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GO.SEE.DO. DC’s Best Fall Festivals

Adams Morgan Day kicks off the fall festival season on Sunday, September 9, noon-7:00 p.m. This international cultural street festival, which has a definite Latino flavor, features four stages of music, art fair, dance plaza, kids’ fair. 18th St. NW (from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd.). 202-232-1960. >>> The H Street Festival, Saturday, September 15, 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. has matured and now reflects the hot H Street bar and restaurant scene. Expect tens of thousands of festival goers, live music, great food and kids’ activities. 8th to 14th sts. on H St. NE. >>> A week later, there will be more of the same at the Barracks Row Fall Festival, Saturday, September 22, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. This festival features live music, food vendors, community information tables and a lot of activities for kids such as arts and craft tables and face painting. 500 to 700 blocks of 8th St. SE. 202-544-3188.

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power

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The Supremes and Darlene Love. Photo: Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) closes its 25th Anniversary year by saluting women’s contributions to rock and roll in Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power. Organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the exhibition of more than 250 artifacts by more than 70 artists highlights the flashpoints, the firsts, the celebrated, and the lesser-known women who have influenced the genre from its inception through today. The only east coast venue, Women Who Rock opens at NMWA on Friday, September 7, 2012, and closes Sunday, January 6, 2013. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.

WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC

WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC offer a perfect insider’s look into the heart of Washington DC’s arts, culture, and heritage by way of 100-plus free guided biking and walking tours in all eight wards. This year’s event will feature five tracks of tours: African American Heritage dedicated to the history and significance of DC’s African American figures, landmarks, and events; Cultural Tourism DC’s Neighborhood Heritage Trails presenting guided tours of the traditionally self-guided Official Washington, DC Walking Trails; Eye on the Arts bringing attention to DC’s visual and performing arts exhibits, venues, and public art including sculpture, murals, architectural symbolism, and pop culture; Green DC featuring local sustainable development, urban parks, natural resources, flora and fauna; and Washington in Conflict exploring political unrest, social movements, and historically significant events including the War of 1812, the American Civil War, and the Civil Rights Movement. September 24 through October 1.

Tour group walking a Hertitage Trail Photo: Courtesy of Culturalism Tourism DC

Mayor’s Arts Awards

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards on Thursday, September 13, at 6:30 PM at the Historic Lincoln Theatre. In addition to revealing the winners in five arts and three teaching categories, the program will feature performances by acts including the Poem-cees, Nistha Raj, Christylez Bacon, Rev. Nolan Williams, National Hand Dance Association, and the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers. Honorees for this year’s event will be Melvin Deal, Paul Jorgensen and George Stevens Jr. The Mayor’s Arts Award is the highest honor conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service among artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the city. The reason to go to the awards ceremony is that this event has always showcased some of the best talent around. Everyone’s welcome and it’s free.

The Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street has been nominated in the “Excellence in Service to the Arts” category.

Celebrate Hill Center’s First Anniversary

To celebrate this milestone, Hill Center invites one and all to an open house on Saturday, September 29, beginning at 10:30 a.m. There will be food and fun for everybody! They will have bratwursts, German beer, wonderful handmade frozen custard, and craft-brewed root beer. And plenty of activities for kids. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a commemoration of a new 19th century anchor next to the historic flagpole with pomp and appropriate band music. Following “Anchors Aweigh,” you can talk to dozens of program partners who offer classes in just about anything you can imagine, whether it’s painting, speaking a second language, exploring jazz, planning your finances, or mastering technology’s new applications. There will be a preview of the exciting program offerings for the fall. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Photo: Chris Blackshear H 15





Adams Morgan Day Festival. Sept 9, noon7:00 PM. International Cultural Street Festival featuring four stages of music, art fair, dance plaza, kids’ fair. 18th St. NW (from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd.). 202-232-1960.

ing two Sunday-only pavilions: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Graphic Novels and Special Presentations. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. National Mall.

to Nationals Park for a free live opera broadcast and relax and enjoy all that the ballpark has to offer.


DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza. Sept 29, 10:00 AM. Participants and their canine friends will walk approximately 1 mile to raise money to benefit the Washington

Labor Day Concert at the Capitol. Sept 2, rehearsal at 3:30 PM; concert at 8:00 PM. You are welcome to bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chair. West lawn of the US Capitol. Yards Park Friday Evening Concert Series. Through Sept 14, 6:30-8:30 PM. Spend your Friday evenings on the river, relaxing on the terraced lawn steps with family and friends and listening to live music from the Yards Park’s boardwalk stage. Friday evening concerts will feature a wide range of live musical performances including jazz, salsa, reggae, and more.

Takoma Park Folk Festival. Sept 9 (rain or shine), 10:30 am-6:30 pm. Festival featuring music and dance from around the world on eight stages. Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Rd. (near Route 410), Takoma Park, MD. H Street Festival. Sept 15, 11:30 AM7:00 PM. Live music, food, children’s activities and information tables, 8th to 14th sts. on H St. NE.

Jazz Film Fridays with Larry Appelbaum. Every Friday in Sept, 7:00-9:00 PM. They will show four, half-hour programs from a rarely seen music series. The !!!! Beat was a pioneering blues, soul and r&b television show broadcast from WFAA in Dallas, Texas and hosted by radio d.j. William “Hoss” Allen. The series, which began production in January 1966, ran for 26 episodes with stellar performances by national and regional stars, including Little Milton, Esther Phillips, Etta James, Gatemouth Brown, Louis Jordan, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Patti LaBelle, along with a rocking house band and go-go dancers. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172.

Plant Literacy Festival. Sept 22, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Drop by the 3rd annual Plant Literacy Festival to learn more about the amazing world of plants! From roots to fruits and microbes to menu items, travel through various activity stations highlighting how plants work and explore all the parts that make plants unique, valuable and tasty! Please note: Festival occurs rain or shine. Free. No pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Feet in the Street. Sept 22, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. There will also be organized activities and programs including a 5k walk/run to kickoff the event, guided nature hikes, rock climbing wall, physical fitness classes, community garden tours and vegetable gleaning, healthy cooking demonstrations and farmer’s market, face painting, free bike rentals courtesy of Bike and Roll, Capitol Bikeshare test rides and free ride coupons and much more. Fort Dupont Park.

Michael Benz in Hamlet, performed by Shakespeare’s Globe at Folger Theatre, September 8 - 22. Photo: Fiona Moorhead. Shakespeare’s Globe-Hamlet at the Folger. Sept 8-22. Folger Theatre is the first American stop for Hamlet presented by London-based Shakespeare’s Globe, marking the company’s Washington, DC debut. Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, and Globe regular Bill Buckhurst will co-direct this raw, thrillingly elemental production of Hamlet. $75-$85. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

Barracks Row Fall Festival. Sept 22, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Expect food vendors, live music stage, face painting, community information tables, arts and crafts and activities for children of all ages. 500 to 700 blocks of 8th St. SE. 202-544-3188. National Book Festival. Sept 22-23. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, includ-

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Truckeroo Food Truck Festival. Sept 28, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM. Truckeroo is a monthly festival held June-Oct at the corner of Half St. and M St. SE showcasing food trucks from the DC. area. It features 20 food trucks, live music all day, picnic tables, cornhole and other games. Opera in the Outfield Simulcast of “Don Giovanni”. Sept 29, 7:00 PM. Celebrate the fifth year of M&M’s Opera in the Outfield with Don Giovanni! Bring your family and friends

Humane Society.However, it’s not just a walk! There will be vendor booths, pet entertainment, contests, pet adoptions, games, kids area, music, and much more! Marie Reed Elementary School, 18th St. NW. Turkish Festival. Sept 30, 11:00 AM-7:00 PM. Featuring live entertainment, Turkish food, fortune telling, music, folk dancing, kids arts and crafts. On Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 12th and 14th sts. (adjacent to Freedom Plaza).

Stories and Songwriters at Ebenezers. Sept 8, 7:00-8:30 PM. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900.

SAW’s Emerging Artist Showcase at Ebenezers. Sept 14, 7:00-10:00 PM. The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW) is a non-profit organization established in 1979 to support aspiring and professional songwriters. Free. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Bruce Molsky in Concert at Corner Store. Sept 14, 8:00 PM. Bruce Molsky stands today as the premier old-time fiddler in the world, the defining virtuoso of Appalachia’s timeless folk music traditions. $15 advance donation/ $20 walk-in. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202544-5807.


Hear Ban Caribe Live. Sept 18, 8:00 PM. $10 includes reentry. Gallery OonH Music in the Courtyard, 1354 H St. NE Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen in Concert at Corner Store. Sept 20, 8:00 PM. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen could easily be described as a group of super pickers. But that would only be half the story because the vocals easily match the instrumental work. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Jenee Halstead Album Release with Alex Vans and Derek Evry at Ebenezers. Sept 21, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900. Tim Brady at the Atlas. Sept 22, 8:00 PM. Known for his radiant orchestrations and his dramatic and innovative guitar work, composer and guitarist Tim Brady creates music in a wide range of genres ranging from chamber and orchestral to electroacoustic works, chamber opera, jazz and free improvisation. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Inaugural Concert in “Notes from the Crypt Chamber Music” Series. Sept 23, 4:00 PM (approximately one hour with a 10 minute intermission) Works by Handel-Halvorsen, Mozart, Ravel, Piazolla, and Dvorak will be performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the White House Marine Orchestra, and the Washington Opera House Orchestra. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Heather Mae with Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Tiff Jimber at Ebenezers. Sept 28, 7:30-10:00 PM. $10. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900. 2012 Sonic Circuit Festival. Sept 28-30. Washington DC’s area promoter for experimental music, Sonic Circuits (, presents its 11th annual festival. Sonic Circuits seeks to expose audiences to cutting edge contemporary music that defies genres, and offer artists new platforms to present their music and opportunities to network and collaborate with artists from around the world. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

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Music from the City of Shakespeare. Sept 29-30. Folger Consort returns to its roots in early modern London, where Orlando Gibbons shaped the sounds of the market into The Cries of London, Shakespeare’s neighbor Thomas Morley published spirited pieces for mixed instruments, and William Byrd fashioned powerful music for worship. Hear dances, consort lessons, and ayres that flourished as London was transformed into a mod- H 17


ern city. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. 202-544-7077.

HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions (new location). Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. (Tuesday, draft beer $3.) 1007 H St. NE. 202-253-0044.


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Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202484-7700. Blue Monday Blues. Mondays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Westminster Presbyterian Church. Local musicians perform, and the Southwest Catering Company provides a fish fry from 5:30-8:30 PM. $5/general; free/children under 16. Modestly priced food. 400 I St. SW. 202-484-7700. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but an offering will be taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635.

THEATER AND AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Shakespeare Theatre’s Free-For-All. Through Sept 5. Featuring “All’s Well That Ends Well.” Free tickets available online and in-person. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Shakespeare’s Globe-Hamlet at the Folger. Sept 8-22. Folger Theatre is the first American stop for Hamlet presented by London-based Shakespeare’s Globe, marking the company’s Washington, DC debut. Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, and Globe regular Bill Buckhurst will co-direct this raw, thrillingly elemental production of Hamlet. $75-$85. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. A MAZE at Atlas. Through Sept 9. A graphic novelist struggles to complete his 15,000 page comic book, a musician searches for the inspiration for his next hit, and a young girl strives to recreate her identity after years in captivity in this highly theatrical examination of creativity, addiction, love, and power. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Reals at H Street Playhouse. Through Sept 16. Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. SHAPE FORCE/COLLISION at the Atlas. Sept 19-23; 27-30 and Oct 1; 4-6. Imag- H 19

Help Us Celebrate! Sign up now to attend the Books of the Bible Dinners and Dessert Reception Saturday, September 29 at 6pm featuring special guest speakers from Capitol Hill such as: Rev. Michael Wilker; Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Reformation Rev. Walt Owensby, formerly with the Presbyterian Washington Office Ms. Liz McCloskey, President, Faith & Politics Institute for more information and to register go to: or call 202-547-8676 Sunday Worship at 11:00am

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Laughter Yoga at St. Marks Half-Price Yoga Pass Sale at St Marks. Sept 4-10, buy 8 classes for $35. Passes are available at any St. Mark’s Yoga Center class or online. 301 A St. SE. 202-546-4964. istic and defyingly theatrical, Shape begins in 1900 Ambrose Park, Brooklyn at the end days of “Black America”. “Black America” was a historically documented, vast spectacle of vaudeville dances, variety acts, folklore and songs with a cast of 500 AfricanAmericans. Based loosely on the biographies of African-American vaudevillians Billy and Cordelia McClain, Shape concerns the life and labors of vaudevillian fairies exploited for their historical songs and dances, used by the dominant culture and abandoned at times of great need. $15-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993. Shakespeare’s “The Rape of Lucrece”. Sept 27-29 and Oct 4-6. A pure Taffety Punk show: the loud coalescence of actors, dancers, and musicians bending Shakespeare’s epic poem to their will. Lucrece’s shockingly resonant story cries to be heard. This punk dance theatre concert is the answer. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Arena. Through Oct 28. Academy Award and Tony Award nominee, Kathleen Turner, brings her sizzling blend of sensuality and intelligence to the bravado of newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. A dyed-in-thewool liberal from deep in the heart of Texas, Ivins’ rapier wit made her one of America’s highest-regarded columnists, satirists and beloved rabble-rousers. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.

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One Night with Janis Joplin. Sept 28-Nov 4. Packed with classic songs (“Piece of My Heart, “Summertime,” “Mercedes Benz”), the show also shines the spotlight on trailblazers who influenced Janis-like Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin. Now, in a new musical event featuring more than a dozen singers and band members, playwright-director Randy Johnson creates “a compelling portrait of an artist” (Culturemob) through the words, inspiration and music of one of America’s greatest rock ’n’ roll originals. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.

EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Art Is The Next Peace-Connecting Communities. Sept 8, 6:00-8:00 PM. Artist Kira Corser formed partnerships with schools and organizations to create 8-ft painted silks and stories with refugee children and US youth living with gang wars and violence. In connection with this project, over 900 have participated in art promoting non-violence based on their war experiences, hate crimes or bullying. With paintings, video, and written word, participants communicate the search for meaning and love despite experiences of fear, death and loss. Ten teachers, principals, and project participants and partners from California will host the evening with interactive artwork, video and stories. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807.

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Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region presents:

Great Food, Great Music, Great Cause

the best annual benefit party on the DC Waterfront! Presented by Daryl Owen Associates, Inc.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2012 – 7PM-11:30PM James Creek Marina on the Anacostia River, WASHINGTON, DC Tickets are $110/person and must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship packages are also available. For information and tickets, visit or call 202.488.0627 x247 Proceeds support Living Classrooms’ hands-on education and job-training programs serving youth in the National Capital Region. Enjoy great food and drink catered by some of DC’s favorite restaurants, music by LA-based funk band Orgone, and casual-festive waterfront ambiance!

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RICHARD B. TREANOR Down to Earth: Herblock and Photographers Observe the Environment. Sept 22-Mar 23, 2013. Throughout his 72-year career, Herblock, the award-winning cartoonist at the Washington Post, revealed a concern and passion for the environment. His cartoons, along with photographs on environmental issues by 12 American photographers, will be showcased in a new exhibition at the Library of Congress. Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground level of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Open City: London, 1500–1700. Through Sept 30. Over the course of two centuries, London changed from the capital of England, secure within its medieval walls, to a metropolitan seat of empire. The city was shaped both by rapid population growth and natural disasters. Such events had a significant impact on the built environment, opening up spaces for repurposing. Open City explores activities and pressures that altered Londoners’ sense of community, focusing especially on three types of institutions that touched everyday lives: church, theater, and market. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Congress and the Civil War at the Capitol Visitors Center. Through Sept 8. A new selection of Civil War-related documents and artifacts is on display in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Exhibition Hall. This is part two of the Capitol Visitor Center’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War which highlights documents and artifacts that relate to the role of Congress and the Capitol during the Civil War. The Musical Worlds of Victor Herbert Exhibition. Aug 16-Jan 26. While Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein have more immediate name recognition, their musicals would not have been possible without the pioneering work of Victor Herbert, who almost single-handedly moved Broadway into, through and out of its operetta phase. Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery in the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE.



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Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic. Through Jan 6, 2014. This innovative new exhibit will bring together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum. House and Home at National Building Museum. House & Home, a long-term exhibition, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in H 23

America. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

LITERARY EVENTS September 18 Overbeck History Lecture: Snow-Storm in August author Jefferson Morley delivers a gripping account of the Washington race riot of 1835 and the follow-up prosecutions conducted by district attorney Francis Scott Key. At the Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E. at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free but a reservation is required. Contact indicating how many seats you will need. Southeast Library Book Sale. Sept 8 (monthly on the 2nd Saturday), 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202698-3377.

CHRIST CHURCH ON CAPITOL HILL We invite you to join us for worship, fellowship, outreach and education. Sunday Services at 8:15am and 11:00am Children’s Sunday school and nursery care available at both services Adult Forum at 9:45am

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PEN/Faulkner Gala “Resilience”. Sept 10, 6:30 PM. Notable writers Carol Anshaw, Louis Bayard, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Ben Fountain, Major Jackson, Vaddey Ratner, Elissa Schappell, Susan Richards Shreve, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Hilma Wolitzer read original pieces focused on the theme of “Resilience.” Calvin Trillin serves as master of ceremonies. A blacktie dinner follows in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Reading Rooms. $500. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Yale Series of Younger Poets-Carl Phillips and Eduardo C Corral. Sept 17, 7:30 PM. The Yale Series of Younger Poets champions the most promising new American poets. Awarded since 1919, past winners include Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, William Meredith, W.S. Merwin, John Ashbery, John Hollander, James Tate, and Carolyn Forché. In April 2010, Carl Phillips was named as the new judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets, replacing Louise Glück. Phillips has chosen Eduardo C. Corral’s Slow Lightning as the 2011 competition winner. Both Phillips and Corral read from their works. Reception and book signing to follow. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5444600. Beltway Poetry Slam. Sept 25, 7:30 PM poet sign-up and doors open. 8:00 PM, show. The last Tuesday of each month, The Fridge is home to the Beltway Poetry Slam, DC’s leading source for slam poetry. Beltway features a new nationally acclaimed poet poet each month in addition to the ongoing competition. Poets are competing for a chance to represent the DC area at national and international events. The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. 202-664-4151. Author Presentation with Dr. Martin Makary at Corner Store. Sept 27, 8:00 PM. Dr. Marty Makary is a medical commentator and author promoting health & commonsense medicine on CNN/HLN, & FOX News and Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a leading advocate for transparency in medicine and common-sense solutions to healthcare’s

problems, such as The Surgical Checklist, which he developed at Johns Hopkins, and was popularized in the Atul Gawande’s best-selling book Checklist Manifesto. Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Books That Shaped America Exhibition. Through Sept 29. Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. The initial selection of “Books That Shaped America” will not be definitive; rather, it will mark the beginning of an ongoing recognition of culturally significant books from all genres of writing. Southwest Gallery, on the second floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. “Words to the Wise” Is a New Take on Aesop’s Fables. The Library of Congress has released “Words to the Wise: The Aesop’s Fables e-Book,” an interactive version of the classic Aesop tales, featuring the colorful illustrations of artist Milo Winter. The free e-book is available on the Library’s website and as a free app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms. National Book Festival. Sept 22-23. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including two Sunday-only pavilions: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Graphic Novels and Special Presentations. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. National Mall.

TOURS, TALKS AND LECTURES AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Sushi Rolling. Sept 14, 7:00-9:00 PM. Learn how fun and easy it is to roll your own sushi with Chef Instructors from Rutabaga Sweets. Bring a friend and roll your own Cucumber, California, and Spicy Tuna rolls. They provide all you need to master the art of maki sushi! $45, wine available for purchase. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Talk of the Hill with Bill Press-US Senator Mary Landrieu. Sept 18, 7:00-8:30 PM. Bill Press welcomes U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to this month’s Talk of the Hill series. In 1996, Senator Landrieu became the first woman from Louisiana elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate after serving eight years as a state representative and two terms as State Treasurer. Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Speaking Success Series at Hill Center. Mondays, Sept 24-Oct 29, 6:30-8:30 PM. Would you like to feel more confident the next time you’re pitching clients, presenting a report or interviewing for a job? Want to experience the feeling of pride

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you get when you deliver a dynamic conference presentation or a toast that hits just the right chord? $495 for registration before Sept 7 or $575 after. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Folger Shakespeare Library Elizabethan Garden Tours. First and third Saturday of every month, Apr-Oct, 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Visit Folger Shakespeare Library’s intricate knot garden, filled with a mix of plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works, as well as herbs popular in his day. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600.

MARKETS Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253. H Street FRESHFARM Market at New Location. Saturdays, 9 AM-noon. 1300 H St. NE. The market is a producers-only outdoor market offering fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers and more for sale. NOMA Farmers Market. Wednesdays, through Oct 31, 3:00-7:00 PM. 1200 First St., NE. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-698-5253.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Nats Baseball. Sept 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and Oct 1, 2 and 3. $10, up. Nationals Park. 202-675-6287. National’s Ballpark Tours. Wednesday-Sunday (non-game days), 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. On day of night-time home games, tours at 10:30 AM. Take the Nationals Park Ballpark Tour for a behind-the-scenes look at Nationals Park. Over the course of an hour and fifteen minutes you will visit the PNC Diamond Club, the Lexus Presidents Club, the Stars & Stripes Club, luxury suites, the Shirley Povich Media Center, Nationals dugout and Nationals clubhouse. Throw a pitch in the Nationals bullpen. $12-$15. All proceeds from Nationals Park Tours will be donated to the Nationals Dream Foundation. washington.nationals. Washington Mystics Basketball. Sept 4, 7, 14, 16 and 21. $17, up. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.

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The Nations Triathlon. Sept 9, 6:00 AM. 1500 meter swim, 24.9 mile bike, 6.2 mile run. West Potomac Park, Ohio Drive & Independence Ave. DC United Soccer Home Match. Sept 15, 7:30 PM, vs. New England Revolution; Sept 23, 7:00 PM, Chivas USA. $23-$52. RFK Stadium. 202-587-5000. Run! Geek! Run! 8K. Sept 15, 8:00 AM. Run! Greek! Run! 8K starts and finishes in West Potomac Park, home to famous monuments such as the FDR Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Reflecting Pool. This is a flat, fast, out-and- back course and is a ChronoTrack disposable D-Tag timed event supported by Capital Running Company. Awards will be given to runners in five-year age group brackets and there will also be a corporate team challenge. Following the race there will be a post-run gala with music, food, and drinks. 703-218-3555. Cancer Prevention and Treatment 5K Run/ Walk. Sept 23, 10:00 AM. A scenic 5K Run/ Walk on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, starting and finishing near the end of Water Street and Jack’s Boat House. All levels of runners and walkers welcome! Age Divisions-14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-34, 3544, 45-54, and 55 and older. 202-223-4000. DC Undy 5000. Sept 29, 8:00 AM. The Undy 5000 is a family-friendly 5K run/walk that was created by the Colon Cancer Alliance. It is unique because participants are encouraged to run in their boxers to bring attention to the area affected by colon cancer. They have found that by getting people talking about this disease, we can save lives! ock Creek Park at Kennedy St. NW. Capitol Hill Tai Chi Study Group. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), meeting to teach and practice Tai Chi, 8:00-10:00 AM. All styles and abilities welcome. First hour form practice, second hour the martial practice of Push Hands. Lincoln Park. Dr. David Walls-Kaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. E. Capitol St. between 11th and 13th sts. 202-544-6035. Pick-up Field Hockey on the Mall. Every Monday at 6:00 PM. Meets at the fields in front of the Smithsonian Metro stop for males and females who have a passion for field hockey. No experience necessary. Bring water, shinguards, mouthguard, cleats, a field hockey stick, and either a reversible jersey or a light and dark shirt - no grays please. Free. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I sts. SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314.

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Rumsey Pool. Public swim, MondayFriday, 6:30-9:00 AM; 1:00-5:00 PM and 6:30-9:00 PM. Public swim, Saturday, 1:00-5:00 PM. Public swim, Sunday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Please note that Rumsey is closed for scheduled maintenance and repairs on Sept 16 through Oct 6. 635 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-724-4495.

CIVIC LIFE Spanish Language Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic. Sept 19, 5:00-7:30 PM. This clinic is for aspiring or existing small business owners (Spanish speakers, English speakers and other languages welcome). Attendees will meet one-on-one with attorneys for brief advice on any legal issues their businesses may be facing. Howard University Gadget Center, 2801 Georgia Ave. NW. CHRS “Zoning Changes for Capitol Hill?”. Sept 25, 7:00 PM. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will host the DC Office of Planning as they report on the new zoning regulations and what they mean for Capitol Hill, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The event is free and handicapped accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. No reservations necessary. Virginia Avenue Tunnel Meeting. Sept. 27, 6:00 PM at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Meeting to update on the project and to share information about the alternatives being evaluated in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday in Southwest at Channel Inn; third Thursday on H St. NE at Sova; fourth Thursday in Shaw. Please call the councilmember’s office for Shaw location as it varies. 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Councilmember Wells and members of his staff. 202-724-8072. Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW, suite 900. 202-7835065. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868.

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veryone seems to be throwing in the high nineties these days. When did we start keeping track of the pitch count? Throw for six innings and your job might be done. Baseball consists of getting three outs every inning. It mirrors life when we want things to slow down. Rise from bed in the middle of the night and look over your shoulder at your wife sleeping. Turn away and take another look back; you wonder if this woman will be with you for the rest of your life. One day you turn around and the bed is empty. She’s no longer on first base. When did she leave? It’s the middle innings and now there’s nothing left in your arm. You can’t hold a woman close to you anymore. You need time to think and so your mind wanders like another walk. How did the years go by so quickly? When did your hair turn gray? When did you start losing your hair? I think it’s baseball that stops time like Satchel Paige teaching us something about hesitation. Many years before I migrated to Washington, I collected baseball cards. I had a few thousand. I kept them in old shoe boxes and sometimes in small crates my mother came back with from the corner store. I flipped these cards over and over. I read the stats on the back. Now and then when I glance at the obituary pages of a newspaper I come across a name that I can match with a card. How could a player be dead? I once owned his card. His face should never have aged. One day I gave all my baseball cards to a kid by the name of Patrick who lived on the 13th floor of the St. Mary’s Housing Projects in the South Bronx. I have no idea why I did this. Why did I mug myself? Who was I trying to impress? The cards could have kept me young. Today in my house I have only six cards. My collection consists of Mickey

by E. Ethelbert Miller Mantle, Bill Mazeroski, Barry Bonds, Jose Reyes, Mariano Rivera, and Jackie Robinson. Every card was a gift. I don’t remember who gave me the Mazeroski card. My introduction to the blues started at the end of the 7th game of the 1960 World Series. I was ten and didn’t even have a girl-friend. I didn’t know the difference between love and loss until it left the hand of Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry. What Mazeroski did is what every kid who loves baseball one day wants to do. You live to win the last game of a World Series. In 1960, fans could run out onto the field. Mazeroski touches third and every fan in the world is waiting to welcome him home. I still carry this memory in my bone marrow. It’s something I only experienced once and it has no comparison. When Mazeroski had his big hit, I listened to a radio announcer describe the ball going over the left-field wall. I was alone in the back room of an apartment on Longwood Avenue in the Bronx. There was no woman to lean into and absorb the shock. No hand down the center of my back or a whisper in my ear. There was no comfort after Mazeroski lost his hat coming around the bases. I was only ten but I felt very old that day. The blues came down hard and it shook me. This year I found myself “dating” the Nationals. I’ve been paying more attention to their games. Checking the Sports Alerts on my IPhone. Talking to friends at work. Giving up when I find them down by a few runs; overwhelmed when they tie a game in the ninth and win in extra innings. In my mind the dust of heartbreaks is still there in the corner. How far will the Nationals go this season? You share your vows with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Is the city of Washington

too young to go steady? A young kid sits in the stands with a glove, punching into the pocket where he hopes a ball will fall. What does an older person feel? I’ve noticed more adults handing over a caught ball to a nearby child. This gift of the game is priceless. It’s a sharing that says the odds can be changed. A child leaves a ball park with a ball. What does the man who gave it to him leave with? In between pitches, some fans send text messages to their friends. I can’t do this. When a batter steps out of the box or a pitcher steps off the mound I want my life to stop just for a moment. I want to look at the field and my surroundings. Mindfulness is so elusive. I learned this after Mazeroski became a point of reference in my life. When you love a team, you want them to win. This is more than sharing a telephone number or sending flowers. I plan to take the Metro out to a game before the season ends. I’ll leave my house early and hope the trains are running without delays. It will be just me. I’ll step out of the Navy Yard Station where I’ve been working with some friends who want to place a baseball mural where the escalators are or maybe right by the entrance. I’ll join the crowd and the flow. I know one day my steps will be slower, but the game will be waiting. Maybe the umpire will call time out and brush the dirt off the plate. For a moment everything will be new the way it was back in the Bronx when I was growing up. I wish I could collect cards again. Who would I place next to Mazeroski and Jackie Robinson? I look at the lineup of the Nationals and check a couple of names. This is how it begins. After all the innings played maybe my wife will still be up when I leave the ball park. Baseball is the game that begins and ends at home. H H 31

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Reserve Now for Sept. 18th Overbeck Lecture

The Overbeck History Lecture Series kicks off its new season on September 18th with a gripping account of Washington’s first race riot and the criminal trials that followed, prosecuted by the city’s politically ambitious district attorney, Francis Scott Key. Salon Washington correspondent Jefferson Morley will tell this harrowing tale, based on his new book “SnowStorm in August.” The title is a reference to Beverly Snow, a former slave whose successful restaurant at Sixth and Pennsylvania N.W. was ransacked by a white mob driven by fears of a slave rebellion. By 1835, freed African Americans in Washington outnumbered those still in bondage, and racial tensions were running high. On the night of August 4th, a drunken slave, Arthur Bowen, stumbled into the bedroom of his owner, Anna Thornton, carrying an ax. Although he did not attack or directly threaten her, the ensuing alarm precipitated a charge of attempted murder and ignited a race riot that engulfed the city for three days. In its aftermath, attorney, poet and slaveholder Francis Scott Key conducted a set of prosecutions that may permanently alter your feelings about “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “Snow-Storm in August” author Jefferson Morley has worked as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post, The Nation, The New Republic and Harper’s Magazine, and his account of this mostly forgotten chapter of our history has won high critical praise. The lecture is scheduled for Tues32 H HillRag | September 2012

day, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Naval Lodge Hall at 330 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., and the event will conclude with a book signing. As always, admission is free but a reservation is required due to limited seating. Please email, giving your name and the number of seats you will need.

