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Priced Redued Foggy Bottom 2401 H Street, NW #407 Bonwit Plaza Great one bedroom home in close in Foggy Bottom-half block to the Metro, plus GWU Med School across the street. Steps to Georgetown, Dupont, shops and restaurants! All utilities included in the low condo fee—plus a laundry room on each floor. Great sun deck on the building roof. Origninal parquet floors, metal kitchen and tile bath in original colors and condition! $269,000

Dupont Rutland Court 1725 17th Street, NW #411 Perfectly Located Pied a Terre! Located in the always desirable Dupont Circle neighborhood this lovely studio boasts charm and wonderful attention to detail! Featuring gorgeous hardwood floors, 9.5ft. ceilings, crown molding, recessed lighting, great natural light and custom blinds. A modern kitchen with chestnut cabinetry, dishwasher, built-in microwave, storage space and a full size washer/ dryer in unit. With a walk-score of 97 we have to agree that this location is a walker’s paradise! $249,000

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Resolution of Autistic Symptoms in a Child Undergoing Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Study By Dr. David Walls-Kaufman


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GO.SEE.DO. Veterans Day Wreath Laying at Arlington On Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m., President Obama will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington. The public is invited. There is standing room at the wreath laying and seating in the adjacent amphitheater for the speech. Get there early. The better the weather the earlier you should arrive. Security will be tight so please leave umbrellas and backbacks at home. Parking at the site is limited but free. Closer to home, all are welcome at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Folger Park, Third and D sts. SE, 11:00 a.m., with a keynote speaker, invocation, Veterans Day narration, bagpipes and taps. A reception follows at the American Legion Post across the street. Courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery

Hilly Awards The voting is over and CHAMPS wants you to get your prom gowns and sequined tuxes out of mothballs--and show that Capitol Hill knows how to celebrate its community in style! This year’s Hilly’s gala will be held on November 13 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, at 1333 H Street, NE. The evening will begin with a preproduction “red carpet reception,” starting at 6:00 p.m., with the ceremony itself at 7:00 p.m. in the beautiful Lang Theater at the Atlas. Following the production, guests will move into the Sprenger Theater for the celebration and “taste of the hill” featuring sumptuous bites and cocktails from local chefs and mixologists. $85, ($70 for seniors 65 and over). 202-547-7788. 14 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show Food Network stars Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis and Guy Fieri will be joined by culinary legend Jacques Pepin at the Nov. 5-6 Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Throughout the two day event there will be non-stop activities including a book signing pavilion featuring national and regional cookbook authors; ongoing demonstrations from knife skills to holiday entertaining; a beer and a wine and spirits pavilion. Known as a great shopping show, this year more than 400 specialty food exhibitors will showcase products--all for sale. Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $24.50 in advance; $27 at the door. 703-321-4890.

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Squirrel, or The Origin of a Species It was a sell-out and a hit of the summer Fringe. Its’ incredible reviews earned it an invitation back. From the creative team that brought you The Quick Brown Fox Jumped over the Lazy Dogs comes the absurdist psychosocial thought experiment of the season. In a battle of wits with Sciurus carolinensis, Charles Darwin struggles to order the universe while musing on matters trivial and insignificant. Squirrel, or The Origin of a Species, Nov. 2-11, is part of the fallFRINGE. $20. The Shop, Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW at Mt. Vernon Sq. 866-811-4111. Ian LeValley as Charles Darwin reminds the Squirrel, played by Carlos Bustamante, of a “time when all men where brothers and settled their differences like gentlemen with martial music and mustard gas.” Photo: Albert Shamu

See the Supreme Court in Session Oral arguments are open to the public, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Before a session begins, two lines form on the plaza in front of the building. One is for those who wish to attend an entire argument, and the other, a three-minute line, is for those who wish to observe the Court in session only briefly. Seating for the first argument begins at 9:30 a.m. and seating for the three-minute line begins at 10:00 a.m. The locations for these lines are marked with signs and there is a police officer on duty to answer your questions. November oral arguments can be heard on Nov. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 28, 29 and 30. If you just want to tour the building and learn something about the court, docents lead 30-minute tours, Monday through Friday every hour on the half-hour, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. First St. NE between E. Capitol St. and Maryland Ave., adjacent to the US Capitol and the Library of Congress. 202-479-3000. Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States. ★ 15

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District of Columbia World War I Memorial. Nov. 10, 11:00 AM. The District of Columbia War Memorial is located on the National Mall, in a quiet grove of trees beside the Lincoln Reflecting Pool. It was paid for by private funds raised through a campaign led by Frank B. Noyes, president of the Associated Press and the Washington Evening Star. President Herbert Hoover spoke at the memorial’s dedication on November 11, 1931, and John Philip Sousa conducted the Marine Band. This ceremony celebrates the memorial’s recent restoration. Veterans Day Celebratory Concert. Nov. 10, 3:00-5:30 PM. Vermont Ave. NW, between H and I sts. Odyesse Lunch Cruise. Nov. 11. Celebrate Veteran’s Day with a patriotic lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Odyssey and the Spirit of Washington. Veterans and active-duty members will receive a 15% off discount, using the promo code VETERAN. The Odyssey lunch cruise is $50.90 per person and the dinner cruise is $99.90. For reservations call 866-404-8439 or book online at

Veterans Day Observance at The Wall. Nov. 11, 1:00 PM. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 202-393-0090.

Wreath Laying at World War II Memorial. Nov. 11, 9:00 AM. 17th St. between Constitution and Independence aves. NW. 202-6197222. Wreath Laying at Air Force Memorial. Nov. 11, 11:00 AM. Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war. One Air Force Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA. Wreath laying ceremony and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed to commemorate those members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed during war. 703-979-0674. Mount Vernon Salutes Veterans. Nov. 11, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. In honor of our nation’s veterans, Mount Vernon admits all active duty, former, or retired military personnel free-of-charge. Honored guests are also invited to place a flower at Washington’s Tomb where the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution conduct a special wreathlaying ceremony. Special activities include a free patriotic community concert by the all-veteran barbershop chorus The Harmony Heritage Singers in the Robert H. & Clarice Smith Auditorium at 11:00 AM. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA.

Louise Rosskam, [Shulman’s Market, 485 1/2 N at Union Street, SW, Washington, D.C.], 1942. Kodachrome transparency. 4 x 5 inches. Photo: Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Re-viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam Through Dec. 14. Louise Rosskam documented her own neighborhood, the Southwest Washington, DC waterfront region, where she and Edwin moved around 1941 into a threestory row house at 476 N Street with fellow New Dealers Dan and Peggy Melcher. This troubled area around N and Union Streets encompassed white working-class and low-income residents (of Scottish, Irish, German, and eastern European descent), who lived in the plain brick row houses facing N Street, and their poorer, African-American neighbors, occupying the more hidden, overcrowded and unsanitary slum alley dwellings in the shadow of the US Capitol. Rosskam saw this neighborhood as a microcosm of American society, fraught with racial and class tensions. American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1000.

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on Veterans Day weekend, Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Nov. 13. Active and retired members of the military and up to three family members are invited to visit the Newseum as the country pauses to recognize their service. Service members should present military IDs or another form of military-service credentials, or wear their uniforms. No IDs will be required for family members.

Veterans Hiring Event. Nov. 12, 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. This first time event will bring together major companies from throughout the Washington area to profile their services and provide employment opportunities for our veterans. Attending veterans will have the chance to talk with employers, submit qualifications, and even participate in job interviews on the spot. Attendance at the Veterans Hiring Event is free and open to veterans and active duty military. Patriot Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. Capital Running Company Veterans Day 10K & Tidal Basin Walk. Nov 13, 8:00 AM. Honor America’s veterans with a run through West and East Potomac Parks along the Potomac River. Fast, flat course. T-shirts, refreshments, random prizes. $30. 301-871-0400. American Festival Pops Orchestra Salute to Our Veterans. Nov. 19, 8:00 PM. This program includes an evening of patriotic music honoring those who have served our nation in every generation. $30-$46. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, George Mason University’s Prince William Campus, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va. 888-945-2468.

Jim Magner Book Party at Corner Store. Nov. 11, 3:30 PM, reading and discussion, 4:00-4:30 PM. Jim Magner, author of Art and the City, a Hill Rag column since 2002, will launch his new book, “A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist “ on Veterans Day, 11-11-11. Open donation. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807.


Women Veterans Rock Rally. Nov. 11, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. This is a coalition of women veterans organizations and women advocacy organizations supporting women veterans and military families. At this event, find information about housing, jobs, education opportunities, finanical stability and health and wellness. There will be live music, proclamations, tributes and a wreath laying. Women veterans and all military welcome. Free. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901.

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade. Nov. 19, 9:30 AM. 50 foot balloons, floats and marching bands. Downtown Silver Spring on Georgia Avenue from Sligo to Silver Plaza.

Free Newseum Admission for Veterans. The Newseum offers free admission to members of the military and their families

CHGM Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Nov. 20, 4:00 PM. You’re invited to attend Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s 8th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sunday at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church, 1301 North Carolina Ave. NE, across the street

Turkey and a Movie at Johnny’s Half Shell. Nov. 9, dinner seatings begin, 7:00 PM; show begins, 7:30 PM. Celebrate early. Turkey and all the Fixings with a big screen viewing of “The Last Waltz”... it’s happening two weeks before the holiday, but Chef Ann Cashion is paying homage to the traditions of sharing food at Thanksgiving...and the Half Shell is giving thanks for Rock ‘n Roll! $55. Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 N. Capital St. NW. 202-737-0400.

Help with SOME (So Others May Eat) Holiday Gift Baskets. Nov. 19, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Basket drop off and deliveries to homebound low-income seniors from 1667 Good Hope Rd. SE. You can also assemble baskets. Sign up with Jenna at 202-797-8806 ext. 1306 or Potomac Valley Track Club Cranberry Crawl 5K & 10K. Nov. 19, 7:30 AM. $20. East Potomac Park Golf Course, 972 Ohio Dr. SW. 301-292-1441.


1st Annual Capitol Holiday Parade and National Band Festival The parade travels east down the National Parade Route on Constitution Avenue with a reviewing stand located on Third Street directly in front of the historic US Capitol.

Parade Features: 18 High School and College Marching Bands 25 floats Large Balloons Clowns Equestrian Units Cheerleaders Dancers Celebrities and more!

Capital Holiday Parade, Saturday, November 26, 2011 Reviewing stand will be located at 7th and Constitution Ave NW and the Grand reviewing stand will be located along 3rd Street NW. Bleacher seating is available for $15 per person and general seating is $10.00 per person*.

National Battle of the Bands Festival, Friday, November 25, 2011 Participating Parade Bands and performance groups combined with celebrity performances will make for a wonderful evening of family fun and excitement. Location TBD, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM • Ticket price $15.00 *


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NOVEMBER CALENDAR ★ ★ ★ from Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill. This service is an opportunity to lift a prayerful voice of concern for those in our neighborhood still in need and to celebrate those who in faith are called to serve those in need. 202-544-6186.

National Band Festival travels east down the National Parade Route on Constitution Ave. with a reviewing stand on Third St. directly in front of the Capitol. The parade will feature 18 high school and college marching bands, 25 professionally designed floats, large balloons, clowns, equestrian units, cheerleaders, dancers and celebrities. Bleacher seating, $10-$15.

Parish of St. Monica and St. James Thanksgiving Service. Nov. 23, 6:30 PM. Mass with hymns. 222 Eighth St. NE. 202-546-1746.

National Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec. 1, 5:00 PM. Tickets distributed by lottery, Thursday, Nov. 3, 10:00 AM-Monday. Nov. 7, 9.59 AM. Go to or call 877444-6777 during this time period. There is no stand-by line.

Thanksgiving Service at Washington National Cathedral. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 10:00 AM. The Cathedral will reopen Saturday, Nov. 12, for the first time since the Aug. 23 earthquake. Free. Cathedral at the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin aves. NW. 202-537-6200. Thanksgiving Mass at the National Shrine. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM and noon. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202526-8300. “Season’s Greenings” at the US Botanic Garden. Opens Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. The US Botanic Garden invites you to remember that the best things in life are free--the fragrance of a freshly cut fir tree, the magic of holiday lights and sumptuous decorations, and the delight of a child discovering the make-believe world of model trains. Free. 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger 5K. Nov. 24, 9:00 AM. Kids fun run at 8:30 AM. Start and Finish on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, between 12th St. and 13th St. Event benefits So Others Might Eat 202-797-8806. Alexandria Turkey Trot 5 Mile. Nov 24, 10:00 AM. The thirty six annual Thanksgiving Day Alexandria Turkey Trot is taking place in the Del Ray area of Alexandria with some exciting new additions. With a starting line change, this year’s race will be metro accessible, the start line is 2 blocks from the Braddock Metro Station. The DC Road Runners Club sponsors the event and proceeds will benefit the the A.L.I.V.E foundation. $20. Christ Church Thanksgiving Service and Pot Luck Dinner. Nov. 24, 11:00 AM service. Pot luck meal immediately afterward. 620 G St. SE. 202-547-9300. Thanksgiving Mass at St. Peters Catholic Church. Nov. 24, 10:00 AM. Please bring non-perishable food for the DC area food bank. 313 Second St. SE. 202-547-1430. St. Mark’s Thanksgiving Service with Fellowship Hour. Nov. 24, 10:00 AM. Fellowship hour follows. Third and A sts. SE. 202-543-0053. Thanksgiving Day Service at New Samaritan Baptist Church. Nov. 24, 10:00 AM. 1100 Florida Ave. NE. 202-397-1870. National Mall Museums Open Thanksgiving Day. US Holocaust Memorial Museum is open.

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Reformation Church Festival Chorus performing at the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris, France.

World-Renowned Organist Frédéric Blanc to Perform Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 PM. Special guest organist Frédéric Blanc will accompany the Festival Chorus and Orchestra of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, conducted by Dr. Thea Kano, in a performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem op. 9. Blanc is the organiste-titulaire of the great organ Cavaillé-Coll at the church of Notre-Dame d’Auteuil in Paris. The Festival Chorus includes the Reformation Church Choir augmented by singers from the Capitol Hill Chorale, the Choral Arts Society, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, the Master Chorale and the Rock Creek Singers. $20-$30. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. NE. 202-543-4200.

The National Zoo is open. The national monuments are all available for viewing but Washington Monument is closed. All Smithsonian museums are open. Newseum, National Archives, US Capitol Visitors Center and Corcoran Gallery of Art are closed.

EARLY CHRISTMAS A Christmas Carol at Ford’s. Nov. 18-Dec. 31. (no performance Thanksgiving Day). Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge in the production The Washington Post hailed as “musically high-spirited” and “infectiously jolly.” $35-$75. 202-347-4833. The Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker at THEARC. Nov. 25-27. Discover, rediscover, and celebrate this one-of-a-kind Nutcracker production set in 1882 Georgetown and starring George Washington as the Nutcracker, King George II as the Rat King, Anacostia Indians, frontiersmen, and all-American delights. Whimsical waltzes, glittering snowflakes, and gorgeous music, The Washington Ballet’s Nutcracker is a magical journey not to be missed! $29. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202889-5901. Mount Vernon by Candlelight. Nov. 25, 26 and 27, 5:00-8:00 PM. Experience includes a candlelight tour, singing around a campfire, costumed

characters, hot cider and cookies. $14-$20. Mount Vernon, VA (at the southern end of the George Washington Memorial Parkway-16 miles from DC). 703-780-2000. The Garden of Lights (Winter Garden Walk) at Brookside Gardens. Nov. 25-Jan. 8, 5:30-9:00 PM, weekdays; 5:30-10:00 PM, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday. 940,000 twinkling colorful lights shaped in imaginative displays throughout the gardens. $20-$25 per car. It’s a walk-through, however. Brookside Gardens Wheaton Regional Park, 1800 Glenallan Ave.,Wheaton, MD. Old Town Alexandria Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Nov. 25, 7:00-9:00 PM, (rain or shine). Enjoy musical entertainment, caroling with a community sing along, and greetings from the Mayor and Santa Claus. Historic Market Square in Old Town, 301 King St., Alexandria, VA First Ever Capital Holiday Parade. Nov. 26, 11:00 AM. In hopes of becoming one of Washington’s beloved holiday traditions, the Capital Holiday Parade will serve as the kickoff to a season of celebration. The Capitol Holiday Parade &

Union Station Christmas Tree Lighting. Dec. 1, 6:00 PM. The tree is a gift to the people of Washington, DC and is a symbol of friendship between the United States and Norway. Join the Norwegian Embassy and DC as the 8,000 lights on Washington’s official holiday tree are lit and enjoy live musical performances. Sewall-Belmont House Holiday Bazaar. Dec. 1, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM. Do not miss this opportunity to pick up great gifts, such as the Votes for Women ornaments, while supporting the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum. A variety of artisans will sell their wares, ensuring you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. 144 Constitution Ave. NE. 202-546-1210. Rosslyn Lighting the Washington Skyline Lighting Ceremony. Dec. 1, 6:30 PM. Rosslyn property owners participate in LIGHT UP Rosslyn by placing holiday lights along the rooftops of their buildings. Skyline lit through Jan. 31. Rosslyn, VA.

“House Warrior” by Carolina Mayorga. Photo: Courtesy of art.

Fruits, Flies and Other Delights Exhibition Through Dec. 31, Pierce School Lofts, 1375 Maryland Ave. NE. Features works by Carolina Mayorga. Mayorga’s work addresses issues of social and political content. Comments on migration, war, identity, translate into site-specific installations and multimedia pieces including video, performance art, photography and drawing. To view this exhibit, please call 202-744-6439 for an appointment. ★ 19

Christmas Concert at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Dec. 2, 7:30 PM (but get there earlier). The National Shrine invites you to their Annual Christmas Concert for Charity featuring the voices and sounds of the Catholic University of America Choir and Orchestra. Free will offering. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-526-8300. Zoolights. Starts Dec. 2, 5:00-9:00 PM. Don’t miss your chance to meander through the Zoo when it is covered with thousands of sparkling lights, attend special keeper talks, and enjoy live entertainment. Free. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Dec, 3, 4:00 PM. Alexandria’s harbor lights up when more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. Alexandria’s Historic Waterfront at the foot of Cameron Street Alexandria, VA. 703-838-5005. Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Parade and Concert. Dec. 3, parade 11:00 AM-1:00 PM; massed band concert 1:001:30 PM. Parade route Begins at the corner of Wilkes and South Saint Asaph sts. in Old Town and ends at King and Royal sts. Concert at King and Royal sts. in front of City Hall at Market Square. Alexandria, VA. Black Nativity at H Street Playhouse. Previews begin Dec. 3, 8:00 PM. Langston Hughes’ retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz music and dance with griot style story telling from an ensemble cast. Now, today, here in this place, nineteen centuries removed from Bethleham — in a land far across the sea from Judea — we sing His songs and glorify His name. Tickets on sale now at $35. Discounts for under 18, students and seniors. Logan Circle Holiday House Tour. Dec. 4, 1:00-5:00 PM. Ticket pick-up at 12:30 PM at the Studio Theatre. Wassail reception, at Studio 3:00-5:30 PM. $30. Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Farms in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Visit for farms and directions. Then follow the prompts.

SPECIAL EVENTS Foto Week DC. Nov. 5-12. Week-long exhibitions by professional and award-winning photographers at FotoWeek Central, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, FotoSpace, George Washington University, Edison Place Gallery and partner venues around town. FotoWeekDC includes a special focus on human rights work, environmental projects, fine art photography, vintage and youth exhibitions. 202-337-3686.

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Enjoy Fall in a New Home!

National (White House) Christmas Tree Lighting Tickets. Tickets distributed by lottery, Thursday, Nov. 3, 10:00 AM-Monday. Nov. 7, 9.59 AM. Go to or call 877-444-6777 during this time period. The tree lighting is Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:00 PM.

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Phillips Collection 90th Anniversary Bash. Nov. 5, 10:00 AM-8:00 PM. Cash bar with wine, beer, champagne, and light snacks (4:15–8:00 p.m.). Help celebrate the museum’s 90th anniversary with a day of free activities, gallery talks, and live music. Free. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. Theater Beyond Twitter Discussion at Arena Stage. Nov. 19, 5:00-6:15 PM. Theater Beyond Twitter: A Moderated Discussion Between Peter Marks and Howard Sherman. Following one of their frequent, unprompted Twitter debates, Howard Sherman, the former executive director of the American Theatre Wing and noted arts management consultant, proposed to The Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks that they should expand their spirited 140-word count exchanges to a live, in-person discussion. Some of the topics to be addressed include the significance of a resident theater staying on mission, the value of audience enrichment events in tandem with productions, the pros and cons of celebrity casting, the nature of theatrical awards, the impact of social media on arts journalism and the role of the press in a theater’s marketing and public outreach. $10. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. Shakespeare Theatre Classic Conversation with Kevin Kline. Nov. 28, 8:00 PM. Kevin Kline will join Artistic Director Michael Kahn for the second installment of the Classic Conversations series to be held at Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Tickets start at $35. 202-547-1122. “Magic and Miracles” Dinner Gala. Nov. 30, 6:00 PM, cocktails; 7:00 PM, dinner and presentation. Dinner benefits successful DC-based Ready, Willing & Working program and honors Nancy Squires of the Squires Group for her dedication and support of RWW. Master of Ceremonies Kojo Nnamdi, WAMU radio talk show hosts. $150. The Ritz-Carlton, 1159 22nd St. NW. 202-842-3333.

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD Above the Radar II at The Fridge. Nov. 5–Dec. 3. This travelling exhibition, curated by Luna George of LA based Crewest Gallery, features works of art by nearly 70 graffiti and street artists from the Western United States and beyond. Features over 150 pieces from more than 70 artists. The Fridge, 516 1/2 Eighth St. SE (rear alley). 202-664-4151. “Assassins” at St. Marks. Nov. 5, 6, 11,

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CHRIST CHURCH ON CAPITOL HILL We invite you to join us for worship, fellowship, outreach and education. Sunday Services at 8:15am and 11:00am Children’s Sunday school and nursery care available at both services Adult Forum at 9:45am Thanksgiving Service – November 24th at 11:00 am followed by potluck dinner. Bring a side dish to share.

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12, 13, 18 and 19. Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 PM; Sundays at 4:00 PM. A musical that uses the premise of a revue-style portrayal of men and women who attempted (successfully or otherwise) to assassinate Presidents of the United States. The music varies to reflect the popular music of the eras depicted. $15-$20. St. Marks, 301 A St. SE. 202-546-9670.

First St. SE. Free tickets are required and available at or by calling 202-397-7328. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6:00 PM on concert nights to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets. For more details, visit

Frank Solivan & Megan McCormick at Corner Store. Nov. 5, 8:00 PM; Nov. 6, 7:00 PM. In concert together. $20 donation with RSVP, $25 donation at the door. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807.

Harmonious Wail at Corner Store. Nov. 17, 8:00 PM. Great rhythms, talented musicianship and unique takes on old favorites have made Harmonious Wail one of the few outstanding bands that combine Eastern European folk songs and American jazz. It is a toe tapping, mind altering live music experience. $20 donation with RSVP, $25 at the door. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807.

Scena Theater’s “Greek” at H Street Playhouse. Through Nov. 27. See the hilarious retelling of Oedipus Rex in England. $30. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824. Othello at the Folger. Extended through Dec. 4. A tragedy of pure jealousy, generated by an act of suspicion, sets the stage for eventual calamity. Othello springs dramatically from the imagination, behavior, and language of its exotic hero. Among Shakespeare’s tragedies, Othello stands apart. $30-$65. Folger Sghakespeare Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544–7077. Legendary South African musicians Abigail Kubeka and Sharon Katz at Corner Store. Nov. 9, 8:00 PM. Legendary musicians Abigail Kubeka and Sharon Katz present an intimate, unforgettable evening of South African music. These extraordinary women bring powerful voices to songs that reflect the soul of South Africa and their unique roles in shaping the country’s history, and make their audiences want to dance, laugh, cry, and shout. $20 donation with RSVP, $25 at the door, $15 students with ID. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-5445807. “Beertown” at CHAW. Nov. 9-Dec. 10. Every five years this small American town unearths its beloved Time Capsule and ritualistically reviews its contents--Beertown’s “artifacts.” But celebrating the past is not enough for this community. On Time Capsule Day Beertonians not only review and remember, but they also revise by voting in new artifacts. Because if one goes in, one must come out. Beertown’s quirky civic ceremony requires its citizens to consider what objects best represent the community and its history. Beertown: creating community and revising its history, nightly. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE.


Free Tango Practica at CHAW. Nov. 11, 7:00-9:30 PM. Join Jake and Danarae Stevens for a free tango practica. Tango dancers of all levels have an opportunity to practice, collaborate, and learn in a collective space. Free and open to all age levels. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. “Please Take A Number” at Corner Store. Nov. 11, 8:00 PM. Nia Orms is a writer, inspirational speaker, and comedic actress, based in LA and New York City. She was awarded the NAACP “Best Actress In a Play” in 2008 for her solo performance of “Please Take A Number”. $20 donation with RSVP, $25 at the door. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Amelia White with Dave Van Allen on Steel Guitar at Corner Store. Nov. 12, 8:00 PM. Raised In Virginia and based in Nashville, Amelia White cut her musical teeth in the New England area. Her music has been described as hard rocking folkin’ alt-art country. Corner Store, 900 So. Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807. Country Music Association Series at LOC. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 8:00 PM. Clint Black, Patty Loveless and Tim Nichols and Bob DiPiero headline an intimate evening of country music in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10

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Jazz Brunch at Mandarin Oriental. Sundays. A la carte brunch, 11:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with live jazz from noon2:30 p.m. Indulge in the wonderful tradition of Sunday Brunch at Sou’Wester, now showcasing live jazz. Brunch will now include a selection of the area’s best jazz musicians, coupled with an a la carte menu offering American classics and brunch favorites along with delicious house-baked breads and crafted seasonal cocktails. 1330 Maryland Ave. SW. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 202-787-6148. mandarinoriental. com/washington Kartemquin Films Event at Hill Center. Monday, Nov. 7, 7:00-9:00 PM. Gordon Quinn and Justine Nagan, Artistic Director and Co-Founder and Executive Director respectively of documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films explore the role documentary film plays in journalism, investigating and reporting events, and the power of docs to build awareness and initiate action that can inspire change on a local as well as global level. The conversation will be interspersed with clips from Kartemquin’s vast archive as well as works in progress. Free. John Phillip Sousa Hall, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Folger Poetry: James Fenton & Mark Kraushaar. Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:30 PM. Mark Kraushaar is the 2010 recipient of the Hecht Poetry Prize awarded annually by Waywiser Press for a poetry collection by a peot who has published no more than one book. Kraushaar will be joined by this year’s judge, James Fenton. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-5447077. Miguel Zenon Quartet-Jazz at the Atlas. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8:00 PM. Saxophonist Miguel Zenon’s music has been described as “melodic” and “beautiful” with a technical proficiency and passion that is undeniable (Bebopfied). Zenon’s distinctive sound incorporates rhythms from his native Puerto Rico resulting in a fresh approach to traditional jazz. $40. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Lunchtime Tour of the Botanic Garden. Nov. 9 and 16, noon-1:00 PM. What do manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common? The answer is that they all come from plants on permanent display in the USBG Conservatory. Take a tour with a knowledgeable guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life. You might see bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medicinal plant research. Free, no pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden, 245 First St. SW. 202-225-1281. France and the US at the Library of Congress. Nov. 9, noon-1:00 PM. Gerard Gawalt, curator of “Creating the United States,” discusses the role of France and the founding of the United States. Free. Southwest Gallery, Second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. 202-707-9203. â&#x2DC;&#x2026; 23

Nick Howard with Mikey Wax and Bethany and The Guitar at Ebenezers. Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 PM. Nick Howard is a tea obsessed British Singer/Songwriter from Brighton who moved to New York six years ago with his guitar, suitcase and a lot of ambition. $8. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-5586900. “Local Turf” Art Exhbition at CHAW. Saturday, Nov.12-Dec. 2. The Capitol Hill Art League presents an all-media juried exhibit entitled “Local Turf.” Juror is Henry Allen, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning critic. Opening reception is Saturday, Nov. 12, 5:007:00 PM. CHAW, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839. Community Bulb Planting at Hill Center. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. Bring a spade and join your neighbors (as well as Marines and a Boy Scout Troop or two) to help plant thousands of daffodils in Hill Center gardens. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Brian Settles and Central Union-Jazz at the Atlas. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 8:00 PM. Tenor saxophonist Brian Settles is well-known in Washington’s jazz circles as a skilled musician and leader. Settles has been called an intensely expressive saxophonist especially in the realmof bop and avant garde jazz. $25. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. Micah, Phil Good, Jae Jin & Sarah Castille at Ebenezers. Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30 PM. Join them for an a night of Singer-Songwriters. $7. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202-558-6900. Justin McRoberts with Ryanhood at Ebenezers. Friday, Nov. 18, 7:30 PM. Since 1999 Justin McRoberts has been a constant and noteworthy presence on the independent music scene. A songwriter, storyteller, teacher and an advocate, he is one of those rare artists who blends artistry, honesty and humor seamlessly. $12. Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 201 F St. NE. 202558-6900. Hill Center Opens with Flag Raising, “Fence Raising” and Open House. Saturday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., listen to music, sip apple cider, tour the building and meet our program partners for a sampling of the programs, classes, and activities you’ll find at Hill Center. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Louisa May Alcott Literary Birthday Celebration. Nov. 29, noon. Authors Jo Ann Beard and Maud Casey celebrate the birthday of American author Louisa May Alcott by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building (ground floor). 202-707-5394. Beltway Poetry Slam at The Fridge. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7:30-10:00 PM. The Fridge, 516 1/2 Eighth St. SE (rear alley). 202-664-4151. Jazz Night (and fish fry) in Southwest. Fridays, 6:00-9:00 PM. Every Friday night. Ex-

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pect a large, fun and friendly crowd. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW (Fourth and I, south side of intersection). The cover is $5. Children free under 16. 202-484-7700.

SPORTS, DANCE AND PHYSICAL FITNESS The Dash 5K & Doggie Run. Nov. 6, 8:00 AM. Capital Sprints wraps up the season with the last race in The Dash series. Dogs (and their owners) will enjoy a 1 mile fun run/walk. Then, human racers will take on the challenging, timed 5K. The Dash 5K and Doggie Run benefits the Washington Animal Rescue League. $40-$65. 202-271-1633. Ice Skating at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Open Thanksgiving Day. Mid Nov. through Mid Mar. (depending on the weather). Monday through Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM11:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM. $7 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under, students with ID and seniors 50 and over. Skate rental is $3. Seventh St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-289-3361. Cuban Salsa Classes at Trinity University. Every Saturday, 1:00-3:00 P.M., Alumnae Hall, Room B1. The classes are open to the public, drop-in, very friendly and informal. $10/ class. No dance experience needed, but the class will cover all levels from beginners to advanced. 301-980-6043. Gentle Yoga at Capitol Hill Yoga. Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 PM. These classes are perfect for seniors who want to do yoga but not at such a fast or demanding pace. Although the classes were first conceived with the over-50 population in mind, they are also perfect for younger people who want a more relaxing class or for anyone who has sustained an injury and needs some special attention. A single class is $18. There are class packages. 641 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-448-9680. Free Yoga Fridays at St. Marks. Through Dec 16, 7:00-8:00 AM. Offering Peace since 1978. All levels welcome. St. Mark’s Yoga Center, 301 A St. SE. For more information, call 202546-4964 or visit

MARKETS H Street Farmers Market. Saturdays, 9 AMnoon. Open through Nov. 20. Parking lot in the 600 block of H Street. The market is a producers-only outdoor market offering fruit, vegetables, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers and more for sale. Eastern Market. Daily except Mondays and important holidays. Weekdays, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM; Saturdays, 7:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sundays, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Flea market and arts and crafts market open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. Eastern Market is Washington’s last continually operated “old world” market. On weekends the market area comes alive with farmers bringing in fresh produce, craft and flower vendors, artists, a flea market and street musicians. 200 block of 7th St. SE. 202-544-0083.

CIVIC LIFE Komen Toastmasters Open House. Nov 5, 10:30 AM. Southwest Branch Library (basement meeting room), 900 Wesley Pl. SW, near the Waterfront Metro. Women for Hire Career Expo. Nov. 9, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Women For Hire career expos are high-caliber recruiting events that enable talented women in all fields to meet directly with recruiters and hiring managers from top employers. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a graduating college student, these one-day events are an ideal chance to launch or advance your career. Free. Resumes and business attire required for admittance. Hamilton Crowne Hotel, 1315 K St. NW. Housing Counseling Services Foreclosure Prevention Clinics. Wednesdays, Nov. 9, 16 and 23 at noon; Nov. 30, 6:00 PM. Housing Counseling Services offers free Foreclosure Prevention Clinics to help homeowners in danger of losing their homes. Call Su Cheng at 202-667-7006 for more information. Small Business Brief Advice Legal Clinic. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:00-7:30 PM. The Enhanced Business Information Center (e-BIC) and the DC Bar Pro Bono Program are working together to offer this free legal clinic. Attendees will meet one-on-one with attorneys for brief advice on any legal issues their businesses may be facing. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-7374700 ext. 3369. Free Seminar for Federal Employees. Nov. 16, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Seminar will discuss critical human resource and training issues hosted by Graduate School USA. Box lunches will be provided; seating is limited. Preregistration with a valid government email address is required by Nov. 9. Capital Gallery Building, 600 Maryland Ave. SW, 2nd floor. 1-888-744-GRAD. Community Office Hours with Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells. First Thursday of the month in Southwest and third Thursday of the month on H St. NE; both are 8-9:30 AM. All Ward 6 residents encouraged to come out and meet with Wells and members of his staff. 202-724-8072.

