District. HISTORY BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES CHRS has sponsored an architectural historian’s study of the history of Capitol Hill beyond the boundaries of the Capitol Hill Historic District, including -• early geography and land conditions • early landowners, the federal period • the Civil War • Shepherd’s Board of Public Works • impediments to development and their solution, • the World Wars and afterwards SHOULD THE CAPITOL HILL HISTORIC DISTRICT BE EXPANDED? SHOULD A NEW HISTORIC DISTRICT BE CREATED? Many people have asked about this. The historians have made a recommendation, and will present their findings.

CHRS is sponsoring public outreach meetings to present this history and recommendations for each ANC area [plus a special meeting for the Rosedale Community, if desired]. • ANC 6A AREA: Wed. November 5, 6:45 - 8:30 pm, Maury Elementary School, 13th Street and Constitution Avenue, NE • ANC 6B AREA: Mon. Nov. 17, 6:45 - 8:30 pm, Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE • ANC 6C AREA: Tues. Nov. 18, 7 - 9 pm, Northeast Library, 330 7th Street, NE • ROSEDALE COMMUNITY, to be scheduled Please see attached map. All meetings are free and open to the public. RSVP not required.

CONTACT INFORMATION: or 202.543.0425 Beth Purcell, Chair Beyond the Boundaries Committee, Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7 AM-7 PM; Saturdays, 7 AM-5 PM; Sundays, 9 AM-5 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 AM-6 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253.


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Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays (rain or shine), year round, 9 AM-1 PM. 20th St. and Mass. Ave. NW, 1500 block of 20th St. NW (between Mass. Ave. and Q St. in the adjacent parking lot of PNC Bank). 202-362-8889. Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around (except in the case of very inclement weather), 8 AM-4 PM. 1819 35th St. NW. Maine Avenue Fish Market. Open 365 days a year. 7 AM-9 PM. 1100 Maine Ave. SW. 202-484-2722.

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Midterm Election Analysis at the National Archives. Nov. 6, 7 PM. A bipartisan group of former Members of Congress and other political experts will examine the November 4th midterm election results. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868.

Gladsome Light Featuring works by Rheinberger, Saint-Saëns and the world premiere of two motets by Chorale Composer-in-Residence Kevin Siegfried. Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. The Capitol Hill Chorale performs music to lead you through the darkest days of the year and into the warm light of the holiday season. Lutheran Church of the Reformation: 212 East Capitol St. NE $25 preferred seating, $20 general admission, $15 ages 12 to 30, Free for 12 and younger


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ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-5541795. ANC 6E. First Tuesday, 6:30 PM. Meeting at NW One Library, 155 L St. NW. ◆

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Volunteers are needed to help distribute baskets through the Capitol Hill Group Ministry. Contact Shelah Wilcox at wilcox@

Capital Hill Group Ministry Thanksgiving Baskets

Magic & Miracles, Benefit for Ready, Willing & Working

Donate a Thanksgiving basket through Capital Hill Group Ministry and help a neighbor have a wonderful holiday. Suggested basket contents are three boxes of mac and cheese, two 16 oz. cans of green beans; two 16 oz. cans of yams or fresh equivalent; two boxes of stuffing; two boxes of mashed potatoes or one bag of rice; two 16 oz. cans of cranberry sauce; two cans of gravy; two onions; one box of Bisquick or muffin mix; one box of cake mix and frosting mix; and one $20 Giant, Harris Teeter or Safeway gift card to purchase meat of choice. These baskets may be customized but ensure that the amount purchased is equivalent to the items listed, and avoid perishable food. Contact CHGM if interested in doing a basket. Between Nov. 17-23, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., drop baskets off at Shirley’s Place, 1338 G St. SE. The “basket”, can be a decorated box, doubled grocery bags, crates, clothes basket, etc. Any questions may be answered by Shelah Wilcox, CHGM Thanksgiving baskets will be distributed on Nov. 24, 10 a.m.-noon at Shirley’s Place. To volunteer, contact Shelah Wilcox, CHGM is a reminder that collective generosity means there are more families seated at the Thanksgiving table, and therefore, thanks should be given for this shared abundance.

The Seventh Annual Magic & Miracles Benefit for Ready, Willing & Working is on Thursday, Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. at The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. WAMU 88.5 Talk Show Host Kojo Nnamdi is Master of Ceremonies. The event will feature a cocktail reception with foods from top local restaurants, live music, silent auction and special video presentation about the “men in blue.” Tickets are $65. Visit for more information.

Turf Improvement Will Close Portions of Lincoln and Stanton Parks The National Park Service will improve grassy areas at Lincoln and Stanton parks by rejuvenating soil health, re-seeding with a new seed blend and allowing time for proper seed germination. The result will be durable turf that is more tolerant of heavy use. They ask the public to observe the posted closures through June 30, 2015. An NPS turf specialist developed a special seed mixture and germination timeline especially for the conditions at Lincoln and Stanton Parks with the goal of creating a dense lawn that will remain healthy at high temperatures and low soil moisture, while also being able to tolerate heavy use. If the seeds are given time to root

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November 30

1st Sunday of Advent

Worship - 11:00 a.m. Christmas Crafts Fair - 3:00 p.m. (make tree ornaments and advent wreaths) Christmas Star Lighting - 5:00 p.m. (refreshments and carol singing)

December 7

2nd Sunday of Advent

Worship - 11:00 a.m. Alternative Christmas Giving Sunday

December 14

3rd Sunday of Advent

Lessons and Carols - 11:00 a.m. (with Choir and Orchestra)

December 21 4th Sunday of Advent Worship with Children and Youth Pageant - 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Eve

2 Candlelight Communion Services 6:00 & 11:00 p.m.

December 28

1st Sunday after Christmas

Christmas Stories and Songs – 11:00 a.m. (An Old Fashion Carol Sing and Storytelling)

visit for more information. 201 4th Street, SE (at Fourth and Independence Ave SE) Washington, DC 20003 • 202-547-8676


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Capitol Hill Troop 500 Boy Scouts collect about 500 coats every year for the homeless. From left: Daniel Herman, Thom Riehle, William Witt, and Greyson Acquaviva. Photo: Christopher Herman

Boy Scout Coat Drive at Eastern Market For the last 13 years, Boy Scouts from Capitol Hill Troop 500 have collected coats around Thanksgiving. Each year, the scouts collect about 500 coats, which are then distributed to the homeless by Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian church on E. Capitol St. This year, coats will be collected across from Eastern Market on Saturdays, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., both days.

properly, the result will be a heartier lawn that should reduce the frequency and length of any future closures. The center and south center panels of Lincoln Park and the center and eastern panels of Stanton Park will be closed. While the playgrounds at both parks will remain open for use, turf improvement will also close the grassy area inside the playground at Stanton Park. The nearest off-leash dog park is Kingsman Field Dog Park, D St. and Tennessee Ave. NE. Read more at nps. gov/cahi/parkmgmt/turf-improvement.

CHAW Presents a Free Writers’ Workshop Series On Mondays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24,

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in partnership with the DC Public Library, CHAW presents “Get Unblocked! NaNoWriMo Writer’s Block Clinic,” led by published local novelist Hannah Sternberg. This free series of classes uses fun group exercises and tips for individual practice to help writers work through writer’s block and reach their National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) goals. Each class can be taken individually, or all four may be attended to revolutionize a writing technique. Broad themes include: Week One-Character Development; Week Two--Timeline Elements; Week Three--Settings; and Week Four-Ending the Story. Workshops will take place from 6:30-8 p.m.; Nov. 3 and 17 at DCPL, Southeast Branch Conference Room; Nov. 10 and 24 at Pound Capitol Hill (private dining room). The workshops are open

to adults. For more details on Unblocked! and to RSVP, visit or call CHAW at 202547-6839, or visit southeast.

NoMa’s First Yoga Studio Opens NOMA’s first yoga studio, Yoga NoMa, has opened in an unused retail space at 1200 First St. NE. Yoga NoMa is a full-service yoga and mat pilates studio.

ANC 6A “Beyond the Boundaries” Meeting There is a public meeting presenting Capitol Hill history “beyond the boundaries” and the potential of expanding the Capitol Hill Historic District in the ANC 6A area on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:45-8:30 p.m. at Maury Elementary School, 13th and Constitution Ave. NE.

Reserve Now for Nov. 17 Overbeck Lecture: Why DC Has No Vote in Congress Among all the capital cities of all the democracies in the world, only Washington, DC has no voting representation in its national legislature. How did this happen? And why, after two centuries of trying to rectify the problem, do citizens here still endure taxation without representation? Local historian and political activist Nelson Rimensnyder will address these questions at an illustrated Overbeck History Lecture on Monday, November 17 at the Naval Lodge Hall. Rimensnyder is a longtime student of DC history and champion of DC home rule. During

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his career at the Library of Congress (1970-1975) and then as director of research for the House Committee on the District of Columbia (1975-1992), he compiled what he describes as “the only existing comprehensive archive on the history of the complex DC-Federal relationship.� He has been intensively involved in local historic preservation efforts and has served on the boards of the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia, in addition to running as a candidate for DC public office. The lecture is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Naval Lodge Hall at 330 Pennsylvania Avenue S.E. (Please note this event is scheduled for a MONDAY, not a Tuesday as usual.) As always, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. To reserve, or to request inclusion on the Overbeck notification list, please contact The Overbeck lecture series is presented by the all-volunteer Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project, which collects oral histories from longtime neighborhood residents. Both are initiatives of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

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Winterizing Your Home Preservation Cafe

Capitol Hill neighbor and contractor, Gary Barnhart, will provide tips on preparing your home to withstand winter weather. Wednesday, November 19 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Ebenezers Coffee House 2nd and F Streets NE Learn from an expert and be “snug as a bug in a rug” when cold winds blow. There’s still time to get the work done before temperatures plummet. Special attention will be paid to reducing heating costs, preventing pipes from freezing, and avoiding storm damage. No reservations required. Handicapped accessible.


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surrounding areas. Wanderpups’ ultimate goal is animal advocacy. It strives to give back to the rescue community by donating one dollar from every walk to animal charities and offers special deals for foster dogs. Wanderpups also offers free consultations and no extra fees for evenings, weekends and holidays. Contact Mel at or visit wanderpups. com for more information.

M Street, SE Restoration Work Begun DC Water is performing construction activities on M St. SE as part of the DC Clean Rivers Project. Through Dec. 31, weather permitting, crews will be repaving the portion of the roadway from 7th to 10th. Temporary traffic signs have been set up throughout the area to alert motorists and pedestrians to the upcoming lane shifts and closures. DC Water is implementing the DC Clean Rivers Project for the District’s combined sewer system which comprises a system of tunnels and diversion sewers for the capture of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers for treatment at DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. The entire project will reduce CSOs annually by 96 percent throughout the system and by 98 percent for the Anacostia River alone. Visit for more information on the DC Clean Rivers Project.

Plan Released for Closing of DC General Family Shelter A plan has been released for the closing of the DC General Family Shelter. As part of the DC General Family Shelter Replacement Plan, the District’s goal is a one-to-one replacement of the shelter’s capacity by expanding the District’s inventory of smaller, neighborhood-based programs. The plan includes an outline of projected timelines and resources needed to replace the shelter. The plan relies on the continued exit of families from the shelter, and uses all available tools to connect them with permanent housing. Additionally, the plan has new initiatives to prevent family homelessness while the District prepares smaller, scattered sites for families needing emergency shelter.

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The replacement facilities would be located in various locations throughout the District, to avoid undue burdens on any particular community and to better integrate the facilities into their neighborhoods. Each of the approximately 5-10 locations would ideally house no more than 50 families. Additionally, the plan recommends that at least the main building of the DC General Family Shelter should be closed in its entirety all at once, rather than in a piecemeal fashion. A copy of the report is available online at dc-general-family-shelter-replacement-plan.

DDOT Releases Regulations Requiring Safe Routes for Pedestrians & Bicyclists at Work Zones The District Department of Transportation has announced the adoption of the final rules to implement the provisions of the Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013. The new rules require any construction site that blocks a sidewalk or bicycle lane to provide a safe route for pedestrians and bicyclists through or around the work zone. This safe route must be equal to the accommodation that was blocked, such as providing a bike lane that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic if a protected bike lane is blocked. Also, the safe pedestrian or bicycle route must be free of obstructions and surface hazards such as loose gravel or uneven surfaces and must follow the path of the original pedestrian or bicycle route as closely as is practical. The final regulations are at aspx?NoticeID=5122975.

Forum on Communication: White House Press Secretaries Since the administration of President Hoover in 1929, official White House press secretaries have been communicating the American Presidency for over 85 years. On Thursday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m., the National Archives presents a forum where a distinguished panel of former White House press sectaries share behind the scenes stories, and discuss changes that have taken place over the years. The forum will also show what it is like to be in the spotlight as the President’s spokesperson fielding ques-

tions from the White House press corps. Panelists include Mike McCurry (President Clinton), Marlin Fitzwater (President Reagan, President Bush), Robert Gibbs (President Obama), and Ron Nessen (President Ford).

Alternative Taxi Transportation to MetroAccess Customers CAPS-DC offers an alternative to eligible MetroAccess customers by providing direct curb-to-curb transportation without multiple stops in standard taxicabs and offering priority use of wheelchair accessible vehicles as needed. The CAPS program is designed to provide eligible customers with direct travel to and from health care appointments in standard taxicabs without making multiple stops, while also offering priority wheelchair accessible vehicles to those in need. Through CAPS-DC, rides can be booked one hour in advance. Customers will have no increase in their out-of-pocket cost and companions can accompany at no additional charge. District taxpayers will save up to $1.8 million in savings due to a reduction in subsidy payments to MetroAccess. Thirty three MetroAccess vans have been transitioned to taxi service and an additional 30-35 wheelchair accessible vehicles are expected to be added through the CAPS-DC program. More information about CAPS-DC is available at

Dance Place Receives Kresge Foundation Award Dance Place has received an award from the Kresge Foundation to expand the organization’s creative activities in the Brookland area. The grant will support the creation and

operation of an Arts Park (located in the existing Kearney St. Alley located between the Brookland Artspace Lofts and Dance Place); and continued free public arts programming in Brookland.

Bang Salon Hosted “Cut-a-thon” to Benefit Ovarian Cancer Education & Awareness On Oct. 5, Bang Salon, the new, fullservice hair salon at The Yards, hosted a 12-hour hair “Cut-A-Thon.” Bang’s newest location at The Yards lifestyle complex, 1212 4th St. SE, raised $8,177.62 for Ovarian Cancer Education and Awareness.

Environmental Leaders Convene to Tackle Polluted Anacostia River Members of the newly-formed Leadership Council for a Cleaner Anacostia River met for the first time in September to discuss efforts to restore the Anacostia River. The meeting, chaired by former Mayor Anthony Williams, was held at the John A. Wilson Building. The District Department of the Environment gave an overview of the city’s ongoing Remedial Investigation of toxins in the Anacostia River. Representatives from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Park Service, and the State of Maryland also discussed their past efforts and future plans to help clean up the river. DDOE has taken the lead on this project and is conducting the remedial investigation and feasibility study to address contaminated sediments. Tagged, For a Cleaner Anacostia River, this project is the most comprehensive approach in cleaning up the Anacostia River in its history. The investigation will help identify where toxins are located in the river, who is

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National Park Service Seeks Comment on Expansion of the Kennedy Center

Holy Comforter – Saint Cyprian Roman Catholic Church A welcoming, embracing and joyful faith family Rev. Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor

UPCOMING EVENTS First Friday Adoration

(held every first Friday of each month) Friday, Nov. 7th from 6-7:00pm

25th Anniversary of Pastor’s Ordination Sunday, Nov. 9th Parish-wide Mass at 10:00am

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

performed by the chamber vocal & instrument ensemble “Third Practice” Saturday, Nov. 15th – 7:00pm

Family Mass of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, Nov. 26th at 7:00pm (Please bring canned goods for our food pantry)

Young Adult Bible Study held every Monday at 8:00pm

Reverend Monsignor Charles E. Pope Pastor

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Wednesday Bible Study held every Wednesday at 7:00pm

Beginning November 3rd, our beautiful sanctuary will be open from 8am until 8pm for prayer. Come and visit us!

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The National Park Service, the National Capital Planning Commission and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are accepting comments from the public on the environmental impacts of a proposal to expand the Kennedy Center. The proposed project would expand the facilities at the Kennedy Center by adding space for classrooms, rehearsal rooms, event spaces, and offices in a dedicated area. It would also provide greater pedestrian and bicycle access to and from the Kennedy Center, the National Mall, the Rock Creek Paved Recreation Trail, and the Potomac River waterfront. Comments are being accepted from through Nov. 10, 2014. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Environmental Assessment is available at parkplanning.

DC Taxicab Commission Anonymous Riders Program Nets Violators The DC Taxicab Commission Anonymous Rider Program’s results for the 30-day period beginning Aug. 28, found 84 refusal to haul violations from among 308 rides; and 28 nonfunctioning credit card readers from among 300 rides. Taxi drivers must pick up anyone seeking their service. The only valid reasons for a taxi driver to refuse service is if the rider is severely inebriated or the driver fears physical harm. These most current results showed

the reliability rate of credit card acceptance decreased from 96% to 91% as compared to previous tests of the system’s operation. The deployment of anonymous riders includes African Americans and whites, males and females, and a range of ages, as well as, an individual in a wheelchair and a person requiring the assistance of a seeing-eye dog.

CHAW Receives Grants from DC Commission on Arts and Humanities The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) announced it is the recipient of three grants for its 2015 fiscal year from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), including an Arts Education Program award for CHAW’s youth arts programming; a Grants-in-Aid award for general operations, including artistic and administrative salaries as well as operating costs; and a Cultural Facilities grant for upgrades to CHAW’s black box theater. “CHAW is very grateful for this funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. It is a significant affirmation of CHAW’s work and mission of building community through the arts,î said Executive Director Jill Strachan. “Providing grant funds to our local artists and arts organizations is a key part of our mission,”said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “That funding is often vital to allow these entities to produce quality programming for our residents and visitors.” The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. For a list of events, workshops, and classes, please visit or call 202-547-6839. ◆


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Reading the Tea Leaves Our Analysis Shows Mayoral Race is Still Competitive


ith the November general election nearly upon us, it is time for this columnist to stare into his tea cup. Conveniently, a poll conducted between Oct. 20 and 21 by Public Policy Polling (PPP), commissioned by WAMU and Washington City Paper, provides new grounds for speculation. It is the first survey to offer a ward-by-ward breakdown of the candidates’ support.

General Poll Results The PPP poll overall gave Democratic mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser a 17 percentage point lead over Independent David Catania. Of those queried 44 percent supported Bowser, 27

percent selected Catania, and 10 percent preferred Independent Carol Schwartz, with 16 percent undecided. When race was taken into account, the results were even more skewed. Sixty percent of African-Americans surveyed supported Bowser. Catania and Schwartz received 12 and 11 percent respectively. On the other hand, 67 percent of white voters surveyed preferred Catania, 27 percent chose Bowser, and 9 percent selected Schwartz. Interestingly, 15 per-

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by Andrew Lightman cent of both whites and African-Americans remained undecided.

Taking the Numbers Apart Ward by Ward In the PPP poll Catania dominated Ward 1 (42 vs. 26 percent) and Ward 2 (57 vs. 19). Bowser trumped him in Ward 4 (51 vs. 22), Ward 5 (50 vs. 23), Ward 7 (40 vs. 12), and Ward 8 (63 vs. 3). Ward 6, the city’s largest, split with 44 percent for Bowser and 42 percent for Catania. Ward 3 was also divided with 38 percent for Bowser and 39 percent for Catania. Schwartz certainly has the potential to be a spoiler. She was most popular in Ward 5 (16 percent), Ward 7 (17 percent), and Ward 2 (16 percent). In the first two instances Schwartz

certainly drew support from Bowser. In Ward 2 she undoubtedly pulled voters from Catania. In a low-turnout election these defections could make the difference between victory and defeat for either of the front runners.

Some Wards Are More Equal Than Others In the Democratic primary last spring 73 percent of registered Democrats failed to visit the polls. Only 99,395 ballots were cast. This turnout was fully 5 percentage points below the pre-

vious record low turnout (32.1 percent) set in the September 1998 contest between Anthony Williams and Kevin P. Chavous. In both 2006 and 2010 there was a 5 to 10 percentage point drop in voter participation in the general election as compared to the Democratic primary. In contrast the 1998 and 2002 contests saw 3 to 4 point rises. These increases in voter interest were sparked by competitive campaigns mounted against the Democratic nominees by then Republican Schwartz. Low voter participation in an earlier Democratic primary therefore is a fairly solid predictor of low turnout in the November general election. Voters who skip the polls in the primary seldom bother to make the trek in Novem-

ber. If voters perceive the latter to be uncontested, their engagement is likely to drop further. A competition may increase overall turnout by a few percentage points. General election participation, in this writer’s judgment, will hover around 27 percent – in other words, 124,000 voters, 76.3 percent of whom are registered Democrats. In April’s Democratic primary voter apathy radically increased from west to east. In Wards 5, 7, and 8, 114,901 Democrats simply

boycotted the polls. Only 26.64 percent of registered Democrats voted in Ward 5; 21.52 percent in Ward 7; and 15.54 percent in Ward 8. Mayor Vincent C. Gray soundly beat Bowser in all of these wards in the primary, garnering 16,408 votes. While voters in the eastern wards st ayed home, over 30 percent of Democrats in wards 3, 4, and 6 voted. Ward 1 followed hard upon their heels with 27.9 percent. To sum it up, the city’s northern and central wards are likely to be the most vote rich. Those on the eastern edges, while heavily Democratic, will not dominate the city as they did in 2010. So the time has come to read the leaves.

Gazing into the Future It seems a safe bet that last April’s primary provides a good predictor of voter behavior on Nov. 4. We begin by applying the primary turnout percentages to the number of voters currently registered as of Aug. 31 by ward. Then we apply the percentages of each candidate’s support in the PPP poll to those numbers. (See the accompanying table.) Our prediction model awards Bowser 41 percent, Catania 32 percent, and Schwartz 12 percent of the total vote. The remaining 15 percent represents undecided voters. Weighting the numbers by ward based on

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last April’s primary shrinks Bowser’s percentage lead from 17 to 9 points. This is consistent with some earlier media polls and with the polling of non-mayoral candidates. With 15 percent still undecided, the race remains competitive. How does this equation add up for each of the candidates?

Bowser Rolls Forward Wards 1, 3, and 6 provided 20,206 votes or 48 percent of Bower’s total primary take. Ward 4 provided her another 8,223 ballots (20 percent). Bowser dominated Wards 3 and 4 with 63 and 50 percent of votes respectively. Many of Bowser’s votes in the western and central wards were cast against Gray rather than for Bowser. The PPP poll shows her running even with Catania in Ward 3 and behind in Ward 1. This indicates that her support among so-called strategic voters in western and central wards may have eroded from the primary. Bowser needs votes in Wards 5, 7, and 8 to offset her opponent’s strength in the city’s central and western neighborhoods. In the primary they gave her a total of 9,650 ballots to Mayor Gray’s 16,408. She will have no difficultly holding on to these supporters. However, she must also persuade a significant number of the mayor’s followers to join her camp. With Gray planting his own campaign signs in his yard and refusing to endorse, this could be problematic. Lastly Bowser must turn out her base in Ward 4, her home ward. In the primary 8,223 punched the ballot for her; 5,900 voted against their sitting councilmember in favor of Gray. This should not be much of a stretch. Recognizing this, Bowser has pivoted her campaign toward the concerns of the city’s majority African-American wards. She has turned up her rhetoric about increasing opportunity across the city and preserving the economic viability of the city’s African-American middle class. A slew of Democratic endorsements, union support, and a large bankroll have

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put her in the catbird’s seat, giving her the means to run the enormous get-out-thevote (GOTV) necessary to increase turnout in her bastions.

Catania Needs a Perfect Storm While the election remains competitive, Catania’s candidacy faces significant headwinds. Unable to match Bowser’s financial advantages, his GOTV effort must rely on unpaid volunteers. He cannot match the frequency of her mailings or media buys. He also must work against The Washington Post’s editorial board, which has shown no reluctance to use its bully pulpit in support of Bowser In fact, a Catania win requires a perfect storm of circumstances, not all of which are under his control. First he must swing the primary’s strategic voters into his column in Wards 3 and 6. A campaign piece accusing Bowser of employing shadow-campaign tactics similar to those at the heart of the 2010 scandal is an attempt to push the needle in this direction. Second, Catania’s hope rests on Gray’s supporters either breaking for Schwartz or sitting out the election. To encourage such dissatisfaction, his campaign has played up the association between Bowser and former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who remains deeply unpopular in the city’s eastern wards. Last, it is possible that Schwartz could prove a spoiler for Bowser. The PPP survey suggests that she has the potential to draw significant numbers of voters from Bowser in Wards 4, 5, and 7. If voters in Wards 5 and 7 refuse to break for Bowser, and Wards 1, 2, and 6 deliver significant votes, Catania could squeak through by splitting the vote in Wards 3 and 4. The odds against this alignment of stars are substantial. Will the Bowser machine roll to victory? Can Catania or Schwartz queer the playing pitch enough to derail her? Or will Gray supporters sit out the election? On Nov. 4, there will be no more need for tea leaves. u

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Unlocking Opportunities

What The District Can Do To Better Support Low-Income Students by Soumya Bhat and Jenny Reed


overty makes it hard for children to succeed in school. Lowincome children are more likely than others to show up to school hungry, exposed to violence, stressed by family instability, or faced with severe health problems. That’s why efforts to close the still-large achievement gap in DC have to go beyond improving classroom instruction to also address the challenges that low-income children bring to school every day. The good news is that services such as quality afterschool programs and mental health services can alleviate poverty’s impact – unlocking opportunities and allowing all students to reach their potential. These supports are a proven way to improve attendance, raise grades and test scores, and reduce discipline and behavior problems. And schools are an ideal location to deliver services. Children are far more likely to use mental health services, for example, when they are located in a school than if the referral is to an outside professional. And staff that deliver services in schools —like social workers and nurses--can work directly with teachers to identify the services students need and can collaborate to address problem behaviors that get in the way of learning. DC offers a number of programs that help low-income students, but there are still large gaps. The number of homeless students is rising, but federal funding is low and falling. Approximately 5,000 DC children don’t have access to needed mental health services. Less than one quarter of at-risk children have access to afterschool programs. And some school nurses, psychologists and social workers have caseloads well beyond industry standards. The District has a unique opportunity to do more. This year, DC Public Schools and each charter school received an additional $2,000 for each “at-risk” student through the school funding formula. If used well, those new resources could go a long way toward helping low-income students succeed.

SERVICES = Success Here are some of the key ways that schools can unlock opportunities for all students in DC schools: Improve Services for Students who are Homeless: Over 4,000 students in DC Public Schools are homeless – as many as one-quarter of the students in some schools. Yet the District gets just $35 in federal funds to meet the needs of each homeless student. Individual schools need additional support to address the transportation, counseling and other needs of homeless children. As family homelessness worsens, school leaders need to assess what they offer to identify gaps in services that create educational barriers for homeless children. And the District can run homelessness prevention programs through schools to

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help families with school-age children avoid the trauma and disruption of homelessness. Expand School-Based Mental Health Services: Only one-third of DC schools are covered by the city’s school-based mental health program, and an estimated 5,000 children go without needed mental health services. Many schools need more social workers and psychologists to support large caseloads. And all schools can adopt practices used in some schools to reinforce positive behavior and make school staff sensitive to the needs of traumatized children. Promote Access to Quality Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs: Access to enriching afterschool and summer activities is one of the biggest disparities between lowincome and other children. Yet the District’s financial support of afterschool programs is modest and declining. Non-profits that operate programs in DC Public Schools get no funding from DCPS to cover their costs, limiting the kinds of programming they can do and the number of schools they can serve. The District should enhance the capacity of the organizations that provide quality programs to ensure that all low-income students have access to meaningful activities after school and in the summer, when low-income students lose ground. Scale-Up the Community Schools Model in DC: Community Schools turn public schools into hubs for students and the larger community by developing partnerships with community organizations and bringing services into the school, such as health care or adult literacy. There are currently six grantees (at 11 schools) operating Community School partnerships in the District, but the model should be expanded to all high-poverty schools. Expand Parent Engagement Efforts: There are promising efforts to engage parents and give them information to support their children’s learning at home, through parentteacher home visits. But these practices are largely funded by a private organization and serve a small number of schools. The District should help more high-poverty schools participate in these effective parent engagement models.

Improve Health and Nutrition Services for Students: School-Based Health Centers and school nurses are proven ways to help students to access primary care services. But only six high-schools have a health center, and many schools do not have a full-time nurse. Expanding health centers to high poverty middle schools and adding more nurses should be the next priorities. In addition, all schools offer free breakfast, but they do not all use the most innovative ways to make sure students eat them, such as grab-and-go breakfasts that students can take to class.