Team Red Bowl Fundraiser at Labyrinth

On Sept 23, 1:00-6:00 p.m., join them for a day of gaming in support of Team Red Bowl (teamredbowl. com), a new movement to change the lives of children in Africa through school feeding and education. Learn more about this movement and play the game of your choice as you change someone else’s life, simply by living yours. No RSVP is required and seating is open to the public. This event will be hosted at Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, but is a fundraiser event. You may be asked for donations. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059

Hill Havurah is Sponsoring Jewish High Holiday Services on The Hill.

Here’s the schedule: Sunday, Sept 16, 6:00 p.m., Erev Rosh Hashanah Service at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., Holiday Buffet Kiddush follows immediately. Monday, Sept 17, 9:30 a.m., Rosh Hashanah Service at Christ Our Shepherd Church, 801 No. Carolina Ave. SE. Monday, Sept 17, 3:30 p.m., Tashlich on the Anacostia “Casting Sins Into the Waters” at Yards Park at Water and 3rd St. SW. Tuesday, Sept

25, 7:00 p.m., Kol Nidre Service at Christ Our Shepherd Church, 801 No. Carolina Ave SE. Wednesday, Sept 26, 9:30 a.m., Yom Kippur Service at Christ Our Shepherd Church, 801 No. Carolina Ave. SE, Yizkor (Memorial) Service follows immediately. Wednesday, Sept 26, 5:30 p.m., Neilah (Concluding) Service at Christ Our Shepherd Church, 801 No. Carolina Ave. SE, Community Break-theFast follows immediately. Donations are tax deductible and can be made at the door, online at, or by mail to Hill Havurah, PO Box 15822, Washington DC 20003-5822.

Books of the Bible Dinners

Books of the Bible dinners, sponsored by Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, are back again for the second year on Capitol Hill. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, Sept 29. The event attracts speakers and participants from a variety of faiths. This year’s featured speakers from Capitol Hill include Rev. Michael Wilker; Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Reformation Rev. Walt Owensby, formerly with the Presbyterian Washington Office Ms. Liz McCloskey, President, Faith & Politics Institute, Lama Rod Owens and Patrick McClintock with Kagyu Drupgyu Chodzong. The evening begins with small groups meeting at private homes across Capitol Hill as well as at the newly renovated historic chapel at CHPC. During the dinner, a featured speaker at each location initiates a discussion on a passage from the Bible (and other religious text if appropriate). Guests and speakers then meet back at Fel-

lowship Hall of CHPC for a desert reception. You don’t need to be a member of CHPC, a Presbyterian, a Christian or even a regular Bible reader to attend. You only need to have an interest in meeting your neighbors, enjoying a good meal, and engaging in a lively discussion. Tickets start at $50 and proceeds from the event benefit CHPC’s sesquicentennial celebration. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to capitolhillpreschurch150. org or call 202-547-8676.

CHRS Preservation Cafe

The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will host a Preservation Café on Wednesday, Sept 19, 6:30-7:15 p.m. at Ebenezers Coffee House (downstairs), 2nd and F St. NE. Master craftsman, Neil Mozer will discuss historic window restoration, a cost effective and environmentally sensitive alternative to replacement. The event is free and handicapped accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. No reservations necessary.

Cockers Uncorked Charity Wine Tasting

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capitolstreets bulletin board lies and potential adopters meet their match. To raise awareness and funds for animal rescue, OBG created Cockers Uncorked Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. Cockers Uncorked will be held on Saturday, Sept 29, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Historic Eastern Market, marking the event’s arrival on the DC scene. Attendees can sample a variety of red and white wines, participate in a blind tasting contest and learn about wine and chocolate at the pairing table. The spectacular silent auction is not to be missed, with a Movado watch, Redskins package, dog related items and much more!

Come One, Come All... All Creatures Great and Small

A Blessing of the Animals will be held in honor of St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday, Oct 6 at 4:00 p.m. In honor of St. Francis, the saint who loved all the birds and aniRev. Martha Clark, right, called the southwest resimals, the dents and their pets together Rev. Marfor a group photo during the tha Clark, 2011 Blessing of the Animals. Photo: Elaine F. Graves priest-incharge of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, invites all Southwest neighbors to bring their pets to receive blessings on the corner lawn of the church at 6th. and M sts. SW, across from Arena Stage. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the church. All creatures great and small, leashed or crated, are welcome. For further information, contact St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St., SW, 202-554-3222.

will be available for any and all of the community to bring in an artwork to share for the month. This is a moment to look at the art in your home, not any art that you made, but art that one day moved you so you got it. This is an opportunity for the gallery to reflect ways that the visual arts are part of our lives, using the CHAW community to organically populate the space with art and personal stories. To participate, please bring in one work that you own, together with a few words about how you acquired the piece, or what the piece means to you, or what you know of/about the artist, or any thoughts you may have on the piece of art work. Art can be brought to CHAW at 545 7th St. SE from Sept 4-6, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The community is invited to a closing reception on Monday, Oct 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 202-547-6839.

DC Water Taste Test Challenge Series: Tap Water vs. Bottled Water

Can you tell a difference between tap water and bottled water? Test your drinking water preferences and learn how you can save money and the environment by choosing clean, affordable DC tap water. DC Water is promoting tap water, protecting the environment and saving people money. Hundreds of water samples are tested each week throughout the District to ensure the delivery of high quality tap water. Bottled water involves significant economic and environmental costs. DC tap water is only a penny per gallon and bottled water costs 100 times more. Join DC Water during a series of blind taste tests that will challenge people’s knowledge about tap water. Taste test challenges are scheduled in each Ward of the District. The Ward 6 taste test is Sept 19, at the Southwest Waterfront, 1100 4th St. SW. dcwater. com/tap

Rally Day at Lutheran Church of the CHAW Call for Entries for SOATUL, a Reformation Community Art Exhibition On Sunday, Sept 9, 11:00 a.m.–

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1:00 p.m., join them at the 11 o’clock service and stay for an ice-cream social, the start of Sunday School, and opportunity to learn about Children’s Choir and Adult Education which will begin

on Wednesday, Sept 12, 6:00–7:30 p.m. All members of the Capitol Hill community are welcomed and invited to attend this free event! Membership at Lutheran Church of the Reformation not required. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE. 202-543-4200.

Anacostia River: Traveling the Watershed

On Sept 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Hill Center, the Anacostia Watershed Society previews a kayak tour planned for the public next year along the Anacostia River. Recently returning from the week-long scouting from Bladensburg down the Anacostia to the Potomac and on to Point Lookout at the Bay, Lee Cain will share his observations of the Anacostia River and its watershed. Cain is the Director of the Watershed Society’s Adult Education, and grew up around the Chesapeake Bay where he spent his youth fishing and crabbing. Cain kayaked from the Anacostia River in DC to the Chesapeake Bay. The scenic 120 mile trip took him and several others six days to complete, averaging 20 miles per day. They carried camping gear, food and water in their kayaks and resupplied at a few strategic locations along the way. The Anacostia and Potomac are more wild than most people realize. Between the two rivers, the paddlers counted 50 bald Eagles, over 100 Osprey and even saw porpoise close to the mouth of the Potomac. There’s truly a world-class adventure tourism opportunity right in Washington’s back yard. The Anacostia Watershed Society is already making plans for a similar trip in 2013. Free. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5494172.

Quaker Dialogue and Monthly Potluck, Sept 9

In 2008, a collection of organizations and individuals led by the AFSC successfully presented a Human Rights City Resolution to the DC City Council. Working with 160+ public school students every semester, this is the framework that guides the Human Rights Learning Project. Students learn about

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in order to identify issues within their school, neighborhoods and community and then to develop projects to address those issues. Currently, the program works with 8 interns from Georgetown, American University and Howard University in three local high schools: Wilson HS ( NW), Dunbar HS ( NE) and Friendship Collegiate ( SE). Jean-Louis Ikambana serves as the Area Director of the American Friends Service Committee and oversees this program. Prior to his DC assignment, he has served in several capacities for the advancement of human dignity in different international, national and local organizations in Africa, Europe and South and North America. He is the recipient of the 2010 Community Human Rights Award presented by the United Nations Assocition of the National Capital Area. He will be the presenter at the monthly potluck on Sept 9 (the first Sunday), 6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for fellowship among Quakers, attenders and fellow seekers. Bring a dish to share; family members, neighbors and friends are always welcome. William Penn House is an alcohol and tobacco free facility. 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-5560.

Second Annual Southwest DC Waterfront Boat-Home Tour (save the date)

In celebration of the yearly “Liveaboard Boater Day,” Southwest DC’s colorful liveaboard community will open its doors to visitors on Saturday, Oct 20, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The self-guided tour at Gangplank Marina takes visitors inside at least 20 of the most fun and unique homes (and offices) in Washington DC. Owners and docents will also be available to answer questions about the boat-homes and the liveaboard and workaboard lifestyles. This is only the second time that the homes of Gangplank Marina have been open to the public, and the chance to tour this unique community is not to be missed. Gangplank Marina is a 309 slip marina. For over 30 years, it has been home to a diverse group including professionals, families, artists, retirees, scientists, congresspeople, members

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of the military, and many more. Many restaurants, businesses, historical buildings and other attractions are located in the Southwest waterfront, which is currently poised to undergo a multi-million dollar redevelopment. Advance tickets ($20) are strongly recommended as the tour is expected to sell out. Purchase tickets online at They’re also offering a discounted ticket price of $15 to our Southwest neighbors in the 20024 zip code. A portion of the proceeds from the tour ticket sales will benefit local charities in Southwest DC.

Capitol Hill Garden Club Annual Bulb Giveaway

In Oct, the Capitol Hill Garden Club will continue for the eighth year to give away free spring-flowering bulbs for use in public spaces on Capitol Hill. Daffodils and crocus are chosen as they come back–and even proliferate–every year. No qualified applicant will be turned away! Applicants should include a plan for the planting, which must be visible from the street. A photograph of the space is appreciated. Both individuals and organizations are invited to apply. Applications are due on Sept 15. To request an application form, which can be submitted electronically, contact the Capitol Hill Garden Club at or phone Elvira Sisolak at 202546-2534. This simple program has brought tens of thousands of daffodils and crocuses to public spaces on Capitol Hill. Please apply now–for a lovely springtime show in 2013.

Dead Man’s Run 5k and Kids’ Fun Run

On Oct 6, 6:00 p.m., join them for Congressional Cemetery’s second annual Dead Man’s Run. This year the event is a twilight run, so lace up your shoes and bring your whole family to race through the cemetery grounds on this fall evening. For more information and to register for the race, check out Congressional Cemetery’s website at or go

to the following link: site/online-event-registration/85999

Library of Congress Film Series Features Czech Documentary Films

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, will present a new film series titled “Docs in Salute,” focusing on interesting personalities who have been touched by Jewish themes. The series will begin with four documentaries that will be screened at the Library at noon on Sept. 4, Sept. 19, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. SE. The film series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Hebrew Language Table. The films are in English and Czech with English subtitles. Tickets are not required. The four documentaries are part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012-Miloš Forman, celebrating Oscar-winning director Miloš Forman’s 80th birthday and achievements. It honors the best of Czech cinematography and the accomplishments of the transatlantic (Czech-American) film industry. For more information about the festival, visit

CHAMPS Announces New Executive Director Jack Pfeiffer

CHAMPS, Capitol Hill’s Chamber of Commerce, president Mark Weinheimer has announced that lifelong Capitol Hill resident Jack Pfeiffer has been named Executive Director. Pfeiffer comes to CHAMPS after serving as the Press Secretary to US Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). In that position, Pfeiffer collaborated extensively with businesses and industry to advance the Senator’s efforts on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee as well as the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Prior to working with Senator Hagan, Pfeiffer served in the Executive Office of DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. He has a strong background

in public relations and has managed projects all across the city ensuring that neighborhoods and businesses are informed and included in decisions that impact their communities. CHAMPS is a non-profit 501(c) (6) organization actively promoting, educating, connecting and advocating on behalf of its business members in the Capitol Hill community. For the last three years, CHAMPS sponsored the popular Hilly award program, which mobilized over 5,000 community residents to vote in support of neighborhood businesses.

Renovated New York Avenue Rec Center and Playground Opens

The newly renovated New York Avenue Recreation Center and Playground at 1st and N Streets NW has opened. The center had been closed since 2009, when it was used as a Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) daycare facility. Mayor Gray announced that the DPR will release an RFP for programming at the New York Avenue Recreation Center as well as Randall Recreation Center. DPR is interested in contractors who can bring comprehensive, outcomesbased programming to these two sites. The RFP is scheduled to be released in October 2012. For more information on DPR, visit them at, follow them on Twitter or Facebook @DCDPR, or call 202-673-7647.

Natasha Trethewey to Give Inaugural Reading As U.S. Poet Laureate

Natasha Trethewey, a poet-historian who gives voice to the forgotten with clarity and beauty, will give her inaugural reading as the 19th Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, on Sept. 13. The reading, which will open the Library’s 2012-2013 literary season and kick off the 75th anniversary of the Poetry and Literature Center, will start at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. The reading is free and open to the public, and a book-signing and reception will follow. Tickets are not needed, but early arrival is strongly recommended. poetry. H 37

American Legion Partners Join Together For Veterans’ Hall

The Kenneth H. Nash Post 8, which enjoys a unique distinction of being an American Legion post located on Capitol Hill, recently collaborated with its Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion to become sponsors of the Veterans’ Hall Program of the National Museum of the United States Army. Nash Post 8 decided that the most appropriate action would be to make a donation as a group-including the members of the post, the auxiliary, and the SAL. When accepting their donation, MG John P. Herrling, (USARet.), Campaign Executive Director, acknowledged the selfless support the American Legion provides veterans every day. “I think it’s terrific how they rallied their troops in this effort, and it’s an honor to include them on our Veterans’ Hall Donor Wall.” For its $2,500 contribution, the Kenneth H. Nash American Legion Post 8 will be recognized at the Bronze Service Star level on the Veterans’ Hall Donor Wall. The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to serving veterans, service members and communities.

NASA Scientist Lora Koenig to Discuss “My Winter in Greenland and Summer in Antarctica”

The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets contain 99 percent of the Earth’s fresh-water ice, according to NASA scientist Lora Koenig. Changes to these regions can profoundly affect sea level and the rate at which the Earth’s climate warms or cools, placing them at the heart of research into the planet’s future. To understand the current state of the ice sheets and to model the future, scientists spend months at a time on the ice in challenging darkness, frigid temperatures and high winds. Koenig, who is one of these scientists, will discuss “My Winter in Greenland and Summer in Antarctica” at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12 in the Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets not needed. 38 H HillRag | September 2012

Game Night at Labyrinth

On the first four Thursdays of every month, Labyrinth Games & Puzzles hosts game night. It’s free, goes from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and is for grown-ups. You’re welcome to pop in anytime. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles is a family-friendly, community-focused store featuring a wide selection of non-electronic, specialty games, puzzles, and mazes. There are lots of hands-on activities and games that you can play in the store. With activities and products geared toward all ages from 1 to 100, Labyrinth offers something for everyone. Many of their products are sourced from small, US artisans or fair trade importers. They encourage you to visit, talk to their knowledgeable staff and most importantly have fun playing! Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5441059.

DC Green Roof Rebate Program

The DC Green Roof Program offers $5 a square foot for green roofs on any building in the District. After five years, the program has helped support over 220,000 square feet of green roofs. The roofs have many environmental, financial, and social benefits, including decreased storm water runoff, a healthier environment, extended roof life, and lower electricity bills through decreased air conditioning usage in the summer. DDOE and AWS are continuing the program into next year and welcome new applications. Should you have any questions or comments, contact Kiera Zitelman, Green Roofs Rebate Program, Anacostia Watershed Society at 301699-6204.

Norton Co-Sponsors Bill to Bring DC’s Frederick Douglass Statue into US Capitol

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has cosponsored a bill introduced by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), Chairman of the Committee on House Administration, that would move the District’s Frederick Douglass Statue into the Capitol’s Emancipation Hall. H

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Scandal Management 101 It’s September, and Mayor Vince Gray is still mayor.

While in any normal context that might not seem like that surprising an accomplishment, it was only two months ago that two indictments and extensive revelations of a $653,000 shadow campaign in 2010 put his tenure on the thinnest of ice. Rumors abounded of a possible resignation, and even Gray’s staunchest supporters seemed on the verge of fleeing: according to a Washington Post poll, if the election were held again today, former Mayor Adrian Fenty would trounce Gray by a two-to-one margin. So how’s he surviving? By pretending like nothing is any different

than usual.

by Martin Austermuhle

Sweating the Small Stuff

Gray’s public schedule for August 28 included a somewhat odd addition: at 10 a.m. Gray was scheduled to speak at the grand opening of Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Columbia Heights, the first D.C. location for the Miami-based Mexican fast food restaurant that was bought by Ruby Tuesday in April. It wasn’t odd that Gray was attended a grand opening—ever since he was elected, his daily schedule has been replete with ribbon-cuttings, after all. Rather, it was the choice of location that provoked a few raised eyebrows. Is a Mexican fast food joint across the street from another Mexi-

can fast food joint (Chipotle) in a part of town full of dining options really worthy of the mayoral imprimatur? (The official reason? The restaurant hired 30 D.C. residents.) Maybe, maybe not. Either way, these aren’t normal times for Gray. Ever since the shadow campaign burst into the light, Gray has been fighting for his political survival. Most residents have said they want him gone, and three members of the D.C. Council—including Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), once a faithful ally—have publicly agreed. The Post poll produced miserable numbers on everything from satisfaction with city services to whether or not residents felt Gray was trustworthy. But throughout late July and

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August, Gray used the power of his office—in ways big and small—to convey a certain image of consistent, committed leadership that’s producing results. Beyond the visit to Lime Fresh Mexican Grill, in August Gray reinaugurated a dog park in Dupont Circle and a recreation center on New York Avenue, created two task forces (one on putting power lines underground, the other on persistent flooding in Bloomingdale), surveyed Adams Morgan after an 18-month-long streetscape project, toured schools on opening day, attended a Pop Warner football rally, put out requests for development proposals for a number of sought-after parcels of land, and rushed the installation of new smart meters for the city’s 6,500 taxicabs. Part of this is standard practice for Gray: ever since he was elected, he’s maintained an active public schedule. “I don’t think Gray’s schedule is much different now than it was earlier in the year. While he may be participating in different types of events (it is, after all, summer), Gray has always worked, held meetings and attended functions from early morning ‘til late at night,” said Chuck Thies, a political strategist partial to Gray. Sure. But some of Gray’s initiatives are pushing the bounds of credulity. In late July, he orchestrated what may have been the mother of all overhyped political events: the roll-out of his One City Action Plan, a 56-page document outlining his vision for the city. Despite obvious questions as to why such a “visionary” document was released 20 months into his term, the many bullet points and promises were quickly seen for what they were: a collection of things his administra-

tion was already doing or had already promised to do. If you ask anyone about the One City Action Plan today, they’ll likely admit that they either never heard of it or have already forgotten it.

Copying Clinton

In trying to distract from the scandal still hanging over his head, Gray has largely borrowed from President Bill Clinton’s handbook during the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Said former Clinton advisor Paul Begala during a 2000 interview: “This gets back to the fundamental lesson of political survival that Bill Clinton taught me, which is if you make it about the American people’s lives instead of your life, you’re going to be okay…I wanted to make sure that the people had the sense that Clinton was not focused on this Lewinsky scandal entirely. [It] obviously was a major preoccupation and an enormous distraction, but the business of the government goes on.” It shouldn’t be lost on anyone that Clinton’s lawyer at the time, Robert Bennett, is now Gray’s lawyer. Additionally, in early August the AP reported that Gray’s chief of staff met with Judy Smith, a well-known crisis management consultant who similarly cut her teeth during the height of the Clinton crisis (albeit by working for Monica Lewinsky).

Saved by Summer

Has Gray been successful? Sure. But he’s benefitted from the seasons. To a certain extent, Gray’s act of pretending nothing is wrong has been made easier over the last two months because he’s been the only story in town. Ever since mid-July, the D.C. Council has been on its usual summer recess, giving the city’s local press corps little to work with other than what Gray has to offer. Moreover, the adversarial relationship between Gray and the journalists that follow him on a daily basis has calmed, largely because Gray has made it clear—at the insistence of Bennett—that he won’t say a thing about the shadow campaign. While the press corps once used every opportunity to pepper Gray with questions on the scandal, it now seems resigned to waiting for the next shoe

to drop—if that ever happens. Of course, all of this will change in mid-September once the council returns from its recess. Gray can cut as many ribbons as he wants, but when it comes to signature legislative efforts or the upcoming 2014 budget fight, Gray doesn’t have too much political capital to work with. He won’t be able project an air of confidence for much longer. Also, the three campaign confidantes who pleaded guilty in recent months to a number of crimes related to the 2010 mayoral campaign will be sentenced in early fall, giving the press and D.C. residents yet another reminder that the federal investigation not only continues—but could also start going after bigger fish. Gray survived the summer, which is more than what many expected. And while he’s acting like nothing big happened over the last few months, it’ll ultimately be U.S. Attorney for D.C. Ron Machen who decides whether Gray can breathe a sigh of relief—or take a deep breath and resign.

Brown’s Battle Against Himself

Next month we’ll take a look at the emerging At-Large race between Councilmember Michael A. Brown (I-At Large) and challengers David Grosso and Mary Brooks Beatty. Well, we think Brown will be in the race: last month Grosso challenged 2,100 of the 4,700 signatures Brown submitted to get on the ballot. (Activist Dorothy Brizill has also filed a separate challenge.) The D.C. Board of Elections will decide this month if Brown has the requisite 3,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot. Even if he does stay on the ballot, it hasn’t been an easy campaign for Brown. Earlier this summer, he reported a theft from his campaign account, allegedly by a former staffer. And after he failed to file a campaign finance report on August 10, he was smacked down by the Post’s editorial board for not doing so. Brown’s not only fighting Grosso and Beatty, but also himself. Martin Austermuhle is the Editor-in-Chief of and a freelance writer. He lives in Columbia Heights. H H 41


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Mayor Gray and DC Council: Welfare-to-Work Efforts Need Your Full Support to Succeed


etting DC residents back to work is critical as our city continues to rebound from the recession. Overall, unemployment in the city is on a downward trend, but it still remains higher than before the recession started. And for certain groups of DC residents— such as single parents and low-wage workers— unemployment remains extraordinarily high. More than one out of five single parents want work but can’t get a job, and that’s true for nearly one out of six residents whose last job was a low-wage one. The District has put in place an innovative program to tackle one part of our unemployment problem -- parents on welfare in need of jobs. A comprehensive redesign of DC’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF, is showing promising results, with more parents engaging in work preparation activities and some improvement in job outcomes, too. But a lack of funding threatens its success. There simply isn’t enough money in the city’s budget for the upcoming year to fully implement welfare-to-work reforms. The budget adopted by the Mayor and DC Council put $15 million for TANF on a wish list of items to be funded if city tax collections improve. But the revenue picture is not getting any better. Recently, Mayor Gray identified funds to address some of the need, but there is still a substantial gap. Without additional funds, many families will hit time limits and see their benefits slashed, even though they face serious barriers to work and have not received the services needed to overcome them. This is an urgent concern not 42 H HillRag | September 2012

by Kate Coventry only for these residents, but for their children, their neighborhoods and the District in general. Important efforts, such as public education reform, will not be successful without stable families. The Mayor and the DC Council need to work together to find additional funds to keep families on a path of progress and independence.

A New, Comprehensive Approach to Welfare-to-Work

In recent years, DC officials recognized that TANF services were not helping enough parents move to employment, and they decided to do something about it. The District’s Department of Human Services developed a new approach, called “universal engagement,” built on the notion that all parents receiving public assistance should be engaged in some kind of activity to help them prepare for work. But universal engagement also recognizes that these plans need to be tailored to the parent’s specific circumstances and needs. Some parents receiving TANF have the skills to immediately seek employment. Others need job training or adult education. Some may need to address additional employment barriers such as mental illness, low literacy, or substance abuse. The new program starts with an in-depth individual assessment of each family’s strengths and barriers, including their education level, skills, work experience, and personal challenges such as learning disabilities or health issues. Program staff then work with families to set realistic goals for progress and to identify the services needed to meet those

goals. Parents sign an “Individual Responsibility Plan” that lays out what they are expected to do. Parents with issues that are likely to prevent them from securing and maintaining employment are referred to appropriate services. Previously, families dealing with low literacy, domestic violence and substance abuse were still expected to look for work right away. Not surprisingly, job retention rates were low. Parents who have skills and work experience receive job placement services to help connect quickly with employment. Parents who have limited skills and experience are provided with “work readiness” services to help them prepare for employment, including education or training. A final important feature of the new program is that contracts with employment and training vendors are tied to performance, such as the number of clients who meet work participation requirements, complete education and training, and secure and retain employment. This will help ensure that funds are directed to training providers that offer the best services.

TANF Redesign Initial Results Are Good

A pilot of the universal engagement approach yielded encouraging results. When the Department of Human Services provided redesigned services to 164 families, the number that chose to actively participate in work preparation activities more than tripled, from 18 to 56 percent. These outcomes are especially impressive because of the very short

time period of the pilot program – just five weeks. The results suggest that low participation in TANF work activities in past years stemmed from inadequate assessment of client needs and ineffective services. The pilot program’s results show that TANF families will quickly become engaged when offered meaningful services.

Welfare-to-Work Success At-Risk

The funds needed to provide these improved services to all TANF parents were not included in the fiscal year 2013 budget, but instead were placed on a wish list of items that will get funded only if the city’s revenue projections improve. At this point, that is not looking likely. DC’s Chief Financial Officer forecasted no additional revenue in his most recent report, due to weak worldwide economic conditions and the threat of federal sequestration cutbacks. Those problems are not going away, so there is little hope that future revenue forecasts will get any better. Recognizing this, Mayor Gray announced in August that he had identified $11 million in unspent funds from other agencies to partially fill the budget gap. Pending Council approval, this funding is a great first step in ensuring that parents who want to do better for themselves and their kids will have access the services they need to secure employment. These funds will also forestall any cuts in cash assistance for families until next April, preserving benefits for more than 6,000 families who would have had their benefits cut before they even

have a chance to access employment services. But this is less than the plan adopted by the DC Council, which would have delayed cuts until next October in recognition that many families need more than just a few months to prepare for work. Beyond that, the new funding is not enough to protect particularly vulnerable families who need time to deal with serious issues that interfere with their ability to work, such as domestic violence, illness, or the demands of caring for a family member with a disability. The District has a bizarre policy under which families in these circumstances are not expected to be looking for work, but their time limit clock continues to run. In most states, the time clock stops when a parent faces a temporary problem that limits their ability to work. This spring, the DC Council agreed that these families should receive a time limit break to give them sufficient time to access job services, but the funding to maintain benefits is dependent on finding additional funding, leaving these vulnerable parents and their children at-risk.

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Mayor Gray and the DC Council should continue the progress in our TANF employment program by identifying $5.8 million to fully fund this important work in the upcoming year. If the wish list will not work, it is time to develop a Plan B. Otherwise, the District will be hindering its ability to use TANF as an important and effective workforce development tool. Coventry is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. H

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The Last Chapter of Redistricting: November Election Will Complete Reshaping of ANCs


hen the complex and contentious redistricting process was completed last fall, people were told that nothing would change for the next year. Well, time’s up, and on November 6, residents in Ward 6 will not only be voting for President, City Council President and At-Large City Council members, but ANC Commissioners will finally be elected within their new boundaries. Most of the District’s wards will feel little change and remain much as they are now, but Ward 6, because it is geographically central on the District map, had to accept seriously substantial changes, despite a lively debate among partisans who wanted to retain its existing boundaries. So, despite being on this side of the Anacostia, Reservation 13, the area surrounding RFK Stadium on the east end of the Ward, (currently anticipating major redevelopment), and Kingman Park were moved to Ward 7; on the west end of the Ward, Penn Quarter was given to Councilmember Evans to join other parts of his bailiwick in Ward 2, in ex-

by Roberta Weiner change, Ward 6 gained an area of Shaw that will be combined with part of the current ANC 6C to form a new commission, ANC 6E. Complicated? It only seems that way. By the time the new ANCs begin meeting in January, and the Commissioners get used to the new boundaries of their Single Member Districts, it will feel as though it’s always been that way. The complicated part is making sure the Board of Elections gets the right ballots to the right polling places on Election Day! But first comes the campaign, Petitions have been filed for every seat, and some of the races are highly competitive. If the campaign season two years ago is any indication, ANC races have gotten quite sophisticated and yard signs, brochures and debates will proliferate, even for these most local of races. Here’s the list of candidates as of August 8th, the Board of Elections closing date for accepting petitions. If you’re interested in finding out if your Single Member District has changed, check the maps to check your street. It won’t be long before the candidates are knocking on your

door, so you’ll learn soon enough who they are. (Incumbent Commissioners are listed in bold)

ANC 6A 6A01

Adam Healy is not running for a new term. J. Omar Mahmoud, current chair of the ANC’s Transportation and Public Spacer Committee is running unopposed to replace him. 44 H HillRag | September 2012


Drew Ronneberg, who also chairs the Commission’s Economic Development and Zoning Committee, has two opponents, Natalie Ambrose and Gloria Nauden.


