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Oversized & renovated 1-BR boutique condo...1,060 sf w/ a location & character that can’t be beat.

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Renovated two-level 2BR/2BA at the Grace Church condominium. Includes a southern facing stainglass window & other unique architectural elements. Wood burning fireplace; full of personality & an A++/ Eastern Market location.

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Renovated 2-BR Victorian endunit w/ 1-BR rental In-law Suite/ Apt. Across from Maury ES.

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Corner 2-BR Victorian with open spaces. Covered off-street parking. Extra Lot. Not to be missed.

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124 D Street, SE

1-BR condo with a location & curb appeal that can’t be beat. Buyer’s Agent



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Updated 1 BR, 900 sf. corner condo with great light and convenient to all the amenities of Old Town. Garage parking; 4 Blks to Potomac River.

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921 Hillside Lake Terr. #305 Gaithersburg, MD

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1600 C Street, NE

Renovate 3BR/2BA Porch Front end/corner unit with parking & In-law Suite/Apartment. Buyer Agent.

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214 15th Street NE

3-BR / 2.5BA renovated Porch Front with off-street parking & finished basement




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1246 Monroe St., NE Brookland

Large, Detached 3BR plus 1BR Basement Unit steps to Metro in the heart of Brookland. Buyer Agent.

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1015 Mass., Ave NE 3-BR / 2.5BA renovated Porch Stately, Elegant Victorian on 4-finished levels w/ 4BR, 3.5 BA including In-Law Suite. Great. Lincoln Park location.

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What’s Inside


16 What’s On Washington 20 Calendar 52 Hill Rag Crossword 152 Classified Ads 159 Last Word 162 The Nose

capitolstreets 33 34 44 46 50

E on DC / E. Ethelbert Miller The Bulletin Board The Numbers / Ed Lazere Should Charters Be Allowed to Give Neighborhood Preference / Jonetta Rose Barras ANC 6C Report / Charnice A. Milton

communitylife 53 56 58 60 62 64

South By West / Will Rich H Street Life: / Elise Bernard Barracks Row / Sharon Bosworth Capitol Riverfront News / Michael Stevens Thriving on Capitol Hill: John Bratton / Celeste McCall @ Your Service / Ellen Boomer



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Remodeling Your Kitchen / Bruce Wentworth Aging in Place / Heather Schoell The Hill Gardener: Living and Growing Tributes to Kim Brenegar / Annette Nielsen Garden Spot: Great Gardens of Capitol Hill 2013 / Derek Thomas @ Your Service / Ellen Boomer Renovating Resources / Catherine Plume Dear Garden Lady / by Wendy Blair

Dave Lloyd & Associates 703-593-3204

Enthusiastically serving clients on both sides of the river. Arlington S. $1,179,000

realestate 101 104

Brand new 4,000+ sqft 5BR, 4.5 bath Craftsman inspired dream home on lovely corner lot amidst established Oaks in the historic Barcroft neighborhood. This one checks all the boxes!

The Canals of Capitol Hill / Robert S. Pohl Changing Hands: Home Sales / Don Denton

ARTSdiningentertainment 113 116 119 120 122 124 126

Dining Review: Hank’s Oyster Bar / Emily Clark Dining Notes / Celeste McCall The Wine Guys: Whiskey / Felix Milner At the Movies: A Second Look / Mike Canning Art and The City / Jim Magner The Literary Hill / Karen Lyon The Jazz Project / Jean-Keith Fagon

Arlington N. $920,000

Jim Morrison’s childhood home has been totally remodeled and substantially expanded. This 4BR, 3 bath front porch Cape is nestled on a spectacular lanscaped lot straight out of home & garden.

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Kids & Family Notebook / Kathleen Donner School Notes / Susan Braun Johnson

Spacious & charming 3 level Rambler on a gorgeous park-like lot in the storybook setting of Lee Heights. Enjoy 4,701 base sqft, 5BR’S, 2 baths, sunroom addition & extensive decking with screened gazebo overlooking the glorious lot.

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a month-by-month guide to events

Our Four Favorite Fall Festivals

This year, the Adams Morgan Day Festival is on Sunday, Sept 8, noon-7 p.m. and runs along 18th St. NW, from Florida Ave. to Columbia Rd. The Festival features four stages of music, art fair, dance plaza, kids’ fair. The H Street Street Festival will be held Saturday, Sept 21, noon-7 p.m. It will feature over 50 artists and 80 performances on 10 stages accompanied by an array of local, regional and international cuisine, shopping, arts exhibits, educational events, seminars and conversations with local entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations spanning 10 blocks of H Street NE. The Barracks Row Fall Festival is a week later on Saturday Sept 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the 500 to 700 blocks of 8th St. SE. Expect food vendors, live music stage, face painting, community information tables, arts and crafts and activities for children. The Southwest DC Arts Festival is also on Saturday, Sept 28, 9 a.m. until dark. The Festival, centered around 400 M St. SW, is at various venues throughout Southwest and includes a central art market, hand dancing, film screenings and walking tours. RIGHT: Last year’s H Street Festival scene. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Washington Heritage Museums in Fredericksburg

Friday through Sunday, Sept 13-15, three Fredericksburg, VA, Washington Heritage Museums will be open to feature exhibits and demonstrations honoring the crafts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Washington Heritage Museums is a new 501(c)3 membership organization established to assume ownership and management of historic house museums in downtown Fredericksburg: Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, St. James’ House and Rising Sun Tavern. A ticket to visit the three open properties is $10 ($5 for ages 6-18). The charming town of Fredericksburg is about one hour south of DC, just off route 95. 540-373-1569. LEFT: Photo Courtesy of Washington Heritage Museums

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds

One of Italy’s greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds, will be exhibited in the Air and Space Museum for 40 days, Sept 13-Oct 22. The extraordinary document, created ca. 1505, shows da Vinci’s interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. It includes sketches and descriptions of devices and aerodynamic principles related to mechanical flight that predate the invention of the airplane by 400 years. The Codex, an early form of a personal notebook, will be on view in a specially designed and secured case located in The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age, an exhibition whose centerpiece is Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 1903 Flyer, the world’s first successful powered aircraft. Nearby interactive stations will allow visitors to virtually leaf through the 18 folios (two-sided pages) of the Codex. The 16th-century genius is known primarily as an artist and sculptor, but he is also renowned for his skills in architecture, music, mathematics, poetry, engineering, anatomy and botany. LEFT: Leonardo describes the use of flight testing apparatus to understand aerodynamics. The leaf outline denotes a recycled sheet of paper. Photo: Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Day of the Dog at Congressional Cemetery

On Saturday, Sept 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Congressional Cemetery is hosting a Day of the Dog festival to celebrate everything they love about dogs. They’ll have activities for both people and their pups, including contests, games, demonstrations and much more. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption. Day of the Dog promises to be an exciting inaugural event for Congressional Cemetery. Known on Capitol Hill as one of the best places to walk your dog, Congressional Cemetery typically only allows dog-walking privileges to members of the K9 Corps. However, Day of the Dog will open the cemetery to the public and their pups, which is a special opportunity for dog lovers to experience this historic site along with local pet vendors and services. This event is

free and open to the public. Tickets to participate in activities and contests will be available for purchase onsite the day of the event.Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE.

Art All Night 2013: Nuit Blanche DC

On Sept 28-29, Shaw Main Streets will present Art All Night, the second full scale overnight arts festival in Washington, DC, based on Paris’ Nuit Blanche. The magic will last from 7 p.m. that night until 3 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 29. The first festival, on Sept 24, 2011, drew an estimated 15,000 attendees. Twelve venues in central Shaw along 7th and 9th Sts. NW, will showcase the work of DC painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers, musicians, dancers, poets, actors and more, with international participants, as well. (which should be live by our publication date) will provide updates on the program schedule and information on venues, artists, partners, sponsors, where to eat and drink during the festival, and much more. A mobile app available before and during the event will provide an interactive map of all the venues, as well as the live performance schedule and restaurants and bars that will be open during the festival’s eight hours. LEFT: Art All Night DC 2011: Vacant rowhouses on 9th Street became art spaces, inside and out. Photo: Rosina Teri Memolo HillRag | September 2013 H 17

Capitol Hill’s Favorite Little Hideaway!

Your Friends Are Back! Come Visit General Manager Billie Jo, Paige, Henry, Nick, David, Jay, Olga and The Whole Gang! Enjoy Billiards & Shuffleboard Large Screen TVs with The College Game Plan on Saturdays and The Full NFL Ticket on Sundays

Lola’s Barracks Bar & Grill 711 8th St SE (202) 547-5652

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Truckeroo Food Truck Festival. Sept 6, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM. Truckeroo is held 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. Rosslyn Jazz Festival. Sept 6, 1:00-7:00 PM. The free 23rd Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival presents its customary “all-headliner” caliber lineup Experience the DC-debut of the Olé Coltrane Project featuring the Grammy-winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Band, with guest James Carter (sax) in a fresh take on Coltrane’s classic 1961 LP; the New Orleans Second Line/Hip Hop fusion of the Soul Rebels from HBO’s Treme; and the spirit-stirring sound of Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens. Gateway Park, Rosslyn, VA.

and under, free. For more information, please visit

Hyattsville Arts Festival. Sept 14, 11:00 AM5:00 PM. 70 artists, food, live entertainment. 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD. H Street Festival. Sept 21, 11:30 AM-7:00 PM. H Street’s mega-popular event. Live music, food,

food, fun, games, live entertainment, information booths. For more information, contact Adondra Woods at

National Book Festival on the Mall. Sept 21-22. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook

Fiesta Musical at the Zoo. Sept 29, 11:00 AM4:00 PM. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with sloths, golden lion tamarins, Andean bears, anteaters and other friends at the National Zoo! With animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latino music, costumed dancers, traditional crafts, and Latin American foods, the event offers something for everyone. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Art Romp Anacostia. Through Sept 16, TuesdaysFridays, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM; Saturdays, noon-6:00 PM. The exhibition will feature over 50 artists from all sides of the river, exhibiting many modes of artistic expression--including painting, photography, quilting, performance art, new media, and sculpture. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Takoma Park Folk Festival. Sept 8 (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. Mount Vernon’s Colonial Market & Fair. Sept 13-14, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. More than forty juried artisans from across the nation will demonstrate their trades and sell their wares while two stages of family entertainment delight audiences with 18th-century amusements. Free Potomac River sightseeing cruises are available. Costumed interpreters will be demonstrating the 18th-century chocolate-making process using an authentic colonial recipe! The event is included with regular admission: adults, $17; youth, 6-11 $8; children 5

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DC Jazz Preservation Festival. Sept 28, all day. Westminster Church, 400 I St., SW. a free outdoor event (weather permitting) featuring DC’s finest “straight ahead” jazz musicians and vocalists. End of Summer Fair in Southwest. Sept 28, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. The fair will be held in conjunction with the SW ArtsFest. Come discover St. A’s spirit while enjoying homemade pies and other tasty desserts at the bake sale or while perusing gently-used clothing, jewelry and housewares at their Fabulous Finds. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW, across from Arena Stage.

Local 11th Street Bridge Celebration. Sept 7, noon-3:00 PM. Join them for a festive celebration on the Local 11th Street Bridge commemorating the District Department of Transportation’s decade of transportation advancements and the full opening of the local bridge to two-way traffic, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Adams Morgan Day Festival. Sept 8, noon-7:00 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.

Southwest DC Arts Festival. Sept 28, 9:00 AMdark. Festival is at various venues throughout Southwest and includes a central art market, hand dancing, film screenings, walking tours. 400 M St. SW. 202-554-8282.

Turkish Festival. Sept 29, 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).

Courtesy of Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair

Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair Sept 28-29, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Now in its 10th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. Union Market parking lot at 1309 Fifth St. NE. craftybastards

children’s activities and information tables, between 2nd and 15th sts. on H St. NE.

characters and participate in a variety of activities. National Mall.

Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival. Sept 21, noon-6:00 PM. The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD

Barracks Row Fall Festival. Sept 28, 11:00 AM5:00 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.

Faith Tabernacle Church Annual Community Day. Sept 21, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM. Day features

(e)merge art fair. Oct 3-6. The (e)merge art fair connects emerging-art professionals from around the globe with collectors, curators and cultural decision makers in Washington, DC. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 “I” St. SW. Trinidad DC Art in the Alley. Oct 5, 6:00-10:00 PM. Launched in 2011, Art in the Alley celebrates local art in local spaces twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall. The alley is located between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave. and Morse St. NE, in residential Trinidad. If you are interested in participating, visit artinthealleydc.

MUSIC Labor Day Concert at the Capitol. Sept 1, 8:00 PM (gates open at 3:00 PM). The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year,


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Washington Nationals Pups in the Park Sept 14, 7:05 PM. Nat’s vs. Phillies. Bring your well-behaved dog (on a leash) to the ball park. Tickets for you and your dog are $30 which includes a $8 donation to Humane Society.

the Sunday before Labor Day. Call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at 202-416-8114 after 11 a.m. in the evnent of inclement weather. Art & Spirit Coffeehouse “Piano Four Hands”. Sept 4, 7:00 PM. Pianists Lou Ivey and Mark Conrad return for another performance of “Piano Four Hands” music. Piano four hands is commonly described as a duet for a single piano with two players. The free program includes coffee and desserts served throughout the evening, followed by questions and answers. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW, across from Arena Stage. Rock-N-Roar Concert at the Zoo. Sept 6 (rain or shine), 6:00-9:00 PM. Unforgettable live music. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket or low-seated lawn/beach chairs for seating. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, beer, and wine will be available for purchase at the Zoo. To be served alcohol, you must present a valid photo ID. Outside food and beverages will not be permitted. Ticket required. Round About at Ebenezers. Sept 6, 7:30-10:00 PM. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202558-6900. Phoebe Hunt-Singer/Songwriter Folk Concert. Sept 8, 6:30 PM. Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Phoebe Hunt’s insatiable wanderlust drives everything she does-from mastering myriad musical styles to living the life of a touring musician. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Kelly McFarling Band at Corner Store. Sept 8, 8:00 PM. McFarling’s powerful voice, bold lyrics and roots melodies meld over the banjo, pedal steel, guitar, bass and drum pulse of her band. $15 advance rsvp, $20 walk-in. Corner Store Arts, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807.

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Jake Lewis and The Clergy, Roof Beams, & Ben Hofer at Ebenezers. Sept 12, 7:30-10:00 PM. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Crank and Groove: A G-Go Love Story. Sept 1314, 8:00 PM. Storytellers, musicians and dancers take us on a rhythmic journey with true tales of go-go’s past and present. Bring your cowbell and your dancing shoes, and get ready to crank and groove to go-go’s distinct blend of funk, rhythm & blues, hip-hop, and live percussion. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. American Roots Music Series at Hill Center. Sept 15, 4:30 PM, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; and Sept 29, 4:00 PM, Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202549-4172. Evolution of Gospel at Kennedy Center. Sept 16, 8:00 PM. This uplifting program celebrates the rich heritage and legacy of gospel music through word and song. Scheduled to perform are The Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard, J. Moss, Earnest Pugh, WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, Endurance, Keith Williams, Stacy Johnson, Milton Biggham, and Tanya Dallas Lewis. The Foundation pays tribute to acclaimed gospel artists, including the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the late Bill Moss, Richard Smallwood, and Bill Gaither. It also honors U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Free. Call Ivy Levingston at 832-4288252 to reserve tickets. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Bassekou Kouyate at the Atlas. Sept 20, 8:00 PM. Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Joy Maye at Ebenezers. Sept 20, 7:30-10:00 PM. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900.

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Great Noise Ensemble at the Atlas. Sept 21, 8:00 PM. Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. WorldPlay: Traditional Music of the World at Hill Center. Sept 22, 3:30-6:00 PM. Dr. Nadar Majd and the Chakavak Ensemble: Persian Music. The concert will feature a half hour, moderated discussion about the history of the culture, heritage, music and performers. Tickets are $15. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Nicholas Photinos at the Atlas. Sept 22, 8:00 PM. This season, renowned cello player and founding member of Eight Blackbird, the Chicagobased three-time Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble, Nick Photinos will premiere his music as a solo artist on the Atlas stage. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Rhythm in NoMa Concert. Sept 26; 6:00-8:00 PM. Connect with business partners, family or friends while listening to a variety of popular musical styles, from Motown to funk to quiet jazz ensembles. Concert at the Union Kitchen Lot at 3rd and L Sts. NE. Jessica Campbell, Clarence Bucaro, & Sara Beth Go! at Ebenezers. Sept 26, 7:30-10:00 PM. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. The Dirk Quinn Band at Corner Store. Sept 27. $15 advance rsvp, $20 walk-in. Corner Store Arts, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Map of the World-Music from 13th–and 15th Century Spain. Sept 27, 28 and 29. Evocative Spanish music of the 13th and 15th centuries, including Spanish dances, history’s first song cycle — the Seven Songs of Love by Gallician Martim Codax, and a mass by Juan Cornago. With vocalists, fiddles, winds, lutes, and psalteries. $37. Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. An Autumn Gospel Gala. Sept 28, 5:00-7:00 PM. Featuring former favorites of Emmanuel Baptist Church: Sis. Jocelyn Battle Avery, Sis. Rose Patrick Smith, Sis. Linda Lawson Gray, Sis. Betty Powell, Sis. Pamela Hamilton Williams and Bro. Joshua Hamilton, Bro. Richard & Sis. Veronica Prince, and Sis. Juanita Richardson (Spiritual Leader). Come and enjoy the voices of former members as they delight your hearts, bless your souls, and elevate your spirits while showering you with sermons in song. $25, adults; $15, 12 and under. Contact Sis. Carolyn Petty-Martin 301-568-5964 or Sis Sylvia H. Patrick 301-390-0002 to reserve a seat. Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2409 Ainger Pl. SE. Rock the Bells 2013 Festival at RFK. Sept 2829. Hip Hop. The festival will feature an exclusive performance from up-and-coming Harlem supergroup A$AP MOB featuring A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvy, and A$AP Nast. Other artists added to the Washington, DC lineup include JOEY BADA$$ with PRO ERA, LOGIC, STALLEY, YOUNG DIRTY BASTARD, and THE INTERNET. These additions join previously announced artists KID CUDI, BLACK HIPPY, J. COLE, WU-TANG CLAN, and many more. Christine Salem at the Atlas. Oct 3, 8:00 PM.

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Considered an expert and one of the few female voices of the musical tradition of maloya from the Reunion Island, chanteuse Christine Salem sings in Creole, Malagasy, Comoran or Swahili. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Rebecca Frazier at Corner Store. Oct 4. $15 advance rsvp, $20 walk-in. Corner Store Arts, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Go-Go Swing: Washington, DC’s Unstoppable Beat. Through Oct 18, open 7 days a week, 9:00 AM-8:00 PM. The special exhibition features fine art and memorabilia, as well as musical performances, to reveal and document untold stories of the inventors, contributors and legacy carriers of the city’s signature sound. Open 7 days a week, 9 AM - 8:00 PM. DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I (EYE) St. SE. Gospel Choir Brunch at Union Market. First Saturday of every month, 10:00 AM. Experience Gospel Choir Brunch on the first Saturday of every month with a dynamic performance featuring the Israel Baptist Church. Brunch specials are available from vendors. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. HR 57 Weekly Jam Sessions. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 PM-midnight. Since 1993 HR-57 has provided a place where aspiring musicians gather to learn the history and cultures of the genres of jazz and blues. It’s a venue for the exchange of ideas and information between aspiring and professional musicians, students, aficionados and the general public. $8. 1007 H St. NE. 202253-0044. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Free but free will offering taken. 1317 G ST. NW. 202-347-2635. epiphanydc. org Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Expect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children are welcome and free under 16 years old. 202-484-7700. 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.

THEATER AND FILM A Few Good Men at Keegan. Through Sept 7. First produced on Broadway in 1989 and inspiring an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder. Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. Brokeology at Anacostia Playhouse. Through Sept 8. This stirring family drama follows the King family, William King is a single father who has successfully raised two sons in challenging circumstances. Overcoming the death of his wife and facing dreams deferred, William has instilled

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responsibility, loyalty, love and obligation in his sons who are now charged with his care as illness slowly starts to take over. Now the King family must decide how to embrace each of their lives. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. DC Shorts. Sept 19-29 at various times and venues. 153 films from around the globe presented in 17 unique 90-minute showcases at venues around the metropolitan area. Rorschach Theatre’s Neverwhere at the Atlas. Through Sept 15. The London Underground takes on new meaning in this stage adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling fantasy adventure novel. In the tradition of Alice’s looking glass and Dorothy’s cyclone, Richard Mayhew’s adventure begins when a wounded girl appears on the sidewalk in front of him. The girl pulls Richard from the comfort of his life in modern London into a world where society’s unwanted live in a dark subculture; where monsters are real and where death waits in the dark of Night’s Bridge. The Atlas, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Torch Song Trilogy at Studio. Sept 4-Oct 13. Drag queen Arnold Beckoff comes by his blues honestly: he knows what it is to long for love. Tired of trawling New York’s gay bar backrooms, and armed with fierce humor, Arnold decides to find a family on his own terms. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. Potted Potter at Shakespeare. Sept 5-15. Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. The Velocity of Autumn at Arena. Sept 6-Oct 20. The play introduces us to Alexandra, a 79-year-old woman living a solitary existence in her Brooklyn brownstone with her fleeting memories and enough explosives to take down most of the block. At an impasse with her family over how she should spend her autumn years, her longabsent son enters as an unlikely mediator. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. After the Revolution at Theater J. Sept 7-Oct 6. The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph is primed to follow in the footsteps of her progressive political family. But when she discovers a troubling secret about her blacklisted grandfather, Emma must confront her family’s legacy, and her own path. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800 494-8497. Detroit at Woolly. Sept 9-Oct 6. Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends-to incendiary effect. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939.

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Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents Molière’s Don Juan. Sept 12-Oct 6. This hilarious send up of high culture is set in a protean art museum outfitted with ever-changing paintings and ambulatory statues. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Elstad Auditorium at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 1-800-838-3006. donjuan. BELL by Jim Lehrer. Sept 12-21. See Alexander Graham Bell as you’ve never seen him before when BELL, a play written by Jim Lehrer, directed by Jeremy Skidmore, and starring Rick Foucheux, opens at National Geographic. National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW. 202–857–7700. U Street Movies. Sept 18. Movies shown at the Harrison Recreation Center field, V St. between 13th and 14th sts. NW. Free admission. Attendees are encouraged to come early to picnic in the park and listen to music spun by local DJs. movies. “Pompeii from the British Museum”. Sept 25, 7:30 PM. Presented in select movie theaters nationwide for only one night, the event tells the story of life in the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum nearly 2,000 years ago before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. “Pompeii from the British Museum” marks the first cinema event to be produced by a museum for a major exhibition, providing a private view of the British Museum’s blockbuster show Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Accompanied by music, poetry and eyewitness accounts, attendees will be taken behind the scenes to explore the homes and lives of the inhabitants of the thriving industrial hub of Pompeii and the small seaside town of Herculaneum prior to the devastating volcanic eruption of the volcano, Mount Vesuvius. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit Taffety Punk Theatre presents Riot Grrrls Shakespeare “Titus Adronicus”. Sept 27-Oct 26. Following all-female productions of Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, and Much Ado About Nothing, the Riot Grrrls are back to prove that a great actress can play a great role, regardless if it’s male or female. This season, the Grrrls take over Titus Andronicus, wresting the meaty roles in one of Shakespeare’s most gruesome plays from the boys. CHAW, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.

LECTURES AND TOURS Library of Congress Science Lecture Series. Sept 10-Nov 8. The fall lecture series from the Science, Technology and Business Division at the Library of Congress will include illustrated talks by NASA scientists on hot towers in hurricanes and the history of cosmology, and lectures by experts on Gregor Johann Mendel, the use of nanotechnology in treating cancer and the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure. Sept 10, 11:30 a.m., Finding Hot Towers in Hurricanes; Oct 21, 11:30 a.m., Cancer, Magnets and Heat: Can Nanotechnology Provide New Solutions for Old Treatments?; Oct 23, 11:30 a.m., At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, Our Place in the Universe: Cosmology from the Greeks to Today; Nov 7, 11;30 a.m., Bench to Bedside (DNA); Nov 8, 11;30 a.m., Solitude of a Humble Genius-Gregor Johann Mendel Professor: Volume 1-Formative Years. All lectures, which are free and open to the

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Historic Walking Tour of Swampoodle. Oct 5, 10:00 AM-noon. You’re invited to a walking tour of “Swampoodle”, the neighborhood between 2nd and 4th Sts. and F and G Sts. NE. Learn about the history, people, and architecture of Swampoodle, and the Swampoodle name. Free, open to the public. Rain or shine. Meet at: Ebenezers Coffee House, 2nd and F Sts. NE. 202-543-0425.

You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions Book Signing and Conversation with Frederic Frommer and Bob Schieffer. Sept 26, 7:00 PM. Join author Frederic Frommer as he discusses his new book You Gotta Have Heart with the award-winning host of Face the Nation Bob Schieffer. This book takes a look at the rich history of America’s favorite pastime in the nation’s capitol, ranging from the pioneering 1859 Washington Nationals to the Washington Senators, to the Homestead Grays, to the present day Nationals. Books will be available for sale. Free. Register online or call 202-549-4172. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

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. 202544-4600.

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SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating. Sept 2, noon-1:20 PM; Sept 6, 13, 20 and 27, noon-1:50 PM; Sept 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM. DC’s only indoor ice skating. Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. NE. 202-584-5007. Women’s National Team Public Training Session. Sept 2, 11:00 AM. All U.S. Soccer fans are invited to attend the U.S. Women’s National Team public training session on Labor Day at RFK Stadium. Admission and parking are free and open to the public. DC Outdoor Public Pools. Except East Potomac Pool, all closed for the season either on Aug 25 or Sept 2. East Potomac Pool. Remains open daily, except Wednesdays, through Oct 13, Monday-Friday, 1:00-7:00 PM; and Saturday-Sunday, noon-6:00 PM. 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 202-727-6523.


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Yoga Open House at Hill Center. Sept 8, noon3:30 PM. Meet the instructors, get your questions answered, and try out some free demonstrations of several of the fall yoga classes. Visit us online to see specific times for demos of Toddler/Preschooler Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Adult Yoga. Free. Register online or call 202-549-4172. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 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. “Hope for the Homeless” Golf Tournament. Sept 23. This event brings golfers, interfaith leaders, business principals, and our Capitol Hill neighbors together for an afternoon of camaraderie to support a critical need in our community-

Roller Skating at Anacostia Park. Skate weekends, sunrise to sunset. This is a covered, outdoor skating pavilion. Free. One-hour free skate “rental” has started but sizes and supplies are limited. During summer months, open daily. Go east on Penn. Ave. across Anacostia River and make the first right turn onto Fairlawn Ave. and another right onto Nicholson and then into the park. 202-472-3873. 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. Tidal Basin 3K Monthly Run. Third Wednesday of each month, noon. This run is free and informal. West Potomac Park (meet on Ohio Dr. at West Basin Dr., near the Tourmobile stand). 703-5053567.

MARKETS AND SALES Southeast Library Book Sale. Sept 14 (monthly on the 2nd Saturday), 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. southeast Rosedale Library Book and Bake Sale. Sept 14, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Friends of Rosedale Library is holding a “Books and Bites Sale” at the library at 1701 Gales St. NE. To donate books or baked goods, call 571-213-1630 or email friendsoftherosedalelibrary@ Maury ES Yard & Bake Sale. Oct 5, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. Sale items will include gently used clothes, toys, housewares, furniture and more. You can drop off donations (receipts available) the morning of the event. This is a great opportunity to clear your closets and score legendary bargains while supporting a neighborhood school. 1250 Constitution Ave. NE Capital Riverfront Farmers Market. Open Tuesdays through October, 4:00-7:00 PM. Every Tuesday, Canal Park’s southern block will transform into a festive marketplace with a dozen local farmers and vendors selling fresh produce, locally prepared food, and artisan crafts. 2nd and M Sts. SE.

