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Open Sunday March 6th 1-4pm 64 15th Street, NE Unit 64 Washington, DC 20002 The Car Barn!! Fantastic two level two bedroom/two and one half bath condo in desirable Car Barn. This gated community is steps to Lincoln Park and the Metro. Completely updated unit with hardwood floors, wood-burning fireplace, granite and stainless steel in the kitchen and a master with ensuite bath. Lives like a home--with the carefree lifestyle of a condo!! Plus one car garage parking! $515,000

Capitol Hill 1352 South Carolina Avenue, SE Grand Home On A Grand Avenue! Wonderful almost new EYA constructed home within steps of Lincoln Park and Eastern Market! The façade of this three bedroom,three and one half bath home blends perfectly with its historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. But behind the façade awaits a home designed for modern day use! The first floor features a guest bedroom with a full bath and access to the rear-loading two car garage. The second level has a sunken living room with a gas burning fireplace, a large dining area conveniently located off the gourmet eat-in kitchen. Two bedrooms on the third level include a large south facing master with a walk-in closet and a designer bath that will wow. Topped off with a roof top deck with absolutely stunning views!! Perfect for viewing 4th of July fireworks or fair weather al fresco entertaining! $819,000

Capitol Hill 327 11th Street, NE Terrific Two-Unit!! A grand façade hides a wonderful two-unit property with a C of O. Great configuration with each unit boasting two bedrooms and one bath. Large open living/dining areas, updated kitchens, and flooded with natural light. Plus walls of exposed brick, wood burning fireplaces and large rear decks off the living area. Complete with a brick rear patio and off-street parking! Live in one and have your tenant pay half your mortgage—sounds like a win-win!! $709,000

First Open Sunday March 6th 1-4pm Capitol Hill 1317 Constitution Avenue, NE Lovely Home Plus A Huge Three Car Garage And Loft!! This perfectly updated home boasts hardwood floors, an updated kitchen, dentil molding, a wood burning fireplace and three bedrooms/one and one half baths! The rear garden is ideal for entertaining with a brick patio and a small koi pond.The newly expanded and renovated garage is unlike any we have seen in a long time!! Parking for three cars plus a loft for a home office/craft room! $709,000

Capitol Hill 222 Warren Street, NE Perfect Condo Alternative On Wonderful Warren!! Absolutely stunning two bedroom and one bath home on charming Warren Street. The first level features an open floor plan with a gas burning fireplace, exposed brick walls and a lovely modern kitchen with copious cabinet and counter space!! This sleek space is adorned with gorgeous black granite, stainless steel appliances and a floating staircase leading to the second level. Two generous sized bedrooms with custom designed storage systems and a modern bath complete the second level. The rear bedroom has a large balcony perfect for relaxing with a morning coffee—or enjoying the idyllic views of the deep rear garden. The rear yard/garden is one of the deepest we have seen in a long time. This area is broken up into three separate yet flowing spaces: a large patio for entertaining, a meandering garden leading to a potting/storage shed and finally off-street parking! $479,000

Huntingtown, Md The Old Bowen Farm At Sandy Bottom 1525 Old Plum Point Road Fully Restored Historic Home Circa 1832 Price Reduced!! Lovingly restored three bedroom, one and one half bath farm house with wood floors throughout, formal living room, separate dining room, country kitchen, guest cottage/office/artist studio with running water, garage/barn with electric, water and wood stove. A large parking area surrounded by granite curbs and walkways. This home boasts two center halls with formal staircases, nine and ten foot ceilings surrounded by 92 feet of porch. Historic zoning allows for a bed and breakfast, antique or craft shop. The main house has the original woodwork, doors, wood floors and plaster walls. Property is surrounded by rolling farmland and is an easy commute to DC, Annapolis or Baltimore. $499,900

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Hill Buzz / by Celeste McCall The Bulletin Board The Numbers: Economic Development by the Numbers/ by Kwame Boadi and Ed Lazere Hine School Redevelopment / by Amanda Abrams Zoning Rules Trumped / by Peter Waldrom ANC 6A / National Marathon Again / by Roberta Weiner ANC 6B / Nooshi and Moby Dick Get the Nod/ by Gwyn Jones ANC 6C /3rd & H Street Project Moving Forward/ by Roberta Weiner ANC 6D / Canal Park Construction Begins / by Roberta Weiner

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Spotted on the Hill / by Peter Vankevich Valentines to MPDC / by Carol Anderson The 2011 Community Achievement Award Winners / by Stephanie Deutsch Chris Calomiris: A Life Remembered / by Alice Ollstein Barracks Row: Without Reservation/ by Sharon Bosworth H Street Life/ by Elise Bernard South by West / by Kyle Johnson

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A Chance To Tour 36 Glass Houses / by Rindy O’Brien @ Your Service / by Heather Schoell Remodeling + Green/ by Bruce Wentworth, AIA Ask Judith: Bored With Rot / by Judith Capen Dear Garden Lady/ Anonymous Garden Spot: Hill Landscapers / by Derek Thomas

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Father, Dear Father: A Corner Bar/ by Robert M. Pohl Changing Hands: Residential Home Sales / compiled by Don Denton

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Dining Review: Againn/ by Celeste McCall Spring Wine Time/ by Josh Genderson Dining Notes / by Celeste McCall At the Movies: Recent Documentaires / by Mike Canning Theater: A Classic Updated / by Brad Hathaway Art and the City / by Jim Magner The Literary Hill / by Karen Lyon The Jazz Project / by Jean-Keith Fagon An Interview with Sam Sweet

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Kids & Family Notebook / by Mary-Frances Daly Summer Camp Fun - A Directory School Notes / compiled by Susan Braun Johnson

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Getting Back on Track: How to Renew New Year’s Resolutions/ by Pattie Cinelli What Should You Do When Your Child Has a High Fever & Cough/ by Dr. John Jones Caring for Your Pets When You Cannot/ by Robert E. Blizard The “Hurry” Sickness/ by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW

COVER: Alexis Rockman, Bromeliad: Kaieteur Falls, 1994. Oil on Wood. From the exhibit Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow, until May 8th at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.

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llergies: Two-Time Loser By Dr. David Walls-Kaufman

Last week a long-time patient of mine came in with his son. The dad was very excited: “Doc! My allergies are all cleared up again!” In a chiropractic office, we clear allergies up regularly. But this case was more fun and rewarding than usual because I had cleared up his allergies already. This happened about three years ago. At the time, he was shocked. “I called my mom and asked her if she ever remembered a time in my whole life when I didn’t get clobbered by allergies, and she said she didn’t.” It was his first time experiencing an allergy-free life. Stress events—mental, physical, chemical—do harm to our nervous system and create nerve interference. This acts like a bad cell phone connection that stops our brain and body from communicating and functioning as they should. Our immune system, that fights all our battles against disease, is hurt by this. Removing nerve interference lets it bounce back. But last week—his allergies were back! I gave him an adjustment, and told him to wait and see. When I saw him again with his son, he explained, “Almost instantly, as soon as I left, it did the trick. The adjustment cleared me right up.” Nerve interference that results from the stresses in our lifetimes is a silent killer. It gums up the body’s innate recuperative function. This can cause or contribute to any condition. You and your family can’t be fully healthy and thriving without a nervous system functioning free of nerve interference.

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GO.SEE.DO. Madama Butterfly The innocent Butterfly gives her heart, loses her honor, and surrenders her child. This is a sacrifice she cannot survive. One of the world’s most beloved operas, the innocent Butterfly catches the eye of a caddish, young American Naval officer, who makes her his temporary “wife.” When his time in Japan is over, he abandons her. Dishonored, Butterfly is bereft. For more than a century, audiences have been thrilled by Puccini’s haunting, poignant music and touched by the lovely Butterfly, who gives up everything for love. At the Kennedy Center through March 17. Courtesy of San Francisco Opera.

On the Forefront: What’s New in the Solar System? Every spring, the National Air and Space Museum presents their Exploring Space Lectures. On Mar. 24 Dean Pesnell will speak on the Solar Dynamics Observatory and its amazing new imagery of the Sun; April 7: Alfred McEwen will speak on HiRISE and show the latest high resolution imagery of Mars; May 12: Sean Solomon will present the latest results and imagery from MESSENGER, which will have become the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury only a few weeks before. June 9: Carle Pieters will speak about Dawn just a few weeks before its arrival at Asteroid Vesta. The evenings begin with a film at 6:30 p.m., “Meet the Lecturer” at 7:30 p.m., lecture at 8:00 p.m. and telescope viewing (weather permitting) at 9:15 p.m. Order free tickets online at 12 ★ HillRag | March 2011

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DC United Season Opens March 19 at RFK DC United returns to action this month in preparation for the 2011 season. The team trains in Florida, California and South Carolina before hosting the Columbus Crew in their season opener at RFK Stadium on March 19 at 7:30 P.M. United has a new head coach in former player Ben Olsen and recently unveiled a red-hot alternate jersey for the upcoming season. Tickets are $23-$52. Group rates available. 202-587-5000. 17-year old midfielder Andy Najar was named the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year. Photo: Courtesy of D.C. United.

Garment District Temporium presents Music, Art and Fashion DC’s largest-ever pop up art and retail installation, the Garment District Temporium features remarkable artists, fashion designers, and musicians in a 10,000 square foot space at Seventh St. and New York Ave. NW. Fashion and accessories for men, women and children, ranging from dresses, scarves, purses, and necklaces, to T-shirts, cuff links, ties, and even onesies for babies are showcased in The Boutique. Artists’ prints, oil paintings, photography, sculpture and neon art are for sale in The Gallery. Free live musical performances and fashion shows are in The Lounge and sewing classes are offered in The Sewing Room. 1005 Seventh St. NW. Open through March 20, Wednesday-Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6:00 p.m. 202-393-1982. Garment District Temporium Shoppers

Johnny’s Half Shell: Saturday Night at the Movies Award-winning Johnny’s Half Shell, located at 400 North Capitol Street, NW, is reaching out to the neighborhood with a 10% discount on Friday and Saturday evenings. When Congress is out of session, they offer the neighborhood discount every night. Just have ID with zip code 20001, 20002, 20003 or 20024. Once a month, Johnny’s shows a movie on a Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. March’s movie is “The Big Night” on the 26th. 202-737-0400. ★ 13

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St. Patricks Day Parade The 2011 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at noon on Sunday, Mar. 13 on Constitution Ave. between Seventh St. and 17th St. NW. The colorful three-hour procession of floats, marching bands, and drill teams will also feature antique bicycles, cars, fire trucks, and Irish wolfhounds. Students from the area’s Irish schools of dance, always favorites with the crowd, will receive special recognition this year as the parade marshals are all dance school founders. Grandstand seats are $15. 202-670-0317. O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing at 301-229-7699. Photo: Thomas S. Mann 14 ★ HillRag | March 2011

SAINT PATRICK’S CELEBRATIONS Old Town Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Saturday, Mar. 5, noon. 703-237-2199. St. Patrick’s Mass & Reception at St. Peter’s. Saturday, Mar. 12, 4:30 Prelude, 5:00 PM Mass. St. Peter’s celebrates Ireland in worship and song. Music by Philip Green with St. Peter’s Parish Choir and with orchestra. Reception following Mass in the Parish Hall will offer, “Suds, Spuds, Salmon and Soda Bread.” 313 Second St. SE. 202.547.1430. 2011 Shamrock Fest. Mar. 12 (rain or shine). Gates open at noon. RFK Stadium. This is an all-ages event. 50 bands, 11 stages, Irish pub games, children’s rides, food ★ 15

vendors, strolling jugglers and clowns, face painting. $24.99 and up. St. Paddy’s Eve Concert of Traditional Irish Music & Dance with Lilt! Wednesday, Mar. 16, 8:00 PM at the Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave., SE. $20 donation walk-ins or $15 with rsvp. 202-544-5807.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at National Geographic. Thursday, Mar. 17, 7:30 PM. One of the true legends of Irish traditional music, De Danann celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by making its first ever National Geographic live appearance. Featuring founding members Alec Finn and Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh, with Eleanor Shanley on vocals, and The Culkin School Irish Dancers. $30.



$5 Irish Beer at Hawk ‘n’ Dove. Thursday, Mar. 17, 10:00 AM-2:00 AM. Hawk ‘n’ Dover is Washington, DC’s oldest Irish bar. 329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-543-3300. hawkanddoveonline. com St. Patrick’s at the Dubliner. Thursday, Mar. 17, 10:00 AM-2:00 AM. Three bands on two stages and giveaways. Full menus served with $10 Cover. 4 “F” St. NW. 202-737-3773. St. Patrick’s at Kelly’s Irish Times. Thursday, Mar. 17, 10:30 AM-1:30 AM. Live Irish music, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM. 14 F St. NW. 202-543-5433. St. Patrick’s at Molly Malone’s. Thursday, Mar. 17, 10:00 AM-2:00 AM. Two live Irish bands starting in the afternoon. Drink and food specials. 713 Eighth St. SE. 202-547-1222. St. Patrick’s at My Brother’s Place. Thursday, Mar 17, 11:00 AM-2:30 AM. $5 Irish beer, $4 Bushmills, $6 car bombs, $4 personal pizzas. DJ from 10:00 PM-2:30 AM. 237 Second St. NW. 202-347-1350.

FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS Washington Independent Film Festival. Mar. 3-13. The Washington DC Independent Film Festival is an award winning annual film festival showcasing independent films from around the world; offering a Music Festival, Master Classes, Seminars & Workshops conducted by industry professionals; providing cultivation and opportunity to the DC community. DCIFF also presents the “Independent Film Summit on the Hill” which brings together filmmakers and policymakers to discuss the state of the industry. Edward Albee Festival at Arena. Mar.

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Help Clean-up Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens Saturday, Mar. 25, 9:00 AM-noon. Volunteers engage in a wide variety of activities including invasive plants removal, painting, lily pond restoration, trash removal (land based and river borne), planting, pruning, and other duties as assigned. These activities require the ability to kneel, squat, lift, and perform routine gardening and clean up functions over a period of three to four hours. Volunteers are required to wear clothing appropriate for the work at hand--long sleeved shirts, long pants, and no open toe shoes. 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. 202-4266905. A volunteer removes cut lotus from the ponds at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. photo: Courtesy of Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

7-Apr. 24. In addition to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Albee enthusiasts can experience a never-before-attempted feat: a festival of 30 events, featuring staged readings of all the plays of this master playwright. During the festival, the entire canon of our nation’s greatest living playwright will be featured. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-554-9066. Travel and Adventure Show. Mar. 12 and 13 at Washington Convention Center. Attendees will explore hands-on activities, attend engaging seminars, and win incredible giveaways, all while perusing through an assortment of enticing destination exhibits. $15. Children 16 and under, free. Discount tickets online, $9 with promo code: DCPR. Environmental Film Festival. March 1527 at various venues around town. 150 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films. 202-3422564. Coalition for the Homeless 30th Anni-

versary Fundraising Gala, “Rebuilding Lives – Strengthening Communities”, on October 18, 2011 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Please visit our website to purchase a ticket or make a donation at Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Expo: Leading the Way to Business Success. Mar. 16, 10:30 AM-7:00 PM. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. 202-728-0352. 39th Annual Memorial Gala, March 16, 2011. Greater Washington Urban Leaguepresents the 39th Annual Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Gala on March 16, 2011 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008) at 6:30 PM. This year’s platform introduces the idea of celebrating Washington, DC’s diverse population, as a united community with the theme, “YOU, ME, WE….DC!” A silent auction will be held from 5:30-7:30 PM. For more infor- ★ 17

mation on tickets and donations please visit or call 202-265-8200. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington Concert. Friday, Mar. 18, 8:00 PM; Saturday, Mar. 19, 8:00 PM and Sunday, Mar. 20, 3:00 PM. Their 30th anniversary season of shows conrinues with an all-male production of the musical THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Buy tickets online at, by calling 202-293-1548 or at the door on the day of the show. National Cherry Blossom Festival Family Day and Opening Ceremony. Saturday, Mar. 26, 10:00 AM-5:30 PM. Join the National Building Museum and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in celebrating the annual opening of Washington’s cherry blossom season. Featuring hands-on activities and exciting indoor and outdoor performances that celebrate spring and explore Japanese arts and design. Free. Drop-in program appropriate for all ages. 202-272-2448. “Choosing to Participate” at the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Through June 17. Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational nonprofit, has brought its nationally acclaimed multimedia exhibit, Choosing to Participate, to the nation’s capital. The exhibition examines the impact and history of bigotry and injustice, and inspires conversation about the choices we can make every day to foster civic engagement, tolerance and mutual understanding in our communities. Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St. NW. 202383-1800.

March has St. Patrick's day and the first day of Spring. We probably have no books that are relevant, but we do have other books. Bring in a picture of flowers or a clover leaf and take 40% off your purchase.

Spring Craft Weekend. Mar. 24-27. Arts and crafts and related activities presented by the James Renwick Alliance. 301-9073888.

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD A Worship Experience with Lisa Bellamy: A Gospel Concert. Sat., Mar. 5, 7:00 PM. Concert to raise funds for St. Augustine’s homeless breakfast program. The Arlington native infuses classical, gospel and jazz into her music. $35. Light refreshments and “Antoinette’s fine fashion, sterling and costume jewelry” will be for sale. To order tickets, contact Kwasi Holman, Kwasi321@gmail. com. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 600 M St. SW. 202-554-3222. The Capitol Reading Series @ Riverby Books. Mar. 8, (second Tuesday of every month), 7:00 PM. 417 E. Capitol St. 202543-4342. Theater J’s Production of The Chosen at Arena. Mar. 8-27. The much beloved story of two boys, two fathers, and two very different Jewish communities in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Aaron Posner’s award-winning adaptation introduces us to two passionate, intelligent boys on opposite sides of a baseball game. When the game takes a turn, and Reuven is injured by Danny, a unique friendship is born. Theater J is thrilled to offer this 10th anniversary staging of its hit

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production as Arena Stage’s first local guest company in residence. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-554-9066. Music and Performing Arts Tour of Library of Congress. Mar. 10, noon-1:00 PM. This tour gives visitors an overview of the Music Division--its history, the personalities who shaped its development and expansion, and the treasures in its collections. Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-8000. Ecco la Primavera at the Folger. Mar 11-13. 14th and 15th century music from Italy. Italian music blossomed in the early Renaissance, featuring beautiful flowing melodies which helped shape the beginnings of a new style. To welcome spring, Folger Consort performs music from Italian manuscripts by Landini, Hugo and Arnold de Lantins, Ciconia, and Du Fay. Featuring trio Trefoil. $35. 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Capital City Players of Washington DC presents “Blackbird.” Two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. Ray is confronted with his past when Una arrives unannounced at his office. Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high as they recollect their relationship when she was twelve and he was forty. Without any moral judgements, the play never shies away from the brutal shattering truth of the abandoned and unconventional love. Mar. 11-26, 7:30 PM Thursdays-Saturdays: 3:00 PM matinees on Saturdays. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. Learn about the Development History of the Rosedale Neighborhood On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 from 6:15– 8:00 PM At the Rosedale Recreation Center – 500 19th Street, N.E. The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) and the Rosedale Citizens’ Alliance (RCA) are sponsoring a presentation by well-known local architectural history firm, EHT Traceries, on the history of the buildings in the greater Capitol Hill/Northeast area between 15th and 19th Streets, N.E, and featuring the distinctive Rosedale neighborhood. Southeast Library Book Sale. Saturday, Mar. 12, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Poetry at Noon. Mar. 15, noon-1:00 PM. Poetry readings will highlight “reversals of fortune,” good and bad. Whittall Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-5502. “Roofs 102” at CHRS’s Preservation Cafe. Wednesday, Mar. 16, 6:30-7:15 PM. If you’re looking for solid information about maintenance and repair of roofs, come to Roofs 102, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Preservation Café, where David Lindeman, who heads a DC roofing company, will bring over 30 years’ experience to provide recommendations and answer questions. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Second and F sts. NE. Celebrating the Oscars at the Pickford. Wednesdays, Mar. 9, The Heiress (1949); Mar. 16, On the Waterfront (1954); Mar. 23, The ★ 19

Kitty Kaupp & Tati Kaupp Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 605 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202-741-1699, 530-532 7th Street SE $3,150,000 Commercial zoned C2A. Edwardian Brick Two Story, elegantly appointed semi detached bldg. 6553 SF of office space. Pkg- 17 Available land for future development. Land area 7,923 SF. Prime location at Eastern Mkt & Metro & PA Ave SE , Navy Yard. 8 blocks from the US Capitol,House Side.

635 Pennsylvania Ave SE Lease $3,000 / Month Commercial Lease. 2nd Floor office space, 1200 Square Feet with street front entry. Renovated with open layout, glass block, light-filled windows, roof deck. Located between 6th & 7th and Pa Ave SE at the Eastern Market & Metro, retail & commercial corridor. Barracks Row-8th Street & Navy Yard just blocks away. Walk to US Capitol, House side, Library of Congress 22 15th Street NE #22 $519,000 Historic Car Barn loc on East Capitol St. 2BR, 2.5BA unit on 2 levels, Approx. 1462 SF. Open floor plan LR+DR, Large eat-in Kitchen, granite counters, separate pantry + W/D room. Oak Hardwoodd floors, CAC. MBR w/ ample double closets. Spacious 2nd BR +2nd BA . Ample storage. Private front patio. Pkg space included. Outdoor pool. Near Lincoln Park, a quick walk to Eastern Market & Metro.


316 F Street NE Commercial Lease Strategic location on Historic Capitol Hill at US Capitol and Union Station,Senate side, SEC building,& Mass Ave retail corridor. 6402 Square Feet available in increments from 165 SF up, on 1st & 2nd levels. Lower level available 2000 SF. Beautifully renovated building with high ceilings, large windows, marble lobby. Grand presence. 1365 Independence Ct SE $799,000 Brick 4 level end unit at Bryan SquareTH. 3 BR 3.5 BA + Family Room/Den. New const. 2004 LR/DR ,Frpl + Kitchen open flow/entertaining. Hrdwd fls,granite & SS Kitchen +office area. Marble BA, Master sep shower +tub,double vanities. Walk in closet. Custom upgrades incl Lutron Whole House Light Control System, whole house ethernet. Roof top terrace w/ skyline views + 2 car Garage/Pkg.

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US Botanic Garden Production Facility Open House. Saturday, Mar. 12. Tours at 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM. Only once a year is the public invited to see the US Botanic Garden growing facility--85,000 sq. ft. under glass, 34 greenhouse bays, 16 environmental zones. $5. You must register in advance. USBG Production Facility, 4700 Shepherd Pkwy. SW. 202-225-1116. Adevetures of Robin Hood (1938); Mar. 30, Elmer Gantry (1960). Free. Tickets distributed at the event on a first come, first served basis. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Wordless Music Concert. Mar. 10, 8:00-11:00 PM. This genre-bending group melds instrumental rock, electronica and classical music. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-7075502. Lemons: Savory & Sweet! Cooking Demonstration. Thursday, Mar. 17, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Citrus is often the ingredient of choice to spark spring menus. Discover savory ways to use lemons, including preserving them and sweet ways to use this versatile citrus in lemonscented muffins. $10. Pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. Singer-Songwriter Showcase Showdown. Thursday, Mar. 17, 7:30-10:00 PM (doors open 7:00 PM). Ebenezers loves its local artists and wants you to as well. Each month they will introduce you to three emerging singer/songwriters from the DC area. If you are a musician wanting to perform at a showcase, contact events@ for more information. Free.

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Quilting Demonstration with Suzanne Traditional Woman. Saturday, Mar. 19, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM and 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, Potomac Atrium. Join master quilter Suzanne Traditional Woman (Diné), as she embellishes her latest quilt, based on Plains-style ledger art. A quilter

since the age of nine, Traditional Woman specializes in Star Quilts and custom-art pieces. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. Megan McCormick at Corner Store. Saturday, Mar. 19, 8:00 PM. 23-year-old Nashville-based singer, songwriter and guitarist, McCormick takes a wealth of both uplifting and disheartening experiences that belie her age, and transcends her unpredictable emotional landscape by coalescing her experiences into the sexy, raw, heavy, beautiful rock & roll of her debut album “Honest Words”. $20. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave., SE. 202-5445807. Anacostia Watershed Society Art Sale at Eastern Market. Wednesday, Mar. 23, 6:00-10:00 PM, Eastern Market North Hall. There will be 18 local artists selling their paintings, pottery, and jewelry to benefit AWS’s cause. 301-699-6204 Ext. 108. Scena Stages Irish Production of “The Weir.” Mar. 24Apr. 24. The story opens in a rural Irish pub where three local lads—Brendan, Jack, and Jim—revel in their usual high jinks. Soon they discuss the pretty young woman from Dublin named Valerie who has just rented an old house nearby. Suddenly, Valerie enters the pub with a male escort—and the trio of men swap ghost stories in an effort to impress her and entertain themselves. After a few more drinks, Valerie opens up and reveals the haunting secret behind her unexpected departure from Dublin. Her heartfelt and haunting story softens the brash nature of the men and ultimately exposes their true kindness, and puts them on a path of friendship and understanding that they never anticipated. In the end, The Weir is a

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rich human story filled with emotional ghost stories, as told by unique characters from the country. $25-$40. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824.

Celebrating Books & Authors on Capitol Hill Sunday, May 15, 2011 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. North Hall, Eastern Market Please help support this community event! E-mail us at or send a donation to Literary Hill BookFest, 1373 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20003. Sponsored by Capital Community News, with funding from Capitol Hill Community Foundation

Stompin’ at the Savoy - a 1930s Ballroom Cabaret. Mar. 25-26, 8:00 PM; Mar. 27, 4:00 PM. Tap your toes and raise a glass at theit annual candle-lit costumed cabaret as the chorus recreates the glamour of the 1930s. It was an era that gave us the big band sounds of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller, the innocence of Shirley Temple, the witty and sophisticated songs of Cole Porter and the timeless elegance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing their way across the screen and into our hearts. Call Debby McConnell at 202-399-7993 x182 or email to inqure about tickets. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Box Office, 202-3997993. Tree Plannting at Sherwood Rec Center. On Mar. 26, 9:00 AM-noon, Casey Trees in partnership with the neighborhood is planting 19 on the rec center property at 640 10th St. NE. Volunteers can sign up at Children are welcome. Coffee and bagels are available prior to the event and a lunch will be served after the trees have been planted. Come help join the process of returning the tree canopy to Capitol Hill. For questions contact Beyond the Tidal Basin: Introducing Other Great Flowering Cherries. Mar. 26-Apr., 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, daily. Take this self-guided tour to explore the arboretum’s collection of flowering cherries of various shapes, sizes, flower colors, and bloom times, including trees that have been created by arboretum scientists. The tour covers several miles of arboretum roads, and can be driven, biked, or walked. Pick up a brochure in the Visitor Information trailer or download one at usna. Free. Trevor Pinnock Concert. Mar. 29, 8:00-10:00 PM. One of the world’s foremost early music specialists, founder and for three decades conductor of The English Concert performs Bach, Rameau and Handel. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-5502.

We are Philanthropists We give to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation because… we believe this is an investment in our neighborhood’s future: our children. Jason Gray, Capitol Hill Day School & Rachel Skerritt, Eastern High School

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100% of all donations go directly back into neighborhood initiatives. Be a Philanthropist. Give to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Make Your Own Bonsai! Tuesday, Mar. 29, noon-1:30 PM. Come celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival by learning how to make your own bonsai! One popular way of making a bonsai is to purchase a plant from your local nursery and style it yourself. Watch and learn as Jack demonstrates the techniques needed to make one of your very own. Free. Pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. US Capitol Brumidi Corridors Tours. Monday-Friday, 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. (30 minutes). A special tour of the Brumidi Corridors on the first floor of the Senate wing of the Capitol enables visitors to view and learn about the ornate paintings on the walls and ceilings designed by Constantino Brumidi between 1857 and 1859.

Early Bulbs, Daffodils and Flowering Cherries Peak Bloom. March. Open 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. The US National Arboretum has suspended actions to remove the Glenn Dale azaleas from their extensive collection of azaleas, as well as the National Boxwood Collection and Perennials Collection, subject to further discussions with stakeholders about the process and criteria for decisions about their collections. 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202245-2726. Magnolia Study Day at the US Arboretum. Apr. 2, 10:00 AM-2:30 PM. Take an in-depth look at magnolias with Andrew Bunting, curator of the Scott Arboretum and president of Magnolia Society International. Tour the arboretum’s extensive magnolia collection, which is home to mature specimens, newer selections, and seldom-seen species. Emphasis will be given to each type’s special characteristics and growth habits, and how to best use the different varieties in the landscape. $39. Lunch included. Registration required at or 202-245-4521.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS Washington Capitals Ice Hockey. Mar. 9, 11, 13, 25. 29, 31 and Apr. 2 at the Verizon Center. Buy and sell tickets on Visit the Washington Capitals website at St. Patrick’s Day 8K. Sunday, Mar. 13, 9:00 AM. Race activities take place on or around Freedom Plaza (on Pennsylvania Ave. between 13th and 14th sts. NW). Race day registration begins at 7:00 AM or register online at $35. 301871-0400. Full Moon Hikes at the National Arboretum. March 17, 18, 19, 8:00-10:00 PM. This is a four-mile-long, mildly strenuous hike through moonlit gardens, meadows and woods. Your guide will share several points of special interest and seasonal highlights. The two-hour walk over hilly and uneven terrain is more of a brisk hike than a tour so wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Not recommended for children under 16. No pets. $22. Registration required at or 202-245-4521. Race for Justice 5K. Saturday, Mar 19, 8:00 AM. George Washington University Law School’s Equal Justice Foundation, a student-led group which promotes public interest work by law students and graduates. Proceeds of the race will fund summer stipends for students pursuing volunteer public interest work during the summer. $25 registration includes a t-shirt. Prizes for top finishers! Race is around Hains Point, East Potomac Park, 1090 Ohio Dr. SW. 207-6605845. SunTrust National Marathon. Saturday, Mar. 26, 7:00 AM–1:00 PM. Start/finish: RFK Stadium’s Lot 3. Marine Corps Marathon Registration. Register online at $90.

Act quickly because registration is almost closed. Marathon is Sunday, Oct. 30. Washington Nationals Home Opener. The Nats open the 2011 season at home against the Atlanta Braves Mar. 31, 1:05 PM at National Park. National’s Fans Home Opener Sweepstakes. Entry period ends, 2:00 PM, Mar. 25. Enter online to see the Washington Nationals take on the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park for the 2011 Home Opener! One fan will receive four PNC Diamond Club tickets for winner and guests to attend the Washington Nationals home opener vs. the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, Mar. 31 at Nationals Park. Prize includes select food and non-alcoholic-beverages. washington.

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Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating Spring Schedule. Fridays, noon-1:50 PM; Saturdays, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM; Sundays, 1:00 PM-2:20 PM. $5, adults. $4, children and seniors. Skate rental, $3. 3779 Ely Place, SE. 202-584-5007.

Symphony Music Sunday, March 20 at 5pm

Pick-up Field Hockey on the Mall. Every Monday at 6:00 PM. Meets at the fields in front of the Smithsonian Metro stop for males and females who have a passion for field hockey. No experience necessary. Bring water, shinguards, mouthguard, cleats, a field hockey stick, and either a reversible jersey or a light and dark shirt - no grays please. Free. Free public tennis courts in Ward Six. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G sts. SE; Randall Park First and I ts. SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. Some are lighted for extended evening play. Courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis for one-hour intervals; extended use of tennis courts requires a permit. Proper shoes and attire is required. 202-671-0314. East Potomac Tennis Center (indoor courts). Open daily. Indoor courts available year round at 70 degrees. 7:00 AM-10:00 PM. Winter indoor court fees are $17-$36/hour depending on the time. 1090 Ohio Dr. SW (East Potomac Park). 202-554-5962. Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (indoor courts). Open daily; Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM; Sunday, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Four indoor courts. Summer hourly fees at $6 to $10 for adults. Kids 17 and under play for free. 701 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-645-6242. Running For Overcoming 5K & 10K. Saturday, Apr. 2, 8:00 AM. Running for

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Symphony Stories Sunday, May 8 at 5pm Ravel & Mussorgsky Tickets $16-$20; Free for age 16 and under! or 202-399-7993

CHRIST CHURCH + WASHINGTON PARISH Join us for worship, fellowship, outreach and education

Holy Eucharist: Sunday: 8:15 and 11:00 am Wednesday: 7:30 am Adult Education 9:45 am on Sundays Childcare and Sunday School offered at both Sunday services

3/8 Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 6:30 pm 3/9 Ash Wednesday Services 7:30 am, Noon, 6:00 pm children’s service, and 7:30 pm with music 3/19 St Patrick’s Day Dinner and Auction at 5:30


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Overcoming 5K/10K supports the David Pinks Foundation. This foundation’s primary goal is to raise awareness of the health and social problems caused by sexual abuse so that survivors will seek help and avoid the long term consequences of their trauma. This will be done by distribution of pamphlets to area high schools and by networking with local/ national media. Fort Dupont Dr. SE. $25-$35. 240-472-9201. Dance Studio Classes at St. Marks. Founded more than 20 years ago, the St. Mark’s Dance Studio has been training dancers primarily in ballet and jazz. Classes for both children and adults, beginner and advanced, are available and open to both parish members and the community. Private ballroom lessons are also available for wedding parties. For more information, contact Rosie Brooks at 202-5430054. Tai Chi Class. Saturday mornings (except when it’s below zero or very inclement weather), 8:00 AM. Lincoln Park. Dr. David WallsKaufman, a Capitol Hill chiropractor, conducts this class every Saturday morning. Please dress comfortably. Free. East Capitol St. between 11th and 13th Sts. 202-544-6035. Kung Fu and Tai Chi at the Historical Society of Washington, DC. Every Saturday (rain or shine). Kung Fu, noon; Tai Chi, 1:00 PM. Suitable for all ages. Kung Fu is a broad term that is used to describe all martial arts of Chinese origin. The ancient art of Tai Chi is a style of Kung Fu that emphasizes internal energy. Free. No RSVP required. Historical Society of Washington, DC, 801 K St. NW (Mount Vernon Square). 202-383-1850. Spring Public National’s Ballpark Tours. Tuesday-Saturday (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 behindthe-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.

