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What’s Inside?


The Hill Rag Goes Green Special


DC Begins to Tackle Food Waste


How to Check for Lead in Your House


Handling a Hazmat at Home


Solar for Home or Office

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68 Hill Rag Crossword

Christine Rushton

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Christine Rushton Jodi Kwarciany

The Numbers: A $56 million Opportunity

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A State or a Statement? The Mayor Needs a

George Derek Musgrove

Congressional Plan


Development Marches Forward in Ward 6, Summer or Not

William Rich


South by West


Coming Soon: Eastern Market Main Street


Shaun Courtney

Christine Rushton Andrew Lightman


Independence Day in Pictures


ANC 6A Report

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ANC 6B Report

Jonathan Neeley


ANC 6C Report

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ANC 6D Report

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ANC 6E Report

Steve Holton


Eastern Market Report

Peter Waldron

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The Virginia Gentleman: Ed Copenhaver


Remembering Mr. Ed


Hill Havurah’s Singular Trajectory


Giving Back after Retirement


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The Anacostia River’s Summer Entertainment


Andrew Lightman

Rob Larsen Virginia Avniel Spatz

David Hoffman

Elise Bernard Michael Stevens, AICP

Our River: The Anacostia

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the transitional space between decision and action; action and consequence; one reality and another. In this uneasy, uncomfortable, and transformative place, the old order is left behind and a new one emerges. I am influenced by the palette of my southern European origins and find inspiration in the work of contemporary artists such as David Salle and Richard Diebenkorn, as well as of classic masters such as Hieronymus Bosch.

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Real Estate Matters


Changing Hands

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Dining Notes

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The Wine Girl

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At the Movies

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Art and The City


The Literary Hill


The Poetic Hill


Jazz Project

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Rowing at the Olympics and on the Hill


The Importance of Good Posture


Common Cat Myths

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Dr. Dan Teich

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Your True Colors: Exterior Paint


Micro Plants with Macro Taste


Dear Garden Problem Lady

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ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum, by James Corner Field Operations. Photo: Timothy Schenck

1 ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum has created a one-of-a-kind destination this summer--ICEBERGS, designed by James Corner Field Operations. Representing a beautiful, underwater world of glacial ice fields spanning the Museum’s enormous Great Hall, the immersive installation emphasizes current themes of landscape representation, geometry, and construction. ICEBERGS is open to the public through Sept. 5. ICEBERGS occupies a total area of 12,540 square feet. Visitors are able to ascend a viewing area inside the tallest berg, traverse an undersea bridge, relax among caverns and grottoes on the ocean floor, sample Japanese kakigorishaved-ice snacks provided by Daikaya restaurant, and participate in unique educational programming integrating landscape architecture, design, and the environment. Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for kids, three to seventeen and seniors, 60 and older. The National Building Museum is at 401 F St. NW. nbm.org.

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2 Shakespeare Theatre’s Annual Free For All


Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan and now a powerful magician, raises a great storm to wreck the vessel bearing his betrayers onto the shores of the mysterious island he has made his home. There, attended upon by his daughter, a magical sprite and a villainous prisoner, Prospero leads them through a mysterious dream on the course from vengeance to reconciliation. Trickery and magic, romance and revenge set the stage for Shakespeare’s crowning masterpiece. Shakespeare Theatre’s Free For All production of The Tempest is at Sidney Harman Hall, 10 F St. NW from Aug. 16 to 28. Get free tickets via an online lottery or at the theater two hours before each performance. Shakespearetheatre.org.

2 Avery Glymph as Ferdinand, Rachel Mewbron as Miranda and the Ensemble of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 2014 production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Ethan McSweeny. Photo: Scott Suchman


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The DC Donut Crawl returns in the Fall. Photo: Courtesy of BicycleSPACE

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The Virginia Scottish Games in Great Meadow, The Plains, Virginia, are on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3 and 4, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., both days, rain or shine. There will be competitions in athletics (heavy events), bagpipes (piping and drumming), fiddling, highland dancing, Scottish dog events, British car and bike show and children’s games. Two day adult tickets are $30; single day, $20; children five to twelve, $5; under five, free (children twelve and under, free on Sunday). The Festival will close at 6 p.m. both days, but will continue with a concert on Saturday evening until 9 p.m. Your reference address is 5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, VA. vascottishgames.org.

4 BicycleSPACE Free Weekly Group Rides

With a heavy emphasis on “social,” BicycleSPACE offers free, weekly group bicycle rides with names like Hills of Anacostia, Hills of Rock Creek, Nice and Easy, DC Urban Adventures, City Explorers, Cupcake Rumble, #HappyThursday Social Ride and Brompton Folding Thunder. There is also a Bike to Brookland training every Saturday morning. All the rides originate from one of their three locations: Adams Morgan, 2424 18th St. NW; Downtown, 440 K St. NW; 202-962-0123; and Ivy City 1512 Okie St. NE. Read more at bicyclespacedc.com.

The studio model of the Starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek series underwent an extensive restoration and is now on view at the National Air and Space Museum. Photo: Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

5 Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall Reopens at Air and Space

The National Air and Space Museum has reopened the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall, after a two-year renovation, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the museum’s opening. Some of the highlights include the gallery’s centerpiece, the Apollo Lunar Module, and the Starship Enterprise studio model from the original Star Trek series which will be on display for the first time since its restoration. Visitors will also learn about the new GO FLIGHT digital experience which includes a 16’ X 12’ interactive wall, a mobile app and a newly redesigned museum website. airandspace.si.ed.

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It’s Not About Old Age; It’s About Long Life

OUTDOOR MUSIC, MOVIES AND CEREMONies Fort Reno Concerts. Aug. 1, Chimp Suit, Split Seconds, Sun Machines; Aug. 4, Washington Bach Consort, Don Zientara, Olivia & the Mates; 7 to 9:30 PM. Rain information line is 202-355-6356. Fort Reno park is at 3800 Donaldson Pl. NW. fortreno.com. Tunes in the Triangle. Aug. 2 and 18, 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Milian Park at Fifth Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. mvtcid.org. Georgetown’s Sunset Cinema. Aug. 2, 8:30 PM. Into the Wild (2007), rated R. Grab a blanket, bring a picnic and head to Georgetown Waterfront Park. Arrive early to picnic and to get the best seating.

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NoMa Summer Screen. Aug. 3, Apollo 13; Aug. 10, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Aug. 17, Jurassic Park; Aug. 24, rain date. Movies are at dusk at Storey Park Lot, 1005 First St. NE. nomabid.org. Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movies. Aug. 4, Pitch Perfect 2; Aug. 11, The Martian; and Aug. 18, Skyfall. Movies at Canal Park, Second and Eye Streets SE, begin at sundown but arrived as early as 7 PM. Outdoor Concerts at the Botanic Garden. Aug. 4 and 18, Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20; 5 to 7 PM. Free. US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. USBG.gov. Yards Park Friday Night Concerts. Aug. 5, Justin Trawick; Aug. 12, Lovely Rita; Aug. 19, The 19th Street Band; Aug. 26, Lloyd Dobler Effect;

In Washington DC there are 106,000 seniors. 50% more than children in public school. 90+ Fastest growing population: In 1980 there were 700,000 Americans over the age of 90. In 2010 there were 1.9 million, in 2015 there were an estimated 2.3 million. In our society people live 34 years longer than their grandparents – • In 1900 life expectancy was 47; • In 2000 it was 73; • 2015 it was 77. Life expectancy grows by 5 hours a day, totaling 76 days a year.

Old Age is no longer a disability – it is a new developmental phase with social, biological and psychological distinctions. • Seniors increase in their ability to acquire and integrate knowledge. • Seniors can understand the meaning and application to complex materials better than adults under the age of 30. • Seniors have a greater ability than other age groups to compile and aggregate information, knowledge and wisdom towards problem solving. • Seniors have the highest levels of emotional flexibility among any age group meaning they can get along with diverse populations and see multiple perspectives.

Let’s Talk. Have you seen? Have you heard? Capitol Hill Village’s numerous free, public programs? • August 4th 2-4 pm - Games and Puzzles to keep your brain healthy! • August 15th 2-3 pm - Tai Chi for seniors. Learn from an internationally renowned expert. • September 13th - School Libraries - preserving the past, designing the future: School libraries used to be the place where you went to learn about history. Today they are centers for imagining and interacting with the future. Delia Neuman. Ph.D, has dedicated her career to understanding how children use information and learning towards problem solving. She has explored how libraries and librarians can use computers to facilitate perception, reasoning, and logical actions for children. She will speak about the role of school libraries and their impact on learning and information acquisition. • September 16th 12:30-1:30 pm - Improve your balance and flexibility. This class taught by a physical therapist provides activities, personalized tips and practice on improving balance and flexibility To learn more and register call (202) 543-1778 or email: info@capitolhillvillage.org

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Sept. 2, Almost Journey. These free concerts are 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the Great Lawn of Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. yardspark.org. Rosslyn Cinema Outdoor Movie Festival. Aug. 5, Up with Captain Cookie & The Milkman Food Truck; Aug. 12, Roman Holiday; Aug. 19, Casino Royale (2006); Aug. 26, The Notebook. 5 to 11 PM. Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Hwy. rosslynva.org. Jazz in the Garden at the NGA. Fridays, 5 to 8 PM. Aug. 5, Creative Love Happening; Aug. 12, Paul Carr; Aug. 19, Sin Miedo; Aug. 26, Moonshine Society; Sept. 2, Fred Hughes Trio. National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. 202-842-6941. nga.gov. Air Force Band Concerts at the Air Force Memorial. Fridays in summer, 8 PM. Air Force Memorial at One Air Force Memorial Drive in Arlington, VA. Expect a pleasing mix of contemporary and patriotic tunes and spectacular views of the nighttime Washington, DC skyline. airforcememorial.org. Military Band Concerts at the Capitol. Weeknights throughout summer, 8 PM. West side of the Capitol on the steps. Sunset Parades at Iwo Jima Memorial. Tuesdays, through Aug. 16, 7 to 8 PM. The Sunset Parade features the music of “The Commandant’s Own”, The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. marineband.marines.mil. Glen Echo Summer Concerts. Thursdays through Aug. 25, 7:30 PM. The concert series offers music for family audiences in the open-air Bumper Car Pavilion. Bench seating is available or bring visitors may bring their own seating. Dancers are welcome. The historic Dentzel carousel operates during the concerts for $1.25 per ride. Glen Echo Park Bumper Car Pavilion, 7300 MacArthur Blvd,, Glen Echo, MD. 301-634-2222. glenechopark.org. Marine Barracks Row Evening Parades. Fridays, through Aug. 26, 8:45 to 10 PM. Performance features music and precision marching. Reservations highly recommended a month in advance, but there

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is also a general admission line with no guarantees. barracks.marines.mil. Navy Band Concerts on the Avenue. Tuesdays through Aug. 30; 7:30 PM. US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. navyband.navy.mil. Fort Dupont Park Summer Concerts. July 30, Aug. 13, 20 and 27; 6 to 9:30 PM. The main driving entrances to the park are Fort Davis Dr. and Ridge Rd; Fort Davis Dr. and Massachusetts Ave.; and Randle Circle and Fort Dupont Dr. nps.gov/fodu.

MUSIC Music at Rock and Roll Hotel. July 31, Kill Lincoln; Aug. 1, A Silent Film; Aug. 2, White Lung; Aug. 4, Elvis Depressedly, Teen Suicide; Aug. 5, Broke Royals; Aug. 6, Tomato Dodgers; Aug. 12, Happy Abandon; Aug. 13, Black Dog Prowl; Aug. 19, The Beanstalk Library; Aug. 20, Prinze George; Sept. 4, Porches. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. Rock and Roll Hotel Celebrates 10th Anniversary. Aug. 21 to 27. Aug. 21, Ex Hex; Aug. 22, Lower Dens; Aug. 23, Titus Andronicus; Aug. 24, Downtown Boys; Aug. 25, Trash Talk; Aug. 26, Milemarker; Aug. 27, William Elliot Whitmore. Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. Blues Night in Southwest. Every Monday, 6 to 9 PM. Aug. 1, Scott Ramminger & the Crawstickers; Aug. 8, Little Royal Live!; Aug. 15, Tinaz Blues; Aug. 22, The Nighthawks; Aug. 29, Charlie Sayles & the Blues Disciples; Sept. 5, Lil Margie & Friends; Sept. 12, Southbound Steel; Sept. 19, 10th Blue Monday Blues Anniversary Jam Session; Sept. 26, Nadine Rae & the All-Stars. $5 cover. Children free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. 202-484-7700. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW westminsterdc.org. Church of the Epiphany Weekly Concerts. Every Tuesday, 12:10 PM. Aug. 2, The United States Army Strings Chamber Ensemble; Aug. 9, Cha Park, piano;

Aug. 16, The Rock Creek Piano Trio; Aug. 23, Jason Solounias, piano; Aug. 30, Brooke Evers, soprano and Jeremy Filsell, piano. Free but an offering is taken. 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. epiphanydc.org Music at Mr. Henry’s. Thursday Night Bluegrass: Aug. 4, Snakehead Run Acoustic Jug Band Blues; Aug. 11, Hollertown; Aug. 18, By & By; Aug. 25, Roof Beams. Friday Night Jazz: Aug. 5, Dial 251 for Jazz; Aug. 12, The Kevin Cordt Quartet; Aug. 19, Reginald Cyntje; Aug. 26, Aaron L. Myers II. Saturday Night Ladies of Jazz: July 30, Maija Rejman; Aug. 6, Tacha Coleman Parr; Aug. 13, Batida Diferente; Aug. 20, Coniece Washington; Aug. 27, The Quartet. No cover; music is 8 to 11 PM. Capitol Hill Jazz Jam every Wednesday night. Shows run 8 to 11 PM.; doors open at 6 PM; no cover; two items per person minimum. Henry’s Upstairs, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412. mrhenrysdc.com. Jazz Night in Southwest. Every Friday, 6 to 9 PM. Aug. 5, Lavenia Nesmith Jazz Singer; Aug. 12, Kent Miller CD Release; Aug. 19, Sendy Brown & the Ephraim Wolfolk Quartet; Aug. 26, Jessica Boykin-Settles Sings Sarah; Aug. 27, Thinking About Jazz-Sarah Vaughan. $5 cover. Children are free under 16 years old. Reasonably priced meals offered. 202-484-7700. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. westminsterdc.org. Jeff Denson Quartet Concentric Circles CD Release Concert. Aug. 6, 8 PM. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993 Ext. 2. atlasarts.org. Dounouya-Global Sounds on the Hill with The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change. Aug. 19, 7 to 8:30 PM. The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe and strong. $12, advance; $15, day of. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. hillcenterdc.org.

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The cast of the Seattle Repertory Theatre production of Come From Away. Photo: Chris Bennion

Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767. keegantheatre.com. Alice Adams (a musical in progress). Aug. 13, 7:30 PM and Aug. 14, 6 PM. CHAW presents workshop performances of “Alice Adams,” a musical in progress by Robert Convery. Convery has adapted Booth Tarkington’s novel, Alice Adams, the 1921 Pulitzer Prize Novel. Convery’s adaptation includes 15 characters and 21 original songs. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993 Ext. 2. atlasarts.org. Shakespeare Theatre’s Annual Free For All. Aug. 16 to 28. The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Get free tickets via an online lottery and two hours before each performance at Sidney Harman Hall, 10 F St. NW. shakespearetheatre.org.

Come From Away at Ford’s. Sept. 2 to Oct. 9. On Sept. 11, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes and hosted this international community of strangers for a week—spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances. Featuring a rousing score of folk and rock, “Come From Away” honors the better angels of our nature, revealing hope and humanity in a time of darkness. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202347-4833. fords.org. Summer Organ Recitals at the National Shrine. Sundays, through Aug. 28, 6 PM. No admission fee but an offering will be accepted. All are welcome. There’s plenty of parking. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. nationalshrine.com.


Riches by Lee Blessing and Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith at Anacostia Playhouse. Through Aug. 7. Anacostia Playhouse presents two plays performing in rotation, Lee Blessing’s Riches, directed by Paul-Douglas Michnewicz, and Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman, directed by Thembi Duncan. Both plays focus on relationships that veer of the tracks in unexpected ways. Tickets are $30 and $20 for seniors, students, and East of the River residents. at anacostiaplayhouse.com. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. Hand to God at Studio. Extended through Aug. 14. Like nothing you’ve seen before, this blasphemous Broadway hit is a ruthless comedy about sex, sinners, and sock puppets. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. studiotheatre.org.

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The Trump Card at Woolly. Aug. 2 to 7. Mike Daisey takes on the reigning world heavyweight of self-mythologizing, the short-fingered vulgarian who captured a nation’s heart through bullying, charm, one-syllable explosions, and occasionally telling the brutal truth: Donald J. Trump. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. woollymammoth.net. Longacre Lea’s “Fear” at CUA. Aug. 4 to Sept. 4. A professional garage theatre gets a large donation to go off-brand and try to “solve” Shakespeare: what is the best way to tell his stories now? What really are the reasons for producing him after hundreds of years? Callan Theatre, the black box space adjacent to the Hartke Theatre at Catholic University, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. longacrelea.org. The Lonesome West at the Keegan. Aug. 6 to 27. Set in the tiny Irish backwater of Leenane, warring brothers Valene and Coleman live to torment each other, baiting and brawling over every petty grievance, from would-be girlfriends to cheap potato chips. Only Father Welsh, the parish priest, will try to save them before their sibling rivalry explodes into a hilarious and brutal finish.

The Phantom of the Opera at the Kennedy Center. Through Aug. 20. This fresh and dazzling production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s perennial classic comes to DC as part of a brand-new North American tour. $25 to $149. kennedy-center.org. A DC Theatre Season Preview. Aug. 16, 6:45 to 8:45 PM. With more than 80 professional theatres, Washington boasts one the richest and most diverse theatre scenes in America — as the 2016–2017 season, with more than 400 planned productions, will certainly attest. Program is at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. General admission is $45. For tickets and further information, call 202-633-3030 or visit smithsonianassociates.org.

SPORTS AND FITNESS DC United at RFK. July 31, 6:30 PM vs. Montreal Impact; Aug. 6, 7 PM vs. Philadelphia Union; Aug. 13, 7 PM vs. Portland Timbers; Aug. 21, 3 PM vs. New York Red Bulls; Aug. 27, 7 PM vs. Chicago Fire; Sept. 24, 7 PM vs. Orlando City SC; Sept. 28, 7:30 PM vs. Columbus Crew; Oct. 16, 5 PM vs. New York City FC. dcunited.com. Fort Dupont Ice Arena Public Skating. Public ice skating is on Aug. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 14, 19 and 22 from 6 to 8 PM; Aug. 6, 13 and 20, 1 to 3 PM; Aug. 19, noon to 2 PM; and Aug. 21, 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Fort Dupont Ice Arena is at 3779 Ely Pl. SE. 202-584-5007. fdia.org. Washington Nationals Baseball. Aug. 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 21, 25, 26, 27 and 28. washington.nationals.mlb.com. Washington Mystics. Aug. 28; Sept. 7, 9, 11 and 18. Verizon Center. mystics.wnba.com. Yoga Mortis at Congressional Cemetery. Mondays through

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DC National Guard’s Army Band at Lincoln Park. Aug. 2, 7 PM. The Band of the Nation’s Capital will perform a program of classic hits from concert band, Broadway, rock, jazz and patriotic music. Lincoln Park, East Capitol and 11th Streets, NE. October, 6:30 PM. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. congressionalcemetery.org. Practice with Love Yoga Gathering at the Botanic Garden. Saturdays through fall except Labor Day weekend and Oct. 1; 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Free. Bring your own mat. usbg.gov. Zumba Gold at Northeast Library. Aug. 20 and 24; 5 PM. Zumba Gold is a dance fitness program... Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202698-0058. dclibrary.org/northeast. Yoga with Caroline at Northeast Library. Wednesdays, 7 PM. Bring water and a mat and wear comfortable clothing to this free class. All levels welcome. Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0058. dclibrary. org/northeast. Zumba @ Southwest Library. Mondays, 7 PM. Roshaunda Jenkins will lead this one-hour fitness and dance workout. All fitness levels welcome. The class is free; no registration required. SW Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202724-4752. dclibrary.org/southwest.

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Nearby Free Public Tennis Courts. King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW; Garfield Park, Third and G Streets SE; Randall Park First and I Streets SW; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Sherwood Recreation Center, 640 10th St. NE. All courts are open daily, dawn to dusk. 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 required. 202-671-0314. dpr.dc.gov. Nearby Outdoor Pools. Open through Labor Day weekend. Nearby outdoor pools are East Potomac Pool, 972 Ohio Dr. SW; Randall Pool at South Capitol and I Streets SW; and Rosedale Pool at 1701 Gales St. NE. Pools close one weekday each week for scheduled service and maintenance. Free for DC residents. Have ID. dpr.dc.gov.

MARKETS AND SALES Annual Alexandria Summer Sidewalk Sale. Aug. 13 and 14. Over 50 Alexandria boutiques offering deeply discounted summer merchandise (up to 80 percent

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US Army photos by Sgt. First Class Chris Branagan at Washington Monument National Monument.

1812 Overture Concert with Live Cannon Fire! Aug. 13, 7:30 PM. The US Army Band’s special end-of-summer spectacular featuring The US Army Concert Band, The US Army Chorus, The US Army Herald Trumpets, The US Army Voices and the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). No alcohol/ glass. Rain date:Sunday, Aug. 14. Weather call will be made at 8 AM on Saturday (check website). Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument Grounds. usarmyband.com. off). The City of Alexandria will provide free parking at city meters (Saturday and Sunday) in Old Town and Del Ray and DASH’s free King Street Trolley will start at 9 a.m. For a complete list of all participating businesses and examples of sale items, visit VisitAlexVA.com/SidewalkSale. Starburst Plaza Farmer’s Market (new). Wednesdays through Oct. 26, 3 to 7 PM. Starburst Plaza, 1501 Maryland Ave. NE. SW Market. Fourth Friday, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 28, 4 to 10 PM. Featuring arts and crafts, jewelry, accessories, bath/beauty, furniture, furnishings, accessories, collectibles, live-music, food trucks and a beer garden. Market is at the Waterfront Station, Fourth and M Streets, SW. marketswdc.com. Southwest DC Farmer’s Market. Saturdays, 10 AM to 2 PM. Twelve to fifteen

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vendors; diversified products from coffee, meat/eggs, baked goods, prepared foods and produce. 425 M St. SW, across from the Waterfront Metro Station. H Street NE FRESHFARM Market. Saturdays, 9 AM to 12:30 PM. Located at H St. and 13th St. NE. freshfarmmarket.org. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays, 7 AM to 5 PM; Sundays, 9 AM to 5 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9 AM to 6 PM. 200 block of Seventh St. SE. 202-698-5253. easternmarketdc.com. Dupont Circle Farmers Market. Sundays, year round, 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM. 20th Street and Mass. Avenue NW, 1500 block of 20th Street NW. 202-362-8889. freshfarmmarket.org.


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Fresh Tuesdays at Eastern Market. Tuesdays, 3 to 7 PM. Farmers’ line of fresh produce. Eastern Market, 200 block of Seventh Street SE. 202-6985253. easternmarketdc.com. Union Market. Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM to 8 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8 AM to 8 PM. Union Market is an artisanal, curated, year round food market featuring over 40 local vendors. 1309 Fifth St. NE. 301-652-7400. unionmarketdc.com. Georgetown Flea Market. Sundays year around, 8 AM to 4 PM. 1819 35th St. NW.

CIVIC LIFE ABC Committee, ANC6D. Aug. 25, 7 PM. Alcohol license applications, renewals, enforcement, and other issues. Meeting at King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. SW. To be added to e-mail list, contact Coralie Farlee, Chair, ABC Committee, 202-554-4407, cfarlee@mindspring.com. ANC 6A. Second Thursday, 7 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. anc6a.org. ANC 6B. Second Tuesday, 7 PM. Meeting at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-5433344. anc6b.org. ANC 6C. Second Wednesday, 7 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. anc6c.org.

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DC Begins to Tackle Food Waste


ome $165 billion worth of food each year, as much as $1,350 to $2,275 per household for the average American family. According to Jonathan Bloom’s “Wasted Food” that’s how much food is wasted in the US annually. A 2012 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report found that 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten, and up to 63 million tons of perfectly edible food ends up in landfills each year. Meanwhile, according to Feeding America, 48.1 million Americans were living in food insecure households (14 per cent of US households) in 2014, and 15.3 million of them were children. Food waste in the US is up 50 percent over 1970 levels. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the US government, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has established a goal of reducing food waste by 50 percent by 2030. The EPA recognizes that not all forms of food disposal are equal and has developed a food recovery hierarchy that prioritizes food use to maximize its energy value. Now the DC Government and other local organizations are getting involved and looking for ways to help residents reduce food waste. While there are several local companies (including Compost Cab, Fat Worm Compost, and Veteran’s Compost) that provide composting services to residents and businesses, a glance at the EPA hierarchy shows that composting is second only to a landfill as the least desirable way to get energy from food. To explore additional options for residents and businesses, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) hosted the “Path to Zero Waste: Organic Waste Summit” on May 18 at the International Trade Center. The event included speakers from cities from around the US who discussed challenges and lessons learned to reduce food waste. DPW Director Christopher J. Short-

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er noted, “We will reach our zero food waste goals first by buying only what we need, sharing with others what we cannot eat, then composting what’s left. This will produce immediate benefits to District residents. We know food waste reduction requires collaboration among District agencies, businesses, nonprofits, residents, and neighboring jurisdictions.” To raise awareness about food waste, the organization FeedBack worked with local partners including the DC Central Kitchen and the DC Food Recovery Group among others, to host a “Feeding the 5000” event that coincided with the summit. A delicious free feast sourced en-

tirely from fresh and top-quality produce that would have otherwise been wasted was prepared and fed some 6,750 diners.

What’s Being Done? The organization Rethink Food Waste through Economics and Data (ReFED) has been promoting solutions to the food waste problem. It notes that “use by” and “best by” dates, commonly found on both perishable and nonperishable food products, are manufacturer suggestions for peak quality. They do not indicate food safety, as is commonly believed, nor are they regulated. (Infant formula is an exception, and “use

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by” dates are federally regulated along with some other specific products in certain states.) ReFED is working to standardize food label dates, including eliminating visible “sell by” dates, to reduce consumer confusion. Congress is getting on board. The Food Date Labeling Act has been introduced in the Senate and would create a national standard for expiration dates, requiring labels to distinguish between foods that reach their peak freshness by a particular date and foods that are unsafe to eat after a certain date. The bill would also ensure that food can be donated even if it has passed its peak freshness. Meanwhile the Food Recovery Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives and includes similar language while also incentivizing school districts to purchase “ugly” fruits and vegetables for their cafeterias and promote community and school composting as a means to reduce food waste. At the same time ReFED and the NRDC are also supporting largescale advocacy campaigns to raise awareness and educate consumers about ways to save money and prevent wasted food. According to EndFoodWaste.org, NRDC, and others, as much as 40 percent of produce worldwide doesn’t make it to the retail market because it doesn’t meet strict cosmetic standards of length, color, or general appearance. Yet these fruits and vegetables have all the vitamins and nutrition of “acceptable” fruit. In March 2016 Giant Eagle and Whole Foods both announced that they would begin selling “imperfect” produce as a

pilot in some stores. Whole Foods notes that it already uses imperfect produce in some of its prepared food. Local organizations are also getting involved. Hungry Harvest, based in Columbia, Md., delivers “recovered” (misshapen, off color, or excess) fruits and veggies in the DC area directly to your door for as little as $15 per week. It even offers an all-organic option. For every delivery it donates 1-2 pounds of produce to help feed hungry families in and around the District. In the DC area a network of food banks helps reduce food waste from restaurants and grocery stores and provides food for needy families. The Capital Area Food Bank partners with 444 community organizations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and helps 540,000 people get access to healthy food annually. Much of the food is recovered and surplus food from restaurants, farmers, and grocery stores. You can support the Capital Food Bank and get involved through the Mid Atlantic Gleaning Network. Meanwhile, dur-

Americans waste a lot of money on food waste. Photo: The AdCouncil and NRDC

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ing the 2015 fi scal year, the DC Central Kitchen recovered 743,885 pounds of food for use in the 5,000 meals they prepared and distributed daily. There are other initiatives to help keep food out of landfills. DC Water has begun marketing Bloom, a Class A biosolid derived from gray water from DC homes and street runoff as a fertilizer for lawns (some are wary of its application in gardens with produce designed for human consumption). DPW is reviewing regulations for businesses and private haulers with respect to food waste composting to ensure the District’s regulations encourage composting while supporting sound health and environmental standards. The District is also looking to raise consumer awareness about food waste and increase composting of food and yard waste by establishing composting drop-off sites in each ward – and possibly piloting a curbside composting program. Many involved in the food waste issue see it as being some 25 years behind the recycling issue. As recycling has become mainstream, food makes up the largest portion of municipal waste. In next month’s Hill Rag I’ll be discussing practical ways to reduce food waste in your own household. Stay tuned! Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter @DC_Recycler. ◆

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How to Check for Lead in Your House

pipes, the standard of one ppb stands for all sources including water. “The damaging effects of lead exposure on a child’s developing brain and body are irreversible,” the AAP said. But these policy changes don’t alleviate the damage done to the trust between the District services and its residents early in 2016.

New Standards in DC Force Transparency in Water Safety

Residents Demand Answers


s of June, DC residents can check the metal of their home or apartment water pipes using a new online interactive map from DC Water. If any service lines on public space come up as lead lines, DC water will pay for their replacement contingent upon the public property owner also offering to replace the part of the line on neighboring private properties, said DC Water General Manager George Hawkins. “Every property is unique, and we want our customers to have easy access to all of the available information about their service lines, so they can make informed decisions to minimize their exposure to lead in water,” Hawkins explained. Depending on the age of a house or building, lead may be in the piping. Lead service pipes were installed in mid-1950s houses and may still need replacing, according to DC Water on its website, www. dcwater.com/lead/. Also, welders used lead solder in household plumbing until the government banned it in 1987. Brass faucets, valves, and fittings may also contain up to eight percent of lead even if they came labeled as lead-free. Galvanized iron pipes installed in homes before the 1960s can release lead into the water due to erosion inside the pipe wall. To use the interactive map, visit geo.dcwater.com/Lead/. Type in a street address or use the geo locator to find the nearest source information. Then visit www.dcwater.com/lead/ to determine if the listed metal can cause lead to seep into the water, and reach out to DC Water and the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) for help.