David Holmes, current Chair, is running unopposed.

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Nick Alberti, who serves as ANC Treasurer, also has no opposition.


Sharee Lawler, the incumbent, is not a candidate. Two candidates are running for her seat; Julia Robey Christian and Jay Williams.


Andrew J. Hysell is being opposed by H.J. Amons, Sr.


Longtime commissioner Gladys Mack is not running and two activists from her community, Necothia “Nikki” Bowens and Sondra Phillips-Gilbert are running to replace her.


Lia Veenendaal-Selck will be relinquishing her seat, and Benjamin Rosset and Calvin Ward are running to replace her.

ANC 6B 6B01

Jared Critchfield, currently serving as the Commission’s chairman, will be facing Chris Harlow and Steve Holtzman.


Carol Green is giving up her seat, and will be replaced by Sara Loveland, who is running without opposition.


Neil Glick, another former Commission Chair, is not running again, and his seat is being sought by Chander Jayaraman.


Dave Garrison, a stalwart of the Commission and former Chair, is running without opposition.

Brian Flahaven, completing his first term, will run unopposed for a second,



Ivan Frishberg, completing his first term on the Commission, will be opposed by Gerald ( Jerry Sroufe.


Norm Metzger, who has served for many years, is retiring, and three candidates are seeking to replace him: James M. Loots, Philip Peisch, and Randy Steer.


Kristin Oldenberg, having successfully challenged the petition signatures of a potential opponent, is running unopposed, Tough word has it that Tim Britt will run a write-in campaign.


Brian Pate, another first termer, will face Steve Holtzman in the race for his seat.

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Francis M. Campbell, will also run without opposition to retain the seat he has held for many years.


ANC 6C is the ANC that was most affected by the redistricting process, giving up areas of Penn Quarter to Ward 2, and the areas of Northwest One and Mt. Vernon Square to the new ANC 6E, and some of its remaining Single Member Districts will be re-arranged. If you’re a 6C constituent, check the maps for your new Single Member District.


Daniele Megan Schiffman will be opposed by John R. Pfeiffer in this new district.


Karen Wirt, 6C’s current chair, has no opposition for her seat.


John Scott Price will run for his second term without an opponent.


Mark Eckenweiler, chair of the 6C Economic Development and Zoning Committee, will be Facing Tim Abdella and Karen Baker in this new seat.


Joseph Trump, Randy McKenna and Darpana Sheth and Mark Kazmierczak are all competing to replace Bill Crews who would have competed in this new seat, but is not running.


Tony T. Goodman, running for a second term, is being opposed by Shree Chauhan. Tony Richardson, representing the current 6C04, would have had to run in this district had he chosen to run.

ANC 6D 6D01

Donna L. Hopkins is running to replace Bob Craycraft who chose not to serve another term.


Cara Shockley is not running again, and Ed Kaminski and H 47


David Garber, who represents the new Southeast area, will not face any opposition.


mon C. Patton are vying for the seat, which is a new district that includes parts of both Southwest and Southeast.

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of ANC 6C.

This is the new addition to Ward 6 ANCs. It is made up of part of 6C and part of 2C, an ANC that had only four members, that covers Shaw. The new ANC also covers the Mt. Vernon Square area and part of Northwest One that was formerly part



Ron McBee, a former 6D Chair, is running unopposed.

Alexander M. “Alex” Padro, who chairs the current ANC 2C, will face Mary A. Sutherland as an opponent



Andy Litsky a longtime member and current Chair, is running without opposition.


Roger Moffat, another commissioner with lengthy service, is being opposed by Grace E. Daughtridge.


Rhonda Hamilton, running for her third term, has no opponent.

Kevin L. Chapple will face perennial candidate Leroy Thorpe, Jr., and Eugene Simms, after successfully challenging the petitions of Martin Moulton.


Kenneth James will square off against Frank Wiggins for this seat formerly held by Doris Brooks.


Rachelle P. Nigro will be opposed by Clyde H. Brown, The remaining seats are those that were annexed from ANC 6.


Marge Maceda, who serves on the 6C Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee, will compete with Matthew Kozey for the seat formerly held by Keith Silver, who is not running again.


Mark Dixon, a longtime member and former Chair of 6C, is running without opposition for his new seat.


Connell Wise and Alfreda S. Judd are competing for this seat, which has been vacant for the past two years. H 48 H HillRag | September 2012

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ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE. ANC 6A, 2nd Thursday, September, 13 PM Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, September 18, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Adam Healey, 556-0215 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, September 17, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, September 19, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Drew Ronneberg, 431-4305 Community Outreach Committee Monday, September 17, 7:30pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

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

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

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

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

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Options PCS Opens Annex

Neighbors Question Charter Board Planning, Community Engagement


ptions Public Charter Schools moved its annex – housed on P Street NW for several years – to a new facility at 702 15th St. NE for this school year. The main campus remains at 1375 E St. NE, where it has operated for 12 years. The annex move, which took many neighbors and elected officials by surprise, raises questions about Public Charter School Board (PCSB) policies and how those policies are implemented. “I am not happy with the short notice,”says Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. “And I have yet to find an acceptable explanation why community input was not required before the decision was made.”

by Virginia Avniel Spatz of the annex’s opening. He insisted on first consulting the community. Options officials agreed to an Aug. 13 meeting with the ANC’s Community Outreach Committee (COC). By the meeting date, Options Academy was ready to open. “We do not have a consequence if a school does not notify PCSB. That may be something we can consider,” says Labbé-DeBose. When an existing charter school intends to relocate, PCSB requires three months’ advance notice. Options’

and behavioral problems. The annex program, known as Options Academy, offers wraparound services, including special education and psychiatric services, with a staff to student ratio of 3:10. The charter’s relocation to 15th Street, according to executive director Dr. Charles Vincent, will serve 20 students from P Street, including those facing some of the greatest behavioral challenges, and 30 more special needs middle and high schoolers. The new facility is a half-block from Miner Elementary, 601 15th

“notification to open a new location” for its Academy annex was “read into the record” at a PCSB meeting on July 16. PCSB accepted notice from Options and three other charter operators six weeks later than policy dictates and prior to ANC 6A’s COC meeting. “Charter schools are supposed to follow PCSB policies, and when they don’t, we are supposed to catch that,” Labbé-DeBose explains. “In this case, we didn’t.”

NE, serving 500 students in preschool through 5th grade. PCSB “does not and cannot approve schools moving to new locations,” Labbé-DeBose reiterates. Moreover, no District agency coordinates DCPS and charter locations. Sherry Trafford, who lives in ANC 6B a few blocks from Options, believes the new Options Academy students “could be wellsupported by the neighborhood and successful.” However, she finds the juxtaposition of schools “indicative of problems that persist due to DC’s dual school systems,” citing

The Charter Board and Options PCS

PCSB procedure, based on Advisory Neighborhood Commission Act, §1-309.10 (b), requires 30 days’ advance notice to an ANC prior to“public hearing or PCSB action” involving the commission. PCSB requests “information about impact on the neighborhood, demographic data related to other schools nearby and ANC and other community feedback,” says Director of Communications of the D.C. Public Charter School Board Theola LabbéDeBose, and the board recognizes elected officials for public comment. It is unclear what weight such input receives, if any. Andrew Hysell (6A06), commissioner for the Single Member District encompassing the new annex, says he was asked on July 13 to submit a letter to PCSB stating that he was aware 50 H HillRag | September 2012

Options, PCBS and DCPS

Options PCS serves students with a history of truancy, underachievement

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s recent lament (Post 8/21/12) over the lack of coordination between the two systems.

ANC and Neighborhood Responses

When Options’ relocation was raised at the August CHPSPO (Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization) meeting, participants applauded the school’s mission and, more generally, charter school focus on special needs youth. Some spoke about the city’s need to protect and welcome its most vulnerable students. Some – including the new location’s nearest neighbors and parents of Miner preschoolers – also expressed public safety concerns. At the Aug. 13 meeting of 6A’s COC, Options administrators described bus transportation and security measures for the new building and its program. If there are any issues with students, Vincent says, residents are urged to call his cell phone (202-270-4448), and staff can respond immediately. But some long-time residents recall problems in the past, despite busing and other precautions. Elizabeth Nelson, who serves as citizen volunteer chair of the COC, notes that Options staff are trained in educating students with great challenges but have been unsuccessful in the past in monitoring or influencing behavior of the most troubled students once outside the school doors. Citing the new facility’s proximity to Miner and to the H

Peter Frias Street commercial strip, Nelson says the location is not an appropriate for an unsecured, concentrated population of severely troubled young people. Sharee Lawler (6A05), like previous commissioners in the Single Member District where Options’ main campus is located, was invited to serve on Options’ board of directors following her election. She is now a strong supporter of the charter’s mission and expansion. Lawler, who is dealing with a severe family illness, did not share Option’s relocation information until July 13. Hysell suggests that, had Options been more forthcoming about its plans, “they might have addressed neighborhood concerns” to the benefit of community and students. ANC 6A treasurer Nick Alberti (6A04) notes that Options’ board invitation “creates conflict for the commissioner, struggling to balance responsibilities between the school and the ANC.” As it happened, most neighbors – as well as affected elected officials – did not learn of Options Academy plans until the academic year was only a few days away. The community is now circulating a petition calling outreach “critical to generating community buy-in and support” and asking PCSB to “suspend the Options expansion until it can gather sufficient community input and assent.” Hysell and Nelson decry the lack of community process and, in particular, failure to engage the ANC. With any other establishment -- a convenience store, a restaurant, even a DCPS school – there is some public process and an agency to address concerns, Nelson adds. “With charter schools, citizens have no recourse.” ANC 6A meeting Sep. 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Miner Elementary school, 601 15th Street, NE. PCSB officials have been invited to attend but had not confirmed at press time. H

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1. Corkwood 6. Nosh 11. Econ. measure 14. Antivenins 18. Over 19. Ill-gotten gains 20. Bucket of bolts 22. Broadcast 23. White singer, actress, fairy tale maiden, and rhythm and blues band leader 27. Language of Pakistan 28. Congers 29. Ex-lax? 30. Rubberneck 31. Annoy 33. ___-Altaic languages 34. FedEx, say 35. “I see!” 38. Lay members of a religious order 40. Winged topper 44. Filthy 46. Contents of some barrels 47. Après-ski drink 48. Foofaraw 49. Nettle 50. Cantina cooker 52. C-worthy? 53. “Desire Under the ___” 54. Green singer, author and football player 60. Gold braid 61. It’s made in Japan 62. Atlas features 63. Glassblower, for one 66. Freelancer’s enc. 67. Garden plants 69. Melodic 70. Cry at fireworks 71. Ring-tailed animal 72. Brown rapper, author, and two comic strip characters 80. Channel marker 81. Swerve 82. It may be minced 83. One of three vessels 84. Beast of burden 85. Loss of muscular coordination, var. 87. Au ___ 88. Trousers 90. Ensures 92. Tear 95. Potato feature 96. Slog 97. ___ Fyne, Scotland

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98. Like some walls 100. Like some talk 102. Good, long bath 103. Computer picture 104. Bird venerated by ancient Egyptians 108. Black child actress, Supreme Court justice, and comedian 112. Twisting force, var. 113. New Mexico art community 114. Like Cheerios 115. Edible fish 116. “Awright!” 117. Functioned as 118. A goner 119. Biscotti flavoring


1. Hindu Mr. 2. Food thickener 3. Enrich 4. Sticky sweetener, var. 5. “Take your pick” 6. Ace place? 7. Cherry pit, for one 8. Follower of John 9. Bawl 10. Small falcon 11. Grave robber 12. Colorful salamander 13. “Polythene ___”(Beatles song) 14. Angel 15. Arab chieftain 16. Houston university 17. Downed a sub, say 21. Iranian language 24. Drunken 25. Indian bread 26. City near Syracuse 32. Abate 33. Husband of Bathsheba 34. Bolivian capital 35. Indian tourist city 36. Husk 37. Kind of hoop 39. Groves 40. “Whatcha ___?” 41. ___ ID 42. Fesses up 43. Presents 45. London’s Big ___ 47. First offer? 50. Creole vegetable 51. Been in bed 52. At liberty 53. Ultimatum word 55. Clamorous 56. Having a rear, slangily 57. Indian nursemaids

58. Window measurement 59. British Commonwealth member 63. Excite 64. Pentose sugar 65. Drinking mug 66. Bar order 67. Carbonado 68. A pop 69. Old Jewish scholars 70. Toe the line 71. Break off 73. Be of use 74. Barbershop call 75. Have an impact on 76. Cellular stuff 77. Vermin 78. Black 79. Alleviate 85. Bikini, e.g. 86. Sitting room?

87. Great thing to hit 88. Kind of operation 89. Jeans brand 91. Certain stiffener 92. Good earth 93. Wealth 94. Away 97. Windblown soil 99. Mustard choice 100. Loafer, e.g. 101. Actress Sorvino 102. Ancient gathering place 103. Stiff hair 105. “Road” film destination 106. Frosts, as a cake 107. ___ terrier 108. Farm area 109. Deviation 110. ___-tzu 111. Wood sorrel


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Community Life Spotted on the Hill

The Song Sparrow


text and photographs by Peter Vankevich

fter covering more than sixty bird species that have been spotted/photographed in the Capitol Hill area, it’s perhaps overdue to take a look at one of the more common, noisy and vibrant denizens, the Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia). Since this is a political town, I should mention a little birding vernacular. LBJ refers not only to a former President and powerful Capitol Hill leader, but has been used in the bird world for “little brown job,” a vague description of an unidentified bird. When one sees a LBJ in a field or in bushes, the first species one should consider is a Song Sparrow. Song Sparrows are indeed smallish brown birds with a long tail and streaks on a pale breast. Often the streaks will converge into a solid spot on the breast. Both male and females look alike. A similar species that one may encounter here especially in the fall is the Savannah Sparrow which is generally a bit sleeker in form and more yellowish around the face. Two field distinctions between these two birds are that the Savannah Sparrow is generally quiet and more tranquil in movements whereas the noisy and more active Song Sparrow flits nervously to- andfro between perches. Like many sparrows they feed primarily on seeds and grains and consume more insects during the breeding season. The Song Sparrow can be found throughout most of North America and is very adaptive, living within the boundaries of human habitat as well as in highly isolated areas such as the Aleutians. Birds that breed in northern habitats may migrate and in more temperate areas such our region, they

are year-round residents and may be seen in even on the coldest of days. This species has been reported on every one of the annual DC Christmas Bird Counts, usually a few hundred in number. According to the National Audubon database, the highest number reported was in 1980 with 1010 individuals. The smallest number was only three individuals in 1936. Why such a disparity in a count circle consisting of a diameter of fifteen miles? In 1936 only two observers were out that day, in 1980 131 birders were out in the field. When looking at field reports such as these, one must be careful to look at several factors especially the number of participants and the weather on that particular day. As you can imagine by both its common and scientific (Melospiza melodia) names, this bird is highly vocal. Males learn several songs which consist of a complex series of loud rapid notes and usually finish with a trill. They will perch on a low branch or bush and use these vocalizations to attract females and also to declare their territory which explains why they can be heard throughout the year. Females make varying chattering sounds to communicate with her mate. They both will make a sharp alarm chip note. Early knowledge of the Song

Sparrow can in large part be attributed to a largely self-taught ornithologist named Margaret Morse Nice (1883-1974). She was a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Clark University. When her husband accepted a faculty position in 1927 at Ohio State University, she found herself living on a sixty acre tract of land consisting of “tangles of trees, weeds and bushes” along the Olentangy River – perfect habitat for Song Sparrows. For eight years she studied and carefully documented the behaviour of several generations of this species resulting in the 1937 publication of “Studies in the Life History of the Song Sparrow.” The work was revised for popular reading in 1939 published as “The Watcher at the Nest.” For a little birding trivia, that edition was the first book illustrated by Roger Tory Peterson, an American naturalist and educator who is considered one of the founding inspirations for the environmental movement. You can read more about Ms. Morse and other ornithological luminaries in “Bird Watching with American Women” (1986) edited by Deborah Strom. (If you have any interesting birds on Capitol Hill that could be a possible feature for this column, feel free to contact me: petevankevich@gmail. com.) H H 53


h streetlife by Elise Bernard


ugust is often said to be the sleepiest month in the District, but September bring renewed life. It also brings neighborhood festivals. I’ve heard the first whispers of what’s planned for this year’s H Street Festival, and it is not to be missed.

departure from the building’s past. The new space will boast a variety of upscale artisanal vendors, and even some restaurants. A number of notable culinary names are involved.


H Street Festival

The H Street Festival returns this year, and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Favorites like British Ink’s tattoo contest, and the art cars will return, but there will be many new attractions as well. The Festival has traditionally been a time to check out new businesses, as well as to support existing favorites. What are some of the new places that have opened up over the past year? Cusbah (http://cusbah. com, 1128 H Street NE), Boundary Road (414 H Street NE, http://, Le Grenier, (, 502 H Street NE), H& pizza (http://, 1118 H Street NE), and the Big Board (http://, 421 H Street NE) are among the new arrivals.

Mark your calendar for the H Street Festival September 15th

DC Scoop

DC Scoop will be back on September 9 so you can try ice cream, gelato, and other frozen creations from across the District. The crowds for last year’s event well surpassed all expectations. Free and family friendly, and sure to offer a fun time for both the young, and the young at heart.

Union Market Opens September 8th

Scoop DC isn’t the only action happening in the Florida Avenue Market. Union Market (http://, 1309 5th Street NE) is set to open very soon in the former DC Farmers Market building. Union Market is a vast

Le Grenier Opens on H Street NE

Le Grenier (502 H Street NE) is a new French restaurant from the owners of Le Chat Noir (Friendship Heights). I was only able to stop by for a quick preview night (the full menu was not available) before press time, but what I saw was impressive. The owners gutted the long vacant space (there was even a small tree growing out of the building), and obviously put a great deal of thought into its new décor. The menu is traditional Northern French, but they also offer a nice list of craft cocktails. 54 H HillRag | September 2012

Le Grenier brings the cuisine of northern France to the H Street NE Corridor

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opening of Cusbah (http://, 1128 H Street NE), which brings Pakistani cuisine to the H Street NE Corridor. I able to visit on the night of their soft opening, and Cusbah did not disappoint. Though they opened with a short menu (to be expanded later), they had plenty of options for meat eaters and vegetarians alike (even a few vegan options). The menu offers authentic (spicy) versions, and well as a mild preparation for those who dislike spicy fare. Cusbah also offers a very attractive cocktail menu. With their attractive patio, this new addition to H Street NE is likely to become quite the summer hot spot.


Chances are that you’ve heard of Popularise, the innovative crowd-sourcing project that helped select a tenant for the space at 1351 H Street NE. The Popularise website allowed readers to suggest business concepts, and then to vote on those concepts. This lead to a number of interesting ideas, and the property owners ultimately went with Maketto. Maketto is a joint project between Erik BrunerYang of local ramen house Toki Underground (, 2nd floor of 1234 H Street NE), and Will Sharp of local men’s clothing line DURKL ( Maketto will offer, among

other things, Asian street food, coffee, craft cocktails, and men’s fashion. Fundrise(, from the creators of Popularise) is a new way to raise start up money for the venture. People with as little as $100 can become investors in Fundrise. Fundrise owns 1351 H Street NE, as well as a 30% interest in any potential profits from Maketto.

Mythology Coming to H Street

Mythology (1005 H Street NE) is an upscale steakhouse from Atlas Room (http://theatlasroom. com, 1015 H Street NE) General Manager Mark Medley and Mythology owner Todd Luongo. 1005 was formerly home to WillPower Fitness, and is two spacious floors. Details are still few, but expect great things.

The Future of R. L. Christian Library

Though long shuttered, the building that once housed R. L.

the District. Among the interested parties is a subsidiary of WestMill Capital LLC, which brought us both Popularise, and Fundrise. Westmill owns multiple properties along the H Street NE Corridor.

Art in the Alley Returns October 27th

Trinidad’s twice annual Art in the Alley (http://artinthealleydc. returns for its third iteration Saturday October 27th. The even features the work of local artists, both professional, and amateur. It’s a fun chance for neighbors, and interested visitors to take in a taste of the local arts scene in a casual outdoor setting. In a twist, Art in the Alley will actually make a brief visit to H Street NE prior to the October festivities. Works from last’s June’s Art in the Alley will be on display at H Street’s Gallery O/H (http://www.galleryoonh. com, 1354 H Street NE) during the September 15th H Street Festival. The hope is to create a little cross pollination between the two

Trinidad’s Art in the Alley returns October 27th

Christian Library still stands at 1300 H Street NE. Currently, the District is considering six different bids for redevelopment of the site. A recent Washington Business Journal article (http://www. bizjour blog/2012/08/dc-reviewing-bidsto-redevelop-1300.html) laid out the different developers expressing interest. Many have other residential projects peppered throughout

events, as well as to connect the two adjacent neighborhoods. Art in the Alley, like the Gallery O/H exhibit, is free, and open to the public. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street you can visit my blog You can send me tips, or questions at H H 55


Celebrate 2012 Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill by Sharon Bosworth


arracks Row Fall Festival, hosted by Barracks Row Main Street, is a celebration of our beguiling, 212-year-old neighborhood. There is no entry fee and we invite everyone’s participation. On September 22 arrive at Eastern Market metro plaza and stroll our three block midway; you’ll be impressed and proud to be a citizen of Capitol Hill and The District. Friends of the Festival always include Marine Barracks Washington, home to Marine volunteers who help set up and breakdown the festival, an Olympian race-against-time: The fair ends at 5:00 pm and the street must be open to traffic at 6 p.m. for restaurant patrons. We salute Commandant and Mrs. James Amos for graciously opening The Home of the Commandants for hourly tours and to Colonel Christian Cabaniss, base commander of Marine Barracks Washington, for allowing fairgoers, led by docents, to take a generous peek beyond the gates of the “oldest

post in the Corps.” DC State Fair joins our festival this year. Didn’t know there was a DC State Fair? The organizers managed to overcome that little statehood technicality. Just like in Iowa or Nebraska, there are pie and vegetable judgings. There are best pickles, photography, home brew, and heaviest fruit awards. And the judges will face the colossal task of crowning the Funkiest-Looking Vegetable Grown in the District of Columbia. Inspired by Curiosity, that fresh, multi-talented Mars rover, there is even a Best Bike Accessory in DC championship. There’s still time to participate - most DC State Fair contests are open until September 20 at www.dcstatefair. org/2012-contests.

Black Box Cook Off Determines Top Chef

This year long term partner, the Military Chefs Alliance is fielding five cook tents on the midway near the gates of Marine Barracks Washington. Dishes are prepared live in front of the festival audience. Starting at 7:00 a.m. the first flight of chef teams (3-5 chefs per team) gets a look at their black box of ingredients; the teams cook up a storm until 10 a.m. when sequestered judges are presented with the chefs’ masterworks. After the winner is declared the next flight of chefs begins at 10:30 a.m. By 1:30 p.m. winners of the second flight are determined. By 2:00 p.m. the lightning round begins: two winning teams cook off to determine the Top Chef in our Greetings from the Fridge, 516 8th Street, SE, (rear alley); Model T from Capitol Hill Village armed services. 56 H HillRag | September 2012

This year, for the first time, our Wounded Warriors will be competing. The Military Chefs Alli-

Street, SE, and runs three blocks south along Barracks Row to I Street, SE. Plan a relaxed afternoon in ringside seats enjoying your favorite international fare with inspiring beverages. From noon to 5 p.m., watch Trapeze School New York artists as they work at treetop height, holding impossible poses while wrapped in rivers of flowing silk. See Roller Girls twirl on skates and Marines marching the midway outfitted in Historic Uniforms from 1798 through the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and onward to today.

For Kids

Military Chef’s Cook Off – Game On

ance’s mission is to showcase all military chefs including the chef skills of Wounded Warriors. In the Wounded Warrior Cook Off each individual entrant competes consecutively throughout the day to produce dishes to be sampled by that same hard working panel of judges. Winners of all Cook Off competitions will be announced from the festival stage at 4:45 p.m. at the trophy ceremony.

Girl on Trapeze in the Trees

Over twenty of Barracks Row’s diverse eateries are located inside the festival footprint which begins at E

Every year we host a zoo full of baby animals to meet and greet Capitol Hill’s burgeoning population of baby humans. Our extensive children’s area will be produced by Playseum, 545 8th Street, SE, and The National Community Church, 535 8th Street, SE. You’ll find crafts, games and an entire air conditioned movie theater so you can catch your breath for another go at the midway. For older kids, theres a full array of games including corn hole, shuffleboard, as well as brain games at the intriguing Labyrinth booth (store location 645 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.)

Historic Marine Returns from War of 1812

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for early Christmas presents: Consider a story book for the grand kids by Little Ned or a smart bib necklace from DC’s own Cara’s Creations. The Med beckons with gourmet oils, vinegars and salts at Sapore’s booth (store location 660 Pennsylvania Ave, SE) and all things lavender at Essence de Provence. Need something new for your weekend wardrobe… perhaps a T-shirt from Sharp Shirter sporting a message from that other you … or wrist-wear from Fisticuffs? Love our street? Artist Joe Snyder creates building portraits - many of iconic Barracks Row edifices. Performers grace our stage located at 8th and G Street, SE, beginning with the opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. when the Marine Corps Brass Quintet presents patriotic tunes. At noon the Marine Corps Color Guard will present the Colors; then Barracks Row’s president, Tip Tipton, will cut the ribbon to begin Fall Festival 2012. How about swing dancing? Seriously! In mid afternoon, Swing Band Blue Sky takes the stage and brings us back to the 40’s and 50’s with vocals from Frank Sinatra and arrangements by Tommy Dorsey. This year dance teachers are waiting to coach you with the basic steps in swing. Bring your sweetie and dance the afternoon away at 8th and G Street, SE. If the Greatest Generation could do this, we can, too, Dancers of all age welcome! H





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SOUTH Amidon-Bowen Opens New Doors by William Rich


hile children were enjoying their summer break, crews worked seven days a week to complete a $5 million renovation at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, the only elementary school in Southwest. Gone are the red walls and window air conditioning units. In their place is a more modern-looking school for a neighborhood that is rapidly changing. Change can be found almost everywhere around Amidon-Bowen. Across 4th Street, SW from the school is the largest condominium conversion project currently selling in the city, with only a handful of units available for sale. A couple blocks to the east, a new playground is planned next to the Southwest neighborhood library, which will soon receive a multi-million dollar renovation. To the west, the shuttered campus building of Southeastern University may soon have a new owner and could potentially be redeveloped as residential housing. Further west, Jef-

ferson Middle School is in the middle of a three-year plan to transform into Jefferson Academy, an International Baccalaureate Middle School Program. South of Amidon-Bowen is Waterfront Station, where more than 500 residential units are currently under construction and 4th Street, SW serves as the retail spine of the neighborhood. Arena Stage is beginning its third season in its expanded campus two blocks from Amidon-Bowen. In addition, The Wharf, a $2 billion development along the Southwest Waterfront, will begin construction next year bringing over a thousand new residents, some of which will be families with children. Renovations at Amidon-Bowen include a new ADA-compliant entrance, a new administrative office suite, a new walk-through from the front to the play area, a new air conditioning system, and re-sized classrooms with technology upgrades and moveable walls. Additional improvements such as a water feature near the front entrance were not included as a cost

Each area of the school is themed using creatures found near the Chesapeake Bay. The new color scheme and “mascots” will also be used in the new playgrounds that will be built this fall. Photo: William Rich 58 H HillRag | September 2012

savings measure. Despite the removal of the water feature from the plans, a maritime theme now permeates throughout the school, where creatures found in the Chesapeake Bay such as barracudas and turtles serve as “mascots” for each grade level pairing along with a new color scheme including blue, green, purple, and orange. Shortly after the completion of interior renovations, work on some exterior sections will begin. PTA President Martin Welles is optimistic about the pace in which changes are coming to Amidon-Bowen. “We are planning to get the playgrounds installed by Halloween and new windows by early next year,” said Welles. Funding is already in place for the play areas, which will cost $500,000; however, the $1 million needed for installing new windows has yet to be secured. Improvements to the play areas will include two playgrounds, a turf football/soccer field, and a couple of running lanes. The fence near the front of the property will be pushed closer to I Street, SW to make room

for a playground for older children. A second playground for younger children will be placed in the back of the property and will be separated from Amidon Field by a controlled-access fence. Currently, there is a playground located closer to the school building, but the positions of the new playgrounds will help reduce noise into the classrooms. The site of the current playground will be replaced by a grassy area. Welles would like to incorporate the “mascots” and color scheme inside the school to the new playgrounds to help tie the spaces together. The football/soccer field will replace the basketball court that is currently on site – the court will be rebuilt this fall at Lansburgh Park where a neglected tennis court now stands. Next to the turf field will be two running lanes. All of these areas will be open to the public outside of normal school hours. In addition to play areas, a greenhouse is planned for an area next to the playground reserved for younger children. A greenhouse will be able to grow herbs and flowers in the

The new lobby and Welcome Area of Amidon-Bowen Elementary School is more spacious than what was previously in place. A new door to the back of the school has been built next to the Welcome Area. Photo: William Rich

winter time whereas the majority of the growing season for the raised garden beds currently in place occurs when school is not in session. Other recent improvements to Amidon-Bowen include an upgrade to the school’s library last year, courtesy of a grant from Target with new books, technology updates, new furniture, carpet, and shelves. Also, volunteers from Joel Osteen’s group made some landscape improvements outside of the school last spring when the televangelist held a spiritual event nearby at Nationals Park. Future unfunded phases of renovations, in addition to new windows, include improvements to the gymnasium and all-purpose room, as well as improvements to interior systems, such as the installation of an elevator. Renovations alone will not turn Amidon-Bowen around, which is still suffering from declining attendance over the past few years and test scores among the lowest in the city. According to DC Public Schools, only 15% of students at Amidon-Bowen met or exceeded the Washington, DC Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) standards in math and 19% met, or exceeded standards in reading. As a result, the school was reconstituted before the 2011-12 school year in order to help improve performance. All faculty members had to reapply for their jobs and a new principal, Izabela Miller was hired. Advocacy from organizations such as the PTA are important, but with more than half of the students at the elementary school from out-ofbounds, which means they come from a different area of the city than the location of the school, it makes it difficult for parents to get involved due to the relatively long distance most of them are from Amidon-Bowen. Other local groups such as the Near Southeast/ Southwest Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC) and the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly have also been working to bring positive change to the school.