CIVIC LIFE Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday of the month in Southwest and third Thursday of the month on H St. NE; both are 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Wells and members of his staff. Call Wells’ office for meeting location, 202-724-8072. EMMCA Meeting and Election. On Wednesday, Mar. 16, 6:00-8:00 PM, EMMCA will hold its annual election at 806 D St. SE. They will also review Hine School designs. If you are interested in serving as EMMCA’s President or if you would like to nominate someone,

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please contact ANC Meeting for 6-A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC Meeting for 6-B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Brent Elementary School, 301 North Carolina Ave. SE. 202-543-3344. ANC Meeting for 6-C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC Meeting for 6-D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. St. Augustine’s, 600 M St., SW. 202554-1795.

OUT OF TOWN Montpelier Arts Center Jazz Series. Mar. 4, Afro Bop Alliance; Mar. 11, Ethel Ennis with Trio (sold out); Mar. 18, Lafayette Gilchrist. $20. 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD. 301-377–7800. Artomatic Takes Flight at Reagan National Airport. Through June 25. Artomatic Takes Flight is an unjuried art exhibition (70 artworks) for Artomatic artists that will be on display in the hallway connecting to Terminal A. Opening reception, Thursday, Mar. 10, 6:00-8:00 PM at DCA. French Film Festival. Mar. 24-27. Founded in 1993, the French Film Festival located in Richmond, VA is an American-led initiative to promote French language cinema and culture in the United States and create a tradition of Franco-American corporate and cultural partnerships. All screenings at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 West Cary St., Richmond, VA. 804-827-FILM (3456). Pentagon Memorial. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On two acres of land, 184 benches over pools of water, honoring those who died on Sept. 11. West side of the Pentagon, adjacent to route 27. Arlington, VA. 703-693-8935. $7 Sunday Homemade Breakfast. Second Sunday if every month, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Families welcome. Enjoy a homemade $7 breakfast in a historic Alexandria ballroom. American Legion Post 24, 400 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA. 703-683-5564. Junkyard Saints Mardi Gras Party. Tuesday, Mar. 8, 7:30-8:30 PM, dance lesson; 8:3011:00 PM, dancing. The Junkyard Saints perform its own brand of New Orleans-style party music, blending funk, swing, Latin, R & B, with a splash of zydeco to round out the mix. They have played at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Pier Six, the Fort Lauderdale Cajun Crawfish Festival, Bethlehem’s Musikfest, The FunkBox, and more. $15. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA. 703-875-1100. ★

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March Lineup Hill’s Kitchen, the beautifullystocked gourmet cookware store at 713 D St. SE, always has something in the works. Hill foodies (including our next door neighbor Ellie Heath) have praised the eclectic lineup of cooking classes (held upstairs). Hill’s Kitchen’s schedule of March events is not definite, although proprietor Leah Daniels said classes will include the ever-popular basic knife skills, handmade pasta, Middle Eastern vegetarian, overnight breads and the art of making pirogis, the latter conducted by Hill resident Marta Mirecki, who has also taught pasta making. Watch for details. Hill’s Kitchen is open daily except for Monday; for more information call 202-543-1994 or visit

Fishy Market Update The shad are running, and Eastern Market’s Southern Maryland Seafood has a plentiful supply of this tasty (but bony) fish and roe. The largest member of the herring family, the American shad (Alosa sapidissima), is silvery, blue and white with a distinctive forked tail. Like salmon, shad are anadromous, meaning they migrate from the ocean to freshwater to spawn. They start “running” in warm southern waters (usually in Florida and the Carolinas), and gradually swim north. In the Washington area, the shad season usually runs from early February to mid-tolate April. Every year, Southern Maryland Seafood sells whole shad, fillets and

roe. Boning shad requires a lot of skill and a VERY SHARP knife. Suggestion: Buy your shad already boned and broil it briefly with lemon and butter; do not over cook. At this writing, Southern Maryland’s shad is $9.95 per pound filleted. The delicious roe is encased in nature’s double sac. Roe is $10.50 a pair (or set), which might seem pricy, but the roe is very rich and a little goes a long way. Again, my favorite preparation is to broil it with butter with a squirt of lemon juice and a sprinkling of lemon pepper. I also add a splash of nam pla (Vietnamese fish sauce). Paired with crunchy green asparagus and steamed new potatoes, shad provides a sublime taste of spring.

Meanwhile.... At Eastern Market’s weekend flea market area, we were pleased to discover that Uncle Brutha ‘s Gour-

And.... Not far away, we uncovered a stand hawking Sababa falafel. Sababa means “awesome” in Hebrew, according to proprietors Linda and Dorit. Dorit, by the way, comes from Haifa, a beautiful city north of Tel Aviv. Sababa’s tasty, fried chickpea patties ($8), are tucked into a pita pocket, along with hummus, cuke slices, tomatoes and other goodies. For the time being, Sababa operates only on Sundays, but come spring, look for it on Saturdays as well. For more information call 703-591-7790 or visit

Happy birthday! And...Homebody, that fun, upmarket home furnishing/gift/clothing and accessories shop on Barracks Row, marked its fifth anniversary last month. Let’s see Erin Mara and

Leah Daniels, owner of Hill’s Kitchen. Photo: Andrew Lightman

met Foods has resurrected its hot sauce business. Actually, he’s not exactly reborn; Uncle Brutha’s chairman/founder Brennan G. Proctor has been marketing his award-winning products to local restaurants including nearby Montmartre, B. Smith’s (Union Station) and Next Door (Ben’s Chili Bowl spinoff on U St. NW ). However, we had missed Uncle Brutha’s store since it pulled up stakes on Seventh St. SE two years ago. Look for his stand Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until around 5 p.m.

Henriette Fourcade celebrate another half decade! Homebody is located at 715 Eighth St. SE; call 202-5448445 or

Hil1 Flutist honored Congratulations to Capitol Hill musician Nan Raphael, who has been selected to perform as a guest artist at the Australian Flute Festival in early October. The bi-annual convention will be held in the capital city of Canberra. Nan is understandingly thrilled. She submitted a proposal, ★ 25

Liz La Roche, the Singing Lizard will appear at the Atlas Performing Center on March 12

and was one of three international guests selected. She will also judge a competition and will play a duet with an Aussie piccolist. Raphael, who lives on Kentucky Ave. SE, retired from the U.S. Army Field Band (where she played flute and piccolo) in 2003. Well known around the ‘hood (along with her little white dog Jazz), Nan performs at concerts, festivals and competitions around the country and overseas. She has also cut several CDs.

Lizard power The Singing Lizard, also known as Liz LaRoche, will delight adults and children March 12 in the Kogod Lobby of the Atlas Performing Center, 1333 H St. NE. Starting at high noon, Liz’s musical show is part of the Intersections Festival, a New America Arts Festival which runs through March 13. We know Liz from the Corner 26 ★ HillRag | March 2011

Store, where she assists founder Kris Swanson. She’s also a computer wiz. Originally from a small town south of Portland, LaRoche Liz started playing the piano at age three, and her Mom, a gifted music teacher, couldn’t tear Liz away from the piano. Her father was a pastor who also taught theater and choir. Liz played the drums in the church band at eight, and in her early teens she started a band with her brother. Since then LaRoche has performed in churches, festivals, state fairs, punk clubs and mainstream rock venues across North America. Liz has just released her debut album “AlphaBeat,” which has original music including children’s music. Believing that music is the “key to true joy,” Liz is passionate about creating songs that kids and adults enjoy. For more information call 202-618-BEAT or ★ ★ 27

bulletin board New Restaurant Planned for 7th Street, SE Xavier Cervera, owner of Molly Malone’s, Chesapeake Room, Lola’s and the soon-to-open Senart Oyster House, all located on Barracks Row, is in lease negotiations with Stanton Development for space at 224 7th Street, next to Tunnicliff ’s Tavern. “We are working with Xavier to complete a lease. We have approved his concept and are reviewing his plans. He will be buying out Phyllis Marriott’s Petite Gourmet once the lease is executed. The Hill Rag will remain on the 2nd and 3rd floors as they have for over 20 years,” said Kitty Kaupp, of Stanton Development. Watch for more on Cervera’s plans as they develop.

Overbeck Lecture: Kathy Smith on Washington’s Neighborhoods On Tuesday, Mar. 8, 8:00 p.m., at the Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Kathryn Schneider Smith will present an Overbeck History Lecture based on the completely updated second edition of her book Washington at Home: An Illustrated History of Neighborhoods in the Nation’s Capital. Using Capitol Hill as a starting point, Smith will explore how DC became a city of neighborhoods, take us into the history of some of the less well known, and weave their stories together to reveal pivotal events and themes that tie the history of the city together as nation’s capital and home28 ★ HillRag | March 2011

town. The product of 26 local historians, her richly illustrated book includes two chapters written for the first edition by Ruth Ann Overbeck, to whom Star and Shamrock revelers. Photo: Mike Boone the book is dedicated. Smith is an urban and social historian who has specialized in Washington’s history as an author, editor, teacher, and the creator of numerous local history projects. She’s the founding execu* Farmers/Growers/Producers tive director of Cultural Tourism DC, * Prepared Food Vendors a coalition of arts and heritage organizations dedicated to promoting all of You can also visit the “News” secWashington as a cultural destination, tion of our website, www.easternmarand is a past president of the, for more details. Applical Society of Washington, DC. There cations are due on March 31, 2011. will be a book signing. Free but resA non-refundable application fee apervations are required due to limited plies to each application. seating. Email OverbeckLecture@

Call For New Vendors!

St. Patrick’s Thru Purim at Star and Shamrock

Eastern Market is accepting applications until March 31, 2011. There is available space at the outdoor market on Saturdays and Sundays. We are currently looking for the following types of vendors (clicking on the links will launch the application file): *Antiques/Vintage/Collectibles Dealers * Arts and Crafts Vendors * Ethno-Specific Importers

March 17-19, 5:00 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (last call), Star and Shamrock celebrates--Irish and Jewish style. The management tells us that the party keeps going with live music, food, drink specials and giveaways. But once a year isn’t enough at the Star and Shamrock! Join them on the 17th of every month for more St. Patrick’s Day festivities. 1341 H St. NE. 202388-3833.

“Roofs 102” at CHRS’s Preservation Cafe If you’re looking for solid information about maintenance and repair of roofs, come to Roofs 102, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Mar. 16 Preservation Café, where David Lindeman, who heads a DC roofing company, will bring over 30 years’ experience to provide recommendations and answer questions from the audience. Mr. Lindeman, who has worked on many Capitol Hill roofs and says his kind of expertise isn’t the sort one learns in school, runs L&M Contracting, which has received the Washington Consumers’ Checkbook’s top rating for quality. Roofs 102 will focus on styles frequently found on the Hill, including mansard and pitched roofs, as well as such features as turrets and parapets that interface with various kinds of rowhouse roofs. He will also

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discuss types of roofing materials, how they should be cared for, how to identify problems, and when roofs need to be repaired. Free, accessible, and open to all in the Capitol Hill community; no reservations required. Wednesday, Mar. 16, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Second and F sts. NE.

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Located above Fruit Bat DC, Church and State is a drinks-only bar specializing in American classics. Drinks are pricy, but historical and worth it. Go for the stained glass, church pews, kneeling stools and confessional room atmosphere. 1236 H St. NE

The New You Project at Randolph Cree Salon On Monday, Mar. 14, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., local hair stylists and manicurists will donate their services to give 25 Calvary Women’s Center residents a one-of-a-kind makeover experience. The New You Project is sponsored by Commun Public Relations, First Rising Mount Zion Baptist Church and the Randolph Cree Salon. For more information, contact Patrice

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Frager’s Fourth Annual Spring Convention Calling all Capitol Hill entrepreneurs! Don’t miss this great opportunity to present your enterprise to the residents of Capitol Hill. They’ve had great turnout the past few years and expect this year to be even better. Set up a booth to promote your enterprise at $99 per table. The deadline for all entrants is Mar. 15. If you are interested, contact Captain Apollo at Apollo@fragersdc. com or 202-543-6157. Event itself is Saturday, April 16, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Eastern Market, North Hall, 225 Seventh St. SE.

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Valarie’s Animal Den Celebrates 20 Years on the Hill Valarie Harrison remembers a retired narcotics K-9 dog who in addition to getting a haircut gave her space a thorough drug pat-down. He sniffed closets, over and under counters and tops of cages. She says it was a pleasure to watch him work but Valarie seems to enjoy her work no matter who the client is. Valarie’s Animal Den celebrates 20 years of service to Hill animals and their owners. The Den offers boarding and a cage-free environment for full service grooming using hypoallergenic and natural products. 737 Eighth St. SE. 202-547-PUPS (7877).

Capitol Hill Worship Group Twice Monthly Gatherings Capitol Hill Worship Group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 6:00 p.m., at the William Penn House, 515 E Capitol St. SE. They welcome you for dinner, fellowship, singing and worship. They welcome with open arms all of God’s children – black and white, rich and poor, recent immigrants and longtime residents, gay and straight, women and men, young, old and in30 ★ HillRag | March 2011

between. For more information, contact Byron Sandford at or 202-543-5560.

Help Choose the Theme of Capitol Riverfront Summer Film Series This summer, the Capitol Riverfront BID will be sponsoring another ten week film series. You can help them decide the theme of the series. Cast your vote for the Summer Vacation or Oscar Awardee theme and then list your top three favorite movies. Go to

Neighborhood Night at Granville Moore’s On Tuesdays, patrons who live within the Granville Moore’s 20002 zip code can receive 12.38% (it’s their address) off the bill, including drinks. Have ID. Open nightly for dinner and Saturday brunch. Granville Moore’s is located at 1238 H St. NE. 202-3992546.

Kingsman Dog Park Nears Completion Hill Hound Executive Director Rebecca Borden advises us that the construction at Kingsman Dog Park is coming together wonderfully. Crews are getting the new water fountain

connected and laying the brick border that will stretch around the perimeter of the park. Hill Hounds has signed off on the final placement for the three benches and the park’s new shade structure. Brent Sisco at DPR gave the current projected opening date for the park as February 20th! The rest of the project, including the basketball court and the asphalt area nearest to Options Charter School, will probably not be ready when the dog park opens because the temperature must be above 55 degrees to complete the paving. However, this part of the project will be completed as soon as spring weather arrives.

Wentworth, Inc. Wins Two 2010 Capital Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards On Jan. 29, Wentworth, Inc. received the remodeling industry’s highest honor, winning two 2010 NARI CotY awards in the highly-competitive Residential Exterior and Residential Interior categories. “The Capital CotY Awards are the highest honor in the remodeling industry,” says Bruce Wentworth, AIA, President of Wentworth, Inc. “Wentworth is proud to be among the caliber of firms who are members of the NARI Metro DC Chapter. We are among the largest and most talented in the coun-

On Sunday, Mar. 6, 2:00 p.m., at Labyrinth Games and Puzzles, award-winning game designer Volko Ruhnke will discuss and teach his newest game. Labyrinth: War on Terror takes one or two players inside the Islamist jihad and the global war on terror. With broad scope, ease of play, and a never-ending variety of card combinations, this game portrays both the effort to counter extremist terrorism and the wider ideological struggle-guerrilla warfare, regime change, democratization and more. 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-544-1059.

Presentation: Development History of the Rosedale Neighborhood On Tuesday, Mar. 8, 6:15-8:00 p.m., the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) and the Rosedale Citizens Alliance (RCA), are sponsoring a presentation by EHT Traceries, a wellknown architectural history firm, on the history of the buildings in greater Capitol Hill/Northeast area, between 15th and 19th sts. which includes the distinctive Rosedale neighborhood. This presentation will describe the development history of the area approximately bounded by H St./Benning Rd (north); East Capitol St. (south); 15th St. (west); and 19th St. (east). Rosedale, which lies within these boundaries, is a distinctive neighborhood that developed over the late 19th and early 20th centuries, just a stone’s throw from the H St. commercial corridor. Find out who developed the neighborhood and learn about the different types of architecture and buildings from knowledgeable architectural historians. Program will begin with a social hour of cookies and cider from 6:15-6:45 p.m., followed by a welcome from RCA and brief CHRS business meeting. The featured program will begin at 7:00 p.m. Rosedale Recre-

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“Old School Hip Hop Meets Go-Go” at the DC Armory Saturday, Mar. 19, 7:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.), DC Armory, get your groove on at the DC Armory with your favorite old school hip hop and go-go artists. The “Old School Hip Hop Meets Go-Go” concert features performances from go-go legends Chuck Brown, Be’la Dona and Experience Unlimited along with hip hop greats Kool Moe Dee, Kurtis Blow and Whodini. $65, general admission and $75 for VIP access. VIP tix include floor seating and exclusive access to a meet and greet at the DC Armory prior to the concert, 5:00-7:00 p.m. ticketmaster. com/event/1500462A89024003

PreventionWorks! Closes Due to recent cutbacks in DC Government funding, Prevention Works! on Benning Rd. NE closed its doors on Feb. 25 after 12 years of service as a non-profit to individuals struggling with drug addiction and interrelated social and health challenges.

Capitol Hill Group Ministry Free Tax Clinic The Capitol Hill Group Ministry is sponsoring a free tax clinic for persons whose household income is under $58,000. This tax return assistance, which is free and confidential, is provided by volunteers. The service is available every Thursday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. through the tax season. The service will also be available on April 18, which this year is the final date for federal tax returns to be filed. For the most accurate return possible, please bring your 2009 federal and state tax returns, copy of real estate tax bills paid in 2010, copies of all W-2s, 1099 forms, proof of other income (including pen-

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DPR Summer Employment Opportunities The District Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Summer Camp Office provides high quality recreational programming for youth of all ages that enhances the yearround opportunities available in the District. Summer staff is provided with engaging training, creative curriculum, scheduled trips, and a team of like-minded staff to meet the goals outlined in the program in a structured and supportive atmosphere. If you have questions about any position, contact the Human Resources Division at 202-673-7603 or

NoMa Summer Screen: TRAINS! For its fourth season, NoMa Summer Screen presents TRAINS! From their unique location overlooking the trains at Union Station, they’ll be showing 12 classic films featuring popular train sequences. NoMa Summer Screen is a free, weekly, outdoor film series, featuring local BBQ, fun music, and great films under the stars. The series runs Wednesday evenings from May 18 to August 3. Friendly dogs and children welcome. Bring a blanket, lawn chair, Frisbee and cooler, and join them this summer for your favorite train films! Take the survey and let them know what you want to watch! s/7GTMGRK

Cleanup Study at Pepco Benning Road Facility The District of Columbia Department of the Environment (DDOE) has entered into a Consent Decree with Pepco Energy Services Inc. (PES) and Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco), under which Pepco and PES have 32 ★ HillRag | March 2011

committed to launch an environmental investigation and cleanup study of Pepco’s Benning Road facility. Under the Consent Decree, filed in Federal District Court yesterday, Pepco will investigate the facility and adjacent portions of the Anacostia River to determine if historical Benning Road facility operations have contributed to contamination of the Anacostia River sediments and if so, what – if any –additional response actions should be taken. Pepco and PES are cooperating fully with DDOE and support the District’s efforts to protect the Anacostia River, a valuable resource for the District of Columbia and its residents. Pepco’s Benning Road facility is one of six publicly and privately owned sites along the Anacostia that DDOE has identified as potential sources of pollutants impacting the river. 202299-3338.

Arena Stage 2011-12 Schedule Announced Like Water for Chocolate, Sept. 9–Oct. 30; The Book Club Play, Oct. 7–Nov. 6; Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Equivocation, Oct. 7–Nov. 6; You, Nero, Nov. 25–Jan. 1; Elephant Room, Jan. 20–Feb. 26; Goodman Theatre’s production of Red, Jan. 20–Mar. 11; Ah, Wilderness!, Mar. 9–April 8; Long Day’s Journey into Night, Mar. 30–May 13; The Music Man, May 11–July 22; Mary T. & Lizzie K., June 1–July 22; Trouble in Mind, June 8–July 22. 202488-3300.

New Traffic Signals at Fifth & H Streets, NE DDOT has activated new traffic signals and pedestrian walk-wait signals at the intersection of Fifth and H sts. NE. Also, the traffic signals at the H St. intersection with Third, Fourth, and Sixth sts. have been switched over from the old fixtures to the recentlyinstalled new fixtures. The work is part of DDOT’s H Street Reconstruction Project. More information about the project is available on the DDOT website, at under the Ward 6 Projects Link, or by contacting the project field office at


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CVS Pharmacy Opens in NOMA The CVS Pharmacy at 1200 First St. NE, has opened. Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.-9p.m.; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Pharmacy Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Sunday, Closed. 202289-6499

Kaiser Permanente Opens New Medical Center on Capitol Hill Kaiser Permanente, a leading notfor-profit health plan and care provider has opened a new medical facility at 700 Second St. NE in the Station Place complex. The Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Medical Center offers members state-of-the-art health care and maximum convenience. The new center boasts primary care, specialty care, full-service imaging, laboratory, pharmacy services, and 24/7 urgent care services — all supported by industry-leading technology and information systems. The medical center is equipped with digital signage technology — video walls — that enhances the member experience while reinforcing preventive care resources.

La Lomita Re-Opens La Lomita has re-opened. The popular Mexican restaurant closed after a small kitchen fire on Dec. 14. 1330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5463109

DOH’sUpgraded Maternity Mobile Unit The DC Department of Health (DOH) re-launched the newly upgraded and now operational DOH Maternity Mobile Unit van. The DOH MOM Van is part of DOH’s “I am a Healthy DC Mom” campaign that emphasizes the importance of early and continuous prenatal care. The campaign asks women to make three commitments--stay fit and eat right, commit to 40 weeks of prenatal care, and keep their babies safe and healthy. In addition to community outreach and education, the van also provides services such as pregnancy testing, laboratory assessments, basic physical and obstetrical examinations, risk assessment, counseling and complete obstetrical history to expectant mothers in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 who do not have access to prenatal care. The van serves the wards with the highest infant mortality rates to help prevent unnecessary infant deaths through education and quality medical care. For more information or to find out when the DOH MOM Van will be in your area, visit or call 1-800MOM-BABY.

The Committee of 100 Streetcar System Recommendations The Committee of 100 on the Federal City has released a detailed assessment of the proposed 37-mile streetcar system for Washington, DC. The report, “Building a World-Class Streetcar System for a World-Class City,” analyzes the proposed routes and highlights seven recommendations to bring streetcars back to DC. Read the report online at 202-681-0225.

Tesla Motors Opens Washington, DC Showroom Tesla Motors, maker of the Tesla Roadster, the only electric supercar on the road, has opened a showroom in Washington, D.C. Prospective customers are now welcome to visit the location for test drives of the vehicle that is leading the automotive industry toward a zero-emission

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Serve DC Emergency Preparedness Training Serve DC, The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, offers free classes that train volunteers on how to prepare, prevent and respond to any emergency--crime, terrorism, public health crises, natural and manmade disasters. In 95 percent of all emergencies, a victim or bystander provides the first immediate response on the scene. The program is free and open to anyone who lives or works in DC. Mar. 21-25, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at 441 Fourth St. NW, 11th floor conference room. Registration is required. 202727-7927.

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The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) reiterates the availability of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) through the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The program provides affordable health insurance for District residents unable to purchase health coverage in the commercial marketplace because of a pre-existing medical condition. PCIP offers a much needed option for residents who face significant barriers to

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Dance Place Awarded Major Grant Dance Place at 3225 Eighth St. NE has been awarded a Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grant to help translate its vision for an exemplary art space into a buildable plan. The organization is among 12 grantees nationwide whose early stage facility projects were selected as exceptional examples of how art can reinvigorate a neighborhood by Leveraging Investments in Creativity in partnership with the Ford Foundation. Dance Place will receive $100,000 over two years to plan the modernization and expansion of its longtime home to better meet the needs of its artists and audiences. Known as the “hub of dance activity in Washington, DC,” Dance Place plays a significant role in the development of dance on the local and national level.

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“Art of the Keyboard” Bach on Dueling Harpsichords The Washington Bach Consort begins its 33rd season with Art of the Keyboard on Mar. 27, at 3:00 p.m. at The National Presbyterian Church with an afternoon of virtuoso music performed on harpsichord and National Presbyterian Church’s magnificent pipe organ. Bach was the consummate keyboard artist, and this program highlights many of the different genres of great works. 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $10-$65. 202-429-2121. ★



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Economic Development by the Numbers New DC Report Uncovers the Mysteries of Where Economic Development Funds Are Going by Kwame Boadi and Ed Lazere


t’s hard to imagine getting excited about a report called the “Unified Economic Development Budget,” even in a wonky city like DC. But trust us, if you’re interested in how the District spends your tax dollars, you’ll want to pay attention. The new report tells us that the District spent $327 million on economic development last year (including job training, and affordable housing construction), although much of it goes unseen by the public because it occurs through tax breaks or complex bonding arrangements. Put together, DC spends more on economic development than on the fire department and almost as much as on charter schools. Here are some interesting things to learn from the new report, which came about as a result of legislation sponsored by now-City Council Chairman Kwame Brown: * How much does DC devote to tax breaks? Last year, in the midst of a recession, the Mayor and Council approved business tax breaks that will cost the city $166 million in future revenues. * Who benefits? The new report lists the recipients of all sorts of subsidies. Did you know, for example, that the city gave almost a $1 million last year to “Big K Liquor Properties”? Neither did we.

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Where does the money go? The new report shows where economic development dollars are going, including the fact that nearly 40 percent of 2010 expenditures went to Ward 6. The one thing the new report does not lay out is what the District got for these investments — such as the number of new jobs for DC residents or new affordable housing. But for a city that recently received an ‘F’ in a report card on its disclosure of information on economic development subsidies, the Unified Economic Development Budget still is a major step forward. However, just knowing where the money goes after the fact is not enough. Policymakers and DC residents really need information on proposed subsidies before the subsidy is approved. The city needs a more open and transparent process for considering and approving subsidies. And policymakers and residents need information not only on dollars spent but also on what the city can expect to get in return for its investments.

How Does DC Spend Its Economic Development Dollars? Until recently, identifying economic development expenditures in DC was no easy task. That’s because funding for economic develop-

ment is very different from the way most DC government functions are funded. Take the DC libraries, for example. The DC budget has a full chapter on the library system, laying out how much is spent on various library functions and how spending has changed over time. Economic development, by contrast, comes through a variety of sources: property tax breaks, grants, and revenue bonds. These things typically do not get their own line items in any budget document and thus have been virtually impossible to track until now. The new “Unified Economic Development” for the first time provides a comprehensive list of the different kinds of economic development subsidies the city provides. The economic development-related activities funded by the $327 million break down as follows: * $104 million to pay off money borrowed to finance the convention center, the baseball stadium, and other projects * Over $15 million for business property tax breaks * $104 million t in grants, made by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, the DC Housing Authority, and the Housing Production Trust Fund. * $95 million in contracts with

for-profit and non-profit companies. The report also reveals $804 million in commitments to support future economic development projects, including $166 million in future property tax breaks.

How Does DC Decide Where to Spend Economic Development Dollars? This new information raises as many good questions as it answers. For example, how did the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development decide which projects would receive the $22 million in grants that it awarded? Why, for example, did the city decide to devote $1.5 million to the O Street Market in Shaw last year, a project that already has gotten substantial assistance from the city? Or why did the city approve $65 million in tax breaks for new market-rate housing in NoMA, when funding for affordable housing has retrenched?

How Can DC Get More Bang from the Economic Development Buck? As we learn more about how much the District is spending on economic development — and where the dollars are going — it is a good time to start thinking about what we are getting in return. With the District facing enormous budget chal-

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really couldn’t afford. In order for the Mayor and Council to prioritize tax abatement proposals from most to least worthy, our leaders should set an overall cap or budget for how much can be spent each year on tax abatements. Open up the process for awarding economic development funds. Every agency that controls some portion of DC’s economic development budget should have a transparent process for awarding funds that includes public input. Demand more information on benefits for DC residents, and hold subsidy recipients accountable. The District needs to collect more information on what it is receiving when it subsidizes economic development, especially jobs for DC residents. Those kinds of benefits should be built into deals before they are approved, and subsidies should include “clawback” provisions to force subsidy recipients to repay the District if they fail to meet the agreed-upon benefits. In short, the quest for transparency and accountability in economic development should not stop with a report on what DC is spending. That important information should be used as building blocks to enable the Mayor and Council to spend economic development dollars more efficiently and give the public confidence that their money is being spent wisely.

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Hine School Redevelopment Done Well, It Could Round Out the Hill’s Appeal By Amanda Abrams


here’s a lot riding on the redevelopment of Eastern Market’s Hine Junior High School. One of the only underdeveloped parcels of its size left on Capitol Hill, the project is a high profile one that’s bound to have a major impact on the neighborhood. It has the potential to fill some major gaps that currently exist in the area, particularly in terms of housing, retail, and parking, but residents and local businesspeople say the developers will have to find just the right balance of elements in order for the project to succeed. After several quiet months of work, the team of developers who won the contract in 2009 to transform the 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE site finally emerged last month. Representatives from the 38 ★ HillRag | March 2011

team, which includes Stanton Development and EastBanc, met with the Capitol Hill community in early February to present their concept plans, and more meetings are scheduled in March to discuss the development’s appearance. Presentations by the developer, architect, and a traffic consultant at meetings on February 1 and 2 outlined some changes since the proposal was initially submitted. Most notably, the current project is slightly smaller than in the earlier iteration, with more space allocated to apartments and condos, less for offices, and none for educational activities.

The Latest Version Of The Project The finished site, which will occupy slightly more than a full city block

between 7th and 8th streets, and from Pennsylvania Avenue to just north of a reopened C Street, will consist of four separate buildings. One will be located north of C and south of an east-west alley, spanning the block; a long L-shaped edifice will run along 8th Street and part of Pennsylvania; and the third and fourth—which look like one building—will face 7th Street, as well as part of Pennsylvania to the south and C Street to the north. Those buildings fronting 7th Street and Pennsylvania will be the highest, but the project in general will vary from four to seven stories, similar to the surrounding streetscape. Each building’s exact dimensions are still being determined, however. While the facade has not yet been firmly determined, the development team recently suggested red brick and glass for the office building facing Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street, corbelled brick for the residential building along 7th Street, and clay tile or slate for the facade of the north residential building lying along C Street In one of the biggest changes

from earlier plans, the amount of space dedicated to residential units has increased by almost 100,000 square feet. That means the project could contain as many as 162 units, from 800 square foot studio efficiencies to three-bedroom units of 1,600 square feet. At this point, the mix of condos versus apartments is unclear, and probably will remain so for another couple of years. “That’s all market related,” said Kenneth Golding, the president of Stanton Development. “We don’t know when that will be decided; there’s a fair amount of guesswork involved.” All of the buildings will include residential units, except for the one on the project’s southwest corner, which will contain only ground floor retail and office space. There will be less of the latter than initially planned, in part because three nonprofit organizations originally interested in locating in the project—the Tiger Woods Foundation, Shakespeare Theater, and International Relief and Development—have since dropped out. As per residents’ requests, the building fronting 8th Street will house mostly residential units, though it may also include some “quiet” retail. The north building, running parallel to C Street, may include 33 units dedicated to workers making less than 60 percent of the area median income, including five that are targeted for very low-income residents, those making less than 30 percent of the median income. The developers are looking into bringing a boutique hotel into the building at the southeast corner of the intersection of 7th and C Street, but say they won’t know for sure for another 60 to 90 days. Golding added that they’re in favor of the concept. “[A hotel] adds excitement. It has guests whose activities are on a different time zone than office people, so it’s used all the time.” Underground parking has decreased to 270 spaces for cars and trucks, which should still leave some room for daytime market shoppers as well as residents and office workers. Responding to residents’ earlier concerns about traffic buildup if the lot’s only entrance is on 7th Street, the

developers added a second entrance. Cars will come in from C Street, while service vehicles (including flea market vendors’ trucks on the weekends) will use a 7th Street entrance. A courtyard lying in the middle of the three buildings south of C Street was in the initial plans and remains in the recent version; it’ll be accessible by pedestrians from both 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. However, the location of a second plaza has been changed. Rather than lying in the center of C Street—which is designed to be blocked off on weekends so that flea market vendors (which currently use a parking lot on the site) can set up shop—the corner of the building at the intersection of 7th and C has been splayed at an angle, creating an open space that will connect those two streets. The two public spaces, as well as other outdoor elements, will be designed by Oehme Van Sweden, an internationally recognized landscape architecture firm located on Barracks Row, starting in March. Ground floor retail will line the buildings facing C Street, 7th Street, and Pennsylvania, and the sidewalks will be ample enough, say the developers, to include outdoor seating. But adding restaurants is the easy part, according to Golding. What’s more difficult is creating a mix of independentlyowned stores that have a real chance of survival.