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by Christine Rushton level higher than one part per billion (ppb) must be shut down and fixed, said Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue in a release. The previous standard was 15 ppb. Donahue explained in his release that a June 13 statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) influenced the District’s decision to crack down on the standard. “There is no safe level of lead exposure,” the AAP statement declared. “Children with elevated lead levels are more likely to have attention deficit and reading disabilities and fail to graduate from high school.” The AAP intended to draw support for government funding to help the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) eradicate lead sources. While it addressed lead paint and aging

Policy change for lead came after residents demanded the city explain why it didn’t reveal discoveries of elevated lead levels in DC Public Schools (DCPS) and DC Public Library (DCPL) water sources. New rounds of testing started District-wide in April when parents discovered that the DC Department of General Services (DGS) had failed to inform them of at least 17 water sources in 12 DCPS schools with high lead levels. DGS representatives replied that workers had shut off and placed filters on the sources, which parents discovered was true in only some instances. Then at the start of June, DCPL and the laboratories it contracts tested 122 drinking water sources at the libraries. Seven came back with elevated levels. The Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW) report showed one fountain at 23.6 ppb, about 22.6 ppb higher than the District’s new standards. DCPL immediately shut down that source as well as three other sources at the Georgetown Li-

brary (3260 R St. NW), the Lamond-Riggs Library (5401 South Dakota Ave. NE), and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW). Filters were put on the Southwest source on June 20, said DCPL spokesman George Williams. “Moving forward, we will work with the DGS to install filters on all drinking water sources,” Williams said.

DC CounCiL Fights For a proteCtion pLan On June 22 the DC Council committees on education and transportation and the environment held a joint oversight hearing to get an update on the status of the lead testing. “Filters are a great first step, but that can’t be the only step,” Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen said at the hearing. “I’m not an expert in lead. I’m making these points to emphasize that we need to be thorough and vigilant.” Allen, Education Committee Chair David Grosso, and Transportation and the Environment Chair Mary Cheh all agreed that while DGS has made positive steps to resolve the problems, the District government needs to put together a long-term commitment and new policies, like the new one ppb standard. Grosso vowed to keep demanding updates on testing water sources for lead, installing filters, and implementing regular maintenance checks. He plans to make this issue the topic of thrice-yearly Education Committee hearings, the next of which convenes in the fall. “Being open and transparent about what’s happening is the first step in this situation,” Grosso said in the June 22 hearing. ◆


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handling a hazmat at home First Responders Prepare Southeast Residents for a Potential CSX Derailment


outheast DC neighbors near the CSX railway and Virginia Avenue Tunnel (VAT) project can put together general plans and kits to prepare for a possible hazardous material spill, but detailed evacuation routes or plans depend on each derailment situation. First responders regularly run drills in preparation for hazmat or collision situations, said Christopher Geldart, director of DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). “We do everything from when someone calls because they found something in their basement, to spills on highways or roadways, to what we did with the CSX derailment in May,” Geldart said, referring to the May 1 derailment by Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast DC. But while HSEMA and DC Fire and Emergency Management Services (EMS) can predict and fully train for emergencies like earthquakes, hurricanes, and natural disasters, hazmat incidents require more on-scene evaluation for each individual situation, explained Geldart and DC Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean. They can’t offer full plans on when residents need to evacuate or shelter in place, which direction to leave in, or how long the analysis can take. “We don’t rush into a hazmat situation,” Dean said. “We have to be more organized so we don’t create more rescue situations.” At a meeting on June 18, about 50 parents, children, and community leaders in Southeast met with Dean, Geldart, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D07 Commissioner Meredith Fascett, Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) Director Tommy Wells, and CSX Communication Director Rob Doolittle. Many residents expressed fear and frustration at the lack of specific information provided on how to prepare for a possible chemical spill from a CSX train derailment. The emergency service representatives offered tips, but stressed the importance of simply developing a communication plan with family, especially in case cell phones don’t work. “Be educated on potential risks, have a good plan for your household and where you live,” Geldart said after the meeting. “If there is a derailment, what is your plan? Do you plan on leaving the home to go to a community center?”

by Christine Rushton About 1,500 feet is a safe distance from any potential spill site, Dean said. And if you do evacuate, go into the wind to avoid wind-distributed fumes. Dean added, “You can help us help you by being prepared.” Dean and Geldart offered several tips to prepare: • Visit the CSX website page on DC to view the hazardous chemicals that travel through the city (www.csx.com/index.cfm/about-us/safety/hazardous-materials1/washington-d-c/). • Sign up for the DC Alert system online. • Download the DC HSEMA emergency alert app on your phone. • Build an emergency kit (hsema.dc.gov/page/ make-emergency-go-kit). • Create an emergency plan with your family. • The elements of an emergency plan include the following: • Create a communication plan without phones or internet capability. • Map evacuation routes in your home. • Pick a meeting place in a safe location. • Learn how and where to turn off utilities and electricity. • Reach out to a shared person to contact outside the city. To prepare for hazardous situations, HSEMA in coordination with DC government agencies, has conducted 17 training exercises in the last four years, Geldart said. They will continue to do so after the VAT construction concludes.

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Solar for Home or Office A More Financially Viable Option


id you hear the good news? In late June the DC Council voted unanimously to expand the District’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) from 20 percent renewable energy by 2020 to 50 percent renewables by 2032, while also increasing the amount from solar energy generated in the District from 2.5 percent to 5 percent. This bill translates to big incentives for DC home, condo, and retail building owners to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Sponsored by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, this forward-looking legislation is in line with the Sustainable DC Plan and puts DC on the forefront of US cities that are actively and ambitiously addressing climate change. In an effort to ensure that anyone in the District can benefit from renewable investments, the bill creates a Solar for All program that will expand solar power access and benefits to seniors, small businesses, nonprofits, and low-income households. Anya Schoolman, president of DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN), is thrilled. “I am delighted to see that the DC government unanimously passed the new RPS bill. DC is showing global leadership and proving that we can proactively address

by Catherine Plume the threat of climate change while building a vibrant rooftop solar program that will help lower bills and create thousands of clean local jobs.” The mayor is widely expected to sign the legislation. Under this bill, utilities will pay more if they don’t meet RPS goals. Currently solar renewable energy credits (SRECs) generated by solar installations in DC are selling at approximately $480 for every megawatt hour (MWH) of electricity produced. SREC prices in DC were slated to drop significantly in 2017 and subsequent years. Instead, language introduced by Councilmember Elissa Silverman and incorporated into the bill ensures that SREC prices remain high for the next seven years to help incentivize solar in DC. Specifically, the legislation extends the alternative compliance payment (ACP) for District solar for seven years, at the current price of $500. The ACP serves as a ceiling for SREC prices that will fluctuate depending on how much solar supply is available. Utility providers will meet the RPS target by directly purchasing SRECs from the owners (like you!) of renewable energy sources. The SRECs are an important source of revenue and help offset the cost of the solar PV investment. A 3.5 kilowatt system (common for a DC rowhouse) will generate approximate-

Solar panels are an ever more common feature on the DC skyscape. Photo: DC SUN

ly $1,000 per year over a system’s 10-year lifespan. The bill has other benefits as well. The DC government will be able to lower expenses by installing solar panels on the roofs of its buildings. While the cost of solar panels has dropped by 10 percent per year since the 1980s, their installation still requires an upfront investment. Under Solar for All, low-income DC residents will be eligible for low-cost clean energy and money-saving energy-efficiency upgrades, thereby reducing energy costs and making more household income available for other needs. While the specifics have yet to be developed, the program will expand the Affordable Solar program that is sponsored by the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) and the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU). Renewable energy is also good for the District’s economy – and air quality. According to a June 28 Ecowatch article, the bill will quadruple the number of jobs in DC’s solar industry (which currently employs 1,000 people) while reducing pollution at a rate equal to taking 500,000 cars off the road per year.

What about the Pepco/ Exelon Merger? Over the last several months there’s been a lot of news about the merger between Pepco and Anya Schoolman of DC SUN leads a solar cooperative meeting in Anacostia. Photo: DC SUN

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Chicago-based Exelon that was recently approved by the DC Public Service Commission. Many have expressed concerns about Exelon’s nuclear energy holdings and how these might impact DC’s energy sources. This bill, to some extent, puts those concerns to bed, as any utility company operating in DC will be bound by the RPS legislation, which doesn’t consider nuclear energy a renewable energy source.

hoW Do You go soLar? With over 250 clean-energy companies to work with in DC, home and business owners have a lot of options – so many that it can be a bit daunting. DC SUN provides a wealth of information including a very active Listserv. It also helps residents and businesses join to form solar cooperatives that can reduce the cost of installations. A Lincoln Park coop is being formed and is open to residents across DC. Contact solarteam@dcsun.org for more information. There’s never been a better time to install solar photovoltaic systems in the District. Are you ready? Catherine Plume is a lifelong environmentalist, a writer, and a blogger for the DC Recycler: www.DCRecycler.blogspot.com; Twitter @ DC_Recycler. ◆

from either direction. “This can cause problems with the passenger traffic in the area,” Doolittle explained. “If we have a freight train stopped waiting, it has the potential to get in the way of Amtrak. It’s a bottleneck for the rail network on the East Coast.” Two tunnels could keep the flow moving through the city with trains in each direction, he said. The VAT will also include new safety measures like additional access points for first responders along the length of the tunnel, Doolittle said. Once the VAT construction finishes, HSEMA, DC FEMS, and other first responders will run regular hazmat and collision drills in the tunnel, Geldart said. CSX will also take the department leaders on a walk through the entire tunnel. “That’s part of the plan; it’s a requirement,” Doolittle said. “We will also be working with them so that anything that needs to be added to their plan for that tunnel gets added and we understand it.” Fire and EMS run weekly drills for the Technical Decontaminations Task Force, said Fire and EMS Chief Communication Officer Doug Buchanan. Specific to rail hazards, the department has run nearly 10 drills in various scenarios in the last two years. It also sends members of the Hazardous Materials Unit (HMU) to the Security and Response Training Center in Colorado for specialized training on handling rail-specific hazardous incidents. Fire and EMS and HSEMA also have access to CSX’s Rail Respond, which provides details of what each train is carrying and in what cars, and the contact information for all railroads and partners in the CSX network, he said. CSX has hosted eight-hour Safety Train live drills with HSEMA, Fire and EMS, local hospitals, and other agencies at least twice in the last few years, training about 220 responders in 2010 and another 128 in 2015, according to CSX.

ChemiCaLs moVing through DC CSX trains that travel through DC can’t and don’t carry materials that are toxic by inhalation or explosive, Doolittle said. Cars that do move through with labels that suggest toxic chemicals – like the chlorine car spotted on the track after the May 1 derailment by Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast DC – only contain residual material, he clarified. “The handling of hazardous materials is something that is very highly regulated,” Doolittle added. “CSX complies with all the federal requirements for ensuring that we safely deliver each shipment.” It also does not transport Bakken crude oil, which may be more flammable than other crudes, Doolittle said. And cars don’t travel through the trenches where the VAT is being constructed. Federal Railroad Administration and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration staff don’t stop trains at checkpoints on routes through the different states. They do run random inspections and maintain a chain of custody to track each chemical and assure its storage facilities meet standards, he said. Every CSX engineer must complete a six-week introductory program at a specialized training center near Atlanta, Ga. After basic skills training, the engineers work under the direct supervision of another certified engineer until they become familiar with the region, he explained. Residents can learn more about what CSX brings through the city or what resources HSEMA provides by visiting www.csx.com or hsema.dc.gov. ◆

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Registration Open for the 2016 Across the Bay 10k For many years the Chesapeake Bay Bridge closed one span to traffic for a day in order to let pedestrians walk the span. The walk was usually held on the first Sunday in May. The annual Bay Bridge Walk became a regional attraction that brought 40,000 to 60,000 participants each year to walk the bridge and enjoy the view. The Bay Bridge Walk has been cancelled for the last several years due to on-going construction projects and security and cost concerns. In 2014, the Across the Bay 10k brought back the opportunity to cross the Bridge on foot. The inaugural year was a sellout with 20,000 registrants and year two brought a 25,000 sellout in registration. Registration for the Nov. 6 Across the Bay 10k is open. Individual registration is $70 for ages 10 and older until sold out. People of all athletic abilities are encouraged to participate. There is a time limit of two and a half hours in which to complete the 6.2 mile course. Read more and register at bridgerace.com.

Late Summer and Early Fall Festivals Listing Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, Aug. 12 to 20, 501 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD; Prince William County Fair, Aug. 12 to 20, Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Rd., Manassas, VA; Arlington County Fair, Aug.17 to 21, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 Second Street South, Arlington, VA; Truckeroo, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16, 1201 Half St. SE; Alexandria Summer Restaurant Week, Aug. 19 to 28. Neighborhoods throughout Alexandria, VA, including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End; Maryland State Fair, Aug. 26 to Sept. 5, 2200 York Rd., LuthervilleTimonium, MD; 17th Street Festival, Aug. 27, 17th Street NW from P to R Streets; Maryland Renaissance Festival, Saturdays, Aug. 27 to Oct. 22, 1821 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, MD; Prince George’s County Fair, Sept. 8 to 11, Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD. Adams Morgan Day,

Sept. 11, 18th St. NW, between Florida Avenue and Columbia Road NW; H Street Festival, Sept. 17, H Street NE; Snallygaster Beer Festival, Sept. 17, Yards Park SE; ZooFiesta, Sept. 18, National Zoo; Barracks Row Festival, Sept. 24, Eighth Street SE.

Sip & Savor Benefits CHGM Sip & Savor is a celebration of local craft beer, food, and music in support of our homeless neighbors. Sample unlimited food samples and beer tastings from many of the Capitol Hill area’s best restaurants and breweries. Enjoy music performed by local artists as you bid on great silent auction prizes. Sip & Savor is on Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. at the Eastern Market’s North Hall. $60 at door; discounts for early purchase. sipandsavor.chgm.net/tickets.

US Capitol Historical Summer Lectures On Wednesdays, Aug. 3 to 31, USCHS will welcome speakers cov-

ering topics from historical art to concepts of empire. Attendees will learn about George Washington. Discover the way artists have portrayed him, other historical subjects and DC history. All events are at noon in Ketchum Hall in the VFW Building at 200 Maryland Ave. NE. The events are free and open to the public. Preregistration is requested. Visit uschs. org for the link to pre-register or email uschs@uschs.org with your name, contact info, and the lectures you would like to attend. Here’s the lineup: Aug. 3, Dr. Kata Bartoloni-Tuazon, independent scholar, will give a book talk, “For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789.” Aug. 10, Dr. Ken Bowling, The George Washington University, will lecture on America and the concept of empire. Aug. 17, Peter Waddell, artist-in-residence at Tudor Place, will offer an “Artist’s Musings on Historical Paintings.” Aug. 24, Mark Ozer, independent historian, will give a book talk on DC in

the Gilded Age thru the Early Twentieth Century. Aug. 31, William C. diGiacomantonio, USCHS chief historian, will lecture on representations of George Washington in visual art.

The Sanctuary Condos Near Completion The Sanctuary, located at 819 D St. NE, offers 30 distinctive homes carefully designed and built within the brick walls of a 19th-century Gothic Revival church. The building’s restoration produces spaces with soaring ceilings, monumental windows and unique residences. Urban Pace is launching presales for condos at The Sanctuary, priced from the mid-$300,000s to over $1 million. For more information, visit Sanctuary819.com or call 202-303-3451.

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CHRS 2016 House Expo On Sunday, October 16th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) will hold a free House Expo at the Eastern Market North Hall, featuring over 30 home service exhibitors. Experts and informative speakers will show ways to improve, repair and enjoy your historic home: architect, building supplies, energy conservation, interior designers, general contractors, house histories, painting, iron work, chimney sweep, solar installers, roofing, water usage, electrical, window repairs, tuckpointing, landscaping, mold/termite remediation, home securing, house tax incentives for your historic home, home inspection, house security, HVAC and additional service providers. Help your House! Vendor registrations are still being accepted. Information: caphrs@aol.com or 202-543-0425.

Capitol Hill Boy Scouts Host Centennial On June 15, Capitol Hill’s boy and cub scout groups came together to host a reception honoring Congress for chartering the Boy Scouts of America exactly 100 years earlier. Boy Scout Troops 500 and 380, along with Cub Scout Packs 230 and 380 and Venture Crew 380, co-hosted this entirely boy-led event. It was attended by Members of Congress and US Senators, including both Scouting Caucus Co-Chairs (Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Rep. Jim Cooper, (D-TN); and US Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Gary Peters (D-MI). All of the scouts attending the event were from Capitol Hill’s Troops, Packs and Crews. Noted Scout Historian Peter Bielak summarized the significance of the BSA’s 1916 Congressional Charter. Excerpts from that Charter were read by Boy Scout James Mitchell wearing an original 1916 Boy Scout uniform. Boy Scouts Jonas Howard and Frederic Robb introduced Reps. Collins and Cooper. They were joined by event Congressional host Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) in presenting a framed copy of a US House of Representatives’ resolution (H. Res. 785) introduced that day to honor the BSA Charter’s Centennial. The event concluded with a quintet from the US Marine Corps Band playing John Philip Sousa’s “Boy Scouts March,” also penned in 1916. A reception followed, featuring a display of historical scouting memorabilia, plus reenactor Jeep Fortuna appearing as “Lord Robert S.S. Baden-Powell,” the British founder of the modern scouting movement. between dogs and their families, both companies have focused their attention on the community that they work, live, and play in. The newly formed enterprise, located at 508 H St. NE, believes in positive motivation to encourage behaviors, training protocols based on science-based learning theory, replacing undesirable behaviors with more appropriate responses, management for success and having fun and building a relationship. anytimecanine.com.

Laying Pipes on Eighth Street SE Completed It’s taken seven months for DC Water to completely replace the old pipes that ran under the center of Eighth Street as well as the pipes that led into the many businesses along Barracks Row. DC Water fin-

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ished the milling, paving and striping before the July Fourth parade.

Don’t Miss The Second Annual Woofstock Barkly, The Big Bad Woof, and DC Pavilion announce the second annual “Woofstock,” a festival celebrating the dogs and dog lovers of the DC metro area. The event will feature a line-up of award winning bands, craft beer by Raven Brewery, local food trucks, exclusive treats, giveaways and a special animal adoption event with the recently merged Washington Humane Society and Washington Animal Rescue League. Woofstock will be held at DC Pavilion, 1399 Fifth St. NE, on Saturday, Aug. 6, 3 to 7 p.m. Find more information at woofstockdc.com.

DC Rollergirls Boot Camp DC Rollergirls weekly Boot Camp sessions are designed to teach new and inexperienced skaters the fundamentals of flat-track roller derby. Sessions are held on Sundays, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the DC Rollergirls’ warehouse in Edmonston, Md. To attend, you must first join as a dues-paying Affiliate Skater. The $40 monthly dues cover the cost of weekly Boot Camp sessions and other training activities. Learn more at dcrollergirls.com/bootcamp.

Summer Mindfulness Meditation On Wednesdays, Aug. 3, 10 and 24, 7 p.m., join a series of evening presentations exploring the hows and whys of mindfulness. “Be Here Now Yoga” will present on a range of topics including guided meditation, movement, music and yoga. Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. dclibrary.org/southeast.

America’s First Ladies Who was the smartest first lady? The funniest? On Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., Andrew Och, the “First Ladies Man,” shares his insights on the women who spent time serving in Washington’s most visible and powerful unelected position. He spent a year visiting sites associated with every first lady from Martha Washington to Michelle Obama to document their lives for the 44-part C-Span series, “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” which aired in from 2013 to 2014. Och’s book, “Unusual for Their Time: On the Road with America’s First Ladies,” will be available for

signing. Program is at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. General admission is $30. For tickets and further information, call 202-6333030 or visit smithsonianassociates.org.

rideDC Trip Planner Upgrade The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has released an updated version of its rideDC Trip Planner. This mobile application helps residents and visitors navigate around the District. It features real-time rail and bus arrivals, as well as current bus locations. The application is map centric

and contains a trip planner feature that charts a course between two destinations using a variety of transit options including Metrorail, Metrobus and Capital Bikeshare. Transit options are also available in table format that features route destination information and arrival times for all modes except Capital Bikeshare. The rideDC Trip Planner is a free application. It does not sell users’ personal data, read users’ contacts or confidential information. The new version of the rideDC Trip planner is available for free for iOS and Android smartphones. To download the rideDC Trip Planner, visit iTunes or Google Play.

New DPR Regulations and Fees

New Farmers Market at Starburst Plaza H Street Main Street started hosting a new farmer’s market in Starburst Plaza at 1501 Maryland Avenue NE on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. The market opened on July 20 and will run until Oct. 26. The community hopes the new activity will draw positive attention to Starburst, a site known for its crime and dilapidated appearance in the last few years, said Anwar Saleem, H Street Main Street executive director. “It will help to clean up Starburst, Saleem said. “It’s been really neglected by DDOT in the last year, and this will bring more activity to the neighborhood. Vendors include Clayton Farms from Maryland, selling organic produce; Ryan’s Fruit Market from Virginia, selling peaches, apple butter, cherries, cider, etc.; Georges Botanique Aromatiques, selling handmade vegan soaps and skin care products; PinUp Preserves from DC’s Union Kitchen, selling preserves; Senzu Juicery, selling cold-pressed juices; Capitol Kettle Corn; Eat170, selling meatballs and chicken wings in sauces; Ruby Scoops Ice Cream and Sweet Treats from DC’s Union Kitchen, selling ice creams, sorbets, sherbets, etc.; Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuits; and Dea Silver and Womenís Accouterments, selling silver jewelry and purses.

In June 2016, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation implemented new regulations and fees. Many of the ideas set in these regulations came from comments from the general public through public meetings. The regulations establish new fees for field usage, community rooms, courts, gyms, picnic groves, park-space, pool lanes and equipment. Waivers are available for qualified users. DPR has also established an activity fee guide with automatic discounts for seniors. Fee changes will be implemented this fall, beginning after Labor Day, on Sept. 6, 2016. The new regulations can be found on the DPR website dpr.dc.gov/ service/dpr-athletic-facility-permits. Note: DPR has no plans to charge DC residents for general swimming or the use of fitness centers.

Labyrinth Presents The Language of Games On Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m., join the Labyrinth staff to learn about “The Language of Games.” In this session partic-

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In 2014, twelve hundred members of The World Mission Society Church of God from along the east coast (including the DMV) received a comprehensive CERT training in a record-breaking one-day. Recently 250 of those members provided disaster relief for West Virginia flood victims. Members also helped in Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

100 Church of God Members Certified in Disaster Preparedness The World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCG), 700 A St. NE, in collaboration with Serve DC of The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, have received CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and CPR training for the neighborhood. The church welcomed Serve DC’s CERT trainer and manager, Dr. Willie McElroy. It hosted the training in disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations and First Aid, search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism, and CPR. dc.wmschurchofgod.org. ipants will learn about the evolution of word games throughout history. Discover current games that stretch the creative problem-solving and language functions of the brain through strategic cooperation and communication. Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0058. dclibrary. org/northeast. For more information about Labyrinth, visit www.labyrinthgameshop.com.

New DC Lead Testing Policy The DC Department of General Services will move to incorporate a 1 PPB (part-per-billion) action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in District of Columbia Public Schools and Department of Parks and Recreation centers. The effort comes on the heels of a report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevention of Childhood Lead Toxicity that lead testing resulting in a reading of more

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than 1 PPB should be immediately remediated. Under the current operating policy, drinking water sources in District public schools and recreation centers testing at or above 15 PPB are fitted with a filter or taken out of operation. The sources are returned to operation once follow-up testing yields a clean reading. Following recent findings of lead in water at a small number of schools, District officials completed testing of all water sources at every DC public school and recreation center. The new policy is estimated to cost the District nearly $2 million at the onset, which includes the installation of filters on all drinking water sources at public schools, public libraries and recreation centers. Implementation is expected to be completed this calendar year. The District will also work with District of Columbia Public Charter Schools and District of Columbia Public Libraries to install filters on drinking water sources. The expected annual cost of $1.5 million will support regular testing, maintenance, and supplies for District of Columbia Public Schools and recreation centers. For more information, visit mayor.dc.gov/lead.

DDOT is also expanding bikeshare capacity at Eastern Market Metro Station during the second surge of SafeTrack. For more information, visit safetrack. godcgo.com.

HomeSaver Foreclosure Prevention Program Relaunched The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) is reopening the “HomeSaver Phase I” mortgage assistance program. This year, the Agency received two funding allocations totaling $8,047,933 from the US Department of the Treasury’s Hardest Hit Fund (HHF). This award will be used to aid eligible DC homeowners that have fallen behind on their mortgage payments due to unemployment or under employment. Homeowners interested in applying for mortgage assistance should visit HomeSaverDC.org or DCHFA.org for complete program details and to submit an application. The HomeSaver Program has three components. Lifeline Assistance is one-time payment of up to six months of mortgage delinquency.

Capital Bikeshare Ridership Soars DDOT has announced record ridership on Capital Bikeshare during the first week of WMATA’s SafeTrack repair campaign. Capital Bikeshare had 89,436 users last week. That is 6 percent higher than the previous record week established during “Bike to Work Week” in May 2015. The spike in ridership coincides with the introduction of a new singletrip fare allowing residents, visitors and commuters to take single bike trips of up to 30 minutes on Capital Bikeshare for $2. Since the launch of the new initiative on June 4, single-trip fare usage has more than doubled from approximately 600 to more than 1,300 trips daily. To support the growing ridership, additional morning Corral Service is available at 17th and K Streets NW at Farragut Square.

“Grandma” Parker celebrates her 30th year at The Hill Preschool.

Thank You Celebration for Teacher Ann “Grandma” Parker A “Thank You” Celebration will be held for Hill Preschool Teacher Ann “Grandma” Parker on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Parker has taught for 30 years at the school.

Applicant must be receiving unemployment benefits at the time of application or have experienced an involuntary reduction of income of at least 25 percent. Mortgage Assistance is up to 24 months of mortgage payment assistance or a maximum of $38,400. Applicant must be receiving unemployment benefits at the time of application or have experienced an involuntary reduction in income of at least 25 percent. Restore Assistance is for the recently employed.

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Anacostia Park Wetlands Restoration The National Park Service (NPS) has completed its planning process to help restore Anacostia Park’s wetlands, the last remaining tidal wetlands in the city. Once implemented, this plan will result in thriving wetlands, a manageable Canada goose population as well as a healthier, cleaner Anacostia River ecosystem. A cleaner and healthier Anacostia Park and Anacostia River will provide enhanced recreational opportunities for area residents. To provide for successful wetland regeneration in Anacostia Park, the National Park Service must address the high numbers of resident geese that live in the park which continues to strip vegetation from park wetlands. This threatens the health and sustainability of the Anacostia River corridor. The Canada goose population will be reduced through lethal control (capture and euthanasia) and reproductive control (egg oiling). These actions have been used by federal, state and local agencies for more than 15 years. They have been proven to be the most effective and humane methods. Have an item for the Bulletin Board? Sent it to bulletinboard@hillrag.com u

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Introducing Eight New DCPS Principals in Ward 6 by Christine Rushton Sah Brown, Eastern High School (1700 East Capitol St. NE) A week before July 4, parents and neighbors of Eastern High School looked on as the band practiced for the Barracks Row Parade. Next to them stood new Eastern principal Sah Brown. He stopped by to introduce himself and start connecting with the school community he will lead in the fall. For Brown, 37, a strong community relationship means support for his students and their success. “I’m reaching out, making myself available, attending ANC [advisory neighborhood commission] meetings, setting up meetings to talk about and find out how Eastern has partnered with the community in the past,” he said. He also plans on continuing to build up Eastern’s advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB), and writing programs by capitalizing on his staff’s progress. Before Brown got into education, he played college basketball and did a stint in the National Basketball Development League (NBDL), the NBA minor leagues. He helped out at clinics for younger players and soon realized he wanted to use his college degree to transition to a career in education. “Basketball was a big part of my life,” he explained, “but education is an even bigger part.” This will be his second role as a principal. He led Roosevelt High School at MacFarland (4400 Iowa Ave. NW) last year and also worked as a coprincipal at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School (709 12th St. SE) and an assistant principal at Hardy Middle School and Cardozo Education Campus (1200 Clifton St. NW). He started his career in education in 2005 as a DC Teaching Fellow, and previously worked as a special education teacher and coordinator at Margaret Murray Washington School (27 O St. NW) and Anacostia High Sah Brown

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School (1601 16th St. SE). Brown is originally from DC. He got his bachelor’s in political science from Lehigh University and his master’s in special education and educational administration from Trinity Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @brown_sah.

Stephanie Byrd, Payne Elementary School (1445 C St. SE) Payne Elementary School’s new principal, Stephanie Byrd, wants her students to know a few facts. She ran the fastest in her fifth and sixth grade classes, she likes to win, and she thinks she has a riddle to challenge them: she has two boys who together have six legs. How is that possible? Starting in the 2016-17 academic year, Byrd will lead Payne Stephanie Byrd Elementary after serving nearly 20 years in the District. She sets out with the goal of building Payne’s support system with the community and parents. And she wants to give her teachers the help they need to focus on the students’ academic success. “I believe we can develop a reputation for being the school for the really smart kids in the city, and this includes all kids, no matter what their circumstance,” she said. As a native of DC she also hopes to use her local background to connect with families and children. She attended Anne Beers Elementary (3600 Alabama Ave. SE) in Ward 7. She said she already feels embraced by the Payne families too. “I would like to thank my new community for the warm, heartfelt welcome,” she said. This is Byrd’s first principal position after finishing the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship for Aspiring Principals program, which DC Public Schools (DCPS) started in 2013 to give employees the skills and education to pursue principal positions. Greg Dohmann

“Patterson Fellows get something that most school leaders are never afforded: time to focus on developing leadership skills,” remarked Byrd. Byrd holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Howard University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from George Washington University. She has worked at Woodson High School (3950 Chesapeake St. NW), J.O. Wilson Elementary (660 K St. NE), and at other DC schools as a kindergarten, first grade, and special education teacher, and as academic dean, director of school operations, and assistant principal. She comes in as Payne’s third principal in the last two years. In the summer of 2015 former principal Vielka Scott-Marcus stepped down from her position despite parents’ passionate petitions and calls for her to stay. Annie Mair filled Scott-Marcus’ place as interim principal.