Monitoring the New Funding DCPS and each charter school received $2,000 in new funds for every low-income student this year. Now it is important to make sure those funds are spent as intended to improve outcomes for poor students. Both DCPS and public charter schools should be expected to report on how they use these resources, and ideally leaders and parents at individual schools should have a say in how the funds are used. Many of the services that improve school success are not run by the schools at all. For example, the School Mental Health program in DC Public Schools and DC public charter schools is run and managed by the Department of Behavioral Health. It therefore is critical that someone coordinate the efforts of the multiple agencies that provide services through schools. A new senior position to bridge DC’s education and human services agencies could identify needs of low-income children across schools, assess what services are available, and plan for and address gaps in services. The barriers poor children face are serious but not insurmountable. A concerted effort to make sure students get the help they need to be ready to learn is one of the keys to unlocking opportunities for DC low-income students. Reed is Deputy Director and Bhat is an education policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect lowand moderate-income DC residents. u

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Charles Allen for Ward 6, City Council


by Charles Allen

aving served my Ward 6 neighbors in a variety of roles over the last decade, I am ready and excited to take on the challenge of representing your interests as the next Ward 6 member of the DC Council. People choose to call Ward 6 home because our neighborhoods are an extension of our living rooms – with great schools we can walk to, parks to gather in, and local businesses that know us by name. These serve as anchors for our community and we must ensure that all residents see this vision realized. But Ward 6 is more than a sum of its great places. The true spirit of Ward 6 lies with its people. Each person adds to the strength and diversity of our neighborhoods and I want to make sure that Ward 6 is a place we can always call home. For those like myself with young families, this means bringing great schools to all corners of the Ward. We’ve seen a transformation in our neighborhood elementary schools and I will bring the same energy and urgency to improve our middle and high school choices. For others, this means fighting for affordable family-based housing, and ensuring that we can successfully age in our homes. For everyone, this means a safe neighborhood with small businesses that support our lives. These will be my priorities. Ward 6 has a great story to tell, but we also have new challenges to face. I’m a problem solver and reformer by nature, and I’m excited to take on this next role. I know I can bring people together to find common sense solutions because I’ve done it before – whether as Chief of Staff for our Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, as policy director for the DC Primary Care Association, or simply as your neighbor. I look forward to continuing to be a voice for progressive priorities and seeking solutions to the social justice issues facing our city. I hope I can count on your support and I ask for your vote as we work together for a better Ward 6 and a better city. u

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Pranav for abuse which the DC Council has allowed against our citizens for years under this law. I will work hard within the DC Council to overturn DC’s heinous civil asset forfeiture law. Unaccountability starts with political campaigns. The DC Government controls a $10 billion budget. So voter education must be extremely robust, with a sharp focus on candidate policies and operational skills, right? Sadly no. Today’s campaign process never discusses failed policies, nor allows voters to hold candidates accountable for promised outcomes. Staged photos, street signs, campaign literature, candidate debates, feel-good policies, and political journalism deliver only sound bites at best to busy voters. Politicians count on leaving voters uninformed. To quote one political consulting firm: “When they (voters) reach the voting booth they look for names they recognize and names they feel good about. The central core of every campaign is delivering on these two areas.” DC is one of a few major US cities where party labels appear on ballots. As Councilmember I will advocate dropping partisan elections, requiring politicians to run more on their merits. Politicians and agencies “invest” public money with rosy projections, but no accountability for costs and outcomes. The streetcar will cost billions, starting with development at about $50 million per mile. That doesn’t include vehicles, operations, maintenance, and cost over-runs. The price tag wasn’t revealed at the DDOT public meeting I attended, until I asked. How can av-

Pranav Badhwar for Ward 6 City Council by Pranav Badhwar A Zero Accountability Political Culture Moral fiber and accountability are missing in DC politics. As an example of the first, civil asset forfeiture laws allow police to take your property due to probable cause without charging you with a crime, and keeping it even after charges are dismissed. Even the law’s co-creators now call this law “unreformable” and “evil.” The DC government just paid $855,000 to settle a lawsuit for improperly seizing $2.9M from people. We paid for that settlement with our tax dollars,

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erage voters make informed choices if public officials are not forthcoming? Where is the public discussion about DC spending the highest sum of any state – over $29,000 per student - and achieving the lowest 8th grade proficiency? Is this money truly going towards education? Politicians sponsor legislation with zero accountability to show reason or demonstrate policy results. According to research by the Institute for Justice and AFL-CIO chair of labor policy at the University of Minnesota Prof. Morris Kleiner, occupational licensing laws don’t protect consumers but rather protect license holders from competition. While virtually no state licenses interior decorators, DC requires six years of education and training. Red tape for about forty professions which do not require a college degree bar many citizens from employment. Getting government permits to renovate your home is frustrating enough, but imagine spending months or years, and maybe thousands of dollars you don’t have, to get a government permit to work so you can put a roof over your head and food on the table. An inscrutable budget sets the stage for waste, fraud, and abuse. Politicians spending enormous sums of public money should not be held to lower standards than companies spending private investors’ money. As Councilmember, I will push DC government to provide detailed cost-benefit analysis of policies, including projected and actual outcomes. We must know if a policy fails or harms people so we can fix it. I have found that the positions I advocate to Ward 6 voters resonate across the political spectrum and demographic groups, but I will need your votes to protect citizens from abusive policies and unaccountable politicians. One hundred percent of my solutions at www.pranav4dc. com reduce spending and restrictions on people to improve schools, create jobs, reduce crime, and alleviate housing and transportation costs. On Nov. 4th, vote for Pranav Badhwar. Vote for an accountable government that offers real solutions, not mere feel-good sloganeering. u

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Ward 6 State Board of Education Candidates by Madeleine Deason


ducation has been a hot topic this election season. It is important to know who you are voting for, especially for your local representative on the Board of Education. Ward 6 Board of Education candidates, Mark Naydan and Joe Weedon, answered questions about their plans for Ward 6 public schools at a forum at Eastern Senior High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

6. He was involved in the development and implementation of the Ward 6 Middle School Plan and served on the Eliot-Hine Middle School collaboration team, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Title I Committee of Practitioners, and on the board of two nonprofits focused on expanding after-school programming. Weedon believes in setting high standards and hopes for more cooperation among different schools to achieve those standards.

Mark Naydan

On the PARCC Assessment

Mark Naydan has been a history and government teacher at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland for ten years, and is involved in Northwestern’s PTA and the National Education Association. He has been a resident of Ward 6 for more than 20 years. He is a volunteer taxpreparer and is active in his church. Naydan hopes to bring more technology into the classrooms and improve the reputation of DC schools.

Two Eastern students, Christian Coleman and Dajuan Greene, came straight from football practice to participate in the forum. They voiced concerns about the new PARCC assessment, a test that evaluates students based on Common Core standards. Naydan said that while he believes that standards should be rigorous, he is worried about whether students will be able to meet PARCC standards. “What I think will happen is, the PARCC standards will adjust ultimately,” he said. It will take time get the bugs out and figure out exactly what these standards should be, he said. He also supports alternative testing for students who do not perform well under traditional testing methods. Weedon is a strong advocate of the PARCC assessment and does not support changing it. “We shouldn’t lower those standards; if anything, here in the District, we should exceed them,” he said. He expects test scores to drop significantly at first. “We need to make sure that teachers and schools are getting the resources they need to help students meet the Common Core standards,” he said. There will be lots of work to do to ensure that students are performing at grade level, but “we’re not going to take a shortcut…we’re going to work so that [students] can succeed,” he added. Weedon said he believes the end result will be students that perform at the same level across schools and have the skills they need to compete in college and the workforce.

Joe Weedon Joe Weedon is the Executive Director of Companies for Causes, a nonprofit that engages socially-minded CEOs in the community. He is the father of two students at Maury Elementary School in Ward

On Middle Schools

Ward 6 candidates for the State Board of Education. Mark Naydan, left, and Joe Weedon, right Photo: Robert Pohl

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Natalie Wexler, education blogger and moderator of the forum, asked the candidates if they had any suggestions for much needed improvement in DC middle schools, particularly in Ward 6. Naydan said that he thinks introducing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, a program that provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, in middle schools is an excellent way to prepare students. Some schools have already started doing this and he would like to see more, he said. Middle school is also a perfect time for the brain to absorb foreign languages and that, along with technology, always helps to improve the reputation of schools, he said. Weedon and the Ward 6 community have invested for many years in developing and implementing the Ward 6 Middle School

Plan. The Plan calls for the implementation of the IB Programme at Eliot-Hine Middle School and Jefferson Academy Middle School, and the expansion of high-level math and world languages at all neighborhood middle schools. It also lays out a vision for middle school renovations and growth, including the expansion of Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan through the eighth grade. “We’ve made great progress,” he said, but he disagrees with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson on the effectiveness of DCPS’s implementation. “We need DCPS to step out of its rigid staffing models to fund the programs that will allow middle schools to succeed,” he said.

On Student Mobility Wexler and the students also brought up the issue of student mobility. Thirty percent of DC high school students start and end at different schools, according to a recent study by Raise DC ( pdfs/DME_GradPathways_FinalReport_20140924_vF.pdf). Mobile students are less likely to graduate and graduate on time, the study said. Naydan said “ultimately, we should be teaching the same thing across schools,” which would make transferring a smoother transition. Students and their parents should also have an honest conversation with the administration at schools before making the choice, he said. He also strongly feels that four years is not always enough for some students. We should accept that and not penalize schools for it, he said. Weedon said that student mobility is a serious problem. This problem exists not only in the high schools, but also in the neighborhoods, he said. Students are “losing those relationships with their friends, with their peer groups that

help them succeed,” and this is creating a problem of disconnected youth, he said. “We need to work more closely with parents and engage parents” so that they can determine what students need and make an informed decision about which school to choose, he said. He believes that parents should always choose the best school for their children, but he wants to invest in the neighborhood schools so that schools like Eastern will become the first choice. Both candidates were passionate about serving the Ward 6 community. “I wish we could both do it,” Naydan said.

Endorsements Naydan has been endorsed by the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association (PGCEA), a local affiliate of the National Education Association. Kenneth Haines, President of the PGCEA, said that Naydan is “a tireless advocate for both teachers and children.” It would be an advantage for the Board of Education to have a member who has “first-hand experience of what it means to be a front-line educator,” he said. Weedon has received endorsements from Charles Allen, Democratic nominee for the Ward 6 DC Council; Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Councilmember; Monica WarrenJones, Ward 6 State Board of Education member; and Sharon Ambrose, former Ward 6 Councilmember. Allen said that the most important factor in his reason to support Weedon is that he has a long track record working with Ward 6 schools, and he really knows the schools. “He understands both the successes and the challenges ahead,” Allen said. Both candidates are good people, but “when I look at the experience and the vision, Joe Weedon is the clear winner,” he said. u

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New Elevated Park: A Bridge to Anacostia Development

11th Street Bridge Park plans lead to economic development for Anacostia


fter a seven-month, nationwide design competition, DC residents are looking forward to their first elevated park, similar to the High Line Park in New York City. The selected design was created by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), an architectural firm based in the Netherlands, and Olin Studio, based in Philadelphia. The 11th Street Bridge Park’s foundation will be built on piers that remain from the demolished 11th Street bridge overlooking the Anacostia River. Not only will the bridge park set new heights for recreation in the city, it will continue a development uptick in one of the city’s most stigmatized neighborhoods. “One of the key goals of the 11th Street Bridge Park is to serve as an anchor for economic development,” says Scott Kratz, director of the project. “By creating a regional destination, this new civic space can become a magnet for new businesses on both sides of the Anacostia River.” While the Navy Yard and Capitol Hill communities bustle with restaurants and retail and residential development, Anacostia has been plagued with high crime and unemployment rates – fac-

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by Christina Sturdivant tors that have derailed economic development for decades. When Charles Wilson moved into Anacostia in 2006, options for sit-down dining, retail shopping, and entertainment were scarce. Still he is proud to reside in a community rich in history and cultural heritage, especially among African Americans. “I really love the historic character and charm of the community, that’s what initially got me excited about the neighborhood,” says Wilson, who serves as president of the Historic Anacostia Block Association. When he heard of the bridge park project, Wilson was intrigued. “It’s going to be an exciting time for the neighborhood because of this project,” he says. “It’s going to create a whole new space in Ward 8 that most people haven’t been exposed to.” Wilson welcomed Kratz to association meetings that were among the more than 200 forums that Kratz attended to keep neighbors updated and engaged in the progress of the project. While Wilson has seen recent development along the Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road corridor, including restaurants such as the Big Chair Cafe and Union Town Bar and Grill,

and cultural spaces like the Anacostia Arts Center, which includes retail shops and a cafe, he believes that the bridge park will plateau the neighborhood in a new way. “Historic Anacostia is starting to get national attention because of the proposed bridge park, so [the neighborhood] is definitely going to be much brighter because of this,” says Wilson. “I already hear from people who are interested in the neighborhood because of this proposed project.” Each team in the design competition received current community information, such as the fact that in Capitol Hill the average family income is $145,127, while in the Anacostia neighborhood it is $50,800 and 47 percent of children live in poverty. “From the initial brief, the competition organizers made it clear that one of the key missions for the new bridge park was to provide economic and social benefits for the east side of the river,” says Jason Long, partner-in charge at OMA. In a press release by OMA, Long described the design as “a literal intersection and a dynamic, multilayered amenity … it simultaneously functions as a gateway, a lookout point with expansive views, a canopy that can shelter programs and a public pla-

Anacostia residents hopeful that 11th Street Bridge Park will drive economic development

za where the two paths meet.” The design, entitled “Anacostia Crossing,” includes a central plaza, enclosed café, and environmental center and other features that will form an X, a symbol of the city’s tradition of civic spaces. A report by HR&A Advisors Inc., a real estate, economic development, and energy efficiency consulting firm, estimates that the park will draw 800,000 to 1.2 million visitors a year and be completely accessible for all user groups. The District has committed $14.5 million to the project, which demonstrates the backing of local government and the opportunity to immediately begin hiring consultants for a full-cost estimate, environmental assessment, rights of way, permitting process, and other procedures, says Kratz. The rest of the funding will be secured through sources including individuals, foundations, corporate support, and possibly federal agencies. “Now that we have a final design that folks can look, see, and touch, we are engaging and cultivating these kinds of potential funders,” says Kratz. As early as groundbreaking, Tendani Mpulubusi El, chairman of the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Council, foresees the park as offering advancements for Anacostia residents. “The

construction, developing, and planning of the actual building will create economic stimulus and opportunities for people,” says Mpulubusi El, who has lived in Anacostia since 2004. Like Wilson, Mpulubusi El has seen signs of economic growth in Ward 8 through dining amenities and the entrance of public charter schools, the redevelopment of the St. Elizabeths campus, and projects created by the Great Streets Initiative and business improvement districts. Once construction is complete, employment opportunities will be provided through operations and maintenance, the bridge café, and the environmental center. Additional training and job opportunities could be provided through restoration technologies for the Anacostia River and urban agriculture. And with amenities such as kayak rentals, public art, and performances that will appeal to residents across the city, the bridge park will drive traffic to the neighborhood, stimulating outside businesses to set up shop in the corridor, says Mpulubusi El. “It definitely will be a catalyst for economic development.” Christina Sturdivant is a Washington, DC, native reporting on arts, culture, development, innovation, and revitalization in the District. u

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ANC 6A by Denise Romano

Treasury Tensions When Commissioner David Holmes resigned this spring, the position of treasurer became vacant. In keeping with the by-laws, Commissioner Omar Mahmud, as vice-chair, has been acting as treasurer and will continue to do so until a new treasurer is elected. Chair Nick Alberti has been assisting because he has extensive experience, having served as treasurer from 2003 until he became chair this past January. As Alberti read the treasurer’s report, Commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert objected, contending that all treasury business should be conducted by the vice-chair. Commissioner Mahmud pointed out that there is nothing in the by-laws prohibiting assistance to the treasurer and that many ANCs hire office support to do just that. He had delegated the task of presenting the report to Chair Alberti for the sake of efficiency.

Options Charter School Update Darren Woodruff, vice president of Public Charter Schools, and Shannon Hodge, executive director of Options, gave an update on the future of the school. In November there will be a vote on a new name and there may be a new staff next year. The two schools that

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may take over Options are Phillips School and the Children’s Guild. Both have locations in Maryland and Virginia. There will be a board meeting on Nov. 17 at Friendship Chamberlain Elementary School to approve one or more of these applications. A receiver has been put in place to run the previous version of Options and will select a new operator for the school. Hodge said that the building has received exterior improvements and that they are trying to be attentive to community concerns. The st aff would like to name the school Kingsman Academy, after the elementary school that used to be in its place, and have an alumna of this former school on the board of directors. For more information contact Devonne Robertson at 202-547-1028 ext 229.

The Scoop on 1511 A St. NE Chair Alberti met twice with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) regarding the

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A NICK ALBERTI, CHAIR, 202-329-1193 Serving the Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and Stanton Park communities ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE. Next ANC 6A meeting is 2nd Thursday, November 13 proposed development at 1511 A St. NE. The ANC is working with the community to get the block, which is currently zoned as commercial, rezoned. A developer wants to build a massive structure among two-story homes, but his construction plans seem to have obvious errors.

New Budget Approved Commissioners voted 4-1-0 to approve an ANC budget for fiscal year 2015. A 4-0-1 vote approved allocation of funds for agenda package prep ($200 per month), ANC meeting minutes, taken by Roberta Weiner ($200 per month), and photocopying for ANC business ($600 per month, up to $60 for each committee, and $60 for commissioners).

Expanding the Historic District? The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) has sponsored an architectural historian’s study of the history of Capitol Hill beyond the boundaries of the Capitol Hill Historic District (CHHD). The results will be presented in a series of meetings, the first of which will cover the ANC 6A area and take place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:45 p.m. at Maury Elementary School. The Historic Preservation Office (HPO) will send a representative to answer questions about the logistics of expanding the CHHD or creating new historic districts if there is interest in doing so. The public is encouraged to attend. To view all meeting dates and the different boundary maps visit

Alcohol, Beverage and Licensing Committee Chair Alberti recused himself due to his work with the Alcoholic Bev-

erage Control Board. While he excused himself from the room during the discussion, he returned for the votes for the purpose of having a quorum – but did not vote on any of the recommendations. Commissioners voted 3-1-0 to recommend a motion that the ANC take no action regarding the Class B license renewals for China House, at 1601 Benning Rd. NE; J&K Market, 234 15th St. NE, and M&T Grocer’s Beer and Wine, 201 15th St. NE. In a 3-1-0 vote commissioners recommended a motion to authorize Commissioner Jay Williams to protest the application of Red Rocks, 1348 H St. NE, for expanded entertainment and Sunday hours, should the ABL Committee recommend a protest. Commissioners voted 3-1-0 to recommend a motion to authorize Commissioner Williams to protest 1101 Convenience Mart’s renewal application if the ABL recommends a protest. In a 3-1-0 vote commissioners recommended a motion to authorize Commissioner Williams to submit an amended settlement agreement for Ocopa, 1324 H St. NE, related to its application for a summer garden, and to support a stipulated endorsement. Commissioners voted 3-1-0 to recommend a motion that the ANC renew its protest of the license renewal of XII Restaurant and Lounge (potentially to be operated as Touche, under new management).

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee

3rd Tuesday, November 18, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Jay Williams, 906-0657

Transportation & Public Space Committee

3rd Monday, November 17, 7pm • Capitol Hill Towers, 900 G St. NE Photo ID Required Co-Chairs, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520; Todd Sloves, 347-735-8633

Economic Development & Zoning Committee

3rd Wednesday, November 19, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE • Chair, Dan Golden, 641-5734

Community Outreach Committee

3rd Monday, November 17, 7pm Maury Elementary School • 13th Street & Constitution Ave NE Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

Please check the Community Calendar on the website for cancellations and changes of venue.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C P.O. Box 77876 • Washington, D.C. 20013-7787 • • (202) 547-7168 ANC 6C generally meets the second Wednesday of each month. 214 Massachusetts Ave NE

ANC 6C COMMISSIONERS ANC 6C01 Daniele Schiffman

ANC 6C04 Mark Eckenwiler

ANC 6C02 Karen Wirt (202) 547-7168

ANC 6C05 Mark Kazmierczak

ANC 6C03 Scott Price (202) 577-6261

ANC 6C06 Tony Goodman (202) 271-8707

ANC 6C COMMITTEES Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee First Monday, 7 pm Contact: (870) 821-0531

Transportation and Public Space Committee First Thursday, 7 pm Contact: (202) 641-4264

Grants Committee Last Thursday, 7 pm Contact:

Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee First Wednesday, 7 pm Contact: Twitter: @6C_PZE

Parks and Events Committee First Tuesday, 7 pm Contact:

Transportation and Public Space Committee Commissioner Phillips-Gilbert moved that her name be removed from this line in the Transportation and Public Space Committee minutes: “Some argument followed among neighbors, Ms. Meek and

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Commissioner Phillips-Gilbert, which took up the remaining meeting time.” The commissioner insisted that she was not arguing and that she was verbally attacked by Meeks. After hearing arguments on both sides the motion failed 0-3-2. In a unanimous vote commissioners recommended that the ANC conditionally approve the application for a sidewalk café at 1380 H St. NE with conditions agreed to by the owners. These conditions include closing the outdoor café at the usually mandated hours; only using the space for dining, no live or recorded music; installing a District Department of Transportation-approved fence; having an eight-foot buffer between the space and the sidewalk, and other minor stipulations. In a unanimous vote commissioners recommended that the ANC approve the application for a sidewalk café at 1001 H St. NE presented by Ben’s Chili Bowl. The application has the same stipulations as the aforementioned recommendation. ANC 6A meets on the second Thursday of every month at Miner Elementary School. The 6A committees meet at 7:00 p.m. at the following dates: • Alcohol, Beverage and Licensing, third Tuesday of every month at the Sherwood Recreation Center. • Community Outreach, third Monday of each month, Maury Elementary School. • Economic Development and Zoning, third Wednesday of each month, Sherwood Recreation Center. • Transportation and Public Space, third Monday of every month, Maury Elementary School. Please visit for the latest information regarding meetings. u

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ANC 6B by Jonathan Neeley

Proposed Expansion of the Ugly Mug ANC 6B commissioners voted 6-0-2 to protest the Ugly Mug’s application for a substantial change to its liquor license, saying that the bar’s struggles to uphold its existing settlement agreement are reason to deny it additional seating and service capacity. The Ugly Mug wants to add a second story to its existing building. While the bar doesn’t need a variance to begin construction, it could not operate on the new upstairs floor without approval from ABRA. The second floor would have a capacity of 95 people, bringing total allowed capacity to 198 when you count its outdoor patio. Before 6B’s October 9th Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee meeting, 6B03 commissioner Phil Piesch worked with Ugly Mug owner Gaynor Jablonski to reach a working settlement agreement. Among the stipulations in Piesch’s proposal were that the Ugly Mug store its trash indoors; that the upstairs close no later than 10:30 Sunday through Thursday and midnight on weekends; that the top floor not host bands or DJs and could only play background music; that the bar store kegs inside; that the bar get trash and recycling picked up twice per week; and that the bar power wash its dumpster area twice per month. At the ABC meeting, Jablonski explained that he could comply with the hours, music, trash collection, power washing, and keg requests. Indoor trash storage, however, would be a problem: the building was built in two phases that would require digging up much of the kitchen to accommodate trash storage, a project Jablonski’s architects said would cost almost as much as the building addition itself. After the meeting on the 9th and before the ANC’s regular meeting on the 14th, neighbors expressed a lot of concern over Ugly Mug’s expansion. Many of those same neighbors attended the regular meeting to complain about the Ugly Mug in its existing state. They spoke of odor and noise coming from the building and asked commission-

ers to consider photos from behind the Ugly Mug that included open dumpsters, rat feces, debris, glass, and kegs being stored outside. Linda Elliot, a resident who also led the concern over &Pizza moving in on Barracks Row, stressed that the pictures were taken after the ABC Committee meeting, suggesting that even with his application on the line, Jablonski had not brought his building up to standards. Commissioners agreed that Jablonski is not currently meeting the threshold for being a good neighbor and asked him how he could possibly handle issues like rats—a huge problem along Barracks Row— after doubling in size when he clearly has too much on his plate already. In looking at how the &Pizza case played out (residents and &Pizza ownership went back and forth before the ANC for months until the restaurant was finally approved after making a number of concessions) it’s plausible to think Jablonski will delay his application, up his compliance efforts, and continue working to get the second story approved.

Yes Organic Market At the October 9th ABC Committee meeting, commissioners reached a new settlement agreement with Yes Organic Market (410 Eighth Street SE) at its October 9th ABC Committee meeting. Or, at least, they thought they did… Yes’ owner arrived at the ANC meeting with a signed copy of his 2012 agreement, saying that the new one’s strict requirements for trash and snow removal put him at risk should employees call in sick or a storm prevent him from getting into work. He said Yes didn’t need such a rigid agreement, noting that the store’s Brookland location is very well-maintained despite having no settlement agreement at all. Commissioners weren’t having it. Simply put, they said, settlement agreements have worked well for ensuring 6B’s merchants meet a high standard, and a business needs to sign one if they want the ANC’s support for a liquor license. The commission then voted 7-0-1 to protest Yes’ current application for a license renewal. ABRA is likely to send the case to mediation, which will give Yes and the ANC time to reach an agreement.

Interest in Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club Building The Department of General Services is now accepting Requests for Proposals for the Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club building at 261 17th Street SE. Representatives from Dante’s Partners Firm and the National Center for Victims of Crime both attended the ANC meeting to briefly present their proposals and ask for community input. Each plan included senior living facilities, which the Eastern Branch Task Force specifically requested back in February.

11th Street Bridge ProjectCompletion, Southeast Freeway Reopening Jon Whitney, a representative from the District Department of Transportation, says that the 11th Street Bridge project is nearly complete—11th Street SE is paved and the turn lane at 11th and M SE will be finished in November. Accordingly, DDOT expects to connect Barney Circle to 11th Street by reopening the Southeast Freeway by 2014’s end. Though it is only meant to be temporary until the Southwest Boulevard (a lower-speed, more pedestrian-friendly roadway that will provide access to the waterfront) opens, the freeway’s reopening is controversial. Commissioners and residents alike are concerned that the reopening will undermine and sidetrack current studies on how to build the Boulevard.

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New Apartments at 1333 M Street SE Should Benefit Hill Residents Developer Eric Siegel of the Cohen Companies and Cohen Siegel Investors has proposed an apartment complex at 1333 M Street SE. The project will be a Planned Unit Development, meaning it will receive some zoning relief in exchange for providing amenities and benefits to its neighborhood. Commissioners have asked Siegel to build more affordable housing than the city’s inclusionary zoning laws require, and many PUDs also provide extra bike racks, benches, and street clean up. Tony Ford and Steve Ricks of the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association, which includes boathouses that have been in DC for over 100 years and that are located near 1333 M Street, attended the ANC meeting to speak about their part in the area’s development. They said they’re working on a business plan to redevelop and possibly move marinas both for functionality and for better access to the community.

DC Circulator Transit Development Plan Update 6B Commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter to DDOT in support of the Union StationNavy Yard extension of the Circulator. The letter praises the Circulator’s potential to connect Capitol Hill to the Waterfront and notes that the new line will accommodate students from both neighborhoods who, under DC Public Schools’ new boundary system, will attend Jefferson Middle School. The letter also voices concerns relating to service being unreliable, a lack of weekend service, and the accuracy of ridership counts.

Red Light Camera Request at Pennsylvania and 7th Street Residents have been asking the police department for a red light camera at the intersection of Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Ave SE for nearly two years. While the department has agreed that the intersection is hazardous, it has yet to commit to actually installing a camera.

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6B Commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter urging the department to install a camera at the intersection as well as urging the department to make its process for handling installation requests more efficient. Next Meeting: ANC 6B typically meets on the second Tuesday of the month, but since that falls on Veteran’s Day in November, the next regular meeting will be on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at the Hill Center. u

(3) Naomi Mitchell of Councilmember Tommy Wells’ office announced a job fair on October 17 at Arena Stage, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (4) Commissioner Kazmierczak announced that Driftwood Kitchen, located in the former TruOrleans building, is scheduled to open next week. (5) Commissioner Goodman described the NoMa underpass art competition (voting will occur on the website). Commissioner Goodman also mentioned that Yoga NoMa just opened at First and M Streets NE.

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t the Oct. 8 ANC 6C meeting, a quorum of six out of six commissioners was present (Commissioner Eckenwiler, Commissioner Goodman, Commissioner Kazmierczak, Commissioner Price, Commissioner Schiffman, and Commissioner Wirt).

Community Announcements The following announcements were made: (1) Commissioner Kris Hammond introduced himself as a candidate for D.C. Attorney General. (2) Anwar Saleem said the H Street Festival was attended by about 125,000 people. The Art All Night event on the Hill was also well attended. Commissioner Eckenwiler highlighted the need for better pedestrian traffic flow at “choke points” where people gathered and made it hard to walk, such as by Ben’s Chili Bowl at 10th and H Streets. The commission further discussed the fact that the Art All Night event went until 3 a.m. and had to be shut down by the MPD. Commissioner Saleem stated he was sensitive to resident complaints and responded accordingly. He announced that both he and H St. organizers are looking into holding a National Night Out on New Year’s Eve.

The commissioners voted unanimously to seat Maxine Devilliers as an At-Large member of ANC 6C Transportation and Public Space Committee. Other candidates for this position were encouraged to consider vacancies on the Grants Committee and the Alcoholic Beverage and License Committee. Commissioner Kazmierczak nominated Emily Diamond-Falk to serve on the same committee as the ANC 6C05 representative.

Parks and Events Committee The Playable Arts project was briefly summarized and photos of the 1225 4th Street NE site were circulated. The nearby Elementary School and Planned Parenthood, both prospective tenants of the building, approved the project.

Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee 320 Florida Avenue NE, potential plans for an upcoming PUD by Level 2 Development at the former Burger King location—Todd Christensen: The project for a future mixed use development was described. 2nd and K Streets, ZC # 05-36I, PUD modification for property bounded by L, K, and 2nd Streets NE, hearing October 30, 2014—Chip Glasgow and Toll Brothers: The modifications sought are the following: (1) relocate and consolidate loading facilities along 2nd Street; (2) increase the internal bicycle parking from 55 to 175 spaces; (3) reduce the number of car parking spaces from 329 to 243; (4) increase the number of units from 500 to 525; and reorient the courtyard entrance from 2nd Street to K St. The commis-

sioners voted unanimously to support the modifications, contingent on signing of an MOU regarding denying RPP parking to building residents. Motion: Commissioner Eckenwiler/Commissioner Kazmierczak. Stuart Hobson Middle School, after-hours construction: Commissioner Eckenwiler recounted a chronology of attempts to rein in construction, which was occurring illegally at all hours and disturbing nearby residents. Both DCRA and DGS had offered unsatisfactory explanations of why work was being done without valid permits, and the noise at times exceeded 60 decibels. The commissioners voted unanimously to request permits not be issued beyond the standard 7 am to 7 pm construction hours. The motion included initiation of a FOIA request for documents addressing the illegal actions and prior authorization of up to $100.00 in FOIA fees if needed.