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H Street FreshFarm Market. Saturdays through Dec 21, 9:00 AM-noon. H St. and 13th St. NE. Vendors are Atwater’s; Blueberry Hill; Cedarbrook Farm; Dolcezza Gelato; Full Cellar Farm; Garden Path Farm; Gordy’s Pickle Jar; Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm, LLC; Quaker Valley Orchards; Red Apron Butchery; Richfield Farm. Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Every Tuesday, 3:00-7:00 PM. Tuesday afternoon farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. Union Market. Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM8:00 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM. The newly-opened Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year-round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400. Anacostia Big Chair Flea Market. Saturdays, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The market features a diverse mix of art, crafts, imports, antiques, collectibles and furniture every Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The market will also feature local specialty food items such as fruits and vegetables, flowers, preserves, prepared foods and beverages. 2215 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

CIVIC LIFE Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary Meeting. Sept 7, noon. Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Federal Unit #1 meets at DAV National & Legislative Headquarters, 807 Maine Ave. SW. This meeting is open to family members of military veterans. For more information, contact Commander Gloria Simon at ghs919@msn. com or 202-554-0573. Grosso Near You (informal) Meeting. First Thursday, 8:00-9:30 AM, Pound the Hill, 621 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The meetings will provide the opportunity for constituents to bring ideas and issues directly to Councilmember Grosso as part of an effort to make the DC Council more accessible. Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. Sept 5, 8:00-9:30 AM at the Channel Inn on the Waterfront, 650 Water St. SW; Sept 19, 8:00-9:30 AM, Batter Bowl Bakery, 403 H St. NE; Sept 26, 8:00-9:30 AM at a location in Shaw TBA. Call the office for exact location. Councilmember Wells can be reached at 202-724-8072 or ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC 6D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at 1100 4th St. SW, DCRA meeting room, 2nd floor. 202-554-1795. H

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Capitol Streets Lady Morgan

Come September, Comes A Bride.


eptember is the month after summer love. It’s the time when people begin to separate. It’s off to college and maybe the start of kindergarten. The evenings find the A/C off and a sweater sneaking into the front of a closet. This month my daughter will marry and her last name will change like the weather outside. I’ve already started calling her “Lady Morgan” as the summer of my middle fatherhood slowly comes to an end. It was my daughter who introduced me to the “Daddy Club” back in 1982. I was living in the Newport West apartment building on Rhode Island Avenue. It was around the corner from what was once the city’s red light district. Some nights there were no empty corners and the ladies of the night stood almost buttocks to buttocks on 14th Street. During the weekend daylight hours I pushed my daughter’s stroller up to Dupont Circle and watched the men play chess. Knowing I would need a larger apartment for my family, I started looking and networking. One evening I was standing in the middle of the Great Hall of The Folger Shakespeare Library when I saw Herb White (owner of the memorable Herb’s restaurant) rushing by while munching on some chocolate cherries. During our very brief conversation he told me to drop by where he lived on Fuller Street in Adams Morgan; the apartment below his penthouse was vacant. On a bright summer Sunday I stood in the middle of a large two bedroom

by E. Ethelbert Miller apartment with a serious veranda. I immediately told Herb I would take the unit and made the type of mistake that haunts Thurman Thomas who played for the Buffalo Bills. Whereas Thomas misplaced his helmet at the start of Super Bowl XXVI, I forgot to check Fuller Street for criminal activity. In my second memoir, The 5th Inning, I describe the block this way: If someone had told me there was a “God of Gentrification” I would have been on my knees almost every day and praying to it. How many fathers are forced to raise their children on Fuller Streets? It was a street my son would never play on. The father protects his herd, even though one night it was my cat Holly that probably saved our lives. One hot summer night before going to sleep, I checked on my son and daughter sleeping in their bunk beds. They must have been eight and thirteen. My night ritual was to make sure to check on them. Rookies do that after their first hit. New to first base they look over at the first base coach. Didn’t someone do the same for me? In my children’s room was an unread “USA Today.” I had instructed them both to read the newspaper on a daily basis. Tonight the paper was folded and could have been left already prepared to swat bugs. I picked it up and decided to glance at a few stories before retiring. While reading in the outer room I noticed Holly my cat adopt an attack posture near the kitchen door. When I went to check to see what the problem was, I was shocked to discover a foot

trying to push itself through my kitchen window. I yelled at the foot, and the foot took off. A few days later the police shot a person trying to climb into a neighbor’s window. I separated from Fuller Street the way August separates from September or the way Orpheus turns around looking for Eurydice. My wife looked at me one day with Bessie Smith sadness and said, “This isn’t Iowa.” It lacked the space, the slower pace, the peaceful acceptance of people that she remembered when she lived in Des Moines. In many ways I knew my family needed a home. My daughter was growing up and felt sharing a bunk bed with her baby brother was psychologically damaging. So we moved. We headed north up into Ward 4 as if it was Canada. On Underwood Street, not far from an old Civil War fort, my daughter would dream of college, career and companionship. Now it feels like the last September. She is grown, a woman about to become a bride. I detect a change in her personality. She is no longer a child. She no longer needs to hold my hand as we cross a street. She is ready to start her own home; meanwhile a small window to fatherhood closes. Was September always this way? Why do I detect a slight chill in the air that surrounds my heart? I love you, Lady Morgan. I will always love you. E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several collections of poems. Mr. Miller is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. H

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bulletin board DC Historic Preservation Office Offers Funds to Repair Capital Hill Historic Homes

The DC Historic Preservation Office is accepting Part I applications for its Historic Homeowner Grant Program. The program offers grants (not a loan) of up to $25,000 to low-and moderate-income households living in the Capitol Hill Historic District for exterior repairs, rehabilitation and structural work on homes. In Part I of the grant process, homeowners provide photos of their house and a description of the proposed repairs and restorations. Financial information from the homeowners and bids from contractors are not due until later in the process. The application deadline is Oct 1, 2013. To apply or for additional information, visit Planning/Historic+Preservation/Preservation+Services/ For+Residents/Grants.

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DC Streetcar Construction Update

Construction work along H Street/Benning Road to ready the corridor for DC Streetcar continues. Stage 2 of the Western Turnaround work is set to began on July 31 and continues through mid-October. The Western Turnaround refers to the extension of the streetcar tracks from 3rd St. NE to the top of the Hopscotch Bridge. Elements include construction of a streetcar platform where passengers may board or leave the streetcars with access to Union Station and tracks to allow the streetcar to reverse course and proceed eastbound through the corridor. Advance warning signs will be posted in work areas. The schedule is subject to change due to weather, material and equip34 H

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Goats Grazing the (Congressional Cemetery) Graveyard

On Aug 7-12, for the first time, Historic Congressional Cemetery welcomed a grazing herd of 100+ live “eco” goats to control invasive species threatening the National Historic Landmark. The non-profit Association for the Preservation of Historic Congressional Cemetery partnered with EcoGoats, to introduce Washington’s first herd of grazing goats that grazed temporarily along the perimeter of the cemetery. This innovative environmental Signs point the hundreds of “goat gazers” to their location. project cleared the exterior pePhoto: Katie Musser rimeter fenced area of invasive species using nothing other than 100+ live goats. The goats grazed 24 hours a day for six days, eliminating vines, poison ivy, ground cover and even fallen debris all the while fertilizing the ground. The revolutionary use of eco-goats eliminates the need for harmful herbicides and prevents the invasive and often foreign species from killing large mature trees in the cemetery’s wooded area, which can fall onto the grounds as a result and damage invaluable historic headstones.


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ment availability and other unforeseen conditions. DDOT encourages all motorists to Stay Alert and follow all signs as they travel through this corridor. More detailed construction related notices, including specific dates and locations, are available by request. Send an email to construction@dcstreetcar. com and indicate you wish to receive H/ Benning updates.

Pret A Manger Coming to Capitol Hill

Douglas Development has announced that Pret A Manger has leased a two-story retail building in Capitol Hill, located at 301 Pennsylvania Avenue in Southeast Washington, DC. Just two blocks from the US Capitol Building, Pret A Manager will move into its new location by spring 2014. Pret A Manger will occupy 4,300 square feet and offer two floors of indoor dining space, as well as a large outdoor patio. For the past fifteen years, Cosi has occupied this busy downtown corner, next to former Top Chef Contestant Spike Mendelsohn’s two restaurants, Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza. read more ( Astrid Walschot-Stapp

Harpist Astrid Walschot-Stapp to Perform at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

There will be a catfish dinner on Sept 28, 6 p.m., at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church the purpose of which is to raise funds for programs and activities that celebrate the church Sesquicentennial (1864-2014) on Capitol Hill. The dinner will feature a musical performance by harpist Astrid Walschot-Stapp. Astrid studied at the Maastricht Conservatory, at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and at the Royal College of Music in London. Following her studies in London, she received a Performer Diploma from Indiana University. Astrid currently conducts the Frederick Harp Ensemble and maintains a private studio at the Frederick String Initiatve in Frederick, MD. Tickets are $30, adults; $15, children 7-11; and children 0-6, free. Tickets are available at or 202-547-8676.

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Preservation Cafe, Hollywood on the Potomac

Mike Canning, will present his book, Hollywood on the Potomac, on Wednesday, Sept 18, 6:30-7:15 p.m. at Ebenezers Coffee House, 2nd and F St. NE (downstairs). The book offers a comprehensive look at how DC has been portrayed in American feature films. Long-time Hill resident, Canning, has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association.

Mandarin Oriental Walk to Purchase Backpacks and Schools Supplies

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. will take to the streets for the third consecutive year to sponsor its FANtastic March III, a 5K fundraiser event on Sunday, Sept 8. The funds raised by Mandarin Oriental colleagues will be used to support the Heart of America BuddyPack program for students at W.B. Patterson Elementary School, 4399 South Capitol Terrace, in SW. The FANtastic March II will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 8, at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC and wind around the National Mall before returning to the hotel for a celebratory BBQ at

approximately at 11 a.m. The fee to participate in the walk is $40 and includes a continental breakfast, morning prewalk stretching, event t-shirt and admission to the BBQ. To learn more about the event, sign-up or to make a donation, visit, razoo. com/story/Fantastic-March-Iii.

Trinidad DC Art in the Alley Open Call for Artists

Art in the Alley is seeking visual and performance artists, musicians and performers, and artists interesting in creating an installation on site. Established and emerging artists are encouraged to submit. Art in the Alley will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday October 5. If you are interested in participating, visit DC Art in the Alley Open Call for Artists

Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, PEN/Faulkner, and Slate to Host “District of Literature”

“District of Literature,” the first daylong event celebrating DC’s literary past, present and future. “District of Literature” will showcase the work of Washington, DC’s resident poets, writers and literary organizations. Participants include poets, writers, and literary organizations from Washington, DC, including George Pelecanos, Edward P. Jones, Richard McCann and more. Daytime readings and panel discussions will be held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Room LJ- 119 of the Library of Congress’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Evening readings and reception will be held from 5-6:00 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. in the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. The event is free and open to the public.

Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, DC Book Signing and Author Conversation with Dr. Ida E. Jones

Best known as an educator and early civil rights activist, Mary McLeod Bethune was the daughter of former slaves. After moving to Washington, DC, in 1936, she organized and represented thousands of women with the establishment of the National Council of Negro Women. She led the charge to change the segregationist policies of local hospitals and concert halls, and she acted as a mentor to countless African American women in the District. Residents of all races were brought

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together to honor Bethune’s birthday with some of the first baseball games played between the local Negro League team and a white semi-pro team. Historian Ida E. Jones explores the monumental life of Mary McLeod Bethune as a leader, a crusader, and a Washingtonian. Books will be available for sale. Monday, Sept 9, 7 p.m. Free. Register online or call 202-549-4172. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

September at Labyrinth

Thursday Game Nights! Every Thursday night. 6-10 p.m. Come learn new games or play your favorites! Their game nights are always free and open to the public without RSVP. Kids’ Night-Learn to Play Magic: the Gathering. Sept 7 and Oct 5, 4-6 p.m. Theyll teach you tips & tricks, strategies, deck-building techniques, and more! This class is great not only for experienced kids looking for opponents their age, but also for beginners! Magic is a complex, highly strategic game that develops analytical and math skills, but don’t tell your kids about the math. $10. Recommended age is 9+. You must RSVP for this event by emailing Kids’ D&D Play Group. Sept 14, and Oct 12, 4-6 p.m. They’ll teach you the basic rules of the game and guide you through an adventure. $10. Game Days with The Capitol Hill Village. Sept 12 and 26, 2-4 p.m. On the first and third Thursdays of every month, join members of the Capitol Hill Village for a fun afternoon of board and card games! Magic: the Gathering Celebration. Sept 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Magic Celebration is a great way for beginner players to learn all about the trading card game, as well as a fun event for seasoned players. Meet the Designer of Mars Need Mechanics. Sept 8,

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1-5 p.m. Meet Capitol Hill resident and game designer Ben Rosset to play his new game: Mars Needs Mechanics! In Mars Needs Mechanics, players represent engineers and tinkerers from all over the British Empire who have come to compete for the opportunity to travel to Mars. At the end of the competition, the engineer with the most cogs will earn his place as Astronautical Engineer on the crew of the H.M.S. Victoria VII. Labyrinth Games & Puzzles, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC, 20003. 202-544-1059.

Register for Fall Classes at CHAW

CHAW is gearing up for its exhilarating fall session of classes in the visual and performing arts for all ages beginning Sept 3. Classes for adults include: Ceramics, Painting, Photography, Drawing, Life Drawing, Sewing, Creative Writing, Interior Design, Zumba, Tap, Ballet, Broadway Dance, Bollywood, Burlesque, and much more. Dropin rates available for some classes. Classes for ages 0-5 include: Pre- Ballet/Ballet, Creative Movement Games, Books Alive! Eric Carle & Maurice Sendak, and Music Together. CHAW’s innovative Youth Arts Program provides students in kindergarten to eighth grade with a high-quality arts education in a unique, multidisciplinary environment. Choose from multiple after school classes in the visual and performing arts. Van pick-up is available from local schools to CHAW. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available for all classes. The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is at 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.

Exchange Your Home and See the World: House Exchange Workshop

Seasoned house exchanger Beth Millemann returns after a sold out program this summer! Suited for both new attendees or those who attended her initial program, Beth will guide students through everything they need to know to make a house exchange happen. She will answer the most frequently asked questions, along with tips she has picked up over the past decade. Learn how Beth and her family began exchanging and hear about some of the incredible places she has gone, including London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rennes, Sardinia, San Diego, Cocoa Beach, Montreal, St. Croix, and more. Sunday, Sept 15, 2-4 p.m. Free. Register online or call 202-549-4172. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 40 H

United Drives Collecting Books and Toiletries

A DC United signature program, United Drives assigns a different charity drive for each month of the MLS regular season, including the collection of food, children’s books and soccer equipment. At the match on Sept 15, they are collecting books and on Oct 12, they are collecting toiletries. The United Drives booth is located outside of RFK Stadium’s Gate A and will open an hour and a half prior to kickoff, closing 15 minutes into the first half. Any fan that donates an item will receive a “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket voucher valid for any DC United regular-season home game as well as a United promotional item, as a thank you from the club. Donations are accepted in the D.C. United offices on game and non-game days, located on the fourth floor of RFK Stadium. For more information on the United Drives program or to receive more information about any of DC United’s Community Relations’ initiatives, contact Aprile Pritchet at

Mystique Jewelers Announces Pop-Up Store on Capitol Hill

Mystique Jewelers is bringing its sophisticated and chic fine jewelry to Capitol Hill. The Old Town Alexandria based jewelry store will host a three day pop-up store on Capitol Hill, Sept 5-7, Tabula Rasa, 731 8th St. SE. The event will kick-off with a cocktail party Thursday, Sept 5, 5-7 p.m. Guests will enjoy champagne and a private showing of bridal designs from Andrew Meyer, as well as, every day wearable jewelry designs. Also featured throughout the weekend will be celebrity designer and leader in the sustainable jewelry movement, Alberto Parada, and California designer Jude Frances. Mystique will be offering a pair of free pearl 11.5mm earrings with any purchase.

September Potluck and Dialogue at William Penn House

Sobriety, Violence and Injustice: The tension of abstinence-focused drug policy in Quaker Values is the topic. Eric E. Sterling, a member of Bethesda Friends Meeting and a graduate of Haverford College is a former member of the board of William Penn House. He is a member of the Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Advisory Council of Montgomery County, MD. He is president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, former counsel to the Subcommittee on Crime, Committee on the Judiciary,

U.S. House of Representatives for 9 years, and a former public defender. He speaks about drug and alcohol policy at schools, colleges, universities, law schools, bar associations, and civic associations around the country. He has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University and American University. The Potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. with the program starting at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 9 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 A Quaker Center on Capitol Hill, 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5435560.

MuralsDC Launches Seventh Season

MuralsDC is kicking off the 2013 season with a provocative mural in the Shaw neighborhood that illustrates the power of knowledge by artist Aniekan Udofia. This season’s line up of murals will also include a photo realistic scene of the 1963 March on Washington, to be installed on Martin Luther King Jr., Ave, SE and a first-ever collaboration with the Smithsonian. The following locations will be included in this year’s program: 1513 Rhode Island Ave. NE; 1101 Bladensburg Rd. NE; 8 Florida Ave. NW; 312 Florida Ave. NW; 1375 Missouri Ave. NW; and 2921 MLK Jr. Ave. SE. MuralsDC, a partnership between the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Public Works, was launched in 2007 to combat the growing trend of illegal graffiti and reduce urban blight. To date, the program has produced 41 murals citywide. Many of the program’s walls had been a constant target for graffiti. The program has been highly

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The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announces that the Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program will be available District wide to all Residential Parking Permit (RPP) eligible households and those in ANCs 1A, 1B and 1C. The VPP program is designed to allow guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on RPP blocks. To see the list of RPP designated street blocks visit db/RPP/rpp.php. The current pass expires September 30, 2013 and unlike previous years DDOT is no longer automatically mailing the pass to residents. Instead, residents will be required to apply for the pass through a simplified, user-friendly method made available through DDOT. In the coming weeks DDOT will be providing details on when and how residents will be able to apply for a VPP. The new pass will be provided free of charge and will be valid for one-year; effective Oct 1, 2013 through Sept 30, 2014. The VPP is only valid during the hours of RPP enforcement and only one pass will be available per household or specified unit. VPP remains valid only in the same ANC boundary as the residence. District residents cannot use a VPP in lieu of registering their vehicles with the District Department of Motor Vehicles. If residents who receive a pass have guests that stay overnight regularly, then the visitor must register their vehicle through the Registration of Out of State Automobile program once a Warning Citation is issued by DPW parking enforcement personnel. Residents will also continue to be able to obtain Temporary Parking Passes from Metropolitan Police Department stations for eligible vehicles. H

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here is something magical about going to a major league sports game and cheering along with thousands of other people. That’s why the proposal for a new 25,000-seat soccer stadium for DC United is exciting news for many in the Washington region. But set aside your exuberance for just a minute to think through some hard issues. Stadium deals gobble up huge amounts of precious public resources and subsidize an industry filled with million-dollar players and billion-dollar owners. The District’s $150 million offer to DC United is larger than any other initiative announced by Mayor Gray this year, even his $100 million commitment million to housing. Building a soccer stadium suddenly become the city’s top budget priority. It probably shouldn’t be. There are lots of reasons to be skeptical about the deal as it now stands. For starters, DC’s offer is double the amount contributed by the typical city, and the costs could get higher if the stadium turns out to be more expensive than planned. The stadium would be a huge gift to DC United’s owner, who would keep all the revenues from tickets to naming rights. The plan would even use DC tax dollars to guarantee that the team makes a profit. The way the District would raise money for the stadium -- by trading away the Reeves Center and other valuable public properties -- also raises concerns. Discussions about selling public assets shouldn’t be rushed, especially for a stadium. And 44 H

by Ed Lazere a land swap -- as opposed to selling DC assets to the highest bidder -- seems like a good deal for developers but a bad one for the city. Finally, a new stadium needs to take its impact on neighbors and all DC residents into account. How will traffic problems be addressed? Will the stadium have extra fields for the public and support local soccer leagues? Will the team owner pay workers decently during construction and after the stadium is open? None of these questions has been addressed yet. The deal is far from final. It has to be spelled out in more detail and go before the Council for review. That means there will be chances for residents to make sure we get a soccer stadium that is a winner for everyone.

How the Proposed Stadium Deal Would Work

Under the non-binding “term sheet” signed by DC officials and DC United, the District would acquire four parcels of land at Buzzard Point in Southwest, estimated to be worth $100 million, and then lease the land to DC United for $1 per year. The parcels would be obtained by trading DC-owned land. In the highest-profile swap, the Frank Reeves Municipal Center, at 14th and U Streets NW, would go to the DC developer Akridge. The city also would take over land used by Pepco as an electrical station, and help the utility find a new location. One of the other parcels is used as a scrap yard and another is owned by venture capitalist Mark Ein. The city also would pay for all of the clean-up at the site and for new roads

and other infrastructure. That is estimated to cost $40-$50 million. DC United would then pay to build the stadium, with some suggesting that would cost up to $150 million. The team also would have the ability to build hotels or restaurants outside the stadium.

The Stadium Deal: A Safety Net for DC United But Big Risks for DC

There is little doubt that DC United’s owner is the big winner in the proposed deal. The team, which is losing money at RFK stadium, now has a half-price offer for a new stadium that will mean more revenue from tickets, concessions, ads, and naming rights, plus a big jump in the market value of the team. United has not gotten this sweet an offer from any other jurisdiction. And neither have most soccer teams. The public subsidies for 12 soccer stadiums across the nation vary from as little as $7 million in Kansas City to $247 million in Newark, NJ. Four of the stadiums received under $50 million in public funds, and the typical subsidy among the 12 cities is $77 million — or just half of what Mayor Gray proposes. Only two stadium deals — in Denver and Newark — got more than $150 million in public assistance. The current price tag is just an estimate. The costs of buying land with unknown environmental hazards, relocating a PEPCO substation, and providing new infrastructure could easily top $150 million. The risks don’t stop there. The agreement calls for public funds to guarantee that DC United makes a “reasonable profit” from the day the stadium opens. If the team is not making a profit, DC will reduce DC United’s property tax bill and turn over all sales tax revenues collected at the stadium site. On the other hand, if the team makes more than a “reasonable profit,” the excess profits would be shared by the team and the District. This is not a fair deal for the District. Instead, it is a soccer safety-net for DC United.

Swapping City Assets for Stadium Land? That’s Eyebrow Raising

Gray Administration officials say that the need to buy stadium land is a good reason to do something they want to do, anyway: dispose of valuable city-owned

real estate. The Reeves Center, they argue, is no longer needed to bolster U Street’s economic activity. By selling it, the District can promote more private development along U Street and relocate government employees to Ward 8, a part of the city in need of economic development. Whatever you think of the Reeves center, it is centrally located and metro accessible, making it an important site for a public building. Given that, selling any public asset should not be rushed but should be done as part of a thoughtful long-term plan. The District does not appear to have such a plan. The land swap raises eyebrows for other reasons as well. Is this the best way to sell valuable DC assets, or is it just the fastest way to get land for the stadium? If the District is ready to sell some of its properties, a better approach would be to sell them to the highest bidder. The Reeves Center could be worth up to $186 million, according to DC’s Chief Financial Officer.

Making Sure a New Stadium Benefits both DC United and the Community

Finally, a new stadium could prove to be a win for the surrounding neighborhood, but none of those details has been worked out, and many questions remain. Buzzard Point is home to marinas, the Earth Conservation Corps, parks and more. What would happen to those? What will the District do to ensure that the added traffic volume is not disruptive? Will the stadium’s job opportunities go to area residents, particularly those in nearby public housing, and will they pay living wages? Finally, many soccer stadiums are part of larger recreational facilities. Will DC’s stadium come with public fields, youth soccer opportunities, or other public amenities? In the end, a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point could be a great thing, or it could be a bust. Mayor Gray should refine the deal to reduce the costs and risks to the city, and the DC Council should be assertive to protect the interests of residents, especially those living nearby. That way, DC United can get the stadium it needs to thrive, fans can get a great game experience, and DC taxpayers can get a fair deal. Lazere is executive director of 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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Should Charters Be Allowed to Give Neighborhood Preference


was just unwilling to throw my kids in the car and drive what felt like half way around the world,” said Jeanne Contardo, a Ward 7 resident, explaining why she and her husband, Christian, decided to enroll their child in DCPS’ Anne Beers Elementary School. Beers may be a secret as well kept as Hillcrest, a middleclass community east of the Anacostia River. The Contardo’s daughter attended a nearby daycare; when she was ready for prekindergarten, they chose their neighborhood school. That’s what Michelle PhippsEvans, the first vice president of Hillcrest Civic Association, also wanted to do. She and her husband had friends with children about the same age. “We’re always doing things together, and we thought it would be good if the kids could be educated together. “All of us are middle-class blacks,” continued Phipps-Evans. “We said if we got behind the school, we might help turn it around faster.” Parent-driven reforms have occurred across the city. Unfortunately, DCPS’ antiquated boundary system denied Phipps-Evans the opportunity to participate in the one at Beers. She was forced into DCPS’ out-of-boundary lottery. Her daughter eventually enrolled in Ward 6’s Maury Elementary School. “Everyone should have a solid neighborhood school,” said Ayanna Smith, vice president of the Penn-Branch Citizens Civic Association. She and Contardo are the 46 H

by Jonetta Rose Barras lucky ones—as are many parents in Wards 2, 3, 4, and 6, where some of the city’s better schools with consistently high rates of student achievement are located. Parents in other communities,

children deserve. As a testament to the daily public education migration, the council recently approved legislation allowing District children to ride the subway and Metro buses free.

Enrollment by Ward Ward 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTALS

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*data provided by the DC Public Charter School Board ** data provided by the DC Council’s Committee on Education, David Catania Chairman particularly Wards 5, 7 and 8, are part of what At-Large DC Council member David Catania has called the “morning Diaspora.” They are forced to travel miles from their homes to attend the kind of quality facilities they believe their

“We talk about food deserts; there are school deserts,” said Eboni-Rose Thompson, chairperson of the Ward 7 education council. Middle-class families are skilled at navigating the system. But lowincome and working-class families

not so much. They often are stuck in neglected buildings with underfunded academic programs and insufficient staff. “It’s inappropriate to tell a group of poor black kids that if you want to get quality education you have to go across town,” said Contardo. “We have to figure out how to keep Ward 7 kids in Ward 7 [schools].”

A Solution or More Problems

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and at-large Council member David Grosso have each introduced bills aimed at allowing charters to give preference to families in communities where their facilities are located. They say their measures will lead to more quality seats. Speaking before a crowd of “education stakeholders” in June, Gray said his legislation would “rapidly expand the number of high-quality school programs for all learners.” It would allow chartering authorities to give permission to a school to “establish a preference in admission or right to attend” if it increases opportunities and wouldn’t adversely impact students who live in areas “identified as having a critical service gaps” between demand and need. More than 37,000 children are expected to attend charter schools during 2013-2014, according to documents provided by the charter school board. By law, charters must accept children, regardless of where in the city they live, on a first-come, first served basis or through a lottery, when there are more applications than available seats.

That wouldn’t change with Grosso’s legislation. But charters would be allowed to “voluntarily” set aside 20 percent of the available seats for children from their neighborhoods. “Right now, they are not allowed to claim it, if they are doing it. And, they can’t do it even if they want to. These neighborhood preference proposals and the mayor’s push to give chartering authority to DCPS have been roundly criticized. Many parents and education advocates say the plans would injure traditional schools. In fact, that may already have happened. Charters appear to be strongest in Wards 5, 7, and 8 where DCPS has shuttered its facilities; a total of 20,866 students are enrolled in charters in those three wards. That is more than half the charter population. “It doesn’t solve the key problem,” said Matthew Frumin, a Ward 3 resident and cofounder of Parents and Communities for Neighborhood Schools. “It doesn’t provide the predictability that parents want from pre-K through high school. [Further] it’s still not a school of right. It’s a tip of the hat to the concerns.” “Charters take away from neighborhood schools. But who am I to deny a parent an option,” said Smith, the rare preference supporter. Many parents are focused on traditional schools. At meetings this summer called by Catania, Ward 2 parents complained of difficulties in securing a meeting with Henderson and getting her to listen to their ideas. But the issue of neighborhood preference never came up. To underscore connection to traditional schools, Catania reported the projected enrollment for 2013-2014 in Ward 2 DCPS schools is 3,192. Conversely, according to documents provided by the public charter board, only 858 children are expected to attend charters in Ward 2 during the same period. “There is an intense interest for the restoration of public education,” said Catania. Good neighborhood schools are a prime ingredient for strong,

stable communities. Suzanne Wells, a Ward 6 parent and education leader, called the preference legislations “a slippery slope. If there’s one strong advantage DCPS has over charters, it’s their neighborhood schools. “[Besides] there isn’t a real demand,” continued Wells. “Already 45 percent of the charter schools have about 50 percent of the students coming from the neighborhood. If you allow neighborhood preference [you] start decreasing openings for students across the city. “ In 2012, the council mandated a task force study the issue. Brian Jones, then-chairman of the charter school board, headed a 12-member panel. In a letter dated Dec. 14, 2012 to council chairman Phil Mendelson, Jones wrote an analysis “showed the impact of neighborhood preference would not increase the number of or access to quality seats in D.C. public charter schools. “The data found there could be an adverse effect on access for certain students,” Jones continued. The task force agreed, however, it would be acceptable for charters to “voluntarily offer a time-limited preference for students in the enrollment zone of a recently closed DCPS school when a charter school would occupy that facility.” Translation: Give charters buildings, they will take displaced students.