Greg Dohmann, Jefferson Middle School Academy (801 Seventh St. SW) Greg Dohmann knows the vision of Jefferson Middle School Academy well. He helped start it as a math teacher in 2012, continued building as assistant principal in 2014, and in the 2016-17 school year will take the reins as the new principal. Dohmann, 30, will take over for Natalie Gordon at Jefferson, and plans to continue the process of rebuilding at the school that started in 2011. “It was important that the person who steps into the principal role shares the values of the previous principal and continues the vision and goals going forward,” he explained. While at Jefferson as the assistant principal, he helped reduce school suspensions by roughly 44 percent, according to DCPS. He wants to continue moving away from punitive disciplinary practices in his new role. Dohmann also wants to build the relationships between Jefferson and each of its feeder schools – Amidon-Bowen Elementary (401 I St. SW), Brent Elementary (301 North Carolina Ave. SE), Thomson Elementary (1200 L St. NW), Van Ness Elementary (1100 Fifth St. SE), and Tyler Elementary (1001 G St. SE). Right now, Jefferson is not the first choice of many parents who use

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the lottery to try to get their children into other schools, but Dohmann wants them to stay. He has already started speaking with the principals at the elementary schools and plans to talk with parent groups to engage future Jefferson parents. “We want to be a destination school for kids around the city, but we also want to be the commonsense choice for all of Andrea Mial our feeder schools,” he said. After growing up in Fairfax County, Dohmann studied for his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and his master’s in education from American University. He also won the 2013 Teacher of the Year award at Jefferson and the Rubenstein Award for highly Effective Teaching. Follow him on Twitter @gdoh33.

Andrea Mial, Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. SE) For 20 years, Andrea Mial taught and led in the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools for military families. While she enjoyed the experience, she always wanted to give back to her own community in DC. Starting in fall 2016 she will get the chance as the new principal for Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. SE). “I created an environment and staffing to give those military children everything they needed,” said Mial (pronounced “mile”). “Now I get to serve the community I live in. These are my families, these are my children.” Mial wants to focus on parent engagement, community partnership, and raising the academic standard at Miner, she said of her goals. Parents helped choose her as principal in DCPS’ vetting process. Mial declared that she wants to follow through to meet their expectations. Andrew Smith Mial, 48, will take over for Anne Evans, who will leave her position after three years due to health concerns. This is Mial’s third principal’s position. She worked as the vice president of education services at Catapult Learning, where she helped coach educators from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. She also served as assistant principal and principal for DoDEA from 2007 to 2015. “What we can do best for our students is to provide them with not only the basics – literacy, math skills, technology – but also careers and other per-

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spectives of the world. We must improve our student performance and that begins with instruction.” As for the school itself, Mial envisions it as a community meeting place, a center for people to come together. “The building is the glue for the community; it’s not that formal place where students come in at 8 a.m. and leave at 3 p.m. and the place goes dead,” she said. “I want Miner to be rich and open for the community.” Originally from Hawaii, Mial got her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Chaminade University in Honolulu. She also holds a master’s in special education from Chaminade and another master’s in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.

Andrew Smith, Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School (659 G St. NE) New Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School principal Andrew Smith rattles off a list of to-dos for the upcoming school year: redo the play- TaMikka Sykes ground, develop the River Smart project with an urban garden, revamp the outdoor space for a family-friendly baseball and kickball field, and embrace the different national cultures reflected in his student body. It’s a lot. But “I’m excited.” “It’s going to be an open door,” he said, “a place every family in the community feels welcome and comes to not only see their own kids succeed, but also to see them as a part of a larger community in the neighborhood.” Smith, 29, envisions the elementary school as a hub for students to learn about their own cultures, friends’ cultures, and the global environment surrounding them. In his first year as principal, starting in fall 2016, he wants to use cultural exploration to start propelling Ludlow-Taylor students toward success academically and socially. “DC is changing, and schools are continuing to become the centerpiece for communities to come together,” Smith said. This new position will be Smith’s first role as

principal after seven years with DCPS. He worked as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Tubman Elementary School (3101 13th St. NW) and an instructional coach and assistant principal at Garrison Elementary School (1200 South St. NW). Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., he earned his bachelor’s in Spanish from the SUNY at Buffalo, his master’s in teaching from American University, and a postmaster’s certificate in educational leadership and administration from George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @SmithGarrisonAP.

TaMikka Sykes, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (401 I St. SW) Amidon-Bowen Elementary School’s new principal TaMikka Sykes has teaching in her roots. Her mom taught at Purdue University in Lafayette, Ind., while Sykes was still in elementary school. After Sykes graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human communication studies from Howard University, she spent the first two years of her teaching career as a second grade teacher at Teach for America in Compton, Calif. Now with more than a decade of experience in the classroom and a few years spent in administration, Sykes, 41, is excited to join the DCPS team at Amidon-Bowen (401 I St. SW) in her second principal’s position. “I really love working in the DC area; it’s so rich in culture, very diverse,” Sykes said. “I was attracted to DCPS because I felt that the system is a good match with my own values as an educator.” DCPS schools work collaboratively and help develop not only the students, but the teachers as well, she said. Building on and adding to other educators’ ideas creates a nurturing environment for student achievement. She wants to continue the progress already evident at Amidon-Bowen. Next year the school will bring in its first teacher focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The parent-teacher association also won a grant of $20,000 from NSC Partners to build a new STEM laboratory. Sykes said she’s looking forward to launching the new ventures. “It’s exciting to be able to provide high quality education for our kids,” she said. Sykes was the founding principal of LEARN Charter School’s Campus Seven in Chicago and participated as a 2016 Surge Institute Fellow. She also taught in DC schools for nine years before her

stint in Chicago. She has a master’s in school leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Follow her on Twitter @Sykes_tamikka.

Clinton Turner, Walker-Jones Education Campus (1125 New Jersey Ave. NW) Shadowing two principals af- Clinton Turner ter spending more than a decade in the classroom taught Clinton Turner the value of understanding different management styles. Heading into his own principal’s position at the Walker-Jones Education Campus, he comes equipped with the skills to connect with the varying personalities and teaching styles that make up the school. Turner, 46, wants to harness those skills to lay down a foundation for a strong instructional program. “I believe that Walker-Jones has great potential,” he said. “I am committed leading a team of highly motivated professionals that will provide a high-quality academic experience for each child, every day.” Family engagement, instruction, and team building top his list of goals for his first year leading Walker-Jones, starting in fall 2016. Turner plans to use the skills and networks he built during his time as a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow to support these aspirations. “The total experience (exposure, mindset, support) is invaluable during the transition into this new role,” he said. “I feel like I am more prepared now to step into a school leadership role because of my experience.” This is Turner’s first principal’s position after seven years with DCPS. He worked as a computer teacher and assistant principal at Truesdell Education Campus (800 Ingraham St. NW). In 2015 he was accepted as a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow and completed his principal residencies in the program at Garfield Elementary School (2435 Alabama Ave. SE) and Stoddert Elementary School (4001 Calvert St. NW). Before DCPS he worked in Prince George’s County, Md., as a science teacher, basketball coach, and tennis coach. Turner earned his bachelor’s in geolo- Isamar Vargas

gy from Virginia State University and a master’s in entrepreneurship from Howard University.

Isamar Vargas, Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave. NE) Isamar Vargas believes in a student’s right to choose their future, whatever it may be. Starting in the fall of 2016, she hopes to realize that belief in her new role as principal for Eliot-Hine Middle School. “An education is not a privilege; it’s a civil right,” Vargas said. “Our students should be able to compete in a global market.” Vargas, 40, recently moved to the District from Chicago, and loves it. She can’t wait to start working with her team of teachers and welcoming the community into the process of laying out new goals for the school. Her mission: give the students every resource available to prepare them for life beyond school. That could mean a four-year college, a trade school, the military, whatever they want, she said. Facing the challenge of a temporary joint campus with Watkins Elementary School (the site at 420 12th St. SE is under construction), Vargas said she wants to work closely with that school’s principal. Based on her experience sharing facilities in Chicago, she said the best approach is to work collaboratively and grow from each other’s styles to make the environment comfortable for both staff and students. Vargas served as a principal in Chicago at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy, a PK-8th grade school with 400 English-language learners. She has taught as a bilingual elementary teacher and high school social sciences teacher. Vargas grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks both English and Spanish fluently. She earned her bachelor’s in education from Pontifical University of Puerto Rico and a master’s in school leadership from Concordia University in Chicago. She also won the Principal Achievement Award in Chicago Public Schools in 2011, after joining the District’s New Leaders principalpreparation program. u

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The Numbers:

A $56 Million Opportunity

Ideas for Improving the Health of DC Residents by Jodi Kwarciany


f you had $56 million to improve the health of DC residents, how would you spend it? The DC government recently faced the same question, and they are about to develop a plan to take advantage of just such an opportunity, with plenty of outside help. The money reflects the District’s determination that CareFirst, a nonprofit health insurer, had an excess surplus that it needs to invest in community health initiatives. In June, the city’s Insurance Commissioner announced that his agency would develop a plan to spend the $56 million excess surplus, after CareFirst failed to come up with an adequate plan on its own. This is an extraordinary opportunity to improve the health of DC residents. There are many great ideas out there that would have an immediate and lasting impact on the wellbeing of low- and moderate-income DC residents. Here are a few especially strong ones: making health insurance coverage more accessible to immigrants; providing financial assistance to new medical professionals who choose to practice in underserved areas; training residents to be community health care workers; improving care for homeless and newly-housed residents; expanding services to support parents of young children; and supporting efforts to reduce teen pregnancy.

Improving Access to Health Care to Immigrants and Others DC’s Healthcare Alliance program is for low-income residents who are not eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, or subsidies on the DC Healthcare exchange. Many of them are immigrants. For years, the Alliance has had some the strictest eligibility requirements of any public benefits programs, which has posed a significant barrier to accessing or maintaining coverage. In particular, people insured through the Alliance have to renew their eligibility every six months through a face-to-face interview at a DC social services center. Because this often requires a whole day and taking time off from work, many residents just give up and lose eligibility. The number of people covered by the Alliance

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dropped by 10,000 in the first year after this eligibility rule was put in place. Expanding one-year renewals, and allowing residents to apply online, would allow more residents to maintain health coverage, while also reducing long lines at service centers.

Providing Scholarships And Loan Forgiveness To Health Providers Who Practice In Underserved Areas One reason that a high rate of health insurance coverage doesn’t translate into better health care is that access to medical providers depends a lot on where people live. Having insurance doesn’t mean much if you cannot conveniently get to a doctor. Scholarship and loan forgiveness programs are effective ways to increase the number of providers in underserved areas.

Bringing Care to the Community Level with Community Health Workers District residents’ health varies by where they live. Residents in 10 zip codes accounted for less than half the population, but over 80 percent of hospital discharges, according to a 2015 report by the DC Department of Health. Community-level health care workers, hired from the communities they serve, have a deep understanding of their neighbors’ health needs and are well-suited to deliver health education and to connect residents to care. Increasing the number of community health workers would provide job opportunities in underserved communities and improve health outcomes in low-income neighborhoods.

Coordinating Health Care for Homeless and Newly-housed Residents The loss of affordable housing has contributed to high rates of homelessness in DC, and many chronically homeless residents have severe health problems. The District is combatting chronic homelessness with programs like permanent supportive housing (PSH), but is still seeking ways to fund the health and case management services needed to support residents and keep them healthy, housed,

and less reliant on emergency room care. While the District’s budget for FY 2017 includes significant investments in PSH, additional funds would help ensure that health care services are part of the support provided to newly housed families as DC works to provide housing for the homeless.

Expanding Home Visiting for Vulnerable Families DC has teen birth rates and infant mortality rates that are higher than the national average and several neighboring counties. Many families in the District, particularly younger parents in high-poverty communities, need supports to help their children grow and succeed. Home visiting is an evidence-based program that helps families with young children get access to health insurance, immunizations, preventive care, and nutrition and wellness resources that can help children enter school healthy and ready to learn. Right now, DC’s home visiting program is primarily limited to a few wards, and will lose its federal funding after 2017. Additional funds could help sustain and expand this program to all wards, and ensure that all eligible families can participate.

Supporting the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund Though teen pregnancy and teen birth rates are at historic lows in the District, they still remain a prominent and costly concern. In 2010 alone, public spending on teen childbearing in DC totaled $41 million. The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Fund supports programs that have a track record of success in the District of Columbia. They focus on health services for teens, reproductive health education, professional development and training, research and policy development, and public education/awareness. The $56 million surplus will have an enormous impact in the local community, and DISB should be applauded for holding insurer CareFirst accountable to its community obligations. Finding ways to ensure that these dollars are spent in responsible, meaningful, and lasting ways for the District’s low- and moderate-income population is a smart use of much-needed health care dollars in DC. Jodi Kwarciany is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (www.dcfpi.org). DCFPI promotes budget and policy solutions to reduce poverty and inequality in the District of Columbia, and to increase opportunities for residents to build a better future. u

A State or a Statement? The Mayor Needs a Congressional Plan


his past month, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Statehood Commission wrapped up their constitutional convention for the state of New Columbia. The document they produced will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot, and though residents have rightly complained about the rushed and undemocratic manner in which the convention was held, it will undoubtedly pass, considering that the most recent poll showed that 7 in 10 voters favor statehood. Such a vote, the mayor has argued, will send “a bold message to the Congress and the rest of the country that we demand not only a vote in the House … but two senators …” It will. But members of Congress already know District residents want a state, and they do not care. If Mayor Bowser is serious about making a state, not just a statement, she will need to create a plan for moving a statehood bill through Congress. In the four decades since residents first made a serious effort to gain a vote in Congress, Republicans have been near unanimous in their opposition and Democrats noncommittal. Check out this chart that depicts the platform positions of the two major parties on DC self-determination. Motivated by the Cold War and pushed by the civil rights movement, both parties favored representation for DC in Congress from the 1950s through the mid70s. With the Reagan Revolution, however, Republicans became determined opponents of statehood, sometimes even advocating for an end to home rule. Today a powerful Tea Party faction believes that any effort to provide the District representation in Congress is unconstitutional on its face. Democrats, for their part, have gone on record as supporting statehood, but have never been willing to cut the types of deals necessary to get the legislation passed. The Hillary Clinton campaign has recently continued this combination

by George Derek Musgrove of verbal support and equivocal action by backing a strong statehood plank in the Democratic Party platform while at the same time denying residents selfdetermination by hand-picking all of the DC delegates to the party’s national convention. Recognizing what they were up against, past DC self-determination activists crafted innovative strategies designed to persuade the city’s friends and marginalize its enemies. In the late 1970s, when DC Delegate Walter Fauntroy and the Self Determination for DC Coalition attempted to pass the DC Voting Rights Amendment – which would have granted the city representation in Congress “as though it were a state” – they created a sophisticated lobbying operation that mobilized voters in members’ home districts. When activists sought statehood in 1987 and 1993, they laid the groundwork by campaigning hard for Democrats around the country in the previous election cycle. And in 2007, when Delegate Eleanor Holmes

Norton sought a vote for the District in the House of Representatives, she tried to make it in Republicans’ interest by pairing her proposal with an atlarge seat for dependably Republican Utah ahead of the 2010 census. All of these efforts failed, because the opposition was stronger and the city’s friends noncommittal, not because local activists had not thought things through. Today, as in the past, activists need a strategy for gaining statehood; not the fanciful hope that the Democratic Party will do right by the District if they win in November, or the nihilistic argument that the struggle is hopeless so making a statement is better than doing nothing. The mayor and the statehood delegation owe District residents a plan. George Derek Musgrove, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. With Chris Myers Asch, he is completing a history of race and democracy in Washington, DC. u

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Development Marches Forward in Ward 6, Summer or Not Hill East And H Street Take Center Stage For Planning and Construction by Shaun Courtney


evelopment is not taking the summer off in Ward 6. Far from it. Several new projects are beginning demolition, others are topping off and readying for tenants, while still others are at various points in the design process. The take-away: promised development is delivering hundreds of new residential units and thousands of square feet of retail to the Hill and beyond in Ward 6.

Eastern Market and Hill East Once sleepy Hill East is now bustling with activity and primed for new construction at every turn, from Pennsylvania Avenue projects to new construction surrounding the Southeast Safeway. While several projects will be meeting significant milestones in the months to come, here are some recent advances you may have missed during your summer travels.

Shakespeare Theatre Company Designs continue to evolve for a two-story addition to the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) practice facilities at 507 Eighth St. SE. The proposal by owner/architect Michael Oxman is to build a twostory addition to the existing two-story warehouse building located in the heart of Barracks Row. The

project would include ground-floor retail, secondfloor office space, and third- and fourth-floor microresidential units. The project is up for review at the Historic Preservation Review Board.

Shotgun House & 1230 Pennsylvania Ave SE The fate of the shotgun house on the 1200 block of E Street is finally known, but the future of Frager’s Garden Center is now up in the air. The two parcels, 1229 E St. (shotgun house) and 1230 Pennsylvania Ave. (Frager’s temporary garden center), were recently leased for development by SGA Architects. SGA is known on the Hill for its work at the nouveau historic Butterfield House at 1020 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. SGA’s plans for the two properties are not directly connected, but they are going through the historic preservation review process simultaneously. For 1229 E St. the proposal is to relocate and add onto the tiny shotgun house. A new three-story addition will be built at the rear of the historic structure. That project would be developed as for-sale units. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Nick Burger (6B06) said the majority of the surrounding community supports the proposal for the shotgun house, happy to see something finally happening there after decades of decline. Burger said the pro-

The fire-damaged facade of the original Frager’s building will be incorporated into a new mixed-use project.

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posal met with approval from neighbors because it helps complete the block of rowhouses without creating a “hulking mass” mid-block. At 1230 Pennsylvania Ave., which has served as the Frager’s Garden Center since 2013, SGA proposes a new five-story, 120-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail. Capitol Courts, as the new building is being called, would be mostly small units that come partially furnished and with leases as short as six months. Car parking would be below grade in a 21-space garage, which would also include bike parking and dedicated car-sharing spaces.

Frager’s Hardware/Penn11 Frager’s Hardware will continue to operate from several satellite locations until late in 2018, when it can move back to its original location at 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE as part of a project that developers Perseus Realty and Javelin 19 are now calling Penn11. Construction should begin in the first quarter of 2017 and last approximately 20 months, with a completion date set for late 2018. At the time this story was written Frager’s had not secured a new space to host its garden shop in the interval between the start of the SGA project and delivery by the Perseus project. The plan for the former hardware store site, ravaged by fire in June 2013, includes new condos, retail space for Frager’s, and additional retail space for new tenants in a structure that will include the original facade as well as the addition of two stories and a penthouse. The plans create 34 one and twobedroom condo units, 8,500 square feet of commercial space and an additional outdoor garden center reserved for Frager’s under a 25-year lease. This is aside from the approximately 7,000 square feet

The Apollo, a mixed-use project that will include Northeast’s first Whole Foods, now spans much of the 600 block of H Street.


to begin. Insight Property Group’s Apollo, a Whole Foods-anchored, mixed-use project at 600 H St NE, will begin pre-leasing this month with residential move-in expected in November. The building now dominates the north side of the 600 block of H Street, formerly home to a self-storage business and a Murry’s grocery store. The Demolition of the shopping center formerly home to Rite Aid and new residential portion in7-11 began in July, with construction set to start this fall. cludes 420 apartments with a rooftop pool and movie terof additional ground-floor retail and 36 underrace. The Wydown, a coffee shop located at the ground parking spaces. Louis at 14th condo near U Street, is opening a At a late June hearing the Historic Pressimilar coffee concept in the lobby of the Apolervation Review Board supported the team’s lo. It will have its own storefront, but will also most recent design updates by architects Hickok open into the apartment building. The yet-toCole. The development team will spend the coming months finalizing designs and applybe-named cafe is set to open around November ing for permits. when the first tenants move in at the Apollo, acAdam Peters, head of development at Percording to Trent Smith of Insight. seus, said sales on the generously sized condos Demolition work began this month on the could begin as soon as the end of 2016. The H Street Connection project, 801 through 957 units are designed to be larger than many in H St. NE, the former site of shops like Rite Aid, other emerging corridors like 14th Street. PeRainbow, and 7-11. The strip-mall style develters said they are bigger to accommodate peoopment spans the entire south side of H Street ple who want to stay and live on the Hill for the between Eighth and 10th streets. Construction long-term, both young families and older resiis scheduled to begin in fall 2016 on the 44,000 dents. “We are super excited to bring this block square feet of retail space and 420 apartments, of the neighborhood back to life,” said Peters. by developers Rappaport and WC Smith.

Kipling House The former site of a parking lot and car service station at 900 11th St. SE is set to become a new condo building three blocks from the south end of Barracks Row. The old Washington Auto Club is on its way to being just a bit of history; demolition and site work were well underway in July. In its place will rise a 49-unit condo building designed by PGN Architects and developed by Madison Investments.

H Street While there is much new construction planned and in the works along H Street, the two projects with the most recent updates are at the western end of the stretch. One is well on its way to changing nearly an entire city block, the other similarly transformative development is about

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Summer’s End, Looking Ahead Heading into fall, several projects along H Street NE will deliver, opening up apartments, new retail and a Starbucks. In Hill East, long-awaited developments like the Buchanan School and the NY Pizza site are taking shape, showing ever more clearly that change has arrived. Elsewhere on the Hill, the Hine School development may deliver some of its first units as soon as this fall. As projects take shape and begin leasing or sales, we will be able to answer the question of whether the area can support all the housing and retail the Ward 6 pipeline holds. Shaun Courtney is a freelance reporter. Shaun has called DC home since 2002 and lives in Kingman Park with her husband and son. u

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South by West by William Rich International Spy Museum at L’Enfant Plaza in 2018 Preliminary site work started in June on the new International Spy Museum. By spring 2018 the museum will relocate from Penn Quarter to L’Enfant Plaza on a site fronting 10th Street SW. The new museum will occupy 140,000 square feet, much larger than the current facility, and will allow for three levels of permanent exhibition space in addition to event space. A museum store and lobby will be located on the first floor, facing 10th Street. Part of the design includes a transparent “veil” that will allow pedestrians on 10th Street to see activity inside the museum. JBG Companies has partnered with the International Spy Museum on the project and has been designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners. Hickok Cole is the architect of record. JBG Companies came before Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D in June to gain support for doing foundation work in the park-

ing garage during evening hours. The developer also wanted to close an area in front of 10th Street for construction staging. Both requests were granted, although the ANC wanted JBG to report to the commissioners if additional late-work requests were needed. L’Enfant Plaza has been revamped in recent years, including refurbishment of the retail center with new restaurants and stores and two renovated office buildings. Meanwhile the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel is closed for renovations. About a year ago construction without an anchor tenant began on 500 L’Enfant Plaza, a “trophy” office building. However, work stopped after construction of the foundation and loading dock and will not resume until an anchor tenant is secured. The new museum will be a couple blocks south of the National Mall and will contribute to the revitalization of 10th Street, a wide but forlorn stretch between the Smithsonian Castle and Banneker Overlook. A revital-

The new International Spy Museum will be located on 10th Street SW. Rendering: Rogers Stirk Harbour+Partners

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La Vie is one of the restaurants scheduled to open at The Wharf when the first phase of development is completed in 2017. Rendering: The Wharf

ized 10th Street was part of the SW Ecodistrict plan, which was developed by the National Capital Revitalization Commission for a multi-block area south of the National Mall and north of the Southwest Freeway. The plan envisions 10th Street as an urban garden promenade extending the civic character of the National Mall to Banneker Park. According to the plan, demolition of the Forrestal complex would allow new streets to be introduced to the area, including Virginia Avenue and Maryland Avenue SW. That would reduce the visual blockiness of the current building design. The right-of-way along 10th Street SW would remain the same width (150 feet), but the sidewalks would be narrowed from 29 feet to 24 feet, and a five-foot bike lane would be added on either side of the street. The roadway on each side would be reduced from 26.5 feet to 20 feet, and the median would be expanded from 39 feet to 52 feet. The northern section of the street, where it is at grade, would have a large tree canopy with trees growing as high as 50 feet in a linear garden. A “magnet” plaza to draw people to 10th Street from the Smithsonian Castle would

have a water feature near its northern terminus with Independence Avenue. An Urban Plaza would sit where the street meets L’Enfant Plaza. The plaza could be designed in a variety of forms, including a framed water feature in the median, an architectural feature in the median, a design that encompasses the right-of-way, or a plaza stretching from the edge of a building to the east to the building on the west. Further south, garden rooms are envisioned with smaller trees cascading down to Banneker Park. Pedestrian access through the tree canopy in the northern section and in the southern section would be limited, but the greatest amount of pedestrian crossings would be at the Urban Plaza near L’Enfant Plaza. Programming space could be accommodated in the “magnet” plaza at the intersection with reconstructed Maryland Avenue SW, and at the Urban Plaza.

Wharf Retail News A few more retailers have been announced for the first phase of The Wharf. Social Restaurant Group plans to open a French-Mediterranean restaurant called La Vie. The restaurant will be located in Parcel 2, which includes Wharf Hall and

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Coming Soon

Eastern Market Main Street


by Christine Rushton

usinesses in and around Eastern Market may gain access to city funds for a Main Street organization in the DC fiscal year 2017 budget. The proposed Eastern Market Main Street would include the area along Seventh Street from North Carolina to the Southeast Library (402 Seventh St. SE), and from the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue to the 600 and 700 blocks of C Street. A new nonprofit organization, Merchant Row Association Inc. (MRA), made up of about a dozen local business owners, has until Sept. 8 to apply for a Main Street designation from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), said MRA Vice Chair Mary Quillian. Quillian and her family also own Mr. Henry’s Pub and Restaurant (601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE). A Main Street designation would allow the group to apply for city funds and grants to help attract and retain businesses, update building facades, host community events like Barracks Row Main Street’s “Taste of the Eighth” and H Street Main Street’s “H Street Festival,” help new businesses buy quality signs, and advance other events or ideas the community suggests. It will also give Eastern Market and surrounding merchants a chance to offer organized input on the renovation of the Eastern Market plaza. “It’s important for the businesses to be ready as a group to have input,” Quillian said. “That’s the central area of the Hill.”

Getting Funds in the FY2017 Budget Business owners came together in December 2015 for discussions and then created a nonprofit organization to pursue the designation. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson helped get funding for Eastern Market Main Street into the FY2017 budget after the first round of the budget passed without the funds, Quillian said. It wasn’t until May that MRA and community leaders knew the funds would be available in 2017. Both the DC Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser approved the earmarked funds. “Now that the money has been earmarked for an Eastern Market Main Street, a group has to be identified and selected by DSLBD to get the designation,” Quillian said. “The group that worked this spring is intent on applying for the designation.”

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MRA may know DSLBD’s decision as early as October, she said. Other MRA leaders include Manuel Cortes, owner of Groovy DC Cards and Gifts (323 Seventh St. SE), Ann Richards, a neighbor who works at The Forecast (218 Seventh St. SE), and Terry McDonald, general manager at Scallan Properties (525 G St. SE). In June the dozen or so business owners with MRA began one-on-one conversations with merchants in the area to get feedback on the proposed Main Street. “We want the Eastern Market Main Street to be a community player too,” Quillian said. “The organization is there to help preserve that area.”

MRA Needs Community Support To get the designation from DSLBD, the community needs to show support for MRA as the organization to head the Main Street, said Cortes, who also chairs MRA. This includes letters of support, neighbors attending community meetings, and working with the business owners. People seem excited, he said. He added that many like him feared a loss of local economic activity with the other growing neighborhoods and Main Streets in the city – 10 designated Main Streets as of 2016. A Main Street could help reinvigorate the area. DC’s 2015 Main Street program brought in about 1,250 jobs; helped start about 30 new businesses; supplied funds for about 30 rehabilitation projects; completed 18 public improvement projects; and completed 15 new construction projects, according to the DSLBD website. It seeks to foster fresh economic activity in the designated areas. In June MRA won the support of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B to apply for the Main Street designation. “That’s the consensus that I’m getting,” Cortes said of the enthusiasm. “But there are so many little details that we need to address.” Quillian said they still need to gather a lot of community input, but she’s excited about the plan’s prospects. “We want to make sure the area continues to be a vital commercial area that supports the community and is supported by the community,” she said. To learn more about Eastern Market Main Street or community meetings visit www.easternmarketmainstreet.org. u

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ANC 6A Report by Christine Rushton


esidents near the intersection of 11th Street and H Street NE may get relief from an increase in loitering, urination, and drug activity if the city agrees to the request of the advisory neighborhood commission (ANC) to remove benches on the corner. More than 50 residents over the last few years have signed petitions to get rid of the benches in hopes of deterring people from lingering there during the day and night, especially since many residents use the Capital Bikeshare station located there. “It’s more than your typical neighborhood concerns now,” Commissioner Phil Toomajian said. Police also recently asked the ANC to help get the city to remove the benches. The rest of the ANC 6A meeting balanced both July and August requests with the coming August break. The quorum: J. Omar Mahmud (6A01), Phil Toomajian (6A02), Mike Soderman (6A03), Matt Levy (6A04), Patrick Malone (6A05), Stephanie Zimny (6A06), Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07), and Calvin Ward (6A08).

ANC Sides with Developer for 1111 H Street A heated debate between the developer of a mixeduse development at 1111 H St. NE and condo owners at 1115 H St. NE ended in favor of the developer. The ANC voted 5-2 in favor of sending a letter in support of the developer’s plans to

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the Board of Zoning Adjustment, despite the neighboring condo board’s arguments that the new building will significantly block sunlight to south-facing units. The support letter stipulates that the developer must contribute $25,000 to the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) to expand the nearby Capital Bikeshare station, supply security cameras for the neighboring condo, and keep the backyard relief setback an additional seven feet from the required distance. During the meeting the developer said that the architect’s plans offer a more beneficial plan to the neighboring condo owners than a “build by right” plan. But the condo board representatives argued that a by-right plan would set the first floor back in a way that would protect their current sun exposure. With so much time spent on making small changes in previous months, though, Toomajian decided the developer had made enough concessions to warrant the ANC’s support and called the issue to vote.