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Congresswoman Norton’s NW District Office. Open weekdays, 9:00 AM-6:00 PM. 529 14th St. NW. 202-783-5065. ANC Meeting for 6-A. Second Thursday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Miner Elementary School, 601 15th St. NE. 202-423-8868. ANC Meeting for 6-B. Second Tuesday, 7:00 PM. The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Benjamin Drummond Room, First Floor 202-543-3344. ANC Meeting for 6-C. Second Wednesday, 7:00 PM. Meeting at Heritage Foundation, 214 Mass. Ave. NE, first floor conference room. 202-547-7168. ANC Meeting for 6-D. Second Monday, 7:00 PM. St. Augustine’s, 600 M St., SW. 202-5541795. ★

EASTERN MARKET POTTERY Handcrafted pottery for everyday and for giving . . . Visit our showroom soon! Down the stairs at C Street Open Saturdays & Sundays 10 am until 5pm on Weekdays when the gate is Open or by appointment: 202-544-6669 ★ 25

HILLRAG CROSSWORD Across 1. Comedian Joe and family 9. In pieces 14. Choppers, so to speak 19. “Sweet Emotion” band 20. AM/FM device 21. “It’s a Wonderful Life” role 22. Why new husband frowns? 25. Howard of “Happy Days” 26. Court doc. 27. Grocery sections 28. “Dragonwyck” author Seton 30. Army E-3

33. Cafeteria carrier 36. 300, in Roma 37. Wooden wheel part 40. Kama ___ 42. Part of a plot 46. Teen takes illicit bike ride? 52. Send another way 53. Sewer 54. W.W. II conference site 55. Companion of Artemis 56. Draw 59. Pizzazz 60. Big ___ Conference

62. Parrots 63. Promising 65. Egyptian cobra 68. Birch relative 70. Relating to waste material 73. Cabernet, e.g. 74. Skinflint 77. Obi, e.g. 78. “C’___ la vie!” 81. Split ___ 82. Ill-advised 87. Chatter 91. Angler’s basket

92. Victorian, in a way 93. Shaped like an egg 95. Why the foie gras didn’t get made? 99. Bitter end? 100. Elbow 101. Australian evergreen shrub 102. Undertake, with “out” 103. Harmony 106. Attention-getter 107. Preserve, in a way 111. Keen 115. Many, many moons 117. Busy one 118. Silly bird serenades remote audience? 128. Say “Li’l Abner,” say 129. Bypass 130. Royal dog of Scotland 131. Flies alone 132. Long-limbed 133. 1978 film starring Mae West


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1. Argentine president 2. O. Henry device 3. Lake Superior locks 4. U.S. Army rank 5. Mantra sounds 6. Napoleon, e.g. 7. ESPN show, for short 8. Attempt 9. Knight’s “suit” 10. Be worthwhile 11. Make sense, with “up” 12. “Flying Down to ___” 13. “___ bad!” 14. Purposeful 15. “Aeneid” figure 16. Carbon compound 17. Debut of March 3, 1923 18. Amerada ___ (Fortune 500 company) 19. City on the Yamuna River 23. Crumb 24. Coco de ___, Brazilian palm 29. Solvent 30. Connive 31. Icy expanses 32. Newspaper div. 34. Indian state 35. “The Beast of ___ Flats” (1961 sci-fi bomb) 36. ___-Magnon 38. Liszt’s “La Campanella,” e.g. 39. Break


41. “___ does it!” 42. Abreast (of) 43. Arrest 44. Spin 45. Flying high 46. Away 47. “___ the fields we go” 48. Bauxite, e.g. 49. German river 50. Denials 51. Cleaning cabinet supplies 57. Bit 58. Big time 61. Henpeck 64. “¡___ Tormé!” (1959 album) 65. Depth charge, slangily 66. Hard to find 67. Nosy Parkers 69. “Fantasy Island” prop 70. Country’s Hill 71. Favor 72. Phi follower 75. Nabisco treats 76. Christiania, now 77. Bed board 79. Uttered 80. Families 83. Atmosphere 84. Forages 85. In tune 86. Loses intensity 88. Flap 89. Chinese “way” 90. ___ Grove Village, Ill. 94. Electric unit 96. Prepare to propose? 97. “For shame!” 98. Ceiling 102. Eye sores 104. Square 105. Bill and ___ 108. Circa 109. Freetown currency unit 110. Be inclined 111. Mellows 112. Aria, e.g. 113. Drudgery 114. Pull strings? 116. Acceptances 119. Propel, in a way 120. Egg cells 121. “Smoking or ___?” 122. Butt 123. Watchman ___, Chinese Christian author 124. Census datum 125. Trickery 126. Not just “a” 127. Zinger

Capitol Streets Hill Buzz by Anna Cranage Conathan


s I write, a cool wind blows in from my window and the sensation of gooseflesh on my arm feels more divine than cashmere. My dehumidifier is down to a joyous 43 percent and, as the temperature drops, the flowering moldy “fungus among us” is abating, and I am glad of it. But there’s something else I can feel in the air: a crackling of communal energy, a waft of healthy competition between worthy opponents. Call your trainer, ladies. Prep those biceps and tri-

born and raised in our community, is one of our most invested, most passionate connectors and planners, and the Hilly Awards has been the most successful of her endeavors. How successful? Successful enough that the Hilly Awards gala was awarded an award of its own! (Meta, huh?) The Washington DC Economic Partnership presented CHAMPS and the Hillys with their citywide Small Business Initiative of the Year award. This is better than those years when the Emmys win the Emmy for best Variety show, because the Hillys didn’t even have to give the award to itself! How can you miss an award-winning award show? You’d be downright silly, I say. (Especially since there’s an open bar!)

All Hail the Nominees! Without further ado, the 2011 Hilly Award Nominees: CHAMPS Executive Director Julia Robey Christian

ceps for sleeveless gowns! Because even though the weather is cooler, the ramp up to Awards Season has begun! Now begins the annual celeb custom of tightening, lifting, tweezing and botoxing! On November 13th the 3rd Annual Hilly Awards will be presented at the Hilly Awards Gala, where the wellheeled so-and-sos of Capitol Hill can hobnob without the awkward jostling of an Inaugural Ball and pay homage to Hill business owners who serve and sustain us daily with such excellence. Sprung from the brilliant (and surely overtaxed) mind of CHAMPS Executive Director, Julia Robey Christian, the Hilly Awards offer recognition of the close-knit village Hill residents have worked so hard to create. Julia,

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Scott Magnuson and Shaaren Pine and Argonaut Staff, winners of 2010 Bar or Tavern of the Year Photo by Michael Pinnix

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Capitol Hill Community Foundation National Capital Bank CHPSO Ready Willing and Working

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Winner, Winner, Gala with Dinner Ralph Lee and Ari Gedjenson, owners of 2010 Restaurant of the year, Acqua al 2 Photo by Michael Pinnix

Tim LaCasse, State Farm Aesthetic Answers Signal Financial Federal Credit Union

HOME & GARDEN SERVICE Spot On Training Ginkgo Gardens Surroundings Saving Grace Services Tech Painting

ARTS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Atlas Performing Arts Center Capitol Hill Arts Workshop H Street Playhouse The Fridge Capitol Hill Chorale

ARTIST/ARTISAN Jon Wye Ellen Cornett Beth Baldwin (Tigerflight) Mary Belcher SHARKEY

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Imagine yourself garbed like Garbo or gabled like Gable as you stroll down the red carpet and into H Street’s impeccably restored Atlas Theater (, home of the 2011 Hilly Awards.The pop of camera flashes will transport you to a bygone era, where VIPs don black tie and gorgeous gowns (note: Hilly attendees are welcome to express themselves in a more eclectic and unique style) sip bone-dry martinis from the (OPEN!) bar and nosh on gourmet worthy of Mary Pickford and Doug Fairbanks on a respite at San Simeon. But, let’s be honest: when you are nominated, even if you are all gentleman in a monochromatic penguin suit, or a lady of sophistication in silk charmeuse, you become a knuckle dragging, rock thumping cave person in the energy-charged moments that pass between the phrase “The winner is…” and the utterance of the awarded name. This is the kind of juxtaposition that makes award shows such fun! (That, and an open bar.) The gala includes a red carpet reception with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from local chefs and mixologists, followed by the ceremony, then an after-party featuring desserts and coffee, plus another chance to cast your vote: After testing the creations of the ‘tenders of the foursided waterhole, make your pick for “Bartender of the Year.” The 3rd Annual Hilly Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, November 13th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H. Street NE, Tickets are available and going quickly! ($70 for CHAMPS members, $85 for riff-raff - Be there or be squarer than the bar! (Did I mention that it’s open?)

You? A Producer? Sponsoring the Hillys is a great way to give your business or organization some Capitol Hill caché. No, you won’t be able to demand that “the kid stays in the picture,” but you will be given some celeb-worthy real estate (alongside The Hill Rag; a platinum sponsor). Simply drop a line to your friendly Hill Buzz writer or call Julia at CHAMPS: 202-547-7788.

The Buzz Envelope, Please In the spirit of the impending Capitol Hill celebration, I’ve decided to hand out a few awards of my own to recognize some of the folks who have made the Hill truly my home. Best listener: - Jay Keegan, AKA “Uncle Jay,” Monkey’s Uncle Best Hill connector: Leah Daniels, Hill’s Kitchen Best spirits counselor: Burnie Williams, Chat’s Liquor Best old school neighborhood diner: Jimmy T’s *The Martial Sidecar Prize (AKA “Best Combo Side Dish of Sass & Sarcasm”): Cindy Tiches & John Foster. Best “go-to girl” for bjorning, wrapping, slinging or strolling struggles: Ellie Heath, Dawn Price Baby The Accept, Adapt, Achieve! Award: Mr. Henrys’ for Family Night Nerves of Stainless Steel Award: Henry Mendoza, owner of familyfriendly restaurants Mi Vecindad & La Plaza. *The “That which Doesn’t Tequil-ya...” Sidecar Prize: Again, Henry, for his generosity with Patrón and for soothing the nerves of beleaguered parents. Hope to see all you Hill habitants at the gala. If you’re there, I know you’ll be seeing me. Anna is a freelance writer & screenwriter with a magical dousing ear that can ferret out mold wherever it may hide. (Like in her car!) Anna has been practicing her award acceptance speech since she was seven, and has not yet had cause to use it. However, she has experience vicarious victory through husband, Mike, who won 1/2 of Ben Stein’s money, and son, Sam, who has been line leader and “Person of the Day” on several occasions. To put buzz in Anna’s ear, email her: ★ ★ 29

bulletin board Capitol Hill Group Ministry Thanksgiving Baskets Each fall, CHGM conducts a Thanksgiving food basket drive in Oct. and Nov. Families throughout the area are provided a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. Last year CHGM and their donors helped supply 377 families with a Thanksgiving meal. Meals were provided to families in emergency shelters, transitional housing and to seniors who do not have the income for a special holiday feast. In order to stay on top of this year’s demand, CHGM will accept Thanksgiving basket commitments and applications from families in need between Oct. 331. All families who qualify for a donation will be added to a waiting list on a first come, first served basis. A Thanksgiving Day basket typically costs around $50 and feeds a family of 4. If you would like information about how your family can register to receive a basket or donate a basket, visit or contact Special Events Coordinator Shelah Wilcox at wilcox@ or 202-544-3150.

CHRS Preservation Café to Feature Demonstrations of Faux Finishing Techniques Following up on her September Preservation Café about faux finishes and decorative painting, architect Carol Beach will return for the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s Nov. 16 Preservation Café to demonstrate several 30 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Councilmember Tommy Wells, a former chair of the JTH Board, accepted on behalf of the program.

Harris Teeter Makes Community Connection with Jan’s Tutoring House Barely two years into operating in DC, the Harris Teeter supermarket chain is making its presence felt, not only to appreciative shoppers, but also to the broader community in the city, including at its Capitol Hill store at Pennsylvania and Potomac avenues SE. Recently, this commitment was demonstrated with a $10,000 Harris Teeter check presented to Jan’s Tutoring House, the 21year-old youth tutoring and mentoring program, nearby techniques she showed and discussed in Sept. See Ms. Beach demonstrate how to apply three faux finishes: stenciling, glazing, and gilding. She will

on Capitol Hill, founded by political and social activist Jan Eichhorn. “We welcome this contribution for JTH and for Jan’s legacy,” he said. “Contributions like this, big and small, will make sure JTH thrives for another 20 years.” The Harris Teeter delegation was led by Regional Vice President Dan Marett, who said: “JTH is just the kind of community activity we want each of our stores to support.” Tonya Woods, the JTH executive director, welcomed the pledge of an on-going partnership. The event also featured a tour of the tutoring house by two youths who are in the JTH program.

also bring completed examples of each kind of finish. Faux (meaning fake) finishes and painting can be used to create the illusion of architectural el-

ement, objects, or different materials. Faux Finishes: Hands-On Demonstration will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at Ebenezers

Coffeehouse, Second and F sts. NE, downstairs. The Preservation Café is free, accessible, and open to all in the Capitol Hill community.

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More Tools for Community Toolboxes: How to Be Heard During Federal Project Reviews Come to the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s free Nov. 14 public workshop, How to Be Heard During Federal Project Reviews, to learn how these review processes take place and how to participate in them to make your concerns known. Peter Byrne, a Capitol Hill resident who is a professor at Georgetown University’s Environmental Law and Policy Institute, will brief the audience on NEPA environmental review and how the public can have a voice in it. Shauna Holmes, a Capitol Hill resident who for many years ran the Section 106 training program for the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, will give an overview of the federal historic preservation review process and its opportunities for public participation. The workshop is Monday, Nov. 14, 7:009:00 p.m., at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; doors will open at 6:45 p.m. The workshop is free and open to all in the Capitol Hill community. Reservations are not necessary, but if you plan to attend, please let CHRS know at or by calling 202-543-0425 so enough handouts can be prepared.

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Friends of Kim Brenegar Community Meeting On Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. at Christ Our Shepherd Church, 801 North Carolina Ave. SE, Friends of Kim Brenegar will host a community meeting on the development of “Kim’s Garden,” a park restoration project located ★ 31

This sign sold for $7,500.01.

Hawk ‘n’ Dove Online Auction Brings Over $75,000 Rasmus Auctioneers’ online only auction for the Hawk ‘n’ Dove Bar showed just how much people valued the memories that the bar brought them over the years and totaled out at $75,921.15. The auction brought in over 350 bidders when on average there are around 100 bidders per auction. It is clear that many people were buying the items for sentimental value, and to own a piece, no matter how small, of the Hawk ‘n’ Dove’s history. The huge wooden Hawk ‘n’ Dove sign that has adorned the front of the building for 44 years was sold for $7,500.01. Chris Rasmus, CEO of Rasmus Auctioneers, said, “There are very few original institutions left in the city. The auction prices reflected the fact that people were buying a piece of Washington history.” Some other hot ticket items included a wooden decoy duck that sold for $1,000.01, the “Capacity 199 for 329 PA. Ave., S.E.” sign that hung on the wall for $1,700.01 and the “Up Your Alley” wooden sign that greeted patrons at the entrance to the alley next to the bar which went for $1,500.01.

at the intersection of Eighth St. and North Carolina and Independence aves. SE. Capitol Hill residents and Eastern Market businesses are encouraged to attend. The group will provide an update on the park and they welcome ideas from residents. Childcare and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit or call Juliet Michaud at 646-522-5684.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Call for Board Members CHAW is looking for people to join its fundraising Board of Directors. Directors serve for twoyear terms, beginning in January of each year. Directors work together to raise vital funds for the organization while pursuing various stra32 ★ HillRag | November 2011

tegic goals related to CHAW’s future. The Board meets six times a year and also makes an off-site retreat. Beth Harris McCluskey, now in her second term and serving as Secretary, commented: “Serving on CHAW’s Board of Directors has been a personally worthwhile experience. I have enjoyed working with the other Directors in supporting CHAW’s exciting mission of building community through the arts and as we work to meet the future.” If interested, please contact Jill Strachan, CHAW’s Executive Director, at or 202-547-6839.

PenFed Realty Merges With Prudential Carruthers Realtors PenFed Realty, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pentagon Federal

Credit Union, the nation’s thirdlargest credit union, announced today that it has acquired Prudential Carruthers Realtors, a leading regional real estate broker. The new company, which now has over 1,100 real estate sales professionals and 35 office locations in the Baltimore/ Washington metropolitan area including the Delmarva Peninsula, will be renamed Prudential PenFed Realty. The expansion will allow PenFed to better serve the real estate needs of the many members of the military and Department of Defense in the DC area and further enhance PenFed’s market presence with the installation of ATMs in each of the new branch offices. 800247-5626.

Rehabilitation of H Street, K Street And Massachusetts Avenue Bridges Over I-395 The District Department of Transportation has started construction on the Air Rights Tunnel Project in NW Washington. Construction activities will continue through spring 2013. The 18-month project will rehabilitate the bridges that are located over I-395 on H and K sts. and Massachusetts Ave. NW. As part of the rehabilitation efforts the bridge surfaces will be upgraded and improvements will be made to the drainage system, traffic signals, street lighting and sidewalks. Electricalmechanical upgrades will also be made to the Air Rights Tunnel below the bridges. The upgrades will provide better lighting and air exchange within the tunnel for travelers who use the tunnel (The Air Rights Tunnel is part of what is commonly referred to as the 3rd Street Tunnel). Construction activities are scheduled to take place Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and may also occur on weekends as needed. At a minimum one lane will be kept open per direction on each of the bridges while two lanes, at a minimum, will be kept open in each direction within the ★ 33


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4th Annual A Night at The Yards On Friday, Oct. 14, Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region brought 22 restaurants and vendors to the Lumber Shed at The Yards Park for its 4th Annual A Night at The Yards. Nearly 500 guests were entertained by 2 great bands (The Cris Jacobs Band and Greensky Bluegrass) and enjoyed local restaurants signature sample dishes to support Living Classroom’s educational programs. By the end of 2011, Living Classroom’s will have worked with 100,000 youth and young adults in the DC region since 2001.

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Three Dozen New Bicycle Racks Added to Near Southeast Neighborhood The District Department of Transportation, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and ANC 6D07 have installed new bicycle racks in the Near Southeast Neighborhood near the baseball stadium. Many of the racks are strategically located to provide bike parking for patrons of businesses and restaurants in the area including: Wells Fargo, 20 M St. SE (2 racks); Chevy Chase Bank, 1100 NJ Ave. SE (2 racks); Cornercopia, 1000 Third St. SE (2 racks); McDonald’s, 22 I St. SE (1 rack); Diamond Teague Park (4 racks); Velocity, 1025 First St. SE (2 racks). As part of an on-going ten year effort, DDOT installs an estimated 200 to 300 bike racks per year and has now put in more than 2,000 racks in public space across the District. Bike rack installation locations are determined based on evaluations and analysis conducted by staff and from requests received by members of the business community. ★ 35

NOTICE OF COMMUNITY HEARINGS PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON POTOMAC ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY’S RATE APPLICATION, FORMAL CASE NO. 1087, IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF THE POTOMAC ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY FOR AUTHORITY TO INCREASE EXISTING RETAIL RATES AND CHARGES FOR ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION SERVICE This Notice informs the public that the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (“Commission”) seeks input on the rate application submitted by the Potomac Electric Power Company (“Pepco”) requesting authority to increase existing distribution service rates and charges for electric service in the District of Columbia. Pepco proposes a revenue requirement increase of $42.1 million. Pepco is the sole distributor of electric power to homes and businesses in the District; hence the Commission will set Pepco’s distribution service rates in this rate case and not the cost of electricity itself. • Pepco requests authority to earn an 8.64% Rate of Return, including a Return on Equity of 10.75%. Per the PSC’s decision in Formal Case No. 1076, rendered in March 2010, Pepco’s current allowed Rate of Return is 8.01%, including a Return on Equity of 9.625%. • Pepco proposes a Reliability Investment Recovery Mechanism (“RIM”) surcharge that would provide for annual rate adjustments to recover the reliability related costs of certain investments in Pepco’s distribution system. • Pepco seeks cost recovery for its investments in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (“AMI”). • Pepco proposes to recover incremental customer care expenses relating to initiatives that Pepco is undertaking to enhance customer service. Pepco states that this initiative includes four major components: personnel, telecommunication infra structure (hardware and software), storm readiness, and customer education/market research. • Pepco’s proposals would add about $5.00 to the monthly bill for the typical residential customer and increase the minimum monthly customer charge from $6.65 per month to $10.40 for the standard (R) class and from $6.65 to $12.39 for the All-Electric residential (AE) class. The Commission published a Public Notice on July 22, 2011, regarding this application in the D.C. Register to allow interested persons to intervene in Formal Case No. 1087, the formal case established to adjudicate Pepco’s application. The Public Notice can be accessed online at or viewed at any public library. A hard copy of the Public Notice can be obtained by calling (202) 626-5150. The Commission will convene eight (8) community hearings at the following locations on the specified dates: Ward 1 Columbia Heights Recreation Center 1480 Girard Street, NW Monday, November 21, 2011, 11:00 am

Ward 2 D.C. Public Service Commission Hearing Room 1333 H Street, NW, 7th floor East Tower Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 11:00 am

Ward 3 Chevy Chase Recreation Center 5601 Connecticut Ave, NW Friday, November 18, 2011, 11:00 am

Ward 4 Emery Recreation Center 5801 Georgia Ave, NW Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6:30 pm

Ward 5 Bethesda Baptist Church 1808 Capitol Ave, NE Monday, November 21, 2011, 6:30 pm

Ward 6 King Greenleaf Recreation Center 201 N Street, SW Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 10:00 am

Ward 7 Deanwood Recreation Center 1350 49th Street, NE 2427 Saturday, November 19, 2011, 11:00 am

Ward 8 Thurgood Marshall Public Charter School Martin Luther King, SE Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 6:30 pm

Those who wish to testify at the community hearings should contact the Commission Secretary by the close of business three (3) business days prior to the date of the hearing by calling (202) 626-5150. Representatives of organizations shall be permitted a maximum of five (5) minutes for oral presentations. Individuals shall be permitted a maximum of three (3) minutes for oral presentations. If an organization or an individual is unable to offer comments at the community hearings, written statements may be submitted to the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, 1333 H Street, NW, Suite 200, West Tower, Washington, and D.C. 20005. Any person who is deaf or hearing-impaired, and cannot readily understand or communicate in spoken English, and persons with disabilities who need special accommodations in order to participate in the hearing, must contact the Commission Secretary by close of seven (7) business days prior to the date of the hearing. Persons who wish to testify in Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, or Korean must also contact the Commission Secretary by close of business three (3) business days before the day of the hearing. The number to call to request special accommodations and interpretation services is (202) 626-5150.

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Jeannie Brown and the morning water aerobics class.

Aqua Power to the People Native Washingtonian, Jeannie Brown Johnson, is an Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA) certified instructor, international presenter & continuing education credit provider, swim instructor & lifeguard with Triple Delight Aquatics, LLC. At Rumsey pool she’s affectionately known to her 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM aqua aerobics family as the “Energizer Bunny”! Join the DPR-YMCA Fit & Well Seniors classes at Rumsey “party in the pool” and benefit greatly from Jeannie’s unique brand of freestlye cardio, strength and toning, plyometric, suspended and resistance training. Many participants are toning up, losing weight and inches, gaining flexibility and better balance, and noticing higher energy levels throughout the day! Come out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Rumsey Pool from 8:00-8:45 a.m. or 9:00-9:45 a.m. and experience aqua fitness, fun and fellowship with Jeannie.

“Hope for the Homeless” Golf Tournament Raises Over $27,000 Capitol Hill Group Ministry’s annual golf tournament hosted more than 80 golfers and raised more than $27,000 making it one of their largest and most successful tournaments to date. Congratulations to this years’ overall champion team from National Capital Bank. Brian Hennessy, Melissa Hennessy, Jack Goldsby, and Wade Heintzelman posted a score of -17 at Rendition Golf Course. CHGM thanks their 2011 sponsors and golfers. They look forward to working with them again at next year’s “Hope for the Homeless” tournament.

NE Library Community Day and Book Sale The Friends of the Northeast

Library’s fall book sale will take place Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.2:00 p.m. There will be a special preview sale from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for FONEL sustaining members ($25 contribution within the past year). As usual, the book sale will coincide with children’s activities and other events at the library, including singing and music led by the librarian and a popcorn maker outside. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-3320. northeast

Coats for Kids Giveaway On Nov. 20, 9:00-10:30 AM and noon-1:00 PM, St. Dominic Church and the Knights of Columbus will be distributing children’s coats free of charge in the parish meeting room at 630 E St. SW. Coats will be available on a first

Dave Lloyd & Associates come, first served basis. Parents or guardians must bring their children to the church to ensure a proper fit. There will be no exceptions. Last year, St. Dominic Church and the Knights of Columbus donated more than 160 coats to families in the Southwest DC area. For information on how to contribute, call 202-554-7863 or email

Creativity In Our Community at the Mandarin Oriental St. John’s Community Services and the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC are celebrating a new program, ART Options, and its debut art exhibit Creativity In Our Community. Creativity In Our Community features paintings which share the stories of those artists supported by SJCS who use art as a vehicle to communicate and ultimately inspire. St. John’s Community Services is a nonprofit, community-based organization that supports children and adults with intellectual, developmental, physical and other disabilities. SJCS’s “support without walls,” activist approach, enables people with disabilities to fully participate in and become contributors to the communities of their choice in our education, employment, adult day, and residential services. In addition, consulting services are available to local, national and international organizations. 800-8693393.

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Leptosporosis Alert! Dan Murphy, DVM, Capitol Hill Animal Clinic reports that leptosporosis is being reported in pet dogs in the District of Columbia. This is a bacterial infection that can affect dogs and humans. It will usually cause significant kidney disease (drinking more water, urinating more, lethargy, not eating well) and secondary liver disease, causing your canine friend to be very sick. Exposed patients (dogs and their human family members) can become very sick, very quickly. This disease is transmitted by urine contamination from infected pets or rodents. Please consult with your local veterinary care provider if you think your pet is sick. There is a vaccination for dogs to help them fight this disease. Watch for issues that may increase rat /rodent activity in your household region.

Volunteer at the Library The Coolest Chair in the Universe of Congress Being an Orientation/Inforat Industry Gallery mation Desk volunteer offers the Innovative designer Chishen Chiu’s unique, accordion-like honeycomb seating can be quickly and easily manipulated into different shapes and sizes to accommodate from one to twenty people. Made with postconsumer paper and wood, this environmentally-friendly furniture collection is designed so that when folded it takes up little room and seats fewer people. But when expanded, it provides surprisingly strong (it holds between 1,300-5,200 pounds!) seating for more. Reduce the overall impact on the environment and make a mindful design statement at the same time.

opportunity to serve at one of five busy Information Desks in the Jefferson and Madison Buildings. The volunteer deals primarily with researchers and visitors, assisting the general public and may well be the only Library representative the visitor meets, hence the need for a friendly, patient, informative disposition. If you are accepted, you will participate in this program for 2 years. Applications are accepted at any time. Call the Visitors Services office at 202-707-9779 or email

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DC Streetcar Vehicles The modern streetcars the District has purchased were manufactured by Skoda-Inekon in Plzen of the Czech Republic. In late 2009 the vehicles were shipped across the Atlantic to the Port of Baltimore and then to the Metro Yard in Greenbelt, MD where they are currently stored, maintained and tested. These cars are 2.46 meters (about 8 feet) wide and 20 meters long (about 66 feet), about 10 inches narrower and 1/3 the length of a light rail double car train. They are able to operate in mixed traffic and easily accommodate existing curbside parking and loading. A unique shallow 12-inch deep track slab design reduces the construction time and utility relocations. The maneuverability of the shorter and narrower Skoda vehicles has allowed the 8-foot wide track slab to be fitted to existing grades, limiting the scope of street and sidewalk reconstruction. Stay informed at

New Southbound DC 295 Flyover Bridge Opens The District Department of Transportation has opened the new southbound DC 295 flyover bridge in SE Washington. The opening of the new flyover bridge, which entails the realignment of the southbound lanes of the Anacostia Freeway (295) between Pennsylvania Ave. and Howard Rd., represents the first major phase of completed work on the 11th Street Bridge Project. The flyover bridge is 1368 feet long and rises 68 feet in the air at the highest point. For more information about this work or the 11th Street Bridge Project, contact DDOT Project Manager Ravindra Ganvir at 202-3596948 or visit

Atlas Holiday Sing-Along Tickets Available Now Sing-along holiday concert by the Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus with the Capital City Symphony will be Sunday, Dec. 4, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Free tickets required and are available at

Anacostia Watershed Volunteering If you are looking for a good cause that deserves your time and effort, look no further! At the Anacostia Watershed Society no contribution is more valuable than your hard work. They offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that will engage your hands, your head, and your heart in the protection and restoration of our local lands and water. 38 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Volunteers are accommodated individually and in groups. Help with one of these outdoor stewardship projects—river and community trash cleanups; non-native, invasive plant removal; native tree planting and maintenance; storm drain stenciling. Regularly scheduled volunteer events are listed on their event calendar on 301-699-6204

Southwest Duck Pond Cleanup Nov 12 Our annual Fall clean-up of the park will be Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 am noon. Rakes, brooms, and trash bags will be provided. 6th and I Streets, SW. for up to date info go to Southwest Duck Pond on Facebook.

Capitol Hill Chorale Celebrates the Holidays with a “Jazzy” Concert As soon as December comes, what better way to get into a holiday mood than by attending a Christmas concert? This year, the Capitol Hill Chorale will be presenting Jazzy Christmas, a concert of popular holiday tunes with a jazz twist, including Christmas Time is Here (from A Charlie Brown Christmas), White Christmas, and more traditional carols such as Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. The Chorale will be joined by renowned cornetist David Jellema and his jazz combo. The program will be presented twice: on Saturday evening, Dec 3, 7:30 PM and on Sunday, Dec. 4, 4:00 PM. Both concerts are at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St. Tickets are $15-25. Free for under 12. Tickets are on sale online at or at 202-547-1444. More information can be found on the Chorale web site at or by calling Parker Jayne at 202-549-0744.

DC Water, Officials Break Ground on Clean Rivers Project The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) has broken ground on a massive construction project to nearly eliminate combined sewer overflows into area waterways. The groundbreaking ceremony—and first construction projects in the series– occur at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Southwest. The Clean Rivers Project includes giant Metro-sized tunnels more than 100 feet underground that will serve as storage for combined sewage during heavy rainstorms. The first tunnel will run along


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Thank You! The Von Schlegel Realty Team and Tunnicliffs Tavern would like to thank the following contributors who helped make Hilloween a great success. We could not have done it without their generous support. A special thanks to all volunteers and helpers. National Capital Bank - Our Hometown Bank Yarmouth Management Tawann P. Jackson DDS Xavier Cervera - Restaurateur Marvelous Market Congressional Title & Escrow Le Bon Cafe Tortilla Cafe Array Title & Escrow Pilliod Meeting Planning Shirley & Eugene Rosenfeld Cafe Berlin Joy of Motion Eye Central C&M Exterminators Mario Camero Acqua al 2 The Market Lunch Morris R. Battino, Esq. Chris & Marie Cox Acacia Federal Savings Bank Capitol Title D. Sharon Matts CHAMPS Monarch Title Clothes Encounters Sheila Samaddar, DDS The Hill Rag Port City Java Banana Cafe Pitango Gelato Hayden’s Liquor Capitol Hill Auto HK Property Development, LLC Helping Hands on the Hill Prego James Lisowski & The Capitol Realty Team

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CHGM is always looking for donations as simple as cases of water, non-perishable foods, gently used clothes and hygiene products. Please contact or drop donations off at Shirley’s Place,1338 G St. SE.

Weekly Residential Street Sweeping Has Ended for Season DPW has ended weekly residential mechanical street cleaning for the season. “No Parking/Street Cleaning” restrictions will be lifted and motorists may park on posted, alternate-side, daytime sweeping routes without moving their cars on street-cleaning days. Residential street sweeping will resume Mar. 1, weather permitting.

Brookland Artspace Lofts Opens Located at 3305 Eighth St. NE in Ward 5, Brookland Artspace Lofts provides 41 units of affordable live/work housing units for artists and their families. This site also includes gallery and studio space for tenants pursuing entrepreneurial enterprises. The units will be affordable to households earning less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income. DancePlace and Artspace partnered to serve as the developer for this unique project. “This project allowed DHCD to provide affordable housing for a targeted and underserved community,” said DHCD Director Hall. “Artists and other members of the creative class tend to be active in their communities. It was great to see the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the residents.” DHCD provided $657,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding and $3.1 million in Tax Credit Assistance Program funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 toward this project.