Management failure

The revival of neighborhood preference may be an acknowledgement of mission failure. The original plan in 2007, when thenMayor Adrian M. Fenty won control over the city’s entire education apparatus, was to dramatically improve the network of traditional “matter of right” schools. By law, the DCPS must provide a free education to every child who comes to its door. Charters don’t have that same obligation. There have been some improvements in DCPS. Math scores were up 3.6 percentage points from 2012. The average for reading was 4.0. DCPS may have HillRag | September 2013 H 47

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bested charters in reading and composition, but drill down and things are not so rosy in either camp, noted Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells. Of the 195 scores participating in the testing, 64 or nearly one-third had drops of 5 percentage points of more in 2013 from 2012. “The people who need quality education are the ones most underserved,” said Ward 7 parent Greg Rhett. Faced with the reality it hasn’t substantially improved the system for all children, there has been talk during the past 18 months about making charters and traditional schools collaborate. “We have the unique opportunity to show the country charters and traditional schools can work together,” said Mark Jones, a Ward 5 parent and state board of education member. The Gray also is examining how traditional schools might feed into charters. That could be DCPS’ answer to its middle and high school problem. “I helped write the legislation that created charter schools. We never envisaged they would grow the way they have,” said Mary Levy, a Ward 2 resident and one of the city best known education experts. “I think the trajectory is bad. The way we’re going DCPS is not going to be viable very long.” As DCPS has failed to make radical improvements or introduce more innovative academic programs, parents have raced to charters. But is that changing? One week before school was scheduled to start, the charter board was advertising dozens of seats still available in high performing schools. Still, many DCPS supporters worry giving Henderson the power to authorize her own brand of charter could accelerate the demise of traditional schools. “Been there, done that,” said Rhett, noting DCPS had chartering authority until 2007, when the reform act took effect. “If they’re going to the New Orleans model, then don’t waste millions of dollars each year

closing down more schools just do it,” Rhett added. Gray has said chartering authority would allow Henderson to attract proven high-performing school operators to operate charters within the DCPS. It would provide an additional way to turn around low-performing traditional public schools and offer more independence to existing high-performing schools. “[Henderson] is supposed to be the leader of DCPS. She is supposed to champion DCPS as a system, argued Thompson. “He tells people to preserve the Catholic Church. Our Pope is agnostic.” Catania has said he prefers creating “innovation schools” that would allow the chancellor to bypass onerous rules and regulations and give parents and administrators a role in developing improvement plans. “Giving traditional public schools the resources they need and autonomy they need would be my preference.” Gray has tried minimizing parents’ concerns about the potential destruction of DCPS. “There is a lot of fear in this narrative, and a lot of distrust.” He’s right. It and what parents call an uninviting DCPS, have caused more of them to question whether the city has the right education leadership team: “If our chancellor does not believe she can turn around lowperforming schools by hiring strong principals and introducing innovative programs,” said parent-leader Wells, “then maybe we need a new chancellor.” Jonetta Rose Barras can be reached at H

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Next ANC 6A meeting is September 12 Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Jay Williams, 906-0657 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, Sept. 16, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Sts. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th and G Streets, NE • Chair, Andrew Hysell, 203 570-7560 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, Sept. 16, 7:30pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex • 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

Please check the Community Calendar on the website for cancellations and changes of venue. Attend a meeting! Volunteer for a committee! It’s your ANC!

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C ANC 6C serves Capitol Hill, Union Station, NoMa as far east as 8th Street N.E. The community is invited to attend/participate. Monthly meetings are generally the second Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E. Call for information: (202) 547-7168. Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee Grants Committee Contact First Tuesday, 7 pm. Contact (202) 997-6662 Transportation and Public Space Committee Planning, Zoning, and First Thursday, 7 pm. Environment Committee Contact (202) 641-4264 First Wednesday, 7 pm. Contact 50 H

by Charnice A. Milton

Indigo and TD Burger

On August 14, the Commission held a special meeting to address items that needed immediate attention. Two of those items were liquor license applications for upcoming restaurants Indigo and TD Burger. Indigo, a home-style Indian restaurant, is located at 243 K Street. Since owner Dinesh Tandon applied for its license early, the petition date will be before the Commission’s September meeting. The Commission could vote to approve Tandon’s application for a stipulated license and protest a full license until a voluntary agreement is put in place. However, the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing (ABL) Committee’s chairman, Tony Richardson, stated that the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) needs a copy of the voluntary agreement along with a letter of support for stipulated license. The Commission voted five-zero for the stipulated license, with plans to discuss Indigo’s public space application for its patio. TD Burger, located on 250 K Street, is located across the street from Indigo. The restaurant, owned by chef Timothy Dean, plans to offer burgers, Neapolitan-style pizzas, and other American cuisine. The Commission voted five-zero to approve Dean’s request for a stipulated license, provided that both sides sign a voluntary agreement.

TruOrleans Update

In May, the Commission voted to protest TruOrleans’ liquor license renewal application after the restaurant repeatedly violated its voluntary agreement. A month later, the Commission voted to allocate funds to retain an attorney if needed. According to Richardson, ABRA suggested a “rare”

second mediation to help resolve some outstanding issues. He also stated that he received a retainer letter for an attorney that he and Commission chair, Karen Writ, signed. Depending on the second mediation’s outcome, Richardson believes that the case could be heading towards a hearing. Richardson explained that TruOrleans applied for relief from their currently-restricted hours for its second-floor open-air patio. Although noise from that area was one of many community complaints, ABRA could grant TruOrleans’ request. Richardson concluded that the best-case scenario is to prove that the Commission has a valid case against TruOrleans.

New ABL Representative

Commissioner Goodman nominated Barbra Taliaman to replace Lina Roberson as the ABL Committee’s single member district 6C06 representative.

KIPP for Hamilton School

Lindsay Snow, real estate and facilities manager for KIPP DC, announced the charter school organization’s bid for the Hamilton School (located in Ward 5, but the closest residents live in 6C). If KIPP wins the bid, they plan to relocate their College Prep High School, currently located in Ward 8 on Douglass Road. Snow explained that their Douglas Road Campus holds three other schools: AIM Academy (middle school), Heights Academy (elementary school), and Leap Academy (early childhood), creating KIPP’s most-crowded campus. Winning the bid would allow KIPP to expand while increasing enrollment for each school.

Snow also presented rough sketches for the future KIPP College Prep High School. Based on preliminary cost-analysis and site assessment, Snow said that building a new facility utilizing the entire area could be a more costeffective choice than a renovation. KIPP would add a multi-use athletic field, which through a license agreement with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), would be open to the community. KIPP is also working with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to help alleviate traffic issues in the area. Kipp would like to have community input in the project.

Uline Arena

The Commission discussed potential changes to the Douglas Development’s zoning and public space applications for the Uline Arena project. Business owners located on Congress Street, which dead-ends into the arena, could lose parking and loading spaces thanks to the development’s garage opening on the northern end. Also, the developers have been working with DDOT to create traffic-calming measures for the area. They propos curb cuts on Congress Street for cars and on Second Street or Delaware Avenue for trucks to permit access into the garage. The developer also proposed a parking and loading zone on the left side of Congress and two-way traffic on the other. The Commission voted to support the curb cut application with a five-zero vote. One resident questioned how the developer will preserve Uline Arena, a historic building, while addressing its health and safety issues. While filming an event there, she said that attendees became sick after breathing polluted air. Also, with stalactites, stalagmites and cracks growing in the building, she described the arena as a “toxic cave.” One of Douglas’ project managers answered that the firm hired a structural engineer to conduct an investigation on the roof and the historic ice house. Douglas also hired an environmental hygienist to perform hazmat abatement work, as required by DC law. H

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1. Budget rival 6. Penny, for one 13. Ballad 16. Mouse catcher 19. Part of LEM 20. Magnetite, e.g. 21. From Okla. City to Tulsa 22. Density symbol 23. ABC quip, part 1 26. ___ Zedong 27. Mineral used in cosmetics 28. Spawn 29. Emergency CB channel 30. Curtail 31. Shepherd’s locale 33. Fix 34. Welk number 35. ABC quip, part 2 43. High spirits 45. Pacific island 46. Trunk with a chest 47. Some salads 48. Greek 50. Celtic rival 51. Corn site 54. Violist’s clef 55. Presented 56. Signs 58. Palindromic title 59. Acquire 61. Roman god 62. Asian martial art 64. ABC quip, part 3 71. Matches 72. Passable 73. ___ Bowl 74. Follow 75. Lender’s protection 76. Produce 79. Outcry 83. New beginning? 84. Milk supplier 86. Lasting 88. “That’s it!” 89. Place for a comb 91. Curium, e.g. 92. Certain race 93. ABC quip, part 4 98. Cover 99. Last: Abbr. 100. Insidious 101. Dearth 102. Baseball stats 104. Audience shout

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Community Life SOUTHBYwest

DC United Stadium Coming to Buzzard Point


by William Rich

n July 25, Mayor be built in Anacostia at Gray and Jason Martin Luther King, Jr. Levien from Avenue, SE and Good DC United, along with Hope Road, SE. MeanCity Administrator Allen while, Akridge would Lew and property owners still retain the southern in the stadium footprint, two blocks of their 9-acre announced a deal to build site in Buzzard Point, a new, LEED-certified which presumably would 20,000 to 25,000 seat stabe developed as a mixed dium for DC United in use project similar to Buzzard Point at 2nd and what they have planned R streets, SW. The cost of to the north of Nationals the $300 million stadium Park on Half Street, SE will be split between the instead of a secure fedcity and the team. Aceral complex. A rendercording to the term sheet Aerial view of the proposed DC United stadium in Buzzard Point. ing was displayed at the Courtesy of Gensler signed by Gray and Levipress conference of their en after the press conproposed development ference, DC United will spend $150 designed to be a secure complex for on 14th Street, NW, but not for their million to build the stadium while the a federal tenant. In exchange for the remaining land at 100 V Street. It District will spend $40 million (up to two-acre parcel, Akridge will get the sounds like they got a great deal. a maximum of $50 million) on infra- Reeves Center building at 14th and Agreements have not been reached structure improvements/environmen- U streets, NW, a functionally obso- yet with Pepco or Mark Ein (owner tal remediation and approximately lete building in a rapidly developing of the Washington Kastles franchise), $100 million for land assembly. part of the city. The employees at the the other two private landowners current Reeves building would be re- at the stadium site. While the term located to a new Reeves complex to sheet dictates that the District must Land Swaps come to an agreement with Akridge Instead of using cash for land asand Ein by January 1, 2014, there is sembly, the city intends to do a series no deadline for an agreement with of land swaps. A land swap that has Pepco on the operating substation been agreed to already is between the since it’s expected that it will take District and Akridge, which owns longer to reach consensus for that a portion of the stadium site – the parcel. The stadium design will allow block bounded by 2nd Street, SW to construction of the playing field to the west, S Street, SW to the north, be complete and operational without First Street, SW to the east, and T the substation block, which is on the Street, SW to the south. The block southeastern block of the four-block is the northern part of Akridge’s 100 Night time rendering of the proposed DC United stadium site. V Street project, which was initially stadium. Courtesy of HKS

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Stadium Design

The team will be permitted to develop ancillary uses within the stadium footprint to enhance the game day experience (retail, hotel, etc.), but that development should be designed in such a way that it provides amenities to the surrounding neighborhoods on non-game days. From the looks of the stadium renderings designed by Gensler and HKS, the playing field will take up two blocks from R Street, SW to T Street, SW and one block from 2nd Street, SW to First Street, SW, so the stadium can be built even if Pepco doesn’t give up their land. First Street, SW will curve towards Half Street, SW north of T Street, SW and appears to be a pedestrian plaza (at least on game days). Ancillary development will occur on the east side of the stadium footprint from First Street, SW to Half Street, SW.

Term Sheet

The term sheet states that the District will “pursue (i) re-sequencing options so as to advance construction of the Buzzard Point/Downtown streetcar line and (ii) the construction of a streetcar stop adjacent to the Stadium Site.” The District will not provide parking spaces at the site and it’s unknown how many parking spaces will be provided on site by the team for fans. At least 51% of the jobs at the stadium (excluding United players, coaches, training staff, and front office management) will go to District residents. In addition, at least 35% of operation contracts for the stadium, including security, food service, janitorial services, etc., shall go to businesses certified by DSLBD. Throughout the term of the ground lease, the team is not permitted to leave the District of Columbia or move its principal offices outside of the city. In addition, the team must make reasonable efforts to locate its practice facilities within the city. The terms of the ground lease are still being negotiated, but it will most likely be for the estimated useful life of the stadium (25 to 35 years).


Milestones for the project include:

• October 1, 2013: A transaction agreement will need to be completed that explicitly states the terms between the District and DC United.

• January 1, 2014: The District must have site control of the stadium site, except for the Pepco substation block, as well as DC Council approval and Congressional approval (if necessary).

DC United must provide evidence that it has the ability to fund the construction of the stadium within 30 days of the District completing the above tasks.

• March 1, 2015: The District must have the site prepared for construction, including infrastructure work and utility relocation, demolition of existing buildings on the stadium site, environmental remediation, as well as any street or alley closings. In addition, DC United must have obtained all Zoning Commission and Zoning Adjustment approvals, as well as advanced the stadium design at least to the design development completion level. • July 1, 2015: DC United needs to enter into a construction contract for the stadium. • January 1, 2017: The stadium shall be substantially complete, but both parties are aiming for completion by March 1, 2016, in time for the beginning of the 2016 MLS season.

If the two parties do not reach the milestone dates, there are options available for either party to walk away from the deal.

Community Support

Support for the stadium in the community is mixed. In a recent letter to Mayor Gray, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly president Kael Anderson stated: “Southwest’s Buzzard Point is an attractive site to locate an anchor development project like a major league soccer team…With community engagement throughout the planning process, the stadium has the potential to be the lynchpin of a turnaround at Buzzard Point.” But not everyone is pleased with the idea of a stadium in Buzzard Point. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Roger Moffatt represents the area of Southwest that includes the stadium footprint. “I’m definitely in favor of developing Buzzard Point, but I don’t believe it is a good place for this proposed development which would include a stadium with 24,000 seats and a 2,500-seat music venue nearby at The Wharf, said Moffatt. “When these two venues and the ballpark have concurrent events, it would create a possibility of over 60,000 people in the confined area. And that number does not include people visiting the other proposed development in the area. “Poplar Point is a better site because it is less congested and has another huge Metro stop nearby.” H


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ow that we’ve survived the summer heat, it’s a perfect time to check out new developments along H Street NE. The upcoming H Street Festival presents you a perfect opportunity to sample the wares at new and existing bars and restaurants, as well as to just enjoy a great time.

Street will be the 4th RedRocks), but they recently told the blog H Street Great Street that they would treat this location as their flagship, so my hopes are high for an extensive menu. It’s a huge space, that’s actually comprised of two adjacent buildings. The roof is retractable, and you can dine on three floors. Expect a variety of beers and wines on draft.

It’s H Street Festival Time Again

DC’s most popular neighborhood festival returns Saturday, September 21. It’s several hours of fun between noon, and 7 p.m. The family-friendly festival runs all the way from the 400 block of H Street NE, to the 1400 block of H Street NE. This expansion is huge news because the festival previously stopped at 8th Street NE. That was fine maybe five years ago, but over 75,000 people attended last year’s event and crowding was a bit of a problem last year. The addition of several blocks should help out tremendously. This year’s festival will include the return of past favorites, plus a ton of new stuff. REI is a major sponsor this year, and they plan to put up a climbing wall. Some returning attractions include the tattoo, and pie eating contests, and the always-fun traveling art cars. They’ve booked ten stages with a wide variety of musical acts. When I say wide variety, I really mean it. Visitors can find everything from rock and roll, to jazz, to rap, to opera, gospel, Caribbean, soul, and much more. In addition to the beer gardens (this year’s festival will have more of them, so it will not be quite as difficult to snag a seat) there will also be a spirit tasting area with offerings from a variety of local distilleries and breweries. Heading to the festival with kids? No problem. This year’s children’s area 56 H

by Elise Bernard

FBI Raids and Shuts Down Marvelous Pizza

The H Street Festival offers a little something for everyone

will be bigger and better than ever before with live family oriented entertainment and interactive activities throughout the day.

H Street Family Feud

A new multi-week charity event is coming to H Street NE starting September 2nd, and running through October 28th. It’s a Family Feud style quiz game played among ten teams drawn from bars and restaurants on H Street NE. Each week teams from two restaurants or bars will face off against each other. Teams will consist of bartenders, servers, and regulars. The hosting bar will put up $100 in prize money, which will go to the charity of the winner’s choice. British Ink’s Paul Roe will serve as Master of Ceremonies. H Street Family Feud is sponsored British Ink and Jameson Whiskey (expect Jameson specials and giveaways on tournament days). The overall winner of the nine-week competition will take home a trophy.

RedRocks Pizzeria Opens

The newest addition to H Street’s dining scene should be open to the public by the time this issue hits the newsstand. RedRocks (http://www., 1348 H Street NE) bills itself as a Neapolitan bistro. Though they offer a variety of tempting Italian appetizers, the focus is clearly on the wood oven pizzas. The menu varies slightly by location (H

Union Market wants to make your lunch

In a rather dramatic bit of news, the FBI raided Marvelous Pizza (formerly located at 941 H Street NE) last month. The FBI indictment charges the owners with a wide variety of charges mostly related to identity theft, and bank and wire fraud, but there was apparently a sham marriage in there too. No word yet on what will replace Marvelous Pizza.

8th & H Furniture & Mattress Opens Its Doors

A new furniture store is now operating at 801-A H Street NE. 8th & H Furniture & Mattress sells a broad mix

Bardo is a terrific outdoor option for groups small & large

of furniture styles. The new store is the brainchild of Furniture Company Outlet, which sold more furniture per square foot than any company in America in 2006. A representative told me that they believe there is a “chic and stylish clientele” along H Street NE that will welcome their shop. Their central ethos is threefold: “quality, customer service, and a very fair price.” Very soon they will introduce a line of American made painted vintage furniture.

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant Coming to 707 H Street NE

I don’t have a lot of details on this one, as it was just announced. It should be a nice addition to a stretch of the corridor that hasn’t yet seen much restaurant development.

Union Market Rolls Out to Lunchtime Shuttle Service

Do you work in NoMa, or Near Northeast? If so, you might be interested in the Roadie ( The Roadie is the new shuttle that runs to and from Union Market (, 1309 5th Street NE) Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Union Market offers some excellent lunch options whether you wish to dine there, or just grab something to take back to the office.

Union Market Offers More Than Just Food and Drink

Did you know that they also have a gospel brunch on the first Satur-

day of every month? Catch it starting at 12:30 p.m. The younger set can enjoy the musical stylings of the Boogie Babes (http://boogiebabes. com) every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per child; siblings six months or younger are free.

Bardo Offers a Casual Outdoor Experience

Have you been to Bardo Brewpub (, 1200 Bladensburg Road NE) yet? If not, you’ll want to check it out soon. Bardo is an outdoor tavern serving up a nice selection of craft beers on tap. Patrons can play corn hole, or just relax at the picnic tables. They also show movies every night. While Bardo doesn’t currently have a kitchen, they do have several menus for local restaurants that will deliver to Bardo. Please note that you can bring your kids (just not after 8 p.m). Well behaved dogs are also welcome, and can even romp around off-leash.

Sahra Lounge’s Patio Shut Down

A somewhat bizarre bit of news went out on Twitter recently. Apparently, local hookah lounge Sahra did have a public space permit for their outdoor patio. The outdoor space is very popular, particularly on weekends. Everyone had simply assumed that they had a public space permit. As a result of this issue, the patio closed immediately, and cannot be used again until they secure a permit. 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

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Fall Festival, Business Expansion and Outright Jubilation by Sharon Bosworth


any on Barracks Row were happy to hear that restaurateur Xavier Cervera, former owner and developer of nine Capitol Hill restaurants (five on 8th Street, SE), was returning as a management consultant to the restaurants. Cervera and an investor group announced the sale of the restaurants in spring 2013. As part of that transaction, Cervera stayed with the group as founding partner, but day-to-day direction went to a separate corporate team. Many personnel changes were made and some of the favorite bartenders and chefs were replaced. I was in Molly Malone’s, 713 8th Street, SE, recently when Billie Jo Huber, dressed in an interviewblazer, emerged from the back office. “I’m back,” she shouted to Tommy Brown, one of Molly’s long-time bartenders. The place erupted into hugs and kisses from both customers and staff when they heard that she was returning as manager of Molly Malone’s. “Xavier and I had a good relationship,” she said. “He called me out of the blue about coming back and I was happy to hear from him.” Saul Canesa, Executive Chef at The Chesapeake Room agreed, “I like to work for Xavier-- he really understands people --

he hired me for this restaurant - I’m here two years now-- he put me in the right place!” The restaurants in the Barracks Row Entertainment Group include The Chesapeake Room; Molly Malone’s, Senart’s Oyster & Chop House, 520 8th Street, SE; Lola’s, 711 8th Street, SE; Pacifico, 514 8th Street, SE, all on Barracks Row; Box Car, 224 7th Street, SE; Hawk ‘n’ Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, and Park Tavern, 200 M Street, SE. Willie’s Brew and Cue will be open soon in the Boilermaker Shops at 300 Tingey Street, SE.

Not for Little Kids Only

When it opened a few years ago Playseum, 545 8th Street, SE, was hailed by DC concierges as the answer for visiting families whose 2 - 4 year olds often required an emergency play break after days of museums and sightseeing. Since then Playseum has become a stop for everyone with preschoolers, tourists and residents alike. Often local families return several times a week to enjoy playing with their kids in a dozen distinct activity areas ranging from the kitchen where cookies can be made, to sand box, to shopping in a pretend grocery store, to the costume room where kids instantly become super heroes. Recently owner Gina Seebachan announced after-school classes for older kids at the Capitol Hill Playseum beginning this fall. The program, which has been successful in the Bethesda Playseum, will require students to be dropped off and picked up. The cost is $120 for an eight week series of one hour classes on Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes so far include: Baking 102, Soap Making, Art That Teachers Don’t Teach and Riot Kids, to name just a few. For details contact

Festival Traditions Renewed

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E Street, SE, to I Street, SE, is closed to traffic. The Military Chef ’s Cook-Off, sponsored by the Military Hospitality Alliance has been the anchor at the south of the 8th Street midway for years. By 7:00 a.m. chef teams are busy cooking in tents set up in front of Marine Barracks Washington, competing for the title of Top Chef in the US Military. The Cook Off is a black box event - each team is given the exact same set of required ingredients which must all be included in their entry. Visitors

Part small town fair and part urban adventure, there is nothing like Barracks Row Fall Festival anywhere because there is nothing like Capitol Hill anywhere. On the day of the festival Barracks Row from

Chesty a ease at last year’s Fall Festival

watch from the sidelines and there is a play-by-play announcer. When the judges declare a winning team the Commandant of the Marine Corps (or one of his generals) hands out the trophy at center stage located at the intersection of 8th and G Street, SE. Further Marine Corps support for Barracks Row Fall Festival includes tours of the Home of the Commandants from noon until 4:00 p.m. The barracks itself is also open for tours. This year there will be a mid-afternoon performance by the worldfamous Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Trapeze School New York will be back - up in their tree top apparatus near Senart’s Oyster & Chop House – floating through multi-person circus routines. For the youngest fairgoers the petting zoo will return with llamas, piglets, and rabbits as part of the Kid’s Zone hosted by National Community Church, 525 8th Street, SE and Playseum. Like the Military Hospitality Alliance, DC State Fair is another par-

ticipating festival partner. In the DC State Fair area you’ll be able to admire the weirdest vegetable grown in DC, buy slices of pies and cakes, many created by the winners of the Best-HomemadeIn-DC contests, and view the Best Bike Accessory Invented in DC 2013.

New Attractions at Barracks Row Fall Festival

But each festival is a little different and this year there will be two brand new attractions: art and beer. As part of Cultural Tourism’s Art 4 All, a three week long city-wide art promotion, there will be two art venues at Barracks Row Fall Festival: the Shakespeare Theatre Rehearsal Hall and tabula rasa. At each location artists will showcase their art or perform throughout the day. Programs of performances by time /by artist will be available. The Matchbox Food Group, well loved in the area for bringing us Ted’s Bulletin, 505 8th Street, SE; DC3, 423 8th Street, SE; and Matchbox, 521 8th Street, SE, decided this year to participate in Barracks Row Fall Festival in a very big way. Plans are presently underway to utilize the parking lot next to Nooshi and Tash, 545 8th Street, SE, to create a beer garden during the festival. Details are still developing - consult your Barracks Row Newsletter or for more information. To volunteer at the festival call 202-544-3188; email H

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Capitol Riverfront Continues its Growth A New Soccer Stadium Will Be Built In the Neighborhood by Michael Stevens

Growing BID, Growing Neighborhood

Mayor Gray recently hosted a press conference at Buzzard Point to announce a deal to build a new stadium for professional soccer club DC United. I was at the press conference and was excited to hear the Mayor lay out his vision for a new soccer stadium that will not only keep DC United playing in the District, but bring another quality major league sports facility to our neighborhood. I commend Mayor Gray, City Administrator Lew, and the DC United ownership for their vision, leadership and willingness to partner with Buzzard Point property owners to make the soccer stadium a reality. There are many future negotiations and partnerships needed to make the project happen, and that it will not be an easy road. Nevertheless, I did want to speak to some of the benefits that our neighborhood can expect to realize as a result of the new soccer stadium, and also reflect on the benefits we have experienced from the Nationals baseball stadium that is also located in the Capitol Riverfront. It is not often that one neighborhood has the opportunity to be home to two major league stadiums, and there will be opportunities to create synergies between both and expand the range of sports and entertainment activities that both can host. While there will certainly be an economic benefit from increased development and activity associated with the stadium, it is important to look beyond dollars and cents and understand the impact these sports facilities have and can “leverage” in terms of brand, identity, activity, land use changes, and perceptions of the neighborhood.

Nationals Park

Nationals Park opened in April of 2008, the result of an amazing feat of design/build construction – it took only 22 months for the stadium to be built from site demolition to Opening Day. Since then, it has attracted millions of baseball fans over almost six full seasons of play. In an unfortunate coincidence, the opening coincided with the worst 60 H

recession our country has experienced since the Great Depression and as a result, several of the development projects planned to accompany it were put on hold and have yet to be realized. While the stadium outpaced private development projects, it had many positive impacts on the Capitol Riverfront:

Mayor Gray announces a deal between the city and DC United to build a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point.

• Nationals Park has branded or “mentally mapped” our Capitol Riverfront neighborhood in a region of over 6 million people. No marketing and PR campaign could have achieved similar positive results. • The stadium’s millions of annual visitors (over 40% of whom arrive by metro) have experienced first-hand what we have known all along: the Capitol Riverfront is clean, safe, and convenient to get to.

• The stadium serves as mental and physical focal point for the more than 12.5 million square feet of development in the area, and anchors the Capitol Riverfront as a rapidly developing, mixed-use entertainment district on the Anacostia River. The millions who attend the one of the National’s 81 home games, not to mention the numerous concerts and special events hosted at the Park, have created an undeniable spillover effect for local businesses, as visitors flock

Bird’s eye view of the proposed stadium.

Nationals Stadium is an economic focal point for the Capitol Riverfront area.

to restaurants and cafes in Capitol Hill, Barracks Row and Capitol Riverfront.

DC United Soccer Stadium

The new DC United soccer stadium will be a smaller sports facility – 22,000+ seats to Nats Park’s approximately 42,000 seats – but I am as excited about the collateral benefits that can accompany the development of this stadium: • The stadium begins to define a land use pattern and activities for a section of our BID, Buzzard Point, that has struggled to attract an appropriate mix of synergistic uses.

• Together with National’s Park, the stadium will create a sports and entertainment hub in the Capitol Riverfront. This soccer stadium can be used by a variety of sports such as professional, college and high school soccer games; college and high school football games; high school and lacrosse games; as well as concerts and outdoor movies. Mayor Gray mentioned many of these possible uses at the press conference and I support his multi-use approach to this stadium. The popular Kastles tennis team and stadium could also be an adjacent sports use.

• The new stadium can create brand and identity for an area of the city that has long been considered an industrial backyard. The collateral uses associated with the stadium can reintroduce “The Point” as a mixed-use entertainment district with access to the riverfront. • The stadium and its activities can also leverage new streetcar access to this section of the neighborhood, thereby providing good transit access for future sports fans and also unlocking the office and residential potential of “The Point”.