Proposed Halfway House Draws Disapproval The Federal Bureau of Prisons informed the DC Mayor’s Office and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen that it is considering placing a halfway house for returning citizens at 810 14th

St. NE. The site would include up to 300 beds. But with Miner Elementary School (601 15th St. NE) nearby and a lack of reentry resources like rehabilitation and workforce training close by, the ANC voted 4-1 to write a letter opposing the proposed plan. Miner Principal Andrea Mial told the ANC that the issue is “complex,” but she does worry about a site close to the school. Allen has already expressed his opposition of the plan. Phillips-Gilbert voted against the letter and argued that she didn’t know enough about the

ADVISORY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION 6A PHIL TOOMAJIAN, CHAIR, PHILANC6A@GMAIL.COM Serving the Near Northeast, North Lincoln Park, Rosedale, and H Street communities ANC 6A generally meets the second Thursday of the month, at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE.

www.anc6a.org ANC 6A will not meet for the month of August. proposal. The Bureau of Prisons sent several vague proposals to sites in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, but ultimately can put a site in even if the city or area opposes the plan.

Halal Guys Site Wins Support An all-day food stop won a letter of support in a unanimous vote to bring its restaurant to 814 H St. NE, contingent on pending letters of support from neighbors. Halal Guys started as a food truck in New York City and wants to install a brick and mortar site on H Street. The owners didn’t request a liquor license. The letter also requires Halal Guys to meet seven conditions: no backyard customer space, no use of public space, provide a trash receptacle for customers at the building front, all deliveries must be made on numbered side streets, trash and grease will be covered in the backyard, the restaurant will use reusable utensils, and any grease exhaust will be vented through the roof toward H Street.

Increased Traffic Problems on 10th St. NE Commissioners agreed to send a letter to DDOT requesting a traffic-calming assessment for the 200 block of 10th Street NE. Mahmud said a change to the 11th Street light may be encouraging drivers to avoid the intersection by cutting down Ninth and 10th streets during rush hour. “If there is increased traffic on this road – for instance a smart phone app that directs people to find things there – then how does that impact the block?” Mahmud asked, referencing the recent hype over the Pokemon GO app.

Other Actions H Street Country Club (1335 H St. NE) requested an extension to its

live entertainment hours to 1 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. The request did not affect the current settlement agreement, so the ANC took no action. The ANC requested DDOT evaluate the 400 block of 17th Street NE for potential parking. It currently does not allow parking, and if it doesn’t present a safety hazard, residents and local patrons could benefit from more parking, the ANC said. ANC 6A regularly meets on the second Thursday of the month at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. There is no meeting in August. The next meeting is on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. u

Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee - Tuesday August 16th 7pm at Sherwood Recreation Center • 640 10th St., NE Jay Williams - Co-Chair (906-0657) / Christopher Seagle - Co-Chair

Transportation & Public Space Committee - Monday August 15th 7pm at Capitol Hill Towers Community Room • 900 G St., NE J. Omar Mahmud - Co-Chair (594-9848) / Todd Sloves - Co-Chair

Economic Development & Zoning Committee - Wednesday August 17th 7pm at Sherwood Recreation Center • 640 10th St., NE Brad Greenfield - Chair (Brad.greenfield@gmail.com 202 262-9365)

Community Outreach Committee - Monday August 22nd

Held every 4th Monday of the month 7pm at Maury Elementary School • 1250 Constitution Ave., NE Multi-purpose Room (enter from 200 Block of 13 Street) Dana Wyckoff - Chair (571-213-1630)

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

ANC 6B Report by Christine Rushton


ommissioners Denise Krepp and Chander Jayaraman again detailed their growing anger and frustration over the Department of Behavioral Health’s (DBH) handling of the clinics opening within blocks of each other in Hill East. At the July 12 meeting, Krepp and Jayaraman updated the ANC on the fight to revamp the process for giving certifications to clinics like Andromeda Transcultural Health (corner of South Carolina Avenue and 15th Street SE) — currently, clinic work in some instances is classified as general office use. With a petition hearing coming up in September, Jayaraman wanted to again explain that he does not oppose Andromeda, but DBH’s seeming lack of consideration for the neighbors impact-

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C P.O. Box 77876 • Washington, D.C. 20013-7787 www.anc6c.org • (202) 547-7168 ANC 6C generally meets the second Wednesday of each month. 214 Massachusetts Ave NE

ANC 6C COMMISSIONERS ANC 6C01 Daniele Schiffman Daniele.Schiffman @gmail.com ANC 6C02 Karen Wirt (202) 547-7168 6C02@anc.dc.gov ANC 6C03 Scott Price (202) 577-6261 6C03@anc.dc.gov scott.price@anc.dc.gov

ANC 6C04 Mark Eckenwiler 6C04@anc.dc.gov ANC 6C05 Christopher Miller 6C05@anc.dc.gov ANC 6C06 Tony Goodman (202) 271-8707 tonytgood@gmail.com

ANC 6C COMMITTEES Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee First Monday, 7 pm Contact: anc6c.abl.committee@gmail.com Grants Committee Last Thursday, 7 pm Contact: lesliebarbour.dc@gmail.com

Parks and Events Committee First Tuesday, 7 pm Contact: christinehealey100@gmail.com

Transportation and Public Space Committee First Thursday, 7 pm Contact: mark.kaz.anc@gmail.com Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development First Wednesday, 7 pm Contact: zoning@eckenwiler.org Twitter: @6C_PZE

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ed by these clinics. The quorum: Jennifer Samolyk (6B01), James Loots (6B03), Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04, chair), Steve Hagedorn (6B05), Nick Burger (6B06), Daniel Chao (6B07) and Chander Jayaraman (6B08) and Denise Krepp (6B10). Daniel Ridge (6B09) and Diane Hoskins (6B02) were absent.

Eastern Market Main Street The DC City Council pushed through $200,000 in funding for an Eastern Market Main Street designation in the fiscal year 2017 budget, and the Merchant Row Association (MRA) is quickly putting together the applications and community outreach necessary to petition the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) to act as the organization leading the Main Street. The application date is Sept. 8. Commissioners expressed concern over the lack of plans for the project and lingering questions: what will happen to the flea market vendors? How will it interact with Barracks Row Main Street? What responsibilities will the merchants have? Commissioner Krepp hesitated to support with the weight of the ANC, but the commissioners eventually decided to support the plan unanimously in order to help it through DSLBD’s petition process.

Ted’s Bulletin and Matchbox License Renewals Although the ANC maintains a good working relationship with Ted’s Bulletin (505 Eighth St. SE) and Matchbox (517 Eighth St. SE), it decided to protest both Ted’s and Matchbox’s applications to renew their Class C restaurant liquor licenses. On the day the ANC and Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) representatives set to meet with the restaurant managers, one of the managers was killed in a car crash. Commissioner Loots made it clear to the ANC that only for the sake of logistics will he recommend a protest of the application — he wanted to give the representatives time to cope with their loss and meet with the ANC when the time permits. “This particular one is purely procedural. I have confidence we can work through the materials,” Loots said. The ANC agreed unanimously to protest until issues like trash management and the now-void expansion of Matchbox can be resettled.

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Mediation Proves Fruitless for Both Parties Planned mediation among the ANC and representatives of Good Stuff Eatery (303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), Bearnaise (315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) and We the Pizza (305 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) did not go well. The ANC requested ABRA provide a continuance on the protest until witnesses can attend and proper mediation can be arranged. One commissioner added a request that the ANC consider relooking at quality of the mediation process for future protests. Hanks Oyster Bar (633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) and Ambar (523 Eighth St. SE) will also have mediations before the next ANC meeting in September.

Beware Construction Project Parking Promises With work moving forward on the modernization for Watkins Elementary School (420 12th St. SE), the ANC made it clear to the developer and construction company that parking violations from any workers on the job won’t be tolerated. Several commissioners listed projects in their neighborhoods where construction companies promised their workers wouldn’t clog residential streets, but non-permitted cars took up several spots during those projects. “We cannot count on enforcement from the parking people,” Loots said. The ANC moved to support the Watkins modernization, but requested the developer follow through with parking plans.

Renovation Plan Update on the Former Shakespeare Building Architect Michael Oxman offered a few updates to the plans for a new mixed-use development at 507 Eighth St. SE, a space the Shakespeare Theater Company previously occupied. After community feedback, Oxman incorporated several requests including painted brick, simple glass windows, sound barriers on the backside mechanical equipment and indoor trash. But the problem remains that the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) may not approve of the proposed additional two stories on top of the existing structure, said Commissioner Oldenburg. This extra height may be more visible than the community agrees with or that fits the historic surrounding, she said. Commis-

sioner Loots disagreed and the motion to support the plan was approved in a 6-1-1 vote (one abstention).

‘Shotgun’ House Plans Get a Thumbs Up Plans to renovate the historic “Shotgun” House at 1229 E St. SE won the support of the ANC with a few concerns. Project architect Sassan Ghari detailed the plans for two 2,000-square-foot residential units, which also includes pushing the existing Shotgun house closer to the neighboring residences. As no neighbors opposed this move, Commissioner Loots requested that the ANC make clear in their letter of support to HPRB that they also don’t oppose moving the historic building over.

Other Actions Commissioner Loots will write a letter to the Department of Health expressing no opposition to the medical marijuana Metropolitan Wellness Center at 409 Eighth St. SE. The ANC agreed to take no action on Beuchert’s Saloon’s (623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) petition for a new sidewalk café with seating for six. The current settlement agreement already includes this, so ABRA must enforce. The lot at 622-624 North Carolina Ave. SE requested relief from a zoning requirement for square footage that’s not possible with the already established building they plan to renovate. The project is a modernization of the building, but will not add any new units. The ANC approved to support unanimously. The Southeast Market (1500 Independence Ave. SE) requested extended hours of operation, which the ANC did not oppose. For the Historic Preservation project at 626 E St. SE, the ANC supported the plan in light of positive community feedback. One exception was the façade, which neighbors requested be more durable than stucco. Capitol Hill Village requested a $5,000 grant, which the ANC supported with the request of more information on the project. ANC 6B regularly meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. There is no meeting in August. The next meeting is Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. u

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ANC 6C Report by Christine Rushton


ommissioners shared an unfortunate discovery and sudden news during July’s meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C. For Commissioner Chris Miller, a FOIA request revealed that at least 55 of the more than 110 DC Public Schools are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ANC agreed to send a letter to the Department of General Services (DGS) requesting more compliance, which Miller agreed needs priority for the children attending those schools, who have the right to access their school anywhere. Commissioner Tony Goodman announced he will truncate his term in the fall as he has recently become chief of staff for At-Large Councilmember David Grosso. The quorum: Karen Wirt (6C02 chair), Tony Goodman (6C06), Mark Eckenwiler (6C04), Scott Price (6C03), and Christopher Miller (6C05). Daniel Schiffman (6C01) was absent.

Neighbors Argue Over DaVita Demolition The commissioners voted 3-2 to support the application to demolish the former DaVita Dialysis building at 300 Eighth St. NE and build a four-story residential condo building with a penthouse. But neighbors of the lot argued that by approving this application the ANC wasn’t allowing them to voice their concerns about potential traffic routes for the condo owners and

drivers in the area. One neighbor of the site explained that his house, like others, was built before concrete foundations were standard, and any heightened level of traffic on the alley by his home causes the entire house to vibrate. Eckenwiler explained that the approval of the Historic Preservation Application (HPA) didn’t address traffic or zoning concerns. Neighbors can bring up those issues at the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) meetings. Neighbors tried to argue that potential vibration damage to their historic houses should not be ignored at this stage. Another neighbor added a thought to the design plans that did pertain to the HPA application. “I think the developer did a good job after the ANC asked him to go back on the C Street side,” he said. “But for the neighborhood that we’re in, that front lawn on Eighth Street doesn’t fit.”


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ANC Requests New Bikeshare Racks Commissioners unanimously supported a revised planned unit development (PUD) application for 301-333 N St. NE, with a few contingent requests. The developer must give certain funds to Two Rivers Public Charter School (1227 Fourth St. NE) to help offset construction inconveniences; must give $100,000 to the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) for a Capital Bikeshare station within 2,500 feet of the project (either ANC 5D or 6C); road signage must be visible for truck traffic to Third Street; and the proposed Maker Space on the ground floor must occupy the entire 3,000 square feet. Goodman argued with the developer’s representative over past discussions about bike accessibility. Goodman said he frequently

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brought up the need to consider bike plans in the project, but the developer disagreed. Before they agreed on the $100,000 for DDOT, the developer questioned why city funds couldn’t go toward that need. “There’s no free market for Bikeshare stations,” Goodman responded.

Eckenwiler Calls Proposed Bill for ANCs More Damage than Help The DC Council intended the proposed Omnibus Amendment of 2016 for governing the ANCs to help the commissioners, but Eckenwiler explained why he thinks the bill would cause more harm than good. Among several items, the amendment would require the ANC to review fully every construction permit application by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) – even for a new door, window, boiler – and render a decision within a 45-day waiting period. It would also deny the “group of five rule” for alcohol license cases, which currently allows any group of five neighbors to protest an alcohol license within a 200-foot radius. In addition, commissioners would receive a $50 stipend for each meeting, which would take away government funds for grants and projects. Commissioners currently serve without compensation. The ANC would be required to give 14 days’ notice for anyone participating at the next meeting, which might sometimes be impossible because the meetings that set the ANC’s agenda convene within days of the monthly meeting. The ANC voted to send a letter to At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds opposing the legislation. “I think it’s bad for the ANCs,” Eckenwiler said. “And I think it’s bad for citizens.”

Continued Opposition to Sixth Street Addition Faulty architectural designs and a failure to fix damaged shared walls forced the ANC again to oppose a request to enlarge the building at 518 Sixth St. NE. Eckenwiler was dumbfounded at the meeting when the owner’s representative presented plans different from what he had reviewed days earlier, and after specifically requesting no changes be made. “There’s a description of a chimney that’s no longer there,” he said. “We know it’s no longer there, and the applicant knows it’s not there because it was removed recently.”

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Engineer Stamps Structural Approval Without Proper Credentials An engineer looking at 629 L St. NE stamped the plans for the site with a structural engineer’s approval, but Eckenwiler told the ANC the man is not actually a structural engineer. The building wall also drew concerns about the proximity to its property line and the fact it is not fire efficient. “It’s an untruthful document in support of the application,” Eckenwiler said. The ANC voted to oppose in a letter.

Apollo on H Street Offers Help The mixed-use Apollo development on the 600 block of H Street NE offered to help design around a neighboring National Park Service (NPS) park to clean up the area. A trapezoidal lot has a fence encroaching on the area now, and the ANC agreed to push the resolution of any land disputes by sending a letter to the NPS.

Other Actions The ANC again voted to oppose the request of Toscana Cafe (601 Second St. NE) to change from a class D to class C restaurant to allow for the sale of spirits. Eckenwiler explained that the owners continued to fight a settlement agreement with the ANC. XO (15 K St. NE) won the approval of the ANC to operate an unenclosed sidewalk cafe, so long as the owners follow the same rules as the already approved summer garden: closing at 10 p.m., no music outside, and dogs allowed. Goodman hopes this will lighten and enliven the area to deter prostitution. DC Water posted two-month-long No Parking signs along the 700 block of Fourth Street NE. The ANC voted to send a letter to DC Water and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen advising that the time period revoking residential parking permits is inappropriate. The ANC supported the development at 1005 North Capitol St. NE, so long as it includes bike racks. Price requested DDOT to perform a trafficcalming study at Seventh and C streets NE. ANC 6C regularly meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Mas-

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ANC 6D Report


by Christine Rushton

scheduled 20-minute presentation at the July meeting of the advisory neighborhood commission (ANC) on the health impacts to neighbors near the Buzzard Point and DC United stadium development turned into an hour-long argument between commissioners and the city’s representatives. Commissioners expressed their anger at the DC United project’s not sending representatives to the meeting and also the lack of priority placed on settling the health and air-quality concerns around the construction site. The rest of the meeting, though tense and strained, allowed the commissioners to get through the long agenda before the August break. The quorum: Stacy Cloyd (6D02, secretary), Meredith Fascett (6D07, treasurer), Rhonda Hamilton (6D06), Marjorie Lightman (6D01), Andy Litsky (6D04, chair), Roger Moffatt (6D05), and Rachel Reilly Carroll (6D03, vice-chair).

Buzzard Point Health Assessment Not Enough The entire ANC disapproved of and blasted the DC Department of Health (DOH) and DC United’s presentation of the health assessment for the neighbors and region surrounding the Buzzard Point project site in Southwest. Representatives from the city argued that the plans for cleanup or air-quality damage prevention were already approved, but the commissioners refused to accept that the city had given adequate time and access to respond to the plans. “We haven’t seen a plan on toxic chemicals,” Litsky said. “What about the community?” Commissioner Carroll added, “We need this to be a feedback loop. We need to know what comments are being used in the plan.” The city representative explained that they had incorporated most, if not all, of the comments, but put them on a website instead of sending the chang-

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es back to the ANC. Commissioner Hamilton led the call for a health assessment because residents in her single member district (SMD) expressed worries about inhaling concrete dust from the uncovered pile on the nearby construction site’s property. The city laid out several plans to control toxic dust: filling in potholes that collect dust, increasing street sweeping, reduced speed limits to slow air currents, and keeping concrete feed out of the way as much as possible. “These piles of concrete dust are way above the waste container,” Hamilton said. “We have cancer survivors on those streets, and you’re telling me you’re going to just sweep?” She also questioned whether the team looked at the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for air quality. They did not and said they didn’t have to because it’s a DC project, not federal. DOH presented its own data on the issue, but explained that it can’t provide specific enough data to that Zip code and SMD because it lacks the medical histories for every resident in the area. With the impending planned unit development (PUD) applications for the site, the ANC recommended that the city, DC United project organizers, DC Water, Pepco, the DC Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), and anyone else involved start improving community engagement and followups on reports. The next health and human risk assessment is expected in September.

DC United Construction Traffic Plan Construction vehicles going to the DC United Stadium project on Buzzard Point will filter through Half and First streets to Potomac Avenue SW, the developer told the ANC. Though the traffic routes will change for each phase of the project, the ANC will get the chance to review and comment on the plans before each starts. In the current Phase 1A plan, the trucks will go down those streets, which don’t include any residential roads, the project representative explained. Also, contracted truck drivers can’t idle, and cars in the construction area must reduce speed by 15 miles per hour. There will be

no construction on any sports game days. The ANC accepted the plan to continue reviewing the routes as they change.

General Litigation and Arbitration Franchising and Business Organizations Commercial Leasing and Development Labor and Employment Issues Contract and Licensing Matters

ANC Demands More Traffic Control Near Fish Market PN Hoffman’s Wharf development adjacent to the Fish Market in Southwest detailed plans to route pedestrians and cars around and into its new mixed-use development, which the ANC supported in a letter with a few conditions. Cars trying to get into the market and around the construction often make dangerous turns, park in the middle of the road, or back up traffic all the way to the I-395 off ramp, according to Litsky, Lightman, and Cloyd. “I don’t want to go to the community meetings anymore if nothing is going to get fixed,” Litsky told the project representative. The plan currently includes expanding the lanes on the route to Maine Avenue to 11 feet, widening the pedestrian area by setting back the building, creating a rain garden to manage storm water runoff, stone pavers, and scored concrete.

Buzzard Point Workforce Development Plans Residents in the Southeast and Southwest communities looking for job training and potential work at the Buzzard Point stadium construction site can start going to workforce development training programs, said Odie Donald, the executive director of DC’s Workforce Investment Council. While some jobs require construction training that won’t be available before the project finishes, the programs include training for jobs at the site after it finishes. Commissioners expressed frustration that residents often get training that becomes obsolete once they finish because the project is done. “What resources do you have to shepherd these people through?” Fascett asked. Donald explained that they can help anyone interested find work around the city, especially with the number of projects in development and planned.

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School (1150 Fifth St. SE) streetscape plan. It includes a new canopy over the front door, three benches, seven bicycle racks, a new flagpole, and segmented planters in the plaza to keep students from wandering into the street.

Residential Hotel Gets New Liquor License Homewood Suites (50 M St. SE), an extendedstay residential hotel, won the ANC’s approval of a request for a new liquor license. The hotel managers plan to host a free drinks time from 5 to 7 p.m., four nights a week, for residents. The license allows for a slot between 4 and 11 p.m.

Other Actions Friends of Randall Community Center (South Capitol and I streets SW) is one step closer to becoming a recognized group by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) after the commissioners unanimously approved a letter showing support. Email randallfriendsgroup@ gmail.com for more information. The ANC agreed to hold off a decision until December on whether to support new bicycle lanes on New Jersey Avenue SE that would run the length of the road all the way under the freeway. Public space by 150 I St. SE will receive new pavers and improvements from the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT), with the support of the ANC. With foot traffic to the coming Whole Foods grocery, the ANC agreed to the plan. Cloyd requested that DDOT plan to avoid heavy rainfall pools on the pavers, which attract mosquitoes. The Metropolitan Police Department sergeant in attendance warned community members and commissioners of targeted car thefts and burglaries from cars near Nationals Park. During his monthly crime update he explained that criminals look for cars trying to avoid parking costs by going to streets in Southwest. Commissioners supported traffic interruptions on Sept. 24 for the St. Jude walk to end childhood cancer between the Navy Yard and Nationals Park, as well as the Nov. 6 Race to End Women’s Cancer. ANC 6D regularly meets on the second Monday of the month at 1100 Fourth St. SW, Second Floor. There is no meeting in August. The next meeting is on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. u

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ANC 6E Report by Steve Holton Expansion Plans for AIPAC Building A representative from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was at the meeting of the advisory neighborhood commission (ANC) to share expansion plans for the group’s headquarters building, which is located next to Cobb Park at 251 H St. NW. AIPAC and its design firm initially appeared before the commission a year ago and have since made recommended adjustments to the building’s expansion plans. The original plan would have added two floors to the building and constructed a separate 110-foot building next door. The new and revised plan calls for keeping the existing building as it is and building a 130-foot building at the corner of Second and H streets. Due to the building being constructed over a I-395 tunnel, most of the parking will be handled on the ground-floor level. The AIPAC representative noted that roughly 60 percent of employees take Metro or ride bikes to work, so parking will be ample. The committee favors the overall plan but would like AIPAC and its design team to improve the plans for parking to mitigate future problems in an area that is already limited in spaces. AIPAC took note of the suggestions and will return with final design plans.

Northeast Boundary Tunnel Plans A representative from DC Water and Fort Myers Construction Corporation (FMCC) briefed the commissioners and attendees about the Northeast Boundary Tunnel Project and its impacts. A part of the DC Clean Rivers Project, the tunnel is designed to address combined sewage overflow and mitigate flooding in certain neighborhoods. The DC Water representative estimated that it will reduce overflow by 96 percent into the Anacostia River, Potomac River, and Rock Creek. The new system is supposed to reduce the flooding impact to neighborhoods and address the risk to human health. It will divert stormwater to the

Blue Plains Water Treatment Plant where it will be treated and released into the Potomac River. Beginning at the Anacostia River, the tunnel will extend to Mt. Olive and Rhode Island Avenue NW and then west to R Street NW. It will be five miles long, 23 feet in diameter, and 100 feet underground. Phase one starts in July and will involve relocation of utility lines to build support facilities. The second phase will be constructing the actual tunnel. Phase one will start in the area of Florida Avenue and R and Third streets NW. Impacted areas will experience lane closures, parking space reduction, and construction noise. Relocating utilities could last up to 11 months according to the FMCC representative, and there will not be any work done during peak rush hours. The commissioners stated concerns that a long-term construction project might negatively affect the community and asked DC Water and FMCC to reach out to the residents. “We will work in sequences that are both effective to production and minimizing impacts to the area,” said the FMCC representative. More information can be found by calling the DC Water 24/7 public outreach hotline at 800-436-8534.

MPD Report An official from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) attended the meeting to talk about crime related incidents in the 6E area. A 30-day comparison of this time a year ago shows that violent crime is down 14 percent but auto theft is up over 60 percent. The official stressed the importance of keeping valuables out of sight in your car, especially during the warmer summer months when people are more active. Bicycle theft has gone up as well. The official said that people are not afraid to jump a fence into a backyard to get to an unlocked bike. Commissioner Rachelle Nigro (6E04) said that a stop-sign camera will be installed at the intersection of Fourth and M streets NW to prevent motorists from rolling through. It has not been determined exactly when the camera will go up, but once it does there will be a 60-day warning citation period before drivers are ticketed for not coming to a complete stop at the white line. Once a date is determined, the city will issue a press release, and ANC 6E will announce it as well.

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No August Meeting ANC 6E will not meet during August but will reconvene at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 at the Northwest One Library on 155 L St. NW. Visit www.anc6e. org to view the newsletter; follow on Twitter @ ANC6E and on Facebook by searching ANC6E. Steve Holton can be contacted at ssholton@ gmail.com and followed on twitter @ssholton. u

Eastern Market Report

Proposed Changes at the Market by Peter J. Waldron


he Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee EMCAC) met on June 28th in the North Hall for its regular monthly meeting. There was one item on its agenda, a proposed Request For Proposals (RFP) to put together a Five Year business plan. This follows an earlier special meeting called on June 22nd to tackle the issues surrounding this RFP. All of this activity is a result of Forest Hayes, Associate Director of Portfolio Management, appearing at a March EMCAC meeting and proposing to EMCAC an RFP to study the Market and make recommendations in response to its repeated pleas for a long term plan for capital improvements. Currently there is no mechanism to provide for these needed funds as the Market operates under the management and budgetary funding of DGS. At the March meeting Hayes, saying that everything is on the table, proposed that a working group of stakeholders be created whose purpose would be to gather information to submit for an RFP which would conduct an analysis of the current and future Eastern Market. These stakeholders would include EMCAC, the Market’s landlord (DGS), The Office of the

Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) , the Market Row Business Association, and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen. EMCAC is an advisory body by law and quasi governmental agency with a strong history of community involvement and stability. It is composed of a number of community organizations who advise DGS on the direction of the Market (DC Code 37. 111). EMCAC has responded to Hayes’ proposal with a number of recommendations which were debated at the July meeting. Two recommendations were quickly disposed of and chiefly were concerned with an insistence by EMCAC that whomever was awarded the RFP be completely familiar with the history and the legislation of the Market as well as remaining consistent with the law as it stands in making their recommendations. There was considerable debate on the following recommendation, a determination of how EMCAC should take part in this process. Erika Rubel who represents the non-food vendors took the lead in insisting that that the entire EMCAC body be included in each and every step. Chair Donna Scheeder concurred: ”What we are saying is that for purposes of developing the RFP, it is something that EMCAC as a whole has been involved in previously and we expect the same in this RFP.” Scheeder, arguing for a “unified position,“ reiterating that by law EMCAC is required to play a role, strengthened her argument and stance by repeatedly pledging not to be the sole EMCAC representative at meetings held by the larger group of stakeholders as proposed by DGS’s Hayes. Rubel’s motion: “ All of EMCAC should be included in the RFP process…………….EMCAC believes that inclusivity in the RFP process is necessary and desirable at every stage” passed unanimously. Concerns to keep the community at large abreast and fully informed of this process were expressed by virtually every EMCAC member. The next recommendation up for discussion and proposed by Vice Chair Chuck Burger was to require that the RFP include extensive data collection and analysis of the Market. Burger, expressing his skepticism after enduring years of proposed changes to the Market, and citing the “ hundreds of thousand dollars that have been

wasted on “the five or six studies” previously undertaken, proposed that no action be taken unless the RFP includes a comprehensive study of the Market that is data driven. Nearly a decade after and including $22.5 million spent on the renovation of the Market after its disastrous 2007 fire, there exists no real time data that would provide an answer to such fundamental questions as : how many customers come to the Market on a daily or weekly basis let alone crowded weekends? A profile for who its customers are? How much do Market customers spend? Burger’s motion that whomever is awarded the RFP “produce an extensive analysis of the buying and demographic characteristics of the local market and existing consumers to identify current and future market trends” passed unanimously.

Crime The 20% rise in gunpoint crime citywide has now hit the Eastern Market. Two farmer’s line vendors were robbed at gunpoint in the past weeks, one as he arrived at 4 a.m. for the weekend Market. Market Manager Barry Margeson has taken a number of steps to mitigate any number of security issues, including a request for more security cameras.