That Tricky Issue of Increased Density To Eastern Market residents and businesspeople, that whole mix question, writ large, is everything. The right combination of residential, office, retail, and parking could fill some holes that currently detract from the area’s livability. But if any one element goes awry, the neighborhood’s character could

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family-oriented place in the heart of a family-oriented community,” said Frishberg. But at the February 2 meeting, Amy Weinstein, the architect, laughed at the idea that apartments can’t house families, pointing out that she raised her son in a two-bedroom unit on the Hill. And other residents say the area is already overwhelmingly favorable to families. What it lacks is a variety of housing options for others, including singles and the elderly. Gail Kohn, executive director of Capitol Hill Village, a nonprofit that represents the Hill’s seniors, said she’s very pleased with the project’s design so far, and the mix of residents it encourages. “We struggle on Capitol Hill with having the bathroom on one level and the kitchen on another,” she said. “One of the reasons we believe this will be useful to our members, who already live here, is that they’re trying to simplify their lives and centralize their location on the Hill, and everything is right there.” Site plan showing C Street contecting through the block at the left. Rendering: Esocoff & Associates Architects

Opportunities to Weigh in Continue Into the Future be seriously thrown off. Take the question of parking and traffic, for example. Just about everyone is in favor of an underground parking lot: among other things, it allows the market to compete with nearby supermarkets that already have their own lots, like the Harris Teeter on Potomac Avenue. But some residents say the size of the lot will affect how many cars are drawn to the project; if it’s too big, weekend visitors will feel free to drive rather than take public transportation. But too few spaces will mean more competition for the spaces that line nearby residential streets. It’s not yet clear how much congestion will rise as a result of the project; at the two February meetings, the traffic consultant, Nicole White of Symmetra Design, admitted in response to residents’ questions that the firm needed to look more closely at certain intersections, like 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, and 6th and C streets. The biggest questions surrounding the project concern the issue of 40 ★ HillRag | March 2011

density. Local merchants point out that keeping the area flush with independent retailers relies on having a critical mass of shoppers, something this project could provide; Capitol Hill doesn’t have many large apartment buildings. Plus, the fact that it will also house office workers and maybe even hotel customers means there would be a mix of consumers at different hours. “Increased density is a good thing, and this seems to be at a scale that works for the neighborhood,” said Chuck Burger, a realtor and board member of the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals. “We do need to maintain a healthy supply of office workers; that Monday through Friday business is something we’re all concerned about. And a hotel would complement that.” Adding retail along Pennsylvania Avenue would connect Eastern Market with burgeoning Barracks Row and create one long commercial corridor, said Donna Scheeder, chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee, which over-

sees market activities. “Right now, you can’t necessarily see the 7th street activity from Eastern Market Metro,” she pointed out. As might be expected, many residents are less sure that the project is the appropriate size and fit for the area. “This will be some 120 [housing] units in a space that might otherwise have 40; density will bump up there big time,” said Neil Glick, chair of ANC6B. “That’s good for the environment, but there are other issues, like noise and vermin. It could become a place of late night revelry.” Another ANC commissioner, Ivan Frishberg, whose district covers the project, said he’s concerned that while the project has made progress on many fronts, without a nonprofit or educational component, the site— which has been home to a school since the Civil War—might detract from the Hill’s family-friendly flavor. “If the dominant use is offices and one or two-bedroom residential units, it won’t have many families—and if there aren’t family-oriented amenities, it pretty soon becomes a non-

It’s clear to the community that the developers need to make a profit, and will make choices accordingly. “I think this project is under a tremendous amount of financial pressure; the overall economy makes it tough,” said Frishberg. Still, a project of this scale and impact could have enormous ramifications—positive or negative—for the community. “We just can’t afford to get this wrong,” he added. Luckily, there are still many opportunities to weigh in as the process continues. The developers recently submitted concept and massing plans to the DC Historic Preservation and Review Board, and will be presenting them to the public at the March 8 ANC6B meeting. HPRB hearings will occur in late March and again in May; the developers won’t even start the lengthy PUD process—which includes significant public input—until this fall. Additionally, the team has pledged to hold meetings prior to demolition of the school, and again before construction begins in 2013. The project is still slated for completion in spring 2015. ★

Gas Line Repairs at the Market An agreement with WGL on replacement of lines and restoration of the pavement By Monte Edwards


n February 11, 2011, the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) complained to the Public Service Commission, DRES and DDOT about the frequency and manner in which Washington Gas has been conducting repairs to leaks in its gas lines located in 7th Street, in front of the Market (the area that is paved with the differentiated, colonial cobblestone material). Mr Adullahi Mohamed of DDOT organized a meeting that was held on Thursday, February 17, attended by representatives of Washington Gas, DDOT, Ft. Myer Construction, Market Row Merchants, EMCAC and Linda O’Brien from Council Member Wells’ office. Washington Gas records indicate there are three gas lines in 7th Street, between Penn. Ave and North Carolina Ave: A 12” low-pressure, a 4” low-pressure (both installed in the 1950s or earlier), and a 4 “ high-pressure, installed in 2008. The 4” high-pressure serves the Hine site and businesses on the west side of the 300 block of 7th Street (Marvelous Market, Montmartre, etc.). North of C Street, the 4” high-pressure is classified as an “approach main” to provide service along North Carolina Ave. There appear to be a few businesses on the east side of the 200 block of 7th Street that are served from the 4” high-pressure line (businesses that had increased gas requirements at the time the work was being

done in 2008). It is unclear whether Eastern Market is receiving service from one of the old low-pressure lines or from the 4” high-pressure gas line. In 2008, prior to performing the streetscape work on 7th Street, DDOT required all of the utility companies to replace, upgrade or confirm the reliability of their buried facilities. It is not known why Washington Gas installed the new 4” high-pressure main, but did not replace all of the services in the 200 block of 7th Street and attach them to the new 4” main.

Resolving the Problem Washington Gas representatives agreed that to solve the problem of frequents leaks, digging, temporary and sometimes improper permanent repairs, two things need to happen: 1. Both of the old, lowpressure gas lines need to be abandoned. This will require excavations at North Carolina Ave and Penn. Ave. to cap and abandon-in-place the 12” and 4” low pressure lines. 2. Connect the services in the 200 block of 7th Street to the 4” high-pressure line. This will require nine or more excavations in 7th Street to access the 4” main and make the connections. To connect to the individual services, it will be necessary to either: (a) excavate individual east-west trenches from the 4” line (located about in the center of 7th feet) to the building line/meter location; or, (b) if the existing service line is

large enough, a high-pressure plastic line can be inserted, obviating the need for the trench and requiring only an excavation at the 4” line and a second excavation at the building line/meter location. A concern is the restoration of the differentiated paving following the new gas connections. The pavers require that they sit atop a special base of graded and tamped fine gravel, covered by asphalt. A neoprene modified asphalt adhesive is used to set the pavers and then sand is used to fill the joints. Obviously, this represents a specialized installation that is very different from that which is used on other streets. Replacement and repair requires particular attention to preserve both the appearance and service integrity of the differentiated paving Before DDOT will issue a permit for this work, Washington Gas is to perform a survey to confirm the number of services that will be replaced, how the abandonment of the old services will be accomplished and how the replacements will be accomplished. Once this information has been provided, a second meeting will be held to discuss the scheduling of the work and restoration of the differentiated paving. Monte Edwards is Chair of the Capital Improvements Subcommittee of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee ★

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Zoning Rules Trumped Fair Housing Act Currently Provides A Loophole To Lot Occupancy Limits by Peter Waldron


n October 15, Mark O’Donnell looked out his window and discovered construction work underway in the rear yard of his next-door neighbor Mary Donovan’s house. Moments later Donovan handed O’Donnell a handwritten note with her plans to begin building a ” screened open deck porch ” covering 100% of her lot, far beyond the 60% norm allowed under DC zoning regulations. Donovan was granted permits exempting her from the normal public process of seeking a zoning variance because of her husband’s disability. He is entitled by law to be granted a “reasonable accommodation” and an equal opportunity to more fully enjoy a normal life under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Donovan stated that she intended to build a “screened-in porch with grow lights and solar panels” to accommodate her husband’s passion for gardening. This was Donovan’s second attempt to build the porch. Records show that a stop work order was issued on Nov 3, 2005 “for putting up a deck without a permit. “ Thus began an odyssey that has set two long time neighbors on a collision course in respect to their rights and interests.

A Crucial Zoning Loophole The Americans With Disability Act passed by Congress in 1990 states clearly: “Physical and mental disabilities in no way diminish a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of society yet many peo42 ★ HillRag | March 2011

ple….are precluded from doing so because of discrimination.“ This law defines a disability as the loss of “one or more major life activities” and has as a critical provision that anyone diagnosed with a disability must be provided “reasonable accommodation“ under the FHA and be afforded an “equal opportunity to enjoy and occupy a dwelling.” Anyone with a disability can apply to DCRA for a zoning variance allowing for a reasonable accommodation to their residence. With no public scrutiny allowed, the process is essentially secret and since not open to examination, there exists the potential for abuse of the law and the intent of zoning regulations. One factor District officials are required to take into account (DCMR 111.10(a)) as they make reasonable accommodation decisions is “whether the represented accommodation would require a fundamental alteration of a legitimate District policy.” According to DCRA’s Helder Gil, Legislative Affairs Specialist, there were 16 applications made between 2009 and 2010 for a “reasonable accommodation” and none were denied. Asked in an email how many exemptions resulting in 100 per cent occupancy have been granted, Gil responded: “None that we are aware of. “ The District of Columbia is further encumbered by a five-year federal court order monitored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for re-

Mark O’Donnell: Photo by Andrew Lightman.

peated violations of the Fair Housing Act including its refusal to grant a timely reasonable accommodation in the matter of a Boys Town law suit brought in 2001. The District government entered into a Special Agreement on May 1, 2009 with the DOJ. As a comparison, Montgomery County makes similar accommodations for disabilities possible, but requires the applicant to be willing to restore a property to its original state once the accommodation is no longer necessary. The County makes public the decision and analysis and all evidence presented.

The Plot Thickens O’Donnell contacted the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) about

his neighbor’s project. He learned that the DCRA’s permit was for a “screened open porch“ which did not match the fully enclosed addition he saw under construction. According to the DC Office of Zoning website (, zoning regulations have as their purpose the preservation of “adequate light, air…. to prevent undue concentration of population….reduced density….and use of land that will tend to create conditions favorable to….protection of property.” Residential zoning regulations as a matter of right allow for a dwelling to occupy 60% of a property. Exceptions are commonly made along with community input of up to 70% of lot occupancy. According to Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Chair of

Above: Before the addition. Photos: Mark O’Donnell Below: Two views after the construction. Photos: Mark O’Donnell

Zoning, Gary Peterson, it is “unheard of ” for approval of a dwelling occupying 100 % in a residential district. O’Donnell filed an appeal with the Board of Zoning Administration (BZA) and took his grievance to ANC6B and the CHRS both of which supported him including filing an appeal with BZA because of the unprecedented nature of the full lot occupancy. O’Donnell secured a letter of support from Council member Tommy Wells and also gathered fifty neighbor’s signatures supporting his position. According to Helder Gil, responding to an inquiry, under the Fair Housing Act: “the District has no discretion to allow the public to weigh into the decisions.” The District application process is bound by confidentiality and is completely shielded from public scrutiny. However, DCRA did issue a “stop work order” on November 11, Donovan was fined $1800 for work “beyond the scope of the permit.” The SWO continued: “Plans call for an open porch. Structure appears to be an enclosed porch.” Donovan returned to DCRA and was granted a new permit which allowed her to continue to build the enclosed addition. In an email to O’Donnell about this new permit, Matt LeGrant, the Zoning Administrator, who solely decides who is eligible for a “reasonable accommodation”wrote: “The changes the applicant made to the permit did not present any zoning issues. The size of the addition in terms of footprint and volume did not change. DCRA does not consider the changes to affect the previous reasonable accommodation determination.”

Appeals Fail An appeal by O’Donnell and the CHRS as the only administrative remedy was denied on Jan 4 when the BZA stated that “reasonable accommodation” rulings are not under its jurisdiction. Attorney Jacques B. DePuy representing Donovan argued in his brief that the BZA lacked jurisdiction, citing the Boys Town decision. Ironically, the District had argued unsuccessfully at trial that it did not grant Boys Town “reasonable accommodation’ because DCRA lacked the authority to make such decisions. “This sets the zoning regulations on their head” stated CHRS’s Peterson . Francis Campbell, ANC6B’s Chair of Zoning added: “It is a travesty. What she (Donovan) filed and what she did. But

there is nothing we can do.“ According to Michael Allen of Relman Dane & Colfax, the FHA law was never intended to trump the zoning laws of the District. Allen has practiced disability law and defended victims of discrimination for 25 years. Allen states that an important provision of this law is that there be a test of necessity and that there is a wider latitude than simply granting all requests under the law. He believes the District is still “smarting“ from the Boys Town decision and its subsequent supervision, adding that the courts have ruled that the FHA and reasonable accommodations are not meant to trump zoning. Allen says that the courts have imposed a “balancing test” but that there has yet to be a “reasonable accommodation case that has gone to the Supreme Court.“ Allen added that “100% lot occupancy might not be necessary” and that hardship to neighbors might be considered “under the financial or administrative burden” test of the law.

Construction Continues The work on a “screened open deck porch” continues, according to O’Donnell, although a third stop work order was issued on February 18 for fire wall issues. O’Donnell fears for the safety of his family from fire or other emergencies as a rear easement between the parties providing access to the alley was withdrawn and is no longer available from his home. Bill Hackett, a neighbor, complains that his property is further threatened because of the potential for flooding and run off from the finished construction. Hackett contends “it is definitely an addition” and “a huge safety issue” that encroaches on the alley and prevents the proper use and access of fire equipment. The District continues to compartmentalize the process, confining its responses to specific complaints about permit compliance by what O’Donnell calls “permitting by stages.” Zoning Administrator LeGrant has yet to make public the reasons for this accommodation. O’Donnell says that “even DCRA staff suggested that I sue.” He hopes that CHRS will appeal this decision in court or that a law firm will take an interest pro bono. Asked what direction, if any, CHRS intends to take, Peterson says: “We will wait until the order is published and then we will decide what to do. “ ★ ★ 43

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NEWS ANC 6A by Roberta Weiner

Voluntary Agreement Revisions For several months the ANC has been working on revisions to the basic Voluntary Agreement (VA) that it asks establishments to sign as a “viable contributing business in the ANC 6A community, while curtailing any adverse effects a business such as the applicant‘s could have on the surrounding community.” The ANC considers them “important measures to protect the safety, peace, order and quiet of the neighborhood.” Last month, the Commission approved several modifications and asked the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee to reconsider and revise a new section on the role of the ANC in requiring licensees to employ “reimbursable details,” off duty police officers to patrol outside an establishment, and for whom the licensee reimburses MPD at an hourly rate. The language written by the Committee states that, after receiving complaints about an establishment, the Committee may request records and a record of calls for service from MPD on the establishment, and, if the record shows that the establishment “has caused or is significantly contributing” to crime or public disturbance in the neighborhood, it can 44 ★ HillRag | March 2011

call a public meeting for the community, with MPD and ABRA invited, to discuss the problems and their possible solution. MPD can recommend the use of a reimbursable detail, and the days and hours it should be used to maintain peace and order. The recommendation will then be considered by the full ANC at its next meeting, and if it passes, the 1st District MPD will be notified. The detail will be maintained for at least six months, and then be reviewed, and another recommendation will be made. While there was a good deal of support for the language on the ANC, several people felt strongly that it was not a good idea. Commissioner Nick Alberti, who is a member of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, felt strongly that it would impose Draconian responsibility on the owners of establishments because of the cost, and it has the potential to bankrupt an owner. The MPD requires at least two officers for no less than four hours at a minimum, and the cost may be going as high as $80 per person per hour. Margaret Hollwell, a local activist, said that a consortium of owners had hired a reimbursable detail in the past and it hadn’t worked, that officers had not shown up, or had not patrolled properly. Finally, another community member pointed out that the language in the VA did not define what a reimbursable detail is, or for how many hours it should patrol. Commissioner Sharee Lawlor that

she appreciated the flexibility the community had to set appropriate guidelines. And with that, the ANC voted 60-1, with Commissioner Alberti not voting, to approve the language. The new VA can be found on the ANC 6A website.

National Marathon Again Arouses Opposition

Each year the National Marathon, this year to be held on Saturday, March 26th, attempts to make the experience more palatable for DC residents whose lives are disrupted for the four or five hours that the race travels through six out of the eight wards. Nowhere is that disruption more visible than in the area of ANC 6A, which includes the start and finish of the race. Each year, Diane Thomas, director of community relations for the Washington Sports Alliance, which sponsors the race, works to make improvements in the route, and she presented a series of initiatives that she has undertaken, including working with WMATA, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, the Specialty Hospital and DaVita Dialysis Center on 8th Street NE, the construction team and other affected businesses on H Street to try to mitigate the disruption. She spoke about the communications efforts the race organization will make—door hangers on the route and feeder streets, flyers, bus stop posters listing alternative routes and delays, etc. She specifically mentioned ads in the Hill Rag, outreach to local listservs and blogs such as DCist and broadcast outlets such as WUSA. Omar Mahmud, chair of the Public Space and Transportation Committee, pointed out the efforts that had been taken. However, ANC Chair David Holmes stated that he has never supported the Marathon

and is not going to do so this year. He said that people are trapped in their houses and can’t go about their Saturday business while the Marathon is running. Commissioner Alberti added that, while he has supported the race in the past, that he feels that the changes that have been made were organized by ANC 6A, not the Marathon management. He noted that the changes have reduced the time that the area is inaccessible from five hours to two to four hours. Elizabeth Nelson said that they promised things, but there was no follow-through. She noted that after promising a thorough clean-up, she eventually went through the local race route and filled three large garbage bags with discarded outerwear. On the other hand, Mr. Mahmud said that the marathon provides a great opportunity to showcase the neighborhood, and, he added, Ms. Thomas has done everything she’s been asked to do. After this lively discussion, the ANC voted 5-2 to write a letter to the Emergency Management Task Force in support the Marathon. Commissioner Holmes and Alberti voted in opposition.

Other Actions In other actions, ANC 6A * Heard a presentation from DC Water (formerly WASA) about the Anacostia Rivers Project of the DC Clean Rivers Project that will bring the Anacostia into compliance with the Clean Rivers Act by reducing sewage overflows into the river by 95%. This will be done with the construction of a series of four 230 foot diameter tunnels that will be sunk 100 feet into the river to carry sewage to overflow structures. * Voted to support a BZA application for a special exception for the construction of a second-story addition to expand a dogleg at a house at 809 D Street NE. * Unanimously voted to support a

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A DAVID HOLMES, CHAIR, 202-251-7079 BZA application for a variance for the construction of a detached garage at 617 16th Street NE. The next meeting of ANC 6A will be held on March 10, at 7 pm, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street NE. ★


going to continue to oppose because it’s still a lot,” he said. “I do so reluctantly because you’ve worked hard to bring this to conclusion.” Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04) added her thanks to Green but also acknowledged the neighbors “who came along in this process and agreed to sign onto this VA.” Brian Pate (6B05) also thanked Nooshi “for being patient through this process.”

Eastern Market Governance Structure Recommendations Still ANC Gives the Nod to Nooshi and an Unknown Commissioner Brian Pate Moby Dick –With Conditions by Gwyn Jones

Several months have passed since the ANC heard – and formally opposed – the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) license applications for two new restaurants at 524 8th St, SE, previously occupied by Chateau Animaux. But at its Feb. 8 meeting ANC 6B approved 9-1 two “Voluntary Agreements,” which will be attached to the restaurants’ alcohol licenses and are intended to mitigate adverse impacts the new businesses might have on the surrounding neighborhood. With the approval of the voluntary agreements, Nooshi and Moby Dick will likely receive their licenses. Carol Green (6B07), ANC6B ABC Committee chair, reported that negotiations among the ANC, neighbors and the restaurant owners produced a satisfactory voluntary agreement. Among the measures that will be taken will be screening off rooftop mechanical systems to mitigate noise and reducing the occupancy of the two restaurants. Under the voluntary agreement, Nooshi’s capacity will be 120 patrons, and Moby Dick will be 99. To help address traffic and parking concerns, the restaurants will provide valet parking, and employees will be encouraged to use transit or park under the 8th Street overpass. David Garrison (6B01), the lone dissenter praised Green, but added that he would still vote against the voluntary agreements on the principle that there is still an over-concentration of restaurants on the 500 block of 8th Street SE. “The number [of patrons] is clearly lower, but I’m

(6B05) gave the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee (EMCAC) Report, noting that there were no new developments with the top item on many people’s minds, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells’ Task Force on Eastern Market governance. The report, due out in February, is intended to provide recommendations on the future governance structure of the Market. Several commissioners expressed concern that there would not be any public feedback prior to the drafting of the legislation. Pate responded that Wells’ intent is to use the normal public comment period that occurs after the legislation is introduced to gather feedback. Pate told his colleagues that he did not know when the report would be released. “The ANC needs to have some internal discussion about the role we play, the role he (Councilmember Wells) wants us to play.”

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ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, 7 pm, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE. ANC 6A, 2nd Thursday, March 10 Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee 3rd Tuesday, March 15, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Adam Healey, 556-0215 Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, March 21, 7pm • Community Room of the Capitol Hill Towers 900 G St. NE • Chair, Omar Mahmud, 546-1520 Economic Development & Zoning Committee 3rd Wednesday, March 16, 7pm • Sherwood Recreation Center Corner of 10th & G Streets, NE • Chair, Drew Ronneberg, 431-4305 Community Outreach Committee 3rd Monday, March 21, 7pm • Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex 1235 C Street, NE • Chair, Elizabeth Nelson, 543-3512

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Proposal for Bavarian Beer Garden Lurches Forward Owner Mark Brody and his architect, Matt Battin, came to the ANC meeting prepared to address design concerns, letters of support and other information requested by the ANC’s Planning & Zoning Committee. The project, a 1-story structure with a roof deck at 720 L Street SE, would house a Bavarian Beer Garden that in the summer with its garden could hold approximately 400 people. It was almost delayed, however, because of design issues raised by ★ 45

Oldenburg and Garrison. Comments ranged from the size of the door to the rooftop seating to the massing of the building and the “weighting” along the corner, to the amount of rain screening used. Oldenburg moved to oppose the application and delay for one month to allow the architect to work with the Historic Preservation Review Board and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. Garrison seconded. Francis Campbell (6B10) objected, stating that Brody had done everything the ANC had requested and was now being delayed due to “relatively minor issues,” he said. “We’re just sending them down a path. That’s HPRB’s prerogative, not ours.” “This is an important corner,” Oldenburg responded, “and it has to be done properly. I have a lot of issues with this design.” “I’m very opposed to the roof garden,” Garrison added. “To me the design looks unfinished.” After discussion, however, Oldenburg’s motion failed 3-7. Norman Metzger (6B03) proposed that the ANC take no position, but that also failed narrowly, 4-5. Finally, Pate moved that the ANC approve the plan and send HPRB a list of concerns. With a 7-3 vote, the motion passed and Brody had what he needed to move forward.

Other Planning & Zoning Committee Recommendations *

Committee Chair Elections As part of its organizational process at the beginning of a new year, the ANC elected its chairs and vice chairs for its standing committees. For the ANC’s Committee, Carol Green was elected chair, and Norman Metzger was elected vice chair. For its Planning and Zoning Committee, Francis Campbell was elected chair, and Kirsten Oldenburg was elected vice chair.

Thanks from a Happy Neighbor

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Ward 6

The adage goes that you never hear when you’ve done things right – only when you’ve done things wrong – or aren’t doing anything. Michael Robinson, who lives near Results Gym, stopped by during the Community Speakout part of the agenda to “give a shout out” to the ANC for its help in resolving noise issues he brought to commissioners’ attention at their January meeting. “I thought you should know it worked,” he said, smiling. ANC Chair Neil Glick noted that ANC6B has been recognized by the City as the only ANC that consistently turns in its reports on time, thanks in large part to ANC Treasurer Carol Green and Bert Randolph, who staffs the ANC.

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ANC 6B meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except August). ★



The ANC voted unanimously to provide a letter of support for The 32nd Annual Capitol Hill Classic on May 15, 2011, which includes a 10K, 5K and fun run for kids. The ANC also approved a 2-year extension to Douglas Development’s application to develop the site at 1442 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. The developer plans to go forward once funding is secured. The ANC stated its support for the Barracks Row Main Street permit application to install a Barrack’s Row clock.

Management Agency, gave a brief presentation to the ANC. The agency is in the process of creating and updating neighborhood cluster plans to align with the District’s Comprehensive Plan, which was overhauled in 2006. All jurisdictions are responsible for their own constituents, according to Ms. McCall, and the agency is doing outreach to ANCs, Council offices and neighborhood groups, daycare centers, schools, etc., as it develops its District Response Plan. The agency will be conducting exercises to test the plan against different scenarios. The ANC appointed Commissioner Jared Critchfield (6B06) to serve as its representative in the process. Organizations within Ward 6 that would like to learn more and/ or participate in the process should contact Ms. McCall at kim.mccall@

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ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner


NC 6C’s meeting was marked by good news and action on development projects in several parts of its community:

Long-Awaited H Street Project Moving Forward After many months of delays and inactivity, Guy Steuart, the developer of the large mixed use development at 3rd and H Streets NE appeared at the February ANC 6C meeting with the news that the financing appears to be in place and he is “very close” to beginning construction on the long-awaited project that will include both residential and retail components, including a much anticipated Giant supermarket. The residential units will be rental apartments. He was seeking support from the ANC for public space permits for two curb cuts on 3rd Street NE, one for supermarket customer parking in what will be a two-level garage, and one for a loading dock, as well as for a metal awning for the entrance to the residential portion of the building, landscaping on what will be a 20’ wide sidewalk, and bike racks. His architect, from Torte Galli, said that plans are to use the “same language” for the sidewalks that is being introduced in the new H Street streetscape. The ANC voted unanimously to support the public space request.

Construction to Begin on Northwest One Residential Building In another positive development what is identified as Site 2 of the Northwest One New Communities is also moving forward. Matt Ritz of William C. Smith, the developer along with the Warrenton Group, came to the ANC looking for support for a public space application for a new curb cut for garage entry and a trash loading dock on Patterson Street NE on the north side of the building. However, they are planning to eliminate two curb cuts that currently exist on M Street. Plans call for a 314-unit residen-

tial building with 93 affordable (60% of AMI) apartments. It will include many amenities including a fitness room, indoor basketball court, a café space, movie theatre, wi-fi, a bike room in the garage, and an interior courtyard, and will have a 60% green roof with a roof-top pool. They are applying for LEED Gold certification. Nine apartments will be town house-like duplexes on M Street that will have front yards, the reason for eliminating the M Street curb cuts. They also expect to have 4100 sq.ft. of building-based retail (e.g. dry cleaner, coffee shop, convenience store, etc.) While it is a matter-of-right project, they have worked with the Office of Planning (OP) to discuss the project in relation to the NoMa Plan. As soon as the construction permits are issued, they will “unleash” Pepco and their own electrical contractor to take care of a “spaghetti” of old wires at a Pepco vault at the site, and as soon as that is completed, early this summer, they will begin digging for the building. They expect it will be 24 months to delivery of the building. The streets will remain open during the construction. The Commission, with little discussion, voted unanimously to support the application.

Rundown Mt. Vernon Square Block to Get Restored Building A three-story building at 924 5th Street NW, adjacent to the apartment house at 555 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in the middle of a block that has escaped the renewal surrounding it, is now slated to be renovated and have an additional story constructed at its rear. It will be used for offices and retail space. The building has been vacant for ten years and was formerly a paint store. The developer, Mark Brody, has been working with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), has incorporated several suggestions the staff has made, and was seeking the ANC’s support for his application to HPRB for approval of the design. The area still awaits the construction of a promised hotel across the street, and the neighbors support the plans. The Commission was assured that the construction hours would be those mandated by the District Commissioner Anne Phelps reminded the

ANC of how long development of that block had been discussed and told Mr. Brody that it is exciting to see things starting to happen on that block because it’s important to making that area a real neighborhood. With that, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the concept design of the building.

Outdoor Noise A Concern for TruOrleans H Street Neighbors Steve O’Brien, attorney for the owner of TruOrleans, a Louisianathemed restaurant at 400 H Street NE, came to the ANC for support of a liquor license for the establishment, which will have both a sidewalk café and an open balcony on its second floor. Members of the community, reacting in part to the activities of previous tenants of the corner establishment, have been concerned about the potential noise from the outdoor spaces. Mr. O’Brien says he has been working with his architect to find a solution. And Commissioner Tony Richardson has been working with members of the community to craft a Voluntary Agreement (VA) that will provide a solution for that issue. Because the hearing on the license is before the next full ANC meeting, the Commission voted to protest the license for TruOrleans unless there is a signed voluntary agreement before the hearing.

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In other actions, the ANC Unanimously supported a grant for $1000 to the Capitol Hill Cluster Schools PTA for supplies for the early childhood garden at the Peabody School. The money will be used for improvements to the soil and preparations for growing vegetables. Voted to support the two Fresh Farm farmers’ markets within the ANC’s boundaries: 8th Street NW, in Penn Quarter; and 6th and H Streets NE. Voted unanimously to support a liquor license for Fi-

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ola, a new restaurant at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (previously the site of Le Paradou), that will be presided over by internationally-acclaimed chef Mario Trabbochi Voted to support the application for the addition of a basement entrance to a row house at 626 Lexington Place NE Voted to support the application of the NoMa BID to change the name of the New York Avenue/Gallaudet University Metro stop to Gallaudet University/ NoMa, in order to better reflect the neighborhood in which it is located.

The next meeting of ANC 6C will be on Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 pm, at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue NE. ★

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ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner


embers of ANC 6D gave up their Valentine’s Day celebrations—as did the community members who attended—for a February 14 meeting that was heavy on the dissemination of interesting information, but light on votes.

Canal Park Construction Soon to Begin After several years of planning, and a long haul to find a new parking facility for the DCPS school bus parking lot located on the site, construction on Capitol Riverfront’s eagerly anticipated Canal Park is about to begin. Chris van Arsdale, who is overseeing the park’s development, reports that construction will begin within the month, and it will be substantially completed by March 2012, requiring only final detailing to make it ready for use. 48 ★ HillRag | March 2011

Affordable Health Insurance Plans for individuals, families, small business and the self-employed The park, located at 2nd and M Street SE, will comprise three separate environments including two fountains, extending north to 2nd and I Street. There will be a pavilion for ice skating in the winter, restaurants and cafés, areas for concerts, movies and other public events. Plans are to have a program of yoga classes and other fitness activities throughout the year. The center segment of the park will include a pavilion stocked with chairs and tables that visitors can set anywhere they choose to use for picnicking, studying or just sunbathing. The park has been designed to be sustainable—a “green” green space: there will be cisterns throughout to collect storm water which will be used for maintenance.

There Is No Lead in DC Water! Recent news reports have renewed questions about lead levels in DC drinking water. Sarah Neiderer of DC Water (formerly WASA) appeared before the Commission to explain the situation and assure the community that the water leaving DC Water’s treatment plants is leadfree and the problem—which may be affecting a maximum of 13,000 DC residents—is that some private service pipes going into houses are still old lead pipes that are sending some lead into people’s home water. Several years ago, there was a problem with the pipes in the District and many of them were replaced. Those replacement pipes ended where public space (front yards and sidewalks), which is DC Water’s responsibility, meets with household pipes, the house owner’s responsibility, and while people were urged to replace their old pipes, some people did not. The pipes themselves, or the solder sealing them, could contain lead. However, DC Water will provide test kits to check the water if you request one at 202-364-3600. If it proves that there is lead in the water, DC Water will help residents replace the pipe. Ms. Neiderer said there is only one small area in Southwest that may be affected—a four block area around Half and 1st Streets SW, where there is old housing. There are financial guidelines set up to establish criteria for

people needing financial assistance for replacing their pipes. The apartment buildings will not be affected, nor will most of the townhouses in the community, which are less than 50 years old.

Zoning Regulation Revision Explained For the past several years, ANCs throughout the city have regularly received sections of the District’s zoning regulations containing proposed revisions worked out by the Office of Planning (OP) and asking for comments on the revisions. ANC 6D invited OP’s Travis Parker to deconstruct the process that has been occurring and make it more understandable. According to Parker, the District’s existing zoning regulations are 50 years old, and certainly the environment and circumstances for construction, both commercial and residential, are different now. OP undertook this rewrite that not only suggests updates in the regulations, but re-organizes them so they are easier to read, and most important, easier to understand. The regulations cover everything from variations in lot size to the identification of industrial zones, and cover 20 discreet areas. Phase 1 of the revisions included public meetings and the writing of the preliminary revisions that have been broadly circulated for comment. Now, the project is entering Phase 2, in which the final version is being written and circulated again to the ANCs. The first section to be circulated for final comment will be that on industrial zones, which is not the first section of the code, just the first that is ready. Parker said that there was little change in the section, but it had been re-organized to make it easier to read. The next section will be on residential housing. He is hopeful that the process will be completed by June, when the Zoning Commission and City Council will have a series of hearings that will run through the end of the year. More information is available at

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tary Agreements that are of interest to local residents: The first is for Station 4, the new restaurant opening at the Waterfront Metro station. It is owned by the same group that owns Tunnicliff ’s and Bullfeather’s on the Hill. It will be a welcome addition to Southwest, which currently has a dearth of sitdown eating and meeting places at which residents and visitors can gather. The only point of discussion was to make certain that, while there was language in the Voluntary Agreement (VA) that will permit music, there would be no dancing allowed. With assurances from the establishment’s management that there would be no dancing, the VA was unanimously approved. Station 4 is expected to open in the spring. Second, the Bullpen, which has operated across the street from the baseball stadium on N Street SE before and after Nationals games for two years, has reached an agreement with the owner of the property to open a second site on the M Street side of the lot, and requires an amendment to its VA with information on its expanded location. While it will also be a large tented area, it will have a format designed to appeal to an over-35 crowd and families. According to the owner, it will be “much more mellow than the N Street establishment.” It will have picnic tables and different kinds of food. The ANC voted unanimously to approve the amendment to the VA.