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Capitol Hill Hotel

A Great Solution to Hosting Your House Guests by Heather Schoell


he sunburns have barely faded and there’s still sand in the car, but already it’s time to start thinking about the approaching holidays; Thanksgiving is around the corner! Do you always travel because your Capitol Hill home is not quite roomy enough to host family? Do you host them anyway? Maybe you ought to review your options for a travel-free, houseguest-free, best holiday ever! I didn’t always have a guest room. Before, my in-laws got the master suite while the propri- The newly decorated lobby of Capitol Hill Hotel. Photo: M. Biernet courtesy of Capitol Hill Hotel etors of the Schoell Family Inn had to sleep on a leaky air matFor all of the Hill’s independent cision was sound. The Capitol Hill tress, which didn’t do much for our Hotel has a distinguishing and en- contractors and writers who work (my) disposition. viable location as the only hotel on from home, booking work space can So what to do? Short of quickly this side of the Capitol building. The be a great solution if you can’t conadding on an in-law suite to your hotel is embedded in this wonderful centrate or sound professional on the home, a hotel stay at the conve- neighborhood.” phone with the kitchen clatter and niently located Capitol Hill Hotel is General Manager Ian Harvey child noise in the background. Capia lovely option! says they are making a concerted ef- tol Hill Hotel offers fully-equipped

Capitol Hill Hotel, Take 2

I had a chat with the people of Capitol Hill Hotel, formerly Capitol Hill Suites, at 200 C St., SE, (, right across from the Library of Congress’s Madison Building. If you’ve been around long enough, you know that what it is now is not what it used to be. The hotel was renovated in 2008, but the public spaces were just redone again and the space has a charming, boutique hotel look and feel with a Federal Capitol Hill theme. (Sleeping rooms will be redesigned after the first of the year.) Owners of the Hersha group, Neil Shah and his brother Jay, were deliberate in their purchase of this property. “From a business perspective,” said Shah, “the purchase de-

fort to be a part of the community. As a socially responsible company, employees volunteer with DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, support local schools, and do their best to be good neighbors. Families are welcome at the Capitol Hill Hotel. Sales Manager Aisha Derricott talked about a couple with kids who booked an extended stay while their Capitol Hill home was being renovated, and the hotel staff made sure their family had plenty of extra storage space. All guestrooms feature kitchens or kitchenettes and microwaves. – another reason why the hotel is great for families. “We want to be the preferred hotel of the neighborhood and one that is fully invested in the community,” Shah said.

sleek spaces with iPod docks, TVs and AV equipment set up. Maybe a holiday office party without the office? Their Library Room holds up to 55 friends and colleagues.

the Capitol Hill Hotel as host of book signings by local authors. They are also working with the Hill Center, encouraging guests in need of large spaces to book at the Center, but also offering CHH employees a chance to take classes there. “We treat our associates like family and encourage our staff to exhibit that same care and attention to our guests,” Shah said.

It’s All About Us

I did a little comparison chart to see how four local, Metro-accessible hotels stacked up against one another, sorted by room size. (see below). So this busy holiday season, give it a rest, friends! Point your guests in the right direction, and maybe even get a chunk off your bill with a local rate! Heather Schoell, a regular contributor to the Hill Rag, is now lucky enough to sleep in her own bed when the in-laws visit, which is quite often. H

Keep it Local

There’s no shame in having local pride, especially when it’s clearly the most important place in the nation! The Capitol Hill Hotel is bringing the neighborhood in – quite literally. They are working with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to hang local artists’ work in their lobby and other public spaces. The near future will see

Sales Manager Aisha Derricott and General Manager Ian Harvey in the very cool Library Room of the Capitol Hill Hotel. Photo: Heather Schoell


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Cost Per Night

Neighbor Rate

Parking Rate

Kitchen Breakfast Included

Pet Cost

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Residence Inn, 333 E St. SW




$30 Self Park

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$200 -1x fee


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$117 (during T’giving week)

15% off

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Yes, Full Eat-In


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$131 or $99 (street park)

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$46 Valet



No, but damage charged


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Fall Homes & Gardens

the hill gardener

Artful Houses are for the Birds: Really! Article and photos by Rindy O’Brien

One of several charming birdhouses at 315 S. Carolina Ave SE. Photo: Melissa Ashabranner


he use of bird houses in public and private gardens seems to be a growing garden trend and wandering around the Capitol Hill neighborhood there are a variety of bird houses swinging from the trees. Are these birdhouses really functional or are they there just for decoration? What does it take to attract the birds to your house?

Gordon Ritchie’s Artful Houses

One of the recent art exhibits

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at the Hill Center is a collection of birdhouses by Gordon Ritchie. Nestled in the corner of the first floor overlooking the side entrance, the birdhouses are displayed on a dead tree limb. The birdhouses are unusual in shape, and upon closer examination seem to be fully functional. Ritchie’s are truly pieces of art, and at the same time are very environmentally friendly. Gordon got into designing and making the birdhouses when he was looking for

a hobby and thought woodwork- birds. But everyone agrees what reing might be fun. “It didn’t take ally matters is the size of the hole for long for me to tire of making the the birds to enter the house and the basic square bird houses, but I had house’s location. a few ideas of different houses I would like to try,” said Gordon. His Matching your House to the Bird houses are made from reclaimed Every bird expert consulted wood, and he says that he doesn’t agree that birds will nest in about buy any of his materials. His wood any kind of bird house as long as you may come from construction sites, get the hole size right. Small birds, dumpsters, and his exotic woods especially, want the security that are given to him as end pieces from only their size can get into the space. a framer. Gordon says that the biggest birdThe birdhouses are designed to houses he is aware of are birdhouses be interesting, like the “Lunar Cra- designed for ducks, and that duck tor” or the “Portico” which is a long houses can be very popular if you live rectangular one. Since Gordon uses near a river or stream. For Capitol only natural woods, he chooses to Hill residents, wren sized houses are put a Danish Oil finish on the out- going to be the most popular sized side, which gives the houses some luster. He doesn’t paint them. So, does color matter? Do birds shop or hop around to locate in the brightest house on the tree block or not? In Gordon’s experience he says that birds do not seem to discriminate at all between the brightly painted houses and his natural ones. Cornell University experts, the leading university on birds and ornithology, say that untreated wood really is better for attracting Gordon Ritchie’s birdhouses at the Hill Center fill the corner of the some species of first floor and are functional as well as artistic. H 65

house. He says that he often is asked if he can build a bird house to attract blue birds for urban dwellers, but the truth is that blue birds need more open space and even the best designed bird house isn’t going to bring them to your front door. Birdhouses are also called nest boxes

and for some species all that is required is a landing pad and some cover. For other birds the house needs to have a cavity or be enclosed. These type of houses should have proper ventilation holes, sloped roofs, rough interior walls, and drainage holes. Birds that like to nest inside are ones like chickadees, wrens, and blue birds. The birdhouses should be in a shady spot, and some say away from direct wind.

Keeping the Bird House Up-to-date


With fall coming, it is time to clean out the birdhouse. Birds will return to your bird house again in the spring, if you take the time this fall to clean out the old nest; maybe put a new coat of oil on the outside, and repair any damage incurred by this year’s birds. Some folks also add bird feeders to their bird outdoor inventory. Matt Fox of Gingko Gardens says that Hill residents really go through the birdseed starting in the fall and through the winter, so they are adding new inventory at this time of year. The upstairs space at Gingko Garden has a corner dedicated to bird houses, nesters, feeders, and even a bird puzzle that can be put together to create a really small and attractive birdhouse. Small starter birdhouse kits begin at about $12 dollars and design-

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The upstairs of Gingko Gardens is filled with birdhouses and bird feeders, including puzzles that turn into cute small plastic birdhouses.

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er hand-made birdhouses, like Gordon Ritchie’s, sell between $125 to $250. In Turtle Park, across from Eastern Market, the park association buys hand-made birdhouses to put in the crape myrtle trees. Some of the houses have been there for years and provide color to the park during the winter months. Over at Virginia Avenue Park near the new 11th Street Bridge, there are a series of very old birdhouses that were designed to look like the White

Painted birdhouses are also popular in Hill gardens and not only provide nesting for birds but add color to gardens in the winter. (800 North Carolina birdhouse, Turtle Park birdhouse) 68 H HillRag | September 2012

The “Lunar Crator” is a special design by Gordon Ritchie and he knows first hand that the birds enjoy nesting in his special creations.

House, and other Washington monuments. Some of the houses have been lost to time, but others remain and the open platforms still provide larger birds with nesting opportunities. Evidence that birds are using the houses was clearly evident. What bird wouldn’t want to stay at the White House while in DC? So, if you are thinking about what to do with your garden now that summer flowers are quickly fading, think about a birdhouse. Gordon Ritchie’s creations can be seen, after the Hill Center show closes, at the Liberty Art Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Gordon also doesn’t mind a call at his home, 910-787-3795 to arrange a meeting to see his birdhouse creations. Staff at Gingko Gardens, 911 11th Street, SE, are also happy to show you their more colorful houses and feeders. And as a Frager’s employee told me while looking for birdhouses at their garden center, “just remember there aren’t any foreclosures in the birdhouse market.” Rindy O’Brien lives on Capitol Hill and appreciates the intersection of art and garden when it comes to birdhouses. For comments or questions, contact Rindy at H H 69

Fall Homes & Gardens

A Galley Kitchen Gets a Remodeling Update by Bruce Wentworth, AIA

A recent client sought us out to redesign and remodel their outdated galley kitchen. Their goal was to reconfigure the cabinet layout, make the galley 12” wider by opening the wall between the kitchen and the family room, and maximize space with a more efficient design. The homeowner was frustrated by their narrow work space which also created conflicts when opening the refrigerator, oven or dishwasher, not to mention people walking through the kitchen when she was preparing a meal.

Eating Space


f you own a Capitol Hill home, the chances are pretty good that your house has a galley kitchen. The Dictionary of Building Preservation by Ward Bucher, AIA, defines the galley kitchen as a narrow kitchen with cabinets along one wall, from the nautical term for the cooking area on a ship. Occasionally, the row house kitchen is narrow enough to fit this ship’s galley definition. More often, the space is a bit wider and kitchen cabinets can be placed on both sides of the space to form a galley kitchen. In either arrangement, a galley kitchen is a smart choice for townhouses because of the efficient use of space.

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The old galley kitchen was designed with a space at the rear for a freestanding breakfast table. A factory-made bay window had been inserted into the wall, incorporating a deep windowsill. The garden view was attractive but the space was not efficient. To maximize space the new design incorporates a new fixed walnut tabletop placed 36” above the floor. One end rests on the sill of the bay window with the other end on a pedestal. Extending the tabletop into the bay increases the table’s surface by 24”. The remainder of the table can easily accommodate three people on bar stools. The design improves space efficiency and sitting higher on a barstool enhances views to the garden. Also, setting the height of the peninsula ensures that there is visual continuity as it relates to the perimeter countertops nearby. The new walnut tabletop, placed at 36” above the floor, left a space between the existing windowsills, which was custom-fitted with storage drawers, providing added functionality to the peninsula.

Removing a Wall

To create a wider galley and more workspace, as requested by the client, the wall between the kitchen and family room was removed. A new wall was placed to give the kitchen an additional 12” of width. The new opening creates a visual connection between the two rooms and provides space for a small peninsula utilized for storage. Framing this storage is a paneled—and illuminated—millwork portal that helps define the two spaces. Although the family room was reduced by 12” it was not negatively impacted because its furniture layout was redesigned and improved. Former swing doors between the family room and the dining room were replaced with pocket doors, which helped maximize space.

Pantry Storage

Tall floor-to-ceiling cabinets, with adjustable rollout trays, at the end of kitchen space provided easily accessible pantry storage. Cabinetry is certainly the most efficient way to create a modern pantry and is better space utilization than building a separate room/closet as a pantry.

Aesthetics for the Kitchen

The client sought a transitional aesthetic style—a look that was updated, fresh, and complemented their traditional interior. It was decided to utilize off-white cabinets with flat panel cabinet doors. A separate walnut stained, floor-to-ceiling cabinet, H 71

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Good lighting is critical in a kitchen. Our design build team worked to find a balance for the client’s lighting needs. Recessed lighting was specified for general illumination in the kitchen. Additional recessed lighting was used to enhance custom millwork and featured details. A pendant light hangs over the walnut table for illumination and as a custom

detail. Lighting was installed at the recessed underside of the wall cabinets to unobtrusively illuminate the work surfaces. And, to minimize any aesthetic disruption of a new tile backsplash from unsightly wall plugs, plug mold strips were installed at the underside of the wall cabinets. To meet current building codes, the old-fashioned electrical fuse box was replaced with an up-to-code circuit breaker panel and each appliance wired to its own circuit. The new custom designed galley kitchen will fit the client’s needs for years to come. Updated cabinets, appliances and a more efficient layout mean their home is ready for the next two decades. Bruce Wentworth, AIA is an architect and home improvement contractor. He is president of Wentworth, Inc., a design/build firm specializing in residential remodeling. To learn more visit or call 240-395-0705 H H 73

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Your Service “@ Your Service” is a snapshot of what’s happening in the service and consumer industry on the Hill. Know something cool and new for sale or for service, or a new business on the scene? Let me know!

Helping Hands on the Hill – Angela Rathgeber 202-483-6434 •

Angela Rathgeber is living the dream of all of us who would like to rearrange people’s furniture. This Capitol Hill resident and licensed real estate agent realized there was a niche to fill for people who need an objective set of eyes to get the house organized, functional, and clean. Revamp a closet, and then let the organization spread! As a parent accustomed to fitting a family and all their stuff into a home with limited space, Angela brings that space maximization mindset plus aesthetics plus clarity to make your house neat and orderly inside and out, including painting and planting. She has a dedicated client base – people who want to get and keep their home tidy, but also people who rent their vacation homes and real estate companies that hire her prior to open houses. September marks the one-year anniversary of this thriving small business. To help Angela celebrate, new clients can take 10% off their first service with Helping Hands on the Hill!

Hardworking Handyman Master’s Kurt Ozbey. Photo by H. Schoell.

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Arguably, many contracting companies do a good job, but Dan Benjamin, owner of Sundance Contracting, has no desire to be just good; he wants to be great. “Exceeding Expectations” is the company mission. What sets Sundance Contracting apart from other home improvement contractors is a level of detail. What that means for the client is that you have a clear and visual account of the price of labor and materials before the work is started. Dan is meticulous in his draft plans for the job because taking the time to think over project details saves an inordinate amount of time in lessening the back-and-forth with the workers. Dan and his long-time crew have strict standards for their work, but also in how they leave the home at the end of the day, putting away all tools, and sweeping their way out as they go. You’re even emailed a refreshed time and materials summary as the work progresses. Sundance offers you 10% off jobs done during the first quarter of 2013, if booked before Nov 1, 2012! Dan Benjamin of Sundance Contracting. Photo courtesy Sundance Contracting.

Window Washers – Martin and Kristin Biggs 202-337-0351 •

Window Washers began 19 years ago as a way to make a little extra spending money, but Martin and Kristin Biggs decided to make it their family business. These days, the DC natives are busy with a full work load, 6 fulltime employees who have been with them for 9 years, 2 kids, and dogs. Kristin runs the day-to-day operations, and is accommodating and quick to laugh. Martin has a great memory for small details of houses he’s worked on, and is a resource for recommending contractors when his clients call to ask if he remembers that window in the back bathroom, the one with the chipped tile… They do residential properties of 4 stories or less, including Dumbarton Oaks and other fine properties, and clean not only windows, but chandeliers, pressure washing, gutters, and skylights. They get really busy before holiday party season begins, so get scheduled before Window Washers is booked! 74 H HillRag | September 2012

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deSoto/\ Design/Build – Ray Soto 202-667-2663 •

Ray Soto (Principal) founded deSoto/\ Design/Build in 1997 as a full service construction firm. He and Saskia van Groningen (VP/Design) are hands-on collaborators who have lived and operated in the DC area for over 20 years, designing and building architectural spaces for families and their growing needs. Much of their work is on Capitol Hill – they purposefully choose historic properties to work on as they enjoy the nuances of older homes and the challenge of transforming spaces that work for today while retaining historic integrity. While maintaining the past, and designing for the present, the firm also offers optional design schematics for potential future needs. [Read: your current library could one day be the nursery. Designing spaces for better living is, in their words, their raison d’être.

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Thornton Designs – Carolyn Thornton 202-544-2521 •

Carolyn Thornton has been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers for 30 years, designing traditional, contemporary, and modern spaces for her clients. She begins by listening to the homeowners’ likes and dislikes, sizes up the space (and the challenges particular to Capitol Hill homes), tries to do a little mindreading to really capture what they want, and then brings back a series of good choices. Carolyn is mindful of the budget, using existing furnishings and accessories when possible, and not “going for the kill”, as she calls it – spending every allotted penny. She can actually get more for your money through her dealer status with a high-quality bench made furniture company (meaning the piece is made upon order), a fabric company, and a rug company – plus she keeps it local at the Washington Design Center. In fact, 99% of her business is on the Hill. It’s only when clients move and ask her to follow them to the new place that she ventures away. Carolyn is happy to offer a free consultation to new clients through October.

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Kurt Ozbey realized a long time ago that not everybody needs to have their kitchen redone or an addition built. So this contractor added an important job classification to his repertoire – handyman services. Busy people need the smaller things done – the honeydo list, right? Or the stuff you can’t do yourself without a 40’ ladder or a table saw. Kurt says he happily takes a list of small items and knocks it out, cleanly and efficiently, as fast as he and his team can without compromising quality. He prices projects by the job so costs are upfront .Kurt has 26 years of experience in construction and remains onsite, focusing on one project at a time. Handyman Masters has a base of repeat customers who have perpetual honeydo lists, but have also contracted with Kurt for larger projects, such as kitchen and bathroom renovation, brick repair, and roof repair. Readers, new Handyman Masters clients can take 10% off of any service through October! Heather Schoell is a regular contributor to Capital Community News and can be reached at H

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1100 K St NE – TOP TO BOTTOM: Lush border garden is a pace setter in the new H St. neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Cannas are sprinkled with electric red tops and are a great focal point in the garden.

juggernaut when the weather forecasts announcing temperatures in the upper eighties is cause for rejoicing. The Hills’ gardens were not immune to the heat. Block after parched block resonated the tune of a heat wave in Washington. The gardens that stood out were the ones that weren’t burnt to a crisp. Those gardens usually had a caretaker who stood sentry-like, with hose in hand. The only other green gardens that could be found came with an irrigation system set to constant on. By mid July only the tough skinned gardeners were bothering with their normal summer pastime of adding beauty to their yards and blocks. Most had given up and told Mother Nature defiantly, “Take back your greens, I give up”! But there are still some bright garden spots, so thanks to all the folks on the Hill who have chosen beauty despite the oppressive conditions gardeners had to endure to achieve it. And as in years gone by these five gardens are wonderful and unexpected representations of the best the Hill has to offer, “MY” five best for 2012. However, there are many great gardens that don’t appear in this round up so I challenge you all to take the time this September to stroll the blocks around your home and take in the splendor of late summer’s baton pass to fall in Washington, it is usually quite exceptional. Enjoy.


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Like a beacon in the night this garden shines in a part of the Hill whose change and growth has been wonderful to watch. K St. NE is growing and changing and the renovations of the gardens along this avenue are keeping pace with the neighborhood revitalization. H 79

popped into the earth, then set with a dose of survive if you will. Colors of Black-eyed-Susan yellow clash with Crape myrtle pink. Plantings are meandering and collide in a wondrously natural way. Simply as nature would have done it.

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The trick with small front gardens is that they must be cohesive in design, attractive, and welcoming. 327 F St. NE gets the job done. The garden has a natural flow that is achieved through the cohesive design. The plants are attractive and have all season appeal. And there is a welcoming homely feel to the space. The accent pots are attractive and the plants there in are well executed. The main garden has year-round appeal from the Carex and Dwarf Mondo grasses, to the fall Camellia and Reblooming azaleas. A simply tranquil, well executed, small shade garden.

640-660 4th St NE – TOP TO BOTTOM: Cool color is achieved in this sprawling multi-residence entry garden by using cheerful plants like Caladium and Coleus and tall grasses to give a sense of presence.

1100 K St. NE is a pace setting garden. Lush green lawn space scalloped in a meandering swoop encloses the lush mixed border garden that connects the corner of 11th and K Streets. Cannas reach new heights and are sprinkled with electric red tops, Giant Colocasia thrust inverted heart shaped leaves skyward. Cactus and ground cover collide in unexpected harmony. The Lace leaf maple adds specimen appeal, while planters add color and tropical flair throughout the space. This garden sets the pace of things to come on K St. Very well done.

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640-660 4th St NE:

The sprawling entry garden to the residences of 640-660 4th St. NE is more like a secret garden hideaway that just dropped mistakenly into the city. The long rectilinear cement entry is softened and caressed by pop up plantings. The grouping at the front with 12’ Pampas grasses and Coleus and Caladium, are like an unplanned surprise juxtaposition of height, shape, texture, and colors. The border is reminiscent of a suburban gardeners experimental border garden. This and that plant are

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ater can create damage to a home from everywhere, not the least of which is a leaky roof. But how by Tom Daniel about chimneys where the mortar has turned almost to dust? And old windows where you can poke your finger through the outside wood frame? Sound familiar? It’s a very common problem on the 100+ year old homes in Capitol Hill. And if not corrected, creates wet and sleepless nights for homeowners, major expenses to repair both exterior and interior damage and mold and mildew. Water needs to drain and often will find its way into the home from: • the ceiling of a leaky roof, the gaps in old windows, • down the sides of a damaged chimney, • clogged gutters causing water to flow out the back of the gutter and down the wall into the house, or even • through a rusty metal box that holds air conditioning hoses for the compressor on the roof. A qualified professional needs to be aware of all these potential water sources into a home and evaluate them properly. Several real life examples are appropriate here. Consider the case of an elderly couple on A Street, S.E. They suspected that they had a roof leak because of the yellow stains on the top floor ceiling in their bedroom. Yet they felt it was more an aggravation than a real problem because the stains had not changed much over a few months. They were early risers, usually up well before 7:00 am. One morning while having their morning tea and toast, they heard a noise from upstairs. The wife made her way to the top floor and, to her surprise, maybe horror is a better word, she discovered a huge chunk of ceiling laying on their bed and the wood floor. This was a time when she and her husband were very happy about their early rising habit! Then was the couple on Constitution Ave. N.E who were puzzled by the peeling, puffy paint on the ceiling of their kitchen on the first floor. There was no problem of staining or water damage on the top floor so they were really confused. Remember the metal box for the

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AC hoses mentioned above? Upon very detailed inspection by a roofing professional it was discovered that water had worked it’s way down into the box and all the way down to the first floor ceiling. Not a common problem but one that does occur. In the case of a Hill homeowner with multiple rental properties, he had a lot of water-related problems. One of his properties is a newer building (circa 1970) on 7th St., S.E., near the Eastern Market. The building has a flat concrete cap at the top of the front brick façade. The cap had never been covered in metal or any other protective materials. Water was getting into the ceiling of one of the bedrooms but the source of the water had not been identified. Then, there was the problem with the windows. Inspection revealed rotten wood that had been painted over to conceal the problem. Several areas around the windows were so deteriorated that water was getting in, dripping down the wall damaging the floor and the ceiling down below. These are all real life examples of problems caused when your house is not properly waterproofed. The solutions in the above examples included roof repair and replacement, chimney tuck-pointing or repointing, new “Hill approved” windows and metal wall caps over concrete.

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Caring for Your Trees Without Cutting Them Down


eople say some interesting and contradictory things about trees: they don’t need any care; just like trees in the forest; they will grow to a certain height, then stop; they live forever; and they are going to fall on my house. In other words, they are immortal, invincible, AND deadly. Can all this be true? These questions came into sharp focus when the July 29 derecho came through town causing tremendous damage to and from trees. This article will address some tree care basics. Hopefully as a result, your trees will get the care they need and deserve, and the neighborhood will continue to enjoy the many benefits of a healthy urban tree canopy. “Benefits!” you say? “A tree fell in my alley during the storm and I had no Internet for a whole week!” Yes, benefits.

Trees are Good for Us

The urban forest, as it’s called, improves air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide (100 trees can remove two tons of CO2 per year). It improves water

by Cheryl Corson quality by absorbing water that would otherwise carry sediment into the Bay (35,625 tons of sediment per acre of trees). Urban trees moderate air temperature and can reduce home cooling costs by up to 30%. They have also been shown to raise property values. The DC-based national organization Urban Forests has great information on the value of trees (http://www. , as does the District Department of Transportation. DDOT is responsible for the District’s trees. ( D C / D D O T / O n + Yo u r + S t re e t / Urban+Forestry/Health+Care+to+Ho t+Air:+Why+Urban+Forests+Matter)

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“I don’t care about all that,” some will say. “I just know my tree is going to fall on my house and I want to cut it down.” Not so fast. DC has a regulation requiring a “Special Tree Permit” for removing trees with circumferences

This elm in the 200 block of 8th Street, SE came down in the Derecho. Photo: Cheryl Corson

greater than 55 inches, or a trunk diameter of 17.5 inches or more. See: ( Services/Tree+Services/Tree+Permits/ Special+Tree+Permit . Plenty of trees are being removed in DC by DDOT. On the agency’s web site, under “Tree Services Schedule”, you can see a sobering list of dead and dying trees, including many on the Hill, and lots of old elms. But the city is also planting 4500 new trees each year, in an effort to renew the ecosystem.

Planting New Trees

A pair of mature Redbuds grace this East Capitol Street garden. Photo: Cheryl Corson 86 H HillRag | September 2012

The DC Department of the Environment’s RiverSmart Homes Shade Tree Program will plant an unlimited number of trees on your property for only $50 each. There is a list of approved native species from which to choose, and free assistance from Casey Trees in selecting and locating your tree. Of the trees on the list, I must say that although it’s on the list, Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is a very poor choice for any urban environ-

ment because of how easily their large branches snap in storms, and I don’t recommend it. See: http://caseytrees. org/programs/planting/rsh/

Keeping Your Trees Alive

Especially in the first two years after planting, trees need regular watering, so if it does not rain 1.5 inches in a given week, you need to supplement. Casey Trees makes it easy though. They post weekly rainfall conditions online, and sell discounted slow-release watering bags. They even give you a free rain gauge if you take their pledge to water your trees ( ). Mulch only 2-3 inches, keeping the mulch a few inches away from the trunk so insects don’t move in and chew the tasty bark, which can be fatal. Mulch in moderation conserves soil moisture, adds organic matter to the soil, and helps protect the tender bark from mowers and weed whackers. Keep, or remove English ivy from tree trunks. No matter what you hear,

ivy is not good for the tree. For a serious case, carefully cut climbing ivy roots from the trunk at 3 or 4 feet above the ground, and let the ivy above die back on its own to be removed later. Then manually remove the ivy from the lower section by hand, and keep after it. You will be doing your tree and our watershed a big favor.