Transportation/ Public Space Committee 440 1st Street NE, Phillips Café application for a sidewalk café. 300 block of N Street NE, potential parking and traffic changes: Commissioner Goodman described the need to keep current signage. If removed, there should be no new parking signs or meters added. Crosswalks at 7th and Morton Streets NE: Commissioner Goodman described the intersection as one where cars do not stop for pedestrians. He moved to paint ladder-type crosswalks




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Community Announcement It was announced that Specialty Hospital (aka Medlink Hospital) had been designated for sale as a result of bankruptcy court. It will be in receivership for 90 days and then sold. ANC 6C meets every second Wednesday of the month at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE at 7 p.m. u

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More News From the Wharf Tim Campbell of the Wharf project presented the project’s construction management plans for upcoming night work on utilities at the waterfront. The work, approved by the community construction group, will allow work from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., probably ending at 5 a.m. He said there would be no jackhammers, just digging, and the work will last a month or month and a half. Commissioner Garber emphasized that the work lights should face the work area, not nearby residences. If there are problems, people are urged to be in touch with Bob Rubenkonig at The construction management plan passed unanimously. Commissioner Litsky raised the issue that Gangplank liveaboard residents were not included in the discussions about the construc-

tion management plan and expressed the view that it speaks to how Gangplank residents are treated. He said that it should be made certain that they are included in future construction group meetings. Rubenkonig reported that the St. Augustine church building will be coming down before the end of October; and that the copper beech tree, which weighed at least 300,000 pounds (150 tons) has been successfully moved and replanted and seems to be flourishing in its new site. Finally, he reminded the Commission that the annual Parade of the Boats will take place on Saturday, December 6th and will include at least 45 boats from Alexandria and Southwest.

Another PUD Extension for DCHA – This Time It’s an Office Building The DC Housing Authority (DCHA) and its development partner, William C. Smith, Inc., presented their request for support for a fourth extension of their PUD status for a proposed office building at 250 M Street SE, between 2nd and 3rd Street because of a continuing lack of financing for the building. The original applications were filed in 2004, with extensions in 2007 and 2008. Contending that while the residential market has picked up considerably—and citing their own current projects, including the Chelsea Park at New Jersey Avenue SE and its next door building, which will include a Whole Foods market, their attorneys stated that they are actively in the market seeking a government agency or other major organization to be a primary tenant for the building.. The building, which will be next door to Canal Park, will be LEED Gold and will irrigate the rain gardens in the park. The building will have four stories, with underground parking. While several Commission members expressed their concern about receiving materials too late to study them adequately, the ANC voted unanimously to write a letter to the Zoning Commission supporting the extension.

Community Benefits for the Soccer Stadium Commissioner Hamilton raised the issue of whether the ANC would support a Community Benefits Agreement for the soccer stadium, negotiated by the Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC), the organization that exists to implement community-decided projects that use funds raised for the community purposes by the ANC as a result of development projects. Currently, the CBCC itself is negotiating with DC United and others involved with bringing soccer to Buzzard Point. Commission Chair Roger Moffatt said he would like to wait until there was something to vote for and then see what it was. CBCC Executive Director Felicia Coutts pointed out that the CBCC was organized to follow up on ANC actions and no more. The Commission voted its support for the CBCC’s efforts to negotiate a CBA in conjunction with the ANC.

Museum of the Bible Seeks Public Space Permit The privately-funded Museum of the Bible, which is being designed for the space formerly housing the DC Design Center (and originally a refrigeration warehouse), at 4th and F Street SW, is now seeking Public Space permits for exterior enhancements that include glass canopies, landscaping including trees, benches and a reshaping of an existing curb cut. Also included is a proposal for a glass

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Announced the resignation of Commissioner David Garber, who is leaving before the end of his term because he is moving out of the ANC area. Members of the Commission, led by Commissioner Carroll, thanked him for his service and his work on complex issues in Southeast. Three people--Meredith Fascett, Josh Hart and T.D. Stanger—are running in the November election to replace him. Unanimously supported a resolution proposed by Commissioner Cloyd in favor of a citywide Circulator bus expansion proposal that includes several changes that would affect the ANC’s community. While it is a long-term plan it would, in three or four years, restore the popular eliminated route that covered the Southwest waterfront. However, during its first phase, probably in 1215, it would extend the line that currently runs from Union Station to the Navy Yard Metro stop in Southeast to continue along M Street to the Waterfront Metro stop in Southwest. Agreed to send a letter to the Zoning Commission supporting an exception to the Capitol Gateway Zoning Overlay at a new residential building at 1244 South Capitol Street to allow the JBG Companies to replace two 30’ loading bays at the north side of the building with

two 20’ bays so that trucks will more easily be able to access the building from the narrow street they will use. Heard a presentation about a new development—Baseball Square—on 1st Street SE between M and N Streets SE. There will be two buildings, a 170-room hotel, and a 325 unit residential rental building. There will also be a two-story retail structure on the ground floor. The construction, which will take about two years, will begin before the end of the year, and they are working with the Nationals as well as DDOT on transportation issues for the streets surrounding the project. The developer will return to the ANC for more discussion. Approved the move of Jenny’s restaurant liquor license from its current location, now closed, to its new location at the former Channel Inn, where it should be opening at the first of the New Year. The commission also supported the granting of a stipulated license, if needed, which will enable the establishment to operate if the Alcoholic Beverage Commission requires a new licensing procedure. Also approved ABC license renewals for Cornercopia, a grocery store at 3rd and K Streets SE, and the 7-11 at South Capitol and M Streets SW.

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Input For Cooper-Gordon Park Officials of the DC Water and Sewer Authority were on hand to seek input for the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project’s proposed restoration plans of Cooper-Gordon Park at the 600 block of Rhode Island Ave NW, project-related lane closures and traffic impact. The boundary tunnel carrying sewage water is 100 feet deep and will terminate at Sixth and R St NW. R St NW will be closed for a three month period to create a park with trees and benches. Project development representatives present said that $75,000 in funds will be put aside to work on public art for that area. The commission stated concern over availability to access the park and noted that compared to other projects in the area, their budget was on the low side. ANC 6E 05 Commissioner Marge Maceda stated her concern over spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to beautify a park and handing it over to the city. “In two years it will go downhill and the city will not do their part to keep it up,” said Maceda. The commission asked if there was an alternative to closing roads surrounding the park for three months. Development representatives said that temporary closure is necessary to complete the project but they will be having a collaboration meeting with contractors next year

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to get the time period reduced. Commissioner Maceda asked that people are made aware that the streets will be ripped up so that other non-related projects can be done to eliminate future construction. The streets will be repaved to its original form with new curb cuts and gutters. The project could start in 2018 and the ANC will communicate support to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for the project but will ask that street closure periods are minimized.

Rachelle Nigro. Nigro further noted, “The only problem I have is with the new brick pattern that will replace the concrete paving. It looks great but after a couple of years they tend to rise above the surface creating a hazard for pedestrians and it takes the city too long to maintain them.” The commission motioned to support the plan but stated that they prefer plain concrete surface rather than the new brick pavers.

Streetscape Planning

A Request for Support for Application for Funding on DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for Public Art was made before the ANC 6E Commission by Longview Gallery. The plan is to improve the aesthetics of the Shaw neighborhood and celebrate its history on P St between Seventh and Eighth St NW. “We believe that it will be the most unique public art experience not only to Shaw but DC as a whole,” said the Longview Gallery representative. The proposed site will be on the back side of City Market and O St NW and will be created by Zachary Oxman who also created the Duke Ellington statue in front of the Howard Theater. Zachary has done work all over the country but is a local artist who was born and raised in the city. The sculpture will be a fixed piece of artwork and will feel like it moves because of its reflective surfaces. “As you move past and around it, you see changes based on your position in relation to the artwork,” said the Longview Gallery representative. Zachary has chosen to focus on three well-known Washingtonians

Douglas Development appeared before the commission to request support for public space permits related to new development at 655 New York Ave NW. New paving and plans are in the works at the corner of New York Ave., Seventh St. and L St. NW. New York Ave. will be repaved with a new pattern and slopes will be corrected to accommodate those with wheelchairs. Three large tree pits will also be installed measuring 12 feet wide. Bike racks will be added and small ramps will be built to facilitate entry into a new 11 story building on Seventh St. On Seventh Street the Eagle Bar will be shifted to another location intact while the Midas Muffler Repair Shop will stay in its place to keep the historic heritage of the area. The Seventh Street side will also feature retail space on the first level of the new building. “My constituents are very excited about the bike racks and delivery trucks being able to enter into the building rather than park on the street and create congestion,” said ANC 6E04 Vice Chair

New Artwork Proposal For Shaw

for the sculpture: Duke Ellington, Alma Thomas and Robert Shaw, the neighborhood’s namesake. Plaques will be placed on the ground to supply information on the historical figures and there are plans for lighting at night. They are asking for $100,000 from the DC Art Commission which will be matched by Roadside Development. Once the project is underway it should take six months to complete and Roadside, Longview and Zachary will be in charge of maintaining the artwork afterwards. The commission motioned support for the grant application.

Other Topics DCPD attended the meeting and reported that auto theft has risen due to individuals leaving items out in the open in their automobiles. Fliers are going to be passed around to give tips and make people aware of the thefts. DCPD also mentioned that bike theft has risen as well. The commission motioned support for Funding from the DC Arts and Humanities Commission for an art project located at the 400 block of P St NW. The request was made by artist Charles Bergen. The commission did not support a request for Support for Addition to Row House for four new curb cuts located on a property at 437 Ridge St NW.

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Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee Report by Charnice A. Milton

Eastern Market Weekend Space Distribution Policy The majority of the October 22 meeting was dedicated to discussing edits to Eastern Market’s vendor and solicitation policy. In past months, residents and EMCAC members alike called for changes to the policy, specifically when it comes to busking, political petitioning, and soliciting. According to the new policy, buskers, defined as “...performers/entertainers who work for tips or CD sales,” must fill out an application and can perform at one of three spaces: two areas along Seventh Street SE and another in Natatorium Plaza (located along North Carolina Avenue SE). There is also a food demo busking place in front of the Frager’s Pad. While for-profit solicitors are not permitted at the market, newspapers sellers, such as those selling the Street Sense newspaper, can do so. The policy on political petitioners was the most discussed topic. According to the new policy, political petitioners, defined as “...individuals petitioning for candidates or governmental reform,” can conduct their business outside Eastern Market; however, while petitioners are not required to rent space, they can do so for $35, the community fee. While Monte Edwards (Secretary and Stanton Park Neighborhood Association Representative) stated that the policy eliminates the option of creating “free-speech zones,” Erika Rubel (Nonfood Vendor Representative) stated that it did not address the issue of petitioners impeding businesses, as some tend to stand in front of booths and interrupt transactions. Another issue involved whether or not petitioners should pay for booth space. Since petitioner groups are similar to community groups, the fee is justified. The policy, with changes, was approved with a 7-0 vote.

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CSAs and Fresh Tuesdays Continuing a conversation that began in the October meeting, ANC Representative Commissioner Ivan Frishberg (6B02) stated that there seems to be an objection to community-supported agriculture (CSA) food distribution on Fresh Tuesdays. “My understanding is these are folks willing to come in and pay for the space. They’re distributing food that’s produced in our food shed, so it’s local...” he said, which fits with the idea of Fresh Tuesdays. EMCAC Chair Donna Scheeder acknowledged that there may be some confusion over what a CSA is and suggested asking Commissioner Brian Pate (6B05), who raised the issue, provide a written explanation of CSAs and refer the matter to the Market Operations Committee.

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The North Hall Coordinator position has been phased out due to budget issues. The new Capitol City Fellow, Nicole Aiken, will create new standard operating procedures for North Hall. John Harrod, the late founder of the Market 5 Gallery was honored with a plaque located near Eastern Market’s north entrance during an October 3 ceremony. The Application Advisory Review Committee evaluated 13 new applications, including eight arts-and-craft vendors, and three Ethnocentric vendors.

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102. Old wind instruments 107. Booty 108. Starts successfully 113. Part of a place setting 114. Gently sloping ridge 115. Hindu doctrine 116. Loose cloak 117. Catch, as in a net 118. More thick


1. Metal fasteners 2. Nirvana attainer 3. Western director Sergio 4. “Wheel of Fortune” purchase 5. Will Smith title role 6. Full house, e.g. 7. Ethically indifferent 8. “Om,” e.g. 9. Choice 10. “Poppycock!” 11. Advance amount 12. Blood fluids 13. H. Rider Haggard novel 14. Spherical bacteria 15. Buffalo 16. Drop down? 17. For 18. Always, in verse 19. ___ gestae 24. Vodka cocktail 25. Atop 30. “The Sound of Music” figure 33. Civil rights concern 34. Sheeplike 35. Auto damage 36. Shift, e.g. 38. If not 39. Bangladesh dough 40. Coastal raptors 41. Church section 42. Arms and legs 43. Teller’s stack 44. Drudge 45. “Belling the Cat” author 46. Asian perennial herb 47. Deserted 48. Grunts

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98. Wildlife photographer Peterson 99. Fragrant oil 100. George Harrison’s “___ It a Pity” 101. Squander 103. Years ago 104. Render speechless 105. Not us 106. Fish usually caught in the winter 108. Doublemint, e.g. 109. Sorority letter 110. Ring count 111. Winter woe 112. Article

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E in DC



by E. Ethelbert Miller

uring the last days of baseball one could find me yelling at the television. I wanted to reach into the screen and take the ball away from Soriano and Storen. Those guys were closers. What were they doing blowing a lead? The closer is the one who finishes strong. There is no room for a mistake. The closer pitches the ninth inning. Things that happen in the first or fifth innings mean nothing. At the end of the day it only matters if the closer gets the save. This month, I will celebrate another birthday. Next year I’ll turn 65. It’s time to think like a closer. All I have to do is look at my bank account and I know that I’m on a team that doesn’t score many runs. But why has my life been filled with so many errors? When I was growing up 65 was the age of retirement. I often heard my parents talking about it as if it was a number you gave to the local bookie. I remember when my father retired. He was suddenly home, sitting in the back room talking to himself. My father, who worked nights in the postal service, appeared to never take a break or call in sick. He hated sports and so he never knew what it meant to go the distance. My father knew how to take care of his family and turn even the smallest paycheck into a win. When he died he left my mother in good financial condition. He saved her from moving into a smaller apartment or someplace where one hides the elderly. Lately I’ve started downsizing and preparing for the next phase of my life. It’s time to be a closer. As a literary activist there are many things I plan to save and protect. In my second memoir, “The 5th Inning.” I openly discussed what I consider to be my failures. Even with more education than my parents I seem to have saved less than they did. I live in a house on a quiet street in Northwest Washington. I guess I’m on the bottom rung of the black middle class. I must be in the group without the prepared conference badge labels. I can’t afford the vacation trips to South Africa or Brazil. My house has only small pieces of African sculpture. Someone tried to place a “Bowser for Mayor” sign in my front yard but I took it down. I know I’m entering the late innings by how I react to race matters. I’m beginning to feel (and sound) like those old black men that stand in front of funeral homes and give directions. Yet, what I have saved are books and literary documents. I’ve given many things to the Gelman Library at George Washington University, where I sit on the advisory board. I wonder how much my children will understand the importance of my personal library. I also worry about the future of the book and book collecting. Too many institutions are simply discarding printed things and going digital. Everyone has a smartphone and a computer. Everyone is looking at a screen as if it was one big scoreboard. We need closers to save a way of life. I recently read about the destruction of culture in places like Iraq and Syria. I am a witness these days to troubling times. I am running out of seasons. My arm is hurting and I’m still learning how to pitch, one day, one strike at a time. Don’t talk about tomorrow when the real game is today. You either win or lose. u

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Australian Dancer and Choreographer Sarah J. Ewing Calls the Hill Home The CityDance Ignite Artist Presents Pieces Throughout the Neighborhood by Meghan Markey


young Australian woman in the Big Apple on vacation takes a leap of faith, and on a whim goes on a single dance audition during her week-long stay. Days later and half a world away she gets an email that will change her life and launch her promising dance and choreography career. Sounds like something straight out of a movie, doesn’t it? For CityDance Ignite artist Sarah Ewing it’s just a part of how she came to settle in the Hill community home for the better part of the past decade.

A Dancer’s Journey Ewing’s introduction to dance began at just five years old, when she took classes at a ballet school held in the local church hall. She continued ballet throughout her adolescence, but it was not until she was 15 that she discovered her real passion strayed from traditional dance disciplines – it was modern dance and choreography that felt like home to her. The theme of “home” would later become an important theme in one of her pieces. She continued to study modern dance, and during her second year of college she was accepted into a month-long summer dance program in Montreal followed by a six-month exchange program in Cologne, Germany. After her stay in Canada she decided to fly to Germany via New York City and spend a week in the infamous “city that never sleeps.” “I wanted to see where ‘Sex and the City’ was filmed, it was very silly – a vacation. I was talking to a salesperson in one of those large department stores, and she said, ‘You should go on an audition while you are in New York!’ It’s the quintessential thing to do. So I went,

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and I got the job, and three months later I moved to Washington, DC.” Her degree on hold, she continued to extend her short-term visa. It eventually became clear she had found a good fit, and a good place to call home – Capitol Hill. She has been here eight and a half years and, while bouncing around different apartments, she’s never left the neighborhood. Ewing is now with CityDance as one of four OnStage Ignite Artists, in addition to heading her own professional troupe, S.J. Ewing & Dancers. OnStage Ignite is a program that supports talented dancers from all over the world by providing rehearsal space at Strathmore in Maryland and assisting with the nuts-and-bolts administrative side of being an artist, everything from assistance editing grant applications or helping with marketing, to sourcing performance venues.

Australian Homeland Earlier in the year Ewing received a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF). She knew about the Hill Center through a friend, who suggested she contact them as a potential venue to perform her piece “Australian Homeland.” The piece was originally commissioned by the Kennedy Center and performed at the Millennium Stage last year. Ewing is interested in the concept of “home” and uses her native Australia as a backdrop to explore how div e r s e

populations call the same place home, and the struggle that often occurs between cultures. “It’s about Australia, and like a lot of countries, it has an enormous history. We had waves of Europeans arrive even though there was a large indigenous population already residing there with its own rich history. There’s a large Greek population in northern Australia, a huge population of Vietnamese people. It’s this big melting pot, very similar to America. I was interested in exploring how all these different people and cultures call Australia home and how they coexist.” Ewing further stresses that although the piece uses Australia, the theme is a universal one – “Why do we call home ‘home’? Sometimes it’s through someone we meet and want to stay with, sometimes it’s through our jobs, and sometimes it’s through thousands of years of blood-

line; everyone has their own reasons for defining it,” she explains. Ewing was thrilled to receive a grant from CHCF, especially since it comes from her own backyard. “It was really exciting to find out about the grant, and to come from a funding body that really is the community. To be supported to do my own work in what is now my home was really cool,” she says. This past September, Ewing and her dance company performed the piece outside at the Hill Center. Participants in CityDance’s DREAM program, their flagship community program, also performed at the Hill Center along with Ewing.

Community Outreach DREAM is a 32-week after-school program for elementary students in third through fifth grades, offered at schools across the city. Participants receive two twohour sessions of dance class a week. The program’s goal is to use dance as a form of youth development by teaching children to work collaboratively, build confidence, and instill a connection to their community through performances and field trips. Ewing recognizes that not all children will take naturally to dance, but the program strives to tease out a child’s strengths and nurture them in an effective way. Ewing recalls a particularly withdrawn student in one of her DREAM classes. Instead of chastising the student, Ewing asked her to be her helper: setting up for class, organizing the music, moving tables and chairs. “It took maybe two days and her whole attitude changed from the child that had no interest, to being up in front at the center saying, ‘C’mon, Ms. Sarah is talking (continued on pg. 77)

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Scenes from last year’s Veteran’s Day. It’s not Arlington, but just as meaningful. A piper, boy-scouts, big crowd of locals - a true community event.

Stay on the Hill to Honor Our Veterans American Legion Post 8’s Stirring Ceremony, Nov. 11 Article and Photos by Maggie Hall This year’s Veterans Day ceremony - staged by Post 8, the American Legion of Capitol Hill - will feature a “Top-Gun” officer, a secret surprise for two VIP guests and, a drum roll please, the welcome return of a favorite attraction. The Marine Drum and Bugle Corp, known affectionately as “The Commandant’s Own,”

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will take a break from its countrywide and world travels to pay its respects to, and honor, veterans of all wars. Last year they could not attend the event, but this November 11th it will be back in all its ritual and musical glory supplying the traditional pomp and circumstance. And for the Director of the

band, Major Brian Dix, the Veterans Day appearance will be heavy with personal emotion. It will be

one of his final concerts before retiring. A marine since 1983, Major Dix has led the band since 1998

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- during which time he has composed many musical scores honoring American military heroes. He has also introduced its majestic music to millions of people. The band travels upwards of 50,000 miles a year in the US and abroad. The keynote speaker, Major Admiral Markham K Rich, is Commandant, Naval District Washington and will infuse his speech with the experiences of a ‘top-gun’ who has 3,800 flight hours and over 900 landings on aircraft carriers, under his webbed belt, not to mention his impressive chest full of decorations. They include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike and Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal. As for the secret surprise awaiting a couple of the guests at the ceremony? The Rag’s lips are sealed. But the gesture that will be afforded the two of them, by Post 8, is exceptional - and guaranteed to delight and humble in equal measure. It will also give the assembled crowd a special moment in which to reflect on the reasons they are being honored. But the core of the ceremony will be the wreath-laying by officers of Post 8, accompanied by a color-guard. Then, sealing the emotion of the stirring ceremony, there will be a bag-piper playing Amazing Grace, while the echoing sound of a lone bugler will fill the park with the moving strains of Taps. The younger generation will also play an important role. The Boy Scouts, from the troop attached to Bolling Air Force Base will distribute programs and help the elderly, or anyone who need assistance, to their seats. After the ceremony everyone is invited to the lunch reception at the Post, where there will be a chance to meet and chat to those who have taken part, as well as an opportunity to find out about the community outreach programs and services, plus the varied social activities, provided by the Post. As TV reporter and Hill resident Sam Ford, said, in his report last year for Channel 7 (WJLA), “At American Legion Post 8, Veterans Day is special.” The ceremony in Folger Park, opposite the Post 8 building on the corner of 3rd and D, SE, will start at 11:00 a.m. For more information call 202-543-9163. u

you, better listen to this!’ And then that translates back to her other academics as well.” The program is so popular that in 2012 CityDance created a DREAM Alumni program. This allowed DREAM graduates to continue their dance studies through middle and high school and also have an opportunity to mentor younger participants, apply for summer internships with CityDance, and receive assistance on college applications. There are currently also three students from this program who received scholarships to CityDance’s School & Conservatory.

Future Projects On the heels of “Australia Homeland” Ewing is working on new projects and collaborating with two of her fellow Ignite Artists for performances that will debut at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, slated for February 2015. Dubbed “Intersections,” Ewing explains that they will explore how dance in their different cultures works together. Asanga Domask, a dancer and choreographer from Sri Lanka, specializes in traditional Sri Lankan dance and has been lauded for her efforts as a cultural ambassador of Sri Lanka. Robert Priore, from Buffalo, N.Y., is CityDance’s current choreographer-in-residence and is known for his athletic style and commanding aesthetic. “The whole point of having arts institutes like CityDance,” notes Ewing, “is to share and learn with each other and have a constant dialogue.” Sounds like Sarah Ewing has found a home in Capitol Hill – and the community is lucky to have such a talented and dedicated dancer, choreographer, and teacher in our neighborhood. u

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The River Whisperer

Gabe Horchler Peacefully Commutes to Work Along the Anacostia


here’s plenty of room for more commuters.” Not a sentiment heard often in the DC metro area, where the streets and highways are clogged every workday. But for Gabe Horchler commuting is literally a breeze as he steers his rowing shell down the Anacostia River each day from Bladensburg to his job as head of the Law Cataloging Section of the Library of Congress. Horchler grew up in northeast Philly where he and his friends would take anything they thought might float out on the Delaware River. He always wanted to row, envious of those fancy

by Bill Matuszeski clubs along the Schuylkill that you glimpse from the train pulling out of 30th Street Station on the way to New York City. He got his chance when he moved to Cheverly 25 years ago, where he and his wife raised five daughters, now 18 through 32. After discovering the Anacostia as a place to spend time in his shell on weekends, he began to think of how he might commute to work by boat, and beginning 15 years ago he put his plan into action. He bicycles 10 minutes from home to the Bladensburg Marina and Waterfront Park, rows 50 minutes in his shell to the Anacostia Community Boathouse near the Sousa Bridge, and rides another bike 15 minutes to the Library.

Gabe Horchler on his commute to work. Photo: Joani Nelson Horchler

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Horchler loves the tranquility of the river, the waterfowl and birds, and the fresh air. Just last month he reported that “rowing home yesterday, as I rounded the bend upstream of Hickey Run, the sun was setting behind Hickey Hill. It was high tide, the water was clean, and as I was admiring the beautiful sunset streaming through the magnificent cloud formations, a huge bald eagle soared overhead, It was astonishing.” Not a bad commuter experience. A week later, on his way to work Horchler encountered an eagle couple “sitting in a tree on the west bank, just downstream of the Arboretum, and coming from a tree on the opposite bank was the very distinct chirping of eagle chicks. So it looks like we have an entire family on the River now.” Horchler spends many hours as a volunteer for the Anacostia Watershed Society and as a longtime member of the Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee for the river clean-up. One of his favorite spots is the dock at the base of the Arboretum’s Asian Gardens, where he always stops on his commute to rest and take in nature. This has led to a special relationship with the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA). Because it extends into the flow, the dock serves to catch a large amount of trash that still comes down the river. Horchler collects and bags the trash, but he had nowhere to dispose of it. Enter the FONA staff. Horchler e-mails them when he has filled a bag and leaves it along the dock where they retrieve it for disposal. Despite the continuing

problems of trash, and especially plastic bottles, Horchler has seen numerous signs of improvement in the Anacostia over the years. Many acres of wetlands have been restored. More and more miles of hiking and biking trails are opening up along the river and its tributaries. The massive underground combined-sewer storage facility near RFK Stadium is progressing well, promising a day when storm-related sewage overflows are history. Most of all, there are a lot more people on the river – high school and college crews practicing, rowing schools, students on field trips. As more and more people see the spectacular natural beauty of the river, it cannot help but put pressure on upstream politicians to resist the plastic and bottle lobbies and pass the laws that will reduce the trash. Despite the increased activity on the Anacostia, Horchler is still the only river commuter, as far as he knows. There have been rumors of others, but he has not encountered them, as much as he would like to. He has some years to do so. As he says, “I love my commute; it’s what makes me hesitate to think about retirement.”


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South by West by William Rich Buzzard Point Stadium Not a Done Deal Yet DC United is leading the Eastern Conference and headed to the playoffs, but will they be celebrating the news of a new soccer stadium on Buzzard Point this fall? At a soccer stadium open house in late September representatives from the District government, DC United, and developer Akridge had a series of information stations covering different aspects of the proposal, such as transportation and planning. This open house follows a forum hosted by the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) back on Sept. 15. Over the summer a series of plans and studies were conducted for the stadium proposal and surrounding Buzzard Point neighborhood, including a Special Events Study, a Transportation Management Plan, and the Buzzard Point Urban Design Framework. Here’s what we now know about the proposal.

The Stadium The District and DC United propose a $300 million, 20,000-seat soccer stadium on Buzzard Point at 2nd and R streets SW, about two blocks southwest of Nationals Park. There is a chance that in the final design the number of stadium seats could decrease to 18,000. The District will contribute up to $150 million in a series of land swaps with Akridge and Pepco, as well as infrastructure improvements needed for the stadium site. A tax abatement will be provided to the team over a period of 20

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years. The land swaps will allow the District to provide a subsidy for the stadium without breaching the debt limit cap placed on the city. DC United will contribute the remaining $150 million to build the stadium. Major League Soccer’s season lasts from March to November, and most of DC United’s home matches occur on weekend nights. Once the stadium opens in spring 2017, there will be an average of 23 home matches per season with an average attendance of 19,200; five sold-out international soccer matches; three sold-out concerts; five community events with an average attendance of 4,000 people; and 10 other events with an average attendance of 6,000 people for a total of 46 events a year.

Buzzard Point The Urban Design Framework developed for Buzzard Point will inform and guide public and private development decisions for the next 10 years. Development on Buzzard Point will be focused toward the rest of the Capitol Riverfront BID area along Potomac Avenue SW in order to protect the existing housing north of the stadium site. A riverfront esplanade will connect to Yards Park and a more naturalized shoreline is envisioned. A maritime museum is planned for a site that lines up with the axis of the Capitol and the soccer stadium south of the proposed traffic oval on South Capitol Street SW. The addition of residential units on Buzzard Point will come from new con-

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC United owner Jason Levien sign a term sheet at a press event in July 2013 announcing the soccer stadium deal on Buzzard Point. Photo: William Rich

struction on empty lots and also from the repurposing of existing buildings in the area including the Transpoint Building, 1900 Half Street, and the Buzzard Point Power Plant.

Transportation Outgoing Ward 6 Council Member Tommy Wells stated at the SWNA forum that “we need to make sure we have the public infrastructure that serves the neighborhood.” The nearest Metro station is over a half-mile away, and the route that pedestrians would use to arrive at the stadium would need to be upgraded. Two streetcar routes are planned to terminate on Buzzard Point – the North-South line and the Anacostia line. They are not scheduled to be completed until 2020 at the earliest; however, the DC Council recently voted to cut streetcar funding for future lines. The Special Events Study for Near

SE/SW concluded that there will be major congestion at key intersections due to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on game days, especially when multiple events are occurring, such as a soccer match, a baseball game at Nationals Park, or a concert at The Wharf. In an effort to alleviate traffic in the residential area north of the stadium there is a proposal to convert Half Street, from P Street to Potomac Avenue SW, to a “festival street” during game days similar to Half Street SE during Nationals games. During the 2012 MLS season at RFK Stadium, 37-41 percent of attendees used alternative transportation options to automobiles. It is expected that the non-automobile share will be higher at a Buzzard Point site (65 percent) despite the longer distance to Metro than at RFK, since parking will be limited nearby and will be more expensive. About 6,400 parking spaces within walking distance have been identi-

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fied across several lots, many of which are also used for Nationals games. Approximately 610 spaces will be located in a parking lot across the street from the stadium at Akridge’s 100 V Street lot until that site is redeveloped as a mixed-use project. Most of the spaces are located in parking lots east of South Capitol Street near Nationals Park. As these lots get developed, parking will be lost, but some will be built in office buildings with parking garages that can be used by soccer patrons. While the stadium will open in 2017, the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge and traffic oval will not open until 2018. Therefore access to parking facilities near the Anacostia Metro station will be limited. Further improvements along the South Capitol Street corridor will be completed in a later phase.