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In other actions, the ANC heard about, and discussed: * Lt. Nick Gallucci, of the 1st District of MPD announced that while crime was up by 15% in PSA 104 during the last month, primarily as a result of eight assaults with a deadly weapon (seven of which have been closed), crime in PSA 105 (Southeast) is down 48% this month. He announced that the 1st District was preparing to monitor this season’s baseball games, along with the Vice Squad. Most importantly, he also reported that the 1st District had the best crime reduction record in the




District for 2010. Barbara Ehrlich, Southwest activist and Cherry Blossom Festival organizer, announced that on April 2, the day of the Festival’s fireworks, there would be an unprecedented seven-hour festival on the Southwest waterfront. Featuring three stages of entertainment rather than the previous single venue, there will be a program of activities for children and adults, food, beginning at 1 p.m. and leading up to the 8 p.m. fireworks display. Rev. Ruth Hamilton, of Westminster Church and chair of Southwest’s Community Benefits Coordinating Council (CBCC) announced that on Saturday, March 5th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. there will be a community summit, “Taking Charge of Our Future,” to “set priorities for community action to improve the quality to improve the quality of life for all residents in near Southeast/ Southwest” and “shape how public and private money is invested throughout the redevelopment of our community.” For more information call Juanita Jones at 202/664-90894, Childcare and lunch will be provided. A resident raised the issue of an initiative being implemented at the Southwest Safeway beginning on the day of the meeting that requires the showing of receipts when leaving the store with packages (similar to Costco). Commissioners and community members alike were angered by the bag checks, which, several said, undermine the image of the new, safer, more amenable Southwest, and appear to discriminate against residents in the area. Several Commissioners said they would follow up with Safeway personnel the next day.

The next meeting of ANC 6D will be on Monday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 6th Street and Maine Avenue SW. ★

Community Life Spotted on the Hill

A Cooper’s Hawk in the Library of Congress article and photo by Peter Vankevich


here are times when the topic of a regular column such as this can suddenly catch the nation’s and even the world’s interest. Thus is what occurred in January, 2011. Here’s the story: On January 19, a researcher noticed a large bird, later to be identified as an immature female Cooper’s Hawk, flying around the rotunda of the Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress. Several photos were taken and news of its presence was put out on the Library of Congress blog as well as its Facebook page. The US Fish and Wildlife Service was contacted which in turn reached out to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia (RCV). This was not going to be your typical trap-a-raptor

exercise because the dome area where it was perching or flying is about 40 feet across and around 160 feet from the floor. To make matters worse, the windows in that area were recently permanently sealed, thus preventing a possible egress. For days, the hawk flew around the dome or would perch on its footwide ledge. My birding friend, Kathy Woodrell, who works as a reference librarian in the reading room, brought her binoculars when on duty and allowed anyone who wished to get a great view of it. Eventually a net was secured across the rotunda to prevent the hawk from swooping down into the reading room. A few attempts to lure it to a trap failed and an “only in Washington” event delayed another ef-

fort for a day due to security measures for the President who held a reception in the building after his State of the Union address. Early Wednesday morning (1/26) raptor experts Linda Moore, Craig Koppie, and Kennon Smith showed up with a new trap and lure consisting of two safely caged European Starlings named Frick and Frack. Cooper’s Hawks feed primarily on small birds. A half hour later, she flew to the trap and was finally caught. By that time she was about 20 percent underweight and was promptly delivered to the RCV, placed in a cage and soon thereafter began eating and rehydrating. A week later regaining all of her weight, she was released in Virginia’s Sky Meadows State Park. How did this bird get into the building? It is assumed that she chased a pigeon inside through a hole in the dome, and instead of going back out the same way, she entered the rotunda through a ventilation shaft. The story was widely covered by the media, including the Washington Post, NPR’s All Things Considered, local television stations, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room and the BBC. I think the press interest was based in large part by the photos taken by the Library’s photographer Abby Brack depicting the hawk perched or flying against the visually stunning aesthetic background of the District’s most magnificent building including the dome’s mural painted by Edwin Bashfield of the image of the figure of human knowledge. And, of course, ★ 51

headline writers had a field day. Time Magazine’s newsfeed: Visiting the Library of Congress? Duck -- there’s a hawk on the loose. WTOP apparently couldn’t resist with: Hawk causes a flap inside Library of Congress, and the Falls Church News Press weighed in after its capture with: Library of Congress Celebrity Hawk Enters Rehab. The Library of Congress blog kept up with a concluding announcement of its release by evoking the Beatles ending of Norwegian Wood with: This Bird has Flown. Although I missed a good part of the excitement (and I’m no stranger to the Library of Congress) by being on travel, I managed to get some photographs the day before it was captured. The Cooper’s Hawk is actually a familiar bird on the Hill especially in fall and winter and was featured in my March 2009 column. You can access it along with lots of other Capitol Hill community articles by going to the Hill Rag’s archive online through the “Publications” tab at: Since I like to put birds and also wildlife in a cultural context, let’s reverse a literary order a bit by ending –not beginning- with an epigram about another out-of- range wild animal from Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai ‘Ngaje Ngai’, the House of God. Close to the Western summit there is the dried and frozen carcass of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude. If you have any comments or interesting birds visiting a feeder on Capitol Hill that could be a possible feature for this column, or would like to join me for a stroll on the Hill with your binoculars or camera on a weekend morning, feel free to contact me, at petevankevich@ ★

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Valentines to MPDC Church Groups say annual “thank you” to police by Carol Anderson


trong February winds blew in as the heavy doors of the First District Police Substation were thrust open. A stream of people blew in with it and the 12th Annual Police Valentine Tribute began. Once again members of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church and Ebenezer United Methodist Church descended on 1D1, as the substation is known, to thank police officers for their service to the community. Occurring on the actual date – February 14 – the church folk happily deferred their own Valentine plans to first honor their neighborhood police. Special guests attended this year’s fete. Ward 6 City Councilmember Tommy Wells attended the party and even joined the church group for the two-block walk to 1D1. And newly retired 1D1 officer Rita Hunt Martin briefly left suburbia to once again celebrate with her church friends and work colleagues. Until retiring last year, Martin had been the constant liaison between 1D1 and the church groups. This year that role was ably handled by Lt. Diane Durbin. “I am often reminded of how much we are a small town on Capitol Hill,” said Councilman Wells. “The annual Valentine’s event hosted by Capitol Hill United Methodist Church for the officers assigned to MPD Substation 1D1 is such an occasion. I particularly appreciated retired officer Rita Hunt coming back just for the event. She has been a fixture at 1D1 serving us for many years,” he added. The event was well-timed to say “welcome” to 1D1’s new chief, Inspector Alisa Petty, who had only assumed the post the previous month. She was honored to be joined by First District Commander David Kamprin and Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes, both of whom have been enthusiastic supporters of this tribute to their officers.

ABOVE: Members of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church and Ebenezer United Methodist Church gather at the 1D1 MPDC station to express their appreciation for the 1D1 officers. At the center rear are First District Commander David Kamprin, next to him Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and in front of Wells holding a purple valentine is Assistant Chief Dianne Groomes. RIGHT: 1D1’s new chief, Inspector Alisa Petty looks at a copy of the group song. BELOW RIGHT: A group of the valentines and Valentine cake presented by the residents.

“The Valentine’s Day event was simply spectacular,” said Inspector Petty. “It was a treat to fellowship with members of Capitol Hill United Methodist Church and Ebenezer United Methodist Church and to receive all their good cheer. We especially appreciated the delicious meal that was devoured within two hours. I confess I particularly enjoyed the chicken noodle soup – my goodness it was tasty.” The event was marked by the usual elements. Tables in 1D1’s break room were filled with culinary treats like shrimp, lasagna, deviled eggs and homemade soup. Kids attached heart stickers to the officers’ uniforms and faces. There was an avalanche of valentines made by the church kids and the TGIF kids, a before- and afterschool tutoring program led by Mrs. Joanne Buford. The TGIF kids also concocted a “Police Car Piñata” that was swiftly confiscated by Inspector Petty before it could be thrashed open for its bounty. And, of course, there were the songs. Soloist Dustin Lucas sang a humorous rendition of “A Po-

liceman’s Lot.” Originally part of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance,” Lucas’s version was adapted from an episode of the 1960’s sitcom, “Car 54 Where are You?” This year’s group song was entitled “Stars of the City” and was sung to the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” Said Inspector Petty: “We couldn’t help dancing to the music. The officers thoroughly enjoyed hearing their names sung out throughout the song.” Other playful items for the officers’ amusement were glittery heartshaped sunglasses and heart-shaped rubber balls – stress reducers – that were printed with uplifting messages. Lt. Durbin’s tie was completely covered in heart stickers. Councilman Wells’ main accessory was a wide and constant grin. As the exhausted but satisfied

church group straddled out, an officer called out, “What are you gonna do for us next year?” ★ ★ 53


Announcing The 2011 Community Achievement Award Honorees by Stephanie Deutsch; photos by Elizabeth Dranitzke


n the evening of Wednesday, April 27, a festive dinner in the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library will honor five unusual people for their contributions to our neighborhood. The dinner is an annual fundraiser for the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and the public is invited to attend. To see the invitation and reply card, please visit www. This year’s awards go to people who have enhanced the neighborhood in a host of ways. It’s almost impossible to imagine Capitol Hill without Bill Glasgow’s steady leadership not just of Union Meats, but of the merchants at Eastern Market. The public schools and the after-school sports opportunities available to our children have benefited hugely from the dedication and energy of Suzanne Wells and Mike Godec. And our arts scene is more varied and a lot more fun than it used to be thanks to Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier and the Corner Store.

Bill Glascow None of the honorees has deeper roots in our community than Bill Glasgow who went to work at Union Meat part time in 1961 when he was 13. His dad was one of ten brothers and five of them worked at the Eastern Market, three at the fish counter and two selling meat. Four others were lawyers and one was a scientist. Bill credits his uncle, Charles Glasgow, who served as market manager, with saving the market when the building was in danger of being razed in the sixties. Today, Bill says, “everyone” at the market is a cousin. His two brothers and three sons have all worked there, his wife Patty, (who lived on Seward Square as a child and attended Brent and St. Peter’s), comes in to help out sometimes on holidays, and his seven year old grandson, Grayson, “loves the place.” He likes to sit behind the coun54 ★ HillRag | March 2011

Bill Glascow

chants. “I knew that people loved the market,” Bill says remembering that time, “but I didn’t know how much.” He credits the tremendous outpouring of financial and emotional support from the community with saving the market and ensuring that every one of the merchants would return to do business in the renovated building. Bill is proud of the range of products he is able to offer which now include hormone-free meats, new products like bison burgers and flatiron steaks and a great selection of lean cuts. He is proud, too, of Union Meat’s steady presence at the market. Last year in the big snow he spent a few nights at a hotel so he could remain open. He remembers many people thanking him for being there. “You got to take care of customers,” he said. “It’s what you do.” It certainly is what Bill Glasgow does and the Community Achievement Award is one way the neighborhood says “thank you.”

ter observing while eating potato chips and hot dogs. Bill lives in Maryland but, in a sense, the Eastern Market is home. On the night in the spring of 2007 when he got a phone call telling him the building was burning he jumped in his truck and by 2:15 a.m. he was Suzanne Wells and Mike Godec Suzanne Wells and Mike Godec watching firefighters battle the flames. were brought together originally by He was still there a few hours later, their interest in the environment. They relieved to hear Mayor Adrian Fenty state emphatically that the market would be rebuilt. Bill had been serving on EMCAC (the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee) as the representative of the indoor merchants and in the weeks that followed the fire he was kept busy. He went to lots of meetings and weighed in strongly against the proposal to put the temporary market building on Eastern Market metro plaza, saying it needed to stay as close as possible to its base of support on Seventh Street. He worked to find replacements for all the different pieces of equipment that had been lost and spent hours talking to other merchants and in consultation with Gary Peterson, who represented the Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s effort to support the market mer- Suzanne Wells and Mike Godec

met as graduate students at Washington University in St. Louis where both were studying technology and human affairs. Both were headed to Washington, D.C. to work. Today Suzanne is director of the EPA Superfund Community Involvement and Outreach Center which works on the clean up of hazardous waste sites; Mike is a consultant, vice president of Advanced Resources International, studying and speaking on regulatory policies for the oil and gas industry and the economic impact of alternative approaches for environmental protection. Given the intensity of their professional lives, it’s hard to imagine how Suzanne and Mike have been able to offer as many volunteer hours as they have over the twenty some years they have lived on Capitol Hill. They started with creating a community garden on a vacant lot near their first house at 14th and E Streets, NE. Suzanne remembers that by the end of the first Saturday they spent there people had cleared away rubble and trash and were planting tomatoes. “We made friends with the guys who hung out around there,” Suzanne said. “They looked out for us.” That led to other gardens and

to service by both Suzanne and Mike on the board of GROW, Garden Resources of Washington, a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting community gardens. When their son, Joshua, was born in 1993 (followed by daughter Elizabeth in 2005) their priorities shifted. Joshua went to the schools of the Capitol Hill Cluster -- Peabody, Watkins and Stuart Hobson -- and at each Suzanne got involved. Soon she was president of the PTA, raising over $100,000 a year for the schools. She was also observing that while the Cluster schools were full, other public schools close by were under-enrolled. In 2005, hoping to change that, Suzanne got together a group of PTA presidents from neighborhood elementary schools and enlisted Tommy Wells, then the local school board representative, for what became the first meeting of CHPSPO – the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization. In consultation with school principals, the group decided to focus attention on three areas – expanding arts offerings at the schools, initiating projects to beautify and “green” the school grounds, and addressing the sad condition of the school libraries. Suzanne remembers that at her son’s school, Stuart Hobson Middle School, the library literally sat darkened behind a sign that said “closed.” Today the libraries at Stuart Hobson and at seven other Capitol Hill public schools are bright, modern and newly stocked with books thanks to the collaboration among the parents’ group Suzanne started (and which, under her leadership, continues to meet monthly), the Capitol Hill Community Foundation, which adopted the renovation project and supported it with financial and managerial assistance, and a host of corporate, government and individual contributors. Mike had quickly realized that, given his son’s level of interest, he was going to be spending a lot of years attending sporting events. “I thought I might as well figure out how to help.” So he became a coach and a referee and got involved in the details of the organizational and communication tasks that enable volunteer sports programs to function. Like Suzanne, he took particular pleasure in assisting activities and pushing for facilities not just for his own child but for, as he puts

it, “all our kids.” Mike was instrumental in bringing travel soccer to the Hill, in introducing girls’ teams, and in the tremendous expansion of the program to other sports. Sports on the Hill, with Mike as vice president, is now an umbrella organization sponsoring not just soccer but baseball, basketball, lacrosse, tennis, flag football and paddling. Joshua Godec will be heading off to college in the fall (to play soccer for St. John’s University) but it’s safe to assume that Mike will still be found supporting our youth sports programs off and on the fields.

Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier Nine years ago, Roy Mustelier was on an airplane preparing to take off from Monterrey, California when he got a phone call from his wife, Kris Swanson, telling him she had found “the place.” The couple had been renting houses on Capitol Hill for several years and had begun looking for something to buy. Kris was so excited about what she had seen that she took Roy straight from the airport to see it. His initial impression of the building at the intersection of 9th Street, SE and South Carolina Avenue, with its peeling paint, and boarded up windows, was that it was “pretty dilapidated.” He did not quite see the vision. Today, that space is The Corner Store, a lively venue hosting plays, art shows, fitness classes, game nights, author readings, poetry slams and lots of music. Kris and Roy have restored the building and laid to rest its tragic history. For many years, beginning in 1917, it had been a family-owned grocery store. In 1968, during an attempted robbery, the owner’s son was shot and killed there. The victim’s sister and brother boarded up the store and, for twenty five years, lived quietly in the quarters behind it. Now it is again both a home and a vibrant community resource. Kris and Roy both grew up in unusual families that encouraged openness and enthusiasm. Roy’s father came to the States from Cuba in 1950 for medical training, a few years later marrying his Cuban girlfriend (by proxy because her parents wouldn’t let her leave unless she was married). He joined the army during the Korean War and for 27 years was a military medical officer. As a result,

Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier

Roy spent his childhood in New Orleans, California, Texas and Germany. His parents loved to cook, to eat and to travel and their enthusiasms rubbed off. Roy remembers family car trips to Yellowstone and Yosemite, fishing with his father, enjoying food and wine with his family. He too joined the military, attending Tulane University on an ROTC scholarship and serving twenty years of active duty on submarines. Now, as a self described “techno-geek,” he works in information technology at the Naval War College. Kris is a fifth-generation Californian, the daughter of an artist, and she grew up in a Monterrey home full of unusual characters and creative activity. She began sculpting in bronze at the age of 16 and went on to not one but two alternating careers – she was a horse trainer and would-be homesteader in Alaska and, for several years, a self-supporting artist in New York City. She had returned to California when she and Roy met. It was Roy’s work that brought the couple to Washington, D.C. and Kris’s interaction with neighborhood kids that eventually led to the Corner Store. The first house they rented was near Potomac Gardens and during the blizzard of ’96 Kris invited some boys and girls from there into her house to do art projects. She had felt herself to be in the doldrums and working with the kids “brought my art alive again.” She and a core group of about thirty young people made masks and ceramics, glass

sculptures and paintings on Saturdays and after school. One summer she got a grant from the Capitol Hill Community Foundation to work with the kids to record video interviews with owners of businesses on Eighth Street. Another project was the “Yume Tree,” a mosaic of handmade tiles and mirrors on the wall of the CVS Store at 12th and E Streets SE that Kris conceived and created working with local school children. Once they had moved to the Corner Store space, Kris and Roy began hosting annual holiday art shows and sales where the young people could sell things they had made. Adding music to the art show evenings seemed a natural thing. And then people began asking her to host programs of various kinds in the space. The Corner Store now is non-profit organization governed by a board of ten community members which hosts a tremendous variety of programs. In 2007 it was home to nine plays in six weeks. This year is more of a music year. That they have had no complaints from neighbors about the comings and goings at the Corner Store is a point of pride for both Roy and Kris. After all, as Kris says, “Neighbors being happy is the whole point of it.” And the whole point of the Capitol Hill Community Achievement awards is to give their neighbors the opportunity to tell Bill Glasgow, Suzanne Wells, Mike Godec, Kris Swanson and Roy Mustelier thank you! ★ ★ 55


Chris Calomiris: A Life Remembered by Alice Ollstein


n a typical Sunday morning, Chris Calomiris would head to work far before the sun came up. From 3 a.m. to long after dark, he would run the ‘Thomas Calomiris and Sons’ stand in Eastern Market’s South Hall—selling fresh produce, dried goods, and homemade Greek soups and pastries to the hundreds of customers that streamed through the doors. Never tiring or complaining, he would greet customers by name, joke around with the other vendors, and slip a free banana or orange to every child within reach. When Chris passed away on January 29 at age 86, Eastern Market lost one of its oldest and most loved vendors. Though his wife Maria and sons Tom and Leon will continue to run the stand and carry on his legacy, the market will lack the smiling face that so many customers came to for nearly 50 years.

Hard Work and a Personal Touch “The reason people like to shop at Eastern Market is because it’s personal,” explained Donna Scheeder, chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee. “Chris knew all his customers, and always went the extra mile for them. He was truly interested in people’s families and situation. With him, it was never just a transaction.” “They always give you a little extra something, and they always recognize your face,” said lifelong Capitol Hill resident Ann Geracimos, who has been shopping at Eastern Market for as long as she can remember. Like the Calomirises, Geracimos’ family came from Sparta to start a food business in the U.S. “It’s wonderful that the Calomiris stand is family-owned, and that they take so much pride in their business,” she said. Like many customers, Geracimos 56 ★ HillRag | March 2011

Chris Calomaris at his stand in his renovated market. Photo: Andrew Lightman

is in awe of the Calomiris work ethic. “I don’t think I ever saw him sitting,” she said. Until a bout with cancer forced him to scale back his time at the stand a few years ago, Chris worked from dawn until dusk five or six days a week. His sons say Chris did not take a vacation until he was 76. “He was the hardest worker here—always the first one here in the morning and the last to leave at night,” said Bill Glasgow, who has worked at Union Meats since 1961. “We would get here on a Saturday morning at 4 or 5 a.m. and he’d have been there since 3 a.m. We couldn’t believe it!” It’s a trait that has run in the family for generations, and something Chris passed on to his sons. “When Pop saw us working hard, that would make him happy,” remembered Leon. “He always said, ‘You can only do your best.’”

A Life History Preserved

Though most only knew Chris from Eastern Market, his rich life story is preserved in a 10-hour-plus interview he gave in the fall of 2001 for the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project, as part of their “Eastern Market Voices” category. Born on November 14, 1924, Chris described growing up on Capitol Hill in a house on First Street NE where the Russell Senate Office Building now stands. His parents, immigrants from Sparta, spoke Greek in the home, and Chris struggled at first with English in school. Outside of school, he was fast friends with the other children of Greek, Italian and Jewish immigrants, and the Capitol was their playground. They would play football under the Vice President’s balcony, and sometimes John Nance Garner—vice president to FDR—would step out to watch or even toss the ball around with Chris and his friends. They would ride the subway

underneath the Capitol, and sneak in to play around the statues in the Rotunda after it closed up for the night. In the interview, he expressed frustration at the high security nowadays that makes such adventures impossible. After graduating from Chamberlain Vocational High School, Chris served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II—completing missions in New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon, and Japan and returning a decorated veteran. He continued his studies at Eastern High School when he returned, and also helped his father Thomas run a produce stand at the now defunct Center Market in Northwest Washington. He had to leave school to take over the stand when Thomas passed away. When that market got torn down, Chris first relocated to the New Center Market at 5th and K Streets NW, then moved to Eastern Market in 1963. Chris’ sons Tom and Leon, and

rience.” As the head of a family business himself, Inman admires how well Chris and his sons worked together. “He was a true family man. He worked hard to keep his family together and took being a dad as a serious responsibility. [Tom and Leon] are so blessed to have had their dad as long as they did. And it says a lot that both sons went into the family business, because with most families it’s just one. They must have thought so much of him to keep coming day after day.”

Carrying on a Legacy When Chris passed away on a Saturday, at Sibley Memorial Hospital, his sons were working a typical busy shift at the market. “We shut down the stand when we heard from our mom and sister, who were with him,” said Leon. “Everybody helped us close up, and when we left they sort of made it into a makeshift shrine, with flowers and messages. It was very moving.” “You could see how much everyone cared by all the tributes left at the stand,” added Scheeder. “The vendors, the customers…we all shared the sense of loss with the family.” The following Tuesday, the stand was up and running again with Tom and Leon at the helm. “They already carry on the tradition of their father and family,” said Scheeder. “We will all miss Chris immensely, but it is comforting to know the family will continue at Eastern Market.” The family, touched by the community’s sympathy and support, promised to keep Chris’ legacy of hard work, high quality, and personal connections alive. “I know Pop would just want us to continue his traditions of good produce and good service,” said Leon. “He would not want us to change very much.” ★


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Chris Calomiris and his business have been at Eastern market since 1963. (Family photo)

his daughter Zoy, began helping out at the stand on weekends at a very young age. “Starting when we were about eight, Pop would show us how to make the stand look pretty, and how to interact with people. He was a master at that,” said Tom. Leon, the younger of the brothers, agreed. “Mostly we learned how to treat people nicely—which is easy, because people around here are great.” As they got older, Chris taught his boys how to buy all the produce. “He was a stickler on quality,” said Tom. “He always said that even if you have to pay more, you should always get the best quality.” This trait also impressed Mel Inman, who has run the Market Poultry stand, just to the left of the Calomiris stand, for 39 years. “He would go to the warehouses himself to pick out the produce, because he wanted to know he was getting the best available.” Though Chris demanded long hours and high standards, his sons are happy to have been brought into the family business. “How many people are lucky enough to get to work with their family?” said Tom. “It was taxing at times, but such a wonderful expe- ★ 57


Without Reservation Restaurant Selection Key for Destination Barracks Row by Sharon Bosworth


he first warm days of 2011 arrived in early February as Sousa marches came drifting from Marine Barracks Washington. Each year parade season begins in February as the Marine Corps kicks off band practice outdoors on the chilly barracks parade field. Along Eighth Street, SE, hopeful restaurant owners began setting up their outdoor patios. Our retailers and service businesses saw an uptick in business as a winter’s worth of cabin fever made an outing to Barracks Row today seem urgent to customers living nearby. The year is off to a good start. At Barracks Row Main Street we completed façade improvements on six more buildings. To heighten awareness of our corridor throughout DC, we recently ran a series of full page ads in local newspapers. Pedestrian traffic on the Row is definitely up. Two weeks ago, our Valentine’s Day ad brought visitors from all over town. Our survey for the 2011 Barracks Row neighborhood Map and Directory revealed balanced growth in all business sec-

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tors. By midsummer the mural under the freeway will begin, becoming the gateway to lower Eighth Street. Life is good on the corridor. But something happened on the way to this being a normal February. Even in the closing days of 2010 we noticed a charge in the air as a new force arrived on our corridor: the regional and national press. It actually started when the New York Times food section featured many of our Barracks Row restaurants in its December 7, 2010 issue about regional comfort food.

Row Restaurants Reach National Status When a national publication gives a nod of approval to local players it changes the game. The Eighth Street, SE restaurant scene was catapulted to coast-to-coast prominence with that story. The New York Times noticed us, a human-scaled slice of history sitting in the shadow of gigantic national monuments. For ten years residents watched with various degrees of anxiety as this corridor gradually morphed from a challenged, decaying inner city strip to a vibrant, trendy, urban destination with a fresh population of restaurants sprouting among established dry cleaners, tax preparers, and more recently arrived retailers. But the roving Times food editors observed something we locals had entirely missed. On the national food scene, our restaurant owners were doing extraordinary work in the red hot down home cooking category. We locals had been charmed by our restaurants, rooting for them as local favorites, but we never suspected they were stars on the national playing field. Four weeks later Barracks Row and the development of lower Eighth Street was featured in the Washington

making pizza at Trattoria Alberto on Barracks Row. Photo: Andrew Lightman

Business Journal. Then two weeks after that, in January 2011 the New York Times came back to Barracks Row. Times real estate reporter Terry Priskin (“Square Feet” column), after seeing her paper’s December food coverage became intrigued with Barracks Row from a real estate development perspective and decided to investigate that angle. After contacting the Barracks Row Main Street office in late January, having made an earlier low profile visit to see the corridor for herself, Terry wanted to meet everyone. She dug, she interviewed, she analyzed, and then she wrote. On February 15, 2011 her column appeared in a New York Times article titled “In Washington, A Historical Retail Strip is Revived.”

A Destination to Remember And once again the outsider perspective reveals something we’ve lost sight of as we’ve debated the development of Eighth Street, SE from various Capitol Hill viewpoints. Two

sentences into her article Terry Priskin nailed it: “The movement to revive Barracks Row, one of the oldest retail corridors in Washington, goes back more than a decade. But the neighborhood really took off once a group of distinctive restaurants began to arrive in 2004.” From a consumer’s point of view it rings true. Between 2002 and 2005 Barracks Row was the star of a threeyear makeover as grizzled sidewalks, street lamps and trees were removed and replaced with handsome new versions. By 2005, the street looked spectacular and won the Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. But businesses create the heartbeat of a commercial corridor. To become a true destination to consumers, a selection of something interesting to buy had to exist here and only here. In the mid 2000’s long time Row favorites, Trattoria Alberto, Las Placitas, Fusion Grill-Schezwan House, and Banana Café were joined by Belga Cafe, Capitol Hill Tandoor, and Starfish Café , which all opened within a few years of each other, and inadvertently this combined early group formed a nexus, a concentrated area of restaurants for consumers to select from. The impression of our area as a great place to discover new eateries was already well established in consumer’s minds when Lola’s, Matchbox and Cava arrived. Barracks Row is hardly wall-to-wall restaurants; our January census proved that. But we do have a sparkling selection of dining choices where anyone can arrive at virtually any time, without a reservation, and wind up with a table at someplace cool. Consumers looking for a terrific

dining adventure can’t miss. That makes a very positive repeatable consumer experience and a truly great destination.

“One of the City’s Best Twofor-One Deals” Then just last week the Washington Post Weekend Planner reporters found their way to the Eastern Market Metro plaza. Their mission was to reveal the best of our neighborhood to Weekend Planner readers for President’s Day weekend adventures. A map was included with the cover story to help visitors find each business. A fantasy sketch appeared on the cover: a couple on a Vespa is zipping past Ted’s Bulletin with Seventh Street, SE’s Capitol Hill Books up ahead. The article highlighted businesses and restaurants along the two streets near the Eastern Market Metro, calling a trip to the Seventh and Eighth St. SE area “one of city’s best two-for-one deals.” Along with detailed reviews of many area restaurants, writer Alex Baldinger was also enthusiastic about local shopping. A cadre of Weekend Planner reporters added to Baldinger’s story with in-depth descriptions of Stitch DC, Homebody, and Hill’s kitchen, as well as the picturesque Capitol Hill Books. I found myself on Eighth Street, SE on President’s Day weekend as waves of visitors emerged from the Metro to experience for themselves the two-for-one deal of Seventh and Eighth Streets, SE. I suddenly remembered the first sentence of Alex Baldinger’s article and realized, like Terry Priskin of the New York Times, Baldinger had nailed it: the best next step for area shops and businesses? “Re-christen the Eastern Market Metro station Eastern Market--Barracks Row Metro. A trip to the Seventh--Eighth Street SE area should be on your mustknow-in-DC- map even if it’s not yet on Metro’s.” From the size of the crowds this past weekend, many Washingtonians decided to add us to their must-know maps of DC immediately, despite not yet being on Metro’s marquee. ★










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h street streetlife life by Elise Bernard


hough we have yet to fully shake off the shackles of winter, March generally marks a turning point where one’s thoughts turn to spring. The cabin fever gives way to excitement over outdoor patios and farmers markets.

Shawafel Comes to H Street I recently chatted with Alberto Sissi, who plans to open Shawafel, a restaurant serving shwarmas and falafel, at 1322 H Street NE. Sissi first moved to DC in 1996. He has spent the past Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground serves drinks at the Pug. couple of years in Paris seeing to the four locations of open until 3:30 a.m. Sissi’s first visit profit that seeks to teach valuable life his restaurant Rimal, which operates on a model similar to the one to the H Street Corridor came just skills to youth while using food and he plans to employ at Shawafel. Sha- six months ago, following the recom- food preparation as a self-empowerwafel will feature a hip and modern mendation of his realtor. He immedi- ment tool. The benefit sprang from interior with seating for about 25 pa- ately loved the location. In relating the the mind of local culinary celebrity trons, and a simple menu of shwarma, story he explained “I don’t want to be (and chef at Dr. Granville’s, 1238 falafel, tabouli, fattoush, french fries, in Georgetown. I don’t want to be in H Street NE, http://www.granvilleand a few other items. 8” sandwiches Dupont. I don’t want to be anywhere Teddy Folkman. Folkwill run from about $6 to $7.50, with else.” He feels that the H Street Corri- man is a longtime volunteer chef a shwarma bowl offering coming in dor is hip and up and coming, offering with Brainfood. The efforts of all closer to $8. The average patron who the closest thing you’ll find in DC to a involved paid off big time. The original goal was to raise $1,800 during orders fries, a sandwich, and a drink, New York City late night feel. the week. They met that withcan expect to pay around $11. in 24 hours. At the end of the Those seeking cheap (and frankly H Street Cares Raises Money For week they raised $5,080 for not that healthy) thrills can test drive Brainfood the nonprofit. the french fry sandwich (Sissi mainIn partnership with Deals for tains that this is the only one in town). (, The sandwich ($5) is filled with a Deeds a sort of Living Social, or Groupon Khan’s Mongolian Bar-B-Q Prepares garlic yogurt spread, wild cucumber pickles, lettuce, tomato, and plenty of with a social conscience) a number to Open Khan’s Mongolian Bar-B-Q (1125 french fries. Diners will order at the of H Street NE establishments offered voucher purchasers signifi cant H Street NE) is ever so close to servcounter, but take a seat while their discounts on food and drink during up delicious, and affordable, bowls food is brought to their table. Shawaing a week long fundraiser. 15% of of steaming beef and vegetables. The fel will be open for lunch and dinner all sales went directly to Brainfood casual restaurant is sleek and modern everyday, and on Thursday-Saturday (, a local nonon the inside. High tops and booths will keep late hours, likely remaining 60 ★ HillRag | March 2011

line the walls. Its proximity to the bars in the 1200 block promise hungry late night crowds. Recent weeks have seen the restaurant hiring full staff for both front and back of the house. Expect an early spring opening.

Toki Underground Draws Closer to Opening Recently posted employment ads created some chatter because they signaled that the long awaited Toki Underground (second floor of 1234 H Street NE, http://tokiunderground. com) is almost ready to open. Toki Underground is a dumpling and ramen bar set to open above the Pug (1234 H Street NE, http:// Not only will Toki serve up traditional style ramen and dumplings, but I’m told it will handle the food for the Pug. Are pho dogs really in Pug owner Tony Tomeldon’s near future? Only time will tell, but the odds look good.

Atlas Performing Arts Center Names a New Director The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE,, a major arts anchor along the H Street NE Corridor, recently named Sam Sweet as its Executive Director. Sweet is no newcomer to the Atlas, having served as a management consultant, and the Interim Executive Director there during the past year. Sweet replaces Patrick Stewart, who returned to San Diego to pursue his interests with an arts organization located there. Prior to joining the Atlas team, Sweet served as a managing director

HERE, THERE, and EVERYWHERE. Sam Sweet, new Executive Director at Atlas Performing Arts Center


for the Shakespeare and Signature Theaters, and also worked for the Corcoran. He expressed enthusiasm for his new position, saying “[i]t is truly an exciting time for the Atlas.” And adding that “[t]he Atlas is a state-ofthe-art venue that is energizing the community artistically and economically with its range of programs. [ Jane Lang’s] vision in the Atlas was to put people –artists, audience members, neighbors –at the center of its mission.” Stop by and visit the Atlas during the Intersections ( interactive arts festival that runs through March 13th.