DC Department of Employment Services Graduates First Transgender Class The DC Department of Employment Services graduated 17 transgender individuals from its Project Empowerment program on Oct. 17. It marks the first time that a transgender class has been provided training and other employment-related services by DOES. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has said he wants to make sure all people in the District have access to job–training services and enhance their skills, enabling them to find jobs. 202-671-1900.

The House Where President Lincoln Died has Reopened The Petersen House rehabilitation and repair project included repairing the exterior; rehabilitating the interior; repairing the historic windows, casings, doors, and shutters; and the installation of a new climate management system. The Petersen House is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Ford’s Theatre and the museum are open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information about Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, visit and

Cars4Charities Cars4Charities handles car donations for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Teach for America, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Capital Area of the Boy Scouts of America. Even if your used car is in bad shape and does not run, you can still donate it. Your car will be picked up fast and and for free. As a thank you for your car donation, you will get a valuable tax deduction. For complete details on how to donate your car, visit or call 1-866-448-3487. ★


Half-Way to Ethics by Martin Austermuhle


ven though it lasted sevenand-a-half hours and focused in on 10 different legislative proposals, the long-awaited October 26 D.C. Council hearing on ethics ended with a whimper. Throughout the day’s proceedings, both witnesses and councilmembers disagreed about how extensive the District’s ethical failings were, what type of tools would be needed to remedy them and how quickly the body should act. The 10 pieces of legislation introduced by a number of councilmembers to do everything from impose term limits to ban bundling of campaign contributions were often set aside in a broader discussion of what, if anything, the real problems and solutions were. But in sensing the need to act, Councilmember Muriel Bowser (DWard 4) pledged to move forward quickly, working a comprehensive bill through her Committee on Government Operations by the end of November and through the D.C. Council as a whole before the end of the year. She didn’t let on much of what would be in the final bill, but she did repeatedly indicate that a central proposal would be splitting up the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics into two separate entities, one to deal exclusively with running the city’s elections, the other with centralizing ethics regulation and enforcement. “When everybody’s responsible, nobody’s responsible. We need to make somebody responsible. There needs to be a single line of accountability,” she told WTOP’s Mark Plotkin on October 28. Regardless, there was a sense 42 ★ HillRag | November 2011

amongst some witnesses and councilmembers that while a new office to deal with ethics would be a necessary component, it simply wouldn’t be enough to deal with the allegations of corruption and pay-to-play scandals that have dogged the District’s government throughout 2011. Councilmember Jack Evans (DWard 2) said that in his 20 years of service, he had seen all manner of ethics-related legislation, and that the only thing that worked was more

fer free or discounted legal service to councilmembers. Wells has pushed a proposal that would ban the practice; Woodson seemed to think that professional standards of conduct would be enough to forestall any abuse of the relationship. The situation seemed to speak directly to Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), who herself was recently represented by David Wilmot, a high-powered lobbyist for Comcast and Walmart. (Wilmot

Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser. Photo: Andrew Lightman

extensive disclosure requirements and harsher penalties for failing to meet them. Roderic Woodson, a former director of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and currently an attorney with Holland & Knight, argued with Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) over whether registered lobbyists should be able to of-

also threw Bowser a campaign fundraiser recently.) But in her only comments of the day, Alexander seemed to imply that things were OK. “People start to question things where they really don’t really need question things and I think the worst thing we can do is nitpick and micromanage everything,” she said.

Former At-Large councilmember Bryan Weaver was one of the few witnesses to stress the need to crack down on the bundling of campaign contributions, but with election season in full swing, it remains to be seen if a measure proposed by Wells to ban it will go anywhere. (According to a review of campaign finance reports, Bowser has collected $24,300 in bundled contributions this year.) Councilmember Vincent Orange’s (D-Ward 5) proposals for term limits and bans on outside employment provoked spirited opposition, with Evans, Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and David Catania (I-At Large) passionately arguing against any measure that would restrict their ability to hold a second job. Even proposals from various groups to do away with Constituent Services Funds seem in question – various councilmembers and witnesses argued instead for better disclosure of donations to the funds and regulations on how they can be used. More broadly, political consultant Chuck Thies argued that the council was failing to recognize the “ethics emergency” that existed in the District. His proposal that any member facing indictment lose their committee chairmanship and voting privileges was met with lukewarm support; some witnesses and councilmembers argued that legislators should enjoy the presumption of innocence too. One of the main challenges before Bowser is that she faces pressure to move quickly, despite whether or not all of the proposals before her enjoy a full airing. For Orange – who, it should be noted, proposed emergency ethics legislation in early October

– this is a problem. “We’re on such a fast pace right now; I’m unsure of the final quality of the product. I’m a little bothered by the fact that both Bowser and [Kwame] Brown have indicated that they’ll have a bill by the end of the year. I’m more concerned about getting it right,” he said.

Yes, He Cain On October 22, the D.C. GOP got its first candidate for the 2012 race – but it wasn’t whom most people would have expected. On that day, Peaceaholics cofounder and longtime political activist Ron Moten not only formally entered the race against Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7), but he also switched parties and announced that he’d be running against her – or whomever wins the April 2012 Democratic primary – as a Republican. In an op-ed published the next day in The Washington Post, Moten explained his quixotic decision by saying that Democratic dominance of District politics had led to corruption and an inability to creatively tackle the city’s toughest challenges. “A lack of political balance has created an alarming trend in our city. With only one cookie-cutter template from which to bring about change, we have created a local political class who all think, act and support the same platform. We seem to be afraid to change the status quo. We support corrupt leadership and blame the messengers who expose the truth, rather than facing facts and withdrawing our support,” he wrote. As a means to blunt the shock of jumping to the GOP, Moten recounted the long history of the party in promoting African-American equality – Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass were members, he noted – and coined himself a “Civil Rights Republican.” Moten is nothing if not the consummate showman, known for his creative promotion of Adrian Fenty’s 2010 re-election campaign, so the political jump seemed to make some sense. It will likely be remembered as the most memorable campaign rollout of the season, no less so since he held it in a cemetery. But

there was also some strategic value hidden within. Had Moten run as a Democrat, he’d be faced with an uphill race. Currently, three people are challenging Alexander for the seat. With Alexander having taken in $42,000 in campaign contributions through October, Moten was trailing the money race badly – he could only account for $940. Now, he’s got a well-heeled pool of 29,000 Republicans citywide to collect money from. Additionally, as a Republican, it’s all but assured that he’ll sail through the primary without competition and be able to focus his efforts and fundraising on the November general election. He essentially bought himself an additional six months. (He’s not the only one, either – David Grosso, a longtime Democrat, chose to challenge Councilmember Michael Brown as a fellow independent to extend the time he’ll need to become a known face around the city.) At the same time, Moten has attached himself to a particularly difficult brand to sell in the overwhelmingly Democratic District, even more so when one considers that it’s a presidential election year. Furthermore, no ward has a larger disparity between the number of Democrats and Republicans – 1,400 Republicans to 47,000 Democrats. Regardless, this could prove to be a winning move for both Moten and the D.C. GOP. Ever since Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large) left the party in 2007, local Republicans have been looking for a winning candidate. While they’ve fielded some creative hopefuls and came within 2,000 votes of defeating Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At Large) in the April 26 Special Election, they haven’t managed to send a member to the council since Carol Schwartz was defeated in 2008 primary – by another Republican, no less, who went on to lose to Brown. Still, Moten will have to show that his showmanship can extend beyond his campaign rollout, because he’s got a lot of selling to do. Martin Austermuhle is the Associate Editor of and a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. He lives in Mt. Pleasant. ★ ★ 43

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The Congressional Supercommittee and Its Power to Impact Local DC by Jenny Reed


ince the end of summer, you’ve probably heard the word “Supercommittee” tossed around quite a bit. No, this isn’t a new Aaron Sorkin sci-fi adventure about a group of crime fighting Senators, but a group of 12 members of Congress charged with reducing $1.2 trillion from the U.S. deficit by Thanksgiving. There’s been a lot of speculation about how the Supercommittee’s actions will impact the federal government’s budget. But what many people don’t realize is that the decisions made by the Supercommittee will also have an impact on state budgets too. What will that impact look like? Well, it could be quite big. In the current fiscal year, DC expects to get close to $2.6 billion, or just over one-quarter of its budget, from federal grants. DC, like every other state, receives federal grants to help support critical state services like health care, education, transportation, workforce training, and law enforcement. With state budgets still hurting from the recession, significant cuts to these areas could put the brakes on states’ recovery efforts, including the District’s. In fact, some areas under consideration for cuts, like education and workforce training, are the District’s top priorities for investment to help our residents and our city move forward out of these tough economic times. The Supercommittee is actually the second major step in an effort to reduce the US deficit. Toward the end of summer, when Congress ultimately decided to increase the nation’s debt limit, they simultaneously called for $2.2 trillion in reduc44 ★ HillRag | November 2011

tions to the federal deficit. About $1 trillion in reductions took effect immediately by placing “caps” on spending in discretionary programs — like education, low-income housing assistance, and national parks — the other $1.2 trillion will be decided by the Supercommittee. With important states services already on the chopping block, it’s important that DC pay close attention to where, and how, the Supercommittee decides to find the additional $1.2 trillion in savings.

What Exactly is A Supercommittee? Is it faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive? It might not have the physical attributes of Superman, but it might have a powerful impact on DC’s ability to fund important programs and services. This Supercommittee is made up of 12 members of Congress — six from the House of Representatives and six from the Senate with an even split of Democrats and Republicans. The Supercommittee even includes one representative from the local DC area, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), who represents parts of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The Supercommittee is charged with coming up with a plan to find $1.2 - $1.5 trillion in savings over the next 10 years. This is on top of the $1 trillion in cuts already made to the deficit by placing “caps” on annual spending on discretionary programs — programs that include defense, education, low-income housing assistance, the FBI, medical research, and

workforce training, among others. The Supercommittee, though, can look for savings on both sides of the budget — spending on discretionary programs and entitlement programs, like Medicaid and Medicare, or revenues like closing tax loopholes and adjusting tax rates. If the Supercommittee fails to come up with at least $1.2 trillion in savings, or if its plan is not passed by Congress or the President, then across-the-board reductions in spending would automatically be triggered to make up for the shortfall.

Impact On State and Local Budgets While much of the focus of the Supercommittee has been at the federal level, a reduction of federal dollars directly impacts state and local governments that have seen big budget reductions in the past few years. The federal government provides support to states in many critical areas like education, law enforcement, transportation, and health care. In 2010, the federal government delivered $683 billion to states in grants to support these, and other, critical areas. For its current budget, DC expects to receive about $2.6 billion, or just over one-quarter of its total, from federal grants. State budgets have been hit hard by the Great Recession, because residents lost jobs, real estate values plummeted and people spent less. That impacts what budget analysts call the big three: income, sales, and property taxes. In fact, in DC, revenue collections still remain below pre-recession levels while unemployment has more

than doubled and poverty has risen by nearly 20 percent. The District has begun the slow road to recovery, although it hasn’t been felt evenly across the city — some neighborhoods are still struggling with record unemployment. While DC recorded its first surplus this year since the recession began, we’re still not collecting what we were before the recession hit, and many DC agencies’ budgets are stretched thin as their funding is still well below pre-recession levels. Moreover, DC’s Chief Financial Officer projects that revenue collections in the next few years to be lower than initially expected.

How Could DC Be Impacted? If the Supercommittee, and Congress, agree on how to find the $1.2 trillion in savings, the impact on DC and other states would depend on how much, and where, the savings come from. If they do not agree on a plan, $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts would automatically be triggered. This could have a significant impact on DC. The good news for DC, and other states, is that if across-the-board cuts are enacted many key mandatory programs that serve the most vulnerable residents are exempt from cuts. These include: Social Security, Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), Supplemental Security Income, and refundable tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit, among others. But the bad news for DC and other states is that close to $40 billion in cuts would be made to discretionary

programs, many of which support critical functions in DC. Across the board cuts would be made in areas like: education, which could include support for low-income students, students with special needs, and Head Start; child welfare services; low-income energy assistance; lowincome housing assistance; workforce development; and law enforcement programs, among others. These cuts would be made on top of the nearly $1 trillion in cuts already made in these areas. Additional cuts in these areas could put a significant strain on DC’s already tight budget. Making matters worse, the overall reduction in spending has raised some alarm bells for the bond rating agencies. And areas like DC, Virginia and Maryland— whose economies depend heavily on the federal government — have had been put on ‘negative watch’ for a possible downgrade. Lower ratings means higher interest payments on debt and could put even more pressure on the District’s budget.

A Balanced Approach While it isn’t clear what the Supercommittee will do, it is clear that a cuts only approach would be devastating for states. The automatically triggered across-the-board cuts would fall heavily on discretionary programs, areas that have already been targeted for reductions. Assistance to states for education, housing, law enforcement and child welfare programs, just to name a few, could be at risk at a time when states have little-to- no flexibility to make up for the shortfalls. Instead, the Supercommittee should adopt a plan that has a balance of spending cuts and revenue increases. By adopting this approach, they lessen the likelihood for need for deep cuts to discretionary and entitlement programs — like Medicaid and Medicare — and can potentially avoid derailing DC, and other states, as we struggle to stay on the road to recovery. Reed is a policy analyst at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute (, which conducts research on tax and budget issues that affect low- and moderate-income DC residents. ★ ★ 45

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Tune Inn Reopens Happy Days Are Here Again by Celeste McCall


ou would hardly recognize the place, or would you? Only four months after a June 22 fire devastated the kitchen of the venerable Tune Inn, the popular Capitol Hill watering hole has been reborn. This weekend, the Tune Inn, at 331 ½ Pennsylvania Ave. SE, is again welcoming customers. While the restaurant’s bar and seating area were 46 ★ HillRag | November 2011

largely spared (except for smoke and water damage), the kitchen had to be totally remodeled. “It’s my dream kitchen,” said proprietor Lisa Nardelli. The gleaming facility now boasts a state-of-the-art stove, refrigerator, salamander (a type of broiler, not an amphibian), salad area and an automatic dish washer. “Before the fire, our dish washer had two legs,” said Nardelli

the Smithsonian and who also restored a bear shot by Teddy Roosevelt. (Speaking of bears, don’t miss the black bear, hoisting a tall can of Bud, shot by Lisa’s grandfather in Saskatchewan. Nearby, a “drunken” squirrel clutches a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon.) An existing skylight has been opened up. Plumbing, paneling, electricity, roofing and flooring had to be replaced. The handsome copper ceiling was a gift from a family friend. The general contractor was Toepher Construction Inc., but Lisa did much of the design herself. “I tried really hard to keep the interior looking the same as before,” Nardelli explained as we talked at the newly burnished bar. “I wanted to stick with the ‘dive bar’ look, and I wanted the [necessary] changes to complement that look.” The Tune Inn pub-grubburger menu will remain basically the same, with some tweaks and upgrades from new chef Eddie Peterson. 1. Lisa Nardelli, owner of the Tune Inn, places the first tap Additions include meatloaf, on the bar. chicken ala king, pasta dishes, 2. Workers ready the Tune Inn for its first customers. beef stew, cream of crab soup, seafood bisque. “Real stickto-your ribs fare,” said chef with a smile. “Now it has four.” Peterson, who cooked for the Shortly before the reopening, we Hawk ‘n’ Dove for 31 years (on top of visited the Tune. It smelled new, as his father’s 18 years), before the Hawk workers were still painting the out- changed hands and closed temporarily side railing; other employees were for renovation. Nardelli has also hired putting up familiar memorabilia. five other Hawk refugees, making a toThe animal trophies (the Nardellis tal of 12 to 15 Tune Inn employees. are ardent hunters and anglers), have Nardelli credits the DC Fire Debeen refurbished by Ray Hitchcock, partment in preventing a total disasa skilled taxidermist who works with ter. “The fire started at 7:04 a.m., and

firefighters responded at 7:07,” she recalled. “Since the Tune was not yet open, the men had to hack through the back door to gain access. They attacked the blaze from all sides, and extinguished it.” To show her appreciation, Nardelli will host a special “thank you event” November 6 for the brave firefighters. On July 15, Friends of the Tune Inn, a group of loyal patrons led by Chander Jayaraman (who met his wife at the Tune), threw a gala fundraiser at the American Legion post. The crowded event raised almost $40,000 for the pub’s employees, who had been put temporarily out of work. WJLA-TV covered the event, and local notables including Ward 6 Council Member Tommy Wells and former Council Member Sharon Ambrose attended. Local restaurants and other businesses chipped in, and a silent auction offered Tune Inn memorabilia, including smoke-darkened animal heads, vintage photos and personalized plaques on Tune Inn booths. Established in 1947, the Tune Inn holds the second oldest liquor license in the District; only the National Press Club’s license is older. Purchased by the late Joe Nardelli in 1955, the Tune Inn has remained a family affair. Lisa Nardelli, 37, Joe’s granddaughter, is the third generation to operate the business. A fourth generation is coming soon; Lisa and her husband, Homicide Detective Thomas Webb of the Metropolitan Police Department–of course they met at the Tune--have three young boys, who occasionally frequent the pub. Last year, the bar was highlighted by Guy Fieri in an episode of his Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.” You can watch it on You Tube–it’s a hoot! “We’re so excited to be back, serving the community,” Lisa concluded, as she greeted more well-wishers. “We’re like family.” As before, the Tune Inn will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. week nights, ‘til 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 202-5432725. ★


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Cub Scout Grant Raises Discussion Community Outreach Committee chair Elizabeth Nelson presented an application for a grant to Cub Scout Pack 3838, sponsored by The Maury School PTA, for the purchase of a Pinewood Derby race track. The purpose fo the grant of described by troop leader Alistair McFarlane. Pinewood Derby is a traditional scout activity in which families and scouts build race cars, engineering and customizing the car and then racing them at a community event on a track. The grant, for $706, is to purchase the track. The other expenses, including car kits and trophies, would covered by troop fundraising activities. What was a routine application gave rise to a discussion by the ANC when Commissioner Andrew Healy said that he was troubled that the ANC was contemplating a contribution of DC government funds to the Boy Scouts, with their well-known policies against homosexuality and written support of traditional Christian tradition. Mr. McFarlane said he had made every effort to make certain the troop was as diverse as possible, and both he and Ms. Nelson pointed out that the local troop had very little connection with the national Scout organization. Ms. Nelson was clear that the troop is chartered to the Maury School PTA, its funding and activities came through the PTA, and any ANC funds would be paid through the PTA or directly to the vendor. Many of those present spoke about their own connection to the Boy 48 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Scouts—Ms. Nelson as a Cub Scout leader, Mr. Holmes as an assistant scout leader and the father of an Eagle Scout, and Dr. Ronneberg as a scout. Ms. Nelson said the program was important because it was one of the few activities in the community for boys that didn’t involve sports. At the end of the discussion, the Commission voted 7-1 to approve the grant.

Just How Detailed Should A Voluntary Agreement Be? Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee Chair Andrew Hysell brought a motion before the ANC that would add a new sentence to the section of the Commission’s Voluntary Agreement (VA) having to do with operations saying that all CR establishments (restaurants) “shall comply with ABRA regulations that require their kitchen to remain open until at least two hours prior to closing.’” Commissioner Alberti, who serves on ABRA, said that he felt the language was redundant, and because it means enforcement is being asked for by both the ANC and ABRA, it could mean an establishment would be charged twice with the same offense. Dr. Ronneberg said the language had been his idea, and he saw it as a way of educating the public before ABRA got involved. It was pointed out that it was like a Catch22, with ABRA and the ANC each trying to enforce the other’s responsibility. Mr. Holmes pointed out that the ABRA law is about to undergo a rewrite, and Commissioner Healy subsequently announced that he has been invited to join a working group on ABRA being organized by Councilmember Jim Graham, whose committee has oversight over the agency.

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In other activities, ANC 6A… Heard a presentation from DC Shadow Senator Michael Brown about renewed efforts on behalf of statehood for the District. He gave a short history of recent activities, including the introduction of legislation by Congresswoman Norton, and the civil disobedience that sent over 40 people, including Mayor Gray, to jail, and discussed the fact that, now when they are particularly needed, the District cannot collect taxes from out-of-state employees (DC residents who claim income from out-of-state sources pay taxes to those states). He urged everyone to participate in a march organized around the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. Approved three-year Class B grocery liquor license renewals for M&T Grocer’s Wine and Beer, 201 15th Street NE; China House, 1601 Benning Road NE; DC Supermarket, 539 H Street NE; and,

Voted to accept a VA with Da Luft, a new restaurant and lounge located at 1242 H Street NE that will include several modifications to the standard VA, including the new language on the kitchen staying open or at least two hours prior to closing; that the second floor patio may have no more than 30 people on it at any one time; that the patio will be cleared after 10 PM Sundays through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday; and that the building’s third floor, designed for residential use, will not be used for storage food preparation, service of alcohol or patron seating,

Voted to protest a license for Pho Bar and Grill, 1360 H Street NE, a new Vietnamese soup restaurant, until the owners have signed a VA with the ANC, which they are willing to do,

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

Please check the Community Calendar on the website for cancellations, changes of venue and discussions of possible cap on H Street Liquor Licenses

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Preservation Café Faux Finishes: Hands-On Demonstration Wednesday, November 16 • 6:30-7:15 pm Ebenezers Coffeehouse, 2nd & F Streets, NE, downstairs Carol Beach, a DC architect, will give a hands-on demonstration of three faux finishing techniques – stenciling, glazing, and gilding.

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C ANC 6C serves Capitol Hill, Union Station, NoMa, Mt. Vernon, Sursum Corda, and downtown as far west as 9th Street NW. The community is invited to attend/participate. Monthly meetings are generally the second Wednesday of the month, 7 pm, Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E. Call for information: (202) 547-7168. Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee First Tuesday, 7 pm. Contact (202) 669-5184

Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee First Wednesday, 7 pm., NPR 635 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.

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his Cabinet. He reported that a major and fairly universal problem is the ineffectiveness of the 311 system and its inadequacy to handle the number of problems it receives. Questions about ABRA enforcement and hiring within the various wards were also raised. The Mayor said that these meetings are very useful and he planned to hold them quarterly. The next meeting of ANC 6A will be held on Thursday, November 10th, at 7 PM at Miner School, 601 15th St NE. ★

ANC 6B by Emily Clark

Fences and Sidewalks


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Contrary to the words of poet Robert Frost, good fences do not make good neighbors, at least not at 13th Street and Potomac Avenue, S.E. Residents of the area engaged in a heated debate at the ANC 6B October meeting over an existing fence on private property that encloses public land. Further complicating the matter, the fence also takes in part of another private lot that may soon become public space. Property owner Darrell Snowden said the fence was there when he bought the property and that he has maintained the triangle of public space. He further contended that only 58 feet of fencing encroaches on property that he does not own. The private lot was owned by a priest, now deceased, who reportedly left the land to Holy Redeemer St. Cyprian Catholic Church. The church is considering donating the land so that it may become part of the public space, neighbors said. According to Snowden, “My fence has become a pivotal point and obstacle to developing that open space.” He also appealed to “common sense,” “Before I tear down the fence, there should be a plan for the space,” he said, adding that he had seen “no plans, renderings or drawings” for the property. Neighbor Bryan Cassidy accused Snowden of willful disregard for the

neighbors and claimed that the fence encloses 2,000 square feet of public land. He called the fence “outrageous.” Commissioner Pate urged neighbors to stop pointing fingers and using inflammatory language. But he said, “The issue here is a fence on public space. The private lot is a different issue.” Commissioner Flavahen agreed. “I’m sorry it got to this point, but the issue is the principle of public space.” A motion to support efforts to remove the fence passed 7-0, with one abstention (Glick). A request to expand sidewalk seating at The 18th Amendment bar and restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue became a focal point for frustration with the DC Department of Transportation. Owner Mark Menard came before the Commission with plans pre-approved by DDOT, which is supposed to seek Commission input and notify the Commission about hearings before approving expansions involving public space. Commissioner Oldenburg noted that the approval was “obviously a done deal” and recommended that ANC 6B take no action but instead work on a policy to address DDOT’s failure to keep the Commission informed. Other commissioners noted that this is not the first time that DDOT has approved requests without ANC input. The Commission voted 8-0 to approve a motion to invite DDOT Director Terry Bellamy to speak at a future ANC 6B meeting to address the process.

Hine School Project Commissioner Frishberg moved to create a subcommittee to enlist the community and stakeholders in working with developers for the next phase of the Hine School mixed-use redevelopment project. “The goal is to build a creature of the community to work out community benefits,” he said. “The subcommittee could become the management structure for the larger process.” Commissioner Oldenburg asked that the motion be put off until the Commission can deal with the redistricting issue, and she also disagreed with the nominating process for the proposed subcommittee.

Commissioner Frishberg said the subcommittee would enable the Commission to come up with a strong, unified position, and Commissioner Metzger supported the need for a small, flexible subcommittee. Commissioner Oldenberg’s motion to include the full ANC 6B commission in the nominating process for the subcommittee failed on a 3-3-2 vote. The resolution to create the subcommittee passed 5-3 (no votes: Green, Metzger, Oldenburg). A separate motion to nominate Commissioner Frishberg as chair of the new subcommittee passed 8-0.

Eastern Market A motion to assess and advise on the Eastern Market legislation passed 7-1. This will allow the Commission to review proposed legislation to set up a new management structure for the Eastern Market and come up with a unified position to present to Councilman Wells and the city. To that end, the Commission will hold community listening sessions and meetings to debate the resolution. Commissioner Pate noted that “The vendors have been involved, but we haven’t heard from the public. Tommy Wells will give us space and time to come up with a reasoned position.”

Redistricting The Commission voted 8-0 on a resolution to maintain East Capitol as the boundary between ANC 6B and ANC 6C. This issue has been a major sticking point in the Ward 6 redistricting process and Redistricting Task Force has voted twice with conflicting results. In August the task force voted 7-0 to retain the existing boundaries, and this action was endorsed by ANC 6B in early September. But at a meeting in late September, the task forced narrowly approved a recommendation to move 1,275 residents from ANC 6B to ANC 6C, by a vote of 5-4-1. Commissioner Frishberg noted that “Tommy Wells met with us and acknowledged the narrowness of the 5-4 decision.” He also said that more than 250 people have petitioned Wells to maintain the existing boundaries.

The resolution notes that the proposed changed boundaries would cause substantial disruption within ANC 6B and would affect neighborhood impact on projects like the Hine School development, Eastern Market legislation and Eastern Market Metro plaza. Correction: In last month’s report, it was incorrectly stated that the Commission had voted to table discussion of a CAG request for special exception parking until neighbors could reach a Memorandum of Understanding with CAG. In fact, the Commission voted 8-0 to approve the parking request. An MOU between CAG and residents was reached before the October meeting. ★

ANC 6C by Roberta Weiner

The Restaurants Keep Coming Requests for the approval of voluntary agreements for new restaurants and bars see no sign of slowing up, and particularly on H Street NE and in Penn Quarter and the area around the Verizon Center. Luke’s Lobster, a restaurant at 624 E Street, NW, across the street from Rasika, is promoting itself as the non-truck lobster shack. However, emphasis is on the small, with only 8 seats outside, and not a lot of room indoors either. The Class C establishment will have a limited menu of seafood items-lobster rolls and the like, and, serve beer and wine to accompany it. A representative of the condominiums upstairs made clear that they had no objections to the plan, and said she would work with the owner to resolve any problems that might arise. The commission voted to approve the license. Daikaya, at 705 6th Street NW is a Japanese noodle shop with a DJ to play while guests dine. The establishment will have about 40 seats on its first floor and 70 on the second. At the Committee meeting, neighbors of the restaurant objected to the fact it had applied for to get a tavern (CT) license rather than a restaurant (CR) which would more easily enable Daikaya to operate as a club. The

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capitolstreets news owners were amenable to changing the application to a CR, and the Commission voted to protest the license until the papers were re-filed. Po Boy Kitchen, at 709 H Street NE has asked the ANC for support of a CR license for a New Orleans style restaurant with reggae and jazz bands on occasion. The restaurant will sit 99 with outdoor seating for about 30 people. While the committee received no complaints from the community, Commissioner Tony Richardson expressed his concerns about the hours being longer than other similar establishments in the neighborhood, and the Commission voted to protest the license until the issue is resolved and a voluntary agreement is signed,

Aah, Just Sit Back and Relax… Alice Ham, of Creative Hands Massage and Therapies LLC, is seeking BZA support for a special exception to open an establishment that will provide massage, skin care and physical therapy at 513 Capitol Court East in an “office park” area on 2nd Street NE between E and F Streets. The firm is a growing business that has outgrown its previous location at a kiosk in Union Station and wants to be able to provide a wider range of services in a larger space. The special exception is required because of the nature of the business and its location. The location borders on a residential neighborhood, but there is already a mix of businesses there and the residents are accustomed to foot traffic that comes and goes to other establishments. Commission Chair Karen Wirt, in whose SMD the business is located. And although most of their clients will be coming by foot and/or Metro they have purchased three parking spaces for customer use, As for the location criteria for the BZA special exception request, the use of the facility is compatible with the neighborhood, is not objectionable to their character of the neighborhood, and it does not have an adverse impact on religious, educational or other institutional facilities. In fact, the nearest religious facility is Ebenezer’s Coffee House, which also serves as a church, and patrons of the church are patrons of Creative Hands. The ANC voted unanimously to adopt the Committee’s recommendation and support the 52 ★ HillRag | November 2011

granting of a special exception to Creative Hands.

Move to the Rear, Please Three zoning cases all focused on additions to the rear of houses—or not. One of the trio dealt with the removal of a rear addition. At 18 7th Street, NE, a homeowner is seeking a concept review by the Historic Preservation Review Board in order to remove a rear addition in order to reopen the back yard. The two-story carriage house will then be converted back to a garage with a studio on the second floor. While the front façade of the building will remain the same, the interior requires total rebuilding because of water and termite rot. The ANC voted to support the HRB concept request, with the condition that the applicant make a good faith effort to obtain letters of support from the neighbors. Another request for approval of a rear teardown is a building at 223-235 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. The Association for the Prevention of Blindness is seeking concept approval from HPRB to rebuild a building originally built as two buildings in 1869-71 and rebuilt as one building in the1960’s. They now want to rebuild the structure to look like two buildings on the outside, and will restore what’s restorable The Commission voted to support the application. At 644 C Street, NE, an applicant is requesting support for a BZA special exception to construct a two-story addition over a pre-existing first floor structure at the rear of the house. The lot occupancy and the existing court will remain the same. The addition is not higher than the existing house, and it doesn’t impact the light and air of the neighbors. The ANC voted to support the request for BZA approval of the special exception. Finally, there was a request for support for a one-story garage to be built at the rear edge of the property at 68 A Street NE.The applicant is replacing a small shed and fence. The garage will be 25’ wide, have room for two cars and will have two mock windows on its east side. He is planning to run electricity to the garage in order to support eco-friendly vehicles. He also provided letters of support from his neighbors. The Commission voted to support the

HPRB application.

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In other actions, the ANC…. Approved two grants, one for $929.76 to the Stuart Hobson Middle School PTA for athletic equipment for the students; and the other for $1500 to Southern Baptist Church for another round of their job training diploma program, Agreed to send a letter of support to the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for a grant to SOME (So Others May Eat)

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ANC 6D by Roberta Weiner

An Attractive, Useful Future for an Ugly Relic of the Past When, several years ago, The Washington Post moved its printing and distribution operations to Springfield, the humongous structure that was home to those operations, overshadowing the Southwest freeway at 2nd Street and Virginia Avenue SE, was left behind and taken over by District government with the idea of consolidating DC police and forensics functions at one location The powersthat-be eventually determined that the site would not be appropriate for that proposed use, and they then had to deal with the scandal of paying an exorbitant amount of rent for the empty building for more than two years, Meanwhile, the area around the concrete bunker-like building was growing—residential buildings being built and occupied, the Yards development was moving forward, and at the building’s doorstep, Canal Park was finally taking shape with its skating rink, water feature and playing fields ready for the public next year. This is by way of introduction to a presentation at the ANC 6D meeting on the current plans for the building,

due to open as home to three District agencies: Child and Family Services, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and the DC Arts and Humanities Commission. Jane Mahaffie of Stonebridge Associates, the site’s developer, and David Prestridge, of the City’s Department of General Services (a new agency of which his former agency, the Department of Real Estate Services [DRES] is part), each spoke enthusiastically about the building’s features. According to the two, everything about it is new, from its address—the front of the structure has been moved from Virginia Avenue to 200 I Street SE—to its façade, now clad in glass and what looks like limestone, to its art gallery. Yes, a feature of the building will be an art gallery, open to the public, fronting on Canal Park, giving the Arts Commission the opportunity to display objects from the City’s collection that are currently in storage. The Department of Family and Child Services will have its own entrance and a clinic so that it can expand its services. There will be several levels of indoor parking, including for bicycles, with showers for bikers to use when they get to work. And a community room that can hold 150 people will be available to the neighborhood. And details have not been overlooked; for example, a large tree that had to be removed to accommodate construction was sent off to a sawmill and will provide the floor for the building’s café. The building is scheduled to open next July. Reconstruction of City Sewers Anyone perusing a list of infrastructure projects in Southwest/Near Southeast could get a little breathless—the elimination of Water Street in Southwest, the completion of the 11th Street bridges, the CSX railroad tunnels, the South Capitol Street Bridge and South Capitol Street itself will provide construction and traffic problems for years to come. And there’s more: the latest addition to the neighborhood’s infrastructure To-Do list is a massive one--the DC Clean Rivers Project—an initiative of DC Water (WASA) to replace the tunnels and combined sewers (CSOs) that move waste water through the city to the Blue Plains Waste Water Treatment Facility. This was the subject of a presentation at the October ANC meet-

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ing. According to DC Water, this Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) “comprises a system of tunnels and diversion sewers for the capture of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to Rock Creek and the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers:” for treatment at Blue Plains. The project, which is being done under a federal consent decree among the federal government, District government and DC Water, is divided into several pieces, but will end up reducing sewer overflows for the Anacostia River by 98 percent. Two parts of the project will affect the Southeast portion of the ANC. The first will be the installation of1200 feet of linear pipe along Tinguey Street between 2nd and 5th Street SE; construction of air handling facilities within a 55-foot diameter concrete shaft to serve both as access and terminus point for the Blue Plains tunnel and installation of four diversion chambers to carry CSOs into the tunnel. Tinguey Street is directly east of the ballpark, and is the location of elegant Beaux Arts DC Water pumping station. The project, due to start in September 2013, will be completed in 2017, and DC Water promises, among other things, no major hauling during stadium activities and that residents will notified of construction and during tunneling operations, The second part of the project affecting Southeast is the diversion of existing CSOs, using three diversion chambers, to the future tunnel system through a series of 48-inch and 108-inch diameter diversion sewers along M Street SE from 9th Street to 14th Street SE, The work is scheduled to begin in April 2012 and will run through March 2014. When completed, 695 million gallons per day will be delivered to the LTCP tunnel system. The community is promised limited access to some buildings, restricted parking in some areas, and street closures “at times” to allow construction of a diversion chamber and the insertion of tunnel equipment.