Main Streets On Tuesday, July 12, ANC 6B voted 8-0 to continue a process to make the Eastern Market District eligible for Main Street funding. This new Main Street initiative would incorporate not just 7th Street from North Carolina Ave. to Pennsylvania Ave. SE, which is the heart of the Market, but would also include the 600 block of both sides of Pennsylvania Ave businesses. Main Street is a comprehensive program that promotes the revitalization of traditional business districts. Funding flows from the District’s Dept. of Small and Local Businesses. Grant ranges are from $75,000 to $200,000. u

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The Virginia Gentleman Ed Copenhaver: 1942-2016 by Andrew Lightman


sk any Capitol Hill resident, “Who is Mr. Ed?” Most would reply, “The helpful, unassuming man at Frager’s Hardware.” Ed Copenhaver was a daily presence at the store, solving many a home improvement fiasco with sage advice while mentoring employees including several generations of Hill teenagers. He died early on the morning of June 27 after an 18-year fight with cancer. He was 73.

then head you in the right direction,” said John in a March 2012 Hill Rag article about Ed’s retirement. The art of listening is probably the one thing that made his business career such a success, Ed told the Hill Rag. “It took me a little while to realize that whether it is a customer or an employee, the best thing I can do is really listen to A Virginian what they want, and then see how I Son of Edwin Henry Copenhaver Jr. and Lightfoot J. can help them with the situation.” Jordan, Ed was born on Sept. 6, 1942, in CharlottesEd went to Naval Officer ville, Va. Along with a sister, he grew up near the UniCandidate School after college versity of Virginia. Graduating from St. Christopher’s and then received his officer’s Episcopal School in 1961, he attended the university commission. Sent to Vietnam, and received an engineering degree in 1966. he served on a landing ship. After It was in college that Ed formed his friendship two tours in Asia he entered civilwith John Weintraub, his future business partner. They ian life, taking an engineering job met while pledging at Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. The with Charles H. Tompkins. There Ed Copenhaver and John Weintraub bought Frager’s Hardware in 1975. two shared a room at the fraternity their second year. he worked on the construction of Ed was the kind of person “who makes you feel he the headquarters of the InternaThe two friends spent another year examining alhas all the time in the world to listen to your story and tional Monetary Fund and of the East Wing of the Naternatives, before John’s wife urged them to take antional Gallery. other look at Frager’s. Recalled John, “We walked in Ed returned to school in the midand old George took a little note off his ... I remem1970s for a master’s degree in engineerber him pulling this off the counter ... ‘Yeah, you ing administration from George Washingguys were here a year ago.’ He couldn’t pronounce ton University. He reconnected there with our names, Dopenagger and Weintroff – something John, who was working on an MBA while like that. ‘Yeah, I remember you guys.’ So they were living on East Capitol Street. They decidreally ripe for selling.” ed to go into business together and almost The friends bought Frager’s Hardware in 1975. bought a printing firm before being adThey kept the name since it had become synonyvised against it. They kept looking. mous with hardware on the Hill. George Frager, one of Fritz “Frank” Frager’s sons, stayed on at the store A Life in Hardware to help Ed and John learn about managing a retail “I had a neighbor on East Capitol, a retired hardware business. guy,” recalled John, “who mentioned, George’s motivation for mentoring the new own‘Why don’t you go down and see the ers served a dual purpose. “George needed an excuse to Fragers. They’re interested in selling.’ Old get to the Hill to keep a long-standing relationship goGeorge and Julius would constantly ask eving with his lady,” explained Ed. “But for me it was reery customer that walked in, ‘You want to ally instrumental to have George around.” He recalled, buy this business?’” Ed and John visited “One of the first things George did was teach us how and talked to the Frager brothers,5but Ed to count out the money from the registers at the end of was not impressed. “Dirty. Dimly lit” is the day. Of course today everything is computerized, how he remembered the store. making the business much different.” Ed with two longtime employees in the store. Photo: A. Lightman

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Though retired, Ed came back to help out after the June 2013 fire that destroyed the Frager’s building. Photo: Andrew Lightman

The original store, located at 1115 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, was one of those places where you pushed open the door and instantly stepped back into the 1920s. Uneven wooden floors supported crowded shelves stocked with anything and everything a Capitol Hill resident might require. Upstairs were rooms devoted to sleds, lighting, and other specialty items. The perpetually cluttered administrative offices were located there as well. Accessed by a narrow, creaky stairway, the basement housed equipment for cutting screens and glass. The Garden Center occupied a lot in the back. The paint store resided in an upscale corner of the complex. In between lay the world of lumber. Aware of the challenges of navigating the store’s winding aisles, Ed and John made sure to station employees by the front door. They served as the establishment’s spirit guides, leading customer initiates to the perfect gizmo, gadget, or potion while dispensing advice and tips on DIY projects and renovations. For 37 years Ed worked a two-week shift where he would take three days off at the end of each period. During this time he never recalled feeling stressed out or not wanting to come into the store, he told the Hill Rag. “Ed was never trying to make a sale,” said friend and co-worker John Marshall. “He was always helping people. If you came into Frager’s, he

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wouldn’t sell you the most expensive fix, but would find you the easiest, most economical solution to the problem.” In order to spend more time sailing, Ed retired in 2012 and sold his portion of the business to John. Yet he continued to work the floor on a regular basis. When the store burned to the ground on June 5, 2013, Ed helped John get the business up and running.

A Good Mentor

to his kindness at his commemoration service held at the chapel at Congressional Cemetery on July 9. “My dad died when I was two,” said nephew Peter Cook. “We lived in Alexandria. He took me sailing. He bought me my first computer,” he remembered. “We were really pioneers of drones. Back then we would put together model airplanes with tiny working piston engines. We would go to the park. There we would start the engines by hand. Controlled by a wire, they would fly in a circle. To a little boy like me, flying them was the most amazing thing,” recalled Cook. Ed had wanted to be a Navy pilot, but could never pass the medical, Cook said. This was the closest he got.

Community Activist Ed loved to walk through the Hill, recalled his companion of more three decades, Sharon McIlrath. He would talk to everyone and anyone he encountered. “Everyone knew him. People I didn’t know would stop me to ask about him,” she said. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg called him “one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. He had a genuine interest in anyone that he encountered.” Outside Frager’s, Ed worked to improve the community. He walked with the HillEast Orange Hat patrols along with Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Will Hill, a longtime friend. “It didn’t matter what the temperature was. On Sunday nights we walked. Dinner usually followed the walk.” For years Will got Ed to write, print, and distribute the Beat 31 newsletter, recalled McIlrath. Ed also served on the

“A lot of really good folks have worked with me over all of these years,” Ed told the Hill Rag in 2012. Mentoring them was one of his major preoccupations. “The measure of a man is that he is a friend to all and brother to anyone in need,” remarked Marshall. “By that metric Ed was a great success in life. He helped employees to attend school or fix a car.” Recalled longtime friend Steve Keller, “You could take Ed out of Frager’s, but you could never take the Frager’s out of Ed.” “When we would go to West Marine for sailing hardware, he would treat the sales folk as if they were his customers, asking how their day was going. Much as when he managed the Frager’s floor, he offered them encouragement. This was precisely his role at Frager’s, where he kept staff spirits high.” Ed particularly enjoyed the mentoring role of hiring young Hill kids for their first afterschool job. There were three reasons he believed that these teenagers made such excellent employees. “The young folks are quick learners, are energetic, and pay attention to what you are telling them,” he said. One of Ed’s passions was sailing and when he retired in 2012, he Many of them stood up to testify bought a sailboat with his friend and fellow sailor, Steve Keller.

Metropolitan Police Department’s Citizen Advisory Council. Ed fought the Boys Town development on Potomac Avenue SE. “He was involved the entire time, a key member of the team along with Will Hill,” said Ellen Opper-Weiner, a friend and fellow neighborhood activist. “We succeeded in stopping a project that would have destabilized the neighborhood.” As a result the Hill got its first Harris Teeter and a large residential complex. Ed and John also gave generously to the Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF). The two received CHCF’s prestigious Community Achievement Award in 2002. “Frager’s has always been way out front in supporting good things for our community,” said CHCF President Nicky Cymrot. Ed was also interested in the environment. A tinkerer at heart, he built a huge compost bin in the basement of his Virginia home. His cleaning lady rebelled at the sight, forcing him to relocate it to the porch, recalled McIlrath. Whenever the District would trim its trees and chip the branches, he would collect materials for his compost box. To further help the process along, he would add horse manure garnered from Fort Myer. The goal was to use the heat given off by the compost pile to reduce his fuel bills. “Once he moved it outside, I was never sure if or how it worked,” said McIlrath. Ed was also intrigued by the plight of the American chestnut tree, which had been decimated by blight. Ed and McIlrath prowled forests together in search of shoots on surviving stumps. Chestnut tree preservation was among Ed’s favorite conversation topics.

Long-Time Companion “I met Ed at the hardware in 1978,” recalled McIlrath. “I was just going to slop some tar on my leaky roof. Ed

informed me that would not work. Then he asked me out.” She turned him down. Several months later McIlrath returned for a door hinge. Ed offered to help her hang the door. “I had out-of-town company coming over who were sleeping in that room. So I said yes,” she recalled. That started their romance. A Virginian at heart, Ed always kept a home in Alexandria. “It was his refuge and place to putter on his few days off. The rest of the time he lived on the Hill with me,” said McIlrath. “Ed always drove jalopies that served as taxis for any transportation needs that anyone at Frager’s could envision,” recalled Keller. “The one he owned during the late 90s had a pair of pliers on the front passenger seat that of course you had to pick up to sit down. However, they were to open the door from the passenger side. On hot days the hood of the car was left partially propped up to prevent overheating. And of course there was a metal hanger serving as an antenna.” Ed loved the water. In 1994 he and Keller joined a sailing club. When the two retired in 2012 they bought a sailboat. Ed is survived by McIlrath, sister Lightfoot C. Cook, and nephew Peter H. Cook. Those who knew him and those who didn’t will miss seeing that Virginia Gentleman in his blue Frager’s apron greeting us at the door.


Donations in his memory may be made to: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, www.cbf.org/makea-donation; Gumdrop Clinical Trials, www.gumdroptrials. org; Congressional Cemetery, www.congressionalcemetery.org. Please specify that your donation to the Cemetery is to be used for planting and support of hybrid chestnut trees.


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arcel Proust said, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Ed Copenhaver was just such a person. The mere sight of him, the anticipation of spending time in his company, always made me glad, buoyed my spirits, and awakened qualities which were better than those of my usual self. Simply put, being in Ed’s presence made me want to be a better person. I was far from alone in feeling this. Being in the hardware trade, Ed was well versed in the uses and limitations of tools, both in the concrete and the abstract. He knew that information is not knowledge and that knowledge is not wisdom, and that none of these – taken together or alone – in the absence of other qualities like awareness, kindness, generosity, and compassion could achieve their full potential and effect. This was Ed’s special gift. He brought all of these qualities to bear in his daily encounters with fellow human beings. He had no wish or need to be important. He was always more part of the team than boss, and he would never ask anyone to do anything that he wouldn’t take on himself. Woody Allen is widely credited with coining the maxim, “Eighty percent of life is showing up.” Ed was living proof of this. Ed showed up for the good times: for the seasonal Frager’s celebrations (the

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crabfest in summer and the holiday exuberances in winter) and also for the anniversary events, as on the occasion of the store’s 90th birthday in 2010. Our Saturday “store meetings” at Trusty’s were always jollier when Ed could join us, and if we were lucky he’d be wearing his Poupon University T-shirt. Ed showed up for the bad times. He was there for the memorial services for much-loved colleagues of the store and for those of friends, celebrated or obscure, in the Capitol Hill community. He was there in the aftermath of the

Remembering Mr. Ed by Rob Larsen

2013 fire that devastated Frager’s, and, though by then retired, he was at John’s side to break the unwelcome news of severance to those valued employees whom the store could not then afford to keep on. Tough work. And for years he was there, on scant notice, day or night, for his friend Dan, to assist in managing the many challenges Dan’s life circumstances posed. Ed showed up for the ordinary, dayto-day times. He would drive employ-

ees to the hospital following mishaps involving saw blades or shattered glass. He would gladly give his ear to anyone who was struggling to navigate adolescence or any of life’s other conundrums. He would visit people recuperating in the hospital. I know, I was once one of them. He showed up for work at Frager’s without fail, for 37 years, and when it was over he reflected – not as a boast but as a wistful calculation – that in that time he had missed only five or six days from work, and those only recently due to pneumonia. Some might say that Ed was a soft touch. I say only that he was inveterately, not capriciously, generous. You see, Ed never felt that he had anything until he had shared it or given it away. Thank you for showing up in our lives, Ed. We will miss you, friend, colleague, and relative in more ways than we have told you. I offer you what little I have: one small token of my admiration and affection, a happy phrase taken from the old sailors’ lexicon. As we all are forever arriving and leaving, please know, Ed, that it serves, like “aloha,” as both a greeting and a farewell: “What Cheer? What Cheer!” Thank you, Ed, for the abundant cheer that you have brought into our lives. Rob Larson is a Hill resident and a former Frager’s Hardware employee. He spends his time pretending to renovate his home. He can be found at vrlarsen3@yahoo.com. u

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Hill Havurah’s Singular Trajectory

Hannah Spiro, singer/songwriter as well as Jewish educator and worship leader, helps Hill Havurah welcome Shabbat with joyful song at her first official service, July 15.

Welcoming the Hill’s First Rabbi in Decades by Virginia Avniel Spatz


y dream is to have a pulpit one day where I can take music and make it a big part of ... our communal life together,” the Hill’s newest clergy member declared, while still a seminary student. Her first weeks on the job suggest that Hannah Spiro is on her way to realizing that dream with Hill Havurah. As the first new rabbi on the Hill in decades, she is helping a community realize its vision too.

An Evolving Jewish Community “Havurah” means “fellowship” (plural: havurot) in Hebrew and generally refers to small, independent Jewish communities. Contemporary havurot began appearing in the 1960s, part of a countercultural push for egalitarian and inclusive Judaism. Many joined together in 1980 to form the National Havurah Committee (NHC), in which most member congregations employ shared leadership and “typically do not have professional rabbinic or spiritual leaders.” But the Hill’s own havurah

has followed another trajectory. Hill Havurah formed 20 years after the final edition of “The Jewish Catalog: A Do-It-Yourself Kit,” and after many havurot had disappeared, merged, or became more formal congregations. Gender equity and inclusion were more common in the wider Jewish world. Founders were not breaking with the Jewish establishment as much as they were addressing the establishment’s break from them. In the late 1990s, after 30-plus years in Southwest, Temple Micah had recently moved to Glover Park. Southeast Hebrew Congregation left the Eastern Market area in 1971. Long-time Hill residents Sig and Susan Cohen were feeling the lack of nearby Jewish community. They knew they had Jewish neighbors, though, and sought them out to consider options. A small group began experimental, layled services with potluck Friday night meals. These evolved into informal monthly Shabbat gatherings in area homes. In short order, Hill

Hill Havurah members lead Rabbi Hannah and the congregation in the blessing recited before opening the eyes to enjoy Shabbat light.

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Havurah held regular services in local churches, launched a religious school, and offered well-attended high holiday services. As the congregation grew, so did calls for a permanent home and for professional leadership in worship, education, and pastoral care. Following a national search, Hannah Spiro became Hill Havurah’s first education director/ rabbi on July 1.

Growth and Options “Having a rabbi opens up a world of possible directions,” says Chayva Lehrman, who served on the rabbinic search committee. “Community engagement, pastoral care for members, self-definition – and it will be very exciting to see how we grow.” “The most tangible and immediate benefit,” Sig Cohen says, is Rabbi Hannah’s engagement of the youngest members, especially through Tot Shabbats. “What is most important to me,” he adds, “is our values: inclusivity, being a welcoming community, celebrating diversity, and caring for others both in Hill Havurah and beyond. I believe that Rabbi Hannah will strengthen these values.” Rabbi Hannah explains that she hopes to “draw on our amazing lay leaders, but make their lives easier – letting them do what’s most meaningful to them.” Ann Mesnikoff, longtime Hill Havurah board member, sees this as crucial in helping “to meet the evolving needs of a larger community ... while keeping with our lay-led origins.” Rabbi Hannah’s presence, Mesnikoff continues, “makes us a community with a fabulous and dynamic new voice. Hopefully it will bring a sense of unity.” Lehrman adds that she “thought Hannah would be a great fit for Hill Havurah because she showed an ability to connect to people across age, observance, and demograph-

ic groups, and she was clearly genuine and humble while doing so.”

Becoming Rabbi Hannah Spiro has more experience as an educator, worship leader, and singer/ songwriter than might seem possible, given that she is only a few years older than the havurah itself. In addition to student rabbi stints, Spiro served 10 months as a synagogue artist in residence, held a high holiday pulpit for three years, and completed a chaplaincy internship. At Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) she twice won the annual award for “advancing the study or performance of cantorial music.” She has released five original albums, including three comprised of Jewish music, and believes “music is a really effective way for people – especially young people – to connect to Judaism.” Before rabbinical school, the North Bethesda native held several internships on the Hill. She met her future husband, David Pfeferman, in the University of Maryland’s Hebrew 111. He now works in broadcast media. They were married in 2015 and are settling in the District, even as Spiro completes her studies. This first year, Spiro serves 80-percent time. After graduation she will serve full-time. With ordination still a year off, RRC agrees that she is Hill Havurah’s “Rabbi Hannah.” Outgoing board president Mark Sherman notes that the rabbi’s work will be varied and not entirely Hill-bound, with members from across DC and the suburbs. Her arrival, Sherman says, will strengthen existing community relationships, as with Capitol Hill Group Ministry. Rabbi Hannah adds that she hopes soon to connect with nearby Masjid Muhammad. Some goals, like adult education, she reports, will

have to wait for next year, while she focuses on worship and youth education – preschool through bar/bat mitzvah to high school – for the diverse community. “We have all sorts of relationships, or lack thereof, with Hebrew, with Torah [text, learning], with Halakhah [law],” Rabbi Hannah says, marveling at what she sees as an uncommon willingness for “cooperation across difference – a lot of accommodation and not a lot of assumptions.” First task? “Listen, meeting people in the community, and getting to know what they want.”

Chaos and Compassion Beginning her pulpit while “many members of our community and the larger neighborhood struggle to make sense of what appears to be a chaotic world,” Rabbi Hannah concludes, “I find myself looking to embrace rachamim [compassion]. Part of compassion is using our judgment to make positive change, but the greater part is loving kindness, and we need to commit to this now more than ever.” A series of welcome events is planned, and curious community members are encouraged to participate or contact Rabbi Hannah directly. Visit HillHavurah.org or contact Executive Director Simon Epstein, 202-423-5890, for service and school information. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE, now hosts many activities and Rabbi Hannah’s office. See HannahSpiro.com for musical links.

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Giving Back after Retirement The Experience Corps


by David Hoffman

was terrified to read to the children; there volunteers, she has ploughed her years of library exwings with her arms folded back and sawing the was sweat pouring down. I was just a basket perience into retirement giveback. “I thought we air. Both kids are alert, laughing, focused as they case.” Reading tutor Cynthia Prine, retired would learn together,” she observed, and they did. share reading aloud from the book, each one tripublic librarian and now a reading tutor for Besides, she declares softly, “I didn’t need to be inumphant at finding and using a word correctly. first-grade students in an inner-city DC eltimidated, because I am in charge here.” Speaking later, Prine says, “If I can do it, anyementary school, is confiding how reluctant she Typically she prepares four hours a day for one can!” “So just do it,” she declares to the world. was to tackle this assignment. “I’m very introverther time at the school, usually three days a week. “No matter what your background is, it’s so rewarded, shy, and a loner,” she adds. “I used to hide beAfter initial training from the AARP Foundation ing.” She also acknowledges that at year’s end, parthind my mother’s skirt. But I just had to learn to Experience Corps, DC Metro Branch, she began ing was bittersweet: “I’m definitely going to miss pretend I wasn’t shy.” working with an AARP team leader, one of whom them.” Then she says with a smile, “They’re alThis fake-it-until-you-canready taller than I remember make-it quality, this true grit, them in September.” was the opening to her success She points out that when as she traveled the psychic and the school year began, both Sasocioeconomic distance to far niiya and Lewis were reading at east-side DC, near the Deanthe A or B level of proficiency, wood Metro station, a neighborwhich is considered low for their hood with few dollar resources age. Now they’re reading at adbut many dreams. vanced I, J, and K ranges. “I was leery at first,” she Their experience is conreadily admits, pointing to the sidered typical, since research obvious discrepancies between shows that mentoring for readher world and that of first-graders ing proficiency works. The goal like Saniiya and Lewis. “I wasn’t is to ensure stronger readers by sure at first how much exposure third grade. Since 80 percent of they would have to older white fourth-graders from low-income people.” In addition to obvious families aren’t reading at grade differences in skin color, “I’m level, this is crucial to help break a tall person,” so she knew she the cycle of intergenerational would tower over the first gradpoverty. That’s where programs ers. But that was then. And this Senior volunteer Cynthia Paine finds purpose and satisfaction as a reading tutor to two like the Experience Corps come first graders in a DC public school. is now. in, explains community engageToday (it’s mid-June) is the ment specialist Nadia McNeil last day of school at Houston Elementary, where a is placed in each of the nine DC schools particiDyson. “We are partners with the schools.” charismatic principal keeps order among the conpating in the literacy program. Experience Corps is recruiting volunteers fusion and, like a conductor, brings talent from the Today Prine sits with Saniiya and Lewis as now. The next information sessions are scheduled tumult of kids in the lunchroom, in the usual swirl they carry out what’s called guided reading, workfor Wednesday, Aug. 10, from 10 to 11 a.m., and of youthful chaos, kids clutching at him, seeking ing through new words in a book entitled “Dinner Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 2 to 3 p.m., at AARP, 601 E his intervention to resolve squabbles – which he with Maisie.” Maisie is a dog who’s shy about eatSt. NW. To sign up contact Denise Fraction at dcdoes with patience and a twinkle. ing. Cynthia shows them the difference between experiencecorps@aarp or call 202-434-6495. As for Prine, she’s “Miss Cynthia,” and kids in the words “diner” and “dinner,” the different meanDavid Hoffman is a freelance journalist specializing the hallway rush up to her with eyes gleaming with ings and pronunciations all hinging on an “n” addin arts and entertainment and feature writing. He trust and affection as they clutch at her skirt or clasp ed or subtracted. Then they move on to the differalso serves as vice president for programs at the her hands. Looking back over the more than two ence between “checked” and “chick,” and Saniiya Women’s National Democratic Club in Dupont Circle. years since she responded to a Hill Rag ad seeking joyfully imitates a chicken’s sound and chicken u

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H Street Life

o ride the length of the H St. NE streetcar line is to witness change by Elise and construction happening at a rapid rate all around. Among the more striking sights this summer is the demolition of the two-block-long suburban-style shopping center called the H Street Connection. Its obliteration and replacement with a mixed-use development represents not only a farewell to an early and unsuccessful attempt at revitalizing the business corridor, but also an opportunity to reconnect the commercial strip that has seen renewed investment and growth creep in and accelerate at either end. Will it tie together the east and west by removing a relic that sometimes made a trip from the Starburst to the Hopscotch Bridge feel disjointed? We’ll have to see.

Mason Dixie Biscuit Company’s Biscuit Jam Aug. 6 Mason Dixie Biscuit Company (www.masondixiebiscuits.com, Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE), which serves up awesome Southern food, including fried chicken biscuit, traditional country-style sausage gravy, and low-country sides, will celebrate its anniversary with a music, food, and arts bash dubbed Biscuit Jam (http://biscuitjamdc.com, noon to 10:30 p.m., Aug. 6). The festival’s live music lineup includes Johnny Grave and the Tombstones, The Bumper Jacksons, and Justin Trawick and the Common Good. General admission tickets are $20 ($10 for the early bird special), or you can opt for the VIP package (private entrance and concert section, access to a VIP tent with open bar of beer and wine, and private bathrooms) for $125. The event will be held in an Ivy City warehouse located at 1900 Kendall St. NE, and numerous other local food and drink vendors will take part. On that list you’ll find popular favorites like Ivy City Smokehouse (http://ivycitysmokehouse.com), Milk Cult (www.milkcultdc.com), Arepa Zone (www.arepazone. com), DC Brau (www.dcbrau.com), and Southern Efficiency (www.whiskeyhome.com). One Love Massive (http://onelovemassive.com) is also involved, so you can count on a heavy presence from local artists. Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


Those who have looked upon the H Street Connection (south side of the 800 and 900 blocks of H Street NE) recently have likely seen a dated, suburban-style shopping center, now emptied of all retail occupants, standing forlorn behind a chain link fence. But it wasn’t always so. When the strip mall held its grand opening on May 9, 1987, local merchants marked the occasion with a family friendly celebration complete with clowns and jugglers. According to a Washington Post story (“Northeast Redevelopment Is Hailed As H Street Shopping Center Opens”) from the day after the event, two junior high marching bands entertained a crowd of hundreds to welcome the shopping center that was heralded as “the centerpiece of redevelopment efforts for H Street NE.” Referencing Catherine Fuller, whose 1984 highprofile murder along the corridor cast a morbid shadow that would linger for years, then Mayor Marion Barry said, “Out of her death, out of her crucifixion, came resurrection … H Street is rising again.” The Washington Afro-American newspaper quoted Nadine Winter, who at the time represented that section of H Street on the DC Council, as saying, “The grand opening marks the rehabilitation of a once thriving community-supported business district.” The complex actually got its name through a public contest. It was a $2.4 million project that opened with a tenant list including a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream parlor, a Dart Drug store, a Stride Rite Bootery, and a police substation. Many held high hopes for the new development, but it would not face an easy road. A few weeks before the ceremony an unarmed security guard was fatally stabbed after he detained a man suspected of attempting to shoplift underwear from the Dart Drug. These days the atmosphere surrounding the H Street NE Corridor is far different. The revitalization dreamed of for decades is a reality. Thriving restaurants, music venues, shops, and bars line the street. Demolition of the strip mall is under way, with plans to construct an eight-story, mixed-use project boasting 419 apartments, 47,000 square feet of retail space, and buried parking. Developers Rappaport and WC Smith have set up a live-stream construction camera that

A Torti Gallas and Partners rendering of the planned development at 901 H St. NE, the current site of the H Street Connection.

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End of the Line for the H Street Connection

The H Street Connection in 2014.


Art in the Alley will take place on Sept. 24.

the curious can view on the website for 901 H St. NE (http://901hstreet. com/view-our-live-stream-construction-camera).

Chick-fil-A to Replace Checkers on Maryland Ave. Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen recently confirmed that the Checkers at 1401 Maryland Ave. will be replaced by a Chick-fil-A. Resident reaction ranged from excitement on behalf of aficionados of the chicken sandwiches to disappointment that another fast-food chain restaurant would take up residence at the site (it was long rumored to be slated for a condo development) and potentially exacerbate current traffic woes. Allen characterized the Chick-fil-A as a matter-of-right development, meaning that the use is allowed under current zoning laws “with no additional special permission or approval required.”

Date Set for Trinidad’s Art in the Alley Organizers of the Trinidad neighborhood’s eclectic Art in the Alley (https://

artinthealleydc.com) have set Sept. 24 as the date for this year’s festivities. Art in the Alley celebrates local art in local places. Amateurs and professionals are invited to submit works and even to create art during the one-night festival. The event typically features live musical performances as well as the exhibition, creation, and performance of a variety of works including paintings, crafts, photography, drawings, dance, and spoken word.

Thirsty Thursdays at Dangerously Delicious Pies H Street NE favorite Dangerously Delicious Pies (www.dangerouspiesdc.com, 1339 H St. NE) has introduced a new reason to get out of the house on Thursday nights. Every Thursday the pie shop will host a live musical performance starting at 8 p.m., with drink specials from 7 to 11 p.m. For more on what’s abuzz on and around H Street NE, you can visit my blog at http://frozentropics.blogspot. com. You can send me tips or questions at elise.bernard@gmail.com. u

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The Anacostia River’s Summer Entertainment by Michael Stevens, AICP


he dog days of summer are here, and if August is anything like July we will all be looking for a little bit of relief from the heat and humidity. Our city on two rivers is certainly challenged with both heat and humidity due to that waterfront proximity – but the water can also bring much needed relief through a variety of activities.

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail System There always seems to be a breeze when walking or sitting by the river, and the 16-mile (and growing) Anacostia Riverwalk Trail offers routes on both sides of the Anacostia River for use by walkers, runners, and cyclists alike. As an avid power walker and sometimes runner I have often enjoyed the Anacostia Park trail after crossing the local 11th Street bridge. The views from this side of the river back to the Navy Yard campus and the Capitol Riverfront are compelling and unique. The National Park Service’s Anacostia Park is a wonderful linear park with a well-kept trail and numerous features such as athletic fields, skating pavilion, picnic pavilions, public swimming pool, and fitness stations.

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of the Yards Park boardwalk. With 51 boat slips in multiple finger piers, the marina spans from the east end of the iconic pedestrian bridge in Yards Park to the border of the adjaDock 79 Plaza/Park cent Washington Navy Yard. Half of the planned boat quired. Visit the AWS calendar for a full list of event slips are designated for short-term transient use (less dates. than 10 days) and the other half are for long-term use Anacostia Riverkeeper is hosting its Friday on a seasonal contract basis. Each boat slip has a utilNight Fishing at Diamond Teague Park every Friity pedestal with convenient electrical outlets and a day through Aug. 26. From 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy free water supply hookup. The walkway and dock surfaccatch-and-release fishing. All gear and bait are proes are floating concrete structures with direct connecvided, and instructors are on site to assist children untions to the Yards Park boardwalk. familiar with angling and the necessary gear. The Yards Marina also features a water taxi dock, a paddler dock for kayakers and other humanDock 79 Plaza/Park powered watercraft, and an education dock for use MRP Properties is rapidly completing its new resiwith river-focused experiential instruction. The madential project, Dock 79, located directly on the Anrina was designed by Moffatt & Nichol, a nationally acostia River at Potomac Avenue. Part of the site work noted consultant for waterfront infrastructure, and is for this 305-unit apartment building is the construcbeing operated by Living Classrooms. For more intion of a riverfront plaza that acts as a companion formation on the Yards Marina visit http://theyardsopen space feature to the Diamond Teague Park endc.com/explore/the-marina/. try walk and plaza. The plaza will include the following features: Ballpark Boathouse • Pavilion bar – an outdoor bar situated in an abRent kayaks, canoes, and hydro bikes starting at $16/ stract sculpture will be an entertaining funchour at Ballpark Boathouse, located at Diamond tional art piece. Teague Park in the Capitol Riverfront at Potomac • Interactive waterjet feature – running in a and First Avenues SE. Classes and twilight tours are north/south configuration and inviting visitors also available. Boathouse hours are from noon to 8 to come to the river’s edge. p.m. on Thursday and Friday and • Shaded seating area with string-light canopy – from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday a grove of trees providing shade and a “green” and Sunday. communal gathering space for visitors to the rivThe Anacostia Watershed Soer and Nats Park. ciety (AWS) hosts Paddle Nights • Lawn terrace – a lawn area providing more “outand Canoe Tours from the Anacosdoor living room” space along the river. tia Community Boathouse, and PonThese improvements will lead directly to the toon Boat Tours from the Diamond next phase of the Riverwalk Trail system that MRP Teague Park Pump House as part of will construct in front of the Dock 79 building and the Anacostia River Discover Series restaurants. This segment of the trail system will inthroughout the summer. All events clude the esplanade, the wood deck promenade, a are free of charge on a first-come, biofilter garden, and the River Garden. Ultimately first-served basis, and RSVP is reit will be extended to the new South Capitol Street

Bridge and pass underneath to the Buzzard Point subarea of our neighborhood. When the segments are completed, DC United soccer fans will be able to take the riverwalk trail to the new stadium in Buzzard Point and enjoy a walk along the river.

Dining on the River There is an appeal to having a great meal adjacent to a body of water such as the Anacostia. Our riverfront offers numerous dining options in the Lumber Shed Building, such as Osteria Morini , Whaley’s Seafood, Agua 301, and Due South. More fast casual dining will arrive next summer in the retail bays beneath the overlook at Yards Park.