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From Pop-Up Tacos to a Restaurant? Tacos Impala (1204 H Street NE), a temporary taco stand from Toki Underground partners Erik Bruner-Yang and Troy Hickman, has generated plenty of press and street buzz in recent months. Though the tacos will give way to the cheese steaks of Philadelphia Water Ice (1204 H Street NE, http://www.philawaterice. com/) at the end of March, this might not be your last chance to sample Hickman’s Mexican fare. He recently announced that he is shopping spaces on H Street with an eye to opening a full service Mexican restaurant. For more on what’s abuzz on the H Street Corridor you check out my blog at ★ ★ 61



SOUTH by William Rich

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival Plans Underway Following demolition of the Hogates building at 9th Street, SW and Water Street, SW in January and subsequent clearing of the site, plans are underway to create a temporary park at the four-acre site with bleachers, a stage, and a court. The first major event planned for the new park is the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 2, one of the official events of the twoweek long National Cherry Blossom Festival. This is the seventh year that the Washington Waterfront Association has hosted the festival, but this year it will be co-produced with PN Hoffman/Madison Marquette, the developers of the new Southwest Waterfront. The festival will be a day-long affair, starting at 1pm and ending around 8:30pm, followed by the fireworks show at 8:30. In honor of the famous cherry blossoms that bloom nearby at the Tidal Basin, pink lights will be lit along the Southwest Waterfront, with a special unveiling before the fireworks show begins. Also, the festival will cover a larger area of the waterfront. Three stages will be set up; one at the Gangplank Marina pocket park at 600 Water Street, 7th Street Landing, and the new park coming to the Hogates site. Activities for every member of the family will be available at the festival. At the Gangplank Marina pocket park, there will be performances by the Navy Band, a color guard, the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and the U.S. 62 ★ HillRag | March 2011

The stretch of a rebuilt Maryland Avenue, SW at the Portals development is a landscaped boulevard offering views of the Capitol. This section of Maryland Avenue, SW serves as a model of what the rest of the corridor could look like if the diagonal boulevard is rebuilt east of 12th Street, SW. Photo: William Rich

Large crowds gathered along the Southwest Waterfront last year at the Prelude to the Fireworks festival, including the Maine Avenue Fish Market. Photo: William Rich

Army Band Downrange, based at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. This area will also be reserved for organizations who want to help get the word out about what they are doing in the community. Jazz and blues will be performed throughout the day at 7th Street Landing, a park that was refurbished last summer. Meanwhile, at the new 9th Street park, there will be vocal and musical performances, including beach-themed music and Nen Daiko, a Japanese-style drumming band from Fairfax, Virginia. Along the waterfront promenade, there will be strolling performers, such as face painters, balloon artists, costumed characters, and minstrels. At the parking lot of the Gangplank Marina, there will be a demonstration set up to teach children how to build a toy sailboat, complete with a man-made pond. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Harbor Patrol unit will have a booth set up where children can make t-shirts from artwork and a fireboat will parade along the Washington Channel shooting water into the air. There will be food sampling from local restaurants, as well as food trucks lined up from the 600 block to 900 block of Water Street, SW. While the festival is a family-friendly event, planners are in the process of obtaining permits to allow a beer and wine garden adjacent to 9th Street park. The Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival is the kick-off event for a year full of programming along the waterfront, culminating with the Parade of Lighted

Boats on the first Saturday of December. According to Angela Sweeney of Madison Marquette, weekly events at 7th Street Landing will return this year on Thursdays through Sundays from June 2 – September 25. Last summer, some of the events and activities at 7th Street Landing included jazz performances, yoga classes on Saturday mornings, food truck corrals, and games such as ping pong and bean bag toss. In addition to the activities at 7th Street Landing, several festivals are planned throughout the season. One item mentioned at the December 2010 Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D meeting was the possibility that the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis organization would set up shop on the waterfront for their month-long season in July, since their current home at the old convention center site downtown will become a construction zone this spring with the development of CityCenterDC. However, the deal with the Kastles has not been finalized yet. Interim programming of the Southwest Waterfront is being done in anticipation for construction, which is scheduled to get underway in phases by the end of 2012.

Office of Planning to Conduct Study of Maryland Avenue, SW As a part of the Southwest Ecodistrict initiative underway by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the DC Office of Planning will undertake a study of the Maryland Avenue, SW corridor this summer. The section of the corridor to be studied stretches from 12th Street, SW to 6th Street, SW. Pierre L’Enfant’s plan for the city called for Maryland Avenue, SW to be the sister street of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, a major diagonal street in the city. While Pennsylvania Avenue, NW connects the White House and the Capitol building, the axis of Maryland Avenue, SW lines up the Capitol building and the Jefferson Memorial. However, Maryland Avenue,

SW is currently disjointed, with a landscaped segment west of 12th Street, SW at the Portals development, but abruptly ends east of 12th Street, SW with a highway ramp and CSX train tracks. The roadway picks up again east of the L’Enfant Virginia Railway Express station and Reservation 113 (an underutilized green space at the intersection of Maryland Avenue, SW and Virginia Avenue, SW ) at 7th Street, SW. East of 6th Street, SW is the site of the future Eisenhower Memorial, which calls for closing Maryland Avenue, SW to vehicular traffic through the memorial. Maryland Avenue, SW is one of the two corridors the NCPC wants to focus on in the Southwest Ecodistrict study area, a 15block area just south of the National Mall that is home to mostly federal office buildings and over 70,000 workers, with the other corridor being 10th Street, SW, connecting the National Mall and the Southwest Waterfront. The main goal for the Southwest Ecodistrict Initiative and along the two main corridors in particular, is to create a lively mixed-use district that is environmentally sustainable and well connected to the rest of the city. Options the Office of Planning will consider during its review of conditions on Maryland Avenue, SW include the feasibility of decking over the railroad tracks to reestablish the street through the study area; encouraging a mix of uses (including residential); and developing infill sites along the corridor. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest… The Little Quadrant that Could (www. ★ ★ 63

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arly each March, the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) invites the public to see its greenhouses that are located next to the Joint Base AnacostiaBolling (formerly Bolling Air force Base). It is only a ten-minute drive from the Capitol Hill Conservatory to the 85,000 square foot glass building in Anacostia. But it is like stepping into a hospital, garden, and old movie set all rolled up into one. It is definitely worth putting on your spring must-do list. The production site is relatively new having been completed in 1994 when the Botanic Garden lost its old greenhouse site as part of a land exchange during construction of the Anacostia Metro stop. The USBG was able to build a new complex with 34 greenhouse bays and 16 environmental zones. It is the largest greenhouse complex supporting a public garden in the United States and the public only gets a chance to poke around in it once a year.

Six Tours Offered On Saturday, March 12, the staff and volunteers at the facility will greet visitors who sign up for one of six different tour times beginning at 10:30 am and running through 1:30 in the afternoon. Registration is required through the U.S. Botanic Garden’s website or by phone. The tours are self-guided, but staff will be present to answer your questions and help you get the most out of your visit. In past years, Keith Wallick, Production Facility Director, says about 300 people stop by for the tour. “It is a chance to really get to see plants up close and personal,” Wallick says. “There are many rare plants in our collections that we do not put on display at the Conservatory,” Wallick noted, “and visitors can spend as much time as they like wandering through the many different greenhouses and finding these special plants.”

Connecting the Plant Worlds Sometimes we take for granted the significance of the gardens that we think of as our own cute little neighborhood greenhouse. We forget that the US Botanical Garden and the production facility are rated high among the top botanic gardens in the world, on par with places like the Kew Gardens in England or the New York Botanic Garden. Each of these gardens specializes in different kinds of plants. Orchids are the USBG’s most significant collection. Each February, the Smithsonian Natural History Museum and the USBG join together for an annual or66 ★ HillRag | March 2011

chid show, which is considered one of the best orchid exhibits in the United States. For Wallick, who is a botanist by training and a tenyear veteran of the US Botanic Garden, the orchids still hold his interest and fascination. His favorite is the Stanhopea, otherwise known as the upside down orchid. They flower underneath the plant and can be mounted on moss, cork or fern slabs. They are often found on patios or covered areas where they are protected from the weather elements, but in a greenhouse setting the plants can really thrive. There are always orchids in bloom and the botanical staff shuttle the orchids back and forth from Capitol Hill to the production facility to keep the public displays always looking fresh and in bloom. When walking through the greenhouses, you’ll

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: The green houses are a mix of industrial pipes and lush gardens making it feel like the back lot of a movie set. Keith Wallick is the USBG botanist and is pointing out the Titan Arum, otherwise known at the giant stinky plant that blooms every few years and draws crowds to the Botanic Garden. The tour lets gardeners get close and personal to thousands of plants. USBG Gardener, Anna Mische John is one of 20 employees that work at the Production Facility.

see many plants that are part of important scientific collections, often endangered species USBG is striving to protect. The Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S., the U.S. Botanic Garden and Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum have just released the findings from the first ever-comprehensive collections assessment. It found that 3,681 of North America’s 9,494 most threatened plant species are maintained in 230 collections. In other words, only 39 percent of the nearly 10,000 North American plant species threatened with extinction are currently being protected in collections. As USBG Executive Director Holly Shimizu puts it, “we now know what needs to be protected, and there is a solid foundation on which to build future conservation work.” The full report can be viewed at www.

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From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary The greenhouses are organized in a way to support the many different collections that are on display at the public conservatory. But walking into an arid greenhouse space that is filled row after row with cacti has incredible impact and gives you a much different experience from touring the smaller room of cactus at the Hill location. Likewise, the greenhouse room next door that is filled with the Botanic Garden’s medicinal plants whose sensuous aromas make you want to spend the rest of the day there. Wallick says that the insectivorous plants, otherwise known as the carnivorous plants, are always a big hit with the public. You won’t find at the production facility any of the fictional plants featured in the movie, The Little Shop of Horrors, but it’s a real thrill to lean over a row of Venus

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Behind the Scenes “Usually our visitors take about one hour to go through the different greenhouses,” says Wallick, “and people really get a lot of different things out of the tour. It all depends on what they have come to observe.” For me, the facility tour reminded me of my first behindthe-scenes movie set tour where on film a room looked like it was gilded in gold, but on the set it was just an ordinary room with table and chairs. I love the experience of strolling through the Hill conservatory with its special lightening and romantic settings and everblooming plants. At the production facility, the plants seem just like ordinary plants sitting waiting to be repotted or pruned. On the other hand, I realized that there are so many more species of plants I need to get to know. I highly recommend a trip out to the facility if you are one of those budding botanist types, an avid gardener, or just plain curious. For gardeners, the public tour is your ticket into a very special Washington insider space and shouldn’t be missed. Remember pre-registra68 ★ HillRag | March 2011

tion is required and there is $5 fee for non-members of the Botanic Garden. One can register by calling 202-225-1116 or going online to

Upcoming Tree Forums The April 2, 2011 workshop at the US National Arboretum will be an in-depth look at magnolias including information on the growing habits of different species, and comparison of the different cultivars often identified by the flower and foliage. The President of the Magnolia Society International, Andrew Buting, will conduct the 10:00 am to 2:30 pm study. Lunch is included in the fee for the day, $39.00 and registration at http:// is required. The two Casey Tree walks at the US National Arboretum are free but require registration and are educational walks through the Arboretum’s tree collections to help people better identify trees in the DC area. There will be plenty of time for questions about appropriate trees to plant in your own backyard during the walk. For more information contact Casey Trees, or the US National Arboretum. The walks are April 23, 2011, Flowering Tree Walk, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and May 14, 2011, Shade Tree Walk, 9:00 – 11:00 am. Rindy O’Brien lives on Capitol Hill and is looking forward to the return of the Bartholdi Fountain across from the Botanic Garden building maybe as early as May. If you have thoughts, contact me at rindyob@ ★

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Bored with Rot Replacing Your Porch or Deck by Judith Capen, RA


We’re lucky to have one of Capitol Hill’s rare little wood porches and it’s time to replace the porch deck but I can’t decide whether to use those artificial deck planks or pressuretreated lumber. And what about the preservation people downtown: will they make me use wood? ~ Floored A. You are indeed lucky to have a porch: porches are among life’s pleasures. On the front of the house they provide an opportunity to watch the life of the neighborhood; on the back a private place to sit and think about your garden without getting too close to dirt. But wood porches exact payment for that pleasure. They rot, sooner or later. Where porch elements are made of old-growth wood, rot can be fought off for a very long time. But, eventually, you will be faced either with replacing old growth elements or replacing modern wood replacements that lasted one hot second. Nineteenth-century porch floors were typically tongue-and-groove (t&g) boards, sloped for drainage, and painted regular as clockwork, maybe every year, basic battleship grey. Those old growth porch floors finally failed, inevitably and partly because exterior tongue-and-groove was a recipe for disaster. The tongueand-groove joint invites moisture to hang around, supporting rot. When they failed, sometimes the many coats of paint looked intact until a pointy heel went through a board. Or an entire foot. Then investigations and decisions. How far does the rot extend? If it is 76 ★ HillRag | March 2011

decking is toast. (Sometimes rot on roofed porches is limited to the outer 18” or 2 feet where boards are least protected by the roof and may get wet from splash back. It makes sense just to cut that rotted part away and replace it, keeping most of the original porch decking: good historic preservation.) IF you can’t avoid wholesale replacement of porch floorboards, your materials choices are much as you laid out, pressure-treated or substitute materials, plus the option of buying old-growth lumber, milled with tongue-and-groove edges.

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Alas, wood porch floors rot. Photo: Nancy Metzger

just a board or two, the sensible thing is to replace the rotted ones, either with re-milled old growth wood or mahogany. I prefer old growth wood. On an 1870s hotel in Cape May, New Jersey where I co-directed the University of Maryland Preservation Field School, the ancient yellow pine porch floor boards were replaced with expensive mahogany that failed

about as fast as everything else tried: redwood, cedar, whatever. The original old growth yellow pine lasted best but even it failed at a hundred-plus years, finally done in by the disastrous tongue-and-groove. Too often, stiletto-through-theboard is only the tip of the deterioration iceberg. You may find rotted structure and/or that most of the

Some people think pressuretreated (PT) wood solves all problems of rot and wood decay. No question, it is very durable. And since 2003 arsenic is no longer in the cocktail of treatment chemicals, it’s not even as toxic to humans as previously. We don’t have 70 years experience with newer formulations that we had with the old stuff so we’ll have to hope reformulated pressure-treated lumber holds up. Also, while you must wait two months to a year after installation to paint pressure-treated wood (sources differ), you do need to maintain it because it WILL weather, splitting and splintering, even worse than un-treated wood. The recommended treatment is penetrating oil: a simple installation not requiring as much care as painting. Still, coating an entire porch floor in oil or oil-based stain every year or two might not be a favorite weekend project. If you don’t treat your pressure-treated it will be so horrible in ten or fifteen years

Additions & Basement Experts you’ll have to replace it even though it hasn’t rotted. As I observe modern, rapidly grown wood deteriorating at lightning speed, I have become much more interested in “substitute” materials for decks and porch floors. (And most other exterior applications that would have historically been wood.) I look for materials that are both low maintenance and long-lived. But not all substitute materials are created equal. Some are quite good; others not. One of the most commonly suggested substitute materials is PVC. Alas, PVC products aren’t a terrific idea. Polyvinyl chloride, or “PVC”—often labeled “Number 3” plastic—is a leading source of dioxin (a potent toxin) in the environment. The US Green Building Council has found that “PVC is consistently among the worst materials for human health impacts.” (http://www. A durable deck is probably not worth risking brain cancer. Trex, Veranda, and their competitors are composite materials made of mystery chemicals mixed with sawdust or wood fillers. Their substantial downside is how much they move with temperature change. Plastics expand and contract at different rates and mixed plastics move a lot. Because of thermal movement you must “gap” the boards: ¼” to 3/16” between boards, 1/8” to 3/16” between ends, and a whopping ½” between boards and adjacent solid surfaces like the walls of your house. These gaps really are essential because the composite boards move around so much that, without gaps, they will buckle and even possibly push walls out at their ends…The gaps are substantial openings making the surface look not at all like historic porch floors. Decks ok, porch floors no. Not to mention spaces big enough for coins, diamond rings, fare


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This leaves HDPE as the preferred substitute material. HDPE plastic (High-density polyethylene) is used to make plastic milk jugs, grocery bags, and other, very recyclable plastics (recycling code #2). HDPE boards are 100% plastic, avoiding most of the movement problem. (Manufacturers recommend a maximum board length of 16 feet since the boards still expand and contract along their length.) One manufacturer of HDPE substitutes is EPS (Engineered Plastic Systems). They make a decking called “Bear Board.” Another source is While I love old grocery bags gaining new life as porch flooring I’m not crazy about rounded or eased edges. You could nip off the outer 3/16th of an inch with a router or saw to square the edges, then install them tight to each other to LOOK like a traditional tongue-and-groove porch deck without the death sentence. HDPE boards can be butted tight to each other. Better would be finding square edged or tongue-andgroove boards. I think it’s worth a little investigation into substitute decking and a little horsing around to get a porch floor that will last as long as you do. Color in substitute materials is integral, all the way through. has a “Forever” deck in what looks like a decent grey, reminiscent of traditional porch floor color. No more painting! Besides gapping, substitute materials can have other downsides. Often they are aggressively “wood grained,” making them look like wood that was sand-blasted or weirdly steroidal. Screaming “FAKE!” to the

Professional Painting Makes the Difference! world seems to me ill-advised. Instead, look for a material with a smooth side (manufacturers call that “contemporary”), verifying it won’t be slippery. Milled wood looks smooth, not grained. Don’t think these materials are about saving money: the material is significantly more expensive than wood. But the life-cycle cost justifies the additional up-front expense if it lasts much, much longer. Many of these materials are significantly heavier than wood, requiring more structural support. They also flex. Fasteners are a final concern: use stainless steel. If your premium material is going to last a very long time, you don’t want fasteners rusting through. Bottom line for substitute porch floor materials, avoid both composites and PVC, going with (recycled) HDPE. For a survey of preferred brands A final caveat: these are relatively new materials so do as much homework as you can. Get samples. Try out a few boards before committing to a big project, maybe squaring edges. Don’t take the word of your carpenter or the Home Depot guy. Do your research. And, if you’re not satisfied that your money (always more in a construction project than you anticipate) will be well spent, wait. If you’re in desperate straits, make a temporary repair while you investigate. Don’t forget to get a building permit. Take your samples and research to the Historic Preservation Review Board staff who will appreciate your concern and, I’m sure, will be totally reasonable.

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Is it legal to grow carrots in my tree box on Capitol Hill? If yes, when should I plant? Indeed yes – and best if you have no tree in your tree box. Carrots need light soil to a depth of 10 inches, and lots of sun – but they dislike our boiling hot summers. Seed takes about 2 weeks to germinate – and about 3 months to mature. So plant your seed as early after the danger of frost as you can. Sow ½” deep and five inches apart – seed is tiny so you will probably have to thin the seedlings. When shoots emerge, cover the entire bed with a fine mesh (hardware cloth) to allow air, light and water in, and keep pests out – human and animal. Harvest when the root tops are about an inch in diameter. You will need to keep the bed weeded. For tree boxes, the basic rules are nothing taller than two feet, and nothing to interfere with a tree. The only thing to add around the base of a tree – but not touching the tree trunk – is mulch.

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very month I strive to bring Hill Rag readers profiles of Capitol Hill gardens that are pacesetters. This month for the spring Homes and Gardens special issue, I decided to talk to four landscapers who are setting the standard for good landscape architecture and design on Capitol Hill. These four landscapers are on the pulse of what’s hot now and what is to be the trend this year in urban landscaping. These are the type of folks that you go to time and time again to get the job done right. I asked these artisans two simple, yet potentially complex questions: 1) What do you see as the emerging “hot” trend in landscaping this year? 2) What, if possible, would you change about the business of landscaping today?

J. Mark White, Garden Wise Inc. J. Mark White, ASLA, is a native Washingtonian who earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) degree from Virginia Tech. In 1994, Mark founded GardenWise, Inc., a full service landscape design/build firm which specializes in creating unique 82 ★ HillRag | March 2011

“Going Green” is a welcome trend that continues, and I certainly have more clients looking for a greener approach to garden design and installation. The present economic climate has contributed to people’s interest in being more eco-friendly in their outside spaces. By using local materials, recycling materials you already have in your garden, and using drought tolerant plants, a homeowner will have lower up front costs on a landscape design that will require less water and care. An important “green” step I recommend to my urban clients is to get rid of their lawn. Lawns require frequent watering and mowing, and if properly replaced with a drought tolerant ground cover, homeowners will save a significant amount of money by watering less frequently. Another trend that I have been personally been involved with over the past few years is the development of “cocoon” spaces; designing and building private, secure, and inspiring outside spaces where families can spend quality time with each other and friends. A key element I recommend to include in a cocoon space is a water feature as a focal point. Seating walls on built-in water features create intimate seating for guests while creating a level change in the space. The addition of lush plantings with bursts of color and textures will soften the space while lending to an oasis quality.

What I would change about the biz if I could: A change I’d like to see in the landscape business is for homeowners to understand the importance of choosing a trained and educated landscape professional. Landscape architects are editors of the planning and design process -- editing and resolving existing conditions, views, and incorporating varied elements in a thoughtful and artistic manner. An experienced landscape architect understands what plants work well with what situation, as well as how to best layout the built and natural landscape elements in a cohesive manner; creating an aesthetically beautiful and enjoyable garden space. Their working knowledge helps them avoid traps that untrained folks fall into, and a landscape architect will also be able to give a close estimate to the overall cost of the project before starting which will keep the costs within the set budget. The importance of such elements will save homeowners a lot of money if they can avoid having to replace improperly designed/installed plantings, walkways, arbors, brick and stonewalls, water features and irrigation systems. Garden Wise Inc., 4111 18th Road, North Arlington, VA 22207, 703.243-5982,

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What I would change about the biz if I could: It would be so great (for everyone) if homeowners would call the landscape designer before they re-did their hardscape and fence, rather than after, and if they called the landscape designer before finalizing their architect’s plans so garden and dwelling could be planned at the same time, and installed in a logical, and cost saving manner.

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Trends for 2011: Succulents, such as sedums, hen-and-chicks, and ice plant, will likely continue to be popular for home gardens. These plants fascinate and delight with their architectural shapes and diversity of colors, and require the most minimal amount of effort, water and growing medium while nearly always looking great. This is consistent with a general trend toward more water-wise and ecologically aware landscaping. Additionally, edible gardening will continue to be among the most popular trends this year.

What I would change about the biz if I could: I feel strongly that both landscape companies and their clients could be better about committing to environmentally sound ways of landscaping, from the practices we employ to the products we use. We should strive to do a lot more. I’m thrilled that this commitment to the environment is becoming easier and is the direction everyone is heading in. More “eco” products are available each year, and people are increasingly savvy in their knowledge of environmentallysensitive landscaping. Landscape designers and contractors continue to evolve their own practices in this way and educate consumers about the possibilities for creating great landscapes that please people and the many other creatures of earth, while working to improve our ecology. Gingko Gardens, 911 11th Street SE, Washington DC 20003, 202.543.5172,, www. 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 ★

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RealEstate Father, Dear Father A Corner Bar on Capitol Hill by Robert Pohl

Father, dear father, come home with me now! -Henry Clay Work (1864)


ork’s poem and its story of floor.” His father, Rubin, had been run- which sat a number of spittoons. Bethe dissolute father drink- ning the bar since shortly after Abe’s hind the bar, a hatchway led to the celing away his children’s brother Milton’s birth in 1915 and the lar cold room, where beer was stored. In food money recalls an era when there family lived on the ground floor, where short, this was just the place to drop by were corner bars in every neighbor- the bar itself was. Rubin had moved to for a quick drink on your way home. What name Rubin Genderson ran hood, when drinking with friends and DC from Baltimore, to take over the colleagues in the “third place” was the bar from Theodore Walter, who had the bar under is something that his son could not remember. accepted way of unwinding He does remember the from the day’s work on your day in 1923 when builders way home. showed up in the empty lot Capitol Hill was no exacross the street to begin ception, and there used to be building 26 new homes, bars scattered throughout the filling up the southern neighborhood, along with half of the square across other retail outlets. Some of C Street from the bar. He the buildings boast obvious also recalls trips taken to signs of having once been Baltimore in the family stores, while others hide their car, outings that were not past from all but the most innearly as simple as today, quisitive. One of the latter is but required careful planthe building at the southeast ning – and the packing of corner of 10th and C Streets a picnic lunch. SE which for many years at the beginning of the 20th Rubin Genderson inside his bar. (Courtesy Rick Genderson) century housed one of the Prohibition now long-gone corner bars, Meanwhile, a little remembered now by only the oldest of bought the 1884-vintage building in over a year before Abe’s birth, the life 1911. After Walter bought the bar, he of a DC bartender became quite a bit our city’s inhabitants. added two signs with his name and the more complicated by the passing of words Nat. Capt. Brew. Co. Beer – he the Sheppard Act which made illegal “Born on the barroom floor” Fortunately, one of these oldest was selling the local beer brewed only the sale, manufacture, and importainhabitants is Abe Genderson, and at a few blocks down the street. tion of liquor into the District. Rubin Inside, the dark wood bar ran all Genderson was forced to begin sell92 years of age, he still has memories of growing up on that corner. He was, along the back wall, with a mirror be- ing Piel’s Dark Near Beer, a swill that in his words, “born on the barroom hind it. There were no bar stools, just a contained less than 1/2 a percent of brass rail to rest your feet on, behind ★ 87

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

The outside of the former bar today (RSP)

alcohol, and was (according to the famed food writer Waverley Lewis Root) “such a wishy washy, thin, illtasting, discouraging sort of slop that it might have been dreamed up by a Puritan Machiavelli with the intent of disgusting drinkers with genuine beer forever.” (Root & de Rochemont Eating in America: A History Morrow, NY, 1976.) According to Rubin’s grandson, Rick Genderson, the real stuff continued to be brewed – upstairs in the bathroom, though Abe himself does not remember this. However, there was no doubt that illegal beverages were being sold there, and every now and then, the police would come by, haul the bartender down to the police station, fine him $25 - $250 in today’s dollars - and let him return to his business.

liquor business in 1949 when he opened Schneider’s liquor store with his father-in-law Max Schneider. Today his two sons run this Capitol Hill institution, and his grandson Josh now also work for the business. Of the old corner bar, only the oversize window overlooking C Street gives a hint to those hurrying home from work as to the oasis that was once within. Robert Pohl is a local historian and tour guide living on Capitol hill. If you are interested in taking one of his tours, see ★

A New Broom In 1928, the citizens of the United States elected Herbert Hoover as their new president. In contrast to the previous incumbent, Hoover felt that prohibition was the law of the land – and should be enforced as such. By federalizing the pursuit of illegal alcohol, acts that had previously been either ignored (such as in Maryland) or dealt with lightly (as in DC) were now subject to real penalties. Fortunately for Rubin Genderson, he was out of the liquor business by this time, having moved his family to the Stanton Park area, where he ran a laundry. His brothers, however, took this opportunity to divest themselves of a business that was likely to get them thrown in jail at any time. Abe Genderson returned to the 88 ★ HillRag | March 2011


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Arts & Dining Brits Invade Downtown As AGAINN Pleases the Palate by Celeste McCall


erhaps I can best describe our recent foray into AGAINN as “Celeste, Peter, Patrick and Annie’s Excellent Culinary Adventure.” If that title sounds vaguely British, it’s because AGAINN, which debuted in October 2009, is VEDDY British indeed. The unusual moniker–pronounced A-g-uin--is Gaelic, loosely translating as: “with us,” or “at us?” or ‘til we meet again.” We first ventured to AGAINN–lo-

cated near the growing Mount Vernon Square neighborhood–on a blustery winter night. Accompanied by our intrepid fellow diners, we had considered taking Metro, but our destination was five or six blocks from a subway station, and we did not feel like walking in the cold. So–we wimped out and took our Camry. After wrestling with the complicated parking meter across the street (we should have paid AGAINN’s

reasonable $10 valet parking fee, even though the recalcitrant contraption set us back only $3 in quarters), we arrived slightly late for our 7:30 p.m. reservations. No problem. As we pulled open the glass door, we were greeted by AGAINN’s highly touted raw bar–with a tempting array of oysters arranged on a bed of ice. As we hung our coats and hats on hooks in the dining area, we were reminded of our grammar school hallways.

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Our immediate (and only) complaint about AGAINN was that the decibel level was so high that loud we had to shout to each other--and to our patient waiter, Timothy as we gave our orders. However, the line of heavy coats muffled the deafening clatter somewhat. Meanwhile, smartly-attired 20-and30-somethings converged on the lively, 19-seat bar area, sipping trendy cocktails like Pimms Cup, Ricky Tricky, Lady MacBeth, as well as glasses of single-malt Scotch. (One of AGAINN’s signature amenities is its personalized Scotch lockers.) Banoffee Pie. Photo: Andrew Lightman As the efficient hostess led our party to a comfy booth with dark leather lar holds more than 100 kinds of vino seats, we noted the spare, cutting edge from around the world. Patrick and I decor, designed by Peter Hapstak of the ordered a bottle of El Primerva Rioja acclaimed Washington DC architecture Tempranillo ($36). Peter and Annie firm, CORE. Overhead pipes are ex- opted for Palm draft Belgian beers from posed; white “subway” tiles line part of the mind-boggling brewski listing. Then the walls. Lighting is fashionably dim. Annie ordered a dozen Chesapeake Bay The long, glass enclosed wine cel- oysters ($30), artfully presented on an 94 ★ HillRag | March 2011

elevated metal pan–similar to pizza displays we’ve seen. The bivalves tasted fresh and briny, enhanced with a dipping bowl of mignonette, a tangy melange of champagne vinegar, shallots and a sprinkling of black pepper. Lemon halves completed the arrangement. Another appetizer--marinated wild mushroom tart-was enlivened with toasted hazelnuts, “petite” cress and a sherry gastrique, a sweet-and-sour sauce made with caramelized sugar. Since we were dining in a English-style restaurant/pub, we felt we had to try the Welsh rarebit, sort of an open-faced grilled Cheddar cheese sandwich spiked with what tasted like Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and a splash of beer. The rarebit was tasty and fun to share. Peter’s entree was shepherd’s pie, composed of ground Shenandoah lamb (braised with beer) and encrusted with delicately-browned mashed potatoes. Accompanying the hearty dish was a crisp green salad, a perfect, healthy matchup. I zeroed in on the pan-seared Loch Duart salmon, an upscale brand raised in Scotland’s Sutherland region. The perfectly cooked (medium-rare as requested) fish was poised on a bed of emerald-green spinach and ringed with onion quarters and little beets, all topped with sauce Albert, a traditional British mixture of horseradish, cream, egg yolks and consomme. Patrick decided on the charcuterie board: a selection of potted pork (appealingly served in a ceramic dish), country-style pate studded with pistachios; thinly-sliced ham which tasted like proscuitto, accompanied with onion relishes, picadilli, mustard, and Aggain’s bar hums. Photo: Andrew Lightman slices of whole grain bread. We are happy to note that chef Morton uses only meats that have been humanely raised, most on nearby farms. His seafood also comes from sustainable sources. Speaking on fish, we reluctantly passed over the highly recommended fish and chips, which arrive with something called mushy peas. I’ve actually sampled this questionable-sounding side dish in a London pub, and it tastes a lot better than it sounds. Yes, we did get to desserts–not that we needed them. We were tempted by the heirloom apple crisp with dried cranberries and the cheese platter, but settled instead on the Banoffee pie ($8). Described as a traditional British dessert, Banoffee consisted of sliced bananas and caramelized milk, stacked on top of a ground graham cracker crust and capped with ganache, a rich, frosting-like sauce. The rich “pudding” arrived in a glass Fido Italian jar with a hinged lid, similar to a Mason jar. Peter loves his hot chocolate, and could not

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resist AGAINN’s rendition with smoked cinnamon, little square, mint-flavored marshmallows (which tasted homemade), and delicious pecan shortbread. AGAINN serves a mean British lunch as well, with such standouts as pasta, roast pork sandwich, grass-fed beef burger, smoked salmon, and a lineup of soups and salads. Some of these items appear on the pub menu, which is served until late every day but Monday, when the restaurant is shuttered. AGAINN is sensibly priced for such upscale, inventive cooking. Our tab for four came to $202, plus a tip for our very good waiter, Timothy. Mike Sindoni has recently been promoted as the new executive chef. He formerly served as the chef de cuisine of the restaurant. With the aid of his culinary team, Sindoni will continue to deliver a menu that showcases house made charcuterie and sustainable seafood in addition to the best local, organic and seasonal ingredients which have made the restaurant so popular. Located at 1099 New York Ave. NW (entrance is on 11th St. between K St. and New York Ave. NW), AGAINN is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday from 11:30 a.m.-to midnight; Saturday 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Closed Sunday. For more information or reservations call 202-639-9830 or visit ★

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Spring Wine Time by Josh Genderson


he process of selecting and purchasing wine can at times seem daunting. Not at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Here, we pride ourselves on the fact that you can just walk in with an idea and our experienced and professional wine staff can point you in the right direction. In our store alone, we have a collection of over 4000 producers from many, many different countries. All this would be great if you knew just what type of wine to buy for what occasion. Our customers may wonder, “Is it okay for me to snuggle up by a fire drinking Vinho Verde in the middle of a blizzard?” or “Would the God’s of wine strike me down if they caught me enjoying a bold Zinfandel in the middle of August in DC?” The fact is, with wine, it’s never simple. A good summer wine can always be enjoyed in the dead of winter and vice versa. But good wine also has a unique quality to it – it thrives best when in its element. Being somebody who helps about a hundred people a day select their wine, I can tell you that wine drinkers, very simply, want the right wine for the occasion. And in DC, there are few occasions we like to celebrate more than the coming of spring and with it, the new wines the season will bring. When I think about spring, I think of the fresh fruits and vegetables that fill the shelves of my grocery store. I think of the tulips that are ready to bloom in my front yard. I think of the coming baseball season that is getting ready to start. But most of all, I think about wine. If nothing else, a good wine is brimming with character, an individual personality that encapsulates everything about its existence from the grape in the vineyard to the juice in the glass. So fear not my thirsty friends! Here is my list of great wines and spirits to be enjoyed this spring;

I feel this is the finest Prosecco on the market. A true “brut,” it is creamy and crisp with elegance, balance and style.