DC Water promises continued communication with stakeholders and coordinationw with the ANC. •

In other actions, ANC 6Dw… Unanimously approved a resolu-

tion introduced by Commissioner David Garber requesting the installation of a CapitolBikeshare station at 1st and K Streets. Commissioner Garber points out that that location is cenwtral to an increasing number of the residential buildings in the neighborhood. • Approved the renewal of Class B liquor licenses for Cornercopia, at 6th and L Street SE, the 7/11 at South Capitol and M Streets SW, and the Capitol Gift Shop, at 333 E Street SW. Committee Chair Coralie Farlewe mentioned that Cornercopia has been a particularly good neighbor to its community. • Voted to approve a motion to change the Commission’s sponsorship of the historic designation of Tiber Island to co-sponsorship, with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly taking the lead, SWNA President Kael Anderson and ANC Commissioner Andy Litsky whwo have been leading the effort, felt that it would be more effective if the prime sponsor of the request was a community organization. • Gave its support to an unusually large number of races that will take place over the next several months. One, thwe American Heart Association Heart Walk, scheduled for Saturday, November 5th, will take place in the area around Nationals Stadium. The other four will start and end at Freedom Plaza, and will not come through the residential areas of Southwest. The races are: the 2011 Race to End Women’s Cancer 8K Race, Sunday, November 6th; SOME’s Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger, Thursday, November 24th; 7th Annual Jingle All the Way 8K Race, Sunday December 11th; and the 24th St. Patrick’s 8K Race, Sunday, March 12th. The next meeting of ANC 6D will be held on Monday, November 14, 7 PM at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel,140 L Street SE, one block north of the Navy Yard Metro station. ★

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Community Life Veteran’s Day 11/11/11 A Unique Date On Which to Remember by Maggie Hall


t=s never happened before. It won=t happen again for 100 years, which is why this year=s Veterans= Day is so very special. The time and dateline will read: 11/11/11/11: the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, of the 11th year of the century. And add the numbers of figures used in this palindromic date and you

get eight, which adds another fascinating twist, as it is American Legion Post 8 - the one we=re lucky enough to have in our Capitol Hill community - that will be staging a ceremony to mark the occasion. But to honor the unique date the Legion, is going above and beyond its traditional program and offering some extra, emotive, touches.

A theme running throughout the ceremony will be the recognition of wounded warriors, be they the recent battle-scarred from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and other conflicts, who have carried their frontline wounds and disabilities for many years. Instead of the usual one wreath

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laying, there will be six - one each for the Coastguard; the Navy, the Marines, the AirForce and the Army, along with a large all-service wreath. Another departure from the usual program will be the laying of a single rose on a special MIA/POW table, to remind us all that the toll of war includes the missing and those that may be still held prisoner. The keynote speaker, Judge Charles AChip@ Erdmann, will strike a very topical note, as America prepares to pull out, or step-down involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Judge Erdmann is one of the country=s leading experts on helping countries emerging from war when it comes to law and order issues. A former Marine and a retired JAG ( Judge Advocate General) Colonel in the Montana Air National Guard, he has served on the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces since 2002. Before that he served four years in Bosnia as the judicial reform coordinator. And there will be vivid reminders of World War II, with two very special guests, both of whom live locally. Verena Holdsforth, 86, served for four years as a Navy WAVE; Army veteran Alfonso Coles saw action on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and went onto fight in France, Belgium and Germany. Both have fascinating insights into those difficult, traumatic, days. The scene will be set with rousing military music by the US Marine Corps Band and Color Guard from the nearby Marine Headquarter=s on 56 ★ HillRag | November 2011

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8th St, SE; they will also play Taps and a lone piper will add a spine-tingling moment with Amazing Grace. And, adding a youthful touch to a ceremony that dates back to Armistice Day 92 years ago, Scouts from the Bolling Air Force Base troop in Anacostia, will be out in force - welcoming visitors, giving out programs and helping seat people. To commemorate the unique date, the Post is offering souvenir rubber wristbands - in exchange for a small donation to American Legion funds. They will be available at the Post, before, during and after the ceremony. On the day, poppies - symbolic of the World War 1 battlefields

of Flanders Field - the traditional way of remembering the dead of all wars, will be on sale, again to aid the valuable and much-needed, wideranging work of the Legion. After the ceremony everyone - member of the Legion or not - is invited to the lunch reception in the Post, where there will be chance to meet and chat to those who have taken part as well as find out more about the varied social activities and community orientated services provided by the Post.

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A Decade of Discovery by Claire Brindley


en years ago this fall, a budding group called the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project began a new construction venture. It wasn’t a government building or a city park. It wasn’t a set of townhouses or even a school. It was an archive, to be constructed with the voices of the neighborhood’s vibrant and varied past. Since September 2001, volunteers have conducted hundreds of interviews with locals, and continue to gather the stories that help pattern the mosaic of Capitol Hill history. True to the group’s namesake, the core founders and volunteers gathered out of a common fascination with everyday experiences and the people whose lives brim with stories of the past. Project Managers Bernadette and Jim McMahon assembled an eager staff of volunteers. They trained recruits to tape-record and transcribe interviews with longtime neighborhood residents for posterity. Bernadette envisioned the process as a way to “give our neighborhood a better knowledge of its past and a deeper understanding of the everyday lives of its citizens.”

Saving Stories Over a decade, more than 100 people have volunteered to preserve the memories of family businesses, childhood ponies, and selling snowballs for five cents. There is enough for a library full of words and memories, lifetimes worth of reminiscing gathered in a grassroots manner. A repository of communal memory, the project serves as a guardian for an irreplaceable resource. Today, 136 interview transcripts are available on the project’s website ( Like its subjects, the project has varied over the years, growing in scope and style and welcoming the unexpected among the continuous effort to document. Only a few months after the project’s inception, the Overbeck History Lecture Series kicked off with Hill 58 ★ HillRag | November 2011

dwellers Edmund and Sylvia Morris on Theodore Roosevelt’s Washington. A twist on the project’s base in oral history, the upcoming lecture on November 8 will be the 40th in the series. From breweries and Hollywood to streetcars and speakeasies, the lectures have brought new insight to life on the Hill. In 2009, coinciding with the reopening of Eastern Market, interviews were conducted with many people associated with the market, including current and past vendors, the project’s architect, government officials, and neighbors who support the market by serving on the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee. As the neighborhood adapted to an abrupt change, the project documented an integral part of the neighborhood’s past that still thrives as the Hill’s local economic heart. More recently, the project has been gifted with a windfall of interviews from the 1970s, expanding the reach to people born in the 19th century. And in an exciting turn, one Overbeck subject surprised everyone by declining to be interviewed—she wrote her own history. Mary Gray’s memoir will be published soon, a testament to the nonagenarian’s inveterate spark and the project’s knack for attracting the unexpected.

John Franzen, Stearing Committee Chairman, addresses the audience at one of the popular Overbeck Lectures. Photo: Andrew Lightman

“An Adventure in Time” In 2001, Steering Committee Chairman John Franzén introduced the project to the community by saying, “We’re convinced this is going to be fun.” Through ten years, loving volunteers and storied residents, and many hours of reminiscing and transcribing, the fun keeps going. It is not only important but amusing to remember that Sidney Hais, as a tenyear-old, saw Walter Johnson lead the Washington Senators to the 1924 World Series victory in 12 innings. And that the Moy children, after chores at their family’s Pennsylvania Avenue laundry, loved to watch the gussied-up grown-

Chris Calomiris, owner for many decades of the Calomiris & Sons produce stand in Eastern Market, is one of 136 people inerviewed for the Capitol Hill History Project. Photo: Andrew Lightman




ups file into the nearby Naval Lodge for events. A chorus of voices resounds from cathedrals on the Hill. A choice was made to listen to these voices and remember, erecting an archive of history. And the construction continues. In addition to the project’s output, the website offers opportunities for further exploration. The search feature invites you to find how you fit into the Capitol Hill puzzle. Put in your address—someone interviewed may have lived in your house, or a family business may have sold cold cuts and sausage where your living room is now. The connections are everywhere. Any topic can be explored—what was there before the chain restaurant took over? Who watched the parade of politics while raising a troop of children on that tiny house on the corner? The project has collected a wealth of words and perspectives, and also offers answers to the inquisitive mind. In 2001, Franzén described the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project as “an adventure in time.” What last frontier remained for exploration, for new understanding, other than time? As the internet boomed and globalization tore down past boundaries, Franzén advocated for a different kind of exploration. “The true explorer is the one who sifts through the evidence and artifacts of the past and tracks down the remaining witnesses.” Intrepid volunteers have heeded this call in the decade since, seeking out those witnesses and learning to explain the past through the rich recollections of their own neighbors. Go to to read interview transcripts and learn more about the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project. To find out how you can become a volunteer, contact Project Managers Bernadette and Jim McMahon at 202-543-4544 or email McMahons@ ★


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St. Augustine’s to Remain after Wharf Development article & photos by William Rich


ften when large scale redevelopment occurs, existing structures and institutions are eradicated with promises (in the form of project renderings) of shiny new buildings and bucolic surroundings that do not quite live up to the drawings. In the case of the Southwest Waterfront, while some businesses and institutions will not return once The Wharf is built out, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church will get a new home and endowment, but remain at the prominent corner of 6th Street, SW and Maine Avenue, SW across from Arena Stage. Next to the church will be between 90 and 100 condo units built by PN Hoffman (Bethesda-based SK&I Architectural Design Group will design the condo building) to complement the design of the townhouse residences across 6th Street, SW at Tiber Island. Prior to the current church building’s construction around 1965, parishioners would meet in each other’s homes to worship. They may need to do that again while the new church is being built, but according to Kwasi Holman, Junior Warden at St. Augustine’s, they are still figuring out an interim location. According to Holman, the physical plant of the current building could not hold up for much longer, so the church has been working for the past five years to find a way to build a new home. While St. Augustine’s has come to an agreement with PN Hoffman that insures the church will be able to build a new church on its land, it is still a long way from cutting the ribbon on their new home. St. Augustine’s is looking to build a new sanctuary for about 120 parishioners, as well as continue their 60 ★ HillRag | November 2011

ing phase one of development of The Wharf, which is supposed to get underway by the end of 2012. However, the church portion of phase one probably will not start until 2013-14. Detailed drawings of the new church will be available when the Second Stage PUD is filed for The Wharf in the second half of 2012.

A Historic District for Southwest?

St. Augustine’s will remain at the prominent corner of 6th Street, SW and Maine Avenue, SW, but will be housed in a new building on the site.

Tiber Island Cooperative and Condominiums is vying for historic designation by the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board.

community outreach, including Bread for Life -- a program that feeds the homeless every Sunday, youth outreach programs, Grounds for Discussion Forum, and other events. They have chosen Arlington, VA-based MTFA

Architecture, Inc. to design the new church, which has also designed the proposed Museum of the American People nearby at Banneker Park. Construction of the new St Augustine’s is scheduled to start dur-

In a city filled with historic districts and countless individual historic sites, Southwest does not come to mind for most when trying to identify areas of the city with a large concentration of older structures. Typically, buildings need to be at least 50 years old to be considered historic, but there are a few older properties in Southwest that are on the National Register of Historical Places. Those located south of the Southwest Freeway include Friendship Baptist Church, Wheat Row, Thomas Law House, National War College, Randall Jr. High School, Syphax School, James C. Dent House, and the Titanic Memorial (several government buildings to the north of the freeway are also designated). A couple of structures in the residential portion of Southwest (Wheat Row and Thomas Law House) date back to the 18th century; however, the majority of buildings in the neighborhood are just now turning 50. Capitol Park Apartments at 800 4th Street, SW (now known as Potomac Place Tower Condominiums), designed by Chloethiel Woodard Smith and built in 1959, was the first residential tower completed as a result of urban renewal and was des-

Give A Unique Gift This Season!!!! ignated by the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) as historic in 2003 in an attempt by residents to block development of its parking lots and garden into apartments (eventually condos). The Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters at 7th Street, SW & E Street, SW just north of the Southwest Freeway was more recently designated by the HPRB as well as the James C. Dent House in Buzzard Point (built in 1906). Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D supported the designation of Tiber Island Coops and Condos on the south side of 4th Street, SW and M Street, SW as historic at their July 2011 meeting (the Thomas Law House, which is a part of Tiber Island, has already been deemed historic by the District Board and National Register). Besides the collection of mid-century modern architecture that dominates Southwest, there are other pockets of buildings pre-dating urban renewal that have not been designated, such as the row houses along the 1200block of Half Street, SW and Carrollsburg Place, SW. Kael Anderson, a member of the Tiber Island Cooperative Board, describes how the community process was undertaken to make the decision to apply for historic designation at Tiber Island. “It was quite remarkable to see hundreds of residents split between towers and townhouses--not to mention two community associations--engaged in a process of community discovery” said Anderson. “Ultimately there was widespread recognition of the value tied to the mid-century design.” With the increased attention the neighborhood has received from developers who think Southwest is the next emerging hotspot in the city, there has been talk within the community about creating a historic district to help preserve (for better or worse) one of the largest urban renewal experiments in the country. However, the idea is still in its infancy. Borders have not been determined, although it would be logical that a historic district would generally follow the boundaries of urban re-

newal. Whether the district would include the federal office buildings north of the Southwest Freeway has also not been decided. A historic district designation would bring more scrutiny to building additions or new construction within the proposed district. New buildings would most likely need to conform to the standards of structures within the district and it would be more difficult to demolish existing buildings. However, it may spur the restoration of buildings in the neighborhood that are starting to show their age, and increase property values. A Southwest historic district, unlike in areas such as Georgetown or Capitol Hill, would be less burdensome since mid-century modern design is consistent with contemporary building practices. For instance, if windows need to be replaced at a home in the Capitol Hill historic district, the new windows need to conform to the Victorian nature of the neighborhood, whereas plate glass windows in Southwest architecture are similar to what is now in use in contemporary construction. Design adaptation is already happening, to an extent, with newer projects in the neighborhood. For example, the office buildings at Waterfront Station, designed by Shalom Baranes, use terra cotta on their façades, a material that has been used for the shade screens at Capitol Park apartments. In addition, the design of the new St. Matthew’s apartment building on M Street, SW & Delaware Avenue, SW, also designed by Baranes, uses building and landscape design elements from nearby residential buildings. These two project designs borrow from mid-century modern, but buildings have been brought closer to the street and in the case of Waterfront Station, incorporate a mix of uses. Without a doubt, a historic district in Southwest would look a lot different than other historic districts in the city. William Rich is a blogger at Southwest…The Little Quadrant that Could ( ★

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Parks Create Place & Community in the Capitol Riverfront by Michael Stevens, AICP

Canal Park at night.


f you were one of the tens of thousands of visitors to the Yards Park this past summer, you experienced the value and amenity that this 5.5-acre park has created for the Capitol Riverfront and the neighboring Capitol Hill community. It provides excellent access to the Anacostia River and the riverwalk trail system, it creates a sense of place and community on the river where none has existed for decades, and it gives us an opportunity to program the space and invite the surrounding neighborhoods to enjoy the Capitol Riverfront and the Anacostia River. Over 120 events were hosted in Yards Park last year, and over 100,000 people took advantage of the park and its river views and amenities. Children (and even some adults) enjoyed the Canal Basin water feature and fountains as a relief from the summer heat, and thousands joined us for the Friday night concerts, an enjoyable way to relax by the river and ease into the weekend. We are already planning for the 62 ★ HillRag | November 2011

next season of programming, concerts, events, and activities. We are also in the process of planning for the opening of our next great neighborhood park – Canal Park – which will open to the public in the summer of 2012. While Yards Park is a regional waterfront destination and our “Front Porch” for the community, Canal Park will be more neighborhood-centric and at 3-acres it will be of a smaller scale and be located in the geographic center of the Front. This park is named after the canal that traversed the site and connected the Anacostia River to the U.S. Capitol Building during its construction. Located between M and I Streets, SE and 2nd Street and 2nd Place, SE, it is just east of the CVS and Marriott Courtyard hotel in our neighborhood. Canal Park’s design and construction are being overseen by the Canal Park Development Corporation. It is a model of environmental sustainability in that it will capture stormwater

from surrounding streets and buildings, as well as rainwater on site, and filter that water for use in the park’s water features, irrigation systems, and the “brown” water for the public restrooms in the restaurant pavilion. Consisting of three city blocks Canal Park will contain the following features: • Southern Block – a restaurant pavilion with outdoor seating serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week; “dancing” water features in the spring, summer, and fall months; and a large ice skating rink operating from November through February. • Middle Block – dedicated to children’s play and activities, this block will have water features that replicate the former canal on site; a pavilion with a stage for plays and kid concerts; and an active play area. • Northern Block – this block will be more passive in appearance

with a great lawn for relaxing and events such as our summer movies; a rain garden for storm water capture and filtration; and a “glow” cube for the storage of tables and chairs. The Capitol Riverfront BID will be asked to program activities in the park and provide marketing and some of the maintenance services. We envision hosting a variety of events in the park in the coming years such as our summer outdoor movie series; smaller concerts on weeknights; a farmer’s market in the summer; a Holiday Market; children’s activities; and art festivals. We anticipate that the ice skating rink will be a popular winter and holiday activity for the surrounding neighborhoods and our residents and employees. The restaurant will also be a central feature of the park and a great opportunity for a meal or to simply gather at the park after work and on the weekends. The Capitol Hill neighborhood to our north has numerous parks that are

imbedded in the community and its activities; they help define the social fabric of the Hill community, create a sense of place and communal gathering, and provide green space relief in our city. The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood is fortunate that our partners in the building of this new city on the river – the DC Government through the office of Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development, the Office of Planning, and the former Anacostia Waterfront Corporation – had the vision, foresight and financial commitment to build new parks in our neighborhood that will achieve the same purposes, while celebrating our relationship with the river and providing access to the waterfront. Our three new parks – Diamond Teague Park & Piers, Yards Park, and the soon to be open Canal Park – are all part of the foundation of building the Capitol Riverfront community. They are fundamental building blocks that help define our Capitol Riverfront neighborhood and create identity and place, they are attractions that invite other communities to our neighborhood, and they engender a sense of community and activity among our residents, employees and visitors. Much of our history and heritage is based on the Anacostia River and the Navy Yard campus; it is fortunate to have a park system that celebrates that history and connects to our past and future. We are also anticipating and will celebrate the November 2011 opening of the new Riverwalk Trail connection between Yards Park and Diamond Teague Park that will provide a continuous walking trail from Nationals Park through Yards Park and the Navy Yard campus to the 11th Street bridges. I invite you to come to the Capitol Riverfront and experience Yards Park and Diamond Teague Park, the ongoing expansion of the Riverwalk Trail system, and to see the construction of Canal Park. Enjoy!! Michael Stevens is Executive Director of the Capitol Riverfront BID. ★

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Two of the Big Board owners relax at their tavern. Photo courtesy of the Big Board.


ovember brings not only cold weather, and the dropping of leaves, but also Thanksgiving. Right now we have so much to be thankful for on H Street NE. We have great restaurants, theaters, bars, shops, and service providers both old and new. We also have a host of projects in the works, and a future that’s looking ever brighter.

The Big Board Adds Life to the West End of H Street The Big Board (421 H Street NE, has been open less than a month, but it’s already settling into its new role as a go-to neighborhood spot for a burger 64 ★ HillRag | November 2011

and a beer. With ten burgers on the menu (some of those are vegetarian or can be gluten free), and a build your own burger option, you’re sure to find the perfect fit. They also offer salads, and the usual sides. They have eight beers on tap, and several more in bottles. Offerings range from Miller Lite to Belgian seasonals and local micro brews. I caught up with Eric Doyle, one of the owners of The Big Board, the other day and we chatted about his experience plunging into the tavern business on H Street NE. Overall Eric feels that the neighborhood’s been extremely supportive. It’s only been a few weeks, and they already have regulars. Yet everyday brings new challenges,

and it’s always a work in progress. The kitchen is up and moving smoothly, and the chef is even running specials. The next big project is getting the upstairs open. Right now they have a certificate of occupancy, but their liquor license doesn’t currently cover upstairs. Once they rectify that, they plan to offer a full bar and tables upstairs. Doyle estimated that this might take approximately three months. In the meantime they plan to partner with some organizations that seek to promote local artists and musicians, and with special event licenses, serve beer and wine upstairs during shows and performances. Asked about the Big Board’s place in the west end of the Corridor, Doyle spoke excitedly about working with his fellow business people along the block, as well as those further to the east. He talked about how grateful he feels for all the help and guidance he received from those who’ve come before him. He sees the Big Board as a neighborhood gathering spot (most staff live in the neighborhood, and Doyle estimates that around 70% of patrons live nearby). It’s a place for grown-ups to unwind, but children are also welcome. Families come in for burgers, and they do have highchairs available.

day. Nizam and Kamal Ali have purchased the building that’s been home to menswear store George’s Place for the last few decades. The Ali family just happens to own DC institution Ben’s Chili Bowl. George Butler, who owns George’s Place, is retiring, and had previously acknowledged that the Alis were among the potential buyers. But it looked like negotiations had broken down. It isn’t clear, however, that we’re looking at a Ben’s II. According to the City Paper the next three

Ben’s Chili Bowl Owners Buy on H Street The Washington City Paper revealed some pretty exciting news the other

Atlas Board member M. Ann Belkov and Tommy Wells at the celebration of the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s addition to the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy of the Atlas.

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Jair Lynch Snaps Up 645 H Street Jair Lynch Development Partners recently acquired a large parcel on the south side of the 600 block of H Street NE. The property had previously rested in the hands of H Street Ventures LLC, who acquired it back in 2005 for $42 million. H Street Ventures LLC made big plans. Nine stories tall big plans. This time around the price was higher. Jair Lynch paid $51.5 million. So far theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being mum on the speciďŹ cs of what they have planned. Whatever it is, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be huge news. The hulking buildings that line the south side of the 600 block mark whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s essentially a big dead zone for H Street. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a physical reminder of the slower to ďŹ ll in gap between the development on the east and west ends of the H Street Corridor.

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Atlas Performing Arts Center Added to the National Register of Historic Places The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street NE,, which began its life as the Atlas Theater, was constructed by the Kogo-Burka movie chain in 1938. Over the years it has shown ďŹ lms, hosted concerts, hosted plays, and light opera. For many years it sat empty, a testament to the devastation on H Street following the 1968 riots. Today itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thriving once again. It brings arts of all sorts to the

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Second Floor Super Stars article & photos by Sharon Bosworth second floor business owners like Sifu Larry Hawkins and his followers.

Yin and Yang Above 8th St. SE Sifu Hawkins discovered the yin and yang of existence back in the mid 1970’s and he brings his school of inner peace, Wu Style Tai Chi Chunan Academy, to us in a second floor suite at 534 8th Street, SE. His path is not meditative, but rather a way of life based on Tai Chi, the mind-body connection. Generations of Sifu Hawkins, (white shirt) Demonstrates Converting Negative Energy in Calmness. Photo: Andrew Lightman Chinese have dedicated themselves to developing these practices which lead n Barracks Row our flourish- first floor fray, another world exists. to being centered, joyful and natuing first floor businesses get Often the unifying principle driving rally relaxed. the lion’s share of attention. these second floor operations may According to Sifu Hawkins it Neighbors from miles around are fas- be a non-profit cause. Surprisingly, takes about six months to learn the cinated by the ten-year metamorpho- peace, love and serenity are also part basics and another six months to sis of 8th Street, SE, lead by Barracks of many of their fundamental busismooth out your style. The developRow Main Street. Where once the ness models. ment of schools like this one goes street was empty at 8 p.m., today our Granted, the thought of spiritualback over 500 years and all originated sidewalks are full each evening as fam- ity on Barracks Row may seem a little in China. Yet, when Hawkins came ilies and couples stroll along under our unlikely. Other than the old Meader upon Tai Chi he was living in Minelm canopy, shopping, people-watch- Theater building, 535 8th Street, SE, neapolis, Minnesota, working for the ing, listening to band music drifting which became a church years ago and local power company and looking from Marine Barracks Washington is now about to become a “theaterfor a deeper meaning to life. After either before or after enjoying dinner church” thanks to new owners, Nationyears of dedication to these principles or dessert. Our corridor has quietly al Community Church, our corridor is plus study under two masters in the emerged as Capitol Hill’s premiere known for commerce. True, the Cava United States and Canada, he is now “restaurant row.” It’s only here, where Mezze T shirts say, “The crazy feta an advanced instructor himself, conwithout reservations, you can be as- made me do it,” but other than driftsured that even on the busiest nights, ing blissfully through an afternoon of verting negative energy into positive one of our excellent eateries will have bottomless mimosas now and then, force. “The more tension you lose the most visitors to the row are all about more calmness you gain,” observed a table for you. But only 12 feet up, above the the here and now, except for a group of the Sifu. I watched as he took six adults


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through the Thursday beginners-intermediate class that starts at 6:30 p.m. I felt calmed just observing pairs practicing their moves. There was mix of age, sex, race and level of accomplishment in the class. With soft, tonal Asian music in the background, it seemed downright otherworldly with a dash of adventure when big wooden swords were added to the exercises. Tai Chi has a reputation of being anchored in self-defense, but in this class only the wooden swords suggested the martial arts. There was a clear spirit of acceptance. Nobody was trying to beat the other guy--it was all about personal centering and perfecting the exercises.

Promotions for Peace and Wellness Sifu Hawkins likes to keeps things serene and pure but some of his students think he should overcome his mellowness and let the world in on his secret to inner peace. After seven years on the row, he is following their advice and running a special. If you mention this article and sign up for the basic, six-month beginner’s package, you will get a substantial discount on his classes. Call 202-546-0665 to learn more. Unlike Sifu Hawkins who is new to promotions, Meka Mathis, owner of Skin Beauty Lounge at 404 ½ 8th Street, SE, Suite 200, has been offering monthly promotions on her signature Swedish massage since the business began in 2004. Mathis’ products, both facials and massage, are all about soothing relaxation, but with her high-energy flair none other than In Style magazine has discovered her. In October 2011, Skin Beauty was listed in the coveted In Style Black

A dog and friend visit through the People Animals Love program.

Book, meaning her operation is one of the best spas in the country. Here’s how Meka sums it up: “I am so excited to be on Barracks Row, especially in the first block at the Metro Plaza; business is booming!” When we spoke in October during the mad rush of business brought on by the In Style listing, Meka’s plans on November promotions were not yet final. But, not missing a beat, she immediately offered all Hill Rag readers 25% off any full price service in November!

Volunteer With Your Dog In the land where water bowls for dogs at the front door are standard for a successful restaurant, it should come as no surprise that another second floor, superstar operation just moved to the row is People Animals Love or PAL, located at 731 8th Street, SE, Suite 301. A local non-profit that recruits and certifies friendly dogs and their owners to visit mentally and physically sick patients, PAL is dedicated to the proposition that as much as animals need people, people need animals. PAL’s posters on 8th Street say it all

“You Know Your Dog Rocks, Now You Can Prove it! Volunteer With Your Dog.” But, as charming as our area is, why locate this nonprofit here? Program and Communications Officer, Laurel Edwards, explains: “Barracks Row is a high traffic area, with many dogs that would be perfect for our pet visit program. Having PAL headquarters here is really going to help us visit a greater number of people and involve more dogs” To volunteer for one of the many opportunities to visit either adults or kids at area hospitals or nursing homes contact Edwards at 202-966 2171. Volunteers and their dogs are always needed to provide that inter species bond, one of the magical connections that make all of us happier human beings. We find on our second floors architects, designers of both websites and kitchens, a psychic and an artistic tattoo parlor. With a growing number of residential tenants, a quieter, more contemplative side of life is emerging. Next time you’re on Barracks Row, relax, breathe deeply, look up and discover the treasures hidden above you. ★ ★ 67


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Art for Life, or AFL, is a music studio at 11th and K Sts. NE, teaching music to students of all ages and learning levels. New at AFL is the B Spot series, the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at the multi-purpose art gallery at 1123 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, from 11am to 1pm. Music lovers of all ages can learn to read music by page or by ear. Children 3 to 13 will play musical games, and 13 and over will play instruments. The cost is low (even lower if you get there first). The first round will focus on learning drums; guitar starts up in January. Beginning Jan. 1, AFL will launch their apprentice program for classical or jazz piano, and any style of guitar, drums, or voice (stay tuned for more info). AFL is a member of the North American Music Teachers Assoc. The public is invited to a showcase of students’ and master teachers’ talents on Nov. 29 at HR-57 (816 H St. NE), from 4:30 to 6pm.

Regan Ruiz Interiors 1725 I Street NW, Suite 300 202-581-8100 “Everyone is entitled to a beautiful space, and environment is stronger than you, so it should be beautiful.” That is the creed that Regan Ruiz lives by. RRI has been beautifying spaces since 2008, born out of a successful event planning business that Regan began 20 years ago. Designing galas, taking an empty ballroom and transforming it into a work of art, is all well and good, but the next day it’s empty again. Regan still has that business, but her focus is firmly on interior design, mostly residential, where she is rewarded and fulfilled by her clients’ happiness in the new feel and flow of their rooms. Regan’s own design aesthetic is “urban elegance”, but she designs for her clients, and will never take you to task for design faux pas. She works as “interior artist” along with two other designers – one LEED Certified and the other a technical designer. The scope ranges from a 4-hour design consultation in your home to a full home gut-job redesign and renovation. Embrace your space.

Atlas Fitness Bootcamps DC Tim Bruffy 240-320-4541 Find Atlas Fitness Bootcamps DC on Facebook Hill resident Tim Bruffy has some hard-core supporters of his bootcamp sessions, from neighborhood ladies (who love him) to the Marines (who hire him), Tim is pushing “healthy beginners to elite athletes” to achieve their personal best. He started his own training as a boxer, got into volunteering as a youth trainer, and has since earned a degree in sports medicine from UVA and a diploma from the National Personal Training Institute. With his ties to the Marines, Atlas gets to use the Marine Annex field (7th and Virginia, SE). Tim and his trainers bring medicine balls, sand bags, hurdles, parachutes – the works -- to his training sessions, which is part of what he says sets Atlas apart from other bootcamps. Gradis White, Steve Hofmann, Philip Tamorria, and Trey Phillips are his co-trainers – they all work one-on-one with clients at Results, or in small groups. Tim keeps the ratio of trainers to trainees low – safety is a priority. Sessions are sometimes ladies only. Stay connected through Facebook to know what’s shaking with Atlas Bootcamps.

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My Dollar Capitol Hill Presbyterian’s Community Investment by Heather Schoell


o you take a dollar?” I asked. “Usually,” Pastor Andy Walton replied. “What do you do with it?” I asked. “I don’t tell,” he answered. “How do you like that?” “It doesn’t make a very good story,” I answered. He laughed and laughed (but wouldn’t tell).

It Starts With One

TOP: Pastor Andy Walton with children at the church. LEFT: The red can with its supporters, Mel Inman, Jr. (l) and Sr. (r) of Market Poultry, and Market Lunch’s Tom Glasgow in the middle.

“One Sunday in 2008, in November,” began Capitol Hill Presbyterian’s Pastor Andy Walton, “during my time with the children I gave them each a dollar bill. The message was ‘I’m going to give it to you, but it’s not yours. Use it to help someone, or give it to someone. Next week I want to hear what you did with it.’ There were no lifechanging or earth-shattering tales to come out of each child’s $1, but what did happen was the start of something big, My Dollar. The following Sunday, after hearing about the children’s exercise in selflessness, “someone donated – anonymously - $100 to do the same with the congregation,” said Pastor Andy. That was in 2008. “The same person each year gives $100. The kids pass the plate, and instead of ★ 73

putting something in, everyone takes something out.”