Community Benefits Over the summer the Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC), a member of the Winning Goal Coalition, met with neighborhood stakeholders to develop a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) to ensure that residents who live nearest to the proposed stadium site benefit from the project and are not displaced. The initial terms of the CBA include a $5 million community fund for youth activities, workforce development, training for area residents, small business opportunities, housing, and traffic and safety issues. After submitting the draft CBA to the city and team officials at the behest of the DC Council, the group received a joint response about a month later, but it was not what the CBCC hoped. In their response the city and team offered very few concessions (with the exception of the remote possibility of a health care center), basing their reasoning on the theory that “this project is designed to benefit all 600,000-plus residents of the District not just the 14,000 individuals of ANC 6D.” Although the city as a whole may benefit from the stadium deal, ANC 6D will feel the brunt of any pitfalls, including traffic, noise, environmental concerns, potential displacement, and other issues. City Administrator Allen Lew “doesn’t seem to appreciate the need to present true and tangible remediation solutions to the low-income residents who live in

closest proximity to the highly-toxic Buzzard Point stadium site, which, if developed, will certainly exacerbate respiratory health conditions for the elderly and children who live in the area,” said Felicia Couts, coordinator for the CBCC. The DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI), a part of the Winning Goal Coalition, was also not pleased with the response. DCFPI Policy Analyst Wes Rivers stated: “The District is proposing to give DC United hundreds of millions of dollars in land, infrastructure, and tax breaks. So it seems only fair that the team and the city take steps to protect and benefit the community – and it’s unfortunate that they are disregarding the concerns of the surrounding communities.” The Winning Goal Coalition will continue to lobby the DC Council to include a CBA in the pending legislation despite the tepid response to a CBA by the Gray administration and the team.


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DC Council Council Chairman Phil Mendelson was at the SWNA forum and gave some additional color on the proposal from the perspective of the DC Council. Three committees will be evaluating the pending stadium bill – Government Operations, Economic Development, and the Committee of the Whole. Hearings have been held on the stadium, but more will be scheduled before votes are taken. The Council will not vote before the November election but will likely vote before the end of the year. The Council is waiting for consultant CSL International to finish a cost-benefit analysis on the stadium deal before they move forward. According to Mendelson there are two separate issues before the Council – the stadium serving as an economic development booster and whether the city wants DC United to stay in the city. Mendelson said that if the stadium proposal were just for $150 million, there would be enough votes to pass the bill. However, the stadium proposal is complicated, involving a series of land swaps, tax abatements, and other provisions, so the bill’s prospect in the Council is uncertain.


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H Street Life


ew businesses continue to flock to the H Street NE corridor, and this month we look at four very different new options that include a dogfriendly restaurant, a whisky-andbourbon spot serving retooled cowboy cuisine, a place for bagels and bialys, and a shop specializing in house-made fermented Asian offerings.

Driftwood Kitchen Offers an Elegant Option on the Western End Neighbors have watched the work at 400 H St. NE with interest over the past several months. That wait is now paying off in the form of Driftwood Kitchen (, a restaurant serving New American cuisine with Mediterranean influences, prepared in the French style. They’ll be using all fresh ingredients, locally sourced whenever possible. When I spoke with owner Eric Tollar about his new venture he told me excitedly that he has been spending a lot of time at local farmers markets. The food menu features offerings like seafood stew (mussels, calamari, saffron, tomatoes, and crostini) for $14, pan-roasted duck (whole duck breast, massaged kale, star anise jus, with vanilla parsnip purée) for $24, and gnocchi (hand-rolled potato gnocchi, marinated tomato, foraged mushrooms, with autumn vegetables) for $12. Entrées range in price

by Elise Bernard from $12 to 24. The kitchen has been spending a lot of time preparing custom spice blends, and Tollar told me they will smoke their own paprika. Toller sources many of his spices from Blue Nile Botanicals (near Howard) because the selection is amazing and the spices are always fresh. Those spices are not just for the food. During my visit I heard about intriguing plans for a barrel-aged Mediterranean spiced rum – just one of the barrel-aged cocktails you’ll be able to order. Driftwood Kitchen will also offer house-made seasonal craft sodas. Look for hibiscus mint, ginger, and rootbeer flavors soon. Patrons can enjoy these as plain sodas or add a scoop of homemade ice cream for an extra-special float. The bartender can even spike it for you if you so desire. In the mood for quaffing something more conventional? Order one of the 11 seasonal beers they’ll have on tap, including local drafts from DC Brau, Atlas, and Heavy Seas. Cider drinkers and those with a gluten intolerance needn’t feel left out, as I’ve heard that one of the “beer” taps will actually be devoted to cider. Those who favor wine will find 14 bottles by the glass, including a prosecco on tap. A small selection of wines will be available only by the bottle. Those dining with young children will be pleased to learn that while Driftwood Kitchen does not have a set children’s menu they will be able to accommodate young diners (simply ask your server about available options). They do have highchairs. Situated on a corner lot, Driftwood is blessed with a siz-

able patio, 100 percent dog friendly. Tollar is a dog owner and wants his guests to feel free to bring their canine friends along when dining. Look for leash hooks and water bowls provided as needed.

Kitty’s Saloon Brings a Western Flavor to the H Street NE Corridor In the mood for a meal sure to please the pickiest cowboy? Head on down to Kitty’s Saloon (, 1208 H St. NE) for some down-home grub. Appetizers like the poutine crispy fries (fries topped with Andouille gravy and smoked gouda) for $8 and the chef’s grits and gumbo bowl (made with a deep roux and filé powder) for $5 come just in time for the cooler weather. Heartier appetites can be sated with entrées like Kitty’s custom blend burger ($7), made with short rib and brisket and served with thinly sliced red onion, fries, and a side of gravy for dipping. On the higher end they offer the roast squab perloo ($23) with Creole spices, rice, corn, and okra. Entrées range in price from $7 to 28. They don’t have a printed kids menu, but the kitchen can whip up something special for younger diners. They do not have highchairs. Kitty’s currently has six beers on tap (Shiner Bock $6, Atlas Rowdy $6, Abita Amber $6, Dogfishhead 90 Minute $7, Goose Island $7, and Allagash Curieux $12). All taps will rotate. Look for a selection of bottled beers ($3-9) and beers in cans ($3-6). Those who prefer cocktails can enjoy one of their house creations. I tried the refreshing Autumn for Rickey ($10), which consists of Green Hat Gin, fresh juice, and blackberry jam. The whisky/ bourbon-focused upstairs bar

Kitty’s Saloon makes their Autumn for Rickey from local Green Hat Gin, fresh juice, and blackberry jam.

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isn’t open yet (give it a month), but they have a nice list of bourbon, whisky, rye, and scotch that you can enjoy downstairs.

Bullfrog Bagels Has You Covered for Breakfast and Beyond Bullfrog Bagels (, inside the Star and Shamrock at 1341 H St. NE) might be new, but the secret is definitely out. These bagels are delicious. Expect a line when you come in search of a lazy weekend carb fix. Order them by the bag, with a schmear, or in sandwich form. Try The Worst (liverwurst, Vidalia onion, mayonnaise, and black pepper) for $6, or the whitefish salad for $8 per 6 ounces ($1.25 per ounce). They also have a tasty house-cured smoked salmon you really ought to sample. Vegan cream cheese is available for those who don’t do dairy. Bullfrog Bagels is open 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday.

Honeycomb Brings Asian Flavors to Union Market Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground (, 2nd floor of 1234 H St. NE) has opened a new shop called Honeycomb inside Union Market (http://unionmarketdc. com, 1309 5th St. NE). Honeycomb sells fresh produce as well as a variety of homemade sauces and fermented goods (nuoc cham, hoison, kimchi, and kombucha among them). Shoppers will find an array of Asian goodies not limited to snacks, candies, and condiments. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street NE please visit my blog, http://frozentropics. You can send me tips or questions at elise.bernard@gmail. com. u


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Barracks Row Events by Sharon Bosworth afternoon unleashing their inner graffiti artist and drawing cryptic doodles. We witnessed Zip Car managers spending hours cleaning the windshield so they could drive home the rolling work of art.

Keep on Truckin’ Several fashion trucks joined us. Brooke Jordan (who owns a simple white straight truck called The Thread Truck from which she sells women’s clothing) found so many Capitol Hill fashionistas that before noon she had signed up for 2015 Fall Festival. Did you know BRMS curates booths and trucks at the festival, prohibiting products or menus that directly compete with our businesses? The Reba’s Funnel Cake truck – a company focusing on festival food – did brisk business all day. But our non-compete policy did not stop some Row business owners like Greg Menna of District Doughnut, 749 8th St, SE, to invite a food truck friend to set up in front of his shop. There fairgoers discovered the bow-tied Brandon Byrd owner of Goody’s Frozen Custard which sells custard made from a mid century recipe from a well preserved, retro 1970s van. Combined doughnut/custard treats were concocted by Menna and Bryd just for the Festival.

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ere in the center of Capitol Hill’s business district, it’s not all about business or even about politics. Fifteen years and many celebrations later, our Barracks Row Main Street events have become an integral part of neighborhood life. This year the Fall Festival stage at 8th and G St, SE, was booked with back-to-back acts including a tap dancing horse and the Georgetown Chimes. If you haven’t been to the Festival in recent years it’s definitely time to take a fresh look at its unique evolution.

Back of the House Superstars Our newest event, the Barracks Row Culinary Education Crawl, came into being because of the compact cooking world our chefs work in daily. Because our restaurants are locatAuto Art! Ccourtesy of Zip Car.

Puppies, Peonies and Graffiti, This year Fall Festival booth sites sold out in early September and we established a wait-list. But the list cleared fast when we opened up G Street to booths. Organizations that market from trucks had great results on the new G Street spur. The Washington Animal Rescue League pulled in with their truck full of puppies and kittens. As soon as neighborhood kids spotted the WARL van they had playmates all afternoon. Even more interaction with other creatures awaited kids at our petting zoo full of farm animals set up in front of Chat’s Liquors, 503 8th St, SE. Holding down the corner site a new flower truck, Sarita Floral Design sold out of most of their plants and arrangements quickly. They’ve already signed up for next year’s festival. On the west side of the intersection Zip Car set up a Hyundai Elantra for fairgoers to decorate. Kids and adults spent the

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ed so close to each other, it is possible to transform 8th Street into an easy-to-access cooking school campus for a weekend. This year’s Culinary Crawl runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16. Think of Culinary Crawl 2014 as your preThanksgiving warm up. Learn recipes and techniques to amaze family and friends. Review the course offerings and buy tickets for the classes of your choice at www.culinaryeucationcrawlnovember2014.eventbrite. com Prices for cooking classes vary widely but start at $20.00. Several chefs are new to the event this year. Meet Renee Ro whose family owns CafÊ Kimchi, 751 8th St, SE. As expected, CafÊ Kimchi plans to offer a course in Classic Korean Kimchi. But there’s a twist. The instructor will be Renee’s sister Priscilla who is enrolled at Culinary Institute of America in New York. The Kimchi recipe however will be the family’s own taught to Renee and Priscilla by their mom. Next door at District Doughnut, le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Christine Schaeffer will take her small class through three hours of serious training on pastry making with a focus on doughnuts. Chefs from Ambar, 523 8th St, SE; Belga, 514 8th St, SE; and Lavagna, 539 8th St,, SE will also teach recipes from their home countries. But Ambar’s Ivan Zivkovic has taken traditional Balkan Sarma in a new direction. Instead of using ground pork and ground beef, Zivkovic will teach how to make Sarma Appetizer made with pork belly. Students graduate by tucking in to to a serving of Sarma chased with Serbian Rakia (similar to brandy).

Thanksgiving Assistance Our national eat-at-home celebra-

tion is fast approaching. Make it your launch pad for new family favorites with a fresh recipe from the chefs at Culinary Crawl. If you plan to delve into organic cooking for the big day, you’re in luck. Not only do we have Eastern Market one block north but at 410 8th St, SE, we also have Yes! Organic Market. The right wine for the occasion is within walking distance at both Chat’s Liquors, and DCanter, 545 8th St, SE. Is your back to the wall in your tiny kitchen? Consider outsourcing dessert from Sweet Lobby 404 8th St, SE, or District Doughnut. Or order your dessert course from one of our restaurants– maybe that epic bread pudding with bacon from Senart’s Oyster and Chop House, 520 8th St, SE, or the unbelievable Key Lime Pie from Zest Bistro, 735 8th St, SE. Faced with a malfunctioning meat thermometer? Hill’s Kitchen, 713 D St, SE, is open until 2:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day! No matter what the occasion - New Years Eve, Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, homecomings, birthdays and wedding anniversaries - walk over to the Row for dine–in or take-out options. Most of us on Capitol Hill reside in small, historic houses and turn-of-the-Century apartment buildings. Let our Row dining establishments become your home away from home dining room ready to embrace the largest extended families. If you plan to go home for Thanksgiving, bring the Row with you. Gifts for cats and dogs abound at Metro Mutts, 407 8th St. SE and Howl to the Chief, 731 8th St. SE. Remember the cooks in your family–-quite possibly the very ones who launched you onto your foodie path- with special gifts from Homebody 715 8th St, SE, and Hill’s Kitchen. Cheers! u

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by Shaun Courtney

he boundaries of the Capitol Hill Historic District (CHHD) could expand north and east if neighbors make use of the results of a soon-to-be-released study by architectural history firm EHT Traceries commissioned by Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS). Nearly five years after an unsuccessful attempt to create a new historic district in Capitol Hill’s Bar-

Capitol Hill Community Gears Up for Debate on Historic District Expansion

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ney Circle neighborhood, the report raises the idea of an expansion of the CHHD. A new round of public meetings convened by CHRS will provide residents an opportunity to debate expanding protections designed to conserve the neighborhood’s unique historic architectural identity.

The Mechanics of Historic Districts There are more than two dozen neighborhood historic districts in DC. Within the boundaries of every one, the DC Historic Preservation Office (HPO) and the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) have jurisdiction over any “new construction and any addition, alteration, or repair to the exterior appearance of a historic property when a building permit is required.” A permit is not necessary to paint your home or add landscaping. However, any replacement of windows, the building of fences, or other changes to a property’s hardscape require prior approval by HPO and possible review by HPRB. For an historic district to be expanded or added to the official District of Columbia Inventory of Historic Sites there is a community-based process: First, a community organization, either a neigh-

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borhood civic association or advisory neighborhood commission, gathers data necessary to support a case for historic designation, meetings are held to discuss the significance of historic designation for property owners, answer questions and receive feedback. This usually takes about six months. After building consensus, the group submits a nomination to HPO. Based on the nomination, HPO drafts guidelines for a proposed historic district. HPO staff holds community meetings to explain proposed guidelines and answer questions about historic designation. This process takes anywhere from three months to a year. Designation then goes before HPRB for review. If HPRB approves, HPO submits recommendation for inclusion on the National Register. The historic designation is now legal and enforceable under DC law.

Learning from The Past In 2010, CHRS led an unsuccessful effort to create a Barney Circle Historic District (BCHD). The extensive nature of the BCHD guidelines “caught people by surprise,” stated Brian Flahaven, the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for the neighborhood and BCHD opponent. “No one should ever be caught off-guard,” stated Ward 6 Democratic Nominee Charles Allen recalling the conversations between neighbors and the CHRS over the BCHD. Allen is glad to see that CHRS focusing its efforts on outreach and education this time around. HPO also learned lessons from the Barney Circle effort. “As was clear in, for instance, the situation in Barney circle, if there’s not enough communi-

ty support for an application, then it really doesn’t move through the system,” said David Maloney, State Historic Preservation Officer and the Office of Planning’s Associate Director for Historic Preservation. Flahaven and Allen both expressed an interest in a less restrictive alternative to a historic district, known as a conservation district. They are used across the country to provide an additional level of oversight for construction or alterations in neighborhoods that may not meet the guidelines set forth for inclusion in the National Register of historic places. “It would target design review for third-story additions and design review for new construction, but it wouldn’t cover all the other pieces that people didn’t care about like windows and doors” explained Flahaven. “Right now it is an all-or-nothing proposal,” said Flahaven about historic district expansion. “The conservation district alternative would provide some middle ground that may be more politically possible and also acceptable for residents than the full historic district.” DC law does not currently provide for conservation districts. “I think an historic preservation district is a much better way to go” said Nick Alberti, chair of ANC 6A. His home is within the current boundaries of the CHHD, but other parts of the ANC he chairs are not. As they drafted their zoning revisions, the Office of Planning (OP) was working with HPO on possibly including conservation districts with their recommendations to the Zoning Commission. But the R-4 changes scheduled for review in January do not include conservation districts. “We are no longer pursuing conservation districts,” Tanya Stern, a spokeswoman for the Office of Planning said in an email. “We determined that it just wasn’t workable.” For his part Allen said he would like to pursue legislation on conservation districts if he is elected on Nov. 4. Come January when Allen would be in office there will be a new mayor and a new head at OP. In the meantime, CHRS is proceeding with its community discussions and is prepared to put forth a nomination that includes a limited number of squares or that lets individual blocks choose to opt in or not.

Here Is What My Clients Are Saying... The result of Dare’s techniques yielded multiple offers above asking price “An Application in a Box” Any expansion of the Capitol Hill Historic District rests in large part on the value of architecture within the added areas. The new study, which contains historical data about the approximately 5,300 buildings, provides neighbors with the information to make their case, should they choose to. EHT Traceries has taken photos of each residential property in the study and included information like why it was built, for whom it was built and why it looks the way it does, among other contextual factors. CHRS is hosting a series of community meetings in November. At these sessions, EHT Traceries will present their findings and recommendations–based on the consultants’ more than 200-page report, which will be released in November. Whether or not the public chooses to expand the historic district, cataloging the architectural history of greater Capitol Hill is important, said Beth Purcell, the chair of the CHRS historic preservation committee. The study will be a resource for neighbors wishing to preserve the historic character of their neighborhood, a sort of “historic district application in a box,” stated Purcell. According to Purcell, historic designation is analogous to a “defensive move” one would make in a chess game. The benefits are having a say in the process when a developer wants to build something new, create a “popup” or demolish a structure, she said. There are certainly downsides to historic designation, Purcell admits. For example, there are restrictions on external changes to homes such as vinyl siding or non-historic window styles. For those and other reasons, many neighborhoods will choose not to pursue historic status. Still, as Alberti reminds his neighbors, “There are very few things that you can’t do to your home in a historic district.” “We certainly think that having historic district status is a good thing, but we’re not going to force it on anyone,” said Lisa Dale Jones, president of CHRS. While CHRS’s consults have been conducting their study, Advisory Neighborhood

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ANC 6C Forges Ahead Independently ANC 6C recently concluded an extensive period of community discussion over the historic nomination of an area of four squares, totaling 170 contributing buildings. These structures would to be added to the CHHD. The process there involved numerous community meetings over the course of several months, said Mark Eckenwiler, chair of the ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee. “Part of the process is for these things is just talking to the residents; making people aware of what is entailed in historic district expansion and talking that through over a period of time,” Eckenwiler added.

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Next Steps The next several months will focus on community conversation and information-sharing as CHRS presents its commissioned report to the community. It is likely some areas will decide to pursue historic designation, just as others will not. Where those lines will be drawn will depend on residents. The meetings on the EHT Traceries study will be as follows: • ANC 6A area: Wed. Nov. 5, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., Maury Elementary School, 13th St. and Constitution Ave. NE • ANC 6B area: Mon. Nov. 17, 6:45 to 8:30 p.m., Hill Center, 921 Penn. Ave. SE • ANC 6C area: Tues. Nov. 18, 7 to 9 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE More information on the Capitol Hill Restoration Society itself, the CHHD and historic preservation in general, can be found on Shaun Courtney is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of District Source, a DC real estate and neighborhood news blog, co-founded and supported by Lindsay Reishman Real Estate. Shaun has been a local reporter in DC since 2009 and has called the city home since 2002. She currently lives in Kingman Park. Read more from District Source at u

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



$815,000 $727,500 $540,000 $500,000 $480,000 $480,000



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$1,195,000 $962,000

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$444,000 $377,000 $347,000 $310,000 $292,000 $205,000

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$2,200,000 $2,180,000 $1,200,000

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$825,000 $732,500 $709,000 $650,000 $639,000 $485,000 $475,000 $465,000 $435,000 $430,000 $376,000

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$873,900 $751,000 $725,000 $695,000 $625,000 $625,000 $620,000 $615,000 $610,000 $500,000 $449,000 $440,000 $410,000 $409,000 $402,819 $377,500 $377,500 $370,000 $350,000 $349,500

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$330,000 $319,900 $285,000 $275,000

3 2 2 2

$1,630,000 $1,400,000

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$1,604,000 $1,465,000 $1,325,000 $1,325,000 $1,100,000 $1,030,000 $990,000 $865,000 $825,000 $808,000 $799,000 $795,000 $785,000 $725,000 $676,000 $650,000 $615,000 $611,000 $565,000 $560,000 $515,000 $525,000 $455,000 $435,000 $375,000 $101,500

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$1,350,000 $1,230,000 $1,145,000 $1,057,000

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5428 41ST ST NW 6130 32ND ST NW 5800 NEVADA AVE NW 3103 OLIVER ST NW 5411 41ST ST NW 3935 MILITARY RD NW 4044 FESSENDEN ST NW 5504 30TH PL NW 5305 29TH ST NW


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$1,035,000 $962,000 $918,250 $910,000 $899,000 $810,000 $799,000 $760,000 $749,000

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$5,950,000 $4,495,000 $1,420,000 $1,322,500 $1,100,000

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$1,388,000 $1,300,000 $970,000 $858,000 $849,999 $800,000 $785,000 $650,000 $639,000 $625,000 $615,000 $560,000 $550,000 $518,333 $515,000 $427,000 $412,500

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$287,500 $275,000 $267,500 $257,000 $215,000 $200,000 $190,000 $140,000 $118,500 $109,518


$1,200,000 $952,500 $900,000 $800,000 $705,000


$310,000 $265,000 $255,000 $250,000 $250,000 $245,000 $230,000 $220,000 $219,900 $171,000 $170,000 $155,500 $155,000 $137,500 $92,000 $79,000

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4 3 2 2 3 4 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 3 3 2

$1,259,000 $993,500


$700,000 $617,500 $482,500 $410,000 $570,000


$285,750 $275,000 $210,000 $199,900 $140,000



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1166 Abbey Place NE #1 $579,000 2BR/2.5BA

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1126 Constitution Ave NE LISTED $775,000 SOLD $875,000 3BR/2.5BA

Beautifully renovated with 3 HUGE bedrooms and well preserved historic features throughout! PLUS reclaimed heart-pine floors, new high efficiency windows, systems, plumbing and kitchen in 2013. Private patio in rear with side entrance to a lower level with raw potential for workshop, den, office, guest quarters or separate living unit!

!7 LD SO


137 North Carolina Ave SE $1,390,000 4BR/3.5BA Rarely available UNPARALLELED LOCATION on the intimate tree-lined avenue of ornate historic facades nestled steps from prized parks and Capitol grounds, plus METRO and more. Grand Romanesque Revival towers up 3 lvls w/ dramatic kitchen, open main level, 3 beds + den and 3.5 baths. DEEP lot w large front gardens and rear patio plus parking for 2

1620 G Street SE $685,000 3BR/2BA 3BR/2BA colonial porchfront across 3 levels, renovated in 2011 w restored heart pine floors and exposed brick accent walls flow throughout. Central kitchen w island of stone and steel, outdoor deck off dining, media rm, wet bar, office nook, & 1BR/1BA in lower level. Steps from Congressional Cemetery, Metro and Potomac Ave shops!

3BR/2.5BA Victorian featuring prominent portico over front entrance, wide open foyer with setback stairs, deep interior dimensions, and spacious kitchen. Upstairs, sky-lit hall takes to you 2 bedrooms and bath PLUS bright master with 4 windows, wall of builtins and en suite bath. In the rear, immaculate brick patio with private parking!


708 8th Street NE $700,000 3BR/1.5BA

!5 LD O S


431 15th Street SE LISTED $725,000 SOLD $780,000 2BR/2.5BA Immaculate Victorian Bayfront w wide open main level, KNOCK-OUT kitchen of cherry, granite and steel w 3 bright windows PLUS tremendous counter prep and cabinet storage space! Upstairs sky-lit den with Master Suite overlooking rear gardens and patio. In the front WIDE bay-front BR and guest bath. New roof and new MB in 2013.





GARFIELD 2812 28TH ST NW 2834 27TH ST NW

$1,225,000 $962,050


$3,950,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000 $1,125,000 $949,000

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3050 Q ST SE 2916 S ST SE 3433 HIGHWOOD DR SE 2519 MINNESOTA AVE SE 1613 27TH ST SE 1604 25TH ST SE


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$900,000 $555,400 $403,000

3 2 2

$600,000 $414,600 $385,000 $350,000 $345,000 $214,500

4 4 3 3 3 3

$4,250,000 $2,500,000 $1,750,000

5 6 6

$2,200,000 $1,025,000 $950,000

5 5 4

204 14TH ST NE 1606 POTOMAC AVE SE 601 14TH ST NE 314 13TH ST NE 1010 8TH ST NE 1311 K ST SE 829 3RD ST NE 1219 F ST NE 331 K ST NE 223 14TH ST NE 1214 5TH ST NE 1010 K ST NE 1503 CONSTITUTION AVE NE 1135 3RD ST NE 1841 BAY ST SE 339 18TH ST NE 210 14TH PL NE 540 13TH ST NE 1730 E ST NE 1729 D ST NE 812 4TH ST NE 1526 E ST SE 525 23RD PL NE 202 OKLAHOMA AVE NE 1719 D ST SE

OLD CITY #2 $745,000 $710,000 $705,000

3 4 4

$365,000 $239,900 $155,000 $130,000

3 2 2 2

$1,291,000 $880,000 $800,000 $549,000

3 2 3 3

$305,000 $100,000 $100,000

4 2 2

$405,000 $399,999

3 3

$1,050,000 $852,500 $784,000 $750,000 $729,000 $725,000

6 4 5 3 3 4

$1,125,000 $853,000

3 3



$850,000 $849,900 $800,000 $765,000 $735,000 $699,900

4 4 3 4 5 3

1600 13TH ST NW 1450 T ST NW 1453 W ST NW 121 PIERCE ST NW 12 HANOVER PL NW








$699,900 $699,000 $692,500 $690,500 $675,000 $660,000 $656,000 $640,000 $605,000 $590,000 $570,000 $569,000 $555,000 $551,056 $550,000 $505,000 $457,000 $449,000 $445,000 $430,000 $425,000 $425,000 $377,000 $288,000 $512,469

3 3 3 3 4 3 3 5 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 4 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 3

$1,800,000 $1,030,000 $1,025,000 $425,000 $369,000

3 2 4 3 2

$1,140,000 $1,125,000 $655,000

5 4 2



$775,000 $741,000 $715,501 $700,000 $699,900 $695,000 $661,000 $632,500 $625,000 $608,000 $605,000 $565,000 $545,000 $510,000 $499,900 $482,000 $470,000 $469,900 $454,900 $445,000 $428,000 $425,000 $399,995 $380,000 $375,000 $370,000 $355,000 $315,000 $300,000

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Capitol Hill | 1419 Ives Pl SE | $550,000




604 Q ST NW 443 S ST NW 1409 COLUMBIA ST NW 1608 4TH ST NW













WOODRIDGE 4325 22ND ST NE 3822 25TH PL NE 2243 OTIS ST NE 3404 22ND ST NE 2847 MILLS AVE NE 3048 VISTA ST NE

$427,500 $355,000 $345,000 $335,000 $330,000 $324,000 $320,000 $295,000 $295,000 $275,000

3 4 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3

$825,000 $860,000 $810,000 $616,025

3 3 3 3

$800,000 $680,000 $631,655

4 3 4

$1,750,000 $1,525,000 $1,270,000 $1,250,000 $1,215,000

6 5 4 4 4

$691,000 $560,000 $275,000 $250,000

4 3 2 3

$616,000 $425,000 $375,000 $372,000 $349,900 $265,000

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$1,799,000 $1,600,000

5 7

$399,999 $388,000 $365,000 $350,000 $349,000 $280,000

3 3 3 4 3 3





$1,199,000 $825,000

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Delightful deck, grassy yard & beautiful brick patio/parking

Petworth | 622 Delafield Pl NW | $519,900

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Joan Carmichael Realtor 202.271.5198 START this beautiful condo in Kingman Park then jog, walk, or bike to all this neighborhood has to offer. Stadium Armory metro is close & new street car line is opening soon. Parking space included in price. - $237,500

Bridgette Cline Realtor 202.271.4196

for all you real estate needs 1000 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Wash., DC 20003 office #202-546-0055 November 2014 H 93

2328 CHAMPLAIN ST NW #328 1855 CALVERT ST NW #102 2412 17TH ST NW #303

$535,000 $490,000 $399,900





2035 2ND ST NW #G302


921 BUTTERNUT ST NW #201 710-712 SHEPHERD RD NW #1 5414 1ST PL NW #102


3725 12TH ST NE #206


440 12TH ST NE #210 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #203 315 12TH ST NE #102 401 13TH ST NE #405 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #227 315 18TH PL NE #5 1628 C ST SE #B-1


1414 22ND ST NW #45 1155 23RD ST NW #N5L 2425 L ST NW #430 616 E ST NW #649 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #814 912 F ST NW #502 1514 21ST ST NW #6 616 E ST NW #912 1230 23RD ST NW #606 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #407 1301 20TH ST NW #201 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #208