• Finally, the location of both stadiums in the Capitol Riverfront in the SE/SW quadrants creates a new gateway to our city at the South Capitol Street Bridge – a bridge that will be replaced with a new Frederick Douglass Bridge over the next three years. The stadium complexes, the ongoing development in Capitol Riverfront, the many public spaces and parks in the area are beginning to define a very grand waterfront in our city south of the SE/SW Freeway. For all of these reasons I remain excited about the benefits that the proposed new DC United Soccer stadium can bring to the

Capitol Riverfront and our city at large. We will be monitoring the progress on the real estate decisions and the timing of construction, as well as working with the DC Office of Planning to make sure that we all get the land use mixes right. As we often say in the Capitol Riverfront, this is a once in a generation opportunity to create a new city within a city on the Anacostia River.

BID Staffing

I’m excited to welcome three new team members to the BID – Jay Corbalis, Dan Melman and Tammy Shoham. Together with our existing staff, these new additions mark the beginning of an exciting new era for the BID, one that reflects the growth and vitality of the neighborhood we represent. With that, I am pleased to reintroduce the entire team at the BID, who, together with me and our board of directors, will implement our shared vision for a successful, vibrant Capitol Riverfront: • Michael Stevens – President

• Bonnie Wright – Operations Manager/ Special Projects Coordinator • Dan Melman – Vice President of Parks & Public Realm

• Leon Johnson – Director of Park Operations & Public Realm • Lacy Wilhoit – Manager of Park Programming & Marketing

• Tammy Shoham – Vice President of Economic Development & Research

• Jay Corbalis – Manager of Planning & Communications They can be contacted at, or stop by Yards Park or our BID office and meet them in person.

Restaurant Updates

Nando’s Peri-Peri Peruvian Chicken is now open at the Boilermaker Shops for lunch and dinner. We have also heard that the Bluejacket Microbrewery & Restaurant, as well as Buzz Bakery are looking to a midto-late September opening. Osteria Morini and Aqua 301 are still aiming for a mid-tolate October opening in the Lumbershed Building. Forest City Washington has also announced two new tenants for the Boilermaker Shops – the GNC Vitamin store and the Spanish sandwich shop 100 Montaditos. Michael Stevens, AICP is the Executive Director of the Capitol Riverfront BID. H

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Thriving on Capitol Hill

Newcomer John Bratton Finds a Neighborhood


by Celeste McCall

s I knocked on the door of John Bratton’s Capitol Hill home, I was greeted by a chorus of barking. “My rescue beagles,” Bratton explained, adding that he would meet me in his side patio, on the corner of 10th and C SE. As I waited at his picnic table, my host appeared carrying a tray of freshly baked beignets, steaming coffee and fresh juice. What a greeting! As I munched a powdery donut—which Bratton made from scratch using the Café Du Monde (New Orleans) recipe—John praised his neighborhood. “In so many places, people live near each other but don’t know each other,” he said. “So I started introducing people. I love living here and some people even call me the Mayor of 10th Street. We host Flamingo parties where any neighbor who puts out a flamingo is inviting people to drop in. ” As we talked and sipped coffee on the patio, neighbors dropped by, including Michelle, who lives across the street, and Dana with her three small children. “I have been so welcomed, so blessed, by our neighbors,” said Bratton, who looks younger than his 48 years. “We have such a sense of community. Look how we came together after the June 5 Frager’s fire.” A successful book author, youth counselor John Bratton makes beignets. Photo: Andrew Lightman and real estate agent, John Bratton was born and raised on Kent Island near the Eastern Shore. He After college, Bratton founded Mercury Outreach graduated from Salisbury State University (the first member of his family to attend college), and Solutions, and he coached young men for free. He earned an MBA at Strayer University. He also did still does. “I can’t bring myself to charge them.” All a stint in in Iraq, where he served as 1st Lieutenant this and more is described in Bratton’s book, “Armed with the 1229th Transportation Company in Desert & Ready to Live: Life Skills to Survive and Thrive.” He was inspired to write it after the 2006 VirginStorm. “Upon arriving in Washington in 1988, Bratton ia Tech massacre. As described in the book jacket, accepted a position with a company which manu- “Armed and Ready to Live” is about the life of John factured high-tech gizmos. Then he walked away Bratton and others who have played a defining role from a career with George Washington University in his life as he triumphed over hardships….this to pursue real estate. He started with Long & Foster guide will arm young men with everyday survival before launching his own brokerage firm, Bratton strategies to improve their lives and relationships…” After living in Shaw and Clarendon, Bratton Realty, which sells, rents and renovates properties moved to the Hill two years ago, where he dwells throughout the Washington area. with life partner Eric. Their three-level townhouse Bratton’s real passion, however, is life coaching. was built in 1969. Originally, the first floor was a 62 H

separate apartment, but the new owners converted it into one residence. “When we moved here, the yard was a train wreck…weeds and ivy growing everywhere,” Bratton said. “When we ripped the weeds from the median strip, neighbors came by with wine and even garden gnomes. Someone was finally beautifying the corner.” While we were talking, my iPhone buzzed to announce the Supreme Court’s decisions striking down portions of DOMA and Proposition 8. That led to a sensitive topic: “When I was 10, I realized I was different,” Bratton said. “But I did not know why, and I couldn’t talk to anyone…I did not know one single gay person. Then, when I was 17, I worked as a handyman at Camp Wright. That experience changed my life. The Camp director begged me to return as a counselor, and after my first year I received the Spirit Award. That’s how I started life coaching.” Bratton pointed to a large photo taken by Michael Payne, a fellow counselor, with whom he keeps in touch. “When I was 29, I “came out” to my oldest brother, and he said he would never stop loving me. When I told my mother, she asked: ‘Do I have a choice?’ I said no, and she said she loved me. “My mother (Alice Giddens) is amazing,” Bratton said. “My father died when I was three, and my mother raised the five of us by herself. “She held down a job oyster shucking and crab picking, then she came home and fixed us wonderful meals—soul food: fried chicken, sweet potato pie, rolls baked from scratch. Her friends have begged her to open a restaurant. “Her whole life is about food…She believes you care for people by feeding them. Even if there is drama surrounding you, that all goes away when we sit down to eat. Even now, I never miss a holiday with her (she still lives on Kent Island). When I shipped out to Desert Storm, she celebrated Thanksgiving early so I would not miss it. She instilled in me that you can do anything you put your mind to if you work for it. Don’t let anyone make you feel you are less than you are.” H

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A Pivotal Approach in Real Estate

At Fulcrum Properties Group, the team thrives on collective achievement rather than on individual successes. “We realized that the standard real estate team is an ‘eat what you kill’ model or live on what you sell,” real estate agent Ty Voyles said, adding, “but we wanted to do things differently and serve every client as a seamless team.” Fulcrum Properties Group, which includes Voyles, Tom Kavanagh and Jim Lisowski, started working as a collective three years ago, which means their clients always get the benefits of a team approach. “We put ourselves on salary rather than on commission,” Voyles noted when explaining what distinguishes Fulcrum from other real estate agencies. This approach has paid off: over half of their business comes from past clients and referrals. “Throughout the process we felt like they were always looking out for our best interests above any other consideration,” clients Dawn and Michel Arteaga shared. “They deeply cared about our unique needs as a family.” “Fulcrum met all of our needs though every phase of the process --

even working after the sale and purchase were complete to make sure every possible loose end was tied up,” said client Lisa Brooks. “We continue to look to them for service referrals and think of them as good neighbors and friends.” In addition to being Helen Zhu a resource for the community, Fulcrum Properties Group hosts client appreciation parties and community service projects such as an Anacostia River clean-up. “We want to build a company that’s motivated by serving the clients and doing what’s right by people,” Kavanagh said.

Contact Fulcrum Realty at 801 D Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. 202-573-8552

Teaching the Language of the Universe

After 15 years of teaching Chinese, Helen Zhu is adding another dimension to her language instruction. Through an initiative called “Learning With Universal Mind,” Zhu hopes people will learn “to communicate at the soul level.” By incorporating meditation, visualization and prayer, Zhu feels she can help people communicate from the inside, out, and to connect with “the universal mind.” “I’m hoping to reach people who are not aware or not yet spiritually awakened,” Zhu commented. In 2007, Zhu moved to DC from China where she taught Mandarin to expaJim Lisowki, Ty Voyles, and Tom Kavanaugh of Fulcrum Properties Group 64 H

triates. She currently works with children and adults, providing language instruction and lessons about Chinese culture. “My daughter is adopted from China and we want to give her as much familiarity with her heritage as we are able to,” Dawn DiGiorgio shared. DiGiorgio says her daughter is always excited about practicing and learning because Helen’s presentation is so child-friendly and her patience is unlimited. In addition to language instruction, Zhu blogs and sells her e-books, which integrate meditation and prayer with Chinese language lessons. “She is energetic, responsive to student interests and learning levels and eager to help students learn,” Gail King, one of her students, said. “I want to light lamps in other people,” Zhu says. “I hope to reach anyone who wants to see more peace and healing in the world.”

Contact Helen Zhu at or at consultant/index.cfm

Helping Children Find their Voice

“What can we do to help? What is the community lacking?” Sabra Gelfond, founder and executive director of National Speech/Language Therapy Center (also known as National Speech), asked when discussing how her organization can support children and families in DC. In the 25 years since Gelfond started working as a speech-language pathologist, she has helped special needs children who face a variety of challenges, including autism, stuttering and hearing impairment.

Gelfond’s staff of 45 consists of speech-language pathologists, behavioral specialists and special educators. They work from three different offices in the DC Metro area: Bethesda, Germantown and Capitol Hill, which opened in January 2013. This growing organization hopes to rent out some of their space to other professionals and plans to expand their staff.

Diagnosing a child at the National Speech/ Language Therapy Center

“In honor of our 20th anniversary, we started offering an early detection program,” Gelfond said. “It’s a free screening. We can do an evaluation or refer them out to the appropriate agency,” Gelfond explained. In addition to free, early detection services, National Speech offers camps during school breaks as well as a range of autism services, speech services and behavioral therapy. “It’s important to consider all different factors when planning treatment,” Keisha Matthews, DC office manager, said. “We make sure the staff is being culturally responsive to families.” “We adapt to the families, the families don’t adapt to us,” Matthews added. Contact National Speech/Language Therapy Center at 412 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 or by calling 202-4704185 or 301-493-0023. H

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KITCHEN? Be sophisticated and up-to-date, but not too trendy


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By Bruce Wentworth, AIA hether you are in the middle of a long-desired kitchen remodel or are simply contemplating one, chances are your dream kitchen involves more space, designated areas for kitchen toys, and an open plan concept. For the most part, our Capitol Hill clients desire a more laid-back and multi-functional kitchen, and they are willing to spend more than in years past to get just the kind of informal space we associate with modern life. Not only do today’s kitchens remain the heart of the home, they are also showplaces for gourmet chefs and five-star dinner parties. Over the years our design-build team has witnessed some cringe-worthy kitchens, ones that were surely dated long before the construction crew had packed up. Fortunately, today’s kitchen remodelers and homeowners are savvier and in for the long haul, keeping the focus on kitchens that will last and investing in trends that will improve livability, enjoyment, and resale.

informal is the new Formal When a Capitol Hill homeowner comes to us with a potential kitchen remodeling project, they are typically tired of their cramped quarters or their separated kitchen, living and dining areas. This is an especially common complaint in DC’s historic neighborhoods, where kitchens are not only small, but often walled off from the dining room or living room. As a result, our team often looks to increase the size and efficiency of the kitchen through a reconfigured floor plan. By eliminating unnecessary walls, and making use of underutilized space, today’s best kitchen renovations seamlessly incorporate living, dining, and cooking areas, allowing for a more informal lifestyle. Many townhouse owners struggle with a poorly laid out galley kitchen, where they are often walled-off from family and guests. This means our architects and designers need to get creative. By utilizing dead space, eliminating unnecessary corners, and often opening walls to the adjacent living spaces, a great kitchen design will maximize every square inch of space. Such reconfigurations make the kitchen more practical, and perhaps more importantly, more livable.

light and Bright Where trendy (and certainly beautiful) cherry cabinets were last decade’s “it” cabinet, lighter and brighter is the norm today. Light wood or painted finishes are today’s most popular cabinet options.

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Light wood or painted cabinets are today’s most popular cabinet choices. Photo: Wentworth



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Often, as a way to add visual interest with minimal cost, our team will suggest a mix of finishes and colors: the island or peninsula can be in one painted finished, and the peEliminating walls opens up the kitchen to other living areas, a more modern use of rimeter cabinets space. Photo: Wentworth in a different, yet c o m p l i m e n t a r y, wood or paint. marble in every way, down to the veining and nonEven today’s kitchen countertops are lightening uniform character homeowners love about marble. up. Instead of the black granite that homeowners To further brighten up new kitchens, our team once equated with modern kitchen design, light will incorporate improved lighting throughout. From stone or manmade synthetics are in vogue. For recessed lighting to under cabinet task lighting, to homeowners who veto marble because of upkeep decorative pendants, homeowners find upgraded concerns, we embrace modern technology, suglighting to be a needed improvement for both curgesting manmade synthetics that resemble natural rent enjoyment and long-term livability. For many DC homeowners, aging-in-place is a frontrunner in reasons to remodel, and functional lighting is one way to ensure a kitchen has staying power.

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With even the most tech-wary homeowners now embracing smart phones and technology on the go, it’s no surprise that in today’s kitchen, technology is king. Homeowners will gladly invest in costly new technology and restaurant-quality appliances, such as large 6-burner cooktops, two dishwashers or 48’’ wide refrigerators. The list of luxurious extras in the modern kitchen is long, but top choices include warming drawers, built-in coffee makers, wine refrigerators, and beverage stations. Built-in storage for countertop appliances, creative charging stations for laptops and phones, and plug molding installed under wall cabinets minimize clutter and allow for design elements, such as backsplashes, to be the rightful stars of the room. For the busy homeowner, incorporating a TV in the kitchen design or ensuring visibility of the TV from

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Today’s less formal kitchens typically feature a breakfast bar or island instead of a breakfast table or dining table. When homeowners choose remodeling over moving to accommodate a growing family, space is a top concern. To increase flexibility, our team will suggest large islands or multifunctional seating such as folding tables built-in to the island – a unique feature that can turn a kitchen from a homework hangout to a family dinner spot in minutes. Though kitchen trends may come and go, good design is universal. By investing in a high quality kitchen renovation, a homeowner can rest assured that their new kitchen will serve its practical purpose while also allowing time to pursue a passion for cooking, a flurry of dinner parties or a thirst for today’s best technology. Even historic homes can easily make the jump into the modern age with a design that understands how to mix the old and the new and is sensitive to the fact that true character is acquired not constructed. Regardless of which kitchen trend you ultimately embrace, the best kitchen renovations find a smart balance between the latest in upgrades and everyday life. Bruce Wentworth, AIA is a licensed architect and contractor. He is president of Wentworth, Inc. a residential design/ build remodeling firm. Wentworth remodeled his first house on Capitol Hill in 1980…and many since then. Visit or call 240395-0705 x 100 to learn more about Wentworth’s design and remodeling services. H

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Alternatives to Leaving Your Home


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by Heather Schoell friend’s 90-year-old mother swims daily, a family friend in her early 70s navigates sidewalks as if they are perpetually slick with ice because of medication that impacts her equilibrium, and my own 40-year-old sister has knees that buckle and eyes that don’t see well in the dark. Living safely in one’s home is about circumstance and mobility, not age. At 55, you might pass everyone on a jog, but it only takes one loose brick in the sidewalk for a twisted knee or a slipped disk to change everything. As your body changes and health conditions arise, you may need to adjust your environment to fit. This is aging in place. You don’t necessarily need to leave your multi-level home -– just adapt it to suit.

City Responds to Seniors The District is becoming an Age-Friendly City, an initiative of the World Health Organization, re-

sponding to the rapid increase of senior residents. In DC, from 2010 to 2011, ages 60+ increased by 3.3%. According to the DC Office of Aging (DCOA), about two-thirds of the growth is from migration -– nearly 11,000 more people moved into the city than moved out. The rest is “natural growth”— aging into the category. What does “Age-Friendly City” mean? Dr. John M. Thompson, Director of DCOA, explained, “This means that the District will undergo a paradigm shift to consider the lives of seniors in every aspect of planning and development of the city’s publicly and/or privately funded projects.” It will address being able to live on a fixed income, even with the rising cost of city living. It will address easily accessible resources such as fresh produce, shopping centers, wellness programs,




recreational and enter tainment venues. address



A stairlift installed by Steve Hage in a Capitol Hill home. Photo: Courtesy Steve Hage.


neighborhoods that promote active living such as seniors

Thompson, “is establishing a city that enhances


seniors’ quality of life beginning in their homes



children at the neighborhood

schools, and

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Universal Design

ultimate goal of transform-

Like the good doctor said, quality of life begins in the home. Accessibility is key to functionally living, and Universal Design is a design practice that

ing Washington, DC into an Age-Friendly City,” said

An example of a tub cut in the works. Photo: Courtesy Tori Goldhammer.

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goes above and beyond American with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) minimum standards of code to provide best practices of human functionality. Universal Design is what can allow people to not be forced out of their homes by stairs, narrow hallways, or other such design features that are common in our District homes. John Salmen is the godfather of Universal Design (universaldesign. com). He began the movement just over 30 years ago, and is sought globally as a speaker and teacher on the subject. “Accessibility is the starting point,” he said. “But there are better ways to do things that go beyond ADA. Universal Design anticipates, envisions our future selves. Universal Design consultants understand how people operate. It’s a multi-faceted approach,” said Salmen. “It works to address human ability around three main areas. Mobility is the first one – moving through space, with no tripping devise, no steps, with wide doors. Dexterity — that’s hand operations — no twisting. It needs to pass the closed fist rule. You can operate it with a closed fist. The last one is sensory — signage, controls, and redundancy. That is, as an example, the dishwasher needs to have a chime saying it’s done, but also a blinking light, so there’s sight and sound.” Timing is everything when making these adjustments. Many people wait until it is too late and then are rushed into making life decisions or making choices in the midst of an emergency. “Sixty [years of age] is a good time to tweak your home. You have the money because you’re still working, but also you have time, in a lot of cases,” Salmen said.

tect or builder help lay out the space, but hire a Universal Design consultant to go through the process. “First step is programming,” he advised. “This is your list of wants.” You should have your architect create the plans, but have your UD consultant review them — that’s step two. “Step three getting the UD person involved in revising, looking at appliances, some fine tuning.” Local Universal Design consultant Tori Goldhammer ( is an occupational therapist (OT) with additional training in Universal Design. As Goldhammer explains it, any licensed OT should be trained to figure out solutions to problems in their clients environment, but as a Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) professional she brings greater resources to each situation. Goldhammer takes clients’ budgets into consideration of her design plan. “There are a multitude of solutions — the choices will depend on cost and aesthetic. There are a ton of products and vendors,” she said. “I refer people to contractors that I know and trust.” There are low-cost adaptations, such as adding a handrail, or putting in toilet seat risers. Instead of demolishing a bathroom to make way for a walk-in shower, Goldhammer might suggest that her go-to contractor do a timely and inexpensive alternative tub cut. Some Universal Design home solutions involve building changes (ramps, for instance) technology (smartphone apps that turn on lights), and changing the way things are (rearranging furniture). Helping each other (family and community) is another part of the Universal Design solution.

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“In DC, walkups are tough, but they are do-able,” said Salmen. He suggests homeowners have an archi-

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ing position. Two additional modifications were the intercom system (room to room, but also to the front door, alleviating the need to get up to see who it is), and window treatments and a space heater that are remotely controlled. The modifications allow Colonel Mouth to control his environment single-handed and independently.

Redesigning the Home

CHV member Charles Rubio models his husband’s standing chair and the pseudo-wood burning stove space heater, both of which work by remote control. Photo: H. Schoell.

In May 2013, CHV held a senior housing symposium that was standing room only. The meeting began with a section on aging in place. CHV member Joni Bell discussed how she had gone about repurposing her vertical living space into a single-floor plan. She couldn’t be happier with the results, she said. Byron Buck of National Capital Kitchens ( did the construction for Bell, and said of transitioning a home, “The challenges are absolutely the same, no matter what quadrant you’re in in DC. When you’re thinking about staying, you’re going to have to think about

place, with its mission being to help its members retain a quality life in the Capitol Hill community. Goldhammer agrees that CHV makes a great deal of difference. “You want to make sure that people can be well in their house, but also in the community — that they can get around the neighborhood to stores and all they do. My plan almost always includes that because changing the home itself may not be enough for them to do well. It’s the difference between clinical OT vs. a community-integrated aesthetic, a referral to CHV services, and an ongoing relationship. I always stay in touch.” CHV member Charles Rubio was ahead of the curve when he adapted his home for his life partner of 54 years, Colonel James Mouth, a WWII POW and Korean War veteran who had a stroke 18 years ago. They have two stair lifts, electric bidet toilets, and a chair that raises the person to a stand-

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Universal Design’s 8 Considerations: 1. Body fit – accommodating a wide range of body sizes and abilities; 2. Comfort – keeping demands within desirable limits of body function and perception; 3. Awareness – insuring that critical information for use is easily perceived; 4. Understanding – making methods of operation and use intuitive, clear, and unambiguous; 5. Wellness – contributing to health promotion, avoidance of disease, and prevention of injury; 6. Social integration – treating all groups with dignity and respect; 7. Personalization – incorporating opportunities for choice and the expression of individual preferences; and, 8. Appropriateness – respecting and reinforcing cultural values and the social and environmental context of any design project.

Byron Buck with client Joni Bell in her remodeled space. Photo: Courtesy Byron Buck.

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living on one floor. Chair lifts are a wonderful solution if they will work. In some cases, an elevator can work—especially in a home with three floors, and they’re not as expensive as you might think.” “Part of the charm of these older homes is having a living room, a dining room – not open spaces like in suburbia,” said Buck. “In Joni’s case, she wanted to live on one floor, and our challenge was that we needed to get a full-sized bathroom in there while preserving that charm. Narrow passageways are a challenge – when you expand them [as for wheelchair access] you need to recreate the trim, and a lot of times we can do that.” Buck streamlined access to the kitchen, taking out a long, narrow hallway that was underutilized space. Buck prefers to amend the term “aging in place” to “staying in place”, and is looking to change cabinetry and home design into what he calls “smart design” — drawers that aren’t too low for older people and for pregnant women and for everyone in between. Goldhammer’s recommended contractor is Steve Hage of Strategies for Independent Living. Hage earned his CAPS designation in 2008. Hage outlined his approach with clients. First, he sits with them to ascertain their needs for the short- and long-term, if there is a current or anticipated medical issue, and then he assesses constraints of the physical space and the budget. “On a large scale, it may be exploring the possibility of an elevator installation. On a smaller scale, it may be improving lighting and adding railings on the front

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steps,” he said. “I often hear clients say that they don’t want it to look like a hospital,” said Hage. “You need to plan ahead for good design—in any situation you need a sense of design, and it should reflect the sensibilities of the client. Give yourself time to look at options.” Mark Turacy of Abbrims Stairlifts



the stairlifts in Rubio’s home. Quite affordable, stairlifts mount into the stair treads, so there are no walls torn up, and no need for wiring. “They’re battery-powered, so depending on how much you go up and down, you can go for 5 – I’ve seen up to 10 – years on one battery,” he said. If the stairs are of average length and straight, he can measure, cut the rail to fit, and install the lift in a day!

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tions before the time comes. Aging in place allows you to carry on. You shouldn’t feel like you must move, at least not until you have explored the possibilities of home modification. Heather Schoell is a Realtor with The Smith Team at Prudential PenFed Realty with an earned designation of Senior Real Estate Specialist. While it may seem counterintuitive for an agent to write about staying in place, it comes down to this: a strong community makes for a strong market. Be well! heathersdc@gmail. com. H

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GARDENER Living and Growing Tributes to Kim Brenegar


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by Annette Nielsen im Brenegar’s imprint on Capitol Hill is everywhere—in the beautiful gardens she created through her business The Ornamental Garden, and in all the connections that she made with friends, clients and family over the years. Kim died in a car accident in 2009 – and it was after her memorial service that The Friends of Kim Brenegar formed to create a living legacy, Kim’s Garden, that would recognize Kim’s love of her community and as a tribute to her creative, sustainable work.

The garden is located at the intersection of North Carolina and Independence Avenues at 8th Street. Kim’s daughter, Allison Strodel notes, “Our mom had quite a holistic approach to her garden designs; they surpassed mere beauty because she valued function as much as form. She loved the odd and unpopular plants and found a way to bring out their hidden beauty.” Allison adds that her mother wasn’t limited to using physical plant material, “She always seemed unsatisfied with the idea of a lawn with pink flowers, preferring mosses, varieties of grasses, stones, fixtures, water features,

Kim Brenegar in a Capitol Hill tree having fun with her children, Allison and Julian, 2000.

Image of work on garden mosaic: In Deirdre Saunder’s studio, working on the mosaic to be installed at Kim’s Garden. In the mosaic you’ll find a poem by Kim’s daughter, Allison, a painted stone by her son, Julian, a shark’s tooth from the family’s collection and a photo of Kim. Photo by Lewis Schrager

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and unique or bizarre looking flowers. Her medium was really everything pertaining to the earth. Like her gardens, our house contained elements of the earth – she often used sticks, stones, dried flowers, gourds, fruits and shells as her décor.” Anyone who knew Kim knew how she lived a sustainable lifestyle whether it was being mindful of water waste, conserving energy by air-drying the laundry, or embracing reusable cotton cloths and napkins – all before it was thought of as ‘green.’ Kim’s son, Julian Strodel, is currently attending Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He hopes to pursue a career that involves outdoor education. He wrote in a recent class assignment, “I was a lucky city kid; I had a mother who taught me the importance of the natural world. She taught me through her actions and through her work.” He continued, “Spending so much time in nature this year has helped me in many different ways. Most importantly, I feel a stronger connection to my mother, the most influential environmental educator in my life.” Angela Carlson, a long-time friend and one-time business associate says, “Kim loved interacting with people and she was truly a loyal friend. She had a wonderful, vibrant sense of humor – and was a very generous community volunteer,” noting that Brenegar helped out at her children’s schools, at neighborhood places like Friendship House, as well as the onceneglected garden site where Kim’s Garden is now established. Carlson continues, “She enjoyed her work and looked at gardens like a puzzle with challenges – as you might add a fresh coat of paint to a room in a house, you would add light or color to a garden – even by adding a lighter-colored rock to bring in some light.” Carlson comments, “She truly felt that gardens were an extension of the home – another room – that she looked at creatively, and always

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Siska Shaw at her Capitol Hill home enjoys the outdoor room designed by Kim Brenegar.

Brenegar also created a beautiful outdoor room in neighbor Lu Ivy’s expansive garden, where Ivy says the garden was a sort of laboratory, incorporating a mix of natural and found objects. Ivy is fond of the water features in the garden and notes that the birds love it, too. “Kim had vision and was able to communicate her vision to everyone – she was a great teacher, but mostly, she wanted you to enjoy the space,” she said JoAnn McInnis, a friend and neighbor is a fan of how Brenegar brought you into the outdoor space. “The footpath

a gathering place for birds, squirrels, critters and of course the hangout for local kitties. Nothing was really wasted, ever. She firmly believed in a sustainable lifestyle and my brother and I have fully embraced these values.”

Kim’s Garden Juliet Michaud, Kim’s sister states that it was during her sister’s memorial service at Eastern Market when friends and neighbors started talking about creating a living memorial for Kim. Michaud is dedicated to seeing the project pro-

wondered where you’d rest your eye, creating a focal point.”

Gardens Kim Designed Siska Shaw’s garden includes a backyard component that shows another way in which a garden becomes an outdoor room – there are separate table areas for enjoying a meal al fresco beneath the canopy of various trees “She liked things delineated and there was a method to her gardens, whether with walkways or dividing the plants and spaces with mulch – she designed the garden with shapes and geometry,” Siska said.

Sarah Carr with her sons at the garden designed and established by Kim Brenegar and earlier owners of the residence. The garden includes a stone pathway, designed to encourage active use of the space as an extension of the home.

Longtime friend and one-time business partner, Angela Carlson on a recent visit to Kim’s Garden at the corner of 801 North Carolina Avenue, SE.

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through the garden was intended to be used – my children never took the brick sidewalk to the front door, they walked on the flagstones through the garden space when they came home from school.” McInnis notes that some of the rocks that were placed in the garden also had shallow dips where water would pool and their cat would be able to get a drink – especially one cat that used to get fed at both her house and Brenegar’s. McInnis and Brenegar had abutting backyards and Kim’s daughter, Allison, recalls that during the winter months, her mother would put stale bread out for the birds, where the bread would dot the top of the fence. “It made our backyard

ceed, and says it has been a true collaborative effort between individuals, businesses and governmental agencies – with donations and grants to help keep the project moving forward. The National Capital Bank Fund has been generous in its contributions to Kim’s Garden, as well. The National Capital Banks’s Chairman of the Board and CEO, Richard A. Didden said, “It’s an ideal project, especially for the community -- it brings everyone together. We consider this an everlasting tribute to Kim, a beautification project that the Capitol Hill community will benefit from for years to come.” When asked about the connections

JoAnn McInnis, a friend and neighbor, on the stone footpath in her garden – an element incorporated by Kim Brenegar in many gardens, and used by McInnis’ children each day when they returned from school.