Canal Basin Splash Park Parents and children long ago discovered the canal basin water feature, water wall, and dancing waterjets of Yards Park, so much so that it has become the splash park of Ward 6 and the SE/SW quadrants, along with the 42 dancing waterjets and water scrim in Canal Park.

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Friday Night Concerts Friday night concerts at Yards Park are in full swing, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Great Lawn space. There is no better way to ease into the weekend than with a picnic dinner and a free concert with the Anacostia River as your backdrop. Yes, we are in full-blown summer with sometimes stifling heat and humidity, but the options listed above provide relief by the river. While we do not have official beachfront property we do have a wonderful riverfront asset in the amenities that front the Anacostia River. Michael Stevens is president of the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District. u

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The Anacostia shoreline on Buzzard Point. Photo: Bill Matuszeski

Our River: The Anacostia

The Waterfront ‘Do Over’ Continues


by Bill Matuszeski

t’s starting to happen. The first unmistakable signs are appearing. The next section of the Anacostia riverfront coming up for redevelopment is emerging out on Buzzard Point in Southwest DC. With a long and colorful history as a backwater of the District for over 200 years, Buzzard Point is about to come forth with a whole new format. Starting as marginal truck farms in the marshes, it never took off as the industrial area it was hoped to be – the canal and railroad built down there never did pay their way. During a later era it was where everyone took their dead horses to dump, resulting in its unusual name for the ecological role the scavenger birds played. I hope they never replace the name with something more Madison Avenue. Its history is its charm. Throughout the 20th century and up to today it has been a mish-mash of industries – a Pepco plant, a cement works, a toxic junkyard, a couple of marinas, two rather forlorn office buildings, and a lot of vacant land. It has been like a teenage troublemaker who nobody quite knows what to do with. But he has come of age. The new soccer stadium, about to begin construction, has served as a catalyst. It will sit near the top of the peninsula, not far from the baseball stadium and the Metro. The inspiration for the surrounding development is the area surrounding Yards Park north and east of the baseball stadium, where thousands of new housing units and business locations have gone up in just the last decade, thought to be in response to the stadium construction. For Buzzard Point the city’s Office of Planning has come forward with a concept plan, which it issued in June 2015. It sets a number of lofty goals with flowery text – “a model community,” “a modernist gem,” “a green oasis,” “an arts and cultural destination,” “optimized distinct parcels formed into vibrant communities,” etc. Where do they copy this stuff from? They should at least have sent it to the DC Department of Energy & Environment for a good edit! There are some more informative and sensible parts of the plan, such as the estimates for the ultimate population (6,000 units and 14,000 residents), as well as useful goals like assuring a continuation of the Anacostia Riverwalk all the way to the end of the point. And the redevelopment has begun. The old eight-story Coast Guard headquarters building at 1900 Half St. SW has been taken over by Douglas Development Corporation, which is converting it into an estimated 462 living units plus ground-floor retail and the requisite penthouses on the top floor overlooking the Anacostia. Elsewhere the signs on the empty space at V Street SW between First and Second promise 2.5 million square feet of living space and mixed uses. Across the street is another nearly empty office building waiting for an inventive reuse. But there are still things to surprise. Right next door on V Street is

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Sign for a 2.5-million-square-foot development near the Pepco plant. Photo: Bill Matuszeski

The Little Flower Farm. Photo: Bill Matuszeski

I an acre or so being used by Stephanie Clark of Southwest to grow flowers for florists and other markets. The rows of cosmos and zinnias and sunflowers give a splash of color and life to the area. But it is only for this year; the owner of the parcel plans to start construction of condos next year, and the Little Flower Farm will be looking for a new location. Maybe another kind property owner on Buzzard Point? Next to the Little Flower Farm is a three-acre parcel and five acres of water at the end of the point managed by the National Park Service (NPS) as Buzzard Point Park. The area is the subject of a study by the Park Service. In response to an invitation from Tammy Stidham of NPS, over 60 people showed up at a mid-July gathering to look over the plans and leave their ideas and impressions. The materials are available at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/ BuzzardPointParkDCP, and comments are welcome until Aug. 15. The stakeholder phase will continue to October, with the draft plan developed from October to January 2017 and the final available in May. To judge from a quick look at some of the suggestions, meeting participants expressed high interest in using the site for small-boat storage and access to the river. That fits with the plans to have large numbers of residents nearby. With plans for so many living on Buzzard Point and near the water, one issue will be the location and extent of greenery. Developers will be tempted to clear out existing areas to assure maximum views from the living units. In addition to the need to accommodate the Riverwalk, there should be efforts to keep and enhance the existing natural cover wherever possible. There are fine specimens of large shade trees along some of the

streets and in places along the water, and special efforts will need to be made to protect and enhance them. If the clearance further north around the new Pepco substation and the soccer stadium site is any indication, someone with authority needs to assure that conservation has a priority. As for the waters of the Anacostia, it will be interesting to see what emanates from the emergence of the new Buzzard Point. Management of stormwater will be a challenge with so much more of the area being converted to impermeable surfaces. There are costeffective ways to use smart technologies to slow, store, and absorb stormwater, and they should be required on all projects both during and after construction. Holding onto and adding to the natural cover, as mentioned above, should be an important part of the plan. Perhaps most interesting to those of us involved in the restoration of a fishable and swimmable Anacostia will be the role that the 14,000 new residents play in assuring progress in the waters so near to their homes. With a deep legacy of toxic sediments settled just offshore, we hope to acquire some spirited new advocates for cleaning them up and shipping them out. We also welcome tough skeptics when we are told all will be fine with a thin layer of clean sediment placed over the toxic deposits. I am looking forward to an aggressive and committed new group of residents dedicated to the permanent and secure restoration of their river!


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Real Estate Matters

by Heather Schoell

Readers’ Questions and Comments: Thanks for Writing!

It’s All in the Details

Have you seen the “real estate mistakes” photos click-bait making its way around the internet, the one listing photos you’d never believe that real estate agents have posted? The one with an enormous pair of underwear hanging in the shower, the one with some weirdo in the doorway, and the classic living room shot with a bong on the coffee table? This speaks to details. Some people don’t pay them any attention, and some people get hung up on them. (I’ll cop to the latter.) With real estate, details matter a lot. There’s a lot of small stuff in this business, and if you don’t sweat it or are a little sloppy, the client could stand to lose money – not getting top dollar because buyers didn’t bother to look at the house with the horrible online photos, or not noticing the erroneous charge on the closing document. Make sure your agent has a laser focus, both on you and on the details when representing you. I hope they turned the iron off.

Who’s Buying? In the May issue of the Hill Rag I talked about selling as is, and I mentioned that developers might submit an offer right away but that you may get a better deal if you wait for a purchaser who intends to live there. Valerie asked in an email, “But how do you know that a buyer will actually live in the house?” Great question. There is a box to check on the offer (GCAAR contract of sale, page 3 of 8, article 13, Purchaser’s Representations) stating that the purchaser will or will not occupy the property as the purchaser’s principal residence. It’s up to the

No, you’re fine – you’re not in the picture.

purchaser to be honest (and in my opinion the purchaser’s agent should make sure that the correct box is checked), but let’s face it, not everyone is honest. There’s really nothing you can do about it, and when you sell, your say as to what happens with the property ends, even when it comes to the historic details that have survived the last 110 years. One thing that I’ve done in a situation when the seller really cared about the next buyer maintaining the historic integrity of the home is to listen when people are viewing the property, and advising the seller that X intends to gut the place whereas Y intends to preserve most of it. When it comes down to

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it, though, sellers are most concerned with the bottom line, even if means elegantly curved plaster walls are going bye-bye. Sorry, Valerie!

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Peter, a real estate agent, emailed me to express his displeasure with “Coming Soon,” a designation in the multiple listing service that’s a relative newcomer to the industry. Coming Soon means just that: it’s not available yet, but it will be. Listing agents may not show it, but they may accept offers on it, sight unseen. It sounds like it could be a good idea in this competitive market, but is it really? If I’m writing that offer, you can bet I’m putting a home-inspection contingency on it, which will allow my clients to walk for any reason, including that they don’t like the house, now that they’ve seen it. But if I’m representing the seller, and I advise them to accept the offer, that means they’re perhaps missing stronger and more serious offers from people who would actually see it and love it once it’s on the market. I kind of agree, Peter. I don’t love it because it adds yet another dimension of variables, but it is what it is, and I’d much rather know if something is coming than to find out that it already went!

Wire Transfers – Pick Up the Phone Real estate transactions are done by wire transfers – your bank to the title company. You still write an earnest money deposit (EMD) check to the title company to give to your agent, a copy of which they submit along with your offer (with the account number redacted). But

that check is just for show. Upon ratification of the offer you have your bank do a wire transfer to the title company for the EMD, and then the balance on the day of settlement. This is because people can write a bad check or fabricate a cashier’s check, but a wire transfer is legit and funds can be verified. But do not ever, and I mean never, transfer funds to an account number that was sent to you by email without verifying that number by voice. There’s a common scam – it happens all the time – where a hacker lurks in the email account of a title company agent or a real estate agent, and when there is to be a wire transfer, the hacker will hijack the email and send wiring instructions with a bogus account number. You would never know that it’s bogus because it’s coming from your trusted agent, with no red flags or crazy back story. It’s from a trusted source, which is why it has worked so well, and it’s happening all the time. Wire transfers are great because you don’t have to bother with sending a paper check and waiting for it to clear and the funds to become available, but it’s very hard to retrieve that money once it’s gone. Verify that number! Ever wonder how something in real estate works, or why? Email me with RE Q in the subject line at heathersdc@gmail.com. Heather Schoell is a Capitol Hill Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty and can be reached at heathersdc@ gmail.com, at the office at 202608-1880, or by cell at 202-3210874. ◆

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





$1,250,000 $902,500 $890,000 $879,000 $877,000 $845,000 $799,900 $730,000 $678,000 $650,000 $625,000

ameriCan university park 4725 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW 4509 49TH ST NW 4627 47TH ST NW 4437 48TH ST NW 4401 WINDOM PL NW 4308 46TH ST NW 4431 46TH ST NW 4535 GARRISON ST NW 4601 RIVER RD NW 4541 44TH ST NW 4960 BRANDYWINE ST NW 4331 44TH ST NW 4520 43RD PL NW 4522 43RD PL NW


1612 18TH ST SE 1705 W ST SE 2007 FAIRLAWN AVE SE 1502 S ST SE 1502 HOWARD RD SE 1411 18TH PL SE

barry Farms 1422 MORRIS RD SE


2243 47TH ST NW 1804 45TH ST NW 4838 W ST NW





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$1,825,000 $1,770,000 $1,400,000 $1,310,000 $1,221,000 $1,195,000 $1,190,000 $965,150 $930,000 $870,000 $832,000 $762,000 $750,000 $750,000

6 5 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 4 4

$480,000 $370,000 $315,000 $301,000 $239,900 $199,500

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$2,375,000 $2,000,000 $975,000

9 6 4

$1,395,000 $712,500 $680,000

5 2 4

$916,000 $801,000 $674,900 $560,000 $555,000 $540,000 $505,000 $499,900 $478,500 $470,000 $469,000 $448,000

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3515 S ST NW 3519 T ST NW 3731 R ST NW 3507 T ST NW 1916 35TH PL NW

Capitol Hill




$930,000 $875,000 $866,607 $857,000 $711,250 $695,000 $695,000 $644,700 $635,000 $609,000 $599,000 $590,000 $577,000 $556,350 $540,000 $495,000 $474,950 $465,000 $460,000 $438,000 $412,500

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

$1,285,000 $918,000 $910,000 $890,000 $699,000

3 3 3 3 2

$2,450,000 $1,600,000 $1,520,000 $1,512,501 $1,501,000 $1,399,000 $1,350,000 $1,325,000 $1,220,000 $1,200,000 $1,150,000 $1,100,000 $1,087,000 $1,080,000 $1,000,000 $978,000 $971,750 $955,500 $915,000 $877,500 $875,000 $860,000 $805,500 $785,000 $780,000 $780,000 $757,000 $740,000 $729,000 $700,000 $682,000 $678,500 $651,850 $575,000 $499,900

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$73,500 $71,000 $1,310,000 $731,063

0 0 4 3



$715,000 $565,900 $525,000 $500,000 $365,000

4 3 3 4 3



$1,150,000 $1,015,500 $922,500 $888,815 $876,300 $840,000 $836,175 $825,000 $780,000 $750,000 $715,000 $690,000 $672,000 $661,450 $650,000 $640,000 $585,000 $575,000

5 4 5 5 4 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 3 3

Capitol Quarter 329 VIRGINIA AVE SE



Colonial village 2264 SUDBURY RD NW

Columbia HeigHts




$558,000 $557,500 $425,000 $390,000 $375,000


$415,000 $341,000 $330,000 $249,900 $230,000 $220,000 $204,000 $185,000 $171,000 $160,000 $153,000 $143,000 $419,900


$1,270,000 $1,100,000 $875,000 $635,000

Deanwood 5002 LEE ST NE 1034 45TH ST NE 5541 JAY ST NE 520 60TH ST NE 3902 AMES ST NE 4219 HAYES ST NE 3911 BLAINE ST NE 5209 BANKS PL NE 4052 CLAY PL NE 5034 JUST ST NE 5703 FOOTE ST NE 64 54TH ST SE 4404 HAYES ST NE 264 56TH ST NE 4952 JUST ST NE 5109 SHERIFF RD NE

$455,000 $435,000 $420,000 $412,500 $340,000 $297,000 $290,000 $255,000 $242,000 $240,000 $170,000 $165,000 $160,000 $155,000 $142,000 $122,500

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

Dupont 2142 NEWPORT PL NW 1331 21ST ST NW

$785,000 $2,000,000

Eckington 30 R ST NE 2026 3RD ST NE 208 RANDOLPH PL NE 49 TODD PL NE

$780,000 $575,000 $545,000 $392,400

Forest Hills 4511 28TH ST NW 3001 ALBEMARLE ST NW 4915 30TH ST NW 3319 FESSENDEN ST NW 5123 LINNEAN AVE NW

$2,695,000 $1,550,000 $1,375,000 $1,129,000 $972,000

Fort Dupont Park 1116 44TH PL SE 101 ANACOSTIA RD SE 1569 41ST ST SE 1316 44TH PL SE 704 ADRIAN ST SE 4224 FORT DUPONT TER SE 3954 BURNS PL SE 3910 R ST SE 732 BURNS ST SE 3331 B ST SE

$418,000 $409,000 $345,000 $338,000 $330,000 $284,900 $275,000 $265,000 $155,000 $100,000

2 5 6 3 3 2


1229 Massachusetts Avenue, SE $1,299,000 5BR/4.5BA


730 11th Street NE $444,000 2BR/2BA Your home in the Atlas District! RENOVATED 2BR/2BA with open floor plan. NEW wide HW floors thru-out. Kitchen offers marble tile, quartz counters, and stainless appliances. Laundry in unit. Owner’s Suite with WIC. Light-filled Living-Dining w/sunset views & fireplace. Assigned parking and lovely back patio with BBQ. Steps from H St. dining, groceries, fitness clubs, & streetcar. 16 unit, pet-friendly building with low fee.

This stunning castle overlooks Lincoln Park! Classic Victorian with 3,400 sf over 4 levels. Wide, open Living, Dining, & Entertaining spaces. Huge renovated gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, stainless, soapstone counters. Rear screened porch. Orig. HW floors. Owner’s suite with mega closets + built-in dressing room + hotel-style bath. BONUS penthouse bed/bath or media room! Lower Level: 1Bed/1Bath apartment with C of O. LD S! SO AY D 5

918 East Capitol Street NE $955,000 3BR/2.5BA

632 F Street NE 4 BR/3.5 BA $1,200,000


This home offers the perfect balance of HUGE SPACE, location, amenities, plus an income-producing rental suite! Lovingly and carefully updated, this beautiful brick bay-front Victorian is the best in city living. Exposed brick, gleaming oak floors, broad dimensions, open spaces and light filled. Countless unique features complement this home’s classic character and sets it apart from the rest. Just a short walk from Union Station, Stanton Park, and the vibrant H Street Corridor!

A truly IDEAL Hill location one block from Lincoln Park and a short stroll to Eastern Market. This gracious 3 bed/2.5 bath home is a stand-out with its deep front yard. The wide profile equals spacious room dimensions. Tradition meets modern conveniences. New kitchen with connected rear bonus den, modern owners’ bed-bath suite, immaculate case molding throughout. A delightful private rear patio and lush gardens awaits. For this Seller, we achieved $30,000 above the list price! LD S! SO AY D 5

1304 C Street SE 3BR/2BA $729,000 Two blocks from The Park and equidistant to Potomac and Eastern Market Metros, this lovely home overlooks a trellis garden directly across the street! Inside, you’ll find a central turned staircase between the living room and renovated kitchen, with outdoor deck and patio space beyond. Upstairs, two bright bedrooms with plentiful closet storage space and a central bath. Plus the renovated lower level includes a 2nd living room plus bed and bath!










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3 3 3


$1,249,000 $922,000

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Garfield 2811 28TH ST NW 2933 28TH ST NW

$1,400,000 $1,305,000

Georgetown 3013 DUMBARTON ST NW 1423 33RD ST NW 1037 30TH ST NW 3639 SAINT MARYS PL NW 2520 Q ST NW 1244 POTOMAC ST NW 1559 33RD ST NW 2800 DUMBARTON ST NW 1243 30TH ST NW 1213 33RD ST NW 1735 34TH ST NW 1651 35TH ST NW 1518 26TH ST NW

$2,140,000 $1,621,000 $1,500,000 $1,475,000 $1,350,000 $1,350,000 $1,250,000 $1,075,000 $995,000 $885,000 $865,000 $840,000 $825,000

Glover Park 2239 HALL PL NW 2305 HUIDEKOPER PL NW 2023 37TH ST NW

$1,049,000 $905,000 $830,000

H Street Corridor 624 19TH ST NE


Hill Crest 3802 SUITLAND RD SE 808 30TH ST SE 3047 O ST SE 3717 CAMDEN ST SE 1811 30TH ST SE 3002 M PL SE 3608 AUSTIN ST SE 3304 CARPENTER ST SE

$585,000 $500,000 $435,000 $380,000 $370,000 $315,000 $260,000 $490,000

Kalorama 2121 R ST NW 1817 BELMONT RD NW

$1,960,000 $1,775,000

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


$3,645,000 $2,697,500 $1,835,000 $1,725,000 $1,250,000 $860,000

Ledroit Park 330 T ST NW 2323 1ST ST NW 13 V ST NW 4 W ST NW

$1,675,000 $1,450,000 $1,100,000 $607,000

Lily Ponds 3356 CLAY ST NE 3438 DIX ST NE 3349 BLAINE ST NE

$180,000 $170,000 $163,800

Manor Park 5801 5TH ST NW

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Marshall Heights 5351 ASTOR PL SE 5133 ASTOR PL SE 5415 C ST SE 5343 ASTOR PL SE

$335,000 $250,000 $170,000 $144,000

Michigan Park 4116 18TH PL NE 4889 QUEENS CHAPEL TER NE

$630,000 $445,000


$1,260,000 $1,105,000 $1,050,000 $995,000 $910,000 $900,000


$1,485,000 $1,485,000 $1,325,000 $1,070,000 $942,000 $885,000 $1,420,000

Observatory Circle 2716 36TH PL NW 2715 36TH PL NW 3831 FULTON ST NW

$2,850,000 $2,800,000 $1,345,000

Old City #1 506 6TH ST NE 504 C ST NE 1207 G ST NE 1415 F ST NE 1809 BAY ST SE 718 13TH ST SE 1720 D ST SE 705 12TH ST NE 18 14TH ST NE 1312 F ST NE 614 M ST NE 1432 POTOMAC AVE SE 1114 I ST NE 635 11TH ST NE 414 16TH ST SE 1613 GALES ST NE 904 10TH ST NE 1728 D ST SE 633 L ST NE 1822 C ST NE 2011 GALES ST NE 76 Q ST SW 1649 GALES ST NE

$1,500,000 $1,100,000 $870,000 $845,000 $835,000 $799,000 $785,000 $781,000 $780,000 $765,000 $720,000 $705,000 $665,000 $599,000 $550,000 $550,000 $530,000 $530,000 $524,900 $495,000 $470,000 $390,000 $350,000

Old City #2 2008 HILLYER PL NW 1832 16TH ST NW 1911 8TH ST NW 627 Q ST NW 1710 10TH ST NW 1542 1ST ST NW 2127 10TH ST NW 1617 12TH ST NW #1 37 HANOVER PL NW

$2,575,000 $1,900,000 $846,100 $825,000 $800,000 $799,900 $705,000 $185,000 $640,000

3 4 4 3 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 6 4 5 3 3 4 3 4 6 5 4 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 4 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 7 7 4 3 3 3 2 1 3


$3,200,000 $1,575,000 $1,200,000 $969,000

6 5 4 4


$710,000 $701,000 $675,000 $645,000 $625,000 $600,000 $599,000 $579,900 $549,900 $535,000 $517,000 $464,000 $460,000 $450,000 $420,000 $410,000 $408,500

Randle Heights 1919 16TH ST SE 3404 24TH ST SE 2488 SKYLAND PL SE 3405 25TH ST SE

$257,500 $252,000 $177,000 $150,000


$580,000 $535,000 $500,000 $490,000 $405,000 $369,000 $360,824 $318,000 $300,000 $290,000

Rla (SW) 613 I ST SW


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

Shaw 1543 8TH ST NW 1625 4TH ST NW 1634 4TH ST NW 402 RICHARDSON PL NW

$1,270,000 $750,000 $715,600 $579,000

Spring Valley 3801 52ND ST NW 3715 49TH ST NW 5011 OVERLOOK RD NW 5019 WARREN ST NW

$2,775,000 $1,995,000 $1,750,000 $1,625,000

Takoma Park 7120 PINEY BRANCH RD NW 6122 BLAIR RD NW

$825,000 $415,000

3 3 2 2 6 3 4 5 7 3

Trinidad 1115 STAPLES ST NE 1258 PENN ST NE 1328 TRINIDAD AVE NE 1731 L ST NE

$675,000 $565,000 $465,000 $450,000

U Street Corridor 1750 SEATON ST NW 1415 S ST NW

$925,000 $1,699,900

Wakefield 4527 NEBRASKA AVE NW


Wesley Heights 4600 CATHEDRAL AVE NW 4711 FULTON ST NW

$2,500,000 $1,750,000

3 3 3 2 2 4 3 6 5


$1,175,000 $825,000

Woodley Park 2821 27TH ST NW 2817 CORTLAND PL NW

$1,640,000 $849,000

3 2 5 2


2022 MONROE ST NE $740,000 4 2819 BRENTWOOD RD NE $692,000 5 3609 24TH ST NE $538,000 3 2636 MONROE ST NE $500,000 3 2504 LAFAYETTE AVE NE $468,000 4 2411 OTIS ST NE $449,900 2 3014 THAYER ST NE $341,250 3

CONDO Anacostia 1810 MINNESOTA AVE SE #G102


Bloomingdale 1822 NORTH CAPITOL ST NW #1 43 R ST NW #1 1812 N CAPITOL ST NW #102 1814 N CAPITOL ST NW #103 129 W ST NW #403 143 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #7 149 W ST NW #23

$650,000 $609,900 $596,150 $590,000 $529,900 $499,495 $435,000


$385,000 $330,000 $275,000 $262,000 $180,000

Brookland 3205 12TH ST NE #101 3207 12TH ST NE #101 3029 HAWTHORNE DR NE #3029 2625 3RD ST NE #205 3000 7TH ST NE #206

$447,000 $439,000 $375,000 $238,250 $165,000

Capitol Hill 1717 INDEPENDENCE AVE SE #B 1124 6TH ST NE #2 1124 6TH ST NE #1 629 CONSTITUTION AVE NE #204 1434 POTOMAC AVE SE #1 234 MARYLAND AVE NE #4 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #225 107 12TH ST NE #4 321 18TH ST SE #8 243 10TH ST SE #1 116 6TH ST NE #G2 309 4TH ST SE #1 1125 MARYLAND AVE NE #6 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #242 1627 MASSACHUSETTS AVE SE #104 105 6TH ST SE #205

$860,000 $768,000 $715,000 $535,500 $535,000 $475,000 $470,000 $443,000 $381,000 $349,000 $270,000 $267,000 $263,000 $258,300 $249,000 $237,500

Capitol Riverfront 1025 1ST ST SE #310 1025 1ST ST SE #403

$590,000 $451,000

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

Central 1155 23RD ST NW #PH3J 925 H ST NW #1102 631 D ST NW #1141

$1,825,000 $1,170,000 $1,126,250

2 2 3

925 H ST NW #516 1010 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #708 631 D ST NW #240 2425 L ST NW #334 1111 25TH ST NW #310 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #513 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #716 1133 14TH ST NW #306 1318 22ND ST NW #105 1301 20TH ST NW #1003 1330 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #319 2201 L ST NW #316 400 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #604

$890,000 $730,000 $637,000 $615,000 $536,450 $532,000 $512,000 $472,000 $399,999 $365,000 $305,000 $288,000 $278,000

Cleveland Park

2926 PORTER ST NW #301 3601 39TH ST NW #A331 3881 NEWARK ST NW #A475 4301 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW #6013 3823 PORTER ST NW #120 2926 PORTER ST NW #103 3601 38TH ST NW #304 3800 RODMAN ST NW #101 3861 PORTER ST NW #C285 3446 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #505 3601 WISCONSIN AVE NW #603

$663,000 $525,000 $520,000 $405,000 $375,000 $356,000 $355,000 $345,000 $345,000 $299,900 $260,000

Columbia Heights 1135 HARVARD ST NW #2 2311 15TH ST NW #2 1524 OGDEN ST NW #1 1435 CHAPIN ST NW #307 526 LAMONT ST NW #5 610 NEWTON PL NW #12 728 PARK RD NW #2 1352 QUINCY ST NW #3 762 PARK RD NW #1 3612 10TH ST NW #2 1342 MONROE ST NW #A 1308 BELMONT ST NW #1 2750 14TH ST NW #408

$960,000 $787,900 $752,000 $749,250 $710,000 $688,000 $660,000 $655,000 $625,000 $602,000 $600,000 $585,000 $525,000

Congress Heights 407 WOODCREST DR SE #407B 2911 8TH ST SE #1102 3868 9TH ST SE #303 450 CONDON TER SE #303

$369,900 $249,000 $75,000 $40,000

Deanwood 4116 AMES ST NE #102


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

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

Dupont 1701 18TH ST NW #PH402 1401 17TH ST NW #1002 2024 N ST NW #2 1 SCOTT CIR NW #721 1717 P ST NW #A 1545 18TH ST NW #612 1316 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE NW #409 1545 18TH ST NW #502

$1,650,000 $945,000 $449,000 $330,000 $1,400,000 $407,170 $380,000 $298,000

Eckington 52 QUINCY PL NE ##2 204 RHODE ISLAND AVE NW #1 217 RANDOLPH PL NE #1 221 RANDOLPH PL NE #1 215 RANDOLPH PL NE #1 204 RANDOLPH PL NE #1 233 S ST NE #A 1952 3RD ST NE #201 51 RANDOLPH PL NW #303 303 SEATON PL NE #4

$795,000 $677,000 $655,000 $650,000 $649,900 $615,000 $599,000 $410,550 $331,500 $307,500

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Georgetown 1077 30TH ST NW #305 1045 31ST ST NW #305 1038 PAPER MILL CT NW #1038 3251 PROSPECT ST NW #405 2516 Q ST NW #Q-304 2500 Q ST NW #703 3120 R ST NW #204 2500 Q ST NW #325

$785,000 $750,000 $699,000 $540,000 $490,000 $389,000 $365,000 $357,000

Glover Park 3919 FULTON ST NW #PH6 4001 DAVIS PL NW #4 3825 DAVIS PL NW #204 2325 42ND ST NW #405 4000 TUNLAW RD NW #810 2325 42ND ST NW #402 2325 42ND ST NW #416 4100 W ST NW #303

824 D ST SE SOLD - $1,995,000

GRANDE DAME of Historic Capitol Hill on Eastern Market Metro Park. This stately Victorian 4 story brick & brownstone bay front TH, 3 story + English Basement was built in the late 1800’s. . This magnificently large home, perfect for entertaining ,was restored in 2008 by the current owners. Main house: entry foyer with original slate leads to LR & formal DR defined by columns. Custom chef’s kitchen and family room face the deep landscaped garden and carriage house. The upper floors: Master BR / marble master bath & sitting room with rear porch. & views of roof tops . 2 BR’s & 2 BA + library & rear porch are on 2nd fl. Full Basement for work out room, kids playroom and/or office. Separate 2 story carriage house has 3 car pkng & above 1 BR/1 BA/LR/Kitch. apt including large deck at entry- Garden room & wet bar,1/2 ba useful for entertaining al fresco. This home faces Eastern Market Metro Park, in planning stages with well known architects, Weinstein & Assoc. & Ohme Van Sweden which will create even more lush landscape plans . Elegant Home facing Park is a special architectural gem




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605 Pennsylvania Ave SE 202.255.6913 • kkaupp@cbmove.com


$1,180,000 $380,000 $375,500 $295,000 $275,000 $275,000 $185,000 $148,401

H Street Corridor 730 11TH ST NE #202 915 12TH ST NE #5 900 11TH ST NE #1 911 12TH ST NE #5 913 12TH ST NE #4 913 12TH ST NE #3 911 12TH ST NE #2 913 12TH ST NE #1 911 12TH ST NE #3 913 12TH ST NE #2 1110 6TH ST NE #3 612 14TH PL NE #2 1702 WEST VIRGINIA AVE NE #101

$442,900 $860,000 $720,000 $659,900 $631,500 $499,900 $479,900 $479,900 $479,900 $469,900 $645,000 $330,000 $288,000

Hill Crest 2036 FORT DAVIS ST SE #A


Kalorama 2120 WYOMING AVE NW #1 2126 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #55 1901 COLUMBIA RD NW #802 2205 CALIFORNIA ST NW #204 1817 VERNON ST NW #2 2001 19TH ST NW #8 2126 CONNECTICUT AVE NW #49 1903 KALORAMA PL NW #21 1807 CALIFORNIA ST NW #306 1845 KALORAMA RD NW #1 2127 CALIFORNIA ST NW #803 20322040 BELMONT RD NW #220 2410 20TH ST NW #6 1825 FLORIDA AVE NW #21 1831 BELMONT RD NW #201

$1,995,000 $1,550,000 $1,200,000 $1,050,000 $749,000 $740,000 $720,000 $715,000 $606,746 $465,000 $449,900 $402,200 $316,000 $286,500 $240,000

Kingman Park 400 21ST ST NE #2


Ledroit Park 438 OAKDALE PL NW #1 1907 3RD ST NW #303 1907 3RD ST NW #304

$695,000 $346,500 $342,500

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

Logan 1445 N ST NW #206 1001 L ST NW #810 1515 15TH ST NW #230 1515 15TH ST NW #424 1440 CHURCH ST NW #206 1735 JOHNSON AVE NW #D 7 LOGAN CIR NW #11

$620,750 $469,900 $1,120,000 $900,000 $895,000 $715,000 $704,500

2 1 2 2 2 2 1

1300 N ST NW #704 1718 CORCORAN ST NW #2 1420 N ST NW #711 1514 8TH ST NW #6

$460,000 $280,000 $229,000 $690,000

Marshall Heights 5009 D ST SE #202


Mount Pleasant 1815 LAMONT ST NW #1 1700 KALORAMA RD NW #404 2456 ONTARIO RD NW #3 1682 IRVING ST NW #2 2713 ONTARIO RD NW #2 1613 HARVARD ST NW #111 3423 BROWN ST NW #102 2422 17TH NW #307 1725 LANIER PL NW #33A 3155 MOUNT PLEASANT ST NW #302 3420 16TH ST NW #607 3314 MOUNT PLEASANT ST NW #35 2424 17TH NW #205 1701 KALORAMA RD NW #P-1 1613 HARVARD ST NW #504

$1,125,000 $980,000 $689,000 $650,000 $565,000 $559,900 $472,000 $454,900 $444,000 $435,000 $360,000 $335,000 $304,900 $251,000 $223,000

Mt. Vernon Triangle 910 M ST NW #612 910 M ST NW #114 462 RIDGE ST NW #5 462 RIDGE ST NW #2 462 RIDGE ST NW #3 440 L ST NW #1008

$630,000 $599,000 $621,000 $520,000 $500,000 $490,000

Old City #1 301 H ST NE #302 1732 BAY ST SE #2 1450 CAPITOL ST NE #1450 1134 6TH ST NE #1 326 8TH ST NE #201 1391 PENNSYLVANIA AVE SE #502 676 4TH ST NE #404 440 12TH ST NE #303 284 15TH ST SE #301 644 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NE #102 220 13TH ST SE #15 1514 ISHERWOOD ST NE #2 1367 K ST SE #203

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Dining Notes

by Celeste McCall

H Chicken thighs sizzle in a cast iron skillet, a favorite dish at Betsy, atop Belga Cafe. Photo: Celeste McCall

ere’s something cool for steamy August weekends: belly up to the Suburbia, a vintage Airstream trailer transformed into a groovy outdoor bar. You’ll find it parked outside Union Market. (It used to be on the other side of the patio.) Thirsty folks can order umpteen kinds of beer (draft or in cans) or choose from an array of frozen cocktails, to be slurped at a picnic table. An offshoot of Gina Chersevani’s Buffalo & Bergen (inside Union Market), the funky bar is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. Closed Monday, Union Market is located at 1309 Fifth St. NE.