Harper-Simon Associates


202.554.0573 DC & Maryland Mobile Notary Public Services by Appointment Licensed DC & MD Notary Signing Agent/Title Insurance Producer Independent Contractor 94 H

4301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #2004 3864 PORTER ST NW #365 3880 PORTER ST NW #E-353 3821 PORTER ST NW #303 3520 39TH ST NW #658 3881 PORTER ST NW #D-298 3024 WISCONSIN AVE NW #B12

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 3579 13TH ST NW #7 PH-1 1300 EUCLID ST NW #5 3579 13TH ST NW #5 3579 13TH ST NW #6 1308 SHEPHERD ST NW 1322 KENYON ST NW #3 1451 BELMONT ST NW #111 730 GIRARD ST NW #1 1451 BELMONT ST NW #319 737 IRVING ST NW #1 1390 KENYON ST NW #510

2 2 1



$585,000 $580,000

2 2



$339,900 $305,000 $169,900

2 2 1



$535,450 $530,000 $512,500 $481,000 $476,000 $305,000 $239,900

2 2 2 1 2 1 1

$1,415,000 $930,000 $865,000 $605,000 $526,000 $524,900 $510,000 $474,000 $415,000 $270,000 $265,000 $230,500

2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0

$1,115,000 $960,000 $899,000 $490,000 $271,000

2 2 2 2 1

$535,000 $459,000 $422,000 $365,000 $362,500 $335,000 $327,500

3 2 2 1 1 1 2

$849,000 $765,000 $719,000 $719,000 $699,900 $685,000 $641,000 $630,000 $625,000 $605,000 $565,000

2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 2 2

714 ROCK CREEK CHURCH RD NW #2 3512 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #2 3579 13TH ST NW #1 2914 11TH ST NW #1-A 1461 HARVARD ST NW #5 3321 HOLMEAD PL NW #1 1454 EUCLID ST NW #1 2600 SHERMAN AVE NW #B-4 3473 14TH ST NW #2 1300 TAYLOR ST NW #2 2656 15TH ST NW #301 1417 NEWTON ST NW #301 1420 HARVARD ST NW #405 1372 RANDOLPH ST NW #003 1420 CLIFTON ST NW #108 1341 CLIFTON ST NW #201 4120 14TH ST NW #4





1605 S ST NW #3 1801 16TH ST NW #611 1801 16TH ST NW #311 1801 16TH ST NW #405 1632 S ST NW #2 1615 Q ST NW #604 2141 P ST NW #706 1754 CORCORAN ST NW #52R 1929 16TH ST NW #302 2001 16TH ST NW #207 1318 22ND ST NW #302 1801 16TH ST NW #603 1801 16TH ST NW #703 1833 S ST NW #B1 1260 21ST ST NW #702 1332 21ST ST NW #101 1801 16TH ST NW #103 1801 16TH ST NW #407 1801 16TH ST NW #307 1727 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #417 1615 Q ST NW #609


23 TODD PL NE #2 1906 4TH ST NE #1 1831 2ND ST NE #204

FOGGY BOTTOM 955 26TH ST NW #801 955 26TH ST NW #105 2401 H ST NW #911 2401 H ST NW #715 1010 25TH ST NW #702 2030 F ST NW #112 1010 25TH ST NW #510




2508 HURSTON LN NE #10 3102 CHERRY RD NE #35



$549,000 $530,000 $509,000 $489,000 $445,000 $429,000 $407,000 $370,000 $358,000 $355,000 $349,200 $341,000 $324,900 $320,000 $299,000 $249,900 $125,000

3 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1



$67,000 $65,000

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$965,000 $803,500 $775,000 $704,500 $609,000 $449,900 $435,000 $429,000 $411,500 $364,500 $360,000 $350,000 $349,500 $332,500 $323,500 $322,525 $297,000 $269,500 $259,500 $238,000 $270,000

2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

$468,000 $399,999 $171,000

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$2,100,000 $390,000 $328,000 $296,000 $270,000 $205,000 $179,000

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$629,000 $390,000 $381,500

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$331,900 $330,000

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GEORGETOWN 3303 WATER ST NW #N-8 1080 WISCONSIN AVE NW #2009 3120 R ST NW #207 3120 R ST NW #104 2320 WISCONSIN AVE NW #110 2500 Q ST NW #126

$6,000,000 $515,000 $455,000 $365,000 $360,000 $355,000

GLOVER PARK 2323 40TH ST NW #1 4000 TUNLAW RD NW #1026 2323 40TH ST NW #4 2725 39TH ST NW #309 2325 42ND ST NW #215

$499,030 $399,000 $395,000 $299,900 $259,000




$159,950 $108,000

KALORAMA 2405 20TH ST NW #1105 2019 19TH ST NW #UNIT 2 2022 COLUMBIA RD NW #310 2022 COLUMBIA RD NW #306 1954 COLUMBIA RD NW #201 1840 MINTWOOD PL NW #402 2019 19TH ST NW #UNIT 3 1833 CALIFORNIA ST NW #203 2032 BELMONT RD NW #317 1954 COLUMBIA RD NW #207

$790,000 $762,000 $720,000 $602,000 $599,000 $499,000 $479,000 $275,000 $235,000 $210,000

LOGAN 1310 T ST NW #2 1400 CHURCH ST NW #506 1306 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #3 1401 CHURCH ST NW #505 1440 CHURCH ST NW #502 1440 CHURCH ST NW #203 1320 13TH ST NW #44 1616 11TH ST NW #PH-1 910 M ST NW #325 1715 15TH ST NW #19 1715 15TH ST NW #47 1117 10TH ST NW #613 1300 N ST NW #719 1314 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #401 1322 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #3 1314 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #406 1766 CHURCH ST NW #C 1111 11TH ST NW #209 1300 N ST NW #6 2125 14TH ST NW #321 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #314 1209 13TH ST NW #103 1420 N ST NW #1006 1300 N ST NW #613 1101 L ST NW #203

$1,300,000 $1,049,900 $900,000 $865,000 $789,000 $745,000 $645,000 $623,000 $570,000 $565,000 $520,000 $456,000 $440,000 $425,000 $421,000 $399,999 $399,750 $399,000 $375,000 $365,000 $339,750 $325,000 $295,000 $281,700 $275,000

MOUNT PLEASANT 1610 BELMONT ST NW #6D3 1634 BEEKMAN PL NW #C 3220 17TH ST NW #202 1750 HARVARD ST NW #1A 1635 IRVING ST NW #1 1651 LAMONT ST NW #3D 1673 PARK RD NW #202 2440 16TH ST NW #106

$763,000 $720,000 $524,900 $515,000 $489,500 $475,000 $459,000 $399,000



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The Best of Both Worlds: City Loft Living On Country Waterfront!

Your Neighbor On The Hill

“The road to success is not always straight; let me help you through the real estate maze to a happy and successful destination” Enjoy breathtaking views of the Wicomico River & nearly 8 acres of peace and tranquility; or perhaps your passion is kayaking or fishing. This property offers something for everyone. Old-fashioned post and beam construction combine with a contemporary interior open plan to make the perfect weekend retreat or year round home. Spacious 2nd story loft master suite offers built-ins & spa bath. Amenities include a gourmet kitchen, wine cellar and radiant floor heating . Located less than an hour and a half from Capitol Hill - without crossing the Bay Bridge! Owners will consider financing for well qualified buyer. $799,000


Bonnie Baldus Grier Associate Broker


Deborah Charlton

Long and Foster Realtors Christie’s Great Estates

(202) 415-2117 (202) 944-8400 November 2014 H 95

440 M ST NW #1 555 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #413 1106 5TH ST NW #3 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #1203 811 4TH ST NW #601

$625,000 $528,000 $499,900 $450,000 $418,500

NAVY YARD 1025 1ST ST SE #1304



$677,000 $465,000 $298,000 $275,000 $259,750

OLD CITY #1 1131 5TH ST NE #2 1131 5TH ST NE #1 1025 1ST ST SE #1115 245 15TH ST SE #303 676 4TH ST NE #406 676 4TH ST NE #301 326 8TH ST NE #302 317 10TH ST NE #5 644 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE #507 1519 CONSTITUTION AVE NE #102

$815,000 $695,000 $605,000 $539,000 $393,000 $372,500 $372,000 $371,000 $340,000 $325,000

OLD CITY #2 2125 14TH ST NW #318-W 1632 S ST NW #12 1300 13TH ST NW #606 1741 JOHNSON AVE NW #204 811 4TH ST NW #111 811 4TH ST NW #705 1736 18TH ST NW #204 475 K ST NW #1213 1467 SWANN ST NW #1 1306 8TH ST NW #3 301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #505 1715 15TH ST NW #101 811 4TH ST NW #520 301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #905 605 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #2 811 4TH ST NW #403 2125 14TH ST NW #403 1211 13TH ST NW #602 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #MO8 1111 11TH ST NW #803 1300 N ST NW #202 1724 17TH ST NW #2 1518 SWANN ST NW #2 2004 11TH ST NW #221 2125 14TH ST NW #221 1125 11TH ST NW #204 1225 13TH ST NW #511 1545 18TH ST NW #906 1727 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #702 234 N ST NW #3 2001 12TH ST NW #205 1727 R ST NW #B1 1516 10TH ST NW #1 1725 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #304

$945,000 $750,000 $745,000 $720,000 $672,000 $635,000 $635,000 $620,000 $595,000 $575,000 $573,000 $540,000 $539,000 $537,000 $529,900 $499,800 $482,500 $460,000 $459,000 $453,000 $438,200 $435,000 $399,999 $396,000 $389,000 $385,000 $375,705 $375,000 $375,000 $360,000 $350,000 $345,000 $320,000 $245,000

PENN QUARTER 777 7TH ST NW #524 440 L ST NW #209 701 PENNSYLVANIA AVE NW #1115 915 E ST NW #412

$562,500 $435,000 $399,999 $399,900


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$327,900 $209,700

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RLA (SW) 859 3RD ST SW #105 355 I ST SW #S-502 833 3RD ST SW #307 350 G ST SW #N-304 355 I ST SW #S-104 1101 3RD ST SW #802 800 4TH ST SW #S811 1425 4TH ST SW #A408 240 M ST SW #E511 800 4TH ST SW #S-814 1250 4TH ST SW #W407 300 M ST SW #N808 700 7TH ST SW #630 700 7TH ST SW #418

$501,500 $500,300 $440,030 $425,000 $389,000 $305,500 $281,000 $275,000 $275,000 $267,500 $266,300 $260,000 $259,000 $185,000 $665,000 $459,900

SW WATERFRONT 827 3RD ST SW #310 300 M ST SW #N200 350 G ST SW #N-220

$559,000 $379,000 $346,755 $550,000 $249,900 $218,000

U STREET 2532 11TH ST NW #2 2110 10TH ST NW #3 2020 12TH ST NW #610 1715 U ST NW #1 2004 11TH ST NW #137

$952,500 $655,000 $650,000 $560,000 $519,000




$380,000 $347,000 $302,000 $227,700


$3,000,000 $885,000 $675,000 $570,000

$230,000 $227,000

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$232,500 $520,000 $425,000 $335,000 $320,000 $250,000

1701 16TH ST NW #416 2039 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #610 1701 16TH ST NW #706 1514 17TH ST NW #112 1701 16TH ST NW #304

$399,999 $280,000 $199,000 $199,000 $180,000


$875,000 $315,000 $209,500








$342,000 $154,000 $150,000


$215,000 $200,000 $164,900 $159,000


$650,000 $311,000


$141,625 $140,000 $135,000


$425,000 $161,000





$270,000 $255,000

1311 DELAWARE AVE SW #S-741 1311 DELAWARE AVE SW #S-235 1311 DELAWARE AVE SW #S435 1301 DELAWARE AVE SW #N323 1301 DELAWARE AVE SW #N319 520 N ST SW #S-412

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2801 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #28 $649,000 2 2801 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #16 $539,900 2 2737 DEVONSHIRE PL NW #430 $282,500 0


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SHAW 1721 4TH ST NW #-TWO 125 BATES ST NW #4


$185,000 $175,000 $170,000 $165,000 $146,000 $220,900


2500 VIRGINIA AVE NW #701-S 2510 VIRGINIA AVE NW #405-N u

$1,195,000 $350,000

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at Eastern Market

Thank You to All the Donors and Volunteers Who Helped Make 2014 Hilloween Possible! Eastern Market Merchants, Farmers and Vendors D.C. Department of General Services National Capital Bank The Von Schlegel Realty Team The Hill Rag Stanton Development The Capitol Hill Community Foundation Frager’s Hardware Chris and Marie Cox of First Savings Mortgage Fulcrum Properties Group Prudential PenFed Realty The Smith Team The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop The Capitol Hill BID Catherine Held Loots Law Labyrith Games Ashton Farms Sunny Side Farm DC Access Tech Painting Mr. Yardstick Man Howl to the Chief Rural Dog Rescue AuPair in America The Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool Maury Elementary School

Miner Elementary School Capitol Hill Day School Eliot-Hine Middle School Eastern High School Waterfront Academy Ivy IQ CHAMPS Sapore Sona Capitol Hill Group Ministry Aqua al Due Tunnicliff’s 7th Hill Pizza Edible DC American Food Roots Hill’s Kitchen Frenchie’s SW Community Garden Yarmouth Management Capitol Hill Restoration Society Clothes Encounters Pinktini Bravado Dawn Price Baby DC Department of Public Works Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuits Karen Cohen Photography

And Most of All, Thank You to the Capitol Hill Community for Attending.

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{arts & dining}

Dining Notes by Celeste McCall


Sona’s Angelica Ames proudly displays an array of cheese.

s the holidays loom ahead, much is happening at Sona Creamery & Wine Bar, 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Besides welcoming Executive Chef Scott Ryan, Sona proprietors Conan and Genevieve O’Sullivan should soon be Washington’s sole facility making its own cheese. Moreover, Sona (“happy” in Gaelic) will be also the first local enterprise to use raw milk in 60 years. A Johnson & Wales grad, Ryan recently wielded his whisk at Shaw’s trendy Mockingbird Hill, a 2014 nominee for Bon Appetit Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America. Ryan’s fall menu showcases grilled cheese sandwiches, signature mac’n’cheese and artisan cheese plates. We found the weekend brunch menu somewhat limited, but the kitchen honored our request for a juicy turkey/ cheeseburger from the regular lunch menu. Sona is open daily; call 202-758-3556 or www.

Mama Mia On Barracks Row, Lavagna continues its popular happy hour and weekend brunch. In the upstairs bar, happy hour goes Tuesday-Satur-

day from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Discounted noshes include provolone salad, ravioli fritto and Shenandoah beef brisket. Craft cocktails are $4; wine-by-the glass is 25 percent off. Saturday and Sunday brunch features $12 “bottomless” mimosas; Sunday-Tuesday dinner offers half priced bottles of wine. New fall entrée: Bison short ribs. Thinking ahead for the holidays, Lavagna provides space for private events, including the brick-lined “snug” which seats 14. Last September we were entertaining out-of-town guests and decided to dine at Lavagna. We were treated royally. Our group of eight was seated in that cozy space. A complimentary antipasto spread appeared with serrano ham, duck ciccioli, house-made goat cheese, honeysuckle Cheddar and more. Equally enjoyable were our entrees, especially my fork-tender lamb ragu, draped atop al dente pappardelle pasta. Service was excellent, friendly and professional and we left happy. Open daily, Lavagna is at 539 Eighth St. SE; call 202-546-5006.

Ten More Years Congrats to Barracks Row’s Belga Café, which celebrated its first decade last month. To mark

Chef Scott Ryan’s signature Mac’n’Cheese.

the milestone, Chef Bart Vandaele hosted dinners, beer tastings and other events. “This is a celebration not only for me and Belga Café, but for the neighborhood as well,” said Chef Vandaele. “Over the last ten years, I have watched Belga Café grow along with Barracks Row. Many people wouldn’t even think of opening a restaurant here 10 years ago. Now it’s a beautiful, family-friendly neighborhood, and I am proud of the role the restaurant has played in the transformation.”

Paying it Forward The nicest thing happened to us recently. On a drizzly, dreary fall day, we were lunching at Anh-Dao, our cozy neighborhood Vietnamese eatery. As we slurped our duck pho, the proprietor informed us that a family (who had already

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Bo Ssam, semi-cured, slow-roasted pork shoulder at Takorean on Capitol Riverfront.

left), had picked up our tab. We didn’t even know them. So we decided to pay for two women (who were in the Army), at a nearby table. “Paying it forward” is nothing new. We googled the term and learned that last August, more than 400 customers at a drivethru Florida Starbucks all paid for the cars behind them. But we never thought it would happen to us. Let’s keep it going. Open daily, Anh-Dao is located at 1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; call 202-546-4641.

But No Camelburgers Would you believe, a Good Stuff Eatery is opening in the Middle East? Gulf Restaurants and Parks Company Ltd and the Mendelsohn family is expanding their popular burger chain to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Known for burgers, fries and shakes, Good Stuff is joining forces with Gulf Restaurants and Parks Company Ltd to unveil the first Good Stuff outside the United States. Don’t hop that plane and camel just yet; the Saudi Good Stuff is not arriving until next year. The chef (from Saudi Arabia) is yet to be named, and beef will be halal, along with other cul-

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tural menu alterations. Based in Saudi Arabia, Gulf Restaurant & Park Company Ltd is affiliated with Gulf CITC, which is involved in manufacturing, construction, real estate, and culinary enterprises throughout the Middle East.

Properly Brewed On a recent Sunday, Peter and I decided to check out the red-hot Shaw restaurant scene. After finding several possibilities shuttered for the Sabbath, we landed in Right Proper Brewing Company, 624 T St. NW, which debuted last December. The moniker comes from a Southern expression for doing something correctly: “right proper.” We were seated at a communal picnic table out front, even though the funky interior beckoned, with carefully crumbling brick lined walls and off-beat murals created by local artists. Right Proper brews its own beer, and Peter chose “Being There,” named for the late Peter Sellers’ last movie, which was filmed nearby. I ordered a wine “on tap,” a pleasant Portuguese white. My entrée was barbacoa tacos, filled with melt-in-your

mouth beef; Peter chose a yummy fried green tomato sandwich heaped with bacon. From the array of artisan cheeses offered by the plate or carryout, we sampled Chapel Creamery Bay Blue, crafted in nearby Maryland from raw cow’s milk. Right Proper is open daily; call 202-607-BEER. Or

Looking Ahead Next summer, Union Kitchen plans a cafe and market on Capitol Hill to highlight its members’ products. Based at 1110 Congress St. NE (just off H street in the Atlas District), Union Kitchen is a “food incubator” which provides kitchens, distribution, marketing and other services to local food businesses. After the deal is finalized, co-founder Jonas Singer will announce the location for the yetto-be-named storefront. The market/cafe will be the second for Union Kitchen, which also plans to open a shop in its second production facility at 1369 New York Ave. NE next year.

And…. Baseball is gone, but the Capitol Riverfront is still hopping. Opening soon (if not already) is Willie’s Brew & Que in the Boilermaker Shops, 300 Tingey Street, SE. While chowing down on smoked barbecue, customers can watch sports action on fourteen huge TVs… Speaking of barbecue, don’t miss the Bo Ssam, semi-cured, slow-roasted pork shoulder at Takorean, 1212 Fourth St. SE. Topped with Ssamjang sauce, the succulent pork is part of a $9 rice bowl. u

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In the Barista’s Kitchen:

Peregrine Espresso’s Ryan Jensen by Annette Nielsen


arrying talented, award-winning barista Ryan Jensen might not have been what Jill Jensen had in mind back when she worked at Common Grounds in Arlington. “I actually met him the first time at Murky Coffee where he was working as the manager, and he made me a cup of coffee,” says Jill, “After that he stopped in when I was working at Common Grounds under the guise of needing contact information for the guy running open mic night at Common Grounds.” Ryan was also applying to the Graduate Institute in St. John’s College (in Annapolis) to get his master’s in liberal arts. “He would come in and hang out at a table to work on his application essay.” It wasn’t until he was an undergraduate student in Montana with a parttime barista job that Ryan took to drinking coffee. “Growing up in Minnesota and in high school, I never drank coffee with any regularity – I’d meet up with friends at a Perkins Family Restaurant and we’d sometimes have a cup.” In 2003 Ryan left Montana and moved to DC with a college friend. He landed a job at Murky Coffee as a barista, later managing the shop.

A Relationship Brewed in Coffee It wasn’t until 2004 that Jill and Ryan had their first date, when he bought her flowers from Blue Iris and they had dinner with champagne at Capitol Hill’s Montmartre. Jill recalls she wasn’t all that certain about pursuing the relationship, but Ryan didn’t give up. “In September of 2005 we were married in Eastern Market’s North Hall after we walked down North Carolina Avenue from Lincoln Park,” says Jill, noting that they both had Midwestern roots (she was from Ohio) and an affection for their Capitol Hill neighborhood.

A Coffee House of His Own: Peregrine Espresso “When I left Murky (which subsequently closed) I went to work for Counter Culture Coffee, just as they were establishing a DC presence,” says Ryan of the North Carolina-based company known for sourcing sustainably produced, single-origin coffees and handcrafted blends directly from coffee farmers. In this position he observed other coffee establishments, looking at traffic flow and different business models. “In 2008 I had a great opportunity to be considered for the Murky space on Capitol Hill,” says Ryan.

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Ryan and Jill Jensen walk down North Carolina Avenue from Lincoln Park to the North Hall on their wedding day in September 2005.

He mentions that the building’s owners thought it was important there would be a certain degree of continuity, a familiar face. “It was a really nice transition from working as the manager of the space to actually owning and operating my own coffee business there.” Peregrine opened serving the high-quality Counter Culture coffee at a pour-over bar (he knew it had been done at the well-known Blue Bottle in California), and Ryan added Trickling Springs’ milk. “Our staff is extensively educated in coffee preparation. They learn about the sources of the different coffee types and they even make visits to the Trickling Springs creamery so they know about the grass-fed cows raised by the farmers using organic practices.”

Ryan takes the education part to heart. He has serious coffee cred, having won the 2005 Southeast Regional Barista Competition. He competed in the 2005 US Barista Championship, was a member of the US Barista Competition Committee from 2006 to 2009, and was a judge from 2006 to 2008. Peregrine has been in many “Best of” lists from “Food and Wine” to “Bon Appétit.” This year, Peregrine baristas are competing in the championship finals at Coffee Fest Portland, where there are only six final-

ABOVE: Ryan Jensen instructs the author on the proper way to brew the perfect cup of coffee, with attention to detail, whether the temperature of the water, the amount of coffee, or the duration of the pour. Ryan Jensen has perfected the pour-over. He is precise with measurements and is particular about his brewing equipment – whether his Bee House ceramic coffee dripper, Baratza burr grinder, or Bonavita gooseneck kettle.

ists – Peregrine and representatives hailing from California, Illinois, Washington (state), New York, and Texas. Ryan and Jill didn’t want just another café. “We wanted to make sure we would have multiple management positions for people so they could grow with the company. We didn’t want people to say, ‘There’s nothing else to do here.’”

Making the Perfect Cup Learning how to make a great cup of coffee takes time, good equipment, and practice. Ryan uses the pour-over method each morning, with the Bee House ceramic coffee dripper (it takes a standard #2 or #4 filter, preferably unbleached). Certainly the coffee you select is key, and Counter Culture has stellar offerings. When different coffees

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arrive, the staff will prepare samples to get it right. They also conduct blind tastings, and you’ll find different coffees at each of the Peregrine locations. Much has been made of the type of grinder you use for your beans. Ryan, like many in the profession, prefers a burr grinder – particularly the Virtuoso by Baratza (they also sell Baratza burr grinders at Peregrine). “Whether you use a blade grinder or burr grinder makes a difference. You want the grind to be consistent in particle size and for your brew method. With a blade grinder you tend to get too much variation in the grind,” says Ryan. The temperature of the water should be just below boiling, and it’s also important to use scales to accurately measure the coffee and water. “The entire process of brewing a great cup of coffee has changed,” states Ryan. “The shift in the industry is the precision – coffee being

brewed a little over a decade ago wasn’t as precise as it is now. Cup to cup, if you’re not being precise the end result will be all over the map. There’s a whole generation of baristas that know the metric system now!” Ryan says the industry standard is 1.63 grams of coffee per fluid ounce, and some people may take the amount of coffee to 2 grams. As he prepares a couple of cups of coffee, he measures 24 grams of Kenyan Thiriku Peaberry (with notes of dried cherry and tropical fruit with a creamy body), a coffee varietal of which you’ll only find 200 pounds produced. He heats his water in a Bonavita gooseneck kettle, bringing the water just below boiling, between 195 and 205 F. As the water is slowly poured over the coffee, he fills it to a finger below the rim of the Bee House, keeping it at that level until there are 400 grams of water poured. (See the Peregrine class notes below.)

The Perfect Brew (Notes from the Peregrine Espresso “Better Brewing at Home” class) 1. First things first, start your water. Once you decide how much coffee you’ll be brewing (measure using a scale in grams), add water to your kettle. Now do some math. Using a 1:15 ratio (whole bean coffee: water), determine how much coffee you’ll have to measure out for your brew. Make sure to include an extra amount of water to your kettle volume (at least twice the coffee dose) for the bloom. If you’re detail-minded you may add a little more so that you can use that water to wet and preheat your filter, dripper, and vessel. 2. Set up camp. Size (i.e., fold) your filter to the appropriate fit for your dripper and place your dripper on your vessel. Use either a separate amount of hot water or else the extra water in your kettle to rinse and preheat your filter, dripper, and vessel. Just before the water heats to the appropriate temperature, grind your beans and add them to the filter. It’s advisable to use a scale for measuring. 3. Pouring technique. Begin by setting your timer and covering the grounds (blooming) with twice the weight in water that you used for the grounds. For example, if you use 24g of coffee, bloom with 48g of water. Begin a close, slow, and steady stream of water in the middle of the bloom. In slow, gradual circles move the stream toward the outside of the coffee bed without touching the filter. Slowly move back toward the center and hold a steady stream. The water should be raised to about a half-inch from the top of the dripper. Practice holding the steady stream in the middle of the water without letting the water rise. Make circles back out to the edge and then again toward the center. Count this motion three or four times by the time your water runs out. Always pour the water from the same height. 4. Total draw down. Once the water runs out let the water in your dripper finish draining completely into the vessel. Do not stop the brew short. Total brew time (bloom to the last drop) will vary, but you’ll want to aim for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Once the water has drained through, your coffee bed should be flat and even. Remove the filter and toss it into the compost. Wash your dripper and enjoy! Peregrine,, 202-629-4381, has locations at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 1718 14th St. NW; and 1309 5th St. NE (Union Market).

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Coffee Notes Coffee isn’t a fad like other food fixations. We’re certain we’ll always enjoy coffee, from the ubiquitous to the extraordinary. Most of our population seems to like or thrive on caffeine. And while caffeine is poison to some insects and pests (making the plants more disease or pest resistant), it may be surprising to learn that an espresso or double espresso has less caffeine than a 12-ounce Arabica coffee or an 8-ounce cup of a Robusta (your supermarket or diner offering). “I like to have my coffee stand-alone,” says Ryan, and makes a point of saying that he’s not a fan of food like coffee-flavored ice cream. Since opening on Capitol Hill, Ryan and Jill have opened a Logan Circle location as well as a popular spot at Union Market. Their young son just started school and they have a baby on the way. Jill is leaving a job she’s had at a small foundation, and after the baby is born will eventually work solely with Peregrine, helping grow their business. Now these two transplants keep a tradition of having their coffee together each morning. Annette Nielsen, food editor of the Hill Rag, has been engaged in food, farming, and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. Nielsen’s experience includes catering, coordinating artisanal and farm-based food events, and teaching cooking classes. She’s the editor of two “Adirondack Life” cookbooks, “Northern Comfort” and “Northern Bounty,” and she heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary, farm-to-fork-inspired event business. A native of the Adirondacks, she’s a long-time resident of both New York City and DC and returned to the District from Washington County, N.Y.; annette@ u




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American Wines for Autumn Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving by Lilia Coffin


inot noir is the most elegant, consistently balanced combination of fruit, body, tannin, acidity, and alcohol found in most reds, when it is good. It is the most fickle and least forgiving of the vines in the vineyard, and few locations do it justice. Burgundy set the bar incredibly high and inspired competitors, clones, and hybrids all over the world. One of the only contenders to come close to Burgundy’s pinot noir mastery is the United States. Oregon especially, and Sonoma, have developed pinots with their own distinct personalities. Truly thin skinned, pinot noir spills every secret about the soil it came from, and the Northwest tells delectable stories. The traditional Thanksgiving wine is Beaujolais nouveau. This is mostly due to timing. Beaujolais’s gamay grape is the very first wine to be harvested, fermented, and rushed to market, showing up at stores in the middle of November, still young and sweet, all bright berries and fresh soil. Such young fruit, so fresh out of barrel, however, can be pretty disappointing. Too immature to show structure or depth, the worst of the nouveaus evoke cherry Jolly Ranchers and bubble gum. It is actually not a bad pair with cranberry sauce, but with so many better wines available the tradition is fading. For depth of flavor, complexity, a much more refined, dry palette with ripe berry notes, but without the candy-sweet juiciness, try pinot noir. And for Thanksgiving, as a small nod to patriotism, try American. When young, pinot noirs are light-bodied with bright fruit, a touch of acidity still present in the red berry notes, and lean tannins. As they age they take on richer, earthy notes, making for a gamey quality and meatier body. The terroir reveals more of itself over time, and the soils in Oregon and California make for some particularly expressive pinot, with hints of forest floor, mushrooms, violets, currants, even meat notes, sometimes all in one glass. The pinot noir grape makes everything from dry reds to Champagnes and Canadian ice wines. Its origins in Europe are hazy. It might have been grown by the Romans and brought to France in the 1st century, or might have just popped up there in the 3rd, or was a hybrid of pinot Meunier and Gewurztraminer. We do know that for centuries Burgundy had the claim, the only claim, to pinot noir. The grape was brought to California in 1850 and even saw the development of high-end vineyards before Prohibition. After repeal, California was the first to release bottles of celebrated pinot in the States, and enologists (wine scientists) developed clones that led to better yields. It wasn’t until 1966, however, that vineyards were started in Oregon and set off the pinot movement. The Willamette Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) is the hotbed for great American pinot noir, expressly because of the perfect climate (it’s located just about on the same latitude as Burgundy) and variable soil. The vast majority of vineyards planted with pinot noir grapes are found in this valley, which stretches roughly from Portland in the north to Eugene in the south. The Willamette Valley contains six sub-AVAs: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill-Carlton. All were named around 1983, years after viticulturists had decided Oregon was America’s best bet to beat Burgundy. In California the main AVAs for pinot noir all surround Sonoma: An-

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derson Valley, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, and Santa Rita Hills. The sandy soil makes for beautiful grapes, and wine makers have found that an ultra-gentle, hands-off approach to pinot is key. With recent Burgundy vintages decimated by late season hail, watch for American pinot to fill the void in the next few years. With earth and acidity, herbs and fruit, pinot is a must for pairing with the fatty bird, root veggies, and creamy dishes soon to fill up your holiday tables. Unfortunately there are hundreds to choose from. Below are just a few of the American pinot noir producers you should keep an eye out for.