Kim made on Capitol Hill, and how those connections might be embraced through the garden, Michaud said, “Community is critically important for the sustainability of the garden. There is already so much support for the project and while we still have finishing touches to incorporate (lights, trash cans, plantings), we want to formalize an entity to ensure its success,” and says that ideally it would include a combination of people and business entities – with or without gardening expertise. Michaud says that Kim’s Garden is comprised only of native plants and the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Foresters installed eco-pavers in the courtyard to capture rainwater (through a Federal Highway and Urban Foresters Administration grant). Kim’s friend and artist Deirdre Saunder designed the 15 foot diameter mosaic (made possible by a DC

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says that all materials used are either recycled or found. Saunder says the design is abstract, but sort of organic with a focus on mostly earthy greens and blues. “Kim really believed in sustainability – she had a very sophisticated eye and she had a knack for doing things with natural pieces. She could take a piece of fabric like burlap, place it on the table, put cheese and crackers on it and the display would look fabulous.” Kim’s fiancé at the time of her death, Joe Ardizzone, says that Kim was always true to herself, all about integrity and doing the right thing. He notes that she often repeated the words, ‘I want to live a full and rich life.’ Ardizzone says, “I’m hopeful people will pass by the garden and for those who know, perhaps remember and have faith that no tragedy can extinguish our spirit and the will to carry the love forward.” The mosaic for Kim’s Garden is being installed as we go to press. The formal dedication for the garden will take place during 2014. Visit for updates, to volunteer or contribute to the project. Annette Nielsen is a writer and a cook who has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for over 15 years, and is currently at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. A native of the Adirondacks, and a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, she lives in Southwest near the waterfront with her husband and son. Follow her on twitter: @The_Kitchen_Cab; reach her by email: H

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g GREAT GARDENS Of Capitol Hill


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by Derek Thomas his has been a year climate extremes. Seventy-degree weather during February followed by an April that resembled the end of November. May and June brought us the onslaught of monsoons and July baked for a week and then surprised us all with fall temperatures. Gardens were confused then lovely then challenged then just went in to a stasis on nothingness. In spite of their owner’s best intentions and care, plants dropped leaves and shriveled up faster than a holiday wreath on a warm winter day. The gardens that have made my cut after this outrageously irrational spring and summer are those that looked good in June and still look great now. These are the gardens whose caretakers have read the books and applied the methods of the year round garden and therefore have a splendid garden in every season, not just April and June--gardens whose beauty is in intricately balanced in the plants, structure and design.

519 E. Capitol Street, SE Perched at the intersection of 6th and East Capitol Street this garden is one that has matured into a whimsical juxtaposition of shapes and structure. Columnar euonymus wisp wildly at their tips, while pencil holies have been clipped like a retro high-top fade haircut of the eighties. The flagstone patios and paths intersect at various angles and the border of planters is eclectic and reminiscent of a collector’s specimen garden. The dogwood adds an anchor to the brick and flag patio and the large maturing southern magnolia is tucked away on the side garden adding an area of dense shade to a sun-filled corner. Azalea and spiraea mix with dianthus and phlox to give textured variances. Japanese maples, roses and hyacinth bean vines gently push the bounds of the fence and add a welcome feel to

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a structured yet whimsical maturing corner garden. A garden that is both interestingly attractive and classically inspired.

100 5th Street NE This corner garden is lush and inviting; a center path shoots the visitor off the cement slab of the front door and winds you through a garden of form and function. The window boxes drape the windows and soften the expansive brick walls. The pencil hollies vie with the Kousa dogwood and acuba for prominence. The phlox shoots out in front of the Victorian urn while the urns colors of begonia and Swiss chard compliment the drab green of a dracaena. Evergreen hedges act as sentries along the path to soften the transition of house to path to garden. On the garden

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space the use of planters and containers add to what can be grown in an otherwise challenging space. When the planters break away from the utilitarian and become the design a challenging space is conquered. This front garden has taken the cement stairs and lead walks’ heaviness and softened it by adding chunky planters overflowing with delicate caladium and ferns in an unexpected urban meets tropical splash of hotness. The results are welcoming and electric. This front garden is Capitol Hill charm meets New York City glamor.

303 South Carolina Ave. SE Long front gardens can be challenging. Especially in Capitol Hill where the space is an oversized rectangle that many times

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gets over-planted in an attempt to hide the box. Specimen gardens are difficult to execute and many times they can go really nursery tag sale-ish as the specimens compete offensively. Not the case of the garden at 303 South Carolina. The garden is a wonderful exercise in restraint and design. The flow is purposeful and the garden rooms break up the rectilinear space with an artistic ease. Evergreens are placed for prominence and structure. The Hydrangea adds an unexpected focal point while balancing the weeping spruce and Japanese inspired

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that, through the right amount of restraint, have made this garden a showstopper.

154 11th Street SE The corner of 11th and Independence is an interesting exercise in design individuality. The homes front is on 11th street and if it were not on the corner it would blend in with the rest of

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303 South Carolina Ave SE An experiment in restraint and design the block. However the Independence Avenue side of the home is the part where the house goes wonderfully rogue, breaking away from the safety of the block. Two fabulous porches run the length of the house and give two unique perspectives to take in both the gardens and the Hill. The garden flows wonderfully back to a mature specimen crape myrtle. The flagstone path has a keyhole design that houses a focal urn. The roses and herbs, anemone and yews flow throughout the garden with ease. In this garden, plants fit in their spaces and their spaces are fitting for them. There is a comforting casualness and a maturity and strength that is often missed in a large wrap around garden. The stone and plant balance is correct and the movement of the design is impeccable. This garden is exciting in any season of any year. A true experiment into a gardener’s garden, very well done.

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Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal, and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301.642.5182. You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. Follow us on Twitter @ThomasGardenGuy For Great Garden Tips. H

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by Ellen Boomer happy here the entire time,” Wilson

gent people here from all over the world [who] like

shared, noting, “Hard work goes a

nice things. They appreciate what we do,” Taylor said

long way at Frager’s.”

when explaining why he loves working in DC.

“Coming to work every day is like going home to your family,” Wilson said, adding, “You make a con-

“The customers we have on the Hill treat us like members of the family,” Taylor shared. “He’s a meticulous craftsman, and he’s done this long enough to have a good understanding of


nection with people.” “The outpouring of support

layout,” Hill resident Brian Biles said when explain-

from the community has really en-

ing why he’s hired Taylor for three, separate renova-


couraged us during these difficult

tion jobs. “He does exquisite tile work, and he keeps

times, and we’re thrilled to have

everything clean and taped up,” Biles observed.

Frager’s Paint Store is open at 1129 Penn. Ave. SE. Photo: Andrew Lightman.

Taylor Construction does “any carpentry-relat-

block,” owner John Weintraub said.

ed item,” Taylor said, such as replacing windows,

“It’s one more step to keep Frager’s

doors and trim in addition to remodeling bathrooms

serving the community.”

and kitchens.

The grand reopening of The

When renovating bathrooms, Taylor uses a com-

Paint Store will be Saturday, Sep-

pletely waterproof material from Germany called

In the past 12 weeks, how many times have

tember 7. In addition to free t-shirts and hats,

Wedi. “All parts of the shower will be waterproof –

you thought about an item you need from Frager’s,

Frager’s will grill hot dogs and offer prizes including

walls, floors and the shower curb,” Taylor said.

only to catch yourself and remember the devastating

tennis lessons and tickets to sporting events. The

“Skilled trades are a dying art in our country,”

fire? With the Paint Store at Frager’s reopening by

grand prize is the cleaning and re-staining of the win-

Taylor observed, noting that his staff includes only

Labor Day Weekend, Hill residents can resume the

ning customer’s deck or fence.

A Fresh Start for an Old Friend

familiar route down Pennsylvania Avenue since the new space is on the same block as Frager’s. With the reopening, the Paint Store at Frager’s joins other Benjamin Moore Signature Stores in providing a greener product line. “With the exception of our industrial maintenance and anti-rust oil paints,

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Paint up and running right down the

full-time employees; he doesn’t subcontract out any work. “We’re a very

Contact The Paint Store at Frager’s at 1129 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

small, hands-on company. We

or by calling 202-547-2468

have someone on the job every day until we finish.”

The Michelangelo of Remodeling

His advice to his employees? “If you’re ever in a situa-

all of our paints will now be either low VOC (Volatile

“For us, the customer is

Organic Compound)or zero VOC,” Paint Store man-

king,” Mike Taylor, owner Taylor

ager Juan Wilson stated.


tion and you don’t know what to do, just do the right thing.”


Contact Taylor Construction/

The new space will have a wall full of color

Specializing in high-end bath-

Remodeling, Inc. at P.O Box 360,

samples and plenty of space for customers to chat

room and kitchen remodeling,

Damascus, MD 20872, by call-

with Frager’s staff. “When people shop for paint, they

Taylor worked in construction for

ing 301-916-8840 or by email-

need to be able to look at the color for a while, they

15 years before starting his own


need to sit down somewhere, and they need to be

company in 1990.

able to talk to a color consultant,” Wilson explained.

“Washington is the most im-

A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art, Wil-

portant city in the world,” Taylor

son has worked at Frager’s since 2002. “I’ve been

observed. “You have very intelli-

Mike Taylor of Taylor Construction and Remodeling

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“There’s no shortage of new situations; it’s about problem solving,” Kramer noted. “There’s nothing I love about bugs.” Contact Innovative Pest Management, Inc. at 500 Greenbridge Road, Brookeville, MD, 20833, by calling 202-232-4948

Painting the Hill Red, White and Blue Ricardo Ramos has been working as a painter and contractor on the Hill

Innovative Pest Management: Josh Kramer, Richard Kramer, Shari Silverman and Luke Krikstan

since 1989, and his allegiance to this neighborhood just keeps getting stronger.

ing bugs were pretty cool. Consider-

“Everybody knows me,” Ra-

ing Kramer’s father, Richard, has a

mos said. “I’ve worked for so

PhD in entomology, perhaps it was

many people, I can’t remember

only a matter a time before this


father-son duo teamed up to keep

After leaving his native

DC’s pest population under control.

El Salvador in 1979, Ramos

“Many of my evenings would

worked for a commercial con-

be spent with him [Richard] in the

tractor and within a few years,

lab, counting German cockroaches,”

he was managing 16 people, 3

Kramer remembered. With partners

trucks and 250 properties.

Luke Krikstan and Shari Silverman, Josh and Richard Kramer started Innovative Pest Management in 2004.

“When my son was born, I decided to go out on my

Ricardo Ramos

own,” Ramos recounted. “I

Since then, the company has

didn’t want him to be raised

helped keep pests and wildlife out

in an apartment.” Celebrat-

of every kind of building in DC from the National Gallery of Art to American University to town houses on Capitol Hill. Kramer often consults with homeowners during a renovation, advising them about how to properly seal up possible entry points. “If you’re having any plumbing changes, do not allow a contractor to put a rubber cap on a pipe when it’s cut off,” Kramer said, explaining, “It might meet code,” but this method isn’t sufficient for keeping out sewer rats or mice. “We’ll go through the history of a home with the homeowner, looking for what has changed,” Kramer said, explaining one of the ways he diagnoses a pest problem. “We can handle an issue with a traditional insecticide, or we can handle a problem without using anything at all, just by properly identifying it and finding another way to deal with it,” Kramer explained. “We sometimes have to identify bugs microscopically,” Kramer said. “It’s the benefit of having an entomologist on staff.”

ing the thirtieth anniversary of his company, Ramos now manages three crews, which include several painters, an electrician and a carpenter. “When the weather is good, it’s like everybody wakes up and starts calling,” Ramos said, noting that he’s always busier in the summer. “He excels at that small job that it is hard to get someone to do, such as hanging a door, repairing that stained ceiling or building a gate for my back yard,” Don Denton, Vice President of the Capitol Hill branch of Coldwell Banker, said. “I have found him to be always trustworthy and dependable.” “When you finish the job, you see the big difference you’ve made,” Ramos explained, saying, “I love my job.” Ramos became an American citizen in 1985. “This country gave me my family,” Ramos said. “This is where I found myself.” Contact Ricardo Ramos by calling 301-6802065 H

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RESOURCES on the Hill and Beyond


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by Catherine Plume enovating anything on Capitol Hill – especially inside the Historic District - can be an intimidating process. Tales of “Stop Work” orders and collapsing basement walls only increase the tension that a homeowner feels as s/he walks in to this often uncharted territory. Here are a few of the resources that are out there to help you navigate these waters. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (www.chrs. org) is a good first stop on your renovation journey. Scroll down to CHRS Historic District Guidelines on their “Publications” page for invaluable information on if and when you’ll need a permit for your project, what type of permit you’ll need, and how to go about getting it. You’ll also find information on cast iron, stained glass and architectural styles that make Capitol Hill so unique. CHRS sponsors a House and Garden Tour every Mother’s Day weekend and there is a Renovator’s House Tour in the fall that benefits Capitol Hill Cluster Schools. Both of these events will provide you with some great renovating ideas. In the meantime, check out Houzz (www. – an online photo gallery that’s searchable by room, style or geographic area.

Shopping Local Pays Off A frequent next step in a renovation is finding an architect and/or a builder. Going with a company that has a long track record on the Hill is highly recommended. Local contractors understand the complexities of working with both the District and Historic Review permitting processes, they know what “surprises” they may encounter when renovating a home that was built in the 1880’s, and they can ultimately save you time and heartache. Ask around for references or check out the new Washington Post tool, Service Alley ( I did a complete kitchen demolition and renovation about two years ago. Given the magnitude of my renovation and my budget, I was sure that I was

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destined to a Home Depot kitchen. Fortunately, I decided to see what kitchen designers on the Hill could provide – and I was pleasantly surprised. Working with Kitchen Co (424 8th St SE) I was able to get my kitchen – including American made Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) cabinets and Cosentino Eco countertops for a lower price than what Home Depot could offer (and Home Depot didn’t offer FSC cabinets at all). Zeyno Kitchen and Bath Gallery just opened at 1242 Pennsylvania Avenue SE and offers cabinets made in the US by a family business. A real gem in our extended neighborhood is Community Forklift (www. Located only 20 minutes from Capitol Hill in PG County, Community Forklift is a self-described “thrift store for building materials”. The upside of this business model is that many of their donated materials are period-appropriate and perfect for Capitol Hill homes. Looking for a 6-panel solid wood bedroom door, a pink bathroom sink or some pine hardwoord flooring – or looking for a place to get rid of these items? Community Forklift could be your answer. Bring your own tape measure, though. There aren’t many staff Fragers Garden Canter, across from Eastern Market. Photo Andrew Lightman. on hand. Once purchased, CF will hold goods for two weeks so you can arrange pick up! If you don’t find what you’re 2311 18th Street NW in DC. While you may pay looking for at Community Forklift, but more than you would at one of the non-profit shops, you like their business model, check out Second you’ll likely get more assistance. Other DC Area Chance ( or The Loading green renovating resources include Amicus Green Dock ( in Baltimore. And while Building Center in Kensington, Maryland (www.amicyou’re up in “Charm City”, check out Housewerks –offering cabinets, flooring, counter( for some eclectic adtops and lighting among other goods and Eco Green ditions to your renovation project. Living ( in Takoma DC that If you’re looking for a more formal renovation sells countertops, flooring and water saving toilets. shopping experience, there’s The Brass Knob at


202-546-1010 For the do-it-yourselfer’s, Frager’s Hardware (1115 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) is a huge and convenient renovation resource. I’m always surprised by the wide variety of goods they have tucked away in that small space including weatherization goods, wood, and moldings for door and window frames that they’ll even cut for you. On one of my early morning forays to the store, I found a wide selection of lampshades tucked away upstairs. Need a new pane of glass or a screen replaced? Head to Frager’s basement! Meanwhile, Just Ask Rental located next door has a wide variety of tools (ladders, drills, power washers - and even tables and chairs) for rent. Countertops are a major part of any kitchen or bath renovation. As most Capitol Hill houses are small, buying a whole slab of marble or quartz doesn’t really make sense. Remnants of quartz, marble and even “Silestone” can be found at Community Forklift or at any number of vendors in Virginia or Maryland. Silestone is manufactured by Cosentino, a company with a strong environmental commitment. I’m a huge fan of their ECO line which is made of 75% recycled content composed of postindustrial or post-consumer materials and is bound by an environmentally friendly resin.

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Our Physostegia plants have infiltrated an entire flowerbed, surrounding and thickly choking our Turtlehead plants, the Shasta daisy, the Veronica, and the Asclepias tuberosa. To remove these strangling roots – which are like a thicket spreading both shallow and deep – is almost impossible without destroying the flowers we want to keep. Please do not tell me to continue with the handwrenching weeding task – it’s utterly frustrating. Give me some real help! Yes, we gardeners must look bravely forward, not back. You must get rid of the dratted Physostegia once and for all. She is utterly misnamed as “the obedience plant.” Af-

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Real Estate The Canals of Capitol Hill Getting Around in the Old Days


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here are many opThe Capitol reflected in the canal, ca. 1870 (LOC) tions for getting around the Hill today: car, bike, bus, Metro, and good old reliable feet. In the old days, there was another way: Boats. Numerous canals used to flow into and through the Hill, allowing for easy movement of people and, more importantly, goods. Before the age of asphalt, streets were difficult to navigate, and thus Peter L’Enfant, when designing Washington, cast about for a better transportation option. On his famous map, therefore, there are two canals extending north from the Anacostia, meeting at South Capitol Street, then heading northwest past the Capitol and then west along what is now Constitution Avenue and thus into the Tiber Creek, which flowed past the White House and into the Potomac river. Two further stubs project north from the Anacostia, allowing for access to two markets to be built.

Ticket from the original lottery, signed by Daniel Carroll of Duddington (Mike Mills)

Building the Canal

While the two stubs were never built, work on the main canal was begun in 1792, but ceased in 1795, having failed to raise money through a lottery. It was not until 1802 that Congress finally chartered the Washington Canal Company which would build the canal, and be allowed to collect tariffs and wharfage for goods transported along it. Unfortunately, this venture was no more successful than the previous one, and after not completing the work within five years, the charter was revoked. A third attempt was made started in 1809 with a new incorporation, and groundbreaking occurred until 1810. The new company was given seven years, and this time work proceeded rapidly — other than a brief stoppage during the War of HillRag | September 2013 H 101

1812. Finally in 1815 the Washington Canal opened for business. The canal almost immediately ran into troubles. First off, it was only about three feet deep, which radically reduced the number of boats that could travel on it. Furthermore, it was subject to the tides that raise and lower the Potomac, so the canal would frequently vary between dry and overflowing in the course of a day. Finally, the canal was susceptible to silting, which meant that it required constant maintenance to keep it operating. It was presumably because of these issues that the Washington Canal Company sold their interest back to the city, putting DC’s mayor in charge of these headaches. Every few years from then on out, Congress had to approve a new appropriation to clean out and maintain the canal.

Death of a Waterway

Even before the Civil War, the rise of railroads made canals less relevant, and the Washington Canal experienced a dramatic loss of traffic. It became more and more of an open sewer than a thoroughfare, even though by now it connected to the C&O canal in Georgetown. A very revealing document about the

Detail of Peter L’Enfant’s map showing the path of the canal through Washington (LOC)

The last remained stub of the canal, with the pump works behind it (RSP) 102 H

state of the canal and its “influences on the health of the population of the city” was written in 1868 on behest of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. After a brief overview of the various acts of Congress that involve the canal, the report gets down to brass tacks: “At the present time the Washington city canal is an extended cesspool[.]” The paragraphs that follow go into clinical detail about the amount of fecal matter being deposited into the canal, and how the water that flows through it is unable to rid the canal of this detritus. They are particularly concerned about the gases that arise from the canal, and how these can cause disease among those living along the water. Given the canal’s use in 1868, it was suggested that it should simply be covered over and turned into an underground sewer. A map from 1880 showing the sewer system of DC leaves no doubt that this suggestion was followed – up to a point. Under Constitution Avenue, and in front of the Capitol, there is indeed a fine brick sewer. Further in southeast, however, the sewer no longer follows the old canal, and in fact dead-ends into the railroad track that has cut across the city.

The Area Today

The canal did have one lasting result. The area of DC (mainly in Southwest) that was cut off by it was referred to as “The Island” or “Tiber Island” for many years. The only part of the canal still existing is a short stub leading up Second Street and New Jersey Avenue, leading up to the remarkably ornate building just to the west of Yards Park and visible from there. This is a sewage treatment plant. Built in 1905, it remains in operation as WASA’s Main Pumping Station. Further north, the land was used for many years for industrial buildings, and later a school bus parking lot. Today, this is home to Canal Park – and includes a water feature that runs for a short stretch along the original path of the canal. As far as the rest of the land used by the canal, particularly the leg leading towards South Capitol Street the decline of the railroads through the 20th century set that free again, and it is today used by the SE-SW freeway. In short, the land originally set aside to ease the passage of goods and people through the capital is still used as such. Except at rush hour, of course. 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







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Prestigious historic brick bay front office buildings of 3224 SF. Pennsylvania Ave location with US Capitol view & The Hill Center. 3224 square feet on 3 levels incl. 5+ parking spaces at rear. Spacious open floor plan and private offices & full kitchen. CAC. New carpet thru out, heart pine floors, and elegant window treatments. Located at Eastern Market and Metro Plaza, 7TH & 8TH STreets restaurants and retail.

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703 D Street SE $995,000 Unique commercial property facing Eastern Market Metro Plaza at 7th & Pa Ave SE across from future Hine development (600,000 SF mixed used project). C2A townhouse with bay front, 6 office suites, historic renovation, gas fireplace, kitchenette, powder room, rear yard with deck, storage shed. On retail block with Kinkos, Starbucks, Hill's Kitchen & Radio shack. Great office and/or retail location

1514 Pennsylvania Ave SE $619,500 SOLD 1 Block to Potomac Avenue metro, Harris Teeter, shops, Jenkins Row condos. New construction built in 1979. Three level townhouse approximately 1970 SF main house with 2 Bedrooms 2.5 Baths, Open layout Dining Room & Living Room with hardwood floors, woodburning fireplace. Rear garden. Parking. First floor efficiency unit w/ fireplace. Zoned C2A. Good layout for small office users,retail business or live work combo. First floor efficiency unit w/ fireplace.

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ARTS & Dining Hank’s Oyster Bar

High Quality Dining in a Festive, Homey Atmosphere


by Emily Clark

ank’s has been on the Hill for a little more than a year, but it already feels like an institution—the kind of high quality, high comfort seafood eatery that evokes the atmosphere and aura of the legendary Tadich’s or Sam’s Grill in San Francisco. Even though Hank’s on the Hill is chef/owner Jamie Leeds’ third and latest location (the others are at Dupont Circle and in Old Town Alexandria), it doesn’t look or feel like a duplicate of anything. From the moment you walk in, you’re made to feel welcome. Hank’s strikes you as a true neighborhood place. There are young families with children in strollers, staffers from the Capitol and locals of all ages. The long granite bar at the left is always lively, and the dining atmosphere festive. It’s the kind of place where you might run into an old friend or strike up a conversation with strangers at the next table. Décor tends to run narrow, sleek and minimalist. The wait staff is efficient and knowledgeable about the menu and can help you choose without being pushy. And then there’s the food. “Simple, approachable seafood,” according to the restaurant’s website, and that pretty much sums it up. After more than half a dozen meals at Hank’s, I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad one. The only problem is persuading

ABOVE: Chef Stephanie Geist with One Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell w/Cocktail Sauce, Horseradish & Sake Mignonette LEFT: Popcorn Shrimp & Calamari w/ Spicy Remoulade. Photos: Andrew Lightman

myself to branch out and try new things here, because I could start and end with the oysters. When you sit down there’s a bowl of goldfish crackers to snack on, and at the end of the meal, another bowl with chunks of rich, dark chocolate. And in between, there are so many delicious things to try. Fans of the small plate concept (that’s me) can order several dishes and share. On my first HillRag | September 2013 H 113

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visit to Hank’s, shortly after it opened, our table ordered eight raw oysters. We got nine, in what the French call lagniappe, or something extra. The oysters were so fresh, we were practically fighting over the ninth one. A confession: I’ve never made it past the shellfish plates at Hank’s, because they’re all so good. But Hank’s offers a variety of fish and meat dishes, including panroasted trout, soy balsamic sablefish, sea scallops with sweet corn relish and burgers and braised short ribs for carnivores. So try as much as you can, and pick your own favorites. Here are some of mine: I love their Austrian white wines, which are crisp, dry and citrusy— perfect with the fried oysters we always include in our dinner. We’ve tried the Gobelsburger and the Gruner Veitliner, as well Griddled Crab Cake with Cole Slaw. Photo: Andrew Lightman as a pleasant Italian Grillo Terreliade. It’s almost as if there’s a conscious effort to counter the comfort of the food by offering unusual, unfamiliar wines. The pan-grilled crab cake is outstanding, with a favorable crabto-breading ratio. Recently, we had shrimp and truffle grits, with the shrimp tender and perfectly grilled and the grits light and creamy. The popcorn shrimp and calamari small plate means you don’t have to choose between the two. You could make a meal of sides and salads. We’ve had the avocado and heart of palm salad with a spicy buttermilk cilantro dressing and recently, a salad of mixed greens, bruised mission figs with Danish blue cheese and orange balsamic vinaigrette (refreshing, with just the right sweet/tart combination). The chilled, multi-colored heirloom cherry tomatoes with balsamic dressing are salty and taste just-picked. Hank’s on the Hill also features “beach food” like lobster rolls and fried clams, as well as a raft of desserts from key lime pie to fig bread pudding a la mode. Confession number two: I’ve always been too full to try what look like fabulous desserts, though that hasn’t kept me from wolfing down the chocolate chunks at the end. The Eddy Bar, with 20 seats, is the brainchild of mixologist Gina Chersevani, and on any evening it’s packed with people who come for the signature cocktails, or special events like Craft Beer Week, and stay for the food. It’s a great place to park yourself while you wait for a table, which you’ll do if you don’t come early. Hank’s only takes reservations for parties of six or more, though the Eddy Bar is such a pleasant place to while away the time, you may just stay there through the whole meal. Hank’s Oyster Bar, 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202-733-1971, www.hanksoysterbar. com. H

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by Celeste McCall

Happy Birthday

Congrats to Lavagna, 539 Eighth St. SE, which marked its second anniversary last month. The Italian/American Barracks Row favorite celebrated the milestone with food and drinks August 14. A lively crowd nibbled on executive chef Alex Ripley’s bruschetta, house-made pastas, porchetta and roast beef while sipping Italian wines. When it got too crowded downstairs, we repaired to the upper level bar where we met “craft” bartender Travis Chambers. There he wowed us with his original cocktails, includ- Seared scallops at Lavagna’s Second Anniversary party. Photo: Lavagna ing an amazing “spring rose,” made with gin, coct peanut butter bacon burgers (yep, you read rosewater, lemon juice and other ingredients. You that right), named for partner Drew Kim, and a have to try it. slightly healthier eggplant parmesan burger. The Meanwhile, Chef Alex has introduced a menu new Ted’s will continue the tradition of Monaddition: Cape Cod rockfish with crispy potatoes, day pasta night and Tuesday burger basket night, olive tapenade, baby squash and Romesco sauce, plus seasonal specials. For more information call a mélange of roasted nuts, garlic, olive oil and 202-265-8337 or Part of spices. Lavagna is open daily, including weekend Matchbox Food Group, Ted’s BULLETIN is open brunch. Call 202-546-5006 or visit www.Lavag- Sunday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Breakfast is available all day.