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If you suspect, or know you have a problem, don’t get out your saw and do it yourself. Call a professional, especially if you want to keep your tree alive. There are a few organizations to which professionals belong that host searchable online member databases, for example the National Arborist Association, the International Society of Arboriculture, and the American Society of Consulting Arborists. Membership is no guarantee of quality, but it does imply a professional, long-term interest on the part of the arborist. Local independent arborist Keith Pitchford (http://pitchfordtrees. com/) points out the difference between an independent consultant and an arborist with a tree care company, saying, “There are some very good arborists within tree care firms, but many who are merely trying to generate work for themselves or their crews. Consultants [who may not necessarily do the actual tree work] are unbiased, and their income not dependent on the work being done.” Your arborist should be able to provide current certificates of insurance covering liability for damage to people and property during work, as well as workers’ compensation insurance. Don’t go with the low bid without checking qualifications and insurance. The widest price range of landscape service I’ve seen is in the area of tree work. If you use the same caution selecting a tree care professional as you would with a child care provider, you’ll be well rewarded. Cheryl Corson is a local landscape architect who loves trees. H

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door bloom in winter is called Amaryllis hippeastrum. This year for the f irst time I have ventured to grow dahlias. Despite the heat they have been magnif icent. Can they survive in the garden over the winter? Not in our climate. In areas colder than Zone 8, dahlias are considered to be tender bulbs that will not survive exposure to harsh winter weather Dahlias grow from tubers that somewhat resemble sweet potatoes and grow shallowly. Sensitive to freezing temperatures, Dahlias should not be planted outdoors until the threat of frost has passed and the soil is about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They like full sun.. In Fall, when leaves begin to turn black, loosen soil around the tuber, lift gently, remove soil from tuber gently, taking care not to break the “necks” protruding from the root, and to preserve the “eyes”, from which flowers will grow next spring. Discard tubers that lack eyes. Label each tuber. Keep the stem that is attached to the tuber. Store in a cool place (around 40’F), away from light, in a container loosely filled with peat moss or crumpled paper. Tubers must not dry out entirely. If tubers appear to be drying out, sprinkle the container with a small amount of water. Plant when all danger of frost is gone. Capitol Hill Garden Club programs are free. On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Kevin Conrad, Woody Plants Director at the US National Arboretum will speak on Small Trees Suitable for Capitol Hill Homes at the Church of the Brethren, 4th Street door, corner North Carolina Avenue and 4th Street, SE. Membership details at 202543-7539. Feeling beset by gardening problems? Send them to the Problem Lady c/o The Capitol Hill Garden Club at andrew@ Your problems might prove instructive to others, and help them feel superior to you. Complete anonymity is assured. H

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25 crates and 2 dollies. The online process was “super simple” and she scheduled a day, and was given a time window when her crates would arrive. Although the delivery man was late, he kept in constant contact with VanNessa and she was impressed with his cell phone updates as to his arrival time. She used towels and linens to pack her breakables, and most everything fit into the crates. The one problem she encountered was that the zip ties provided didn’t stay zipped – they kept sliding off. No matter how she threaded them, some just wouldn’t stay. Clearly, these are not the zip ties used by DC Police, or we would have even more problems than those created by the non-existent breath-alizers. But she figured it unlikely her moving men were interested in her antique drinking glasses etched with daisies, and left a couple of crates unzip-tied. And she only had to use an additional six other boxes for all of her stuff. VanNessa LOVED the Repax system. In her words, they were “sturdy, thick and nothing broke.” Her moving guys also loved the crates because they were all the same size and so well constructed that they could be stacked on each other without fear they would be crushed. It made her move smoother and quicker – the moving guys could roll several crates at once on the dollies, rather than carrying one or two boxes at a time. And for movers that charge by the hour, as VanNessa’s did, Repax cut down a few hours of move time. VanNessa enthusiastically told me she “wouldn’t move any other way” now. In a city that appears to turn over just about every two years, Repax fits nicely for young professionals moving in and out of DC. You can go check them out at the Green Festival Sept. 29 & 30, where they will be giving away a bike! If you have a product you want me to try, please email me at jenzatkowski@gmail. com. H

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The Peripatetic Life of DC’s First Memorial


ashington DC is a city of monuments. Large monuments and small, clustered on the mall and spread across the city, old sculptures and new, there seems to be a memorial to every conceivable person and event in United States history. In getting to this point, there must have been a first monument, an erection celebrating some person or event that began the drive towards this monumental city. Sadly, this first monument no longer stands in DC, and both it and the event it celebrates have fallen into the mists of history. Nonetheless, the monument and its travels through DC are worthy of exploration, and the best way to do so is to follow the various locations where it resided over the years.

by Robert S. Pohl David Porter, who had been imprisoned during the war in Tripoli and only recently freed, went to Livorno, Italy, where he hired sculptor Carlo Giacinto Micali. Micali toiled at his statue for the next year or so, after which it was transferred to the United States as ballast in the frigate Constitution, and then taken to and erected in the Navy Yard, which presented itself as an appropriate location due to the Yard’s role in repairing and housing ships used during the conflict.

The monument consisted of a column surmounted by an eagle, and punctuated along its length by the bow and stern of various ships. Around the square base were a number of allegorical figures, and the base itself noted that it was in memory of six officers who had been killed during the conquest. With its use of multiple, differing, elements and tendency to add flourishes on every possible surface, it was more an example of Rococo sculpture than most subsequent monuments in DC, which

The Washington Navy Yard

We start in Navy Yard, just inside the Latrobe gate, pretty much where the guard hut now stands, at the intersection of Dahlgren and Warrington Avenues, SE. It was here that, in 1808, the first monument in DC was placed. The event being commemorated was what is today known as the First Barbary War, which had the new country taking on and defeating pirates who had been preying on US shipping in the Mediterranean Sea. The capture of Derna and subsequent raising of the United States flag over this North African town gave the nascent nation its first international win, and this needed to be celebrated. Accordingly, Lieutenant Tim Krepp in front of the Tripoli Monument in the Naval Academy. Photo: Robert Pohl H 93

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used to stand.

The Capitol

Our next stop is the West Front of the Capitol, on the large terrace overlooking the Mall. The terrace is part of the reworking of the Capitol grounds as designed by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1874, and completed over the next 15 or Spanish 12-pound bronze gun believed to have been captured in Derna. Photo: Robert so years. Tucked Pohl in the back is a fountain, imagiwere mainly of the neo-classical style. natively named the “West Front FounThe monument’s quiet existence in tain.” This is currently the closest spot the Navy Yard did not last long, for durthat you can get to the Capitol on that ing the War of 1812, when the British arside, and is thus a favorite place for tourrived in DC, they made their way to this ists to have their pictures taken. It is also important establishment. They found litwhere the Tripoli Monument moved aftle to burn, as the Navy Yard Commander ter leaving the Nay Yard. Thomas Tingey had already taken care of In 1830, Congress appropriated that. Instead, they contented themselves money to rework the water system at with breaking the Tripoli monument. the Capitol, and in the resulting work, When the sailors returned to the two small reservoirs were created, one to Yard, instead of repairing the statue, they the east of the Capitol, and one on the added a small plaque, on which was writwestern front. It was in the latter that the ten “Mutilated by Britons, 25th August, Tripoli Monument was moved. 1814.” David Porter, when he saw what Today, only a Spanish 12-pound gun, they had done, was appalled, complainbelieved to have been captured at Derna, ing that “the Naval Monument had, as marks the spot where the monument an evil omen I presume, been placed in a small circular pond of dirty fresh water-not large enough for a duck puddle--to represent the Mediterranean Sea.” Furthermore, the damage done by the British had been repaired, which some felt was inappropriate. During the erection of the new dome on top of the Capitol, which began in 1860, it became necessary to move the monument again.

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Our final stop is thus the United States Naval Academy, 30 miles east down Route 50. It was here that the Tripoli Monument finally found a permanent resting place, though it was moved twice since it was first moved here. Finding the location that the Tripoli monument was first placed is not easy. Two sources from 1862 describe its location as “directly in front of the

professors’ quarters” and “on a hill in the northwestern portion of the naval school grounds.” This is presumably about where the Naval Academy Chapel is today. Later, after new dorms were built, right across what is now Decatur Road, the monument was placed directly in front of it, and thus just to the side of what is today Sampson Hall. Finally, after Bancroft Hall – the dorm in which all Naval Academy students live today - was built in the early 20th Century, the monument was again moved to an open space surrounded by Maryland Avenue, Decatur Street, Goldsborough Walk and Parker Lane. Over the next years, Leahy Hall and Preble Hall were built north and south of the monument, with Preble Hall being doubly relevant in that Commodore Edward Preble was in charge of the ships involved in the Barbary War, and this hall contains the USNA’s museum, including an exhibition describing the Navy’s role in that long-ago war, and is thus a fitting final destination for our tour. H


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

Address Close Price


$835,000 $743,000 $670,000 $525,000 $460,000 $403,000


$1,279,000 $1,140,000 $954,741 $935,000 $915,000 $715,000

ANACOSTIA 2120 13TH ST SE 2118 14TH ST SE 1319 T ST SE 1602 16TH ST SE

$293,000 $250,000 $225,000 $88,333

5 4 4 3 7 3 5 5 4 5 4 2 3 4 4 3


$1,885,000 $1,340,000 $1,295,000 $1,200,000 $790,000




$399,900 $265,000 $210,000 $160,000 $120,000


$439,900 $435,000 $425,000 $415,000 $410,000 $395,000 $380,000 $340,000 $315,000 $275,000 $252,000


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$625,000 $500,000 $455,000 $444,000 $400,000 $400,000 $387,450 $378,000 $372,000 $370,000 $345,000 $344,000 $235,000 $213,750 $195,000

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



$178,500 $155,250

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$1,295,000 $865,001 $820,000 $725,000


$1,399,000 $1,250,000 $1,181,000 $1,107,000 $1,100,000 $1,053,312 $935,000 $860,000 $830,000 $829,000 $819,500 $800,000 $795,000 $793,500 $779,000 $759,900 $749,000 $749,000 $740,000 $690,000 $685,500 $681,000 $658,000 $652,000 $645,000 $640,000 $619,000 $599,900 $560,000 $551,500 $548,800 $542,000 $538,000 $515,000 $480,000 $450,000 $444,500 $414,500




$2,012,500 $1,863,000 $1,855,000 $1,200,000 $1,195,000 $1,070,000 $1,025,000 $956,000 $860,000 $850,000 $829,000 $825,000 $815,000 $801,000 $800,000 $790,000 $787,000 $760,000 $741,000 $711,000 $575,000

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$1,155,000 $979,000 $774,000 $770,000 $579,900 $575,000 $564,900 $545,000 $530,000 $522,000 $515,000 $500,000 $472,000 $469,000 $455,000 $440,000 $350,000 $335,000 $325,000 $300,000 $295,000 $450,000


$263,000 $229,000 $185,000 $170,000 $135,000 $120,000 $119,700 $91,800


$1,175,000 $960,000 $911,000 $755,000 $600,000

DEANWOOD 221 56TH PL NE 5017 BLAINE ST NE 513 58TH ST NE 40 54TH ST SE 1018 45TH ST NE 4402 HAYES ST NE 4520 FOOTE ST NE 5335 JAY ST NE 812 44TH ST NE 4016 GRANT ST NE 5017 SHERIFF RD NE 527 59TH ST NE 220 63RD ST NE 1028 47TH ST NE 5002 LEE ST NE

$325,000 $285,000 $275,000 $247,000 $230,000 $222,000 $185,000 $165,000 $140,000 $140,000 $100,000 $90,000 $75,000 $68,000 $50,000

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2 5 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 6 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 4 5 3 2 3 4 3 3 4 4 5 5 4 8 4 6 3 3 3 2 4 4 2 2 2 2 2 1


$850,000 $820,000


$491,000 $412,000 $389,000 $306,000


$4,247,500 $1,450,000 $1,410,000


$265,000 $240,000 $236,000 $171,600 $126,000

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


$99,000 $92,500 $90,000 $77,000 $76,000 $75,000

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$1,507,500 $1,000,000 $869,000

GEORGETOWN 1301 28TH ST NW 1698 32ND ST NW 3903 HILLANDALE CT NW 3337 RESERVOIR RD NW 3524 RESERVOIR RD NW 1681 32ND ST NW 2734 P ST NW 2708 O ST NW 3274 P ST NW 3412 O ST NW 3313 Q ST NW 3541 T ST NW 4109 PARKGLEN CT NW

$2,470,000 $2,111,111 $1,565,000 $1,465,000 $1,350,000 $1,250,000 $1,020,000 $1,000,000 $965,000 $955,000 $905,000 $849,000 $2,070,000


$795,000 $795,000 $690,000 $668,000 $631,500







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$730,000 $730,000 $725,000 $685,000 $680,000 $662,500 $595,000 $560,000 $551,000 $536,000 $517,000 $516,400 $502,500 $475,000 $475,000 $450,000 $425,000 $415,000 $410,000 $399,900 $394,500 $387,500 $370,000 $330,000 $158,000 $865,000 $621,500 $599,900 $574,998 $522,500 $508,000 $425,000 $416,000

4 2 4 3 3 4 4 3 2 4 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 2 3 2 2 1 2 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2



$1,500,000 $1,100,000 $885,000 $800,000

5 5 4 3


$3,447,500 $872,500 $759,000


$660,000 $608,500 $420,000

5 5 3 4 2 5

LOGAN 1325 T ST NW 1447 Q ST NW 1817 15TH ST NW 1306 RIGGS ST NW 1424 12TH ST NW 819 Q ST NW

$1,225,000 $1,065,000 $950,000 $810,000 $435,000 $639,900


$255,000 $255,000 $245,000 $85,000 $82,000 $55,000




$535,000 $430,000


$1,025,000 $990,000 $859,555 $625,000


$1,090,000 $849,000



5 3 3 3 2 3 4 4 3 2 3 3 9 4 3 6 5 3 3 5 3 5


$549,900 $501,000 $465,000 $458,000 $399,999 $396,000 $359,900 $355,000 $340,000 $325,000 $320,000 $315,000 $285,142 $285,000 $277,000 $250,000 $250,000 $245,000


$280,000 $192,000 $172,500 $147,000 $82,500


$309,000 $270,000 $238,000 $215,000 $180,000 $175,100

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


$755,000 $585,000 $480,000 $425,000 $771,000


$714,000 $659,000 $590,000

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$575,000 $470,000


September 15 The Friends of the Northeast Library is holding a blow-out used book sale on Sept, 15th to mark the coming closure of the branch for a year to allow for extensive renovations. Every book will be marked down and there will be specials throughout the sale, such as “a box of mysteries for $1” and “a box of romances for $1” as a way of reducing our inventory before the construction starts. There are plenty of good quality children’s books, biographies, poetry, political books and classics. The Friends of the Northeast Library typically uses book sales to raise money to help support programs at the branch, including reading promotions, materials for arts and crafts and other events geared towards making the library fun for all patrons. The DC Public Library plans to close the Northeast branch later in September or October for the renovation. It is expected to last at least a year. During the closure, patrons will be encouraged to use the SE or SW branch.




$1,375,000 $1,295,000 $825,000

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4 4 3


$600,000 $552,000 $549,700 $245,000 $499,000



5 3 4 3 4 2


$270,000 $270,000 $174,000



4 2 2 3


$975,000 $830,000

4 3




$1,039,900 $485,000 $335,000 $589,900



$655,000 $399,000 $398,900

5414 1ST PL NW #301



BRIGHTWOOD 343 CEDAR ST NW #106 6425 14TH ST NW #406 304 ASPEN ST NW #105B

$379,950 $225,000 $209,500



CAPITOL HILL 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #216 324 12TH ST NE #1 604 KENTUCKY AVE SE #B 66 15TH ST NE #66 625 3RD ST NE #5 315 G ST NE #206 920 15TH ST SE #D 101 NORTH CAROLINA AVE SE #108 311 7TH ST NE #101 326 8TH ST NE #202 121 13TH ST NE #301

$335,000 $679,000 $665,000 $524,900 $519,000 $425,777 $425,000 $380,000 $365,000 $348,500 $340,000

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


CLEVELAND PARK 3831 NEWARK ST NW #450 3750 39TH ST NW #146 3308 27TH ST NW #1 3856 PORTER ST NW #370 3010 WISCONSIN AVE NW #202 3601 WISCONSIN AVE NW #104 3616 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #104 3028 WISCONSIN AVE NW #B8

$475,000 $389,000 $360,000 $305,000 $280,000 $257,500 $215,000 $145,000


$675,000 $548,500 $500,000 $484,900 $475,000 $445,000 $425,000 $416,705 $375,000 $335,000 $330,000 $324,900 $310,000 $299,900 $275,000 $254,900 $223,000 $449,000 $512,500


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3 2 1 2

$825,000 $691,000 $620,000 $543,000 $449,900 $443,000 $430,000 $425,000 $365,000 $310,000


1120 EUCLID ST NW #2 2914 11TH ST NW #201 1120 EUCLID ST NW #1 1444 FAIRMONT ST NW #3 WOODLEY 1307 CLIFTON ST NW #33 2204 CATHEDRAL AVE NW $1,188,500 3 1300 BELMONT ST NW #401 2725 WOODLEY PL NW $1,105,000 4 2750 14TH ST NW #405 4108 14TH ST NW #3 WOODRIDGE 1205 CLIFTON ST NW #A 3820 25TH PL NE $441,000 3 1421 COLUMBIA RD NW #104 2506 PERRY ST NE $429,000 4 648 NEWTON PL NW #2 3829 26TH ST NE $380,000 3 1421 COLUMBIA RD NW #103 2115 MONROE ST NE $365,000 3 2656 15TH ST NW #304 3003 26TH ST NE $345,000 3 3900 14TH ST NW #715 3015 ADAMS ST NE $329,000 3 1441 SPRING RD NW #202 2213 DOUGLAS ST NE $324,900 3 3900 14TH ST NW #702 2615 RANDOLPH ST NE $320,000 5 1101 FAIRMONT ST NW #3 3014 DAKOTA AVE NE $220,000 2 1531 PARK RD NW #3 1425 EUCLID ST NW #9



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1111 23RD ST NW #S2E 2425 L ST NW #332 1010 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #806 631 D ST NW #445 1301 20TH ST NW #304 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #1223 631 D ST NW #1135 631 D ST NW #832 2115 N ST NW #1 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #522

$285,000 $275,000 $220,000



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DUPONT 1737 JOHNSON AVE NW #D 1514 21ST ST NW #9 1832 JEFFERSON PL NW #3 1735 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #603 1933 S ST NW #B 1750 16TH ST NW #32 1725 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #702 2001 16TH ST NW #201 1615 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #56 1830 17TH ST NW #308 1615 Q ST NW #902 2114 N ST NW #47 1926-1930 NEW HAMPSH AVE NW #16 1718 P ST NW #309 1823 RIGGS PL NW #1 1700 17TH ST NW #408 1737 P ST NW #302 1737 P ST NW #201 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #724 1705 P ST NW #23E 1723 Q ST NW #G3 1230 23RD ST NW #907

$1,200,000 $1,095,000 $759,000 $695,000 $565,000 $555,000 $542,500 $469,900 $425,000 $385,000 $363,500 $357,000 $311,000 $259,000 $515,000 $422,000 $390,000 $319,500 $310,000 $280,000 $249,000 $385,000

FOGGY BOTTOM 800 25TH ST NW #1005 2030 F ST NW #802 922 24TH ST NW #305 922 24TH ST NW #615 2030 F ST NW #708

$835,000 $325,000 $290,000 $280,000 $230,000



2 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 1

2939 VAN NESS ST NW #1003 3701 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #714

$188,000 $165,000


$39,500 $31,000 $22,000

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GEORGETOWN 3030 K ST NW #304 1045 31ST ST NW #104 3210 GRACE ST NW #311 1070 PAPER MILL CT NW #1070 2111 WISCONSIN AVE NW #117 1212 ETON CT NW #1212 2516 Q ST NW #Q-108

$1,330,000 $875,000 $674,900 $540,000 $490,000 $450,000 $390,000

GLOVER PARK 2725 39TH ST NW #312 4000 TUNLAW RD NW #919 2339 40TH PL NW #105 2320 WISCONSIN AVE NW #311 2725 39TH ST NW #405 2339 40TH PL NW #102 2320 WISCONSIN AVE NW #107 2655 41ST ST NW #101

$430,000 $330,600 $325,000 $320,000 $304,000 $299,000 $279,000 $155,000

KALORAMA 2230 CALIFORNIA ST NW #4C-W 2126 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #35 2032 BELMONT RD NW #102 1807 CALIFORNIA ST NW #101 1907 KALORAMA PL NW #1016 2456 20TH ST NW #308 2032-2040 BELMONT RD NW #614 2032-2040 BELMONT RD NW #434

$975,000 $900,000 $526,000 $510,000 $495,000 $338,000 $228,000 $252,500

LEDROIT PARK 1814 4TH ST NW #A 1814 4TH ST NW #B 1814 4TH ST NW #C

$389,000 $359,000 $331,500


2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 1 1

LOGAN 1220 N ST NW #4B 1531 P ST NW #7 1120 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #7 1120 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #5 1001 L ST NW #607 1120 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #6 1120 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #4 1120 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #3 2125 14TH ST NW #703 1515 15TH ST NW #427 1426 11TH ST NW #2 1450 CHURCH ST NW #502 1450 CHURCH ST NW #403 1715 15TH ST NW #13 1245 13TH ST NW #301 1502 13TH ST NW #2 1603 8TH ST NW #B 1300 N ST NW #407 1300 N ST NW #812 1133 14TH ST NW #1206 2125 14TH ST NW #603

$840,000 $540,000 $427,000 $399,000 $395,000 $394,000 $386,000 $379,000 $439,000 $780,500 $613,000 $596,000 $594,000 $498,500 $465,000 $453,500 $338,000 $312,300 $236,000 $439,000 $410,000


$155,000 $53,000

MOUNT PLEASANT 2448 ONTARIO RD NW #3 3420 16TH ST NW #106S 1673 PARK RD NW #404 3060 16TH NW #211

$690,000 $405,000 $310,000 $293,000

MOUNT VERNON 440 L ST NW #904 442 M ST NW #5 1131 5TH ST NW #C 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #503 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #Y-31 437 NEW YORK AVE NW #1001 811 4TH ST NW #1002

$532,500 $329,000 $256,000 $359,555 $495,000 $399,900 $380,000



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$330,000 $244,000 $164,000 $925,000

OLD CITY 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #545 1025 1ST ST SE #1302 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #424 308 18TH PL NE #2 1603 ISHERWOOD ST NE #102 1520 O ST NW #103 811 4TH ST NW #218 1002 M STREET NW #1 2125 14TH ST NW #704 1529 14TH ST NW #202 1117 10TH NW #1102 1718 P ST NW #518 1441 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #509 1735 U ST NW #1 475 K ST NW #610 1904 R ST NW #5 1730 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #4 1816 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #508 1718 P ST NW #811

$470,000 $398,900 $389,000 $239,000 $96,075 $715,000 $555,000 $529,999 $509,000 $485,000 $485,000 $480,000 $429,000 $419,000 $409,000 $384,300 $361,000 $358,000 $235,000

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ARTS & Dining The Union (Market) Rises again An historic food center reborn in Northeast


uying a house this past winter, our real estate agent asked for musthaves. My husband Jason listed a first-floor half-bath, the row house equivalent of Charlie’s golden ticket. I listed food. Living on the Hill, I had discovered the joy of easy access to exceptional, local food, and buying it from people who know your name. We both compromised. My post - move - to - Eckington mourning ended quite suddenly with the announcement of Union Market’s September 8th opening. Located north of Florida Avenue, between New York Ave and Gallaudet, Union Market represents a first effort toward revitalizing this historic neighborhood, which at its peak was home to more than 700 vendors of local produce, dairy, meats and other foodstuffs. Opened in 1931, today it’s still home to DC treasures like A. Litteri Italian Market, but with only 150 small businesses, it is a shadow of its proud historic self.

Keeping it Real

Reading up on my new neighbor, I started to get worried. I love the local, small business authenticity of Eastern Market, and EDENS, the company behind Union Market, is a large developer of retail projects up and down the East Coast. The slick line-art draw-

by Jonathan Bardzik “I was working as a chef in San Francisco when the Ferry Building Marketplace was opened,” Richie says. “I was spoiled with easy access to amazing local produce and meats.” Returning to work in DC he struggled to locate similar products. “The DC-area has great farmers, producers and butchers, but it was hard to get these products on a consistent basis. I wanted to have them all in one location, and have access to them all the time.” Joining EDENS and working to fill the market with specialty vendors gave him the opportunity to make this desire a reality. Ryan Jensen is bringing Peregrine Espresso’s exceptional coffee to Union Market. Photo: Andrew Lightman

ings smelled suspiciously of soulless, hipster developments where smartly-packaged brands are sold by retailers who rely more on market research than daily conversations with their customers. A phone call with Richie Brandenburg began to put me at ease. Richie grew up in Reston, VA, and If his name sounds familiar, it may be from his days as executive chef at Café Atlantico. Today, he is better known as the director of culinary strategy for EDENS, and the man responsible for pulling together the vendors who fill Union Market.

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. As our love affair with local, organic, sustainable food has blossomed, so has the abuse of those terms. One Saturday, stopping at Burger King, Jason joked that we were eating local food. “It’s just a few blocks from our house.” I love walking through Eastern Market and asking, face-to-face, where each product came from, why it was chosen, and how it was produced. I’m looking forward to building that relationship at Union Market with Trickling Springs Creamery. I first tasted their milk, butter and yogurt from the dairy case at P&C Market, at the west end of Lincoln Park. The rich taste of fresh cream in their spring butter, with herbal and floral notes, was an education. Having them in our backyard H 105

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again will certainly mean the reappearance of their empty, returnable bottles on our kitchen counter. I have already had the pleasure of speaking with soon-to-be Union Market resident, Rappahannock Oysters. Travis Croxton and his cousin Ryan are on a mission to restore local oyster production in the Chesapeake Bay, and they intimately understand those waters’ connection to the flavor of their farmed crop. Salty, mild, metallic, buttery and briny are achieved through farming in the brackish Rappahannock River, the saltier waters of the Chesapeake and the open ocean near Chincoteague. They have coined the term “merroir” to describe that connection between the waters and flavor, and it is also the name of their new oyster bar and retail shop.

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I wanted to know how Union Market was being received by longtime residents on the Hill. Everyone I spoke with made sure I knew how much they adored Eastern Market, cautious to avoid any betrayal of their first love. Once that was established, there was hopeful excitement. John Gendersen, the third generation owner of Schneider’s of Capitol Hill said, “The food scene on the Hill keeps getting better and better, and it will certainly help that area. You used to have to go downtown to get a good meal. That has definitely changed over the years. As someone who frequents Eastern Market, I look forward to seeing new and different kinds of vendors.” Leah Daniels, second-generation Hill resident and owner of Hill’s Kitchen, is looking for that same diversity. “Richie [Brandenburg] has done an amazing job.” she says, “He worked really hard to find these vendors. It will be great to have them all in one place. I am excited about Gina’s soda shop and tickled pink about the expansion for Peregrine.” “Gina” is Gina Chersevani, another Hill resident and well-known DC mixologist. She is Jamie Leeds’ business partner at the recently opened Hank’s Oyster Bar on Penn. Avenue. Her soda shop at Union Market, named Buffalo and Ber-

Farm-fresh milk is the foundation for Trickling Springs Creamery’s amazing milk, butter, yogurt and cheeses.

gen, will serve soda, creams, malts and some more adult drinks as well. Owner of Peregrine Espresso on 7th St, SE, Ryan Jensen and his wife Jill live on Capitol Hill, just a few blocks from Eastern Market. Their store there rarely has an open seat, and with good reason. They know their coffee, know their producers and know their customers. Ryan is excited about the expansion to Union Market and about the project itself. “As a food lover, the vendors who will be there really appeal to me. Our coffee fits into the context of that high-quality environment.”

It’s About a Culture

Ryan and Peregrine Espresso are important to Richie Brandenburg. So are Gina and her soda shop. “Having been in the food industry in DC for sometime, you get to know all the players. You get to know who’s passionate.” It’s all about a culture, he says, and he wanted the market to be more than just good food. “Ryan used to be the Counter Culture Coffee rep in DC. He has set up many of the best coffee [shop] programs here.” Gina, he tells me, is an active and invested player in Washington’s bartenders’ guild. “I have heard that it is one of the most active in the country, and much thanks for that goes to her.”

Location, Location, Location?

I asked Richie if he was nervous about the pioneering location. “I’m excited,” he says. “I’ve seen the plans for the area. It’s like surfing a giant wave. I can see it coming and I’ve picked the right direction to start paddling in.” Ryan is equally excited. “We used

to only have Eastern Market, but now we’ve got 8th Street and the baseball stadium by the river. People on the Hill are looking for new destinations, different options of places we can bike or walk to.” Union Market is planning to be a destination, and will kick off with an event on September 9, the day after their opening. The DC Scoop, held from 1-4 pm, will feature a tasting of DC’s best ice cream, gelato, custard and frozen yogurt. A winner will be chosen by a panel of notable judges from DC’s food scene. I’m looking forward to walking over. See if you can pick me out of the crowd. I’ll be the one sporting a look of bliss, so happy to have DC’s hot, growing food scene back in my own backyard.

Union Market – 1309 5th St NE Buffalo and Bergen No website yet Trickling Springs Creamery Peregrine Espresso Rappahannock Oysters Jonathan Bardzik was raised on his mom’s garden-fresh vegetables. He shares those recipes, and his experience gained spending 2-3 hours each night in the kitchen, every Saturday morning at Eastern Market, where he gives free cooking demonstrations, complete with tastings and recipe cards. For more information, and to see what Jonathan is cooking in his kitchen right now, visit H H 107

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by Celeste McCall

Patio Facelift and Crab Dinner

During this long hot summer, Peter and I found a shady spot to unwind, sip chilled drinks, and scarf some local seafood. This cool oasis is Johnny’s Half Shell–near Union Station--which unveiled its recently enhanced patio. Owners John Fulchino and Ann Cashion have shelled out $135,000 updating the 95-seat, 1,000-square-foot space, defined by 30-foot high marble columns draped by weather-proof ivory curtains. Red velvet curtains accentuate a 14-footlong copper-topped bar. In case of early autumn chill, guests may warm themselves at a stone fire pit as they lounge in chocolate-brown wicker furnishings. Tables are crafted from reclaimed 100-year-old oak. Planters overflow with perennials and annuals. For Johnny’s menu, James Beard award-winning executive chef Ann Cashion taps fresh, sustainable seafood, plucked mainly from the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf Coast. To complement the fresh fare, mixologist Dan Searing has added ten new libations, concocted with spirits distilled stateside: Dancing Pines Milk Punch (bourbon, Stonyfield Farms whole milk, simple syrup and Rum); Negroni Cynar (gin, sweet vermouth, and Cynar, an artichoke aperitif ), Climate Change (vodka, grapefruit and cranberry juice). Imported house wines are just $5. Johnny’s is hosting a Blue Crab Summit Friday and Saturday, September 21-22. Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Price is $60 per person (tax and gratuity not included). At the crabby blowout, guests may crack into five large St. Michaels Maryland Blue Crabs prepared “Texas style” and 108 H HillRag | September 2012

Another Facelift

Lounge 201, at 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE, is getting a facelift–plus a new name--The 201 Bar. Rather than a dressy cocktail lounge, 201 will morph into a brighter, casual bar with a wide beer selection: 10 brews on tap and more than 50 bottles, plus an extensive wine list, full food menu and plenty of TVs for fall football viewing. Think of an upscale version of sister restaurant, Union Pub, which is right around the corner. For updates, call 202-544-5201 or Johnny Half Shell’s new patio. Photo: Stacy Goldberg

served with local corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, choice of a pitcher of beer or two glasses of rosé wine. A cash bar, additional crabs and extra sides will be available. The crab menu will be the only item available those two evenings. Open daily, Johnny’s Half Shell is at 400 North Capitol St. NW.