Outrageously Good Oregon Pinot Noir

St. Innocent Pinot Noir, multiple single vineyards available Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Oregon Yamhill Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir, especially the Tall Poppy Brooks Pinot Noir, especially the Rastaban Ken Wright Pinot Noir, multiple single vineyards available Soter Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch Sea Smoke Pinot Noir, multiple vineyards Willakenzie Pinot Noir Terres Basses Penner-Ash Pinot Noir, multiple vineyards available Kings Ridge Pinot Noir

Killer California Pinot Noir

Barrique Cellars Pinot Noir Martellotto Pinot Noir Sierra Madre Vineyard Pali Pinot Noir Summit Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, multiple vineyards available Calstar Cellars Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Lucie Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Hahn Pinot Noir Pence Ranch Estate Pinot Noir, or the Uplands Chasseur (or its 2nd label “Cazar”) Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Hatton Daniels Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir slang Pinot Noir Wesmar Pinot Noir Russian River Valley, and other vineyards Argot Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir Meiomi Pinot Noir Alchemist Pinot Noir Martellotto Pinot Noir Sierra Madre Vineyard Hartford Court Pinot Noir, Land’s Edge Vineyard and others Melville Pinot Noir, great St. Rita example Kistler Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Failla Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch Talley Pinot Noir Stone Corral Vineyard Edna Valley Tudor Santa Lucia Pinot Noir Kalaris Pinot Noir Patz and Hall Pinot Noir Ryan Pinot Noir Carneros Williams Selyem Pinot Noir, one of the most celebrated producers Alysian Pinot Noir Russian River Selection Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Flowers Pinot Noir, another of the most celebrated producers Kalin Cellars Pinot Noir

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At the Movies Two Striking New York Stories: An Actor on the Edge and a Drummer on the Rim by Mike Canning borough), may be having his baby. Finally, his best friend and lawyer, Jake (Zach Galifianakis), wonders about Riggan’s sanity. Thomson loses one of his cast early on, only to take on the demanding Shiner. The previews are not going well; the production lacks funds; he hears voices. Can he pull off his fanciful venture? Will he attain comeback status? Does anyone even care? Much depends on how much you identify with this harried protagonist, grappling with his troubled project while acting out his Birdman days of super powers. For Keaton it is a chance to shine in an ambitious film of a kind he hasn’t graced for years. After fame and kudos in the 1980s and 1990s Keaton’s recent work has been mostly cheesy action shoots, cartoon voicing, and occasional TV films. His slightly manic, mildly menacing style here works wonders for the part of a man heading for the edge. He is playing a man torn between being a serious actor and a popular force, and he carries the entire film along with energy, constantly juggling his friends and family, propelling himself through the corridors of his theater, and contesting his Birdman alter ego, who urges him to quit his theatrical escapade. His is a wonderfully theatrical performance. And the whole film is wonderfully theatrical. Not only does it take place Michael Keaton is tailed by his alter ego in “Birdman.” Photo: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Buzz is building about Michael Keaton’s turn in “Birdman,” directed and co-written by Mexican Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu (“21 Grams,” “Babel”). With a neat parallel to Keaton’s own career, the story traces the struggles of an almost washed-up actor – famed for his role as the superhero Birdman (just as Keaton portrayed superhero Batman) – trying to rebound by mounting a Broadway play as his comeback vehicle. The question is whether this quixotic effort can revive his career, his family, and his life. (Rated R, “Birdman” runs 119 minutes.) Twenty years previously, Riggan Thomson (Keaton) became

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an international star as Birdman, righting wrongs in the urban jungle. Now, longer in the tooth and balding (and wingless), Thomson aims to start anew by adapting and starring in a play based on a story by the late Raymond Carver. The play is his way of compensating for the facile fame of his Hollywood persona. There are problems. He takes on his resentful daughter Sam (Emma Stone), fresh out of rehab, as his assistant. His costar, Mike Shiner (Edward Norton), is an actor with a Method Left to right: Miles Teller as Andrew and J.K. Simmons as Fletcher in “Whiplash.” Photo: complex and disdain for the movDaniel McFadden, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics ies. The New York Times critic, Tabitha (Lindsay Duncan), aims throughout the warrens of an actual theater (the St. James Theater in New York City) to quash the project. Co-star Lesbut in and around a glistening Broadway area nightscape (also the site of thunderous ley (Naomi Watts) is nervous about laughter when Riggan has an embarrassing jog around Times Square in his underher first Broadway show, while anwear). Significant chunks of the play in question are shown on camera, giving a sense other actress, Laura (Andrea Rise-

of urgency and tension to the picture. Director Gonzalez Iñarritu enlivens the film by experimenting with a rare device: a picture which appears to be one continuous take. Alfred Hitchcock tried it in his 1948 film adaptation of “Rope,” and Aleksandr Sokurov experimented with it in “Russian Ark” (2002). Here, the director and his editors achieve a fluidity that is magnificent, with constant flows of Steadicam work plus some stunning transitions between sequences. The film’s music track adds much to its tone, mixing a propulsive drum score, generating momentum, while classical orchestral excerpts signal contemplation and reflection. With its melding of magical realism and Broadway grit, “Birdman” is a hit.


Damien Chazelle, a promising new American director with one previous feature to his credit, impressed audiences at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with a short film, “Whiplash,” about a jazz conductor and a prodigy drummer. Success there encouraged Chazelle to expand his concept into a feature. This “Whiplash” is an intense, at times exhausting, study in artistic obsession and brinksmanship. (Rated R for pungent language, the film runs 106 minutes.) Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young drummer dreaming of jazz glory and desperate to excel at an elite New York City music conservatory. He is also driven by comparing himself with his dad, Jim (Paul Reiser), a teacher whom Andrew sees as a failed writer. In school, martinet Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) leads the top jazz ensemble, which Andrew aspires to join. To enter the group, however, Andrew must withstand the terrifying, even abusive, methods Fletcher uses. Though Andrew becomes the youngest aspirant to the band, Fletcher tests him beyond endurance, for example nastily quizzing his tempi by asking whether he is a “rusher” or a “dragger” on the beat. Convinced he must attain greatness, Andrew takes everything Fletcher can dish out and doubles down on his practicing. Drumming, and satisfying Fletcher, comes to dominate his life to the point where he jettisons a budding romance with Nicole (Melissa Benoist), a sweet girl who does not want to play second fiddle to his sticks. A major jazz band competition at Carnegie Hall pits the two

against each other and pushes Andrew to the brink of madness. Director Chazelle was himself a high school drummer of note who has recast his experience here. He has said that he “wanted to make a movie about music that felt like a war movie, or a gangster movie – where instruments replaced weapons, where words felt as violent as guns, and where the action unfolded not on a battlefield, but in a school rehearsal room, or on a concert stage.” Chazelle has given us a two-character play with a test of wills and a fierceness of language and gesture comparable to the dramas of Strindberg or early Sam Shepard. These guys are in it for blood, which actually flows as Andrew’s ferocious drumming produces wounds on his hands. The two challenging each other may not be fun to watch, but it is still commanding to see the contest. Veteran J.K. Simmons, known as the “Law and Order” shrink, as a journeyman character actor, and as a pitchman for Farmers Insurance, has the role of his life as the dictatorial Fletcher, chrome-domed, clad all in black, wielding his hands over his players like knives and his verbiage as a torrent of abuse. Call him the conductor-Nazi. Simmons plays the role with gusto, justifying his mistreatment as needed to bring out the best in his players. Miles Teller, off fine performances in “Rabbit Hole” and “The Spectacular Now,” is brave enough to take on the unsympathetic role of the fixated Andrew. Though tough to love, he gains your support when aching to please his surly instructor, and you will have your heart in your mouth when travel troubles have him dashing headlong to compete with his band. Also, young Teller did his own drumming for the film, which, when you see it on screen, begs credibility. Re the music: the jazz served up is fairly mainstream big band sound, neither old school nor avant-garde. But the reason to see “Whiplash” isn’t the music. It’s the battle of two titans. 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.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at u

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t was the almost endless stretches of the most intense, brilliant living color flowing to the horizon. Hovering, really. Flowers! Heavenly fields of flowers. Carol Phifer was in Holland about five years ago and that was the vision that changed her work. And in some ways, her life. Her compositions have always been “abstracted,” simplified with strong, balanced forms that let the colors talk to each other. But here it was: strong linear qualities that simplify and “declutter,” with deep saturated colors. It was if her personality found its mirror image: strong but not confined. Stripped of the inconsequential but not rigid – free. You see this in her loose treatment of the oil paint. The fluid strokes give it life. After all, these are fields of lively things. Carol has a degree in art from the University of Maryland and has been making art all her life. On an earlier trip to Bermuda she had fallen in love with the buildings, each with the colors of the soft light and warmth that made them possible. It wasn’t detail she was after, it was the implications:

Skagit Valley Barn #2 by Carol Phifer. Oil on canvas.

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Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art Carol Phifer fell in love with the houses in Bermuda, with their warm and happy colors, the soft sky blues, apricot yellows, and avocado greens. It was the inhabited rainbow that you see on most tropic islands. It wasn’t the structural details she was struck by, it was the nature of the buildings, the same nature she later saw hovering in the Dutch fields of flowers. It’s easy to be captivated by buildings. They have personality beyond the blueprints and the people who live or work inside. Some are built with great character to start with, while others have to overcome the unimaginative, cheap-it-out intent of the builders. Some can’t. Houses in particular take on their own lives. Just look around Capitol Hill. And listen. The stories that come pouring out of the fanciful Queen Anne facades can warm your heart, terrify your soul, or embarrass a bordello. And they don’t just stand there. On some blocks they put their arms around each other and dance a chorus line. Some Hill houses leap up and say, Look how important I am! Others just pout. I’ve painted some that could talk your ear off with stories of what happened in the park

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Artist Portrait: Carol Phifer

the intimacy of an open window, the intrigue of a door, the suggested personality of the people inside. Then, with Holland, it all came together: “the dichotomy of the narrow domestic scene and the limitless spaces reaching to the horizon.” The horizon becomes a spiritual realm, the “meeting place where man longs for something higher.” Carol wants you to look at her work and find your own peace, a spiritual peace. There is poetry in her process as well as in the vision, often expressed in the poetry she writes with each painting. She composes the verse to give each work another way of coming alive. Her painting can be seen at the Hill Center (see At the Galleries) and at


“OFFICIAL NATIONALS BAR OF 106.7” ings assembled from several museums is not to be missed. I haven’t seen the show as of this writing, but not much needs to be said. It’s El Greco, one of the most emotionally moving painters of all time.

Lavender Fields by Carol Phifer. Oil on Canvas.

across the street, or how the owners don’t appreciate them enough to fix the cracks or paint the shutters. Sadly there is not much financial return on your time and materials. Nope, not much hope in selling a painting of someone else’s house. And the owners usually don’t like it because it says too much. It’s alive. It scares them. Alive? You bet.

At the Museums Birds in Contemporary Art American Art Museum 8th and F streets NW, 3rd floor North – wFeb. 22 “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art” looks at the complex and usually conflicted sharing and exploitation of the environment by birds and humans. Us. Twelve contemporary American artists explore how “bird imagery is a conduit for understanding contemporary culture.” Some see birds as “allegories for our own earthbound existence.” Most consider birds to be “complex symbols that mirror back to us different facets of our own behavior, habits and values.” Birds have always been a good excuse to make art, and words aren’t really necessary. See for current information on museum shows.

El Greco (1541–1614) National Gallery of Art West Building 7th and Constitution NW – Feb. 16 This is the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, and the NGA exhibition of 11 paint-


“Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Early Photographs of India and Burma” National Gallery of Art West Building 7th and Constitution NW – Jan. 4 It’s hard for us to imagine how little was known about the Third World a hundred years ago. Few people from our neighborhoods got that far, and there was no way of knowing what “those places” looked like. It took photographer/adventurers like Capt. Linnaeus Tripe to get there for, and before, everyone else with that amazing new invention, the camera. Tripe (1822-1902) was among the first to record some of the most spectacular and celebrated religious and secular sites in India and Burma (now Myanmar). This is an exhibition of about 60 photographs taken between 1854 and 1860. They are still entrancing.

At the Galleries Hill Center Galleries 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE – Jan. 4 Seven artists, working in a wide range of materials and styles, tell a personal story that comes from experience and the heart. Carol Phifer’s exhibition of paintings, “Horizon Line,” brings her personal journey to life as “the horizon becomes a spiritual realm – the “meeting place where man longs for something higher.”

Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Ave. NW – Nov. 7 to 30 Reception: Friday, Nov. 7, 6:00-8:30 p.m. “The Observant Eye” is the theme for this show for all Touchstone members in the main gallery. Each artist’s vision is expressed in painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, collage, and drawing. (continued on pg. 113)

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon “Touched with Fire” in 2013. For more, visit

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and gentle parable told with heart and humor, it’s made all the more appealing by Eric Shansby’s charming illustrations (check out Murphy with his head in the toilet bowl!). If this delightful book gets anybody’s hackles up, maybe they need to have their hackles checked. Gene Weingarten writes the “Below the Beltway” syndicated humor column for The Washington Post and has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. DC artist Eric Shansby is the illustrator for Weingarten’s columns.

Sid is just an ordinary kid with a dog named Murphy who’s ordinary too. Except that Murphy thinks the sun rises and sets on Sid, and that Sid is somehow responsible for everything that happens. “Murphy thinks when things go bad, he must have somehow made me mad.” In Gene Weingarten’s new children’s book, “Me & Dog,” the A local writer brings the Civil War to life from a Confederate world can be a puzzling place for point of view. a little boy whose dog worships him. Why does Murphy feel the Into the Fray need to beg when Sid gives him If you thought you knew the Civil War, think everything he needs? And would he be as well beagain. In “Fire and Dust” Christopher Datta not haved if he realized that Sid was not “the lord and only conveys the “the crackle of rifle fire and the king of absolutely everything”? But in the end Sid smell of gunpowder,” but also takes you into the realizes that none of it matters except that “I love very hearts and minds of the Confederacy. Blendhim and he loves me.” ing fictional characters with real people, he brings In interviews Weingarten has said that he the war to vivid life. General Hood “climbed on wrote his first book for kids to counter the avaIn “a novel partially inspired his horse and looked into the dense tangle of by true events,” one man’s lanche of religious books for children and to ofwoods. For as far as he could see, the forest teemed messy life is laid bare. fer parents a way to start a different kind of conwith men in gray and butternut uniforms. They versation. “What if things happen just because?” stood like ghosts, hardly distinguishable from the The 90 Percent Solution he asks, “Is that something to fear?” He hopes that gray trunks of the trees, forest wraiths shifting nerJasper Beamon’s life is a mess. A retired CEO, he’s been people won’t feel threatened by his message. “My vously with the leaves in the light, cool breeze stirmarried for 30 years to a venomous woman who abuses belief is: This is it, and IT is beautiful. The world ring the underbrush. This is the moment, thought him. He’s engaged in a long-term sexual liaison. The is filled with hope and opportunity and it’s our Hood … and God save him, he was fond of it.” nasty trustee at his church is threatening to blackmail job to take care of one another. It’s not a frightFor the war-weary troops, the endless, bloody him. And the love of his life is about to publish a tell-all ening concept.” battles are less than exhilarating. “He’d never seen book that will blow the lid off their emotional love af“Me & Dog” is anything but scary. A sweet a man die actually before,” thinks young Private fair. No wonder he’s depressed. Harry Kolb. “He’d seen plenty since.” And as Ser“I’m an alcoholic’s empty whisgeant Sam Davis walks across a battlefield, “ignorkey bottle,” he moans. ing the cries of wounded Yankee soldiers,” his resIn “90 Percent: A Memignation is palpable: “What was unthinkable at the oir of My Demise and Rise,” beginning of the war was now just commonplace.” Kathryn L. Harris deftly uses From the bickering generals to the women the hapless Jasper to explore left behind to run the farms and the slaves, alterthemes of courage, authenticnately emboldened and overwhelmed by the prosity, and whether it’s possible to pect of freedom, Datta’s characters are haunting change a lifetime of destructive survivors of a time when, as he writes, “Kindness patterns. And for Jasper, with a was cruelty. Promises were lies. [And] families publication deadline looming, were strangers to each other.” the pressure is on. “I might “Fire and Dust” is the second book of ChrisDC’s favorite humor columnist writes a book for kids about a boy and have to face a lot of stuff I’ve retopher Datta’s “Fire Trilogy,” which began with his dog. Photo: Bill O’Leary.

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fused to deal with: my name and reputation out there for all the world to see, my sexual relationship, my hypocritical life as a deacon, the inauthentic life I live.” Fearful and anxious, Jasper suffers from a lifelong tendency to run from difficult situations. Will he be able at last to confront his weaknesses? And, most important to him, will he be willing to give up his image and his bank account in order to save himself? The answer may surprise you, but in Harris’s finely wrought story his journey will surely make you think. “90 Percent” is local writer Kathryn Harris’s first book in a planned trilogy. Visit her at

This Month on the Hill The Hill Center presents “A Conversation with Dr. Janet Sims-Wood,” author of “Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University,” Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m., and, in cooperation with the Library of Congress, a poetry discussion with National Book Critics Circle Award winner August Kleinzahler and The Washington Post’s Ron Charles, Nov. 4, 7:00 p.m. or 202-549-4172 The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Folger Fridays feature Paul Dickson, author of “Authorisms: Words Wrought by Authors,” Nov. 7, 6:00 p.m., and two local poets sharing original work inspired by “Julius Caesar,” Nov. 14, 6:00 p.m.; an O.B. Hardison poetry reading with Heather McHugh and Geoffrey Brock, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.; and a PEN/Faulkner reading with Nigerian writers Taiye Selasi, Okey Nbide, and Chinelo Okparanta, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m., 202-544-7077 The Smithsonian Associates presents a talk with television host Chris Matthews, author of “When Politics Wasn’t Hardball,” Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m. www.

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Gallery B presents the 3D collage of David Alfuth, displaying a variety of textures, patterns, and shapes combined with the element of depth. Gallery C exhibits “Photography@Touchstone.” Photographers “explore a multilayered world where texture, color, and shape reveal or hide realities taken for granted.”

Aaron Wilder – Bistro Bohem 600 Florida Ave. NW – Nov. 1 to 30 Opening reception: Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:0010:00 p.m. With “Heart of a Fool” Aaron Wilder uses art to explore intrapersonal and interpersonal connections. He works primarily in mixed media and acrylic paint.

“The Wall in Our Heads” – Goethe-Institut 812 7th St. NW – Dec. 15 Nov. 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Goethe-Institut of Washington commemorates this historic moment with “The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall.” Approximately 25 artists approach the concept of global division in various ways. A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim Magner can be reached at Jim’s award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty,” can be acquired through u

when people fail to support the very thing created to serve them. I’m talking about the Library of Congress, that respected repository of our American literary legacy that draws so many writers to DC. Congress, in its ever-narrowing vision, fails to recognize this invaluable institution, decreasing its funding from year to year. Happily, the LOC is located on Capitol Hill, where there are people with the means and commitment to pitch in and help. About a year ago Rob Casper from the library’s Poetry and Literature Center came calling with an idea for a Friends Group to help support the center’s activities, and I’m pleased to report that our local folks stepped up to the plate. The Poet Laureate Circle, which Steve and Nicky Cymrot helped found, was launched last month at a reception that featured a conversation with both the 18th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Philip Levine, and the

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20th, Charles Wright. This collaboration further cements the library’s already strong ties to the Hill. An existing partnership with the Hill Center, for example, has resulted in the Hill Center Poetry series, which features in-depth discussions with some of the country’s finest poets. Now the new Poet Laureate Circle will help fund author read-

ings and other events at the Library of Congress and work to engage others on the Hill to become more involved in its activities. If Congress won’t do it, it’s up to the rest of us to help support this priceless resource in our back yard. If you want to help e-mail Rob Casper at u

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hen Ed McManus retired he traveled to Hamburg to continue his study of the German language. Prior to his departure he got a call from an old friend who was dying. At his final visit his friend took his hand and hugged him heartily for the last time. In Hamburg, McManus immersed himself in the language and culture. One day for homework the teacher asked the students to write a poem “auf Deutsch.” While he had never written a poem before and wasn’t consciously thinking of his friend in Washington, he believes that this poem was inspired by transitions, both in his life and his friend’s. It was conceived in German, but a translation is provided. If you would like to have your poem considered for publication please send it to klyon@literaryhillbookfest. org. (There is no remuneration.) u

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Der Weg ist Klar

The Way Is Clear

Der Grund ist Grün die Luft so frisch der Wind sehr stark

The ground is green the air so fresh the wind so strong

Dein Herz ist hitzig unschuldig bist du Dein Körper willig

Your heart is eager Innocent are you your body is willing

Die Zeit ist jetzt der Weg ist Klar

The time is now the way is clear

Der Weizen ist hoch der Himmel so blau der wind sehr stark

The wheat is high the sky so blue the wind so strong

Dein Magen ist voll Weißt du mehr Dein Körper sonnengebräunt

Your stomach is full You are wiser your body is tanned by the sun

Die Zeit ist jetzt Der Weg ist Klar

The time is now the way is clear

Die Blatter der Bäume flämmen die Tiere beschäftigt der Wind sehr stark

The leaves of the trees are aflame the animals are busy the wind so strong

Dein Herz ist warm dein Geist ist ruhig dein Körper eschöpft

Your heart is warm your spirit is still your body is drained

Die Zeit ist jetzt der Weg ist Klar

The time is now the way is clear

Der Schnee ist tief die luft so kalt der wind sehr stark

The snow is deep the air so cold the wind so strong

Dein Herz ist kühl dein Gewissen Frei Dein Körper still

Your heart is cool your conscience free your body still

Die Zeit ist jetzt der Weg ist klar

The time is now the way is clear


Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover

Silver Soul •••

P roject Kim Waters, Red River azz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysteSmooth jazz sits on the lighter rious sounds and moods that is spontaneous side of jazz. It’s cool, hip, chic, and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativiby Jean-Keith Fagon and sexy with a touch of upty. The music can be complex, but good jazz town sophistication. The narfeels as simple as first love—it goes straight to rative here is urbane. There, satisfied? Saxophonthe heart and rests there, beating gently. ist Kim Waters with his new album, Silver Soul, will take you uptown sans date You can walk in your door after a hard day’s work and a harrowing Metro on “Anything You Need” featuring the wanton passion of vocalist Dana Pope, ride, put on Sarah Vaughn and your world is transformed. Your mind clears, your followed by another solid dosage of love potion from vocalist Zendaya on “Firebody relaxes and suddenly life is pretty good. There’s no drug in the world that flies,” simmering with only one intention. Next check out “Stay Together,” “Let’s can do that. Jazz is beautiful music. Make Love,” and “A Song For Dana.” Got that. Heck, now you’re ready to use one of my favorite lines from Jace Everett’s song Bad Things: “Before the night Spark of Life •••• is through, I wanna do bad things with you.” Now, if you’re lucky you can polMarcin Wasilewski Trio with Joakim Milder, ECM ish the evening off with that sweet sensation of “Laying Beside Me” with the Spark of Life reminds me of the life in a baby’s first cry enblissful saxophone romping over the lavish and flirtatious voice of Eric Robertering the world. “Do Rycerzy, do Sziachty, do Mieszczan” son. End your evening on “All Of Me,” and then embrace the coming winter and “Sleep Safe and Warm?” are as rich and delicious as with one last fling on Silver Soul. that child’s first taste of the mother’s milk. It’s music to cry, laugh, hug, dream, love, and to wrap oneself in rapture and sacred desire. The notes of the piano make the blood flow with the pulsating beats of the double bass and the cascading ripples of the saxophone. The music is heavenly and earthly as if it was the morning sun rising above the mountains, slowly drifting across the rolling hillsides and plains, finally settling down in the distant falling mountain ranges with the evening dusk. This is music to live and enjoy life. These magicians with their instruments of pleasure and ingenuity, are truly dedicated to their art. Saxophonist Joakim Milder, pianist Marcin Wasilewski, bassist Slawomir Kurkiewicz along with drummer Michal Miskiewicz have given us a great album. The first breadth of life is due with gratitude and respect. And no where else is it felt than within the peaceful beauty of “Three Reflections,” and the imaginative grandeur of “Spark Of Life,” the title track wrapped up in a gift of two variations. Thanks ECM and producer Manfred Eicher for your contributions.

Joy in Spite of Everything •••• Stefano Bollani, ECM Of the many joys that any good music brings, none is more joyous than discovering a new musical sound that makes one give thanks for being alive. Even more important, is the joy of sharing this music with friends or anyone willing to take that chance to listen. Pianist Stefano Bollani’s new album is full of joyous reunions, even from the opening track “Easy Healing” to the more voluptuous and captivating “Las Hortensias.” Full of the sweetness of the coming of spring, the music heralds an awakening, a rebirth of sorts, a kind of wanton abandonment into an imagined space of one’s choosing. The “Tales From The Time Loop” is the story of the musicians exploring and blending all the nuances and ambiguities of the music into a seamless, variegated hypothesis on the vast corpus of our emotions and feelings on how the world unfolds and reshapes itself around our lives. Nothing remains constant, and everything is always changing and evolving. Music is a food of life, but the taste is ever so elusive. Most musicians want to give us a stronger whiff, and in that sense Mr. Bollani along with Mark Turner (sax), Bill Frisell (guitar), Jasper Bodilsen (double-bass) and Morten Lund (drums) have given us a vintage dosage for our palettes. Joy in Spite of Everything is a musical cuisine for all jazz connoisseurs.

Overnight Sensation ••• Joey Sommerville Executive Producers: Joey Sommerville and Steve Ewing The latest release from Joey Sommerville (trumpet) offers a collection of R&B, funk, contemporary and straightahead jazz, go-go and blues. Overnight Sensation is copiously branded with spotlight solos from hall of fame guitarist Earl Klugh, fusion keyboardist Jeff Lorber, edgy trombonist Jeff Bradshaw, emerging saxophonist Elan Trotman and journeyman guitar player Eric Essex. The whole production is personal for Mr. Sommerville with his expressive and lyrically astute trumpet and flugelhorn work while adding keyboards and acoustic piano, programming drums and synth bass, and singing lead and background vocals. An energetically muted trumpet lead heralds Sommerville’s arrival on the album opener “Overnight Sensation” which combines with snappy piano and synth percussion rhythms. Mr. Klugh deftly spins a sensual web of acoustic guitar around Mr. Sommerville’s impassioned flugelhorn foreplay on “Desire.” The trumpeter and Mr. Bradshaw unleash an imaginative rock-laced assault on Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” that swelters and swings. Mr. Lorber’s slick touch is all over the funky groove on “The Next Big Thing” and he even chimes in with an animated synth on the pre-chorus adding a bit of color and quirk. Once again it is Mr. Sommerville’s declarative trumpet that feeds the frenzy of jazz-funk with Mr. Trotman getting in on the action by dishing a cool sax solo. The bluesy and somber “Rebecca Of Birmingham” pays homage to Mr. Sommerville’s late grandmother giving Mr. Essex a chance to reflect with a searing electric guitar eulogy. “Karma” is a straight-ahead jazz meditation that ethereally floats trumpet and piano melodies on a shuffling beat. Harmonically rich “Forever” plays for keeps in a classic R&B setting. Overnight Sensation is another summer ending celebration and should be enjoyed by everyone. All CDs and DVDS reviewed in this article are heard through Bowers & Wilkens Nautilus 801 speakers and ASW 4000 subwoofer, and Rotel Preamp 1070, amplifier 1092 and CD player 1072. B&W speakers are now available at Magnolia, Best Buys (703.518.7951) and IQ Home Entertainment (703.218.9855). CDs are available for purchase through For more information about this column, please email your questions to u

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{health & fitness} Rewiring the Brain through Movement Lessen Pain, Improve Physical Function, Increase Athletic Performance by Pattie Cinelli


s I lay on the treatment table I had no idea what to expect. Adrienne Penebre told me to relax, then gently lifted my right leg up and moved it around. She moved to the left side of my upper body, lifted my arm, placed it on my chest, then eased my right shoulder and head up and towards the center of my body. It didn’t feel like much of anything was happening. After she did this several times she asked me to get up and walk. When I took my first step one side felt so light I nearly fell over. Adrienne laughed and said that she had better balance out the other side. I felt my chest relax and felt more solid on my feet. And I felt as if I had lost 10

lbs. I had had my first lesson in the Anat Baniel Method (ABM). ABM is a cutting edge, sciencebased neuro-movement approach that can transform the lives of children and adults by helping them move beyond pain and limitation. It can help people discover how to improve the mind and body through gentle movement. The ABM exercises create new neural patterns that increase strength, flexibility and vitality. “Whether you are in good health or have a limiting diagnosis, the method gives you tools to make the impossible possible and to live life more fully,” said Adrienne. Adrienne Penebre, a yoga teacher at Results Gym on Capitol Hill, was first introduced to this unique approach to movement while at a yoga training in Costa Rica in 2007. “My teacher was in a serious car accident and he used Feldenkrais to heal himself. I was very attracted to it.” Adrienne practices The Anat Baniel Method for children with challenges.