New sibling

Ted’s Bulletin, a Barracks Row mainstay since 2010, welcomes a culinary sibling in Logan Circle, 1818 14th Street NW (14th and Swann). At the new spinoff and like its parent restaurant, Executive Chef Jacob Hunter dishes out comfort foods like grilled cheese on Wonder Bread served with tomato soup-- and meatloaf. Hunter will also con116 H

Nando’s Opens

Nando’s Peri-Peri, the Afro-Portuguese restaurant group showcasing zesty flame-grilled chicken, has hatched its latest chick at the Yards near Nationals Stadium. You’ll find the succulent birds—which are marinated 24 hours before grilling and basting-tucked inside the renovated Boilermaker Building, a WWI-era naval factory. The name peri-peri comes

from incendiary peppers which Africans introduced to the Portuguese centuries ago. Offering patio seating along Tingey St. SE, the Yards Nando’s was designed by the award-winning Georgetown firm, Hapstak Demetriou+. Like other Nando’s, the newest offshoot features South African artwork including a giant mural painted by South African artist Xolile Mtakatya (a former anti-apartheid activist who taught himself how to draw and paint on the gray walls of his prison cell). The décor also incorporates industrial design elements honoring the Boilermaker Building’s history. The first Nando’s debuted in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, Nando’s has spread to 27 countries with 14 in the Washington area. In 2008, the first U.S. Nando’s arrived in Washington’s Chinatown. For more information visit or follow @NandosUSA on Twitter and Like Nando’s Peri-Peri USA on Facebook.

Sporked up

As usual, the Silver Spork (formerly Marvelous Market), 303 Seventh St. SE, has come up with tasty new victuals. Latest to arrive is Nana’s gazpacho, made on site from cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, bell peppers with a splash of red wine vinegar and olive oil. Verdict? Nice and chunky and well-seasoned. Easier than making it yourself. Nana’s 14-ounce container—enough for two--sells for $5.99.

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Market watch

Inside Eastern Market at Canales Deli, we spotted pre-seasoned packets of carne (beef ) and pollo (chicken) asado, priced at $7.99 per pound. The beef looks and tastes like skirt steak, often used for fajitas. We slapped the marinated meat on our Weber grill for a few minutes (do NOT overcook!), then snuggled it in tortilla shells with beans, guacamole, salsa and grated cheese.


If you are fans of the Baltimorebased Neopol Savory Smoker, which used to hold court outdoors at Eastern Market on weekends, head over to Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. That’s where Neopol has set up shop Wednesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; SaturdaySunday from 8 to 8. They also go to various local farmers markets. We’re especially partial to Neopol’s smoked whitefish salad. It’s not

cheap—selling for $16 per pound. But it’s as tasty as the version we find at Zabar’s in New York, and it’s smoked and shipped daily from Charm City. Also highly touted is the smoked crabcake sandwich, stacked with avocado, greens, red onions with a dab of Dijon mustard. We also like the smoked garlic bulbs ($3 each), which add zing to salads and pasta dishes. For more information go to

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We’d been hearing good things about the weekend brunch at Beuchert’s Saloon, the reincarnated speakeasy at 623 Pennsylvania Ave SE. So we gave it a try on a recent Sunday. Our hostess, who bears the name Caress, ushered us past the two bison heads (which lived and died in Montana), to the marble-topped “Chef ’s Bar” overlooking the display kitchen. We found chef Andrew Markert’s brunch/lunch menu rather limited, but what he offers, he and his staff do well. As we sipped our “bottomless” mimosas made with prosecco ($9), I opted for a chevre/mushroom/ zucchini omelette—nice and fluffy, escorted with a lightly dressed green salad. Peter went for the eggs Benedict, composed of the usual poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and rather salty Benton ham perched atop English muffins. Unfortunately, they were out of Peter’s original choice--house-made 5-spice chicken sausage with kimchee. The Breakfast Sammie, a sandwich stacked with pork, cheddar and a fried egg, served with latkes, sounded rather rich. Service was excellent and our tab came to a reasonable $48.80 before tip. Beuchert’s is open for dinner Monday-Friday, with weekend brunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays. Call 202-7331384 or visit beuchertssaloon. com. H Celeste McCall is a local food writer. Contact here @ and s ee her blog: Celestial Bites.


There’s barely enough of the good stuff to go around by Felix Milner


he market for bourbon and rye whiskies has grown at a phenomenal rate over the last half decade. It is incredible to think that five years ago we actually kept the likes of Pappy and Stagg on the shelves and demand was such that it had time to sit and collect dust! A couple of years on and we were taking requests in advance, and while everything was spoken for when we received our small allocation, there was enough to go around for everyone interested to get at least one bottle. In a short space of time our request list grew from the low hundreds to a few thousand people. Rather quickly it became apparent we wouldn’t have enough of this sought after liquor to satisfy everyone on our list for years, if not decades, to come. Even with a raffle system in place, drawing names from a hat, so to speak, taking down any more requests from the deluge of phone calls and emails coming in everyday became a pointless task. Fast-forward to a year or two ago and we noticed an increase in demand for older whiskies, such as Elijah Craig 18, Rittenhouse Rye 21 and Vintage 17, 21, and 23 Rye’s from Kentucky Bourbon Distillers (KBD). Lately, even younger, five and six year old whiskies are getting harder and harder to find. Willett (also made by KBD) is a great example. While they’ve always had a solid following, their single barrel, cask strength expressions now fly off the shelves within days, and sometimes, even within hours of arriving. News of the changing dynamics within the market for whiskey are spreading beyond the typical channels and are even catching the attention of wine writers, most notably Robert Parker, who in a recent article in the Wine Advocate, noted that

high-end bourbons “are much more difficult to find than esoteric and limited production French wines such as Romanée-Conti, Montrachet or Petrus.” Meanwhile, at the more everyday end, we’re struggling to keep enough stock. We now have to select and bottle at least one, if not two barrels, of our house favorite, Elmer T Lee Single Barrel, every month. The death of Elmer T Lee, back in July, seems to have only spurred interest in his namesake whiskey. A year ago Maker’s announced they wouldn’t have enough to go around if they didn’t cut their product with more water. The news spread like wildfire across the country, obviously the thought of having one of the nation’s most popular tipples watered down caused so much outcry that Maker’s abandoned the idea promptly. It turns out Maker’s forecasting wasn’t too off the mark (no pun intended), with distributors in DC out of stock of the 1.75 litre bottles (as of going to press). Why may you ask, is there such a shortage? It would be easy to believe this is a clever marketing ploy, but when it’s affecting whisky across nearly all price points, it’s got to be a little more than an artificial tightening of the taps. Half of it has to do with changing trends. Who would have known ten, fifteen years ago that bourbon and rye whisky would be such a popular product? Extramature bourbon and rye just wasn’t part of the distillers plan. In fact, a decade or two ago, the distillers were struggling to sell their younger whiskies and so kept in barrel what they couldn’t sell. A lot of what we’ve been able to offer, over the last few years, was simply this excess supply. Unfortunately for all of us whisky connois-

seurs out there, it’s going to be a quite a wait until we see a reliable flow of older whiskies back on the market. If the distilleries caught on to this trend, say four or five years ago, we’re still going to be waiting another decade for fifteen year old expressions to hit the shelves. In the meantime I’d take advantage of some forward thinking distillers and blenders such as High West or KBD who saw the trend coming and bought up some of the reserve stock just in time and are using it judiciously to create some magnificent products. While many of these don’t carry age statements, it’s obvious from the depth and complexity that there are some extra-mature whiskies in the blend.

Noah’s Mill Bourbon $55

Noah’s Mill is a barrel strength bourbon, bottled at 57.15% abv and consists of whiskey that is between four to twenty years of age. To get such complexity, KBD mixes a range of no more than 20 barrels per batch, including rye-based bourbon of varying mash bill proportions, as well as wheated bourbon into the mix. Toffee, roasted coffee beans, raisins, and fig are all apparent on the nose with a good hit of baking spice and woody forest notes. The aroma carries through really well onto the palate. The addition of a little water helps soften it a little and brings out more earthy wood flavors.

Jefferson’s Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon $60

Just in, this single barrel Jefferson’s Reserve was chosen by us for its softness and complexity. It offers up a delicate and honeyed bouquet of cinnamon, toffee, and dried fruit.

Incredibly broad and smooth on the palate with almost no bite, this makes for the perfect pre dinner bourbon.

High West Rendezvous Rye $55

Rendezvous Rye is a blend of two exotic straight rye whiskies; one old, and one young. It marries the rich aromatic qualities of a 16-year-old rye with the bold spicy properties of 6-year-old rye to create a full flavored, very complex whiskey. The 6-year-old boasts an uncommonly high 95% rye mash bill. “This is a sweet, smoky, spicy, flamboyant whiskey that is full, rich and intense, but not the least bit harsh.” – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, May 2013. Felix Milner is Schneider’s New Media Manager and wine student currently studying for the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma, a prerequisite for the Institute of Master of Wine. H

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A Second Look:

The Annual Column for the Fridge By Mike Canning to his role as a priest confidante, and Helen Hunt, no-nonsense and radiant as a composed and sensible sex-surrogate.

The Impossible

A movie that opens with a punch to the gut, then propels you forward as a missing persons story, to finally reach a balm of familial redemption, this is the utterly unbelievable but true story of a vacationing family of five torn asunder by the 2004 Thailand tsunami. After the stunning Michelle Williams shines in “Take This Waltz.” Photo Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. opening scenes of the disaster (achieved without digitized visuhe September movie column is an annual al effects), great acting settles in end-of-summer whim wherein this re- as the leads, Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, viewer looks back at “The Ones That Got playing the parents of three boys, plumb many diAway,” movies little seen when first released dur- mensions as the never-say-die parents. ing the past year, but still worth seeing. My choices eschew the mainstream Hollywood fare for films Take This Waltz which offered something distinctive, singular, or This film shows one way a good wife can go offbeat. It is subtitled “For the Fridge,” since you astray, in this instance depicted in moving and can tape it there to remind you of films to add to touching style by young director Sarah Polley and your list of rental videos. her star Michelle Williams. Williams is a young wife I highlight first a trio of English-language who is comfortably married to films (directed, respectively, by an American, a cookbook writer Seth Rogen, but Spaniard, and a Canadian), all marked by excel- yearns for something more and lence of screenwriting and performance. becomes smitten by her attractive


The Sessions

A narrative, based on real events, which convinces through its handling of a delicate subject dead-on, with both seriousness and humor. In a beautiful central performance, totally delivered on his back, John Hawkes plays a mature man almost totally incapacitated by childhood polio, who longs to experience a sex life. One sympathizes with Hawkes’ character not simply because of his wrenching disability but because of his abundant heart and fully-rounded humanity. Co-starring William H. Macy, who brings warmth and grace 120 H

rior foreign language films released over the last year (all fully subtitled).


This tough slice of French police life follows the members of a closely-knit band of cops in Paris’s Children’s Protection Unit, who beyond the grimness of their work, must contend with their own personal travails. Done with strong naturalism and a great ensemble cast, the unit’s cases never reach a conclusion but proceed as the police see them, with initial enforcement and gathering of evidence but without knowing what happens to the perpetrators. It makes for a poignant lack of closure but a solid dose of reality.

Monsieur Lazhar

A low-key and very humane film from Quebec, one where small moments become more portentous in the delicacy of the telling, such as the last scene of the picture, when a simple act by a child simultaneously comforts her, redeems her immigrant Algerian teacher Bachir Lazhar, and wondrously violates a school “touching” ban. The classroom drama takes place in a Montreal middle school, and a parade of teachers and youngsters are convincing and natural. The two lead child actors,

neighbor played by Luke Kirby. Their flirting dance is tender and surprising, captured in believable dialogue (by Polley) and by Williams in an incandescent performance. The smart script creates a convincing portrait of a contemporary young woman sorting out a direction in life.

Foreign Language Films

Herewith I recommend another trio, just as worthy, of supe-

The police squad assembles in “Polisse.” Copyright Les Productions du Trésor; a Sundance Selects release.

playing kids coping with a school tragedy, are exceptional.

could make you dream of sushi also (subtitled).


Chasing Ice

This Israeli film’s plot turns on arcane investigations into ancient writings of the Talmud, those sacred books of Judaism, but it is fundamentally a fascinating human story of a thorny relationship between a father and son, both Talmudic scholars on a collision course. Through director Joseph Cedar’s main characters— who could not be more different -he makes what could appear to be an arcane topic come close to being a life-and-death matter.


Since I often remark that we are living in an era of great documentary filmmaking, I cite below yet another trio of non-fiction films:

Queen of Versailles

A trenchant and unwavering look at those who had it all—and then lost it. In Lauren Greenfield’s version of America’s Great Recession made palpable, you just can’t get weirder than “Queen of Versailles,” a probing film that depicts the spectacular rise and, especially, the even more astounding fall of the Siegels of Florida, once big in the exploding time-share business. Their dream of creating the largest private dwelling in Florida (a new “Versailles”) runs against the shoals of the shaky economy, yet you come to feel sympathy for these almost pathological characters as director Greenfield lets them state their own case and candidly describe their dreams and foibles.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

This superb documentary charts a cultivated obsession: that of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, perhaps the world’s greatest sushi chef. His life’s work is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, which attracts sushi lovers from around the world and is the first sushi place to be awarded a prestigious “three-star” Michelin review. Director David Gelb has made what turns out to be a fascinating story, indeed, a meditation on exquisite food and the man who has made it an art form. It

An exquisitely photographed documentary depicting Arctic climate change. National Geographic photographer James Balog conducts an “Extreme Ice Survey” using timelapse cameras to document a multiyear record of the world’s changing glaciers. His spectacular video imagery, done in the most extreme conditions, compresses years into seconds and captures mountains of ice disappearing before your eyes. Besides making his case for global warming, he offers some of the most stunning nature photography ever seen on film, including glacier stills as exquisite as precise abstract paintings.

Two Decades at The Rag

This issue marks exactly 20 years that I have been reviewing movies at the Hill Rag. I noted my first ten years with the paper by writing a column highlighting what I felt were the best movies of the decade, one for each year. Now, this 20-year anniversary has led me to musing on all the movies I’ve seen in that time (over 3,200) and all those reviews I’ve written (more than 700). As I did in 2003, I have done another “best of the decade” list which can be found on my website: I hope readers will find it of interest and, ideally, introduce you to some movies you don’t know. For giving me a chance to review movies, I have to heartily thank JeanKeith Fagon and Melissa Ashabranner of Capital Community News (and, more recently, Andrew Lightman) for bringing me on the masthead all those years ago and allowing me to do something I love: go to see films and write about them for my friends and neighbors. As I have told many folks (who wish they had this gig), I find it the best job in the world, and for that I must bow in the direction of Jean-Keith and Melissa. Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at H

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he world is ephemeral, transient— fleeting as the day slipping into night—repeating itself in slightly different ways. The changes become noticeable, and often bewildering. We all share that world, but Jamie Langhoff not only accepts it, she celebrates it. Take electricity. The world can’t get enough, but to generate and deliver it, has serious environmental and visual consequences. Jamie’s fabric painting, “The Ephemeral Sky,” captures it all. The glory of the light and the tonal intensity of a fading day is veined with electric and telephone wires. While captivated by the powers and beauty of nature, she is fascinated with these “huge dynamic structures that are so visually frail and linear—skinny.” In all of her works, such as “Washington Monument with Summer Sunset,” and “Fire Escape Velocity,” there is a vibrant interplay of the openness of the sky and the patterns created by the space-defining human structures. Sometimes the patterns themselves become the sky. Jamie majored in philosophy and art, and started out as a thoughtful oil painter. She created T-shirts as a side business in college—sewing on cloth designs and embroidering. She discovered that she was more comfortable with color using fabrics

plane—go beyond visual appearance to connect with you—to create a presence beyond her rendering of a moment…to continue to “find open doors and windows.” You can find Jamie at the historic Eastern Market on weekends. For other shows:

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

There are two exhibits at the Corcoran Gallery that are separate but are perhaps more interrelated than the curators intended. Ellen Harvey’s installation, “The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington

than she was with oil paints. Experimenting with recycled and “upcycled” fabric, discarded clothing, and thread, she began to understand the evolution of her work— the possibilities. These have become her individual statements, all created on a 1968 Singer sewing machine. Even as Jamie reaches for beauty and the same levels of expansion found in oil painting, she wants to transcend the


Artist Portrait: Jamie Langhoff

by Jim Magner

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Sidamo DC,” can bring both a smile of recognition and a frown of certainty--inevitability. It is the ruins of the great buildings and monuments of Washington. It’s the picturesque Earth Museum to be visited by the discerning alien life form for its amusement and contemplation. They are seeing DC as we view the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan. What happened to the humans? We can only surmise that our inexorable cycle of destruction finally eradicated us, for good. If this exhibit includes a broad touch of whimsy, the adjoining exhibit, “War/Photography,” is anything but whimsical. It includes hundreds of war photos from around the world, from the Mexican-American War to now—165 years. That’s the basic life of the camera. If cameras were in existence 500 years ago, or 10,000, the pictures would differ only in the weapons used to dispatch the invaders, conquer evil, or appropriate needed territory. Even for combat vets like me, it is difficult to make it through the entire exhibit. The redundancy of carnage and the cavalier expendability of the individual weigh you down. Maybe too much is familiar, regardless of the time period. Perhaps war is intrinsic to our evolution. It brings home the truth that it is futile to be “anti-war.” You would have to be anti-people at the same time. The only possible saving counterforce has to be art: creating beauty rather than destroying it—celebrating the glory of the landscape rather than blowing the bejeebers out of it. Ya think?

At the Museums

When Art Danced with Music…the Ballets Russes, National Gallery of Art East Building, 3rd and Constitution NW-Oct 6.

This is an almost overwhelming exercise in pure delight. The grand dreams of the entertainment genius/impresario/con man, Serge Diaghilev...the Russian P.T. Barnum… came to glorious, eye-dazzling life in 1909. It flourished and flaunted across Europe stages, and in the Americas, for 20 years. Diaghilev drew on the imagination of the most creative dancers, choreographers, composers and visual artists of those decades. They reinvented ballet, established the foundations of modern dance, and shocked the world with an overt eroticism never before seen.

War/Photography, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW –Sept. 29

WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. The title, “Images of Armed Conflict” doesn’t really tell the story of this major exhibit of photographs

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of military conflicts of all magnitudes, from around the world. The pictures capture the agony but rarely the ecstasy of battle. What often gets lost in the redundancy of slaughter, however, is the artistry of the individual photographers who can bring to life the stark dimensions, good and bad, of human nature. That alone is reason to see the show. h t t p : / / w w w. c o r c o r a n . o r g / warphoto#sthash.TL167RJq.dpuf.

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At the Galleries

“Comeback Chronicles,” Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE - Sept. 7 – Oct 12, Recp: Sat, Sept 7, 5-7

“Comeback Chronicles,” is raw, honest photojournalism. It is not so much about the art of photography as the art of living on what most people would consider the edge of insanity. Wesley Schaefer followed a dog musher, a friend, as he prepared for and raced the 2013 Iditarod, the Alaskan sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome—well over a 1000 miles. This series of photographs, by Schaefer, a photojournalism graduate of the University of Alaska, is representative of this larger blog project.

Ellen Cornett, Evolve Urban Arts Gallery, Pierce School Lofts, 1375 Maryland Ave NE, Sept. 12 – Oct. 31, Recp: Thurs, Sept. 12, 5:30-8:30

With “Monsters,” Ellen Cornet pulls you into her masterfully crafted fairytales where fanciful creatures unravel the certainties of reality. Her pastels provide depth, both in color value and intrigue. The Evolve Gallery is the perfect setting to see her work, and the always-delightful hors d’oeuvres and beverages are created to complement select works.

Day/Hardy, The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties. 505 Ninth St. NW Sept.10 – Dec. 4, Recp: Tue, Sept. 10

Frank Day traveled through Lagos, Nigeria, Douala, and Cameroon and became captivated by the derelict ships in the harbors. His abstract photographs of the rusting hulls take on a serene, almost Rothko-like quality. Allison Long Hardy’s drawings are her interpretations of notable people-encounters. She transcribes her memories into fanciful and fun drawings on paper. You can pick up threads of conversations and emotional messages in what may first appear as scribble and scrap. A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim can be reached at Jim’s award-winning book, “A Haunting Beauty” can be acquired through www. H

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

by Karen Lyon

National Book Festival

ton Post Cookbook: Readers’ Favorite Recipes” Bonnie S. Benwick; and James L. Swanson, author of the best-selling “Manhunt: the 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer” and a new book for young readers, “‘The President Has Been Shot!’: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.” For a complete roster of authors and activities, visit

“Books That Shaped the World” is the theme of this year’s National Book Festival, which will feature more than a hundred authors, poets, and illustrators. Part of the Library of Congress “Celebration of the Book,” the 13th annual Festival will take place on the National Mall on September 21 and 22. The event is free and open to the public from 10am-5:30pm on Saturday and noon-5:30pm on Sunday, rain or shine. Authors will present talks in pavilions devoted Local Poets Throw a Splendid Wake to history and According to Hill poet Jean Nordhaus, it all biography, fiction began with a group of area poets who “started and mystery, con- meeting some time ago seeking a way to honor the temporary life, poets we remember who are no longer with us.” poetry and prose, Their discussions yielded two results. and literature The first is the creation of a wiki site that docufor children and ments and preserves the literary history of poetry teens, and will be in the DC area from the beginning of the 20th on hand to sign century to the present. Containing articles about books, which poets, movements, publications, readings, sponare sold on site. soring institutions, recordings and broadcasts, the Special Sunday- archive provides a vivid picture of the diverse and only pavilions unique life of poetry that evolved over more than a will offer graphic century in and around the nation’s capital. novels, science The second part of the project is a public profiction, and spe- gram, “A Splendid Wake,” which will introduce cial presentations and celebrate the new archive with panel discussuch as theatri- sions about the history of DC poetry. The list of cal performances, speakers is a veritable Who’s Who of local poetry, writing contests, including DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick; The Library of Congress hosts the 13th and the National Kim Roberts, editor of “Beltway Poetry Quarannual National Book Festival on the National Mall, September 21-22. Student Poets terly”; poet, educator, and Washington ‘institution’ Program. E. Ethelbert Miller; Grace Cavalieri, radio host of Among the authors scheduled to ap“The Poet and the Poem” pear are singer Linda Ronstadt, author from the Library of of “Simple Dreams, A Musical Memoir”; Congress; Sarah Brownsatirist Christopher Buckley, whose latest ing, director of the “Split novel is “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?”; This Rock” poetry festiAustralian writer Thomas Keneally, best val; and many others. known for “Schindler’s List”; award-win“A Splendid Wake” ning graphic novelists Lynda Barry and is on Sept. 25, 6:30-8pm, Fred Chao; and Giada De Laurentis, auat Gelman Library, Suite thor of books for young adults and a best702, George Washingselling Italian cookbook. ton University, 2130 H Several local authors are slated for talks, St. NW. For more inincluding “KidsPost” sports columnist Fred formation, or to contribBowen; memoirist, novelist, and former edute your knowledge or itor of the Washington Post’s Book World articles to the archive, Marie Arana; journalist, author, and Inside e-mail Jennifer King at Local poets celebrate the creation of an Washington pundit Evan Thomas; deputy archive to honor poets from the past and food editor and author of “The Washingdocument decades of DC poetry. 124 H

The Mysterious Poster Lady

In Boston in the 1890s, a young poster maker named Ethel Reed took the art world by storm, creating arresting images that captured the public attention. So famous were her stylized female images (many of whom resembled the artist herself ) that they became known as ‘Ethel Reed girls.’ Then in 1896, at the height of her career, she all but disappeared from view. In a new book, “The Beautiful Poster Lady: A Life of Ethel Reed,” local bibliographer and book historian William S. Peterson sets out “to discover something about the hidden life of Ethel Reed.” Using the artist’s own letters and a rich A Hill historian explores the trove of archival sources, life of an elusive woman who he pieces together the was once the most famous story of her “breathtak- artist in America. ingly meteoric” rise and fall. He traces her beginnings in Newburyport and her introduction to the Bohemian subculture of Boston, where her artistry bloomed and she rubbed elbows (and sometimes more) with the artists, writers, and intellectuals of her day. And he follows her across the Atlantic, through a series of ill-advised liaisons, to her ignominious end in a boardinghouse in London, where she succumbed to poverty, drug addiction, and alcoholism at the age of 37. It was said that Reed’s self-portraits were so compelling that susceptible young men immediately fell in love with her. She clearly still exerts a strong attraction and Peterson conveys that appeal in a personal, engaging style in which we feel his excitement as he uncovers details long “obscured in a dense fog of mystery.” And if the draw of her extraordinary story weren’t enough, there is her art. “The Beautiful Poster Lady” contains dozens of examples, including 16 fullcolor reproductions of her posters, as well as some truly remarkable photographs of Reed herself. In this slim, elegant volume, William Peterson vividly limns the short but dynamic life of the artist whom the newspapers of her day so fittingly described as “the beautiful poster lady.” William S. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Maryland and has written or edited sixteen books, one of which was nomi-

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District of Literature on Capitol Hill

District of Literature, a free, full day of readings and panel discussions showcasing DC poets, writers, and literary organizations, will take place at the Library of Congress and the Folger Shakespeare Library on September 30. Co-sponsored by the two libraries and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, the community-centered event will feature prominent poets and writers born in or residing in DC. Writers scheduled to appear include DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick, Terrance Hayes, Edward P. Jones, George Pelecanos, Elizabeth Alexander, and E. Ethelbert Miller. For more information, visit or contact Teri Cross Davis (tdavis@, Robert Casper (, or Emily Snyder (

This Month on the Hill

The Hill Center presents three book signings and conversations in September: Ida E. Jones, author of “Mary McLeod Bethune in Washington, DC: Activism and Education in Logan Circle,” Sept. 9 at 7pm; MK Asante, author of “Buck: A Memoir,” on Sept. 17 at 7pm; and Frederick Frommer, author of “You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions,” with a discussion moderated by Bob Schieffer, Sept. 26, 7pm. Free. Register online at or call 202-549-4172. The Library of Congress offers three book talks this month; Dane Kennedy, author of “The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia,” on Sept. 9 at noon; Susan Reyburn and Athena Angelos, authors of “Football Nation: Four Hundred Years of America’s Game,” on Sept. 16 at noon; and Richard Rashke, author of “Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America’s Open-Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals,” Sept. 18 at noon. For Three local literary institumore, visit or call tions present a day-long festival celebrating local 202-707-5221. H writers on September 30.


Gina Sangster is a DC native who grew up on Capitol Hill, where she currently works as a therapist. Her essays have appeared in the Hill Rag, Washington Post, and District Lines, and her poetry in various small magazines. She drafted this 2008 poem at the Cheverly Swim & Racquet Club, where she and her children spent many hot summer days along with countless other Hill families.

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We recline on lounge chairs alone; no fortress built of draped towels surrounds us. We hold books aloft, our eyes and faces shaded by dark glasses or broad-brimmed hats. Our one-piece bathing suits: black to obscure what hours at the gym can’t cure. Our toe-nails painted to match our coloring -- orange or purple, magenta, rose. Some of us dye our hair, others are brave enough to display the gray. We tan our bodies under a glaze. Occasionally, we glance in the direction of a crying child, but none of us moves or feels responsible. We dip into the pool for adult swim; no squirming wet toddlers dive into our arms. Our sons and daughters are far away and we watch the younger mothers through the filter of our memories. They have no idea what the future holds when all the little girls in pink bikinis, the boys in Hawaiian print trunks become voices calling on cell phones from other coasts, overseas, Peace Corps posts, apartments we’ve never seen with unruly roommates we’ve never met... Here at home, we come and go as we please, the late summer sun still bright above the stand of trees.

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Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover

Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. The music can be complex, but good jazz feels as simple as first love—it goes straight to the heart and rests there, beating gently. At times, the music can be so life-like that it speaks to you with honesty and love. At other times it almost borders on elitism, and yet jazz strikes one as a beautiful music for everyone. And it is, especially for those of us who not only enjoy but truly love the music. True, most good jazz musicians more than likely think of jazz as the arbiter of modern music. And on a good day, I think they are correct. You can walk in your door after a hard day’s work and a harrowing Metro ride, put on Sarah Vaughn and your world is transformed. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life is pretty good. There’s no drug in the world that can do that. Jazz is beautiful music.

Baida •••• Ralph Alessi, ECM

Jazz lovers know that the music is fundamentally an expression of our daily lives–beautiful at times, but unpredictable in its glorious future. And given the uncertainty of the lives of the folks who created it, that makes perfect sense. Were their lives uncertain even in the face of a future that was always there? The answer seems to lie in how today’s jazz continues to grow and expand into a richer and brighter world. The latest release from Ralph Alessi (trumpet) is a delightful reminder of the expressive visions of life’s evolutionary changes, of not where we are coming from, but more where we are going, or to be more precise, our final 126 H

destination. Mr. Alessi along with Jason Moran (piano), Drew Gress (double bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums) has given us a wonderful vision with music that is organic and fertile, nostalgic and dreamy, passionate and sweetly endearing, richly romantic in body and soul. Highlights include “In Flight Entertainment,” “Sanity,” “Maria Lydia,” “11/1/20,” and “Reprise.”