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What the people in the congregation do with their dollar is their choice. What Pastor Andy has seen is that people add to it, multiplying the charity. Encouraged to share results, some members posted their stories on the church blog. Dollars went to maintaining Great Falls, hot chocolate for the Marines who stand guard on cold nights, and Haitian relief efforts. Food & Friends, St. Jude’s, the Wounded Warriors Project, and many more organizations benefitted from people who added their dollars to the church’s. One person admitted that he or she had never contributed to the Salvation Army bell ringer (tsk tsk!). From the blog, “So I took the church’s dollar and nineteen of my own and put them in the Salvation Army kettle at Eastern Market. The ringer called me ‘Baby’ and I loved it.” Not everyone takes a dollar, according to Pastor Andy, who has served eight years at this church. He attributes part of the dollars left in the plate to the visitors who attend their services – at least 10% each Sunday, in his estimation. The leftovers do not go unused. Pastor Andy staples a note to each bill that reads, in part, “Even though you were not [at services]…you are encouraged to take this dollar and participate in this generosity.” Then he places them face-down on the Metro, on the sidewalk, places where someone will think it’s their lucky day…until the obligation hits them on the other side of the “free” money.

Seeing Red Byron Buck and Vicki Glass are personally invested in this giving, now in its fourth year, and have turned the dollar into My Dollar Campaign. Each year, they turn their dollars into red cans, and encourage local 74 ★ HillRag | November 2011

vendors to participate by hosting a can from Nov. to Jan. The money raised by these little red cans is significant – about $1,850 in total. This year, Byron hopes to raise at least $2,000. The money collected in these red cans is split among three local charities – the daily soup kitchen of the Church of the Brethren, the food pantry at the Church of the Reformation, and lodging for the homeless run by the Capitol Hill Group Ministry. “It’s really important as residents of Capitol Hill,” said Byron, “to give support for the people who do great things for people right here. What goes on at these organizations is significant.” Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, 201 4th St., SE, (202) 546-8676, Heather Schoell is a regular contributor to Capital Community News and can be reached at ★

Please help Capitol Hill Presbyterian grow their dollars during the My Dollar Campaign season. Look for the red can at the counter of area merchants from Nov. 1 to Jan. 1. Last year’s participants included the following: 7th Street Prego, Aqua Al 2, Tunnicliff’s Tavern, Port City Java, Yarmouth 8th Street Banana Café, Do Studios, Starfish Restaurant Eastern Market Canales Deli, Capitol Hill Poultry, Eastern Market Grocery, Paik Produce, Market Lunch, Southern Maryland Seafood 11th Street Capitol Hill Cleaning Emporium, Surroundings, Two Lions Penn. Ave.: Frager’s Hardware

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Trinidad Conservation Project Ties Hill To Honduras by Bill Matuszeski

Hill volunteers at the Trinidad Conservation Project in Honduras


ver the past several years, many Capitol Hill residents have travelled to the remote mountains of Honduras to help families improve their health, nutrition, agricultural practices and income. The Trinidad Conservation Project has completed another successful year. Those active in the 76 ★ HillRag | November 2011

group would like to tell others of their work and invite them to participate in future trips at a reception and fundraiser on Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 9 pm at the Frederick Douglass Museum – Caring Hall of Fame, 320 A St., NE. Started at St Mark’s Church, the Project has spread to include par-

ticipants from other area churches as well as the broader Capitol Hill community. Working with the nonprofit Sustainable Harvest International and its Honduran affiliate, youth and adult trips are organized to a set of villages in Santa Barbara province, working out of the local market town of Trinidad. Over the

years, deep friendships have developed between local villagers and Project participants. The Program follows a multistage approach, beginning with family health and nutrition, including building family vegetable gardens and wood conserving stoves. Next stages involve expanded crop

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production, including water supply and reforestation as needed. After that comes the development of marketing skills and savings accounts. Overall goals are to make sustainable agriculture a productive and profitable way of life. A side benefit is to keep families together and reduce migration to the nearby city of San Pedro Sula, which with its drug and gang problems has the third highest murder rate in the world. Another special project is the development of tracts of “birdfriendly coffee.” This is organic coffee grown in the shade of a wide variety of trees that attract our neo-tropical songbirds that winter there. The Project has joined with Robert Rice of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center to develop this effort with the farmers. Among other things, the group has helped build coffee bush and tree nurseries in the farm villages. A number of Capitol Hill residents have played important roles in the Project. Collie and Betsy Agle have provided overall leadership and direction. Others deeply involved include Margaret Crenshaw, Stephanie Deutsch, Janice Gregory, Bill Matuszeski, Mary Procter, Susan Sedgwick and Rachel Van Wingen. Youth trips have been organized by adults from the greater DC area. Five years ago, Collie and Betsy were told by Don Virgilio, a farmer in remote El Tule, “We are poor people, we have no dreams.” Last year, as Don Virgilio proudly looked out over his mountaintop farm of squash, yucca and melons, as well as the traditional corn and beans, he said, “I see the land around my house now as not a place for trash, but a place for fruit trees and vegetable gardens.

I had never planted a tree; now I have planted many”. These and other stories will be told at the gathering on November 10, some from the Project’s Honduran leader, Roy Lara, a man of many remarkable talents. You can also learn there of plans for the next adult trip, where you can live with a family, work with the locals on projects and even take a week ahead of time for intensive Spanish training at Copan, near the famed Mayan ruins. The trip itself will be March 8-18. You can learn more on the 10th or by sending an inquiry to to get information about a meeting of prospective trip participants on November 12th. If you go and meet Don Virgilio, he might even reveal to you what he thinks is the best thing of all that has happened to him: now when he is working his fields and is hot and thirsty, he can walk over, cut a ripe watermelon and enjoy all that fresh sweet flavor on the spot! ★

Learn more about the Trinidad Conservation Project and how you can participate at a reception and fundraiser on Thursday, November 10 from 6 to 9 pm at the Frederick Douglass Museum – Caring Hall of Fame, 320 A St., NE. For more information contact Betsy Agle at

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Charity Listings Access Housing, Inc. CFC #22663 Access Housing, Inc. (DC) operates the Southeast Veterans Service Center and Chesapeake Veterans House in Southeast DC. This agency provides support and housing to formerly homeless veterans, both male and females. Veterans from all branches and wars have been served by the SEVSC; which celebrated its 10 year anniversary last November. 820-840 Chesapeake Street, SE, DC, 202-561-8387,

Association for the Preservation of The Congressional Cemetery, CFC #7537 In 1807 a burial ground for citizens in the east end of the new federal city was founded. In the first five years, 13 members of Congress, two vice presidents, and numerous military and government officials were interred, along with a number of ordinary citizens. The Association operates the 35+ acres, 14,000 headstones, and burial place of over 55,000 people. 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-543-0539,

Capital Area Food Bank CFC #30794, United Way #8052 For 30 years, CAFB has been the D.C. metro area’s hub for food sourcing, distribution and nutrition education - serving over 478,000 people struggling with hunger. Through direct service and a network of 700 nonprofit partners, the CAFB distributed 27 million pounds of food last year, including 10.8 million pounds of fresh produce. For more on hunger, visit our website at 645 Taylor Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, 202-526-5344,

Capitol Hill Group Ministry CFC # 36006 Supported by a coalition of Capitol Hill faith communities, CHGM has provided essential services for those in need for 40 years. Emergency Assistance, Family Shelter Program, an after-school program, free tax clinic for low income residents are some of the programs offered. 421 Seward Sq. SE, 202-544-0631,

Capitol Hill Restoration Society CFC #50747 CHRS provides guidance on the preservation of historic sites and buildings on the Hill and conveys the views of its 1,000 members to govern78 ★ HillRag | November 2011

ments and other organizations on issues affecting the Capitol Hill community. CHRS convenes several forums annually on key community issues such as education, crime, transportation, development, zoning and the environment. 420 10th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-543-0425, www.

Capitol Hill Village CFC #55474 Capitol Hill Village is a nonprofit organization of neighbors working together to provide services Hill residents need to live safely and comfortably in their own homes throughout their lives. With one phone call or e-mail message, Village members gain access to professional and volunteer services and a variety of educational and social programs. Box 15126, Washington DC 20003, 202-5431778,

Casey Trees CFC# 24598 Casey Trees is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. Since 2002, Casey Trees has planted more than 10,000 trees and educated thousands of youth and adults on the benefits of trees. For more information, visit

Central Union Mission CFC# 85786 United Way#9617

Little Lights Urban Ministries, CFC # 89156 Little Lights provides award-winning programs to under-resourced children on the Hill. Recruiting 80+ weekly volunteers, Little Lights offers one-toone tutoring, enrichment, and youth job training. Chosen by the Catalogue of Philanthropy as one the “best small charities in DC,” Little Lights received the Keller Award in 2009. 760 7th Street SE, 20003, 202-548-4021,

So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E) CFC#74405 Since the 1970s, SOME has offered meals, a medical clinic, job programs and affordable housing programs to those in need. 1,000 meals are served each day in our dining room. SOME offers comprehensive programs that meet a full spectrum of needs while giving a sense of dignity to the poor and homeless of the District. 71 O Street, NW, DC 20001, 202-797-8806,

The Arc of the District of Columbia CFC #35103 United Way #8032 The Arc is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) membership organization serving persons with intellectual and their families since 1950. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all persons with intellectual disabilities and their families through supports and advocacy. 415 Michigan Ave, NE, DC 20017, 202-636-2950,

Since 1884, Central Union Mission has continuously operated an emergency shelter for homeless men. The Mission also operates an18-month rehabilitation program, community programs that provide free food, clothing and furniture, a children’s program that includes summer camp, school supplies and Christmas presents for underprivileged children, and a Hispanic Community program. 1350 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 (202) Mission

United Planning Organization CFC#90524

Coalition for the Homeless CFC #83436, United Way #8194

Washington Home & Community Hospices

The Coalition for the Homeless was established in 1979. Our mission is to help transition homeless and at risk individuals and families in the Washington area to self-sufficiency through housing programs and supportive services. The Coalition fulfills its mission by operating and managing 12 program sites for men and families with children. 1234 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Suite C-1015, DC 20005, 202-347-7279,

Since 1962, UPO a nonprofit organization and the designated community action agency for Washington, DC, was established to coordinate human services programs. Our mission is Uniting People with Opportunities that addresses early childhood education; youth development; senior citizens; employment and training; health access; homelessness; and green technology.

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Real Estate Making History The Atlas Theater on H Street by Robert S. Pohl


o the residents of the H Street neighborhood, the Atlas Theater is a historic place. Whether the site of their first movie, or first date, or first kiss, the Atlas has always loomed large in the collective memory of those who grew up nearby. It was and remains an institution, and, just like the neighborhood that surrounds it, it has had its shares of ups and downs.

The Atlas Opens When the Atlas Theater opened in 1938 at 1333 H Street, NE, the Great Depression still held the Atlas Theater, 1958 United States in its iron grip, but the need for quality entertainment remained, and Fred Kogod and his brother-in-law Max Burka of K-B Theatres knew what the public wanted: a theater that was “truly

The new plaque. Photo: Robert S. Pohl

modern from every standpoint.” K-B Theatres published a large advertisement in the Washington Post on September 1 surmounted by a picture of the new star of H Street, and went into great detail about all the contractors and sub-contractors who had made this “Washington’s newest and finest neighborhood playhouse.” A special feature of the theater was a glass-enclosed balcony, to which mothers could bring their children and thus be able to watch a movie without having to worry that their offspring were dampening the enjoyment of the other patrons. The first movie shown was Love

Finds Andy Hardy, the fourth in the Hardy Family series, and the first that had Mickey Rooney’s character’s name in the title, in deference to the importance he had taken in the success of the series. The Atlas was an immediate hit. Like the Penn Theater on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, the Atlas was a cut above the local theaters that dominated movie-exhibition in DC at the time. There was no longer any need to go downtown to the real film palaces. Ann Belkov, who grew up near H Street, remembers it as a place where she would not pull such shenanigans as ★ 79

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were acceptable at the Beverly theater, around the corner, such as letting in friends through the side doors so that multiple people could watch the movie for the price of one admission. In its glory years, the price of admission included newsreels, cartoons, a serial as well as the feature film, and gave access to the whole theater, including the balcony, which was a popular place for illicit makeout sessions, and thus soon attracted special attention of the Atlas ushers, who were known to take great joy in busting the teenagers thus engaged. The Atlas not only showed movies but also put on live shows, including the “Miss Greater Washington” pageants and talent competitions.

Decline and Fall In 1951, the Atlas made plans to expand into plays, with a double bill of Sartre and Chekov. Unfortunately, they were unable to make necessary changes to the building to satisfy the

fire marshal, and thus this venture into high culture had to be moved to Shirlington. Even worse, the decision to do so came at the last minute, necessitating the turning away of a capacity crowd. In 1953, the Atlas was broken into and the safe removed and in the early 60s, the Atlas’s manager was caught embezzling from the theater. This crime came to light when he used some of his ill-gotten gains to pay bail after being arrested on charges of being a peeping tom. By the late 60s, the Atlas had been reduced to showing such fare as I, a Woman, a Danish adult movie. In 1968, as riots convulsed the city and much of H Street burned, the Atlas remained untouched. In fact, one of the Washington Post articles describing the riots mentions a gang of youths emerging from the Atlas, apparently having just seen the feature, and proceeding down the street to smash the windows of the

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Charles Williams conducting the Northeast Senior Singers at the plaque unveiling. Photo: Robert S. Pohl

local Safeway. The closing of the Atlas generated far less notice than the opening. One day – August 9, 1976 – the movie listings show the Atlas Theater showing a double feature, the next day? No sign of this once-grand movie palace. The last double feature consisted of Godzilla vs Megalon and Son of the Blob.

Rebirth The following years were quiet for the Atlas, which was probably good as noise would have meant that it was being demolished, a sadly prevalent end for many of the Atlas’s sister theaters. Finally, in 1986, it was bought by the H Street Development Corporation, which allowed it to be used as a community center and “youth think tank” for a year. A volunteer-based fixup scheduled to coincide with Bill Clinton’s first inauguration was organized. In spite of the energy devoted that day, the community center project died within a month for the usual reason--no money. The Atlas continued to decay. Finally, in 2001, the newly formed Atlas Performing Arts Center purchased the building and began the extensive rebuilding necessary to turn it into a community arts center. In 2005, with just a few tenants, the Atlas reopened, and has since then rapidly grown, regaining its old status as a neighborhood icon. In short, the Atlas is a survivor, having managed to remain a going concern even through tough times. And to ensure that it will remain a part of H Street and Washington DC for the future, it was given a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. On October 4, 2011 with Councilmember Tommy Wells in attendance, the new plaque proclaiming the Atlas’s status was unveiled. One of the people there for this happy occasion was Ann Belkov, thrilled to be a part of this new chapter in the history of the venerable Atlas Theater.

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he approach of Thanksgiving can induce an anxiety attack— my house or cousin Judy’s? A maple-brined turkey or, for a change, a crown roast of lamb? Sit-down for twelve or buffet for the neighborhood? Where do I put all those folks? Do I have enough platters and wine glasses? If you’re on the Hill, you’re in luck. With a simple stroll around the neighborhood, you’ve got it made. What could be an exhausting prelude to any pleasure derived from the holiday is wrangled down to a very manageable size, and all done in one small corner of town, and almost without a trip to the supermarket.

Of Chairs and Tables, Pots and Pans Frager’s Just Ask Rental (www. is a great place to start. Here, one can find tables in their infinite varieties: large and small, rectangular or round, even child-sized with chairs. There are six different models of grown—up chairs, two kindly padded. Plus tablecloths and napkins—sorry, white only. Just Ask also rents glassware—wines and champagne included, chafing dishes and coffee urns. Sadly, there are no dishes, silver, pots or pans. Next door at Frager’s (www.fragersdc. com), one can find the basics—Pyrex measuring cups and baking pans, cookie sheets and spatulas. But for Thanksgiving Central, head directly to Hill’s Kitchen ( At this foodies heaven one can find everything needed or wished for: themed doormats, vitallyneeded roasting pans, racks and lifters. Leah, the owner, while vegetarian, loves

The turkey line at Capitol Hill Poultry.

to consult on all things food. Ask about her Thanksgiving themed dishcloths and dishtowels, gourd-, bunny- and acornshaped candles, brining bags, pumpkin shaped Bundt pans, dried herbs. Have a little helper in your kitchen? A kidsized apron might rank as a necessity. For those of us lacking a dishwasher or with plans to watch football, there are elegant paper dishes and napkins.

overlooked is flowers. Blue Iris Flowers (202-547-3588) has beautiful stock, helpful, talented arrangers and—most important—they will be at work outside the Market on Thanksgiving morning. Start your shopping by gathering a no-fuss-for-you assortment of hors d’oeuvres to keep the football watchers and other guests happy while you cook. At Southern Maryland Seafood, (202546-9135) one can order the makings

To Market! To Market! One should never approach Eastern Market ( w w w. e a s t e r n m a r k e t without a shopping list. Otherwise, after hours of culinary day-dreaming, and three or four figs from Maria Calomiris, one is likely to emerge with a half dozen items, none of which are holiday necessities. One necessity not to be

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of large seafood platters. Envision a nest of shaved ice covered with shucked oysters and clams and a pound or so of shrimp. Create (or purchase there) a simple cocktail sauce or two--voila! Design a cheese plate at Bowers Fancy Dairy Products (www. Try New York State Cheddar and Carrano, a tasty blend of Gouda and Parmesan. For locavores, there is a pricey, but tasty, assortment of Cherry Glen Virginia goat cheeses. Add your choice of Les Trois Petit Cochons pates, or best of all, the pate de campagne exported from Montmartre (talk about locally-sourced foods!). And while you’re at Bowers, don’t forget the Maggie Hall chooses a pepper. fresh butter, Lewes Dairy cream, both table and whipping, and the out the San Marzano Italian tomaincomparable eggnog. toes, and oils ranging from extra virMore ideas? From Eastern Margin olive to sesame. ket Grocery, there are pumpkin torAt Capitol Hill Produce, among tellini and ravioli that can be cooked a wide range of food prep necessarand skewered (three to a long skewer) ies, you can find the Thanksgivingand served hot or cold with gorgonappropriate canned cranberry sauce zola sauce with dried figs, or with oland pumpkin. For an alternative side, ive tapenade. There are stuffed grape consider their homemade kimchi. leaves and an abundant assortment of olives. Finally, at Canales Deli (canalesdeli@hotmail,com) there’s a lively The Turkey Line One of the highlights of the Marshrimp seviche, flavored with tomato ket year is the ritual of picking up the and coriander, and small versions of bird. And it’s amazing. The turkey his excellent empanadas. line is very long but organized with This would be a good place to remilitary precision, and people stand mind readers that Market merchants patiently visiting with each other, are also selling a wide variety of groknowing that the correct bundle of ceries. At Eastern Market Grocery, free-range Th anksgiving joy will consider DeCecco dry pasta, joining land in his/her arms. Turkeys—large, their great fresh assortment. Check small, breasts; game birds, capons, ducks. There’s a good choice for every size group and taste. Capitol Hill Poultry (202-5444435) will be offering a special sale on its cage-free turkeys, and for last year’s return customers an extra $.10 off a pound. The grocery store also has turkey stock, and for non-briners there are herb-infused injectable syringes for cooking up a moist bird.

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Farmer Marvin at his stand. 90 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Vegetables. Among the Calomiris’s, the Park family at Capitol Produce and the weekend farmers line there’s a lush and varied selection to—green beans, sweet potatoes of course, winter squashes, carrots parsniips and other root vegetables,

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1 ½ pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved ½ lb. slab bacon, cut into small cubes or lardons 2 ¼ cups peeled roasted chestnuts (about 1¼ pounds) or jarred chestnuts (about 12 ounces), halved ½ cup water Cook brussels sprouts in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about four minutes. Drain. Sauté chopped bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about four minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels and drain. Heat bacon drippings in skillet over medium-high heat. Add Brussels sprouts and chestnuts and sauté until brussels sprouts begin to brown, about five minutes. Add ½ cup water and cook until Brussels sprouts are tender and most of liquid is absorbed but mixture is still moist, about three minutes longer. Stir in bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve. The slab bacon, as well as that lovely crown roast of lamb I began this piece with, are available from Union Meat Company (, along with sausage meat for stuffing, and any other needs you may have in the meat department.

The Sweet Stuff At the end of the meal (at my Thanksgiving, we serve dessert after everyone’s had a chance to digest, even take a brief nap to prepare) comes Thanksgiving pies—what else? And for Market Thanksgiving the choices are as homey as you can get. The Fine Sweet Shop will tempt with its array of traditional mouthwatering pies: pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan, and mixed fruit. Gotta see ‘em to fully appreciate how just right they are. (And while you’re there, pick up some good coiled challah egg rolls which go perfectly with the bird.). Marvelous Market will provide you with one of its wonderful rustic pies in pumpkin, apple, peach and caramel. Any one of which would be lovely with some complementary-flavored creamy gelato or sorbet from Pitango (www. Two new Barracks Row establishments featuring the perfect chic new endings also await your pleasure: The Sweet Lobby ( features delicate, elegant, unusually flavored macarons (note the French 92 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Cut flowers and arrangements at Blue Iris in Eastern Market

spelling), as well as cupcakes and other treats with a Parisian flair; and Hello Cupcake ( has a wonderfully witty assortment of its eponymous treats in flavors like velvet elvis, elaborately decorated and very tasty.

Not So DIY If however, despite all these temptations, you’d rather have someone else do part or all of the work for you, that’s a neighborhood possibility too. Canales Deli, this year for the first time, will be marinating turkeys in adobo, just like their chickens, and cooking them on the rotisserie. They promise to be just as flavor-filled. Marvelous Market ( will have tasty prepared meals to go: turkey breast with sides—mac and cheese, cranberry cornbread, green beans, and garlic mashed potatoes. They will also feature individual turkey dinners, and turkey dinner sandwiches. And three local restaurants so far—there will certainly be more—have announced their plans for serving Thanksgiving Day feasts. Station 4 (, at Southwest’s Waterfront Metro stop, the elegant new offering from the longtime owners of Tunnicliffe’s, will be turning out it’s delicious modern American fare in high style surroundings; CityZen(mandarinoriental,com/cityzen) one of the District’s finest gourmet establishments will offer dinner with its lovely view of the Southwest waterfront; and finally Café Berlin (caféberlindc,com) will serve a classic dinner—with a German flairr—at its comfortable, homey townhouse on Mass. Ave. NE. ★

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ooks like Capitol Hill might be getting more pizza, but not just ANY pizza. Young entrepreneur Steve Salis is planning to open a “gourmet” pizzeria in the old China Wall space, 415 Eighth St. SE, next to the future Chipotle. The century-old building is owned by Streetsense design firm. “I’m excited to be in the forefront of the revitalization of the block,” said the Penn Quarter resident, who arrived five months ago from New York City. Salis, 27, has a vision to offer custom-made pizza – including vegan and gluten free options--at an “unrivaled price point,” tapping fresh ingredients from local farms and other sources. Don’t we have enough pizza? “We would not be like Matchbox,” Salis emphasized over coffee at the nearby Starbucks. “I would be different. Customers would build their own pizzas from fresh ingredients. I would bridge the gap between ‘slice pizza shops’ and full service Italian restaurants.” Salis is working with the Business Zoning Administration to seek an exemption from the ANC 6-B ban on fast food restaurants on Barracks Row. Although his customers would pay before consuming food (placing it in the “fast food” category), his enterprise would use real dishes and flatware instead of paper and plastic, and would not provide delivery a la Domino’s. Salis’ still unnamed, 1,400 square foot eatery will be designed by Architecture OUTFIT of New York, and will seat 35 to 40. While the focus will be pizza, he will offer salads, sides and eventually, beer and wine. Look for the enterprise in the spring of next year. Steve operatedrestaurants in New York for eight years. 94 ★ HillRag | November 2011

“I felt DC was the right market,” he said.

Coming Soon Down the street at 701 Eighth St. SE, eagerly awaited Spring Mill Bread Company is due to arrive around the first of November. The full-service bakery will provide breads and other goods, all made with Spring Mill’s own flour.

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Italian Specials Nearby, Lavagna Ristorante Italiano, 739 Eighth St. SE, is luring customers to its upstairs bar with appetizer and drink specials. Wednesday through Saturday, the popular Italian restaurant pours wine-by-the-glass at

Bon Anniversaire Across the street, Belga Café, 514 Eighth St. SE, marked its seventh birthday last month. The lively Belgian hot spot is continuing its anniversary celebration with “Lobster Week,” coming up November 2-9. For updates and more information call 202-544-0100.

Jazzy Brunch In the Mandarin Oriental hotel, Sou’wester restaurant has jazzed up its Sunday brunch. From 11:45 to 4 p.m., patrons enjoy an ala carte menu of smoked bluefish salad, eggs Benedict, quiche de jour, corned beef hash and more). Meanwhile, top area musicians provide lively music from noon to 2:30 p.m. For reservations call 202-787-6064 or

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The site of a new pizzeria (as yet unnamed) which will open at 415 8th St, SE next spring.

Early Turkey and Music Thanksgiving–along with vintage rock–arrives early at Johnny’s Half Shell, 400 North Capitol NW. On November 9, proprietors Ann Cashion and Johnny Fulchino are presenting a dinner and show evening with turkey and the trimmings, a cocktail and dessert, along with a screening of “The Last Waltz.” The 1978 Martin Scorsese documentary recalls a Thanksgiving Day concert performed by the

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Young Chow has been reborn. The 20-year-old Chinese eatery at 312 Pennsylvania Ave. SE had been long overdue for a remake, and the new Young Chow reopened last month. Besides a sparkling new interior, Young Chow has greatly expanded its menu. In addition to Chinese, you may now order Thai curries, Asian noodles (Singapore noodles are quite tasty), and even sushi. Vegetarian dishes are also offered. No alcohol yet. Open daily; call 202-544-3030 or visit

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TH E ATE R Folger’s Othello Put Down the Notes and Embrace the Passion by Barbara Wells


aybe I’ve just seen one too many productions of Othello, but to prepare for this show I felt compelled to take an inventory of the past, trying to figure out what might set this version apart. When I searched for answers on the Web and in the Folger’s production notes, director Robert Richmond and dramaturg Michele Osherow egged me on. “Richmond’s decision to cast Othello as a Templar Knight … forces our attention to complications of faith and to the actions of the faithful when threatened by disbelief,” Osherow writes. “Othello is the ultimate medieval Christian paradox; he is both crusader and infidel.” I spent days trying to wrap my head around the difference between setting the story in the 17th and 13th centuries, when all I really needed to do was see the play. Othello is the infamous tale of a black military general who falls for Desdemona, a daughter of Venetian aristocracy, and is completely undone by the venomous Iago. From the very first scene of the Folger’s production, the silhouettes of Othello and Desdemona behind a pale curtain reveal the magnetic attraction they share. They carry it through the play in every glance, every gesture, every kiss. Shakespeare tells us for each of them the other is exotic, foreign, even forbidden. This “otherness” clearly magnifies their love. Another arrow in Cupid’s quiver may be the sheer beauty of Owiso Odera—an Othello with unconventional youth and grace. We’re used to seasoned actors portraying the battletested, war-weary, somewhat daunting Othello, who is said to be much older than his beloved Desdemona. But 96 ★ HillRag | November 2011

his Odera seems more poet wicked plot to dethan warrior, more prince stroy Othello—a man whose than commander. only crimes are courage, sucAt first his youth uncess and falling in love. dermines Odera’s per“So why might we side formance; his speech with or be drawn to Iago,” rebutting the charges Richmond, the director, writes. by Desdemona’s father “ … Perhaps when we laugh at, that he seduced her with or with, this pernicious villain, witchcraft is not entirely we recognize a bigotry that lies convincing. Spoken by deep within us?” Hmm. Not other actors with less obso much. It’s true we aren’t vious appeal, it’s usually repelled by Iago, but it may a revelation to learn that be because Peakes is just too Desdemona slowly fell in much fun—at least until he belove with Othello when he gins leaving bodies in his wake shared stories of the years as he executes his schemes. of trials he’d overcome. Cassio, Othello’s lieuten“She loved me for the danant, is the first to go. Thomas Owiso Odera as Othello and Ian Merrill Peakes as Othello. Credit: gers I had pass’d,” he says, Keegan brings to the role an ©Carol Pratt/Folger Theatre. “and I loved her that she earnestness in stark contrast to did pity them.” Following Iago’s deception. Iago coaxes the reverse, and her strength explains Odera’s somewhat tepid delivery, it why she never fears him—even as he him into drinking when he knows just doesn’t ring true when the Duke becomes ensnared in delusions—until full well he shouldn’t, leading to a of Venice exclaims, “I think this tale it’s too late. fight—orchestrated by Iago, of course. would win my daughter too.” This couple might have lived hap- Othello’s swift rebuke and demotion In this production, it’s less Othel- pily ever after were it not for Iago, of Cassio in response foreshadows his lo’s courage and commanding pres- played with relish by Ian Merrill even more harsh judgments to come. ence than his sweet and regal char- Peakes. Full disclosure: I adore Peakes. The fight is provoked by Roderigo, acter that explain why Desdemona I pitied his MacBeth in the Folger’s another of Iago’s victims played by would reject all other suitors for the magic-infused production and pined Louis Butelli, a wonderfully transmysterious Moor. And it’s Odera’s in- for his Petruchio in the Shakespeare parent actor whose every emotion, nocent demeanor that makes Othel- Theatre’s Taming of the Shrew. So thought and reaction shows in his lo’s susceptibility to Iago’s poisonous I had to wonder what on Earth he face. He follows Iago around like a accusations—and his tragically im- would do with Iago, a villain consumed puppy, convinced that Iago knows the pulsive, almost adolescent response to with unbridled malice—a person so way to win Desdemona—never realizthem—all the more believable. devoid of reason and conscience that ing he’s just an instrument for setting Janie Brookshire’s Desdemona has some call him a sociopath. How could up Cassio. all the social confidence that Othello Peakes suppress his charisma enough Karen Peakes’ portrayal of Emillacks. She has turned down countless to play this chilling role, and what ia, Iago’s wife, is perhaps the most suitors and defied her father to not would be left to replace it? tragic of all. A hapless bystander to only shower Othello with love but I should have known he wouldn’t his machinations, all she really wants also take him under her wing. She suppress it at all. It is Peakes’ charm is a little attention from a man who and Iago alone seem to understand that dupes not just Othello but almost bears her nothing but disdain. Peakes’ how vulnerable Othello really is. In everyone he encounters into believing Emilia shows mostly puzzled reacBrookshire we see that Desdemona Iago is an “honest” friend. Almost to tions throughout the play until the has enchanted Othello as much as the bitter end, the audience delights in final scene, when she lets loose with

N OVEMBER ! a courageous and gripping delivery of revelations that prove fatal. This lethal game of cat and mouse is all the more captivating in the Folger’s intimate space—so often a curse but this time a godsend. Even without a thrust stage, the performance extends well beyond the “fourth wall,” from billowing draperies evoking a churning sea to actors calling to one another from the center aisle and balconies. It feels less like the play is venturing into the theatre than the audience is being drawn onto the stage. The feeling grows when the pale curtains are drawn up to the ceiling to create a tent of rich purples and golds, sheltering a magnificent set strewn with plush pillows and ornate tapestries to evoke the island of Cyprus. Tony Cisek, who also created the handsome set for the Folger’s Henry VIII, conjures a luxurious Mediterranean world that draws us in and carries us away. The effect is heightened by Andrew Griffin’s dramatic lighting, transforming the set’s colors and textures—and fragmenting the ceiling with the jagged edges of shattered glass every time Iago stops to plot his destructive course. The draperies fall once again to frame the final scene, when Odera truly finds his voice. Consumed by Iago’s lies, he brings all the emotion of a crushed and broken man to Othello’s deadly confrontation with Desdemona. Yet throughout, he exudes the discipline of a soldier. The same unwavering adherence to rules that drove him to cut off his friend Cassio—accepting no defense for a single transgression— drives him to exact justice on his innocent wife, and then himself. His pain is palpable. For all of Richmond’s musings on the social contexts of 17th and 13th century Venetian and Turkish culture, in the end he beautifully renders a viscerally moving play. So put down the notes and enjoy. Othello, Folger Theatre through December 4.

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Abigail Kubeka and Sharon Katz In Concert November 9th @ 8 PM

Legendary musicians Abigail Kubeka and Sharon Katz present an intimate, unforgettable evening of South African music. These extraordinary women bring powerful voices to songs that reflect the soul of South Africa and their unique roles in shaping the country’s history. $20 donation with RSVP / $25 donation at the door Students are $15 with valid ID.

Artist and Author Jim Magner November 11th @ 3:30 PM

Jim Magner, the author of Art and the City, a Hill Rag column since 2002, will launch his new book, “A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist “ on Veterans Day, 11-11-11. Reading and discussion from 4:00 to 4:30. Donations Are Welcomed.

Theater / Performance Art with Nia Orms “Please Take A Number” November 11th @ 8 PM

Nia Orms is a writer and comedic actress based in LA and New York City. She was awarded the NAACP “Best Actress In a Play” in 2008 for this tour de force, multi character solo performance. $20 Donation with rsvp/ $25 donation at the door.