For reservations or additional information call 202-737-0400 or visit Johnny’ssister restaurant, Taqueria Nacional is adjacent, but will move to 14th St. NW this fall. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, this little place is a gem. For updates call 202-737-7070 or

Union Revival

Set to reopen this month is DC’s Union Market, housed in the historic Union Terminal Market hall at Fifth street and Florida Ave. NE. The site has been revitalized by EDENS Innovative Retail Centers (East Coast). Designed by JCA Architects, the interior features an open, market-hall style space with exposed ventilation, drop lighting, and stalls for at least 40 vendors. Surrounding the market will be a mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. For updates go to www.unionmarketdc. com. The original Union Terminal Market opened in 1931, with indoor stalls for 700 vendors. In 1962, the city banned the outdoor sale of eggs and meats, and a new indoor market–now the renovated Union Market--was built five years later.

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Lounge 201’s new facelift. Photo: Andrew Lightman

H &pizza has settled into its digs at 1 1118 H St. NE, next door to Taylor Gourmet in the Atlas District. Created by Michael Lasto-

ria and Steve Salis, the relative newcomer dishes out an assortment of pizzas with various crusts and all kinds of toppings. Customers may choose from “suggested” combinations or concoct their own. H &pizza also serves salads, desserts and drinks including beer and wine. As you might recall, Salis was eying a Barracks Row space for his pizza endeavor, but settled instead on H Street. “The neighborhood response has been overwhelming,” Salis said. Open daily, until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Call 202-733-1285 or visit facebook:

Chipotle Due to Open

The long-awaited Chipotle at 413 Eighth St. SE is open. The popular Tex-Mex chain–which has more than 1,300 outposts nationwide–plans to tap 10 million pounds of locally grown produce for the second year in a row. That’s up from 5 million pounds just two years ago. Last year, Chipotle went through 3.6 million pounds of bell peppers, 400,000 pounds of jalapenos, 2 million pounds of red onions, 4.7 million pounds of romaine lettuce, and more than a combined 300,000 pounds of cilantro and oregano. Whew! “Supporting local farms continues to be important to us,” said Steve Ells, chairman and co-CEO of Chipotle who founded the chain in 1993. “Locally grown food is fresher and better tasting, and supports local farm communities around the country.” Barrack Row’s Chipotle will be open daily from 11a.m. until 10 p.m. For more information, visit

Happy birthday and a new chef

Down the street at 539 Eighth St. SE, Lavagna, Stephen Cheung’s popular Italian restaurant, celebrated its one year anniversary July 30 with complimentary food and drinks, plus a new executive chef, Darren Maas. Lavagna is open daily; call 202-546-5006 or

From Pad Thai to Steak Frites

Spike Mendelsohn’s culinary empire continues to expand. The former Top Chef star, who operates Good Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Ave. SE, is adding Bérnaise to his family. The 3,000 square-foot steak-and-frites restaurant is taking over the former Thai Roma/Conrad’s space at 313 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Look for Bernaise sometime this fall or winter. Also this winter, more Good Stuff is arriving in Georgetown at 3291 M St. NW, formerly Georgetown Wing Co. (There’s yet another Good Stuff Eatery in Arlington’s Crystal City.) For more information visit


By now it’s old news that the legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl and the newer Ben’s Next Door is expanding to the Atlas District, near Capitol Hill. Around November, look for a two-level Ben’s sibling complete with a roof deck and patio at 1001 H St. NE. H H 109

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Atlas on H Street Hosts More Jazz for 2012-13


by Steve Monroe

rad Linde, Sam Sweet and a varied group of entertainers are looking forward to the second series of Jazz at the Atlas this month at the Atlas Performing Art Center on H Street, with the first concert September 26 featuring innovative saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman. Linde, curator for the jazz series, Sweet, executive director of the arts center, and many in the community believe the jazz series will help continue the Atlas’s emergence as a hub for the arts and one of the catalysts for the continued revitalization of the H Street Northeast corridor. The jazz series and the Atlas’ New Music series, featuring eclectic blends of rock, classical, world and other genres, are key parts of the Atlas’ mission says Sweet. “Ideally, the Atlas serves as an artistic platform connecting audiences with one another and with artists in a shared experience,” says Sweet. “Our programming was designed to not only entertain, but also to spark conver- Sam Sweet. Photo by Mike Morgan sation and dialogue … We want audiences to view the Atlas as a unique venue where they Williams Oct. 17. will see emerging arts forms, established performSmulyan is the baritone saxophonist who is a ers in a new context and be willing to try somedisciple of drummer and bandleader Mel Lewis thing new.” as well as baritone sax legend Pepper Adams. Ben Linde said he believed the first season was a sucWilliams, the young lion D.C. native who recess, and said after the series’ closing concert with leased his first album, “State of Art” last year and Joe Chambers in June, “So far I am thrilled the Atlas this year won a 2012 Jazz Journalists Association has supported my vision for jazz in D.C.” He also award winner as up and coming artist, makes his said he was confident attendance would be even Atlas debut with his group Sound Effects. better for the upcoming season, with the marketing Also performing next month is Alan Blackthat has been done. man, a Baltimore-based pianist and composer “The buzz is getting out about it,” said Linde. who plays with his trio and special guest saxoColeman, known for his innovative composiphonist Connie McCaslin, on Oct. 24. Additional tional and improvisational style, is a Chicago-bred performers this fall will include vocalist Rebecca saxophonist who spent valuable time learning his Martin with Larry Grenadier, the Joel Harrison craft with groups like the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis String Choir featuring the music of Paul Motian, Big Band, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Abbey Lincoln drummer’s John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and and others has also had his musical leanings shaped the Mary Halvorson Quintet. by traveling extensively in Africa, India, France and And the series has “Jazz meets hardcore elsewhere overseas. metal” with a performance by Jerseyband where Next month the series features Grammy awardthree saxophones and a trumpet come together winner Gary Smulyan, appearing Oct. 10 with Mark in a genre of music also called “lungcore metal,” Masters’ Ellington Saxophone Encounters, and Ben 110 H HillRag | September 2012

according to Atlas information. The series continues into 2013 featuring concerts that include Amy K. Bormet’s Washington Women in Jazz Festival featuring pianist Geri Allen, The Bad Plus, the Luciana Souza Duo and others.

New Music series

Curated by Armando Bayolo, the 2012-2013 season of New Music at the Atlas will feature guitarist Tim Brady, know for creating music that covers “a wide range of genres ranging from chamber and orchestral to electroacoustic works, chamber opera, jazz and free improvisation,” opens the series on September 22. Chamber ensemble Prism Saxophone Quartet performs Oct. 12, with the group having earned acclaim as a top chamber ensemble that presents “the saxophone as a serious concert instrument while embracing its rich history in jazz and popular music.” Also next month, on Oct. 17,

Brad Linde

“Endless potential” spurred series idea

Atlas jazz series curator Linde is a North Carolina native who graduated from the University of Maryland and stayed in the area to play saxophone and teach. Linde, who has performed with jazz greats like Barry Harris, Lee Konitz, Butch Warren, Andrew Cyrille and others and now leads his ow ensemble, said of creating the series: “I wanted to take advantage of the endless potential of the Atlas and program artists who are developing new works, touring with current projects, or challenging the way audiences perceive jazz music.” He said he learned Sweet wanted to expand the arts center’s programming to better serve the H Street community and represent the rich cultural legacy of the area. “Jazz has been central to DC since Duke Ellington and continued to thrive with those icons that

A “beacon … providing access”

The initial jazz season featured some superb performers, including out of town headliners and local stars, from master saxophonist and veteran of cool and bebop eras Lee Konitz and younger sax lion Brian Settles in the fall, to the Jen Krupa-Leigh Pilzer Quintet and master drummer Andrew Cyrille in the winter, and to trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and legendary percussionist Joe Chambers in the spring. One of the out-of-town musicians who came to play at the Atlas jazz series this past season was actually local boy Settles, a Duke Ellington School of the Arts graduate. Settles, who said the series has “just been wonderful,” spends a lot of time in New York, but has always found time to come back to play and help out back here at home as a leader of his own group, and playing with Linde’s band at the Atlas. Percussionist, bandleader and composer Nasar Abadey said of jazz at the Atlas, "It adds another fine venue with the purpose of providing fine programming for audiences concerned with experiencing the performing and visual arts without distraction. The focus is on the art. Notwithstanding, it is also a beacon of light in another corridor of the city - H St., that provides access in [Northeast] Washington.” For complete information on the jazz and new music events go to: atlas H



will be a performance by Great Noise Ensemble, which specializes in promoting “the performance of new works and emerging talent in contemporary music.” The ensemble, an Atlas Artist-in-Residence, has presented the world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 25 years. The New Music series for 2012-13 will also feature performances by Newspeak – which combines combines the elements of a rock band with classical music – as well as violinist Corneilius Dufallo and the vocal octet Roomful of Teeth.


Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire

made the district their home – Shirley Horn, Buck Hill, Lawrence Wheatley, Butch Warren and many more,” said Linde. “In the spirit of that heritage, I became interested in celebrating legendary artists with collaborations including DC’s own blossoming musicians, and in some way, bring the energy and history of New York City to Washington.” Sweet said, "Our goal is trying to create programs that create excitement and bring people here, but also connecting with the people [of the community] so the shows are enjoyable and stimulating.”

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How Parker Points Should Be Interpreted by Felix Milner


n the last half century, as wine journalism has grown and expanded, there has been a significant shift in the manner in which individual wines are discussed and reviewed. While much of this shift has correctly focused on making wine and the industry more accessible, it can, at times, steer enthusiasts away from their most important guide -- their own palette. Prior to Parker, the British dominated the wine writing scene with authorities such as Michael Broadbent (who celebrated his 85th Birthday this year). After starting work for Christie’s auction house in the 1960s, Broadbent started to accumulate what is now one of the biggest volumes of tasting notes, estimated to be around 90,000 in total. With metaphors often as flowery as they were hard to interpret, Broadbent’s style of reviewing wine was as much poetry as consumer advice, rarely attributing a value judgement. Parker, who established himself in the 1970s with his newsletter, the Washington-Baltimore Wine Advocate, changed the style of tasting notes. As well as describing the characteristics attributed to the wine, he developed his own rating system, employing a 50-100 point quality scale, otherwise known as Parker Points. For the first time buyers were provided a simple scale: the higher the number the better, supposedly, the wine. On the way to a party, rather than guessing the tastes of a host, guests could simply reach for the highest Parker score within their budget. This provided not only a quick introduction for the bottle, but a readily accepted justification for their choice, “Parker rated it a 92!” The value of the various scales to wine salesman across the country was inestimable as well, by memorizing a few numbers or adding two large red digits to the shelf tag, they could, with confidence, sell anything without ever having tasted and having any knowledge of its characteristics. This craze did not just affect the way wine was bought and sold, but also trickled down to the production. If a high score could guarantee empty shelves and a higher price, struggling winemakers were naturally temped to find out what made the cut and try to fashion their wines accordingly. (If 112 H HillRag | September 2012

anyone who wants to find out more about this, albeit from a highly subjective angle, the 2004 documentary Mondovino is readily available on Netflix.) But this entire system was based on a single fallacy, the assumption that a high score meant a higher quality, and more enjoyable product. Although states that the “numerical ratings are utilized only to enhance and complement the thorough tasting notes,” the description of a 96-100 point wine as “an extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety,” Parker himself has never implied that the scores are based on any more objective analysis than his own tasting. For anyone with a similar palette, this is a perfectly valid and helpful recommendation. But for others, this conflation of taste with quality can direct your money and drinking in the wrong direction, and lead to a very disappointing evening. The issue for me boils down to a definition of quality. A trained palette may be able to recognize the intrinsic qualities of a glass, such as balance of acidity, tannins, and sugars, which come from careful viticulture and winemaking practices. The actual experience and enjoyment of wine however will always be completely subjective and personal. It is, I think, exactly the same in other spheres of life. For instance, just because a piece of artwork may be publicly coveted, if it doesn’t appeal to your aesthetics, you wouldn’t want to live with it even if you could afford it. While I may consider a particular Riesling to be a perfect example of its kind, my wife will more than likely consider it too sweet. All of this is to say, wine reviews and point scales are only helpful up to a point. Even someone like me, who will happily read every word of a review, is still tempted to glance at the score for that quick summary of how the writer really feels about the bottle. But those scores are always a dramatic simplification of all the qualities of a wine, the reviewer’s preferences, and how generous they may have felt on the day. And that’s before even bringing in the simple fact that wine is a volatile and

changing product, and that single bottles of the same vintage will change from year to year, depending on their storage conditions, and the environment where they are opened. In my opinion the only truly reliable guide for finding wines you love is to follow your own palette. Deliberately select a low and high scoring bottle of the same variety to compare, or taste a single bottle alongside the scores of several reviewers to see whose palette best matches your own. has gone a long way to democratizing reviews, where you can view, sometimes, hundreds of opinions, offering snapshots in time and the valuable chronology of a wine’s development. If you have the opportunity, a great way of learning a lot about your pallet is to taste flight of wine. We hold tastings every Wednesday for this purpose. You can also have a great time getting a group of friends together at home too. Try as little as two or three wines of the same variety or region, at different price points. It’s handy to have at least two glasses per person so you can easily compare and contrast. Articulating what you smell or taste can be tricky at first, but getting comfortable with a few key adjectives, even something as simple as earthy or fruity, is a great way to communicate your preferences, and can give you the confidence to walk into shops around the world and find something new you’ll more than likely enjoy. Felix Milner is Schneider’s New Media Manager. He is currently working on developing their new and soon to be released website and working towards a diploma with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, the prerequisite to the Masters of Wine. H

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The Annual Column for the Fridge by Mike Canning


he September movie column is my annual look back at “The Movies That Got Away,” films little noticed when first released last year, but still worthy to check out on video. My idiosyncratic choices avoid standard Hollywood fare for films which offer something distinctive, discriminating, or offbeat. This list, inevitably arbitrary and personal, includes films which received either a narrow release or a very limited run. These mini-reviews focus on modestly-budgeted productions with sound scripts, capable direction, and stellar acting (no blockbusters here). I highlight first a quartet of American films, almost ludicrously diverse, but all marked by excellence of screenwriting and performance. Win Win – Writer/director Tom McCarthy brings us a wonderful droll contemporary drama featuring a tenuous balancing act by a financially shaky New Jersey lawyer who is 1) trying to keep his head above water using financial shenanigans, while 2)coaching a hapless high school wrestling team. Paul Giamatti, unsurpassed in roles of a mildly desperate figure, is the lawyer, a role that fits him like an old suit. For McCarthy, who also wrote the crafty script, this was surely a labor of love, depicting a world he knows by heart and offering it to us as a gift. Margin Call – A parade of fine actors make for a rousing en114 H HillRag | September 2012

semble piece about the world of finance which is as taut as a thriller. Though the New York trading firm shown going into free fall is invented, the tone and the pace of incidents ring true and plausible. The young traders are appropriately callow and shocked, the old-timers cynical but scared, and everybody tries desperately to keep the lid on and their emotions stilled in one tense 24-hour period. The city that surrounds them, cast in a deep dark-blue, looks exactly right for this cautionary tale for our times. Higher Ground – Religion has rarely been an easy subject for Hollywood, which has mostly avoided it. That’s why it is so rare to see a picture like this: a serious—but not morose— story of faith, how it is tested and how it can be sustained. In both her skillful and unflashy direction and her leading performance, Vera Farmiga avoids condescension and aloofness in depicting a striving, fundamentalist religious community. “ Higher

Ground” might make the jaundiced and the self-righteous uncomfortable because of its unadorned presentation of church language and practice, but that is what makes it so unusual in our coarse entertainment climate. Meek’s Cutoff – This is definitely not the wagon train you might remember from classic Westerns. Writer/director Kelly Reichardt aims to recreate a non-romantic, authentic westward experience, one that certainly many pioneers went through. She does it through showing an arresting, if harsh, landscape and by shooting carefully wrought sequences that wordlessly portray the wagon train’s struggle. Reichardt also elicits restrained but excellent performances from her tight-knit cast, including Michelle Williams, as a no-nonsense heroine, and Bruce Greenwood, here as crusty as three-day old bread left in a desert sun.

Foreign Films

Director Tom McCarthy and Paul Giamatti on the set of “Win Win.” Photo Credit: Kimberly Wright and © 2010 Twentieth Century Fox.

I recommend another quartet, just as worthy, of superior foreign language films released here over the last year. The first three are in French, and the last in Spanish (all are fully subtitled). Of Gods and Men – Films that seriously treat religion--or faith--are rare, as I signaled above. The subject is too risky, too ethereal, but this one is a singular exception. It tells the true story of a group of French Cistercian monks in 1996 living in a monastery outside an Algerian village during that coun-

try’s grim civil war. Though the story is wrenching (the monks’ presence is threatened), it is told in a contemplative, reserved manner that lovingly mirrors the monks’ own discipline. The sedate rhythms of their lives are exquisitely captured by director Xavier Beauvois, and each monk achieves a full-rounded, distinct character. Incendies – This Canadian film uses the Middle East’s troubled recent history to craft a terrific family drama. Twins try to undercover the past of their Lebanese mother and her tumultuous history, and what they learn provides a wrenching finish to this film. It combines a forceful script, top-drawer acting, and a tense, dramatic setting for its story (location shooting in Jordan). The drama can be raw—some prison scenes are not for the squeamish—but it is never less than compelling. This is the turmoil of the Middle East brought down to the personal, and heartbreaking, level. The Hedgehog – This French film achieves an expansive, humane power in telling a story of three mismatched people in a narrow setting: a precocious girl, a dowdy 50-something concierge, and an elegant Japanese widower, all living in a Parisian apartment building. How the three work out—slowly and delicately—a modus vivendi is triumphal. Josiane Balasko, as the concierge, is a standout as a character who moves from a world of draining repetitiveness to one blossoming with new possibilities. Few movies depict a more subtle view of simple, benevolent friendship, and how it can be found in the unlikeliest of places and among the unlikeliest of souls.

Life in a Day – This documentary literally spans the globe, featuring YouTube clips from regular folks around the world shot on one specific day—July 24, 2010—to form a kaleidoscopic glimpse of our world. Some 4,500 mini-films were submitted to the producers from 192 countries, and Garance Le Guillermic, left, hugs Josiane Balasko, as the title all were winnowed character, in “The Hedgehog.” Photo: NeoClassics Films. down to 95 minutes. Some clips Nostalgia for the Light – In are amusing or intriguing, some poiChile’s Atacama Desert, the driest gnant, some sweet, some thrilling, place on earth, astronomers peer some shocking. This is a cinematic deep into the cosmos in search for potpourri that achieves a number of answers concerning the origins of funny, striking, and touching molife. In the same area, a group of ments as well as plenty of puzzling women sift through sand search- or routine ones. It’s one big mélange ing for body parts of loved ones, of who we are as humans. dumped unceremoniously by the Besides highlighting movies Pinochet regime years before. The worth a “second look,” I wanted to film deftly draws parallels between single out several individual perforthese two groups, the star gazers mances in solid films that may not and the families. In exquisite im- have reached as wide an audiences ages of sky and sand, and touching as they deserved. Among them are: interviews from both the star gazers -- Demian Bichir in the touchand the searching relatives, the film ing “A Better Life,” as a gardener finds a connection between the two and single-parent in East LA trying groups looking for understanding. to keep his son out of the gang life, Since I often remark that -- Rachel Weisz in the sturdy we are living in an era of great thriller “The Whistleblower,” as a documentary filmmaking, I must tough and principled peacekeeper cite here a couple of outstanding adrift in wartime Bosnia, recent examples: -- Brendan Gleason in the eccentric “The Guard,” as a smallThe Cave of Forgotten town Irish cop both brazen and Dreams – Werner Herzog, mas- subversive, ter of the out-of-left field movie, -- Michael Shannon in the omcomes up with one of his best inous “Take Shelter,” a father torn documentaries, this one featuring between his visions of disaster and the recently discovered (1994) pre- protecting his family, historic paintings in the Chauvet -- Adepero Oduye in the surCave in southern France. Given prising “Pariah,” as a Brooklyn teenunprecedented access to the site, ager searching for her own identity, he and his small crew come up -- Martin Sheen in the moving with a revelatory and meditative “The Way,” as a grieving father on a look at what ancient craftsmen/ Spanish pilgrimage. artists could achieve 30,000 years ago: a bounteous, convincing look Long-time Hill resident Mike Canning has at our world when it was so much written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film newer. For once, too, the use of Critics Association. His reviews and writings 3-D in film is not only utilized to on film, including full reviews of several of the films mentioned above, can be found online at good effect, it is wondrous.


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rancie Trainor reaches behind the surface appearances of our daily experiences to the web of connecting fibers—the subsurface of the reality that holds it all together. She has made a life of pursuing the symbols that the earliest of our creative ancestors drew into the sand, sculpted from clay, scraped into rock faces or carved into bone. Those symbols have been repeated through the millennia, all over the planet. They vary from the animals of the hunt, abstract “signs,” humans, and even animal-human composites. They give a visual record to the natural cycle of life and death. To Francie, the most important connecting fiber is spirituality—the endless compulsion to find meanings beyond our mere biological functions and behaviors. Her pursuit has taken her to a BA in German Literature from Penn State, to an advanced art degree in Ireland, to Middle Eastern dance, which she teaches, and to yoga, which she also teaches. Francie’s spiritualism is found in the forests, in the seas, and within those of us who search for the reasons behind the symbols. She has been fascinated with goddess imagery across cultural boundaries—the woman as a symbol of life. Her painting is mostly in oil and acrylic, and she works in mixed media with copper and other common pick-up items. She also loves to sculpt with clay: “It’s the getting into the earth.” With clay comes the experience of the very beginnings of art. Francie Trainor’s subjects vary from

6”x18”, Oil on canvas, “Sunset on the Potomac, view from Georgetown” 2012 116 H HillRag | September 2012

figures to landscapes to seascapes, but all share the same themes. They are all depictions of the cycles of life and the conscious connections with the past, and the subsurface of reality. Francie can be reached at

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

Talking with Francie Trainor (see artist profile) about the symbols of art brought me back to my books on the beginnings of modern humans and the origins of art. The two are pretty much the same age. So, it raises the question: Which came first? Easy, you say. Homo Sapiens. We invented art. But wait. Art is about qualities, not quantities. Art is about making value judgments, not just doing things like hunting and gathering. Making a value judgment has got to require a whole lot more brainpower. So, maybe art invented people. To recognize something as “beautiful” is way beyond what’s necessary to survive.

30”x 36”, Acrylic and Oil on canvas, “Storm Going Out, Storm Coming In” Ireland 2011

The real human kicker was the ability to create a visual symbol—a drawing or carving—which is no less than the creation of a visual idea. How sophisticated is that? It takes incredible imagination to recognize some scratching on a rock face as something real—like horses, bison or people. And right from the beginning, people were carving or painting abstract symbols, like circles, spirals, dots and lines. They all had meanings to the people making them. And that is the key to it all. Meaning. This was not commercial art—they were not selling products. These became more than visual ideas, they became visions. Our early ancestors created visual symbols to unite with the great forces and spirits they sensed, but could not understand. These drawings—these symbols—were often like a communal prayer, a search beyond the apparent world


Artist Portrait: Francie Trainor

for answers to questions that would not go away. Art was born in a spiritual world. So, now in our logical, scientific culture, we pursue the “what” of nature not the “why.” But we artists should not forget what made us human—and artists. We need to look for the “why.”

At the Museums

“The Serial Portrait” National Gallery of Art 3rd and Constitution SW Sept. 30 - Dec. 31

The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years, includes photographs by the masters of the 20th century: Stieglitz, Strand, Bing, Friedlander, Woodman, Lee, and others. The NGA shows how making multiple pictures of the same subject resulted in some of the most remarkable photos of the century. It consists of 153 works by 20 artists who photographed the same subjects—friends, family, and themselves—numerous times over extended periods to create portrait studies. They are arranged both chronologically and thematically. Also, you still have time to see the George Bellows exhibit.

Photographs of Social Life in Washington DC, 1900-1960 National Geographic Image Collection Carroll Square Gallery 975 F St., NW Sept. 7–Nov. 30

This selection of 30 photographs, from thousands in the Nat Geo collection, records social life in DC as documented by the Society over the first six decades of the century. The photos give faces to the lives that orbit “Insider Washington.” Each is presented with its original caption. The public reception is Fri., Sept. 7, 6–8. 

At the Galleries

“SOATUL” Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 7th St., SE

Hey, check this out: CHAW is inviting all of you in the Capitol Hill community to submit an artwork that you own—that has special meaning for you. They want to celebrate how the visual arts are a part of your life. You bring in one work that you own—not something you made—with “a few words” about the art, the artist, or any thoughts you might have on it. When? Sept. 4, 5 and 6, between 9:30

and 7:30. The exhibit will be up all month, with a grand closing reception on Monday, Oct. 1, from 6-8. And what does “SOATUL” mean? That’s anybody’s guess, and a running list of guesses will be on display. One piece of art by CHAW Photography Chair, Bruce McKaig, will be given to the “most creative interpretation.”

Jorge Luis Bernal Evolve Urban Arts Project Pierce School Lofts 1375 Maryland Ave, NE Sept. 20 – Nov. 2

“Guerra & Weapons” features the encaustic paintings by Jorge Luis Bernal. Born in Havana but raised in the US, this exhibit “explores the philosophy of war (Guerra) weapons and soldiering.” The opening reception is Thurs, Sept. 20, 5:30-8:30. The openings at Evolve are always a delight. www.

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The Arts Club is in the lovely and historic James Monroe House. Nana Bagdavadze, with “Inspirations from Scientific Discoveries” plays with the forms of the double helix. Jack Hannula, “Scenes from the Café Society,” is one of the most accomplished of the Washington scene painters. Marcia Anderson’s oil paintings “Impressions, Colors, and Textures of the Water’s Edge” are muted and expressive. Also, “From a Century Lost: Vietnam’s Art Emerges” features seven Vietnamese artists in conjunction with the embassy of Vietnam. Opening: Fri. Sept. 7, 6:30–9.

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon “Making Hay” merits the praise. In lively verse that McLellan refers to Diana McLellan is a local treaas “noodling,” she demonstrates the sure. An award-winning journalpowers of observation that enabled ist whose work has appeared in the her to turn gossip into high art, turnWashington Star, Washington Post, ing her keen eye on herself, her famWashington Times, and Washingily, and her friends and neighbors on tonian Magazine, she is perhaps Capitol Hill. In the book’s introducbest known for her nationally syndicated column, “The Ear,” which tion, McLellan admits to being corny for years showcased her fine-tuned (“from my bottom to my heart, as a wit and ability to track the movers little girl once said”), nosy (“I wonder and shakers of DC. As evidenced by what urban writer friends get up to the blurbs for her new book, she’s when they retreat to their ‘farms’ on made a lot of friends along the way. weekends – hence ‘Making Hay’”), “Buy it!” demands Joan Rivers. “Es- and prone to “gloomclouds [that] sential!” declares John Kelly of the blow over quite fast.” Her poems make good on all Washington Post. “Enchanting!” that and more. In them, McLelraves Allan Dodds Frank of Newslan pays tribute to her family home week and The Beast. in Norfolk, England, to an elderly neighbor’s early crocuses – “starred altar cloths spread on the scrubby ground” – and to evenings with now-departed friends. She offers advice to the young, alternately rues and embraces old age, and entreats a burglar to “spare my memory’s bright tangled rags.” She gives comfort to a sick friend, shares birthday memories with a beloved granddaughter, and prays that a neighbor won’t fall off his roof (“May he survive, / dumb but alive, / Insured. God save the clown.”) Wistful and wise, McLellan’s lively verse deals with love, death, and everything in between, giving readers a glimpse of a woman who is both at peace with herIn a new book of poems, local journalist Diana McLellan self and determined to

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make hay while the sun shines. Her “noodling” is accompanied by the “doodling” of Peter Steiner, whose whimsical illustrations perfectly complement the poems. A cartoonist whose work has appeared some 400 times in The New Yorker, he can also boast the most reproduced cartoon in the magazine’s history (“On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”) A long-time resident of Capitol Hill, Diana McLellan is also the author of “Ear on Washington” and “The Girls: Sappho Goes to Hollywood.”