Renaissance •••• Marcus Miller, Concord Records

The cover picture on the album tells you immediately that you’re about to listen to something special. Standing sideways, guitar in hand waist high, Marcus Miller has the look of total satisfaction and an inner confidence that you are going to enjoy this music. It is a perfect picture of a man in contemplative repose. On the back of the album, Mr. Miller is sitting down with his guitar, head lowered in a gentle prayerful position. It is a fitting image for what is a rich and generous 13-track jazz album. Applause is so abundant here that you feel compelled to join the shouts of “bravos” and “encores” with the final curtain call on “I’ll Be There.” That Mr. Marcus has given us a collector’s item with such memorable pieces like “Redemption,” “February,” “Setembro,” a Brazilian Wedding song, and “Gorée,” is no small feat to the legacy of jazz and its continued influences on our daily lives. In Renaissance we hear musicians play to celebrate life for creating us; now it is their turn to create and enjoy what music has given them. Performers heard here include Alex Han (sax), Maurice Brown and Sean Jones (trumpets), Louis Cato (drums), Adam Agati and Adam Rogers (gui-

tars), Kris Bowers (piano), Federico Gonzalez Peña (Fender Rhodes), Ramon Yslas (percussion), Ruben Blades and Gretchen Parlato (vocals).

The Beat ••• Boney James

S m o o t h jazz performer Boney James is back with a contemporar y album that confirms the urbanity of smooth jazz. From “Missing You” to “Batucada (The Beat),” to the sexy “Maker Of Love,” you can feel the pulse and romantic passion of the urban hip-hop dweller. “Mari’s Song” is the sweet crying of that nightly lover waiting in the bar, for that one-time love that tomorrow will bring to an end. “Powerhouse” suggests bragging rights and an adventure into amour. “Acalento” is fun, a new beginning, a playful walk along the beach, followed by the soul-searching cry for freedom and love with “You Can Count On Me.” This performance is a celebration of Mr. Boney’s life as a musician. The Beat is certainly one of this year’s best smooth jazz albums.

Train Keeps A Rolling ••• Jeff Golub & Brian Auger, Entertainment One Music

A few years ago guitarist Jeff Golub not only lost his vision mysteriously but almost a year later he fell onto the New York City train tracks and got clipped and dragged by a train. Today Mr. Golub has adapted to his new life with grace and humility, releasing his 12th solo collection, “Train Keeps A Rolling,” with jazz-rock pioneer

keyboardist Brian Auger. Produced by Bud Harner, this album deserves some attention. Pairing Mr. Golub with Mr. Auger to make a guitar-Hammond B3 album was Mr. Harner’s idea, which turned out to be a great union resulting in a retro-sounding collection featuring torrid guitar and keyboard soloing. Mr. Auger’s earlier work with Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express inspired Mr. Golub’s formative years by demonstrating to the then-teenager that rockers could play jazz. The original drummer from that band, Steve Ferrone, keeps the beat on “Train Keeps A Rolling” with bassist Derek Frank and percussionist Luis Conte completing the taut rhythm section. A mighty four-person horn section (Mindi Abair, Nick Lane, Dave Woodford and Steve Madaio) adds muscle to the tracks. In addition to the smoking instrumentals are several vocal numbers featuring the uniquely expressive voices of Christopher Cross (a cover of Paul Carrack’s “How Long”), Ambrosia’s David Pack (a spacy take on The Police’s “Walking On The Moon”) and The Oblivion Express’ Alex Ligertwood on a pair of tunes originally recorded by the British outfit (“Happiness Is Just Around The Bend” and “Whenever You’re Ready”). Mr. Golub penned the title track and the boisterous “J&B” for the set while Mr. Auger also contributed a couple of originals (“Isola Natale” and “Shepherds Bush Market”) that fit alongside rollicking renditions of Lalo Schifrin’s “The Cat” and Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live.” 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 fagon@ H


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Health & Fitness Well Nourished

Fresh Tuesday at Eastern Market Now & Later


by Annette Nielsen

e’ve been able to become increasingly reliant on our neighborhood farmers’ markets for great fruits, vegetables, cheeses, poultry, and meats – and as our food system network expands, we’re the lucky recipients, able to find fresh culinary inspiration almost every day of the week. Visit the Eastern Market farmers’ line from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and you’ll find a producer-

only market with some of the best offerings in our region. The nutritional benefit of eating food purchased from our regional farms is clear – our food isn’t overly processed or traveling thousands of miles to get to us, losing nutrients and diminishing in quality along the way. Many of our summer fruits and vegetables have taken up to 90 days to reach maturity – and all that translates into

TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: Charlie Flemer’s Walnut Hill Farm offers up a wide range of produce from bright tomatoes to fresh-shelled lima beans. The only CSA at the market, Farm to Family, run by Mark and Suzi Lilly often travels with a school bus filled with fresh produce and farm-sourced offerings. Beautiful tomato displays by John’s Produce from Mechanicsville, Maryland. Emma Hendel and Elliot Selcher from Broadfields Farm in Martinsburg, West Virginia, are new to the producer-only Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market this year. HillRag | September 2013 H 129

sweet, genuine flavor. Think of vibrant red, ripe tomatoes, not long off the vine – brought home from the market, thinly sliced and paired with mozzarella, basil, and drizzled with some balsamic vinegar, or chopped with herbs and garlic, barely cooked and served as a sauce for pasta. Or

become a part of the community, a part of the Eastern Market family.” Part of Eastern Market’s management team, Katrina Cuffey notes, “The Tuesday market is truly a family-focused market.” Wandering through the farmers’ line, you’ll see customers chatting

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cups chopped tomatoes (cherry, plum or favorite) small zucchini, diced cup basil, chiffonade (slice leaves into ribbons) 1. Sauté corn in a large skillet in melted butter over medium high heat, stirring occasionally until the

ice water to cool (at least 5 minutes.) Drain and carefully cut the kernels from the cob (usually at about threefourths of their depth; don’t scrape all the way down to the cob where the kernels become ‘woody’). Fill pint- or quart-sized freezer bags to a level 3-4 inches from the top of the bag, squeezing out the air and leaving an inch of head space. Label the bags clearly with the date and freeze (place the bags on a sheet tray if the freezer has the capacity – this will minimize damage to the vegetable), not freezing more than 2 pounds of product per cubic feet of freezer space per day. Freeze in quantities that will be consumed during a meal, and use within 6 months for optimum flavor and nutrient retention.

Food Preservation Essentials

Vibrant flavors of the season can be enjoyed now in a corn, zucchini, feta, tomato and basil salad.

those same tomatoes can find their way into a lovely sauce to be canned and then enjoyed on a gray day in February. (See below for recipe ideas to enjoy the bounty, now and later.) While Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market has only been operating a year, it already has a loyal following. Market manager Barry Margeson says that the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee really wanted a market like this to happen and the commitment was realized in July of 2012. Margeson said that the farmers and producers started to be identified through one of the Saturday market vendors, who made a number of the introductions. “We’ve lucked into a group of enthusiastic farmers and producers – they’ve all 130 H

with neighbors, talking with the market vendors, and sampling melon or tomatoes or tastes of Peachy’s goat cheeses. Kelly Hanlon, who lives nearby, shops at the Tuesday market every week. “I especially like the seasonal, fresh produce – it’s the perfect place to replenish after the weekend and you’ll always find great fruits and vegetables here,” she said.

corn begins to brown a bit, approximately 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for a few minutes. Add chopped spring onion. 2. Place lime juice in a large bowl and add corn mixture; toss with remaining ingredients. Taste, adjust seasoning and serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Yield: 4 servings.

Late Summer Corn Salad

Husk the ears of corn, carefully removing the silk. Trim off both ends of the ears to remove the very small kernels and remove any insect-damaged kernels, if needed. Place the ears in 2-3 gallons of boiling water and blanch for 2-3 minutes, after the water returns to a boil. Remove ears from water and immediately place in

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 ounces feta cheese 1 spring onion, finely chopped (bulb and green stem) 5-6 ears corn, stripped of their kernels (approximately 3 or more cups) juice of 1 lime, or more, to taste

Freezer Corn

Freezing notes: If freezing ripe berries, it’s recommended that you use top quality fruit (not past prime) and distribute on a baking sheet that will fit in your freezer. Freeze the cleaned berries in a single layer; when frozen, gently place in freezer bags, careful not to overcrowd. Label bags, return to freezer and consume within six months for best flavor and nutrient retention. Canning notes: If you’re embarking on canning for the first time, be certain to read your hot water bath canning instructions carefully – different sized jars and varying lid styles will have an impact on processing times and methods. (Be aware of recommendations for canning tomatoes and the addition of lemon juice before processing, as the acidity level of tomatoes has diminished over the years. Without the appropriate amount of acidity, there is increased risk of botulism; typically the addition of 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice to 1 pint of tomatoes and 2 tablespoons for quarts is adequate.) Annette Nielsen is a writer and a cook who has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for over 15 years, and is currently at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. A native of the Adirondacks, and a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, she lives in Southwest near the waterfront with her husband and son. Follow her on twitter: @The_Kitchen_Cab; reach her by email: H

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Body Awareness Coaching

Learn How to Be Healthier and Feel Better by Understanding Your Body’s Signals by Pattie Cinelli


rances Reed helps people take back their power. She practices body awareness coaching, a technique that assists clients in recognizing clues from their body so they can change what is not beneficial to them. Frances guides them into developing a more in-tune relationship with their bodies. “I teach them how to go deep into their center-their core-and listen. Their body is their magic eight ball. If people focus and listen, their body will tell them how to navigate confidently through the everyday decisions as well as the major life changes of their lives.” Frances’ business, Freed Bodyworks is at 1418 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, a few doors from Trustees. Do you feel overwhelmed with all you have to do? Are you unable to make decisions? Do you feel tired a lot? Do you have a high stress job? Do you live a high stress life? Do you want to be healthier? Would you like to feel happier? If you answered yes to any of these questions then body awareness coaching may be right for you.

What is Body Awareness Coaching?

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my clients a no-charge 30-minute intake before a massage. The questions I ask give me the information I need to know in order to target their issues during the massage.” For example, she said a client may come in with tightness in the upper body. She asks where? The client says she doesn’t know. She

She then asks what motion they perform regularly. The pain is very different for a baker whisking a bowl versus an office worker manipulating a mouse all day. As Frances’ massage practice grew, she said, about six months ago clients began complaining that she no longer had time to Frances Reed with a client at Freed Bodyworks at 1418 Penn. Ave. SE. chat. They told her “I need the coaching part in addition to a massage!” Body Awareness Coaching was born. Frances uses role playing and interviewing skills she developed in her first career as an activist and antipoverty proponent. “I worked with people coming out of prison on life skills in a job training program. For a decade I observed how people deal with changing their behavior patterns.”

What is Body Awareness So Important?

breaks it down. Is it the crest of the shoulder? Is the tightness between the shoulder blades? Is it the neck? Is it located on the back pack straps? She asks if any of those areas resonate with them. A client can usually identify one of those areas. Then Frances asks, “Is it more on the left or right?” She said at first most aren’t sure, but after they think about it they figure it out.

Last month I was teaching one of my regular classes. While performing a standing exercise my left leg made a very loud popping noise. It startled me and several of my students. I paused, breathed, remained calm and inwardly took an assessment. I listened and felt. The chronic tightness I had felt behind my knee and down my shin into my ankle was instantly gone. I could walk. There was no pain.

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My inner guide, my gut, my core – whatever you call it- told me I did not need a physician. The next few days the area where my leg popped was sore and even developed a black and blue mark. I waited patiently until I could see my massage therapist who confirmed that the culprit was my ilio-tibia band – the sheath that starts in the gluteus and inserts under the knee. It was tight, and the popping I experienced was its release from one of my quadriceps (thigh) muscles. That’s body awarenessknowing what’s best for you by going within for the answer. The way in which I handled my issue would not necessarily be the right way for someone else. Frances teaches people to, “stop listening to everyone else and start listening to your body.”

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Anyone can benefit from Body Awareness Coaching. It is not psychotherapy. While Frances prefers at least an initial inperson session, Skype sessions can be arranged. A session does not include a massage though the two services can be combined effectively. Body awareness coaching may be for you if you want to improve your health, make nutritional changes, improve sex and intimacy, become more self aware, better understand pain or discomfort, embrace major changes happening in your life, be more creative or spontaneous or live more in the present. Learning how to listen to your body can help if you want to lose weight. “I teach people to find the feeling of hunger and feel it. Sometimes what people think is hunger is really thirst.” Frances said she finds that people are strongly conditioned out of hearing anything that their bodies are telling them. Instead of looking outside themselves for answers, Frances teaches them to seek answers



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from within and feel their way through the process. “The ‘aha’ moment for me is when clients recognizes a headache is telling you something about your body.” For example, a tension headache is at the base of the neck and across the forehead; a headache in the temples is most likely coming from the jaw; a feeling similar to a bicycle helmet squeezing your head is probably the result of dehydration or caffeine withdrawal and a pain behind the eyes and nasal cavities is most likely caused by your sinuses. Once her clients hear the message from their bodies she said she encourages them to pause and listen. Frances asks clients to look at what they feel in their body after they have an anxious moment. She tells them, “Sit down and recollect the physical sensations. What did you think and feel?” She said by defining the feelings you can define the anxiety. Is from pressure and deadline, from short term conflict or a larger quandary in life? With that knowledge is power. I have found that body awareness for me is the key to creating ease in my life, both day-to-day and long term. It also enables me to be more confident in my decisions, to make them more easily and not be so hung up on the outcome. The most significant result for me of listening to my body is the overall well being I’ve developed about my life as a whole. My goal is to feel good most of the time. For more information log onto: www.freedbodyworks. com; email Frances at:; or call Her phone number is: 202-277-8629. Pattie Cinelli is a health and fitness trainer who specializes in functional fitness, pre-post natal exercise, mind-body balance for weight loss and wellness consultations. She can be reached at: fitness@pattiecinelli. com. H

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Puppy Problems and Kitten Conundrums Vaccination and Socialization of New Pets


by Matthew Antkowiak, DVM

here is no possible way you could resist the soft fur and playful demeanor of that puppy up for adoption at the Washington Animal Rescue League. And that kitten sitting in the New York Ave Shelter just had to come home with you. But now what? Many spontaneous decisions to adopt a young animal come from the heart, but you need to use your head to help keep that new family member on the path of health.

Age Matters

Young Puppies and kittens are irresistible. They are also a lot of work and require some basic knowledge of immunology. Adopting a 6 month old cat or dog who has already been tested and vaccinated will make your life a whole lot easier. However, who can ignore the allure of a tiny fuzzball that fits in one hand? A cat or dog’s immune system is basically provided by the mom if they are nursing (colostrum). Once they are weaned, the residual colostrum continues to serve as the immune system as the actual immune system develops. The immune system matures at around 16 weeks. Most vaccine protocols are based around this. Start a vaccine protocol too soon and the vaccine can interfere with the temporary defense provided by mom. Vaccinating before 8 weeks is at best useless but could even be harmful. We at AtlasVet recommend starting vaccines at around 8 weeks and continuing them so the last one coincides with a mature immune system. Why is this important? Well, a vaccine is really just a small amount of 136 H

the virus or bacteria. The point of any vaccine is to have a healthy immune system so the vaccine gets recognized. The more mature the immune system, the better the vaccine response. And the better the vaccine response, the stronger that animal will be to fight off the virus or bacteria in the future. Boosters every 3 weeks make sure that we stimulate the immune system as it develops and repeated boosters give the immune system a better chance of recognizing the “bad guys” faster.

Puppy Playtime?

One of the most frequent questions we field at AtlasVet is: When

can I socialize my puppy? For me, given the information above, this is easy for puppies: After 16 weeks. This way your puppy has a mature immune system and will better be able to fight off whatever they encounter. Yes, vaccinations are important and we vaccinate for the most serious of transmittable viruses. But your chances of running into distemper or parvo virus (dangerous viruses) at Congressional Cemetery or Lincoln Park are very slim. However, there are a bunch of “minor” gastrointestinal and upper respiratory viruses out there being carried by healthy dogs. Inevitably, your new puppy will be exposed to these in any group situation (think a kid in pre-school) but why expose them to this with an underdeveloped immune system? However, many dog trainers feel strongly that socialization should occur before 16 weeks. Heather Morris of Spot on Training relates, “The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior has a strong position on this subject (socialization) and believes it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Early socialization and positive training can go a long way to preventing behavior problems and improving bonding between humans and dogs.” For more reading, please see the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s position statement on puppy socialization: http:// statements/puppy_socialization.pdf There may not be a perfect solution but a conversation should be had by every pet owner with their veterinarian and training professional about the pros and cons of early socialization.

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The question of socialization with kittens revolves around viral testing. Many stray cats in shelters can harbor crummy viruses like FIV (Feline AIDS) or FeLV (Feline Leukemia). Unfortunately, testing for FeLV is not always accurate because of the nature of the virus (it basically can “hide” from testing). The recommendation is to test a kitten at adoption and test again in 2-3 months to ensure a negative test. This is not a problem if this is the first cat you are introducing to your home, but presents a major problem to a cat owner who already has cats in their home as we recommend keeping cats separated until the second confirmatory test. For more about FIV and FeLV please check out the American Association of Feline Practitioners website: disease-and-conditions/felv The key with any new puppy or kitten adoption is to 1) make sure you get fully informed of the pet’s vaccine and testing history from the adoption agency or shelter, 2) set up an appointment with your veterinarian to ask about puppy and kitten vaccine protocols and socialization strategies and, 3) then make the best, well informed decisions for you and your new pet based on the above information and your specific environment. Here is to enjoying your new pet! See you ‘round the Hill! Dr. Matthew Antkowiak is a 1997 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Antkowiak is one of the owners of AtlasVet (the Atlas District Veterinary Hospital) at 1326 H St. NE and he resides in Capitol Hill. Twitter: @atlasvetdc, Website: www., Facebook: atlasvetdc H

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The Big Build: A Hands-on Family Festival of Tools, Trucks, and Building Arts

On Sept 21, all day, be a builder for the day at the Big Build festival! Amateur builders young and old can discover what it’s like to build a brick wall, carve stone, hammer nails, and much more as they work side by side with designers, builders, and artisans demonstrating their skills. Meet plumbers, electricians, ironworkers, landscape architects, woodworkers, and experts in many other fields to learn about their professions and hobbies. At this year’s Big Build festival you can climb aboard cranes and tractors, build a brick wall, construct a log cabin, plant a tree and autumn plants, carve stone, imagine living in a tiny 500-square-foot house, compete in a nail driving contest and create a hardware wind chime to take home. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-2722448. This year the Big Build goes green. In addition to popular exhibitors and our construction vehicle “petting zoo,” the festival goes green this year by showcasing how the building industries are committed to conservation through environmentally friendly practices.

DC Parent & Family Engagement Summit

On Sept 7, the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education will host the Second Annual DC Parent and Family Engagement Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This agency-wide initiative is recognized by the U S Department of Education as “one of the most comprehensive and commendable” parent and family outreach efforts in the nation. The summit, a day-long event, is designed to inspire, inform and motivate DC parents and families by providing vital information and resources to promote successful educational outcomes for their children. To register online,

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DC Youth Orchestra Open House

Does your child want to learn to play an instrument or does your child already play and wants to participate in an ensemble? If so, check out DC Youth Orchestra Program at its annual Open House, DCYOPalooza, on Saturday, Sept 7, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Eastern High School, 1700 E. Capitol St. NE. This event is free and open to everyone. Kids can see, hear, and try out instruments at the instrument “petting zoo”. Listen to informal performances by DCYOP faculty at 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. where you will hear and meet violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, flute, oboe, trumpet, french horn, and percussion teachers. You can also talk with faculty and staff and register for the fall program. At 4:00 pm, there is an an open rehearsal of the Youth Orchestra playing Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain. If your child plays an instrument, you can schedule a placement audition between now and Sept 7. Advanced students can also schedule an audition for the Youth Orchestra during the Open House as well as on Sept 14. DCYOP offers instrumental music classes and ensemble training for beginning to advanced students ages 4-18. Most classes and rehearsals take place on Saturdays at Eastern High School. Tuition assistance is available. The deadline to register for the fall semester is Sept 7 and classes start on Sept 14. For more information, call 202-698-0123 or visit HillRag | September 2013 H 139

kids&family visit To register by phone, call Ms. Lysa Romero at 202-727-8577.

Maury ES Yard & Bake Sale

Maury Elementary is having its annual sale at the school, 1250 Constitution Ave. NE, on Saturday, Oct 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sale items will include gently used clothes, toys, housewares, furniture and more. You can drop off donations (receipts available) the morning of the event. This is a great opportunity to clear your closets and score legendary bargains while supporting a neighborhood school.

your world upside down at the National Zoo’s Sloth Day event. Visit the Small Mammal House during this fun family-friendly event and learn all about Sloths and their habitats. Take part in educational and fun activities for children and adults, listen to keeper talks and watch live animal demonstrations. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Parking at the Zoo costs $16 for the first 3

hours, and $22 for more than 3 hours.

DesignDC Discussion on Safety in Our Schools

With another school year just getting underway, the discussion about school safety will continue at DesignDC, the District’s annual design conference. NPR radio journalist

“Go-Go Swing: Washington, DC’s Unstoppable Beat” Instrument Petting Zoo

This special exhibition features fine art and memorabilia, as well as musical performances, to reveal and document untold stories of the inventors, contributors and legacy carriers of the city’s signature sound. Open 7 days a week, 9 AM - 8:00 PM at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, 200 I (EYE) St. SE. The Instrument Petting Zoo is on Saturday, Sept 14, 3-4 p.m. “Go-Go Swing: Washington D.C.’s Unstoppable Beat” recognizes that once the danceable GoGo beat winds up, the rhythms are hard to resist. The exhibition features one of Chuck Brown’s Gibson guitars, on loan from the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum and photographs documenting key people, places and events. Photographer, scholar, and author of the critically acclaimed book of poems called The Maverick Room, Thomas Sayers Ellis has contributed greatly to the visual narrative of this exhibit. Also supporting a survey of essential Go-Go instrumentation, compositions known to have inspired some of Go-Go’s inventors are prominently interwoven into the visual story. Finally, a Listening Library has been installed within the Gallery, comprised of hundreds of PA cassette tapes featuring live performances that gallery attendees can listen to and enjoy.

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Kojo Nnamdi will moderate a roundtable conversation on Thursday, Sept 26, 4:15-5:45 PM, featuring four experts on school design and safety. Nnamdi, noted for his ability to create a dynamic dialogue about important issues, will ask these industry experts to focus on how they can work together to design for physical security on school campuses, while still fostering comfortable, open learning environments. The audience, which will be composed of many architects, will also be integrated into the discussion. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this engaging discussion. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information and to register, visit The panel is a part of DesignDC, which brings together architects and other practitioners for three days of education and networking at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the District Architecture Center (Sept 25-27). It is produced by AIA|DC, AIA Northern Virginia, AIA Potomac Valley, and the DC Chapter of the Congress for New Urbanism.

Family-friendly The Washington Ballet Open House

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National Symphony Orchestra Teddy Bear Concert “Teddy’s Tales”

Little children love dress-up as much as do playful NSO musicians Carole Bean, William Wielgus, and Janet Frank. They spin a story about a teddy bear whose zany collection of hats represents a wide variety of music, from Haydn to Sousa and beyond. For ages 3-5. Come early for “musical playtime.” Starting a half hour before each Teddy Bear Concert, enjoy these music and movement activities especially designed for small children. Oct 5, 11 a.m. (This performance is sensory friendly.) and 1:30 p.m. and Oct 6, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. $20. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-416-8000.

The Washington Ballet will host an Open House at TWB’s studios located at 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW on Sunday, Sept 29 from 1-4 p.m. Guests will have an opportunity to view performances, rehearsals and classes, participate in a Q& A with Artistic Director, Septime Webre, and enjoy free refreshments and family-friendly events and activities. The event schedule will include rehearsal and performance sessions with The Washington Ballet Company and Studio Company dancers, a Q & A session with Septime Webre in which he discusses how he choreographs a full-length story ballet such as ALICE (in wonderland), classes with The Washington School of Ballet (TWSB) students, makeup demonstrations and the interactive kid-friendly “Make a Ballet.” Ongoing events during the day include pictures with dancers, a prop and costume try-on station, and a kids coloring table. Free refreshments including

a gourmet candy station courtesy of Sugar & Ice, cupcakes courtesy of Sprinkles, popcorn and beverages. Several local food trucks have been invited to set up in TWB’s parking lots to provide additional food and beverages.

“An Eye for Art” from the National Gallery of Art

Featuring 230 full-color images of famous works of art and mini biographies of Monet, O’Keefe, Picasso, Degas, Matisse and more, An Eye for Art is an fun and vibrant way to introduce kids (ages 7-12) to prominent and visionary artists. Young painters and sculptors will be prompted to invent a story, answer questions or make their own art in response to what they see. An interactive resource for homeschoolers, families and art teachers, An Eye for Art includes a timeline of authors, a museum’s worth of artwork and lists of required supplies for 40 projects-such as self-portraits, nature walks and wire sculpting-developed just for kids by experienced museum educators.

$1 Hot Dog Night at Nat’s Park

At the Sept 16, 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Atlanta Braves, $1 hot dogs are available at select concession stands until the start of the 6th inning, while supplies last.

Baby & Me Yoga with Jennifer at Hill Center

This class is a blend of Itsy Bitsy Yoga poses, activities, songs, and even infant massage especially for newborn to pre-crawling babies (6 weeks-nearly crawling) as well as gentle asana (postures) for parents. They’ll explore strength and flexibility-building postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to address common physical complaints and mental/emotional stressors during the postpartum/ new-parent period. Most appropriate from 6-weeks postpartum until baby is mobile. No previous yoga experience necessary. Fall 2013 Session 1: Thursdays from 2-3pm for 6 weeks starting Sept 18 for $84 ($89 after 9/9). Fall 2013 Session 2:

Thursdays from 2-3pm for 6 weeks starting Oct 30 (no class Nov 27) for $84 ($89 after 10/22). Dropins welcome with space availability: $20 ($18 in advance online). Jennifer Mueller brings a sense of joy and playfulness to her classes and hopes to offer her students the sense of freedom she finds in yoga. She founded Breathing Space to create hub for family yoga on Capitol Hill and share her enthusiasm for age- and developmentally-appropriate poses, games, and songs with yogis of all ages.

Frederick Douglass NHS Family Festival

On Sept 15, 1-4 p.m., come celebrate summer, Frederick Douglass, family, and fun! They’ll have live music, crafts, historic house tours, bike rides, free ice cream and popcorn, and more. The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is at 1411 W St. SE. 202-426-5961.

Black Student Fund School Fair

The Black Student Fund will hold its signature 41th Annual School Fair Sunday, Sept 8, 2-5 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. The fair is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the region. It offers families of students in grades pre-k through 12 an opportunity to learn about independent school admissions, financial aid, testing and curriculum directly from 44 schools from the greater DC area and approximately 10 east coast boarding schools. The school representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Average attendance is estimated between 4,000 and 5,000 people. Fair will also include workshops, entertainment and a post far poetry reading. For more information, contact the Black Student Fund at 202-3871414 or visit The Black Student Fund, a 49-year-old nonprofit organization that recruits, refers and assists African-American children, particularly those from low to modest income households, to attend and graduate from independent

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Rowing on the River with Serve Your City

In an effort to create greater diversity in water sports participation and recreation on the Anacostia River and to provide structured physical fitness activities for disadvantaged youth, Serve Your City and DC Strokes (a rowing club at the Anacostia Boat House) has developed a rowing instruction program for at-risk youth from Ward 6. During August, 12 young rowers from Rosedale Recreation Center; Eliot-Hine Middle School, Friendship Blow-Pierce Public Charter School, Jan’s Tutoring House, and Eastern Senior High School had the opportunity to practice indoor rowing on erg machines that prepared them to get out on the Anacostia River, first in a barge and later, the rowing shells. Coaches from DC Strokes and Serve Your City members from Montgomery College were there to engage and inspire these young people to try something new. Serve Your City and DC Strokes are hoping to generate enough financial support to create an integrated Ward 6 rowing crew for the 2013-2014 academic year. To donate, contact Maurice Cook at 202-341-1732. serveyourcitydc

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Story Time in French at the Alliance Française de Washington

On Saturdays at 10:50 a.m. and Tuesdays at 4 p.m., animated storytellers read in French to young readers. A great space for kids to enjoy the power of reading and language with their peers! Free. The Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 142 H

Young rowers enjoy the Anacostia River through Serve Your City and DC Strokes.