Sauvignon Blanc:


What invokes spring more than the fresh smell of grass? That’s why New Zealand sauvignon blanc, with its clean, herbaceous scents, is such refreshing wine for the season.

Grenache noir is the world’s most widely planted grape used to make red wine. Whether it is grown for a stand-alone varietal, as a rosé, or as the backbone of a phenomenal red blend, Grenache is a beautiful grape that should be enjoyed. Used as a component in some Northern Rhône reds, nearly exclusively for Rhône rosés and as the primary component in nearly all Southern Rhône red blends, Grenache is probably most notable as the base varietal for Chateauneuf du Pape, Cotes du Rhône and Gigondas. In spite of its fame coming from French wines, Spain is most likely this

Croney Three Ton – Retail $19.99 Sale $14.99 The 2009 Croney Three Ton is a slight departure from previous vintages with a less tropical and more classic approach. The nose has bright citrus and herbaceous notes leading to full bodied citrus flavors, balanced acidity and a long finish. A great value! 96 ★ HillRag | March 2011

Te Kairanga Sauvignon Blanc – Retail $19.99 Sale $9.99

grape’s origin.

A delicious New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough with crisp, lively lime, green apple and herb flavors tightly wound together, echoing nicely on the refreshing finish.

2008 Quo Grenache Old Vines – Retail $22.99 Sale $14.99

Prosecco Prosecco is Italy’s answer to refreshing, wellmade sparkling wine at a reasonable price. Made primarily in the district of Valdobbiadene (Valdo-bi-ad-en-ay) near the town of Conegliano in the region of Veneto, Prosecco has quickly become one of the most successful sparkling wine types made today. As this is a grape that is prized for its delicate flavors and aromatics, the wine itself is not made in the classic method made famous in the Champagne district of France. Rather, the Charmat method of sparkling wine is used to make Prosecco as the classic Champagne method would mean aging the wine for several years before release, robbing the wine of its freshness

NV Liliana Prosecco – Retail $22.99 Sale $14.99

One of my favorite reds in this price range, this delicious wine has raspberry and strawberry aromas that keep you coming back. It is lush and silky with jammy red berry flavors building and deepening through the finish. The seductive, intense fruit and fat, round flavors make this wine shine.

2007 Cabirau “Serge and Tony” Grenache – Retail $21.99 Sale $15.99 This is a new estate of old vines purchased by my friend, importer Dan Kravitz of Hand Picked Selections. Named for the gentlemen who oversee his vines and vinification, the 2007 Grenache Serge & Tony is raised in tank from the fruit of 20-year-old vines. An exuberant nose of ripe black raspberry is mingled with mint and smoked meat. It has mouth-filling generosity of fruit, and a lipsmacking finish. Just delicious for the price

This extra dry Prosecco from the Valdobbiadine area of Prosecco is classically styled. Light and crisp with a touch of citrus on the tip of the tongue, this wine is truly a pleasure.

2009 QUO Grenache Rose- Retail $15.99 Sale $19.99

NV La Tordera Prosecco Brut – Retail $21.99 Sale $17.99

This delicious 100% Grenache Rose from Campo de Borja in Spain is very fruit forward with good body and juicy flavors. What a bargain!

Insane Deal of the Month!! Plymouth Gin 50 ML 12 pack - Purchase 12 miniatures for only $9.99. It equals $12.48 for a 750ml bottle. That’s less than half price! Plymouth Gin is a grand old institution in Britain. Churchill soaked it up, as does the Royal Navy. To this day Plymouth makes their gin on an ancient site, a 16th-century Dominican Friary where Miles Standish and the Pilgrims stayed the night before they set out for America. Plymouth has a great depth of flavor with a wonderfully fresh juniper, lemony bite with deeper earthy notes. Plymouth has a slight sweetness with extraordinary concentration and complexity. Josh Genderson works at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. ★

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Like Groupon? Try our March Schneidercoupon! Come in and pick up this assorted case (one of each of the 12 bottles are listed below) At 55% OFF the regular retail price. That’s less than HALF-PRICE! Regular Price: $208.88…….Sale Price: $159.88 Schneidercoupon Mixed Case Price: $94.99 Purchase additional bottles at the listed SALE prices. This case will be available thru March 31st. Just come on in and pick one up today! This month features nine reds, two rose’s and one white wine Aymara Malbec Reserva 2007 750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $16.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12.99 Bob's Pinotage 2008 750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7.99 Cabirau "Serge and Tony" Grenache 2007 750 . . . . .$19.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15.99 Chanarmuyo Estate Malbec 2010 750 . . . . . . . . . . . .$11.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9.99 Cuvee de Pena Rose 2009 750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7.99 di Arie Zinfandel Sierra Foothills 2008 750 . . . . . . . . .$19.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14.99 Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 750 . . . . . . . . .$24.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15.99 La Playa Block Selection Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2008 750 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$11.99 Perazzeta Sara Toscano Rosso 2007 750 . . . . . . . . .$17.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$14.99 Tramonti Chianti Classico 2004 750 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$24.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$19.99 Vicchiomaggio Ripa della Mandorle Rosato 2009 750 . .$14.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9.99 Vina Amezola Crianza Rioja 2006 750 . . . . . . . . . . .$19.99 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$16.99

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St. Paddy’s Plans Local festivities for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) commence with the annual parade on Sunday, March 13 when colorful floats, step-dancers, bag pipers and high school bands will wind their way along Constitution Ave. NW from noon to 3 p.m. Meanwhile, here’s what’s on tap for Irish establishments on Capitol Hill: At Kelly’s Irish Times, 14 F St. NW, a full lunch and limited dinner menu will be available on St. Patrick’s Day. DJ music will play downstairs, while upstairs will be devoted to singer/guitarist/actor Pete Papageorge, who has been entertaining Irish Times patrons for more than a quarter century with Irish ballads and other toe-tapping songs. (Pete will also be playing on Sunday after the parade.) Also: Brendan Kelly, son of legendary IT founder Hugh Kelly, is working on a new menu; watch for details. For more information call 202-543-5433. Next door is the Dubliner Pub, 4 F St. NW, with live Irish entertainment seven nights a week. Besides Irish beers, the Dubliner will serve fish-and-chips and shepherd’s pie, as 98 ★ HillRag | March 2011

well as an unusual Guinness burger for $14.50, ground sirloin marinated in Guinness and presented atop a potato pancake, crowned with Welsh cheese sauce and escorted with veggie and onion straws. On the big day, three bands will perform on two stages, nonstop from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.: John McGrath, Morris Minor, and a trio: Paddy Halligan and Jimmy Rafferty. The last two groups are coming directly from Ireland. In the upstairs ballroom, the Dubliner’s full dinner menu will be available. Call 202-7373773. For the past 44 years, the Hawk ‘n’ Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, has celebrated St. Paddy’s Day in style. As expected every year, manager Paul Meagher presides dressed in his kilt. (Never mind that kilts are associated with Scotland rather then Ireland; both groups have battled the British.) This year’s music will be a combination of Sirius/XM and the Hawk’s own DJ. Besides a special Hibernian menu of Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, fish-andchips and clam chowder, the Hawk will reduce prices on Irish whiskey. Call 202-543-3300 or On Barracks Row, Molly Malone’s, 713 Eighth St. SE (202-5471222) will feature two bands: The first group (name to be announced) starts at 5 p.m., and Crown Vic will take over from 9 p.m. until midnight. For sustenance: corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie. We advise arriving EARLY–maybe for lunch--as the place is jam-packed by mid-afternoon. And–about a week earlier (March 8) is Mardi Gras. Molly Malone’s plans beer specials including Abita (Louisiana brew) on tap, and at 8 p.m. Zachary Smith and the Dixie Power Trio will play zydeco music. Go to

In the Atlas District, Star and Shamrock, 1341 H St. NE, a combination Jewish deli and Irish pub, will celebrate two feast days this year. The pub normally features live music every Thursday, and--as luck would have it--St. Paddy’s Day falls on that day. Morever, the Jewish holiday of Purim, which commemorates Israel’s victory over Haman in 4th century BC Persia, occurs on March 19, so Star will merge both traditions with such hybrids as corned beef with a side of latkes; “chicken and the cow” sandwich with pastrami, Swiss, chopped chicken livers and Russian dressing, piled on rye bread and washed down with a black and tan or Hebrew brew. For more information call 202-3883833 or

Bullfeathers is back On a recent Sunday on the way home from our fitness club, Peter and I checked out the “new” Bullfeathers, 410 First St. SE. A favorite of Republican Congressional staffers (the restaurant/pub is down the street from the Republican National Committee headquarters), Bullfeathers had been shuttered for about a year. It reopened January 31 under the ownership of Tony Harris and Med Lahlou (“Mo”) who also operate Tunnicliff ’s across from Eastern Market. (Also in the works is another spinoff: Station 4, a 4,000 square foot, 200-seat restaurant at Waterfront Station in Southwest.) We hardly recognized Bullfeathers.We recall the “old” place as rather dark, while the reincarnation is streamlined, bright and open, with a long bar on one side

and a gleaming display kitchen. Photos and paintings of GOP presidents grace the walls. In lieu of Bullfeather’s weekend brunch menu of pancakes, omelettes, French toast and “eyeopener” pizza, we perused the regular mid-day listing. I settled for a “black and bleu” Caesar salad, laced with bleu cheese, croutons and crowned with generous slabs of rare steak. Peter was pleased with his plump crabcake sandwich, chock-full of lump crab with no breading. Both items were $11.95. By the way, the moniker “Bullfeathers” comes from an expletive Teddy Roosevelt used in public (instead of a stronger cussword), when he stubbed his toe or was otherwise annoyed. Bullfeathers is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information call 202-484-0228 or

Watershed to flow By now it’s no secret that Equinox proprietors Todd and Ellen Gray plan to unveil Todd Gray’s Watershed in NoMa’s Hilton Garden Inn. Look for the eagerly awaited offshoot around April. Todd Gray’s kitchen will turn out regional, sustainable specialties like Maryland crab cakes,

PARTY ON ST. PADDY'S steamed mussels, pan-fried oysters and grilled fish. The 80seat dining room will join a raw bar and comfy lounge. Come spring, a patio will accommodate about 30. Watershed will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. “DC has a real need for power breakfast spots,” said Gray. “Breakfast meetings are a huge thing, and there are so few places that do a good breakfast.” Watershed’s contemporary décor will showcase cool greens and blues, accented by flowing water. The restaurant moniker also carries a deeper meaning. “A watershed is composed of interconnected waterways forming a community of water,” Gray explained. “We feel that way about our food, as a small business and in the community in general.” Watershed will help support a collective of East Coast fishermen including the Oyster Shell Alliance Program, which recycles oyster shells in the Chesapeake Bay for reforesting. The Grays are not resting on their whisks. “We’d like to have one restaurant by the White House and one by the Capitol, like bookends,” Ellen Gray added.

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Recent Documentary Films: A Resumé of Some Winners by Mike Canning


t could be said that we are in a Golden Age of the full-length documentary film. In the past decade, long-form non-fiction cinema has reached ever wider audiences and has had greater impact than ever before. Michael Moore’s provocative essays have been the most notable and notorious (his 2004 “Fahrenheit 9/11” was the first documentary to earn more than $100 million), but other films have also had considerable audience and impact, such as “Supersize Me,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.” “An Inconvenient Truth,” and last year’s “Waiting for ‘Superman.’” What this special column of “At the Movies” wants to highlight, however, are several superb documentaries that did not earn the big bucks or reach the large audiences: the smaller, but still potent, true stories told by tal-

ented filmmakers. This is a shout out to those Netflix subscribers, Blockbuster renters, or video-streamers to give such films a look. None of those listed below earned more than $3 million in box office (most of them substantially less), and they were seen by, at most, less than one hundred thousands souls. So here, in alphabetical order, is a short list of documentaries from the last decade, with a summons to the filmgoer to discover some wonderful, overlooked work.

Bonhoeffer (2003) Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who, despite pacifist leanings, became involved in the plots to assassinate Hitler, leading to his arrest and execution at the end of World War II. This moving documentary describes his life, from comfortable days in a Berlin suburb through academic success and a telling American sojourn to his work as a minister. Martin Doblmeier directs in a stately, restrained way, mixing historic footage and personal interviews. Besides the intrinsic drama of Bonhoeffer’s life, Doblmeier offers a trenchant “essay” on the early relationship between the Nazis and the German church as well as a serious discussion of the demands of faith, a subject surpassingly rare in any American motion picture.

EVERY LITTLE STEP features singer/dancers from the new company of “ A Chorus Line.”

2006 revival on Broadway. The auditions themselves (offering a rare inside look at the process) are very well edited and paced, and heightening the film’s impact is the inherent drama of the auditions themselves: Who will be cast? The filmgoer finds a rooting interest in these talented, committed performers. This is a competition with both pizzazz and class in a story that takes a little over an hour-and-onehalf to tell.

Manufactured Landscapes (2007) A documentary both artful and provocative. Filmmaker Jennifer Ba-

ichwal uses stunning photos of Chinese industrial sites taken by Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and expands them into filmic essays on what we are doing to ourselves as societies. Sequences of massive assembly plants, of computers being scavenged, and of scut work on the Three Gorges Dam are mesmerizing, showing a China we are only now beginning to grasp. Additionally, one section showing the breaking down of ships in Bangladesh, is a modern vision of Dante’s Inferno. The opening tracking shot—a long wordless glide past what seems like acres of assembly tables in one Chinese plant—is simply stunning, a marvelous set-up for what is to come.

Mondovino (2005) “Mondovino” (“World of Wine” in Italian) is a documentary with taste, the taste of the grape. It is an intriguing tour-d’horizon of the contemporary wine world: the vintners, the companies, the consultants, the distributors, and the tasters--and, just as importantly, its increasing market

Every Little Step (2009)

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A fascinating look at auditions for that prototype show of auditions “A Chorus Line.” Turns out that the reallife auditions can be just as compelling as the musical itself. The film follows a varied batch of musical comedy hopefuls as they try out for the musical’s

A Chinese assembly line in shown in MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES.

just before the tech market meltdown in 2000-2001. While it provides a rare inside look at how the start-up game worked (or didn’t work in this case), the film is really more a character study of two--very different-young businessmen. 20-something entrepreneurs Tom Herman and Kaleil Tuzman—the classic inside and outside man-try to launch their own American dream of a new web business, The sweep of a French vineyard shown in the documentary MONDOVINO. only to see it crash in the fickle world of Wall Street. Made by globalization (the film covers wine making in France, Italy, California, and Argentina, inter the great documentarians D.A. Pennebaker alia). It discusses viniculture’s geography, scale, and Chris Hegedus. family history, mingled with what is, for many, an almost religious feeling for wine. This is a War/Dance (2007) salubrious conversation-starter, a film to view An inspiring documentary which shows with your best friends, after which you have an the transformation of a group of poor, waranimated discussion over a couple of bottles damaged Ugandan orphans, having suffered a of Chateau Latour or Montepulciano or Three ghastly fate in an East African conflict, into a Buck Chuck... joyous music and dance team ready to compete in a national music festival. The film, made by documentarians Sean Fine and Andrea Nix, Murderball (2005) Super-tough quadriplegic athletes--who focuses on several individual Ugandan kids— DON’T need your sympathy--compete in all charmers and each with a story more heartfull-contact rugby in souped-up wheelchairs, breaking than the last—who live in a northern and we get to know them up close and per- refugee camp where they are given training sonal. We see them overcoming unimaginable in traditional African music and dance. They obstacles and smashed lives to compete in the then travel to the country’s capital, Kampala, Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004. This to compete in the National Music Festival. A documentary uncovers a fascinating, highly heart-stirrer. competitive world you didn’t even know was out there and reveals characters, like the amazing athlete Mark Zupan, who are fascinating to know. The film’s drama is much aided by depicting a true world-class rivalry between teams from the US and Canada.

Music from the Inside Out (2006) Intimate, inspiring look at one of our best symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra. The genesis of the film came from the musicians themselves, who, after a “bitter” 1997 strike, began to brainstorm ideas on how to restore some luster to the orchestra’s reputation. They approached filmmaker Daniel Anker about making a film, wherein they revealed their love of music and playing. The musicians, led by concertmaster David Kim, are interviewed about their motives for musicmaking, then are shown on tour, participating in chamber music, and—in the finale—pulling out the stops on a luscious Brahms symphony. (2001) Compelling video document of the rise and fall of a New York in the days

Wordplay (2006) A documentary charmer dealing with the crossword puzzling world through the grandaddy of the genre, The New York Times puzzle, long edited by the paragon of puzzlers, Will Shortz. The film is full of delights, starting with the easy-going, thoughtful intelligence exhibited by Shortz himself, a puzzler apparently out of the womb, who started the American Puzzle Tournament in 1978, eager to see how the best puzzlers might do against each other. The finale of Wordplay is a gas, a rousing contest between players with whom we have already come to identify. While “Wordplay” can be unreservedly recommended to puzzlers, others may get caught up in it, too, because this is a kind of very “serious fun.” Long-time 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. His reviews and writings on film can be found online at The site has full reviews of “Bonhoeffer,” Every Little Step,” “Mondovino,” and “Wordplay.” ★ ★ 101

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A Classic Updated & An Albee Festival Oedipus’s Innocent Guilt at Woolly + Albee at Arena by Brad Hathaway


alf a century ago a famous team took an old classic and pushed the reset button to bring it up to the then-current time with fabulous results. The classic was Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and the result was “West Side Story.” I had that in mind when I went to Woolly Mammoth on D Street NW to see another classic brought current. It wasn’t a musical, but it was a clear case of updating that sounded intriguing. Reaching back not just 400-odd years to the 1590s, but over 2,000 years to about 429 B.C., Luis Alfaro of Los Angeles has taken on one of the most famous of all Greek tragedies, Sophocles’ treatment of the legend of Oedipus who could not avoid his fate. That fate, you will recall, was to kill his father and bed his mother. That he had no idea that the man he killed was his father or that the woman who becomes his lover was actually his mother didn’t save him from a sense of guilt strong enough to blind him - literally. The issue of innocent guilt permeates Alfaro’s “Oedipus el Rey.” Reset in the contemporary barrio and prison environments of California, the Oedipus el Rey. Photos by Stan Barouh courtesy controlling force may not be a classic Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company deity as in Sophocles’ version. Instead, it is the strength of the culture of viosensitivity, pride, determination and lence in gangland and the overwhelm- pure sexuality. ing sense of a lack of alternatives which Andres Munar is a credible Oekeep the characters heading straight dipus, our anti-hero of a hero who, ahead toward disaster. through little or no fault of his own, While not another classic, there is ends up violating the strongest of the a great deal to chew on in Alfaro’s one- taboos of this or any time. He has act play as staged at Woolly by another enough sensitivity hidden beneath the Angelino, Michael John Garcés. It is a hard shell that gang life demands to stylish and properly disturbing take on make his eventual reactions to learnthe legend, and much of the acting is ing the terrible truths of his existence absolutely first rate, especially that of understandable. Romi Dias as Oedipus’s mother and The opening image is of exercise. lover Jocasta. Dias takes the wonder- Oedipus is seen exercising his body, fully written role and adds layers of but not his mind nor his character. 102 ★ HillRag | March 2011

This king-to-be seems to think that tight abs are the sole criteria for leadership. Munar certainly has those tight abs and, physically, he’s wound as tight as a clock’s mainspring all evening long. Well, that is all evening except for one completely relaxed post-coital collapse following sex with Jocasta. The coupling is staged front and center and fully in the buff on the thrust stage with the audience surrounding the couple on three sides. In Alfaro’s hands, what Sophocles described as the killing at the crossroads becomes an act of road rage, staged with a thrilling simplicity as the view of the mayhem is obscured - at least for those in the center section - by two bright headlights battling the darkness. The Greek chorus has morphed into a coro, the Spanish word for choir, and Oedipus’s father Laius is a kingpin rather than a royal head of state. The one aspect common to both barrio and prison life that seems missing, however, is the sense of over-crowding and the absence of privacy. It may well be hard to create that sense with a cast of only seven, but the few times the coro crowds in on Oedipus, they seem to be a tight knit group in the middle of an empty space. Woolly Mammoth continues the season March 21 - April 10 with the return of theatrical storyteller Mike Daisey in his new one-man show, “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” in which he explores the impact of Apple and Silicone Valley on our world. Then the high spirited Chicago troupe The Neo-Futurists who perform 30 short playlets in 60 minutes comes in for a three week stay with “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.” The truly exciting news however is

that the best play Woolly has done recently will be revived for the summer. “Clybourne Park” is Bruce Norris’ wonderfully realized play that follows the history of the famous house of Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark “A Raisin in the Sun.” Norris revisits that piece of property to let us get to know the white family that sold it to Hansberry’s black family and then, in a marvelous twist for a second act, shows us what could happen half a century later when the neighborhood has turned solidly black but a white couple wants to move in. Woolly’s production last year was a highlight of the Washington theater season, and their ability to bring it back with the original cast for a summer run is good news indeed.

Arena’s Albee Festival What seemed like a mini-festival when just the fully staged productions of two Edward Albee plays were included in this spring’s schedule at Arena Stage has grown into an opportunity to experience practically his entire output through staged readings involving many of our theater companies and some of the area’s best known directors. Arena is hosting Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” through April 10 in the Kreeger Theater while staging its own production of his “At Home at the Zoo” in the beautiful new intimate space, the Kogod Cradle, through April 24. Either would be considered important events, but Arena has invited other companies to mount staged readings of Albee

works in various spaces in their complex on 6th Street SW. In all, there will be twentyfive Albee plays read before the series ends on April 24. Some of the highlights? How about all three of his Pulitzer Prize winners, “A Delicate Balance,” “Seascape” and “Three Tall Women?” His Tony but not Pulitzer winner “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia” and well known plays such as “The Play About the Baby” and “Tiny Alice” will be on the bill along with less well known pieces such as “Fam and Yam,” “Malcolm” and “Occupant.” There will even be double bills of shorter works such as “Counting the Ways” and “Listening” on one night and “Box” and “Quotations from Chairman Mau Tse-Tung” on another. Readings will be directed by such notables as Wendy Goldberg, the Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Center in Connecticut, Aaron Posner who is a frequent contributor to theater here, and Irene Lewis who has just left Baltimore’s CenterStage. Local directors of note include Forum Theatre’s Michael Dove, Round House Theatre’s Blake Robison and Woolly Mammoth’s Howard Shalwitz. Local freelancers such as Shirley Serotsky and Steven Scott Mazzola will also direct readings. The readings will all be free but reservations will be required. You can see the full schedule on Arena Stage’s website (www. but finding it is difficult. The full address for the schedule is: shows-tickets/the-season/productions/edward-albee-festival/. Once you’ve found the readings you want to attend, you can make reservations online or just call Arena at (202) 488-3300.

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Artist Portrait: Shannon Holloway


hannon Holloway paints with light. It is the light of the moment – the elusive instant when an idea becomes the subject and the space opens up to reveal itself. The idea meets the eye and the camera becomes the brush, the instrument that allows control over the image. Shannon does not “set up” a picture. These are not studious compositions. She lets it happen, nothing is forced, but nothing is by accident either; she controls the effects through the shutter. She stands back from the subject, finds what is interesting, and then goes forward, taking the picture. She uses a digital camera, but doesn’t utilize Photoshop or other technologies to change the image. The painterly effects are captured when she takes the picture. She grew up in Southern California, in love with the arts in all their diverse

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forms, and began to experiment with the camera while still in high school. She took classes in traditional photography in college, with darkroom emphasis, and explored photo-journalism for the school paper. She went on to earn a BA from Cal State Long Beach in 2005 with an emphasis on Photography. She moved to DC in 2007 and is pursuing commercial freelance assignments and is exhibiting her creative works in local galleries. Whether a shoot is intended to be commercial or personally expressive, she reaches beyond flat, impassive appearances. Her preference is spontaneous revelation. “Even if an image is technically flawless and clever, it can be over-controlled, cold and empty of feeling.” Shannon Holloway connects emotionally by “courting the moment” – looking for that elusive element of discovery, the instant when the subject becomes an idea, and

the idea becomes the subject. Holloway.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art Most of us started out loving art. As tots, we liked to draw and make up our own creature, landscapes and stories. Crayons and finger paints were wonderful. All of the grownups loved our pic-



tures…no matter what, even if they didn’t have a clue as to what it was. We didn’t think about style or technique, or an artistic direction. We just did what came naturally – a biological miracle in itself. Our instant masterpieces were hung on walls and refrigerators for all to praise. For those who stuck with the arts into college, decisions had to be made. With every choice, other possibilities, other paths to fulfillment had to be jettisoned. You can’t major in art, music, drama and creative writing all at the same time. If art was the choice, it had to be narrowed further: commercial or fine, painting or sculpture, etc. Even within painting, roads lead in completely different directions, and not just representational or abstract. There are dozens of variations on each. These were all serious decisions, like deciding what kind of doctor you wanted to be. But in art, you also had to be uniquely yourself. In a way it was like going back to the beginning – doing your own thing. Doing what comes naturally. Only now, the grownups are not as friendly or approving.

At the Museums “Gauguin: Maker of Myth” National Gallery of Art 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW - June 5 This is a major exhibit of over 100 works from the legendary painter’s Brittany and the South Sea Islands periods. The unifying theme is his use of religion and myth motifs to tell the stories we are familiar with. I will write more on the exhibit in the April column, but it is Paul Gauguin! What else needs to be said? There is much to see, and much to learn. Go back a few times, there is always more to discover.

At the Galleries “Listen To Me” Zenith Gallery The Gallery at 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Mar. 2 - May 13 Joel D’Orazio creates “art chairs,” paintings and sculptures using found objects and industrial materials. His choice and use of materials reflects his 25-year career as an architect. He uses polyurethane on hollow door panels for his abstract paintings and wraps colored industrial cable around old chairs “to synthesize a common everyday human element into a visual statement where function is beside the point.” The artist reception is Wed., Mar 2, 5:30 – 8.


All-Media Show Capitol Hill Art League 545 7th St. SE Mar. 12 – Apr. 1 CHAL opens its March all-media juried exhibit Sat., Mar. 12, from 5 –7 with an artists’ reception that is open to the public. The juror for the exhibit is gallery owner Paula Amt. She will discuss the pieces selected for the show. The receptions are always a good time and a learning experience.

Michele Cormier Betsy Forster Touchstone Gallery 901 New York Ave Mar. 2 – Mar. 27 In Surfaces, Michele Cormier translates the look and feel of the urban visual story. She celebrates the cracks in the sidewalk, a gouge in a wall or the rusty beat-up things that accumulate around the edges of our hurried lives and become invisible. It is about surfaces and she uses layers of paint, glazes, imprints, along with random lines and markings to interpret and reveal. Recep: Mar 4, 6-8:30.

Mark Parascandola John M. Adams Evolve Urban Arts Project Pierce School Lofts 1375 Maryland Ave. NE Mar. 5 – Apr. 23 With, Like Nowhere I’ve Been: Landscapes de un Sueno, photographer Mark Parascandola and visual artist John M. Adams look at the landscape as a man-made creation. Parascandola photographs abandoned, decaying “Spaghetti Western” movie sets in the Spanish countryside. Adams forms ethereal, personal locales with layers of graphite, through a process of “repetitive mark making.” These are not places on a map; they insinuate a place you might remember. It is a landscape begun by the artist, but completed in your own mind. Recep: Mar 5, 5-8. ★

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

Alchemy After Dark Hold onto your ruff! Hill author Louis Bayard is about to catapult you into sixteenth century – and then yank you back to the present – for a fast-paced tale of murder and bibliophilic mayhem that spans five centuries. “The School of Night” begins at the Folger Shakespeare Library here on Capitol Hill, where failed scholar Henry Cavendish is approached by an oily collector with a proposition: he’ll pay $100,000 in return for a missing letter that may confirm the existence of the fabled School of Night, a secret cabal of learned men who dabbled in heresy and the dark arts. In the book’s preface, Bayard writes that he was intrigued by the fact that the group, which supposedly consisted of intellectuals like Walter Ralegh and Christopher Marlowe, exists only as rumor. “There’s no paper

Louis Bayard exposes the dark side of Shakespeare’s time in a historical mystery that merges past with present.

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trail,” he explains. “If I were a real historian, I might have despaired.” Instead, his novelistic imagination focused on Thomas Harriot, another purported member known in some circles as “England’s Galileo.” The story of Harriot and the young woman who worked side by side with him in his laboratory, experimenting with optics and measuring the refraction of various substances, forms one thread of Bayard’s spellbinding tale. In a parallel narrative, Cavendish is joined in his present-day search by an enigmatic woman named Clarissa Dale, whose visionary dreams evoke the School of Night. Tainted by violent death and betrayal, their quest eventually Martha Grimes sets her young alter ego, Emma leads them to Harriot’s one-time Graham, loose on a 20-year-old mystery in Western Maryland. home, where their story finally converges with his in a surprising and poignant way. As Bayard In Martha Grimes’ new novel, “Fadenotes, this novel “embraces many away Girl,” the twelve-year-old uses different forms – tragedy, comedy, her notoriety as the witness and nearromance, adventure, even a whiff victim of a murder to land herself a job of the supernatural” – and his style as newspaper reporter in the Western ably encompasses them all, conMaryland town where her mother trasting the dark and evocative imruns the Hotel Paradise. Unsatisfied ages of the past with the staccato with the resolution of the case that dialogue and inventive language nearly cost her her life, she sets out of the present, and making “The to interview anyone who might help School of Night” an engrossing and solve an aspect of the mystery that she satisfying read on every level. worries like a loose tooth: was baby “The School of Night” goes on Fay really kidnapped from the Belle sale in March, and Bayard’s 2006 Ruin hotel twenty years ago or was novel, “The Pale Blue Eye,” about something else afoot? Independent Edgar Allen Poe’s stint as a cadet at and persistent, the young sleuth may West Point, has just been optioned have a roundabout way of satisfying as a feature film. Bayard is schedher endless curiosity, but she eventuuled to appear at the Literary Hill ally gets to the truth that those much BookFest on May 15. older – if not wiser – sometimes fail to see. Emma Afoot Replete with the vivid characters Emma Graham is quite a girl. that peopled “Belle Ruin,” the previ-

ous book in the series, “Fadeaway Girl” features that unique mix of humor, suspense, and biting insight that makes Grimes’ books such a pleasure to read. Said to be semi-autobiographical, the Emma Graham books may also offer an intriguing glimpse of the young Martha Grimes, a serious little girl surrounded by grown-ups who has developed a rich and imaginative inner life. Walking past the local pharmacy, “with its unchanging window display of Evening in Paris toilet water and pale face powder spilling delicately from a silver compact by whoever had been wearing the long blue satin evening gloves,” Emma thinks, “What a story! I could make up half a dozen scenes on the spot to fit that perfume, those blue gloves. It made me feel warm and comfortable somehow, the notion that I could think up all of these stories and write them down. It was like always having another me around, a friend to help out.” Martha Grimes lives on the Hill and will be at the Literary Hill BookFest -- provided she’s not off in England researching her next Richard Jury mystery.

China Girl On her first trip to China in 1917, Margaret Hollister cried much of the way -- which wasn’t surprising given that she was only four months old. In her new memoir, “Inheriting China,” Hollister vividly recalls the sights and sounds of growing up as the daughter of missionaries in Peking. Some are idyllic: “Haze from the golden roofs of the Forbidden City reflected on the windows of my



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away from loved ones, surrounded by “a culture we were trying to replace,” wearing clothes donated from churches back home. “We were not supposed to look too well-dressed,” she writes. “Our lives belonged to others.” Early on, Hollister questioned the logic and efficacy of her parents’ profession. Seeing people huddled against the mission walls for warmth, she notes, “If we were in China to improve the lives of the Chinese people, something was going seriously wrong.” She brings that same searching gaze to bear on her own life, writing with wrenching honesty about her failed marriage, the death of an autistic son, and her own psychological problems. After a long and satisfying career as a psychiatric social worker, Hollister returned to China in 2004 with her son and grandchildren, revisiting places from her childhood and, as she says, “closing the circle.” Margaret Hollister, who re-established the Friends of the Southeast Library in the 1970s, will read from “Inheriting China” at the library, 7th and D Streets, SE, on March 3 at 6:00 p.m. Books will be available for sale and signing. ★

father’s study…” Others speak to the danger, as she and her sister are shot at in a rickshaw on their way to school. “Our resourceful rickshawman carried us to a nearby opium den, where, breathing the spiraling opium smoke around us, we got happily stoned until he felt it was safe to continue to school.” Still others recount the clash of cultures, as when she tried to earn a Girl Scout camping badge only to be thwarted by the arrival of their Chinese cook, who would have lost face had he not provided her dinner. More than mere anecdotes, Hollister’s memoir provides first-hand history of a time and place foreign to most Americans and perspective on a lifestyle that seems even more remote. “What was it like to be a missionary kid?” she asks. “Primarily it meant being good. There were no other Celebrate our local authors at Eastern Market on options.” She and her family spent years May 15!