Kid Versus Vegetable

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Adam Melon is getting his marching orders for the fifth grade. His father tells him to give the new teacher a chance -- even though the kids call her Bad Ms. Mad. His mother reminds him that she doesn’t enjoy getting calls Capitol Hill’s favorite kids, led by Adam Melon, star in from his principal. “They’re Katy Kelly’s latest book for young readers. worse for the person he’s calling about,” he observes. And, above all, he must try to stick to the Melon family’s New School responsibility, loyalty, and respect Year’s resolution to get more green, for others. “Figuring out the ways yellow, and red in his diet -- which of girls and ladies is a task,” sighs Melonhead, who would much rather doesn’t, alas, mean Gatorade. In Katy Kelly’s new “Melonhead practice crab-style hand-walking (inand the Vegalicious Disaster,” sched- structions included) than deal with uled for publication this month, Ad- thorny issues like relationships -- or am’s mother goes to creative extremes vegetables – but who is, at heart, evto get her DB (Darling Boy) to eat ery inch a DB. Katy Kelly, who grew up on Caphis vegetables, treating him and his itol Hill, is also the author of seven friends to a “vegalicious” meal that other books for young readers, inleaves them gobstruck and gagging. cluding four featuring Lucy Rose and But how to empty their plates withthree previous Melonhead titles. She out offending Supermom? Their soclaims to have outgrown her childlution has consequences that are both hood vegetable-hiding maneuvers, hilarious (for the reader) and smelly but still does not like Brussels sprouts. (for the Melons). With warmth and wisdom, Kelly “Melonhead and the Vegalicious Di-

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National Book Festival

The Library of Congress’s annual celebration of books on the National Mall will once again feature two days of books and authors. The 2012 National Book Festival on

Among the writers slated to appear are Philip Roth, T.C. Boyle, Patricia Cornwell, Marilynne Robinson, Geraldine Brooks, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Robert A. Caro. Local authors Chris Matthews, Susan Richards Shreve, Thomas Mallon, Michael Dirda, and David Maraniss will also take part, and there will be a special presentation and reading by the winners of the Library of Congress-DC Public Library summer reading contest, “A Book That Shaped Me.” The National Book Festival takes place between 9th and 14th Streets on the National Mall, and is free and open to the public from 10am to 5:30pm on Saturday and noon to 5:30pm Sunday, rain or shine. For more, visit or follow the festival on Twitter at @LibraryCongress.

The Write Stuff

September 22 and 23 boasts dozens of authors in a variety of genres, including History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Contemporary Life, and a new section devoted to SciFi, Fantasy & Graphic Novels (Sunday only). There are special pavilions for children and teens, as well as a Family Storytelling Stage.

Brush up on your writing skills this fall with a class at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital. Offered by The Writer’s Center, this season’s classes focus on both creative and business writing, with options for story writing, blog posts, reports, memoranda, memoirs, and even cookbooks. The Hill Center is at 921 Pennsylvania Ave., SE. For more, call 202-549-4172, or visit H

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This is the debut album from Aleks Girshevich and her dad, Vlad Girshevich, a conservatory trained pianist and composer who emigrated from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. “Tomorrow” gets underway with “Strange Memories,” a vacillating avant-garde jazz collage juxtaposing off-kilter percussion, moody bass and merry melody. Piano colors the title track with hues of hope, patient rays of light peeking out at sunrise. Aleks and Arend get a bit rambunctious rhythmically on “The Other Side,” which provokes Vlad from regal and restrained into frenetic finger work. The piano melody emotes a poetic tale of vulnerability on “Fragility,” a heart-tugging beauty. “Broken Promises” is resembles a pop piece constructed of circuitous rhythms rolling under a liltingly lyrical melody. The trio swings with passion and urgency on “222,” a straightahead jazz number. The final destination is a bit of a mystery on “Where Were You?” when a meandering melody engages a shuffling march. The closing summary is delivered by “Dithering,” an experimental improvisational piece.

Sean O’Bryan Smith – Reflection •••

Take a songbook of church evergreens and gospel hits, give them fresh arrangements, add a few well-crafted originals, spotlight some of the finest musicians including legends and hit-makers, and present the material as contemporary jazz instrumentals, funky R&B grooves and enlightened pop tunes. That’s exactly what bassist Sean O’Bryan Smith did to create Reflection, his newly released second solo CD. Featured musicians include Randy Brecker, Chuck Loeb, Gerald Albright, Frank Catalano, Jack Pearson, Jeff Franzel, vocalist Lisa Hearns and actor-musician-spoken word artist Malcolm Jamal-Warner. Opening in a celebratory mood, Mr. Smith’s bass plucks the lead melody shadowed by a stirring organ on a power funk rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” In Mr. Smith’s hands, “Blessed Assurance” becomes a soul tune. The laid back groove cuddles a warm bass melody along with Mr. Franzel’s eloquent piano musings and comforting sax licks. The somber, contemplative “Mighty To Save” is a full orchestral piece. The bass melody is echoed by electric guitar amidst expressive piano and organ noodling. Mr. Loeb’s spirited guitar and roof-raising organ blasts spark “Blessed Be Your Name.” Mr. Franzel’s original, “Me Without You,” is an aching torch song featuring Ms. Hearns accompanied by piano and six-string bass. Another original “Called,” this one authored by Mr. Smith, gives voice to Mr. Albright’s reassuring sax on the invigorating contemporary jazz affirmation. “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” is converted into a shuffling Dixieland march that detonates midpoint into a straight-ahead jazz jam illuminated by Mr. Catalano’s swinging sax as Mr. Pearson’s slide guitar glorifies Mr. Smith’s bass oration. The title track, “Reflection,” is a powerful and contemplative bass, B3 organ and spoken word piece that closes the collection. His probing bass invites a soul-searching journey, an honest introspective rumination on self-love and surrendering to faith. All CDs and DVDS reviewed in this article are heard through Bowers & Wilkens 802D Speakers and ASW 4000 subwoofer, and Rotel Preamp 1070, amplifier 1092 and CD player 1072. CDs are available for purchase through For more information about this column, please email your questions to H H 119

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Health & Fitness Combining Exercises for Fun and Intense Workouts


e have become a world where multi-tasking is expected. We are more comfortable doing several things at once and we measure success on the proficiency of our juggling skills. It’s no wonder that our workouts are reflecting the intensity, variety and efficiency we demand in the other areas of our lives. Rev Yoga, Biker Barre, Zumba, The Blend, Piloxing, Crossfit, Cardio Kickboxing, the Ball Bike – these are just a sample of classes and fitness equipment that is setting a current trend in fitness – doing more creative, more focused and more varied workouts. The concept of doing cardio, strength and stretching in one workout is not new. Years ago I taught two one-hour classes consecutively – the first one was high impact aerobics and the second was body conditioning and stretching. You could take each class separately or if you took the classes back-to-back you’d get a more intense, balanced and complete workout. Fitness is not measured by how fast you can run or how heavy you can lift. While those goals may be valid for some, fitness is generally measured by cardio endurance, muscle strength and flexibility. We often neglect one or two fitness components because of time, tastes or comfort level. Getting out of a fitness rut is beneficial for both your body and your mind. One way to revive your workout or try something new and get intensity, challenge, balance, relaxation and fun all in one exercise session is to experience some of the less traditional classes found in the area. Rev Yoga or Biker Barre may fit that bill.

by Pattie Cinelli BallBike: a core stability ball combined with a cardio bike and upper body resistance. Image courtesy of Bllbike at

Rev Yoga

“I combine 45 minutes of cycle with 45 minutes of yoga (specifically designed to strengthen the upper body and core, lengthen hamstrings, glutes, hips and quads and clear the mind with breath work and meditation,” said Gabriella Boston, the creator of Rev Yoga at Results Gym on Capitol Hill. “People have responded well. It has attracted people both from the yoga world and the cycling world. I am thrilled when that type of cross-over happens.” Gabriella explained that cycling is an excellent cardio workout that also builds strength and endurance in the lower body (and to a lesser extent in the core). But cycling like so many

cardio-type workouts tends to shorten and tighten muscles. While cycle instructors include stretching at the end of class she said she did not think it was enough to open up the hips, hamstrings and quads. Cycling includes no upper-body strengthening work. “This is where yoga comes in. I realized that I liked following up my cycle class with yoga whenever possible not only to lengthen but also to strengthen the muscles as well as clear the mind. However, since the yoga classes weren’t tailored to fit the cycle classes they often included a lot of power poses for the quads and glutes (not exactly what you need after cycling) and not a whole lot of upper body strength work (which is exactly what you need after cycling).” H 121

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Gabriella Boston teaching the cycle part of Rev Yoga. Photo: Pattie Cinelli

Currently Rev Yoga is exclusively at Results, but Gabriella (www. a new studio offering cycling and yoga called Sculpt DC in Gallery Place will be opening soon.

Biker Barre

Just about three blocks away from Results, a fitness studio opened last May that offers cycle and barre classes. Barre is a sculpting and toning total body workout that uses ballet, Pilates and Yoga moves (not dance) in dynamic sequences with music and energy. When I was at Biker Barre Studio (www. on a Saturday last month, several morning classes were sold out and the waiting room had a healthy number of students waiting to take a class. “Cycling and barre are the perfect fit,” said Jane Brodsky, co-owner. Biker Barre is a high intensity community-based studio. She calls taking a back-toback cycling and barre class “doing a double”.

Other combos

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also a big trend in fitness. Last month at the DC Aerobics Convention in Reston, VA., I discovered Piloxing, ( a class that mixes Pilates and boxing for a fat burning, muscle-sculpting core workout. It blends power, speed and agility of boxing with sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. Participants use weighted gloves as well. I also discovered the Ballbike, a cardio, core and strength exercise machine. It’s called the “one and done” workout. It combines a bike, ball and elastic resistance. You ride on air (seated on a ball) without discomfort of impact to avoid injury using a smooth rhythmic motion so that your perceived level of exertion is low at a high target heart rate (maximum benefit, least exertion). When you use the elastic resistance attached to the back of the bike, you can do a different movement every movement to keep you engaged, focused and not bored. The machine is not much different in size than a treadmill and about the same price. Principles and movements of individual exercise classes lend themselves to fusing together to make a class that is different from each discipline when performed separately.

A few years ago I designed a class that blended movements from Pilates and yoga called “The Blend” (www.pattiecinelli. com). It is a smooth flow-like class that allows a student to experience a taste of both yoga and Pilates in an hour-long intense workout. Even Zumba, developed in 2001, ( is reported to be the world’s largest dance-fitness program with more than 14 million people taking weekly classes in more than 150 countries, combines Latin and International music with dance moves and intense high/low impact aerobic moves. Then there’s Crossfit,(www. incorporates exercises and equipment that have been used for years to train military personnel and athletes into a program that is adapted for general populations. Something is to be said for the purists who want Pilates to be Pilates and yoga to be yoga. When exercise disciplines are combined and executed to music at a fast speed, body awareness and expert cueing is the key to a safe and fun workout. A student recently said to me,” Something old is something new again.” The ways in which we move our body are not new, nor are the movements themselves. It’s all about the design of the class, the skill of the instructor and the mindfulness of a student. The best exercise is the one that you do. There’s no reason why you can’t find some class or piece of exercise equipment that you enjoy that gets you moving on a regular basis. Figure out what you like. Try a few classes, get on a new machine and start sweating. Pattie Cinelli has been teaching fitness classes and personal training for more than 25 years. She currently focuses on training clients in pre-postnatal exercise, mind/body balance for weight loss and core strength and stability. Email her fitness questions or story ideas at: H

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The Process of Elimination


apitol Hill inhabitants love their pets. With this passion for animals comes the obvious next step of having pets and humans in close proximity. Anyone who has ever had a roommate, or shared a bathroom, knows the frustrations that can arise when proper cleanliness and hygiene are not maintained. This goes for our cats too and some of the most frustrating appointments we see at AtlasVet are owners who present for “inappropriate elimination.” By elimination, I mean going number 1 (the most common form) or going number 2, and by inappropriate I mean that this occurs in the wrong place. This article will focus on cats and their amazing ability to be clean enough to live indoors with humans and why this arrangement can often times go awry. More than once I’ve had owners threaten to get rid of a cat that won’t use its litter box properly, making it a life or death situation as very few cats that have this issue are adoptable. Most of these cases end up being behavioral issues, but medical causes such as urinary tract infection, bladder stones, crystals in the urine and diseases that cause increased thirst and urination should be ruled out first. A more recently discovered disease process is by far the leader in causing cats to “go” outside the litter box. FLUTD, or Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease is collection of symptoms that include difficult, or painful urination, urinating outside the litter box and are caused by an inflamed bladder. FLUTD is also known as Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC). We still are not sure why it happens, but some cats seem susceptible to developing inflamed bladder walls, which causes the symptoms. There is no infection present, but it feels like a urinary tract infection to your cat. We do know that environmental “stress” makes this process worse: New pets, new family members, moving or renovation are common examples of this 124 H HillRag | September 2012

by Chris Miller, DMV type of stress. In the past, veterinarians would run a urine test (urinalysis) and would see an increase in red and white blood cells which would normally suggest infection, yet if the urine is cultured there are rarely bacteria present. The treatment for FLUTD is simple enough. Enriching the environment by doing things that will make your cat happy, giving medication to alleviate discomfort, increasing water intake and glucosamine supplementation can all help with the symptoms. Often times these cases are self limiting, but if they continue further diagnostics and/or tweaking the treatment plan may be necessary for resolution. Pet owners can often be wary of running medical tests, but abnormal urinary habits warrant a workup. Straining to urinate or urinating small frequent amounts can be a sign of discomfort that is likely caused by a medical problem. It is also important to know when your cat, especially a young male cat, is not producing urine, as a urethral obstruction (blocked urethra) is considered an emergency. Your veterinarian should palpate your cat’s bladder and will likely recommend a urinalysis and possibly imaging such as radiographs or an abdominal ultrasound. If infection is suspected, a urine culture may be helpful to see what kind of bacteria is present and what the best antibiotic is to treat it. Once medical causes are ruled out, we are left with the dreaded “behavioral” category. This can happen when your cat is upset, stressed, displeased with the litter box situation or simply desires to go in a location outside the litter box. Often times resolving the issue requires understanding why the

cat is not using the litter box and then attempting to make the box a more desirable place to go. A great place to start is by restricting the cat’s access to the location that the problems are occurring. For example, the laundry hamper is a common place for problems like this. If you look at it from the cat’s perspective, the laundry hamper does look like a nice, giant, soft litter box that is frequently cleaned. Limiting the cat’s access to the hamper often solves this problem. Correcting litter problems is paramount in preventing inappropriate elimination. There is a general rule of thumb that you should have one litter box for each cat, plus one extra. Very few people abide by this rule, but if elimination problems are ever encountered it should be implemented. Next, assess the box itself. The size, location, litter type, and whether or not it is covered should all be evaluated.

If you have ever seen a cat use the bathroom outside, you’ve noticed they take a large area to get it done. When experimenting with boxes, bigger is almost always better. For larger cats, I recommend turning a large plastic storage bin into a litter box by cutting out an entrance for the cat and filling the bottom with litter. Cats can have aversions to litter or boxes themselves. I have seen cats that will put all four paws on the rim of the litter box in an attempt to keep their feet out of the litter. This typically means that they do not like the way the litter feels or smells. Examples of other aversions to litter boxes include: dislike of an overhead covering, insufficient size, or if they have a traumatic experience in the box (loud noise, housemate bullying, painful elimination, etc.). If the problem has gone on too long and owners are reaching the end of their rope, I often suggest setting up three boxes with varying, size, location, cover status and litter. You will then discover which style of litter box best suits your cat. Limiting the cat’s access to the rest of the house for a few days during this trial can help improve results. Domestic cats can be amazing companions. The behavioral issues that we see in them are often a direct result from our lack of interaction with them. . While using commercially available hormone therapy such as Feliway can be helpful, simply spending more time with them, allowing them to see outside, and providing mentally stimulating toys can help prevent or even resolve much of their unwanted behavior. H

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Stop Feeling Guilty Letting Go of Emotional Pain

by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW Excessive Guilt Is Damaging

Guilt has been described as a crippling emotion - it can leave us ruminating for hours at a time over something we said or did, and drain our vitality and energy. For some people, feelings of guilt can last for months, or years or even a life time. Feeling guilty can have a useful purpose in the short run - if it draws our attention to reflect on our behavior, to learn from it and to make amends for something we might have said or done that was hurtful or wrong. However, unrelenting remorse or excessive guilt serves no useful purpose and is damaging to our health and well-being. It can be all consuming - harmful to our relationships, our self esteem, and to our creativity. Guilt can also keep us from being honest with ourselves. Ruminating on what we might have done wrong keeps us from seeing that we cannot cause another person emotional pain - we can trigger emotional pain in others, but their pain comes from their own history and issues - not from what we may have said or done. Some of the more common reasons for feelings of excessive guilt are: when we feel we should be doing more for our kids, our partner or our parents; when we choose to say no to someone; or when we decide to take time for ourselves. In addition, when

“We gather our arms full of guilt as though it were precious stuff. It must be that we want it that way.� - John Steinbeck

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we feel we have done or said something wrong, but have not apologized or changed our behavior, we can feel guilty long after the incident is over.

Why Do We Feel Guilty?

Sometimes we have a harsh inner critic - which demands that we

hold ourselves to an unrealistically high standard. This inner critic may develop if a person has been raised in a family that encouraged them to feel overly responsible -- blaming them or often finding fault with them. It may evolve in an attempt to protect the person from external criticism.

However, when the unreasonably high standards set by the inner critic are not met, the person may find themselves feeling guilty or worthless. Sometimes we would rather blame ourselves for something bad that has happened and feel guilty about it rather than face the fact that the situation was not within our control. Guilt holds in place the illusion that we are in control of life - but at a high price. Sometimes we are superstitious and such thinking can lead us to feel guilty. For example, we may believe that a profound loss we experienced was somehow our fault - asking ourselves: Did I do something to cause this to happen? or, Could I have done something to stop this from happening? These thoughts may come from childhood, a time when we believed that we were the center of the universe and responsible for everything that happened around us. We may also feel guilty about something and be unaware that we are feeling guilty. We may blame someone else for something that we have done, having feelings of guilt about which we are unconscious.

Letting Go of Guilt

The first step to letting go of guilt is to become aware that we are feeling guilty or to consider how we might be acting out our guilt unconsciously by blaming others.

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We want to identify what we are feeling guilty about and ask ourselves if it is logical. Asking questions like: Did I do the best I could in the circumstances with the resources and the information I had? What was my intention and is that something to feel guilty about? We can also examine our actions as if they were done by a valued friend - would we judge a friend as harshly as we are judging ourselves? If not, then we might want to examine that inner critic and see if our standards are unreasonably high. Sometimes it is appropriate to apologize to a person, to yourself or to God and ask for forgiveness. If an apology is necessary then accept that and do it sooner rather than later. Once you have made amends then let it go. Use the experience to learn about yourself, about life and then move on. And remember, feeling guilty for an excessive amount of time will not make you into a better person. “Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World. Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit through the use of traditional talk therapy, hypnosis, meditation, visualization, and creative, non-verbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202-544-5050 or at H

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kids&family NOTEBOOK by Kathleen Donner

The “wolves� conduct a flag ceremony at Garfield Park. Photo: Harrison Flakker

Join the Local Cub Scouts on Capital Hill for Fun and Adventure

Join the cub scouts and meet the leaders on Sept 20, 7:00 p.m. at Brent Elementary School cafeteria, 301 North Carolina Ave. SE. All boys in grades 1-5 are welcome to join. Initial registration fee is $5. Contact Dan Mullin at 202-285-9911 or

Prenatal Yoga at Hill Center

In this all-level class, expecting Moms will cultivate the flexibility, con-

centration and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while practicing modified Hatha Yoga postures, breath work, vocal toning and meditation. Classes provide an opportunity to develop awareness of your body that is home for two. No previous yoga experience necessary. Wednesdays, Sept 19Nov 7, 7:30-8:45 PM. $90 for series of 6 sessions or $18 for drop in. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172.

Family and Friends of Incarcerated People School Supplies Drive

Family and Friends of Incarcerated People, a grassroots non-profit supporting and connecting children with incarcerated parents, is collecting much-needed school supplies to give away at their 7th annual Concerned Fathers Public Safety Community Cookout. Donations of all kinds of school supplies, including backpacks, will ensure that children have all the supplies they need to succeed for the new school year. Donations can be H 129

kids&family Kids channel, who will be in attendance to learn about the building trades alongside you and your family! Free. $5 donation suggested. Most appropriate for ages 4–12. DropIn. Individual registration is not required. Formerly called the Festival of the Building Arts. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202272-2448.

DC Public Library Story Time at Hill Center

Young cast of the 2011 Ford’s Theatre production of “A Christmas Carol.” Photo: Scott Suchman

dropped off at the Empower DC office, located in the basement of 1419 V St. NW. For more information or to arrange a donation, please call Stuart Anderson at 202-239-9439.

Open Auditions for A Christmas Carol at Ford’s

Ford’s Theatre Society auditions for children’s roles in the company’s production of “A Christmas Carol” will be held Sept 8, from 9:00 a.m.12:30 p.m. at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, 514 10th St. NW. Those interested in auditioning may sign up for an audition timeslot on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. Possible callbacks will be held on Sunday, Sept 9. Children ages of 6-13, who reside in the Washington, DC and Baltimore metro areas, must prepare both the scene and music audition materials for a single character that are available for download on the Ford’s Theatre’s website at auditions. Children also should bring a photo and résumé to auditions. Detailed information and conflict sheets also are posted on the Auditions page. The rehearsal and performance commitment dates for this year’s cast are Oct 29-Dec 30. Rehearsals will be held after school, 3:00-8:00 p.m., 130 H HillRag | September 2012

on weekdays, and all day, 10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are normal days off. Families will be notified if their child is requested for a call back. Those with questions should visit the Auditions page of Ford’s Theatre’s website for detailed information. No phone calls.

The Big Build

A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Building Arts

On Sept 22, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., fulfill your curiosities and become a builder for the day! At the Big Build you, your family, and your friends have the opportunity to work alongside experienced artisans and craftsmen as they demonstrate their skills. Talk with plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, conservationists, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies. You can climb aboard cranes and tractors, build a brick wall, construct a log cabin, plaster straw bale walls, carve stone, compete in a nail driving contest and design decorative light switch plates to take home. Also, don’t miss your chance to say hello to Curious George from the WETA

Story Time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. These free programs at Hill Center match the typical attention spans and developmental levels of different ages of children. Library Story Times incorporate the early literacy skills that children must master before they can learn to read: phonological awareness, vocabulary, print motivation, narrative skills, print awareness, and letter knowledge. Free. Sept 8, 11:00 AM-noon. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172.

DCYOPalloza at the Zoo

On Sept 8, 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., join the DC Youth Orchestra at the National Zoo for an instrument petting zoo, demonstrations, performances and free fun for the entire family.

Schools Talks at The Family Room

Have questions about schools? Want to get a jump start on private school applications or the lottery process? Throughout September, Downey School Consulting will offer a series of talks that will get you started in the right direction, if not answer all your questions. On Sept 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Sept 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Educational Models and What’s Right for MY Kid? On Sept 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Sept 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Private/ Parochial Schools 101-Preschools and Elementary Schools. On Sept 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Private/Parochial Schools 101-Middle and High Schools. On Sept 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. DCPS and Charter Schools 101. All talks will be held at The Fam-

ily Room, 411 8th St. SE, 2nd Floor. All talks will be approximately 2 hours. $30/person, $20/spouse/partner. A $10 non-refundable deposit must be made to hold your space. 202-640-1865.

DC Sail High School Sailing Team

Established in 2005, the DC Sail High School Sailing Team allows students from High Schools throughout the DC area to participate in Varsity and Junior Varsity Interscholastic teams. They offer 10week High School Programs in the Spring (March-May) and the Fall (September-November). Any student is welcome to participate in the program, regardless of whether they have a program at their school or not. DC Sail offers the only small boat sailing facility in the District of Columbia. High school sailing activities take place at DC Sail’s waterfront facility in the Gangplank Marina, located on the Washington Channel. DC Sail maintains a fleet of ten Club/Collegiate FJ’s, which are double-handed racing sailboats. Two motorized crafts operate as safety boats and on-the-water teaching platforms. The cost of the DC Sail High School Sailing Team is $475 per season. Scholarships are available.

$1.1 Million Awarded to Chavez Schools

Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy (Chavez Schools) is the recipient of a $1.1 million grant through the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Race to the Top program to engage educators in professional development and collaborate to positively impact student success. The Professional Learning Communities of Effectiveness (PLaCEs) Grant Award provides an incentive for public schools to establish consortia with the goal to improve student achievement. Chavez Schools will lead the PLaCEs grant effort, in partnership with Paul Public Charter School and DCPS elementary schools -Kenilworth and Neval Thomas, to ensure success in four critical areas: (1) Teach school leaders (principals, coaches, lead teachers) H 131

to provide timely and meaningful feedback to instructors (2) Train teachers in the best pedagogical practices for fostering critical thinking, impacting student achievement, and improving outcomes for students (3) Coach teachers and school leaders to support students with learning disabilities to access the standards in a meaningful way and receive appropriate, grade-level instruction (4) Develop a resource portal containing curriculum exemplars and quarterly teacher training based upon the Common Core Standards. The Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy provide a high quality public school option for students residing in the District of Columbia. Chavez Schools prepare students for success in competitive colleges so they can use their lives to make a positive difference in the world. With campus locations in Capitol Hill, Columbia Heights, and Parkside communities, Chavez Schools currently serves over 1,400 students from grades 6-12. For additional information, visit

A Century of Women in Aerospace Family Day

For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Meet women who are today’s role models and hear about the historic women who have inspired them. Saturday, Sept 15, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. 202-633-2214.

Future Next Volunteers Needed

Future Next seeks volunteers to be tutors/mentors, program coordinators, instructors, career planning speakers, motivational speakers, administrators and curriculum advisors. Open to all adults, college, and high school students (10th grade and up). Attend their Volunteer Informational on Sept 13, 6:007:00 p.m. at Veracity Engineering, 425 3rd St. SW, Suite 600. Questions? Contact Natasha Wilkerson at or 877-500-5591 ext.118 or visit 132 H HillRag | September 2012

Momentum Dance Theatre’s Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker

Classes for children and teens forming now to perform in this contemporary classic! Dec 6-9 Stuart Hobson Middle School. Dec 15-16 Publick Playhouse . Special rates for groups! Info and tickets: momentumdancetheatre@verizon. net or 202.785-0035 or

Tippi Toes DC at Hill Center

Toddler & Me dance classes are for children 18 months up to the age of 3 years. Music, movement, balance and the basic dance steps are introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. This type of class includes mom, dad or caretaker participating in the class along with the little dancer. Their teachers will keep the music and curriculum moving along while parents take an active role in encouraging, supporting and keeping the little dancer on track. Wednesdays, Sept 5 and repeats every week until Dec 19, 10:00-10:45 a.m. $75/month plus $30 registration fee. Online enrollment has begun. For registration, go to Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5494172.

“A Book That Shaped Me” Writing Contest Awards Presentation

The “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest co-presented by the Library of Congress and DC Public Library encourages rising 5th & 6th graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The contest is administered as part of the DC Public Library 2012 summer reading program themed “Dream Big–Read!” and top winners will be honored at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Sept 23 on the National Mall. The awards presentation will feature children’s author and KidsPost sportswriter Fred Bowen. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions, including two Sunday-only pavilions: Science Fiction, Fantasy & Graphic Novels and Special Presentations. Festival-

goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. bookfest

Move the Museum – A dance-in-the-gallery project for home-school teens

Margot Greenlee, Associate Artist with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and former director of the Sidwell Friends School Dance Program announces a new program for home-school teens that will focus on dance, visual arts and Chinese cultural studies. She will focus on contemporary Chinese culture by engaging the work of Chinese visual artist, Ai WeiWei, one of China’s most prolific and provocative artists. His work will go on exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum in October. She invites teenagers (age 13 – 17) to join her on this project, beginning September 12 and meeting Wednesdays, 1 – 4pm through December 12 (except Oct. 17 and Nov. 21) at the Hill Center. Over the course of this 12week session, participants will learn a range of movement, improvisation and choreography skills. At the completion of the course students will be able to craft dances through a process of brainstorming, writing, drawing, improvising, editing, and refining. No prior dance experience is required, but all prior experience is important as it adds to our palette of movement options. To register, contact Margot Greenlee via email margot@ or call 202.253.7946. Course fee: $375 ($50 off tuition for both parties when you register with a friend or sibling!) The Hill Center is located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. H

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Maury Elementary

Maury Yard and Bake Sale

Clean out your closets to make room for the new treasures you’ll find at the Maury Elementary Yard and Bake Sale! On Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., they’ll be set up in the triangle park on the 1300 blocks of A St. & North Carolina Ave. NE. Sale items will include clothes, shoes, housewares, and more. You can drop off donations of baked goods or yard sale items (receipts available) the morning of the event – thank you in advance!

… and Nats Maury Day

Capitol Hill Day School students begin their journey. Photo: CHDS 8th Grade

Where in the World are CHDS Alumni?

Capitol Hill Day School graduates take with them an unparalleled confidence, a deep love of learning, and a genuine concern for others. A brief sampling of recent alumni certainly bears this out. John is in an intensive language and culture program in Beijing. Alex is in Shanghai as part of a business school program. Casey spent the last two summers on archaeological digs in remote parts of China. Grace studied architecture in Germany. Naeemah, Mike, and Margaret studied Arabic in Morocco and Jordan. Margaret is now a USAID Information Officer. Many alumni are drawn to teaching (Leah and Kate in China, Julius and Celia in Japan, Rosey in Marrakech) and the Peace Corps (Marina and Leslie in Burkina Faso, Bess in Jordan). Conflict resolution is a particular strength of CHDS alums. Claudia 134 H HillRag | September 2012

worked in Kenya on a tribal conflict resolution project for the NGO Pact. Hallie, an NYU law student, is interning with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Bess works at the International Rescue Committee, doing education projects in Tanzania. She and Hallie plan to connect with Anne, who just returned from Tanzania where she led a group of University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars, and then managed volunteers for Jifundishe, an NGO started by a former CHDS staff member. Anne and Megan are working towards advanced degrees at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Megan has studied in Vietnam, Belfast, and Dublin, and works for DC’s Urban Alliance. Students and alumni energetically live the CHDS motto to explore, engage, and connect! - Jane Angarola, Capitol Hill Day School, 210 South Carolina Avenue, SE; 202386-9919.

Sunday, September 23 is Maury Day at Nationals Park. Kids four and older run the bases after the game!

For tickets ($10), visit or ask your favorite Maury family. Game vs. the Brewers starts at 1:35 p.m.