President Lincoln’s Cottage Family Day

Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home on Saturday, Sept 21, 10 a.m.3 p.m. and enjoy these grounds as the Lincoln family did! Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home. Play with Tad’s favorite animals at the petting zoo, including peacocks, goats, geese, and ponies! Explore a Civil War encampment with demonstrations by the Bucktail soldiers, Lincoln’s Presidential guard. Enjoy live performances! Hear Civil War-era tunes performed by the Parlor Strings and watch a military drill team. Make your own top hat and create other crafts. Local vendors will be on site selling fresh food, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch on the ample South Lawn or at the Visitor Education Center picnic tables. Go on a guided tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat (regular ticket prices apply). Family Day activities, sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home, are free unless otherwise noted. Reservations requested but not required. Go to President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home campus in NW. The only entrance is

through the Eagle Gate, intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd. NW and Upshur St. NW. The street address is approximately 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW.

American Youth Chorus Auditions

American Youth Chorus, starting their 6th season, is a weekly after school program for ages 8-14. Auditions and weekly rehearsals are held at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. To schedule an audition, email or call 301502-4952.

Come Together for Bullying Prevention

Every day, more than 160,000 children nationwide stay home from school to avoid being bullied. Not only are the effects of bullying felt immediately, but they can also be lifelong-or even tragic. That’s why Advocates for Justice and Education is inviting the community to support the cause at its 3rd Annual Walk and Roll Against Bullying on Saturday, Sept 21. Participants will gather at the Jefferson Memorial. Race packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a 3.1 mile walk/ roll around the Tidal Basin at 8 a.m. Each participant will receive a complementary T-shirt, snacks and additional fun will also be provided. Learn more at

Darth Vader at the National Cathedral

In the 1980s, while the west towers were under construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral. How to find Darth Vader. First, bring binoculars! Darth Vader is very difficult to see by the naked eye. Leave the building through the ramp entrance which is through the wooden doors near the standing statue of Abraham Lincoln. Go down the ramp, and step onto the grass on your right. Then, turn around and look back up at the tower closest to you. Start at the top of the tower. There are two large pinnacles, or points, on the corners of the tower and a much smaller one in the center. Follow the center pinnacle down and find the first gablet, or tiny peaked roof. Darth Vader is the grotesque on the right on the north, or right-hand, side. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

A Century of Women in Aerospace Family Day

For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. On Saturday, Sept 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. 202-633-2214.

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day: Structure of Salsa Music

On Sept 15, 3-6 p.m., celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an exploration and demonstration of salsa music and dance! Eileen Torres and Orquesta La Leyenda demonstrates and then have you join in the fun. The Eileen Torres Dancers perform excerpts from their theatrical presentation, Remembering the Palladium. A scavenger hunt and craft activities are available for the whole family to enjoy. American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts. NW. 202633-1000.

Little Golden Books at the American History Museum

Little Golden Books transformed children’s reading habits in the early 20th century. Prior to World War II, large-format, classic story books for children were prohibitively expensive and available to a privileged few. Little Golden Books offered new ideas and modern stories in an affordable format. The exhibit features a sampling of artist’s proofs from several early Little Golden Books. Through Jan 5, 2014 (second floor east) at the National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. H

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Chavez School Powerful Poetry Slam

ContraVerse, the inaugural spoken word team at the Chavez Schools, accomplished far beyond expectations in its first year. Initially, it was a club where Chavez Scholars could come to express themselves through poetry and write on assigned prompts. Then, as the year went on, they decided to form a competing team to participate in Louder Than A Bomb, a local poetry slam with over twenty competing high schools in the area. The team went on to proudly place 10th with every member of the team having less than a year of slam-poetry experience. After several minor appearances and performances, ContraVerse was invited to do a showcase for Teach For America. After being told that they changed some teachers’ lives with their group piece, “Teachers Will Be Able To,” they are continuing to write for a second year to leave their voices echoing throughout the city. ContraVerse plans to once again participate in Louder Than A Bomb and also become more involved in the Chavez Schools’ community to inspire new writers and poets to tell their stories. This world can NEVER have too many poets. Christine Lai, 709 12th St SE; Christine.Lai@chavezschools. org;

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The New Van Ness Parent Group Kick-Off Meeting

Van Ness Elementary Navy Yard Parents Prepare for Opening of New School

Around sixty parents from the Navy Yard area came to the Capitol Hill Tower Lounge in July for the kick-off meeting of the Van Ness Parent Group (VNPG). Neighborhood children played and enjoyed pizza as their parents discussed plans and priorities related to the reopening of the elementary school. The parents attending represented nearly forty families and over sixty-five children. The Van Ness Elementary School at 5th and M St. SE has been closed since 2006 and is currently being used by DCPS administration. It is now slated for a 2015 opening, and $9.8 million has been budgeted for its modernization. DCPS and the Department of General Services are developing a Phase 1 modernization plan which will focus capital funds on renovating academic spaces, lighting, acoustics, technology, furnishings, climate control, front entrances, front offices, student restrooms, and corridors. It promises to be a beautiful,

modern facility. The VNPG is a parent-run volunteer advocacy organization. Their vision is to create a supportive and inclusive school community that promotes academic success for all Van Ness Elementary School students. Their mission is to bring together prospective students and their families to work with DC Public Schools, Van Ness Elementary School leadership, and community partners to prepare for the reopening of Van Ness Elementary School in fall 2015. They plan to utilize the expertise, energy, and creativity of the neighborhood to make Van Ness Elementary School an excellent, progressive, nurturing school for neighborhood children. The VNPG members look forward to participating in future meetings with the DCPS Office of Family and Public Engagement, and contributing to the School Improvement Team to plan the facility improvements. The VNPG welcomes all interested parents. You may contact and request to be included on the Parents on the Capitol Riverfront google group. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, September 25th at 6p.m. at the Arthur Capper Senior Center at 900 5th St. SE.

Tyler Elementary

Tyler Elementary is thrilled to begin the academic year with new leadership, as our former Assistant Principal, Mitchell Brunson, takes the helm as Principal. Building upon the significant

Tyler Elementary Assistant Principal Rachel Roberts and Principal Mitchell Brunson

academic gains seen in the past few years, including a nearly 10 percent jump in DC-CAS scores in reading and 9 percent in mathematics, Mr. Brunson has exciting plans for Tyler students, including a strong focus on guided reading. “Literacy is the key to unlocking children’s potential,” he explains. “It’s the foundation for all future academic success.” Principal Brunson began his career in DCPS as a teacher for learning disabled and emotionally disturbed students and later worked as a special education specialist before becoming an assistant principal in 2009. Rachel Roberts, a former DCPS Master Educator who also has a background in Head Start, dual language initiatives, and early literacy, will join Tyler as the new Assistant Principal. Principal Brunson and Assistant Principal Roberts look forward to partnering with students, families, and Tyler’s community partners for another fantastic school year.

Brent Elementary Summer Math Camp a Success

For three weeks this summer, 33 Brent students participated in Brent’s first Summer Math Academy. Funded by the DCPS Proving What’s Possible grant, the camp was staffed by Brent teachers. Students received small group and

individual instruction in a relaxed atmosphere. Brent teachers worked for several months prior to the summer camp analyzing student data and meeting with classroom teachers to develop targeted and individualized instruction for the students. “The camp was a great success,” says Peter Young, Brent’s principal. “I am not sure who had more fun – the students or the teachers. But I do know that students made significant gains in mathematical proficiency. We are already planning for next year’s summer camp.”

DC-CAS Scores Continue to Climb

Brent continued its trend of improving test scores by posting gains on the recent DC-CAS. Math proficiency scores rose from 72percent to 80.6percent. Reading proficiency scores rose from 72 percent to 77 percent. Denise Diggs, Brent Elementary, 301 North Carolina Ave SE,

Eliot-Hine School Notes Eliot Hine Radio: 50th Anniversary March on Washington

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Radio broadcast at Eliot-Hine Middle School goes big time! Photo: Elizabeth Nelson.

cast LIVE from the Lincoln Memorial for the “National Action to Reclaim the Dream March.” Students from the Eliot-Hine broadcast team put in many practice hours during their summer break for what will be an historic event. They are: radio personalities Samone Mack, Tatyanna Liggins, Jayah Morse, Cahlyl Rollins, and board operator Taniya Henderson. All are seventh graders except Cahlyl who is in 8th. Eliot Hine Radio was selected by The Center for the Study of Civil and Human Rights Laws as the official news organization for the civil rights conference, scheduled for Aug. 27 and the commemorative march to be held on August 28. See www.50thann for more information. The radio broadcast program, taught by technology instructor Mandrell Birks, has been a successful element of Eliot-Hine’s technology curriculum, and will continue as part of the IB Middle Years Programme framework. Check them out at Eliot-Hine Middle School, 1830 Constitution Ave., NE. 202-939-5380 or - Mandrell Birks and Heather Schoell.

St. Peter School Celebrating 145 years

St. Peter School kicked off the new term celebrating our 145th anniversary! Established in 1868 with a faculty comprised of the Sisters of the Holy Cross from Notre Dame, Indiana, the milestone was recognized by the Archdiocese of Washing146 H

ton during the start of the school year Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The entire St. Peter School community is honored to be part of a legacy of learning that offers students a Catholic education grounded in faith, service and academic excellence. In the spirit of the School’s first educators, St. Peter School continues to innovate and inspire. Students greeted the new academic year with an enhanced math program including hands-on resources across all grade levels; enriched Spanish and religion curricula with student-centered materials and a range of integrated technology updates. Happy anniversary, St. Peter School - looking forward to the next 145 years! –Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St, SE.;


This year School-Within-School is growing by about 40 percent, adding two second grade classrooms, two preschool classrooms, a medically fragile classroom and a high-functioning autism program. They have moved out of the cozy temporary space from last year, and are settling into a permanent home in the airy and spacious Ann B. Goding building, 920 F St NE. An impressive bunch of talented educators, both as lead teachers in the Reggio-Emilia inspired classrooms and as ateliers were hired such as a librarian, physical education teacher, and movement, science and music teachers. The school also has new teachers for its preschool program, a new pre-kindergarten teacher and a new second grade teacher...

-- Second-grade teacher Erika Bowman earned her teaching certificate four years ago from the Center for Inspired Teaching, taught in DC for two years, Myanmar for one and returned last year to complete a master’s degree in early childhood education. -- Prekindergarten teacher Laura McCarthy comes to us from the Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School, where she taught preschool. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Spanish from Clark University. -- Physical Education teacher Andrew Chapman is working full-time with DCPS, splitting his time between SWS and John Burroughs Educational Campus. This year there will be specialty after-school classes coordinated through the Bridge Extended Day Program. A sampling of the offerings will include yoga, Tippi Toes dance and Board Game Days facilitated in part by staff at Capitol Hill’s own Labyrinth Games & Puzzles. - Allison Klein. SWS, 920 F St NE; 202-727-7377.–

Amidon-Bowen Elementary Test Scores See Marked Improvement

After four years of falling or stagnant DC CAS scores, the hard work of Amidon-Bowen teachers and students is beginning to bear fruit. In 2012, 16.8 percent of Amidon-Bowen students tested proficient or higher in math, and 21.8 percent tested proficient or higher in reading. In 2013, those numbers had risen to 20.6 percent and 30.9 respectively. While the improvement in math scores tracked with the average improvement across DC public schools of 3.9 points, students’ reading scores increased 9.1 points, far exceeding the DC average of 4 points, and reflecting a 45 percent increase over last year’s results. “In math, we grew, in reading, we leaped,” said Amidon-Bowen Principal, Izabela Miller. “We are hoping to see a leap in math in the coming year.” Indeed, under Principal Miller’s guidance, the school has focused its efforts on improving reading skills and as the numbers attest, the strategy is paying off. For the 2013-2014 school year Amidon-Bowen’s focus will be on close reading and evidencebased writing. These skills will be taught and applied across subjects, including math and science. With an extremely strong team in place for the school year, Amidon-Bowen seems well positioned to continue its trajectory of improving student performance. - Lucy Rojansky. http://profiles. 401 I St. SW.


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J.O. Wilson Elementary School Welcome to 2013-14

We are thrilled to welcome new school administration, teachers and staff to J. O. Wilson this fall. They join an amazing community with excellent teachers, top-level staff, and engaged parents—all focused on helping our students meet with success. Go J.O. Wilson Cardinals!

Celebrating Academic Success

J.O. Wilson scholars demonstrated academic strength and growth this past year, proven by the DC CAS results. J.O. Wilson posted increases of 24.6percent in Math and 6.9 percent in Reading; just one example of the talent, ability and commitment of our students and teachers.

Taste of H

Save the date for the second annual Taste of H Auction for J.O. Wilson Elementary School on October 13th, 5 p.m.-9.p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Enjoy food tastings from local restaurants, a silent auction and live auction, jazz music, and great fun with friends and neighbors. Visit www.tasteofh. org for details. Bring your friends and family and join us for the Taste

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Capitol Hill Day School The Most Vibrant 45 Year Old on the Hill!

This year, Capitol Hill Day School celebrates 45 years of offering nurturing and professional teaching, first-rate academics, and hands-on learning. With over 300 trips annually, our field education program connects classroom learning to the real world. CHDS welcomed 41 new students this fall, bringing enrollment to 225 – our highest in five years, and a reflection of the hard work of faculty and staff and the support of our families, 94 percent of whom re-enrolled their children. This enthusiasm and commitment is what attracts new families to the school. From its inception, CHDS has been committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community of learners. This year, 38 percent of our students represent ethnic and racial diversity. To ensure a strong socioeconomic balance, we distributed fiHillRag | September 2013 H 147

kids&family gems (1 for every $25 spent, and they give $5 for each gem) to deposit in the treasure chest in the school’s front office. Just be sure to ask your server or the host about them before you leave. - Elizabeth Nelson. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Facebook;Twitter.

Ludlow-Taylor Elementary New Year, New School

Maury students perfect test-taking skills in a relay race at DC CAS Pep-Rally

nancial aid awards to over 20 percent of our students, with awards ranging from $3,000 to $24,000. Why choose CHDS? In a recent admission survey, families indicated that the top reasons they selected CHDS were our field education program and small class size; progressive education model and quality of teachers; and a sense of community. We are a passionate community of students, parents, and teachers. 45 never looked so good! - Jane Angarola. Capitol Hill Day School, 210 S. Carolina Ave, SE;

off donations of baked goods or yard sale items the morning of the event – thank you in advance!


Tunnicliff ’s (222 7th St. SE) donates 15 percent of every dinner tab rung up between 5-9 pm on the first

Ludlow-Taylor students have more than new teachers to look forward to on the first day of the 201314 academic year. During this summer, Broughton Construction and the architects of Quinn Evans Architects have been working long hours to complete a $10.5 renovation that has completely transformed the school. Quinn Evans Architects, which restored Eastern Market after the fire in 2007, designed the school modernization. During a recent tour with Dan

Ludlow-Taylor as construction nears its end

Maury Elementary Maury Rocks the DC CAS!

Maury is one of only 31 schools (including charters) ranked at the highest level, “Reward”, of the new accountability system. This reflects the efforts of the entire school community. Everyone – teachers, staff, parents, volunteers – pulled together to make an exciting and supportive educational environment. But most of the credit goes to our students. The adults in their lives couldn’t learn it for them; they had to do the work themselves. We are extremely proud of them!

Tuesday of each month. It’s a fun night hanging out with friends while supporting our school.

Maury Yard and Bake Sale


Clean out your closets to make room for the new treasures you’ll find at our Yard and Bake Sale! On Oct. 5 from 9 am to 2 pm, we’ll be set up at the school. Sale items will include gently used clothes, toys, housewares, and more. You can drop 148 H

Maury Night at the Argonaut (1433 H St NE) is the second Monday of every month – a great, kid-friendly opportunity to run hang out with your school chums. But their fundraiser is actually in effect all the time, so whenever you dine there, you can collect

Curry, AIA, LEED AP, of Quinn Evans Architects, the changes were quite obvious despite the ongoing work. Updates include an elevator and ramp to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, new parent resource center, new windows throughout the building, ergonomic furniture and all new electric work. New technology, HVAC and improved classroom acoustics are among other high performance classroom

design features in the classrooms of Ludlow-Taylor. Curry noted that this renovation was ambitious as it incorporated a window replacement project for the entire building. He explained that with each successive year of the modernization program, the projects continually are being right-sized for the scope of work that can be completed in the two months of summer break. Curry described the changes as “value added” and voiced his excitement to see the students’ reactions to their new space—the smiles and awe as the building is now as exciting as the lessons learned within its walls.

Two Rivers PCS DC CAS Scores Shows Two Rivers’ Model For Success

Two Rivers Public Charter School students scored 18 percentage points higher than the average for D.C. Public Schools and 12 points higher than the D.C. public charter school average on the District’s standardized reading and math tests. The school, which has an elementary (including pre-K) and a middle school campus in the NoMa neighborhood offers an academicallyrigorous project and inquiry-based approach known as expeditionary learning to ensure students develop the 21st century skills and knowledge that will be essential for future success. This summer members of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee visited the school. The House Majority Leader, also visiting with committee members noted at a press conference at the school’s elementary school campus: “the future of our country starts at schools like this.” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also has visited the school. The Chairman of the D.C. Council’s Education Committee David Catania also visited recently. Two Rivers is one of only 22 classified by the District of Columbia’s Public Charter School Board as a Tier 1, high performing school. Results like this are part of the reason Two Rivers is regarded as one of the District’s best public charter

schools and had over 1800 applicants for 32 available slots in the lottery last school year. The school is located at 1227 4th St, NE.

Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS Students Shine on DC Tests

Thanks to the hard work of students, teachers, and staff Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School showed strong improvements on the District’s standardized tests for reading and math. When compared to other schools stokes’ students were 20 percentage points higher than the traditional D.C. Public School average and 12 points higher than the D.C. charter average. The student’s performance was strong in reading as well. Their reading scores outperformed the DCPS average by 15 percentage points and public charter school average by 11 points. This year, Stokes’ admissions lottery had 1,000 applicants for 30 spaces. In addition to its strong academic performance, Stokes is one of a small number of bilingual immersion D.C. public charter schools. They require pre-K through sixth grade students to speak, read, write and think in two languages—either French and English or Spanish and English. Stokes recently announced a partnership with Yu Ying Public Charter School, Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School and Mundo Verde Public Charter School and D.C. Bilingual Public Charter School to create a middle and high school that would allow students enrolled at these elementary school campuses an automatic place to continue to study in the bilingual immersion programs they elected in elementary school. The school plans to offer the academically rigorous and highly respected International Baccalaureate Program. –Dan Cronin. Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS is located at 3700 Oakview Terrace NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Options Public Charter School Options selected for Therapeutic Classroom Model

While many Local Education Agencies (LEA) including DCPS, continue to struggle with placements for students with disabilities, local Charter Schools have attracted mounting criticism for high suspension and expulsion rates – particularly among their special

needs population. OSSE has sought to expand the capacity of Charter Schools in the District to meet these challenges by establishing a colocated Therapeutic Classroom Model. This summer, Options PCS became the first LEA in the District to receive renewal status for operating this very innovative approach. The purpose of this grant is to expand the capacity of LEA charters to meet the needs of students with Individual Education Programs (“IEPs”) with high levels of need and ensure that they are provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”) in the least restrictive environment (“LRE”). Through this program, grantees are required to create a co-located classroom model that provides students with effective, intensive therapeutic supports, including but not limited to specialized instruction, related services, wraparound support, and a robust transition plan to support a student’s successful re-integration to the LEA of primary enrollment. “Options Public Charter School has seen great success providing high-quality, unique educational experiences for our students. This grant will allow them to expand that work and continue improving our children’s lives through special education services,” said Ward 6 Councilmember and former School Board Member, Tommy Wells. The primary populations of focus for this initiative are students whose disability classification are either Emotional Disturbance (“ED”) or Multiple Disabilities (“MD”) with ED and/or Other Health Impairment (“OHI”)- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (“ADHD”), and whose level of need cannot be accommodated at the LEA of primary enrollment. Last year, Options PCS as an inaugural grantee for this program received requests from other LEA’s such as E.L. Haynes, Meridian PCS, Friendship Academy and Perry Street Prep to host students within its co-located program located in the Rosedale Community of Ward 6, just two blocks from the The program has been able to succeed because of its staff to student ratio of three to one (3:1) and a staffing model that includes a special education teacher, a clinician, and a behavioral aide for each of the co-located classrooms. The model adopts an evidence-based therapeutic approach that has been applied with success in other jurisdictions. Options PCS, 1375 E St. NE

Friendship Collegiate Academy Students visit Costa Rica

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FALL REGISTRATION FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 3PM – 6PM SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 9AM – 12 NOON There maybe dust and some debris but we will still be instructing our students in the manner that they are accustom. Because of the floor surface… we are asking that students wear some type of jazz sneaker. We will have a vendor both days of the registration to guide you through this process. Staff’s email addresses are available on the website.

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kids&family emy’s partnership with Global Kids, a nonprofit educational organization for global learning and youth development, three Collegiate students participated in the third annual Global Gateways summer program. The program, which ran from July 1 to August 10, provides District of Columbia students from participating schools opportunities to examine issues and create change through social action, peer education and service projects. The program aims to enable students to better understand their world and grow leadership skills so that they can become influential voices at home and abroad. This summer students met with officials from The United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs. Students also made a short film of their experiences and visited the restoration projection at the former home of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Students Noel Spencer, Dejour Sellers and this year’s Valedictorian Phillip Pride participated in this summer’s program. Additionally Noel Spencer participated in a visit to Costa Rica, during which student learning experiences included meetings with youth groups; a visit to a jaguar rescue center; and a meeting with officials at the U.S. Embassy. Friendship Collegiate Academy has an on-time high-school graduation rate of 91 percent—35 percentage points higher than regular high schools operated by D.C. Public Schools. Fully 100 percent of each graduating class has been accepted to college. –Dan Cronin. Friendship’s Collegiate Academy, 4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE. H

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Mourning MotoPhoto

I was saddened to learn that one more retail store, MotoPhoto, is being replaced with a wine and cheese bar. As a resident, I want retail services to which I can walk not a wine and cheese bar. The loss of retail, not only diminishes the quality of life on the Hill, but also creates greenhouse gases and results in wages and taxes moving to the suburbs. One of many examples of this loss is the replacement of our office and arts supply store on 8th Street with a bakery. For office supplies I now drive to Staples in Oxon Hill, MD. I believe it is time for a moratorium on food establishments and tax and other incentives to encourage stores that service the needs of the community to be able to open or stay on the Hill. Daphne Gemmill Tenth St., SE

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Don’t Forget Capitol Hill’s First U12 Soccer Team

The Capitol Hill Roadrunners in 1991

The Capitol Hill Roadrunners, Capitol Hill’s first U12 Travel Soccer team circa 1994 with their coach Kab Hakim Copy of an article that appeared in the Hill Rag in September 1995 written by Sonia Tarantolo, one of the players on the Holland Cup team.

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It was with a great deal of excitement- and some nostalgia- that we read the article “The Sting” by Alisa Cunningham in the August edition of The Hill Rag. It is wonderful that Capital Futbol Club is creating a new U12 travel team, The Sting. It is especially encouraging that the team will complement the girls’ soccer team run by Sports on the Hill. We say with some nostalgia because—contrary to the subtitle line “The Hill’s First U12 Travel Soccer Team,” —the Sting is building on the foundation created by their sister players in the 1990s when those girls created the U12 girl’s traveling soccer team, The Capitol Hill Roadrunners. The team started as a U11 traveling team and was coached initially by a Hill parent, Wendell Domon. That team had a memorable history traveling to Maryland and Virginia to play in Washington Area Girls Soccer (WAGS) games and later under a professional coach traveling to Amsterdam to play in the 1995 Holland Cup. Early pictures of the traveling team in 1991 and 1994-1995 are attached. Yes, the professional coach in the second picture is the same Kab Hakim who is profiled in the article as the coach of The Sting. Like all of us, he has gotten a bit older. Attached is an article that appeared in The Hill Rag in September of 1995 by one of the players on the Holland Cup team, Sonia Tarantolo. Many of the parents of these girls still live on the Hill. We are proud of what our girls achieved. They learned about teamwork, hard work, and sharing good and bad times together. It was a great life ex-

perience and several of the young women went on to play Division 1-3 soccer in college. Today these young women-- now in their early 30s – are heath care professionals, small business owners, lawyers, providing government service, or running their own homes. They live all over Washington, the United States and in Canada and take a bit of the Hill—and The Roadrunners—with them wherever they go. And many of the parents are still close friends – an unexpected benefit. It is a great legacy. Sincerely, Alfreda Antonucci and Bob Alter Celia Bankins Dennis R. Brown Lucy Brown and Richard Thoreson Kathleen and Skip Collins Margaret and Al Crenshaw Jo Moore and Martin Holmer Barbara and Scott Price Diane and John Shages Kathy and Stan Soloway Fran and John Weintraub Elissa Feldman & Joseph Tarantolo

Keeping The “Public” in Public Space

Thank you for your very informative article on public space in the August issue of the Hill Rag. Anyone reading it will have an improved understanding of the types of public space on Capitol Hill, and their history. The specific situation discussed, the re-landscaping of a portion of Reservation 266 at the intersection of 13th St. and Tennessee Ave NE, has proven very divisive to an otherwise close-knit community. The District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT), which has administrative control of this pocket-park, issued permits to the adjacent homeowners without an opportunity for community input. While the Capitol Hill Restoration Society supports beautification

and maintenance efforts for these important public spaces, we believe it should be done in a manner that protects everyone’s interests and allows everyone to continue enjoying full use of the spaces. It’s essential that we preserve public space and protect free public access to these spaces without discouraging individuals who work hard to care for them. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) has a “park adoption” program (http:// that provides for transparency and fairness and reduces the opportunity for conflict. We hope that DDOT will follow this model in the future, or that the parcels can be consolidated under control of DPR. Best regards, Janet Quigley CHRS President

DDOT’s Silence Unacceptable

The article “Protecting Public Space” in your July issue provided a very cogent explanation of the issues surrounding the granting of public space permits, without public input, for landscaping of the pocket park adjacent 147 TN Ave NE. As you reported, Mr. Marcou of DDOT committed, at the July 16 meeting of the ANC 6A’s Transportation and Public Space Committee meeting, to providing answers to our questions during the third week of July. To date, that information has not been received and we have not been told when it may be forthcoming. The lack of response raises questions of its own. Why can’t DDOT explain its own policies and procedures? Why is it unwilling or unable to detail the process, or lack of process, in this particular instance? Nick Alberti ANC 6A Commissioner (6A04) H HillRag | September 2013 H 161

the NOSE by Anonymous


itching their ubiquitous cellular tethers, Councilmembers have scattered to their vacation hideaways. Congress has fled The District’s famed August humidity. Slumbering by the pool, sipping a cocktail, it is hard for The Nose to summon the moxie for a typical, towering rant. Even the death of Elmer T. Lee, that paragon of bourbon distillers, this past July, failed to rouse him from his summer stupor. Yet, there is one minor, niggling detail that continues to trouble The Nose’s repose. Here we are, Dear Readers, less than a year before the District’s dreaded Democratic mayoral primary. In spite of this, our federal sheriffs have yet to drop the final indictment in their tortoise-paced Shadow Gate investigation. Much like a bad strip show, this inquiry has teased the public with brief flashes of insight while never pulling fully back the curtain. However, the clock is running. September will no doubt wring a decision from the race’s incumbent. To indict a candidate in the midst of the throes of an election would constitute the worst form of political coitus interruptus. So, The Nose has a few sage words of advice for United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. Forgo the feathers!

Put away the pasties!

Deep six the G-string!

Give the public the full frontal skinny on the 2010 Shadow Campaign! Let the true extent of this web of political corruption be known. All those politicians who did not examine the contributors’ money orders too closely can then scurry for cover. Channeling the spirit of Lynyrd Skynyrd with a nod to the Council’s one University of Alabama alumnus, here is a hacked version of Sweet Home Alabama for all who chose to sup with Jeffrey “The Governor” Thompson:

Indictments keep heads turning Carrying pols off to the big house it is true Singing songs about the District I miss The Mayor for Life once again And, I think that’s a sin, yes Well I heard Hawkins sing about the mayor’s campaign Well, I heard ole Hawkins put it out there Well, I hope the Feds will remember District pols don’t need a certain businessman around anyhow Sweet Smell of Corruption When the dollars simply flew Sweet Smell of Corruption Trapping pols of every hue Now, Amazon’s ComPost shuns the Mayor (boo, boo, boo) Now that we all know what his backers did do Shadow Gate does not bother me Does your last vote bother you? Tell the truth Sweet Smell of Corruption When the dollars simply flew Sweet Smell of Corruption Trapping pols of every hue Now New York has got a Weiner And he’s been known to email a photo or two Lord his antics make me laugh off so much They pick me up when I’m feeling blue Now how about you? Sweet Smell of Corruption When the dollars simply flew Sweet Smell of Corruption Trapping pols of every hue Sweet home District of Columbia Oh sweet home baby Where the Feds will find soon discover what’s true Sweet home District of Columbia Lordy, Lord, corruption’s coming home to you Yeah, Mr. Machen’s got the answer. H

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