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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. One still gets a keen sense of understanding of the complexity of the music. There is such a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy from a kind of inbred austerity about jazz that puts it in a class by itself, elevating one to a higher ground of one’s consciousness. 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. 40 Acres and a Burro •••

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Love and Sax ••• Elan Trotman, E.T. Muzik Productions Love and Sax is the second contemporary jazz album from Elan Trotman, a talented young musician who plays tenor and soprano sax and flute with a suave, silky smooth style. Mr. Trotman’s songs are beautifully melodic and soulfully inspired R&B instrumentals. The album goes straight for the heart on “Last Dance,” a mid-tempo foray tastefully adorned with tenor sax, acoustic guitar and piano. The only cover on the collection offers an extended soprano sax soloing on the chestnut “When I Fall In Love.” “Rain” is cozy and chill while “Love and Sax” is bigger and brighter, frequently vacillating in tone and tempo. Sultry R&B crooner Tony Terry steps into the spotlight on “Midnight Serenade,” the album’s lone vocal number. Mr. Trotman’s tenor sax lights the incense and candles on “Turn Down The Lights” before “Cancion de Amor” transports the listener to paradise and mystery aboard exotic, Latin-flavored guitar riffs. Brian Simpson lends his formidable keyboard artistry to the cinematically sweet “Heaven In Your Eyes.” On “Can I Play 4 U?,” Mr. Trotman ventures into a new funk playing both tenor sax and flute over a cosmopolitan drum loop. Flugelhorn player Cindy Bradley dialogues with Mr. Trotman’s soprano sax on the otherworldly “Oasis.” Continuing the theme of adventurous, futuristic rhythm-scapes, Mr. Trotman explores the outer limits on “Under The Stars.” Closing the collection, the late bassist Webster Roach goes for broke on a “Can I Play 4 U?” reprise.

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Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Orchestra, Zoho Music One peculiar aspect about most Latin music, especially its Afro-Latin style, is that the music not only sounds Latin, but it is culturally Latin through and through. Every rhythm and every beat evokes the Latin musical culture and its infectious dance styles. The opening track, “Rumba Urbana,” is the unveiling of the curtain into a world of carnivals, street festivities, and exotic beaches of endless summers. And yet the music also symbolizes a culture of strength, resilience, discipline, faith, and history richly embodied in traditions, rituals and religion. Nonetheless, it is that touch of the American jazz that makes such pieces like “Almendra,” “She Moves Through The Fair,” “Ruminaciones Sobre Cuba,” “Bebé,” and “A Night In Tunisia sounds like a night in a Tunisia” so refreshingly beautiful and alluring. Performers include Arturo O’Farrill (piano), Ricardo Rodriquez (bass), Vince Cherico (drums), Roland Guerrero (congos), Jose González (percussion), and special guests Paquito D’Rivera (clarinet), and Heather Martin Bixler (violin).

Night Song ••• Ketil Bjornstad & Svante Henryson, ECM There is a sense of premonition, a sort of uncertainty or uneasiness, as the

night falls inexorably around us and the day fades away, never to return. We are suddenly faced with an unknown future only to be awakened with our hope and faith that remind us that the night is about accepting life and celebrating our moment of living. Pianist Ketil Bjornstad and cellist Svante Henryson’s latest album, “Night Song,” confirms how we feel about life as we hope and await the coming morning. Night Song begins with the evening version of “Night Song” and ends with the morning version of “Night Song.” The drama that takes place in between is peaceful, glorious, and gracefully played out on memorable pieces like “Reticence,” “Schubert Said,” “Share,” “Own,” “Sheen,” and “Tar.” Somber but grateful, joyful but sad, happy but with regrets, sweet but with sorrowful memories, and finally acceptance of life with night’s warm embrace and our deliverance in our endless dreams for the coming morning.

Mistico Mediterraneo ••• Paolo Fresu, ECM This album celebrates the rich religiosity of jazz heritage and magnifies the organic roots of jazz from an iconic Black American experience that has grown past all cultural boundaries. Here are musicians finding enormous solace and success in creating new jazz expressions with the beautifully sweet and illustrious sounds of Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu and the haunting

and reverent polyphonic Corsican choir with its deep, wind swept, river-like bass voices. The result is at times simply captivating and breathtakingly magical with a touch of a Latin Mass and Tibetan chant. There is a sense of purpose and holiness about music when one hears music like “U Sipolcru” and “Le Lac.” Most of the songs heard here are composed of secular and sacred texts like “Rex tremendae,” “Da té á mé,” “Dies Irae,” “Figliolu d’ella,” and “Santus.” Lovers of Jan Garbarek with the Hilliard Ensemble will find great satisfaction in this gem of an album.

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An Interview with Sam Sweet Atlas’s New Executive Director

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HR: You are familiar with the Hill having worked and lived here for many years. How will your experiences inform your role at the Atlas? I’ve lived on the Hill for 10 years with my wife, Anne Corbett. But I’ve worked on the Hill even longer. I joined The Shakespeare Theatre as business manager in 1988. It was only Michael Kahn’s third season, and it still performed in the Folger Library theatre, with offices in a cramped town house across the street. Even though I helped move the theatre to the new Lansburgh space downtown, we kept our roots on the Hill. When I became managing director in 1995, I led the theatre through it’s first strategic planning process and into its first capital campaign. We bought a shell of a building on 8th street SE for our future offices and studios. It was the largest, darkest building on a rundown block -- Michael used to refer to it as Norman Bates’ house -- and some people thought we were crazy. But the neighborhood was ecstatic and so supportive. Once we renovated it and moved in, 8th Street started to turn around, and the dream Linda Gallagher, George Didden and others had for Barracks Row came to life. The Atlas has led the same revitalization on H Street NE, of course, and like Barracks Row this area will take time to reach its potential. What I’ve learned living on the Hill, and what I love about it, is the rich sense of neighborhood. Neighbors care about each other and look out for each other. Barracks Row and H Street mean more than the terms “economic development” and “revitalization”, because we know the names of the merchants in the stores and the customers they serve and we value how it improves the quality of life for all of us. I want the Atlas to be the artistic heart of the community and a good neighbor for the Hill.

in founding the Atlas was to put people - artists, audience members, neighbors - at the center of its mission. We should be a center for community conversation, where a range of artistic and individual experiences can come together to be celebrated. I want to be part of making that happen. The Atlas is currently in the middle of its second annual INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts festival which features over 600 DC artists. Why is a program like this necessary? The range, diversity and quality of the arts community that surrounds us is astonishing, but few people ever get to experience more than the tip of the iceberg. INTERSECTIONS brings together 600 artists for 100 performances over nine days, and it’s a real feast of the arts. We hope people will come to see artists they know and love, but we hope people will try something new, too. It’s exactly the kind of experience that gets conversations going. And it is a lot of fun.

HR: What drew you to working with the Atlas? It’s truly an exciting time for the Atlas. It’s a state-of-the-art venue that is energizing the community artistically and economically with its range of programs. Jane Lang’s vision

HR: If we were to see you out and about on H Street, where would you be? Probably at the Argonaut with Anne and our six-year old, Finn. Finn loves “the pirate restaurant” and really, what’s not to love? ★

HR: What do you see as the future of the Atlas? The Atlas should be a vibrant arts center that serves the community but also attracts audiences from all over. We will continue to host our great resident arts partners, but we will add a robust schedule of music, dance, theater and film performances. This year we began working with our arts partners to form an arts education collaborative that promotes cultural literacy and creativity in our young people, and we want to extend the reach of that. We also began a stagecraft training program to provide new skills to adults seeking employment in the theatre, hospitality and special event industries, and we want to expand that - possibly to include high school students. I hope the future of the Atlas is one in which it not only entertains people, but adds greater meaning that enriches lives.

Kids & Family notebook Capitol Hill Little League If you have a child aged 7-12 interested in playing baseball or softball, they can now play right here in our neighborhood! Sign-up has begun for spring ball. Workouts or tryouts begin for all divisions the first two weekends in March at Ludlow Taylor Elementary School, 659 G St. NE and opening day is the beginning of April. There will be three divisions with Majors for predominatly 11-12 year olds, AAA for predominantly 9-10 year olds, and AA for predomiCatcher, 10 year old, Joseph Manley nantly 7-8 year olds. For baseball, contact Seth Shapiro, CHLL President at Reeder at 202-583-8664 or by email at or 240-418-2947. For softball, Jennifer Parenti, CHLL Softball Commissioner at Boogie Babes in North Hall On Saturday, Mar. 12, 10:30 AM, or 202-255-6129. capitolhilllittleleathe Boogie Babes present the Hill’s own all girl preteen band in the Eastern Market Noprth Hall. $10 (cash UPO Seeking High School Students only) per family.

for $10,000 Scholarships The United Planning Organization’s Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship Program is recruiting 2011 Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship applicants. Scholarships are $10,000 and are intended for students who have overcome social adversities in pursuit of their life goals. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, Mar. 21. For an application and additional information, contact Ms. La Shawn

Taste of the Hill “A Taste of the Hill 2011: Beyond the Classroom” is a celebration of food, wine and music, where parents, community members, staff and neighbors gather together in support of Brent Elementary. This year’s event features small plates, wine, live music, dancing and a silent auction. Participating restaurants are Ba Bay, Belga Cafe, The Chesapeake Room, Chalrie Palmer

Steak, Granville Moore’s, Matchbox, Poste Moderne Brasserie and Sonoma. $75. Saturday, April 2, 6:00 PM, St. Mark’s Church, 118 Third St. SE. 202-398-6364.

Pendragwn Youth Film Festival Call for Entries On May 15, the first Pendragwn Youth Film Festival will be held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The festival will feature short films in 4 categories; documentary, music video, narrative and a super short (public service announcement). All films are created by students ages 11-18. It’s free and easy to enter. Submissions must be postmarked by Apr. 11. Get details on

CHAW Hosts Annual Art & Go Seek Scavenger Hunt The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) will host its fourth annual Art & Go Seek, a fun scavenger hunt and fundraising event for children and adults, Saturday, April 9, 8:30 AM1:30 PM. Art & Go Seek is an interactive scavenger hunt that sends teams of two to six people racing around Capitol Hill searching for answers to questions about art, history, and notorious people and places in the neighborhood. Proceeds from Art & Go Seek support CHAW’s tuition assistance and outreach programs. Highlights of Art & Go Seek include a light breakfast, the ★ 111

kidsfamily notebook scavenger hunt, and an after-pARTy at CHAW with lunch and entertainment. Adults, $25 ($40 after Mar. 29); ages 13-18, $10; 12 and under, free. There is a special track for families with young children who want to participate. To register, call 202-5476839 or email Early registrants receive bonus points and opportunities to rack up additional points before the hunt begins! chaw. org

hands-on learning, creative play, art, music, and rigor. At the Inspired Teaching School, every classroom will have two teachers, a Master Teacher, and a fellow in residence, so the teacher to student ratio will be as low as 1:10. The school will open with pre-school (age 3) through third grade, and grow to include through 8th grade. The open house is on Mar. 26, 10:30 AM-noon. Center for Inspired Teaching, 1436 U St. NW, Suite 400. 202-462-1956.

Kids RunDC Monumental Mile On Saturday, Mar. 26, 10:30 AM, RFK Stadium Upper Lot 3. This is a mile run for kid’s, 6-13, in connection with the National Marathon. Register online at $10 fee includes race bib, t-shirt, medal, snacks and drink.

Headfirst Summer Camps Add Capitol Hill Bus Service Headfirst’s day camps for children ages 3 ½-13 include a wide variety of summer programs for every interest such as cooking, science, movie making, swimming, sports, arts and crafts and games. Their premier facilities, top-notch staff, approach to learning and dedication to making a difference in the lives of young campers have earned Headfirst the reputation as one of the best summer camps in the DC Area. Camps run June 13-Aug. 26. New in 2011 is a bus service from Capitol Hill/Eastern Market to the NW DC St. Albans School location. 202-625-1921.

Open House for the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School Center for Inspired Teaching is opening a charter school. Opening in August 2011, the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School will prove that when every classroom has an Inspired Teacher, students can reach their full intellectual and creative potential. The school will focus on developing students’ and teachers’ intellect, imagination, inquiry, and integrity. As a “demonstration” school, the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School will be a training ground for the country’s best teachers, demonstrating that excellence in academics must include 112 ★ HillRag | March 2011

DC Government Summer Youth Employment Program Through Friday, Mar. 11, the One City Summer Youth Employment Program application will be open to young adults ages 14-21. Applications can be accessed from any computer with a working Internet connection by visiting This year, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited, so young people are encouraged to apply early.

Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run Registration Open The annual Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Pentagon North Parking Lot. Children ages 5-12 can participate in the one-mile just-for-fun event. All participants receive a t-shirt, medal and snacks at the finish line. $5. Online registration opens Mar. 9.

Kites of Asia Family Day On Saturday, Mar. 19, 10:00 AM3:00 PM, experience the beauty and artistry of kites from across Asia, with a special focus on India and Nepal. Explore how kites fly, watch amazing indoor kite-flying demonstrations, and speak with kite experts. Free. National Air and Space Museum. 202-633-2214.

D.C. Color Splash! Family Festival at the Corcoran On Saturday, Mar. 5, 10:00 AM4:00 PM, creativity thrives in Washington, D.C.! Explore the stupendous stripes, crazy colors, and luminous

lights of DC artists featured in the Corcoran’s Washington Color and Light exhibition. Groove to the beat of local musicians, marvel at magnificent DC tap dancers and performers, and dip your hands into amazing art making workshops led by local artists. Free. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700.

Investigate: David Smith at the National Gallery of Art Join an elephant on a humorous journey to find his missing half. Discover the sculpture of David Smith, and then build a sculpture with wood and metal. Free. Sundays, March 6, 13 and 20 at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM. East Building, Ground Level. 202-737-4215.

D.C. KIDS COUNT Report Reveals Mixed Picture of Childhood Well-Being Children born and raised in the nation’s capital–where one in three live in poverty–face increasingly difficult odds, including rising rates of child abuse and neglect, according to the 17th annual fact book from the D.C. KIDS COUNT Collaborative. Substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect increased by 27 percent in fiscal year 2009, after a two-year decline, to 2,004 cases reported to the DC Child and Family Services Agency. The grim picture reflects the fact that the recent recession has had lasting effects on struggling families with children, who are under increased stress that may compromise their health, stability and safety. For the third year in a row, more families with children applied for and received Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) benefits, with the 2010 caseload the largest since 2005. As of July 2010, 28,752 children in the District received TANF support. While the overall child poverty rate in the District has held fairly steady, the poverty rate for black children was 43 percent in 2009–a sharp increase from 2008, when it was 36 percent, according to census statistics released in September. The report, Every Kid Counts in the District of Columbia, is avail-

able online at dcactionforchildren. org/content/research-resources. It also highlights points of progress, including increased enrollment in the District’s federally funded Head Start and public preschool and Pre-K programs. Over the past few years, efforts to boost school readiness through highquality early care and education have brightened prospects for the District’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens.

White House Internships The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities. For application details, visit The application for the Fall 2011 White House Internship can be found at

DPR Summer Camp Registration Opens The DC Department of Parks and Recreation has opened Summer Camp registration. Registration can be completed online or in-person at the Summer Camp Office, 1480 Girard St. NW. Additionally, DPR is holding a pre-qualification period for DC residents who qualify for the reduced rate fees. Qualification requirements and the reduced rate application are available at summercamps. 202-671-0372.

DC Child Support Mobile Van In an effort to strengthen community awareness and involvement, the Child Support Services Division will take its services to the street in a new outreach mobile van. The van will provide paternity establishment and child support services to customers in District neighborhoods instead of requiring customers to travel to the child support office at Judiciary Square in Northwest DC. The van will be scheduled at area supermarkets, as well as

community collaboratives, health clinics, schools, churches, hospitals, community organizations and District agencies. To request the outreach van at your location, please contact the Child Support Services Division at 202-7242131 for assistance.

DC Area’s Summer 2011 Rock Music Camps Camp Jam, the nation’s premier provider of rock music camps and educational rock ‘n’ roll music programs, is now accepting registrations for its Summer 2011 camp series. Students rehearse, record, and perform like rock stars during curriculum-based day camp programs. Camp Jam DC Area will be held at: St. Andrews Episcopal School, 8804 Postoak Rd., Potomac, MD. 800-513-0930.

Kingsbury Center Opens Pre-K Program for Hard to Place Four Year Olds The Kingsbury Center, the oldest nonpublic school educating learning disabled students in the Greater Washington area announced today the opening of the Kingsbury Early Education program (KEEP), its new preschool program for four year olds. The KEEP program is designed for the hard-to-place four year olds with mild to moderate developmental delays. The program will also consider accepting typically developing four year old peer role models. Students must have been four years old by Oct. 1, 2010. The classroom will have a maximum of ten students, and will offer both half day and full day programs, with snacks provided. KEEP students may participate in aftercare until 6:00 PM and may arrive as early as 7:30 AM. Tuition will be prorated for this school year, based on $7,500 for half days and $15,000 for full day programs for the entire school year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Eden Santa Cruz at 202-722-5555 x 2422 or ★ ★ 113


Summer Camp Fun! There is a camp for every interest, schedule and pleasure Jr. Arts Adventure Camps are available for students ages four and five). For a full-day experience, CHAW hosts afternoon specialty camps. Recreation Camp option with trips to the swimming pool, parks, museums, local attractions, and more. Afternoon Specialty Camps take an in-depth look at artistic mediums and include two different Musical Theater Camps, Photography Camp, Rock n’ Roll Camp, Ceramics Camp (full), and Visual Arts Camp. Tuition assistance and payment plans are available. For more info, visit www. or call 202-547-6839.

The Beauvoir Summer Program For over 60 years, the Beauvoir Summer Program, located at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, has been offering quality camps for the early learner. Beauvoir has found a successful recipe for creating a safe, fun and nurturing learning environment that offers many avenues of exploration for young children. We take a unique and age appropriate learning facility, add some early childhood educators and sprinkle in interesting and engaging program themes explored through hands-on and minds-on activities. Mix it all together and you get the Beauvoir Summer Program, quite simply the best way for any camper to spend the summer.

Capitol Hill Martial Arts+ Fitness Summer Camp Having fun at CHAW’s summer camp. Photo: Courtesy Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Burgundy Farm Summer Day Camp Burgundy Summer Day Camp ( June 20 – Aug. 12) gives campers ages 3 ¾ - 15, 25 acres full of grassy hills, an amazing pond full of life and learning, a garden, and a barn with awesome animals just waiting for campers to study and learn amazing facts about them. An amphitheater in the woods is the perfect site for daily camp meetings and humorous performances, and we have state-of-theart gym and indoor stage facilities, too. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Extended day and bus transportation available. Visit our website, 703.960.3431,

Camp Horizons ACA accredited, co-ed residential summer camp, located on 300 acres in the Shenandoah Valley, bordering the National Forest. Conveniently located 2 hours from Washington, DC (about 10 mi north of James Madison

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University). Welcoming children, ages 6-17. Offering adventure trips, aquatics, high/low ropes courses, climbing wall, performing arts, horseback riding, and much more. Also featuring three different specialty camps: Equestrian Camp (horseback riding/stable management intensive for girls ages 9-14, 1 week); Leadership Camp (co-ed, 4 weeks, for rising high school seniors); and Camp Up With People, a performing arts intensive camp (co-ed, 3 week session ages 1417)., 540-896-9947.

Camp Rimrock For 60 years, Camp Rim Rock has provided a place where girls from around the world spend a summer filled with fun, friendship and new opportunities. During a 2 or 3 week session, the girls will participate in Horseback Riding (80 horses, 6 rings, trail and river rides, stable manage-

ment), Performing Arts (dance, drama, chorus, stagecraft), Arts & Crafts (including pottery), Sports (tennis, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, softball archery, volleyball) and Aquatics (swimming and kayaking in 2 acre pond and 2 heated pools, kayaking, tubing). Specialty camps in Riding and Sports. One week Mini Camp for 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. We are accredited by the ACA and located less than 2 hours from D.C. on 600 beautiful acres.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Camp Grab your passport and join the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) for its summer Island Arts Adventure Camps from June 20 to August 12, 2011. Each two-week camp will focus on the arts and culture of a particular island including Indonesia, Crete, Canary Islands, and Hawaii. Camps are for students ages five to thirteen (additional one-week

The Capitol Hill MAFA summer camp is a fun, safe, and exciting way for your child to spend the summer. The age range is from 4 to 13 years old. The students not only learn martial arts but are also engaged in educational activities. We strive to help develop positive thinking skills and self-esteem within the children. MAFA Campers will participate in weekly field trips such as Day at the Park with Washington Nationals, Outdoor Plays and Movies, Six Flags America, Local Martial Arts Tournaments and much more. MAFA Campers will also get a chance to increase martial arts developement and technique with the ability to train up to 3x a day! Hours 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 1443 D St. SE, DC 20003; 202455-4662.

Casey Trees Summer Crew Casey Trees’ Summer Crew is a high school jobs program where students care for the District’s trees for eight weeks. The 2011 session runs June 20-August 12. Students earn $9 ★ 115

A fun-filled summer enrichment experience One location, t wo exciting choices 2 hours from Washington, D.C., in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley Traditional American Summer Camp Coed Overnight/Ages 6-17 • • • • • • •

Visual and Performing Arts Sports Horseback Riding Aquatics Nature Outdoor Adventure and much more!

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Ms. Shannon Presents

Summer Camps 2011

For elementary and middle schoolers FILM SCHOOL – June 20 to 24 The week explores the art of film and will culminate with a movie screening! Camp includes: camera work, photography, story boarding, pantomime, and music scoring.

RUNNING AWAY WITH THE CIRCUS – June 27 to July 1 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Camp includes: acrobatics, drama, clowning, and juggling. With guest Cirque du Soleil artist, Elena Day!

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an hour and work 35-hours a week, M-F; gain employment skills; and get exposure to “green” careers. Eligibility requirements: Be 16+ years of age; enrolled in or a recent graduate of a DC-area high school; willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions; and a team player. No experience necessary. For information and to apply, visit Applications are due May 1.

DAR Museum Summer Camps At the DAR Museum’s Quilt Camp, your child can learn the art of hand-quilting through the use of appliqué and other sewing techniques. It’s a fun creative outlet with a beautiful keepsake to take home. At the Colonial Camp, children wear period costumes as they learn about Colonial life through foods, crafts, dance, and re-enactors. Camps are MondayFriday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., and include special tours and hands-on activities. Quilt Camp (ages 1017) is July 18-29, and a Colonial Camp (ages 8-12) is August 1-5. Registration closes May 2, but spaces fill up fast. Contact 202879-3240, or go to for more information.

Friends Community School Summer Camp Friends Community School is a K-8 Quaker School that nurtures young people to be life-long learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers. We welcome students of all backgrounds, and offer developmentally appropriate, experiential, interdisciplinary, and vigorous curricula. Our students love to learn, know how to learn, and succeed in leading high schools area-wide. During the year, we also offer an Extended Day Program, Enrichment Activities, and Instrument Lessons. In the summer, we run specialty Summer Camps featuring Science & Art, Robotics & Technology, and Sports & Recreation. See our website for details:

“Kids’ Space" Summer Program June 6 – August 19, 2011 Crafts, creative movement, swimming, field trips and more! Children 3-1/2 through 5

Where Kids Learn To Love School. Cooperative preschool for 2 to 4 year olds Full and part-time schedules Convenient Location Dynamic staff Play-based curriculum

Open House, 1st Thursday of each month. 10 am

Over 30 Years on Capitol Hill 337 North Carolina Ave, SE | 202-543-5372 |

PLAY BALL! Register Now! at Players ages 7 to 12 will play in 4 divisions Majors - Kid Pitch (predominantly 11 - 12 yr old) AAA - Kid Pitch (predominantly 9 - 11 yr old) AA - Machine Pitch ( 7 & 8 yr old) Softball - Kid Pitch (9-12 yr old) Sponsors Needed! ★ 117

From June 22-August 12, 2011

Encouraging Empowerment and Imagination in a Safe and Caring Environment For Children Ages 3-7

Enjoy trips, performers, unstructured play, outdoors time and popsicles! Flexible scheduling: Whole day 8 am - 6:30 pm - $50 • Half Day (5 hours) - $30 $250 per week (sibling and referral discounts available).

Contact us at: 240-396-8957 ask for VDT (VanNessa Duckett-Thomas). 1250 Constitution Ave. N.E. • Washington DC 20002

Headfirst Summer Camp Headfirst’s award-winning day camps for children ages 3 ½13 include a wide variety of summer programs for every interest from cooking, science and movie making to swimming, sports, arts and crafts and games. Headfirst Camps feature premier facilities, top-notch staff, and a dedication to making a difference in the lives of young campers. Camps run June 13 through August 26. Day camps for boys & girls 3 ½ to 6 years old feature swim instruction every day. New in 2011 is a bus service from Capitol Hill/Eastern Market to the NW DC St. Albans School location! 202-625-1921.

Hill Preschool “Kids’ Space” Summer Program “Kids’ Space” is a summer program that provides educational and community experiences for children aged 3-1/2 years through five years. “Kids’ Space” continues to promote the philosophy and mission of The Hill Preschool by continuing to recognize that children learn best through play and socialization. June 6 - August 19, 2011, There are five 2-week two-week session and one 1-week session from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. or from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. The sessions are theme-based with children participating in craft activities, cold cooking activities, creative movement, swimming, as well as numerous field trips. www., 202-543-5372.

Living Classrooms’ Discovery Creek Summer Camps Living Classrooms’ Discovery Creek Summer Camps offer over 20 camp themes designed to instill and nurture a passion for nature and the outdoors in children from age 4 to 14. Our Camp Season runs from June 20 to August 26, 2011. The camp also hosts a Teen Volunteer Program for age 13 to 17. Camp hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, with some overnight options. Spring Camp for campers age 4 to 6 runs from April 118 ★ HillRag | March 2011

2011 SUMMER CLASSES FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN AT ST. MARK’S For Children Ages 9 to Teens Classes Begin Tuesday July 12 & End on Thursday August 4 The Children’s Classes Thrice Weekly: Tuesdays & Wednesdays – 4 to 6:00 pm Thursdays – 1 to 3:00 pm

Check our website for: Tuition information and Summer Adult Class Schedule St. Mark’s Dance Studio Artistic Director: Rosetta “Rosie” Brooks 301 “A” Street, SE (202) 543-0054 ★ 119

kidsfamily school notes 18 to April 22. Transportation from the Navy Yard available upon request. Scholarships available for families in need., 202488-0627

Polite Piggy’s Day Camp Polite Piggy’s Day Camp provides a safe and loving environment for children almost 3 to 7 where curiosity is encouraged, friends are made and children can be who they are. We enjoy trips, performers, unstructured play, outdoors time and popsicles! Flexible scheduling allows families to use us when needed. We will operate from June 22-August 12, 2011 (8 am to 6:30 pm) at $50 whole day, $30 half day (5 hours) and $250 per week (sliding scale, sibling and referral discounts available). Contact us, politepiggysdaycamp@yahoo. com or 240-396-8957 and ask for VDT (VanNessa Duckett-Thomas).

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St. Mark’s Dance Studio Children’s Summer Classes This is a great time for students who wish to go to a higher level and need preparation to qualify for that class. It is also a good time for students who have dropped out of class for a while to give them time to refresh their memories and physical skills. The student over 12 years of age who wishes to start “pointe” is encouraged to take the summer program. When fall sessions start she will be able to hold her own in the scheduled class. Adult Classes are available. 202-543-0054;

Shannon Dunne Camp A Play in a Day with Ms. Shannon is a fun and engaging child-centered day camp that teaches children how to develop their own ideas to create and execute a staged performance. Inspired and informed by the Reggio Emilia Approach, each camp explores a story or theme through games, activities and art, and then builds a performance based on the children’s ideas and inspirations. Camps are either day long (all DCPS days off ) or week long (winter, spring and summer breaks). Each camp includes: Literacy development, drama, movement, visual art, outside explorations and public performance. Located at St James Church, 222 8th Street NE, 301-672-6020,

Summer Horizons Camp For over forty years, Summer Horizons Camp has offered its campers a safe and exciting program. Guided by an enthusiastic staff, campers develop self-confidence as they explore the world around them, create, investigate, play, try new things, and make new friends. The teachers have full use of the facilities of National Presbyterian School during our 7-week program. Campers may sign up for one week, a combination of weeks, or the whole summer. New this year, we will be offering sports, enrichment and specialty camps in addition to our traditional day camp program. 202-537-7579,,

TIC Summer Camp TIC has been THE technology/sports summer experience for kids in the DC area for 28 years – now with three sites: DC, MD & VA. Three hours of technology (e.g. programming, robotics, filmmaking) and three hours of sports (e.g. soccer, basketball, tennis, drama) daily. Our staff come from the best universities in the US and abroad, hired for their eagerness to share their enthusiasms with kids. Campers design their own computer projects with the help of brilliant college age counselors and a teaching ratio of 4:1. The intellectual challenge is balanced by vigorous physical activity. At TIC, kids learn by having fun! 703-241-5542; ★ 120 ★ HillRag | March 2011

President Obama chats with fellow volunteers at Stuart-Hobson on a day of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Capitol Hill Cluster School News President Obama and the First Family Visit Stuart-Hobson President Obama and the First Family volunteered at Stuart-Hobson Middle School in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He and First Lady Michelle Obama helped paint exercising apples on the lunchroom walls to encourage healthier eating. He spoke to the students about Dr. King’s legacy and the importance of service. “Dr. King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society but he also had a dream of service. This kind of service project is what’s best in us.” The volunteers took a break from painting to sing Stevie Wonder’s version of “Happy Birthday” to the First Lady who was also celebrating her 47th birthday. The musician wrote the song as part of his campaign to make Dr. King’s birthday a national holiday.

The volunteer effort was hosted by Greater DC Cares, an organization that mobilizes volunteers and strengthens nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Greater DC Region.

Congratulations to Stuart-Hobson Award Winners As the Second Advisory came to a close, Stuart-Hobson was proud to recognize over 250 students for having perfect attendance, being on Honor Roll, and displaying Panther PRIDE, an acronym for the school’s core values: Positive Attitude, Respect, Integrity, and Dedication to Excellence. Students earn Panther PRIDE “paw cards” for displaying the core values and can redeem the cards for rewards throughout the year. Stuart-Hobson’s top earners of paw cards for this advisory were Adam Marou, DeVonte Gibson, and Adero Brooks (5th); Nkosi Bough, Paola Williams, and MaryGrace Arlotto (6th); Natasha Zakin, Allen Hill, and Tahj Cobb

OPEN HOUSE March 5th (10-11:30) March 16th (5-6:30)


Founded in the fall of 1999

Accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

3 year old Pre-K– Grade 5

Independently run with a strong Board of Trustees

Recognized by US Department of Education as Outstanding Charter School

Challenging Curriculum

Exciting Creative Arts and Technology Program

Positive school culture

Open to all DC Residents

New Enrollment for 3 & 4 year-olds: March 4th New Enrollment (all other grades) March 14th – April 15th

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kidsfamily school notes By the end of the evening parents had learned many ideas they could do again at home with their children. In fact, the night was such a success there are plans in the works for another Math Night in the near future. Math Night was organized by Tyler’s new community-building (or FUN-raising) committee sponsored by the PTA. Led by Kristen Coulon, the committee puts on free or lowcost events for the Tyler community that focus on opportunities for family fun as well as academic enrichment for our students. The committee’s goal is to make Tyler a welcoming place for all families and teachers as well as the wider community with events such as the Harvest Festival held last fall and the recent Kiddie Cabaret / DJ Dance Party. To support activities like Math Night and other programs that provide Tyler students a structured and safe learning environment, Tyler is gearTyler student makes an amazing spaghetti tower at Math Night. ing up for its annual flagship fundraiser “The Alchemy of Great Taste” on March 12th. To learn more about this fun-filled evening for a good cause, visit www.tylerelemenA Winning Equation at Tyler It was an evening of amazing –Suzanne Godec. arithmetic, fantastic fractions and boggling brainteasers as Tyler Elementary students and parents sharpened their number skills at Math Night. Maury Ski Club hits the slopes! Students participated in several In January ski coach Mrs. Cooper activity stations set up throughout the accompanied Maury’s Ski Club to cafeteria, including making tangrams Liberty Mountain Resort in Carroll (Chinese geometric puzzles), and us- Valley, Pennsylvania for a very full ing menus from local restaurants to day of winter sport. Seventeen stutake orders from parents (and adding dents participated in this first trip of up the costs). But the biggest hit of the season, many of whom had never the night was the spaghetti towers before been skiing. -- students and parents used their The day included lessons, use of geometry skills to build tall towers the ski lift, and lunch. The ski club at using marshmallows and pasta. Maury is sponsored by the DCIAA, (7th); and Henry Edwards, Reggye Green, and John Murphy (8th). Stuart-Hobson recognized 143 students for being on Honor Roll—a 22 percent increase from the First Advisory. Among those with the most improvement from First to Second Advisory were Malik Holbert (5th ), Khya Pryor (6th), Brianna Bryan (7th), and Alexandria Diggs (8th). -- By Katie Franklin, Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt and Julie Somers. (Campuses: Peabody Early Childhood Center and School Within a School, 425 C St. NE; Watkins Elementary and Montessori, 420 12th St. SE; Stuart-Hobson Middle School, 410 E St. NE)

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Maury Loves Disco was a hit! Maury held its annual dance party in February. Dance fever was contagious, and everyone seemed to have caught the bug! The all-ages disco party was a great way for the Maury community to dance away the winter blues- hope to see you next year! Upcoming Events: March 24, “It’s Mathademics” Math Competition, 6:30 p.m.; March 26, Maury at the Market, 6 p.m. - Tara Givens. 1250 Constitution Ave.,, 202-698-3838.