Ginning up Betsy On a muggy July evening, after sweating through a 4 p.m. Washington Nationals

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dish, but the vegetable was crunchy and flavorful. Peter’s potje marinier mussels swam in a savory garlic/shallots/butter broth, but lacked bread to soak it up. Rolls were $5 extra. I liked my “show skinny” chicken legs – sliced, moist thigh meat presented atop what tasted like polenta in a cast iron skillet and perfumed with thyme, which was growing a few feet from our table. Didn’t make it to the yummy desserts; next time we might try the creme brulee. Dinner for two with a drink a piece Betsy, the rooftop oasis perched atop Barracks Row’s Belga Cafe, offers cozy came to $55. ambience, tasty victuals, and potent gin drinks. Photo: Celeste McCall Betsy opens at 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, with happy hour from 5:00 to game, we decided to visit Betsy, the rooftop bar/ 6:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m., with weekrestaurant perched atop Belga Cafe, 514 Eighth end brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 202-544St. SE. The cozy oasis is named after Chef Bart’s 0100 or visit www.belgacafe.com. favorite pet hen. As directed, we followed chicken tracks to the roof, where we passed by pots of aromatic herbs: thyme, oregano, mint. (Although Betsy and Belga share a kitchen, the menus are different.) Gin rules at the convivial outdoor bar, with umpteen varieties of the juniper berry liquor; our favorite is Bombay Sapphire, which brought back memories of nifty bars in India. At Betsy, the bartender combines Bombay with refreshing cucumber and watermelon ice. There are also shots of genever (neat or on the rocks), a gin-like firewater we first tasted in Amsterdam. Among Betsy’s brief wine listings I chose a dry Spanish Celler Xavier Clua rose (available retail across the street at Chat’s Liquors). Our helpful server brought me a partial glassful, explaining that he had to hunt for more, which he eventually found and chilled for me. Nice touch. Other service was leisurely, but we were not in a hurry. The small rooftop space is festooned with an American flag on one wall, knives and forks are stored in paint cans atop colorful tabletops. Oh yes, food. Seasonal options encompass tomato-based “barnyard” gazpacho and corn-on-the cob, but also include fried Brussels sprouts. That might sound like a winter

Sip and Savor Coming up on Saturday, Aug. 27 is the first annual Sip and Savor fundraiser, to be held at Eastern Market’s North Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. Presented by the National Capital Bank, the fun event will showcase food and beer samples from local restaurants and breweries. Live music and a silent auction will add to the festivities. Tickets are $25 for food tastings only (no beer); regular tickets are $45 before July 31 and $50 by Aug. 25. Admission at the door goes up to $60. Proceeds go to the Capitol Hill Group Ministries to help our homeless population. For more information visit http://sipandsavor.chgm.net.

Closings and Landings We learned of Nana Thai’s sudden departure too late to include in the July issue, but are saddened at the departure of the nifty Asian eatery (formerly called the Old Siam). Located at 406 Eighth St. SE, the building, owned by Nana Thai’s proprietors, was reportedly sold to developer Douglas Jamal. Across the street at 423 Eighth, DC3 closed earlier this summer, as we reported last month. The funky hot dog eatery is planning to land at Dulles International Airport.

Beer flows at Dacha Beer Garden, in the trendy Shaw neighborhood. Photo: Celeste McCall

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Suburban, a funky Airstream bar in front of Union Market, offers a cooling weekend refuge from August heat. Photo: Celeste McCall

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More Beer We’ve quaffed a few brewskis and gobbled pretzels at The Brig, the sprawling, 210-seat beer garden which opened earlier this summer at 1007 Eighth St. SE, at the foot of Barracks Row. By now brats and burgers should be sizzling on outdoor grills. We decided to drive to Shaw and check out Dacha Beer Garden, 1600 Seventh St. NW. While the beer lineup and menu are mostly German with a variety of sausages, some items are Czech including Republic kolaches, heavy squares of dough filled with sausage, vegetables, and cherry jam. The pastries are also available in the adjacent Dacha Market. On a warm Sunday afternoon, Dacha’s outdoor section, replete with picnic tables with beer-drinking patrons, was hopping. We shared an outdoor space with a group of young people from India. While Peter opted for the kolaches, I went for smoked salmon on a Bullfrog bagel. (By the way, a Bullfrog outpost is due to open at 317 Seventh St. SE, by Eastern Market, while the original holds court at 1341 H St. NE.)

Wine About It And happy birthday and congrats to DCanter Wine Boutique, at 545 Eighth St. SE, which has celebrated its third year in business. Lots is coming up at Michelle and Michael’s upscale shop, including a wine and food pairing on Aug.

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NoMa Society We finally visited Union Social, the newest (sort of) NoMa hot spot. Open since November, Union Social sports a hard-edge design with concrete flooring. I’ll bet the decibel level cranks up at night. As street parking is practically impossible, we parked in the adjacent garage; be sure to get your ticket validated. Folks here are friendly and well intentioned. Our bloody Marys, laced with too much horseradish, were practically undrinkable, and the bartender tried to tone them down a bit. While I was tempted by the bacon cheddar cheeseburger, I decided to eat healthy and go for the veggie version. Tasting of spicy black beans, the patty was, er, interesting. Next time I’ll go for the beef. Peter was much happier with his blue crab Benedict, lots of crab smothered with Hollandaise and poached eggs and escorted by delicious home fries. Other brunch options encompassed shrimp and grits, various pancakes, omelets, and “longbreads,” oblong pizzas topped with assorted cheeses, barbecued chicken, and the usual suspects. Located at 100 Florida Ave. NE, Union Social is open daily for dinner, with weekend brunch. Call 202-652-1844 or visit www.unionsocialdc.com. u

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Vi N E

the wine girl by Elyse Genderson


reetings readers! You may be familiar with the Schneider’s monthly wine column, but you aren’t familiar with me yet. I’m Elyse Genderson, a new member of the Schneider’s of Capitol Hill team. My father, Jon Genderson, has been the co-owner of Schneider’s for 37 years. I’m thrilled to work alongside my dad, my uncle Rick Genderson and my cousin Josh Genderson. For the past seven years I have worked out of New York City in public relations for wine and spirits brands. Over that time I have managed PR campaigns for wines from Chile, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Israel, and the Napa Valley. For three years I planned and executed the Women in Wine Leadership Symposium with The Winebow Group which gathered female winemakers, sommeliers, retailers, educators, and journalists with the goal of empowering women in the wine industry. I hold the Intermediate and Advanced certificates from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and successfully completed the Master Sommelier Introductory Sommelier Course & Examination. I have never strayed far from the family business since wine offers endless educational opportunities to swirl, taste, pair, and drink! To me, wine is so fascinating because it exists at the intersection of ritual, historical, geographical, and cultural exchange. For thousands of years wine has

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been used to celebrate, mourn, pray, communicate, and generate commerce from the southernmost points of South America to the Northernmost points of Japan and everywhere in between. Wine, in a sense, makes the world go round. I hope to play a small (but locally significant!) role in helping wine be the device that connects people and helps them experience joy. Schneider’s is special because our store connects people in our community and brings enjoyment through the quality of our wines and the service of our staff. We will help you find winess that fits your tastes and brings you together with your friends and family when you open a bottle at your table. Most importantly, Schneider’s means family to me. I mentioned that my father, uncle, and cousin are the owners of the shop. Before them my grandfather, Abe Genderson and his fatherin-law Max Schneider founded the store in 1949. My grandma Charlotte worked the floor each day decked out in 1950’s chic glamour while she did it. I have some very big shoes to fill (or high heels, as it were). Nearly seventy years of my family running this business and I could not be more honored to continue the tradition. I look forward getting to know all of our customers personally as well as creating educational tasting experiences for people to enjoy and discover new wines to love. u

My grandfather, Abe Genderson (he's 97 years old now) in front of Schneider's in the 1950s.

Me in the vineyards of Alto Adige in Northern Italy.

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At the Movies

Philip Roth Reimagined and Norman Lear Celebrated: A Coming of Age and an Ageless Wonder by Mike Canning ‘Indignation’ Philip Roth has written over 25 novels in the past 50 years, making him one of America’s most eminent authors. With that prodigious output, he has inevitably been scouted by Hollywood for potential adaptations. However, perhaps because of their literary complexity, only a few of his novels have reached the screen, and none has proved a blockbuster. One of them, “Goodbye, Columbus” (1969), won decent reviews and box office, but others – such as “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “The Human Stain,” and “The Humbling” – barely made a ripple. That hasn’t stopped filmmakers from trying. The latest effort comes from writer/director James Schamus, who has brought “Indignation,” a Roth novel from 2008, to the screen. (Opening Aug. 5, it runs 110 minutes, rated R) Much of Roth’s work springs from his biography, albeit with inevitable changes in details and locations. “Indignation,” a coming-of-age story, is cer-

tainly triggered by Roth’s own background. The tale is told in one long flashback narrated in over voice by Marcus Messmer (Logan Lerman), who is an infantryman during the Korean War. That voice shifts to 1951, where we observe Marcus as a precocious but inexperienced high school kid from New Jersey. He longs to pull away from his anxious, hovering, working-class family and is able to escape to a school in a new environment, in this case a private Christian college in Winesburg, Ohio. He quickly realizes his isolation among the few token Jews on campus. His youthful but confident atheism also clashes with a culture of chapel attendance and invocations of the Lord. Two incidents roil his world: 1) his unexpected sexual initiation from a beautiful classmate, Olivia (Sarah Gadon), a “troubled” girl with whom he is smitten, and 2) his confrontations with Dean Caudwell (Tracey Letts), who tests his patience and his personal ethics. The relationship with Olivia

Tracy Letts (left) and Logan Lerman contend in “Indignation.” Photo: Alison Cohen Rosa

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cannot withstand the opposition of Marcus’ mother (Linda Emond), who sees calamity in this fragile girl, and a ruse to avoid chapel produces a final confrontation with the dean that brings on his expulsion. The draft and the Korean War incident close the circuit. Lerman (from “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) does an admirable job of portraying the bright but callow Marcus, a youth certain in mind but little touched by life who runs up against mysteries he cannot explain away. You can sympathize with the kid’s confusion before the puzzlements of a wider world, but may bristle too when he plays the smart aleck. His confusion is most evident in his dealings with the ravishing Olivia, played as an unattainable porcelain doll by Gadon, and in his encounters with Dean Caudwell. The exchanges between Marcus and Caudwell form the heart and moral center of “Indignation.” What could have been a facile face-off between a tough kid against an authority figure is made more resonant because of the way Letts (a noted playwright as well as an actor) portrays the dean. Presented early as a stereotype of the proto-fascist headmaster, the dean’s character grows more complex when he interrogates young Messmer about his life, in school and out. Letts’ dean doesn’t pontificate so much as parry Marcus’s earnest objections, especially on chapel attendance. He does not automatically berate Marcus and recognizes that the child is bright with potential. Even when he finally has Marcus cold for cheating (paying a kid to attend his chapel meetings), the dean’s mood is close to understanding (if not forgiving) with never a raised voice. His is a serious protagonist to contend with, more than Marcus can handle. Schamus is a film veteran, espe-

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cially as a producer and a studio executive. He has been associated with the director Ang Lee since Norman Lear in their first collabora“Norman Lear: tion in “The Wedding Just Another Version of You.” Party” (1993), both as Photo: Music a producer and a writBox Films er. Here he debuts as a director and, while hardly flashy, he sets pieces in place effectively while staying close to the novel itwhose father went to jail when Norself. He has taken on a hard nut of man was nine, and he was raised by a story and achieved an unsentimengrandparents and relatives. He got tal and serious tone, but one unlikeinto television in LA as a comedy ly to be a Roth movie breakthrough. writer for network variety shows in However, perhaps it will lead some the 1950s, and from network TV he moviegoers to take a dip in the rich moved into writing and directing for Roth oeuvre. the movies, writing light-hearted domestic comedies, even earning an ‘Norman Lear: Just Academy Award nomination for the script for “Divorce, American Style.” Another Version of You’ By 1971 he had signed with Producer-writer, all-around creator CBS and launched, improbably, Norman Lear was an American methe iconoclastic “All in the Famidia phenomenon of rare influence ly,” featuring the singular curmudthroughout the 1970s, a figure who geon Archie Bunker. After an uncerdominated television by reimagintain opening, the show caught on, ing the standard situation comedy. caught on so much that soon Lear Beginning with his landmark “All was spinning off his “Family” charin the Family” (first aired in 1971), acters (“Maude”) and inventing othLear built a TV legacy for CBS that ers (“The Jeffersons”) to ever-expandhas never been repeated. His career is ing audiences with tart dialogue and traced in the rich new documentary thematic material that regularly test“Norman Lear: Just another Version ed the network censors while displayof You,” which could prove a nostaling his own maxim of “human beings gia trip, especially for folks born in the are just a little foolish.” 1950s and 1960s. (Unrated, the film His success in those days of runs 91 minutes.) three major networks is unimaginaThe documentary, co-directed ble today. At one point Lear had six by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, of the 10 top-rated shows on the air. covers Lear’s story chronologically, One massively anticipated episode of with archive material enlivened by “Maude” (the abortion show) alone studio interviews with the venerable attracted 65 million viewers. His soLear himself, still twinkly and sharp journ into black-themed comedy at 93. The filming is linked in part with “Good Times” was a hit but also to Lear’s long-term project of writing caused black resentment from audihis memoirs. ences and lead performers like EsLear was a New Haven kid


“OFFICIAL NATIONALS BAR OF 106.7” ther Rolle, who felt much of the material grated on her as black “buffoonery.” By the early 1980s Lear, a liberal Jew, had observed the rise of politically minded TV evangelists and deemed them dangerous to the republic. To counter them he launched “People for the American Way,” an attempt to give voice to his basically liberal and patriotic views. His aim was not to buttress a particular political party but to challenge the dogmas of the religious right, views he saw as perfidious. In a highlight of his life as an activist, Lear purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it across the US, including a stop at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. As his commitment to his cause increased, his hold on TV comedy faded. The last of his major series, “The Jeffersons,” left the air in 1985, and nothing he produced after that attained national resonance. Though his first marriage crumbled and he was diagnosed as manic-depressive, Lear, comfortably rich, with his causes, a new wife, and loving daughters, now has a chance to contemplate his life with a film to document it. That life is presented fully and poignantly in “Norman Lear.” Maybe not a world-beater life, but a culturally significant one and one well lived by his own lights. Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at www. mikesflix.com. u

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his is life that escaped the wrath and rampage of man – peaceful yet somehow stirring, taking you to that primeval place where our ancestors stood in awe of the natural world. Andrei Kushnir is in love with that world and for him the night is simply a wait for the sunrise and the light that compels him to paint. I wrote that 10 years ago, and Andrei still waits for the light that compels him to paint. But the primeval places are not just the unspoiled landscapes of prehistory. They include the present, the now, landscapes that embrace the works of man: houses, towns, cities, from the megatropoleis of the East to glassy mountain lakes

in the West. You are still alone in his paintings to impose your personal reality. Others do not intrude. Andrei has recently completed a 10-year series of the Shenandoah Valley. Over 260 paintings. He paints the main roads, the back roads, and finds places where there are no roads, places that few people see. Without visually depicting the folks who live there, he somehow captures their world. They build houses, raise families, and farm as they have for generations, and you can almost feel how they connect, laugh, and dream. Ultimately every Kushnir scene, every landscape or cityscape, is about color, form, and value. Understanding that

“Shenandoah River at Red Banks,” oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches. On view at “Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir,” Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, Va. Photo: Andrei Kushnir

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by Jim Magner


Artist Revisit Profile: Andrei Kushnir

is critical to Andrei, and a critical insight for you. His subject is pure painting. He is “traditional” in composing those elements to bring your eye close to what he saw. To feel what he felt. But it is not a photograph. Like most celebrated landscape painters, he conducts the music of the place, composing a setting that hovers just above reality. He leads you into that dream world where everything is okay, where everything is ultimately beautiful and fine. www.andreikushnir.com

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art

Conduct the music of the place. That is what true artists do. It can be a landscape, or it can be the people in the landscape, but the external appearance of the creatures or places depicted, the visual facts, are not all that important. The truth hides from the images captured by a camera or mirror. What matters is that elusive quality called identity. It’s the fourth dimension of time and place and it has to be seized and held prisoner in a painting or even a photograph. You have to reach beyond the obvious and aim for a higher representation, a picture not easily defined by words. Identity is not static; it’s changing constantly. Mix in all of the evolving and struggling life forces of the natural environment, add the competing masses of visual information in humans and human-made structures, then look at them through you own eyes – those interpretation-tunnels nuanced by all of your dynamic, second-by-second personal changes, uncertainties, and insecurities. Reach for the meaning of all that and you might discover identity, the character of the subject. That is what you paint. Or photograph. Of course the ultimate beauty of art is in the unlimited ways artists can search for and define character, and conduct their own music of life. I have profiled

“Escapism” Studio Gallery 2108 R St. NW July 20-Aug. 20 Reception: Aug. 5 The theme refers to escaping from unpleasant realities. If you have any that you wish to escape from, at least for a short time, you may want to drop into this all-member show at the Studio Gallery. You will find everything in the way of style, medium, and approaches. www.studiogallerydc.com “Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin,” oil on panel, 8 x 12 inches. Photo: Andrei Kushnir

over 140 artists and no two reach their reality in the same way. Many are radically different, true to their own vision of what painting or sculpture or other manifestations of art should be for them. Andrei Kushnir looks at a scene and finds a painting there. The scene is constantly changing in a thousand little, almost imperceptible, ways. So it’s the character of the place, the identity, that will live in consciousness long after the physical scene or place will have evolved beyond recognition to become some future reality.

At the Galleries “Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir” Museum of the Shenandoah Valley 901 Amherst St. Winchester, VA 22601 – Sept 11 Andrei Kushnir displays 70 of his 263 paintings in his 10-year Shenandoah Valley series. You walk the valley through the eye of a landscape painter. You’ll see some famous sights, but there are quiet, tucked-away places. Most are done on-site, plein air, and Andrei really makes the connection between time and place. www.themsv.org/ exhibitions/painting-valley-works-andrei-kushnir If you like Andrei’s work (and who doesn’t?) you can order his new book, “Oh, Shenandoah,” with all 263 plein-air paintings. It includes in-depth historical and curatorial essays about the valley and Andrei’s expansive contribution to our understanding of it. www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4902

Stu Searles Capitol Hill Art League 545 Seventh St. SE – Aug. 16 “In the Square” is a terrific solo show for Stu Searles, a member of the Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL). You still have a couple of weeks. www. chaw.org Carolina Mayorga Capitol Hill Arts Workshop 545 Seventh St. SE Aug. 26-Sept. 24 Carolina Mayorga presents “Pink: The Art of Infatuation and Embellishment,” which includes “The Life of a Pink Fly,” a 10 x12-foot drawing on the

site – the central work in a series of housefly drawings. She will be working on it during the week of Aug. 29 and will be available to talk and answer questions. The purpose is to provide the audience with an aesthetically pleasing experience with “one of the most undesirable insects in the world.” It’s the third installment of a multimedia project that “comments on ethnicity, gender and the role that aesthetics and beauty play in popular culture.” Regional Juried Exhibition Hill Center Galleries Old Naval Hospital 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE – Oct. 2 This is a grand show that you may want to see in phases, or several times, to take it all in. Seventyfive artists have been selected by the juror, Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art. You will see all manner of art in just about every style and medium. There is something for everyone, or you may find everything intriguing and rewarding. With a huge selection and modest prices, this may be a good place to get ready for the upcoming gift giving season. (Yes, I’m afraid it’s not far off.) www.hillcenterdc.org A Capitol Hill artist and writer, Jim Magner can be reached at Artandthecity05@aol.com. His awardwinning book, “A Haunting Beauty,” can be acquired through www.ahauntingbeauty.com. u

“Luminous Sky,” oil on linen, 10 x 20 inches. Photo: Andrei Kushnir

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A Compendium of Readers, Writers, Books, & Events

Filled with humor, warmth, and themes of redemption and loyalty, “Lucky Strikes” is, as the New York Times called it, “a near-perfect novel.” Melia may not “make a habit of crying,” but if you can finish this one without a tear in your eye, you’re made of sterner stuff than this reader. Louis Bayard has written five historical thrillers including “Roosevelt’s Beast” and “The Pale Blue Eye.” A New York Times Notable author, he is also a nationally recognized essayist and critic and writes the popular Downtown Abbey recaps for the Times. For more visit http://louisbayard.com.

A Washington Legacy “At the D.C. Archives, an apprenticeship record lists a William Free, born in Washington, D.C., Hill author Louis Bayard channels a in 1797…” So it began. Now, more than two despunky teenage girl in a new youngadult novel. cades later, Free’s great-great-grandson, Charles M. Free Jr., has chronicled his family’s history in a new memoir, “Bygone Days: My Family’s Six Generations in the Nation’s Capital.” Free begins with a whirlwind survey of DC history from its early years through the 20th century. He supplements the narrative with dozens of archival photographs and includes a list of Civil War sites in DC and a generous chapter on Capitol Hill. But it’s Free’s genealogical research, and the personal reminiscences from him and his late mother, that form the heart of “Bygone Days.” In a lengthy passage written when she was 92, his mother lovingly recalls every candy store, barber shop, grocery, and neigh-

Down But Not Out Melia Hoyle is six years and four months from turning 21, but she’s got all the weight of the adult world on her skinny shoulders. It’s 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression, and Melia’s mother, who runs a little gas station in the Blue Ridge, has up and died. Melia’s never known her daddy, so she’s the only thing standing between her two younger siblings and the dreaded “Fos Ter Care.” Then a Shakespearequoting bum falls off the back of a coal truck, and she figures maybe, if she cleans him up good enough, he just might be the answer to her prayers. “Lucky Strikes” is Hill author Louis Bayard’s first venture into young-adult fiction, but you’d think he was born a trash-talking teenage girl from rural Virginia. There’s not a false note in the book, which follows Melia as she struggles to keep her family together. Naturally, complications ensue. In addition to fending off social workers she has to deal with the local oil magnate, who will stop at nothing to keep his monopoly intact, and with her own stubborn pride.

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A sixth-generation Washingtonian looks back at his city and his forebears.

bor on the Hill. The Zenith on Eighth Street was her favorite movie house: “The big attraction was a full-grown black bear that would roll down the aisle, do tricks, and mingle with the children. I still wonder if that bear was real.” Free himself contributes memories of World War II air raids, visits to the circus, playing violin for the inmates at St. Elizabeths, and being bullied at Hine Junior High School (he never told). Free’s forebears constituted the very fabric of DC. They were butchers, bakers, welders, and draftsmen. The men served in wars. His great-grandmother worked at the Fort McNair arsenal, but was home sick the day of the horrific 1864 explosion. His grandfather, a painter, had a contract to paint the gold leaf on the interior dome of the Capitol. His grandmother ran a thriving coal, wood, and ice business. Many are now buried in Congressional Cemetery. Charles Free lives in the same Capitol Hill house his parents bought shortly after his birth. He retired as director of the White House Gift Unit in 1993 and continues his interest in genealogy and the preservation of his Civil War period home. “Bygone Days” is his first book, and his legacy.

Lost to History For Ohio native Albion Tourgee, serving alongside AfricanAmerican soldiers in the Civil War proved a r evelation. He would go on to devote the better part of his life, as a lawyer, judge, journalist, and activist, to fighting against the “bondage” of slavery and racism. In “A Refugee from His Race: Albion W. Tourgee and His Fight against White Supremacy,” author Carolyn L. Karcher rescues Tourgee from the oblivion to which he’s been relegated both by white supremacists and by scholars who too often “judge the activists of earlier generations by present-day standards.”

Karcher makes a powerful case for the man whom one contemporary African-American writer called “one of the best friends our race has ever known.” Her extensive archival research reveals a man who lobbied tirelessly for voting rights and education reform, and who used his newspaper columns and novels to address a variety of hotbutton racial issues. Unique for his time, Tourgee fostered an interracial dialogue that gave voice to both whites and African-Americans, and he carried out a vo-

its Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, Justice Robert H. Jackson, who had rediscovered his long-buried brief, noted that Tourgee had at last gained “a post-mortem victory.” Carolyn L. Karcher is professor emerita of English, American studies, and women’s studies at Temple University, editor of “Bricks without Straw,” and author of “The First Woman in the Republic: A Cultural Biography of Lydia Maria Child.”

On the Hill in August East City Bookshop hosts the East City Bookshop Fiction Book Club, discussing “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin, Aug. 15, 6:30 p.m.; a book talk and signing by Mark Schapiro, author of “Authorized Departure: Letters from Iraq, 2004-2010, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.; Mystery Writers Panel with local authors Ed Aymar, Con Lehane, Alan Orloff, and Colleen Shogan, Aug. 20, 2 p.m.; and a discussion and signing with Alison Unminger, author of the young-adult novel “American Girls,” Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m. www.eastcitybookshop.com or 202-290-1636 The Library of Congress offers “America Reads,” an exA local scholar’s biography hibition celebrating the public’s brings a progressive 19th-century abolitionist choice of the top 40 books by out of the shadows. American authors, continuing through Dec. 31. www.loc.gov The Smithsonian Associluminous correspondence with a vast network of ates presents “The Devil’s Diary: Recovering a African-Americans, affording each the same genNazi Henchman’s Chilling Account of the Third erous and uncompromising honesty. He fought Reich” with author Robert K. Wittman, Aug. 2, against lynching with Ida B. Wells and found6:45 p.m.; and “Harry Potter and the Wizarding ed the National Citizens’ Rights Association to Gene: Scientific Fact and Fantasy Fiction” with arouse public sentiment against Jim Crow laws. biologist Eric Spana, Aug. 23, 6:45 p.m. www. In 1898 he argued the case of Plessy v. Fersmithsonianassociates.org guson before the Supreme Court, making an imThe DC Public Library and the Washington passioned plea for racial equality. The court ruled Nationals continue their “Go for the Gold!” sumagainst him in what became his final crusade, mer reading program, offering Olympics-themed though in a sense he had the last word. When reading programs and prizes for book-lovers of all the Supreme Court voted to overturn Plessy with ages. www.dclibrary.com/summerreading u

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The Poetic Hill by Karen Lyon


uintin Peterson is a local artist and critically acclaimed author of crime fiction. A retired DC police officer, he currently works at the Folger Shakespeare Library, which is the setting for his novella “Guarding Shakespeare.” His poems have been published in the Albatross Literary Magazine and in the poetry anthology “In a Different Light.” The poem below is taken from his first book of poetry, “Nativity,” in which he wrestles with themes Beauty in Decay of love, race, home, and “someSaw a walking corpse today thing diabolic in the air.” Shaking violently as it fell prey To the violent shaking that comes From not taking to the skies I knew her, once, during the time When I believed that beauty never dies, Long before the tracks marked her arms & The veins of red cracked her eyes

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Yes, I did know her ... once Baffling: how anything could make her That way Nothing is more heartbreaking Than witnessing A thing of beauty in decay

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P roject by Jean-Keith Fagon 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. There is 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 the music to a higher form of consciousness. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life smiles at you. Jazz is beautiful music. Just listen and enjoy.