Amelia White with Dave Van Allen In Concert November 12th @ 8 PM

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Harmonious Wail In Concert November 17th @ 8 PM

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Two New Movies Look at a Political Operator And a Consummate Spy by Mike Canning

The Ides of March George Clooney is one of the more versatile film figures of our time, a major star and national stud who also produces, directs and acts in both light entertainments and serious dramas, both big budget enterprises and “small” pictures. His latest effort as producer/director/writer/star is one of the latter, a tight and sardonic little drama about politics called “The Ides of March” (now showing, the film is rated “R” and runs 101 min.) The “Ides of March” could be viewed as a very Washington story, except it doesn’t take place in DC. It is, however, a very political story, a contemporary examination of our national politics and what makes them tick. The film treats a crucial primary election (on March 15, thus the “Ides”) in Ohio where two Democratic Party contenders are in a make-or-break contest, and, in that context, focuses in on a rising campaign star, Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling), who is the deputy campaign manager for one of the contenders, Pennsylvania Governor Mike Morris (Clooney). Myers loves his man and desperately wants him to win, principally to slake his own ambitions. But his commitment is tested when the rival’s campaign manager, Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti), surprisingly calls him for a private tête-à-tête to pass him privileged information indicating Morris is losing. A hint to get on the opposition bandwagon is made. Stephen is torn and seeks reassurance from the Governor, and then, reluctantly, admits to his immediate boss, campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman) that he had the meeting with Duffy. Zara, who prizes loyalty above all else, dismisses him from the Morris team. 98 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Ryan Gosling (center) stars in “The Ides of March.” Photo by Sayeed Adyani; Copyright: Ides Film Holdings, LLC.

Myers, whose ambitions outweigh his principles, then looks for a way to undercut Morris. He finds it in a confession from Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Woods), a callow campaign intern (oh, those interns!) whom he has bedded. He finds that she has also slept with the Governor, a professed family man, and is carrying his baby. How he plays this last card will surely determine his political future—or if he even has one. “The Ides of March” is based on the recent play by Beau Willimon called “Farragut North,” which had a short run in New York, played at the 2009 Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and had a local production this May at the Olney Theater Center. The Farragut North reference in the play—and the screenplay—refers to the general lobbying address where campaign veterans can earn the big bucks as political consultants between races. Willimon, by the way, worked on the 2004 campaign of Howard Dean, which surely offered a trove of material for his play. The film version diverges from the

play in various ways, some small—the state in the play is Iowa—and some large, like having a major featured role in the film for the Governor, who never appears in the play. The latter is perhaps explicable, since Clooney himself, who co-wrote the screenplay with long-time collaborator Grant Heslov and Willimon, presumably wanted to give himself some of the screen action. As a producer, he has tilled the inside politics field before: several years ago, he and buddy Steven Soderbergh did a series on HBO about Washington lobbying called “K Street.” Clooney’s direction here is smart and functional, moving the plot along in what is roughly a 24-hour period. He also gives himself a decent role as the smooth—too smooth—Morris, who can turn on both charm and smarm as a liberal governor who dispenses both party pieties and romantic favors. But Ryan Gosling is the star of “Ides,” and he makes of Myers an intriguing mix of youthful naïf and cunning operative. Even at 25, this kid has seen it all already, yet he strives for some uncertain, inchoate

power just beyond his reach, his yearning eyes searching for some kind of confirmation. Behind it all may just be a blankness. The subsidiary roles are well cast. Woods is appropriately dewy and hero-worshiping, yet with the heart of a hustler. Hoffman, pudgy and avuncular, plays the rough-hewn campaign vet to a T, and Jeff rey Wright does a nice turn as a duplicitous Senator playing off both of the primary contenders. Also, there is Marisa Tomei, playing a dogged political reporter, apparently goodspirited and competent–but who will snooker anyone for a story. Slick and timely (we are on the verge of primary season), “The Ides of March” will appeal to any manner of political junkies in this town.

The Man Nobody Knew This new documentary about the life and times of super-spy William Colby is an engrossing trip down memory lane for anyone who has lived through the post-World War II world and America’s involvement in the Cold War. Colby, who rose to be CIA Director during the Nixon-Ford years, was a key figure in American espionage during that time, a “soldier” for national security whose entire clandestine life ended in a most public sacrifice before an aroused Congress (the film, not rated, is showing at the Landmark E Street Cinema). But this film has intentions beyond relating Cold War history. Its complete title is “The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby.” Both a tribute to and an investigation into Colby’s life and psyche, it was produced and directed by his filmmaker son, Carl Colby. Using ample archive footage and plenty of family pho-

Watch The Redskins with Your Friends tos, the son provides a complete narrative of Colby’s life, from his beginning as an OSS officer parachuting into Nazi-occupied Europe, through his service as a field officer in Rome and Saigon, and leading up to his oversight of the controversial Phoenix Program during the Vietnam War. He and his family’s sojourns in Washington are also covered. Besides archive material, Colby’s actions and character are described and analyzed by an ample collection of talking heads, many of them doyens in the national security pantheon like Zbigniew Brzezinski, James Schlesinger, Brent Scowcroft, Robert McFarlane, and Donald Rumsfeld. The most telling and revealing interviews, however, are with the director’s mother and Colby’s wife of almost 40 years, Barbara. She is a woman who clearly loved her husband, even if she never really “knew” him. The capstone to his film comes with the secretive Colby’s most public performances before congressional committees who were investigating past Agency extra-legal operations in 1975 (Colby provided testimony 32 times that year, according to the film’s narration). This is one spy who not only came in from the cold but came way out into the blazing heat of controversy. Here we see Colby, doggedly trying to balance honest testimony about the CIA while protecting his agents and his Agency, as the calm, legalistic bureaucrat sparring with congressional pontificators like Frank Church and Ron Dellums. It’s a classic Washington match-up. It is his last major act before President Ford replaces him with George H.W. Bush in early 1976. The last 20 years of Colby’s life saw his abrupt demand for a divorce from his wife, a new marriage, and, finally, his strange death in a boating accident in Charles County, Maryland. In his final comments, Carl Colby, who narrates the film throughout, suggests the man was an enigma to the end—while just hinting at his own suicide. ★

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Soldier

You may have read other Vietnam memoirs, but you’ve never read one like “A Haunted Beauty.” The subtitle says it all: “Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist.” “Art was always an integral part of my life,” writes Jim Magner. “I saw color in everything…” Author of this paper’s “Art and the City” column since 2002, Magner graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in art and an ROTC commission in the army infantry. By 1965, he was in Vietnam. “The lieutenant and the artist were going to have to share [the war] somehow and try not to get in each other’s way,” he writes. During his year-long tour, art was both a point of reference and an escape from the horrors of war. Saigon resembles “Pieter Bruegel on acid.” A French golf course carved out of the jungle becomes “a canvas by Manet.” Post-battle carnage takes on “a Hieronymus Bosch panorama of insanity.” And as he clings to a chopper during his first assault landing, he pictures the scene on canvas. “I could see the composition of a grand mural in my head,” he writes. “It would be graceful and poetic in a kick-ass testosterone sort of way… In reality, we were in a barely controlled fall, just hanging on, trying not to pee our pants. I would have to leave the wet crotches out of the painting.” Magner nails not only the “wild beauty” of Vietnam, but also the sounds, smells, and feel of jungle warfare. His battle scenes crackle with urgency, his crisp dialog captures the bravado of men in combat, and his visceral descriptions sink you into the mud, the oppressive heat, and the tedium between the adrenaline highs. He also digs deeper to reveal the emotional toll of war. “The artist half was studying the faces of the talking, gesturing boys – soldier boys,” he writes. 100 H HillRag | November 2011

The Hill Rag’s own Jim Magner launches a powerful memoir about his Vietnam experience.

“There was a glow of wonder at being alive…but there was darkness behind those eyes. There was a new hardness around the mouths, as if they were laboring to pull the right words from somewhere inside their heads.” He can sense the same changes taking place in him. “Like art and music,” he writes, “war touches everything human.” The gung-ho lieutenant who volunteered for service “became an older and angrier man at twentythree.” He moves beyond a fear of dying to assume the role of cool, detached leader. “I could look back at the young hotshot platoon leader with amusement…as from a distance. I had changed. The patriotic fire was out. Older, wiser, I told myself, a captain with combat badges and yeah, much, much angrier on the inside. But who cares? I made it through alive.” Yet the artist is never far from the surface. “[I] watched the bamboo shimmy in the dry heat and the cracks spread on the jungle floor like lace. Color was drained from the sky and the shadows became black and deep, like holes in the ground. Red-brown

leaves fell from the dry branches and laid a crunchy carpet under my feet. I listened to the music of the land as I spread my poncho over them and stretched out to read or sleep. There was a sense of loss I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The adventure of color and form was gone. The soaring emotional dynamics of contrasts, the conflicts of heroic lights and evil darks were replaced now by a deep understanding that I had seen and touched, and was touched, and had felt more alive than I ever would again.” “A Haunting Beauty” is a powerful and moving memoir that will haunt you long after you put it down. Join Jim Magner for its launch on Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11) at The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave SE, 3:305:00pm. At 8:30am, he will be at the Vietnam Memorial (Panel 8) for the posthumous awarding of sergeant stripes to a member of his platoon, and at 11am at the American Legion Post at 3rd and D Street SE for a ceremony in Folger Park. For more, visit www.

Singing the Blues

A cerulean warbler weighs a mere nine grams and its wings are only two-and-a-half inches long. Hardly anybody has seen one since it lives high in the forest canopy and only the most persistent birdwatchers ever get a glimpse of its brilliant blue back and wings. Yet this tiny bird, with its distinctive buzzing song, became a touchstone for author Katie Fallon. “The cerulean warbler was…a kindred spirit trying to forge a life in the old Appalachian hills,” she writes. “It became my symbol for a changing hemisphere, a sentinel singing a warning of dark days to come if we refused to pay attention.” “Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird” is

the second book from Ruka Press, an environmental publisher here on Capitol Hill. In it, Fallon describes what she calls her obsession with this tiny migratory songbird whose habitat faces threats from every direction. In Appalachia, where about 80 percent of the cerulean population breeds, the enemy is the mountaintop removal coal mining that destroys the forests where it nests. In its wintering grounds in the Andes Mountains, coffee bean production is being converted from the more bird-friendly shade-grown farms to higher-yield sun plantations. As a result, the population of cerulean warblers is dropping at a rate of 3 percent a year. By 2050, there may be fewer than a hundred thousand left in the world. And why should anyone care what happens to one tiny bird? Before she began looking into cerulean blues, Fallon writes that she “had a strong suspicion that this little blue bird could show us not only how our actions are to blame for its decline, but also how its decline mirrors a decline in the quality of life of its human neighbors

A local publisher takes up the cause of an endangered songbird in Katie Fallon’s “Cerulean Blues.”


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Artist Portrait: Pam Rogers


here are currents that run through the work of Pam Pagers. They began when humans became aware of beauty in the common bits of their tiny universes. They are both simple and complex: the currents of connection. Her drawings, paintings and sculptures are also both simple and complex. They evolve from the simplicity of the idea and complexity of the processes needed to reach those bonds that bring us together. She connects with artists through the ages by making her pigments from the minerals and plants that make a place special. If she is in Puget Sound, she might make them out of native plants and algae. In Colorado, she might grind up local minerals, clays and prairie grass. She then lets each work take her where it wants to go. The only preconceived notion is that she likes open space. Not “negative space,” it becomes positive—every square inch of the paper is of equal importance. Like plants in nature, her forms couldn’t thrive without the open air. They become a floral language, natural, even biological, but only loosely organic, waiting for your interpretation. That’s how she pulls you in. She takes a similar approach with sculpture. She gathers earth materials and wraps them up with natural binding. This has little to do with making an environmental statement—it is not consciously a “green” sculpture. It is about how humans connect with the planet.

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Left: Artist Pam Pagers Below: Mr. Fordís Birds: Water based media, plant pigments and graphite on handmade cotton paper., 22 x 30, 2010

Pam grew up in Colorado, and has lived in Boston and Atlanta before coming to Washington. Her first degree was in Art History, and while she liked teaching and writing about the accomplishments of others, she really wanted to create. She earned an MFA at the Savanna College of Art and Design. She says that much of what she has gone through in living and learning is “constrictive.” But, like the bound fragments of nature in her sculpture, there is still room to grow and the power to break free.

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art The mysterious thing about art is that it has the power to get inside our heads. It can reach into our consciousness and draw

us near with both ideas and pure emotion—very different things. Much of contemporary art connects intellectually; it has a “neat idea” aspect to it, but doesn’t ask for an emotional reaction. The greatest art generates electricity—bolts of feeling. It produces a grasping, desperate search for connection that comes from so far inside it’s wrenching—like your guts are going to come spilling out. You find it in paintings, poetry, music, stories, or plays that go beyond smart and skilled. You shiver your way through them the first time, and whenever you see them again. That thrill can come from a whirlwind of primal impulses…fear, love, hatred, rage…or maybe a human sense of being incomplete. It’s a grab for beauty that only we can see. It can become so singular that it isolates us from all other creatures. If we’re lucky, we can find someone else, maybe even a group, to share it. It starts with the artist. If the person making the art doesn’t feel something, it’s unlikely that the viewer will feel much. It’s that almost insane compulsion to connect that saturates and then drains those condemned with a vision they have to share. That’s why some of the artists who pull us into their soul, were, or are, themselves such emotional messes. So what is it about art—what the hell is it? Why are we so incomplete without it? Is it purely the power of beauty, or is it those raw primal impulses that spin it into something that makes life take off and soar above the biological?



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Wine Expert Picks for Thanksgiving by Staff of Schneider’s Liquor


hoosing the right wine for Thanksgiving dinner is slightly more complicated than just picking a wine that goes with turkey. The Thanksgiving dinner table can be filled with food choices, many on the sweet side. This makes choosing one wine to accompany the traditional cacophony of flavors a somewhat daunting task. But don’t despair! I asked the experts at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill to pick the wines (and a couple of beers) that they will be drinking on Thanksgiving.

turkey; the difficulty is finding a good one at a reasonable price. A good Pinot can have the body to stand up to the richness of all the fixings like stuffing and gravy. The Pali Summit Pinot Noir is made to order. The Summit is filled with juicy ripe raspberry and cherry fruit with a feathering of white pepper and spice notes on the finish. This delicious wine is complex and mouth watering.

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This wine is a work of art! It is big yet elegant, a velvet hammer that exudes cherry and blackberry fruit with leather, espresso and anise. The tannins are big but smooth and mature. The oak influence makes the wine rich, complex and balanced with a seductive, chocolaty lingering finish.

Chateau Sociando-Mallet 1982 ($130) This mature Bordeaux offers up aromas of pure, sweet, roasted nuts, along with mineral-laced black currants. Medium to full-bodied and structured, it’s earthy fruit and complex flavors makes it a real winner at the Thanksgiving table.

Valsotillo Reserva 2004 Ribera Del Duero, Spain ($75)

Stewart Phillips Rodet Rully 1er Cru Chateau Bressande 2007 ($20) This 100% Chardonnay from Burgundy possesses a ripe apple and pear bouquet leading to flavors of spiced apple and lemon/lime tinged minerals. Soft and round in the mouth, it works beautifully with the Thanksgiving meal.

Champy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009 Nothing pairs better with turkey and all the dressing than a good Pinot Noir. This burgundy shows notes of cranberry, dark cherry and rose water backed by mouth watering acidity that will keep you coming back for more.

Chateau de Lancyre Rose 2010 ($18) Mont Ferrant Brut Blanc de Blanc Nature 2004 ($20) This is a top quality Cava from Spain. It is a delightful sparkling wine with crisp citrus and pear aromas leading to almond, nut and that lovely toasty, yeasty that is hard to find outside of Champagne. It is perfect as an aperitif.

Terry Brown Azumbre Verdejo 2010 Rueda, Spain ($17) This is a beautiful, clean, crisp white that is lively and refreshing. It has complex aromas of white flowers, melon and white peach. In the mouth, white fruit and dry pineapple lead to a wonderful oily richness and a lingering finish. This wine will act as a perfect foil for the richness of a Thanksgiving meal or with a first course of roast pumpkin soup.

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This dry rose has a great nose of fresh cherry and strawberry with a hint of steely minerality. It will make for a great accompaniment to all of the Thanksgiving offerings.

Cloudline Pinot Gris 2008 ($16) This Willamette Valley Pinot Gris offers peach, melon, and lemon aromas that lead to intense flavors of green apple and citrus fruits. It’s lean and slightly grassy with a tart note of green spice. Crisp and balanced with excellent acidity, this wine is a great substitute for higher priced Alsatian Pinot Gris and will pair beautifully with turkey and all the fixings.

Montaudon Brut Champagne ($30) When it’s time to turn Thanksgiving into a party, there is no better option than popping a cork of delicious (albeit well priced) bubbly. My pick for an amazing Champagne is the non vintage Brut from Montaudon. This rich and toasty sparkler has notes of almond and brioche toast combined with crisp green apple and lime accents. Delicious!

Joe Prebble Victory Golden Monkey Belgian-style Ale ($13.99/six-pack) This balanced and complex beer is ideal for your elaborate Thanksgiving meal. With a golden pour and aromas of citrus, apple and Belgian yeast it’s the perfect match for a big feast. At 9.5%, the high alcohol cuts through the fats and provides sweetness and complexity for this pairing.

Quo Old Vine Grenache 2008 ($15) Jacquart Brut Blanc de Blanc 1998 ($50) Nothing is better for the holidays than a bottle of bubbly. This French Champagne is made from only Chardonnay grapes giving it a nose of fresh buttered toast, crisp apple, and pear followed by a finish that goes on and on.

Josh Genderson Toluca Lane Pinot Noir 2009 ($32) The first thing that comes to my mind when thinking about Thanksgiving is Pinot Noir (and you thought it would be turkey). And in my opinion, there is no better deal than Toluca Lane Pinot Noir. At only 31.99 per bottle, this beautiful Pinot offers succulent aromas of cherries, roses, raspberries and lavender that you would normally find in a $100 bottle. A great balance of fruit, earth, and oak makes this a great value Pinot Noir.

This may be the perfect wine to serve this year for you and your guests. This exceptional value from Spain offers richness, complexity and a long finish. The palate displays red and black fruit leading to a spicy finish with nice balance and texture. It is a great wine to compliment the many options on the table.

Rodet Bourgogne Blanc 2009 ($16) Burgundy is my go to when pairing white wines with my Thanksgiving dinner. This well rounded wine offers a pale golden color and a slight floral aroma. The flavors include citrus and pear notes. It is an extremely versatile wine at a great price. Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, 301 Massachusetts Ave. SE. cellar. com ★

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Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. The music can be complex, but good jazz feels as simple as first love — it goes straight to the heart and rests there, beating gently. At times, the music can be so life-like that it speaks to you with honesty and love. One still gets a keen sense of understanding of the complexity of the music. There is such a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy from a kind of inbred austerity about jazz that puts it in a class by itself, elevating one to a higher ground of one’s consciousness. It almost borders on elitism, and yet jazz strikes one as a beautiful music for everyone. And it is, especially for those of us who not only enjoy but truly love the music. True, most good jazz musicians more than likely think of jazz as the arbiter of modern music. And on a good day, I think they are correct. You can walk in your door after a hard day’s work and a harrowing Metro ride, put on Sarah Vaughn and your world is transformed. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life is pretty good. There’s no drug in the world that can do that. Jazz is beautiful music.

After The Dust Settled: Ten Years Later, Live In Moscow •••• Bill O’Connell, Random Chance Although this song was written ten years ago by pianist Bill O’Connell right after the 9/11 attack, this performance is from a special concert on April 7, 2011 in Moscow. Mr. O’Connell dedicated this performance to the people who died in the 9/11/2001 event and in the Moscow airport attack on 1/24/2011. The piano music heard here is beyond reproach and worthy of such dedication. Please enjoy.

Medicine ••• Tab Benoit, Telarc Blues singer Tab Benoit is in absolutely peak form on this album with songs like “Sunrise,” “Nothing Takes The Place Of You,” and “Next To Me.” These are songs that simply personify the true meaning of the blues when we can connect our 106 ★ HillRag | November 2011

own personal lives to what we are listening to. Remarkable performances from Mr. Benoit.

CHR X Variations ••• Soren Moller, Koda The music heard here was arranged for classical wind quartet and jazz quartet. Highlights include “Nonet ll” and “Kvartet ll,” with Soren Moller (piano), Dick Oatts (sax), Josh Ginsburg (bass), Henry Cole (drums), and Kirin Winds: Jorunn Solloes (flute), Sai Kai (oboe), Nicolai Eghorst (clarinet), Jeppe Rasmussen (horn), and Catarina Zeh (bassoon).

The Windmills Of Your Mind ••• Paul Motian, Winter & Winter Drummer Paul Motian is in a somber mood on this surreal album with vocalist Petra Haden’s soft and tender renditions of “Lover Man,” “Easy Living,” “I Remember You,” and the title track, “The Windmills Of Your Mind.” Other standouts include a sort of winter-like version of “Tennessee Waltz,” and the romantic “Triste,” with support from Bill Frisell (guitar) and Thomas Morgan (bass).

Days Of Infinity ••• Christian Pabst Trio, Challenge Records Pianist Christian Pabst’s Days Of Infinity, featuring Gerard Presencer (trumpet and flugelhorn), is a work in progress. The album has that exploratory effect when one listens to it, as if the musicians are in a kind of dreamscape and playing without thought or imagination. All the pieces sound effortless, drifting off in some kind of reflexive space. At times the music is beautiful and meditative (as in “Unfold and Fly”), and then again it is not (as in “Here And Now”). Two exceptional standouts include “A Poet’s Path” and “Tales from The City.” The other musicians are David Andres (bass) and Andreas Klein (drums).

Holon ••• Nik Bartsch’s Ronin, ECM Although this album offers a complete collection of some excellent musicians with the great Manfred Eicher as producer, it is Nik Bartsch on

his piano that dominates the music throughout the entire performances. The result is a lackluster album with a few notable exceptions, namely “Modul 41_17,” “Modul 46,” and “Modul 45.” These performances were imaginative, purposeful and visionary. Robust and muscular both in conception and tone, we heard some masterful playing from Sha (bass and contraband clarinets, alto sax), Bjorn Meyer (bass), Kaspar Rast (drums), and Andi Pupato (percussion). Still, with all the compositions written by Mr. Bartsch, one can only conclude that the other musicians were merely a backup for Mr. Bartsch’s musical odyssey with his piano in tow.

Roseland ••• Acoustic Alchemy, Heads Up A very spirited and energetic album that will elicits joy and comfort for many of us during those dreary winter days ahead of us. For starters try listening to “Marrakesh,” “The Ebor Sound System,” “Swamp Top,” and “Sand On Her Toes.”

Gato Loco •• Stefan Zeniuk, Winter & Winter Saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk along with ten other musicians could have done more to make this an excellent and enjoyable album. Instead, what we got is a mismash of music with only a few highlights, most notable “Another Dull Day” and “Coconino.”

Mulberry Street •• Jeff Fairbanks’ Project Hansori, BJU Records On this project with its large cast of musicians along with special guest Fred Ho (sax), the music ranges from contemporary jazz to Korean traditional music. Only two pieces are worth mentioning and they are: “Han Oh Baek Nyeon/500 Years (Korean Traditional)” and “Mulberry Street Part II: Scaring Away Evil Spirits with Joyful Sounds.” Composer and conductor Jeff Fairbanks is heard here on trombone and percussion. All CDs and DVDS reviewed in this article are heard through Bowers & Wilkens 802D Speakers and ASW 4000 subwoofer, and Rotel Preamp 1070, amplifier 1092 and CD player 1072. CDs are available for purchase through For more information about this column, please email your questions to ★

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CLOCKWISE 1. Jessalynn Medairy of Pole Pressure dances on a street pole. Photo: Courtesy of Pole Pressure 2. An instructor at The P Spot Fitness Studio helps a student go inverted. Photo: Courtesy of The P Spot Fitness Studio. 3. A class at The P Stop Fitness Studio. Photo: Courtesy of The P Spot Fitness Studio.

y mind was made up before I stepped foot into The P Spot Fitness Studio on 10 Street, N.E. No high heels and no exotic or acrobatic moves for me. I had a preconceived idea of what pole dance was and it wasn’t for me. I was just there because I was writing this article. But studio owner Michaela Brown persuaded me to take a sample of her classes. In just 20 minutes my mind, body and spirit was transformed. I donned 6-inch heels (though I didn’t have to), performed exercises I didn’t think I could do and hurt in muscles I thought were strong and flexible. I felt tall (5’81/2”!) and powerful. Pole Dance is not what most of us think it is. It is a vigorous form of exercise for women “looking for real results,” explained Jessalyn Medairy, owner of Pole Pressure, the pole dance company that offers classes

at Results the Gym on Capitol Hill. Both she and Michaela talked about the significant amount of weight they lost and continue to keep off as a result of pole dance. Another surprise -- pole dance is fun. “We use fun to get people in the door and keep them coming back for the fitness benefits,” said Michaela. “It’s fitness for real.” Both pole programs are exercise-science based with trained professionals teaching classes and private sessions. Both offer a variety of classes that include cardio, strength and flexibility workouts on and off the pole. Both programs are for all ages, shapes and fitness levels. Michaela’s oldest student is 80 and Jessalynn’s is 88. Pole dance requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. In one move Michaela taught me, she asked me to lean against the pole with the front of my body, ★ 109

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reach up and grab the pole, then extend my legs out straight on either side of the pole. First I held for eight counts, then she asked me to pull myself up the pole. I laughed. “No way,” I said. “Try it anyway,” she insisted. I did and moved only a millimeter up the pole. “See,” I said. “I can’t do it.” “You thought you couldn’t so you can’t. Change your thought the next time, and you might be surprised,” she said. According to one source, pole dancing probably started in America in the 1920s when traveling show dancers used a tent pole as a prop in their acts. Pole dancing originated in China as a form of acrobatics that is performed on stage, in cabarets and the circus in a non-erotic environment. Pole dancing gradually moved from circus tents to bars in the 1950s where it is often performed less gymnastically with a dancer simply holding a pole or moving around it without performing any athletic or acrobatic tricks. Since the mid 2000s promoters of pole dance fitness competitions have been trying to change peoples’ perception of pole dance and to promote it as a legitimate form of dance and acrobatics. They have also petitioned to include it in the Olympics as one of the competitive sports. Pole Dance can be your main way to stay fit or an alternative form of fitness one or two times a week, says Jessalynn. She became interested in the workout six years ago through classes she took in Baltimore. Twoand-a-half years ago she started Pole Pressure, and in addition to Capitol Hill she has classes at two other gyms in DC and a studio in Leesberg, VA. Jessalyn has become a master trainer and placed in the top 12 of U.S. pole dancers in 2009 and 2010, She also has competed internationally and is the organizer of the International Pole Convention. The classes at Results are open to men and are done barefoot and in comfortable clothing. Michaela discovered pole dance through her passion for making fitness fun. At Georgetown she was the first African American to be a member and then the captain of the field hockey team. After graduation she turned down law school and switched her career to fitness. As a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, “I found that treadmills and dumbbells don’t motivate most of us to get out of bed.” She took up hip-hop dance aerobics as a way to “trick people into exercising.” In 2006 Michaela bought a property in northeast and converted it to a gym which became the first pole dance studio in DC. A year ago she moved to 10 Street, NE. “I started with 10 clients and no poles. I couldn’t afford them. I taught an earlier version of my strip (no disrobing involved) aerobics class. Some days no one showed up.” Now Michaela has 11 poles, more than 5,000 clients, a nutrition program

2. Jessalynn Medairy of Pole Pressure practices an inverted move. Photo: Courtesy of Pole Pressure

for her clients and for residents of the House of Ruth that includes free hip hop dance aerobic classes and a yearly weight loss retreat to Cancun. She also has offered a Ladies Night for wives and fans of DC United since 2008. She has taught celebrities, high ranking federal employees, athletes, housewives and students. “One of my most memorable clients was a woman who worked out until she was eight-and-a-half month’s pregnant. She was an inspiration to others.” Michaela’s website, “” comes from an incident that occurred in one of her classes. A student stumbled and fell to the ground when working out on the pole. “After I knew she was okay, I told her, ‘Don’t worry girl, just bring it up sexy and act like it was part of the show.’ Michaela says, although she loves teaching all, she has the most fun teaching pole fitness classes because “it dispels expectations -- I’m too big, too old, to unfit -- I see the greatest and quickest transformations in students by their second class.” Don’t let this fitness trend pass you by. You owe it to yourself to see what it feels like to have fun and work yourself to your limit. Pole dance can spice up your workout or, if you are a gym-phobic, it can be a perfect place to start getting fit. For more information about pole dance log onto: or www. To reserve a class at Results (you don’t have to be a member) call 410-9520524. Contact P Spot Studio at 202-629-4122. Pattie Cinelli is a fitness professional who has been teaching, training and lecturing in the Washington metro are for more than 20 years. Email her at: ★


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Awakening to the Mystery of Nature by Ronda Bresnick Hauss, LCSW


nspired by the writings of the philosopher, cultural ecologist and performance artist David Abram, I have been thinking more about the urgency of expanding our connection to the natural world. Abram speaks movingly in his writings about the dangers of our relating to the earth as an object from which we ourselves are detached - separate from the breathing body of the world. It is this detachment that is enabling us to rapidly destroy the ability of the earth to support our human presence and the presence of many other creatures on the planet. Abram invites us to consider ways to begin to relate and communicate to the earth and it’s mysteries. He invites us to consider that there are many aspects to our everyday world that are not visible to us and remain an enigma - perhaps only within reach by our intuition or imagination. There are, for example, those aspects of our environment which are hidden behind the things we can see - such as a landscape only part of which is visible, or the back of our own bodies, which remain largely concealed from us. There are also mysteries which are hidden inside of visible things such as the interior of trees or mountains or the interior of our own bodies. And there is the invisibility of that which moves between things that we can see - such as the movement of our atmosphere, the air. These unseen aspects of our everyday existence gives us a world that is more mysterious than we perhaps realize. Abram suggests that awareness of this phenomena - that we live in a world that is both visible and at the same time also invisible and mysterious - is essential to our encounters with nature. It is when we lose the sense of the mystery of nature that we objectify the earth and its other inhabitants and are capable of doing harm to our earthly home. Yet how do we relate to a world that is at times both enigmatic and invisible? Abram suggests that we do so by expanding our senses - to learn to be more at home in our own animal bodies. We can do this by allowing ourselves to use our intuition and sense of wonder to feel the other living creatures around us, and acknowledge the simple real-

ity that we do not know all that is before us. Abram asks us to develop an affinity with the sensuous world around us. Here is Abram inviting us into an encounter with nature: “Looking up, I notice the needled hillside across the valley now as a curving field of sensations -- for my skin feels the variegated green of all those trees as a quiet ecstasy riding the hill. It is an ecstasy of which I myself regularly partake by receiving the radiance of that color within my eyes, a gentle edge of pleasure that has always been there for me in the green hue of leaves and of needles - a subtle delectation in the sight of green, felt much more intensely whenever sunlight spills across the visible grasses or the leafing trees -- but which I’ve become fully conscious of only now, a kind of empathy in the eyes.” Abram talks about the need for us to expand our empathy for the earth and its other inhabitants. To connect with nature, earth’s creatures and the landscape and to use our imagination and intuition to try to share in the experience of the others that live on our planet. This calls us to be more aware of the subtle influences around us and to be able to tolerate not understanding or knowing. Loosening our intuition and expanding our empathy we become more able to awake to the enigmatic forces of nature. We become aware that our lives are filled with the mysterious. We are able to have an active relationship with nature as we had for thousands of generations before now. I invite you to consider Abram’s writings from his book, “The Spell of the Sensuous” to the essays on his website at www.wildethics. org. His views of our planet are both profound and moving - and of course somewhat enigmatic. He will make you think hard about how humanity relates to the “more than human” world. You may also find that you become more aware of the subtle feelings and sensations you experience as you walk through nature or gaze out awt your own backyard. Ronda Bresnick Hauss is a licensed clinical social worker and the founder of the Quiet Waters Center for Trauma, Stress and Resilience, on Capitol Hill. She uses an integrative & holistic approach to psychotherapy – addressing the connection between the mind, body and spirit. She can be reached at: 202-544-5050 and is on the web at: “ ★


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Preventing Heartworm by Matthew T. Antkowiak, DVM & Christopher A. Miller, DVM


t all starts with Washington DC’s most infamous inhabitant. No, not Mayor Barry. The mosquito. The mosquito sucks blood from an infected dog or cat and takes in the young heartworm called microfilariae. The microfilariae mature in the mosquito over a few weeks. Then, the mosquito flies around and bites your dog at Kingman Park or gets past the screen of your home near Eastern Market and finds your cat. On the bite, it transmits the microfilariae to your unsuspecting pet and these microfilariae grow over months and become worms that migrate towards the heart giving us the pet owner’s nemesis: The Heartworm. One month you might ask yourself, “Did I remember to give fido his heartworm preventative? If I missed a month, what should I do? Do I give the preventative if my dog or cat is feeling sick? Does my indoor cat need heartworm preventative? How often do I need to test for heartworm? Should I even worry about heartworm? These are the questions we have fielded over the years and they are all good ones. I’m afraid we cannot help with the first one (a handy dandy dry erase board from Frager’s can certainly help), but we can tackle the others. One of the best things about Capitol Hill is the long fall and mild winters. Unfortunately, the longer stretch of mild weather means the mosquito population stays viable for nearly all months of the year. Furthermore, your home is likely kept at 68-72 degrees during the fall and winter months. This provides a suitable habitat for those pesky lingering blood suckers. Thus, all pets on Capitol Hill, dogs and cats alike, should receive preventative 12 months out of the year. Treating heartworm disease once a pet is infected is possible, but it can be a pain. There is currently a shortage of the medication used to treat heartworm positive pets (immiticide) (www. ), treatment involves multiple injections of immiticide over several visits and, probably most annoying, two months of pet inactivity. This means no running at Congressional Cemetery, no frisbees in Lincoln Park thus a very unhappy “cabin fever canine.” So regular administration of a preventative is the way to go. Heartworm is prevalent in our area. Is there a major pandemic? No, according to the American Heartworm Society, there were anywhere from 5 112 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Cara Spaccarelli, Rector of Christ Church on Capitol Hill, blesses animals at the chapel of Congressional Cemetery. Photo: Andrew Lightman

– 25 positive heartworm cases per clinic in the greater DC area in 2010. ( However, heartworm disease is a health concern and should be managed as such. Now, we, as pet owners, are human and not always perfect. Let’s say we should happen to miss a month of heartworm preventative. The drug companies will have you believe that this is unacceptable and you should rush Shadow the cat or Norman the dog in to be tested before restarting preventative. Missing a month is not recommended, however, it is unlikely to allow a window for heartworm infection. The reason for this is that it takes 6 months after a mosquito bite for a heartworm to develop into an adult worm. So, if you do miss a single month, it should be ok to resume heartworm prevention. We also recommend holding off giving heartworm preventative for day or a week if your cat or dog is under the weather or has recently been hospitalized. However, if more than one month is missed, testing is recommended. (Note: While an annual fecal test is recommended for your pets, this does not test for heartworm disease. Heartworm tests require a small amount of blood that should be drawn by your veterinarian.) Of course, if you have questions, consult with your veterinarian. We at AtlasVet are happy to answer any of your questions. ( Enjoy your autumn! See you ‘round the hill.