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“The amazing thing about the work that Adrienne does is that she is able to help strengthen the connections that make young athletes excel rather than trying to run them into the ground with extra workouts or risky weight training. –Michael Skinner Adrienne Penebre, Neuromovement Specialist for children and adults

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When she returned to DC she sought out the best possible teacher which took her to Anat Baniel, who studied under Moshe Feldenkrais, who died in 1984. He created the Feldenkrais Method, a somatic educational system which aims to reduce pain or limitations in movement, to improved physical function, and to promote general well-being by increasing students’ awareness of themselves and by expanding students’ movement abilities. After three and half years of study in California Adrienne opened her private practice on the Hill. “I want to help people move from limitations to possibilities. I love the ABM process. You can apply it to anything. It’s so transformative.” Adrienne works with adults and children who have neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and MS. She also works with people who have scoliosis, back, neck or joint pain and anything that causes dysfunction. She works with chil-

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ing big gains in speed, throwing accuracy and batting. It was amazing to see how all the boys progressed in such a short time.” Michael then asked Adrienne to work with his two boys, Dakota, 13, and Logan, 10, to prepare for the fall soccer season. Both boys did six individual lessons in three days. “The amazing thing about the work that Adrienne does is that she is able to help strengthen the connections that make young athletes excel rather than trying to run them into the ground with extra workouts or risky weight training,” said Michael. “Adrienne is helping their brains and nervous systems organize and coordinate movements. As the season started, we saw both boys able to be more powerful and more intricate with their ball movements on the soccer field.” ABM is scientific, not based on ancient eastern philosophy. Anat Baniel is partnering with top neuro-scientists around the world. She is on the forefront of those taking theories about the brain and creating a clinical application. “Doctors tell you how it is -- that you’ll never be able to it. Yet that’s not necessarily the case. What we think is not necessarily the truth. I’m not sure what the truth is, but I see changes that people don’t think they can do.” To learn more about ABM and Adrienne log onto: or call 202-525-8458. Pattie Cinelli is a fitness consultant who helps clients reach their health, fitness and wellness goals in their homes, offices, at Results or Lavender Retreat. She has been writing her fitness column for more than 20 years. Please email her with column ideas or fitness questions at: fitness@pattiecinelli. com. u

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{health and fitness / pets}

The Life of an Outdoor Cat


by Dr. Chris Miller

e’ve all seen cats lurking in the shadows of Capitol Hill’s alleys, scavenging for food and fighting to protect their turf. They dart in front of our headlights, sneak through the bushes, and occasionally make loud vocalizations when we are trying to sleep. Oftentimes traveling alone, but sometimes living in colonies, the feral cats in our neighborhood have been an ongoing dilemma. Local residents deal with feral cats by shooing them away, compassionately feeding them, or increasingly more often welcoming them into their homes as a new family member. There is much being done to help control the ever growing number of feral cats on the Hill. Educating local residents about how to interact with our furry neighbors can help improve their quality of life and make our community healthier. Feral cats and owned outdoor cats live very differently from cats that live inside our homes. Owners are often unaware of this difference and may begin giving their cat unsupervised access to the outside world without much thought. We aren’t talking about the cat that occasionally goes out on the screened-in porch to look at birds. True outdoor cats wander off and are left to their own de-

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vices for hours or days at a time. There are pros and cons that should be weighed prior to making the decision to giving a feline this freedom. Cats evolved as stealthy, nocturnal predators that sharpen their hunting skills very shortly after birth and have, in the scheme of things, only recently been domesticated. For this reason the mental stimulation and exercise that comes with exposure to the outside world can help prevent some behavioral problems and inappropriate elimination inside, and assist in maintaining a healthy weight. Many would argue this is a more natural way for cats to experience life. The downside is that the number of potential medical variables increases drastically when a cat leaves the house. Cats are very territorial and will fight with each other to protect their domain. Bite wounds and subsequent abscess formation are commonly seen in our outdoor patients at AtlasVet. Cats can be hit by cars, exposed to toxins (rat poison and anti-freeze are common), and can catch a variety of infectious disease from each other (feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, panleukopenia virus, parasites, and rabies to name just a few). When it comes to running loose and being off-leash, cats are subject to the same rules as dogs.

Cats can even be affected by foul weather such as our harsh winters. For these reasons it is important to discuss your cat’s outdoor lifestyle with a veterinarian to make sure they are appropriately vaccinated and that the proper routine labs tests are performed to ensure their health. You may have noticed that some of your local feline residents are missing the tip of their left ear. This is unlikely to be a battle scar and is probably the handiwork of local veterinarians volunteering their time with Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program (CatNiPP), run by the Washington Humane Society (WHS). Once a month local volunteers set up cat traps in areas with large feral populations and haul their catch to the WHS Surgical Center located on 1001 L St. SE. Here students from the University of Maryland Pre-Vet Society, veterinary technicians, veterinarians, and WHS staff volunteer their time to create a surgical assembly line of stations for premedicating, anesthetizing, and surgical preparation. The feral cats are then spayed or neutered and the tip of their left ear is removed. This last step is done so that altered cats can be easily identified from the unaltered ones at a distance. Afterwards they are carried to a recovery area, The Beach, as it’s called, where they are kept warm, monitored for recovery, and vaccinated before they are deemed healthy enough to return back to their local territory. Just how many cats are captured and “fixed” in our area? To find out I asked Danielle Bays, the Washington Humane Society Community Cat Program Manager. “We just hit a milestone in our efforts to spay and neuter DC’s outdoor cats. Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities

we’ve been targeting neighborhoods in Southeast DC with a goal to sterilize 1,200 cats in a year.” They met this goal in 11 months. Incidentally, the 1,200th cat was neutered on National Feral Cat Day, Oct. 16. When it comes to helping manage the outdoor feline population, preventing owned cats from contributing to the growing feral population is key. Spaying or neutering a cat that you care for is the best way to prevent undesired litters and to keep the local feral community’s population down. Keeping a pet primarily inside is a good start, but when they reach sexual maturity their desire to roam often leads to an escape. Sterilization and having your cat micro-chipped can help prevent overpopulation and facilitate the return of your lost kitty. Allowing your cat to go outside is a big decision. There are more risks on our city streets and alleys than you may think. Since outdoor cats live much shorter and hazardous lives than those that live indoors, veterinarians typically recommend keeping pets inside. As for the feral outdoor population, Bays recommends that if you see free-roaming cats in the neighborhood, contact the Washington Humane Society (catnipp@ or 202-608-1356 x 101) with the details. “We work with residents to trap, neuter, and release the cats and advise on providing proper food and shelter for outdoor cats. Volunteers are always needed to assist with trapping, spay/neuter clinics, and outreach.” Dr. Miller lives on Capitol Hill and is the co-owner of AtlasVet (the Atlas District Veterinary Hospital) at 1326 H St. NE ( He is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and attended the 2013 Iron Bowl. War Eagle! u

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Capital City Symphony Family Concert “Hansel and Gretel” at the Atlas The Capital City Symphony Family Concert “Hansel and Gretel” is a semistaged concert opera with Mary Gresock as Gretel, Rebecca Henry as Hansel, Grace Gori as Mother and Witch, Neil Ewachiw as Father, and Ellen Kliman as Sandman and Dew Fairy. Performances are on Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. (full version, for adults and older children) and Nov. 23, 4 p.m. (one hour version for younger audiences). Tickets are $25. Students, any age with ID, are $15. Children under 16 are free. Purchase tickets online at

“Season’s Greenings” at the Botanic Garden Despite the cold winter outside, the US Botanic Garden Conservatory boasts a tropical paradise, one of the largest indoor decorated trees in Washington, DC, a poinsettia showcase and a grove of conifer trees. It wouldn’t be the winter holiday season without the fantasy train display in the East Gallery, which chugs along a track through imaginative structures created with plant materials. Many of DC’s landmark buildings, all made from natural materials, will be on display in the Garden Court. Open daily, Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours and live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8 p.m. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

(a custom climbing structure), a windmill slide with a working weather vane, a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, ADA-compliant and collaborative swings, a nature walk with a human sundial, bird houses, and rain gardens.

Children’s Worship and Play at Christ Church On Sunday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m. join other families for Christ Church’s monthly children’s worship geared to children under the age of six. The music, liturgy, and sermon, however, are designed to engage all. The service lasts for 30 minutes and is followed by a simple dinner and play in the Parish Hall. Children’s Worship and Play is always on the second Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. All are welcome. Christ Church is at 620 G St. SE. 202-547-9300.

Rebecca Henry as Hansel. Photo: Courtesy of the Capital City Symphony

Mad Science Day Off Camps at Hill Center On weekdays that DCPS has off, Mad Science will spark children’s imagination. Mad Science programs offer a daily combination of in-class discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented. Each day, kids will get to explore a variety of science topics, engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions, and make their own experiments to take home. DCPS Days Off, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 10 and 11 this month). $70 a day. Register online at

New Sherwood Playground Opens The Sherwood Playground, 640 10th St. NE, is a collaborative effort of DCPS, DPR and DGS to create a shared play space for Sherwood Recreation Center and School-Within-School at Goding Elementary. The new playground, which was formerly an underutilized parking lot, boasts a “many shades of green” theme that will encourage the recreation center, the elementary school and the community to engage in environmental awareness and physical activity. New features at Sherwood playground include: a GeoNetrix

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District Opens Playground at DC General Family Shelter

Trains in the East Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of the US Botanic Garden

A new playground has been opened for children at the DC General Family Shelter thanks to a donation by Pepco. The new playground features two play structures--one for 2-to-5year-olds and a second for 5-to-12-year-olds. The play structures provide physical and educational activities for children, including slides, climbers, bridges and ramps, and activity panels. Both structures are ADA-accessible and allow children to transfer from their wheelchairs onto the play equipment. The playground also has shade sails to provide cover from the sun during play, along with a rubber surface under all of the play equipment to help protect children from injury.

Thanksgiving Family Festival at the American Art Museum

“Fiddler on the Roof” Family Fun Pack “Fiddler on the Roof” is at Arena Stage through Jan. 4. With the Family Fun Pack, purchase four seats for only $125. The family group must include a minimum of two patrons between ages 5-17 per Fun Pack; cannot be combined with any other offer or applied to previously purchased tickets; limit two Fun Packs per household. All standard fees apply. Must be purchased by phone or in person.

Yuletide Shakespeare at the Folger On Saturday, Dec. 6, 10-11 a.m., celebrate the holidays with William Shakespeare, his language, and his world. Recommended for ages 6-12. Free, but reserve a spot. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

Educators’ Open House at the National Archives Teachers that have been wondering what resources at the National Archives can be used in a classroom should plan a trip to the famed building. On Thursday, Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m., enjoy a special after-

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hours viewing of the exhibits at the National Archives. Learn about resources and workshops for National History Day, options for video conferencing programs into a classroom, DocsTeach online resources and lesson plans, a new app and eBook on the Bill of Rights, the Constitution-in-Action Learning Lab and much more. Questions? Please email with Educators’ Open House as the subject.

Breastfeeding & Pumping Basics Workshop at Hill Center On Saturday, Nov. 15, 2-4 p.m., join The Breastfeeding Center as they host their Breastfeeding and Pumping Basics workshop. This class teaches the basic anatomy and physiology involved in breast milk production and breastfeeding and also the basic information for choosing and then using a breast pump. Mothers will learn what to expect during the first days after birth, as well as what to do if things do not go as planned. Class will discuss what preparation and supplies are helpful. In addition, pump demonstrations will be shown and mothers will also receive instruction on pumping strategies for the early weeks. $100 per couple. Register online at

Every Turkey Day celebration needs a welldressed table. On Saturday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., visit the museum to create constumized Thanksgiving Day decorations to display. Learn to contra dance with a live band, or take a scavenger hunt in the galleries and find inspiration from America’s artists. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW.

Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger Kids’ One Mile Fun Run On Thanksgiving Day, join them in supporting the hungry and homeless in Washington, DC by participating in the 13th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger. Proceeds from the 5K benefit thousands of homeless families and single adults, including the elderly and people suffering from mental illness, by providing muchneeded food, clothing and healthcare. The only turkey trot in the District, the Trot for Hunger is a tradition for thousands of area residents and a meaningful way to remember people in need on Thanksgiving Day. The Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. To participate, each child and/or adult must be registered for the Official 5K. 202-7978806 ext.1093.

American Girl Tea: Samantha and the Gilded Age at Anderson House On Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m.-noon, learn what it was like to grow up during the Gilded Age at this family tea, where children design their own ornaments to take home. A silhouette artist will be on hand to cut children’s silhouettes. Dolls are welcome! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required. $15 per person. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.

DC Government Beginning New Paid Family Leave Program Mayor Gray has announced that the District government will begin offering its employees paid family leave. Effective Oct. 1, employees can receive up to eight weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” at Patriot Center in December Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” comes to the Patriot Center for six shows from Dec. 12-14. The show highlights the notion that everyone is special in their own way! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies. Tickets are $18-$30.

World War I: A War of Innovation Family Day at Air and Space On Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., this family day will explore the social and technological history of World War I through presentations and hands-on activities. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. at 6th St. SW.

Saturday Morning at the National Free Performances for Children On Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. there are free live performances for children in the Helen Hayes Gallery. Tickets are required and distributed first come-first seated. Tickets are distributed 1/2 hour prior to performance. One ticket per person in line. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. 202-783-3372. Here’s the line-up. Nov. 1, Paul Hadfield--Spats the Lost Vaudevillian; Nov. 8, Lesole’s Dance Project; Nov. 15, Michael Shwedick--Reptile World; Nov. 22, Mary Ann Jung--Feasting with the Queen; Dec. 6, Virginia Ballet Company and School Selections from The Nutcracker; Dec. 13, Bright Theater--Christmas with Santa. Read more at

Virginia Williams Family Resource Center Relocated The Virginia Williams Family Resource Center has moved to 920 Rhode Island Ave. NE. The center is an integrated service center for families

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experiencing housing instability. The joint initiative includes the Department of Human Services, the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness and the Coalition for the Homeless. Partner agencies provide on-site services such as assistance with school registration, child support services, and unified case planning. The goal of the integration of services is to better address the needs of homeless families with children in order to help them achieve their goals and to become more self-sufficient.

Our American Girl at Mount Vernon On Saturday, Nov. 15, 9 a.m.4 p.m., American Girl doll lovers are invited to a special youth tour of the estate with Mount Vernon’s own American girl, “Nelly Custis.” Enjoy refreshments with “Lady Washington” and try a colonial craft. Tickets are $30 and are required for both adults and children.

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On Sunday, Nov. 9, 1-4 p.m., all families are invited to tour the historic Alexandria tavern with Junior Docents (volunteers from grades 4 through 7), who share their enthusiasm for history. This event allows children to be inspired by their peers as they tour the tavern where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others made history. No reservations necessary. Admission is $5 adults, $3 child (ages 5-12); free for veterans and active duty military and their immediate families. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum is at 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria, VA. 703-746-4242. gadsbystavern. org u

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Friendship Public Charter School’s Tech Prep Academy Grand Opening! On September 24th, Friendship Public Charter School celebrated the grand opening of a state-of-the-art $18 million facility in Anacostia with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Friendship Tech Prep Academy will serve students in grades six through 12 and specialize in STEM-science, technology, engineering, math disciplines and environmental sciences. Tech Prep’s first senior class will graduate in 2015. The state of the art campus was built on the site of an abandoned McDonald’s and includes a SMART--science, math, and research technology--lab, a robotics lab, two chemistry and two biology labs, a rooftop greenhouse and a green roof. Steps Maury students planting native grass seeds away from what is about to become the new Department of Homeland Security headquarMaury Elementary ters, the new facility adds to the regeneration of Pulling weeds and planting seeds one of the most underserved areas of the city. Maury fifth grade students are studying biodiversity At Tech Prep Academy, Friendship Public in the Anacostia Watershed with experts from the Charter School hopes to continue its tradition of Anacostia Watershed Society. Recently they have providing a high-quality tuition free public edumade a seed-collecting trip to Bladensburg Regioncation in underserved areas, with high on-time al Park and while on a boat trip down the Anacosgraduation rates as well as a high college acceptia, the students saw bald eagles, turtles, great blue tance rate for its students. Friendship’s Collegiate herons and egrets. Two weeks later, the students Academy in Ward Seven has a 97 percent on-time visited Magruder Park to clear a patch of mugwort graduation rate and 100 percent of the graduatand replant the area with native Indian grass seeds. ing class accepted to college. Mugwort has a pleasant odor but it is also an invaFriendship Public Charter School holds sive plant species, crowding out other species and its students to high academic standards, teachreducing the diversity of plant life and, consequenting them the 21st-century skills they need to sucly, the animals that depend on the plants for their ceed and preparing them for the rigor of a college livelihood. Students also made houses for mason education. –Amy Benson. Friendship PCS, 620 bees – tiny little guys who don’t sting and are great Milwaukee Place SE,

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pollinators. The houses were made out of cut up pieces of phragmites - a good use for the remains of another invasive species.

Monumental tour of the memorials Maury third-graders recently took a tour of the memorials around The Mall. They visited the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. At each stop, they had a guided tour to learn about the individuals being honored and the memorials themselves. A planned visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial had to be canceled because President Obama and the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, were attending a special event at the site. They didn’t get to see POTUS but they did see the presidential motorcade – which almost compen-

sated for the humongous traffic backup it caused. - Elizabeth Nelson. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE.

Brent Elementary Rocknoceros is Coming! Bring your friends and family and join us for a fun filled family concert at Brent Elementary featuring the award winning children’s band, Rocknoceros. The event will be held on Saturday, Nov 15 at 11 a.m. (doors open at 10:30) at Brent Elementary’s multipurpose room. Tickets are $10 per person and children under 1 are free. Drinks and snack items will be available for purchase at the concert. Please purchase your tickets soon at 100 percent of proceeds benefit the Brent Elementary PTA. Rocknoceros has dominated the Washington, DC children’s music scene since 2005. They have gained national recognition with recent performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wolf Trap, and the Kennedy Center. Rocknoceros has won the Children’s Music Artist

WAMMY award at the Washington Area Music Awards for four years in a row. They were also recognized in NPR Music’s “Best of 2009.” The music is sure to appeal to elementary school children of all ages (and parents, too!).See for more information about the band. -Denise Diggs, Brent Elementary, 301 North Carolina Ave SE,

J.O. Wilson Elementary School Play and Learning: A Great Combination Playgrounds are a wonderful part of childhood but what about a playground that children build themselves? Since J.O. Wilson purchased a set of Imagination Playground blocks, that’s exactly what’s been happening! Imagination Playground blocks are big blue blocks that can be connected in many different ways to make structures and objects. There are no directions or models the idea is that kids explore and create on their own. Students create their own play spaces, and learn important social and creative lessons while doing it. The blocks give students more kinesthetic learn-

ing opportunities, and there are wonderful applications to math and science.

Walking with Friends Walk to School Day on October 8th was an exciting celebration of physical fitness and walkable routes to school! Over 25 J.O. Wilson students, along with parents and staff, met Principal Haggerty in Lincoln Park before school. The J.O. Wilson cheerleaders performed for the crowd, and after a variety of speeches and community activities, the students made the trek to school. Walk to School Day was a great way to connect with other Capitol Hill schools and get kids moving before a great day of learning.

Celebrating Community: Past and Present In early October, J.O. Wilson hosted a wonderful reunion. Former Principal Erma Fields, who led the school from 1981 to 2002, visited for the first time since leaving J.O. Wilson. A heartwarming reception was held in the school library, which is named in honor of Mrs. Fields. Along with meeting current parents and students, she reunited with teachers who worked under her and with former students who stopped by for the special occasion. -Kate Sweeney, Librarian, J.O. Wilson Elementary School, 660 K St. NE,

St. Anselm’s St. Anselm’s Abbey School’s Dr. Downey Recognized By Humanities Council for His Teaching Leadership

J.O. Wilson Cheerleaders performing at Walk to School Day

Charles T. Downey, Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at St. Anselm’s Abbey School, received an Abraham Lincoln Schimel and Beatrice Schimel Award from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., in August. These awards recognize innovative methods for teaching leadership to high school students using the humanities disciplines. Dr. Downey, who began at the school in 1999, teaches courses that cover the history of art, architecture, music, and literature in the ancient and modern worlds. Students who excel in his classes continue on as juniors and seniors with one or both of his Advanced Placement courses in Art History and Music Theory. While some of Dr. Downey’s former students go on to become leaders in the Humani-

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speaking and writing skills by exposing them to significant ideas, and provides creative role models in the great artists and art patrons of the past. The award of $2,500 comes with the expectation to work with the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., to create a sample curriculum and a video of teaching methods for other teachers to use in building their own courses. -Amy Talley. St. Anselm’s, 4501 South Dakota Ave NE.

Charles Downey received a Schimel Award

ties as a result of what they studied in high school, most students benefit in other ways. Studying the great works of human civilization helps students gain skills in independent and critical thinking, gives them a broader understanding of the intellectual and artistic pursuits of the past, polishes their

John H. Ketcham Elementary School Safe Kids DC, Children’s National Health System, and other community organizations joined with FedEx volunteers at John Councilmember Tommy Wells, SWS Principal John Burst, and Mayor VinH. Ketcham Elementary cent Gray cut a ribbon to mark the opening of a new playground shared School in Southeast Washby SWS and the Sherwood Recreation Center. photo: Shaaren Pine ington, DC, to raise awareness about pedestrian safeDeputy Secretary of Transportation, Victor Menty on International Walk dez, and Children’s National emergency physician to School Day. More than Alexandra Rucker, MD. The organizations worked 250,000 children across with teachers and parents to share safety tips and the United States particdemonstrate the importance of visibility and peipate in the annual event destrian awareness. to learn safe walking skills and to encourage the creSchool-Within-School at Goding ation of safe walking enCome Play With Us! vironments. Safe Kids Ask any student at SWS, “What’s the most exciting DC teamed up with Chilthing about this school year?” and you are almost dren’s National, DC Decertain to get this answer: The new playground! partment of TransportaAfter a year of careful planning and a summer tion, Safe Kids Worldwide, of closely-watched construction, the playground and FedEx volunteers to shared by SWS and Sherwood Recreation Center teach safe walking skills. opened in late September. It includes swings, a The group conducted parmerry-go-round, slides, and a state-of-the-art, prizeent-led walking school buswinning climbing structure. The playground is es, and held a school ralopen to the public, so go check it out! ly around pedestrian safety

Ketchum volunteers preparing for International Walk to School Day.

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2014 School Information Night Top Garden Earlier this school year, SWS’s garden was named the 2014 Citywide Best Sustained School Garden. The award was based both on the school’s beautiful vegetable garden and on an essay written by third grader Tillie Freed. She read her winning essay aloud at the Growing Healthy Schools kick-off event on September 29th. The school is proud of Tillie and of all the teachers and parents who help run the garden and the FoodPrints program, which teaches students about food production and cooking. (FoodPrints has also convinced a generation of students that kale salad is a treat.) As Tillie wrote in her essay, “Our garden is the best sustainable garden in DC because our garden has been growing and moving with our school. Whenever we move to a new school building, the first thing we think about is our school garden.” --by Hannah Schardt. 920 F St. NE,

Capitol Hill Day School Capitol Hill Day School: Nurturing Confident, Compassionate Learners At twice yearly family conferences, Capitol Hill Day School parents and teachers meet to discuss their children’s progress in school. Parents are often asked to answer a few pre-conference questions: What does your child talk about regarding school? What should I know about your child or family that will help me teach your child? What specific issues would you like to discuss during the conference? CHDS six, seventh and eighth-graders are not only pres-

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ent for the conference; they lead it, setting the agenda and guiding their parents and teachers through an indepth discussion of the student’s academic progress. The adults and students then determine next steps. Students prepare for student-led conferences by working with teacher advisors to set goals, reflect on their learning strengths and weaknesses, evaluate their own behavior, and select academic work for a portfolio that illustrates their learning profile. Student-led conferences fit perfectly with the CHDS goal of helping students become more self-reflective and independent. When adolescents are active participants in conversations about their learning, they gain important insights about the nature of learning, as well as the motivation to set goals and work towards them. Furthermore, the practice of presenting a balanced and detailed self-assessment serves students well during the high school application process in eight-grade. Developing self-reflection and critical thinking skills begins well before the middle school years. In every classroom and on the 300+ field trips, students are encouraged to ask CHDS fourth- grader with Igbo basket at Frontier questions, collect and analyze data, Culture Museum. Photo: and present their findings. Check out Laura Nakatani the December 4 Admissions Open House for applicants for grades 5-7, historians. at 7p.m. - Jane Angarola, Capitol Hill The kindergarten classes also have begun Day School, 210 South Carolina Ave, SE, jangatheir annual First in Math competition. Within two days of starting, the teams had already solved almost 4,000 problems. First in Math encourages Capitol Hill Cluster School students to strengthen their math fluency through Peabody Primary Campus a fun, interactive online program. The pre-k classes have begun six-week studies Kindergartners got a dose of international culbased on the students’ interests. The pre-k3 classes ture, with a demonstration of Capoeira, a Brazilare studying music-making. The pre-k4 classes are ian martial art that combines elements of dance, studying buildings, and they kicked off their study acrobatics and music. Peabody, 425 C St. N.E., unit by collecting “found items from the home” 202-698-3277. contributed by the school community. Meanwhile, the kindergarten team will be working with The LiWatkins Elementary School brary of Congress this year to teach students about In the art room with Watkins’ new art teach“primary source material” and how to be young

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er Claire Reintgen, fourth-graders have been producing some intricate artwork that requires focus and patience. It’s “op art” or optical art, abstract pieces that rely on repeating patterns for their sometimes eyepopping effects. Oct. 31, is the annual book character day celebration at Watkins. Students dress up like a favorite book character and bring a copy of the book to carry during a parade on the field. In athletics: The Girls on the Run program is going strong after school. Also, Coach Brian from the Playworks program has begun organizing fourth and fifth-grade intramural sports for fall and winter after school: girls’ basketball and co-ed volleyball. These are non-competitive leagues that are focused on students learning the games and skills involved. Watkins, 420 12th St. S.E.