The Brazilian-American Soundtrack ••• Bob Baldwin: keyboard Bob Baldwin’s The Brazilian-American Soundtrack is a sprawling urban-jazz exploration through Rio de Janeiro, highlighting authentic Brazilian jazz rhythms and distinctly American R&B grooves. Meticulously produced, performed, composed and arranged, most of the tracks on “The Brazilian-American Soundtrack” are tightly segued, maintaining a smooth flow and graceful transition from cut to cut through more than two hours of music. The 26-song collection was recorded in Rio, New York City and Atlanta over a three-year period. Many of the compositions pay homage to such iconic astists as Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Corcovado”), Ivan Lins (“Anjo De Mim,” “The Island” and “Love Dance”) and Djavan (“Eu Te Devoro”). Another formative inspiration was Maurice White, the late Earth, Wind & Fire creator and leader who Mr. Baldwin remembers with a heartfelt spoken word tribute that closes the album, “The Message,” and on two musical numbers, “Maurice (The Sound Of His Voice)” and “The Greatest Lover,” the latter of which was recorded in the spirit of Mr. White’s hall of fame band. The double CD boasts an eclectic international ensemble that includes noted Brazilian and Latin players Café Da Silva (percussion), Torcuato Mariano (guitar), Rafael Pereira (percussion) and Armando Marcal (percussion). Canadian trumpeter Gabriel Mark Hasselbach, veteran saxophonists Marion Meadows and Freddy V, and emerging flutist Ragan Whiteside add soulful horn solos while guitarists Marlon McClain and Phil Hamilton contribute compelling runs that showcase a handful of charismatic vocalists: James “Crab” Robinson, Porter Carroll II, Gigi, Zoiea Ohizep as well as Mr. Baldwin himself. In fact, Mr. Baldwin demonstrates remarkable dexterity by singing lead and background as well as playing piano, Rhodes, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, Moog bass, Melodica, strings and clave on the album. According to the artist, his love for Brazilian music runs deep, starting with the infiltration of samba in the 1960s courtesy of Stan Getz, who brought with him Astrud Gilberto and the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim. Since then, he

said, “So many other American artists have embraced Brazil, including Quincy Jones, who signed Ivan Lins to his publishing company, and Djavan, who I refer to as ‘The Brazilian Sade’, who goes as far back as 1973 when he sang on a Stevie Wonder track. There are so many others — like Maurice White, Ramsey Lewis and George Duke — who all caught the Brazilian music bug and were hooked.” Partially supported by crowdfunding, the project is a stunning example of artistic collaboration whereby “Musicians like Cafe da Silva, Armando Marcal, Torcuato Mariano, Delia Fisher and Rafael Pereira give the tracks on ‘The Brazilian-American Soundtrack’ authenticity and the green light to deliver the sound of Brazil to the project,” said Mr. Baldwin. He is also the author of two books about the music industry, You Better Ask Somebody and Staying On Top of Your Career in the ‘Friggin’ Music Business.

Songbird Sessions••• Robin Barnes: vocal Pat Casey: bass Herlin Riley & Shannon Powell: percussions Steve Masakowski & Danny Abel: guitars Robin Barnes, who was born and raised in New Orleans, is heard here with unbridled passion and remarkable poise on the rousing spiritual “Great Day,” and on her gentle take on the jazz lullaby “Little Jazz Bird,” followed by the arresting and haunting delivery of Van Morrison’s “The Way Young Lovers Do.” On the classic “My Funny Valentine,” her aching, delicate, voice reminds us of our first taste of love and romance. According to Ms. Barnes she wanted a more intimate listening connection with her audience by just using her voice with bass, guitar and drums. “The tracks are open and powerful, but it’s just me. As a young artist, I’m finding my voice and my self. Jazz has impact and power.” Ms. Barnes is clearly making a statement for herself, and it is a good one. In the book, How To Listen To Jazz, author Ted Giola says to listen and enjoy jazz, one should approach it as listening to a live performance. Because the power of jazz lies in its creativity, improvisation, and spontaniety, one needs to be completely openminded when listening to the music. Ms. Barnes has come a long way since she started singing in church as a six-year-old and going on to perform in her family’s jazz band. Her latest album is worth listening to. All CDs and DVDS reviewed in this article are heard through Bowers & Wilkens Nautilus 801 speakers and ASW 4000 subwoofer, and Rotel Preamp 1070, amplifier 1092 and CD player 1072. B&W speakers are now available at Magnolia, Best Buys (703.518.7951) and IQ Home Entertainment (703.218.9855). CDs are available for purchase through amazon.com For more information about this column, please email your questions to fagon@hillrag.com. u

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Rowing at the

Olympics and on the


ith the 2016 Olympics playing out from Aug. 6 -13, millions of people will be watching the exciting sport of rowing. But why just watch the sport when you can take part in it right here on Capitol Hill? You’ll not only enjoy the beauty of being out on the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, but partake of workouts that provide great cardiovascular and strength health benefits. With the beginning of daybreak and most of Capitol Hill still asleep, it was an inviting time to head out on the water to participate in a summer morning ride with the Capital Rowing Club (CRC). In a club of over 300 members, a typical practice is attended by between eight and 16 members, led by a coach. That morning we had 14 members, which allowed us to have one eight-person sweep boat and one four-person sweep boat, in addition to one coxswain in each shell. The coxswain “sits in the stern of


the boat and is equally as important as a rower,” said Coach Robert Brady. It is the role of the coxswain to guide the rowers in steering the boat and coordinating power and rhythm to the rowers. We began practice with exercises to excite the central nervous system and prepare the body for the rowing demands. Coach Brady briefed the club members on the water warm-up drills before setting them loose to slide into their boats. I joined Coach Brady in a small motorboat, which enabled him to see the rowers’ side angle technique and offer performance cues. The rowers became more established in their workout as we headed down the Anacostia River, passing the Navy Yard, Nationals Stadium, Fort McNair, and Hains Point. A wide U-turn led into the second half of the main workout, back to the starting point at the boathouse. From the channel, where the Anacostia River and Potomac rivers meet, we could see beyond the Washington Monument past

by Stacy Peterson Old Town Alexandria on the south side. As a rower, you want to be sure to wear comfortable and fitted athletic clothing to help prevent clothing from snagging on the boat while in motion. Throughout the challenging workouts and hot summer months it is important to maintain proper hydration levels. To be sure water and electrolyte levels are not depleted, each rower is advised to bring their own water bottle on the boat to sip on throughout practice. Capital Rowing Club provides all other equipment needed to get started on the water. Capital Rowing Club brings people of all ages and abilities together. While there are plenty of training groups and options for adults, summer rowing camps for local youth provide kids the opportunity to explore the waterways while developing discipline, teamwork, and camaraderie and benefiting from the wonderful exercise health benefits. “Currently, most individuals don’t start rowing until after their college years,” explained com-

One of the competitive sweep team boats readies for another row as the sun rises over the Anacostia River.

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Competitors prepare to launch boats during Cap Sprints, a regatta hosted by the Capital Rowing Club.

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petitive sweeper and CRC board member Meredith Somers. “Not only is rowing a great workout for me, but I’ve gained lasting friendships that I cherish.” Whether you are a new or an experienced rower, prefer to row with one oar (sweeper) or two oars (sculler), and enjoy the morning or afternoon practice times, CRC has session options to meet your needs. Rowing has individual training aspects to it, but a team aspect too. As an individual rower you are geared to focus on each row by thinking about your technique, being sure

you are staying on rhythm with your crewmembers, and pulling water as efficiently as possible. From a team standpoint, it is not an individual person that enables the boat to move quickly and efficiently, but the ability of the team to work together, slicing through the water and across the finish line. “When everyone is in sync you feel the boat respond and it’s energizing to be moving that fast,” explained Somers. Rowing is an ideal blend of individualized training with a dynamic team training atmosphere. For the viewers who will be enthusiastically watching the US row-

The Capital Rowing Club’s competitive men’s sweep team races to the finish line.

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ing team on TV or at the Olympics, the United States will be taking five men’s and six women’s boats to Rio, with 41 rowing athletes. Rowing has been featured in every modern Olympics except the first, in Athens in 1896, when extremely poor weather forced cancellation of the event. Some club members live on the Hill, while others are sprinkled across DC, Virginia, and Maryland. Two morning rowers, Maria and Kristin, live just across the river in Virginia and are thrilled to be a part of the CRC rowing community. “Rowing allows me to get out of the typical gym routine, meet new friends, get a great workout and enjoy the beautiful city sights from the water,” said Maria. So don’t just watch rowing at the Olympics. Head down to the CRC and experience a taste of the heart-pounding, sweat-breaking, gratifying workouts our US Olympians engage in. Further information on the Rio 2016 rowing schedule can be found at www. rio2016.com/en/rowing. Capital Rowing Club is located at the Anacostia Community Boathouse, 1900 M St. SE. For more information and to get started today go to https://www.capitalrowing.org; contact the CRC by emailing info@capitalrowing.org or stop by the Anacostia Community Boathouse. Stacy Peterson, MS, MA, CSCS, USAW, is a nutrition-based holistic health coach, nutrition educator, and strength and conditioning coach practicing whole-foods nutrition and physical training to individuals of all ages on the Hill. For more information about reaching optimal health or achieving your fitness goals, contact Acceleration Sports by visiting www.accelerationsports.net, emailing stacy@accelerationsports.net, or calling 805-704-7193. ◆

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The Importance of Good Posture


osture is the foundation on which good health is built. Without good posture you can’t be physically fit. Imagine living in a home in which the frame is poorly constructed. The quality of the paint, cabinets, appliances, or floors doesn’t matter. Eventually the house will fall apart. The way we sit, stand, and recline will affect how we breathe, move, and feel. A body that is out of alignment can be susceptible to injury, pain, and disease. Poor posture forces our bodies to work harder, expend more energy, and fatigue faster. Most people examine themselves in a mirror to see how their hair, clothes, and accessories look, but rarely do they examine if one shoulder is higher, if a collarbone protrudes, or if one hip is higher than the other, said Dr. Henry Jenkins of Paradigm Chiropractic and Performance on Capitol Hill. “We often don’t think that the reason why our dress or workout shoes wear out fast and unevenly can be directly attributed to our posture.” “Often patients I treat are victims of their own postural habits,” Dr. Jenkins explained. “They may be tall and slump over, they may sit on their legs, they may sleep in a nontraditional but comfortable position, or they may sit for eight hours with slouching shoulders that can create diminished breathing and low back pain.” Other causes of poor posture can include excessive weight, injury, emotional difficulties, foot problems, stress, poor sitting, sleeping, or standing habits, or a vision problem.

Stand Tall and Live Longer “Good posture is important because, if it is normal, there is no degeneration or arthritis of the spine. This has huge implications on human aging and human health,” explained Dr. David Walls-Kaufman of Capitol Hill Chiropractic. “I

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by Pattie Cinelli think it is also interesting that two separate teams of scientists have looked at human DNA and found that the human lifespan is 140 to 150 years. They are wondering why we are only getting halfway there. I think that posture and alignment are

wear and tear on your joints. When your muscles, joints, and ligaments are working as intended, your vital organs are able to remain in proper position and the nervous system is able to function normally, according to the Kansas Chiropractic Foundation.

Do You Look Older Than Your Years? Improper posture means you’re in a position where your muscles and ligaments are unable to work as they’re intended. An abnormal amount of stress is placed on particular muscles. Poor posture can be a result of weak core muscles, which prevent you from holding your torso and hips in proper alignment. It can also be caused by tight muscles, a common issue for those who sit long hours throughout the day. According to the American Chiropractic Association, obesity, pregnancy, and wearing high-heeled shoes can also lead to improper posture. The long-term effects of poor posture include problems with bodily systems such as digestion and breathing. Poor posture can limit your range of motion, can increase pain and discomfort, and can even affect proper bowel function. Headaches, jaw pain, and neck and shoulder pain can occur from a forward head position.

Uncross Those Legs! We don’t often think about how we are sitting until our backs begin to ache Dr. David Walls-Kaufman or our feet fall asleep. Crossed legs, adjusts a patient’s posture at slumped shoulders, and collapsed Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center. chests are all too common in chairs Photo: Andrew Lightman that aren’t suited for your height and build. We also sit frequently with our pelvis tilted forward, which arches our lower back the missing pieces in our longevity.” and compresses our lower spine. Good posture places you in an alignment To sit with proper posture, place your feet where stress is properly distributed to the musfirmly on the floor with your knees and hips bent cles and ligaments. They are allowed to work efto 90 degrees. Roll your shoulders back and then ficiently and as intended, which in turn decreases

down so that the shoulder blades move down your back. Check your pelvis alignment by gripping your pubic bone and tilting your pelvis forward. Your ears should be directly in line with your shoulders, which are in line with your hips.

It also recommends avoiding sleeping on your stomach. If you sleep on your side, a pillow between your legs will help keep proper spinal alignment. A pillow under your knees when you’re sleeping on your back is ideal.

Your Mother Was Right

Take a Good Look at Yourself

When standing, your ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles should all be in a vertical line. Set your feet to hip-width apart with toes pointed forward. Your knees should be straight but not locked. Gently lift your sternum. Imagine a string attached to the crown of your head lifting you up to the ceiling. The spine should be erect with the shoulders pulled gently back and then down. Often raising your chin up and gently pulling your head back will help correct a forward head position. “If you have arthritis or notable spinal pain, then your posture or your alignment is not normal,” said Dr. Walls-Kaufman. “Anyone should be able to stand with their back flat against a wall so that the back of their head, their shoulders, buttocks, and heels are touching the wall.”

In addition to the wall test mentioned above, the mirror test – examining yourself head on and from a side view – can provide a realistic posture assessment. Are your shoulders level? Is your head straight? Is the space between your arms and sides equal? Are your hips level? Do your kneecaps face straight ahead and are your ankles straight? From the side, is your head erect, not slumping forward or back? Is your chin parallel to the floor? Are your knees straight? Does your lower back have a slight forward curve? Is your stomach flat?

Sweet Dreams, But Never on Your Stomach I grew up sleeping on my stomach. It felt so good until my lower back began to ache. I developed kyphosis (sway back that tilts forward), which threw my posture out of alignment. The remedy? Training myself to sleep on my side. I also required fascia release so that my spinal vertebrae could move freely. Proper posture when you’re lying down is partly dependent on what’s comfortable for you. However, the American Chiropractic Association recommends using a pillow so that your cervical spine (neck) is kept in a neutral position.

Exercises to Improve Posture Regularly incorporating yoga poses, thoracic (mid-back) extension exercises, or other similar exercises can help build strength and improve flexibility in postural muscles so that you’re better able to maintain proper spine curvatures. Fascia release through massage, Rolfing, or Active Release Therapy also can help correct posture misalignment. “Being honest about whether your head is tilted, one shoulder, one scapula wing or one hip is higher than the other is the first step in correcting your posture,” said Dr. Jenkins. “Change it before your pain changes you.” Pattie Cinelli is a health and fitness practitioner who specializes in mind/ body balance. She has been writing her column for more than 25 years. Email her with fitness questions or story ideas: fitness@pattiecinelli.com. ◆

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Common Cat Myths by Dr. Dan Teich


ast month we discussed dog myths. Can’t leave out our feline friends, can we? The following are the most common questions and misconceptions and myths that we hear. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us at desk@districtvet.com.

Cats always land on their feet. Not quite true. When cats fall or jump, they try to right themselves and land feet first, but sometimes the fall is from too low a height, limiting the time that a cat can right itself. Many cats that fall break bones in their legs or jaw and can also injure their lungs. Be sure windows have good screens and are as cat-proof as possible. And then there are cats that are klutzes.

You should give your cat milk. Please don’t do this. Cats cannot digest lactose, the main sugar in milk, which causes diarrhea in many felines. A lick or two every so often is generally not harmful, but larger or more frequent amounts can lead to problems.

Indoor cats cannot get rabies. Almost any mammal is susceptible to the rabies virus. It is also uniformly fatal. An indoor cat should always be vaccinated against rabies as cats may escape (I once treated a cat that fell out of a 13th floor window) or may come into contact with the number-one carrier of rabies, bats (happens much more than you want to believe). Vaccination is mandated by law in most jurisdictions.

Cats are untrainable. Definitely not true. The problem is that most people do not take the time to train a cat. I have seen cats trained to use the human toilet, trained to sit, roll over, fetch, and myriad other things. Training a cat can increase the bond between you and your cat. And it’s good for their mental well-being.

Most tapeworms can be caught from cat food. The most common tapeworm in cats is not obtained from food but from fleas. The common cat flea carries immature tapeworms. Cats, through regular grooming, eat the infected fleas, which then grow into adults in the cat. Cats can also get certain tapeworms from eating infected mice and other rodents. If your cat has fleas or goes outside, it should be treated for tapeworms at least once per year.

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Your True Colors Choosing Exterior Colors for Historic Homes by Karen Cohen


re you ready for a change of scenery? You don’t have to leave DC to achieve that. Stay at home, pull up a chair, pour a frosty beverage, and fan out a color paint deck. You’re in for a visual treat. Changing the exterior paint color of your home can chase away the doldrums and beautify your neighborhood. Stand out from the pack regardless of whether you are planning to sell your home or keep it. Tom Faison, realtor on the Hill, instructs his DC clients, “The first thing to consider is the house next door. The exterior color of your neighboring house can restrict your choice of paint color.” Faison explained that the position of the sun also affects exterior as well as interior paint colors. If the house gets a ton of sunshine on the front, the color will be a bit washed out. If the home is mostly shaded, colors will appear darker than normal. A general rule is one color for the facade,

a second color for trim and moldings, and a third color for “pop” on your front door. There are no paint color regulations in our historic district, and permits are not required for changing the facade color unless you own a landmark-registered historic home. However, the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) recommends using historically appropriate paint colors on the exterior of your building. Founded 60 years ago, CHRS helps to preserve and protect the historic architectural character of DC’s largest residential historic district. Its efforts helped Capitol Hill secure designation as an historic district in 1976. If you favor nostalgic house colors, the Williamsburg Collection from Benjamin Moore has 144 suggestions such as Cornice Tan, “inspired by the 1760 color,” or Galt Peach, “produced in the 18th century.” Sherwin Williams has Arts and Crafts colors and suggests combos such as Bunglehouse Gray with

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Bottle Green trim and Copper Red. Frager’s Hardware in Capitol Hill sells mostly neutral paint colors for exteriors, with gray and tan at the top of the list. Sherwin Williams’ Colorsnap Visualizer app for Android and IPhones allows the user to snap a digital image of a blooming peony, a copper penny, a turquoise ring, anything at all, and then it matches paint choices with coordinates from a stock of 3,500plus paint colors. Most homes in historic Capitol Hill have brick exteriors, and these require specific paints. “Brick homes were being painted at the beginning of the 20th century,” noted Beth Purcell, chair of historic preservation for CHRS. “Once you paint brick, you are into a commitment of repainting or removing the paint.” Juan Wilson, paint manager at Frager’s, recommends high-quality, waterbased paints for brick facades. He says, “You shouldn’t use oil-based paints on masonry as it traps water which can destroy your mortar. Allow new masonry surfaces to cure for at least 30 days, ideally for a full year before you paint. If this is not possible, apply a good quality alkali-resistant sealer or latex primer followed by a top-quality, 100 percent acrylic exterior paint.” James Nicolson, vice president of residential sales and operations of Tech Painting, concurs. “Water-based paint allows the moisture from within the house to pass through the brick wall so the house can breathe.” Remember when painting brick, he adds, “Any paint that seals the brick like an al-

kyd paint can cause damage to the brick through spalling.” Spalling is when water damages bricks and causes them to flake on the surface and deteriorate. With historic homes, some 100 years plus, expect issues with existing lead-based paint. Painting contractors should be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the District Department of Energy & Environment to handle leadbased hazards safely. The paint company you hire will provide a copy of a pamphlet, “Protect Your Family from Lead,” if your house was built before 1978. If you want to keep your home close to the original exterior color, do a little research. DC Office of Tax and Revenue’s Real Property Tax Database lists the parcel of land and city block number you will need to look up your address. Digitized plat maps are available online through the Library of Congress. Learn how your neighborhood developed and find building permits from the National Archives, which holds all permits issued from 1877 to 1949. Once you know the year your home was built, you can investigate authentic paint colors from that era. For example:

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white, with window and door trim dark green or black. • Victorian homes (1840 to 1900) feature ornamental wooden lacework, turrets, and decorative brackets painted to contrast with brick, stone, or wood facades. Synthetic pigments created in that period allowed brighter blues, greens, purples, and yellows. • Colonial Revival homes (1900 to 1940) with symmetrical facades, front doorways with sidelights, multi-paned windows, and gabled roofs were generally white with black shutters and a red front door. Other popular colors were dusty blues and earth tones. As you can see from the majority of homes here and elsewhere, windows, doors, and trim work are places to contrast your home’s facade color. Andrew McBride of Image Painting states that the older wood trim in Capitol Hill homes is eas-

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ier to paint because it has less rot. That’s because it comes from old-growth trees. Wood trim that is rotted or damaged will have to be replaced before painting. Replacing wooden window sashes requires a permit. Apply to the Historic Preservation Review Board; they oversee and strive to maintain the historic physical appearance of Capitol Hill. If you don’t, you could face a fine starting at $500. Be sure that the company you are hiring has experience with stucco, wood, or brick exteriors. All reputable painting contractors will be licensed and insured and will have workers’ compensation as well as public liability insurance. David Mahoney Painting Company, painting for over 37 years, notes on its website, “There are many ways you can find a reputable contractor to do your work. Ask friends, neighbors or your local paint store manager whom they would recommend.” The most important step is to check licenses and references of each potential contractor. Mahoney strongly advises getting at least three bids to compare costs, with the lowest bid not always being the best choice. Discussion with a potential contractor should include prep work, lead paint removal if needed, when the job will start, when the job will finish, what paint will be used and what finish – gloss, flat, or semigloss. Be sure

the color that you select is presented on a small surface area such as a paint board sample. It may look different when outside in sunlight, shade, and outdoor lighting at night. Obtain a written contract; never accept verbal agreements. The deposit amount and final payment should be clearly outlined; review your contract carefully before signing. “When done correctly, a quality paint job will bring enjoyment and increase the value of your home,” says David Mahoney. Go ahead, show your true colors! Karen Cohen is a Capitol Hill resident, certified residential planner, master gardener, award-winning photographer, and journalist. She can be reached at kcohenphoto@gmail.com. u

Useful Contacts Frager’s Hardware 1323 E St. SE, Washington, DC 202-543-6157 Capitol Hill Restoration Society 420 10th St. SE, Washington, DC 202-543-0425. info@chrs.org Tech Painting Company 1406 Leslie Ave., Alexandria, Va. 703-684-7702. techpainting.com Image Painting Andrew McBride, owner 703-657-8115 or 202-543-1914 www.imagepainting.com David Mahoney Painting Company 6180 Landsdale Place, Bryantown, Md. 866-967-6711. mahoneypainting.com Tom Faison, DC realtor, 202-255-5554. www.realestateindc.com

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f you’re short on garden space but love growing edibles, microgreens may be just what you’ve been looking for. Ditto if you’re a gardener who also wants instant gratification. Nothing tasting this good takes less space, less time, or less effort.

Breaking the Rules Capitol Hill garden designer Gary Hallewell enjoys sitting on his Eighth Street rooftop vegetable garden at the end of a long, hot workday, watching his potted beans, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers grow. He even prefers this improvisational third-floor spot to the more precisely arranged brick and stone shade garden he designed on the ground floor below. A very long hose running from that space to the rooftop garden is the lifeline that connects the two. It is up here that Hallewell monitors his rapidly growing microgreen crop. Using a small pair of scissors, he snips tablespoons of microradishes, basil, cilantro, sorrel, and beets for me to try. They are the vegetable equivalent of Jell-O shooters; a little bit carries a big punch. Hallewell’s microgreen setup is standard in many ways. He uses shallow, labelled plastic trays, a couple of inches deep, with a light soil mixed with vermiculite. Each tray contains a single plant variety. He broadcast-seeds the trays so that the plants grow in a big clumpy mass. With microgreens you don’t place one seed at a time onto the soil the way you might with crops you grow to full size and maturity. Where Hallewell’s method differs from most microgreen growers is

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in exposure to sunlight. While most instructions say to provide the tender plants with ample shade, Hallewell takes a tough love approach that seems to work just fine. His trays are in full sun most of the day. He monitors moisture levels and waters them so they don’t dry out. No one told the plants that they can’t thrive in these conditions, and they do.

What Are Microgreens? Microgreens have no legal definition, so let’s call them seedlings of any herb or vegetable plant that have grown to the point at which their first

Microgreen trays contain beets, sorrel, mustard, and basil.

Technically, with developed mature leaves, this basil is more a baby green than a microgreen, but tastes just as good.

pair of true leaves just begins to appear. Microgreens are grown in soil, and are usually harvested just above the soil level with small scissors. The stem, embryonic cotyledon leaves (rhymes with Sweden), and tiny first pair of true leaves are eaten.

Typical microgreen plants include daikon radish, cilantro, basil, arugula, red cabbage, spinach, red amaranth, sorrel, mustard, radish and turnip, collards, and kale. Buckwheat is another favorite. The farm-to-table microgreen

cycle is faster than for any other crop. So is the seed-to-harvest cycle, which is measured in days rather than weeks. After germination a crop may be ready in as little as five days. This harvest is small and delicate, and you will want to eat it raw and add it to your food as close to serving as possible. Microgreens don’t store well or for long. This makes them an edible plant that offers the maximum benefit of growing it yourself. Home-grown tomatoes are wonderful, but these days you can purchase them at a farmers’ market or in season at Eastern Market for a fraction of the effort and expense of home grown. But only you can deliver microgreens to your dinner plate harvested five minutes before.

Good for You Doesn’t it often seem as though plants that are good for us don’t receive the research funds they deserve? Fairly little research has been conduct-

ed on microgreens (compared to, say, GMO corn), however, one 2012 study was conducted just up the road at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science of the University of Maryland. The study is entitled “Assessment of Vitamin and Carotenoid Concentrations of Emerging Food Products: Edible Microgreens.” What did they discover? The study found that, “in comparison with nutritional concentrations in mature leaves, the microgreen cotyledon leaves possessed higher nutritional densities.” It ranked various levels of vitamins and carotenoids (yellow, orange, and red foods) found in typical microgreen crops. Of the 25 crops studied, those with the highest nutritional value were red cabbage, cilantro, garnet amaranth, and green daikon radish. Some of the relative nutrient values are quite high compared to full-grown plants. While it may not be nearly as filling calorically, your microgreen snack may deliver serious nutrient value. You can read more about the study at http:// pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf3004 59b?prevSearch=microgreens&sear chHistoryKey=&.

Sprouts Are Different Large commercial sprout production has fallen out of favor in recent years. Harmful bacteria including

E. coli, salmonella, and listeria have been found in commercial sprout harvests. In Germany and France 50 people died and thousands became ill from fenugreek sprouts in 2011. That year, others in the US became ill from salmonella found in alfalfa sprouts, and sprouts have quietly been disappearing from domestic menus. The problem seems to be in tainted seed and water. The same conditions that make sprouts grow well also favor bacterial growth. Home-grown sprouts from organic seed, rinsed often with clean drinking water, carry far less risk than largescale commercial sprout production. You may find comfort knowing that our federal government is concerned about protecting us from bean sprouts. See the US Food and Drug Administration’s Sprout Safety Alliance, www.fda.gov/ Food/GuidanceRegulation/FSMA/ ucm293429.htm. Unlike sprouts, where the seed hull and roots are harvested, microgreens only utilize the tender, above-ground part of the plant, which makes them safer.

Grow Your Own Seeds, a light soil mix, shallow trays, water, and sunlight are all you need to grow your own microgreens. Seeds, soil mixes, and trays are available at Frager’s Garden Cen-

Landscape designer Gary Hallewell tends his rooftop microgreens.

ter and at Ginkgo Gardens on the Hill. While some seed suppliers like Johnny’s Selected Seeds (www.johnnyseeds.com/) sell microgreen seed mixes, it’s perfectly fine to go with single-species trays. That way you can more easily discover which microgreens you prefer and which you find easiest to grow. Keep in mind that these tender babies don’t want any more stress in their lives than you do, so keep moisture levels even and avoid baking them in full sun (unless your name is Gary Hallewell). When you have harvested all the microgreens from a single tray, simply mix up the soil and start all over again with new seeds. You can keep this going all season, and when you get the rhythm of it you’ll always have greens available.

How to Eat Them

A close up look at Hallewell’s microgreen radishes.

Eat microgreens raw by the handful right out of the tray. Used as a garnish or a main salad ingredient, microgreens make a visually appealing and nutritionally rich addition to many recipes. You can also use them in smoothies. Here’s a recipe from

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Green Smoothie • 1/2 cup pineapple juice • 1 tablespoon chia seeds • 4 cups dark leafy greens; spinach works well • 1 cucumber, diced • 4 carrots, diced • 1 frozen banana • 1 orange, peeled • 2 ounces mild microgreens such as collards, broccoli, or kale Put chia seeds and pineapple juice in high-speed blender and blend until the seeds and juice form a gelatinous mixture. Add the spinach and then the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serves one. I will sign off with some microgreen recipe eye candy: www.brit.co/ microgreen-recipes/. Bon appetit! Cheryl Corson is a licensed landscape architect, writer, and dirt gardener practicing on the Hill and beyond since 2003. For design assistance see: www.cherylcorson.com. u

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R.W. ENTERPRIZE. Hauling, attic, garage and basement clean out. Junk removal. See ad under Basement Excavation. Call Roderick at 202-674-0300.



Peach Moving Services When Trust Matters Most Residential, Office & Commercial Serving Maryland, DC & Virginia since 1974




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Short Term Notice Moves Local & Up to 300 mile Radius Expert Packing & Unpacking Temporary Storage by the Day Hourly Rates

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OTHER SERVICES CHIROPRACTIC Living on & serving the Hill since 1986

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Star Roofing Company New Roofs, Maintenance & Repairs



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Residential/Commercial Over 40 years in Business

30 years on the Hill Slate – Tile – Copper Specializing in all Flat Roof Systems and Leaks




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

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{the last shot} DC Mayor Muriel Bowser marches in the July 4 Capitol Hill Neighborhood Parade. Photo: Andrew Lightman

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