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Jefferson Middle School News Middle Years IB Program This Fall DC Public School’s Jefferson Middle School, recognized nationally a few years ago, will undergo a major change starting in fall 2011 when it will begin the transition to the acclaimed Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program (IB) with the incoming 6th graders in the fall. The IB program will be phased in to include the 7th and 8th grades in the following years. External IB examiners will examine the program to ensure worldwide consistency of standards as it seeks accreditation. The Jefferson program, which will have spaces for 100 sixth-grade

students, will begin August 1st with a weeklong enrichment program aimed at preparing new students to make a successful transition into the IB program. The summer program is free for all enrolled students. Jefferson will join Deal Middle School that also offers the Middle Years IB Program. Jefferson,is open to all DC families through the out-of-boundary lottery. The lottery results will be posted online March 3rd and mailed on March 8th. Students from the feeder schools who apply will be admitted to the 6th Grade Academy; there is no admission test. However every student will be asked to submit an application. It is to be filled out by parents and students together. Students not yet achieving at the levels appropriate to their grade level will be given intensive support and resources to help them meet the standards. Assessment of student achievement will take various forms, from ongoing observation of their work to completion of specific projects. These methods will be used to understand strengths and needs of each student and to plan for further assistance. For more about the International Baccalaureate program go to -- Meg Brinckman. Jefferson Middle School, 801 Seventh St., SW; 202729-3270; jefferson.

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Washington Yu Ying PCS News Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit Washington Yu Ying welcomed the Year of the Rabbit with a bang! In Chinatown, students performed Chinese dances, songs and exercises at the Cultural Center celebrations and marched in the parade. At school students celebrated with classroom festivities, by decorating the entire school, and with two assemblies- one with a Lion Dance and another with the PreK 4 students performing a play, in Chinese, about the Chinese Zodiac. Washington Yu Ying PCS is DC’s only Chinese Immersion school; which employs the world-class International Baccalaureate curriculum framework. It currently has students from PreK - 3rd grade and has plans to grow to 8th grade. To learn more, visit an upcoming Information Session or online –Mary Shaffner. www.

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Each year, Capitol Hill Day School selects a prominent African American to celebrate in a Schoolwide study. Previous honorees include poet Langston Hughes, artist Romare Bearden, dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham, physician Dr. Ben Carson, track legend Wilma Rudolph, astronaut Mae Jemison, children’s rights advocate Marian Wright Edelman, and explorer Matthew Henson. This year’s honoree is Duke Ellington – jazz composer, pianist, and big band leader. Born in Washington, DC in 1899, Ellington began studying piano at age seven and performed professionally for the first time at age 17. One of the originators of big-band jazz, Ellington led his band for more than half a century, composed thousands of scores, and created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in all of Western music. Field education is an integral part

River Park News Sock Hop Fundraiser! Mar 5 Join the fun at the River Park Nursery School Sock Hop and Silent Auction on March 5 from 4-7 p.m. with entertainment by The Singing Lizard. $30 per family covers it all - food, drinks, entertainment, games and happy kids! Come bid on some of the fabulous items donated by local 124 ★ HillRag | March 2011

CHDS 6th graders in front of Duke Ellington’s boyhood home. Photo: Lisa Sommers

* “Black Diamond: Satchel Paige and the Negro Baseball Leagues” (Discovery Theatre) * “Alvin Ailey American Dance” (Kennedy Center) * Arlington Cemetery and Lincoln Memorial * Army Blues Jazz Band Black History Month Concert (Fort Myers) * “The Migration Series” by Jacob Lawrence (Phillips Collection) * “Before Harlem, there was U Street” walking tour * Tour of Ellington’s U Street neighborhood, including his portrait mural and boyhood home * Civil War Exhibit (Ford’s Theatre) The study culminated in an allschool assembly on February 28 featuring student presentations and a performance by a local jazz band. -Jane Angarola.; 210 South Carolina Avenue, SE. www.

Brent Elementary News The World Comes to Brent On March 3, students, parents, and teachers at Brent Museum Magnet Elementary School will be coming together to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of the school. There will be foods from around the world, a fashion show of international clothes, and displays of artifacts and books from various cultures. Parents are working to put together a Brent International Cookbook which will be made up of recipes from the many countries represented at Brent. In February Brent welcomed two students from the multicultural studies course at Aichi Shukutoku University in Japan. The students will be supporting speciďŹ c classrooms in the mornings, eat lunch with the students, and then rotate around classrooms in the afternoons, sharing information about Japanese culture with the students. Students will stay with a host family in D.C. for one month while volunteering at the school. Brent was selected through the National Points of Lights Foundations.

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Payne students wear Kente cloth and play Ghanaian music at a presentation in early February.

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Payne Elementary News Anansegromma Presents West African Culture Through a valued partnership with Studio Africa, fifth-grade students at Payne were exposed to the culture of Ghana when the Anansegromma visited the school in early February. The lively and interactive presentation took students on an imaginative trip to a typical Ghanaian village. Kwame and Kofi of Anansegromma brought Anansi the spider and Coyote the trickster alive through storytelling. The presentation was an extension of the study on folktales that the fifth graders are currently working on. By the end of the story the student audience had become live characters representing a musical court, a king and queen, and common villagers engaged in “call and response” songs. The students are now continuing their study of Ghanaian culture in order to be ready for a live video conference with a fifth grade class in Accra, Ghana. If 126 ★ HillRag | March 2011

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Ludlow-Taylor News Support Ludlow-Taylor’s First Spring Fundraiser Join the Ludlow-Taylor community under the lights on March 18 for the school first annual Spring Gala! Ludlow Taylor Elementary School is a thriving, growing D.C. Public school serving students from age three through first grade, and the gala event will help expand and support the school’s many exciting programs. Last year Ludlow-Taylor had the highest test scores on Capitol Hill, and the school has added three early education classes to meet increased demand from area residents. So don your best for an evening with fellow parents, teachers and community members. The live and silent auction will feature items donated by local restaurants, businesses and artists, as well as original artwork by LudlowTaylor students. The festivities will include live entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 for a single, $30 for two or more and $40 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online at www.atlasarts. org. To donate an item please email: 659 G St. NE.

Three seniors from St. Anselm’s Abbey School have been named as candidates in the 2011 Presidential Scholars Program, the annual program that honors young people for outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship and community service. The candidates from St. Anselm’s this year are Thomas Hansen, Michael McCutchen and Abraham Secular. The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Thomas, Michael and Abraham join approximately 3,000 high school seniors from all 50 states and U.S. territories as candidates based on their outstanding performance on the SAT or ACT exams. Later this spring, a review committee will narrow the pool to a group of roughly 500 semifinalists, from which up to 121 Presidential Scholars will be named in April. St. Anselm’s is one of only six schools in the District of Columbia to have at least three candidates in this year’s Presidential Scholars Program. Out of 35 members of the St. Anselm’s graduating class of 2011, 61% have been named as National

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Merit Scholars or Commended Students. This is believed to be the highest percentage in the Washington Metropolitan area.

Model United Nations Team Heads to Harvard Six Upper School students traveled to Cambridge, Mass. in January to participate in the annual Harvard Model UN Conference. The team was accompanied by school president Fr. Peter Weigand, OSB, and Mr. Kirk Otterson, history teacher and moderator of the Model UN club. St. Anselm’s is still accepting applications for entry in Fall of 2011. For more information, contact the Director of Admissions, E.V. Downey, at 4501 S Dakota Avenue, NE Washington 20017, 202-269-2379.

St. Peter School News Second Grade Postal Service The second grade class served as the St. Peter School postal service on Valentine’s Day! Second grade students sold cards and placed life-size mailboxes around the school so students could “mail” their Valentine’s cards to friends, teachers and administrators. The second grade students then sorted, bundled and delivered the cards. The class chose to donate (Continued on page 145)

Health & Fitness Getting Back on Track How to Renew New Year’s Resolutions by Pattie Cinelli


e started out the New Year with hope for change. We felt good about what our lives would be like when we accomplished our goals. Now, two months later, do we even remember what our resolutions were? How are we doing? Have we gone back to our old patterns of living, the ones that kept us from achieving our goals? According to, 21 percent of those polled say they usually stick to New Year’s resolutions for a week, tops. Why did we so easily abandon our resolutions? This past New Year I didn’t even bother to think about New Year’s resolutions. I have been disappointed for so many years. I start out so enthusiastic and end up frustrated and feeling like a failure. But I believe in the power of positive change and I thought, how cool it would be to be able to improve something about my life so I could feel better and be happier. What does it take to make it happen? I solicited professional advice

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from three counselors/psychotherapists who practice on Capitol Hill. If you want to take another stab at doing something to make your life better this year, dust off those old resolutions, and commit once again with these helpful tips. The first step is getting rid of goals that are unrealistic. That’s the reason that as many as 90 percent of attempts at change fail. To succeed you must have a strong initial commitment and have a strategy for dealing with problems that come up. Keep track of your progress and, most importantly, be kind to yourself. It is very hard to change behavioral patterns or “habits” even when we desperately want to do something a new way. “Often people come up with several resolutions instead of focusing on one and committing to make that change occur,” said Nancy Lithgow,

LCSW. “Even one goal is hard to accomplish.” She said it is much easier to achieve a goal for someone else. “We run into the most resistance for getting what we want when the goal is for ourselves.” Suppose you decided you want to lose weight and be more fit. Often, Nancy says, the goal is to lose 30 lbs. instead of a more manageable 5 lbs. “This requires a concerted effort and strategic thinking. What does being fit mean to you? How do you look and feel when you’re fit? What steps will be involved to getting fit?” She says to be sure the steps are small, so that any particular one doesn’t feel overwhelming. “Any plan that is going to work has to be something where you can see change slowly over time, she said. “Have both long term and short term strategies so that missing one doesn’t create anxiety. You can be a harsh person to live with if you start having negative thoughts about yourself when you skip a workout session. If

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self-criticism is your response to setbacks, it is understandable why you don’t keep or even make an effort to change.” Instead, she says, give yourself permission to try something several times. If it’s not working, don’t abandon the goal, reevaluate it, adjust and try again. How do you stop escalating self-criticism? “The first thing is notice that you are doing it. Realize you have control over your own thoughts which lead to feelings. You can’t start or keep on a diet if you’re feeling bad about yourself and your thoughts or feelings are making you feel this way.” Give yourself a break. Nancy suggests using words that are positive, not negative: eat better, not lose weight. “What does that mean to you? Does that mean giving up the candy bar you eat every day at 3 p.m.? What’s your strategy for that? Maybe it’s not about giving up the candy bar, just half of it. Keeping resolutions is about getting to know yourself and being mindful wherever you are.”

Behavior Follows The Path Of Least Resistance Psychotherapist Parker Rea reminds us to expect setbacks when we attempt to change behavioral patterns. “Behavior follows a path of least resistance and one that is familiar. When setting a resolution consider: Why is this important to me? Am I doing this for myself or someone else? Finding a personal connection to the goal can sustain us when we are tempted to go back to old patterns. Keep your ‘Eye on the Prize’ by focusing on the long-term worth of the goal. If you find yourself having difficulty following through, treat yourself nonjudgmentally.” For example, she says a traditional resolution could be ‘I should work out more.’ You might reframe it – ‘I want to work out more because it helps me feel better about my body and improves my mood. Self-confidence is an important 128 ★ HillRag | March 2011

quality to me.’ Also, include in the reframing tools for handling situations that prevent you from working out. Say to yourself, when I have thoughts such as, ‘I don’t feel like it,’ I will try saying ‘Just do it! I may not feel like it now, but it will feel better in the long term.’” Psychotherapist Sharon Bernier suggests identifying a goal that is realistic – one that you can picture yourself doing and not feeling deprived. “For example, if losing weight is a goal, don’t expect to give up all foods that you love. You don’t and can’t stick with it. Keep it simple and make sure it’s something that you can do and see a change fairly quickly. You need that reinforcement.” She emphasizes the importance of choosing a goal that you really want. “Your commitment to improve has to be a priority. If you broke your leg everyone would know you couldn’t walk. With a self-improvement goal, it’s not evident to other people. It has to come from within you. You have to believe you have the right to do it. You have the right and deserve to set time aside; it is not an indulgence.” Sharon also suggests keeping a log on your progress written in all positive words. “If you are going to walk four times a week, log where you started, who you saw and how you felt. Applaud your successes and don’t beat yourself up for missing a day.” Maybe the most important thing to remember if you are serious about making a change this year is to be flexible. Considering all the possible ways to achieve your goal gives you a lot more options. Finally, create path to your goal that is fun, not drudgery. Chance for success is higher when you enjoy what you are doing. To contact Nancy Lithgow call: 202543-7700; to contact Sharon Bernier call: 202-546-5311, and to contact Parker Rea call 202-730-6955. Pattie Cinelli is a personal trainer who brings f itness to homes, off ices and gyms. She has been writing her health/ f itness column for more than 12 years. To contact Pattie email her at: f itness@ ★

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ou spent a great day with your infant strolling around Eastern Market, but now it’s the middle of the night and the sound of her hacking cough wakes you from a deep sleep. You jump out of bed to assess the problem, and when you touch your baby’s forehead, she’s burning up. Do you head to the emergency department or urgent care center, or are you overreacting? As a parent of four young children and a pediatric emergency physician, I see both sides of the dilemma. Here are some options: 1. It is never wrong to take your child to be seen in the emergency department at any hour. That is what we are there for. Trust your parental instincts. If you feel that something is wrong, bring her in. You know what is best for your child. 2. Once you get there: With children and fever, pediatric emergency physicians break children up into three groups based on the number of vaccinations the child has received. • If your child is 2 months and under with a rectal temperature of 100.4 or greater, the baby automatically gets a comprehensive work-up and spends the next two days in the hospital for observation. • For children who are 2 to 6 months, the

child will receive a work-up; however, if the lab results are normal, the child can go home but the parent needs to followup with a visit to the pediatrician in the morning. • For children who are 6 months and older, the work-up will depend on the child’s symptoms and how sick the child looks to an experienced pediatric provider. Don’t be surprised if your doctor does a complete physical exam and sends you home with no antibiotics. This is standard — and good medicine — because it decreases the chances of allergies, diarrhea, and antibiotic resistance in your child. 3. About fever. I reassure parents that a relatively high fever in a small child is not harmful, because raising the body’s temperature is its method of fighting off infections. In some countries, doctors do not advise using ibuprofen or acetaminophen because they want to let the fever take its course. In the United States, we advise taking antipyretics (Tylenol or Motrin), which knock down the fever and keep both the children and their parents happy. When determining the proper dose, be sure to administer it based on your child’s weight — not his or her age. By using the wrong table it is easy

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t any animal shelter, not a day goes by without someone calling about an animal companion who has nowhere else to go. Often enough, the call is occasioned by a sudden illness, injury, or death, and while the unfortunate pet owner’s family and friends scramble to take care of the victim’s many affairs, pets often become an afterthought. And a one-way trip to an animal shelter is simply the easiest and most convenient thing to do with the animal. But it is not easy on the animals. They have just lost the most important person in their world, and they find themselves in a strange environment unlike anything they have ever experienced before. And not every animal in every shelter is lucky enough to find a second home. As animal owners, we don’t like to think about these things. So most of the time, we don’t. But no one knows when tragedy might strike. With some planning in advance, the fateful call to the shelter can be avoided and your animal companions can be spared an unfortunate ending. We owe them this as much as we owe them food, shelter, medical care, and the rest of what is entailed in being a responsible pet owner. With luck, you may never need the plans. Then again … There are a number of different strategies you might consider for caring for your pets if you are unable to do so. They start with some commonsense emergency planning, but can also include pet trusts (now permitted in the District, Maryland, and Virginia) and estate plans. At the Washington Animal Rescue League, we counsel people to take the following steps to prepare for an emergency: 1. Select a minimum of two responsible and reliable friends or relatives to serve as temporary caretakers of your pets in the event of an emergency. Prepare a packet of information for them that includes instructions on your pet’s feeding and care, the name of your veterinarian, and keys to your home. 2. Carry information in your wallet that

lists the names and phone numbers of your emergency pet caregivers. 3. Post “In Case of Emergency” notices on doors and windows of your home to tell emergency personnel how many pets you have. Keep these stickers up to date. 4. Post a notice inside your front and back doors listing emergency contact names and phone numbers, so that emergency response personnel may contact them, if need be. 5. Inform your friends, neighbors, and relatives of the number of pets you have and your plans for them. Share the names and contact information for your emergency caregivers with them. Emergency caregivers should also know how to contact each other. Longer term care arrangements, such as those that may be necessitated by one’s death, require a different approach. This is best done through a formal arrangement in a last will and testament or a separate trust agreement that sets money aside specifically for the care of pets. Wills can include a testamentary trust provision that states who will care for pets and how they are to do it. The problem with wills is that, in order for them to become effective, they have to go through probate court. This could take weeks or even months—longer if someone contests the will—leaving your pets without formal care arrangements in the interim. Nor does the will take effect in case one is incapacitated; it only comes into play when a person dies.

WIDE SHOE OUTLET Men’s and Women’s sizes up to 15 EE On the other hand, an inter vivos trust (one created while a person is still alive) does not have to be probated to become effective; it takes effect as soon as it is executed and can be used in case of death, illness, or other incapacity. When such a trust is established, funds can be set aside for a pet’s care. A trustee can be designated to manage the funds, which can be set up so as to avoid probate, and the person establishing the trust can decide when it becomes effective. It might be advisable to create the trust in such way that one person is disbursing the funds and monitoring the pet’s care, while another person cares for the animals. A court can also appoint a third party to monitor the both the disbursements of funds and the care of the pet. Creating wills and trusts requires the assistance of a sympathetic attorney, but you should make care arrangements directly with the people whom you choose to look after your animal companions. If you agree, the plans might also include the provision that the care-takers are allowed to find other suitable homes for the animals, and the plans can— and should—include criteria for screening the new homes. Finally, while some animal shelters and sanctuaries may agree to care for pets in exchange for a fee or bequest, you should use extreme caution in selecting them. Not all of these operations have care standards that you would approve of (shelters and sanctuaries are not generally subject to regulations and inspections), and animals do best in homes, not in shelters that are, even in the best cases, meant to provide temporary housing.

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beautyhealthfitness “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” Lily Tomlin

The “Hurry Sickness” How to Slow Down and Deal with Stress by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW


urry sickness” is that urge that we have to rush around - tied to the clock - multitasking, pushing ourselves to make deadlines and to constantly be on time until we become so stressed out that we are filled with anxiety, dread and worry. We cover this anxiety with a flurry of even more activity so that when we stop, we feel guilty and begin the cycle all over again. When we are excessively focused on time, we live for the future and we are not actually present to what is happening in life right now. We are keeping our bodies at high anxiety and stress levels and therefore we are at greater risk of having cardiovascular and other stress related health problems. We also engage in self-defeating behaviors when we are too focused on time - we worry excessively about schedules, keep overly tight deadlines, rush when rushing is not necessary, do several activities at the same time, and don’t take time to enjoy either work or play. We can become easily irritated by others when we become stressed out - unable to let things go when they are relatively unimportant - yelling at the kids, experiencing road rage, becoming very forgetful.

Stressed Out It is probably not possible to live a completely stress free life - especially in modern day America. But much of the stress that we live with can be reduced, as it is caused by our own thoughts and behaviors. See if you can imagine this familiar scene: Sally wakes up one morning having pushed the snooze button on her alarm clock one too many a time 134 ★ HillRag | March 2011

and now she is late for work. She has no time for breakfast and she grabs a quick cup of coffee in the kitchen while rushing around her apartment gathering up her things for the day. She spills the coffee on the kitchen floor and has to stop and clean it up. She rushes out the door, forgets her car keys, and has to go back for them. She finally gets to work - her desk is covered in papers from the day before, she is late for a meeting and has a full inbox of e-mail she will have no time to look at all day. As you can image, the day does not go well for Sally. At the end of the day, she gets stuck in rush hour traffic, gets home late, exhausted and completely stressed. The house is a mess, she is snappy with the kids, and...well you can see the picture.

Reducing Stress What stresses you out? It is important to take some time to identify the people, activities and things that cause stress in your life. Are you overscheduling yourself? Are you trying to control situations or people? Here are some choices you can make to reduce your level of stress: • Simplify your life: Reduce some of your commitments. Ask yourself if you are trying to do more than you are capable of doing. • Schedule less: Try to create more open periods of time in your life. • Slow Down: If you are rushing around, plan ahead. If you are rushing out of a sense of anxiety, try to identify what is worrying you and address it. Ask yourself what is the worst and the best that might happen if you slow down and pace yourself. • Reduce multitasking: If you are

feeling overwhelmed, focus on one task and complete it and then move on to the next. Re-think your view of time and how you relate to it. Not everything is equally urgent. Excessive time-urgency is a problem in thinking. Stop trying to control the universe - you can only control your own life - not other people’s lives. Take small breaks during the workday. Stop what you are doing and get up and stretch, breathe, drink some water. Go outside and appreciate the fresh air. Listen - when you talk to people, listen more than you talk. This

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will help you to slow down and actually hear with a person is saying. Exercise and eat healthy foods. Consider working less and taking more time to relax. Be grateful - this reduces negative thinking and increases happiness.

Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit through the use of traditional talk therapy, meditation, visualization, and creative, nonverbal techniques. She can be reached at: 202544-5050 and is on the web at: HYPERLINK “ ★ ★ 135



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View of the Anacostia River. Photo: Bruce McNeil

Thanks, Jim Magner

Don’t Change Rosedale Rec Center’s Name!

First, I would like to express my most heartfelt gratitude in the way that Jim Magner covered the opening of my exhibition, “Revealing the Treasures of the East” at Parish Gallery-Georgetown with the launching of a new arts movement, “Anacostia River School of Photography,” in your column, “Art and The City.” You masterfully communicated my love for Anacostia River and the surrounding natural worlds to your readers. The adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words, should be modified, “A profile by Jim Manager is worth a thousand pictures.” Your words highlighted our images to make many of the sights so much clearer than they had been before. Your knowledge about the environment and art was impressive and we were all grateful that you put in the time to research this serious issue--pollution. I know that as a result more collectors, patronof-the-arts, environmentalists and civic-minded individuals will be attracted to our traveling exhibitions throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. In May 2011 we will be featured at the Center for Green Urbanism in Ward 7. I look forward to collaborating with you on a river-centered art and cultural exhibition, in the near future. Artfully yours, Bruce McNeil

As residents of Rosedale in Northeast DC, we have been concerned in the last few weeks about rumors flying around that a group of non-residents of the Rosedale neighborhood have proposed changing the name of the Rosedale Recreation Center to the Reginald Ballard Center. I’ve included an article from the “Afro-American Newspaper” website ( January 26) that states that the name-change has already occurred and that a meeting tomorrow night, Monday February 7 at the Miner School....a meeting the neighborhood thought was to discuss the really a ceremony to confirm the name change. (A fourpage flyer is being distributed with a program of panelists, none of them from the neighborhood, speakers, facilitators and music; plus the signature/ names of people that no one in Rosedale can identify, who allegedly support this). From what we understand, Mr. Ballard was a good man, who was not born in and never lived in the Rosedale neighborhood. We appreciate his efforts for the many Rec Centers he was employed by--none of which were Rosedale as well as his H.S. alma mater, which was in Northwest. He did start a puppet program at Rosedale in the late 1960s, but that has not been in existence for many years. We have lots of local people who deserve to have their names on things at Rosedale...includ-

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ing the whole building, but it’s ROSEDALE REC CENTER and LIBRARY. Rosedale is a small and evolving community that is immensely proud of its history, and the neighbors and friends I have spoken to are very upset about any such action. Not only does it fly in the face of the community-based structure and control and basic sovereign rights that allegedly underpins the DC political and legislative structure, but it is also an illogical move, since Rosedale is both a community and an long-standing and easily identifiable Recreation Center. Any name change would undermine the community’s efforts to identify and solidify Rosedale as a neighborhood and community. The Rosedale community fought long and hard for a new Recreation Center and Library... and not one of the people who ‘signed’ the petition or has initiated this effort, or who will be speaking tomorrow night (including one person named “Honey” with no other name) ever showed up to any of the Council meetings. None attended community meetings, Rosedale Citizens Alliance meetings, day-long Council meetings, meetings with the Deputy Mayor’s office, or personally visited Council members and their staff repeatedly and over several years to ensure that a new Recreation Center and Library was funded. (Would be nice if construction could get kick-started again, since it’s been a pile of rubble for months...!!) Rosedale is too special a community, and we have fought too long and too hard, for something to be taken from us for no reason. Dana Wyckoff Rosedale Citizens Alliance Member

Final Thoughts on the Proposed Barracks Row Moratorium A moratorium on all new restaurants on Barracks Row is a bad idea for those of us who eat out, enjoy more and new dining options, and who would like to spend our discretionary funds in our home neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Such a moratorium was being pursued by some of the neighbors who live adjacent to Barracks Row. We agree that those neighbors will always be subject to some annoyances caused by commercial activity, but those annoyances are the price paid for the enormous convenience of living in that location. Barracks Row is zoned for commercial activity, and commercial activity on commercially zoned streets is for the benefit of the whole community. To let those who live adjacent to commer-

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cial streets decide what businesses can open there would be like saying that the neighbors who live next to Rock Creek Park can choose who may use Rock Creek Park. Research has shown that the vast majority of residents of Capitol Hill want more commercial activity on Barracks Row, not less. For those who find that it is too much of a good thing to live next to some of the best dining options on Capitol Hill, we suggest that they not take out their frustrations on their neighbors. We hope that they consider the needs and desires of the larger community before they interfere with the legally sanctioned, commercial activity that attracts residents and visitors to support businesses on Barracks Row. Larry D. Quillian

To The Nose The “famous Berstein number from Candide?” That was lost on many of your readers, including, I confess, me. And I’m well-read. Anyway, you wrote a nice piece. Thanks. Jim Abely I hope your car gets a flat. Roy Roberts I find nothing amusing in The Nose’s article (Article? Rant?) about pro-biking policies in the District. And the author makes several logical missteps. The first and worst misstep is a false dichotomy. Just because I bike doesn’t mean I don’t drive. And people who

drive are free to bike. There is no either/or. I drive to school. I drive to the grocery store. I drive a lot. So, to say that people who bike hate cars, or that there is a group called bikers and a group called drivers, is illogical and merely serves to pit one group against the other. By writing about hoping to cause physical violence against bikers, The Nose has allowed people to consider such viciousness at least possible and possibly sanctioned. The Nose even points out that Americans won’t change their car loving without motivations, yet decries any form of motivation. I began biking to school because it is fun, good for my health (as long as I don’t get hit!), and cheap. But I drove today, because I feared the ice storm. If there were bike lanes separated from the main lanes, I probably would have felt safer risking a slip on the ice, knowing I wouldn’t get smushed by a car behind me. So, I applaud the motivation tactics of the DC government which could get more people out there biking. Also, I just visited Amsterdam and was positively impressed by, and jealous of, their biking system. Early January, snow in the air, and actually thousands of bikes out being ridden to work, stores, friends’ houses, and hash shops. Why is this a bad thing, Nose? I would suggest that The Nose is not persuasive and is offensive, at least in this case, and I am glad I don’t read his (?) articles regularly. Nick Loewen ★

proceeds from the postal service to the American Cancer Society. Thanks to the second graders for sharing the gift of caring on Valentine’s Day!

School Science Fair Excitement and anticipation filled the air as every student in grades three through eight presented science fair projects for judging. Topics ranged from animal behavior to hair strength, the Stroop effect to Synesthesia, and the effects of orange juice and yoga on heart rate. The judges included a University of Maryland physics professor, an acoustics expert, a genetic engineer, a veterinarian, a former NASA astrophysicist, as well as technology and math experts. First place winners will attend the DC Science and Technology Fair in the coming months. Well done St. Peter School Scientists! -Sally Aman. St. Peter School, 422 Third St., SE ,202-544-1618,

Two Rivers Arts Explosion Two Rivers is excited to host its fourth annual Dance Competition! Students in grades 3-8 have been learning dances during physical education class and are ready to share their moves! Talented students will display their merengue, bachata, and cha cha cha skills. Couples have a great time competing and hope to bring the trophy home to their class. The finals take place on March 4. Catch dance fever at Two Rivers! You can also see more talented students by attending Two Rivers’ Middle School Musical at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H St. NE this coming March 16 and 17. This year’s selection is Beauty and the Beast. The set designers, costumes, stage crew and actors are all comprised of middle school students and look forward to performing for the Two Rivers elementary school students as well as parents, family members, and the community. Break a leg, kids!

New Director Of Student Support In January, Two Rivers Public Charter School welcomed its first Director of Student Support, Laura Lorenzen. Ms. Lorenzen’s role is to oversee the school’s special education program, student counseling, and English Language Learner (ELL) services. She brings to Two Rivers a wealth of experience working with families and children to help them succeed. Barbara Silver. 1227 4th St., www. or on Facebook at www.; Twitter @ TwoRiversPCS.

Capitol Hill Learning Group News L is for Lemonade at CHLG The Pre-K class at Capitol Hill Learning Group studies a letter each week, accompanied by hands on activities to reinforce their learning. The letter “L” brought its own brand of fun through learning to make fresh squeezed lemonade. Four large pitchers of lemonade later, combined with the students’ newly honed skills counting pennies, nickels and dimes and a lemonade stand was born! “Lemonade- 10 cents!” could be heard from down the hall as the Crickets class lined up to purchase their glasses of sugary goodness! The Pre-K children did everything from juicing the lemons, measuring the water and sugar, crafting signs to advertise, collecting the money and pouring the glasses for eager recipients. The only request that the Pre-K teacher, Ms. Amy Snead, made was that parents bring in only pennies, dimes and nickels to make purchases, stating, “They haven’t learned to make change yet!” – Martha Herndon. 433 9th St., NE; ★

Capitol Hill Learning Group students say “L is for Lemonade” ★ 145

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Where Are My Perks? by anonymous


n The Nose’s rapidly declining profession, announcements of retrenchments seem to dominate the daily news. While the future of print journalism remains ‘To Be Determined,’ The Nose recently engaged his Editor in that most painful of discussions -- the provision of just compensation. Money discussions are truly the bane of any writer’s existence. Yet, as Washington’s self-proclaimed, preeminent purveyor of political parody, The Nose has an obligation to uphold standards for his fellow scribblers. Is there enough money on the entire planet to compensate The Nose for the hours he spends watching Phil ‘The Nitpicker’ Mendelson or David ‘The Bean Counter’ Catania arguing over the arcana of District social programs? Dear Readers, would you sit quietly in your armchairs popping bonbons while Jack ‘The Scrooge’ Evans, droned on in defense of the wallets of the poor, abused wealthy residents of Ward 2, standing, much as a Spartan at Thermopylae, against the predatory, barbaric hordes of tax enthusiasts led by the terrible troika: Jim ‘The Bow Tie’ Graham, Michael ‘Taxes Are for Little People’ Brown or Tommy ‘The Cyclist’ Wells? Could you, would you, not turn the channel as Marion ‘Forgot to File’ Barry philosophizes over fiscal responsibility? I knew you could. Dear Readers, the eyestrain generated by countless hours of reading thousands of pages of monotonous online municipal documents has forced The Nose to correct his increasingly myopic vision with coke bottle lenses. Now, when picking up a cute guy at a crowded bar The Nose can barely make out whether or not his potential partner’s face looks like a pock-marked barn door. Pity the predicament of this poor pundit. Not surprisingly, in these grim economic times, The Nose’s Editor refused, unlike many local developers, to be shaken down for more cash. What is a poor scribbler to do? Do not despair, Dear Readers. The answer to The Nose’s quandary lies in the example of his Esteemed Excellency, Herr Chair Kwame “Black on Black” Brown. 146 ★ HillRag | March 2011

In a word, ‘Perks!’ Now, The Nose’s unctuous Editor already propitiates him with the occasional gift of a pencil, notebook or press pass. It is time now to take a stand. Be it known, Dear Readers, that such offerings will no longer be considered sufficient. They are an insult to a satirist of The Nose’s caliber. The Nose demands the ultimate in vehicular perks, a gold plated, fully loaded, leather encased Segway. No, The Nose will not settle for a two-wheeled vehicle built for hoi polloi. He must have the latest, greatest gadget with all the bells and whistles. Here are his MINIMUM requirements: • A Complete Navigation System: The Nose, a bit directionally challenged, requires detailed audio instruction for his travels around this fair metropolis. • An Integrated, Video Backup Camera: This is an absolutely, necessary safety feature that will allow The Nose to avoid neck strain. • Bluetooth Connectivity: To allow The Nose to conduct interviews, text and sort his email, all while whizzing through city traffic, the Segway must be able to connect to his many I-devices. • High End Entertainment: Weighed down by the cynicism and ennui endemic to his profession, The Nose requires either the distraction of his favorite Aretha Franklin tunes played at full thumping volume or the emotional catharsis of ‘Broke Back Mountain’ cued up on demand. Somewhat surprisingly, The Nose’s Editor agreed to his demand for a vehicular perk. Apparently, the dealership had good lease rates that allowed for a significant tax write-off. Unfortunately, in the end, The Nose had to decline. Decorated in steel gray, the procured Segway did not meet a central requirement: black-on-black leather hand grips with leather tassels. After all, as every fabulous, well dressed man knows, one’s tassels should always match one’s loafers. Have a comment for The Nose? Email ★



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