Stuart-Hobson Middle School Stuart-Hobson is taking a new approach to math instruction this year: Teachers are using a “blended learning” model, a combination of traditional teacher-led instruction and an adaptive computer program that targets each student’s individual learning needs. Recent research shows that this model has been highly successful at increasing achievement in schools. The new school year also has brought a new musical group to the school: the school’s very first orchestra. Last month, those student musicians joined hundreds of other Washingtonians at Union Station for a performance by world-famous violist Joshua Bell. The school is hosting two high-school fairs to help students find the best high school for them. The first is with admissions representatives of private and parochial schools: 6 p.m. Oct. 23. Representatives of DCPS high schools will be at the school 6 p.m. Nov. 13. Stuart-Hobson, 410 E St. N.E., 202-671-6010 -- Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA Communications Team

ceived a grant for his project, Mr. Brown received a grant for books, and Mr. Birks received funding to rent a high-powered video camera for when Eliot-Hine filmed Oprah! Thank you! - Tammy Whyte. Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Const. Ave. NE., @ EliotHine, and

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classrooms. Tyler promotes an inclusive, compassionate environment. In fact, 100 percent of the special education students receive some sort of inclusion with their peers daily -- in the classroom, at specials, during lunch, and/or recess. The Tyler community supports every learning opportunity! Tyler recently completed the Walk Now for Autism Speaks on the National Mall. The team, Tyler Tigers, surpassed its fundraising goal and raised $1,920! Tyler Elementary School had over 30 team members at the walk, including Tyler families, general education & special education teach-

Basketball legend, Bill Walton, is quoted as saying: “I can think. I can sleep. I can move. I can ride my bike. I can dream.” Now, many Payne Wildcats may share that same sentiment. DurStudents in Ms. Toor’s fourth-grade class at Watkins created intricate “op art” with the school’s new art teacher, ing the week of October 6th, Dan Claire Reintgen. Hoagland of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) visitEliot-Hine Middle School ed the school and brought with him On October 21st and 25th, Eliot-Hine students a fleet of bicycles that were used in conjuncparticipated in the “Get the Ball Rolling Flag Foottion with the Physical Education (PE) proball Experience” held at Redskins Park in Ashburn, gram for the week. As part of its mission, VA. Students were able to participate in warm-ups WABA encourages healthy living and physiand play flag football games inside the Redskins incal education around the region “by promotdoor practice facility. More importantly, students ing bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable learned from a panel about the importance of a transportation; advocating for better bicyTyler Walks for Autism healthy body and healthy mind, and enjoyed lunch cling conditions and transportation choices ers, as well as community members. This was such in the team dining facility. Students who attended for a healthier environment; and educating chila wonderful event and is a great example of the Tyare part of the “Strong from the Core” group, startdren, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.” ler Tiger support & spirit! Anika D. Wilson, anied by Donald Ross, school psychologist, to help During PE class, students learned the “Rules of Anika Wilson. Tyler Elemenat-risk male students stay on track by connecting the Road” and performed a routine safety check tary, 1001 G St, SE. them with positive male role models. before mounting and riding bicycles through an obstacle set up on the playground, complete with Open Houses Waterfront Academy traffic signs and signals similar to what they might Eliot-Hine is hosting a variety of events in Noencounter if they were riding their own bicycles Hispanic Heritage vember and December for prospective students within the community. Physical Educator, BerThe students of Waterfront Academy walked to the and families. Open Houses will be held on Nonard Nedab, spoke highly of the program and Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater on the Washingvember 18th and December 9th, from 9:30 to said, “Dan is a great guy and I know our students ton Mall, had a picnic on the Mall, and then en10:30 a.m. and 6 to 7pm. Parents can come to learned a lot.” Payne Elementary looks forward to joyed the show, “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres” to tour classrooms and learn more about the curcontinued partnership with the organization and celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. “Uno, Dos, riculum, school culture, and extracurricular acwould like to thank Dan Hoagland and WABA for Tres con Andres” is a bilingual children’s music tivities offered at Eliot-Hine. Additionally, Eliotthe wonderful opportunity given to the students. show that celebrates Latin culture. Hine will be hosting students for “Buddy Days” in For more information on WABA, please visit their Waterfront Academy is a bilingual school that the upcoming months, in which fourth and fifthwebsite keeps the dual immersion culture at the school grade students spend time in class with current by creating an environment that places the Span6th grade students. For more information about ish language as the prestigious language. Students Tyler Elementary School these events, please contact Tammy Whyte, Comthoroughly enjoyed singing and dancing and pracTyler Elementary School serves a large special munity Affairs Director, at ticing their Spanish words. It was truly a fun time education population. The school offers a specThank you, Capitol Hill Community Founhad by all. This field trip was a fun way to reinforce trum of services that cater to the individual needs dation for your continued support! Mr. Ross rethe Spanish that they have been learning since the of its students, from full inclusion to self-contained

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items to the school’s sister parish in Haiti, Notre Dame D’Altagrace. The school-wide donation drive netted hundreds of toys, school supplies and basic necessities. At the end of the drive, student families gathered to make individual care packages, along with cards, drawings and notes (in English, with Creole phrases). On November 13, middle school language arts teacher Brian Boyd will join the anStudents from Waterfront Academy celebrated Hispanic Heritage month. nual parish mission trip to Cap St Peter students organize donations for a charity in Haiti. start of the school year as the Haitien to delivprestigious language. er the packagSt. Peter School Fall Open House Celebrating Hispanic es and funds raised last year St. Peter School Fall Open Houses will be held Heritage and Latin Culture to support the school. Di ou on Wednesday, November 5 from 6 p.m.- p.m. doesn’t need to be confined mèsi St. Peter School Student and Friday, November 7 from 9–11 a.m. Prospecto only one month and there Families! tive families are invited to tour the school and are several similar events and meet with faculty and parents. If you are interesttrips planned year round. Over the Hill and Through ed in learning more about the school, please conthe Woods tact Mrs. Deirdre Schmutz at dschmutz@stpeter100 Book Challenge St. Peter School grandparents; or visit Waterfront Academy students are heading to town for the Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St. www. started the 100 Book Chalschool’s first annual lenge in October where the parents Day! Grandparents goal is for each student to read will arrive on campus the day Cesar Chavez PCS over 100 different books this before Thanksgiving break to Joan Massey named as New CEO school year. To make the chalattend the school Mass with Joan Massey has been hired as the new Chief Execlenge a little more managetheir grandchildren, followed Madison, an eager Waterfront Acadutive Officer for the Cesar Chavez Public Charter able for younger students, evby morning refreshments and emy reader, enjoys her first certificate Schools for Public Policy. In this role, Massey will ery 25 books is acknowledged in the 100 Book Challenge. classroom visits. Grandparbe responsible for developing and implementing a with a small celebration. ents unable to attend the celstrategic plan to ensure the fulfillment of the misOne student proved to ebration are sending letters and pictures to their sion of Chavez Schools for all students. be an especially eager reader. Madison breezed grandchildren, and a special bulletin board will Prior to joining Chavez Massey was Chief Rethrough her first milestone in just a few weeks, makbe dedicated to grandparents who are no longer search and Assessment Officer for Hartford Public ing her Waterfront’s first celebrated Challenge readliving. A very special way to kick off the ThanksSchools where she provided leadership and strateer. Great job, Madison!! Reading is the cornerstone giving holiday! gic direction for a portfolio of 50 schools includto a lifetime of learning and giving students the gift ing 12 magnet and two charter schools. In addiof enjoyable reading is a priority. They are encourSchool-wide Fall Service Day tion, Joan served as Superintendent and Founding aged in both free reading and writing at school as Members of the school community – students and Chief Academic Officer for Touchstone Charter well as at home. parents – gathered recently to spend a fall day of Schools in Newark, NJ - an innovative charter; service sprucing up the school grounds. Armed management organization with a blended learnWaterfrontAcademy with garden tools and gloves – as well as coffee ing model. and donuts – the volunteer corps had a great time Massey succeeds Irasema Salcido, Founder, St. Peter School pruning, raking and mulching! Thanks to everyand new Chief Advancement Officer, who has led Student Families! one who contributed to this school-wide beautiChavez Schools since 1998. “Joan is a wonderful The student’s first quarterly student family’s charfication project! addition to our team at an exciting time of growth ity project was providing toiletries and other small

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for our schools. I will continue to do full time what I have done for the last 16 years- securing the resources that will take Chavez to the next level of achievement, with the highest possible student academic results,” said Irasema. “The Chavez Schools have become a respected institution for our unique public policy curriculum and goal to guide students toward becoming this nation’s future civic leaders. We want to continue to build on the success that has been achieved and become one of the highest achieving school networks in the country. Joan will be integral in achieving that goal.” With campus locations in Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights, and Parkside communities, Chavez Schools currently serves over 1,400 students from grades 6-12. visit

Toddlers on the Hill Toddlers on the Hill, (Toth) a Montessori classroom for 1 and 2 yearolds, is proud to announce the award of their first ever scholarship to a local family demonstrating financial need. The award to sixteen-month-old Kamirra Coleman would not have been

possible without the dedicated efforts of ToTH families that spearheaded an ambitious fundraising campaign. Special thanks also go to community businesses that generously donated to this effort: The Argonaut, Heather Block Acupuncture, Bluejacket, Bravado Salon, Capitol Hill Yoga, Curbside Café, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Downey Educational Consulting, &pizza, H Street Coffee, Labyrinth, The Liberty Tree, Little Loft, Planet Wildlife, Sticky Rice, and The Sweet Lobby. The Toddlers on the Hill program, licensed by the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education and led by an experienced, certified Montessori teacher, helps young toddlers to build early skills that will help them with subsequent education, like concentration, socialization, and independence. A thoughtfully constructed Montessori learning environment cultivates intrinsic motivation, self-direction, and discovery. Toth’s goal is to allow young children to expand their development as part of a peer community, expose them to materials and activities scaled to their size and abilities, and provide an opportunity to develop movement and independence. To learn more about Montessori classroom for 1 and 2 year-olds, visit, and attend the upcoming Open Houses, which will be held at the Douglas Memorial United Methodist Church at 800 11th St. NE. The first open house will be December 15, 2014 from 9:1510a.m. Please RSVP in advance by sending an email to u

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Small Rain Gardens Do a Big Job by Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA

TOP: An attractive rain chain replaces the downspout, guiding water into a small trough below. Photo: Ryan Moody, RLA RIGHT Water is channeled through the brick patio to the rain garden, upper left. Photo: Ryan Moody, RLA


he rear yard of the C Street SE home designed by Capitol Hill landscape architect Ryan Moody is beautifully detailed with a custom rear gate, masonry, a fountain, and bright red accents in furniture, birdfeeder, and flowers. With long, narrow proportions typical of the neighborhood, the space is subdivided into a patio with seating, a walkway to the alley, and a garden area. But not just any garden area. About a third of this yard features a rain garden designed to absorb water from the home’s roof runoff, letting it percolate into the ground instead of being piped into the Anacostia River through a storm drain.

CSS and CSO’s with Green Infrastructure to the Rescue Why is this important? Because by disconnecting even one downspout from the city storm drain Moody is helping reduce

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in the local CSS as well as the Anacostia River watershed at “Locate Your Watershed,”

Experiencing Local Rain Gardens in Action You may not be able to visit private back-yard rain gardens on the Hill, but fortunately there are several local public spaces where you can see them in action. One notable project, at the Brent Elementary School at 301 North Carolina Ave. SE, was designed by Sustainable Life Designs, a firm founded by local designer and urban planner Michael Lucy with collaboration from a host of agencies and community groups. Built in 2009, the project has just become the first K-5 school in the nation to be certified by the prestigious national Sustainable Sites Initiative. The rain garden at Brent Elementary manages storm water for one-quarter of the site. The project involved removing 2,000 square feet of asphalt, drastically increasing the permeable surface on the site. For more see Lucy’s website: Late summer hibiscus and black-eyed Susan with switchgrass fill in the rain garden, with the tall sweetbay magnolia in back. Photo: George Brown Sustainable Life Designs has also created rain gardens at St. Peter’s and at Watkins Elementary School in partnership the load on the Hill’s 19th-century drains, which mix water from rainfall with with their PTAs and DC Greenworks (see http://dcgreenworks. water used inside the home that must be treated before being released into the org/st-peter-school-3/ and, so there Anacostia. This is called CSS, a combined sewer system. One-third of all DC’s are several nearby public examples to see. One great time to experience a rain garden is during a big storm. Most water is in combined sewers, including most of Capitol Hill. In the rest of the of our rainfall is half an inch or less, but when an especially big storm passes city only water used inside the home (called “sanitary waste water”) is treated bethrough, you can observe the water flowing into the rain garden and ponding. fore being released, while the storm water that collects in street sewers and storm Come back the next day and you will not see any standing water. It has all gone drains is diverted directly into the Potomac River. That is the modern method. down into the ground and up through the plants roots, stems, and leaves. This The problem comes during large storms, when the CSS cannot process all means that a well designed and built rain garden will not attract mosquitoes. the water fast enough, causing a CSO, or combined sewer overflow. This means raw sewage flows directly into the Anacostia, which is not good for water or wildHow Rain Gardens Work life. The Anacostia is slower moving than the Potomac, making CSOs particThe basic idea of a rain garden is to disconnect the water running off your ularly harmful. And these CSOs are not only from the District. CSOs from far roof from the city storm drain. Some residents install large rain barrels under upstream also eventually flow into the Anacostia River, making matters worse. their downspouts, with overflow valves that feed rain gardens. Others, like the The rain garden Moody designed is part of the solution, and in the lingo is Moody garden pictured here, replace the building’s downspout with an atcalled GI, or green infrastructure. A federally mandated consent decree has led tractive rain chain, which directs water into a gently sloping channel at least to DC’s Clean Rivers Project, which is expected to spend $2.6 billion imple10 feet from the house. The outfall leads into a gently convex shaped garden menting a wide range of GI and engineered solutions in its Long Term Control with about 18” of a sandy soil mix (which drains well), into which is plantPlan. Green infrastructure will be part of the plan, but not officially on Capied a host of native plants that can withstand various levels of water, but also tol Hill. Instead the main strategy to clean up the Anacostia River is a system of drought. There should always be a planned overflow at the other end of a rain deep, massive tunnels intended to hold the CSOs until they can be processed garden. In the Moody project the overflow is directed into the alley (never toby the existing Blue Plains water treatment plant. The Anacostia tunnel system ward a neighbor’s property). As the plants grow and their roots create deeper should be complete by 2022 and is expected to reduce CSOs by 98 percent. channels in the soil, water is absorbed into the garden more quickly over time. This year the DC Clean Rivers Project was revised to include a host of GI In winter 70 percent of perennial plant roots die back, leaving tiny channels practices as part of the clean-up calculations for CSSs in other parts of the city. deep into the soil to absorb water as if it had been aerated. Water is cleaned This means that rain gardens on a larger scale qualify as environmental mitigain this process too. tion, making them more than just a pretty face. Although GI is not an integratIn the Moody project deep-rooted native flowering plants help soak up the ed strategy for the Anacostia clean-up, voluntary practices like residential rain water, creating bird habitat and filling the space with color during most of the gardens will lighten the load on the infrastructure plus appeal to humans and growing season. Rain garden plants include switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), critters. You can look up your home address online and see its location with-

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ServiceMASTER Restore by America’s Restoration Services beautyberry (Callicarpa Americana), butterfly weed (Aesclepias tuberosa), hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos), cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and the tree sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana). See capitol-hill-rain-garden/8g4j3srzc5 sxfcrouk4mg1n6sa62no.

Rain Garden Resources For residential projects there are many local talented designers and landscape architects with rain garden experience. DC’s Riversmart Homes is another place to go for a modest rebate for your project (www.capitalcommunitynews. com/content/let-it-rain-and-drainyour-rain-garden). Montgomery County’s Rainscapes Program offers good design templates and technical manuals ( A recent book, “Creating Rain Gardens,” by C. Woelfle-Erskine and A. Uncapher, is a great resource for experienced designers and lay people alike. Note that if your project is over 5,000 square feet you will become well acquainted with the 2013 “Stormwater Management Guidebook” published by the DC Department of the Environment. By undertaking a modest rain garden project you will cultivate more than a beautiful space. You’ll cultivate awareness of how natural systems are linked, and you’ll never again take a rain storm for granted. Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA, is a local licensed landscape architect who works on the Hill and beyond. She has designed rain gardens for various sites, recently completing one for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo funded by the DC Department of the Environment. u

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Fall Essentials by Derek Thomas


very fall a garden ritual begins. Right about the time when the trees start to turn brilliant colors and cooler temperatures bring to mind apple cider and pumpkin pie, avid gardeners clean up, prep, and make their gardens ready for old Man Winter’s attack. Fall makes us assess what worked in our gardens this past summer and start plotting for the season to come. We gardeners have grand spring dreams of too-yellow daffodils, fragrant hyacinths, and electric-colored tulips, the harbinger of spring. Plots are hashed out as we peruse garden catalogues and centers alike. But wait! With temperature still soaring in the 60s and 70s our fall gardens need to have some attention. There is work to do before we can bid this planting season a fond farewell. Soils need to be amended, plants need to be pruned, roses must be deadheaded (unless you like the rosehips), containers with seasonal color need to have a change.

Fall by no means is a time to rest. Even though the daytime hours are getting shorter our gardens are begging for attention, and the smart gardener will heed the call. Here are a few things that I do to make sure that my gardens not only look put-tobed during the winter months but bring me endless joy next spring. If our gardens are to be a success we have to address soils, pruning, replacing spent plants, adding a focal point, and decorating the front entry for fall and winter.


Taking care of fall essentials will ensure great spring gardens.

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After proper sun exposure, your soil’s condition is one of the most important things to attend to. In the Washington area the soils tend to be heavy clay. This is not an impossible gardening condition. Clay is loaded with nutrients, but amending a heavy clay soil with compost and an organic fertilizer will greatly improve the success and happiness of your garden plants. Compost should be applied twice a

Changing out your summer entry plants will add to seasonal cheer during the fall and winter months.

year, spring and fall. Organic fertilizers can be applied according to the product’s directions. Do not over-fertilize. Over-fertilizing can be just as stressful on plants as no fertilizing. Add lots of organic materials. This will do more to improve the condition of your soil than just about anything else. When establishing a new bed be sure to incorporate large quantities (30-50 percent by volume) of organic materials like aged manure, compost, peat moss, or humus. Since organic materials decompose relatively quickly, be sure to make it a regular habit to add organic materials to the garden. Add compost when moving or dividing plants. Take the time to re-enrich the planting hole before you put a new plant back in. In addition to altering the soil structure, organic materials add lots of micronutrients to the soil. The window for proper soil amendment is big, and if you have not done any this fall get out there and do it. You will be rewarded with stronger, more disease-resistant plants next spring and summer.

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plants and ornaments to within 2 inches of the ground and cover with mulch for winter.

Replacing Spent Plants

you are doing, because you can damage plants by improper pruning. Use good tools that are for the garden, no kitchen scissors please! For winter pruning make sure plants are still dormant. Pruning when plants start to grow in early spring can harm them. • Evergreens: When pruning evergreens make sure you check for summer damage to limbs. If damage is present remove limb to nearest undamaged part of the shrub. Know the difference between the pruning shears and the hand pruners to achieve the desired results for your evergreen pruning. • Grasses: Pruning ornamental grasses in winter helps prevent damage to new growth. It is best to prune grasses during the winter because if pruned in late fall they could start re-growth that will harm them. • Broadleaf evergreens and deciduous plants: Before pruning broadleaf evergreens you need to know the impact you will have on flowering and growth. Make sure you prune after the first frost in fall or wait till late winter. This will protect the plants from producing tender shoots in late fall that will burn out in winter. Pruning deciduous plants is straightforward if you take cues from the way the plant grows. In fall, once the leaves are blackened by frost, prune deciduous

Fall is the perfect time to replace plants that did not succeed in the summer. The soil is usually warmest in the fall, the daytime temperatures tend to be cool, and we have more than enough moisture to help establish a good root system for newly planted plants. If you are planting an evergreen take the time to protect it from harsh winter winds. Prepare the soil properly before putting in a new plant this fall and you will have success.

Creating a Focal Point During the fall and holiday season guests will visit your home. What a lovely way to welcome them by having a beautiful focal point for your front entry. Take the time now to change out the tropical plantings that you may have enjoyed all summer and add a single topiary tree or something stately like a spiral boxwood. A focal bench or piece of statuary added to the garden this fall will make your winter garden beautiful and will continue to add interest to the garden for years to come. Focal features are a captivating way to bring you and your guests joy this fall and winter. Enjoy! Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” and “Get It Sold.” His weekly garden segment appears on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. You can reach him at or 301-642-5182. You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. Follow us on Twitter @ThomasGardenGuy, for great garden tips.. u

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Researching Our House History and Architecture on the CHRS Website


by Beth Purcell

o you want a quick, easy, and free way to learn who built your house and when? The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) Beyond the Boundaries research project offers a wealth of information on buildings outside the Capitol Hill Historic District. In 2011, CHRS engaged volunteers and architectural historians to document and photograph 6,402 properties in the 105 squares outside the Capitol Hill Historic District. The Beyond the Boundaries area is bordered on the west by the Capitol Hill Historic District Boundary (generally 12th and 13th Streets, NE and SE), H Street, NE on the north, 19th Street, NE and SE on the east, and the Anacostia River on the east and south. The area includes Hill East and Rosedale.

To research your house, follow these steps: •

Navigate to the Beyond the Boundaries map at • Find the square where your house is located. The map shows streets and squares, so it should be easy to find your square. • After you find your square, click on the square on the list of squares to the right of the map. Information on your square will open up, and then navigate to your lot. You will find an architectural survey, address, date of construction, owner who constructed the building, architect, builder, architectural style and building type. Please see excerpt from a sample report for 701 14th Street, SE, built in 1907 by Harry Wardman. Reports contain a photograph, similar to the one with this article. CHRS also engaged architectural historians to write a historic context, a history of the Beyond the Boundaries area, covering Native Americans, Lord Baltimore’s land grants, early landowners, the federal period, land speculators, the Civil War, Shepherd’s Board of Public Works, impediments to development and their solution, development during the World Wars and afterwards. The area’s business, educational, religious and cultural history is also explained. CHRS plans public meetings on November 5, 17, and 18, when the historians will present a history of eastern Capitol Hill. For meeting announcements see this issue of the Hill Rag or We hope to see you there! Beth Purcell is Chair of the CHRS Beyond the Boundaries Committee. u

Photo from CHRS Beyond the Boundaries project, 701 14th Street, SE. Photo credit: Beth Purcell

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Saving Face: Pipe-and-Clamp Scaffolding for Your Home


by Catherine Plume

wning an historic Capitol Hill holes in the brick and mortar. While these holes home brings with it a certain would be patched once the project was complete, amount of responsibility, stewHatfield, who had invested in the costly re-pointardship, and home repair obliing of her home, found this anchoring and patch gations. As you walk around the method anything but appealing. Through some Hill it’s fairly common to see a row house regally research she learned that scaffolding can be seframed in scaffolding and draped in dark netting cured to a structure without anchoring if there is while brick is re-pointed or painted. On taller houses scaffolding is sometimes needed to access the roof or turret for repairs. The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) requires a permit for any scaffolding that exceeds two stories. If you have a project that requires scaffolding you may not know that you have a choice when it comes to the type of scaffolding you can use. Joanne Hatfield owns a three-story home with a small front yard on East Capitol in Capitol Hill’s Historic District. Her Pipe and clamp scaffolding. Photo. J. Hatfield roof was in need of repairs, and there was a leak in the turret. As a part of DCRA’s permitting process she had to subenough space. However, her front yard, like those mit drawings showing how the scaffolding would of most Capitol Hill row houses, is very small, and be secured to the house to protect the public. it’s illegal to place any part of a scaffolding strucWhen reviewing the drawings, she saw that the ture on a public sidewalk. Hatfield knew there engineer’s plans called for anchoring the scafhad to be a way forward with this dilemma. folding into the façade of the house with expanAs a first stop, Hatfield met with DCRA’s hission anchors. This process would involve creating torical reviewer, who suggested securing the scaf-

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folding to the house through the windows. An Internet research revealed a “tube and clamp” diagram described in a 1985 article from The Old House Journal. Also called “pipe and clamp,” this method secures scaffolding by attaching it to the exterior and interior house walls using windows as the entry point. The scaffolding pipes pass through an open window and are held against an interior wall, with the interior and exterior walls protected from marring with pieces of thick, stiff, insulation-type foam. The two scaffolding construction companies that Hatfield contacted, Scaffold Resource LLC and Ladders & Things LLC, were each willing to install the pipeand-clamp method on her home. According to them, while pipe and clamp is less invasive to the house façade it is less popular with homeowners as it’s more costly. Still, Ladders & Things uses this method on 50 to 100 projects per year. While the pipe-and-clamp method costs an additional $1,500, Hatfield is very happy with the results. As re-pointing can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000, she considers the additional $1,500 for the pipe-and-clamp method a bargain. Her recently re-pointed historical façade was not damaged during the process,

and she avoided having holes drilled into the brick or mortar. Although the holes would have been plugged and patched, they would still be visible and would mar the aesthetics of the façade. In addition the pipeand-clamp scaffolding was a sturdier structure that allowed her to do some high-level exterior caulking, painting, and window cleaning. Still, there are drawbacks to the method beyond the additional cost. Any window screens must be removed, and windows must remain open a few inches for the duration of the work, as the scaffolding is attached to the interior and exterior walls. The early fall, late spring, and summer months are better suited for such a project, and newspapers and plastic bags can be stuffed into the open spaces to provide insulation against the elements. It’s also important to have a contractor who will stick to a timeline to ensure that the amount of time windows must remain open is kept to a minimum. In Hatfield’s case the scaffolding platforms prevented rain from coming into the house except for a few sprinkles, and she used fans to help keep the mosquitoes at bay. Hatfield notes, “It’s up to us, as owners and guardians, to do what’s best for our historical houses, and sometimes that takes more effort, more research, and possibly more money, but in doing so you’re saving a piece of history.” Catherine Plume is the blogger for the DC Recycler (www.; Twitter @dc_recycler. u

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Last winter severely damaged our blue hydrangea bushes. They have come back – alive but splayed and leggy. Should I prune them? Or should I find another shrub? We wanted something with glorious blooms that can tolerate shade! What would that something be? Most shrubs that bloom in shade are deciduous – and not very beautiful in winter. The American yew is evergreen, likes shade, but has no glorious blooms, only red berries. Clethra has lovely white summer flowers and turns yellow-orange in autumn but needs a bit of sun. So do most other shade-tolerant shrubs such as spicebush. And so does your hydrangea – which needs quite a bit of sun to produce blooms. And no, you should not prune now – only after blooming. If you do keep these hydrangeas you ought to protect them during the coming winter with burlap or some kind of cover and mulch. Might you also thin some branches above it to allow more sunlight to reach it? When and how should I move my Brunnera “Jack Frost”? Wait now until next year, after it blooms. If you divide before it blooms you may end up sacrificing next year’s flowers. Dig them up with a trowel. If they have proliferated, separate the additional plants with a knife and replant.

I moved some hardy, years-old Monarda, the dark red kind, to our new house near Annapolis. We haven’t moved in yet, but already the Monarda’s leaves have been chewed to lacy nothingness. How could this glorious perennial suddenly succumb to bugs in a new location? I thought nothing ate beebalm. It could be earwigs. If your Monarda plants survive try one or more of these ideas: spray with insecticidal soap, flick the earwigs off by hand into soapy water, sprinkle diatomaceous earth around the base of the plants, or trap the earwigs by leaving shallow containers half-filled with vegetable oil and soy sauce around the yard. You really have to be there to conduct this war. How can I prevent paperwhites from falling over? Set the new bulbs in the bottom of a clear glass vase about 12 inches tall. You will be able to enjoy watching the foliage and flowers extend upward, while the vase prevents them from flopping over. The Capitol Hill Garden Club meets next on Wednesday (note the change), Nov. 12, at the Northeast Library, corner Maryland Ave. and 7th St. NE. Meetings are free. Culinary historian Michael Twitty will share information on plants and cultivation practices contributed by Americans of African descent to agriculture, gardening, and the culinary arts of the United States. The Capitol Hill Garden Club brings together Washington-area people interested in gardening, landscaping, and the environment. Join us at Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o The Capitol Hill Garden Club at andrew@hillrag. com. Your problems might prove instructive to others and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured. u

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Support Diane Hoskins for ANC6B02

t has been quite a ride volunteering on the ANC over the last four years, and my passion and commitment for our neighborhood has only grown with my service on the Commission. Now at the end of my term, I have a keen interest in making sure we have an ANC that will bring a similar passion and actively work with everyone to support this wonderful Eastern Market neighborhood. As such, I am strongly supporting Diane Hoskins to be the next Commissioner for ANC6B02. Working along side Diane on a few issues I have been really impressed with her ability to work with a broad range of people in the neighborhood and always be solution oriented and constructive. She will do a superior job of managing issues and engaging the community in the important issues we face from public safety to development. She understands that while there is an enormous diversity of opinions we are a community bound by the fact that we are neigh-

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bors and that we all love our neighborhood. She is a great communicator and will keep us exceptionally well informed. Along with Diane, there are a number of really great people who are stepping up to serve on the ANC and everyone who is running is to be commended for their willingness to serve. One distinction among some of the candidates, including between Diane and her opponent, is the continuing litigation on the Hine School Development. Several of the candidates have been at the center of this litigation, even supporting further appeal after the court rejected their initial case. Those like Diane’s opponent who have backed this litigation are costing the City millions of dollars a year and dragging on this Hine ordeal without any real prospect of impacting the project. In my opinion, those who have backed this litigation initially and through its further appeal are not serving the neighborhood well and therefore are not the best choice to lead the ANC. Thank you for the opportunity to serve over the last four years and if you

live in 6B02 I hope you will join me, Tommy Wells, Charles Allen and former Commissioner Mary Wright in supporting Diane Hoskins to be our next ANC Commissioner. Ivan Frishberg (ANC6B02) Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner

Support Initiative 71 A recent article in the Express Newspaper questioned what initiative 71 would accomplish if it were passed. If a yes vote were allowed to stand, it would be legal to possess and cultivate small amounts of marijuana. However one would not be able to legally purchase or sell it. The article stated that allowing sales, taxes, regulation and eventually dispensaries would still be a long way away, especially with Congress’s right to nix DC laws if and when they see fit. Though these are valid arguments, neither should stand in the way of legalization and home cultivation. The fact that the nation’s capital is leaning towards legalizing marijuana is a statement in itself. Though Congress has the ability to overrule laws in the district, they would need the majority opposed to legalization to do so. Even if Republicans were to gain control of the senate in next month’s elections, there are many Republicans who would likely vote yes, as marijuana legalization has gained support from both parties in recent years. In 2011 republican Ron Paul introduced the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act which ended state and federal conflicts over marijuana policy and provided more room for states to do what is best for their own citizens. This essentially opened the door for states like Colorado and Washington to legalize. Also, just this past July, Republican Dana Rohrabacher from California came out as the first Republican congressman to openly support the legalization of recreational marijuana. Rohrabacher also co-sponsored the Marijuana Business Access to Banking Act of 2013 which allowed state-legal marijuana businesses to receive services from financial institutions. Prior to this act, which was passed this July, marijuana-based businesses were required to operate on a cash only basis, especially a marijuana based business, as the risk of robbery or burglary are higher. Regardless of how fast legal marijuana storefronts were to come into play, legalization, especially in DC, sets a precedent for the entire country which would force Congress to act and work towards regulation, taxation etc… like they do alcohol. The revenues could be used to assist the struggling DC school system and community improvement programs as was done in Colorado. Though it took them nearly a year to get establish laws regarding sales, regulation, taxation and dispensaries, they are now reaping the benefits both legally and financially. For these reasons, it is my opinion that the District of Columbia, Congress and the DC council would be making a mistake if it says no to legalization, regardless of the possibly lengthy process required to tax and regulate. Kevin Akpan Intern, Students For Sensible Drug Policy, Howard University u

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Good Time! by Annette Nielsen

im Hawkins, owner of Howl to the Chief says that Howl-o-Ween is absolutely her favorite event they do, one she inherited from the previous owners of Chateau Animaux. Set in Lincoln Park, Hawkins and her crew just staged their third year of this fun Capitol Hill tradition on October 25th. “The whole staff helps make signs, gift bags, treat bags, assists with registration, promotes and works the booths at the event,” says Hawkins, “and this year we had about 50 contestants with nearly a couple of hundred people coming out – one of our largest crowds yet.” The event also provides an opportunity to showcase some of the dogs that are looking for their forever homes as part of the Rural Dog Rescue, directed by Hawkins. To much applause, these canines with their volunteer handlers, led in the parade of costumes. “We had 21 volunteers help with this – and we received two applications on our dogs and a foster application – it’s so great to get the word out there and bring recognition or our cause to help save a dog’s life – that makes me happy,” says Hawkins. For the costume contest with judges that included Nelson Marban from Beasley Real Estate and Erin Hanon from Dogswell Pet Food, there were a number of categories: Best Dog with Person was won by a convincing “Lion” and “Game of Thrones” took the Best Dog with Group slot. A man with a leaf blower walked with a leaf-covered dog to win the Funniest category while the Best Celebrity Look Alike this year was “Joan Rivers” with a flowing wig. Best Homemade was a trio representing a “Concession Stand” – with humans selling beverages and peanuts, while the dog was, yes, a hot dog. Generous prizes were awarded in each category –treats, toys, bags of dog food, coupons for free nail trims at their grooming salon, and even a coupon for free doggy daycare at Wagtime, the Rural Dog Rescue’s boarding partner. “I’m always impressed by the thought and creativity that goes into the costumes and how many members of the community come together for the event,” says Hawkins. Howl to the Chief is located at 733 8th St SE, 202544-8719, and ruraldogrescue. com. u

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