… and La Lomita

If you need a reason to enjoy great Mexican food and drinks, the second Monday of each month is Maury Night at La Lomita, 1330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. A percentage of the proceeds go to the Maury PTA. Vamosnos!

…and Maury @ the Market

Save the date for this fun, adultsonly, silent auction party! The 3rd Annual Maury at the Market is happening at Eastern Market’s North Hall on March 16, 2013! We are truly

Preschool teacher Ms. Levin with Maury twins, cheering on the Nats!

Dorcus Lawrence, IB Coordinator – and true believer – at Eliot-Hine Middle School.

thankful for the community’s past support, and hope to see you for our biggest fundraiser of the year. Ticket and donation info coming soon. - by Heather Schoell. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. (202) 698-3838 or Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Eliot-Hine Middle School

International Baccalaureate Program Launched

The Eliot-Hine community is thrilled to announce the launch of our International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Our Principal, Ms. Young, and our IB Coordinator, Mrs. Lawrence have just returned from training and are eager to begin the task of training the rest of the faculty and staff. That’s right; everyone in the school will be trained, including the custodians and the cafeteria workers, consistent with the IB approach to cultivating the whole child. The global perspective of IB will be woven into every aspect of the school experience. For those of you who may have heard the chatter about IB, but don’t really know what it means, here’s a link to the international organization’s website: Mrs. Lawrence explains it as a philosophy of how to teach our children who, as adults, will compete in a global environment, encouraging them to “think outside themselves,

think more in depth, with an open, inquisitive mind . . . that people outside their own environment are just as relevant, their thoughts and ideas are just as important.” If you believe in the IB philosophy, you’re going to love Mrs. Lawrence. She’s been “champing at the bit” to begin implementation and now the day has come, she is determined that Eliot-Hine’s program will serve the needs of every child, challenging poor performers to do better than they ever thought possible and high achievers to excel. She is more than happy to meet with parent/community groups to answer any questions they may have and can be reached through the school office. – Elizabeth Nelson, Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave NE. Tynika Young, Principal. or 202-939-5380.

St. Peter School

Welcome Back to St. Peter School!

When students entered St. Peter School to embark upon another year of academic and spiritual growth, they were delighted by the refurbishments that occurred over summer break! Not only were there freshly painted classrooms and hallways, the restrooms had been improved and new Smartboard computers and podiums installed in the first through eighth grade classrooms. The school’s art studio had H 135

been shifted upstairs, new furniture placed in the library, and a new, school-wide, public address system installed. As part of the school’s goal of consistently integrating technology into scholarship, the students were particularly excited with the additional iPads and digital cameras! The St. Peter School faculty, students and families want to thank our vibrant community and parish for fostering the school’s mission of providing students with education founded on love of God and service to others, characterized by Catholic values and academic excellence. We are all looking forward to another exciting academic year! - by Sally Aman; St. Peter School, 422 Third St, SE. 202-544-1618,

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Two Rivers Public Charter School’s model for success has been validated once again. In December, Two Rivers was named a Tier One, high-performing school by the city’s Public Charter School Board, one of only 22 high-performing charters citywide. In July the city announced the 2012 DC-CAS results; their students again were among the highest performing in the city: • Two Rivers Elementary School students were number one among charter elementary schools in DC, scoring 73percent proficient in math. • Two Rivers Elementary School students were number two among charter elementary schools in DC, scoring 74percent proficient in reading. • Two Rivers Middle School students improved their math proficiency to 69 percent. • Two Rivers Middle School students were number five among all middle schools in the city, scoring 69percent proficient in reading. Two Rivers students’ performance on this year’s standardized reading and math tests is another acknowledgment that the school’s educational program is rigorous and produces results. The school uses a project and inquiry-based approach

to give all students access to comprehensive learning experiences and ensure that they develop the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in the 21st century. Two Rivers did not use a ‘drill and kill’ approach that resulted in increased test scores; instead, teachers offered students more opportunities to engage in problem-based tasks. These opportunities develop sophisticated skills and understandings and position students to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world. To learn more, visit www.

School Within a School News SWS New school year, new home

School Within School has a new home! After many happy years as part of the Capitol Hill Cluster School, SWS is growing into a stand-alone elementary school. Teachers, staff, parents, and students worked hard this summer to move SWS into a new, temporary home at the Logan Annex. The Annex, which shares the Logan School grounds with Capitol Hill Montessori School, was redesigned over the summer and is now a bright, beautiful place for learning. During this first expansion year, SWS is adding two first grade classrooms. The school will add a grade each year until SWS is a full elementary school. The permanent home for SWS is still to be determined—stay tuned!

What summer break?

Our teachers didn’t get to do much relaxing this summer! Along with setting up their new classrooms at Logan, they spent several weeks in training. Thanks to the support of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF), the teachers were able to spend a week at Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom institute. They also traveled to Portland, Oregon, to observe the Opal Charter School, a Reggio Emilia-inspired school that serves kids from kindergarten through fifth grade, and take part in the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) Summer Conference. There, they got to see how the arts-focused,

SWS principal John Burst shows off a freshly painted door at the school’s new Logan Annex location.

student-guided Reggio philosophy can be put into practice for older students. Between these two pieces of professional development, the staff attended a three day retreat in Lewes, Delaware, preparing for the new year and working on the 5 year growth plan of developing an outstanding elementary school. Finally, teachers returned to the job early to attend DC-mandated professional development so that they could use the teacher prep week to move in to the new spaces and have the room ready for students on the first day.

New Grants Awarded

SWS received the Office of the State Superintendent’s Nutrition Grant for $10,000 to continue its “Story of Food Project,” begun with Peabody. The school is excited to continue this project of teaching children the story of where food comes from and how it is abundant and fresh in their own local community. In addition, new SWS teacher Maurice Tome wrote a mini CHCF grant that awarded $300 to the school to build classroom libraries for the new first grade classrooms. - Hannah Schardt, SWS 215 G St. NE,

Brent Elementary

Enhancing Mathematics Instruction

Through the Proving What’s Possible Grant Initiative, District of Columbia Public Schools awarded

$63,000 to Brent Elementary to implement enhanced math instruction. Brent’s proposal, “Leaping Forward to Mathematics Mastery,” was one of 59 awarded grants. Brent’s plan encompasses four critical components: an after-school program featuring high-quality mathematics instruction and practice; professional development in mathematics for teachers; a three week intensive summer program; and a series of mathematics workshops for parents. “I am delighted that Brent was awarded this grant. With this funding, we will be able to provide targeted intervention to students in need,” explains Peter Young, Brent’s principal. “Students will have access to both high quality instruction and additional time for practice. Our plan will also leverage parental support by providing parents with additional tools for ensuring academic success for their children.” To further enhance math instruction, Brent has hired a math specialist, Kara Luna. Ms. Luna will teach accelerated math classes for grades 3 and 4 and provide support to all teachers. “Brent has many students performing above grade level in mathematics. I am thrilled that we will have instruction to appropriately challenge those students,” added Principal Young. “Brent grew tremendously on the 2012 DCCAS in math which I feel indicates that Brent is on the right track. This year, with these additional re-

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Ludlow-Taylor Elementary Rising Test Scores

Summer brought the announcement of test scores on the DC CAS. Ludlow students did well. The school made “adequate yearly progress” and is classified as a “rising school” under No Child Left Behind. Math scores rose six percent to 59 percent proficient or advanced, and reading scores rose sixteen percent to 61 percent proficient and advanced. The growth was impressive, and the scores were very competitive with those of other schools on the Hill, on par with scores at Logan and Watkins Elementary Schools and significantly better than scores at several others. Ludlow-Taylor principal Carolyn Cobbs heralded these achievements, but cautioned, “We will only be satisfied when ALL of our students are scoring at the proficient and advanced levels.”

Ludlow at the White House

Ludlow-Taylor fifth grader Jendaya Washington was invited to the Oval Office to see President Obama sign an Executive Order on education. She was selected through the school’s aftercare robotics program, run by the Metro Warriors Youth Organization. Mentored by professional engineers and engineering students, Ludlow-Taylor students

designed their own lego robots last spring and learned programming and logic using mathematics. Thanks again to ANC 6C for funding the robotics kits. - Sara McLean, LudlowTaylor ES, 659 G St. NE.

Capitol Hill Cluster School

Summer Means Professional Development

Teachers at all three Cluster School campuses pursued individual and school-wide professional development opportunities this summer. Reading specialist Victoria Pierson traveled with students to Costa Rica for a cutural immersion program. Stuart-Hobson life sciences teacher Doug Creef received teacher training at the Keystone Center in Colorado and Montana. Creef, who has taught at Stuart-Hobson for almost a decade, conducted field research, learned about environmental sustainability, and discovered new techniques to teach science while meeting the Common Core standards that D.C. and public schools across the country are implementing. Creef plans to lead his own students into the field this year, while remaining in the city. Students will measure water quality in the Anacostia near Kingman Island, observe how fires spread in a (carefully controlled!) outdoor demonstration, and use geographic coordinates to find GPS locations around Stanton Park. “We’re going

Cluster School life sciences teacher Doug Creef in Colorado practices field techniques he will share with his seventh-grade students at Stuart-Hobson. 138 H HillRag | September 2012

Friendship students: Robin Jeter, Imani Thomas, Dominique Brevard, Jnae Perry, Jordan Betters, were part of a group that visited Haiti.

to bring science to the city!” Creef enthusiastically predicts. Closer to home, Peabody and Watkins teachers underwent training in responsive classroom techniques, a classroom-management method that allows students and teachers to develop their own rules and learn how to resolve conflicts together. StuartHobson teachers undertook training for the developmental design approach to classroom management, the middle-school version of the responsive classroom.

ian Air and Space Museum.- Chris D’Alessandro and Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Early Childhood Campus – 425 C St. NE // Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th St. SE // Stuart-Hobson Middle School Campus – 410 E St. NE //

What’s New?

Students at Peabody Early Childhood Center students will find more nature studies incorporated their classrooms, more organized games and activities at recess organized by the new physical ed office, four new teachers, seven new aides, and a new nurse’s office. Watkins Elementary has brought back first-grade teacher aides; the school’s youngest students will benefit greatly from having two adults in the room. Red shirts and khaki pants, shorts and skirts are new at StuartHobson Middle School, which instated a dress code this fall. Once again student scientists will be competing to send a science fair project to the International Space Station, and the entire Cluster School family will enjoy a night at the Smithson-

Tyler’s New Assistant Prinicapal, Mitchell Brunson

Tyler Elementary School News

Tyler Elementary kicks off the 2012-2013 school year with a new Assistant Principal, Mitchell Brunson, who brings 13 years of experience in education to his new post. Mr. Brunson started his career in teaching in Norfolk Public Schools, followed by Sasha Bruce Public Charter School in Washington, DC, before coming on board with the DCPS in

2003. Having served in the role of a teacher, special education coordinator, special education specialist, and assistant principal, Mr. Brunson possesses an extensive and diversified background in school leadership. Everyone is thrilled to welcome him to the Tyler school community.Colleen Cancio. Tyler Elementary, 1001 G St. SE, 202-939-4810; www.

Friendship Collegiate Academy Visit To Haiti

Through the school’s partnership with the Global Kids, seven students from Friendship Collegiate Academy took part in the second annual Global Gateways summer program. They were Jordan Betters, Dominique Brevard, Robin Jeter, Imani Thomas, Nytavia Warren, Rickia Wrice, and Jnae Perry. The program gives participants the chance to look at issues and create change through social action, peer education, service projects, and digital media. Over the six-week program students met with the chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, members of the Council on Foreign Relations, and officials from World Bank. Global Kids annual program aims to provide students from across the District an opportunity to understand their world and grow student leadership skills so they can be influential voices at home and abroad. In addition, the program gave five Friendship students -- Robin Jeter, Imani Thomas, Dominique Brevard, Jnae Perry, Jordan Betters -- the opportunity to be part of a group that visited Haiti. During the trip, which ran from July 30 to August 11, Friendship students worked with the Cine Institute to put together a documentary on the lives of youth following Haiti’s devastating earthquake. The mission of Friendship Public Charter School is to provide a world-class education that motivates students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning and develop as ethical, H 139


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Local Companies’ Support Continues Through Summer

The partnership between local Companies for Causes (CforC) and the students and administrators at D.C.’s Eastern Senior High School didn’t end when the school year came to a close. Students have been rewarded with trips to New York City and Harper’s Ferry, others participated in mentorship programs with local companies and students in summer school are looking ahead to recognition for their successful completion. Companies for Causes has also funded and hired a Coordinator of Student Life position at Eastern to support and grow the partnership with the high school and community. In June, students who passed all of their classes during the school year were rewarded with all-expense paid day trips. Sixty students travelled to New York City where they visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, strolled Central Park and explored and had dinner in Times Square. Thirtyfive students visited Harper’s Ferry where they went hiking and flatwater tubing. Reston Limo, an inkind CforC partner, worked with CforC to provide transportation for both trips. “As part of our commitment

to support Eastern’s students, we not only want to reward academic success, we also want to make sure those who are struggling don’t feel forgotten. Their hard work during summer school will be rewarded too,” said Ed Woods, CEO of TerpSys. “Companies for Causes is shooting for a 100 percent graduation rate in 2015, so 100 percent of Eastern’s students should feel supported by our efforts.” Six of the CforC partners are hosting Eastern students throughout the summer as part of an “Easternship” mentorship program. Students are spending one day a week with professionals from OPX, Geppetto Catering, Anybill, OmniStudio, TerpSys, and Raffa through August 1. “This is the first year we’ve had the opportunity to welcome high school students into our workplace,” said Josh Carin, CEO of Geppetto Catering. “We are thrilled to be able to introduce them to careers in catering and hospitality and to be able to learn from them as well.” “Three students have been participating in the mentorship program at Raffa,” said Tom Raffa, CEO of Raffa, P.C. “They’ve been able to shadow professionals in our accounting, marketing, technology and back-office operations and have been given specific training on social media, financial and career planning and business communications.” Companies for Causes brings together like-minded, closely-held business CEOs whose passion for

philanthropy brings positive and measureable change to local communities. Learn more at www.companiesforcauses. org. - Emma Osore, Eastern Senior High School; 1700 East Capitol St. NE;, Twitter: @ EasternHS, Facebook: http://;202-698-4500.

Archbishop Carroll High School

Principal/Ceo To Retire

The Board of Directors of Archbishop Carroll High School announced that Principal and CEO David A. Stofa, Ph.D, will retire this fall after seven successful years at the helm of Carroll and more than four decades in teaching and academic administration. His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, stated, “I express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Stofa for his outstanding leadership, generous service and unwavering commitment to Archbishop Carroll High School. In his seven years of service to the school, he has worked tirelessly to provide not only an excellent education, but also to form the whole person in each of his students, who live their faith through service to their community and are well prepared to become the leaders of tomorrow. I wish Dr. Stofa all the best in his retirement.” The Board also announced that Cardinal Wuerl has appointed Vice Principal for Academic Affairs Mary Beth Blaufuss to serve as Acting Principal and CEO upon Dr. Stofa’s departure this fall and pending a search for a permanent successor. Ms. Blaufuss, an educator and administrator with nineteen years of experience, has spent fourteen of them in Catholic institutions. Local schools are invited to send school related articles of 250 words with pictures and captions by Sept 20 to Susan Braun Johnson at Notices are published on a space-available basis and are subject to editing. -sbj H

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Welcome DCYOP’s New Executive Director! by Heather Schoell


oshua Simonds was selected as the new executive director of the DC Youth Orchestra (DCYOP) by its Board in May, and he uprooted his family from downtown Chicago for the opportunity. Simonds is planning to implement changes in this longstanding, successful program – not any key changes, but fine tuning here and there.

Capitol Hill, Meet Joshua Simonds

Joshua Simonds is a husband to a successful fundraiser, dad to 18-month-old Audrey, a percussionist, and a guy who likes most music – you might find him listening to The Shins, Weezer, or Rush on Pandora. Simonds and his wife, Jaclyn, both got their Masters in Arts Management at American University, and “DC was on our short list of places we’d like to go if a job opportunity presented itself.” It did. DCYOP needed an executive director, Simonds had proved himself with Chicago Youth Orchestra, and a match was made. Gary Carleton, DCYOP Board Chair, said of their new hire, “Joshua’s outstanding management skills and vision for improving and expanding the education and performance quality of the program made him the unanimous choice as the next Executive Director. His strong interest in community engagement also made him a perfect fit with the Capitol Hill community. We are thrilled to have him on board.” Simonds lives on the Hill and he walks to work, as he did in Chicago. “I’m in early and I leave late,” he said. “It’s the best way of 142 H HillRag | September 2012

balancing home and work.” Sometimes he even runs home for a quick lunch with his family. “We wanted to be part of the community and Capitol Hill,” said Simonds, “to be at Eastern Market on the weekends.” However, Simonds doesn’t turn his back on our tri-state area

friends. “No major youth orchestra serves only the city,” he said. “And coming to the Capitol every week – parents can drop off their student, go to a museum, shop at some of the local places. It’s important that we recruit from all over; the community benefits.”

Fresh Perspective

At 34, he’s bringing some 21st century into the mature and established DCYOP, which this year is 52. In fact, some of Simonds’ goals are to train students as “21st century musicians”, to show that “orchestra is cool”, and to expand students’ horizons. He encourages students to listen to music that they haven’t heard before. “Some guitar students asked me about Flamenco – they had never heard Flamenco! I told them that when they got home, to listen to it on YouTube, and to explore different types of music. Now you can hear anything!” “Every change I make is with the thought of the students,” Simonds explained. “I’ve told [the staff ] – what they have done in the past is not wrong. What we’re going to be doing is just a little different. No sweeping changes – just incremental changes here and there.” Fine tuning an already successful program is the plan. One tweak is to have more fun. Simonds intends to lighten the mood. And along with that sense of fun, he wants to collaborate with other performance groups, such as he did in Chicago. Under his direction, students in the Chicago Youth Orchestra played with My Brightest Diamond, Dan Zanes, and Tiempo Libre. He took them to Lollapalooza where they played onstage with My Morning Jacket! Classical is important, of course – Simonds listens to it every day – but exposure to other forms of music will stretch students’ ears and enrich their perspectives. To be clear, there will absolutely not be a more relaxed approach in

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the classrooms. Simonds says he will expect greater excellence in instruction, and that he is the first to tell students to sit up straight in their chairs and to get rid of the gum. There will be fewer concerts to focus more on instruction, especially at the beginning levels. At the more advanced levels, Simonds is bringing together a full orchestra –- brass, winds, and strings –- whereas they had been separated.

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DCYOP is truly an outstanding program, with small class sizes, great expectations, and a history of success. The Youth Orchestra has played for the First Lady every Easter

since the 1960s, in addition to other esteemed audiences and venues. Take advantage of this asset to our neighborhood! DCYOPalooza is Sept. 8, 11am – 4pm in the atrium of Eastern High (1700 E. Capitol, NE), and is your kids’ chance to explore, touch the instruments and try them out! Hear a practice session by the Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra as they give Shubert’s Symphony 8 a go at 4 p.m. Meet Simonds and DCYOP teachers. Register for classes! Visit or call (202) 698-0213 for more information. Heather Schoell is a regular contributor to the Hill Rag and can be reached at H H 143

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CARPET cleaning WOVEN HISTORY We wash carpets in the traditional manner- by hand, using no chemicals or machinery. No preheated room for drying. We dry in the sun and the wind. Free pick up an delivery for Capitol Hill Residents. Call 202-543-1705. More info at or Located at 311-315 7th St, SE. Your neighborhood carpet store on Capitol Hill since 1995. 144 H HillRag | September 2012

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Your Chimney Experts. Cleaning, Liners, Repairs & More. Rebuild & Repointing. Free Inspections. Call 202-674-0300 or 301-929-0664.

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Walls & Ceilings Drywall- PlasteringPainting- Attic Insulation

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iron work

Suburban Welding Company


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Our website just got a whole lot better!! Your Home Should Nurture You Kathleen Soloway Interior Designer/Psychotherapist 202-543-7040 • 146 H HillRag | September 2012 SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBORS AND LOCAL BUSINESSES!

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Full-Service Landscape Design & Maintenance Firm

Do you need pickup truck service and a strong driver? Call Norris Wilkins. Phone 202-544-1581. Cell 202-271-0450.

Derek Thomas / Principal - Certified Professional Horticulturist, Master Gardener. Member of the MD Nursery and Landscape Association & the Association of Professional Landscape Designers


REGINALD’S LANDSCAPING Specializing in perennial gardens, landscape design, yard maintenance, seasonal contracts-free estimates for major cleanups, spring/fall cleanups, mulching, pruning, trimming, weeding, debris removal, leaf removal, light hauling, planting and much. Pressure washing, decks patios. Call today! 240604-5390 or 301-420-7027.

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Johnston & Johnston Roofing “Try a new coating vs. a roof replacement.”



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Jay’s Sky Plumbing & Drain Cleaning

• Full Plumbing Service • Repairs • Faucets • Drain Cleaning • Garbage Disposals • Sewer Line Camera

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

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other services beauty/health/fitness Living on & serving the Hill since 1986

Dr. David Walls-Kaufman


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On-site Service for Homes and Businesses

“Aaack -- A Case of the But First’s!!” Have you ever started to do some organizing and then stopped short and heard that little voice chattering in your head saying -- “But wait, stop, but first I need to buy some bins.” “Oh, no, but first, I need to measure that shelf...” “But first, I need to find the tape measure...” and on it goes. If you are feeling stuck in a spinning loop unable to fully engage in your project because of “But first-itis” -- don’t give up. Help is right around the corner. Your neighbor Jill is a certified professional organizer in Chronic Disorganization. Just visit www.jillofalltradesdc. com and write or call at 202-544-5455 to schedule a space planning overview consult and some work sessions to help you get on track and moving forward.

Larry Elpiner 301.767.3355 • 202.543.7055 H 149

PIANO instruction



INSTRUCTION Classical & Jazz. Children & adults. Beginners welcome! Twenty years teaching and performing experience. First lesson FREE. Evelyn Hodges, MFA in Piano.


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READING instruction

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pet adoption

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Would your INDOOR cat or kitten like to be pampered, cared for and played with while you’re away or at work? Then you should give me a call as I would love to pet-sit your cat or kitten. Joyce at 202-547-0556 150 H HillRag | September 2012

Mid-Day Dog Walking Service

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Adoption Event at Howl to the Chief Sundays Noon to 3 PM 733 8th Street, S.E.

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Capital Cats is a non-profit cat rescue organization on the Hill that has many wonderful, personable cats and kittens available for adoption to good homes.

MISC. LEARN Language

Chinese on the Hill

Helen Zhu

professional language instructor (for children and adults) Group classes at Hill Center September 4

Mandarin lessons Cooking lessons



Bookkeeping, filing, part time, eg. 3 mornings a week. Local Cap Hill realtor. Details to:



CHGC’s Annual Bulb Giveaway The Capitol Hill Garden Club is giving away free spring-flowering bulbs for use in public spaces on Capitol Hill. Daffodils and crocus have been chosen as they come back and proliferate every year. Applicants should include a plan for planting, which must be visible from the street. A photograph is appreciated. The plan must also designate the person responsible for the planting. Coordinator Amy Haddad says no qualified applicant will be turned away! Individuals and groups are invited to apply. Applications are due on September 15. The bulbs will be distributed in October. To request an application form (which can be submitted electronically), please contact CHGC at or phone 202.486.7655. H 151

thelastword To Chief Lanier

I am writing on behalf of all of the people who have joined me in signing this letter. We are all residents and business people who live and work on Capitol Hill. We are asking you to do something about the violent crime that has spiked on Capitol Hill in the past few months. We know that you are aware of what is happening. We know from past experience that you are concerned about us and that you will do something about this situation. Several years ago we had a situation that was troubling to our community. People intent on stealing cars were following residents into our community as they drove home and when we would park our cars these people would accost us and steal our cars at gunpoint. You met with us. You listened to our concerns. And you made a commitment to do something that would stop this crime in our community. Within a few days we saw police officers and police vehicles on our street corners every day of the week. The crime stopped. But you did not stop your activities after a few weeks. You continued this activity for more than a year. You were committed to stopping this criminal activity and you were successful. Yesterday people were stealing our cars. Today people are attacking and injuring our citizens. We lost some cars but we did not lose any lives. Today people are facing death and at best, years of rehabilitation from injuries incurred at the hand of these people. The situation today is levels of magnitude more significant than it was a few years ago. We are not asking you to do more than you did in the past. Our request is a response that is similar. Please meet with us. Please listen to our concerns. And please develop a strategy that will be implemented for as long as it takes to stop this violence among us, permanently. Thank you in advance for your action. With warm regards. Byron Buck

John Parker, The Good Samaritan

We are all praying for the recovery of Thomas Maslin and for his family, and await news that his attacker will be brought to justice. But while 152 H HillRag | September 2012

we rally around the family, I would like to take a moment and recognize and sincerely thank John Parker (“JP”), my dear friend and business partner. JP was the anonymous “passerby” that left the sidewalk, walked up to a neighbor’s porch to see if someone lying there needed help, found Thomas Maslin, called 911, and guided the emergency medical personnel to him. Capitol Hill has been nationally awarded for its sense of community and JP’s actions reflect the essence of community. JP is not one to seek attention or accolades --no matter how deserved--- but in this instance, I feel it is essential that someone who got involved, didn’t turn away, who reached out and helped his Hill neighbor, be acknowledged for the caring, compassionate, and community-minded man that he is. We need to encourage and celebrate this kind of selfless involvement. To best guard our community, ensure its safety, and preserve and grow it, we would do well to follow JP’s example -- watch out for each other and help when help is needed. Sincerely, Dee Dee Branand

Mayor Gray visits Eagle Academy PCS on the first day of school. Photo: Eagle Academy

Support Our Neighborhood Bank

I understand that the City Government has refused to renew the lease of National Capital Bank to operate the Eastern Market ATM and has hired a NY company to take over the ATM. I thought it was a joke until I looked into it and found out that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. I am sure that there is some “good” reason by DC Gov’s quite poor standards that some lame bureaucrat used to accomplish this “deal,” but all one can say is “how stupid can one get?” NCB is a great local bank and it does and has done untold good in this community for years and years for every cause and need that most any Capitol Hill group can come up with. Now our City Government says thanks by going to NY for a vendor and tells the local bank and its local employees and many, many local customers to drop dead. I am truly baffled. With the Mayor running a crooked campaign

and two now ex-city council members in jail for stealing from the taxpayers( much less the children’s fund) and Natwar Gandhi giving away more millions to his pal developers and other councilmembers being investigated by the DOJ, it makes one wonder if the entire DC City Gov now up for sale to the highest bidder? I am aware one ATM machine is normally not a big deal when compared to all of the above, but it is an example of a city government gone out of its mind and taxpayers being ripped off and I could go on. Mac Hansbrough H

Show Your Support for Capitol Hill Assault Victim TC Maslin and His Family

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the NOSE

I’m So Bored by Anonymous


ere we are at the end of the August political doldrums, Dear Readers. The Wilson Building has been deserted for the past month as its denizens take their annual leave. Some trek to the beach; others to the wilds of this country’s vast hinterland vainly attempting to avoid colliding with Bambi or Thumper on a bucolic roadway. June and July were such exciting months. Each indictment or resignation rumor brought a rush to The Nose’s senses much like his long ago, barely remembered dorm antics. The Nose’s cell phone was constantly buzzing as sources passed him the latest imputations. “Vince is resigning next week for sure. I heard it from a good friend in Superior Court,” stated one source. “Loraine Green has come back from Florida. She must be here to cop a plea,” another Hillcrest wag speculated. As Mayor Vincent “The Stoic” Gray ducked inconvenient questions at press events, fellow scribblers tweeted away amplifying the rumors. The Nose felt trapped in a virtual echo chamber with his garrulous brethren. While the chattering classes left off their relentless resignation gossip in August, The Stoic continued his Clintonesque tramp across the District, his itinerary incorporating events of ever diminishing gravity. In late August, after a hard day chasing the Mayor from one pointless ribbon cutting to the next, rather than braving the Bay Bridge, The Nose sought solace at the Tune Inn. There, he ponied up to the bar only to find his fellow scribblers: Marcus Tombraider of WBTM, Sherwood Forrest of Channel 411, Allen Sundered of the Washington Rag and Mike DeMinimis of the Washington Compost. The Nose: “If I see one more ribbon cut, I am going to use the remnants to strangle Pedro (The Voice of Vince).” Forrest: “I just want to put my hands over my ears when the Mayor steps to the mike, and scream, ‘Wah! Wah! Wah!” DeMinimis: “My girlfriend found me slumped

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over insentient after I vainly attempted to read the ‘One City Action Plan.’” Sundered: “That was utter fantasy. It nearly made me retch.” Tombraider: “I long for the days of chasing a mayor’s bicycle posse. At least that gave me a workout!” The Nose: “In Anthony Williams’ day, we had a mayor who really knew how to cannonball.” Holding their drinks in the air, his fellow members of the Fourth Estate, launched into a raucous, punk anthem (Think The Clash!): Gray campaign worker He wanna pay some cash He met a brown man in Union Station and handed it to him in a paper bag. Prosecutor conviction talk to the politicians of DC Here come indictments An’ they can’t afford to miss a word We’re so bored with Vincent Gray We’re so bored with Vincent Gray But what can We do? Fibbie investigators Always on the TV ‘Cos politicians in America Work seven days a week Here come the ribbon cuttings No straight talk Out come the glad hands It’s more political evasion We’re so bored with Vincent Gray We’re so bored with Vincent Gray But what can We do? Move up Machin For the FBI Not quite Kojak No Ken Cummins For the District “Who will rid me of this boring Mayor?” signed DC’s scribblers collectively. And believe The Nose, Dear Readers, it was a cri de Coeur. Have a thought for The Nose? Email; or visit him at H