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kids&family NOTEBOOK by Kathleen Donner

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GnG conducts after-school music programs for youth CHAW Registering ages 10-18; children for its as young as 8 may be Spring 2012 After accepted if they have the maturity to learn School Youth how to play guitar; Arts Program older students may be The Capitol Hill accepted if they are Arts Workshop opens completing their high registration on Nov. school education. 14 for its popular after Classes consist of up school Youth Arts Proto 10 students and last gram. Th is innovative for 8-10 weeks. They arts program, which meet once per week runs from Jan. 3-June for a one hour lesson. 8, 2012, provides stuLevel 1 lessons are Gregg Hammond, founder, president and guitar teacher for DC Affiliate of GNG teachdents in kindergarten for beginners; Level ing guitar at the H Street Festival. Photo: Sushupta Sudarshan. through sixth grade 2 are geared to the with a high-qualstudent’s skills. Their ity arts education in goal is to run Level help all students increase their physia unique, multidisci1 and Level 2 once per quarter; doing cal activity. plinary environment. Van pick-up is so is dependent on teacher and student available from local schools to CHAW. availability. Lessons are free and guitars Tuition assistance and payment plans are loaned. Find classes in DC at gngn- Capitol Hill are also available. Classes include Montessori at ramics, Guitar, Movie Making, MusiLogan Open House cal Theater, Sculpture, Drawing, WaSynthetic Turf Council Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan tercolor, Tap, Art History, the Capitol opened it’s doors this school year in a Hill Youth Choir, Mixed Martial Arts, Donates New Playing Field new building. They invite prospective and more. New classes include Street to Stuart-Hobson families to join them at their first open Art and Engineering. On Oct. 11, the Synthetic Turf house and learn about their holistic, Register before Jan. 3, 2012 to save Council, a non-profit trade associachild-centered program. With DC $50 per class! CHAW also presents tion, unveiled its donation to StuartPublic Schools’ support, they expanded “Ask Leslie.” CHAW’s Youth EducaHobson Middle School of a new to welcome more 3-year-olds, added a tion Coordinator Leslie Andrus who 13,200 sq ft. grass-like synthetic turf third elementary class, and a French provides free guidance in determinplaying surface that can be used by teacher--tres bien! Come see what all ing appropriate classes for each child. students year-round, even in the rain. the fuss is about on Monday, Nov. 14 at Contact Leslie at 202-547-6839 or Representing the first collaboration of 9:30 AM. Capitol Hill Montessori at to set up a phone or this magnitude in the synthetic turf Logan, 215 G St. NE. 202-698-4467. in-person appointment. CHAW also industry, the new field is expected to ★ 115

kids&family Journey of Life” from Germany as part of the Kids Euro Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5, 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Simple steps become lively and magical games, dances and short stories that bring the world to the audience’s feet in this performance from Germany. Admission is free and open to ages three and up. 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839.

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The Garden Court holds the National Mall and Capitol Hill in miniatiure! This train passes through a Capitol Hill residential neighborhood on its path around the holiday tree. The window frames are made of walnut shells. Other architectural details come from lotus pods and branches from Harry Lauder’s walking stick (a hazelnut tree). Photo: Courtesy of the United States Botanic Garden

Model Trains at Botanic Garden “Season’s Greenings” The US Botanic Garden invites you to remember that the best things in life are free--the fragrance of a freshly cut fir tree, the magic of holiday lights and sumptuous decorations, and the delight of a child discovering the make-believe world of model trains. Their famous Garden Railway Exhibit in the East Gallery will feature eight model trains and imaginative buildings created with plant materials. This year’s exhibit challenges you to find out “Who Lives Here?” Dwellings vary from Presidential homes to critter condos and many you’ve never before seen or imagined. A family activity carries the theme throughout the Conservatory by challenging visitors to find the plants who live in its different rooms. Free. Open daily, Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 2, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m.every Tuesday and Thursday in December with live holiday music.100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

offers private music instruction in a variety of instruments for students of all ages. For a complete list of workshops, classes or registration information, please visit or call 202-547-6839.

Everybody Wins! Power Lunch Literacy and Mentorship Program Expansion Everybody Wins, DC is proud to announce a new partnership with Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. The total health organization will serve as the Lead Mentor Corporate Sponsor for Power Lunch, a signature children’s literacy and mentorship program. Beginning Oct. 24, students from Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School at 659 G St. NE, will be paired with adult volun116 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Learn about private schools options for students, pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Speak with representatives from over 50 day and boarding schools in the DC Metro area (DC, MD, VA) and beyond. Attend workshops in school admissions and personal finance. Free admission. Sunday, Nov. 20, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. 202-3871414.

American Voices-Global Songs by the American Youth Chorus

teer reading partners to encourage reading and enhance the children’s opportunities for success. As a result of this partnership, 75 students from Ludlow-Taylor will receive one-onone reading and mentorship support during the 2011-2012 school year. 202-216-9467.

American Youth Chorus, Congressional Chorus’ diverse ensemble of talented young people, will perform an array of songs from many different time periods and corners of the globe. Join them as we travel around the world with witty 16th century French chansons and folksongs from Inner Mongolia. American works range from the 19th century music of Stephen Foster to the late 20th century settings of African American spirituals and edgy 21st century works. The evening will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. $10-$15. Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Get tickets on-line at

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The Dance Institute of Washington In-School Program

Nov. 20, 2:30 PM and 4:30 PM. “What’s it all about, Maestra?” Family concert, with Guest Artist Oren Sandel and the popular Instrument Petting Zoo. $16-$25. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.

DIW is dedicated to building selfesteem, discipline, and the drive for excellence among children and youth through dance training, arts education, life skills, and youth employment; enhancing Washington’s rich cultural diversity. It is for DC residents, ages 1421 who meet DOES income eligibility requirements. The program includes high-quality dance training, academic enrichment, life skills workshops, job

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readiness, youth employment and performances. You can be employed during the school year while taking dance classes. Contact Mary Connole at or 202-371-9656. For DOES, information, visit or call 202-7247000.

BabyLove DC Volunteering BabyLove DC provides clothing, products, gear, and other necessities to pregnant mothers and their children from 0-6 in DC’s inner city. They can only accept items that are clean, in working order, and have all of their parts and pieces. If you have a manual please include. They can never accept used car seats, used breast pumps, used feeding supplies, drop-side cribs, or stuffed animals. They are always in need of volunteers to help sort and repair clothing and prepare gift baskets for their baby showers and various charity events. Volunteering is a great way to give back in your community and city. Contact them at to learn more about how you can help distribute donations to children in need.

Joy of Motion Fall Youth Concert On Sunday, Dec. 11, 6:00 p.m., Joy of Motion Dance Center presents the annual Fall Youth Company Concert! Join them as they celebrate the season with their joyous youth dance companies performing new and original works in a range of styles. Hip hop will be performed by Groove Elements and Urban Impact, jazz from Jazz Factor and JazzFusion Dance Project, tap from Soles of Steel and world dance from Raqs Jameel. The concert will also feature the Step Ahead Dance Ensemble, performing a traditional West African dance and the award winning Youth Dance Ensemble showcasing contemporary, modern and ballet performances. $20-$25. The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-3997993.

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dent Open House for the school year 2012-2013 on Sunday, Nov. 20, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the campus at 4300 Harewood Rd. NE. Archbishop Carroll, serving grades 9-12, is a Catholic coeducational college preparatory school committed to serving a diverse student population since 1951. The Open House will give prospective parents and students the opportunity to participate in student-led tours of the building, and to meet the administration, faculty and staff. Visitors will also learn about the International Baccalaureate Programme, athletic offerings and other extracurricular activities. For more information, contact the Admissions Office at 202-529-0900 ext. 134.

High School Essay Contest Focuses on Constitution High school students and their teachers are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s sixth

annual Being an American Essay Contest. The largest contest of its kind in the country, the Being an American Essay Contest explores the founding principles outlined in the Constitution. The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, DC area devoted to educating young people about the Constitution and founding principles. The 2011-2012 contest is sponsored by the History Channel. Submission deadline is Dec. 15. For contest guidelines, visit

Moving Beyond Earth: Innovations in Space Family Day Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. As they mark the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, come explore the role of invention and technology in space exploration and space history. Meet a real

“American Girl” lounging on the mansion’s front porch. Photo: Courtesy of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

An American Girl Experience at Mount Vernon On Nov. 13, American Girl fans of all ages are invited to bring their favorite dolls to Mount Vernon for a chance to meet the book series’ creator and one of its authors, Valerie Tripp. Guests enjoy a special presentation and book signing with the author plus a tour of the Mansion and grounds with Nelly Custis. The event also includes a colonial craft project, refreshments, plus a discount in the Shops. Share an audience with “Martha Washington”! This event is limited in capacity; tickets are $50 per person. Ticket Sales Begin at on Oct. 3, 10:00 a.m., at or at the Mount Vernon Ford Orientation Center. 703-7802000. 118 ★ HillRag | November 2011

Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Moms On the Hill by Marelise Voss


t rained on the morning of Saturday, October 1, but nothing could derail the Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Moms on The Hill. We rented tents from Frager’s, gathered our volunteers, Face painters decorate children. and started setting Photo: Rebecca Danzenbaker up in Garfield Park. By the time Family Fest started at 2:30 p.m., it was cold but dry, and families arrived with children of all ages bundled in puffer vests, rain boots, new gloves, and woolly hats with the adorable ear flaps. The Fest was a feast of apple cider, pumpkin muffins, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, pulled-pork barbecue, pizza, and the many salads and sweets neighbors brought to share. Kids and adults competed in the Dessert Contest for best Cakes/Cupcakes, Pies, and Cookies/Miscellaneous Yummies. Teen Monica M., MoTH Rachel Ney, and MoTH Emily Kuiken, respectively, took home culinary prizes from Hill’s Kitchen. We had a hula-hoop garden, face painting, a giant chalkboard, balloons galore, popcorn, splatter painting, and a winning Grand Prize Baby, Van Kim! Kids and adults strategized which Raffle categories to enter for the best chance, and dozens of winners were drawn. Julie Linton won our Social Butterfly contest prize package. Moms bought tees for their baby or a tote bag for themselves. Little kids romped on the playground equipment while teens spread blankets in front of the stage to enjoy the music from bands Awkward Silence, CrashChord, and Free Lobster Buffet and DJ Christianne. Friends met and mingled, celebrating the urban village that is our wonderful community. MoTH has played an invaluable part in our lives as neighbors, business owners, clients, customers, and of course parents here on The Hill. And the pouring rain held off until the very end!

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School Notes compiled by Susan Braun Johnson

Ludlow-Taylor News

Payne Elementary News

Off To A Fantastic Start!

International Peace Day

The school’s newest students are On September 21, Payne Elemensettling in. Many of the early child- tary school students recognized the hood students had their first ride on a 30th anniversary of the International school bus to the Kenilworth Aquatic Day of Peace with storytelling, stuGardens, where they learned about dent performances, and a peace march beaver dams and lily pads big enough around the neighborhood. To prepare to hold a small child. for the day, students explored the conThe kindergarteners have com- cept of peace in their classrooms with pleted a unit on healthy living, are discussions and shared reading around studying Picasso and creating their internal peace, peace in our commuown self-portraits. First-graders fin- nity, and global peace. On Peace Day, ished up “alpha autobiographies” and storyteller Diane Macklin kicked off have prepared to begin researching the the event through the dramatic sharamazing animal world. ing of both original and well-known At Back to School Night, the sec- stories of peace. The fifth grade class ond-graders serenaded parents with shared their vision of peace and then “Sing, America, Sing.” The fourth- led the school on a peace march with graders showed off their dance moves students demonstrating the concept of with some energetic line-dancing that peace on banners, with chants, carrywas wildly entertaining and helped ing Pin Wheels for Peace, and other teach sequencing, a necessary part of classroom projects. International successful reading. The fourth-grade Peace Day was recognized by stualso had a visit from a local chef for dents on five continents spanning over Farm to School week and grew its one-hundred fifty countries. Payne own vegetables in the school’s atrium students were proud to participate in garden. such an important global event. The school has welcomed several International Day Nov 18 new teachers. The new Arts IntegraOn November 18 Payne will be tion Coordinator, Mr. Othal Thomas, hosting its first ever International will continue to develop Ludlow- Day. They will have guests teaching Taylor’s focus as one of the District’s students Yoga, Tai Chi, Capoeira, art Arts Integration Catalyst Schools. Their beloved aftercare coordinator moved to a position working on youth enrichment programs for the Central Office but Ms. Tawana Watkins has taken over and is building on the program’s success, after years teaching in Baltimore and time in Germany and Japan. - Sara McLean. Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School, 659 G St NE, 202-698-3244; The third graders at Payne share their “peace worm” during the second annual International peace Day march.

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projects from Africa and China, dramatic folktales from around the world and a variety of experiences. If you have a skill, passion, or talent that would help expose our students to the world beyond DC and would like to participate please email Payne’s World Cultures Catalyst Coordinator at kyle.evans@

Brent Elementary News

Mrs Werstuick’s first grade class getting ready to release one of the many monarch butterflies they have raised. The butterfly is tagged and when it completes its migration, researchers in Mexico will know that it came from Brent.

As happy as families are at Brent Elementary Museum Magnet School, they are, like all parents, concerned about the next step in their children’s schooling. The PTA has launched a series of information sessions presented by various middle school options, conveniently included in the regular monthly PTA meetings. Parents first were provided with a detailed overview of the various efforts made by parents from Brent and other Hill elementary schools and then heard more in-depth information on two middle schools options. Jefferson Academy Principal Patricia Pride gave a brief presentation on the state of the new school within a school; she will give a more detailed presentation at a future meeting. The meeting was then addressed by the founders of BASIS schools, a 5-12 grade model opening a new school in Washington next year. Based in Arizona, the school has an impressively rigorous curriculum including advanced math and science offerings, Latin, and modern languages. As Brent families with 4th and 5th graders continue to

weigh their various options, the PTA meetings will continue to provide such helpful information sessions. Bring the kids and rock out to Rocknoceros, the award-winning kids band. Coach Cotton, Williebob, and Boogie Woogie Bennie will entertain the crowds from 11-noon on November 5. Tickets are $10 person over age 1 and proceeds benefit the Brent Museum Magnet Program. Brent students will present the musical “Aladdin” on November 18 and 19. Visit the Brent table to the 2011 School Information Night, Tuesday, November 15 from 6-8:30 p.m. The School Information Night organization team is excited to be hosting this event at the new Hill Center. - E.V. Downey. Brent is located at 301 North Carolina Avenue, SE. 202-698-3363.

Capitol Hill Day School News CHDS Scientists Students are quietly focused, carefully dipping pH strips into four cups, each containing different liquids: baking soda, vinegar, water, and soil mixed with water. They measure pH (potential Hydrogen) levels, charting where on the 1 to 14 pH scale each falls. They share and compare data, concluding

that water is a “neutral” 7; vinegar is an acidic 2; and baking soda is an alkaline 9. Most of their soil samples are in the neutral pH range, ideal for growing most plants. Each student’s portfolio describes and illustrates each step. These students are 7 years old and they are 2nd graders at Capitol Hill Day School. Down the hall, 5th graders design and conduct “fair tests” on consumer products, changing one variable at a time to control factors that might influence the results. One group tests different brands of paper towels for strength and absorbency, comfortably and knowledgeably discussing variables, predictions, data, ranking. Following good scientific practice, they use metric units to measure their results. Each student presents her or his data and results to the class. Second-graders move on to examine habitat, food chains, adaptation, and decomposition, exploring the balance and interrelatedness of nature, a topic they will revisit in their 7th grade study of environmental science and exploration of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Fifth-graders will explore plate tectonics and geological events such as earthquakes and volcanoes, and later astronomy, using Hubble telescope images to study our solar system and the

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St. Peter School News Students Welcome Improved Playgrounds St. Peter School students now spend recess climbing a new rock wall, engaging in tether ball battles, shooting hoops at the toss up basket or giggling on the new spinners. With so many students biking to school, new bike racks have been installed and both the lower and upper playgrounds will soon sport new coats of asphalt. The school also has worked with DC Greenworks, a nonprofit organization that has received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to install rain gardens and place cisterns on the lower playground. Needles to say, students are thrilled with the new additions!

Student Service Project Focuses On Homeless With almost 12,000 homeless people currently living in the Washington metropolitan area, students met for a school-wide discussion about homelessness and how each person might help this vulnerable community. Students participated in the school’s annual Walk for the Homeless and presented a donation to Sister Mary Louise Wessell and Catholic Charities for support their work on behalf of the area’s homeless population.

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classroom. - Meg Brinckman, Amidon-Bowen Elementary, 401 I St SW.

Eastern High News Alumni Weekend On October 13th, Eastern alumni came out strong to support their alma mater in the football game against New Playground Equipment at St. Peter School [Credit; Wilson. Alumni spanning Shawn Donnelly] over 50 years cheered on the Ramblers including alumni are invited to tour the school and cheerleaders who were so meet with faculty and parents. If you lively, they were hard to tell apart are interested in learning more about from the class of 2015 cheerleadthe school, please contact the school ing team who made their first home office at 202.544.1618 or visit www. game debut. Eastern’s Blue and - Sally Aman. St White Marching Machine perforPeter School, 422 Third St, SE, www. mance was a much anticipated affair with the band, drum line, flag team and band dancers providing great entertainment and another great reminder of why Eastern is the Pride Hill. Recycling takes on new importance of Capitol On Friday, October 14, The EastIn August, K through 5th grade ern High School Alumni Associaclasses were visited by the “Magic tion (EHSAA) inducted officers for of Recycling” program, kicking off the first time in over 40 years. There a new initiative to bring the imporwere over 100 people in attendance tance of recycling to every elementary to initiate or renew their commitstudent in DCPS. The show, which ment to serving the current students features a live performer, in this case and alumni of Eastern. After a meet Pete McLeod, has been presented in and greet session, Ward 6 Councilthousands of elementary schools in 38 member Tommy Wells joined Prinstates. Kids get excited and enthusiascipal Skerritt and Winifred Jackson tic about recycling while learning the ’61 to give welcoming greetings, folWHAT, WHY, and HOW to do it. lowed by an alumni class year roll The program has received an award call and then the formal induction for outstanding public education from of officers. Many alumni stayed after the National Recycling Coalition. The presentations in DC were initiated by Gordon Peterson, Recycling Manager, Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, (OPEFM). He believes that educating children to understand the importance of recycling can and should begin at the earliest grades. Every elementary school will be visited this year by the “Magic of Recycling” program. Amidon-Bowen held a followup assembly, October 19 to further make clear to the students just what they are to do every day and to further reinforce the importance of recycling and to show off the new recycling containers that will be in every Eastern’s Alumni Inductees

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the ceremony to chat or get a tour of Eastern’s recently renovated facility including the debut of the Hall of Fame Room where they found newspaper articles, trophies, and other lore from the Eastern of yesteryear. Congratulations to the newly inducted EHSAA Executive Officers: President- James Preston, Sr., ’65; Vice President- Tamika Tillman, ’93; Assistant VP for Alumni Communications- Tamikka Scott, ’91; Assistant VP for Alumni Activities & Fundraising- Carolyn Robinson, ’66; Secretary- Tenia Pritchard, ’93; Treasurer - Cynthia Howell, ’78. If you are interested in learning more about the most recent Eastern High School Alumni Association of DC, events and happenings, please visit their Facebook page to get connected! - Emma Osore. Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE, www.

RPNS NEWS River Park Nursery School students recently completed underwater scenes for “Swimmy” the fish. They re-used cardboard, paper bags, plastic lids, and other materials to make a unique habitat for their fish. The project was based on the children’s classic, Swimmy, authored by Leo Leonni. The parents of River Park students held a Yard/Bake sale at

Award-winning Stuart-Hobson history teacher Amy Trenkle with a few members of her Metro Club, an afternoon group that uses the subway to explore local museum’s and other sites. From left to right is Katie Rosales, Ms. Trenkle, Jenay Johnson, and Tayia Jeffers.

Eastern Market in October. Thank you if you supported our school. The next fundraiser will be a sock hop in the spring. It is sure to be a great time for all members of your family! Watch for more information in future editions of the Hill Rag. The River Park Nursery School is located at 212 East Capitol Street, NE. It operates with 3, 4, or 5 day programs from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. from September through May. For more information about RPNS, please visit the school’s website at or call 202-5467767. – Jonathon Leavitt.

Capitol Hill Cluster School Open Houses! Come see all that the Cluster has to offer at our three campuses. Tuesday, November 15: Watkins (grades 1 to 5) – 9 a.m.; Stuart-Hobson (grades 6 to 8) – 10 a.m.; Peabody (3-year-old to kindergarten) – 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 16: Peabody (3year-old to kindergarten) – 5 p.m.; Watkins (grades 1 to 5) – 6 p.m.; Stuart-Hobson (grades 6 to 8) – 7 p.m. Teachers at all three Cluster campuses— Peabody Early Childhood Center and School within a School (SWS), Watkins Elementary, and Stuart-Hobson Middle School—have recently gained recognition for their great classroom skills. We congratulate the teachers listed here on their success!

Peabody Jere Lorenzen-Strait of the School within a School was one of 20 DC teachers to receive

DCPS’s own Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching. Mr. Lorenzen-Strait was also named DCPS’s New Teacher of the Year.

Watkins First-grade teacher Lauren Tate received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Science. The annual prize goes to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Several Watkins teachers have undergone the rigorous process, involving intensive study, examinations evaluation, and peer review, to become National Board Certified Teachers: Judy Bowers (1st grade), Kendra Heffelbower (2nd grade), Kristina Kellogg (3rd grade), and Amy Wertheimer (3rd grade). The Washington Post called the certification “the gold standard of teacher credentials.”

Stuart-Hobson History teacher Amy Trenkle was one of 20 teachers citywide to receive DCPS’s Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching. In 2011, Ms. Trenkle was also named the Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year and the Patricia Behring D.C. National History Day Teacher of the Year.

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Maury’s pre-k wins first place in a chalk contest!

coming National Board Certified Teachers, a prestigious title held only by about 3 per cent of teachers nationwide.

Dedicated Teachers Whether teaching, tutoring, or volunteering at fundraisers, our teachers show extraordinary commitment. Perhaps the clearest sign of how they value the school is the number who sends their own children to the school: About 25 teachers have sent or are sending their children to the Cluster. Asked about her son’s experience at the Cluster, Peabody teacher Rachel Houghton said: “My son’s three years at Peabody were what every needy mother dreams of: He received a top-notch education from dynamic, skilled teachers while I was right next door making sure that he ate his sandwich before his chips and played nicely on the playground!” - Molly Dewsnap Meinhardt. Peabody Early Childhood Campus – 425 C St NE; Watkins Elementary Campus – 420 12th St SE; Stuart-Hobson Middle School Campus – 410 E St NE;

Maury Elementary News Maury Wins Chalk Contest! Ms. Spurlock’s pre-k class helped win 1st place in the DC Arts & Humanities Chalking Contest! The Maury Art Studio received a prize of a $100 certificate to Utrecht Art Supplies. Class aide Mrs. Stover helped 124 ★ HillRag | November 2011

art teacher Ms. Bomba wrangle the troops for an experimental day of body and chalk art. The organization, which in part promotes art in District schools, provided the chalk, and Ms. Bomba sent in the winning picture of the students and their work. The theme was inspired by monarch butterflies, which students grew from eggs, and watched in amazement as their charges emerged from their chrysalis in October.

Budding Writers Maury uses Readers and Writers Workshop, a program out of Columbia University. “A writer is never finished writing,” Mrs. Cooper, Reading & Writing teacher for 4th and 5th-grade, told the class. Student took a “small moment”, a special event that they wrote about, edited, and rewrote until their narrative transported the reader to that moment. After much hard work, students celebrated their success with a publishing party, complete with tiny treats to herald their small moments.

Note Cards Return! Maury’s young artists will again produce a package of DC-themed note cards, thoughtfully and meticulously judged on specific criteria by Capitol Hill Village’s artist members. The pack of 8 cards with envelopes will be sold by several area merchants – Monkey’s Uncle, Groovy, Hill’s Kitchen, and Dawn

Price, among others. Look for the cards later in Nov. – they make great gifts! – Heather Schoell. Maury Elementary, 1250 Constitution Ave., NE. Carolyne Albert-Garvey, Principal. 202-6983838 or Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tyler Elementary News For the third year running, Tyler Elementary School participated in DC’s Farm to School Week, a city wide celebration of farm fresh local food from around the Washington DC region. Revolution Foods, who provide Tyler students with healthy and tasty lunches and breakfasts daily, hosted a nutrition education table with tastings of local produce for all students in the cafeteria during lunchtime. Students got to sample local lettuce, green peppers, zucchini, collard greens, and bosc pears. The after-school students got a special treat on Oct, 3 when Chef Dot Steck from Zest American Bistro on 8th Street came by to kit out the students in chef ’s hat, and teach them some culinary secrets. Chef Dot showed the students how to make gazpacho, and taught them how to use knives safely while they chopped cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes for the soup. The kids had a great time learning about how to prepare and enjoy seasonal, local food. Amanda Briggs, the owner of

Zest and the mother of two Tyler students, along with the DC Farmto-School Network arranged the demonstration. “We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate with Tyler and showcase fresh produce in a creative way for the kids.” says Amanda, “We feel fortunate to be a part of this great community on the Hill both as business owners and proud Tyler parents and Chef Dot did a great job engaging the kids and eliciting their participation.” Zest hosts a Tyler Dine-Out second Monday of each month. 15 per cent of the proceeds go to a worthy cause, (Tyler PTA!) and the vibe is relaxed and childfriendly. Join them on November 14 between 5 – 8 p.m. for the next Dine-Out, and enjoy great local food knowing your purchase is helping a local school.

Two Rivers PCS News Students Collaborate with DC Artist DC artist, BK Adams, along with students from Two Rivers Public Charter School will unveil their artistic collaboration titled We Have Everything We Need in Oct. The exhibit will include the artwork as well as a presentation explaining the evolution of the collaboration and firsthand accounts by the students of

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their experience. Two Rivers art teacher Kali Haney, who was also named the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s 2011 Teacher of the Year, formed the collaboration between Mr. Adams and the 2010-2011 kindergarten class. This partnership resulted in a vibrant and exciting work of art that illustrates resourcefulness, creativity, and perseverance. Mr. Adams is a local, selftaught artist whose works of art have appeared in public places and in galleries throughout Washington, DC, and have attracted a broad and devoted following in the area and on the internet. He uses paint, objects, furniture, toys, metal, and other materials to create his imaginative, colorful, and visually exciting paintings and sculptures. He currently has an exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum titled Exercise Your Mynd which runs through November 27, 2011.

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Students Show They Are Ready For College By Donald L. Hense, founder and chairman of Friendship Public Charter School. Recently my high school, Friendship Collegiate Academy, was fortunate enough to host Dr. Robert Franklin, the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta. Many of our students have earned places at Morehouse in the 10 years in which we have been open. And I myself am a Morehouse graduate. Dr. Franklin shared some of the history of Morehouse— founded in 1867: the same year as Howard University—and spoke about the quality of academics there: Washington Monthly ranked Morehouse as the top Liberal Arts College last year. In language with which I recall from my undergraduate days, Dr. Franklin said that Morehouse students are to be Renaissance Men who practice the “Five Wells” in their lives and being: Well-read; Well-spoken; Well-traveled; Well-dressed;

and Well-Balanced. What impressed me most about Dr. Franklin’s speech were the questions our students asked and their curiosity about—and enthusiasm for—going to college. When asked by him how Collegiate Academy was preparing them for college, one student talked about the Early College and Advanced Placement courses offered. He had been pushed to think critically, tackle tough assignments with lots of homework and learned how to take copious notes in lectures, the student said. When I opened Friendship Collegiate Academy in Northeast D.C. a decade ago, the highschool graduation rate in Washington D.C. was about 50 percent. Today, our high-school graduation rate is 95 percent and 100 percent of our graduating class are accepted to college. We were the first school in D.C. to offer Early College programs, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation—an essential tool in preparing students for college in high school by introducing them to college-level work. We also are serious about financial support for college: our graduates have earned $25 million in scholarships in the past three years. Collegiate Academy is a public charter school—we are a public school in every sense of the word with the exception that we are free to determine our own school curriculum and school culture. This freedom has enabled us to graduate 2,000 students. Another of our charter schools, Friendship Tech Prep, which has just begun admitting high school students, is to become the first STEM— Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—program school in the Southeast D.C. community it serves. Our students learned much about Morehouse from Dr. Franklin’s visit. He also learnt much about them. The school is located at 4095 Minnesota Avenue, NE.; www. ★

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Volunteers from Near and Far Prepare gardens for winter with an eye to spring article and photographs by Rindy O’Brien


utumn is a very busy time for the gardening set with days getting shorter and the sun fading. For Hill residents, sometimes known to procrastinate, it is a game of beating the clock before time runs out. Before you know it, the opportunity to plant spring bulbs, prune trees to protect them from ice damage, or plant new trees will be gone. If you are trying to prepare 446 acres of garden, like at the US National Arboretum, or creating new park and garden space, like at Yards Park and along the M Street corridor of the Navy Yard, the winter preparation list can be even more daunting. These garden and landscape managers have

to be creative and resourceful to find ways to get their public spaces winterized in the short autumnal window of time. For the US National Arboretum and the Capitol Riverfront Bid, the answer to their prayers came from some amazing volunteers arriving from as far away as North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and hundreds of young local professionals giving up their Saturday to help out. Over $100,000 in corporate dollars was donated to make sure the equipment, bulbs, and expert skills were available to complete the jobs.

5,000 Daffodil and Tulip Bulbs Claire Schaefer, Deputy

Michael Stevens, Executive Director of Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, joined local residents in planting around the Navy Yard Metro site.

Three members of the US Green Building Council, National Capitol Region, Emerging Professionals, braved the cold to help plant daffodil bulbs along M Street corridor, Jennifer Speece, Jennifer Morin, and Katie Huberal.

Executive Director of the Capitol Riverfront BID, says that the October 29th bulb planting developed from a combination of generous donations and good fortune. The goal was to plant approximately 5,000 spring bulbs starting with the tree boxes that line the street at South Capitol Street and M Streets and going all the way to the 11th Street Circle. “The exciting thing,” says Claire, “is that the efforts of the volunteers is going to make spring at Yards Park and the Capitol Riverfront really worth waiting for.” This past year, the District Department of Transportation’s Forestry Division (DDOT) planted 65 new trees in the tree boxes and Gingko Gardens (911 11th Street, SE) filled the empty boxes with annual flowers. Much to ★ 127

homesgardens the surprise and delight of Navy Yard residents and daily workers, Gingko Gardens had also planted daffodil bulbs along with the annual flowers. “We all loved seeing the daffodils in early spring,” said Claire, “so, we thought we would expand it and the effort has just kept growing.” The US Green Building Council-National Capitol Region’s Emerging Professionals volunteered to help the Riverfront BID with the planting, and were joined by neighbors, garden club members, and others on a Saturday, Oct. 29. Frager’s Hardware, one of the sponsors, donated shovels and tools and helped the BID purchase over 2,000 bulbs at a discounted retail rate. The JBG Company that works with the Department of Transportation donated 500 bulbs, and the Capitol Riverfront Bid won a grant from the Capitol Hill Garden Club to plant 1,200 bulbs. CSX, William C. Smith Company, and ALKS (architecture firm) also contributed to the event. Joining the bulb donation efforts was the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). APDA hopes that the red and white tulip named the “Dr. James Parkinson” tulip will become a widely known symbol of Parkinson’s disease awareness, similar to what the pink ribbon campaign is to breast cancer awareness. The APDA recently held an awareness day on Capitol Hill, and the tulips used for that occasion were planted along with the daffodils. “The Capitol Riverfront is fast becoming associated with the beginning of spring,” said Claire, “especially with the return of baseball at National’s Park, and families returning to Yards Park. It will be great to have all these daffodils blooming to greet visitors to the area, and we are so grateful to all the

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volunteers and business partners in this effort.”

Tree Professionals from Five States Help at the Arboretum The weekend before the bulbplanting extravaganza occurred, 75 professional tree employees of the international firm, Bartlett Tree Experts, spent a Saturday donating over $98,000 worth of expertise and equipment to help the US National Arboretum prepare for winter. The Arboretum staff worked closely with the Bartlett staff to prioritize a range of projects including pruning dead limbs from mature trees, improving the structural integrity of the trees through selective pruning, and adding or extending lightning protection on some of the treasured trees. “Watching the Bartlett yellow trucks arrive was like seeing a military convoy coming to our rescue,” said Dr. Colien Hefferan, Director of the US National Arboretum. “We are extremely appreciative to Robert Bartlett Jr, the company’s chairman, for his continued support of the National Arboretum’s trees.” The workers arrived in Washington the night before and the Bartlett Company put them up at local hotels, so Workers from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bartlett Tree office working the trees at that they the State Grove of Trees at the Arboretum. could get work today is about the future.” an early The motto of the Bartlett Tree Expert Compamorning start. For some of ny is scientific tree care since 1907. Robert Bartlett, the 75 workers, it was their Jr is the third generation of Bartletts to serve as first visit to the Arboretum. the Chairman of this very successful international In remarks to the voluncompany. He has also served as a member of the teers at lunch, the ArboFriends of the National Arboretum Board of Diretum Director reminded rectors for over nine years, and brought his crews the workers that there are eight years ago to provide donated services to the few volunteer efforts that Arboretum. “I am happy to again be able to donate have as lasting an impact the skills of my staff to help ensure the future of as their work on the trees. the nation’s trees,” Robert said he was pleased to “The impact of your work see that the trees were in a fair state, given that few will go far beyond our own federal resources have been spent on maintenance lifetimes,” Colien noted, “and we are proud of the because of the government’s budget cutbacks over shared commitment of the the past few years. “I really wish that the policy officials would National Arboretum and understand the value of science and the impact Bartlett Tree Experts to that trees have on our future,” Mr. Bartlett comscience and the preservamented. He pointed out that “one day of intense tion of healthy trees. Our

pruning and work at the Arboretum is just a drop in the bucket compared to the kind of work that should be happening at the Arboretum, but the benefits of integrated pest management programs that the Arboretum staff have been pioneers in promoting has indeed helped.” Bartlett is an incredibly down to earth fellow given the depth and breadth of his experiences. For example, how many tree experts can claim to be the Queen of England’s personal tree pruner? Bartlett laughs and says he is actually quite humbled to have been asked to prune and care for the Royal Family’ trees. And even more surprised when the Queen herself showed up to tour him around the grounds. “If all homeowners were as knowledgeable as Queen Elizabeth,” he said, “our work would be a lot easier.” But as impressive as this is, one of his greatest prides of the Bartlett Tree Expert Company is the relationships the company has established in training and educating future arborists. And going around talking to many of the 75-man crew, it was obvious that Bartlett definitely puts his words into action. Many of the young workers attribute their careers to having been hired as college students for Bartlett summer internships and the great benefits of working for such a world-class company. With so much effort taking place by so many dedicated volunteers this fall, we can only hope for a quick winter and early spring. It looks like the intense fall work is going to guarantee that spring will be something very special. Rindy O’Brien, is the former Executive Director of the Friends of the National Arboretum and was delighted to catch up with Robert and his talented crew. For thoughts or comments contact Rindy at ★


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Suburban Welding Company Preserving Our Ornamental Ironwork by Heather Schoell


n a city steeped in history, it should be no surprise that an historical perspective could come from unexpected sources. Suburban Welding Company’s Paul Ponzelli offers his perspective as a continuously running DC-area business that has seen the landscape ebb and flow through riots, housing markets, and renovation blitzes. That’s over 40 years of history within the context of ornamental ironworks and the landscape of a neighborhood that cannot reclaim its loss, but can protect what is left.

Gutted History “There was a mass renovation

period in the ‘70s,” recalled Paul Ponzelli, owner of Suburban Welding Company. “Homes that had been rentals, left in disrepair, were being gutted. The market was booming, and there was lots of shoddy workmanship. Lots of ornamental ironwork was destroyed or removed. ‘Expert’ welders did a lot of damage.” In the early days, Ponzelli lived on the 600 block of East Capitol. He started advertising with the Hill Rag when it was still a single sheet newsletter (and he has been advertising in it ever since)! Even though he moved to Virginia, he remained tied to the Hill –- most of his busi-

time. The scale of what was lost was overwhelming.”

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ness is here, he and his wife are both retired District police, and today his daughter patrols the Hill as a Capitol Police officer. Back to the ‘70s, Ponzelli remembers what it was like to live on the Hill. “The riots changed a lot. A lot of the town was damaged, scarred. Families moved to the suburbs, rented their houses,” he said. “Houses were turned into businesses. That’s when a lot of damage was done to the staircases –- hand trucks and foot traffic on brittle staircases that were never meant to handle that kind of traffic.” “There was no attention paid at the time by Historic Preservation, and with the volume of work being done, they couldn’t keep up with the amount of destruction,” Ponzelli said. “There was not a block that didn’t have a gut-job going on. The ironwork there now is not representative of what was there at that

“Patterns of ornamental ironwork differ in DC, they’re unique,” Ponzelli explained. “The cast iron staircases were individually made in DC foundries, and are therefore unique – and unique to DC. A staircase for one home may not fit the neighbor’s. Foundries,” he continued, “had to hand-measure. These were complicated measurements! It was an old world skill.” Ponzelli strongly advises those lucky enough to have their original staircases to “protect them, beautify and enhance them, and above all else, keep them! There are no new cast iron staircases being mass produced,” he said. Sadly, as so many businesses fell to the Great Depression, so did the foundries. The DC area’s salvaged ornamental iron is just about gone.

Present Day Ornamental Ironwork Many original iron fences were replaced with chain link fences and iron fences not in keeping with original designs. Some of the chain link is now being replaced, but according to Ponzelli, “in this economy, elective ironwork has ground to a halt,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this. A rise in burglaries has increased the installation of window bars, but people go with the cheaper person. Meanwhile, beautiful ironwork is disappearing. It’s not the best option for the continuity of the Hill.”

Suburban Welding Company has had to evolve to offer more affordable ironwork options to homeowners, but also to accommodate an evolving market –- homeowners with sinking staircases, for example. Ponzelli invested in a miniexcavator because his staircase customers couldn’t find an excavation company with a small enough excavator to fit in their tiny yards. Now he can dig to fix the footers, repair the delicate ironworks, repair or replace tree box designs, and excavate for fences in small places. “The designs are more reflective of this economy –- scaled down,” he said. “The Hill in motion, that’s what I call it. It’s always changing. The people are here for a certain amount of time before the administration changes, neighborhoods changing. The Hill is always in motion.”

Consider the Truck “Ironworks requires equipment, tools, parts, et cetera that require larger trucks to handle even midsized ironworks jobs,” Ponzelli noted. (Note the cavernous truck in the photo!) Be cautious of commissioning any company that brings only a pickup to do the job. Cast iron staircases are delicate, ornamental, and old; they were not made to withstand large men delivering heavy items. You can’t undo welding damage to your staircase, so hire thoughtfully and keep the Hill’s ornamental ironworks intact for another 100 years of neighborhood character! Paul Ponzelli of Suburban Welding Company® is a Gold member of NOMMA (National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Assoc.) and a member of the American Welding Society. Reach him at (703) 765-9344 or visit the website for more information. Heather Schoell is a regular contributor to Capital Community News and can be reached at ★ ★ 131

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Dividing Perennials in the Fall by Derek Thomas


his summer many garden plants sizzled and fried. This July’s historic heat wave left parched Hostas, withered Daylilies and scorched Dogwoods. In spite of the dry, hot summer some plants seemed to thrive. Blooms were lush and full, leaves were plump and they took the summer heat in stride. Chances are those plants were well tended last fall. It is in the fall that plants put down the roots that great summers are made of. However if the perennials in your garden are looking a bit cramped and overcrowded, dividing them now will give them a better chance of standing strong to whatever next July may bring. Dividing is a good thing to do for your plants. They will be healthier and more disease resistant if they are not overcrowded. Many plants will take division at any time of the year. However, if you divide a clump of your favorite Daylily two weeks prior to their blooming, the plants will recover quite rapidly, but you will probably alter or terminate their bloom for the year. And some plants are very particular about dividing times, so much so that they will become stressed or even die if divided at the wrong time. The best thing to do, if in doubt, is to consult a good perennial reference book. You can ask at your local garden center. Many of them now carry free pamphlets describing popular plants and their culture (including dividing times). You may want to ask prior to the purchase of a new perennial how

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often and how easy it will be to divide. Keep in mind this information will be more reliable coming from a trained professional at a reputable garden center. Not all perennials that are easy to grow and care for are easy to divide. For example, Peony, though easy to care for, would much rather just be left alone. And if you divide your Peony it may take several years after dividing to bloom. The next important step when dividing is making sure that you have a sharpened spade. A sharp blade will make cleaner cuts. This will be easier on you and the plants. If you have sufficient storage you can buy a spade that is specifically for dividing of your plants. Sometimes with woody roots you may need a saw. A small, pointed, hand pruning saw will do the job nicely. Once you are ready to dig your plant there are two basic ways to divide: Dig the whole plant and divide the root ball, or leave the plant in the ground and remove sections from three or four sides. Generally the way I decide depends on the plant’s growth habit. If your perennial is of the clumping variety then dig up the entire root ball and divide. Each division should have 3 to 4 growth shoots or stems. If your plant is of the spreading variety removing sections of the plant from some or all sides will give you the ability to work organic material in around the parent plant. And bring a runaway plant back down to size. When ready to replant keep the divisions at the

same soil level as the parent plant. Work in plenty of compost or humus into the soil, and mulch. During the next two weeks keep the divisions watered and they will be soon established and ready to face life on their own.

Ten Popular Perennials that Are Happiest When Divided in the Fall. Astilbe, Astilbe spp. Astilbe performs best with regular division (every 2 to 3 years), best divided when blooming stops in late summer or early fall.

Bee balm, Monara spp. This quick spreading plant is easy to divide (easiest it spring when foliage is still small) but fall will do especially if it has become overgrown.

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia spp. Easy to divide; divide every three to four years. Do not make divisions too small for best appearance next season.

Blanket flower, Gaillardia x grandiflora Easy to divide; roots usually pull apart by hand. Divide every three to four years for best performance.

Don’t be afraid to use a sharp shovel to divide.

You may need to pry apart the plant.

Daylily, Hemerocallis hybrids Divides easily; blooms better if divided regularly. Make sure that each division has three to four shoots.

European wild ginger, Asarum europaeum Very easy to divide in spring or early fall.

next year’s stalks, and flowers). Plants may take several years to bloom after dividing.

Purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea Easy to divide; divide every four to five years for vigorous healthy plants.

Sedum (tall), Sedum spp. Hosta, Hosta hybrids Easy to divide; can be divided at any time during the growing season. Fall is best time if you want even foliage next year.

Peony, Paeonia spp. Rarely needs division; make sure divisions have at least three eyes (eyes are reddish nodes, usually at or close to current years stalk. Eyes are

Can be divided in fall; is easiest to divide in spring when foliage is still small. Derek Thomas is principal of Thomas Landscapes. His garden designs have been featured on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. and Get It Sold. His weekly garden segment can be seen on WTTG/ Fox 5 in Washington. He can be reached at or 301-6425182. You can find and friend us on Facebook at Facebook/Thomas Landscapes. ★

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At Home on Capitol Hill in 1886 article and photos by Judith Capen, RA

LEFT to RIGHT 1. General shot of portiere or “door curtain” at the 1892-94 Heurich Mansion. Window trim, shutters, and curtain rods are visible through the opening. 2. Portiere or “door curtain” hanging detail at the 1892-94 Heurich Mansion. Many of our houses had modest versions of this.


loyal fan of the Rag (she said “Did I mention I loooove the Hill Rag??”) who initiated the recent round of columns on exploding toilets, plumbing gasping for air, and historic bathrooms, wrote: “I am really curious about what the work-a-day parts of my house looked like in 1886. “We focus so much on the public parts of our houses it’s easy to lose sight of the more prosaic spaces and how people used them.” She continued with a series of questions about specific aspects of 19th century Capitol Hill home life. I, too, find the details of everyday life in our houses fascinating and puzzling. We generally know a lot more about the public spaces of our houses than the “work-a-day” parts for two related reasons. One I call the “good china” phenomenon and the other is the well-known dead-white-men approach to history.

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good china while the everyday stuff is sherds. Same with historic garments: collections have lots of wedding dresses, ball gowns, and special occasion clothes sometimes worn only once or twice, put away carefully in trunks. In contrast, the everyday dress was worn until it became rags. The Smithsonian has fancy 19th c corsets in its collections but no everyday undies. Just so parlor layouts, moldings, finishes, and light fixtures are more likely to be intact after a hundred years of occasional use than kitchens which were used intensely and daily. This is why those time-capsule houses, houses that were closed up, contents intact, after the last lonesome family member died, are so precious and informative. They provide amazing insight into how people lived in a particular house at a particular moment, frozen the day someone locked up and walked away, including all the utilitarian parts of the houses along with the public spaces. To a large extent, the good-china effect determines what buildings become time capsules. Very few middle and working class dwellings from the

late 19th century were closed up and forgotten. They were used and used and used, and generally “modernized” out of existence. A notable exception is the New York tenement building, now the Tenement Museum. The apartments on floors above valuable street level commercial space were abandoned in 1935 pretty much unchanged from the 19th c. Today it presents an extraordinary picture of home life for waves of New York City’s Lower East Side immigrants, including Jews, Greeks, Turks, Irish, and a dozen and a half other ethnicities. (

Dead White Men Another reason we understand so little of the everyday lives of the people who lived in our houses a hundred years ago is the dead-white-men take on history. The other side of that coin is undervaluation of “women’s work.” We have portraits of famous and rich men and their wives in their best clothes. Portraits of frazzled middleand working-class women are few. We have amazingly detailed records of everyday operations for Monticello, Mt. Vernon, and nearby Riverdale Mansion (associated with Maryland 18th c. first family, the Cal-

verts) but not my house on the Hill. To some degree the deficits in our understanding of historic daily life are now being remedied. Questioning of the big events view of history, and maybe feminism, has made history of ordinary lives a much more common academic topic. But understanding our houses still requires piecing together fragments of information. This month I will talk a little about what the work-a-day spaces of Valerie’s house looked like in 1886.

Our Houses in 1886 Floors were bare pine, possibly cleaned using sand as an abrasive. Linoleum (available after about

Scan of page 346 from 1895 Montgomery Ward & Co. facsimile catalog showing some of their portiere curtains.

1870), manufactured to look like carpet and sold in carpet sizes may have floated, like a rug, in high traffic areas such as halls and kitchens. Nicer rooms might have had carpets; family spaces may have had rag rugs. Montgomery Ward’s Catalog 57, Spring and Summer 1895, advertised carpet (generally in 27” widths that needed to be sewn together), rugs, and three grades of “rag carpet” whose rags “are all bright and clean, the colors good and the patterns hit or miss as they have always been…” It’s possible the rugs were taken out into the back yard in the spring, beaten clean and put away in favor of sisal, jute, or hemp floor coverings for the summer. While our well-to-do neighbors may have done extensive changeover from “winter dress” to “summer dress,” the families of clerks and Navy Yard workers in our houses probably made only minimal seasonal changeover. While many Capitol Hill houses had interior shutters, many did not. It’s possible that more houses than we think did have them as even the two houses built on spec in 1885 for Helene Au’s grandfather on 8th Street SE were scheduled to have interior shutters. Window coverings were likely changed spring and fall because the job curtains and drapes did was so different seasonally. Summer lace curtains maximized ventilation while keeping out bugs. (Even though screening had been invented, I have never seen evidence on Capitol Hill houses of its incorporation in window designs.) In the winter, windows would have drapes of heavy fabrics to keep out cold air and provide a modicum of insulation. Window coverings were a practical necessity as were “portieres” or door curtains, another draft deterrent. (Available from Montgomery Ward from $2.00 to $4.50 a pair). If your house still has its interior dividing walls you may be able to see the hardware for hanging these curtains at interior doors. Manufactured paint, making color in paint economical enough for the middle classes, appeared after 1875. Before then, white lead formed a typical paint base with lamp black contributing greys ranging to black. Whitewash was a widely used coating until then and probably continued in widespread use even after manufactured paints became available. Just because it was available didn’t mean it was widely used yet. The 1895 Montgomery Ward Catalog proudly stated that their contract for paint in 1895 was their largest ever. They offered 47 colors (several “drab”s such as dark drab, warm drab, yellow drab) in prepared paint with four colors (Tuscan red, emerald green, deep blue, and English Vermillion) premium priced. Yet, paint was a

single page in the 624 page catalog. Depending on how grand your house is and its original owners’ aspirations, public rooms may have been painted with color while other parts of the house were just white. Kitchens were apparently often included with parlors and dining rooms, receiving nicer finishes. Baseboards were probably black (an easy color to achieve). Door and window trim may have been grained (less hard to accomplish than you might think after the invention of graining tools), varnished, or painted. Graining was an extremely popular finish for wood during the Victorian era, even on the exterior: a paint analysis we did once for a late 19thc house revealed graining not only on exterior doors but also on the wood cornice. The spec for Helene Au’s grandfather’s houses required, “All woodwork usually painted to…receive…3 good coats of best paint in such tints as will be selected by the owner… Oil & varnish all hard wood…in two coats. “The woodwork of Parlors, Din. Rooms, Halls & Kitchens is to be grained in a skillful manner in imitation of cherry or mahogany upon a good oil paint ground; all to receive a coat of good varnish…” The kitchen and bath were likely wainscoted “…all around 3 ft 3 in high with 3 center reed wainscoting Va pine and white pine capping” as described for the two houses on 8th Street and the six houses of which mine is one, dating to 1877. While virtually everything sold in the Victorian era was available richly patterned and decorated, I doubt that our houses looked nearly so high-Victorian as the residences of the rich, the ones we’re more likely to see in illustrations, house museums, and the like. From Helene Au’s spec, we know stoves were ubiquitous for cooking and heating. A family probably had as many stoves as they could afford to buy, fuel, and provide the labor to schlepp the fuel, the ashes, black the stoves, etc. etc. Even the Spring and Summer 1895 Montgomery Ward catalog had seven pages of stoves, plus two additional pages of accessories. Thus, it’s likely your house had stoves in just about every first floor room along with associated paraphernalia: coal hods, stove mats, pokers, stove lid lifters, shovels, and stove pipes. This is a BIG topic so next month I will tackle some of Valerie’s specific house questions: those paired closets between the front two rooms. Where did the kids sleep? Did they have “help?” And I will reflect on a day in 19th c life in our houses.


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ustomers at the Exxon Service Station at 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. SE are now seeing a new face–actually a familiar one. A Capitol Hill fixture for 22 years, the Exxon (across from Mi Vecindad restaurant) has changed hands. Long time partners John ( Jay) Johnson and Heinrich Weiss have sold their business to Hamood “Mood” Abutaa. Abutaa is no stranger to Capitol Hill; he has owned the Exxon at 339 Pennsylvania Ave. SE since 2007 and also owns an Exxon in Georgetown. The transfer took place last month. Keys were handed over, papers signed and long time customers came by to fill up their gas tanks, check their oil, buy a soda. They also said goodbye to Johnson and Weiss while welcoming the new owner, who plans to remodel and expand the garage and the tiny convenience store, which sells snack food, soft drinks, candy and other items. “Our attorney said this was only the second time in 30 years that he had seen business partners stay together this long,” said Johnson. Now 52, he plans to move from suburban Virginia to the Pennsylvania mountains “to be a husband (his wife retired last year from EPA) and a father and grandfather.” The Johnsons have four children and 10 grandchildren. Partner Weiss, who was born 59 years ago in a small town near Frankfort, Germany, plans to retire and “proclaim the Gospel of our Lord,” he told me. New owner Abutaa is retaining all seven Johnson-Weiss employees, including Jay’s son, Jay Jr. Others will go to Abutaa’s other two Exxons. Over the years, local notables including Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and Council chairman Kwame Brown have patron140 ★ HillRag | November 2011

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Old Owners John ‘Jay’ Johnson & Heinrich Weiss

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Fully Insured • Licensed • Bonded “No Job Too Large or Small” Senior & Military Discounts Available!

Serving DC Since 1927 Licensed, Bonded & Insured

202-486-7359 All Work Inspected by Owner...Deals Directly with Customers! All Work Fully Guaranteed


271 4377 R.W. ROOFING

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

FLAT ROOF SPECIALIST WE STOP LEAKS! • Roof Repairs • Roof Coatings • Rubber • Metal • Slate

• Tiles • Chimneys • Gutters • Waterproofing • Roof Certifications

We Do Everything!


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Burn Over 700 Calories in one class WE OFFER 40 CLASSES A WEEK!

WOOD & WHITACRE HISTORIC RENOVATIONS 20 years on the Hill Slate - Tile - Copper Specializing in all Flat Roof Systems and Leaks Free Estimates • Work Guaranteed Licensed Bonded Insured


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Suburban Welding Company


Welding & Ornamental Iron Work • • • • •

Repairs of Original Cast Iron Staircases Window bars and door security gates Handrailings & Stair Railings Fences, Sidewalk Gates, Tree Box Fences DC code approved bedroom window security bars • Excavating, back hoe services and tree stump grinding • Certified welding

Computer Trouble? On-site Service • Reasonable Rates Introduction Offer $29 for 7 days of unlimited yoga! ALL LEVELS WELCOME! No reservations required!

24-hours, 7-day service Free estimates


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WINDOWS 19 D Street, SE

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2010 ON THE INSIDE Replacement Window & Door Installation Group Historically Accurate Replacement of Exterior Window Casings


Licensed, Bonded & Insured

Specializing in historic buildings


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OTHER SERVICES BEAUTY/HEALTH/FITNESS Living on & serving the Hill since 1986

Dr. David Walls-Kaufman Chiropractor 411 East Capitol St., SE We are a family-owned business with three generations of expertise in Capitol Hill.

• New tin, copper & membrane roof systems • Inspections & repairs • Roof painting • Gutters, spouts & skylights

Recommended roofer of Capitol Hill Village and Dupont Circle Village Licensed-Insured-Bonded



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Adware Removal . Maintenance / Cleaning Performance Boost . Computer Instruction and Tutoring

Windows Craft, Inc.

THE BEST RATES IN DC! SEAMLESS GUTTERS EXPERTS Gutters & Downspouts Repairs & Cleaning All Types of Roofing NO JOB TOO SMALL!

Software Installation . Internet / Networking / Wireless . Virus / Spyware / Malware

Advanced Care - $80/h

Wood, Fiberglass Framed & Vinyl Windows, Replacement & Full Tear Out Installation, Wide Range of Custom Moldings

We Offer Wholesale Prices to the Homeowner

Basic Care - $50/h

. Initial System Setup and

. Hardware / Setup / Repair . Custom Computer Building

The Best Installation Crew


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• Reduce stress • Increase Strength + Flexibility

All are welcome to Dr. Walls-Kaufman's free Saturday morning Tai Chi class at 8 am in Lincoln Park

202-544-6035 Because Optimal Health is Impossible Without Optimal Posture!


We’re here to help you stay focused and push you past your comfort zone! • • • •

Personal Training Customized Meal Plans Wellness Lectures Boot Camps


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For more information

On-site Service for Homes and Businesses



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PET SERVICES Personally Serving our Neighbors since 1999

pets on the hill Support your local Hill business "We live, work and play on the Hill"

Bailo Ba Davis Cup Veteran 202-415-2807 All Skill Levels $62 private $35 semi-private $26 group lesson Lessons on Capitol Hill

Mid-day Dog Walking AM & PM, Weekend Walks, Petsitting • Women Owned and Operated • Expert Cat Care - All Areas of the Hill • Medications, Plant Watering, Mail and Paper • Trustworthy and Reliable

Now Offering Boarding & Day Care Full Grooming Boarding Doggie Daycare K-9 Training

423 13th Street, NE 202-717-2651


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Visit our Web site to view pictures and their engaging personalities at or


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.



JILL-OF-ALL-TRADES Do you have the X FACTOR...or is it more like the EXCESS FACTOR? Think of it as “too much of a good thingitis.” The collections began with very meaningful items that hold and transfer memories. But then suddenly you reach a point where it is just all to much. That means it is time for you to do some cherry picking to really select your cherished, beautiful, useable items and let other folks enjoy the rest. Are you up for a lightening up adventure? Visit WWW. JILLOFALLTRADESDC.COM and then call Jill with any questions you may have at 202-544-5455.


zoolatry (zoo-ahl’-uh-tree) the worship of animals – especially a pet

Mid-Day Dog Walking Service Pet sitting – Medications Administered Crate Training


Eastern Market Shoe Repair • Shoes • Boots • Purses • Luggage

Big dogs, puppies, hard to handle and older dogs. I love them all ….and I also love kitties.

Phillip DuBasky 645 Penn Ave., SE upstairs M-F 8:30-7 • Sat 9-6


Dog Walking, Kitty Care & Pet Sitting

Serving Capitol Hill Since 1995 Never missed a walk in 10 years Experienced and Reliable Outstanding Hill References • Insured by PSA


Insured – Bonded Member of National Association of Professional Petsitters

WELL SEASONED FIREWOOD Conveniently Located Just Outside DC • Pickup or Delivery • Large or Small Amounts • Over 10 years Serving DC Open M-F 10am-4pm • Sat 10am-2pm

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HALL RUNNER RUGS Hall runner rugs (two) hand-woven, natural dyes by Mapuche weavers: 12 ft. long approx 21/2 ft wide. Predominantly gray and gold; 11 ft. long predominantly green and gold. See on Capitol Hill. Call 301-751-8395. ★ 147


The Hawk’n’Dove Rises from Ruin photos and article by Andrew Lightman


hen he purchased the Hawk’n’Dove from Stuart Long, Xavier Cervera had little idea of what lay underneath the bar’s famous memento lined walls. Once he began removing the walls, it quickly became apparent the entire structure was in need of drastic repair. Here are photos of the work in progress.

CLOCKWISE 1. Xavier Cervera stands on a newly installed raised floor. 2. New framing supports an ancient, fire damaged exterior wall. 3. Xavier Cervera, the Hawk’n’Dove’s new owner gazes at his complicated renovation of the Hawk’n’Dove interior. Photo: Andrew 4. Steel girders await installation. 5. Chuck Burger and Xavier Cervera stand adjacent to the steel girders that have been installed to hold up structure.

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Call Your Neighborhood Locksmiths


Capitol Hill’s Professional Locksmiths Serving the Hill for Over 25 Years Complete Lockout Service for Homes, Autos and Businesses

All Major Credit Cards Accepted Bond, Licensed & Insured

Locks installed, rekeyed and repaired

Has a New Look!

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Proudly Vendor of MulTLock, Schlage, USLock & Kwikset Locking Systems

The Hill Rag has installed ten new boxes along Pennsylvania Avenue, Barracks Row and Market Row. These are the first of many. Know a good place for one of our boxes? Let us know. Email: Thank You, The Hill Rag

1880 ON THE OUTSIDE 2011 ON THE INSIDE Replacement Window & Door Installation Group Historically Accurate Replacement of Exterior Window Casings The Best Installation Crew Wood, Fiberglass Framed & Vinyl Windows, Replacement & Full Tear Out Installation, Wide Range of Custom Moldings

Windows Craft, Inc. Specializing in historic buildings


Licensed, Insured and Bonded DC Home Improvement License # 69006200

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Call now for FIRST MONTH FREE! NOVO PROPERTIES ❖ ❖ 202-315-1111 ★ 149

the NOSE

Corruption, Corruption! Corruption! by Anonymous


hy is everyone so contorted by corruption? From the rarified heights of The Post’s 15th Street offices to the ethereal realm of the blogosphere, the pundits dun readers daily about the dismal District. The Nose has developed a terrible allergy to grass cutting contracts. Do citizens really want to know any more gory details about Councilmember Harry “Hand in the Cookie Jar” Thomas’s entertainment habits? The Nose gets it. The underpaid, overworked members of his declining fraternity of scribblers are uniformly jealous. While reporters chase councilmembers down hallways, barge into closed meetings courting arrest and risk repetitive strain injury redialing cell numbers, there are five lobbyists who never have any difficulty arranging quality time with District politicians: David “The Parking Valet” Wilmot, John “Bulldoze Litteri’s” Ray, Kevin “Lucky Lotto” Chavous, Kerry “Little Bundler of Joy” Pearson and Frederick “Get Them Off ” Cooke. Yes, Dear Readers, The Nose’s brethren envy the access and privilege afforded the metropolis’s preeminent lobbyists. Hence their recent loud baying about corruption on the DC Council. Yet, The Nose cannot help but admire so talented a group. David Wilmot pivots from defending the honor of Councilmember Yvette “Miss Congeniality” Alexander before the Board of Ethics and Election to touting the virtues of Walmart. Kevin Chavous shepherded the dreaded Lottery deal to fruition for Interlot. John Ray, who seems to have forgotten an antipathy towards gambling displayed in an earlier mayoral run, now defends gasoline magnate Joe Mamo. When not lobbying on behalf of clients such as Fannie Mae, Fred Cooke spends his spare time defending Marion “I Forgot to File (Again)” Barry and Councilmember Thomas. And, last but not least, is Kerry

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Pearson, who according to Washington City Paper represents Clyde’s Restaurant Group among others, when not raising campaign funds for a bountiful bevy of DC politicians. Speaking of Clyde’s, The Old Ebbitt Grill, one of the group’s many properties, famous for its raw mollusks, holds a special place in The Nose’s heart, an affinity it seems that is shared with Lower Caucasia’s councilmember, Jack “Mr. Undersight” Evans. Not only did Evans hold a recent fundraiser at one of the group’s many establishments, but his current campaign finance report boasts identical $500 contributions from Clyde’s of Gallery Place, Clyde’s of Tyson’s Corner, Clyde’s of Columbia, Inc., Clyde’s of Broadland, Inc., Clyde’s of Mark’s Center, Inc., Clyde’s of Georgetown, and Clyde’s Incorporated. The Nose is sure that whenever Clyde’s expands to the moon, its lunar branch will show up on a future Evan’s campaign report as well. The Nose didn’t even have to purloin Dorothy Brizill’s ruby reading glasses to figure this one out. Clyde’s is spelled the same way in seven separate entries in Evans’s October campaign filing. This type of ‘bundled’ cash, while technically legal, is in The Nose’s opinion intrinsically questionable. In the case of Clyde’s, The Nose opines, setting his usual cynicism aside, the cash probably was awarded in recognition of the hundreds of bivalves consumed during Jack’s many years of patronage of the group’s many establishments. Rather than joining his colleagues in their loud complaint, The Nose prefers to celebrate talents of DC’s ‘lobbynistas.’ Gentlemen, in the spirit of The Fiddler, here is a song for you: Lobbyist, Lobbyist, make me a match. Find me a BFF, catch me a catch. Lobbyist, Lobbyist, look through your book And make me a perfect match.

Lobbyist, Lobbyist, I’ll bring the cash. You bring the Pol, I’ll throw a bash. Bring me a deal, for I’m longing to be the envy of all I see. For voters, make sure they don’t bother. For Politicians, make their cell phones sing. For me, well, I wouldn’t holler If my contributions weren’t limited by anything. Lobbyist, Lobbyist, make me a match. Find me a find, catch me a catch. Deal after deal, in the dark, I’m alone. So, find me a politician of my own. The problem is not Wilmot and company’s talent for short-circuiting governmental bureaucracy. Rather, it is the corruption’s entire lack of transparency. All citizens, in The Nose’s humble opinion, should have the same access to politicians granted to these fixers. To promote transparent and even handed influence peddling, each councilmember in the manner of Luther should nail to his door a list of fees for services rendered. At the bottom end, the schedule might start with the cost of making traffic infractions disappear and work its way up to more complex transactions such as land banking public property for private, tax-free gain. Throw in the prices for obtaining questionable permits, a prix fixe special for PUDs (Planned Unit Developments) and life in this metropolis would be perfect. In The Nose’s sage opinion, the problem in The District is not corruption, but the secrecy of required fees. Let’s make the menu of incentives public so that all may contribute their fare share. Have a comment for The Nose? Email ★



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